EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/3/2011 1:00:00 AM

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Hemofarm inks Mladen Jeremic until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm announced signing of Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) for the next three and a half years. The Serbian guard arrives to Hemofarm from FMP Zeleznik, where he spent last four seasons.
Mladen Jeremic appeared in 24 Adriatic league games with FMP last season averaging 10.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists. In EuroChallenge he added 10.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 1.8 apg in 14 games. Jeremic also played 14 games for the club in Serbian league registering 11.4 ppg and 2.4 rpg. He played for Borac Cacak and Zeleznik Workers in the past.
Mladen Jeremic was a member of the Serbian U20 National Team which won the Gold at the U20 EuroBasket 2008 in Riga. He had 10.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2.3 apg at this event. In 2007, he helped U19 Serbia to win the Gold and the U19 FIBA World Championship in Novi Sad. At this event Jeremic averaged 14.7 points and 3.3 rebounds. He also played for U18 Serbia in the past.
Hemofarm currently has 6-7 record in Adriatic league. In EuroCup, they reached Last 16. In the last and crucial game of the regular season Hemofarm survived in France against ASVEL and booked a spot for the next stage.


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Britama's Big Three Morrison-Wuysang-Broxie starts with a Big Bang Win (87) vs Brunei Barracudas (70) - by Sheryl Reyes


Jan 2, 2011 marks the first win of the Satria Muda Britama Jakarta for this year, a very good way to start although it seemed like a slow start, the big 3 key player of the team made wonders. The top scorer of the league Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) proved that title is for sure his he finished with 22 points 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks makes him Mr do it all, followed by Mr Energy Mario Wuysang (177-G-79) with 19 points 2 rebounds 7 assist and 1 block, then Mr Double -Double Top Rebounder Antoine Broxie with 14 points 12 rebounds 1 block 1 assist and 1 steal. They were playing with there heart unstoppable all they wanted was a good start and a good win team ended with 87 and Barracudas with 70. Way to go for the Big Bang Indonesia


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  BERMUDAS   


Bermuda Junior Team visits Las Vegas - by Eurobasket News
Bermuda Junior National Team got a chance to be tested when they traveled to the USA. Bermuda U18 took part at the Las Vegas Prep Championship.
The Bermuda selection opened their three-game tour against Legacy at Las Vegas High. Legacy claimed an easy 75:33 victory eventually. Bermuda trailed by 23 points at halftime 18:41 and never recovered after the break. Donovan Gray accounted for 12 points to lead Legacy. Joshua Reid answered with 7 points for Bermuda.
Next Bermuda U18 selection faced Western at Las Vegas High. And once again Bermuda juniors could not show their best losing the game 38:78. Kentrell Washington and Ryan Johnson delivered 16 points each to lead the winners. Mackih McGowan answered with 15 points for Bermuda.
Finally Bermuda took on Desert Pines team. Juron Tucker led his teammates but Bermuda fell just short of victory 32:52. Josh Velarde accounted for 16 points in the victory.



Bermuda National team holds tryouts - by Eurobasket News
Bermuda National Team head coach Roderick Spencer has invited 36 players to take part in the tryouts. Roderick Spencer and his assistants Gavin MacKenzie , Tim Trott and Ralph Scott contacted all the coaches of Basketball Association Elite City League to get all the information about possible invitees. Eventually 36 players have been invited to the camp. The training will be held on January 4th at the Saltus Gym. Bermuda faces quite a busy 2011 season. They will try to defend their title at the 2011 Island Games. They will also participate at the 2011 CBC Tournament.

The list of invitees:
Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Columbia Union)
Chris Crumpler (83)
Steven Simons (82)
Dale Jackson (74)
Dean Jones (198-F-83)
Jason Lowe (85)
Jason Simons
Ryan Rabain
Derek Hurdle
Shannon Thompson
Richard Warner
Damon Saunders (84)
Sean Mcalpine
Phil Davis (185-G-77)
Derrick Hendrickson
Vernon Lambe III
Akil Smith (89)
John Lee
Seward Smith
Adam Correia (90)
Terrence Dill
Mike Smith
Charjuan Knight
Jonathan Minors (77)
Tejour Riley
Jonathan Lowe
Graham Robinson
Jordan Knight
Richard Pulley
Shawn Brown
Jonathan Lugo
Jamie Cedenio
Shawn Swainson
Dave Middleton
William Trott
Juron Tucker.



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  BOSNIA   


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


D1: Last round in 2010 - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games (Round 15).

The game between second ranked Mladost (9-4) and eighth ranked Hercegovac (7-7) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Mladost was defeated by Hercegovac in a tough game in Bileca 70-75. Hercegovac moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sloboda Dita and Zrinjski HT. Mladost at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Hercegovac will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mladost will play at home against Slavija in Sarajevo and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Borac Nektar (9-5) against seventh ranked Zrinjski HT (7-7) on Tuesday night. Visiting Borac Nektar was defeated by seventh ranked Zrinjski HT (7-7) in Mostar 97-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Borac Nektar. Zrinjski HT moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sloboda Dita and Hercegovac. Borac Nektar at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Zrinjski HT will play against Sloboda Dita (#6) in Tuzla in the next round. Borac Nektar will play at home against Brotnjo in Citluk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Bosna ASA BHT delivered the twelfth victory on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 12th ranked Brotnjo (3-11) 111-68 in Sarajevo. Bosna ASA BHT (12-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Brotnjo lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Bosna ASA BHT will meet at home Celik (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brotnjo will play against Borac Nektar in Banja Luka and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 15 Sloboda Dita was defeated by Capljina in a road game 74-66. Celik smashed Varda HE at home 100-67.


Capljina - Sloboda Dita 74-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Sloboda Dita's (7-7) road loss to fourth ranked Capljina Lasta (10-4) 66-74 on Tuesday. Capljina Lasta moved-up to second place. Loser Sloboda Dita dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with Zrinjski HT and Hercegovac. Capljina Lasta will meet SL IAT Leotar (#5) in the next round. Sloboda Dita will play against Zrinjski HT in Mostar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 113504


Hercegovac - Mladost 75-70

The game between second ranked Mladost (9-4) and eighth ranked Hercegovac (7-7) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Mladost was defeated by Hercegovac in a tough game in Bileca 70-75. Hercegovac moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sloboda Dita and Zrinjski HT. Mladost at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Hercegovac will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mladost will play at home against Slavija in Sarajevo and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 113506


Celik - Varda HE 100-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Celik's (6-8) home victory over 11th ranked Varda HE (4-10) 100-67 on Tuesday. Celik maintains tenth place with 6-8 record. Newly promoted Varda HE keeps the eleventh position with ten games lost. Celik will meet league's leader Bosna ASA BHT in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Varda HE will play against Kakanj (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 113501


Bosna - Brotnjo 111-68

Leader Bosna ASA BHT delivered the twelfth victory on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 12th ranked Brotnjo (3-11) 111-68 in Sarajevo. Bosna ASA BHT (12-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Brotnjo lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Bosna ASA BHT will meet at home Celik (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brotnjo will play against Borac Nektar in Banja Luka and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 113502


Zrinjski HT - Borac Nektar 97-81

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Borac Nektar (9-5) against seventh ranked Zrinjski HT (7-7) on Tuesday night. Visiting Borac Nektar was defeated by seventh ranked Zrinjski HT (7-7) in Mostar 97-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Borac Nektar. Zrinjski HT moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sloboda Dita and Hercegovac. Borac Nektar at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Zrinjski HT will play against Sloboda Dita (#6) in Tuzla in the next round. Borac Nektar will play at home against Brotnjo in Citluk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 113503

Slavija - Leotar, January 12



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  CHINA   


CBA Round 10: Beijing Ducks lose to TianJin Rongcheng - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Tianjin between third ranked Beijing Ducks (7-3) and sixteenth ranked TianJin Rongcheng (2-7) on Sunday night. Beijing Ducks were crushed by TianJin Rongcheng on the road 66-93. The game was mostly controlled by TianJin Rongcheng. Beijing Ducks managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TianJin Rongcheng dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Beijing Ducks' 38. TianJin Rongcheng looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when TianJin Rongcheng made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Lee Benson (208-73, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Paris Global Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Nan Zhang (197-81) contributed with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) replied with 10 points and 9 rebounds for Beijing Ducks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TianJin Rongcheng moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Shanxi Zh. Beijing Ducks at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. TianJin Rongcheng is looking forward to face league's second-placed Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Beijing Ducks will play at home against the league's leader DongGuan Leopards having rather not much hope for a victory.
CBA top team - DongGuan Leopards (9-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Liaoning Hunters (5-5) 115-103. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Liaoning Hunters. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Biao Qiu chipped in 28 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) during the contest. At the losing side American guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated DongGuan Leopards have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-0 record, which they share with Xinjiang. Liaoning Hunters at the other side keep the eighth place with five games lost. They share the position with Shanghai. DongGuan Leopards will play against Beijing Ducks (#4) on the road in the next round. Liaoning Hunters will play against Foshan (#12) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (5-4) and Zhejiang Cyclones (4-6), which took place in Hangzhou. Higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions lost to twelfth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones in a road game 83-87 on Sunday. DaYong Wang notched 27 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by Tre Kelley did not help to save the game for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Zhejiang Cyclones moved-up to tenth place. Loser Zhejiang Guangsha Lions dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Zhejiang Cyclones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play against Jilin Tigers (#14) in Changchun and hope to secure a win.
Another upset was a game between Shanghai Sharks (5-5) and Qingdao Double Star (3-6), which took place in Qingdao. Higher ranked Shanghai Sharks lost to fourteenth ranked Qingdao Double Star in a road game 91-96. American players dominated the game. Dee Brown fired 44 points (!!!) and 5 assists for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Qingdao Double Star moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Shandong and Foshan. Shanghai Sharks at the other side dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. Qingdao Double Star's next round opponent will be Shanxi Zhongyu (#15) in Taiyuan.
The game between fourth ranked Guandong Tigers (7-2) and 5th ranked Bayi Fubang (6-4) in Dongguan on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guandong Tigers outscored guests from Ningbo 116-89. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bayi Fubang. It was a very good performance for ShiPeng Wang who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guandong Tigers has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser Bayi Fubang keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Guandong Tigers will face Jiangsu Dragons (#6) in Nanjing in the next round. Bayi Fubang will play on the road against Fujian SBS XunXin in Jinjiang.

Other games in round 10 were not that significant. Jilin were beaten by Foshan on the road 95-91. Shanxi Zh. lost to undefeated Xinjiang on its own court 80-100. Shandong was outscored by Jiangsu in Nanjing 81-102.


Guandong - Bayi 116-89

The game between fourth ranked Guandong Tigers (7-2) and 5th ranked Bayi Fubang (6-4) in Dongguan on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guandong Tigers outscored guests from Ningbo 116-89. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bayi Fubang. The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. Bayi Fubang managed to win fourth quarter 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guandong Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Bayi Fubang's 34. Guandong Tigers outrebounded Bayi Fubang 54-29 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Bayi Fubang's players. It was a very good performance for international swingman ShiPeng Wang (197-83) who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. International forward FangYu Zhu (201-83) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International swingman Bo Zhang (200-89) replied with 17 points and the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-79) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Bayi Fubang. Five Bayi Fubang players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guandong Tigers has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser Bayi Fubang keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Guandong Tigers will face Jiangsu Dragons (#6) in Nanjing in the next round. Bayi Fubang will play on the road against Fujian SBS XunXin in Jinjiang.
Top scorers:
Guandong: W.ShiPeng 30+5reb+5ast, Z.FangYu 19+5reb+1ast, Z.Peng 17+3reb+1ast, H.Dong 10+7reb+1ast, C.Jianghua 7+4reb+11ast, W.Zheng 7+9reb
Bayi: Z.Bo 17+2reb+1ast, W.Lei 14+1reb+1ast, W.ZhiZhi 12+6reb, M.Ke 11+1reb+1ast, L.Ke 11+2reb+1ast, X.ZhongHao 8+4reb
gschID: 118399


DongGuan - Liaoning 115-103

CBA top team - DongGuan Leopards (9-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked Liaoning Hunters (5-5) 115-103. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Liaoning Hunters. The game was mostly controlled by DongGuan Leopards. Liaoning Hunters managed to win fourth quarter 28-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. DongGuan Leopards made 26-of-31 charity shots (83.9 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Liaoning Hunters were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Biao Qiu (200-83) chipped in 28 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) during the contest. At the losing side American guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and the former international center Xiaoxu Li (207-90) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Four DongGuan Leopards and five Liaoning Hunters players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. DongGuan Leopards have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-0 record, which they share with Xinjiang. Liaoning Hunters at the other side keep the eighth place with five games lost. They share the position with Shanghai. DongGuan Leopards will play against Beijing Ducks (#4) on the road in the next round. Liaoning Hunters will play against Foshan (#12) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
DongGuan: Q.Biao 28+8reb+2ast, A.Josh-Emmanuel 25+4reb+5ast, V.Jackson 24+8reb+8ast, P.Duo 12+2reb+2ast, Z.Kai 10+3reb, G.QuAn 7+1reb+1ast
Liaoning: S.Donta 25+10reb+3ast, R.Chris 17+5reb, L.Xiaoxu 16+12reb+2ast, H.Dejun 15+5reb, B.Qiang 11+1reb, W.Yingliang 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 118396


Foshan - Jilin 95-91

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked Foshan (3-6) beat at home 11th ranked Jilin Tigers (3-7) 95-91 on Sunday. Jilin Tigers trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 25-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 91-95 at the end of the game. Foshan dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Jilin Tigers' 42. Foshan forced 19 Jilin Tigers turnovers. Quite impressive performance for American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists. Guard Ben He (202-89) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds and forward Jiang Du (200-82) added 21 points in the effort for Jilin Tigers. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Jilin Tigers' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Foshan moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Shandong and Qingdao DS. Loser Jilin Tigers dropped to the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Foshan will face higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (#8) in Yingkou in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Jilin Tigers will play at home against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#7) in Hangzhou.
Top scorers:
Foshan: H.Ben 23+6reb+2ast, M.Stephon 19+3reb+10ast, Y.Wenbo 13+7reb+2ast, O.Olumide 12+16reb, Z.Zhun 12+7reb, Z.Yong-gang 11+3reb+2ast
Jilin: D.Jiang 21+2reb+3ast, L.Wei 17+1reb, W.Jameel 15+17reb+2ast, L.Tao 11+1reb, X.Xu 10+2reb+1ast, Z.Cheng 6+3reb
gschID: 118397


Zhejiang C. - Zhejiang G.L. 87-83

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (5-4) and Zhejiang Cyclones (4-6), which took place in Hangzhou. Higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions lost to twelfth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones in a road game 83-87 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-83. Guard DaYong Wang (187-87) notched 27 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and American power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) supported him with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Five Zhejiang Cyclones players scored in double figures. Even 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by American guard Tre Kelley (182-85, college: S.Carolina) did not help to save the game for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Center Li Deng (206-86) added 14 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Zhejiang Cyclones moved-up to tenth place. Loser Zhejiang Guangsha Lions dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Zhejiang Cyclones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play against Jilin Tigers (#14) in Changchun and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang C.: W.DaYong 27+5reb+2ast, B.Josh 17+13reb+3ast, D.Jinhui 14+8reb+3ast, J.Peng 10+6reb+1ast, C.Fei 3+4reb+1ast
Zhejiang G.L.: K.Tre 26+6reb+5ast, W.Bo 15+5reb+2ast, D.Li 14+8reb+3ast, L.Chih-Chieh 8+6reb+1ast, R.Peter John 7+10reb+1ast, Z.Wei 7+3reb
gschID: 118398


Shanxi Zh. - Xinjiang 80-100

Very expected game when 15th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (2-7) was smashed by top-ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (9-0) in Taiyuan 100-80 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Xinjiang Flying Tige. Shanxi Zhongyu managed to win third quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quite impressive performance for American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) contributed with 22 points for the winners. American forward Leon Rodgers (199-80, college: N.Illinois) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds and Jordanian guard Osama Daghlas (199-79, college: Midwestern St.) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Shanxi Zhongyu. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige and four Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Xinjiang Flying Tige have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with DongGuan. Shanxi Zhongyu lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with seven games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige will face TianJin Rongcheng (#16) in Tianjin in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Shanxi Zhongyu will play on the road against Qingdao Double Star and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 22+3reb+3ast, S.James 15+10reb+4ast, X.GuoChong 12+5reb+1ast, M.Bateer 11+10reb+3ast, Z.QingPeng 10+5reb+3ast, B.Yang 9+3reb
Shanxi Zh.: R.Leon 19+9reb+2ast, Z.Biao 19+5reb+2ast, P.Shang 16+8reb, D.Osama 15+6reb+7ast, D.JiangPeng 8+1ast, P.Jiang 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 118392


TianJin R. - Beijing 93-66

The most important game in the last round took place in Tianjin between third ranked Beijing Ducks (7-3) and sixteenth ranked TianJin Rongcheng (2-7) on Sunday night. Beijing Ducks were crushed by TianJin Rongcheng on the road 66-93. The game was mostly controlled by TianJin Rongcheng. Beijing Ducks managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TianJin Rongcheng dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Beijing Ducks' 38. TianJin Rongcheng looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when TianJin Rongcheng made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Lee Benson (208-73, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Paris Global Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Nan Zhang (197-81) contributed with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four TianJin Rongcheng players scored in double figures. American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) replied with 10 points and 9 rebounds and guard LiBin Xie (190-88) added 15 points in the effort for Beijing Ducks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TianJin Rongcheng moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Shanxi Zh. Beijing Ducks at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. TianJin Rongcheng is looking forward to face league's second-placed Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Beijing Ducks will play at home against the league's leader DongGuan Leopards having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
TianJin R.: B.Lee 22+15reb+1ast, Z.Nan 21+5reb+7ast, L.Herve 18+8reb+5ast, X.GuiJun 13+5reb+2ast, Z.Ji 8+4reb, Z.Zhihan 3+3reb+2ast
Beijing: X.LiBin 15+2reb+2ast, M.Randolph 10+9reb+1ast, J.Zhe 8+5reb+1ast, S.Ming Ming 8+2reb+1ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 8+2reb+4ast, A.Zaid 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 118393


Qingdao DS - Shanghai 96-91

Another upset was a game between Shanghai Sharks (5-5) and Qingdao Double Star (3-6), which took place in Qingdao. Higher ranked Shanghai Sharks lost to fourteenth ranked Qingdao Double Star in a road game 91-96. Shanghai Sharks were ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 32-14 third quarter run of Qingdao Double Star. Qingdao Double Star shot 29 for 42 from the free-throw line, while Shanghai Sharks only scored nine points from the stripe. Qingdao Double Star forced 25 Shanghai Sharks turnovers. 32 personal fouls committed by Shanghai Sharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) fired 44 points (!!!) and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) added 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Four Shanghai Sharks players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Qingdao Double Star moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Shandong and Foshan. Shanghai Sharks at the other side dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. Qingdao Double Star's next round opponent will be Shanxi Zhongyu (#15) in Taiyuan.
Top scorers:
Qingdao DS: B.Dee 44+3reb+5ast, G.Charles 18+11reb, C.Liang 12+6reb, L.Gen 7+1reb, A.Zaid 4+7reb+1ast, L.Yan 4+1reb
Shanghai: G.Devin 20+10reb+7ast, H.Mike 20+12reb+2ast, P.Fei 20+6reb+2ast, L.Wei 14+3reb+2ast, W.Ligang 9+3reb, W.Yong-Liang 5+2reb
gschID: 118394


Jiangsu - Shandong 102-81

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Jiangsu Dragons (6-4) rolled over 10th ranked Shandong Bulls (3-6) in Nanjing 102-81 on Sunday. Jiangsu Dragons made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Shandong Bulls turnovers and outrebounded them 49-38 including 20 on the offensive glass. Jiangsu Dragons looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Quite impressive performance for the former international center ZhengDong Tang (213-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard XueFeng Hu (185-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists and 6 steals for the winners. American forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) replied with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) added 8 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Shandong Bulls. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shandong Bulls' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Jiangsu Dragons moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Bayi. Loser Shandong Bulls dropped to the eleventh position with six games lost. Jiangsu Dragons will face higher ranked Guandong Tigers (#3) in Dongguan in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Shandong Bulls will play on the road against Shanghai Sharks (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: T.ZhengDong 32+10reb+2ast, H.XueFeng 21+7reb+11ast, M.Jerome 14+13reb+1ast, M.Da 11+4reb+4ast, Y.Li 9+5reb+1ast, W.Nan 8+1reb+1ast
Shandong: W.Rodney 19+8reb+4ast, S.Jie 17+5reb+1ast, L.JingYu 14+5reb+2ast, W.Ke 11+3reb+1ast, A.Myron 8+9reb+7ast, Z.Jinshuai 4+2reb
gschID: 118395




Xinjiang and Dongguan Class of the League as Guangdong Lurks and Beijing Slips - by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang defeated Shanxi Zhongyu 100-80 to run its record to 9-0. Quincy Douby had 22 points and 3 rebounds. James Singleton had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Xu Guozhong had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Mengke Bateer had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists. Zhang Qingpeng had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Young 206 cm Yang Bu had 9 points and 3 rebounds. Leon Rogers had 19 points and 9 rebounds for Shanxi. Zhang Biao had 19 points and 5 rebounds. Shang Ping had 16 points and 8 rebounds. Osama Daghlas had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Duan Jiangpeng scored 8.

Qiu Biao (200-F-83) had 28 points and 8 rebounds as Dongguan kept pace with Xinjiang by defeating Liaoning 115-103. Josh Akognon had 25 points and 5 assists. Jackson Vroman had 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Meng Duo scored 12 and Zhang Kai had 10. Donta Smith had 25 points and 10 rebounds for Liaoning. Chris Richard had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Li Xiaoxu had 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 steals. Han Dejun had 15 points and 5 rebounds. Bian Qiang scored 11.

Tianjin shocked Beijing 93-66 sending the Ducks to a 7-3 record while Tianjin moved to 2-7. Lee Benson had 22 points and 15 rebounds for Tianjin. Zhang Nan had 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Herve Lamizana had 18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 blocks. Xu Guijun had 13 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Ji had 8 points and 4 rebounds. Xie Libin scored 15 for listless Beijing. Randolph Morris had 10 points and 9 rebounds. Zaid Abbas had 8 points and 9 rebounds. Sun Ming Ming had 8 points and 2 rebounds. Ji Zhe had 8 points and 5 rebounds.

