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  ABA   


Another win for the SETX Mavericks - by Gianni Pascucci
The Southeast Texas Mavericks (12-1) defeated the SW Division leading Texas Fuel (8-4) sunday night in San Antonio, TX, 113-80. The Fuel came out blazing as they took at 9-2 lead to open the game and led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter. The Mavericks led by Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse) and Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) finished the first quarter on a 14-2 run to only be down 27-25 after one period of play. In the second period the two division leading teams exchanged leads and battled in a physical and emotional game. No team led by more than a basket and the Fuel led at half-time 48-47.
After the half-time break the Mavericks came out with its pressure defense in full force and the Fuel wilted from the defensive heat. Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) led the way and set a Mavericks record with 9 steals in the game. SETX only allowed 13 third quarter points by the Fuel and scored 37 to blow the game open heading into the final period of play. In the fourth quarter the Mavericks continued their full court pressure and just seemed to get stronger the longer the second half went on. Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) directed the show on court for the Mavericks as the Mavs extended its lead to thirty points.
SETX was led in scoring by Pace, Cambridge, and Rogers who each scored 21 points. Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, college: IUPUI) and Thrash scored 13 and 11 points respectively. The Fuel was led in scoring by Kenny Wilson (6'4''-G-84, college: Boise St.), Keith Simpson (6'9''-F/C-83, agency: GSM, college: Texas A&M Int.), and Leonard Brown (5'9''-G-83, college: Stephen F. Austin) who each scored 15 points.
The Mavericks will be back on the road Wednesday night as they travel to Dallas, TX to take on the North Dallas Vandals (6-2).


Mavericks still #1 in ABA Power Rankings - week #8 - by Gianni Pascucci
The Southeast Texas Mavericks maintained their hold on the #1 ranking with two convincing wins this week to bring their season record to 12-1. The Jacksonville Giants jumped to the #2 position with its 7-0 record having won a game with an ABA record-setting 206 points over the Georgia Gwizzlies. With the same 7-0 record, the Seven Cities Knights dropped to #3 while the East Kentucky Energy improved to 6-0 and took the #4 spot. The rankings:

1. SETX Mavericks (12-1)
2. Jacksonville Giantes (7-0)
3. 7-City Knightes (7-0)
4. East Kentucky Energy (6-0)
5. Colorado Kings (5-0)
6. Columbus Riverballers (4-0)
7. Las Vegas Aces (4-0)
8. Seattle Mountaineers (5-1)
9. North Dallas Vandals (6-2)
10. Bay Area Matrix (6-2)
11. Savannah Storm (6-2)
12. San Francisco Rumble (5-2)
13. Mobile Bay Hurricanes (4-2)
14. Gulf Coast Flash (4-2)
15. Sacramento Heatwave (6-3)
16. East Bay Pitbulls (6-3)
17. Texas FUEL (8-4)
18. Chicago Steam (5-2)
19. San Diego SURF (5-3)
20. Los Angeles SLAM (3-0)
21. Lake Michigan Admirals (3-2)
22. San Diego Sol (2-1)
23. Jersey Express (3-1)
24. Oklahoma Stallions (3-2)

'This week, there is a heavy schedule of games and there should be a considerable shakeup in the rankings next week as quite a few teams are very close to breaking into the rankings as they play more games,' stated ABA CEO Joe Newman . 'The Top 24 at the end of the season will compete in the ABA playoffs so every game counts.' For more information, visit www.abalive.com


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ACPBL Week #4 Recap: GHawks Baby Shaq named Player of the Week - by Gianni Pascucci
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) has successfully completed its fourth week in the leagues inaugural season, and the league front office is proud to announce that world famous AND1 street ball legend Hugh Jones (6'3''-F-80) aka Baby Shaq of the Washington GreenHawks has officially been named ACPBL player of the week.
'Baby Shaq' dominated the second half of the game scoring 21 of his team high 25 points after halftime. He proved to be more then just a scorer as he attacked the boards and dished the ball hauling in 9 rebounds while dishing off 4 assists. Byron Mouton (6'6''-G/F-78, college: Maryland) who led the Maryland Terrapins to the NCAA D-1 national title in 2002 also had a noteworthy game for the GreenHawks finishing with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
The best players not in the NBA are choosing to play in the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League, stated ACPBL commissioner James R. Schutz . We feel in just part way through our first season the ACPBL has already moved into the 3rd spot for professional basketball in North America behind only the NBA and NBA D-league.
Below is a recap of week #4 complete with scores and top performers, fans may visit www.acpbl.com and click on stats to view the box scores for each game.

WASHINGTON GREENHAWKS (1-1) 111 - BELTWAY BOMBERS (1-3) 106
Top performers: Washington GreenHawks: Hugh Jones 25 points, 9 rebounds, 4assists. Beltway Bombers: Eric Joe (6'2''-G) 31 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal.



Standings
ACPBL Standings
 1. Norfolk TB 3-0 
 2. New York L. 3-1 
 3. Buffalo S. 2-1 
 4. Hudson Valley 2-2 
 5. Washington 1-1 
 6. Garden St. R. 1-2 
 7. Beltway B. 1-3 
 8. Wildkatz 0-3 


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Crvena Zvezda keeps Vujadin Subotic for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda announced that Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) will stay with the club for rest of the season. The 29-year-old guard joined the team in October signing a two-month deal. Two sides agreed on extension and Subotic will stay with Crvena Zvezda until the end of the current season.
Vujadin Subotic appeared 9 times in Adriatic league so far averaging 4.2 points and 2 rebounds. He started the season with OKK Beograd, who competes in Serbian league. He had 18.3 ppg for them in three games. Subotic played for Crvena Zvezda few years in the past.
Vujadin Subotic spent last two seasons on Cyprus as a member of AEL Limassol and Keravnos. In the past, he also was a member of ALBA Berlin, New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and Union Olimpija. He won one National Cup trophy in Slovenia, one in Serbia and two on Cyprus.


Zadar ink Chester Mason - by Eurobasket News
Zadar bolstered their backcourt. They penned the deal with Chester Mason (192-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: Miami (OH)). The 29-year-old guard started the season in Latvia. Chester Mason averaged 7.1 points, 4.3 boards and 2.4 assists per Baltic League game for Ventspils. In EuroChallenge the guard delivered 2.3 points, 3.3 boards and 1.3 assists. In LBL his stats read 12.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per appearance. The Latvian squad released Mason in December. Chester Mason shone in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2009/10 season. He was among the best performers on Siroki TT Kabeli squad. Chester Mason had stints in D-League, CBA, USBL, ABA, Turkey and Slovenia. He was named the All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Guard of the Year in 2010.


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SLAMMERS REMAIN ON TOP OF THE LEAGUE - by Ozell Wells
Double Overtime As the Slammers Continue to Top the League

Sunday, January 02, 2011, 2nd Jan 2010, Bangkok:
The 2nd game of the year brought the clash of the titans to a rather tight and interesting game in Nimibutr National Stadium in Bangkok. Both teams need to win this game to top the table before the play-offs of the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League.
The game started with AirAsia Philippines Patriots pushing strong with Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, agency: Union Sports, college: Costa Mesa JC) and Egay Egay Billones (175-G-75) working hard to contribute baskets for the team. They took a good 7 point lead and only to keep the Slammers to a score of 2 with 5:30 remaining. The 1st quarter ended with a close score for both teams at 16-17 as the slammers manage to make a quick comeback by finishing off with just one point behind the Patriots.

The 2nd quarter was rather interesting as both teams fought hard for the basket, Jason Dixon (205-C-73, college: Liberty) takes the Slammers to a lead early in the 2nd quarter with putting them up front at 20 -17. Good teamwork and passing by the patriots bring them back into the game with a 4 points lead with 5 mins to go. Piyapong puts in his expertise 3 pointers and takes the Slammers to a 1 point lead with 2 mins to go. The 2nd quarter ended with the Slammers down by 2 points at 35- 37

The 3rd quarter saw both teams playing aggressively and commiting several fouls as it ended at 49-51. Both teams fought aggressively in the 4th quarter not letting go on their basket. Chris Kuete (195-G/F-83) equalized with a 3 pointer from the side early in the 4th quarter. Both teams were very careful with the ball in the 4th quarter as things get crucial. Egay Billones puts in a 3 pointer with 5:30 to go. The Patriots manage to held up the slammers run in the 4th quarter and brought both teams back to 60 -60 with 4 mins remaining. With 20 secs to go, Steve Thomas (203-F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) managed to find the basket from the inside and tie both teams at 64-64 which led to a double over time.

In the 1st over time, both teams were fighting for the basket as the inch point by point, scoring 10 points apiece in respective extra period but let things undecided at 74 -74. Both teams struggling to score under stingy defense in the second period, only to see Sopon Sopon who delivered a dagger during the last meet up between these two teams drained a crucial trey with similar fashion with over 2 minutes left in the 2nd OT. Piyapong then followed up with a key steal at the next possession, successfully made a break-away lay up with being fouled and plus one freethrow. This decisive 6-0 run put the Slammers in comfortable position and finished off the Patriots 83 76 with only limiting the Patriots to score 2 points in the 2nd OT.

Coach Raha Mortel after the game was delighted as he says this is the 2nd time against the Philippine and they succeed in their adjustments going again the Patriots.

Jason Dixon scored a double double contributing 19 points and 15 rebounds. Gabe Freeman ended the game with 20 points and 16 rebounds.


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NBL Round 12: Townsville Crocodiles defeat leader New Zealand Breakers - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked New Zealand Breakers (10-3) in Wulguru on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (8-7) 96-79. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of New Zealand Breakers. The game was mostly controlled by Townsville Crocodiles. New Zealand Breakers managed to win fourth quarter 28-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Townsville Crocodiles dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to New Zealand Breakers' 22. Townsville Crocodiles forced 21 New Zealand Breakers turnovers and outrebounded them 41-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by New Zealand Breakers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international power forward Russell Hinder (208-79, college: Augusta St.) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Kevin Braswell (188-79, college: Georgetown, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 32 points for New Zealand Breakers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Townsville Crocodiles maintains fifth position with 8-7 record. New Zealand Breakers at the other side still keep top place with three games lost. Townsville Crocodiles are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Kings (#9) in Sydney in the next round. New Zealand Breakers will play on the road against Adelaide 36ers (#6) in Findon and are hoping to win this game.
Sixth-ranked Gold Coast Blaze (5-8) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Perth Wildcats (10-4) in Broadbeach. The visitors from Perth managed to secure only three-point victory 96-93. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gold Coast Blaze. Worth to mention a great performance of international swingman Stephen Weigh (198-87) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds and Cameron Tovey who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Perth Wildcats' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) with 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Perth Wildcats have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 10-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Breakers. Gold Coast Blaze at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 36ers. Perth Wildcats will play against Melbourne Tigers (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Gold Coast Blaze will play against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Wollongong Hawks (9-5) against sixth ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-8) on Friday night. Visiting Wollongong Hawks were defeated by sixth ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-8) in Findon 98-83. The winners were led by Eddie Shannon who scored that evening 23 points and 4 assists. Even 13 points and 5 assists by Mat Campbell did not help to save the game for Wollongong Hawks. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Adelaide 36ers maintains sixth position with 5-8 record, which they share with Blaze. Wollongong Hawks lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with five games lost. Adelaide 36ers will meet at home league's leader New Zealand Breakers in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Wollongong Hawks will play against Gold Coast Blaze in Broadbeach and hope to secure a win.
The game in Melbourne supposed to be quite interesting. Eighth ranked Melbourne Tigers (4-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-8). Melbourne Tigers smashed Adelaide 36ers 87-66. The best player for the winners was Corey Williams who had a triple-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Melbourne Tigers maintains eighth position with 4-9 record. Adelaide 36ers at the other side keep the sixth place with eight games lost. Melbourne Tigers' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Perth Wildcats on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last two games of round 12 bottom-ranked Sydney K. were beaten by Taipans on the road 60-48. Bottom-ranked Sydney K. lost to defending champion Wildcats on its own court 78-91.



Tigers - 36ers 87-66

The game in Melbourne supposed to be quite interesting. Eighth ranked Melbourne Tigers (4-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-8). Melbourne Tigers smashed Adelaide 36ers 87-66. The game without a history. Melbourne Tigers 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 Adelaide 36ers' 28. The best player for the winners was Jamaican-American guard Corey Williams (191-77, college: Alabama St.) who had a triple-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. The former international center Luke Nevill (218-86, college: Utah) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Four Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Eddie Shannon (180-77, college: Florida) who recorded 13 points and the former international swingman Brad Hill (198-86) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Melbourne Tigers maintains eighth position with 4-9 record. Adelaide 36ers at the other side keep the sixth place with eight games lost. Melbourne Tigers' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Perth Wildcats on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
36ers: E.Shannon 13+3reb+2ast, A.Ballinger 8+5reb, D.Ng 8+1reb, D.Johnson 8+2reb+1ast, B.Hill 7+6reb+3ast, R.Howard 7+1reb+2ast
Tigers: L.Nevill 23+5reb, E.Devendorf 21+3reb, D.Corletto 12+1reb, C.Williams 12+10reb+11ast, C.Tragardh 4+4reb+1ast, L.Walker 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 94588


Taipans - Sydney K. 60-48

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Cairns Taipans (8-3) beat at home bottom-ranked Kings (1-13) 60-48. The game was mostly controlled by Cairns Taipans. Kings managed to win third quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cairns Taipans shot 21 for 29 from the free-throw line, while Kings only scored four points from the stripe. The best player for the winners was American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) who scored 16 points. The former international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-83, college: ODU) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Julian Khazzouh (211-86) who recorded 9 points and 17 rebounds and guard Luke Martin (181-81, college: UTEP) added 17 points respectively. Kings' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cairns Taipans maintains fourth position with 8-3 record. Kings lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Cairns Taipans' next round opponent will be Gold Coast Blaze (#7) in Broadbeach. Kings will play at home against Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru.
Top scorers:
Sydney K.: L.Martin 17+4reb+2ast, J.Khazzouh 9+17reb, D.Ryan 6+1ast, B.Knight 4+3reb+1ast, P.Sanders 3+1ast, T.Gilder 3+5reb+1ast
Taipans: A.Ubaka 16+3reb+3ast, A.Loughton 12+8reb, A.Grabau 11+5reb, P.Jones 8+1ast, R.Dorsey 7+3reb, I.Crosswhite 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 94584


Blaze - Wildcats 93-96

Sixth-ranked Gold Coast Blaze (5-8) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Perth Wildcats (10-4) in Broadbeach. The visitors from Perth managed to secure only three-point victory 96-93. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Gold Coast Blaze. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 21-12 Gold Coast Blaze's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 96-93 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international swingman Stephen Weigh (198-87) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds and forward Cameron Tovey (200-85, college: Augusta St.) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Perth Wildcats' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) with 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Perth Wildcats have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 10-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Breakers. Gold Coast Blaze at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 36ers. Perth Wildcats will play against Melbourne Tigers (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Gold Coast Blaze will play against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Blaze: M.Worthington 33+8reb+1ast, I.Clark 14+10reb+4ast, T.Garlepp 13+4reb+1ast, D.Hudson 13+4reb+1ast, C.Goulding 10+2reb+1ast, A.Gibson 6+1reb+7ast
Wildcats: S.Weigh 17+6reb+3ast, C.Tovey 17+6reb+2ast, S.Redhage 15+3reb+2ast, D.Williamson 11+1reb, B.Robbins 10+2reb+1ast, A.Majok 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 94585


Crocodiles - Breakers 96-79

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked New Zealand Breakers (10-3) in Wulguru on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (8-7) 96-79. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of New Zealand Breakers. The game was mostly controlled by Townsville Crocodiles. New Zealand Breakers managed to win fourth quarter 28-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Townsville Crocodiles dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to New Zealand Breakers' 22. Townsville Crocodiles forced 21 New Zealand Breakers turnovers and outrebounded them 41-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by New Zealand Breakers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international power forward Russell Hinder (208-79, college: Augusta St.) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Townsville Crocodiles players scored in double figures. American guard Kevin Braswell (188-79, college: Georgetown, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 32 points and his fellow American import forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) added 15 points in the effort for New Zealand Breakers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Townsville Crocodiles maintains fifth position with 8-7 record. New Zealand Breakers at the other side still keep top place with three games lost. Townsville Crocodiles are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Kings (#9) in Sydney in the next round. New Zealand Breakers will play on the road against Adelaide 36ers (#6) in Findon and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Breakers: K.Braswell 32+2ast, G.Wilkinson 15+4reb+2ast, K.Penney 12+3reb+2ast, C.Webster 9+1reb+2ast, M.Vukona 5+9reb, A.Pledger 4+7reb+1ast
Crocodiles: R.Hinder 18+7reb+2ast, B.Williamson 16+2reb, M.Cedar 15+3reb+5ast, L.Schenscher 13+9reb+4ast, W.Blalock 12+8reb+3ast, P.Crawford 11+4reb+1ast
gschID: 94586


36ers - Hawks 98-83

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Wollongong Hawks (9-5) against sixth ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-8) on Friday night. Visiting Wollongong Hawks were defeated by sixth ranked Adelaide 36ers (5-8) in Findon 98-83. The game was mostly controlled by Adelaide 36ers. Wollongong Hawks managed to win fourth quarter 31-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Adelaide 36ers outrebounded Wollongong Hawks 37-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American guard Eddie Shannon (180-77, college: Florida) who scored that evening 23 points and 4 assists and the former international forward Adam Ballinger (205-79, college: Michigan St.) supported him with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Adelaide 36ers players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 5 assists by the former international swingman Mat Campbell (196-76, college: Towson) did not help to save the game for Wollongong Hawks. The former international forward Oscar Forman (205-82) added 17 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Adelaide 36ers maintains sixth position with 5-8 record, which they share with Blaze. Wollongong Hawks lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with five games lost. Adelaide 36ers will meet at home league's leader New Zealand Breakers in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Wollongong Hawks will play against Gold Coast Blaze in Broadbeach and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hawks: O.Forman 17+3reb+1ast, G.Ervin 15+1reb+3ast, M.Campbell 13+4reb+5ast, L.Davidson 9+4reb+2ast, T.Coenraad 8+2reb, T.Demos 6+4reb+1ast
36ers: E.Shannon 23+2reb+4ast, A.Ballinger 16+7reb, D.Ng 16+3reb, B.Hill 15+5reb+3ast, M.Creek 10+4reb+1ast, D.Johnson 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 94587


Sydney K. - Wildcats 78-91

Very expected game when 9th ranked Kings (1-13) lost to second ranked Perth Wildcats (10-4) in Sydney 78-91. Kings were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 52-38 second half run of Perth Wildcats. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) who scored 20 points. International swingman Stephen Weigh (198-87) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Julian Khazzouh (211-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four Kings players scored in double figures. Perth Wildcats have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 10-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Breakers. Kings lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Perth Wildcats' next round opponent will be Melbourne Tigers (#8) at home where they are favorite. Kings will play against Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru.
Top scorers:
Sydney K.: P.Sanders 16+7reb+2ast, J.Khazzouh 16+13reb+3ast, L.Martin 12+3reb+2ast, G.Dann 11+7reb+1ast, D.Ryan 8+1reb+3ast, T.Gilder 8+5reb+1ast
Wildcats: S.Redhage 20+4reb+1ast, K.Lisch 19+1reb+2ast, S.Weigh 16+7reb+1ast, B.Robbins 9+3reb+5ast, C.Tovey 9+5reb, A.Majok 7+3reb
gschID: 94583




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


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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga Round 17: #1 Gmunden Swans are defeated by Xion Dukes - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Gmunden Swans (13-4) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Xion Dukes (10-7) 72-69. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 3 points. American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St., agency: Rasmussen Services) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Deteri Mayes (189-74, college: Murray St., agency: Court Side) responded with 20 points. Xion Dukes moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Arkadia and Oberwart. Defending champion Gmunden Swans still keep top position with four games lost. Xion Dukes is looking forward to face Gussing Knights (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Gmunden Swans will play against St.Polten (#11) and are hoping to win this game.
Raiffeisen Wels (9-8) outlasted Furstenfeld Panthers (11-6) in overtime by six points 86-80. The game took place in Furstenfeld. But the guests from Wels were better at the end. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Rasheed Brokenborough (191-76, college: Temple, agency: Impact Basketball) nailed 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Jean Francois accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Romke Hampton (206-88, college: Biola (CA), agency: Hart Sports Mngm) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for Furstenfeld Panthers in the defeat. Raiffeisen Wels has a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with UBSC Graz. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. They share it with Kapfenberg. Raiffeisen Wels will play against BC Vienna (#10) in Wien in the next round. Furstenfeld Panthers will play on the road against Arkadia Lions (#4) in Traiskirchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Kapfenberg between UBSC Graz and Kapfenberg Bulls. Seventh ranked UBSC Graz (9-8) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Kapfenberg Bulls (11-6). UBSC Graz managed to escape with a 2-point win 71-69 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Dragan Miletic who scored 22 points and 9 assists. Demetrius Nelson produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the hosts. UBSC Graz maintains seventh place with 9-8 record, which they share with Wels. Loser Kapfenberg Bulls dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Furstenfeld. UBSC Graz will meet at home bottom-ranked Worthersee Piraten (#12) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Oberwart Gunners (#5) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Gussing where 4th placed Oberwart Gunners (10-7) were upseton the court of ninth ranked Gussing Knights (7-10) 81-67. Marcus Heard orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Gussing Knights' coach Robert Langer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Gussing Knights has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain ninth place with 7-10 record. Oberwart Gunners at the other side keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Gussing Knights' next round opponent will be higher ranked Xion Dukes (#6) in Klosterneuburg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Oberwart Gunners will play at home against Kapfenberg Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
12th ranked Worthersee Piraten (1-16) was outscored at home by fifth ranked Arkadia Lions (10-7) with the biggest margin this round 101-85 on Sunday night. Fabricio Vay stepped up and scored 31 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Arkadia Lions' coach Andrea Maghelli used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Arkadia Lions moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Klosterneub. and Oberwart. Worthersee Piraten lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Arkadia Lions will face league's second-placed Furstenfeld Panthers at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Worthersee Piraten will play against UBSC Graz (#7).

In the last game of round 17 St.Polten lost to BC Vienna on the opponent's court 59-71.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by Thomas Kennedy of Worthersee.



