EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/28/2011

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  ABA   


Dwight Coleman joins the North Dallas Vandals - by Tyler Gatlin
After 2 games with the Dallas Impact, Dwight Coleman (6'8''-F-85, college: Dallas Baptist) has inked a deal with the North Dallas Vandals. Coleman, a versatile talent, averaged 24.5 points and 5rebs per game. He knocked down 11 3's and shot 72% from the floor. Dwight joints a deep Vandals roster. The team is positioning itself for a playoff run, and adding Coleman to the mix makes them even more dangerous.

Dwight Coleman Scouting Report

Dwight has the talent to play in a high level league. His size is a + for the 2guard position and his range makes defenses pay attention to him at all times. He can create for himself off the dribble and excels in pick and roll situations (with an above average post man). Being left-handed also puts him at an advantage on the offensive end. His creativity around the basket, and knack for finishing in the paint is comparable to Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) and Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances). Playing on an undersized team, he is forced to guard post players. His experience as primarily a post player in High School and College benefits him in these situations. His toughness is very apparent and his strength prevents posts from backing him down and taking advantage of the matchup. His most important attribute may well be his leadership and basketball IQ. He wants to win and have a successful career in basketball. At age 24 he most likely has a 4 year window to improve and make a roster on a top Euro league, or even the NBA.
-- Sport Management Worldwide Scout.


Standings
ABA Standings
 1. Colorado Kings 11-0 
 2. Arlington B. 2-3 
 3. NY Prime Time 1-4 
 4. Santa Barbara 0-0 
 5. Texas RR 0-1 
 6. Shizuoka Gym. 0-3 
Gulf Coast
 1. SE Texas M. 16-1 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 5-3 
 3. Mobile Bay H. 4-2 
 4. Louisiana U. 1-4 
 5. Cypress 0-0 
 6. Houston R.S. 0-5 
Mid-Atlantic
 1. Seven Cities 11-0 
 2. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 3. Charlotte 0-0 
 4. College Park 0-0 
 5. Fayetteville F. 0-0 
 6. Georgia G. 0-0 
 7. Georgia K. 0-0 
NoCal
 1. E.Bay Pitbulls 9-3 
 2. Bay Area M. 9-4 
 3. Sacramento H. 7-4 
 4. Modesto H. 7-6 
 5. S.Francisco R. 5-3 
 6. California SK 0-0 
 7. Clayton 0-0 
North Central
 1. Chicago Steam 9-3 
 2. Lake Michigan 6-3 
 3. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 4. Elkhart E. 0-0 
 5. Indianapolis 0-0 
 6. Kansas City S. 0-0 
 7. Pittsburgh P. 0-0 
 8. NWI M.Stars 0-3 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 3-1 
 2. NY Red Riders 0-0 
 3. NY Thunder 0-0 
 4. S.Jersey 0-0 
 5. Tri-City Suns 0-0 
Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 9-1 
SoCal
 1. Las Vegas A. 9-0 
 2. San Diego Sol 8-3 
 3. San Diego S. 6-5 
 4. LA Slam 5-3 
 5. Compton C. 0-0 
 6. Mid-Valley 0-0 
 7. S.Valley Fever 0-0 
 8. Riverside R. 0-1 
 9. SoCal Swish 0-3 
South Central
 1. E.Kentucky En. 11-0 
 2. St. Louis 2-1 
 3. Kentucky B. 0-0 
 4. Kentucky C. 0-0 
 5. W.Virginia B. 0-0 
 6. Indiana Diesel 0-1 
Southeast
 1. Jacksonville 13-0 
 2. Savannah Storm 9-3 
 3. Columbus Life 4-0 
 4. Bahama PS 0-0 
 5. Florida M. 0-0 
 6. Florida Th. 0-0 
 7. Heartland P. 0-0 
 8. Orlando Kings 0-0 
 9. Team Haiti 0-0 
Southwest
 1. Texas Fuel 12-4 
 2. North Dallas 9-5 
 3. Oklahoma 8-2 
 4. West Texas W. 8-5 
 5. N.Texas F. 1-4 
 6. Dallas Impact 0-0 
 7. Piedmont 0-0 


Another win for the Kings - by Gianni Pascucci
The Colorado Kings shot a blistering 63 percent from the field to sweep the Shizuoka Gymrats, 136-102 tuesday night at Bear Creek High School. The Kings led the entire game, including a 32 point lead at the half, to win all three games against the Gymrats. Sharp shooter Corey Campbell (6'2''-G-83, college: Otero JC) led the Kings with 28 points, hitting 68 percent from the field and 62 percent from beyond the arc. Keith Borgan (5'11''-G-83, college: Metro St.) added 18 points and dished out 6 assists, and Robert Frazier (6'7''-F, college: Tuskegee) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Jun Iwasa (6'2''-G-80) led the Gymrats with 34 points, followed by Joe Udeoji (6'4''-G/F-86, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: San Jose St.) 's 29 points and Yosuke Sugawara (6'2''-G/F-83) 's 22 points.
The Colorado Kings, ranked fifth in the American Basketball Association, take their unbeaten record on the road for the next five games starting Friday night. The Kings travel to Oklahoma City to face the Oklahoma Impact for two games before making a three game trip to California. The Kings face a difficult test against the San Francisco Rumble February 3rd, followed by the 17th ranked Sacramento Heatwave, and the 13th ranked Bay Area Matrix.
The Colorado Kings return home Saturday, February 12th against the Missouri Rhythm at Bear Creek High School in Lakewood. Tip-off is set at 7:15 PM.


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Zadar sign contract with Devan Downey - by Eurobasket News
Zadar have strengthened their backcourt. They landed Devan Downey (175-G-87, college: S.Carolina). The 23-year-old guard started the season in Turkey. The player averaged 11.1 points, 2.6 assists and 2.0 boards per game for Antalya. It is the first pro season for Devan Downey. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2010. The guard notched 22.5 points, 3.5 assists, 3.3 boards and 2.7 steals per game in his senior season. Downey received AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention in 2009 and 2010. The guard was also named into USBWA All-District III Team. Devan Downey may appear on court when Zadar face Radnicki in Adriatic League Round 19.


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  ALGERIA   


NBS-CRBDB, shock outsiders - by Carlos Pereira
The 21st day of the superdivision basketball Championship is played in two days (Friday and Saturday) and he will be dominated by the shock who oppose Staouli to the local NBS CRB Dar El-Beida.
The men from coach Hakim Meddour beaten at homeTuesday by the leader GSP, which crushes its weight to the competition, will try to redeem themselves against a worthy opponent quality, NBS (3rd) , but who had also experienced the bitterness of defeat in Batna (55-70) last Tuesday. NBS drive by Braham Merouani seems unwilling to give ground on the two big guns, the GSP and the WAB, pending the final sprint in the second phase of the Championship. GSP and Widad play this Friday on velvet by hosting a priori respectively opponents easily, namely: IRBB Arreridj and USM Alger.

SCHEDULE
Friday

A Hydra (15h): GS Ptroliers IRBB Arreridj
A Boufarik (16h) : WA Boufarik USM Alger

Saturday

A Tmouchent : CRB Tmouchent O. Batna
A Staouli : ASPTT Alger AU Annaba
A Skikda : AB Skikda NA Hussein-Dey
A Blida : TBB Blida OM Bel-Abbs
A Constantine : CSM Constantine USMM Hadjout
A Staoueli (16h) : NB Staouli CRB Dar El-Beida

Rsults of day 20.
NA Hussein-Dey OM Bel-Abbs 56-50
AU Annaba TBB Blida 60-70
USM Alger ASPTT Alger 78-61
USMM Hadjout WA Boufarik 60-70
IRBB Arrridj CSM Constantine 66-67
CRB Dar El-Beida - GS Ptroliers 72-82
O. Batna NB Staouli 70-55
AB Skikda CRB Tmouchent 20-0

STANDING
1 . GS Ptroliers 36
2 . WA Boufarik 34
3 .NB Staouli 32
- .TBB Blida 32
5 . CRB Dar El-Beida 29
-. CSM Constantine 29
7 . O. Batna 28
8. IRBB Arrridj 26
9. OM Bel-Abbs 24
-- . NA H.Dey 24
-- . USM Alger 24
12. AB Skikda 23
13. AU Annaba 22
14. CRB Tmouchent 20
--. USMM Hadjout 20
--. ASPTT Alger 19



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  ARGENTINA   


TNA Round 13: Alvear keeps a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in TNA.

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Alvear as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Zona Norte. Alvear smashed 7th ranked Tucuman BB in Villa Angela 94-70. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-70. Alvear have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Obera TC. Tucuman BB at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. Tucuman BB will play next round against Asociacion Espanola trying to get back on the winning streak. Alvear will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked San Martin Corrientes on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in Santa Fe. First ranked Firmat SF (9-4) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Quilmes MP (7-6) 75-73 on Friday evening. Firmat SF have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place in Zona Sur with 9-4 record. Quilmes MP at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Union S.. Firmat SF will play against San Martin Marcos Juarez (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Quilmes MP will play against Union de Sunchales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Bragado between Bragado and Union de Sunchales. Second ranked Bragado (9-5) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Union de Sunchales (7-6). Bragado managed to escape with a 1-point win 80-79 on Friday evening. Bragado have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place in Zona Sur with 9-5 record having just -1 point less than leader Alvear. Union de Sunchales lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Quilmes MP. Bragado will meet at home Gimnasia VP (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Union de Sunchales will play against Quilmes MP (#5) in Mar del Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Charata: Asociacion Italiana (#5) and Asociacion Espanola (#6). Asociacion Italiana (8-5) won against visiting Asociacion Espanola (6-7) 69-64. Asociacion Italiana moved-up to third place in Zona Norte, which they share with San Mart.C. and Union Progr. Asociacion Espanola lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Asociacion Italiana's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Obera TC at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Asociacion Espanola will play against Tucuman BB (#7) in Tandil and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Obera. First ranked host Obera TC (9-4) smashed their biggest opponent Union Progresista (8-5) 73-54. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Union Progresista. It was a key game for the top position in Zona Norte. Obera TC maintains first place in Zona Norte with 9-4 record, which they share with Alvear. Newly promoted Union Progresista dropped to the third position with five games lost. Obera TC will face Asociacion Italiana (#3) in Charata in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Union Progresista will play at home against Adelante in Reconquista.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 13:
In Zona Norte San Mart.C. won against Adelante on the opponent's court 68-63.
In Zona Sur Gimnasia VP managed to outperform Banda Norte in a home game 70-58. San Mart.MJ was rolled over Ciclista on the road 91-69.


Group North
A.Italiana - A.Espanola 69-64

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Charata: Asociacion Italiana (#5) and Asociacion Espanola (#6). Asociacion Italiana (8-5) won against visiting Asociacion Espanola (6-7) 69-64. Asociacion Italiana moved-up to third place in Zona Norte, which they share with San Mart.C. and Union Progr. Asociacion Espanola lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Asociacion Italiana's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Obera TC at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Asociacion Espanola will play against Tucuman BB (#7) in Tandil and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 95426


Alvear - Tucuman BB 94-70

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Alvear as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Zona Norte. Alvear smashed 7th ranked Tucuman BB in Villa Angela 94-70. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-70. Alvear have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Obera TC. Tucuman BB at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. Tucuman BB will play next round against Asociacion Espanola trying to get back on the winning streak. Alvear will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked San Martin Corrientes on the road.
gschID: 95423


Adelante - San Mart.C. 63-68

Rather expected game in Reconquista where 8th ranked Adelante (1-11) was defeated by fifth ranked San Martin Corrientes (8-5) 68-63 on Friday. 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 68-63. San Martin Corrientes moved-up to third place in Zona Norte, which they share with Union Progr. and A.Italiana. Adelante lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will face league's leader Alvear in Villa Angela in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Adelante will play on the road against Union Progresista (#4) in Villa Angela.
gschID: 95424


Obera TC - Union Progr. 73-54

The game between Top Four teams took place in Obera. First ranked host Obera TC (9-4) smashed their biggest opponent Union Progresista (8-5) 73-54. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Union Progresista. It was a key game for the top position in Zona Norte. The game without a history. Obera TC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Obera TC maintains first place in Zona Norte with 9-4 record, which they share with Alvear. Newly promoted Union Progresista dropped to the third position with five games lost. Obera TC will face Asociacion Italiana (#3) in Charata in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Union Progresista will play at home against Adelante in Reconquista.
gschID: 95425


Group South
Gimnasia VP - Banda Norte 70-58

There was a small surprise in Necochea where eighth ranked Gimnasia VP (2-10) defeated 6th ranked Banda Norte (6-7) 70-58 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Gimnasia VP. Banda Norte was better in second period 13-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Newly promoted Gimnasia VP maintains eighth place in Zona Sur with 2-10 record. Banda Norte at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Gimnasia VP will face league's second-placed Bragado on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 95429


Bragado - Union S. 80-79

A very close game took place in Bragado between Bragado and Union de Sunchales. Second ranked Bragado (9-5) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Union de Sunchales (7-6). Bragado managed to escape with a 1-point win 80-79 on Friday evening. Bragado have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place in Zona Sur with 9-5 record having just -1 point less than leader Alvear. Union de Sunchales lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Quilmes MP. Bragado will meet at home Gimnasia VP (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Union de Sunchales will play against Quilmes MP (#5) in Mar del Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 95430


Firmat SF - Quilmes MP 75-73

Important game to mention about took place in Santa Fe. First ranked Firmat SF (9-4) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Quilmes MP (7-6) 75-73 on Friday evening. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Firmat SF have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place in Zona Sur with 9-4 record. Quilmes MP at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Union S.. Firmat SF will play against San Martin Marcos Juarez (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Quilmes MP will play against Union de Sunchales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 95427


Ciclista - San Mart.MJ 91-69

Not a big story in a game in Juninense where 7th ranked San Martin Marcos Juarez (3-10) was rolled over by fifth ranked Ciclista (8-5) 91-69 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Ciclista. San Martin Marcos Juarez was better in fourth quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ciclista moved-up to third place in Zona Sur. Loser San Martin Marcos Juarez keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Ciclista will face Banda Norte (#6) in Rio Cuarto in the next round. San Martin Marcos Juarez will play at home against the league's leader Firmat SF in Santa Fe.
gschID: 95428




Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Atenas 8-3 
 2. La Union 7-3 
 3. Lanus 7-3 
 4. Obras 7-4 
 5. Penarol 6-3 
 6. Libertad S. 6-4 
 7. Quimsa 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 


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


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 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, Penarol15.8 
 8. Gutierrez, Obras15.6 
 9. Galindo, Libertad S.15.5 
 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. Kammerichs, Regat.8.8 
 5. Williams, Atenas8.8 
 6. Johnson, Monte H.8.2 
 7. Battle, Libertad S.8.1 
 8. Leiva, Penarol8.0 
 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.5.5 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.2 
 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. Funes, Gimnasia CR2.5 
 4. Lamonte, Penarol2.4 
 5. Williams, Atenas2.4 
 6. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.3 
 7. Martinez, Regat.2.3 
 8. Salles, 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, Obras1.1 
 6. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 7. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 8. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 9. Wolkowyski, Libertad.0.7 
 10. White, Monte H.0.7 


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Wuhan, China to host 26th FIBA Asia Championship - by Maarouf Mawloud
Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in China has been awarded the right to host the prestigious 26th FIBA Asia Championship.
The 26th FIBA Asia Championship, which will also identify the team to represent FIBA Asia in the 2012 London Olympics, will be played from Sept 15-25, 2011.
The champion team from the 26th FIBA Asia Championship will earn a direct entry to the 2012 London Olympics with the two teams that follow making it to the FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament.
The 26th FIBA Asia Championship will be the fifth instance when China will host this all-important Championship.
Beijing (1989), Shanghai (2001), Harbin (2003) and most recently Tianjin (2009) are the Chinese cities which have hosted the FIBA Asia Championship earlier.
The Championship will feature 16 top teams from FIBA Asia, with Lebanon, the champions of the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup and China as hosts having already qualified. The rest of the fray will be decided from a series of qualifying events from the five FIBA Asia subzones.
China have a rich history of successfully hosting international sport events. The Olympics in 2008 and more recently the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou (in December 2010) are examples for such instances. Therefore, we fully convinced this time too China will turn out to wonderful hosts for such an important event, said FIBA Asia president Sheikh Saud Ali Al-Thani.
We have two important events, both of them Olympic qualifiers. And we have found excellent hosts for both the events, added Sheikh Saud referring to the 24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women to be hosted by Japan at Omura-Nagasaki from Aug 21-28, 2011.
There can be few better organizers of international basketball events as the Chinese Basketball Association, said FIBA Asia Secretary General Dato Yeoh Choo Hock.
The technical excellence of the CBA and China in general during the Asian Games was amazing. For the first time, we had games in four different venues and we had not even a single complaint from any team. That goes to show how impeccable China can organize events, added Dato Yeoh.
The complete calendar of FIBA Asia events for 2011 will be announced very soon.
FIBA Asia will run special event websites with latest updated of news, photos, statistics and other event related information for all the events.


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Balkan League round 8 best performance: Zeljko Sakic - by Eurobasket News
Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (203-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Zrinjski MC, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 13 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Svjetlost (#5, 0-7), the league's bottom-ranked team 79-65. Zrinjski HT is placed at 2nd position in Balkan League group A. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Zrinjski HT will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. Sakic turned to be Zrinjski HT's top player in his first season with the team. Zeljko Sakic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.3ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.5rpg) and averages impressive 60.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 37-year old American Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73) of league's leader Levski. Lauderdale had a very good evening with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Levski to another comfortable win 92-79 over slightly lower-ranked Beograd (#3, 4-2) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group A. Levski consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 6 matches. Lauderdale is one of the most experienced players at Levski and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was swingman Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) of Rilski Sportist Samokov (#3). Lilov showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Rilski Sportist, leading his team to a 91-70 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Balkan (#5, 1-5). Rilski Sportist needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group B. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Lilov has a great season in Balkan League. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.0ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.8apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. JuJuan Cooley (175-G-82) of Mures - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Lazar Simonovic (185-G-82) of Zrinjski HT - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jason Forte (196-F-84) of Mures - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Vladimir Mijovic (207-F-84) of Rilski Sportist - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Slobodan Dundjerski (190-G-88) of Beograd - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84) of Mures - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nicholas Covington (188-G-85) of Mures - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 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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  BRAZIL   


Good start for Luis Leao on College - by Paulo Freire
The 65 brazilian forward Luis Fernando Leao after a Red-shirted season during 2009-2010 had a good start this season at MERCYHURST COLLEGE.
As a sophomore Luis is averaging 16.8ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.1apg per game.
The former U18 Brazilian National Team in 2006 is the currently second top score of the team and the leader in rebounds of the team.
Mercyhurst College is the NCAA second division. He has been named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 23.

Leao helped guide Mercyhurst to a 2-0 week with wins over Clarion and Slippery Rock to improve to 4-0 in the Western Divison where the Lakers now occupy first place.

He notched his seventh double-double of the year against Clarion, posting a career-high 27 points and 11 rebounds in the 90-81 overtime win. In that extra session, he tallied 12 of the Lakers 18 points and helped, including 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. All told, he went 16-of-18 from the game from the free-throw line and set a Mercyhurst single-game record in free-throws made while tying the single-game mark for free-throws attempted.

In Brazil, Luis Leao (195-F) played for the Bandeirante/Brusque (SC) basketball team and Ipiranga Basketball Team.


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)
Gabriel Massena (F) Thiago Basilio (G)


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  CHINA   


Chinese CBA round 20 best performance: Rodney White - by Eurobasket News
American forward Rodney White (206-F-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Shandong, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 40 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Xinjiang (#1, 17-1) 120-109. Shandong is placed at 8th position in Chinese CBA. Shandong is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-10 record. In the team's last game White had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Shandong's top player in his first season with the team. Rodney White averages this season 24.1ppg and 8.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Charles Gaines (201-F-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) of Qingdao DS. Gaines had a very good evening with a double-double of 39 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Qingdao DS lost that game 97-102 to the higher-ranked Beijing (#6, 11-8). Qingdao DS managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-11 record. Gaines is a newcomer at Qingdao DS, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 32.5ppg (#1). He also registered 14.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Shanghai (#11). Harris scored 27 points and grabbed twenty two rebounds (!!!). Despite Harris' great performance Shanghai lost 113-117 to the higher-ranked DongGuan (#2, 16-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Shanghai ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Harris could help Shanghai to bring them higher in the standings. Harris has a great season in China. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 15.2rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stephon Marbury (187-G-77) of Foshan - 37 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81) of Jilin - 37 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. ZhiZhi Wang (214-C-79) of Bayi - 32 points and 10 rebounds
7. Quincy Douby (191-G-84) of Xinjiang - 37 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Marcus Haislip (207-F-80) of Guandong - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Zhejiang G.L. - 19 points and 18 rebounds
10. Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81) of Foshan - 22 points, 13 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)


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  CROATIA   


Zadar sign contract with Devan Downey - by Eurobasket News
Zadar have strengthened their backcourt. They landed Devan Downey (175-G-87, college: S.Carolina). The 23-year-old guard started the season in Turkey. The player averaged 11.1 points, 2.6 assists and 2.0 boards per game for Antalya. It is the first pro season for Devan Downey. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2010. The guard notched 22.5 points, 3.5 assists, 3.3 boards and 2.7 steals per game in his senior season. Downey received AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention in 2009 and 2010. The guard was also named into USBWA All-District III Team. Devan Downey may appear on court when Zadar face Radnicki in Adriatic League Round 19.


Krolo's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old center Ivan Krolo (217-C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Vrijednosnice OS Darda and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Dubrava (#9, 4-8) 99-85. Darda is placed at 8th position in Croatian league. Darda is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-7 record. It's Krolo's second year at Darda and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Krolo has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.8rpg) and averages solid 70.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) of top-ranked KK Split. He is a guard in his first season at KK Split. In the last game Mimica recorded impressive 31 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead KK Split to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Zabok (#7, 5-7) 101-79. Of course KK Split still keep the league's top spot. His team has currently 9-3 record. Mimica is a newcomer at KK Split and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.7ppg (#6).

Third place about best performers goes to another KK Split's star - guard Toni Katic (185-G-92). Katic scored 25 points and passed six assists. He was another key player of KK Split, helping his team with a 101-79 easy win against the lower-ranked Zabok (#7, 5-7). KK Split confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 3 lost games. Katic has a great season in Croatia. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.2apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83) of Kvarner 2010 - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Matteo Juricic (191-G-91) of Dubrava - 27 points and 2 assists
6. Nikola Dosen (187-G-91) of Dubrovnik - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Luka Petkovic (190-G-88) of Svjetlost - 26 points and 5 assists
8. Ivan Bakovic (197-G-81) of Darda - 26 points and 4 assists
9. Ante Delas (201-G/F-88) of Alkar Sinj - 22 points and 7 rebounds
10. Teo Petani (190-G-88) of Borik - 22 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)


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  CYPRUS   


Hassapis Omonia defeat Cytavision APOEL - by Michael Aristidou
In the most surprised result so far for Cyprus league Hasapis Omonia Nicosia won Cytavision Apoel Nicosia 96-84. The result was a real shock for Cytavision Apoel Nicosia. Cytavision Apoel Nicosia was able to win Keravnos just a few days ago and everyone was saying that easily they could finish in first position in regular season. Hasapis Omonia Nicosia won for the first tome their rivals since 1995! They had another win back in 2002 for a cup game.


In the game Hasapis Omonia Nicosia never lost the lead and surprised their opponents with the passion they had in the game. On the contray Cytavision Apoel Nicosia had a bad game with some players having a bad performance.


Hasapis Omonia Nicosia had Akida McLain (206-F-86, college: Indiana (PA)) in great evening scoring 32 points.



Quarters: 24-15, 44-40, 67-61, 96-84


Hasapis Omonia Nicosia: McLain 32 (2), Bostick 20, Horner 6, Junknevicius 9, Avalic 9 (1), Zaric 4, Cubrilo, 10 (2), Konstantinou 6 (1)
Cytavison APOEL: Tiggs 15 (3), Hanavan 21 (3), Lee 17, Davis 12 (2), Kalaitzidis 3 (1), Buljan 8, Kovac 6 (1), Neophytou 2, Miceta,




A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Milutin ALEKSIC
  Panionios
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Aleksic, AEK17.8 
 2. Camacho, Apollon17.5 
 3. Dunovic, Omonia17.4 
 4. Diamantopoul., Achill.17.1 
 5. Radunovic, ENAD16.6 
 6. Hanavan, AP.16.5 
 7. Davis, AP.16.1 
 8. McLain, Omonia15.0 
 9. King, Etha14.8 
 10. Ewing, AEL14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. King, Etha10.7 
 2. Djikanovic, Achilleas9.8 
 3. Radunovic, ENAD8.8 
 4. Aleksic, AEK8.0 
 5. McLain, Omonia6.8 
 6. Johnson, Keravnos6.5 
 7. Camacho, Apollon6.2 
 8. Buljan, AP.6.1 
 9. Collins, ENAD5.9 
 10. Radojevic, Omonia5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dante STIGGERS
  Apollon
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Stiggers, Apollon4.7 
 2. Berdiel, AEK4.5 
 3. Kounounis, AEL3.9 
 4. Razis, ENAD3.7 
 5. Lee, AP.3.5 
 6. Dunovic, Omonia3.4 
 7. Cummings, Keravnos3.3 
 8. Palalas, AEL3.0 
 9. Stallings, Apollon3.0 
 10. Diamantopoul., Achill.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Tiggs, AP.2.1 
 3. Kent, ENAD1.9 
 4. Hanavan, AP.1.9 
 5. Berdiel, AEK1.8 
 6. Johnson, Etha1.8 
 7. Radunovic, ENAD1.7 
 8. Diamantopoul., Achill.1.6 
 9. Kounounis, AEL1.6 
 10. Price, ENAD1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  AEL
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Wyatt, AEL2.4 
 2. King, Etha1.9 
 3. Collins, ENAD1.5 
 4. Radojevic, Omonia1.4 
 5. Collins, AEK1.2 
 6. Johnson, Keravnos1.2 
 7. Fells, Keravnos0.9 
 8. Dials, Apollon0.7 
 9. Camacho, Apollon0.6 
 10. Englicky, Apollon0.6 


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


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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 18-1 
 2. Svendborg 16-2 
 3. Naestved 14-6 
 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. Morris, Aabyhoj21.6 
 4. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose20.1 
 6. Roberts, Naestved19.0 
 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: 12.6
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.6 
 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: 6.1
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.1 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.7 
 3. Dennis, SISU4.6 
 4. Nielsen, Horsholm4.3 
 5. Burgess, Bakken4.2 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg4.1 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj4.0 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose3.7 
 9. McFarlane, Vaerl.3.2 
 10. Simonsen, Amager B.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mickey DENNIS
  SISU
  (190-G/F-78)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Dennis, SISU2.2 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm2.2 
 3. Roberts, Naestved2.1 
 4. Smedley, Naestved2.0 
 5. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.0 
 6. Burgess, Bakken2.0 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken1.9 
 8. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 9. Claitt, Horsens IC1.8 
 10. Falsvig, Aalborg1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.4 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.6 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.3 
 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 


Ligaen Round 19: Horsholm defeats Horsens IC in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 19 in the Ligaen took place in Horsholm. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Horsens IC (11-9) to fifth ranked Horsholm (11-7) 61-58 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Horsens IC. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 20-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Horsholm made 10 blocks. It was a great evening for forward Jonathan Gilling (203-F-91) (203-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. The former international power forward Jens Hakanowitz (204-80) helped adding 17 points and 13 rebounds. At the losing side the former international power forward Hans Schur (203-83, college: Lynn) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Horsholm have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Horsens IC at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Horsholm are looking forward to face Aabyhoj (#6) at home in the next round. Horsens IC will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Naestved. 3rd placed host Naestved (14-6) lost to first ranked Bakken (18-1) 63-54. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Naestved. It was an exceptional evening for American-Belizean guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. Andreas Jakobsen accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay (OH)) came up with 8 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists for Naestved in the defeat. Bakken maintains first place with 18-1 record. Naestved at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Bakken will play against Vaerlose (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Naestved will have a break next round. The game in Copenhagen was also quite interesting. Second ranked Svendborg (16-2) played at the court of 8th ranked SISU (7-13). Svendborg defeated SISU 89-79 on Sunday. Matt Williams fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Donald Rutherford produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Defending champion maintains second place with 16-2 record having just three points less than leader Bakken. SISU lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. Svendborg will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. SISU will play against Aabyhoj (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Kastrup where 6th ranked Aabyhoj (8-12) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Amager BK (4-16) 90-77. Worth to mention a great performance of Nerijus Brasas who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Amager BK maintains ninth place with 4-16 record. Aabyhoj at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Amager BK's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Aalborg (#10) on the road.

In the last game of round 19 bottom-ranked Aalborg lost to Vaerlose on the opponent's court 76-84.