Guangdong moved past Beijing and into third place with a 7-2 record by defeating Bayi 116-89. Wang Shipeng had 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Zhu Fangyu had 19 points and 5 rebounds. Zhou Peng scored 17. Dong Hanlin had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Wang Zheng had 7 points and 9 rebounds. Chen Jianghua had 7 points and 11 assist in 21 minutes. Maybe Chen is finally getting the concept of playing point guard. Fred Jones had 7 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in 27 minutes. Zhang Bo led Bayi with 17 points. Wang Lei scored 14. Wang Zhizhi had 12 points and 6 rebounds. Li Ke and Mo Ke each scored 11.

Jiangsu defeated Shandong 102-81. Tang ZhengDong (213-C-84) had 32 points and 10 rebounds. Hu Xuefeng had 21 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds and 6 steals. Jerome Moiso had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Meng Da scored 11 and Yang Li had 9. New import Antoine Wright has not yet joined the team though Ricky Davis has departed. Rodney White had 19 points and 8 rebounds for Shandong. Sun Jie had another excellent game with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Li Jingyu had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Wu Ke had 11 points and 3 rebounds. Myron Allen had 8 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Sui Ran had 2 points and 1 rebound in 8 minutes and the highly promising youngster has been very disappointing this year.

Brown Dee (185-G-84, college: Illinois) had 44 points and 5 assists as Qingdao edged Shanghai 96-91. Charles Gaines had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Young Cai Liang had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 blocks against his former team. Devin Green had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for Shanghai but also 9 turnovers. Michael Harris had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Peng Fei had 20 points and 6 rebounds. Liu Wei scored 14 and Wang Ligang had 9.

Qingdao defeated Jilin 95-91 as He Ben scored 23 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Stephon Marbury had 19 points and 10 assists, but also 6 turnovers, showing he is a capable CBA guard but no longer the truly special performer he was in his prime. Yang Wenbo had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Olumide Oyedeji had 12 points and 16 rebounds. Zheng Zhun had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Zhao Yonggang scored 11. Du Jiang scored 21 for Jilin and Lu Wei scored 17. Jameel Watkins had 15 points and 17 rebounds. Li Tao scored 11.

Zhejiang edged the Zhejiang Lions 87-83. Wang Dayong had a second great game at point guard with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals. Josh Boone had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 steals. Marcus Williams had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Ding Jinhui had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Ju Peng had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Tre Kelley had 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the Lions. Wang Bo had 15 points and 5 rebounds. Deng Li had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Peter John Ramos had 7 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Lin Chih-Chieh had 8 points and 6 rebounds.



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Ivan Tomeljak joins Steaua Turabo - by Eurobasket News
Steaua Turabo Bucuresti came up with the new signing. The Romanian outfit signed a deal with Ivan Tomeljak (194-G-79) for rest of the season. At the same time, Steaua released American Courtney Fortson (180-G-88, college: Arkansas).
Ivan Tomeljak heads to Steaua from Zabok, where he started this season. He appeared 9 times in the Croatian A1 league averaging 9.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Last season, Tomeljak also spent with Zabok. At that time he had 11.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 4.1 apg. In 2008/09, he was a member of Cedevita registering 5.4 ppg and 3.1 apg for them in Croatian league. He also has experience from Sibenka, Dubrava and Split. Outside of Croatia, Tomeljak played for Pizza Express Apollon Limassol and Telekom Baskets Bonn. With Bonn in 2005/06 he had 4.3 ppg and 1.2 apg in German league. In 2004/05, Tomeljak spent some time in Czech Republic with Mlekarna Kunin Novi Jicin. He had 7 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 5.3 apg for them in FIBA Europe Cup.
Steaua Turabo is currently the fifth ranked team in Romanian league. They have 10-4 record.


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First games in 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Reno Bighorns - Idaho S. 107-85
D.J. Strawberry scored 21 points and the Reno Bighorns beat the Idaho Stampede on Saturday night, 107-85. The Bighorns (10-5) had six players with double-figure point totals including Jeremy Lin (6'3''-G-89, college: Harvard) (16), Mo Charlo (6'7''-F-83, college: Nevada) (13), Marcus Landry (13), Aaron Miles (12) and Patrick Ewing Jr. (12). Reno and Idaho (2-13) were tied at 44 at halftime, but the Bighorns outscored the Stampede by 13 points in the third quarter and nine points in the fourth. The Bighorns shot 51 percent for the game and had 27 assists to just 20 turnovers. Seth Tarver led the Stampede with 19 points. Reno plays Idaho again today at 3 p.m. at the Reno Events Center. *Courtesy of www.rgj.com

Rio Grande - Sioux Falls S. 106-92
Down by as many as nine point in the first half, the defending NBA Development League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers turned around 22 points to beat the Sioux Falls Skyforce 106-92 Saturday at State Farm Arena. The Vipers (9-7) are winners of two in a row while the Skyforce (2-12) are losers of seven-straight. The Skyforce jumped out to a 7-0 lead until Mustafa Shakur found Mouhammad Faye for an alley-oop with 8:21 remaining in the first quarter. The Vipers were down 19-11 at the 4:05 mark after Raymond Sykes hit a jumper, but Terrell Harris (6'5''-G-87, college: Oklahoma St.) and Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) hit back-to-back three-pointers to make it 19-14 with 3:43 remaining. The Vipers climbed to within 28-26 at the end of the first quarter when McNeal hit a deep two-pointer from the right wing. Harris tied the game for the first time at 44-44 with 3:09 remaining in the second quarter. Jeff Adrien hit a lay-up 35 seconds later to give the Vipers their first lead at 46-44. A Faye dunk gave the Vipers a 7-0 run with under one minute left in the second quarter. The Vipers opened the third quarter on a 17-4 run, capped by a lay-up from Shakur, to extend their lead to 68-52. Antonio Anderson had a strong game for the Vipers, hitting three three-pointers while scoring 14 points and recording a +26 defensive rating. Harris led the Vipers with a career-high 22 points, hitting a career-high five three-pointers, and Adrien recorded a double-double with 15 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots. Anthony Mason Jr. led the Skyforce with 21 points while Keaton Grant finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. *Courtesy of www.kdlt.com

Texas L. - Tulsa 66ers 94-99
Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, college: UAB) posted 17 points, Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) collected a team-high nine rebounds and Cole Aldrich added six points and eight boards to lead the Tulsa 66ers (10-6) to a 99-94 road victory over the Texas Legends (8-6) Saturday evening inside Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco. Also in double digit scoring for Tulsa was Robert Vaden with 15, Larry Owens with 14, Jerome Dyson with 12 and Latavious Williams with 10. Defensively, Tulsa forced 20 turnovers and outrebounded the Legends by a 42-40 margin. The win, which included five lead changes and three ties, marked Tulsa's seventh victory in the last nine games. The 66ers also improved to 2-1 on the season against the Legends. Leading Texas with a double-double was Joe Alexander with 28 points and 14 rebounds, both game-highs. Adding 20 points for the Legends was Dominique Jones. *Courtesy www.oursportscentral.com

Utah F. - Bakersfield J. 83-99
Jeremy Wise (6'3''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Mississippi) scored 25 points and Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) added 24 as the Bakersfield Jam defeated the Utah Flash 99-83 on Saturday night in Orem, Utah. Devin Ebanks, in his second game since coming to the Jam from the Los Angeles Lakers, finished with 19 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Bakersfield (10-6) outscored Utah (7-6) 37-24 in the fourth quarter to pull away. Kevin Kruger led the Flash with 18 points. The teams will meet again at 6 p.m. Monday in Utah. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Maine RC 103-101
Walker Russell (6'0''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.) hit a fadeaway jumper with two-tenths of a second left to give the Fort Wayne Mad Ants a 103-101 victory over the Maine Red Claws in an NBA Development League game at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Fort Wayne (10-5) moved into second place in the East Conference, a half-game ahead of idle Erie, while Maine (8-8) remained in fourth place. Despite a strong shooting performance with six players scoring in double figures, the Red Claws were unable to hold on down the stretch as the Mad Ants closed with a 17-7 run. After Fort Wayne's Chris Kramer made a layup and was fouled by Kenny Hayes, Kramer missed the free throw but Darnell Lazare got the rebound and the Mad Ants called a timeout with eight seconds left and the game tied at 101. Following the inbounds pass, Russell got the ball at the top of the key, dribbled left around a defender and sank his jumper. After a timeout, the Red Claws tipped in the inbounds pass for a basket that would have tied the game, but it was ruled the ball was not tipped before time expired. The Red Claws led 75-72 after three quarters and stretched their lead to 10 points 1:54 into the fourth on three consecutive free throws by Matt Janning, who was fouled on a 3-point attempt. Two free throws by Paul Harris made it 94-84 with 4:19 left. Maine was led by DeShawn Sims (6'8''-F-88, college: Michigan), who had 20 points and eight rebounds. Mario West added 17 points and Hayes 14. *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com




Cavaliers recall Samardo Samuels from Erie Bay Hawks - by Eurobasket News
The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F-89, college: Louisville) from the D-League Erie Bay Hawks. The 21-year-old Jamaican forward graduated from Louisville in 2010. He signed a deal with the Cavs. Samardo Samuels appeared in four NBA games averaging 3.3 points and 1.0 board per game. The Jamaican was assigned to Erie on Monday. He played two games for the Bay Hawks. Samuels averaged 14.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per appearance. Samardo Samuels is the Jamaican National Team player. He participated at the CBC Championship in Tortilla in 2009. The forward notched 16.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game at the tournament.


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Sweden U18 open Baltic Sea Cup with win - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18 - Estonia U18 72:64

Swedish junior national team recorded their first win at the Baltic Sea Cup. They held off Estonia in the opener. Fredrik Andersson (196-G/F-93) notched 20 points and 6 rebounds to pace the winners.
The teams stayed close in the starting frame. The hosts eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Estonia maintained the lead in the second quarter. They established a 33:29 lead at the interval. However Sweden adjusted in the third term. They poured in 26 points in the third stanza and spurred ahead for a 55:51 lead heading into the final frame. Sweden limited Estonia to only 13 points in the fourth quarter and recorded the victory. Adnan Kadrispahic (199-F-94) provided 12 points for Sweden. Jonathan Person (190-G-93, agency: JEMsports) chipped in 11 points and collected 9 rebounds for the winning side. Kristo Mangelsoo (205-F-93) replied with 14 points for Estonia. Martin Paasoja (189-G-93) nailed 13 points in the loss.

Sweden U18: Fredrik Andersson 20, Adnan Kadrispahic 12, Jonathan Person 11
Estonia U18: Kristo Mangelsoo 14, Martin Paasoja 13



Estonia U16 celebrate victory at Baltic Sea Cup - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U16 - Sweden U16 73:60

Estonian U16 selection recorded their first win at the Baltic Sea Cup. The hosts toppled Sweden in the opener. Sten Olmre (186-G-95) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Estonia marked their ambitions early in the encounter. They registered a 17:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Sweden picked up the tempo and cut the deficit at just 2-point mark at halftime 28:30. But Estonia stayed persistent as they cleared off in the third stanza. The home team enjoyed a 7-point lead at the final break. Estonia poured in 24 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Salmon Sutt netted 13 points for the hosts. Vitold Kakinen and Rain Koort had 9 points each in the victory. Jacob Johansson answered with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Sweden. Filip Kovacek and Dzenis Sogolj delivered 10 points apiece in the loss.

Estonia U18: Sten Olmre 19, Salmon Sutt 13, Vitold Kakinen 9, Rain Koort 9
Sweden U18: Jacob Johansson 15+10 boards, Filip Kovacek 10, Dzenis Sogolj 10



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Latvia defeat Finland in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18 - Finland U18 71:65

Latvia posted the victory at the start of the Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn. The Latvian juniors held off their Finnish counterparts in the opener. Janis Berzins (194-F-93) scored 18 points to lead the effort. Latvia surged ahead early in the encounter. They accounted for 21 points to take a 5-point lead. Latvia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded an 8-point buffer at the interval. Finland bounced back in the third period. They limited their opponents to just 11 points building a narrow one-point advantage at the final intermission. But Latvia did not allow Finland to capitalize. They erupted for 23 points in the fourth term and escaped with the win at the end. Ojars Silins (198-F-93) netted 14 points for Latvia. Roberts Krumins (194-G-93) added 12 points in the win. Joonas Caven (203-F-93) replied with 20 points for Finland. Mikael Herbert (201-F-93) had 8 points in the loss.

Latvia U18: Janis Berzins 18, Ojars Silins 14, Roberts Krumins 12
Finland U18: Joonas Caven 20, Mikael Herbert 8



Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. KTP 20-4 
 2. Pyrinto 18-6 
 3. Kataja 16-8 
 4. Honka 14-9 
 5. Korihait 14-10 
 6. Kouvot 13-11 
 7. ToPo 12-12 
 8. Namika Lahti 10-13 
 9. Karhu 9-15 
 10. Salon Vilpas 7-17 
 11. LrNMKY 6-18 
 12. Tarmo 4-20 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Heard, Tarmo21.5 
 2. Wilson, Honka20.4 
 3. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 4. Barrett, KTP19.4 
 5. Moore, LrNM.19.2 
 6. Wood, Karhu19.2 
 7. Williamson, Honka19.0 
 8. Harris, Salon Vilpas19.0 
 9. Walker, Kouvot19.0 
 10. Ivey, KTP17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Wood, Karhu14.5 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.4 
 3. Young, Tarmo10.3 
 4. Vinson, Kouvot10.3 
 5. Doaks, Salon Vilpas9.9 
 6. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto9.1 
 8. Belser, Honka8.7 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.4 
 10. Fells, Kataja8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  LrNMKY
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Moore, LrNM.4.7 
 2. Harris, Salon Vilpas4.4 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.1 
 4. Virtanen, Kataja4.0 
 5. Wood, Karhu4.0 
 6. Sarcevic, Korihait3.8 
 7. Fields, KTP3.4 
 8. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.4 
 9. Ivey, KTP3.3 
 10. Kataja, Salon Vilpas3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 2. Fields, KTP2.0 
 3. Newson, Kataja1.9 
 4. Sarcevic, Korihait1.9 
 5. Heard, Tarmo1.9 
 6. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 7. Fells, Kataja1.7 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto1.7 
 9. Wilson, Salon Vilpas1.6 
 10. Pekkola, LrNM.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Todd HENDLEY
  Namika Lahti
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Hendley, Namika Lahti1.0 
 2. Reaves, Korihait1.0 
 3. Heard, Tarmo0.8 
 4. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 5. Wood, Karhu0.7 
 6. Young, Tarmo0.7 
 7. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 8. Belser, Honka0.7 
 9. Latimer, Namika Lahti0.6 
 10. Makalainen, Karhu0.6 


Korisliiga Round 24: KTP-Basket beats UU-Korihait in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kotka. First ranked KTP-Basket faced 4th ranked UU-Korihait. Host KTP-Basket (20-4) smashed guests from Uusikaupunki (14-10) 121-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of UU-Korihait. The game without a history. KTP-Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to UU-Korihait's 32. KTP-Basket forced 21 UU-Korihait turnovers and outrebounded them 44-28 including 18 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was Canadian forward Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) who scored 41 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. American forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Lanshire Group) chipped in 10 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. KTP-Basket's coach Ray Ailus felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Lawrence Wright (195-84, college: Bradley) who recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds. KTP-Basket has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-4 record. UU-Korihait at the other side dropped to the fifth place with ten games lost. KTP-Basket are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Porvoon_Tarmo (#12) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. UU-Korihait will play against Espoo Honka (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 24 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
LrNMKY was defeated by Honka in Espoo 93-78. Karhu was beaten by ToPo at home 90-106. Kouvot lost to Pyrinto on the opponent's court 58-64. Kataja outscored Namika Lahti in a home game 90-68. Bottom-ranked Tarmo recorded a loss to Salon Vilpas on the road 78-61.


Honka - LrNMKY 93-78

There was no surprise when 11th ranked LrNMKY (6-18) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Espoo Honka (14-9) 93-78 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 15 points. Espoo Honka dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to LrNMKY's 36. The best player for the winners was American forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Jukka Matinen (203-78) chipped in 27 points. Four Espoo Honka players scored in double figures. Espoo Honka's coach Pekka Salminen used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) added 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Espoo Honka moved-up to fourth place. LrNMKY lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Espoo Honka are looking forward to face UU-Korihait (#5) in Uusikaupunki in the next round. LrNMKY will play on the road against Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Honka: J.Matinen 27+3reb, C.Belser 19+11reb+2ast, J.Wilson 18+7reb+4ast, T.Iisalo 15+2reb+2ast, J.Suotamo 8+8reb, S.Vanttaja 4+2reb
LrNMKY: H.Coleman 28+13reb, M.Moore 21+6reb+5ast, T.Kulha 14+5reb+1ast, V.Vanjoki 8+2reb, V.Pekkola 5+3reb+1ast, A.Koskinen 2
gschID: 106531


Karhu - ToPo 90-106

No shocking result in a game in Kauhajoki where seventh ranked Torpan Pojat (12-12) defeated 9th ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (9-15) 106-90 on Sunday. The game without a history. Torpan Pojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Torpan Pojat forced 20 Kauhajoen Karhu turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Kauhajoen Karhu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward LaVell Blanchard (201-81, college: Michigan, agency: Beo Basket) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Timo Heinonen (198-81) chipped in 29 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Aleksi Huuskonen (188-88) added 18 points respectively. Five Torpan Pojat and four Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat maintains seventh position with 12-12 record. Kauhajoen Karhu lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 15 games lost. Torpan Pojat are looking forward to face higher ranked Joensuun_Kataja (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against the league's second-placed Tampereen Pyrinto (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
ToPo: T.Heinonen 29+4reb, F.Richards 21+3reb+1ast, L.Blanchard 19+17reb+3ast, M.Pounds 16+2reb, M.Koivisto 12+1reb+3ast, E.Kajander 7+4reb
Karhu: J.Wood 23+18reb+6ast, A.Huuskonen 18+4reb+2ast, H.Hirvikoski 13+1reb+1ast, S.Johnson 10+5reb+3ast, E.Skamo 9+4reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 9+7reb+1ast
gschID: 106526


Pyrinto - Kouvot 64-58

Very expected game when 6th ranked Kouvot (13-11) was defeated on the road by second ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (18-6) 64-58 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 15-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) who scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international power forward Antti Nikkila (210-78, college: Valparaiso) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: Va Commonwealth, agency: Pro One Sports) who recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Durell Vinson (201-85, college: Wagner) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Tampereen Pyrinto has a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 18-6 record having just two points less than leader KTP. Kouvot lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto are looking forward to face Kauhajoen Karhu (#9) in Kauhajoki in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kouvot will play at home against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: A.Williams 19+7reb+5ast, A.Lehto 11+1reb+1ast, K.Lowe 11+3reb+1ast, A.Nikkila 10+8reb+1ast, J.Niemi 5+2reb, O.Ahvenniemi 5+4reb
Kouvot: B.Walker 17+7reb+1ast, J.Gonner 15+3reb+4ast, D.Vinson 11+12reb+1ast, A.Nikkarinen 6+1reb+2ast, I.Seppala 5+3reb, V.Kaunisto 4+9reb
gschID: 106527


Kataja - Namika Lahti 90-68

Very predictable result when third ranked Joensuun Kataja (16-8) outscored at home 8th ranked Namika Lahti (10-13) 90-68 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. Namika Lahti managed to win fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Joensuun Kataja dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Namika Lahti's 32. The best player for the winners was American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. International swingman Antti Kanervo (193-89) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Five Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Joensuun_Kataja's coach Jukka Toijala felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Anthony Vereen (201-86, college: Texas Arlington) who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Ryan Ayers (201-86, college: Notre Dame) added 13 points respectively. Joensuun Kataja maintains third position with 16-8 record having four points less than leader KTP. Namika Lahti at the other side keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face Torpan Pojat (#7) in Helsinki in the next round. Namika Lahti will play at home against Salon Vilpas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kataja: A.Kanervo 19+2reb+4ast, J.Newson 15+10reb+1ast, S.Lehtoranta 15+2reb+5ast, D.Fells 13+5reb, P.Virtanen 12+4reb+2ast, J.Nenonen 5+7reb+1ast
Namika Lahti: A.Vereen 19+7reb+2ast, R.Ayers 13+3reb+2ast, T.Hendley 11+5reb, P.Pekkola 9+4reb+2ast, C.Latimer 7+8reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 106528


Salon Vilpas - Tarmo 78-61

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (4-20) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Salon Vilpas (7-17) 78-61 on Sunday. The game without a history. Salon Vilpas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American power forward Ronald Thompson (208-81, college: Morehouse) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. The former international forward Jukka Kataja (197-82) chipped in 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) who recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jerrah Young (201-85, college: Toledo) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Salon Vilpas maintains tenth position with 7-17 record. Newly promoted Porvoon Tarmo stay dead last with 20 lost games. Salon Vilpas are looking forward to face higher ranked Namika Lahti (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Porvoon Tarmo will play against the league's leader KTP-Basket (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: R.Thompson 16+7reb+3ast, R.Ahonen 15+5reb+1ast, N.Doaks 11+10reb+1ast, J.Kataja 10+9reb+5ast, S.Kaaresvirta 9+4reb+3ast, N.Okorie 9+5ast
Tarmo: J.Heard 17+7reb+2ast, J.Young 12+9reb+2ast, E.Maki-Tulokas 12+6reb+2ast, A.Scott 9+8reb+1ast, J.Kyllonen 5+4ast, L.Trice Little 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 106529


KTP - Korihait 121-83

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kotka. First ranked KTP-Basket faced 4th ranked UU-Korihait. Host KTP-Basket (20-4) smashed guests from Uusikaupunki (14-10) 121-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of UU-Korihait. The game without a history. KTP-Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to UU-Korihait's 32. KTP-Basket forced 21 UU-Korihait turnovers and outrebounded them 44-28 including 18 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was Canadian forward Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) who scored 41 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. American forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Lanshire Group) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Four KTP-Basket players scored in double figures. KTP-Basket's coach Ray Ailus felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Lawrence Wright (195-84, college: Bradley) who recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) added 27 points and 5 rebounds respectively. KTP-Basket has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-4 record. UU-Korihait at the other side dropped to the fifth place with ten games lost. KTP-Basket are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Porvoon_Tarmo (#12) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. UU-Korihait will play against Espoo Honka (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KTP: S.Barrett 41+7reb+3ast, J.Ivey 16+2reb+2ast, M.Dobras 16+4reb, M.Holme 11+2reb, J.Fields 10+12reb+5ast, J.Lehtoranta 7+2reb
Korihait: L.Wright 32+11reb+2ast, N.Moore 27+5reb+3ast, B.Sarcevic 10+3reb+1ast, M.Jalonen 7+3reb+2ast, J.Salatera 4, H.Saaristo 2+1reb
gschID: 106530




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NBC Sign Cornelius Adler and Ahmad Smith - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
NBC have had injury problems and also still see the back door open for the PRO A next season and have strenghthed their roster with a German and American. The team brought in 21 year old 195cm shooting guard/ small forward Cornelius Adler (195-G/F-89) who had started the season with BEKO BBL team BG Goettingen, but had recently been released. He replaces ex NBA player Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) who was unable to fullfill the requirements that the team had of him. Last season, Adler played for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProB, starting five): 27 games: 13.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 78.6%; also played at SG Urspringschule/Schelklingen (2.Regionalliga): 7 games: 19.7ppg. He started his basketball career with SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (2.Bundesliga) in 2006. He has played for the German U-18 and U-20 national teams.

