EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/31/2011

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  ABA   


Two other wins for the Sol - by Gianni Pascucci
The San Diego Sol prevailied, 102-100 over the Los Angeles Slam on January 27, at the end of a very battled game. With 28 points, 13 assists and 4 rebounds, Richard Williams (5'10''-G-87, college: San Diego St.) was the man of the game for the Sol. Cameron Koford (7'2''-C-77, college: Utah) and Allen Baugh (6'4''-G-80) added 15 points apiece at the winning side, while the SLAM top performers were Jason Harris (6'4''-G-83, college: Sacramento St.), the game top scorer at 32, Kenny Wright (6'1''-G-81) and Carlos Rivers (5'11''-G-84, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.), who scored 12 points each.
The night after, the Sol won again, this time 99-92 over the Modesto Hawks. Richard Williams scored 31 points to be again the top performer, Greg Clark (6'7''-F-78, college: Washington) added 17 pts and 6 rebs, John Browner (6'6''-F-81, college: Benedictine) performed for 16 pts and 7 rebs at the winning side. Scoring 22 points apiece, Don Moorman (6'2''-G-86) and Kyle Nunley (6'5''-F) were the best at the Hawks side


Admirals won 119-107 over Detroit Hoops - by Gianni Pascucci
The Detroit Hoops were ready to revenge their previous loss to Lake Michigan Admirals earlier on in the season but came a little short. The Lake Michigan Admirals came out of the locker room with a look of determination to make sure they would keep their #1 ranking in their division and that's just what they did. Since Coach Che Eddie has taken over the reigns, the Lake Michigan Admirals have gone 4-0 and have had more players scoring in double digits than ever before. The Lake Michigan Admirals went in to halftime with a twenty point lead and never looked back. Tonights game featured ABA All-Star Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) leading the way with 25 pts., 8 assists, 5 blocks, and five monster dunks. Former 2009 All-Star Gordon 'Gus' Chase (6'2''-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY) had 24 pts, followed up by Steven Strong (6'3''-G-84) with 21. 'The players are really gelling right now and they are playing unselfishly. Sharing the ball comes with trust and that's what our team is doing,' stated Coach Che Eddie . Tonight also had two other players in double digits with DeAngelo Johnson (6'7''-F-78, college: Lincoln Memorial) scoring 17 points and Zane Gay (6'5''-G-87, college: E.Michigan) scoring 13. The final score was Lake Michigan Admirals 119-107 over the Detroit Hoops. Lake Michigan Admirals are now 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the division. Next game is Feb. 5th at Lake Michigan Catholic at 7:00pm against the Chicago Steam.

Kings Remain Undefeated with 111-102 win over Oklahoma - by Gianni Pascucci
The Colorado Kings travelled to the tiny city of Piedmont, Oklahoma and overcame a 22 point first quarter deficit to defeat the two-time United Basketball League champions, Oklahoma Impact. Facing a hostile and aggressive crowd and a barrage of 3-point baskets by the Impact, the Kings trailed 21-43 at the end of the first quarter. The Kings relied on the hot shooting from Keith Borgan (5'11''-G-83, college: Metro St.) and Donald Whitfield (6'4''-G-82, college: Mountain St.) to overcome the Impact lead and end the first half with a 52-51 lead. Both teams exchanged leads the rest of the way until the Kings were eventually able to pull away late in the fourth quarter and secure the 111-102 win. Keith Borgan led all Kings scorers with 30 points and 8 assists, followed by Donald Whitfield 's 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Rasean Dickey (6'10''-F/C-85) 's 18 points. Phillip Hillstock (6'8''-F, college: Barber Scotia) contributed to the win with 15 boards and 3 blocks. The Colorado Kings and Oklahoma Impact square off again Sunday afternoon at 1PM mst in Piedmont, Oklahoma. The Kings return home Saturday Feburary 12th when they host the Missouri Rhythm at Bear Creek High School. Tip-off is set at 7:15 PM

SETX Mavericks defeat the Flash - by Gianni Pascucci
The #1 ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated Gulf Coast Division rival Gulf Coast Flash 115-89 at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX Saturday night and clinched their third straight Division Championship. The Mavs also won their 27th straight home game. The Mavericks came out with all guns blazing on Saturday night. Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman), Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse), and Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) scored early baskets to put the Mavs up 10-2 to open the game. Luther Suggs (6'5''-F/G-87, college: Missis.Gulf Coast CC) led the Flash back as they closed the lead to six points midway through the first period. Alex Sanders and Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama) led a Mavericks run to end the first period and give SETX a 26-12 lead after one period of play. In the second quarter Suggs, Freeman Taylor (6'6''-F-81, college: Robert Morris), and Carl Henderson (6'7''-F, college: S.Mississippi) matched the Mavericks basket for basket. Pace, Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI), P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.) led the Mavericks as the Mavs led 52-34 at halftime.
The Flash came out of the locker-room to go on a 11-4 run to cut the Mavericks lead to 11 points four minutes into the second half. Thrash, Pace, and Davis scored key baskets to give the Mavs separation and control of the game once again. Heading into the final period of play SETX led by 19 points.
In the final period the Flash remained scrappy, but the Mavericks depth took over the game. Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) and Davis dominated the paint. Rogers blocked 4 of his 10 shots during a midway stretch of the fourth quarter. SETX went on to win its 18th victory of the season.
Thrash led six double figure scorers for the Mavericks with 21 points. Bradley added 14 points. Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) chipped in 13 pts Brandon Davis recorded another Double/Double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Jon Rogers set a SETX Mavericks Shot Blocking record for a single game with 10 blocked shots. Suggs led Gulf Coast with 18 points and Freeman Taylor scored 17 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.
SETX will host the North Texas Fresh next Thursday night, February 3rd. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM.


Standings
ABA Standings
 1. Colorado Kings 12-0 
 2. Arlington B. 2-3 
 3. NY Prime Time 1-4 
 4. Santa Barbara 0-0 
 5. Texas RR 0-1 
 6. Shizuoka Gym. 0-3 
Gulf Coast
 1. SE Texas M. 18-1 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 5-4 
 3. Mobile Bay H. 4-2 
 4. Louisiana U. 1-4 
 5. Cypress 0-0 
 6. Houston R.S. 0-5 
Mid-Atlantic
 1. Seven Cities 11-0 
 2. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 3. Charlotte 0-0 
 4. College Park 0-0 
 5. Fayetteville F. 0-0 
 6. Georgia G. 0-0 
 7. Georgia K. 0-0 
NoCal
 1. E.Bay Pitbulls 9-3 
 2. Bay Area M. 9-4 
 3. Sacramento H. 7-4 
 4. Modesto H. 7-7 
 5. S.Francisco R. 5-3 
 6. California SK 0-0 
 7. Clayton 0-0 
North Central
 1. Chicago Steam 9-3 
 2. Lake Michigan 7-3 
 3. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 4. Elkhart E. 0-0 
 5. Indianapolis 0-0 
 6. Kansas City S. 0-0 
 7. Pittsburgh P. 0-0 
 8. NWI M.Stars 0-3 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 3-1 
 2. NY Red Riders 0-0 
 3. NY Thunder 0-0 
 4. S.Jersey 0-0 
 5. Tri-City Suns 0-0 
Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 9-1 
SoCal
 1. Las Vegas A. 9-0 
 2. San Diego Sol 8-3 
 3. San Diego S. 8-5 
 4. LA Slam 5-4 
 5. Compton C. 0-0 
 6. Mid-Valley 0-0 
 7. S.Valley Fever 0-0 
 8. Riverside R. 0-1 
 9. SoCal Swish 0-3 
South Central
 1. E.Kentucky En. 11-0 
 2. St. Louis 2-1 
 3. Kentucky B. 0-0 
 4. Kentucky C. 0-0 
 5. W.Virginia B. 0-0 
 6. Indiana Diesel 0-1 
Southeast
 1. Jacksonville 13-0 
 2. Savannah Storm 9-3 
 3. Columbus Life 4-0 
 4. Bahama PS 0-0 
 5. Florida M. 0-0 
 6. Florida Th. 0-0 
 7. Heartland P. 0-0 
 8. Orlando Kings 0-0 
 9. Team Haiti 0-0 
Southwest
 1. Texas Fuel 12-4 
 2. North Dallas 9-6 
 3. Oklahoma 8-3 
 4. West Texas W. 8-5 
 5. N.Texas F. 1-4 
 6. Dallas Impact 0-0 
 7. Piedmont 0-0 


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Lee, Radnicki19.8 
 2. Zoric, KK.19.5 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 4. Draper, Cedevita18.5 
 5. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.1 
 6. Edwards, Cedevita17.5 
 7. Car, Zadar17.3 
 8. Marsh, Crvena Z.16.8 
 9. Chase, Igokea16.1 
 10. Dragicevic, Buduc.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Zoric, KK.8.3 
 2. Harvey, Igokea7.8 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.7.1 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 5. Gist, Partizan6.5 
 6. Kasun, KK.6.4 
 7. Milosevic, Crvena Z.6.0 
 8. Benda, CEZ Nymburk5.9 
 9. Necas, CEZ Nymburk5.9 
 10. Nikolic, Crvena Z.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.9 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki4.9 
 3. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.3 
 4. Lafayette, Partizan4.2 
 5. Morovic, Siroki TT4.2 
 6. Renfroe, KK.3.8 
 7. Ilievski, Union O.3.7 
 8. Nissim, CEZ N.3.7 
 9. Chase, Igokea3.6 
 10. Bazdaric, Cedevita3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.6 
 2. Lafayette, Partizan2.2 
 3. Lee, Radnicki2.1 
 4. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.0 
 5. Car, Zadar2.0 
 6. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 7. Dragic, Krka1.8 
 8. Radosevic, Cibona1.7 
 9. Renfroe, KK.1.7 
 10. Ozbolt, Union O.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Zoric, KK.1.2 
 2. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.1 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.0 
 4. Radosevic, Cibona0.9 
 5. Shermadini, Union O.0.9 
 6. Kasun, KK.0.7 
 7. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 
 8. Edwards, Cedevita0.7 
 9. Vesely, Partizan0.7 
 10. Booker, Krka0.7 


Round 19 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Round 19 most important game was a victory of Serbian Partizan over 5th ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO 77-69 on Sunday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KK Zagreb CO won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Partizan won last quarter 21-15. Partizan had a 34-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American forward James Gist (203-86) contributed with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Partizan's coach Vlada Jovanovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) answered with 30 points and 6 rebounds for KK Zagreb CO. Defending Serbian champion (12-7) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Union Olimpija and Krka. KK Zagreb CO at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Buducnost and Cedevita. Partizan is looking forward to face CEZ Nymburk (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Zagreb CO will play against Hemofarm (#10) in Vrsac and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another interesting game for Bosnian Igokea (10-9) which hosted in Aleksandrovac against 4th placed Montenegrin Buducnost (11-8). Eighth ranked Igokea had an easy win 80-70. It was a great evening for American center Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Nebojsa Joksimovic helped adding 10 points and 5 assists. At the losing side Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Buducnost's coach Dejan Radonjic rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Igokea have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Radnicki. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with KK Zagreb CO and Cedevita. Igokea will play against bottom-ranked Zadar (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Buducnost will play against Cedevita (#4) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Thirteenth-ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (6-13) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Slovenian Krka (12-7) in Beograd on Saturday. The visitors from Novo Mesto managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for Dusan Djordjevic who led the winners and scored 20 points and 6 assists. Uros Nikolic came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for Crvena Zvezda in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Slovenian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Partizan and Union Olimpija. Loser Crvena Zvezda keeps the thirteenth place with 13 games lost. Krka will meet at home Radnicki (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Crvena Zvezda will play against Cibona (#11) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between second ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (12-7) and 9th ranked Serbian Hemofarm (8-11) in Ljubljana ended with biggest points difference. Union Olimpija outscored guests from Vrsac 104-62. Saso Ozbolt fired 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Union Olimpija keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Partizan and Krka. Hemofarm at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 11 games lost. Union Olimpija's next round opponent will be Siroki TT Kabeli (#12) in Siroki Brijeg which should be another easy win for them. Hemofarm will play at home against KK Zagreb CO.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. Siroki TT was beaten by Cedevita on the road 95-77. CEZ Nymburk won against Cibona on its own court 76-69. Bottom-ranked Zadar unfortunately lost to Radnicki in Kragujevac 89-97.
The most impressive performance of 19th round was 28 points and 7 rebounds by Vladan Vukosavljevic of Radnicki.



Union Olimpija - Hemofarm 104-62

The game between second ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (12-7) and 9th ranked Serbian Hemofarm (8-11) in Ljubljana ended with biggest points difference. Union Olimpija outscored guests from Vrsac 104-62. The game without a history. Union Olimpija led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Hemofarm's 26 and made 24-of-27 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Hemofarm 40-20 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Union Olimpija players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Hemofarm's players. 24 personal fouls committed by Hemofarm helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Saso Ozbolt (188-81, agency: World Sport Agency) fired 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Goran Jagodnik (203-74, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Five Union Olimpija players scored in double figures. Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, agency: Beo Basket) produced 14 points and Montenegrin forward Milos Borisov (201-85) added 15 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Union Olimpija keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Partizan and Krka. Hemofarm at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 11 games lost. Union Olimpija's next round opponent will be Siroki TT Kabeli (#12) in Siroki Brijeg which should be another easy win for them. Hemofarm will play at home against KK Zagreb CO.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: S.Ozbolt 16+3reb+4ast, G.Jagodnik 15+7reb, S.Salin 13+1reb, M.Perry 11+2reb+3ast, G.Shermadini 11+6reb, V.Ilievski 10+2reb+7ast
Hemofarm: M.Borisov 15+2reb, M.Pavkovic 14+3reb+1ast, I.Maras 10+2reb, B.Krstovic 8+2reb+1ast, B.Savovic 6+4reb+1ast, D.Andusic 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 92570


Cedevita - Siroki TT 95-77

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Croatian Cedevita (11-8) beat 12th ranked Bosnian Siroki TT Kabeli (8-11) in Zagreb 95-77. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. Siroki TT Kabeli was better in second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Siroki TT Kabeli 36-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by Siroki TT Kabeli helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Damjan Rudez (206-86) fired 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) chipped in 18 points and 7 assists. Four Cedevita players scored in double figures. Croatian guard Vedran Morovic (184-83, college: Olney Central CC, agency: Beo Basket) produced 20 points and 5 assists and forward Boris Barac (205-92) added 7 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cedevita have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with KK Zagreb CO and Buducnost. Siroki TT Kabeli lost sixth consecutive game. Defending Bosnian champion dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. Cedevita's next round opponent will be Buducnost (#5) in Podgorica. Siroki TT Kabeli will play at home against the league's second-placed Union Olimpija (#2) in Ljubljana.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: D.Rudez 21+5reb+2ast, D.Draper 18+7ast, B.Wright 16+2reb+3ast, V.Vukusic 11+7reb+3ast, V.Princ 7+3reb, F.Kastropil 7+3reb
Siroki TT: V.Morovic 20+1reb+5ast, D.Planinic 15+2reb+1ast, S.Stemberger 13+3reb+4ast, B.Barac 7+12reb+1ast, I.Ramljak 7+2reb, I.Grgat 6+2reb
gschID: 92571


Crvena Zvezda - Krka 77-79

Thirteenth-ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (6-13) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Slovenian Krka (12-7) in Beograd on Saturday. The visitors from Novo Mesto managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected much easier game. Crvena Zvezda cut a 13-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Strangely Crvena Zvezda outrebounded Krka 41-22 including a 20-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 6 assists. American power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue, agency: Lanshire Group) accounted for 13 points for the winning side. Power forward Uros Nikolic (207-87) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Vujadin Subotic (198-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points respectively for Crvena Zvezda in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Slovenian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Partizan and Union Olimpija. Loser Crvena Zvezda keeps the thirteenth place with 13 games lost. Krka will meet at home Radnicki (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Crvena Zvezda will play against Cibona (#11) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Krka: D.Djordjevic 20+6ast, C.Booker 13+3reb+1ast, S.Petrov 11+2reb+1ast, Z.Dragic 9+2reb+2ast, J.Balazic 7+1reb, S.Pavic 7+7reb
Crvena Zvezda: U.Nikolic 17+10reb, V.Subotic 12+4reb+2ast, R.Marsh 11+2reb+1ast, S.Milosevic 9+7reb+1ast, N.Nedovic 9+2reb+3ast, S.Lesic 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 92567


CEZ Nymburk - Cibona 76-69

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk and 10th ranked Croatian Cibona had identical 8-10 record. This time CEZ Nymburk used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Zagreb 76-69. Cibona was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington, agency: ZAG Advocates) fired 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Gordan Giricek (197-77) produced 11 points and 6 rebounds and center Leon Radosevic (208-90) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Czech champion maintains ninth place with 9-10 record. Defending Croatian champion Cibona keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. CEZ Nymburk's next round opponent will be league's leader Partizan in Beograd and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cibona will play at home against Crvena Zvezda (#13) in Beograd.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: C.Simmons 18+9reb+2ast, A.Nissim 12+2reb+3ast, R.Necas 10+2reb+2ast, P.Benda 9+5reb+3ast, P.Pumprla 8+3reb+4ast, L.Sokolovsky 8+4reb+1ast
Cibona: L.Radosevic 16+4reb, G.Vrbanc 12+4reb, G.Giricek 11+6reb+3ast, K.Vragovic 9, T.Zubcic 5+6reb, J.Lalic 4+1reb
gschID: 92568


KK Zagreb CO - Partizan 69-77

Round 19 most important game was a victory of Serbian Partizan over 5th ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO 77-69 on Sunday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KK Zagreb CO won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Partizan won last quarter 21-15. Partizan had a 34-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American forward James Gist (203-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. Partizan's coach Vlada Jovanovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) answered with 30 points and 6 rebounds and center Mario Kasun (213-80) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for KK Zagreb CO. Defending Serbian champion (12-7) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Union Olimpija and Krka. KK Zagreb CO at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Buducnost and Cedevita. Partizan is looking forward to face CEZ Nymburk (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Zagreb CO will play against Hemofarm (#10) in Vrsac and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Partizan: C.Jerrells 14+4reb+2ast, R.Katic 14+8reb+1ast, J.Gist 12+10reb, J.Vesely 11+2reb, N.Jawai 8+2reb, D.Kecman 5+5reb+2ast
KK Zagreb CO: L.Zoric 30+6reb, M.Kasun 17+6reb, K.Simon 7+5reb+5ast, A.Renfroe 6+6reb+4ast, D.Rancic 5, P.Babic 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 92569


Igokea - Buducnost 80-70

Another interesting game for Bosnian Igokea (10-9) which hosted in Aleksandrovac against 4th placed Montenegrin Buducnost (11-8). Eighth ranked Igokea had an easy win 80-70. The hosts were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 23-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. Buducnost was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American center Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Slovenian guard Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-81, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 10 points and 5 assists. At the losing side Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and swingman Aleksa Popovic (201-87) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Buducnost's coach Dejan Radonjic rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Igokea have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Radnicki. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with KK Zagreb CO and Cedevita. Igokea will play against bottom-ranked Zadar (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Buducnost will play against Cedevita (#4) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Igokea: D.Harvey 17+10reb+1ast, J.Florence 13+1reb+2ast, B.Chase 12+4ast, N.Joksimovic 10+2reb+5ast, M.Dozet 8+2reb+3ast, S.Nadjfeji 8+4reb+1ast
Buducnost: V.Dragicevic 18+9reb+1ast, A.Popovic 11+6reb+1ast, M.Simonovic 11+1ast, S.Sehovic 10+1reb+1ast, V.Mihailovic 7+4reb+1ast, M.Scekic 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 92565


Radnicki - Zadar 97-89

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Serbian Radnicki (10-9) won against bottom-ranked Croatian Zadar (5-14) in Kragujevac 97-89. Zadar was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 32-20 third quarter run of Radnicki. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Zadar's 30. Power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: Beo Basket) fired 28 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Australian-Serbian guard Steven Markovic (190-85) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Swingman Marko Car (188-85) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 assists and 4 steals and power forward Mario Dundovic (202-77, agency: Court Side) added 22 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Zadar's coach Daniel Jusup tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Radnicki moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Igokea. Zadar lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Radnicki's next round opponent will be higher ranked Krka (#3) in Novo Mesto and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zadar will play at home against Igokea (#7) in Aleksandrovac.
Top scorers:
Radnicki: V.Vukosavljevic 28+7reb+1ast, S.Markovic 18+4reb+6ast, P.Miletic 11+4reb+1ast, M.Lee 11+4reb+1ast, S.Stojacic 9+2reb+1ast, M.Cakarevic 9+7reb+2ast
Zadar: M.Dundovic 22+2reb+2ast, M.Car 19+11ast, B.Brown 16+4reb+1ast, L.Branimir 14+3reb+2ast, P.Marcinkovic 9+1reb+1ast, C.Mason 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 92566




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LigaA Round 11: Atenas lose #1 position - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 11 in LigaA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Comodoro R. where host Gimnasia CR (6-5) beat league's leader Atenas (8-4) 77-73 on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 20-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (206-80, college: La Salle) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Diego Romero (209-82, college: Florida St.) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Atenas' coach Sebastian Gonzalez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gimnasia CR moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Quimsa. Atenas at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They share it with Obras. They were replaced at the leadership position by Lanus. Atenas will play next round against strong Obras trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Gimnasia CR will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Quimsa in Santiado Estero.
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Lanus as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Lanus defeated bottom-ranked Sionista in Buenos Aires 85-72. Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Diego Prego contributed with 12 points for the winners. Forward Alejandro Zilli (200-82) answered with 21 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for Sionista. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Sionista at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Sionista will play next round against Boca Juniors trying to get back on the winning streak. Lanus will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Libertad Sunchales at home.
Top ranked Atenas (8-4) recorded its fourth loss in Buenos Aires on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Obras (8-4) 77-62. It was a key game for the second position in the league. It was a great evening for Juan Gutierrez who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. James Williams responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Atenas' coach Sebastian Gonzalez tested eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Obras moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Atenas. Obras will again meet at home Atenas (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Atenas will have a break next round.
A very interesting game took place in Buenos Aires. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Quimsa (6-5) to fourth ranked Obras (8-4) 75-74 on Friday evening. It was an exceptional evening for William McFarlan who led the winners and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Obras moved-up to second place, which they share with Atenas. Quimsa at the other side keeps the seventh position with five games lost. Obras' next round opponent will be Atenas (#3) in Cordoba, which may be the game of the day. Quimsa will play on the road against Gimnasia CR (#7) in Comodoro R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked La Union (7-4) against twelfth ranked Club 9 (5-6) on Friday night. Visiting La Union was crushed by Club 9 in Rio Tercero 104-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of La Union. The best player for the winners was Emiliano Martina who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Club 9 moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Argentino. Loser La Union dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Club 9 will face higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#10) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. La Union will play against Olimpico de La Banda (#14).

Other games of round 11 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Regatas C. crushed Olimpico LB in Corrientes 88-65. Boca Jrs was beaten by Libertad S. at home 74-80. Monte Hermoso won against Argentino on the opponent's court 87-82. Estudiantes outscored Penarol in a home game 97-74. Regatas C. managed to beat Penarol on the road 93-91. Winless Sionista was defeated by Club 9 on its own court 70-88.
The best stats of 11th round was 35 points (!!!) and 4 steals by Kyle Lamonte of Penarol.



Club 9 - La Union 104-63

Very important is a road loss of second ranked La Union (7-4) against twelfth ranked Club 9 (5-6) on Friday night. Visiting La Union was crushed by Club 9 in Rio Tercero 104-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of La Union. The game without a history. Club 9 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. La Union was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was power forward Emiliano Martina (201-83) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) chipped in 19 points. Five Club 9 players scored in double figures. The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) added 17 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Club 9 moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Argentino. Loser La Union dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Club 9 will face higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#10) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. La Union will play against Olimpico de La Banda (#14).
Top scorers:
La Union: D.Jackson 17+4reb, G.Mikulas 14+10reb+2ast, L.Perez 8+1reb+1ast, F.Ferrini 7+2reb+1ast, P.Barrios 5+1reb, A.Pau 4+2reb
Club 9: E.Martina 22+5reb, B.Zanotti 19+2reb+1ast, T.Gabbidon 19+3reb+2ast, J.Meyinsse 12+4reb+2ast, G.Luchino 10+2reb+4ast, M.Melo 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 117497


Lanus - Sionista 85-72

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Lanus as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Lanus defeated bottom-ranked Sionista in Buenos Aires 85-72. Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). The former international forward Diego Prego (198-77) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Forward Alejandro Zilli (200-82) answered with 21 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and guard Pedro Franco (187-81) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Sionista. Four Sionista players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Sionista at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Sionista will play next round against Boca Juniors trying to get back on the winning streak. Lanus will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Libertad Sunchales at home.
Top scorers:
Sionista: A.Zilli 21+3reb, P.Franco 14+2reb+6ast, J.Manuel Locatelli 11+3reb+2ast, C.Brown 11+3reb+1ast, D.Hure 7+2reb, D.Osella 6+3reb+1ast
Lanus: J.Levy 19+8reb+1ast, A.Boccia 15+1reb, D.Prego 12+4reb+2ast, M.Byro 9+1reb+1ast, G.Fernandez 8+4reb+3ast, R.Johns 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 117498


Olimpico LB - Regatas C. 65-88

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (3-7) was crushed at home by eleventh ranked Regatas Corrientes (6-6) 88-65 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Regatas Corrientes. Olimpico de La Banda was better in third quarter 13-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Regatas Corrientes made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Federico Kammerichs (203-80) who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Ramzee Stanton (197-80, college: W.Chester, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Forward Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and power forward Cristian Amicucci (201-85) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Regatas Corrientes have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Monte Hermoso. Olimpico de La Banda lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face Club 9 (#11) in Rio Tercero in the next round. Olimpico de La Banda will play at home against La Union in Formosa.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: E.Ruiz 15+4reb+1ast, C.Amicucci 13+4reb, N.De los Santos 11+2reb+2ast, D.Kante 9+5reb, A.Laws 5+3reb+1ast, C.Romero 3+3reb
Regatas C.: R.Stanton 19+2reb, F.Kammerichs 15+9reb+1ast, N.Romano 14+2reb+1ast, E.Villares 14+1reb+1ast, J.Martinez 11+5reb+5ast, O.Legaria 6+1reb
gschID: 117493


Boca Jrs - Libertad S. 74-80

No shocking result in a game in Buenos Aires where sixth ranked Libertad Sunchales (7-4) defeated 13th ranked Boca Juniors (4-8) 80-74 on Friday. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 24-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Libertad Sunchales dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Boca Juniors' 34. The best player for the winners was American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) who scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Puerto Rican forward Alex Galindo (198-85, college: Florida Intern.) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. American guard Cedric Moodie (187-78, college: Indianapolis) produced 25 points and 6 assists and power forward Mariano Fierro (201-86) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Libertad Sunchales have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with La Union. Boca Juniors lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with eight games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face league's leader Lanus in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Boca Juniors will play at home against Sionista (#16) in Parana.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: C.Moodie 25+3reb+6ast, M.Fierro 17+7reb, R.Elliott 15+3reb+4ast, F.Martina 5+2reb, J.Brussino 4+2reb+2ast, D.Alston 3+9reb
Libertad S.: A.Galindo 22+6reb+1ast, R.Battle 18+9reb+4ast, S.Ginobili 18+6ast, R.Wolkowyski 11+11reb+1ast, R.Selleaze 6+4reb, M.Ibarra 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 117494


Obras - Quimsa 75-74

A very interesting game took place in Buenos Aires. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Quimsa (6-5) to fourth ranked Obras (8-4) 75-74 on Friday evening. Quimsa was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 23-14 charge of Obras, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) accounted for 22 points for the winning side. The former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) added 17 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for Quimsa in the defeat. Four Quimsa players scored in double figures. Obras moved-up to second place, which they share with Atenas. Quimsa at the other side keeps the seventh position with five games lost. Obras' next round opponent will be Atenas (#3) in Cordoba, which may be the game of the day. Quimsa will play on the road against Gimnasia CR (#7) in Comodoro R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: J.Treise 17+2reb+3ast, D.Gomez Camargo 17+3reb+3ast, D.Lo Grippo 16+8reb, R.Gonzalez 14+3reb+3ast, C.Cadillac 5+3reb+5ast, S.Villegas 3+1reb
Obras: J.Pittman 22+1reb+2ast, W.McFarlan 18+7reb+3ast, J.Gutierrez 14+8reb+1ast, A.Elsener 9, A.Alloatti 8+4reb, L.Cequeira 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 117495


Argentino - Monte Hermoso 82-87

There was a minor upset in Junin where 8th ranked Argentino (5-6) was defeated by tenth ranked Monte Hermoso (6-6) 87-82 on Friday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Monte Hermoso made 29-of-33 free shots (87.9 percent) during the game. Argentino was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American swingman Albert White (197-77, college: Missouri, agency: Paris Global Sports) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Italian forward German Sciutto (190-78, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 27 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Five Monte Hermoso players scored in double figures. American power forward Joseph Bunn (198-75, college: Phillips (OK)) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and guard Santiago Scala (186-91) added 16 points and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Monte Hermoso moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Regatas C. Argentino lost third consecutive game. Argentino at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eleventh position with six games lost. Monte Hermoso will face Estudiantes (#15) in Bahia Blanca in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Argentino will play at home against Penarol (#6) in Mar del Plata.
Top scorers:
Argentino: J.Bunn 20+8reb+1ast, J.Cangelosi 19+3reb+1ast, S.Scala 16+2reb+7ast, A.Wright 9+1reb+2ast, I.Nwankwo 8+4reb+2ast, L.Martina 6+3reb
Monte Hermoso: G.Sciutto 27+3reb+1ast, A.White 25+7reb+2ast, C.Robinson 12+1reb, B.Johnson 11+8reb+2ast, H.Salles 10+1reb+6ast, S.Cabello 2+1reb
gschID: 117496


Gimnasia CR - Atenas 77-73

Round 11 in LigaA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Comodoro R. where host Gimnasia CR (6-5) beat league's leader Atenas (8-4) 77-73 on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 20-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (206-80, college: La Salle) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Diego Romero (209-82, college: Florida St.) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Gimnasia CR players scored in double figures. American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Bruno Labaque (183-77, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Atenas' coach Sebastian Gonzalez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gimnasia CR moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Quimsa. Atenas at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They share it with Obras. They were replaced at the leadership position by Lanus. Atenas will play next round against strong Obras trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Gimnasia CR will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Quimsa in Santiado Estero.
Top scorers:
Atenas: B.Labaque 16+1reb+2ast, G.Lewis 11+10reb+1ast, M.Lescano 10+3reb+2ast, D.Gerbaudo 9+1reb+1ast, J.Williams 8+5reb, J.Manuel Rivero 7+2reb+2ast
Gimnasia CR: R.Okosa 19+6reb+1ast, G.Brown 17+1reb+1ast, F.Funes 11+1reb+1ast, D.Romero 11+8reb+3ast, A.Carabajal 8+3reb+1ast, F.Mansilla 5+2reb
gschID: 117491


Estudiantes - Penarol 97-74

There was a surprise result in Bahia Blanca where fifteenth ranked Estudiantes (3-7) outscored higher ranked Penarol (6-4) 97-74 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Estudiantes. Penarol was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Spanish guard Pepe Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) chipped in 14 points, 6 assists and 6 steals. Four Estudiantes players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 15 points and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Estudiantes moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Olimpico LB. Defending champion Penarol dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Estudiantes will face higher ranked Monte Hermoso (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Penarol: M.Leiva 21+12reb, K.Lamonte 15+3reb+2ast, N.Lauria 10+3reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 9+3reb+4ast, P.Sebastian Rodriguez 7+2reb+3ast, A.Reinick 4+4reb
Estudiantes: E.Nelson 19+8reb+1ast, J.Espil 17+3reb+3ast, D.Davis 16+7reb+1ast, P.Sanchez 14+4reb+6ast, P.Gil 12+1reb, F.Aguerre 9+7reb
gschID: 117492


Round 12
Obras - Atenas 77-62

Top ranked Atenas (8-4) recorded its fourth loss in Buenos Aires on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Obras (8-4) 77-62. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Obras. Atenas managed to win third quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) helped adding 7 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. American power forward James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Bruno Labaque (183-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points. Atenas' coach Sebastian Gonzalez tested eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Obras moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Atenas. Obras will again meet at home Atenas (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Atenas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Atenas: B.Labaque 15+1reb+1ast, J.Williams 13+7reb+1ast, M.Lescano 10+3reb+1ast, M.Garcia 7+2reb, R.Gabini 5+2reb+1ast, M.Gerlero 5+3reb
Obras: J.Gutierrez 22+10reb+1ast, J.Pittman 14+2reb, L.Gonzalez 13+1reb, A.Alloatti 8+1ast, L.Cequeira 7+7reb+5ast, W.McFarlan 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 120706


Round 3
Penarol - Regatas C. 91-93 OT

There was an upset in Mar del Plata where higher ranked Penarol (6-4) was edged by eleventh ranked Regatas Corrientes (6-6) 93-91 on Tuesday. Penarol was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 9-11s. Regatas Corrientes made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Penarol was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Federico Kammerichs (203-80) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. American forward Ramzee Stanton (197-80, college: W.Chester, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Five Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey, agency: KMG Sports Management) produced 35 points (!!!) and 4 steals and the former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Regatas Corrientes have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Monte Hermoso. Defending champion Penarol dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face Club 9 (#11) in Rio Tercero in the next round.
Top scorers:
Penarol: K.Lamonte 35+4reb+2ast, L.Gutierrez 15+2reb+1ast, M.Leiva 13+11reb, P.Sebastian Rodriguez 9+2ast, N.Lauria 6+13reb, F.Campazzo 6+1reb+4ast
Regatas C.: F.Kammerichs 18+13reb+1ast, R.Stanton 16+6reb+1ast, N.Romano 13+9reb, C.Edwards 11+4reb+2ast, J.Martinez 11+5reb+1ast, E.Villares 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 120704


Round 9
Sionista - Club 9 70-88

Everything went according to plan in Parana where twelfth ranked Club 9 (5-6) won against bottom-ranked Sionista (0-9) 88-70 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 48-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Club 9 especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Sionista was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Martin Melo (197-82) who scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Five Club 9 players scored in double figures. Forward Alejandro Zilli (200-82) produced 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Juan Manuel Locatelli (198-75) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Club 9 moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Argentino. Loser Sionista still closes the standings with nine games lost. Club 9 will face higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#10) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sionista will play against Boca Juniors (#13) in Buenos Aires and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sionista: J.Manuel Locatelli 18+5reb, A.Zilli 16+5reb+4ast, D.Osella 16+4reb+2ast, C.Brown 7+1reb, L.Rasio 4+1reb, R.Iglesias 3+2reb+2ast
Club 9: B.Zanotti 16+4reb+1ast, J.Meyinsse 16+8reb, G.Luchino 14+2reb+3ast, M.Melo 13+7reb+4ast, L.Barlasina 11+2reb, G.Torre 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 120705




Kyle Lamonte claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for Penarol and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11 (Second Stage).
The 26-year old guard had the game-high 35 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Penarol as his team was edged out by Regatas C. (#10, 6-6) in overtime 93-91. Penarol moved-up to the 6th position in the Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Penarol will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 6-4 record. Lamonte turned to be Penarol's top player in his first season with the team. Kyle Lamonte averages this season 13.6ppg. Worth to mention Lamonte played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Italian power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of second-ranked Obras. Gutierrez impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Obras to another comfortable win 77-62 over Atenas (8-4) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Round 12. Obras consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 8-4 record is not bad at all. Gutierrez is a newcomer at Obras and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.6ppg (#8). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances) of La Union (#4). Mikulas scored 14 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Mikulas' great performance La Union lost 63-104 to the lower-ranked Club 9 (#11, 5-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing La Union needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in . Their record is 7 victories and 4 lost games. Mikulas has a great season in Argentina. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.7rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martin Leiva (208-F/C-80) of Penarol - 21 points and 12 rebounds
5. Alejandro Zilli (200-F-82) of Sionista - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. German Sciutto (190-F-78) of Monte Hermoso - 27 points and 3 rebounds
7. Alejandro Zilli (200-F-82) of Sionista - 21 points and 3 rebounds
8. Albert White (197-G/F-77) of Monte Hermoso - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Joseph Bunn (198-F/C-75) of Argentino - 20 points and 8 rebounds
10. Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83) of Lanus - 19 points and 8 rebounds

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


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


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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 14-3 
 2. Wildcats 12-7 
 3. Taipans 11-7 
 4. Crocodiles 11-8 
 5. Hawks 9-9 
 6. 36ers 8-10 
 7. Blaze 8-11 
 8. Tigers 6-12 
 9. Sydney K. 3-15 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 22
 1. Ervin, Hawks22.0 
 2. Penney, Breakers18.8 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Worthington, Blaze16.9 
 5. Williams, Tigers16.8 
 6. Khazzouh, Sydney K.16.8 
 7. Clark, Blaze16.1 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers15.5 
 9. Wilkinson, Breakers15.1 
 10. Ubaka, Taipans15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.2 
 2. Davidson, Hawks7.9 
 3. Holmes, 36ers7.6 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 5. Williams, Tigers7.2 
 6. Worthington, Blaze7.1 
 7. Knight, Wildcats7.1 
 8. Vukona, Breakers7.0 
 9. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.9 
 10. Clark, Blaze6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Williams, Tigers5.4 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.4 
 3. Carter, 36ers4.9 
 4. Saville, Hawks4.7 
 5. Shannon, 36ers4.6 
 6. Ervin, Hawks4.5 
 7. Ubaka, Taipans4.1 
 8. Braswell, Breakers4.0 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
 10. Holmes, 36ers3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.1 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.7 
 3. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 4. Hill, 36ers1.4 
 5. Braswell, Breakers1.4 
 6. Carter, 36ers1.3 
 7. Penney, Breakers1.3 
 8. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 9. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.2 
 10. Robbins, Wildcats1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Wildcats
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Majok, Wildcats2.3 
 2. Ballinger, 36ers1.9 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.9 
 4. Gilder, Sydney K.1.3 
 5. Clark, Blaze1.2 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.1 
 7. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 8. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 9. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 10. Freeman, Croco.0.9 


NBL Round 16: New Zealand Breakers defeat Cairns Taipans in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 16 in the NBL took place in Cairns. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 3rd ranked Cairns Taipans (11-7) to first ranked New Zealand Breakers (14-3) 77-74 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82, college: Utah St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and New Zealand swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St.) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-83, college: ODU) responded with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. New Zealand Breakers have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-3 record. Cairns Taipans at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost. New Zealand Breakers are looking forward to face Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play at home against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Perth. Sixth ranked Adelaide 36ers (8-10) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging much higher ranked Perth Wildcats (12-7) 66-65 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by the former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) who scored that evening 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Adam Ballinger supported him with 9 points and 7 rebounds. Even 19 points and 7 rebounds by international swingman Stephen Weigh (198-87) did not help to save the game for Perth Wildcats. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Adelaide 36ers maintains sixth position with 8-10 record. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the second place with seven games lost. Adelaide 36ers will play against bottom-ranked Kings (#9) in Sydney in the next round. Perth Wildcats will play on the road against Cairns Taipans (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Kings managed to get the second consecutive victory on Wednesday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Melbourne Tigers 85-67. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference suggests that Kings is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Julian Khazzouh fired 29 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Corey Williams produced 9 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kings maintains ninth position with 3-15 record. Loser Melbourne Tigers keep the eighth place with 12 games lost. Kings will meet at home higher ranked Adelaide 36ers (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Melbourne Tigers will play against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and hope to secure a win.
The game in Gwynneville was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Cairns Taipans (11-7) played at the court of 5th ranked Wollongong Hawks (9-9). Cairns Taipans defeated Wollongong Hawks 97-86. It was a very good performance for Alexander Loughton who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Cairns Taipans maintains third position with 11-7 record having just two points less than leader Breakers. Wollongong Hawks lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with nine games lost. Cairns Taipans' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Perth Wildcats at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Wollongong Hawks will play against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland.
Ninth-ranked Kings (3-15) gave a tough game to seventh ranked Gold Coast Blaze (8-11) in Broadbeach on Sunday. Gold Coast Blaze managed to secure only three-point victory 94-91. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kings. Worth to mention a great performance of Ira Clark who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds. Gold Coast Blaze maintains seventh position with 8-11 record. Loser Kings stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will face league's second-placed Perth Wildcats on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kings will play against Adelaide 36ers (#6) in Findon.