Amager BK - Aabyhoj 90-77

An interesting game took place in Kastrup where 6th ranked Aabyhoj (8-12) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Amager BK (4-16) 90-77. The game without a history. Amager BK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian forward Nerijus Brasas (200-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Swingman Peter Simonsen (185-88) contributed with 18 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Amager BK players scored in double figures. American forward Edward Morris (203-84, college: Pittsburg St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and British-American guard Anthony Martin (186-80) added 14 points in the effort for Aabyhoj. Amager BK maintains ninth place with 4-16 record. Aabyhoj at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Amager BK's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Aalborg (#10) on the road.
Top scorers:
Amager BK: N.Brasas 33+11reb, R.Larsen 20+4ast, P.Simonsen 18+2reb+6ast, B.Logan 10+6reb+2ast, S.Larsen 5+3reb+3ast, M.Lisby 4+6reb+3ast
Aabyhoj: E.Morris 27+10reb+1ast, A.Martin 14+2reb+3ast, D.Jukic 10+1reb+1ast, R.Dalboge 9+3reb+2ast, M.Frandsen 9+6reb+2ast, R.Laier 4+5reb
gschID: 95178


Naestved - Bakken 54-63

The game between Top Four teams took place in Naestved. 3rd placed host Naestved (14-6) lost to first ranked Bakken (18-1) 63-54. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Naestved. The game without a history. Bakken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Naestved's 20. It was an exceptional evening for American-Belizean guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. International guard Andreas Jakobsen (187-83, college: Columbia (MO), agency: Rasmussen Services) accounted for 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay (OH)) came up with 8 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international power forward Peter Johansen (205-80) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Naestved in the defeat. Bakken maintains first place with 18-1 record. Naestved at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Bakken will play against Vaerlose (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Naestved will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Bakken: C.Burgess 15+16reb+2ast, J.Jensen 13+2reb+1ast, A.Jakobsen 13+8reb+3ast, C.Christoffersen 7+6reb, C.Nielsen 6+1reb+2ast, H.Petkov 3+3reb
Naestved: M.Kasiulevicius 17+3reb, N.Christensen 9+2reb, D.Smedley 9+3reb+4ast, L.Roberts 8+17reb+5ast, P.Johansen 8+10reb+3ast, L.Hoirup 3
gschID: 95179


Horsholm - Horsens IC 61-58

The most exciting game of round 19 in the Ligaen took place in Horsholm. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Horsens IC (11-9) to fifth ranked Horsholm (11-7) 61-58 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Horsens IC. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 20-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Horsholm made 10 blocks. It was a great evening for forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. The former international power forward Jens Hakanowitz (204-80) helped adding 17 points and 13 rebounds. At the losing side the former international power forward Hans Schur (203-83, college: Lynn) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Rickey Claitt (188-87, college: Oregon St.) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Four Horsens IC players scored in double figures. Horsholm have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Horsens IC at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Horsholm are looking forward to face Aabyhoj (#6) at home in the next round. Horsens IC will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: J.Gilling 21+10reb+2ast, J.Hakanowitz 17+13reb, D.Balaton 8+1reb+1ast, P.Hertz 5+7reb, F.Nielsen 4+3reb+4ast, A.Bak 4+1reb+1ast
Horsens IC: M.Sahlertz 14+3reb, R.Claitt 13+3reb+5ast, H.Schur 12+12reb+2ast, A.Madsen 11+2reb+2ast, M.St.John 5+4reb, T.Katholm 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 95176


SISU - Svendborg 79-89

The game in Copenhagen was also quite interesting. Second ranked Svendborg (16-2) played at the court of 8th ranked SISU (7-13). Svendborg defeated SISU 89-79 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Svendborg. SISU managed to win second period 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded SISU 42-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. American forward Matt Williams (200-77, college: Montana) fired 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC, agency: Rasmussen Services) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Donald Rutherford (198, college: Catawba) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) added 19 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains second place with 16-2 record having just three points less than leader Bakken. SISU lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. Svendborg will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. SISU will play against Aabyhoj (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: M.Williams 21+9reb, N.Iversen 20+5reb+3ast, C.Magaard 18+6reb+1ast, A.Darboe 10+6reb+4ast, M.Plannthin 7+9reb+4ast, N.Degn-Andersen 7
SISU: D.Rutherford 19+11reb+3ast, M.Dennis 19+3reb+5ast, D.Harder 14+4reb+3ast, M.Nielsen 12+2reb+3ast, M.Brown 6+7reb, M.Christensen 5
gschID: 95177


Vaerlose - Aalborg 84-76

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Aalborg (1-19) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Vaerlose (7-12) 84-76. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 34-28 Aalborg's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 84-76 at the end of the game. Vaerlose forced 23 Aalborg turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Aalborg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for American forward Bonell Colas (206-82, college: Florida) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Senegalese power forward Pape Ba (205-81, college: Bethune-Cookman) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Vaerlose players scored in double figures. American guard Marquis Hall (183-87, college: Lehigh) answered with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Barkley Falkner (203-86, college: Sam Houston St.) added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Aalborg. Vaerlose have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place. Aalborg lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Vaerlose's next round opponent will be league's leader Bakken in Aarhus and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aalborg will play at home against Amager BK (#9) in Kastrup and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vaerlose: B.Colas 20+10reb+5ast, P.Ba 19+9reb, M.Rasmussen 13+1reb+1ast, A.Karason 13+2reb+2ast, S.Jensen 12+2reb+7ast, A.Alili 5+2reb+2ast
Aalborg: M.Hall 24+5reb+4ast, H.Falsvig 18+7reb, B.Falkner 15+11reb+2ast, S.Sorensen 9+4reb, C.Thomsen 8+2reb+1ast, B.Sorensen 2+1ast
gschID: 95175




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  D-LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Toronto R.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.0 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 3. Johnson, Erie B.20.2 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.20.1 
 5. Dentmon, Texas L.19.8 
 6. Edwards, New M.19.4 
 7. Greene, Utah F.18.5 
 8. Tucker, New Mexico18.5 
 9. Stinson, Iowa E.18.0 
 10. Sims, Maine RC18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande11.9 
 2. Alexander, Texas L.10.3 
 3. Patterson, Rio G.10.3 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.10.3 
 5. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.10.0 
 6. Williams, Texas L.9.8 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.7 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.6 
 9. Davidson, Idaho S.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.8.2 
 5. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.6 
 6. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.9 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.3 
 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. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.4 
 4. Jackson, Idaho S.2.4 
 5. Linhart, Erie B.2.2 
 6. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.2 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 8. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 9. Hubbard, New M.2.1 
 10. Johnson, Erie B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.2 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.3.1 
 3. N''Diaye, Dakota W.2.7 
 4. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.5 
 5. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 6. Sykes, Sioux F.2.3 
 7. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.3 
 8. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 9. Adrien, Rio Grande1.8 
 10. Pittman, Sioux F.1.8 


Wednesday: Legends and Toros celebrate - by Eurobasket News
Texas L. - Utah F. 106-88
The Texas Legends ended a two-game losing streak on Wednesday night, using a big fourth quarter run to beat the Utah Flash 106-88 at HP Court inside Dr Pepper Arena. Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) had a dominating first half, scoring 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting. However, it was the spread out scoring of Texas that gave them a 48-46 lead going into halftime with nine of ten Legends players scoring in the opening half. In the third, neither team was able to take complete control and the game headed into the final period with the Legends up by five, 75-70. With Texas still on top by five with under seven minutes to go in the game, the Legends outscored the Flash 21-8 to finish the game and clinch the victory for the home team. Joe Alexander led the way for the Legends with his 11th double-double in his last 13 games as he poured in 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Sean Williams (6'10''-F-86, college: Boston Coll.) added 17 points and 11 boards. Despite scoring 18 points in the first half, Dupree finished the night with just 19 as he was 0-for-4 from the field in the second half. Texas improved to 12-13 with the win, while Utah fell to 12-11 on the season. The Legends are back in action on Friday night with the final game of a two-game set with the Utah Flash. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. at HP Court inside Dr Pepper Arena. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Austin T. - Reno Bighorns 97-95
Marcus Cousin (6'11''-C-86, college: Houston) hit a game-winning layup with 1.6 seconds left to lift the Austin Toros over the Reno Bighorns Wednesday morning in the Cedar Park Center, 97-95. The Bighorns led 93-88 with under three minutes to play, but Austin would roar back down the stretch to hand Reno its fourth-straight road loss. With the game tied at 95, Toros point guard Squeaky Johnson drove the lane and lobbed a pass to Cousin, who converted the eventual game-winning basket. After a timeout, Reno's Salim Stoudamire (6'1''-G-82, college: Arizona) had an open three-point attempt at the buzzer, but the potential game-winner was off the mark and Austin escaped with the win. Newly acquired Danny Green led the Bighorns with 22 points, while adding eight rebounds and connecting on 4-of-6 from three-point range. Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas A&M) had 21 points and a team-high nine rebounds for Reno, which has lost its last four games by a total of just 14 points. Cousin poured in 22 points for the Toros, which snapped a short two-game skid with the victory. Johnson chipped in with nine points and a game-high nine assists. The Bighorns return home on Friday, January 28, against the Bakersfield Jam. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




Bulls assign James Johnson to D-League - by Eurobasket News
Chicago Bulls forward James Johnson (6'9''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) was assigned to the Iowa Energy, the Bulls NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 34th 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 Johnson, a second-year pro out of Wake Forest.

Johnson (6-9, 245) has appeared in 12 games this season with the Bulls, averaging 3.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 10.2 minutes. In 77 career games with Chicago, Johnson is averaging 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 11.4 minutes.

The Bulls selected Johnson in the first round (16th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft. In two seasons at Wake Forest, Johnson averaged 14.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 61 games, and was named an All-ACC Third Team selection both seasons.

Johnson is expected to join the Energy for the teams home game against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Friday.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Erie BayHawks acquire Loren Stokes - by Xisco Carots
The Erie Bay Hawks have acquired former Hofstra standout Loren Stokes (6'3''-G-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Hofstra) from the NBA Development League's available player pool.
After graduating from Hofstra in 2007, Stokes (6-3, 175 lbs) attended NBA Summer League with the Orlando Magic before playing internationally the last three years, most recently in Belgium.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Stokes starred at Hofstra University where as a senior he averaged 20.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, and was named the Colonial Athletic Association player of the year in 2006-07. Stokes is one of only five players in Hofstra history to score at least 2,000 points, as he amassed 2,148 points over his four-year career.

Erie's current active roster stands at nine players as guard Garrett Temple signed a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.

Oursportscentral.com


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  EGYPT   


El Ettehad El Sakandary reach the Quarterfinal stage - by Eurobasket News
El Ettehad El Sakandary reach the Quarterfinal stage at the Dubai International Basketball Championship 2011. The team from Egypt will play tonight Al-Ittihad from Syria for the Semifinal birth.
In Day 1 El Ettehad El Sakandary overcame Al Sharja from the United Arab Emirates 85:77. The winners started with 20-18 lead and increased the lead by the end of the game. In the second game of the tournament Al Etihad Egypt handed Smart Gilas Philippines first 85:72 loss. The team from Egypt started with 23-18 in the first period and then increased to 43:23 at the halftime. In the third quarter Smart Gilas managed to reduce a bit to 53:70, but the finial result was 85:72 for the African team.
Al-Wahda from Syria outscored El Ettehad El Sakandary 88:85 in day 3 of the tournament. Although the team from Egypt led 23-19 after the first 10 minutes, they lost the second frame 15-25. On January 24th El Ettehad El Sakandary beat Anibal from Lebanon 77:73 to reach the 1/4 Finals.


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


EuroChallenge round 2 (Top 16) best performance: Jovo Stanojevic - by Eurobasket News
Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Top 16).
The 33-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Krka (#2, 1-1) with 20-point margin 94-74. It allowed Karsiyaka to take over top position in the EuroChallenge group J. But it's just the very beginning of the Top 16 and Karsiyaka won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Stanojevic turned to be Karsiyaka's top player in his first season with the team.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Impact Basketball) of Elitzur Netanya. Brown had a very good evening with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Elitzur Netanya lost that game 73-80 to Maccabi Haifa (1-1). The Top 16 is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Brown is a newcomer at Elitzur Netanya, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86) of BK Prostejov (#4). Lawrence got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds and four assists. Despite Lawrence's great performance BK Prostejov lost 90-96 to #3 ranked Zadar. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. BK Prostejov can only dream about fighting for top spots in group L. They have awful Top 16 losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Lawrence he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Lawrence has a very solid season. In 10 games in EuroChallenge he scored 12.5ppg. He also has 4.1apg and FGP: 51.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Will Thomas (200-F-86) of Oostende - 26 points and 7 rebounds
5. Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79) of Norrkoping - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Timothy Black (178-G-81) of Antwerp - 34 points and 4 rebounds
7. Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) of Gravelines - 15 points and 13 rebounds
8. Marco Killingsworth (203-F-82) of Maccabi Haifa - 21 points and 7 rebounds
9. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81) of Lokomotiv - 19 points and 7 rebounds
10. Marcus Hatten (186-G-80) of M.Hainaut - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists

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


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  EUROCUP   


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. Simmons, CEZ N.16.0 
 10. Papadopoulos, PAOK16.0 
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. Jefferson, AS.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. Mekel, Galil Gilboa6.3 
 4. Meacham, Goett.6.3 
 5. Draper, Cedevita6.2 
 6. Walsh, AS.6.0 
 7. Granger, Estudian.5.3 
 8. Markovic, Benetton.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. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.5 
 5. Popovic, Unics2.5 
 6. Kirksay, Cajasol2.4 
 7. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 8. Bostain, GasTerra2.3 
 9. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 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. Stimac, CEZ N.1.0 
 8. Pierce, Aris1.0 
 9. Owens, Azovmash1.0 
 10. Ivshyn, Azovmash1.0 


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group I
 1. Unics 2-0 
 2. Gran Canaria 1-1 
 3. Hemofarm 1-1 
 4. Cedevita 0-2 
Group J
 1. Le Mans 1-1 
 2. Aris 1-1 
 3. Budivelnyk 1-1 
 4. Goettingen 1-1 
Group K
 1. Pepsi Caserta 2-0 
 2. Estudiantes 2-0 
 3. Galatasaray 0-2 
 4. CEZ Nymburk 0-2 
Group L
 1. Cajasol 2-0 
 2. Benetton TV 1-1 
 3. ALBA 1-1 
 4. Panellinios 0-2 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


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. Navarro, Regal B.14.3 
 9. Gregory, Union O.14.0 
 10. Schortsaniti., Maccab.13.9 
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. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.5 
 6. Gregory, Union O.6.4 
 7. Radosevic, Cibona6.3 
 8. Barac, Caja Laboral6.3 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.3 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja Laboral
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Huertas, Caja L.6.1 
 2. Diamantidis, Panath.5.7 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiakos4.8 
 4. Cook, Valencia4.4 
 5. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.3 
 6. Eidson, Maccabi .4.3 
 7. Jasikevicius, Lietuv.4.3 
 8. Ilievski, Union O.4.2 
 9. Pellin, Le Mans4.2 
 10. Stipcevic, Cibona4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (201-F/G-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .2.8 
 2. McCalebb, Montepas.2.4 
 3. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 4. Perkins, Maccabi .2.2 
 5. Diamantidis, Panath.1.9 
 6. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.9 
 7. Ozbolt, Union O.1.8 
 8. Ilievski, Union O.1.8 
 9. Stonerook, Montepas.1.8 
 10. Rubio, Regal Barca1.8 
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. Barac, Caja Laboral1.3 
 6. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 7. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 8. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.2 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 10. Gist, Partizan1.0 


Top 16: Round Two review - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Caja Laboral - Lietuvos Rytas 86-89
Heartbreaking thriller was played in Vitoria on Wednesday night. Lietuvos Rytas shocked Caja Laboral handing them 86-89 home loss thanks to Khalid El-Amin's (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) triple at the buzzer, which lifted Rytas to their first victory in Top 16. Both teams have 1-1 record now in Group E. El-Amin had almost perfect night as he missed just once for 26 minutes. He scored 22 points and was Co-MVP of this meeting with valuation 29. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) also was great adding 19 points and 5 boards, while Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) helped his team with 17 pts. In Caja Laboral, Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was the leading scorer with 20 points. Marcelinho Huertas (191-G-83, agency: Edge Sports) had double-double of 17 pts and 11 assists (5 rebs). Visitors closed the first quarter with 0-10 run for 17-26 lead after ten minutes. Caja Laboral responded in Q2 taking 40-37 until the halftime and was close to keep plus 3 in third period, but Khalid El-Amin dropped in a floater with 5 seconds left to bring his team within 1 points with 10 minutes to play. Visitors shined in the last period and they entered to last 5.6 seconds with plus 3, but Mirza Teletovic drained a triple for the home squad after that. Caja Laboral decided not to make foul in the last few seconds, which allowed Khalid El-Amin to try for three of the dribble and he made it for the first victory of Rytas in Top 16. In Round Two, Caja Laboral will host PAO. Lietuvos Rytas will play in Malaga.

Panathinaikos - Unicaja 82-56
Panathinaikos destroyed Unicaja in Athens 82-56 keeping the perfect 2-0 record after two games in Group E. Visitors dropped to 0-2. Kostas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts, while Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) added 12 points and 5 rebs. In defeat, Joel Freeland (208-F-87) delivered 11 pts.

Group F
Maccabi T-A - Lottomatica 99-58
Impressive home win by the Israeli giant, who has 1-1 now in Group F. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) was their leading player tonight with double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Lior Eliyahu (207-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) followed him with 18 pts. In Lottomatica (0-2), Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) collected 13 points and 7 boards.

Union Olimpija - Regal Barca 67-68
Thriller win for the reigning Euroleague champion, who became the only perfect team after two games in Group F. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) shined once again scoring 27 points Barca. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) had 12 points and 7 rebounds tonight. In Union Olimpija (1-1), Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) had 14 points and 9 boards.

Group G
Partizan - Efes Pilsen 76-79
Partizan was unable to take the first victory in Top 16. The Serbian powerhouse failed in the front of 18.000 fans to Efes Pilsen, who thanks to this win jumped to 2-0 in Group G sharing the first place with Real Madrid. On the other side, Partizan dropped to 0-2. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) nailed 14. Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) secured a nice help for Efes with 13 pts. James Gist (203-F-86) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts, while Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) added 15 pts and 7 assists. Teams exchanged in lead at the beginning and Partizan was holding 21-19 after ten minutes of play. Efes Pilsen took control on their rivals after that and mostly owing to Kerem Gonlum they made 28-33 turn. Visitors increased their lead to six points until the halftime, 34-40. Efes Pilsen was constantly in charge after the breather and they went to last ten minutes with safe 52-59. Partizan didn't give up and they came to 69-70 in the last minute. With 48 seconds left, Rakocevic missed the second of a pair of free throws, but Thornton got the rebound and made both of his shots at the foul line to make it a two-possession game, 69-73. The last chance Partizan had after triple by Dusan Kecman, but Kerem Tunceri had no mercy from the line for 76-79. In the finish, Jerrells and Kecman missed triples so Efes Pilsen held onto a good-as-gold road win in Belgrade. In the next round, Partizan will host Montepaschi. Efes Pilsen goes to Madrid.

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.

Group H
Fener.Ulker - Valencia 75-73
Exciting game in Istanbul, where Valencia had the last possession and a chance to win the game but Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) blocked Rafael Martinez's (191-G-82) two attempts from downtown in the final seconds. The Turkish champion is now alone on top of Group H with perfect 2-0 record. Valencia faced with the first loss in Top 16. Omer Onan (194-G-78) led he hosts with 22 points. Martinez netted 14 pts in defeat.

Zalgiris - Olympiakos 64-71
Olympiakos recovered from the home loss against Fenerbahce Ulker last week and they managed to beat Zalgiris on the road 64-71 for the first victory in Top 16. The hosts dropped to 0-2 as they lost to Valencia in the first round. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) was the leading scorer in victory with 17 points. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) scored 13 and Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) had two less than him. In Zalgiris, Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) collected 17 points and 6 boards. Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) also was good adding 12 pts and 7 rebs. After 16-16 at the beginning, Olympiakos took control on Zalgiris in the finish of Q1 and jumped to 16-23 lead. Nothing has changed after that as there was only one team playing on the court and it was Olympiakos. It resulted with 22-40 for the Reds at the halftime. Spanoulis and Bourousis worked the pick-and-roll perfectly to get the big man a slam on the Reds' first possession of the second half. Teodosic followed with his third three-pointer to complete a 0-13 run that started in the second quarter. However, Zalgiris didn't give up and they managed to make 14-2 in the finish of Q3. Erceg responded for Olympiakos setting the score to 43-56 with 10:00 to go. The hosts came to 61-64 with just minute to go, but than Vassilis Spanoulis stepped up for the Reds with a clutch triple. Later, Teodosic was concentrated from the line and there was no chance for the home squad. In the next round, Olympiakos will host Valencia. Zalgirs goes to Istanbul to meet reigning Turkish champion Fenerbahce Ulker.




Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1. Panathinaikos 2-0 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 1-1 
 3. Caja Laboral 1-1 
 4. Unicaja 0-2 
Group F
 1. Regal Barca 2-0 
 2. Union Olimpija 1-1 
 3. Maccabi T-A 1-1 
 4. Lottomatica 0-2 
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 2-0 
 2. Valencia 1-1 
 3. Olympiakos 1-1 
 4. Zalgiris 0-2 


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Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Blair, Denek24.6 
 2. Pridotkas, Brest17.8 
 3. Kennedy, Orchy17.6 
 4. Petrovic, St Et.17.4 
 5. Blot, Blois17.0 
 6. James, Challans16.2 
 7. Lesieu, St Quentin16.2 
 8. Lalugba, Denain16.2 
 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, Blois8.3 
 3. Lesieu, St Quentin8.3 
 4. Pasut, Sorgues8.2 
 5. Griffin, Angers B.8.1 
 6. Roberts, Brest7.8 
 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, Blois5.8 
 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. Blot, Blois1.7 
 8. Roberts, Brest1.6 
 9. Calvez, Denek1.6 
 10. James, Challans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John FORD
  Bordeaux
  (207-C-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ford, Bordeaux1.8 
 2. Rinna, St Chamond1.8 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.8 
 4. Traore, Angers B.1.7 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.4 
 6. Pasut, Sorgues1.2 
 7. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 8. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 9. Kolb, Blois1.0 
 10. Pourchot, CFBB0.9 


Ryan Randle is a newcomer at Orchesien BC - by Eurobasket
Orchesien BC (NM1) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American forward Ryan Randle (206-F-81, college: Maryland). Randle played most recently at Dallas Impact (ABA) in the U.S. Randle is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Cyprus, Italy, Mexico, Poland and Switzerland.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Chris Moss (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) I Am Good At Taking Charges And Its Not Pretty But Helps the Team - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) is a 30 year old 204cm forward that grew up in Georgia and now lives in Chesterfield, Virginia and is playing for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He started his basketball career at west Virginia where he played from 1998-2002. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 17,5ppg and 8,0rpg. In 2002-2003, he came to Europe to start his professional basketball career as he played for Ironi Nahariya (Israel-Premier League): 5 games: 11.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2ast - Golbey-Epinal (France-ProB): 26 games: 17.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 18ast. From 2003-2010, he played in Spain including 2 seasons in the LEB Gold and 5 years in the ACB. He played for Menorca from 2003-2008. His best season in the ACB was 2005-2006 for Menorca as he played games 26 games averaging 14.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 2FGP: 50.0%, FT: 67.0%. He played for CB Murcia from 2008-2010. Last season, he played 31 games averaging 5.8ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 73.3%. He took some time to talk to eurobasket recently.


What is your early impression of Germany?


Frankfurt is a big city and wonderful place. I am looking forward to getting to know the city better.

You had 9 points and 10 rebounds in your first game. How did you feel on the court?


I felt ok, but it was weird playing again after not playing for such a long time.



You are still needing to find your basketball shape. How do you wnat to find it?


I just need to play games. You can run 5 kilometers, but its not the same thing like changing speeds on the court or getting an elbow.

What drills are you doing with Skyliner assistant coach Klaus Perwass?



We are doing basketball drills. The most important thing is doing contact drills. That is the biggest adjustment for me.



How did you keep in shape in the last 7 months?


I did the basic things like lifting weights, running and playing pick up games. It was a strange feeling not being able to play games for a team.

What is your early impression of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners?


Everyone gets along with each other. each guy wants to win and no one is looking at stats. Each guy is doing their best to help the team win.

What do The Deutsche Bank Skyliners still need to improve?


We need to get more consistent. It is difficult to play consistent for 40 minutes, but if the team plays at a high level then they will always have good chances to win.

You are a natural 4 man, but can play the five. Is playing center a big adjustment for you?


It is not a real big adjustment. I get the ball a lot closer to the basket.

How is your early relationship to coach Gordie Herbert?



I have a good relationship. He knows a lot about basketball and has coached many good players. He does a good job helping you improve and gives a lot of experience.


What is a strength in your game that isnt always noticed right away?


I am good at taking charges. Its not pretty, but helps the team.

Could Dashaun Wood play in the ACB tomorrow?


I think he could play there tomorrow. The ACB is about opportunity and situation. I had great years in the ACB and last year I had a bad year, but I am still the same player.

You played together with Roger Powell for CB Murcia. What was your most memorable Roger Powell moment there on the court?



Roger dunked over a seven footer in practice. What always impressed me about Roger Powell was his intensity. Guys get frustrated and dont bring the same intensity any more, but Roger keeps going and working even in hard times.

What was your childhood like?


I grew up in Georgia where it was always hot. My dad was in Military and when I was 12, I lived a year in Frankfurt. Now I live in Chesterfield, Virginia.

Who were your NBA idols as a kid?



James Worthy and Michael Jordan.

Was there an NBA player you disliked as a kid?


No, I respected all players.

What do you remember the most on and off the court at West Virginia?


The social time off the court and on the court winning a game in double OT.

What was your nicest memory from ex Skyliner Marcus Goree at West Virginia?


He showed me the ropes at west Virginia. He was already very good then. He made me better as a player in practice.


Who was the best player that you ever played against?



Paul Pierce last summer.

Who was the best player that you played against in the ACB?



Luis Scola and Juan Carlos Navarro.

You lived on the island of Menorca for two years. Was that island a paradise?




For most of the year it was like a paradise with nice beaches and many tourists. Winter was not so much fun, but we were traveling.

What were the most free throws that you ever made in a row?




300. My coach made me shoot free throws until I hit 300 in a row. I used to be a horrible free throw shooter.


What was your most crazy shot that you made?




I made a half court shot and one from behind the back board with my back to the back board.

Who won a one on one at west Virginia, you or Marcus Goree?



We actually never played. He probably would have beat me then.

What would you like to do after your basketball career?


Get into coaching.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?



Why did I get married.

Thanks Chris for the chat.




Can A Super Murat Didin Energy Doner Creation Propel The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf Past The Deutsche Bank Skyliners January 29th? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With the 2011 NFL playoffs starting to get near the peak of the Superbowl, the Australian Open tennis tournament in its second week, and all Germans glued to their TVs to see which nasty insect will be eaten next in the German TV show Im a star getting me out of here camp, basketball fans should not forget that the BEKO BBL will start the second half on January 29th as the Deutsche Bank Skyliners want to get both feet off on the winning track with a victory in the elegant jazzy Burg Wachter Castello arena against The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. In anticipation, that ex Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) might give his team the same spiced up extraordinary energy Doner that the Brose Baskets Bamberg got earlier this season as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will have to be as focused as Bart Scott from the New York jets was in his post game interview after the win against The New England Patriots, comedic actor Sasha Baron Cohen who will be playing Saddam Hussein in the upcoming project 'The Dictator' and the way UCONN junior Kemba Walker (185-G-90) has been playing like a Pitbull winning games in crunch time and being known as the Kemba show. Frankfurt has been perfect at home and have lost all four games on the road and might have to hope that the special powerful Doner that Didin produces gets lost on game day. 'Didin should put in some peppers and some special Turkish spices that his team is not used to eating to help give the team the extra energy to get by Frankfurt', stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.).

This season, The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf have had another season to forget as it started off bad and only got worse. Of course, Didin didnt make things any easier on himself signing five new players on the eve of the first game in Bremerhaven. The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf started off the season with a 8 game losing streak before winning two games in a row against MBC and Phoenix Hagen. One should not forget even though the Giants are in last place, they dont share the longest losing streak in the BEKO BBL this season as the Giessen 46ers currently are riding on a 13 game losing streak. However instead of getting on a healthy winning streak the team lost their next six games in a row before getting on the win column again beating the 3 time BEKO BBL team Brose Baskets Bamberg 72-69. How important was this win for the BEKO BBL stopping the Bamberg dominance? 'No disrespect to to Duesseldorf, but any win that they get is very important. It could of been against any other team and it would of been just as important', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Since the win, Duesseldorf has lost two more games to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and Bamberg again. A big problem is their defense as they have given up 80 or more points 10 times, but the team has improved. 'Duesseldorf made some changes and made themselves better and they seem to improve with every game as does every other team. With the second half starting, I am sure they will continue to improve and win some more games', stressed California native John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.).

Already as coach of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, Didin was often questioned about his constant changing lineups as some kind of poison for the team chemistry. Bringing in five new players on the day of the first game kept Duesseldorf back somewhat in terms of being able to develop that team chemistry. In recent weeks there were rumors of Besiktas Istanbul center Andrew Oglivy being loaned which never happened and Chris Ellis (206-F/C-84, college: Wake Forest) who is the son of NBA legend Dale Ellis (201-G/F-60, college: Tennessee) was in for a tryout, but left the Rhine river again only to reappear again this week. How healthy can the constant player comings and going influence the players performance and the development of team chemistry? 'It is very difficult for team chemistry and in the back of the mind of the team players you wonder what is going to happen and you cant but think about security as well. It is really tough for a player coming to work not knowing what could happen. I am sure Didin has reasons for changing players the way he does and I think it is tough to create team chemistry like this, but on the other hand I have never been a coach and maybe he sees things differently and has to react like that', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.).

The Duesseldorf Giants had a season to forget last year. They finished the year in 17th place with a record of 8-26. The team had a more than solid roster, but something was missing. If the team ever formed a healthy chemistry is debatable, but not having power in the zone was something that hindered the team from winning more games. I thought that Duesseldorf had decent chemistry, but they had no true bigs. They had no inside scoring except for Koko Archibong (202-F-81, college: Pennsylvania), stressed Phoenix Hagen American Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). The team gave up 80 or more points 12 times and had losing streaks of five, six and seven games. Their biggest wins were a 70-69 win against Bonn, 80-78 victory against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and a clean sweep of the Giessen 46ers. Despite some real old time shoot outs and getting hit with triple digit results, the club was able to manage to hold Giessen and Ludwigsburg to under 50 points. It was no secret that the club was having financial difficulties already last season, so the continuation of the operations was more than up in the air in the spring of 2010 as another playoffs had been missed. Didin had been dismissed in Frankfurt and the friendly Turk saw some potential with the Duesseldorf Giants and did like comic super hero Superman and saved the day a second time. A year earlier he had brought the BBL sponsor BEKO and now he brought the Giants Duesseldorf sponsor Gloria which is a Turkish hotel chain. The league gave Duesseldorf a wild card and all of a sudden the club was not history anymore, but on its way to a third season.

The budget for the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season for Duesseldorf was about as limited as the meal money for NBA teams, so Didin had to do his homework and find the most talented and best players for the little money that was available. Didin signed many unknown players and some from the Basketball minor leagues in the States and from the fourth divison of the college ranks. Despite beating top European club Dynamo Moscow, Didin seemed not to be real pleased with his roster. So on October 1st , the day of the first game in Bremerhaven he pulled a risky coup that probably only he could of done as he waived Jibril Hodges (188-G-84, college: Long Beach St.) Eddie Ard and Rocky Hampton and brought in Jamaal Tatum (188-G-84, college: S.Illinois), Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky), Jamie Jones, Ransford Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina), Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary), and Olumuyiwa Famutimi (197-G-84, college: Arkansas). It was no surprise that Duesseldorf lost 96-70 in Bremerhaven. It was a difficult adjustment with the new players, but we have improved each day in practice and are finding together. We are also understanding each other better and better on and off the court, stressed Patrick Wischnewski. Despite the lack in talent in comparison to the other BEKO BBL teams, the club is confident of their ability. We have a skilled big man with Ransford Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina) and I think you saw what he could do in Bremerhaven. We have skilled guards and I think good enough players to be successful. All we need are wins. We have to keep practicing hard and minimize mistakes, stressed Patrick Wischnewski.

The history between The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf is very short as the new reformed team is starting their third season. Before coming to Duesseldorf, they were in Leverkusen were they were one of top clubs in 70s, 80s and 90s winning 13 BEKO BBL titles and 10 cups. In the 2008-2009 season, Frankfurt swept the season series winning a nail bitter in Duesseldorf 84-80 as Titus Ivory (193-G-79, agency: Agency No 10, college: Penn St.) scored 21 points. They won at home 64-58 as Keith Simmons (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) chipped in with 14 points and 13 rebounds and won a third place game in Hamburg in the German cup semi finals 73-69. Last season, who could forget the exciting 70-67 win as Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) won the game on a buzzer beater. Frankfurt lost a heart breaker at home 66-64 despite 28 points and 11 rebounds from Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners won the second game of the season 58-43 as both teams shot ugly with Frankfurt at 35% and Duesseldorf at 24%. Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) led Frankfurt with 10 points and Frankfurt clearly dominated the boards 51-29.

The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf are led by 29 year old 203cm forward Ransford Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina) from Canada. He played at Western Carolina from 2000-2005. He has gathered a lot of experience playing in the Dutch league three years out of his four year career. His best season was 2006-2007 where he played for Matrixx Magix Nijmegen (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 38 games: 10.4ppg, Reb-1 (11.0rpg), 1.7apg, 1.9spg, Block-1 (2.4bpg), FGP: 45.7%, FT: 67.9%, 3Pts: 33.3%. In 2007-2008, he played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen averaging 7.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 47.3%, FT: 68.7%. In 2008-2009, he played for Hanzevast Capitals Groningen (Holland-Eredivisie): 43 games: 10.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-3 (1.3bpg), FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 70.5%. He didnt play last season, but any doubts of losing his touch was doused as he had a strong preseason. This season he is avergaing 9,0ppg, 4,8rpg and 1,2apg. The club also added DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, college: Kent St.) who is a 26 year old 187 cm combo guard from Detroit, Michigan. He is an excellent distributor of the basketball and also is the teams best on-ball defender .Possesses tremendous quickness and continues to improve as a jump shooter. He played two seasons in Belgium, one in Hungary and last season in Germany for the Paderborn Baskets (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 34 games: 11.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 74.7%.Currently he is averaging 11,9ppg, 4,7rpg and 3,4apg.

