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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONS CUP   


Africabasket.com All-African Champions Cup Awards 2010 - by Emiliano
1st Team
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Joaquim Gomes
Gomes
Aboubakar Usman
Usman
Christian Bayang
Bayang
Felizardo Ambrosio
Ambrosio
Cameron Echols
Echols
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MVP: Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80) of 1 De Agosto Angola
Best Guard: Aboubakar Usman (192-G-86) of Kano Pillars Nigeria
Best Forward: Felizardo Ambrosio (201-F-87) of 1 De Agosto Angola
Best Center: Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80) of 1 De Agosto Angola
Best Coach: Luis Magalhaes of 1 De Agosto Angola

1st Team
G: Aboubakar Usman (192-86) of Kano Pillars Nigeria
G: Christian Bayang (193-87) of Condor Cameroon
F: Felizardo Ambrosio (201-87) of 1 De Agosto Angola
F: Cameron Echols (203-81) of Maxaquene Mozambique
C/F: Joaquim Gomes (200-80) of 1 De Agosto Angola

2nd Team
G: Mario Correia (189-78) of 1 De Agosto Angola
G: Brandon Fields (193-88) of ASS Sale Morocco
F/C: Kim Adams (203-82) of Coruna Spain
F/C: Chanel Amboulou (194-88) of InterClub Congo-Brazaville
: Arnold Yacoubou (88) of Aso Modele Benin

Honorable Mention
Victor Anthony Koko (F-92) of Royal Hoopers Nigeria
Zouheir Bourouis (180-G-83) of ASS Sale Morocco
Joseph Mbang (198-F-86) of Ahli Benghazi Libya
Aymar Boundou (82) of Manga BB Gabon



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  ARGENTINA   


La Union Formosa bring in Damian Cantrell - by Eurobasket News
La Union Formosa changed one of their import players. They signed a deal with Damian Cantrell (200-F-76, college: USF). He is expected to replace Derrick Alston (208-C/F-72, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duquesne) on the squad. Damian Cantrell was last seen in Zain in Jordan Premier League. In 2008/09 season the 34-year-old forward played for Okapi Aalstar in Belgium. He tallied 7.8 points, 9.4 boards and 1.2 assists per game. It is not the first contract in Argentina for Damian Cantrell. He used to play for Ben Hur back in 1999-2002 seasons. The forward was the TNA champion with the team. Damian Cantrell is expected to join La Union tonight.


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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round 13 Preview - by Duncan Matheson
Perth Wildcats v Melbourne Tigers

Both teams will be high on confidence, with Perth winning both games on the road last week while Melbourne have won their last two to try to rejuvenate their season. While not putting up massive numbers, Ater Majok (208-F-87, college: Connecticut) has been a difference as he anchors that Perth defence and allows the guards to be more aggressive, blocking three shots per game and changing many more. He will look to do the same in this game, disrupting the Melbourne bigs while also hoping to alter the inside shots of Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.), fresh off a triple double last weekend. Luke Nevill (218-C-86, college: Utah) was dominate to say the least against the 36ers last weekend, with 23 points on 8-8 FG and 7-7 FT, and will look to continue that red hot form. Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) has been truly the standout forward of the competition however, and playing the four spot against some bigger less agile opponents should wreak havoc from inside and out and get the Wildcats over the line.

Skytrans Cairns Taipans v Gold Coast Blaze

The Blaze suffered a heartbreaking three point loss at home against the Wildcats, and at 5-8 it may be now or never to make a playoff run. No question this will be a big challenge though against a Taipans team that is currently 7-0 at home. Cairns scrapped out a 60-48 win against the Kings last week that myself and Im sure many others are happy we didnt watch. Its not the first time the Taipans have kept a team to a low score, grinding them down with good half court defence, but it is unlikely they will succeed with this tactic against the run n gun Blaze. Now shooting just 36% from the field, Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85, college: California) has gone cold despite his teams continued success and will look to break out of a minor funk, while for the Blaze much of the responsibility will again fall on the strong shoulders of Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.), who dominated last week with 34 points on 11-14 FG, and Ira Clark (203-C/F-75, college: Texas). Chris Goulding (190-G-88) could be the x-factor, as a young player who can get hot and also loves to hit the big shot down the stretch. Blaze an outside chance to upset the Taipans, but the smart money stays with Cairns.

Adelaide 36ers v New Zealand Breakers

Just when everyone seemed to be jumping on the 36ers bandwagon, saying they were going to make a charge towards the playoffs, they deliver a stinker in a 87-66 loss at Melbourne. Adam Ballinger (205-F-79, college: Michigan St.) and Ron Howard (196-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso) both only took only six shots, and both need to be far more aggressive and effective for the team to succeed, while Eddie Shannon (180-G-77, college: Florida) has continued to impress and looks to be one of the superior guards of the NBL. Meanwhile, the top of the ladder Breakers also served up a terrible performance in a 96-79 loss. Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown) had easily his best performance of the year with a breakout 32 points on 8-13 3pt FG, but had very little assistance, particularly with Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) having an off night with just 12 points. This is a must win game at home for Adelaide, who lost at home to the Breakers earlier in the year, and this is a game they simply must find a way to win to be any chance of reaching the playoffs.

Sydney Kings v Townsville Crocodiles

Unfortunately, my optimism about the Sydney Kings has dried up, and its become almost impossible to see the positives. At 1-13, having imploded frequently down the stretch of games, and scoring just 48 points last week, its hard to be a realistic about a Kings win. Patrick Sanders (198-F-85, college: Cal-Irvine) scored just three points in the loss to Cairns, and he and fellow import Trey Gilder (206-F-85, college: Northwestern St.) need to step up and give the dominant Julian Khazzouh (211-C-86) far more assistance. For the Crocs, at 8-7 they now are within striking distance of the top four and need to capitalise on a game they should win. Luke Schenscher (216-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) has been in outstanding form of late, and has been by far the most consistent player on the Crocs roster which may surprise some. His battle with Khazzouh will be pivotal, but with far more depth around him Schenscher and the Crocs should get an easy win.

Gold Coast Blaze v Wollongong Hawks

A very important game as the Hawks have lost three in a row and have lost stalwart Glen Saville (197-G/F-76), while the Blaze probably need to go 2-0 this weekend to get back into finals contention. Gary Ervin (186-G-83, college: Arkansas) will continue to be the focal point for the Hawks, but without Saville even more of the ball-handling and creating responsibilities have fallen on Ervin which seems to upset the balance of a team that started the season 9-2. The Blaze will be high on confidence after causing a 72-70 upset in Wollongong two weeks ago, while the Hawks will be hungry for revenge. A big challenge for Adam Gibson (188-G-86) to contain Ervin can go a long way to securing the Blaze the win, while Oscar Forman (205-F-82) needs to step up and show his best form for the Hawks. Even without Saville, having lost three in a row and the Blaze backing up from a trip to Cairns two nights prior, the Hawks may steal this one.




American signs on to play in SEABL 2011 - by Danny Russell
ALBURY/WODONGA BANDITS PRESS RELEASE

The Albury/Wodonga Commercial Club Bandits Coaching Staff, Players and Board would like to announce their first import signing for the Mens squad for the 2011 Season.

With the loss of Ryan Bright and Travis Gabbidon during the off season the mens team coaching staff has been hard at work looking for suitable replacements. The first of the two restricted import players has signed this week.

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Lance Perique (201-F-83, college: Georgia St.) will be joining our squad for next season.

Lance is a 203cm (68) 95Kg (210pnd) small forward graduate of NCAA Div 1 Georgia State University.

Lance did the hard yards during his college career kicking off at a small community college, North Eastern Oklahoma A&M for two years before being recruited by Georgia State University.

Lance graduated following the 2006/07 season and has since been linked with teams in the NBADL and the World Basketball Association which is a league that allows young players exposure to professional basketball life and opportunity for scouts to analyse each player.

Lance is a very athletic slashing three man that can shoot from range but is best when he is attacking the basket. He has very good ball handling skills and has the uncanny knack of drawing fouls when getting to the basket.

Although this is Lances first true professional contract outside the US he will be a major part of our leadership group and will be helping our more inexperienced players develop and understand the requirements of professional basketball.




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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Esmir Rizvic on trial with Zrinjski - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Bosnian media, BC Zrinjski is close to signing Esmir Rizvic (213-C-82, college: Texas Tech). Member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team has reportedly joined Zrinjski on trial for the next several days. He will try to impress in order to secure a deal. If everything goes according to the plans, Rizvic could be signed as replacement for recently departed Seid Hajric. Bosnian center spent last season with Zlatorog Lasko while at the start of this one he suffered injury setback which prevented him from playing in the first part of the season. It remains to be seen whether the deal will be concluded in the coming days.
Esmir Rizvic is a product of BC Celik Zenica where he made his professional debut. In 1999 he was touted as one of the top prospects in Bosnia and has made debut for Celik senior Team. He played for Celik for 5 seasons during which he steadily improved his game. During 2003-2004, his last with the club, Rizvic averaged 8.9 points in 26 games played. In 2004 he went to United States where he played at Gulf Coast Community College. In 2006 he moved to Texas Tech University where in his debut season he averaged 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 16 games. After two more seasons in the States, Rizvic returned to Europe in 2009. After trying out with Helios Domzale, he signed a deal with Zlatorog Lasko at the start of last season. He played in 35 games and has averaged 8.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest. He helped Lasko reach Slovenian Cup finals last season but fell short of winning it.


Zrinjski signs Sindis Demic - by Eurobasket News
Zrinjski reinforced its roster on guard position. The Bosnian outfit signed a deal with Sindis Demic (190-G-83) for rest of the season. The 27-year-old Bosnian arrives from Slavija Istocno Sarajevo, where he played last three and a half seasons. Before Slavija, Demic was a member of Vogosca MIMS and Bosna Sarajevo. In 2007, he reached the League Finals with Bosna Sarajevo.
At the same time, Slavija Istocno Sarajevo brought in Aldin Klinac (212-C-90). The young big guy is coming from Bosna Sarajevo. He appeared just in one Adriatic league games last season. Klinac is not a new face in Slavija as he already played for them in the past. It was on season 2008/09. Young Klinac also has experience from Velpak Sarajevo and Ilidza.


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  BELARUS   


Larry Hall joins Minsk-2006 - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006 entered the year with new import player on board. The Belarusian champions signed a deal with Larry Hall (190-G-83, college: W.Oregon). The 27-year-old guard started the season in NBDL Austin Toros. The guard moved to Porvoon Tarmo in Finland in February. Larry Hall tallied 12.7 points, 3.7 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in the Finnish 1st Division. In December Larry Hall inked the contract with Puntukas Anyksciai in Lithuanian NKL. In five games Larry Hall tallied 16.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists. Larry Hall has already debuted for Minsk-2006. He helped the team to an 85:74 victory over Dnipro in VTB-League. The guard tallied 2 points and 1 rebound in just two minutes on the court.


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  BELIZE   


St. Martin's Credit Union Tournament in San Ignacio!!! - by David Magana
On Monday Night, Celtics narrowly defeated Heat 18 17, behind Charlston Gardiners 6 points, while the top scorers for the Heat were Ryan Mentes Carbajal and Darrel Nunez who sank 9 and 6 points respectively. In game 2, Lakers remained undefeated with a 30 24 win, where Michael Waight and Trimayne Harris chipped in 10 points apiece, while Daniel Black Bennett scored 8 points. Hornets were lead by Kaylen Miralda who scored 8 points. In the 16 18 division, Magics needed 4 over time to defeat Bucks 51 49. Magics was lead by Darry Valentine with 16 points, while David Cheese Hegar and Vijon Batch Scott lead Bucks with 17 and 11 points respectively. In the nightcap, Spurs defeated Bulls 24 20, behind Johann Cutto Bermudez, who sank 9 points.

Tuesday night opened with an upset, as Celtics handed Lakers their first loss of the season, 25 15. Celtics was lead by Francis Jimenez and Trey Harris who sank 6 points apiece, while Wilson Reyes and Trimayne Harris were the top scorers for Lakers with 9 and 6 points respectively. In game 2, Mavericks defeated Nuggest 44 34, behind Carlos Juarez and Raheem Crawford, who sank 19 and 11 points respectively, while Ervin Barrios and Nigel Daly lead the Nuggets with 15 and 9 points respectively. In the 16 18 division, Spurs edged Magic 39 36, behind Johann Cutto Bermudez and Adrian Cal who sank 14 and 10 points respectively, while Magics were lead by Julian Big Up Guzman and Elvis Zui Usher, who scored 12 and 8 points respectively. In the nightcap, Bucks went to another overtime game, but this time, coming up on the losing end, as Bulls defeated them 38 37. The top scorer for Bulls was Dijon D-Mac McNabb with 17 points, while Shelton Defour was top scorer for Bucks with 9 points.

On Wednesday night, Hornets recorded their first victory of the season with a 24 22 win over Heat. Hornets was lead by Osvin Parham and Rhyler Rhaburn who scored 11 and 8 points respectively, while in a losing effort, Raheem Bida Rhaburn and Darrrel Nunez sank 10 and 8 points respectively. In game 2, Suns remains undefeated with a come-back win over Nuggets, 36 35. Suns was lead by Santiago Dados Clarke with 27 points, while Ervin Barrios and Nigel Daly scored 19 and 10 points respectively. In the other game, Hawks defeated Mavericks 29 23, with Jamie Carbajal tallying 10 points in the victory and Carlos Juarez had 8 points in the loss. In the nightcap, Bucks blew out Spurs 74 42, behind a tournament high of 40 points from Vijon Batch Scott, who sank 7 three-pointers, and David Cheese Hegar adding 13 points. Johann Bermudez was again the top scorer for Spurs, with 14 points.




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  BOSNIA   


Esmir Rizvic on trial with Zrinjski - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Bosnian media, BC Zrinjski is close to signing Esmir Rizvic (213-C-82, college: Texas Tech). Member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team has reportedly joined Zrinjski on trial for the next several days. He will try to impress in order to secure a deal. If everything goes according to the plans, Rizvic could be signed as replacement for recently departed Seid Hajric. Bosnian center spent last season with Zlatorog Lasko while at the start of this one he suffered injury setback which prevented him from playing in the first part of the season. It remains to be seen whether the deal will be concluded in the coming days.
Esmir Rizvic is a product of BC Celik Zenica where he made his professional debut. In 1999 he was touted as one of the top prospects in Bosnia and has made debut for Celik senior Team. He played for Celik for 5 seasons during which he steadily improved his game. During 2003-2004, his last with the club, Rizvic averaged 8.9 points in 26 games played. In 2004 he went to United States where he played at Gulf Coast Community College. In 2006 he moved to Texas Tech University where in his debut season he averaged 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 16 games. After two more seasons in the States, Rizvic returned to Europe in 2009. After trying out with Helios Domzale, he signed a deal with Zlatorog Lasko at the start of last season. He played in 35 games and has averaged 8.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest. He helped Lasko reach Slovenian Cup finals last season but fell short of winning it.


Zrinjski signs Sindis Demic - by Eurobasket News
Zrinjski reinforced its roster on guard position. The Bosnian outfit signed a deal with Sindis Demic (190-G-83) for rest of the season. The 27-year-old Bosnian arrives from Slavija Istocno Sarajevo, where he played last three and a half seasons. Before Slavija, Demic was a member of Vogosca MIMS and Bosna Sarajevo. In 2007, he reached the League Finals with Bosna Sarajevo.
At the same time, Slavija Istocno Sarajevo brought in Aldin Klinac (212-C-90). The young big guy is coming from Bosna Sarajevo. He appeared just in one Adriatic league games last season. Klinac is not a new face in Slavija as he already played for them in the past. It was on season 2008/09. Young Klinac also has experience from Velpak Sarajevo and Ilidza.


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  BRAZIL   


End of Season in Rio de Janeiro - by Miguel Gonzalez
Despite the title won by Flamengo in the Adult (or professional) Rio de Janeiro State League, all other state championships came to an end.

In Sub-20 (Juvenil), Fluminense beat Clube Central to win its third straight title.

In Infanto-Juvenil (Sub-17), Botafogo beat Clube Central to win the championship.

In Infantil (Sub-15), Tijuca TC beat Flamengo to win the competition.

In Mirim (Sub-13), Fluminense lost the final Playoff to Clube Central, which won its third straight title.



The other minor tournaments also came to an end. Club Municipal won the Sub-14 Tournament beating Fluminense in the grand final; Flamengo won the Pre-Mirim (Sub-12) Circuit; and Fluminense won the Mirim (Sub-13) Initial Tournament.



Brazilian Big Man from NCAA returns to Brazil - by Paulo Freire
With a team 50 % reformulated compared to last seaon, the Liga Sorocabana de Basquete (LSB) began today, their preparation for the Brazil Cup, which begins next Jan 25. The main innovations in the presentation of the team are in the post, regarding the big mans.

On this wednesday (Jan. 5), the team confirmed the 'engagement' of the center
Gustavo Lino (216-C), 23 years old and 2m16 tall, who had been playing for four seasons in the American college basketball, defending the University of Southern Mississippi. This is the sixth new player of Sorocaba.

'It's an important addition that will strengthen our lane, because the player has a high stature and comes with the experience of having played several years in the U.S.,' says head coach Rinaldo Rodrigues, of the L.S.B. / OBJETIVO / FLEXTRONICS Team.


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Lukoil signed Bruno Sundov - by Vladi Lazarova
Bulgarian eight times consecutive champion Lukoil Academik Sofia made a transfer sensation after signing Croatian giant Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport). The contract between the club and 221 cm tall player is till the end of the season. In Lukoil 30-years old center is replacing Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV), who left Bulgaria a week ago. Sundov must arrive in Sofia tomorrow and will join his new teammates at the same day practice.

NBL Round 12: Levski beats Balkan in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sofia. Second ranked Levski faced one of their biggest challengers Balkan. Host Levski (10-2) smashed guests from Botevgrad (7-5) 93-71. The game was mostly controlled by Levski. Balkan managed to win fourth quarter 24-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levski forced 20 Balkan turnovers. The best player for the winners was American center Donald Cole (204-81, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Edge Sports) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import guard Jason Crowe (193-76, college: Cal.St. Northridge) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Levski's coach Konstantin Papazov felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Lubomir Lilov (198-87) who recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds. Levski has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-2 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Balkan at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Levski are looking forward to face Rilski Sportist (#4) in Samokov in the next round. Balkan will play at home against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Lukoil Academik delivered the twelfth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Tundja (3-9) 89-41 in Sofia. It was a good game for American center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Brandon Heath contributed with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Slovenian guard Davor Sattler (185-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 9 points for Tundja. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Lukoil Academik (12-0) have an impressive twelve-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 12 victories in a row. Tundja lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Chernomorets. Lukoil Academik will play against Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tundja will play at home against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Pleven was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (6-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Spartak (2-10). Rilski Sportist defeated Spartak 95-84 on Wednesday. Worth to mention a great performance of Ivan Lilov who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was Hrisimir Dimitrov with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Rilski Sportist has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 6-6 record. Loser Spartak stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. Rilski Sportist will meet at home league's second-placed Levski in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Spartak will play against Chernomorets (#6) in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Burgas was quite interesting. Fifth ranked Euroins Cherno More (5-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Chernomorets (3-9). Euroins Cherno More defeated Chernomorets 76-63. The winners were led by Alexander Yanev who had that evening a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Euroins Cherno More's coach Lyubomir Minchev used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Euroins Cherno More maintains fifth position with 5-7 record. Chernomorets lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with nine games lost. Euroins Cherno More's next round opponent will be Tundja (#7) in Yambol. Chernomorets will play on the road against Spartak in Pleven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Spartak - Rilski Sportist 84-95

The game in Pleven was quite interesting. Fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (6-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Spartak (2-10). Rilski Sportist defeated Spartak 95-84 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 31-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Rilski Sportist made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Rilski Sportist especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of international swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and international guard Alexander Gruev (187-83) who added 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) during the contest. Four Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-74) with 21 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Nikola Traykov (197-85, college: Bloomsburg St.) scored 24 points. Rilski Sportist has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 6-6 record. Loser Spartak stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. Rilski Sportist will meet at home league's second-placed Levski in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Spartak will play against Chernomorets (#6) in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak: N.Traykov 24+4reb+1ast, H.Dimitrov 21+8reb+2ast, A.Diakovski 17+2reb+7ast, T.Todorov 7+7reb, V.Georgiev 6+3ast, T.Ostrev 5+1reb+1ast
Rilski Sportist: I.Lilov 35+9reb+1ast, B.Boev 18+2reb, A.Gruev 13+9reb+5ast, S.Vaklinov 10+4reb, D.Karadzhovski 9+2reb+5ast, V.Mijovic 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 98294


Levski - Balkan 93-71

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sofia. Second ranked Levski faced one of their biggest challengers Balkan. Host Levski (10-2) smashed guests from Botevgrad (7-5) 93-71. The game was mostly controlled by Levski. Balkan managed to win fourth quarter 24-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levski forced 20 Balkan turnovers. The best player for the winners was American center Donald Cole (204-81, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Edge Sports) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import guard Jason Crowe (193-76, college: Cal.St. Northridge) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Levski's coach Konstantin Papazov felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Lubomir Lilov (198-87) who recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds and international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. Levski has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-2 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Balkan at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Levski are looking forward to face Rilski Sportist (#4) in Samokov in the next round. Balkan will play at home against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Balkan: K.Doychinov 17+3reb+2ast, S.Marinov 14+2reb+2ast, L.Lilov 13+8reb+2ast, D.Morton 8+6reb, D.Filipov 7, G.Davidov 6+4reb+1ast
Levski: D.Cole 21+7reb, J.Crowe 17+6reb+3ast, S.Slaveikov 14+4reb, A.Harper 9+2reb+2ast, S.Georgiev 8+5reb+1ast, Z.Georgiev 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 98291


Chernomorets - Cherno More 63-76

The game in Burgas was quite interesting. Fifth ranked Euroins Cherno More (5-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Chernomorets (3-9). Euroins Cherno More defeated Chernomorets 76-63. Chernomorets was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 27-10 third quarter run of Euroins Cherno More. They also forced 19 Chernomorets turnovers. The winners were led by international forward Alexander Yanev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and guard Vasil Kiossev (195-90) supported him with 20 points. Four Euroins Cherno More players scored in double figures. Euroins Cherno More's coach Lyubomir Minchev used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 14 points and 7 rebounds by the former international swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-81, college: Louisville) did not help to save the game for Chernomorets. Center Konstantin Koev (206-91) added 12 points and 5 rebounds. Euroins Cherno More maintains fifth position with 5-7 record. Chernomorets lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with nine games lost. Euroins Cherno More's next round opponent will be Tundja (#7) in Yambol. Chernomorets will play on the road against Spartak in Pleven and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chernomorets: S.Naydenov 14+7reb, K.Koev 12+5reb+2ast, I.Slavchev 10+8reb, A.Saraliyski 8+2reb, T.Ivanov 8+7reb, D.Roshmanov 5+3reb+6ast
Cherno More: V.Kiossev 20+3reb, A.Yanev 17+11reb+2ast, P.Alexiev 12+1reb+6ast, N.Kolev 10+7reb, I.Kasabov 6+4reb+2ast, S.Iliev 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 98292


Lukoil Academik - Tundja 89-41

Undefeated leader Lukoil Academik delivered the twelfth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Tundja (3-9) 89-41 in Sofia. The game without a history. Lukoil Academik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Tundja's 32. Lukoil Academik forced 21 Tundja turnovers and outrebounded them 54-30 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. The other American import guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. Slovenian guard Davor Sattler (185-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 9 points and the former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) added 6 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Tundja. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lukoil Academik (12-0) have an impressive twelve-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 12 victories in a row. Tundja lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Chernomorets. Lukoil Academik will play against Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tundja will play at home against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tundja: D.Sattler 9+2reb+1ast, N.Varbanov 6+5reb, P.Marinov 5+1reb+1ast, J.Radionov 5+2reb, M.Durchev 4+4reb+3ast, N.Tmusic 3+4reb
Lukoil Academik: T.Peterson 24+12reb+1ast, B.Heath 13+7reb+4ast, D.James 12+4reb+3ast, B.Avramov 10+3reb+7ast, V.Veselinov 9+5reb+1ast, D.Stojanovski 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 98293




Ivan Lilov claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
International swingman Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Rilski Sportist Samokov and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 23-year old swingman had the game-high 35 points adding nine rebounds for Rilski Sportist in his team's victory, helping them to beat Spartak (#8, 2-10) 95-84. Rilski Sportist maintains the 4th position in Bulgarian NBL. Rilski Sportist 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 Lilov had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Rilski Sportist's top player in his first season with the team. Lilov has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 26.1ppg. Lilov is in league's top in and averages solid 60.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American center Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) of league's best team Lukoil Academik Sofia. Peterson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Lukoil Academik to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Tundja (#7, 3-9) 89-41. Of course Lukoil Academik still keep the league's top spot. He plays for the best team in the league and Lukoil Academik managed to win all 12 games keeping perfect record. Peterson is a newcomer at Lukoil Academik and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74) of Spartak (#8). Dimitrov scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Dimitrov's great performance Spartak lost 84-95 to the higher-ranked Rilski Sportist (#4, 6-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Spartak can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-10 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Dimitrov he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Dimitrov has individually a great season in Bulgaria. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.2ppg (5th best). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 58.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexander Yanev (203-F-90) of Cherno More - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jason Crowe (193-G-76) of Levski - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Bozidar Avramov (196-G-90) of Lukoil Academik - 10 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Krum Doychinov (206-C-86) of Balkan - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Lubomir Lilov (198-F-87) of Balkan - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Brandon Heath (193-G-84) of Lukoil Academik - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Donald Cole (204-C-81) of Levski - 21 points and 7 rebounds

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


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Upshaw leads X-Men win - by Eurobasket News
Christian Upshaw made a successful return to the St. Francis Xavier X-Men lineup on Sunday, leading his squad to the championship of the Rod Shoveller Memorial mens basketball tournament.

Upshaw, the two-time Atlantic university conference MVP who was benched for Saturdays semifinal, collected a game-high 21 points in pacing the X-Men to an 85-69 victory over the host Dalhousie Tigers in the tournament final at Dalplex.

It was the first Shoveller title for St. F.X. in three years. The X-Men lost last years Shoveller final to Saint Marys and lost to Carleton the year before, ending a three-year championship run for Steve Konchalskis squad.

Tournament MVP Will Silver and Charlie Spurr (178-G-87) each had 14 points for the CIS fifth-ranked X-Men. Dwayne Johnson (191-G-86) added a dozen points and 14 rebounds.

Simon Farine answered with 30 points for Dalhousie.

The Tigers held a 37-36 lead at the half. But the X-Men outscored the hosts 25-17 in the third quarter and 24-15 in the fourth to blow the game open.

In the third-place game, Owen Klassen scored 32 points for Acadia but it wasnt enough as the Axemen dropped a 75-55 decision to the Concordia Stingers. Kyle Desmarias led the Stingers with 15 points.

In the fifth-place consolation, Miguel Pink (185-G) potted 31 points as the Saint Marys Huskies dumped the Laval Rouge et Or 93-65.

The Queens Golden Gaels edged the Laurentian Voyageurs 71-68 in the seventh-place game.

Tournament all-stars were Spurr, Farine, Klassen, Desmarais and Joey Haywood of the Huskies.
Courtesy of: http://thechronicleherald.ca




X-Men reach Shoveller tournament final - by Eurobasket News
The St. Francis Xavier X-Men will play the host Dalhousie Tigers in todays final of the Rod Shoveller Memorial mens basketball tournament at Dalplex.

The X-Men got 25 points, four assists and three steals from Jeremy Dunn in an 88-77 semifinal win over the Concordia Stingers on Saturday. Will Silver added 20 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.

St. F.X. played without two-time league MVP Christian Upshaw. Konchalski didnt elaborate, but said Upshaw, who played Friday against Laurentian, was not injured and would play today.

The host Dalhousie Tigers beat the Acadia Axemen 71-59 in the other semifinal. Todays title game is at 3 p.m.

The X-Men will be out to avenge a loss in last years Shoveller final to Saint Marys. They also lost to Carleton the year before, ending a three-year championship run for Steve Konchalskis team.

'Weve been pretty good getting to the final,' Konchalski said. 'Hopefully, we can take another step tomorrow.'

St. F.X. led 41-28 at the half and extended the advantage to 19 in the second half. Concordia got 24 from Kyle Desmarais (188-G, college: Cent.Conn.St.).

The Tigers beat the CIS fifth-ranked X-Men in November in Antigonish.

Simon Farine had 30 and Joseph Schow 17 for Dalhousie in its win over Acadia. Anthony Sears had 26 for the Axemen.

In the consolation semifinals earlier Saturday, Saint Marys defeated Laurentian 93-87 after trailing by seven at the half. Joey Haywood had 36 and Miguel Pink 13 to pace the win.

Laval thumped Queens 95-72 in the other consolation game.

Queens and Laurentian play for seventh this morning at 9 a.m. with Saint Marys facing Laval for fifth at 11 a.m.

Concordia meets Acadia for third at 1 p.m.

On Friday, it was Concordia 90 Saint Marys 84, Acadia 85 Laval 80, Dalhousie 79 Queens 63 and St. F.X. 100 Laurentian 61. Acadia rallied from 24 points down for its win.
By MONTY MOSHER Sports Reporter
Courtesy of: http://thechronicleherald.ca




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The 'Wright' stuff... - by Alex Yam
The CBA season is about 1 month in, and to the surprise of some and not others, the 3 biggest import changes have been Francis Steve (191-G-77, college: Maryland), Javaris Crittenton Javaris (196-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) and Davis Ricky (199-G-79, college: Iowa), all former NBA players, some at an All Star level (Francis). The Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing have opted to released highly publicized former NBA import Davis Ricky, in lieu of former NBA and collegiate standout Antoine Wright (201-F/G-84, college: Texas A&M).

Wright who was a decorated athlete at Texas A&M, and went on to be drafted in 2005 with the 15th selection by the New Jersey Nets, is a top flight defender, and a dead eye jump shooter. Wright will team with Jerome Moiso to finish the 2010-11 CBA season. Wright, who many believe is still an NBA level/caliber player, will demonstrate his all around abilities in China, and then likely back in the NBA where he WRIGHT-fully belongs.