In the last game of round 16 Blaze lost to Crocodiles on the opponent's court 62-71.


Wildcats - 36ers 65-66

Important game to mention about took place in Perth. Sixth ranked Adelaide 36ers (8-10) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging much higher ranked Perth Wildcats (12-7) 66-65 on Saturday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-14. But Perth Wildcats won second period 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Adelaide 36ers won last quarter 15-15. They also forced 21 Perth Wildcats turnovers. Strangely Perth Wildcats outrebounded Adelaide 36ers 46-30 including a 25-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by the former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) who scored that evening 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Adam Ballinger (205-79, college: Michigan St.) supported him with 9 points and 7 rebounds. Even 19 points and 7 rebounds by international swingman Stephen Weigh (198-87) did not help to save the game for Perth Wildcats. American power forward Andre Brown (205-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) added 14 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Adelaide 36ers maintains sixth position with 8-10 record. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the second place with seven games lost. Adelaide 36ers will play against bottom-ranked Kings (#9) in Sydney in the next round. Perth Wildcats will play on the road against Cairns Taipans (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
36ers: J.Holmes 15+7reb+4ast, R.Howard 10, A.Ballinger 9+7reb+1ast, D.Johnson 9+1reb+1ast, E.Shannon 7+2reb, T.Daly 5+1reb+2ast
Wildcats: S.Weigh 19+7reb+1ast, A.Brown 14+10reb+1ast, K.Lisch 13+3reb, D.Martin 6+4reb+2ast, C.Tovey 4+12reb+3ast, J.Trueman 3+5reb
gschID: 94608


Taipans - Breakers 74-77

The most exciting game of round 16 in the NBL took place in Cairns. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 3rd ranked Cairns Taipans (11-7) to first ranked New Zealand Breakers (14-3) 77-74 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and New Zealand swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St.) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four New Zealand Breakers players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-83, college: ODU) responded with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American swingman Ronald Dorsey (197-83, college: McNeese St.) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. New Zealand Breakers have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-3 record. Cairns Taipans at the other side keep the third place with seven games lost. New Zealand Breakers are looking forward to face Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play at home against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Breakers: T.Abercrombie 15+6reb+1ast, C.Bruton 13+4reb+3ast, M.Vukona 12+6reb+2ast, G.Wilkinson 11+13reb+1ast, K.Penney 9+2reb+4ast, K.Braswell 6+3reb+1ast
Taipans: R.Dorsey 17+5reb, A.Loughton 14+5reb+4ast, P.Jones 11+3reb, I.Crosswhite 9+5reb+1ast, D.Dillon 8+2reb+5ast, A.Ubaka 8+5reb+5ast
gschID: 94609


Blaze - Sydney K. 94-91

Ninth-ranked Kings (3-15) gave a tough game to seventh ranked Gold Coast Blaze (8-11) in Broadbeach on Sunday. Gold Coast Blaze managed to secure only three-point victory 94-91. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kings. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kings won third quarter 28-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Gold Coast Blaze won last quarter 25-24. They made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Kings were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international center Julian Khazzouh (211-86) responded with 19 points and American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) scored 17 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Gold Coast Blaze maintains seventh position with 8-11 record. Loser Kings stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will face league's second-placed Perth Wildcats on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kings will play against Adelaide 36ers (#6) in Findon.
Top scorers:
Blaze: J.Harvey 20+4reb, M.Worthington 18+7reb+1ast, I.Clark 17+9reb+1ast, A.Gibson 10+5reb+3ast, S.Hoare 10+5reb+2ast, J.Cadee 6+3reb+3ast
Sydney K.: J.Khazzouh 19+4reb+2ast, P.Sanders 17+4reb+1ast, T.Gilder 14+6reb+2ast, L.Martin 14+2reb+1ast, G.Dann 10+9reb+2ast, B.Madgen 8+3reb
gschID: 94610


Tigers - Sydney K. 67-85

Bottom-ranked Kings managed to get the second consecutive victory on Wednesday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Melbourne Tigers 85-67. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference suggests that Kings is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game without a history. Kings led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international center Julian Khazzouh (211-86) fired 29 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Graeme Dann (204-83) chipped in 12 points and 8 assists. Four Kings players scored in double figures. Jamaican-American guard Corey Williams (191-77, college: Alabama St.) produced 9 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international power forward Matthew Burston (210-82) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kings maintains ninth position with 3-15 record. Loser Melbourne Tigers keep the eighth place with 12 games lost. Kings will meet at home higher ranked Adelaide 36ers (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Melbourne Tigers will play against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sydney K.: J.Khazzouh 29+9reb, B.Madgen 12+2reb+1ast, G.Dann 12+4reb+8ast, T.Gilder 10+10reb+2ast, B.Knight 9+4reb+1ast, P.Sanders 8+1reb+2ast
Tigers: M.Burston 13+7reb+1ast, E.Devendorf 12+3reb+2ast, D.Corletto 10+1reb, C.Williams 9+9reb+9ast, L.Nevill 7+3reb, T.Greer 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 94605


Crocodiles - Blaze 71-62

Rather expected game in Wulguru where 7th ranked Gold Coast Blaze (8-11) was defeated by fourth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (11-8) 71-62 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-16. But Gold Coast Blaze won second period 14-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Townsville Crocodiles won last quarter 24-17. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Peter Crawford (193-79) who added 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Townsville Crocodiles' coach Trevor Gleeson used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and international guard Adam Gibson (188-86) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Townsville Crocodiles maintains fourth position with 11-8 record. Loser Gold Coast Blaze keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. Townsville Crocodiles will have a break next round. Gold Coast Blaze will play on the road against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats (#2).
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: L.Schenscher 20+7reb+2ast, P.Crawford 14+5reb+1ast, W.Blalock 12+2reb+1ast, N.Crosswell 8+3reb+2ast, B.Williamson 5+1reb, R.Ellis 5+3reb+2ast
Blaze: I.Clark 15+6reb, J.Harvey 12+3reb, C.Goulding 9+4reb+1ast, A.Gibson 8+5reb+3ast, D.Hudson 6+3reb+3ast, J.Cadee 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 94606


Hawks - Taipans 86-97

The game in Gwynneville was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Cairns Taipans (11-7) played at the court of 5th ranked Wollongong Hawks (9-9). Cairns Taipans defeated Wollongong Hawks 97-86. The guests were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 36-21 run, which allowed them to win the game. Cairns Taipans made 24-of-28 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for the former international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-83, college: ODU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Center Ian Crosswhite (212-82, college: Oregon) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized Greek guard Tyson Demos (192-88) replied with 16 points and swingman Timothy Coenraad (201-85, college: Nova SE) added 16 points in the effort for Wollongong Hawks. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Cairns Taipans maintains third position with 11-7 record having just two points less than leader Breakers. Wollongong Hawks lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with nine games lost. Cairns Taipans' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Perth Wildcats at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Wollongong Hawks will play against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland.
Top scorers:
Taipans: A.Loughton 24+10reb+2ast, I.Crosswhite 20+5reb+4ast, R.Dorsey 18+6reb+2ast, D.Dillon 18+1reb+3ast, D.Rychart 13+9reb+1ast, L.Tait 2+2reb+1ast
Hawks: T.Demos 16+4reb+1ast, T.Coenraad 16+3reb+2ast, G.Ervin 12+2reb+4ast, L.Davidson 11+8reb+1ast, O.Forman 11+6reb+4ast, M.Campbell 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 94607




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Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Gmunden 18-4 
 2. Arkadia 14-8 
 3. Furstenfeld 14-8 
 4. Oberwart 13-9 
 5. Kapfenberg 13-9 
 6. Klosterneub. 13-9 
 7. UBSC Graz 12-10 
 8. Wels 11-11 
 9. BC Vienna 9-13 
 10. Gussing 8-14 
 11. St.Polten 6-16 
 12. Worthersee 1-21 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.6 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.5 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.20.5 
 4. Houston, Arkadia19.5 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.19.0 
 6. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.5 
 7. Mayes, Gmunden17.4 
 8. Miletic, UBSC G.17.4 
 9. Heard, Gussing17.3 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.7 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.4 
 4. Volcic, Oberwart8.1 
 5. Mayer, Gmunden7.9 
 6. Vay, Arkadia7.9 
 7. Graham, UBSC G.7.7 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna7.5 
 9. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.4 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Markus CARR
  BC Vienna
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Carr, BC Vienna8.0 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.8.0 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.7 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.5 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.7 
 6. Parker, Oberwart4.6 
 7. Boylan, Gmunden4.5 
 8. Miletic, UBSC G.4.4 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.1 
 4. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 5. Parker, Oberwart2.1 
 6. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna1.9 
 8. Danek, Arkadia1.9 
 9. Payton, Arkadia1.8 
 10. Artner, Oberwart1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.8 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.4 
 4. Slack, Gmunden1.3 
 5. Vay, Arkadia1.1 
 6. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 7. N''Diaye, BC.0.8 
 8. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 9. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 10. Carr, Furstenfeld0.7 


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Armands Skele joins Kalev/Cramo - by Eurobasket News
Armands Skele (192-G-83) will continue his career in Estonia. The 27-year-old guard signed a deal with Kalev/Cramo. Armads Skele started the season without a team. He inked a deal with Ferro-ZNTU in Ukraine in January. Armands Skele appeared in just one game in Superleague. He grabbed a rebounds and issued an assist but that was releases later that month. Last season Armands Skele played for Napoli tallying 5.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. The guard moved to Ventspils in March 2010. There his stats read 7.1 points, 2.9 assists and 2.0 boards per LBL appearance. In BBL he notched 5.0 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 boards. Armands Skele played for Latvia at 2009 EuroBasket. He averaged 7.3 points, 2.3 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals in Poland.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 2. Osby, TT.18.4 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale17.5 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.7 
 5. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau16.5 
 6. Mitchell, Liepaja16.3 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas15.5 
 8. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 9. Sirvydis, Sakalai15.5 
 10. Krumins, Zemgale15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Osby, TT.11.6 
 2. Kieza, Juventus10.1 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.6 
 4. Cukinas, Aiscai K.8.3 
 5. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 6. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.8.2 
 7. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 8. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 9. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.6 
 10. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Dainys, Rudupis6.2 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.5 
 3. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.0 
 4. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.5.0 
 5. Viskontas, Perlas4.9 
 6. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 7. Alijevas, Nevezis4.8 
 8. Kriisa, TT.4.7 
 9. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.7 
 10. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Martin DORBEK
  Rakvere
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Dorbek, Rakvere2.2 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.1 
 3. Dainys, Rudupis2.1 
 4. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 5. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 7. Rinkevicius, Techasas1.9 
 8. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 9. Anderson, Ventspils1.8 
 10. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael DUNIGAN
  Kalev/Cramo
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.2.1 
 2. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.1 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale2.0 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 5. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.4 
 6. Silinskis, Techasas1.3 
 7. Cresnar, Nevezis1.2 
 8. Cukinas, Aiscai K.1.1 
 9. Osby, TT.1.1 
 10. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.0 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Challenge Cup
 1. Sakalai 0-0 
 2. Rakvere 0-0 
 3. Barsy Atyrau 0-0 
 4. Naglis-Adakris 0-0 
Elite Division
 1. VEF Riga 13-2 
 2. Ventspils 12-4 
 3. TU/Rock 11-5 
 4. Rudupis 10-6 
 5. Nevezis 9-5 
 6. Kalev/Cramo 9-6 
 7. Siauliai 9-7 
 8. Norrkoping 6-9 
 9. Perlas 6-10 
 10. Liepaja 5-10 
 11. TTU/Kalev 4-14 
 12. Valmiera 1-17 
Challenge Cup
 1. Aiscai Kaunas 4-2 
 2. Juventus 4-2 
 3. Techasas 3-3 
 4. Zemgale 3-3 
 5. Neptunas 3-3 
 6. Alytus Alita 1-5 


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  BELGIUM   


D1 Round 17: Spirou Charleroi defeats Dexia Mons-Hainaut in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 17 in the D1 took place in Quaregnon. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 3rd placed Dexia Mons-Hainaut (10-5) to second ranked Spirou Charleroi (11-1) 66-65 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dexia Mons-Hainaut. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 22-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Dexia Mons-Hainaut helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St.) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and international forward Christophe Beghin (207-80, agency: Court Side) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Ronell Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Spirou Charleroi have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 11-1 record having five point less than leader Aalstar. Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Spirou Charleroi are looking forward to face Antwerp Giants (#4) at home in the next round. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against Belgacom Liege and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Antwerp Giants (#4) were upset in Antwerp by seventh ranked Leuven Bears 71-62. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) nailed 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Adeola Dagunduro accounted for 9 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international guard Roel Moors (190-78, agency: Agency No 10) came up with 15 points and 5 assists for Antwerp Giants in the defeat. Leuven Bears (5-9) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Liege. Antwerp Giants at the other side keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Leuven Bears will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#8) at home in the next round. Antwerp Giants will play against the league's second-placed Spirou Charleroi (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
D1 top team - Okapi Aalstar (13-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Belgacom Liege (5-9) 79-70. The best player for the winners was Christopher Copeland who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Taylor Griffin produced 12 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Okapi Aalstar have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-2 record. Loser Belgacom Liege keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Leuven. Okapi Aalstar will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Belgacom Liege will play against Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#3) in Quaregnon and hope to secure a win.
Eighth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-10) crushed at home 9th ranked Optima Gent (2-13) by 27 points 83-56, which is the biggest margin this round. Americans were the main players on the court. Rashaun Freeman orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. VOO Verviers-Pepinster maintains eighth place with 4-10 record. Optima Gent lost their ninth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. VOO Verviers-Pepinster's next round opponent will be higher ranked Leuven Bears (#7) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Optima Gent will play against Base Oostende.



Verviers-Pep. - Gent 83-56

Eighth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-10) crushed at home 9th ranked Optima Gent (2-13) by 27 points 83-56, which is the biggest margin this round. VOO Verviers-Pepinster dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Optima Gent's 14. It was a great shooting night for VOO Verviers-Pepinster especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Rashaun Freeman (203-84, college: Massachusetts) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Five VOO Verviers-Pepinster players scored in double figures. Swingman Mike Rose (193-87, college: E.Kentucky) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Monwell Randle (203-83, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Optima Gent. VOO Verviers-Pepinster maintains eighth place with 4-10 record. Optima Gent lost their ninth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. VOO Verviers-Pepinster's next round opponent will be higher ranked Leuven Bears (#7) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Optima Gent will play against Base Oostende.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: S.Jackson 19+4reb+1ast, R.Freeman 14+13reb+1ast, B.Gay 13+8reb, T.Shengelia 11+4reb, A.Agudio 10+1reb+6ast, A.Chada 7+1ast
Gent: M.Rose 17+6reb+2ast, M.Randle 12+6reb+1ast, W.Dobbelaere 8+1reb, L.Bosco 7+2ast, M.De Zeeuw 5+3reb, S.Geukens 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 98629


Aalstar - Liege 79-70

D1 top team - Okapi Aalstar (13-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Belgacom Liege (5-9) 79-70. Belgacom Liege trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 16-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 70-79 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado, agency: 540 Sports) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Taylor Griffin (201-86, college: Oklahoma) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and guard Geoffrey Hockins (188-88) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-2 record. Loser Belgacom Liege keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Leuven. Okapi Aalstar will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Belgacom Liege will play against Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#3) in Quaregnon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: C.Copeland 18+9reb+1ast, A.Hilliard 18+5reb+1ast, C.Young 14+5reb, J.Steinbach 11+4reb+2ast, T.Johnson 10+8reb+2ast, A.Ruoff 5+4reb+1ast
Liege: T.Griffin 12+7reb, G.Hockins 12+4reb, A.Stipanovic 11+2reb, G.Muya 10+3reb+3ast, C.Bozeman 10+4reb, O.Troisfontaines 9
gschID: 98626


M.Hainaut - Charleroi 65-66

The most exciting game of round 17 in the D1 took place in Quaregnon. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 3rd placed Dexia Mons-Hainaut (10-5) to second ranked Spirou Charleroi (11-1) 66-65 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dexia Mons-Hainaut. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 22-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Dexia Mons-Hainaut helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St.) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and international forward Christophe Beghin (207-80, agency: Court Side) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Ronell Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Spirou Charleroi have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 11-1 record having five point less than leader Aalstar. Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Spirou Charleroi are looking forward to face Antwerp Giants (#4) at home in the next round. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against Belgacom Liege and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Charleroi: C.Hill 16+4reb+1ast, J.Gomis 13+2ast, C.Beghin 9+6reb+1ast, A.Riddick 7+4reb, B.Greene 6+4reb+2ast, D.Mallet 5+2reb+1ast
M.Hainaut: R.Taylor 19+7reb+5ast, A.Nivins 14+5reb, J.Cage 12+4reb+2ast, M.Hatten 9+7reb+4ast, P.Van Paassen 6+4reb, S.Foster 3+5reb
gschID: 98627


Antwerp - Leuven 62-71

Antwerp Giants (#4) were upset in Antwerp by seventh ranked Leuven Bears 71-62. It looked good early as Antwerp Giants took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Leuven Bears had a 20-8 second period charge getting the lead and Antwerp Giants were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-71. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) nailed 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) accounted for 9 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international guard Roel Moors (190-78, agency: Agency No 10) came up with 15 points and 5 assists and American guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton (NC), agency: Limelight Hoops) added 16 points respectively for Antwerp Giants in the defeat. Leuven Bears (5-9) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Liege. Antwerp Giants at the other side keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Leuven Bears will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#8) at home in the next round. Antwerp Giants will play against the league's second-placed Spirou Charleroi (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leuven: J.J.J. Miller 20+2reb+1ast, J.Tofi 17+9reb, N.Marnegrave 11+2reb, A.Dagunduro 9+9reb+7ast, D.Lowhorn 6+2reb, B.Freeman 4+3reb
Antwerp: T.Black 16+1reb, R.Moors 15+1reb+5ast, D.Wilson 9+6reb+2ast, G.Brown 7+8reb+1ast, J.Mwema 5+6reb+1ast, S.Mejri 4+3reb
gschID: 98628




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  BOSNIA   


BIH faces its neighbours in Lithuania! - by Nedzad Kladusak
Who is the strongest basketball nation on the Balkans? Honestly it is certainly not Bosnia-Hercegovina but after the EC we will see much clearer.
Today have been drawn the groups for the EC in Lithuania and BIH will play against Croatia (with at least three BIH players in its rows), Montenegro, FYROM, Greece and one qualifier. Things could have become really nasty if we would have been drawn in group A or B which are really tough groups. On the other hand group D seems to be the easiest one and BIH would have had good chances to qualify for the next round.
It s also very interesting that KSBIH has confirmed its participation in a tournament featuring all ex-Yugoslav republics.
The chances of BIH will also also largely depend on the response of its players. Coach Hadzic announced that he is probably going to add naturalized players on position 3 and 5 in order to have more tactical options. He stated that Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) is one of the players who expressed their willing to reinforce the Bosnian roster.
As I pointed out several times it might be a good idea to naturalize a true high quality PG since Aleksej Nesovic has broke his foot two weeks ago.

Groups:

A: ESP, TUR, LIT, GB, POL, Qualifier
B: SRB, FRA, D, ISR, ITA, LAT
C: GRE, CRO, MNE, FYROM, BiH, Qualifier
D: SLO, RUS, BEL, GEO, BUL, UKR


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac19.1 
 2. Kahrimanovic, Kak.18.9 
 3. Albijanic, Sloboda .18.1 
 4. Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs.16.6 
 5. Rahimic, Bosna16.5 
 6. Stanic, Slavija16.2 
 7. Opacak, Celik16.1 
 8. Zdravkovic, Capljina15.9 
 9. Lesko, Brotnjo15.6 
 10. Gajovic, Hercegovac15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac8.2 
 2. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.3 
 3. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 4. Ljuca, Kakanj6.8 
 5. Albijanic, Sloboda .6.6 
 6. Kuzmic, Celik6.4 
 7. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.6.3 
 8. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.3 
 9. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
 10. Jocovic, Borac N.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Radnik B.
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Pasalic, Bosna4.8 
 3. Jovanovic, Borac N.4.4 
 4. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 5. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.5 
 6. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 7. Mulic, Kakanj3.3 
 8. Ahmetbasic, Kakanj3.3 
 9. Bijelica, Capljina3.2 
 10. Jovanovic, SL IAT L.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 3. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 4. Gajovic, Hercegovac1.9 
 5. Vranjes, Borac N.1.9 
 6. Komatina, Mladost1.8 
 7. Bijelica, Capljina1.7 
 8. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.7 
 9. Crnobrnja, Varda HE1.5 
 10. Lesko, Brotnjo1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kuzmic, Celik2.0 
 2. Zimic, Bosna1.9 
 3. Ljuca, Kakanj1.6 
 4. Duranovic, Mladost0.9 
 5. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.8 
 6. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.8 
 7. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 8. Brkic, Capljina0.8 
 9. Suljagic, Kakanj0.7 
 10. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.7 


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Bosna 15-2 
 2. Borac Nektar 12-5 
 3. Capljina 12-5 
 4. Mladost 11-5 
 5. SL IAT Leotar 10-7 
 6. Sloboda Dita 9-8 
 7. Hercegovac 8-8 
 8. Zrinjski HT 8-9 
 9. Kakanj 6-10 
 10. Celik 6-11 
 11. Varda HE 5-11 
 12. Brotnjo 4-13 
 13. Slavija 2-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki TT


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  BRAZIL   


Brasilian Marcelinho Huertas hits big shot to win Spanish league game - by Mel Devonne
Marcelinho Huertas (191-G-83, agency: Edge Sports) hits the game winning shot at the buzzer to give his
team Caja Laboral Vitoria a 76-74 victory over UNICAJA in the Division 1
Spanish league. Marcelinho Huertas played for Paulistano in Brasil in 2004
and is one of the top guards in the Spaninsh league.
Marcelinho Huertas had 16 points for CAJA while Gerald Fitch led UNICAJA
with 21 points. It was great game televised on SportTV Brasil.


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  BULGARIA   


Lukoil Academic won the derby against Levski - by Christomir Rackov
Lukoil Academic won the derby of Bulgarian League against Levski and decided the first place in the regular season. The champions won 93-85 and now have 3 wins over its biggest rival. This means that only a miracle can prevent Lukoil from finishing top in the league before the playoffs.
The first quarter was an even one with Lukoil leading for most of the time. However in the last second Donald Cole scored and Levski went in front for the first time at 20-19. The second quarter started with a 3-pointer by Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) but then Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73, college: Central State) tied the score at 22. What followed then was a big run by Lukoil Academic who scored 11 straight points and took a double digit lead at 33-22. Levski cut the deficit to 4 points but after the first half the hosts had a 49-41 lead.


Levski started good the second half and in the middle of it managed to take a 3-point lead. However the team led once again this advantage sleap away and allowed the hosts to make a 10-0 run that made the score 70-63. Levski scored the last 4 points in the quarter and it finished with the hosts in front 70-67.
Tencho Banev (209-C-80, agency: Interperformances) scored the first 4 points of the last quarter and then Jason Crowe (193-G-76, college: Cal.St. Northridge) hit a three for 74-70 for the hosts. What followed was another strong play from Lukoil and more poor minutes for Levski. The hosts made a 15-0 run that all but decided the game.

Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) and Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) were the top scorers for the winners with 16 points while Devin Green (201-G/F-82, college: Hampton) added 14.
For the visitors Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) reminded about himself and scored 31 points while Jason Crowe had 14 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Priest Lauderdale had 12 points before fouling out after playing 17 minutes.


FULL STATS FROM LUKOIL ACADEMIC - LEVSKI GAME




NBL Round 16: Derby game ends with Lukoil Academik's victory against Levski - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Sofia: Lukoil Academik (#1) and Levski (#2). Lukoil Academik (17-0) won against visiting Levski (14-3) 93-85. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Levski. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-85. Lukoil Academik made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) replied with 31 points for Levski. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Lukoil Academik have an impressive 17-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-0 record. Levski at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Lukoil Academik are looking forward to face Chernomorets (#7) in Burgas in the next round where they are favorite. Levski will play on the road against Euroins Cherno More (#5) in Varna and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Pleven was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Euroins Cherno More (7-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Spartak (3-14). Euroins Cherno More defeated Spartak 95-81. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Plamen Aleksiev (180-87) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists and Simeon Iliev who added 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-74) responded with 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Euroins Cherno More maintains fifth position with 7-10 record. Spartak lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Chernomorets. Euroins Cherno More will play against league's second-placed Levski in Sofia in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Spartak will play on the road against Tundja (#6) in Yambol and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Burgas was also quite interesting. Third ranked Balkan (10-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Chernomorets (3-14). Balkan defeated Chernomorets 97-85 on Saturday. The winners were led by Georgi Davidov who scored that evening 24 points and 9 rebounds. Even 24 points by Simeon Naydenov did not help to save the game for Chernomorets. Chernomorets' coach Detcho Koeshinov rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Balkan have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-7 record having seven points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Chernomorets lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Spartak. Balkan will meet at home Rilski Sportist (#4) in the next round. Chernomorets will play against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and hope to secure a win.
The game between fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (9-8) and 6th ranked Tundja (5-12) in Samokov ended with biggest points difference. Rilski Sportist outscored guests from Yambol 87-68. Ivan Lilov fired 29 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Rilski Sportist have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-8 record. Tundja lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Rilski Sportist's next round opponent will be higher ranked Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad and it may be the game of the week. Tundja will play at home against Spartak in Pleven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Spartak - Cherno More 81-95

The game in Pleven was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Euroins Cherno More (7-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Spartak (3-14). Euroins Cherno More defeated Spartak 95-81. The game was mostly controlled by Euroins Cherno More. Spartak was better in fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Euroins Cherno More made 20-of-23 charity shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Plamen Aleksiev (180-87) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists and forward Simeon Iliev (202-89, agency: Interperformances) who added 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Euroins Cherno More players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-74) responded with 18 points and guard Aleksandar Dyakovski (185-82) scored 15 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Euroins Cherno More maintains fifth position with 7-10 record. Spartak lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Chernomorets. Euroins Cherno More will play against league's second-placed Levski in Sofia in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Spartak will play on the road against Tundja (#6) in Yambol and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: P.Aleksiev 23+1reb+4ast, S.Iliev 16+7reb, N.Kolev 14+5reb, V.Kyosev 14+3reb, A.Yanev 12+6reb+1ast, T.Zhelev 8+2reb+1ast
Spartak: H.Dimitrov 18+4reb+3ast, A.Dyakovski 15+1reb+2ast, T.Todorov 10+3reb, N.Traykov 9+7reb+2ast, S.Tsenov 7+3reb, R.Sofroniev 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 98308


Chernomorets - Balkan 85-97

The game in Burgas was also quite interesting. Third ranked Balkan (10-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Chernomorets (3-14). Balkan defeated Chernomorets 97-85 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 35-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by the former international power forward Georgi Davidov (205-76) who scored that evening 24 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Dwayne Morton (200-71, college: Louisville) supported him with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Even 24 points by the former international swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-81, college: Louisville, agency: Global Sports Plaza) did not help to save the game for Chernomorets. Center Konstantin Koev (206-91) added 15 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Five Balkan and four Chernomorets players scored in double figures. Chernomorets' coach Detcho Koeshinov rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Balkan have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-7 record having seven points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Chernomorets lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Spartak. Balkan will meet at home Rilski Sportist (#4) in the next round. Chernomorets will play against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Balkan: G.Davidov 24+9reb+3ast, E.Binev 17+3reb+1ast, D.Morton 17+7reb+2ast, D.Filipov 14+3reb+1ast, T.Ivanov 13+1reb+1ast, L.Lilov 7+5reb+1ast
Chernomorets: S.Naydenov 24+2reb+1ast, H.Zahariev 17+3reb+2ast, K.Koev 15+6reb+2ast, A.Penev 10+2reb+5ast, J.Neuhaus 8+7reb+2ast, A.Saraliyski 7+7reb
gschID: 98309


Rilski Sportist - Tundja 87-68

The game between fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (9-8) and 6th ranked Tundja (5-12) in Samokov ended with biggest points difference. Rilski Sportist outscored guests from Yambol 87-68. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Tundja was better in third quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. International swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) fired 29 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian-Serbian center Aleksandar Radojevic (220-76, college: Barton County CC) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Four Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. Guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) produced 16 points and the former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Rilski Sportist have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 9-8 record. Tundja lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Rilski Sportist's next round opponent will be higher ranked Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad and it may be the game of the week. Tundja will play at home against Spartak in Pleven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: I.Lilov 29+7reb+3ast, A.Radojevic 15+11reb+2ast, D.Karadzovski 14+5reb+6ast, M.Marinov 12+3reb+2ast, A.Gruev 7+2reb+4ast, V.Mijovic 5+4reb+1ast
Tundja: S.Govedarov 16+2reb+3ast, N.Varbanov 11+10reb, P.Marinov 10+2reb, M.Durchev 7+5ast, J.Radionov 7+5reb+3ast, D.Sattler 6+4reb
gschID: 98310


Lukoil Academik - Levski 93-85

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Sofia: Lukoil Academik (#1) and Levski (#2). Lukoil Academik (17-0) won against visiting Levski (14-3) 93-85. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Levski. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-85. Lukoil Academik made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. Swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) replied with 31 points and guard Jason Crowe (193-76, college: Cal.St. Northridge) added 14 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Levski. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lukoil Academik have an impressive 17-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-0 record. Levski at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Lukoil Academik are looking forward to face Chernomorets (#7) in Burgas in the next round where they are favorite. Levski will play on the road against Euroins Cherno More (#5) in Varna and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: T.Stoykov 16+2reb+2ast, B.Heath 16+5reb+5ast, D.Green 14+5reb+4ast, B.Sundov 11+6reb+1ast, T.Banev 9+5reb, T.Peterson 9+3reb+1ast
Levski: A.Harper 31+4reb+1ast, J.Crowe 14+7reb+6ast, P.Lauderdale 12+4reb+2ast, P.Ivanov 9+3reb+1ast, S.Georgiev 8+1reb, G.Cekovski 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 98307




Division A Round 13: NSA loses to Beroe in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Stara Zagora. Second ranked host Beroe (9-2) defeated 4th placed NSA (6-6) 92-76. The game without a history. Beroe led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 21 NSA turnovers. Beroe looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Guard Boyko Milenkov (194-G-83) stepped up and scored 36 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and forward Petar Zagorov (202-86) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. Beroe's coach Konstantin Boev used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side power forward Danail Hristov (195-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Beroe have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-2 record having just two points less than leader Dunav 2007. NSA lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Balkan 2 and Cherno More U18. Beroe are looking forward to face Academik Plovdiv (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. NSA will play against Chavdar in Troyan and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Division A top team - Dunav 2007 (11-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Balkan 2 (6-6) in Botevgrad 76-58. Forward Hristo Gospodinov (202-92) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and Lyuben Paskov accounted for 20 points and 8 rebounds. Dunav 2007's coach Nikolay Gospodinov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Ivaylo Vuchkov (200-90) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Balkan 2 in the defeat. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Dunav 2007. They maintain first place with 11-0 record. Newly promoted Balkan 2 keeps the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with NSA and Cherno More U18. Dunav 2007 will play against Cherno More U18 (#7) in Varna in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Balkan 2 will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (0-12) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 12th consecutive match to seventh ranked Rilski 2 (6-5) 88-62 on Sunday evening. Mario Karailiev fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Nikolay Manov produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. The victory was the third consecutive win for Rilski 2. They moved-up to fourth place. Academic Blagoevgrad lost their twelfth game in a row. Academic Blagoevgrad at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Rilski 2 will meet Sportist Svoge (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Vidabasket and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 13 Sportist Svoge lost to Cherno More U18 on the opponent's court 81-97.