The team added 26 year old 191 cm combo guard Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky) from Dayton, Ohio. He has three years of BEKO BBL experience and is an extremely athletic combo guard with great quickness. Is a explosive leaper, has great ball handling and passing skills. He hurts you with his penetration or a pull up for the mid range jumper, pick and roll, coming off picks for the shot, and when left open he'll hit the three pointer also. At the same time he is a unselfish player who creates scoring opportunities for others and has very good ability to finish around the basket. He is a great defensive player because of his quickness and athletic abilities and is a great and mature person with good work ethic. He played at Bowling Green and Northern Kentucky in the NCAA. He played for The New Yorker Phantons Braunschweig and Paderborn and last season for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 26 games: 5.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 29.9%, FT: 81.6%. Currently Wright is averaging 6,1ppg, 2,4rpg and 1,4apg. Nikita Khartchenkov (201-F-87) is a 23 year old 20i cm forward that was born in Leningrad, Russia. Grew up in Russia and Germany Son of Coach and former Russian international Aleksander Khartchenkov. He is a very fast shooter and his shot is not the easiest one as he uses specific technicalities including a fine vertical leap which makes his shot even more difficult to guard, at the same time is very good in the penetration against both smaller and larger opponents. Nikita is an athletic guy with a very athletic body. He played some years with well known Russian team BC Khimki Moscow. He played with The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in 2007-2008 and with BV Chemnitz 99 in 2008-2009. Last season, he played for Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 34 games: 6.8ppg, 1.1rpg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 75.5%. Currently he is averaging 4,1ppg and 1,3rpg and hasnt really received much playing time from Didin.

Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary) who is a 25 year old 203cm forward that was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. He played NCAA basketball at William & Mary and last season for Liepajas Lauvas (Latvia-LBL, starting five): Baltic League: 18 games: 16.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 69.3%; Latvian League: 27 games: 14.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 32.9%, FT: 63.0%. Currently he is averaging 8,6ppg, 3,9rpg and 1,4apg. Jamaal Tatum (188-G-84, college: S.Illinois) is a 26 year old 188cm guard from Jefferson City. He is a scoring point guard with great quickness and the ability to create shots for himself and others. He takes pride in his defense. He seems to be a big steal for Didin as he is a very talented player that spent time in tow NBA training camps with the Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trailblazers. He played at S.Illinois (NCAA) from 2003-2007 and in his senior year played 35 games: 15.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 40.8%, FT: 77.9%. He played two seasons with Idaho Stampede (D-League). Last season, he played for Cholet Basket (France-ProA): French League: 5 games: 5.4ppg, 1.2apg, FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 83.3%; EuroCup: 3 games: 3.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg, in Feb.'10 moved to BK Ventspils (Latvia-LBL): Latvian League: 3 games: 18.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg; Baltic League: 5 games: 10.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 53.3%, FT: 66.7%; left in Mar.'10. Currently he is averaging 7,3ppg, 2,7rpg and 1,9apg. Another steal could be Olumuyiwa Famutimi (197-G-84, college: Arkansas) who is a 26 year old 197cm guard who has the Nigerian/Canadian citizenship. He played at Arkansas (NCAA). He was at the San Antonio Spurs training camp in 2006, but was waived and played for the Arkansas RimRockers (D-League) from 2005-2007. He played fro Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague) from 2007-2009. Last season, he played in Turkey for Oyak Renault Bursa (Turkey-TBL, starting five): 29 games: 16.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 74.5%. Currently, he is averaging 12,5ppg, 5,5rpg and 1,2apg, but has been out with an injury

The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf also signed three BEKO BBL rookies coming from the college ranks with London Warren, Dorian McDaniel (198-F-87, college: Prairie View A&M) and Jamie Jones with Warren and Jones already departed. London Warren is a 22 year old 183cm guard from Jacksonville Florida. He played at Dayton from 2006-2010 having guard Brian Roberts (188-G-85) as a teammate. In his senior year, he played 37 games: 4.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.1apg, 1.2spg. He reached the NIT elite 8 in 2008 and was NIT champion in 2010. Dorian McDaniel is a 23 year old 198cm forward from Culver City, California. He is a utility player with good leaping ability. Does not mind doing all the dirty work. Can create mismatch problems for bigger defenders. Will knock down the open three point shot, rebound well, and do whatever is needed in order to get the win. He played at Prairie View A&M (NCAA) from 2006-2010 an din his senior year played 29 games: 8.0ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 55.6%. Jamie Jones is a 22 year old 201cm forward from El Segundo, California that gave the baseball world George Brett. He has very quick feet and knows how to get to the basket and finish. He is a very good one on one player, who really competes hard and plays both sides of the ball at an extremely high level. He played at Portland St. (NCAA) and in his senior year played 32 games: 13.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.0apg, 2.3bpg, FGP: 58.3%, FT: 73.9%. He set the all time PSU record for blocked shots in his senior season with 75. Also, he led the Big Sky conference in rebounds, blocked shots and double doubles.

The club also signed three PRO players with Patrick Wischnewski, Eric Vierneisel, and Marin Petric and one PRO B player with Joe Buck. Wischnewski is a 23 year old 191cm German guard who played Regionaliga ball with Hamburg, Bernau and Osnabruck. Last season, he played PRO A with the Cuxhaven BasCats (ProA): 30 games: 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 76.2%. Eric Vierneisel is a 24 year old 201cm forward from Algonquin, Illinois. He played at California (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In 2009, he played for Taranaki Mountain Airs (New Zealand-NBL): 15 games: 18.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 41.8%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 71.4%. Last season, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 29 games: 11.1ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 43.0%, FT: 76.5%. Currently he is averaging 2,1ppg. Marin Petric is a 30 year old 190cm guard that comes to Duesseldorf with a lot of experience. He played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen, TSK Universa Bamberg and the ART Dusseldorf Magics (Germany-2.Bundesliga) as well as playing in Spain and Switzerland. Last season, he played for USC Freiburg (Germany-ProA): 27 games: 11.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 72.0%. Joe Buck is a 29 year old 201cm forward from Redondo Beach California. He played at Southern California (NCAA) and most of his career in the States in the minor leagues for teams like the Tri City Ballers (IBL), East Kentucky Miners (CBA) and the Wilmington Sea Dawgs (PBL). Last season, he came to Germany to play for SC Rasta Vechta (Germany-ProB, starting five): 17 games: 17.6ppg, Reb-3 (8.6rpg), 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 69.7%. Currently he is averaging 3,7ppg and 2,6rpg. The team recently signed 30 year old 183cm American Patrick Pope. He great quickness, inside-outside game. He's a terrific player. He has great individual skills as well. He started his basketball career at ST Augustine, NC (NCAA3): 27games: Score-5 (25.4ppg), 2.9spg, FT: 87.2%. He then turned professional playing in Ireland from 2004-2006. His best season there was 2005-2006 as he played for Merry Monk Ballina (Ireland-SuperLeague): 13 games: Score-5 (27.0ppg), 4.2rpg, Assists-2 (10.1apg), Steals-1 (3.5spg), FGP: 61.6%, 3PT: 46.4%. He then played in Holland from 2006-2009. In 2006-2009, he played for Rotterdam Basketbal (Holland-Eredivisie): 37 games: 13.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 48.8%, FT: 75.0%, 3Pts: 30.5%. From 2007-2009, he played for the West-Brabant Giants (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 45 games: 16.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 38.4%, FT: 79.0%. Last season, he played for Ciudad de Vigo (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 25 games: 11.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 77.3%. Currently he is averaging 5,6ppg, 1,6rpg and 2,2apg, but is only shooting 21% from down town. 'He fit our budget. He is not an extraordinary player, but he is smart and has good court vision. he showed good control which allowed us to use Haynes as a scorer', added Duesseldorf coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).

The game will feature another meeting between Quantez Robertson and Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky) who were Slam dunk foes in the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar game. Robertson finished in third place while Wright will just cherish being part of the big show. Both players will have their usual duties on the floor, but I am sure both guys will show their athletic skills during the game more than once. 'Both players are really athletic and both have experience playing in the BEKO BBL. It will be a good match up. I enjoyed competing against them in the slam dunk contest in Trier. Wright is very athletic and should never be underestimated', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). This is a must win for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners average 12 points more per game and have the huge rebounding edge. Anything but a win for Frankfurt will be a huge disappointment. After 5 days off and a good week of practice, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will be ready as everybody seems healthy and raring to go for a strong second half. Frankfurt cant take Duesseldorf lightly at all, because Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) will be shooting for a win against his old team. Didins favorite word in Frankfurt was 'High Intensity' and that is how he will want his Giants to play to try to get Frankfurt off track, but then again the gang of Gordon Herbert might only need one run to endanger the Giants from being able to recover. 'Frankfurt has to do the usual controlling the tempo and letting DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) do his magic and take shots', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf will have to play incredibly focused and with a lot of intensity in order to be successful plus have those Doners served in the locker room before the game with the special Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) touch. Besides trying to limit Wood to scoring or playmaking, but not both, the team will need to do crucial other things. 'Duesseldorf has to be patient and make Frankfurt play defense and control the boards', added John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Frankfurt has had their share of close games this season and a big win would do the club some good. Many will remember the Robertson buzzer beater last season. 'I remember that my buzzer beater well, but I hope we can win the game easier than with a buzzer beater again', joked Quantez Robertson. The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners On January 29th










ALBA successfully pass Panellinios test - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - Panellinios 68:65

ALBA registered the first EuroCup Last 16 victory. They defeated Panellinios to improve at 1-1 record in Group L. Panellinios in the meantime slipped at 0-2 record. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) knocked down 20 points to lead the German powerhouse to a come-from-behind win in this one.
Panellinios marked their ambitions early in the encounter. The visitors surprised ALBA with an intense game in the first quarter. Panellinios grabbed a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. The Hellenes maintained the lead throughout the second term. They arrived at halftime up by 6 points 37:31. ALBA struggled to pick up the slack right after the main break. They faced a six-point deficit at the final intermission. But Julius Jenkins brought the hosts back to life. The German team quickly erased the deficit in the fourth term and raced in front. Panellinios stayed within striking distance but did not manage to recover in the dying seconds and had to surrender at the end. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) produced 13 points for ALBA. Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) added 9 points each for the winners. Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) replied with game-high 24 points for Panellinios. Emmanouil Papamakarios (190-G-80) finished with 11 points in the loss.

ALBA: Julius Jenkins 20, Derrick Allen 13, Tadija Dragicevic 9, Marko Marinovic 9
Panellinios: Steven Smith 24, Emmanouil Papamakarios 11



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ALBA successfully pass Panellinios test - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - Panellinios 68:65

ALBA registered the first EuroCup Last 16 victory. They defeated Panellinios to improve at 1-1 record in Group L. Panellinios in the meantime slipped at 0-2 record. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) knocked down 20 points to lead the German powerhouse to a come-from-behind win in this one.
Panellinios marked their ambitions early in the encounter. The visitors surprised ALBA with an intense game in the first quarter. Panellinios grabbed a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. The Hellenes maintained the lead throughout the second term. They arrived at halftime up by 6 points 37:31. ALBA struggled to pick up the slack right after the main break. They faced a six-point deficit at the final intermission. But Julius Jenkins brought the hosts back to life. The German team quickly erased the deficit in the fourth term and raced in front. Panellinios stayed within striking distance but did not manage to recover in the dying seconds and had to surrender at the end. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) produced 13 points for ALBA. Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) added 9 points each for the winners. Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) replied with game-high 24 points for Panellinios. Emmanouil Papamakarios (190-G-80) finished with 11 points in the loss.

ALBA: Julius Jenkins 20, Derrick Allen 13, Tadija Dragicevic 9, Marko Marinovic 9
Panellinios: Steven Smith 24, Emmanouil Papamakarios 11



Ikaros will try out Venson Hamilton - by Eurobasket News
Venson Hamilton (207-C/F-77, college: Nebraska) is expected to join Ikaros. The Greek team invited the 33-year-old centre for a tryout period. Venson Hamilton stayed out of basketball for a quite long time. Venson Hamilton was last seen in Real Madrid in 2008/09 season. He tallied 1.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in Euroleague. In ACB his stats read 1.1 points and 1.8 rebounds then. Venson Hamilton had stints in Italy, Poland and Spain during his career. The player was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Player of the Year back in 2004.


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Welcome To Holland - by Frank Turner
My thoughts about Holland.one word ---> INTERESTING. The fact that everyone speaks english is great; even though i am trying to pick the language up day by day with my teammates! Some days i learn things i really should learn for interaction with people and other days im learning more funny and not PG-13 (x-rated) things. Yea, i said itSO WHAT! We have to keep the chemistry at a high so they teach me things to keep us laughing!

However the most interesting things that all people wonder about when coming here is the legalization of weed and the RED LIGHT DISTRICT. I am not a fan of any drugs nor am i a fan of legal prostitution but as a first timer in Holland i could do nothing but laugh in amazement! The first time seeing a 'Coffee Shop' i laughed in amazement and from shock. i couldn't believe that there was a menu for you to order off of! Also, while visiting Amsterdam aka 'The A', seeing the windows was very entertaining also! I had a family member visit and as we road through a small street not expecting to see a window, my little cousin asked why are the ladies in the windows with pajamas on!

Now tell me thats not interesting in just a short summary



Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 20-2 
 2. ZZ Leiden 18-4 
 3. Eiffel Towers 16-5 
 4. Magixx 14-9 
 5. DeFriesland 11-11 
 6. BS Weert 10-13 
 7. ABC 9-15 
 8. Giants 8-15 
 9. Landstede 6-17 
 10. Rotterdam 1-22 


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. Sihota, Rotterdam9.5 
 4. McDermott, Magixx9.5 
 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. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.2 
 6. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.2 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra2.1 
 8. McDowell, BS Weert2.1 
 9. Kimbrough, Giants2.0 
 10. Williams, DeFriesland2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.6 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.4 
 3. Blue, Giants1.1 
 4. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.0 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra0.8 
 7. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 
 8. Hamm, BS Weert0.8 
 9. Strong, Landstede0.8 
 10. Mullery, Landstede0.8 


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IBL will have 12 teams in Spring-Summer season that starts on April 15th in Albany NY - by Trask Frost
IBL Media: with the recent confirmations of the Olympia Reign, Oregon Waves and the Edmonton Energy returning to the IBL, the IBL will field 12 teams in the traditional Spring/Summer season that begins with the Kankakee Soldiers visiting the Albany Legends on Friday April 15th, 2011. And of the 12 teams, 9 of them are powerhouse organizations. Teams such as the Vancouver Volcanoes are in their 7th year of play, as is the Battle Creek Knights (Winter team only) and the West Coast Hotshots. Teams that are in their 6th season include the Kankakee County Soldiers and the Bellingham Slam. Former title-game teams include the Albany Legends, Oregon Waves, Los Angeles Lightning and the Bellingham Slam while former division winners Olympia Reign and Edmonton Energy (best record in the IBL over the last two years) make this year's field of 12 teams the most competitive to date- 'any of 9 teams could win the championship tournament on July 1, 2 and 3 in Portland Oregon at the end of the season; this is a very strong year for the IBL in terms of team organizations and in terms of talent' says IBL Commissioner Mikal Duilio. For more information on IBL teams or for more information on the IBL itself, visit www.IBLhoopsonline.com



IBL's Battle Creek Knights alumn Rece Hampton playing big minutes in the D-league - by Trask Frost
News- the Battle Creek Knights finished a 7th season of minor league basketball- playing in the International Basketball League (IBL). In previous years the Knights have played in the IBL Spring/Summer season- but Mikal Duilio- Commissioner of the IBL agreed to start a Winter Season and the Knights and various IBL teams played games in that Winter season. The Knights finished in 3rd place at the end of season tournament held at Kellogg Arena, perhaps disappointing by Knights standards, but players have jump started their NBDL or overseas basketball career through the Knights platform, most noticeably Rece Hampton. Here is a look at what some of the former Knights players are doing now:

6' 6' forward Rece Hampton- played for the Knights in 2010, is now playing for the NBDL Texas Legends, a NBA minor league team owned by the Mavericks. Rece is averaging just under 20 minutes a game.
6' 9' forward BJ Walker- played for the Knights in both the Spring/Summer & Winter Season spent his summer overseas and now is on his way back.
6' 6' guard Everett Spencer- played for the Knights in both the Spring/Summer & Winter season will be playing for the PBL.
6' 2' point guard Gregg Barlow- is looking at going to either Lithuania or Germany in the next few months.
5' 10' guard Joseph Powell- played for the Knights in both the Spring/Summer and the Winter Season has now found himself in Switzerland playing with an American USA Basketball tour team.
6' 1' guard John Battle- averaged 30 points and 6 rebounds in 12 games for the Knights in this recent Winter season. Note- that John Battle has not yet locked in an opportunity overseas yet.

For more information on IBL teams or the IBL itself, visit www.iblhoopsonline.com




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Big changes in Njardvik - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
There have been many changes on Njardvik team this season. First was when Antonio Houston was cut and Chris Smith replaced him.
Next up was Sigurdur Ingimundarson step down as Head coach and two former coaches of the team took over. Einar Arni Johannsson and Fridrik Ragnarsson took over.
Magnus Gunnarson who started the season in Denmark left when Ingimundarson was gone and sign to his former team Keflavik.
This week two new faces show up on the roster. Jonathan Moore (203-F/G-82, agency: 540 Sports, college: N.C.Central) came from Bremerhaven and Nenad Tomasevic (192-G-84) from Vojvodina.
Tonight team pick up a very important win.


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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. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 9. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 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. Harush, Kohav Yair4.8 
 8. Timor, Hapoel Tivon4.8 
 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. Young, Hod Hasharon2.0 
 10. Housman, Hapoel T.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ben STRONG
  Hapoel Tivon
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Strong, Hapoel T.3.0 
 2. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 3. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.9 
 4. Rosefelt, Ironi R.1.9 
 5. Utter, Hapoel T-A1.8 
 6. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.6 
 7. Brandy, Hod H.1.4 
 8. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 9. Johnson, Ironi N.1.4 
 10. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.1.3 


Gomes' 28 points give him National League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old guard Joshua Gomes (190-G-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Maccabi Beer Yaakov and receives a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 28 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Beer Yaakov in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Megido/Yokneam (#6, 9-7) 89-86. Beer Yaakov is placed at 3rd position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Beer Yaakov will need more victories to improve their 10-6 record. In the team's last game Gomes had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Beer Yaakov's top player in his first season with the team. Joshua Gomes averages this season 23.3ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Ramon Clemente (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Megido/Yokneam. He is American-Puerto Rican forward in his first season at Megido/Yokneam. In the last game Clemente recorded impressive 26 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Megido/Yokneam was edged by the higher-ranked Beer Yaakov (#3, 10-6) 89-86. Megido/Yokneam managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Clemente is a newcomer at Megido/Yokneam and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.8ppg (#5). He also registered 10.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Steffon Bradford (200-F-78, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of league's second-best Maccabi HBK. Bradford scored 22 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Maccabi HBK, leading his team to a 78-72 win against #4 ranked Elitzur Yavne in a game of the week. Maccabi HBK needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 4 lost games. Bradford has a very solid season. In 16 games in Israel he scored 16.4ppg. He also has 7.2rpg and FGP: 71.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nate Miller (193-F-87) of Megido/Yokneam - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Tal Michael Dunne (197-F-87) of Hapoel Afula - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Stacey Moragne (195-F-83) of Hapoel Beeri - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ben Strong (211-C-86) of Hapoel Tivon - 10 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Antwan Henry Dobie (183-G-78) of Lev Hasharon - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Stanley Brandy (200-F-67) of Hod Hasharon - 19 points and 13 rebounds
10. Avi Eliyahu (175-G-87) of Hapoel Afula - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists

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


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  ITALY   


Forli add Mike Nardi, Aget Imola land Maurizio Ferrara - by Eurobasket News
Forli brought in Mike Nardi (186-G-85, college: Villanova). The 25-year-old guard started the season in Armani Jeans. He tallied 0.3 points and 0.3 assists per game in Seria A. He also tallied 1.0 point and 0.7 boards per Euroleague appearance. Last season Mike Nardi played for Edimes Pavia in LegaDue. His stats read 8.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
Maurizio Ferrara (185-G-86, agency: Players Group) will continue his career in Aget Imola. The 24-year-old guard started the season in A dilettanti League. He averaged 6.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists for Agrigento. Last season Maurizio Ferrara played for Scafati Basket in LegaDue tallying 1.3 points per game.



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  JORDAN   


China confirmed as host city for 26th FIBA Asia Championship - by Omar Shafaamri

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (FIBA Asia Championship) - Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in China has been awarded the right to host the prestigious 26th FIBA Asia Championship.

Scheduled for 15-25 September, the tournament will result in automatic qualification to the London 2012 Olympic Games for the Champion, while the silver and bronze medallists earn a ticket for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The Championship will feature 16 top teams from FIBA Asia, with Lebanon, the champions of the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup and China as hosts having already qualified. The rest of the field will be decided thanks to a series of qualifying events from the five FIBA Asia subzones.

China have a rich history of successfully hosting international sport events. The Olympics in 2008 and more recently the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou (in December 2010) are examples for such instances. Therefore, we fully convinced this time too China will turn out to wonderful hosts for such an important event, said FIBA Asia president Sheikh Saud Ali Al-Thani.

We have two important events, both of them Olympic qualifiers. And we have found excellent hosts for both the events, added Sheikh Saud referring to the 24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women to be hosted by Japan at Omura-Nagasaki from 21-28 August 2011.

There can be few better organizers of international basketball events as the Chinese Basketball Association, said FIBA Asia Secretary General Dato Yeoh Choo Hock.

The technical excellence of the CBA and China in general during the Asian Games was amazing. For the first time, we had games in four different venues and we had not even a single complaint from any team. That goes to show how impeccable China can organize events, added Dato Yeoh.

The complete calendar of FIBA Asia events for 2011 will be announced shortly.

FIBA Asia/FIBA


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  KOSOVO   


Arben Krasniqi the new head coach of National Team - by Onur Deqani
Actual head coach of Sigal Prishtina, Arben Krasniqi has been selected the head coach of the Kosovo's National Basketball Team. Krasniqi will be replacing Agim Kasapolli who withdrew days ago. He won over Bujar Loci, who was the other candidate.
It is the second time that Krasniqi will be coaching the national since he was the head coach till 2009.
In the other side, Resmije Juniku will continue coaching the Women's National Basketball Team.


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LBL D2 Round 14: BS Ogre is upset by Daugava - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Ogre between third ranked BS Ogre (10-3) and seventh ranked Daugava (7-7) on Wednesday night. BS Ogre was defeated by Daugava in a tough game at home 70-76. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of BS Ogre. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-16. But BS Ogre won second period 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Newly promoted Daugava maintains seventh position with 7-7 record. BS Ogre at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. Daugava are looking forward to face higher ranked Saldus (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BS Ogre will play against VEF Kadeti in Riga and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Jurmala delivered the twelfth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Zemgale/Juniors (8-6) 75-65 in Jelgava. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Zemgale/Juniors. Jurmala have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Jurmala maintains first position with 12-2 record. Zemgale/Juniors at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Gulbene. Jurmala will play against Ridzene (#10) in Riga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zemgale/Juniors will play on the road against the league's second-placed Ventspils Augstskola (#2) and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Riga was also quite interesting. Third ranked Ventspils Augstskola (11-3) played at the court of 7th ranked BAA Riga (6-7). Ventspils Augstskola did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 82-65 on Monday. Ventspils Augstskola have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. BAA Riga lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Ventspils Augstskola will meet at home Zemgale/Juniors (#6) in the next round. BAA Riga will play against Gulbene and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Daugavapils. Local Daugava (7-7) was outscored by ninth ranked Liepaja-2 (5-9) 80-51. Newly promoted Liepaja-2 maintains ninth position with 5-9 record. Daugava at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Liepaja-2's next round opponent will be higher ranked Gulbene (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last two games of round 14 Ridzene defeated Liepaja-2 in Riga 93-88. Saldus smashed VEF Kadeti at home 75-54.



Zemgale/Jun. - Jurmala 65-75

Leader Jurmala delivered the twelfth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Zemgale/Juniors (8-6) 75-65 in Jelgava. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Zemgale/Juniors. Zemgale/Juniors were ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 42-26 second half run of Jurmala. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Zemgale/Juniors to just 7 points in third quarter. Jurmala have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Jurmala maintains first position with 12-2 record. Zemgale/Juniors at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Gulbene. Jurmala will play against Ridzene (#10) in Riga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zemgale/Juniors will play on the road against the league's second-placed Ventspils Augstskola (#2) and hope to get back on the winning track.
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Liepaja-2 - Ridzene 88-93

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 9th ranked Liepaja-2 (5-9) was defeated at home by tenth ranked Ridzene (3-11) 93-88. Liepaja-2 was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 27-14 charge of Ridzene, which allowed them to win the game. Ridzene maintains tenth position with 3-11 record. Newly promoted Liepaja-2 keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. Ridzene's next round opponent will be league's leader Jurmala on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
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Ogre - Daugava 70-76

The most important game in the last round took place in Ogre between third ranked BS Ogre (10-3) and seventh ranked Daugava (7-7) on Wednesday night. BS Ogre was defeated by Daugava in a tough game at home 70-76. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of BS Ogre. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-16. But BS Ogre won second period 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Newly promoted Daugava maintains seventh position with 7-7 record. BS Ogre at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. Daugava are looking forward to face higher ranked Saldus (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BS Ogre will play against VEF Kadeti in Riga and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 120483


Daugava - Liepaja-2 51-80

The game with biggest result difference took place in Daugavapils. Local Daugava (7-7) was outscored by ninth ranked Liepaja-2 (5-9) 80-51. The game was mostly controlled by Liepaja-2. Daugava was better in second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Daugava to just 5 points in first quarter. Newly promoted Liepaja-2 maintains ninth position with 5-9 record. Daugava at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Liepaja-2's next round opponent will be higher ranked Gulbene (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
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BAA Riga - Ventspils Aug. 65-82

The game in Riga was also quite interesting. Third ranked Ventspils Augstskola (11-3) played at the court of 7th ranked BAA Riga (6-7). Ventspils Augstskola did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 82-65 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils Augstskola. BAA Riga managed to win second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ventspils Augstskola have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. BAA Riga lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Ventspils Augstskola will meet at home Zemgale/Juniors (#6) in the next round. BAA Riga will play against Gulbene and hope to secure a win.
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Saldus - VEF Kadeti 75-54

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Saldus (9-4) smashed at home bottom-ranked VEF Kadeti (1-12) 75-54. The game without a history. Saldus led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Saldus have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-4 record. Newly promoted VEF Kadeti stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Saldus' next round opponent will be Daugava (#7) in Daugavapils. VEF Kadeti will play at home against BS Ogre (#3).
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Barons and VEF Riga jrs win their games - by Gatis Zvirbulis
BK VEF Riga junior team - LU 88-70

BK VEF Riga junior team get an easy victory over LU 88:70. After first quarter of play BK VEF Riga junior team have already 16 points lead 29:13 and didn't give any chance for LU. They get her 10 victory of the tournament. Martins Laksa (200-F-90) scored 23 points, Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) added 18 points, while for LU Arturs Duselis (200-F-89) and Harijs Rubenis (199-F-91) both scored 16 points.
Top scorers:
BK VEF Riga junior team: M.Laksa 23, D.Bertans 18, I.Nelyubov 13+7reb, G.Jahovics 11+8reb, A.Selakovs 9+10reb, M.Gulbis 5, J.Gailitis 3, D.Geks 2, K.Mediss 2, I.R.Zvigurs 2, R.Paze
LU: A.Duselis 16+7reb, H.Rubenis 16+6reb, R.Rozitis 11, K.Piternieks 8+6reb, K.Brigmanis 5, M.Dargis 5, Ed.Tukiss 5, K.Jaunzems 2, A.Malahovskis 2, A.Slisans

Liepaja - Barons 77-82

Liepaja hosted game against Barons and loose in very close game. Barons have lead almost all game, but in fourth quarter Liepaja got lead 64:63. Liepaja missed some shots at the match end while Barons scored his points and got 10th victory of the seasn. American guard Derek Willjam (185-G-85, college: SMU) scored 21 points get 8 rebounds and give 7 assists, Aigars Vitols (192-G-76, agency: Stanley International) helped with 17 points, Agnis Cavars added 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Kirill Pishchalnikov (203-F-87, college: Va Commonwealth), who is in try-out with Barons got only 6 points and 4 rebaounds. For Liepaja Raimonds Vaikulis scored 17 points, Ashton Mitchell (180-G-88, college: Sam Houston St.) - 15 points + 6 assists and Pierce Lavon Caldwell 14 points.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: R.Vaikulis 17+6reb, A.Mitchell 15+5reb+6ast, P.Caldwell 14, M.Mejeris 9+11reb+4bs, J.Aleksejevs 8+9reb, M.Kravcenko 8, M.Meiers 4, J.Kosuskins 2, A.Ate
Barons: D.Willjam 21+8reb+7ast, A.Vitols 17, A.Cavars 14+8reb, A.Butjankovs 9+7reb, M.Skirmants 8, K.Pishchalnikov 6, J.Timma 3+5reb, S.Silavs 2, I.Timermanis 2, A.Epners



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


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Dubai International Basketball Championship for Emirates NBD Cup - by Maarouf Mawloud
Emirates NBD announced that it will serve as Strategic Partner of the 22nd Dubai International Basketball Championship to be titled Emirates NBD Cup and held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Organised by the UAE Basketball Association, this competition will be held from January 20 to 29 at Al Ahli Club, Dubai.
Played by over 250 million people worldwide in an organised fashion, basketball is the second most popular sport on earth, after football, and is increasingly becoming popular in the Gulf.
Emirates NBD is committed to supporting and encouraging top sporting events, said Saif Al Mansoori, the banks representative and Deputy Head, Group Marketing and Branding, Emirates NBD. The 22nd Dubai International Basketball Championship 2011-Emirates NBD Cup is a significant event on the UAEs sporting calendar. It is the most important basketball championship in the Middle East and attracts participants from across the globe. Emirates NBD is pleased to be a strategic partner for the 22nd edition of this event, and offer our clients an exceptional opportunity to view a world class sport right here in the UAE.
We are pleased to welcome Emirates NBD as the headline sponsor and a strategic partner of the 22nd Dubai International Basketball Championship, said Abdulla Faisal Al Dossari, Member of Organising Committee and Head of Marketing of the UAE Basketball Association.
We look forward to working closely with the bank to further grow and develop sports in the UAE, he added.
Ten world class teams from seven countries are expected to take place in the 22nd Dubai International Basketball championship - Emirates NBD Cup this year.


Wuhan, China to host 26th FIBA Asia Championship - by Maarouf Mawloud
Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in China has been awarded the right to host the prestigious 26th FIBA Asia Championship.
The 26th FIBA Asia Championship, which will also identify the team to represent FIBA Asia in the 2012 London Olympics, will be played from Sept 15-25, 2011.
The champion team from the 26th FIBA Asia Championship will earn a direct entry to the 2012 London Olympics with the two teams that follow making it to the FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament.
The 26th FIBA Asia Championship will be the fifth instance when China will host this all-important Championship.
Beijing (1989), Shanghai (2001), Harbin (2003) and most recently Tianjin (2009) are the Chinese cities which have hosted the FIBA Asia Championship earlier.
The Championship will feature 16 top teams from FIBA Asia, with Lebanon, the champions of the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup and China as hosts having already qualified. The rest of the fray will be decided from a series of qualifying events from the five FIBA Asia subzones.
China have a rich history of successfully hosting international sport events. The Olympics in 2008 and more recently the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou (in December 2010) are examples for such instances. Therefore, we fully convinced this time too China will turn out to wonderful hosts for such an important event, said FIBA Asia president Sheikh Saud Ali Al-Thani.
We have two important events, both of them Olympic qualifiers. And we have found excellent hosts for both the events, added Sheikh Saud referring to the 24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women to be hosted by Japan at Omura-Nagasaki from Aug 21-28, 2011.
There can be few better organizers of international basketball events as the Chinese Basketball Association, said FIBA Asia Secretary General Dato Yeoh Choo Hock.
The technical excellence of the CBA and China in general during the Asian Games was amazing. For the first time, we had games in four different venues and we had not even a single complaint from any team. That goes to show how impeccable China can organize events, added Dato Yeoh.
The complete calendar of FIBA Asia events for 2011 will be announced very soon.
FIBA Asia will run special event websites with latest updated of news, photos, statistics and other event related information for all the events.