Gmunden - Klosterneub. 69-72

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Gmunden Swans (13-4) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Xion Dukes (10-7) 72-69. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 3 points. American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St., agency: Rasmussen Services) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Deteri Mayes (189-74, college: Murray St., agency: Court Side) responded with 20 points and American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Xion Dukes moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Arkadia and Oberwart. Defending champion Gmunden Swans still keep top position with four games lost. Xion Dukes is looking forward to face Gussing Knights (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Gmunden Swans will play against St.Polten (#11) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: C.Bobb 26+10reb+3ast, R.Suljanovic 14+6reb, A.Maresch 9+6reb+3ast, C.Greimeister 6+1ast, L.Sallomon 6+3reb+2ast, D.Zeleznik 5+2reb+5ast
Gmunden: D.Mayes 20+2reb+2ast, D.Oppland 14+8reb+1ast, T.Stelzer 11+1reb+1ast, I.Boylan 10+2reb+8ast, M.Mayer 5+10reb+1ast, E.Murati 5+1reb
gschID: 93798


Gussing - Oberwart 81-67

An interesting game took place in Gussing where 4th placed Oberwart Gunners (10-7) were upseton the court of ninth ranked Gussing Knights (7-10) 81-67. The game without a history. Gussing Knights led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Gussing Knights outrebounded Oberwart Gunners 42-26 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Oberwart Gunners helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Heard is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Gussing Knights' coach Robert Langer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Kelvin Parker (183-82, college: NW Missouri St.) answered with 18 points and 6 assists and naturalized American power forward Jason Johnson (202-77, college: Tennessee St.) added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Oberwart Gunners. Gussing Knights has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain ninth place with 7-10 record. Oberwart Gunners at the other side keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Gussing Knights' next round opponent will be higher ranked Xion Dukes (#6) in Klosterneuburg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Oberwart Gunners will play at home against Kapfenberg Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gussing: M.Heard 20+10reb+2ast, T.Klepeisz 17+6reb+4ast, A.Djuric 15+15reb+1ast, M.Jandrasits 7+2reb+1ast, M.Klepeisz 5+1reb+1ast, A.Nunner 5+3reb+1ast
Oberwart: K.Parker 18+3reb+6ast, J.Johnson 15+10reb, H.Artner 15, H.Ochsenhofer 9+2reb+1ast, J.Dean Shawn 8+7reb, F.Kramer 2+3reb
gschID: 93799


Furstenfeld - Wels 80-86 OT

Raiffeisen Wels (9-8) outlasted Furstenfeld Panthers (11-6) in overtime by six points 86-80. The game took place in Furstenfeld. But the guests from Wels were better at the end. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-17. But Furstenfeld Panthers won second period 22-17. 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 Furstenfeld Panthers used huge preassure winning it 16-14 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 8-14. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Rasheed Brokenborough (191-76, college: Temple, agency: Impact Basketball) nailed 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and forward Jean Francois (197-80, college: Georgia Southern) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Romke Hampton (206-88, college: Biola (CA), agency: Hart Sports Mngm) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Court Side) added 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for Furstenfeld Panthers in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Raiffeisen Wels has a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with UBSC Graz. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. They share it with Kapfenberg. Raiffeisen Wels will play against BC Vienna (#10) in Wien in the next round. Furstenfeld Panthers will play on the road against Arkadia Lions (#4) in Traiskirchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wels: R.Brokenborough 26+6reb+3ast, J.Francois 16+6reb+1ast, B.Fields 13+6reb, R.Holcomb Faye 11+2reb+10ast, T.Klette 10+7reb+1ast, D.Lamesic 6+3reb+3ast
Furstenfeld: R.Hampton 22+13reb+1ast, A.Shavies 19+9reb+7ast, S.Ray 17+8reb+1ast, D.Alexander 10+3reb+1ast, D.Carr 10+7reb+1ast, L.O'Neal 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 93795


Worthersee - Arkadia 85-101

12th ranked Worthersee Piraten (1-16) was outscored at home by fifth ranked Arkadia Lions (10-7) with the biggest margin this round 101-85 on Sunday night. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 54-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Arkadia Lions forced 24 Worthersee Piraten turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worthersee Piraten was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 31 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and international guard Kevin Payton (196-86, college: Minnesota) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. Arkadia Lions' coach Andrea Maghelli used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Erik Rhinehart (206-82, college: Olivet Nazarene) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Five Arkadia Lions and four Worthersee Piraten players scored in double figures. Arkadia Lions moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Klosterneub. and Oberwart. Worthersee Piraten lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Arkadia Lions will face league's second-placed Furstenfeld Panthers at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Worthersee Piraten will play against UBSC Graz (#7).
Top scorers:
Arkadia: F.Vay 31+5reb+2ast, K.Payton 21+8reb+3ast, D.Drenovac 15+3reb+3ast, B.Danek 12+3reb+9ast, K.Houston 11+2reb+4ast, M.Bralovic 6+1reb
Worthersee: T.Kennedy 33+8reb+3ast, E.Rhinehart 16+5reb+1ast, M.Breithuber 13+3reb+5ast, S.Bachlechner 11+3reb+3ast, B.Weber 7+6reb+1ast, M.Breithuber 3+3reb
gschID: 93796


BC Vienna - St.Polten 71-59

Everything could happen in Wien at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked BC Vienna and 11th ranked St.Polten had identical 5-11 record. This time BC Vienna used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from St.Polten 71-59 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by BC Vienna. St.Polten managed to win fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Vienna outrebounded St.Polten 41-27 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American guard Markus Carr (185-79, college: Cal.St. Northridge) chipped in 11 points and 9 assists. International guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87) responded with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Tomislav Gaspar (198-83) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. BC Vienna maintains tenth place with 6-11 record. Loser St.Polten keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. BC Vienna will face higher ranked Raiffeisen Wels (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. St.Polten will play against the league's leader Gmunden Swans and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 29+10reb+4ast, M.Carr 11+4reb+9ast, S.Pekovic 9+4reb+5ast, S.N'Diaye 6+10reb+1ast, S.Rhynes 6+5reb, R.Hicks 6+6reb
St.Polten: T.Schreiner 22+7reb+7ast, T.Gaspar 9+7reb+1ast, N.Kapic 8+3reb, A.Worenz 7+2reb, M.Gunka 6+5reb, H.Opoku 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93797


Kapfenberg - UBSC Graz 69-71

A very close game took place in Kapfenberg between UBSC Graz and Kapfenberg Bulls. Seventh ranked UBSC Graz (9-8) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Kapfenberg Bulls (11-6). UBSC Graz managed to escape with a 2-point win 71-69 on Sunday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Strangely Kapfenberg Bulls outrebounded UBSC Graz 38-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Slovenian guard Dragan Miletic (195-82) who scored 22 points and 9 assists. Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-82) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. American power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Armin Woschank (184-82) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. UBSC Graz maintains seventh place with 9-8 record, which they share with Wels. Loser Kapfenberg Bulls dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Furstenfeld. UBSC Graz will meet at home bottom-ranked Worthersee Piraten (#12) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Oberwart Gunners (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: D.Miletic 22+3reb+9ast, M.Stegnjaic 15+5reb+2ast, S.Grum 14+2reb+3ast, L.Graham 11+7reb+1ast, R.Lanegger 5+1reb, C.Knor 4+3reb+1ast
Kapfenberg: D.Nelson 21+11reb+3ast, A.Woschank 17+4reb+5ast, H.Kugerl 14+6reb+1ast, L.Gordon 8+3reb+3ast, L.Jordan 3+1reb, D.Horace 3+4reb
gschID: 93794




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BARRACUDAS ELIMINATED FROM PLAYOFF CONTENTION - by Ozell Wells
Satria Muda Eliminates Barracudas from Playoffs Contention
Sunday, January 02, 2011, Bandar Seri Begawan Five players in double figures empowered Satria Muda to eliminate the Brunei Barracudas from playoffs contention with an 87 70 victory.
Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) leading the pack with 22 points, Mario Wuysang (177-G-79) chipping in 19 points and 7 assists and Antoine Broxsie (209-F-79, college: Oklahoma St.) added a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Francis Adriano (188-F-75) and new guy Ricky Ricafuente (172-G-76) had 12 points apiece, with the former also filling up the stats sheet with 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals.

Chris Commons (204-F-84, college: USC Aiken lead the Brunei Barracudas with 23 points 5 rebounds and 5 assists, fellow Christopher Garnett (211-C-80, college: Indiana SE) netted 22 points with 12 boards and Chester Tolomia (191-G-80) chipped in 12 points.

The Barracudas were off to a quick start with a 10 3 run in one and a half minutes into the first quarter, however their lead had been reduced inches by inches behind the team effort of Satria Muda and only held to a 22 19 slim lead. The Barracudas were still able to keep things under control in the second quarter as they maintain their 3 points advantage at 40 37 to close up the first half.

Satria Muda came out from the locker room to roar for a 7 0 run to start the third quarter and never looked back. Barracudas tried hard to keep pace with the better morale Satria Muda but only to see the momentum, the game and the postseason berth slipping away thereafter. Satria Muda outscored Barracudas in both third (29 17) and forth quarter (21 13).

The Brunei Barracudas (3-10) are now officially eliminated from the playoffs contention as they lost head-to-head match ups to the Singapore Slingers. Satria Muda (5-8) however, with this huge victory is close to occupying the driver seat of the competition with Singapore Slingers for the final playoffs berth. They will take over the fourth position in the league ladder from the Slingers with head-to-head advantage if the Slingers failed to end their current losing streak against the Westport KL Dragons this Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.
Courtesy of Kuhan Foo the CEO of the ABL



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Priest Lauderdale joins Levski - by Maria Mitzova
Levski Sofia signed Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73, college: Central State) until the end of the season, with an option for one more year. Lauderdale, who has a Bulgarian passport, started the season in Chernomorets Burgas, but now chose to join the cup holders. He also had an offer from the champions Lukoil Academic, but decided to re-join with his former coach Konstantin Papazov, with whom still holds great relationship.
All the details on the contract were finalized today, and Papazov confirmed that he can rely on the big man from now on.
Priest Lauderdale will be useful addition to Levski Sofia squad, and will reinforce the teams ambitions for championship title. He is the most valuable player in the National Basketball League until now in the season, second leading scorer in the championship, and number 1 rebounder.



Rilski sportist adds ex-NBA player Aleksandar Radojevic - by Maria Mitzova
Rilski Sportist Samokov signed Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76, college: Barton County CC) until the end of the season. Radojevic is a former NBA player, drafted by Toronto Raptors in 1999. The Bosnian center forward will join the front-court of Rilski Sportist Samokov, weakened by Atanas Radev injury. Radojevics last team was Cypriot Omonia Nicosia.
His previous teams include Sporting Al Rihadi from Lebanon, Apoel Nicosia, and before that AEL Limassol, Keravnos, Prokom, Olympia Larissa, PAOK, Telecom Bonn, Livorno and Olympia Ljubljana.
The most interesting period of his carrier is NBA time in Utah Jazz in 2004/05. Before that he played for Toronto Raptors in 1999/2000.
Radojevic is a good shot blocker and can also shoot the ball.
He is the second recent addition to Rilski Sportist Samokov roster, after Vladimir Mijovic joined the team couple of weeks ago.



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Brown's 44-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old guard Dee Brown (185-G-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Qingdao DS and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 44 points adding three rebounds and five assists for Qingdao DS in his team's victory, helping them to beat Shanghai (#9, 5-5) 96-91. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Qingdao DS is placed at 13th position in Chinese league. Qingdao DS is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-6 record. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Qingdao DS's top player in his first season with the team. Dee Brown averages this season 24.0ppg and 4.6apg.

Second best performed player last round was ZhengDong Tang (213-C-84) of Jiangsu. He is former international center in his -88th season at Jiangsu. In the last game Tang recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Jiangsu to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Shandong (#11, 3-6) 102-81. This victory allowed Jiangsu to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Tang is one of the most experienced players at Jiangsu and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Donta Smith (201-G-83) of Liaoning (#8). Smith scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Smith's great performance Liaoning lost 103-115 to the league's current leader DongGuan (#1, 9-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Liaoning needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 5 lost games. Smith has a very solid season. In 9 games in China he scored 17.8ppg. He also has 4.8rpg, 2.6spg and FGP: 64.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Biao Qiu (200-F-83) of DongGuan - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81) of DongGuan - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Lee Benson (208-F/C-73) of TianJin R. - 22 points and 15 rebounds
7. Josh Boone (208-F/C-84) of Zhejiang C. - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
8. ShiPeng Wang (197-F/G-83) of Guandong - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. DaYong Wang (187-G-87) of Zhejiang C. - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Shanghai - 20 points, 12 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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Zadar ink Chester Mason - by Eurobasket News
Zadar bolstered their backcourt. They penned the deal with Chester Mason (192-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: Miami (OH)). The 29-year-old guard started the season in Latvia. Chester Mason averaged 7.1 points, 4.3 boards and 2.4 assists per Baltic League game for Ventspils. In EuroChallenge the guard delivered 2.3 points, 3.3 boards and 1.3 assists. In LBL his stats read 12.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per appearance. The Latvian squad released Mason in December. Chester Mason shone in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2009/10 season. He was among the best performers on Siroki TT Kabeli squad. Chester Mason had stints in D-League, CBA, USBL, ABA, Turkey and Slovenia. He was named the All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Guard of the Year in 2010.


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Phoenix Suns assign Garret Siler to NBA D-League affiliate Iowa Energy - by Eurobasket News
Phoenix Suns center Garret Siler (7'0''-C-86, college: Augusta St.) was assigned to the Iowa Energy, the Suns' NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 25th time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment for Siler, a rookie out of Augusta State.

Siler (6-11, 300) has appeared in six games this season for Phoenix, averaging 1.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 5.8 minutes. In the 2010 NBA Las Vegas Summer League, Siler shot 12-of-16 from the field in five games with the Miami Heat, averaging 6.6 points and 3.8 rebounds.

Phoenix signed Siler in September as an undrafted free agent. In 2009-10, Siler played 38 games with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds. Though four years at Augusta State, Siler averaged 12.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 121 games. For his college career, Siler shot 74.5 percent from the field, including a collegiate record 78.9 percent (225-of-285) as a senior.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Sunday's games (5) review - by Eurobasket News
Springfield A. - Erie Bay H. 89-102
The Erie BayHawks rallied from a sluggish first quarter and took control from the second quarter on in their 102-89 victory over the Springfield Armor on Sunday at the MassMutual Center. The BayHawks dominated the second quarter, outscoring the Armor 32-17 for a 50-42 halftime lead. Springfield (4-11) scored the first 11 points of the game before Kyle Spain scored on a layup for Erie's first basket. The Armor continued to take advantage of Erie's slow start, expanding their lead to as many as 14 points. But the BayHawks (11-6) used a 10-3 run to close out the first quarter and cut the Springfield lead to 25-18. Erie grabbed its first lead of the game at 37-36 on Kyle Goldcamp's layup with 6 minutes, 6 seconds left in the second quarter. The BayHawks never trailed the rest of the game. Erie held Springfield at bay in the third and fourth quarters, never allowing the Armor to get any closer than five points, while building their lead to as many as 16. Seven players scored in double figures for Erie, led by Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, agency: Union Sports, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) 's 19 points. Spain finished with a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Gannon graduate Goldcamp chipped in with 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Jameson Curry (6'4''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Oklahoma St.) led the Armor with a game-high 23 points, while L.D. Williams scored 21. The BayHawks are within a game of first-place Iowa in the East Conference. Erie played without Christian Eyenga, who was recalled by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. In his time with Erie, Eyenga averaged 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. The BayHawks' next game is against the Sioux Falls SkyForce at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Tulio Arena. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

Austin T. - Tulsa 66ers 91-110
Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, college: UAB) scored a team-high 17 points and Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88, college: Kansas) added seven points, two blocks and a game-high 14 rebounds to lead the Tulsa 66ers (11-6) to their third consecutive victory, 110-91, Sunday evening on the road against the Austin Toros (7-9) inside Cedar Park Center. Also in double-digit scoring for Tulsa was Jerome Dyson with 15, Larry Owens with 14 and Tweety Carter and Robert Vaden each with 11. Owens also grabbed nine rebounds while Zabian Dowdell led the 66ers with five assists. Sunday's game completed a five-game road trip for Tulsa, where the 66ers went 4-1. It also marked the eighth victory in the last 10 games for the 66ers. Tulsa's bench accounted for 54 points compared to Austin's 25. The 66ers, who led by as many as 21 points in the contest, improved to 3-0 against the Toros this season. Austin was led by Marcus Cousin with a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds. Kevin Palmer chipped in 17 points. Next up, the 66ers return to Tulsa for two games against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants this Wednesday and Friday, Jan. 5th and 7th. Both contests are scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. inside the Tulsa Convention Center. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Reno Bighorns - Idaho S. 103-110
The Idaho Stampede ended a six-game skid and picked up their first road victory of the season by defeating the Reno Bighorns 110-103 on Sunday in front of 1,509 fans at the Reno Events Center. Luke Jackson (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Oregon), Antoine Walker (6'9''-F-75, college: Kentucky) and Jermareo Davidson (6'10''-F-84, college: Alabama) scored 25 points apiece to help the Stampede improve to 3-13. Idaho returns home this week for a pair of games Friday and Saturday against New Mexico (9-6). The loss dropped the Bighorns (10-6) into a tie for second place in the West Conference behind Tulsa (11-6). Idaho outrebounded Reno 43-36 in a game that featured five ties and eight lead changes. Jackson grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.idahostatesman.com

Texas L. - New Mexico 105-114
The New Mexico Thunderbirds (9-6) came back from down nine points in the fourth quarter to beat the Texas Legends (8-7) by a score of 114-105. The Legends held a nine-point lead early on in the fourth quarter. Led by Josh Bostic, who had a game high 30 points, the Thunderbirds went on a 30-13 run over the next eight minutes to take control of the game. Shane Edwards (6'7''-F-87, college: UALR) added 21 points and Jamine Peterson (6'6''-F-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Providence), playing in his second game with the T-Birds, also had 21 points on 10-for-13 shooting. In the first quarter, the Legends raced out to an early 11-2 and led by as many as 10 points. The Thunderbirds answered with a 22-6 run to take a 27-21 lead after one quarter. Bostic didn't hit a field goal in the first quarter, but was 7-for-7 from the free line and led the Thunderbirds with seven points in the quarter. Peterson hit a layup with 4:52 remaining in the second quarter to give the Thunderbirds a 52-38 lead. Texas answered with a 12-1 run to cut the Thunderbirds lead to three points. The T-Birds would lead 57-55 at the half. With the Thunderbirds leading by four in the third quarter, the Legends ripped off a 15-0 run to take a 76-65 lead. The T-Birds scored six of the final eight points in the quarter and trailed 78-71 heading into the fourth. Stephen McDowell hit nine of 10 free throws down the stretch for the Thunderbirds to cap a 43-point fourth quarter The Thunderbirds return home for two games against the Springfield Armor on Tuesday Jan. 4 and Wednesday Jan. 5. Both games are at 7:30 p.m. at the Santa Ana Star Center. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Maine RC 118-103
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants (11-5) bench sparked a fourth period run to give the Mad Ants a 118-103 win over the Maine Red Claws (8-9) to complete the weekend split. The Maine Red Claws took the lead early and were up 32-21 at the end of the first period. They continued to heat up through the second and extended the lead to 15 points at the half. Tiny Gallon controlled the first half for the Red Claws with 11 points and 7 rebounds. The third was all Red Claws until Chris Kramer (6'3''-G-88, college: Purdue) came off of the bench late in the period and charged a comeback that extended into the fourth period for the Mad Ants. The Mad Ants went on a 21-2 run to start the fourth period off of the hot 3 point shooting of Corey Allmond and Carlos English. The team shot 75% from the three point arc on 8 of 12 shooting. The Red Claws were led by Mario West (6'5''-G-84, college: Georgia Tech) who finished with 21 points. Gallon and DeShawn Sims added 17 apiece and Matt Jenning contributed 14. The Mad Ants had 7 players finish in double figures led by Kramer who finished with 22 points and 4 steals off of the bench. Marvin Phillips recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Allmond and English contributed 12 and 14 respectively. *Courtesy of www.wane.com




Cavs recall Christian Eyenga - by Eurobasket News
The Cavaliers have recalled Christian Eyenga (6'7''-G-89) from the NBA Development League.

Eyenga appeared in 15 games for the Erie BayHawks (13 starts), averaging 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds. Over his last three games, he averaged 17.0 points and 7.3 rebounds.

The Cavs drafted Eyenga in the first round in 2009 because of his raw athleticism. Cavs coach Byron Scott wanted him to focus on his defense while at Erie, and Scott was pleased with the reports he was getting. The Cavs could use Eyenga, particularly if Mo Williams (hip) and Daniel Gibson (thigh) are unable to play tonight. Both missed Saturdays loss to the Chicago Bulls and will be game time decisions again tonight.

Courtesy of http://cavs.ohio.com


Mavericks recall Jones from Legends - by Eurobasket News
The Dallas Mavericks announced Sunday that they have recalled guard Dominique Jones (6'4''-G-88, college: S.Florida) from the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.

Jones was originally the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Mavericks acquired his rights from Memphis in exchange for cash considerations in a draft day trade.

Jones was assigned to the Texas Legends on Nov. 30 and played 10 games with the club. He averaged 18.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 37.5 minutes. He shot 43.6% from the field, 38.5% from 3-point range and 85.9% from the free throw line.

With Dallas, Jones has played in nine games and has averages of 0.9 points, 0.6 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 6.2 minutes.

Courtesy of http://realgm.com


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Kristo Saage joins KK Kaunas - by Janar Filippov
The top scorer of Estonian championship and Player of the Month in November, Kristo Saage (184-G-85) leaves BC Rakvere Tarvas and joins KK Kaunas. Saage, who has averaged 18.1 pts, 4 rbs, 2.3 assists, 2.2 steals and 3.9 three-pointers per game in Estonian KML this season, was one of the most important players, helping Tarvas to a sensational silver medal last season. He is the most dangerous three-point shooter in BBL Challenge Cup, averaging 3 shots in 9 attempts per game.
KK Kaunas holds the 1st place in BBL Challenge cup ahead of the 2nd round games. In Lithuanian championships, they are in disappointing 11th place so far.
Another Estonian, Siim-Sander Vene recently departed KK Kaunas and joined German team Ludwigsburg.


Estonia celebrate victory over Finland - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U16 - Finland U16 66:51

Estonia celebrated the second straight win at the Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn. They knocked down Finland on Day 2 of the tournament. Andri Metsaru and Saimon Sutt (168-G-95) came up with 13 points each to lead the effort. Estonia led by just two points after the opening frame but managed to clear off in the second frame. The hosts held their opponents to just 7 points in the quarter to establish a 30:18 lead at the interval. Finland tried to bounce back in the third term. They cut the deficit at 10-point mark but Estonia stopped the rot timely and drove to the win at the end. Joosep Russak and Rainer Pastimae (196-F-95) knocked down 8 points each for the home team. Jere Valtonen answered with 11 points for Finland. Leo Tarjanne and Miikka Mikkonen accounted for 10 points each in the losing effort.

Estonia U16: Andri Metsaru 13, Saimon Sutt 13, Joosep Russak 8, Rainer Pastimae 8
Finland U16: Jere Valtonen 11, Leo Tarjanne 10, Miikka Mikkonen 10



Estonia topple Finland for the initial win at Baltic Sea Cup - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U18 - Finland U18 90:85

Estonian U18 selection recorded their first win at the Baltic Sea Cup. They held off Finland to improve at 1-1 record. Finland on the other hand suffered the second straight defeat. Janari Joesaar (197-F-93) came up with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge.
Estonia quickly jumped in front in this one. They built a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. Finland stopped the rot in the second quarter and cut the distance at 4-point mark at the interval. Estonia exploded with 35 points in the third quarter to take an 11-point buffer heading into the final stanza. Though Finland managed to narrow the deficit Estonia stayed calm and registered a well-deserved win at the end. Kristo Mangelsoo (205-F-93) produced 16 points for Estonia. Martin Paasoja (189-G-93) added 15 points for the winners. Juuso Kauppinen (188-F/G-94) responded with 25 points for Finland. Ilari Seppala (188-G-93) finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds.

Estonia U18: Janari Joesaar 20+10 boards, Kristo Mangelsoo 16, Martin Paasoja 15
Finland U18: Juuso Kauppinen 25, Ilari Seppala 16



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Mirza Begic can strengthen Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Mirza Begic (216-C-85) has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Real Madrid. The 25-year-old centre can soon officially sign a deal with the Spanish powerhouse. Mirza Begic started the season in Zalgiris Kaunas. The centre averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per Euroleague game. In VTB League his stats read 7.0 points, 3.5 boards and 2.8 blocks per appearance. In LKL Mirza Begic produced 8.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots. He however left the Kaunas outfit in December citing the payments problem as the reason. Mirza Begic moved to Zalgiris from Olimpija Ljubljana. Previously the centre had stints with Geoplin Slovan, Bologna, Zadar and Triglav Kranj. Mirza Begic used to play for U18 and U20 Slovenian selections.


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Sefton Barrett claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Canadian Sefton Barrett (196-F-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader KTP Basket Kotka and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 28-year old forward had the game-high 41 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for KTP in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Korihait (#5, 14-10) with 38-point margin 121-83. It allowed KTP to consolidate first place in the Finnish Korisliiga. KTP have a solid 20-4 record. In the team's last game Barrett had a remarkable 88.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be KTP's top player in his first season with the team. Central Michigan University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Barrett is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.4ppg) and averages solid 56.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Lawrence Wright (195-F-84) of UU-Korihait Uusikaupunki. Wright impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Korihait lost that game 83-121 to the higher-ranked KTP (#1, 20-4). This loss caused Korihait to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wright is a newcomer at Korihait 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 American Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) of Karhu Kauhajoki (#9). Wood showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, eighteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. Despite Wood's great performance Karhu lost 90-106 to slightly higher-ranked ToPo (#7, 12-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Karhu not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Wood could try to bring Karhu's a little bit higher in the standings. Wood has individually a great season in Finland. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.2ppg (6th best), rebounds with 14.5rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 4.0apg (5th best). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 65.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. HL Coleman (202-F-74) of LrNMKY - 28 points and 13 rebounds
5. LaVell Blanchard (201-F-81) of ToPo - 19 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Corey Belser (200-F-82) of Honka - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81) of Korihait - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Frank Richards (188-G-82) of ToPo - 21 points and 3 rebounds
9. Malik Moore (192-G-77) of LrNMKY - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) of Honka - 27 points and 3 rebounds

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


Estonia topple Finland for the initial win at Baltic Sea Cup - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U18 - Finland U18 90:85

Estonian U18 selection recorded their first win at the Baltic Sea Cup. They held off Finland to improve at 1-1 record. Finland on the other hand suffered the second straight defeat. Janari Joesaar (197-F-93) came up with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge.
Estonia quickly jumped in front in this one. They built a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. Finland stopped the rot in the second quarter and cut the distance at 4-point mark at the interval. Estonia exploded with 35 points in the third quarter to take an 11-point buffer heading into the final stanza. Though Finland managed to narrow the deficit Estonia stayed calm and registered a well-deserved win at the end. Kristo Mangelsoo (205-F-93) produced 16 points for Estonia. Martin Paasoja (189-G-93) added 15 points for the winners. Juuso Kauppinen (188-F/G-94) responded with 25 points for Finland. Ilari Seppala (188-G-93) finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds.

Estonia U18: Janari Joesaar 20+10 boards, Kristo Mangelsoo 16, Martin Paasoja 15
Finland U18: Juuso Kauppinen 25, Ilari Seppala 16



Estonia celebrate victory over Finland - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U16 - Finland U16 66:51

Estonia celebrated the second straight win at the Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn. They knocked down Finland on Day 2 of the tournament. Andri Metsaru and Saimon Sutt (168-G-95) came up with 13 points each to lead the effort. Estonia led by just two points after the opening frame but managed to clear off in the second frame. The hosts held their opponents to just 7 points in the quarter to establish a 30:18 lead at the interval. Finland tried to bounce back in the third term. They cut the deficit at 10-point mark but Estonia stopped the rot timely and drove to the win at the end. Joosep Russak and Rainer Pastimae (196-F-95) knocked down 8 points each for the home team. Jere Valtonen answered with 11 points for Finland. Leo Tarjanne and Miikka Mikkonen accounted for 10 points each in the losing effort.