The club also signed Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure) who is a 26 year old scoring 194cm guard and who is no stranger to the German basketball world who has played in Germany since 2007 for four teams.He comes to fill the void left by injured Sebastian Barth (192-G-85). He started the season with Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): left before the season started, and then moved to SVD 49 Dortmund (Germany-Regionalliga), but was unhappy with his situation and headed back to Virginia after only six games. It was always a bit of a riddle why Smith didnt move up the level ladder more quickly in Germany after his monster season with Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB) last season as he played 29 games: 18.2ppg, Reb-2 (8.7rpg), Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.5%. The 6'5 guard/forward can play at every perimeter position at both ends of the floor. He is very athletic, handles the ball well and is able to beat his man in one-on-one situations. Creative player offensively who has a strong drive to the basket. However, he is deadly from midrange from appr. 18 to 19 feet and in. Left-handed player who plays terrific defense at/on each perimeter position. Has good body control and excellent lateral foot speed. Outstanding rebounder for his size and position at both ends of the floor. Smith started his basketball career for St.Bonaventure (NCAA) from 2002-2006 and in his senior year played 27 games: ScoreA10-8 (15.9ppg), 5.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 65.6%. In 2006-2007, he came to Europe to play for Mardyke UCC Demons Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague): 9 games: 18.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 60.8%. In 2007-2008, he played for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga): 6 games: 30.2ppg. In 2008-2009, he played for BSV Wulfen (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 23.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 6.0apg, 3PT: 35.2%. 'With Ahmad and Cornelius, we have two superb players who will fill the holes left by Sebastian and Eric.Both know the PRO B and will help us get in good position for the playoffs to reach our goal of the PRO A', stressed NBC coach Derrick Taylor

Source: NBC




1.Bundesliga Round 17: New Yorker Phantoms beat Telekom Baskets by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
1.Bundesliga is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 17 rounds left. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The biggest surprise of round 17 in the 1.Bundesliga took place in Braunschweig. Eighth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (10-7) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Telekom Baskets (9-7) 75-73 in the game for the sixth place. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Telekom Baskets. Telekom Baskets were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great shooting night for New Yorker Phantoms especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Telekom Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Guard LaMarr Greer (196-76, college: Florida St.) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Swingman Folarin Campbell (193-86, college: George Mason) answered with 26 points and 5 assists for Telekom Baskets. Telekom Baskets' coach Michael Koch rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to sixth place. Telekom Baskets at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. New Yorker Phantoms are looking forward to face BBC Bayreuth (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Telekom Baskets will play against LTi 46ers (#16) in Giessen and are hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked ALBA Berlin (10-5) against fourteenth ranked Walter Tigers (6-10) on Sunday night. Visiting ALBA Berlin was defeated by fourteenth ranked Walter Tigers (6-10) in a tough game in Tuebingen 70-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. Serbian guard Branislav Ratkovica (193-85, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and Dane Watts chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) responded with 19 points and 4 assists. Walter Tigers moved-up to thirteenth place. ALBA Berlin at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Walter Tigers will play against Phoenix Hagen (#14) on the road in the next round. ALBA Berlin will play against Mitteldeutscher BC (#15) in Weissenfels and hopes to get back on the winning track.
1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (17-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat seventeenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (4-13) 74-57. Brian Roberts nailed 15 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Danny Gibson came up with 12 points and 5 assists for BBC Bayreuth in the defeat. Undefeated Brose Baskets have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-0 record. Newly promoted BBC Bayreuth keeps the seventeenth position with 13 games lost. Brose Baskets will meet ratiopharm Ulm (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BBC Bayreuth will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#6) in Braunschweig and hope to secure a win.
Higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (9-8) fell to twelfth ranked ratiopharm Ulm (7-9) in overtime by seven points 93-100. The game took place in Bremerhaven. But the guests from Ulm were better at the end. The best player for the winners was John Bryant who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). ratiopharm Ulm's coach Mike Taylor allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. ratiopharm Ulm maintains twelfth place with 7-9 record. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. ratiopharm Ulm's next round opponent will be league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between tenth ranked BG Goettingen (9-8) and 13th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (5-11) in Goettingen on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. BG Goettingen beat guests from Weissenfels 67-49. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mitteldeutscher BC. Dwayne Anderson orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. BG Goettingen's coach John Patrick used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. BG Goettingen moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bremerhaven. Loser Mitteldeutscher BC dropped to the fifteenth position with 11 games lost. BG Goettingen will face TBB Trier (#10) on the road in the next round. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against ALBA Berlin (#5).

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: TBB Trier were beaten by Art.Dragons on the road 80-65. LTi 46ers lost to Phoenix Hagen on its own court 76-92. EWE Baskets managed to outperform Duesseldorf in Oldenburg 77-65.


Goettingen - MBC 67-49

The game between tenth ranked BG Goettingen (9-8) and 13th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (5-11) in Goettingen on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. BG Goettingen beat guests from Weissenfels 67-49. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mitteldeutscher BC. The game without a history. BG Goettingen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Mitteldeutscher BC was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois, agency: Warren Sports International) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. BG Goettingen's coach John Patrick used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: World Sport Agency) answered with 16 points and the former international power forward Guido Grunheid (209-82) added 5 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Mitteldeutscher BC. BG Goettingen moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bremerhaven. Loser Mitteldeutscher BC dropped to the fifteenth position with 11 games lost. BG Goettingen will face TBB Trier (#10) on the road in the next round. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against ALBA Berlin (#5).
Top scorers:
MBC: R.Ross 16+4reb+2ast, M.Jordan 8+3reb+2ast, D.Roberts 6+1reb, R.Dramicanin 6+5reb, G.Grunheid 5+7reb+2ast, V.Radinovic 3+2reb
Goettingen: T.Meacham 17+4reb+5ast, D.Anderson 16+10reb+2ast, J.Boone 8+5reb, M.Scott 8+2reb, R.Kulawick 6+3reb+2ast, A.Waleskowski 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 93027


Walter Tigers - ALBA 74-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked ALBA Berlin (10-5) against fourteenth ranked Walter Tigers (6-10) on Sunday night. Visiting ALBA Berlin was defeated by fourteenth ranked Walter Tigers (6-10) in a tough game in Tuebingen 70-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 20-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Walter Tigers shot 25 for 35 from the free-throw line, while ALBA Berlin only scored six points from the stripe. ALBA Berlin was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian guard Branislav Ratkovica (193-85, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and American forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. Serbian guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and American guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia Southern, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. Walter Tigers moved-up to thirteenth place. ALBA Berlin at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Walter Tigers will play against Phoenix Hagen (#14) on the road in the next round. ALBA Berlin will play against Mitteldeutscher BC (#15) in Weissenfels and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ALBA: M.Marinovic 19+4reb+4ast, I.McElroy 10+3reb+4ast, L.Staiger 9+2reb+2ast, D.Allen 8+4reb+1ast, J.Jenkins 8+6reb+3ast, S.Schultze 6+7reb
Walter Tigers: B.Ratkovica 16+5reb+8ast, K.Wiliams 14+6reb, D.Watts 11+9reb+2ast, A.Kashirov 10+3reb+1ast, C.Oliver 9+3reb+1ast, R.Markovic 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 93028


NY Phantoms - Telekom Baskets 75-73

The biggest surprise of round 17 in the 1.Bundesliga took place in Braunschweig. Eighth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (10-7) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Telekom Baskets (9-7) 75-73 in the game for the sixth place. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Telekom Baskets. Telekom Baskets were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great shooting night for New Yorker Phantoms especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Telekom Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Guard LaMarr Greer (196-76, college: Florida St.) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Swingman Folarin Campbell (193-86, college: George Mason) answered with 26 points and 5 assists and guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Telekom Baskets. Telekom Baskets' coach Michael Koch rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to sixth place. Telekom Baskets at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. New Yorker Phantoms are looking forward to face BBC Bayreuth (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Telekom Baskets will play against LTi 46ers (#16) in Giessen and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: F.Campbell 26+4reb+5ast, N.Wise 14+6reb+6ast, J.Hunt 11+1reb+1ast, C.Ensminger 9+5reb, J.Jaacks 7, T.Ohlbrecht 4+1reb+2ast
NY Phantoms: B.Thomas 19+3reb, L.Greer 17+1reb+3ast, T.Skinn 9+4ast, J.Cain 9+6reb+1ast, K.Hamilton 7+5reb+2ast, M.Goree 6+6reb
gschID: 93024


Art.Dragons - TBB Trier 80-65

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Artland Dragons (11-6) beat 10th ranked TBB Trier (9-9) in Quakenbrueck 80-65 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Artland Dragons. TBB Trier managed to win fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 7 assists. American-Jamaican guard Bryan Bailey (185-80, college: Bucknell) contributed with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. The former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85, agency: Court Side) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Maik Zirbes (205-90) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for TBB Trier. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Artland Dragons moved-up to third place. Loser TBB Trier keeps the tenth position with nine games lost. Artland Dragons will face EnBW Ludwigsburg (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TBB Trier will play against BG Goettingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TBB Trier: P.Zwiener 18+5reb, M.Zirbes 16+5reb, J.Bynum 7+5reb+4ast, G.Evans 6+3reb, D.Dojcin 6+1reb+2ast, S.Picard 5+1reb+1ast
Art.Dragons: T.Rice 14+3reb+7ast, I.Ekenechukwu 12+7reb+2ast, A.Hess 12+7reb, A.Seggelke 11+1reb+2ast, B.Bailey 11+5reb+5ast, D.Fenn 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 93025


LTi 46ers - Phoenix Hagen 76-92

Everything could happen in Giessen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixteenth ranked Phoenix Hagen and 15th ranked LTi 46ers had identical 5-11 record. But LTi 46ers were not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Hagen 92-76 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Phoenix Hagen. LTi 46ers managed to win third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. LTi 46ers were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard David Bell (186-81, college: Montana, agency: Impact Basketball) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) contributed with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (211-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists and American forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) added 27 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for LTi 46ers. Phoenix Hagen (6-11) moved-up to fourteenth place. LTi 46ers lost their tenth game in a row. They dropped to the sixteenth position with 12 games lost. Phoenix Hagen will face higher ranked Walter Tigers (#13) in Tuebingen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LTi 46ers will play on the road against Telekom Baskets in Bonn.
Top scorers:
LTi 46ers: Z.Peacock 27+6reb+1ast, E.Ovcina 16+14reb+9ast, R.Brooks 11+2reb+1ast, G.Gamqrelidze 8+1reb+3ast, C.Griffin 6, T.Kepkay 4+3reb
Phoenix Hagen: D.Bell 25+4reb+4ast, J.Burtschi 24+6reb+3ast, Z.Jonusas 14+5reb+2ast, M.Dorris 9, B.Kruel 9+2reb+2ast, M.Schwarz 5+1ast
gschID: 93026


Duesseldorf - EWE Baskets 65-77

Very predictable result when fifth ranked EWE Baskets (11-7) won against bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (2-14) in Duesseldorf 77-65 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-65. EWE Baskets outrebounded Gloria Giants 40-17 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Australian-New Zealand center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Bosnian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) answered with 18 points and Canadian forward Ransford Brempong (203-81, college: W.Carolina) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Gloria Giants. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. EWE Baskets moved-up to fourth place. Gloria Giants lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. EWE Baskets will face league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gloria Giants will play at home against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#9).
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: L.Kisielius 18+3reb+1ast, S.Wright 11+2ast, R.Brempong 10+5reb+1ast, P.Pope 10+2reb+1ast, J.Tatum 8+2reb+2ast, D.Haynes 6+4reb+3ast
EWE Baskets: A.Baynes 19+13reb+2ast, O.Stevic 12+8reb+2ast, E.Gill 10+2reb+3ast, L.Campbell 10+7reb+2ast, L.Bogdanovic 7+2reb, R.Paulding 7+4reb
gschID: 93020


Bremerhaven - ratiopharm 93-100 OT

Higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (9-8) fell to twelfth ranked ratiopharm Ulm (7-9) in overtime by seven points 93-100. The game took place in Bremerhaven. But the guests from Ulm were better at the end. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 24-23 charge of ratiopharm Ulm, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-8. ratiopharm Ulm made 26-of-32 charity shots (81.3 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Eisbaeren Bremerhaven helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International forward Robin Benzing (208-89) chipped in 30 points and 5 rebounds. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Mike Taylor allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American swingman Torrell Martin (196-85, college: Winthrop, agency: 540 Sports) produced 24 points and 7 rebounds and Canadian power forward Sean Denison (210-85, college: Santa Clara) added 20 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the hosts. Five Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm maintains twelfth place with 7-9 record. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. ratiopharm Ulm's next round opponent will be league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: T.Martin 24+7reb+3ast, S.Denison 20+8reb+1ast, M.Shtein 13+5reb, A.Drevo 12+5reb, P.Schwethelm 11+3reb+4ast, D.Copeland 8+1reb+6ast
ratiopharm: R.Benzing 30+5reb+2ast, J.Bryant 21+18reb+1ast, P.Guenther 20+3reb+6ast, S.Sonderleiter 7+6reb+1ast, R.Trice 7+4reb+3ast, C.Collins 7
gschID: 93022


Bayreuth - Brose Baskets 57-74

1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (17-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat seventeenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (4-13) 74-57. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. BBC Bayreuth managed to win third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BBC Bayreuth to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Brose Baskets forced 22 BBC Bayreuth turnovers. American guard Brian Roberts (188-85) nailed 15 points and 4 assists for the winning side and international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) accounted for 9 points and 6 rebounds. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Danny Gibson (180-84, college: S.Indiana, agency: Limelight Hoops) came up with 12 points and 5 assists and the other American import forward Pete Campbell (201-84, college: Butler, agency: Warren Sports International) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for BBC Bayreuth in the defeat. Brose Baskets have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-0 record. Newly promoted BBC Bayreuth keeps the seventeenth position with 13 games lost. Brose Baskets will meet ratiopharm Ulm (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BBC Bayreuth will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#6) in Braunschweig and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: P.Campbell 14+5reb+2ast, D.Gibson 12+4reb+5ast, P.Heyden 10+5reb, M.Ginyard 9+2reb+1ast, J.Reiner 6+5reb+3ast, J.Harris 4+2reb
Brose Baskets: B.Roberts 15+3reb+4ast, C.Jacobsen 12+1reb+3ast, T.Pleiss 9+6reb+1ast, K.Hines 8+7reb, K.Tadda 8+1reb+1ast, J.Goldsberry 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 93023




Quentin Pryor (Phoenix Hagen) Pregame Thoughts To LTi Giessen 46ers Game January 2nd - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) is a 27 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi and is playing his second season with Phoenix Hagen. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. In 2008-2009 for Phoenix Hagen, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. He spoke to eurobasket after the loss in Goettingen. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against the LTi Giessen 46ers.

A tough 111-92 loss in Artland. 92 points is nice but the Phoenix hagen gave up 111 points. How could this happen?

At first it looked like we played no defense at the time but after looking at the film we realized that Artland made some tough shots.

Why is the team unable to play more consistent on defense?


I don't think its that but for some reason teams shoot the ball well against us.

The next game is against the Giessen 46ers who have lost 9 games in a row and are like a wounded animal. What can we expect from this game?

A battle. Both teams started off well and have now fell on hard times.

What has been your impression of Giessen this season? They seem to be alot better than their record shows?

They have a very good team with the right players to fit how they want to play. They are kinda like us with only a couple of experienced players.

Who will be the key player to shut down?


We have to focus on everyone and not just one player.


Bamberg has scored 100 points in a row in the last three games. How long are they going to keep making 100 points or more?


Bamberg is rolling right now. Everybody is on the same page on offense and defense.

What are your new years resolutions?


I don't have one because most times you don't follow through on it.


What was a typical thing you did New years eve as a kid?


Set off fireworks.

Thanks Quentin for the chat




Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 17-0 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 12-4 
 3. Art.Dragons 11-6 
 4. EWE Baskets 11-7 
 5. ALBA 10-5 
 6. NY Phantoms 10-7 
 7. Telekom Baskets 9-7 
 8. Goettingen 9-8 
 9. Bremerhaven 9-8 
 10. TBB Trier 9-9 
 11. EnBW L'burg 8-9 
 12. ratiopharm 7-9 
 13. Walter Tigers 6-10 
 14. Phoenix Hagen 6-11 
 15. MBC 5-11 
 16. LTi 46ers 5-12 
 17. Bayreuth 4-13 
 18. Duesseldorf 2-14 


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Ilysiakos inks Tyrone Grant for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
Ilysiakos announced signing of Tyrone Grant (202-F-77, agency: Impact Basketball, college: St.John's) for rest of the season. The American forward spent some time on tryout with the Greek outfit and he passed it successfully.
Tyrone Grant arrives to Ilysiakos from Umana Reyer Venezia, where he finished last season. He played 13 games in Lega Due averaging 6.2 points and 5.5 rebounds. Grant started it with Benetton Treviso, but appeared just four times for them. Season 2008/09 Grant split between Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket and Eldan Ashkelon. With Ashkelon he had 9.9 ppg and 7.1 rpg for 9 games in Israeli Premier league. In the past, Grant also was a member of Prima Veroli, VidiVici Bologna, Breogan, Armani Jeans Milano, Livorno and Avelino. In 2005/06 he had 7.4 ppg and 7.2 rpg with AJ Milano in five Euroleague games. In 2007, with VidiVici Bologna, Grant reached the SerieA Finals.
Tyrone Grant is a product of the St.John's University, where he graduated 11 years ago. His new team Ilysiakos currently has poor 1-8 record in Greek league. They will need to improve a lot if they want to survive this season in A1. Round 10 is scheduled for today.


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


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Hungarian A Division round 14 best performance: Laszlo Czigler - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Laszlo Czigler (215-C-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Marso-Vagep, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 40-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Albacomp (#2, 11-3) 87-76. Marso-Vagep maintains the 8th position in Hungarian A Division. Marso-Vagep 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 6-7 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Czigler as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Laszlo Czigler averages this season 10.5ppg and 6.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Brooks Sales (208-C/F-80) of Atomeromu SE Paks. Sales had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Atomeromu was edged by the lower-ranked Szedeak (#10, 6-8) 76-72. This loss caused Atomeromu to drop to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 11-3 record is not bad at all. Sales is a newcomer at Atomeromu, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#9). He also registered 11.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international swingman Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) of ZTE KK (#6). Kaman showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, ten rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of ZTE KK, leading his team to a 90-68 easy win against the lower-ranked FS Debrecen (#13, 1-13). ZTE KK needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 6 lost games. Kaman has a very solid season. In 14 games in Hungary he scored 12.4ppg. He also has 5.4rpg, 2.4spg, FGP: 66.7% and 3PT: 41.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Janou Rubin (193-G-82) of Szedeak - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79) of Albacomp - 20 points and 10 rebounds
6. Mate Mohacsi (192-F-90) of Marso-Vagep - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Bryson McKenzie (211-C-83) of Szedeak - 16 points and 8 rebounds
8. Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84) of ZTE KK - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Kevin Thomas (193-G-82) of ZTE KK - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Kevin Langford (204-F/C-85) of FS Debrecen - 16 points and 7 rebounds

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


Jara Doyne is back to Falco KC! - by Tamas Deri
The management of Falco KC just published some hours ago, that american guard Jara Doyne (193-G/F-84, college: Mississippi) arrived to the city and will play already on wednesday in Nyiregyhaza. Doyne is a well known player in our country and of course in Szombathely, as he was a key player of the champion team averaging 20.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.4apg, Steals-3 (3.0spg), 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 44.3%, FT: 76% in 26 games. The season 2008-09 he spent with Albacomp, in November 2009 he signed with Nyiregyhaza and helped the team with 21.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.4apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 82.9% in 17 games. In the summer he was close to resign with Falco KC but decided to take the deal with Etoile Charleville-Mezieres in the french Pro B, where he played 11 games averaging 11.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.0 assists per game.

The tryout period of Kevin Thomas (193-G-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Georgia St.) was over after the game against Szolnok on saturday, and the management decided not to keep the player for the rest of the season. The 193 cm tall guard played ony 3 games for coach Lazic and helped the team with 12.7 points, 5.3 rebounds 2.3 assists in 34.0 minutes on the court.


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Maccabi Haifa targets Andre Barrett - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Haifa is close to sign American player Andre Barrett (175-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Seton Hall). The 28-year-old point guard spent last season with NBA D-League team Idaho Stampede. He played 26 games for them registering 19.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 6.7 apg. In 2008/09, he was a member of Regal Barca but had limited playing time. In the past, Barrett also was a member of Los Angeles Clippers, Austin Toros, Bakersfield Jam, Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets.

Holon defeated Bnei Hasharon - by Ofer Shamur
Hapoel Holon started the New Year successfully, with an impressive win over Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon, 86-69.
With a roster of 6 players, missing Jimmy Arnold and Moran Roth, and after a hard loss to Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Israeli Cup games, stood Hapoel Holon on her own court against Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon.
Holon led the game most of it and kept on a gap that held for most of the game.
On the other side, Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon exhibited an inconclusive game and couldn't stand on Holon's great offense.
To Holon: Robert Hite (188-G-84, college: Miami (FL)) and Rich Melzer (203-F-79, agency: Court Side, college: Wisc.-RiverFal.) scored 22 each one, Kasib Powell (201-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Texas Tech) scored 17. Lee Nailon (204-F-75, college: TCU) was the leading scorer in Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon with 25 points.
In addition for that, Hapoel Holon negotiates with Eric Campbell (199-F-76, agency: SportsTalent, college: Spring Hill), who played in Holon 2 years ago, when the club won the Israeli Championship. Campbell might join the club on the next days.