Sagesse, Hoops and Anibal represent the country in Dubai - by Eurobasket News
Sagesse, Hoops and Anibal represent the country in Dubai International Basketball Championship 2011. Sagesse and Anibal will face tonight for the Semifinal birth.
Sagesse and Hoops started the tournament in Group A along with Al-Ittihad from Syria and National team of the United Arab Emirates. Sagesse won all three games, while Hoops was defeated once by the opponents 82:95.
Anibal meanwhile struggled in Group B, won two games and lost the same number to finish with 2-2 record. In Day 1 Smart Gilas Philippines outscored Anibal Zahle of Lebanon 70:57 at the opening day of the 22nd Dubai Invitational basketball tournament. The winners started confident and rightfully deserved the first win. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) stepped up with 16 points and 18 rebounds and a couple of block shots. JV Casio (177-G-86) and Baracael followed him with 10 points each, while Marcio Lassiter added 9. Ramos posted 8 points and Mark Barroca had 7. Later Anibal overcame Al-Wahda from Syria 86:85 and beat Al Sharja from United Arab Emirates 93:78. In day 4 El Ettehad El Sakandary from Egypt rolled over Anibal 77:73.


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  LITHUANIA   


Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 18 - by Eurobasket News
Vilmantas Dilys (208-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Perlas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 18 points and ten rebounds, while his team outclassed Naglis-Adakris (5-9) with 33-point margin 94-61. Perlas is placed at 8th position in Lithuanian LKL. Perlas is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-9 record. In the team's last game Dilys had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Perlas and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader. Dilys has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.0ppg) and averages solid 66.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young forward Saulius Kulvietis (203-F-91) of Perlas Vilnius. Kulvietis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Perlas to another comfortable win outscoring Naglis-Adakris (5-9) 94-61. This victory allowed Perlas to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-9 record. Kulvietis is well-known by Perlas fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Neptunas Klaipeda (#11). Mazeika scored 20 points. Despite Mazeika's great performance Neptunas lost 83-98 to the league's current leader Zalgiris (#1, 13-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Neptunas not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mazeika could try to bring Neptunas' a little bit higher in the standings. Mazeika has a very solid season. In 12 games in Lithuania he scored 14.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. DeJuan Collins (188-G-76) of Zalgiris - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86) of Zalgiris - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Brad Newley (201-F-85) of Lietuvos Rytas - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) of Lietuvos Rytas - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Luke Bonner (213-C-85) of Neptunas - 15 points and 9 rebounds
9. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) of Perlas - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Aurimas Kieza (202-F-82) of Juventus - 12 points and 9 rebounds

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


Tomas Nagys is leaving Bornova - by Serafim Karaiskakis
The experienced Lithuanian player decided to leave Bornova Bld and become free agent. In the last month Tomas Nagys (209-F/C-80, college: Clemson) had important role in the team but despite the 15p, 5 reb against Efes Pilsen and the 13p and 7 reb against Banvit, Bornova Bld lost the games and dropped their position in the table. Tomas Nagys appeared in 11 league games averaging 5.8ppg, 2.8rpg in 14.2 min per game. He played in the past in Poland,Russia,Greece,Latvia, Spain and Germany.

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  MEXICO   


Cordell Henry signs with Fuerza Regia - by Carlos Chapa
There are new changes happening in the roster of Fuerza Regia Monterrey, other than adding Jahir Malpica and Alejandro Carmona, the team from Monterrey signed Cordell Henry, the point guard will have the difficult duty of replacing the five-time LNBP champion Samuel Bowie in the brink of facing the semifinal series against Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun, that will start today.

This will be the third LNBP team in Henrys career aside from Halcones UV Cordoba and Gambusinos de Fresnillo.



Omar Quintero signs with Nogales - by Chris Terrell
Nogales, Sonora, Mexico - Fuerza Guinda Nogales held a press conference on Tuesday announcing the acquisition of Omar Quintero (183-G-81, college: S.Nazarene) for the CIBACOPA season. In addition to being the starting point guard for the Mexican National Team (seven times), Quintero also has suited up in ACB Spain, LPB Venezuela, BSN Puerto Rico and had NBA workouts with teams such as the Phoenix Suns and Indiana Pacers. In addition to being an all-star in the LNBP (4x) and Venezuela, the star point guard also has championships under his belt in the LNBP and Central America Championships (COCABA). Quintero was born and raised in Nogales and when asked about returning home to play this season he said he was excited about the team that was being put together and that he had been in regular contact with Head Coach Chris Terrell . 'We're looking forward to competing for a Championship this season.'

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  NBA   


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.10.3 
 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.9.7 
 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: 2.6
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.6 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.4 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 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. Kidd, Dallas M.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. 19-26 
 4. LA Clippers 17-28 
 5. Sacramento K. 10-33 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 39-7 
 2. N.Orleans H. 31-16 
 3. Dallas M. 29-15 
 4. Memphis G. 22-24 
 5. Houston R. 22-25 


Suns sign Zabian Dowdell to 10-Day contract - by Eurobasket News
The Suns have signed guard Zabian Dowdell (6'3''-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) to a 10-day contract, the team has announced.

The 6-3, 191-pound Dowdell returns for his second regular season stint with the Suns after signing a 10-day contract on Jan. 9, 2011.

Dowdell played 18 games of the 2010-11 season with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA D-League, where he averaged 14.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 29.3 minutes in 18 starts. Dowdell, who also spent 10 games with the 66ers in 2009-10, saw both his scoring and assist averages increase in 2010-11.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


Bulls assign James Johnson to D-League - by Eurobasket News
Chicago Bulls forward James Johnson (6'9''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) was assigned to the Iowa Energy, the Bulls NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 34th 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 Johnson, a second-year pro out of Wake Forest.

Johnson (6-9, 245) has appeared in 12 games this season with the Bulls, averaging 3.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 10.2 minutes. In 77 career games with Chicago, Johnson is averaging 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 11.4 minutes.

The Bulls selected Johnson in the first round (16th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft. In two seasons at Wake Forest, Johnson averaged 14.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 61 games, and was named an All-ACC Third Team selection both seasons.

Johnson is expected to join the Energy for the teams home game against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Friday.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Magic waive Jason Williams - by Eurobasket News
The Orlando Magic have waived dissatisfied point guard Jason Williams (6'1''-G-75, college: Florida). A 12-year veteran in his second season with the Magic, Williams left the team for the second time in the last month when he didn't join it for its game against the Indiana Pacers this evening. Team President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith said earlier today, 'we'll deal with him when we get back to Orlando,' but must have changed his mind, as this decisive action removes Williams from the club immediately.

Waiving Williams frees another roster spot for Orlando, whose roster stands at 13 players, two below the league maximum. However, the Magic must pay Williams the balance of his league-minimum salary for the rest of the season. Right now, we don't know if the Magic tried trading him at all, but it's a moot point. He's gone, and Orlando got little in return for its minimal financial investment in him.

Williams made 98 regular-season appearances, plus 13 in the playoffs, in a Magic uniform. He averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 assists in those regular-season contests.

Courtesy of www.orlandopinstripedpost.com


Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Indiana P. - Orlando M. 96-111
The Indiana Pacers were so worried about slowing Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) that they failed to guard Orlando on the perimeter. The result was a 3-point shooting exhibition unlike any Indiana has seen. The Magic made 16 3-pointers, the most ever by a Pacers opponent, in a 111-96 win on Wednesday night. Howard, who had 19 points and 16 rebounds, set the tone by dunking on Indiana's 7-foot-2 Roy Hibbert on Orlando's first offensive possession. Once Howard established himself, Orlando's outside shooters went to work. The Magic made seven 3-pointers in the second quarter to take control. 'We had to play inside out, and that's when we have a lot of success,' Howard said. Ryan Anderson made three 3-pointers in a four-minute span to turn a 26-24 lead into a 47-30 advantage for the Magic. 'We tried doing our assignments that coach taught us, but we let some 3s get away from us,' Indiana point guard Darren Collison said. 'Ryan Anderson got hot for a little bit. I think he opened the game up for them.' Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) had 19 points and nine rebounds, Hedo Turkoglu scored 18 points and Anderson added 14 for the Magic, who shot 50 percent from the field. *Courtesy of www.foxsportsflorida.com

New Jersey N. - Memphis G. 93-88
Devin Harris (6'3''-G-83, college: Wisconsin) scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as the New Jersey Nets rallied to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-88 on Wednesday night. O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) missed a tying three-point attempt with about three seconds left and New Jersey's Brook Lopez iced the game with two free throws, capping a 17-point performance. Anthony Morrow had 19 points and Kris Humphries and Sasha Vujacic added 14 points apiece. The Nets closed out a 4-1 homestand that began with owner Mikhail Prokhorov halting trade talks with Denver for Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse). Rudy Gay had 22 points for Memphis, and Zach Randolph added 20 points and 16 rebounds in posting his career-high 12th consecutive double-double. *Courtesy of www.metronews.com

Toronto R. - Philadelph.76 94-107
Even the cold-shooting Philadelphia 76ers found a way to shred the Toronto Raptors' awful defence. Marreese Speights (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Florida) had 23 points and nine rebounds coming off the bench as the 76ers beat Toronto 107-94 on Wednesday night to hand the Raptors their ninth straight loss. 'It was pretty easy,' said Speights, who had no trouble dealing with the Raptors' porous coverage. 'The zone wasn't really that hard to break.' The Sixers shot just 36 per cent in the first quarter, but the Raptors defence let them get back into it. *Courtesy of www.metronews.ca

Detroit P. - Denver N. 100-109
Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) scored 26 points, including a trio of 3-pointers late in the game, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Detroit Pistons 109-100 on Wednesday night. Carmelo Anthony had 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists- shaking off trade talk for another day - to help the Nuggets win for the seventh time in nine games. Detroit reserves Will Bynum and Ben Gordon scored 19 and 15 points, respectively, while Tracy McGrady and rookie Greg Monroe each had 10 points. *Courtesy of www.startribune.com

Milwaukee B. - Atlanta H. 98-90
In Milwaukee, Earl Boykins (5'6''-G-76, college: E.Michigan) scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help Milwaukee rally past Atlanta. The short-handed Bucks, missing three starters, trailed by 11 points heading into the final period before going on a 22-3 run to end Atlanta's road winning streak at six, one short of a franchise record. Milwaukee is without Brandon Jennings, John Salmons and Drew Gooden, all of whom are injured. Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) led Atlanta with 20 points. *Courtesy of www.9and10news.com

Houston R. - LA Clippers 96-83
Like most NBA fans, Chuck Hayes marvels at some of the acrobatic dunks he's seen Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) pull off this season. Houston's best low-post defender was determined to keep Griffin from adding another one Wednesday night. Hayes stifled the Clippers' rookie star and Kyle Lowry (6'0''-G-86, college: Villanova) scored 20 points in the Rockets' 96-83 win over Los Angeles. Griffin had 14 points and 11 rebounds. But he went 5-for-16 from the field and coughed up three turnovers with Hayes smothering him all night. 'I'm a fan of what he's doing,' said Hayes, who also had 11 boards. 'From a fan standpoint, I'm entertained, just like everybody else. *Courtesy of www.metronews.ca

Phoenix Suns - Charlotte B. 107-114
Life under the relaxed reins of Paul Silas just keeps getting better for the Charlotte Bobcats. Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and the Bobcats won for the fourth time in five games, beating the Phoenix Suns 114-107 on Wednesday night. Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) had 16 of his 22 points in the final two quarters for Charlotte, which improved to 10-6 since Silas replaced Larry Brown as coach. After a 94-89 win at Sacramento on Tuesday, the Bobcats are off to a 2-0 start on a season-high, six-game road trip. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Utah Jazz - San Antonio S. 105-112
Every time Manu Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) lines up against the Utah Jazz, he expects a fight. ''It is never easy. They were coming from five losses in a row but they are tough players and competitors. They are rough, and they attack us and attack the rim. So we are happy we could overcome that and end up with a win,'' the Spurs guard said, as he rubbed a red spot on his arm. Manu Ginobili scored 26 points, Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) added 23, and San Antonio built an early lead and withstood a flurry of counterpunches late in the game to beat the Jazz 112-105 Wednesday night for its 10th win in 11 games. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Golde State W. - N.Orleans H. 103-112
Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) had 18 points and 17 assists, and the New Orleans Hornets matched a franchise record with their 10th consecutive victory, beating the Golden State Warriors 112-103 on Wednesday night. David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) added 22 points as New Orleans kicked off a three-game West Coast trip by equaling the club's longest unbeaten run, also produced from Feb. 21-March 13, 1998. The Hornets also avenged a disappointing seven-point home loss to the Warriors back on Jan. 5 with their fifth straight road victory. Monta Ellis scored 26 points in another big night for his bid to become Golden State's first All-Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997. *Courtesy of www.9and10news.com




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  NCAA1   


Jordan Hamilton picked for Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week Award - by George Fragkos
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Texas guard/forward Jordan Hamilton (6'7''-G/F) as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 23. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 22 this season.

As the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, Hamilton was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week.

Hamilton, a 6-7 sophomore from Compton, Calif., averaged 22.0 points and 8.5 rebounds while leading the Longhorns to a pair of double-digit victories over top 15 opponents, including a 74-63 win at No. 2 Kansas, snapping the Jayhawks' national-best 69-game home court winning streak.

Hamilton started the week on Wednesday with a game-high 27 points and eight rebounds in an 81-60 win over No. 10 Texas A&M. He then produced 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds in the win at Kansas. For the week, he shot 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the field, while hitting all 11 free throws. Hamilton also had three assists and two blocks in a total of 65 minutes in the two games. He leads the Longhorns and ranks third in the Big 12 with 19.5 points per game and also has four double-doubles on the year.

This is the second season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week. The weekly Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week is added to the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list, which will be released at mid-season.

Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson. It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after a former player.

At the conclusion of the regular season, the USBWA will name finalists for the award, which is voted on by the entire membership of the USBWA. The winner of the 2011 Oscar Robertson Trophy will be announced and presented by its namesake, Oscar Robertson, at the USBWA's annual awards breakfast on Fri., April 1 in Houston, site of the 2011 NCAA Men's Final Four.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-444-4300.

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, the most comprehensive college basketball publication in the world, returns for its 30th season, bigger and better in 2010-11. Blue Ribbon - long-known as 'The Bible of College Basketball' - gives its readers the most thorough, up-to-date and timely evaluations of every Division I team in the country. For more information about Blue Ribbon Yearbooks, visit blueribbonyearbookonline.com.

2010-11 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week of Dec. 5: Michael Glover (6'7''-F), Iona
Week of Dec. 12: Jimmer Fredette (6'2''-G), BYU
Week of Dec. 19: Khris Middleton (6'7''-F-91), Texas A&M
Week of Dec. 26: Doron Lamb (6'4''-G), Kentucky
Week of Jan. 2: Demetri McCamey, Illinois
Week of Jan. 9: Vlad Moldoveanu (6'9''-F-88), American
Week of Jan. 16: Mike Muscala (6'10''-F/C), Bucknell
Week of Jan. 23: Jordan Hamilton, Texas

Courtesy: USBWA


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  NORWAY   


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Russell, Kristiansand26.6 
 2. Timus, Tromso25.1 
 3. Ross, Kristiansand23.0 
 4. Karlsen, Asker22.3 
 5. Diomande, Ammerud22.0 
 6. Kombat, Froya22.0 
 7. January, Tromso21.3 
 8. Bullock, Gimle21.2 
 9. Eskeland, Ulriken18.9 
 10. Fivelstad, Ulriken18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Bullock, Gimle11.9 
 2. Oatis, Baerum11.7 
 3. Mullenax, Ulriken11.4 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.1 
 5. Kombat, Froya9.7 
 6. Christensen, Tro.8.8 
 7. Fivelstad, Ulriken8.4 
 8. January, Tromso8.1 
 9. Djerman, Gimle7.4 
 10. Elsafadi, Froya7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Gabrans, Froya4.8 
 2. Bullock, Gimle4.5 
 3. Issalhi, Tromso4.5 
 4. Eskeland, Ulriken4.4 
 5. Mahnin, Asker4.3 
 6. Elgmork, Baerum4.0 
 7. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.9 
 8. Timus, Tromso3.6 
 9. Russell, Kristiansand3.6 
 10. Mihaylov, Tromso3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Diomande, Ammerud2.9 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.5 
 3. Ouakkaha, Ulriken2.1 
 4. Eskeland, Ulriken2.1 
 5. Hinsch, Asker2.1 
 6. Russell, Kristiansand2.0 
 7. January, Tromso1.7 
 8. Elgmork, Baerum1.6 
 9. Mullenax, Ulriken1.6 
 10. Mahnin, Asker1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.2 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.6 
 3. Bullock, Gimle1.2 
 4. January, Tromso1.1 
 5. Christensen, Tro.1.1 
 6. Mullenax, Ulriken1.0 
 7. Karlsen, Asker0.9 
 8. Nevjen, Baerum0.8 
 9. Nyborg, Asker0.7 
 10. Ndiaye, Gimle0.5 


BLNO Round 16: Ulriken is upset by Baerum - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Bekkestua between third ranked Ulriken (10-4) and fourth ranked Baerum (8-7) on Sunday night. Ulriken was defeated by Baerum on the road 85-74. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Ulriken. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 50-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Baerum made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Guard Nils-Paul Skara (185-87, college: William & Mary) fired 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Donald Oatis (206-79, college: Wilberforce, agency: Prossin Sports Management) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Baerum's coach Pal Berg used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard Audun Eskeland (175-85) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Baerum maintains fourth position with 8-7 record. Ulriken at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Baerum are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Ammerud (#8) at home in the next round. Ulriken's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Bergen to the arena Gimle.
Leader Asker delivered the twelfth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Gimle (4-10) 83-79. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 rebounds. Mustafa Mahnin contributed with 21 points and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Asker's coach Inge Kristiansen allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Stian Enge (190-90) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Gimle. Asker (12-3) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Gimle lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Kristiansand. Asker will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gimle's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Bergen Ulriken.
The game in Kristiansand supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Froya (7-9) played at the court of 7th ranked Kristiansand (4-10). Froya smashed Kristiansand 91-65 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Miilah Kombat who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side Kreshnik Krasniqi responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Froya have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 7-9 record. Kristiansand lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Gimle. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 16 bottom-ranked Ammerud was crushed by Tromso in a road game 89-69.
The best stats of 16th round was 27 points and 14 rebounds by Gerald January of Tromso.



Baerum - Ulriken 85-74

The most important game in the last round took place in Bekkestua between third ranked Ulriken (10-4) and fourth ranked Baerum (8-7) on Sunday night. Ulriken was defeated by Baerum on the road 85-74. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Ulriken. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 50-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Baerum made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Guard Nils-Paul Skara (185-87, college: William & Mary) fired 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Donald Oatis (206-79, college: Wilberforce, agency: Prossin Sports Management) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Baerum's coach Pal Berg used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard Audun Eskeland (175-85) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Magne Fivelstad (196-89) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Four Baerum and five Ulriken players scored in double figures. Baerum maintains fourth position with 8-7 record. Ulriken at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Baerum are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Ammerud (#8) at home in the next round. Ulriken's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Bergen to the arena Gimle.
Top scorers:
Ulriken: A.Eskeland 17+7reb+3ast, M.Fivelstad 16+3reb+3ast, T.Mullenax 15+4reb, A.Ouakkaha 11+6reb+3ast, C.Ndow 10+2reb, D.Hammer 3+3reb
Baerum: N.Skara 22+5reb, L.Harto 12+2reb, S.Berg 12, D.Oatis 11+8reb+4ast, C.Elgmork 10+2reb+4ast, V.Hamilton 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 99012


Asker - Gimle 83-79

Leader Asker delivered the twelfth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Gimle (4-10) 83-79. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Gimle won third quarter 25-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) contributed with 21 points and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Asker's coach Inge Kristiansen allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Stian Enge (190-90) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Croatian-Austrian power forward Ivan Djerman (202-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 17 points in the effort for Gimle. Four Gimle players scored in double figures. Asker (12-3) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Gimle lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Kristiansand. Asker will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gimle's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Bergen Ulriken.
Top scorers:
Gimle: S.Enge 18+10reb, I.Djerman 17+4reb, P.Bullock 14+6reb+1ast, B.Ndiaye 10+2reb+6ast, S.de Lange 7+2reb+1ast, S.Rakneberg 6+2reb+1ast
Asker: R.Karlsen 25+7reb+2ast, M.Mahnin 21+4reb+6ast, C.Hinsch 11+2reb+2ast, F.Bohn 9+8reb, F.Nyborg 7+6reb+2ast, M.Midtvedt 5+5reb
gschID: 99013


Tromso - Ammerud 89-69

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Ammerud (2-12) was crushed on the road by second ranked Tromso (11-3) 89-69 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Tromso. Ammerud managed to win third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tromso dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Ammerud's 36. They outrebounded Ammerud 51-35 including a 40-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. Tromso looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Ammerud's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tromso made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds and power forward Dag Christensen (201-80) who added 13 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Four Tromso players scored in double figures. Tromso's coach Jeffrey Lange used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side guard Samuel Diomande (191-88, agency: Promotex) responded with 29 points and 9 rebounds and guard Joakim Hellerstrom (190-87) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Tromso maintains second position with 11-3 record behind leader Asker. Ammerud lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Tromso will meet at home Ulriken (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ammerud will play against Baerum (#4) in Bekkestua and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ammerud: S.Diomande 29+9reb+3ast, J.Hellerstrom 11+6reb+1ast, O.Okoroafor 9+2reb+3ast, M.Molvaer 9, T.Hagen 7+6reb, V.Cairo 2+5reb
Tromso: G.January 27+14reb+2ast, R.Timus 16+7reb+5ast, G.Mihaylov 15+4reb+3ast, D.Christensen 13+18reb+2ast, H.Issalhi 8+3reb+12ast, I.Adahada 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 99010


Kristiansand - Froya 65-91

The game in Kristiansand supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Froya (7-9) played at the court of 7th ranked Kristiansand (4-10). Froya smashed Kristiansand 91-65 on Sunday. Froya forced 26 Kristiansand turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-88, college: N.Idaho JC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and Latvian guard Reno Silavs (180-91) who added 16 points during the contest. Four Froya players scored in double figures. At the losing side Croatian guard Kreshnik Krasniqi (190-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Antonio Russell (183-84, college: W.Carolina) scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. Froya have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 7-9 record. Kristiansand lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Gimle. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kristiansand: A.Russell 25+5reb+1ast, K.Krasniqi 20+11reb+1ast, F.Filipovic 6+1reb+1ast, B.Mariampillar 5+4reb+1ast, R.Beqiri 5+11reb+2ast, D.Sahinagic 4+1reb+4ast
Froya: M.Kombat 20+11reb+2ast, R.Silavs 16+4reb+3ast, E.Gabrans 16+3reb+3ast, A.Ingebrigtsen 16+4reb+1ast, N.Phillip 7+4reb, A.Nzeyimana 7+3reb
gschID: 99011




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  PALESTINE   


Birzeit & Orthodox Ramallah Play Today after their 1st win - by Tamara Awartani
'Ahmad Shehadeh Tournament organized by Qalandia camp club launched with two games taking place after the opening ceremony attended by the federation, participants, clubs, families and audience. The ceremony included the camps scouts and a speech by the family of Ahmad Shehadeh who was imprisoned for 26 years now from the age of 22.
The games reflected a good level with wins in the first games by Birzeit and Orthodox Ramallah who will play today and the winner would be closer to the big win.

Birzeit Club vs. Qalandia Youth Club 76 69
A close gradual game with well-known players in both clubs tying the first and fourth quarter.
The players played strong and showed good teamwork especially in the last quarter.
Birzeit club players, Mustafa Yasser and Qahhar Abu Dayeh had very good shots and drives while Ahmad Yasser had good inside moves and shots as well as Mahmoud Assaf who played well under basket. Qalandia Youth Club players, Ismael Hamad a skilled player who played hard offensively and defensively under basket with great moves along with Nizar Shehadeh, Adham Jamzawi and Firas Afaneh who had great shots, moves and assists.
16-16, 23-15, 13-14, 24-24

Orthodox Ramallah vs. AlAhli AlQuds 66 54
Both teams known for their quickness and 3pointers took off a slow start in the first half however showed better skill in the second half. Ahmad Qandeel, Ahmad Deeb and the new young player Ibrahim Zaibaq with their 3pointers and fastbreaks, while Nadeem Abdel Muhsen is getting better under basket playing only for the 2nd year this season for Orthodox Ramallah. While Ammar Baghdadi, Raed Diab and Rami AlBakri had several shots and assists along with Nabeel Nasser who had a good inside game.
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  PBL   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mike WILLIAMS
  Vermont FH
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Williams, Vermo.20.9 
 2. Brown, Quebec K.20.1 
 3. Crouch, Rocheste.19.3 
 4. Anderson, Saint J.18.6 
 5. Martin, Saint J.17.8 
 6. Jones, Kentucky S.17.6 
 7. Miles, Dayton A.17.3 
 8. Grifin, Dayton A.17.2 
 9. Brown, Halifax R.16.8 
 10. Egerson, Saint J.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Crookshank, Halif.11.5 
 2. Williams, Vermo.10.3 
 3. Jones, Halifax R.9.6 
 4. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC8.8 
 5. DeMasi, Vermont FH8.0 
 6. Jackson, Halifax R.8.0 
 7. Walton, Rocheste.7.8 
 8. Harris, Kentucky S.7.8 
 9. Ocitti, Saint J.7.8 
 10. Brown, Quebec K.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Vermont FH
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Rice, Vermont FH7.6 
 2. Egerson, Saint J.6.8 
 3. Parran, Quebec K.5.4 
 4. Brown, Halifax R.5.3 
 5. Anderson, Saint J.5.0 
 6. Fountain, Lawton F.4.5 
 7. Bowden, Lawton F.4.5 
 8. Acker, Quebec K.4.3 
 9. Brown, Quebec K.4.3 
 10. Hill, Dayton A.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Royce PARRAN
  Quebec K.
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Parran, Quebec K.3.0 
 2. Rice, Vermont FH3.0 
 3. Anderson, Saint J.2.8 
 4. Brown, Quebec K.2.7 
 5. Perry, Dayton A.2.0 
 6. Austin, Vermont FH2.0 
 7. Martin, Saint J.1.8 
 8. Gilchrese, Saint J.1.8 
 9. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.8 
 10. Fountain, Lawton F.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Stanley OCITTI
  Saint John M.R.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Ocitti, Saint J.1.5 
 2. Stevenson, Rocheste.1.5 
 3. Carter, Rocheste.1.3 
 4. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.3 
 5. George, Dayton A.1.2 
 6. Dollard, Halifax R.1.2 
 7. Williams, Vermo.0.9 
 8. DeLuca, Saint J.0.8 
 9. Crookshank, Halif.0.8 
 10. Delk, Kentucky S.0.8 


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


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Smart Gilas reach the Semifinals in UAE - by Eurobasket News
After the first two days of competition that was written in the previous articles, Smart Gilas faced Sharjah Club in Day 3 and reached 92:67 win. The latter showed a number of dazzling moves in the first quarter, holding Smart Gilas 18-18 at the end of the opening round, but Smart Gilas came back strongly in the 2nd quarter to go ahead 44-33.
In Day 4 Al-Wahda from Syria outscored Smart Gilas 91:89. Both teams were tied at 79-79 in the final quarter until Al Wahda fired three consecutive three-pointers courtesy of its two American imports to put Syria in a commanding lead 88-79.
Smart Gilas has once again qualified for the semi-final round of the 22nd Dubai Invitational Basketball Tournament as they overcame Hoops from Lebanon 86:69. Mac Baracael (193-F/G-85) stepped up with 16 points for the winners and Chris Tiu (178-G-85) as well as JV Casio (177-G-86) netted 12 points apiece.




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Polish Cup results - by Eurobasket News
PGE Turow advanced into Polish Cup quarterfinals. They held off AZS Koszalin 97:85 to reach 3-1 record in Group A. It also meant Turow advanced into the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. Ivan Koljevic (185-G-84, agency: BeoExcell) scored 18 points to lead the effort. Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell) and Michal Gabinski (202-F-87) added 16 points each for the winners. AZS Koszalin responded with 25 points from Slavisa Bogavac (200-G/F-80, agency: BeoExcell).
Zastal Zielona Gora shot down AZS Olsztyn 99:53 but failed to advance. Tomasz Kesicki (212-C-86) knocked down 20 points, while Zarko Comagic (201-F-85, college: N.Arizona) added 14 points to pace the winners as they improved at 2-2 record in Group A. AZS Olsztyn suffered the fourth straight defeat despite 13 points from Tomasz Panewski (176-G-80).
PBG Basket improved at 4-0 record in Group B. They toppled Kotwica Kolobrzeg 73:68. Cliff Hawkins (186-G-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Kentucky) and Piotr Stelmach (205-F-84, college: Mississippi St.) stepped up with 14 points each to lead the winning side. Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87) and Eddie Miller (191-G-85, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Fresno St.) added 13 points apiece in the victory. Ted Scott (188-G-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: W.Virginia St.) answered with 25 points for Kotwica who managed to squeeze into the next round despite the loss.
Trefl Sopot thrashed Siarka Tarnobrzeg 110:56 behind 14 points from Ljubotina. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Lorinza Harrington (193-G-80, agency: David Lee services, college: Wingate) netted 13 points each in the victory. Stanley Pringle (185-G-87, college: Penn St.) replied with 13 points for Siarka. Trefl Sopot finished the group stage at 3-1 record.
The Polish Cup quarterfinals are scheduled for February 9, while the tournaments Final Four will be held on February 11-12 in Gdynia.



Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. MMKS SIDEn 14-2 
 2. AZS Kutno 13-3 
 3. SMS PZKosz 11-3 
 4. Zuraw 11-5 
 5. Norgips 11-5 
 6. Tur 9-7 
 7. Korsarz 7-8 
 8. KK Swiecie 7-9 
 9. Zyrardowianka 6-10 
 10. OSSM PZKosz 5-10 
 11. AZS Olsztyn 5-11 
 12. Trefl II 4-11 
 13. Basket Pila 4-12 
 14. MON-POL 2-13 
Group B
 1. Open Florentyna 16-3 
 2. Sudety 15-4 
 3. Stal Ostrow 14-5 
 4. Nysa Klodzko 12-7 
 5. GTK Gliwice 12-7 
 6. MKS Osemka 11-8 
 7. Obiekty 10-9 
 8. Alba 10-9 
 9. Ksiezak 8-11 
 10. AZS PP Poznan 8-11 
 11. AZS PO Opole 8-11 
 12. Slask Wroclaw 7-12 
 13. Pogon Prudnik 7-12 
 14. A-Bild Bytom 6-13 
 15. Pogon RS 4-15 
 16. AZS Pol.Cz-wa 4-15 
Group C
 1. MOSiR Krosno 19-0 
 2. Znicz Jaroslaw 16-3 
 3. Unia Tarnow 12-6 
 4. Polonia 12-7 
 5. AZS AWF K-ce 11-8 
 6. HK Zory 10-8 
 7. AZS PR Radom 9-9 
 8. MKS Limanowa 9-10 
 9. Staco 9-10 
 10. Novum Lublin 8-11 
 11. UMKS 8-11 
 12. Wisla Krakow 7-10 
 13. Mickiewicz 7-11 
 14. AZS Rzeszow 7-12 
 15. MCKiS 4-15 
 16. Cracovia 1-18 


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Ponce Team Players selected in special Draft - by Luis Ramirez
Although Ponce Leones diehard fans were optimistic that their team would play this season, this would not happen, and proof of this was a special players draft done to distribute the teams players among those teams that will play this season. The players were selected in the following order:

1st Round
1.Carlos Rivera - selected by the Mayaguez Indios
2.Manuel Narvaez- selected by Coamo Maratonistas
3.Rick Apodaca selected by Humacao Caciques then traded to Quebradillas for Jonathan Garcia
4.Jonathan Rodriguez selected by Isabela Gallitos
5.Gabriel Colon selected by Guaynabo Mets
6.Ricardo Melendez selected by San German Atleticos
7.Christian Soto selected by Santurce Cangrejeros
8.Alvin Cruz selected by Quebradillas Piratas
9.Bobby Joe Hatton selected by Bayamon Vaqueros
10.Manuel Dejesus selected by Arecibo Capitanes

2nd Round
1.Carlos Figueroa Selected by Coamo Maratonistas
2.Hector Zayas Selected by San German Atleticos
3.Cesar Cruz Selected by Santurce Cangrejeros

The only player not selected in the draft was Alex Falcon who becomes a free agent.



