EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/25/2011

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  ABA   


SETX mantains hold on #1 spot in ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association today released the Power Rankings for Week #11 and the Southeast Texas Mavericks held onto the #1 position sporting their 16-1 record, followed closely by five undefeated teams - the Jacksonville Giants, Seven Cities Knights, East Kentucky Energy, Colorado Kings and the Las Vegas Aces. 'Something's gotta give soon,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'hopefully some of these undefeated teams will play one another before the playoffs.' The rankings:

1. SETX Mavericks (16-1)
2. Jacksonville Giants (13-0)
3. 7 City Knights (11-0)
4. East Kentuckly Energy (11-0)
5. Colorado Kings (9-0)
6. Las Vegas Aces (8-0)
7. Seattle Mountaineers (9-1)
8. Savannah Storm (9-3)
9. East Bay Pitbulls (9-3)
10. Oklahoma Stallions (8-2)
11. Chicago Steam (9-3)
12. Texas Fuel (12-4)
13. Bay Area Matrix (9-4)
14. North Dallas Vandals (9-5)
15. Columbus Riverballers (8-3)
16. San Diego Sol (7-3)
17. Sacramento Heatwave (7-4)
18. West Texas Whirlwind (8-5)
19. Lake Michigan Admirals (6-3)
20. San Diego Surf (6-5)
21. Columbus Diesels (5-2)
22. LA Slam (5-3)
23. Gulf Coast Flash (5-3)
24. Modesto Hawks (7-6)

'There are five teams that could well be ranked and are a win or two away from moving into the Top 24,' added Newman. 'Every game is very important.' For more information, visit www.abalive.com


The Whirlwinds defeat the Fresh - by Gianni Pascucci
At the end of a battled ABA game, the West Texas Whirlwinds claimed the win, 121-109, over the North Texas Fresh. Ray Williams (6'0''-G-85, college: Salisbury St.) led the way in W.Texas scoring 31 points abnd dishing 14 assists, Marlo Saunders (6'5''-F-84, college: Texas-PB) added 31 points and 7 rebs. The other best performers at the winning side were Big Tim Carter (7'0''-C-86) with 21 points and 15 rebs and John Hollman (6'3''-G-84, college: Langston) with 16 pts. In North Texas Fresh, Travoy 'Trog' Edwards (6'7''-F-88, college: Great Falls) scored 33 points and Jay Bowdy (6'5''-F-83, college: W.Georgia) 20 points. Whirlwinds record is now 8-5


Admirals take another win - by Gianni Pascucci
The Lake Michigan Admirals met the the North West Indiana Magic Stars for the second time in a row at Bangor High School, Sunday afternoon in front of 200 fans. Earlier in the season the Stars beat the Chicago Steam and the Admirals knew they were going to have to play the way they have been playing over the last two games to beat them. The Admirals went on a 18-2 run to start the game and it looked like they were going to blow their opponent out, but Marcus Hammonds (6'5''-F, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) and Rob Broughton (6'5''-F, college: St.Xavier) of the Stars caught on fire. Both players scored 23 points a piece to lead their team respectively. Going into the half the Stars were up 50-45. After three quarters the Stars were up 82-78. The Lake Michigan Admirals did not look like the same team as the night before. Then Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half to lead the Admirals to victory, 111-106 thenkd to a 33-24 partian score il last qtr. Gordon Chase (6'2''-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY) had 24 points and Steven Strong (6'3''-G-84) had 19 for the victors. The Admirals are 6-3 for the season and #1 in the division. Next home game is February 5th at Lake Michigan Catholic at 7:00pm



Standings
ABA Standings
 1. Colorado Kings 9-0 
 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 11-0 
 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 9-3 
 2. Bay Area M. 9-4 
 3. Sacramento H. 7-4 
 4. S.Francisco R. 5-3 
 5. California SK 0-0 
 6. Clayton 0-0 
North Central
 1. Chicago Steam 9-3 
 2. Lake Michigan 6-3 
 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 0-3 
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. 9-1 
SoCal
 1. Las Vegas A. 9-0 
 2. San Diego Sol 8-3 
 3. San Diego S. 6-5 
 4. LA Slam 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. 11-0 
 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 13-0 
 2. Savannah Storm 9-3 
 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 12-4 
 2. North Dallas 9-5 
 3. Oklahoma 8-2 
 4. West Texas W. 8-5 
 5. N.Texas F. 1-4 
 6. Dallas Impact 0-0 
 7. Piedmont 0-0 


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Luka Zoric claims Adriatic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 26-year old had the game-high 22 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for KK Zagreb CO in his team's victory, helping them to crush Cibona (#10, 8-10) with 16-point margin 99-83. KK Zagreb CO is placed at 4th position in Adriatic League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. KK Zagreb CO will need more victories to improve their 11-7 record. Zoric has many years of experience at KK Zagreb CO, through which he has constantly improved. Zoric has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.9ppg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 57.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje's star - 25-year old swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85). Simon impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as KK Zagreb CO lost that overtime game 92-97 to the lower-ranked Radnicki (#8, 9-9). Despite lost game KK Zagreb CO moved up to 4th position in Round 14. His team's 11-7 record is not bad at all. Simon is one of the most experienced players at KK Zagreb CO and similarly like Luka Zoric has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) of Igokea (#7). Vitkovac showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Igokea, leading his team to a 77-60 easy win against Radnicki (9-9). Igokea needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 9 victories and 9 lost games. Vitkovac has a very solid season. In 18 games in Adriatic League he scored 11.4ppg. He also has 5.2rpg and FGP: 55.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79) of Cedevita - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Boris Savovic (206-F-87) of Hemofarm - 18 points and 9 rebounds
6. Michael Lee (207-F-86) of Radnicki - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jahmar Young (196-G) of Crvena Zvezda - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Mario Kasun (213-C-80) of KK Zagreb CO - 19 points and 3 rebounds
9. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) of Buducnost - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Marko Simonovic (202-F-86) of Buducnost - 12 points and 12 rebounds

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


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  ARGENTINA   


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


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


ASEAN-League Round: 1 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Thailand S. - Singapore S. 81-76 OT
Thailand Slammers grabbed the lead in the best-of-three ASEAN League semifinal series against Singapore Slingers. The regular season champions needed an overtime to tame the ambitious Slingers. The Slingers got to the better start. They led by four points at the first break. But the Slammers improved defensively in the second term and posted a 32:30 halftime advantage. Thailand Slammers maintained the lead in the third quarter. They recorded a 5-point advantage at the final break. But the Slingers erased the deficit late in regulation as Avenido Leonidez (186-G) and Al Vergara knocked down four points in a row. The visitors drew things level at 66 and forced overtime. Chris Kuete (195-G/F-83) put the hosts in front early in the extra period but Steve Khoo and Skinner Marcus (201-F-86, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) ensured a narrow lead for the Slingers. Thailand Slammers accounted for next five points and spurred in front. Soon Piyapong Piroon (189-F-81) and Lertmalaiporn hit from downtown and the Slammers ran away for good. Chris Kuete came up with 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Piyapong Piroon added 16 points for the Slammers. Avenido Leonidez answered with 21 points for the Slingers. Skinner Marcus posted 20 points and 8 boards in the loss. The second game of the series is scheduled for February 1.

Philip.Patriots - KL Dragons 88-83
Philippine Patriots opened ASEAN League semifinal series against KL Dragons with victory. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) 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 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.




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  AUSTRALIA   


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. Vukona, Breakers7.1 
 7. Knight, Wildcats7.1 
 8. Williams, Tigers7.1 
 9. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.1 
 10. Clark, Blaze6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Adam GIBSON
  Blaze
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Gibson, Blaze5.8 
 2. Williams, Tigers5.1 
 3. Shannon, 36ers5.1 
 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. Braswell, Breakers1.4 
 5. Hill, 36ers1.4 
 6. Crawford, Croco.1.4 
 7. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.3 
 8. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 9. Robbins, Wildcats1.3 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
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 


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  AUSTRIA   


Anthony Shavies claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Anthony Shavies (191-G-83, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for Furstenfeld and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 27-year old guard had a double-double of 30 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Klosterneub. (#5, 12-9) 77-63. Furstenfeld is placed at 3rd position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Furstenfeld will need more victories to improve their 13-8 record. In the team's last game Shavies had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Furstenfeld, through which he has constantly improved. Missouri State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Shavies. Shavies is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.0ppg) and averages solid 2.4spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old Argentinian forward Fabricio Vay (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances) of second-ranked Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions. Vay impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead Arkadia to another comfortable win 84-68 over the lower-ranked Oberwart (#6, 12-9) being unquestionably team leader. Arkadia's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 14-7 record is not bad at all. Vay is a newcomer at Arkadia and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.1ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 8.1rpg and 3.5apg.

The third best performed player last round was Croatian guard Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) of BC Vienna (#9). Stazic got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . He was a key player of BC Vienna, leading his team to a 72-67 win against the higher-ranked Kapfenberg (#4, 13-8). The chances of BC Vienna not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stazic could try to bring BC Vienna's a little bit higher in the standings. Stazic has individually a great season in Austria. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.2ppg (best scorer), rebounds with 7.2rpg (9th best) and assists with 4.4apg (9th best). Stjepan Stazic has also Austrian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Louis Graham (205-F-84) of UBSC Graz - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Matthias Mayer (204-C/F-81) of Gmunden - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Kevin Houston (194-F/G-76) of Arkadia - 20 points and 9 rebounds
7. Larry Gordon (196-F-87) of Kapfenberg - 22 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Dan Oppland (203-F-84) of Gmunden - 21 points and 7 rebounds
9. Tomislav Gaspar (198-F-83) of St.Polten - 18 points and 6 rebounds
10. Joe Dean Shawn (199-F-87) of Oberwart - 23 points and 7 rebounds

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


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


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. Anderson, Ventspils1.9 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 6. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 7. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 8. Rinkevicius, Techasas1.9 
 9. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 10. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
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. Volkus, Techasas1.0 
 10. Kieza, Juventus1.0 


Baltic League round 16 best performance: Dairis Bertans - by Eurobasket News
Swingman Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked VEF Riga, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 21-year old player was the main contributor (13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass TTU/Kalev (#11, 3-13) with 34-point margin 94-60. It allowed VEF Riga to consolidate first place in the Baltic League Elite. VEF Riga have a solid 12-2 record. Bertans turned to be VEF Riga's top player in his first season with the team. Dairis Bertans averages this season 12.6ppg and 4.2apg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Edgars Krumins (194-G/F-86) of league's leader Zemgale. Krumins had a very good evening with 24 points. Bad luck as Zemgale lost that game 69-83 to slightly lower-ranked Techasas (#3, 4-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Challenge. Zemgale still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. His team has currently 6-2 record. Krumins is one of the most experienced players at Zemgale and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Povilas Butkevicius (201-F-87) of Rudupis Prienu (#4). Butkevicius scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Butkevicius' great performance Rudupis lost 62-86 to #2 ranked TU/Rock. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Rudupis needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Elite. Their record is 10 victories and 6 lost games. Butkevicius has a very solid season. In 10 games in Baltic League he scored 10.4ppg. He also has 6.5rpg and FGP: 51.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) of Techasas - 17 points and 12 rebounds
5. Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83) of Valmiera - 18 points and 11 rebounds
6. Arturas Valeika (206-F-85) of Valmiera - 13 points and 11 rebounds
7. Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) of Perlas - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83) of Ventspils - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Vilmantas Dilys (208-F-87) of Perlas - 18 points, 7 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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Premier League Round 22: Minsk-2006 beats Sozh Gomel in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Gomel. Top-ranked Minsk-2006 faced 4th ranked Sozh Gomel. Guests from Minsk (24-0) smashed host Sozh Gomel (14-10) 120-83. Undefeated Minsk-2006 have an impressive 22-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-0 record. Sozh Gomel at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Minsk-2006 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sozh Gomel will play on the road against OZAA Osipovichi (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Minsk supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked OZAA Osipovichi (17-7) played at the court of 7th ranked BGUIR-RCOR (3-21). OZAA Osipovichi smashed BGUIR-RCOR 101-54. OZAA Osipovichi maintains third position with 17-7 record having seven points less than leader Minsk-2006. BGUIR-RCOR lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with 21 games lost. OZAA Osipovichi will play against Sozh Gomel (#4) at home in the next round. BGUIR-RCOR will play against Borifsen in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Vitebsk. Local Lokomotiv (13-11) outscored 8th ranked Vitalyur-RGUOR (1-23) 108-54 on Saturday night. Lokomotiv has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 13-11 record. Vitalyur-RGUOR lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Lokomotiv will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vitalyur-RGUOR will play against the league's second-placed Grodno-93 (#2).

In the last game of round 22 Borifsen was crushed by Grodno-93 in a road game 107-80.


Grodno-93 - Borifsen 107-80

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Borifsen (6-18) was crushed on the road by second ranked Grodno-93 (18-6) 107-80 on Saturday. Grodno-93 maintains second position with 18-6 record having six points less than leader Minsk-2006. Borifsen lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 18 games lost. Grodno-93 will meet bottom-ranked Vitalyur-RGUOR (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Borifsen will play against BGUIR-RCOR in Minsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Sozh Gomel - Minsk-2006 83-120

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Gomel. Top-ranked Minsk-2006 faced 4th ranked Sozh Gomel. Guests from Minsk (24-0) smashed host Sozh Gomel (14-10) 120-83. Minsk-2006 have an impressive 22-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 24-0 record. Sozh Gomel at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Minsk-2006 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sozh Gomel will play on the road against OZAA Osipovichi (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Lokomotiv - Vitalyur 108-54

The game with biggest result difference took place in Vitebsk. Local Lokomotiv (13-11) outscored 8th ranked Vitalyur-RGUOR (1-23) 108-54 on Saturday night. Lokomotiv has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 13-11 record. Vitalyur-RGUOR lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Lokomotiv will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vitalyur-RGUOR will play against the league's second-placed Grodno-93 (#2).
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BGUIR-RCOR - OZAA Osipov. 54-101

The game in Minsk supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked OZAA Osipovichi (17-7) played at the court of 7th ranked BGUIR-RCOR (3-21). OZAA Osipovichi smashed BGUIR-RCOR 101-54. OZAA Osipovichi maintains third position with 17-7 record having seven points less than leader Minsk-2006. BGUIR-RCOR lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with 21 games lost. OZAA Osipovichi will play against Sozh Gomel (#4) at home in the next round. BGUIR-RCOR will play against Borifsen in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 24-0 
 2. Grodno-93 18-6 
 3. OZAA Osipov. 17-7 
 4. Sozh Gomel 14-10 
 5. Lokomotiv 13-11 
 6. Borifsen 6-18 
 7. BGUIR-RCOR 3-21 
 8. Vitalyur 1-23 


Stats Leaders - Premier League
Premier League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Lemik, Grodno 17.1
2. Reka, Sozh 17.1
3. Rychliuk, Borisfen 16.2
4. Konyushenko, Sozh 15.6
5. Shustau, Borisfen 15
6. Yafremov, OZAA 14.8
7. Sugoniako,BGUIR 13.4
8. Ivanov,Grodno 13.3
9. Maksimov, OZAA 13.1
10. King, Minsk 12.9
Rebounds Per Game
1. Reka, Sozh 9.6
2. Zakhar, BGUIR 9.4
3. Rychliuk, Borisfen 9.1
4. King, Minsk 7.8
5. Sugoniako, BGUIR 6.9
6. Lemyk, Grodno 6.8
7. Yafremov, OZAA 6.6
8. Scripcaru, Sozh 6.6
9. Dudikin, Grodno 6.4
10.Glebovich, OZAA 6.3
Assists Per Game
1. Charikov, OZAA 7.6
2. Ihnatchyk, Vitalyur 5.4
3. Pistoljevich, Minsk 4.8
4. Akulich, Lokomotiv 4.3
5. Dydik, OZAA 4.1
6. Shustau, Borisfen 4.1
7. Kuzmin, Minsk 3.9
8. Sukhovetsky,Grodno 3.7
9. Sapegin, Lokomotiv 3.6
10. Lemyk, Grodno 3.4
Steals Per Game
1. Akulich, Lokomotiv 2.4
2. Charikov, OZAA 2.2
3. Shustau, Borisfen 2.2
4. Sapegin, Lokomotiv 2.2
5. Dadukin, Grodno 2
6. Yafremov, OZAA 1.9
7. Rychliuk, Borisfen 1.9
8. Sitnik, Sozh 1.9
9. Ivanov, Grodno 1.8
10. Zakhar, BGUIR 1.8
Blocks Per Game
1. Vornik, OZAA 2.1
2. Rychliuk, Borisfen 1.9
3. King, Minsk 1.7
4. Zakhar, BGUIR-RCOR 1.3
5. Matyukevych, OZAA 1
6. Ovsepian, Lokomotiv 1
7. Pishchulenok, Lokomotiv 0.8
8. Yafremov, OZAA 0.6
9. Krysevich, Vitalyur 0.6
10. Skirucha, Lokomotiv 0.5
3FGP
1. Mishukov, Grodno 51%
2. Trastsinetski, Minsk 47%
3. Lemyk, Grodno 46%
4. Ivanov, Grodno 46%
5. McKee, Minsk 45%
6. Maksimov, OZAA 42%
7. Konyushenko, Sozh 41%
8. Svirydov, OZAA 41%
9. Yafremov, OZAA 40%
10. Vergun, Minsk 40%


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Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Kangar.-Boom 13-2 
 2. Sint-Jan Ant. 11-4 
 3. Pitzemburg 10-5 
 4. Excelsior 9-6 
 5. De Westhoek 9-6 
 6. Waregem 9-6 
 7. Essor Charleroi 8-7 
 8. Oostkamp 7-8 
 9. Gembo 6-9 
 10. Zolder 6-10 
 11. Fleurus 4-10 
 12. M.Hainaut II 4-10 
 13. Carnieres 4-10 
 14. Liege II 4-11 


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. McCauley, M.Hai.1.9 
 7. Mallet, Charleroi1.9 
 8. Greene, Charleroi1.8 
 9. Bosco, Gent1.8 
 10. Wilson, Antwerp1.7 
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 


Young's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old power forward Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Generali Okapi Aalstar and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Verviers-Pep. (#8, 3-10) 75-69. It allowed Aalstar to consolidate first place in the Belgian league. Aalstar have a solid 12-2 record. Young turned to be Aalstar's top player in his first season with the team. University of Michigan graduate has very impressive stats this year. Young is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 7.6rpg) and averages solid 78.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Lionel Bosco (176-G-81, agency: Court Side) of Optima Gent. He is international guard in his second season at Gent. In the last game Bosco recorded impressive 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Gent was edged by the higher-ranked Antwerp (#4, 8-6) 56-54. Gent are still at the very bottom. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Gent managed to get this year. Bosco is well-known at Gent and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another Optima Gent's star - forward Monwell Randle (203-F/C-83, agency: Court Side). Randle scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Randle's great performance Gent lost 54-56 to the higher-ranked Antwerp (#4, 8-6). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Gent 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 Randle he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Randle has individually a great season in Belgium. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.6rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Peter Van Paassen (211-C/F-78) of M.Hainaut - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82) of Charleroi - 17 points and 6 rebounds
6. Anthony Hilliard (193-G/F-86) of Aalstar - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. James J.J. Miller (180-G-79) of Leuven - 22 points and 3 assists
8. Ronell Taylor (196-G-82) of M.Hainaut - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of Verviers-Pep. - 15 points and 10 rebounds
10. Marcus Hatten (186-G-80) of M.Hainaut - 20 points, 2 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)


D2 Round 18: BBC Kangaroes-Boom beats BBC De Westhoek in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Boom. First ranked BBC Kangaroes-Boom faced 3rd ranked BBC De Westhoek. Host BBC Kangaroes-Boom (13-2) smashed guests from Zwevezele (9-6) 102-64. BBC Kangaroes-Boom have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-2 record. BBC De Westhoek at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Excelsior and Waregem. BBC Kangaroes-Boom are looking forward to face league's second-placed Sint-Jans Antwerpen on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BBC De Westhoek will play against BC Carnieres and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Oostkamp was quite interesting. Sixth ranked Waregem (9-6) played at the court of 8th ranked KBBC Oostkamp (7-8). Waregem did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 79-61. Waregem moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Excelsior and De Westhoek. Newly promoted KBBC Oostkamp keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Waregem will play against Gembo BBC (#9) in Borgerhout in the next round where they are favorite. KBBC Oostkamp will play on the road against CEP Fleurus and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Zolder between Zolder and CEP Fleurus. Tenth ranked Zolder (6-10) got a very close home victory over 11th ranked CEP Fleurus (4-10). Zolder managed to escape with a 1-point win 67-66 in the game for the tenth place. Zolder maintains tenth position with 6-10 record. Loser CEP Fleurus keep the eleventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with Carnieres and M.Hainaut II. Zolder will meet higher ranked Essor Charleroi (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. CEP Fleurus will play against KBBC Oostkamp (#8) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Borgerhout. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 9th ranked Gembo BBC (6-9) to seventh ranked Essor Charleroi (8-7) 79-77 on Saturday evening. Essor Charleroi maintains seventh position with 8-7 record. Newly promoted Gembo BBC keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. Essor Charleroi's next round opponent will be Zolder (#10) in Zolder. Gembo BBC will play on the road against Waregem in Waregem.
Thirteenth-ranked BC Carnieres (4-10) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Jako Pitzemburg (10-5) on Saturday. The visitors from Mechelen managed to secure only three-point victory 61-58. However their fans expected much easier game. Jako Pitzemburg moved-up to third place. Loser BC Carnieres dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Jako Pitzemburg will face bottom-ranked Belgacom Liege II (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BC Carnieres will play against BBC De Westhoek in Zwevezele.

In the last two games of round 18 Sint-Jan Ant. crushed M.Hainaut II in Antwerp 88-61. Bottom-ranked Liege II was beaten by Excelsior at home 67-70.


Gembo - Essor Charleroi 77-79

A very interesting game took place in Borgerhout. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 9th ranked Gembo BBC (6-9) to seventh ranked Essor Charleroi (8-7) 79-77 on Saturday evening. Essor Charleroi maintains seventh position with 8-7 record. Newly promoted Gembo BBC keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. Essor Charleroi's next round opponent will be Zolder (#10) in Zolder. Gembo BBC will play on the road against Waregem in Waregem.
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Carnieres - Pitzemburg 58-61

Thirteenth-ranked BC Carnieres (4-10) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Jako Pitzemburg (10-5) on Saturday. The visitors from Mechelen managed to secure only three-point victory 61-58. However their fans expected much easier game. Jako Pitzemburg moved-up to third place. Loser BC Carnieres dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Jako Pitzemburg will face bottom-ranked Belgacom Liege II (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BC Carnieres will play against BBC De Westhoek in Zwevezele.
gschID: 101704


Kangar.-Boom - De Westhoek 102-64

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Boom. First ranked BBC Kangaroes-Boom faced 3rd ranked BBC De Westhoek. Host BBC Kangaroes-Boom (13-2) smashed guests from Zwevezele (9-6) 102-64. BBC Kangaroes-Boom have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-2 record. BBC De Westhoek at the other side dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Excelsior and Waregem. BBC Kangaroes-Boom are looking forward to face league's second-placed Sint-Jans Antwerpen on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BBC De Westhoek will play against BC Carnieres and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
gschID: 101705


Oostkamp - Waregem 61-79

The game in Oostkamp was quite interesting. Sixth ranked Waregem (9-6) played at the court of 8th ranked KBBC Oostkamp (7-8). Waregem did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 79-61. Waregem moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Excelsior and De Westhoek. Newly promoted KBBC Oostkamp keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Waregem will play against Gembo BBC (#9) in Borgerhout in the next round where they are favorite. KBBC Oostkamp will play on the road against CEP Fleurus and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 101706


Zolder - Fleurus 67-66

A very close game took place in Zolder between Zolder and CEP Fleurus. Tenth ranked Zolder (6-10) got a very close home victory over 11th ranked CEP Fleurus (4-10). Zolder managed to escape with a 1-point win 67-66 in the game for the tenth place. Zolder maintains tenth position with 6-10 record. Loser CEP Fleurus keep the eleventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with Carnieres and M.Hainaut II. Zolder will meet higher ranked Essor Charleroi (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. CEP Fleurus will play against KBBC Oostkamp (#8) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 101707


M.Hainaut II - Sint-Jan Ant. 61-88

There was no surprise in Quaregnon where 12th ranked Dexia Mons Hainaut II (4-10) was crushed by second ranked Sint-Jans Antwerpen (11-4) 88-61 on Friday. Sint-Jans Antwerpen maintains second position with 11-4 record having just two points less than leader Kangar.-Boom. Newly promoted Dexia Mons Hainaut II dropped to the eleventh place with ten games lost. Sint-Jans Antwerpen will face league's leader BBC Kangaroes-Boom at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dexia Mons Hainaut II will play against Royal Aera Excelsior (#4) in Brussels.
gschID: 101702


Liege II - Excelsior 67-70

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Royal Aera Excelsior (9-6) edged on the road bottom-ranked Belgacom Liege II (4-11) 70-67 on Sunday. Royal Aera Excelsior moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Waregem and De Westhoek. Newly promoted Belgacom Liege II stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Royal Aera Excelsior will face Dexia Mons Hainaut II (#12) in Quaregnon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Belgacom Liege II will play on the road against Jako Pitzemburg in Mechelen.
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D1 Round 17: Capljina Lasta defeats Mladost in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 17 in the D1 took place in Capljina. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Mladost (10-5) to fourth ranked Capljina Lasta (11-5) 85-83 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-14. But Mladost won second period 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Capljina Lasta made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Guard Krsto Bijelica (192-G-88) stepped up and scored 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and guard Krunoslav Rimac (195-84, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists. Montenegrin center Milos Komatina (204-84) responded with 28 points and 7 rebounds. Capljina Lasta moved-up to second place, which they share with Borac Nektar. Mladost at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Capljina Lasta is looking forward to face Hercegovac (#6) in Bileca in the next round. Mladost will play at home against Zrinjski HT in Mostar and is hoping to win this game.
SL IAT Leotar (#5) was upset in Mostar by eighth ranked Zrinjski HT 87-57. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of SL IAT Leotar. Center Mato Peraica (203-81) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and Zeljko Sakic accounted for 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (206-83, agency: Beo Basket) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for SL IAT Leotar in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zrinjski HT (8-8) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sloboda Dita. SL IAT Leotar at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Zrinjski HT will play against higher ranked Mladost (#4) in Mrkonjic Grad in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SL IAT Leotar will play at home against Brotnjo in Citluk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
D1 top team - Bosna ASA BHT (14-2) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked Kakanj (6-9) 90-85. The best player for the winners was Dzenan Rahimic who scored 32 points and 9 rebounds (on 14-of-16 shooting from the field). Mirza Ahmetbasic produced 23 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Kakanj's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Bosna ASA BHT have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-2 record. Kakanj lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Bosna ASA BHT will meet at home Varda HE (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kakanj will play against the league's second-placed Borac Nektar in Banja Luka and hope to secure a win.
Thirteenth-ranked Slavija (2-14) gave a tough game to eighth ranked Hercegovac (8-7) in Sarajevo. The visitors from Bileca managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Goran Gajovic saved the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Hercegovac moved-up to sixth place. Slavija lost their ninth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Hercegovac's next round opponent will be higher ranked Capljina Lasta (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
An interesting game took place in Citluk where higher ranked Sloboda Dita (8-8) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Brotnjo (4-12) 81-75 on Sunday. Sasa Stefanovic stepped up and scored 28 points and 4 steals for the winners. Newly promoted Brotnjo maintains twelfth place with 4-12 record. Loser Sloboda Dita dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Brotnjo will face higher ranked SL IAT Leotar (#5) in Trebinje in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last game of round 17 Borac Nektar won against Celik on the opponent's court 73-67.


