EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/27/2011

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  ABA   


#5 Colorado Kings update roster - by Tyler Gatlin
The #5 ranked Colorado Kings sent in an updated roster to USbasket. These 10 players join Jermaine Mason (6'0''-G-79, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo), Rasean Dickey (6'10''-F/C-85) and others.

#6 Corey Campbell (6'2''-G-83, college: Otero JC)
#5 Keith Borgan (5'11''-G-83, college: Metro St.)
#0 Kellen Lee (7'1''-C-85, college: Los Angeles CC)
#60 Derrick Lemuel (6'4''-F, college: Mesa St.)
#45 Phillip Hillstock (6'8''-F, college: Barber Scotia)
#11 Robert Frazier (6'7''-F, college: Tuskegee)
#50 Solomon Yearby (6'2''-G-80, college: Campbell)
#1 Donald Whitfield (6'4''-G-82)
#34 Michael Gordy (6'5''-F, college: N.Colorado)
#33 Jeff Boozer (6'1''-G-85, college: Laramie CC)

Head Coach: Eric Stoffel
Assistant Coach: John Gaines
Assistant Coach: Elzie Knight




San Diego Surf defeat Los Angeles Slam, move to 20th in ABA Power Rankings - by Tyler Gatlin
San Diego Surf defeat Los Angeles Slam, move to 20th in ABA Power Rankings
By Darren Feeney

After dropping last month's contest to the Los Angeles Slam, the San Diego Surf returned the favor Saturday evening with a 111-108 victory over last year's SoCal Division Champions of the American Basketball Association (ABA).



The Surf jumped out to a 12-point advantage in the first quarter and never looked back despite several efforts by the Slam to narrow the margin.
'I thought Aaron (Hands) got us started on the right foot,' said Surf head coach Terry Mason. 'He hit some shots early and the rest of the guys jumped on his back.'
Hands finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.


The Slam made a valiant effort in the 4th quarter to cut the deficit, but San Diego guards Tim Denson (6'1''-G-86, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) and Mo Clady continued to push the ball and control the pace of the game. The Surf got a huge fourth quarter out of their newest edition, 6-foot-9 center Gene Shipley, who finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds and made several key free throws in the final minutes to secure the victory.


Swingman Cornell Williams had arguably his best outing of the season, knocking down five three-pointers as part of his 23 points.
Coach Mason was very pleased with the improved defensive effort and the contributions he got from the team as a whole, evidenced by the 45-point output from the bench.
'Everybody contributed and got a chance to be a part of the win,' said Mason. 'I'm very proud of the effort from our bench. The starters got a lot of support.'
With the victory, the Surf moved to 20th in the ABA Power Rankings and the Slam dropped to 22nd.


The Surf (6-5) return to action this weekend with two home games at the HourGlass Arena at Miramar College. The Surf face off against the 24th ranked Modesto Hawks (7-6) this Saturday, January 29th at 7 p.m and follow-up with a contest with the California Swish from Hawthorne this Sunday, January 30th at 7 p.m.


For more information, please visit the Surf's website at: www.SDSurfHoops.com




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  ANGOLA   


Scouting Portuguese players abroad - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Eurobasket and The Basketball Board will try to make an overview of young portuguese prospects playing throughout in Europe or overseas.
We believe that young talented boys and girls with Portuguese links, all around the world, need an opportunity to be presented.

If you are younger than 20 years old and interested, please send me your profiles!

We need your full name, birth data, the teams you played for (name, country and league), honours and, if available, stats.
Dont forget, also, to add your e-mail address.

You will find my email address by clicking on my name.

Well publish profiles of the best players that contact us!



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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round 10: Obras are defeated by Penarol - by Eurobasket News
Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Mar del Plata between third ranked Obras (6-4) and fifth ranked Penarol (6-2) on Sunday night. Obras was defeated by Penarol in a tough game on the road 70-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Obras. International forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Obras at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Libertad S. and Quimsa. Penarol are looking forward to face Estudiantes (#15) in Bahia Blanca in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Obras will play at home against Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Cordoba. First ranked host Atenas (8-2) defeated their biggest opponent Lanus (7-3) 82-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lanus. It was a key game for the top position in the league. American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) notched 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Bruno Labaque supported him with 12 points and 9 assists. Even 24 points and 7 rebounds by American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) did not help to save the game for Lanus. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Atenas has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-2 record. Lanus at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. They share the position with La Union. Atenas will play against Obras (#7) in Buenos Aires in the next round where they are favorite. Lanus will play at home against Sionista (#16) in Parana and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Corrientes where higher ranked Argentino (5-5) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Regatas Corrientes (4-6) 88-69 on Sunday. Eduardo Villares fired 24 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Juan Cangelosi produced 14 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Regatas Corrientes moved-up to eleventh place. Newly promoted Argentino dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. They share it with Gimnasia CR. Regatas Corrientes will meet Olimpico de La Banda (#13) on the road in the next round. Argentino will play against Monte Hermoso (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales (6-4) crushed at home 12th ranked Club 9 (3-6) by 23 points 87-64, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of Ruben Wolkowyski who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Obras and Quimsa. Club 9 lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth position with six games lost. Libertad Sunchales' next round opponent will be Boca Juniors (#12) in Buenos Aires and are hoping to win another game. Club 9 will play at home against the league's second-placed La Union in Formosa.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 10: Boca Jrs lost to Quimsa on the opponent's court 73-80. La Union managed to outperform Estudiantes in a home game 70-64. Gimnasia CR was rolled over Monte Hermoso on the road 85-64.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals by Luis Cequeira of Obras.


Quimsa - Boca Jrs 80-73

Rather expected game in Santiado Estero where 11th ranked Boca Juniors (4-7) was defeated by eighth ranked Quimsa (6-4) 80-73. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Roman Gonzalez (211-78) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Italian swingman Anibal Marin (199-82) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Quimsa's coach Carlos Romano allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Mariano Fierro (201-86) replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Fernando Martina (202-81) added 10 points in the effort for Boca Juniors. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Quimsa moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Obras and Libertad S. Boca Juniors at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with seven games lost. Quimsa's next round opponent will be Obras (#7) in Buenos Aires. Boca Juniors will play at home against Libertad Sunchales (#5).
Top scorers:
Quimsa: R.Gonzalez 18+6reb, A.Marin 16+6reb, D.Lo Grippo 15+6reb, D.Gomez Camargo 12+3reb+2ast, J.Mazzaro 8, J.Treise 6+1reb+7ast
Boca Jrs: M.Fierro 15+7reb, D.Alston 12+2reb+1ast, S.Vega 10+3reb+1ast, F.Martina 10+4reb+1ast, R.Elliott 9+3reb, C.Moodie 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 117490


Atenas - Lanus 82-73

The game between Top Four teams took place in Cordoba. First ranked host Atenas (8-2) defeated their biggest opponent Lanus (7-3) 82-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lanus. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Lanus was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) notched 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Bruno Labaque (183-77, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 12 points and 9 assists. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. Even 24 points and 7 rebounds by American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) did not help to save the game for Lanus. Forward Fernando Malara (194-80, agency: Interperformances) added 23 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Atenas has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-2 record. Lanus at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. They share the position with La Union. Atenas will play against Obras (#7) in Buenos Aires in the next round where they are favorite. Lanus will play at home against Sionista (#16) in Parana and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Atenas: G.Lewis 18+9reb, J.Williams 14+6reb, R.Gabini 14+3reb+3ast, B.Labaque 12+1reb+9ast, M.Gerlero 10+1reb, M.Lescano 8+4reb+3ast
Lanus: T.Taylor 24+7reb, F.Malara 23+3reb+1ast, M.Byro 10+2reb, N.Laprovittola 5+1reb+4ast, A.Boccia 4+7reb+2ast, G.Fernandez 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 117486


La Union - Estudiantes 70-64

Very predictable result in Formosa where fourth ranked La Union (7-3) defeated 15th ranked Estudiantes (2-7) 70-64. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. La Union outrebounded Estudiantes 39-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Estudiantes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Damian Cantrell (200-76, college: USF) contributed with 6 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Spanish guard Pepe Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) replied with 10 points and 4 assists and American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami (OH)) added 11 points and 4 steals in the effort for Estudiantes. Four Estudiantes players scored in double figures. La Union moved-up to second place, which they share with Lanus. Estudiantes lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with seven games lost. La Union's next round opponent will be Club 9 (#14) in Rio Tercero which should be an easy win for them. Estudiantes will play at home against Penarol in Mar del Plata.
Top scorers:
La Union: G.Mikulas 18+12reb, A.Zago 11+4reb+1ast, A.Pau 8+2reb+2ast, P.Barrios 7+2reb+1ast, F.Ferrini 7+3reb+1ast, D.Cantrell 6+11reb
Estudiantes: E.Nelson 13, P.Gil 12+2reb, D.Davis 11+4reb, P.Sanchez 10+4reb+4ast, L.Faggiano 6+1ast, F.Aguerre 6+8reb
gschID: 117488


Monte Hermoso - Gimnasia CR 85-64

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 9th ranked Gimnasia CR (5-5) was rolled over on the road by tenth ranked Monte Hermoso (5-6) 85-64. Monte Hermoso brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Byron Johnson (201-80, college: Belm.Abbey, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks. Guard Hernando Salles (188-79) contributed with 17 points and 7 assists for the winners. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (206-80, college: La Salle) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds and guard Fernando Funes (193-83) added 14 points in the effort for Gimnasia CR. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Monte Hermoso maintains tenth position with 5-6 record. Gimnasia CR at the other side dropped to the eighth place with five games lost. Monte Hermoso's next round opponent will be higher ranked Argentino (#8) in Junin and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Monte Hermoso: H.Salles 17+4reb+7ast, B.Johnson 16+10reb+2ast, C.Robinson 14+8reb+1ast, F.Sahdi 8+7reb+3ast, A.White 8, A.Buzzo 6
Gimnasia CR: R.Okosa 19+9reb, F.Funes 14+2reb+3ast, G.Brown 9+5reb+1ast, A.Carabajal 5+4reb, V.Burgos 5, J.Comba 4+2reb
gschID: 117489


Libertad S. - Club 9 87-64

Seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales (6-4) crushed at home 12th ranked Club 9 (3-6) by 23 points 87-64, which is the biggest margin this round. Libertad Sunchales made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Libertad Sunchales outrebounded Club 9 37-21 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Club 9 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Polish center Ruben Wolkowyski (207-73) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Marcos Saglietti (189-86) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. American forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) replied with 9 points and 6 rebounds and guard Gaston Torre (185-85) added 12 points in the effort for Club 9. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Obras and Quimsa. Club 9 lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth position with six games lost. Libertad Sunchales' next round opponent will be Boca Juniors (#12) in Buenos Aires and are hoping to win another game. Club 9 will play at home against the league's second-placed La Union in Formosa.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: R.Wolkowyski 21+6reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 14+4reb+2ast, A.Galindo 11+4reb+1ast, R.Selleaze 11+4reb+3ast, S.Ginobili 7+3ast, M.Ibarra 7+2reb+1ast
Club 9: G.Torre 12+3reb, G.Luchino 11+1ast, T.Gabbidon 9+6reb, M.Melo 9+4reb+1ast, J.Meyinsse 7+3reb, L.Barlasina 6+1reb
gschID: 117483


Regatas C. - Argentino 88-69

An interesting game took place in Corrientes where higher ranked Argentino (5-5) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Regatas Corrientes (4-6) 88-69 on Sunday. Regatas Corrientes looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Naturalized Italian guard Eduardo Villares (188-79) fired 24 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international power forward Federico Kammerichs (203-80) chipped in 8 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Italian guard Juan Cangelosi (195-81) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and American-Nigerian forward Ije Nwankwo (201-85, college: Cleveland St., agency: Dream Team Management) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Regatas Corrientes moved-up to eleventh place. Newly promoted Argentino dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. They share it with Gimnasia CR. Regatas Corrientes will meet Olimpico de La Banda (#13) on the road in the next round. Argentino will play against Monte Hermoso (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: E.Villares 24+2reb+3ast, R.Stanton 21+1reb, O.Legaria 10+3reb+3ast, J.Martinez 8+2reb+7ast, F.Kammerichs 8+11reb+5ast, T.Field 6+1reb
Argentino: J.Cangelosi 14+5reb, I.Nwankwo 13+4reb+1ast, J.Bunn 10+5reb+1ast, A.Wright 9+4reb+1ast, E.Agostino 7+1reb+1ast, L.Martina 7
gschID: 117484


Penarol - Obras 77-70

The most important game in the last round took place in Mar del Plata between third ranked Obras (6-4) and fifth ranked Penarol (6-2) on Sunday night. Obras was defeated by Penarol in a tough game on the road 70-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Obras. International forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Five Penarol and four Obras players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Obras at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Libertad S. and Quimsa. Penarol are looking forward to face Estudiantes (#15) in Bahia Blanca in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Obras will play at home against Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 15+7reb+1ast, P.Sebastian Rodriguez 12+2reb+2ast, F.Campazzo 11+4reb+3ast, N.Lauria 11+10reb+2ast, M.Leiva 10+7reb+1ast, K.Lamonte 9+3reb
Obras: W.McFarlan 17+10reb+1ast, M.Osimani 14+3reb, J.Gutierrez 12+8reb+2ast, J.Pittman 11+2reb+1ast, C.Schattmann 6+4ast, A.Elsener 6+1reb
gschID: 117485




Argentinian LigaA round 10 (Second Stage) best performance: Gabriel Mikulas - by Eurobasket News
Former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked La Union, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10 (Second Stage).
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Estudiantes (#15, 2-7) 70-64. La Union is placed at 2nd position in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. La Union will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. Mikulas turned to be La Union's top player in his first season with the team. Gabriel Mikulas averages this season 14.5ppg and 7.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management) of Lanus. Taylor had a very good evening with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Lanus lost that game 73-82 to slightly higher-ranked Atenas (#1, 8-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Lanus still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 7-3 record is not bad at all. Taylor is a newcomer at Lanus, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.9ppg (#4). He also registered 5.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Polish center Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) of Libertad S. (#5). Wolkowyski scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Libertad S., leading his team to a 87-64 easy win against the lower-ranked Club 9 (#14, 3-6). Libertad S. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Wolkowyski has a very solid season. In 24 games in Argentina he scored 12.1ppg. He also has 5.7rpg and FGP: 59.4%. Ruben Wolkowyski has also Argentinian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80) of Monte Hermoso - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Reggie Okosa (206-F/C-80) of Gimnasia CR - 19 points and 9 rebounds
6. Gregory Lewis (198-F-78) of Atenas - 18 points and 9 rebounds
7. Eduardo Villares (188-G-79) of Regatas C. - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Hernando Salles (188-G-79) of Monte Hermoso - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of Obras - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Fernando Malara (194-F-80) of Lanus - 23 points and 3 rebounds

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


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


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Jackson, La Union19.7 
 2. Bunn, Argentino18.1 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.17.8 
 4. Taylor, Lanus16.9 
 5. Lo Grippo, Quimsa16.7 
 6. Meyinsse, Club 916.4 
 7. Gutierrez, Penarol15.9 
 8. Galindo, Libertad S.15.5 
 9. Gutierrez, Obras15.4 
 10. Pittman, Obras14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Gutierrez, Obras10.1 
 2. Kante, Olimpico LB9.4 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.3 
 4. Williams, Atenas8.9 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.8.6 
 6. Johnson, Monte H.8.2 
 7. Battle, Libertad S.8.1 
 8. Leiva, Penarol7.9 
 9. Martina, Boca Jrs7.7 
 10. Mikulas, La Union7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.1 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.7 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.4 
 4. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.9 
 5. Cequeira, Obras4.8 
 6. Salles, Monte H.4.4 
 7. Sartorelli, Argentino3.8 
 8. Laws, Olimpico LB3.1 
 9. Treise, Quimsa3.1 
 10. Victoriano, Lanus3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.3 
 2. Cequeira, Obras2.8 
 3. Williams, Atenas2.5 
 4. Funes, Gimnasia CR2.5 
 5. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 6. Laws, Olimpico LB2.3 
 7. Martinez, Regat.2.3 
 8. Sciutto, Monte H.2.3 
 9. Sartorelli, Argentino2.3 
 10. De los Santo., Olimpi.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.9 
 2. Meyinsse, Club 91.5 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.1.5 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.0 
 6. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 7. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 8. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 9. White, Monte H.0.7 
 10. Leiva, Penarol0.7 


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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, Tigers16.8 
 6. Khazzouh, Sydney K.16.6 
 7. Ubaka, Taipans16.4 
 8. Clark, Blaze16.1 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers15.9 
 10. Wilkinson, Breakers15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.6 
 2. Davidson, Hawks7.9 
 3. Holmes, 36ers7.6 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 5. Worthington, Blaze7.3 
 6. Williams, Tigers7.2 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.1 
 8. Vukona, Breakers7.1 
 9. Knight, Wildcats7.1 
 10. Clark, Blaze6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Adam GIBSON
  Blaze
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Gibson, Blaze5.8 
 2. Williams, Tigers5.4 
 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. Crawford, Croco.1.4 
 6. Hill, 36ers1.4 
 7. Robbins, Wildcats1.3 
 8. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 9. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.2 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Wildcats
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Majok, Wildcats2.5 
 2. Khazzouh, Sydney K.2.0 
 3. Ballinger, 36ers1.9 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.4 
 5. Gilder, Sydney K.1.3 
 6. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 7. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.1 
 9. Sanders, Sydney K.0.9 
 10. Freeman, Croco.0.9 


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


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Levski 6-1 
 2. Zrinjski HT 4-2 
 3. Beograd 4-2 
 4. Ulcijn 2-4 
 5. Svjetlost 0-7 
Group B
 1. Feni Indistrija 5-2 
 2. Mornar Bar 4-2 
 3. Rilski Sportist 3-3 
 4. Mures 2-3 
 5. Balkan 1-5 


Round 8: #1 Feni Indistrija is defeated by Mures - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Balkan League. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked FYR Macedonian Feni Indistrija (5-2) on the court of fourth ranked Romanian Mures on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Mures 85-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Feni Indistrija. Feni Indistrija was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Mures looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jason Forte (196-84, college: S.Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard JuJuan Cooley (175-82, college: Indiana Tech, agency: Agency No 10) who added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists during the contest. American guard Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mures maintains fourth position in Group B with 2-3 record. Defending FYR Macedonian champion Feni Indistrija still keeps top place with two games lost. Mures are looking forward to face higher ranked Rilski Sportist (#3) in Samokov in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Feni Indistrija will have a break next round.
One of the most interesting games of round 8 was a derby match between two teams from Bulgaria. The game took place in Samokov wherethird ranked Rilski Sportist outleveled visiting Balkan (1-5) 91-70. The winners were led by swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) who scored that evening 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Martin Marinov supported him with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Rilski Sportist's coach Aleksandar Todorov felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 20 points by power forward Georgi Davidov (205-76) did not help to save the game for Balkan. Rilski Sportist maintains third position in Group B with 3-3 record having four points less than leader Levski. Balkan lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with five games lost. Rilski Sportist will again play against bottom-ranked Balkan (#5) in Botevgrad in the next round. Balkan will have a break next round.
Very significant was Bulgarian Levski's (#1, 6-1) victory against second-ranked Serbian OKK Beograd (4-2) 92-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of OKK Beograd. The best player for the winners was Priest Lauderdale who scored 22 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Levski's coach Konstantin Papazov used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Slobodan Dundjerski produced 20 points and 6 assists for the guests. Levski have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A with 6-1 record. OKK Beograd at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. They share the position with Zrinjski HT. Levski will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. OKK Beograd will play against the league's second-placed Zrinjski HT in Mostar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Croatian Svjetlost (0-7) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to third ranked Bosnian Zrinjski HT (4-2) 79-65. Zeljko Sakic orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 19 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Zrinjski HT moved-up to second place in Group A, which they share with Beograd. Svjetlost at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Zrinjski HT's next round opponent will be OKK Beograd (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Svjetlost will play against Ulcijn and hopes to get finally their first victory.



Group A
Levski - Beograd 92-79

Very significant was Bulgarian Levski's (#1, 6-1) victory against second-ranked Serbian OKK Beograd (4-2) 92-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of OKK Beograd. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Levski's pressure prevailed and they won that period 24-15 extending their advantage to 13 points. Levski outrebounded OKK Beograd 47-32 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian center Priest Lauderdale (221-73, college: Central State) who scored 22 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Levski players scored in double figures. Levski's coach Konstantin Papazov used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Guard Slobodan Dundjerski (188-88, agency: Interperformances) produced 20 points and 6 assists and center Aleksandar Tanaskovic (208-80) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Levski have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A with 6-1 record. OKK Beograd at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. They share the position with Zrinjski HT. Levski will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. OKK Beograd will play against the league's second-placed Zrinjski HT in Mostar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Levski: P.Lauderdale 22+4reb+2ast, P.Ivanov 15+6reb+2ast, G.Cekovski 12+7reb+4ast, D.Cole 12+5reb+4ast, A.Harper 11+8reb+5ast, Z.Georgiev 7+2reb+1ast
Beograd: S.Dundjerski 20+4reb+6ast, A.Tanaskovic 18+5reb+2ast, S.Zivkovic 12+2reb+2ast, D.Zekovic 10+3reb, D.Mitrovic 5+7reb+2ast, A.Vasic 5+2reb
gschID: 102625


Zrinjski HT - Svjetlost 79-65

Bottom-ranked Croatian Svjetlost (0-7) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to third ranked Bosnian Zrinjski HT (4-2) 79-65. The game was mostly controlled by Zrinjski HT. Svjetlost was better in fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Svjetlost 45-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (203-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 19 rebounds and 6 assists. Montenegrin guard Lazar Simonovic (185-82) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Filip Vukicevic (203-88) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and forward Igor Maric (196-85) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Svjetlost. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Zrinjski HT moved-up to second place in Group A, which they share with Beograd. Svjetlost at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Zrinjski HT's next round opponent will be OKK Beograd (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Svjetlost will play against Ulcijn and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Zrinjski HT: L.Simonovic 19+6reb+3ast, A.Hasandic 15+2reb, Z.Sakic 13+19reb+6ast, M.Perajica 12+6reb, M.Han 9+4reb, S.Demic 7+1reb+2ast
Svjetlost: F.Vukicevic 17+6reb, I.Maric 11+11reb+1ast, S.Helbich 10+5reb+1ast, A.Sarac 10+4reb+3ast, P.Zivkovic 6, L.Panduric 6+1ast
gschID: 102626


Group B
Rilski Sportist - Balkan 91-70

One of the most interesting games of round 8 was a derby match between two teams from Bulgaria. The game took place in Samokov wherethird ranked Rilski Sportist outleveled visiting Balkan (1-5) 91-70. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Balkan was better in fourth quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rilski Sportist had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 60.9 percentage. The winners were led by swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) who scored that evening 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Martin Marinov (191-85) supported him with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Four Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. Rilski Sportist's coach Aleksandar Todorov felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 20 points by power forward Georgi Davidov (205-76) did not help to save the game for Balkan. Forward Lubomir Lilov (198-87) added 13 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Rilski Sportist maintains third position in Group B with 3-3 record having four points less than leader Levski. Balkan lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with five games lost. Rilski Sportist will again play against bottom-ranked Balkan (#5) in Botevgrad in the next round. Balkan will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: I.Lilov 23+7reb+4ast, M.Marinov 20+5reb, V.Mijovic 15+8reb+2ast, A.Gruev 11+2reb+8ast, B.Boev 7+2reb+2ast, S.Vaklinov 4+3reb
Balkan: G.Davidov 20+3reb, L.Lilov 13+7reb, K.Borisov 12+2reb+2ast, I.Vuchkov 7+1reb, D.Filipov 6+3reb+2ast, K.Doychinov 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 102628


Mures - Feni Indistrija 85-70

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked FYR Macedonian Feni Indistrija (5-2) on the court of fourth ranked Romanian Mures on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Mures 85-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Feni Indistrija. Feni Indistrija was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Mures looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jason Forte (196-84, college: S.Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard JuJuan Cooley (175-82, college: Indiana Tech, agency: Agency No 10) who added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists during the contest. American guard Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Slobodan Mihajloski (202-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Five Mures and four Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mures maintains fourth position in Group B with 2-3 record. Defending FYR Macedonian champion Feni Indistrija still keeps top place with two games lost. Mures are looking forward to face higher ranked Rilski Sportist (#3) in Samokov in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Feni Indistrija will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mures: J.Forte 24+7reb+2ast, A.Mladenovic 15+9reb+2ast, F.Lapuste 14+6reb, J.Cooley 13+7reb+10ast, N.Covington 12+6reb+7ast, L.Dumitru 3+2reb+2ast
Feni Indistrija: J.Frye 13+11reb+1ast, S.Mihajloski 12+8reb, V.Stojanovski 11+5reb+2ast, D.Knezevic 10+7reb+1ast, D.Tasovski 9+2reb, V.Brckov 6+4reb
gschID: 102627




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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
Baltic League Stage Two Standings
Elite Division
 1. VEF Riga 12-2 
 2. TU/Rock 11-5 
 3. Ventspils 10-4 
 4. Rudupis 10-6 
 5. Kalev/Cramo 9-5 
 6. Nevezis 9-5 
 7. Siauliai 9-7 
 8. Norrkoping 6-8 
 9. Perlas 6-10 
 10. Liepaja 5-10 
 11. TTU/Kalev 3-13 
 12. Valmiera 1-16 
Challenge Cup
 1. Aiscai Kaunas 0-0 
 2. Alytus Alita 0-0 
 3. Juventus 0-0 
 4. Neptunas 0-0 
 5. Techasas 0-0 
 6. Zemgale 0-0 
Stage One Standings


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  BELGIUM   


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


Dexia wins the Belgian EuroChallenge thriller - by Eurobasket News
Dexia Mons-Hainaut-Antwerp Giants 77:73

Dexia wins the Belgian EuroChallenge thriller outscoring Antwerp Giants in Mons. The hosts needed 23-15 in the last period for the total 77:73 victory.
In the first period the teams looked equal and traded several baskets. Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier) scored for 20:16 and Mwema closed the period at 20:18. Roel Moors (190-G-78, agency: Agency No 10) later brought the lead for his side at 26:21 and Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton (NC)) nailed three for 33:28. Justin Cage needed a jump shot at the end of the half for 35:35 on the board. In the third period the guests went again on a lead taking 58:54 after 30 minutes. Marcus Hatten (186-G-80, college: St.John's) tied the game at 61:61, while his last 7 points from the free throw line brought the win for his team.
Ronell Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) poured in 25 points and Marcus Hatten added 21. van Paassen followed them with 11 and Justin Cage delivered 8. Timothy Black erupted with 34 points in the losing effort and Roel Moors scored 10.

Dexia Mons-Hainaut: Ronell Taylor 25, Marcus Hatten 21, van Paassen 11, Justin Cage 8
Antwerp Giants: Timothy Black 34, Roel Moors 10


BC Oostende won over Lokomotiv Kuban in one of the top games of EuroChallenge Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
BC Oostende-Lokomotiv Kuban 80:71

BC Oostende won over Lokomotiv Kuban in one of the top games of EuroChallenge Day 2 of Top 16. The Belgian team celebrated 80:71 win to take 2-0 record on the top of the standings.
The opening quarter was the most offensive and productive in the game. Both teams nailed 47 points that gave 24:23 lead for the hosts. Stephane Pelle (205-C/F-80, college: Colorado) scored for 36:31 and Mitchell sent teams to the lockers at 40:35. The third quarter belonged to the Russian team that managed to win 23-17 and grabbed 58:57 after 30 minutes in the court. Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) tied it at 60:60 and then BC Oostende pushed the tempo for good and never looked behind.
Will Thomas top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Mitchell netted 16. Stephane Pelle added 14, whilst Green posted 9. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) responded with 19 points in the losing effort as Kuban tied its record at 1-1. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) notched 15, while Alando Tucker (198-F-84, college: Wisconsin) was responsible for 12 points.

BC Oostende: Will Thomas 26, Mitchell 16, Stephane Pelle 14, Green 9
Lokomotiv Kuban: Michael Wilkinson 19, Jeremiah Massey 15, Alando Tucker 12



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  BOSNIA   


Leadership and Integrity or how to chose a captain - by Nedzad Kladusak
While KSBIH announced that they have even 9 offers for friendly games Bosnian basketball fans are dissapointed by the attitude of some past time heros.
Jasmin Hukic who led the team until 2007 has announced that he won t play anymore for the BIH NT since he abandoned his Bosnian citizenship when he applied for the slovenian
citizenship. He announced already 2007 that he quits the NT after the team failed to qualify for the EC in Spain. After these words he expressed several times that he loves to play for the NT but everytime when it was about to join his teammates he was either injured or he had some private issues that hindered him to put on his golden jersey.
Now we know that he wasn t the saviour everyone expected him to become. Leaving aside his basketball skills like his superb shooting the damage he inflicted to Bosnian basketball is much more psychological. He was an idol for many young Bosnian prospects and how can we blame a 16year old kid that goes to Slovenia when guys who made a nice career live the NT without a word.
Meanwhile Kenan Bajramovic, team captain, declared that he is not sure whether he will join the team and it depends of his health status giving a sign to his teammates that it isn t a big thing to be team captain or to play a EC. Of course it can happen to anyone that he picks up a injury and everyone will accept this. But it is a little bit questionable to allude to such developments.
The problems of this team are much deeper than only a completely corrupt and impotent basketball federation and basketball agents forming your roster. It s also a matter of attitude and ethic and the choice of a captain who embodies both excellent basketball skills but also integrity, character and integrity will be a major task for any headcoach.


Leadership and Integrity or how to chose a captain - by Nedzad Kladusak
While KSBIH announced that they have even 9 offers for friendly games Bosnian basketball fans are dissapointed by the attitude of some past time heros.
Jasmin Hukic who led the team until 2007 has announced that he won t play anymore for the BIH NT since he abandoned his Bosnian citizenship when he applied for the slovenian
citizenship. He announced already 2007 that he quits the NT after the team failed to qualify for the EC in Spain. After these words he expressed several times that he loves to play for the NT but everytime when it was about to join his teammates he was either injured or he had some private issues that hindered him to put on his golden jersey.
Now we know that he wasn t the saviour everyone expected him to become. Leaving aside his basketball skills like his superb shooting the damage he inflicted to Bosnian basketball is much more psychological. He was an idol for many young Bosnian prospects and it is immoral to blame a 16year old kid that discovers its 'slovenian roots' when men who made a nice career (thanks to the NT) leave the team without a word.
Meanwhile Kenan Bajramovic, team captain, declared that he is not sure whether he will join the team and it depends of his health status giving a sign to his teammates that it isn t a big thing to be team captain or to play a EC. Of course it can happen to anyone that he picks up a injury and everyone will accept this. But it is a little bit questionable to allude to such developments.
The problems of this team are much deeper than only a completely corrupt and impotent basketball federation. It s also a matter of attitude and ethic and the choice of a captain who embodies both excellent basketball skills but also integrity, character and integrity will be a major task for any headcoach.


Mujo Tuljkovic continues in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Mujo Tuljkovic (203-F-79, agency: Beo Basket) will continue in Poland for rest of the season. The Bosnian forward signed a deal with PBG Basket Poznan. Tuljkovic is not a new face in PLK as he already spent few years there. Last season he played for Anwil averaging 10.7 points, 5.1 boards and 1.1 steal per game. Eurobasket awarded him Polish League Bosman Player of the Year in 2010. In the past, Tuljkovic changed many teams in Poland. Some of them are Anwil, Polpharma, Polpak and Turow.
Mujo Tuljkovic is a product of Cenex Sarajevo, where he started as teenager. Later, he played for Bosnian teams Bosna Sarajevo and Sloboda Dita Tuzla. He also has experience from Helios Domzale. Tuljkovic played for the Bosnian NT in 2002, 2005 and 2006.


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  BRAZIL   


Macae annouced their roster for Brazil Cup - by Paulo Freire
The CD MACAE SPORTS Iwas one of the last clubs to begin work looking forward the Brazil Cup, where they will face the Tijuca in the first round (01/27), according to head coach Leo Costa the team is still developing.

'We had a very short period of preparation, only 10 days, although the team still not complete and I think this could disrupt a little early this competition. But the athletes are donating to the maximum in training in an attempt to perform the work proposed by the coach staff, we are committed and I think that despite the favoritism of Tijuca in this first confrontation, if we hold a good defense, we can surprise and leave with the victory. ' commented the coach.

To start this competition, Macae managed keep the base players of the team who played in the Carioca State:


Cristiano Mirim (201-C/F-85)
Alan Conceicao (187-G-85)
Thiaguinho Teixeira Basilio (PG)
Gabriel Alves de Andrade (SG)
Gabriel Massena (F) Junior Team
Pablo Tavares (SF) Junior Team











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


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  CHINA   


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


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 32.5
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS32.5 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang29.0 
 3. Morris, Beijing28.8 
 4. James, Zhejiang C.27.9 
 5. Taggart, Shanxi Zh.26.6 
 6. Lamizana, TianJ.26.3 
 7. Akognon, DongGuan26.2 
 8. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.26.2 
 9. Emmett, Fujian25.5 
 10. Harris, Shanghai25.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Jones, Fujian17.3 
 2. Harris, Shanghai15.2 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.7 
 4. Gaines, Qingdao DS14.2 
 5. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.9 
 6. Watkins, Jilin13.8 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.3 
 8. Moiso, Jiangsu12.8 
 9. Morris, Beijing11.8 
 10. Taggart, Shanxi Zh.11.6 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.8.9 
 2. Marbury, Foshan6.6 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu6.2 
 4. Lu, Fujian5.4 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan5.0 
 6. Brown, Qingdao DS4.9 
 7. Green, Shanghai4.8 
 8. Jones, Guandong4.6 
 9. Allen, Shandong4.6 
 10. Douby, Xinjiang4.6 
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. James, Zhejiang C.2.6 
 5. Smith, Liaoning2.5 
 6. Emmett, Fujian2.5 
 7. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.5 
 8. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.2.5 
 9. Akognon, DongGuan2.4 
 10. Brown, Qingdao DS2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.4.0 
 2. Haislip, Guandong2.5 
 3. Jones, Fujian2.2 
 4. Moiso, Jiangsu2.0 
 5. Watkins, Jilin1.9 
 6. Vroman, DongGuan1.8 
 7. Wang, Bayi1.7 
 8. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.6 
 9. Benson, TianJin R.1.6 
 10. Zhang, Shanghai1.5 


Shan Dong beat Xin Jiang at Round 20th - by Robert Wang
Tonight, CBA round 20th just finished and the biggest news is the game between Xin Jiang and Shan Dong. Xin Jiang has been standing on the top before all CBA teams in the last 19 rounds. But Shan Dong team beated this strong team. Rodney White received 40 points and 10 rebounds.Myron Allen got 18 points and 9 rebounds. Shan dong beat Xin Jiang at 120 : 109. James Singleton got 22 points and 7 rebounds and Quincy Douby got 37 rebounds with 5 rebounds for Xin Jiang team. The other games result is: Shan Xi 104:108 Fo shan, Shang Hai 113:117 Dong Guan, Qing Dao 97:102 Bei Jing, Ba Yi 86:70 Zhe Jiang, Guang Dong 130:104 Liao Ning, Fu Jian SBS 98:93 Ji Lin, Guang sha 94:98 Jiang su.