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  QATAR   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Jaysh 4-0 
 2. Al Rayyan 3-1 
 3. Al Gharrafah 3-1 
 4. As Sadd 3-1 
 5. Al Ahli 2-2 
 6. Qatar 1-3 
 7. Al Arabi 0-4 
 8. Al Wakrah 0-4 


Maurice Hargrow propels Ahli past Rayyan - by Eurobasket News
Rayyan suffered the first defeat in QBF season. The defending champions had to surrender against Ahli in the latest round of action. Ahli dominated throughout almost the entire game but Rayyan managed to recover late in regulation. They used a 13:6 run to cut the distance and surge ahead. But a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Maurice Hargrow (195-G-83, college: Minnesota) sealed the win for Ahli. He finished with 28 points and 10 assists for Ahli as they improved at 2-2 record. Hashem Zaidan (211-C-80) added 24 points in the victory. Tierre Brown (188-G-79, college: McNeese St.) responded with 22 points and 9 assists for Rayyan. Targuy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) finished with 20 points and 9 boards in defeat.
Jaysh held off Arabi 69:59 to stay on top of the ladder with a perfect 4-0 record. Cheikh Sall (208-C-84) knocked down 21 points, grabbed 6 boards and made 4 steals to lead the effort. Zeyad Dari provided 12 points for Jaysh. Michael Cuffee (193-F-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) replied with 20 points for Arabi as they slipped at 0-4 record.
Sadd dominated Wakrah 69:46 behind 20 points and 21 boards from Tyler Hughes (213-F-84, college: Kansas St.). Khalid Suliman Abdi (198-F/G-87) added 18 points in the victory. Wakrah replied with 16 points from Abdou Sow (197-G).
Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's) recorded 18 points, 10 boards and 10 assists to lead Gharafa past Qatar Club 85:58. Ousseynou N'Diaye (195-G/F-85, agency: Court Side) top-scored with 26 points for the winners as they reached 3-1 record. Mike Cook (193-G/F-84, college: Pittsburgh) netted 24 points for Qatar Club.



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  RUSSIA   


Sergey Bazarevich may replace David Blatt as Russian National Team Head Coach - by Eurobasket
Decision on future of Russian National team coach will be on 1st February. In case that David Blatt t leaves the head coach position, it is possible to have a russian coach. President of Russian Federation mr. Aleksandr Krasnenkov said that if coach is having two duties, club and national team, he would prefer that he is a coaching a PBL (Russian Professional League). Rumors from Russia are that new candidate could be Sergey Bazarevich (agency: Alti Sport ). Sergey Bazarevich (agency: Alti Sport ) most promising russian candidate is coaching Dynamo Moscow, also known as a former russian basketball star, first russian player in NBA, all world tournament 5 in 1993. Dynamo Moscow the only team playing with only Russian players, last season big surprise with 4th place. This year with a smallest budget in the league managed to upset a leader of PBL Unics Kazan with a home win last week. Dynamo Moscow is having the last spot for the play off at the moment. Sergey Bazarevich (agency: Alti Sport ) is coaching four national team players who were playing in Turkey in the world cup.

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1B Round 16: Sencur CP defeats leader Rogaska - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Rogaska (14-2) in Kranj on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Sencur CP (14-2) 74-71. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Rogaska. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 13-2 record before this meeting. Rogaska was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Sencur CP made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Rogaska turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Stefan Kosec (195-F/C-83) (195-83) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Klemen Cvek (196-86) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Sencur CP's coach Gregor Jeras used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Boban Tomic (190-88) replied with 17 points for Rogaska. Sencur CP have an impressive six-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Rogaska lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Rogaska. Sencur CP is looking forward to face Primorac Branik (#11) in Maribor in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rogaska will play on the road against KD Postojna (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Another interesting game for Grosuplje (9-7) which played on the court of 6th ranked Hrastnik (8-8). Seventh ranked Grosuplje had an easy win 81-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hrastnik. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Blaz Lobe (202-84) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds and Jure Misic who added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side forward Tadej Tusek (194-80, agency: World Sport Agency) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Grosuplje moved-up to sixth place. Hrastnik at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Grosuplje will play against Triglav Kranj (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hrastnik will play against Kraski Zidar (#3) in Sezana and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for Kraski Zidar (12-4) which hosted in Sezana 4th ranked Litija (10-6). Third ranked Kraski Zidar managed to get a 10-point victory 78-68. The winners were led by Zoran Lazarevski who scored that evening 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 25 points and 9 rebounds by Anel Blazevic did not help to save the game for Litija. Kraski Zidar maintains third position with 12-4 record having just two points less than leader Rogaska. Loser Litija dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. Kraski Zidar will meet at home Hrastnik (#7) in the next round. Litija will play against Radovljica and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Triglav Kranj managed to get a third victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they won against tenth-ranked Nova Gorica 76-70. Luka Hocevar fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Triglav Kranj (3-13) moved-up to thirteenth place. Nova Gorica at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Triglav Kranj's next round opponent will be higher ranked Grosuplje (#6) in Grosuplje and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Medvode (6-10) and Primorac Branik (5-11), which took place in Medvode. 9th ranked Medvode lost at home to twelfth ranked Primorac Branik 63-72 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for Ilija Gavric who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Primorac Branik's coach Matjaz Cujes allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Primorac Branik moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Nova Gorica. Loser Medvode keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Primorac Branik will face league's second-placed Sencur CP in Kranj in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last two games of round 16 Radovljica was beaten by Splosna plovba on the road 82-70. KD Postojna won against Konjice on its own court 89-75.


Medvode - Primorac Branik 63-72

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Medvode (6-10) and Primorac Branik (5-11), which took place in Medvode. 9th ranked Medvode lost at home to twelfth ranked Primorac Branik 63-72 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 16-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Primorac Branik forced 21 Medvode turnovers. Medvode was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for forward Ilija Gavric (200-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Jan Tratnik (190-89) contributed with 8 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Primorac Branik's coach Matjaz Cujes allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Aljaz Podobnik (194-88) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Matic Cilgic (184-84) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Medvode. Primorac Branik moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Nova Gorica. Loser Medvode keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Primorac Branik will face league's second-placed Sencur CP in Kranj in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Primorac Branik: I.Gavric 25+10reb+2ast, M.Gavric 13+3reb+1ast, R.Smaka 11+4reb+1ast, J.Tratnik 8+7reb+5ast, L.Gajsek 5, Z.Pihlar 4
Medvode: A.Podobnik 14+6reb+1ast, N.Gregorcic 12+3reb, M.Cilgic 11+6reb, R.Babic 9+2reb+2ast, Z.Jenko 7+6reb+2ast, J.Roser 4+5reb
gschID: 89541


Triglav Kranj - Nova Gorica 76-70

Bottom-ranked Triglav Kranj managed to get a third victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they won against tenth-ranked Nova Gorica 76-70. Nova Gorica was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 32-21 charge of Triglav Kranj, which allowed them to win the game. Center Luka Hocevar (204-82, college: Va Intermont) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ziga Markus (195-92) chipped in 15 points. Four Triglav Kranj players scored in double figures. The former international forward Dalibor Petrovic (198-75) produced 28 points and 6 rebounds and guard Marko Marcetic (186-79) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Triglav Kranj (3-13) moved-up to thirteenth place. Nova Gorica at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Triglav Kranj's next round opponent will be higher ranked Grosuplje (#6) in Grosuplje and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Triglav Kranj: M.Varagic 17+3reb+1ast, L.Hocevar 16+10reb+1ast, Z.Markus 15+3reb+3ast, S.Ovcina 12+4reb+1ast, M.Svarc 6+3reb+2ast, L.Grum 5+1reb
Nova Gorica: D.Petrovic 28+6reb+3ast, M.Marcetic 15+6reb+2ast, T.Horvat 11+3reb+4ast, T.Sluga 5+2reb+1ast, G.Kuburic 5+3reb+3ast, R.Rituper 4+6reb
gschID: 89542


Hrastnik - Grosuplje 69-81

Another interesting game for Grosuplje (9-7) which played on the court of 6th ranked Hrastnik (8-8). Seventh ranked Grosuplje had an easy win 81-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hrastnik. The game was mostly controlled by Grosuplje. Hrastnik was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Hrastnik was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Blaz Lobe (202-84) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds and guard Jure Misic (188-87) who added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Grosuplje players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Tadej Tusek (194-80, agency: World Sport Agency) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and forward Ziga Koritnik (197-89) scored 15 points. Grosuplje moved-up to sixth place. Hrastnik at the other side dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Grosuplje will play against Triglav Kranj (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hrastnik will play against Kraski Zidar (#3) in Sezana and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Grosuplje: B.Lobe 22+5reb, J.Virk 13, J.Misic 12+6reb+4ast, Z.Jerman 11+4reb+3ast, M.Trampus 9+3reb+1ast, D.Radosavljevic 8+5reb+3ast
Hrastnik: Z.Koritnik 15+4reb+3ast, T.Tusek 13+11reb+3ast, Z.Percel 12+2reb+2ast, D.Brcina 9+4reb+1ast, G.Ovnik 8+3reb+2ast, D.Godicelj 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 89543


Splosna plovba - Radovljica 82-70

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Splosna plovba (11-5) beat 8th ranked Radovljica (7-9) in Portoroz 82-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Splosna plovba. Radovljica was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Splosna plovba looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Radovljica's players. Radovljica was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for guard David Moro (199-86) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Rok Perko (179-87) contributed with 13 points and 8 assists for the winners. Center Milan Klepo (211-80) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and forward Gasper Budkovic (195-84) added 16 points in the effort for Radovljica. Four Splosna plovba and five Radovljica players scored in double figures. Splosna plovba moved-up to fourth place. Radovljica at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Splosna plovba will face bottom-ranked Konjice (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Radovljica will play against Litija (#5).
Top scorers:
Splosna plovba: D.Moro 22+6reb+3ast, R.Perko 13+3reb+8ast, A.Prole 13+6reb, S.Milovic 11+8reb+2ast, T.Podboj 10+3reb+3ast, P.Djurkovic 8+8reb+3ast
Radovljica: G.Budkovic 16+4reb+1ast, A.Primc 13+2reb+1ast, U.Ivanovic 13+5reb+1ast, M.Klepo 11+12reb, J.Ucman 10+7reb+1ast, A.Tomic 7+1reb+5ast
gschID: 89538


KD Postojna - Konjice 89-75

Rather expected game when 13th ranked Konjice (2-14) lost on the road to eleventh ranked KD Postojna (6-10) 89-75 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-75. Konjice was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for guard Matic Zupanc (182-90) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Power forward Gregor Jakhel (206-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. KD Postojna's coach Predrag Milovic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Tomaz Jereb (192-91) replied with 15 points and 5 assists and guard Dean Sipura (194-87) added 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Konjice. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KD Postojna moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Medvode. Konjice lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. KD Postojna will face league's leader Rogaska in Rogaska Slatina in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Konjice will play on the road against Splosna plovba (#4) in Portoroz.
Top scorers:
KD Postojna: M.Zupanc 17+6reb+5ast, N.Glavas 13+1reb+7ast, K.Panic 12+1reb+2ast, L.Santelj 11, G.Jakhel 10+13reb+1ast, D.Dramicanin 8
Konjice: D.Sipura 17+5reb+1ast, T.Rap 15+5reb, T.Jereb 15+4reb+5ast, B.Sivka 12+7reb, T.Cuk 8+3reb+1ast, T.Lajnscek 4+1reb
gschID: 89539


Sencur CP - Rogaska 74-71

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Rogaska (14-2) in Kranj on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Sencur CP (14-2) 74-71. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Rogaska. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 13-2 record before this meeting. Rogaska was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Sencur CP made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Rogaska turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Stefan Kosec (195-83) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Klemen Cvek (196-86) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Sencur CP's coach Gregor Jeras used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Boban Tomic (190-88) replied with 17 points and guard Domen Ambroz (190-83) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Rogaska. Four Rogaska players scored in double figures. Sencur CP have an impressive six-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Rogaska lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Rogaska. Sencur CP is looking forward to face Primorac Branik (#11) in Maribor in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rogaska will play on the road against KD Postojna (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Sencur CP: S.Kosec 19+7reb+1ast, K.Cvek 12+4reb, R.Horvat 10+1reb+1ast, D.Milasinovic 9+5reb+2ast, M.Korosec 8+1reb+4ast, U.Troppan 6+1reb
Rogaska: M.Petrovic 17+4reb, B.Tomic 17+4reb+3ast, D.Ambroz 10+5reb+6ast, S.Smajlovic 10+2reb+1ast, I.Spesic 8+4reb, Z.Jotic 5+3reb
gschID: 89540


Kraski Zidar - Litija 78-68

An interesting game for Kraski Zidar (12-4) which hosted in Sezana 4th ranked Litija (10-6). Third ranked Kraski Zidar managed to get a 10-point victory 78-68. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 29-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kraski Zidar outrebounded Litija 44-21 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by guard Zoran Lazarevski (194-76) who scored that evening 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Tilen Zalar (193-87) supported him with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 25 points and 9 rebounds by guard Anel Blazevic (182-86) did not help to save the game for Litija. Center Crt Lipovsek (194-88) added 12 points for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kraski Zidar maintains third position with 12-4 record having just two points less than leader Rogaska. Loser Litija dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. Kraski Zidar will meet at home Hrastnik (#7) in the next round. Litija will play against Radovljica and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kraski Zidar: Z.Lazarevski 17+8reb+7ast, T.Zalar 15+6reb+7ast, N.Buda 14+11reb, M.Meden 10+2reb, M.Husic 9+9reb, M.Likar 8+2reb+1ast
Litija: A.Blazevic 25+9reb+3ast, M.Goropevsek 15+2reb+1ast, D.Pusic 12+1reb+3ast, C.Lipovsek 12+4reb+2ast, L.Golez 2+1reb, A.Bejtic 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 89537




Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Uros IVANOVIC
  Radovljica
  (204-F/C-74)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Ivanovic, Radovljica20.8 
 2. Husic, Kraski Zidar18.6 
 3. Petrovic, Nova G.18.3 
 4. Lobe, Grosuplje18.3 
 5. Blazevic, Litija18.1 
 6. Pusic, Litija17.7 
 7. Marcetic, Nova G.17.6 
 8. Markus, Triglav .17.2 
 9. Primc, Radovljica17.0 
 10. Tomic, Rogaska16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirnes HUSIC
  Kraski Zidar
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Husic, Kraski Zidar10.3 
 2. Jakhel, KD Postojna9.7 
 3. Barovic, Primor.8.5 
 4. Ivanovic, Radovljica8.3 
 5. Hocevar, Triglav .8.1 
 6. Spesic, Rogaska8.1 
 7. Buda, Kraski Zidar7.5 
 8. Klepo, Radovljica7.3 
 9. Sivka, Konjice7.1 
 10. Lobe, Grosuplje7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Tomic, Rogaska5.6 
 2. Perko, Splosna .5.6 
 3. Tratnik, Primor.5.3 
 4. Zalar, Kraski Zidar4.3 
 5. Glavas, KD Postojna4.2 
 6. Blazevic, Litija4.0 
 7. Milasinovic, Sencur C.3.9 
 8. Milovic, Splosna .3.5 
 9. Jereb, Konjice3.3 
 10. Pusic, Litija3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Tomic, Rogaska2.9 
 2. Lobe, Grosuplje2.6 
 3. Jereb, Konjice2.4 
 4. Bratina, Primor.2.1 
 5. Milovic, Splosna .1.9 
 6. Jotic, Rogaska1.9 
 7. Erculj, Grosuplje1.8 
 8. Zalar, Kraski Zidar1.8 
 9. Gavric, Primorac.1.7 
 10. Glavas, KD Postojna1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregor JAKHEL
  KD Postojna
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Jakhel, KD Postojna1.9 
 2. Husic, Kraski Zidar1.4 
 3. Lobe, Grosuplje1.2 
 4. Trampus, Grosuplje1.1 
 5. Barovic, Primor.1.1 
 6. Kosec, Sencur CP1.0 
 7. Hren, Litija1.0 
 8. Vajdic, Hrastnik0.7 
 9. Alispahic, Grosuplje0.7 
 10. Klepo, Radovljica0.7 


1B Stats Leaders
1B Standings
 1. Rogaska 14-2 
 2. Sencur CP 14-2 
 3. Kraski Zidar 12-4 
 4. Splosna plovba 11-5 
 5. Litija 10-6 
 6. Grosuplje 9-7 
 7. Hrastnik 8-8 
 8. Radovljica 7-9 
 9. KD Postojna 6-10 
 10. Medvode 6-10 
 11. Primorac Branik 5-11 
 12. Nova Gorica 5-11 
 13. Triglav Kranj 3-13 
 14. Konjice 2-14 


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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


FIBA Americas One day away from the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship draw - by Wolfgang Lucena
SAN JUAN (2011 FIBA Americas Championship) The draw for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship will be held at Columnas del Atlantico salon at NH Provincial Hotel of Mar del Plata, Argentina on Thursday, January 27 at 12:00 pm local time.

In this draw the ten participating countries will be divided into two groups of five teams each. The ten participants are: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The participants are drawn to each group by couples so secure a balance in the competition. The couples for this draw are: Puerto Rico-Canada, Uruguay-Dominican Republic, Venezuela-Panama, Cuba-Paraguay and Argentina-Brazil. The first team selected randomly in the draw goes to group A and the second to Group B.

This tournament, to be played from August 30 until September 11, qualifies the top two teams for the 2012 Olympics in London and the teams that end from third to fifth place will play in the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The maximum authorities of FIBA Americas, the Argentinean Basketball Confederation and the National, Province and Municipal Governments will be there.

Some of the legends that are going to help in the draw process are Horacio 'Tato' Lopez of Uruguay, Jerome Mincy from Puerto Rico, Fabricio Oberto of Argentina, among others.


Source: Luis A. Modestti
Press Officer
FIBA AMERICAS - International Basketball Federation


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Sonic Boom KT 27-10 
 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 16-20 
 8. Mobis Phoebus 14-23 
 9. Anyang KGC 11-26 
 10. Daegu Orions 10-27 


KBL Round 35: Sonic Boom KT defeats LG Sakers in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Seventh-ranked LG Sakers (16-20) gave a tough game to first ranked Sonic Boom KT (27-10) in Busan on Thursday. Sonic Boom KT managed to secure only three-point victory 86-83. However their fans expected much easier game. Sonic Boom KT made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Sonic Boom KT especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. It was a great evening for American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). The former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) helped adding 15 points and 6 assists. Naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) responded with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Sonic Boom KT have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 27-10 record. LG Sakers lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 20 games lost. Sonic Boom KT are looking forward to face SK Knights (#6) in Seoul in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. LG Sakers will play on the road against the league's second-placed ET Land Elephants in Inchon and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Changwon. Eighth ranked Mobis Phoebus (14-23) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked LG Sakers (16-20) 79-78 on Tuesday evening. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (182-81) who led the winners and scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Laurence Ekperigin accounted for 16 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for LG Sakers in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains eighth place with 14-23 record. LG Sakers lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 20 games lost. Mobis Phoebus will play against Anyang KGC (#9) on the road in the next round. LG Sakers will play against the league's second-placed ET Land Elephants and will have a slim chance for a victory.
A very close game took place in Wonju between SK Knights and Dongbu Promy. Sixth ranked SK Knights (18-19) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Dongbu Promy (22-15). SK Knights managed to escape with a 3-point win 80-77 on Wednesday evening. The best player for the winners was Terrence Leather who scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. Rod Benson produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. SK Knights maintains sixth place with 18-19 record. Dongbu Promy lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third position with 15 games lost. SK Knights will meet at home league's leader Sonic Boom KT in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dongbu Promy will play against KCC Egis in Jeonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Seoul. 4th placed host Samsung Thunders (21-16) were smashed by second ranked ET Land Elephants (25-11) 102-83. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Samsung Thunders. Jarod Stevenson orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. ET Land Elephants maintains second place with 25-11 record having just three points less than leader Sonic Boom KT. Samsung Thunders at the other side keep the fourth position with 16 games lost. ET Land Elephants' next round opponent will be LG Sakers (#7) in Changwon which should be theoretically an easy game.

In the last two games of round 35 Mobis Phoebus lost to Anyang KGC on the opponent's court 85-90. KCC Egis managed to outperform Daegu Orions in a home game 89-80.



Anyang KGC - Mobis Phoebus 90-85

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked Mobis Phoebus (14-23) were defeated on the road by ninth ranked Anyang KGC (11-26) 90-85. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But Mobis Phoebus won second period 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. International guard Chan-Hee Park (191-87) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: LSU) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Laurence Ekperigin (201, college: Le Moyne) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Mobis Phoebus. Four Mobis Phoebus players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Anyang KGC maintains ninth place with 11-26 record. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus keep the eighth position with 23 games lost. Anyang KGC's next round opponent will be again higher ranked Mobis Phoebus (#8) in Ulsan and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: L.Ekperigin 18+5reb, K.Gransberry 17+6reb+2ast, D.Yang 13+1reb+5ast, Y.Choi 10+1reb+1ast, J.Park 9+2reb, C.Song 9+2ast
Anyang KGC: D.Simon 26+12reb+2ast, C.Park 17+6reb+2ast, J.Lee 15+1reb+2ast, M.Kim 8+3reb, J.Varem 8+2reb+1ast, B.Kim 5
gschID: 114220


LG Sakers - Mobis Phoebus 78-79

Important game to mention about took place in Changwon. Eighth ranked Mobis Phoebus (14-23) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked LG Sakers (16-20) 79-78 on Tuesday evening. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-15. But LG Sakers won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (182-81) who led the winners and scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. American forward Laurence Ekperigin (201, college: Le Moyne) accounted for 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Four Mobis Phoebus players scored in double figures. Naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and American center Chris Alexander (216-80, college: Iowa St., agency: Priority Sports) added 22 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks respectively for LG Sakers in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion maintains eighth place with 14-23 record. LG Sakers lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 20 games lost. Mobis Phoebus will play against Anyang KGC (#9) on the road in the next round. LG Sakers will play against the league's second-placed ET Land Elephants and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: G.Stevenson 26+10reb+5ast, C.Alexander 22+14reb+2ast, D.Kang 15+2reb+2ast, H.Kim 8+2ast, H.Byun 4+2reb+1ast, S.Ki 3
Mobis Phoebus: K.No 18+2reb+2ast, L.Ekperigin 16+12reb+2ast, D.Yang 15+7reb+9ast, C.Song 10+2reb+1ast, D.Kim 7+1ast, J.Park 7
gschID: 114216


Dongbu Promy - SK Knights 77-80

A very close game took place in Wonju between SK Knights and Dongbu Promy. Sixth ranked SK Knights (18-19) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Dongbu Promy (22-15). SK Knights managed to escape with a 3-point win 80-77 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 26-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. SK Knights shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) who scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Hee-Jung Joo (181-77) chipped in 24 points and 6 assists. American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds and forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Four Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. SK Knights maintains sixth place with 18-19 record. Dongbu Promy lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third position with 15 games lost. SK Knights will meet at home league's leader Sonic Boom KT in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dongbu Promy will play against KCC Egis in Jeonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 27+16reb, J.Park 15+1reb+1ast, H.Yoon 14+4reb+3ast, K.Jin 11+4reb+2ast, V.Thomas 4+1ast, J.Hwang 2+1ast
SK Knights: T.Leather 25+8reb+3ast, H.Joo 24+2reb+6ast, S.Shin 12+2reb+1ast, H.Kim 7+5reb+1ast, K.Hoon Byun 6+1reb+2ast, M.Kim 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 114217


KCC Egis - Daegu Orions 89-80

Very predictable result in Jeonju where fifth ranked KCC Egis (20-17) defeated bottom-ranked Daegu Orions (10-27) 89-80. The hosts were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-20 Daegu Orions' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 89-80 at the end of the game. KCC Egis dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Daegu Orions' 40. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Guard Jae-Hyun Lim (183-77) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). International center Seung-Jin Ha (222-85) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four KCC Egis players scored in double figures. American forward Glen McGowan (206-81, college: Pepperdine, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 31 points and forward Il-Young Heo (198-85) added 16 points in the effort for Daegu Orions. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. KCC Egis have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 20-17 record. Daegu Orions lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. KCC Egis' next round opponent will be higher ranked Dongbu Promy (#3) in Wonju and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Daegu Orions: G.McGowan 31+4reb, I.Heo 16+2reb+2ast, D.Jun Lee 12+3reb+3ast, J.Park 8+2reb+6ast, J.Cha 5+4reb+3ast, A.McCaskill 4+4reb+2ast
KCC Egis: S.Choo 18+4ast, S.Ha 16+8reb+1ast, J.Lim 15+6reb+6ast, C.Daniels 11+5reb+1ast, E.Dawson 9+4reb+2ast, B.Yoo 8+1ast
gschID: 114218


Sonic Boom KT - LG Sakers 86-83

Seventh-ranked LG Sakers (16-20) gave a tough game to first ranked Sonic Boom KT (27-10) in Busan on Thursday. Sonic Boom KT managed to secure only three-point victory 86-83. However their fans expected much easier game. Sonic Boom KT made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Sonic Boom KT especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. It was a great evening for American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). The former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) helped adding 15 points and 6 assists. Naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) responded with 23 points and 9 rebounds and American center Chris Alexander (216-80, college: Iowa St., agency: Priority Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Sonic Boom KT and four LG Sakers players scored in double figures. Sonic Boom KT have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 27-10 record. LG Sakers lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 20 games lost. Sonic Boom KT are looking forward to face SK Knights (#6) in Seoul in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. LG Sakers will play on the road against the league's second-placed ET Land Elephants in Inchon and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: H.Byun 24+3reb+1ast, G.Stevenson 23+9reb+3ast, H.Park 14, C.Alexander 11+17reb+5ast, H.Jeon 7+2ast, S.Ki 4+1reb
Sonic Boom KT: J.Johnson 18+2reb+1ast, C.Rhodes 17+6reb, S.Cho 15+2reb+6ast, D.Cho 13+3reb, S.Park 13+5reb, Y.Kwon Yoon 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 114219


Samsung Th. - Elephants 83-102

The game between Top Four teams took place in Seoul. 4th placed host Samsung Thunders (21-16) were smashed by second ranked ET Land Elephants (25-11) 102-83. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Samsung Thunders. The game without a history. ET Land Elephants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Samsung Thunders' 40. ET Land Elephants had a 26-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. ET Land Elephants brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. His fellow American import forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks for the winners. Four ET Land Elephants players scored in double figures. American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and forward Dong-Uk Kim (195-81) added 17 points and 5 steals in the effort for Samsung Thunders. ET Land Elephants maintains second place with 25-11 record having just three points less than leader Sonic Boom KT. Samsung Thunders at the other side keep the fourth position with 16 games lost. ET Land Elephants' next round opponent will be LG Sakers (#7) in Changwon which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: A.Haynes 29+13reb+5ast, D.Kim 17+2reb+1ast, J.Cha 9+5reb+2ast, K.Lee 8+1reb+2ast, W.Lee 7+1reb, J.Lee 6+3ast
Elephants: J.Stevenson 25+14reb+10ast, H.Hill 19+10reb+4ast, J.Seo 16+3reb, S.Park 10+1reb+1ast, 9+1reb+2ast, H.Lee 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 114215




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  SWEDEN   


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. Palm, Boras9.1 
 3. McKnight, 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. Chuk, Sodertalje4.4 
 6. Hargrove, Jamtland4.4 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.4 
 8. McCoy, Boras4.3 
 9. Smith, Sodertalje4.2 
 10. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Smith, Sodertalje4.0 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.5 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall2.1 
 4. Smith, Uppsala2.1 
 5. Hellgren, Jamtland2.0 
 6. Baeringsson, Sunds.2.0 
 7. Frier, Uppsala1.9 
 8. Mosley, Eco Orebro1.8 
 9. Wesby, Sundsvall1.8 
 10. McCoy, Boras1.8 
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. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.3 
 6. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.3 
 7. Cipriano, Eco O.1.1 
 8. Galick, Sodertalje1.0 
 9. Walker, Solna0.9 
 10. Saks, Norrkoping0.8 


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Al-Ittihad and Al-Wahda show their best in the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Al-Ittihad and Al-Wahda show their best in the International Tournament that they participate in Dubai.
Al-Ittihad finished Group A with 1-2 record registering the initial win over United Arab Emirates 73:70. Before that in the first two days of the competition the team lost to Sagesse from Lebanon 58:94 and Hoops 58:68.
Al-Wahda meanwhile finished Group B with 3-1 record. In Day 1 the team overcame Al Sharja from United Arab Emirates 77:70 and then however lost to Anibal from Lebanon 85:86. In Day 3 Al-Wahda edged El Ettehad El Sakandary from Egypt 88:85. In Day 4 Al-Wahda from Syria outscored Smart Gilas 91:89. Both teams were tied at 79-79 in the final quarter until Al Wahda fired three consecutive three-pointers courtesy of its two American imports to put Syria in a commanding lead 88-79.
Last night Al-Wahda cruised past United Arab Emirates 100:81 to reach the Semifinals. Al-Ittihad meanwhile will face El Ettehad El Sakandary from Egypt in the Quarterfinal scheduled for tonight.




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Sam Mills La Salle defeats Penn - by Don Farrell
PHILADELPHIA - Freshman guard Sam Mills scored 7pts from 39 minutes,but Senior Ruben Guillandeaux scored 22 of his 24 points after halftime and sophomore Aaric Murray returned to the court with 19 points and eight rebounds to lead La Salle past Penn, 89-83, in overtime on Wednesday night at Tom Gola Arena.

'It felt real good [to be back out there],' Murray said, after sitting out Saturday's Richmond game due to a coach's decision. 'I think he Coach made a good decision.'

The first five minutes of the game showed a lot of offense and little defense as the Explorers and Quakers traded quick points to make the score 13-12 after which La Salle began to pull away and scored seven unanswered points.

La Salle's increased defensive efforts were good enough to limit the second leading scorer in the Ivy League, Zack Rosen (15.7 ppg), to only two points in the first half.

Penn's Jack Eggleston added only had four first half points, but added nine rebounds.

Freshman Tyreek Duren knocked down a big three with less than five minutes in the first half to stop the Quakers from closing in on the Explorer's lead. It would have been easy for Penn to blame their sporadic schedule which has seen them play only three games since December 8, but Penn coach Jerome Allen refused to use the layoff as a 'crutch.'

'I just think overall we played a terrible basketball game on both ends of the floor,' Allen said. 'We didn't come ready to defend.'