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Lega2 Round 13: Umana Venezia defeats Snaidero Udine in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

An interesting game for Umana Venezia (12-1) which hosted in Venezia their biggest opponent Snaidero Udine (10-3). First ranked Umana Venezia had an easy win 94-77. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-77. Umana Venezia shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Snaidero Udine helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bulgarian guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 5 assists. American forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) contributed with 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Court Side) answered with 30 points for Snaidero Udine. Snaidero Udine's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Umana Venezia have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-1 record. Snaidero Udine at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Umana Venezia are looking forward to face Tezenis Verona (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Snaidero Udine will play against Naturhouse Ferrara (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another interesting game for Aget Imola (7-6) which hosted 4th placed Tuscany Pistoia (8-5). Eighth ranked Aget Imola had an easy win 88-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tuscany Pistoia. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, college: Arizona, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Trent Whiting chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. At the losing side American guard Joseph Forte (193-81, college: N.Carolina, agency: JEMsports) responded with 19 points and 5 assists. The victory was the third consecutive win for Aget Imola. They maintain eighth place with 7-6 record. Tuscany Pistoia at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Immobiliare SR and Sunrise Scafati. Aget Imola will play against Assigeco BPL (#12) in Lodi in the next round. Tuscany Pistoia will play at home against Prima Veroli (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Mazzeo San Severo's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after 12 consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Fileni BPA (5-8) on the road game in Jesi 77-73 on Sunday. Riste Stefanov nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Andrea Pecile came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Fileni BPA in the defeat. Newly promoted Mazzeo San Severo maintains sixteenth place with 1-12 record. It was Fileni BPA's fifth loss in a row. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. They share it with Assigeco and Prima Veroli. Mazzeo San Severo will meet at home higher ranked Immobiliare SR (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fileni BPA will play against Sunrise Scafati (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Thirteenth-ranked Trenkwalder RE (4-9) was very close to win a game against seventh ranked Immobiliare SR (8-5) in Rimini. Immobiliare SR managed to secure only one-point victory 87-86. However their fans expected much easier game. Terrence Roderick fired 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winners. Immobiliare SR moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Tuscany PT and Sunrise Scafati. Trenkwalder RE lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with nine games lost. Immobiliare SR's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (#16) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Trenkwalder RE will play against Sigma Barcellona.
Important game to mention about took place in Veroli. Seventh ranked Sunrise Scafati (8-5) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 11th ranked Prima Veroli (5-8) 73-71 on Sunday evening. It was a very good performance for Jimmie Hunter who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Sunrise Scafati moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Tuscany PT and Immobiliare SR. Loser Prima Veroli dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. Sunrise Scafati will face Fileni BPA (#10) in Jesi in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Prima Veroli will play on the road against Tuscany Pistoia.

Other games in round 13 were not that significant. N.Ferrara beat Forli on the road 67-61. Barcellona won against Assigeco on its own court 95-92. Fastweb CM managed to outperform Tezenis Verona in Casale 97-93.
The most impressive performance of 13th round was 31 points and 9 assists by Joseph Crispin of Barcellona.


Forli - N.Ferrara 61-67

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (6-7) beat 13th ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (4-9) in Forli 67-61 on Thursday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But MarcoPoloShop.it won fourth quarter 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for American-Belgian guard Ryan Hoover (188-74, college: Notre Dame, agency: SportsTalent) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. American guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Ryan Wittman (198-88, college: Cornell) added 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for MarcoPoloShop.it. MarcoPoloShop.it's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Naturhouse Ferrara maintains ninth place with 6-7 record. Newly promoted MarcoPoloShop.it keeps the thirteenth position with nine games lost. Naturhouse Ferrara will face league's second-placed Snaidero Udine on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MarcoPoloShop.it will play against Fastweb CM (#3) in Casale.
Top scorers:
Forli: L.Gordon 19+10reb+1ast, R.Wittman 13+10reb+4ast, A.Piazza 9+5reb+2ast, M.Poletti 5+6reb+1ast, A.Ranuzzi 5+2reb, S.Licartovsky 4+2reb+2ast
N.Ferrara: R.Hoover 18+1reb+3ast, J.Boyette 14+5reb+3ast, D.Cournooh 10+4reb+1ast, K.Ndoja 9+8reb, V.Mazzola 6+2reb, T.Kotti 6+8reb
gschID: 95882


Umana Reyer - Snaidero UD 94-77

An interesting game for Umana Venezia (12-1) which hosted in Venezia their biggest opponent Snaidero Udine (10-3). First ranked Umana Venezia had an easy win 94-77. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-77. Umana Venezia shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Snaidero Udine helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bulgarian guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 5 assists. American forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Court Side) answered with 30 points and Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Snaidero Udine. Snaidero Udine's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Umana Venezia have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-1 record. Snaidero Udine at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Umana Venezia are looking forward to face Tezenis Verona (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Snaidero Udine will play against Naturhouse Ferrara (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Snaidero UD: C.Cotis Harrison 30+1reb+1ast, G.Lee 15+12reb+1ast, J.Williams 10+8reb+6ast, R.Prandin 9, D.Mathis 6+8reb+3ast, L.Dordei 3+7reb+1ast
Umana Reyer: K.Clark 33+5ast, T.Slay 19+14reb+1ast, A.Young 14+3reb+1ast, M.Maestrello 7+3reb+2ast, A.Causin 6+1reb+1ast, G.Meini 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 95879


Barcellona - Assigeco 95-92

Very expected game when 11th ranked Assigeco BPL (5-8) was edged on the road by fifth ranked Sigma Barcellona (9-4) 95-92 on Sunday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 30-25. But Assigeco BPL won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Sigma Barcellona won last quarter 27-26. They also forced 22 Assigeco BPL turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Sigma Barcellona especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Assigeco BPL was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American guard Joseph Crispin (186-79, college: Penn St., agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 9 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Center Manuele Mocavero (203-80) contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Sigma Barcellona's coach Cesare Pancotto used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) answered with 23 points and 4 assists and the other American import forward Ruben Boykin (201-85, college: N.Arizona) added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Assigeco BPL. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sigma Barcellona moved-up to third place, which they share with Fastweb CM. Loser Assigeco BPL dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. Sigma Barcellona will face Trenkwalder RE (#14) in Reggio Emilia in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Assigeco BPL will play at home against Aget Imola (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Assigeco: P.Marigney 23+3reb+4ast, A.Simoncelli 17+2ast, R.Boykin 14+11reb+1ast, A.Chiumenti 10+6reb+1ast, B.Cerella 9+1reb+2ast, M.Venuto 6
Barcellona: J.Crispin 31+9ast, M.Mocavero 21+7reb+1ast, M.Hicks 16+6reb+2ast, A.Ghiacci 10+2reb+1ast, M.Cardinali 7+3reb+2ast, R.Bucci 7+3reb
gschID: 95880


Fileni BPA - San Severo 73-77

Mazzeo San Severo's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after 12 consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Fileni BPA (5-8)on the road game in Jesi 77-73 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 23-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Mazzeo San Severo made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Bulgarian-FYR Macedonian guard Riste Stefanov (198-81, agency: Interperformances) nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Fabio Zanelli (196-76) accounted for 18 points. Four Mazzeo San Severo players scored in double figures. The former international guard Andrea Pecile (187-80, agency: World Sport Agency) came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds and Slovenian forward Marko Tusek (203-75, agency: Alti Sport) added 19 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Fileni BPA in the defeat. Newly promoted Mazzeo San Severo maintains sixteenth place with 1-12 record. It was Fileni BPA's fifth loss in a row. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. They share it with Assigeco and Prima Veroli. Mazzeo San Severo will meet at home higher ranked Immobiliare SR (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fileni BPA will play against Sunrise Scafati (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fileni BPA: A.Pecile 23+7reb+1ast, M.Tusek 19+9reb+1ast, M.Maggioli 12+4reb+2ast, B.Elder 8+3reb, M.Rossi 6, M.Nocedal 3+4reb+1ast
San Severo: R.Stefanov 23+5reb+1ast, F.Zanelli 18+2reb, R.Childress 12+4reb+2ast, K.Dickens 11+9reb, L.Ianes 6+5reb, A.Johnson 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 95881


Immobiliare SR - Trenkwalder 87-86

Thirteenth-ranked Trenkwalder RE (4-9) was very close to win a game against seventh ranked Immobiliare SR (8-5) in Rimini. Immobiliare SR managed to secure only one-point victory 87-86. However their fans expected much easier game. Trenkwalder RE was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Immobiliare SR made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. American swingman Terrence Roderick (195-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) fired 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Joe Smith (193-77, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Priority Sports) produced 25 points and the former international forward Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Trenkwalder RE players scored in double figures. Immobiliare SR moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Tuscany PT and Sunrise Scafati. Trenkwalder RE lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with nine games lost. Immobiliare SR's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (#16) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Trenkwalder RE will play against Sigma Barcellona.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: J.Smith 25+1reb, M.Frassineti 14+1reb+2ast, D.Slanina 12+3ast, R.Valenti 11+8reb+3ast, A.Frosini 10+7reb+1ast, J.Salvi 6+4reb+1ast
Immobiliare SR: T.Roderick 33+5reb, D.Vukcevic 15+2ast, D.Filloy 13+10reb, Q.Lollis 9+7reb+2ast, G.Scarone 8+3reb+2ast, G.Gurini 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 95876


Aget Imola - Tuscany PT 88-74

Another interesting game for Aget Imola (7-6) which hosted 4th placed Tuscany Pistoia (8-5). Eighth ranked Aget Imola had an easy win 88-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tuscany Pistoia. The game was mostly controlled by Aget Imola. Tuscany Pistoia managed to win fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aget Imola forced 29 Tuscany Pistoia turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Aget Imola especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, college: Arizona, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. Four Aget Imola players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Joseph Forte (193-81, college: N.Carolina, agency: JEMsports) responded with 19 points and 5 assists and Latvian forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Stanley International) scored 24 points. The victory was the third consecutive win for Aget Imola. They maintain eighth place with 7-6 record. Tuscany Pistoia at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Immobiliare SR and Sunrise Scafati. Aget Imola will play against Assigeco BPL (#12) in Lodi in the next round. Tuscany Pistoia will play at home against Prima Veroli (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tuscany PT: J.Porzingis 24+2reb, J.Forte 19+2reb+5ast, J.Varnado 11+5reb+1ast, G.Fucka 6+4reb, A.Filloy 5+8reb+3ast, F.Toppo 4+3reb
Aget Imola: N.Ebi 24+7reb, T.Whiting 18+3reb+5ast, P.Prato 15+4reb, M.Ringstrom 14+5reb, F.Masoni 8+2reb+7ast, D.Bruttini 5+4reb
gschID: 95877


Tezenis Verona - Fastweb CM 93-97

Very predictable result when third ranked Fastweb CM (9-4) won on the road against 15th ranked Tezenis Verona (3-10) 97-93 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 31-26. But Tezenis Verona won second period 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fastweb CM made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Tezenis Verona was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for the former international forward Tommaso Fantoni (203-85, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. American guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Latvian swingman Mareks Jurevicus (198-85) answered with 20 points and 4 steals and American-German power forward Keith Waleskowski (204-80, college: Dayton) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Tezenis Verona. Four Fastweb CM and five Tezenis Verona players scored in double figures. Fastweb CM maintains third place with 9-4 record having just three points less than leader Umana Reyer, which they share with Barcellona. Newly promoted Tezenis Verona keeps the fifteenth position with ten games lost. Fastweb CM will face MarcoPoloShop.it (#13) in Forli in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tezenis Verona will play on the road against the league's leader Umana Venezia.
Top scorers:
Tezenis Verona: M.Jurevicus 20+4reb+1ast, K.Waleskowski 18+6reb, A.Renzi 16+6reb, F.Bellina 12+5reb+2ast, J.Trepagnier 12+3reb+2ast, A.Porta 10+4reb+7ast
Fastweb CM: R.Hickman 24+5ast, D.Taylor 22+8reb+1ast, T.Fantoni 18+16reb+1ast, M.Malaventura 11+1reb, S.Pierich 9+2reb+1ast, G.Ferrero 5+1ast
gschID: 95878


Prima Veroli - Sunrise Scafati 71-73

Important game to mention about took place in Veroli. Seventh ranked Sunrise Scafati (8-5) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 11th ranked Prima Veroli (5-8) 73-71 on Sunday evening. Prima Veroli cut a 13-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Sunrise Scafati made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game. Prima Veroli was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American guard Jimmie Hunter (196-77, college: Life) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. His fellow American import guard Ronald Davis (190-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Ivan Gatto (207-78) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) and Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, college: Texas A&M) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Prima Veroli. Sunrise Scafati moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Tuscany PT and Immobiliare SR. Loser Prima Veroli dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. Sunrise Scafati will face Fileni BPA (#10) in Jesi in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Prima Veroli will play on the road against Tuscany Pistoia.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: I.Gatto 20+7reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 15+7reb+1ast, J.Jackson 14+3reb+2ast, D.Brkic 9+2reb+2ast, G.Rosselli 7+1reb+3ast, J.Penn 6+3reb+2ast
Sunrise Scafati: J.Hunter 21+2reb, R.Davis 16+5reb+2ast, N.Radulovic 11+10reb, R.Chiacig 8+4reb+1ast, P.Baldassarre 6+3reb, M.Casini 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 95875




Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Crispin, Barcellona25.8 
 2. Whiting, Aget Imola24.2 
 3. Clark, Umana Reyer21.2 
 4. Gordon, Forli20.3 
 5. Jackson, Prima Veroli19.8 
 6. Marigney, Assigeco18.6 
 7. Pecile, Fileni BPA18.5 
 8. Ebi, Aget Imola18.2 
 9. Beck, Trenkwalder17.2 
 10. Roderick, Immobi.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT9.8 
 2. Lollis, Immobili.9.1 
 3. Johnson, San Severo8.8 
 4. Boykin, Assigeco8.8 
 5. Ebi, Aget Imola8.5 
 6. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.4 
 7. Filloy, Immobili.8.2 
 8. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 9. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.4 
 10. Chiacig, Sunris.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Antonio PORTA
  Tezenis Verona
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Porta, Tezenis .4.8 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona4.3 
 3. Clark, Umana Reyer4.1 
 4. Farabello, N.Fer.4.0 
 5. Whiting, Aget Imola3.8 
 6. Levin, Sunrise .3.7 
 7. Fultz, Trenkwalder3.6 
 8. Forte, Tuscany PT3.5 
 9. Williams, Snaidero.3.5 
 10. Mathis, Snaidero.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.3 
 2. Farabello, N.Fer.3.0 
 3. Davis, Sunrise .3.0 
 4. Achara, Barcellona2.9 
 5. Stefanov, San S.2.8 
 6. Ebi, Aget Imola2.7 
 7. Williams, Snaidero.2.6 
 8. Hicks, Barcellona2.5 
 9. Piazza, Forli2.4 
 10. Di Giuliomar., Umana R.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT3.2 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.3 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 4. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.8 
 5. Cutolo, San Severo0.8 
 6. Radulovic, Sunris.0.8 
 7. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 8. Kotti, N.Ferrara0.7 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 10. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.7 


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


SerieA Round 12: Angelico Biella beats Cimberio Varese by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The biggest surprise of round 12 in the SerieA took place in Varese. Eighth ranked Angelico Biella (6-6) saved a 2-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Cimberio Varese (6-6) 75-73 in the game for the fourth place. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 23-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Angelico Biella forced 20 Cimberio Varese turnovers. It was a good game for Dominican guard Edgar Sosa (188-88, college: Louisville) who led his team to a victory with 26 points. Naturalized American forward Jeffrey Viggiano (200-84, college: Massachusetts) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) replied with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 7 steals for Cimberio Varese. Angelico Biella moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Cimberio Varese. Cimberio Varese lost fourth consecutive game. Angelico Biella is looking forward to face CS Bologna (#5) at home in the next round. Cimberio Varese will play against Dinamo Sassari and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Bennet Cantu (9-3) which hosted in Cantu second-best Armani Milano (9-3). Third ranked Bennet Cantu managed to get an 8-point victory 67-59. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Armani Milano. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Uruguayan guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 assists and Benjamin Ortner who added 9 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Bulgarian guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania, agency: 540 Sports) with 15 points. Bennet Cantu have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Armani MI. Bennet Cantu will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#6) on the road in the next round. Armani Milano will play against Pepsi Caserta (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for Montepaschi Siena (11-1) which hosted in Siena 4th ranked CS Bologna (6-6). First ranked Montepaschi Siena managed to get a 12-point victory 92-80. The winners were led by Ksistof Lavrinovic who scored that evening 17 points. Even 26 points by Kennedy Winston did not help to save the game for CS Bologna. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-1 record. CS Bologna at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with 6 other teams. Montepaschi Siena will meet Air Avellino (#4) on the road in the next round. CS Bologna will play against Angelico Biella and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Enel Brindisi managed to get a third victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Enel Brindisi won against fifth-ranked Scavolini Pesaro 80-66. The best player for the winners was Bobby Dixon who scored 24 points, 8 assists and 4 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Enel Brindisi (3-9) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Banca Tercas. Scavolini Pesaro lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Enel Brindisi's next round opponent will be higher ranked Benetton Treviso (#13) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Scavolini Pesaro will play against the league's second-placed Bennet Cantu (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Important game to mention about took place in Montegranaro. Tenth ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (6-6) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 15th ranked Banca Tercas (3-9) 83-80 on Sunday evening slightly avoiding a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Banca Tercas. It was a good game for Dejan Ivanov who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Banca Tercas keep the fifteenth position with nine games lost. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will face Lottomatica Roma (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Banca Tercas will play against Vanoli-Braga in Cremona.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 12: Benetton TV was smashed by Vanoli CR on the road 91-72. Dinamo Sassari lost to Air AV on its own court 71-80. Lottomatica unfortunately lost to Pepsi Caserta in a road game 60-68.
The most impressive performance of 12th round was 26 points and 5 rebounds by Artur Drozdov of Vanoli CR.


Vanoli CR - Benetton TV 91-72

Everything could happen in Cremona at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Vanoli-Braga and 8th ranked Benetton Treviso had identical 5-6 record. This time Vanoli-Braga used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Treviso 91-72 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 33-2 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Vanoli-Braga dominated on the defensive end, holding Benetton Treviso to just 2 points in third quarter. They shot 60.7 percent from the field. Vanoli-Braga forced 26 Benetton Treviso turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Benetton Treviso's players. Benetton Treviso was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for British-Ukrainian guard Artur Drozdov (199-80) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Slovenian forward Marko Milic (202-77) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Lithuanian center Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Croatian forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85) added 15 points in the effort for Benetton Treviso. Benetton Treviso's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Vanoli-Braga (6-6) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Benetton Treviso dropped to the eleventh position with seven games lost. Vanoli-Braga will face Banca Tercas (#15) in Teramo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Benetton Treviso will play at home against Enel Brindisi (#16).
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: A.Drozdov 26+5reb+3ast, M.Milic 21+4reb+1ast, B.Sekulic 16+5reb+3ast, E.Rowland 11+4ast, J.Foster 9+2reb+5ast, J.Perkovic 6+5reb+5ast
Benetton TV: D.Motiejunas 18+5reb, H.Peric 15+1reb+1ast, R.Toolson 10, D.Smith 6+3reb, G.Brunner 5+7reb+4ast, J.Wojciechovski 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 96119


Enel Brindisi - Scavolini PS 80-66

Bottom-ranked Enel Brindisi managed to get a third victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Enel Brindisi won against fifth-ranked Scavolini Pesaro 80-66. The game was mostly controlled by Enel Brindisi. Scavolini Pesaro managed to win second period 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Scavolini Pesaro to just 6 points in first quarter. Enel Brindisi made 25-of-27 charity shots (92.6 percent) during the game. Enel Brindisi outrebounded Scavolini Pesaro 38-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 24 points, 8 assists and 4 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The other American import guard Anthony Roberson (188-83, college: Florida) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Puerto Rican guard Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami (FL)) who recorded 14 points and American guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola (MD)) added 13 points respectively. Enel Brindisi (3-9) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Banca Tercas. Scavolini Pesaro lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Enel Brindisi's next round opponent will be higher ranked Benetton Treviso (#13) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Scavolini Pesaro will play against the league's second-placed Bennet Cantu (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: B.Dixon 24+4reb+8ast, A.Roberson 18+9reb, K.Lang 15+4reb, H.Toure 9+11reb+1ast, Y.Diawara 8+6reb, G.Maresca 5+1ast
Scavolini PS: G.Diaz 14+4reb+2ast, A.Collins 13+3reb+2ast, S.Flamini 12+2reb, D.Cinciarini 8+3reb, D.Hackett 7+2reb, T.Lydeka 4+4reb
gschID: 96120


Dinamo Sassari - Air AV 71-80

Very expected game when 14th ranked Dinamo Sassari (4-8) lost at home to ninth ranked Air Avellino (6-6) 80-71 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 49-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Air Avellino forced 20 Dinamo Sassari turnovers and outrebounded them 38-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Taquan Dean (193-83, college: Louisville) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) replied with 22 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard James White (198-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Dinamo Sassari. Four Air Avellino and five Dinamo Sassari players scored in double figures. Air Avellino has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Dinamo Sassari lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth position with eight games lost. Air Avellino will face league's leader Montepaschi Siena at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Dinamo Sassari will play against Cimberio Varese (#10).
Top scorers:
Air AV: T.Dean 20+3reb+2ast, S.Szewczyk 18+9reb+1ast, O.Thomas 13+10reb, C.Troutman 12+7reb, M.Green 6+1reb+6ast, L.Johnson 4+7reb+2ast
Dinamo Sassari: O.Hunter 22+7reb, J.White 17+5reb+1ast, D.Tsaldaris 11+1reb+2ast, T.Diener 10+3reb+3ast, M.Pinton 10+1reb, A.Cittadini 1+5reb
gschID: 96121


Bennet Cantu - Armani MI 67-59

An interesting game for Bennet Cantu (9-3) which hosted in Cantu second-best Armani Milano (9-3). Third ranked Bennet Cantu managed to get a 8-point victory 67-59. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Armani Milano. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-18 Armani Milano's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 67-59 at the end of the game. Bennet Cantu made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Bennet Cantu outrebounded Armani Milano 34-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Uruguayan guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 assists and Austrian power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St.) who added 9 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Bulgarian guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania, agency: 540 Sports) with 15 points and international forward Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) scored 6 points and 4 assists. Bennet Cantu have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Armani MI. Bennet Cantu will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#6) on the road in the next round. Armani Milano will play against Pepsi Caserta (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: N.Mazzarino 19+3reb+5ast, V.Micov 12+5reb+2ast, B.Ortner 9+11reb+1ast, M.Leunen 8+7reb+5ast, M.Green 7+3reb+2ast, J.Tabu 5+2ast
Armani MI: I.Jaaber 15+4reb, O.Pecherov 12+1reb, M.Finley 8+4reb+1ast, M.Rocca 8+5reb, S.Mancinelli 6+3reb+4ast, M.Mordente 4
gschID: 96116