Estonia U16: Andri Metsaru 13, Saimon Sutt 13, Joosep Russak 8, Rainer Pastimae 8
Finland U16: Jere Valtonen 11, Leo Tarjanne 10, Miikka Mikkonen 10



Finland U16 open Baltic Sea Cup with victory - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16 - Latvia U16 70:68

Finland victoriously opened the Baltic Sea Basketball Cup in Tallinn. They held off Latvian counterparts in the opener. Oskar Michelsen (195-F-95) knocked down 14 points to lead the winners.
Finland and Latvia stayed close in the opening frame. The Finnish team eked out a 20:19 lead after ten minutes. They however started to get away in the second term. Finland arrived at halftime up by three points 39:36. Latvia managed just 14 points in the third term allowing Finland to clear off. The Finnish team accumulated a 7-point lead heading into the fourth term. Latvia went on a fierce comeback effort in the final stanza but fell just short of victory at the end. Leo Tarjanne accounted for 11 points for Finland. Miikka Mikkonen and Ville Hanninen added 10 points each in the win. Kristaps Plavnieks (175-G-95) replied with 16 points for Latvia. Davis Geks (182-G-95) finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Finland U16: Oskar Michelsen 14, Leo Tarjanne 11
Latvia U16: Kristaps Plavnieks 16, Davis Geks 13



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Bryant's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old center John Bryant (208-C-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for ratiopharm Ulm and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 18 rebounds, while his team beat Bremerhaven (#9, 9-8) in overtime 100-93. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. ratiopharm maintains the 12th position in German league. ratiopharm 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 7-9 record. Bryant turned to be ratiopharm's top player in his first season with the team. Santa Clara University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bryant. Bryant is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.2ppg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 63.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances) of Goettingen. He is American forward in his second season at Goettingen. In the last game Anderson recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Goettingen to another comfortable win 67-49 over the lower-ranked MBC (#15, 5-11) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Goettingen to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Anderson is well-known at Goettingen and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84) of Phoenix Hagen (#14). Burtschi scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Phoenix Hagen, leading his team to a 92-76 easy win against slightly lower-ranked LTi 46ers (#16, 5-12). The chances of Phoenix Hagen not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Burtschi could try to bring Phoenix Hagen's a little bit higher in the standings. Burtschi has a very solid season. In 17 games in Germany he scored 14.2ppg. He also has 6.1rpg, FGP: 55.6% and 3PT: 49.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Folarin Campbell (193-G/F-86) of Telekom Baskets - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) of ratiopharm - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76) of LTi 46ers - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Aron Baynes (208-C-86) of EWE Baskets - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85) of Bremerhaven - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) of EWE Baskets - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Zachery Peacock (203-F-87) of LTi 46ers - 27 points and 6 rebounds

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


Richard Shields debuted for MBC Wolves - by Eurobasket News
Richard Shields (193-G-82, college: Rutgers) debuted for MBC Wolves but first two games were not successful for the American Guard. Last night BG Goettingen beat guests from Weissenfels 67-49. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mitteldeutscher BC. The game without a history. BG Goettingen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Mitteldeutscher BC was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Loser Mitteldeutscher BC dropped to the fifteenth position with 11 games lost. BG Goettingen will face TBB Trier (#10) on the road in the next round. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against ALBA Berlin (#5).
It was mentioned earlier that MBC Wolves gave their fans a late Christmas present by signing Richard Shields to add some more depth to their guard rotation and filling the hole set by the injured Radenko Pilcevic. Shields is a 28 year old guard from Upper Marlboro, Mary land. Last season he played for Kavala/Panorama (Greece-A1, starting five), Greek League: 9 games: 10.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 34.5%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 89.5%; left in Jan.'10, in Feb.'10 moved to Helios Domzale (Slovenia-Telemach League): Slovenian League: 15 games: 9.3ppg, 1.9rpg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 30.5%, FT: 85.3%; Adriatic League: 3 games: 20.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg.


Ben Stywall moves from Iceland to Hannover - by Moritz Korff
The UBC Hannover Tigers (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have completed the signing of Ben Stywall (196-F-87, agency: Strategic Sports, college: NC-Greensboro). The 23-year-old will replace Charles Little (198-F-87, college: Dayton).
Stywall played in Iceland earlier this campaign. He tallied 18.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per outing in 11 games for Express League side Fjolnir. The Charlotte, NC native spent his college career at NCAA Division One program NC-Greensboro. He appeared in 31 games through the 2009-10 season and averaged 14.3 points as well as 10.4 boards per contest for the Spartans.


Bryan Bailey (Artland Dragons) The Basketball Atmosphere Is Special In Quackenbruck - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, college: Bucknell) is a 30 year old 185cm combo guard that is playing his 9th professional basketball season playing with The Artland Dragons. He is a true team leader both on and off the court. He possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball. He is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. His fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. He started his professional basketball career at Bucknell and player there from 1998-2002 and in his senior year played 17games averaging 18.1ppg,5.3rpg,2.4apg. He made All-Patriot League 1st Team in 2001 and 2002. In 2002-2003, he started his professional basketball season in Germany with DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg (Germany-1Bundesliga, starting five): 26 games, 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4spg. In 2003-2004, he played in Holland for Landstede Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 35 games: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, 0.2bpg. He then played with The Artland Dragons from 2004-2007 reaching the league and cup final in 2007. His best statistical season was 2005-2006 playing 33 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.3%. In 2007-2008, he played with Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 84.3%. In 2008-2009, he played in Poland for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE): Eurocup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg; Polish League: 32 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.0%. Last season, he played with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing Euroleague: 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 89.7%. He sat down and spoke with Eurobasket about basketball.


The Artland Dragons have missed the playoffs the last two seasons. Do the players feel added pressure to make the playoffs?


No I feel we dont feel any pressure. We all have the same goals and that is too reach the playoffs.

How is the atmosphere with the fans? Do sense some impatience form them to reach the playoffs again?


There is a little impatience from them. I remember back in 2007, the atmosphere was more lively, but we are working very hard to get back to the playoffs this season.

The Artland Dragons are very deep this season. What is always the most difficult thing to do for a team that is so deep?



I think it is getting a chemistry and getting everyone on the same page. The guys need to work together as a team on the court.

There seemed to be some missing chemistry the last years. How is the chemistry so far this season?



We have good chemistry. We have good guys on the team and no one has a big ego. We are working hard together especially on improving our defense.

Everyone knows that The Artland Dragons can score, but will the team be able to get everyone on the same page on defense?



We have to work on getting our defense more consistent. There are going to be days where our shots arent going to be falling and we will need to play good defense. We are working on getting our defense more consistent.


The Artland Dragons have to very experienced guards with Dominic Jones and yourself. Tyrese Rice is playing his second professional season. How much potential does he have and how is your relationship to him?


He has very much potential. he knows basketball well and is a great player. He has quick hands and is always working hard to get better. We get along very well on and off the court.

You played three seasons for Chris Fleming. Now you play for German coach Stefan Koch. Is there a big difference playing for a German coach?



No there is no real difference. I played for other coaches in other countries and there was no difference either.


Ibekwe is a very athletic player. What has impressed you the most with his game?


I am most impressed with his defense. He gets steals, gets his hand on the ball and gets in the passing lanes. When we get beat, he comes over to the weak side and just cleans up.


Was it a hard decision coming back to the Artland Dragons?


It was an easy decision to come back. I knew the management and town and they always made me feel at home.

Adam Hess came back a third time and you a second time to The Artland Dragons. There must be something special for you to always come back?


I think it is the small town feeling which feels like family. The basketball atmosphere is special.


You played the last years for Bosnia and Poland. How did you develop as a player?


I was playing more point guard in those countries. It gave me valuable experience and made me smarter as a player.


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


I think it is the little things that you dont see in the stats like getting my hands on loose balls, deflections or taking charges.


Who was an NBA player as a kid that you couldnt stand?


Bill Lambeer of the Detriot Pistons. He was always fouling people or hitting them. I did like how he played dirty.

Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA with Bucknell?


Khalid El Amin


You played for The Artland Dragons from 2004-2007. What was missing from winning the German title?


We were close to winning. I think we could of won if we had had Filiberto Riviera. Our guard rotation was hurt with the loss of Riviera.

What is your fondest memory of Michael hakim Jordan?


Mike is a good guy. We were always competing in practice and it was a great time.

You played together with Alex Harris in Poland. Harris is leading EnBW Ludwigsburg in scoring. Can he become a top player in the BEKO BBL?


Harris is an explosive scorer and is very good off the dribble. He can become a top player in the BEKO BBL.

Who wins a one on one, you or Dominic Jones?


It goes back and fourth. Dom is hard to beat. He can score in many different ways.


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

60.

What would you like to do after your basketball career?


I would like to get into real estate or train little kids.


What are your hobbies?



reading, swimming and watching movies.

What do you do in Quackenbruck when you get bored?


I have a nine month old son so I am never bored.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Salt.



Thanks for the chat Bryan


Jacob Burtschi (Phoenix Hagen) Heads The List Of The Three Point Shooting Participants For The 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar Game In Trier - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The BEKO BBL has announced the five participants for the 2011 BEKO BBL three point shooting contest in Trier. The five shooters will be Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) of Phoenix Hagen, Pete Campbell (201-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Butler) of BBC Bayreuth, Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) of The Brose Baskets Bamberg, Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) of The Artland Dragons and German national player Phillip Schwethelm of the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. The shooters were chosen in which they had to have least taken 25 three pointers so far this season and the ones with the best shooting percentage were chosen. Each shooter will have 60 seconds in the competition and sink as many as possible. Each shooter will have 25 shots as there will be five stations with five balls at each station including a money ball that will count twice. Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) and Phillip Schwethelm will have double duty as they also will play in the BEKO BBL Allstar game following the festivities. Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky) of The Gloris Giants Duesseldorf has been named to the dunk contest replacing Cornelius Adler (195-G/F-89) who recently left BG Goettingen. The stats of the three point shooters in the BEKO BBL this season are as follows

Jacob Burtschi (Phoenix Hagen) 39/79 49,4%
Pete Campbell (201-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Butler) (BBC Bayreuth) 36/78 46,2%
Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) (Brose Baskets)33/72 45,8%
Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) (Artland Dragons) 36/80 45,0%
Philipp Schwethelm (201-F-89, agency: Court Side) (Eisbren) 28/63 44,4%


Source: BEKO BBL


Travis Walton (Ratiopharm Ulm) Postgame Thoughts To 100-93 OT Win Against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Travis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.) is a 23 year old 187cm point guard from Lima, Ohio. He is playing his first season with Ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Michigan State from 2005-2009 where he served as team captain for three consecutive years, being the 3rd in history of Michigan State school to do that. Led the Big 10 in assist to turnover ratio 2.4 to 1 and broke Magic Johnson's career assist record at Michigan State. Walton possesses great toughness, strength and leadership skills and is an exceptional defender. Last season he played shortly for Lugano Tigers (Switzerland-LNA, starting five), left in Dec.'09: 13 games: 8.9ppg, 1.2rpg, Assists-5 (4.9apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.7% before returning back to Michigan State to help the coaching staff. Some achievements that he has received were Big Ten Tournament Semifinals -06, 08, 09, Big Ten All-Defensive Team -07, 09, NCAA Sweet 16 -08, Big Ten Regular Season Champion -09, and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year -09. He spoke to eurobasket after the 100-93 OT win in Bremerhaven.

What a wild game in Bremerhaven. Ratiopharm Ulm won in OT 100-93. How much energy and nerves did this game cost the team?


YES it was a game of runs. It was a great game to watch.

Bremerhaven had the 42-29 lead at halftime. Why did Ratiopharm ulm have such a slow first half?

We had maybe one of the worst first halfs I seen played in a while. We turned the ball over 15 times and I can say 10 of them were all on us and not them.


In the third quarter, Ratiopharm Ulm came back and was only behind 62-61. What did Ratiopharm Ulm do better in the third quarter to get back into the game?

Yea we did a great job in the third quarter. The bench players did a great job helping out and bringing alot of energy on the court in the final 3 minutes and Robin made some big plays.


In the fourth quarter, Bremerhaven went on a 16-1 run to lead 78-62, but Ratiopharm Ulm fought back went on a 20-2 run to take the lead. What made Ratiopharm Ulm so strong in this comeback?

We had big plays from everyone on the team. I thought PER made some great plays for us at the end. He played a very good game tonight.


Explain the tieing shot by Rocky Trice that brought the game into overtime?

Well first he had a great look at a 3 point shot and he missed. I think we tipped the ball and he got it and the guy fouled him and he made the free throw. AND 1 BABYYYYYYYYYYYYYY..HAHAAH


Did the Ratiopharm Ulm momentum carry the team to the victory in OT?

Yea I think it was our game to lose after we took it to overtime. Copeland had fouled out the game and he is a good player so that was big for us.


The game had many great individual performances, but what was your impression of Torrell Martin? He seems to be able to do so many things successfully on the court.

He is a very good player. What I like most about him is he is efficient. He didnt force anything and he plays hard.

How much will Brandon Roy sidelined 'indefinitely' hurt the Portland Trailblaziers?

I dont know. No t a blazer fan but I bet a lot. He is an all star. But Wes Matthews is playing good and he always have good games when Brandon Roy is out.


Thanks Travis for the chat.






PRO B Club BSV Wulfen Add Tony White - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
BSV Wulfen was able to land Tony White (183-G-88, college: Charleston) on the last day before the end of the trading deadline. White is a 22 year old 183cm guard from Knoxville, Tennessee. He is a rookie having started his basketball career with Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (Germany-ProB). He played four games averaging 8,8ppg, 1,0rpg and 3,5apg. His best game was scoring 14 points in 30 minutes against Vechta. He started his basketball career at Charleston (NCAA) and played there from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 34 games: 12.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 79.5%. Some achievements that he has gotten so far in his young career have been Southern Conf. South Division Regular Season Runner-Up -07, 10, Southern Conf. Tournament Finalist -07, 09, Southern Conf. Tournament Semifinals -08, 10, All-Southern Conf. 3rd Team -08, Southern Conf. South Division Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -09, Southern Conf. All-Tournament 1st Team -09, and Southern Conf. All-Tournament 2nd Team -10.

Source: BSV Wulfen






The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Replace Richard Chaney With John Allen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven didnt waste any time finding a replacement for the departed Richard Chaney (196-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Troy) by getting John Allen (194-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Seton Hall). The three month short term contract of Richard Chaney (196-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Troy) wasnt renewed. Chaney was averaging 4,9ppg, 3,4rpg and 1,3apg in 16 minutes. Allen is a 28 year old 194cm shooting guard/small forward from Coatesville. This season he played for Karhu Kauhajoki (Finland-Korisliiga) where he was averaging 17,3ppg, 7,0rpg and 2,8apg. He is a swingman who can be a huge problem for lots of defenses; can deliver some driving dunks and also display a deft shooting touch from the perimeter; this double dimension make him a very tough player to guard. 'Johjn brings a lot of experience. He is a scorer, can defend and can play many positions. He is a very complete player and I hope that he can help us in the second half of the season', stated Eisbaeren coach Douglas Spradley (agency: Limelight Hoops ). Allen played at Seton Hall (NCAA) from 2001-2005. In his senior year he played 28 games: 11.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.3%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 79.3%. He started his professional basketball caeer in Finland in 2005 for Kouvolan Kouvot (Finland-Korisliiga): 44 games: 19.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 81.9%. In 2006-2007, he played for Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan (Israel-Premier League): 27 games: 15.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 46.3%, FT: 81.5%. In 2007-2008, he went to Braunschweig for the first time playing 34 games: 13.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 75.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for Strasbourg IG (France-ProA, starting five): 31 games: 8.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 84.7%. Last season, he returned to the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 32 games: 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 22.0%, FT: 67.9%.

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven




Dane Watts (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) Postgame Thoughts To 74-70 Win Against Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. Lasts eason, he played for The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. He returns to Tuebingen for the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He sat down with eurobasket afte rthe 74-70 win against Alba Berlin.

Congrats on the 74-70 win against 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin. This was a very important game for The Walter Tigers Tuebingen. The club stepped up very focused. Did Igor Perovic give the perfect pep talk before the game?

It was a VERY important game of us as a team, we have let some games slip away from us at home and were in the middle of a 3 game losing streak. It is a new year and we wanted to start off on a positive note and get some momentum going. Igor told us to be confident and know that we are a good team that can beat anyone.


Tuebingen got off to a strong start led 11-5 and continued to lead into halftime 38-35. Do you think that Alba Berlin was a bit surprised by the strong play of Tuebingen?

We beat them last year here in a similar type game and I know that Tubingen has played them tough in the years previous so I think they knew it would be a tough game.

Alba Berlin started the third quarter with a 18-5 run to lead by 11 points. What was key in this run that Alba Berlin was able to momentarily pull away?

We made a couple bad plays on the offensive end and they made us pay. To beat a team like Alba you need to play a solid game for close to 40 minutes, thankfully we were able to regroup and get back in the game.

There were three lead changes in the fourth quarter until Tuebingen pulled away at 64-64 with a 5-0 run. Did Tuebingen just have the better nerves on this day?

I think that we made the plays we needed to win down the stretch, we were getting steals, attacking the basket and coming up with big rebounds. We needed to win.

Did you get a bit nervous at the end as Marko Marinovic nailed two three pointers?

He was hitting some tough shots all night, our team stepped up at the FT line to seal the game.

Tuebingen didnt shoot well from outside, but had a lot of production from their big men. Will this win and play of the big men Kashirov and Wiliams carry over into the next games?

I hope so, Kenny stepped up for us and had a great game, Kashirov is still getting over some sickness but gave us some big minutes and big buckets inside. For us to continue success in the new year we need production from all our players like this.

How much will Brandon Roy sidelined 'indefinitely'hurt the Portland Trailblaziers?

It is tough when you lose your superstar but they still have good players. Sometimes when you lose your go to guy, the rest of the team shares the burden and can even play better.

How much do you feel for ex Creighton players losing a job like Joe Dabbert just did. Do you think that he will resurface in the BEKO BBL this season?

It is a tough business and I always feel for someone when they get released, this is how we support ourselves, family, etc. It hits home a little more when you know someone like Joe, he is a good guy and good player. I don't know if it will be in the BBL this season but he will land on his feet somewhere.

Thanks Dane for the chat.


Aaron Cook commits to Cuxhaven BasCats - by Moritz Korff
The Cuxhaven BasCats (2. Bundesliga Pro A) are hoping to have finally found the playmaker they were desperately looking for since the start of the season. The first choice Brock Gillespie (185-G-82, college: Rice) turned out not to be the one, Michael Gardener (182-G-81, college: SE Louisiana) left after only a couple of games played. From now on it's up to Aaron Cook (186-G-83, college: Hartford) to make the Cuxhaven coaching staff happy. The 27-year-old guard has agreed to terms with the BasCats and has made quite an impact during the practice sessions, according the club's website.
Cook graduated from the University of Hartford (NCAA1) in 2006. Following his college career he joined the Butte Daredevils (CBA) and gained international experience the next season, when he spent some time in Poland and Sweden. In February 2010 Cook landed a spot on the roster of the Vermont Frost Heaves. He had 17 PBL appearances for the team, while averaging 10.9 points, 4.1 boards and 3.1 assists per contest.


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Savvas Iliadis returns to Iraklis - by Giorgos Diploidis
Savvas Iliadis (192-G-79) will be the new player of Iraklis Thessaloniki. The experienced shooting guard although he is not American will replace Terrell Everett (193-G-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Oklahoma). The last one was released before Christmas and the team of Thessaloniki was looking for a combo guard to play instead of him. Finally because any appropriate foreigner was not found Iliadis was the solution.

Iliadis has many experiences from the blue and white shirt because he played in the team of 'Giraios' for three seasons (2002-2005). The season 2003-04 it was great for him he had an average of 18.8 points and 3.9ribaounds maybe in the best year of his career so far.
The player will sign his contract today (04/01) and Iraklis Thessaloniki will try to reach the papers that are needed to play on Wednesday against AEK



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


Hapoel Holon tab Eric Campbell - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Holon have agreed on terms of contract with Eric Campbell (199-F-76, agency: SportsTalent, college: Spring Hill). The 34-year-old forward started the season in France. He showed solid stats playing for ASVEL. In Euroleague Eric Campbell tallied 5.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game. In ProA the forward notched 6.1 points, 4.2 boards and 1.0 assist per appearance. Eric Campbell used to play for Hapoel Holon back in 2007/08 season. He produced 11.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game then. Eric Campbell also had spells for Elitzur Qiryat Ata and Hapoel Ironi Nahariya in Israel. He made it into Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team back in 2004. Eric Campbell also was named into Israeli League All-Defensive Team in 2008.


Trade talk: Latest on Kings' Casspi, Landry - by Eurobasket News
DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) isn't the only young Sacramento King generating trade interest.

Stein Line HQ favorite Omri Casspi (6'9''-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) is also the subject of trade calls Sacramento is fielding, sources close to the situation say.

The major difference, of course, is that Cousins has been deemed an untouchable by the Kings while Casspi depending on the quality of the offers is a legit candidate to be moved before the Feb. 24 trading deadline.

Among the teams that have registered interest in the NBAs first-ever Israeli: Chicago and New York.

The Bulls, in particular, like Casspi not only for his ability to shoot but also his experience in pressure situations after playing at the highest levels of the Euroleague with Maccabi Tel-Aviv as well as his defensive potential, believing that the energetic swingman would develop nicely on D under the guidance of Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. The bonus: Casspi is shooting 40 percent from 3-point range this season up from 36.9 percent as a rookie to further squelch his pre-draft rep as a non-shooter.

Yet there are obstacles for interested parties. Casspi is also a favorite of Kings co-owners Joe and Gavin Maloof. Sources say Sacramento, furthermore, would likely insist on attaching a long-term contract from the Kings' roster (such as Francisco Garcia's) for the right to acquire Casspi, whos earning a bargain $1.25 million this season. That could dissuade both the Bulls and the Knicks, with New York especially mindful of preserving salary-cap space for the summer.

Its likewise true, from the Bulls perspective, that Casspi would give them another shooter but cant really be classified as a shooting guard, which is the position Chicago has been openly looking to upgrade with Ronnie Brewer and Keith Bogans as its current primary options.

The Chicago Tribune reported earlier this week that the Bulls have also expressed interested in Rockets guard Courtney Lee, who earns a similar salary ($1.35 million) to Casspi's. The shooting guards previously linked with Chicago Denvers J.R. Smith ($6.8 million), Charlottes Stephen Jackson (in the first season of a three-year, $28 million extension) and Memphis O.J. Mayo ($4.5 million) have all been all pricier.

Sources say Kings forward Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, college: Purdue), meanwhile, is highly unlikely to re-sign in Sacramento, increasing the likelihood that the Kings move the unhappy forward before the Feb. 24 trading deadline to guard against losing him without salvaging something from the trade that cost them Kevin Martin.

One source close to the situation said Landry, as a result, is the most likely King to be moved before the deadline.

Earning a modest $3 million in the final year of his current contract, Landry was a prime piece of the package that the Kings received last February when they sent Martin to Houston in a three-team deal that also landed Tracy McGrady in New York.

But Landrys production has dipped dramatically from last season when he quietly emerged as one of the most reliable fourth-quarter scorers in the league while Martin (averaging 23.3 points and shooting 43.6 percent on 3s in just 31.5 minutes per game) is scoring with career-best efficiency in Houston.

Courtesy of ESPN


David Blu Will Host His First Radio Sports Show - by David Pick
Maccabi Tel-Aviv and national Israeli star forward, David Blu, will begin his post basketball journey tomorrow as he fulfills his dream of becoming a professional sportscaster, as he is expected to host his first very own radio sports talk show.

The former USC player and Europe's best sharpshooter, has no intentions of retiring from the game just yet, however, he will be in Jerusalem studios tomorrow (Tuesday) night, in order to take his first professional step of being on the other side of the microphone. The show will air at 20:00-21:00 pm local Israeli time and 13:00-14:00 pm EST.

'One of my dreams after playing basketball is to become and broadcaster for ESPN so I know that this will be a good opportunity for me', Blu told Eurobasket.com. 'Hosting the show could be a great learning experience for me and I'm really looking forward to it'.

Blu will host a one hour talk show which can be listened to LIVE around the world through the internet. The radio station that will air the show is called 'Israel Sports Radio', and is the only online American sports radio station in the Middle East. The California native will talk about the local Israeli basketball league, Euroleague competition, NBA and of course, American football. Listeners can call in or chat with Blu and ask him questions live at any time.

'We are very excited to have David host his own show at our station', said Andrew Gershman, one of the station founders that will co-host the show along with Blu. 'We wanted David to come on the show for a long time and we are glad to finally have him join the ride. I would like to thank Maccabi Tel-Aviv management and PR department for all their help and assistance. I'm sure it's going be a great night with lots of sports'.