Wrights first game was just that, WRIGHT. He scored 38 pts on a blistering 8 3 pointers on only 11 attempts, on the road vs 3 time defending champion Guangdong Southern Tigers, a place where losses are an too common thing for the visiting team, yet Jiangsu on the heels of there new front man, Antoine Wright, won in a more lopsided game then the score entails, 102-98.



CBA Round 11: Jiangsu Dragons defeat Guandong Tigers in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
CBA round 11 most interesting game took place in Dongguan (derby !!!) between Jiangsu Dragons and Guandong Tigers. Sixth ranked Jiangsu Dragons (7-4) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Guandong Tigers (7-3). Jiangsu Dragons managed to escape with a 3-point win 102-99 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Guandong Tigers. Guandong Tigers were trailing by 11 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 29-22 charge of Jiangsu Dragons, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. 29 personal fouls committed by Guandong Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Ricky Davis (199-79, college: Iowa) who led his team to a victory scoring 38 points (!!!). The former international guard XueFeng Hu (185-80) helped adding 10 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. International power forward Feng Du (207-81) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Jiangsu Dragons has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Beijing and Bayi. Guandong Tigers at the other side keep the third position with three games lost. Jiangsu Dragons is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (#17) in Jinjiang in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Guandong Tigers will play at home against Shanghai Sharks (#9) and are hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Beijing. 4th placed host Beijing Ducks (7-4) lost to leader DongGuan Leopards (10-0) 98-92. It was an exceptional evening for American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 14 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. Josh-Emmanuel Akognon accounted for 20 points. DongGuan Leopards' coach Brian Goorjian allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbaas (203-83) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 23 rebounds and 5 blocks for Beijing Ducks in the defeat. Undefeated DongGuan Leopards have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-0 record, which they share with Xinjiang. Beijing Ducks at the other side keep the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Jiangsu and Bayi. DongGuan Leopards will play against league's second-placed Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Beijing Ducks will play on the road against Foshan and hope to get back on the winning track.
16th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (2-8) was outscored at home by leader Xinjiang Flying Tige (10-0) with the biggest margin this round 114-95 on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was James Singleton who had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. Herve Lamizana produced 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Xinjiang Flying Tige. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with DongGuan. Loser TianJin Rongcheng dropped to the fifteenth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Shanxi Zh.. Xinjiang Flying Tige will meet at home league's leader DongGuan Leopards in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Qingdao Double Star (#12) and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 11: Bayi won against Fujian on the opponent's court 107-100. Shandong managed to outperform Shanghai in a home game 106-94. Liaoning managed to beat Foshan on the road 93-83. Qingdao DS defeated Shanxi Zh. on its own court 123-117. Zhejiang G.L. beat Jilin in Hangzhou 85-78.


Guandong - Jiangsu 99-102

CBA round 11 most interesting game took place in Dongguan (derby !!!) between Jiangsu Dragons and Guandong Tigers. Sixth ranked Jiangsu Dragons (7-4) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Guandong Tigers (7-3). Jiangsu Dragons managed to escape with a 3-point win 102-99 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Guandong Tigers. Guandong Tigers were trailing by 11 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 29-22 charge of Jiangsu Dragons, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. 29 personal fouls committed by Guandong Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Antoine Wright (201-F/G-84, college: Texas A&M) who led his team to a victory scoring 38 points (!!!). The former international guard XueFeng Hu (185-80) helped adding 10 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. International power forward Feng Du (207-81) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and international forward FangYu Zhu (201-83) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Four Jiangsu Dragons and five Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Jiangsu Dragons has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Beijing and Bayi. Guandong Tigers at the other side keep the third position with three games lost. Jiangsu Dragons is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (#17) in Jinjiang in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Guandong Tigers will play at home against Shanghai Sharks (#9) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Guandong: D.Feng 20+6reb+3ast, W.ShiPeng 19+3reb, Z.FangYu 19+5reb+3ast, W.Zheng 12+10reb, J.Fred 10+6reb+5ast, H.Dong 8+5reb
Jiangsu: D.Ricky 38+3reb+1ast, T.ZhengDong 18+4reb, M.Da 14+4reb+2ast, H.XueFeng 10+8reb+8ast, L.Yahui 9+4reb+1ast, M.Jerome 8+11reb+1ast
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Fujian - Bayi 100-107

Very expected game in Jinjiang where 17th ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (1-9) was defeated by fifth ranked Bayi Fubang (7-4) 107-100 on Wednesday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Bayi Fubang looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-79) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. International forward Lei Wang (203-86) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. American center Dwayne Jones (211-83, college: St.Joseph's) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds and power forward Lei Guo (201-83) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Fujian SBS XunXin players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayi Fubang moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Beijing and Jiangsu. Fujian SBS XunXin lost their seventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Bayi Fubang will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fujian SBS XunXin will play against Jiangsu Dragons (#6) in Nanjing.
Top scorers:
Fujian: G.Lei 22+7reb, J.Dwayne 19+16reb+1ast, G.SongLin 16+3reb+1ast, E.Andre 13+4reb+4ast, Z.TaiLong 12+1reb+1ast, L.XiaoMing 7+1reb+11ast
Bayi: W.ZhiZhi 24+11reb+3ast, Z.Bo 21+4reb+4ast, W.Lei 20+4reb+5ast, M.Ke 8+5reb+2ast, X.ZhongHao 8+5reb+1ast, H.Shuo 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 118407


Shandong - Shanghai 106-94

There was a small surprise in Jinan where eleventh ranked Shandong Bulls (4-6) defeated 9th ranked Shanghai Sharks (5-6) 106-94 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Shandong Bulls. Shanghai Sharks managed to win third quarter 28-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shandong Bulls made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Shanghai Sharks turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) who scored 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Jie Sun (190-86) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import swingman Devin Green (201-82, college: Hampton) added 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shandong Bulls moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Qingdao DS and Zhejiang C. Shanghai Sharks lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with six games lost. Shandong Bulls will meet Shanxi Zhongyu (#15) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Shanghai Sharks will play against Guandong Tigers (#3) in Dongguan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shanghai: H.Mike 27+11reb+1ast, G.Devin 25+8reb+5ast, P.Fei 13+8reb+1ast, L.Ziqui 9+3reb, W.Ligang 9+2reb+2ast, M.Lingyuan 7+6reb+6ast
Shandong: W.Rodney 35+6reb+4ast, A.Myron 18+5reb+4ast, S.Jie 18+6reb+6ast, W.Gang 11+3ast, W.Ke 7+7reb, L.Li 5+2reb
gschID: 118404


Foshan - Liaoning 83-93

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Foshan (3-7) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Liaoning Hunters (6-5) 93-83 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-83. Strangely Foshan outrebounded Liaoning Hunters 54-36 including 19 on the offensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Tian-ju He (203-90) chipped in 21 points. Liaoning Hunters' coach Shiqiang Guo used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji (208-81) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 21 rebounds and American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) added 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Liaoning Hunters and five Foshan players scored in double figures. Liaoning Hunters maintains eighth place with 6-5 record. Loser Foshan dropped to the thirteenth position with seven games lost. Liaoning Hunters will meet at home higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Foshan will play against Beijing Ducks (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Foshan: M.Stephon 21+8reb+5ast, Z.Zhun 14+5reb+1ast, O.Olumide 12+21reb+1ast, Z.Yong-gang 10+2reb+1ast, H.Ben 10+5reb, J.Jiming 10+6reb+2ast
Liaoning: S.Donta 24+11reb+3ast, H.Tian-ju 21+2reb+1ast, G.Ailun 13+1reb+4ast, B.Qiang 11+2reb+3ast, H.Dejun 10+5reb, L.Xiaoxu 6+8reb+3ast
gschID: 118405


TianJin R. - Xinjiang 95-114

16th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (2-8) was outscored at home by leader Xinjiang Flying Tige (10-0) with the biggest margin this round 114-95 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Xinjiang Flying Tige led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) who had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. Guard Tal Co (191-91) chipped in 30 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Four Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. Ivorian-French power forward Herve Lamizana (207-81, college: Rutgers) produced 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and American power forward Lee Benson (208-73, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 21 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Xinjiang Flying Tige. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with DongGuan. Loser TianJin Rongcheng dropped to the fifteenth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Shanxi Zh.. Xinjiang Flying Tige will meet at home league's leader DongGuan Leopards in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Qingdao Double Star (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
TianJin R.: L.Herve 33+7reb+3ast, B.Lee 21+12reb+3ast, Z.Nan 11+2reb+5ast, X.GuiJun 9+1reb+1ast, Z.Ji 5+5reb+1ast, Z.Zhihan 5+2reb
Xinjiang: S.James 37+13reb+1ast, C.Tal 30+4reb+2ast, D.Quincy 11+3reb+4ast, M.Bateer 11+6reb+2ast, X.GuoChong 8+2reb+2ast, Z.QingPeng 6+3reb+7ast
gschID: 118401


Qingdao DS - Shanxi Zh. 123-117

Everything went according to plan when thirteenth ranked Qingdao Double Star (4-6) beat at home 15th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (2-8) 123-117 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 48-29 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Qingdao Double Star made 39-of-47 free shots (83.0 percent) during the game, while Shanxi Zhongyu only scored nineteen points from the stripe. Qingdao Double Star forced 26 Shanxi Zhongyu turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who had a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) chipped in 38 points (!!!) and 7 assists. American forward Leon Rodgers (199-80, college: N.Illinois) produced a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds and forward JiangPeng Duan (197-90) added 30 points (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Five Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Qingdao Double Star moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Shandong and Zhejiang C. Shanxi Zhongyu lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with eight games lost. They share it with TianJin R.. Qingdao Double Star will meet TianJin Rongcheng (#16) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Shanxi Zhongyu will play against Shandong Bulls in Jinan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: R.Leon 33+14reb+1ast, D.JiangPeng 30+3reb, Z.Biao 17+6reb+1ast, D.Osama 17+2reb+11ast, P.Shang 10+5reb+1ast, H.Bing 3+3reb
Qingdao DS: G.Charles 40+11reb+1ast, B.Dee 38+1reb+7ast, L.Yan 11+3reb, L.Gen 9+4reb+1ast, C.Kai 9+7reb+1ast, C.Liang 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 118402


Jilin - Zhejiang G.L. 78-85

There was no surprise in Changchun where 14th ranked Jilin Tigers (3-8) were defeated by seventh ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (6-4) 85-78 on Wednesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Jilin Tigers won third quarter 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions had a 35-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Zhejiang Guangsha Lions made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was American guard Tre Kelley (182-85, college: S.Carolina) who scored 23 points and 6 assists. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Zhejiang Guangsha Lions players scored in double figures. American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Shulong Yu (185-90) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions maintains seventh place with 6-4 record. Jilin Tigers lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with eight games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will meet Liaoning Hunters (#8) in the next round. Jilin Tigers will play against Zhejiang Cyclones (#11) in Hangzhou and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jilin: W.Jameel 26+16reb+4ast, Y.Shulong 16+5reb+1ast, L.Tao 8, Z.Cheng 7+6reb+1ast, Y.David 6+2reb+1ast, X.Xu 4+1reb
Zhejiang G.L.: K.Tre 23+2reb+6ast, R.Peter John 14+13reb+2ast, Z.Wei 12+2reb+2ast, W.Bo 11+11reb+5ast, L.Chih-Chieh 11+3reb+2ast, L.Zhi 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 118403


Beijing - DongGuan 92-98

The game between Top Four teams took place in Beijing. 4th placed host Beijing Ducks (7-4) lost to leader DongGuan Leopards (10-0) 98-92. It looked good early as Beijing Ducks took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then DongGuan Leopards took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 6 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Beijing Ducks' 42. It was an exceptional evening for American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 14 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. Nigerian guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) accounted for 20 points for the winning side. DongGuan Leopards' coach Brian Goorjian allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbaas (203-83) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 23 rebounds and 5 blocks and American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) added 23 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Beijing Ducks in the defeat. Five Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. DongGuan Leopards have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-0 record, which they share with Xinjiang. Beijing Ducks at the other side keep the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Jiangsu and Bayi. DongGuan Leopards will play against league's second-placed Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Beijing Ducks will play on the road against Foshan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Beijing: M.Randolph 23+12reb+3ast, C.Lei 19+3ast, J.Zhe 16+2reb, A.Zaid 14+23reb+3ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 12+4reb+3ast, X.LiBin 5
DongGuan: V.Jackson 38+14reb+8ast, A.Josh-Emmanuel 20+4reb, P.Duo 10+3reb+3ast, Q.Biao 8+3reb+2ast, H.ZhongMian 8+6reb, Z.Kai 5+12reb+3ast
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Xinjiang and Dongguan Keep Winning, Guangdong Loses for Lack of a Second Import - by Arthur Volbert
Dongguan achieved its tenth straight win by defeating Beijing 98-92. Vroman Jackson (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) had 38 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. Josh Akognan had 20 points and 4 rebounds. Meng Duo had 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. He Zhongmian had 8 points and 6 rebounds. Qiu Biao scored 8. Zhang Kai had 5 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists. Randolph Morris had 23 points and 12 rebounds for Beijing. Zaid Abbas had 14 points, 23 rebounds and 5 blocks. Chen Lei scored 19. Ji Zhe had 16 and Lee Hsueh-Lin had 12.

Xinjiang also won its tenth straight by crushing Tianjin 114-95. James Singleton had 37 points and 13 rebounds. Young Xirelijiang had his first big game of the year with 30 points on 12 of 15 shooting and 4 rebounds. Quincy Douby had 11 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Mengke Bateer had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Xu Guozhong scored 8. Zhang Qingpeng had 6 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Herve Lamizana had 33 points and 7 reobunds for Tianjin. Lee Benson had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Zhang Nan scored 11 and Xu Guijun had 9.

Jiangsu handed Guangdong its third defeat 102-99. New import Antoine Wright (201-F/G-84, college: Texas A&M) had 38 points and 3 rebounds. Tang Zhengdong had 18 points and 4 rebounds. Meng Da had 14 points and 4 rebounds. Hu Xuefeng had 10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, 8 assists and 8 turnovers. Liu Yahui scored 9. Jerome Moiso had 8 points and 11 rebounds. Du Feng had 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for Guangdong. Zhu Fangyu and Wang Shipeng each scored 19. Wang Zheng had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Fred Jones, the only import being used with David Harrison hurt, had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Dong Hanlin had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Guangdong has more native talent than any other CBA team, but is losing to a top club like Jiangsu because it does not have that second import.

Bayi defeated Fujian 107-100. Wang Zhizhi had 24 points and 11 rebounds. Zhang Bo, who is rapidly becoming a star, had 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Wang Lei, who has been very inconsistent this year, had one of his good games with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Xu Zhonghao had 8 points and 5 rebounds as did Mo Ke. Dwayne Jones had 19 points and 16 rebounds for Fujian. Guo Lei had 22 points and 7 rebounds. Gong Songlin scored 16. Andre Emmett had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Zhao Tailong scored 12.

Qingdao defeated Shanxi Zhongyu 123-117. Charles Gaines had 40 points and 11 rebounds. Dee Brown had 38 points and 7 assists. Lu Yan scored 11. Chen Kai and Li Gen each had 9. Imports entirely dominated the game for Qingdao. Leon Rogers had 33 points and 14 rebounds for Shanxi. Young Duan Jiangpeng, who is beginning to show the skills he displayed last year, had 30 points and 3 rebounds on 12 of 14 shooting. Young Zhang Biao had 17 points and 6 rebounds. Osama Daghlas had 17 points and 11 assists. Shang Ping scored 10.

The Zhejiang Lions defeated Jilin 85-75. Tre Kelley had 23 points and 6 assists. Peter John Ramos had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Zhang Wei scored 12. Wang Bo had 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Lin Chih-Chieh scored 11. Jameel Watkins had 26 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for Jilin. Yu Shulong had one of his good games with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Li Tao scored 8. Zhong Cheng had 7 points and 6 rebounds.

Shandong beat Shanghai 106-94. Rodney White had 35 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Myron Allen had 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Sun Jie, who has been consistently outstanding this year averaging 19.7 points per game, had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Wang Gang had 11 points and 3 assists. Wu Ke had 7 points and 7 rebounds. Talented youngsters Tao Hanlin and Sui Ran did not play. Michael Harris had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Shanghai. Devin Green had 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Peng Fei had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Wang Ligang and Liu Xiqui each had 9. Zhang Zhaoxu did not play.

Donta Smith scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Liaoning stopped Foshan 93-83. Young He Tianju scored 21. Young Guo Ailun had 13 points and 4 assists. Bian Qiang scored 11. 7-1 Han Dejun had 10 points and 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. Li Xiaoxu had 6 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Chris Richard had 4 points and 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Liaoning won because of its young native talents. Stephon Marbury had 21 points and 8 rebounds for Foshan but only hit 6 of 17 shots. Olumide Oyedeji had 12 points and 21 rebounds. Zheng Zhun had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Jin Jiming, He Ben and Zhao Yonggang each scored 10.



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Zabok signs Sasa Jankovic, Kvarner inks Jaytornah Wisseh - by Eurobasket News
Zabok announced signing of Sasa Jankovic (204-F-84) for rest of the season. The 26-year-old forward returns to the club after season and a half. He started this one with Kvarner Rijeka averaging 5.6 points and 2.4 rebounds for 8 games. Last season, Jankovic spent with Croatian A2 team Torpedo Rijeka. In 2008/09 he had 4.6 ppg and 3 rpg for 27 games with Zabok. In the past, Jankovic was a member of Nitra, Levice, Dolny Kubin, Triglav and Kantrida.
Kvarner Rijeka announced signing of Jaytornah Wisseh (185-G-88) for rest of the season. The American guard arrives to Europe for his first professional deal. He graduated last year at the LIU Brooklyn. For 29 games as a senior Wisseh registered 17.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 5.7 apg. His school reached NEX Tournament Semifinals and Wisseh was named All-NEC 1st Team. He got the same award in 2009.


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Dominicans abroad: Paniagua and Martinez debuted in Mexico playoffs. - by Jordan Olivo
The Dominicans Carlos Paniagua (201-F/C-76, college: Tenn Temple) and Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79) debuted in the LNBP playoffs in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun y Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango respectively.

Paniagua finished with 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers and 1 blocked shot in 22 minutes on court.

The power forward shot 5-4 from the field and 6-3 from free throws.

In another match, Marlon Martinez finished with 2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 turnover, 1 steal and 2 blocked shots in 23 minutes.

Dominican center shot 5-1 from the field.

Both series are played to a 5-3 and follow this Wednesday.


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EBA Welcomes its Newest Entry - by EBA Media
Maryland Marvels

New year, new league and new location thats the blueprint for the Eastern Basketball Alliances newest team, the Maryland Marvels. The Marvels join the EBA after spending their debut year in the ABA where they played slightly better the .500 ball.

Owner and CEO James Agbai determined that it was time for a change. Moving the team to the Capital City of Annapolis to play in the extremely competitive Eastern Basketball Alliance, Agbai stated, We are playing in Annapolis but we want it known that we are Marylands basketball team. We know the fans are going to enjoy the brand of basketball that the EBA and the Marvels bring to the area. Home games will be played at the Annapolis Boys and Girls Club, 121 South Villa Ave., Annapolis, MD.

Dick Anzolut, EBA President, welcomed the Maryland Marvels to the EBA family of teams. They are a good fit for our league, stated Anzolut. They have all the goals that all our teams possess competitive ball affordable family entertainment and community charitable involvement. In addition, the teams location in Annapolis is within an easy driving distance of the EBAs other nearby east coast teams the Washington Madness, the NoVa Hawks, and the Metropolitan All-Stars.

The Marvels, coached by former NBA Washington Bullets player, Lawrence Watson Sr., will start their EBA season with a two-game weekend. On Saturday night at 7:09PM, they tip-off against two-time EBA defending champion, the Destroyers. Then on Sunday, the team will travel to Chantilly, VA to take on the NoVa Hawks.

For more information on the Maryland Marvels, visit their website at www.MarylandMarvel.com.



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Latvia U16 win Baltic Sea Cup - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U16 - Estonia U16 80:61

Latvian U16 triumphed at the annual Baltic Sea Cup international tournament in Estonia. They coasted past the hosts on the final day of the tourney to clinch the top spot. Armands Ginters (193-F-95) stepped up with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge. Estonia finished at the second position at 2-1 record.
Latvia spurred in front in the opening stanza. They held Estonia to 10 points in the starting frame to take a 5-point lead. Latvia unloaded 26 points in the second stanza piling up a 14-point lead at the interval. Estonia responded in the third term as the hosts unleashed 22 points cutting the deficit to 4 points with ten minutes remaining. But Latvia picked up the slack in the fourth quarter pouring in 27 points and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Davis Geks (182-G-95) and Raiens Saubergs accounted for 17 points each in the victory. Sten Olmre (186-G-95) had 16 points for Estonia. Joosep Russak notched 15 points in the loss.

Latvia U16: Armands Ginters 18+10 boards, Davis Geks 17, Raiens Saubergs 17
Estonia U16: Sten Olmre 16, Joosep Russak 15



Latvia U18 triumph in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18 - Estonia U18 83:76

Latvia clinched the Baltic Sea Cup tournament trophy. They overcame Estonian counterparts today to claim the prize. Latvia finished the annual tourney with three wins in as many games. Guntis Sipolins (201-F-93) came up with 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead Latvia past Estonia on the final day.
The visitors marked their ambitions early in this one. Latvia fired 25 points in the opening ten minutes to build a 9-point advantage. Estonia stiffened their defense in the second quarter but they failed to narrow the margin. Latvia established a 41:31 lead at halftime. The visitors stayed dominant in the second half. They erupted for 25 points in the third term to take a 12-point lead with ten minutes to go and never looked back en route to the victory. Janis Berzins (194-F-93) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds for Latvia. Klavs Strazdins (187-G/F-93) had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Janari Joesaar (197-F-93) answered with 19 points and 11 boards for Estonia. Mihkel Scheicher netted 12 points in the loss.

Latvia U18: Guntis Sipolins 17, Janis Berzins 16, Klavs Strazdins 13+10 boards
Estonia U18: Janari Joesaar 19+11 boards, Mihkel Scheicher 12



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Besiktas waives coach Burak Biyiktay - by Eurobasket News
Burak Biyiktay is no longer a Head Coach of Besiktas. The Turkish outfit decided to part ways with their coach yesterday. They are already on the lookout for his successor. Besiktas currently has 7-5 record in TBL and they also failed to reach the Last 16 in EuroCup. It was disappointing result for the club, especially after signing of the former NBA star Allen Iverson.
Burak Biyiktay took over Besiktas as a Head coach in 2009. They reached TBL Semifinals last season and Biyiktay got an invitation to coach at the TBL All-Star Game. From 2006 to 2009, he was a General Manager of the team. Before that, Biyiktay spent few years with the club as a Coach Assistant.
The team announced they will try to bring a new Head Coach as soon as possible.


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


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Caja Laboral, Haislip split up - by Xisco Carots
On the eve of the Top 16, Caja Laboral Vitoria and center Marcus Haislip (207-F-80, college: Tennessee) have reached an agreement to part ways, the club announced on Wednesday. Haislip (207, 30) had joined the club with a one-year contract in September, but struggled with injury and appeared in only five games of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season, averaging 4.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 10 minutes per game. The announcement came the morning after Caja Laboral Vitoria signed another big man, Esteban Batista. Caja Laboral Vitoria was Haislip's fifth Euroleague team since 2005. He started with Ulker and Efes Pilsen in Turkey, moved to Unicaja in Spain and played six games last season for Panathinaikos of Athens. In his most productive season, Haislip averaged 14.1 points and 6.7 rebounds with Efes in 2006-07. Wednesday's announcement followed another a week ago in which Caja Laboral Vitoria said it had opened a disciplinary procedure against Haislip for missing rehabilitation appointments and travelling to the United States without club permission.

Courtesy of euroleague.net


Greek reactions on the Top 16's draw - by Kostas Papadopoulos
After the Euroleague's Top 16 draw yesterday at Barcelona, the representatives of the two Greek teams stated their opinions on the official site of the competition.
Firstly, Panathinaikos' representatives for the draw of their group which brought the Greens against Caha Laboral, Unicaja Malaga and Lietuvos Rytas:
Panathinaikos' head coach, Zeljko Obradovic : 'There are no easy games in the Top 16. There is no easy opponent. We must be ready to play and win. We have two Spanish teams in our group, something that says a lot by itself. And we also have Lietuvos Rytas. I think we all know the quality of these teams. We respect every team, all our opponents. What we need is to see Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) and Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) coming back, to be ready to play for the team, since we know that Aleks Maric (211-C-84) has a long way to his recovery. We are going to have long trips, but I don't think that is important. The main thing for us is to play well, to be ready and to focus on our team.'
Panathinaikos' team manager, Manos Papadopoulos: 'It's a very strong group, like all of them. Everyone will have to play good basketball to advance. I think there will be good games and I am sure the fans will pack OAKA to enjoy the games against such fine teams. Our goal is to make it to the Final Four and we will try our best. Mike Batiste will be back and that is always important. The Top 16 always shows us how the end of the season will be.'
Panathinaikos' forward, Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81): 'We face three good teams that everybody knows. We cannot talk about easy or tough groups. There is not such a thing as an easy group or an easy game in the Euroleague in general. Let alone, when we are speaking about the Top 16. It could have been worse, it could have been better, but at the end of the day it's the same, because if you want to qualify at Top-8, you will have to play everybody. Our goal is the first place in our group. All our three opponents have shown good elements in their game so far and we have to be careful. What we are trying to do is to improve our game, since our opponents will be better and better as we move on. What we would like to see is our injured teammates return to the team. It's essential to be healthy to achieve our goals.'


As for Olympiacos' representatives for the draw of their group which brought the Reds against Fenerbahce Ulker, Zalgiris Kaunas and Pamesa Valencia:
Olympiacos' head coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ): 'In the Top 16, all the teams are very strong and whoever understands from the regular season that there is not a favorite team will have no problem. Fenerbahce was the big surprise of the first phase of Euroleague by beating Barcelona away. After signing Jasikevicius, they send the message that they want very much to qualify for the Final Four. Zalgiris is a very good team and a difficult trip. Valencia was the surprise of the second round and by beating Panathinaikos away they proved that they deserve to qualify. I am expecting better chemistry and more serious plays in the Top 16 because it's going to be very difficult for us'.
Olympiacos' General Manager, Christos Stavropoulos: 'We had a wonderful regular season, very exciting and competitive. Our goal is to be again in the Final Four. We respect all the teams and we don't care who the rivals are, we only know we have to be ready for all six games in the Top 16. We know we have to play hard in six very tough games, and this is the only key to get to the playoffs.'
Olympiacos' forward Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket): 'The Top 16 is always difficult. Fenerbahce is a very good team. Zalgiris is a very difficult opponent and especially away because of the difficult trip. I know Valencia very well and especially at their home they are very competitive. I feel better and I am ready to play'.




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Finland finish Baltic Sea Cup campaign with win - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16 - Sweden U16 73:54

Finnish U16 selection finished their Baltic Sea Cup annual tournament campaign with victory. They rallied past Sweden for the second win in Tallinn. Anton Odabasi came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge.
Finland jumped to an early advantage. They outscored Sweden 22:12 in the starting quarter to build a comfortable lead. Finland stayed aggressive offensively as they accounted for 25 points in the second term piling up a 47:33 halftime buffer. Sweden struggled in the third term. They managed only 7 points and faced a massive 25-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter. Finland slowed down in the final stanza allowing Sweden to sweeten the pill. Ville Hanninen (192-G-95) delivered 15 points for Finland. Miikka Mikkonen added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Jacob Johansson answered with 11 points for Sweden. Dzenis Sogolj chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Finland U16: Anton Odabasi 17, Ville Hanninen 15, Miikka Mikkonen 11+10 boards
Sweden U16: Jacob Johansson 11, Dzenis Sogolj 10



Sweden better Finland in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18 - Finland U18 69:55

Swedish Junior team recorded the second win at the Baltic Sea Cup annual tournament in Tallinn. They shot down Finland to improve at 2-1 record. Niklas Larsson (196-G/F-94) led well-balanced effort with 15 points. Finland in the meantime slipped at 0-3 record after the defeat.
Sweden dominated in the first half. They led by just three points 19:16 ten minutes into the encounter. Finland accounted for only 8 points in the second period to face a 13-point deficit at halftime 24:37. The Finnish team improved their performance after the main break. They stepped on the gas and outgunned their opponents to cut the distance at just 4-point mark with ten minutes remaining. But Sweden fired 22 points in the final stanza and rolled to an easy victory at the end. Jonathan Person (190-G-93, agency: JEMsports) and Fredrik Andersson (196-G/F-93) finished with 13 points each for Sweden. Joonas Caven (203-F-93) and Sebastian Booker (188-G-93) answered with 13 points apiece in the loss.

Sweden U18: Niklas Larsson 15, Jonathan Person 13, Fredrik Andersson 13
Finland U18: Joonas Caven 13, Sebastian Booker 13



FINNISH CUP: ToPo made it to the final - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish Cup, Semi-final: Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) - Korihait (Uusikaupunki) 114-94 (57-46). Quarters: 31-24, 26-22, 27-24, 30-24. ToPo made it to the Final by shooting much better and winning all four quarters. American G Frank Richards (188-G-82, college: Kansas St.) was the game MVP with 31 points (1 - 7/9, 2 - 6/7, 3 - 4/6). ToPo had five players in double digits. Hanno Mottola (209-F/C-76, college: Utah) was back in action, played 20 minutes, scored nine pts and grabbed six rbs. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81, college: Alabama A&M) led Korihait with 24 pts. The Cup Final will be on January 22: Torpan Pojat vs Kataja (Joensuu) in Helsinki.