Zrinjski HT - SL IAT Leotar 87-57

SL IAT Leotar (#5) was upset in Mostar by eighth ranked Zrinjski HT 87-57. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of SL IAT Leotar. SL IAT Leotar was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Zrinjski HT dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to SL IAT Leotar's 34. SL IAT Leotar was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Mato Peraica (203-81) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (203-88) accounted for 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Zrinjski HT players scored in double figures. Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (206-83, agency: Beo Basket) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Dusko Markovic (204-74) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for SL IAT Leotar in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zrinjski HT (8-8) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sloboda Dita. SL IAT Leotar at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Zrinjski HT will play against higher ranked Mladost (#4) in Mrkonjic Grad in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SL IAT Leotar will play at home against Brotnjo in Citluk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zrinjski HT: M.Peraica 21+12reb+1ast, Z.Sakic 17+5reb+4ast, L.Simonovic 12+2reb+4ast, M.Han 12+5reb+1ast, A.Hasandic 11+4reb, S.Demic 9+3reb+1ast
SL IAT Leotar: D.Markovic 12+7reb, B.Pelkic 12+10reb+1ast, N.Durasovic 7+7reb+2ast, P.Jovanovic 6+4reb+4ast, B.Gnjato 6+3reb, I.Josipovic 4+1reb
gschID: 113516


Capljina - Mladost 85-83

The most exciting game of round 17 in the D1 took place in Capljina. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Mladost (10-5) to fourth ranked Capljina Lasta (11-5) 85-83 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-14. But Mladost won second period 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Capljina Lasta made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Montenegrin-Serbian guard Krsto Bijelica (192-88) stepped up and scored 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Croatian guard Krunoslav Rimac (195-84, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists. Montenegrin center Milos Komatina (204-84) responded with 28 points and 7 rebounds and guard Armir Avdibegovic (189-84) scored 10 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Capljina Lasta moved-up to second place, which they share with Borac Nektar. Mladost at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Capljina Lasta is looking forward to face Hercegovac (#6) in Bileca in the next round. Mladost will play at home against Zrinjski HT in Mostar and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Capljina: K.Bijelica 24+5reb+3ast, K.Rimac 21+4reb+5ast, J.Brkic 17+8reb, J.Zdravkovic 15+3ast, S.Matic 2+1reb, S.Leric 2
Mladost: M.Komatina 28+7reb+1ast, D.Duranovic 11+2reb+2ast, A.Avdibegovic 10+4reb+2ast, M.Kezic 10+2reb+1ast, R.Velimirovic 9+2reb, N.Milosevic 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 113517


Slavija - Hercegovac 80-81

Thirteenth-ranked Slavija (2-14) gave a tough game to eighth ranked Hercegovac (8-7) in Sarajevo. The visitors from Bileca managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. It looked good early as Slavija took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hercegovac had a 25-20 second period charge getting the lead and Slavija was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-81. Montenegrin swingman Goran Gajovic (199-88) saved the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. Montenegrin center Andrija Pejovic (205-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Hercegovac players scored in double figures. Power forward Darko Damjanovic (203-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and naturalized Serbian forward Igor Vukovic (202-82) added 9 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Slavija. Hercegovac moved-up to sixth place. Slavija lost their ninth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Hercegovac's next round opponent will be higher ranked Capljina Lasta (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Hercegovac: G.Gajovic 23+5reb+2ast, A.Pejovic 14+11reb, L.Nikola 13+5reb+7ast, M.Vukovic 10+3reb+2ast, S.Vukovic 10+5reb+1ast, B.Lalovic 9+6reb+2ast
Slavija: D.Damjanovic 17+12reb+2ast, M.Savovic 13+5reb+3ast, P.Boljkovac 12+8ast, R.Malovic 9+2reb+7ast, A.Bajramovic 9+6reb, I.Vukovic 9+12reb
gschID: 113518


Kakanj - Bosna 85-90

D1 top team - Bosna ASA BHT (14-2) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked Kakanj (6-9) 90-85. Kakanj trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 25-13 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 85-90 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Croatian power forward Dzenan Rahimic (204-74) who scored 32 points and 9 rebounds (on 14-of-16 shooting from the field). Guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87) chipped in 23 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Guard Mirza Ahmetbasic (193-87, college: Abil.Christian, agency: World Sport Agency) produced 23 points and 4 assists and guard Abdurahman Kahrimanovic (197-75, agency: Court Side) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Kakanj's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Bosna ASA BHT have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-2 record. Kakanj lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Bosna ASA BHT will meet at home Varda HE (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kakanj will play against the league's second-placed Borac Nektar in Banja Luka and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bosna: D.Rahimic 32+9reb+1ast, M.Pasalic 23+6ast, B.Durasovic 9+9reb+5ast, E.Zimic 8+5reb, E.Camdzic 8+1reb+3ast, M.Batina 4+1ast
Kakanj: M.Ahmetbasic 23+3reb+4ast, A.Kahrimanovic 15+3reb+1ast, A.Dedic 15+3reb, A.Suljagic 9+4reb, N.Mulic 6+2reb+4ast, N.Begovac 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 113513


Celik - Borac Nektar 67-73

Very expected game in Zenica where 10th ranked Celik (6-10) was defeated by third ranked Borac Nektar (11-5) 73-67 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 6 points. Borac Nektar made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. The former international forward Sinisa Kovacevic (200-78) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners and center Vladan Jocovic (211-82) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Borac Nektar players scored in double figures. The former international forward Ivan Opacak (202-80) responded with 15 points and forward Ramo Rizvic (200-87) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Borac Nektar moved-up to second place, which they share with Capljina. Loser Celik keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Borac Nektar will face Kakanj (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Celik will play against Sloboda Dita in Tuzla.
Top scorers:
Borac Nektar: S.Kovacevic 21+8reb+1ast, S.Tosic 16+1ast, V.Jocovic 15+6reb+2ast, F.Adamovic 10+2reb+1ast, M.Jagodic Kuridza 4+7reb+1ast, S.Blanusa 3+1reb
Celik: I.Opacak 15+4reb+1ast, R.Rizvic 14+1reb+2ast, O.Kuzmic 8+5reb, D.Begagic 8+1reb+2ast, K.Jezildzic 7+3reb, K.Avdic 4
gschID: 113514


Brotnjo - Sloboda Dita 81-75

An interesting game took place in Citluk where higher ranked Sloboda Dita (8-8) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Brotnjo (4-12) 81-75 on Sunday. Sloboda Dita trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 26-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-81 at the end of the game. Strangely Sloboda Dita outrebounded Brotnjo 34-18 including 24 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 62.1 percentage. Serbian guard Sasa Stefanovic (188-75) stepped up and scored 28 points and 4 steals for the winners and chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Mirza Hrncic (203-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and Montenegrin guard Darko Kastratovic (189-88, agency: BeoExcell) scored 15 points. Newly promoted Brotnjo maintains twelfth place with 4-12 record. Loser Sloboda Dita dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Brotnjo will face higher ranked SL IAT Leotar (#5) in Trebinje in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Brotnjo: S.Stefanovic 28+2reb+3ast, J.Branimir 13+6reb, N.Gaurina 8, A.Cutura 8+5reb, D.Pinjuh 7+1reb, V.Nakic 7+2ast
Sloboda Dita: M.Hrncic 24+11reb+1ast, D.Kastratovic 15+4reb+2ast, D.Albijanic 14+6reb, M.Tanasilovic 9+3reb, B.Sekicki 8+4reb+1ast, M.Bulic 4+3reb
gschID: 113515




Aleksandar Damjanovic returns to Bosna Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Bosna ASA BHT has secured a new reinforcement in the winter transfer window. The club has reached an agreement with Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) and this will be his return to the club. 37 year old Bosnian center started this season at Bosna ASA BHT, but moved to Swedish outfit White Eagles Stockholm. Now he is set for the return to the club where he is expected to reinforce the center position.
In his rich career, Damjanovic played for the hosts of clubs including Drina Osiguranje Zvronik, Mladost Gacko and BC Nymbruk prior to signing with Borac Nektar at the start of 2002-2003 season. In his debut year, Damjanovic averaged 11.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 25 Adriatic league games. In Bosnian league, Damjanovic averaged 10.1 points. Following season he averaged 11.3 points in 8 games. In 2004, the player moved to Slovenia where he signed with Krka Novo Mesto. However, in February of 2005 he moved to Bosna with whom he has won National Title. Following season, Damjanovic averaged 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 25 Adriatic league games winning second straight National title. At the start of 2006-2007 season, Damjanovic moved to Cyprus agreeing a deal with Apollon Limassol. One year later, he moved to Keravnos where he has won the National title in 2008 while averaging 11.5 points and 4.4 rebounds. Last season, Damjanovic helped Keravnos win the National Cup while in 6 EuroChallenge games he averaged 8.8 points and 2.3 rebounds.


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac19.1 
 2. Kahrimanovic, Kak.18.9 
 3. Albijanic, Sloboda .17.1 
 4. Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs.16.6 
 5. Opacak, Celik16.5 
 6. Stanic, Slavija16.2 
 7. Zdravkovic, Capljina15.9 
 8. Rahimic, Bosna15.6 
 9. Lesko, Brotnjo15.5 
 10. Gajovic, Hercegovac15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac8.2 
 2. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 3. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 4. Ljuca, Kakanj6.8 
 5. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.3 
 6. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.6.3 
 7. Kuzmic, Celik6.3 
 8. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
 9. Albijanic, Sloboda .5.9 
 10. Jocovic, Borac N.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Radnik B.
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Pasalic, Bosna4.8 
 3. Jovanovic, Borac N.4.4 
 4. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 5. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.5 
 6. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 7. Ahmetbasic, Kakanj3.3 
 8. Mulic, Kakanj3.3 
 9. Bijelica, Capljina3.2 
 10. Jovanovic, SL IAT L.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 3. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 4. Gajovic, Hercegovac1.9 
 5. Vranjes, Borac N.1.9 
 6. Komatina, Mladost1.9 
 7. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.7 
 8. Bijelica, Capljina1.7 
 9. Crnobrnja, Varda HE1.5 
 10. Opacak, Celik1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (--)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kuzmic, Celik2.0 
 2. Zimic, Bosna1.9 
 3. Ljuca, Kakanj1.6 
 4. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.8 
 5. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.8 
 6. Brkic, Capljina0.8 
 7. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.8 
 8. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 9. Duranovic, Mladost0.8 
 10. Suljagic, Kakanj0.7 


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. Hercegovac 8-7 
 7. Sloboda Dita 8-8 
 8. Zrinjski HT 8-8 
 9. Kakanj 6-9 
 10. Celik 6-10 
 11. Varda HE 5-10 
 12. Brotnjo 4-12 
 13. Slavija 2-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki TT


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  BRAZIL   


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


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  BULGARIA   


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


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 16-0 
 2. Levski 14-2 
 3. Balkan 9-7 
 4. Rilski Sportist 8-8 
 5. Cherno More 6-10 
 6. Tundja 5-11 
 7. Chernomorets 3-13 
 8. Spartak 3-13 


Lukoil fresh faces relish the new challenge - by Maria Mitzova
The newest additions to Lukoil Academik Sofia roster Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) and Lamont Mack (201-F-87, college: Charlotte) expect their first game with the Bulgarian champion. Lukoil hosts Russian giant Spartak St.Petersburg in EuroChallenge, and as for Green is positive hell play; Mack still awaits his letter of clearance.

Devin Green said: It was great opportunity for me to come back in Europe. I was playing in China so really, this was the perfect chance for me, thats why I said yes. I definitely think it is a good place to be. Lukoil is a very competitive team. It signed us both, so we have to keep up with the standard. As far as Spartak game I expect to win it. We will keep pushing till we reach Final 4.

Lamont Mack also shared some words: Lukoil is a very good team and has a history behind. Ive heard only good things about the organization. Its a good opportunity for my carrier to continue. I was playing in Greece before I came here, so I know couple of guys who have played in Bulgaria. Spartak game will let me catch my breath. I hope well get the win. I am still waiting to find out whether Ill be able to play or not. I am not quite aware on whats going on in the Bulgarian championship, but I know Lukoil is the champion and I expect to win everything this season.


Balkan Botevgrad sign Tsvetelin Ivanov - by Eurobasket
Balkan Botevgrad signed 22-year old domestic guard Tsvetelin Ivanov (196-G-89). Ivanov played most recently at Chernomorets Burgas (NBL). While playing 14 games for Chernomorets this season he averaged 12.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.6apg. Ivanov played also pro basketball in Romania and Spain. In his first game for Balkan (beat Tundja 70-66), he played in starting five, scoring 10 points and adding 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Balkan Botevgrad sign Kristiyan Borisov - by Eurobasket
Balkan Botevgrad signed 23-year old domestic guard Kristiyan Borisov (188-G-88). Borisov played most recently at Dunav 2007 Ruse (Division A). While playing 10 games for Dunav 2007 this season he averaged 19.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.3apg and 2.2spg. In his first game for Belkan, he scored 6 points in 23 minutes.

By Eurobasket Data Center


National Sports Academy Sofia welcomes back Kolev - by Eurobasket
National Sports Academy Sofia (Division A) added to their roster 23-year old domestic forward Radoslav Kolev (200-F-88). Kolev played most recently at U.M.F. Tindastoll (Iceland). While playing 5 games for Tindastoll this season he averaged 1.8ppg and 2.0rpg. It's his come back to the team from Sofia, where he played last season. In his first game for NSA (lost to Vidabasket) he was in the starting five. but played just 5 minutes scoring no points.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Division A Round 12: NSA loses to Vidabasket in the biggest upset of the week - by Eurobasket
The most shocking disappointment of round 12 in the Division A was a home defeat of 4th ranked NSA (6-5) by seventh ranked Vidabasket (5-5) who outscored them by 19 points 96-77. The game was mostly controlled by Vidabasket. NSA managed to win second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vidabasket dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to NSA's 24. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Julian Kolev (194-80) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Teodor Kirov (191-91) who added 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Vidabasket's coach Nikolay Kolev used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Galimir Tomov (196-88) with 25 points and 7 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Vidabasket has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Rilski 2. NSA at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Balkan 2. Vidabasket is looking forward to face higher ranked Academik Plovdiv (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. NSA will play against the league's second-placed Beroe in Stara Zagora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (0-11) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 11th consecutive match to eighth ranked Cherno More U18 (5-6) 100-91. The winners were led by forward Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!), 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and Anton Dikov supported him with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Even 51 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds by the former international forward Yavor Ivanov (195-84) did not help to save the game for Academic Blagoevgrad. Newly promoted Cherno More U18 maintains eighth position with 5-6 record. Academic Blagoevgrad at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Cherno More U18 will play against Sportist Svoge (#10) at home in the next round. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Rilski 2 in Samokov and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Sportist Svoge (3-8) outlasted Balkan 2 (6-5) in overtime by two points 80-78 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Balkan 2. The best player for the winners was Georgi Kunov who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Ivaylo Vuchkov who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Sportist Svoge moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Chavdar. Newly promoted Balkan 2 dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with NSA. Sportist Svoge will meet higher ranked Cherno More U18 (#8) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Balkan 2 will play against the league's leader Dunav 2007 (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last game of round 12 Beroe won against Chavdar on the opponent's court 100-88.


NSA - Vidabasket 77-96

The most shocking disappointment of round 12 in the Division A was a home defeat of 4th ranked NSA (6-5) by seventh ranked Vidabasket (5-5) who outscored them by 19 points 96-77. The game was mostly controlled by Vidabasket. NSA managed to win second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vidabasket dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to NSA's 24. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Julian Kolev (194-80) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Teodor Kirov (191-91) who added 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Vidabasket's coach Nikolay Kolev used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Galimir Tomov (196-88) with 25 points and 7 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and forward Antonio Iliev (202-92) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Five Vidabasket and four NSA players scored in double figures. Vidabasket has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Rilski 2. NSA at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Balkan 2. Vidabasket is looking forward to face higher ranked Academik Plovdiv (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. NSA will play against the league's second-placed Beroe in Stara Zagora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vidabasket: J.Kolev 23+5reb+3ast, B.Pangarov 16+6reb+3ast, Y.Yankov 16+4reb, T.Kirov 15+10reb+5ast, G.Stankov 13+7reb+3ast, T.Kolev 11+2reb+4ast
NSA: G.Tomov 25+7reb+1ast, A.Iliev 20+5reb+1ast, V.Hristov 15+4reb+4ast, D.Hristov 10+14reb, D.Dikov 5+1reb+2ast, V.Manuilov 2+2reb
gschID: 113099


Chavdar - Beroe 88-100

Very expected game in Troyan where 9th ranked Chavdar (3-8) was defeated by second ranked Beroe (8-2) 100-88 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Beroe. Chavdar managed to win third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was forward Petar Zagorov (202-86) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Boyko Milenkov (194-83) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Petar Hristov (194-90) who recorded 25 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and forward Deyan Denchev (193-93) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chavdar's coach Perat Petrov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Beroe has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 8-2 record having just two points less than leader Dunav 2007. Chavdar lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Sportist Svoge. Beroe will meet at home NSA (#4) in the next round. Chavdar will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Beroe: P.Zagorov 22+7reb+1ast, B.Milenkov 22+6reb+2ast, O.Kisimov 19+1reb, B.Marinov 14+7reb+2ast, M.Radnev 9+6reb+2ast, T.Tsvetanov 6+4reb+1ast
Chavdar: P.Hristov 25+5reb+6ast, D.Denchev 22+5reb+2ast, J.Arabadjiyski 18+3reb+2ast, V.Kukenski 11+9reb+4ast, K.Koev 5+7reb+1ast, J.Tsarov 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 113100


Sportist Svoge - Balkan 2 80-78 OT

Sportist Svoge (3-8) outlasted Balkan 2 (6-5) in overtime by two points 80-78 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Balkan 2. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Balkan 2 won fourth quarter 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Balkan 2 used huge pressure winning it 24-16 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 10-12. Sportist Svoge forced 19 Balkan 2 turnovers and outrebounded them 55-35 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sportist Svoge made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was center Georgi Kunov (205-92) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds. The former international guard Dimitar Stanislavov (190-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Ivaylo Vuchkov (200-90) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and guard Nikolay Marinov (178-94) added 18 points, 8 assists and 4 steals respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Sportist Svoge moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Chavdar. Newly promoted Balkan 2 dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with NSA. Sportist Svoge will meet higher ranked Cherno More U18 (#8) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Balkan 2 will play against the league's leader Dunav 2007 (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Sportist Svoge: A.Ivanov 14+15reb, D.Stanislavov 13+12reb+5ast, G.Kunov 12+16reb+3ast, R.Bogdanov 12+7reb+1ast, E.Goranov 12+5reb+1ast, M.Vutov 9+1ast
Balkan 2: N.Marinov 18+2reb+8ast, I.Vuchkov 16+10reb+2ast, P.Donchev 16+5reb+2ast, R.Dundalov 11+8reb, V.Stoev 11+5reb+3ast, D.Hristov 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 113096


Academik BL - Cherno More U18 91-100

Bottom-ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (0-11) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 11th consecutive match to eighth ranked Cherno More U18 (5-6) 100-91. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-23. But Academic Blagoevgrad won second period 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cherno More U18 made 25-of-30 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. Academic Blagoevgrad was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by forward Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!), 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and guard Anton Dikov (191-94) supported him with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Even 51 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds by the former international forward Yavor Ivanov (195-84) did not help to save the game for Academic Blagoevgrad. Forward Boyan Tenev (205-88, college: Lincoln Memorial) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Newly promoted Cherno More U18 maintains eighth position with 5-6 record. Academic Blagoevgrad at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Cherno More U18 will play against Sportist Svoge (#10) at home in the next round. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Rilski 2 in Samokov and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Cherno More U18: N.Stoyanov 42+14reb+4ast, A.Dikov 24+6reb+8ast, D.Vutev 14+1reb+1ast, Z.Marinov 9+9reb+4ast, A.Natskin 5+4ast, A.Harizanov 4+1reb+1ast
Academik BL: Y.Ivanov 51+6reb+3ast, I.Kraykov 12+9reb+1ast, B.Tenev 12+5reb+9ast, I.Mirchev 8+2reb+7ast, P.Todorov 6+6reb, K.Kostov 2+1reb+4ast
gschID: 113097




NBL Round 15: Leader Lukoil Academik gets another victory - by Eurobasket
Undefeated leader Lukoil Academik delivered the sixteenth consecutive win on Friday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Spartak (3-13) 101-84 in Sofia. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-84. Lukoil Academik outrebounded Spartak 40-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) who scored 20 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. The former international center Tencho Banev (209-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-74) who recorded 29 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Spartak's coach Tihomir Milev rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated Lukoil Academik (16-0) have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 16 victories in a row. Spartak lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. They share it with Chernomorets. Lukoil Academik's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena Levski.
The game in Varna was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (8-8) played at the court of 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (6-10). Rilski Sportist managed to secure a 8-point victory 102-94. It was a good game for international swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) who led his team to a victory with 26 points. Aleksandar Radojevic contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. International forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Euroins Cherno More. Euroins Cherno More's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rilski Sportist maintains fourth place with 8-8 record. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Rilski Sportist will play against Tundja (#6) in Yambol in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play on the road against Spartak in Pleven and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Yambol was quite interesting. Third ranked Balkan (9-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Tundja (5-11). Balkan managed to secure a 4-point victory 70-66 on Friday. It was a great evening for Georgi Davidov who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Nikolay Varbanov with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds. Balkan maintains third place with 9-7 record having seven points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Loser Tundja keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Balkan will meet Chernomorets (#7) in the next round. Tundja will play against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Sofia. Local Levski (14-2) outscored 7th ranked Chernomorets (3-13) 95-61. It was a quality performance for Stefan Georgiev who led the winners and scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Levski. They maintain second place with 14-2 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Chernomorets lost their ninth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. Levski's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sofia Lukoil Academik.


Levski - Chernomorets 95-61

The game with biggest result difference took place in Sofia. Local Levski (14-2) outscored 7th ranked Chernomorets (3-13) 95-61. The game without a history. Levski led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Chernomorets' 38 and made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Chernomorets 48-37 including a 38-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Levski players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Chernomorets' players. It was a quality performance for international power forward Stefan Georgiev (206-78) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. American center Donald Cole (204-81, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Edge Sports) accounted for 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side. Four Levski players scored in double figures. The former international forward Asen Saraliyski (199-84) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-81, college: Louisville) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Chernomorets in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Levski. They maintain second place with 14-2 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Chernomorets lost their ninth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. Levski's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sofia Lukoil Academik.
Top scorers:
Levski: S.Georgiev 16+7reb+2ast, D.Cole 15+5reb+3ast, A.Velikov 13+3reb+5ast, S.Slaveykov 12+4reb+2ast, Z.Georgiev 11+3reb+3ast, P.Ivanov 9+5reb+3ast
Chernomorets: A.Saraliyski 16+8reb+2ast, S.Naydenov 13+6reb+2ast, A.Penev 8+3reb+3ast, K.Koev 8+5reb+1ast, H.Zahariev 7+3reb+2ast, D.Roshmanov 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 120730


Lukoil Academik - Spartak 101-84

Undefeated leader Lukoil Academik delivered the sixteenth consecutive win on Friday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Spartak (3-13) 101-84 in Sofia. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-84. Lukoil Academik outrebounded Spartak 40-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) who scored 20 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. The former international center Tencho Banev (209-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-74) who recorded 29 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and guard Aleksandar Dyakovski (185-82) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively. Spartak's coach Tihomir Milev rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Lukoil Academik (16-0) have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 16 victories in a row. Spartak lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. They share it with Chernomorets. Lukoil Academik's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena Levski.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: B.Heath 20+4reb+6ast, T.Banev 16+9reb+1ast, T.Stoykov 15+5reb+2ast, V.Veselinov 13+3reb+2ast, B.Bowman 11+5reb+1ast, D.Stojanovski 10+4reb
Spartak: H.Dimitrov 29+8reb+7ast, A.Dyakovski 17+4reb+4ast, N.Traykov 16+6reb+2ast, T.Todorov 6+4reb+2ast, I.Stankov 5+3reb+2ast, T.Ostrev 4+1reb
gschID: 120731


Cherno More - Rilski Sportist 94-102

The game in Varna was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (8-8) played at the court of 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (6-10). Rilski Sportist managed to secure a 8-point victory 102-94. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-16. But Euroins Cherno More won third quarter 31-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rilski Sportist made 25-of-27 charity shots (92.6 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for international swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) who led his team to a victory with 26 points. Bosnian-Serbian center Aleksandar Radojevic (220-76, college: Barton County CC) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. International forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds and forward Simeon Iliev (202-89, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Euroins Cherno More. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Euroins Cherno More's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rilski Sportist maintains fourth place with 8-8 record. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Rilski Sportist will play against Tundja (#6) in Yambol in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play on the road against Spartak in Pleven and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: I.Lilov 26+3reb+3ast, A.Gruev 18+3reb+4ast, A.Radojevic 16+9reb+2ast, D.Karadzovski 14+2reb+1ast, V.Mijovic 11+1reb+4ast, M.Marinov 6+3ast
Cherno More: A.Yanev 22+9reb, T.Zhelev 16+5reb+2ast, S.Iliev 16+10reb+2ast, S.Tsonkov 14+2reb+2ast, P.Aleksiev 11+2ast, N.Kolev 8+5reb
gschID: 120732


Tundja - Balkan 66-70

The game in Yambol was quite interesting. Third ranked Balkan (9-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Tundja (5-11). Balkan managed to secure a 4-point victory 70-66 on Friday. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 42-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Georgi Davidov (205-76) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Stanimir Marinov (191-91) helped adding 14 points. The best for the losing side was the former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds and Slovenian forward Simon Finzgar (196-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Balkan maintains third place with 9-7 record having seven points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Loser Tundja keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Balkan will meet Chernomorets (#7) in the next round. Tundja will play against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Balkan: G.Davidov 19+5reb+2ast, S.Marinov 14+3reb+1ast, T.Ivanov 10+3reb+3ast, L.Lilov 7+9reb, K.Borisov 6+1ast, D.Filipov 5+3reb+3ast
Tundja: N.Varbanov 27+16reb, S.Finzgar 10+9reb+3ast, S.Govedarov 8+2reb+2ast, M.Durchev 5+1reb+2ast, D.Sattler 5+3reb+5ast, J.Radionov 4+7reb+3ast