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Premier League Round 12: Maccabi Rishon defeats Maccabi Ashdod in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Premier League round 12 closest game took place in Rishon Le-Zion between Maccabi Rishon and Maccabi Ashdod. Seventh ranked Maccabi Rishon (5-6) got a very close home victory over second-best Maccabi Ashdod (7-5). Maccabi Rishon managed to escape with a 1-point win 78-77 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maccabi Ashdod. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 24-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Maccabi Rishon dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Ashdod's 24. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Dwayne Mitchell (194-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Aaron McGhee (202-79, college: Oklahoma) who added 18 points during the contest. Maccabi Rishon's coach Effi Birnbaum used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American power forward Josh Duncan (204-86) with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Maccabi Rishon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hapoel Holon. Newly promoted Maccabi Ashdod keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Galil Gilboa and Hapoel J-M. Maccabi Rishon is looking forward to face league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Maccabi Ashdod will play on the road against Hapoel Holon and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Jerusalem. One of their biggest challengers host Hapoel J-M (7-5) lost to first ranked Maccabi T-A (11-1) 84-73. The winners were led by American guard Doron Perkins (188-83, college: Santa Clara) who scored that evening 22 points and 8 rebounds and Jeremy Pargo supported him with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 20 points and 4 assists by American guard Jason Rich (191-86) did not help to save the game for Hapoel J-M. Maccabi T-A have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-1 record. Hapoel J-M at the other side dropped to the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Galil Gilboa and Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi T-A will play against Maccabi Rishon (#7) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round where they are favorite. Hapoel J-M will play on the road against Galil Gilboa (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Maccabi Haifa managed to get a third victory, breaking the six-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Elitzur Netanya 91-83. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Frank Robinson who scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Romeo Travis who recorded 24 points and 7 rebounds. Maccabi Haifa (3-7) moved-up to ninth place. Loser Elitzur Netanya keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Maccabi Haifa will meet bottom-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#10) on the road in the next round. Elitzur Netanya will play against Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon and hope to secure a win.
The game in Holon was quite interesting. Sixth ranked Hapoel Holon (5-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Bnei Hasharon (6-6). Hapoel Holon did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 86-69. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for Robert Hite who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Hapoel Holon's coach Danny Franco allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Holon maintains sixth position with 5-6 record, which they share with Maccabi Rishon. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Hapoel Holon's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Maccabi Ashdod at home and it may be quite challenging game. Bnei Hasharon will play against Elitzur Netanya.

In the last game of round 12 Galil Gilboa won against Ironi Ashkelon on the opponent's court 80-76.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 7 rebounds by Rahshon Turner of Ironi Ashkelon.


Ironi Ashkelon - Galil Gilboa 76-80

Very expected game when 10th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (3-9) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Galil Gilboa (7-5) 80-76. Ironi Ashkelon was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 24-9 charge of Galil Gilboa, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Ironi Ashkelon turnovers. It was a good game for international guard Dagan Yavzuri (193-85) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. International guard Gal Mekel (195-88, college: Wichita St.) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. American forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fairleigh Dickinson, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) replied with 25 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) and his fellow American import guard Desmon Farmer (195-81, college: USC) added 19 points and 7 assists in the effort for Ironi Ashkelon. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel J-M and Maccabi Ashdod. Ironi Ashkelon lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Galil Gilboa's next round opponent will be Hapoel J-M (#3) in Jerusalem, which may be the game of the day. Ironi Ashkelon will play at home against Maccabi Haifa (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: D.Yavzuri 21+9reb+2ast, G.Mekel 16+5reb+7ast, J.McClinton 12+1reb+2ast, W.Carter 11+2reb+1ast, T.Wilkerson 9+9reb+1ast, R.Green 8+2reb+2ast
Ironi Ashkelon: R.Turner 25+7reb+2ast, D.Farmer 19+3reb+7ast, T.Terrell 8+10reb+2ast, E.Ibekwe 8+10reb+1ast, D.Hagag 8+1reb+6ast, G.Porat 5+2reb+3ast
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Hapoel Holon - Bnei Hasharon 86-69

The game in Holon was quite interesting. Sixth ranked Hapoel Holon (5-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Bnei Hasharon (6-6). Hapoel Holon did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 86-69. Hapoel Holon made 33-of-41 charity shots (80.5 percent) during the game, while Bnei Hasharon only scored eleven points from the stripe. 29 personal fouls committed by Bnei Hasharon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for guard Robert Hite (188-84, college: Miami (FL)) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Forward Rich Melzer (203-79, college: Wisc.-RiverFal., agency: Court Side) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Five Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon's coach Danny Franco allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Lee Nailon (204-75, college: TCU) replied with 25 points and 8 rebounds and guard Ronald Steele (188-86, college: Alabama, agency: SportsTalent) added 14 points and 5 assists in the effort for Bnei Hasharon. Hapoel Holon maintains sixth position with 5-6 record, which they share with Maccabi Rishon. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Hapoel Holon's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Maccabi Ashdod at home and it may be quite challenging game. Bnei Hasharon will play against Elitzur Netanya.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: R.Melzer 22+5reb+1ast, R.Hite 22+7reb+3ast, K.Powell 17+9reb, A.Ben David 10+9reb+2ast, L.Segev 10+8ast, N.Cohen 5+4reb
Bnei Hasharon: L.Nailon 25+8reb+1ast, R.Steele 14+4reb+5ast, D.Grunfeld 14+7reb+2ast, B.Rice 5+2reb+1ast, F.Rivera 4+1reb+2ast, M.Baston 4+3reb
gschID: 105475


Maccabi Haifa - Elitzur Netanya 91-83

Bottom-ranked Maccabi Haifa managed to get a third victory, breaking the six-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Elitzur Netanya 91-83. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 50-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Maccabi Haifa especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Frank Robinson (193-84, college: Cal.St. Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) who recorded 24 points and 7 rebounds and guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) added 18 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi Haifa (3-7) moved-up to ninth place. Loser Elitzur Netanya keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Maccabi Haifa will meet bottom-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#10) on the road in the next round. Elitzur Netanya will play against Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: F.Robinson 25+6reb+4ast, M.Killingsworth 19+5reb+1ast, S.Landesberg 17+4reb+3ast, E.Kadir 10+8reb+7ast, D.Low 8+3reb+3ast, B.Rothbart 8+6reb
Elitzur Netanya: R.Travis 24+7reb+1ast, A.Banks 18+3ast, T.Washam 15+3reb+1ast, U.Gur 10+2reb+3ast, E.Asante Asare 7+3reb+3ast, E.Brown 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 105476


Hapoel J-M - Maccabi T-A 73-84

The game between Top Four teams took place in Jerusalem. One of their biggest challengers host Hapoel J-M (7-5) lost to first ranked Maccabi T-A (11-1) 84-73. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. Hapoel J-M managed to win second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A outrebounded Hapoel J-M 38-18 including a 30-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American guard Doron Perkins (188-83, college: Santa Clara) who scored that evening 22 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) supported him with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 20 points and 4 assists by American guard Jason Rich (191-86) did not help to save the game for Hapoel J-M. International guard Yogev Ohayon (189-87, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-1 record. Hapoel J-M at the other side dropped to the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Galil Gilboa and Maccabi Ashdod. Maccabi T-A will play against Maccabi Rishon (#7) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round where they are favorite. Hapoel J-M will play on the road against Galil Gilboa (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Perkins 22+8reb+3ast, S.Schortsanitis 15+5reb, J.Pargo 13+6reb+8ast, T.Burstein 10+2reb+1ast, G.Pnini 8+1ast, L.Eliyahu 6+5reb
Hapoel J-M: J.Rich 20+4ast, S.Clancy 15+5reb, M.Mizrahi 11+2reb, Y.Ohayon 11+3reb+7ast, W.Solomon 7+1reb+5ast, D.Dowell 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 105477


Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi Ashdod 78-77

Premier League round 12 closest game took place in Rishon Le-Zion between Maccabi Rishon and Maccabi Ashdod. Seventh ranked Maccabi Rishon (5-6) got a very close home victory over second-best Maccabi Ashdod (7-5). Maccabi Rishon managed to escape with a 1-point win 78-77 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maccabi Ashdod. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 24-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Maccabi Rishon dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Ashdod's 24. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Dwayne Mitchell (194-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Aaron McGhee (202-79, college: Oklahoma) who added 18 points during the contest. Maccabi Rishon's coach Effi Birnbaum used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American power forward Josh Duncan (204-86) with 22 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Meir Tapiro (194-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. Maccabi Rishon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hapoel Holon. Newly promoted Maccabi Ashdod keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Galil Gilboa and Hapoel J-M. Maccabi Rishon is looking forward to face league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Maccabi Ashdod will play on the road against Hapoel Holon and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: D.Mitchell 20+5reb+6ast, A.McGhee 18+2reb+3ast, N.Hanochi 15+2reb+1ast, I.Swann 9+3reb+6ast, Y.Orland 8+5reb+2ast, R.Morgan 4+2reb+1ast
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Duncan 22+9reb+1ast, R.Bradley 19+2reb+6ast, J.Carter 12+2reb, M.Tapiro 12+9reb+6ast, J.Martin 9, O.Eytan 2+2reb
gschID: 105473




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  ITALY   


Drozdov's 26 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old guard Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Vanoli Cremona and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had the game-high 26 points adding five rebounds and three assists for Vanoli CR in his team's victory, helping them to crush Benetton TV (#13, 5-7) with 19-point margin 91-72. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Vanoli CR is placed at 9th position in Italian league. Vanoli CR is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-6 record. In the team's last game Drozdov had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Vanoli CR's top player in his first season with the team. Artur Drozdov averages this season 12.8ppg and 6.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, agency: Priority Sports) of CS Bologna. He is American forward in his first season at CS Bologna. In the last game Winston recorded impressive 26 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as CS Bologna lost that game 80-92 to the higher-ranked Montepaschi (#1, 11-1). This loss caused CS Bologna to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Winston is a newcomer at CS Bologna and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#3). He also registered 4.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86) of Sutor Montegranaro (#7). Ivanov scored 27 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Fabi Shoes, leading his team to a 83-80 win against the lower-ranked Banca Tercas (#15, 3-9). Fabi Shoes needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 6 lost games. Ivanov has a great season in Italy. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.4rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Phil Goss (186-G-83) of Cimberio VA - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Eric Williams (206-C-84) of Pepsi Caserta - 16 points and 10 rebounds
6. Othello Hunter (203-F-86) of Dinamo Sassari - 22 points and 7 rebounds
7. Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90) of Lottomatica - 20 points and 7 rebounds
8. Edgar Sosa (188-G-88) of Angelico BI - 26 points and 3 assists
9. Kristoffer Lang (211-F/C-79) of Enel Brindisi - 15 points and 4 rebounds
10. Bobby Dixon (178-G-83) of Enel Brindisi - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 8 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)


Slay's double-double lands him Lega2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old forward Tamar Slay (204-F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Umana Reyer Venezia and receives a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed Snaidero UD (#2, 10-3) with 17-point margin 94-77. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Umana Reyer to consolidate first place in the Italian Lega2. Umana Reyer has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 12-1. In the team's last game Slay had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Umana Reyer's top player in his first season with the team. Tamar Slay averages this season 15.5ppg and 6.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Joseph Crispin (186-G-79, agency: Interperformances) of Sigma Barcellona. He is American guard in his first season at Barcellona. In the last game Crispin recorded impressive 31 points and 9 assists. It was enough for Barcellona to edge the lower-ranked Assigeco (#12, 5-8) by 3 points 95-92. This victory allowed Barcellona to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 9-4 record is not bad at all. Crispin is a newcomer at Barcellona and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.8ppg (#1). He also recorded 4.3 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group) of Fastweb Junior Casale Monferrato (#3). Fantoni scored 18 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Fastweb CM, leading his team to a 97-93 win against the lower-ranked Tezenis Verona (#15, 3-10). Fastweb CM needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 4 lost games. Fantoni has a very solid season. In 12 games in Italy he scored 15.0ppg. He also has 7.3rpg and FGP: 57.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kiki Clark (173-G-84) of Umana Reyer - 33 points and 5 assists
5. Terrence Roderick (195-G/F-88) of Immobiliare SR - 33 points and 5 rebounds
6. Clint Cotis Harrison (194-G-76) of Snaidero UD - 30 points
7. Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83) of Forli - 19 points and 10 rebounds
8. Gerald Lee (208-F-87) of Snaidero UD - 15 points and 12 rebounds
9. Demian Filloy (198-F-82) of Immobiliare SR - 13 points and 10 rebounds
10. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84) of Aget Imola - 24 points and 7 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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  JAPAN   


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 20-2 
 2. Sendai 89ers 12-8 
 3. Niigata Albirex 10-10 
 4. Akita 8-14 
 5. Saitama Bron. 7-15 
 6. Tokyo Apache 6-6 
 7. Toyama Grouses 6-14 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 17-5 
 2. Fukuoka Rizing 15-9 
 3. Shiga Lakestars 14-8 
 4. Okinawa GK 14-10 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 12-12 
 6. Oita H.Devils 9-13 
 7. Shimane 8-14 
 8. Takamatsu FA 6-14 
 9. Miyazaki 6-16 


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  LATVIA   


Finland U16 open Baltic Sea Cup with victory - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16 - Latvia U16 70:68

Finland victoriously opened the Baltic Sea Basketball Cup in Tallinn. They held off Latvian counterparts in the opener. Oskar Michelsen (195-F-95) knocked down 14 points to lead the winners.
Finland and Latvia stayed close in the opening frame. The Finnish team eked out a 20:19 lead after ten minutes. They however started to get away in the second term. Finland arrived at halftime up by three points 39:36. Latvia managed just 14 points in the third term allowing Finland to clear off. The Finnish team accumulated a 7-point lead heading into the fourth term. Latvia went on a fierce comeback effort in the final stanza but fell just short of victory at the end. Leo Tarjanne accounted for 11 points for Finland. Miikka Mikkonen and Ville Hanninen added 10 points each in the win. Kristaps Plavnieks (175-G-95) replied with 16 points for Latvia. Davis Geks (182-G-95) finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Finland U16: Oskar Michelsen 14, Leo Tarjanne 11
Latvia U16: Kristaps Plavnieks 16, Davis Geks 13



Derek Willjam joins Barons - by Eurobasket News
Barons made an important signing. They landed Derek Willjam (185-G-85, college: SMU) for the reminder of the season. Derek Willjam started the season in VEF Riga. It was the first pro contract for the 25-year-old guard. He tallied 12.5 points, 2.2 assists and 1.5 boards per EuroCup game. In Baltic League Derek Willjam averaged 7.3 points, 3.1 assists and 1.7 rebounds. In VTB League his stats read 9.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.2 boards per appearance. VEF Riga decided to part ways with the guard in December. Derek Willjam has already started training with his new team. He is expected to play for Barons against Ventspils on January 5.


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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Kieza, Juventus19.2 
 2. Ruikis, Neptunas18.8 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis18.1 
 4. Viskontas, Perlas17.4 
 5. Volkus, Techasas17.3 
 6. Dimsa, Nevezis16.3 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.4 
 8. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris15.3 
 9. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.8 
 10. Gvezdauskas, Siauliai14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Kieza, Juventus12.3 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai10.5 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.9.3 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.6 
 5. Zelionis, Rudupis7.5 
 6. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.3 
 7. Silinskis, Techasas7.1 
 8. Vasylius, Neptunas6.9 
 9. Klimavicius, Zalgiris6.7 
 10. Janisius, Sakalai6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis5.9 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.5 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.4 
 4. Collins, Zalgiris5.0 
 5. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.6 
 6. Dainys, Rudupis4.5 
 7. Janavicius, Siauliai4.5 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.5 
 9. Ezerskis, Techasas4.2 
 10. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Valdas VASYLIUS
  Neptunas
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Vasylius, Neptunas2.4 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.3 
 3. Viskontas, Perlas2.2 
 4. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.1 
 5. Ruikis, Neptunas2.0 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis2.0 
 7. El-Amin, Lietuvos.2.0 
 8. Valukonis, Techasas2.0 
 9. Juskevicius, Rudupis2.0 
 10. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Techasas
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Silinskis, Techasas2.6 
 2. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.2.1 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.4 
 6. Volkus, Techasas1.3 
 7. Galdikas, Neptunas1.1 
 8. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.0 
 9. Zelionis, Rudupis1.0 
 10. Sarakauskas, Siauliai0.8 


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


Martynas Andriukaitis joins Politekhnika-Halychyna - by Deividas Valiunas
Politekhnika-Halychyna made an important signing. They landed Martynas Andriukaitis (204-F-81, agency: 011 Sports) for the reminder of the season. Martynas Andriukaitis started the season in APOEL. He tallied 10 points, 2.5 assists and 5.5 boards per Cyprus game. In Eurocup Andriukaitis averaged 4 points and 3 rebounds.
Forward also used to play in Alytus Alita, B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas, JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket, ASK Riga, BC Donetsk and Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk.




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  MEXICO   


Hornsby number one in Mexican LNBP for round 36 - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-F/C-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Huracanes de Tampico, receiving a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Titanes (#16, 8-27) with 28-point margin 95-67. Huracanes is placed at 8th position in Mexican LNBP. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Huracanes will need more victories to improve their 22-14 record. Hornsby turned to be Huracanes' top player in his first season with the team. Former Troy University star has very solid stats this year. Hornsby is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.6ppg) and averages impressive 52.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Derrick Bunton (191-G-82) of Abejas. Bunton had a very good evening with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Abejas cruised to a 100-92 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Jaguares (#17, 2-31). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Abejas keeps 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-23 record. Bunton is a newcomer at Abejas, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Larry Morinia (180-G-80, agency: ProSportsCareers) of Volcanes de Toluca (#18). Morinia got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. Despite Morinia's great performance Volcanes lost 83-101 to the higher-ranked Soles (#10, 21-15). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Volcanes can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-34 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Morinia he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Morinia has individually a great season in Mexico. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.5ppg (3rd best). Morinia attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Jackson (202-F-82) of Lechugueros - 12 points and 12 rebounds
5. Brandon Robinson (202-F-81) of Halc.Rojos - 21 points and 7 rebounds
6. Eric Martin (196-G/F-76) of Titanes - 28 points and 6 rebounds
7. Paul Stoll (178-G-85) of Halc.Rojos - 13 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80) of Halc.Rojos - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jonathan Maxwell (191-G-82) of Abejas - 24 points and 4 rebounds
10. Calvin Roland (208-C/F-83) of Volcanes - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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


LNBP: Regular season is over, Pioneros No.1 - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LNBP is over. 12 teams advanced to Playoff - Round One (check the schedule on top of the page).

LNBP round 36 closest game took place in Nuevo Laredo between Lechugueros and Toros. Eighth ranked Lechugueros (22-14) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Toros (25-11). Lechugueros managed to escape with a 1-point win 70-69 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Toros. Toros were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Jamaican guard Ricky Johns (193-85, college: Utah) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) who added 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized American forward Quentin Joseph (200-84, college: McNeese St.) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Lechugueros moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lobos Grises and Huracanes. Toros at the other side keep the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Halc.Rojos.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (26-10) against fifth ranked Halcones Rojos (25-11) on Wednesday night. Visiting Halcones UV Xalapa was defeated by fifth ranked Halcones Rojos (25-11) in Veracruz 95-82. The winners were led by Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU) who scored that evening 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Brandon Robinson supported him with 21 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Even 28 points (went 15 for 15 at the free throw line !!!) by Italian-Uruguayan guard Leandro Garcia Morales (186-80, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Halcones UV Xalapa. Halcones Rojos has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Toros. Halcones UV Xalapa at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost.
LNBP top team - Pioneros (27-9) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Potros (17-19) in Cancun 100-88. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Potros. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Jeremiah Dominguez who scored 21 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Sammy Monroe who recorded 24 points. Pioneros maintains first position with 27-9 record, which they share with Fuerza Regia. Loser Potros keep the eleventh place with 19 games lost.
Third ranked Fuerza Regia (27-9) crushed at home 14th ranked Abejas (13-23) by 51 points 129-78, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Michael Strobbe who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Fuerza Regia's coach Reginald Jordan felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fuerza Regia have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Pioneros. Abejas at the other side keep the fourteenth place with 23 games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 36: Abejas won against Jaguares on the opponent's court 100-92. Huracanes outscored Titanes in a home game 95-67. Soles managed to beat Volcanes on the road 101-83.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points and 9 rebounds by Robert Hornsby of Huracanes.


Halc.Rojos - Halc.Xalapa 95-82

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (26-10) against fifth ranked Halcones Rojos (25-11) on Wednesday night. Visiting Halcones UV Xalapa was defeated by fifth ranked Halcones Rojos (25-11) in Veracruz 95-82. Halcones UV Xalapa was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Halcones Rojos forced 19 Halcones UV Xalapa turnovers. Halcones UV Xalapa was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU) who scored that evening 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Brandon Robinson (202-81, college: Auburn, agency: Paris Global Sports) supported him with 21 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Four Halcones Rojos players scored in double figures. Even 28 points (went 15 for 15 at the free throw line !!!) by Italian-Uruguayan guard Leandro Garcia Morales (186-80, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Halcones UV Xalapa. American power forward Robert Traylor (204-77, college: Michigan) added 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Halcones Rojos has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Toros. Halcones UV Xalapa at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: L.Garcia Morales 28+3reb+2ast, J.Harris 16+2reb+3ast, R.Traylor 14+8reb, O.Mendez-Valdez 9+4reb+2ast, A.Parada 7+3reb, V.Mariscal 6+3reb+1ast
Halc.Rojos: J.Lloreda 21+5reb+4ast, B.Robinson 21+7reb, L.Hill 15+3reb+2ast, P.Stoll 13+2reb+10ast, C.Rivera 8+3reb+1ast, J.Aubry 7+9reb+2ast
gschID: 102601


Toros - Lechugueros 69-70

LNBP round 36 closest game took place in Nuevo Laredo between Lechugueros and Toros. Eighth ranked Lechugueros (22-14) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Toros (25-11). Lechugueros managed to escape with a 1-point win 70-69 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Toros. Toros were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Jamaican guard Ricky Johns (193-85, college: Utah) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) who added 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Lechugueros players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was naturalized American forward Quentin Joseph (200-84, college: McNeese St.) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Anthony Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) scored 20 points. Lechugueros moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lobos Grises and Huracanes. Toros at the other side keep the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Halc.Rojos.
Top scorers:
Toros: A.Rougeau 20+2reb+3ast, B.Assie 16+6reb+1ast, Q.Joseph 13+12reb+1ast, A.Henning 8+3reb+4ast, A.Gomez 7+5reb+7ast, J.Hutchingson 3+3reb+1ast
Lechugueros: R.Johns 27+4reb, R.Moss 14+9reb+3ast, M.Jackson 12+12reb+1ast, M.Smith 10+10reb+1ast, J.Jenkins 4+2reb+2ast, E.Zuniga 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 102597


Fuerza Regia - Abejas 129-78

Third ranked Fuerza Regia (27-9) crushed at home 14th ranked Abejas (13-23) by 51 points 129-78, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Fuerza Regia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Abejas' 48. Fuerza Regia outrebounded Abejas 52-33 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 33 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Abejas' players. It was a good game for international forward Michael Strobbe (201-85) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Samuel Bowie (198-75, college: SE Louisiana) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. Fuerza Regia's coach Reginald Jordan felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Jonathan Maxwell (191-82) replied with 24 points and his fellow American import guard Dele Ojo (183-81, college: Pfeiffer) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Abejas. Fuerza Regia have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Pioneros. Abejas at the other side keep the fourteenth place with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Abejas: J.Maxwell 24+4reb+1ast, D.Ojo 20+6reb+1ast, D.Bunton 10+3reb+1ast, S.GARCIA 9+2reb+2ast, I.Anibal Rivera Solis 5+2reb, R.Elicerio 4+3reb
Fuerza Regia: S.Bowie 17+3reb+3ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 17+2reb+1ast, M.Strobbe 15+7reb+3ast, F.Del Angel 15+2reb, J.Smith 13+4reb+1ast, O.Stanley 12+4reb+1ast
gschID: 102598


Jaguares - Abejas 92-100

Rather expected game in Nayarit where 17th ranked Jaguares (2-31) were defeated by fourteenth ranked Abejas (13-23) 100-92. Jaguares were ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 31-21 third quarter run of Abejas. It was a good game for American guard Derrick Bunton (191-82, college: Huston-Tillotson) who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The other American import guard Jonathan Maxwell (191-82) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Erick Ortiz replied with 28 points and 6 rebounds and Bahamas power forward Christopher Turnquest (203-83, college: Miles CC) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Jaguares. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Abejas maintains fourteenth position with 13-23 record. Newly promoted Jaguares keep the seventeenth place with 31 games lost.
Top scorers:
Jaguares: E.Ortiz 28+6reb+2ast, C.Turnquest 17+6reb+2ast, J.Garcia 15+4reb+3ast, R.Cisneros 13+7reb+2ast, J.Carlos Amador 8+4reb+1ast, R.De Leon 7+2reb+4ast
Abejas: D.Bunton 30+5reb+2ast, J.Maxwell 23+4reb, O.CAVAZOS 21+2reb+1ast, R.Elicerio 10+1reb+1ast, D.Ojo 7+4reb+5ast, J.ORTIZ 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 102600


Huracanes - Titanes 95-67

Very predictable result in Tampico where ninth ranked Huracanes (22-14) smashed 16th ranked Titanes (8-27) 95-67. The game without a history. Huracanes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Titanes' players. It was a good game for American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Canadian-Jamaican forward Andrew Hunter (201-79, college: Sacred Heart, agency: SportsList Inc.) contributed with 19 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Huracanes players scored in double figures. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Naturalized American swingman Eric Martin (196-76) replied with 28 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and Jorge Perez added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Titanes. Huracanes has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lechugueros and Lobos Grises. Newly promoted Titanes keep the sixteenth position with 27 games lost.
Top scorers:
Titanes: E.Martin 28+6reb, C.Silva 15+3reb+1ast, J.Perez 11+5reb+3ast, R.Sandoval 6+2ast, E.Rios 3+6reb+1ast, A.Flores 2+2reb+1ast
Huracanes: R.Hornsby 24+9reb+3ast, A.Hunter 19+4reb, T.Bobbitt 12+2reb+3ast, O.Quintero 10+7ast, A.Fuqua 10+10reb+1ast, A.Wilder 6+2reb
gschID: 102594


Volcanes - Soles 83-101

Not a big story in a game in Toluca where 18th ranked Volcanes (2-34) were defeated by tenth ranked Soles (21-15) 101-83. The game without a history. Soles led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Volcanes' 40. Soles forced 22 Volcanes turnovers. It was a good game for American forward Terrance Thomas (198-80, college: Baylor) who led his team to a victory with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Hector Hernandez (206-85, college: Fresno St.) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Soles players scored in double figures. American guard Larry Morinia (180-80, college: Montana St., agency: ProSportsCareers) replied with 31 points and 4 steals and American-Barbados swingman Malcolm Connor (198-80, college: W.New Mexico) added 19 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Volcanes. Soles has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 21-15 record. Volcanes lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 34 lost games.
Top scorers:
Volcanes: L.Morinia 31+2reb+1ast, M.Connor 19+13reb+1ast, C.Roland 18+11reb+2ast, S.Torres 9+2reb, A.Velarde 6+3reb+4ast, F.Zimbron 0
Soles: H.Hernandez 17+7reb, M.Osimani 13+3reb+2ast, A.Pedroza 13+3reb+2ast, T.Thomas 13+7reb+4ast, V.Esquer 11+1reb+5ast, D.Davis 11+6reb+2ast
gschID: 102595


Pioneros - Potros 100-88

LNBP top team - Pioneros (27-9) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Potros (17-19) in Cancun 100-88. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Potros. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Pioneros shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Jeremiah Dominguez (168-85, college: Portland St.) who scored 21 points and 4 assists. Center Rammel Allen (210-79, college: Bridgeport) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) who recorded 24 points and forward Jamaal Thomas (202-80, college: Angelo St.) added 20 points respectively. Five Pioneros and four Potros players scored in double figures. Pioneros maintains first position with 27-9 record, which they share with Fuerza Regia. Loser Potros keep the eleventh place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Potros: S.Monroe 24+4reb+1ast, J.Thomas 20+2reb+2ast, G.James 11+7reb, K.Penn 10+7reb, F.Harris 9+1reb+4ast, S.Monreal 9+4ast
Pioneros: J.Dominguez 21+1reb+4ast, J.Sanchez 17+1reb+2ast, N.Brumfield 16+2reb+2ast, G.Grays 13+2reb+2ast, R.Allen 12+11reb+2ast, K.Young 12+6reb+2ast
gschID: 102596




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Phoenix Suns assign Garret Siler to NBA D-League affiliate Iowa Energy - by Eurobasket News
Phoenix Suns center Garret Siler (7'0''-C-86, college: Augusta St.) was assigned to the Iowa Energy, the Suns' NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today. The assignment marks the 25th time in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment for Siler, a rookie out of Augusta State.