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Darden's 23 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old swingman Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sluc Nancy Basket Pro and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had the game-high 23 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Nancy in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Limoges (#12, 4-8) in overtime 78-77. Nancy maintains the 3rd position in French league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nancy will need more victories to improve their 9-3 record. In the team's last game Darden had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Nancy's top player in his first season with the team. Niagara University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Darden is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.4ppg), rebounds (9th best: 7.7rpg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 54.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79) of Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket. He is Bosnia and Herzegovina forward in his first season at Hyeres-Toulon. In the last game Krupalija recorded impressive triple-double of 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Of course Hyeres-Toulon cruised to a 76-68 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Vichy (#16, 2-10). This victory allowed Hyeres-Toulon to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Krupalija is a newcomer at Hyeres-Toulon and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Aurelien Salmon (205-F-87) of Limoges CSP Elite (#12). Salmon scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Salmon's great performance Limoges lost 77-78in overtime to the higher-ranked Nancy (#3, 9-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Limoges not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Salmon could try to bring Limoges' a little bit higher in the standings. Salmon has a very solid season. In 12 games in France he scored 6.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christophe Massie (206-F/C-77) of Limoges - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Ben Woodside (180-G-85) of Gravelines - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) of Chalon - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) of ASVEL - 18 points and 7 rebounds
8. Wes Wilkinson (207-F-84) of Le Havre - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Davon Jefferson (203-F-86) of ASVEL - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. John McCord (201-F-73) of Strasbourg - 12 points and 10 rebounds

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


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Imamovic from Konstanz to Bernau - by Moritz Korff
Manuel Imamovic (204-C-89) has transfered from Konstanz to Bernau and will try to help the 2. Bundesliga Pro B team to move out of the danger zone in the Pro B standings in the second half of this current season. The Bernau team had to fill a spot underneath the basket as Sebastian Schmohl (197-F-82) and Steve Krajewski (207-C-81) have left the squad. Imamovic played 7 games for Konstanz, averaging close to 13 minutes per contest. Earlier in his career he suited up for the Frankfurt Skyliners and Franken Hexer of Nuernberg.

Two new imports to Dortmund - by Moritz Korff
SVD 49 Dortmund (1. Regionalliga West) has bolstered its roster by adding two fresh players from the United States. Tyson Johnson (198-F-87, agency: Strategic Sports, college:Wyoming) and Chase Adams (178-G-88, college: Pittsburgh) have joined the club, who parted company with coach Dirk Ansorge recently and promoted veteran Marco Keller (197-F-76) to the head coaching job. The 49ers also said good bye to two of their previous American players De'Andre Mays (188-G-87, college: Youngstown St.) and Sirlester Bonds, while Josh Washington (190-G-83, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) is going to stay in Dortmund.
Adams spent three years at NCAA D1 school Centenary (LA) and moved to Pittsburgh for his senior season. In 2009-10 he averaged 1.9 points through 27 appearances on the Panthers' team. While at Centenary he proved to be a scorer as well, when averaging 14.6 points per game as a junior.
Johnson graduated from the University of Wyoming (NCAA1) in 2009. He scored 13.1 points and pulled down 7.5 boards a game in his senior season.


Travis Walton (Ratiopharm Ulm) Pregame Thoughts To Deutsche Bank Skyliners Game January 6th - 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 before the game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners January 6th.

How important was it starting 2011 with a big OT win in Bremerhaven?What positives did the club take back home from this big win?


It was a big game for us because we played the worst first half you could play. We showed a lot of fight and heart in that game.

How long will take John Bryant to reach the 20/20 mark in the BEKO BBL?

I think its just around the corner. He is a BEAST

If Frankfurt puts up an electric fence on the rim, do you think that it would be able to stop John Bryant?lol

I think John Bryant is a tough cover for anyone who guards him. He has a soft touch but he is just so big that he is hard to move.

The next game is against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. What has been your impression of the lub this season?

I think they are a very good team with a combination of some veteran players and young guys. They are the second best team in the league in the standing so that speaks for itself.

Your first meeting with Dashaun Wood as a professional. Did you ever play him in college? What will you have to be prepared most for to stop him?

No I never played him in college but I seen him play alot. He was a great scorer in college and doing the same thing in his professional career.

Mike Taylor is looking for his 50 win at home. What will be key in getting this win?

Just sticking to do what we do and raise our level of play up.

Who are your early 2011 Final Four picks?

Michigan State, Duke, Syracuse Ohio State

What current movie do you really want to see at the moment?

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Braunschweig: Wisseh to Croatia, Nnadili arrives instead - by Moritz Korff
Instead of Jaytornah Wisseh (185-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn), who should have been the new guard, but decided to accepted an offer from Kvarner Rijeka of Croatia, the Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have completed the signing of Nnamdi Nnadili (185-G-86, college: Mercyhurst). The 24-year-old guard hails from Washington, D.C., but is the son of Nigerian parents. He spent his college career at three different schools, starting off at Montgomery College-Tacoma Park. He transfered to State Fair CC for his sophomore season and then moved to Mercyhurst College (NCAA2). He had 28 appearances for the Lakers during the 2009-10 campaign, averaging 8 points per contest. In Braunschweig he will meet at least one familiar face: His cousin Tony Skinn (185-G-83, college: George Mason), a member of the Phantoms. Meanwhile, Daniel Campbell (193-G-87, college: Biola (CA)) is not going to return to Braunschweig. The guard out of Orange, California, scored 14.9 points an encounter for the SUM Baskets in 2010.

BasCats sign Brendan Knox - by Moritz Korff
Brendan Knox (208-C-87, college: Auburn) has agreed to terms with the Cuxhaven BasCats (2. Bundesliga Pro A), the club announced on its website, and for the remainder of the season adds lots of strength and size to the roster. Knox comes off a stint with NBA D-League's Dakota Wizards, where he had 3 points and 2.8 boards per contest (5 games played). He comes out of Georgetown, S.C. and is 23 years of age. During the 2009-10 season Knox turned out for Auburn University (NCAA1) and averaged 8.7 points as well as 3.9 rebounds to go along with 1 blocked shot per contest.

Might An Electric Fence Help The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Keep John Bryant And Ratiopharm Ulm Away From the Glass January 6th? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners want to start the new year 2011 with a win in Ulm, but will have to survive the always loud, zoo like pandemonium atmosphere of the Kuhberg arena, the same way actor Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will have to hide on the Seychellen islands from Paparrazi on account of their so called wedding taking place, the way Celtic lovers have to cringe each time a report filters about Kevin Garnett suffering a near injury and he is a player the team cant afford to lose, the San Antonio Spurs and Brose Baskets Bamberg having to be prepared each game because their opponents want them to shoot out their lights or German ski jumper Martin Schmitt who has been as unproductive as a cock roach in the last years having to keep getting good results despite having lost his girl friend and not having a strong form. The Kuhberg arena can be described as a tiny high school gym with the atmosphere of monsterous 14,000 patrons, yelling, cheering and influencing opponents free throws to die on the rim. It is a zoo like atmosphere that opponents would like to avoid and possibily rather stick their heads into a lions cage than having to enter the uncomfortable office of coach Mike Taylor (agency: Pro One Sports ). Alba Berlin was unable to escape the Kuhberg arena earlier in the season. Since Mike Taylor (agency: Pro One Sports ) entered the BEKO BBL in 2006, he has a 49-26 record in the Kuhberg arena and no player likes to play there. 'Well when I remember playing there it is just a tough place to play, the crowd is loud and it is a long trip to get down there as well. It is a tough arena to win in. The arena has a feel of its own. I have only played there one time while I was in Bremerhaven but we found a way to get a win, but it is a tough place to play in for sure', warned ex Bremerhaven American John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'It is a tough place to play, because it gets loud and the fans get behind their team. It reminds me of a high school gym', warned Phoenix Hagen guard Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) If an opponent is in any way able to block out the fans, then they still have to deal with a big menace patrolling the court and having the zone area be his feeding time where any one getting in his way might as well just avoid John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) from roaring them away. Bryant is the top center in the BEKO BBL scoring and rebounding in double figuers and has been about as difficult to stop as moving an elephant with your bear hands. Perhaps The Deutsche Bank Skyliners should place an electric fence around the rim to keep him away? 'I think it could be vital for Frankfurt to put up an electric fence to survive. If that doesnt work then they may want to put up a police barricade at the edge of the zone', joked Giessen 46er Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86). 'With Dabbert gone, it will be more difficult to contain the big 130 kilo Bryant. I think the only way in which Frankfurt will be successful is if they put up a two man blockade in front of the basket to keep Bryant as far away from the rim as possible', warned BBC Bayreuth forward Stefan Schmidt. 'I am just glad I didnt have to guard him. He is a solid big guy and controls the boards, he is tough to keep off the glass and he is having an exceptional year', stated TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'Bryant is a big problem down low. He isnt the most mobile, but he uses his strength well to get rebounds and cause problems', commented Quentin Pryor

It was not a surprise too any one that it would not be a cake walk for Ratiopharm Ulm in 2009-2010 after reaching their first playoffs the year before especially in the early part after the team lost so many strong players from 2008-2009 like fan favourite Mr Ulm Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein), calm point guard Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron), Mr comical Romeo Travis (201-F-84, college: Akron), defense specialist Keith Triplett, the human shark Sean Finn (212-C-82, college: Dayton), the heart and soul of the team Emeka Erege (193-G-78, college: Davidson) and versatile Daniel Fitzgerald (206-F-84, college: Marquette). The team has had a slow start las season coming off the Allstar break with a record of 8-13. They had some big wins against Bamberg, Bremerhaven, BG Goettingen and Oldenburg, so they showed that they could be a team that can beat any team on any night. Ratiopharm Ulm had many talented players that could go one on one and play to their strengths, could get up and down the floor,defend and be athletic. I remember in our win at home, our zone trap bothered them for a little in the first quarter, but once they settled, they jumped on us. They showed how explosive they can be as they got up by 16 points in the second half. We fought back and were lucky to win on the free throws by Chase Griffin, stressed Quentin Pryor Ratiopharm Ulm was a good team with great guards and a solid big man with Coleman Collins, stated ex Paderborn Basket Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky). In the end Ratiopharm Ulm finished in 13th place with a record 13-21. After losing in Frankfurt in February, Ratiopharm Ulm finished with a record of 5-7 and the only really notable team that they defeated were The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Ratiopharm Ulm was very weak on the road with a record of 3-14 and was never able to muster more than a two game winning streak all season long. A run was missing in the season as they continued to be inconsistent. 'Being inconsistent goes back to their one on one play. Often they broke plays when they shouldnt have or tried to make plays that werent there', commented Quentin Pryor. Ratiopharm Ulm definitely could score points, but the offense seemed too be too one dimensional at times last season as the game revolved around American Christian Burns too much. Ratiopharm Ulm proved time in and time out that they were an offensive force that had to be on every teams radar, but the club was unable to get the defense on the same page. The team allowed 80 points or more 24 times.

This current season is a very important season for Ratiopharm Ulm as they plan to move into a new state of the art arena next season. The club was hoping to have 2,3 Million as their budget, but at the end only had 1,65 million. Ratiopharm Ulm may not have a lot of money, but there isnt a better duo than Mike Taylor (agency: Pro One Sports ) and Thomas Stoll who can get the best qualified players for the least money. The team kept a healthy core of players from last season including German national players Robin Benzing (208-F-89) and Per Guenther (185-G-88). The team also returned German Sebastian Betz (200-F-85, agency: Pro One Sports) who has had the longest tenure in Ulm as well as captain Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida) who has won 2 NCAA titles at Florida and Mr GQ Coleman Collins. The team added some major force under the basket with the incredible hulk John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) from San Pablo, California and veteran American Sean Sonderleiter (206-C-80, college: Iowa) who gives the club stability from the bench. The team also added guard Travis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.) who played four years at Michigan State. 'Their strength is that they have a huge front line with Bryant, Sonderleiter, Collins and Benzing. That is a lot of length under the basket', warned Quentin Pryor

Currently the club is in 12th place with a record of 7-9. 'They have been up and down this season as are many teams, but they can compete with anybody. They are very tough with John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) in the middle as he is playing some tough ball', stated 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar slam dunk contestant John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). The club already has had a four and three game losing streak as defense seems to be their weak point again. 'We have to improve on defense. We can improve many things like containing the dribble, ball screen defense, post defense and help side defense. Our offense has been getting better. We are one of the worst three point shooting teams in the league and have to improve that. We have to continue to rebound on a consistent level in order to keep up with teams like Bamberg, Berlin and Frankfurt. We have the right players to take the step', added Ratiopharm Ulm guard Travis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.). 'Ulm started off struggling, but have found their groove in the last weeks. They are a very talented team', stated Quentin Pryor In their first 16 games they have allowed 80 or more points nine times. Despite not having the defense on par yet, this is probably the most talented team outside the playoff range that could get in. 'I think that Ulm is a playoff team especially with their talent and personal. With the standings being so tight now anything is possible and they had a big win in Bremerhaven on the weekend', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'I think that we are also a playoff team. We try not to think to much about to add extra pressure. We all believe it, but just try not to talk about. Things will take care of themselves', commented Travis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.). However the sour play of their defense may not necessarily be a weakness. 'I dont know if their defense is their weakness, but that is their style and they play more up tempo than most teams, but that is more of an advantage than weakness', added John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'A weakness can be that at times you can catch them sleeping on defense', warned American Quentin Pryor

Ratiopharm Ulm are led by John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) who is playing his first season in Europe. Many basketball fans were a bit confused at the start of the season as there was a new John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara). Did Mike Taylor (agency: Pro One Sports ) now have two John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara)s which would of made for a very interesting season, but he only got a new different John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara). The only similarities was that both were American. Bryant is a 23 year old 208cm center that was born in Berkeley, California and grew up in San Pablo. He played at Santa Clara university coming in in 2005 as well known players Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) and Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara) had just graduated. He played 124 NCAA games getting WCC Player of the Year in 2009. In his last three years, he was able to average double figures in points. In his senior year, he tore up the NCAA playing 33 games: 18.1ppg, 14.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2.5bpg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 78.7%. In 2009 he was drafted by the Erie BayHawks (D-League,2rd (31) and played 48 games: 13.2ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 49.3%, FT: 77.6%. This past summer, he played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Milwaukee Bucks). So far in the BEKO BBL, he is tearing up the league averaging 14,8ppg and 10,4rp, 1,3apg and 1,1bs and is leading the German league in rebounding. He is shooting 63% from the field. He has registered six double doubles and his best game was 26 points and 18 rebounds against The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. He is a extremely mature player for his age and has the utmost respect from his teammates. He has a great feel for the game. This is his first season and who would of thought that he would play sow ell? He stays with his strength and takes high percentage shots. He has a very high basketball IQ with scoring and rebounding. I think that he could compete at any level in the world., stressed teammate Travis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will also have their third meeting with ex TV Langen player Robin Benzing (208-F-89) who is a 21 year old 208cm forward who made such a giant leap as a player at the European championships in 2009 in the German National team, but many Frankfurt fans were unhappy that Frankfurt was unable to sign him. The reasons and speculation why Benzing was not able to put on a Skyliner shirt last season have been varied, but the idea that Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) did not want him last season are false. 'Who wouldnt want a god given talent? We wanted him more than a German beer or champagne', stressed Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). Benzing made his mark in the German National team training camp and reached the pinnacle of starting many games for Germany at The European Championships in Poland. In 6 games, Benzing averaged 5.5ppg, 1.7rpg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 91.7% after tearing up the PRO A in 2008-2009 averaging 22.2ppg), 5.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 80.0%. For captain Pascal Roller, after seeing Benzing on TV and practicing with him in 2008-2009, he will play his third pro game against him. Benzing made a huge jump with the National team. I didnt really get to know him so well since he wasnt at many practices, but from what I saw, he is a very mobile power forward and can shot from outside. If he has the goal to play international, then he has to get stronger, added Pascal Roller. Last season, Benzing had a superb rookie campaign playing 33 games: 12.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT-3 (84.7%). He already has the respect from the BEKO BBL Robin is very talented. He is still young and I am sure he will improve his rebounding with time and work, stressed Quentin Pryor Benzing got his first taste of not being successful at every thing he does as he had a subpar World Championships in Turkey playing 5 games and averaging 4.6ppg, 1.4rpg. He is finding his mark this season as he is averaging 14,6ppg, 4,5rpg and 1,0apg. He has improved his rebounding, but his shooting is still not quite there shooting 36% from the field and 30% from downtown. The team brought back German national player Per Guenther (185-G-88) who is a 22 year old 185cm point guard that was born in Giessen and grew up in Hagen. He has very good speed and can dribble with both his hands he is very good in shooting from the arc and he has very good organizational skills, he watches the court with one glance and can assist his team-mates on a blind method pretending that he will shoot. He has an inborn charisma of a leader from a young age so he leads his team without having any problem. He played for BBV Hagen from 2003-2006 and with Phoenix Hagen from 2006-2008. In his last season in Hagen, he raised eyebrows with his play playing 29 games: 14.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 55.8%, 3FGP: 35.7%, FT: 80.1%. He has improved his play each season as last season he played 34 games: 6.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 80.3%. This season, he has become into a real scoring option, but still keeping his playmaking qualities in front of him. He is averaging 12,2ppg and 2,9apg. He got into three games at the World Championships last summer in Turkey. 'Benzing brings a good work ethic. The young players look up to him and he helps them. He is a very hart worker in practice and often stays after practice to keep working, stated teammate Sean Sonderleiter (206-C-80, college: Iowa).

The team brought back 26 year old 191cm forward Roderick Trice (191-F-84, agency: Lanshire Group, college: S.Carolina) from Georgia that could probably make a living touring the world dunking, but is too versatile and valuable to basketball to do that. He was signed shortly before the season started and gives that extra push on defense and on the transition game. He has made a big splash in Germany tearing up the PRO A three years ago with Cuxhaven and two years ago with BG Goettingen leading the team into the playoffs averaging 11.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, Steals-1 (2.6spg), FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 69.6% in 34 games. Last season, the South Carolina alumnist played 33 games averaing12.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.4spg), FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 28.4%, FT: 75.0%. This season, the American is averaging 10,2ppg, 4,8rpg, 1,9apg and 1,4spg. He is shooting very well at 50% from the field and 50% from the three point line. The team also brought back 24 year old 206 cm American Coleman Collins who is a big man that runs the floor well and played in the BBL in 2007-2008 with ENBW Ludwigsburg averaging 10.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 70.1% in 33 games. He almost made the Phoenix Suns in 2008-2009, but played in the D League for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants averaging 11.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 48.4%, FT: 75.1% in 46 games. Collins played at Virginia tech (NCAA)from 2003-2007 playing 33 games: 7.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 50.3%, FT: 65.1%. This season, Collins is averaging 8,9ppg, 5,4rpg and 1,5apg. The team signed also signed Sean Sonderleiter (206-C-80, college: Iowa) who is a 29 year old 206cm center who is playing his first season in Europe for Ratiopharm Ulm. He has a quick first step. He is the kind of a penetrator who attacks with the dribble and is capable of thunderous dunks. He played at Iowa from 2000-2004 together with ex NBA and BBC Bayreuth player Jared Reiner. He played in Australia in 2007 and 2008. In 2008, he played for Perry Lakes Hawks (Australia-SBL): 20 games: 23.9ppg, 12.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 56.0%, 3FGP: 20.0%, FT: 68.6%. In 2008-2009, he played for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League), left in Jan.'09, but returned shortly after leaving: 33 games: 4.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 41.5%, FT: 65.0%. Last season, he played his second season for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League): 45 games: 11.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 49.0%, FT: 72.3%. Recently he played Summer League in Las Vegas (New Orleans Hornets). This season, he is averaging 7,2ppg and 4,9rpg in 19 minutes.

The team brought back 26 year old 188 cm guard Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida), who is probably best known for breaking the netting in a college game on account of his fast shot. He played at Florida from 2003-2007 winning the NCAA title in 2006-2007. In his senior year, he played 40 games: 10.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 47.5%, 3Pts: 45.9%, FT: 69.2% In his first season with Ratiopharm Ulm, he played 36 games averaging 10.9ppg, 1.1rpg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT: 77.6%. When he is hot, he can be as efficient from three point land the same way Pascal Roller is from the free throw line. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 79.3%. This season, he is averaging 6,1ppg, 1,1rpg and 1,1apg. His shooting is coming around at 38% from the field and 37% from outside, but he will surely still pick it up in the second half of the season. 25 year old 200cm forward Sebastian Betz (200-F-85, agency: Pro One Sports) is a a young, hardworking wing who provides energy, defensive effort and consistent three point shooting. He started his professional basketball career in 2003 with Bamberg playing there until 2008. In five years, he was only able to play four games never being able to shake the Dirk Bauermann (agency: Pro One Sports ) rotation. Mike Taylor (agency: Pro One Sports ) scooped him up in 2007 and the German is playing his fourth season in Ulm. His best season so far has been 2008-2009 as he played 36 games: 5.2ppg, 1.5rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 54.9%. Last season, he played only 19 games: 3.2ppg, 1.8rpg. This season, he is averaging 3,9ppg and 2,9rpg in 16 minutes per game.

The club also brought in Travis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.) who 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. This season, he has shown a worthy backup to German national player Per Guenther (185-G-88) as he is averaging 2,5ppg, 1,3rpg and 1,7apg in 13 minutes per game. The club also signed Walt Baxley (191-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Mars Hill) is a 25 year old 191cm guard that is playing his first season in The BEKO BBL for Ratiopharm Ulm. He played NCAA 2 ball at Mars Hill from 2003-2006. In the 2005-2006 season, he played 27 games averaging 28.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.7 spg, 42.9 FG%, 37 3P%. In 2006-2007, he played in Iran for : Shahrdari Gorgan Municipality. In 2007-2008, he played in Poland for JKKS Gornik Walbrzych (Poland-DBE), but left at the end of Dec.2007: 6 games: 4.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.3apg. In 2008-2009, he played for Kaiserslautern Braves (Germany-ProA, starting five), left in pre-season, in Nov.2008 moved to Winston-Salem Storm (ABA). Last season, he played his first full season in Europe for German team Kaiserslautern Braves playing 30 games and averaging 19.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 63.1%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 77.4%.. His claim to fame in the PRO A was scoring 50 points in a game. This season, he has only played 8 games and is averaging 1,5ppg and 1,0rpg in seven minutes per game. A hidden strength in my game is passing and defense. I enjoy passing and making my teammates better. I also enjoy playing defense. I have worked on my foot speed this summer just to show that I can play on both sides of the court, stated Walt Baxley. The team let Baxley go a few days ago. Baxley will play in Finland now. The team also brought back 26 year old 180cm guard Christian Grosse (180-G-84, agency: Rasmussen Services). He started his career at TUS uhrspring in 2000. He played for Ratiopharm Ulm from 2001-2007. In this time, he played 88 second league games and 22 BEKO BBL games. He then played for SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf (ProA): 23 games: 9.1ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT-2 (46.1%), FT: 76.7%. He then retired in 2008, but came back in 2009 to Ratiopharm Ulm. Last season he played only 7 games: 1.6ppg. The team also has 19 year old 208cm center Michael Wenzl. He played 4 BEKO BBL games averaging 1,0ppg and played for the Basketballakademie Ulm (Oberliga): 21 games: 13.8ppg. This season, he has a license also to play for BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (ProB). This season, he has played 13 games for ratiopharm Ulm averaging 2,57 minutes per game.

Omari Westley who won the 2008-2009 BEKO BBL scoring title might be thousands of miles away in Qatar earning his bread, but he still follows the BEKO BBL religiously Westley might consider becoming a scout or assistant coach after his playing days, because he has very much knowledge about the game and players for a 29 year old. Westley is earning his dough in Qatar and remembers Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida), Per Gunther and Roderick Trice very well from his duels against Ratiopharm Ulm from two seasons ago and has some tips for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners about these three players. You cant give Humphrey any open jump shots, because that is his best shot and all that he does all day long just taking jumpers from all over the court. However Frankfurt should go at him on offense, because it is safe to say that he doesnt play much defense. Gunther is a nice young guard who is very crafty and will penetrate looking to dish so I would make him finish at the rim. He doesnt shoot a lot so I would let him shoot until he makes a shot and then guard him. Per and Lee are small guards so Frankfurt will have mismatches all day long and that is how Frankfurt should take advantage of them. Trice is a crazy athlete. If you dont box him out then you will get dunked on. He has a good cross over and likes the mid range jumper. The mid range is his bet shot unless he is dunking. He can take the three, but isnt a volume shooter. He is good at defense, because he is long and plays the passing lanes well like Lebron does and is gambling a lot so Frankfurt should slow him down on offense and make him work on defense, warned Ohio native Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.)

In the last three years, Frankfurt has a 5-3 record against Ratiopharm Ulm, but are 2-2 in Ulm. They won was in overtime 87-83 in 2007 with Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). The Eric Chatfield (191-G-79, college: N.Mexico) buzzer beater will for some reason always be stuck in the minds of people. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a positive 3-1 record in the Ballsporthalle.In 2008-2009, Frankfurt lost 74-69, but got a strong game form ex Skyliner Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) who scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. In the first meeting lasts eason, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners dominated the game and put on a scoring display led by 23 points by Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.) as the club prevailed 95-82.Frankfurt shot an astronomical 57% from the field and easily won the rebounding fight 34-25. Ratiopharm Ulm did a great job only having seven turnovers. In the return game in Frankfurt, Ratiopharm ulm lost 84-77 as Skyliner American Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.) had another monster game pouring home 18 points and 15 rebounds.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners want to start 2011 on a good note with a victory in Ulm. Frankfurt announced last week that Joe Dabbert (210-C-81, college: Creighton) would not get his contract extended which will give Frankfurt more difficulty under the boards should not an adequate replacement be found in time for the game on Thursday. The team did announce that American Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) could remain another two months with the club. Andre Barrett (175-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Seton Hall) who played with FC Barcelona some years ago was the king of the NBA 10 day contracts back in 2005-2007 and Jimmy McKinney may be getting that honor in the BEKO BBL as he got his third short term contract this season. Even though not exactly knowing what his fate will be down the road, the ST Louis native is a professional and keeps playing very well and showing the team that he deserves to stay. 'I think that Jimmy should just continue to do what he knows how to do which is play basketball and if the team doesnt like it then it is their loss. Not knowing about his future is in the back of his mind, but he just has to continue to bring it every day and hope for the best outcome', stressed John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 'I couldnt play like that constantly having to worry about my job, but at the same time it could be motivation for him to get the job done when he is in', added Quentin Pryor Ratiopharm Ulm can score until the sun comes up and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are known as a solid defensive team which they will have to show in the Kuhberg halle. 'Frankfurt just has to push the tempo and let Wood do his thing, let him create and others finish when he creates for them. Ulm has to push the tempo as well and convert in the half court set as well. It should be an interesting game', warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). The main focus for Frankfurt will be John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) and forgetting about Robin Benzing (208-F-89) could be disastrous. 'We have to be aggressive on defense and rebound well. We have to limit them to one shot, execute on offense and hit our open shots. We have enough good big men to check John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara). ' Frankfurt has to find a way to control the Ulm front line. They are a bit short handed without Joe Dabbert (210-C-81, college: Creighton). Ratiopharm Ulm has to take advantage of their bigs', said Quentin Pryor 'We will have to do some different things on defense. If we can contain Bryant then we will have good chances to win', warned Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). Fans will surely have John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara), Robin Benzing (208-F-89) and DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) in their focus, but a very entertaining match up could be Roderick Trice -Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). Sometimes just giving a direct answer can be as forceful as a John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) dunk. Robertson didnt have to think long as too who can fly through the air longer him or Trice? 'Me Tez can', added Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). Ratiopharm Ulm host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners January 6th at 16:00.



Deandre Haynes (Gloria Giants Duesseldorf) Beating Bamberg Was The Biggest Win Of My Career - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, college: Kent St.) is a 26 year old 187 cm guard from Detroit Michigan that is playing his second season in the BEKO BBL and first with The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. He played at Kent from 2002-2005 and at Kent state from 2005-2006. In his senior year, he played 34 games averaging 13.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.7%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 78.6%. He won the MAC Tournament in 2006 and was player of the year in the MAC conference in 2006. He came to Europe as a rookie and played in Belgium for BBC Royal Atomia Brussels playing 23 games and averaging 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg. The next season, he stayed in Belgium and played for Okapi Aalstar playing 35 games averaging 9.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 74.0%. In 2008-2009, he played in Hungary for Kecskemeti Univer KSE playing 26 games averaging 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.4apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 70.9%. Last season, he played for the Paderborn Baskets playing 34 games: 11.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 74.7%. He spoke to eurobasket after the sensational 72-69 win against The Brose Baskets Bamberg in which he finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and three assists. He spoke to eurobasket following the win against Bamberg.


Congrats on 72-69 win vs Bamberg. is this one of the biggest wins of your career?


I would say this is the biggest wins of my career, because it was against a great team, undefeated team, and a Euro League team, which I never played against.


Did you have a special feeling before the game or did you have the normal pregame feeling?


Well no one thought we were going to win this game, and we had nothing to lose. We just came out with a let's just play attitude.

Do you think that The Brose Baskets Bamberg underestimated Duesseldorf?


I don't think they underestimated us at all, we just tried to keep the game close and work harder than them.

Bamberg led 40-38 at half time. Why was Bamberg having problems with Duesseldorf in the first 20 minutes?


I think we stepped on the floor with an aggressive approach, and we had a great boost from Steve knocking down shots early in the game.


What was key in the last minutes for the win?


We wanted to keep our intensity up, and play smart on both ends of the floor. I think the team did a great job of finishing the game strong.


How important was Steven Wright? He has had a tough season, but he saved his best for Bamberg.


Steve has been great for us even though he had a rough start, I feel like he has found his game, and is a big piece to the puzzle if we want to stay in the league.


Joe Buck had 11 points and 10 rebounds. What made him so strong tonight against such an expereinced Bamberg team?


Joe Buck was a great under the basket presence for us tonight. Coach has really been focusing his rebounding and finishing at the basket throughout the year, he just gave coach what he wanted.

Duesseldorf won the rebounding 38-26. Did Murat Didin have extra rebounding practice the last days?


We didn't have any rebounding practices, we just knew with limited players we were going to have to all crash the boards if we were going to have a chance to win.

Did coach Murat Didin promise free Doner after this win?


No! it's a great win for us, but we want to finish the season in a good position, and help Dusseldorf stay in the league.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Home Alone.

Thanks Dre for the chat.



Pierre Curtis on his way to Jena - by Moritz Korff
Science City Jena (2. Bundesliga Pro A) will bring in Pierre Curtis (191-G, college: JMU, agency: Strategic Sports) for the remainder of this current season. The 2010 graduate of James Madison University (NCAA1) shall help to run the point for Science City. Jena is going to be his first stop in European basketball. Curtis appeared in 33 games for JMU during the 2009-2010 campaign, averaging 8.8 points, 4.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds per night. The Denver, Colorado native will arrive to Jena shortly.