Fabi Shoes - Banca Tercas 83-80

Important game to mention about took place in Montegranaro. Tenth ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (6-6) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 15th ranked Banca Tercas (3-9) 83-80 on Sunday evening slightly avoiding a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Banca Tercas. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Banca Tercas won fourth quarter 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) replied with 17 points and American power forward Josh Davis (203-80, college: Wyoming) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Banca Tercas. Four Banca Tercas players scored in double figures. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Banca Tercas keep the fifteenth position with nine games lost. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will face Lottomatica Roma (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Banca Tercas will play against Vanoli-Braga in Cremona.
Top scorers:
Fabi Shoes: D.Ivanov 27+10reb, B.Jones 12+5reb+1ast, M.Antonutti 11+4reb, A.Maestranzi 9+3ast, A.Cinciarini 8+2ast, S.Ford 6+5reb
Banca Tercas: I.Zoroski 17+4reb+3ast, J.Davis 13+6reb+2ast, K.Fletcher 12+4reb+1ast, R.De La Fuente 11+6reb+1ast, D.Diener 11+2reb, G.Boscagin 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 96117


Cimberio VA - Angelico BI 73-75

The biggest surprise of round 12 in the SerieA took place in Varese. Eighth ranked Angelico Biella (6-6) saved a 2-point victory at home edging one of their biggest challengers Cimberio Varese (6-6) 75-73 in the game for the fourth place. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 23-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Angelico Biella forced 20 Cimberio Varese turnovers. It was a good game for Dominican guard Edgar Sosa (188-88, college: Louisville) who led his team to a victory with 26 points. Naturalized American forward Jeffrey Viggiano (200-84, college: Massachusetts) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) replied with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 7 steals and his fellow American import forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) added 18 points in the effort for Cimberio Varese. Angelico Biella moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Cimberio Varese. Cimberio Varese lost fourth consecutive game. Angelico Biella is looking forward to face CS Bologna (#5) at home in the next round. Cimberio Varese will play against Dinamo Sassari and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: E.Sosa 26+3ast, J.Viggiano 16+5reb+1ast, M.Chessa 12+3reb, G.Jurak 8+3reb+1ast, G.Suton 5+6reb, M.Salyers 5+5reb+1ast
Cimberio VA: R.Slay 18+3reb+2ast, P.Goss 16+8reb+9ast, K.Kangur 14+5reb+4ast, J.Thomas 7+1reb+2ast, D.Fajardo 5+5reb, T.Rannikko 5+3ast
gschID: 96118


Montepaschi - CS Bologna 92-80

An interesting game for Montepaschi Siena (11-1) which hosted in Siena 4th ranked CS Bologna (6-6). First ranked Montepaschi Siena managed to get a 12-point victory 92-80. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-80. Montepaschi Siena made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Montepaschi Siena outrebounded CS Bologna 32-20 including 21 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Montepaschi Siena especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The winners were led by Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) who scored that evening 17 points and Lithuanian guard Rimantas Kaukenas (193-77, college: Seton Hall) supported him with 15 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Four Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. Even 26 points by American forward Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama, agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for CS Bologna. Finnish guard Petteri Koponen (193-88) added 15 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 11-1 record. CS Bologna at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. They share the position with 6 other teams. Montepaschi Siena will meet Air Avellino (#4) on the road in the next round. CS Bologna will play against Angelico Biella and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: K.Lavrinovic 17+4reb+2ast, R.Kaukenas 15+4reb+2ast, M.Hairston 13+2reb+1ast, M.Rakovic 10+3reb+1ast, M.Carraretto 9+5reb+2ast, P.Aradori 8+1reb+1ast
CS Bologna: K.Winston 26+4reb+1ast, P.Koponen 15+2reb+5ast, J.Homan 10+6reb, D.Gailius 9+3reb, N.Martinoni 8+1reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 5+2reb
gschID: 96114


Pepsi Caserta - Lottomatica 68-60

There was a small surprise when fourteenth ranked Pepsi Caserta (5-7) won at home against 12th ranked Lottomatica Roma (5-7) 68-60 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 68-60. Pepsi Caserta forced 20 Lottomatica Roma turnovers. It was a good game for American center Eric Williams (206-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import forward Jumaine Jones (201-79, college: Georgia) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian forward Nihad Dedovic (196-90, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 20 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Andrea Crosariol (212-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) added 9 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Lottomatica Roma. Lottomatica Roma's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pepsi Caserta moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Lottomatica and Benetton TV. Pepsi Caserta will face higher ranked Armani Milano (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Pepsi Caserta: E.Williams 16+10reb, J.Jones 13+8reb+2ast, F.Di Bella 11+1reb+1ast, E.Ere 8+4reb+3ast, L.Garri 8+6reb, M.Colussi 6+2reb
Lottomatica: N.Dedovic 20+7reb, J.Heytvelt 13+2reb, A.Crosariol 9+12reb+3ast, C.Smith 5+1reb+2ast, L.Datome 5+5reb, D.Washington 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 96115




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Herve Lamizana explodes in the start for TianJin - by Eurobasket News
Lamizana Herve (207-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) explodes in the start for TianJin in China averaging 29.8 points per game and 11.3 rebounds so far. The 207cm Ivorian Big Man erupted with 41 points in round 8 and had 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks in the latest.
There was no surprise in Changchun where 16th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (1-6) was defeated by fourteenth ranked Jilin Tigers (3-5) 107-97 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Jilin Tigers. TianJin Rongcheng managed to win fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jilin Tigers made 29-of-33 free shots (87.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 TianJin Rongcheng turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jameel Watkins who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). International guard Shulong Yu chipped in 22 points and 6 assists. Five Jilin Tigers players scored in double figures. Ivorian-French power forward Lamizana Herve produced a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and American power forward Lee Benson added 16 points and 15 rebounds respectively for the guests. TianJin Rongcheng's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jilin Tigers moved-up to eleventh place. TianJin Rongcheng lost sixth consecutive game.
In the latest game TianJin Rongcheng (1-7) was defeated by ninth ranked Liaoning Hunters (5-4) 97-80 on Friday. Liaoning Hunters dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to TianJin Rongcheng's 38. Liaoning Hunters forced 22 TianJin Rongcheng turnovers. The former international center Xiaoxu Li stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and American guard Donta Smith chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Ivorian-French power forward Lamizana Herve with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Nan Zhang scored 18 points. Five Liaoning Hunters and four TianJin Rongcheng players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Liaoning Hunters. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Shanghai and Jiangsu. TianJin Rongcheng lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the sixteenth position with seven games lost. Liaoning Hunters will meet league's leader DongGuan Leopards on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Beijing Ducks (#3).




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Cavaliers recall Samardo Samuels from Erie Bay Hawks - by Eurobasket News
The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F-89, college: Louisville) from the D-League Erie Bay Hawks. The 21-year-old Jamaican forward graduated from Louisville in 2010. He signed a deal with the Cavs. Samardo Samuels appeared in four NBA games averaging 3.3 points and 1.0 board per game. The Jamaican was assigned to Erie on Monday. He played two games for the Bay Hawks. Samuels averaged 14.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per appearance. Samardo Samuels is the Jamaican National Team player. He participated at the CBC Championship in Tortilla in 2009. The forward notched 16.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game at the tournament.


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Odendo named top player in KBF league - by Carlos Pereira
Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) has named top players in its leagues during the just-concluded season.

Ulinzi forward Victor Odendo, who recently featured in the All-Star Senior Basketball Competition, emerged KBFs Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the mens Division One League.
He featured for Ulinzi Warriors, who came to the league this year after being in the cold for a long period of time following the teams dissolution over lack of sponsorship.
His efforts earned Ulinzi promotion to the Mens Premier League next year after the team emerged top in the category.
Also promoted are Mennonites, who finished second behind Ulinzi. Trail Blazers were third.
Odendo has proved his quality by capturing back the MVP award he bagged in the 2008 season while playing for the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).

source : The Nation Kenya


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SuperLeague Round 14: Bambi beats Mitrovica in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
SuperLeague is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 14 rounds left.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Mitrovice: Bambi (#2) and Mitrovica (#8). Mitrovica was smashed at home by 34 points 54-88 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Bambi (13-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Sigal Prishtina. Newly promoted Mitrovica stays dead last with 0-14. Bambi is looking forward to face league's leader Sigal Prishtina in Prishtine in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mitrovica's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Mitrovice to the arena Trepca.
Leader Sigal Prishtina delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Bashkimi (4-10) 105-80 in Prizren. Sigal Prishtina (13-1) have an impressive thirteen-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position, which they share with Bambi. Bashkimi at the other side dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Kosova. Sigal Prishtina will play against league's second-placed Bambi in Mitrovice in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bashkimi will play at home against Kosova (#6) in Vushtrri and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Mitrovice. Local Trepca (7-7) outscored 5th ranked College EuroSporti (5-9) 96-58 on Saturday night. Trepca maintains fourth position with 7-7 record. Loser College EuroSporti keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Trepca's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Mitrovice Mitrovica.

In the last game of round 14 Kosova was defeated by Peja in Peje 95-80.


Bashkimi - Sigal Prishtina 80-105

Leader Sigal Prishtina delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Bashkimi (4-10) 105-80 in Prizren. Sigal Prishtina (13-1) have an impressive thirteen-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position, which they share with Bambi. Bashkimi at the other side dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Kosova. Sigal Prishtina will play against league's second-placed Bambi in Mitrovice in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bashkimi will play at home against Kosova (#6) in Vushtrri and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Peja - Kosova 95-80

There was no surprise in Peje where 6th ranked Kosova (4-10) was defeated by third ranked Peja (10-4) 95-80 on Saturday. Peja maintains third position with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader Sigal Prishtina. Loser Kosova keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Bashkimi. Peja will meet at home College EuroSporti (#5) in the next round. Kosova will play against Bashkimi in Prizren and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 114620


Trepca - K.EuroSporti 96-58

The game with biggest result difference took place in Mitrovice. Local Trepca (7-7) outscored 5th ranked College EuroSporti (5-9) 96-58 on Saturday night. Trepca maintains fourth position with 7-7 record. Loser College EuroSporti keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Trepca's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Mitrovice Mitrovica.
gschID: 114621


Mitrovica - Bambi 54-88

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Mitrovice: Bambi (#2) and Mitrovica (#8). Mitrovica was smashed at home by 34 points 54-88 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Bambi (13-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Sigal Prishtina. Newly promoted Mitrovica stays dead last with 0-14. Bambi is looking forward to face league's leader Sigal Prishtina in Prishtine in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mitrovica's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Mitrovice to the arena Trepca.
gschID: 114618




Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 13-1 
 2. Bambi 13-1 
 3. Peja 10-4 
 4. Trepca 7-7 
 5. K.EuroSporti 5-9 
 6. Kosova 4-10 
 7. Bashkimi 4-10 
 8. Mitrovica 0-14 


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Latvia defeat Finland in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18 - Finland U18 71:65

Latvia posted the victory at the start of the Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn. The Latvian juniors held off their Finnish counterparts in the opener. Janis Berzins (194-F-93) scored 18 points to lead the effort. Latvia surged ahead early in the encounter. They accounted for 21 points to take a 5-point lead. Latvia maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded an 8-point buffer at the interval. Finland bounced back in the third period. They limited their opponents to just 11 points building a narrow one-point advantage at the final intermission. But Latvia did not allow Finland to capitalize. They erupted for 23 points in the fourth term and escaped with the win at the end. Ojars Silins (198-F-93) netted 14 points for Latvia. Roberts Krumins (194-G-93) added 12 points in the win. Joonas Caven (203-F-93) replied with 20 points for Finland. Mikael Herbert (201-F-93) had 8 points in the loss.

Latvia U18: Janis Berzins 18, Ojars Silins 14, Roberts Krumins 12
Finland U18: Joonas Caven 20, Mikael Herbert 8



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Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Pioneros 27-9 
 2. Fuerza Regia 27-9 
 3. Halc.Xalapa 26-10 
 4. Halc.Rojos 25-11 
 5. Toros 25-11 
 6. Angeles 23-12 
 7. Lechugueros 22-14 
 8. Huracanes 22-14 
 9. Lobos Grises 22-14 
 10. Soles 21-15 
 11. Potros 17-19 
 12. Ola Verde 15-15 
 13. Panteras 13-20 
 14. Abejas 13-23 
 15. Algodoneros 8-17 
 16. Titanes 8-27 
 17. Jaguares 2-31 
 18. Volcanes 2-34 


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Stan Van Gundy fined $35K by NBA; Paul Pierce fined $15K - by Eurobasket News
Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy was fined $35,000 by the NBA on Saturday for his critical comments of NBA officials, in which he accused referees of targeting Magic center Dwight Howard in their crackdown on technical fouls.

'They (officials) are looking for him, no question. They make a call on him and they are looking for his reaction. Other guys get away with stuff. He's going to have to accept that, they are looking for him. Every one of them (officials),'' Van Gundy said after the Magic's Thursday night victory over the New York Knicks. 'For other guys, they look away. He's not going to be treated like everyone else in the league.''

Howard picked up his league-leading 12th technical foul of the season early in the win over the Knicks, putting him just four away from a mandatory one-game suspension.

'He (Howard) got a technical for yelling 'damn,' because he was upset at himself. 'Damn,' is a technical but 'bulls**t' (which is what Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire said to an official late in the game) is not?'' Van Gundy said. 'Let me get this straight, 'damn' is a technical but 'bulls**t' is okay.''

Also fined by the league Saturday was Celtics forward Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas), who was levied with a $15,000 penalty for throwing an object into the stands in Boston's Tuesday victory over the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.

The incident occurred with 8:02 remaining in the first quarter. Earlier in the week, Celtics teammate Shaquille O'Neal was fined $35,000 for criticizing officials following the team's Christmas Day loss to the Magic.

Courtesy of http://nba.fanhouse.com


Cavs recall Samuels from Erie - by Eurobasket News
The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F-89, college: Louisville) from the Erie BayHawks.

BayHawks general manager Matt Bresee said Samuels will join the team today. The Cavaliers play Saturday at Chicago at 7 p.m.

Samuels, a 6-foot 9-inch, 260-pound rookie forward from the University of Louisville, had been assigned to Erie Monday. In two games he averaged 14.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, two assists and went 13-for-17 at the free-throw line.

Samuels averaged 3.3 points in four games with the Cavaliers this season. The Cavaliers signed Samuels, an early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft, as an undrafted free agent Aug. 16 after he averaged 13.5 points and 5.9 rebounds in two seasons at Louisville.

The Cavaliers' leading scorer, Mo Williams, did not play in Wednesday's 101-92 los

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


Varejao out after suffering cheek bone fracture - by Eurobasket News
Just when you think things could not get worse for the Cleveland Cavaliers, they do. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA reporter Bob Finan of The News-Herald reported Saturday that they will be without their starting center Anderson Varejao (6'9''-C-82) for at least two games, after suffering a broken cheek bone last Wednesday against the Charlotte Bobcats. The native of Brazil now playing in his seventh NBA campaign was diagnosed with a a non-displaced fracture of the maxilla bone after Charlotte center DeSagana Diop caught Varejao in the face with his elbow.

Cleveland coach Byron Scott does not believe that the former Cavaliers player Diop was trying to injure Varejao. Scott said It wasnt anything done maliciously. Thats not the type of player he is. Andy was in the wrong place. (Diop) caught him square. After the game, it swelled up. We dont want that kind of reaction today. Were going to make a mask for him.

Cavaliers trainer Max Benton will make a mask for the Cleveland veteran, however he will not play Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center or on Sunday at the Q Arena in Cleveland when his team takes on the Dallas Mavericks.

Scott said that his club will definitely miss the presence of Varejao out on the court. He said Hes the anchor of our defense. Hes our emotional leader. He plays as hard as anybody in this league. Hes playing at an All-Star caliber. Were missing all those elements when hes not in the game. Theres not just one guy who can pick up the slack when hes not in the game.

Reports indicate that Cleveland will either start Leon Powe or Ryan Hollins in the pivot until the team gets their starter back. The Cavaliers could also be without guards Mo Williams who strained his left hip flexor and Daniel Gibson who has a bruised left thigh that he injured on Wednesday night as well. Scott told reporters Its possible 60 percent out of our starting lineup could be out going against one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference.

Considering that the team has had problems beating opponents at full strength, the next couple of games could get pretty ugly, pretty quickly for the Wine And Gold.

Courtesy of www.cavaliersgab.com


Brandon Roy sidelined 'indefinitely' - by Eurobasket News
The Portland Trail Blazers announced that star guard Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) will be sidelined indefinitely with sore knees.

Unfortunately, Brandon Roys condition has not significantly improved and weve decided to hold him out indefinitely, General Manager Rich Cho said. In the short term, were going to proceed with an extended period of rest.

Beyond that, were looking at all available treatment options to help better determine a course of action.

Last week it was announced Roy would not make a Christmas week West Coast road swing.

Cho stressed that it's time for patience, to give Roy's knees a chance to heal. The Blazers play the Jazz Thursday.

Courtesy of www.kgw.com


First games in 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Miami Heat - Golde State W. 114-107
Even a 20-point deficit doesn't derail the Miami Heat these days. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) had 25 points and 10 assists, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) also scored 25 points and the Heat overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors 114-107 on Saturday night for their 17th victory in 18 games. Chris Bosh added 20 points and 11 rebounds to help Miami pull into a virtual tie with Boston atop the Eastern Conference. The Celtics lead Miami by .031 percentage points, but the teams are tied in the games-back column. 'We weren't playing Miami Heat basketball,' Wade said about the first half. 'I didn't really notice that team out there. But we got it together.' Former Heat forward Dorell Wright scored 30 points for Golden State in his first trip back to Miami as an opponent. Monta Ellis added 25 and Stephen Curry had 15 for the Warriors. Golden State had 36 points in each of the first two quarters, then 35 in the entire second half. Miami held the Warriors to 13-of-43 shooting after halftime. James, Wade and Bosh combined for 35 points in the second half matching Golden State's total. *Courtesy of http://miami.cbslocal.com

Utah Jazz - Memphis G. 98-92
The start of the New Year meant much of the same for the Utah Jazz. Fall behind early, rally behind the bench, then have All-Star Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) bring it home. That formula worked again Saturday night in a 98-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Williams scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and passed to rookie Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) for a dunk to seal it with 18.9 seconds left as Utah won its eighth straight at home against the Grizzlies to improve to 23-11. ''Crunch time is when your best player steps up,'' forward Paul Millsap said about Williams. ''He knew it was his time.'' Millsap led the Jazz with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 13 in the first half when Utah built a 48-38 lead. The biggest spark came from Utah's backups, which outscored the Grizzlies reserves 32-6. *Courtesy of www.msn.foxsports.com

Minnesota T. - New Jersey N. 103-88
Kurt Rambis has been preaching defense to his young Minnesota Timberwolves for two years, for the most part to no avail. Maybe he should reserve a courtside seat for Kim Kardashian every night. Kevin Love had 23 points and 10 rebounds and the Timberwolves played the kind of defense that has been an afterthought in these parts in a 103-88 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night. Darko Milicic (7'0''-C-85) scored 16 points on 8-for-9 shooting and the porous Wolves, who allow more points than any team in the NBA, held the Nets to nine points in the third quarter to win for the third time in four games. Sasha Vujacic (6'7''-G-84) tied a career high with 22 points for the Nets, who have lost five in a row. Former University of Minnesota star Kris Humphries added 12 points and 14 rebounds, but managed just two points and four rebounds in the second half as the Nets fell apart. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

San Antonio S. - Oklah.City T. 101-74
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich recently emphasized to his players just how unacceptably average they were defensively. Maybe the NBA-leading Spurs got the message. The Spurs held Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) and Oklahoma City to its worst-shooting game this season, while Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) scored 21 points as San Antonio won its fourth in a row, 101-74 over the listless Thunder on Saturday night. It was the best defensive effort yet for the Spurs, who allowed their fewest points in a game this season while improving to 29-4 - one of the 10 best starts in NBA history. 'I hope it's an indication that we're getting better at (defense), because it was impressive tonight,' Popovich said. Durant, the NBA's leading scorer, matched to a season low with 16 points. The Thunder began the game 4 for 24, were already trailing by double-digits barely midway through the first quarter and absorbed their most lopsided loss this season. Oklahoma City set a season-low for points, field goal percentage (32.9 percent) and committed 19 turnovers. Playing after a New Year's Eve victory over Atlanta, the Thunder sat their starters for the entire fourth with the game far our of reach. 'It was just one of those games that was sloppy,' Durant said. 'Everything we did - fumbling passes and not finishing layups; missing opportunities on the defensive end to help the team in transition to get easy baskets.' Tony Parker had 14 points and 10 assists and George Hill had 16 points for the Spurs. Duncan added nine rebounds and turned in another strong performance after scoring just two points and going 1 for 7 in a victory over the Lakers earlier this week. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Denver N. - Sacramento K. 104-86
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) was rusty in his return to the Denver lineup after a two-week absence following the death of his sister, and his teammates picked up the slack in the Nuggets' 104-86 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night. Anthony missed 15 of his first 18 shots and finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. Anthony hadn't played since Dec. 18, missing five games following the death of Michelle Anthony, a 38-year-old mother of four who died Dec. 21. The funeral was Monday in Baltimore. After returning to practice Friday, Anthony said his sister used to call him after every game, 'telling me what I did wrong, telling me what I did good and giving me some encouragement.' The Nuggets went 2-3 in his absence, winning their last two, against Portland and Minnesota. Chauncey Billups (6'3''-G-76, college: Colorado) led Denver with 22 points and Nene had 16 points and 14 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Milwaukee B. - Dallas M. 99-87
Earl Boykins returned after a one-game suspension to score a season-high 26 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the injury-depleted Dallas Mavericks 99-87 on Saturday night. Missing Dirk Nowitzki for the third consecutive game because of a sprained right knee and Shawn Marion with a thigh injury, the Mavericks suffered another blow when Caron Butler injured his right knee with 2:47 left in the first quarter. The trio averages just over 50 points. Butler, averaging 15.4 points, stayed on the floor for a couple of minutes before limping off the court to the locker room. The extent of his injury was not immediately known. With all those injured players, Dallas turned to reserve guard Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-G-84, college: Northeastern), who scored a career-high 29 points in 35 minutes. It was the third consecutive loss for the Mavericks. John Salmons (6'7''-F-79, college: Miami (FL)) scored 21 points for Milwaukee, and Ersan Ilyasova had 16 points and a season-high 17 rebounds. The Bucks had a 51-31 rebounding advantage and outscored Dallas 50-24 in the paint. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Chicago B. - Cleveland C. 100-91
The Chicago Bulls were having a hard time again with one of the NBA's worst teams. Then, Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) took control. The All-Star point guard had 28 points and 11 assists and the Bulls won for the 13th time in 15 games, beating the struggling, short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers 100-91 on Saturday night. Sluggish in a win over New Jersey the previous day, the Bulls trailed by 10 against a team that was missing three of its best players. But they outscored Cleveland 32-9 in the third quarter thanks to Rose and hung on after nearly blowing a 15-point lead in the fourth, sending the Cavaliers to their 16th loss in 17 games. *Courtesy of www.pjstar.com