Balkan 2 - Dunav 2007 58-76

Division A top team - Dunav 2007 (11-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat fifth ranked Balkan 2 (6-6) in Botevgrad 76-58. The game was mostly controlled by Dunav 2007. Balkan 2 was better in second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Balkan 2 to just 5 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Balkan 2 47-29 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Hristo Gospodinov (202-92) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and forward Lyuben Paskov (198-90) accounted for 20 points and 8 rebounds. Five Dunav 2007 players scored in double figures. Dunav 2007's coach Nikolay Gospodinov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Ivaylo Vuchkov (200-90) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Ventsislav Stoev (182-92) added 9 points respectively for Balkan 2 in the defeat. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Dunav 2007. They maintain first place with 11-0 record. Newly promoted Balkan 2 keeps the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with NSA and Cherno More U18. Dunav 2007 will play against Cherno More U18 (#7) in Varna in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Balkan 2 will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Dunav 2007: L.Paskov 20+8reb+1ast, H.Gospodinov 15+13reb+2ast, V.Petkov 14+9reb+3ast, V.Nikolov 12+7reb+2ast, K.Kostov 11+1reb+3ast, P.Pashanov 2+1reb
Balkan 2: I.Vuchkov 21+8reb+3ast, V.Stoev 9+4reb+3ast, P.Petkov 8+2reb+2ast, R.Dundalov 4+7reb, D.Hristov 4+1reb+4ast, R.Kochev 4
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Beroe - NSA 92-76

The game between Top Four teams took place in Stara Zagora. Second ranked host Beroe (9-2) defeated 4th placed NSA (6-6) 92-76. The game without a history. Beroe led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 21 NSA turnovers. Beroe looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Guard Boyko Milenkov (194-83) stepped up and scored 36 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and forward Petar Zagorov (202-86) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. Four Beroe players scored in double figures. Beroe's coach Konstantin Boev used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side power forward Danail Hristov (195-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and guard Damyan Dikov (188-89) scored 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Beroe have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-2 record having just two points less than leader Dunav 2007. NSA lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Balkan 2 and Cherno More U18. Beroe are looking forward to face Academik Plovdiv (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. NSA will play against Chavdar in Troyan and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Beroe: B.Milenkov 36+7reb+4ast, P.Zagorov 23+5reb+1ast, M.Radnev 13+7reb+4ast, O.Kisimov 10+2reb+1ast, B.Marinov 5+10reb+1ast, A.Angelov 4
NSA: D.Hristov 20+11reb+1ast, D.Tarpanov 11+2reb, D.Dikov 9+5reb+6ast, V.Hristov 9+3reb+2ast, T.Mladenov 8+1reb+3ast, R.Kolev 7+4reb+4ast
gschID: 113101


Rilski 2 - Academik BL 88-62

Bottom-ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (0-12) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 12th consecutive match to seventh ranked Rilski 2 (6-5) 88-62 on Sunday evening. The game without a history. Rilski 2 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Academic Blagoevgrad's 34. Rilski 2 forced 22 Academic Blagoevgrad turnovers. Center Mario Karailiev (206-93) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Lubomir Kirov (195-89) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Four Rilski 2 players scored in double figures. Guard Nikolay Manov (187-91) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and forward Boyan Tenev (205-88, college: Lincoln Memorial) added 18 points respectively for lost side. The victory was the third consecutive win for Rilski 2. They moved-up to fourth place. Academic Blagoevgrad lost their twelfth game in a row. Academic Blagoevgrad at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Rilski 2 will meet Sportist Svoge (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Vidabasket and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Rilski 2: M.Karailiev 22+14reb, L.Kirov 21+5reb+3ast, K.Georgiev 13+4reb+1ast, M.Dimitar 10+6reb+5ast, D.Ivanov 9+5reb+1ast, I.Tsenov 8+8reb
Academik BL: B.Tenev 18+3reb+2ast, N.Manov 13+12reb, K.Kostov 9+4reb, Y.Ivanov 8+3reb, D.Georgiev 8+7reb, I.Kraykov 6+9reb+2ast
gschID: 113103


Cherno More U18 - Sportist Svoge 97-81

Rather expected game in Varna where 10th ranked Sportist Svoge (3-9) was defeated by eighth ranked Cherno More U18 (6-6) 97-81 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Cherno More U18. Sportist Svoge managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cherno More U18 had a 33-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Sportist Svoge's players. Forward Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) fired 32 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Center Denislav Vutev (206-94) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. Four Cherno More U18 players scored in double figures. Forward Martin Vutov (195-92) produced 32 points and 9 rebounds and guard Daniel Klechkov (178-90) added 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Cherno More U18 moved-up to fifth place, which they share with NSA and Balkan 2. Loser Sportist Svoge keeps the tenth position with nine games lost. Cherno More U18 will meet league's leader Dunav 2007 in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sportist Svoge will play against Rilski 2 (#4) in Samokov and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cherno More U18: N.Stoyanov 32+9reb+2ast, D.Vutev 22+13reb+3ast, A.Dikov 18+7reb+4ast, G.Yankov 12+6reb+6ast, A.Natskin 8+5reb+9ast, D.Petrov 3+3reb+6ast
Sportist Svoge: M.Vutov 32+9reb, D.Klechkov 16+5reb+3ast, E.Goranov 15+4reb, R.Bogdanov 7+12reb+3ast, A.Antov 7+6reb+5ast, G.Kunov 4+3reb
gschID: 113104




Rosen Barchovski: Im happy with the Eurobasket 2011 draw - by Valentin Anguelov
Bulgaria will begin against Slovenia's their Evrobasket 2011 in Lithuania next summer. After opening game, they will play versus Belgium and Ukraine and then after one day rest will face Russia and Georgia. Head coach of Bulgarian national team Rosen Barchovski was satisfied by the draw, also saying that the schedule of the games is not bad as well.

'I can't say that this is the easiest group. Of course we are satisfied with the draw a lot, especially we are not in the the dangerous group A. The other three groups are pretty much even. It is good that we start with the strongest team in the group, but the program is not so important. The important thing is to fight, overall the whole schedule of our games is not that bad.'



Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Dunav 2007 11-0 
 2. Beroe 9-2 
 3. Academik PL 7-3 
 4. Rilski 2 6-5 
 5. Balkan 2 6-6 
 6. NSA 6-6 
 7. Cherno More U18 6-6 
 8. Vidabasket 5-5 
 9. Chavdar 3-8 
 10. Sportist Svoge 3-9 
 11. Academik BL 0-12 


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 17-0 
 2. Levski 14-3 
 3. Balkan 10-7 
 4. Rilski Sportist 9-8 
 5. Cherno More 7-10 
 6. Tundja 5-12 
 7. Chernomorets 3-14 
 8. Spartak 3-14 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ivan LILOV
  Rilski Sportist
  (196-F/G-88)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Lilov, Rilski S.25.8 
 2. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.2 
 3. Harper, Levski22.9 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak19.2 
 5. Bozov, Balkan17.5 
 6. Naydenov, Chernomo.17.4 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja15.4 
 8. Yanev, Cherno More15.1 
 9. Davidov, Balkan15.0 
 10. Dyakovski, Spartak14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.13.1 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja11.1 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.8 
 4. Peterson, Lukoil A.7.5 
 5. Kolev, Cherno More7.3 
 6. Dimitrov, Spartak7.2 
 7. Morton, Balkan7.0 
 8. Todorov, Spartak6.9 
 9. Iliev, Cherno More6.8 
 10. Cekovski, Levski6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Crowe, Levski5.9 
 2. Bozov, Balkan4.3 
 3. Zahariev, Chernomo.4.3 
 4. Dyakovski, Spartak4.2 
 5. Govedarov, Tundja4.1 
 6. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.0 
 7. James, Lukoil A.3.9 
 8. Gruev, Rilski S.3.8 
 9. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
 10. Heath, Lukoil A.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Crowe, Levski2.5 
 2. Bozov, Balkan2.1 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.2.1 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak2.0 
 5. Zahariev, Chernomo.1.7 
 6. Finzgar, Tundja1.7 
 7. Lilov, Rilski S.1.6 
 8. James, Lukoil A.1.6 
 9. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.6 
 10. Kyosev, Cherno M.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.4 
 2. Doychinov, Balkan1.3 
 3. Cole, Levski0.8 
 4. Vaklinov, Rilski S.0.8 
 5. Petkov, Tundja0.8 
 6. Varbanov, Tundja0.8 
 7. Yanev, Cherno More0.6 
 8. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 
 9. Banev, Lukoil A.0.6 
 10. Davidov, Balkan0.5 


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Marcus Williams claims Chinese CBA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Marcus Williams (201-F-86, agency: ZAG Advocates) had an amazing evening in the last round for Zhejiang C. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 24-year old forward had the game-high 53 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Zhejiang C. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Shanghai (#11, 8-12) 116-103. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Zhejiang C. is placed at 10th position in Chinese CBA. Zhejiang C. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-11 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got eight three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He just recently signed at Zhejiang C., being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of Arizona graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (7th best: 26.3ppg) and averages solid 49.1% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-C-79) of Bayi. Wang impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 33 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Bayi cruised to a 99-88 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Zhejiang G.L. (#7, 11-9). This victory allowed Bayi to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wang is one of the most experienced players at Bayi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Shawn Taggart (207-F-85) of Shanxi Zh. (#15). Taggart got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds . Despite Taggart's great performance Shanxi Zh. lost 114-135 to the higher-ranked DongGuan (#2, 17-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Shanxi Zh. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Taggart could try to bring Shanxi Zh.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Taggart has individually a great season in China. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.5ppg (5th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 64.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stephon Marbury (187-G-77) of Foshan - 34 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81) of DongGuan - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Zaid Abbaas (203-F-83) of Beijing - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marcus Haislip (207-F-80) of Guandong - 37 points and 3 rebounds
8. Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) of Beijing - 31 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Qingdao DS - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) of Jilin - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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A1 Round 13: Zabok wins overtime game against Svjetlost - by Eurobasket News
Zabok (6-7) outlasted Svjetlost (6-7) in overtime by nine points 99-90 on Saturday night. The game took place in Slavonski Brod. But the guests from Zabok were better at the end. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 19-15 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 9-point victory in overtime. Zabok made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 31 personal fouls committed by Svjetlost helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Robert Lez (200-F-79) stepped up and scored 24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners and guard Luka Pesut (193-91) chipped in 14 points. At the losing side guard Luka Petkovic (190-88) responded with a triple-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Zabok moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Svjetlost. Zabok is looking forward to face higher ranked Kvarner 2010 (#4) in Rijeka in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Svjetlost will play on the road against the league's leader KK Split and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Alkar Sinj (8-5) against eighth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (6-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Alkar Sinj was defeated by Vrijednosnice OS in a tough game in Darda 72-77. Center Ivan Krolo (217-83) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winning side and Zvonimir Ridl accounted for 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Ivica Radic (207-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds for Alkar Sinj in the defeat. Vrijednosnice OS have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Alkar Sinj keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Borik. Vrijednosnice OS will play against bottom-ranked Trogir (#10) in Trogir in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Alkar Sinj will play at home against Dubrava (#9) in Zagreb and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A1 top team - KK Split (10-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Dubrava (4-9) in Zagreb 104-82. Josip Sobin fired 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. KK Split's coach Mladen Vuskovic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nikola Garma produced 20 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. KK Split maintains first place with 10-3 record. Dubrava lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with nine games lost. They share it with Trogir. KK Split will meet at home Svjetlost (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dubrava will play against Alkar Sinj and hope to secure a win.
The game in Rijeka was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Dubrovnik (6-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Kvarner 2010 (7-6). Kvarner 2010 managed to secure a 5-point victory 72-67. Worth to mention a great performance of Hrvoje Puljko who helped to win the game recording 27 points. Kvarner 2010's coach Rudolf Jugo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Kvarner 2010 have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Dubrovnik at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Kvarner 2010's next round opponent will be Zabok (#5) in Zabok. Dubrovnik will play at home against the league's second-placed Borik Puntamika in Zadar.

In the last game of round 13 bottom-ranked Trogir was destroyed by Borik on the opponent's court 87-66.


Borik - Trogir 87-66

Very expected game in Zadar where 10th ranked Trogir (4-9) was crushed by third ranked Borik Puntamika (8-5) 87-66. The game was mostly controlled by Borik Puntamika. Trogir was better in fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Borik Puntamika forced 23 Trogir turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Jure Skific (202-88) who helped to win the game recording 28 points. The former international forward Jurica Ruzic (199-77) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Coach Neven Plantak's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Luka Zitko (201-81) answered with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Milan Karakas (190-80) added 16 points in the effort for Trogir. Borik Puntamika moved-up to second place, which they share with Alkar Sinj. Trogir lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Borik Puntamika's next round opponent will be Dubrovnik (#6) on the road. Trogir will play against Vrijednosnice OS (#7) in Darda.
Top scorers:
Borik: J.Skific 28+4reb+3ast, J.Ruzic 16+11reb+2ast, T.Petani 9+1reb+5ast, J.Mrkic 8+4reb+2ast, M.Pesut 8+2reb+1ast, M.Cakarun 6+1reb
Trogir: L.Zitko 18+7reb+4ast, M.Karakas 16+3reb+3ast, M.Diminic 14+6reb+1ast, N.Vladovic 9+4reb, T.Vitali 4+2reb+2ast, A.Bilic 3+2reb
gschID: 107753


Kvarner 2010 - Dubrovnik 72-67

The game in Rijeka was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Dubrovnik (6-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Kvarner 2010 (7-6). Kvarner 2010 managed to secure a 5-point victory 72-67. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 18-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Dubrovnik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-83) who helped to win the game recording 27 points. Center Zoran Pehar (209-81) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Kvarner 2010's coach Rudolf Jugo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Swingman Antonio Ostric (200-89) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Mislav Peric (191-88) added 13 points in the effort for Dubrovnik. Kvarner 2010 have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Dubrovnik at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Kvarner 2010's next round opponent will be Zabok (#5) in Zabok. Dubrovnik will play at home against the league's second-placed Borik Puntamika in Zadar.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: H.Puljko 27+4reb, R.Jugo 11+1reb+3ast, Z.Pehar 10+11reb, F.Filipovic 7+2reb, H.Pervan 6+3reb+1ast, F.Gacesa 4+1reb
Dubrovnik: A.Ostric 19+6reb, M.Peric 13+4reb+2ast, F.Karac 8+4reb, N.Dosen 7+2reb, A.Blesic 6+2reb, M.Hajdic 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 107754


Svjetlost - Zabok 90-99 OT

Zabok (6-7) outlasted Svjetlost (6-7) in overtime by nine points 99-90 on Saturday night. The game took place in Slavonski Brod. But the guests from Zabok were better at the end. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 19-15 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 9-point victory in overtime. Zabok made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 31 personal fouls committed by Svjetlost helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Robert Lez (200-79) stepped up and scored 24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners and guard Luka Pesut (193-91) chipped in 14 points. Four Zabok players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Luka Petkovic (190-88) responded with a triple-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 11 assists and power forward Srdan Helbich (205-76) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Zabok moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Svjetlost. Zabok is looking forward to face higher ranked Kvarner 2010 (#4) in Rijeka in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Svjetlost will play on the road against the league's leader KK Split and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Zabok: R.Lez 24+6reb+6ast, L.Pesut 14+4reb+1ast, T.Brnas 12+6reb, I.Perincic 11+5reb+1ast, F.Kraljevic 10+8reb, R.Rogic 9+1reb+4ast
Svjetlost: L.Petkovic 34+10reb+11ast, I.Maric 16+2reb+2ast, S.Helbich 14+9reb+1ast, F.Vukicevic 8+4reb, A.Sarac 7+3ast, P.Zivkovic 5+2reb
gschID: 107755


Dubrava - KK Split 82-104

A1 top team - KK Split (10-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Dubrava (4-9) in Zagreb 104-82. The game was mostly controlled by KK Split. Dubrava managed to win fourth quarter 33-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KK Split dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Dubrava's 48. KK Split forced 20 Dubrava turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) fired 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) chipped in 21 points. KK Split's coach Mladen Vuskovic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Nikola Garma (204-85, agency: Agency No 10) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Bosnian center Robert Rikic (218-90) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KK Split maintains first place with 10-3 record. Dubrava lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with nine games lost. They share it with Trogir. KK Split will meet at home Svjetlost (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dubrava will play against Alkar Sinj and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
KK Split: J.Sobin 22+9reb+3ast, I.Mimica 21+2reb+3ast, T.Dijan 15+6reb+2ast, T.Katic 14+4reb+4ast, J.Matic 8+7reb+1ast, S.Rezic 7+2ast
Dubrava: N.Garma 20+7reb+1ast, D.Basic 19+1reb+2ast, R.Rikic 18+6reb+2ast, D.Saric 11+6reb+2ast, M.Brzoja 7+3reb+2ast, M.Juricic 4+3reb+6ast
gschID: 107751


Darda - Alkar Sinj 77-72

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Alkar Sinj (8-5) against eighth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (6-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Alkar Sinj was defeated by Vrijednosnice OS in a tough game in Darda 72-77. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Alkar Sinj won third quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alkar Sinj was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Ivan Krolo (217-83) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winning side and forward Zvonimir Ridl (204-73) accounted for 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Vrijednosnice OS players scored in double figures. Forward Ivica Radic (207-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and forward Zeliko Zupic (205-81, college: Denver) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Alkar Sinj in the defeat. Vrijednosnice OS have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Alkar Sinj keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Borik. Vrijednosnice OS will play against bottom-ranked Trogir (#10) in Trogir in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Alkar Sinj will play at home against Dubrava (#9) in Zagreb and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Darda: I.Krolo 22+11reb, Z.Ridl 14+7reb+5ast, I.Bakovic 12+4reb+3ast, A.Bicvic 11+4reb+4ast, M.Rakitic 9, D.Meznaric 5
Alkar Sinj: I.Radic 23+10reb, Z.Zupic 13+9reb+2ast, J.Blajic 10+2reb+5ast, D.Erceg 9+5reb, A.Bilobrk 8+4reb, A.Anzulovic 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 107752




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Division A Round 15: APOEL beats AEK Larnaca by four - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for APOEL as it allowed them to take a leadership position. APOEL defeated 7th ranked AEK in Nicosia 79-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of AEK. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-17. But AEK won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. APOEL made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 AEK turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Arthur Lee (185-77, college: Stanford, agency: Avi Zilberman) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). APOEL's coach Giannis Christopoulos used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian swingman Sasa Bratic (202-81, agency: BeoExcell) who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds. As mentioned above, APOEL is alone now at the top position. AEK at the other side keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. AEK will play next round against strong Keravnos trying to get back on the winning streak. APOEL will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked AEL in Limassol.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Apollon (8-5) against ninth ranked Omonia (4-10) on Friday night. Visiting Apollon was defeated by Omonia in Nicosia 91-78. Omonia moved-up to eighth place. Apollon at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Omonia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Nicosia to the arena ENAD.
The game in Limassol was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Etha (9-4) played at the court of 6th ranked AEL (4-8). Etha defeated AEL 97-84 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Anthony King who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was Rodney Buford with 20 points and 4 assists. Etha have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Keravnos. Loser AEL keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Etha will meet at home league's leader APOEL in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. AEL will play against the league's leader APOEL (#1) in Nicosia and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 15 bottom-ranked ENAD was defeated by Achilleas in Kaimakli 91-83.


Achilleas - ENAD 91-83

There was no surprise in Kaimakli where 9th ranked ENAD (3-10) was defeated by fifth ranked Achilleas (8-6) 91-83 on Sunday. ENAD trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 30-27 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 83-91 at the end of the game. Achilleas made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. Achilleas outrebounded ENAD 40-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for Montenegrin center Savo Djikanovic (211-75, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds. Greek forward Georgios Diamantopoulos (195-80) helped adding 20 points and 7 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). The best for the losing side was Canadian center David Collins (213-85, college: Bradley) with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks and American swingman Tyrone Kent (196-86, college: Toledo) scored 17 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Achilleas maintains fifth place with 8-6 record. ENAD lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Achilleas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. ENAD's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Nicosia Omonia.
Top scorers:
ENAD: D.Collins 19+5reb+1ast, T.Kent 17+4reb+1ast, A.Smiljanic 14+2reb+2ast, B.Price 14+2reb+4ast, B.Radunovic 13+8reb, S.Filippou 4+2ast
Achilleas: S.Djikanovic 21+16reb+3ast, G.Diamantopoulos 20+3reb+7ast, A.Johnson 18+3reb, T.Biggs 11+7reb+1ast, B.Frasor 10+3reb+3ast, G.Pantouris 7+4reb
gschID: 120722


AEL - Etha 84-97

The game in Limassol was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Etha (9-4) played at the court of 6th ranked AEL (4-8). Etha defeated AEL 97-84 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 50-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Etha dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to AEL's 38. They outrebounded AEL 32-21 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami (FL), agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Lithuanian forward Valdas Dabkus (204-84) helped adding 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was American guard Rodney Buford (196-77, college: Creighton, agency: 540 Sports) with 20 points and 4 assists and Serbian guard Dejan Delic (199-83, college: High School, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points. Five Etha and four AEL players scored in double figures. Etha have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Keravnos. Loser AEL keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Etha will meet at home league's leader APOEL in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. AEL will play against the league's leader APOEL (#1) in Nicosia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
AEL: R.Buford 20+3reb+4ast, B.Ewing 15+1ast, D.Delic 13+2reb+1ast, A.Wyatt 11+4reb+1ast, M.Kounounis 8+2reb+4ast, A.Liatsos 7+4reb+1ast
Etha: A.King 24+6reb+1ast, V.Dabkus 20+6reb+1ast, T.Johnson 18+3reb+5ast, K.Tutt 13+6reb+3ast, R.Redding 10+4reb+4ast, D.Cup 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 120720


APOEL - AEK 79-75

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked APOEL as it allowed them to take a leadership position. APOEL defeated 7th ranked AEK in Nicosia 79-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of AEK. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-17. But AEK won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. APOEL made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 AEK turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Arthur Lee (185-77, college: Stanford, agency: Avi Zilberman) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). APOEL's coach Giannis Christopoulos used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian swingman Sasa Bratic (202-81, agency: BeoExcell) who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds and Puerto Rican guard Miguel Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. AEK at the other side keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. AEK will play next round against strong Keravnos trying to get back on the winning streak. APOEL will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked AEL in Limassol.
Top scorers:
AEK: S.Bratic 20+5reb+2ast, J.Collins 16+2reb, M.Ali Berdiel 14+8reb+3ast, N.Papadopoulos 13+4reb+1ast, I.Panteli 8+2reb+3ast, V.Dujovic 2+2reb+3ast
APOEL: A.Lee 22+1reb+4ast, K.Tiggs 20+5reb, J.Davis 10+1reb+6ast, Z.Buljan 10+12reb, I.Miceta 8+2reb, I.Hanavan 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 120721


Omonia - Apollon 91-78

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Apollon (8-5) against ninth ranked Omonia (4-10) on Friday night. Visiting Apollon was defeated by Omonia in Nicosia 91-78. Omonia moved-up to eighth place. Apollon at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Omonia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Nicosia to the arena ENAD.
gschID: 120719




A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Joel CAMACHO
  Apollon
  (196-G/F-81)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Camacho, Apollon17.5 
 2. Diamantopoul., Achill.17.5 
 3. Dunovic, Omonia17.4 
 4. Aleksic, AEK16.4 
 5. Radunovic, ENAD16.3 
 6. Davis, AP.15.6 
 7. Hanavan, AP.15.6 
 8. King, Etha15.5 
 9. McLain, Omonia15.0 
 10. Buford, AEL14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. King, Etha10.3 
 2. Djikanovic, Achilleas10.3 
 3. Radunovic, ENAD8.8 
 4. Aleksic, AEK7.8 
 5. McLain, Omonia6.8 
 6. Buljan, AP.6.7 
 7. Johnson, Keravnos6.5 
 8. Camacho, Apollon6.2 
 9. Biggs, Achilleas6.0 
 10. Radojevic, Omonia5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dante STIGGERS
  Apollon
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Stiggers, Apollon4.7 
 2. Berdiel, AEK4.3 
 3. Kounounis, AEL3.9 
 4. Razis, ENAD3.6 
 5. Lee, AP.3.6 
 6. Diamantopoul., Achill.3.5 
 7. Dunovic, Omonia3.4 
 8. Cummings, Keravnos3.3 
 9. Aleksic, AEK3.2 
 10. Price, ENAD3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 2. Tiggs, AP.2.3 
 3. Kent, ENAD1.9 
 4. Berdiel, AEK1.8 
 5. Hanavan, AP.1.8 
 6. Johnson, Etha1.7 
 7. Dunovic, Omonia1.6 
 8. Price, ENAD1.6 
 9. Diamantopoul., Achill.1.6 
 10. Stiggers, Apollon1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  AEL
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Wyatt, AEL2.2 
 2. King, Etha1.8 
 3. Collins, ENAD1.7 
 4. Radojevic, Omonia1.4 
 5. Johnson, Keravnos1.2 
 6. Collins, AEK1.1 
 7. Fells, Keravnos0.8 
 8. Dials, Apollon0.7 
 9. Radunovic, ENAD0.6 
 10. Camacho, Apollon0.6 


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


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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. BK Prostejov 15-2 
 2. BK Decin 14-4 
 3. BK Pardubice 13-4 
 4. Novy Jicin 12-5 
 5. NH Ostrava 12-6 
 6. B&W Opava 8-9 
 7. BC Kolin 8-9 
 8. Basketbol Brno 6-12 
 9. USK Praha 5-12 
 10. Plzen 1-16 
 11. Svitavy 1-16 
Play in international cups:
 1. CEZ Nymburk


NBL Round 19: BK Pardubice edges Novy Jicin by one point - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in NBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 19 in the NBL took place in Pardubice. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Novy Jicin (12-5) to fourth ranked BK Pardubice (13-4) 80-79 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Novy Jicin. BK Pardubice made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Novy Jicin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St.) fired 21 points for the winners. International forward Petr Bohacik (202-85) chipped in 12 points. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Lithuanian guard Vaidotas Peciukas (199-82, college: Hawaii, agency: Interperformances) produced 21 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for lost side. BK Pardubice moved-up to third place. Novy Jicin at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. BK Pardubice are looking forward to face BC Kolin (#7) on the road in the next round. Novy Jicin will play against the league's leader BK Prostejov and is hoping to win this game.
Leader BK Prostejov delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked B&W Opava (8-9) 104-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of B&W Opava. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovenian forward Zeljko Zagorac (204-81) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Martin Vanak (200-87) answered with 11 points and 5 rebounds for B&W Opava. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Prostejov (15-2) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place. B&W Opava at the other side keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with BC Kolin. BK Prostejov will play against Novy Jicin (#4) in Novy Jicin in the next round. B&W Opava will play at home against USK Praha and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Brno supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked BK Decin (14-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Basketbol Brno (6-12). BK Decin smashed Basketbol Brno 89-64 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Jakub Houska who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side Stepan Reinberger responded with 13 points and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for BK Decin. They maintain second place with 14-4 record behind leader BK Prostejov. Loser Basketbol Brno keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. BK Decin will meet at home bottom-ranked Basketbal Svitavy (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Basketbol Brno will play against Lokomotiva Plzen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 19 NH Ostrava crushed Svitavy in a road game 79-52. USK Praha beat Plzen at home 76-65.
The best stats of 19th round was 15 points and 15 rebounds by Andrew Spagrud of NH Ostrava.


Svitavy - NH Ostrava 52-79

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (1-16) was crushed at home by fifth ranked NH Ostrava (12-6) 79-52 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by NH Ostrava. Basketbal Svitavy managed to win third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Basketbal Svitavy to just 6 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Basketbal Svitavy 45-31 including 35 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for Canadian forward Andrew Spagrud (203-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Marek Stuchly (196-75) helped adding 18 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side power forward Ladislav Horak (205-86) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and center Radim Kramny (212-85) scored 9 points and 14 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. NH Ostrava maintains fifth place with 12-6 record. Basketbal Svitavy lost their twelfth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. They share it with Plzen. NH Ostrava will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Basketbal Svitavy will play against the league's second-placed BK Decin (#2).
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: M.Stuchly 18+6reb+2ast, A.Spagrud 15+15reb+2ast, A.Mason 12+2reb+3ast, D.Burke 9+7reb+2ast, J.Stehlik 8+2reb+1ast, L.Palyza 7+5reb+1ast
Svitavy: L.Horak 23+5reb, R.Kramny 9+14reb+1ast, T.Macela 8+3reb+1ast, T.Teply 4+2reb, J.Sedlak 4+2reb, O.Petrovic 2+2reb
gschID: 91963


Basketbol Brno - BK Decin 64-89

The game in Brno supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked BK Decin (14-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Basketbol Brno (6-12). BK Decin smashed Basketbol Brno 89-64 on Saturday. The game without a history. BK Decin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for the former international center Jakub Houska (206-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Bosnian forward Admir Alic (198-84) helped adding 17 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four BK Decin players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Stepan Reinberger (201-81) responded with 13 points and 4 assists and power forward Michal Norwa (201-83) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for BK Decin. They maintain second place with 14-4 record behind leader BK Prostejov. Loser Basketbol Brno keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. BK Decin will meet at home bottom-ranked Basketbal Svitavy (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Basketbol Brno will play against Lokomotiva Plzen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: A.Alic 17+3reb+2ast, J.Houska 16+11reb+2ast, W.Hatcher 13+4ast, A.Pistecky 10+5reb+1ast, L.Stria 9+1reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 9+4reb+2ast
Basketbol Brno: E.Holloway 14+1reb+1ast, S.Reinberger 13+1reb+4ast, M.Norwa 10+7reb+1ast, P.Sedmak 9+2reb, B.Meno 6+4reb, S.Castleberry 5+7reb
gschID: 91964


USK Praha - Plzen 76-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked USK Praha's (5-12) home victory over 10th ranked Lokomotiva Plzen (1-16) 76-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by USK Praha. Lokomotiva Plzen managed to win fourth quarter 20-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Lukas Kotas (194-84) helped adding 14 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. At the losing side the former international guard Stepan Vrubl (186-76) responded with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Pavel Novak (199-83) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Lokomotiva Plzen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. USK Praha maintains ninth place with 5-12 record. Lokomotiva Plzen lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Svitavy. USK Praha will meet higher ranked B&W Opava (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lokomotiva Plzen will play against Basketbol Brno (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: M.Klimes 29+8reb+1ast, L.Kotas 14+9reb+9ast, T.Vyoral 13+6reb, M.Bjegovic 7+9reb+1ast, L.Moravec 7+1reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 3+4reb+6ast
Plzen: P.Novak 12+6reb, T.Kubiznak 12+4reb, S.Vrubl 12+5reb+8ast, J.Kovanda 9+4reb, P.Frana 7+9reb, J.Suchy 6+1reb
gschID: 91960


BK Prostejov - B&W Opava 104-58

Leader BK Prostejov delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked B&W Opava (8-9) 104-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of B&W Opava. The game without a history. BK Prostejov led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to B&W Opava's 26. They outrebounded B&W Opava 40-22 including a 29-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for BK Prostejov especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovenian forward Zeljko Zagorac (204-81) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. American center Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. Forward Martin Vanak (200-87) answered with 11 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) added 12 points in the effort for B&W Opava. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Prostejov (15-2) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place. B&W Opava at the other side keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with BC Kolin. BK Prostejov will play against Novy Jicin (#4) in Novy Jicin in the next round. B&W Opava will play at home against USK Praha and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: Z.Zagorac 17+12reb+2ast, B.Cadri-Nicholson 15+6reb+1ast, K.Landry 13+6reb, B.Veikalas 10+1reb+4ast, J.Prasil 9+1reb+1ast, R.Hyzy 8+5reb+1ast
B&W Opava: J.Sirina 12+1reb+1ast, M.Vanak 11+5reb+1ast, M.Stec 8+4reb+1ast, O.Dygryn 8+2reb+2ast, M.Miklosik 6+4reb+1ast, B.Brlit 5+1reb
gschID: 91961


BK Pardubice - Novy Jicin 80-79

The most exciting game of round 19 in the NBL took place in Pardubice. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Novy Jicin (12-5) to fourth ranked BK Pardubice (13-4) 80-79 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Novy Jicin. BK Pardubice made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Novy Jicin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St.) fired 21 points for the winners. International forward Petr Bohacik (202-85) chipped in 12 points. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Lithuanian guard Vaidotas Peciukas (199-82, college: Hawaii, agency: Interperformances) produced 21 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American-Puerto Rican guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Five Novy Jicin players scored in double figures. BK Pardubice moved-up to third place. Novy Jicin at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. BK Pardubice are looking forward to face BC Kolin (#7) on the road in the next round. Novy Jicin will play against the league's leader BK Prostejov and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: M.Hampton 21+3reb+2ast, P.Bohacik 12+4reb, M.Arnold 10+5reb+1ast, J.Cernosek 7+2reb, D.Wright 6+1reb+2ast, M.Marek 6+3reb+1ast
Novy Jicin: V.Peciukas 21+1reb+1ast, D.Pandula 13+4reb, E.Ubilla 12+5reb+5ast, R.Pelikan 11+8reb, C.Muirhead 10+4reb, D.Hajek 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 91962




Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.5 
 2. Horak, Svitavy16.1 
 3. Landry, BK Prost.15.8 
 4. Burke, NH Ostrava15.7 
 5. Houska, BK Decin15.2 
 6. Hatcher, BK Decin14.9 
 7. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.5 
 8. Muirhead, Novy Jicin14.2 
 9. Blazek, B&W Opava13.6 
 10. Arnold, BK Pardu.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Basketbol Brno
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.0 
 2. Burke, NH Ostrava9.4 
 3. Houska, BK Decin9.0 
 4. Kramny, Svitavy8.6 
 5. Spagrud, NH Ostrava8.3 
 6. Landry, BK Prost.8.2 
 7. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.2 
 8. Frana, Plzen6.9 
 9. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.9 
 10. Blazek, B&W Opava6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Eugene LAWRENCE
  BK Prostejov
  (184-G-86)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.6 
 2. Vrubl, Plzen4.6 
 3. Carnecky, B&W O.4.1 
 4. Kotas, USK Praha3.9 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.7 
 6. Jones, BC Kolin3.5 
 7. Channels, Novy Jicin3.3 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin3.1 
 9. Maio, Basketbo.3.1 
 10. Ubilla, Novy Jicin3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  BK Pardubice
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Wright, BK Pardu.2.2 
 2. Kotas, USK Praha2.2 
 3. Gibson-B., NH Os.2.0 
 4. Smith, BC Kolin1.9 
 5. Vrubl, Plzen1.8 
 6. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.8 
 7. Holloway, Basket.1.8 
 8. Lawrence, BK Prost.1.7 
 9. Macela, Svitavy1.6 
 10. Sirina, B&W Opava1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Ostrava
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.3 
 2. Kramny, Svitavy1.3 
 3. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 4. Houska, BK Decin1.0 
 5. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.0 
 6. Spagrud, NH Ostrava1.0 
 7. Meno, Basketbo.0.9 
 8. Miklosik, B&W O.0.9 
 9. Landry, BK Prost.0.8 
 10. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 


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  DENMARK   


Ligaen Round 20: Svendborg beats Horsholm in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Horsholm. Second ranked Svendborg faced 4th ranked Horsholm. Guests from Svendborg (17-2) defeated host Horsholm (11-8) 77-69. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Horsholm. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Horsholm won third quarter 22-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Svendborg won last quarter 20-13. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC, agency: Rasmussen Services) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Jens Hakanowitz (204-80) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Svendborg have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 17-2 record having just three points less than leader Bakken. Horsholm at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Svendborg are looking forward to face Aabyhoj (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Horsholm will play against Aalborg and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Aalborg managed to get a second victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time they outleveled ninth-ranked Amager BK 98-41. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 57-point difference suggests that Aalborg is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. American guard Marquis Hall (183-87, college: Lehigh) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 8 steals. Barkley Falkner contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Aalborg's coach Thomas Quaade felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Peter Simonsen (185-88) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Amager BK. Aalborg maintains tenth position with 2-19 record. Amager BK at the other side keeps the ninth place with 17 games lost. Aalborg will play against higher ranked Horsholm (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Amager BK will play against Vaerlose (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Bakken delivered the nineteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Vaerlose (7-13) 61-53 in Aarhus. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vaerlose. Worth to mention a quality performance of Chris Nielsen who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Pape Ba responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bakken maintains first position with 19-1 record. Newly promoted Vaerlose keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Bakken will meet Horsens IC (#5) in the next round. Vaerlose will play against Amager BK in Kastrup and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 20 SISU crushed Aabyhoj in Copenhagen 92-66.