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ivan LILOV
  Rilski Sportist
  (196-F/G-88)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Lilov, Rilski S.25.6 
 2. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.2 
 3. Harper, Levski22.3 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak19.3 
 5. Bozov, Balkan17.5 
 6. Naydenov, Chernomo.16.9 
 7. Yanev, Cherno More15.4 
 8. Govedarov, Tundja15.4 
 9. James, Lukoil A.14.9 
 10. Dyakovski, Spartak14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.13.1 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja11.1 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More9.0 
 4. Peterson, Lukoil A.7.8 
 5. Dimitrov, Spartak7.5 
 6. Kolev, Cherno More7.4 
 7. Todorov, Spartak7.1 
 8. Morton, Balkan7.0 
 9. Georgiev, Levski6.9 
 10. Kambala, Lukoil A.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Crowe, Levski5.9 
 2. Zahariev, Chernomo.4.5 
 3. Dyakovski, Spartak4.3 
 4. Bozov, Balkan4.3 
 5. Govedarov, Tundja4.2 
 6. James, Lukoil A.4.1 
 7. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.0 
 8. Gruev, Rilski S.3.8 
 9. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
 10. Dimitrov, Spartak3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Crowe, Levski2.4 
 2. Dimitrov, Spartak2.2 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.2.1 
 4. Bozov, Balkan2.1 
 5. Finzgar, Tundja1.8 
 6. James, Lukoil A.1.7 
 7. Zahariev, Chernomo.1.6 
 8. Kyosev, Cherno M.1.6 
 9. Lilov, Rilski S.1.6 
 10. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.4 
 2. Doychinov, Balkan1.1 
 3. Vaklinov, Rilski S.0.9 
 4. Varbanov, Tundja0.9 
 5. Petkov, Tundja0.7 
 6. Iliev, Cherno More0.7 
 7. Banev, Lukoil A.0.7 
 8. Yanev, Cherno More0.6 
 9. Mijovic, Rilski S.0.6 
 10. Traykov, Spartak0.6 


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  CANADA   


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 13-1 
 2. St.Francis X. 8-3 
 3. Dalhousie 6-5 
 4. St.Mary's 6-8 
 5. New Brunsw. 5-6 
 6. Acadia 4-7 
 7. UPEI 3-9 
 8. Memorial 3-9 
CanWest
 1. UBC 16-2 
 2. Trinity West. 16-2 
 3. Saskatchewan 13-3 
 4. Alberta 12-6 
 5. Victoria 11-7 
 6. Regina 10-6 
 7. Manitoba 7-9 
 8. UCFV 6-10 
 9. Calgary 5-11 
 10. Lethbridge 5-13 
 11. Brandon 4-12 
 12. Thompson R. 3-15 
 13. Winnipeg 2-14 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 14-0 
 2. Toronto Univ. 9-5 
 3. York 7-8 
 4. Ottawa 6-8 
 5. Ryerson 6-8 
 6. Laurentian 6-9 
 7. Queen's 3-12 
 8. RMC 0-15 
OUA West
 1. Lakehead 11-3 
 2. Windsor 11-3 
 3. Laurier 10-4 
 4. McMaster 7-7 
 5. Brock 7-7 
 6. Waterloo 6-8 
 7. Western 6-8 
 8. Guelph 5-9 
Quebec League
 1. Laval 7-2 
 2. McGill 6-3 
 3. Concordia 6-4 
 4. UQAM 4-5 
 5. Bishop's 0-9 


Top-ranked Carleton stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Top-ranked Carleton University remained unbeaten in the CIS regular season. The Ravens rolled past York 84:52 at home court to improve at 14-0 record. The Ravens used a 33:6 second period to take a 46:21 lead at halftime. York did not give up outscoring the hosts 25:18 in the third term and cutting the deficit but Carleton quickly picked up the slack and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Tyson Hinz (198-F) stepped up with 16 points to lead the winners. Philip Scrubb (191-G-93) and Michael Kenny (198-F-65) added 13 points each for the Ravens. Dejan Kravic (208-C-91) answered with 12 points and 7 rebounds for York.
The second-ranked UBC Thunderbirds fired past Brandon 106:62. Alex Murphy stepped up with 17 points, 5 assists, 5 steals and 4 boards to lead UBC to the 12th straight win. They enjoy a solid 16-2 record at the moment. The Thunderbirds strongly finished the first frame to take a 25:9 lead. They stretched the margin to 20 points at halftime and never looked back en route to the win. Doug Plumb (193-G, college: Minnesota St.) connected for 15 points. Josh Whyte (191-G-87) and Brent Malish (198-F-89) finished with 12 points each in the win. Isaiah James (F) and O'Brian Wallace (191, college: Miles CC) had 14 points each in the loss.



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  CHINA   


Jones' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old center Dwayne Jones (211-C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Fujian and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds, while his team crushed Liaoning (#8, 8-10) with 16-point margin 108-92. Fujian maintains the 16th position in Chinese league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 14 games and recorded just four victories. Jones turned to be Fujian's top player in his first season with the team. Saint Joseph's University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones leads league in rebounds with 17.3rpg. Jones is in league's top in and averages solid 2.2bpg and 61.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Charles Gaines (201-F-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) of Qingdao DS. He is American forward in his first season at Qingdao DS. In the last game Gaines recorded impressive double-double of 38 points and 22 rebounds. Bad luck as Qingdao DS lost that game 81-92 to the lower-ranked Jilin (#15, 6-12). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Qingdao DS dropped in the standings to 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Gaines is a newcomer at Qingdao DS and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 32.2ppg (#1). He also registered 14.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Stephon Marbury (187-G-77) of Foshan (#14). Marbury got into 30-points club by scoring 43 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds and eight assists. Despite Marbury's great performance Foshan lost 93-102 to the higher-ranked Shanghai (#11, 8-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Foshan not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Marbury could try to bring Foshan's a little bit higher in the standings. Marbury has individually a great season in China. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.5apg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 52.8% and 3PT: 50.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerome Moiso (208-C/F-78) of Jiangsu - 27 points, 22 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) of Beijing - 42 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Rodney White (206-F-80) of Shandong - 37 points and 14 rebounds
7. Lee Benson (208-F/C-73) of TianJin R. - 28 points and 13 rebounds
8. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Shanghai - 24 points and 25 rebounds
9. Marcus Williams (201-F-86) of Zhejiang C. - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Leon Rodgers (199-F-80) of Shanxi Zh. - 34 points, 7 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 - 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. Brown, Qingdao DS24.9 
 10. Harris, Shanghai24.9 
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. James, Zhejiang C.2.6 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.6 
 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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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. Saric, Dubrava1.7 
 9. Kamaldin, Darda1.7 
 10. Jugo, Kvarner 20101.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Toni VITALI
  Trogir
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Vitali, Trogir1.7 
 2. Bagaric, Dubrava1.6 
 3. Sobin, KK Split1.2 
 4. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.2 
 5. Sarlija, Borik1.1 
 6. Karac, Dubrovnik1.0 
 7. Kraljevic, Zabok1.0 
 8. Krolo, Darda0.9 
 9. Saric, Dubrava0.8 
 10. Rikic, Dubrava0.7 


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Division A Round 14: Leader Keravnos lose to APOEL - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked Keravnos (9-4) recorded its fourth loss on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked APOEL (8-2) 85-78. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Keravnos won fourth quarter 25-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. APOEL made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Croatian forward Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Arthur Lee (185-77, college: Stanford, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. American guard Vonteego Cummings (192-76, college: Pittsburgh) produced 22 points for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Keravnos at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. APOEL are looking forward to face AEK (#6) in Larnaca in the next round. Keravnos will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Limassol. Fifth ranked Achilleas (7-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging second-ranked Apollon (8-4) 88-86 on Friday evening. Achilleas maintains fifth position with 7-6 record. Apollon at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Etha. Achilleas will play against ENAD (#8) in Nicosia in the next round. Apollon will play on the road against Omonia (#9) in Nicosia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Larnaca was quite interesting. 6th ranked AEL (4-7) played at the court of seventh ranked AEK (5-8). AEK managed to secure a 8-point victory 92-84 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of AEL. Jordan Collins scored 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Brandon Ewing responded with 32 points. AEK moved-up to sixth place. Loser AEL dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. AEK will meet league's second-placed APOEL in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. AEL will play against Etha (#4) in Nicosia and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Nicosia. Local Etha (8-4) beat 9th ranked Omonia (2-10) 71-55. Anthony King notched 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 blocks to lead the effort. Etha's coach Antonis Constantinides allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Etha has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Apollon. Omonia lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Etha's next round opponent will be AEL (#7) in Limassol. Omonia will play at home against Apollon in Limassol.



Etha - Omonia 71-55

The game with biggest result difference took place in Nicosia. Local Etha (8-4) beat 9th ranked Omonia (2-10) 71-55. Omonia was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 46-29 second half run of Etha. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami (FL), agency: Interperformances) notched 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 blocks to lead the effort and American-British swingman Tarick Johnson (192-81, college: Campbell) supported him with 12 points. Etha's coach Antonis Constantinides allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 16 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Akida McLain (206-86, college: Indiana (PA)) did not help to save the game for Omonia. His fellow American import forward Dennis Horner (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Etha has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Apollon. Omonia lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Etha's next round opponent will be AEL (#7) in Limassol. Omonia will play at home against Apollon in Limassol.
Top scorers:
Etha: A.King 13+8reb+1ast, T.Johnson 12+3reb+1ast, T.Massamba 10+1reb+3ast, G.Anastasiadis 9+3reb+1ast, D.Cup 9+2reb+1ast, V.Dabkus 6+3reb+1ast
Omonia: A.McLain 16+9reb+1ast, D.Horner 13+6reb+3ast, D.Bostick 8+5reb, S.Avalic 6+3reb+3ast, M.Cubrilo 5+5reb+1ast, L.Juknevicius 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 120662


Keravnos - APOEL 78-85

Top ranked Keravnos (9-4) recorded its fourth loss in Strovolos on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked APOEL (8-2) 85-78. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Keravnos won fourth quarter 25-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. APOEL made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Croatian forward Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Arthur Lee (185-77, college: Stanford, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Four APOEL players scored in double figures. American guard Vonteego Cummings (192-76, college: Pittsburgh) produced 22 points and international center Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-80) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Keravnos at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. APOEL are looking forward to face AEK (#6) in Larnaca in the next round. Keravnos will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
APOEL: I.Hanavan 20+3reb, Z.Buljan 20+6reb, A.Lee 18+2reb+4ast, J.Davis 16+3reb+3ast, K.Tiggs 9+8reb+1ast, I.Miceta 2+2reb
Keravnos: V.Cummings 22+2reb+2ast, S.Stefanovic 13+4reb, P.Trisokkas 13+6reb, C.Fells 8+6reb+2ast, M.Pekovic 6+4reb, S.Djordjevic 5
gschID: 120659


Apollon - Achilleas 86-88

Important game to mention about took place in Limassol. Fifth ranked Achilleas (7-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging second-ranked Apollon (8-4) 88-86 on Friday evening. Achilleas maintains fifth position with 7-6 record. Apollon at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Etha. Achilleas will play against ENAD (#8) in Nicosia in the next round. Apollon will play on the road against Omonia (#9) in Nicosia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 120660


AEK - AEL 92-84

The game in Larnaca was quite interesting. 6th ranked AEL (4-7) played at the court of seventh ranked AEK (5-8). AEK managed to secure a 8-point victory 92-84 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of AEL. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-16. But AEL won third quarter 30-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American center Jordan Collins (208-82, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) scored 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Nikos Papadopoulos (197-81) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four AEK players scored in double figures. American guard Brandon Ewing (187-86, college: Wyoming, agency: Interperformances) responded with 32 points and Serbian forward Dragoslav Papic (205-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. AEK moved-up to sixth place. Loser AEL dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. AEK will meet league's second-placed APOEL in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. AEL will play against Etha (#4) in Nicosia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
AEK: J.Collins 23+9reb+2ast, N.Papadopoulos 17+6reb+3ast, F.Vukosavljevic 16+2reb+1ast, M.Ali Berdiel 11+5reb+6ast, V.Dujovic 9+8reb+3ast, N.Stylianou 9+5reb+2ast
AEL: B.Ewing 32+1reb+2ast, D.Papic 17+7reb+1ast, A.Wyatt 12+10reb, M.Kounounis 9+6reb+6ast, R.Buford 5+6reb+1ast, A.Liatsos 5+1ast
gschID: 120661




Apoel advances on top! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
An important game took place between Keravnos and Apoel on Friday night.

Even though Keravnos was close to the score, Apoel had control of the game and kept a safe lead. At the beginning of the 4th Apoel managed to take the score as much as 62-74, with Keravnos making a come back and advancing to 73-72. Apoel had a clearer mind at the end and won a significant game by 78-85.

This was not the best game we have seen in terms of quality between the two teams as it was in terms of importance.

Ian Hanavan stepped up for the guests with 20 pts, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Buljan was also great, with 20 pts and 6 rebounds.

Lee who was back after a whole 9 weeks during which was not allowed to play, added 18 pts, grabbed 2 rebounds, gave 4 assists, and had 1 steal, while Davis helped his team with 16 pts,3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 out of a seminar block.

Tiggs added 9 pts, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 7 steals.

This was a collective effort from a team that had passion and hunger and improves Apoel to 8-2.

Keravnos was good mainly at the 4th where it converted a minus 12 pts game to plus 1 and had Apoel been not so careful, it might have won the game.

Cummings finished the game with 22 pts, 2 rebounds and 2 assists and Stefanovic added another 13 and grabbed 4 rebounds.

Keravnos lacked the passion and the clear mind in important times of the game. Keravnos is now 9-4.

Perhaps the most remarkable statistic in the game was the fact that the normally low-turnover Strovolians (had the best turnover average at the end of the 1st half of the league, just 11) committed 16 turnovers as opposed to 12 of Apoel.

Statistics show that Keravnos looses when it commits more turnovers than its opponent.

This compared to the fact that Apoel was very effective from the free throw line (had 21 out of 23 free throws - 91%) was the key to Apoel's victory.

Add to that the fact that Apoel was also more productive behind the 3-point line (36%) as opposed to only 22% of Keravnos.

Quarters: 19-21, 36-41, 53-62, 78-85

According to Cypriot basketball sites, Keravnos is looking to add a point-guard and a center in the team.




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Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. Chomutov 18-3 
 2. J.Hradec 15-6 
 3. Sokol Prazsky 13-7 
 4. Vysehrad 13-8 
 5. Usti n/Labem 13-8 
 6. Sokol H.Kralove 12-9 
 7. Proton Zlin 12-9 
 8. Opava B 11-10 
 9. Trutnov 10-11 
 10. Benesov 8-13 
 11. Litomerice 7-15 
 12. Sparta Praha 6-15 
 13. Prostejov B 5-16 
 14. Liberec 3-16 


If basketball games were only 25 minutes long, the result of this one would surprise you - by Spencer McIntosh
If basketball games were only 25 minutes long, the result of this one would surprise you. USK Praha engineered a terrific 25 minutes of beautiful basketball that had them outgunning the powerhouse of the Czech League, BK Prostejov. In the first half Praha had solid ball movement, forced turnovers, was active on the offensive glass, and corralled many loose ball situations. All this lead to a strong start, but by the 3rd Quarter Prostejiv found its groove and locked in defensively. They were able to get easy baskets that ultimately paced them past the undermanned Praha and left town with a victory. Eugene Lawrence lead the way for the winners with 14 points and 6 assists while Martin Klimes finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds.

Praha started the game strong. A 3-pointer from Jiri Slavik at the top of the key with .30 seconds to go in the 1st Qtr. gave the hosts a 23-19 advantage. Prostejov had many empty possessions due to turnover issues on their final possessions in the 1st Qtr.

As the 2nd Qtr. was underway. Praha would not let BK PROS take control of the game. BK PROS again turned the ball over, and a bucket and a foul by Martin Klimes extended their lead to 25-19 at the 8:35 mark. Praha's Martin Stastny deep 3-pointer gave them a 29-23 lead momentarily, until Jaromir Bohacik answered on the other end with a 3 of his own to close the margin to 29-26 at the 5:40 timeout. Praha big man Milan Bjegovic played sparingly in the 1st half, but when he was inserted back into the contest after the timeout he used a crafty baseline spin move to draw a foul and convert the layup. On the ensuing possession Stastny drilled his second 3-pointer igniting the electricity in the crowd as the lead ballooned to a 34-26 and Praha was looking like a force that would not go away. They played hard nosed defense and protected the rim, sending away several layup attempts by Prostejov throughout the duration of the quarter. Praha marched into the lockeroom at halftime holding a 37-33 lead.

Prostejov seemed to have liked the halftime speech, as they tightened up their defense in the second half. For the most part, the open looks and easy shots Praha had in the first half were not there in the 2nd. Prostejov was able to get out in transition and get their own easy looks around the rim with Eugene Lawrence orchestrating the offense. Soon enough, Prostejov knotted the game at 41-41 with 5:30 left in the quarter. The game would go back for forth, with it again being tied at 48-48 with 3:38 remaining. Prostejov finished the 3rd Qtr. strong, as Praha managed only 1 point in the final 3:38, and Prostejov was in command heading into the 4th Qtr up 57-49.

They kept the pressure up in the final frame, and the lead climbed into double digits, peaking at 67-54 at the 6:19 mark. The final score was 71-60. A strong effort by USK Praha who were without two of their reserves, Michal Vocetka and Hroban Vojtech. Prostejov improves to an impressive 14-2 on the season, and Praha drops to 4-12.



1Liga Round 21 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and derby games.

Round 21 most important game was a victory of Proton Zlin over 6th ranked B&W Opava B 82-76 on Sunday night. Proton Zlin has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sokol H.Kralove. B&W Opava B at the other side dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Proton Zlin is looking forward to face Sparta Praha (#12) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. B&W Opava B will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Levharti Chomutov (18-3) which hosted in Chomutov second-best BK Lions Hradec (15-6). First ranked Levharti Chomutov had an easy win 101-86. Levharti Chomutov have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. BK Lions Hradec at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Levharti Chomutov will play against Sokol Prazsky (#3) in Praha in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BK Lions Hradec will play at home against Sokol Vysehrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eleventh-ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (7-15) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Sokol Vysehrad (13-8) on Sunday. Sokol Vysehrad managed to secure only five-point victory 73-68. However their fans expected much easier game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sokol Vysehrad. They maintain fourth place with 13-8 record, which they share with Usti n/Labem. Slavoj BK Litomerice lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Sokol Vysehrad will meet league's second-placed BK Lions Hradec in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against BK Prostejov B (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 14th ranked BK Kondori Liberec (3-16) and seventh ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (12-9) in Liberec ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Hradec Kralove outscored BK Kondori Liberec 94-55. Sokol Hradec Kralove moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Proton Zlin. BK Kondori Liberec lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Sokol Hradec Kralove's next round opponent will be B&W Opava B (#8) at home. BK Kondori Liberec will play against Kara Trutnov (#9).
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Praha: Sokol Prazsky (#3) and Sparta Praha (#12). Despite it looked like an easy game for Sokol Prazsky, those rules do not exist in derby games. It's more the case of honor for local supporters and such games have that special and unique approach you cannot find in other games. Host Sparta Praha challenged much higher ranked Sokol Prazsky giving them a very tough game, but finally losing it by four points 79-75. Sokol Prazsky maintains third place with 13-7 record having six points less than leader Chomutov. Loser Sparta Praha keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Sokol Prazsky will face league's leader Levharti Chomutov at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sparta Praha will play against Proton Zlin (#7).

In the last two games of round 21 Benesov beat Prostejov B on the road 89-79. Usti n/Labem won against Trutnov on its own court 87-69.



Sparta Praha - Sokol Prazsky 75-79

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Praha: Sokol Prazsky (#3) and Sparta Praha (#12). Despite it looked like an easy game for Sokol Prazsky, those rules do not exist in derby games. It's more the case of honor for local supporters and such games have that special and unique approach you cannot find in other games. Host Sparta Praha challenged much higher ranked Sokol Prazsky giving them a very tough game, but finally losing it by four points 79-75. Sokol Prazsky maintains third place with 13-7 record having six points less than leader Chomutov. Loser Sparta Praha keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Sokol Prazsky will face league's leader Levharti Chomutov at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sparta Praha will play against Proton Zlin (#7).
gschID: 91954


Prostejov B - Benesov 79-89

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked BC Benesov (8-13) beat on the road 13th ranked BK Prostejov B (5-16) 89-79 on Sunday. BC Benesov maintains tenth place with 8-13 record. Newly promoted BK Prostejov B keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. BC Benesov will face higher ranked BK Usti nad Labem (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Prostejov B will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 91951


Vysehrad - Litomerice 73-68 OT

Eleventh-ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (7-15) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Sokol Vysehrad (13-8) on Sunday. Sokol Vysehrad managed to secure only five-point victory 73-68. However their fans expected much easier game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sokol Vysehrad. They maintain fourth place with 13-8 record, which they share with Usti n/Labem. Slavoj BK Litomerice lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Sokol Vysehrad will meet league's second-placed BK Lions Hradec in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against BK Prostejov B (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 91952


Chomutov - J.Hradec 101-86

An interesting game for Levharti Chomutov (18-3) which hosted in Chomutov second-best BK Lions Hradec (15-6). First ranked Levharti Chomutov had an easy win 101-86. Levharti Chomutov have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. BK Lions Hradec at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Levharti Chomutov will play against Sokol Prazsky (#3) in Praha in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BK Lions Hradec will play at home against Sokol Vysehrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 91953


Opava B - Proton Zlin 76-82

Round 21 most important game was a victory of Proton Zlin over 6th ranked B&W Opava B 82-76 on Sunday night. Proton Zlin has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sokol H.Kralove. B&W Opava B at the other side dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Proton Zlin is looking forward to face Sparta Praha (#12) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. B&W Opava B will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 91948


Liberec - Sokol H.Kralove 55-94

The game between 14th ranked BK Kondori Liberec (3-16) and seventh ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (12-9) in Liberec ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Hradec Kralove outscored BK Kondori Liberec 94-55. Sokol Hradec Kralove moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Proton Zlin. BK Kondori Liberec lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Sokol Hradec Kralove's next round opponent will be B&W Opava B (#8) at home. BK Kondori Liberec will play against Kara Trutnov (#9).
gschID: 91949


Usti n/Labem - Trutnov 87-69

Very expected game when 9th ranked Kara Trutnov (10-11) lost on the road to fifth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (13-8) 87-69 on Sunday. BK Usti nad Labem moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Vysehrad. Loser Kara Trutnov keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. BK Usti nad Labem will face BC Benesov (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Kara Trutnov will play against BK Kondori Liberec.
gschID: 91950




Myles McKay let go after Evaluation Period with CEZ Nymburk - by Surujh Roopnarine
Four games were not enough for second-year guard Myles McKay (191-G-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) to make enough of an impression on the management of CEZ Nymburk, as the club did not extend his probationary contract past the middle of January. Joining the club before the holiday break, the NBLs leading scorer from a season ago appeared sparingly in four games (three in Adriatic League, one in Eurocup) with the perennial Czech Champions. In three Adriatic League games the 6-3 McKay averaged 4.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 10.0 minutes. The former NCAA DIII standout from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater began this season in Italys Lega Due with Mazzeo San Severo where he appeared in seven games, averaging 15.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 45.9% from two point range, and 28.6% from behind the arc. As a rookie last season, McKay led the NBL in scoring with a 22.1ppg average over 47 contests, five points per game higher than the next best scorer (Kevin Thomas (193-G-82, college: Georgia St.) 17.1ppg).


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  DENMARK   


1st Division Round 14: Haderslev defeats leader Falcon - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Falcon (12-2) on the court of third ranked Haderslev on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Haderslev 83-67. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Falcon. Newly promoted Haderslev maintains third position with 11-5 record behind leader Falcon. Falcon at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. Haderslev are looking forward to face Virum (#4) on the road in the next round. Falcon will play against Aarhus BF and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Herlev managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against ninth-ranked Hobas in Horsholm 83-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hobas. Herlev maintains twelfth position with 3-12 record. Hobas at the other side keep the ninth place with ten games lost. Herlev will play against higher ranked Glostrup (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hobas will play against Skt. Klemens in Odense and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Aarhus was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Virum (10-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Aarhus BF (5-9). Virum managed to secure a 5-point victory 83-78 on Sunday. Virum maintains fourth position with 10-4 record, which they share with Lemvig. Loser Aarhus BF keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Virum will meet at home higher ranked Haderslev (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Aarhus BF will play against the league's leader Falcon (#1) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Aarhus was quite interesting. 6th ranked Solrod (9-7) played at the court of eighth ranked Aarhus BF (5-9). Aarhus BF defeated Solrod 86-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Solrod. Aarhus BF maintains eighth position with 5-9 record. Solrod at the other side keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Aarhus BF's next round opponent will be league's leader Falcon on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
The game between second ranked Stevnsgade (11-3) and 7th ranked Glostrup (5-7) in Stevnsgade on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Stevnsgade outscored guests from Glostrup 91-72. Stevnsgade has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-3 record behind leader Falcon. Glostrup lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Stevnsgade will face Lemvig (#5) on the road in the next round. Glostrup will play against Herlev.

In the last two games of round 14 Solrod beat Skt. Klemens on the road 90-85. ALBA lost to Lemvig on its own court 67-81.