Fred Brathwaite pens Leipzig deal - by Moritz Korff
Former Augusta State standout Fred Brathwaite (193-G/F-87, college: Augusta St.) has signed a contract with 2. Bundesliga Pro B side USC Leipzig for the remainder of this current season. The 23-year-old guard/forward shone as the second leading scorer of NCAA D2 powerhouse Augusta State in this past campaign, averaging 16.5 points per outing and grabbing a team high 8.2 rebounds a game.
Meanwhile, the Leipzig team parted company with German guard Marco Woamey (183-G-82, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: West Plains JC).


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  GREECE   


Greek reactions on the Top 16's draw - by Kostas Papadopoulos
After the Euroleague's Top 16 draw yesterday at Barcelona, the representatives of the two Greek teams stated their opinions on the official site of the competition.
Firstly, Panathinaikos' representatives for the draw of their group which brought the Greens against Caha Laboral, Unicaja Malaga and Lietuvos Rytas:
Panathinaikos' head coach, Zeljko Obradovic : 'There are no easy games in the Top 16. There is no easy opponent. We must be ready to play and win. We have two Spanish teams in our group, something that says a lot by itself. And we also have Lietuvos Rytas. I think we all know the quality of these teams. We respect every team, all our opponents. What we need is to see Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) and Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) coming back, to be ready to play for the team, since we know that Aleks Maric (211-C-84) has a long way to his recovery. We are going to have long trips, but I don't think that is important. The main thing for us is to play well, to be ready and to focus on our team.'
Panathinaikos' team manager, Manos Papadopoulos: 'It's a very strong group, like all of them. Everyone will have to play good basketball to advance. I think there will be good games and I am sure the fans will pack OAKA to enjoy the games against such fine teams. Our goal is to make it to the Final Four and we will try our best. Mike Batiste will be back and that is always important. The Top 16 always shows us how the end of the season will be.'
Panathinaikos' forward, Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81): 'We face three good teams that everybody knows. We cannot talk about easy or tough groups. There is not such a thing as an easy group or an easy game in the Euroleague in general. Let alone, when we are speaking about the Top 16. It could have been worse, it could have been better, but at the end of the day it's the same, because if you want to qualify at Top-8, you will have to play everybody. Our goal is the first place in our group. All our three opponents have shown good elements in their game so far and we have to be careful. What we are trying to do is to improve our game, since our opponents will be better and better as we move on. What we would like to see is our injured teammates return to the team. It's essential to be healthy to achieve our goals.'


As for Olympiacos' representatives for the draw of their group which brought the Reds against Fenerbahce Ulker, Zalgiris Kaunas and Pamesa Valencia:
Olympiacos' head coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ): 'In the Top 16, all the teams are very strong and whoever understands from the regular season that there is not a favorite team will have no problem. Fenerbahce was the big surprise of the first phase of Euroleague by beating Barcelona away. After signing Jasikevicius, they send the message that they want very much to qualify for the Final Four. Zalgiris is a very good team and a difficult trip. Valencia was the surprise of the second round and by beating Panathinaikos away they proved that they deserve to qualify. I am expecting better chemistry and more serious plays in the Top 16 because it's going to be very difficult for us'.
Olympiacos' General Manager, Christos Stavropoulos: 'We had a wonderful regular season, very exciting and competitive. Our goal is to be again in the Final Four. We respect all the teams and we don't care who the rivals are, we only know we have to be ready for all six games in the Top 16. We know we have to play hard in six very tough games, and this is the only key to get to the playoffs.'
Olympiacos' forward Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket): 'The Top 16 is always difficult. Fenerbahce is a very good team. Zalgiris is a very difficult opponent and especially away because of the difficult trip. I know Valencia very well and especially at their home they are very competitive. I feel better and I am ready to play'.




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New players in Hungary - by Tamas Deri
De'Andre Mays (188-G-87, college: Youngstown St.) arrived to Pecs, where he will spend a tryout with the team. Mays is a quick 6'2 185lbs solid versatile guard who can play either position in the backcourt. Very tough competitor who creates his own shot and get others involed. Loves to get out and run the floor in transition. He graduated on the University of Youngstown State and was Youngstown State's leading scorer and a All-Conference selection averaging 14.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.4apg. He started this season with Dortmund in the German Regional League but left the team.

Chris Rodgers (193-G-84, college: Arizona) is back to our country and might be the new point guard of Salgotarjan! The 193 cm tall american guard is a well known player in our country as he played 7 games for Kormend in the season 2008-09 averaging 19.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.9apg, 2.6spg. Rodgers graduated on the University of Arizona and started his professional carreer in the D-Leauge. He played in Belgium, Bosnia, Finland and Hungary before starting this season with the newcomer team of the romanian first division, Miercurea Ciuc. He played 13 games for the team and helped it with 12.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 28.3 minutes per game.


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CBA TO BE LEGENDS HOME COURT - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Defending IBL champion Albany Legends reached an agreement with Christian Brothers Academy to play all of the teams 15 game home schedule at the school this season. The facility,which is located at 12 Airline dr. in Colonie seasts nearly 1,000 fans and is fully air conditioned and provide ample parking for Legends fans.'When you think about our objective is to provide affordable quality pro basketball with a community purpose.' ' The CBA is the right sized fit,designed to ensure the long term viabity of the Legends organization,while mutually benefiting a local landmark instuition,' added ROBERT Hord ,vice president of the ALBANY Legends.

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Railways - Service to clash in Men Final - by Anil Kumar
Prashanti Singh showed her undisputed class as Delhi defeated Tamil Nadu 64-61 in the women's semifinals of the IMG-Reliance 61s Reliance IMG National basketball championship at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium here on Monday. Prashanti underlined her cool temperament in a nerve-wracking contest top-scoring with 25 points.

Prashanti, in fact, struggled to find the basket in the first half when Delhi had trailed 26-29. However, in the second half she scored 18 of her points including the last three-pointer that proved decisive.

Skipper Raspreet Sidhu was also in good touch and was the second best scorer with 19 points. Harjit Kaur, Akanksha Singh and Shiba Maggon were happy to provide passes to Prashanti and Raspreet, particularly after Pratima Singh hurt her knee early in the second quarter and could not compete any further.

Tamil Nadu trailed 42-52 at the end of the third quarter, but owed its revival to a string of three-pointers from A. Vidhya Mani. The gap was bridged up to 58-59 when Raspreet converted two free throws to enhance the lead.

Alagu Tamizhmozhi, whose three-pointer had fetched the lead for Tamil Nadu just before half-time, was the live-wire for the team as she kept Delhi on its toes. But she was out with five fouls with two minutes left on the clock.

In the final, Delhi will challenge champion Railways, which overcame an initial spell of enthusiasm from Chhattisgarh to record a 97-60 triumph.

Railways recovered from 15-17 to lead 23-19 at the end of the first quarter. The team took the lead to 35-19 before reaching 50-32 at halftime.

In the men's semifinal, Railways proved far too clinical and better prepared as it controlled the match once it overhauled Punjab's lead at 10-6.

Railways' fortunes revolved around the shooting prowess of Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, Gagandeep Singh and Arjun Singh, even as Yadwinder Singh provided the energy with his all-round ability.

In the other semifinal, Services, strengthened by the return of Jayaram Jat, was too strong for surprise semifinalist Kerala.

The results (semifinals): Men: Railways 84 (Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 21, Gagandeep Singh 20, Arjun Singh 18, Yadwinder Singh 12) bt Punjab 72 (Jagdeep Singh Bains 24, Talwinderjit Singh Sahi 23, Amritpal Singh 10).

Services 86 (Dalip Kumar 26, Jayaram Jat 22, Praveen Kumar 12, Gopal Ram 10, Naresh Grewal 10) bt Kerala 70 (Basil Philip 17, T.S. Abhilash 14, Eudrick Pereira 14, K.R. Nikhil 10).

Women: Railways 97 (P. Anitha 23, Ranjini Jose 21, Geetu Anna Jose 17, Anju Lakra 10) bt Chhattisgarh 60 (K. Kavita 15, Aakansha Singh 13, Aruna Kindo 12).

Delhi 64 (Prashanti Singh 25, Raspreet Sidhu 19) bt Tamil Nadu 61 (S. Kokila 19, Alagu Tamizhmozhi 14, A. Vidhya Mani 12).




Railways lift both titles - by Anil Kumar
Railways men and women asserted themselves yet again to retain the titles in the IMG-Reliance 61st National basketball championship at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday.

While it was the umpteenth title for the Railways women, it was a hat-trick of triumphs for the Railways men who played with clinical efficiency despite their star players Vishesh Bhriguvanshi and Yadwinder Singh keeping a low profile.

Railways women overwhelmed traditional rival Delhi 95-55 after a tussle in the first quarter when the teams were locked 18-18 while the men were tested more by Services before recording a 74-62 win.

Brilliant Jayaram

Services set up a good pace, thanks to the brilliance of Jayaram Jat. However, he did not get the support he deserved and Railways had little trouble in overcoming a 15-20 deficit in the first quarter to lead 39-30 at half-time and 57-47 at the end of the third quarter.

Jayaram accumulated 25 points and had support mainly from Dalip Kumar (14) and Sambhaji Kadam who came up with 10 points.

In contrast, Railways had many players capable of rising to the occasion. It was Arjun Singh who did the job this time as he proved his utility with 27 points and wound up the show with a three-pointer only the second for his team after the one by Vishesh Bhriguvanshi.

Gagandeep Singh's contribution (13) was significant since Bhriguvanshi (9) and Yadwinder Singh (8) struggled.

It was a complete team effort as Railways combined well to execute coach Ram Kumar's plans meticulously.

Geetu sizzles

In the women's final, skipper Geetu Anna Jose was once again the pillar of strength as she top-scored with 29 points.

She had solid support from P. Anitha, M. Pushpa, R.K. Smruthi and Anju Lakra, who shot two three-pointers in the climax to get the team close to the century mark.

Delhi was once again served well by skipper Raspreet Sidhu, Prashanti Singh and Akanksha Singh but badly missed the services of Pratima Singh who was out with a knee injury suffered during the semifinals.

Shiba Maggon, who shot nine points for Delhi and was also a member of the trophy-winning Railways and Delhi teams, announced her retirement.

She would, however, be involved in the game as a coach.

Cash prizes

The champion teams were presented Rs. 1,50,000 each and the runners-up Rs. 1,00,000.

Punjab men, who beat Kerala 89-67, and Tamil Nadu women, who beat Chhattisgarh 55-51, in the matches for third place were presented Rs. 50,000 each.

The results (finals):

Men: Railways 74 (Arjun Singh 27, Gagandeep Singh 13) bt Services 62 (Jayaram Jat 25, Dalip Kumar 14, Sambhaji Kadam 10).

Women: Railways 95 (Geetu Anna Jose 29, M. Pushpa 15, Anju Lakra 15, P. Anitha 13, R.K. Smruthi 12) bt Delhi 55 (Raspreet Sidhu 16, Prashanti Singh 16, Akanksha Singh 10) .




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Van's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old power forward Marcus Van (201-F/C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked UCC Demons and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 21 rebounds, while his team beat UCD Marian (#3, 5-7) 80-69. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. UCC Demons maintains the 2nd position in Irish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. UCC Demons will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. Van turned to be UCC Demons' top player in his first season with the team. Central Michigan University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Van is in league's top in points (3rd best: 24.2ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 13.8rpg) and averages solid 2.6bpg and 65.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Cameron Mitchell (201-F/C-88, agency: N.E.T.) of top-ranked UL Eagles. He is American forward in his first season at UL Eagles. In the last game Mitchell recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 18 rebounds. Of course he lead UL Eagles to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Moycullen (#4, 1-11) 79-45. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. UL Eagles consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 9 matches. Mitchell is a newcomer at UL Eagles and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.6ppg (#5). He also registered 14.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Emmett Donnelly (186-G-78) of league's second-best DCU St.Vincents Dublin. Donnelly showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of DCU Saints, leading his team to a 88-81 win against #1 ranked Killester. DCU Saints needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 6 lost games. Donnelly has a great season in Ireland. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.0apg (2nd best). He also has 2.8spg and FGP: 57.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82) of Neptune - 29 points and 15 rebounds
5. James Crowder (201-F-86) of UCD Marian - 33 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Philip Taylor (196-G/F-86) of Neptune - 19 points and 12 rebounds
8. Stephen King (196-F-86) of UL Eagles - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Jermaine Kamara (92) of Neptune - 11 points and 10 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)


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Clayton LONGMIRE
  Belfast Star
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Longmire, Belfast .29.7 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune29.3 
 3. Van, UCC Demons24.2 
 4. Turner, Killester23.6 
 5. Mitchell, UL Ea.23.6 
 6. Foley, Ulster Elks22.8 
 7. Crowder, UCD M.22.8 
 8. De La Cruz, Ulster E.21.3 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen21.1 
 10. O''Reilly, UCC D.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron MITCHELL
  UL Eagles
  (201-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Mitchell, UL Ea.14.9 
 2. Van, UCC Demons13.8 
 3. Ambler, Moycullen13.6 
 4. De La Cruz, Ulster E.12.8 
 5. Crowder, UCD M.10.7 
 6. Turner, Killester10.6 
 7. Bonaparte, Neptune9.8 
 8. Provizors, DCU S.9.8 
 9. Longmire, Belfast .9.2 
 10. Trimmer, DCU S.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles6.7 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.6.0 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian5.1 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.4 
 5. Noonan, Neptune4.2 
 6. Clarke, Killester3.5 
 7. McVeigh, Belfast .3.4 
 8. Westbrooks, Killester3.4 
 9. Turner, Killester3.3 
 10. Foley, Ulster Elks3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Michael MCGINN
  Neptune
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. McGinn, Neptune3.4 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.2.8 
 3. Lacey, DCU Saints2.4 
 4. Crowder, UCD M.2.4 
 5. Noonan, Neptune2.4 
 6. Westbrooks, Killester2.4 
 7. Nihill, Moycullen2.3 
 8. Turner, Killester2.3 
 9. Darling, DCU Saints2.2 
 10. Dowd, Moycullen2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Van, UCC Demons2.6 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune2.4 
 3. Baynes, UCD Marian2.4 
 4. Turner, Killester2.3 
 5. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 6. Longmire, Belfast .1.7 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.4 
 8. Ambler, Moycullen1.2 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.1.1 
 10. Duggan, UCC Demons1.0 


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  ITALY   


Assigeco brings in Peter Ezugwu - by Eurobasket News
Assigeco came up with the new signing. The Italian Lega Due team inked a deal with Peter Ezugwu (203-C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Michigan) for rest of the season.
Peter Ezugwu arrives to Assigeco from Argentina, where he started this season. He played five games in Liga Sudamericana for Boca Juniors averaging 12 points and 7 rebounds. Ezugwu also played one game in domestic championship collecting 10 points and 6 boards. He is not a new face in Italy as he spent few years there in the past. Last season Ezugwu was a member of Aget Imola. For 29 games in Lega2 he registered 13.1 ppg and 8.4 rpg. Before that he spent one year with Banco di Sardegna Sassari posting averages of 10.4 points and 6.9 rebounds. Ezugwu also has experience from Edimes Pavia, Air Avelino, Spanish Bregan, Mallora and Melilla.


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Japanese BJ League round 23 best performance: Wendell White - by Eurobasket News
American guard Wendell White (198-G-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kyoto Hannaryz, receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Okinawa GK (#4, 14-10) 82-76. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains the 5th position in Japanese BJ League. Kyoto Hannaryz 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 12-12 record. White turned to be Kyoto Hannaryz's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Nevada -Las Vegas star has very solid stats this year. White is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.3ppg), rebounds (8th best: 10.5rpg) and averages impressive 60.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Damian Johnson (201-F-87, agency: Edge Sports) of Oita Heat Devils. Johnson had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Oita H.Devils was edged by the higher-ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#2, 15-9) 66-63. Oita H.Devils managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-13 record. Johnson is a newcomer at Oita H.Devils, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Michael Parker (200-G/F-81) of league's second-best Fukuoka Rizing. Parker got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He was a key player of Fukuoka Rizing, leading his team to a 93-88 win against the lower-ranked Oita H.Devils (#6, 9-13). Fukuoka Rizing needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 9 lost games. Parker has a great season in Japan. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.2ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 10.7rpg (6th best). He also has 2.3spg, 1.3bpg and FGP: 63.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matt Lottich (193-G-82) of Oita H.Devils - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Daisuke Kimizuka (188-G/F-83) of Fukuoka Rizing - 16 points and 5 rebounds
6. Kibwe Trim (208-F/C-84) of Kyoto Hannaryz - 22 points and 12 rebounds
7. Jeff Newton (205-C-81) of Okinawa GK - 14 points and 10 rebounds
8. Damian Johnson (201-F-87) of Oita H.Devils - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Carlos Dixon (202-G/F-81) of Okinawa GK - 26 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)


JBA All-Japan Tournament 2011 - by John Scribe
The JBA Emperor's Cup All-Japan Tournament is now going on and below are the results for the round of 16

January 4, 2011

Aisin Seahorses 100-63 Kanto Gakuin University
Rera Kamuy Hokkaido 101-88 Aoyama Gakuin University
Toshiba Brave Thunders 116-57 Meiji University
Hitachi Sunrockers 86-52 Toyota Tsusho

January 5, 2011

Panasonic Trians 108-59 Aisin AW
Link Tochigi Brex 108-101 Tokai University
Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins 96-63 Keio University
Toyota Alvark 103-56 TGI D-Rise

The Best 8 begins tomorrow and below are the match-ups:

Aisin vs. Rera Kamuy 17:00 p.m.
Toshiba vs. Hitachi 19:00 p.m.

Panasonic vs. Link Tochigi 12:00 p.m.
Toyota vs. Mitsubishi 14:00 p.m.


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Latvia U18 triumph in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18 - Estonia U18 83:76

Latvia clinched the Baltic Sea Cup tournament trophy. They overcame Estonian counterparts today to claim the prize. Latvia finished the annual tourney with three wins in as many games. Guntis Sipolins (201-F-93) came up with 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead Latvia past Estonia on the final day.
The visitors marked their ambitions early in this one. Latvia fired 25 points in the opening ten minutes to build a 9-point advantage. Estonia stiffened their defense in the second quarter but they failed to narrow the margin. Latvia established a 41:31 lead at halftime. The visitors stayed dominant in the second half. They erupted for 25 points in the third term to take a 12-point lead with ten minutes to go and never looked back en route to the victory. Janis Berzins (194-F-93) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds for Latvia. Klavs Strazdins (187-G/F-93) had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Janari Joesaar (197-F-93) answered with 19 points and 11 boards for Estonia. Mihkel Scheicher netted 12 points in the loss.

Latvia U18: Guntis Sipolins 17, Janis Berzins 16, Klavs Strazdins 13+10 boards
Estonia U18: Janari Joesaar 19+11 boards, Mihkel Scheicher 12



Latvia U16 win Baltic Sea Cup - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U16 - Estonia U16 80:61

Latvian U16 triumphed at the annual Baltic Sea Cup international tournament in Estonia. They coasted past the hosts on the final day of the tourney to clinch the top spot. Armands Ginters (193-F-95) stepped up with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge. Estonia finished at the second position at 2-1 record.
Latvia spurred in front in the opening stanza. They held Estonia to 10 points in the starting frame to take a 5-point lead. Latvia unloaded 26 points in the second stanza piling up a 14-point lead at the interval. Estonia responded in the third term as the hosts unleashed 22 points cutting the deficit to 4 points with ten minutes remaining. But Latvia picked up the slack in the fourth quarter pouring in 27 points and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Davis Geks (182-G-95) and Raiens Saubergs accounted for 17 points each in the victory. Sten Olmre (186-G-95) had 16 points for Estonia. Joosep Russak notched 15 points in the loss.

Latvia U16: Armands Ginters 18+10 boards, Davis Geks 17, Raiens Saubergs 17
Estonia U16: Sten Olmre 16, Joosep Russak 15



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Jack Michael Martinez will play in FIBA Americas League in Puerto Rico - by Jordan Olivo
The Dominican Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) will play with Cocodrilos de Caracas in Group D of the FIBA Americas League in Puerto Rico.

Besides Jack Michael, will be with Cocodrilos the americans Carl Elliot (Metros de Santiago) and Tayron Thomas (Indios de San Francisco and Caeros de La Romana).

Martinez, who is the captain of the Dominican national team, has two championship titles with Caracas and two Most Valuable Player award (MVP) in both finals (2008 and 2010), and a sub-championship in 2009.

Cocodrilos will play against Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico), Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (Mexico) and Sionista (Argentina).

Tournament will be from 18 to 20 January in Arecibo.



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The last moments Game - by Abdallah Omari
A late surge in the forth quarter saves the game and the postseason hope of Singapore Slingers as they beat the Westports KL Dragons 93 90 in dramatic fashion. The Slingers were once down by 13 points with 7:35 to play in the fourth quarter, but able to rally back with a 15 3 run and took a 86 85 lead with less than 3 minutes to play. The Dragons fought back hard to make it a one possession game in less than 20 seconds, but Patrick Cabahug (186-G)s potential game tying trey was off the mark. The Westports KL Dragons were dominating in the 1st and 2nd quarter and started really well with new import Justin Leigh putting in a 3 pointer from the sidelines to bring the dragons to a 9 point lead at the start with 5:18 remaining in the first quarter. Both teams are on pressure as the Singapore Slingers will need to win this game to try and confirm their spot in the semifinals. Guga, who got substituted into the game manage to get close the basket to contribute 2 points which brought the Dragons to 21-14. Justin Leigh then scored another 2 point as Slingers defense could not contain the Dragons onslaught in the paint. Nakiea Miller (205-C-79, college: Iona) then easily found the basket again as he brought the Dragons to a further lead of 28-19 with 40 seconds to go. The quarter ended at 28-22. Leo Avenindo led the Slingers with 28 points along with 7 boards and 6 assists, with Jeffers Kyle (206-C-85, college: Oregon St.) adding another 23 points 16 rebounds and 6 steals. Vergara Al (173-G-79) had a brilliant game with 8 assists and 12 points, and Marcus Skinner added 16 points despite 6/17 shooting from the field resulted by stingy defense set by the Dragons. New comer Justin Leith (201-F-81, college: Merrimack) had a game high 31 points and 11 rebounds, but was shut down to only 6 points in the second half. Patrick Patrick Cabahug (186-G) had 25 points, which 22 came in the second half including 13 in the forth quarter. Nakiea Miller (205-C-79, college: Iona) posted solid 17 points 21 rebounds and 4 blocks, but was off fire during crucial moment. This timely victory not only snapped Slingers 3-game losing streak, but also gave them some room to breath in their tight competition with Satria Muda BritAma for the final playoffs berth.

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Defense Gets the Job Done for Potros - by Carlos Chapa
Potros ITSON gave the first surprise of the LNBP playoffs taking a game away from Fuerza Regia Monterrey in the first round with a final score of 87 to 78.

Fans who follow Potros should thank head coach Dan Tacheny who emphasized team defense in game one, Potros displayed great rotation on all picks and key double teams when forwards from Fuerza Regia Monterrey reached the paint, limiting players like Jeremis Smith to rare low scores.

More elements contributed to the outcome of the game, Fuerza Regia Monterrey forced the action many times taking contested three-point attempts and missed sixteen free throws.

Franco Harris was a key element for his team, permanently making a full court pressure on Fuerza Regia Monterreys point guard and finishing the game with 19 points. Sammy Monroe gave a great performance also with aggresive drives to the basket which resulted in frecuent trips to the charity stripe, he had 22 units.

Game two of this series will be played today in Monterrey.


Charles Garcia debuts for Potros - by Eurobasket News
Potros got to an impressive start of their LNBP playoff campaign. They overcame Fuerza Regia on the road. Charles Garcia (206-F-88, college: Seattle) was the part of the victory. The 22-year-old forward debuted for the team in the game. Charles Garcia started the season in Oyak Renault in Turkey. He tallied 8.5 points, 4.5 boards per game. He left the team in October joining the D-League Utah Flash. Charles Garcia produced 5.5 points, 2.5 rebounds per appearance for the Flash. Now Garcia continued his career in Mexico. He delivered 9 points, 2 rebounds and 3 blocks in his debut game for Potros.


LNBP 1/8 Finals: First games - by Eurobasket News
The 1/8 Finals in LNBP just started. First games were played last night (series best-of-five)

The game between Fuerza Regia and Potros was one of the most important. Fuerza Regia was defeated by Potros in a tough game in Monterrey 78-87. It means that Potros took 1-0 lead in the series. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Potros made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Guard Franco Harris (183-83, college: Boise St.) fired 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) chipped in 22 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!). American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) produced 22 points for lost side. Game Two is schedule for today.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Cancun. Local Pioneros outscored Abejas 113-71. The game was mostly controlled by Pioneros. Abejas managed to win fourth quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pioneros dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Abejas' 46. Pioneros outrebounded Abejas 54-27 including a 45-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Pioneros especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Gregory Grays (185-79, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import center Rammel Allen (210-79, college: Bridgeport) contributed with 9 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jonathan Maxwell (191-82) answered with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Elijah Flores added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Abejas. Pioneros have 1-0 lead and Game Two is scheduled for today.

Other games were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Huracanes were defeated by Toros in Nuevo Laredo 80-74. Angeles beat Lechugueros at home 69-64. Soles lost to Halc.Xalapa on the opponent's court 69-76. Halc.Rojos outscored Lobos Grises in a home game 95-75.
The best stats in the first game was 28 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals by Terrance Thomas of Soles de Mexicali.


Toros - Huracanes 80-74

There was no surprise in Nuevo Laredo where Huracanes were defeated by Toros 80-74. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Huracanes were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Huracanes were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Quentin Joseph (200-84, college: McNeese St.) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Huracanes. Four Huracanes players scored in double figures. 1-0 lead for Toros.
Top scorers:
Toros: Q.Joseph 22+7reb+1ast, I.Ofoegbu 17+4reb+2ast, W.Pagan 15+5reb+3ast, A.Rougeau 9+10reb+2ast, A.Henning 7+6reb, E.Vasquez 7+3reb+1ast
Huracanes: T.Bobbitt 20+3reb+1ast, R.Hornsby 17+8reb, O.Quintero 17+5reb+2ast, A.Hunter 12+6reb+2ast, L.Manuel Gonzalez 6+1reb, A.Fuqua 2+6reb+1ast
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Angeles - Lechugueros 69-64

No shocking result in a game in Puebla where Angeles defeated Lechugueros 69-64. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 14-12. But Lechugueros won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Curtis Withers (203-84, college: Charlotte) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. American-Venezuelan forward Jermaine Walker (198-77, college: Miami (FL)) contributed with 22 points for the winners. American swingman Mike Smith (201-76, college: La-Monroe) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds and Jamaican guard Ricky Johns (193-85, college: Utah) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Lechugueros. 1-0 for Angeles.
Top scorers:
Angeles: J.Walker 22+2reb+2ast, D.Guevara 18+3reb+3ast, C.Withers 14+12reb+1ast, A.Sucre 7+12reb, G.Vargas 4+5reb+6ast, R.McKoy 4+3reb
Lechugueros: M.Smith 20+8reb+2ast, R.Johns 14+3reb+4ast, J.Jenkins 9+3reb+3ast, R.Moss 8+6reb+1ast, A.Sanchez 8+1reb, M.Jackson 5+11reb
gschID: 119974


Pioneros - Abejas 113-71

The game with biggest result difference took place in Cancun. Local Pioneros outscored Abejas 113-71. The game was mostly controlled by Pioneros. Abejas managed to win fourth quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pioneros dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Abejas' 46. Pioneros outrebounded Abejas 54-27 including a 45-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Pioneros especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Gregory Grays (185-79, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import center Rammel Allen (210-79, college: Bridgeport) contributed with 9 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jonathan Maxwell (191-82) answered with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Elijah Flores added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Abejas. Pioneros have 1-0 lead and Game Two is scheduled for today.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: S.Soriano 18+3reb, G.Grays 17+7reb+3ast, J.Dominguez 13+1reb+6ast, K.Young 12+5reb, H.Llamas 12+11reb+2ast, c.paniagua 11+7reb+2ast
Abejas: J.Maxwell 20+5reb+1ast, D.Ojo 14+1reb+3ast, D.Bunton 11+4reb+1ast, E.Flores 11+8reb, R.Elicerio 8+1reb+1ast, M.Hernandez 3+1reb
gschID: 119969


Fuerza Regia - Potros 78-87

The game between Fuerza Regia and Potros was one of the most important. Fuerza Regia was defeated by Potros in a tough game in Monterrey 78-87. It means that Potros took 1-0 lead in the series. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Potros made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Guard Franco Harris (183-83, college: Boise St.) fired 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) chipped in 22 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!). American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) produced 22 points for lost side. Game Two is schedule for today.
Top scorers:
Potros: S.Monroe 22+4reb, F.Harris 19+3reb+4ast, G.James 15+5reb+3ast, J.Abu-Shamala 9+8reb+2ast, C.Garcia 9+2reb+1ast, K.Penn 6+6reb
Fuerza Regia: J.Habel 22+4reb, A.Izaguirre 18+6reb+1ast, J.Smith 12+10reb+3ast, S.Bowie 11+1reb+2ast, M.Mitchell 8+1reb+4ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 5+3reb
gschID: 119970


Halc.Xalapa - Soles 76-69

Very expected game when Soles was defeated on the road by Halcones UV Xalapa 76-69. It looked good early as Soles took an 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Halcones UV Xalapa took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. It was a very good performance for Tavors McGowan who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds. The former international swingman Jovan Harris (191-81, college: USF) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach Ivan Deniz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Terrance Thomas (198-80, college: Baylor) answered with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Panamanian-Spanish power forward Ruben Garces (206-73, college: Providence, agency: Priority Sports) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Soles. 1-0 for Halcones Xalapa.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: J.Harris 15+4reb+4ast, McGowan 14+9reb+3ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 13+6reb+2ast, R.Mata 11+10reb, V.Mariscal 10+2reb+3ast, L.Garcia Morales 7+3reb+5ast
Soles: A.Pedroza 16+3reb+1ast, R.Garces 14+7reb, H.Hernandez 14+2reb+2ast, T.Thomas 10+9reb+4ast, D.Davis 6+4reb+1ast, R.Marentes 4
gschID: 119971


Halc.Rojos - Lobos Grises 95-75

Rather predictable result in Veracruz where Halcones Rojos outscored Lobos Grises 95-75. The game was mostly controlled by Halcones Rojos. Lobos Grises managed to win fourth quarter 34-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halcones Rojos dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Lobos Grises' 32 and made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Halcones Rojos outrebounded Lobos Grises 43-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a very good performance for Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Brandon Robinson (202-81, college: Auburn, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Halcones Rojos' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Brandon Heredia (180-85, college: Lon Morris JC) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Jamaican forward Mugabe Thomas (193-80, college: Cedarville) added 17 points in the effort for Lobos Grises. 1-0 lead for Halcones Rojos.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: B.Robinson 23+3reb+1ast, J.Lloreda 22+10reb+3ast, J.Reynoso 11+2reb, P.Stoll 10+3reb+2ast, C.Rivera 10+1reb+8ast, A.Solares 7+4reb+1ast
Lobos Grises: B.Heredia 17+5reb+2ast, M.Thomas 17+4reb+2ast, C.Patton 13+5reb+3ast, M.Gray 10+6reb, G.Jackson 7+3reb+7ast, J.Lopez 6+3reb
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Montana Tech Men's Basketball Signs Florence-Carlton High Standout - by Greg
Montana Tech Mens Basketball is excited to announce the signing of 6'9 Post Quinn Smith (6'9''-F) from Florence-Carlton HS in Florence, MT. Quinn is a 6'9 Post who as a junior played on a team that went 25-2. He averaged 11.3 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game. He also shot an astounding 71% from the field. (Current Tech Freshman Reid Baerlocher was a teammate of Quinns at Florence)

Coach Woliczko on Quinn:
'Quinn is an amazing young man and we are very fortunate to add him to our program. He is just now realizing how great of a basketball player he can be. With development, our staff believes Quinn will be one of the top Montana Posts out of this 2011 class. Signing Quinn is a HUGE step in the right direction for our program and the future of Tech Basketball.'