Aalborg - Amager BK 98-41

Bottom-ranked Aalborg managed to get a second victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time they outleveled ninth-ranked Amager BK 98-41. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 57-point difference suggests that Aalborg is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game without a history. Aalborg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Amager BK to just 4 points in second quarter and to 13 points in first half. Aalborg dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Amager BK's 22. Aalborg forced 26 Amager BK turnovers and outrebounded them 48-29 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Amager BK's players. American guard Marquis Hall (183-87, college: Lehigh) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 8 steals. The other American import power forward Barkley Falkner (203-86, college: Sam Houston St.) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Aalborg players scored in double figures. Aalborg's coach Thomas Quaade felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Peter Simonsen (185-88) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds and forward Morten Lisby (198-88) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Amager BK. Aalborg maintains tenth position with 2-19 record. Amager BK at the other side keeps the ninth place with 17 games lost. Aalborg will play against higher ranked Horsholm (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Amager BK will play against Vaerlose (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aalborg: M.Hall 18+7reb+9ast, B.Falkner 17+8reb, C.Thomsen 12+2reb+4ast, L.Kristiansen 11+6reb+1ast, S.Sorensen 11+6reb+2ast, S.Hansen 7+2reb+2ast
Amager BK: P.Simonsen 13+9reb+3ast, M.Lisby 8+7reb+3ast, R.Larsen 7+1reb, B.Logan 7+7reb, J.Asmar 3+1reb, S.Larsen 2+2reb
gschID: 95183


Aabyhoj - SISU 66-92

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Aabyhoj (8-13) was crushed at home by eighth ranked SISU (8-13) 92-66 on Saturday. The game without a history. SISU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 4 assists and the other American import forward Donald Rutherford (198, college: Catawba) who added 21 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four SISU players scored in double figures. American forward Edward Morris (203-84, college: Pittsburg St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and the former international power forward Mads Frandsen (202-90) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Aabyhoj's coach Allan Foss gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. SISU moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Aabyhoj. Aabyhoj lost third consecutive game. SISU will meet at home higher ranked Naestved (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Aabyhoj will play against the league's second-placed Svendborg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
SISU: M.Dennis 31+4reb+4ast, D.Rutherford 21+8reb+1ast, M.Nielsen 15+3reb+8ast, D.Harder 10+2reb+3ast, M.Brown 6+5reb+1ast, M.Christensen 5+1reb
Aabyhoj: E.Morris 24+11reb, D.Jukic 14+2reb+4ast, M.Frandsen 11+9reb+1ast, F.Rungby 8+3reb+1ast, R.Laier 4+2ast, A.Martin 2+2ast
gschID: 95180


Horsholm - Svendborg 69-77

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Horsholm. Second ranked Svendborg faced 4th ranked Horsholm. Guests from Svendborg (17-2) defeated host Horsholm (11-8) 77-69. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Horsholm. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Horsholm won third quarter 22-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Svendborg won last quarter 20-13. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC, agency: Rasmussen Services) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Jens Hakanowitz (204-80) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and international guard Frederik Nielsen (180-88) added 26 points respectively for the hosts. Svendborg have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 17-2 record having just three points less than leader Bakken. Horsholm at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Svendborg are looking forward to face Aabyhoj (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Horsholm will play against Aalborg and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: N.Iversen 20+5reb, A.Darboe 19+7reb+1ast, C.Cavanaugh 11+3reb+1ast, M.Plannthin 9+3reb+6ast, N.Degn-Andersen 8+2reb, M.Mariegaard 3+2ast
Horsholm: F.Nielsen 26, J.Hakanowitz 17+8reb+1ast, J.Gilling 11+9reb+5ast, B.Blackmon 7+3reb+3ast, D.Balaton 4+2reb, B.Marinkovic 2+1reb
gschID: 95181


Bakken - Vaerlose 61-53

Leader Bakken delivered the nineteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Vaerlose (7-13) 61-53 in Aarhus. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vaerlose. The game without a history. Bakken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a quality performance of international swingman Chris Nielsen (192-85) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and American-Belizean guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) who added 10 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Senegalese power forward Pape Ba (207-80, college: Bethune-Cookman) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and the former international power forward Niels Bjerregaard (204-70, college: Chaminade) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bakken maintains first position with 19-1 record. Newly promoted Vaerlose keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Bakken will meet Horsens IC (#5) in the next round. Vaerlose will play against Amager BK in Kastrup and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bakken: C.Nielsen 23+7reb+1ast, C.Burgess 10+7reb+3ast, C.Christoffersen 7+11reb, J.Jensen 7+4reb+3ast, A.Jorgensen 5+1reb+1ast, M.Thuesen 3
Vaerlose: P.Ba 13+11reb, M.Rasmussen 11+4reb+2ast, N.Bjerregaard 10+7reb+1ast, O.Sedoc-Moller 7+2reb+3ast, A.Karason 4+4reb, J.McFarlane 3+3reb+3ast
gschID: 95182




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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Brasas, Amager BK21.8 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj21.7 
 4. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose20.1 
 6. Roberts, Naestved19.0 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg18.7 
 8. Dennis, SISU17.7 
 9. Claitt, Horsens IC17.6 
 10. Kasiuleviciu., Naest.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.6 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj10.0 
 3. Colas, Vaerlose9.9 
 4. Johansen, Naestved9.8 
 5. St.John, Horsens IC9.6 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg9.5 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.7 
 9. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.1 
 10. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.1 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.7 
 3. Dennis, SISU4.6 
 4. Burgess, Bakken4.1 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg3.9 
 6. Nielsen, Horsholm3.9 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj3.9 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose3.6 
 9. McFarlane, Vaerl.3.2 
 10. Simonsen, Amager B.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mickey DENNIS
  SISU
  (190-G/F-78)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Dennis, SISU2.2 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm2.2 
 3. Roberts, Naestved2.1 
 4. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.1 
 5. Smedley, Naestved2.0 
 6. Burgess, Bakken2.0 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken1.9 
 8. Claitt, Horsens IC1.8 
 9. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 10. Iversen, Svendborg1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.4 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.6 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.4 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.3 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Logan, Amager BK0.9 
 8. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 9. Johansen, Naestved0.8 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 20-8 
 2. Erie Bay H. 18-9 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 13-15 
 4. Dakota W. 8-20 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 3-20 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 22-6 
 2. Rio Grande 18-8 
 3. Texas L. 13-13 
 4. New Mexico 13-14 
 5. Austin T. 12-14 
 6. Maine RC 11-17 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 17-12 
 2. Bakersfield J. 16-12 
 3. Utah F. 12-12 
 4. Idaho S. 10-17 
 5. Springfield A. 9-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Toronto R.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.0 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.20.8 
 3. Johnson, Erie B.19.9 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.19.6 
 5. Dentmon, Texas L.19.6 
 6. Tucker, New Mexico19.1 
 7. Edwards, New M.18.9 
 8. Greene, Utah F.18.3 
 9. Sims, Maine RC17.9 
 10. Stinson, Iowa E.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Rio Grande
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.3 
 2. Alexander, Texas L.10.2 
 3. Sims, Iowa E.9.9 
 4. Davidson, Idaho S.9.8 
 5. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.8 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.8 
 7. Davidson, Idaho S.9.8 
 8. Williams, Texas L.9.8 
 9. Johnson, Dakota W.9.7 
 10. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.8.7 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.1 
 4. Jackson, Idaho S.8.0 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.8.0 
 6. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.5 
 7. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.5 
 8. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 9. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.5 
 10. Johnson, Austin T.6.1 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 5. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.3 
 6. Jackson, Idaho S.2.2 
 7. Jackson, Idaho S.2.2 
 8. Lofton, Iowa E.2.2 
 9. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 10. Linhart, Erie B.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Williams, Texas L.3.2 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.3.1 
 3. N''Diaye, Dakota W.2.6 
 4. Alabi, Erie Bay H.2.5 
 5. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 6. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 7. Sykes, Sioux F.2.3 
 8. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 9. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 10. Pittman, Sioux F.1.9 


Saturday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Reno Bighorns - Bakersfield J. 98-81
The Reno Bighorns swept their two-game homestand against Bakersfield with a 98-81 win Saturday night at the Reno Events Center. Five Bighorns players scored in double figures, led by Donald Sloan's (6'3''-G-88, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas A&M) 22 points. Danny Green (6'6''-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina) added a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, including 10 defensive boards. Anthony Richardson and Jeremy Lin each had 16 points and Marcus Landry added 14. Reno (17-12) shot 43.2 percent from the field (38-of-88). The Bighorns only turned the ball over eight times and outrebounded the Jam, 54-41. Bakersfield (16-12) was led by Derrick Byars' 21 points and 10 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.rgj.com

Dakota W. - Sioux Falls S. 104-89
The Sioux Falls Skyforce (3-20) were defeated by the Dakota Wizards (8-20), 104-89, on Saturday in Bismarck, ND. The Wizards were led by Anthony Goods, who tallied 19 points to lead all scorers. Renaldo Major (6'7''-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Fresno St.), Mike Hall (6'8''-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) and Maurice Baker all notched double-doubles in the win. For Sioux Falls, Patrick Ewing, Jr. set the pace with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Anthony Harris led the team with 14 points. Harris also pulled down 11 boards. It was the first road game for head coach Mo McHone, who took over for Duane Ticknor last Friday. Ticknor was serving as the interim head coach after the team fired Tony Fritz earlier in the season. The Force and Wizards will square off again on Sunday. *Courtesy of www.ksfy.com

Iowa E. - Rio Grande 112-121
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers outrebounded the Iowa Energy 53-26 on their way to a 121-112 victory Saturday night in Des Moines, avenging a 19 point loss the night before to the Energy. The Vipers jumped all over the Energy early, taking a 41-19 lead early in the 2nd quarter. Iowa responded with a 23-1 run, including eight points from guard Chris Lofton to tie the game at 42-42. Rio Grande Valley's Richard Roby (6'6''-G-85) scored four points late in the half to send the Vipers into the halftime break with a 62-54 lead. The two teams exchanged the lead throughout the 2nd half, and with 4:06 remaining, a pair of Curtis Stinson free throws made the game 105-104 Rio Grande Valley. The Vipers then went on a 7-2 run to end any hopes of an Energy victory. Roby led the Vipers with 34 points. Forward Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) added 24 points and 15 rebounds in the win, which pushes Rio Grande Valley to 18-8 on the year. Despite the loss, the Energy have now been in 1st place in their division for 128 consecutive games. Lofton finished with 29 points on the night to lead Iowa, while Marqus Blakely added 24. Iowa is now 20-8 on the season. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Idaho S. - Ft.Wayne MA 106-99
Armon Johnson (6'3''-G-89, college: Nevada), recently assigned from the Portland Trail Blazers, scored 23 points from the bench to help the Idaho Stampede (10-17) defeat the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (13-15) 106-99 at Qwest Arena Saturday night. The Stampede went on a 26-6 run to end the third quarter which gave them a 20-point lead, their biggest of the night. Starter Jermareo Davidson (6'10''-F-84, college: Alabama) had a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Cedric Jackson also contributed with 14 points (six assists, seven rebounds). Willie Jenkins scored 19 points from the bench (three rebounds, three assists). Antoine Walker rounded out the leading scorers for Idaho with 11 points (seven rebounds, six assists) to give the Stampede five double-digit scorers. The Stampede outscored Fort Wayne 57-35 in the second and third quarters before the Mad Ants went on a late run to notch 44 points in the final stanza. Walker Russell scored 24 points for the Mad Ants, who also had five players scoring double digits. Darnell Lazare scored 20 points with 10 rebounds for a double-double. Starter Oliver Lafayette (17 points, 10-10 FT) scored double digits as well as Walker Russell, who had 24 points and seven assists. The Stampede play the Reno Bighorns next weekend at Qwest Arena; both games tip-off at 7 p.m. *Courtesy www.wane.com

Austin T. - New Mexico 105-103 OT
The Austin Toros defeated the New Mexico Thunderbirds 105-103 in an overtime thriller in front of a home crowd of 2,126 at Cedar Park Center. The Toros trio of Kevin Palmer (6'6''-G/F-87, college: Texas A&M - C.C.), Lance Thomas (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke), and Marcus Cousin combined for 59 of the Toros total 105 points. The Thunderbirds took a 10-0 lead in the opening minutes of the first quarter and led the Toros 36-26 at the end of the first. Late in the second, Lewis Clinch gave the Toros a seven point spark off the bench bringing the Thunderbird lead, that was as much as 14, down to just three before halftime. The Toros trailed the Thunderbirds 58-55 at the break. In the third quarter, the Toros mounted a charge that led to their first lead of the game with less than 2:30 left. The Thunderbirds out rebounded the Toros 45-25 through the first three periods. However, the Toros shot 20-25 from the free throw line, which allowed them to stay close. The Toros trailed by two with 44 seconds left in the game but were able to tie the game at 99 on a Kevin Palmer lay up. With 9 seconds to play, Dar Tucker (6'4''-F-88, college: De Paul) of the Thunderbirds drove into the lane for the game winner, but was rejected by Marcus Cousin. The great defensive stop by the Toros sent the game into overtime. The Toros were led in overtime by the Palmer, Cousin and Thomas trio who combined for all scoring in overtime with six points. Dar Tucker led all scorers with 27 points. Lance Thomas recorded a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Kevin Palmer led the Toros in scoring with 21 points off the bench and Marcus Cousin scored 20 points to round out the Toros leader board. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




Wizards aquire Mickell Gladness - by Eurobasket News
The Dakota Wizards announced today that they have acquired center Mickell Gladness (6'11''-F/C-86) via the Available Player Pool. Gladness will be in uniform this weekend as the Wizards play host to the Sioux Falls Skyforce Saturday and Sunday.

Gladness, 25, has appeared in 19 games (6 starts) this season for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers averaging 3.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Last season Gladness averaged 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 41 games (6 starts) as a member of the Vipers championship team. The 6-11, 230lb center led the nation in blocked shots per game averaging 6.3 per game in his junior season at Alabama A&M. He also set an NCAA Division I single game record by blocking 16 shots in one game against Texas Southern.

The active roster currently stands at 10 players.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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STR set to start soon - by Oscar Peralta
Santiago is starting to heat up as teams get ready for the upcoming season set to start on Feb 23. Most teams are in the market as we speak getting ready to make there final acquisitions so that the players could make it on time to training camp. Defending champions CDP are not really making to many changes to the roster as they feel they could repeat with the same team. We will keep updating player transactions as we get them.


Standings - LIDOBA
SRT Stage Two Standings
 1. CDP 0-0 
 2. CPN 0-0 
 3. Fernando 0-0 
 4. Sameji 0-0 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cupes
 2. GUG
Stage One Standings


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Archibald sinks TU/Rock - by Janar Filippov
Amazing performance by Casey Archibald (195-G-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy)d helped TTU/Kalev to a sensational 74:58 victory over the reigning champion and current leader TU/Rock. Archibald scored 29 points, including 6/8 three-pointers. Bambale Osby (203-F-86, college: Maryland)y added 15+9rbs and Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) 11+5ast. Silver Leppik (185-G-83)k scored 12 and was the only TU/Rock player with over 10 points. Rock made 8/24 free throws!
TU/Rock has lost only 2 of 22 games and maintains the first place in KML standings. TTU holds the third place with 14 wins from 19 games. BC Kalev/Cramo has won 17/20 games and is back at the competition for the first place of regular season.


Armands Skele joins Kalev/Cramo - by Eurobasket News
Armands Skele (192-G-83) will continue his career in Estonia. The 27-year-old guard signed a deal with Kalev/Cramo. Armads Skele started the season without a team. He inked a deal with Ferro-ZNTU in Ukraine in January. Armands Skele appeared in just one game in Superleague. He grabbed a rebounds and issued an assist but that was releases later that month. Last season Armands Skele played for Napoli tallying 5.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. The guard moved to Ventspils in March 2010. There his stats read 7.1 points, 2.9 assists and 2.0 boards per LBL appearance. In BBL he notched 5.0 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 boards. Armands Skele played for Latvia at 2009 EuroBasket. He averaged 7.3 points, 2.3 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals in Poland.


Estonian EMKL round 21 best performance: Raido Ringmets - by Eurobasket News
Raido Ringmets (204-C/F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Rapla, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat TTU/Kalev II (#7, 7-13) 101-93. Rapla maintains the 6th position in Estonian EMKL. Rapla is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-12 record. Ringmets turned to be Rapla's top player in his first season with the team. Raido Ringmets has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.7rpg), assists (8th best: 2.7apg) and averages impressive 54.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 36-year old Silver Kuuba (198-F-74) of Voru KK. Kuuba had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Voru KK lost that game 74-86 to the higher-ranked Valga/CKE (#5, 9-12). Voru KK are still at the very bottom. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Voru KK managed to get this year. Kuuba is one of the most experienced players at Voru KK and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.8ppg (#8). He also registered 8.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Rapla's star - guard Sven Kaldre (195-G-91). Kaldre scored 27 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Rapla, helping his team with a 101-93 win against slightly lower-ranked TTU/Kalev II (#7, 7-13). The chances of Rapla ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kaldre could help Rapla to bring them higher in the standings. Kaldre has a very solid season. In 20 games in Estonia he scored 12.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of TU/Rock - 14 points and 7 rebounds
5. Kiur Akenparg (190-F-88) of TTU/Kalev II - 23 points and 3 rebounds
6. Timo Oja (182-G-87) of Valga/CKE - 20 points and 5 rebounds
7. Andrais Thornton (203-C-85) of Voru KK - 18 points and 11 rebounds
8. Anthony Brown (203-F-86) of Valga/CKE - 21 points and 6 rebounds
9. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) of TU/Rock - 19 points and 4 assists
10. Ando Tagamets (200-F-79) of Valga/CKE - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


EuroBasket 2011 Draw Results - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket 2011 Draw took place just moments ago in Vilnius, Lithuania. Here are the results:

Group A: Poland, Great Britain, Turkey, Qualifier 2, Lithuania, Spain
Group B: Italy, Israel, France, Latvia, Germany, Serbia
Group C: Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Croatia, Qualifier 1, Montenegro, Greece
Group D: Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, Slovenia.

Three teams from each group will advance into the qualifying round. Portugal, Hungary and Finland will fight in the Additional Qualifying Round for two remaining spots (Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 2) at the tournament. EuroBasket is slated to tip off on August 31 in Lithuania.



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Honka upset Kataja - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 31: The fresh Finnish Cup winner Kataja (Joensuu) lost tonight vs Honka (Espoo) - and that happened in Joensuu! Honka upset Kataja by six points 80-86. One reason for this everything was again Jamar Wilson (185-G-84, college: Albany) (Honka), who scored 33 pts and gave seven assists. Another reason was Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) (Kataja), who played only 16:42 minutes and was fouled out. Virtanen netted one tiny point and gave two assists. Kataja shot 3-pointers with 16% accuracy (3/19).
Kouvot (Kouvola) won at home vs YMCA Lahti 79-74. That was an important victory for the hosts. At the same time Karhu (Kauhajoki) defeated YMCA Lappeenranta 98-83 and that means Kauhajoki and Lahti continue the race which one will make the play-off-games. Vilpas (Salo) has also chances as there are 13 rounds left out of the regular season.
And Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) crushed Tarmo (Porvoo) 112-70 as Tarmo was missing Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86), who was on injured list (knee).

Kataja - Honka 80-86 (32-35). (Jared Newson 19/13, Juho Nenonen 14, Juha Sten 13 - Jamar Wilson 33/7a, Jukka Matinen 17, John Williamson 12).
Kouvot - YMCA Lahti 79-74 (44-31). (Josh Gonner 19, Ville Kaunisto 18/13, Antto Nikkarinen 12 - Todd Hendley 21/11, Ryan Ayers 19, Anthony Vereen 13/12).
Kauhajoki - YMCA Lappeenranta 98-83 (48-32). (Walt Baxley 23, Jeremiah Wood 17/10, Steffan Johnson 17 - Malik Moore 26, James Lewis 24/10, HL Coleman 20/15).
Torpan Pojat - Tarmo 112-70 (59-30). (Timo Heinonen 23, Eero Lehtinen 23, LaVell Blanchard 22 - Patrick Fields 24, LaTrice Little 14, Esa Maki-Tulokas 13).




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  FRANCE   


ProB Round 19: SO Maritime Boulogne defeats leader JSF Nanterre - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked JSF Nanterre (15-4) on the court of eleventh ranked SO Maritime Boulogne on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by SO Maritime Boulogne 83-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JSF Nanterre. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 40-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SO Maritime Boulogne made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 JSF Nanterre turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by JSF Nanterre helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Lamine Kante (199-87) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. American forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds for JSF Nanterre. JSF Nanterre's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SO Maritime Boulogne (9-10) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Lille. JSF Nanterre at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne is looking forward to face higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (#8) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JSF Nanterre will play at home against Nantes (#15) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked ALM Evreux (13-6) against sixteenth ranked Quimper UJAP (6-13) on Saturday night. Visiting ALM Evreux was defeated by Quimper UJAP in Quimper 87-74. It was a great evening for Canadian forward Jean-Richard Volcy (203-82, college: N.Michigan) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Aurelien Toto N'Kote helped adding 10 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side American guard Calvin Watson (196-85, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) responded with 28 points and 5 rebounds. Quimper UJAP maintains sixteenth place with 6-13 record. ALM Evreux at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Quimper UJAP will play against higher ranked JL Bourg (#12) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ALM Evreux will play against Stade Clermont (#17) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for SPO Rouen (14-5) which hosted in Rouen 4th placed Boulazac Basket (12-7). Third ranked SPO Rouen had an easy win 73-58. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Boulazac Basket. It was an exceptional evening for Jason Siggers who led the winners and scored 18 points. Amadi McKenzie came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds for Boulazac Basket in the defeat. SPO Rouen have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Loser Boulazac Basket keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Chalons-Reims and Fos Ouest. SPO Rouen will meet Saint Vallier (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Boulazac Basket will play against Olympique Antibes (#14) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Clermont. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 16th ranked Stade Clermont (5-14) to fourteenth ranked Saint Vallier (7-12) 81-78 on Friday evening. Kyle Shiloh fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Stade Clermont's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Saint Vallier moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Antibes and Nantes. Stade Clermont lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the seventeenth position with 14 games lost. Saint Vallier's next round opponent will be league's second-placed SPO Rouen at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stade Clermont will play against ALM Evreux (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Aix-Maurienne (11-8) and Lille Metropole (9-10), which took place in Lille. Higher ranked Aix-Maurienne was outleveled in a road game by tenth ranked Lille Metropole 94-59 on Friday. It was a very good performance for Sean Barnette who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Lille Metropole's coach Fabien Romeyer felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lille Metropole maintains tenth place with 9-10 record, which they share with Boulogne. Loser Aix-Maurienne dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Lille Metropole will face higher ranked JDA Dijon (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games in round 19 were not that significant. Bourg was beaten by Nantes on the road 82-71. Dijon destroyed Charleville on its own court 82-57. Le Portel unfortunately lost to Chalons-Reims in a road game 75-93. Antibes recorded a loss to Fos Ouest at home 65-72.



Rouen - Boulazac 73-58

An interesting game for SPO Rouen (14-5) which hosted in Rouen 4th placed Boulazac Basket (12-7). Third ranked SPO Rouen had an easy win 73-58. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Boulazac Basket. The game was mostly controlled by SPO Rouen. Boulazac Basket managed to win third quarter 20-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SPO Rouen made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) who led the winners and scored 18 points. Naturalized Mali forward Sambou Traore (200-79) accounted for 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Amadi McKenzie (201-86) came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Ben Jacobson (188-83, college: N.Iowa) added 10 points and 6 assists respectively for Boulazac Basket in the defeat. SPO Rouen have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Loser Boulazac Basket keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Chalons-Reims and Fos Ouest. SPO Rouen will meet Saint Vallier (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Boulazac Basket will play against Olympique Antibes (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: A.McKenzie 21+6reb+1ast, Y.Gaillou 11+2reb+1ast, B.Jacobson 10+4reb+6ast, C.Melicie 6+2reb, M.Badiane 4+10reb, D.Diarra 4+2reb
Rouen: J.Siggers 18+3reb+2ast, S.Traore 10+8reb+1ast, W.Soliman 10+2reb, P.Okafor 10+5reb+2ast, D.Williams 9+5reb, P.Poupet 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 100495


Lille - Maurienne 94-59

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Aix-Maurienne (11-8) and Lille Metropole (9-10), which took place in Lille. Higher ranked Aix-Maurienne was outleveled in a road game by tenth ranked Lille Metropole 94-59 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-59. Lille Metropole forced 24 Aix-Maurienne turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Lille Metropole looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Aix-Maurienne's players. It was a very good performance for American forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. His fellow American import guard Karon Bradley (182-84, college: Wichita St.) contributed with 25 points (perfect behind the arc making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Four Lille Metropole players scored in double figures. Lille Metropole's coach Fabien Romeyer felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American power forward James Mathis (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Aix-Maurienne. Lille Metropole maintains tenth place with 9-10 record, which they share with Boulogne. Loser Aix-Maurienne dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Lille Metropole will face higher ranked JDA Dijon (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: M.Sonko 19+10reb+1ast, J.Mathis 12+7reb+2ast, C.Dunn 9+2reb, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 7+3reb+2ast, E.Joldersma 4+3reb+1ast, T.Yvrande 4+3reb
Lille: K.Bradley 25+3ast, S.Barnette 19+7reb+8ast, A.Harris 17+5reb+3ast, O.Gouez 13+10reb, R.Chery 10+1ast, R.Malet 5+4ast
gschID: 100496


Nantes - Bourg 82-71

There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked Nantes (7-12) beat at home higher ranked JL Bourg (8-11) 82-71 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Nantes. JL Bourg was better in second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nantes forced 19 JL Bourg turnovers. Quite impressive performance for forward Aaron Cel (203-87) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Nicolas Gayon (190-82) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Nantes players scored in double figures. Forward Kevin Corre (203-85) answered with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for JL Bourg. Nantes moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Antibes and St Vallier. Loser JL Bourg dropped to the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Nantes will face league's leader JSF Nanterre on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Bourg: K.Corre 15+5reb+4ast, C.Ferchaud 14+1reb+2ast, D.Monds 12+7reb+2ast, D.Coleman 8+4reb+1ast, J.Sanchez 7+4reb, I.Koma 6+9reb+1ast
Nantes: A.Cel 16+8reb+2ast, N.Gayon 16+4reb+3ast, T.Downey 15+2ast, J.James 10+5reb, K.Barber 10+5reb, A.Charles 9+4reb+3ast
gschID: 100491


Clermont - St Vallier 78-81

A very interesting game took place in Clermont. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 16th ranked Stade Clermont (5-14) to fourteenth ranked Saint Vallier (7-12) 81-78 on Friday evening. Stade Clermont was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 20-15 charge of Saint Vallier, which allowed them to win the game. They made 25-of-29 charity shots (86.2 percent) during the game. Saint Vallier forced 19 Stade Clermont turnovers. American guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Cameroonian power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman Dreke Bouldin (202-80, college: Fresno St.) produced 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Mali forward Sambou Traore (200-79) added 10 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Stade Clermont's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Saint Vallier moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Antibes and Nantes. Stade Clermont lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the seventeenth position with 14 games lost. Saint Vallier's next round opponent will be league's second-placed SPO Rouen at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stade Clermont will play against ALM Evreux (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Clermont: D.Bouldin 16+7reb+5ast, M.Guichard 14+1reb+1ast, O.Bassett 13+2reb+2ast, S.Cisse 11+2reb+3ast, F.Tremaine 10+11reb, K.Ouattara 6+6reb
St Vallier: B.Vounang 19+6reb, A.Dill 15+4reb+2ast, D.Denave 15+2reb+5ast, K.Shiloh 13+10reb+7ast, C.Bronchard 11+5reb+1ast, F.Tortosa 6+1reb
gschID: 100492


Boulogne - Nanterre 83-71

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked JSF Nanterre (15-4) on the court of eleventh ranked SO Maritime Boulogne on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by SO Maritime Boulogne 83-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JSF Nanterre. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 40-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SO Maritime Boulogne made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 JSF Nanterre turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by JSF Nanterre helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Lamine Kante (199-87) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Four SO Maritime Boulogne players scored in double figures. American forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds and guard Marc Judith (192-87) added 14 points in the effort for JSF Nanterre. JSF Nanterre's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SO Maritime Boulogne (9-10) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Lille. JSF Nanterre at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne is looking forward to face higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (#8) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JSF Nanterre will play at home against Nantes (#15) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: W.Daniels 22+6reb, N.Carter 15+3reb+3ast, M.Judith 14+4reb+3ast, L.Akono 8+2reb+2ast, M.Riley 6+10reb, X.Corosine 3+3ast
Boulogne: K.Patiejunas 17+4ast, D.Monroe 17+2reb, L.Kante 15+8reb+3ast, L.Milbourne 13+8reb+2ast, E.Plateau 8+3reb+1ast, T.Stanley 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 100493


Quimper - Evreux 87-74

Very important is a road loss of second ranked ALM Evreux (13-6) against sixteenth ranked Quimper UJAP (6-13) on Saturday night. Visiting ALM Evreux was defeated by Quimper UJAP in Quimper 87-74. The game without a history. Quimper UJAP led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Quimper UJAP outrebounded ALM Evreux 34-22 including 21 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. ALM Evreux was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Canadian forward Jean-Richard Volcy (203-82, college: N.Michigan) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Aurelien Toto N'Kote (194-79) helped adding 10 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Five Quimper UJAP players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Calvin Watson (196-85, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) responded with 28 points and 5 rebounds and forward Teddy Maizeroi (195-79) scored 23 points. Quimper UJAP maintains sixteenth place with 6-13 record. ALM Evreux at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Quimper UJAP will play against higher ranked JL Bourg (#12) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ALM Evreux will play against Stade Clermont (#17) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Evreux: C.Watson 28+5reb+3ast, T.Maizeroi 23+2reb, L.Chelle 8+2reb+1ast, B.Toffin 6+4reb+1ast, P.Da Silva 5+7reb+4ast, M.Correa 4+2reb
Quimper: M.Runkaukas 19+4reb+3ast, J.Volcy 16+8reb+4ast, V.Mouillard 16+1reb+4ast, F.Thibedore 11+3reb+3ast, A.Toto N'Kote 10+11reb+6ast, G.Lessort 8+4reb
gschID: 100494


Dijon - Charleville 82-57

Very expected game when 18th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (3-16) was smashed on the road by eighth ranked JDA Dijon (11-8) 82-57 on Saturday. The game without a history. JDA Dijon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. JDA Dijon forced 21 Charleville-Mezieres turnovers. It was a great shooting night for JDA Dijon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Charleville-Mezieres' players. Quite impressive performance for American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) contributed with 20 points and 4 steals for the winners. Coach Jean-Louis Borg's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Corey Rouse (203-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Todd Peterson (203-84, college: N.Illinois) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Charleville-Mezieres. JDA Dijon moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Maurienne. Charleville-Mezieres lost their twelfth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. JDA Dijon will face Lille Metropole (#10) on the road in the next round. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Le Portel (#9).
Top scorers:
Charleville: C.Rouse 17+9reb, T.Peterson 10+7reb+1ast, D.Kaba 10+7reb+1ast, K.Morlende 9+1reb+4ast, G.Florimont 6+6reb, J.McClark 5+7reb+1ast
Dijon: J.Leloup 20+4reb+1ast, E.Craven 17+5reb+6ast, E.Mendy 12+1reb+1ast, B.Monclar 9+5reb+3ast, J.Tornato 8+5reb, D.Melody 5+3ast
gschID: 100488


Chalons-Reims - Le Portel 93-75

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Chalons-Reims (12-7) won against at home 9th ranked Le Portel (10-9) 93-75 on Friday. The game without a history. Chalons-Reims led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Chalons-Reims outrebounded Le Portel 35-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Chalons-Reims looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Quite impressive performance for American forward Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Mali center Nouha Diakite (207-80, college: Louisville) contributed with 7 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. Forward Mehdi Labeyrie (202-78) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Chris Davis (196-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Le Portel. The victory was the third consecutive win for Chalons-Reims. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Fos Ouest and Boulazac. Loser Le Portel keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Chalons-Reims will face Fos Ouest (#6) on the road in the next round. Le Portel will play against Charleville-Mezieres.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: M.Labeyrie 19+5reb+2ast, C.Davis 17+4reb+4ast, E.Choquet 14+4reb, A.Rowland 9+2reb+5ast, N.Wyatte 7+4reb, F.N'Kembe 3+1reb+2ast
Chalons-Reims: B.Mangin 16+1reb+2ast, G.Radonjic 15+3reb+1ast, C.Daniels 14+9reb+2ast, G.Chathuant 12+3reb+1ast, B.Mullins 11+1reb+7ast, K.Joss-Rauze 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 100489


Antibes - Fos Ouest 65-72

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Olympique Antibes (7-12) lost at home to seventh ranked Fos Ouest (12-7) 72-65 on Friday. Olympique Antibes trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 22-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 65-72 at the end of the game. Quite impressive performance for Jamaican-American forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Marymount) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds. Moroccan-Canadian guard Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Swiss forward David Ramseyer (200-87) added 12 points in the effort for Olympique Antibes. Fos Ouest moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Boulazac. Olympique Antibes lost their third game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Fos Ouest will face Chalons-Reims (#5) at home in the next round. Olympique Antibes will play against Boulazac Basket (#4).
Top scorers:
Antibes: M.Bojovic 18+5reb+2ast, D.Ramseyer 12+1reb+3ast, S.Ho You Fat 8+7reb, J.Ingram 7+4reb+3ast, L.Bengaber 7+4reb+3ast, M.Courby 5
Fos Ouest: S.Gay 23+7reb+3ast, M.Hachad 16+8reb+2ast, M.Dia 14+6reb+1ast, Z.Bah 8+1reb+2ast, K.Atamna 5+3reb, L.Cummard 4+13reb+3ast
gschID: 100490




ProA Round 16: #1 Chorale de Roanne is defeated by Hyeres-Toulon - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Chorale de Roanne (12-4) on the court of sixth ranked Hyeres-Toulon on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Hyeres-Toulon 85-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chorale de Roanne. Chorale de Roanne was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Hyeres-Toulon dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Chorale de Roanne's 34. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kevin Houston (179-G-85, college: Long Beach St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and American-Italian guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) who added 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) responded with 18 points. Hyeres-Toulon maintains sixth position with 9-7 record. Chorale de Roanne at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Hyeres-Toulon are looking forward to face ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne in the next round. Chorale de Roanne will play at home against the league's second-placed Chalon/Saor (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eighth ranked ASVEL won a double-overtime thriller edging 7th ranked Strasbourg IG by eleven points 81-70. The game took place in Strasbourg. But the guests from Villeurbanne were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Strasbourg IG. The winners were led by the former international forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and Davon Jefferson supported him with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Even 14 points and 7 rebounds by American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) did not help to save the game for Strasbourg IG. ASVEL (8-8) moved-up to seventh place. Strasbourg IG at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Le Mans. ASVEL will play against higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Strasbourg IG will play against Le Mans and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eleventh-ranked STB Le Havre (6-10) gave a tough game to second ranked Chalon/Saor (12-4) on Saturday. Chalon/Saor managed to secure only three-point victory 69-66. However their fans expected much easier game. Blake Schilb fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Wes Wilkinson produced 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Chalon/Saor have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. STB Le Havre lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with Paris-Levallois and Orleans. Chalon/Saor will meet league's leader Chorale de Roanne on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. STB Le Havre will play against Paris-Levallois (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Cholet. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (10-6) to fourth ranked Cholet (12-4) 69-68 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. It was a very good performance for Sammy Mejia who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists. Cholet's coach Erman Kunter allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Cholet's next round opponent will be Entente Orleans 45 (#12) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against JA Vichy (#16).
Bottom-ranked JA Vichy managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they edged fifteenth-ranked Limoges CSP Elite 76-74. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of Jamal Shuler who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. JA Vichy maintains sixteenth position with 4-12 record. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite dropped to the fourteenth place with 11 games lost. JA Vichy will face higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#5) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 16: Orleans lost to Nancy on the opponent's court 84-95. Le Mans managed to outperform Pau-Lacq-Orthez in a home game 71-64. Poitierarleys recorded a loss to Paris-Levallois on the road 85-79.