Xinjiang Loses First Game as Shandong Wins Behind Rodney White and Sun Jie - by Arthur Volbert
White Rodney (206-F-80, college: Charlotte) had 40 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists as Shandong handed Xinjiang its first defeat of the season 120-109. Sun Jie, who is looking more and more like a candidate for the national team, had 25 points on 8 of 12 shooting and 4 assists. Myron Allen, who played for Xinjiang the past two seasons, had 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Young Wu Ke had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 36 minutes. Veteran guard Wang Gang scored 10. Quincy Douby had 37 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Xinjiang. James Singleton had 22 points and 7 rebounds. National team guard Zhang Qingpeng had 14 points but was substantially outplayed by Sun Jie. Mengke Bateer had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Xirelijiang (Co Tal) had 12 points and 4 rebounds.

Josh Akognon had 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists as Dongguan edged Shanghai 117-113. Meng Duo had 20 points, hitting 6 of 10 three-pointers, and 5 rebounds. Jackson Vroman had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Qiu Biao scored 15. Zhang Kai had 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Gu Quan had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Gu, who played for the U-18 team in the Albert Schweitzer tournament last spring, looks like he may rejoin the team for the World U-19 championship this summer. He is having a much better season than either Sun Tonglin or Li Muhao, who were on the team for the Asian championship. Mike Harris led Shanghai with 27 points and 22 rebounds. Liu Wei had 22 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. John Lucas had 20 points and 3 rebounds. Peng Fei had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Liu Xiqui and Wang Yong each scored 12. Zhang Zhaoxu returned from a lung illness and had 4 points and 3 rebounds in 5 minutes.

Lester Hudson scored 28 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals as Guangdong blew out depleted Liaoning 130-104. Marcus Haislip had 27 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Wang Shipeng scored 14. Su Wei, who splits the center position with Wang Zheng, had 14 points and 8 rebounds to 6 points and 5 rebounds for Wang. Liu Xiaoyu had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Liaoning was missing Donta Smith and Li Xiaoxu. Chris Richard had 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Han Dejun had 20 points and 9 rebounds. Han, who is 215 cm and 145 kg and is listed as born in 1989, has a chance to be drafted by the NBA in the late second round this year if he keeps playing at this level. His tremendous size and continued improvement could cause a team to take a shot at him somewhere after the 50th pick. Bian Qiang scored 15. He Tianju had 13 points and 9 rebounds. Liu Shunan scored 12. Guo Ailun had 10 points and 3 assists.

Jiangsu defeated the Zhejiang Lions 98-94 in a battle for fourth place. Jerome Moiso had 23 points and 8 rebounds. Yi Li had 18 points and 4 rebounds. Hu Xuefeng had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Liu Yahui had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Tang Zhengdong had 10 points and 4 rebounds in 13 minutes. Antoine Wright had 2 points on 1 of 7 shots in 15 minutes. Lin Chih-Chieh had 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the Lions. Peter John Ramos had 19 points and 18 rebounds. Rafer Alston had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Wang Bo had 15 points and 6 rebounds. Zhang Wei scored 10.

Wang Zhizhi had 32 points and 10 rebounds as Bayi defeated Zhejiang 86-70. Wang Lei had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Han Shuo had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Xu Zhonghao had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Zhang Bo had 11 points and 3 rebounds. Marcus Williams had 28 points and 4 rebounds for Zhejiang. Josh Boone had 14 points and 7 rebounds. Ju Peng had 9 points and 6 rebounds. Ding Jinhui had 12 rebounds and 4 assists but only 5 points on 1 of 13 shots and 3 of 7 free throws. Wang Dayong's coach has turned back into a pumpkin as, after a 5-game scoring streak earlier in the season, he continued several disappointing performances with 3 points and 2 rebounds in 18 minutes.

Stephon Marbury wished to prove to Shanxi Zhongyu that they should not have let him go as he scored 37 points and had 8 assists as Foshan beat Shanxi 108-104. Olumide Oyedeji had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Zhao Yonggang scored 18. He Ben had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Leon Rogers had 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Shanxi. Shawn Taggart had 23 points and 12 rebounds. Zhang Biao had 14 points and 6 rebounds but fouled out in 20 minutes. Shang Ping had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Osama Daghlas had 13 points and 7 assists.

Zaid Abbas scored 28 as Beijing edged Qingdao 102-98. Randolph Morris had 23 points and 8 rebounds. Joe Crawford scored 21. Lee Hsueh-Lin had 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Charles Gaines had 39 points and 16 rebounds for Qingdao. Dee Brown had 17 points and 5 assists. Chen Kai had 13 points and 5 rebounds.

Fujian edged Jilin 98-93. Gong Songlin scored 17. Andre Emmett had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Guo Lei scored 12. Lu Xiaoming had 11 points and 6 assists. Dwayne Jones had 10 points and 17 rebounds. Li Hang scored 10 and Ba Zichao had 9. Tim Pickett had 37 points and 9 rebounds for Jilin. Jameel Watkins had 25 points and 13 rebounds. Li Tao scored 12. Yu Shulong had 7 assists but was scoreless as he missed his 7 shots.



CBA Round 20: Undefeated Xinjiang Flying Tige loses their first game against Shandong Bulls - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Xinjiang Flying Tige (17-1) in Urumqi on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked Shandong Bulls (9-10) 120-109. It ended at the same time the 17-game winning streak of Xinjiang Flying Tige. The game was mostly controlled by Shandong Bulls. Xinjiang Flying Tige managed to win third quarter 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shandong Bulls shot 60.6 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) who added 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) responded with 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shandong Bulls moved-up to eighth place. Xinjiang Flying Tige at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Shandong Bulls will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play on the road against the league's second-placed DongGuan Leopards and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Very significant was Jiangsu Dragons' (#4) 98-94 road victory against 5th ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. The winners were led by French power forward Jerome Moiso (208-78, college: UCLA) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and XueFeng Hu supported him with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Even a double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds by American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) did not help to save the game for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Jiangsu Dragons maintains fourth position with 12-7 record. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side keep the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Beijing and Bayi. Jiangsu Dragons will play against Liaoning Hunters (#10) in Yingkou in the next round where they are favorite. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play on the road against Bayi Fubang (#7) in Ningbo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Yingkou supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Guandong Tigers (14-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Liaoning Hunters (8-11). Guandong Tigers smashed Liaoning Hunters 130-104 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Lester Hudson who scored 28 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Guandong Tigers' coach ChunJiang Li felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Chris Richard produced 24 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Guandong Tigers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-5 record having just two points less than leader Xinjiang. Liaoning Hunters lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Guandong Tigers will meet Jilin Tigers (#15) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Liaoning Hunters will play against Jiangsu Dragons (#4) in Nanjing and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 20: Fujian won against Jilin on the opponent's court 98-93. Bayi managed to outperform Zhejiang C. in a home game 86-70. Shanghai recorded a loss to DongGuan on the road 117-113. Qingdao DS was defeated by Beijing on its own court 97-102. Foshan beat Shanxi Zh. in a road game 108-104.



Jilin - Fujian 93-98

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Changchun where 15th ranked Jilin Tigers (6-13) were defeated by sixteenth ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (5-14) 98-93 on Wednesday. Jilin Tigers were trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 30-24 charge of Fujian SBS XunXin, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was center Dwayne Jones (211-83, college: St.Joseph's) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 17 rebounds. Swingman Andre Emmett (196-82, college: Texas Tech) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Five Fujian SBS XunXin players scored in double figures. Fujian SBS XunXin's coach Casey Owens used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) produced 37 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field) and power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) added 25 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Fujian SBS XunXin maintains sixteenth position with 5-14 record. Loser Jilin Tigers keep the fifteenth place with 13 games lost. Fujian SBS XunXin will meet higher ranked Beijing Ducks (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Jilin Tigers will play against Guandong Tigers (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Jilin: P.Tim 37+9reb+2ast, W.Jameel 25+13reb, L.Tao 12+1reb+1ast, Z.Cheng 6+7reb, L.Xudong 6+3reb+3ast, L.Wei 5+2reb
Fujian: G.SongLin 17+1ast, E.Andre 16+10reb+1ast, G.Lei 12+9reb+1ast, L.XiaoMing 11+3reb+6ast, L.Hang 10+1reb, J.Dwayne 10+17reb+2ast
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Zhejiang G.L. - Jiangsu 94-98

Very significant was Jiangsu Dragons' (#4) 98-94 road victory against 5th ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 29-21 third quarter run of Jiangsu Dragons. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 Zhejiang Guangsha Lions turnovers. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by French power forward Jerome Moiso (208-78, college: UCLA) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard XueFeng Hu (185-80) supported him with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Even a double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds by American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) did not help to save the game for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Taiwanese swingman Chih-Chieh Lin (192-82) added 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Jiangsu Dragons maintains fourth position with 12-7 record. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side keep the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Beijing and Bayi. Jiangsu Dragons will play against Liaoning Hunters (#10) in Yingkou in the next round where they are favorite. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play on the road against Bayi Fubang (#7) in Ningbo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang G.L.: L.Chih-Chieh 21+9reb+7ast, R.Peter John 19+18reb+1ast, K.Tre 17+5reb+4ast, W.Bo 15+6reb+2ast, Z.Wei 10+2reb+3ast, D.Li 7+2reb+1ast
Jiangsu: M.Jerome 23+11reb+1ast, Y.Li 18+4reb+2ast, H.XueFeng 17+5reb+6ast, L.Yahui 15+6reb+4ast, M.Da 13+1reb+2ast, T.ZhengDong 10+4reb
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Xinjiang - Shandong 109-120

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Xinjiang Flying Tige (17-1) in Urumqi on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked Shandong Bulls (9-10) 120-109. It ended at the same time the 17-game winning streak of Xinjiang Flying Tige. The game was mostly controlled by Shandong Bulls. Xinjiang Flying Tige managed to win third quarter 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shandong Bulls shot 60.6 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) who added 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) responded with 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international center Bateer Mengke (210-75) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shandong Bulls moved-up to eighth place. Xinjiang Flying Tige at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Shandong Bulls will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play on the road against the league's second-placed DongGuan Leopards and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 37+5reb+5ast, S.James 22+7reb, M.Bateer 14+10reb+7ast, Z.QingPeng 14+1reb+1ast, C.Tal 12+4reb+2ast, M.WuLan 4+4reb
Shandong: W.Rodney 40+10reb+4ast, S.Jie 25+1reb+4ast, A.Myron 18+9reb+4ast, W.Gang 10, W.Ke 10+8reb+1ast, Z.Jinshuai 6+3reb
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Bayi - Zhejiang C. 86-70

Very predictable result in Ningbo where seventh ranked Bayi Fubang (11-8) defeated 12th ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (8-11) 86-70 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Bayi Fubang. Zhejiang Cyclones managed to win third quarter 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-79) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds. International forward Lei Wang (203-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Bayi Fubang players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: ZAG Advocates) produced 28 points and international center Jinhui Ding (204-90) added 5 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bayi Fubang moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Beijing and Zhejiang G.L. Loser Zhejiang Cyclones dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Bayi Fubang will meet at home Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#5) in the next round. Zhejiang Cyclones will play against Shanghai Sharks (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang C.: W.Marcus 28+4reb+1ast, B.Josh 14+7reb, J.Peng 9+6reb, C.Fei 6+3reb+1ast, D.Jinhui 5+12reb+4ast, Z.Zhuojun 3+2reb
Bayi: W.ZhiZhi 32+10reb+1ast, W.Lei 14+11reb+4ast, H.Shuo 14+5reb+1ast, X.ZhongHao 12+7reb+1ast, Z.Bo 11+3reb+2ast, D.Lehei 2+2reb
gschID: 118469


Liaoning - Guandong 104-130

The game in Yingkou supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Guandong Tigers (14-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Liaoning Hunters (8-11). Guandong Tigers smashed Liaoning Hunters 130-104 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Guandong Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 86 of its points in the paint compared to Liaoning Hunters' 52. Guandong Tigers forced 21 Liaoning Hunters turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Liaoning Hunters' players. The best player for the winners was American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) who scored 28 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. The other American import forward Marcus Haislip (207-80, college: Tennessee) chipped in 27 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Guandong Tigers' coach ChunJiang Li felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Chris Richard (206-84, college: Florida) produced 24 points and 5 rebounds and center Dejun Han (215-89) added 20 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Guandong Tigers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-5 record having just two points less than leader Xinjiang. Liaoning Hunters lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Guandong Tigers will meet Jilin Tigers (#15) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Liaoning Hunters will play against Jiangsu Dragons (#4) in Nanjing and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Liaoning: R.Chris 24+5reb+3ast, H.Dejun 20+9reb, B.Qiang 15+1reb+2ast, H.Tian-ju 13+9reb, L.Shunan 12+2reb+1ast, G.Ailun 10+1reb+3ast
Guandong: H.Lester 28+6reb+6ast, H.Marcus 27+6reb+4ast, S.Wei 14+8reb, W.ShiPeng 14+3reb+1ast, L.XiaoYu 12+5reb+6ast, Z.FangYu 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 118470


DongGuan - Shanghai 117-113

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Shanghai Sharks (8-11) were defeated on the road by second ranked DongGuan Leopards (16-3) 117-113 on Wednesday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 29-28 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Kai Zhang (211-82) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Nigerian guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 22 rebounds and international guard Wei LiuWei (190-80) added 22 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. DongGuan Leopards maintains second position with 16-3 record behind leader Xinjiang. Loser Shanghai Sharks dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. DongGuan Leopards will meet at home league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shanghai Sharks will play against Zhejiang Cyclones (#12) in Hangzhou and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shanghai: H.Mike 27+22reb, L.Wei 22+4reb+6ast, L.John 20+3reb+1ast, P.Fei 13+8reb+2ast, W.Yong-Liang 12+4reb+3ast, L.Ziqui 12+2reb
DongGuan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 21+6reb+4ast, P.Duo 20+5reb, V.Jackson 17+12reb+1ast, Q.Biao 15+1reb+4ast, Z.Kai 13+15reb+4ast, G.QuAn 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 118466


Qingdao DS - Beijing 97-102

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Beijing Ducks (11-8) beat on the road 9th ranked Qingdao Double Star (8-11) 102-97 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 102-97. Beijing Ducks made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Qingdao Double Star outrebounded Beijing Ducks 40-27 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was Jordanian forward Zaid Abbaas (203-83) who scored 28 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. Four Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) produced a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Qingdao Double Star's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Beijing Ducks moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Bayi and Zhejiang G.L. Loser Qingdao Double Star keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Beijing Ducks will meet at home Fujian SBS XunXin (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Qingdao Double Star will play against the league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige (#1) in Urumqi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Qingdao DS: G.Charles 39+16reb+1ast, B.Dee 17+2reb+5ast, C.Kai 13+5reb+3ast, S.Shengyue 7+7reb+2ast, A.Zaid 7+5reb+1ast, C.Liang 4+3reb
Beijing: A.Zaid 28+3reb+2ast, M.Randolph 23+8reb+1ast, C.Joe 21+2reb+1ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 14+7reb+3ast, X.LiBin 7+1reb+1ast, J.Zhe 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 118467


Shanxi Zh. - Foshan 104-108

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Taiyuan where 13th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (6-12) was defeated by fourteenth ranked Foshan (7-12) 108-104 on Wednesday. Foshan made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Shanxi Zhongyu turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 37 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji (208-81) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Leon Rodgers (199-80, college: N.Illinois) produced 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Shawn Taggart (207-85, college: Memphis) added 23 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Foshan and five Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Foshan moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser Shanxi Zhongyu dropped to the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Foshan will meet bottom-ranked TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in the next round. Shanxi Zhongyu will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: R.Leon 28+6reb+4ast, T.Shawn 23+12reb+1ast, P.Shang 14+10reb, Z.Biao 14+6reb, D.Osama 13+4reb+7ast, D.JiangPeng 8+1reb+1ast
Foshan: M.Stephon 37+6reb+8ast, O.Olumide 22+13reb+3ast, Z.Yong-gang 18+1reb+1ast, H.Ben 14+6reb+5ast, Y.Wenbo 7+6reb+1ast, Z.Nan 6+3reb
gschID: 118465




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A1 Round 12: Alkar Sinj defeats Borik Puntamika in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Alkar (8-4) which hosted in Sinj second-best Borik Puntamika (7-5). Third ranked Alkar managed to get a 5-point victory 75-70. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-11. But Borik Puntamika won second period 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for swingman Ante Delas (201-G/F-88) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Slavko Modric (203-84) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Alkar Sinj's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Teo Petani (190-88) replied with 22 points and 5 steals for Borik Puntamika. Alkar Sinj moved-up to second place. Borik Puntamika at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. Alkar Sinj are looking forward to face Vrijednosnice OS (#8) in Darda in the next round where they are favorite. Borik Puntamika will play at home against Trogir (#10) in Trogir and is hoping to win this game.
A1 top team - KK Split (9-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Zabok (5-7) 101-79. Worth to mention a quality performance of guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) who helped to win the game recording 31 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Toni Katic who added 25 points and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Jure Lozancic (211-83, college: Jacksonville) with 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KK Split maintains first position with 9-3 record. Zabok at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with Darda. KK Split will play against Dubrava (#9) in Zagreb in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zabok will play on the road against Svjetlost in Slavonski Brod and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Dubrovnik was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Svjetlost (6-6) played at the court of seventh ranked Dubrovnik (6-6). Dubrovnik managed to secure a 8-point victory 85-77 on Monday. The winners were led by Nikola Dosen who scored that evening 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Dubrovnik's coach Zeljko Vreca allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 26 points and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) by Luka Petkovic did not help to save the game for Svjetlost. Dubrovnik moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kvarner 2010 and Svjetlost. Dubrovnik will meet Kvarner 2010 (#6) in the next round. Svjetlost will play against Zabok in Zabok and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 12 Kvarner 2010 beat Trogir on the road 76-62. Dubrava lost to Darda on its own court 85-99.
The most impressive performance of 12th round was 32 points and 11 rebounds by Ivan Krolo of Darda.


KK Split - Zabok 101-79

A1 top team - KK Split (9-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Zabok (5-7) 101-79. The game was mostly controlled by KK Split. Zabok managed to win fourth quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KK Split shot 66.7 percent from the field. KK Split outrebounded Zabok 25-14 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for KK Split especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Zabok's players. Zabok was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) who helped to win the game recording 31 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and guard Toni Katic (185-92) who added 25 points and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Jure Lozancic (211-83, college: Jacksonville) with 13 points and forward Antonio Crnjevic (195-94) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KK Split maintains first position with 9-3 record. Zabok at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with Darda. KK Split will play against Dubrava (#9) in Zagreb in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zabok will play on the road against Svjetlost in Slavonski Brod and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zabok: J.Lozancic 13+4reb, A.Crnjevic 12+2reb, S.Smajlagic 10+1reb+2ast, T.Brnas 9+2reb+2ast, M.Stojkovic 8+2reb+1ast, F.Kraljevic 8+4reb+1ast
KK Split: I.Mimica 31+3reb+3ast, T.Katic 25+4reb+6ast, J.Sobin 10+7reb+2ast, S.Subotic 9+1ast, A.Grgurevic 6+4reb+4ast, F.Najev 6+3reb
gschID: 107746


Dubrovnik - Svjetlost 85-77

The game in Dubrovnik was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Svjetlost (6-6) played at the court of seventh ranked Dubrovnik (6-6). Dubrovnik managed to secure a 8-point victory 85-77 on Monday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Svjetlost won fourth quarter 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dubrovnik made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. The winners were led by guard Nikola Dosen (187-91) who scored that evening 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and guard Mislav Peric (191-88) supported him with 15 points and 5 assists. Dubrovnik's coach Zeljko Vreca allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 26 points and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) by guard Luka Petkovic (190-88) did not help to save the game for Svjetlost. Forward Igor Maric (196-85) added 15 points and 11 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Four Svjetlost players scored in double figures. Dubrovnik moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kvarner 2010 and Svjetlost. Dubrovnik will meet Kvarner 2010 (#6) in the next round. Svjetlost will play against Zabok in Zabok and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Svjetlost: L.Petkovic 26+1reb+5ast, I.Maric 15+11reb+1ast, M.Karlovic 13+2reb+1ast, S.Helbich 11+6reb, L.Panduric 7+1reb, M.Matasovic 3
Dubrovnik: N.Dosen 19+5reb+2ast, M.Peric 15+4reb+5ast, M.Hajdic 14+4reb+1ast, A.Blesic 9+2reb+2ast, F.Karac 7+4reb+1ast, A.Ostric 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 107747


Trogir - Kvarner 2010 62-76

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Kvarner 2010 (6-6) beat on the road bottom-ranked Trogir (4-8) 76-62 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Kvarner 2010. Trogir managed to win fourth quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kvarner 2010 shot 60.5 percent from the field. The winners were led by guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-83) who scored that evening 26 points and 6 rebounds and center Zoran Pehar (209-81) supported him with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Kvarner 2010's coach Rudolf Jugo used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 18 points, 7 assists and 4 steals by guard Milan Karakas (190-80) did not help to save the game for Trogir. Power forward Nikola Vladovic (214-87) added 10 points and 6 rebounds. Kvarner 2010 moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Svjetlost and Dubrovnik. Loser Trogir stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. They share it with Dubrava. Kvarner 2010 will meet at home Dubrovnik (#5) in the next round. Trogir will play against Borik Puntamika (#3) in Zadar and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Trogir: M.Karakas 18+3reb+7ast, A.Bilic 11+2reb+3ast, N.Vladovic 10+6reb, T.Vitali 8+4reb+3ast, I.Rasetina 8+3reb+2ast, I.Bilic 5+2ast
Kvarner 2010: H.Puljko 26+6reb+3ast, R.Jugo 13+1ast, Z.Pehar 12+6reb+1ast, F.Gacesa 8+1ast, J.Surina 6+1reb+1ast, T.Maruna 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 107748


Alkar Sinj - Borik 75-70

An interesting game for Alkar Sinj (8-4) which hosted in Sinj second-best Borik Puntamika (7-5). Third ranked Alkar Sinj managed to get a 5-point victory 75-70. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-11. But Borik Puntamika won second period 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for swingman Ante Delas (201-88) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Slavko Modric (203-84) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Alkar Sinj's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Teo Petani (190-88) replied with 22 points and 5 steals and guard Ivan Mikulic (194-91) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Borik Puntamika. Alkar Sinj moved-up to second place. Borik Puntamika at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. Alkar Sinj are looking forward to face Vrijednosnice OS (#8) in Darda in the next round where they are favorite. Borik Puntamika will play at home against Trogir (#10) in Trogir and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Borik: T.Petani 22+3reb+1ast, M.Sarlija 11+2reb+3ast, I.Mikulic 11+6reb+4ast, P.Maric 8+2reb+3ast, J.Ruzic 7+6reb+1ast, J.Skific 7+6reb+1ast
Alkar Sinj: A.Delas 22+7reb+1ast, S.Modric 13+5reb+1ast, J.Curkovic 13+5reb+1ast, A.Bilobrk 8+4reb+3ast, A.Anzulovic 8+1reb+2ast, Z.Zupic 5+1reb
gschID: 107749


Dubrava - Darda 85-99

Everything could happen in Zagreb at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Vrijednosnice OS and 8th ranked Dubrava had identical 4-7 record. But Dubrava was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Darda 99-85 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-85. Vrijednosnice OS dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Dubrava's 38 and had 23 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Dubrava only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded Dubrava 25-13 including a 25-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by center Ivan Krolo (217-83) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and guard Ivan Bakovic (197-81) supported him with 26 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 27 points (perfect from downtown making all six shots !!!) by guard Matteo Juricic (191-91) did not help to save the game for Dubrava. The former international forward Nikola Garma (204-85, agency: Agency No 10) added 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vrijednosnice OS has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Zabok. Loser Dubrava dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with Trogir. Vrijednosnice OS will meet at home league's second-placed Alkar Sinj in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Dubrava will play against the league's leader KK Split (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Dubrava: M.Juricic 27+1reb+2ast, N.Garma 18+1ast, D.Basic 11+2reb+2ast, I.Cvjetkovic 11+5reb, D.Saric 9+8reb+2ast, M.Brzoja 5+4reb
Darda: I.Krolo 32+11reb, I.Bakovic 26+4ast, Z.Ridl 13+9reb+3ast, D.Meznaric 10+3reb+4ast, F.Kordic 8+3reb+1ast, A.Bicvic 8+1ast
gschID: 107750




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


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 Split16.6 
 5. Saric, Dubrava16.0 
 6. Mimica, KK Split15.7 
 7. Ridl, Darda15.4 
 8. Helbich, Svjetlost15.0 
 9. Ceskovic, Trogir14.9 
 10. Kamaldin, Darda14.8 
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. Ridl, Darda6.4 
 8. Vukicevic, Svjetlost6.2 
 9. Grgurevic, KK Split6.1 
 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. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.8 
 6. Sarac, Svjetlost3.4 
 7. Primorac, Dubrava3.4 
 8. Katic, KK Split3.2 
 9. Peric, Dubrovnik3.1 
 10. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.0 
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. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 7. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 8. Saric, Dubrava1.7 
 9. Kamaldin, Darda1.7 
 10. Norac, Svjetlost1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Toni VITALI
  Trogir
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Vitali, Trogir1.7 
 2. Bagaric, Dubrava1.6 
 3. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.2 
 4. Sarlija, Borik1.1 
 5. Kraljevic, Zabok1.1 
 6. Sobin, KK Split1.1 
 7. Karac, Dubrovnik0.9 
 8. Krolo, Darda0.9 
 9. Saric, Dubrava0.8 
 10. Rikic, Dubrava0.7 


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The ghost of Giorgios Diamantopoulos - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
When Georgios Diamantopoulos landed on the island in early October, there was whispering about how good this player was. Even though he had a slow start (due to an injury) the last few rounds Diamantopoulos has proven that indeed he is a very good player.

Some of the teams that Diamantopoulos has passed from, include Marousi (Greece),Khimik (Ukraine),VAP Kolossos (Greece), Krasnie Krilya (Russia), Palma (Spain). This year he plays for Achilleas Kaimakliou (Division A, starting five).

Statistics

He leads his team in scoring with an average of 17.4 pts/game
Rebounds =4.5/ game
Assists=3.3/ game
Steals=1.4/ game
FT %=67.35%
2-pts %=66.67%
3-pts %= 27.78%

His appearances against Apoel, Keravnos, Etha and Apollon were magnificent and as time passes he tends to improve.
Against Etha, even though his team lost, was the team's 1st scorer with 13 points, whereas he greatly helped Achilleas rout Apollon in Limassol last Friday leading his team once more with 23 pts.

His awards/Achievements include the following:

Greek U16 National Team -98
Greek U18 National Team -99
World Championships U18 -99 (Best GRE scorer -17.2ppg)
Greek National Team -00-03
Greek A1 All-Star Game -01, 02, 03
Greek All-League 2nd Team -01
Saporta Cup Quarterfinals -02
Greek Cup Finalist -04
Greek A1 League Semifinals -05
EuroCup Challenge Champion -07
Greek Cup Semifinals -09
Greek League Semifinals -09

We need to highlight that Achilleas has advanced to the cup-semifinals where it will battle against Etha.



AEK Larnaca signs Sasa Bratic - by Eurobasket News
AEK Larnaca came up with the new signing. The Cypriot outfit inked a deal with power forward Sasa Bratic (202-PF-81, agency: BeoExcell) for rest of the season. The 29-year-old Bratic arrives to the club from Israeli Maccabi Haifa, where he started this season. It will be the first time for Bratic on Cyprus.
Sasa Bratic appeared 8 times in the league with Maccabi Haifa this season averaging 6.5 points and 3.1 rebounds. His numbers decreased in EuroChallenge. Season 2009/10, Bratic also spent in Israel but as a member of Hapoel Holon. For 13 games with them, Bratic had 11.9 ppg and 4.4 rpg. In 2008, he helped Khimik-OPZ Yuzny to reach the FIBA EuroCup Quarterfinals. He had 15.3 ppg, 6 rpg and 1.6 apg in this competition and was awarded with Eurobasket.com FIBA Eurocup All-Europeans Team -08. A year before that, Bratic was named Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Challenge Honorable Mention -07. From 2005 to 2007, Sasa Bratic played for Hapoel Galil Elyon and was named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Bosman Player of the Year in both seasons.
AEK Larnaca currently has 5-8 record in the league.


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


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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 17-1 
 2. Svendborg 16-2 
 3. Naestved 14-5 
 4. Horsholm 11-7 
 5. Horsens IC 11-9 
 6. Aabyhoj 8-12 
 7. Vaerlose 7-12 
 8. SISU 7-13 
 9. Amager BK 4-16 
 10. Aalborg 1-19 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Brasas, Amager BK21.8 
 3. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj21.6 
 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. Morris, Aabyhoj10.0 
 3. Colas, Vaerlose9.9 
 4. Johansen, Naestved9.8 
 5. St.John, Horsens IC9.6 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg9.6 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.7 
 9. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.1 
 10. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.3 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.7 
 3. Dennis, SISU4.6 
 4. Nielsen, Horsholm4.3 
 5. Burgess, Bakken4.3 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg4.1 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj4.0 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose3.7 
 9. Simonsen, Amager B.3.2 
 10. McFarlane, Vaerl.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mickey DENNIS
  SISU
  (190-G/F-78)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Dennis, SISU2.2 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm2.2 
 3. Smedley, Naestved2.1 
 4. Roberts, Naestved2.1 
 5. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.0 
 6. Burgess, Bakken1.9 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken1.9 
 8. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 9. Claitt, Horsens IC1.8 
 10. Iversen, Svendborg1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.4 
 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. Logan, Amager BK0.8 
 9. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 10. Brown, SISU0.7 


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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.20.2 
 4. Johnson, Erie B.20.2 
 5. Dentmon, Texas L.19.8 
 6. Edwards, New M.19.4 
 7. Greene, Utah F.19.0 
 8. Tucker, New Mexico18.5 
 9. Sims, Maine RC18.0 
 10. Stinson, Iowa E.18.0 
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.10.2 
 5. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.10.0 
 6. Johnson, Dakota W.9.7 
 7. Williams, Texas L.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.8.3 
 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. Wise, Bakersfield J.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. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 8. Hubbard, New M.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 


San Antonio Spurs assign James Anderson to NBA D-League affiliate Austin Toros - by Eurobasket News
San Antonio Spurs guard James Anderson (6'6''-G-89, college: Oklahoma St.) was assigned to the Austin Toros, the Spurs' NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 33rd time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment for Anderson, a rookie out of Oklahoma State.

Anderson (6-6, 215) has appeared in six games this season for the Spurs, averaging 7.0 points, 1.5 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 17.7 minutes. Anderson, whom the Spurs selected in the first round (20th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft, has been out since Nov. 11 with a right foot injury.

The 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year, Anderson averaged 17.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists over 101 games in a three-year career at Oklahoma State. In his final season (2009-10), Anderson averaged 22.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists, and was named to the AP All-America Second Team. His career scoring average is the second highest in school history, and his 1,811 total points rank fourth.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




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Benfica: Coach Vieira satisfied in defeat - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Sport Lisboa Benfica had the win in hand and ended up giving the game to BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral, losing the opportunity to make history in EuroChallenge. The game was even at the end of the first quarter and Sport Lisboa Benfica made a spectacular performance in the second, reaching the break with a seven points lead.

The second half was much different. The French continued to reveal difficulties planning their attack plays, but Sport Lisboa Benfica did not enjoy to distance himself, allowing Gravelines to take control of the marker as close to the end of the match. With 14 seconds to play, however, Sport Lisboa Benfica did not know how to set the play that would, at least, take the game to overtime. Not spending enough time, Ben Reed tried to solve it alone and ended up committing a turnover, which was fatal to the Sport Lisboa Benfica aspirations.

In the end, Coach Henrique Vieira was satisfied with the display of his players, who cant help but feel proud for what they played. Sport Lisboa Benfica need a deeper roster to face a schedule so full, but it has never relinquished to give their best in every game.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano Tigers
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.20.8 
 2. Trotter, Szolnok19.4 
 3. Banks, Elitzur .19.0 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp17.4 
 5. Shabalkin, Dynamo17.3 
 6. Lewis, M.Hainaut17.0 
 7. King, Etha17.0 
 8. Stanescu, Steaua T.16.8 
 9. Becirovic, Turk T.16.7 
 10. Zoric, KK.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  Karsiyaka
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Aldemir, Karsiyaka11.7 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.10.5 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock10.5 
 4. Clark, Szolnok9.1 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping8.9 
 6. Massey, Lokomotiv8.8 
 7. Zoric, KK.8.8 
 8. Brown, Elitzur .8.7 
 9. Smith, Karsiyaka8.5 
 10. Bader, Szolnok8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Millage, Khimik5.9 
 2. Linehan, Nancy5.9 
 3. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.5 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.3 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok5.3 
 6. Brener, Elitzur .5.3 
 7. Wood, Dt.5.2 
 8. Mitchell, Norrkoping5.1 
 9. Woodside, Gravelines5.1 
 10. James, Lukoil A.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 4
 1. Linehan, Nancy4.0 
 2. Millage, Khimik2.9 
 3. Vladovic, Zadar2.4 
 4. Dabkus, Etha2.3 
 5. Renfroe, KK.2.3 
 6. Holston, Karsiyaka2.2 
 7. Robinson, Maccabi .2.1 
 8. Trotter, Szolnok2.1 
 9. Wilson, Antwerp2.1 
 10. Lewis, M.Hainaut2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mouhamed SENE
  Gravelines
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Sene, Gravelines2.3 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp2.1 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.2.1 
 4. King, Etha2.0 
 5. Stiemsma, Turk T.1.8 
 6. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.7 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 8. Clark, Szolnok1.6 
 9. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.5 
 10. Zavadsky, Khimik1.4 


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


EuroChallenge Round: 2 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
Elitzur Netanya - Maccabi Haifa 73-80
Two Israeli teams met in the second day of the EuroChallenge Group I. Maccabi Haifa stole 80:73 win over Barak in Netanya for 1-1 record, while another Israeli team fell at 0-2. The opening quarter saw both teams trading baskets and leads throughout the period. The hosts looked better and enjoyed 21:18 lead after 10 minutes in the court. The second period saw Maccabi Haifa begin to stamp their authority on the game as they edged ahead of their hosts. After 21-14 in it Boris Rothbart (218-C-86, agency: Avi Zilberman) sent the teams to the lockers for 39:35 lead. Robinson scored for 44:37, while the hosts took 1-point lead after thirty minutes. Romeo Travis gave them 56:53 and Washam followed him for 65:61. Maccabi Haifa however played better at the very end to seal the victory. Killingsworth top-scored for the winners with 21 points for the initial win. Boris Rothbart followed him with 17 points and Sylven Landesberg (198-G-90, college: Virginia) added 10.

Lukoil Academik - Spartak SP 63-71
Spartak Saint-Petersburg became the only leader in Group I and the only undefeated team. The team from Russian Federation grabbed 71:63 win over Lukoil Academic in EuroChallenge. The opening quarter saw both teams trading baskets and leads throughout the period. Popovic and Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas) gave the guests a slender four-point advantage at the end of the first. The second quarter however completely belonged to the Bulgarian team that had 19-7 in it. Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) made a free throw for 35:25 and Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) closed the half at 35:27. Although Spartak won the third period 21-14, Damjan Stojanovski's last shot allowed the hosts to take 49:48 lead after three periods. He also nailed three to open the last frame but Henry Domercant tied the game at 55:55. Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) scored for 63:64 and as it became known later those points were the last for Lukoil. Spartak finished the game with 7-0 run for the second win in the group. Henry Domercant stepped up with 23 points for the winners and Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86) added 21. Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Patrick Beverley posted 9. Damjan Stojanovski replied with 16 points in the losing effort as Lukoil is 1-1 in the group. Brandon Heath netted 15, whilst Green scored 10.