The Quakers may have started off the second half with a basket but the Explorers quickly responded with Murray's jumper and a long three by Guillandeaux who really heated up in the second half.

'I felt the team needed a little jolt,' Guillandeaux said of his late rhythm. 'I took it upon myself to contribute.'

The Explorers continued the onslaught of offensive play scoring six points in two minutes led by Murray and a trey by Guillandeaux.

The Explorers punctuated the entire game with treys from beyond the arc. Duren made both of his three point attempts, Guillandeaux finished with three treys, Mills added one early in the second half and junior Earl Pettis notched two.

Rosen's foul near the end of regulation on Guillandeaux, who made both shots, and Jerrell Williams's last minute three brought the game to 76-73, a score that did not reflect the level of control the Explorers exercised over the Quaker's offensive production in the first half.

Despite, Rosen's late start he finished with 19 points, nearly all of which came after intermission, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the Quakers comeback. With less than 30 seconds left of regulation Williams fouled Penn's Eggleston during a three point attempt. Eggleston's three made free throws tied the game at 76 apiece and forced the game into overtime.

'I didn't think we even deserved to be in the game,' Rosen said of the Quaker's 13 point comeback. 'I think we got lucky. If anything we should be disappointed.'

In an overtime period that opened with the Quakers within two of tying the game La Salle held on, largely because of their accuracy at the foul line where they made nine of their eleven free throw attempts in overtime.

'The bright spots are that we really responded well going into overtime,' Gianinni said of the Explorer's ability to make key plays under such pressure. 'That's a hard thing to do mentally when you had a good lead.'

Cartwright and Stefan traded fouls in the last minute of a tense overtime; Cartwright missed his after making a three pointer and Stefan made one of his two to keep the Quakers six away.

Stefan added two more points from the foul line which Penn followed with a number of missed three point attempts for the Explorers to clutch the victory with a score of 89-83.

Duren finished with 15 points, Williams with 10 points and five rebounds and Earl Pettis feed three assists to Explorer teammates while scoring eight of his own. Mills had seven points, two assists and one block. Steve Weingarten had three.

'We've been down this road before but today we got it done,' Guillandeaux said of the Explorer's hard fought overtime win.




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Arthur Johnson gets MVP of the Week award for Turkish TB2L - by Eurobasket News
American Arthur Johnson (206-F/C-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Vestelspor Manisa and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 29-year old power forward had the game-high 36 points adding five rebounds and four assists for Vestel in his team's victory, helping them to beat Usak (#5, 9-5) 93-78. Vestel is placed at 2nd position in Turkish TB2L. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Vestel will need more victories to improve their 11-3 record. Johnson turned to be Vestel's top player in his first season with the team. University of Missouri graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.9ppg. Johnson is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 11.0rpg) and averages solid 2.1bpg and 54.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Tyrone Anderson (193-G-84) of Basaksehir. Anderson impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Basaksehir lost that game 76-90 to the higher-ranked Gaziantep (#4, 9-5). This loss caused Basaksehir to drop to 10th position in group B. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Basaksehir managed to get this year. Anderson is one of the most experienced players at Basaksehir and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Jamal Boykin (203-F-87) of Gaziantepspor (#4). Boykin got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . He was a key player of Gaziantep, leading his team to a 90-76 easy win against the lower-ranked Basaksehir (#10, 4-10). Gaziantep needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group B. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Boykin has a great season in Turkey. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cihan Delicay (185-G-83) of Gaziantep - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Jermaine Dearman (202-F/C-80) of Hacettepe University - 21 points and 17 rebounds
6. Gokhan Karabiyik (205-F/C-88) of Genc Telekom - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Deniz Gokay (205-C-78) of Adanaspor - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Denktas Guney (190-G-78) of Adanaspor - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Adnan Sevda (206-F-86) of Basaksehir - 16 points and 8 rebounds
10. Emre Ozpulat (200-F-82) of Optimum TED - 21 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)


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. Korkmaz, Pertevni.2.0 
 5. Terzioglu, Gelisim2.0 
 6. Akcay, Genc T.2.0 
 7. Ozdemir, Kepez Bld2.0 
 8. Delicay, Gaziantep1.9 
 9. Yikilmaz, Pertevniyal1.9 
 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 


Tomas Nagys is leaving Bornova - by Serafim Karaiskakis
The experienced Lithuanian player decided to leave Bornova Bld and become free agent. In the last month Tomas Nagys (209-F/C-80, college: Clemson) had important role in the team but despite the 15p, 5 reb against Efes Pilsen and the 13p and 7 reb against Banvit, Bornova Bld lost the games and dropped their position in the table. Tomas Nagys appeared in 11 league games averaging 5.8ppg, 2.8rpg in 14.2 min per game. He played in the past in Poland,Russia,Greece,Latvia, Spain and Germany.

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Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Southeast H. 4-1 
 2. Cleveland V. 4-2 
 3. Columbus C. 4-3 
 4. Colonial F. 1-3 
 5. NE Air Soul 0-4 
Southern
 1. S.Generals 15-2 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 14-6 
 3. Atlanta A. 8-8 
 4. Georgia L. 7-7 
 5. St.Mountain H. 1-9 
Western
 1. C.Texas C. 9-0 
 2. DFW Warriors 7-3 
 3. Tennessee D. 7-7 
 4. Norman E. 4-2 
 5. Austin K. 2-4 
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Travel Teams
 1. Columbus Crush 6-2 
 2. Dallas Star 4-7 
 3. Houston X. 0-0 
 4. Nashville B. 0-4 
 5. Oklahoma S. 0-8 
 6. Metro Atlanta 0-11 


URBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 26
 1. Barnes, GIE M.26.0 
 2. Sloan, S.Generals25.6 
 3. Holmes, Atlanta A.24.4 
 4. Perkins, Austin K.23.0 
 5. Kearse, Dallas S.22.8 
 6. Hill, DFW Warriors22.2 
 7. Grismore, C.Tex.21.6 
 8. Clark, St.Mount.20.3 
 9. James, DFW W.19.8 
 10. Webb, Tennessee D.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine DAILEY
  USA
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Dailey, GIE M.12.2 
 2. Hall, St.Mount.10.5 
 3. Hill, DFW Warriors10.1 
 4. Holmes, Atlanta A.10.0 
 5. Stroud, GIE M.9.7 
 6. Davis, Dallas Stars9.6 
 7. Anderson, DFW W.9.3 
 8. Wilson, Tennesse.9.3 
 9. Kelly, S.Generals9.1 
 10. Moore, S.Generals9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Will DE LA CRUZ
  DOM
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. De La Cruz, S.Gen.9.1 
 2. Belton, GIE M.7.9 
 3. Beaulah, GIE M.7.9 
 4. Haskins, C.Texas C.7.9 
 5. Williams, GIE M.7.8 
 6. Belton, Atlanta A.7.6 
 7. Douglas, DFW W.7.2 
 8. Brown, Norman E.6.5 
 9. Taylor, Tennesse.6.0 
 10. Barnes, GIE M.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Mychal KEARSE
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Kearse, Dallas S.3.5 
 2. Williams, S.Generals3.2 
 3. Williams, GIE M.3.1 
 4. Taylor, Tennesse.3.1 
 5. Haskins, C.Texas C.2.6 
 6. Brown, Norman E.2.5 
 7. Snell, Atlanta A.2.4 
 8. Barnes, GIE M.2.3 
 9. Sloan, S.Generals2.2 
 10. Clark, St.Mount.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Demario WILLIAMS
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Williams, GIE M.6.2 
 2. Moore, S.Generals5.5 
 3. Davis, Dallas Stars3.2 
 4. Hall, St.Mount.2.8 
 5. Wilson, Tennesse.2.8 
 6. Dailey, GIE M.2.5 
 7. Stokes, Dallas S.2.4 
 8. Hill, DFW Warriors2.3 
 9. Anderson, DFW W.1.9 
 10. Stroud, GIE M.1.8 


UBA Star Jermaine Barnes to pose in Eastbay Magazine - by UBA media
By DAVID WALLS, Sports Writer
Jan 27, 2011

Twenty-eight-year-old UBA phenom Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Atlanta Christian) has yet to repeat for MVP and his UBA crown, but he's already reaching heights that no other US Minor Player has.

Dubbed 'Legend,' the 6-foot-5 GIE Morrow Disciples star from Atlanta, GA, agreed to pose in the Basketball section of Eastbay magazine (May issue). Not only is Barnes posing for the May issue of Eastbay, Eastbay has also included uniforms for the entire UBA (New Super Court Game Day Jersey).

'This is a great honor,' said Barnes. 'Eastbay is the best apparel supplier in the United States. I would just like to thank God, my Disciple teammates and Shawn Lee for making this all possible.'

Shawn Lee is the Eastbay Team Sales Road Representative (Milwaukee, WI). Lee is personally responsible for the relationship and partnership with the UBA.

'The uniforms we wear this season are awesome,' said Disciples coach Michael Davis . 'Shawn Lee is a great business and sales rep.'

'Eastbay is the right company and has the right product for me,' said Barnes. 'They are a great group of people who are committed to supporting me throughout my professional career, on and off the court.'

Barnes who graduated from Atlanta Christian in 2006 (National Player of the Year, 1st Team All-American) had some overseas experience in Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Uruguay. His last international stop was Universitario (Uruguay) where he averaged 30.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.3 assist and 2.5 steals per game. Barnes' played his last overseas game vs. Ferro Carril in the Salto Uruguayan Playoffs where he scored 30 points in a losing effort.

Jermaine Barnes is currently leading the UBA in scoring with an average of 26.1ppg and looks for his team to repeat for the UBA crown. It has been reported that Barnes was also contacted by the Cleveland Cavaliers for a workout. One thing is for sure, Barnes and the UBA are reaching new heights.


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. BC Donetsk 22-5 
 2. Budivelnyk 21-6 
 3. Hoverla 17-10 
 4. Azovmash 16-11 
 5. Kryvbasbasket 15-12 
 6. Dnipro 14-13 
 7. Ferro-ZNTU 14-14 
 8. Mykolaiv 12-14 
 9. BC Odessa 12-16 
 10. DniproAzot 11-16 
 11. Khimik 9-20 
 12. Halychyna 9-20 
 13. BC Kyiv 6-21 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.3 
 2. Burns, Fe.19.2 
 3. Curry, Azovmash17.7 
 4. Washington, BC Od.16.2 
 5. Flores, BC Donetsk16.2 
 6. Williams, Halychyna15.3 
 7. Efejuku, Fe.15.2 
 8. Karim, DniproAzot15.0 
 9. DeGroat, BC Odessa14.9 
 10. Wiggins, Halychyna14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.9 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.0 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.3 
 4. Morrison, Halyc.7.9 
 5. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.4 
 6. Austin, Dnipro7.1 
 7. Owens, Azovmash7.0 
 8. Thomas, Azovmash6.8 
 9. Chappell, Hoverla6.6 
 10. Hunter, Fe.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.5 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.4 
 3. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.7 
 4. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 5. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.7 
 6. Millage, Khimik4.7 
 7. Burtt, Dnipro4.6 
 8. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 9. Curry, Azovmash4.0 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Millage, Khimik2.6 
 2. Love, Mykolaiv1.7 
 3. House, Azovmash1.6 
 4. Burns, Fe.1.6 
 5. Greene, Mykolaiv1.5 
 6. Protic, Khimik1.5 
 7. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 8. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.4 
 9. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
 10. Rybalko, Fe.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.6 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.1 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.7 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.6 
 5. Pettway, Dnipro1.6 
 6. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.3 
 7. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.3 
 8. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 9. Morrison, Halyc.1.3 
 10. Balashov, BC Odessa1.1 


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Dubai hosts an International Basketball Championship 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Dubai hosts an International Basketball Championship 2011 as two teams from the country are represented in the tournament. Unfortunately after the Group stage National team of the United Arab Emirates and Al Sharja could not get any victories.
In Group A National team of the United Arab Emirates lost to Hoops from Lebanon 69:88 in the opener. In Day 2 Sagesse from Lebanon was stronger the hosts 69:90 and in the last game in group stage Al-Ittihad from Syria overcame United Arab Emirates 73:70.
In Group B Al Sharja from United Arab Emirates finished with 0-4 record. In Day 1 El Ettehad El Sakandary overcame Al Sharja from the United Arab Emirates 85:77. The winners started with 20-18 lead and increased the lead by the end of the game. Al-Wahda from Syria beat Al Sharja 77:70 and Smart Gilas from Philippines handed Al Sharja 92:67 loss. Sharjah Club showed a number of dazzling moves in the first quarter, holding Smart Gilas 18-18 at the end of the opening round, but Smart Gilas came back strongly in the 2nd quarter to go ahead 44-33.


Dubai International Basketball Championship for Emirates NBD Cup - by Maarouf Mawloud
Emirates NBD announced that it will serve as Strategic Partner of the 22nd Dubai International Basketball Championship to be titled Emirates NBD Cup and held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Organised by the UAE Basketball Association, this competition will be held from January 20 to 29 at Al Ahli Club, Dubai.
Played by over 250 million people worldwide in an organised fashion, basketball is the second most popular sport on earth, after football, and is increasingly becoming popular in the Gulf.
Emirates NBD is committed to supporting and encouraging top sporting events, said Saif Al Mansoori, the banks representative and Deputy Head, Group Marketing and Branding, Emirates NBD. The 22nd Dubai International Basketball Championship 2011-Emirates NBD Cup is a significant event on the UAEs sporting calendar. It is the most important basketball championship in the Middle East and attracts participants from across the globe. Emirates NBD is pleased to be a strategic partner for the 22nd edition of this event, and offer our clients an exceptional opportunity to view a world class sport right here in the UAE.
We are pleased to welcome Emirates NBD as the headline sponsor and a strategic partner of the 22nd Dubai International Basketball Championship, said Abdulla Faisal Al Dossari, Member of Organising Committee and Head of Marketing of the UAE Basketball Association.
We look forward to working closely with the bank to further grow and develop sports in the UAE, he added.
Ten world class teams from seven countries are expected to take place in the 22nd Dubai International Basketball championship - Emirates NBD Cup this year.


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A rare basketball draw for Tigers and Eagles In BBL Trophy semi-final - by Paul Nilsen
Mersey Tigers 82 (20,50,54) (Reinking 20, Sullivan 18, Thomson/Toney 12)
Newcastle Eagles 82 (26,45,64) ) (Chapman 22, Smith 16, Moore 15)


An amazing night at the Amaechi Centre in Manchester saw Mersey Tigers and Newcastle Eagles end up with a very unusual 82-82 draw in the first leg of their BBL Trophy semi-final.


A tie at the end of a basketball match is a very rare event, but the aggregate scoring system of the Trophy semi-finals means the two teams will tip-off level in the second leg at Sport Central on Friday evening.


If the next match is anything like the opening forty minutes then the north-east is in for quite a treat after a topsy-turvey encounter, which saw Tigers rebound from being held to just four points in the third quarter to score 28 in the fourth.


The game had seemed straightforward in the early stages as Tigers led 11-10 after four minutes.


However, Darius Defoes two baskets started an 16-5 run for Eagles which helped the visitors surge into a 16-26 lead before being pegged back to 20-26 after ten minutes.


Tigers scored the first eight points of the second period to make it a 12-0 burst over the break. Their 28-26 lead was soon turned into a 32-40 deficit as Trey Moore punished his former club with some excellent play.


Great Britain skipper Drew Sullivan (203-F-80, college: Villanova) was next to inflict pain on his ex-employers as he notched the final five points in an 18-5 run to end the first half to give Tigers a 50-45 advantage.


The ups and downs of the first half were nothing compared to the third and fourth quarters.


Tigers offence went stone cold as Eagles, in typical fashion turned up the intensity of their defence. The home team went two of 14 from the field to score a paltry four points.


Newcastle were hardly prolific as they managed only 19 points in response. It did give them a 10 point cushion (54-64) though as the teams headed for the final stanza.


Tony Garbelottos men found their range again in the fourth quarter. A 9-0 run to start the period quickly made it 63-64.


And despite Eagles moving out to 71-77 on an Andrew Bridge bucket, Tigers completed a remarkable comeback when a Nate Reinking three capped an 8-0 tear.


The teams traded baskets for final two minutes of the match with neither able to get more than two points clear. Joe Chapman ended the excitement with a two to tie the scores at 82-82.


Perhaps fittingly James Jones shot at the buzzer missed and landed in the hands of Eagles player-coach Fab Flournoy who will be one of two play-callers leading their teams into a second leg with neither having a lead.


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  URUGUAY   


Herb Brown to conduct a special program in Montevideo - by Hector Lopez
The US coach Herb Brown accepted an invitation from Trouville to conduct an special program during one month in Montevideo helping to improve young players skills, the club announced. He is expected to arrive during next week. 'Our aim is to help our young players to imporve drastically their skills as well as their physical conditions, giving our coachik staff and the players all possible knowledge and in order to increase their future perfomance', an spokesman said. Trouville, one of the most important club in Montevideo, is playign the Uruguayan League playoff. Trouville is also planning to organice a week end clinic for players and coaches from other local teams.

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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuelans in the NCAA - Greg Echenique (Creighton) falls against Northern Iowa - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan Gregory Echenique (205-C-90) got into foul trouble with three offensive calls during a match in which his Creighton Blue Jays were taken down by the Northern Iowa Panthers, 71-66, at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Echenique played only 17 minutes and finished up with 7 points, 4 rebounds and an assists in one of his worse games of the season, as he fouled out and even commited 5 of the season-high 18 turnovers of the team coached by Greg McDermott .

Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-G-88) topped the winners with 26 points, followed by Anthony James (182-G) with 14. For the Blue Jays, Antoine Young (182-G-89) scored 23 points and Doug McDermott (200-F) added 16 with 9 rebounds.

The Venezuelan PF-C, a 2.05m member of the Senior NT and son of former player Jose Echenique (202-C-66), averages 11.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in 13 games, 7 as a starter, in his first season in Creighton after spending a couple of NCAA years as a member of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, though shortened by a season ending surgery in his eye and time off due to his transfer, according to the league's regulations.


Venezuelans in the NBA - Greivis Vasquez and Memphis, stopped by New Jersey - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Greivis Vasquez (198-G-87)'s visit to the New Jersey Nets wasn't a pleasant one, since his Memphis Grizzlies were unable to continue a winning streak against one of the teams with the worse win-loss record in the 2010-2011 NBA season, and were defeated 93-88 at Prudential Center in Newark.

Greivis Vasquez, a 24 year-old rookie born in Caracas, played 8:47 minutes and ended up with no points, two assists, a rebound, two fouls and a turnover in one of his more discrete games of the whole season, as he made no field goal attempts.

The Venezuelan sensation, former star in the NCAA's Division 1 as the starting point guard of the Maryland Terrapins, now averages 3.6 points, 2.4 assists and 1.0 rebounds as the backup PG for coach Lionel Hollins and behind Mike Conley (186-G-87).

Anthony Morrow (196-G-85) led the Nets with 19 points, followed by Brook Lopez (213-F/C-88) with 17, Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) and Kris Humphries (205-F-85) with 14 and Devin Harris (191-G-83) with 13. For Memphis, Rudy Gay (206-F/G-86) netted 22 points, Zach Randolph (206-C-81) added 20 points and 16 rebounds, Mike Conley finished up with 16 and Marc Gasol (212-C-85) with 12.


FIBA Americas One day away from the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship draw - by Wolfgang Lucena
SAN JUAN (2011 FIBA Americas Championship) The draw for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship will be held at Columnas del Atlantico salon at NH Provincial Hotel of Mar del Plata, Argentina on Thursday, January 27 at 12:00 pm local time.

In this draw the ten participating countries will be divided into two groups of five teams each. The ten participants are: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The participants are drawn to each group by couples so secure a balance in the competition. The couples for this draw are: Puerto Rico-Canada, Uruguay-Dominican Republic, Venezuela-Panama, Cuba-Paraguay and Argentina-Brazil. The first team selected randomly in the draw goes to group A and the second to Group B.

This tournament, to be played from August 30 until September 11, qualifies the top two teams for the 2012 Olympics in London and the teams that end from third to fifth place will play in the 2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The maximum authorities of FIBA Americas, the Argentinean Basketball Confederation and the National, Province and Municipal Governments will be there.

Some of the legends that are going to help in the draw process are Horacio 'Tato' Lopez of Uruguay, Jerome Mincy from Puerto Rico, Fabricio Oberto of Argentina, among others.


Source: Luis A. Modestti
Press Officer
FIBA AMERICAS - International Basketball Federation


LPB 2011 Pre-Season Round Up - What's going on in the trainings? - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- A new LPB season will begin next February 25th with the top 10 teams of Venezuelan pro basketball in action. Most of them have already begun trainings and made some moves in their rosters, including the signing of imported players, to prepare for a new exciting quest in their wish to become champions. Take a peek at what they're up to so far.

COCODRILOS DE CARACAS
Head coach: Nestor Salazar
Assistant coaches: Ibsen Castrillo, Jose Dos Santos, Gustavo Maza
Reported to trainings: Luis Bethelmy, Juan Herrera, Jesus Centeno, Windy Graterol, Keving Palacios, Kenji Urdaneta, Henry Paez, Derson Santos, Jhoyfer Diaz, Darwin Matos, Robert Palacios, Boris Urbina
Imported players: Jack Martinez, Tayron Thomas, Carl Elliott
Waiting for: Nestor Colmenares
Players for LEB (Secondary league): Enrique Cova, Cesar Garcia, Carlos Berroteran, Kelvin Caraballo, Diego Ruiz, Victor Diaz, Carlos Canchica, Jose Rojas, Oscar Machado, Hector Mendez, Javier Farias, Christian Poleo, Jovanni Diaz, Diego Quintana, Leinfer Montes De Oca, Nestor Sojo, Ender Ojeda, Christopher Guerrero, Andrew Sanchez, Moises Fuentes, Ruben Zarraga, Francisco Faria

MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI
Head coach: Fernando Duro
Assistant coaches: Henry Paruta, Daniel Seoane
Reported to trainings: Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76), Axiers Sucre, Diego Guevara, Gregory Vargas, Edgar Lugo, Luis Julio, Jose Manuel Briceno, Juan Fontena, Robert Iriarte, Leonardo Cappare, Adan Reyes
Imported players: Mauricio Aguiar, Richard Delk, Jeremis Smith
Waiting for: Hector Romero
Players for LEB (Secondary league): Not published yet

GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA
Head coach: Tony Ruiz
Assistant coaches: Ivan Garcia
Reported to trainings: Carlos Cedeno, Pablo Machado, Tulio Cobos, Alex Quiroz, Francisco Sanabria, Edgar Arteaga, Douglas Chiquito, Cesar Silva, Derwin Ramirez, Jorge Rondon, Carlos Rodriguez, Harold Cazorla
Imported players: Rogers Washington, Chris Jackson
Waiting for: A third imported player
Players for LEB (Secondary league): Luis Maneiro, Anderson Morales

GAITEROS DEL ZULIA
Head coach: Gustavo Garcia
Assistant coaches: Not published yet
Announced for trainings: Francisco Centeno, Enielsen Guevara, Pedro Cubillan, Elvis Burguillos, Jose Nava, Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Omar Mejias, Lenin Lopez, Julio Miglionico, Morris Sierralta, Martin Escobar, Juan Carlos Garcia
Imported players: Joel Green, Leon Jacob
Waiting for: Ruben Nembhard or a different imported player
Players for LEB (Secondary league): Not published yet

TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO
Head coach: Ivan Deniz
Assistant coaches: Jesus Cordobes, Julio Morillo, Ronald Guillen
Reported to trainings: David Cubillan, Rafael Perez, Jose Vargas, Miguel Marriaga, Pedro Brito, Manuel Berroteran, Elvis Montero, Leiner Zerpa, Javinger Vargas, Jorge Parra, Esterlin Guedez, Yorbis Umbria, Alexander Morillo
Imported players: No signings so far
Waiting for: Richard Lugo
Retired: Ronald Guillen
Players for LEB (Secondary league): Not published yet

GUAROS DE LARA
Head coach: Jorge Arrieta
Assistant coaches: Manuel Alfonzo
Announced for trainings: Heberth Bayona, Kervis Ramirez, Carlos Morris, Leonardo Berroteran, Sonys Reyes, Jose Martinez, Kervin Bracho, Johan Pinero, Rene Farias, Jackson Zapata, Antonio Torcatt, Graddy Osorio, Josmar Acevedo, Freddy Toro
Imported players: Paul Stoll, John Millsap
Waiting for: A third imported player
Players for LEB (Secondary league): Not published yet

PANTERAS DE MIRANDA
Head coach: Carlos Mercado
Assistant coaches: Alexander Nelcha
Reported to trainings: Victor David Diaz, Roque Osorio, Eduardo Torres, Michael Flores, Darwin Jaramillo, Edgar Sifontes, Tadeo Rodriguez, Rosmel Blanco, Drexler Mejias, Abrouse Acosta, Niremberg Escalona
Imported players: Albert Jackson, DeAndre Coleman, Kojo Mensah
Waiting for: Possible deals with Trotamundos and Gigantes, possible invitation for Victor Gonzalez
Retired: Julio Rausseo
Released: Richard Mejias
Players for LEB (Secondary league): Not published yet

TOROS DE ARAGUA
Head coach: Nelson Solorzano
Assistant coaches: Gustavo Solorzano, Manuel Silvera
Reported to trainings: Jesus Urbina, Ernesto Mijares, Amber Marin, Ruben Pachano, Peter Kvietek, Jhon Romero, David Cedeno, Jose Silvera, Fernando Lucena, Alejandro Otaiza, Jesus Tovar, Roberto Basanta
Imported players: Alejandro Flores
Waiting for: Negotiating with Ryan Forehan-Kelly and another imported player
Players for LEB (Secondary league): Not published yet

BUCANEROS DE LA GUAIRA
Head coach: Carlos Gil
Assistant coach: Daniel Centeno, Jose Echenique, Nelson Plaza, Johan Perez, Alejandro Alayon
Reported to trainings: Heissler Guillent, Alejandro Barrios, Luis Valera, Hernan Salcedo, Rafael Guevara, Dennis D'Adezzio, Oswaldo Gonzalez, Gustavo Calderin, Leonardo Betancourt, Samuel Marseille, Yonaiker Ecker, Elder Jimenez, Andrix Farias
Imported players: No signings yet
Waiting for: Imported players
Players for LEB (Secondary league): Not published yet

GIGANTES DE GUAYANA
Head coach: Carl Herrera
Assistant coaches: Israel Plaza, Luis Jimenez
Reported to trainings: Jose Juan Bravo, Jose Ramos, Marlon Patino, Jorge Leon, Daniel Macuare, Elvis Baez, Douglas Rodriguez, Nestor Moran, Randy Vasquez, Jorge Diaz, Antonio Sucre, Ruben Contreras
Imported players: Blake Walker, Percell Coles, Julian Murphy
Waiting for: A deal involving Clarence Matthews
Players for LEB (Secondary league): Irving Nunez, Jesus Brito, Albert Arias, Karr Malave, Luis Merida, Luis Almanzar, Miguel Astudillo, Samir Llovera, Juan Nunez, Mario Martinez, Owar Polanco, Frank Contreras, Juan Nunez


Toros de Aragua is warming up - by Yelitza La Torre

24 high level basketball players belonging to Toros de Aragua led by expert players as Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) , Peter Kvietek (205-C-77), John Romero began their conditioning workouts as well as basketball fundamentals like dribbling, passes, shootings, etc in order to get ready for the upcoming 2011 professional basketball league of Venezuela.

Toros de Aragua will be practicing twice daily in the Mauricio Johnson gymnasium while their home, The Rafael Romero Bolivar Arena gets ready due renovations for the convenience of basketball players, Toros fanatics and other basketball team fanatics as well informed General manager Diofre Cortez leader of the organization.

Yesterday Wednesday, January 26 another group of professional basketball players as Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76, college: McClennan CC), Alexander Otaiza and Fernando Lucena (182-G-86) (whom played a terrific season in Colombia professional basketball league with Cangregeros de Cartagena) joined the practices while Amber Marin (208-C-81) will arrive today Thursday Jan 27 and David Cedeno (190-G-83) tomorrow Friday; possibly in the next few days Jesus Urbina (201-F-84, college: George Mason) and Coach Nelson Solorzano whom was coaching in Mexico.