Skt. Klemens - Solrod 85-90

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Solrod (9-7) beat 11th ranked Skt. Klemens (3-11) in Odense 90-85 on Sunday. Solrod maintains sixth position with 9-7 record. Skt. Klemens lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 11 games lost. Solrod will face ALBA (#10) in Alleroed in the next round. Skt. Klemens will play on the road against Hobas in Horsholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 110386


Aarhus BF - Virum 78-83

The game in Aarhus was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Virum (10-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Aarhus BF (5-9). Virum managed to secure a 5-point victory 83-78 on Sunday. Virum maintains fourth position with 10-4 record, which they share with Lemvig. Loser Aarhus BF keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Virum will meet at home higher ranked Haderslev (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Aarhus BF will play against the league's leader Falcon (#1) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 110387


ALBA - Lemvig 67-81

Very expected game when 10th ranked ALBA (3-11) lost to fifth ranked Lemvig (10-4) in Alleroed 67-81 on Saturday. Lemvig moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Virum. ALBA lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 11 games lost. Lemvig will face league's second-placed Stevnsgade at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. ALBA will play against Solrod (#6).
gschID: 110381


Haderslev - Falcon 83-67

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Falcon (12-2) on the court of third ranked Haderslev on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Haderslev 83-67. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Falcon. Newly promoted Haderslev maintains third position with 11-5 record behind leader Falcon. Falcon at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. Haderslev are looking forward to face Virum (#4) on the road in the next round. Falcon will play against Aarhus BF and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 110382


Aarhus BF - Solrod 86-75

The game in Aarhus was quite interesting. 6th ranked Solrod (9-7) played at the court of eighth ranked Aarhus BF (5-9). Aarhus BF defeated Solrod 86-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Solrod. Aarhus BF maintains eighth position with 5-9 record. Solrod at the other side keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Aarhus BF's next round opponent will be league's leader Falcon on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
gschID: 110383


Hobas - Herlev 72-83

Bottom-ranked Herlev managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against ninth-ranked Hobas in Horsholm 83-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hobas. Herlev maintains twelfth position with 3-12 record. Hobas at the other side keep the ninth place with ten games lost. Herlev will play against higher ranked Glostrup (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hobas will play against Skt. Klemens in Odense and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 110384


Stevnsgade - Glostrup 91-72

The game between second ranked Stevnsgade (11-3) and 7th ranked Glostrup (5-7) in Stevnsgade on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Stevnsgade outscored guests from Glostrup 91-72. Stevnsgade has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-3 record behind leader Falcon. Glostrup lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Stevnsgade will face Lemvig (#5) on the road in the next round. Glostrup will play against Herlev.
gschID: 110385




Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Falcon 12-2 
 2. Stevnsgade 11-3 
 3. Haderslev 11-5 
 4. Virum 10-4 
 5. Lemvig 10-4 
 6. Solrod 9-7 
 7. Glostrup 5-7 
 8. Aarhus BF 5-9 
 9. Hobas 3-10 
 10. ALBA 3-11 
 11. Skt. Klemens 3-11 
 12. Herlev 3-12 


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. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.3 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.7 
 3. Dennis, SISU4.6 
 4. Burgess, Bakken4.3 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.3 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg4.1 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj4.1 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose3.7 
 9. Dalboge, Aabyhoj3.2 
 10. McFarlane, Vaerl.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 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. Falsvig, Aalborg1.7 
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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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
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Jackson, Idaho S.2.4 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 5. Linhart, Erie B.2.2 
 6. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.2 
 7. Hubbard, New M.2.1 
 8. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 9. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.3 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.3.1 
 3. N''Diaye, Dakota W.2.7 
 4. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 5. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.5 
 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 


Blazers to add D-Leagues Chris Johnson - by Eurobasket News
The Trail Blazers on Monday are expected to add Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU), 210-pound forward with the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League, who will be signed to a 10-day contract via a hardship exception.

Portland is eligible for the exception because four of its players - Marcus Camby, Greg Oden, Brandon Roy and Elliot Williams - have missed at least three games and are declared to be out at least another two weeks.

Johnson, 25, is averaging 17.2 points and 9.7 rebounds and is third in the D-League with 3.1 blocked shots in 27 games. The former Louisiana State standout is mostly an insurance policy, but Blazer brass and coaches want to take a look at him, too, for the future.

The Blazers can sign Johnson to a second 10-day contract, then will be forced to make a decision whether to keep him or let him go. If they keep Johnson, theyll have to move another player because they are at the 15-player roster limit.

Courtesy of www.hoopsnotes.com


Krabbenhoft Considering Skyforce - by Gregory Primus
As the Sioux Falls Skyforce sits at the bottom of the D-League standings, they wonder what happened to last year's winning formula.

The shortfall begins with the loss of last year's late season call-up Reggie Williams (6'5''-G/F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: VMI).

A hint at what was to come in 2010-11 was the first round selection of Cheikh Samb (7'1''-C-84) , who never showed. They passed on Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU) who just got called up to the Portland Trail Blazers after averaging 17.2 points and 9.7 rebuonds for Dakota. Head Coach Tony Fritz then juggled the roster, which didn't result in wins. So, management fired Fritz and brought in veteran coacn Morris McHone , sort of a return to Skyforce roots as McHone has a long history in Sioux Falls (originally named Head Coach in 1995).

The team, having spent moves on players that haven't panned out, now sits at the top of the selection pool and patiently waita for a difference-maker. They also own the D-League rights to last years standout players, Alexander Johnson (6'10''-F-83, college: Florida St.), Gregory Stiemsma (6'11''-C-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin), Kirk Penney (6'5''-G-80, college: Wisconsin), and Joseph Krabbenhoft (6'7''-G/F-87, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin).

Johnson hasn't played this season and must therefore believe a return to Sioux Falls isn't in the cards. Stiemsma is locked into a lucrative 2 year deal in Turkey. Penney is in his homeland playing for the New Zealand Breakers. The NBL has a short season, so it is possible Penney may become available at some point. Krabbenhoft is playing for a Greek Eurocup team, Panellinios.

But rumors persist that Krabbenhoft, a Sioux Falls native, has kept close ties with the Skyforce. Krabbenhoft was unavailable for comment, but a return to the Skyforce could make sense. The Greek league has seen multiple defections due to the failing Greek economy and the devastationg impact on the ability of some teams to meet payroll.

Unlikely to make the playoffs, the Skyforce will likely focus on rebuilding, reaching out to the coaches and players that made them the model minor league franchise.



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DOMINICANS ABROAD: EULIUS BAEZ - BEST IN SPAIN ROUND 18 - by Ozell Wells
Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Valladolid, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Menorca (#17, 5-13) with 16-point margin 71-55. Valladolid maintains the 3rd position in Spanish ACB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Valladolid will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. In the team's last game Baez had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Valladolid and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Eulis Baez averages this season 9.5ppg and 5.2rpg.



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  ESTONIA   


EMKL Round 20: TU/Rock defeats Kalev/Cramo in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

An interesting game for TU/Rock (19-1) which played road game in Tallinn against second-ranked Kalev/Cramo (17-3). First ranked TU/Rock managed to get a 10-point victory 81-71. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Kalev/Cramo. The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. Kalev/Cramo managed to win second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). The former international center Vallo Allingu (206-78) contributed with 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) replied with 21 points for Kalev/Cramo. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. TU/Rock have an impressive 16-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 19-1 record. Kalev/Cramo at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. TU/Rock are looking forward to face BC Rakvere (#4) on the road in the next round. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round.
EMKL top team - TU/Rock (19-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Rapla (7-12) 89-75. Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and Vallo Allingu who added 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. TU/Rock's coach Indrek Visnapuu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Raido Ringmets (204-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. TU/Rock have an impressive 16-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 19-1 record. Newly promoted Rapla keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with TTU/Kalev II. TU/Rock will play against BC Rakvere (#4) on the road in the next round. Rapla will play against TTU/Kalev II in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Kalev/Cramo - TU/Rock 71-81

An interesting game for TU/Rock (19-1) which played road game in Tallinn against second-ranked Kalev/Cramo (17-3). First ranked TU/Rock managed to get a 10-point victory 81-71. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Kalev/Cramo. The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. Kalev/Cramo managed to win second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). The former international center Vallo Allingu (206-78) contributed with 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) replied with 21 points and international forward Joosep Toome (202-85) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kalev/Cramo. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. TU/Rock have an impressive 16-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 19-1 record. Kalev/Cramo at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. TU/Rock are looking forward to face BC Rakvere (#4) on the road in the next round. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: R.Tamm 21+4reb+2ast, J.Toome 13+6reb, M.Dunigan 10+4reb, G.Arbet 7+3reb+2ast, R.Keerles 6+7reb, G.Dorbek 6+4reb+1ast
TU/Rock: V.Allingu 26+5reb+1ast, C.Eziukwu 19+11reb+4ast, G.Tsintsadze 9+3reb+2ast, M.Doronin 8+5reb+2ast, A.Paade 8+2reb+1ast, S.Sokk 7+2reb
gschID: 119552


Rapla - TU/Rock 75-89

EMKL top team - TU/Rock (19-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Rapla (7-12) 89-75. The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. Rapla managed to win second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-32 charity shots (81.3 percent) during the game. TU/Rock outrebounded Rapla 39-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Rapla was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and the former international center Vallo Allingu (206-78) who added 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five TU/Rock players scored in double figures. TU/Rock's coach Indrek Visnapuu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Raido Ringmets (204-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and forward Indrek Kajupank (197-88) scored 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. TU/Rock have an impressive 16-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 19-1 record. Newly promoted Rapla keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with TTU/Kalev II. TU/Rock will play against BC Rakvere (#4) on the road in the next round. Rapla will play against TTU/Kalev II in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rapla: R.Ringmets 28+11reb+3ast, R.Laane 10+2reb, H.Erm 9+1reb+1ast, I.Kajupank 8+5reb+4ast, S.Kaldre 7+2reb, A.Antson 5+2reb+1ast
TU/Rock: V.Allingu 15+5reb+1ast, A.Paade 14+5reb+1ast, T.Eichfuss 12+4reb, S.Sokk 11+2reb+3ast, C.Eziukwu 11+12reb+2ast, G.Tsintsadze 9+2reb
gschID: 119550




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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Voru KK
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.8 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 3. Raap, Parnu17.6 
 4. Erm, Rapla16.3 
 5. Brown, Va.16.0 
 6. Arnold, TT.15.0 
 7. Raadik, Parnu14.8 
 8. Vares, Va.14.7 
 9. Tagamets, Va.14.5 
 10. Kuuba, Voru KK14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Voru KK
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.3 
 2. Brown, Va.12.2 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.1 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.6 
 5. Eziukwu, TU/Rock9.1 
 6. Osby, TT.8.9 
 7. Kuuba, Voru KK8.6 
 8. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.3 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 10. Raadik, Parnu6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Kalev/Cramo
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.8 
 2. Sokk, TU/Rock3.4 
 3. Kriisa, TT.3.4 
 4. Oja, Va.3.2 
 5. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock2.9 
 6. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.9 
 7. Karner, Parnu2.8 
 8. Laane, Rapla2.6 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla2.6 
 10. Winston, Va.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Aiscai Kaunas
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 2. Doronin, TU/Rock2.2 
 3. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 4. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 5. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 6. Karner, Parnu1.8 
 7. Pilk, TT.1.8 
 8. Erm, Rapla1.8 
 9. Veideman, TU/Rock1.8 
 10. Archibald, TT.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 3. Osby, TT.1.5 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.1 
 5. Brown, Va.0.9 
 6. Arnold, TT.0.8 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 8. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 9. Raadik, TU/Rock0.7 
 10. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 


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  EUROCUP   


Muli Katzurin takes the reins in Berlin - by Eurobasket News
Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) has been appointed the new head coach of ALBA Berlin. The Israeli specialist is replacing Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ). Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) recently worked with Nymburk. He took over the team back in 2006 and led them to four consecutive NBL titles. Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) also guided the Polish National Team in 2008-09 seasons. Earlier Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) worked with Bney Herzliya, Ironi Ramat Gan, Israeli National Team and Polish Slask Wroclaw.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Valencia relesed JR Giddens - by Filippo Passerini
After only 2 weeks Power Electronics Valencia decided to release J.R. Giddens (196-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico). The amercan guard forward (198 cm) arrived from Asseco Prokom Gyndia, The team who missed the top 16.Giddens hadn't played any games with Valencia because one week ago coach Pesic decided to not insert J.R in the list of the player for the top 16. Pesic didnt like the conduct of the american guard, especially the decision to put on Twitter the photos of the food that Giddens usually eat. Now valencia will probably buy a new forward to alternate with the young talent victor claver, because Jeremy Richardson didn't convice . Giddens in 10 eurolague games with Prokom scored 9 pints and grabbed 5.6 rebounds in 25 minutes on the floor with a high of 26 of valutation with Khimki in the first eurolague game.

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  FINLAND   


1st Division Round 15: BC Jyvaskyla loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Round 15 in 1st Division means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Jyvaskyla where host Saynatsalon Riento (6-8) beat league's leader BC Jyvaskyla (11-4) 73-59 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 14 points. Saynatsalon Riento dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to BC Jyvaskyla's 30. They outrebounded BC Jyvaskyla 49-34 including 34 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American center Eryk Thomas (200-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. Swingman Eetu Nieminen (191-84) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Antti Siimes (197-82) who recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). BC Jyvaskyla's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Saynatsalon Riento has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place. BC Jyvaskyla at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by FoKoPo. BC Jyvaskyla will play next round against Kerava Energia Team trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Saynatsalon Riento will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Forssan Koripojat as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Forssan Koripojat defeated 7th ranked Aanekosken Huima at home 93-79. It was a good game for naturalized American swingman Andre Foreman (198-69, college: Salisbury St.) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Sami Ikavalko contributed with 20 points for the winners. Bahamas forward Jamal Douglas (201-85, college: E.Kentucky) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for Aanekosken Huima. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Aanekosken Huima at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Aanekosken Huima will play next round against strong Tapiolan Honka trying to get back on the winning streak. Forssan Koripojat will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Lahden NMKY at Lahti.
An interesting game where Tapiolan Honka (#4) beat host BC Nokia (#5) 81-75 on Sunday evening. It was a great evening for Samuli Vanttaja who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Timo Riihela with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Tapiolan Honka maintains fourth place with 9-6 record. Loser BC Nokia dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Tapiolan Honka will meet Aanekosken Huima (#7) in the next round. BC Nokia will play against Torpan Pojat in Helsinki and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY (0-15) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 88-55 loss to third ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (10-5) in Lapua. It was an exceptional evening for Derick Nelson who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains third place with 10-5 record having just two points less than leader FoKoPo. Lahden NMKY at the other side still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat's next round opponent will be Ura Basket (#11) in Kaarina and are hoping to win another game. Lahden NMKY will play at home against the league's leader Forssan Koripojat and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Helsinki supposed to be quite interesting. Sixth ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (8-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Torpan Pojat (6-9). Loimaan Korikonkarit smashed Torpan Pojat 83-62 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Torpan Pojat. The best player for the winners was J'son Stamper who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Loimaan Korikonkarit moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Torpan Pojat dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit will face Saynatsalon Riento (#8) in Jyvaskyla in the next round. Torpan Pojat will play at home against BC Nokia.

In the last game of round 15 Ura Basket was defeated by Kerava ET in a road game 77-69.
The best stats of 15th round was 27 points and 4 assists by Benny Valentine of Lapua.


SayRi - Jyvaskyla 73-59

Round 15 in 1st Division means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Jyvaskyla where host Saynatsalon Riento (6-8) beat league's leader BC Jyvaskyla (11-4) 73-59 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 14 points. Saynatsalon Riento dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to BC Jyvaskyla's 30. They outrebounded BC Jyvaskyla 49-34 including 34 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American center Eryk Thomas (200-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. Swingman Eetu Nieminen (191-84) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Antti Siimes (197-82) who recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola (IL)) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively. BC Jyvaskyla's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Saynatsalon Riento has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place. BC Jyvaskyla at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by FoKoPo. BC Jyvaskyla will play next round against Kerava Energia Team trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Saynatsalon Riento will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit on the road.
Top scorers:
SayRi: E.Nieminen 16+5reb, E.Thomas 12+15reb, J.Hiekkavirta 11+3reb, T.Viitamaki 8+10reb+1ast, E.Pasanen 8+7reb+2ast, V.Pylkkanen 8
Jyvaskyla: T.Ahila 12+2reb, J.Nissinen 12+3reb, A.Siimes 12+9reb+1ast, J.Parkkinen 9+2reb, T.Robinson 8+12reb+1ast, T.Naukkarinen 4+3reb
gschID: 106823


TomPo II - LoKoKo 62-83

The game in Helsinki supposed to be quite interesting. Sixth ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (8-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Torpan Pojat (6-9). Loimaan Korikonkarit smashed Torpan Pojat 83-62 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Torpan Pojat. The game was mostly controlled by Loimaan Korikonkarit. Torpan Pojat managed to win third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Loimaan Korikonkarit dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Torpan Pojat's 34. Loimaan Korikonkarit forced 19 Torpan Pojat turnovers. The best player for the winners was American power forward J'son Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Maurice Horton (183-84, college: Mount Olive) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) who recorded 18 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Joel Heinikoski (183-92) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Loimaan Korikonkarit moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Torpan Pojat dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit will face Saynatsalon Riento (#8) in Jyvaskyla in the next round. Torpan Pojat will play at home against BC Nokia.
Top scorers:
LoKoKo: J.Stamper 21+16reb+1ast, M.Horton 18+15reb+1ast, C.Toney 16+4reb+3ast, J.Kinnunen 12+1ast, S.Latvala 8+2reb+1ast, J.Kivinen 6+1reb+1ast
TomPo II: P.Rainamaa 18+6reb, J.Heinikoski 10+6reb+1ast, V.Linturi 10+5reb, M.Sandberg 8+5reb+1ast, O.Lindqvist 4+1reb, M.Pehkonen 3+1reb
gschID: 106824


FoKoPo - Huima 93-79

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Forssan Koripojat as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Forssan Koripojat defeated 7th ranked Aanekosken Huima at home 93-79. It looked good early as Aanekosken Huima took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Forssan Koripojat had a 28-18 second period charge getting the lead and Aanekosken Huima was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-93. It was a good game for naturalized American swingman Andre Foreman (198-69, college: Salisbury St.) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Sami Ikavalko (187-89) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Bahamas forward Jamal Douglas (201-85, college: E.Kentucky) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and guard Treylon Manning (178, college: Texas Coll.) added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Aanekosken Huima. Five Forssan Koripojat and four Aanekosken Huima players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Aanekosken Huima at the other side keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Aanekosken Huima will play next round against strong Tapiolan Honka trying to get back on the winning streak. Forssan Koripojat will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Lahden NMKY at Lahti.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: A.Foreman 21+7reb+2ast, S.Ikavalko 20+4reb+3ast, M.Suokas 16+3reb+2ast, O.Kaunomaki 11+2reb+3ast, H.Rannula 10+7reb+1ast, J.McCulloch 8+4reb
Huima: J.Douglas 28+10reb+1ast, T.Manning 17+8reb+5ast, S.Mantymaa 15+3reb, L.Paanala 14+4reb+1ast, T.Ovaskainen 3+4reb, H.Kajander 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 106819


Lapua - Namika II 88-55

Bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY (0-15) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 88-55 loss to third ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (10-5) in Lapua. The game without a history. Lapuan Korikobrat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lapuan Korikobrat dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Lahden NMKY's 26. Lapuan Korikobrat forced 26 Lahden NMKY turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Lahden NMKY helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Derick Nelson (196-86, college: Oakland, agency: ACMT) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Benny Valentine (170-87, college: E.Washington) accounted for 27 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side. American forward Carlton Brown (198-79, college: Texas A&M) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds and guard Valtteri Makalainen (192-92) added 12 points respectively for Lahden NMKY in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains third place with 10-5 record having just two points less than leader FoKoPo. Lahden NMKY at the other side still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat's next round opponent will be Ura Basket (#11) in Kaarina and are hoping to win another game. Lahden NMKY will play at home against the league's leader Forssan Koripojat and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Lapua: D.Nelson 31+11reb, B.Valentine 27+4reb+4ast, K.Siven 14+8reb, T.Still 8+6reb+2ast, J.Turja 7+1reb+2ast, J.Turja 1+1reb
Namika II: C.Brown 12+16reb, V.Makalainen 12+1ast, J.Koskinen 7+1reb, V.Heinonen 6+3reb, J.Korhonen 6+2reb, A.Alanen 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 106820


BC Nokia - Honka 75-81

An interesting game where Tapiolan Honka (#4) beat host BC Nokia (#5) 81-75 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-75. Tapiolan Honka made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for power forward Samuli Vanttaja (210-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Sauli Silvonen (186-83) helped adding 26 points. The best for the losing side was guard Timo Riihela (193-80) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and guard Pekka Setala (183-90) scored 24 points. Tapiolan Honka maintains fourth place with 9-6 record. Loser BC Nokia dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Tapiolan Honka will meet Aanekosken Huima (#7) in the next round. BC Nokia will play against Torpan Pojat in Helsinki and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Honka: S.Silvonen 26+2reb+3ast, S.Vanttaja 21+12reb+1ast, H.Hohteri 11+4reb+1ast, V.Kopio 8+3reb+2ast, P.Vertio 8+4reb+1ast, K.Cato 2+6reb
BC Nokia: P.Setala 24+2reb, T.Riihela 19+11reb+3ast, J.Koskinen 9+4reb+1ast, B.Bojang 6+5reb, A.Vaenerberg 6+1reb+2ast, O.Heinonen 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 106821


Kerava ET - Ura Basket 77-69

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Ura Basket (6-9) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Kerava Energia Team (6-9) 77-69 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Kerava Energia Team outrebounded Ura Basket 47-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Justice Graham (195-79, college: Glenville St.) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Cameroonian forward Arsene Towa (191-81) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Kerava Energia Team's coach Olli-Pekka Auvinen used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Zach Ramey (191-81, college: Benedictine) who recorded 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Sakari Salminen (200-87) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kerava Energia Team has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with TomPo II and Ura Basket. Ura Basket lost third consecutive game. Kerava Energia Team will face league's second-placed BC Jyvaskyla on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Kerava ET: J.Graham 21+12reb+1ast, A.Towa 14+11reb+1ast, R.Tejha Mua 11+12reb, O.Korhonen 10+5reb, S.Harjula 6, P.Drockila 5
Ura Basket: Z.Ramey 23+6reb+5ast, N.Lehtila 15+5reb, M.Ahokas 15+2reb+2ast, S.Salminen 12+11reb+1ast, J.Alanko 4+3reb, T.Ritanotko 0
gschID: 106822




Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 24-6 
 2. KTP 22-7 
 3. Kataja 19-10 
 4. Korihait 18-11 
 5. Honka 17-12 
 6. Kouvot 15-15 
 7. ToPo 14-15 
 8. Namika Lahti 12-16 
 9. Karhu 12-17 
 10. Salon Vilpas 11-19 
 11. LrNMKY 7-22 
 12. Tarmo 4-25 


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 12-3 
 2. Jyvaskyla 11-4 
 3. Lapua 10-5 
 4. Honka 9-6 
 5. LoKoKo 8-6 
 6. BC Nokia 8-7 
 7. Huima 7-8 
 8. SayRi 6-8 
 9. Kerava ET 6-9 
 10. TomPo II 6-9 
 11. Ura Basket 6-9 
 12. Namika II 0-15 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Nelson, Lapua24.1 
 2. Stamper, LoKoKo21.6 
 3. Manning, Huima21.5 
 4. Hall, SayRi21.1 
 5. Bojang, BC Nokia20.2 
 6. Towa, Kerava ET19.9 
 7. Robinson, Jyvaskyla19.2 
 8. Valentine, Lapua18.6 
 9. Douglas, Huima18.4 
 10. Ramey, Ura Basket18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Namika II
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Brown, Namika II14.9 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia14.8 
 3. Douglas, Huima14.2 
 4. Towa, Kerava ET13.7 
 5. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.5 
 7. Hall, SayRi11.5 
 8. Stamper, LoKoKo10.9 
 9. Wilson, Huima10.6 
 10. Banks, SayRi10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Manning, Huima6.0 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.1 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket4.7 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo4.3 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.9 
 6. Ahila, Jyvaskyla3.3 
 7. Valentine, Lapua3.0 
 8. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla2.5 
 9. Kivinen, LoKoKo2.4 
 10. Pehkonen, TomPo II2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Benny VALENTINE
  Lapua
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Valentine, Lapua2.9 
 2. Horton, LoKoKo2.8 
 3. Hall, SayRi2.4 
 4. Bojang, BC Nokia2.2 
 5. Ramey, Ura Basket2.1 
 6. Stamper, LoKoKo2.0 
 7. Still, Lapua1.9 
 8. Foreman, FoKoPo1.8 
 9. Towa, Kerava ET1.8 
 10. Rainamaa, TomPo II1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Reijo OJANEN
  Jyvaskyla
  (192-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla1.0 
 2. Alanko, Ura Basket0.8 
 3. Kopio, Honka0.8 
 4. Setala, BC Nokia0.7 
 5. Brown, Namika II0.7 
 6. Mantymaa, Huima0.6 
 7. Alanen, Namika II0.6 
 8. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 9. Beatovic, Kerava ET0.5 
 10. Salminen, Ura B.0.5 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Wilson, Honka22.4 
 2. Heard, Tarmo21.6 
 3. Heard, Tarmo21.6 
 4. Lewis, LrNM.20.3 
 5. Walker, Kouvot20.1 
 6. Blanchard, ToPo20.0 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo20.0 
 8. Wood, Karhu19.6 
 9. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 10. Williamson, Honka19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Wood, Karhu13.7 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 4. Young, Tarmo10.0 
 5. Young, Tarmo10.0 
 6. Blanchard, ToPo9.9 
 7. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 8. Blanchard, ToPo9.9 
 9. Vinson, Kouvot9.7 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dijuan HARRIS
  Salon Vilpas
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Harris, Salon Vilpas4.4 
 2. Moore, LrNM.4.4 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.4 
 4. Okorie, Salon Vilpas4.0 
 5. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.9 
 6. Wood, Karhu3.9 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait3.7 
 8. Virtanen, Kataja3.7 
 9. Ivey, KTP3.4 
 10. Kataja, Salon Vilpas3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 2. Newson, Kataja2.0 
 3. Fields, KTP1.9 
 4. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 5. Sarcevic, Korihait1.8 
 6. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 7. Fells, Kataja1.8 
 8. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 9. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 10. Moore, Korihait1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.9 
 3. Heard, Tarmo0.8 
 4. Heard, Tarmo0.8 
 5. Wood, Karhu0.7 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 7. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 8. Belser, Honka0.6 
 9. Blanchard, ToPo0.6 
 10. Wilson, Honka0.6 


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Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-F/C-77)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Massie, Limoges17.8 
 2. Nichols, Vichy17.6 
 3. Woodside, Gravelines17.5 
 4. Jefferson, AS.17.4 
 5. Mejia, Cholet17.3 
 6. Darden, Nancy17.3 
 7. Bennett, Pau-La.15.9 
 8. King, Le Havre15.8 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines15.1 
 10. Haynes, Chalon14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rob LEWIN
  Art.Dragons
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Lewin, Vichy9.8 
 2. Massie, Limoges9.3 
 3. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 4. Jones, Le Havre8.8 
 5. Issa, Gravelines8.7 
 6. Jefferson, AS.8.1 
 7. Akingbala, Nancy8.0 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.5 
 10. Elegar, Vichy7.3 
Assists Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Linehan, Nancy6.4 
 2. Wright, Limoges6.4 
 3. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 4. King, Le Havre6.2 
 5. Woodside, Gravelines6.2 
 6. Sciarra, Pau-La.5.2 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
 8. Diabate, Roanne4.6 
 9. Bokolo, Gravelines4.4 
 10. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.4 
 2. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.5 
 3. Diot, Le Mans2.1 
 4. Darden, Nancy2.1 
 5. Walsh, AS.2.0 
 6. Bennett, Pau-La.1.9 
 7. Diabate, Roanne1.9 
 8. Sangare, Le Havre1.8 
 9. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 10. Washam, Hyeres-T.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.8 
 2. Issa, Gravelines1.5 
 3. Jefferson, AS.1.3 
 4. Sene, Gravelines1.2 
 5. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 6. Badiane, Poitiera.1.2 
 7. Pasco, Strasbourg1.2 
 8. Wilkinson, Le Havre1.2 
 9. Elegar, Vichy1.1 
 10. Falker, Cholet1.1 