Group J
Karsiyaka - Krka 94-74
Pinar Karsiyaka conquer EuroChallenge Group G after the home win over Krka. The Turkish side produced a 94:74 win for 2-0 record on top. The first quarter provided few clues of what was to come as the teams could barely be separated in the early exchanges. Krka even took 24:19 lead after the first 10 minutes and looked better in the court. The picture dramatically had changed however in the second frame as the hosts needed 21-10 for 40:34 lead. Another 19-18 in the third period brought 59:52 when Petrov closed the third frame. Bayav made it 61:52 and Smith increased to 65:54 early in the fourth. The lead continued to grow and the hosts managed to grab 20-point success. Bayav was the last to score in the game for the final result. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 23 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts and David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) scored 22. Osiris Eldridge netted 16, whilst Smith posted 9. Jure Balazic ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) netted 13. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) posted 12, whilst Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue) added 10.

M.Hainaut - Antwerp 77-73
Dexia wins the Belgian EuroChallenge thriller outscoring Antwerp Giants in Mons. The hosts needed 23-15 in the last period for the total 77:73 victory. In the first period the teams looked equal and traded several baskets. Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier) scored for 20:16 and Mwema closed the period at 20:18. Roel Moors (190-G-78, agency: Agency No 10) later brought the lead for his side at 26:21 and Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton (NC)) nailed three for 33:28. Justin Cage needed a jump shot at the end of the half for 35:35 on the board. In the third period the guests went again on a lead taking 58:54 after 30 minutes. Marcus Hatten (186-G-80, college: St.John's) tied the game at 61:61, while his last 7 points from the free throw line brought the win for his team. Ronell Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) poured in 25 points and Marcus Hatten added 21. van Paassen followed them with 11 and Justin Cage delivered 8. Timothy Black erupted with 34 points in the losing effort and Roel Moors scored 10.

Group K
Benfica - Gravelines 64-67
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque take 2-0 record in Group K of Eurochallenge as they overcame Lisboa e Benfica in Portugal. The French side needed 67:64 to remain undefeated. Lisboa e Benfica started with 4-0 run, while Yannick Bokolo tied the game at 15:15. The squads exchanged several baskets later in the quarter and Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) closed the period at 23:23. The hosts pushed the tempo in the second period and after 18-11 took 41:34 advantage. It was the time for the French team to go back on track in the third period and Jeff Greer (196-G/F-79, college: Rutgers) tied it again at 53:53. Later the court belonged to BCM Gravelines Dunkerque reaching the second win. Benfica had several chances to tie it but missed each time and they eventually fouled Ben Woodside, who made two free-throws for a 66:62 advantage. Ben Woodside paced all the winners with 17 points, whilst Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) collected 15 points and 13 rebounds. Yannick Bokolo and Jeff Greer followed them with 11 points each in a win. Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) ended up with 16 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, Ben Reed (191-G/F-83, college: W.Michigan) scored 15 and Williams notched 11.

Norrkoping - Ventspils 77-75
Norrkoping Dolphins needed 77:75 narrow win over BK Ventspils to tie both records at 1-1 in Group K of EuroChallenge. The Swedish side grabbed the valuable win in the Last 16 stage to remain alive for the next round. The guests looked a bit more accurate in the first minutes and grabbed 23:22 lead after the first 10 minutes. Kuzminskas made it 24:22 and Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) tied the game in the start of the second frame. Andrew Mitchell also closed the period at 46:41 as the hosts won the quarter 24-18. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) and Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) shocked the hosts from the perimeter for 49:46 as BK Ventspils opened the third period with 8-0 run. Janis Strelnieks also was the last to score in the frame but Norrkoping Dolphins enjoyed 61:56 after three quarters. The home side tried to continue to maintain their advantage throughout the remainder of the game but the Baltic side were too late to give up. At first Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85, agency: Alti Sport) gave them 66:65 lead and then he brought 75:73 on the board. Andrew Mitchell and Fred Drains (195-F-71, college: Kean) however delivered the win for the home side. Andrew Mitchell paced all the winners with 21 points and Fred Drains added 14. Joakim Kjellbom scored 11, while Anton Saks and Povilas Sakinis added 8 apiece. Janis Strelnieks ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, while Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut), Ingus Bankevics, Lauris Blaus (204-C-90, agency: FCM) and Arturs Berzins scored 10 each.

Group L
Zadar - BK Prostejov 96-90
BC Zadar celebrated the initial victory in Group L of EuroChallenge as they beat BK Prostejov at home. The Croatian team needed 96:90 for 1-1 record, while BK Prostejov fell at 0-2. Four times the teams were tied in the first period, while BC Zadar took 27:20 after the first 10 minutes. Chester Mason increased to 29:21 and Brown made it 33:24. Later Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) sent the teams to the lockers for 55:42 as the hosts won the frame 28:22. The second half however belonged to the guests that started to catch up with the opponents. At first they reduced to 10 points midway through the third period and Kyle Landry scored for 85:78 with 3 minutes remaining. Jurica Zuza (207-C-78) and Marko Car (188-G/F-85) increased to 92:78 and it seemed the easy win was in the hosts' hands. BK Prostejov meanwhile produced a 9-0 run for 92:87 with 1 minute to go. Only due to the free throws of Marko Car and Olivari Zadar won the game. Marko Car erupted with 25 points for the winners for the home win over the opponent. Brown and Jurica Zuza netted 14 each, whilst Chester Mason scored 10. Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's) delivered massive 37 points for the guests and Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) added 17. Kyle Landry chipped in 16 and Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) poured in 11.

Oostende - Lokomotiv 80-71
BC Oostende won over Lokomotiv Kuban in one of the top games of EuroChallenge Day 2 of Top 16. The Belgian team celebrated 80:71 win to take 2-0 record on the top of the standings. The opening quarter was the most offensive and productive in the game. Both teams nailed 47 points that gave 24:23 lead for the hosts. Stephane Pelle (205-C/F-80, college: Colorado) scored for 36:31 and Mitchell sent teams to the lockers at 40:35. The third quarter belonged to the Russian team that managed to win 23-17 and grabbed 58:57 after 30 minutes in the court. Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) tied it at 60:60 and then BC Oostende pushed the tempo for good and never looked behind. Will Thomas top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Mitchell netted 16. Stephane Pelle added 14, whilst Green posted 9. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) responded with 19 points in the losing effort as Kuban tied its record at 1-1. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) notched 15, while Alando Tucker (198-F-84, college: Wisconsin) was responsible for 12 points.




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  EUROCUP   


Eurocup Round: 2 (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News
Group I
Cedevita - Unics 76-94
Unics taught a good basketball lesson to Cedevita in Croatia tonight. The Russian powerhouse led from start to finish to post the second straight win in EuroCup Last 16 round. They topped Group I, while Cedevita slipped at 0-2 record. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) scored 22 points to lead the winners. The game had little story in it. Unics grabbed the lead from the start and never surrendered it. The visitors led by three points after a high-flying first quarter 26:23. The teams traded baskets in the second term as Unics were able to post a 41:38 lead at halftime. Unics used a massive rally in the third term to clear off. The visitors arrived at the final intermission up by 19 points. Cedevita had little to answer with in the fourth period and suffered a heavy loss at the end. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) had 20 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for Unics. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) tallied 17 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) responded with 16 points and 6 assists for Cedevita. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) netted 13 points in the defeat.

Gran Canaria - Hemofarm 72-66
Gran Canaria celebrated the first win in EuroCup Last 16. They toppled visiting Hemofarm to catch up with the Serbian team in Group I standings. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) was pivotal for the hosts as he unloaded 27 points and grabbed 5 boards. Gran Canaria looked the better side in the first half and later withstood a comeback rally from Hemofarm to post the victory. Gran Canaria jumped to an early lead. They maintained it throughout the opening quarter but Borisov kept Hemofarm at striking distance. The Spanish team led by just two points 13:11 at the first break. Xavier Rey (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) knocked down four points in a row to help Gran Canaria stretch the lead in the second term. Javier Berian and Nelson Spencer gave the hosts a 34:26 halftime advantage. Jaycee Carroll enlarged the gap to 11 points early in the third term. Boris Savovic (206-F-87) came to rescue for Hemofarm as his seven straight points kept them in the game. Hemofarm entered the fourth quarter down by 10 points 44:54. Marko Sutalo (194-G-83) and Mustafa Abdul-Hamid dragged Hemofarm as close as three points late in regulation 64:67. However Jaycee Carroll dropped quick five points and silenced the visitors. Xavier Rey knocked down 16 points for the hosts. Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) added 13 points and 6 boards in the victory. Boris Savovic answered with 13 points for Hemofarm. Marko Sutalo had 11 points in defeat.

Group J
Le Mans - Aris 85-70
Le Mans opened EuroCup Last 16 round win count. They held off visiting Aris to catch up with Aris at 1-1 record in Group J. Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) stepped up with 19 points and 6 assists to pace Le Mans. Le Mans cleared off to a 7-point lead midway through the opening quarter. But Aris responded with eight points in a row to surge ahead. The hosts however capped the period with a bucket to take a 19:18 lead. Aris and Le Mans traded baskets throughout a close second stanza. A seesaw action resulted in Le Mans leading by a single point at halftime 43:42. The hosts started to run away in the third term. They limited Aris to 12 points in the period and posted a comfortable 13-point lead with one quarter to go. Le Mans never loosened the grasp and drove to the victory in the final stanza. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) came up with 15 points, while Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76) netted 14 points for the winners. Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Aris. P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) had 13 points in the loss.

Budivelnyk - Goettingen 68-56
Budivelnyk record the first win in EuroCup Last 16. They overcame Goettingen in Ukraine to improve at 1-1 record. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Goettingen slipped at 1-1 record after the loss. Goettingen got to the better start as they led for some time in the opening quarter. But Budivelnyk recovered and pulled ahead for a 19:17 lead at the first intermission. Goettingen struggled offensively in the second period. The visitors accounted for just 9 points in the period and the hosts capitalized stretching the lead to as many as 8 points at halftime. The hosts mounted the pressure in the third term. Budivelnyk cleared off to a double-digit lead and entered the fourth quarter up by 21 points 56:35. Goettingen did not surrender as they trimmed the deficit to 10 points late in regulation. But the Ukrainian team survived the test and rolled to the victory at the end. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) provided 14 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points in the win. John Little (180-G-84, college: N.Iowa) responded with 14 points for Goettingen. Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) had 13 points in defeat.

Group K
Galatasaray - Estudiantes 57-68
Estudiantes registered the second consecutive EuroCup Last 16 stage win. They overcame Galatasaray in Istanbul to improve at 2-0 record in Group K. They share the top position with Pepsi Caserta. Galatasaray fell at 0-2 record. Galatasaray needed a win badly in this one and they surged ahead early in the encounter. But the Spaniards withstood the challenge and kept it close in the opening stanza. Estudiantes trailed by just a single point after ten minutes. Things got better for Estudiantes in the second period. They put their noses in front and rallied to a 41:39 halftime lead. Estudiantes dominated in the third frame. Galatasaray managed just 9 points in the period and faced a 5-point deficit at the final break. The hosts stayed hopeful till the final minutes but Granger and Daniel Clark (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) scored five points in a row late in regulation and the visitors ran away for good in this one. Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) provided 16 points for Estudiantes. Daniel Clark had 10 points in the victory. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for Galatasaray. Jerry Johnson chipped in 11 points in the loss.

CEZ Nymburk - Pepsi Caserta 68-74
Pepsi Caserta continued their winning streak in Europe. They posted the second win in a row in EuroCup Last 16 round. Pepsi Caserta stay at 2-0 record, while Nymburk slipped at 0-2 in Group K. Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) paced the winners with 18 points. Nymburk got to the better start. Led by Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) the Czech champions posted an 18:13 lead after ten minutes. But Pepsi Caserta improved their offense in the second quarter. The Italian team unleashed 28 points in the quarter and knotted things up at 41 at halftime. The teams traded baskets throughout the third stanza. Pepsi Caserta proved more accurate as they eked out a 58:56 lead into the final stanza. Pepsi Caserta came up with nearly perfect defensive performance in the fourth term. They held the hosts to 12 points and rolled to the victory at the end. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) nailed 15 points, while Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) added 13 points in the winning case. Chester Simmons responded with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Nymburk. Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) added 14 points in the loss.

Group L
Cajasol - Benetton TV 66-55
Cajasol recorded the second straight win in EuroCup Last 16 round. They defeated Benetton for 2-0 record in Group L. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) nailed 22 points and collected 11 rebounds to lead the charge. Benetton in the meantime suffered the first defeat at the tournament this season. Cajasol took over early in the encounter. They tried to stay in charge and posted a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. Benetton however stiffened their defense in the second term and it paid off. The Spanish team managed just 10 points and led by a single point at halftime 31:30. Cajasol however tuned back into this one after the main break. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) and Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan) paced the hosts as they arrived at the final intermission up by 4 points. Benetton failed to answer adequately in the final period. The visitors scored only 9 points in ten minutes and had to surrender at the end. Mindaugas Katelynas and Louis Bullock provided 11 points each for the Seville team. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) and Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) finished with 8 points each for Benetton. Ryan Toolson, Donatas Motiejunas and Stefan Markovic netted 7 points in defeat.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Primoz BREZEC
  Krasnie Krilya
  (216-F/C-79)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Brezec, Krasnie .20.8 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.20.3 
 3. Solomon, Hapoel J.18.0 
 4. Walsh, AS.17.7 
 5. Carroll, Gran Canaria17.5 
 6. Tucker, Aris17.1 
 7. Macvan, Hemofarm17.0 
 8. Chatman, Besiktas16.8 
 9. Papadopoulos, PAOK16.0 
 10. Simmons, CEZ N.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lazaros PAPADOPOULOS
  PAOK
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Papadopoulos, PAOK12.2 
 2. Brezec, Krasnie .9.7 
 3. Walsh, AS.8.3 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm8.0 
 5. Tucker, Aris7.8 
 6. Ellis, GasTerra7.7 
 7. Lampe, Unics7.6 
 8. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.5 
 9. Owens, Azovmash7.5 
 10. Jones, Pepsi C.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ernest BREMER
  Krasnie Krilya
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Bremer, Krasnie .8.3 
 2. Popovic, Unics7.0 
 3. Meacham, Goett.6.3 
 4. Mekel, Galil Gilboa6.3 
 5. Draper, Cedevita6.2 
 6. Walsh, AS.6.0 
 7. Markovic, Benetton.5.3 
 8. Granger, Estudian.5.3 
 9. Thomas, Anwil5.3 
 10. Lukauskis, EWE B.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Fred HOUSE
  Azovmash
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. House, Azovmash2.5 
 2. Lukauskis, EWE B.2.5 
 3. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.5 
 4. Popovic, Unics2.5 
 5. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.5 
 6. Kirksay, Cajasol2.4 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra2.3 
 8. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 9. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 10. Jasen, Estudiantes2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian RANDLE
  Hapoel J-M
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Randle, Hapoel J-M2.1 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.8 
 3. Dunston, Aris1.8 
 4. Rupert, Le Mans1.3 
 5. Chan, CEZ Nymburk1.3 
 6. Edwards, Cedevita1.1 
 7. Ortner, Bennet C.1.0 
 8. Stimac, CEZ N.1.0 
 9. Fofana, AS.1.0 
 10. Pacun, Banvit1.0 


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 18
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.0 
 2. Langford, Khimky17.8 
 3. Teletovic, Caja L.16.8 
 4. Rakocevic, Efes P.16.5 
 5. McCalebb, Montepas.15.5 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympiakos15.4 
 7. Mejia, Cholet15.1 
 8. Ukic, Fener.Ulker14.2 
 9. Gregory, Union O.14.0 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 James GIST
  Partizan
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Gist, Partizan7.3 
 2. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.1 
 3. Fischer, Real Madrid6.8 
 4. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.6.7 
 5. Freeland, Unicaja6.6 
 6. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.5 
 7. Pleiss, Brose B.6.3 
 8. Radosevic, Cibona6.3 
 9. Barac, Caja Laboral6.3 
 10. Gregory, Union O.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja Laboral
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Huertas, Caja L.6.1 
 2. Diamantidis, Panath.5.6 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiakos4.8 
 4. Eidson, Maccabi .4.5 
 5. Jasikevicius, Lietuv.4.3 
 6. Blakney, Unicaja4.3 
 7. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.3 
 8. Pellin, Le Mans4.2 
 9. Cook, Valencia4.2 
 10. Rubio, Regal Barca4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (201-F/G-80)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .2.9 
 2. McCalebb, Montepas.2.4 
 3. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 4. Perkins, Maccabi .2.1 
 5. Diamantidis, Panath.2.0 
 6. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.9 
 7. Ilievski, Union O.1.9 
 8. Stonerook, Montepas.1.8 
 9. Rubio, Regal Barca1.8 
 10. Ozbolt, Union O.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid1.8 
 3. Riddick, Charleroi1.7 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 5. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 6. Barac, Caja Laboral1.3 
 7. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 8. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.2 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 10. Lishchuk, Valencia1.1 


Jorge Garbajosa free to leave Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid doesn't count on Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) any longer. After arrival of Mirza Begic (216-C-85), Head Coach Ettore Messina decided to put Garba on transfer list and he is free to leave the team.
Jorge Garbajosa joined the Whites during the summer of 2009 from Khimky Moscow. In his first season in Madrid he had 8.2 ppg and 4 rpg in 20 Euroleague games. In ACB, Garba's numbers dropped to 6.7 ppg and 3.1 rpg. This season his digits went down even more. Garbajosa played 11 games in Euroleague averaging 5.4 points and 2.7 rebounds. In the Spanish league he has 3.9 ppg and 1.7 rpg. It was not enough for the coach Messina, who decided to let Garbajosa go.
At the latest FIBA World Championship in Turkye, Jorge Garbajosa had 8.3 ppg and 2.1 rpg.


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Patrick Fields in Porvoo, Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
There are two American newcomers in Finland right now. Shooting G-F Patrick Fields (198-G/F-84, college: Baylor) arrived on Sunday, joined Tarmo (Porvoo) practises and will play his first game this coming Friday, when YMCA Lahti is visiting Porvoo. Fields has played since graduation in the D-league (Austin Toros), in CBA (Rio Grande) and in Lebanon (Beirut). F Lamar Roberson (203-F-86, college: La-Lafayette) will arrive today and will play on Huima (Aanekoski) roster in Division 1. Roberson will replace Nathan Wilson (200-F-85, college: S.Wesleyan) (15,1 ppg - 10,6 rpg), who is no more on this team roster.

KORISLIIGA: Joni Harjula missed only once - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 30-31: One contest tonight. YMCA Lappeenranta started well vs Pyrinto (Tampere) and teams were tied still during the half time (44-44). Then Pyrinto by winning the second half 31-59 won by 28 points 75-103. Quarters: 20-17, 24-27, 17-27, 14-32. The victory was # 11 in a row for Pyrinto (25-6). Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) leading again the reds with 20 pts. Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) added 18 pts and Joni Harjula (189-G-83) scored his season best 17 pts missing only once: 1 - 2/2, 2 - 3/4, 3 - 3/3. Viljami Vanjoki (194-G/F-86) (YMCA LPR) netted game high 21 pts.
YMCA Lappeenranta - Pyrinto 75-103 (44-44). (Viljami Vanjoki 21, James Lewis 12, Tuukka Kulha 11 - Damon Williams 20, Antwine Williams 18, Joni Harjula 17).



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  FRANCE   


NM1 Round 19: Top-ranked Bordeaux wins another game - by Eurobasket News
NM1 top team - Bordeaux (16-3) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Lievin Basket (7-12) 81-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lievin Basket. Bordeaux dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Lievin Basket's 24. Bordeaux forced 25 Lievin Basket turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Algerian guard Miloud Doubal (190-81) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Gauthier Darrigand (184-82) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Lithuanian center Petras Balocka (205-86, college: Hawaii) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for Lievin Basket. Lievin Basket's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Bordeaux have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-3 record. Lievin Basket at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Get Vosges. Bordeaux are looking forward to face Roche (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lievin Basket will play against Saint-Quentin and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Saint-Quentin supposed to be also worth to mention about. 4th placed Sorgues (11-8) played at the court of fifth ranked Saint-Quentin (12-7). Saint-Quentin smashed Sorgues 84-63. It was a great evening for American guard Keonta Howell (193-85, college: Toledo) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 8 rebounds. Moustafa Diallo helped adding 16 points and 6 assists. At the losing side Samir Mekad responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Saint-Quentin moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Sorgues dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Brest. Saint-Quentin will play against Lievin Basket (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Sorgues will play against Le Puy ASMB (#13) in Le Puy en Velay and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Souffel. between Angers BC 49 and Souffelweyersheim. Third ranked Angers BC 49 (13-6) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Souffelweyersheim (9-10). Angers BC 49 managed to escape with a 3-point win 71-68 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Souffelweyersheim. It was an exceptional evening for Damien Griffin who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jovan Stefanov came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Souffelweyersheim in the defeat. Souffelweyersheim's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Angers BC 49. They maintain third place with 13-6 record having just three points less than leader Bordeaux. Newly promoted Souffelweyersheim dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Angers BC 49 will meet at home Get Vosges (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Souffelweyersheim will play against Orchesien BC (#9) in Orchies and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Saint-Etienne (10-9) and Le Puy ASMB (8-11), which took place in Le Puy en Velay. Higher ranked Saint-Etienne lost to fifteenth ranked Le Puy ASMB in a road game 78-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Saint-Etienne. Damien Pistre fired 33 points (!!!) and 5 steals (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners. Le Puy ASMB moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with St Chamond. Saint-Etienne at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Le Puy ASMB's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sorgues (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. Orchy beat St Chamond on the road 74-69. Brest won against Blois on its own court 87-73. Denek managed to outperform CFBB in Bidart 85-76. Denain managed to beat Roche at home 78-62. Challans defeated Get Vosges on the opponent's court 89-71.
The most impressive performance of 19th round was 23 points and 10 rebounds by Rafael Lopez of Brest.



St Chamond - Orchy 69-74

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Orchesien BC and 12th ranked Saint Chamond had identical 8-10 record. But Saint Chamond was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Orchies 74-69. Saint Chamond was ahead by 12 points at the halftime before a 47-30 second half run of Orchesien BC. 24 personal fouls committed by Saint Chamond helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman David Cilly (196-81) fired 9 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized Mali guard Modibo Niakate (185-81, college: Cleveland St.) chipped in 19 points. American forward Alain Laroche (198-83, college: N.Florida) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Orchesien BC (9-10) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Saint Chamond at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Orchesien BC's next round opponent will be Souffelweyersheim (#11) in Souffel.. Saint Chamond will play on the road against Denek in Bidart.
Top scorers:
St Chamond: A.Laroche 14+6reb+3ast, J.Rinna 13+6reb+1ast, J.Beugnot 13+3reb+2ast, J.LanduBongo 9+3reb+4ast, R.Aubry 7+4reb+1ast, M.Bole 5+2reb+1ast
Orchy: M.Niakate 19+1reb+1ast, O.Vivies 17+3reb, M.Ceskovic 10+3reb+4ast, D.Cilly 9+12reb+4ast, J.Verbeke 6+3reb+3ast, A.Atinkpahoun 5+3reb
gschID: 100791


St Quentin - Sorgues 84-63

The game in Saint-Quentin supposed to be also worth to mention about. 4th placed Sorgues (11-8) played at the court of fifth ranked Saint-Quentin (12-7). Saint-Quentin smashed Sorgues 84-63. The game was mostly controlled by Saint-Quentin. Sorgues managed to win second period 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Sorgues was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Keonta Howell (193-85, college: Toledo) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Moustafa Diallo (187-80) helped adding 16 points and 6 assists. At the losing side Samir Mekad responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and center Xavier Pasut (200-84) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Saint-Quentin moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Sorgues dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Brest. Saint-Quentin will play against Lievin Basket (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Sorgues will play against Le Puy ASMB (#13) in Le Puy en Velay and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: S.Mekad 13+5reb, V.Ateba 12+3reb+1ast, S.Ocokoljic 10+1reb, X.Pasut 10+8reb, F.Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi 9+1reb+1ast, C.Dos Santos 3+1reb
St Quentin: K.Howell 24+8reb+1ast, M.Diallo 16+4reb+6ast, A.Rambur 13+2reb+7ast, O.Romain 12+1reb+3ast, J.Jones 7+1reb+2ast, R.N'Kembe 6+9reb
gschID: 100792


Le Puy - St Etienne 85-78

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Saint-Etienne (10-9) and Le Puy ASMB (8-11), which took place in Le Puy en Velay. Higher ranked Saint-Etienne lost to fifteenth ranked Le Puy ASMB in a road game 78-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Saint-Etienne. It looked good early as Saint-Etienne took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Le Puy ASMB had a 27-16 second period charge getting the lead and Saint-Etienne was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-85. Le Puy ASMB forced 27 Saint-Etienne turnovers. Strangely Saint-Etienne outrebounded Le Puy ASMB 31-14 including a 22-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Guard Damien Pistre (190-83) fired 33 points (!!!) and 5 steals (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners. Center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Le Puy ASMB players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) produced 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Le Puy ASMB moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with St Chamond. Saint-Etienne at the other side dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Le Puy ASMB's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sorgues (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
St Etienne: D.Petrovic 25+9reb, B.Thomas 15+2reb+4ast, S.Hermenier 10+2reb+1ast, L.Simmons 9+9reb+2ast, R.Pegon 8+1reb+1ast, X.Gaillou 6+3reb+1ast
Le Puy: D.Pistre 33+1reb, C.Guillarme 17+3reb+4ast, S.Cabarkapa 15+2reb+1ast, J.Cortey 10+3reb+7ast, W.Gueye 5+2ast, G.Sene 5+2reb+6ast
gschID: 100793


Brest - Blois 87-73

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Blois (9-10) lost on the road to seventh ranked Etendard de Brest (11-8) 87-73. The game was mostly controlled by Etendard de Brest. Blois managed to win second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Etendard de Brest players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Center Rafael Lopez (204-86) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Julien Doreau (200-83) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Etendard de Brest players scored in double figures. Guard Zaka Alao (187-81) produced 23 points and forward Johan Blot (198-75) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Etendard de Brest moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sorgues. Blois lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Etendard de Brest's next round opponent will be Saint-Etienne (#7) on the road. Blois will play against CFBB in Paris.
Top scorers:
Blois: Z.Alao 23+3reb+3ast, J.Blot 18+5reb+1ast, O.Kolb 13+6reb+3ast, C.Grimm 6+5reb+1ast, B.Recoura 6+4reb+2ast, P.Brochard 5+2reb+7ast
Brest: R.Lopez 23+10reb+2ast, G.Staelens 17+3reb+2ast, R.Roberts 12+5reb+1ast, V.Pridotkas 12+1reb+2ast, J.Doreau 11+6reb+6ast, J.Blanchot 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 100787


CFBB - Denek 76-85

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Denek (10-9) won against bottom-ranked CFBB (3-16) in Paris 85-76. It looked good early as CFBB took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Denek had a 26-15 second period charge getting the lead and CFBB was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-85. Denek dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 40. American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: JEMsports) fired 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Boris Elisabeth-Mesnager (201-83, college: California (PA)) chipped in 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Denek players scored in double figures. Power forward Jean-Charles Livio (202-93) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Hugo Invernizzi (196-93) added 18 points respectively for lost side. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Denek. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with St Etienne. CFBB lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Denek's next round opponent will be Saint Chamond (#14) at home and are hoping to win another game. CFBB will play against Blois (#10).
Top scorers:
CFBB: J.Livio 20+6reb+3ast, H.Invernizzi 18+4reb+3ast, V.Pourchot 9+6reb+1ast, B.John 7+2reb+5ast, W.Howard 7+3reb+2ast, U.Adjagba 5+1ast
Denek: L.Blair 22+2reb+4ast, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 20+3reb+2ast, C.Mansare 14+4reb, B.Rey 10+4reb, S.Baykam 9+3reb, F.Calvez 4+6reb+5ast
gschID: 100788


Denain - Roche 78-62

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked Roche (4-15) lost on the road to second ranked Denain Voltaire (15-4) 78-62. The game was mostly controlled by Denain Voltaire. Roche managed to win fourth quarter 25-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Denain Voltaire forced 20 Roche turnovers. Center Renaud Brocheray (203-80) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Slovenian swingman Jernej Mihalic (203-85, agency: Court Side) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists. Four Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. Center Liwassa Monpounga (200-78) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and guard Francisco Bateko (185-84, college: Robert Morris) added 15 points and 5 steals respectively for lost side. Roche's coach Sylvain Olagnon let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Denain Voltaire maintains second place with 15-4 record behind leader Bordeaux. Roche lost their eighth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 15 games lost. Denain Voltaire's next round opponent will be Vendee Challans (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Roche will play against the league's leader Bordeaux (#1).
Top scorers:
Roche: F.Bateko 15+2reb+2ast, L.Monpounga 12+11reb, H.Disy 7+4reb+2ast, C.Audouard 7+2reb+2ast, D.Anthony Lewis 6+1reb, S.Neri 5+2reb
Denain: J.Mihalic 12+2reb+5ast, A.Belkessa 11+1reb+1ast, R.Brocheray 11+10reb, J.Sauret 11+3reb+5ast, F.Minet 11+4reb+2ast, B.Lalugba 10+3reb
gschID: 100789


Souffel - Angers BC 49 68-71

A very close game took place in Souffel. between Angers BC 49 and Souffelweyersheim. Third ranked Angers BC 49 (13-6) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Souffelweyersheim (9-10). Angers BC 49 managed to escape with a 3-point win 71-68 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Souffelweyersheim. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Damien Griffin (203-80, college: Mountain St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Tony Ramphort (176-82) accounted for 18 points for the winning side. Four Angers BC 49 players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Jovan Stefanov (205-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Jeremy Tschamber (192-84) added 14 points respectively for Souffelweyersheim in the defeat. Souffelweyersheim's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Angers BC 49. They maintain third place with 13-6 record having just three points less than leader Bordeaux. Newly promoted Souffelweyersheim dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Angers BC 49 will meet at home Get Vosges (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Souffelweyersheim will play against Orchesien BC (#9) in Orchies and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Souffel: J.Stefanov 18+10reb+4ast, J.Tschamber 14+3reb+3ast, A.N'Kembe 14+1reb+2ast, R.Appel 5+2reb, J.Alingue 5+2reb+2ast, S.Kancel 4+1reb
Angers BC 49: T.Ramphort 18+3reb+1ast, D.Griffin 14+11reb, D.Hayes 11+3ast, J.Traore 11+6reb, T.Lonzieme 6+6reb+1ast, S.Cherasse 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 100790


Bordeaux - Lievin 81-62

NM1 top team - Bordeaux (16-3) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Lievin Basket (7-12) 81-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lievin Basket. Bordeaux dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Lievin Basket's 24. Bordeaux forced 25 Lievin Basket turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Algerian guard Miloud Doubal (190-81) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Gauthier Darrigand (184-82) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Four Bordeaux players scored in double figures. Lithuanian center Petras Balocka (205-86, college: Hawaii) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and forward Aude Pierre-Joseph (194-79) added 13 points in the effort for Lievin Basket. Lievin Basket's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Bordeaux have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-3 record. Lievin Basket at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Get Vosges. Bordeaux are looking forward to face Roche (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lievin Basket will play against Saint-Quentin and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Lievin: P.Balocka 16+14reb+1ast, A.Pierre-Joseph 13+3reb+1ast, S.Cretaux 13+1reb, G.Clerc 6+3ast, V.Lehut 5+4reb+1ast, A.Hoard 4+3reb+1ast
Bordeaux: R.Dardaine 14+4reb+1ast, M.Doubal 13+6reb+2ast, G.Darrigand 12+4reb+3ast, J.Ford 10+5reb+1ast, S.Driss 8+4reb+4ast, M.Sy 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 100785


Get Vosges - Challans 71-89

Everything went according to plan when thirteenth ranked Vendee Challans (9-10) defeated 16th ranked Get Vosges (7-12) in Golbey 89-71. The game was mostly controlled by Vendee Challans. Get Vosges managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vendee Challans dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Get Vosges' 34. American forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) fired 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Forward Fabien Herard (198-79) chipped in 10 points. Vendee Challans' coach Emmanuel Body allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Zach Gourde (205-80, college: Gonzaga) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and swingman A'Nsi Lema (197-84) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Vendee Challans moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Get Vosges at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Vendee Challans' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Denain Voltaire at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Get Vosges will play against Angers BC 49 (#3).
Top scorers:
Get Vosges: Z.Gourde 19+9reb, A.Lema 14+3reb+2ast, T.Housieaux 11+2reb, M.Gotagni 7+5reb+1ast, M.Nelaton 6+1ast, J.'CoCo' Wade 6+1reb+2ast
Challans: J.James 27+9reb+4ast, B.Boutry 11+3reb, F.Herard 10+3reb+2ast, S.Girma 9+2reb, R.Boissie 8+1reb+5ast, J.Geay 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 100786




Pau-Orthez inks Chinemelu Elonu - by Eurobasket News
Chinemelu Elonu (208-F/C-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas A&M) is a new player of Pau-Orthez. The French outfit signed Elonu to a six-month deal and he will replace injured Trevon Bryant (209-F-84, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.).
Chinemelu Elonu started the season in Greece as a member of Panionios Athens. He played nine games in the league averaging 7.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. Season 2008/09, Elonu spent with CAI Zaragoza in Spain. He appeared 26 times in LEB Gold registering 6.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 1.5 bpg. Elonu helped Zaragoza to win the promotion to ACB. They were regular season champions in LEB Gold.
Chinemelu Elonu is a product of the Texas A&M University, where he graduated in 2009. He averaged 9.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks as a senior.


BCM Gravelines Dunkerque take 2-0 record in Group K - by Eurobasket News
Lisboa e Benfica- BCM Gravelines Dunkerque 64:67

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque take 2-0 record in Group K of Eurochallenge as they overcame Lisboa e Benfica in Portugal. The French side needed 67:64 to remain undefeated.
Lisboa e Benfica started with 4-0 run, while Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) tied the game at 15:15. The squads exchanged several baskets later in the quarter and Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) closed the period at 23:23. The hosts pushed the tempo in the second period and after 18-11 took 41:34 advantage. It was the time for the French team to go back on track in the third period and Jeff Greer (196-G/F-79, college: Rutgers) tied it again at 53:53. Later the court belonged to BCM Gravelines Dunkerque reaching the second win. Benfica had several chances to tie it but missed each time and they eventually fouled Ben Woodside, who made two free-throws for a 66:62 advantage.
Ben Woodside paced all the winners with 17 points, whilst Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) collected 15 points and 13 rebounds. Yannick Bokolo and Jeff Greer followed them with 11 points each in a win. Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) ended up with 16 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, Ben Reed (191-G/F-83, college: W.Michigan) scored 15 and Williams notched 11.