Quinn on signing at Tech:
'Im very excited to start my college career at Montana Tech. The decision was rather difficult, but after weeks of pondering I feel that the school I have chosen will fit me very well. The education, the coaches and players are all of the things I look forward at Montana Tech. I feel very blessed knowing that Coach Woliczko will help me better understand the game of basketball and the roles I play on and off the court. Every day is a great day to be a Digger!'

Florence-Carlton High School Basketball Coach Sam Baerlocher on Quinn and Montana Tech:
'Quinn is a dynamic scorer from 15 feet. He runs the floor and passes very well for a 69 player of his age. I am excited he is getting an opportunity to play for Coach Woliczko. Montana Tech is a great place to improve his skills as well as getting a great education.'




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Bulls waive third point guard John Lucas, keep Scalabrine - by Eurobasket News
John Lucas (5'11''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) was waived Tuesday by the Bulls before the Wednesday deadline that would make his salary guaranteed.

Lucas was signed Nov. 26 when Derrick Rose had to miss a game in Denver due to neck spasms. He missed free throws in that game before Carmelo Anthony bricked a shot and made the game-winning two-point jumper when the Bulls couldn't secure the offensive rebounds.

Lucas played some garbage minutes in the blowout against Philadelphia and that's about it.... He cheered well?

With Joakim Noah inactive, the Bulls roster is now at 13 players -- two short of the maximum.

The Bulls have reportedly not filled their roster to have open spots to trade draft picks, sign free agents when injuries hit, get extra players in trades, keep cap space open.

Queue unfounded speculation this waiving means a REALLY, REALLY BIG trade is coming soon...

If Lucas weren't waived, his contract would become guaranteed the next day. Waiving him keeps the Bulls ~$1.25 million under the salary cap.

Courtesy of www.chicagonow.com


Warriors waive Rodney Carney - by Eurobasket News
The Warriors were feeling good when they left the arena after practice Tuesday. They had a spirited, energized practice. Some healthy faces returned to action.

But for forward Rodney Carney (6'7''-F-84, college: Memphis), the feel-good was short-lived. He learned after practice that the Warriors had waived him.

Because Carney's one-year contract (worth just under $1 million) was only partially guaranteed, the Warriors saved about $500,000 by letting him go. But general manager Larry Riley said it wasn't a cost-cutting move -- 'that isn't a concern for our new ownership' -- but a move to free up a roster spot.

Golden State now has 14 players, one shy of the maximum. Riley said he wants to go into the trade season prepared to pull off a two-for-one or three-for-two trade. Carney, who signed with the Warriors as a free agent this offseason, had the easiest contract to part with.

'The only downside is that you might get a situation where you wish you had Rodney Carney's contract (to include in a trade),' Riley said. 'But that's the only negative.'

Courtesy of www.mercurynews.com


Hornets waive Pops Mensah-Bonsu - by Eurobasket News
The New Orleans Hornets announced that they have waived forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (6'9''-F-83, college: George Washington).

Mensah-Bonsu (6-9, 235) appeared in seven games for New Orleans this season, scoring two points and grabbing 11 rebounds in 35 minutes of action. Originally signed September 24, 2010, Mensah-Bonsu played in all eight preseason games for the Hornets, averaging 5.0 rebounds and 4.6 points in 15.4 minutes.

The North London, England native has been inactive the past 22 games for New Orleans and has six DNP-CD on the year. Originally undrafted out of George Washington University in 2006, Mensah-Bonsu has appeared in 61 games over a four-year career with the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Houston Rockets, and New Orleans Hornets, holding averages of 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 8.3 minutes of play.

The Hornets roster now stands at 14.

Courtesy of www.hornets247.com


Tuesday's games (7) review - by Eurobasket News
Dallas M. - Portland TB 84-81
Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter while DeShawn Stevenson (6'5''-G-81, agency: Priority Sports) also had 18 points as the injury-depleted Dallas Mavericks held on for an 84-81 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and 10 rebounds and Marcus Camby contributed 10 points and 20 rebounds for Portland. Tyson Chandler added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks, who are without injured starters Dirk Nowitzki and Caron Butler. Earlier in the day, the team announced Butler will miss the rest of the season following surgery Tuesday to repair a torn tendon in his right knee. Butler was Dallas's No. 3 scorer, averaging 14 points and 4.1 rebounds in almost 30 minutes per game. He was an inside-out force the Mavs relied on to draw defences away from Nowitzki. The team's top scorer at 24.1 points per game, Nowitzki missed his fifth straight game with a sprained right knee and is day-to-day. *Courtesy of www.metronews.ca

Sacramento K. - Atlanta H. 102-108
Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) scored a season-high 31 points, Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) had 29 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Sacramento Kings 108-102 on Tuesday night. The Hawks squandered a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, but made 10 free throws in the final minute to earn their fourth victory in five games. Josh Smith had 14 points and 11 rebounds as Atlanta beat the Kings for the sixth straight time. Former Sacramento star Mike Bibby added nine points and 10 boards. Tyreke Evans had 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter for the Kings, who outscored Atlanta 39-31 in the final period. DeMarcus Cousins also had a huge fourth, scoring 16 of his 24 points. Sacramento owns the NBA's worst record at 7-25. *Courtesy of www.news10.net

LA Lakers - Detroit P. 108-83
Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) scored 21 points and the Los Angeles Lakers finally found a sub.-500 team they could beat easily, winning 108-83 against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) added 17 points, moving him past Dominique Wilkins into 10th on the NBA's career scoring list with 26,671. Andrew Bynum finished with 13 points after scoring eight of the Lakers' first 14 points of the game. Lamar Odom had 16. Tracy McGrady and Greg Monroe scored 14 points each, and Tayshaun Prince added 12 for the Pistons, who lost their fifth straight to the Lakers and fell to 3-16 on the road. The Lakers had lost four of their previous six, including three at home. They had mixed results against their last two sub.-500 opponents, barely beating Philadelphia 102-98 before losing to Memphis 104-85. Before that, they lost by 19 to Milwaukee and by 16 against Miami, both at home. But they had an easier time against the Pistons, even if it took them an entire half to get going. The Lakers took control in the third quarter after stumbling through a poor-shooting first half. Bryant was 4 of 15 with nine points at the break, after going 0 for 9 in the opening quarter. Ron Artest was 1 of 4 and Derek Fisher 0 for 2, leaving Gasol and Bynum with the biggest contributions. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

New York K. - San Antonio S. 128-115
Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) scored a season-high 31 points, and the New York Knicks overwhelmed the San Antonio Spurs with a sensational offensive performance, cooling off the NBA leaders with a 128-115 victory Tuesday night. Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) and Raymond Felton added 28 apiece for the Knicks, who snapped the Spurs' four-game winning streak and dropped them to 29-5. New York rang up the highest point total San Antonio has allowed this season, shooting 55 percent and leading most of the way in its second straight victory. Tony Parker had 26 points for the Spurs, who will try to regroup when they head to Boston on Wednesday for a matchup of conference leaders. DeJuan Blair added 17, Manu Ginobili scored 15 and Tim Duncan finished with 14 on just 5-of-14 shooting. Rookie Landry Fields had 13 points for the Knicks in a big victory before they head west for a tough four-game trip that starts Friday in Phoenix and includes games against the Lakers, Portland and Utah. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Chicago B. - Toronto R. 111-91
Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, college: Duke) scored 24 points as the surging Chicago Bulls beat the Toronto Raptors 111-91 on Tuesday night. Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) added 19 points and six assists for the Bulls, who have won five straight and 14 of 16. Reserve Taj Gibson had 16 points and 14 rebounds, helping Chicago to a 44-33 edge on the glass and a 58-38 advantage in points in the paint. Chicago pulled away in the second quarter. Leading 35-31 with 9:14 left, the Bulls closed the half with a 24-10 surge. Rose had a key three-point play, Gibson had a tip-in and Deng scored with 6.2 seconds left to give the Bulls a 59-41 lead at the break. Andrea Bargnani, returning after missing four games with sore left calf, scored 23 points for Toronto. DeMar DeRozan had 18 points. Deng's dunk early in the third quarter gave Chicago a 24-point lead, and Rose and Carlos Boozer sat out the final period. Boozer finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls. The slumping Raptors got Bargnani and Jerryd Bayless back, but point guard Jose Calderon missed the game with a sprained right ankle. Bayless, who missed a game with a sprained left ankle, had 11 points and eight assists. Toronto has lost 12 of its last 15 games. *Courtesy of www.citytv.com

Memphis G. - Oklah.City T. 110-105
Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) scored 31 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, and Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) made two late free throws to help the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 110-105 on Tuesday night. Allen's two free throws with 15 seconds left gave Memphis a 108-105 lead. Thunder star Kevin Durant missed a deep 3-pointer on the next possession and Randolph sealed the win with two more foul shots. After struggling early in the game, including three missed layups, Allen scored a season-high 19 points. He hit two 3-pointers after making just one all season. Rudy Gay scored 27 points and Randolph added 16 rebounds, leading Memphis to a 42-31 advantage on the boards. Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 28 points for Oklahoma City. James Harden had 17. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Miami Heat - Milwaukee B. 101-89
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 34 points, LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) added 25 points and nine assists, and the sizzling Miami Heat pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 101-89 for their 19th win in 20 games. Chris Bosh finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who trailed most of the third quarter before putting together a 32-13 run. It was Miami's final home game for two weeks; the Heat start a five-game, 10-day trip in Milwaukee on Friday. John Salmons scored 18 points for Milwaukee, which got 16 from Andrew Bogut and 14 from former Heat guard Keyon Dooling. The Bucks were outrebounded 47-34. *Courtesy of www.miami.cbslocal.com


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Timberwolves waive Sundiata Gaines - by Eurobasket News
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has waived guard Sundiata Gaines (6'1''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia). Gaines appeared in eight games for the Wolves this season, averaging 2.6 points in 8.1 minutes. He was originally signed by the Wolves as a free agent on Nov. 12, 2010.
Last season Sundiata Gaines played 33 games with the Jazz averaging 3.5 points and 1.2 assists.


Mavs' Caron Butler has season-ending knee surgery - by Eurobasket News
Mavericks forward Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn tendon in his right knee, likely sidelining him for the rest of the season.

Its a big blow for Dallas and Butler, who is eligible for free agency this summer. The Mavericks were second in the Western Conference at 25-8 entering Tuesday nights game against Portland.

Butler is Dallas third-leading scorer, averaging 14 points and 4.1 rebounds in almost 30 minutes per game. The Mavs have relied on him to draw defenses from leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki.

Were a team of good individual players, but were a team first, coach Rick Carlisle said. Weve got to pick up the slack as a group. The challenge for us is to get better defensively, that will trigger a lot of good things for us.

Carlisle said Butlers surgery went extremely well, from what I heard. He said hes exchanged text messages with Butler.

Hes in unbelievably great, positive spirits, Carlisle said.

Carlisle said Nowitzki would miss his fifth straight game with a sprained right knee. Nowitzki is day to day.

Courtesy of Yahoo


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1Liga All-Star Game in Radom roster release - by Greg
All-East 1st Team
#s#
Michal Michalak
Michalak
Jakub Zalewski
Zalewski
Karol Debski
Debski
Mateusz Ponitka
Ponitka
Krzysztof Sulima
Sulima
#e#5

East:


Michal Michalak (194-G-93) of Polonia 2011 Warszawa
Jakub Zalewski (183-G-86) of KS Rosasport Radom
Karol Debski (198-G/F-84) of SKK Siedlce
Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) of Tempcold AZS Politechnika Warszawa
Krzysztof Sulima (202-C-90) of LKS Sphinx Petrolinvest Lodz
Piotr Kardas (182-G-78) of KS Rosasport Radom
Lukasz Wilczek (189-G-86) of Tempcold AZS Politechnika Warszawa
Rafal Wojcicki (193-G-82) of SKK Siedlce
Rafal Glapinski (183-G-82) of PTG Sokol Lancut
Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-F-88) of PTG Sokol Lancut
Andrzej Misiewicz (201-F-84) of MKS Znicz Basket Pruszkow
Sergiusz Prazmo (205-F/C-87) of Olimp MKS Start Lublin
Coach: Mladen Starcevic of Tempcold AZS Politechnika Warszawa
Assistant Coach: Marek Lukomski of KS Rosasport Radom

All-West 1st Team
#s#
Dawid Witos
Witos
Lukasz Pacocha
Pacocha
Marek Piechowicz
Piechowicz
Mariusz Bacik
Bacik
Jerzy Koszuta
Koszuta
#e#5

West:

Dawid Witos (190-G-83) of GKS Tychy
Lukasz Pacocha (182-G-82) of AZS Szczecin
Jerzy Koszuta (192-F-82) of KS Spojnia Stargard Szczecinski
Marek Piechowicz (203-G/F-88) of MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza
Mariusz Bacik (207-G/F-72) of GKS Tychy
Marcin Stoklosa (188-G-77) of KS Spojnia Stargard Szczecinski
Lukasz Zytko (181-G-81) of ISS Sportino Inowroclaw
Aleksander Krauze (188-G-89) of Asecco Prokom 2 Gdynia
Mateusz Bierwagen (194-G-88) of KPSW Astoria Bydgoszcz
Marcin Sterenga (201-F-78) of JKKS Gornik Walbrzych
Adam Lisewski (206-F/C-80) of MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza
Tomasz Wojdyla (201-F-77) of Asecco Prokom 2 Gdynia
Coach: Aleksander Krutikov of ISS Sportino Inowroclaw
Coach Assisatnt: Wojciech Wieczorek of MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza

Slam Dunk Contest:

Jerzy Koszuta of KS Spojnia Stargard Szczecinski
Artur Donigiewicz (185-G-84) of KS Rosasport Radom
Aleksander Krauze of Asecco Prokom 2 Gdynia
Lukasz Grzegorzewski (192-G-84) of KS Spojnia Stargard Szczecinski


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Lions to sit out 2011 BSN Season - by Luis Ramirez
The BSN has announced that two teams will not play in 2011, these are Carolina and Ponce. The Ponce Lions owner who has been involved in trying to sell the team has not been successful in his attempts and has officially requested to recess for the 2011 season.

This will be the first time in BSN history that the Ponce Lions will not host a team in over 60 years of existence. This is undoubtedly a blow to the legion of fans that the Lions have all over the Island. For years, the Lions have hosted one of the most loyal and vocal fans in the BSN.

According to information from the BSN, current team owner Helcias Bermudez tried unsuccessfully to request another time extension in order to avoid the recess, alleging that he needed additional time to sell the team, but the BSN would not extend the deadline for the team. BSN tournament director had previously conceded additional time to the Ponce team so that they could finalize the sale. It seems that the potential buyer had requested an additional time to mull over the deal but according to local sources, the buyer had reservations due to the uncertain assistance he would receive from the municipality of Ponce. Late yesterday evening the Ponce Mayor had indicated that the team would have all the required assistance it needed from the municipality but it seems that this effort was too little too late for the prospective buyer.

It will not be the same without the Lions battling in the BSN season, Lions fans are still hopeful that BSN officials can include the team in the 2011 season; they are diehard fans and have always demonstrated that they will follow the team no matter what difficulties are thrown their way.



Jack Michael Martinez will play in FIBA Americas League in Puerto Rico - by Jordan Olivo
The Dominican Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) will play with Cocodrilos de Caracas in Group D of the FIBA Americas League in Puerto Rico.

Besides Jack Michael, will be with Cocodrilos the americans Carl Elliot (Metros de Santiago) and Tayron Thomas (Indios de San Francisco and Caeros de La Romana).

Martinez, who is the captain of the Dominican national team, has two championship titles with Caracas and two Most Valuable Player award (MVP) in both finals (2008 and 2010), and a sub-championship in 2009.

Cocodrilos will play against Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico), Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (Mexico) and Sionista (Argentina).

Tournament will be from 18 to 20 January in Arecibo.



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Brock Gillespie is the new Point Guard of Craiova - by Tamas Deri
Brock Gillespie (185-G-82, college: Rice) signed for the rest of the season with Craiova and might arrive on sunday to the country. The 185 cm tall playmaker graduated on the University of Rice coached by his father Marty Gillespie in 2005, scored over 1,000 points in his career and was part of the highest scoring class in WAC history; 3rd all-time in Rice history for 3-pointers. He played with NBA-star Emeka Ofakor, who said the following about him: Brock is one of the best point guards that I have ever played with or against. He is always in control of the game and really thrives under pressure. Crunch time is when Brock is at his best.
He started his professional carreer with Auckland Stars in New Zealand and averaged 15.4 points and 4.1 assists in the season 2005-06. He played also in the D-League with Austin Toros, in Spain with C.B. Plasencia Galco and with Nitra in Slovakia where he put up amazing numbers in 26 games: 31.9ppg, 3.9apg, 3.5spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 73.2%. In the season 2008-09 he played 11 games for Olympic Fribourgn in Switzerland and helped the team with 16.3ppg, 5.1apg, 2.2spg. The last season he started in Spain, played shortly in Finland and finished in the D-league with Maine Red Claws. He started this season with Cuxhaven Bascats in Pro A of Germany, where he played 7 games and averaged 7.6 points and 2.0 assists in only 18.6 minutes on the court.



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Alexey Zhukanenko to move to Spartak or Lokomotiv Kuban - by Emiliano
Alexey Zhukanenko (210-F-86, agency: Alti Sport) a Russian National team player and one of the best players of Dynamo Moscow will most likely change team to Spartak St.Petersburg or Lokomotiv Kuban. Lokomotiv and Spartak are playing in FIBA EuroChallenge where Alexey Zhukanenko (210-F-86, agency: Alti Sport) averaged 14.6 ppg 6 rpg while playing for Dynamo. Alexey Zhukanenko (210-F-86, agency: Alti Sport) is averaging 10.6 ppg 7.6 rpg.

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Zeljko Zagorac signs in Czech Republic - by Matej Bergant
Zeljko Zagorac (204-F-81) inked a contract with Czech club BK Prostejov untill end of the current season. He was part of Helios Domzale during 2009/2010 season where he averaged 6 points and 4 rebounds per game in Adriatic League and 6.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in Slovenian League. In the past Zeljko Zagorac (204-F-81) was part of Union Olimpija, Triglav Kranj, Geoplin Slovan, Braunschweig, Ural Great Perm, Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu, Anwil Wroclawek and Helios Domzale where he spent his last two seasons.

Zagorac joins Prostejov, Marolt moves to Sweden - by Zeljko Zule
Former national member Zeljko Zagorac (204-F-81) joined Czech team Prostejev till the end of the season. Last season he averaged 6.3 and 3.3 rebound in 10 Adriatic League games and 6.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in 23 Slovenian Telemach League games for Helios.
Luka Marolt (201-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) has left B-1 team Litija to join KFUM Jamtland from Sweden for the rest of the season. He averaged 11.5 points (2P 56%, 3P 21%, FT 83%), 4.6 rebounds, 0.5 assist and 0.6 steals over 11 games of B-1 League. Marolt already spent 2008-09 season with the KFUM Jamtland, for whom he averaged 13.0 points and 1.9 rebounds over 14 games. He has since played for Union Olimpija and Geoplin Slovan and in Spain and in Iceland.


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KBL Round 26: Dongbu Promy climbs to the leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Dongbu Promy as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Dongbu Promy smashed 5th ranked SK Knights in Wonju 83-63. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-63. Dongbu Promy dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to SK Knights' 24. Dongbu Promy had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dongbu Promy made 7 blocks. The former international center Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) had a triple-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) responded with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Elephants. SK Knights at the other side keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with KCC Egis. SK Knights will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Dongbu Promy will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Sonic Boom KT in Busan.
Leading ET Land Elephants (20-8) recorded its eighth loss in Inchon. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Sonic Boom KT (19-9) 74-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ET Land Elephants. Forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) notched 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Jasper Johnson supported him with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) by American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) did not help to save the game for ET Land Elephants. Sonic Boom KT maintains third position with 19-9 record behind leader Dongbu Promy. ET Land Elephants at the other side still keep top place with eight games lost. They share the position with Dongbu Promy. Sonic Boom KT will play against league's leader Dongbu Promy in Wonju in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ET Land Elephants will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Mobis Phoebus managed to get the third consecutive victory on Tuesday night. This time defending champion won against fourth-ranked Samsung Thunders in Ulsan 88-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Samsung Thunders. The best player for the winners was Laurence Ekperigin who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Aaron Haynes produced a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the guests. Mobis Phoebus has a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion (8-20) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Anyang KGC. Loser Samsung Thunders keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. Mobis Phoebus will meet higher ranked KCC Egis (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Samsung Thunders will play against Anyang KGC and hope to secure a win.
The game in Changwon was quite interesting. Sixth ranked KCC Egis (14-14) played at the court of 7th ranked LG Sakers (12-16). KCC Egis did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 95-78. Seung-Jin Ha orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KCC Egis moved-up to fifth place, which they share with SK Knights. LG Sakers lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 16 games lost. KCC Egis' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Mobis Phoebus (#10) in Ulsan where they are favorite. LG Sakers will play on the road against Daegu Orions and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Elephants - Sonic Boom KT 65-74

Leading ET Land Elephants (20-8) recorded its eighth loss in Inchon. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Sonic Boom KT (19-9) 74-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ET Land Elephants. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 21-17 ET Land Elephants' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 74-65 at the end of the game. Forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) notched 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and American center Jasper Johnson (201-83, college: Delta St.) supported him with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) by American forward Herbert Hill (203-84, college: Providence) did not help to save the game for ET Land Elephants. His fellow American import forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) added 19 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Sonic Boom KT maintains third position with 19-9 record behind leader Dongbu Promy. ET Land Elephants at the other side still keep top place with eight games lost. They share the position with Dongbu Promy. Sonic Boom KT will play against league's leader Dongbu Promy in Wonju in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ET Land Elephants will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Elephants: H.Hill 20+10reb+3ast, J.Stevenson 19+4reb+4ast, J.Seo 10+7reb, B.Lee 6+3reb, S.Park 5+2reb+3ast, Y.Jung 3+1reb
Sonic Boom KT: S.Park 20+6reb+1ast, S.Cho 14+4reb+3ast, J.Johnson 12+9reb+4ast, Y.Song 8+6reb+1ast, D.Cho 7, C.Rhodes 6+4reb
gschID: 114175


Dongbu Promy - SK Knights 83-63

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Dongbu Promy as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Dongbu Promy smashed 5th ranked SK Knights in Wonju 83-63. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-63. Dongbu Promy dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to SK Knights' 24. Dongbu Promy had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dongbu Promy made 7 blocks. The former international center Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) had a triple-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) responded with 10 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Ki Hoon Byun (187-89) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Elephants. SK Knights at the other side keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with KCC Egis. SK Knights will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Dongbu Promy will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Sonic Boom KT in Busan.
Top scorers:
SK Knights: K.Hoon Byun 14+3reb+1ast, H.Kim 12+1reb, T.Leather 10+6reb+2ast, H.Joo 6+4reb+5ast, M.Jae Yi 6+1ast, S.Bang 6+1reb
Dongbu Promy: J.Wook Ahn 20+2reb+2ast, H.Yoon 18+5reb+2ast, J.Kim 14+12reb+10ast, V.Thomas 12+6reb+3ast, R.Benson 10+3reb, J.Hwang 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 114176


Mobis Phoebus - Samsung Th. 88-80

Bottom-ranked Mobis Phoebus managed to get the third consecutive victory on Tuesday night. This time defending champion won against fourth-ranked Samsung Thunders in Ulsan 88-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Samsung Thunders. Samsung Thunders trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-88 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Laurence Ekperigin (201, college: Le Moyne) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (182-81) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. Five Mobis Phoebus players scored in double figures. American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and naturalized American power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Mobis Phoebus has a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion (8-20) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Anyang KGC. Loser Samsung Thunders keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. Mobis Phoebus will meet higher ranked KCC Egis (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Samsung Thunders will play against Anyang KGC and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: A.Haynes 29+10reb+7ast, E.Sandrin 16+9reb+2ast, D.Kim 14+2reb+1ast, H.Kang 8+2reb+4ast, J.Cha 7+3reb+2ast, N.Dixon 6+3reb
Mobis Phoebus: L.Ekperigin 22+12reb+6ast, D.Yang 18+4reb+6ast, K.No 12+3reb+1ast, J.Park 12+2reb+1ast, S.Lee 11+2reb+1ast, S.Hwa Hong 3
gschID: 114173


LG Sakers - KCC Egis 78-95

The game in Changwon was quite interesting. Sixth ranked KCC Egis (14-14) played at the court of 7th ranked LG Sakers (12-16). KCC Egis did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 95-78. It looked good early as LG Sakers took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then KCC Egis took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 17 points. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by LG Sakers' players. International center Seung-Jin Ha (222-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. American center Chris Daniels (211-84) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five KCC Egis players scored in double figures. American forward T.J. Cummings (204-81, college: UCLA) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and guard Hyun-Joong Kim (178-81) added 24 points in the effort for LG Sakers. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KCC Egis moved-up to fifth place, which they share with SK Knights. LG Sakers lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 16 games lost. KCC Egis' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Mobis Phoebus (#10) in Ulsan where they are favorite. LG Sakers will play on the road against Daegu Orions and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: H.Kim 24+1reb+3ast, T.Cummings 19+10reb, G.Stevenson 11+8reb+2ast, S.Cho 7+2reb+2ast, H.Park 5+1reb, S.Ki 4+2reb
KCC Egis: S.Ha 24+6reb, B.Yoo 15+3reb+2ast, J.Lim 13+3reb+5ast, C.Daniels 13+9reb+2ast, B.Kang 10+6reb+2ast, T.Chon 10+1reb+8ast
gschID: 114174




Oft-injured Bang looks to rebound this season - by Jerry Lee
It looks like it could be some time before Bang Sung-Yoon (197-F/G-82) of the Seoul SK Knights shakes off the rust from an extended stay on the bench because of an injury.

The 29-year-old forward hadnt played in a KBL game since March 7, 2010 until a New Years Day tilt against the Incheon ET Land Elephants because of a right foot injury that kept Bang courtside for close to 300 days. The sharpshooting forward was off target in 12 minutes of play in the teams 91-72 loss to the Elephants. He failed to score a point.

I just cant figure out what the problem is, said Bang after a recent practice in Yongin, Gyeonggi.

Bang was once the most sought after prospect in the country but has failed to live up to expectations. During his collegiate days with the Yonsei University basketball program, Bang was considered by many experts to have the combination of Hur Jaes shooting touch, with the finesse and power of Hyun Joo-hyup - both considered legends in Korean basketball.

Bangs future looked so bright at one point that he even attempted to become the first Korean to play in the NBA. And in the past, Bang had stints in the NBA Developmental League with the Anaheim Arsenal and the Roanoke Dazzle.

Bang was drafted first overall in the 2005 Amateur Draft by the Busan KTF Magic Wings and won Rookie of the Year that season, but has yet to play an entire 54-game season in the KBL.

I didnt have any problems with the Knights, said Bang. But I was getting injured every year and it got to a point where I wondered whether I was just destined to play for another team.

When Bang reached free agency status at the end of last season, the Knights offered him a lucrative contract worth 520 million won ($462,800) per season. However, Bang turned down the offer because he wanted to start fresh with another club.

But no team showed interest in signing the injury-prone forward with a hefty price tag.

In the meantime, the Knights signed free agent Kim Hyo-bum from the championship winning Ulsan Mobis Pheobus. Bang had no choice but to return to the Knights at a discounted four-year deal of 130 million won per season.

His most recent run-in with injury trouble has been frustrating for Bang and the team.

Aside from the injuries, it was a painful experience for me, said Bang.

Bangs recovery from a foot injury took longer than expected and he wasnt able to consistently play this season.

I would understand if Bang got injured during a physical play but he sustained his latest injury on his own when he was not in top physical condition, said Knights head coach Shin Sun-woo.

Said Bang: I have no excuses. When the pain got worse on opening day and I was sidelined again, I started to think whether it was time for me to step away from basketball. It seems like Ive always suffered injuries. Others dont understand the pain Ive been through.

The Knights have managed a record of 13-13, good enough for sixth place in the 10-team KBL, but have a tough schedule ahead with games against the top-three teams in the league. The Knights played the Wonju Dongbu Promy last night and now face ET Land again on Saturday and the Busan KT Sonicboom on Sunday.