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


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Blair, Denek24.8 
 2. Pridotkas, Brest17.8 
 3. Kennedy, Orchy17.6 
 4. Blot, Blois17.2 
 5. Petrovic, St Et.17.0 
 6. Lalugba, Denain16.6 
 7. Lesieu, St Quentin16.2 
 8. Ford, Bordeaux15.8 
 9. Disy, Roche15.8 
 10. Laroche, St Ch.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lavar SIMMONS
  St Etienne
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Simmons, St Et.9.2 
 2. Lesieu, St Quentin8.3 
 3. Grimm, Blois8.3 
 4. Pasut, Sorgues8.2 
 5. Alingue, Souffel8.2 
 6. Boutry, Challans8.0 
 7. Griffin, Angers B.7.9 
 8. Roberts, Brest7.8 
 9. Hoard, Lievin7.7 
 10. Kennedy, Orchy7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.2 
 2. Cortey, Le Puy6.0 
 3. Brochard, Blois5.9 
 4. Ramphort, Angers B.4.9 
 5. Barbry, Orchy4.5 
 6. Thomas, St Etienne4.2 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.2 
 8. Sauret, Denain4.1 
 9. Driss, Bordeaux4.1 
 10. Rambur, St Quentin3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Blair, Denek3.0 
 2. Neri, Roche2.2 
 3. Ipouck, Le Puy2.1 
 4. Sauret, Denain2.1 
 5. Pistre, Le Puy2.0 
 6. Driss, Bordeaux1.8 
 7. Blot, Blois1.7 
 8. Barbry, Orchy1.6 
 9. Roberts, Brest1.6 
 10. Hoard, Lievin1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.9 
 2. Traore, Angers B.1.8 
 3. Ford, Bordeaux1.8 
 4. Alingue, Souffel1.8 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.3 
 6. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 7. Pasut, Sorgues1.1 
 8. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 9. Diallo, Roche1.0 
 10. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 


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  GERMANY   


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


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Stahnsdorf 13-4 
 2. Schwelm 13-4 
 3. Vechta 13-4 
 4. Herten 12-5 
 5. Wulfen 9-8 
 6. Leipzig 8-9 
 7. ALBA Berlin II 8-9 
 8. SU Medien 7-10 
 9. Rist-Wedel 6-11 
 10. Bayer Giants 6-11 
 11. Wolfenbuettel 4-13 
 12. Bernau 3-14 
Group South
 1. Ehingen 16-1 
 2. NBC 13-4 
 3. Licher Baeren 12-5 
 4. Leitershofen 12-5 
 5. Langen 11-6 
 6. TSV Troester 8-9 
 7. BG Illertal 7-10 
 8. Gotha 6-11 
 9. Giessen 5-12 
 10. Dt.Bank SKY II 5-12 
 11. Schwenningen 4-13 
 12. Konstanz 3-14 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.3 
 2. Shepherd, Osnab.20.6 
 3. Brooks, Kirchheim20.3 
 4. Roessler, Karlsruhe19.5 
 5. Gause, Freiburg18.3 
 6. Gray, Crailsheim18.3 
 7. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.1 
 8. Watts, Dragons17.5 
 9. Burnette, Osnab.17.1 
 10. Wallace, B.Mue.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Black, Karlsruhe9.6 
 3. Smallwood, Kirchheim9.3 
 4. Yearby, Cuxhaven9.2 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.6 
 6. Watts, Dragons8.6 
 7. De Michael, Kirchheim7.9 
 8. Shaw, Chemnitz7.6 
 9. Schoo, Heidelberg7.6 
 10. Henry, Hannover7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kameron GRAY
  Crailsheim
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gray, Crailsheim6.0 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim5.8 
 3. Zazai, Chemnitz5.5 
 4. Jeka, Wuerzburg5.2 
 5. Barth, Heidelberg4.9 
 6. Johnson, Webmoebel4.9 
 7. Burnette, Osnab.4.4 
 8. Lowery, Braves4.3 
 9. Larsen, Dragons4.2 
 10. Wallace, B.Mue.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.2 
 2. Gause, Freiburg2.8 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz2.5 
 4. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 5. Brooks, Kirchheim2.2 
 6. Zazai, Chemnitz2.1 
 7. Shaw, Chemnitz1.9 
 8. Gray, Crailsheim1.9 
 9. Scott, Kirchheim1.8 
 10. Mendez, Heidelberg1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Smallwood, Kirchheim2.3 
 2. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.2.0 
 3. Shaw, Cuxhaven2.0 
 4. Williams, Karlsruhe2.0 
 5. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.7 
 6. Schoo, Heidelberg1.7 
 7. Hill, Jena1.3 
 8. Henry, Hannover1.2 
 9. De Michael, Kirchheim1.2 
 10. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.1 


ProA Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The most shocking disappointment of round 17 in the ProA was a home defeat of 3rd placed Kirchheim Knights (11-6) by fourth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (12-5) who outscored them by 26 points 98-72 in the game for the third place. It ended the five-game winning streak of Kirchheim Knights. The game without a history. BV Chemnitz 99 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for BV Chemnitz 99 especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. American forward Terren Harbut (198-83, college: Ohio) stepped up and scored 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) chipped in 25 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks. Kirchheim Knights' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. BV Chemnitz 99 have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Kirchheim Knights at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 are looking forward to face Crailsheim Merlins (#6) at home in the next round. Kirchheim Knights will play against the league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked USC Freiburg managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of nine consecutive loses. This time they won against fifteenth-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats 80-75. American guard Jamar Nutter (188-84, college: Seton Hall) nailed 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and Anton Shoutvin accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds for Cuxhaven BasCats in the defeat. USC Freiburg (4-13) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau. Cuxhaven BasCats at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. USC Freiburg will play against higher ranked Webmoebel Baskets (#9) in Paderborn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cuxhaven BasCats will play on the road against USC Heidelberg (#10) and hope to get back on the winning track.
ProA top team - Bayern Muenchen (16-1) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat twelfth ranked Science City Jena (6-11) 79-71. The best player for the winners was Steffen Hamann who scored 14 points and 4 assists. Melvin Hall produced 15 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Bayern Muenchen. They maintain first place with 16-1 record. Science City Jena lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Bayern Muenchen will meet Hannover Tigers (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Science City Jena will play against GiroLive-Ballers in Osnabrueck and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Homburg. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Webmoebel Baskets (8-9) to eighth ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (9-7) 75-73 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Webmoebel Baskets. Americans were the main players on the court. Stephen Cramer orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Saar-Pfalz Braves moved-up to seventh place. Webmoebel Baskets at the other side keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Saar-Pfalz Braves' next round opponent will be ETB Wohnbau (#14) in Essen and are hoping to win another game. Webmoebel Baskets will play on the road against USC Freiburg (#15) and be promoted back to the 1.Bundesliga just one year after relegation.
An interesting game took place in Paderborn where 6th ranked GiroLive-Ballers (10-6) were upseton the court of ninth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (8-9) 93-86 on Friday. Kejuan Johnson stepped up and scored 29 points and 5 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Webmoebel Baskets maintains ninth place with 8-9 record. Loser GiroLive-Ballers dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Webmoebel Baskets will face USC Freiburg (#15) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. GiroLive-Ballers will play against Science City Jena (#12).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 17: Wuerzburg destroyed ETB Wohnbau on the opponent's court 84-63. Osnabrueck outscored Heidelberg in a home game 101-72. Dragons was rolled over Crailsheim on the road 92-73. Karlsruhe defeated Hannover on its own court 86-78.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists by Kameron Gray of Crailsheim.


Braves - Webmoebel 75-73

A very interesting game took place in Homburg. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Webmoebel Baskets (8-9) to eighth ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (9-7) 75-73 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Webmoebel Baskets. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-12. But Webmoebel Baskets won third quarter 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Webmoebel Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Stephen Cramer (188-84, college: Hope (MI)) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) contributed with 10 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Saar-Pfalz Braves players scored in double figures. Guard Kejuan Johnson (193-85, college: Long Beach St.) answered with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Webmoebel Baskets. Saar-Pfalz Braves moved-up to seventh place. Webmoebel Baskets at the other side keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Saar-Pfalz Braves' next round opponent will be ETB Wohnbau (#14) in Essen and are hoping to win another game. Webmoebel Baskets will play on the road against USC Freiburg (#15) and be promoted back to the 1.Bundesliga just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Braves: S.Cramer 19+7reb, R.Oehle 12+6reb, J.Jamerson 11+4reb+1ast, R.Lowery 10+3reb+5ast, M.Weber 9+1reb+1ast, M.Damjanovic 6+6reb+1ast
Webmoebel: K.Johnson 25+8reb+4ast, D.Burns 18+5reb+2ast, M.Samarco 12+4reb+2ast, B.Spoeler 8+12reb, T.Hampton 4+1reb, K.Roemer 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 93497


ETB Wohnbau - Wuerzburg 63-84

Very expected game in Essen where 14th ranked ETB Wohnbau (4-13) was crushed by second ranked s Oliver Baskets (14-3) 84-63 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-63. s Oliver Baskets made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 ETB Wohnbau turnovers. ETB Wohnbau was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Sascha Kesselring (209-85) stepped up and scored 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Liberian-American guard Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina) chipped in 12 points. Paelay is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four s Oliver Baskets players scored in double figures. s Oliver Baskets' coach Marcel Schroeder felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Croatian guard Marco Buljevic (197-87, agency: Court Side) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets maintains second place with 14-3 record having just two points less than leader B.Muenchen. ETB Wohnbau lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. s Oliver Baskets will face Kirchheim Knights (#4) at home in the next round. ETB Wohnbau will play against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#7) in Homburg.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: T.Blackwood 15+1reb+1ast, P.Paelay 12+3reb+2ast, I.Elliott 12+1reb, L.Jeka 10+2reb+3ast, S.Kesselring 10+7reb, K.Wysocki 9+5reb+2ast
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 25+6reb+3ast, M.Buljevic 12+2reb+4ast, D.Fiorentino 8+3reb, K.Kern 8+2reb, K.Chones 6+5reb, S.Schroter 2+2reb
gschID: 93498


B.Muenchen - Jena 79-71

ProA top team - Bayern Muenchen (16-1) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat twelfth ranked Science City Jena (6-11) 79-71. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 43-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bayern Muenchen forced 21 Science City Jena turnovers. The best player for the winners was international guard Steffen Hamann (194-81) who scored 14 points and 4 assists. The former international guard Robert Garrett (193-77, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Melvin Hall (183-85, college: S.Indiana) produced 15 points and guard Christian Hoffmann (184-87, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Bayern Muenchen. They maintain first place with 16-1 record. Science City Jena lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Bayern Muenchen will meet Hannover Tigers (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Science City Jena will play against GiroLive-Ballers in Osnabrueck and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: R.Garrett 14+6reb+1ast, S.Hamann 14+4reb+4ast, C.Prewitt 9, D.Hall 9+4reb+2ast, J.Wallace 8+1reb+2ast, B.Doreth 8+2reb+2ast
Jena: M.Hall 15+2reb+3ast, C.Hoffmann 12+5reb+1ast, L.Cunningham 12+2reb+3ast, J.Tucker 9+2reb+1ast, P.Curtis 7+2reb, E.Reyes-Napoles 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 93494


Osnabrueck - Heidelberg 101-72

Rather predictable result in Osnabrueck where sixth ranked GiroLive-Ballers (10-6) smashed 10th ranked USC Heidelberg (7-10) 101-72 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by GiroLive-Ballers. USC Heidelberg managed to win third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. GiroLive-Ballers shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by USC Heidelberg's players. Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners and American guard Timothy Burnette (188-82, college: Tarleton St.) chipped in 8 points and 11 assists. GiroLive-Ballers' coach Thorsten Leibenath felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Oliver Komarek (210-86) responded with 19 points and the former international power forward Bjorn Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., agency: Court Side) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. GiroLive-Ballers moved-up to fifth place. Loser USC Heidelberg keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. GiroLive-Ballers will face Science City Jena (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USC Heidelberg will play against Cuxhaven BasCats.
Top scorers:
Osnabrueck: J.Shepherd 22+2reb+3ast, T.Spoeler 18+4reb+1ast, A.Fleetwood 13+7reb+2ast, I.Simin 12+6reb+2ast, J.Lange 11+1reb+1ast, T.Burnette 8+4reb+11ast
Heidelberg: O.Komarek 19+3reb+3ast, L.Mendez 12+5reb, J.Wright 11+4reb+2ast, G.Baker 10+4reb, B.Schoo 8+8reb+2ast, K.Barth 8+1reb
gschID: 93495


Kirchheim - Chemnitz 72-98

The most shocking disappointment of round 17 in the ProA was a home defeat of 3rd placed Kirchheim Knights (11-6) by fourth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (12-5) who outscored them by 26 points 98-72 in the game for the third place. It ended the five-game winning streak of Kirchheim Knights. The game without a history. BV Chemnitz 99 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for BV Chemnitz 99 especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. American forward Terren Harbut (198-83, college: Ohio) stepped up and scored 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) chipped in 25 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks and naturalized Serbian guard Radivoj Tomasevic (180-78) scored 19 points. Four Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. Kirchheim Knights' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. BV Chemnitz 99 have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Kirchheim Knights at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 are looking forward to face Crailsheim Merlins (#6) at home in the next round. Kirchheim Knights will play against the league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: T.Harbut 27+6reb+2ast, G.Johnson 25+6reb+1ast, A.Zazai 14+5reb+10ast, A.Rosenthal 8+6reb+2ast, J.Schmidt 7+4reb, D.Lawson 6+2reb+1ast
Kirchheim: R.Tomasevic 19+2ast, C.Brooks 15+1reb+5ast, M.Smallwood 13+13reb, R.De Michael 10+5reb+2ast, B.Lischka 5, S.Adeberg 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 93496


Crailsheim - Dragons 92-73

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (5-12) was rolled over on the road by sixth ranked Crailsheim Merlins (10-7) 92-73 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Crailsheim Merlins. Dragons Rhoendorf managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crailsheim Merlins looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Kameron Gray (186-82, college: Oklahoma City) stepped up and scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Robert Ferguson (203-85, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Center Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (207-90) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Cent.Missouri, agency: Limelight Hoops) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Four Dragons Rhoendorf players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Crailsheim Merlins. They maintain sixth place with 10-7 record. Newly promoted Dragons Rhoendorf keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will face higher ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dragons Rhoendorf will play against BG Karlsruhe (#8).
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: K.Gray 18+7reb+9ast, R.Ferguson 14+5reb+1ast, L.Kieser 10+1reb, R.Anderson 9+1reb+2ast, S.Brooks 7+1reb+5ast, R.Fuller 7+3reb+2ast
Dragons: K.Moore 17+2reb+1ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 16+7reb+2ast, F.Thulig 13+3reb+3ast, S.Watts 12+11reb+1ast, N.Larsen 6+3reb+3ast, R.Howard 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 93492


Cuxhaven - Freiburg 75-80

Bottom-ranked USC Freiburg managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of nine consecutive loses. This time they won against fifteenth-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats 80-75. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-7. But Cuxhaven BasCats won second period 25-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. USC Freiburg dominated on the defensive end, holding Cuxhaven BasCats to just 7 points in first quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Cuxhaven BasCats' 32. American guard Jamar Nutter (188-84, college: Seton Hall) nailed 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and Israeli power forward Anton Shoutvin (206-89) accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import guard Jackson Capel (191-87, college: Evangel) added 19 points respectively for Cuxhaven BasCats in the defeat. Five Cuxhaven BasCats players scored in double figures. USC Freiburg (4-13) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau. Cuxhaven BasCats at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. USC Freiburg will play against higher ranked Webmoebel Baskets (#9) in Paderborn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cuxhaven BasCats will play on the road against USC Heidelberg (#10) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Freiburg: J.Nutter 22+7reb+8ast, M.Jost 14+3reb, A.Shoutvin 12+7reb+1ast, X.Hansbro 10+3reb, J.Heindel 8+10reb, P.Gause 8+3reb+3ast
Cuxhaven: D.Yearby 19+16reb+3ast, J.Capel 19+2reb, J.Schaffrath 13+7reb+1ast, A.Hasenkamm 12+3reb+3ast, A.Cook 10+3reb+8ast, E.Shaw 2+3reb
gschID: 93493


Karlsruhe - Hannover 86-78

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked BG Karlsruhe (9-8) beat at home 11th ranked Hannover Tigers (7-10) 86-78 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-20. But Hannover Tigers won second period 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Rasmussen Services) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) chipped in 20 points. Five BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. Canadian guard Stuart Turnbull (188-84) responded with 16 points and American forward Calvin Henry (198-86, college: Mercer) scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Hannover Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BG Karlsruhe maintains eighth place with 9-8 record. Hannover Tigers lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. BG Karlsruhe will face Dragons Rhoendorf (#13) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hannover Tigers will play against the league's leader Bayern Muenchen and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 20+4reb+3ast, T.Williams 17+4reb+1ast, D.Thorne 15+4reb+2ast, J.Black 12+11reb+5ast, F.Stuckemann 11+4reb+2ast, J.Jones 5+1reb+1ast
Hannover: S.Turnbull 16+4reb+3ast, C.Henry 10+7reb+4ast, W.Buchmiller 9+1reb+1ast, L.Phillips 9+2ast, S.Janzen 9+2reb+2ast, T.Welzel 7+1ast
gschID: 93491


Round 15
Webmoebel - Osnabrueck 93-86

An interesting game took place in Paderborn where 6th ranked GiroLive-Ballers (10-6) were upseton the court of ninth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (8-9) 93-86 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-86. Webmoebel Baskets made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. Strangely GiroLive-Ballers outrebounded Webmoebel Baskets 40-27 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. GiroLive-Ballers were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Kejuan Johnson (193-85, college: Long Beach St.) stepped up and scored 29 points and 5 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Trey Hampton (201-87, college: Georgia St.) chipped in 14 points. Forward Tom Spoeler (206-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Four GiroLive-Ballers players scored in double figures. Webmoebel Baskets maintains ninth place with 8-9 record. Loser GiroLive-Ballers dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Webmoebel Baskets will face USC Freiburg (#15) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. GiroLive-Ballers will play against Science City Jena (#12).
Top scorers:
Webmoebel: K.Johnson 29+2reb+5ast, T.Hampton 14+4reb+3ast, D.Burns 14+3reb+2ast, K.Roemer 8+3reb, B.Spoeler 8+2reb, L.Wendt 6+7reb+1ast
Osnabrueck: J.Shepherd 19+7reb+2ast, T.Spoeler 17+11reb+1ast, A.Fleetwood 13+7reb+2ast, I.Simin 12+1reb+2ast, P.Friedel 11+1reb+2ast, T.Burnette 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 120373




ProB Round 17: SC Rasta Vechta loses the game and top position in their group - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the ProB leadership position after last games. Round 17 most important game was a defeat of league's leader SC Rasta Vechta (13-4). They were defeated by second ranked RSV Eintracht (13-4) 77-69 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of SC Rasta Vechta. It was a key game for the top position in Group North. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 39-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Alex Moosmann (183-88, college: Cent.Missouri) stepped up and scored 16 points and 6 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Kellen Williams (193-84, college: E.Washington) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Matthew Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) responded with 14 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. SC Rasta Vechta's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. RSV Eintracht keeps a position of Group North leader, which they share with Schwelm and Vechta. SC Rasta Vechta will play next round against USC Leipzig trying to make it back to the top of the standings. RSV Eintracht will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets in Braunschweig.
Very significant was NBC's (#2) 69-57 road victory against 3rd placed Licher Baeren in Group South. Swingman Cornelius Adler (195-89) nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Martin Ides accounted for 8 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Willis Gardner (185-86, college: Colorado St., agency: Stanley International) came up with 24 points for Licher Baeren in the defeat. Licher Baeren's coach Igor Starcevic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. NBC maintains second place in Group South with 13-4 record having just three points less than leader Ehingen. Licher Baeren at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Leitershofen. NBC will play against Leitershofen (#4) in Diedorf in the next round. Licher Baeren will play on the road against Baskets Konstanz and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Diedorf between Leitershofen and TV 1862 Langen. Fifth ranked Leitershofen (12-5) got a very close home victory over 4th placed TV 1862 Langen (11-6). Leitershofen managed to escape with a 1-point win 69-68 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of TV 1862 Langen. The best player for the winners was Devin Uskoski who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Auryn MacMillan produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Leitershofen has a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place in Group South, which they share with Licher Baeren. Loser TV 1862 Langen dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Leitershofen will meet league's second-placed NBC in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. TV 1862 Langen will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
A very interesting game took place in Berlin. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked USC Leipzig (8-9) to seventh ranked ALBA Berlin II (8-9) 77-76 in the fight for the sixth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USC Leipzig. Andreas Seiferth saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. ALBA Berlin II moved-up to sixth place in Group North, which they share with Leipzig. ALBA Berlin II's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hertener Loewen (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
ProB top team - Ehingen/Urspringschule (16-1) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat sixth ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (7-10) in Allmendingen 62-55. Virgil Matthews stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ehingen/Urspringschule maintains first place in Group South with 16-1 record. Newly promoted BG Illertal/Weissenhorn dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule will face Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (#10) in Frankfurt in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn will play at home against BV Villingen-Schwenningen.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 17:
In Group North Wulfen lost to Schwelm on the opponent's court 85-89. Wolfenbuettel unfortunately lost to Bernau in a home game 67-76. Herten managed to beat Rist-Wedel on the road 92-79. SU Medien defeated Bayer Giants on its own court 80-67.
In Group South Schwenningen were beaten by Giessen in a road game 83-76. TSV Troester won against Konstanz at home 72-69. Dt.Bank SKY II managed to outperform Gotha on the opponent's court 86-76.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 31 points and 7 rebounds by Calvin Brock of Bernau.



Group North
Stahnsdorf - Vechta 77-69

There was a change at the ProB leadership position after last games. Round 17 most important game was a defeat of league's leader SC Rasta Vechta (13-4). They were defeated by second ranked RSV Eintracht (13-4) 77-69 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of SC Rasta Vechta. It was a key game for the top position in Group North. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 39-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Alex Moosmann (183-88, college: Cent.Missouri) stepped up and scored 16 points and 6 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Kellen Williams (193-84, college: E.Washington) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Four RSV Eintracht players scored in double figures. American guard Matthew Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) responded with 14 points, 9 assists and 4 steals and guard Daniel Krause (196-88) scored 22 points. SC Rasta Vechta's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. RSV Eintracht keeps a position of Group North leader, which they share with Schwelm and Vechta. SC Rasta Vechta will play next round against USC Leipzig trying to make it back to the top of the standings. RSV Eintracht will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets in Braunschweig.
Top scorers:
Vechta: D.Krause 22+1reb, M.Reid 14+4reb+9ast, M.King-Stockton 13+8reb, P.Heitzhausen 7+3reb+3ast, A.Kronhardt 7+10reb+2ast, R.Darling 2
Stahnsdorf: A.Moosmann 16+3reb+6ast, M.Green 14+3reb+2ast, Y.Evans 12+6reb+3ast, K.Williams 10+9reb+3ast, T.Modersitzki 8+4reb+2ast, M.Haucke 7+8reb
gschID: 94025


Schwelm - Wulfen 89-85

Rather expected game when 5th ranked BSV Wulfen (9-8) was defeated on the road by third ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (13-4) 89-85 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) stepped up and scored 22 points and 7 assists for the winners and naturalized American forward Kristofer Speier (206-81, college: Lewis-Clark) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Joseph Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) scored 15 points. Five BSV Wulfen players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. SG Schwelmer Baskets has a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of Group North leader, which they share with Vechta and Stahnsdorf. BSV Wulfen at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face Bayer Giants (#10) in Leverkusen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BSV Wulfen will play at home against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#11).
Top scorers:
Wulfen: J.Henley 24+7reb+1ast, S.Briggs 15+2reb+2ast, T.White 11+3reb+1ast, J.Sprunken 10+2reb+3ast, N.Janoschek 10+7reb+1ast, P.Lensing 5+2reb
Schwelm: J.Holmes 22+4reb+7ast, K.Speier 20+8reb+3ast, J.Ducker 19+8reb+1ast, D.Bunts 8+4reb+2ast, M.Dohmen 7+1reb, M.Kramer 7+1reb
gschID: 94026


ALBA Berlin II - Leipzig 77-76

A very interesting game took place in Berlin. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked USC Leipzig (8-9) to seventh ranked ALBA Berlin II (8-9) 77-76 in the fight for the sixth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USC Leipzig. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But USC Leipzig won third quarter 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Andreas Seiferth (206-89, college: ALBA Berlin II) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Joey Ney (197-92, college: High School) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Lamar Morinia (183-81, college: Montana St.-Northern) answered with 30 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for USC Leipzig. ALBA Berlin II moved-up to sixth place in Group North, which they share with Leipzig. ALBA Berlin II's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hertener Loewen (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: L.Morinia 30+7reb, R.Schirmer 13+8reb, M.Pratt 13+8reb+4ast, K.Schweiger 7+1reb, K.Kranz 7, A.Spalke 4+3reb
ALBA Berlin II: A.Seiferth 22+15reb+3ast, T.Grauel 18+4reb+1ast, J.Ney 14+6reb+4ast, M.Ziegenhagen 9+4reb+2ast, K.Klein 7+1reb+2ast, T.Thorwarth 3+2ast
gschID: 94021


Wolfenbuettel - Bernau 67-76

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when twelfth ranked SSV Lok Bernau (3-14) defeated on the road 11th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (4-13) 76-67 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 14 points at the halftime before their 45-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SSV Lok Bernau made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. American guard Calvin Brock (196-86, college: Illinois) stepped up and scored 31 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners and guard Martin Bogdanov (180-92) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Justin Sexton (203-88, college: Pomona-Pitzer) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 9 steals. SSV Lok Bernau maintains twelfth place in Group North with 3-14 record. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 13 games lost. SSV Lok Bernau will face higher ranked SC Rist Wedel (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Wolfenbuettel: J.Sexton 24+13reb, H.Knopke 15+6reb+6ast, B.Giles 9+6reb+2ast, M.Schwarz 7+3reb, M.Kemp 5+2reb+5ast, T.Granz 4+7reb+1ast
Bernau: C.Brock 31+7reb+2ast, K.Mau 13+4reb, S.Trzcionka 9+3reb+2ast, M.Bogdanov 8+9reb+1ast, M.Imamovic 5+6reb+2ast, M.Dathe 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 94022