Lisboa e Benfica: Elvis Evora 16+10 rebs, Ben Reed 15, Williams 11
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque: Ben Woodside 17, Mouhamed Sene 15+13 rebs, Yannick Bokolo 11, Jeff Greer 11


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Blair, Denek24.6 
 2. Pridotkas, Brest18.1 
 3. Kennedy, Orchy17.6 
 4. Petrovic, St Et.17.4 
 5. Blot, Blois16.9 
 6. Lesieu, St Quentin16.2 
 7. Lalugba, Denain16.2 
 8. James, Challans16.2 
 9. Laroche, St Ch.15.6 
 10. Ford, Bordeaux15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lavar SIMMONS
  St Etienne
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Simmons, St Et.9.2 
 2. Grimm, Blois8.6 
 3. Lesieu, St Quentin8.3 
 4. Pasut, Sorgues8.2 
 5. Griffin, Angers B.8.1 
 6. Roberts, Brest8.0 
 7. Alingue, Souffel7.8 
 8. Kennedy, Orchy7.7 
 9. Boutry, Challans7.7 
 10. Hoard, Lievin7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.2 
 2. Cortey, Le Puy6.1 
 3. Brochard, Blois5.7 
 4. Ramphort, Angers B.4.7 
 5. Barbry, Orchy4.3 
 6. Thomas, St Etienne4.2 
 7. Driss, Bordeaux4.1 
 8. Sauret, Denain4.1 
 9. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.1 
 10. Rambur, St Quentin3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Blair, Denek2.9 
 2. Pistre, Le Puy2.2 
 3. Neri, Roche2.1 
 4. Sauret, Denain2.1 
 5. Ipouck, Le Puy2.0 
 6. Driss, Bordeaux1.7 
 7. Roberts, Brest1.6 
 8. Blot, Blois1.6 
 9. James, Challans1.6 
 10. Bateko, Roche1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John FORD
  Bordeaux
  (207-C-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ford, Bordeaux1.8 
 2. Alingue, Souffel1.8 
 3. Rinna, St Chamond1.8 
 4. Traore, Angers B.1.7 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.4 
 6. Pasut, Sorgues1.2 
 7. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 8. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 9. Kolb, Blois1.0 
 10. Diallo, Roche0.9 


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A Conversation With Derrick Allen (Alba Berlin) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) is a 203cm forward that grew up in Gadsen Alabama and is playing his first season with Alba Berlin. He is a rugged inside player who attacks the glass, will provide help on the boards, is a solid defender in the post, a competitor and hard worker that can score facing the basket and has shooting range to the foul line. He started his career at Southern Union State from 1998-2000. He then transferred to Mississippi and played there from 2000-2003. He then started his professional basketball career in Iceland playing for Keflavikur ripping up the FIBA Europe Cup playing 8 games and averaging 26.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg and playing 22 games in the Iceland league averaging 23,4ppg, 10.5rpg. He won the Icelandic league and cup title in his rookie season. In 2004, he ventured to Germany and has played there ever since with two years in Karlsruhe, one year in Leverkusen and played with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners from 2007-2010 playing 148 games for them. In 2006-2007, he led Leverksuen into the playoffs and led the BBL in scoring playing 38 games and averaging 16.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 32.3%, FT: 72.2%. In 2007-2008, he was second best scorer in the BBL for Frankfurt playing 43 games and averaging 18.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 75.6%; and playing 10 ULEB Cup games finishing as the third best scorer averaging 19.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 54%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 72.9%. He has reached four BBL playoffs in five seasons and played in the four BEKO BBL Allstar games He spoke to eurobasket at the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar game.

What do you like most about the BEKO BBL Allstar day? You have been a part of these festivities four times?

It is nice seeing the different players from all the teams and seeing the fans taking pictures and having so much fun.

What was your impression of AJ Moye? He seems to keep getting better each day.


AJ is in great spirits. He is a funny guy and I am happy that he has had such a great recovery. I hope he is playing on the court again soon, but the most important thing is that he gets healthy and then the next step is for him to play games. It was just really great to see him and I will embrace him after the game and have fun.

You must have been surprised about Alba Berlin coach Luka Pavicevic having to step down?


This was a big surprise for me. It was a shock for me. He is a great coach with a great basketball mind. He has a lot of success with alba Berlin winning the title reaching the Euroleague top 16 and Eurocup final. It is tough in Berlin, because you have to win. I wish him all the best.

There have been rumours about Pini Gershon and the father of Marko Pesic becoming coach. what do you know?


I have no idea who will be our new coach. I was told that a decision will be made on Monday.

How do you like playing in Berlin?

I love playing in Berlin. I knew Frankfurt pretty well, but Berlin is a lot bigger and there is always something new to see. There are many tourists there and the team is doing great so I am happy.

What has been your impression of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners this season?


Frankfurt accomplished a lot last season and then changed their team. Management did a great job getting good new players and they have made a statement this season ending in second place at The Allstar break. Wood is a great player and was a big steal for them. Mckinney and Powell have helped with scoring and Chris Moss has been a good addition under the boards. I see them reaching the BEKO BBL cup top 4 and playoffs.

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

I have to go with Jacob Burtschi. He is a great shooter with great range.

Who will win the 2011 BEKO BBL slam dunk contest?


I hope that Tez will win after getting robbed last season. He will get good competition from Torrell Martin.

Who will reach the 2011 Superbowl and who will win it?



The New York Jets will face the Chicago Bears with the Bears winning.

Thanks Derrick for the chat.



Jimmy Mckinney (Deutsche Bank Skyliners)As A Team We Have To Get Back To The Basics Of Defense In The Second Half Of The Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) is a 26 year old 192cm guard from St Louis. He is a is a solid knock-down shooter, but also can score from penetration and with rim-rattling dunks. He played at Vashon High School winning the State tournament three times. He played at Missouri from 2002-2006 with well known players like Ricky Paulding, Travon Bryant and Jason Conley. In his senior year he played 28 games averaging 12.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.3apg, FG: 40.6%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 78.2%. He turned professional in 2006 and joined the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. In his rookie season, he played 30 games averaging 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 44.9%, 3FGP: 38.5%, FT: 77.2%. He is playing his fifth season in Frankfurt and spoke to eurobasket at the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar game.


You had a short vacation in the States. How was your trip back to St Louis?


I had a nice trip and it was good to be back home in St Louis and see my son.

Was your cousin Lorenzo Gordon jealous because you were home and he wasnt?


No I dont think so, because he had a nice break away at Christmas and New Year and was home while away from Italy.

Your school The University of Missouri played at home against Vanderbilt. Were you at the game?


No I wasnt at the game. I watched it on TV. I wanted to be home and spend as much time as possible with my family.

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


I liked it very much. I enjoyed myself a lot and it was fun to see my peers and friends like Rickey Paulding and Derrick Allen.

You took part in the autograph signing hour. Have you ever signed as many autographs as that in such a short time?


No I never have. It must of been a world record for me. I was surprised to see so many people wanting autographs.

What was your impression of the NBBL Allstar game?


It was fun watching the kids play. One day those guys will be big players.

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



I am pretty happy with the first half of the season, but we can get better and have to, because the games will get tougher in the second half of the season.

Who was the most improved Deutsche Bank Skyliners?



Dominik Bahiense De Mello was our most improved player. He is playing with so much confidence and when I went down with the injury, he really stepped up his play. I really love his game. I also like his intensity and he is really shooting the ball well.

You have made a big turn around since Murat Didin left. What has changed most with your game?



I had a lack of confidence during my injury and didnt play much. Herbert came and I got better. He gave me a lot of confidence and I have to give a lot of credit to assistant coach Klaus Perwass for helping me as well.

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


We as a team have to get back to the basics of defense in the second half of the season which we had at the beginning of the season. We have to be more aggressive on offense and defense.

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


That game will be played at a very high intensity. I think you will see how basketball is played the right way. Of course I hope that we will win and keep our unbeaten streak at home.

Were you surprised that Alba Berlin dismissed head coach Luka Pavicevic?



Yes I was surprised a bit, because he was a great coach. When they played us, the team always did things well. These things happen, but I dont think that he is mad since he is still getting paid.

Who will win MVP of the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar game?



Dashaun Wood.

Who will win the three point shooting contest?


I give the edge to Casey Jacobsen since he has the most experience and is shooting the ball really well at the moment.

Who will win the slam dunk contest?



I think that Tez will. He will surprise us with some dunks. I will help him and just hope that I get it right.

Who will reach the Superbowl and win it?



Well since your and my teams are out, I will have to go with Green Bay playing Pittsburg and Green Bay will win.


Thanks Jimmy for the chat.




Steve Esterkamp Leaves The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven And Joins The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After almost beating Alba Berlin in the 2009 BEKO BBL quarterfinals losing in 5 games and having played many successful years with The Paderborn Baskets, Steven Esterkamp (198-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Ohio) seemed ready to make the next step signing with the Eisbaeren in the summer of 2009, but instead of playing an important role with Doug Spradley in Bremerhaven, the American was unable to play a single game on account of a long knee injury. Esterkamp is a 29 year old 198cm forward from Ohio that will play with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen until the end of the season. 'Steve worked extremly hard in the last year to come back. After his knee operation at the start of 2010, he took the long road of rehabilitation and practice with the team. The only thing missing for him now is game action.He can get this in the PRO A. Steve is afighter and anice guy. We wish him the best for the future an dhope he can quickly find his rhythm in Essen', stressed Eisbaeren manager Jan Rathjen .

Esterkamp is a great shooter and great competitor, has also a very solid mid-range shot and brings a lot of toughness to his team. He is a solid rebounder from the wing position, excellent free throw shooter throughout his career and plays always extremely hard and to win. He is not afraid to take the big shots at the end of the game and always finds ways to get the job done. He played at Ohio university from 1999-2003 and in his senior year played 30 games: 14.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg. He started his professional basketball career in 2003 playing for Steiner Swans Gmunden (Austria-A Bundesliga): 6 games: 14.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.7apg, 2.7spg, in Dec.'03 signed at SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 19 games: 23.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.6apg. He played for the Paderborn Baskets from 2004-2009. He played 60 second division games and 99 games in the BEKO BBL for Paderborn. In his last season for Paderborn, he played 36 games: 12.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 43.2%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 82.6%.

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven




My Personal Basketball Diary Of The 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar Day In Trier - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After years of having the BEKO BBL Allstar game in Cologne and two years in Mannheim with many empty seats and an atmosphere that was missing some kind of electric shock to pep things up and Howard Stern to help get the crowd going, the BEKO BBL decided to hold the festivities in smaller venues in Bonn last year and in Trier this year and have been able to fill the seats and bring an atmosphere that one can describe as breathtaking possibily only topped by a game 5 playoff bedlam game in Bamberg against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners.The BEKO BBL once again presented a versatile show for the fans for 7 hours with great acts performing on the floor, an interesting NBBL allstar game with the 24 best young German players showing their tricks, a sharp shooting three point contest that was won by Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force), a very entertaining slam dunk contest in which Salu Benjamin Tadi ran away with the trophy keeping some professionals like Quantez Robertson and Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Winthrop) displaying wide jaws in astonishment and possibly a trip to the doctor on Monday to check if they can still smile without having aches, and a high scoring BEKO BBL Allstar game in which the North won again 114-104 for the 11th time in the last 13 years showing a dominance that Bamberg once had over The Deutsche Bank Skyliners from 2005-2010 where Frankfurt had just as many problems winning as the Giessen 46ers momentarily have, but a savior in Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania) who is on the way to bring some of his Wolf sneer from MBC to the Osthalle to scare away the opponents and then greet them with his million dollar smile after the game for a beer.

The BEKO BBL Allstar game might be at 8:30pm, but the Allstar day starts already at 3:30 in the afternoon as the first fans start to ramble into the Trier arena. One should not forget, that many helpers were already in the arena hours before preparing for the big day. German singer Francisca Urio was already preparing to sing her song 'we are one' for the end of the day who is the new face of German TV channel Sport 1. Finally at 3:30 the doors were opened and the fans were able to get a first taste of the Trier arena for many in was the first time there. At 4:00, it was time for the BEKO BBL allstars to make their first appearance signing autographs for the fans. Okay I might not be a kid anymore, but even this reporter got in line and was the 4th person so I could quickly get my things signed and then start work with interviews and preparing for the radio broadcast. I guess there is still a little of the little miles in me, because as a kid my biggest hobby was getting autographs from athletes and living in Boston, there were no baseball, basketball and ice hockey players from opposing teams that were safe from me. Getting autographs was always fun, but the difference now to getting players signatures back to in the day, is that I know a majority of the players. It is always a treat to see the young kids getting autographs of their heros and seeing that special twinkle in their eyes as they are face to face with the players. Artland Dragons mascot Tobi the dragon was already getting ready for the game and might of had an extra batch of Red Bull in his cave as he stood on top of one of the tables where the players were signing autographs.

Another great thing about Allstar Day is being able to see people you normally only see once or twice during the season. With only little time during BEKO BBL games, one has the chance to be able to speak longer with players, managers, coaches and fans. It was great seeing Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana), who was all over the place chatting with fans and players. He was chosen by Brose Baskets coach Chris Fleming (agency: Pro One Sports ) to sit on the BEKO BBL South team. It was great being able to talk for a longer time with the ex Tuebingen player and one could see in the sparkle in his eyes that he was enjoying the festivities like a little kid finding some money under the pillow from the tooth fairy. I also was able to see Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.), Richard Chaney (196-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Troy) and Barry Stewart who were in attendance. It was also nice seeing Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) and EnBW Ludwigsburg German David Mccray having an intense conversation, but with many laughing moments. Another interesting thing that you will only see at the BEKO BBL allstar game is seeing a whole section in the arena filled with representatives of BEKO BBL teams. As I was sitting behind BBC Bayreuth player Osvaldo Jeanty (183-G-84, agency: Interperformances) and asking when he will finally play again, I was greeted by En BW manager Alexander Reil, EnBW coach Markus Jochum and EnBW sports director Mario Probst who just arrived for the NBBL game and had to get by me to get to their seats. Seeing my friend Ratiopharm coach Mike Taylor is always a pleasure even if he is always very busy and not far behind is his side kick Ratiopharm Ulm manager Thomas Stoll who always seems expressionless, but as soon as you talk to him, he can burst out with a laugh that will blow you away. It was also nice seeing Sven Simon from legendary German basketball magazine Five and Marko Pesic the ex German national player from Lumani. I was also able to record new interviews of David Mccray, Chris Fleming (agency: Pro One Sports ), Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) and Skyliners DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) and Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) for my weekly radio basketball show.

Next on the agenda at 5:00 was the NBBL allstar game featuring the 24 best German players. This is always a great game to see which youngsters are on the rise. 'I think this game is a good idea. One day these guys are going be big players', stressed Skyliner guard Jimmy McKinney. Team South was able to win the game 64-59. Team south was led by TSV Troester Breitengussbach/Brose Baskets Bamberg Phillip Neumann who seemed to like the number 8 on this day as he scored 18 points, grabbed 8 rebounds in 18 minutes. He has seen action for Bamberg this season and was being watched closely by Bamberg skipper Chris Fleming (agency: Pro One Sports ). 'Phillip is playing well this season, but one cant forget that he is only 18 years old. He works very hard and always wants to get better, but he still has a long way to go', added Chris Fleming (agency: Pro One Sports ). Ratiopharm. The NBBL North team was led by Lars Wendt with 18 points who plays for Benslips Baskets Salzkotten.

Next on the agenda at The 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar game was the three point shooting contest. Pete Campbell who has a shot that as times looks as deadly as rocket just being launched on a basketball court and the cool and calm ex NBA player Casey Jacobsen were the favorites, but were both surprised by Phoenix Hagen forward Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) who won and 5 months ago didnt even know if a professional basketball career was in his cards as he had been at the Air Force working since graduating 2007 and was unable to play professional basketball. 'It is definitely a little strange being a 26 year old rookie but im happy that I have the opportunity to play. I had a commitment to the Air Force, served my time, and now I have an opportunity to chase a childhood dream. A few days before the three point competition, Burtschi was relaxed and even humorous about his chances of winning. 'I hope that I dont finish in single digits', joked Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force). He saved his best for last as he finished with 18 points, Casey Jocobsen had 16 points and German national player Philipp Schwethelm (201-F-89, agency: Court Side) with 16 points.

Up next was the slam dunk contest which is always the first real giant highlight of the Allstar day as five player enter the court and show their athletic capabilities while stuffing an orange ball into the basket. The number of photo flashes that occur during this massive highlight session is unknown, but it is so much that teen star Justin Bieber would be overwhelmed who is photographed about as much per day as legendary basketball broadcaster Marv Alpert yells yesssssssss. With every passing year, just dunking the ball is boring, so it continues to be very important to be creative with a impressive showmanship for the fans and coming up with new unseen dunks. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven American Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Winthrop) showed his creative genes instantly with the help of teammate Philipp Schwethelm as he ran down the court with a Germany shirt and small German flag in his hand as Schwethelm made a full court rainbow pass which bounced at the free throw line and Martin swept it in his hands and dunked. TBB Trier guard John Bynum got a 10 from TBB Trier coach Henrik Roedl who was moonlighting as a judge to give him confidence before his first dunk. Bynum made it to the final, but was unable to make any of his final dunks. Earlier he had made a beautiful dunk throwing the ball of the shot clock. Bynum finished in third place and still showed that for a 32 year old, he could still keep up with the young bucks. Skyliner energy bundle Quantez Super Tez Robertson made it to the final, but was unable to make a dunk from teammate Jimmy McKinney shooting the ball off the side of the back board. Robertson was a finalist for the second year in a row. The winner was Salu Benjamin Tadi who really amazed the crowd and players with a showcase of dunks one spectacular than the other. He was very creative and was sprouting with a confidence that Tom Brady had early in his career and Larry Bird had during late game plays. Tadi who comes from Rosenheim in Bavaria showed his love for flying over people as the only thing missing was making his imaginary wings into real wings. He confidently took Phoenix Hagen American Mark Dorris (188-G-85, college: Marshall) to the basket halfway from the free throw line to the basket and flew over him with a crashing dunk with a sense of little hardship as if he was doing something easy like eating a Big Mac. He then proceeded to dunk over four human beings and four mascots. All in all, the fans got a huge show from the dunkers and wont forget Tadi that quickly.

The team mascots are a big part of the BEKO BBL games each weekend with their playful scenes with fans and fooling around on the court as is eating hot dogs and peanuts at major league baseball games in the United States. At The BEKO BBL Allstar game, all the mascots come together have their secret conference on the court and then play, have fun and walk around taking pictures with the fans. The most scary looking mascot might be Tobi the Dragon, but he was very friendly joking around with fans. The New Yorker Phantom was looking as terrifying as always and Skyliner mascot Dunking Kong came along with his wife Sky Girl who is showing up more and more in recent weeks in the Ballsporthalle. The most spectacular mascots were Fabius (Dad) and his kid Fabi who display their tricks in the Osthalle in Giessen. They were as energetic as always as both rode on their unicycles and Fabius was walking tall on his stilts. The fans were also entertained by the Dunking devils from Slovenia who gave a fascinating show jumping, jumping and jumping off trampolines and stuffing balls into the rims as if it was the easiest thing. The Dunking Devils have performed in cities like New York, Tokyo, Singapur, Madrid and Tunis and each time having the fans begging for more.

Finally at 8:30 it was time for the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar game the final act to a perfect basketball delicacy that was served to the fans. The North have dominated this Allstar game since 1987 with a record of 16-3. Since 1998, the South have only won this fun game twice including a 102-92 win last year in Bonn as Telekom Baskets Bonn center Chris Ensminger was voted MVP. The first half was tight as the BEKO BBL north was leading 37-32 after one quarter thanks to Alba Berlin forward Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) who made his first four shots having 9 points. In the second quarter, the BEKO BBL south team retook the lead as Skyliner DaShaun Wood put a stamp on the game leading the south into halftime with a 63-57 lead. Chris Fleming (agency: Pro One Sports ) was very vocal in the first half, while Artland Dragon coach of the North Stefan Koch was extremly calm as if he knew that his team would come out of their funk in the second half. For me it was a thrill again to be able to broadcast my 6th consecutive BEKO BBL Allstar game in Trier. After two games in Cologne, two in Mannheim and one in Bonn. It was a lot of fun being able to call the first half with Skyliner Quantez Robertson. Super Tez was in pretty good spirits despite being a slam dunk finalist for the second straight year, he was impressed by the strong games of Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) and DaShaun Wood. In the second half, I had the privilege to call the game with Artland Dragon Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) who had done his work for the day competing in the three point shooting contest. I was impressed how well Hess could speak German. I knew he was married to a German woman, but this was only his third year playing in Germany. His wife must of done wonders, because I have not heard an American player or coach speak as good German as Hess ever in the BEKO BBL despite guys like Chris Fleming (agency: Pro One Sports ) and Mike Taylor who speak good German, but have been a lot longer in Germany. Hess did a great job with game analysis, popping in jokes all the while speaking German for 97% of the time. The BEKO BBL north team came alive in the third quarter taking control of the game out scoring the BEKO BBL south team 31-10. The North did have one guy take control, but had a lot of support from New Yorker Phantom Braunschweig Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia), Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Winthrop) and Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius). In the fourth quarter, The BEKO BBL north team had a comfortable lead and the BEKO BBL south team simply missed too many shots. The BEKO BBL south team outscored The BEKO BBL north team 31-26 in the fourth quarter, but it was too little to late as the BEKO BBL north team took home another victory. The BEKO BBL Allstar MVP which was voted on by the fans was Brose Baskets Bamberg forward Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) who finished with 15 points and four rebounds.

The BEKO BBL north team was led by Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Winthrop) with 19 points. Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) (Artland Dragons) had 14 points. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) chipped in with 13 points and 10 rebounds and ex Skyliner Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) chipped in with 13 points and eight rebounds. Louis Campbell (190-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Buffalo) contributed 11 points and Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) 10 points, three rebounds and four assists. The BEKO BBL south team was led by Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) and Phillip Zwiener with 15 points a piece. Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) chipped in with 13 points and 14 rebounds and EnBW Ludwigsburg American Alex Harris (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points as well. After 8 hours, The 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar game had come and gone and now all teams could focus on the second half of the season. The question will be can any team stop the Brose Baskets Bamberg in a five game playoff series? That could be as difficult as it momentarily is for NCAA teams to stop UCONN guard Kemba Walker (185-G-90) winning games in crunch time and last second shots like his recent buzzer beater at halftime against Tennessee to give UCONN the 32-31 lead.

Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn)


David Mccray (EnBW Ludwigsburg) I Can Always Get Better As A Defender - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
David McCray (188-G-86) is a 24 year old 188cm guard. He is a versatile player. On one hand he's able to control the speed of the game and he's able to set up his team. He is the coaches right hand on court; on the other hand he is a great scorer with strong athletic. 1:1 defense on him is though. He started his basketball career at TV Bad Durkheim/Speyer (Regionalliga) in 2002-2003. In 2003-2004, he played for FC Kaiserslautern (2.Bundesliga): 7 games: 4.7 ppg, also a license for TV Bad Durkheim/Speyer (Regionalliga). He played for BG Karlsruhe from 2004-2007 playing 38 BEKO BBL games. He has been with EnBW Ludwigsburg since 2007. Last season, he played 33 games: 5.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 65.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket at the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar game about basketball.

What was your impression of the 2011 NBBL Allstar game?


I always have this game in good memory since I played in this game myself. We saw some good players with talent.

What makes your teammate Besnik Bekteshi so good at 18 years of age?


He has a great shot. He is very talented and has extremly much self confidence.

How do you explain this self confidence at such a young age?


He simply knows that he is good. He trains hard and knows that he has to train hard.

What can Bekteshi achieve in the BEKO BBL?


I think that he can become a leading type of player. He has already gotten a chance to play 3 BEKO BBL games this season. He has done a good job in training and I hope that he continues to develop.

How do you try to help Bekteshi in practice?



I try to give him tips. I was a young player once and know what he is going through. I just try to give him my experience.

Before the NBBL Allstar game, you had a long conversation with Sklyiner Pascal Roller. Anything you can report about from this talk?



We had already talked at the captains meeting. It was nothing in particular what we were talking about just about the Allstar day.

How happy were you with the first half of the season with EnBW Ludwigsburg? Can you be a playoff team?


We lost some tough games against Bamberg and The Artland Dragons, but you can lose games like that. We have to be ready for the second half as the games will be tough. I think that we are a playoff team. We had many problems in the first half with injuries not having Donatas Zavackas. We will see what the second half will bring.

What is your impression of Phillip Neumann of The Brose Baskets Bamberg?


He has played some minutes with Bamberg this season. He is very big with long arms and very talented.

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


We have to defend better in the second half of the season and play focused for 40 minutes.

Who has been the most improved EnBW Ludwigsburg player in the first half of the season?


I think that all the players have gotten better. Every player has found their role. All players are playing better.

What can you still improve on your game?


I am a pretty good defender, but I can always get better as a defender. The most important thing is that we make the playoffs. I missed the playoffs the last three years and really want to make it this time.

Is the BEKO BBL the tightest this year?



I think there are 11/12 teams that can reach the playoffs. Its amazing how Phoenix Hagen was near the end of the standings last season and this year they are playing a lot better and quick unorthodox style like BG Goettingen is playing. Every team can beat each other which makes it very exciting.

Were you surprised that Alba Berlin fired Luka Pavicevic?

I was surprised that they fired him since they didnt have any games. I cant really say if it was good or bad though.

Why Did Alba Berlin get German national player Heiko Schaffartzik when he doesnt play?


Heiko has only practiced a week with the team. Alba Berlin have great players and you cant expect to have Heiko play in front of guys who have been with the team for months. We will just have to see what happens in Berlin with him.

Can The Deutsche Bank Skyliners beat The Brose Baskets Bamberg in a 5 game series?


I think that Frankfurt could beat Bamberg. You have to remember that the season starts over in the playoffs. The team that plays harder wins.

Do The Deutsche Bank Skyliners rely to much on Dashaun Wood?



I think that they do. I consider myself as fast, but Wood is so fast. he went around me a few times. It is amazing how fast he, but at the same time so controlled.

Why is he so hard to stop?


Besides his quickness, he has a good eye for his teammates when he gets double teamed. Teams really have to decide to let him score or let him pass. You cant let him do both in a game.

What is the next step for Dominik Bahiense De Mello?


I am happy that he is playing so well. I hope that he keeps playing so well and gets another chance with the German National team. He is a good friend of mine and I wish him the best.

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



Phillip Schwethelm is my man.

Who will win the 2011 BEKO BBL slam dunk contest?



I think that Torrell Martin is tough and Mark Dorris also has good chances.

Who will reach the Superbowl and win it?



The Packers will play against the Steelers. The Steelers will win.

Thanks David for the chat.




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  GREECE   


Angelos Koronios to AEK - by Giorgos Diploidis
Angelos Koronios is the new coach of AEK Athens The young coach who was one of the best play makers in Greece will have to face many problems in order to avoid the relegation of the team of Athens. The most important of them is the financial part who has as a result a lot of players to come and go to the historical club.

The board of AEK tried to persuade Minas Gekos to stay at the bench after his quit, they didn't succeed at that and they turn to AAngelos Koronios and Vasilis Fragias The first one was the choice.


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  HOLLAND   


Who is Frank Turner - by Frank Turner
Hello,
I am Frank Rahim Turner! A 22 year old basketball player from Atlantic City, New Jersey! The most thankful son of Rhonda DuBose! I attended Atlantic City High School and Canisius! I am not only proud of my basketball accomplishments but I am grateful to graduate from college with a bachelors degree in Communications and a Masters Degree in Sports Administration.

I am currently playing professional basketball in Holland! Suiting up for the Eiffel Towers Den Bosch club! I am blessed to be able to do what I love as my occupation! This is the life that many want to live and I am proud to say I am doing so! Well to get to the point of this first of many blogs; as a basketball player there in another country there is a lot of ups and downs within my everyday life! Throughout this blog, I will keep you entertained with how things are going on the court, off the court, social life, family, memories, etc...

Not only will I speak about myself but I will also give you the run-down about my family, teammates, and advice for kid/players who have dreams of playing professional basketball! I will be real as possible with you so that you can really experience the thoughts and everyday step of life with me!

Thank You
Frank Turner (178-G-88, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius)

Follow me @yung_gunna03
Facebook name: Frank Turner



Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 18
 1. Stokes, BS Weert18.0 
 2. Boxley, ZZ Leiden16.4 
 3. Kimbrough, Giants16.3 
 4. Borha, Landstede16.0 
 5. Laing, Magixx15.8 
 6. Brown, DeFriesland15.0 
 7. Blue, Giants14.9 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.8 
 9. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.8 
 10. Tiedeman, Giants14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt HARYASZ
  GasTerra
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Haryasz, GasTerra10.1 
 2. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.8 
 3. McDermott, Magixx9.5 
 4. Sihota, Rotterdam9.5 
 5. Ellis, GasTerra8.9 
 6. de Randamie, ABC8.9 
 7. Griffin, Giants8.8 
 8. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.5 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert8.3 
 10. Humphrey, Magixx7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.0 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra4.9 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.1 
 4. Bostain, GasTerra4.0 
 5. Kimbrough, Giants3.8 
 6. Williams, DeFriesland3.7 
 7. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 8. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.5 
 9. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.3 
 10. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.8 
 2. McDermott, Magixx2.3 
 3. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 4. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 5. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.2 
 6. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.2 
 7. McDowell, BS Weert2.1 
 8. Bostain, GasTerra2.1 
 9. Williams, DeFriesland2.0 
 10. Kimbrough, Giants2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.6 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.4 
 3. Blue, Giants1.1 
 4. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.0 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 6. Hamm, BS Weert0.8 
 7. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 
 8. Mullery, Landstede0.8 
 9. Haryasz, GasTerra0.8 
 10. Strong, Landstede0.8 


Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 19-2 
 2. ZZ Leiden 17-4 
 3. Eiffel Towers 16-5 
 4. Magixx 13-9 
 5. DeFriesland 11-11 
 6. BS Weert 10-13 
 7. ABC 9-14 
 8. Giants 8-15 
 9. Landstede 6-16 
 10. Rotterdam 1-21 


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  IBL   


IBL's Albany Legends to hold two tryouts - by Trask Frost
Tryout #1- February 19th and 20th- Saturday from 10am till3pm and Sunday from 9am till 12 noon
Tryout #2- March 19th and 20th- Saturday from 3pm till 8pm and Sunday from 9am till 12 noon

This tryout is for players who want to play in the International Basketball League for the 2010 Champion Albany Legends (the IBL is a seventh year minor basketball league with play from April 15, 2011 through July 3, 2011). Players can choose to attend either camp. The facility for the tryouts is Peter Young Center at 1180 Berne Knox Road, Altamont NY, 12009 (Route 156). The International Basketball League is a 7th year professional basketball league. After the 2007 IBL season, 102 IBL players went on to play overseas and this established the IBL as the place to play to get an overseas job or to maintain an overseas job. Playing in the IBL (mid April through July, 2010) is the best way for players to get in shape and sharpen their skills so that a player is in the best position (video, stats and being in shape) to get or maintain an overseas job. For more information about this tryout, contact Ben Smith, bsmith@smithplayerdevelopment.com or call (phone) 518-470-5743.

www.IBLhoopsonline.com






Albany Legends Re-Sign Damone Morris - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Albany Legends are pleased to announce atheletic and fan favorite, Damone Morris who started for the team will return for another season in 2011. Morris was inked to his contract on Jan 20, 2011. Morris,a graduate of Eckerd NCAA 2, is a native of Lakeland Florida and the cousin of NBA veteran Tracy Mc Grady. The terms of the contract were not disclosed. The Legends won the championchip of the leagues first winter season this year.

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  IRAN   


Contenders win, wonder boys continue their streak to 5 - by Aydin Dianat
After 8 weeks of Iranian Superleague, contenders still win their games, Mahram Tehran, Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour and Zob Ahan Esfahan each one passed their opponents in the last week of the games. But the story of this season is all around the wonder boys of Rah Tarabari Qom where coach Abbas Aghakochaki players won 5th in a row including last year's runner up Zob Zob Ahan Esfahan in a close game in Qom. Monday, on the last game of the 8th round Qom played against PouyaTehran (Pouya) in Tehran where they won 95 - 77 . Waitari Marsh (188-G-80, college: Tulane) with 32 pts and Smith with 21 pts were their team leaders. Mahram Tehran won 94 to 78 against Azad University. Cheikh Samb (215-C-84) has a game high 23 pts. The Iranian superleague mid season is on 6th of February and teams will have a 10 days rest to the start of the second part of the season.