Bang is still suffering from slight pain in his right ankle, but says he is focused on becoming a contributing factor for the Knights this season.

Our team will not undergo drastic change with my return, said Bang. But it is my thinking that I need to at least be a positive force among my teammates.




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LEB Gold Round 17: Leader Obradoiro CAB loses to Ford Burgos - by Eurobasket News
LEB Gold is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 17 rounds left.

Top ranked Obradoiro CAB (15-2) recorded its second loss in Santoago de Comp on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Ford Burgos (12-5) 59-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Obradoiro CAB. Obradoiro CAB was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 19-12 charge of Ford Burgos, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Micah Downs (203-86, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Jesus Castro (190-83) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Argentinian-Italian guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ford Burgos has a solid series of three victories in a row. Ford Burgos moved-up to third place, which they share with Caceres and Leon. Obradoiro CAB at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Ford Burgos is looking forward to face Lobe_Huesca (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Obradoiro CAB will play against Girona FC (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Ourense managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of six consecutive loses. This time they won against seventeenth-ranked Palencia Baloncesto 77-71. Czech center Ondrej Starosta (215-79) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Jonathan Kale contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Roland Clark (196-81, college: Colorado St., agency: Alti Sport) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds for Palencia Baloncesto. Ourense maintains eighteenth place with 3-14 record. Palencia Baloncesto at the other side dropped to the sixteenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Huesca. Ourense will play against higher ranked Clinicas Rincon (#15) in Malaga in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Palencia Baloncesto will play at home against Melilla_Baloncesto and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in La Laguna was quite interesting. Second ranked CB Murcia (14-3) played at the court of 6th ranked La Laguna (9-8). CB Murcia did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 87-70 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of La Laguna. Michael Umeh stepped up and scored 14 points and 6 assists for the winners. CB Murcia's coach Luis Guil used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ricardo Guillen responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds. CB Murcia have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-3 record having just one point less than leader Obradoiro. Loser La Laguna keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Navarra. CB Murcia will meet Leche Rio Breogan (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. La Laguna will play against Baloncesto_Leon (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Pamplona, where higher ranked Grupo Iruna Navarra (9-8) lost at home to fifteenth ranked CB Tarragona_2017 (6-11) 69-76. Roger Fornas nailed 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. CB Tarragona_2017's coach Bernardo Alvarez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. CB Tarragona 2017 moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Alcazar and Clinicas Rincon. Grupo Iruna Navarra lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. CB Tarragona 2017's next round opponent will be Fundacion Adepal (#14) in Alcazar.

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Clinicas Rincon was defeated by Breogan in Lugo 76-67. Alcazar was beaten by Leon at home 69-78. Lleida won against Huesca on the opponent's court 94-84. Caceres managed to outperform La Palma in a home game 91-83. Melilla recorded a loss to Girona on the road 78-62.
The best stats of 17th round was 18 points and 11 rebounds by Kahiem Seawright of Leon.



Breogan - Clinicas Rincon 76-67

Everything could happen in Lugo at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Leche Rio Breogan and 13th ranked Clinicas Rincon had identical 6-10 record. This time Leche Rio Breogan used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Malaga 76-67. The hosts were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 21-14 Clinicas Rincon's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 76-67 at the end of the game. Dominican-American guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) nailed 22 points for the winning side and center Oliver Arteaga (211-83) accounted for 9 points and 12 rebounds. Venezuelan forward Jhornan Zamora (194-89) came up with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Bosnian center Nedzad Sinanovic (221-83) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Clinicas Rincon in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Leche Rio Breogan maintains twelfth place with 7-10 record. Clinicas Rincon at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Leche Rio Breogan's next round opponent will be league's second-placed CB Murcia at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Clinicas Rincon will play against Ourense (#18).
Top scorers:
Breogan: J.Feldeine 22+3reb+1ast, J.Gomes 14+3reb+3ast, J.Amador 12+1reb, O.Arteaga 9+12reb+1ast, W.Brown 8+3reb+1ast, X.Forcada 5+6reb+2ast
Clinicas Rincon: J.Zamora 18+8reb+4ast, N.Sinanovic 17+8reb+1ast, A.Garcia 11+5reb, P.Almazan 9+1reb+5ast, I.Martinez 4, L.Conde 3
gschID: 92700


Ourense - Palencia 77-71

Bottom-ranked Ourense managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of six consecutive loses. This time they won against seventeenth-ranked Palencia Baloncesto 77-71. Palencia Baloncesto was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Czech center Ondrej Starosta (215-79) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Ivorian-American forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Ourense players scored in double figures. American guard Roland Clark (196-81, college: Colorado St., agency: Alti Sport) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import power forward Adrian Moss (204-81, college: Florida) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Palencia Baloncesto. Ourense maintains eighteenth place with 3-14 record. Palencia Baloncesto at the other side dropped to the sixteenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Huesca. Ourense will play against higher ranked Clinicas Rincon (#15) in Malaga in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Palencia Baloncesto will play at home against Melilla_Baloncesto and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ourense: O.Starosta 17+11reb, J.Antonio Vazquez 15+3reb, J.Salvador Arco 14+2reb, J.Kale 14+8reb+1ast, M.Mokongo 13+2reb+3ast, J.Fernandez 4+1reb
Palencia: R.Clark 19+5reb, A.Moss 18+5reb, T.Frost 11+10reb, E.Garrido 9+1ast, E.San Epifanio 7+2reb+1ast, C.Bravo 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 92701


Alcazar - Leon 69-78

No shocking result in a game in Alcazar where fifth ranked Baloncesto Leon (12-5) defeated 14th ranked Fundacion Adepal (6-11) 78-69. The guests were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-21 Fundacion Adepal's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-69 at the end of the game. American forward Kahiem Seawright (203-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Impact Basketball) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American-Dominican guard Emmanuel Quezada (188-85, college: USF) accounted for 20 points. American guard Danny Brown (193-85, college: St.Louis) came up with 29 points and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Duane Virgil (205-74, college: Murray St.) added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Fundacion Adepal in the defeat. Fundacion Adepal's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Baloncesto Leon moved-up to third place, which they share with Caceres and Burgos. Fundacion Adepal lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. Baloncesto Leon's next round opponent will be La Laguna (#6) on the road. Fundacion Adepal will play against CB Tarragona_2017 (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leon: E.Quezada 20+3reb+2ast, K.Seawright 18+11reb+3ast, J.Garcia 11+4reb, J.Alberto Gonzalez 8+2reb+1ast, J.Mugica 6+3reb, J.Jose Bernabe 6+3reb+3ast
Alcazar: D.Brown 29+3reb, D.Virgil 17+9reb+1ast, J.Alonso 8+2ast, A.Frutos 6+4ast, J.Ward 4+13reb+3ast, E.Almazan 3
gschID: 92698


La Laguna - CB Murcia 70-87

The game in La Laguna was quite interesting. Second ranked CB Murcia (14-3) played at the court of 6th ranked La Laguna (9-8). CB Murcia did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 87-70 on Tuesday. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of La Laguna. The game was mostly controlled by CB Murcia. La Laguna managed to win fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CB Murcia looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Nigerian-American guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Pro One Sports) stepped up and scored 14 points and 6 assists for the winners and power forward Roberto Morentin (206-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. CB Murcia's coach Luis Guil used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international power forward Ricardo Guillen (205-76) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Roderick Flemings (201-87, college: Hawaii, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four La Laguna players scored in double figures. CB Murcia have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-3 record having just one point less than leader Obradoiro. Loser La Laguna keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Navarra. CB Murcia will meet Leche Rio Breogan (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. La Laguna will play against Baloncesto_Leon (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CB Murcia: M.Umeh 14+4reb+6ast, P.Robles 13+1reb+1ast, S.Perez 12+1reb+1ast, T.Coppenrath 12+3reb+1ast, T.Gray 10+4reb+1ast, V.Faverani 10+4reb
La Laguna: R.Flemings 15+8reb+1ast, N.Richotti 14+1reb, I.Yanez 14+3reb+1ast, R.Guillen 13+9reb+2ast, J.Chagoyen 6+8reb+1ast, M.Koshwal 6+3reb
gschID: 92699


Obradoiro - Burgos 55-59

Top ranked Obradoiro CAB (15-2) recorded its second loss in Santoago de Comp on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Ford Burgos (12-5) 59-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Obradoiro CAB. Obradoiro CAB was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 19-12 charge of Ford Burgos, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Micah Downs (203-86, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Jesus Castro (190-83) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Argentinian-Italian guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Oriol Junyent (207-76) added 6 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ford Burgos has a solid series of three victories in a row. Ford Burgos moved-up to third place, which they share with Caceres and Leon. Obradoiro CAB at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Ford Burgos is looking forward to face Lobe_Huesca (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Obradoiro CAB will play against Girona FC (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Burgos: M.Downs 16+5reb+1ast, J.Castro 11+5reb, V.Baldo 7+3reb, J.Tillman 7+3reb, P.Lorant 7+5reb+1ast, A.Miguel 6+2reb+1ast
Obradoiro: J.Bulfoni 19+5reb, B.Hopkins 10+3reb+1ast, D.Washington 8+1reb, O.Junyent 6+9reb+3ast, L.Kendall 4+1reb, A.Corbacho 3+1reb
gschID: 92694


Huesca - Lleida 84-94

Very expected game when 16th ranked Lobe Huesca (5-12) was defeated at home by tenth ranked Lleida Basquet (8-9) 94-84. The game was mostly controlled by Lleida Basquet. Lobe Huesca managed to win second period 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lleida Basquet players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Lobe Huesca's players. Guard Josep Maria Guzman (183-84) nailed 17 points and 7 assists for the winning side and Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 20 points and 5 assists. Forward Javier Salson (199-82, college: Bloomfield) came up with 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Asier Zengotitabengoa (201-88) added 18 points respectively for Lobe Huesca in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lobe_Huesca's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lleida Basquet moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Lobe Huesca lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted Lobe Huesca keeps the sixteenth position with 12 games lost. Lleida Basquet's next round opponent will be higher ranked Caceres_2016 (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lobe Huesca will play against Ford_Burgos (#4).
Top scorers:
Lleida: A.Mohammed 20+3reb+5ast, J.Maria Guzman 17+4reb+7ast, D.Curtis 15+8reb+1ast, M.Rubio 13+3reb+3ast, D.Martin 12+3reb+1ast, H.Manzano 9+4reb+3ast
Huesca: J.Salson 22+5reb+3ast, A.Zengotitabengoa 18+4reb+2ast, H.Brown 13+3reb, C.Polk 10+5reb, R.Freimanis 6+3reb, X.Ventura 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 92695


Caceres - La Palma 91-83

Very predictable result when third ranked Caceres 2016 (12-5) beat at home 9th ranked UB La Palma (8-9) 91-83. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But UB La Palma won third quarter 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Caceres 2016 outrebounded UB La Palma 34-21 including a 25-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Caceres 2016 brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Forward Jose Angel Antelo (203-87) nailed 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and American forward Ryan Humphrey (203-79, college: Notre Dame, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Daniel Rodriguez (180-84) came up with 18 points and 4 assists and Colombian forward Juan Palacios (203-85) added 16 points respectively for UB La Palma in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Caceres 2016. Caceres 2016 maintains third place with 12-5 record having just three points less than leader Obradoiro, which they share with Leon and Burgos. UB La Palma at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Caceres 2016's next round opponent will be Lleida_Basquet (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game. UB La Palma will play against Grupo Iruna Navarra in Pamplona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Caceres: R.Humphrey 20+4reb+1ast, J.Angel Antelo 18+8reb+1ast, J.Xavier 18+1reb+2ast, F.Sanchez 12+4reb+2ast, C.Cherry 9+5reb+2ast, L.Angulo 8+7reb+2ast
La Palma: D.Rodriguez 18+1reb+4ast, J.Palacios 16+3reb+1ast, S.Arrocha 16+1reb+1ast, C.Odiakosa 11+7reb, J.Bonhome 8+1reb+2ast, A.Lopez 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 92696


Navarra - CB Tarragona 69-76

We should mention about the upset which took place in Pamplona, where higher ranked Grupo Iruna Navarra (9-8) lost at home to fifteenth ranked CB Tarragona_2017 (6-11) 69-76. Forward Roger Fornas (202-82) nailed 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Senegalese center Michel Diouf (208-89) accounted for 8 points and 12 rebounds. Four CB Tarragona 2017 players scored in double figures. CB Tarragona_2017's coach Bernardo Alvarez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Inaki Narros (194-81) came up with 26 points and 6 rebounds and Haitian-American center Robert Joseph (204-78, college: Union (TN), agency: BrezoPro) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Grupo Iruna Navarra in the defeat. CB Tarragona 2017 moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Alcazar and Clinicas Rincon. Grupo Iruna Navarra lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. CB Tarragona 2017's next round opponent will be Fundacion Adepal (#14) in Alcazar.
Top scorers:
CB Tarragona: R.Fornas 16+8reb+3ast, F.Torres 13+5reb, J.Aguilar 12+3reb, J.Santana 11+3reb+1ast, A.Alba 9+1reb+2ast, M.Diouf 8+12reb
Navarra: I.Narros 26+6reb+1ast, R.Joseph 11+9reb+1ast, R.Bas 8+1reb, J.Blair 8+4reb+2ast, I.Sanz 5+6reb+3ast, T.Sanborn 5+3reb
gschID: 92697


Girona - Melilla 78-62

There was a minor upset when 8th ranked Melilla Baloncesto (8-9) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Girona FC (8-9) 78-62. The game without a history. Girona FC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Croatian power forward Mateo Kedzo (207-84) nailed 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and center Josep Ortega (201-84) accounted for 9 points and 12 rebounds. Four Girona FC players scored in double figures. The former international forward Oscar Yebra (200-74, agency: Interperformances) came up with 8 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Robert Glenn (201, college: IUPUI, agency: BrezoPro) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Melilla Baloncesto in the defeat. Melilla_Baloncesto's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Girona FC moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Melilla Baloncesto. Girona FC's next round opponent will be league's leader Obradoiro CAB in Santoago de Comp and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Girona: L.Rost 16+4reb+1ast, M.Kedzo 16+9reb, D.Middleton 14+7reb+1ast, S.Pino 10+4reb+1ast, J.Ortega 9+12reb+3ast, D.Navarro 8+2reb+2ast
Melilla: J.Detrick 10+1reb, O.Yebra 8+7reb, M.Montanana 8+4reb+1ast, M.Suka-Umu 8+2reb, J.Foote 6+6reb+1ast, J.Fernandez 6
gschID: 92693




Caja Laboral, Haislip split up - by Xisco Carots
On the eve of the Top 16, Caja Laboral Vitoria and center Marcus Haislip (207-F-80, college: Tennessee) have reached an agreement to part ways, the club announced on Wednesday. Haislip (207, 30) had joined the club with a one-year contract in September, but struggled with injury and appeared in only five games of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season, averaging 4.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 10 minutes per game. The announcement came the morning after Caja Laboral Vitoria signed another big man, Esteban Batista. Caja Laboral Vitoria was Haislip's fifth Euroleague team since 2005. He started with Ulker and Efes Pilsen in Turkey, moved to Unicaja in Spain and played six games last season for Panathinaikos of Athens. In his most productive season, Haislip averaged 14.1 points and 6.7 rebounds with Efes in 2006-07. Wednesday's announcement followed another a week ago in which Caja Laboral Vitoria said it had opened a disciplinary procedure against Haislip for missing rehabilitation appointments and travelling to the United States without club permission.

Courtesy of euroleague.net


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Basketligan Round 19: No surprise as #1 Sundsvall Dragons defeat Eco Orebro - by Eurobasket News
Basketligan top team - Sundsvall Dragons (14-4) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Eco Orebro (3-15) 96-82. The game was mostly controlled by Sundsvall Dragons. Eco Orebro managed to win fourth quarter 26-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sundsvall Dragons had a 34-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Eco Orebro's players. It was a great evening for American guard Alex Wesby (196-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, college: High School) helped adding 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Sundsvall Dragons' coach Peter Oqvist used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side the former international guard Andrew Pleick (196-80, college: Lafayette) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Sundsvall Dragons have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-4 record. Eco Orebro lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Sundsvall Dragons are looking forward to face Solna Vikings (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Eco Orebro will play against Norrkoping Dolphins (#4) in Norrkoping and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Ninth-ranked 08 Stockholm (4-14) gave a tough game to third ranked Sodertalje Kings (13-6). The visitors from Sodertalje managed to secure only two-point victory 72-70. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 5 assists. Willie Galick accounted for 11 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Joakim Blom (211-76, agency: Court Side) came up with 12 points and 6 rebounds for 08 Stockholm in the defeat. 08 Stockholm's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sodertalje Kings maintains third place with 13-6 record having just 0 points less than leader Sundsvall. 08 Stockholm at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Sodertalje Kings will play against league's second-placed LF Basket in Lulea in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. 08 Stockholm will play on the road against Boras Basket (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 19 Jamtland lost to LF Basket on the opponent's court 84-95.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points, 8 assists and 6 steals by Rudy Mbemba of LF Basket.



Sundsvall - Eco Orebro 96-82

Basketligan top team - Sundsvall Dragons (14-4) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Eco Orebro (3-15) 96-82. The game was mostly controlled by Sundsvall Dragons. Eco Orebro managed to win fourth quarter 26-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sundsvall Dragons had a 34-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Eco Orebro's players. It was a great evening for American guard Alex Wesby (196-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82, college: High School) helped adding 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Sundsvall Dragons' coach Peter Oqvist used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side the former international guard Andrew Pleick (196-80, college: Lafayette) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Pierre Hampton (198-91) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Sundsvall Dragons and five Eco Orebro players scored in double figures. Sundsvall Dragons have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-4 record. Eco Orebro lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Sundsvall Dragons are looking forward to face Solna Vikings (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Eco Orebro will play against Norrkoping Dolphins (#4) in Norrkoping and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Sundsvall: A.Wesby 19+5reb+1ast, J.Jeansson 17+6reb+1ast, L.Rush 16+2reb+3ast, A.Nilsson 10+9reb, B.Barton 10+3reb+2ast, H.Baeringsson 9+10reb+5ast
Eco Orebro: S.Smith 17+1reb+1ast, P.Hampton 16+8reb+1ast, A.Pleick 15+5reb+7ast, A.Karlsson 10+2reb+1ast, P.Cipriano 10+9reb, L.Mosley 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 94204


08 - Sodertalje 70-72

Ninth-ranked 08 Stockholm (4-14) gave a tough game to third ranked Sodertalje Kings (13-6). The visitors from Sodertalje managed to secure only two-point victory 72-70. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 21-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. Sodertalje Kings dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to 08 Stockholm's 30. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 5 assists. Canadian forward Willie Galick (203-87, college: Cal.St. Northridge) accounted for 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. The former international center Joakim Blom (211-76, agency: Court Side) came up with 12 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Johan Westerlund (191-84) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for 08 Stockholm in the defeat. Four 08 Stockholm players scored in double figures. 08 Stockholm's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sodertalje Kings maintains third place with 13-6 record having just 0 points less than leader Sundsvall. 08 Stockholm at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Sodertalje Kings will play against league's second-placed LF Basket in Lulea in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. 08 Stockholm will play on the road against Boras Basket (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: J.Smith 27+4reb+5ast, A.Wikner-Nordberg 12+7reb, W.Galick 11+7reb+2ast, M.Griskenas 8+3reb+1ast, D.Pita 6+2reb, T.Skripkauskas 4+1reb
08: J.Westerlund 14+5reb+2ast, D.Brown 13+5reb+1ast, K.Nagwere 12+6reb+1ast, J.Blom 12+6reb+3ast, W.Beck 7+2reb+2ast, M.Asante 5+3reb
gschID: 94201


LF Basket - Jamtland 95-84

Very expected game in Lulea where 7th ranked KFUM Jamtland (7-12) was defeated by second ranked LF Basket (14-5) 95-84. KFUM Jamtland was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 29-15 charge of LF Basket, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. LF Basket outrebounded KFUM Jamtland 42-30 including 21 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) who led the winners and scored 29 points, 8 assists and 6 steals (made all of his eight free throws). The former international power forward John Rosendahl (203-77, college: Wyoming) accounted for 26 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winning side. American guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union) came up with 24 points and 4 assists and Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (205-80, agency: Court Side) added 23 points and 5 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) respectively for KFUM Jamtland in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. LF Basket maintains second place with 14-5 record having just -1 point less than leader Sundsvall. KFUM Jamtland at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. LF Basket will play against Sodertalje Kings (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KFUM Jamtland will play against Uppsala Basket (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LF Basket: R.Mbemba 29+4reb+8ast, J.Rosendahl 26+11reb+2ast, J.Akesson 16+4reb, T.Levett 15+8reb+4ast, M.Pahlmblad 5+4reb+3ast, H.Larsson 2+8reb+3ast
Jamtland: D.Hargrove 24+4reb+4ast, D.Klaric 23+5reb, B.Salaam 14+11reb+1ast, S.Mjos 13+2reb, J.Roenstrom 7+2reb, S.Hellgren 2+3reb+8ast
gschID: 94202




Finland finish Baltic Sea Cup campaign with win - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16 - Sweden U16 73:54

Finnish U16 selection finished their Baltic Sea Cup annual tournament campaign with victory. They rallied past Sweden for the second win in Tallinn. Anton Odabasi came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge.
Finland jumped to an early advantage. They outscored Sweden 22:12 in the starting quarter to build a comfortable lead. Finland stayed aggressive offensively as they accounted for 25 points in the second term piling up a 47:33 halftime buffer. Sweden struggled in the third term. They managed only 7 points and faced a massive 25-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter. Finland slowed down in the final stanza allowing Sweden to sweeten the pill. Ville Hanninen (192-G-95) delivered 15 points for Finland. Miikka Mikkonen added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Jacob Johansson answered with 11 points for Sweden. Dzenis Sogolj chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Finland U16: Anton Odabasi 17, Ville Hanninen 15, Miikka Mikkonen 11+10 boards
Sweden U16: Jacob Johansson 11, Dzenis Sogolj 10



Sweden better Finland in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18 - Finland U18 69:55

Swedish Junior team recorded the second win at the Baltic Sea Cup annual tournament in Tallinn. They shot down Finland to improve at 2-1 record. Niklas Larsson (196-G/F-94) led well-balanced effort with 15 points. Finland in the meantime slipped at 0-3 record after the defeat.
Sweden dominated in the first half. They led by just three points 19:16 ten minutes into the encounter. Finland accounted for only 8 points in the second period to face a 13-point deficit at halftime 24:37. The Finnish team improved their performance after the main break. They stepped on the gas and outgunned their opponents to cut the distance at just 4-point mark with ten minutes remaining. But Sweden fired 22 points in the final stanza and rolled to an easy victory at the end. Jonathan Person (190-G-93, agency: JEMsports) and Fredrik Andersson (196-G/F-93) finished with 13 points each for Sweden. Joonas Caven (203-F-93) and Sebastian Booker (188-G-93) answered with 13 points apiece in the loss.

Sweden U18: Niklas Larsson 15, Jonathan Person 13, Fredrik Andersson 13
Finland U18: Joonas Caven 13, Sebastian Booker 13



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Schaffartzik leaves Turk Telekom for Alba Berlin - by Eurobasket News
German guard Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) parted ways with Turk Telekom yesterday. The 26-year-old player is close to sign a deal with ALBA Berlin for rest of the season.
Heiko Schaffartzik joined Turk Telekom last summer from New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He appeared 10 times in TBL this season averaging 3.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists. In EuroChallenge, Schaffartzik added 5.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 1.8 apg. Last season with Braunschweig he collected 10.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 3.4 apg in 40 1.Bundesliga games.
Before Turk Telekom and Braunschweig, Heiko Schaffartzik was a member of LTi Giessen 46ers, EnBW Ludwigsburg and Central Hoops Berlin. He also has experience from Oldenburg, Nuernberg and Lichterfelde Berlin. Schaffartzik was a member of the German National Team at the latest FIBA World Championship in Turkey. He played 5 games for his country collecting 9.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2.8 apg. In 2009, he had 12.7 ppg, 2 rpg and 2.8 apg at the EuroBasket in Poland. At the same year Schaffartzik was named Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Domestic Player of the Year.


Besiktas waives coach Burak Biyiktay - by Eurobasket News
Burak Biyiktay is no longer a Head Coach of Besiktas. The Turkish outfit decided to part ways with their coach yesterday. They are already on the lookout for his successor. Besiktas currently has 7-5 record in TBL and they also failed to reach the Last 16 in EuroCup. It was disappointing result for the club, especially after signing of the former NBA star Allen Iverson.
Burak Biyiktay took over Besiktas as a Head coach in 2009. They reached TBL Semifinals last season and Biyiktay got an invitation to coach at the TBL All-Star Game. From 2006 to 2009, he was a General Manager of the team. Before that, Biyiktay spent few years with the club as a Coach Assistant.
The team announced they will try to bring a new Head Coach as soon as possible.


Turk Telekom and Tony Gaffney part ways - by Eurobasket News
According to various sources, Anthony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) is no longer a member of Turk Telekom. The Turkish outfit decided to release the player, who will most probably move to the NBA D-League.
Anthony Gaffney joined Turk Telekom in October averaging 6 points and 2.4 rebounds for 8 TBL games. He also appeared three times in EuroChallenge adding 8 ppg and 4.7 rpg.
Tony Gaffney started the season with the Boston Celtics, but was cut before the any official game. Last year, Gaffney spent one month in Israel with Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa and in April moved to Boston. It was the first season as a pro for Gaffney, who graduated at the University of Massachusetts in 2009. He played 30 games for his school as a senior averaging 11.5 points and 10.2 rebounds. He transferred to Massachusetts from the Boston University in 2006. In 2009, Gaffney was named Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year and also All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team.


Oyak Renault adds Will Conroy - by Eurobasket News
It seems that Oyak Renault changed its focus at the last moment. The Turkish outfit signed Conroy Will (187-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) instead of Shammond Williams. The 28-year-old Conroy split last season between the Houston Rockets and Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He had 1.2 ppg and 1.4 rpg for the Rockets in five NBA games and later added 16.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 19.6 apg for the Vipers in 36 D-League appearances. On season 2008/09, Conroy also played in D-League. At that time he was a member of the Albuquerque Thunderbirds and finished as the best league scorer with 26.5 ppg. He also handed out 8 apg beside that. Last time in Europe, Conroy Will played for Armani Jeans Milano. Before that, he was a member of La Fortezza Bologna.
Conroy Will is a product of the Washington University, where he graduated in 2005.


Latest news and rumours in TBL - by Baha Kurtulus
Besiktas Cola Turka parted ways with head coach Burak Biyiktay . Yesterday evening, the club had a meeting with Ergin Ataman and this meeting seems to have positive results and the deal is on the way.

After Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) and Anthony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) parted ways in Telekom, the club interested in Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) who be out of roster in Besiktas

The successful player of Galatasaray, Caner Topaloglu (199-F-85) can not play during 5 weeks due to his injury.

Pinar Karsiyaka extended two-years contract with Birkan Batuk (198-F-90).


( Source : www.salsabasket.net )



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Gumbs returns to England - by David Edole
MARJON-- Plymouth Raiders have recruited Jerome Gumbs to replace Cody Toppert, who left the BBL club last week for Italian team Forli.
The 6ft 4in 28-year-old, who has dual British-American nationality, has initially signed 'a week to week contract' in a stopgap deal.
Gumbs, who can play at shooting-guard and small-forward, averaged 16.2 points per game for BBL play-off champions Mersey (then Everton) Tigers last season.
Raiders chairman Bob Widdecombe said: 'There is a lot of interest in Jerome from teams in Venezuela and the Philippines in particular, where he would earn a substantially higher salary than he would here in the BBL.
Their seasons haven't started yet, so Jerome has signed with us on a week to week basis.
'Once he gets here, he might decide he wants to stay for the rest of the season, which obviously would be great.
'In the meantime we will continue looking for a replacement.'
Widdecombe added: 'The situation needs to be sorted by the end of February because that's the BBL transfer deadline, and we don't want to be left without a player for the play-offs.'
Raiders coach Gavin Love said: 'I hope to keep Jerome here as long as I can, but will continue to look for another player to strengthen our squad.'
Gumbs left Tigers last summer and joined Mexican division two club Lobos Durango.
He averaged 14.7 points per game in seven appearances for Lobos this season before becoming a free agent.
Gumbs flew into the UK yesterday and was set to first train with his new team-mates last night.
He was born and bred on St Thomas in the Virgin Islands, and graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2006.
He is now in his fifth season professionally after spending his rookie year playing in Argentina.
Gumbs has since spent seasons in Luxembourg and Slovakia before joining Tigers last season.
He made 31 appearances in the BBL in 2009/10 and also averaged 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 31 minutes per game.
Gumbs largely played at small-forward last season and was Tigers' second top scorer behind guard Trey Moore.
But he only shot 7/25 (28 per cent) from the three-point line, which suggests he will offer a different threat to Toppert, who was shooting a team-high 46 per cent from the perimeter in the BBL this season.
Toppert, 27, left Raiders last Thursday to try-out for Forli.
He was averaging 14.2 points in 26 minutes per game in 2010/11.
A press release from Raiders today said Gumbs was 'an athletic player and a fantastic defender'.
He is set to go straight into Raiders' squad for this weekend's double-header at Worthing Thunder on Saturday (7.30pm) before Gumbs' former team, and current BBL leaders, Tigers, visit the Pavilions on Sunday (4pm).
Gumbs will most likely come off the bench, alongside forward Sam Cricelli, in what has essentially been a seven-man rotation this season.
Love said: 'Jerome is an experienced player with a winning attitude.
'He will be able to come in, play multiple positions, give us a defensive presence and scoring punch.'
Gumbs said: 'From everything I have been told about Plymouth, they're a top level organisation in the BBL.
'I know there have been big changes there this season, but the team is in a great position for the play-offs.
'I hope I can come in and add that little extra, which it takes to compete with top teams.'
Raiders are currently 5-5 in the eighth and final play-off spot in a 12-strong BBL Championship this season.
Tigers have been dominant in the first half of the season and are 11-1.