Washington W. - N.Orleans H. 81-92
Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA) scored a season-high 22 points, Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut) had 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds and Chris Paul added 13 points and 11 assists to help the New Orleans Hornets beat the Washington Wizards 92-81 on Saturday night. Ariza scored 13 points in the third quarter and New Orleans outscored Washington 26-15 to take a 68-62 lead. The Hornets never let the Wizards seriously threaten in the fourth quarter. Paul also had seven steals and one turnover. Wizards rookie point guard John Wall had 12 points, 10 assists and eight turnovers - four in the third quarter. Nick Young led Washington with 24 points. The Wizards, who fell to 0-16 on the road Friday with a loss in Indiana, have lost 16 of 19. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


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Josh-Emmanuel Akognon has an amazing start in China - by Eurobasket News
Akognon Josh-Emmanuel (180-G-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) has an amazing start in China as he averages 27.0 points per game for his DongGuan. The Nigerian guard played 8 games so far and scored more than 20 in each of them.
In his top game so far Dongguan crushed disappointing Shanghai 113-97. Akognon Josh-Emmanuel had 35 points and Qiu Baio had 21.
In the latest game undefeated leader DongGuan Leopards delivered the eighth consecutive win on Friday night. This time they crushed 11th ranked Jilin Tigers (3-6) 111-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jilin Tigers. The game without a history. DongGuan Leopards led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Jilin Tigers' players. 28 personal fouls committed by Jilin Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Nigerian guard Akognon Josh-Emmanuel who scored 27 points and 8 assists. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Five DongGuan Leopards players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Jameel Watkins who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Jiang Du added 16 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. DongGuan Leopards (8-0) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row, which they share with Xinjiang. Jilin Tigers at the other side keep the eleventh position with six games lost. They share it with Zhejiang C. DongGuan Leopards is looking forward to face Liaoning Hunters (#8) in Yingkou in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jilin Tigers will play at home against Foshan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



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Britama's Big Three Morrison-Wuysang-Broxie starts with a Big Bang Win (87) vs Brunei Barracudas (70) - by Sheryl Reyes


Jan 2, 2011 marks the first win of the Satria Muda Britama Jakarta for this year, a very good way to start although it seemed like a slow start, the big 3 key player of the team made wonders. The top scorer of the league Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) proved that title is for sure his he finished with 22 points 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks makes him Mr do it all, followed by Mr Energy Mario Wuysang (177-G-79) with 19 points 2 rebounds 7 assist and 1 block, then Mr Double -Double Top Rebounder Antoine Broxie with 14 points 12 rebounds 1 block 1 assist and 1 steal. They were playing with there heart unstoppable all they wanted was a good start and a good win team ended with 87 and Barracudas with 70. Way to go for the Big Bang Indonesia


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


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2011 Is Here. Back To Business. - by Nate Bowie
As 2010 slowly came to an end, 2011 is finally here. Meaning that most teams in Europe most likely had a week or two break to finally just rejuvanate themselves. That might mean getting new players to help out their teams, or even if its getting rid of a few players, whatever that might be it is crunch time. As most of the 1st half of the season is done or about to come to an end in a few weeks, this is the time where teams including ourselves are trying to revaluate where we stand.
Being currently in 7th place and in the playoff picture, we look to get a better seed as we draw closer to the playoff hunt. This of course is not easy, but is for sure in arms length to grab. We have been shuffling around looking for that missing piece of the puzzle to give our team that extra life. We are coming together as a team and are getting better as a team everyday, roles are being handed out and now we see what we need to do as a team to become successful. Our first part of the schedule was somewhat difficult but we let a few games get away from us that we could have won. Me and my fellow American teammate Durrell Nevels didnt go home for Winter/Christmas break instead we took the time to know the island better as well as get some well needed excercise and workouts in. This I feel will help us obtain success in the near future.
Having a successful 1st part of the season team wise and individually I feel that it is crucial to take it to the next level and start 2011 off with wins. We have a little of an advantage coming up because all of our games are at home in January, so that should help. We also have a Cup game against Academica to as well. So we should look to win most if not all of our games in January.
Our next game is this upcoming week January 8th and 9th, stay tune until next time as I take you through my life in Portugal. Always remember **Success is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated***. Xau.
Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas)


Charles Little joins Lusitania - by Eurobasket News
Charles Little (198-F-87, college: Dayton) will play for Lusitania in the reminder of the season. The 23-year-old forward inked a deal with the LPB newcomers. Charles Little started the season in Hannover in German ProA. He tallied 15.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per appearance. Charles Little graduated from Dayton back in 2009.


LPB Round 10: Benfica defeats Academica in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Benfica (8-2) which hosted in Benfica one of their biggest challengers Academica (6-4). Second ranked Benfica had an easy win 94-76. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Academica. The game was mostly controlled by Benfica. Academica managed to win fourth quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Benfica shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Heshimu Evans (198-75, college: Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American swingman Ben Reed (191-83, college: W.Michigan) contributed with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Benfica's coach Henrique Vieira used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Matthew Shaw (201-86, college: S.Illinois) replied with 22 points for Academica. Benfica have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 8-2 record having just one point less than leader Porto Ferpinta. Academica at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Vitoria SC. Benfica are looking forward to face Illiabum (#10) in Ilhavo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Academica's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Coimbra Sampaense.
LPB top team - FC Porto Ferpinta (9-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Illiabum (3-7) 97-69. American forward Gregory Stempin (203-79, college: Toledo, agency: Duran International) scored 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Sean Ogirri chipped in 22 points during the contest. FC Porto Ferpinta's coach Moncho Lopez felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American power forward Evan Harris (206-86, college: Harvard) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). FC Porto Ferpinta maintains first position with 9-1 record. Illiabum lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with seven games lost. FC Porto Ferpinta will play against CAB (#5) in Funchal in the next round. Illiabum will play at home against the league's second-placed Benfica (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Important game to mention about took place in Angra. Seventh ranked CAB (6-5) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 11th ranked Lusitania (3-8) 82-80 on Saturday evening. Mario Fernandes notched 25 points and 5 assists to lead the effort. Even 26 points and 4 assists by Terrence Hundley did not help to save the game for Lusitania. CAB moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Lusitania keeps the eleventh position with eight games lost. CAB will meet at home league's leader FC Porto Ferpinta in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lusitania will play against Vitoria SC (#4) in Guimaraes and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Ginasio (5-5) and Penafiel (4-6), which took place in Penafiel. 6th ranked Ginasio lost to ninth ranked Penafiel in a road game 48-58. Jeremy Goode fired 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Newly promoted Penafiel maintains ninth position with 4-6 record. Ginasio lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with five games lost. Penafiel's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ovarense (#7) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last two games of round 10 Ovarense beat Sampaense on the road 79-68. Bottom-ranked Barreirense lost to Vitoria SC on its own court 76-86.


Benfica - Academica 94-76

An interesting game for Benfica (8-2) which hosted in Benfica one of their biggest challengers Academica (6-4). Second ranked Benfica had an easy win 94-76. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Academica. The game was mostly controlled by Benfica. Academica managed to win fourth quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Benfica shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Heshimu Evans (198-75, college: Kentucky) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American swingman Ben Reed (191-83, college: W.Michigan) contributed with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Benfica's coach Henrique Vieira used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Matthew Shaw (201-86, college: S.Illinois) replied with 22 points and his fellow American import power forward Tommie Eddie (201-82, college: Mississippi) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Academica. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Benfica have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 8-2 record having just one point less than leader Porto Ferpinta. Academica at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Vitoria SC. Benfica are looking forward to face Illiabum (#10) in Ilhavo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Academica's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Coimbra Sampaense.
Top scorers:
Academica: M.Shaw 22+4reb+3ast, T.Eddie 19+7reb+2ast, W.Holland 12+2reb, F.Sousa 12+2reb+3ast, T.Pinto 5+2ast, F.Destino 3
Benfica: H.Evans 18+9reb+4ast, G.Jenkins 17+3reb, D.Carreira 17+1reb, B.Reed 16+4reb+6ast, S.Ramos 10+3reb+1ast, M.Minhava 8+6reb+7ast
gschID: 101169


Penafiel - Ginasio 58-48

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Ginasio (5-5) and Penafiel (4-6), which took place in Penafiel. 6th ranked Ginasio lost to ninth ranked Penafiel in a road game 48-58. The game was mostly controlled by Penafiel. Ginasio managed to win second period 16-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ginasio to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Penafiel forced 22 Ginasio turnovers. American guard Jeremy Goode (175-87, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: Heinrich Sports) fired 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international swingman Rui Mota (190-78) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Yima Chia-Kur (196-86, college: Arkansas St.) produced 17 points and the former international center Marco Goncalves (208-84) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Newly promoted Penafiel maintains ninth position with 4-6 record. Ginasio lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with five games lost. Penafiel's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ovarense (#7) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Ginasio: Y.Chia-Kur 17+4reb+1ast, M.Goncalves 10+10reb, J.Hartford 8+6reb, P.Silva 8+4reb+1ast, J.Reveles 5+3reb+9ast, M.Rosa 0
Penafiel: J.Goode 17+4reb+5ast, R.Mota 14+5reb+4ast, L.Nolen 9+8reb+2ast, J.Almeida 7+11reb+4ast, R.Anunciato 5+4reb+1ast, M.Goncalves 4+2reb
gschID: 101170


Lusitania - CAB 80-82

Important game to mention about took place in Angra. Seventh ranked CAB (6-5) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 11th ranked Lusitania (3-8) 82-80 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. CAB forced 20 Lusitania turnovers. Strangely Lusitania outrebounded CAB 40-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. The former international guard Mario Fernandes (176-82, agency: Duran International) notched 25 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and American forward Frederick Gentry (201-77, college: McNeese St., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) supported him with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Four CAB players scored in double figures. Even 26 points and 4 assists by American guard Terrence Hundley (191-85, college: W.Georgia) did not help to save the game for Lusitania. Guard Daniel Monteiro (182-82) added 20 points and 4 assists for lost side. CAB moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Lusitania keeps the eleventh position with eight games lost. CAB will meet at home league's leader FC Porto_Ferpinta in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lusitania will play against Vitoria SC (#4) in Guimaraes and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lusitania: T.Hundley 26+3reb+4ast, D.Monteiro 20+3reb+4ast, M.Freitas 9+3reb+3ast, M.Camara 9+7reb+3ast, C.Kenneth 7+7reb, M.Momplasir 5+12reb+1ast
CAB: M.Fernandes 25+1reb+5ast, J.Coelho 14+3reb, F.Gentry 14+12reb+1ast, N.Menefee 11+2reb+4ast, F.Lima 9+6reb+1ast, B.Madison 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 119975


Sampaense - Ovarense 68-79

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Ovarense (5-5) beat 5th ranked Sampaense (5-5) in Coimbra 79-68. It looked good early as Sampaense took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ovarense had a 19-14 second period charge getting the lead and Sampaense was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-79. Ovarense made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Ovarense outrebounded Sampaense 38-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. American forward Matthew Webster (203-84, college: Evansville) fired 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Nuno Cortez (205-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. American swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii) produced 25 points and swingman Jorge Sing (192-77) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Ovarense moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ginasio and Sampaense. Ovarense's next round opponent will be Penafiel (#9) in Penafiel.
Top scorers:
Sampaense: R.Luettgerodt 25+4reb+3ast, J.Gray 17+6reb, J.Sing 15+3reb+5ast, P.Azevedo 7+2reb+2ast, J.Almeida 2+2reb+1ast, H.Carvalho 2+6reb
Ovarense: M.Webster 35+8reb+1ast, N.Cortez 14+15reb+1ast, N.Manarte 11+9ast, R.Schneider 9+10reb+1ast, A.Pinto 7+4reb+2ast, F.Neves 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 101166


Porto Ferpinta - Illiabum 97-69

LPB top team - FC Porto Ferpinta (9-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Illiabum (3-7) 97-69. The game without a history. FC Porto Ferpinta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. FC Porto Ferpinta made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. FC Porto Ferpinta forced 22 Illiabum turnovers and outrebounded them 33-20 including 22 on the defensive glass. FC Porto Ferpinta players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward Gregory Stempin (203-79, college: Toledo, agency: Duran International) scored 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian-Dominican guard Sean Ogirri (188-86, college: Wyoming) chipped in 22 points during the contest. FC Porto Ferpinta's coach Moncho Lopez felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American power forward Evan Harris (206-86, college: Harvard) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) and guard Carlos Barroca (182-84) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. FC Porto Ferpinta maintains first position with 9-1 record. Illiabum lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with seven games lost. FC Porto Ferpinta will play against CAB (#5) in Funchal in the next round. Illiabum will play at home against the league's second-placed Benfica (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Illiabum: E.Harris 21+7reb, C.Barroca 12+1reb+4ast, C.Cordeiro 11, V.Estevao 11+3reb, J.Campos 5+1reb+2ast, J.Balseiro 5+4reb+1ast
Porto Ferpinta: S.Ogirri 22+2ast, G.Stempin 21+5reb+4ast, J.Terrell 14+8reb+1ast, M.Miranda 11+3reb+1ast, J.Soares 10+2reb, N.Marcal 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 101167


Barreirense - Vitoria SC 76-86

Very expected game when 12th ranked Barreirense (1-9) lost to seventh ranked Vitoria SC (6-4) in Barreiro 76-86. The game was mostly controlled by Vitoria SC. Barreirense managed to win fourth quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vitoria SC had a 34-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Vitoria SC especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American players dominated the game. Center Kevin Martin (208-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Guard Nolan Richardson (188, college: Midwestern St.) chipped in 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Tyrone Curnell (201-88, college: Valdosta St., agency: Strategic Sports) produced 24 points and 9 rebounds and guard Garrison Johnson (196-88, college: Jackson St., agency: Strategic Sports) added 23 points and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Barreirense's coach Arturo Alvarez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vitoria SC has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Academica. Barreirense lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Vitoria SC's next round opponent will be Lusitania (#11) in Angra and are hoping to win another game. Barreirense will play on the road against Ginasio in Figueira da Foz.
Top scorers:
Barreirense: T.Curnell 24+9reb+3ast, G.Johnson 23+4reb+4ast, J.Silva 12+1reb+1ast, P.Pinto 6+1reb+2ast, M.Queiroz 6+3reb, M.Sico 3+5reb+1ast
Vitoria SC: K.Martin 24+15reb, K.Austin 23+6reb+3ast, N.Richardson 18+9reb+6ast, A.Sobrinho 9+2reb+7ast, A.Bessa 5+4reb+4ast, P.Tavares 3+1ast
gschID: 101168




Emanuel Willis in Iliabum - by Hugo Carvalho
Illiabum has just reinforced their squad with the signing of the American athlete Emanuel Willis. This engagement is possible only after the Illiabum have reached an understanding with fellow american Ralph Hegamin for the amicable termination of the contract. After a first stage of the season in which the results were slightly below expectations, with the hiring of Emanuel Willies Iliabum attempts to bring greater quality and experience to his squad. Wallace Emanuel Willis was born on December 24, 1984 in Mississippi, USA.
Emanuel Willis is 6.8 and weighs 100 kg. The athlete has just a few days ago the championship in the service of Montevideo Uruguay.
Iliabum - Julio Senos
By - Hugo Carvalho


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Tommie Liddell is the new guard of Craiova - by Tamas Deri
American guard, Tommie Liddell (193-G-85, agency: Miami Sport Consulting, college: St.Louis) signed for the rest of the season with the team of Craiova and will arrive to the country in the next days. The 193 cm tall combo guard graduated on the University of St. Louis playing in one of the strongest conferences of the NCAA. He got voted the rookie of the year 2006 in the Atlantic 10 conference, and played also in the conference semifinals in 2007. In that season he was the best player of the team averaging 15.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 47.4%, 3Pts: 45.4%, FT: 76.7%. In his senior season he put up 11.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.7apg in 32 games. He signed his first pro-contract with Boheimos in Uruguay in 2009. This season he started with Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen in Holland, but left the team during the pre-season.

Jonathan Huffman signed with Miercurea Ciuc - by Tamas Deri
American big man Jonathan Huffman (213-F/C-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Iona) signed with the newcomer club of the Romanian 1st division Miercurea Ciuc for the rest of the season. The 213 cm tall big man started his NCAA carreer on the University of Louisville but got traded after his sophomore season to Iona in the MAAC. In the last season he spent 16.2 minutes on the court averaging 6.3 points and 3.0 rebounds. As a junior he got 20.4 minutes and put up 6.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Jonathan is a true seven footer with NBA size and great shooting skills from deep, in his last two seasons he shoot the three pointers with almost 37% (75/202).

Here you can watch his NCAA highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byzmHIM7Sqg




Ivan Tomeljak joins Steaua Turabo - by Eurobasket News
Steaua Turabo Bucuresti came up with the new signing. The Romanian outfit signed a deal with Ivan Tomeljak (194-G-79) for rest of the season. At the same time, Steaua released American Courtney Fortson (180-G-88, college: Arkansas).
Ivan Tomeljak heads to Steaua from Zabok, where he started this season. He appeared 9 times in the Croatian A1 league averaging 9.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Last season, Tomeljak also spent with Zabok. At that time he had 11.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 4.1 apg. In 2008/09, he was a member of Cedevita registering 5.4 ppg and 3.1 apg for them in Croatian league. He also has experience from Sibenka, Dubrava and Split. Outside of Croatia, Tomeljak played for Pizza Express Apollon Limassol and Telekom Baskets Bonn. With Bonn in 2005/06 he had 4.3 ppg and 1.2 apg in German league. In 2004/05, Tomeljak spent some time in Czech Republic with Mlekarna Kunin Novi Jicin. He had 7 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 5.3 apg for them in FIBA Europe Cup.
Steaua Turabo is currently the fifth ranked team in Romanian league. They have 10-4 record.


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Hemofarm inks Mladen Jeremic until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm announced signing of Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) for the next three and a half years. The Serbian guard arrives to Hemofarm from FMP Zeleznik, where he spent last four seasons.
Mladen Jeremic appeared in 24 Adriatic league games with FMP last season averaging 10.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists. In EuroChallenge he added 10.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 1.8 apg in 14 games. Jeremic also played 14 games for the club in Serbian league registering 11.4 ppg and 2.4 rpg. He played for Borac Cacak and Zeleznik Workers in the past.
Mladen Jeremic was a member of the Serbian U20 National Team which won the Gold at the U20 EuroBasket 2008 in Riga. He had 10.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2.3 apg at this event. In 2007, he helped U19 Serbia to win the Gold and the U19 FIBA World Championship in Novi Sad. At this event Jeremic averaged 14.7 points and 3.3 rebounds. He also played for U18 Serbia in the past.
Hemofarm currently has 6-7 record in Adriatic league. In EuroCup, they reached Last 16. In the last and crucial game of the regular season Hemofarm survived in France against ASVEL and booked a spot for the next stage.


U20 Mega Vizura celebrates in Den Bosch Tournament - by Eurobasket News
It was the first time the tournament was held, but the success was clear. The Rinus de Jong Invitational for teams in the U20- and U18-categorie in Den Bosch (Holland) got the winners the organization had in view. Mega Vizura Belgrade (U20) and Canarias Basketball Academy (U18) were the favorites and indeed the best in this tournament. The Serbs beat in a tremendous final the U20-talents of the Academy from the Canary Islands (77-80). At the earlier stage, Mega Vizura outplayed Belgian Antwerp 102-82 and Dutch Eifell Towers 84-54.
Especially the final in the U20-competiton was of an exciting level. After a tremendous start of the young Canarians (9-0 and 22-8) the Serbs picked up the game and took their first lead at the end of the third quarter (62-63). It was Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89, agency: BeoExcell) who played the decisive role in the last period with his excellent shooting (26 points). Jelovac was also named the best defensive player of the tournamer. Vasilije Micic (192-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) got the Rising Star award, while Pavle Reljic (194-G-93) won in the 3-point shootout contest.


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Gabriel Szalay is back in BC Prievidza - by Martin Bosko
24-years old center came back from CAI Zaragoza, where played mostly for B team. Gabriel Szalay (215-C-86) is second player of Prievidza who tried after last season foreign contract same like Jeremy Fears. Prievidza won four games in row and 215cm tall Szalay helped to his new team won against Inter 85:72 in his first game. Gabriel scored 18 points and added 9 rebounds. Prievidza wants to qualify to play-off. After four wins in row is this team only one win behind line.

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Kevin Pinkney is MVP of Slovenian All-Star Game, domestic Stars beats the team of import players - by Zeljko Zule
Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83, college: Nevada) won MVP honors, but the Team of Import players lost to the Team of Slovenian Stars 101-105 in the 2011
Slovenian All-Star Game tonight in Ljubljana. Drazen Bubnic scored 16 points for the winning team, Edo Muric and Smiljan Pavic posted 12 points apiece and Gorna Jagodnik 10. Chris Booker led the the team of import players with game-high 22 points on shooting 11-of-14 from the field. Marque Perry posted 17 points, Goran Ikonic 14 and Dalibor Djapa and Kevinn Pinkney tallied 10 points apiece.
SLOVENIAN STARS 105 (33+23+29+20): Zadnik 2. *Ilievski 9, *D.Muric 12, *Pavic 12, Cebasek 9, *Dragic 4, *Jagodnik 10, Krusic 8, Bubnic 16, Miljkovic 8, Mahkovic 4, Vujasinovic, P.Brolih, Ozbolt. Coach: Zdovc. Assistants: Alilovic, Zakelj.
IMPORT STARS 101 (24+28+21+28): *Ikonic 13, *Perry 17, Simovic 2, *Djordjevic 2, Djapa 10, Booker 22, Lelic 4, Pasalic 5, Sviridov 8, *Pinkney 10, *Markota 2, Lebedintsev 4, Morina 2. Coach: Dzikic. Assistants: Sekulic, Stipanicev.
MVP: Kevinn Pinkney.
3-POINT CONTEST: Kevinn Pinkney.
SLAM DUNK CONTEST: David Bertans.