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  IRELAND   


Best players of Irish SuperLeague round 14 - by Eurobasket News
American Cameron Mitchell (201-F/C-88, agency: N.E.T.) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader UL Eagles and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 22-year old power forward had a double-double of 32 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Belfast Star (#4, 5-7) with 36-point margin 91-55. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed UL Eagles to consolidate first place in the Irish SuperLeague. UL Eagles have a solid 11-2 record. In the team's last game Mitchell had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be UL Eagles' top player in his first season with the team. Willamette University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mitchell. Mitchell is in league's top in points (4th best: 24.2ppg) and averages solid 66.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Mason Ambler (198-F-85, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Moycullen. Ambler impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 37 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Moycullen lost that game 73-91 to slightly higher-ranked UCD Marian (#3, 7-7). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Moycullen still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Moycullen managed to get this year. Ambler is a newcomer at Moycullen 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 21.4ppg (#9). He also registered 13.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Benjamin De La Cruz of Ulster Elks (#5). De La Cruz got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for fifteen rebounds . Despite De La Cruz's great performance Ulster Elks lost 80-93 to slightly higher-ranked Belfast Star (#4, 5-7). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Ulster Elks can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-11 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for De La Cruz he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. De La Cruz has individually a great season in Ireland. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.5ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 12.8rpg (4th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 62.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Clayton Longmire (201-F-84) of Belfast Star - 36 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) of UCC Demons - 26 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Neil Baynes (198-F-87) of UCD Marian - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. James Crowder (201-F-86) of UCD Marian - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Kevin Foley (193-G/F-83) of Ulster Elks - 35 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Patrick Crean (193-F) of DCU Saints - 26 points and 10 rebounds
10. Scott Summersgill (173-G-71) of Belfast Star - 30 points, 3 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 - Men
Points Per Game
 Clayton LONGMIRE
  Belfast Star
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 29.9
 1. Longmire, Belfast .29.9 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune27.8 
 3. Foley, Ulster Elks24.3 
 4. Mitchell, UL Ea.24.2 
 5. Van, UCC Demons24.0 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.22.8 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.22.5 
 8. Turner, Killester22.5 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen21.4 
 10. O''Reilly, UCC D.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron MITCHELL
  UL Eagles
  (201-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Mitchell, UL Ea.14.7 
 2. Van, UCC Demons13.8 
 3. Ambler, Moycullen13.3 
 4. De La Cruz, Ulster E.12.8 
 5. Crowder, UCD M.10.9 
 6. Turner, Killester10.5 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.9.9 
 8. Bonaparte, Neptune9.4 
 9. Longmire, Belfast .9.2 
 10. Trimmer, DCU S.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles7.4 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.5.6 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian5.4 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.4 
 5. Noonan, Neptune4.3 
 6. Westbrooks, Killester3.4 
 7. Foley, Ulster Elks3.2 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.3.2 
 9. Turner, Killester3.2 
 10. Clarke, Killester3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Michael MCGINN
  Neptune
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. McGinn, Neptune3.4 
 2. Noonan, Neptune2.8 
 3. Donnelly, DCU S.2.6 
 4. Westbrooks, Killester2.3 
 5. Nihill, Moycullen2.3 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.2.3 
 7. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 8. Kelly, Killester2.2 
 9. Turner, Killester2.2 
 10. Lacey, DCU Saints2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Van, UCC Demons2.5 
 2. Baynes, UCD Marian2.4 
 3. Bonaparte, Neptune2.2 
 4. Turner, Killester2.2 
 5. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 6. Longmire, Belfast .1.9 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.3 
 8. Ambler, Moycullen1.1 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.1.0 
 10. Duggan, UCC Demons0.8 


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  ISRAEL   


Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 15-1 
 2. Maccabi HBK 12-4 
 3. Beer Yaakov 10-6 
 4. Elitzur Yavne 10-6 
 5. Hapoel Tivon 9-7 
 6. Megido/Yokneam 9-7 
 7. Kohav Yair 8-8 
 8. Ironi Ramat Gan 8-8 
 9. Hapoel Afula 8-8 
 10. Lev Hasharon 7-9 
 11. Elitzur Ramla 5-11 
 12. Hod Hasharon 4-11 
 13. Hapoel Beeri 4-12 
 14. Ironi Nahariya 2-13 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A26.9 
 2. Hall, Beer Yaakov24.8 
 3. Miller, Megido/Y.23.7 
 4. Gomez, Beer Yaakov23.3 
 5. Clemente, Megido.22.8 
 6. Webb, Hapoel Tivon22.7 
 7. Tramiel, Kohav Yair21.7 
 8. Young, Hod Hasharon21.0 
 9. Timberlake, Elitzu.20.3 
 10. Brown, Maccabi HBK20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.6 
 2. Strong, Hapoel T.11.2 
 3. Brandy, Hod H.11.0 
 4. Rosefelt, Ironi R.10.9 
 5. Clemente, Megido.10.1 
 6. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.5 
 7. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne9.4 
 8. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 9. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 10. Tramiel, Kohav Yair8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yoad BET-YOSEF
  Beer Yaakov
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.7.4 
 2. Lahat, Hapoel T-A7.0 
 3. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.5 
 4. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula6.4 
 5. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.4 
 6. Housman, Hapoel T.5.2 
 7. Timor, Hapoel Tivon4.8 
 8. Harush, Kohav Yair4.8 
 9. Hofman, Elitzur .4.6 
 10. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.1 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.8 
 3. Delaney, Maccabi .2.4 
 4. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.3 
 5. Stevens, Hapoel T.2.2 
 6. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 7. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.2.1 
 8. Harush, Kohav Yair2.1 
 9. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.0 
 10. Young, Hod Hasharon2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ben STRONG
  Hapoel Tivon
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Strong, Hapoel T.3.0 
 2. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 3. Rosefelt, Ironi R.1.9 
 4. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.9 
 5. Utter, Hapoel T-A1.8 
 6. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.6 
 7. Johnson, Ironi N.1.4 
 8. Brandy, Hod H.1.4 
 9. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 10. Clemente, Megido.1.3 


James' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old power forward Shawn James (208-F/C-83, agency: ZAG Advocates) put on an amazing game in the last round for Bnei Hasharon and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Maccabi Ashdod (#4, 8-7) 81-78. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Bnei Hasharon is placed at 3rd position in Israeli league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bnei Hasharon will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. James has many years of experience at Bnei Hasharon, through which he has constantly improved. Northeastern University graduate has very impressive stats this year. James leads league in rebounds with 11.2rpg. James is in league's top in and averages solid 3.5bpg and 70.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Doron Perkins (188-G-83) of top-ranked Maccabi T-A. He is American guard in his second season at Maccabi T-A. In the last game Perkins recorded impressive 28 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Maccabi T-A to another comfortable win 85-71 over the lower-ranked Elitzur Netanya (#8, 5-10) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Maccabi T-A still keep the league's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 14-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Perkins is well-known at Maccabi T-A and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87, agency: Interperformances) of league's second-best Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. Ohayon scored 16 points and passed eleven assists (!!!). He was a key player of Hapoel J-M, leading his team to a 95-90 win against the lower-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#10, 3-10). Hapoel J-M needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 5 lost games. Ohayon has a great season in Israel. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.8apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elishay Kadir (202-F-87) of Maccabi Haifa - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Aaron McGhee (202-F-79) of Maccabi Rishon - 19 points and 6 rebounds
6. Nizan Hanochi (194-G-86) of Maccabi Rishon - 22 points and 4 assists
7. Jonathan Gibson (183-G-88) of Ironi Ashkelon - 20 points and 3 rebounds
8. Sylven Landesberg (198-G-90) of Maccabi Haifa - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dwayne Mitchell (194-G-82) of Maccabi Rishon - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Sam Clancy (201-F-80) of Hapoel J-M - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 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)


National League Round 16: Kohav Yair hands first loss to undefeated Hapoel T-A - 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 surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Hapoel T-A (15-1) in Tel-Aviv on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by seventh ranked Kohav Yair (8-8) 74-72. It ended at the same time the 15-game winning streak of Hapoel T-A. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 23-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Gil Amitai (197-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Nigerian center Sani Ibrahim (207-82, college: Gulf Coast CC, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Brian Asbury (200-85, college: Miami (FL)) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Hapoel T-A. Hapoel T-A's coach Sharon Avrhami rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kohav Yair maintains seventh position with 8-8 record, which they share with Ironi Ramat Gan and Hapoel Afula. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A still keeps top place with one game lost. Kohav Yair is looking forward to face league's second-placed Maccabi HBK in Habikaa in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel T-A will play on the road against Ironi Ramat Gan and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Kiryat Tivon. Eighth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (8-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Hapoel Tivon (9-7) 75-73 on Tuesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Albert Fisher (184-86, college: Kent St.) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Shelton Colwell who added 17 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Oded Shaashoua (187-82, agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 27 points and 6 assists. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Kohav Yair and Hapoel Afula. Hapoel Tivon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Megido/Yokneam. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against league's leader Hapoel T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel Tivon will play on the road against Megido/Yokneam (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Beer Yaakov between Beer Yaakov and Megido/Yokneam. Fifth ranked Beer Yaakov (10-6) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Megido/Yokneam (9-7). Beer Yaakov managed to escape with a 3-point win 89-86 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Megido/Yokneam. The winners were led by Joshua Gomes who scored that evening 28 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Even 28 points and 7 rebounds by Nate Miller did not help to save the game for Megido/Yokneam. Megido/Yokneam's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Beer Yaakov moved-up to third place, which they share with Elitzur Yavne. Megido/Yokneam at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Hapoel Tivon. Beer Yaakov will meet at home Hapoel Beeri (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Megido/Yokneam will play against Hapoel Tivon (#5) in Kiryat Tivon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Maccabi HBK (12-4) which hosted in Habikaa one of their biggest challengers Elitzur Yavne (10-6). Second ranked Maccabi HBK managed to get a 6-point victory 78-72. Steffon Bradford fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Maccabi HBK have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record having just three points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Elitzur Yavne at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Maccabi HBK's next round opponent will be Kohav Yair (#7) in Kohav Yair where they are favorite. Elitzur Yavne will play at home against Hapoel Afula (#9).
The game between ninth ranked Hapoel Afula (8-8) and 14th ranked Ironi Nahariya (2-13) in Afula on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Hapoel Afula outscored guests from Nahariya 88-62. It was a very good performance for Avi Eliyahu who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Hapoel Afula moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ironi Ramat Gan and Kohav Yair. Ironi Nahariya lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Hapoel Afula will face higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ironi Nahariya will play against Elitzur Ramla (#11) and be promoted back to the Premier League just one year after relegation.

In the last two games of round 16 Hod Hasharon was smashed by Hapoel Beeri on the road 104-82. Elitzur Ramla lost to Lev Hasharon on its own court 87-97.
The most impressive performance of 16th round was 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks by Ramon Clemente of Megido/Yokneam.


Hapoel Afula - Ironi Nahariya 88-62

The game between ninth ranked Hapoel Afula (8-8) and 14th ranked Ironi Nahariya (2-13) in Afula on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Hapoel Afula outscored guests from Nahariya 88-62. The game without a history. Hapoel Afula led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Nahariya's 36. Hapoel Afula looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Ironi Nahariya's players. It was a very good performance for guard Avi Eliyahu (175-87, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Hapoel Afula players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Jeron Roberts (194-76, college: Wyoming) replied with 20 points and American forward Jason Johnson (203-86, college: S.Carolina St.) added 7 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Afula moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ironi Ramat Gan and Kohav Yair. Ironi Nahariya lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Hapoel Afula will face higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ironi Nahariya will play against Elitzur Ramla (#11) and be promoted back to the Premier League just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: J.Roberts 20+3reb+3ast, A.Pereg 14+2reb+4ast, E.Drayton 9+4reb, O.Ben Hemo 8+4reb, J.Johnson 7+14reb, A.Ohana 2+3reb+3ast
Hapoel Afula: B.Markson 19+3reb+4ast, T.Michael Dunne 18+10reb+3ast, A.Eliyahu 15+10reb+7ast, D.Hugee 10+7reb+1ast, O.Shmidt 9+2reb+7ast, Y.Dvir 9+2reb+4ast
gschID: 105615


Maccabi HBK - Elitzur Yavne 78-72

An interesting game for Maccabi HBK (12-4) which hosted in Habikaa one of their biggest challengers Elitzur Yavne (10-6). Second ranked Maccabi HBK managed to get a 6-point victory 78-72. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Elitzur Yavne won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Steffon Bradford (200-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Noam Matalon (197-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 17 points. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) produced 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Maccabi HBK have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record having just three points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Elitzur Yavne at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Maccabi HBK's next round opponent will be Kohav Yair (#7) in Kohav Yair where they are favorite. Elitzur Yavne will play at home against Hapoel Afula (#9).
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: C.Timberlake 19+3reb, E.Hofman 17+7reb+5ast, D.Hardin 10+7reb, Z.Volfer 6+3reb, D.Tamir 6+2reb, G.Cohen 5+1ast
Maccabi HBK: S.Bradford 22+11reb, N.Matalon 17+3reb+1ast, P.Delaney 12+6reb+3ast, I.Grinboim 7+5reb+5ast, I.Lev 6+2reb, G.Kantor 6
gschID: 105616


Hapoel T-A - Kohav Yair 72-74

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Hapoel T-A (15-1) in Tel-Aviv on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by seventh ranked Kohav Yair (8-8) 74-72. It ended at the same time the 15-game winning streak of Hapoel T-A. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 23-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Gil Amitai (197-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Nigerian center Sani Ibrahim (207-82, college: Gulf Coast CC, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Brian Asbury (200-85, college: Miami (FL)) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Matan Naor (194-80) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel T-A. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel T-A's coach Sharon Avrhami rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kohav Yair maintains seventh position with 8-8 record, which they share with Ironi Ramat Gan and Hapoel Afula. Newly promoted Hapoel T-A still keeps top place with one game lost. Kohav Yair is looking forward to face league's second-placed Maccabi HBK in Habikaa in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel T-A will play on the road against Ironi Ramat Gan and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: B.Asbury 18+10reb, M.Naor 13+6reb+2ast, G.Eytan 11+2reb+2ast, Y.Lahat 10+2reb, E.Eliyah 9+1reb+1ast, A.Uter 6+10reb+1ast
Kohav Yair: E.Traimel 18+5reb, G.Amitai 18+11reb+2ast, S.Ibrahim 15+8reb, S.Harush 10+5reb, O.Rub 5+2ast, S.Molnar 4+1reb
gschID: 105617


Hapoel Tivon - Ironi Ramat Gan 73-75

Important game to mention about took place in Kiryat Tivon. Eighth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (8-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Hapoel Tivon (9-7) 75-73 on Tuesday evening. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 15-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Ironi Ramat Gan forced 19 Hapoel Tivon turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Albert Fisher (184-86, college: Kent St.) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Shelton Colwell (202-80, college: Missouri St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who added 17 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Oded Shaashoua (187-82, agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 27 points and 6 assists and American center Ben Strong (211-86, college: Guilford, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. Four Hapoel Tivon players scored in double figures. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Kohav Yair and Hapoel Afula. Hapoel Tivon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Megido/Yokneam. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against league's leader Hapoel T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel Tivon will play on the road against Megido/Yokneam (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Tivon: O.Shaashoua 27+2reb+6ast, T.Stevens 16+4reb+4ast, K.Izik 11+8reb+3ast, B.Strong 10+14reb+2ast, B.Timor 4+3reb+5ast, G.Chalamish 3+2reb+1ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: S.Colwell 17+4reb+1ast, A.Fisher 15+7reb+4ast, I.Rosefelt 12+6reb+2ast, E.Kohansky 9+2ast, C.Zigdon 8+1reb+3ast, I.Ohanon 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 105618


Beer Yaakov - Megido/Yokneam 89-86

A very close game took place in Beer Yaakov between Beer Yaakov and Megido/Yokneam. Fifth ranked Beer Yaakov (10-6) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Megido/Yokneam (9-7). Beer Yaakov managed to escape with a 3-point win 89-86 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Megido/Yokneam. Megido/Yokneam cut a 22-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Beer Yaakov forced 20 Megido/Yokneam turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The winners were led by American-Cape Verdean guard Joshua Gomes (190-83, college: E.Illinois) who scored that evening 28 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) supported him with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Four Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. Even 28 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) did not help to save the game for Megido/Yokneam. American-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for lost side. Megido/Yokneam's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Beer Yaakov moved-up to third place, which they share with Elitzur Yavne. Megido/Yokneam at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Hapoel Tivon. Beer Yaakov will meet at home Hapoel Beeri (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Megido/Yokneam will play against Hapoel Tivon (#5) in Kiryat Tivon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Megido/Yokneam: N.Miller 28+7reb+3ast, R.Clemente 26+9reb, N.Levi 6+1reb+2ast, T.Bar Even 5+2ast, R.Barzilay 4, N.Tishman 4+3reb+1ast
Beer Yaakov: J.Gomes 28+4reb+2ast, J.Hall 19+8reb+1ast, I.Bochman 13+3reb+1ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 13+1reb+10ast, G.Karni 9+6reb, O.Farhi 7+3reb+8ast
gschID: 105619


Hapoel Beeri - Hod Hasharon 104-82

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when thirteenth ranked Hapoel Beeri (4-12) crushed 12th ranked Hod Hasharon (4-11) in Beer-Shev 104-82 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Beeri. Hod Hasharon was better in third quarter 27-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Beeri made 31-of-34 free shots (91.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Hod Hasharon turnovers. Hod Hasharon was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American forward Stacey Moragne (195-83, college: Mass.-Lowell) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his thirteen free throws !!!). Guard Guy Dotan (178-91) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Hapoel Beeri players scored in double figures. American guard Jitim Young (188-81, college: Northwestern, agency: Edge Sports) replied with 25 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Stanley Brandy (200-67, college: De Paul) added 19 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Hod Hasharon. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Beeri maintains thirteenth position with 4-12 record. Hod Hasharon lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 11 games lost. Hapoel Beeri will face higher ranked Beer Yaakov (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: J.Young 25+8reb+2ast, S.Brandy 19+13reb, A.Bier-Katz 16+3reb, K.Sharvit 9+4reb+3ast, O.Ron 8+7ast, G.Gendel 5+1reb
Hapoel Beeri: S.Moragne 25+7reb+2ast, G.Dotan 16+4reb+3ast, R.Canady Jr. 13+4ast, D.Aidan 13+1reb, H.Barbi 10+6reb+1ast, H.Shifman 8+2reb+5ast
gschID: 105613


Elitzur Ramla - Lev Hasharon 87-97

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Elitzur Ramla's (5-11) home loss to tenth ranked Lev Hasharon (7-9) 87-97 on Tuesday. Elitzur Ramla was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Lev Hasharon shot 27 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Elitzur Ramla only scored ten points from the stripe. Elitzur Ramla was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American guard Antwan Henry Dobie (183-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Dror Davidi (190-84) replied with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international guard Avi Sukar (187-76) added 22 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Elitzur Ramla. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lev Hasharon maintains tenth position with 7-9 record. Loser Elitzur Ramla keeps the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Lev Hasharon will face Hod Hasharon (#12) at home in the next round. Elitzur Ramla will play against Ironi Nahariya.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: D.Davidi 27+5reb+6ast, A.Sukar 22+8reb+2ast, D.Paris 18+6reb+2ast, K.Young 14+1reb+1ast, I.Berkowitz 4+3reb+3ast, Y.Levi 2+3reb
Lev Hasharon: A.Henry Dobie 21+8reb+4ast, L.Wade 21+5reb+1ast, R.Pitshon 16+5reb+1ast, I.Eiram 10+4reb+2ast, T.Ronen 10+3reb+3ast, Y.Moshe 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 105614




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Real Madrid wins in Siena, blasts Montepaschi in the last quarter - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Real Madrid 68-78

Real Madrid did a great job in Siena tonight. The Whites exploded in the last quarter and thanks to 6-26 run they grabbed this impressive victory. Real Madrid has 2-0 now in Group G and they share the first place with Efes Pilsen. Montepaschi stays winless after two games. Nikola Mirotic (208-F/C-91) top-scored for the guests with 16 points. Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) (5 rebs) and Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) helped with 15 points each, while Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) added double-double of 11 points and 11 boards. In the loosing squad, David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) delivered 16 points and Nikolaos Zisis (195-G-83) stopped on two less.
Montepaschi had nice beginning as they made 20-10 lead in the first nine minutes. However, A wild buzzer-beating, double-pump three-pointer by Llull brought Madrid within 20-13 after one quarter. Nothing has changed in the second period as Montepaschi was still in control and they jumped to 35-17 lead. Visitors somehow improved and managed to cut the margin to 40-28 until the halftime. The hosts kept plus ten after third period (62-52) and everything looked good for them, but than Nikola Mirotic and his teammates exploded. They came to 64-62 first and later they closed 0-15 run for 64-72. The hosts were shocked and were not able to respond in the last three minutes.
In the next round, Real Madrid will meet Efes Pilsen in Istanbul. Montepaschi will meet Partizan in Belgrade.

Montepaschi: David Moss 16, Nikolaos Zisis 14
Real Madrid: Nikola Mirotic 16, Carlos Suarez 15+5 boards, Clay Tucker 15, Felipe Reyes 11+11 boards


Chevon Troutman is sidelined for 4-6 months - by Eurobasket News
Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) can be done for the season. The 29-year-old forward suffered a serious injury in the latest round of Seria A. Air Avellino faced Benetton and lost one of their key players. The forward suffered a rupture of a ligament in his knee and needs a surgery. The possible recovery dates are up to six months. Chevon Troutman is among the best Air Avellino player this season. He tallies 14.6 points, 8.3 boards and 2.7 steals per appearance. It is his second straight season in Avellino. Previously Chevon Troutman played in France and Dominican Republic. He was Pro A champion and made into Eurobasket.com All-Italian Seria A Honorable Mention last season.


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Valmiera Zemgale 67:52 - by Gatis Zvirbulis
BK Valmiera win his first victory for new head coach Ainars Zvirgzdins (agency: LBM Management ), who replaced Gatis Melderis, when he stepped down as a head coach and now is an assistant coach for Ainars Zvirgzdins (agency: LBM Management ). Game was close and only in fourth quarter BK Valmiera increased their lead to more than ten points and got his seventh victory in LBL. Pavels Veselovs got 20 points and 7 rebounds, Arturas Valeika added double double 13 points and 11 rebounds. For BK Zemgale Jelgava Edgars Krumins scored 15 points, Ilmars Bergmanis 10 points and 6 assists, but it was not enough for win.
Top scorers:
BK Valmiera: P.Veselovs 20+7reb, A.Valeika 13+11reb, R.Gabrans 12+4ast, J.Kaufmanis 9+5reb, J.Andzejevskis 8, K.Ansons 5, O.Virsis, M.Ziedins, J.Graudins, J.Berzins, E.Slesers
BK Zemgale Jelgava: E. Krumins 15+5reb, I.Bergmanis 10+6ast, A.Brunins 9, J.Bambis 6, A.Senkans 5, S.Metra 4, I.Grasmanis 2, A.Justovics 1, J.Rozitis 0+11reb, K. Krumins



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs17.2 
 3. Willjam, Barons17.0 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 5. Lowe, Barons16.0 
 6. Bertans, VEF R.15.8 
 7. Cipruss, Valmiera15.6 
 8. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.6 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja15.3 
 10. Nelyubov, VEF R.15.1 
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, Liepaja7.7 
 5. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 6. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 7. Rozitis, Zemgale6.9 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.8 
 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.4.9 
 3. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.7 
 5. Gabrans, Valmiera4.0 
 6. Mason, Ventspils4.0 
 7. Willjam, Barons4.0 
 8. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.9 
 9. Gailitis, VEF R.3.8 
 10. Sirsnins, Barons3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Sandis BUSKEVICS
  Ventspils
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Buskevics, Ventspils2.6 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 3. Lowe, Barons2.4 
 4. Jahovics, VEF R.2.1 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.2.1 
 6. Mitchell, Liepaja2.1 
 7. Cavars, Barons2.0 
 8. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 9. Bertans, VEF R.1.9 
 10. Slisans, LU1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Berzins, VEF R.3.3 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale2.2 
 3. Cipruss, Valmiera1.6 
 4. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 5. Mejeris, Liepaja1.1 
 6. Brunins, Zemgale1.0 
 7. Skirmants, Barons1.0 
 8. Bertans, Barons1.0 
 9. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 10. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 12-1 
 2. Liepaja 11-5 
 3. VEF Riga jrs 10-5 
 4. Barons 9-7 
 5. Valmiera 7-7 
 6. Zemgale 6-8 
 7. Turiba 3-13 
 8. LU 2-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


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Standings
Liga Americas Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Capitanes 0-0 
 2. Flamengo 0-0 
 3. Halc.Rojos 0-0 
 4. Penarol 0-0 
Group F
 1. BRB/Brasilia 0-0 
 2. Halc.Xalapa 0-0 
 3. Quimsa 0-0 
 4. Regatas C. 0-0 
Stage One Standings


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


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Kieza, Juventus18.2 
 2. Alijevas, Nevezis17.2 
 3. Ruikis, Neptunas17.0 
 4. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 5. Dimsa, Nevezis16.3 
 6. Viskontas, Perlas15.9 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.7 
 8. Volkus, Techasas14.9 
 9. Kazevicius, Alytus A.14.7 
 10. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Kieza, Juventus11.4 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai10.1 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.1 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.7 
 5. Zelionis, Rudupis7.5 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai7.3 
 7. Klimavicius, Zalgiris7.1 
 8. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.9 
 9. Valukonis, Techasas6.7 
 10. Silinskis, Techasas6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis6.6 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.9 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.6 
 4. Collins, Zalgiris4.8 
 5. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.6 
 6. Janavicius, Siauliai4.4 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.2 
 8. Dainys, Rudupis4.0 
 9. Kalnietis, Zalgiris3.9 
 10. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas RINKEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.2 
 2. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.0 
 3. Vasylius, Neptunas2.0 
 4. Alijevas, Nevezis1.8 
 5. Juskevicius, Rudupis1.8 
 6. Viskontas, Perlas1.8 
 7. Ruikis, Neptunas1.8 
 8. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.8 
 9. Valukonis, Techasas1.8 
 10. Mazeika, Neptunas1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Techasas
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Silinskis, Techasas2.5 
 2. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.1.9 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.7 
 5. Volkus, Techasas1.2 
 6. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.2 
 7. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 
 8. Zelionis, Rudupis1.0 
 9. Galdikas, Neptunas0.9 
 10. Kieza, Juventus0.9 


Buccaneers defeats Spartans in NCAA league - by Deividas Valiunas
No shocking result in a game when second ranked in Atlantic Sun conference E.Tenn.St. (14-8) beat at home 11th ranked USC Upstate (2-18) 67:52. Guard Mike Smith (198-G-87) fired 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Adam Sollazzo (198-G-90) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Swingman Torrey Craig (195-F) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Carter Cook (195-G-89) added 11 points and 2 assists respectively for lost side.
Lithuania forward Lukas Poderis (203-F) scores 2 points and grab 1 rebound for the winners.
Top scorers:
Buccaneers: M.Smith 22+6reb, A.Sollazzo 18+4ast, M.Williams 16+5reb, Sh.Cooley 6, L.Poderis 2.
Spartans: T.Craig 11+7reb, C.Cook 11+7reb, M.Uzochuwku 8+6reb, R.Glenn 8+9reb, B.Olomuwiya 7.


LKL Round 18: Leader Zalgiris get another victory - by Eurobasket News
Undefeated leader Zalgiris delivered the thirteenth consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they beat 10th ranked Neptunas (4-8) 98-83 in Klaipeda. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Neptunas managed to win second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Neptunas' 38 and made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Zalgiris had a 31-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Neptunas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard DeJuan Collins (188-76, college: Tuskegee) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). International guard Martynas Pocius (196-86, college: Duke, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Luke Bonner (213-85, college: Massachusetts) who recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Zalgiris (13-0) have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 13 victories in a row. Neptunas at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with eight games lost. Zalgiris are looking forward to face Techasas (#5) in Panevezys in the next round. Neptunas will play on the road against Nevezis (#7) in Kedainiai and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Palanga. Local Naglis-Adakris (5-9) was outscored by twelfth ranked Perlas (5-9) 94-61. It was a good game for forward Vilmantas Dilys (208-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Saulius Kulvietis contributed with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-85, college: Virginia, agency: FCM) replied with 14 points for Naglis-Adakris. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Perlas moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Naglis-Adakris. Perlas will play against higher ranked Rudupis (#3) in Prienai in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Naglis-Adakris will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 18 Juventus defeated Aiscai Kaunas in Utena 77-65. Lietuvos Rytas smashed Naglis-Adakris at home 102-69.



Neptunas - Zalgiris 83-98

Undefeated leader Zalgiris delivered the thirteenth consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they beat 10th ranked Neptunas (4-8) 98-83 in Klaipeda. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Neptunas managed to win second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Neptunas' 38 and made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Zalgiris had a 31-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Neptunas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard DeJuan Collins (188-76, college: Tuskegee) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). International guard Martynas Pocius (196-86, college: Duke, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Luke Bonner (213-85, college: Massachusetts) who recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds and guard Martynas Mazeika (190-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 20 points respectively. Four Zalgiris and five Neptunas players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zalgiris (13-0) have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 13 victories in a row. Neptunas at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with eight games lost. Zalgiris are looking forward to face Techasas (#5) in Panevezys in the next round. Neptunas will play on the road against Nevezis (#7) in Kedainiai and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: D.Collins 16+5reb+3ast, M.Pocius 13+4reb+4ast, P.Jankunas 13+3reb+2ast, B.Marjanovic 12+6reb, T.Watson 10+4reb, T.Klimavicius 9+6reb+1ast
Neptunas: M.Mazeika 20+2reb+2ast, V.Vasylius 15+5reb+1ast, L.Bonner 15+9reb+1ast, R.Bitinas 12+1reb, M.Ruikis 11+2reb+2ast, S.Galdikas 8+3reb
gschID: 120391


Aiscai Kaunas - Juventus 65-77

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Aiscai Kaunas (5-10) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Juventus (8-6) 77-65. It looked good early as Aiscai Kaunas took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Juventus had a 25-14 second period charge getting the lead and Aiscai Kaunas was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-77. Juventus made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Aiscai Kaunas 41-27 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international forward Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Arunas Vasiliauskas (201-85) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-85) replied with 13 points and 9 assists and the former international center Povilas Cukinas (210-83) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Aiscai Kaunas. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Juventus maintains sixth position with 8-6 record. Aiscai Kaunas at the other side dropped to the tenth place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Juventus: A.Vasiliauskas 15+5reb, A.Kieza 12+9reb+1ast, A.Adomaitis 10+5reb+3ast, M.Prekevicius 9+5reb+3ast, V.Cepukaitis 8+6reb, Z.Urbonas 6+6reb+1ast
Aiscai Kaunas: G.Kurtinaitis 16+1reb, V.Jasikevicius 13+2reb+9ast, P.Cukinas 9+7reb+1ast, T.Barstys 8+2reb+1ast, K.Saage 7+1reb+1ast, R.Uzas 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 120392


Naglis-Adakris - Perlas 61-94

The game with biggest result difference took place in Palanga. Local Naglis-Adakris (5-9) was outscored by twelfth ranked Perlas (5-9) 94-61. The game without a history. Perlas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Perlas outrebounded Naglis-Adakris 46-16 including a 35-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. It was a good game for forward Vilmantas Dilys (208-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Saulius Kulvietis (203-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-85, college: Virginia, agency: FCM) replied with 14 points and swingman Raimundas Danys (198-85) added 16 points in the effort for Naglis-Adakris. Five Perlas and four Naglis-Adakris players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Perlas moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Naglis-Adakris. Perlas will play against higher ranked Rudupis (#3) in Prienai in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Naglis-Adakris will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Perlas: V.Dilys 18+10reb+3ast, A.Viskontas 14+1reb+5ast, S.Kulvietis 13+11reb+1ast, E.Bendzius 11+6reb+1ast, D.Redikas 10+5reb+5ast, A.Siksnius 8+2reb+1ast
Naglis-Adakris: R.Danys 16+1reb, L.Mikalauskas 14+4reb, V.Buzas 13, C.Lowe 10+2reb+4ast, M.Reminas 4+2reb+1ast, I.Razutis 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 120393


Lietuvos Rytas - Naglis-Adakris 102-69

No shocking result in a game in Vilnius where second ranked Lietuvos Rytas (11-2) smashed 8th ranked Naglis-Adakris (5-9) 102-69. The game was mostly controlled by Lietuvos Rytas. Naglis-Adakris was better in second period 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lietuvos Rytas dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Naglis-Adakris' 38. They outrebounded Naglis-Adakris 40-17 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Lietuvos Rytas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for center Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Australian forward Brad Newley (201-85, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Lietuvos Rytas' coach Aleksandar Trifunovic felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-85, college: Virginia, agency: FCM) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Chris Lowe (183-87, college: Massachusetts) added 11 points and 4 steals in the effort for Naglis-Adakris. Five Lietuvos Rytas and four Naglis-Adakris players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains second position with 11-2 record having just two points less than leader Zalgiris. Naglis-Adakris at the other side keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Perlas. Lietuvos Rytas will play against bottom-ranked Alytus Alita (#13) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Naglis-Adakris will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos Rytas: B.Newley 15+5reb+2ast, J.Valanciunas 14+8reb+1ast, A.Jomantas 11+4reb, S.Jasaitis 11+6reb+2ast, K.El-Amin 10+2reb+7ast, K.Bajramovic 10+3reb+2ast
Naglis-Adakris: L.Mikalauskas 14+6reb+2ast, M.Mockevicius 12+3ast, C.Lowe 11+4reb+3ast, R.Danys 11+3reb+2ast, R.Varanauskas 8+3reb+2ast, M.Reminas 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 120390




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Philippine Patriots are the first ASEAN League finalists - by Eurobasket News
KL Dragons - Philippine Patriots 92:95

Philippine Patriots advanced into ASEAN League Finals. They swept their best-of-three series against KL Dragons. Steve Thomas (203-F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) came up with 20 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Patriots to the decisive win in Game 2.
The Patrios jumped in front early in the encounter. They grabbed an 18:11 lead late in the quarter and posted a 22:17 lead after ten minutes. But Nakiea Miller (205-C-79, college: Iona) and Justin Leith quickly erased the deficit in the second term. The visitors persisted as Steve Thomas and Benedict Fernandez restored a 9-point lead for the Patriots. KL Dragons answered with 9 points in a row to level things up at 42 at halftime. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) and Egay Billones (175-G-75) put the visitors back in front early in the third term. Soon Gabe Freeman opened a double-digit lead for the Patriots as they entered the fourth term up by 11 points 74:63. Nakiea Miller and Rudy Lingganay (173-G) dragged the hosts within 5 points midway through the fourth quarter. However the Patriots stayed alert and gave little chance for the home team in the reminder of the contest. Egay Billones knocked down 18 points, while Gabe Freeman added 17 points and 11 boards for the winners. Rudy Lingganay responded with game-high 25 points for KL Dragons. Nakiea Miller had 24 points and 13 boards in the loss.

KL Dragons: Rudy Lingganay 25, Nakiea Miller 24+13 boards
Philippine Patriots: Steve Thomas 20+19 boards, Egay Billones 18, Gabe Freeman 17+11 boards



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  MEXICO   


2011 CIBACOPA Draft - First Round - by Chris Terrell
The 2011 CIBACOPA Draft is being held this week and the first round results are in. The Draft, held prior to each season, features National, US-Mex, Imports, and Locals. This season's draft is comprised primarily of player's rights held by franchises Trigueros de Obregon and Lobos Mazatlan as those organizations will not be competing in the CIBACOPA this season. The draft is two rounds and picks are selected based on using the reverse order of last season's results. Here is the results of the first round selections:


1. Hugo Carrillo (205-C/F-83) (Zonkeys de Tijuana)
2. Horacio Llamas (212-C-73) (Coras de Tepic)
3. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) (Bomberos de Mexicali)
4. Hector Ibanez (179-G-82) (Pioneros de Los Mochis)
5. Brandon Heredia (180-G-85, college: Lon Morris JC) (Frayles de Guasave)
6. Marco Valenzuela (185-G-81) (Fuerza Guinda de Nogales)
7. Ramses Benitez (210-C-79) (Ostioneros de Guaymas)
8. Rolando Rivera (183-G-90) (Rayos de Hermosillo)
9. Jesus Zuniga (192-G-82) (Mineros de Cananea)
10. Noe Alonzo (200-F-83, college: Grand Canyon) (Caballeros de Culiacan)






LNBP Quarterfinals: Halcones Rojos tie the score against Halcones Xalapa, 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Xalapa - Halcones Rojos 73-95 (1-1)

Halcones Rojos did a great job in the second game of the LNBP Quarterfinals. They blasted Halcones Xalapa on the road 73-95 tying the score to 1-1 in the series. Third game is scheduled for tomorrow.
The game was mostly controlled by Halcones Rojos. The hosts managed to win fourth quarter 30-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halcones Rojos dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Halcones UV Xalapa's 24. It was a great shooting night for Halcones Rojos especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. International guard Paul Stoll (178-G-85) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Five Halcones Rojos players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) replied with 19 points and 6 assists and American forward Tavoris McGowan (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) added 20 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in the effort for Halcones UV Xalapa. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.

Halc.Rojos: J.Lloreda 18+8reb+6ast, B.Robinson 17+2reb+1ast, P.Stoll 14+3reb+3ast, L.Hill 13+5reb+2ast, C.Rivera 11+3reb+2ast, J.Aubry 7+5reb+1ast
Halc.Xalapa: T.McGowan 20+4reb+1ast, J.Harris 19+2reb+6ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 15+3reb, R.Traylor 6+7reb, L.Garcia Morales 6+3reb+2ast, R.Mata 4+4reb


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Rush win 2 more to reach 11th in NAIA Division I Top 25 - by Emiliano
Another week, another climb of one spot for Xavier (LA) in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25.
The Gold Rush moved up to 11th in the poll, which was released late Monday afternoon and a couple of hours before the tip-off of Xavier's 69-63 home victory against Mobile.
The XU men justified their move with two home victories: 64-58 against Spring Hill and 77-67 against then-No. 21 Tougaloo. The Bulldogs dropped one spot to 22nd, and it's the third week there are two Gulf Coast Athletic Conference teams in the top 25.
Xavier is 19-2 for the first time since the 2003-04 season after beating Mobile. The next Gold Rush game will start at 7 p.m. Saturday against city, GCAC and HBCU rival SUNO at The Castle.
Robert Morris (Chicago), the No. 1 team on Dec. 6 and 13, received nine of 12 first-place votes and returned to No. 1. LSU-Shreveport, the No. 1 team the past two weeks, dropped to third after its first loss of the season, a 94-91 decision at Our Lady of the Lake in which the Saints made two 3-pointers in the final 14 seconds.