Hyeres-Toulon - Roanne 85-74

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Chorale de Roanne (12-4) on the court of sixth ranked Hyeres-Toulon on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Hyeres-Toulon 85-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chorale de Roanne. Chorale de Roanne was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Hyeres-Toulon dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Chorale de Roanne's 34. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kevin Houston (179-85, college: Long Beach St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and American-Italian guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) who added 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) responded with 18 points and naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85) scored 13 points. Hyeres-Toulon maintains sixth position with 9-7 record. Chorale de Roanne at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Hyeres-Toulon are looking forward to face ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne in the next round. Chorale de Roanne will play at home against the league's second-placed Chalon/Saor (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: K.Houston 20+8reb+7ast, A.Dobbins 15+9reb+4ast, L.Legname 13, R.Hughes 12+7reb+3ast, D.Krupalija 10+9reb+2ast, S.Fein 8
Roanne: D.Page 18+3reb+1ast, P.Amagou 13+3reb+3ast, A.Gordon 13+1reb+3ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 8+6reb+2ast, J.Mipoka 7+4reb, P.Braud 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100216


Limoges - Vichy 74-76

Bottom-ranked JA Vichy managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they edged fifteenth-ranked Limoges CSP Elite 76-74. Limoges CSP Elite was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 28-18 charge of JA Vichy, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and guard TJ Thompson (177-82, college: George Washington) who added 13 points during the contest. At the losing side power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Zack Wright (188-85, college: Cent.Missouri) scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. JA Vichy maintains sixteenth position with 4-12 record. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite dropped to the fourteenth place with 11 games lost. JA Vichy will face higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#5) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Vichy: J.Shuler 35+7reb+3ast, T.Thompson 13+4reb+3ast, A.Eito 11+4reb+3ast, F.Elegar 6+10reb+1ast, J.Aka 6+9reb, T.Larrouquis 5+2reb+2ast
Limoges: C.Massie 18+12reb+4ast, Z.Wright 16+6reb+6ast, K.Souchu 16+2reb+2ast, C.Banks 9+7reb+4ast, R.Desroses 7+4reb+5ast, X.D'Almeida 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100217


Chalon - Le Havre 69-66

Eleventh-ranked STB Le Havre (6-10) gave a tough game to second ranked Chalon/Saor (12-4) on Saturday. Chalon/Saor managed to secure only three-point victory 69-66. However their fans expected much easier game. STB Le Havre was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola (IL), agency: ZAG Advocates) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized Bulgarian forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points. American forward Wes Wilkinson (207-84, college: Nebraska) produced 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Chalon/Saor have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. STB Le Havre lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with Paris-Levallois and Orleans. Chalon/Saor will meet league's leader Chorale de Roanne on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. STB Le Havre will play against Paris-Levallois (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalon: B.Schilb 18+7reb+4ast, M.Haynes 12+2reb+2ast, I.Evtimov 12+4reb+1ast, S.Tchicamboud 9+2reb+2ast, J.Lauvergne 8+5reb, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 4+5reb+1ast
Le Havre: W.Wilkinson 18+8reb+6ast, N.Pope 12+4reb, J.Jones 12+4reb+3ast, J.Cox 9+8reb+5ast, Y.Sangare 7+2reb+6ast, O.Camara 5+6reb
gschID: 100212


Nancy - Orleans 95-84

Very expected game when 12th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (6-10) was defeated on the road by third ranked Sluc Nancy (12-4) 95-84 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Sluc Nancy. Entente Orleans 45 was better in third quarter 28-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sluc Nancy made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Sluc Nancy had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard John Linehan (175-78, college: Providence) who added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard J.R. Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia, agency: SportsTalent) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 assists and international power forward Adrien Moerman (204-88) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Sluc Nancy keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Entente Orleans 45 lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with ten games lost. Sluc Nancy will face Poitiers (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Cholet.
Top scorers:
Nancy: T.Darden 22+5reb+4ast, J.Linehan 19+6reb+5ast, V.Samnick 18+8reb, A.Akingbala 14+9reb+3ast, K.Grant 13+1reb+4ast, S.Brun 5+2reb
Orleans: A.Moerman 18+6reb, A.Curti 14+3reb+4ast, J.Reynolds 13+3reb+11ast, L.Vaty 12+3reb+1ast, A.Sy 11+3reb, M.NDoye 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 100213


Le Mans - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 71-64

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Le Mans (7-9) defeated at home higher ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (7-9) 71-64 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Pau-Lacq-Orthez won third quarter 20-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Le Mans won last quarter 23-17. Worth to mention a great performance of Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 8 rebounds and international guard Antoine Diot (191-89) who added 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Le Mans players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Demetric Bennett (193-85) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized American forward Georgi Joseph (197-82, college: Kennesaw St.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Le Mans moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Strasbourg. Le Mans will face Strasbourg IG (#10) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: B.Dewar 14+2reb+1ast, J.Paulo Batista 14+8reb+1ast, A.Diot 13+7reb+3ast, A.Acker 11+3reb+4ast, M.Kakiouzis 9+10reb+1ast, M.Pellin 4+4reb
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: D.Bennett 20+5reb+2ast, M.Maravic 12+8reb+2ast, G.Joseph 12+12reb+1ast, L.Sciarra 8+1reb+2ast, A.Mendy 6+4reb+3ast, C.Elonu 4+4reb
gschID: 100214


Paris-Levallois - Poitierarleys 85-79

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Paris-Levallois and 14th ranked Poitiers had identical 5-10 record. This time Paris-Levallois used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Poitiers 85-79 on Saturday night. Poitiers was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 18-11 charge of Paris-Levallois, which allowed them to win the game. They shot 61.8 percent from the field. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Andrew Albicy (178-90) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley, agency: Lanshire Group) who added 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Rasheed Wright (196-80, college: ODU) responded with 15 points (made all of his seven free throws) and forward Pierre-Yves Guillard (201-84) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Poitiers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Paris-Levallois (6-10) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Le Havre and Orleans. Loser Poitiers keeps the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Paris-Levallois will face STB Le Havre (#11) on the road in the next round. Poitiers will play against Sluc Nancy having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: L.Hamilton 18+5reb+1ast, A.Albicy 17+6reb+7ast, M.Sommerville 17+5reb+2ast, W.Aka 10+2reb+1ast, J.Ball 9+1reb+2ast, M.Morandais 8+2reb+7ast
Poitierarleys: R.Wright 15+2reb+3ast, P.Guillard 12+6reb, C.Ona-Embo 12+2reb+3ast, K.Younger 9+5reb+1ast, P.Badiane 7+5reb, A.Grant 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 100215


Strasbourg - ASVEL 70-81 OT2

Eighth ranked ASVEL won a double-overtime thriller edging 7th ranked Strasbourg IG by eleven points 81-70. The game took place in Strasbourg. But the guests from Villeurbanne were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Strasbourg IG. Strasbourg IG was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 10-6 charge of ASVEL, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in double-overtime eventually winning that period 18-7. ASVEL dominated on the defensive end, holding Strasbourg IG to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Strasbourg IG 51-36 including a 40-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. ASVEL brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Strasbourg IG was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by the former international forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Davon Jefferson (203-86, college: USC) supported him with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four ASVEL players scored in double figures. Even 14 points and 7 rebounds by American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) did not help to save the game for Strasbourg IG. The former international forward Alain Digbeu (195-75) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. ASVEL (8-8) moved-up to seventh place. Strasbourg IG at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Le Mans. ASVEL will play against higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Strasbourg IG will play against Le Mans and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: M.Gelabale 24+12reb+1ast, D.Jefferson 16+9reb, K.Tillie 13+9reb+1ast, C.Hammonds 11+6reb+1ast, A.Zizic 6+4reb, P.Lacombe 4+3reb+2ast
Strasbourg: R.Greer 14+7reb+2ast, A.MBaye 12+2reb+3ast, A.Digbeu 11+6reb+4ast, J.Hawkins 9+2reb, J.McCord 8+7reb, S.Essart 7+2reb+8ast
gschID: 100210


Cholet - Gravelines 69-68

A very interesting game took place in Cholet. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (10-6) to fourth ranked Cholet (12-4) 69-68 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was a very good performance for Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists. American guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke, agency: ZAG Advocates) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Cholet's coach Erman Kunter allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Juby Johnson (196-81, college: Miami (OH)) replied with 15 points and the former international guard Yannick Bokolo (191-85) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Gravelines-Dunkerque. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Gravelines-Dunkerque at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Cholet's next round opponent will be Entente Orleans 45 (#12) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against JA Vichy (#16).
Top scorers:
Cholet: S.Mejia 18+4reb+10ast, A.Robinson 15+6reb, D.Nelson 13+7reb+1ast, R.Falker 9+12reb, L.Vebobe 6+3reb, V.Avdalovic 6+2ast
Gravelines: J.Johnson 15+4reb+1ast, Y.Bokolo 11+6reb+3ast, C.Akpomedah 10+5reb+3ast, M.Sene 9+6reb, R.Jomby 8+3reb+1ast, D.Issa 8+10reb+1ast
gschID: 100211




NM1 Round 20: Vendee Challans defeat Denain Voltaire in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Second-ranked Denain Voltaire (15-5) fell to twelfth ranked Vendee Challans (10-10) in overtime by four points 95-99 on Saturday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Denain Voltaire won third quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Denain Voltaire used huge pressure winning it 27-22 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 6-10. They outrebounded Denain Voltaire 41-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Denain Voltaire helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Power forward Mathieu Boutry (201-78) contributed with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Vendee Challans' coach Emmanuel Body used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Desmond Quincy-Jones (201-85, college: Pace, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds for Denain Voltaire. Vendee Challans moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Denain Voltaire at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Vendee Challans is looking forward to face league's leader Bordeaux on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Denain Voltaire will play against Angers BC 49 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NM1 top team - Bordeaux (17-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventeenth ranked Roche (4-16) 77-44. Bordeaux have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-3 record. Roche lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth place with 16 games lost. Bordeaux will play against Vendee Challans (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Roche will play against Saint-Quentin (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Saint-Etienne was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Etendard de Brest (12-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Saint-Etienne (10-10). Etendard de Brest defeated Saint-Etienne 85-73 on Saturday. The winners were led by Julien Doreau who scored that evening 21 points and 6 rebounds. Even 17 points and 6 rebounds by Rida El Amrani did not help to save the game for Saint-Etienne. Etendard de Brest moved-up to fourth place, which they share with St Quentin and Sorgues. Loser Saint-Etienne dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Etendard de Brest will meet bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Saint-Etienne will play against Sorgues (#5) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Lievin. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Saint-Quentin (12-8) to fifteenth ranked Lievin Basket (8-12) 75-73 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The best player for the winners was Antwon Hoard who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Lievin Basket moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with St Chamond and Le Puy. Saint-Quentin at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Lievin Basket's next round opponent will be Le Puy ASMB (#14) in Le Puy en Velay. Saint-Quentin will play at home against Roche (#17).

There were no big surprises in other games of round 20: Le Puy was beaten by Sorgues on the road 79-68. Orchy won against Souffel on its own court 78-69. St Chamond unfortunately lost to Denek in Bidart 73-78. Angers BC 49 managed to beat Get Vosges at home 85-71. Bottom-ranked CFBB was defeated by Blois on the opponent's court 83-70.


Sorgues - Le Puy 79-68

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Sorgues (12-8) beat at home 13th ranked Le Puy ASMB (8-12) 79-68. The game was mostly controlled by Sorgues. Le Puy ASMB was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Moroccan guard Yassine Bassine (198-84) who scored 22 points. Forward Vincent Ateba (195-85, college: Missouri So.) chipped in 18 points. Four Sorgues players scored in double figures. Naturalized Cameroonian forward Michel Ipouck (199-86) produced 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Sorgues moved-up to fourth place, which they share with St Quentin and Brest. Le Puy ASMB at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Sorgues' next round opponent will be Saint-Etienne (#10) at home where they are favorite. Le Puy ASMB will play against Lievin Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: Y.Bassine 22+3reb+3ast, V.Ateba 18+4reb+3ast, A.Thinon 11+2reb+4ast, S.Ocokoljic 10+7reb+2ast, S.Mekad 8+4reb+2ast, F.Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi 6+2reb
Le Puy: G.Sene 14+3reb+1ast, M.Ipouck 13+8reb+4ast, C.Guillarme 12+6reb, D.Pistre 10, S.Soliman 6, S.Cabarkapa 6+10reb+1ast
gschID: 100800


Roche - Bordeaux 44-77

NM1 top team - Bordeaux (17-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventeenth ranked Roche (4-16) 77-44. Bordeaux have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-3 record. Roche lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth place with 16 games lost. Bordeaux will play against Vendee Challans (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Roche will play against Saint-Quentin (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 100801


Orchy - Souffel 78-69

Everything could happen in Orchies at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Orchesien BC and 11th ranked Souffelweyersheim had identical 9-10 record. This time Orchesien BC used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Souffel. 78-69. Souffelweyersheim was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 40-28 second half run of Orchesien BC. They outrebounded Souffelweyersheim 34-20 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was swingman David Cilly (196-81) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Bosnian-Croatian guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81, agency: Court Side) chipped in 18 points. Four Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. Naturalized Senegalese swingman Mouhamadou M'Bodji (193-81) produced 18 points and 5 assists and center Tony Traineau (204-79) added 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Orchesien BC have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Souffelweyersheim at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Orchesien BC's next round opponent will be Get Vosges (#16) in Golbey and are hoping to win another game. Souffelweyersheim will play at home against Denek (#7) in Bidart.
Top scorers:
Orchy: M.Ceskovic 18+1reb+2ast, D.Cilly 16+12reb+3ast, J.Verbeke 10+2reb+2ast, O.Vivies 10+7reb, M.Niakate 8+2reb+3ast, E.Barbry 6+5reb+6ast
Souffel: M.M'Bodji 18+3reb+5ast, T.Traineau 14+5reb+1ast, F.Broliron 10+2reb, S.Kancel 9+1reb+2ast, J.Tschamber 8+5reb+1ast, R.Appel 4+1reb
gschID: 100802


Denek - St Chamond 78-73

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Denek (11-9) won against 14th ranked Saint Chamond (8-12) in Bidart 78-73. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-18 Saint Chamond's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-73 at the end of the game. Denek dominated on the defensive end, holding Saint Chamond to just 7 points in first quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Saint Chamond's 36. The best player for the winners was center Benjamin Rey (210-79) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: JEMsports) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Denek players scored in double figures. Forward Regis Aubry (199-82) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Alain Laroche (198-83, college: N.Florida) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Denek have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. Saint Chamond lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Denek's next round opponent will be Souffelweyersheim (#12) in Souffel. where they are favorite. Saint Chamond will play at home against Blois.
Top scorers:
Denek: L.Blair 18+5reb+1ast, C.Mansare 12+6reb+1ast, L.Konate 12+1reb+1ast, B.Rey 10+13reb+2ast, W.Berquier 9+4reb+2ast, F.Calvez 8+4reb+2ast
St Chamond: A.Laroche 17+4reb+2ast, R.Aubry 17+7reb+2ast, J.LanduBongo 12+2reb+1ast, R.Tillon 8+1reb+1ast, M.Bole 7+2reb, J.Rinna 7+10reb
gschID: 100797


St Etienne - Brest 73-85

The game in Saint-Etienne was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Etendard de Brest (12-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Saint-Etienne (10-10). Etendard de Brest defeated Saint-Etienne 85-73 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-73. The winners were led by forward Julien Doreau (200-83) who scored that evening 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Gary Staelens (189-84) supported him with 22 points. Even 17 points and 6 rebounds by guard Rida El Amrani (180-86) did not help to save the game for Saint-Etienne. Bahamas power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Master's) added 10 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Four Saint-Etienne players scored in double figures. Etendard de Brest moved-up to fourth place, which they share with St Quentin and Sorgues. Loser Saint-Etienne dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Etendard de Brest will meet bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Saint-Etienne will play against Sorgues (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Brest: G.Staelens 22+1reb+2ast, J.Doreau 21+6reb, R.Lopez 13+9reb+1ast, V.Pridotkas 9+5reb+1ast, J.Liorel 7+1reb+1ast, R.Roberts 6+4reb+1ast
St Etienne: R.El Amrani 17+6reb+3ast, D.Petrovic 15+4reb+1ast, B.Thomas 12+2reb+1ast, L.Simmons 10+9reb+2ast, S.Hermenier 8+4reb+1ast, R.Pegon 6+9reb+2ast
gschID: 100798


Challans - Denain 99-95 OT

Second-ranked Denain Voltaire (15-5) fell to twelfth ranked Vendee Challans (10-10) in overtime by four points 95-99 on Saturday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Denain Voltaire won third quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Denain Voltaire used huge pressure winning it 27-22 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 6-10. They outrebounded Denain Voltaire 41-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Denain Voltaire helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Power forward Mathieu Boutry (201-78) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Vendee Challans' coach Emmanuel Body used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Desmond Quincy-Jones (201-85, college: Pace, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Julien Sauret (184-81) added 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Denain Voltaire. Four Vendee Challans and five Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. Vendee Challans moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Denain Voltaire at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Vendee Challans is looking forward to face league's leader Bordeaux on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Denain Voltaire will play against Angers BC 49 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Challans: J.James 29+5reb+3ast, F.Herard 19+2reb+1ast, M.Boutry 17+10reb, J.Geay 13+4reb+7ast, E.Schmieder 7+4reb+2ast, D.Oyono 6+6reb+1ast
Denain: D.Quincy-Jones 19+6reb+2ast, J.Sauret 18+2reb+5ast, A.Belkessa 15+1reb+1ast, A.Gacko 12+5reb+1ast, B.Lalugba 12+7reb, J.Mihalic 10+3reb+3ast
gschID: 100799


Angers BC 49 - Get Vosges 85-71

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Get Vosges (7-13) lost on the road to third ranked Angers BC 49 (14-6) 85-71. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Angers BC 49's pressure prevailed and they won that period 21-13 extending their advantage to 14 points. Angers BC 49 shot 24 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Get Vosges only scored four points from the stripe. 27 personal fouls committed by Get Vosges helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was naturalized Senegalese power forward Vincent Mendy (204-83) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Tony Ramphort (176-82) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Five Angers BC 49 players scored in double figures. Angers BC 49's coach Jacky Perigois allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Ronald Galette (192-85) produced 14 points and 4 assists and Central African forward Martial Gotagni (190-79) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Angers BC 49 have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-6 record having just three points less than leader Bordeaux. Get Vosges at the other side keeps the sixteenth place with 13 games lost. Angers BC 49's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Denain Voltaire on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Get Vosges will play against Orchesien BC (#8) in Orchies.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: V.Mendy 20+12reb+1ast, T.Ramphort 19+6reb+5ast, S.Cherasse 15+1reb+2ast, D.Hayes 14+4reb+1ast, O.Sulpice 10+10reb+5ast, T.Lonzieme 5+6reb+1ast
Get Vosges: R.Galette 14+4reb+4ast, M.Gotagni 12+4reb+1ast, D.Strong 11+4reb, Z.Gourde 9+4reb+1ast, J.'CoCo' Wade 8+2reb+1ast, T.Sani 6+7reb
gschID: 100794


Lievin - St Quentin 75-73

A very interesting game took place in Lievin. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Saint-Quentin (12-8) to fifteenth ranked Lievin Basket (8-12) 75-73 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 21-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Lievin Basket made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Antwon Hoard (199-72, college: Murray St., agency: ACMT) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Jerome Dessart (184-84) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Center Roland N'Kembe (203-83) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and guard Olivier Romain (182-88) added 15 points and 5 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) respectively for the guests. Five Lievin Basket and four Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. Lievin Basket moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with St Chamond and Le Puy. Saint-Quentin at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Lievin Basket's next round opponent will be Le Puy ASMB (#14) in Le Puy en Velay. Saint-Quentin will play at home against Roche (#17).
Top scorers:
Lievin: A.Hoard 22+5reb+3ast, J.Dessart 12+6reb+3ast, S.Cretaux 12+1ast, G.Clerc 10+2reb+2ast, A.Pierre-Joseph 10+2reb+1ast, V.Lehut 5+1ast
St Quentin: O.Romain 15+2reb+5ast, K.Howell 15+6reb+1ast, M.Diallo 12+1reb, R.N'Kembe 12+12reb, A.Rambur 8+2reb+5ast, J.Jones 7+2reb
gschID: 100795


Blois - CFBB 83-70

Everything went according to plan when tenth ranked Blois (10-10) defeated at home bottom-ranked CFBB (3-17) 83-70. The game was mostly controlled by Blois. CFBB was better in fourth quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The best player for the winners was center Olivier Kolb (205-87) who scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Zaka Alao (187-81) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Blois players scored in double figures. Power forward Jean-Charles Livio (202-93) produced 19 points and center Vincent Pourchot (220-92) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Blois moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. CFBB lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Blois' next round opponent will be Saint Chamond (#15) on the road and are hoping to win another game. CFBB will play against Etendard de Brest.
Top scorers:
Blois: J.Blot 19+1reb+2ast, B.Recoura 16+3reb+2ast, Z.Alao 15+8reb+1ast, O.Kolb 14+8reb+3ast, K.Williams 13+4reb+1ast, E.Delourme 2+1reb
CFBB: J.Livio 19+3reb+2ast, V.Pourchot 14+5reb, A.Racine 10+2reb+5ast, U.Adjagba 9+1reb+2ast, B.Dallo 6+3reb+2ast, B.John 4+1reb
gschID: 100796




Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum day-to-day - by Eurobasket News
The Trail Blazers breathed a sigh of relief Friday when no major injury was revealed to the left knee of Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88).

A magnetic resonance imaging taken on Friday showed only a bone bruise, and the team listed Batum as day-to-day. The Blazers (25-22) play Tuesday at home against San Antonio.

Batum left Thursday's game against Boston in the second quarter after feeling a 'stretch' in his left knee while guarding Paul Pierce.

He left the arena on crutches, but insisted that everything was going to be fine, saying he knew when his body would need surgery.

The Blazers, however, were holding their breath after watching five players undergo knee surgeries this season.

Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com


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


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 14-1 
 2. Rabotnicki 12-3 
 3. MZT Skopje 12-3 
 4. Torus Skopje 9-6 
 5. Lirija 6-9 
 6. ABA Strumica 6-9 
 7. Ovce Pole 5-10 
 8. Kumanovo 2009 4-10 
 9. Ultimate Basket 4-11 
 10. Pelister Bitola 2-12 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (-C-84)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.24.3 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.17.5 
 4. Blazevski, Rabotnicki17.0 
 5. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.9 
 6. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 7. Trajkovski, Torus S.16.5 
 8. Morban, Lirija16.2 
 9. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
 10. Nikolovski, MZT S.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Ultimate Basket
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Pavlovski, Lirija10.2 
 3. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.9.9 
 4. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.3 
 5. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.1 
 7. Knezevic, Feni I.7.5 
 8. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.4 
 9. Chappell, ABA S.7.2 
 10. Simic, Rabotnicki7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar MIRAKOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.7 
 2. Morban, Lirija5.0 
 3. Kostovski, Torus S.4.7 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.4.4 
 5. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 6. Blazevski, Rabotnicki3.7 
 7. Neal, ABA Strumica3.4 
 8. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 9. Stojanovski, Feni I.3.3 
 10. Radojcic, Kumanovo.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Buchberger, ABA S.1.6 
 3. Morban, Lirija1.6 
 4. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.6 
 5. Stimson, ABA S.1.5 
 6. Matic, Kumanovo.1.5 
 7. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.5 
 8. Mirakovski, Rabot.1.3 
 9. Stojanovski, Feni I.1.3 
 10. Petrovski, MZT S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.2.4 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.5 
 3. Krstevski, Torus S.1.4 
 4. Avramovski, MZT S.1.3 
 5. Petric, Kumanovo.1.2 
 6. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 7. Frye, Feni Indistrija1.1 
 8. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 10. Jovanovic, Ultima.0.6 


Superleague Round 15 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Superleague is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

The biggest surprise of round 15 was guest Lirija's (#5) road victory over Ovce Pole (#6) 82-77 on Saturday evening. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-12. But Ovce Pole won third quarter 19-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lirija made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Dominican guard Carlos Morban (187-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Florida Intern.) chipped in 16 points and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds. Newly promoted Lirija maintains fifth place with 6-9 record, which they share with ABA Strumica. Ovce Pole at the other side dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Lirija is looking forward to face league's leader Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ovce Pole will play on the road against the league's second-placed Fersped-Rabotnicki (#2) in Skopje and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Skopje: Fersped-Rabotnicki (#3) and MZT Skopje (#2). MZT Skopje was defeated at home 67-71 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of MZT Skopje. It was a good game for the former international center Pero Blazevski (200-72) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Dimitar Mirakovski contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for MZT Skopje. MZT Skopje's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fersped-Rabotnicki (12-3) moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated MZT Skopje. Fersped-Rabotnicki will play against Ovce Pole (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. MZT Skopje will play against Pelister Bitola (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kavadarci. First ranked Feni Indistrija faced 4th placed Torus Skopje. Host Feni Indistrija (14-1) smashed guests from Skopje (9-6) 98-71. It was a great evening for Dusan Knezevic who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Ivica Dimcevski with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Feni Indistrija have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-1 record. Loser Torus Skopje keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Feni Indistrija will meet Lirija (#5) on the road in the next round. Torus Skopje will play against ABA Strumica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Strumica. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Ultimate Basket (4-11) to seventh ranked ABA Strumica (6-9) 82-79 on Saturday evening. It was an exceptional evening for John Chappell who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. ABA Strumica's coach used entire bench in such tough game. ABA Strumica moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lirija. Ultimate Basket lost ninth consecutive game. Ultimate Basket at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. ABA Strumica's next round opponent will be higher ranked Torus Skopje (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ultimate Basket will play against Kumanovo 2009 (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Feni Indistrija - Torus Skopje 98-71

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kavadarci. First ranked Feni Indistrija faced 4th placed Torus Skopje. Host Feni Indistrija (14-1) smashed guests from Skopje (9-6) 98-71. The game without a history. Feni Indistrija led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Feni Indistrija forced 20 Torus Skopje turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Ivica Dimcevski (192-89, agency: Interperformances) with 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Nikola Karakolev (197-87) scored 14 points. Feni Indistrija have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-1 record. Loser Torus Skopje keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Feni Indistrija will meet Lirija (#5) on the road in the next round. Torus Skopje will play against ABA Strumica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: D.Knezevic 25+7reb+1ast, D.Tasovski 16+5reb+2ast, D.Sokolov 15+2reb+2ast, J.Frye 10+7reb, V.Stojanovski 8+3reb+3ast, V.Brckov 7+7reb+2ast
Torus Skopje: I.Dimcevski 21+6reb+1ast, N.Karakolev 14+4reb, J.Markovski 8+1reb+1ast, B.Trajkovski 8+7reb, N.Jelisejevic 6+6reb+3ast, A.Kostovski 6+3reb+4ast
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Ovce Pole - Lirija 77-82

The biggest surprise of round 15 was guest Lirija's (#5) road victory over Ovce Pole (#6) 82-77 on Saturday evening. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-12. But Ovce Pole won third quarter 19-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lirija made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Dominican guard Carlos Morban (187-82, college: Florida Intern., agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 16 points and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian guard Vladimir Filipovic (195-85) added 16 points and 6 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Lirija maintains fifth place with 6-9 record, which they share with ABA Strumica. Ovce Pole at the other side dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Lirija is looking forward to face league's leader Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ovce Pole will play on the road against the league's second-placed Fersped-Rabotnicki (#2) in Skopje and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Lirija: G.Jovanovic 24+7reb, E.Azemi 19+4reb+1ast, C.Morban 16+4reb+9ast, S.Mavel Rejnerio 10+6reb+5ast, M.Despotovic 9+2reb+1ast, K.Pavlovski 4+5reb
Ovce Pole: D.Simic 17+8reb+2ast, V.Filipovic 16+6reb+2ast, E.Sinadinovic 15+2reb+2ast, B.Bilbija 10+4reb+1ast, D.Savovic 9+3ast, T.Stojcevski 4+1reb+1ast
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MZT Skopje - Rabotnicki 67-71

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Skopje: Fersped-Rabotnicki (#3) and MZT Skopje (#2). MZT Skopje was defeated at home 67-71 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of MZT Skopje. MZT Skopje was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 42-29 second half run of Fersped-Rabotnicki. MZT Skopje was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international center Pero Blazevski (200-72) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Dimitar Mirakovski (180-81, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and center Kiril Nikolovski (210-88, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for MZT Skopje. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. MZT Skopje's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fersped-Rabotnicki (12-3) moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated MZT Skopje. Fersped-Rabotnicki will play against Ovce Pole (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. MZT Skopje will play against Pelister Bitola (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: P.Blazevski 20+13reb+5ast, D.Mirakovski 15+4reb+4ast, T.Simic 13+3reb+1ast, E.Bogoev 7+4reb+1ast, G.Dendra 7+6reb, A.Dimitrovski 5+2reb
MZT Skopje: K.Nikolovski 15+5reb, N.Zivcevic 14+8reb+2ast, J.Petrovski 12+3reb+2ast, J.Teodosic 12+2reb, S.Avramovski 6+3reb, T.Grncarov 3+6reb
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ABA Strumica - Ultimate Basket 82-79

A very interesting game took place in Strumica. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Ultimate Basket (4-11) to seventh ranked ABA Strumica (6-9) 82-79 on Saturday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ultimate Basket won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ABA Strumica made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American center John Chappell (208, college: S.Carolina) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Jeremiah Boswell (194-82) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. ABA Strumica's coach used entire bench in such tough game. Guard Marjan Mladenovic (180-88) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists and forward Jove Kurciev (197-87) added 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Ultimate Basket in the defeat. ABA Strumica moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lirija. Ultimate Basket lost ninth consecutive game. Ultimate Basket at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. ABA Strumica's next round opponent will be higher ranked Torus Skopje (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ultimate Basket will play against Kumanovo 2009 (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ABA Strumica: J.Chappell 15+10reb+3ast, J.Boswell 15+7reb+1ast, M.Hasanov 13+2reb+2ast, P.Cvetkov 9+5reb+2ast, S.Hadzivasilev 7+8reb+4ast, Z.Stojanov 7+8reb
Ultimate Basket: B.Janeski 25+6reb+1ast, M.Mladenovic 22+8reb+10ast, J.Kurciev 21+13reb+4ast, P.Nikola 9+9reb, T.Nikoloski 2+1reb, N.Petrovski 0
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Chris Moss Steals The Super Murat Didin Energy Doner For Himself Launching The Deutsche Bank Skyliners past The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf With A Buzzer Beater 68-66 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
This season the name Gloria Giants Duesseldorf sprinkles about as much fear to BEKO BBL teams as does a tank filled with tiger sharks that have been fed frequently while a person falls in accidently, Cleveland Cavalier point guard Mo Williams currently not shooting out the lights from the parking lot as he is only at 26.6% from that distance or Los Angeles Clippers center Blake Griffin (208-F-89, college: Oklahoma) entering the TD Garden in Boston and seeing his opponent Shaq dancing around on the floor with a ballerina outfit, however The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had been well aware that The Brose Baskets Bamberg had left the Burg Wachter Castello arena in Duesseldorf recently with a bitter loss and were as focused in crunch time to win as were the Pittsburg Steelers getting past the New York Jets in the AFC championship game, Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) of Phoenix Hagen sinking the cherished money ball as often as possible in Trier last weekend in the three point shooting contest and Salu Benjamin Tadi sweeping away the BEKO BBL players last weekend in the BEKO BBL allstar slam dunk contest in Trier as Frankfurt escaped the elegant doner palace of Turk coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) with an exciting 68-66 come from behind win as they finished the game with a 6-0 run and back breaking buzzer beater by American Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia). 'We were up by two points with a minute to play, but we missed an easy rebound and made two mistakes. This was a sin for our efforts. We deserved to win this game. We shot 43% from the free throw line against Bremerhaven and only 57% against Frankfurt. We hustled a lot, but we missed too many free throws, made too many small mistakes which disturbed our gift to win the game. The win was about as far from pretty as was actor Mickey Rourke in his role in the wrestler, but a win is a win and Frankfurt will take it. 'We have to give Duesseldorf a lot of credit. They played very well. We didnt play with a lot of energy which is unacceptable. We were lucky that we on today', stressed Skyliner forward Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia).