Siler (6-11, 300) has appeared in six games this season for Phoenix, averaging 1.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 5.8 minutes. In the 2010 NBA Las Vegas Summer League, Siler shot 12-of-16 from the field in five games with the Miami Heat, averaging 6.6 points and 3.8 rebounds.

Phoenix signed Siler in September as an undrafted free agent. In 2009-10, Siler played 38 games with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds. Though four years at Augusta State, Siler averaged 12.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 121 games. For his college career, Siler shot 74.5 percent from the field, including a collegiate record 78.9 percent (225-of-285) as a senior.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Sunday's games (7) review - by Eurobasket News
Sacramento K. - Phoenix Suns 94-89
DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) scored 13 of his career-high 28 points in the fourth quarter to rally the struggling Sacramento Kings to a 94-89 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. Francisco Garcia (6'7''-F-81, college: Louisville) had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Omri Casspi (6'9''-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who closed with a 19-2 run. Carl Landry had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Sacramento won for the second time in three games and improved the NBA's worst record to 7-25. Steve Nash had 20 points and 12 assists for the Suns, but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. Vince Carter had 17 points and Marcin Gortat added 16. *Courtesy of www.csnbayarea.com

LA Lakers - Memphis G. 85-104
Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) scored 27 points, Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) added 21 points and eight rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies roared away in the second half for a 104-85 victory over the lifeless Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. O.J. Mayo scored 15 points for the Grizzlies, who bounced back from two losses to wrap up their three-game road trip with a stunningly easy blowout of the two-time defending champions. The Grizzlies made a 19-4 run in the third quarter to take a 17-point lead, and Los Angeles never threatened to get back in it despite a 21-point second half by Kobe Bryant. Bryant scored 28 points for the Lakers, who have lost three of their last four home games - all three by at least 16 points - and four of six overall. Los Angeles still leads the woeful Pacific Division by eight games, but the Lakers have looked decidedly average for most of the past two weeks. The Lakers made 20 turnovers and trailed by 26 points in the fourth quarter, eliciting loud boos from the Staples Center crowd. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Cleveland C. - Dallas M. 95-104
Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) scored 22 points and DeShawn Stevenson (6'5''-G-81, agency: Priority Sports) added 21, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 104-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. The Mavericks, playing without starting forwards Dirk Nowitzki and Caron Butler, used a balanced attack to break a three-game losing streak. Jason Terry scored 18 points, Tyson Chandler added 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Jason Kidd had 10 points and eight assists. The Cavaliers have lost seven straight and 17 of 18. Point guard Mo Williams returned after missing two games because of a strained hip. Cleveland played without two starters, center Anderson Varejao (broken cheekbone) and guard Daniel Gibson (bruised thigh). Antawn Jamison led Cleveland with a season-high 35 points, and Ramon Sessions added 19. Nowitzki, who missed his fourth straight game, leads the Mavericks in scoring at 24.1 points per game, while Butler is third at 15.0. The Mavericks didn't need either player Sunday. *Courtesy of www.newsnet5.com

Portland TB - Houston R. 100-85
LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88) added a season-high 21 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Houston Rockets 100-85 Sunday night for their eighth straight win at home. Patrick Mills had a career-high 14 points, five assists and five steals for Portland. Wesley Matthews added 14 and Marcus Camby had 13 rebounds and season-high eight assists. Kevin Martin had 15 points to lead the Rockets, who were held well below their season average of 106 points per game. Courtney Lee added 12 points. Luis Scola, Aaron Brooks and Chase Budinger each had 10. Portland, on its longest winning streak at home since a 12-game run from Jan. 24 to March 9, 2009, has struggled with injuries, most notably to All-Star Brandon Roy but is 12-3 at the Rose Garden this season. After a three-game road trip that begins Tuesday at Dallas, the Blazers will be back for nine of the next 11 at home. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

New York K. - Indiana P. 98-92
Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) scored 26 points, including six of New York's last seven points, and the Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers 98-92 Sunday. Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) had 25 points and 17 rebounds, and Darren Collison had 22 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Pacers, who lost for the fourth time in their last five games. The Knicks trailed 87-84 early in the fourth quarter, but Toney Douglas and Wilson Chandler each made a 3-pointer to give New York a 90-87 lead. Indiana's James Posey answered with a 3 of his own, but Raymond Felton made one of two free throws to give New York a 91-90 lead. The Knicks closed out the game on a pair of layups by Stoudemire and a jumper that made it 97-92. Felton added another free throw with 18.9 seconds remaining. With almost six minutes left in the game, Indiana's Brandon Rush drove for a right-handed layup but missed. As he lost his balance, his right shoulder collided with Danilo Gallinari's left knee. Gallinari did not return. A spokesman for the Knicks said that Gallinari had a sprained left knee. The Knicks avoided losing to a sub-.500 Pacers team after dropping a pair of games in Florida last week to the Heat and the Magic. *Courtesy of www.newsvine.com

LA Clippers - Atlanta H. 98-107
Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) and Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) regained their shooting touches just in time for the Atlanta Hawks, who appeared headed for another loss after shooting 37.1 percent in the first half and falling behind by as many as 16 points. Johnson scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter and Smith added 22, rallying the Hawks to a 107-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. Smith missed his first eight shots and finished 5 for 14. He ended his drought on a 3-pointer that trimmed Los Angeles' lead to 55-48 with 10:14 left in the third quarter and made two more clutch 3s 66 seconds apart down the stretch. 'It was like a tremendous weight off my shoulders,' Smith said of the first one. 'One thing about me is that I don't give up on myself. I believe in myself and my teammates believe in me. That's why they kept feeding me the ball, and I was able to knock down a couple of jumpers in the second half. I was open and my teammates got me the ball and I just stepped into my shots and let it go. In the first half, I was fading away.' Johnson, who returned to the lineup on Dec. 17 after missing nine games following right elbow surgery, was 7 for 20 from the field after going 18 of 51 over his previous three games. In Friday's loss at Oklahoma City, the four-time All-Star guard missed 14 of 20 attempts -- including all six from 3-point range. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Toronto R. - Boston C. 79-93
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) scored 30 points, Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) had 23 and the Boston Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 93-79 on Sunday night. Glenn Davis added 15 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists as Boston won for the 10th time in 11 meetings with Toronto. Pierce was disappointed with himself after scoring just 12 points and making a season-high six turnovers in Friday's 83-81 loss to New Orleans. He made up for that by hitting 10 of 15 shots, seven of eight free throws and grabbing seven rebounds to help Boston snap a two-game losing streak. DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Joey Dorsey had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Amir Johnson had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost 11 of their past 14. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com




Cavs have interest in Andray Blatche - by Eurobasket News
The News Herald reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers have made inquiries into trading for Wizards forward Andray Blatche (6'11''-C-86).

Its an interesting approach if they go down that road. The Cavaliers have Anderson Varejao and J.J. Hickson, though Hickson has fallen back into the riff-raff of the roster. Blatche would give them a legit starting power forward and possibly allow them to move Varejao who is seen as their most valuable trade asset in terms of player value at this point. The problem is Blatches attitude.

Blatche considers himself a star, even though hes nothing special on either end, with a decent mid-range jumper and some athleticism. Hes not a player you can build around and acquiring him means hes the first guy after LeBron you make a significant long-term investment in. Thats not how you want to start off your rebuilding process. Furthermore Mo Williams already sees himself as the top dog on the floor for the Cavs and Antawn Jamison is still on the roster, along with Hickson. Its hard to see what adding Blatche does for you other than create a logjam which would necessitate a trade, weakening your trade position and netting worse value.

But hey, its Dan Gilberts Comic Sans World, Cavs fans are just living in it.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com


Cavs recall Christian Eyenga - by Eurobasket News
The Cavaliers have recalled Christian Eyenga (6'7''-G-89) from the NBA Development League.

Eyenga appeared in 15 games for the Erie BayHawks (13 starts), averaging 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds. Over his last three games, he averaged 17.0 points and 7.3 rebounds.

The Cavs drafted Eyenga in the first round in 2009 because of his raw athleticism. Cavs coach Byron Scott wanted him to focus on his defense while at Erie, and Scott was pleased with the reports he was getting. The Cavs could use Eyenga, particularly if Mo Williams (hip) and Daniel Gibson (thigh) are unable to play tonight. Both missed Saturdays loss to the Chicago Bulls and will be game time decisions again tonight.

Courtesy of http://cavs.ohio.com


Trade talk: Latest on Kings' Casspi, Landry - by Eurobasket News
DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) isn't the only young Sacramento King generating trade interest.

Stein Line HQ favorite Omri Casspi (6'9''-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) is also the subject of trade calls Sacramento is fielding, sources close to the situation say.

The major difference, of course, is that Cousins has been deemed an untouchable by the Kings while Casspi depending on the quality of the offers is a legit candidate to be moved before the Feb. 24 trading deadline.

Among the teams that have registered interest in the NBAs first-ever Israeli: Chicago and New York.

The Bulls, in particular, like Casspi not only for his ability to shoot but also his experience in pressure situations after playing at the highest levels of the Euroleague with Maccabi Tel-Aviv as well as his defensive potential, believing that the energetic swingman would develop nicely on D under the guidance of Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. The bonus: Casspi is shooting 40 percent from 3-point range this season up from 36.9 percent as a rookie to further squelch his pre-draft rep as a non-shooter.

Yet there are obstacles for interested parties. Casspi is also a favorite of Kings co-owners Joe and Gavin Maloof. Sources say Sacramento, furthermore, would likely insist on attaching a long-term contract from the Kings' roster (such as Francisco Garcia's) for the right to acquire Casspi, whos earning a bargain $1.25 million this season. That could dissuade both the Bulls and the Knicks, with New York especially mindful of preserving salary-cap space for the summer.

Its likewise true, from the Bulls perspective, that Casspi would give them another shooter but cant really be classified as a shooting guard, which is the position Chicago has been openly looking to upgrade with Ronnie Brewer and Keith Bogans as its current primary options.

The Chicago Tribune reported earlier this week that the Bulls have also expressed interested in Rockets guard Courtney Lee, who earns a similar salary ($1.35 million) to Casspi's. The shooting guards previously linked with Chicago Denvers J.R. Smith ($6.8 million), Charlottes Stephen Jackson (in the first season of a three-year, $28 million extension) and Memphis O.J. Mayo ($4.5 million) have all been all pricier.

Sources say Kings forward Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, college: Purdue), meanwhile, is highly unlikely to re-sign in Sacramento, increasing the likelihood that the Kings move the unhappy forward before the Feb. 24 trading deadline to guard against losing him without salvaging something from the trade that cost them Kevin Martin.

One source close to the situation said Landry, as a result, is the most likely King to be moved before the deadline.

Earning a modest $3 million in the final year of his current contract, Landry was a prime piece of the package that the Kings received last February when they sent Martin to Houston in a three-team deal that also landed Tracy McGrady in New York.

But Landrys production has dipped dramatically from last season when he quietly emerged as one of the most reliable fourth-quarter scorers in the league while Martin (averaging 23.3 points and shooting 43.6 percent on 3s in just 31.5 minutes per game) is scoring with career-best efficiency in Houston.

Courtesy of ESPN


Mavericks recall Jones from Legends - by Eurobasket News
The Dallas Mavericks announced Sunday that they have recalled guard Dominique Jones (6'4''-G-88, college: S.Florida) from the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.

Jones was originally the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Mavericks acquired his rights from Memphis in exchange for cash considerations in a draft day trade.

Jones was assigned to the Texas Legends on Nov. 30 and played 10 games with the club. He averaged 18.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 37.5 minutes. He shot 43.6% from the field, 38.5% from 3-point range and 85.9% from the free throw line.

With Dallas, Jones has played in nine games and has averages of 0.9 points, 0.6 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 6.2 minutes.

Courtesy of http://realgm.com


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Nigerian Ekene Ibekwe appears for the Dragons again - by Eurobasket News
Nigerian Ekene Ibekwe (206-F-85, college: Maryland) appears for the Dragons again after playing for some time in Israel. The year 2010-2011 he started with Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five), then moved to Ironi Ashkelon (Israel-Premier League, starting five).
He had 12 points and 7 rebounds as his fifth ranked Artland Dragons (11-6) beat 10th ranked TBB Trier (9-9) in Quakenbrueck 80-65 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Artland Dragons. TBB Trier managed to win fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Artland Dragons will face EnBW Ludwigsburg (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TBB Trier will play against BG Goettingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
In Israel the player had 4.0 points per game and 2.5 rebounds. In the game versus Maccabi T-A Ekene Ibekwe had 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks.




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Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Barcelos 7-1 
 2. Fisica 7-2 
 3. Sangalhos 7-2 
 4. Angra 6-2 
 5. Galitos FC 6-2 
 6. Electrico FC 4-5 
 7. Povoa 4-5 
 8. Terceira Basket 3-5 
 9. Guifoes 3-6 
 10. Maia Basket 2-6 
 11. Alges 2-7 
 12. Seixal 0-8 


Mike Williams in Benfica and JR Bradford Spencer in Ovarense - by Joao Santos
Sport Lisboa Benfica has signed a contract with Mike Williams. The player from Western Michigan, is 203 cm and was born in 1981. In the 2009/10 season he played in CE i Ciutat Basketball Province, Spain.

Ovarense Dolce Vita has signed a contract JR Bradford Spencer (193-G-84, agency: JEMsports, college: Jacksonville St.). A graduate of Jacksonville State University (NCAA I) - averages 15.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 27 games - JR Spencer debuted professionally in Spain, Beirasar Rosalia (LEB Silver), moving for months after Serbia, where he defended the colors of Rubin Krusevac. Followed Gornik (Poland), Antranik (Lebanon), Balneario Archena (LEB Bronze, Spain) and Avila (LEB Plata, Spain). The last club served by this athlete was Al Jeish Damascus (Syria).


Proliga Round 9 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The game in Ponte de Sor was quite interesting. Fifth ranked Sangalhos (7-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Electrico FC (4-5). Sangalhos defeated Electrico FC 76-60 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Sangalhos. Electrico FC managed to win fourth quarter 25-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Electrico FC to just 5 points in second quarter. Sangalhos forced 21 Electrico FC turnovers. It was a good game for swingman Emanuel Silva (188-79) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Luis Fonte (191-79) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Guard Joao Lanzinha (188-89) answered with 13 points and 5 rebounds for Electrico FC. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sangalhos moved-up to second place, which they share with Fisica. Electrico FC at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Povoa. Sangalhos is looking forward to face Maia Basket (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Electrico FC will play against the league's leader Barcelos (#1) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game between 10th ranked Alges (2-7) and second ranked Fisica (7-2) in Alges ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Torres Vedras outscored Alges 68-40. Swingman Amadeu Cordeiro (192-78) stepped up and scored 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Braima Freire chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Correia with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 18 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. Fisica has a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Barcelos, which they share with Sangalhos. Alges lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the tenth position with seven games lost. Fisica will play against Angrabasket (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Alges will play against Terceira Basket (#8) in Angra Heroismo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 9 Guifoes were beaten by Povoa on the road 72-68.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 15 points and 15 rebounds by Odair Conceicao of Guifoes.


Povoa - Guifoes 72-68

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Povoa and 9th ranked Guifoes had identical 3-5 record. This time Povoa used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Guifoes 72-68. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Guifoes won third quarter 25-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Povoa forced 23 Guifoes turnovers. Strangely Guifoes outrebounded Povoa 56-41 including 23 on the offensive glass. Guifoes were plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Nuno Oliveira (186-89) stepped up and scored 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and American forward Anthony jr. Oha (198-83, college: Prairie View A&M) chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Angolan forward Joao Gaspar (196-89) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds and naturalized Cape Verdean forward Odair Conceicao (197-84) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Guifoes' coach Rui Gomes tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Povoa (4-5) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Electrico FC. Guifoes lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the ninth position with six games lost. Povoa will play against bottom-ranked Seixal (#12) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Guifoes will play against Galitos FC in Barreiro and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Guifoes: O.Conceicao 15+15reb+1ast, M.Faria 13+1reb+1ast, J.Gaspar 12+17reb+2ast, P.Silva 9+2reb, A.Libanio 6+2reb, V.Felix 4+1reb
Povoa: N.Oliveira 23+8reb+3ast, A.jr. Oha 15+11reb+1ast, R.Coelho 10+2reb+2ast, A.Silva 9+7reb+1ast, C.Joao 5, L.Pires 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 101296


Alges - Fisica 40-68

The game between 10th ranked Alges (2-7) and second ranked Fisica (7-2) in Alges ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Torres Vedras outscored Alges 68-40. Fisica dominated on the defensive end, holding Alges to just 6 points in second quarter. They held Alges to an opponent 23.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 39.7 percent accuracy of the winners. Fisica forced 24 Alges turnovers and outrebounded them 42-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. Swingman Amadeu Cordeiro (192-78) stepped up and scored 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Cape Verdean guard Braima Freire (188-82) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Nuno Oliveira (186-89) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 18 rebounds and Correia scored 9 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. Fisica has a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Barcelos, which they share with Sangalhos. Alges lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the tenth position with seven games lost. Fisica will play against Angrabasket (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Alges will play against Terceira Basket (#8) in Angra Heroismo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Alges: S.CORREIA 13+18reb, E.Santos 9, N.Monteiro 9+1reb+1ast, A.Joaquim 4+3reb+1ast, F.Pinheiro 2+1reb, F.Mendonca 2+3reb+1ast
Fisica: R.Junior 16+4reb, B.Freire 13+5reb+2ast, A.Cordeiro 13+9reb+3ast, A.Sami 9+8reb+1ast, C.Dias 6+6reb, J.Underwood 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 101294


Electrico FC - Sangalhos 60-76

The game in Ponte de Sor was quite interesting. Fifth ranked Sangalhos (7-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Electrico FC (4-5). Sangalhos defeated Electrico FC 76-60 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Sangalhos. Electrico FC managed to win fourth quarter 25-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Electrico FC to just 5 points in second quarter. Sangalhos forced 21 Electrico FC turnovers. It was a good game for swingman Emanuel Silva (188-79) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Luis Fonte (191-79) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Guard Joao Lanzinha (188-89) answered with 13 points and 5 rebounds and guard Francisco Pinto (185-87) added 13 points in the effort for Electrico FC. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sangalhos moved-up to second place, which they share with Fisica. Electrico FC at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Povoa. Sangalhos is looking forward to face Maia_Basket (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Electrico FC will play against the league's leader Barcelos (#1) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Electrico FC: J.Lanzinha 13+5reb+2ast, F.Pinto 13+1reb+3ast, P.Raminhos 8+2reb+1ast, A.Medeiros 7+3reb, E.Ferreira 6+4reb+3ast, J.Afonso 4+1reb+3ast
Sangalhos: E.Silva 18+8reb+1ast, L.Fonte 17+3reb+1ast, N.Bizarro 13+4reb+3ast, A.Duarte 9+5reb+1ast, F.Martins 8+4reb+2ast, F.Mota 4+2reb
gschID: 101292




Stempin's 21 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old forward Gregory Stempin (203-F-79, agency: Duran International) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Porto Ferpinta and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 21 points adding five rebounds and four assists for Porto Ferpinta in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Illiabum (#10, 3-7) with 28-point margin 97-69. It allowed Porto Ferpinta to consolidate first place in the Portuguese league. Porto Ferpinta has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 9-1. In the team's last game Stempin had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Porto Ferpinta and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Gregory Stempin averages this season 16.6ppg and 6.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Matthew Webster (203-F-84) of Ovarense Dolce Vita. He is American forward in his first season at Ovarense. In the last game Webster recorded impressive 35 points and 8 rebounds. Of course Ovarense cruised to a 79-68 relatively comfortable win over Sampaense (5-5). This victory allowed Ovarense to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Webster is a newcomer at Ovarense and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#6). He also registered 7.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Evan Harris (206-F/C-86) of Illiabum Clube (#10). Harris scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Harris' great performance Illiabum lost 69-97 to the higher-ranked Porto Ferpinta (#1, 9-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Illiabum not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Harris could try to bring Illiabum's a little bit higher in the standings. Harris has individually a great season in Portugal. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.2rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kevin Martin (208-C-83) of Vitoria SC - 24 points and 15 rebounds
5. Riley Luettgerodt (196-G/F-85) of Sampaense - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Mario Fernandes (176-G-82) of CAB - 25 points and 5 assists
7. Terrence Hundley (191-G-85) of Lusitania - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Nolan Richardson (188-G) of Vitoria SC - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Frederick Gentry (201-F-77) of CAB - 14 points and 12 rebounds
10. Heshimu Evans (198-F-75) of Benfica - 18 points, 9 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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Arturas Masiulis and Jarryd Loyd dismissed form CSU Atlassib Sibiu - by Sebastian Umbrich
CSU Sibiu reunited on 3rd January 2011. There are some differences between the rosters of 2010 and of 2011, Arturas Masiulis (210-C-80, agency: Interperformances) and Jarryd Loyd (184-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Valparaiso) having been dismissed because of their poor performances, and their place was taken by Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84, agency: BeoExcell), Stefan Atanackovic (196-G-84, agency: 011 Sports) and center Justin Herndon (208-C-83) will return to CSU CSU Sibiu after 6 months at CSM Bucharest.
It is expected that CSU Sibiu will correct its 7-7 record, (.500 coefficient or 21 points) in order to get on a better position for the playoffs.
The first official match for CSU Sibiu will be on the 15th of January, on the road, against reigning champions Ploiesti, followed by another difficult match on the road against Cluj. Until this days, CSU Sibiu will be looking to arrange some friendly matches, and as well they have to fix a date for the postponed match against Steaua.
This article contains parts from www.csusibiu.ro


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Crvena Zvezda keeps Vujadin Subotic for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda announced that Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) will stay with the club for rest of the season. The 29-year-old guard joined the team in October signing a two-month deal. Two sides agreed on extension and Subotic will stay with Crvena Zvezda until the end of the current season.
Vujadin Subotic appeared 9 times in Adriatic league so far averaging 4.2 points and 2 rebounds. He started the season with OKK Beograd, who competes in Serbian league. He had 18.3 ppg for them in three games. Subotic played for Crvena Zvezda few years in the past.
Vujadin Subotic spent last two seasons on Cyprus as a member of AEL Limassol and Keravnos. In the past, he also was a member of ALBA Berlin, New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and Union Olimpija. He won one National Cup trophy in Slovenia, one in Serbia and two on Cyprus.