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Tuesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Sacramento K. - Charlotte B. 89-94
Maligned for much of his career as an underachiever, Kwame Brown (6'11''-F/C-82, agency: Priority Sports) might be ridding himself of that tag in his 10th NBA season. Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) scored 21 points and Brown had a season-high 18 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 94-89 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. The win was the third in four games for the Bobcats, who are 9-6 since Paul Silas was named interim head coach on Dec. 22 replacing Larry Brown. Starting at centre against the Kings, Brown was instrumental in the victory, only the sixth road win all year for the Bobcats. He had 13 points and his 18 rebounds were one short of his career high, which came as a Washington Wizards in a March 17, 2004 victory over the Kings. Brown recently had consecutive double-double games, including 15 points and 16 rebounds in a Jan. 15 overtime loss to Philadelphia. Gerald Wallace scored 19 points and D.J. Augustin added 16 for the Bobcats. Tyreke Evans and Landry each scored 19 points for Sacramento, which has dropped five of six games. Jason Thompson scored 14 points for the Kings. Sacramento shot 36 per cent. Kings rookie centre DeMarcus Cousins fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, finishing with nine points and three rebounds in 20 minutes. *Courtesy of www.The Associated Press

LA Lakers - Utah Jazz 120-91
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 21 points in three quarters and the Los Angeles Lakers led all the way in defeating Utah 120-91 Tuesday night, handing the Jazz their season-worst fifth straight loss. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) added 20 points, Andrew Bynum had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Lamar Odom scored 17 off the bench for the Lakers, who won their seventh in a row at home. Deron Williams scored 17 points and C.J. Miles added 14 for Utah, which has lost its last nine against the Lakers at Staples Center. The Jazz went 0-5 on their road trip, including losses to four teams from the East. The Lakers had the game in hand after the first quarter, when they shot 72 percent from the floor, hit all three of their 3-pointers and went 8 of 10 on free throws while building a 17-point lead. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Washington W. - Denver N. 109-120
Each day brings a new story about Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse). Will he go to New Jersey, New York or maybe even stay in Denver? It's kind of funny, but amid all the trade talk, Anthony's Nuggets are playing extremely well. On Tuesday night, Anthony scored 23 points, Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) and Al Harrington each scored 21 and Denver started a five-game road trip with a 120-109 win over the Washington Wizards. Anthony shot just 8 for 20, but six Nuggets scored in double figures. Arron Afflalo had 18 points, Ty Lawson added 17 and Chauncey Billups finished with 15. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Boston C. - Cleveland C. 112-95
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) scored 24 and Kendrick Perkins (6'10''-C-84) returned for the first time since injuring his knee in the NBA finals to help the Boston Celtics beat Cleveland 112-95 on Tuesday night and send the Cavaliers to their 18th consecutive loss. Perkins, who had offseason surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament, had seven points and six rebounds in 16 minutes. Ray Allen scored 18 points and Rajon Rondo had 10 assists for Boston, which bounced back from a loss to the lowly Washington Wizards. J.J. Hickson scored 12 points with 17 rebounds for Cleveland. *Courtesy of www.nesn.com

Dallas M. - LA Clippers 112-105
Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) scored a season-high 28 points and Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-G-84, college: Northeastern) added 25, lifting the Dallas Mavericks to a 112-105 victory over the suddenly Eric Gordon-less Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. The performance by the reserve guards helped Dallas erase an early 15-point deficit. The Mavs turned things around with a 23-6 spurt in the third quarter, then a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter. They wound up with their most points of the season, and their most bench points of the season. The Clippers announced during the first half that a wrist injury will sideline Gordon for at least three weeks. He's their leading scorer at 24.1 point, eighth-best in the NBA. Tyson Chandler had a season-high 21 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 20 for the Mavericks, who've won three of four since a six-game losing streak. It was the first time since Feb. 18, 2009, that the Mavericks had four players score at least 20 points. Clippers rookie Blake Griffin had 22 points and 11 rebounds, but wasn't much of a factor after scoring 12 points in the first quarter. He played the fourth quarter with his left arm in a protective sleeve after being thrown down by Dallas' Brendan Haywood. Baron Davis scored 21 for Los Angeles. Randy Foye, who started in Gordon's place, scored 15 and Ryan Gomes added 14. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.6 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.1 
 3. James, Miami Heat25.9 
 4. Ellis, Golde S.25.8 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat25.1 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers24.9 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.6 
 8. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 9. Anthony, Denver N.23.6 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.7 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.4 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.1 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.8 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.7 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.5 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.4 
 10. Boozer, Chicago B.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.9 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.0 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.6 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.4 
 5. Wall, Washington W.9.3 
 6. Felton, New Y.8.9 
 7. Calderon, Toron.8.6 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.3 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.7 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.4 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..2.0 
 5. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 6. Felton, New Y.1.9 
 7. Evans, Sacramen.1.8 
 8. Ginobili, San A.1.8 
 9. Brewer, Minnesot.1.8 
 10. Wall, Washington W.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.2.3 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.2.3 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 8. Camby, Portland TB1.9 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 10. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 34-10 
 2. New York K. 23-21 
 3. Philadelph.76 20-25 
 4. New Jersey N. 14-32 
 5. Toronto R. 13-33 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 31-14 
 2. Milwaukee B. 17-26 
 3. Detroit P. 17-29 
 4. Indiana P. 16-26 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-37 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 31-13 
 2. Orlando M. 30-16 
 3. Atlanta H. 29-17 
 4. Charlotte B. 19-25 
 5. Washington W. 13-31 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 29-16 
 2. Denver N. 27-18 
 3. Utah Jazz 27-19 
 4. Portland TB 25-21 
 5. Minnesota T. 10-35 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 33-13 
 2. Phoenix Suns 20-24 
 3. Golde State W. 19-25 
 4. LA Clippers 17-28 
 5. Sacramento K. 10-33 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 39-7 
 2. N.Orleans H. 30-16 
 3. Dallas M. 29-15 
 4. Memphis G. 22-24 
 5. Houston R. 22-25 


Eric Gordon out for one month - by Giorgos Diploidis
Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) will be out from courts for about one month because of an injury. The player of Los Angeles Clippers has a problem in the wrist of his left arm where he broke a small bone. The injury could be worse because he could have hurt his ligaments.

Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) had a fine season so far with his team having 24.1 ppg and 4.5 apg however Los Angeles Clippers in Pacific division have a record of 17-27 and they are in the fourth place. Now his co-players in the club will have a big absence to cover.


San Antonio Spurs assign James Anderson to NBA D-League affiliate Austin Toros - by Eurobasket News
San Antonio Spurs guard James Anderson (6'6''-G-89, college: Oklahoma St.) was assigned to the Austin Toros, the Spurs' NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 33rd time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment for Anderson, a rookie out of Oklahoma State.

Anderson (6-6, 215) has appeared in six games this season for the Spurs, averaging 7.0 points, 1.5 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 17.7 minutes. Anderson, whom the Spurs selected in the first round (20th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft, has been out since Nov. 11 with a right foot injury.

The 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year, Anderson averaged 17.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists over 101 games in a three-year career at Oklahoma State. In his final season (2009-10), Anderson averaged 22.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists, and was named to the AP All-America Second Team. His career scoring average is the second highest in school history, and his 1,811 total points rank fourth.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




Spurs give rookie Owens a second 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
When he boarded the Spurs charter flight bound from San Francisco to Utah on Tuesday afternoon, Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83, college: ORU) still wasnt sure how he fit in the Spurs plans.

He figured the fact that he was allowed to board the plane was a good sign.

Owens got his answer Wednesday, when the Spurs formally signed him to a second 10-day contract before their game against the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena.

I had to sweat it out, said Owens, a 28-year-old rookie forward. When I get a chance, I just have to control what I can control.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the decision to retain Owens boiled down to two factors: Owens work ethic, and the fact he had a pulse.

He was a hard worker, Popovich said. He seemed to understand what we were trying to get across to him. And we needed another body.

Owens appeared in five games during the length of his first 10-day contract, which expired Tuesday. He will have the opportunity to play in five more during the life of his second one.

If the Spurs aim to keep Owens after that, they will be forced to sign him for the remainder of the season. Owens said Spurs coaches have left little doubt where his path to full-time employment lies.

I just stick to what I know, Owens said. They brought me in for defense hustle and defense. Everything else will take care of itself.

Courtesy of http://blog.mysanantonio.com


Raptors sign Trey Johnson, release Gaines - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors signed guard Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) to a 10-day contract Wednesday and released Sundiata Gaines (6'1''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) early from his deal to make room on the roster.

The six-foot-five, 215-pound Johnson is the leading scorer in the D-League, averaging 25.8 points in 26 games for the Bakersfield Jam.

He is also averaging 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting 51 per cent from the field.

A product of Jackson State in Mississippi, Johnson played four games with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008-09 and in October attended training camp with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Gaines was signed to a second 10-day contract Monday after appearing in six games with the Raptors, averaging 5.8 points, 1.8 assists and 15 minutes.

Courtesy of www.thestar.com


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  NCAA1   


Moore was named Lowe's Senior Class Finalist - by Giorgos Diploidis
Purdue senior guard E'Twaun Moore (6'4''-G-89) was named one of 10 national finalists for the 2011 Lowes Senior CLASS Award on Wednesday in a release by the NCAA corporate partner.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for staying in School, the Lowes Senior Class Award focuses n the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platforms in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in November. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help determine the winner, with fan votes being combined with coach and media votes to select the winner that will be announced at the 2011 NCAA Final Four in Houston.

A native of East Chicago, Ind., Moore has scored more than 1,900 points in a Boilermaker uniform, and will likely become the fifth 2,000-point scorer in program history this season. He currently ranks second on the team with an average of 18.0 points per game, while also contributing 5.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game.


Seton Hall keeps No. 9 'Cuse reeling with romp - by Rick Ross
Coutesy of SI.COM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Jim Boeheim just stared at the
Carrier Dome court that bears his name. Another
game was slipping away from his Syracuse Orange
and he was out of answers.

Jeremy Hazell led a long-range Seton Hall barrage
with 28 points and the suddenly hot-shooting Pirates
stunned No. 9 Syracuse 90-68 on Tuesday night,
the Orange's third straight loss.
We have not played well the last three games,
Boeheim said. 'I think when you lose a couple of games,
you lose a little confidence.'

Hazell, who was 5 of 10 from beyond the arc,
set the tone early by swishing a 3 from the
right wing on Seton Hall's first possession of the game.
The Pirates (9-12, 3-6 Big East), who had lost three straight,
torched Syracuse's zone defense for seven 3s in the first half,
four by Hazell, and built a 13-point halftime lead.
Jeremy gave us a lot of confidence,
Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said.
He hit a couple of deep ones early and really
loosened everything up. That was a big part
of everyone else getting some confidence.

Jordan Theodore, who missed all seven 3s he
attempted in a five-point loss to Syracuse 17 days ago,
was 3 for 3 from long range and had 19 points on 7-of-10
shooting while Fuquan Edwin had 13 points,
Jeff Robinson 12 and Herb Pope 10.
A week ago, Pittsburgh sliced through the heart of
the Orange's 2-3 zone and handed Syracuse (18-3, 5-3)
its first loss of the season. On Saturday,
Villanova shot over it, hitting eight 3-pointers
in the first half and won by 11.
The Pirates followed the Wildcats' lead, hitting
10 of 17 from beyond the arc and dominating the entire game.
Syracuse, which fell behind Pitt 19-0, rallied right back
with a 17-point surge before fading at the end,
and the Orange closed within four points late
against Villanova after trailing by as many as 14.
Against Seton Hall, Syracuse never scored more
than five straight points, trailed 43-30 at halftime,
and never had a chance after missing its first
six shots of the second half.

You're going to run into somebody,' Boeheim said.
We know Hazell can shoot. A couple of shots he made
were extremely difficult, very contested. But our
problem was our offense was not good. Instead of being in touch,
we were 13 behind. We missed a layup to start the second half.
You just can't do that.'
Seton Hall, the worst shooting team in the Big East,
shot 54.1 percent for the game while holding Syracuse
to 5 of 21 from long range and a season-low
36.1 percent from the field.

Kris Joseph led Syracuse with 17 points,
all but one coming long after the game was decided,
and Rick Jackson had 12 points and 11 rebounds,
his 14th double-double of the season.
Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche each had 11 points.
After their first meeting 17 days ago,
a sloppy 61-56 Syracuse victory,
Boeheim winced at the stat sheet.
The Pirates missed all 17 3-point attempts in the first half.
It was a much different story on Tuesday,
and Boeheim was wincing again. Seton Hall
hit its first three from beyond the arc,
two by Hazell, and led 26-15 on Theodore's
3 from the right wing with 12:07 left.

And they weren't through. In the final 6 minutes of the half,
Seton Hall slowed the pace to a crawl and the strategy
paid big dividends. Hazell drained two 3s from the wing,
the second at the shot clock buzzer, and Theodore
followed with another - all three in a span of
less than 2 minutes to put the Pirates up 37-23 with 3:49 left.
The Orange missed their first six 3s, three by
James Southerland, before Mookie Jones, playing
for the first time since last month, hit from the wing with 2:02 left.
The Pirates extended the lead to 50-30 on Hazell's
steal and layup early in the second half before
Jardine finally hit a 3 from the wing at 15:31,
the Orange's second in 11 tries from beyond the arc.

Joseph, the Orange's leading scorer, missed all
four shots in the first half and didn't get his
first basket of the game until he hit a 3 from the
left corner with 8:32 left. By then Syracuse trailed 63-46.

I always believed we could come back, Joseph said.
We needed stops, but we couldn't get them.
Seton Hall never allowed the Orange to get closer
than 17 in the final 12 minutes as the Orange
faithful began leaving early, a rarity in the Carrier Dome.
That was unacceptable to the fans. There's no
way we're supposed to lose like that,' Jardine said.
That's not a way to go out. We didn't fight at all after
coming off a loss. We've got to do some
searching within ourselves. We've got to find it fast.'
So, is the Syracuse defense going to get
tweaked after all this damage?

Not a chance.
We cannot play man-to-man. We have to play zone,
Boeheim said. 'We have to work on our defense.
It is our defense. Most teams have a dominant defense,
and that's the one they use. That's our defense.
We've got to do a better job with it.
Southerland made his second career start for
Syracuse as Boeheim elected not to insert
7-foot freshman Fab Melo into the starting
lineup for the first time this season.
Southerland, who started at Pitt and had eight points,
four assists, and two blocks in 38 minutes,
finished with four points in 19 minutes.





Polish National Contributes to NCAA Win - by Eurobasket
It is always intense between Cent.Michigan and E.Michigan. Every sport and every game is magnified. Not only is it an NCAA special rival but each game is for in-state bragging rights.

Kamil Janton (208-C-89), the junior center for Eastern Michigan and hailing from Tarnow, Poland only had two points, but they were huge points. He only had seven minutes of hard work relief time but they were important minutes. He allowed some rest time for the big bangers underneath the basket.

Janton, who went to high school in Chicago was also featured on the EMU game day program titled, 'United We Hoop'. 'Kamil's playing time really gave us some center relief help,' said E.Michigan Head Coach Charles Ramsey after the game.

The Mid-American Conference game wasn't pretty for either squad. The Eagles came out on top, 41-38. It was a hard defensive match-up but both both teams shot cold on a very-very cold and chilly Michigan afternoon. CMU was only 14 of 60 from the field for 23%. EMU was slightly better at 14 of 42 for 33%. Ramsey gave some deserved credit to his swarming defense which helped contribute to the 'Chips' poor showing from the field. High heralded CMU freshman, Trey Zeigler (195-G-91) was held to only 13 points.

Eastern's big gun Brandon Bowdry (198-F-88) was pressured well from Central and held to six points but he did have eight boards. Derek Thompson picked up 11 very needed points and Darrell Lampley also added 11 for EMU. While Bowdry was often swarmed he was able to dish off and create opportunities for other Eagles.

EMU Coach Ramsey was optimistic about finding things to highlight about his team's performance. 'We did just enough to win and hold on,' he said. He did smile when pressed more about Janton and the irony of being the 'Cover Boy' on the game day printed program. 'He has earned playing time, and everyone contributed today.' added Ramsey.

The 38 points scored by CMU was an EMU Convocation Center low for a visiting team while EMU's 41 points was also a team low for the season. 'Defense by both teams contributed to the low score,' continued Ramsey.

Courtesy of Raymond Rolak


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  NIGERIA   


Pau-Orthez inks Chinemelu Elonu - by Eurobasket News
Chinemelu Elonu (208-F/C-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas A&M) is a new player of Pau-Orthez. The French outfit signed Elonu to a six-month deal and he will replace injured Trevon Bryant (209-F-84, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.).
Chinemelu Elonu started the season in Greece as a member of Panionios Athens. He played nine games in the league averaging 7.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. Season 2008/09, Elonu spent with CAI Zaragoza in Spain. He appeared 26 times in LEB Gold registering 6.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 1.5 bpg. Elonu helped Zaragoza to win the promotion to ACB. They were regular season champions in LEB Gold.
Chinemelu Elonu is a product of the Texas A&M University, where he graduated in 2009. He averaged 9.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks as a senior.


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D1 Standing
D1 Standings
 1. Abna' AlQuds 0-0 
 2. Ahli Qalqilya 0-0 
 3. AlAroob YC 0-0 
 4. AlBireh 0-0 
 5. AlSileh 0-0 
 6. Beita SC 0-0 
 7. Huwara 0-0 
 8. Jensafot 0-0 
 9. Orthodox BJ 0-0 
 10. RaI AlSaleh 0-0 
 11. Samaritan YC 0-0 
 12. Terrasanta 0-0 
 13. Thaqafi T. 0-0 
 14. Toubas 0-0 


Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. Al Ahli 0-0 
 2. Al Fara 0-0 
 3. Berzeit Club 0-0 
 4. Bethlehem 0-0 
 5. Birzeit 0-0 
 6. Catholic A. 0-0 
 7. De La Salle 0-0 
 8. Ebal 0-0 
 9. Hiteen 0-0 
 10. Ibdaa D. 0-0 
 11. Islami 0-0 
 12. Orth. Thaq. BS 0-0 
 13. Orthodox R. 0-0 
 14. Qalandia 0-0 
 15. Sarriyet 0-0 


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PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. David, Powerade T.21.5 
 2. Cardona, Meral.21.4 
 3. Devance, Alaska19.2 
 4. Simon, Derby A.18.0 
 5. Al-Hussaini, Air2117.5 
 6. Yap, Derby Ace L.17.3 
 7. Buenafe, Air2117.1 
 8. Mercado, Rain o.16.9 
 9. Isip, Barako16.3 
 10. Washington, San M.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rudy HATFIELD
  Ginebra
  (191-F-77)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Hatfield, Ginebra12.4 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text10.7 
 3. Washington, San M.9.7 
 4. Thoss, Alaska9.7 
 5. Maierhofer, Derby A.9.6 
 6. Peek, Talk N Text9.6 
 7. Santos, San Miguel9.1 
 8. Al-Hussaini, Air218.9 
 9. Devance, Alaska8.8 
 10. Baclao, Air218.6 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Ross, Meralco B.6.3 
 2. Alapag, Talk N Text5.6 
 3. Cabagnot, San M.5.2 
 4. Yap, Derby Ace L.4.5 
 5. Mercado, Rain o.4.3 
 6. Tenorio, Alaska4.3 
 7. Hubalde, Barako4.0 
 8. Miller, Ginebra4.0 
 9. Norwood, Rain o.3.8 
 10. Lanete, Powerade.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ross, Meralco B.2.4 
 2. Norwood, Rain o.2.1 
 3. Mercado, Rain o.2.0 
 4. Reyes, Talk N Text1.5 
 5. Arboleda, Air211.3 
 6. Baguio, Alaska1.2 
 7. Yap, Derby Ace L.1.2 
 8. Tenorio, Alaska1.2 
 9. Buenafe, Air211.1 
 10. Helterbrand, Gineb.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Siverino BACLAO
  Air21
  (198-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Baclao, Air212.5 
 2. Andaya, Barako1.6 
 3. Washington, San M.1.4 
 4. Eman, Alaska1.2 
 5. Maierhofer, Derby A.1.2 
 6. Peek, Talk N Text1.2 
 7. Thoss, Alaska1.1 
 8. Reyes, Powerade T.1.1 
 9. Devance, Alaska1.1 
 10. Santos, San Miguel1.0 


Philippine Patriots are the first ASEAN League finalists - by Eurobasket News
KL Dragons - Philippine Patriots 92:95

Philippine Patriots advanced into ASEAN League Finals. They swept their best-of-three series against KL Dragons. Steve Thomas (203-F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) came up with 20 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Patriots to the decisive win in Game 2.
The Patrios jumped in front early in the encounter. They grabbed an 18:11 lead late in the quarter and posted a 22:17 lead after ten minutes. But Nakiea Miller (205-C-79, college: Iona) and Justin Leith quickly erased the deficit in the second term. The visitors persisted as Steve Thomas and Benedict Fernandez restored a 9-point lead for the Patriots. KL Dragons answered with 9 points in a row to level things up at 42 at halftime. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) and Egay Billones (175-G-75) put the visitors back in front early in the third term. Soon Gabe Freeman opened a double-digit lead for the Patriots as they entered the fourth term up by 11 points 74:63. Nakiea Miller and Rudy Lingganay (173-G) dragged the hosts within 5 points midway through the fourth quarter. However the Patriots stayed alert and gave little chance for the home team in the reminder of the contest. Egay Billones knocked down 18 points, while Gabe Freeman added 17 points and 11 boards for the winners. Rudy Lingganay responded with game-high 25 points for KL Dragons. Nakiea Miller had 24 points and 13 boards in the loss.

KL Dragons: Rudy Lingganay 25, Nakiea Miller 24+13 boards
Philippine Patriots: Steve Thomas 20+19 boards, Egay Billones 18, Gabe Freeman 17+11 boards



Texters survive Beermen rally for 2-0 series lead - by Eurobasket News
Talk N Text - San Miguel 110-102
A match-up earlier predicted to be too close to call is fast turning out to be a one-sided affair in favor of Talk 'N Text. The Tropang Texters pulled away from a hotly-contested Game 2 behind a scorching fourth-quarter run to repeat over the suddenly embattled San Miguel Beermen, 110-102, Wednesday night at the Astrodome, thus moving halfway through clinching the PBA Philippine Cup title. Jared Dillinger (191-G/F-84, college: Hawaii) poured in a personal season-high-tying 20 points and was instrumental in that huge get-away by the Tropang Texters in the pivotal fourth in connivance with Ranidel de Ocampo and Jason Castro (173-G-86). But the Tropang Texters didn't have the win in the bag until Ali Peek scored off a big offensive rebound to weather a furious San Miguel comeback, 105-100. Peek then had a key block on Jay Washington at the other end, which Castro converted into a fastbreak lay-up to make it a seven-point Talk 'N Text lead in the final 42 seconds. Talk 'N Text now leads the best-of-seven title series, 2-0, and will try to bury San Miguel in the Finals by going for another win in Game 3 set Friday at the Araneta Coliseum. 'It's important for us to win today's game because we wouldn't have Ryan (Reyes) next game,' said Talk 'N Text coach Chot Reyes, referring to his soft-spoken playmaker who had to leave for the U.S. shortly after the match to attend his's brother burial. Castro, De Ocampo and Alapag finished with 15 points each for the Tropang Texters, who have now won 13 straight games at the Astrodome. They haven't lost at the playing venue since Game 5 of the 2008-09 Philippine Cup Finals against Alaska. The frustrating defeat marked the first time San Miguel lost back-to-back games this season. Unlike in its 91-82 loss in the series opener, Jay Washington was cramps-free this time, finishing the game with a team-high 20 points. Alex Cabagnot added 18, all in the second half, including 10 in the fourth when he rallied San Miguel from as much as an 84-97 deficit in the final six minutes. Cabagnot's teardrop shot off the outstretched arms of Dilinger had the Beermen threatening at 100-103 in the final 82 seconds, before Peek came off with his brilliant moves on both ends of the floor to seal the deal for the Tropang Texters. Larry Fonacier (186-G-82) scored seven of his points in a 10-0 run by Talk 'N Text in the third period when it appeared ready to rip the game apart, 52-40. But the Beermen answered back and made it a 60-61 contest behind a pair of free throws by Danny Ildefonso (198-F-76). Talk 'N Text led, 73-69, entering the final quarter. The Tropang Texters held a slim 42-40 lead at the end of the tightly-fought first half. The Beermen could have knotted the count had Paul Artadi not been called for a traveling violation just before the halftime buzzer. Dondon Hontiveros (188-G-77) cooled down in the second quarter after erupting for eight points in the opening period on 3-of-6 shooting from the floor. The Cebuano guard, who went to score only two points in the second half, capped his first-quarter act by firing two three-point shots, including one from deep right corner that made it 15-11 for San Miguel with 5:29 to play. - Courtesy of KY, JVP, GMANews.TV, taken from www.pba-online.net




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  POLAND   


Polish National Contributes to NCAA Win - by Eurobasket
It is always intense between Cent.Michigan and E.Michigan. Every sport and every game is magnified. Not only is it an NCAA special rival but each game is for in-state bragging rights.

Kamil Janton (208-C-89), the junior center for Eastern Michigan and hailing from Tarnow, Poland only had two points, but they were huge points. He only had seven minutes of hard work relief time but they were important minutes. He allowed some rest time for the big bangers underneath the basket.

Janton, who went to high school in Chicago was also featured on the EMU game day program titled, 'United We Hoop'. 'Kamil's playing time really gave us some center relief help,' said E.Michigan Head Coach Charles Ramsey after the game.

The Mid-American Conference game wasn't pretty for either squad. The Eagles came out on top, 41-38. It was a hard defensive match-up but both both teams shot cold on a very-very cold and chilly Michigan afternoon. CMU was only 14 of 60 from the field for 23%. EMU was slightly better at 14 of 42 for 33%. Ramsey gave some deserved credit to his swarming defense which helped contribute to the 'Chips' poor showing from the field. High heralded CMU freshman, Trey Zeigler (195-G-91) was held to only 13 points.

Eastern's big gun Brandon Bowdry (198-F-88) was pressured well from Central and held to six points but he did have eight boards. Derek Thompson picked up 11 very needed points and Darrell Lampley also added 11 for EMU. While Bowdry was often swarmed he was able to dish off and create opportunities for other Eagles.

EMU Coach Ramsey was optimistic about finding things to highlight about his team's performance. 'We did just enough to win and hold on,' he said. He did smile when pressed more about Janton and the irony of being the 'Cover Boy' on the game day printed program. 'He has earned playing time, and everyone contributed today.' added Ramsey.

The 38 points scored by CMU was an EMU Convocation Center low for a visiting team while EMU's 41 points was also a team low for the season. 'Defense by both teams contributed to the low score,' continued Ramsey.

Courtesy of Raymond Rolak


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  PORTUGAL   


Benfica: Coach Vieira satisfied in defeat - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Sport Lisboa Benfica had the win in hand and ended up giving the game to BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral, losing the opportunity to make history in EuroChallenge. The game was even at the end of the first quarter and Sport Lisboa Benfica made a spectacular performance in the second, reaching the break with a seven points lead.

The second half was much different. The French continued to reveal difficulties planning their attack plays, but Sport Lisboa Benfica did not enjoy to distance himself, allowing Gravelines to take control of the marker as close to the end of the match. With 14 seconds to play, however, Sport Lisboa Benfica did not know how to set the play that would, at least, take the game to overtime. Not spending enough time, Ben Reed tried to solve it alone and ended up committing a turnover, which was fatal to the Sport Lisboa Benfica aspirations.

In the end, Coach Henrique Vieira was satisfied with the display of his players, who cant help but feel proud for what they played. Sport Lisboa Benfica need a deeper roster to face a schedule so full, but it has never relinquished to give their best in every game.



Scouting Portuguese players abroad - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Eurobasket and The Basketball Board will try to make an overview of young portuguese prospects playing throughout in Europe or overseas.
We believe that young talented boys and girls with Portuguese links, all around the world, need an opportunity to be presented.

If you are younger than 20 years old and interested, please send me your profiles!

We need your full name, birth data, the teams you played for (name, country and league), honours and, if available, stats.
Dont forget, also, to add your e-mail address.

You will find my email address by clicking on my name.

Well publish profiles of the best players that contact us!



BCM Gravelines Dunkerque take 2-0 record in Group K - by Eurobasket News
Lisboa e Benfica- BCM Gravelines Dunkerque 64:67

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque take 2-0 record in Group K of Eurochallenge as they overcame Lisboa e Benfica in Portugal. The French side needed 67:64 to remain undefeated.
Lisboa e Benfica started with 4-0 run, while Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) tied the game at 15:15. The squads exchanged several baskets later in the quarter and Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) closed the period at 23:23. The hosts pushed the tempo in the second period and after 18-11 took 41:34 advantage. It was the time for the French team to go back on track in the third period and Jeff Greer (196-G/F-79, college: Rutgers) tied it again at 53:53. Later the court belonged to BCM Gravelines Dunkerque reaching the second win. Benfica had several chances to tie it but missed each time and they eventually fouled Ben Woodside, who made two free-throws for a 66:62 advantage.
Ben Woodside paced all the winners with 17 points, whilst Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) collected 15 points and 13 rebounds. Yannick Bokolo and Jeff Greer followed them with 11 points each in a win. Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) ended up with 16 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, Ben Reed (191-G/F-83, college: W.Michigan) scored 15 and Williams notched 11.

Lisboa e Benfica: Elvis Evora 16+10 rebs, Ben Reed 15, Williams 11
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque: Ben Woodside 17, Mouhamed Sene 15+13 rebs, Yannick Bokolo 11, Jeff Greer 11


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  RUSSIA   


BC Oostende won over Lokomotiv Kuban in one of the top games of EuroChallenge Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
BC Oostende-Lokomotiv Kuban 80:71

BC Oostende won over Lokomotiv Kuban in one of the top games of EuroChallenge Day 2 of Top 16. The Belgian team celebrated 80:71 win to take 2-0 record on the top of the standings.
The opening quarter was the most offensive and productive in the game. Both teams nailed 47 points that gave 24:23 lead for the hosts. Stephane Pelle (205-C/F-80, college: Colorado) scored for 36:31 and Mitchell sent teams to the lockers at 40:35. The third quarter belonged to the Russian team that managed to win 23-17 and grabbed 58:57 after 30 minutes in the court. Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) tied it at 60:60 and then BC Oostende pushed the tempo for good and never looked behind.
Will Thomas top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Mitchell netted 16. Stephane Pelle added 14, whilst Green posted 9. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) responded with 19 points in the losing effort as Kuban tied its record at 1-1. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) notched 15, while Alando Tucker (198-F-84, college: Wisconsin) was responsible for 12 points.

BC Oostende: Will Thomas 26, Mitchell 16, Stephane Pelle 14, Green 9
Lokomotiv Kuban: Michael Wilkinson 19, Jeremiah Massey 15, Alando Tucker 12



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AEK Larnaca signs Sasa Bratic - by Eurobasket News
AEK Larnaca came up with the new signing. The Cypriot outfit inked a deal with power forward Sasa Bratic (202-PF-81, agency: BeoExcell) for rest of the season. The 29-year-old Bratic arrives to the club from Israeli Maccabi Haifa, where he started this season. It will be the first time for Bratic on Cyprus.
Sasa Bratic appeared 8 times in the league with Maccabi Haifa this season averaging 6.5 points and 3.1 rebounds. His numbers decreased in EuroChallenge. Season 2009/10, Bratic also spent in Israel but as a member of Hapoel Holon. For 13 games with them, Bratic had 11.9 ppg and 4.4 rpg. In 2008, he helped Khimik-OPZ Yuzny to reach the FIBA EuroCup Quarterfinals. He had 15.3 ppg, 6 rpg and 1.6 apg in this competition and was awarded with Eurobasket.com FIBA Eurocup All-Europeans Team -08. A year before that, Bratic was named Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Challenge Honorable Mention -07. From 2005 to 2007, Sasa Bratic played for Hapoel Galil Elyon and was named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Bosman Player of the Year in both seasons.
AEK Larnaca currently has 5-8 record in the league.


Jaycee Carroll pilots Gran Canaria past Hemofarm - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria 2014 - Hemofarm 72:66

Gran Canaria celebrated the first win in EuroCup Last 16. They toppled visiting Hemofarm to catch up with the Serbian team in Group I standings. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) was pivotal for the hosts as he unloaded 27 points and grabbed 5 boards. Gran Canaria looked the better side in the first half and later withstood a comeback rally from Hemofarm to post the victory.
Gran Canaria jumped to an early lead. They maintained it throughout the opening quarter but Borisov kept Hemofarm at striking distance. The Spanish team led by just two points 13:11 at the first break. Xavier Rey (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) knocked down four points in a row to help Gran Canaria stretch the lead in the second term. Javier Berian and Nelson Spencer gave the hosts a 34:26 halftime advantage. Jaycee Carroll enlarged the gap to 11 points early in the third term. Boris Savovic (206-F-87) came to rescue for Hemofarm as his seven straight points kept them in the game. Hemofarm entered the fourth quarter down by 10 points 44:54. Marko Sutalo (194-G-83) and Mustafa Abdul-Hamid dragged Hemofarm as close as three points late in regulation 64:67. However Jaycee Carroll dropped quick five points and silenced the visitors.
Xavier Rey knocked down 16 points for the hosts. Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) added 13 points and 6 boards in the victory. Boris Savovic answered with 13 points for Hemofarm. Marko Sutalo had 11 points in defeat.

Gran Canaria 2014: Jaycee Carroll 27, Xavier Rey 16, Spencer Nelson 13
Hemofarm: Boris Savovic 13, Marko Sutalo 11



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Antonijevic signs in Belgium - by Matej Bergant
Slovenian player Marko Antonijevic (190-G-81) signed a deal with Belgium Second Division club Fleurus untill end of current season. He played in Ukraine for Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih during last season. He averaged 5.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Antonijevic started his basketball career in Olimpija Ljubljana and then continued in Helios Domzale, Krka, Zlatorog Lasko, Nova Gorica, Iraklis, Madeira, Riga, Azovmash and in Ukraine for Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih.

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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Sonic Boom KT 26-10 
 2. Elephants 25-11 
 3. Dongbu Promy 22-15 
 4. Samsung Th. 21-16 
 5. KCC Egis 20-17 
 6. SK Knights 18-19 
 7. LG Sakers 16-19 
 8. Mobis Phoebus 14-22 
 9. Anyang KGC 10-26 
 10. Daegu Orions 10-27 


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Real Madrid gets rid of Jorge Garbajosa - by Jaime Plaza Aparicio
Yesterday, the 24th of January. Real Madrid cancelled Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances). He has until Monday to sing for another ACB TEAM. The Cancellation is prompted because of the signing of Mirza Begic. So R. Madrid would have had 13 contracts for 12 places in the ACB Spanish League. He has averaged more Minutes that Sergi Vidal, the player with less minutes on the court, but with Mirza Begic Real Madrid has 6 inside player ( Mirotic, Felipe Reyes, Ante Tomic, Dor Fischer and both Mirza and Jorge Garbajosa. He has been a very important Spanish player and for the Natonal Team but now with Players like Claver and Suarez he does not have place. Despite of that in one and a half year,55 games, he averaged 6 points, 2.6 rebound and 1 assist, having his best games with Real Madrid versus Cajasol sevilla in the quarterfinals of the Playoffs of 2009/2010 of the Spanish ACB.