The Duesseldorf Giants continue to make a living in the cold and dank dark BEKO BBL cellar and with every new loss and passing week, the team seems to have less and less hope of crawling out of their hole and seeing the light of the BEKO BBL next season. The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf despite all the players that have come and gone that there are moments that they can beat any team in the BEKO BBL as Bamberg was a witness to their strong play. Frankfurt knew what was awaiting them and Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) didnt even want to think about what it can be like for a player in Duesseldorf living in 18th place. 'I have never really been in last place. It has to be tough, but Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) has changed the complex of the team in the last 4-5 games. Duesseldorf isnt the same team as before. Turkish coaches always seem to be able to do good things. Regardless of their record, Murat has them working. This team isnt like BG Karlsruhe some years ago where there were many different coaches. Any Murat team will work hard and that is what Duesseldorf does. You have to outwork them to win. Duesseldorf had our attention tonight', stressed ex Tuebingen forward Ajene Moye. Current BEKO BBL top scorer DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) was also impressed with the last place team. 'Duesseldorf is a good team with a tough coach. They did not play like a last place team, but like a playoff team. Despite their record, each guy comes to work and does their job', warned Skyliner DaShaun Wood. Skyliner Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) got first hand experience what it was like playing for a last placed team with Napoli last year. 'It is always tough mentally when you are in last place. It continues to be tough when you keep practicing, trying and losing especially on a buzzer beater', explained Skyliner forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR).

Two teams play intense basketball for 39 minutes and 20 seconds, but are still tied with 30 seconds to play and then a team wins with a crushing buzzer beater. Every teams nightmare is having DaShaun Wood as an opponent in this situation. Wood made seven turnovers in the game, but he was as focused and perfect on the last play as Pascal Roller (180-G-76) usually is at the free throw line. It seemed like Frankfurt chose the right shot and Duesseldorf seemed confident with the shot. 'I was looking for Moss. As the play was unfolding, I took a quick picture in my head how it would look. We isolated at the top and everyone came into the middle which left Moss open. It was the best possible shot we had. The photo I took of play was without flash and I didnt even blink', joked DaShaun Wood. Moss was as expressionless after the buzzer beater winner as if he had just missed 10 shots in a row. 'I cant really remember hitting a buzzer beater. I was just trying to help the team win. On the last play, we let Wood create and he found me open and I made the open shot', added Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia). 'on the last play, Wood took some speed out of his penetration which is untypical for him and you could sense that he was looking for Moss. Moss made the shot as if it was the easiest thing to do', laughed Skyliner center Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). 'We collapsed into the middle to get Wood which left Moss wide open. We didnt think that he would make the shot. We felt that this had been the best option on defense to stop him', added injured Gloria Giant Olumuyiwa Famutimi (197-G-84, college: Arkansas). 'I felt that we should of made some adjustments on defense. Wood took over the game in the second half. We should of hedged more making him give up the ball, but we didnt make the adjustments', warned ex Paderborn Basket Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners entered the game healthy while the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf had injury woes as Olumuyiwa Famutimi (197-G-84, college: Arkansas) was in street clothes injured and wont return this season and American Jamaal Tatum (188-G-84, college: S.Illinois) also sat out. Canadian big man Ransford Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina) also wasnt 100%, but played. Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) continues to have try out players working out with the team. Chris Ellis (206-F/C-84, college: Wake Forest) is still there as is American Ray George who played At Alabama. 'George is an animal', warned Ajene Moye. Didin will have a few more new players coming in this week as the team has a two week break until the next game for him to decide who will officially wear the Giants colours. The Burg Wachter Castello arena is a small, comfortable, and smug arena which reminds one of a tiny NBA type of arena with an upper deck practically hugging the sidelines. In Frankfurt, Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) had a comfortable living room in the Ballsporthalle about 2 kilometers from the river Main and in duesseldorf he is about 4 kilometers from the Rhine. Before the game started, the famous 'Time of your life from the popular movie Dirty Dancing was blaring from the speakers as this might have had Didin thinking about a sweet victory over his old club Deutsche Bank Skyliners. 2,638 people wnated to see the game as the first half of the first quarter reminded one of the ugly 58-43 Frankfurt win earlier in the season as the game was sparked by error after error. Both teams had massive problem finding any type of sound rhythm. The teams traded baskets in the first minutes and had three leads as Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) hit a three pointer, Muurinen a lay in on a fast break and DaShaun Wood feeding Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) with a perfect ally-op pass and the American dunking as if he was still in the slam dunk contest in Trier as Frankfurt led 9-7. However the Duesseldorf Giants found their rhythm quicker as they came out of their funk closing out the first quarter with a 10-0 run to lead 17-9. Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky) nailed two three pointers and Brempong and Wright scored on the fast break. We were nervous at teh start and our defense was not where it should have been. We let them get some easy transition buckets and they made some difficult shots as well', stressed Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf were shooting 35% from the field and 40% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 33% from the field and 20% from outside. Duesseldorf had the huge rebounding edge at 14-8 and only three turnovers as Frankfurt had six turnovers.

The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf were not overwhelmed by their strong play and didnt see it as a fluke either as the team continued to leave off from their 10-0 closing run in the first quarter starting with a 9-2 run in the second quarter and leading 26-11. Wright continued to be the hot hand nailing a three pointer and getting a lay up on a coast to coast run and DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, college: Kent St.) was supporting the American with a jumper and floater in the lane. Frankfurt continued to be weak under the boards and not physical on defense. However, it was only a matter of time, before The Deutsche Bank Skyliners would erupt like along awaited volcano. Frankfurt slowly started to find their rhythm on offense as they started picking at the huge Duesseldorf lead step by step. They would end the second quarter with a damaging 21-8 run to trail Duesseldorf only 34-32. American Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) started the attack with a lay in which was followed by two Mckinney bombs from downtown Duesseldoorf as Frankfurt trailed only 28-21. Frankfurt then got production from Wood and Muurinen cutting the Duesseldorf lead to 33-25. Wood nailed a three pointer down the stretch and Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) sunk two free throws. 'We got more defensive stops which was key. We were also scoring better', added Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). 'We fought very hard in teh second quarter. We were making our shots and I was shooting well which helped', commented Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky). The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf were shooting 42% from the field and 40% from the three point line, while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and 40% from the three point line. The rebounds were deadlocked at 18 a piece as Frankfurt had outrebounded Duesseldorf 11-4 in the second quarter. Duesseldorf had seven turnovers and Frankfurt 10 turnovers.

The teams runs were reversed to start the third quarter as now it was time for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners to come out of the blocks with a stellar 9-0 run to retake the lead of the game 41-34. Frankfurt was calm on offense running their sets and getting help on defense with steals and easy buckets. Wood started the run with a three pointer, followed by a Super Tez lay in over Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary). De Mello then made a heads up steal and sprinted to the basket for the dunk and Muurinen made a fade away jumper. Since the 26-11 Duesseldorf lead early in the second quarter, Frankfurt had retaliated with a 30-8 run. After it had been Wright and Haynes earlier in the game that were responsible for being much needed spark plugs, now it was Canadian Ransford Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina) who led Duesseldorf on a 6-2 run as Frankfurt led only 43-42. The Canadian made a fade away jumper, dunk and free throws. Frankfurt was unable to break away as Duesseldorf stayed on thier backs tying the game at 46-46 with a NIkita Khartchenkov catch and pop jumper. The game stayed a nail bitter in the waning minutes of the third quarter as Wood made a floater and pull up jumper for the Frankfurt 52-47 lead. However Duesseldorf followed with a 5-0 run as Khartchenkov scooped up an offensive rebound and put back and Haynes made a three pointer to knot the game at 52-52. Robertson ended the third quarter with one free throw as Frankfurt had the slim 53-52 lead after 30 minutes. 'The theme of the game was streaky turnovers. Both teams showed very streaky offense in the third quarter. We did step up our toughness', stressed Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). 'We did stay close with Frankfurt, but we missed too many shots and were becoming a bit stagnant', added Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 49% from the field and 36% from the parking lot while The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf were shooting 43% from the field and 29% from the parking lot. Frankfurt was leading the rebound battle 28-24, but had 15 turnovers while Duesseldorf had 11 turnovers.

The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf had nothing to lose and were slowly feeling that an upset was in their cards as it was their turn to start the quarter with a run as they scored seven unanswered points to lead 59-53. Frankfurt started flat footed as it was Ransford Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina) that led the charge with a jumper and a mid distance jumper. He also blocked Moss attempting to dunk and would do the same trick again later stuffing Qunatez Robertson on a dunk try. Wright added a three pointer as Frankfurt was quickly in the hole 59-53. However it was Mckinney again who led the comeback charge with a timely three point bomb. It was a broken play as the ball was deflected and landed on the floor and rolled directly into the hands of the American like a lost bowling ball. Wood then made two free throws and then set up German Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) with a slick reverse lay up as Frankfurt trailed only 61-60. Duesseldorf remained having strong nerves as Haynes nailed a three pointer for the 63-60 lead. Wood then struck with a lay up with his left hand as Duesseldorf led only 63-62. Brempong then did his next good deed make a turn around shot as Duesseldorf led 65-62. Haynes then made a free throw as Frankfurt trailed 66-62 with two minutes to play. However those were the last Giants points as Frankfurt stepped up their play in crunch time finishing with a 6-0 run to win 68-66. DaShaun Wood made a finger tip roll as Frankfurt trailed 66-64. Khartchenkov then suffered a turnover and after a Wood miss, Wright took a Hurried shot which was scooped up by Frankfurt. With less than a minute, itw as ex NBA player Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) who had been 0/6 in the game made a sweet mini running hook shot to tie the game at 66-66. Duesseldorf then suffered another turnover and Frankfurt went on their last offense as Moss nailed a pretty mid distance jumper from the right wing winning the game. 'I was guarding Wood, and I feel to many came over to help and he dished the ball to Moss and he made the shot', added Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky). 'Anytime you win on the road, it is a big thing. We kept them to 43 points in Frankfurt. They were a different team. After a 2 week layoff, I felt that we showed a lot of toughness being down by 6 in the fourth quarter. But I have to give them credit. They had a good game plan, but in the end our defensive stops won the game for us', warned DaShaun Wood. 'At the end, it was important to stay close and not let them score. We got a big stop and two offensive rebounds', commented Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by DaShaun Wood with 20 points and eight assists. Jimmy McKinney added 12 points. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) and Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) chipped in with 10 points a piece. The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf were led by Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky) with 18 points. Ransford Brempong (203-F-81, college: W.Carolina) and DeAndre Haynes chipped in with 17 points a piece. Even though the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf lost, it was one of their best team efforts of the season. 'We played together on offense and defense. I think we did a good job taking Wood out of his game in the first half. He took control in the second half, but in general we did a fine job on him', stressed Olumuyiwa Famutimi (197-G-84, college: Arkansas). Frankfurt won the rebound battle in the end, but had too many turnovers with 17. Frankfurt will next play their game of the season as they entertain The Brose Baskets Bamberg at home. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are looking to defend their home court unbeaten streak and are looking forward to the clash against the three time BEKO BBL champion. 'One always looks forward to playing the top teams in the league. We havent been playing our best basketball recently. We have to play more together and take the fight from this win and carry it over into that game and just step it up', warned Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). Its still early and the playoffs are still in the distance, but Bamberg doesnt seem to be a run away candidate to repeat. 'Frankfurt is a solid and poised team. wood is the head. When he goes the team goes. I think Frankfurt would do ok in a five game series against Bamberg', warned Famutimi. Before Frankfurt wants to look to the playoffs, they want to even the season series with a win in the Ballsporthalle against Bamberg. Ajene Moye had some very powerful words concerning his teammates after the win in Duesseldorf. 'I knew the guys wouldnt quit. I am glad we dug down and got the win. We have some guys that really want to win. Some guys simply got it', stressed Ajene Moye. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The Brose Baskets Bamberg on February 5th at 17:05.




1.Bundesliga Round 20: Deutsche Bank Skyliners beat Gloria Giants 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 extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Eighteenth-ranked Gloria Giants (3-17) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (15-5) in Duesseldorf on Saturday. The visitors from Frankfurt managed to secure only two-point victory 68-66. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 assists. The other American import guard Quantez Robertson (190-84, college: Auburn) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St.) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Gloria Giants. Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-5 record having six points less than leader Brose Baskets. Gloria Giants at the other side stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners are looking forward to face league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gloria Giants will play on the road against New Yorker Phantoms (#4) in Braunschweig and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (20-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (11-9) 73-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a quality performance of power forward Kyle Hines (198-86) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 rebounds and Reyshawn Terry who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Swingman Torrell Martin (196-85, college: Winthrop, agency: 540 Sports) responded with 15 points and 4 assists. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-1 record. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. They share the position with EWE Baskets. Brose Baskets will play against league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play on the road against Phoenix Hagen (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
13th ranked Phoenix Hagen (8-13) fell to fifteenth ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (6-14) in overtime by eight points 79-87 on Sunday night. The game took place in Hagen. But the guests from Weissenfels were better at the end. The winners were led by Richard Shields who scored that evening 21 points and 7 rebounds. Even 25 points and 7 rebounds by Zygimantas Jonusas did not help to save the game for Phoenix Hagen. Phoenix Hagen's coach Ingo Freyer tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Mitteldeutscher BC maintains fifteenth position with 6-14 record. Loser Phoenix Hagen dropped to the fourteenth place with 13 games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will meet at home higher ranked TBB Trier (#10) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Phoenix Hagen will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Artland Dragons (12-7) and EWE Baskets (11-9), which took place in Oldenburg. Higher ranked Artland Dragons lost to ninth ranked EWE Baskets in a road game 72-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Artland Dragons. The best player for the winners was Louis Campbell who scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. EWE Baskets moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bremerhaven. Artland Dragons at the other side keep the fifth position with seven games lost. EWE Baskets' next round opponent will be LTi 46ers (#16) in Giessen and are hoping to win another game. Artland Dragons will play at home against ratiopharm Ulm (#12).
Another upset was a game between BG Goettingen (10-9) and EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-10), which took place in Ludwigsburg. 8th ranked BG Goettingen lost to eleventh ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg in a road game 90-96 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BG Goettingen. American players dominated also this game. John Bowler orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. EnBW Ludwigsburg moved-up to tenth place, which they share with TBB Trier. Loser BG Goettingen keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg will face Walter Tigers (#13) in Tuebingen in the next round.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 20: LTi 46ers beat Bayreuth on the road 86-82. Telekom Baskets lost to Walter Tigers on its own court 70-82. ALBA managed to outperform TBB Trier in Berlin 75-69. ratiopharm managed to beat NY Phantoms at home 85-71.
The most impressive performance of 20th round was 28 points and 6 rebounds by Julius Jenkins of ALBA.



Bayreuth - LTi 46ers 82-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixteenth ranked LTi 46ers' (6-15) road victory over 17th ranked BBC Bayreuth (4-15) 86-82 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. LTi 46ers shot 61.1 percent from the field. American players dominated also this game. Guard Michael Jordan (183-77, college: Pennsylvania) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 6 assists. Forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) replied with 21 points and center Jared Reiner (211-82, college: Iowa, agency: Priority Sports) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BBC Bayreuth. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. LTi 46ers maintains sixteenth position with 6-15 record. BBC Bayreuth lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth place with 15 games lost. LTi 46ers will face higher ranked EWE Baskets (#6) in Oldenburg in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BBC Bayreuth will play on the road against BG Goettingen (#9).
Top scorers:
LTi 46ers: M.Jordan 17+4reb+6ast, A.Smith 15+5reb+1ast, Z.Peacock 15+7reb+1ast, E.Ovcina 14+6reb, C.Griffin 9+1reb+3ast, M.Jeffers 7+1reb+3ast
Bayreuth: M.Ginyard 21+2reb+2ast, J.Reiner 19+5reb, D.Gibson 15+3reb+4ast, P.Campbell 15+5reb+2ast, NEITZEL 6+2reb+4ast, J.Harris 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93055


Duesseldorf - Dt.Bank SKY 66-68

Eighteenth-ranked Gloria Giants (3-17) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (15-5) in Duesseldorf on Saturday. The visitors from Frankfurt managed to secure only two-point victory 68-66. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 assists. The other American import guard Quantez Robertson (190-84, college: Auburn) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Robertson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. American guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St.) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and Canadian forward Ransford Brempong (203-81, college: W.Carolina) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Gloria Giants. Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-5 record having six points less than leader Brose Baskets. Gloria Giants at the other side stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners are looking forward to face league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gloria Giants will play on the road against New Yorker Phantoms (#4) in Braunschweig and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Dt.Bank SKY: D.Wood 20+3reb+8ast, J.McKinney 12+3reb, K.Muurinen 10+2reb+1ast, Q.Robertson 10+9reb, C.Moss 8+5reb, D.Bahiense de Mello 4+2ast
Duesseldorf: S.Wright 18+2reb+1ast, D.Haynes 17+7reb+2ast, R.Brempong 17+6reb+1ast, L.Kisielius 4+8reb, N.Khartchenkov 4+1ast, D.McDaniel 4+1reb
gschID: 93052


EWE Baskets - Art.Dragons 84-72

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Artland Dragons (12-7) and EWE Baskets (11-9), which took place in Oldenburg. Higher ranked Artland Dragons lost to ninth ranked EWE Baskets in a road game 72-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Artland Dragons. It looked good early as Artland Dragons took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then EWE Baskets had a 26-15 second period charge getting the lead and Artland Dragons were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-84. EWE Baskets made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Artland Dragons helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 16 points and 5 steals. Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. American center Darren Fenn (208-80, college: Canisius, agency: Limelight Hoops) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and American-Jamaican guard Bryan Bailey (185-80, college: Bucknell) added 11 points and 4 steals respectively for the guests. EWE Baskets moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bremerhaven. Artland Dragons at the other side keep the fifth position with seven games lost. EWE Baskets' next round opponent will be LTi 46ers (#16) in Giessen and are hoping to win another game. Artland Dragons will play at home against ratiopharm Ulm (#12).
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: L.Bogdanovic 17+3reb, R.Paulding 16+4reb+2ast, L.Campbell 13+6reb+6ast, C.McNaughton 10+5reb, O.Stevic 10+3reb+3ast, M.Lukauskis 9+5reb+4ast
Art.Dragons: D.Fenn 18+11reb, B.Bailey 11+4reb+1ast, A.Hess 8+3reb, T.Rice 7+2reb+4ast, R.Boumtje 7+1reb+1ast, J.Strasser 6
gschID: 93053


Bremerhaven - Brose Baskets 58-73

1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (20-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (11-9) 73-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was better in second period 14-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a quality performance of power forward Kyle Hines (198-86) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 rebounds and forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Swingman Torrell Martin (196-85, college: Winthrop, agency: 540 Sports) responded with 15 points and 4 assists and power forward Andrew Drevo (202-81, college: Nebraska, agency: Warren Sports International) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-1 record. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. They share the position with EWE Baskets. Brose Baskets will play against league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play on the road against Phoenix Hagen (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: R.Terry 15+6reb, K.Hines 12+9reb+2ast, C.Jacobsen 10+1reb+6ast, A.Gavel 9+4reb, T.Pleiss 9+7reb, J.Goldsberry 8+2reb+3ast
Bremerhaven: T.Martin 15+2reb+4ast, J.Allen 11+5reb, A.Drevo 9+8reb+1ast, S.Denison 7+3reb, P.Schwethelm 5+3reb+2ast, D.Copeland 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 93054


Phoenix Hagen - MBC 79-87 OT

13th ranked Phoenix Hagen (8-13) fell to fifteenth ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (6-14) in overtime by eight points 79-87 on Sunday night. The game took place in Hagen. But the guests from Weissenfels were better at the end. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Phoenix Hagen won third quarter 29-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Phoenix Hagen used huge pressure winning it 22-15 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 8-16. Mitteldeutscher BC forced 21 Phoenix Hagen turnovers and outrebounded them 49-38 including 36 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American guard Richard Shields (193-82, college: Rutgers) who scored that evening 21 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Wayne Bernard (190-81, college: Davidson) supported him with 11 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. Even 25 points and 7 rebounds by Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Jonusas (200-82) did not help to save the game for Phoenix Hagen. American guard Mark Dorris (188-85, college: Marshall) added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the hosts. Phoenix Hagen's coach Ingo Freyer tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Mitteldeutscher BC maintains fifteenth position with 6-14 record. Loser Phoenix Hagen dropped to the fourteenth place with 13 games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will meet at home higher ranked TBB Trier (#10) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Phoenix Hagen will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
MBC: R.Shields 21+7reb+2ast, V.Radinovic 14+7reb, S.Leutloff 13+10reb, W.Bernard 11+8reb+6ast, P.Radenko 8+2reb, R.Ross 6+5reb
Phoenix Hagen: Z.Jonusas 25+7reb+2ast, M.Dorris 17+8reb+8ast, J.Burtschi 17+6reb+2ast, D.Bell 9+2reb+3ast, Q.Pryor 6+5reb+2ast, B.Kruel 3+3reb
gschID: 93049


EnBW L'burg - Goettingen 96-90

Another upset was a game between BG Goettingen (10-9) and EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-10), which took place in Ludwigsburg. 8th ranked BG Goettingen lost to eleventh ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg in a road game 90-96 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BG Goettingen. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-21. But BG Goettingen won second period 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. EnBW Ludwigsburg shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. BG Goettingen was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated also this game. Forward John Bowler (206-84, college: E.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Jerry Green (191-80, college: Cal-Irvine) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Guard John Little (180-84, college: N.Iowa) replied with 19 points and forward Mike Scott (203-86, college: Kent St.) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BG Goettingen. Four EnBW Ludwigsburg and five BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. EnBW Ludwigsburg moved-up to tenth place, which they share with TBB Trier. Loser BG Goettingen keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg will face Walter Tigers (#13) in Tuebingen in the next round.
Top scorers:
EnBW L'burg: J.Green 19+3reb+3ast, A.Harris 18+2reb+1ast, S.Vene 17+1reb+1ast, J.Bowler 17+8reb+5ast, T.Bailey 8+1reb, D.McCray 7+3ast
Goettingen: J.Little 19+3reb+2ast, A.Jordan 14+3reb, M.Scott 13+5reb, J.Boone 12+4reb+1ast, T.Meacham 11+1reb+3ast, R.Kulawick 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 93050


Telekom Baskets - Walter Tigers 70-82

There was an upset when higher ranked Telekom Baskets (10-9) lost to fourteenth ranked Walter Tigers (8-12) in Bonn 70-82 on Sunday. Telekom Baskets were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Walter Tigers dominated on the defensive end, holding Telekom Baskets to just 7 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Telekom Baskets' 26. Telekom Baskets were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Russian center Anatoly Kashirov (215-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian guard Branislav Ratkovica (193-85, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists for the winners. American guard Jeremy Hunt (196-83, college: Memphis) replied with 18 points and his fellow American import guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) added 15 points and 5 assists in the effort for Telekom Baskets. Five Walter Tigers and four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Walter Tigers moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser Telekom Baskets keep the eighth position with nine games lost. Walter Tigers will face higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (#11) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: A.Kashirov 20+9reb, D.Watts 16+8reb+1ast, C.Oliver 15+7reb, B.Ratkovica 12+4reb+10ast, J.Herber 12+4reb+2ast, K.Wiliams 5+2reb
Telekom Baskets: J.Hunt 18+4reb+1ast, N.Wise 15+2reb+5ast, C.Ensminger 14+5reb+1ast, F.Campbell 11+2ast, A.King 6+3reb+2ast, P.Flomo 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 93051


TBB Trier - ALBA 69-75

Very predictable result when third ranked ALBA Berlin (14-6) won against on the road 10th ranked TBB Trier (10-10) 75-69 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But TBB Trier won third quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia Southern, agency: Pro One Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian forward Tadija Dragicevic (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. ALBA Berlin's coach Muli Katzurin used entire bench saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85, agency: Court Side) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) added 11 points and 7 assists in the effort for TBB Trier. Four TBB Trier players scored in double figures. ALBA Berlin maintains third position with 14-6 record having seven points less than leader Brose Baskets. Loser TBB Trier keeps the tenth place with ten games lost. ALBA Berlin will face Telekom Baskets (#8) in Bonn in the next round where they are favorite. TBB Trier will play on the road against Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels.
Top scorers:
ALBA: J.Jenkins 28+6reb+2ast, D.Allen 18+3reb+1ast, T.Dragicevic 11+7reb+4ast, I.McElroy 6+1reb+4ast, M.Marinovic 5+2reb, H.Price 5+1reb+5ast
TBB Trier: P.Zwiener 15+6reb+2ast, J.Bynum 13+3reb+2ast, D.Joyce 11+4reb+7ast, B.Stewart 10+3reb+2ast, G.Evans 8+1reb+1ast, D.Dojcin 6+1ast
gschID: 93047


ratiopharm - NY Phantoms 85-71

There was an upset when higher ranked New Yorker Phantoms (13-8) lost on the road to twelfth ranked ratiopharm Ulm (9-11) 85-71 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. ratiopharm Ulm shot 28 for 38 from the free-throw line, while New Yorker Phantoms only scored ten points from the stripe. New Yorker Phantoms were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Mike Taylor used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts) replied with 16 points and 5 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican guard Kevin Hamilton (193-84, college: Holy Cross, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for New Yorker Phantoms. ratiopharm Ulm maintains twelfth position with 9-11 record. Loser New Yorker Phantoms keep the fourth place with eight games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will face higher ranked Artland Dragons (#5) in Quakenbrueck in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. New Yorker Phantoms will play at home against Gloria Giants in Duesseldorf.
Top scorers:
ratiopharm: J.Bryant 18+15reb, R.Benzing 17+6reb, P.Guenther 16+1reb+2ast, L.Humphrey 13+1reb+1ast, R.Trice 9+5reb+6ast, C.Collins 6+1reb+3ast
NY Phantoms: B.Thomas 16+5reb+3ast, M.Goree 14+2reb+1ast, K.Hamilton 10+4reb+4ast, T.Skinn 9+4reb+4ast, L.Greer 7+3reb, K.Visser 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93048




ProA Round 18: s Oliver Baskets beat Kirchheim Knights in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Wuerzburg. Second ranked s Oliver Baskets faced 4th ranked Kirchheim Knights. Host s Oliver Baskets (15-3) smashed guests from Kirchheim (11-7) 76-41. The game without a history. s Oliver Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kirchheim Knights to just 5 points in fourth quarter. s Oliver Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Kirchheim Knights' 24. They outrebounded Kirchheim Knights 42-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Kirchheim Knights helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Promotex) who scored 15 points. Center Sascha Kesselring (209-85) chipped in 6 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. s Oliver Baskets' coach Marcel Schroeder 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 Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) who recorded 11 points and 7 rebounds. s Oliver Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets maintains second position with 15-3 record having just two points less than leader B.Muenchen. Kirchheim Knights at the other side dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. s Oliver Baskets are looking forward to face Crailsheim Merlins (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kirchheim Knights will play against ETB Wohnbau in Essen and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Leader Bayern Muenchen delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked Hannover Tigers (7-11) 95-60. It was a good game for Serbian forward Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-76) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. Jonathan Wallace contributed with 15 points for the winners. Coach Dirk Bauermann's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Calvin Henry (198-86, college: Mercer) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Hannover Tigers. Bayern Muenchen (17-1) have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Hannover Tigers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Bayern Muenchen will play against Dragons Rhoendorf (#13) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Hannover Tigers will play against GiroLive-Ballers in Osnabrueck and hope to get back on the winning track.
Fourteenth-ranked ETB Wohnbau (4-14) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (10-7) in Essen on Friday. The visitors from Homburg managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The game was dominated by American players. Rob Lowery scored 25 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Chris Alexander with 25 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Saar-Pfalz Braves moved-up to sixth place. ETB Wohnbau lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. Saar-Pfalz Braves will meet at home USC Freiburg (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ETB Wohnbau will play against Kirchheim Knights and hope to secure a win.
Twelfth-ranked Science City Jena (6-12) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked GiroLive-Ballers (11-6). The visitors from Osnabrueck managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Tom Spoeler notched 25 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) to lead the effort. GiroLive-Ballers moved-up to fourth place. Science City Jena lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. GiroLive-Ballers' next round opponent will be Hannover Tigers (#11) in Hannover and are hoping to win another game. Science City Jena will play on the road against Cuxhaven BasCats.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Rhoendorf, where higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (9-9) lost to thirteenth ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (6-12) in a road game 79-89 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BG Karlsruhe. The best player for the winners was Sanijay Watts who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. Dragons Rhoendorf moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Jena. Loser BG Karlsruhe keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf will face league's leader Bayern Muenchen on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Rest of the games of round 18 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Cuxhaven were defeated by Heidelberg in Heidelberg 84-76. Freiburg beat Webmoebel at home 108-103. Crailsheim lost to Chemnitz on the opponent's court 52-57.
The best stats of 18th round was 25 points and 20 rebounds by Bjorn Schoo of Heidelberg.



Heidelberg - Cuxhaven 84-76

There was no surprise when 16th ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (3-15) were defeated on the road by tenth ranked USC Heidelberg (8-10) 84-76 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. USC Heidelberg outrebounded Cuxhaven BasCats 45-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Cuxhaven BasCats were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Bjorn Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 20 rebounds. American swingman Greg Baker (194-84, college: Adams St.) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four USC Heidelberg players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW) who recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively. USC Heidelberg moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Webmoebel. Cuxhaven BasCats lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. USC Heidelberg will face Webmoebel Baskets (#10) in Paderborn in the next round. Cuxhaven BasCats will play at home against Science City Jena (#12).
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: B.Schoo 25+20reb+1ast, J.Wright 15+3ast, G.Baker 14+5reb+1ast, O.Komarek 10+3reb, R.Moritz 8+2reb+2ast, L.Mendez 6+8reb+1ast
Cuxhaven: D.Yearby 18+7reb+1ast, J.Capel 17+6reb+1ast, A.Cook 17+4reb+4ast, J.Schaffrath 8+3reb, A.Hasenkamm 8+2ast, R.Frohlich 5+2reb
gschID: 93505


Jena - Osnabrueck 74-76

Twelfth-ranked Science City Jena (6-12) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked GiroLive-Ballers (11-6). The visitors from Osnabrueck managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-11 Science City Jena's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 76-74 at the end of the game. GiroLive-Ballers made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Forward Tom Spoeler (206-88) notched 25 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) to lead the effort and Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) supported him with 10 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds by power forward Christoph Roquette (203-82) did not help to save the game for Science City Jena. American guard Melvin Hall (183-85, college: S.Indiana) added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Science City Jena players scored in double figures. GiroLive-Ballers moved-up to fourth place. Science City Jena lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. GiroLive-Ballers' next round opponent will be Hannover Tigers (#11) in Hannover and are hoping to win another game. Science City Jena will play on the road against Cuxhaven BasCats.
Top scorers:
Osnabrueck: T.Spoeler 25+8reb, T.Burnette 14+2reb+2ast, J.Shepherd 10+7reb+1ast, I.Simin 9+2reb, P.Friedel 7+4ast, A.Fleetwood 5+7reb+1ast
Jena: C.Roquette 17+10reb, M.Hall 15+5reb+1ast, L.Cunningham 15+3reb+1ast, A.Hill 12+8reb, J.Eichler 6+6reb, P.Curtis 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 93506


Dragons - Karlsruhe 89-79

We should mention about the upset which took place in Rhoendorf, where higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (9-9) lost to thirteenth ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (6-12) in a road game 79-89 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BG Karlsruhe. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 53-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Dragons Rhoendorf dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to BG Karlsruhe's 40. Dragons Rhoendorf forced 19 BG Karlsruhe turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Cent.Missouri, agency: Limelight Hoops) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Nick Larsen (188-83) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Five Dragons Rhoendorf players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) who recorded 27 points and American forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Rasmussen Services) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Dragons Rhoendorf moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Jena. Loser BG Karlsruhe keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf will face league's leader Bayern Muenchen on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Dragons: S.Watts 25+7reb+3ast, N.Larsen 15+5reb+9ast, K.Moore 14+3reb+1ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 13+9reb+2ast, R.Howard 13+6reb+2ast, F.Thulig 9+3reb+1ast
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 27+2reb+2ast, J.Black 19+6reb+1ast, D.Thorne 10+2reb+2ast, F.Stuckemann 7+1reb+2ast, J.Jones 4+2reb, B.Johnson 4+1reb
gschID: 93502


Freiburg - Webmoebel 108-103

There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked USC Freiburg (5-13) defeated at home higher ranked Webmoebel Baskets (8-10) 108-103 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 29-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. USC Freiburg dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Webmoebel Baskets' 38. They outrebounded Webmoebel Baskets 45-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was swingman Janis Heindel (199-83) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American guard Jamar Nutter (188-84, college: Seton Hall) chipped in 27 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Kejuan Johnson (193-85, college: Long Beach St.) who recorded 31 points and 4 steals and his fellow American import guard Martin Samarco (191-85, college: Bowling Green, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 26 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. USC Freiburg moved-up to fourteenth place. Loser Webmoebel Baskets keep the ninth position with ten games lost. USC Freiburg will face higher ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (#6) in Homburg in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Freiburg: J.Nutter 27+3reb+5ast, B.McKenzie 22+8reb+2ast, J.Heindel 21+11reb+3ast, P.Gause 17+6reb+3ast, X.Hansbro 8+4reb, M.Jost 8+6reb+1ast
Webmoebel: K.Johnson 31+4reb+1ast, M.Samarco 26+3reb+1ast, K.Roemer 20+1reb+1ast, L.Wendt 11+5reb+4ast, T.Hampton 6+2reb+1ast, D.Burns 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 93503


Wuerzburg - Kirchheim 76-41

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Wuerzburg. Second ranked s Oliver Baskets faced 4th ranked Kirchheim Knights. Host s Oliver Baskets (15-3) smashed guests from Kirchheim (11-7) 76-41. The game without a history. s Oliver Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kirchheim Knights to just 5 points in fourth quarter. s Oliver Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Kirchheim Knights' 24. They outrebounded Kirchheim Knights 42-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Kirchheim Knights helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Promotex) who scored 15 points. Center Sascha Kesselring (209-85) chipped in 6 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. s Oliver Baskets' coach Marcel Schroeder 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 Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) who recorded 11 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Cedric Brooks (185-80, college: Pittsburg St.) added 16 points respectively. s Oliver Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets maintains second position with 15-3 record having just two points less than leader B.Muenchen. Kirchheim Knights at the other side dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. s Oliver Baskets are looking forward to face Crailsheim Merlins (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kirchheim Knights will play against ETB Wohnbau in Essen and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: L.Jeka 15+3reb+3ast, T.Baker 13+6reb, J.Levy 12+3reb+2ast, C.Heinrich 8+5reb, T.Blackwood 6+1reb+2ast, S.Kesselring 6+10reb+4ast
Kirchheim: C.Brooks 16+2reb, M.Smallwood 11+7reb, N.Menck 4+5reb+2ast, R.De Michael 4+2reb+1ast, R.Tomasevic 3+4reb+1ast, B.Lischka 3
gschID: 93504


Hannover - B.Muenchen 60-95

Leader Bayern Muenchen delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked Hannover Tigers (7-11) 95-60. The game without a history. Bayern Muenchen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bayern Muenchen forced 23 Hannover Tigers turnovers. It was a good game for Serbian forward Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-76) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. American guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Five Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Coach Dirk Bauermann's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Calvin Henry (198-86, college: Mercer) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Lloyd Phillips (178-85, college: Illinois St.) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Hannover Tigers. Bayern Muenchen (17-1) have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Hannover Tigers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Bayern Muenchen will play against Dragons Rhoendorf (#13) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Hannover Tigers will play against GiroLive-Ballers in Osnabrueck and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: A.Nadjfeji 17+1reb+2ast, J.Wallace 15+2reb+2ast, C.Prewitt 13+2reb+3ast, B.Wyrick 10+7reb+2ast, B.Doreth 10+5reb+4ast, R.Maras 9+4reb
Hannover: C.Henry 12+7reb+2ast, M.Nunnally 9+5reb+1ast, L.Phillips 9+5reb+3ast, D.Arigbabu 9+3reb+1ast, N.May 6+2reb, S.Janzen 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 93499