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  SOUTH KOREA   


KBL Round 25 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
KBL round 25 most important game was a victory of Dongbu Promy over their biggest opponent Sonic Boom KT 77-58 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sonic Boom KT. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Dongbu Promy. Sonic Boom KT managed to win fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Sonic Boom KT helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Jin-Won Hwang (189-78) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for Sonic Boom KT. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dongbu Promy (19-8) moved-up to second place. Sonic Boom KT at the other side dropped to the third position with nine games lost. Dongbu Promy are looking forward to face SK Knights (#5) in Seoul in the next round. Sonic Boom KT will play on the road against the league's leader ET Land Elephants in Inchon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eighth-ranked Daegu Orions (9-19) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Samsung Thunders (16-11). The visitors from Seoul managed to secure only two-point victory 89-87. However their fans expected much easier game. Naturalized American power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) stepped up and scored 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Dong-Uk Kim chipped in 23 points. At the losing side American forward Glen McGowan (206-81, college: Pepperdine, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Daegu Orions' coach Nam-Kee Kim rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Samsung Thunders maintains fourth place with 16-11 record. Daegu Orions at the other side keep the eighth position with 19 games lost. Samsung Thunders will play against bottom-ranked Mobis Phoebus (#10) in Ulsan in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Daegu Orions will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Mobis Phoebus managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time defending champion won against ninth-ranked Anyang KGC in Ulsan 75-70. Dong-Geun Yang nailed 21 points for the winning side. Mobis Phoebus' coach JaeHak Yoo used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. David Simon came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for Anyang KGC in the defeat. Defending champion maintains tenth place with 7-20 record. Anyang KGC lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 20 games lost. Mobis Phoebus will meet at home higher ranked Samsung Thunders (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Anyang KGC will have a break next round.
KBL top team - ET Land Elephants (20-7) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat ninth ranked Anyang KGC (8-20) in Inchon 87-70. Herbert Hill fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ET Land Elephants maintains first place with 20-7 record. Anyang KGC lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 20 games lost. ET Land Elephants' next round opponent will be Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan, which may be the game of the day.
KBL top team - ET Land Elephants (20-7) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked SK Knights (14-13) in Seoul 91-72. It was a very good performance for Byung-Suk Lee who helped to win the game recording 16 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. ET Land Elephants maintains first place with 20-7 record. Loser SK Knights keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. ET Land Elephants will face Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan in the next round, which may be the game of the day. SK Knights will play on the road against the league's second-placed Dongbu Promy in Wonju.

In the last game of round 25 LG Sakers were beaten by Samsung Th. on the road 88-76.


Elephants - Anyang KGC 87-70

KBL top team - ET Land Elephants (20-7) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat ninth ranked Anyang KGC (8-20) in Inchon 87-70. The game was mostly controlled by ET Land Elephants. Anyang KGC managed to win second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ET Land Elephants shot 64.3 percent from the field. ET Land Elephants had a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Center Jang-Hoon Seo (207-74) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Chan-Hee Park (191-87) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ET Land Elephants maintains first place with 20-7 record. Anyang KGC lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 20 games lost. ET Land Elephants' next round opponent will be Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: D.Simon 19+7reb+1ast, C.Park 11+3reb+4ast, J.Kim 8+1reb+1ast, S.Park 8+3reb, J.Lee 6+1reb+2ast, A.Simpson 6+1reb
Elephants: J.Seo 24+5reb+1ast, H.Hill 21+12reb+1ast, J.Stevenson 19+5reb+2ast, S.Park 8+1reb+5ast, H.Lee 5+3reb+1ast, Y.Jung 4+1ast
gschID: 114172


Daegu Orions - Samsung Th. 87-89

Eighth-ranked Daegu Orions (9-19) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Samsung Thunders (16-11). The visitors from Seoul managed to secure only two-point victory 89-87. However their fans expected much easier game. Daegu Orions were ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 53-42 second half run of Samsung Thunders. They shot 60.4 percent from the field and made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Daegu Orions were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized American power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) stepped up and scored 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and forward Dong-Uk Kim (195-81) chipped in 23 points. At the losing side American forward Glen McGowan (206-81, college: Pepperdine, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Dong Jun Lee (200-80) scored 22 points. Daegu Orions' coach Nam-Kee Kim rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Samsung Thunders maintains fourth place with 16-11 record. Daegu Orions at the other side keep the eighth position with 19 games lost. Samsung Thunders will play against bottom-ranked Mobis Phoebus (#10) in Ulsan in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Daegu Orions will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Daegu Orions: G.McGowan 28+13reb+2ast, D.Jun Lee 22+4reb+3ast, Y.Oh 12+5reb+5ast, J.Park 9, I.Heo 8+1reb, M.Park 4+1reb+8ast
Samsung Th.: E.Sandrin 26+8reb, D.Kim 23+1reb+3ast, H.Kang 18+1reb+4ast, K.Lee 9+2reb+3ast, J.Lee 7+1reb+10ast, J.Cha 4+4reb
gschID: 114168


Mobis Phoebus - Anyang KGC 75-70

Bottom-ranked Mobis Phoebus managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time defending champion won against ninth-ranked Anyang KGC in Ulsan 75-70. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Mobis Phoebus made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. The former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (182-81) nailed 21 points for the winning side and American forward Laurence Ekperigin (201, college: Le Moyne) accounted for 9 points and 8 rebounds. Mobis Phoebus' coach JaeHak Yoo used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and international guard Chan-Hee Park (191-87) added 13 points and 7 assists respectively for Anyang KGC in the defeat. Defending champion maintains tenth place with 7-20 record. Anyang KGC lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 20 games lost. Mobis Phoebus will meet at home higher ranked Samsung Thunders (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Anyang KGC will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: D.Simon 19+11reb+1ast, C.Park 13+4reb+7ast, J.Lee 10+4reb+3ast, B.Kim 9+1reb+1ast, S.Park 9+1reb, S.Kim 5+4reb+3ast
Mobis Phoebus: D.Yang 21+4reb+2ast, J.Park 13+4reb+1ast, K.No 12+1reb+3ast, C.Song 10+1ast, L.Ekperigin 9+8reb+2ast, S.Hwa Hong 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 114169


Samsung Th. - LG Sakers 88-76

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Samsung Thunders (16-11) beat 7th ranked LG Sakers (12-15) in Seoul 88-76 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Samsung Thunders. LG Sakers managed to win fourth quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Samsung Thunders shot 66.7 percent from the field. Samsung Thunders outrebounded LG Sakers 29-17 including a 23-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a very good performance for naturalized American power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) contributed with 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) answered with 28 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American forward T.J. Cummings (204-81, college: UCLA) added 15 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for LG Sakers. LG Sakers' coach Eul-Jun Kang let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Samsung Thunders maintains fourth place with 16-11 record. Loser LG Sakers keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. Samsung Thunders will face bottom-ranked Mobis Phoebus (#10) in Ulsan in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. LG Sakers will play at home against KCC Egis in Jeonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: G.Stevenson 28+2reb+3ast, T.Cummings 15+4reb, D.Kang 14+3ast, S.Ki 6+1reb, H.Kim 4+1reb+1ast, C.Alexander 4+6reb
Samsung Th.: E.Sandrin 29+6reb+2ast, A.Haynes 23+7reb+1ast, D.Kim 12+4reb+2ast, J.Lee 9+3reb+8ast, N.Dixon 8+3reb, H.Kang 5+4reb+11ast
gschID: 114170


Sonic Boom KT - Dongbu Promy 58-77

KBL round 25 most important game was a victory of Dongbu Promy over their biggest opponent Sonic Boom KT 77-58 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sonic Boom KT. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Dongbu Promy. Sonic Boom KT managed to win fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Sonic Boom KT helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Jin-Won Hwang (189-78) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. Forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) added 19 points and 5 blocks in the effort for Sonic Boom KT. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dongbu Promy (19-8) moved-up to second place. Sonic Boom KT at the other side dropped to the third position with nine games lost. Dongbu Promy are looking forward to face SK Knights (#5) in Seoul in the next round. Sonic Boom KT will play on the road against the league's leader ET Land Elephants in Inchon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 19+4reb, S.Park 17+5reb+2ast, S.Cho 6+3reb+3ast, D.Cho 5+1reb, J.Johnson 5+3reb+2ast, Y.Kwon Yoon 4+1ast
Dongbu Promy: J.Kim 21+7reb+6ast, J.Hwang 16+4reb+4ast, V.Thomas 14+2reb+1ast, H.Yoon 13+6reb, R.Benson 11+4reb, J.Wook Ahn 2+2reb+5ast
gschID: 114171


SK Knights - Elephants 72-91

KBL top team - ET Land Elephants (20-7) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked SK Knights (14-13) in Seoul 91-72. The game without a history. ET Land Elephants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 67.3 percent from the field. ET Land Elephants outrebounded SK Knights 32-18 including a 28-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. It was a very good performance for forward Byung-Suk Lee (191-77) who helped to win the game recording 16 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Guard SungJin Park (182-86) contributed with 13 points and 9 assists for the winners. Four ET Land Elephants players scored in double figures. Guard Hyo-Bum Kim (195-83) answered with 25 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) added 25 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) in the effort for SK Knights. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. ET Land Elephants maintains first place with 20-7 record. Loser SK Knights keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. ET Land Elephants will face Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan in the next round, which may be the game of the day. SK Knights will play on the road against the league's second-placed Dongbu Promy in Wonju.
Top scorers:
SK Knights: T.Leather 25+4reb, H.Kim 25+4reb+3ast, S.Shin 8+1reb, M.Jae Yi 4+2reb+1ast, G.Cline-Heard 4+3reb, H.Joo 2+2reb+4ast
Elephants: B.Lee 16+4reb+3ast, J.Stevenson 13+5reb+1ast, S.Park 13+1reb+9ast, J.Seo 10+3reb+1ast, A.McCaskill 9+4reb+1ast, Y.Jung 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 114167




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  SWEDEN   


Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Eagles 12-0 
 2. Taby 11-1 
 3. Haga Haninge 10-2 
 4. Akropol 9-3 
 5. Lulea Steel 6-5 
 6. Blackeberg 6-6 
 7. Orongo 4-8 
 8. Talje 3-8 
 9. Lidingo 3-9 
 10. Uppsala KFUM 3-9 
 11. BG Lulea 2-10 
 12. Hallsta 2-10 
South
 1. Srbija 10-2 
 2. Hoganas 8-4 
 3. Nassjo 7-3 
 4. Helsingborg 6-3 
 5. Solna Branten 5-5 
 6. Malbas 4-5 
 7. Sanda 4-7 
 8. Fryshuset 3-5 
 9. Norrkoping BK 3-7 
 10. Brahe Basket 3-7 
 11. Eos 3-8 
 12. Kvarnby 2-7 


Basketettan Round 12: IK Eos defeat Hoganas in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Basketettan round 12 (last in 2010) closest game took place in Lund between IK Eos and Hoganas. Twelfth ranked IK Eos (3-8) got a very close home victory over second-best Hoganas (8-4). IK Eos managed to escape with a 1-point win 84-83 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. IK Eos has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place in South. Hoganas at the other side keep the second position with four games lost. IK Eos are looking forward to face Kvarnby (#12) at home in the next round. Hoganas will play against the league's leader Srbija (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Nassjo (7-3) against eighth ranked Malbas (4-5) on Sunday night. Host Nassjo was crushed by eighth ranked Malbas (4-5) in Nassjo 92-71. Malbas moved-up to sixth place in South. Nassjo at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. Malbas will play against higher ranked Helsingborg (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Nassjo will play against Fryshuset in Stockholm and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Basketettan top team - White Eagles (12-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat tenth ranked KFUM Uppsala (3-9) 90-73. Undefeated White Eagles have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position in North with 12-0 record. Loser KFUM Uppsala dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Lidingo. White Eagles will meet at home Haga Haninge (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KFUM Uppsala will play against Talje BK (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Basketettan top team - Srbija (10-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Norrkoping BK (3-7) in Malmo 98-73. Srbija have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position in South with 10-2 record. Norrkoping BK lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with seven games lost. Srbija's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hoganas on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Norrkoping BK will play against Sanda Basket (#7) in Huskvarna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 12:
In North BG Lulea lost to Orongo on the opponent's court 58-72. Akropol managed to outperform Hallsta in a home game 83-67. Taby rolled over Lidingo on the road 100-75. Haga Haninge defeated Talje on its own court 88-75. BG Lulea was beaten by Blackeberg in Vallingby 80-68.
In South, Solna Branten won against Sanda at home 67-61.


Group North
Uppsala KFUM - Eagles 73-90

Basketettan top team - White Eagles (12-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat tenth ranked KFUM Uppsala (3-9) 90-73. White Eagles have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position in North with 12-0 record. Loser KFUM Uppsala dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Lidingo. White Eagles will meet at home Haga Haninge (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KFUM Uppsala will play against Talje BK (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 108732


Orongo - BG Lulea 72-58

Very expected game when 11th ranked BG Lulea (2-10) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Orongo Dragons (4-8) 72-58. Newly promoted Orongo Dragons maintains seventh position in North with 4-8 record. BG Lulea at the other side keeps the eleventh place with ten games lost. Orongo Dragons' next round opponent will be higher ranked Lulea Steelers (#5) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
gschID: 108733


Akropol - Hallsta 83-67

Very predictable result in Spanga where fourth ranked Akropol (9-3) defeated 12th ranked Hallsta (2-10) 83-67. Akropol has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position in North with 9-3 record. Hallsta lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with ten games lost. Akropol's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Taby Basket at home and it may be the game of the week. Hallsta will play against Lidingo (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 108734


Lidingo - Taby 75-100

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Lidingo (3-9) was rolled over at home by second ranked Taby Basket (11-1) 100-75. Taby Basket have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Taby Basket maintains second position in North with 11-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Srbija. Lidingo at the other side keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. Taby Basket's next round opponent will be Akropol (#4) in Spanga. Lidingo will play at home against Hallsta (#11) in Hallstahammar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 108729


Haga Haninge - Talje 88-75

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Haga Haninge (10-2) beat at home 8th ranked Talje BK (3-8) 88-75. Haga Haninge maintains third position in North with 10-2 record having just 0 victories less than leader Srbija. Talje BK at the other side keeps the eighth place with eight games lost. Haga Haninge's next round opponent will be league's leader White Eagles in Stockholm and it will be for sure the game of the week. Talje BK will play at home against KFUM Uppsala (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 108730


Blackeberg - BG Lulea 80-68

There was no surprise in Vallingby where 11th ranked BG Lulea (2-10) was defeated by sixth ranked KFUM Blackebergs (6-6) 80-68. KFUM Blackebergs maintains sixth position in North with 6-6 record. BG Lulea at the other side keeps the eleventh place with ten games lost. KFUM Blackebergs' next round opponent will be higher ranked Lulea Steelers (#5) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
gschID: 108731


Group South
Srbija - Norrkoping BK 98-73

Basketettan top team - Srbija (10-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Norrkoping BK (3-7) in Malmo 98-73. Srbija have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position in South with 10-2 record. Norrkoping BK lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with seven games lost. Srbija's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hoganas on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Norrkoping BK will play against Sanda Basket (#7) in Huskvarna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 108738


Nassjo - Malbas 71-92

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Nassjo (7-3) against eighth ranked Malbas (4-5) on Sunday night. Host Nassjo was crushed by eighth ranked Malbas (4-5) in Nassjo 92-71. Malbas moved-up to sixth place in South. Nassjo at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. Malbas will play against higher ranked Helsingborg (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Nassjo will play against Fryshuset in Stockholm and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 108739


Eos - Hoganas 84-83

Basketettan round 12 closest game took place in Lund between IK Eos and Hoganas. Twelfth ranked IK Eos (3-8) got a very close home victory over second-best Hoganas (8-4). IK Eos managed to escape with a 1-point win 84-83 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. IK Eos has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place in South. Hoganas at the other side keep the second position with four games lost. IK Eos are looking forward to face Kvarnby (#12) at home in the next round. Hoganas will play against the league's leader Srbija (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 108735


Solna Branten - Sanda 67-61

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Solna Branten's (5-5) home victory over 6th ranked Sanda Basket (4-7) 67-61. Solna Branten has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position in South with 5-5 record. Sanda Basket lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. Solna Branten's next round opponent will be Brahe Basket (#10) in Huskvarna where they are favorite. Sanda Basket will play on the road against Norrkoping BK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 108736




Estonia U16 celebrate victory at Baltic Sea Cup - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U16 - Sweden U16 73:60

Estonian U16 selection recorded their first win at the Baltic Sea Cup. The hosts toppled Sweden in the opener. Sten Olmre (186-G-95) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Estonia marked their ambitions early in the encounter. They registered a 17:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Sweden picked up the tempo and cut the deficit at just 2-point mark at halftime 28:30. But Estonia stayed persistent as they cleared off in the third stanza. The home team enjoyed a 7-point lead at the final break. Estonia poured in 24 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Salmon Sutt netted 13 points for the hosts. Vitold Kakinen and Rain Koort had 9 points each in the victory. Jacob Johansson answered with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Sweden. Filip Kovacek and Dzenis Sogolj delivered 10 points apiece in the loss.

Estonia U18: Sten Olmre 19, Salmon Sutt 13, Vitold Kakinen 9, Rain Koort 9
Sweden U18: Jacob Johansson 15+10 boards, Filip Kovacek 10, Dzenis Sogolj 10



Sweden U18 open Baltic Sea Cup with win - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18 - Estonia U18 72:64

Swedish junior national team recorded their first win at the Baltic Sea Cup. They held off Estonia in the opener. Fredrik Andersson (196-G/F-93) notched 20 points and 6 rebounds to pace the winners.
The teams stayed close in the starting frame. The hosts eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Estonia maintained the lead in the second quarter. They established a 33:29 lead at the interval. However Sweden adjusted in the third term. They poured in 26 points in the third stanza and spurred ahead for a 55:51 lead heading into the final frame. Sweden limited Estonia to only 13 points in the fourth quarter and recorded the victory. Adnan Kadrispahic (199-F-94) provided 12 points for Sweden. Jonathan Person (190-G-93, agency: JEMsports) chipped in 11 points and collected 9 rebounds for the winning side. Kristo Mangelsoo (205-F-93) replied with 14 points for Estonia. Martin Paasoja (189-G-93) nailed 13 points in the loss.

Sweden U18: Fredrik Andersson 20, Adnan Kadrispahic 12, Jonathan Person 11
Estonia U18: Kristo Mangelsoo 14, Martin Paasoja 13



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  TAIWAN   


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Taiwan Beer 4-0 
 2. Yulon Luxgen 3-1 
 3. Pure Youth 3-1 
 4. Bank of Taiwan 1-2 
 5. Dacin Tigers 1-2 
 6. KKL 1-3 
 7. Taiwan Mobile 0-4 


TB, PY keep rolling - by Chris Wang
Jan. 1
PY 84-73 Dacin
PY: R. Jones-Jennings 16p+15rb, Chien Chia-hung 26p+7rb, Chang Yu-lin 15p, James Mao 9p+9rb+4a
Dacin: Tien Lei 12p+9rb+4s+3blks, K. Gayden 22p+14rb, Lo Yu-chun 12p+7rb, Chang Chih-fung 12p

TB 93-72 KKL
TB: D. Creighton 23p, E. Jones 17p+10rb, Yang Ching-min 12p+7rb+4a
KKL: Chang Jung-hsuan 28p, Lin Chih-lung 13p+8rb+4a

TM 78-72 BOT
TM: Liu Sheng-yao 19p, M. Dove 16p+13rb+5a, Wu Yong-jen 10p+8a
BOT: Chen Shun-hsiang 23p+6a, Chen Yu-chih 16p+7rb, J. Faulknor 6p+13rb

Standings:
PY 3-0
TB 3-0
Yulon 2-1
TM 1-2
BOT 1-2
Dacin 0-2
KKL 0-3


Yulon beat Pure Youth in OT - by Chris Wang
Chou Shih-yuan made a baseline jumper at the buzzer as Yulon knocked down previously undefeated Pure Youth 76-74 in the SBL's first overtime game of the season Sunday night.

The exciting game didn't finish without a couple of controversial calls. Yulon center Tseng Wen-ting, the designated go-to man on the last play in overtime, obviously pushed PY defender Hong Chih-shan out of his way to the hole before passing the ball to Chou.

Yulon PG Chen Chih-chun's apparent offensive foul was also ignored and turned into the fifth foul on PY import Rashad Jones-Jennings in the final minute of the 4th quarter.

The pair of calls ruined the night for PY, which rallied behind an 18-7 4th quarter to take the game into overtime.

Tseng Wen-ting led Yulon with 16 points and Chou scored 15. Jones-Jennings had 14 points and 25 rebounds before fouling out. Hong Chih-shan and Chang Yu-lin also scored 14 apiece for PY, which is now tied with Yulon 3-1.

In other games, Dacin finally got its first win of the season with an 86-72 win over KKL, which dropped to 0-4 and is still awaiting the arrival of Shawn Hawkins to fill the void of Sheldon Bailey.

Tien Lei had 21 points and 10 boards in 24 minutes and Chang Chih-fung made 9 of 13 shots en route to his season-high 19 points. Keith Gayden added 17 points and 18 rebounds for Dacin.

Veteran KKL forward Shang Wei-fan had 28 points and Chang Jun-hsuan and Kao Tien-lin scored 20 apiece.

Taiwan Beer routed Taiwan Mobile 73-59 in the last game of the night.

Standings:
TB 4-0, PY 3-1, Yulon 3-1, Dacin 1-2, BOT 1-2, TM 1-3, KKL 0-4


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Savio post victory in pre-season action - by Eurobasket News
Savio started their preparations for the upcoming Regional Basketball League. They took on Oilers at the exhibition encounter at the Don Bosco Court. Savio claimed a 65:55 victory at the end. Silvanus Yunzu stepped up with 20 points to lead the effort.
Savio did not waste time and surged ahead early in the encounter. They posted a 26:19 lead at the first intermission. Oilers did not surrender as they kept it close throughout the next two periods. They trailed by only three points heading into the fourth quarter. But Savio stepped on the gas firing 22 points in the final stanza. They cleared off and celebrated a comfortable win at the end. Jije Makani (193-F-78) added 11 points for Savio. Lusajo Samwel answered with game-high 25 points for Oilers.