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Cebular underwent knee surgery, Hopsi to part ways with Skok - by Zeljko Zule
An occisional national team member Sandi Cebular (196-G-86) of Geoplin Slovan underwent knee surgery after tearing his ACL during a game last month. He will be sidelined six months. Cebular averaged 6.8 points (2P 47%, 3P 20%, FT 88%), 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocks in 14.5 minutes in his only 4 Telemach League games this season.
Hopsi parted ways with Primoz Skok (192-G-84). He had not played this season due a back injury.



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Hill's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old forward Herbert Hill (203-F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Inchon ET Land Elephants and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Anyang KGC (#9, 8-20) with 17-point margin 87-70. It allowed Elephants to consolidate first place in the South Korean league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Elephants has a very solid 20-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Hill turned to be Elephants' top player in his first season with the team. Providence College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hill is in league's top in points (8th best: 17.9ppg), rebounds (7th best: 8.8rpg) and averages solid 2.6bpg and 71.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Glen McGowan (206-F-81, agency: Pro One Sports) of Daegu Orions. He is American forward in his first season at Daegu Orions. In the last game McGowan recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Daegu Orions was edged by the higher-ranked Samsung Th. (#4, 16-11) 89-87. Daegu Orions is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-19 record. McGowan is a newcomer at Daegu Orions and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#6). He also registered 7.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Inchon ET Land Elephants' star - center Jang-Hoon Seo (207-C-74). Seo scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of Elephants, helping his team with a 87-70 easy win against the lower-ranked Anyang KGC (#9, 8-20). Elephants confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 20 victories and 7 lost games. Seo has a very solid season. In 26 games in South Korea he scored 16.8ppg. He also has 5.4rpg and FGP: 55.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eric Sandrin (206-F/C-78) of Seoul Samsung Thunders - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Terrence Leather (204-C-81) of SK Knights - 25 points and 4 rebounds
6. Eric Sandrin (206-F/C-78) of Samsung Th. - 26 points and 8 rebounds
7. Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of Samsung Th. - 23 points and 7 rebounds
8. Joo-Sung Kim (205-C-79) of Dongbu Promy - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75) of Elephants - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Greg Stevenson (198-F-78) of LG Sakers - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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ACB Round 14: Regal FC Barcelona beats Bizkaia Bilbao by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
One of the most exciting games of round 14 in the ACB took place in Bilbao. First ranked Regal FC Barcelona (11-3) grabbed a 2-point road victory edging 9th ranked Bizkaia Bilbao (7-7) 65-63 on Sunday. Bizkaia Bilbao was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Strangely Bizkaia Bilbao outrebounded Regal FC Barcelona 48-29 including a 36-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Slovenian power forward Erazem Lorbek (209-84, college: Michigan St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman Alan Anderson (198-82, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 17 points for the winners. The former international forward Alex Mumbru (202-79) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Bizkaia Bilbao. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Regal FC Barcelona has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-3 record, which they share with Real Madrid. Bizkaia Bilbao at the other side dropped to the eighth place with seven games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Regal FC Barcelona is looking forward to face Unicaja Malaga (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bizkaia Bilbao will play against Asefa Estudiantes in Madrid and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Another important game to mention about took place in Valladolid. Sixth ranked Blancos de Rueda (8-6) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (7-7) 73-70 on Sunday evening. Italian-Argentinian guard Federico Van Lacke (191-80) scored 16 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Marcus Slaughter chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Greek swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami (OH)) responded with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Blancos de Rueda moved-up to fifth place, which they share with DKV Joventut and Valencia. Gran Canaria 2014 at the other side keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Blancos de Rueda will play against Cajasol (#12) in Sevilla in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gran Canaria 2014 will play at home against CB Granada (#18) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Caja Laboral (9-5) against thirteenth ranked Asefa Estudiantes (6-8) on Monday night. Visiting Caja Laboral was edged by thirteenth ranked Asefa Estudiantes (6-8) in a tough game in Madrid 70-72. Nik Caner-Medley notched 12 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Asefa Estudiantes' coach Luis Casimiro used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 15 points and 8 rebounds by Mirza Teletovic did not help to save the game for Caja Laboral. Asefa Estudiantes maintains thirteenth position with 6-8 record. Defending champion Caja Laboral keeps the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Fuenlabrada. Asefa Estudiantes will meet higher ranked Bizkaia Bilbao (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Caja Laboral will play against Lagun Aro GBC (#8) in San Sebastian and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Meridiano Alicante managed to get a fourth victory. This time they won against fifth-ranked Lagun Aro GBC in San Sebastian 61-56. The best player for the winners was Justin Doellman who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Meridiano Alicante (4-10) moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Menorca. Lagun Aro GBC at the other side dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Meridiano Alicante's next round opponent will be higher ranked CAI Zaragoza (#15) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Unicaja Malaga (7-7) and DKV Joventut (8-6), which took place in Badalona. Higher ranked Unicaja Malaga lost to twelfth ranked DKV Joventut in a road game 85-89 on Sunday. Carl English orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. DKV Joventut moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Valencia and Valladolid. Loser Unicaja Malaga dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. DKV Joventut will face higher ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#4) in Madrid in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Unicaja Malaga will play at home against the league's leader Regal FC Barcelona (#1).

There were no big surprises in other games of round 14: Granada was smashed by Real Madrid on the road 84-57. Manresa won against CAI Zaragoza on its own court 58-42. Cajasol unfortunately lost to Valencia in a road game 73-78. Menorca recorded a loss to Fuenlabrada at home 79-88.


Real Madrid - Granada 84-57

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Real Madrid (11-3) crushed at home bottom-ranked CB Granada (3-11) 84-57 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-57. It was a great shooting night for Real Madrid especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. Naturalized Montenegrin power forward Nikola Mirotic (208-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American guard Clay Tucker (195-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Russian swingman Yaroslav Korolev (206-87) replied with 12 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Robert Kurz (206-85, college: Notre Dame, agency: Priority Sports) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for CB Granada. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Real Madrid keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Regal Barca. CB Granada lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 11 games lost. Real Madrid will face Menorca Basquet (#16) in Mahon in the next round which should be another easy win for them. CB Granada will play on the road against Gran Canaria 2014 in Las Palmas.
Top scorers:
Granada: Y.Korolev 12+5reb+3ast, C.Karl 11+2reb, P.Prestes 8+5reb, R.Kurz 8+7reb+2ast, N.Gianella 4+1reb+3ast, A.Hernandez 4+1ast
Real Madrid: N.Mirotic 17+5reb+2ast, S.Llull 16+1reb+1ast, C.Tucker 13+3reb+3ast, F.Reyes 9+2reb+1ast, P.Prigioni 6+1reb+5ast, A.Tomic 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 92255


Valladolid - Gran Canaria 73-70

Another important game to mention about took place in Valladolid. Sixth ranked Blancos de Rueda (8-6) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (7-7) 73-70 on Sunday evening. Gran Canaria 2014 was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 23-18 charge of Blancos de Rueda, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Italian-Argentinian guard Federico Van Lacke (191-80) scored 16 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Marcus Slaughter (204-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Blancos de Rueda players scored in double figures. Greek swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami (OH)) responded with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Jaycee Carroll (188-83, agency: Priority Sports) scored 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Blancos de Rueda moved-up to fifth place, which they share with DKV Joventut and Valencia. Gran Canaria 2014 at the other side keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Blancos de Rueda will play against Cajasol (#12) in Sevilla in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gran Canaria 2014 will play at home against CB Granada (#18) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gran Canaria: J.Carroll 18+3reb+1ast, M.Bramos 12+6reb+4ast, S.Savane 9+4reb, X.Rey 9+7reb, T.Green 8+4reb+2ast, J.Wallace 6+5reb+2ast
Valladolid: F.Van Lacke 16+2reb+5ast, D.Garcia 13+1reb+1ast, M.Stanic 12+1reb+2ast, M.Slaughter 10+10reb+1ast, J.Robinson 8+3reb+1ast, E.Baez 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 92256


DKV Joventut - Unicaja 89-85

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Unicaja Malaga (7-7) and DKV Joventut (8-6), which took place in Badalona. Higher ranked Unicaja Malaga lost to twelfth ranked DKV Joventut in a road game 85-89 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 25-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. DKV Joventut dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Unicaja Malaga's 26 and made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. DKV Joventut forced 21 Unicaja Malaga turnovers. Unicaja Malaga was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Canadian guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). American center Will McDonald (206-79, college: S.Florida) contributed with 24 points for the winners. American guard Terrell McIntyre (175-77, college: Clemson) replied with 14 points and Serbian guard Uros Tripkovic (197-86) added 11 points in the effort for Unicaja Malaga. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. DKV Joventut moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Valencia and Valladolid. Loser Unicaja Malaga dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. DKV Joventut will face higher ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#4) in Madrid in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Unicaja Malaga will play at home against the league's leader Regal FC Barcelona (#1).
Top scorers:
Unicaja: T.McIntyre 14+1reb+1ast, R.Blakney 12+2ast, U.Tripkovic 11+3reb+1ast, B.Rodriguez 9, C.Jimenez 8+2reb+2ast, R.Archibald 7+4reb
DKV Joventut: C.English 33+8reb+1ast, W.McDonald 24+4reb, R.Robinson 16+5reb+2ast, Q.Hosley 8+3reb+2ast, H.Norel 4+3reb+1ast, P.Tomas 2+1ast
gschID: 92257


Lagun Aro GBC - Meridiano 56-61

Bottom-ranked Meridiano Alicante managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the one-game losing streak. This time they won against fifth-ranked Lagun Aro GBC in San Sebastian 61-56. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lagun Aro GBC won third quarter 18-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Meridiano Alicante won last quarter 17-14. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lagun Aro GBC to just 7 points in first quarter. The best player for the winners was American forward Justin Doellman (206-85, college: Xavier) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Lithuanian power forward Martynas Andriuskevicius (218-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international center Albert Miralles (208-82, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Jimmy Baron (191-86, college: Rhode Island) added 20 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Meridiano Alicante (4-10) moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Menorca. Lagun Aro GBC at the other side dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Meridiano Alicante's next round opponent will be higher ranked CAI Zaragoza (#15) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Lagun Aro GBC: J.Baron 20+1reb+1ast, A.Miralles 15+11reb, R.Uriz 5+3reb+4ast, A.Panko 5+8reb+1ast, D.Doblas 3+3reb+1ast, D.Lorbek 3+1reb
Meridiano: J.Doellman 17+13reb+2ast, M.Andriuskevicius 9+7reb, M.Stojic 8+3reb+1ast, P.Llompart 8+1reb+1ast, T.Heurtel 6+3reb+2ast, S.Erdogan 5
gschID: 92258


Estudiantes - Caja Laboral 72-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Caja Laboral (9-5) against thirteenth ranked Asefa Estudiantes (6-8) on Monday night. Visiting Caja Laboral was edged by thirteenth ranked Asefa Estudiantes (6-8) in a tough game in Madrid 70-72. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-70. American forward Nik Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: Priority Sports) notched 12 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and center German Gabriel (207-80) supported him with 17 points. Asefa Estudiantes' coach Luis Casimiro used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 15 points and 8 rebounds by Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket) did not help to save the game for Caja Laboral. Bosnian-Croatian center Stanko Barac (217-86) added 13 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Four Caja Laboral players scored in double figures. Asefa Estudiantes maintains thirteenth position with 6-8 record. Defending champion Caja Laboral keeps the third place with five games lost. They share the position with Fuenlabrada. Asefa Estudiantes will meet higher ranked Bizkaia Bilbao (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Caja Laboral will play against Lagun Aro GBC (#8) in San Sebastian and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Caja Laboral: F.San Emeterio 18+3reb+1ast, M.Teletovic 15+8reb, S.Barac 13+8reb+1ast, B.Oleson 11+3reb+1ast, M.Huertas 7+2reb+6ast, P.Sow 3+7reb
Estudiantes: G.Gabriel 17+3reb+1ast, N.Caner-Medley 12+7reb+2ast, D.Clark 10, P.Jasen 8+2reb+4ast, J.Welsch 8+2reb, A.Oliver 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 92252


Manresa - CAI Zaragoza 58-42

There was a minor upset when 13th ranked CAI Zaragoza (5-9) lost on the road to fifteenth ranked Assignia Manresa (5-9) 58-42 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Assignia Manresa. CAI Zaragoza managed to win third quarter 15-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding CAI Zaragoza to just 7 points in fourth quarter. CAI Zaragoza was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Slovenian power forward Uros Slokar (210-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 10 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian center Milan Majstorovic (207-83) contributed with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Naturalized Brazilian center Rafael Hettsheimeir (206-86) replied with 8 points and 12 rebounds and Australian forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St.) added 9 points in the effort for CAI Zaragoza. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Assignia Manresa moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with defeated CAI Zaragoza. Assignia Manresa will face higher ranked Power Electronics Valencia (#6) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
CAI Zaragoza: D.Barlow 9+4reb+1ast, C.Cabezas 9+3reb+1ast, R.Hettsheimeir 8+12reb, S.Van Rossom 5+3reb+1ast, A.Chubb 4+2reb, C.Toppert 3+2reb
Manresa: U.Slokar 10+6reb+1ast, M.Majstorovic 9+7reb+1ast, J.Grimau 9+3reb+1ast, L.Lewis 8+5reb, R.Montanez 7+2reb+1ast, S.Gladyr 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 92253


Bizkaia Bilbao - Regal Barca 63-65

The biggest surprise of round 14 in the ACB took place in Bilbao. First ranked Regal FC Barcelona (11-3) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 9th ranked Bizkaia Bilbao (7-7) 65-63 on Sunday evening slightly avoiding a big embarassment. Bizkaia Bilbao was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Strangely Bizkaia Bilbao outrebounded Regal FC Barcelona 48-29 including a 36-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Slovenian power forward Erazem Lorbek (209-84, college: Michigan St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman Alan Anderson (198-82, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 17 points for the winners. The former international forward Alex Mumbru (202-79) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds and center Eduardo Hernandez-Sonseca (212-83) added 7 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Bizkaia Bilbao. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Regal FC Barcelona has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-3 record, which they share with Real Madrid. Bizkaia Bilbao at the other side dropped to the eighth place with seven games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Regal FC Barcelona is looking forward to face Unicaja Malaga (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bizkaia Bilbao will play against Asefa Estudiantes in Madrid and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Bizkaia Bilbao: A.Mumbru 12+9reb+1ast, J.Blums 11+3reb+3ast, C.Warren 10+3reb+1ast, E.Hernandez-Sonseca 7+10reb+3ast, M.Banic 6+6reb+1ast, A.Hervelle 6+4reb+1ast
Regal Barca: E.Lorbek 18+6reb+2ast, A.Anderson 17+3reb+1ast, R.Rubio 9+6reb+2ast, K.Perovic 7+3reb+1ast, J.Carlos Navarro 4+1reb+1ast, V.Sada 4+2reb
gschID: 92254


Valencia - Cajasol 78-73

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Power Electronics Valencia and 11th ranked Cajasol had identical 7-6 record. This time Power Electronics Valencia used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Sevilla 78-73 on Sunday night. Cajasol was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Power Electronics Valencia forced 21 Cajasol turnovers. Guard Rafael Martinez (191-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). International power forward Victor Claver (207-88) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American center Paul Davis (211-84, college: Michigan St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and American-French forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Cajasol. Cajasol's coach Joan Plaza rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Power Electronics Valencia (8-6) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with DKV Joventut and Valladolid. Loser Cajasol dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Power Electronics Valencia will face Assignia Manresa (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cajasol will play against Blancos de Rueda (#5) in Valladolid.
Top scorers:
Cajasol: P.Davis 20+11reb+3ast, T.Kirksay 12+6reb+3ast, J.Sastre Morro 9+2reb, K.Ivanov 8+1reb+2ast, T.Urtasun 8+1reb+3ast, T.Satoransky 5+1reb+2ast
Valencia: R.Martinez 21+2reb+1ast, V.Claver 17+4reb+2ast, N.De Colo 14+2reb+2ast, D.Savanovic 8+2reb+6ast, S.Lishchuk 8+3reb, R.Javtokas 4+4reb
gschID: 92250


Menorca - Fuenlabrada 79-88

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Menorca Basquet (4-10) lost to fourth ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (9-5) in Mahon 79-88 on Sunday. Menorca Basquet trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 21-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-88 at the end of the game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Menorca Basquet was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Latvian guard Kristaps Valters (190-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 assists. Uruguayan power forward Esteban Batista (208-83) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Israeli guard Raviv Limonad (192-84) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American power forward Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro, agency: BrezoPro) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Menorca Basquet. Four Menorca Basquet players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Caja Laboral. Menorca Basquet lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixteenth position with ten games lost. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will face DKV Joventut (#7) in Badalona in the next round. Menorca Basquet will play on the road against the league's second-placed Real Madrid (#2).
Top scorers:
Menorca: R.Limonad 20+5reb+3ast, C.Victor 15+2reb+3ast, J.Donaldson 14+10reb+1ast, I.Radenovic 11+4reb+2ast, R.Huertas 8+1ast, U.Otegui 4+3reb
Fuenlabrada: K.Valters 19+2reb+6ast, D.Kus 14+1reb+1ast, E.Batista 12+6reb+1ast, X.Rabaseda 10+3reb, J.Cortaberria 9+4reb, L.Mainoldi 7+7reb
gschID: 92251




Mirza Begic can strengthen Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Mirza Begic (216-C-85) has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Real Madrid. The 25-year-old centre can soon officially sign a deal with the Spanish powerhouse. Mirza Begic started the season in Zalgiris Kaunas. The centre averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per Euroleague game. In VTB League his stats read 7.0 points, 3.5 boards and 2.8 blocks per appearance. In LKL Mirza Begic produced 8.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots. He however left the Kaunas outfit in December citing the payments problem as the reason. Mirza Begic moved to Zalgiris from Olimpija Ljubljana. Previously the centre had stints with Geoplin Slovan, Bologna, Zadar and Triglav Kranj. Mirza Begic used to play for U18 and U20 Slovenian selections.


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Regal Barca 11-3 
 2. Real Madrid 11-3 
 3. Caja Laboral 9-5 
 4. Fuenlabrada 9-5 
 5. Valladolid 8-6 
 6. Valencia 8-6 
 7. DKV Joventut 8-6 
 8. Lagun Aro GBC 7-7 
 9. Bizkaia Bilbao 7-7 
 10. Unicaja 7-7 
 11. Gran Canaria 7-7 
 12. Cajasol 7-7 
 13. Estudiantes 6-8 
 14. Manresa 5-9 
 15. CAI Zaragoza 5-9 
 16. Menorca 4-10 
 17. Meridiano 4-10 
 18. Granada 3-11 


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Baeringsson's 24 points and 7 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Sundsvall Dragons and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 24 points adding seven rebounds and seven assists for Sundsvall in his team's victory, helping them to beat Sodertalje (#3, 12-6) 92-80. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Sundsvall to take over top position in the Swedish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sundsvall has a very solid 13-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Baeringsson had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sundsvall's top player in his first season with the team. High School graduate has very impressive stats this year. Baeringsson leads league in rebounds with 11.4rpg. Baeringsson is in league's top in and averages solid 2.1spg,62.1% FGP and 48.6% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Drazen Klaric (205-F-80, agency: Court Side) of KFUM Jamtland Basket. He is Croatian forward in his first season at Jamtland. In the last game Klaric recorded impressive 30 points and 9 rebounds. It was enough for Jamtland to edge slightly lower-ranked Boras (#8, 6-13) by 2 points 89-87. Jamtland's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Klaric is a newcomer at Jamtland and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.7ppg (#7). He also registered 6.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Michael Palm (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Boras Basket (#8). Palm scored 20 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Palm's great performance Boras lost 87-89 to slightly higher-ranked Jamtland (#7, 7-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Boras 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, Palm could try to bring Boras' a little bit higher in the standings. Palm has individually a great season in Sweden. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.6ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 8.9rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 58.2%. Michael Palm has also Swedish passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Rosendahl (203-F/C-77) of LF Basket - 24 points and 8 rebounds
5. Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79) of Norrkoping - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) of Sundsvall - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Alex Wesby (196-G-80) of Sundsvall - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Michael Palm (208-C-79) of Boras - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Willie Galick (203-F-87) of Sodertalje - 19 points and 11 rebounds
10. Johnell Smith (186-G-80) of Sodertalje - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Basketligan Round 18: Sundsvall Dragons keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
Basketligan is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 18 rounds left.

The game had a very big importance for Sundsvall Dragons as it allowed them to keep a leadership position. Sundsvall Dragons defeated 8th ranked Boras Basket in Sundsvall 93-81. The game was mostly controlled by Sundsvall Dragons. Boras Basket managed to win third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sundsvall Dragons outrebounded Boras Basket 40-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Boras Basket's players. It was a good game for Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, college: High School) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. American guard Alex Wesby (196-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) contributed with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Sundsvall Dragons' coach Peter Oqvist used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Christopher McKnight (201-87, college: Akron) replied with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Boras Basket. Sundsvall Dragons (13-4) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Boras Basket lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. Boras Basket will play next round against strong Norrkoping Dolphins trying to get back on the winning streak. Sundsvall Dragons will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Eco Orebro at home.
Leading LF Basket (13-5) recorded its fifth loss in Lulea. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (11-5) 95-78. American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) scored 30 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Anton Saks chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach Kelly Grant allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward John Rosendahl (203-77, college: Wyoming) with 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Defending champion maintains fourth position with 11-5 record. LF Basket at the other side dropped to the second place with five games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins will play against Boras Basket (#8) at home in the next round. LF Basket will play against KFUM Jamtland (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Important game to mention about took place in Boras. Seventh ranked KFUM Jamtland (7-11) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Boras Basket (6-13) 89-87 in the game for the seventh place. Drazen Klaric notched 30 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks by Michael Palm did not help to save the game for Boras Basket. KFUM Jamtland has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 7-11 record. Boras Basket lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. KFUM Jamtland will meet league's second-placed LF Basket in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Boras Basket will play against Norrkoping Dolphins (#4) in Norrkoping and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game for Sundsvall Dragons (13-4) which played road game in Sodertalje against 3rd ranked Sodertalje Kings (12-6). Second ranked Sundsvall Dragons managed to get a 12-point victory 92-80. The best player for the winners was Hlynur Baeringsson who scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Sodertalje Kings' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sundsvall Dragons have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Sodertalje Kings at the other side keep the third place with six games lost. Sundsvall Dragons' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game. Sodertalje Kings will play against 08 Stockholm (#9).

In the last game of round 18 Solna beat Eco Orebro on the road 71-65.