ETB Wohnbau - Braves 83-85 OT

Fourteenth-ranked ETB Wohnbau (4-14) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (10-7) in Essen on Friday. The visitors from Homburg managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. ETB Wohnbau trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 17-16 run in the last quarter tied the game at the end of regular time, But then they lost eventually overtime period 11-13. Saar-Pfalz Braves made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) scored 25 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Stephen Cramer (188-84, college: Hope (MI)) chipped in 16 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) with 25 points, 5 assists and 5 steals and forward Kendall Chones (201-84, college: Colgate) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Saar-Pfalz Braves moved-up to sixth place. ETB Wohnbau lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. Saar-Pfalz Braves will meet at home USC Freiburg (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ETB Wohnbau will play against Kirchheim Knights and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Braves: R.Lowery 25+4reb+7ast, S.Cramer 16+3reb+2ast, M.Damjanovic 10+6reb, M.Weber 9+3reb+2ast, J.Jamerson 8+2reb+1ast, M.Buse 7+8reb
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 25+1reb+5ast, S.Esterkamp 16+7reb+2ast, K.Chones 14+11reb+3ast, S.Schroter 7+3reb, M.Buljevic 6+4reb+4ast, K.Kern 6
gschID: 93500


Chemnitz - Crailsheim 57-52

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Crailsheim Merlins (10-8) were defeated on the road by third ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (13-5) 57-52 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 57-52. The best player for the winners was American guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) who scored 22 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The other American import center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Kameron Gray (186-82, college: Oklahoma City) who recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Kristof Schwarz (186-87) added 12 points respectively. Crailsheim Merlins' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. BV Chemnitz 99 have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 13-5 record having four points less than leader B.Muenchen. Loser Crailsheim Merlins dropped to the seventh place with eight games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 will face BG Karlsruhe (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Crailsheim Merlins will play against the league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: G.Johnson 22+2reb+4ast, D.Lawson 11+10reb+2ast, J.Schmidt 7+6reb+2ast, T.Lipke 6+1reb+1ast, A.Zazai 5+7reb+7ast, P.Stachula 3+1reb
Crailsheim: K.Schwarz 12+2reb+2ast, K.Gray 12+6reb+6ast, R.Fuller 10+4reb+1ast, R.Ferguson 6+7reb, S.Brooks 4+6reb, B.Obiango 4+2reb
gschID: 93501




ProB Round 18: Spot Up Medien Baskets defeat RSV Eintracht in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 18 in the ProB took place in Braunschweig. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-best RSV Eintracht (13-5) to eighth ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (8-10) 81-80 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 26-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Spot Up Medien Baskets made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by RSV Eintracht helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Philip Noch (200-89) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian guard Nnamdi Nnadili (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists during the contest. Spot Up Medien Baskets' coach Liviu Calin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Mychal Green (193-83, college: Ohio) with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Spot Up Medien Baskets moved-up to seventh place in Group North, which they share with ALBA Berlin II. RSV Eintracht at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Vechta and Herten. Spot Up Medien Baskets is looking forward to face league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. RSV Eintracht will play against USC Leipzig and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked SC Rasta Vechta (13-5) against sixth ranked USC Leipzig (9-9) on Saturday night. Visiting SC Rasta Vechta was defeated by USC Leipzig in a tough game in Leipzig 75-81. American guard Lamar Morinia (183-81, college: Montana St.-Northern) notched 24 points and 8 assists to lead the effort and Monyea Pratt supported him with 12 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by American guard Matthew Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) did not help to save the game for SC Rasta Vechta. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. USC Leipzig moved-up to fifth place in Group North, which they share with Wulfen. SC Rasta Vechta at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They share it with Stahnsdorf and Herten. USC Leipzig will play against league's second-placed RSV Eintracht in Stahnsdorf in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. SC Rasta Vechta will play at home against Hertener Loewen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked NBC (13-5) against fourth ranked Leitershofen (13-5) on Saturday night. Host NBC was defeated by Leitershofen in Nurnberg 79-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of NBC. The best player for the winners was Devin Uskoski who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Leitershofen's coach Stefan Goschenhofer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Will Chavis who recorded 18 points and 6 steals. Leitershofen have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with NBC and Licher Baeren. Leitershofen will meet at home Baskets Konstanz (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NBC will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#8) and hope to secure a win.
ProB top team - Ehingen/Urspringschule (17-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (5-13) in Frankfurt 76-64. It was a good game for Gianluca Raebel who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ehingen/Urspringschule have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group South with 17-1 record. Deutsche Bank Skyliners II at the other side keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule's next round opponent will be TV 1862 Langen (#5) at home. Deutsche Bank Skyliners II will play against BV Villingen-Schwenningen (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Bernau where 9th ranked SC Rist Wedel (6-12) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked SSV Lok Bernau (4-14) 85-76 on Saturday. Calvin Brock had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. SC Rist Wedel's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. SSV Lok Bernau maintains twelfth position in Group North with 4-14 record. SC Rist Wedel lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 12 games lost. SSV Lok Bernau will face higher ranked ALBA Berlin II (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 18:
In Group North Schwelm won against Bayer Giants on the opponent's court 112-107. Wulfen unfortunately lost to Wolfenbuettel in a home game 73-81. ALBA Berlin II recorded a loss to Herten on the road 62-76.
In Group South BG Illertal defeated Schwenningen on its own court 84-74. Gotha was beaten by Langen in a road game 102-89. Konstanz lost to Licher Baeren at home 65-74. Giessen unfortunately lost to TSV Troester on the opponent's court 66-74.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists by Willis Gardner of Licher Baeren.



Group North
SU Medien - Stahnsdorf 81-80

The most exciting game of round 18 in the ProB took place in Braunschweig. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-best RSV Eintracht (13-5) to eighth ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (8-10) 81-80 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 26-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Spot Up Medien Baskets made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by RSV Eintracht helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Philip Noch (200-89) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian guard Nnamdi Nnadili (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists during the contest. Spot Up Medien Baskets' coach Liviu Calin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Mychal Green (193-83, college: Ohio) with 24 points and 6 rebounds and forward Tim Modersitzki (197-85) scored 11 points and 7 assists. Four RSV Eintracht players scored in double figures. Spot Up Medien Baskets moved-up to seventh place in Group North, which they share with ALBA Berlin II. RSV Eintracht at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Vechta and Herten. Spot Up Medien Baskets is looking forward to face league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. RSV Eintracht will play against USC Leipzig and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
SU Medien: N.Nnadili 21+3reb+5ast, F.Theis 20+6reb+1ast, P.Noch 19+7reb+3ast, D.Theis 8+6reb+1ast, J.El Domiaty 7+5reb+2ast, D.Stawowski 4+2reb
Stahnsdorf: M.Green 24+6reb+1ast, A.Moosmann 14+3ast, K.Williams 13+5reb+1ast, T.Modersitzki 11+3reb+7ast, M.Haucke 10+2reb, D.Langer 7+7reb
gschID: 94038


Bernau - Rist-Wedel 85-76

An interesting game took place in Bernau where 9th ranked SC Rist Wedel (6-12) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked SSV Lok Bernau (4-14) 85-76 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-17. But SC Rist Wedel won third quarter 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SSV Lok Bernau had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. SC Rist Wedel was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Calvin Brock (196-86, college: Illinois) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Konstantin Mau (192-78) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four SSV Lok Bernau players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward David Gomez (201-85, college: Tulane) with 24 points and 6 rebounds and forward Kay Gausa (194-92) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. SC Rist Wedel's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. SSV Lok Bernau maintains twelfth position in Group North with 4-14 record. SC Rist Wedel lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 12 games lost. SSV Lok Bernau will face higher ranked ALBA Berlin II (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Bernau: C.Brock 20+10reb+1ast, M.Dathe 17+1reb+3ast, K.Mau 14+11reb+2ast, D.Vance 11+3reb, J.Heide 8+2reb+2ast, M.Bogdanov 6+1reb+1ast
Rist-Wedel: D.Gomez 24+6reb+1ast, M.Leger 16+5reb, K.Gausa 15+6reb+2ast, V.Delic 5+3reb, F.Moysich 4+1reb, Meyer 4+1reb
gschID: 94035


Bayer Giants - Schwelm 107-112

Very expected game in Leverkusen where 10th ranked Bayer Giants (6-12) were defeated by second ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (14-4) 112-107 on Saturday. Bayer Giants were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 38-27 charge of SG Schwelmer Baskets, which allowed them to win the game. They made 37-of-45 free shots (82.2 percent) during the game, while Bayer Giants only scored sixteen points from the stripe. Strangely Bayer Giants outrebounded SG Schwelmer Baskets 38-24 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. Bayer Giants were plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard David Bunts (189-79, college: Pacific) scored 30 points to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American forward Kristofer Speier (206-81, college: Lewis-Clark) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Josh Young (185-88, college: Drake) with 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) and his fellow American import center Justin Eller (203-87, college: Sacramento St.) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. SG Schwelmer Baskets have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of Group North leader. Loser Bayer Giants dropped to the ninth place with 12 games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face Spot Up Medien Baskets (#7) in Braunschweig in the next round where they are favorite. Bayer Giants will play on the road against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: D.Bunts 30+2reb+2ast, K.Speier 20+8reb+2ast, J.Ducker 16+2reb+1ast, J.Holmes 15+4reb+5ast, F.Gentgen 8+1ast, J.Malbeck 7+5reb
Bayer Giants: J.Young 33+6reb+4ast, N.Michael 18+4reb, J.Eller 16+11reb+1ast, S.Monse 11+3reb, F.Engel 9+1ast, M.Brauer 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 94036


Wulfen - Wolfenbuettel 73-81

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (5-13) defeated on the road higher ranked BSV Wulfen (9-9) 81-73 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-14. But BSV Wulfen won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Justin Sexton (203-88, college: Pomona-Pitzer) scored 18 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Joseph Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and center Nino Janoschek (204-87) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four BSV Wulfen players scored in double figures. BSV Wulfen's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel maintains eleventh position in Group North with 5-13 record. Newly promoted BSV Wulfen keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will face higher ranked Bayer Giants (#10) in Leverkusen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BSV Wulfen will play on the road against SC Rist Wedel (#9).
Top scorers:
Wolfenbuettel: B.Giles 18+1reb+3ast, J.Sexton 18+4reb+4ast, H.Knopke 11+6reb+5ast, S.Schubert 9+1reb+1ast, M.Kemp 9+1reb+1ast, M.Schwarz 8+8reb+1ast
Wulfen: S.Hummelt 14+1reb+2ast, J.Henley 14+10reb+1ast, J.Sprunken 13+2ast, N.Janoschek 12+8reb, T.White 9+2reb+3ast, S.Briggs 7+3ast
gschID: 94037


Herten - ALBA Berlin II 76-62

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked ALBA Berlin II (8-10) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Hertener Loewen (13-5) 76-62 on Friday. The game without a history. Hertener Loewen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Hertener Loewen forced 20 ALBA Berlin II turnovers. ALBA Berlin II was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Vincent Kittmann (199-88) chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Andreas Seiferth (206-89, college: ALBA Berlin II) with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Konstantin Klein (185-91) scored 14 points. ALBA Berlin II's coach Alan Ibrahimagic let to play eleven players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Hertener Loewen have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group North, which they share with Stahnsdorf and Vechta. Newly promoted ALBA Berlin II keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Hertener Loewen will face SC Rasta Vechta (#4) on the road in the next round. ALBA Berlin II will play against SSV Lok Bernau.
Top scorers:
Herten: C.Hackenesch 19+7reb+1ast, M.Monk 19+11reb+2ast, V.Kittmann 16+10reb+2ast, B.Schultz 8+1reb+1ast, N.Schulwitz 5, M.Berger 4+2reb+3ast
ALBA Berlin II: K.Klein 14+2reb+3ast, A.Seiferth 12+8reb+3ast, M.Ziegenhagen 11+1reb+2ast, S.Fulle 6+1reb+1ast, J.Saibou 6+2reb, J.Kleiner 5
gschID: 94033


Leipzig - Vechta 81-75

Very important is a road loss of third ranked SC Rasta Vechta (13-5) against sixth ranked USC Leipzig (9-9) on Saturday night. Visiting SC Rasta Vechta was defeated by USC Leipzig in a tough game in Leipzig 75-81. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-19 SC Rasta Vechta's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 81-75 at the end of the game. USC Leipzig forced 21 SC Rasta Vechta turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by SC Rasta Vechta's players. American guard Lamar Morinia (183-81, college: Montana St.-Northern) notched 24 points and 8 assists to lead the effort and the other American import forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) supported him with 12 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks. Four USC Leipzig players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by American guard Matthew Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) did not help to save the game for SC Rasta Vechta. Guard Marvin Boadu (193-89, college: High School) added 20 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. USC Leipzig moved-up to fifth place in Group North, which they share with Wulfen. SC Rasta Vechta at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They share it with Stahnsdorf and Herten. USC Leipzig will play against league's second-placed RSV Eintracht in Stahnsdorf in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. SC Rasta Vechta will play at home against Hertener Loewen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: L.Morinia 24+4reb+8ast, K.Kranz 13+2reb+1ast, R.Schirmer 13+5reb, M.Pratt 12+15reb+7ast, K.Schweiger 8+3reb+3ast, A.Spalke 7+1reb+1ast
Vechta: M.Boadu 20+4reb+1ast, M.Reid 18+6reb+3ast, D.Krause 10+2reb, M.King-Stockton 8+5reb, C.Thompson 8+5reb, A.Kronhardt 4+5reb
gschID: 94034


Group South
BG Illertal - Schwenningen 84-74

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (8-10) beat at home 11th ranked BV Villingen-Schwenningen (4-14) 84-74 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by BG Illertal/Weissenhorn. BV Villingen-Schwenningen was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn forced 20 BV Villingen-Schwenningen turnovers. BV Villingen-Schwenningen was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Edward Williams (200-80, college: NC-Wilmington) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard DeUndrae Spraggins (191-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Blake Young (188-85, college: Kansas St.) with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized Polish forward Jan Fikiel (208-83, college: Pennsylvania) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted BG Illertal/Weissenhorn maintains seventh position in Group South with 8-10 record. BV Villingen-Schwenningen lost third consecutive game. BV Villingen-Schwenningen at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eleventh place with 14 games lost. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn will face Giessen Pointers (#9) on the road in the next round. BV Villingen-Schwenningen will play against Deutsche Bank Skyliners II in Frankfurt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BG Illertal: D.Spraggins 19+8reb, E.Williams 16+10reb+3ast, F.Mobius 13+7reb+1ast, M.Simic 11+3reb, M.Heberlein 9+8reb+2ast, P.Vojkovic 7+2reb+2ast
Schwenningen: B.Young 22+11reb+6ast, J.Fikiel 16+9reb, B.Brooks 14+9reb, M.Hallgrimson 13+2reb, C.Gundlach 5+4reb, B.Goehrke 4+12reb
gschID: 94042


Dt.Bank SKY II - Ehingen 64-76

ProB top team - Ehingen/Urspringschule (17-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (5-13) in Frankfurt 76-64. Ehingen/Urspringschule outrebounded Deutsche Bank Skyliners II 44-31 including 20 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for swingman Gianluca Raebel (195-91) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 4 assists. Guard Mario Blessing (184-92) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Forward Fabian Franke (198-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Christopher Rojik (200-74, college: Holy Cross) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Deutsche Bank Skyliners II. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ehingen/Urspringschule have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group South with 17-1 record. Deutsche Bank Skyliners II at the other side keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule's next round opponent will be TV 1862 Langen (#5) at home. Deutsche Bank Skyliners II will play against BV Villingen-Schwenningen (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: M.Blessing 18+2ast, G.Raebel 15+2reb+4ast, T.Lang 8+5reb, E.Niedermeyer 8+7reb, K.Kuhn 6+8reb+1ast, R.Spoden 6+7reb
Dt.Bank SKY II: F.Franke 20+10reb, C.Rojik 13+5reb, R.Staudacher 12+2reb+1ast, F.Theilig 6+3reb+4ast, J.Novak 4+4reb+1ast, J.Otshumbe 3+3reb
gschID: 94044


Langen - Gotha 102-89

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (6-12) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked TV 1862 Langen (12-6) 102-89 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by TV 1862 Langen. Oettinger Rockets Gotha was better in third quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TV 1862 Langen dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Oettinger Rockets Gotha's 42 and made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. TV 1862 Langen forced 22 Oettinger Rockets Gotha turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Oettinger Rockets Gotha's players. Oettinger Rockets Gotha was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Nathan Drury (188-85, college: Carroll) had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Australian center Auryn MacMillan (203-88, college: Gardner-Webb) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Russian forward Albert Kuppe (195-88) with 19 points and American forward Parnell Smith (198-84, college: Buffalo) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Five TV 1862 Langen and four Oettinger Rockets Gotha players scored in double figures. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TV 1862 Langen maintains fifth position in Group South with 12-6 record. Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. TV 1862 Langen will face league's leader Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play at home against the league's second-placed NBC (#2) in Nurnberg.
Top scorers:
Langen: A.MacMillan 21+6reb, P.Heckmann 18+3reb+4ast, N.Drury 14+10reb+8ast, J.Domdey 14+4reb+3ast, M.Voeller 13+5reb+1ast, N.Barth 8+4reb+6ast
Gotha: A.Kuppe 19+4reb, P.Smith 16+5reb+1ast, M.Virijevic 12+3reb+1ast, J.Boucher 11+2reb+3ast, J.Cadmus 8+1reb+1ast, R.Scruggs 7+1ast
gschID: 94039


NBC - Leitershofen 67-79

Very important is a home loss of second ranked NBC (13-5) against fourth ranked Leitershofen (13-5) on Saturday night. Host NBC was defeated by Leitershofen in Nurnberg 79-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of NBC. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 29-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely NBC outrebounded Leitershofen 47-33 including a 22-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American center Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import guard Michael Mathey (188-87, college: W.Liberty St.) chipped in 23 points. Four Leitershofen players scored in double figures. Leitershofen's coach Stefan Goschenhofer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Will Chavis (181-81, college: Texas Tech, agency: Rasmussen Services) who recorded 18 points and 6 steals and naturalized Czech center Martin Ides (217-80, college: Davidson, agency: Rasmussen Services) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Leitershofen have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with NBC and Licher Baeren. Leitershofen will meet at home Baskets Konstanz (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NBC will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Leitershofen: M.Mathey 23+4reb+2ast, D.Uskoski 21+14reb+1ast, J.Genck 13+1reb+4ast, L.Vrkas 10+2reb+2ast, D.Veney 5+5reb+1ast, T.Karsch 3
NBC: W.Chavis 18+2reb+2ast, M.Ides 11+7reb+1ast, J.Reile 8+7reb+3ast, A.Smith 7+7reb+3ast, C.Adler 7+5reb, S.Schroeder 6+4reb
gschID: 94040


Konstanz - Licher Baeren 65-74

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Licher Baeren (13-5) won against on the road 12th ranked Baskets Konstanz (3-15) 74-65 on Sunday. Baskets Konstanz was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Strangely Baskets Konstanz outrebounded Licher Baeren 35-23 including 23 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Willis Gardner (185-86, college: Colorado St., agency: Stanley International) scored 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Thomas Fairley (206-82, college: Lamar) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Michael Lay (175-83, college: Concordia (OR)) with 22 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Robinson Louisme (201-84, college: Tulane) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Licher Baeren moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with NBC and Leitershofen. Baskets Konstanz lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Licher Baeren will face TSV Troester (#6) in Breitenguessbach in the next round. Baskets Konstanz will play on the road against Leitershofen (#3) in Diedorf.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: W.Gardner 33+3reb+4ast, T.Fairley 11+5reb+1ast, V.Klassen 10+2reb+1ast, P.Wente 8+8reb, A.Willemsen 8+2reb+1ast, R.Christen 3+3reb
Konstanz: M.Lay 22+8reb+3ast, R.Louisme 10+10reb+1ast, P.Leidig 8+3reb+2ast, C.McKnight 8+1reb+2ast, F.Coellen 6+2reb, E.Foth 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 94041


TSV Troester - Giessen 74-66

Rather expected game in Breitenguessbach where 9th ranked Giessen Pointers (5-13) were defeated by sixth ranked TSV Troester (9-9) 74-66 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 27-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Naturalized Croatian forward Ivan Pavic (201-81) scored 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Erik Land (203-90) chipped in 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was Jamaican-American forward Kimmani Barrett (198-87, college: La Salle) with 17 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Marcus Johnson (191-87, college: Dayton) scored 11 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. TSV Troester have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position in Group South with 9-9 record. Newly promoted Giessen Pointers keep the ninth place with 13 games lost. TSV Troester will face higher ranked Licher Baeren (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Giessen Pointers will play against BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: I.Pavic 22+9reb+3ast, E.Land 20+4reb, M.Stuckey 8+2reb+2ast, S.Dinkel 8+1reb+3ast, D.Schmidt 7+2reb+3ast, M.Fuchs 4+2ast
Giessen: K.Barrett 17+5reb+1ast, M.Johnson 11+4reb+1ast, D.Czepczynski 8+3reb+3ast, F.Rotaru 7+4reb+2ast, Z.Pavlovic 6+3reb+2ast, O.Biallas 6+5reb
gschID: 93909




Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 20-1 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 15-5 
 3. ALBA 14-6 
 4. NY Phantoms 13-8 
 5. Art.Dragons 12-7 
 6. EWE Baskets 11-9 
 7. Bremerhaven 11-9 
 8. Telekom Baskets 10-9 
 9. Goettingen 10-9 
 10. TBB Trier 10-10 
 11. EnBW L'burg 10-10 
 12. ratiopharm 9-11 
 13. Walter Tigers 8-12 
 14. Phoenix Hagen 8-13 
 15. MBC 6-14 
 16. LTi 46ers 6-15 
 17. Bayreuth 4-15 
 18. Duesseldorf 3-17 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. B.Muenchen 17-1 
 2. Wuerzburg 15-3 
 3. Chemnitz 13-5 
 4. Osnabrueck 11-6 
 5. Kirchheim 11-7 
 6. Braves 10-7 
 7. Crailsheim 10-8 
 8. Karlsruhe 9-9 
 9. Heidelberg 8-10 
 10. Webmoebel 8-10 
 11. Hannover 7-11 
 12. Jena 6-12 
 13. Dragons 6-12 
 14. Freiburg 5-13 
 15. ETB Wohnbau 4-14 
 16. Cuxhaven 3-15 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Schwelm 14-4 
 2. Stahnsdorf 13-5 
 3. Herten 13-5 
 4. Vechta 13-5 
 5. Wulfen 9-9 
 6. Leipzig 9-9 
 7. SU Medien 8-10 
 8. ALBA Berlin II 8-10 
 9. Rist-Wedel 6-12 
 10. Bayer Giants 6-12 
 11. Wolfenbuettel 5-13 
 12. Bernau 4-14 
Group South
 1. Ehingen 17-1 
 2. NBC 13-5 
 3. Leitershofen 13-5 
 4. Licher Baeren 13-5 
 5. Langen 12-6 
 6. TSV Troester 9-9 
 7. BG Illertal 8-10 
 8. Gotha 6-12 
 9. Giessen 5-13 
 10. Dt.Bank SKY II 5-13 
 11. Schwenningen 4-14 
 12. Konstanz 3-15 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Wood, Dt.17.7 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.16.4 
 3. Allen, ALBA15.7 
 4. Peacock, LTi 46ers15.6 
 5. Benzing, ratio.15.4 
 6. Rice, Art.Dragons15.3 
 7. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.3 
 8. Bryant, ratiopharm14.9 
 9. Harris, EnBW L.14.9 
 10. Burtschi, Phoenix .14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm11.2 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.7.9 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth7.8 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.7 
 5. Stevic, EWE B.7.3 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.2 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.7.0 
 8. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
 9. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.6 
 10. Pleiss, Brose B.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.7 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.6 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier4.8 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons4.6 
 5. Copeland, Bremerha.4.4 
 6. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 7. Green, EnBW L.4.3 
 8. Campbell, EWE B.4.2 
 9. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.1 
 10. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.8 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.1.8 
 4. Wise, Telekom .1.6 
 5. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.6 
 6. Campbell, Teleko.1.5 
 7. Wood, Dt.1.5 
 8. Dorris, Phoenix .1.4 
 9. Pryor, Phoenix .1.4 
 10. Stevic, EWE B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Ironi Ashkelon
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.2.0 
 3. Buechert, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.4 
 5. Scott, Goettingen1.3 
 6. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 7. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.1 
 9. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.1 
 10. Baynes, EWE B.1.0 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.8 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim20.1 
 3. Roessler, Karlsruhe19.9 
 4. Shepherd, Osnab.19.9 
 5. Gause, Freiburg18.2 
 6. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.1 
 7. Gray, Crailsheim17.9 
 8. Watts, Dragons17.9 
 9. Wallace, B.Mue.16.9 
 10. Burnette, Osnab.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Black, Karlsruhe9.4 
 3. Yearby, Cuxhaven9.1 
 4. Smallwood, Kirchheim9.0 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.6 
 6. Watts, Dragons8.5 
 7. Schoo, Heidelberg8.4 
 8. De Michael, Kirchheim7.6 
 9. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.6 
 10. Shaw, Chemnitz7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kameron GRAY
  Crailsheim
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gray, Crailsheim6.0 
 2. Zazai, Chemnitz5.6 
 3. Brooks, Kirchheim5.4 
 4. Jeka, Wuerzburg5.1 
 5. Barth, Heidelberg4.8 
 6. Johnson, Webmoebel4.7 
 7. Larsen, Dragons4.5 
 8. Lowery, Braves4.5 
 9. Burnette, Osnab.4.3 
 10. Wallace, B.Mue.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.3 
 2. Gause, Freiburg2.8 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz2.4 
 4. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 5. Brooks, Kirchheim2.1 
 6. Zazai, Chemnitz2.1 
 7. Gray, Crailsheim1.9 
 8. Scott, Kirchheim1.9 
 9. Shaw, Chemnitz1.9 
 10. Alexander, ETB W.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Smallwood, Kirchheim2.1 
 2. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.2.1 
 3. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.9 
 4. Williams, Karlsruhe1.8 
 5. Schoo, Heidelberg1.7 
 6. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.7 
 7. Hill, Jena1.4 
 8. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.2 
 9. Fuller, Crailsheim1.1 
 10. Henry, Hannover1.1 


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Smith, Panellinios18.7 
 2. Palacio, Kavala16.5 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos16.4 
 4. Marshall, PAOK16.0 
 5. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos15.0 
 6. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 7. Dikoudis, AEK14.3 
 8. Kalathis, VAP K.14.1 
 9. Thompson, Ikaros14.0 
 10. McAlarney, Ikaros13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Smith, Panellinios10.7 
 2. Simmons, Kavala9.7 
 3. Thompson, Ikaros8.9 
 4. Kalathis, VAP K.8.3 
 5. Tucker, Aris7.9 
 6. Looby, Peristeri GS7.8 
 7. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.4 
 8. Bagaric, Marousi7.2 
 9. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.7 
 10. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos6.5 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.3 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.5 
 5. Diamantidis, Panath.4.5 
 6. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.9 
 8. Palacio, Kavala3.9 
 9. Kojadinovic, Marousi3.6 
 10. Karydas, Ilysiakos3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Cibona
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Baxter, Ilysiakos2.0 
 3. Xanthopoulos, Panell.2.0 
 4. Marshall, PAOK2.0 
 5. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.8 
 7. Diamantidis, Panath.1.7 
 8. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.7 
 9. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.6 
 10. Kalathis, VAP K.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Bagaric, Marousi2.1 
 2. Simmons, Kavala1.9 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.5 
 5. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 6. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.8 
 7. Vougioukas, Panath.0.7 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS0.7 
 9. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 10. Scott, Peristeri GS0.6 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 15-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 14-1 
 3. Marousi 9-6 
 4. PAOK 8-7 
 5. VAP Kolossos 8-7 
 6. Aris 8-7 
 7. Kavala 8-7 
 8. Peristeri GS 7-8 
 9. Panionios 7-8 
 10. Ikaros 7-8 
 11. Panellinios 4-11 
 12. AEK 4-11 
 13. Ilysiakos 3-12 
 14. Iraklis 3-12 


A1 Round 15: Marousi loses to VAP Kolossos - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The game between third ranked Marousi (9-6) and sixth ranked VAP Kolossos (8-7) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Marousi was defeated by VAP Kolossos in Rodou 61-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Marousi. Marousi was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 26-7 charge of VAP Kolossos, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Marousi to just 7 points in fourth quarter. VAP Kolossos dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Marousi's 26. It was a good game for power forward Kostas Charissis (211-79, college: USC, agency: Impact Basketball) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Puerto Rican guard David Huertas (196-87, college: Mississippi) answered with 24 points and 4 assists for Marousi. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. VAP Kolossos moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Marousi at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. VAP Kolossos is looking forward to face Kavala (#7) at home in the next round. Marousi will play against Ikaros (#10) in Kalitheas and is hoping to win this game.
A1 top team - Olympiakos (15-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat twelfth ranked AEK (4-11) in Athens 79-74. It was a great evening for international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Zoran Erceg helped adding 14 points. The best for the losing side was power forward Kostas Charissis (211-79, college: USC, agency: Impact Basketball) with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Undefeated Olympiakos have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-0 record. AEK lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Panellinios. Olympiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panionios.
8th ranked Ikaros (7-8) fell to tenth ranked Panionios (7-8) in overtime by twelve points 84-96 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ikaros. It was an exceptional evening for Ryvon Covile who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Lans Harris came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for Ikaros in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Panionios moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Peristeri GS and Ikaros. Panionios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Olympiakos.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Peristeri GS (7-8) and Kavala (8-7), which took place in Kavala. Higher ranked Peristeri GS lost to ninth ranked Kavala in a road game 58-66. The best player for the winners was Cedric Simmons who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Kavala moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Peristeri GS at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Kavala's next round opponent will be VAP Kolossos (#5) in Rodou. Peristeri GS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panathinaikos.
The game between 13th ranked Iraklis (3-12) and seventh ranked PAOK (8-7) in Thessaloniki on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Thessaloniki outscored Iraklis 86-67. It was a good game for Rawle Marshall who led his team to a victory with 24 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. PAOK moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Iraklis lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. PAOK's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Thessaloniki Aris.

In the last two games of round 15 bottom-ranked Ilysiakos was beaten by Panathinaikos on the road 88-71. Aris won against Panellinios on its own court 73-63.
The most impressive performance of 15th round was 30 points and 11 rebounds by Steven Smith of Panellinios.