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Marija Vrsaljko claims Adriatic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Gospic Industrogradnja and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 21-year old center had a double-double of 20 points and eleven rebounds, while her team beat Jedinstvo BP (#5, 10-6) 75-68. It allowed Gospic to consolidate first place in the Adriatic League . Gospic has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 15-1. Vrsaljko has many years of experience at Gospic, through which he has constantly improved. Vrsaljko has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 1.8bpg and 63.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old center Petra Stampalija (190-C-80) of ZKK Sibenik Jolly JBS. Stampalija impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Jolly cruised to a 64-55 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Vozdovac (#11, 4-12). Jolly's 4th position in the standings has not changed. Her team's 11-4 record is not bad at all. Stampalija is a newcomer at Jolly and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) of ZKK Partizan Galenika Beograd (#3). Butulija showcased her all-around game by recording 17 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. She was a key player of Partizan, leading her team to a 95-69 easy win against the lower-ranked Radivoj Korac (#7, 7-9). Partizan needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 4 lost games. Butulija has a great season in Adriatic League. After 17 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (4th best) and assists with 3.0apg (9th best). She also has 2.8spg and FGP: 52.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Smiljana Ivanovic (176-G-88) of Radivoj Korac - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) of Partizan - 20 points and 2 assists
6. Luca Ivankovic (200-C-87) of Jolly - 9 points and 10 rebounds
7. Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) of Merkur Celje - 13 points and 11 rebounds
8. Nevena Jovanovic (179-G-90) of Radivoj Korac - 17 points and 2 assists
9. Natasa Popovic (190-C-82) of Jedinstvo BP - 19 points and 9 rebounds
10. Ana Radovic (190-C-90) of Vozdovac - 12 points and 14 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
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Gospic 15-1 
 2. Merkur Celje 13-4 
 3. Partizan 13-4 
 4. Jolly 11-4 
 5. Jedinstvo BP 10-6 
 6. Lupa Promot. 8-9 
 7. Radivoj Korac 7-9 
 8. Celik 6-10 
 9. Vojvodina 5-11 
 10. AJM Maribor 5-12 
 11. Vozdovac 4-12 
 12. Medvescak 1-16 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ljubica KURE
  AJM Maribor
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Kure, AJM Maribor20.3 
 2. Baric, Merkur C.18.1 
 3. Miller, Lupa Promot.16.6 
 4. Butulija, Partizan16.5 
 5. Bedalov, Medvescak16.2 
 6. Turcinovic, Merkur C.16.0 
 7. Pilav, Celik15.3 
 8. Bigovic, Jedinstv.15.1 
 9. Ivezic, Gospic15.1 
 10. Dover, AJM Maribor15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ana TURCINOVIC
  Merkur Celje
  (190-C-93)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Turcinovic, Merkur C.12.4 
 2. Popovic, Jedinstv.9.5 
 3. Miller, Lupa Promot.9.2 
 4. Stone, Partizan8.2 
 5. Matic, Lupa P.8.1 
 6. Ivankovic, Jolly8.0 
 7. Vrsaljko, Gospic7.8 
 8. Bedalov, Medvescak7.7 
 9. Radovic, Vozdovac7.5 
 10. Stjepanovic, Radivo.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Reid, Gospic4.9 
 2. Baric, Merkur C.4.6 
 3. Mehmedic, Celik3.9 
 4. Misura, Jolly3.5 
 5. Peric, Medvescak3.5 
 6. Mandir, Gospic3.3 
 7. Lokas, Jolly3.1 
 8. Prlja, Vozdovac3.1 
 9. Butulija, Partizan3.0 
 10. Cakic, Jolly2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jasmina BIGOVIC
  Jedinstvo BP
  (174-G-79)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bigovic, Jedinstv.2.9 
 2. Reid, Gospic2.9 
 3. Drozg, AJM Maribor2.8 
 4. Butulija, Partizan2.8 
 5. Prlja, Vozdovac2.7 
 6. Mehmedic, Celik2.4 
 7. Djuric, Vojvodina2.4 
 8. Dover, AJM Maribor2.4 
 9. Bura, Vojvodina2.3 
 10. Klein, Merkur Celje2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Natasa POPOVIC
  Jedinstvo BP
  (190-C-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Popovic, Jedinstv.3.1 
 2. Ivankovic, Jolly1.9 
 3. Vrsaljko, Gospic1.8 
 4. Bedalov, Medvescak1.2 
 5. Tikvic, Medvescak1.1 
 6. Miller, Lupa Promot.0.9 
 7. Stone, Partizan0.8 
 8. Ajanovic, Radivoj .0.7 
 9. Mazic, Lupa P.0.5 
 10. Begic, Medvescak0.5 


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Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. BBC Boom 12-2 
 2. Sint Kateline 10-2 
 3. Waregem 10-3 
 4. Ieper 8-3 
 5. Dexia 8-5 
 6. R.Spirou M. 5-7 
 7. Houthalen 5-7 
 8. Willebroek 4-8 
 9. Jeugd Gentson 3-10 
 10. Deerlijk 3-11 
 11. Point Chaud 2-12 


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Standings - CNBF
LBF Standings
 1. Americana 12-1 
 2. Santo Andre 11-2 
 3. Acucar 10-3 
 4. Ourinhos 7-6 
 5. Joinville 4-9 
 6. M.Petrobras 3-9 
 7. Basquete Clube 2-10 
 8. Sao Caetano 2-11 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ariadna FELIPE
  Santo Andre
  (179-G/F-83)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Felipe, Santo Andre22.7 
 2. Oliveira, Basque.16.2 
 3. Santos, Acucar15.6 
 4. Jacintho, Santo A.15.2 
 5. Martins, Americana14.6 
 6. Crepaldi, Basque.14.4 
 7. Silvestre, Sao C.14.2 
 8. de Sousa, Joinville13.7 
 9. de Souza, Ameri.13.4 
 10. Da Costa, Basque.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Clarissa SANTOS
  Acucar
  (182-C-88)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Santos, Acucar15.2 
 2. Nascimiento, Basque.11.2 
 3. Da Costa, Basque.11.0 
 4. Gomes, Sao Caetano9.0 
 5. Felipe, Santo Andre8.0 
 6. Dantas, Americana7.8 
 7. Ferreira, Sao C.7.7 
 8. Garvao, Santo Andre6.8 
 9. Plutin, Ourinhos6.7 
 10. Conceicao, Ourinhos6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Natalia MARES BURIAN
  Acucar
  (168-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mares Burian, Acu.6.4 
 2. Vasconcelos, Ourin.4.3 
 3. de Souza, Ourinhos4.3 
 4. Garvao, Santo Andre4.2 
 5. de Oliveira, Santo A.4.2 
 6. Honorio, Americana4.0 
 7. Santos Luz, Acucar4.0 
 8. Martins, Americana3.2 
 9. Paulino, Basquete.3.2 
 10. Gattei, Acucar3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Bruna DUARTE
  M.Petrobras
  (173-G/F-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Duarte, M.Petrob.3.8 
 2. Oliveira, Basque.3.0 
 3. de Souza, Ourinhos2.8 
 4. Dantas, Americana2.8 
 5. Jacintho, Santo A.2.3 
 6. Cavallaro, Santo A.2.2 
 7. Garvao, Santo Andre2.2 
 8. de Sousa, Joinville2.2 
 9. Santos, Acucar2.0 
 10. De Oliveira, Ourinhos1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Isis NASCIMIENTO
  Basquete Clube
  (202-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nascimiento, Basque.2.8 
 2. Gomes, Sao Caetano1.2 
 3. Garvao, Santo Andre1.2 
 4. Rado, Acucar1.0 
 5. Felipe, Santo Andre1.0 
 6. Santos, M.Petrob.0.8 
 7. da Silva, Joinville0.7 
 8. Andrade, Sao C.0.7 
 9. Vasconcelos, Ourin.0.7 
 10. de Souza, Ameri.0.6 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Juanita WARD
  Beroe 07
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Ward, Beroe 0724.2 
 2. Bowie, Lukoil20.3 
 3. Allen, Dunav18.3 
 4. Samburska, Lukoil17.8 
 5. Dimitrova, Levski17.8 
 6. Tisdale, Lukoil17.7 
 7. Doychinova, Montan.17.4 
 8. Topalova-S., Levski17.0 
 9. Gavriloska, Beroe 16.3 
 10. Stankova, Levski15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Faye MULLER
  Lukoil
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 14
 1. Muller, Lukoil14.0 
 2. Gavriloska, Beroe 11.3 
 3. Bowie, Lukoil10.5 
 4. Doychinova, Montan.9.6 
 5. Topalova-S., Levski8.6 
 6. Erak, Lukoil7.9 
 7. Simeonova, Montana .7.4 
 8. Minkova, Dunav7.3 
 9. Gavriloska, Levski7.2 
 10. Ward, Beroe 077.0 
Assists Per Game
 Diana NAYDENOVA
  Levski
  (171-G-73)
  Avg: 7
 1. Naydenova, Levski7.0 
 2. Vrancheva, Montana .6.8 
 3. Kostova, Dunav4.3 
 4. Koleva, Lukoil3.8 
 5. Dzhambazka, Levski3.6 
 6. Stankova, Levski3.6 
 7. Bachkovo, Beroe 072.8 
 8. Simeonova, Montana .2.7 
 9. Allen, Dunav2.5 
 10. Naydenova, Slavia2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Faye MULLER
  Lukoil
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Muller, Lukoil2.6 
 2. Naydenova, Levski2.5 
 3. Naydenova, Slavia2.4 
 4. Bachvarova, Levski2.3 
 5. Bowie, Lukoil2.3 
 6. Topalova-S., Levski2.2 
 7. Dimitrova, Levski2.2 
 8. Allen, Dunav2.2 
 9. Vrancheva, Montana .2.1 
 10. Stankova, Levski2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Faye MULLER
  Lukoil
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Muller, Lukoil2.6 
 2. Kaloferova, Beroe 1.0 
 3. Ward, Beroe 070.8 
 4. Bowie, Lukoil0.8 
 5. Topalova-S., Levski0.5 
 6. Todorova, Montana .0.5 
 7. Mihalkova, Montana .0.5 
 8. Zagorova, Levski0.5 
 9. Allen, Dunav0.4 
 10. Doychinova, Montan.0.4 


Standings - Women
NBL Standings
 1. Montana 2003 10-4 
 2. Dunav 9-4 
 3. Lukoil 9-4 
 4. Levski 8-6 
 5. Beroe 07 4-9 
 6. Slavia 0-13 


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Last market moves before Eight-Finals - by Carlo Grilli
UMMC Ekaterinburg officially announced Slovakian International Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) who replaced Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Abil.Christian) forced to left the team because of serious personal reasons. Other moves: Ros Casares Valencia signed Portuguese International Sonia Reis from Girona (Liga Femenina), while Spartak Moscow Region added Taj McWilliams in to the paint after Lauren Jackson's tendon injury; at the same time Spartak losed Latvian star Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83), headed to Fenerbahce.

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  FINLAND - Women  


D1 Round 18: Aanekosken defeats HoNsU in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Seventh-ranked HoNsU (5-12) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Aanekosken (12-6) in Jyvaskyla on Friday. The visitors from Aanekoski managed to secure only two-point victory 78-76. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime then HoNsU managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Aanekosken who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-11. They dominated on the defensive end, holding HoNsU to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded HoNsU 52-39 including a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by HoNsU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American center Kenya Robinson (182-70, college: New Orleans) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 24 rebounds. The other American import power forward Michele Jones (186-87, college: Cincinnati) contributed with 25 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. International forward Dionne Pounds (174-84, college: Lamar) replied with 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for HoNsU. Aanekosken maintains second position with 12-6 record behind leader PeKa. HoNsU lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost. Aanekosken are looking forward to face league's leader Peli-Karhut in Kotka in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. HoNsU will play on the road against Catz Lappeenranta (#3) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
An interesting game for Peli-Karhut (13-5) which hosted in Kotka 3rd ranked Catz Lappeenranta (11-8). First ranked Peli-Karhut managed to get a 11-point victory 76-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Catz Lappeenranta. American guard Krystal Vaughn (185-86, college: Va Commonwealth, agency: LBM Management) had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Amanda Lassiter chipped in 18 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was international guard Reetta Piipari (170-80, college: Xavier) with 18 points. Peli-Karhut maintains first position with 13-5 record. Defending champion Catz Lappeenranta keeps the third place with eight games lost. Peli-Karhut will play against league's second-placed Aanekosken in Aanekoski in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Catz Lappeenranta will play at home against HoNsU in Jyvaskyla and hopes to get back on the winning track.
D1 top team - Peli-Karhut (13-5) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat sixth ranked Torpan Pojat (9-9) in Kotka 82-66. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Torpan Pojat. Amanda Lassiter notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds by Dandra Moss did not help to save the game for Torpan Pojat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Peli-Karhut maintains first position with 13-5 record. Newly promoted Torpan Pojat keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Peli-Karhut will meet league's second-placed Aanekosken in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Torpan Pojat will play against Forssan Alku (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Kerava was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Catz Lappeenranta (11-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Kerava Energia Team (1-17). Catz Lappeenranta defeated Kerava Energia Team 72-59. The best player for the winners was Lisa Lee who scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Defending champion maintains third position with 11-8 record having just one points less than leader PeKa. Kerava Energia Team lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 17 lost games. Catz Lappeenranta's next round opponent will be HoNsU (#7) in Jyvaskyla. Kerava Energia Team will play on the road against Espoo Team.



PeKa - Catz 76-65

An interesting game for Peli-Karhut (13-5) which hosted in Kotka 3rd ranked Catz Lappeenranta (11-8). First ranked Peli-Karhut managed to get a 11-point victory 76-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Catz Lappeenranta. Catz Lappeenranta was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 27-11 charge of Peli-Karhut, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Krystal Vaughn (185-86, college: Va Commonwealth, agency: LBM Management) had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Amanda Lassiter (186-79, college: Missouri) chipped in 18 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was international guard Reetta Piipari (170-80, college: Xavier) with 18 points and American forward Lisa Lee (183-84, college: Charleston) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Peli-Karhut maintains first position with 13-5 record. Defending champion Catz Lappeenranta keeps the third place with eight games lost. Peli-Karhut will play against league's second-placed Aanekosken in Aanekoski in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Catz Lappeenranta will play at home against HoNsU in Jyvaskyla and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Catz: R.Piipari 18+3reb+3ast, K.Tuure 10+3reb, L.Lee 9+8reb+2ast, H.Vapamaa 9+5reb+1ast, K.Jallai 7+2reb+1ast, K.Valtakari 6+2ast
PeKa: K.Vaughn 36+12reb+2ast, A.Lassiter 18+12reb+3ast, J.Martin 11+8reb+2ast, L.Lehtoranta 6+2reb+1ast, L.Lehtoranta 3+2reb, A.Pounds 2+1reb
gschID: 106940


HoNsU - Huima 76-78 OT

Seventh-ranked HoNsU (5-12) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Aanekosken (12-6) in Jyvaskyla on Friday. The visitors from Aanekoski managed to secure only two-point victory 78-76. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime then HoNsU managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Aanekosken who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-11. They dominated on the defensive end, holding HoNsU to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded HoNsU 52-39 including a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by HoNsU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American center Kenya Robinson (182-70, college: New Orleans) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 24 rebounds. The other American import power forward Michele Jones (186-87, college: Cincinnati) contributed with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. International forward Dionne Pounds (174-84, college: Lamar) replied with 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and American forward Margaret Roundtree (183-88, college: Gardner-Webb) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for HoNsU. Aanekosken maintains second position with 12-6 record behind leader PeKa. HoNsU lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost. Aanekosken are looking forward to face league's leader Peli-Karhut in Kotka in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. HoNsU will play on the road against Catz Lappeenranta (#3) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
HoNsU: D.Pounds 33+7reb+6ast, M.Roundtree 11+10reb+2ast, K.Lind 9+4reb, K.Summala 6+1reb, E.Nikula 6+3reb+1ast, L.Lahtinen 4+4reb+1ast
Huima: K.Robinson 31+24reb+2ast, M.Jones 25+16reb, S.Morris 12+3reb, S.Karvonen 5+2reb, M.Pekkarinen 5+4reb, S.Uecker 0+2reb
gschID: 106936


Kerava - Catz 59-72

The game in Kerava was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Catz Lappeenranta (11-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Kerava Energia Team (1-17). Catz Lappeenranta defeated Kerava Energia Team 72-59. The game without a history. Catz Lappeenranta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American forward Lisa Lee (183-84, college: Charleston) who scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Reetta Piipari (170-80, college: Xavier) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Cypriot power forward Lisa Karcic (185-86, college: Villanova) who recorded 19 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals and guard Heidi Kilponen (167-83) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively. Defending champion maintains third position with 11-8 record having just one points less than leader PeKa. Kerava Energia Team lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 17 lost games. Catz Lappeenranta's next round opponent will be HoNsU (#7) in Jyvaskyla. Kerava Energia Team will play on the road against Espoo Team.
Top scorers:
Kerava: L.Karcic 19+9reb+7ast, H.Kilponen 12+4reb+4ast, M.Kosunen 9+5reb+3ast, E.Punkkinen 9+3reb, S.Paavola 8+9reb+1ast, M.Huitti 2+1ast
Catz: L.Lee 18+5reb+5ast, R.Piipari 16+2reb+3ast, K.Tuure 13+6reb, K.Jallai 8+5reb+1ast, E.Kityzina 7+5reb+1ast, H.Vapamaa 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 106937


PeKa - ToPo 82-66

D1 top team - Peli-Karhut (13-5) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat sixth ranked Torpan Pojat (9-9) in Kotka 82-66. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Torpan Pojat. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-66. American forward Amanda Lassiter (186-79, college: Missouri) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the other American import guard Krystal Vaughn (185-86, college: Va Commonwealth, agency: LBM Management) supported her with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Four Peli-Karhut players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds by American forward Dandra Moss (183-88, college: Va Commonwealth) did not help to save the game for Torpan Pojat. The former international center Taru Tuukkanen (190-77, college: Xavier) added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Peli-Karhut maintains first position with 13-5 record. Newly promoted Torpan Pojat keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Peli-Karhut will meet league's second-placed Aanekosken in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Torpan Pojat will play against Forssan Alku (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ToPo: D.Moss 19+11reb+3ast, T.Tuukkanen 14+6reb+1ast, E.Nurmi 12, J.Sundstrom 6+4reb, A.Arppe 5+7reb, S.Karinen 4+5reb+2ast
PeKa: A.Lassiter 21+10reb+4ast, K.Vaughn 19+11reb+2ast, L.Lehtoranta 18+1reb+3ast, J.Martin 13+10reb+2ast, L.Richter 8+3reb+1ast, L.Lehtoranta 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 106939




Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Moss, ToPo25.3 
 2. Vaughn, PeKa24.6 
 3. Pounds, HoNsU23.1 
 4. Tuukkanen, ToPo20.1 
 5. Moua, Kerava20.0 
 6. Karcic, Kerava19.3 
 7. Robinson, Huima19.2 
 8. Lassiter, PeKa18.4 
 9. Wright, FoA18.2 
 10. Laaksonen, Espoo T.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenya ROBINSON
  Huima
  (182-C-70)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Robinson, Huima16.7 
 2. Moss, ToPo13.0 
 3. Karcic, Kerava12.5 
 4. Jones, Huima11.2 
 5. Laaksonen, Espoo T.11.0 
 6. Lassiter, PeKa10.9 
 7. Vaughn, PeKa10.8 
 8. Kityzina, Catz9.7 
 9. Tuukkanen, ToPo9.6 
 10. Martin, PeKa9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dionne POUNDS
  HoNsU
  (174-F-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Pounds, HoNsU4.0 
 2. Wright, FoA3.5 
 3. Karcic, Kerava3.4 
 4. Moss, ToPo3.0 
 5. Piipari, Catz2.9 
 6. Robinson, Huima2.8 
 7. Lassiter, PeKa2.8 
 8. Lehtoranta, PeKa2.3 
 9. Morris, Huima2.1 
 10. Moua, Kerava2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lisa KARCIC
  Kerava
  (185-F/C-86)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Karcic, Kerava4.9 
 2. Pounds, HoNsU4.5 
 3. Robinson, Huima3.2 
 4. Wright, FoA3.1 
 5. Dettmann, Espoo T.2.9 
 6. Lassiter, PeKa2.9 
 7. Morris, Huima2.4 
 8. Piipari, Catz2.0 
 9. Moua, Kerava2.0 
 10. Roundtree, HoNsU1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Dandra MOSS
  ToPo
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Moss, ToPo1.1 
 2. Karcic, Kerava0.7 
 3. Laaksonen, Espoo T.0.7 
 4. Holopainen, Espoo T.0.7 
 5. Kilponen, Kerava0.6 
 6. Hietanen, ToPo0.6 
 7. Robinson, Huima0.6 
 8. Wilson, Espoo Team0.6 
 9. Jahilo, FoA0.6 
 10. Pounds, HoNsU0.5 


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. PeKa 13-5 
 2. Huima 12-6 
 3. Catz 11-8 
 4. Espoo Team 10-7 
 5. FoA 10-7 
 6. ToPo 9-9 
 7. HoNsU 5-12 
 8. Kerava 1-17 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Bourges 15-1 
 2. Tarbes 12-3 
 3. Lattes Montp. 11-5 
 4. Challes 9-6 
 5. Arras 9-6 
 6. Landes 9-7 
 7. Nantes 8-7 
 8. Mondeville 8-8 
 9. Charleville 7-9 
 10. Union Hainaut 6-9 
 11. Villeneuve 6-10 
 12. Aix-en-Provence 4-11 
 13. COB Calais 4-12 
 14. Toulouse 1-15 


LFB Round 16: Tarbes defeat Mondeville in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 16 in the LFB took place in Mondeville. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Mondeville (8-8) to second ranked Tarbes (12-3) 66-63 on Wednesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 16 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Florence Lepron (183-F-85) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Erin Thorn (178-81, college: BYU) who added 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Kristen Sharp (175-81, college: Cincinnati) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Tarbes have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 12-3 record having four points less than leader Bourges. Mondeville at the other side dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. Tarbes are looking forward to face COB Calais (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Mondeville will play against the league's leader Bourges (#1) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Challes. 4th ranked host Challes-les-Eaux (9-6) lost to first ranked Bourges (15-1) 72-60. The winners were led by guard Paoline Salagnac (176-84) who scored that evening 14 points, 6 assists and 5 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Catherine Joens supported her with 17 points. Even 24 points and 9 rebounds by American center Mistie Bass-Williams (191-83, college: Duke) did not help to save the game for Challes-les-Eaux. Bourges have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-1 record. Challes-les-Eaux at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Arras. Bourges will play against Mondeville (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Challes-les-Eaux will play against Basket Landes (#6) in Mont de Marsan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Charleville between Nantes Reze and Charleville-Mezieres. Eighth ranked Nantes Reze (8-7) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (7-9). Nantes Reze managed to escape with a 3-point win 64-61 on Wednesday evening. Emilija Podrug fired 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Kristen Mann produced 23 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Nantes Reze moved-up to seventh place. Charleville-Mezieres lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Nantes Reze will meet at home Villeneuve D'Asco (#11) in the next round. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Aix-en-Provence in Les Milles and hope to secure a win.
Eleventh ranked Villeneuve D'Asco (6-10) crushed at home 14th ranked Toulouse (1-15) by 29 points 87-58, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a very good performance for Olayinka Sanni who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. Villeneuve D'Asco maintains eleventh position with 6-10 record. Toulouse lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Villeneuve D'Asco's next round opponent will be higher ranked Nantes Reze (#7) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Toulouse will play against Union Hainaut (#10) in Saint-Amand.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 16: Arras won against Union Hainaut on the opponent's court 74-58. COB Calais unfortunately lost to Landes in a home game 58-64. Aix-en-Provence recorded a loss to Lattes Montp. on the road 73-84.


Charleville - Nantes 61-64

A very close game took place in Charleville between Nantes Reze and Charleville-Mezieres. Eighth ranked Nantes Reze (8-7) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (7-9). Nantes Reze managed to escape with a 3-point win 64-61 on Wednesday evening. Charleville-Mezieres was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 25-21 charge of Nantes Reze, which allowed them to win the game. Croatian center Emilija Podrug (190-79) fired 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Senegalese forward Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-85) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Kristen Mann (188-83, college: UCSB) produced 23 points and Mali center Djene Diawara (192-85) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Nantes Reze moved-up to seventh place. Charleville-Mezieres lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Nantes Reze will meet at home Villeneuve D'Asco (#11) in the next round. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Aix-en-Provence in Les Milles and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nantes: E.Podrug 21+6reb+1ast, M.Sy-Diop 11+9reb, S.Niedola 10+5reb, A.Hightowner 7+2reb+1ast, S.Kireta 4+3reb, J.Smith 4+3reb+2ast
Charleville: K.Mann 23+2reb+1ast, D.Diawara 12+7reb+1ast, A.Bouderra 8+3reb+1ast, E.Dimitrova 6+5reb+1ast, B.Mboma 5, S.Ouerghi 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 101039


Union Hainaut - Arras 58-74

Very expected game in Saint-Amand where 10th ranked Union Hainaut (6-9) was defeated by fifth ranked Arras (9-6) 74-58. Union Hainaut was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 40-23 second half run of Arras. They also forced 22 Union Hainaut turnovers. It was a very good performance for DR Congolese power forward Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-82, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording 27 points. International guard Johanne Gomis (177-85) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-Armenian swingman Amanda Jackson (175-85, college: Miami (OH)) replied with 20 points and forward Laetitia Kamba (186-87) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Union Hainaut. Arras moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Challes. Union Hainaut lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with nine games lost. Arras' next round opponent will be higher ranked Lattes Montpellier (#3) at home and it may be the game of the week. Union Hainaut will play against Toulouse (#14).
Top scorers:
Arras: P.Akonga Nsimbo 27+4reb+2ast, J.Gomis 19+6reb+3ast, L.Mitchell 11+4reb+3ast, M.Amant 9+7reb+1ast, K.Bade 2+5reb+2ast, A.Konteh 2
Union Hainaut: A.Jackson 20+2reb+3ast, C.Beikes 13+10reb+2ast, L.Kamba 12+11reb+2ast, A.Covington 9+3reb+3ast, E.Duvivier 4+1reb+2ast, E.Silbande 0+2reb+2ast
gschID: 101040


COB Calais - Landes 58-64

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Basket Landes (9-7) defeated on the road 13th ranked COB Calais (4-12) 64-58. COB Calais was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 20-9 charge of Basket Landes, which allowed them to win the game. Basket Landes maintains sixth position with 9-7 record. COB Calais at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 12 games lost. Basket Landes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Challes-les-Eaux (#4) at home and it may be quite challenging game. COB Calais will play against the league's second-placed Tarbes (#2).
gschID: 101036


Mondeville - Tarbes 63-66

The most exciting game of round 16 in the LFB took place in Mondeville. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Mondeville (8-8) to second ranked Tarbes (12-3) 66-63 on Wednesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 16 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Florence Lepron (183-85) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Erin Thorn (178-81, college: BYU) who added 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Tarbes players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Kristen Sharp (175-81, college: Cincinnati) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and her fellow American import forward Lenae Williams (186-79, college: DePaul) scored 19 points. Tarbes have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 12-3 record having four points less than leader Bourges. Mondeville at the other side dropped to the eighth place with eight games lost. Tarbes are looking forward to face COB Calais (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Mondeville will play against the league's leader Bourges (#1) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Tarbes: I.Matic 15+4reb, E.Thorn 12+7reb+2ast, F.Lepron 11+6reb+5ast, B.Smith 10+1ast, A.Cata-Chitiga 6+3reb, P.Lo 5+1reb
Mondeville: K.Sharp 21+5reb+6ast, L.Williams 19+2reb+2ast, A.Bonnan 10+8reb+4ast, Y.Sene 6+4reb+2ast, V.Berezhynska 3+3reb, A.Brumermane 2+8reb
gschID: 101037


Challes - Bourges 60-72

The game between Top Four teams took place in Challes. 4th ranked host Challes-les-Eaux (9-6) lost to first ranked Bourges (15-1) 72-60. The game was mostly controlled by Bourges. Challes-les-Eaux was better in fourth quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bourges had a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by guard Paoline Salagnac (176-84) who scored that evening 14 points, 6 assists and 5 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American guard Catherine Joens (180-82) supported her with 17 points. Four Bourges players scored in double figures. Even 24 points and 9 rebounds by American center Mistie Bass-Williams (191-83, college: Duke) did not help to save the game for Challes-les-Eaux. Her fellow American import guard Bianca Thomas (178-88, college: Mississippi, agency: LBM Management) added 11 points for lost side. Bourges have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-1 record. Challes-les-Eaux at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Arras. Bourges will play against Mondeville (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Challes-les-Eaux will play against Basket Landes (#6) in Mont de Marsan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bourges: C.Joens 17+3reb+1ast, P.Salagnac 14+2reb+6ast, A.Lardy 14+2reb+4ast, E.Miyem 11+2reb, I.Burgrova 8+6reb, E.Ndongue 3+4reb+1ast
Challes: M.Bass-Williams 24+9reb, B.Thomas 11+2reb+1ast, M.Lacroix 6+5reb, A.Plagnard 5+1reb+4ast, C.Costaz 4+2ast, S.Palie 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 101038


Villeneuve - Toulouse 87-58

Eleventh ranked Villeneuve D'Asco (6-10) crushed at home 14th ranked Toulouse (1-15) by 29 points 87-58, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Villeneuve D'Asco led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Toulouse to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Toulouse 38-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. Villeneuve D'Asco players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Toulouse's players. It was a very good performance for Nigerian center Olayinka Sanni (188-86, college: W.Virginia) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Villeneuve D'Asco players scored in double figures. American forward Shanavia Dowdell (188-87, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: LBM Management) replied with 17 points and Serbian forward Suzana Milovanovic (185-79, agency: LBM Management) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Toulouse. Villeneuve D'Asco maintains eleventh position with 6-10 record. Toulouse lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Villeneuve D'Asco's next round opponent will be higher ranked Nantes Reze (#7) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Toulouse will play against Union Hainaut (#10) in Saint-Amand.
Top scorers:
Villeneuve: O.Sanni 23+15reb+2ast, B.Mitchell 17+2reb+4ast, A.Knezevic 14+6reb+4ast, C.Thomas 12+6reb+2ast, I.Tanqueray 8+2reb+5ast, M.Carpreaux 7+2reb+4ast
Toulouse: S.Dowdell 17+4reb, S.Milovanovic 14+5reb+1ast, C.Jones 12+6reb+1ast, C.Aubert 7+6reb+2ast, E.Maurice 4+3reb+1ast, J.de Colo 2+1reb
gschID: 101034


Lattes Montp. - Aix-en-Provence 84-73

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Aix-en-Provence (4-11) was defeated on the road by third ranked Lattes Montpellier (11-5) 84-73. The game was mostly controlled by Lattes Montpellier. Aix-en-Provence was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Lattes Montpellier especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Quite impressive performance for Croatian swingman Ana Lelas (183-83) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Guard Gaelle Skrela (177-83) contributed with 18 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Lattes Montpellier players scored in double figures. Australian power forward Hollie Grima (190-83) replied with 24 points and 7 rebounds and Australian guard Natalie Hurst (163-83) added 22 points and 4 assists in the effort for Aix-en-Provence. Lattes Montpellier have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-5 record having four points less than leader Bourges. Aix-en-Provence at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 11 games lost. Lattes Montpellier's next round opponent will be Arras (#5) on the road. Aix-en-Provence will play against Charleville-Mezieres (#9).
Top scorers:
Lattes Montp.: G.Skrela 18+4reb+6ast, A.Lelas 17+8reb+8ast, I.Perovanovic 14+6reb+1ast, A.Poto 11+2reb+2ast, F.Sacko 9+6reb+4ast, V.Bremont 7+2reb+2ast
Aix-en-Provence: H.Grima 24+7reb+3ast, N.Hurst 22+3reb+4ast, C.Gay 12+7reb, I.Strunc 5, Z.Dimitrakou 5+3reb+1ast, O.ZOUZOUO 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 101035




LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mistie BASS-WILLIAMS
  Challes
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Bass-W., Challes19.5 
 2. Humphrey, Landes17.5 
 3. Sharp, Mondeville16.6 
 4. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.16.3 
 5. Grima, Aix-en-P.16.1 
 6. Mann, Charleville15.9 
 7. Dubljevic, Tarbes14.8 
 8. Jones, Toulouse14.8 
 9. Covington, Union H.14.4 
 10. Sanni, Villeneuve14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurelie BONNAN
  Mondeville
  (187-F-83)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Bonnan, Mondeville11.5 
 2. Diawara, Charleville10.8 
 3. Neaves, Aix-en-P.9.9 
 4. Humphrey, Landes9.9 
 5. Sanni, Villeneuve9.7 
 6. Bass-W., Challes9.6 
 7. Bales, Union Hainaut8.9 
 8. Kamba, Union H.8.7 
 9. Matic, Tarbes7.4 
 10. Sacko, Lattes M.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Caroline AUBERT
  Nantes
  (168-G-80)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Aubert, Nantes5.1 
 2. Lepron, Tarbes4.7 
 3. Hurst, Aix-en-P.4.7 
 4. Bar, Challes4.2 
 5. Tanqueray, Villeneuve4.1 
 6. Sharp, Mondeville4.1 
 7. Manic, Landes4.1 
 8. Mitchell, Arras3.8 
 9. Dubljevic, Tarbes3.6 
 10. Aubert, Toulouse3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Romy BAR
  Challes
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bar, Challes3.0 
 2. Gomis, Arras2.8 
 3. Skrela, Lattes M.2.2 
 4. Poto, Lattes M.2.1 
 5. Bonnan, Mondeville2.1 
 6. Cibert, COB Calais2.0 
 7. Bouderra, Charleville1.9 
 8. Milovanovic, Toulouse1.9 
 9. Lepron, Tarbes1.8 
 10. Hurst, Aix-en-P.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Emmeline NDONGUE
  Bourges
  (190-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ndongue, Bourges2.1 
 2. Bales, Union Hainaut1.9 
 3. Neaves, Aix-en-P.1.4 
 4. Dowdell, Toulouse0.8 
 5. Bass-W., Challes0.8 
 6. Bonnan, Mondeville0.7 
 7. Jones, Toulouse0.7 
 8. Bar, Challes0.7 
 9. Amant, Arras0.7 
 10. Sacko, Lattes M.0.6 


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  GREECE - Women  


Katie Douglas will get Greek passport but not in time - by Julio Santafe
Almost certainly the star of Ciudad Ros Casares get Greek passport that corresponds for being married to a citizen of the nationality, which is also his agent. From that moment, the player born in Indiana (USA) may act in the EuroLeague Women and assimilated European.

However, their newly acquired citizenship arrives too late, today January 26 is the deadline for registering new players ahead of the finals of the EuroLeague Women without Katie Douglas has the precious document, which will force his compatriot Nicky Anosike getting out of her team roster, absence than is expected to cover with the recent addition of the Portuguese center Sonia Reis.

Valencia's squad faces the next round from next week against the powerful Hungarian team MBK Sopron, and if wins, will face the winner of play off between French Bourges and Slovakian Kosice until to reach deired F4.