Eco Orebro - Solna 65-71

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Solna Vikings (9-9) beat on the road bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (3-14) 71-65. It looked good early as Eco Orebro took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Solna Vikings had a 18-12 second period charge getting the lead and Eco Orebro was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-71. The best player for the winners was Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. American forward William Walker (201-87, college: Bethel (IN), agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Solna Vikings players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Andrew Pleick (196-80, college: Lafayette) who recorded 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and American guard Leonard Mosley (196-79, college: Oklahoma Baptist) added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Solna Vikings maintains sixth position with 9-9 record. Eco Orebro at the other side stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Solna Vikings will have a break next round. Eco Orebro will play on the road against the league's leader Sundsvall Dragons (#1).
Top scorers:
Eco Orebro: S.Smith 12+2ast, P.Hampton 11+3reb, A.Pleick 10+6reb+7ast, L.Mosley 8+7reb+7ast, E.Saleman 6, J.Andersson 6+7reb
Solna: L.Gunnarsson 15+10reb+2ast, W.Walker 12+9reb+2ast, L.Kosmalski 11+6reb, L.Joe 10+4reb+3ast, A.Lindqvist 8+5reb+2ast, L.Myrthil 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 94198


Boras - Jamtland 87-89

Important game to mention about took place in Boras. Seventh ranked KFUM Jamtland (7-11) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Boras Basket (6-13) 89-87 in the game for the seventh place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Boras Basket won third quarter 28-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (205-80, agency: Court Side) notched 30 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union) supported him with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks by the former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) did not help to save the game for Boras Basket. American forward Christopher McKnight (201-87, college: Akron) added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Five Boras Basket players scored in double figures. KFUM Jamtland has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 7-11 record. Boras Basket lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. KFUM Jamtland will meet league's second-placed LF Basket in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Boras Basket will play against Norrkoping Dolphins (#4) in Norrkoping and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Boras: M.Palm 20+12reb, K.McCoy 16+3reb+4ast, H.Carlsson 15+1reb+6ast, C.McKnight 15+11reb+2ast, C.Ryan 14+1reb+1ast, A.Andersson 3
Jamtland: D.Klaric 30+9reb+1ast, D.Hargrove 21+7reb+5ast, S.Mjos 21+4reb+2ast, B.Salaam 7+6reb, J.Roenstrom 5+1ast, A.Stien 3+1reb
gschID: 94199


Sodertalje - Sundsvall 80-92

An interesting game for Sundsvall Dragons (13-4) which played road game in Sodertalje against 3rd ranked Sodertalje Kings (12-6). Second ranked Sundsvall Dragons managed to get a 12-point victory 92-80. Sodertalje Kings were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 49-36 second half run of Sundsvall Dragons. They also forced 19 Sodertalje Kings turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, college: High School) who scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Irish-Australian swingman Liam Rush (202-82) chipped in 22 points and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was Canadian forward Willie Galick (203-87, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sodertalje Kings' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sundsvall Dragons have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Sodertalje Kings at the other side keep the third place with six games lost. Sundsvall Dragons' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game. Sodertalje Kings will play against 08 Stockholm (#9).
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: W.Galick 19+11reb, J.Smith 19+6reb+3ast, M.Joseph 13+1ast, M.Griskenas 12+6reb, A.Chuk 9+4reb+6ast, T.Borg 4+1reb
Sundsvall: H.Baeringsson 24+7reb+7ast, L.Rush 22+4reb+1ast, A.Wesby 21+3reb+2ast, J.Sigurdarson 16+5reb+3ast, B.Barton 9+1reb+3ast, A.Frank 0
gschID: 94200


Sundsvall - Boras 93-81

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Sundsvall Dragons as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Sundsvall Dragons defeated 8th ranked Boras Basket in Sundsvall 93-81. The game was mostly controlled by Sundsvall Dragons. Boras Basket managed to win third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sundsvall Dragons outrebounded Boras Basket 40-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Boras Basket's players. It was a good game for Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, college: High School) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. American guard Alex Wesby (196-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Sundsvall Dragons' coach Peter Oqvist used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Christopher McKnight (201-87, college: Akron) replied with 20 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Boras Basket. Five Sundsvall Dragons and four Boras Basket players scored in double figures. Sundsvall Dragons (13-4) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Boras Basket lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. Boras Basket will play next round against strong Norrkoping Dolphins trying to get back on the winning streak. Sundsvall Dragons will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Eco Orebro at home.
Top scorers:
Boras: C.McKnight 20+6reb+1ast, M.Palm 19+6reb, C.Ryan 12+4reb+1ast, K.McCoy 11+1reb, M.Neffati 8, S.Andreasen 6+3reb+2ast
Sundsvall: A.Wesby 20+11reb+3ast, L.Rush 19+5reb+1ast, H.Baeringsson 17+10reb+7ast, J.Jeansson 16+3reb, J.Sigurdarson 10+5ast, B.Barton 5+2ast
gschID: 119929


LF Basket - Norrkoping 78-95

Leading LF Basket (13-5) recorded its fifth loss in Lulea. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (11-5) 95-78. The game without a history. Norrkoping Dolphins led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) scored 30 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Anton Saks (200-89) chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach Kelly Grant allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward John Rosendahl (203-77, college: Wyoming) with 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 11-5 record. LF Basket at the other side dropped to the second place with five games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins will play against Boras Basket (#8) at home in the next round. LF Basket will play against KFUM Jamtland (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
LF Basket: J.Rosendahl 24+8reb, E.Salon 15+4reb, R.Mbemba 10+8reb+9ast, H.Larsson 8+4reb+3ast, T.Levett 7+1reb+1ast, M.Pahlmblad 6
Norrkoping: A.Mitchell 30+3reb+6ast, M.Lindqvist 13+4reb+2ast, F.Drains 12+5reb+2ast, J.Kjellbom 10+6reb, T.Gaidamavicius 9+1reb+2ast, C.Grace 8+10reb
gschID: 94197




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Dove's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old swingman Marcus Dove (206-G/F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Taiwan Mobile and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Bank of Taiwan (#4, 1-2) 78-72. Taiwan Mobile maintains the 7th position in Taiwanese league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 4 games and recorded no victories. Dove turned to be Taiwan Mobile's top player in his first season with the team. Oklahoma State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dove is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 12.0rpg) and averages solid 3.3spg.

Second best performed player last round was Emmanuel Jones (200-F-85) of top-ranked Taiwan Beer. He is American forward in his first season at Taiwan Beer. In the last game Jones recorded impressive 16 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Taiwan Beer to another comfortable win 73-59 over Taiwan Mobile (0-4) being unquestionably team leader. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. Jones is a newcomer at Taiwan Beer and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.5ppg (#3). He also registered 12.3 boards per game. Former University of Texas-Pan American star Jones is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Rashad Jennings (203-F-84) of Pure Youth (#3). Jennings scored 14 points and grabbed twenty five rebounds (!!!). Despite Jennings' great performance Pure Youth lost 74-76in overtime to #2 ranked Yulon Luxgen. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Pure Youth needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Jennings has a great season in Taiwan. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 18.3rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) of Yulon Luxgen - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Keith Gayden (202-F-83) of Dacin Tigers - 17 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Chia-Hong Chien (197-F-87) of Pure Youth - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ching-Min Yang (188-G/F-84) of Taiwan Beer - 22 points and 5 rebounds
8. Jung-Hsuan Chang (194-F-87) of KKL - 28 points and 4 rebounds
9. Shun-Hsiang Chen (190-F-85) of Bank of Taiwan - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Wei-Fang Shang (197-C-78) of KKL - 28 points and 9 rebounds

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


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  TBL   


Fenerbahce Ulker triumphs against Efes Pilsen - by Uygar Karaca
The game of the week 13 was played on Monday due to the celebration of New Year. Efes Pilsen started the game better than Fenerbahce, which had defensive problems nearly all over the game. The effective play of tall players like Nikola Vujcic and Kerem Gonlum was contributed by the good start behind the arc from Igor Rakocevic. However, Fenerbahce Ulker found a way to stay in the game where their new star Sarunas Jasikevicius played a role with the enthusiasim he've created among the fans and hence all over the court. When Gonlum and Vujcic stopped, Efes Pilsen had a difficult time on offence and the half time score was 41-37 for Efes. The outnumbered supporters of visitors (according to the fixture) Efes Pilsen, did not like the third quarter either since Fenerbahce've made their best defense there and let just 8 points. This time, they were the one who dominate under the rim with Oguz Savas and Kaya Peker. Going into the last quarter 4 points ahead, Fenerbahce Ulker've found the biggest score differential in the game with 17 points and less than 6 mins. remaining. From this point on, The Canarias somehow almost 'forget' about defense and let easy buckets from Gonlum and Tunceri. The panic spread among the team when we're going into the last min of the game because Efes Pilsen closed the gap and came into 5 points where the supporters of the home team were celebrating the triumph. They were right to cheer around, because Marko Tomas, with his perfect free throw performance and excellent play through the last to quarters almost gave the victory as a new year present. Efes Pilsen, despite the unexpected stubbornness, paid the price of missed free throws from Andrew Wisniewksi, Kerem Tunceri and Gonlum. Jasikevicius, whose arrival caused Lynn Greer to watch the match from the stands, was warmly welcome, far from being a saviour however. Fenerbahce won the match 81-72, but Efes Pilsen will object against the result because they think the new transfer Jasikevicius should not play. The justification for that is: The transaction of the Lithuanian guard was completed during the weekend, where still Fenerbahce is unable to licence the player. The original date of the match was Sunday and is was postponed to Monday. If it would have been played on Sunday, Jasikevicius could not go on the court. The decision is to come. Right now, Fenerbahce Ulker sits at the second place behind Galatasaray MP with 11-2 and Efes Pilsen stays at fourth with 9-4.

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TBL Round 13: Galatasaray beats Besiktas by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
One of the most exciting games of round 13 in the TBL took place in Istanbul. First ranked Galatasaray (11-2) grabbed a 2-point road victory edging 6th ranked Besiktas (7-5) 73-71 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 14-9. But Besiktas won second period 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Ermal Kurtoglu (208-80, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman Joshua Shipp (196-86, college: UCLA) contributed with 6 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Galatasaray's coach Oktay Mahmudi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Australian center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for Besiktas. Galatasaray have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-2 record, which they share with Fener.Ulker and Banvit. Besiktas at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Galatasaray is looking forward to face Olin Edirne (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Besiktas will play against Efes Pilsen in Istanbul 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 Istanbul: Fenerbahce Ulker (#3) and Efes Pilsen (#4). Fenerbahce Ulker (11-2) won against visiting Efes Pilsen (9-4) 81-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Efes Pilsen. The former international power forward Kaya Peker (207-80, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Marko Tomas chipped in 22 points. Fenerbahce Ulker's coach Neven Spahija allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side international power forward Kerem Gonlum (208-77) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Galatasaray and Banvit. Efes Pilsen at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Fenerbahce Ulker will play against Mersin (#15) in Akdeniz in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Efes Pilsen will play at home against Besiktas (#7) in Istanbul and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between 9th ranked Bornova (5-8) and tenth ranked Turk Telekom (6-7) in Bornova on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Ankara outscored Bornova 90-59. Gregory Stiemsma nailed 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Michael Roll came up with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Bornova in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Turk Telekom moved-up to ninth place. Bornova lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. Turk Telekom will meet at home bottom-ranked Oyak Renault (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bornova will play against Banvit (#3) in Balikesir and hope to secure a win.

Other games in round 13 were not that significant. Tofas was smashed by Olin Edirne on the road 76-56. Bottom-ranked Oyak Renault lost to Mersin on its own court 65-72. Trabzonspor managed to outperform Erdemir in a road game 94-89. Antalya recorded a loss to Karsiyaka at home 82-94. Aliaga was defeated by Banvit on the opponent's court 96-91.
The most impressive performance of 13th round was 26 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists by Gerald Fitch of Aliaga.


Olin Edirne - Tofas 76-56

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Olin Edirne (7-6) crushed at home 11th ranked Tofas (4-9) 76-56 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-56. Olin Edirne dominated on the defensive end, holding Tofas to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Tofas' 26. Olin Edirne looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Lithuanian guard Renaldas Seibutis (196-85) nailed 21 points and 9 assists for the winning side and FYR Macedonian center Predrag Samardjiski (214-86, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 9 points and 14 rebounds. American swingman Austin Nichols (198-82, college: Humboldt St.) came up with 12 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and Croatian power forward Tomislav Ruzic (208-79) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Tofas in the defeat. Tofas' coach rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Olin Edirne maintains eighth place with 7-6 record. Loser Tofas keeps the eleventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Trabzonspor and Aliaga. Olin Edirne will meet league's leader Galatasaray in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tofas will play against Antalya (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Olin Edirne: R.Seibutis 21+4reb+9ast, C.Akin 16+2reb+5ast, S.Doliboa 15+4reb+1ast, P.Samardjiski 9+14reb+2ast, E.Bibo 8+2reb+2ast, V.Ginevicius 5+2reb
Tofas: T.Ruzic 13+5reb, A.Nichols 12+4reb+2ast, I.Koc 7+4reb+3ast, J.Rowe 7+1reb+5ast, O.Aydin 4+4reb+1ast, I.Karaman 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 111174


Oyak Renault - Mersin 65-72

Everything could happen in Bursa at the game between two tied teams. Both fifteenth ranked Mersin and 16th ranked Oyak Renault had identical 2-10 record. But Oyak Renault was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Akdeniz 72-65 on Sunday night. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Mersin shot 23 for 34 from the free-throw line, while Oyak Renault only scored six points from the stripe. Mersin forced 19 Oyak Renault turnovers. Forward Nedim Yucel (203-79) nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side and American swingman Vincent Grier (195-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Mersin players scored in double figures. American forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and the other American import guard Antabia Waller (188-88, college: Auburn) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Oyak Renault in the defeat. Mersin maintains fifteenth place with 3-10 record. Oyak Renault lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Mersin will meet at home league's second-placed Fenerbahce Ulker in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Oyak Renault will play against Turk Telekom (#9) in Ankara and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mersin: A.Scales 21+2reb+1ast, V.Grier 16+6reb+2ast, N.Yucel 11+18reb, H.Koseoglu 10+5reb+6ast, A.Stimac 7+2reb, A.Pars 4+2reb+1ast
Oyak Renault: J.Mays 17+12reb+4ast, A.Waller 17+5reb+3ast, K.Ozkan 12+3reb, N.Dal 7+1reb+1ast, U.Yenice 6+7reb+1ast, T.Onen 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 111175


Erdemir - Trabzonspor 89-94

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fourteenth ranked Trabzonspor (4-9) won on the road against 13th ranked Erdemir (3-9) 94-89 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-89. Trabzonspor made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. American guard Alvin Snow (188-81, college: E.Washington) nailed 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and American-Nigerian forward Derrick Obasohan (199-81, college: Texas Arlington, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 21 points. American power forward James Thomas (203-80, college: Texas) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds and the former international guard Hakan Demirel (192-85, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 20 points respectively for Erdemir in the defeat. Five Trabzonspor and four Erdemir players scored in double figures. Trabzonspor moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Tofas and Aliaga. Loser Erdemir dropped to the fourteenth position with nine games lost. Trabzonspor will meet Aliaga (#13) on the road in the next round. Erdemir will play against Karsiyaka and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Trabzonspor: A.Snow 27+5reb+3ast, D.Obasohan 21+4reb+3ast, A.Karadeniz 17+7reb+2ast, A.Rasic 14+6reb+4ast, G.Cakic 10+3reb+1ast, H.Ozdemir 4+1reb+2ast
Erdemir: H.Demirel 20+2reb+2ast, A.Barbour 15+1reb+3ast, J.Thomas 14+16reb+1ast, M.Yildiz 12, D.Johnson 8+4reb+1ast, E.Veyseloglu 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 111169


Besiktas - Galatasaray 71-73

The biggest surprise of round 13 in the TBL took place in Istanbul. First ranked Galatasaray (11-2) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Besiktas (7-5) 73-71 on Sunday evening slightly avoiding a big embarassment. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 14-9. But Besiktas won second period 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Ermal Kurtoglu (208-80, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman Joshua Shipp (196-86, college: UCLA) contributed with 6 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Galatasaray's coach Oktay Mahmudi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Australian center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and Polish forward Michal Ignerski (207-80, college: Mississippi St., agency: Stanley International) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Besiktas. Four Besiktas players scored in double figures. Galatasaray have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-2 record, which they share with Fener.Ulker and Banvit. Besiktas at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Galatasaray is looking forward to face Olin Edirne (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Besiktas will play against Efes Pilsen in Istanbul and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Galatasaray: E.Kurtoglu 22+6reb+1ast, H.Yildirim 9+3reb+2ast, T.Acik 8+3reb+4ast, T.Rocheste 8+2reb+2ast, P.Shumpert 7+2reb+1ast, J.Shipp 6+8reb+4ast
Besiktas: M.Ignerski 20+7reb, A.James Ogilvy 18+12reb+1ast, M.Abi 11+3reb+3ast, A.Iverson 11+5reb+4ast, B.Yarangume 6+5reb+2ast, C.Ozer 5+4reb
gschID: 111170


Bornova - Turk Telekom 59-90

The game between 9th ranked Bornova (5-8) and tenth ranked Turk Telekom (6-7) in Bornova on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Ankara outscored Bornova 90-59. The game was mostly controlled by Turk Telekom. Bornova managed to win second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Turk Telekom forced 19 Bornova turnovers. American center Gregory Stiemsma (211-85, college: Wisconsin, agency: N.E.T.) nailed 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Slovenian-Italian guard Sani Becirovic (195-81) accounted for 16 points and 7 assists. Four Turk Telekom players scored in double figures. American guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) came up with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Umit Sonkol (206-82) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Bornova in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Turk Telekom moved-up to ninth place. Bornova lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. Turk Telekom will meet at home bottom-ranked Oyak Renault (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bornova will play against Banvit (#3) in Balikesir and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Turk Telekom: G.Stiemsma 18+7reb+3ast, R.Basak 18+5reb+1ast, S.Becirovic 16+4reb+7ast, Y.Cankaya 14+5reb+1ast, J.Hendrik Luko Jagla 8+1reb, K.Wesson 7+6reb+2ast
Bornova: M.Roll 16+5reb+4ast, U.Sonkol 11+12reb, T.Nagys 9+5reb+1ast, T.Francis 6+4reb, S.Yavuz 6+1ast, R.Murat Kaya 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 111171


Antalya - Karsiyaka 82-94

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Antalya (8-5) lost at home to seventh ranked Karsiyaka (8-5) 94-82 on Monday. Karsiyaka dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Antalya's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (208-77, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 22 points and 9 rebounds. Four Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. American guard Patrick Christopher (196-88, college: California) came up with 22 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard J.P. Prince (201-87, college: Tennessee) added 17 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for Antalya in the defeat. Karsiyaka moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Antalya. Karsiyaka will meet at home Erdemir (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Antalya will play against Tofas (#11) in Bursa and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Karsiyaka: A.Smith 23+11reb+2ast, J.Stanojevic 22+9reb+1ast, U.Kacaniku 16+6reb+1ast, B.Batuk 12+2reb+2ast, D.Holston 9+5ast, A.Ali Erdogan 8+5ast
Antalya: P.Christopher 22+8reb+3ast, J.Prince 17+7reb+3ast, M.Guler 17+7reb, G.Gen 8+4ast, B.Hersek 8+9reb+2ast, P.Kocaoglu 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 111172


Fener.Ulker - Efes Pilsen 81-72

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Istanbul: Fenerbahce Ulker (#3) and Efes Pilsen (#4). Fenerbahce Ulker (11-2) won against visiting Efes Pilsen (9-4) 81-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Efes Pilsen. Efes Pilsen was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 44-31 second half run of Fenerbahce Ulker. The former international power forward Kaya Peker (207-80, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Croatian guard Marko Tomas (201-85) chipped in 22 points. Fenerbahce Ulker's coach Neven Spahija allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side international power forward Kerem Gonlum (208-77) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Kerem Tunceri (190-79) scored 11 points and 8 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Galatasaray and Banvit. Efes Pilsen at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Fenerbahce Ulker will play against Mersin (#15) in Akdeniz in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Efes Pilsen will play at home against Besiktas (#7) in Istanbul and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fener.Ulker: M.Tomas 22+3reb+2ast, K.Peker 16+8reb+3ast, R.Ukic 15+2reb+2ast, O.Savas 11+2reb, O.Onan 7+1reb, T.Kinsey 6+7reb
Efes Pilsen: K.Gonlum 18+8reb+2ast, I.Rakocevic 14+1reb+1ast, N.Vujcic 12+1reb+3ast, K.Tunceri 11+4reb+8ast, E.Dudley 7+3reb, A.Wisniewski 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 111173


Banvit - Aliaga 96-91

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Banvit (11-2) defeated 12th ranked Aliaga (4-9) in Balikesir 96-91 on Sunday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Aliaga trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 27-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 91-96 at the end of the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Banvit made 7 blocks. The former international guard Baris Ermis (194-85) nailed 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winning side and American-Azerbaijan forward Charles Davis (202-84, college: Alabama) accounted for 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks. Five Banvit players scored in double figures. Banvit's coach Orhun Ene used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky, agency: SportsTalent) came up with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and Latvian center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, college: UNLV, agency: Alti Sport) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Aliaga in the defeat. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Banvit. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Fener.Ulker and Galatasaray. Loser Aliaga dropped to the eleventh place with nine games lost. They share the position with Tofas and Trabzonspor. Banvit will meet at home Bornova (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aliaga will play against Trabzonspor and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Banvit: C.Davis 22+5reb+1ast, B.Ermis 18+5reb+6ast, L.Williams 17+4reb, K.Simmons 14+6reb+3ast, A.Graves 10+3reb+3ast, V.Golubovic 8+3reb+1ast
Aliaga: G.Fitch 26+9reb+7ast, K.Kambala 16+8reb+1ast, J.Randle 14+3reb+3ast, P.Kaya 8+4reb, B.Guney 8+2ast, L.Bilgin 7+5reb
gschID: 111168




Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Galatasaray 11-2 
 2. Fener.Ulker 11-2 
 3. Banvit 11-2 
 4. Efes Pilsen 9-4 
 5. Karsiyaka 8-5 
 6. Antalya 8-5 
 7. Besiktas 7-5 
 8. Olin Edirne 7-6 
 9. Turk Telekom 6-7 
 10. Bornova 5-8 
 11. Tofas 4-9 
 12. Trabzonspor 4-9 
 13. Aliaga 4-9 
 14. Erdemir 3-9 
 15. Mersin 3-10 
 16. Oyak Renault 2-11 


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Jones scored 15 and blocks 4 shots - by David Edole
'That's what you want a team to be. Everybody chipping in to get it done,' said head coach Alan Major.

For the fourth straight game, Charlotte (8-6) rallied from a halftime deficit, and still trailed by six with under 5:00 minutes to play, only to reverse fortunes and post a dramatic 86-83 double overtime victory at Georgia Tech. It was Charlotte's sixth win in their last eight games.

'In a nutshell, this game was about fighting,' said Major. 'They jumped on us early but we scrapped back into it at halftime. And it was every guy. Guys taking charges, loose balls, steals. We continue to keep scrapping. I couldn't be prouder of our guys.'

It was the 49ers second straight road win and their fourth straight come-from-behind victory.

Junior Derrio Green led the 49ers with 21 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 free throws and he matched his career high with nine assists. Phil Jones (208-C-85, college: Charlotte)s came off the bench to contribute 15 points with four blocks, Javarris Barnett added 15 points and Chris Braswell had 14.

Charlotte trailed by as much as 14 with 4:40 left in the first half only to put together a 10-2 run over the final 2:50 to close to within three, 40-37, at the break. Again, Tech jumped out fast, scoring the first five points of the second half to push the lead to 8, 45-37 before the Niners again began to whittle away at the lead, getting as close as one, 50-49. Georgia Tech answered and pushed it back to eight, 58-50 with 8:28 to play. Still trailing by six with 4:48 left, Charlotte closed the half with a 10-4 run to force overtime.

In the first OT, Charlotte took its first outright lead, only to see Georgia Tech answer on an Iman Shumpert three to go ahead by two, with 1:36 to play. Chris Braswell scored four points in the final minute to force the second overtime period.

This time, Charlotte used a three-pointer from Green and a conventional three-point play by Jones to take a nine-point lead, 83-74 with 2:34 left. Two long threes from Glen Rice, Jr. and Shumpert brought the lead back to three and after an An'Juan Wilderness free throw for the 49ers, Brian Oliver drained a three to make it a one-point game with 21 seconds left. Phil Joness was fouled underneath and canned two free throws to push the lead back to three, 86-83, with 13 seconds left.

On Tech's final possession, Barnett slapped a pass free and chased it down in the backcourt before it went out of bounds with :04 left. Tech was able to muster a halfcourt three by Rice but is bounded off the rim to give Charlotte the win.

'On the road you have to be exceptional,' Major added, of the second overtime lead. 'They kept coming at us and hit some big shots. That was a big steal by JB down the stretch. It's those little hustle plays that win these.'

'I think this team is playing well,' said Green, who posted his first 20-point outing of the season. 'We have a lot to learn, but we're gelling and coming together -- and we're playing defense. I think we're headed in the right direction.'


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UBL SPRINGFIELD THRILLS - by Ozzie Denson

THE UBL SPRINGFIELD THRILLS WILL BE HAVING THEIR 2011 TEAM TRYOUTS ON JANUARY
8TH AT GLENDALE HIGH SCHOOL IN SPRIINGFIELD MISSOURI. THE TRYOUTS STARTS AT
2:00 PM, PLEASE CALL COACH WILLIAMSON @ 417-849-3734. TRYOUTS COST IS $50.00 PER
PLAYER . PLEASE VISIT www.ublhoops.com AND CLICK ON TEAMS ( SPRINGFIELD
THRILLS)
OR
http://springfieldthrill.weebly.com/


THE UNITED BASKETBALL LEAGUE WILL START FEB 2011. PLEASE VISIT OUR SITE FOR UPCOMING TRYOUTS


THE UBL COME GET SOME !!!






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Chris Jeffreis signs deal with Malvn - by Sergio Palay
Malvin announced a new import player. They inked a deal with Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) for the rest of the seasson.
Jeffreis is a 30 years old player with playing experience in Brasil, Argentina y Uruguay. In Uruguay Jeffreis played with Anastasia de Fray Bentos in 2005 and was the star of a team that reached the semifinals . In LUB his stats read 27.0 points, 9.8 boards and 2.5 assists per appearance.
Jeffreis replaces Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) who played 16 games in Malvin and his stats read 15.9 points, 5.1 borads and 2.1 assists per appearance.


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Greivis helping with the triumph - by Jonathan Leon
Rudy Gay scored 27 points, Zach Randolph added 21 points, eight rebounds, O.J Mayo scored 15 points and Greivis Vasquez (198-G-87college: Maryland) played 15:38 minutes to scored 5 points with two defensive rebounds; this way Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Lakers in Los Angeles 104-85. Despite the defeat, K Bryant scored 28 points for the Angeles Lakers. Next games for both teams will be for the Lakers, Tuesday vs. Detroit, Wednesday @ Phoenix, Friday vs. New Orleans. For the Grizzlies, Tuesday vs. Oklahoma City, Friday vs. Utah, Saturday @ Oklahoma City.





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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Celik tabs Vidovic - by Zeljko Zule
Celik has reinforced its frontcourt with the addition of experienced Serbian Rada Vidovic (177-G-79) for the remainder of the season. She arrives from Zeljeznicar, where she averaged 13.4 points (2P 59%, 3P 13%, FT 71%), 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocks over 31 minutes in 5 Bosnian League games. Those numbers jumped to 16.0 points (2P 52%, 3P 29%, FT 83%), 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals in the 3 games of FIBA EuroCup.