Iraklis - PAOK 67-86

The game between 13th ranked Iraklis (3-12) and seventh ranked PAOK (8-7) in Thessaloniki on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Thessaloniki outscored Iraklis 86-67. The game was mostly controlled by PAOK. Iraklis was better in third quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PAOK had a 32-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Iraklis was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) who led his team to a victory with 24 points. FYR Macedonian center Todor Gechevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four PAOK players scored in double figures. American guard Matt Bouldin (196-88, college: Gonzaga) answered with 26 points and Lithuanian guard Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-82, college: the other American import) added 14 points in the effort for Iraklis. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. PAOK moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Iraklis lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. PAOK's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Thessaloniki Aris.
Top scorers:
PAOK: R.Marshall 24+2reb, T.Gechevski 15+7reb+4ast, J.Gray 14+4reb+5ast, R.Dozier 13+6reb+2ast, M.Giannakidis 9+2reb, L.Papadopoulos 7+10reb+3ast
Iraklis: M.Bouldin 26+3reb+3ast, A.Eitutavicius 14+2reb+1ast, F.Lambropoulos 7+8reb, J.Peters 5+4reb, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 5+4reb, D.Despos 4+4reb
gschID: 103818


Panathinaikos - Ilysiakos 88-71

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Panathinaikos (14-1) beat 14th ranked Ilysiakos (3-12) in Athens 88-71 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 47-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Panathinaikos forced 20 Ilysiakos turnovers. Ilysiakos was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Drew Nicholas (191-81, college: Maryland) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and guard Alexis Kiritsis (198-82) added 17 points in the effort for Ilysiakos. Four Ilysiakos players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Panathinaikos. Defending champion maintains second place with 14-1 record behind leader Olympiakos. Loser Ilysiakos dropped to the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Panathinaikos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Peristeri GS.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: A.Fotsis 23+6reb+3ast, D.Nicholas 18+4reb+3ast, M.Batiste 13+2reb+1ast, M.Tepic 8+1reb, D.Diamantidis 7+2reb+7ast, K.Tsartsaris 5+3reb
Ilysiakos: A.Kiritsis 17+1reb+2ast, N.Chatzis 12+3reb, J.Baxter 10+2reb+2ast, 10+10reb, M.Koukoulas 6+2reb, N.Papantoniou 6
gschID: 103819


Kavala - Peristeri GS 66-58

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Peristeri GS (7-8) and Kavala (8-7), which took place in Kavala. Higher ranked Peristeri GS lost to ninth ranked Kavala in a road game 58-66. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Peristeri GS won third quarter 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kavala forced 19 Peristeri GS turnovers. The best player for the winners was American power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Kavala players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Michael King (193-78, college: George Washington, agency: Strategic Sports) who recorded 16 points and German-American forward Julian Sensley (206-82, college: Hawaii, agency: Impact Basketball) added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Kavala moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Peristeri GS at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Kavala's next round opponent will be VAP Kolossos (#5) in Rodou. Peristeri GS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panathinaikos.
Top scorers:
Kavala: C.Simmons 13+13reb+1ast, S.Karapostolou 11+1reb+2ast, B.Jorovic 11+6reb+1ast, C.Stefanidis 10+2reb+1ast, M.Palacio 7+3reb+3ast, C.Kostov 4+1reb
Peristeri GS: M.King 16+4reb+1ast, G.Tsiakos 10+4reb, E.Scott 8+2reb, J.Sensley 6+7reb+2ast, D.Papanikolaou 6+5reb+2ast, K.Looby 5+4reb
gschID: 103820


VAP Kolossos - Marousi 78-61

The game between third ranked Marousi (9-6) and sixth ranked VAP Kolossos (8-7) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Marousi was defeated by VAP Kolossos in Rodou 61-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Marousi. Marousi was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 26-7 charge of VAP Kolossos, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Marousi to just 7 points in fourth quarter. VAP Kolossos dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Marousi's 26. It was a good game for power forward Kostas Charissis (211-79, college: USC, agency: Impact Basketball) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Puerto Rican guard David Huertas (196-87, college: Mississippi) answered with 24 points and 4 assists and the former international power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (207-83, agency: FCM) added 14 points in the effort for Marousi. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. VAP Kolossos moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Marousi at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. VAP Kolossos is looking forward to face Kavala (#7) at home in the next round. Marousi will play against Ikaros (#10) in Kalitheas and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
VAP Kolossos: K.Charissis 22+11reb, P.Kalathis 19+9reb+3ast, A.Tsamis 17+2reb+3ast, J.Golemac 5+1reb+2ast, S.Panos 5+1reb, J.Jordan 4+3reb+9ast
Marousi: D.Huertas 24+4reb+4ast, D.Haritopoulos 14+3reb+1ast, D.Bagaric 11+4reb+2ast, F.Kojadinovic 6+5reb, N.Kommatos 3+5reb+1ast, Y.Gagaloudis 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 103821


Aris - Panellinios 73-63

Very expected game when 11th ranked Panellinios (4-11) lost to sixth ranked Aris (8-7) in Thessaloniki 63-73 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-63. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward P.J. Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Pierre Pierce (193-83, college: Iowa, agency: Lanshire Group) contributed with 10 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Aris players scored in double figures. Forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds and forward Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) added 14 points in the effort for Panellinios. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Aris moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Panellinios keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Aris' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Thessaloniki to the arena PAOK.
Top scorers:
Aris: P.Tucker 19+9reb, S.Mourtos 13+5reb+1ast, C.Tapoutos 11+3reb+1ast, P.Pierce 10+3reb+7ast, K.Charalampidis 6+1reb+1ast, N.Hatzivrettas 5+2reb+4ast
Panellinios: S.Smith 30+11reb+2ast, T.Francis 14+2reb, S.Udrih 9+1reb+4ast, D.Kompodietas 4+2reb, D.Ostojic 2+2reb, V.Sklavos 2+2reb
gschID: 103815


Panionios - Ikaros 96-84 OT

8th ranked Ikaros (7-8) fell to tenth ranked Panionios (7-8) in overtime by twelve points 84-96 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ikaros. Ikaros was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 3-15s. Panionios dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Ikaros' 44. It was an exceptional evening for American center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: ZAG Advocates) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian guard Milos Vujanic (192-80) accounted for 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Four Panionios players scored in double figures. American guard Lans Harris (195-83, college: Kansas St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Kyle McAlarney (183-87, college: Notre Dame) added 23 points respectively for Ikaros in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Panionios moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Peristeri GS and Ikaros. Panionios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Olympiakos.
Top scorers:
Panionios: R.Covile 28+10reb+1ast, M.Batis 18+2ast, M.Vujanic 15+10reb+6ast, G.Tsiaras 11+4reb+2ast, K.McLeod 8+1reb, M.Paragios 5+1reb+1ast
Ikaros: K.McAlarney 23+1reb+3ast, L.Harris 16+11reb+2ast, D.Thompson 16+5reb, M.Polytarhou 7+2reb+5ast, B.Krasic 7+3reb+3ast, S.Katoufas 5+2reb
gschID: 103816


AEK - Olympiakos 74-79

A1 top team - Olympiakos (15-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat twelfth ranked AEK (4-11) in Athens 79-74. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-21. But AEK won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Olympiakos won last quarter 19-16. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. AEK was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian power forward Zoran Erceg (210-85) helped adding 14 points. The best for the losing side was power forward Kostas Charissis (211-79, college: USC, agency: Impact Basketball) with 20 points and 8 rebounds and American-Bosnian guard Terell Castle (182-72, college: Nicholls St., agency: Court Side) scored 17 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Four AEK players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Olympiakos have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-0 record. AEK lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Panellinios. Olympiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panionios.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: I.Bourousis 19+7reb, Z.Erceg 14+4reb+2ast, M.Teodosic 11+2reb+5ast, Y.Halperin 9+3reb+2ast, L.Mavrokefalides 9+3reb, M.Nielsen 7+1reb+2ast
AEK: 20+8reb, T.Castle 17+2reb+6ast, S.Kokkinopoulos 15+4reb+1ast, D.Dikoudis 11+1ast, N.Papanikolaou 6+1reb, A.Kallinikidis 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 103817




A2 Round 12: Lavrio is defeated by Ikaroi Serron - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Serres between second ranked Lavrio (8-4) and fifth ranked Ikaroi Serron (8-4) on Saturday night. Lavrio was defeated by Ikaroi Serron on the road 101-88. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lavrio. The game was mostly controlled by Ikaroi Serron. Lavrio managed to win fourth quarter 35-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Ikaroi Serron especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of center Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and guard Savvas Kaberidis (187-78) who added 18 points and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) with 31 points and 6 rebounds. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ikaroi Serron have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Lavrio. Ikaroi Serron is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Near East (#16) in Kesariani in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lavrio will play at home against Pagrati (#12) in Athens and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Dramas. First ranked host KAOD (11-1) smashed 3rd ranked Arkadikos (8-4) 83-61. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Arkadikos. The winners were led by Serbian guard Ivan Vukantinov (193-81) who scored that evening 29 points and 8 rebounds and Vassili Kitsoulis supported him with 15 points and 4 assists. Even 19 points and 5 rebounds by forward Dimitris Katiakos (205-87) did not help to save the game for Arkadikos. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KAOD have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-1 record. Arkadikos at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. KAOD will play against Panerythraikos (#14) in New Eritrea in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Arkadikos will play at home against the league's second-placed AGOR (#2) in Rethymno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Athens between Olimpiada and Pagrati. Seventh ranked Olimpiada (6-6) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Pagrati (4-8). Olimpiada managed to escape with a 2-point win 62-60 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Sakis Veskoukis who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Nikos Michalos who recorded 14 points. Pagrati's coach Demetris Liogas tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Olimpiada maintains seventh position with 6-6 record. Pagrati lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Olimpiada will meet at home Amyntas Dafnis (#13) in the next round where they are favorite. Pagrati will play against Lavrio and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Perikos where higher ranked AEK/Argous (5-7) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (5-8) 73-69. It was a good game for Kostas Behlivanis who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Periko/Arhelaos' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Periko/Arhelaos moved-up to eleventh place. AEK/Argous at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Periko/Arhelaos' next round opponent will be higher ranked Panelefsiniakos (#3) in Eleusina and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 12: bottom-ranked Near East lost to Koroivos on the opponent's court 72-80. AGOR managed to outperform Ermis Lagkada in a home game 82-67. Panelefsiniakos managed to beat Amyntas Dafnis on the road 73-64. Apollon Patras defeated Panerythraikos on its own court 61-53.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points and 15 rebounds by Djordje Pantelic of Apollon Patras.


Pagrati - Olimpiada 60-62

A very close game took place in Athens between Olimpiada and Pagrati. Seventh ranked Olimpiada (6-6) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Pagrati (4-8). Olimpiada managed to escape with a 2-point win 62-60 on Saturday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Olimpiada dominated on the defensive end, holding Pagrati to just 6 points in fourth quarter. The best player for the winners was guard Sakis Veskoukis (195-80) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Nikos Makris (188-79) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Nikos Michalos (192-77) who recorded 14 points and center Kostas Macheras (205-85, agency: FCM) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Pagrati players scored in double figures. Pagrati's coach Demetris Liogas tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Olimpiada maintains seventh position with 6-6 record. Pagrati lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Olimpiada will meet at home Amyntas Dafnis (#13) in the next round where they are favorite. Pagrati will play against Lavrio and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Olimpiada: S.Veskoukis 18+9reb+2ast, N.Makris 16+4ast, K.Tsotsos 9+8reb, A.Koutroulias 8+5reb+1ast, K.Aktipis 6+8reb+1ast, D.Makris 5+4reb
Pagrati: N.Michalos 14+4reb+3ast, T.Vardianos 12+1reb, K.Macheras 12+6reb+1ast, F.Vasilopoulos 11+3reb+4ast, D.Lolas 9+4reb+2ast, C.Karavolas 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 98804


Ikaroi Serron - Lavrio 101-88

The most important game in the last round took place in Serres between second ranked Lavrio (8-4) and fifth ranked Ikaroi Serron (8-4) on Saturday night. Lavrio was defeated by Ikaroi Serron on the road 101-88. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lavrio. The game was mostly controlled by Ikaroi Serron. Lavrio managed to win fourth quarter 35-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Ikaroi Serron especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of center Kostas Kakaroudis (204-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and guard Savvas Kaberidis (187-78) who added 18 points and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) with 31 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Sa Giannakopoulos (195-82) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ikaroi Serron have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Lavrio. Ikaroi Serron is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Near East (#16) in Kesariani in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lavrio will play at home against Pagrati (#12) in Athens and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: K.Kakaroudis 20+11reb+2ast, K.Totsios 19+3reb+3ast, S.Kaberidis 18+2reb+6ast, K.Pehlivanis 13+3reb, G.Koukas 12+1reb+5ast, C.Voiatopoulos 9+2reb
Lavrio: N.Psileas 31+6reb, S.Giannakopoulos 14+5reb+4ast, G.Kakiouzis 14+5reb+1ast, P.Karvounis 13+2reb+2ast, M.Kousoulas 11+1reb, K.Paschalis 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 98805


Koroivos - Near East 80-72

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifteenth ranked Koroivos and 16th ranked Near East had identical 3-8 record. This time Koroivos used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Kesariani 80-72. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-17 Near East's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-72 at the end of the game. Koroivos made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Near East helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Serbian forward Predrag Kosanovic (203-76, agency: BeoExcell) who led his team to a victory with 27 points. Guard Dimitrios Apostolopoulos (188-78) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Power forward Fragiskos Amato (205-78, agency: FCM) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and Serbian guard Milan Stanojevic (188-86, college: E.Washington) added 16 points in the effort for Near East. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Koroivos (4-8) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Near East lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Koroivos' next round opponent will be higher ranked Ermis Lagkada (#8) in Lagadas and it may be quite challenging game. Near East will play at home against Ikaroi Serron (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Koroivos: P.Kosanovic 27+4reb, N.Pettas 13+4reb+2ast, D.Apostolopoulos 11+6reb+8ast, T.Dimitriadis 10+9reb+2ast, T.Ifantis 10+2reb+1ast, S.Tsabis 9+4reb+2ast
Near East: F.Amato 17+12reb, M.Stanojevic 16+1ast, A.Pappas 12+1reb+2ast, F.Moschovitis 11+1reb+1ast, A.Gribaviotis 7+3reb+1ast, C.Gavanopoulos 5+2reb
gschID: 98806


KAOD - Arkadikos 83-61

The game between Top Four teams took place in Dramas. First ranked host KAOD (11-1) smashed 3rd ranked Arkadikos (8-4) 83-61. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Arkadikos. The game was mostly controlled by KAOD. Arkadikos was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-28 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. KAOD forced 24 Arkadikos turnovers. Arkadikos was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by Serbian guard Ivan Vukantinov (193-81) who scored that evening 29 points and 8 rebounds and forward Vassili Kitsoulis (204-83) supported him with 15 points and 4 assists. Even 19 points and 5 rebounds by forward Dimitris Katiakos (205-87) did not help to save the game for Arkadikos. Guard Miron Papadakis (183-88) added 10 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KAOD have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-1 record. Arkadikos at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. KAOD will play against Panerythraikos (#14) in New Eritrea in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Arkadikos will play at home against the league's second-placed AGOR (#2) in Rethymno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KAOD: I.Vukantinov 29+8reb+2ast, V.Kitsoulis 15+1reb+4ast, L.Jovanovic 13+2reb+1ast, N.Katsares 8+2reb+7ast, A.Tsamatos 6+5reb+2ast, V.Margaritis 4+5reb+1ast
Arkadikos: D.Katiakos 19+5reb, M.Papadakis 10+3reb+3ast, S.Gizogiannis 9+4reb, G.Prodromou 8+4reb, N.Kokkalis 4+1ast, L.Neofitidis 4
gschID: 98800


AGOR - Ermis Lagkada 82-67

Rather predictable result in Rethymno where fourth ranked AGOR (9-4) defeated 8th ranked Ermis Lagkada (5-7) 82-67. The game was mostly controlled by AGOR. Ermis Lagkada was better in fourth quarter 27-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Tasos Charismidis (203-81, agency: FCM) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five AGOR players scored in double figures. Naturalized German guard Darko Rallis (180-78) replied with 17 points and forward Alexandros Panagiotopoulos (202-80, agency: FCM) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ermis Lagkada. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AGOR moved-up to second place. Ermis Lagkada at the other side keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. AGOR's next round opponent will be Arkadikos (#6) in Arkadia. Ermis Lagkada will play at home against Koroivos.
Top scorers:
AGOR: D.Latovic 18+11reb+2ast, T.Charismidis 13+7reb+1ast, S.Magounis 11+2reb, S.Grundberg 10+4reb+1ast, A.Tsochlas 10+2ast, G.Koumoulos 7+5ast
Ermis Lagkada: D.Rallis 17+3reb+3ast, A.Panagiotopoulos 14+6reb+1ast, N.Gamouras 12+6reb+1ast, A.Stevovic 6+2ast, N.Papakonstantinou 6+1reb+1ast, S.Nisiotis 6+5reb
gschID: 98801


Periko/Arhelaos - AEK/Argous 73-69

An interesting game took place in Perikos where higher ranked AEK/Argous (5-7) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (5-8) 73-69. It looked good early as AEK/Argous took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Periko/Arhelaos had a 20-12 second period charge getting the lead and AEK/Argous was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-73. Periko/Arhelaos made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Strangely AEK/Argous outrebounded Periko/Arhelaos 41-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for guard Kostas Behlivanis (180-74, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Forward Giannis Papachristos (194-80) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Periko/Arhelaos' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds and guard Giorgos Kopsaftis (192-84) added 17 points in the effort for AEK/Argous. Periko/Arhelaos moved-up to eleventh place. AEK/Argous at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Periko/Arhelaos' next round opponent will be higher ranked Panelefsiniakos (#3) in Eleusina and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Periko/Arhelaos: K.Behlivanis 20+2reb+2ast, G.Papachristos 14+4reb+1ast, E.Jeromanovs 12+2reb+1ast, P.Nanis 9+7reb+1ast, G.Rodostoglou 6+3reb+1ast, U.Igbavboa 6+5reb+1ast
AEK/Argous: G.Kopsaftis 17+1reb+1ast, A.Gizogiannis 17+16reb+1ast, D.Papantoniou 14+2reb+2ast, A.Raptis 7+8reb+1ast, D.Lewis 7+3reb+3ast, I.Kartelo 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 98802


Amyntas Dafnis - Panelefsiniakos 64-73

Not a big story in a game in Athens where 13th ranked Amyntas Dafnis (4-8) was defeated by sixth ranked Panelefsiniakos (8-4) 73-64. The guests were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 28-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. 32 personal fouls committed by Amyntas Dafnis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Nikos Kaklamanos (189-81, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 4 assists (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Guard Thomas Nikou (185-79) contributed with 8 points and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Pigas Papargiropoulos (202-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) added 9 points in the effort for Amyntas Dafnis. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panelefsiniakos moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Amyntas Dafnis at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with eight games lost. Panelefsiniakos' next round opponent will be Periko/Arhelaos (#11) in Perikos and are hoping to win another game. Amyntas Dafnis will play on the road against Olimpiada in Patras.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: N.Kaklamanos 22+3reb+4ast, C.Deligiannis 12+1reb+1ast, A.Sigounas 10+1ast, T.Nikou 8+4reb+8ast, V.Balafas 7+6reb, D.Avramidis 6+1reb+2ast
Amyntas Dafnis: P.Papargiropoulos 18+10reb+1ast, F.Pagonis 9+1reb, K.Vardavas 9+4reb+1ast, K.Boutros 6+6reb, B.Samothrakis 6+3ast, C.Vidalis 6+1reb
gschID: 98803


Apollon Patras - Panerythraikos 61-53

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Apollon Patras and 11th ranked Panerythraikos had identical 4-7 record. This time Apollon Patras used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from New Eritrea 61-53. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-14. But Panerythraikos won second period 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Guard Giannis Lianos (194-88) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Cypriot guard Andreas Sizopoulos (189-83) replied with 11 points and 5 rebounds and forward Tasos Kallianotis (193-83) added 11 points in the effort for Panerythraikos. Panerythraikos' coach Dimitris Houhoulis let to play twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Apollon Patras (5-7) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Ermis Lagkada and AEK/Argous. Panerythraikos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the twelfth position with eight games lost. Apollon Patras' next round opponent will be AEK/Argous (#10) on the road. Panerythraikos will play against the league's leader KAOD where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: D.Pantelic 15+15reb+2ast, G.Lianos 11+9reb+2ast, N.Argyropoylos 9+3reb+2ast, T.Zafiris 9, G.Petropoulos 6+2reb, Z.Milovic 6+1reb+1ast
Panerythraikos: A.Sizopoulos 11+5reb+1ast, N.Kourtis 11+2reb+1ast, T.Kallianotis 11+3reb+2ast, P.Karavanas 8+3reb, C.Lakkas 5, N.Pritsos 3+5reb
gschID: 98799




B Division: Round 13 OFI is leading the race! - by Chris Mammides
B Division: Round 13 OFI was the team that increased the difference among the top ranked teams in their way to the A2 division and now is leading the race with a +1 in the record. Other than that, the second winning team this week was the team of Nea Kifisia as is now on the second spot (with the team of Ermis Perama and MENT) after the easy cruise over Anagennisi Floga. The losers of this week's were the team of Ermis Perama and the team of Doxa Lefkadas with Anagennis Floga as they lost some precious points in the battle over the three spots which will lead to the A2 division.
Eurobasket is presenting to its readers with more analysis, all the results and the top scorers of each game:

Ment Vassilikis - M. Alexandros 86-78
The home team of head coach Stefanos Kosmas tried to succeed a very crucial win in the derby against Ment Vassilikis as these victories are counting at the end for the possibility to be relegated or not, but unfortunately for his team at the end couldn't follow the rythm of the home team so the lost the game due to the duet of Ioakeimidis and Filiousis.
Quarters: 14-23, 44-38, 54-48, 86-78
Ment Vassilikis: Iokeimidis and Giorgos Filiousis (198-G-77) 18, Sikallidis 12, Nikolopoulos 10
M. Alexandros: Tassos Dimas (195-F/C-88) 27, Makris and Giannis Karouzos (200-F-82) 13 each and Bakos 12


Diagoras Rodou - Stratoni 65-52
Diagoras Rodou played a do or die game and it play it perfectly as it took the lead and the total initiatives from the very beginning and never let go. Head Coach Mythou lost the bench game by his rival coaches Tsakiris and Pozoukakis from the very beginning. The leading figure from the home team was the Greek Nigerian Vasilis Ekine followed by the very well this afternoon Pardakas, while from the vising site of Stratoni only Dimitris Dislis (180-G-77) tried to defend his team

Quarters: 18-14, 31-24, 45-40, 65-52
Diagoras: Ekine 14, Pardakas 13
Stratoni: Dimitris Dislis 13.

Filippos Veroias - Ermis Peramatos 73-54
The Veroias team played another game to the edge and actually triumph over one of the strongest teams in the division making the surprise of the week in this round as the nineteen points difference was not expected from anybody that follows the specific division. Head Coaches Gimas and Blatsiotis of the visiting site played very smart against the team of Coaches Kalabakos and Katopodis and did a total check-mate to their opponents by overplaying the key-players of Perama, so players such as Leonida Skoutaris (200-F-76, college: Cleveland St.), Emmanouilidis and Tsarouhas with Kipritzoglou remain in shallow waters while Nikos Liakopoulos (191-G-83) was fighting for another game but he was all alone. On the other hand, the 42 years old Giannis Giannis Gakis (186-G-69) was the man of the match not only due to his 13 points but his overall performance in the court, he was a real coach and a captain for his team. The black-out for the team of PErama was teh third quarter where they only scored 6 points in ten minutes!!
Quarters:11- 13, 32 33, 57 39, 73-54.
Filippos: Giannis Mavridis (189-G-88) and Giannis Gakis 13 points each
Perama: Nikos Liakopoulos 21, Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) 8

Nea Kifisia - Anagennisi Floga 84-67
The home team of Head Coach Papatheodorou saw his team to getting another crucial win without facing any real problems and now with a record of 10-3 is currently in the second position of the division behind the team of OFI which has a record of 11-2 and together with the team of Perama which lost the game against a theoretically weaker team of Filippos Veroias.
Quarters:18-17, 39-28, 60-46, 84-67
Kifisia: Nikitakis 13, Dimitris Menoudakos (192-G-83) 15
Anagennisi: Efthimis Kothras (193-G-81) 17 and Spiropoulos 11

AIAS Evosmou - Doxa Lefkadas 63-62
The Evosmos team in the most dramatic team of the week beat at the end the team of Doxa Lefkadas by one point after a buzzer beeper from one of the top performers of the North Helals team, the shooting guard, Nektarios Marousits (194-G-89) who was also the MVP of the game
Quarters: 11-13, 31-30, 46-45, 63-62
Aias: Nektarios Marousits 13, Gimnopoulos 14
Doxa: Nikos Douvitsas (190-G-84) 12 and Godopoulos10

Aiolos Trikallon - OFI 70-76
After an amazing game the team of Head Coach Vangelis Vlahos succeeded the road win which was after. With four players with double digits and with Kostas Balafas (200-F-80, agency: Sfera Sports Association) leading the way after his comeback from his injury, the visitors succeed a very important victory over a serious opponent as Coach Giassaris Aiolos is a really tough team and can harm any team in Trikalla. The duet Giorgos Lepeniotis (187-G-79) and Giorgos Fountas (184-G-77) tried and gave their best shot but they were too few for the islanders
Quarters: 19-23, 28-33, 51-51, 70-76
Aiolos: Giorgos Lepeniotis 17, Giorgos Fountas 16 and Giannaletsos 10
OFI: Kostas Kostas Balafas 17, Thanasis Souflias (209-C-80, college: S.New Hampshire) 15, Alexis Bardas (189-F-81) 13, and Tsakiridis 10

Doukas - Apollon Kalamarias 51-44
Doukas was much better from the Kalamarias team but the score itself is showing the level of the basketball played in the specific game and leaves not real space for big and in depth explanations on details and more analysis, the fact is that both he teams couldnt score more than 96 points!! Doukas was a bit better in from the parameter and took this win which is giving him a short breath and probably is gaining some time for the next game to come.In the mean time Coach Baxevanis must try to find ways for his team to score a bit more as their percentages from any point in the court are simply awful.
Quarters:18-10, 30-18, 41-35, 51-44
Doukas: Prokos 11 and Antonios Michaloglou (202-F-88) 12
Apollon: Giorgos Valavanidis (204-F-74) 12 and Tanakidis 10




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DBL Round 24: Eiffel Towers are defeated by Giants - by Eurobasket News
What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Den Bosch between third ranked Eiffel Towers (16-6) and eighth ranked Giants (9-15) on Sunday night. Eiffel Towers were defeated by Giants in a tough game at home 82-87. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Eiffel Towers. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Eiffel Towers won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 28 personal fouls committed by Eiffel Towers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jesse Kimbrough (183-G-82, college: Jacksonville) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 assists and forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Giants moved-up to seventh place, which they share with ABC. Eiffel Towers at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Giants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Eiffel Towers will play on the road against Magixx in Nijmegen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Weert was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Magixx (15-9) played at the court of 6th ranked BS Weert (10-14). Magixx managed to secure a 9-point victory 69-60. The winners were led by American forward Geoff McDermott (203-87, college: Providence, agency: Interperformances) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds and Markel Humphrey supported him with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Even 11 points and 6 rebounds by American guard Glenn Stokes (170-76, college: American, agency: R.H.Consultancy) did not help to save the game for BS Weert. Magixx have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-9 record. BS Weert lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 14 games lost. Magixx will play against higher ranked Eiffel Towers (#3) in Den Bosch in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BS Weert will play at home against Rotterdam and hopes to get back on the winning track.
10th ranked Rotterdam (1-23) was outscored at home by second ranked ZZ Leiden (19-4) with the biggest margin this round 88-57 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Monta McGhee who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Robbie Sihota who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. ZZ Leiden have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-4 record behind leader GasTerra. Rotterdam lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. ZZ Leiden will meet DeFriesland (#5) in the next round. Rotterdam will play against BS Weert (#6).

In the last game of round 24 DeFriesland won against Landstede on the opponent's court 85-76.


Landstede - DeFriesland 76-85

Very expected game in Zwolle where 9th ranked Landstede (6-18) was defeated by fifth ranked DeFriesland (12-11) 85-76 on Saturday. Landstede trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 25-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-85 at the end of the game. DeFriesland made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Strangely Landstede outrebounded DeFriesland 41-28 including a 20-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Todd Brown (196-87, college: Wright St.) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Nigerian forward Manny Adako (203-87, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 23 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Harry Marshall (183-88, college: Indiana St., agency: Limelight Hoops) who recorded 22 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Matthew Mullery (203-87, college: Brown, agency: Stanley International) added 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively. DeFriesland have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 12-11 record. Loser Landstede keeps the ninth place with 18 games lost. DeFriesland will meet at home league's second-placed ZZ Leiden in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Landstede will play against the league's leader GasTerra (#1) in Groningen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Landstede: H.Marshall 22+4reb+5ast, M.Mullery 15+11reb+1ast, H.Van Stein 11+4reb+1ast, H.Crawford 7+8reb, M.Ridderhof 6+2reb+2ast, A.Sa 6+2reb+2ast
DeFriesland: M.Adako 23+3reb+1ast, T.Brown 18+7reb+3ast, M.Sanchez 15+8reb+3ast, B.Rozendaal 10+2reb, J.Williams 8+1reb+4ast, G.Punch 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 107154


BS Weert - Magixx 60-69

The game in Weert was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Magixx (15-9) played at the court of 6th ranked BS Weert (10-14). Magixx managed to secure a 9-point victory 69-60. BS Weert was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 33-21 second half run of Magixx. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BS Weert to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded BS Weert 51-38 including a 20-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by American forward Geoff McDermott (203-87, college: Providence, agency: Interperformances) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import forward Markel Humphrey (198-87, college: Marshall) supported him with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four Magixx players scored in double figures. Even 11 points and 6 rebounds by American guard Glenn Stokes (170-76, college: American, agency: R.H.Consultancy) did not help to save the game for BS Weert. Center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) added 10 points and 8 rebounds. Magixx have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-9 record. BS Weert lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 14 games lost. Magixx will play against higher ranked Eiffel Towers (#3) in Den Bosch in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BS Weert will play at home against Rotterdam and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BS Weert: D.Minter 12+2reb+1ast, M.Kouwijzer 12+1reb+1ast, G.Stokes 11+6reb+2ast, K.van Kempen 10+8reb+1ast, L.Hamm 6+8reb+3ast, J.Hairston 5+10reb+3ast
Magixx: G.McDermott 16+16reb+2ast, M.Humphrey 14+11reb+2ast, K.McCleery 13+8reb, Z.Taylor 11+3reb+4ast, N.Oudendag 8+6reb+1ast, T.Vermeulen 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 107155


Rotterdam - ZZ Leiden 57-88

10th ranked Rotterdam (1-23) was outscored at home by second ranked ZZ Leiden (19-4) with the biggest margin this round 88-57 on Saturday night. The game without a history. ZZ Leiden led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Rotterdam's 30. ZZ Leiden forced 19 Rotterdam turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Worthy de Jong (194-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 18 points and 6 steals. Four ZZ Leiden players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (198-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and international power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively. ZZ Leiden have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-4 record behind leader GasTerra. Rotterdam lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. ZZ Leiden will meet DeFriesland (#5) in the next round. Rotterdam will play against BS Weert (#6).
Top scorers:
Rotterdam: R.Sihota 18+13reb+1ast, S.Mladenovic 9+4reb+4ast, P.Hilliman 9+7reb+2ast, J.Ormskerk 7+1ast, D.Jones 6+3reb+1ast, O.Ivanovic 3
ZZ Leiden: W.de Jong 18+4reb+2ast, J.Smith 18+5reb+1ast, M.McGhee 18+12reb+4ast, A.Slagter 15+2reb+3ast, T.Robinson 8+3reb+1ast, T.Jackson 5+1reb+5ast
gschID: 107156


Eiffel Towers - Giants 82-87

The most important game in the last round took place in Den Bosch between third ranked Eiffel Towers (16-6) and eighth ranked Giants (9-15) on Sunday night. Eiffel Towers were defeated by Giants in a tough game at home 82-87. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Eiffel Towers. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Eiffel Towers won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 28 personal fouls committed by Eiffel Towers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jesse Kimbrough (183-82, college: Jacksonville) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 assists and forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St., agency: Warren Sports International) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Giants moved-up to seventh place, which they share with ABC. Eiffel Towers at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Giants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Eiffel Towers will play on the road against Magixx in Nijmegen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Eiffel Towers: F.Turner 19+5reb+5ast, S.Wessels 12+4reb, K.Akerboom 12, J.Mills 10+10reb+4ast, D.Steenvoorde 10+2reb, R.Jansen 9+6reb+5ast
Giants: T.Blue 17+6reb+2ast, T.Theeuwkens 16+2reb+2ast, T.Tiedeman 16+2reb+2ast, J.Kimbrough 16+4reb+5ast, B.Griffin 8+10reb+2ast, T.Koenis 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 107157




Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 20-2 
 2. ZZ Leiden 19-4 
 3. Eiffel Towers 16-6 
 4. Magixx 15-9 
 5. DeFriesland 12-11 
 6. BS Weert 10-14 
 7. Giants 9-15 
 8. ABC 9-15 
 9. Landstede 6-18 
 10. Rotterdam 1-23 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.7 
 2. Boxley, ZZ Leiden16.4 
 3. Kimbrough, Giants16.3 
 4. Laing, Magixx15.7 
 5. Borha, Landstede15.4 
 6. Brown, DeFriesland15.1 
 7. Blue, Giants15.0 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden15.0 
 9. Tiedeman, Giants14.6 
 10. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt HARYASZ
  GasTerra
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Haryasz, GasTerra9.7 
 2. McDermott, Magixx9.6 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Sihota, Rotterdam9.6 
 5. Griffin, Giants8.9 
 6. de Randamie, ABC8.7 
 7. Ellis, GasTerra8.6 
 8. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.5 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert8.3 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.0 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra4.7 
 3. Bostain, GasTerra4.1 
 4. Stokes, BS Weert4.0 
 5. Kimbrough, Giants3.9 
 6. Williams, DeFriesland3.7 
 7. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 8. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.5 
 9. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.3 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.7 
 2. McDermott, Magixx2.5 
 3. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 4. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 5. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.3 
 6. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.2 
 7. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 8. Bostain, GasTerra2.1 
 9. Kimbrough, Giants2.0 
 10. McDowell, BS Weert2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.6 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.5 
 3. Blue, Giants1.1 
 4. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.0 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam0.9 
 6. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 
 7. McDermott, Magixx0.8 
 8. Mullery, Landstede0.8 
 9. Strong, Landstede0.8 
 10. Haryasz, GasTerra0.8 


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Best players of Icelandic Express L. round 15 - by Eurobasket News
American Thomas Sanders (191-G-85, agency: Duran International) had an amazing evening in the last round for Keflavik and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 29 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team crushed Hamar (#10, 5-10) with 17-point margin 94-77. Keflavik maintains the 3rd position in Icelandic Express L.. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Keflavik will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. In the team's last game Sanders had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Keflavik, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Thomas Sanders averages this season 28.8ppg and 6.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Craig Schoen (178-G-83) of KFI Reykjavik. Schoen impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he lead KFI to another comfortable win 89-76 over the higher-ranked Snaefell (#1, 12-3) being unquestionably team leader. Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories KFI managed to get this year. Schoen is a newcomer at KFI and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was former international center Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-C-91) of Hamar (#10). Nathanaelsson scored 13 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Nathanaelsson's great performance Hamar lost 77-94 to the higher-ranked Keflavik (#3, 11-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Hamar not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Nathanaelsson could try to bring Hamar's a little bit higher in the standings. Nathanaelsson has a very solid season. In 15 games in Iceland he scored 5.9ppg. He also has 8.7rpg, 2.5bpg and FGP: 56.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Helgi Viggosson (189-F/G-83) of Tindastoll - 7 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Gerald Robinson (204-F-84) of Haukar - 20 points and 23 rebounds
6. Hayward Fain (196-F) of Tindastoll - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marcus Walker (186-G-86) of KR - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G/F-87) of KR - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Brandon Springer (196-F) of Fjolnir - 32 points and 7 rebounds
10. Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-F-81) of Snaefell - 23 points and 11 rebounds

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


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Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 15-1 
 2. Hapoel J-M 10-6 
 3. Galil Gilboa 9-7 
 4. Bnei Hasharon 9-7 
 5. Maccabi Rishon 8-7 
 6. Maccabi Ashdod 8-8 
 7. Hapoel Holon 6-9 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 5-11 
 9. Ironi Ashkelon 4-11 
 10. Maccabi Haifa 4-11 


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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.8 
 2. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.9 
 3. Thomas, Air AV16.2 
 4. Zoroski, Banca T.16.1 
 5. Dean, Air AV16.1 
 6. Roberson, Enel B.16.1 
 7. Goss, Cimberio VA16.0 
 8. Winston, CS Bo.15.9 
 9. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.5 
 10. Milic, Vanoli CR15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes11.2 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.9 
 3. Davis, Banca Tercas8.8 
 4. Homan, CS Bologna8.5 
 5. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.4 
 6. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.8 
 8. Suton, Angelico BI7.4 
 9. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.2 
 10. Toure, Enel Brindisi6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Green, Air AV6.6 
 2. Goss, Cimberio VA4.5 
 3. Collins, Scavolin.4.3 
 4. Zoroski, Banca T.4.3 
 5. Sosa, Angelico BI4.2 
 6. Diener, Dinamo S.3.9 
 7. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.9 
 8. Markovic, Benetton.3.5 
 9. Green, Bennet Cantu3.5 
 10. Dixon, Enel Brindisi3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  Vanoli CR
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.8 
 2. White, Dinamo Sassari2.8 
 3. Hackett, Scavolin.2.8 
 4. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 5. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.7 
 6. Di Bella, Pepsi C.2.6 
 7. Goss, Cimberio VA2.6 
 8. Ortner, Bennet C.2.5 
 9. Collins, Scavolin.2.5 
 10. Green, Bennet Cantu2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.5 
 2. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 3. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.3 
 4. Polonara, Banca T.1.1 
 5. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.1 
 6. Smith, Benetton TV1.1 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 8. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 
 9. Homan, CS Bologna0.9 
 10. Cusin, Scavolini PS0.9 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.4 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona22.6 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.6 
 4. Ebi, Aget Imola20.5 
 5. Clark, Umana Reyer20.2 
 6. Gordon, Forli18.9 
 7. Marigney, Assigeco18.2 
 8. Roderick, Immobi.17.5 
 9. Hunter, Sunrise .17.1 
 10. Young, Umana Reyer17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.3 
 2. Varnado, Tuscany PT9.3 
 3. Lollis, Immobili.8.5 
 4. Filloy, Immobili.8.3 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco8.1 
 6. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.1 
 7. Johnson, San Severo8.1 
 8. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.9 
 9. Dickens, San Severo7.6 
 10. Gordon, Forli7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Crispin, Barcellona5.2 
 2. Porta, Tezenis .4.9 
 3. Farabello, N.Fer.4.1 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer3.8 
 5. Hickman, Fastw.3.7 
 6. Whiting, Aget Imola3.7 
 7. Mathis, Snaidero.3.6 
 8. Childress, San S.3.4 
 9. Levin, Sunrise .3.4 
 10. Forte, Tuscany PT3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.4 
 2. Hunter, Sunrise .2.9 
 3. Achara, Barcellona2.9 
 4. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 5. Farabello, N.Fer.2.6 
 6. Davis, Sunrise .2.6 
 7. Williams, Snaidero.2.6 
 8. Scarone, Immobili.2.4 
 9. Cerella, Assigeco2.4 
 10. Stefanov, San S.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.8 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.1 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Cutolo, San Severo0.8 
 6. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 7. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 8. Trepagnier, Tezeni.0.7 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 10. Kotti, N.Ferrara0.7 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Umana Reyer 15-3 
 2. Fastweb CM 14-4 
 3. Snaidero UD 13-5 
 4. Immobiliare SR 12-6 
 5. Barcellona 12-6