Rist-Wedel - Herten 79-92

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked SC Rist Wedel (6-11) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Hertener Loewen (12-5) 92-79 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 29-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Hertener Loewen made 39-of-47 free shots (83.0 percent) during the game, while SC Rist Wedel only scored nine points from the stripe. SC Rist Wedel was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas) stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Blake Schultz (191-87, college: Williams) chipped in 21 points. Bosnian forward Vedo Delic (191-84) responded with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Florian Moysich (183-80) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SC Rist Wedel's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hertener Loewen maintains fourth place in Group North with 12-5 record. SC Rist Wedel lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Hertener Loewen will face ALBA Berlin II (#7) at home in the next round. SC Rist Wedel will play against SSV Lok Bernau.
Top scorers:
Rist-Wedel: V.Delic 16+5reb+5ast, F.Moysich 16+4reb+3ast, M.Leger 13+6reb, 12+3reb+1ast, K.Gausa 8+4reb+1ast, D.Gomez 5+3reb
Herten: B.Schultz 21+2reb+1ast, M.Monk 20+8reb, V.Kittmann 18+4reb, M.Berger 14+2reb+1ast, N.Schulwitz 7+1reb+2ast, C.Hackenesch 6+6reb
gschID: 94023


SU Medien - Bayer Giants 80-67

Everything could happen in Braunschweig at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets and 10th ranked Bayer Giants had identical 6-10 record. This time Spot Up Medien Baskets used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Leverkusen 80-67 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Spot Up Medien Baskets. Bayer Giants managed to win second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayer Giants were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Daniel Theis (205-92) stepped up and scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Nigerian guard Nnamdi Nnadili (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists. Five Spot Up Medien Baskets players scored in double figures. Spot Up Medien Baskets' coach Liviu Calin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Josh Young (185-88, college: Drake) responded with 25 points and the other American import center Justin Eller (203-87, college: Sacramento St.) scored 19 points. Spot Up Medien Baskets (7-10) moved-up to eighth place in Group North. Loser Bayer Giants dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Spot Up Medien Baskets will face league's leader RSV Eintracht in Stahnsdorf in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bayer Giants will play at home against the league's second-placed SG Schwelmer Baskets (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: J.Young 25+3reb+2ast, J.Eller 19+4reb, F.Engel 8+2reb+3ast, S.Hartmann 4+2reb+1ast, M.Thimm 4+8reb, F.Sadek 4+2reb+1ast
SU Medien: D.Theis 20+8reb, N.Nnadili 16+1reb+6ast, F.Theis 14+5reb+1ast, P.Noch 14+6reb+1ast, J.El Domiaty 11+4reb, D.Schroeder 3+4reb+5ast
gschID: 94024


Group South
Giessen - Schwenningen 83-76

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Giessen Pointers and 11th ranked BV Villingen-Schwenningen had identical 4-12 record. This time Giessen Pointers used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Schwenningen 83-76 on Sunday night. Giessen Pointers (5-12) moved-up to ninth place in Group South, which they share with Dt.Bank SKY II. BV Villingen-Schwenningen at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Giessen Pointers will face higher ranked TSV Troester (#6) in Breitenguessbach in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BV Villingen-Schwenningen will play on the road against BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (#7).
gschID: 94032


TSV Troester - Konstanz 72-69

No shocking result in a game in Breitenguessbach where seventh ranked TSV Troester (8-9) edged 12th ranked Baskets Konstanz (3-14) 72-69 on Sunday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 22-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Baskets Konstanz was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Philipp Neumann (210-92) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and chipped in 17 points. Four TSV Troester players scored in double figures. American guard Michael Lay (175-83, college: Concordia (OR)) responded with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import power forward Robinson Louisme (201-84, college: Tulane) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. TSV Troester moved-up to sixth place in Group South. Newly promoted Baskets Konstanz keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. TSV Troester will face Giessen Pointers (#9) at home in the next round. Baskets Konstanz will play against Licher Baeren.
Top scorers:
Konstanz: M.Lay 24+9reb+5ast, R.Louisme 17+6reb, P.Leidig 14+5reb, C.McKnight 6+3reb, F.Coellen 5+2reb+2ast, E.Foth 2+3reb
TSV Troester: T.Karsten 17+2reb+1ast, P.Neumann 15+10reb+1ast, M.Stuckey 12+4reb, E.Land 10+4reb+1ast, I.Pavic 7+3reb, D.Schmidt 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 94029


Ehingen - BG Illertal 62-55

ProB top team - Ehingen/Urspringschule (16-1) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat sixth ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (7-10) in Allmendingen 62-55. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 20-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and center Kristian Kuhn (208-87, college: N.Arizona) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American guard DeUndrae Spraggins (191-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) responded with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Edward Williams (200-80, college: NC-Wilmington) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ehingen/Urspringschule maintains first place in Group South with 16-1 record. Newly promoted BG Illertal/Weissenhorn dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule will face Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (#10) in Frankfurt in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn will play at home against BV Villingen-Schwenningen.
Top scorers:
BG Illertal: D.Spraggins 17+8reb+4ast, E.Williams 13+7reb+4ast, M.Heberlein 8+3reb, F.Mobius 8+2reb, P.Vojkovic 5+1reb, D.McDuffie 2+1reb+1ast
Ehingen: V.Matthews 16+10reb+3ast, K.Kuhn 12+9reb+1ast, K.Bright 8+4reb+1ast, R.Spoden 6+2reb, T.Lang 6+4reb+2ast, A.Vargas 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 94030


Licher Baeren - NBC 57-69

Very significant was NBC's (#2) 69-57 road victory against 3rd placed Licher Baeren in Group South. The game was mostly controlled by NBC. Licher Baeren managed to win third quarter 16-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Licher Baeren 35-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. Swingman Cornelius Adler (195-89) nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and naturalized Czech center Martin Ides (217-80, college: Davidson, agency: Rasmussen Services) accounted for 8 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Willis Gardner (185-86, college: Colorado St., agency: Stanley International) came up with 24 points and guard Rolf Scholz (187-80) added 2 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Licher Baeren in the defeat. Licher Baeren's coach Igor Starcevic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. NBC maintains second place in Group South with 13-4 record having just three points less than leader Ehingen. Licher Baeren at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Leitershofen. NBC will play against Leitershofen (#4) in Diedorf in the next round. Licher Baeren will play on the road against Baskets Konstanz and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: W.Gardner 24+2reb+2ast, A.Willemsen 8+4reb, P.Wente 6+1reb, R.Christen 5+2reb+1ast, T.Fairley 5+2reb, V.Klassen 5+1reb+1ast
NBC: C.Adler 23+5reb+1ast, J.Reile 12+3reb, D.Yates 9+1reb, M.Ides 8+6reb+3ast, W.Chavis 5+2ast, D.Schneider 4+3reb
gschID: 94031


Leitershofen - Langen 69-68

A very close game took place in Diedorf between Leitershofen and TV 1862 Langen. Fifth ranked Leitershofen (12-5) got a very close home victory over 4th placed TV 1862 Langen (11-6). Leitershofen managed to escape with a 1-point win 69-68 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of TV 1862 Langen. TV 1862 Langen was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 9-point lead after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of Leitershofen, which allowed them to win the game. Leitershofen had a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American center Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Michael Mathey (188-87, college: W.Liberty St.) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Australian center Auryn MacMillan (203-88, college: Gardner-Webb) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and forward Marco Voeller (201-89) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four TV 1862 Langen players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Leitershofen has a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place in Group South, which they share with Licher Baeren. Loser TV 1862 Langen dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Leitershofen will meet league's second-placed NBC in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. TV 1862 Langen will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Langen: M.Voeller 17+6reb+2ast, A.MacMillan 16+11reb+1ast, P.Heckmann 15+4reb+3ast, J.Domdey 12+2reb, N.Drury 4+5reb+3ast, M.Lachmann 2+1reb
Leitershofen: D.Uskoski 24+12reb, M.Mathey 13+6reb+5ast, S.Montag 7+5reb+1ast, D.Veney 7+7reb+4ast, V.Zenk 5, J.Genck 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 94027


Gotha - Dt.Bank SKY II 76-86

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (6-11) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (5-12) 86-76 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-76. American guard Ryan Staudacher (193-87, college: Montana) stepped up and scored 37 points (!!!) for the winners and guard Falko Theilig (180-92) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. American guard Jason Boucher (180-80, college: Grand Valley St.) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and guard Dmitrj Kreis (185-88) scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners II maintains ninth place in Group South with 5-12 record, which they share with Giessen. Newly promoted Oettinger Rockets Gotha keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners II will face league's leader Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Gotha: J.Boucher 23+5reb+1ast, P.Smith 10+7reb, D.Kreis 9+7reb+7ast, B.Blossey 9+1reb, M.Virijevic 8+6reb+3ast, S.Rauch 6+8reb+1ast
Dt.Bank SKY II: R.Staudacher 37+4reb+1ast, F.Theilig 16+4reb+5ast, J.Novak 14+5reb, F.Franke 8+7reb+2ast, B.Nicolay 5+4reb+1ast, K.Luyeye 4+4reb
gschID: 94028




Dashaun Wood (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) The Second Half Of The Season is Crucial To Come Together And Gel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) is a 25 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that is playing his first season in Germany for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He is a young point guard with natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. He played at Wright state from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 33 games avergaing 19.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 88.3%. In 2007-2008, he played his rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2 (42.8%), FT:77.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for : Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. This past summer he played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (LA Clippers). Dashaun took time to talk to Eurobasket at the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar game.

How was your short vacation back to Detroit?


It was fun seeing family and friends. It was a good time to get my mind of basketball for a while. Now I am back refocused and ready for the second half of the season.

Were you able to see a Detroit Pistons game back home?


They didnt play at home, but I caught a game on TV as they were playing the Boston Celtics. It was one of those games that they had won, but found a way to lose.


What is your impression of your first BEKO BBL Allstar day?



This is a great event. The fans were great and I think that the league can build on this success. I think it is a real bonus having this day. When I played in Italy, they didnt have an Allstar game.

What is your impression of the first half of the season for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners?


I am pretty happy how the first half went. Nobody expected us to be where we are at the moment. Coach Gordon Herbert has done a great job getting us prepared for each game. Now we need to return in the second half of the season and finish strong.

What will The Deutsche Bank Skyliners need to do better in the second half of the season?



We had many injuries in the first half of the season and now everyone is back and only one game per week, we can work more on offense and defense. The second half of the season is crucial to come together and gel.

Who has been the most improved Deutsche Bank Skyliner in the first half?


I think that Kimmo Muurinen has been the most improved player. He continues to turn it up with his energy. In this league, you have many players that either help their team on offense or defense, but Kimmo gives you a little bit of both. He does all the little things that dont show up on the stats.

How have you been pleased with your game in the first half?


I am been happy with my game, but to be honest I never have been the guy that looks at their stats. The most important thing is that the team is winning.

What has been your coolist moment in the BEKO BBL this season?



I think just being apart of the Allstar day. It was great signing autographs. And just being able to play in front of these fans is special.

Who will win the 2011 BEKO BBL MVP? Jimmy Mckinney said you would.


Jimmy is just being nice. There are so many good players here that anyone who catches fire can win. I am just here to help my team. The player that gets hot will win the MVP.

Who will win the 2011 BEKO BBL three point shooting contest?



I think that Casey Jacobsen will. He is a great shooter and I am sure that he wont let me down.

Who will win the 2011 BEKO BBL slam dunk contest?



You and I know that Tez will. I have seen him do things this season that no other player on the court has done. Tez winning is a no brainer. Tez has been keeping quiet today and I am sure he has something prepared that nobody has ever seen before.

Who will reach the 2011 Superbowl and win it?



The Green Bay Packers will meet The New York Jets with Green Bay winning because they have the best quarterback with Rodgers.

Thanks Dashaun for the chat.



Jacob Burtschi (Phoenix Hagen) When You Have To Get Up 25 Shots In A Minute You Just Try And Zone Everything Out. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is a rookie this season for Phoenix Hagen. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. Currently the American is averaging 14,4ppg, 6,5rpg, 2,3apg, and 1,8spg and is shooting 49% from down town. Burtschi took part in the 2011 BEKO BBL three point shooting contest and gave a recap to the events in Trier.

Your first time at a BEKO BBL Allstar game. what was your impression of the day?

It was a great atmosphere and I enjoyed my time there

Was your hand tired after the autograph session? Did you ever sign so much in such a short time?

My hand was fatugued after that session. In college we had some sessions like that but it definitely was long.

Congrats on winning the 2011 BEKO BBL three point shooting contest. How good were you feeling before the competition?

To be honest i was nervous. I felt good then when I was on the clock i got pretty nervous.

How did you go into the competition? Were you able to block out all the fans and concentrate that way or did you feed off the fans cheers more?

When you have to get up 25 shots in a minute you just try and zone everything out.

How much does winning this contest mean to you and hitting more shots than ex NBA player Casey Jaconsen?

Its a great feeling to win any competition but to win the 3 point contest against Casey and the others, I mean those are some great shooters.

What was your secret on this day to making a good percentage of the money balls?

No secret, just alot of prayer

What was your coolist expereince on this day besides winning the three point shooting contest?

Just hanging out and getting to know all the other guys after the game.

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

i wasnt able to catch most of it, i was too busy eating in the VIP room.

What was your favorite team mascot after the Phoenix Hagen?

Hands down the mascot of the Trier trainer, the guy with the awesome beard.

Thanks Jacob for the chat.



Face To Face With Chris Fleming (Brose Baskets Bamberg) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Chris Fleming (agency: Pro One Sports ) is currently the head coach of three time BEKO BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg and has been in Bamberg since 2008. Last season, he won the double winning the league title and cup. Fleming played at Richmond (NCAA) and professionally in Germany with Ulm and TSV Quackenbruck from 1996-2000. He started his coaching career in 2000 with TSV Quackebruck leading the club into the BEKO BBL in 2003. In 2005 as the Artland Dragons, he led the team into the playoffs where they lost to the Opel Skyliners in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. He topped off his career with the Artland Dragons as coach winning the 2008 BEKO BBL cup in Hamburg against EnBW Ludwigsburg. Fleming was coaching the 2011 BEKO BBL south allstars and spoke with eurobasket.

How excited are you about coaching the 2011 BEKO BBL south team?


To be honest, there isnt so much excitement in the game. There isnt really any way to prepare. You just go out and play and give the fans a show.


How have to followed the whole AJ Moye situation in the last months?


Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert is a good friend of mine. He told me what had happened and I read about it in the internet. It was really an unbelievable story and even more un believable how it happened. It is great how well his rehabilitation has come and how well he is doing.


The Brose Baskets Bamberg are in first place. At how much % are you happy about the team play after the first half of the season?


I cant really give you a %. The season is decided in April and May. The guys did a good job in the first half of the season and I was happy that there were no injuries. The team is improving, but the season still is a long way to go.

What makes The Brose Baskets Bamberg so strong this season besides having great team chemistry?



The most important thing is that the guys like each other. Each guy knows what to expect from one another. It is important that the leadership within the team remains and that each guy continues to push each other.


Who has been the most improved Bamberg player in the first half?



Kyle Hines has been the most improved player. I think that he has made the biggest strides from the first day of training camp until now. Kyle works hard and learns fast. John Goldsberry also has improved a lot. Since coming back from his injury, he has developed well with very much self confidence.

You were watching the NBBL Allstar game. Any young players that you are keeping your eye on besides Phillip Neumann?


It has great looking at the young players and seeing the talent that they have. I think there are some very talented players from the best 24 Germans.


How well has Phillip Neumann developed?



He has played very well, but one cant forget that he is only 18 years old. He is still very young, but he works very hard and wants to get better. We are very happy with his play, but he still has a long way to go.

The game of the year on February 5th for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners against The Brose Baskets Bamberg. What can we await from this game?


You will see a very good basketball game with a lot of intensity and a hard fought battle. I know that both teams are looking forward to this game.



You are from New Jersey. Are The New York Jets finally after a long drought win the Superbowl again?



My dad is from Pennsylvania. Pittsburg Steelers all the way baby.



Thanks Chris for the chat.




The Artland Dragons Make A Steal Getting Robert Kurz - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The BEKO BBL gets another player with NBA experience as The Artland Dragons have signed Robert Kurz (206-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) until the end of the season. Kurz is a 25 year old 206cm forward from Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania. This season, he played 17 games in the top league in Europe the ACB in Spain for CB Granada averaging 13,9ppg and 9,1rpg. He had seven double doubles including 24 points against Valenica. He leaves Spain on account of personal reasons. 'We really like his versatility. He can shoot the three pointer and moves very well for his size. He was the best rebounder in the strongest league in Europe, eighth best scorer, fourth best blocker and was the second most effective player in the ACB. These are very good stats, but one may not forget that he didnt play for a strong team. One should not have too big expectations as he must still get used to the new situation', warned Artland Dragons coach Stefan Koch

Kurz played at Notre Dame (NCAA) from 2004-2008 playing in 108 NCAA games. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 12.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 45.0%, 3Pts: 39.4%, FT: 85.3%. In 2008, he was not drafted by the NBA, but got a contract from the Golden State Warriors (NBA): 40 games: 3.9ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 80.0%. Last season, he started with the Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA): only pre-season, in Nov.'09 moved to Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League, starting five): 38 games: 17.4ppg, 10.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 81.7%, in Jan.'10 signed at Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1), but never went on the court with that team, in Apr.'10 agreed terms with Chicago Bulls (NBA). Some Awards/Achievements in his career have been , Big East Tournament Semifinals -07, Big East Regular Season Runner-Up -08, D-League All-Star Game -10, and USBasket.com All-D-League 2nd Team -10.

Source: Artland Dragons




SSV LOK Bernau Bring In Axel Rueber As head Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

SSV LOK Bernau of the PRO B have named Axel Rueber as new coach. Rueber is a 55 year old German who is not unknown to the German community as is currently been involved with basketball for 39 years. He started his coaching career with TV Langen in 1990 and stayed there until 1992. he then was coach for the Berlin Basketball federation from 1992-2000. At the same time he was also assistant coach for the youth department of the German Basketball federation. He was assistant coach of the Opel Skyliners from 2000-2001. From 2001-2004, he was head coach of TV Langen. From 2005-2006, he was head coach of the Central Hoops and from 2006-2007 head coach of the Basketball Berlin south. 'Axel Rueber was our wish candidate. His knowledge is appreciated by many people. I am sure he is the right coach to keep the team in the league despite the current position in standings. The team is motivated and is looking forward to working with him', stressed SSV Lok Bernau manager Thomas Schoenhoff. 'It is nice to coach in a higher league again.SSV Lok Bernau is known as a good run team with great fans. I will do everything to keep the team in the league', added Axel Rber.




USC Heidelberg Sign Jason Straight - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
USC Heidelberg got a real steal by bringing in Jason Straight (188-G-83, college: Wyoming) who has a lot of first division experience in Israel and Poalnd. Straight is a 28 year old 183cm point guard from Chicago who will fill in for the injured Kai Barth. He is a hardnosed floor leader that lives for the big moment: He is a true point guard that can really pass in transition and has excellent court vision and touch on his passes. He can deliver the ball in between defenders and can also penetrate and find the open man on a regular basis: changes the game on both ends of the floor, scoring from behind the 3-point line and locking up defensively. He puts an immense amount of pressure on the opposing defense through his penetration and quickness: very good ball handler has complete control of a game when the ball is in his hand. Last season, Straight played for the Dakota Wizards (D-League): 13 games: 11.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 78.0%, released in Dec.'09, in Jan.'10 moved to Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League): 14 games: 7.5ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 84.2%. 'I felt with the long phone call that Jason really wanted to come to us. His attitude was a reason why we got him', stressed USC Heidelberg coach Torsten Daume .

Straight started his college basketball career at Wyoming (NCAA) from 2001-2004 and in his senior year played 28 games: 18.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 5.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 75.3%. He started his professional basketball career in 2005 for Hapoel Galil Elyon (Israel-Premier L.): Israeli League: 11 games: 13.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 87.0%; FIBA Europe Cup: 6 games: Score-2 (21.8ppg), 2.0rpg, Assists-4 (5.0apg), 1.5spg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3FGP: 40%, FT: 78.4%, in Jan.'06 moved to Maccabi Givat Shmuel (Israel-Premier League): 18 games: 15.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 81.7%. In 2006-2007, he played for Maccabi Givat Shmuel (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 27 games: 16.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 77.6%. In 2007-2008, he played for SK Cherkassy Monkeys (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): released in Nov.'07, in Dec.'07 tryouts at Paris-Levallois (France-ProA, starting five) but was not signed, in Jan.'08 moved to BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France-ProA, starting five): 2 games: 6.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg, waived in Jan.'08, in Feb.'08 agreed terms with Cedevita Zagreb (Croatia-A1, starting five), but shortly left, in March '08 joined Maccabi Haifa (Israel-National League, starting five): 16 games: 18.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 77.8%. In 2008-2009, he played for Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-DBE, starting five): Eurocup Qualifications: 2 games: 15.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg; EuroChallenge: 4 games: 9.8ppg, 1.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg; Polish League: 14 games: Score-5 (16.5ppg), 3.6rpg, Assists-3 (4.9apg), Steals-3 (3.2spg), FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 70.1%, released in Dec.'08, then moved to Keravnos Strovolou (Cyprus-Division A): EuroChallenge: 2 games: 11.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg; Cypriot League: 11.3ppg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg. Some awards and achievements that he has gotten in the years has been MWC Regular Season Champion -02, All-MWC Co-Freshmen of the Year -02, MWC Honorable Mention -03, All-MWC 2nd Team -04, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -05, All-MWC 1st Team -05, Ukrainian Superleague Semifinals -07
Cyprus Cup Semifinals -09, Cyprus League Regular Season Runner-Up -09, and Cyprus League Finalist -09.

Source: USC Heidelberg




Muli Katzurin takes the reins in Berlin - by Eurobasket News
Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) has been appointed the new head coach of ALBA Berlin. The Israeli specialist is replacing Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ). Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) recently worked with Nymburk. He took over the team back in 2006 and led them to four consecutive NBL titles. Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) also guided the Polish National Team in 2008-09 seasons. Earlier Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) worked with Bney Herzliya, Ironi Ramat Gan, Israeli National Team and Polish Slask Wroclaw.


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
aJohn 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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B Division Week 11: Perama at the top of the league! - by Chris Mammides
After the eleventh week in the exiting second division, the team of Ermis Peramatos of Head Coaches Nikos Kalabakos and Christos Katopodis is now leading the division with the islanders of OFI, both teams with a record of 10-2. Nikos Liakopoulos (191-G-83, agency: FCM) was for another week the MVP of the division with his 29 points and from a close distance were Alexis Tsakiridis (185-G-79) from OFI and Simeon Ioakimidis (197-G-89) of MENT who is doing a wonderful season too and he is the MVP of the U21 in the category. The 11th week had an amazing game in Egaleo where the home team with Papadakis and Aggelos Siristatidis (190-G-78) in a great day and five players in double digits beat the favorite team of N. Kifisia with 99-96 after two overtimes. The results and scorers with more analysis are as follows:

MENT - Diagoras Rodou 77-71
MENT came back to the good games and with Simeon Ioakimidis and Dalpas ina great shape had no problem to beat Diagoras Rodou of Coaches Tsakiris and Pozoukakis who saw their top scorer in previous games Vassilis Ekine remaining in a shallow waters with his 7 points.
Quarters: 16-13, 40-32, 59-43, 77-71
MENT: Simeon Ioakimidis 24, Dalpas 15, Nikolopoulos 12 and Filiousis 15
Diagoras: Panagiotis Panagiotarakos (194-G-74) 18, Pardakas and Otountzidis 10 per each

Perama - Doukas 105-80
Perama thrashed the team of Giannopoulos by 25 points as only in the first quarter Doukas players tried to defend their team. Nikos Liakopoulos for another game was awesome as he can score from any place and anywhere, he is most definitely the top player of the division!!
Quarters: 29-24, 61-44, 79-59, 105-80.
Perama: Nikos Liakopoulos 29, Skoutaris 16 and Emmanouilidis 15
Doukas: Kimonas Lehoudis (205-F-83) 25, Antonios Michaloglou (202-F-88) 22, Kakkavas 11

Apollon Kalamarias - Aiolos Tavros 72-72 and in OT 82-76
The first game which ended in the extra five minutes was the one in Kalamaria where the home team succeeded its very third victory after nearly two months. The veteran Giorgos Valavanidis (204-F-74) was the top player on behalf of Coach Baxevanis team while from the Trikala team the top scorer was Kostas Sarimpalidis (185-G-84).
Quarters: 15-20, 43-36, 58-54, 72-72, 82-76
Apollon: Pavlos Kouparanis (187-G-83) 15, Tanakidis 15, Giorgos Valavanidis 16, Melidis 12.
Aiolos: Lepeniotis 14, Kostas Sarimpalidis 20, Perrotis 10, Fountas 18

OFI - AIAS Evosmou 82-74
The Cretans face no trouble against AIAS and bet the team of Head Coach Dimou quite easily even though at the end Giorgos Asimakis (195-F-83) tried to do something but it was too late.
Quarters: 22-13, 36-32, 54-45, 82-74.
OFI: Bardas 22, Alexis Tsakiridis 26
AIAS: Giorgos Asimakis 25, Georgoulas 22 and Marousits 10.

Stratoni - Filippos Veroias 72-64
No problem for the strong in its home court, team of Stratoni and head Coach Mythou, Koutsouvas was the main man of the match.
Quarters: 17-21, 43-36, 63-50, 72-64
Stratoni: Nikos Koundouratzoglou (194-G-89) 15, Panagiotis Kigmetoglou (200-F-85) 14, Daskalopoulos 11, and Darakis 10
Filippos: Dovas 12, Kogias 13 and Panos Lampropoulos (192-G-90) 16

Anagennisi Floga - M. Alexandros 71-63
A derby for 36 minutes was the game between the two teams of Thessaloniki. Lefteris Galanidis (188-G-87) was the MVP of the game and the player who took over the initiatives when his team was in danger to lose the game, on the other hand Tassos Dimas (195-F/C-88) once more was the top scorer and the main man for his team.
Quarters: 17-21, 38-40, 52-52, 71-63
Anagennis: Lefteris Galanidis 24 and Spiropoulos 10
M. Alexandros: Tassos Dimas 23, Karouzos 12 and Karagiolidis 10

Egaleo - N. Kifisia 99-96
In the most exciting game of the week and after two overtimes Head Coaches Kalogirou and Bastounis succeeded a victory over the top favorite team of Coach Papatheodorou, N. Kifisia. The main man of the game was Papadakis with his 21 points and from a close distance was the veteran Aggelos Siristatidis with the same points.
Quarters: 19-20, 38-40, 52-59, 72-72, 80-80, 89-89, 99-96.
Egaleo, Aggelos Siristatidis and Papadakis 21 each, Katsantonis 14, Giorgos Labropoulos (198-F-79) 16, Koukouras 10
N. Kifisia: Phillip Hopson (195-G/F-74, college: Barton County CC) 19, Nikitakis 14, Limperopoulos 15, Tsiakas 12 and Papadopoulos 11.