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Neda Djuric will play again in Lukoil Neftochimic - by Christomir Rackov
The women champion Lukoil Neftochimic strengthend its roster with Serbian guard Neda Djuric (173-G-80, agency: Merit Sports, college: Rhode Island). She is coming for second time in the team after being part of the squad that won the championship back in 2009. Djuric is the first new signing for the team for this year.
The guard started the season in Vojvodina Novi Sad. Last season she played for AEL Imperial in Cyprus where in Eurocup she averaged 5.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Back in 2008/2009 season Djuric started in Spanish championship for San Jose Leon, then played for AEL Imperial. Later that season she signed with Lukoil Neftochimic and averaged 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.8 steals in 19 games. Djuric won the title of Bulgaria that year and in the summer of 2010 was part of Serbian NT during the European qualifications.



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Latvia U18 overcame Finland U18 in the start of the Baltic Sea Basketball Cup - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18-Finland U18 68:52 (25:17, 15:13, 17:13, 11:9)

Latvia U18 overcame Finland U18 in the start of the Baltic Sea Basketball Cup. The Latvian squad produced a 68:52 win due to all victories in the quarters.
Latvia opened the game with 25-17 and then added 15-13 in the second quarter. Moreover the winners con trolled the game in the second half and won the rest of the periods as well. At first they needed 17-13 in the third frame for a bigger lead and then triumphed with 11-9 in the last period.
Guna Lagzdina (182-C-93) stepped up with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Krista Bridina (173-G-94), Ance Aizsila (176-G-94) and Linda Vilde (180-F-93) followed her with 9 points each. Noora Korhonen (182-F-94) responded with 16 points in the losing effort. Ellen Nurmi (182-F-93) netted 10 and Elisa Runsas (179-G-94) posted 9.
Tomorrow Latvia U18 will face Sweden U18, while Finland U18 will take on Estonia U18.

Latvia U18: Guna Lagzdina 15 points and 13 rebounds. Krista Bridina 9, Ance Aizsila 9, Linda Vilde 9
Finland U18: Noora Korhonen 16 points, Ellen Nurmi 10, Elisa Runsas 9.



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Elitzur NETANYA signed Rashanda Mccants - by Gil Goshen

Elitzur Netanya signed today Rashand Maccants:
2010: Minnesota Lynx (WNBA), American League: 16 games: 5.9ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 62.1%; in July moved to Tulsa Shock (WNBA): 6 games: 5.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 40.0%
2010-2011: Blachy Pruszynski Lider Pruszkow (Poland-PLKK, starting five), left in Nov.'10.
It will be her second year in Israel. The first year was with Elitzur Holon and she had then 24 points and 9 rbs.
With this contract Elitzur Netanya hope to reach the final - four this season !



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Latvia U18 overcame Finland U18 in the start of the Baltic Sea Basketball Cup - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18-Finland U18 68:52 (25:17, 15:13, 17:13, 11:9)

Latvia U18 overcame Finland U18 in the start of the Baltic Sea Basketball Cup. The Latvian squad produced a 68:52 win due to all victories in the quarters.
Latvia opened the game with 25-17 and then added 15-13 in the second quarter. Moreover the winners con trolled the game in the second half and won the rest of the periods as well. At first they needed 17-13 in the third frame for a bigger lead and then triumphed with 11-9 in the last period.
Guna Lagzdina (182-C-93) stepped up with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Krista Bridina (173-G-94), Ance Aizsila (176-G-94) and Linda Vilde (180-F-93) followed her with 9 points each. Noora Korhonen (182-F-94) responded with 16 points in the losing effort. Ellen Nurmi (182-F-93) netted 10 and Elisa Runsas (179-G-94) posted 9.
Tomorrow Latvia U18 will face Sweden U18, while Finland U18 will take on Estonia U18.

Latvia U18: Guna Lagzdina 15 points and 13 rebounds. Krista Bridina 9, Ance Aizsila 9, Linda Vilde 9
Finland U18: Noora Korhonen 16 points, Ellen Nurmi 10, Elisa Runsas 9.



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Duke announces special events for the first games of the New Year - by George Fragkos
No3. Duke has announced the organization of some special events, which will take place before the games against No.11 Kentucky and No.18 Maryland. In this way the people of Duke try to attract even more people to attend the games and help the team both financially and morally.

The 4th of January against Kentucky will be a Dads and Daughters Day at which, the ticket will be reduced for all fathers and daughters. Before the game over 250 ACC t-shirts will be thrown into the stands. An ACC shoe blimp will be set up in the Hall of Honor for all fans to enjoy. The first 120 people to visit the blimp will get a pack of ACC silly bandz and have their picture posted on the Duke WBB Facebook Page, as it is announced by Duke Sports Marketing and Promotions.

On 6th against Maryland, children up to 14 years old will receive cheap tickets when accompanied by a paying adult and they will also get minor gifts. Besides, the first 1,000 fans that will enter the court will be given free Duke Basketball Foam Finger.

Both games are also Team Day in which teams can purchase cheaper tickets.


TCU stuns No.14 Oklahoma - by George Fragkos
Emily Carter (6'1''-F-87) and Helena Sverrisdottir (6'1''-G-88) combined to score 12 of TCU's last 13 points to lead the Horned Frogs to a 76-69 victory over No. 14 Oklahoma Sunday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

In a game that saw nine lead changes and 10 ties, Carter made bucket-after-bucket down the stretch, including six-straight points in the closing minutes that helped seal the Frog victory in front of 4,003 spectators at the DMC. The senior finished the night with a game-high 26 points, while also grabbing eight boards. Sverrisdottir, who moved into No. 4 all-time in career field goals made in program history Sunday, was just as dangerous, scorching the Sooners for 24 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 12-of-13 from the charity stripe.

Finally, sophomore Delisa Gross (6'2''-F) had another solid outing with 11 points and six boards. Gross has now scored in double-figures in five of her last seven outings. Fellow sophomore Starr Crawford just missed her fourth double-double of the season with a game-high 14 rebounds, while also chipping in with nine points.

Oklahoma, who was held to only two field goals down the stretch, was fueled by the return of Fort Worth native Whitney Hand Sunday. Hand, who saw her first action in over a year Sunday night, totaled 24 points, while also grabbing 11 boards. All-America candidate Danielle Robinson, who was hassled by an aggressive Horned Frog defense all night, totaled 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

Overall, TCU moved to 8-6 on the year with the win, while the Sooners dropped to 10-3 on the season. By defeating the nationally ranked Sooners Sunday, the Purple and White have now upended at least one ranked opponent in each of the last nine seasons.

Gross opened the second half recording a three-point play on a lob pass by Antoinette Thompson to bring TCU, who scored seven of the first eight points to start the second half, within one. Crawford's put back at the 19:11 mark gave the Frogs their first lead at 33-32 since early in the game.

Hand would put OU back on top a few moments later, but the Frogs continued to battle, retaking the lead numerous times. The two teams would continue to trade possessions until Crawford regained the Frog lead, scoring a contested lay-up following a Thompson miss.

Carter would increase the Frog advantage to 48-43, netting a running lay-up with a little over 10 minutes to go. The senior's bucket was part of a mini 6-0 run for TCU, but OU regained the lead halfway through the second period on some streaky shooting from behind the arc by Aaryn Ellenberg.

Carter's fast-break lay-up right around the 7 minute mark gave the Frogs their largest lead at that point in the contest at 58-53, but OU would score the next five points to tie the ballgame at 58-58 at the 6:21 mark of the second half.

With TCU up 63-61 with 3 minutes to go, Oklahoma tied the game, but Carter answered right back, nailing a triple the next trip down the court to give the Frogs' a 66-63 advantage. The All-America candidate then proceeded to connect on a tough three-point play to give TCU a four-point advantage with only 2 minutes remaining in the contest.

Sverrisdottir increased the TCU lead to seven, scoring a three-point play and a turn-around bucket to make the score 74-67. A couple of key free throws down the stretch secured the 76-69 Horned Frog victory Sunday night.

Oklahoma jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first half, but Sverrisdottir put an end to the opening-run, scoring a running lay-up in the early minutes of the contest.

With the score 13-4 in favor of OU, Carter got into the mix, scoring two-straight buckets, including a turn-around jumper on the left baseline to make the score 13-8 with a little over 12 minutes remaining.

Briesha Wynn's bucket off an assist from Thompson midway through the first half cut the OU deficit to 18-12, but the Sooners continued their hot shooting from deep, nailing a three at the 8:57 mark of the first period.

Gross' jumper with less then 5 minutes remaining before halftime brought TCU within 23-16, while Carter's deep three from the top of the key moved the Frogs within six late in the half. The senior, who scored 10 of TCU's first 22 points, continued her offensive presence the next trip down the court, connecting on a three-point play on a tough driving lay-up.

A late lay-up and two free throws by Sverrisdottir cut into the deficit, but Hand recorded one of her four triples in the game in the closing seconds as Oklahoma took a 32-28 lead into the halftime break.

TCU will open conference play Wednesday, Jan. 5 at San Diego State. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. CT.

Courtesy: GoFrogs.com


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Bojana Vulic returns to Turkey - by Eurobasket News
TED Kayseri announced signing of Bojana Vulic (191-C-84) for rest of the season. The 26-year-old Serbian center arrives to the club from Armenian Hatis Yerevan, where she spent last month (December). Vulic started the season in France as a member of Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes ASPTT. She appeared five times in LFB averaging 4.2 points and 2.2 rebounds. Later with Hatis Yerevan she had 8 ppg and 9 rpg for two EuroCup games.
Bojana Vulic is a product of Crvena Zvezda Belgrade, where she played until 2006. That year she moved to Slovenia signing a deal with ZKK Merkur Celje. Vulic helped the squad to win the Slovenian National Cup. Season 2007/08, Vulic spent in Turkey as a member of Edremit Basketbol Ihtisas and Burhaniye Belediyes. Next year he played for Cankaya Universitesi. With Edremit, Vulic had 15.4 ppg and 9 rpg for 8 games.


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Samsun adds Kristi Toliver and Ceyda Kozluca - by Eurobasket News
Kristi Toliver (170-G-87, college: Maryland) and Ceyda Kozluca (179-C-84) are new members of Samsun (Turkey). Both players signed a deal for rest of the season.
Kristi Toliver is WNBA player, who had 8.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1.4 apg for the Los Angeles Sparks last summer. Season 2009/10 she split between Raanana Hertzeliya and MKB Euroleasing Sopron. With the Israeli squad, Toliver registered 19.7 ppg, 4 rpg and 5.5 apg for 20 games. Later in Hungary she had 12.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.8 apg for 10 games with the Soproni team. In 2009, Toliver averaged 7.6 points and 1.9 assists for the Chicago Sky. She graduated at the Maryland University in 2009.
Ceyda Kozluca heads to Samsun from Galatasaray, where she started this season. However, she had limited playing time with the team. Kozluca is a member of the Turkish National Team. She had 5.3 ppg and 2.2 rpg for them during the Qualifications to European Championships 2011.


Bojana Vulic returns to Turkey - by Eurobasket News
TED Kayseri announced signing of Bojana Vulic (191-C-84) for rest of the season. The 26-year-old Serbian center arrives to the club from Armenian Hatis Yerevan, where she spent last month (December). Vulic started the season in France as a member of Flammes Carolo Basket Ardennes ASPTT. She appeared five times in LFB averaging 4.2 points and 2.2 rebounds. Later with Hatis Yerevan she had 8 ppg and 9 rpg for two EuroCup games.
Bojana Vulic is a product of Crvena Zvezda Belgrade, where she played until 2006. That year she moved to Slovenia signing a deal with ZKK Merkur Celje. Vulic helped the squad to win the Slovenian National Cup. Season 2007/08, Vulic spent in Turkey as a member of Edremit Basketbol Ihtisas and Burhaniye Belediyes. Next year he played for Cankaya Universitesi. With Edremit, Vulic had 15.4 ppg and 9 rpg for 8 games.


Mersin inks WNBA player Scholanda Robinson - by Eurobasket News
Mersin announced very important signing for rest of the season. The team managed to bring WNBA player Scholanda Robinson (178-G-83, college: LSU). The 27-year-old guard played 34 games for the Tulsa Shock last summer collecting 11.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 steals. A year before, Robinson averaged 6.6 points and 1.6 rebounds for the Sacramento Monarchs. She played for the Monarchs also in 2007 and 2008.
In Europe, Scholanda Robinson has experience from Italy. She was a member of Vomero Basket Napoli on season 2008/09. For 29 games in Serie A1, Robinson collected 12.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 3.5 spg.
Scholanda Robinson is a product of the Louisiana State University, where she graduated in 2006. She played 35 games as a senior averaging 8.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists.


Burhaniye lands LaToya Thomas - by Eurobasket News
Burhaniye Bld came up with the new signing for rest of the season. The Turkish squad inked a deal with WNBA player LaToya Thomas (188-F-81, college: Mississippi St.). The American forward arrives from Israel, where she started this season. Thomas played seven games for Raanana Hertzeliya averaging 16.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
LaToya Thomas spent last season in Spain as a member of Mann Filter Zaragoza. She was one of the league best players and of course the best player of the Zaragoza team. For 26 games in LFB Thomas collected 15 ppg, 6.8 rpg and 1.3 apg. In 2008, Thomas also played for the Detroit Shock and Minnesota Lynx. In 2007, she was a member of the Los Angeles Sparks. For 27 games that year Thomas registered 7.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.2 apg. In the past, Thomas also played for San Antonio Silver Stars, Ensino, Elizur Ramla, Cadi la Seu and Technological University Kazan.


TKBL Round 10: Derby game ends with Fenerbahce's defeat of Besiktas - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Istanbul: Fenerbahce (#1) and Besiktas (#4). Fenerbahce (9-1) smashed visiting Besiktas (6-4) by 27 points 86-59. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Besiktas. The game without a history. Fenerbahce led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Besiktas' 42. Fenerbahce outrebounded Besiktas 39-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Australian forward Penelope Taylor (185-81) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of her seven free throws). International center Nevriye Yilmaz (195-80) contributed with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Nykesha Sales (183-76, college: Connecticut, agency: Merit Sports) replied with 16 points for Besiktas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fenerbahce have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-1 record, which they share with Galatasaray. Besiktas at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Botas and Tarsus Bld. Fenerbahce is looking forward to face Botas (#5) in Adana in the next round. Besiktas will play at home against Tarsus Bld in Mersin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Burhaniye Bld is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to sixth ranked Tarsus Bld (6-4) 88-60. International power forward Naile Ivegin (185-85) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Plenette Pierson chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Australian forward Penelope Taylor (185-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 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. Tarsus Bld moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Besiktas and Botas. Newly promoted Burhaniye Bld still closes the standings with ten games lost. Tarsus Bld will play against Besiktas (#4) in Istanbul in the next round. Burhaniye Bld will play at home against Samsun (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Samsun was quite interesting. Eighth ranked Samsun (4-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Mersin (4-6). Samsun defeated Mersin 69-57 on Sunday. Jessica Adair notched 21 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 15 points and 9 rebounds by Chanelle Mokango did not help to save the game for Mersin. Samsun moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Mersin. Samsun will meet bottom-ranked Burhaniye Bld (#12) in the next round where they are favorite. Mersin will play against Istanbul Universitesi (#9) in Istanbul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 9th ranked Ceyhan Bld (3-7) and second ranked Galatasaray (9-1) in Adana ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Istanbul outscored Ceyhan Bld 95-63. Galatasaray has a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Fenerbahce. Ceyhan Bld lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with seven games lost. Galatasaray's next round opponent will be TED Kayseri (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Ceyhan Bld will play against Alanya BLD (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 10 Alanya BLD was smashed by Istanbul Univ. on the road 78-52. TED Kayseri won against Botas on its own court 78-72.



Samsun - Mersin 69-57

The game in Samsun was quite interesting. Eighth ranked Samsun (4-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Mersin (4-6). Samsun defeated Mersin 69-57 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-57. Samsun made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Mersin turnovers. American center Jessica Adair (193-86, college: George Washington) notched 21 points and 6 rebounds (made all of her eleven free throws !!!) to lead the effort and Rwandan-American center Tatum Brown (193-78, college: Arizona) supported her with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Even 15 points and 9 rebounds by DR Congolese forward Chanelle Mokango (196-88, college: Mississippi St.) did not help to save the game for Mersin. American forward Erlana Larkins (185-86, college: N.Carolina, agency: 540 Sports) added 7 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Samsun moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Mersin. Samsun will meet bottom-ranked Burhaniye Bld (#12) in the next round where they are favorite. Mersin will play against Istanbul Universitesi (#9) in Istanbul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Samsun: J.Adair 21+6reb+1ast, G.Akkaya 16+3reb+1ast, T.Brown 14+8reb+1ast, D.Boz 7+2reb+8ast, A.Gray-Lawson 5+1ast, C.Kozluca 3+2reb
Mersin: C.Jinks 15+4reb, C.Mokango 15+9reb+2ast, S.Michael Robinson 8, E.Larkins 7+11reb+3ast, T.Talaslioglu 7, T.Inoentepe 3+2reb+1ast
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Fenerbahce - Besiktas 86-59

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Istanbul: Fenerbahce (#1) and Besiktas (#4). Fenerbahce (9-1) smashed visiting Besiktas (6-4) by 27 points 86-59. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Besiktas. The game without a history. Fenerbahce led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Besiktas' 42. Fenerbahce outrebounded Besiktas 39-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Australian forward Penelope Taylor (185-81) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of her seven free throws). International center Nevriye Yilmaz (195-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Fenerbahce players scored in double figures. American swingman Nykesha Sales (183-76, college: Connecticut, agency: Merit Sports) replied with 16 points and Brazilian swingman Iziane Castro Marques (183-82) added 17 points in the effort for Besiktas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fenerbahce have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-1 record, which they share with Galatasaray. Besiktas at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Botas and Tarsus Bld. Fenerbahce is looking forward to face Botas (#5) in Adana in the next round. Besiktas will play at home against Tarsus Bld in Mersin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fenerbahce: P.Taylor 20+9reb+5ast, B.Vardarli 16+4reb+3ast, I.Matovic 15+6reb+2ast, N.Yilmaz 15+12reb+1ast, H.Horakova 7+1reb+2ast, E.Tuncluer 6+4reb
Besiktas: I.Castro Marques 17+2reb+2ast, N.Sales 16+3reb+2ast, K.Santos 12+4reb, E.Erden 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Horasan 4+5reb, T.Tasci 2+2reb
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Tarsus Bld - Burhaniye Bld 88-60

Bottom-ranked Burhaniye Bld is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to sixth ranked Tarsus Bld (6-4) 88-60. The game without a history. Tarsus Bld led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. International power forward Naile Ivegin (185-85) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Plenette Pierson (188-81, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Five Tarsus Bld players scored in double figures. At the losing side Australian forward Penelope Taylor (185-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Allyson Hardy (170-83, college: Bowie St.) scored 13 points and 5 steals. 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. Tarsus Bld moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Besiktas and Botas. Newly promoted Burhaniye Bld still closes the standings with ten games lost. Tarsus Bld will play against Besiktas (#4) in Istanbul in the next round. Burhaniye Bld will play at home against Samsun (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Tarsus Bld: O.Yavas 19+4reb+2ast, N.Ivegin 17+8reb+2ast, D.Canty 15+5reb+2ast, K.Siyahdemir 13+1reb+5ast, P.Pierson 12+10reb+3ast, S.Zeren 4+3reb+1ast
Burhaniye Bld: A.Hardy 13+3reb+3ast, L.Thomas 12+13reb+3ast, A.Petillon 10+3reb, M.Maksimovic 7+6reb+2ast, S.Atli 6, H.Kayalar 5+1reb+4ast
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Ceyhan Bld - Galatasaray 63-95

The game between 9th ranked Ceyhan Bld (3-7) and second ranked Galatasaray (9-1) in Adana ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Istanbul outscored Ceyhan Bld 95-63. Galatasaray has a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Fenerbahce. Ceyhan Bld lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with seven games lost. Galatasaray's next round opponent will be TED Kayseri (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Ceyhan Bld will play against Alanya BLD (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Istanbul Univ. - Alanya BLD 78-52

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Istanbul Universitesi and 10th ranked Alanya BLD had identical 2-7 record. This time Istanbul Universitesi used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Alanya 78-52. The game without a history. Istanbul Universitesi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Istanbul Universitesi forced 22 Alanya BLD turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Alanya BLD's players. Istanbul Universitesi brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American guard Matee Ajavon (173-86, college: Rutgers) fired 18 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. The other American import forward Ashley Paris (191-87, college: Oklahoma) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Four Istanbul Universitesi players scored in double figures. Canadian power forward Miranda Ayim (191-88, college: Pepperdine) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and Polish power forward Kasha Terry (191-83, college: Georgia Tech) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Alanya BLD's coach Nuri Koc gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Istanbul Universitesi (3-7) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Ceyhan Bld. Alanya BLD lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh position with eight games lost. Istanbul Universitesi's next round opponent will be higher ranked Mersin (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Alanya BLD will play against Ceyhan Bld in Adana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Istanbul Univ.: M.Ajavon 18+1reb+7ast, M.Gezer 13+5reb+3ast, A.Paris 10+12reb+3ast, D.Gant 10+4reb+1ast, O.Howard 8+2reb+6ast, I.Dumlu 8+3reb+2ast
Alanya BLD: M.Ayim 14+6reb+2ast, K.Terry 13+8reb, E.Torun 8+3reb+1ast, R.Celebi 7+5reb+2ast, B.Onbasi 5+3reb+3ast, C.Smith 3+2reb
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TED Kayseri - Botas 78-72

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Botas (6-4) lost on the road to third ranked TED Kayseri (8-2) 78-72. American players dominated the game. Power forward LaToya Pringle (191-86, college: N.Carolina, agency: 540 Sports) fired 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Nakia Sanford (193-76, college: Kansas) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four TED Kayseri players scored in double figures. Guard Jolene Anderson (173-86, college: Wisconsin) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Megan Frazee (191-87, college: Liberty) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Botas' coach Can Ozturk rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. TED Kayseri maintains third position with 8-2 record having just one point less than leader Fenerbahce. Botas at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. TED Kayseri's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Galatasaray in Istanbul and it will be for sure the game of the week. Botas will play at home against the league's leader Fenerbahce in Istanbul.
Top scorers:
TED Kayseri: G.Yavuz 16+2reb+2ast, N.Sanford 15+5reb+1ast, L.Pringle 14+7reb+1ast, B.Ozturk 12+2reb+5ast, B.Vulic 8+2reb+1ast, A.Metin 6+2reb+1ast
Botas: M.Frazee 19+3reb+1ast, J.Anderson 16+10reb+3ast, W.Boddie 12+2reb+2ast, A.De Oliviera 6+7reb, G.Takmaz 6+1reb, B.Cigil 5+1reb+1ast
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Mersin inks WNBA player Scholanda Robinson - by Eurobasket News
Mersin announced very important signing for rest of the season. The team managed to bring WNBA player Scholanda Robinson (178-G-83, college: LSU). The 27-year-old guard played 34 games for the Tulsa Shock last summer collecting 11.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 steals. A year before, Robinson averaged 6.6 points and 1.6 rebounds for the Sacramento Monarchs. She played for the Monarchs also in 2007 and 2008.
In Europe, Scholanda Robinson has experience from Italy. She was a member of Vomero Basket Napoli on season 2008/09. For 29 games in Serie A1, Robinson collected 12.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 3.5 spg.
Scholanda Robinson is a product of the Louisiana State University, where she graduated in 2006. She played 35 games as a senior averaging 8.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists.


Samsun adds Kristi Toliver and Ceyda Kozluca - by Eurobasket News
Kristi Toliver (170-G-87, college: Maryland) and Ceyda Kozluca (179-C-84) are new members of Samsun (Turkey). Both players signed a deal for rest of the season.
Kristi Toliver is WNBA player, who had 8.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1.4 apg for the Los Angeles Sparks last summer. Season 2009/10 she split between Raanana Hertzeliya and MKB Euroleasing Sopron. With the Israeli squad, Toliver registered 19.7 ppg, 4 rpg and 5.5 apg for 20 games. Later in Hungary she had 12.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.8 apg for 10 games with the Soproni team. In 2009, Toliver averaged 7.6 points and 1.9 assists for the Chicago Sky. She graduated at the Maryland University in 2009.
Ceyda Kozluca heads to Samsun from Galatasaray, where she started this season. However, she had limited playing time with the team. Kozluca is a member of the Turkish National Team. She had 5.3 ppg and 2.2 rpg for them during the Qualifications to European Championships 2011.


Burhaniye lands LaToya Thomas - by Eurobasket News
Burhaniye Bld came up with the new signing for rest of the season. The Turkish squad inked a deal with WNBA player LaToya Thomas (188-F-81, college: Mississippi St.). The American forward arrives from Israel, where she started this season. Thomas played seven games for Raanana Hertzeliya averaging 16.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
LaToya Thomas spent last season in Spain as a member of Mann Filter Zaragoza. She was one of the league best players and of course the best player of the Zaragoza team. For 26 games in LFB Thomas collected 15 ppg, 6.8 rpg and 1.3 apg. In 2008, Thomas also played for the Detroit Shock and Minnesota Lynx. In 2007, she was a member of the Los Angeles Sparks. For 27 games that year Thomas registered 7.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.2 apg. In the past, Thomas also played for San Antonio Silver Stars, Ensino, Elizur Ramla, Cadi la Seu and Technological University Kazan.