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Young hits 3-point winner in debut! - by Albert-Lee Young
Trinidad & Tobago 6-4 guard Young sank a crucial three-pointer, out of his game-high 26 points, to clinch the victory for Gorgan against the more fancied Azad University.

Shahrdari Gorgan provided the only upset win pipping their opponents, 70-68, in the opening round of the Iranian Super League on December 23.

Sasha Cuic contributed 18 points and Amir Hossein Tatari 11 for the winners. Mojtaba BaniAghils 25 points was the highest for the University, while Pooya Tajik scored 21 points.

Following his impressive debut, Young again led Gorgan with 19 points but in a losing effort, 55-78, to Petrochimi on December 30 in the second round. Benny Koochoie had a game high 20 points for the winners.




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Fuba lose Zone Five to Rwanda - by Eurobasket News
The continued closure of Lugogo Indoor Stadium over a dilapidated playing surface is costing basketball dearly. After heavily affecting the MTN-Fuba League play-offs over the past month, Uganda lost the hosting rights for next year's Fiba Zone V Nations Championship. The event was due to be held at Lugogo in February but will now be hosted by Kigali, Rwanda thanks to Uganda's failure to provide an indoor venue. 'Lugogo is affecting so many of our plans and now Fiba wants only closed venues to host events unlike in the past yet there is no idea of when Lugogo will be re-opened,' said Bob Buga, the Fuba vice-president. Uganda's only multi-purpose indoor facility was shut down earlier this month as the surface deteriorated rapidly even if it had been closed by National Council of Sports for almost two years to undergo renovation for the first time since construction.
Courtesy of: monitor.co.ug


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  UKRAINE   


Halychyna bring in Martynas Andriukaitis - by Eurobasket News
Halychyna continue to look for the ways to improve their performance this season. The Lviv team are currently only 7-15 in the Superleague. Their latest move is the addition of Martynas Andriukaitis (204-F-81, agency: 011 Sports) to the roster. The 29-year-old forward started the season in Cyprus. He played for APOEL. Martynas Andriukaitis averaged 4.0 points and 3.0 boards in EuroCup. In Cypriot League his stats read 10.0 points and 5.5 boards per game in two appearances. Martynas Andriukaitis is not new to Ukraine. He used to play for Cherkasy, BC Donetsk and Dnipro. The forward notched 15.3 points and 5.3 boards per game for Dnipro in 2009/10 season. Andriukaitis is expected to join Halychyna in the game against Budivelnyk on Monday.




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Women News

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  ANGOLA - Women  


Interclube clinch the title - by Eurobasket News
Interclube added another trophy to their record. They claimed the title at the end of the 26th National Championship. Interclube triumphed at the SuperCup at the start of the season. Interclube overcame their archivals 1 De Agosto in the best-of-three series. It was a tough battle between well-matched teams. 1 De Agosto took the lead after they downed Interclube 66:65 in the opener. However Interclube responded with a 58:40 victory in Game 2. The decider took place at the Cidadela Sports Pavillion. Interclube snatched a narrow 54:43 win in a low-scoring affair. Danielle Green (173-G-86, college: Oklahoma St.) stepped up with 14 points to pace the effort. She was well supported by Felizarda Jorge (172-F-85).


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  BAHAMAS - Women  


Waltiea leads Lady Tarheels to 13th straight victory - by Eurobasket News
On Tuesday #32 6-feet 6-inches centre Waltiea Rolle (198-F/C-90) from The Bahamas led the University of North Carolina Tarheels Women's Basketball team to their 12th straight victory with a 75-49 win over The College of Charleston Cougars. On Tuesday #32 6-feet 6-inches centre Waltiea Rolle from The Bahamas led the University of North Carolina Tarheels Women's Basketball team to their 12th straight victory with a 75-49 win over The College of Charleston Cougars. Rolle finished with a game high 15 points, along with five rebounds and four blocks. She shot 6-of-12 from the field and 3-of-5 from the free throw line. Jessica Breland had 14 points for North Carolina.
Despite the easy victory coach Sylvia Hatchell felt the defense was not as good as it should be. 'I think we were waiting and reacting instead of anticipating,' Hatchell said. 'When you anticipate, that's money in the bank. When you react, you're a day late and a dollar short.' Hatchell planned to hold two practices Wednesday. 'We didn't have the mentality to win,' Rolle said. 'We were a little tired.' The Cougars out-rebounded the Tar Heels 53-48, grabbing seven more on the offensive glass in a game where both teams took and missed a lot of shots.
The Tar Heels who never trailed led just 10-6 after six minutes before forward Laura Broomfield dominated the offensive glass while scoring seven of her 10 points and helping North Carolina take a 20-8 lead. UNC then went on a 16-0 run late in the first half and led by 23 at halftime. The Tar Heels shot 38.5 percent from the field and scored 12 points below their season average. It was their first game back after a nine-day break. The Lady Tarheels are ranked 10th in the NCAA. They play again on Friday versus Gardner Webb University.
Courtesy of: jonesbahamas.com


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Stats Leaders - Women
A1 division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Milica Deura 20.4
2 Snjezana Papcevi 20.1
3 Antonela Anic 19.1
4 Zdenka Kovacevic 18.9
5 Marica Gajic 16.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Marica Gajic 10.9
2 Emina Demirovic 9.1
3 Ivona Bogoje 8.6
4 Jelena Djurdjevic 8.5
5 Irma Rahmanovic 8.0
Assists Per Game
1 Tamara Bajic 5.5
2 Ljiljana Latinovic 4.9
3 Dragoslava Zakula 4.0
4 Andrea Pinter 3.8
5 Natasa Kajtaz 3.8


D1: Last round in 2010 - by Eurobasket News
D1 is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 9 rounds left.

The biggest surprise of round 9 in D1 was guest Tomislav's (5-4) road victory over 3rd placed Banovici (4-5) 56-51 on Saturday evening. Tomislav moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Jedinstvo. Banovici at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Sloboda. Tomislav is looking forward to face Sloboda (#6) in Novi Grad in the next round. Banovici will play at home against the league's leader Zeljeznicar in Sarajevo and is hoping to win this game.
Undefeated leader Zeljeznicar delivered the ninth consecutive victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Borac ML-IEFK (2-7) 70-58 in Sarajevo. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 9 victories in a row. Borac ML-IEFK at the other side dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Rudar. Zeljeznicar will play against Banovici (#4) on the road in the next round. Borac ML-IEFK will play against the league's second-placed Mladi Krajisnik (#2) in Banja Luka and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Trebinje (0-8) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 87-73 loss to third ranked Igman (5-3) in Ilidza on Saturday evening. Igman maintains third place with 5-3 record having five points less than leader Zeljeznicar. Trebinje lost their eighth game in a row. They with eight games lost. Igman will meet at home Rudar (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Trebinje will play against Jedinstvo in Tuzla and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Tuzla supposed to be quite interesting. Second ranked Mladi Krajisnik (8-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Jedinstvo (5-4). Mladi Krajisnik smashed Jedinstvo 74-51. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Mladi Krajisnik. They maintain second place with 8-1 record having just one point less than leader Zeljeznicar. Jedinstvo at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Mladi Krajisnik's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Banja Luka to the arena Borac ML-IEFK.

In the last game of round 9 Rudar was defeated by Sloboda in Novi Grad 58-53.


Jedinstvo - Mladi Krajisnik 51-74

The game in Tuzla supposed to be quite interesting. Second ranked Mladi Krajisnik (8-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Jedinstvo (5-4). Mladi Krajisnik smashed Jedinstvo 74-51. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Mladi Krajisnik. They maintain second place with 8-1 record having just one point less than leader Zeljeznicar. Jedinstvo at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Mladi Krajisnik's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Banja Luka to the arena Borac ML-IEFK.
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Zeljeznicar - Borac ML-IEFK 70-58

Undefeated leader Zeljeznicar delivered the ninth consecutive victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Borac ML-IEFK (2-7) 70-58 in Sarajevo. Zeljeznicar (9-0) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 9 victories in a row. Borac ML-IEFK at the other side dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Rudar. Zeljeznicar will play against Banovici (#4) on the road in the next round. Borac ML-IEFK will play against the league's second-placed Mladi Krajisnik (#2) in Banja Luka and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 113598


Banovici - Tomislav 51-56

The biggest surprise of round 9 in D1 was guest Tomislav's (5-4) road victory over 3rd placed Banovici (4-5) 56-51 on Saturday evening. Tomislav moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Jedinstvo. Banovici at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Sloboda. Tomislav is looking forward to face Sloboda (#6) in Novi Grad in the next round. Banovici will play at home against the league's leader Zeljeznicar in Sarajevo and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 113599


Sloboda - Rudar 58-53

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Rudar's (2-7) road loss to seventh ranked Sloboda (4-5) 53-58. Sloboda moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Banovici. Rudar lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Sloboda's next round opponent will be Tomislav (#5) in Tomislavgrad. Rudar will play on the road against Igman in Ilidza.
gschID: 113600


Igman - Trebinje 87-73

Bottom-ranked Trebinje (0-8) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 87-73 loss to third ranked Igman (5-3) in Ilidza on Saturday evening. Igman maintains third place with 5-3 record having five points less than leader Zeljeznicar. Trebinje lost their eighth game in a row. They with eight games lost. Igman will meet at home Rudar (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Trebinje will play against Jedinstvo in Tuzla and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 113601




Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Zeljeznicar 9-0 
 2. Mladi Krajisnik 8-1 
 3. Igman 5-3 
 4. Jedinstvo 5-4 
 5. Tomislav 5-4 
 6. Sloboda 4-5 
 7. Banovici 4-5 
 8. Rudar 2-7 
 9. Borac ML-IEFK 2-7 
 10. Trebinje 0-8 
Play in international cups:
 1. Celik


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Standings - women
A1 Standings
 1. Keravnos 8-0 
 2. AEK Larnaca 7-1 
 3. AEL Limassol 6-2 
 4. Achilleas 5-3 
 5. Olympos 4-4 
 6. APOP Paphou 3-5 
 7. Akademia 2-6 
 8. Anagennises 1-7 
 9. InterColl. Etha 0-8 


A1 Round 9: Akademia is defeated by Keravnos in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
Round 9 was the last one in 2010.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Nicosia: Keravnos (#1) and Akademia (#7). Akademia was crushed at home by 54 points 30-84 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Undefeated Keravnos (8-0) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Akademia lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with six games lost.
The game in Ayios was quite interesting. Third ranked AEL Limassol (6-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Olympos (4-4). AEL Limassol managed to secure a 7-point victory 65-58 on Sunday. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for AEL Limassol. They maintain third place with 6-2 record having just two points less than leader Keravnos. Newly promoted Olympos keeps the fifth position with four games lost.
9th ranked Anagennises (1-7) was outscored at home by second ranked AEK Larnaca (7-1) with the biggest margin this round 98-17. The victory was the third consecutive win for AEK Larnaca. Defending champion maintains second place with 7-1 record having just one point less than leader Keravnos. Anagennises lost their seventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with seven games lost.


Akademia - Keravnos 30-84

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Nicosia: Keravnos (#1) and Akademia (#7). Akademia was crushed at home by 54 points 30-84 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Keravnos (8-0) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Akademia lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with six games lost.
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Achilleas - InterColl. Etha 20-0

Achilleas maintains fourth place with 5-3 record. InterCollege Etha at the other side has 0-8.
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Anagennises - AEK Larnaca 17-98

9th ranked Anagennises (1-7) was outscored at home by second ranked AEK Larnaca (7-1) with the biggest margin this round 98-17. The victory was the third consecutive win for AEK Larnaca. Defending champion maintains second place with 7-1 record having just one point less than leader Keravnos. Anagennises lost their seventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with seven games lost.
gschID: 119982


Olympos - AEL Limassol 58-65

The game in Ayios was quite interesting. Third ranked AEL Limassol (6-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Olympos (4-4). AEL Limassol managed to secure a 7-point victory 65-58 on Sunday. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for AEL Limassol. They maintain third place with 6-2 record having just two points less than leader Keravnos. Newly promoted Olympos keeps the fifth position with four games lost.
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  GREECE - Women  


Georgios Dikaioulakos joined Lotos Gdynia - by Giorgos Diploidis
Georgios Dikaioulakos will be the new coach of the team of Poland, Lotos Gdynia. Dikaioulakos had an exciting season last year with the team of Sony Athinaikos where he won Greek championship, Greek cup and Eurocup.

He was named coach of Latvian Women National Team at the end of the last season and it was time to return to the bench of a club. He is ready to fly for his new town where he will find Elina Babkina (172-G-89, agency: LBM Management) with whom he co-operates also in the Latvian national team.



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Amicale change import player - by Eurobasket News
Amicale Steinsel replaced their import player. Candyce Bingham (183-F-86, college: Louisville) decided not to return to the team after the Christmas break. The 24-year-old forward was the top-scorer for Amicale. She tallied 28.5 points, 14.2 boards and 3.2 assists per game in this season. The team however quickly found the replacement. Amicale inked a deal with Joh-Teena Filipe (183-F-87, college: Utah). The 22-year-old forward penned her first pro contract. She graduated from Fresno State University in 2010. Joh-Teena Filipe averaged 8.5 points, 5.5 boards and 1.6 assists per game in her senior college year. She was named the teams Defensive Player of the Year.


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Damligan Round 16: No surprise as #1 Solna Vikings defeat Sallen - by Eurobasket News
Damligan top team - Solna Vikings (12-1) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat sixth ranked Sallen (7-6) in Uppsala 71-56. The game was mostly controlled by Solna Vikings. Sallen managed to win third quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Solna Vikings forced 22 Sallen turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Sallen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international center Katarina Andersson (191-83) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Eureka Brooks (170-86, college: Florida) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Solna Vikings' coach Jurgita Kausaite used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Norwegian power forward Kristina Tattersdill (186-83) responded with 7 points and 18 rebounds. Solna Vikings maintains first position with 12-1 record. Sallen at the other side dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. Solna Vikings are looking forward to face league's second-placed Lulea BBK at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sallen will play against Umea Comets (#12) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Kvarnby was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Telge (9-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Kvarnby (6-7). Telge defeated Kvarnby 78-65. The winners were led by international guard Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-91) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 29 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists and Amanda Zahui supported her with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Even 20 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Vivian Frieson (183-88, college: Gonzaga) did not help to save the game for Kvarnby. Kvarnby's coach Johanna Ericsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Telge moved-up to third place, which they share with Visby. Kvarnby lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Telge will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kvarnby will play on the road against Brahe Basket (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Second ranked Lulea BBK (11-2) crushed at home 10th ranked IK Eos (3-10) by 31 points 83-52, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. Elin Soederstroem fired 18 points for the winners. Lulea BBK's coach Dennis Pihl felt very confident using 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Alexandra Ferm produced 19 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Lulea BBK have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-2 record having just one point less than leader Solna Vikings. Loser IK Eos keep the tenth place with ten games lost. Lulea BBK will meet league's leader Solna Vikings on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. IK Eos will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 16 08 lost to Marbo Basket on the opponent's court 63-71.


Marbo Basket - 08 71-63
Rather expected game in Kinna where 9th ranked 08 Stockholm (5-8) was defeated by seventh ranked Marbo Basket (8-6) 71-63 on Wednesday. 08 Stockholm was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 23-14 charge of Marbo Basket, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 22 08 Stockholm turnovers. American guard Ashley Key (180-85, college: N.Carolina St.) fired 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals for the winners. The other American import center Rachel Maenpaa (185-84, college: Indiana St.) chipped in 20 points. Forward Farhiya Abdi (187-92) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds and international guard Nina Risto (186-85) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Marbo Basket has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Defending champion 08 Stockholm keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Marbo Basket: A.Key 23+5reb+4ast, R.Maenpaa 20+3reb+1ast, K.Mikkelsen 11+6reb, L.Fredriksson 6+1reb+1ast, A.Stoltz 5+1reb+2ast, L.Knutsson 3+1reb+1ast
08: F.Abdi 30+12reb, N.Risto 12+6reb, O.Kjelsson 7+1reb+1ast, N.Fontaine 6+9reb, A.Kalmstroem 4+1reb+1ast, J.Lidgren 2+4reb
gschID: 101848


Sallen - Solna Vikings 56-71
Damligan top team - Solna Vikings (12-1) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat sixth ranked Sallen (7-6) in Uppsala 71-56. The game was mostly controlled by Solna Vikings. Sallen managed to win third quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Solna Vikings forced 22 Sallen turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Sallen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international center Katarina Andersson (191-83) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Eureka Brooks (170-86, college: Florida) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Solna Vikings' coach Jurgita Kausaite used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Norwegian power forward Kristina Tattersdill (186-83) responded with 7 points and 18 rebounds and guard Felicia Nekmouche (175-83, college: Bradley) scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Solna Vikings maintains first position with 12-1 record. Sallen at the other side dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. Solna Vikings are looking forward to face league's second-placed Lulea BBK at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sallen will play against Umea Comets (#12) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Solna Vikings: K.Andersson 23+8reb+2ast, E.Brooks 18+7reb+2ast, C.Bacon 13+6reb+1ast, M.Gultekin 5+1reb, K.Mindell Kidanu 4+8reb+2ast, E.Halldin Wedin 3+1reb+3ast
Sallen: F.Nekmouche 16+6reb+5ast, M.Hagglund 12+2reb+1ast, J.Eriksson 9+4reb+2ast, K.Tattersdill 7+18reb+2ast, S.Hansson 6, Y.Ararya 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 101849


Kvarnby - Telge 65-78
The game in Kvarnby was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Telge (9-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Kvarnby (6-7). Telge defeated Kvarnby 78-65. The game was mostly controlled by Telge. Kvarnby managed to win fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Telge outrebounded Kvarnby 45-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The winners were led by international guard Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-91) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 29 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists and center Amanda Zahui (191-93) supported her with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Even 20 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Vivian Frieson (183-88, college: Gonzaga) did not help to save the game for Kvarnby. German power forward Petra Glaser (196-81, college: Long Beach St.) added 18 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Kvarnby's coach Johanna Ericsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Telge moved-up to third place, which they share with Visby. Kvarnby lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Telge will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kvarnby will play on the road against Brahe Basket (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Telge: C.Forsman-Goga 29+14reb+9ast, P.Hersler 18+6reb+1ast, A.Zahui 14+12reb+1ast, S.Kabengano 6+3reb+5ast, U.Holmqvist 4+1reb, J.Kucukkaya 3+8reb+5ast
Kvarnby: V.Frieson 20+9reb+2ast, P.Glaser 18+8reb+1ast, A.Rivero 11+3reb+6ast, J.Carlson 6+1reb+2ast, R.Banfield 4, M.Stigert 4
gschID: 101846


Lulea BBK - Eos 83-52
Second ranked Lulea BBK (11-2) crushed at home 10th ranked IK Eos (3-10) by 31 points 83-52, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Lulea BBK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lulea BBK forced 22 IK Eos turnovers. Strangely IK Eos outrebounded Lulea BBK 44-27 including a 21-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lulea BBK made 9 blocks. International forward Elin Soederstroem (180-83) fired 18 points for the winners. The former international forward Frida Grahn (184-88) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks. Lulea BBK's coach Dennis Pihl felt very confident using 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Alexandra Ferm (175-86) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and forward Joanna Ausmann (186-86, college: Northeastern) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Lulea BBK have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-2 record having just one point less than leader Solna Vikings. Loser IK Eos keep the tenth place with ten games lost. Lulea BBK will meet league's leader Solna Vikings on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. IK Eos will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Lulea BBK: E.Soederstroem 18+4reb+1ast, F.Grahn 15+5reb, F.Aili 14+2reb+2ast, E.Nilsson 11+1reb, S.Nilsson 6+4reb+6ast, J.Andersson 6+6reb+1ast
Eos: A.Ferm 19+7reb, J.Ausmann 16+6reb, I.Otamiri 4+5reb, S.Bartkova 4+8reb+1ast, M.Nilsson 3+2reb+1ast, S.Mansson 2+2reb
gschID: 101847




Forsman-Goga number one in Sweden for round 16 - by Eurobasket News
International guard Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Telge Basketball, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 20-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds, while her team beat Kvarnby (#8, 6-7) 78-65. Telge maintains the 4th position in Swedish Damligan. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Telge will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. In the team's last game Forsman-Goga had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at Telge, through which he has constantly improved. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.2ppg), rebounds (7th best: 8.2rpg), assists (9th best: 3.2apg) and averages impressive 2.3spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old former international center Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) of league's leader Solna Vikings. Andersson had a very good evening with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course she lead Solna Vikings to another comfortable win 71-56 over the lower-ranked Sallen (#7, 7-6) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Solna Vikings still keep the league's top spot. Her team belongs to top of the standings with 12-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Andersson is one of the most experienced players at Solna Vikings and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Frida Grahn (184-F-88) of league's second-best Lulea BBK. Grahn scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds. She was a key player of Lulea BBK, leading her team to a 83-52 easy win against the lower-ranked Eos (#10, 3-10). Lulea BBK is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 11-2 record is not that bad... Grahn has a very solid season. In 12 games in Sweden she scored 11.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Farhiya Abdi (187-F-92) of 08 - 30 points and 12 rebounds
5. Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) of Telge - 14 points and 12 rebounds
6. Vivian Frieson (183-F-88) of Kvarnby - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Paulina Hersler (189-F-94) of Telge - 18 points and 6 rebounds
8. Alexandra Ferm (175-G-86) of Eos - 19 points and 7 rebounds
9. Ashley Key (180-G-85) of Marbo Basket - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Elin Soederstroem (180-F-83) of Lulea BBK - 18 points and 4 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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Don Bosco Lioness victorious in warm-up clash - by Eurobasket News
Don Bosco Lioness claimed a pre-season victory. They are preparing for the upcoming Regional Basketball League at the moment. The Lioness overcame Police Dar es Salaam 74:31 at the Don Bosco courts. The Lioness dominated right from the start. They established a 34:19 lead at the interval. Police Dar es Salaam failed to recover in the second half allowing Don Bosco to cruise to the victory. Hadija Kalambo fired 30 points to lead the winners. Nina Mliga added 14 points in the winning effort. Don Bosco Lioness are looking forward to snap the Jeshi Stars dominance in Tanzania basketball. The Lioness surrendered to their archrivals in the RBA, NBL and UBL Finals during 2010. They are hoping to change things drastically in the new year.