Jaycee Carroll pilots Gran Canaria past Hemofarm - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria 2014 - Hemofarm 72:66

Gran Canaria celebrated the first win in EuroCup Last 16. They toppled visiting Hemofarm to catch up with the Serbian team in Group I standings. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) was pivotal for the hosts as he unloaded 27 points and grabbed 5 boards. Gran Canaria looked the better side in the first half and later withstood a comeback rally from Hemofarm to post the victory.
Gran Canaria jumped to an early lead. They maintained it throughout the opening quarter but Borisov kept Hemofarm at striking distance. The Spanish team led by just two points 13:11 at the first break. Xavier Rey (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) knocked down four points in a row to help Gran Canaria stretch the lead in the second term. Javier Berian and Nelson Spencer gave the hosts a 34:26 halftime advantage. Jaycee Carroll enlarged the gap to 11 points early in the third term. Boris Savovic (206-F-87) came to rescue for Hemofarm as his seven straight points kept them in the game. Hemofarm entered the fourth quarter down by 10 points 44:54. Marko Sutalo (194-G-83) and Mustafa Abdul-Hamid dragged Hemofarm as close as three points late in regulation 64:67. However Jaycee Carroll dropped quick five points and silenced the visitors.
Xavier Rey knocked down 16 points for the hosts. Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) added 13 points and 6 boards in the victory. Boris Savovic answered with 13 points for Hemofarm. Marko Sutalo had 11 points in defeat.

Gran Canaria 2014: Jaycee Carroll 27, Xavier Rey 16, Spencer Nelson 13
Hemofarm: Boris Savovic 13, Marko Sutalo 11



Jorge Garbajosa free to leave Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid doesn't count on Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) any longer. After arrival of Mirza Begic (216-C-85), Head Coach Ettore Messina decided to put Garba on transfer list and he is free to leave the team.
Jorge Garbajosa joined the Whites during the summer of 2009 from Khimky Moscow. In his first season in Madrid he had 8.2 ppg and 4 rpg in 20 Euroleague games. In ACB, Garba's numbers dropped to 6.7 ppg and 3.1 rpg. This season his digits went down even more. Garbajosa played 11 games in Euroleague averaging 5.4 points and 2.7 rebounds. In the Spanish league he has 3.9 ppg and 1.7 rpg. It was not enough for the coach Messina, who decided to let Garbajosa go.
At the latest FIBA World Championship in Turkye, Jorge Garbajosa had 8.3 ppg and 2.1 rpg.


Real Madrid wins in Siena, blasts Montepaschi in the last quarter - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Real Madrid 68-78

Real Madrid did a great job in Siena tonight. The Whites exploded in the last quarter and thanks to 6-26 run they grabbed this impressive victory. Real Madrid has 2-0 now in Group G and they share the first place with Efes Pilsen. Montepaschi stays winless after two games. Nikola Mirotic (208-F/C-91) top-scored for the guests with 16 points. Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) (5 rebs) and Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) helped with 15 points each, while Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) added double-double of 11 points and 11 boards. In the loosing squad, David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) delivered 16 points and Nikolaos Zisis (195-G-83) stopped on two less.
Montepaschi had nice beginning as they made 20-10 lead in the first nine minutes. However, A wild buzzer-beating, double-pump three-pointer by Llull brought Madrid within 20-13 after one quarter. Nothing has changed in the second period as Montepaschi was still in control and they jumped to 35-17 lead. Visitors somehow improved and managed to cut the margin to 40-28 until the halftime. The hosts kept plus ten after third period (62-52) and everything looked good for them, but than Nikola Mirotic and his teammates exploded. They came to 64-62 first and later they closed 0-15 run for 64-72. The hosts were shocked and were not able to respond in the last three minutes.
In the next round, Real Madrid will meet Efes Pilsen in Istanbul. Montepaschi will meet Partizan in Belgrade.

Montepaschi: David Moss 16, Nikolaos Zisis 14
Real Madrid: Nikola Mirotic 16, Carlos Suarez 15+5 boards, Clay Tucker 15, Felipe Reyes 11+11 boards


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 19-5 
 2. LF Basket 18-7 
 3. Sodertalje 16-7 
 4. Norrkoping 14-7 
 5. Uppsala 12-10 
 6. Solna 11-12 
 7. Boras 9-16 
 8. Jamtland 7-16 
 9. 08 6-17 
 10. Eco Orebro 4-19 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Liam RUSH
  Sundsvall
  (202-F/G-82)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Rush, Sundsvall20.8 
 2. Smith, Sodertalje20.8 
 3. Hargrove, Jamtland20.3 
 4. Smith, Uppsala19.8 
 5. Gunnarsson, Solna19.3 
 6. McCoy, Boras18.8 
 7. Wesby, Sundsvall18.4 
 8. Klaric, Jamtland17.6 
 9. Palm, Boras17.5 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.11.2 
 2. McKnight, Boras9.1 
 3. Palm, Boras9.1 
 4. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.8 
 6. Walker, Solna7.6 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.6 
 8. Cipriano, Eco O.7.1 
 9. Ayuba, Norrkoping6.8 
 10. Jonzen, Uppsala6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.2 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.6 
 3. Beck, 084.9 
 4. Frier, Uppsala4.5 
 5. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.4 
 6. Hargrove, Jamtland4.4 
 7. Chuk, Sodertalje4.4 
 8. McCoy, Boras4.3 
 9. Smith, Sodertalje4.2 
 10. Smith, Uppsala4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Smith, Sodertalje4.0 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.5 
 3. Smith, Uppsala2.1 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall2.1 
 5. Hellgren, Jamtland2.0 
 6. Baeringsson, Sunds.2.0 
 7. Frier, Uppsala1.9 
 8. Mosley, Eco Orebro1.8 
 9. McCoy, Boras1.8 
 10. Wesby, Sundsvall1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Salaam, Jamtland2.0 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 3. Palm, Boras1.7 
 4. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.6 
 5. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.3 
 6. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.3 
 7. Cipriano, Eco O.1.1 
 8. Galick, Sodertalje1.0 
 9. Walker, Solna0.9 
 10. Saks, Norrkoping0.8 


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Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Lugano Tigers 15-2 
 2. Fribourg 12-5 
 3. SAV Vacallo 11-6 
 4. Geneve Lions 11-6 
 5. Monthey 11-6 
 6. Boncourt 7-9 
 7. SAM Massagno 7-10 
 8. Starwings 7-10 
 9. BBC Nyon 2-15 
 10. Zurich Wildcats 1-15 


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SBL Week 5 MVP: Yang Ching-min - by Chris Wang
Taiwan Beer forward/guard Yang Ching-Min (188-G/F-84) won his second weekly MVP of the season when he was named SBL Week 5 MVP Tuesday.

Yang averaged 20.7 points, 6 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the week and was one of the main reasons why TB is leading the seven-team league with 12 wins and one loss.

He received 39 points in the weekly media poll. TB import Emmanuel Jones ranked second in the poll with 14 points.

Yang is averaging 16.1 points, 4.4 boards, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals for the season.

2010-11 SBL Weekly MVPs:
Week 5: Yang Ching-Min (TB)
Week 4: Rashad Jones-Jennings (PY)
Week 3: Rashad Jones-Jennings (PY)
Week 2: Yang Ching-Min (TB)
Week 1: Tseng Wen-ting (Yulon)

(Photo: ESPN Taiwan)


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Aliaga and coach Halil Uner part ways - by Eurobasket News
Halil Uner is no longer a Head Coach of Aliaga Petkim. Two sides agreed to part ways yesterday.
Halil Uner took over Aliaga in 2009. In their first season together Aliaga finished as 13th ranked team in TBL. This season they registered just 5 wins in 11 games sharing the 11th place with Erdemir, Tofas and Bornova. It seems the team wants more and they decided to part ways with Uner. It is still not known who will replace the Turkish specialist on the bench of Aliaga.
Before Aliaga, Halil Uner worked with Kepez, Darusafaka and Galatasaray. He was also coaching Fenerbahce and Efes Pilsen in the past.
Another news is that Gerald Fitch left Aliaga yesterday. He signed a deal with Unicaja for rest of the season.


TB2L Round 14: Genc Banvit keeps a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Genc Banvit as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group A. Genc Banvit smashed 10th ranked FMV Isikspor in Balikesir 85-59. Genc Banvit looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by FMV Isikspor's players. The best player for the winners was guard Erolcan Cinko (188-G-90) who scored 25 points. Forward Mert Turkyilmaz (208-92) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Genc Banvit's coach Ahmet Gurgen felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Ozcan Surucu (200-83) produced 11 points and 7 assists for the guests. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Vestel. FMV Isikspor lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. FMV Isikspor will play next round against strong Genc Telekom trying to get back on the winning streak. Genc Banvit will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Adanaspor on the road.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Orman Genc (10-4) against ninth ranked Pertevniyal (6-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Orman Genc was defeated by Pertevniyal in a tough game in Istanbul 67-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Orman Genc. Forward Ali Isik (205-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Burak Yuksel contributed with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Canadian forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for Orman Genc. Orman Genc's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Pertevniyal moved-up to eighth place in Group A, which they share with Darussafaka. Orman Genc at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Pertevniyal's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Darussafaka.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kepez Bld (10-4) against fifth ranked Selcuk Universitesi (8-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Kepez Bld was defeated by Selcuk Universitesi in Konya 89-76. Melih Kabakci scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners. Marcus Hall responded with 13 points and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Selcuk Universitesi maintains fifth position in Group B with 8-6 record, which they share with Gelisim. Loser Kepez Bld keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Hacettepe Univ.. Selcuk Universitesi will meet higher ranked Gaziantep (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kepez Bld will play against Beykoz in Istanbul and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the TBL just one year after relegation.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Hacettepe Univ. (10-4) against twelfth ranked TED Istanbul (3-11) on Saturday night. Host Hacettepe Univ. was edged by TED Istanbul in a tough game in Ankara 60-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hacettepe Univ.. Kristian Clarkson notched 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead the effort. Hacettepe Univ.'s coach Alp Bayramoglu let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TED Istanbul moved-up to eleventh place in Group B. Hacettepe Univ. at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. TED Istanbul's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul Istanbulspor.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Manisa. Third ranked Vestel faced 4th ranked Usak. Host Vestel (11-3) defeated guests from Usak (9-5) 93-78. The best player for the winners was Arthur Johnson who scored 36 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Vestel has a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of Group A leader, which they share with Genc Banvit. Loser Usak keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Vestel will face Final Genclik (#6) in Bursa in the next round where they are favorite. Usak will play at home against Istanbul B.B..

Rest of the games of round 14 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group A Adanaspor crushed Istanbul B.B. in a road game 77-58. Izmir B.B. beat Final Genclik at home 94-86. Darussafaka lost to Genc Telekom on the opponent's court 68-85.
In Group B Istanbulspor was outscored by Optimum TED in a home game 61-88. Gelisim rolled over Beykoz on the road 92-66. Basaksehir was defeated by Gaziantep on its own court 76-90. ITU was beaten by Akhisar Bld in a road game 82-79.


Group A
Istanbul B.B. - Adanaspor 58-77

There was an upset when higher ranked Istanbul B.B. (7-7) was crushed at home by eleventh ranked Adanaspor (4-10) 77-58 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was naturalized Uzbekistani guard Denktas Guney (190-78) who scored 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Naturalized Uzbekistani center Deniz Gokay (205-78) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Four Adanaspor players scored in double figures. Guard Erden Eryuz (188-80) produced 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Recep Dogrusoz (-86) added 11 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Adanaspor moved-up to tenth place in Group A. Loser Istanbul B.B. dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Adanaspor will face league's leader Genc Banvit in Balikesir in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Adanaspor: D.Guney 25+4reb+2ast, D.Gokay 18+10reb+2ast, T.Aktulgali 15+6reb+6ast, J.Beau Keep 12+12reb+1ast, A.Kislitsin 4+4reb, B.Erdogan 3+5reb+8ast
Istanbul B.B.: E.Eryuz 19+8reb+4ast, R.Dogrusoz 11+4reb+3ast, G.Itak 10+3reb+1ast, S.Sahin 4+4reb, A.Ozer 4+3reb, E.Ismailoglu 4+4reb
gschID: 112448


Vestel - Usak 93-78

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Manisa. Third ranked Vestel faced 4th ranked Usak. Host Vestel (11-3) defeated guests from Usak (9-5) 93-78. Vestel looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Usak was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American power forward Arthur Johnson (206-81, college: Missouri) who scored 36 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Mustafa Gorur (204-88) chipped in 13 points. American forward Larry Smith (193-83, college: Post) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Ufuk Yanar (197-81) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Vestel has a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of Group A leader, which they share with Genc Banvit. Loser Usak keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Vestel will face Final Genclik (#6) in Bursa in the next round where they are favorite. Usak will play at home against Istanbul B.B..
Top scorers:
Vestel: A.Johnson 36+5reb+4ast, M.Gorur 13+2reb+2ast, H.Erol 7+4reb+2ast, S.Eris 7+3reb+7ast, H.Cantopcu 6+5reb+1ast, S.Ugrasan 6+5reb+3ast
Usak: U.Yanar 15+4reb+2ast, L.Smith 13+8reb+1ast, E.Sinanoglu 11+2reb+1ast, C.Coskun 9+6reb+1ast, E.Algin 8+5reb+1ast, C.Alp 8+2reb
gschID: 112449


Izmir B.B. - Final Genclik 94-86

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Izmir B.B. (1-13) defeated at home higher ranked Final Genclik (7-7) 94-86 on Saturday. Izmir B.B. forced 26 Final Genclik turnovers. Final Genclik was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Omur Gokcepinar (196-80) who scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Omay Yildirim chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Costa Rican center Hernold Gardener (205-82, college: Lon Morris JC) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Sayit Ay (185-80) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Five Izmir B.B. and four Final Genclik players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Izmir B.B. maintains twelfth position in Group A with 1-13 record. Loser Final Genclik keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Izmir B.B. will face higher ranked Orman Genc (#3) in Ankara in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Izmir B.B.: O.Gokcepinar 19+5reb+7ast, M.Arslantas 17+9reb+1ast, E.Demirer 17+5reb+3ast, O.Yildirim 16+11reb, O.Topcu 10+2reb+5ast, F.Deniz 8+2reb
Final Genclik: G.Senol 16+1reb+6ast, S.Ay 15+4reb+4ast, H.Gardener 15+8reb+1ast, I.Ozer Bassezgin 13+1reb, E.Ilter 9+4reb+1ast, M.Esen 8
gschID: 112450


Genc Telekom - Darussafaka 85-68

Rather expected game in Ankara where 8th ranked Darussafaka (6-8) was defeated by fifth ranked Genc Telekom (9-5) 85-68 on Monday. The best player for the winners was guard Can Ugur Ogut (178-92) who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Murat Goktas (201-87) chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Genc Telekom players scored in double figures. American guard Brandon Gordon (201-85, college: Alabama St., agency: EM-PA) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and forward Sertac Sanli (209-91) added 9 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. Darussafaka's coach Nenad Vucinic gave the chance to play for ten players seeing no chance for a win. Genc Telekom moved-up to fourth place in Group A, which they share with Usak. Darussafaka lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. Genc Telekom will face FMV Isikspor (#11) in Istanbul in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Darussafaka will play at home against Pertevniyal in Istanbul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Genc Telekom: G.Karabiyik 22+6reb+2ast, M.Goktas 21+6reb+4ast, C.Ugur Ogut 18+7reb+7ast, O.Haciyeva 14+5reb, S.Gunes 7+2reb+2ast, E.Aydogan 1+3reb
Darussafaka: B.Gordon 18+9reb+3ast, A.Turgut 15+1reb+3ast, S.Sanli 9+13reb, Y.Sonsirma 8+2reb+4ast, E.Elhan 8+3reb+2ast, Z.Yarkan 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 112445


Genc Banvit - FMV Isikspor 85-59

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Genc Banvit as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group A. Genc Banvit smashed 10th ranked FMV Isikspor in Balikesir 85-59. Genc Banvit looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by FMV Isikspor's players. The best player for the winners was guard Erolcan Cinko (188-90) who scored 25 points. Forward Mert Turkyilmaz (208-92) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Genc Banvit's coach Ahmet Gurgen felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Ozcan Surucu (200-83) produced 11 points and 7 assists and American guard Darnell Harris (183-86, college: La Salle) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four FMV Isikspor players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Vestel. FMV Isikspor lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. FMV Isikspor will play next round against strong Genc Telekom trying to get back on the winning streak. Genc Banvit will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Adanaspor on the road.
Top scorers:
Genc Banvit: E.Cinko 25+2reb+3ast, M.Turkyilmaz 17+7reb+2ast, M.Kolaric 10+5reb+2ast, A.Canititiz 10+1reb, U.Gurgen 7+4reb+14ast, B.Yonder 6+3reb+5ast
FMV Isikspor: D.Harris 16+5reb, S.Ugur 12+2reb+1ast, A.Uruk 11+3reb+1ast, O.Surucu 11+3reb+7ast, E.Yoldas 4+6reb, B.Ozer 3+4reb
gschID: 112446


Pertevniyal - Orman Genc 72-67

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Orman Genc (10-4) against ninth ranked Pertevniyal (6-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Orman Genc was defeated by Pertevniyal in a tough game in Istanbul 67-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Orman Genc. Orman Genc was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Ali Isik (205-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Burak Yuksel (204-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Pertevniyal players scored in double figures. Canadian forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and guard Mehmet Sinan (195-82) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Orman Genc. Orman Genc's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Pertevniyal moved-up to eighth place in Group A, which they share with Darussafaka. Orman Genc at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Pertevniyal's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Darussafaka.
Top scorers:
Pertevniyal: B.Yuksel 13+11reb, A.Isik 12+14reb+2ast, Y.Can 11+4reb, S.Yikilmaz 11+3reb+4ast, C.Korkmaz 8+4reb+3ast, C.Osman 6+2reb+1ast
Orman Genc: R.Wright 20+14reb, T.Yener 14+2reb+4ast, M.Sinan 11+9reb+2ast, E.Ozseven 8+4reb, Y.Poturoglu 6+5reb+1ast, B.Demirci 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 112447


Group B
Istanbulspor - Optimum TED 61-88

Very predictable result when first ranked Optimum TED (13-1) outscored on the road 7th ranked Istanbulspor (7-7) 88-61 on Saturday. Optimum TED dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Istanbulspor's 32. They outrebounded Istanbulspor 40-22 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Emre Ozpulat (200-82) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. chipped in 11 points. Four Optimum TED players scored in double figures. Forward Nusret Yildirim (202-89, agency: EM-PA) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Orcun Okkali (201-87) added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Optimum TED have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group B with 13-1 record. Newly promoted Istanbulspor keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Optimum TED will face Basaksehir (#10) in Istanbul in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Istanbulspor's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena TED Istanbul.
Top scorers:
Optimum TED: E.Ozpulat 21+7reb+2ast, L.Brandon McKnight 11+4reb+3ast, B.Cinar 10+1reb, H.Yapar 10+6reb+1ast, M.Nezih 8+3reb, R.Ozturk 8+4reb+3ast
Istanbulspor: N.Yildirim 18+5reb, O.Okkali 10+8reb+4ast, C.Bayraktar 8+2ast, C.Bayrak 7+2reb, S.Karis 6, F.Celebioglu 5+2reb
gschID: 112453


Beykoz - Gelisim 66-92

Not a big story in a game in Istanbul where 9th ranked Beykoz (4-10) was outplayed by sixth ranked Gelisim (8-6) 92-66 on Saturday. Gelisim dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Beykoz's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Beykoz's players. The best player for the winners was guard Sercan Topcu (185-85) who scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Power forward Orbay Kaya (205-82) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Gelisim players scored in double figures. Guard Erkan Inan (192-89) produced 21 points and guard Nasuhi Kaba (190-89) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gelisim has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place in Group B, which they share with Selcuk Univ. Beykoz lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Gelisim will face Akhisar Bld (#8) at home in the next round. Beykoz will play against the league's second-placed Kepez Bld in Antalya.
Top scorers:
Gelisim: S.Topcu 17+5reb+8ast, J.Miller 14+4reb, O.Kaya 14+8reb+3ast, C.Mumcuogullari 12+7reb+1ast, T.Orge 11+2reb+3ast, C.Terzioglu 10+3reb
Beykoz: E.Inan 21+3reb+3ast, N.Kaba 12+5reb, E.Bayrak 9+5reb, S.Batuhan Alptekin 7+2reb+2ast, D.Keskin 5+2reb, C.Yilmaz 4+2reb
gschID: 112454


Selcuk Univ. - Kepez Bld 89-76

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kepez Bld (10-4) against fifth ranked Selcuk Universitesi (8-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Kepez Bld was defeated by Selcuk Universitesi in Konya 89-76. Selcuk Universitesi made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Swingman Melih Kabakci (200-82) scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas, agency: EM-PA) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. American guard Marcus Hall (185-85, college: Colorado) responded with 13 points and 8 assists and swingman Cihan Amasyali (191-83) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Kepez Bld players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Selcuk Universitesi maintains fifth position in Group B with 8-6 record, which they share with Gelisim. Loser Kepez Bld keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Hacettepe Univ.. Selcuk Universitesi will meet higher ranked Gaziantep (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kepez Bld will play against Beykoz in Istanbul and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the TBL just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Selcuk Univ.: M.Kabakci 21+4reb+3ast, B.Boddicker 18+8reb+1ast, C.Sahin 11+5reb+3ast, M.Gucyetmez 9+2reb+7ast, F.Aydemir 7+3reb+5ast, A.Ozdemir 6+4reb
Kepez Bld: C.Amasyali 15+6reb+2ast, M.Hall 13+3reb+8ast, G.Karamahmut 13+1reb+1ast, E.Yetim 10+6reb+1ast, A.Ozurganci 8+3reb, M.Ademoglu 6+5reb+4ast
gschID: 112455


Basaksehir - Gaziantep 76-90

Everything went according to plan in Istanbul where fourth ranked Gaziantep (9-5) won against 9th ranked Basaksehir (4-10) 90-76 on Sunday. Strangely Basaksehir outrebounded Gaziantep 41-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) who scored 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Guard Cihan Delicay (185-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. Guard Sercan Topcu (185-85) produced 22 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and forward Adnan Sevda (206-86, agency: EM-PA) added 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. Four Gaziantep and five Basaksehir players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Gaziantep maintains fourth position in Group B with 9-5 record. Basaksehir lost fifth consecutive game. Basaksehir at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. Gaziantep will face Selcuk Universitesi (#5) in Konya in the next round. Basaksehir will play on the road against the league's leader Optimum TED (#1) in Ankara.
Top scorers:
Gaziantep: J.Boykin 36+6reb, V.Ertetik 15+2reb+3ast, C.Delicay 15+5reb+10ast, A.Erhan Kocamis 11+4reb+5ast, M.Akdogan 6+7reb+1ast, A.Cetinkaya 3
Basaksehir: T.Maurice Anderson 22+9reb+7ast, A.Sevda 16+8reb, S.Ekmen 15+4reb, A.Yilmaz 10+8reb+1ast, M.Yildizhan 10+4reb+6ast, O.Ozkundilli 3+5reb
gschID: 112456


Hacettepe Univ. - TED Istanbul 60-62

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Hacettepe Univ. (10-4) against twelfth ranked TED Istanbul (3-11) on Saturday night. Host Hacettepe Univ. was edged by TED Istanbul in a tough game in Ankara 60-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hacettepe Univ.. American forward Kristian Clarkson (202-84, college: Widener) notched 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead the effort and guard Admir Kan (185-83) supported him with 12 points and 7 assists. Even a double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) by American power forward Jermaine Dearman (202-80, college: S.Illinois) did not help to save the game for Hacettepe Univ.. Forward Adnan Onder Kulcebas (205-81, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 8 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Hacettepe Univ.'s coach Alp Bayramoglu let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TED Istanbul moved-up to eleventh place in Group B. Hacettepe Univ. at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. TED Istanbul's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul Istanbulspor.
Top scorers:
TED Istanbul: K.Clarkson 17+5reb+1ast, A.Kan 12+3reb+7ast, C.Uzun 11+5reb, M.Baras 9+2reb, M.Gunes 5+5reb+1ast, S.Tulek 4+4reb
Hacettepe Univ.: J.Dearman 21+17reb, C.Erdeniz 10+1reb+2ast, D.Yannier 10+1reb+1ast, A.Onder Kulcebas 8+5reb, G.Orcun Tunca 5+2reb, O.Altinmakas 3
gschID: 112451


Akhisar Bld - ITU 82-79

There was no surprise when 11th ranked ITU Istanbul (2-12) was edged on the road by eighth ranked Akhisar Bld (6-8) 82-79 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Onat Akis (187-87) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. Akhisar Bld's coach Zafer Aktas used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Center Enver Enis Ekmen (207-83) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Tolga Tekinalp (202-74, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Four ITU Istanbul players scored in double figures. Akhisar Bld maintains eighth position in Group B with 6-8 record. Loser ITU Istanbul dropped to the twelfth place with 12 games lost. Akhisar Bld will face higher ranked Gelisim (#6) in Izmir in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. ITU Istanbul will play at home against Hacettepe Univ. (#3) in Ankara.
Top scorers:
Akhisar Bld: T.Nelson 24+6reb+1ast, O.Akis 22+5reb+3ast, G.Esmer 13+4reb+1ast, E.Yenice 9+4reb, M.Eken 9+2reb+2ast, E.Gul 2+2reb
ITU: C.Terry 19+3reb, E.Enis Ekmen 18+10reb+3ast, O.Aksoy 15+3reb+2ast, T.Tekinalp 12+12reb+4ast, U.Tinay 9+1reb+6ast, H.Dogan 4+3reb
gschID: 112452




TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Arthur JOHNSON
  Vestel
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Johnson, Vestel21.9 
 2. Tekinalp, ITU20.4 
 3. Hall, Kepez Bld19.3 
 4. Gardener, Final G.18.8 
 5. Nelson, Akhisar Bld18.7 
 6. Dearman, Hacett.18.7 
 7. Boswell, Basaksehir18.3 
 8. Wright, Orman Genc18.3 
 9. Boykin, Gaziantep17.5 
 10. Inan, Beykoz16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamil TERELL
  Adanaspor
  (200-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Terell, Adanaspor11.9 
 2. Lewis, Beykoz11.3 
 3. Gardener, Final G.11.0 
 4. Johnson, Vestel11.0 
 5. Isik, Pertevniyal10.8 
 6. Wright, Orman Genc9.6 
 7. Boswell, Basaksehir9.2 
 8. Johnson, Istanbul.9.1 
 9. Kolaric, Genc Banvit9.1 
 10. Nelson, Akhisar Bld9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Baris ERDOGAN
  Adanaspor
  (175-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Erdogan, Adanaspor6.0 
 2. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.8 
 3. Hall, Kepez Bld5.7 
 4. Kan, TED Istanbul5.6 
 5. Topcu, Gelisim5.3 
 6. Kavut, Optimum TED5.2 
 7. Ay, Final Genclik4.7 
 8. Topcu, Izmir B.B.4.6 
 9. Yikilmaz, Pertevniyal4.5 
 10. Delicay, Gaziantep4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HALL
  Kepez Bld
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hall, Kepez Bld2.8 
 2. Yonder, Genc Banvit2.5 
 3. Karabulut, Orman G.2.2 
 4. Ozdemir, Kepez Bld2.0 
 5. Korkmaz, Pertevni.2.0 
 6. Terzioglu, Gelisim2.0 
 7. Akcay, Genc T.2.0 
 8. Yikilmaz, Pertevniyal1.9 
 9. Delicay, Gaziantep1.9 
 10. Demircioglu, Istanb.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Wildcats
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Majok, FMV I.3.1 
 2. Johnson, Vestel2.1 
 3. McGowan, Akhisar .1.8 
 4. Kulcebas, Hacett.1.8 
 5. Smith, Usak1.7 
 6. Toyloy, Istanbul.1.6 
 7. Boswell, Basaksehir1.5 
 8. Clarkson, TED I.1.5 
 9. Terell, Adanaspor1.3 
 10. Johnson, Istanbul.1.2 


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


HBL to resume without Tortola - by David Edole
Due to unforeseen circumstances involving the USVI Basketball Federation and the BVI Basketball Federation, Tortola will not participate in the Hurricane Basketball League this
season. The league will be reduced to a six-team league involving three teams from St. Croix and three teams from St. Thomas.

League organizers Joey Wallace and Andy Chelcher are extremely disappointed that matters could not be resolved in a timely matter, but are optimistic that the issues will indeed be
resolved and Tortola will be able to participate next season.

There will always be opposition in everything you do, says Wallace. Hopefully we can move on from this and look forward to an exciting and intense St. Croix and St. Thomas
league.

The new schedule will pit each team against each other three times during the course of the season, and a much anticipated all-star weekend is scheduled for March 11 and 12.

The season kicks-off this weekend on Friday, January 28 as the STX Heat take on the STX Lightning on St. Croix and the STT Aces face off against the STT Magic on St. Thomas.

On Saturday, January 29, the STT Magic travel to St. Croix to play the STX Lightning and the STX X-Men open their season in St. Thomas against the STT Aces.

St. Croix games will be played at Central High Gym and St. Thomas games will be played at the Charlotte Amalie High School Gym. All games will begin at 9:00 PM.


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  UBA   


UBA suspends Vincent and Jackson - by Griselle Martis
Atlanta - The UBA on Monday suspended Austin Knights forward Marlon Vincent (6'6''-G/F-86) and Atlanta Assaults coach Ben Jackson.

Both punishments were announced by UBA commissioner Darryl Reshaw. Vincent was suspended ten games, while Jackson will miss two games.

Vincent was suspended for a flagrant 2 foul on Warriors forward Tedric Hill in the fourth quarter of Saturday's win over the DFW Warriors.

The Austin Knights apologized after the game but nevertheless will miss out on their forward for ten games.

Jackson was suspended for comments he made about the referees after Tuesday's 109-98 home win over the Georgia Lions.