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. Thompson, Ikaros13.9 
 9. Everett, Iraklis13.9 
 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. Marshall, PAOK2.1 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos2.1 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Panell.2.1 
 5. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 6. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.8 
 7. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.8 
 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. Looby, Peristeri GS0.7 
 8. Vougioukas, Panath.0.7 
 9. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 10. Lewis, Iraklis0.6 


Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. Ermis Perama 10-2 
 2. OFI 10-2 
 3. MENT 9-3 
 4. Nea Kifisia 9-3 
 5. Anagennisi 9-3 
 6. Doxa Lefkadas 8-4 
 7. Stratoni 7-5 
 8. Aiolos Trik. 6-6 
 9. Aias Evosmou 6-6 
 10. Egaleo 5-7 
 11. Diagoras 5-7 
 12. Doukas 4-8 
 13. Apollon KL 3-9 
 14. M.Alexandros 3-9 
 15. Filippos Veroias 2-10 


Ioannis Bourousis claims Greek A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
International center Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 27-year old center had a double-double of 16 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Aris (#7, 7-7) with 27-point margin 97-70. It allowed Olympiakos to consolidate first place in the Greek A1. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Olympiakos still have not lost a single game, getting all 14 victories. In the team's last game Bourousis had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Olympiakos, through which he has constantly improved. Bourousis has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 6.7rpg) and averages solid 57.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old Cypriot forward Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-F-78) of AEK Athens. Nikolaidis impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as AEK was edged by the higher-ranked Marousi (#3, 9-5) 82-78. This loss caused AEK to drop to 12th position in Round 12. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories AEK managed to get this year. Nikolaidis is well-known by AEK fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of second-ranked Panathinaikos Athens. Diamantidis showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, five rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Panathinaikos, leading his team to a 84-61 easy win against #4 ranked PAOK in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count Panathinaikos as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 13 victories and only one lost games. in . Diamantidis has a great season in Greece. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.3apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lans Harris (195-G-83) of Ikaros - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Julian Sensley (206-F-82) of Peristeri GS - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80) of Marousi - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Steven Smith (203-F-83) of Panellinios - 17 points and 8 rebounds
8. Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85) of VAP Kolossos - 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Athanasios Karydas (182-G-78) of Ilysiakos - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Torin Francis (210-F-83) of Panellinios - 18 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)


Bouldin accused of doping and about to be released by Iraklis - by George Fragkos
Matt Bouldin (196-G-88, college: Gonzaga), one of the starting five of Iraklis Thessaloniki has been caught using doping by the Greek Anti-doping authorities. The American guard was tested after the game against Aris at Alexandrio Arena, which took place in December of 2010 and the results of the first sample showed that there was an illegal essence in his blood.

The player has the right to demand a test at the second sample he gave, but if it is proved that he had used something out of regulations he will be punished and obligated to stay out of action for a long time. For the player this is definitely a very bad turn of things, but for his club its not something that worries anybody. The reason is that Smush Parker (193-G-81, college: Fordham), who has just signed with Iraklis, was decided to replace Bouldin and the American guard would have left the club even if this had never happened.



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PromotieDivisie Scores Week 13 &14: Top Teams keep winning - by Terry Cooper
The top teams in the Promoite are staying on pace as the season continues it's quest towards the playoffs. Weeks 13 & 14 were no exception as the top teams keep winning but it seems that now every game is decided only by a few points and on occassion teams are able to cruise to victory. It's good to say that teams have tuned up their rosters to fight until the end. BV Hoofddorp, Groene Uilen, Red Giants, De Hoppers, GOBA, and Binnenland were able to win their matches respectively as Almonte, Wildcats, were able to get a much needed victory to move up a bit in the standings. There was one make up game during week 14 as De Hoppers hosted the Wildcats of Nijmegen on Thursday in Hoorn. The Wildcats restructured their team for the second part of the season bringing in experienced players such as Cooper (191-G-73, college: N.Carolina A&T) and Nick Domhof (186-G-83) to make a run in the promotiedivisie. The game was a battle until the last 5 minutes of the game when the experience of Hoorn was able to seal the victory 89-73. Believe me when I say the game was closer than the final score. This upcoming will be interesting as most teams will try to get a much needed win to shake up the standings as well get one step closer to making the playoffs. Still plenty of games left and a lot of time. Stay Tuned...

Week 13 Scores:
BV Hoofddorp - Cangeroes 69-67
Punch - Red Giants 62-77
De Groene Uilen - Black Eagles 62-51
De Hoppers - Amsterdam2 89-85
Binnenland - ZZ Leiden2 81-61
Almonte - VBC Akrides 86-68
Goba - Wildcats 89-58

Make-up Game:
De Hoppers - Wildcats 89-73

Week 14 Scores:
BV Hoofddorp - VBC Akrides 81-72
De Groene Uilen - Amsterdam2 75-64
De Hoppers - ZZ Leiden2 81-70
Binnenland - Cangeroes 83-45
Almonte - Red Giants 64-81
Wildcats - Black Eagles 94-72
Goba - Punch 70-62



Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Dehoppers 10-2 
 2. Binnenland 10-3 
 3. Red Giants 10-3 
 4. Goba 9-3 
 5. Groene 9-3 
 6. Almonte 8-6 
 7. Hoofddorp 7-5 
 8. Cangeroes 7-7 
 9. Leiden 2 6-6 
 10. Amsterdam 2 4-8 
 11. Akrides 4-10 
 12. Punch 2-11 
 13. Wildcats 2-11 
 14. Black Eagles 2-12 


Results, Dutch Basketball League - by Sanders Jackson
This weekend in Dutch Basketball League action, the defending Dutch champs GasTerra Flames Groningen survive a tough one on the road in Weert, Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden gets back on the winning track with a road win over ABC Amsterdam. Meanwhile Magixx Kidsright bounce back with a home win over WCAA Giants while on Sunday afternoon Landstede Basketball snap an eight-game losing streak on the road vs. last place Rotterdam Challengers.

In the Boshoven, clutch free throw shooting and a clutch three-pointer from Jason Dourisseau helped the defending Dutch champions Gas Terra Flames to a 77-70 win over BS Weert. The Flames could also rely on strong inside play from Matt Haraysz, wo had a double-double of 18 pts. and 12 rebounds. Robby Bostain had a solid game with 14 pts. and Dourisseau adding 12. Glenn Stokes and Donte Minter led the Limburgers with 14 pts. each. The Flames held a 54-30 rebounding advantage and got to the free throw line 41 times, making 26 including 7 of their last 8 in crunchtime. The Flames improve to a league-best 19-2 while BS Weert falls to 10-12.

In the Sporthallen-Zuid, it was a sloppy affair, with lots of turnovers and poor shooting, but Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden still managed to come out on top in the end, winning 59-51. ABC Amsterdam tuened the ball over 30 times and Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden 21. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden shot only a total of 3 of 21 from the three-point line, but what great timing it was, with the three makes coming at the right time, which would make the difference in the end. Ross Bekkering led Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden with a double-double of 18 pts. and 10 rebounds. Mohammed Kherazzi continued his recent strong play, leading ABC Amsterdam with 13 pts. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden remains on the heels of GasTerra Flames Groningen in the standings, improving to 17-4.

Magixx Kidsright bounced back from a tough loss in Groningen the previous week to hold off WCAA Giants 85-75. Geoff McDermott had a strong game, scoring 21 pts. while snatching down 16 boards to lead all scorers, with Markel Humphrey adding 19. Tim Blue and Brandon Griffin led the guests with 16 pts. each, with Griffin grabbing 12 rebounds, and Jesse Kimbrough adding 15. Magixx improves to 13-9 while WCAA Giants fall to 7-15.

Sunday afternoon in the Topsportcentrum, in a tale of the two bottom teams, Landstede Basketball got the best of Rotterdam Giants, building a 10-point lead at the half and increasing it in a strong 3rd quarter, cruising to an 83-63 win. Rein van de Kamp had his best game of the season, scoring a season-high 21 pts. to lead five Landstede players in double figures. Lawrence Borha added 20, Matt Mullery added 14 , with Arno Bunnig adding a double-double of 11 pts. and 11 rebounds. Patrick Hilliman led all scorers with 24 pts. Landstede is now 6-16.



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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Lazar TRIFUNOVIC
  Keflavik
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Trifunovic, Keflavik25.0 
 2. Inge, Haukar22.7 
 3. Biedler, IR21.8 
 4. Smith, Njardvik21.8 
 5. Smith, Grindavik21.6 
 6. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 7. Robinson, Haukar20.9 
 8. Amoroso, Snaefell20.7 
 9. Sovic, IR20.7 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 14
 1. Robinson, Haukar14.0 
 2. Biedler, IR12.6 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR12.3 
 4. Trifunovic, Keflavik11.1 
 5. Pettinella, Grindavik10.5 
 6. Fain, Tindastoll10.4 
 7. Amoroso, Snaefell10.3 
 8. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 9. Suljic, KFI9.5 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 9
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir9.0 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.8 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.9 
 4. Smith, Grindavik7.0 
 5. Burton, Snaefell6.3 
 6. Cunningham, Tinda.5.8 
 7. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 8. Shouse, Stjarnan5.4 
 9. Schoen, KFI5.1 
 10. Inge, Haukar5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Hayward FAIN
  Tindastoll
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Fain, Tindastoll3.6 
 2. Schoen, KFI3.1 
 3. Inge, Haukar3.0 
 4. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 5. Biedler, IR2.8 
 6. Rivers, Tindastoll2.6 
 7. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.6 
 8. Sigurgeirsso., Snaef.2.4 
 9. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.4 
 10. Ermolinskij, KR2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Njardvik
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.4 
 3. Biedler, IR1.9 
 4. Pettinella, Grindavik1.7 
 5. Fain, Tindastoll1.7 
 6. Savarsson, Grind.1.6 
 7. Aorsteinsson, Kefla.1.4 
 8. Hafsteinsson, Fjolnir1.4 
 9. Inge, Haukar1.1 
 10. Helgason, Stjarnan1.1 


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  IRELAND   


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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Clayton LONGMIRE
  Belfast Star
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 31
 1. Longmire, Belfast .31.0 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune29.3 
 3. Van, UCC Demons23.8 
 4. Mitchell, UL Ea.23.6 
 5. Foley, Ulster Elks23.2 
 6. Turner, Killester22.8 
 7. Crowder, UCD M.22.8 
 8. De La Cruz, Ulster E.21.8 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen21.4 
 10. O''Reilly, UCC D.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron MITCHELL
  UL Eagles
  (201-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Mitchell, UL Ea.14.8 
 2. Van, UCC Demons13.7 
 3. Ambler, Moycullen13.3 
 4. De La Cruz, Ulster E.12.6 
 5. Crowder, UCD M.10.9 
 6. Turner, Killester10.7 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.10.1 
 8. Bonaparte, Neptune9.8 
 9. Longmire, Belfast .9.1 
 10. Trimmer, DCU S.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles6.8 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.5.8 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian5.4 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.4 
 5. Noonan, Neptune4.2 
 6. McVeigh, Belfast .3.4 
 7. Foley, Ulster Elks3.3 
 8. Turner, Killester3.3 
 9. Clarke, Killester3.3 
 10. Westbrooks, Killester3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Michael MCGINN
  Neptune
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. McGinn, Neptune3.4 
 2. Westbrooks, Killester2.5 
 3. Donnelly, DCU S.2.5 
 4. Noonan, Neptune2.4 
 5. Nihill, Moycullen2.3 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.2.3 
 7. Turner, Killester2.3 
 8. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 9. Lacey, DCU Saints2.1 
 10. Dowd, Moycullen2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Van, UCC Demons2.5 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune2.4 
 3. Baynes, UCD Marian2.4 
 4. Turner, Killester2.1 
 5. Longmire, Belfast .2.0 
 6. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.3 
 8. Ambler, Moycullen1.1 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.1.0 
 10. Duggan, UCC Demons0.9 


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Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 14-1 
 2. Hapoel J-M 10-5 
 3. Maccabi Ashdod 8-6 
 4. Bnei Hasharon 8-6 
 5. Galil Gilboa 8-7 
 6. Maccabi Rishon 7-7 
 7. Hapoel Holon 5-9 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 5-10 
 9. Ironi Ashkelon 4-11 
 10. Maccabi Haifa 3-10 


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Standings - B1
A Standings
Group A
 1. Trento 14-4 
 2. Perugia 13-5 
 3. Brescia 13-5 
 4. Piacenza 13-5 
 5. Treviglio 11-7 
 6. Omegna 11-7 
 7. Trieste 10-8 
 8. Moncalieri 9-9 
 9. Senigallia 9-9 
 10. Castelletto 9-9 
 11. ASD Pavia 8-10 
 12. Comsum.it SI 8-10 
 13. Recanati 6-12 
 14. Ozzano 5-13 
 15. Riva del Garda 3-15 
 16. Osimo 2-16 
Group B
 1. Ruvo 14-4 
 2. Trapani 13-5 
 3. Ostuni 12-6 
 4. S.Antimo 11-7 
 5. Latina Basket 10-8 
 6. Matera 10-8 
 7. Rieti 9-8 
 8. Massafra 9-9 
 9. Anagni 9-9 
 10. Ferentino 9-9 
 11. Bisceglie 8-10 
 12. Patti 8-10 
 13. Potenza 7-11 
 14. Molfetta 7-11 
 15. Palestrina 4-13 
 16. Agrigento 3-15 


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. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.1 
 6. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.1 
 7. Polonara, Banca T.1.1 
 8. Homan, CS Bologna1.0 
 9. Szewczyk, Air AV0.9 
 10. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 


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. Davis, Sunrise .2.6 
 8. Stefanov, San S.2.6 
 9. Radulovic, Sunris.2.5 
 10. Ndoja, N.Ferrara2.4 
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. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 8. Trepagnier, Tezeni.0.7 
 9. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.7 
 10. Kotti, N.Ferrara0.7 


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Davide REATI
  Treviglio
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Reati, Treviglio18.1 
 2. Vico, Matera17.9 
 3. Evangelisti, Trapani17.7 
 4. Ricciardi, Palestrina17.4 
 5. Rugolo, Molfetta16.4 
 6. Masper, Moncalieri16.4 
 7. Tassinari, Moncalieri16.4 
 8. Casadei, Comsum.i.16.2 
 9. Becerra, Rieti16.1 
 10. Musso, Perugia15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza10.3 
 2. Corral, Molfetta9.8 
 3. Zambon, Rieti9.6 
 4. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.3 
 5. Basei, Ostuni9.2 
 6. Zerini, Ruvo9.2 
 7. Capitanelli, Pales.9.0 
 8. Facenda, Senigallia8.4 
 9. Chiaramello, Recanati8.3 
 10. De Min, Treviglio8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Tommaso MARINO
  Treviglio
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Marino, Treviglio4.8 
 2. Ferrarese, Trento4.8 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti3.9 
 4. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 5. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.6 
 6. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.6 
 7. Lenardon, Massafra3.3 
 8. Bushati, Brescia3.2 
 9. Parente, Moncalieri3.2 
 10. Bolzonella, Piacenza3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.6 
 2. Marcante, ASD P.3.2 
 3. Gullo, Patti3.2 
 4. Bushati, Brescia3.1 
 5. Bonamente, Perugia3.1 
 6. De Nicolao, Castelle.2.9 
 7. Pozzi, Molfetta2.9 
 8. Malamov, Ruvo2.9 
 9. Valentini, S.Antimo2.8 
 10. Casadei, Comsum.i.2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.9 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.5 
 3. Corral, Molfetta1.3 
 4. Capitanelli, Pales.1.2 
 5. Candido, Ferentino1.1 
 6. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.1 
 7. Raminelli, Castelle.1.0 
 8. Basei, Ostuni1.0 
 9. Pozzi, Molfetta1.0 
 10. Rossi, Omegna0.8 


Italian SerieA round 16 best performance: Dejan Ivanov - by Eurobasket News
Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Sutor Montegranaro, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds, while his team edged out Dinamo Sassari (#12, 6-10) 81-80. Fabi Shoes maintains the 4th position in Italian SerieA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Fabi Shoes will need more victories to improve their 9-7 record. It's Ivanov's second year at Fabi Shoes and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Dejan Ivanov has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.7ppg), rebounds (4th best: 8.7rpg) and averages impressive 55.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American James White (198-G-84, agency: Court Side) of Dinamo Sassari. White had a very good evening with 38 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Dinamo Sassari was edged by the higher-ranked Fabi Shoes (#4, 9-7) 81-80. Dinamo Sassari is still in a red zone at 12th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-10 record. White is a newcomer at Dinamo Sassari, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.1ppg (#1). He also registered 5.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Omar Thomas (197-F-82) of Air Avellino (#6). Thomas scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Air AV, leading his team to a 77-53 easy win against the lower-ranked Benetton TV (#14, 6-10). Air AV needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 8 lost games. Thomas has a great season in Italy. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.8ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75) of Bennet Cantu - 23 points and 5 assists
5. Drake Diener (196-G-81) of Banca Tercas - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) of Angelico BI - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kristoffer Lang (211-F/C-79) of Enel Brindisi - 13 points and 11 rebounds
8. Eric Williams (206-C-84) of Pepsi Caserta - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Matteo Soragna (198-G/F-75) of Angelico BI - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. A.J. Slaughter (191-G-88) of Angelico BI - 21 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)


Italian Lega2 round 17 best performance: Dusan Vukcevic - by Eurobasket News
Serbian-Greek forward Dusan Vukcevic (201-F-75, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Immobiliare SR, receiving a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 35-year old player was the main contributor (34 points, three rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat N.Ferrara (#10, 7-10) 76-69. Immobiliare SR maintains the 4th position in Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Immobiliare SR will need more victories to improve their 11-6 record. In the team's last game Vukcevic had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Immobiliare SR's top player in his first season with the team. Dusan Vukcevic averages this season 16.8ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old American Alvin Young (189-G-75) of league's leader Umana Reyer Venezia. Young had a very good evening with 29 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Umana Reyer cruised to a 98-88 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Forli (#15, 4-13). Of course Umana Reyer still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 14 matches. Young is a newcomer at Umana Reyer, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.2ppg (#9). He also registered 4.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Leemire Goldwire (180-G-84, agency: Interperformances) of Forli (#15). Goldwire scored 25 points and passed eleven assists (!!!). Despite Goldwire's great performance Forli lost 88-98 to the higher-ranked Umana Reyer (#1, 14-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Forli can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Goldwire he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Goldwire has a very solid season. In 3 games in Italy he scored 21.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jimmie Hunter (196-G-77) of Sunrise Scafati - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Paul Marigney (192-G-82) of Assigeco - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86) of Assigeco - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Tamar Slay (204-F-80) of Umana Reyer - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83) of Barcellona - 15 points and 4 rebounds
9. Ruben Boykin (201-F-85) of Assigeco - 18 points and 10 rebounds
10. Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88) of Tuscany PT - 12 points and 13 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)


A Dilettanti, Round 18 - by Armando Caporaso
Group A

In the round 18 all wins for the four first teams of the group... Trento wins on the court of Osimo (in last place with only 2 wins) for 91-68 and maintains two points ahead on the pursuers. Decisive for the winners the partial in the second quarter (10-28), Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85) led the team with 28 points, 14 points for Marco Spanghero (185-G-91), 12 points of Luca Giroli (186-G-79, agency: Interperformances) and 10 points for Simone Fiorito (200-F/G-91). For the Edilcost not enough the performance of Gianluca Ghedini (193-G-82) and Vincenzo Di Capua (186-G/F-87, agency: Players Group) respectively with 17 and 15 points. Brescia wins against Siena for 85-80 with a good last quarter. Lorenzo Gergati (188-G-84) is the top scorer with 21 points (6/9 by 3) and 9 assist, 12 points of Massimo Farioli (202-F/C-77, agency: Interperformances) with 6 rebounds and 4 assist and 11 points for Stevan Stojkov (182-G-89) while from the bench there are 17 points of Massimo Rezzano (204-F/C-82) and 14 points of Franko Bushati (188-G-85) in 24 minutes with 8 fouls suffered and 24 of ranking. For the visitors Marco Portannese (192-G-89, agency: Players Group) closes with 26 points, 9/14 at shoot and 7 steals (but 6 turnovers). 17 points and 4 assist for Daniele Casadei (199-F/G-81), 8 points and 6 rebounds of Davide Andreaus (202-F-86) and 9 points with 4 steals for Gianluca Tomasiello (188-G-80). Perugia exceeds Moncalieri with the result of 70-61 thanks the partial of the third quarter (17-8) and confirms the second place while for the Zerouno it is the ninth defeat of the season. For the hosts great offensive game of Cristiano Masper (208-F-73) that scores 26 points with 13/19 by 2, 12 points and 7 rebounds with 4 steals for Stefano Boella (188-G-82), 10 points of Filippo Giusto (185-G-89) and 8 points adding 5 rebounds and 6 steals for the ex Varese Simone Cotani (201-G/F-81). For the Liomatic there are 14 points of the Argentinian Bernardo Musso (193-G-86) with 4/8 by 3 and 13 points for Marco Pazzi (203-C-79), Giovanni Carenza (202-F-88, college: St.Anselm) and Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-F/C-91). Piacenza wins against Recanati (76-63) thanks the performance of the new arrival German Scarone (190-G-75) that closes with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. For the others 12 points of Federico Loschi (195-G-90), 11 points of Marco Passera (180-G-82), 10 points for Riccardo Perego (203-F/C-81) and Nelson Rizzitiello (198-G/F-84) (with 6 rebounds) and 9 points with 6 rebounds in 21 minutes for Mirko Trapella (206-F-88). For the visitors another defeat, the MVP is Davide Parente (187-G-83) with 16 points and 8 fouls suffered, 12 points for Attilio Pierini (201-F-81) and Nicola Mei (187-G-85) and 8 points for Roberto Fossati (185-G-78). The other results:

P.Mitchell Pavia - G.Cartiere Riva 80-73 (M.Bastoni 25 pts, P.Biligha 18 reb, M.Filattiera 4 ass, D.Scodavolpe 5 stl, G.Pastori 5 stl & 11 reb)
Co.Mark Treviglio - Paffoni Omegna 90-56 (M.Carra 19 pts, G.Zanella 6 reb, T.Marino 10 ass, R.Marulli-M.Planezio 4 stl, T.DeMin 17 pts)
Goldengas Senigallia - SBS Castelletto 92-86 (M.Gnaccarini 25 pts & 7 ass, F.Facenda 16 reb, S.Maddaloni 6 ass, A.De Nicolao 7 stl, D.Sandri 20 pts)
Aps Trieste - PentaGr. Ozzano 67-75 (G.Sanguinetti 21 pts & 4 ass, D.Magro 11 reb, T.Raspino 18 pts & 3 stl)

Group B

Very important victory for S.Antimo that stop the leaders Ruvo (56-52) is alone in fourth place. For the Adriatica fourth seasonal defeat, only 2 players in double digit: 17 points for Andrea Pilotti (196-F/G-80, agency: Players Group) with 5 rebounds and 11 points of Simone Bonfiglio (181-G-88). For the others 5 points and 8 rebounds of Stefano Provenzano (195-F-86) and 12 rebounds for Andrea Zerini (201-F-88, agency: Interperformances) with only one point. For the hosts 15 points and 9 rebounds for Dante Calabria (194-G-73, college: N.Carolina) with also 4 steals, 12 points and 3 assist for Carlo Cantone (187-G-85), 13 points for Simone Gatti (201-F-82) but a bad 4/16 at shoot and 8 points + 8 rebounds for Filippo Gagliardo (204-F-78). Trapani recovers 2 important points winning against Palestrina (still the second lowest) for 71-54 thanks the 17 points of Marco Evangelisti (198-G-84) (with 7/13 at shoot) and the great game of Luca Tardito (202-F-89, agency: Players Group) that scores 13 points and catches 6 rebounds (adding 3 steals and 2 blocks) in only 15 minutes (20 of ranking). For the others 12 points of Walter Santarossa (200-F-78) and 10 points with 3 assist for Francesco Guarino (182-G-79). For the Itop after a good start (23-17 in the first quarter) there was the collapse in the next twenty minutes (15-40) despite the 21 points of Daniele Ricciardi (185-G-81) with 8/18 at shoot and the 10 rebounds of Andrea Capitanelli (203-C-86) (but only 6 points). Ostuni remains third winning at Anagni for 80-73 with a partial of 29-22 in the last 10 minutes. The MVP is Valerio Circosta (188-G-87) that scores 24 points with 5/8 by 3 in 21 minutes starting by bench, 16 points and 4 rebounds for the new arrival Silvio Gigena (200-F-75), 15 points with 6 rebounds for Mario Gigena (198-F-77) and 7 points with 9 rebounds for Domenico Morena (210-F/C-70). Riccardo Romano (192-G-84, agency: Interperformances) for the Romana Chimici closes with 28 points and 10/14 at shoot, 15 points for Riccardo Santolamazza (195-G-83) and 12 points for Giovanni Bruni (180-G-82). In the other matches:

Ascom Patti - Bawer Matera 75-66 (C.Vico 22 pts, A.Fabi 16 pts & 6 reb, T.Gullo 9 ass & 4 stl, A.Lagioia 19 pts)
Cisa Massafra - Ambrosia Bisceglie 70-64 (I.Scarponi 23 pts & 4 stl, F.Quaglia 12 reb, D.Rosignoli 11 reb, S.Lenardon 4 ass)
Auto Ford Molfetta - FMC Ferentino 65-79 (M.Carrizo 29 pts & 4 ass & 6 reb, I.Ochoa 20 pts, R.Maggio 5 ass, F.Candido 3 blk, J.Pozzi 5 stl)
Ircop Rieti - Benacquista Latina 84-77 (F.Amoroso 26 pts & 6 stl, G.Antrops 14 reb & 4 ass, M.Soloperto 12 reb, E.Paparella 5 stl, F.Becerra 19 pts)
Moncada Agrigento - Publisys Potenza 75-81 (V.DiViccaro 21 pts, M.Giovanatto-D.Pennisi 9 reb, P.Mossi 3 ass & 3 stl, M.Giuri 20 pts)


The Gigena brothers together: Silvio at Ostuni from Massafra - by Armando Caporaso
After many years the Gigena brothers will play in the same team: Silvio Gigena (200-F-75) leaves Massafra and reaches Mario Gigena (198-F-77) at Ostuni. After the experience in the young team and first team of Livorno were separated and a few days ago the Assi Basket announced the agreement with the Argentinian forward. Born in Villa del Rosario, comes very early in Italy and after Livorno played for Bologna, Milano, 6 years at Pesaro (with games also in Euroleague), Udine, Scafati and Soresina first to return at Bologna in the last season where obtained the promotion to the LegaA2 with the Fortitudo (13.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 27 matches). In this season signed with Massafra leaving after 10 matches (15.3 points and 8.1 rebounds in 29.9 minutes). In his career some matches with the Argentinian National Team (2000/2002) and different seasons in LegaA1 with an high of 33 points against Avellino (his best season in 2002/03 at Pesaro closed with 9.6 points and 4 rebounds in 19.6 minutes).