HS abroad round up..some scores - by David Edole
DELAWARE HS action
Sanford, ranked No. 1 in Delaware, rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Pennsylvania power Archbishop John Carroll 66-60 in an opening-night game at the Jameer Nelson Classic on Tuesday (December 29th).
The Warriors trailed 20-12 after the first quarter and 51-45 after the third, but outscored Archbishop Carroll 21-9 in the final quarter. Archbishop Carroll is ranked No. 3 in Pennsylvania.
Khallid Hart scored 11 points for Sanford. Archbishop Carroll hit nine 3-pointers. The Warriors countered with eight.
Last night, Hart had 15 points to lead Sanford (5-0) past St. Elizabeth, 63-57.

Amadius Der-weer and the second-ranked (in Delaware) Concord Raiders improved to 7-0 after rallying past No. 5 Delcastle (4-3), 58-50 on Tuesday.

The Red Lion Christian Academy tipped the host Tatnall Hornets basketball team by a final score of 55-54 in Tuesday's non-league game. Javier Martinez finished with eight points for Red Lion. In their next game, they face the Atlantic Christian (Egg Harbor Township, NJ) in a non-league game, on Thursday, January 6. Red Lion Christian Academy will attempt to improve on its 3-1 season record.

VIRGINIA
MENCHVILLE 57, HERITAGE 43
For once, Menchville (9-1, 6-1 PD) didn't need a fourth-quarter comeback.
Deshorn Lake scored 15 for the Monarchs, who led 17-8 after one quarter and 26-15 at halftime. Mencvhille is ranked fifth in VA.



Rakeem Christmas and Academy of the New Church (Pa.) travels to Virginia to play in the Seven Cities Roundball Classic that will be held at Wilson High. ANC will face, the second ranked (In Virginia) Norfolk Christian (6-3) on Saturday at 7:30 pm (ET).

FLORIDA
SOUTH PLANTATION 57, MCARTHUR 52
McArthur (6-5): Shanel Caines 7-0-15, Fernandez 3-0-6, James 2-1-6, Rosario 2-0-4, Cortellese 1-0-2, Lora 1-0-2, Jose Santos 7-3-17.
South Plantation (8-3): Lubin 3-0-7, Allen 2-1-5, Redding 3-1-7, Kizer 2-0-5, Knox 7-4-19, McFadden 1-0-2, Gilbert 5-2-12.
3-pointers: Lubin , Kizer, Knox, Caines, James. Rebounds: Knox 17. Half: 29-29.




2011 Virgin Islands High School Boys Preview - by David Edole
ST. CROIX -- With the mass defections from the previous season, like most fans I ask myself; who are these guys? Most teams in the territory lost most of their starting five and it was not all due to graduation. Central High, who had almost everything taken from them, did receive some good news with the return of all V.I. point guard Kadeem Jones (94). However, the lost of Javier Martinez (93), Amadius Der-Weer (94) and Rasheed Swaston all underclass men will hurt. The Caribs also have to make up for the best shooter in the territory with the loss of Taaron Jones to graduation. Charlotte Amalie did not come out unshaved with the loss of Charles Pemberton to graduation and underclass man Achkel Bazil to the states. Educational Complex had their surprise of the season Terrell Christian and 2010 player of the year Salim Ross no longer apart of the program. Eudora Kean took major hits as well. The Rays have parted ways with Aubrey Dawson and Shaquil Bruno. So my question remains. Who is left in the territory?
Who does one choose for preseason player of the year? The candidate pool is so shallow. There is Merwin Potter (93) who won it as a sophomore and looks ready to become a two time winner. Kadeem Jones return to Central is a story but he is not a stats guy. However his teammate Razeem Huggins is a stats guy. Eudora Kean has Xavier Richards but they may be a year away and Antilles has the best big man in the territory in Dornell Weaver (94). Any of these guys could be a great pick. So the 2010-11 preseason player of the year has to be Merwin Potter.
Potter is an absolute beast, only 17; the 6-foot-2 guard was the second best player on the Virgin Islands junior national team this past summer. He single handily brought the team back in a win over Mexico. And dont forget Charlotte Amalie has won a territorial championship as well as three St. Thomas- St. John Interscholastic Athletic Association titles. I had the opportunity to see him play in the 2010 Puerto Rican Hoops Championship where he clearly was the best player on the court in every game Charlotte Amalie played. A coach sent me an email talking about Potters game. Potter has Division I athletic ability and toughness. He is a great help defender and he should get some looks. If potter controls his emotions and doesnt try to be like Ron Artest, I think he is the best player in the territory and should lead Charlotte Amalie back to the territorial championship.
As for the rest of the first team, Central High has two members in senior Kadeem Jones, also a member of the Virgin Islands National team, and junior Razeem Huggins. Jones is the consummate point guard. He is the most experienced player in the territory and showed a little flash in the loss to team USA when he had nine points and four assists. He played against Duke University point guard Kyrie Irving and held his own. Huggins may be a controversial pick because it is his first season at the varsity level. But I saw him play in the Ronald Charles League against varsity players and he did quite well. He was a handful when Central High took their yearly trek to Atlanta, Georgia. He should end up with the most double-doubles on St. Croix.
Antilles dynamic duo of Dornell Weaver and Ageyi Gregory rounds out the first five. Weaver is INTENSE. When he is on the court it is like a gladiator fighting for survival. The 6-foot-6 forward is as athletic as they come but he is also quick and strong. 'He is a Division I player if he refines his offensive game,' said one coach. Weaver was on the Virgin Islands junior national team along with side kick Gregory. Antilles will go where Gregory takes them but he has two sides. The 'Good Gregory' is a shot maker. He has a high basketball I.Q. and has a lot of potential. The 'Bad Gregory' is a turnover machine and is always in need of medical attention. If the good one shows up, Antilles could meet Charlotte Amalie in the STT-STJ IAA finals.
The second team consists of two Educational Complex players, and one player from each of the major public schools. The Barras hopes of winning a territorial championship fall squarely on 6-foot-5 Raydell Denis and point guard Tamoi Francis shoulders. Denis, a top pitching prospect, appears ready to make major strides this season. He was one of the better players in an outside league and with the help of speed Francis these two should help Complex challenge for the number one spot over the course of the season. Xavier 'X' Richards is Eudora Kean's do it all. I had an opportunity to see X play this summer in AAU action and he is a load but does he have enough help at Kean? Shanoi Miller, of Charlotte Amalie, is their second best player behind Potter and Centrals Jose Boltez is a shooter. Boltez can shoot you in and out of a game.
The third team is made up of two more Educational Complex players in Melvine Adams and Charles Sealey who transferred from Country Day. Glenn Blyden is Eudora Kean's second player on the preseason teams. Michael Nelthropp is Country Days only selection and Anumoko Utibe is Antilles third selection.

Teams and Rankings...
1. Central High: Kadeem Jones (G, 5-6, Sr.), Razeem Huggins (F, 6-3, Jr.), Reno Motta (F, 6-2, Sr.), Jose Boltez (5-10, G, Jr.),DaCosta Cromwell (F, 6-5, Sr.) Corey Joseph (5-8, G, Sr.), Shamori Moto Francis (F, 5-10, Jr.), Shamal Jones (G, 5-8, Soph.)
Comment: Central is always filled with talented players and if they buy into what Coach Donald Bough is teaching. Even with the loss of three of their top players this team is the favorite to win it all. Jones is the best point guard in the territory, Huggins is a monster, Boltez is the best shooter, Shamori Francis and DaCosta Cromwell are very capable. Too much weapons.

2) Charlotte Amalie: Merwin Potter (G/F, 6-1, Sr.), J'moi Smith (G, 5-10, Soph.), Chris Matthews (F, 6-4, Sr.), Dekwani Noford (F, 6-6, Jr.), Shanoi Miller (6-0, F/G, Jr.), Cursim Hansen (5-8, G, Jr.),
Comment: A deliberate team. If the Hawks control the tempo they are very hard to beat. This team looks like it maxes out at 50 points in a game. Anything above that is cause for concern. I cant see them playing Central High or Complex in an 80 point game. However, Merwin Potter is the best player in the territory and just his presence on the court has other teams working on defensive strategies.

3) Educational Complex: Raydell Dennis (F/C, 6-5, Sr.) Melvine Adams (F, 6-3, Sr.), Deshawn Garvey (G, 5-10, Jr.), Charles Sealy (F, Jr., 6-2), Tamoi Francis (G, 6-0, Sr.), Amalie Krigger (G),
Comment: Helter Skelter basketball is their motto and Coach Dean Heywood has a stable of athletic players. Dennis and Adams are athletic and Sealy or Mountain as he is known as can fly. Francis and Garvey are capable guards. The loss of shooter Chris Sealey, outstanding leaper Terrell Christian and player of the year Salim Ross is cause for concern.

4) Antilles: Dornell Weaver (F, 6-6, Jr.), Ageyi Gregory (G, 5-10, Jr.), Anumoko Utibe (F, 6-1), Jamoi Edinborough (G, 5-9).
Comment: Antilles could be the sleeper team this season. Dornell Weaver is the best big man in the territory and if the ever learns how to take over a game, the Hurricanes could overwhelm opponents. Gregory is capable and returns after having knee surgery last year. Utibe is an interesting case. Last season he was one of the last cuts made by Charlotte Amalie coach PEdrito Estrill. Now he has his chance to exact revenge. I cant wait for their first meeting. Edinborough has to be in control for this team to succeed.

5) Eudora Kean: Xavier Richards (5-11, Jr., G), Glenn Blyden
Comment: Richards is one of the top ten players in the territory but the loss of big man Aubrey Daniels and Shaquil Bruno will hurt. Who is going to help X?

6) Country Day: Michael Nelthropp, Rafael Almonte, Chris Skeritt, Josh Powell, Elijah Mondesir, Elijee Mondesir.
Comment: Country Day is said to have to quality guards in the Mondesir brothers. Nelthropp and Almonte played well in the Country Day Alumni Tournament. However, I think Country Day is a year away from truly competing. They will compete when big man Nick Springer makes his varsity debut.

Complex B
Comment: Complex B are players that can play but not good enough to make the A team. This team may have enough talent to compete with the middle of the road teams.

Good Hope
Comment: Finally returns to varsity action with two players of note in Malcolm Edwards and Jared Lake.

All Saints
Comment: Bryan Brady, Jelani Foy and their coach have all left the building. However, I like what they have coming at the junior varsity level. This will be a down year for them but in a couple of years All Saints will challenge Antilles for private school supremacy.

Seventh Day Adventist (STX)
Comment: Not much is known about this team.

Manor
Comment: In a battle with Seventh Day Adventist to stay out of the cellar on St. Croix.

St. John Gift School
Comment: Careem Albert and Jernings Abraham are some of the known players. Not enough to compete with the big boys. They will try their best to stay out of the cellar on St. Thomas-St. John.

Sts. Peter and Paul
Comment: What in the name of Alphonso Niles has happen to this program? Two years ago this team upset Eudora Kean and now will they have a team. Their top three players (Tyler Gray, Mike Venzen and Arturo Watlington) have gone on to college. Who do they return?

Preseason player of the year: Merwin Potter, Charlotte Amalie

First Team
Merwin Potter, Charlotte Amalie
Dornell Weaver, Antilles
Ageyi Gregory, Antilles
Kadeem Jones, Central
Razeem Huggins, Central

Second Team
Tamoi Francis, Educational Complex
Xavier Richards, Eudora Kean
Raydell Dennis, Educational Complex
Shanoui Miller, Charlotte Amalie
Jose Boltez, Central High

Third Team
Melvine Adams, Educational Complex
Charles Sealy, Educational Complex
Michael Nelthropp, Country Day
Glenn Blyden, Eudora Kean
Anumoko Utibe, Antilles

2011 Tournament Calendar
Martin Luther King Tournament January 14-17 (St. Thomas)
Central High School Invitational February, 18-21 (St. Croix)
Antilles Private Schools Tournament March, 4-6 tentative date (St. Thomas)



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Gytis Sirutavicius on try-out in DniproAzot - by Alexei Revenko
27 years old guard Gytis Sirutavicius (195-F-83) join SK Dnipro Azot Dniprodzerzhynsk. This season he began played in BC Mures Targu-Mures. In regular season he played 12 games, scored 9 points and 3.3 rebounds. Last season he played in Wamsler SE Salgotarjan 17.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.6 asissts per game and in Panevezys Techasas 20.8 points, 5.8 rebounds. In season 2008/2009 he played in Ukraine in Poltava. He scored 12.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 asissts.

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Trey Moore claims British BBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Trey Moore (192-G-75) had an amazing evening in the last round for Newcastle Eagles and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 36-year old guard got a double-double of 37 points and eleven assists, while his team outclassed Sheffield Sharks (#6, 6-4) with 33-point margin 112-79. Newcastle is placed at 4th position in British BBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Newcastle will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. In the team's last game Moore had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Newcastle's top player in his first season with the team. Mississippi State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Moore is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.3ppg and is league's best passer with 6.2apg. Moore is in league's top in and averages solid 2.2spg,61.0% FGP and 45.7% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American guard Cody Toppert (193-G-83) of Plymouth. Toppert impressed basketball fans with 41 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Plymouth cruised to a 116-106 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Guildford Heat (#3, 7-4). This victory allowed Plymouth to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Toppert is a newcomer at Plymouth 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 Michael Martin (200-F-74) of Guildford Heat (#3). Martin showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, ten rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Guildford Heat, leading his team to a 100-88 win against Glasgow Rocks (7-4). Guildford Heat needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 4 lost games. Martin has a very solid season. In 12 games in United Kingdom he scored 16.4ppg. He also has 7.4rpg, 3.3apg and FGP: 51.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charles Smith (198-F-75) of Newcastle - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Shaun Durant (203-C-81) of Worthing - 15 points and 14 rebounds
6. Michael Martin (200-F-74) of Guildford Heat - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Chez Marks (191-G-80) of Plymouth - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Anthony Rowe (203-C-85) of Plymouth - 13 points and 13 rebounds
9. Tafari Toney (203-F/C-86) of Liverpool MT - 13 points and 10 rebounds
10. Martelle McLemore (196-G/F-88) of Guildford Heat - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 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)


BBL Round 13 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 13 in BBL was guest Newcastle Eagles' (7-3) easy road victory over Sheffield Sharks (#6) 112-79 on Sunday evening. The game without a history. Newcastle Eagles led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Newcastle Eagles outrebounded Sheffield Sharks 43-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. Newcastle Eagles looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American guard Trey Moore (192-75, college: Mississippi St.) fired a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Naturalized American forward Charles Smith (198-75, college: Rider) chipped in 26 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Ryan Patton (181-78, college: Youngstown St.) produced 17 points and 5 assists for lost side. Newcastle Eagles have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Sheffield Sharks at the other side keep the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Leicester Riders.
Leader Liverpool Mersey Tigers delivered the eleventh victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked Worthing Thunder (1-12) 84-64. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Tafari Toney (203-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. David Aliu contributed with 17 points for the winners. Center Shaun Durant (203-81, college: Lipscomb) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for Worthing Thunder. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Liverpool Mersey Tigers. Defending champion maintains first place with 11-1 record. Worthing Thunder lost their ninth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 12 games lost.
The game in Guildford was quite interesting. Fifth ranked Guildford Heat (7-4) played at the court of 4th placed Glasgow Rocks (7-4). Guildford Heat defeated Glasgow Rocks 100-88 on Monday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Glasgow Rocks. Michael Martin stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. At the losing side EJ Harrison responded with 22 points and 4 assists. Guildford Heat moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Glasgow Rocks.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Plymouth, where higher ranked Guildford Heat (7-4) lost to ninth ranked Plymouth Raiders (5-5) in a road game 106-116. Cody Toppert nailed 41 points (!!!) and 5 assists for the winning side. Plymouth Raiders moved-up to eighth place. Guildford Heat at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost.

In the last game of round 13 Worcester was defeated by Glasgow Rocks in a road game 81-63.


Guildford Heat - Glasgow Rocks 100-88

The game in Guildford was quite interesting. Fifth ranked Guildford Heat (7-4) played at the court of 4th placed Glasgow Rocks (7-4). Guildford Heat defeated Glasgow Rocks 100-88 on Monday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Glasgow Rocks. Guildford Heat looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Forward Michael Martin (200-74) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and American swingman Martelle McLemore (196-88, college: W.Michigan) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side American guard EJ Harrison (186-76, college: Connecticut) responded with 22 points and 4 assists and the other American import forward Mike Copeland (201-85, college: N.Carolina) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Guildford Heat moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Glasgow Rocks.
Top scorers:
Guildford Heat: J.Joseph 22+1reb+2ast, M.McLemore 22+5reb+5ast, M.Martin 17+10reb+7ast, T.Ogedegebe 13+7reb+2ast, J.Porter 9+2reb, D.Schneider 6+1ast
Glasgow Rocks: E.Harrison 22+2reb+4ast, M.Copeland 19+5reb, M.Kingma 11+2reb, B.Fantazia 11+2reb+3ast, M.Mubarak 9+3ast, S.Davis 8+1reb
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Glasgow Rocks - Worcester 81-63

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Worcester Wolves (5-9) were defeated on the road by fourth ranked Glasgow Rocks (7-4) 81-63. Glasgow Rocks shot 65.4 percent from the field. Glasgow Rocks outrebounded Worcester Wolves 30-9 including a 21-7 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Glasgow Rocks especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 71.4 percentage. French guard Moses Mubarak (192-86) nailed 19 points (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!) for the winning side and American guard EJ Harrison (186-76, college: Connecticut) accounted for 12 points and 5 assists. Four Glasgow Rocks players scored in double figures. Canadian-Lithuanian forward Aleksas Zimnickas (203-83, college: Hartford) came up with 23 points and American swingman Roderick Middleton (186-82, college: Buffalo) added 12 points respectively for Worcester Wolves in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Glasgow Rocks. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Guildford Heat. Worcester Wolves at the other side dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Glasgow Rocks: M.Mubarak 19+1reb, B.Fantazia 15+3reb+1ast, M.Kingma 13+6reb, E.Harrison 12+3reb+5ast, S.Russell 10+3reb+1ast, S.Davis 6+5reb+3ast
Worcester: A.Zimnickas 23+1reb+2ast, R.Middleton 12+4reb+2ast, D.Watts 12+1reb+1ast, C.Jones 8+2reb+2ast, L.Sanders 4+2ast, K.Normantas 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 94733


Liverpool MT - Worthing 84-64

Leader Liverpool Mersey Tigers delivered the eleventh victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked Worthing Thunder (1-12) 84-64. After very bad start, Worthing Thunder stormed back in the second period cutting the deficit to 2 points 35-33. But it was not enough and Liverpool Mersey Tigers took back the control in second half. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Tafari Toney (203-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Forward David Aliu (198-81, college: Morehead St.) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Center Shaun Durant (203-81, college: Lipscomb) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Marlin Capers (197-77, college: Clayton St., agency: Promotex) added 17 points in the effort for Worthing Thunder. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Liverpool Mersey Tigers. Defending champion maintains first place with 11-1 record. Worthing Thunder lost their ninth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Liverpool MT: D.Aliu 17+3reb+2ast, A.Thomson 15+4reb+1ast, T.Toney 13+10reb, D.Sullivan 11+4reb+1ast, N.Reinking 8+1reb, J.Williams 7+1ast
Worthing: M.Capers 17+4reb+2ast, S.Durant 15+14reb, P.Zafirov 14+3reb, S.Prezzie-Blue 12+4reb+2ast, A.Williams 4+2reb, M.Mbye 2+5reb+4ast
gschID: 94734


Sheffield Sharks - Newcastle 79-112

The biggest surprise of round 13 in BBL was guest Newcastle Eagles' (7-3) easy road victory over Sheffield Sharks (#6) 112-79 on Sunday evening. The game without a history. Newcastle Eagles led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Newcastle Eagles outrebounded Sheffield Sharks 43-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. Newcastle Eagles looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American guard Trey Moore (192-75, college: Mississippi St.) fired a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Naturalized American forward Charles Smith (198-75, college: Rider) chipped in 26 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Ryan Patton (181-78, college: Youngstown St.) produced 17 points and 5 assists and naturalized Canadian forward Mike Tuck (201-83, college: Loyola (MD)) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Newcastle Eagles have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Sheffield Sharks at the other side keep the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Leicester Riders.
Top scorers:
Newcastle: T.Moore 37+9reb+11ast, C.Smith 26+6reb+2ast, J.Chapman 15+4reb+5ast, A.Bridge 12+8reb+2ast, K.Richard 10+9reb+2ast, D.Defoe 8+2reb
Sheffield Sharks: R.Patton 17+2reb+5ast, M.Tuck 15+7reb+2ast, O.Babalola 15+1reb+1ast, M.Stout 12+4reb, P.Williams 10+10reb+4ast, S.Dagostino 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 94735


Plymouth - Guildford Heat 116-106

We should mention about the upset which took place in Plymouth, where higher ranked Guildford Heat (7-4) lost to ninth ranked Plymouth Raiders (5-5) in a road game 106-116. It looked good early as Guildford Heat took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Plymouth Raiders had a 31-19 second period charge getting the lead and Guildford Heat was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 106-116. Plymouth Raiders made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Plymouth Raiders had a 34-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American-German guard Cody Toppert (193-83, college: Cornell) nailed 41 points (!!!) and 5 assists for the winning side and American guard Chez Marks (191-80, college: Morehead St.) accounted for 25 points and 5 assists. Forward Michael Martin (200-74) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and American swingman Martelle McLemore (196-88, college: W.Michigan) added 21 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for Guildford Heat in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Plymouth Raiders moved-up to eighth place. Guildford Heat at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost.
Top scorers:
Plymouth: C.Toppert 41+3reb+5ast, C.Marks 25+4reb+5ast, E.Zabas 16+4reb+6ast, A.Rowe 13+13reb+1ast, O.Polk 12+10reb+1ast, L.Colbert 9+8reb+4ast
Guildford Heat: M.Martin 24+11reb+3ast, M.McLemore 21+9reb+5ast, J.Joseph 18+3reb+2ast, D.Schneider 18+6reb+6ast, J.Porter 15+10reb+1ast, T.Ogedegebe 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 94732




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Feeley leads Trouville to beat Bohemios - by Hector Lopez
Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83, agency: Promotex, college: UMBC) scored 32 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and added 3 blocks leading Trouville to beat Bohemios 86-83 for the third rpound of the LUB second stage. Also for Trouville Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) added 13 points 14 rebounds and 2 blocks, while for Bohemios De Andre Coleman (201-F-86, college: S.Alabama) netted 20 points and took 11 rebounds and Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, college: Lewis) took 10 rebounds and scored 5 points. Other results:
Malvin 79 - Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) 30 points, Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Buffalo) 10 points 7 rebounds, Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 6 points 6 rebounds 2 blocks, Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 4 points 3 rebounds
Olimpia 78 - Adrian Bertolini (191-G-78) 25 points, Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, college: Florida Intern.) 21 points 10 rebounds, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 11 points 7 rebounds 5 blocks.
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Bigua 71 - Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 20 points 8 rebounds, Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown) 16 points 17 rebounds 4 blocks 5 assits.
Hebraica Macabi - Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) 21 points, Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) 11 points 12 rebounds, Matt Freije (207-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) 11 points 12 rebounds 2 blocks.
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Standings: Defensor 29.5, Bigua 29, Malvin 29, Aguada 28, trouville 27.5, Hebraica 26, Olimpia 24.5, Cordon 24, Welcome 23.5, Bohemios 23. (Eigth teamss will advance to the playoff)


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Friday Nite Lights - by Danny Brown
Wow, its been a minute since I have written a blog! Well its 2011 and the blessings are definetly coming in all shapes and sizes
Once I came back from doing the great work in Australia with the Christian group Athletes in Action, I spent a few weeks in St. Louis and then left for Cyprus! Things started off great there! The money wasnt what I wanted but it was foot in Europe and I got to play the point so I felt like the sacrifice was necessary for the time being!.. Everything was good at first, I was running the show, making every shot, and we were killing everybody! I think I went a month without missing a shot! Our team was built for the championship, we had an American at every position and as back ups! And to top it off, my lil big homie Dante Stiggers (187-G-82, college: S.Mississippi) was on the team, that was like having a brother there, it made life easy! It was fun on and off the court, sometimes practice was harder than the games just because of how we competed against one another! Off the court we got it in! As hard as we played, thats how hard we partied! I think thats part of the reason we were so cohesive on the court. Cyprus was good tho, I was 5mins walking from the beach and it only rained 3 times! Driving on the other side of the road was a easier adjustment than I thought it would be, I only got cursed at once! But once the season started, things went bad, i didnt play well the first game of the year and things went down hill I will say no more about that situation! Oh and this is random but there was also a huge rabbit in a plastic bag in the freezer section at the grocery store. His feet and ears were hangin out the bag and he was furry! And i couldnt find the price tag! lol... Only in Cyprus...
So I came home for the holidays and after contemplating on it all year, I felt it was time to make a life changing decision! Took my lil money from Cyprus, paid my tithes, paid some bills, and bought a big ring for my girl! I set it up smooth! Heres the story: the nite I proposed started with me taking her down to campus where we first met and slobbing her down in the freezing cold at the exact spot we were introduced, then I took her on a horse and carriage ride thru the streets of Saint Louis (it was so cold outside), then I had our friends meet us at a restraunt, when we walked in, they all jumped out, yelled surprise and handed her roses, then I dropped down on one knee and proposed while giving her the last rose and the ring SMOOTH! And of course she said yes! The next day her father (the pastor) made me confess my luv for her in front of the whole church! I had to give a speech! But it was cool, I held my own! Lol Now we are planning this wedding and some people will just have to be mad because weddings are expensive, everybody cant come! Lol but u can still send a gift!
So shortly after that I returned home and started preparing to go back to Venezuela (which I was really looking forward to returning to Trotamundos), but I ended up taking a deal to come to Spain and play for Alcazar, its the first team Ive been on a team with a losing record but im up for the challenge. Last nite was actually my first game, I played well, had 29 points, but we lost a tough one!!! The fans were great, they hung in there with us and filled the arena! I really enjoyed the environment. I have been in the gym more in the last 24 hrs than I have been in my bed! A game, weights, and 2 practices today! Sheesh!... but itll pay off!... One dude on my team got the best smelling body wash ever, im going to get 10 bottles no joke!.. facebook, twitter (@DniceGoHAM) and skype are the highlights of my life, if im not on there, im reading my bible or listening to sermons on line other than that im in the gym! And it is amazing how Burger King is filled with literally about 200 people every nite here! It takes an hr to get your food and i have never seen anything like it. And the first day i was here when i went to practice, the maid here at the hotel called the gym to ask if i wanted my room clean. lol I left the sign on the door saying that she didn't have to, such a nice lady... lol... Oh and im proud of my sister, Nakeisha Brown (180-G/F), shes been healthy all season and is playing well at Portland and of my little brother Kevin Brown (188-G) who is a freshman at Tulane University, his coach doesnt play him for some unknown reason, but hes going to be pro just wait oh and somebody needs to sign my boy Andrew Francis (203-F-85, agency: GOTathletes, college: UTSA), he has a African Passport, 40 inch vertical, dunks everything, guards 4 positions, and can handle the ball and make plays just like a point guard at 6'8 no joke! Take a chance on him, you wont be sorry! And shout out to Team Momentum another article will be published about us soon #1 Streetball Team in America!



Be Blessed!


Danny Brown (193-G-85, college: St.Louis) (193-G-85, college: St.Louis)




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Larry Hall joins Minsk-2006 - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006 entered the year with new import player on board. The Belarusian champions signed a deal with Larry Hall (190-G-83, college: W.Oregon). The 27-year-old guard started the season in NBDL Austin Toros. The guard moved to Porvoon Tarmo in Finland in February. Larry Hall tallied 12.7 points, 3.7 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in the Finnish 1st Division. In December Larry Hall inked the contract with Puntukas Anyksciai in Lithuanian NKL. In five games Larry Hall tallied 16.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists. Larry Hall has already debuted for Minsk-2006. He helped the team to an 85:74 victory over Dnipro in VTB-League. The guard tallied 2 points and 1 rebound in just two minutes on the court.




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Women News

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Lupa lands Iva Serdar - by Zeljko Zule
Lupa promotion fortified its frontline with the signing of center Iva Serdar (195-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) for the remainder of the season. She arrives from Armenian team Hatis Yereavan, where she averaged 7.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 6 EuroCup games last season. Serdar returns to Croatia for the first time since the 2006-07 season, when she suited up for Studenac Omis. She played next season in Slovenia with Rogaska and the 2008-09 season she spent in Hungary with Szolnoki.

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Levski inks Radoslava Bachvarova - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Bulgarian media, BC Levski has managed to recruit a player from Dunav Econt. Reportedly, the club has made an agreement with Radoslava Bachvarova (183-F-87, college: Va Commonwealth). The player and the club have reached an agreement until the end of the season but no details were disclosed. Former Bulgarian U20 NT member has made a switch from Dunav Econt where she had successful start of the season. She has already put in several practices with the team and is expected to fit in easily. Bachvarova will make her debut in the next round of NBL when Levski takes on her former team Dunav Econt.
Radoslava Bachvarova played as member of Serbian BC Usce during 2004-2005 season. After three seasons with the club she went to Unites States to play collegiate basketball. She played for Virginia Commonwealth, where in her first season she appeared in 34 games, posting averages of 8.1 points and 2.2 rebounds. Following year, her least with the University, Bachvarova averaged 11.0 points and 3.0 boards in 32 games. Last season, she moved back to Bulgaria where she signed with Dunav Econt. She played in 7 league games and has averaged 5.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. She has also helped Dunav win the National Cup. Bachvarova started this season as member of Dunav. So far she has averaged 15.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in 6 matches played.


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Murphy finishes year 2010 in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) finishes year 2010 in Poland and will continue to shine abroad for Energa.
The Canadian Forward averages 9.7 points per game and 4.9 rebounds. She recorded 29 points, while Artego (8-7) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Energa Torun 91-90 on early in December. Energa Torun was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Artego forced 20 Energa Torun turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Energa Torun helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Agnieszka Szott who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Kristen Morris contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Canadian forward Lizanne Murphy replied with 29 points and 4 assists and Serbian center Jelena Maksimovic added 12 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Energa Torun.
In EuroCup Lizanne Murphy averages 10.8 points per game and 6.8 rebounds. Energa Torun booked a place for the EuroCup 1/8 Finals with the comfortable win over visiting Lotto Young Cats. Energa also won first game of this fixture so they just confirmed the advancing at home. From the start it was a high scoring affair with teams focusing more on offensive duties than defensive ones. In the end, it was Energa Torun who celebrated deserved 85-60 win. Emilia Tlumak and Natalia Malaszewska led the winning side in this match with 15 and 14 points respectively. They were followed by Lizanne Murphy who chipped in 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.