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 19
 1. Page, ZTE19.0 
 2. Holt, MKB Eurol.15.8 
 3. Tamane, MKB Eurol.15.4 
 4. Carson, SEAT L.15.3 
 5. Cvetanovic, Szolnok14.7 
 6. Rasheed, Szeged14.3 
 7. Nemeth, Szeged14.1 
 8. Szlimak, Nanette .13.8 
 9. Kublina, SEAT L.13.5 
 10. Griffin, Pecs 201013.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Page, ZTE9.4 
 2. Tamane, MKB Eurol.7.7 
 3. Krnjic, Pecs 20107.4 
 4. Olajuwon, SEAT L.7.2 
 5. Cvetanovic, Szolnok7.1 
 6. Pal, Vasas-Csata7.0 
 7. Kublina, SEAT L.6.5 
 8. Balla, Vasas-Csata5.9 
 9. Griffin, Pecs 20105.9 
 10. Balint, Bajai NKK5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Monika BUKOVSZKI
  ZTE
  (171-G-79)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Bukovszki, ZTE4.6 
 2. Medgyessy, Atome.4.5 
 3. Ivanyi, Pecs 20104.3 
 4. Nemeth, Szeged4.2 
 5. Honti, MKB Eurol.4.1 
 6. Boskovic, Szolnok4.0 
 7. Ristic, Szolnok3.9 
 8. Laczi, Szeged3.9 
 9. Darida, Nanette FTC3.9 
 10. Englert, SEAT L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gina SZEPSI
  Bajai NKK
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Szepsi, Bajai NKK3.6 
 2. Bukovszki, ZTE3.3 
 3. Laczi, Szeged3.1 
 4. Darida, Nanette FTC3.0 
 5. Demeter, Atomeromu2.8 
 6. Nemeth, Szeged2.8 
 7. Szelesy, ZTE2.8 
 8. Szabo, Bajai NKK2.7 
 9. Medgyessy, Atome.2.7 
 10. Csicsai, BEAC2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Danielle PAGE
  ZTE
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Page, ZTE2.1 
 2. McCoughtry, MKB E.1.4 
 3. Cvetanovic, Szolnok1.4 
 4. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.4 
 5. Ievtushenko, Atome.1.3 
 6. Griffin, Pecs 20101.0 
 7. Pap, Cegledi EKK0.9 
 8. Bagi, BEAC0.9 
 9. Kublina, SEAT L.0.8 
 10. Serban, Szolnok0.7 


Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. Pecs 2010 19-1 
 2. MKB Eurol. 17-1 
 3. SEAT Lami 15-3 
 4. ZTE 13-6 
 5. Nanette FTC 13-6 
 6. Szeged 11-8 
 7. Szolnok 9-11 
 8. Bajai NKK 8-10 
 9. Atomeromu 7-12 
 10. BSE 4-14 
 11. Vasas-Csata 4-15 
 12. Cegledi EKK 1-17 
 13. BEAC 1-18 


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  ICELAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Express L. Standings
 1. Hamar 14-0 
 2. Keflavik 11-3 
 3. KR 9-5 
 4. Haukar 6-8 
 5. Snaefell 6-8 
 6. Njardvik 4-10 
 7. Fjolnir 3-11 
 8. Grindavik 3-11 


Express L. Round 14: Fjolnir defeats Haukar in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 14 in the Express L. took place in Hafnarfjordur. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of higher ranked Haukar (6-8) to eighth ranked Fjolnir (3-11) 59-56 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 59-56. American guard Natasha Harris (177-G-86, college: Boise St.) had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and Latvian center Inga Buzoka (191-81, college: Missouri Western) chipped in 15 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks during the contest. The former international center Ragna Brynjarsdottir (188-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Fjolnir moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Grindavik. Haukar lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Snaefell. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Hamar. Top-ranked host Hamar (14-0) smashed second-ranked Keflavik (11-3) 95-63. American forward Jaleesa Butler (183-87, college: Georgetown) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks to lead the effort and Slavica Dimovska supported her with 22 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Even a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds by American forward Jacquline Adamshick (183-84, college: Villanova) did not help to save the game for Keflavik. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Hamar have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-0 record. Keflavik at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Grindavik was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Snaefell (6-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Grindavik (3-11). Snaefell defeated Grindavik 73-63 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Grindavik. The best player for the winners was Monique Martin who had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Crystal Boyd produced a double-double by scoring 30 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the hosts. Snaefell have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Haukar. Loser Grindavik dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. They share it with Fjolnir. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 14 Njardvik lost to KR on the opponent's court 60-70.


Haukar - Fjolnir 56-59

The most exciting game of round 14 in the Express L. took place in Hafnarfjordur. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of higher ranked Haukar (6-8) to eighth ranked Fjolnir (3-11) 59-56 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 59-56. American guard Natasha Harris (177-86, college: Boise St.) had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and Latvian center Inga Buzoka (191-81, college: Missouri Western) chipped in 15 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks during the contest. The former international center Ragna Brynjarsdottir (188-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Kathleen Snodgrass (175-82) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Fjolnir moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Grindavik. Haukar lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Snaefell. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: N.Harris 22+10reb+5ast, I.Buzoka 15+11reb+4ast, B.Holton Tomasdottir 11+2reb, B.Eiriksdottir 7+2reb+1ast, E.Sveinsdottir 3+3reb, E.Emilsdottir 1+10reb+2ast
Haukar: R.Brynjarsdottir 18+14reb+2ast, K.Snodgrass 18+7reb+2ast, G.Gunnarsdottir 7+3reb+2ast, L.Thomas-Johnson 6+3reb+1ast, A.Sverrisdottir 5+1reb+4ast, M.Siguraardottir 2+4reb
gschID: 112312


Grindavik - Snaefell 63-73

The game in Grindavik was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Snaefell (6-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Grindavik (3-11). Snaefell defeated Grindavik 73-63 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Grindavik. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-63. Snaefell forced 27 Grindavik turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Monique Martin (180-83, college: Brewton Parker) who had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Forward Berglind Gunnarsdottir (175-93) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Crystal Boyd (180-87, college: N.Mexico St.) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and center Helga Hallgrimsdottir (180-87) added 16 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Snaefell have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Haukar. Loser Grindavik dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. They share it with Fjolnir. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: M.Martin 36+11reb+2ast, B.Gunnarsdottir 12+12reb+3ast, H.Kjartansdottir 10+5reb, B.Einarsdottir 7+4reb+1ast, A.Jonsdottir 5+4reb, H.Bjoergvinsdottir 2+3reb+1ast
Grindavik: C.Boyd 30+18reb+5ast, H.Hallgrimsdottir 16+13reb+3ast, B.Magnusdottir 8+1reb, I.Yrsa Ellertsdottir 8+3reb+2ast, A.Reke 1+5reb+4ast, A.Kristinsdottir 0
gschID: 112309


Hamar - Keflavik 95-63

The game between Top Four teams took place in Hamar. Top-ranked host Hamar (14-0) smashed second-ranked Keflavik (11-3) 95-63. The game without a history. Hamar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. Hamar forced 23 Keflavik turnovers. American forward Jaleesa Butler (183-87, college: Georgetown) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks to lead the effort and FYR Macedonian guard Slavica Dimovska (177-85) supported her with 22 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Four Hamar players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds by American forward Jacquline Adamshick (183-84, college: Villanova) did not help to save the game for Keflavik. The former international forward Birna Valgarasdottir (181-76) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hamar have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-0 record. Keflavik at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hamar: S.Dimovska 22+4reb+6ast, J.Butler 21+18reb+5ast, K.Sigurjonsdottir 17+1reb+1ast, A.Asgeirsdottir 12+1reb+3ast, G.Sverrisdottir 10+10reb+2ast, F.Guamundsdottir 8+8reb+1ast
Keflavik: J.Adamshick 23+13reb+3ast, B.Valgarasdottir 10+9reb+4ast, P.Gunnlaugsdottir 9+5reb+3ast, G.Bryndis 7+10reb+3ast, B.Guamundsdottir 4, T.Asgeirsdottir 4+1reb
gschID: 112310


KR - Njardvik 70-60

Rather expected game in Reykjavik where 6th ranked Njardvik (4-10) was defeated by third ranked KR (9-5) 70-60 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by KR. Njardvik managed to win third quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KR forced 19 Njardvik turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Margret Sturludottir (178-89) who scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Chazny Morris (178, college: UMKC) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. KR's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Shayla Fields (175-87, college: N.Carolina St., agency: 540 Sports) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Berglind Gunnarsdottir (175-93) added 9 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the guests. Defending champion maintains third position with 9-5 record having five points less than leader Hamar. Njardvik lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
KR: C.Morris 16+6reb+1ast, M.Sturludottir 15+9reb+5ast, S.Hermannsdottir 11+6reb+4ast, G.Aorsteinsdottir 9+3reb+4ast, H.Siguraardottir 7+4reb+3ast, A.Friariksdottir 6+3reb
Njardvik: S.Fields 19+5reb+2ast, D.Liepkalne 13+10reb+2ast, A.Runarsdottir 12+3reb+1ast, J.Demirer 9+14reb+2ast, A.Helga Palsdottir 7+1reb, E.Gretarsdottir 0
gschID: 112311




stats leader
Points Per Game
 Jacquline ADAMSHICK
  Keflavik
  (183-F-84)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Adamshick, Keflavik25.3 
 2. Harris, Fjolnir24.4 
 3. Snodgrass, Haukar24.3 
 4. Butler, Hamar24.1 
 5. Fields, Njardvik23.3 
 6. Boyd, Grindavik23.0 
 7. Sturludottir, KR20.4 
 8. McCloskey, Fjolnir18.0 
 9. Sigurjonsdot., Ham.17.2 
 10. Dimovska, Hamar16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jaleesa BUTLER
  Hamar
  (183-F-87)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Butler, Hamar15.2 
 2. Adamshick, Keflavik15.0 
 3. Buzoka, Fjolnir13.0 
 4. Hallgrimsdot., Grinda.10.4 
 5. Liepkalne, Njardvik10.3 
 6. Muciniece, Snaefell10.3 
 7. Brynjarsdott., Hau.10.1 
 8. Boyd, Grindavik10.0 
 9. Harris, Fjolnir9.6 
 10. Fields, Njardvik9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Natasha HARRIS
  Fjolnir
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Harris, Fjolnir7.9 
 2. Dimovska, Hamar6.0 
 3. Reke, Grindavik4.6 
 4. Siguraardott., KR4.2 
 5. Snodgrass, Haukar4.1 
 6. Clark, Grindavik4.0 
 7. Sturludottir, KR4.0 
 8. Valgarasdott., Kefla.3.8 
 9. McCloskey, Fjolnir3.5 
 10. Fields, Njardvik3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Natasha HARRIS
  Fjolnir
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Harris, Fjolnir5.9 
 2. Dimovska, Hamar3.9 
 3. Sturludottir, KR3.3 
 4. Boyd, Grindavik3.3 
 5. Butler, Hamar3.2 
 6. Adamshick, Keflavik3.2 
 7. Logan, Snaefell3.0 
 8. Reke, Grindavik2.9 
 9. Valgarasdott., Kefla.2.6 
 10. Aorsteinsdot., KR2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jaleesa BUTLER
  Hamar
  (183-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Butler, Hamar3.1 
 2. Hermannsdott., KR2.6 
 3. Buzoka, Fjolnir2.6 
 4. Muciniece, Snaefell2.1 
 5. Logan, Snaefell1.7 
 6. Adamshick, Keflavik1.2 
 7. Valgarasdott., Kefla.1.0 
 8. Ragnarsdotti., KR1.0 
 9. Brynjarsdott., Hau.0.8 
 10. Sturludottir, KR0.8 


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  ITALY - Women  


Standings A2 Women - by Eurobasket News
A2 Standings
North
 1. Bolzano 13-4 
 2. Bologna 13-4 
 3. Udine 12-5 
 4. Cagliari CUS 11-6 
 5. Cagliari V. 11-6 
 6. San Martino 10-7 
 7. Marghera 9-8 
 8. Vigarano 9-8 
 9. Borgotaro 8-9 
 10. Alghero 7-10 
 11. Crema 6-11 
 12. Biassono 5-12 
 13. Milano 4-13 
 14. Cervia 1-16 
South
 1. Chieti 14-3 
 2. T. Spezia 14-3 
 3. Alcamo 14-4 
 4. Ragusa 12-6 
 5. Orvieto 12-6 
 6. Battipaglia 11-7 
 7. R. La Spezia 10-6 
 8. Siena 10-7 
 9. Viterbo 8-9 
 10. Napoli 6-11 
 11. Pomezia 6-12 
 12. Ancona 5-13 
 13. Firenze 4-14 
 14. Rende 3-15 
 15. College Italia 2-16 


A2 Round 18: Fila San Martino loses to Desler Udine in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in San Martino. 4th ranked host Fila San Martino (10-7) lost to third ranked Desler Udine (12-5) 61-53. Desler Udine maintains third position with 12-5 record having just two points less than leader Bolzano. Fila San Martino at the other side dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Siena. Desler Udine are looking forward to face Mercede Alghero (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fila San Martino will play against Cellularmania Milano (#13) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Ragusa. 4th ranked host Passalacqua Ragusa (12-6) lost to second ranked Termocarispe La Spezia (14-3) 64-59. Termocarispe La Spezia keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Chieti. Passalacqua Ragusa at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Orvieto. Termocarispe La Spezia will play against Consum.it Siena (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Passalacqua Ragusa will play against the league's leader C.U.S. Chieti (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A2 top team - Iveco Lenzi Bolzano (13-4) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Sernavimar Marghera (9-8) 71-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sernavimar Marghera. Iveco Lenzi Bolzano have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-4 record, which they share with Bologna. Loser Sernavimar Marghera keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Vigarano. Iveco Lenzi Bolzano will meet Roby Profumi Borgotaro (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sernavimar Marghera will play against Virtus Cagliari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A2 top team - C.U.S. Chieti (14-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Calabra Rende (3-15) 54-39. C.U.S. Chieti maintains first position with 14-3 record, which they share with T. Spezia. Calabra Rende at the other side keeps the fourteenth place with 15 games lost. C.U.S. Chieti's next round opponent will be Passalacqua Ragusa (#4) at home. Calabra Rende will play against Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto (#5).
The game in Orvieto was also quite interesting. Third ranked Gea Magazzini Alcamo (14-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto (12-6). Gea Magazzini Alcamo defeated Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto 62-47 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto. Gea Magazzini Alcamo have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Bolzano. Loser Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. Gea Magazzini Alcamo will face So.Se.Pharm Pomezia (#11) in Roma in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto will play at home against Calabra Rende (#14).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 18: Biassono lost to Cagliari V. on the opponent's court 48-59. Borgotaro managed to outperform Milano in a home game 80-68. Vigarano managed to beat Crema on the road 60-55. Bologna defeated Cervia on its own court 60-51. Alghero was smashed by Cagliari CUS in a road game 70-50. Battipaglia won against Viterbo at home 71-55. College Italia outscored Ancona on the opponent's court 71-47. Pomezia managed to beat Napoli in a home game 53-35. R. La Spezia defeated Firenze on the road 61-52. Pomezia beat Firenze on its own court 64-57. Siena lost to Orvieto in a road game 54-60.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 21 points and 5 rebounds by Silvia Martini of Borgotaro.


Group North
Cagliari V. - Biassono 59-48

Very expected game when 12th ranked Pilot Italia Biassono (5-12) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Virtus Cagliari (11-6) 59-48 on Saturday. Virtus Cagliari moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cagliari CUS. Pilot Italia Biassono lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Virtus Cagliari will face Sernavimar Marghera (#7) in Venezia in the next round. Pilot Italia Biassono will play at home against the league's second-placed Meccanica Bologna (#2).
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Group North
Borgotaro - Milano 80-68

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked Roby Profumi Borgotaro (8-9) defeated at home 13th ranked Cellularmania Milano (4-13) 80-68 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-68. Forward Silvia Martini (178-87) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Hungarian swingman Judit Fritz (183-87, college: St.Francis (NY)) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Claudia Giunzioni (175-89) with 19 points and 4 steals and guard Silvia Gottardi (176-78) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Roby Profumi Borgotaro moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Viterbo. Cellularmania Milano lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Roby Profumi Borgotaro will face league's leader Iveco Lenzi Bolzano at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Cellularmania Milano will play against Fila San Martino (#6) in San Martino di L.
Top scorers:
Borgotaro: S.Martini 21+5reb, J.Fritz 18+7reb, F.Iemmi 10+1reb+1ast, E.Catellani 7+4reb, T.Cavagni 7+1reb, M.Vaccari 7+1reb
Milano: C.Giunzioni 19+3reb, S.Gottardi 13+7reb, N.Rovida 12+5reb, A.Pastorino 8+10reb, S.Brioschi 7+3reb, C.Nobis 4+5reb
gschID: 118137


Group North
Crema - Vigarano 55-60

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked TEC-MAR Crema (6-11) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Vassalli Vigarano (9-8) 60-55 on Saturday. Vassalli Vigarano moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Marghera. TEC-MAR Crema lost ninth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. Vassalli Vigarano will face higher ranked C.U.S. Cagliari (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TEC-MAR Crema will play against Vis Basket Cervia (#14).
gschID: 118132


Group North
Bologna - Cervia 60-51

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Meccanica Bologna (13-4) beat at home 14th ranked Vis Basket Cervia (1-16) 60-51 on Saturday. Meccanica Bologna keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Bolzano. Loser Vis Basket Cervia keeps the fourteenth place with 16 games lost. Meccanica Bologna will face Pilot Italia Biassono (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Vis Basket Cervia will play against TEC-MAR Crema.
gschID: 118133


Group North
Cagliari CUS - Alghero 70-50

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Mercede Alghero (7-10) was outplayed on the road by fifth ranked C.U.S. Cagliari (11-6) 70-50 on Saturday. C.U.S. Cagliari moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cagliari V. Loser Mercede Alghero dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. C.U.S. Cagliari will face Vassalli Vigarano (#8) on the road in the next round. Mercede Alghero will play against Desler Udine.
gschID: 118134


Group North
Bolzano - Marghera 71-63

A2 top team - Iveco Lenzi Bolzano (13-4) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Sernavimar Marghera (9-8) 71-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sernavimar Marghera. Iveco Lenzi Bolzano have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-4 record, which they share with Bologna. Loser Sernavimar Marghera keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Vigarano. Iveco Lenzi Bolzano will meet Roby Profumi Borgotaro (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sernavimar Marghera will play against Virtus Cagliari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 118135


Group North
San Martino - Udine 53-61

The game between Top Four teams took place in San Martino di L. 4th ranked host Fila San Martino (10-7) lost to third ranked Desler Udine (12-5) 61-53. Desler Udine maintains third position with 12-5 record having just two points less than leader Bolzano. Fila San Martino at the other side dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Siena. Desler Udine are looking forward to face Mercede Alghero (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fila San Martino will play against Cellularmania Milano (#13) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
gschID: 118131


Group South
Battipaglia - Viterbo 71-55

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Carpedil Battipaglia (11-7) won against at home 9th ranked ANTS Viterbo (8-9) 71-55 on Saturday. Carpedil Battipaglia have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Loser ANTS Viterbo keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Carpedil Battipaglia will face Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia (#7) in La Spezia in the next round. ANTS Viterbo will play at home against Sma Ancona.
gschID: 118143


Group South
Ancona - College Italia 47-71

There was an upset when higher ranked Sma Ancona (5-13) was crushed at home by fifteenth ranked College Italia (2-16) 71-47 on Saturday. Newly promoted College Italia maintains fifteenth position with 2-16 record. Sma Ancona lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with 13 games lost. College Italia will have a break next round.
gschID: 118144


Group South
Orvieto - Alcamo 47-62

The game in Orvieto was also quite interesting. Third ranked Gea Magazzini Alcamo (14-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto (12-6). Gea Magazzini Alcamo defeated Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto 62-47 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto. Gea Magazzini Alcamo have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Bolzano. Loser Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto dropped to the fourth place with six games lost. Gea Magazzini Alcamo will face So.Se.Pharm Pomezia (#11) in Roma in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto will play at home against Calabra Rende (#14).
gschID: 118139


Group South
Pomezia - Napoli 53-35

There was a small surprise in Roma where thirteenth ranked So.Se.Pharm Pomezia (6-12) defeated 10th ranked SACES Napoli (6-11) 53-35 on Saturday. So.Se.Pharm Pomezia moved-up to eleventh place. SACES Napoli lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 11 games lost. So.Se.Pharm Pomezia will face higher ranked Gea Magazzini Alcamo (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
gschID: 118140


Group South
Ragusa - T. Spezia 59-64

The game between Top Four teams took place in Ragusa. 4th ranked host Passalacqua Ragusa (12-6) lost to second ranked Termocarispe La Spezia (14-3) 64-59. Termocarispe La Spezia keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Chieti. Passalacqua Ragusa at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with Orvieto. Termocarispe La Spezia will play against Consum.it Siena (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Passalacqua Ragusa will play against the league's leader C.U.S. Chieti (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 118141


Group South
Firenze - R. La Spezia 52-61

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Il Fotoamatore Firenze (4-14) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia (10-6) 61-52 on Saturday. Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Loser Il Fotoamatore Firenze dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Risorseimmobiliari.it Spezia will face higher ranked Carpedil Battipaglia (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Il Fotoamatore Firenze will play against SACES Napoli (#10).
gschID: 118142


Group South
Rende - Chieti 39-54

A2 top team - C.U.S. Chieti (14-3) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Calabra Rende (3-15) 54-39. C.U.S. Chieti maintains first position with 14-3 record, which they share with T. Spezia. Calabra Rende at the other side keeps the fourteenth place with 15 games lost. C.U.S. Chieti's next round opponent will be Passalacqua Ragusa (#4) at home. Calabra Rende will play against Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto (#5).
gschID: 118138


Round 14
Pomezia - Firenze 64-57

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Roma where thirteenth ranked So.Se.Pharm Pomezia (6-12) beat 12th ranked Il Fotoamatore Firenze (4-14) 64-57 on Wednesday. So.Se.Pharm Pomezia moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Il Fotoamatore Firenze dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. So.Se.Pharm Pomezia will face higher ranked Gea Magazzini Alcamo (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Il Fotoamatore Firenze will play against SACES Napoli (#10).
gschID: 119963


Orvieto - Siena 60-54

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Consum.it Siena's (10-7) road loss to fifth ranked Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto (12-6) 54-60 on Wednesday. Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Ragusa. Consum.it Siena lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto will face Calabra Rende (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Consum.it Siena will play against the league's second-placed Termocarispe La Spezia (#2).
gschID: 119964




Moises Pinto's 22 points and 8 assists give her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old guard Adriana Moises Pinto (169-G-78) put on an amazing game in the last round for Faenza and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
She had the game-high 22 points adding eight rebounds and eight assists for Faenza in her team's victory, helping them to crush Vomero NA (#9, 4-10) with 22-point margin 76-54. Faenza maintains the 5th position in Italian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Faenza will need more victories to improve their 8-6 record. In the team's last game Moises Pinto had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at Faenza, through which he has constantly improved. Moises Pinto has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (8th best: 13.5ppg) and averages solid 3.6spg.

Second best performed player last round was Janel McCarville (188-C-82) of top-ranked Familia Schio. She is American center in her first season at Familia Schio. In the last game McCarville recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Familia Schio cruised to a 69-62 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Comense (#7, 6-8). Of course Familia Schio still keep the league's top spot. Her team belongs to top of the standings with 13-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. McCarville is a newcomer at Familia Schio and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Familia Schio's star - center Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86). Yacoubou-Dehoui scored 16 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). She was another key player of Familia Schio, helping her team with a 69-62 win against the lower-ranked Comense (#7, 6-8). Many experts and fans count Familia Schio as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 13 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Yacoubou-Dehoui has a very solid season. In 14 games in Italy she scored 11.1ppg. She also has 6.6rpg, 2.8spg and FGP: 51.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Courtney Willis (188-F/C-82) of Lucca - 14 points and 10 rebounds
5. Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) of Taranto - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80) of Bracco Geas - 14 points and 14 rebounds
7. Elodie Godin (190-C-85) of Taranto - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Marija Eric (164-G-83) of Priolo - 16 points and 3 rebounds
9. Jiullian Harmon (185-F-87) of Comense - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Clarisse Machanguana (194-C/F-73) of Basket Parma - 10 points and 9 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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Latvian LSBL round 14 best performance: Kristine Karklina - by Eurobasket News
Former international guard Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked TTT Riga, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass RTU-Merks (#3, 12-4) with 45-point margin 89-44. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed TTT Riga to consolidate first place in the Latvian LSBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and TTT Riga keeps perfect 15 -0 record. It's Karklina's second year at TTT Riga and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Kristine Karklina has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (9th best: 14.2ppg), assists (5th best: 3.7apg) and averages impressive 3.4spg and 53.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Lina Lisnere (192-F/C-86) of SK Cesis. Lisnere had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Cesis lost that game 63-76 to the higher-ranked RTU-Merks (#3, 12-4). Cesis are still at the very bottom. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Cesis managed to get this year. Lisnere is a newcomer at Cesis, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#5). She also registered 10.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was swingman Ieva Krastina (176-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) of league's second-best LU. Krastina showcased her all-around game by recording 28 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. She was a key player of LU, leading her team to a 67-59 win against the lower-ranked TTT Kadetes (#5, 8-9). LU is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 13-3 record is not that bad... Krastina has a great season in Latvia. After 14 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.0ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.1apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Guna Lagzdina (182-C-93) of TTT Juniores - 20 points and 17 rebounds
5. Anda Eibele (170-G-84) of TTT Riga - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Liga Surkusa (192-C-91) of TTT Juniores - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Karline Nimane (188-F-90) of TTT Riga - 15 points and 15 rebounds
8. Ruta Veidere (188-C-94) of TTT Kadetes - 16 points and 11 rebounds
9. Dita Krumberga (183-F-84) of TTT Riga - 17 points and 5 rebounds
10. Ieva Malkevica (175-F-87) of RTU-Merks - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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Lowe's Senior Class Award finalists announced - by George Fragkos
The Lowes Senior Class Award announced the 10 finalists of the competition for the prize. This award is really important for an NCAA athlete as it is a credit not only for performances on the court but off court too. To reach the final stage of voting all those athletes excelled with their character, their performance in college, their progress in basketball and their activity in the community.

The nominees for this special award, who come from 10 different colleges, are the following:
Erin Anthony (6'2''-F-88) from Army
Angie Bjorklund (6'0''-G/F-89) from Tennessee
Dawn Evans (5'7''-G) from JMU
Amber Harris (6'5''-F-88) from Xavier
Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89) from Connecticut
Kayla Pedersen (6'4''-F) from Stanford
Sam Quigley (5'6''-G) from DePaul
Liz Repella (5'11''-G) from W.Virginia
Danielle Robinson (5'9''-G) from Oklahoma
Jasmine Thomas (5'9''-G-89) from Duke


Stephen Austin stop Sam Houston's winning streak - by George Fragkos
The Ladyjack basketball team put a stop to the best Southland Conference start in Sam Houston St. women's basketball history on Wednesday, putting three players in double figures and picking up its second straight league win, 70-63, at William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Stephen F. Austin (6-12, 3-2) led nearly the entire game and has now won 54 of the 60 all-time meetings between the schools. It is the first consecutive wins for the Ladyjacks this year and puts them just a game and a half behind Sam Houston (11-9, 5-1) for the top spot in the Southland West Division. The Bearkats were looking to go to 6-0 in Southland play for the first time in school history.

For the second straight game it was Jordan Ford (5'10''-F-89) leading the way for the Ladyjacks, putting in 14 of her game-high 19 points in the first half; however, it was the bench that proved to be the difference on Wednesday as the Ladyjack reserves outscored the Sam Houston's extras 27-6, including 11 points and nine rebounds - five offensive - from freshman Cheyenne Berry (5'9''-G). That help from the bench aided the Ladyjacks in overcoming a season high 25 turnovers, as did a 20-of-25 effort at the foul line and a 48-27 advantage on the glass.

Tammara Marion (5'6''-G-90) finished with 17 points and five assists, while Ebony Alexander (5'6''-G-89) found success in the second half with dribble penetration and finished with seven points and four assists in just 15 minutes. Toni Davis logged 19 minutes off the bench as well and provided a presence in the paint, finishing with eight boards and five points.

SFA started off hot offensively, scoring the first six points of the game and racing out to a 10-2 lead behind three buckets from Ford. But Sam Houston answered with a 10-0 early run of its own, sparked by two of Britni Martin (6'0''-F)'s three triples to take a 12-10 lead nearly eight minutes into the game. But that was the biggest lead of the night for the Bearkats as Marion pumped in her only trey of the evening two possessions later to give SFA a lead it would not relinquish until early in the second half.

The Ladyjacks kept the Bearkats at bay for the majority of the first session, building the lead to 30-22 on a three-point bucket from Chelsea Foy (5'11''-G) and eventually getting two free throws with under 20 seconds remaining from Ford to take a 32-27 lead into the break.

But Sam Houston clawed its way back into the mix early in the second half, quickly drawing even at 36 apiece on three straight free throws from Khamra Echols (5'6''-G) and finally taking the lead when Clarke Davis (6'0''-F) nailed a 14-foot jumper from the short corner; however, after the teams traded baskets on the next two trips down the court, the Ladyjacks put together an 11-3 run that gave them the lead for good. Berry was the catalyst for the rally, scoring eight points in the spurt, including a three-point bucket from the right wing on a feed from Alexander that pushed the lead to 49-43.

SFA continued to be aggressive against the Bearkat defense and hit 14 of 19 tries from the free throw stripe in the second half, including 10 for 13 in the final 10 minutes of the contest to help secure the win.

The Ladyjacks go for their third win in a row on Saturday when they travel to Corpus Christi to take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the American Bank Center. Tip is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Courtesy: Southland.org


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WPI Dodges Babson and Snow to Remain Perfect in NEWMAC - by Arnault Desira
From WPI website:

JEFFREY ROBINSON (Granby, CT) totaled 21 of his game-high 24 points in the second half and junior MATT CARR (Somersworth, NH) finished a rebound short of his sixth double-double of the season as host WPI defeated Babson 67-47 in a NEWMAC men's basketball contest played Wednesday night.

The Engineers, who are ranked No. 14 in the latest D3hoops.com Top 25, push their winning streak to nine games and move to 16-3 on the season and 6-0 in conference action. Babson is now 8-9 overall and 3-3 in NEWMAC play.

Robinson drained all five of his 3-pointers after halftime, including trifectas on three straight possessions that helped highlight a 9-2 WPI spurt in the opening minutes of the second half. For the night, Robinson canned 9-of-15 shots from the field and 5-of-8 3-pointers.

Carr had a solid all-around game with 17 points, nine rebounds, four blocks, two steals and an assist. The junior was 5-of-5 from the floor in the first half and canned 8-of-10 shots on the night, including three dunks.

FERNANDO PEREZ (Lowell, MA), who like Robinson, came off the bench, and tallied eight points and six rebounds. The duo helped the WPI reserves enjoy a 44-13 scoring edge over their Babson counterparts. Point guard JAIME SHANNON (Lowell, MA) shared game-high honors by handing out four assists.

ALEX RUDOLPH (Bal Harbor, FL) led the Babson charge with 12 points. MATT ZOIA (Nashua, NH) chipped in with 10 points while KRIS NOONAN (Boothbay Harbor, ME) added nine rebounds to go along with six points. MATT FLORIO (Skillman, NJ) dished out four assists for the Beavers, who as a team only committed 11 turnovers on the night.

Babson opened the game by jumping out to a 13-6 lead behind a pair of 3-pointers from Zoia. Carr scored two layups to give the Crimson and Gray the lead for good at 24-22 with 3:32 to go in the frame. Rudolph chipped into an Engineer seven point lead with 1:31 left on the clock as he scored a jumper and later a free throw for a 29-25 score at the half.

Both teams open up the second half of the NEWMAC schedule with 3pm road games on Saturday. WPI ventures to Cambridge to take on MIT while Babson closes out a three-game road trip with a visit to New London, CT to face Coast Guard.

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