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Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Jeremy BELL
  Cheshire Jets
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Bell, Cheshire Jets24.3 
 2. Schneck, Cheshire.21.8 
 3. Moore, Newcastle21.6 
 4. Smith, Newcastle20.7 
 5. Gilbert, Worcester20.3 
 6. Stout, Sheffiel.20.2 
 7. Zabas, Plymouth19.9 
 8. Chapman, Newcastle19.6 
 9. Dagostino, Sheffi.19.5 
 10. Nelson, MK Lions19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shaun DURANT
  Worthing
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 10
 1. Durant, Worthing10.0 
 2. Schneck, Cheshire.9.4 
 3. Nottley, Worthing9.3 
 4. Myers, MK Lions9.0 
 5. Missere, Leices.9.0 
 6. Polk, Plymouth8.7 
 7. Williams, Sheffi.8.5 
 8. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.4 
 9. Dobbins, Worcester8.1 
 10. Toney, Liverpoo.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.8 
 2. Clark, MK Lions5.3 
 3. Zabas, Plymouth5.1 
 4. Middleton, Worce.5.1 
 5. Patton, Sheffi.4.8 
 6. Bell, Cheshire Jets4.0 
 7. Blount, Leices.4.0 
 8. Missere, Leices.3.9 
 9. Marks, Plymouth3.8 
 10. Dagostino, Sheffi.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick MIDDLETON
  Worcester
  (186-G/F-82)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Middleton, Worce.2.9 
 2. Clark, MK Lions2.5 
 3. Moore, Newcastle2.2 
 4. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.2.2 
 5. Harrison, Glasgow .2.1 
 6. Bell, Cheshire Jets2.1 
 7. Greer, Cheshire.2.0 
 8. Livas, Glasgow .1.9 
 9. Schneck, Cheshire.1.8 
 10. Chapman, Newcastle1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Plymouth
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Polk, Plymouth2.2 
 2. Missere, Leices.1.8 
 3. Williams, Sheffi.1.3 
 4. Richard, Newcastle1.2 
 5. Sturt, Essex P.1.1 
 6. Dobbins, Worcester1.1 
 7. Toney, Liverpoo.0.9 
 8. Harris, Leices.0.8 
 9. Nelson, MK Lions0.7 
 10. Davis, Cheshire.0.6 


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  URUGUAY   


Standings - LUB
LUB Stage Two Standings
 1. Bigua 26-11 
 2. Malvin 25-12 
 3. Defensor 25-12 
 4. Aguada 23-14 
 5. Trouville 21-16 
 6. Hebraica 21-16 
 7. Olimpia 18-19 
 8. Welcome 17-20 
 9. Cordon 15-22 
 10. Bohemios 12-25 
Stage One Standings


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Villegas, Olimpia27.4 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica25.0 
 3. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 4. McGowan, Sayago24.7 
 5. Cornley, Cader24.3 
 6. Taboada, Bigua23.5 
 7. Hayes, Cordon23.3 
 8. Aguiar, Hebraica22.9 
 9. Coleman, Bohemios20.3 
 10. Woodward, Defensor20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gamble, Cader12.8 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.6 
 4. Jackson, Anastasia10.2 
 5. McGowan, Sayago9.7 
 6. Dilligard, Olimpia9.6 
 7. Kanis, Trouville9.4 
 8. Reynolds, Hebraica9.4 
 9. Wilborn, Bigua9.3 
 10. Maxey, Un.Atletica9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Tornaria, Trouville6.2 
 2. Martinez, Malvin5.8 
 3. Cambon, Bigua5.6 
 4. Elliott, Hebraica5.5 
 5. Pereyra, Bohemios5.2 
 6. Gonzalez, Defensor5.2 
 7. Vidal, Bigua5.1 
 8. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 9. Rivero, Montevideo4.7 
 10. Muro, Aguada4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Cocodrilos
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Elliott, Hebraica3.0 
 2. Tornaria, Trouville2.6 
 3. Rivero, Montevideo2.3 
 4. Latham, Anastasia2.2 
 5. Rovira, Bigua2.1 
 6. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 7. Woodward, Defensor2.0 
 8. Thomas, Cader2.0 
 9. Viera, Anastasia1.9 
 10. Giacometti, Cader1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia4.0 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.7 
 3. Wilborn, Bigua2.3 
 4. Newsome, Malvin2.2 
 5. Douglas, Bohemios2.0 
 6. Gamble, Cader1.9 
 7. Bortz, Malvin1.9 
 8. Shelman, Sayago1.9 
 9. Kanis, Trouville1.8 
 10. Billings, Bigua1.6 


Bigua is number 1 for the playoff - by Hector Lopez
Bigua reached the number 1 for the best of five quater finals after beating Cordon 92-80 for the last round for the LUB regular season. Cordon Was eliminated. The others teams for the playoff will be: 2) Malvin, 3) Defensor Sporting, 4) Aguada, 5) Trouville, 6) Hebraica Macabi, 7) Olimpia, 8) Welcome. On Saturday 29 will be playing Bigua-Welcome and Malvin-Olimpia and on Sunday 30 will play Aguada-Trouville and Defensor Sporting-Hebraica Macabi. All the games will be played at a neutral stadium, Palacio Penarol. The results for the last round were:
Bigua 92 - Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) 30 points 8 rebounds, Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown) 18 points and 13 rebounds, Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 10 points 10 rebounds 4 blocks
Cordon 80 - Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) 24 points 6 rebounds 3 blocks, Austen Powers (203-F-87, agency: Tank Sports, college: Seattle) 17 points 7 rebounds 2 blocks
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Malvin 100 - Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Buffalo) 14 points 7 rebounds 1 block, Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 14 points 3 rebounds 6 assists, Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 4 points 13 rebounds 6 assists
Bohemios 74 - Camilo Antunez 13 points
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Defensor Sporting 94 - Clerence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) 23 points 9 rebounds 2 blocks, Brian Woodward (191-G-81, college: Rhode Island) 19 points 6 rebounds
Olimpia 88 - Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, college: Florida Intern.) 24 points 6 rebounds, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 14 points 6 rebounds
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Aguada 75 - Ben Puckett 28 points 4 rebounds 2 blocks, Brian Craig 11 points 9 rebounds
Hebraica 51 - Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) 16 points, Matt Freije (207-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) 11 points 7 rebounds, Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) 5 points 9 rebounds 1 block 5 assists
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Welcome 85 - Alejandro Perez (200-F-78) 21 points Scott Cutley (196-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) 17 points 9 rebounds, Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) 12 points 2 rebounds
Trouville 77 - Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83, agency: Promotex, college: UMBC) 19 points 6 rebouns 5 assists, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 9 points 17 rebolunds 2 blocks




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Gospic 14-1 
 2. Merkur Celje 12-4 
 3. Partizan 12-4 
 4. Jolly 10-4 
 5. Jedinstvo BP 10-5 
 6. Radivoj Korac 7-8 
 7. Lupa Promot. 7-9 
 8. Celik 6-9 
 9. Vojvodina 5-10 
 10. Vozdovac 4-11 
 11. AJM Maribor 4-12 
 12. Medvescak 1-15 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ljubica KURE
  AJM Maribor
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Kure, AJM Maribor20.1 
 2. Baric, Merkur C.18.0 
 3. Miller, Lupa Promot.17.3 
 4. Butulija, Partizan16.4 
 5. Bedalov, Medvescak16.3 
 6. Turcinovic, Merkur C.16.2 
 7. Ivezic, Gospic15.2 
 8. Dover, AJM Maribor15.1 
 9. Pilav, Celik15.1 
 10. Bigovic, Jedinstv.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ana TURCINOVIC
  Merkur Celje
  (190-C-93)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Turcinovic, Merkur C.12.5 
 2. Popovic, Jedinstv.9.5 
 3. Miller, Lupa Promot.9.3 
 4. Stone, Partizan8.5 
 5. Matic, Lupa P.8.4 
 6. Ivankovic, Jolly7.9 
 7. Bedalov, Medvescak7.6 
 8. Vrsaljko, Gospic7.5 
 9. Krstovic, Vozdovac7.1 
 10. Radovic, Vozdovac7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Reid, Gospic5.1 
 2. Baric, Merkur C.4.6 
 3. Mehmedic, Celik3.9 
 4. Misura, Jolly3.6 
 5. Peric, Medvescak3.5 
 6. Mandir, Gospic3.3 
 7. Cakic, Jolly3.2 
 8. Prlja, Vozdovac3.1 
 9. Lokas, Jolly3.1 
 10. Butulija, Partizan2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Reid, Gospic3.1 
 2. Bigovic, Jedinstv.2.9 
 3. Butulija, Partizan2.8 
 4. Prlja, Vozdovac2.7 
 5. Djuric, Vojvodina2.4 
 6. Mehmedic, Celik2.4 
 7. Dover, AJM Maribor2.4 
 8. Bura, Vojvodina2.4 
 9. Klein, Merkur Celje2.2 
 10. Matic, Lupa P.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Natasa POPOVIC
  Jedinstvo BP
  (190-C-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Popovic, Jedinstv.3.2 
 2. Ivankovic, Jolly1.9 
 3. Vrsaljko, Gospic1.7 
 4. Bedalov, Medvescak1.3 
 5. Tikvic, Medvescak1.1 
 6. Miller, Lupa Promot.0.9 
 7. Stone, Partizan0.8 
 8. Ajanovic, Radivoj .0.7 
 9. Stjepanovic, Radivo.0.5 
 10. Mazic, Lupa P.0.5 


Adriatic League round 16 best performance: Ana Turcinovic - by Eurobasket News
Montenegrin center Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked ZKK Merkur Celje, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 17-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 16 rebounds, while her team beat Radivoj Korac (#6, 7-8) 61-49. Merkur Celje is placed at 2nd position in Adriatic League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Merkur Celje will need more victories to improve their 12-4 record. In the team's last game Turcinovic had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. It's her second year at Merkur Celje and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Ana Turcinovic has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.2ppg) and averages impressive 55.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Britany Miller (193-C-87) of Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb. Miller had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb cruised to a 86-75 overtime win over the lower-ranked AJM Maribor (#11, 4-12). This victory allowed Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb to move up to 7th position in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Miller is a newcomer at Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#3). She also registered 9.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb's star - forward Ivona Matic (188-F/C-86). Matic scored 15 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). She was another key player of Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb, helping her team with a 86-75overtime win against the lower-ranked AJM Maribor (#11, 4-12). The chances of Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Matic could help Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb to bring them higher in the standings. Matic has a great season in Adriatic League. After 11 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.4rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Antonija Misura (177-F-88) of Jolly - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Natasa Djordjevic (178-G-85) of Jedinstvo BP - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Ivana Tikvic (189-C/F-94) of Medvescak - 15 points and 10 rebounds
7. Natasa Krnjetin (180-G-88) of Vojvodina - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Luca Ivankovic (200-C-87) of Jolly - 12 points and 10 rebounds
9. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) of Gospic - 15 points and 9 rebounds
10. Neda Lokas (182-F-85) of Jolly - 17 points, 11 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)


Gospic wins battle of two hottest teams - by Zeljko Zule
Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) registering a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds as Gospic CO rolled to a 75-68 road victory over Jedinstvo in a battle of the two hottest teams in Adriatic League, tonight in Round 17.
Jedinstvo-Gospic CO 68-75: Gospic had a 14 point lead into the final period for 15th-straight win in battle of two hottest teamsin Adriatic League. Marija Vrsaljko collected 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks, Jelena Ivezic and Sandra Mandirc added 14 points apiece. Jedinstvo's winning streak snaped at eight Natasa Popovic scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebouds, Brankica Hadzovic had 17 points and handed out 5 assists, Sanja Knezevic posted 12 points.
Celje-Vojvodina 66-56: Ahead by a point at the break, 45-34, Slovenian team outscored Vojvodina 22-9 in the third period. Nika Baric finished with 19 points, Ana Turcinovic recored her 11th double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebouds, Monika Bosilj netted 12 points and Rebeka Abramovic 11. Josipa Bura was the lone player in double figures for Vojvodina as she scored 12 points.
Vozdovac-Sibenik Jolly JBS 55-66: The visiting team outrebouded Vozdovac 47-39, picking up 17 offensive boards. Petra Stampalija had 20 points and 9 rebouds, Marta Cakic posted 12 points and Luka Ivankovic grabbed 10 rebounds. Vozdovac shot just 27-percent (21-of-78) from the field. Marija Prlja and Ana Radovic posted 12 points apiece and Maja Milutinovic and Milena Papic 10 each.
AJM Maribor-Celik 77-72: Ljubica Kure scored a game-high 23 points, allowing Maribor to end their home losing streak at four. Katarina Ilijev netted 16 points and Martina Dover 13. Bosnian team were led by Rada Vidovic with 19 points, Aida Pilav added 18 and Marina Ristic 13.
Lupa promotion-Medvescak 64-59: Trailing by eight going ito the final quarter, Lupa outscored the visiting team 21-8. Irena Cuncic scored 12 points and Ivona Matic and Ana Cacic added 11 apiece. Medvescak was led by Iva Meznaric and her game-high 19 points, Anamarija Begic and Gordana Bedalov posted 14 points each.
Partizan Galenika-Radivoj Korac 27/01.


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  ANGOLA - Women  


Scouting Portuguese players abroad - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Eurobasket and The Basketball Board will try to make an overview of young portuguese prospects playing throughout in Europe or overseas.
We believe that young talented boys and girls with Portuguese links, all around the world, need an opportunity to be presented.

If you are younger than 20 years old and interested, please send me your profiles!

We need your full name, birth data, the teams you played for (name, country and league), honours and, if available, stats.
Dont forget, also, to add your e-mail address.

You will find my email address by clicking on my name.

Well publish profiles of the best players that contact us!



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  BRAZIL - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Micaela JACINTHO
  Santo Andre
  (180-F-79)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jacintho, Santo A.19.0 
 2. da Silva, M.Petrob.19.0 
 3. Santos, Acucar18.0 
 4. Felipe, Santo Andre16.5 
 5. Marcal, Acucar16.0 
 6. Crepaldi, Basque.15.0 
 7. Duarte, M.Petrob.15.0 
 8. Angeloni, Joinville14.5 
 9. Garvao, Santo Andre12.5 
 10. Santos, Ourinhos12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Clarissa SANTOS
  Acucar
  (182-C-88)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Santos, Acucar16.5 
 2. Da Costa, Basque.16.0 
 3. Nascimiento, Basque.16.0 
 4. Felipe, Santo Andre10.0 
 5. Gustavo, Acucar8.0 
 6. da Silva, M.Petrob.8.0 
 7. Garvao, Santo Andre8.0 
 8. Gomes, Sao Caetano7.5 
 9. Lima, Santo Andre7.0 
 10. Paulino, Basquete.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Natalia MARES BURIAN
  Acucar
  (168-G-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mares Burian, Acu.8.0 
 2. De Oliveira, Ourinhos7.0 
 3. Paulino, Basquete.7.0 
 4. Santos Luz, Acucar6.0 
 5. de Souza, Ourinhos4.5 
 6. de Souza, Joinville4.5 
 7. Vasconcelos, Ourin.4.0 
 8. Garvao, Santo Andre4.0 
 9. Gattei, Acucar3.5 
 10. Silvestre, Sao C.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ega GARVAO
  Santo Andre
  (186-C-77)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Garvao, Santo Andre3.5 
 2. De Oliveira, Ourinhos3.0 
 3. da Silva, M.Petrob.3.0 
 4. Mares Burian, Acu.3.0 
 5. Santos Luz, Ameri.2.5 
 6. Santos, Acucar2.5 
 7. de Souza, Ourinhos2.5 
 8. Honorio, Americana2.5 
 9. Silvestre, Sao C.2.0 
 10. Paulino, Basquete.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ega GARVAO
  Santo Andre
  (186-C-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. Garvao, Santo Andre2.0 
 2. Nascimiento, Basque.2.0 
 3. Coelho, Sao Caetano1.5 
 4. Vasconcelos, Ourin.1.0 
 5. Rado, Acucar1.0 
 6. Moscaleski, Santo A.1.0 
 7. Gomes, Sao Caetano1.0 
 8. Angeloni, Joinville1.0 
 9. Santos, M.Petrob.1.0 
 10. De Sousa, Ourinhos0.5 


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Bulgarian NBL round 13 best performance: Katya Kordova - by Eurobasket News
Swingman Katya Kordova (176-G/F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Dunav Ruse, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 11 rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Slavia (#6, 0-13) with 18-point margin 76-58. Dunav maintains the 2nd position in Bulgarian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dunav will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. In the team's last game Kordova had a remarkable 55.0% from 2-point range. She turned to be Dunav's top player in her first season with the team. Katya Kordova averages this season 15.5ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 37-year old former international forward Agnesa Doychinova (188-F-73) of league's leader Montana 2003. Doychinova had a very good evening with a double-double of 33 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Montana 2003 lost that game 63-86 to slightly lower-ranked Lukoil (#3, 9-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Montana 2003 still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. Her team has currently 10-3 record. Doychinova is well-known at Montana 2003 and is a proven leader in her second season with the team. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.1ppg (#5). She also registered 10.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Tamara Bowie (183-F/C-81) of Lukoil (#3). Bowie scored 14 points and grabbed ten rebounds. She was a key player of Lukoil, leading her team to a 86-63 easy win against #1 ranked Montana 2003. Lukoil needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 4 lost games. Bowie has a great season in Bulgaria. After only 4 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.3ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 10.5rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nicole Emery (185-F-87) of Beroe 07 - 20 points and 8 rebounds
5. Juanita Ward (180-G-86) of Beroe 07 - 26 points and 7 rebounds
6. DeTrina White (180-F-80) of Lukoil - 8 points and 12 rebounds
7. Hristina Minkova (184-C/F-72) of Dunav - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Iva Terzieva (168-G-87) of Dunav - 5 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Silvia Peeva (172-G-79) of Lukoil - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Maria Ranguelova (186-F/C-90) of Slavia - 16 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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  FRANCE - Women  


Dubljevic's 26 points and 7 assists give her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old center Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Tarbes Gespe Bigorre and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
She had the game-high 26 points adding two rebounds and seven assists for Tarbes in her team's victory, helping them to beat Challes (#4, 9-5) 75-68. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Tarbes maintains the 2nd position in French LFB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Tarbes will need more victories to improve their 11-3 record. In the team's last game Dubljevic had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. She turned to be Tarbes' top player in her first season with the team. Dubljevic has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (4th best: 15.6ppg) and averages solid 56.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) of Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin. She is international guard in her second season at Arras. In the last game Gomis recorded impressive 22 points and 2 rebounds. Of course Arras cruised to a 72-65 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Aix-en-Provence (#12, 4-10). This victory allowed Arras to move up to 5th position in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Gomis is well-known at Arras and she already established her position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to center Mistie Bass-Williams (191-C-83) of Challes-les-Eaux Basket (#4). Bass-Williams got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. She went also for seven rebounds . Despite Bass-Williams' great performance Challes lost 68-75 to #2 ranked Tarbes. But her team cannot count on just a single shooter as she also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Challes needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Bass-Williams has a very solid season. In 12 games in France she scored 19.1ppg. She also has 9.7rpg and FGP: 53.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86) of Villeneuve - 23 points and 9 rebounds
5. Alison Bales (201-C-85) of Union Hainaut - 6 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Gaelle Skrela (177-G-83) of Lattes Montp. - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Erin Thorn (178-G-81) of Tarbes - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-F-85) of Nantes - 13 points and 7 rebounds
9. Natalie Hurst (163-G-83) of Aix-en-Provence - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Fatimatou Sacko (183-F-85) of Lattes Montp. - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Hungarian A round 20 best performance: Krisztina Szemeredi - by Eurobasket News
American guard Krisztina Szemeredi (176-G-77) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Atomeromu-Szekszard, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 33-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, three rebounds) to her team's victory, helping them to edge out Vasas-Csata (#11, 4-15) in overtime 73-72. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Atomeromu maintains the 9th position in Hungarian A. Atomeromu is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-12 record. Szemeredi turned to be Atomeromu's top player in her first season with the team. Krisztina Szemeredi averages this season 12.5ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Ukrainian Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) of Szeged. Zherzherunova had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Szeged was edged by slightly higher-ranked Nanette FTC (#4, 13-6) 72-70. Szeged managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Zherzherunova is one of the most experienced players at Szeged and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88) of SEAT Lami (#3). Hollingsworth scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. She was a key player of SEAT Lami, leading her team to a 87-64 easy win against the lower-ranked Cegledi EKK (#12, 1-17). SEAT Lami is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 15-2 record is not that bad... Hollingsworth has a very solid season. In 2 games in Hungary she scored 16.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Orinta Kavaliauskaite (177-G-82) of Cegledi EKK - 30 points and 5 rebounds
5. Danielle Page (188-F-86) of ZTE - 15 points and 17 rebounds
6. Milica Cvetanovic (195-C-86) of Szolnok - 16 points and 14 rebounds
7. Hajnalka Szlimak (182-F-82) of Nanette FTC - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Lilla Adamecz (181-F-92) of Vasas-Csata - 29 points and 7 rebounds
9. Nikolett Sarok (180-G/F-90) of Pecs 2010 - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Iva Roglic (189-F-88) of Szeged - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  ISRAEL - Women  


D1 Round 15: Elitzur Ramla wins overtime game against Raanana Hertzeliya - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

Fifth-ranked Raanana Hertzeliya (8-7) gave a tough game to first ranked Elitzur Ramla (14-1) on Monday. Elitzur Ramla managed to secure only three-point victory 89-86. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Raanana Hertzeliya. Raanana Hertzeliya was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 14-17s. Elitzur Ramla outrebounded Raanana Hertzeliya 49-36 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for American center Kia Vaughn (193-87, college: Rutgers) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Her fellow American import center Le'Coe Willingham (183-81, college: Auburn) helped adding 17 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Briann January (173-87, college: Arizona St.) with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. Elitzur Ramla have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-1 record. Raanana Hertzeliya at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Elitzur Ramla are looking forward to face league's second-placed Electra Ramat in Hasharon in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Raanana Hertzeliya will play at home against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#10) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Maccabi Ramat Hen (10-5) against fourth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (10-5) on Monday night. Host Maccabi Ramat Hen was defeated by Maccabi Ashdod in a tough game in Ramat Hen 79-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maccabi Ramat Hen. It was an exceptional evening for international guard Naomi Kolodny (171-82, agency: Data Plus Group) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists. Tamara James accounted for 25 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American forward Tiffany Jackson (191-85, college: Texas, agency: 540 Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds for Maccabi Ramat Hen in the defeat. Maccabi Ashdod moved-up to third place, which they share with Ramat Hen. Maccabi Ashdod will play against Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Maccabi Ramat Hen will play against Elitzur Netanya (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Holon was also quite interesting. Second ranked Electra Ramat (11-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Elitzur Holon (3-12). Electra Ramat defeated Elitzur Holon 70-60 on Monday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Camille Little who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Sheri Lynette Sam who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Defending champion maintains second place with 11-4 record having just three points less than leader Elitzur Ramla. Elitzur Holon lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Elitzur R.Le-Zion. Electra Ramat will meet at home league's leader Elitzur Ramla in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Elitzur Holon will play against Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Rishon Le-Zion: Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (#6) and Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion (#9). Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion was defeated at home 66-73 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for Danielle McCray who led her team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (9-6) moved-up to fifth place. Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion's next round opponent will be Elitzur Holon (#8) at home. Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion will play against Maccabi Ashdod.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Ashley Barlow of Elitzur R.Le-Zion.



Elitzur Ramla - Raanana Her. 89-86 OT

Fifth-ranked Raanana Hertzeliya (8-7) gave a tough game to first ranked Elitzur Ramla (14-1) on Monday. Elitzur Ramla managed to secure only three-point victory 89-86. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Raanana Hertzeliya. Raanana Hertzeliya was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 14-17s. Elitzur Ramla outrebounded Raanana Hertzeliya 49-36 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for American center Kia Vaughn (193-87, college: Rutgers) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Her fellow American import center Le'Coe Willingham (183-81, college: Auburn) helped adding 17 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Briann January (173-87, college: Arizona St.) with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals and naturalized American forward Brasheeda Elohim (180-80, college: Fayetteville St.) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-1 record. Raanana Hertzeliya at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Elitzur Ramla are looking forward to face league's second-placed Electra Ramat in Hasharon in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Raanana Hertzeliya will play at home against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#10) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Raanana Her.: B.Elohim 21+9reb+2ast, B.January 18+8reb+7ast, J.Morris 17+2reb+2ast, S.Sharon 14+3reb+1ast, C.Thomas 12+12reb, H.Gutin 2
Elitzur Ramla: K.Vaughn 18+14reb+2ast, L.Willingham 17+13reb+1ast, S.Doron 15+4reb+4ast, R.Grinboym 14+2reb+1ast, L.Selwyn 11+3reb+3ast, T.Wright 10+6reb+1ast
gschID: 108058


Elitzur Holon - Electra Ramat 60-70

The game in Holon was also quite interesting. Second ranked Electra Ramat (11-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Elitzur Holon (3-12). Electra Ramat defeated Elitzur Holon 70-60 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Electra Ramat. Elitzur Holon managed to win third quarter 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Electra Ramat forced 20 Elitzur Holon turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was swingman Camille Little (188-85, college: N.Carolina) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Center Chante Black (196-85, college: Duke) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Sheri Lynette Sam (183-74, college: Vanderbilt) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and forward Kerri Gardin (186-84, college: Virginia Tech) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Defending champion maintains second place with 11-4 record having just three points less than leader Elitzur Ramla. Elitzur Holon lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Elitzur R.Le-Zion. Electra Ramat will meet at home league's leader Elitzur Ramla in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Elitzur Holon will play against Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Holon: K.Gardin 17+8reb+1ast, S.Bobbitt 17+2reb+2ast, S.Lynette Sam 12+14reb+3ast, C.Shtain 7+2reb+1ast, B.Galinski 4+12reb, H.Segal 2+2ast
Electra Ramat: C.Little 19+8reb+1ast, C.Black 13+10reb+2ast, L.Wilson 9+5reb+7ast, A.Cohen 9+2reb+3ast, N.Ganor 8+2reb+2ast, E.Abramzon 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 108059


Elitzur R.Le-Zion - H.R. Le-Zion 66-73

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Rishon Le-Zion: Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (#6) and Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion (#9). Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion was defeated at home 66-73 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It looked good early as Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion took an 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. They also forced 26 Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for swingman Danielle McCray (180-87, college: Kansas) who led her team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Alysha Clark (178-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ashley Barlow (175-88, college: Notre Dame, agency: Merit Sports) answered with 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Jillian Robbins (185-84, college: Tulsa, agency: LBM Management) added 4 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (9-6) moved-up to fifth place. Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion's next round opponent will be Elitzur Holon (#8) at home. Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion will play against Maccabi Ashdod.
Top scorers:
Elitzur R.Le-Zion: A.Barlow 32+6reb+4ast, S.Menashe 10+8reb+2ast, H.Haleli 10+2reb+1ast, S.Shabtai 6+4reb, J.Robbins 4+15reb+2ast, L.Williams 2+6reb+2ast
H.R. Le-Zion: D.McCray 21+8reb+3ast, I.Mizrachi 15+1reb+2ast, A.Clark 12+7reb+2ast, K.Nechama 10+2reb+4ast, K.Whittington 8+8reb, R.Ross 5+6reb+6ast
gschID: 112124


Ramat Hen - Maccabi Ashdod 79-84

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Maccabi Ramat Hen (10-5) against fourth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (10-5) on Monday night. Host Maccabi Ramat Hen was defeated by Maccabi Ashdod in a tough game in Ramat Hen 79-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maccabi Ramat Hen. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-18. But Maccabi Ramat Hen won second period 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Ashdod players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for international guard Naomi Kolodny (171-82, agency: Data Plus Group) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists. American swingman Tamara James (178-84, college: Miami (FL), agency: 540 Sports) accounted for 25 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Five Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. American forward Tiffany Jackson (191-85, college: Texas, agency: 540 Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import guard Ivory Latta (168-84, college: N.Carolina, agency: 540 Sports) added 21 points and 6 assists respectively for Maccabi Ramat Hen in the defeat. Maccabi Ashdod moved-up to third place, which they share with Ramat Hen. Maccabi Ashdod will play against Elitzur Rishon Le-Zion (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Maccabi Ramat Hen will play against Elitzur Netanya (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ramat Hen: T.Jackson 24+14reb+3ast, I.Latta 21+3reb+6ast, A.Walker 16+9reb+2ast, S.Gigi 8+2reb+1ast, M.Epstain 6+2reb+2ast, K.Agassi 4+2reb
Maccabi Ashdod: T.James 25+4reb+3ast, A.Anderson 20+8reb+2ast, K.Levitsky 14+9reb, N.Kolodny 13+8reb+12ast, R.Montgomery 10+1reb+4ast, D.Yahalomi 2+1reb
gschID: 108056




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  ITALY - Women  


A1 Round 14: Ducato Lucca defeats Liomatic Umbertide in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Second-ranked Liomatic Umbertide (10-4) fell to eighth ranked Ducato Lucca (6-8) in overtime by three points 58-61 on Wednesday night. The game took place in Umbertide. But the guests from Lucca were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Liomatic Umbertide. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime then Liomatic Umbertide managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Ducato Lucca who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 7-4. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Liomatic Umbertide to just 2 points in second quarter. American power forward Courtney Willis (188-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Carolina) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Portuguese forward Mery Andrade (181-75, college: ODU) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International forward Simona Ballardini (181-81) replied with 13 points and 5 rebounds for Liomatic Umbertide. Liomatic Umbertide's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ducato Lucca moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Comense. Liomatic Umbertide at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Bracco Geas. Ducato Lucca is looking forward to face league's second-placed Cras Taranto at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Liomatic Umbertide will play against Vomero Napoli and is hoping to win this game.
A1 top team - Familia Schio (13-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Pool Comense (6-8) in Como 69-62. American center Janel McCarville (188-82, college: Minnesota) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. New Zealand forward Jiullian Harmon (185-87, college: Stanford) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Familia Schio have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Pool Comense lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Lucca. Familia Schio will play against Bracco Geas (#3) in Sesto S.Giovanni in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Pool Comense will play on the road against Pallacanestro Pozzuoli (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Venezia between Umana Reyer and Basket Parma. Sixth ranked Umana Reyer (7-7) got a very close home victory over 11th ranked Basket Parma (4-10). Umana Reyer managed to escape with a 3-point win 48-45 on Wednesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Nicole Ohlde notched 7 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 10 points and 9 rebounds by Clarisse Machanguana did not help to save the game for Basket Parma. Basket Parma's coach Mauro Procaccini tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Umana Reyer maintains sixth position with 7-7 record. Loser Basket Parma dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Vomero NA and Priolo. Umana Reyer will meet Acer ERG Priolo (#10) on the road in the next round. Basket Parma will play against Club Atletico Faenza and hope to secure a win.
The game between third ranked Cras Taranto (11-3) and 12th ranked Pallacanestro Pozzuoli (1-13) in Taranto ended with biggest points difference. Cras Taranto outscored guests from Pozzuoli 90-35. The best player for the winners was Dubravka Dacic who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Cras Taranto have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Pallacanestro Pozzuoli lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Cras Taranto's next round opponent will be Ducato Lucca (#8) on the road where they are favorite. Pallacanestro Pozzuoli will play against Pool Comense (#7) in Como.

In the last two games of round 14 Vomero NA was smashed by Faenza on the road 76-54. Bracco Geas won against Priolo on its own court 73-63.
The most impressive performance of 14th round was 22 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals by Adriana Moises Pinto of Faenza.


Taranto - Pozzuoli 90-35

The game between third ranked Cras Taranto (11-3) and 12th ranked Pallacanestro Pozzuoli (1-13) in Taranto ended with biggest points difference. Cras Taranto outscored guests from Pozzuoli 90-35. The game without a history. Cras Taranto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Pallacanestro Pozzuoli to just 5 points in first quarter and to 14 points in first half. Cras Taranto dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Pallacanestro Pozzuoli's 26 and had 19 for 26 from the free-throw line, while Pallacanestro Pozzuoli only scored three points from the stripe. The best player for the winners was the former international center Dubravka Dacic (201-85, agency: Interperformances) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Belgian guard Kathy Wambe (173-81) chipped in 14 points and 6 assists. Four Cras Taranto players scored in double figures. The former international center Adriana Grasso (189-74) produced 8 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Kelly Mazzante (183-82, college: Penn St.) added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Cras Taranto have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Pallacanestro Pozzuoli lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Cras Taranto's next round opponent will be Ducato Lucca (#8) on the road where they are favorite. Pallacanestro Pozzuoli will play against Pool Comense (#7) in Como.
Top scorers:
Taranto: D.Dacic 16+8reb+1ast, S.Young 16+4reb+1ast, K.Wambe 14+3reb+6ast, J.Montagnino 13+5reb, E.Godin 12+6reb+4ast, M.Mahoney 9+7reb+3ast
Pozzuoli: G.Gatti 8+2reb+2ast, A.Grasso 8+6reb, K.Mazzante 6+7reb+1ast, T.Dixon 6+4reb+2ast, M.Walker 4+5reb+1ast, L.Benko 2+1reb
gschID: 96341


Umana Reyer - Basket Parma 48-45

A very close game took place in Venezia between Umana Reyer and Basket Parma. Sixth ranked Umana Reyer (7-7) got a very close home victory over 11th ranked Basket Parma (4-10). Umana Reyer managed to escape with a 3-point win 48-45 on Wednesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Umana Reyer forced 22 Basket Parma turnovers. American power forward Nicole Ohlde (193-82, college: Kansas St.) notched 7 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Ukrainian forward Olena Ogorodnikova (186-81) supported her with 11 points. Even 10 points and 9 rebounds by Mozambican power forward Clarisse Machanguana (194-73, college: ODU) did not help to save the game for Basket Parma. French swingman Audrey Sauret Gillespie (179-76) added 10 points and 4 assists for the guests. Four Basket Parma players scored in double figures. Basket Parma's coach Mauro Procaccini tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Umana Reyer maintains sixth position with 7-7 record. Loser Basket Parma dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Vomero NA and Priolo. Umana Reyer will meet Acer ERG Priolo (#10) on the road in the next round. Basket Parma will play against Club Atletico Faenza and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Umana Reyer: O.Ogorodnikova 11+4reb, I.David 9+2reb+1ast, A.Kostaki 8+2reb+2ast, N.Ohlde 7+11reb+1ast, M.Maiorano 5+2reb+1ast, D.Jokic 5+6reb
Basket Parma: P.Mauriello 10, C.Machanguana 10+9reb, N.Antibe 10+5reb+1ast, A.Sauret Gillespie 10+3reb+4ast, G.Narviciute 3, M.Chiara Franchini 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 96342


Umbertide - Lucca 58-61 OT

Second-ranked Liomatic Umbertide (10-4) fell to eighth ranked Ducato Lucca (6-8) in overtime by three points 58-61 on Wednesday night. The game took place in Umbertide. But the guests from Lucca were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Liomatic Umbertide. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime then Liomatic Umbertide managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Ducato Lucca who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 7-4. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Liomatic Umbertide to just 2 points in second quarter. American power forward Courtney Willis (188-82, college: E.Carolina, agency: LBM Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Portuguese forward Mery Andrade (181-75, college: ODU) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Ducato Lucca players scored in double figures. International forward Simona Ballardini (181-81) replied with 13 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian forward Ljubica Drljaca (190-78) added 14 points in the effort for Liomatic Umbertide. Liomatic Umbertide's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ducato Lucca moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Comense. Liomatic Umbertide at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Bracco Geas. Ducato Lucca is looking forward to face league's second-placed Cras Taranto at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Liomatic Umbertide will play against Vomero Napoli and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Lucca: C.Willis 14+10reb+1ast, B.Bagnara 13+1ast, A.Soli 11+3reb+1ast, M.Andrade 10+9reb+1ast, S.Hampton 9+8reb+1ast, S.Caru 4+3reb
Umbertide: L.Drljaca 14+3reb, S.Ballardini 13+5reb+1ast, F.Zara 9+6reb, T.Stansbury 8+9reb, C.Consolini 8+3reb, G.Robert 6+3reb
gschID: 96343


Faenza - Vomero NA 76-54

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Club Atletico Faenza (8-6) crushed at home 9th ranked Vomero Napoli (4-10) 76-54. It looked good early as Vomero Napoli took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Club Atletico Faenza had a 24-10 second period charge getting the lead and Vomero Napoli was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-76. Club Atletico Faenza dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Vomero Napoli's 32. The best player for the winners was Brazilian guard Adriana Moises Pinto (169-78) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. American forward Lauren Ervin (191-85, college: Arkansas) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Club Atletico Faenza's coach Nino Molino felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montenegrin guard Aleksandra Vujovic (182-80, agency: LBM Management) produced 15 points and 4 steals and Jamaican power forward Vanessa Gidden (193-85, college: Hofstra) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Club Atletico Faenza maintains fifth position with 8-6 record. Vomero Napoli at the other side keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. Club Atletico Faenza's next round opponent will be Basket Parma (#11) on the road where they are favorite. Vomero Napoli will play against Liomatic Umbertide.
Top scorers:
Faenza: A.Moises Pinto 22+8reb+8ast, L.Ervin 15+9reb+2ast, V.Sipaviciute 12+3reb+1ast, L.Santucci 8+5reb+2ast, A.Breitreiner 7+1ast, F.Modica 5+3reb+4ast
Vomero NA: A.Vujovic 15+1reb+3ast, V.Gidden 11+6reb, L.Corradini 10+3reb+3ast, T.Grant 7+7reb+1ast, M.Micovic 6+3reb+1ast, E.Callens 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 96338


Bracco Geas - Priolo 73-63

Very expected game when 10th ranked Acer ERG Priolo (4-10) lost to fourth ranked Bracco Geas (10-4) in Sesto S.Giovanni 63-73. Acer ERG Priolo was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 24-13 charge of Bracco Geas, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Acer ERG Priolo's 28. The best player for the winners was Hungarian center Petra Ujhelyi (192-80, college: S.Carolina) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. American guard Kristin Haynie (175-83, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. Bracco Geas' coach Walter Montini allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Serbian guard Marija Eric (164-83) produced 16 points and 7 steals and Cuban forward Tania Seino (186-73) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Bracco Geas moved-up to third place, which they share with Umbertide. Acer ERG Priolo lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Bracco Geas' next round opponent will be league's leader Familia Schio on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Acer ERG Priolo will play against Umana Reyer (#6) in Venezia.
Top scorers:
Bracco Geas: P.Ujhelyi 14+14reb+1ast, M.Crippa 11+1reb, K.Haynie 10+5reb+2ast, I.Zanoni 9+5reb, L.Summerton 8+2reb, M.Zanon 8+3reb+1ast
Priolo: M.Eric 16+3reb+1ast, T.Seino 12+7reb, S.Spencer 10+4reb, C.Corbani 8+6reb, F.Pascalau 7+3reb, E.Fabbri 4
gschID: 96339


Comense - Familia Schio 62-69

A1 top team - Familia Schio (13-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Pool Comense (6-8) in Como 69-62. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Familia Schio outrebounded Pool Comense 36-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. American center Janel McCarville (188-82, college: Minnesota) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and French center Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-86) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. New Zealand forward Jiullian Harmon (185-87, college: Stanford) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Cameo Hicks (178-84, college: Washington) scored 15 points. Familia Schio have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Pool Comense lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Lucca. Familia Schio will play against Bracco Geas (#3) in Sesto S.Giovanni in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Pool Comense will play on the road against Pallacanestro Pozzuoli (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Familia Schio: J.McCarville 19+10reb+1ast, I.Yacoubou-Dehoui 16+11reb, L.Macchi 13+4reb+2ast, R.Masciadri 9+6reb, L.Cohen 7+1reb+1ast, C.Pastore 3+1reb
Comense: J.Harmon 16+5reb+2ast, C.Hicks 15+4reb+1ast, L.Jansone 11+5reb, S.Stabile 9+2reb, M.Fazio 7+3reb, L.Spreafico 2+3reb
gschID: 96340




Standings A1 (W)
A1 Standings
 1. Familia Schio 13-1 
 2. Taranto 11-3 
 3. Bracco Geas 10-4 
 4. Umbertide 10-4 
 5. Faenza 8-6 
 6. Umana Reyer 7-7 
 7. Comense 6-8 
 8. Lucca 6-8 <