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Sakuragi's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
34-year old center J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Aishin Sea Horses and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He got a double-double of 19 points and 10 assists, while his team edged out Hitachi S. (#5, 9-15) 85-83. It allowed Aishin to consolidate first place in the Japanese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aishin has a very solid 19-5 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Sakuragi has many years of experience at Aishin, through which he has constantly improved. Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sakuragi is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 8.7rpg), assists (5th best: 3.8apg) and averages solid 54.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jai Lewis (201-F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of Rera Kamuy Hokkaido. He is American forward in his first season at Hokkaido. In the last game Lewis recorded impressive 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Hokkaido cruised to a 83-73 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Toshiba (#4, 12-12). Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Hokkaido managed to get this year. Lewis is a newcomer at Hokkaido and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Aishin Sea Horses' star - Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85). Takeuchi scored 21 points. He was another key player of Aishin, helping his team with a 85-83 win against the lower-ranked Hitachi S. (#5, 9-15). Aishin confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 5 lost games. Takeuchi has a great season in Japan. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.8ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 11.1rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 57.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Takehiko Orimo (190-G-70) of Hokkaido - 20 points and 5 assists
5. Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-G-81) of Aishin - 19 points and 2 assists
6. Daisuke Kobayashi (189-G-87) of Hitachi S. - 24 points
7. Joji Takeuchi (206-C-85) of Hitachi S. - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ron Hale (203-F-77) of Mitsubishi - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80) of Toyota - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Fumihiko Aono (210-C-78) of Panasonic - 17 points and 6 rebounds

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


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  LATVIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs16.8 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale16.1 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 5. Lowe, Barons16.0 
 6. Cipruss, Valmiera15.6 
 7. Bertans, VEF R.15.5 
 8. Mitchell, Liepaja15.4 
 9. Nelyubov, VEF R.15.2 
 10. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Avila
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Cipruss, Valmiera10.4 
 2. Mednis, Turiba8.3 
 3. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 4. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.6 
 5. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 6. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 7. Selakovs, VEF R.6.6 
 8. Rozitis, Zemgale6.5 
 9. Nelyubov, VEF R.6.5 
 10. Piternieks, LU6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sandis BUSKEVICS
  Ventspils
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Buskevics, Ventspils7.8 
 2. Bertans, VEF R.5.0 
 3. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.7 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.4.1 
 6. Gabrans, Valmiera4.0 
 7. Mason, Ventspils4.0 
 8. Sirsnins, Barons3.8 
 9. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 10. Feldmanis, Barons3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Buskevics, Ventspils2.6 
 3. Lowe, Barons2.4 
 4. Jahovics, VEF R.2.3 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.2.1 
 6. Mitchell, Liepaja2.1 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 8. Cavars, Barons2.0 
 9. Bertans, VEF R.1.9 
 10. Slisans, LU1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Berzins, VEF R.3.3 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale2.3 
 3. Cipruss, Valmiera1.6 
 4. Brunins, Zemgale1.2 
 5. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 6. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 7. Bertans, Barons1.0 
 8. Mejeris, Liepaja0.9 
 9. Selakovs, VEF R.0.8 
 10. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 


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


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


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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. Schumacher, T7121.9 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.21.8 
 6. Muller, T7121.3 
 7. Gary, Contern20.1 
 8. Smith, Sparta19.3 
 9. Delgado, Etzella18.3 
 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 Pikes12.6 
 4. Crawford, Soleuvre12.6 
 5. Kennedy, Residence12.5 
 6. Stephens, T7111.2 
 7. Wojnowski, Musel P.10.7 
 8. Scott, Etzella10.7 
 9. Abercrombie, Spa.9.8 
 10. Smith, Sparta9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Schartz, Amicale5.2 
 2. Schumacher, T714.7 
 3. Delgado, Etzella3.5 
 4. Rausch, Black Star3.4 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.3.1 
 6. Koster, Residence3.0 
 7. Arbaut, Sparta2.9 
 8. Schwartz, Musel P.2.9 
 9. Jeitz, Amicale2.6 
 10. Ferreira, Etzella2.5 
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. Kennedy, Residence1.6 
 7. Abdiu, Residence1.5 
 8. Delgado, Etzella1.5 
 9. Birenbaum, Amicale1.5 
 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, Etzella1.4 
 5. Abercrombie, Spa.1.0 
 6. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.9 
 7. Stephens, T710.9 
 8. Kennedy, Residence0.8 
 9. Weisen, Soleuvre0.7 
 10. Wojnowski, Musel P.0.6 


Diekirch League Round 16: Sparta wins overtime game against Musel Pikes - by Eurobasket News
Musel Pikes (#6) forced the game against Sparta (#5) into an overtime, but lost by three points 89-92 on Saturday night. The game took place in Stadrbredimus. But the guests from Bertrange were better at the end. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Musel Pikes. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 22-18 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 3-point victory in overtime. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Larrie Smith (197-75, college: Tennessee Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds and international guard Patrick Arbaut (184-87) who added 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Guy Schmit (185-80) responded with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Sparta maintains fifth position with 9-7 record. Musel Pikes at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Sparta are looking forward to face Residence (#7) in Bereldange in the next round. Musel Pikes will play at home against Amicale in Steinsel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Contern. Eighth ranked Contern (7-10) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Amicale (10-6) 70-69 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Amicale. The winners were led by American forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 4 blocks and Sven Pezzotta supported him with 9 points. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by guard Christopher Jones (186-90) did not help to save the game for Amicale. Contern moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Residence. Amicale at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Contern will play against league's leader T71 in Dudelange in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Amicale will play on the road against Musel Pikes in Stadrbredimus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Esch. Their biggest opponent host Basket Esch (11-5) lost to first ranked T71 (13-4) 99-93. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Basket Esch. Tom Schumacher fired 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. T71's coach Jan Enjebo used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. John Reimold produced 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-4 record. Newly promoted Basket Esch dropped to the third place with five games lost. T71 will meet at home Contern (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Basket Esch will play against the league's second-placed Etzella (#2) in Ettelbruck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ninth-ranked Soleuvre (4-12) gave a tough game to third ranked Etzella (12-5) in Belvaux. The visitors from Ettelbruck managed to secure only two-point victory 84-82. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a very good performance for Dustin Scott who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Etzella's coach Douglas Marty allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Etzella has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Soleuvre lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 12 games lost. Etzella's next round opponent will be Basket Esch (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Soleuvre will play against Black Star (#10) in Mersch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Seventh ranked Residence (7-10) beat at home 10th ranked Black Star (2-15) by 11 points 79-68, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Marcus Kennedy who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. Residence maintains seventh position with 7-10 record, which they share with Contern. Black Star lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Residence will face higher ranked Sparta (#5) in Bertrange in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Black Star will play at home against Soleuvre (#9) in Belvaux and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 38 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds by Lamonte Ulmer of Soleuvre.



Basket Esch - T71 93-99

The game between Top Four teams took place in Esch. Their biggest opponent host Basket Esch (11-5) lost to first ranked T71 (13-4) 99-93. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Basket Esch. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 29-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. T71 dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Basket Esch's 42. International guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) fired 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Frank Muller (196-88, college: Cuesta JC) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. T71's coach Jan Enjebo used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward John Reimold (198-81, college: Bowling Green) produced 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Slovakian power forward Stefan Svitek (203-77) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four T71 and five Basket Esch players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-4 record. Newly promoted Basket Esch dropped to the third place with five games lost. T71 will meet at home Contern (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Basket Esch will play against the league's second-placed Etzella (#2) in Ettelbruck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
T71: T.Schumacher 26+6reb+6ast, F.Muller 23+8reb+1ast, D.Stephens 18+13reb, B.Kieffer 18+2reb+1ast, G.Ruffato 9+1reb+3ast, C.Bemtgen 3+1reb+2ast
Basket Esch: K.Diederich 22+3reb+1ast, J.Reimold 16+9reb+5ast, J.Biever 14+6reb+4ast, M.Rajniak 14+5reb+2ast, S.Svitek 14+11reb+1ast, C.Donnersbach 11+3reb+2ast
gschID: 103558


Musel Pikes - Sparta 89-92 OT

Musel Pikes (#6) forced the game against Sparta (#5) into an overtime, but lost by three points 89-92 on Saturday night. The game took place in Stadrbredimus. But the guests from Bertrange were better at the end. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Musel Pikes. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 22-18 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 3-point victory in overtime. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Larrie Smith (197-75, college: Tennessee Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds and international guard Patrick Arbaut (184-87) who added 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Guy Schmit (185-80) responded with 27 points and 8 rebounds and international guard Laurent Schwartz (177-89) scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sparta maintains fifth position with 9-7 record. Musel Pikes at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Sparta are looking forward to face Residence (#7) in Bereldange in the next round. Musel Pikes will play at home against Amicale in Steinsel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sparta: L.Smith 26+12reb+2ast, P.Arbaut 16+5reb+2ast, J.Hublart 16+3reb+4ast, C.Abercrombie 12+10reb, X.Engel 9+3reb+1ast, R.Wolzfeld 8+3reb+1ast
Musel Pikes: G.Schmit 27+8reb+3ast, L.Schwartz 23+6reb+6ast, T.Wurtz 20+11reb+2ast, J.Kox 11+6reb+3ast, R.Dentzer 6+3reb, E.steffen 2
gschID: 103559


Soleuvre - Etzella 82-84

Ninth-ranked Soleuvre (4-12) gave a tough game to third ranked Etzella (12-5) in Belvaux. The visitors from Ettelbruck managed to secure only two-point victory 84-82. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 33-19 Soleuvre's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 84-82 at the end of the game. Etzella players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a very good performance for American power forward Dustin Scott (203-85, college: Charleston) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Nelson Delgado (186-80) contributed with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Etzella players scored in double figures. Etzella's coach Douglas Marty allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Impact Basketball) replied with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and forward David Controguerra (194-86) added 22 points and 4 assists in the effort for Soleuvre. Etzella has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Soleuvre lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 12 games lost. Etzella's next round opponent will be Basket Esch (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Soleuvre will play against Black Star (#10) in Mersch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Etzella: D.Scott 23+14reb+4ast, N.Delgado 19+6reb+6ast, T.Giver 15+4reb+5ast, R.Albaladejo 11+1ast, J.Delgado 10+4reb+6ast, E.Ferreira 3+1ast
Soleuvre: L.Ulmer 38+16reb+3ast, D.Controguerra 22+1reb+4ast, B.Hemmen 7+5ast, D.Berthle 6+5reb+1ast, C.Weisen 5+3reb+3ast, C.Mertz 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 103560


Residence - Black Star 79-68

Seventh ranked Residence (7-10) beat at home 10th ranked Black Star (2-15) by 11 points 79-68, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Residence. Black Star managed to win third quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Residence especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and international swingman Pitt Koster (178-89) who added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Billy McDaniel (201-84, college: Ark.-Monticello, agency: JEMsports) responded with 32 points and 8 rebounds and guard Tom Rausch (183-90) scored 19 points. Residence maintains seventh position with 7-10 record, which they share with Contern. Black Star lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Residence will face higher ranked Sparta (#5) in Bertrange in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Black Star will play at home against Soleuvre (#9) in Belvaux and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Residence: M.Kennedy 29+11reb, P.Koster 14+7reb+5ast, M.Schmit 13, M.Leschek 9+8reb+3ast, S.Felten 5+2reb, F.Mangen 5+1reb+3ast
Black Star: B.McDaniel 32+8reb+1ast, T.Rausch 19+1reb+2ast, R.Nunes 7+4reb, J.Kirch 5+7reb+1ast, T.Becker 3+3reb, P.Arbaut 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 103561


Contern - Amicale 70-69

Important game to mention about took place in Contern. Eighth ranked Contern (7-10) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Amicale (10-6) 70-69 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Amicale. It looked good early as Amicale took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Contern had a 17-11 second period charge getting the lead and Amicale was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-70. Contern made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international guard Sven Pezzotta (186-88) supported him with 9 points. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by guard Christopher Jones (186-90) did not help to save the game for Amicale. American forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 12 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Four Amicale players scored in double figures. Contern moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Residence. Amicale at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Contern will play against league's leader T71 in Dudelange in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Amicale will play on the road against Musel Pikes in Stadrbredimus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Contern: B.Gary 38+15reb+1ast, A.Milongo 11+1reb+1ast, S.Pezzotta 9+4reb, T.Schleimer 5+6reb, D.Torres 3+1reb+2ast, L.Majerus 2+6reb
Amicale: C.Jones 19+6reb+1ast, R.Birenbaum 14+4reb+1ast, L.Birdsong 12+10reb, C.Schartz 12+4reb+1ast, A.Laurent 5+3reb, C.Scholtes 5+1reb
gschID: 103557




Standings
Diekirch League Standings
 1. T71 13-4 
 2. Etzella 12-5 
 3. Basket Esch 11-5 
 4. Amicale 10-6 
 5. Sparta 9-7 
 6. Musel Pikes 8-9 
 7. Residence 7-10 
 8. Contern 7-10 
 9. Soleuvre 4-12 
 10. Black Star 2-15 


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LNBP Quarterfinals: Halcones Xalapa takes Game One against Halcones Rojos - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Xalapa - Halcones Rojos 84-76

Halcones UV Xalapa celebrated 84-76 victory in Game One against Halcones Rojos. It means that Halcones Xalapa grabbed 1-0 lead in the LNBP Quarterfinals. Last period was the crucial one in this game. Teams were almost tied before it, but then the home squad drastically improved winning the quarter 25-16. Halcones UV Xalapa made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Tavoris McGowan (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Brandon Robinson (202-F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Auburn) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Halcones Rojos. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Game Two is scheduled for today.

Halc.Xalapa: J.Harris 14+5reb+6ast, R.Traylor 13+4reb, O.Mendez-Valdez 13+2reb+3ast, L.Garcia Morales 13+3ast, A.Parada 10+3reb, T.McGowan 9+8reb+2ast
Halc.Rojos: B.Robinson 17+7reb+1ast, J.Lloreda 17+10reb+1ast, J. Aubry 15+3reb, C.Rivera 11+6reb+5ast, P.Stoll 6+2reb+8ast, L.Hill 6+2reb


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  MONTENEGRO   


MNE 1A - 12 Round : new win for Mornar and Jedinstvo - by Dragan Scepanovic
MORNAR Bar - DANILOVGRAD 92:74 (31:12, 24:21, 17:15, 20:26)
Bar. SC 'Topolica. Spectators: around 300 Judges: Koljensic (Podgorica), Kaludjerovic (H. Novi), Popovic (Podgorica).
MORNAR : Pesic, Damjanovic 12 (1-1), Sarajlija 5 (4-1), Radovic 12 (8-5), Mikovic, Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91) 10 (9-5), Jelenic 12 (3-3), Ljubojevic 9 (8-3 ) Gagic 6 (5-3), Vujosevic 16 (4-4), Ivanovic 6 (4-1), Perovic 4 (2-2).
DANILOVGRAD: Jovovic 10, Jovanovic, Djerkovic, Grabovica 11 (1-1), Skendzic, Marko Milatovic (191-G-88) 22 (3-2), Popovic 12 (8-4), Antovic, Sekulic, Mrdak, Igor Bijelic (208-F/C-88) 8 (5-2), Igor Lutersek (203-C-89) 11 (5-2)
In the interesting moments of the match players of coach Pavicevic better and more disciplined game came to a new league victory. Already after the first quarter it was clear that the points remain in the Bar. Better than the other sailors were on the team are Vujosevic, Jelenic and Radovic, while the guests pointed Milatovic.






JEDINSTVO B.Polje - ULCINJ 75:52 (19:6,16:14, 9:17, 31:15)

B.Polje. SC 'Nikoljac. Spectators: around 350 Judges: Sutulovic, Sundic, Savovic (Podgorica).
JEDINSTVO : Kovacevic 7 (1-0), Musovic, Korac 23 (6-6), Miljic 9, Sekularac, Omerovic 14, Babaca, Boban Medenica (201-F-87) 8 (2-2), Petrovic 7 (1-0), Vladimir Grdinic (190-G-78) , Milos 2 , Marko Ljujic (205-F/C-90) 5 (2-1).
ULCINJ : Latkovic 4, Tepavcevic 1 (2-1), Milosevic 7 (3-3), Radulovic 12 (9-6), Sibalic 4 (2-1), Durkovic 16 (4-4), Jeftic, Klikovac 2, Mijovic 3 (1-1), Mihailovic 3, Krstovic.


Delayed in Budva
Match MNE 1A League between KK Mogren Budva and KK Ljubovic Podgorica , which is supposed to be played from 19:30 last night in SC, 'Rea', is not played , becouse a team Ljubovic failed to appear. MNE 1A Basketball League Commissioner's decision is likely to register the fifth victory for Mogren this season - score of 20:0.



1A Round 12: Jedinstvo defeats leader Ulcijn - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Ulcijn (9-2) in Bijelo Polje on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Jedinstvo (8-4) 75-52. Jedinstvo have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Lovcen. Ulcijn at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Jedinstvo is looking forward to face Lovcen (#3) in Cetinje in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ulcijn will play at home against Gorstak in Kolasin and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Tivat. Fifth ranked Teodo Tivat (7-4) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd ranked Lovcen (8-4) 75-73 on Saturday evening. Teodo Tivat have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 7-4 record. Lovcen at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Jedinstvo. Teodo Tivat will play against league's second-placed Mornar Bar at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lovcen will play against Jedinstvo in Bijelo Polje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


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Jedinstvo - Ulcijn 75-52

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Ulcijn (9-2) in Bijelo Polje on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Jedinstvo (8-4) 75-52. Jedinstvo have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Lovcen. Ulcijn at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Jedinstvo is looking forward to face Lovcen (#3) in Cetinje in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ulcijn will play at home against Gorstak in Kolasin and is hoping to win this game.
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Teodo Tivat - Lovcen 75-73

Important game to mention about took place in Tivat. Fifth ranked Teodo Tivat (7-4) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd ranked Lovcen (8-4) 75-73 on Saturday evening. Teodo Tivat have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 7-4 record. Lovcen at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Jedinstvo. Teodo Tivat will play against league's second-placed Mornar Bar at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lovcen will play against Jedinstvo in Bijelo Polje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Mornar Bar - Danilovgrad 92-74

Very expected game when 10th ranked Danilovgrad (2-10) lost on the road to second ranked Mornar Bar (9-3) 92-74. Mornar Bar has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Ulcijn. Danilovgrad lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. Mornar Bar will play against Teodo Tivat (#5) on the road in the next round. Danilovgrad will play against Ljubovic (#9) in Podgorica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Mogren - Ljubovic 20-0

Gortak - ABS Primorije, January 26



Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Ulcijn 9-2 
 2. Mornar Bar 9-3 
 3. Lovcen 8-4 
 4. Jedinstvo 8-4 
 5. Teodo Tivat 7-4 
 6. Mogren 5-7 
 7. ABS Primorje 4-7 
 8. Gorstak 3-8 
 9. Ljubovic 3-9 
 10. Danilovgrad 2-10 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost


Standings - 1B
1B regular season Standings
Group A
 1. KK Podgorica 7-1 
 2. Centar BP 6-2 
 3. Rudar 6-3 
 4. Bonus 5-4 
 5. Buducnost II 3-5 
 6. Novljanin 3-6 
 7. LIM 0-9 
Group B
 1. Sutjeska 7-1 
 2. Ibar Rozaje 7-2 
 3. Un.Mediteran 6-2 
 4. S.Centar 6-3 
 5. Zeta 4-6 
 6. Kotor 2-7 
 7. KK Cetinje 0-10 


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Joseph helps XU rally past Tougaloo in second half - by Emiliano
Sophomore guard Joseph Wanto (5'9''-G) scored 15 of his season-high 16 points in the second half Saturday to rally NAIA No. 12 Xavier (LA) to a 77-67 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball victory over No. 21 Tougaloo.
It was the GCAC opener for the Gold Rush (18-2) and the Bulldogs (15-4) and the 16th consecutive home victory for Xavier.
Kevin Miller had a career-high 13 points and a season-best seven rebounds for Xavier, and Denzell Erves had 12 points and six rebounds. Chris Iles, the GCAC leader in assists, had seven.
Donteeno Todd scored 15 points, all on 3-pointers, for Tougaloo. Marquise Mems scored 12, amd Mario Luckett had 10.
Todd had nine points to lead Tougaloo to a 34-30 halftime advantage, but Xavier took control by outscoring the Bulldogs 23-9 in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Joseph was 7-of-7 from the floor in the second half, and his basket with 2:15 remaining gave Xavier its largest lead, 71-56.
Xavier outshot Tougaloo 52 to 42 percent from the floor -- 61 to 41 percent in the second half. The Gold Rush made 16-of-25 free throws, and Tougaloo made 7-of-18.
Xavier extended its win streak to four and snapped Tougaloo's six-game win streak. The Gold Rush will play Mobile at 7:30 p.m. Monday at The Barn.



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Rockets to recall Ish Smith - by Eurobasket News
The Rockets plan to recall guard Ishmael Smith (6'0''-G-88, college: Wake Forest) from the D-League on Monday.

Smith has played the last four games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He averaged 12.8 points and seven assists during the assignment.

He is expected to be active against the Timberwolves on Monday night due to injuries to Brad Miller and Jared Jeffries.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


Blazers to add D-Leagues Chris Johnson - by Eurobasket News
The Trail Blazers on Monday are expected to add Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU), 210-pound forward with the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League, who will be signed to a 10-day contract via a hardship exception.

Portland is eligible for the exception because four of its players - Marcus Camby, Greg Oden, Brandon Roy and Elliot Williams - have missed at least three games and are declared to be out at least another two weeks.

Johnson, 25, is averaging 17.2 points and 9.7 rebounds and is third in the D-League with 3.1 blocked shots in 27 games. The former Louisiana State standout is mostly an insurance policy, but Blazer brass and coaches want to take a look at him, too, for the future.

The Blazers can sign Johnson to a second 10-day contract, then will be forced to make a decision whether to keep him or let him go. If they keep Johnson, theyll have to move another player because they are at the 15-player roster limit.

Courtesy of www.hoopsnotes.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. Evans, Sacramen.1.9 
 5. Curry, Golde S.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 


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Second-ranked Virginia Wesleyan suffer first defeat - by Eurobasket News
Second-ranked Virginia Wesleyan lost their first game of the season. They surrendered against Guilford 61:64 at the weekend. It was the 11th win in the season for the Quakers. Tobi Akinsola (6'3''-G) knocked down 26 points to lead the effort. Guilford posted a three-point lead at halftime 33:30. The Marlins denied the deficit and leveled things up at 52 in the second half. But it was Tobi Akinsola who proved the difference. He totaled 18 points in the second part of the encounter and brought win to the Quakers. Gabriel Lowder (6'1''-G) provided 9 points in the winning effort. D.J. Woodmore (6'3''-G) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Virginia Wesleyan. Tre Ford (5'10''-G) and Ed Roberts (5'10''-G) finished with 11 points each in the loss.
The top-ranked Wooster came from behind to tame Wittenberg University 65:58. The Flying Scots were down by 11 in the second half but capped the game on a 27:9 rally to eke out victory. Ian Franks (6'4''-G-88) stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Nathan Balch (6'1''-G-88) accounted for 15 points in the 17th straight win for Wooster. The Tigers answered with 14 points from Cameron Walton.
The 4th-ranked St. Thomas held off St. Johns 62:59 in a close contest. The Tommies were led by Teddy Archer (6'3''-G) who scored career-high 13 points. The victory propelled St. Thomas at 15-1 record. Todd Herman (6'4''-G) answered with game-high 25 points for the Johnnies.



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BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Russell, Kristiansand26.7 
 2. Timus, Tromso25.1 
 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
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Bullock, Gimle11.9 
 2. Mullenax, Ulriken11.9 
 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. Ouakkaha, Ulriken4.0 
 7. Elgmork, Baerum4.0 
 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. Ross, Kristiansand0.5 


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Qalandia Boost up a Few Teams before the SuperLeague - by Tamara Awartani
Qalandia Club will be launching today a small tournament in tribute of Qalandia camp prisoner Ahmad Shehadeh with 3 clubs taking part in addition to Qalandia team Orthodox Ramallah, Birzeit and Al Ahli Jerusalem, all of which are getting ready for the SuperLeague.

The schedule for the games that will take place in Ramallah are as follows :

Monday 24/1/2011 17:00 Opening
17:30 Qalandia vs. Birzeit
19:00 ORC Ramallah vs.
Al Ahli Jerusalem

Thursday 27/1/2011 17:30 ORC Ramallah vs. Birzeit
19:00 Qalandia vs.
Al Ahli Jerusalem

Sunday 30/1/2011 17:30 ORC Ramallah vs. Qalandia
19:00 Birzeit vs.
Al Ahli Jerusalem

Stay Tuned



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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Quinnel BROWN
  Quebec K.
  (198-G/F-83)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Brown, Quebec K.20.8 
 2. Williams, Vermo.20.5 
 3. Crouch, Rocheste.20.0 
 4. Jones, Kentucky S.19.2 
 5. Anderson, Saint J.18.6 
 6. Martin, Saint J.17.8 
 7. Miles, Dayton A.17.3 
 8. Grifin, Dayton A.17.2 
 9. Mercer, Halifax R.17.2 
 10. Egerson, Saint J.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Crookshank, Halif.11.5 
 2. Jackson, Halifax R.11.0 
 3. Williams, Vermo.9.7 
 4. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC9.3 
 5. Brown, Quebec K.8.8 
 6. Jones, Halifax R.8.8 
 7. DeMasi, Vermont FH8.0 
 8. Harris, Kentucky S.8.0 
 9. Ocitti, Saint J.7.8 
 10. Dollard, Halifax R.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Vermont FH
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Rice, Vermont FH7.5 
 2. Egerson, Saint J.6.8 
 3. Parran, Quebec K.5.7 
 4. Brown, Halifax R.5.2 
 5. Anderson, Saint J.5.0 
 6. Bowden, Lawton F.4.5 
 7. Acker, Quebec K.4.5 
 8. Brown, Quebec K.4.3 
 9. Daniels, Lawton F.4.3 
 10. Fountain, Lawton F.4.0 
Steals Per Game