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Standings - WCBA
WCBA Standings
 1. Shenyang 8-2 
 2. Bayi 8-2 
 3. Guangdong 7-3 
 4. Jiangsu 7-3 
 5. Liaoning 6-4 
 6. Heilongjiang 6-4 
 7. Zhejiang 5-5 
 8. Beijing 4-6 
 9. Yunnan 4-6 
 10. Shanghai 3-7 
 11. Henan 2-8 
 12. Fujian 0-10 


WCBA Round 10: Bayi Kylin beats Zhejiang Far East in overtime - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Zhejiang Far East (#7) forced the game against Bayi Kylin (#2) into an overtime, but lost by two points 85-87 on Tuesday night. Bayi Kylin (8-2) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Shenyang. Zhejiang Far East at the other side keeps the seventh place with five games lost. Bayi Kylin is looking forward to face Beijing Great Wall (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Far East will play against Jiangsu Phoenix in Yixing and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
A very interesting game took place in Yixing. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Liaoning Hengye (6-4) to fourth ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (7-3) 72-70 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Liaoning Hengye. Jiangsu Phoenix has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Guangdong. Liaoning Hengye at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Heilongjiang. Jiangsu Phoenix will play against Zhejiang Far East (#7) in Hangzhou in the next round. Liaoning Hengye will play on the road against Shanghai Octopus and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Guangdong Dolphins (7-3) against sixth ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (6-4) on Tuesday night. Visiting Guangdong Dolphins were defeated by sixth ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (6-4) in Harbin 97-86. Heilongjiang Chenneng has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Liaoning. Loser Guangdong Dolphins keep the third position with three games lost. They share it with Jiangsu. Heilongjiang Chenneng will meet Qujing Yunnan (#9) on the road in the next round. Guangdong Dolphins will play against Fujian Nanan (#12) in Putian and hope to secure a win.
Leader Shenyang Golden Lions delivered the eighth victory. This time they beat 8th ranked Qujing Yunnan (4-6) 84-79 in Dandong. Shenyang Golden Lions has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-2 record, which they share with Bayi. Qujing Yunnan at the other side keeps the eighth place with six games lost. Shenyang Golden Lions' next round opponent will be Henan Elephants (#11) in Jiyuan and are hoping to win another game. Qujing Yunnan will play at home against Heilongjiang Chenneng in Harbin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Fujian Nanan (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 91-64 loss to ninth ranked Beijing Great Wall (4-6) in Putian on Tuesday evening. Beijing Great Wall moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Yunnan. Loser Fujian Nanan still closes the standings with ten games lost. Beijing Great Wall will face league's second-placed Bayi Kylin in Yinzhou in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fujian Nanan will play on the road against Guangdong Dolphins (#3) in Dongguan and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 10 Henan was defeated by Shanghai in a road game 80-68.


Shanghai - Henan 80-68

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Shanghai Octopus and 10th ranked Henan Elephants had identical 2-7 record. This time Shanghai Octopus used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Jiyuan 80-68 on Tuesday night. Shanghai Octopus (3-7) moved-up to tenth place. Henan Elephants lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with eight games lost. Shanghai Octopus will face higher ranked Liaoning Hengye (#5) in Anshan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Henan Elephants will play at home against the league's leader Shenyang Golden Lions (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
gschID: 118915


Heilongjiang - Guangdong 97-86

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Guangdong Dolphins (7-3) against sixth ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (6-4) on Tuesday night. Visiting Guangdong Dolphins were defeated by sixth ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (6-4) in Harbin 97-86. Heilongjiang Chenneng has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Liaoning. Loser Guangdong Dolphins keep the third position with three games lost. They share it with Jiangsu. Heilongjiang Chenneng will meet Qujing Yunnan (#9) on the road in the next round. Guangdong Dolphins will play against Fujian Nanan (#12) in Putian and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 118916


Shenyang - Yunnan 84-79

Leader Shenyang Golden Lions delivered the eighth victory. This time they beat 8th ranked Qujing Yunnan (4-6) 84-79 in Dandong. Shenyang Golden Lions has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-2 record, which they share with Bayi. Qujing Yunnan at the other side keeps the eighth place with six games lost. Shenyang Golden Lions' next round opponent will be Henan Elephants (#11) in Jiyuan and are hoping to win another game. Qujing Yunnan will play at home against Heilongjiang Chenneng in Harbin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 118917


Bayi - Zhejiang 87-85 OT

Zhejiang Far East (#7) forced the game against Bayi Kylin (#2) into an overtime, but lost by two points 85-87 on Tuesday night. Bayi Kylin (8-2) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Shenyang. Zhejiang Far East at the other side keeps the seventh place with five games lost. Bayi Kylin is looking forward to face Beijing Great Wall (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Far East will play against Jiangsu Phoenix in Yixing and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
gschID: 118912


Jiangsu - Liaoning 72-70

A very interesting game took place in Yixing. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Liaoning Hengye (6-4) to fourth ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (7-3) 72-70 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Liaoning Hengye. Jiangsu Phoenix has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Guangdong. Liaoning Hengye at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Heilongjiang. Jiangsu Phoenix will play against Zhejiang Far East (#7) in Hangzhou in the next round. Liaoning Hengye will play on the road against Shanghai Octopus and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 118913


Fujian - Beijing 64-91

Bottom-ranked Fujian Nanan (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 91-64 loss to ninth ranked Beijing Great Wall (4-6) in Putian on Tuesday evening. Beijing Great Wall moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Yunnan. Loser Fujian Nanan still closes the standings with ten games lost. Beijing Great Wall will face league's second-placed Bayi Kylin in Yinzhou in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fujian Nanan will play on the road against Guangdong Dolphins (#3) in Dongguan and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Ji Yanyan is the top-scorer of the league - by Eurobasket News
Ji Yanyan (182-G/F-85) is the top-scorer of the league after 10 rounds being played in WCBA. The Chinese player from Heilongjiang Chenneng averages 28.8 points per game. In the lastest round visiting Guangdong Dolphins were defeated by sixth ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng (6-4) in Harbin 97-86. Ji Yanyan led the way with 23 points. Heilongjiang Chenneng has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Liaoning. Loser Guangdong Dolphins keep the third position with three games lost. They share it with Jiangsu. Heilongjiang Chenneng will meet Qujing Yunnan (#9) on the road in the next round. Guangdong Dolphins will play against Fujian Nanan (#12) in Putian and hope to secure a win.
Mattera Katie (203-C-82, college: Liberty) from Henan is on top of Rebounds section. She grabbed 130 rebounds (40 Offensive and 90 Defensive) for her team in 10 rounds. Her team meanwhile lost to Jiyuan 68:80 on Tuesday night. Shanghai Octopus (3-7) moved-up to tenth place. Henan Elephants lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with eight games lost.
Chu Wu from Fujian is the top player in Assists section. She has 78 assists in 10 games that is a very high result. Bottom-ranked Fujian Nanan (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 91-64 loss to ninth ranked Beijing Great Wall (4-6) in Putian on Tuesday evening. Beijing Great Wall moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Yunnan. Loser Fujian Nanan still closes the standings with ten games lost. Beijing Great Wall will face league's second-placed Bayi Kylin in Yinzhou in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fujian Nanan will play on the road against Guangdong Dolphins (#3) in Dongguan and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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  CROATIA - Women  


Lupa lands Iva Serdar - by Zeljko Zule
Lupa promotion fortified its frontline with the signing of center Iva Serdar (195-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) for the remainder of the season. She arrives from Armenian team Hatis Yereavan, where she averaged 7.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 6 EuroCup games last season. Serdar returns to Croatia for the first time since the 2006-07 season, when she suited up for Studenac Omis. She played next season in Slovenia with Rogaska and the 2008-09 season she spent in Hungary with Szolnoki.

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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Cheryl Ford claims Czech Republic ZBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Frisco Sika Brno and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 30-year old power forward had a double-double of 14 points and sixteen rebounds, while her team outclassed VS Praha (#9, 2-9) with 45-point margin 88-43. Frisco Sika maintains the 2nd position in Czech Republic ZBL. Frisco Sika has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 10-1. Ford turned to be Frisco Sika's top player in her first season with the team. Louisiana Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ford is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.7rpg) and averages solid 55.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old center Eva Sipova (188-C-86) of Slovanka MB. Sipova impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 14 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for Slovanka MB to edge slightly lower-ranked Trutnov (#5, 6-5) by 3 points 69-66. Slovanka MB's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. Her team's 7-3 record is not bad at all. Sipova is well-known by Slovanka MB fans and she already established her position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Frisco Sika Brno's star - Swedish Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88). Eldebrink showcased her all-around game by recording 24 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the last round. She was another key player of Frisco Sika, helping her team with a 88-43 easy win against the lower-ranked VS Praha (#9, 2-9). Many experts and fans count Frisco Sika as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 10 victories and only one lost games.. Eldebrink has a great season in Czech Republic. After 11 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.3ppg (2nd best) and assists with 3.1apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Katerina Krizova (184-F-80) of Valosun Brno - 20 points and 10 rebounds
5. Ivana Vecerova (194-C-79) of Valosun Brno - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) of Hradec Kralove - 24 points and 7 rebounds
7. Petra Reisingerova (196-C-73) of Strakonice - 18 points and 10 rebounds
8. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82) of USK Praha - 21 points and 4 rebounds
9. Michaela Magerciakova (188-C-77) of Karlovy Vary - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) of USK Praha - 15 points, 4 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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Estonia U16 loses all at home - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U16 loses all at home at the Baltic Sea Basketball Cup. After the first defeat from Sweden U16, in Day 2 Finland U16 outscored Estonia U16 72:51. The guests started with 25-16 and never looked behind in the game. They also won the third and the last periods for the victory. Anni Jamsa (164-G-95), Ulriikka Latvala and Jenni Rantanen top-scored for the winners with 11 points each. Elina Koskimies and Petra Noponen posted 9 points apiece and Jasmin Dolivo added 8. Kadri-Ann Lass replied with 12 points for the home side and Kristi Tamp had 10.
Latvia U16 grabs Baltic Sea Basketball Cup winning all three games. In Day 3 Latvia U16 outscored Estonia U16 49:33. The favorites started with 16-11 and added also all the victories in other quarters. Kitija Laksa poured in 11 points and 4 other players added 6 apiece. Jane Svilberg (178-F/C-95) responded with 19 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and Tatjana Razguljaeva (172-G-96) netted 10. Estonia U16 lost all three games and finishes last in the tournament.




Latvia U18 wins Baltic Sea Basketball Cup - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18-Estonia U18 94:59

Latvia U18 wins Baltic Sea Basketball Cup as they won all the games. In their last game they overcame Estonia 94:59 for 3-0 record.
Latvia was the favorite of the game and proved it in the first half. They started the game with 22-20 in the first period and then added massive 27-9. In the second half the picture remained the same in the court and the guests looked better than the hosts. In the third quarter Latvia won 24-14 and then added 21-16 in the last stanza.
Guna Lagzdina (182-C-93) and Renate Reine (176-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 23 points each for the perfect record. Anna Ozolina (182-F-93) and Asnate-Marianna Fomina (168-G-94) followed them with 8 points each. Greeta Uprus (175-G-94) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort, while Nele Laurimaa (176-F-93) posted 15. Estonians however made 5/21 there-pointers, while Latvians needed 26 shots for 5 successful.

Latvia U18: Guna Lagzdina 23, Renate Reine 23, Anna Ozolina 8, Asnate-Marianna Fomina 8
Estonia U18: Greeta Uprus 22, Nele Laurimaa 15




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Candace Parker is back to UMMC - by Eurobasket News
Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) is back to UMMC and debuted for the League-leaders this season. She debuted with 16 points and 7 rebounds as her undefeated leader UMMC Ekaterinburg delivered the tenth consecutive victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Spartak Noginsk (1-9) 112-52. UMMC Ekaterinburg 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 Spartak Noginsk's 36 and made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game, while Spartak Noginsk only scored ten points from the stripe. UMMC Ekaterinburg forced 21 Spartak Noginsk turnovers and outrebounded them 39-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists.
Candace Parker started her career in 2004-2005 for Tennessee (NCAA) however missed the campaign to recover from a pair of surgeries in the off-season on Aug. 25 and Sept. 8, 2004...The latter surgery repaired both the lateral meniscus and the lateral articular cartilage in her left knee. In 2005-2006 played for Tennessee (NCAA) and in 36 games averaged 17.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg, 2.4bpg, FG: 55.2%, 3PT: 25%. In 2006-2007 she improved her stats to 19.6ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, 2.6bpg, FGP: 52.9%, 3Pts: 33.3%, FT: 71.2%. In her last NCAA year Candace Parker had 38 games averaging 21.3ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2.3spg, 2.4bpg, FGP: 53.6%, 3Pts: 26.7%, FT: 69.8%. In 2008 she was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA,1rd (1)). Her debuted season was awesome as she had 18.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, 2.3bpg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 73.3% in the Regular Season and 15.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 3.8apg, 1.5spg, 2.2bpg, FGP: 45.9%, FT: 75.9% in the Play-offs. In 2009 she continued with Los Angeles Sparks and in 31 games averaged 14.1ppg, Reb-1 (9.9rpg), 2.4apg, Blocks-1 (2.1bpg), FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 74.2%.
It is a must to say that Candace Parker is the only two-time USA TODAY National Player of the Year (2003, 2004).
Candace Parker replaced Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) that had an agreement with the team until the end of year 2010.



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  FINLAND - Women  


Sweden U18 finished third in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Finland U18-Sweden U18 57:78

Sweden U18 finished third in Tallinn as they won the last game. In the game for the second win and the second/third places Sweden rolled over Finland 78:57.
Sweden U18 grabbed the lead from the very beginning and after 19-16 they never looked behind. They added massive 19-8 in the second period for 14-point lead at the halftime. In the third quarter Sweden looked better with 20-13 margin, while the teams nailed 20 points each in the last frame. Sweden made 14/33 shots, while Finland had 22/52.
Evelina Stromberg (G) and Ulrica Holmqvist (184-C-93) stepped up with 13 points each and Abigail Asoro (177-F-93) added 11. Helena Kurt (165-G-93) and Emma Unger (176-G-93) ended up with 9 points apiece. Elisa Runsas (179-G-94) scored 13 points in the losing effort as Finland finished with 1-2 record. Meral Bedretdin (174-G-93) posted 12, whilst Kaisa Kuisma (180-F-94) and Ellen Nurmi (182-F-93) were responsible for 7 points apiece.

Finland U18: Elisa Runsas 13, Meral Bedretdin 12, Kaisa Kuisma 7, Ellen Nurmi 7
Sweden U18: Evelina Stromberg 13, Ulrica Holmqvist 13, Abigail Asoro 11, Helena Kurt 9, Emma Unger 9



Finland U16 wins two games in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16 wins two games in Tallinn to finish on the second spot. After the first defeat from Latvia U16, the team outscored Estonia U16 72:51. The guests started with 25-16 and never looked behind in the game. They also won the third and the last periods for the victory. Anni Jamsa, Ulriikka Latvala and Jenni Rantanen top-scored for the winners with 11 points each. Elina Koskimies and Petra Noponen posted 9 points apiece and Jasmin Dolivo added 8. Kadri-Ann Lass replied with 12 points for the home side and Kristi Tamp had 10.
In Day 3 Finland U16 smashed Sweden U16 79:47. An easy start of 20-7 allowed the Finnish side to control the whole game. Tuuli Menna poured in 16 points to lead the charge, while five other players netted 9 each. Jelena Jakovljevic ended up with 18 points in the losing effort. Sofia Svensson posted 12 while Amanda Okodugha added 5.



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  INDIA - Women  


For the eight straight year, Indian Railways upheld their dominance - by Eurobasket News
Womens Final: Indian Railways 95 (Geethu Anna Jose 29, Anju 23) bt. Delhi 55 (Prashanti Singh 18, Raspreet Sidhu 16).

For the ninth straight year, the Womens final of the National Basketball Championship was held between budding rivals Indian Railways and Delhi. And for the eight straight year, Indian Railways upheld their dominance in the rivalry and over Womens basketball in India by destroying Delhi 95-55. Indian Railways have won 23 of the last 25 National Championships, and once again, this was their year in the tournament.

It was more of the same in the Mens Final, as Indian Railways muscled their way towards a gritty victory against their rivals, Services. This was the third straight National Basketball Championship title for the Railways Men.

After eight days of excitement, from December 28th January 4th, at the Talkatora Stadium and the Modern School in Barakhamba, the finals of the championship were a showcase event. In the Womens game, Delhi were no match for Railways devastating duo of Geethu Anna Jose (29 points) and Anju (23), as they were blown out by 40 points. Prashanti Singh and Raspreet Sidhu scored 18 and 16 points respectively for the hosts.

Final Standings

Women

Indian Railways
Delhi
Tamil Nadu
Chhattisgarh
Maharashtra
Kerala
Andhra Pradesh
Punjab
Madhya Pradesh
Rajasthan
Courtesy of: http://indiabasketball.org




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  LATVIA - Women  


Latvia U18 wins Baltic Sea Basketball Cup - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18-Estonia U18 94:59

Latvia U18 wins Baltic Sea Basketball Cup as they won all the games. In their last game they overcame Estonia 94:59 for 3-0 record.
Latvia was the favorite of the game and proved it in the first half. They started the game with 22-20 in the first period and then added massive 27-9. In the second half the picture remained the same in the court and the guests looked better than the hosts. In the third quarter Latvia won 24-14 and then added 21-16 in the last stanza.
Guna Lagzdina (182-C-93) and Renate Reine (176-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 23 points each for the perfect record. Anna Ozolina (182-F-93) and Asnate-Marianna Fomina (168-G-94) followed them with 8 points each. Greeta Uprus (175-G-94) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort, while Nele Laurimaa (176-F-93) posted 15. Estonians however made 5/21 there-pointers, while Latvians needed 26 shots for 5 successful.

Latvia U18: Guna Lagzdina 23, Renate Reine 23, Anna Ozolina 8, Asnate-Marianna Fomina 8
Estonia U18: Greeta Uprus 22, Nele Laurimaa 15




Latvia U16 grabs Baltic Sea Basketball Cup - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U16 grabs Baltic Sea Basketball Cup winning all three games. After the first win in the opener over Finland U16, Latvia U16 won over Sweden U16 85:50 in Day 2. Ieva Spigule stepped up with 18 points and Kitija Laksa netted 17. Sigita Dzarcane notched 13, whilst Elina Berzina (173-G-95) added 11. Jelena Jakovljevic ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.
In Day 3 Latvia U16 outscored Estonia U16 49:33. The favorites started with 16-11 and added also all the victories in other quarters. Kitija Laksa poured in 11 points and 4 other players added 6 apiece. Jane Svilberg (178-F/C-95) responded with 19 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and Tatjana Razguljaeva (172-G-96) netted 10. Estonia U16 lost all three games and finishes last in the tournament.



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  POLAND - Women  


1Liga Standings - by Greg
1Liga Standings
Group A
 1. MUKS Poznan 6-0 
 2. AZS Uniw.Gd. 4-2 
 3. GTK 4-2 
 4. MKS PWSZ 4-3 
 5. KU AZS UW 3-3 
 6. Lomianki 2-4 
 7. SKS Unia 2-4 
 8. AZS II PWSZ 2-5 
 9. KKS Olsztyn 1-5 
Group B
 1. Solpark 6-1 
 2. AZS Rzeszow 5-1 
 3. Ostrovia 5-1 
 4. Piaseczno 4-3 
 5. Korona K. 2-4 
 6. Siemaszka 2-4 
 7. Wisla II 2-4 
 8. AZS UMCS 1-5 
 9. Finepharm-K. 1-5 


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  RUSSIA - Women  


PBL Round 10: Nadezhda Orenburg beats Dynamo Moscow in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Sixth-ranked Dynamo Moscow (4-6) made lots of trouble for second ranked Nadezhda Orenburg (8-2) on Tuesday. Nadezhda Orenburg managed to secure only five-point victory 99-94. However their fans expected much easier game. Dynamo Moscow was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 9-14s. Nadezhda Orenburg made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game, while Dynamo Moscow only scored thirteen points from the stripe. 30 personal fouls committed by Dynamo Moscow helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International guard Becky Hammon (168-77, college: Colorado St.) fired 33 points (!!!) (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. American center Tina Charles (193-88, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 21 points and 11 rebounds. International guard Natalia Zhedik (182-88) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Dynamo Moscow's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Nadezhda Orenburg maintains second position with 8-2 record having just two points less than leader UMMC, which they share with Spartak V MR. Dynamo Moscow at the other side keeps the sixth place with six games lost. They share the position with Dynamo-GUVD. Nadezhda Orenburg is looking forward to face Dynamo-GUVD (#6) in Novosibirsk in the next round. Dynamo Moscow will play on the road against Spartak Noginsk and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Another exciting game was between seventh ranked Dynamo-GUVD and 8th ranked Spartak St.Petersburg where Dynamo-GUVD (4-6) beat Spartak St.Petersburg (3-7) on the road 79-75. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin swingman Ana Dabovic (183-89) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Natalya Myasoedova contributed with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Dynamo-GUVD's coach Boris Sokolovskiy allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Eugeniya Belyakova (182-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for Spartak St.Petersburg. Dynamo-GUVD moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Dynamo M. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Dynamo-GUVD will play against league's second-placed Nadezhda Orenburg at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Spartak St.Petersburg will play against Dynamo Kursk (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Undefeated leader UMMC Ekaterinburg delivered the tenth consecutive victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Spartak Noginsk (1-9) 112-52. Maria Stepanova scored 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Olga Speranskaya responded with 9 points and 5 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. Undefeated UMMC Ekaterinburg (10-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 10 victories in a row. Spartak Noginsk lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. They share the position with Spartak M.. UMMC Ekaterinburg will meet Spartak-SHVSM (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Spartak Noginsk will play against Dynamo Moscow.
Ninth-ranked Spartak-SHVSM (1-9) made lots of trouble for third ranked Spartak Vidnoye (8-2). Spartak Vidnoye managed to secure only three-point victory 77-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Jelena Milovanovic notched 18 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Spartak Vidnoye moved-up to second place, which they share with Nadezhda O. Spartak-SHVSM lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Spartak Vidnoye's next round opponent will be Vologda-Chevakata (#5) on the road. Spartak-SHVSM will play against the league's leader UMMC Ekaterinburg (#1).

In the last game of round 10 Chevakata crushed Dynamo K. in Vologda 67-48.



Spartak SP - Dynamo-GUVD 75-79

Another exciting game was between seventh ranked Dynamo-GUVD and 8th ranked Spartak St.Petersburg where Dynamo-GUVD (4-6) beat Spartak St.Petersburg (3-7) on the road 79-75. It looked good early as Spartak St.Petersburg took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Dynamo-GUVD had a 22-17 second period charge getting the lead and Spartak St.Petersburg was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-79. Dynamo-GUVD made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Spartak St.Petersburg was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin swingman Ana Dabovic (183-89) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. International center Natalya Myasoedova (192-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Four Dynamo-GUVD players scored in double figures. Dynamo-GUVD's coach Boris Sokolovskiy allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Eugeniya Belyakova (182-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and American power forward Jennifer Lacy (191-83, college: Pepperdine) added 18 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Spartak St.Petersburg. Dynamo-GUVD moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Dynamo M. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Dynamo-GUVD will play against league's second-placed Nadezhda Orenburg at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Spartak St.Petersburg will play against Dynamo Kursk (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Spartak SP: E.Belyakova 20+11reb+2ast, J.Lacy 18+9reb+1ast, M.Anderson 18+4reb+2ast, K.Keyru 8+3reb+4ast, O.Gricaeva 5+10reb+2ast, R.Junaid 2+2reb
Dynamo-GUVD: A.Dabovic 28+6reb+6ast, S.Mosch 18+5reb+2ast, N.Myasoedova 15+13reb, M.Savina 10+4reb+2ast, T.Petrushina 6+1reb+2ast, N.Potemina 2+1reb+1ast
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UMMC - Spartak N. 112-52

Undefeated leader UMMC Ekaterinburg delivered the tenth consecutive victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Spartak Noginsk (1-9) 112-52. The game without a history. UMMC Ekaterinburg 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 Spartak Noginsk's 36 and made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game, while Spartak Noginsk only scored ten points from the stripe. UMMC Ekaterinburg forced 21 Spartak Noginsk turnovers and outrebounded them 39-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. International center Maria Stepanova (203-79) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Candace Parker (193-86, college: Tennessee) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four UMMC Ekaterinburg players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Olga Speranskaya (179-78) responded with 9 points and 5 assists and forward Anna Sokolova (185-87) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. UMMC Ekaterinburg (10-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 10 victories in a row. Spartak Noginsk lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. They share the position with Spartak M.. UMMC Ekaterinburg will meet Spartak-SHVSM (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Spartak Noginsk will play against Dynamo Moscow.
Top scorers:
Spartak N.: M.Ivanova 9+2reb, O.Speranskaya 9+2reb+5ast, A.Sokolova 8+6reb, V.Vatutina 7+2reb, N.Nevzorova 7+3reb+2ast, T.Sergeeva 7+4reb+1ast
UMMC: M.Stepanova 19+6reb+2ast, S.Gruda 19+3reb+1ast, C.Parker 16+7reb+3ast, O.Arteshina 15+5reb+2ast, C.Dumerc 8+1reb+2ast, S.Abrosimova 7+3reb+3ast
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Spartak V MR - Spartak M. 77-74

Ninth-ranked Spartak-SHVSM (1-9) made lots of trouble for third ranked Spartak Vidnoye (8-2). Spartak Vidnoye managed to secure only three-point victory 77-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 19-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Serbian forward Jelena Milovanovic (190-89) notched 18 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and international center Natalia Vieru (198-89) supported her with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Even 17 points by guard Svetlana Makhlina (180-85) did not help to save the game for Spartak-SHVSM. Center Alexandra Kostina (191-87) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Spartak Vidnoye moved-up to second place, which they share with Nadezhda O. Spartak-SHVSM lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with nine games lost. Spartak Vidnoye's next round opponent will be Vologda-Chevakata (#5) on the road. Spartak-SHVSM will play against the league's leader UMMC Ekaterinburg (#1).
Top scorers:
Spartak M.: S.Makhlina 17+4reb, A.Kostina 12+5reb+1ast, V.Medvedeva 9+4reb+2ast, A.Loginova 7+3reb, T.Abrikosova 6+1ast, V.Dorosheva 6+1reb
Spartak V MR: J.Milovanovic 18+5reb, A.Jekabsone-Zogota 10, bird 10+6reb, E.Prince 10+2reb+1ast, N.Vieru 9+9reb+1ast, N.Quinn 6+1reb+2ast
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Dynamo K. - Chevakata 48-67

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when one of their biggest challengers Dynamo Kursk (6-4) was crushed at home by fifth ranked Vologda-Chevakata (5-5) 67-48. Vologda-Chevakata dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Dynamo Kursk's 32. Vologda-Chevakata forced 23 Dynamo Kursk turnovers. American center Jessica Davenport (196-85, college: Ohio St.) notched 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and international forward Anna Petrakova (188-84) supported her with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Five Vologda-Chevakata players scored in double figures. Even 15 points by forward Svetlana Maksimenko (183-82, agency: LBM Management) did not help to save the game for Dynamo Kursk. Forward Anastasia Bocharova (182-77) added 10 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Vologda-Chevakata has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 5-5 record. Dynamo Kursk at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Vologda-Chevakata's next round opponent will be higher ranked Spartak Vidnoye (#3) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Dynamo Kursk will play against Spartak St.Petersburg.
Top scorers:
Dynamo K.: S.Maksimenko 15+2reb+1ast, A.Bocharova 10+5reb+2ast, S.Linkeviciene 9+6reb+2ast, M.Snow 6+5reb, K.Lapteva 4+2reb, I.Vizbariene 4+6reb+2ast
Chevakata: J.Davenport 12+9reb+4ast, M.Korovkina 11+2reb, M.Cherepanova 11+1reb, L.Moore 11+6reb+3ast, A.Petrakova 10+10reb+3ast, E.Danilochkina 10+4reb+3ast
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Nadezhda O. - Dynamo M. 99-94 OT

Sixth-ranked Dynamo Moscow (4-6) made lots of trouble for second ranked Nadezhda Orenburg (8-2) on Tuesday. Nadezhda Orenburg managed to secure only five-point victory 99-94. However their fans expected much easier game. Dynamo Moscow was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 9-14s. Nadezhda Orenburg made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game, while Dynamo Moscow only scored thirteen points from the stripe. 30 personal fouls committed by Dynamo Moscow helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International guard Becky Hammon (168-77, college: Colorado St.) fired 33 points (!!!) (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. American center Tina Charles (193-88, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. International guard Natalia Zhedik (182-88) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and Belarusian guard Natalia Marchanka (170-79) added 13 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dynamo Moscow's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Nadezhda Orenburg maintains second position with 8-2 record having just two points less than leader UMMC, which they share with Spartak V MR. Dynamo Moscow at the other side keeps the sixth place with six games lost. They share the position with Dynamo-GUVD. Nadezhda Orenburg is looking forward to face Dynamo-GUVD (#6) in Novosibirsk in the next round. Dynamo Moscow will play on the road against Spartak Noginsk and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Dynamo M.: A.Pimenova 16+1reb+2ast, N.Zhedik 15+8reb+2ast, M.Kuzina 13+7reb+1ast, N.Marchanka 13+3reb+8ast, A.Logunova 9+8reb+1ast, K.Alikina 9+5reb
Nadezhda O.: B.Hammon 33+1reb+1ast, S.Christon 24+5reb+1ast, T.Charles 21+11reb+1ast, L.Sapova 11+5reb+2ast, A.Veremeenko 6+5reb+3ast, E.Berseneva 2+2reb+5ast
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Candace Parker is back to UMMC - by Eurobasket News
Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) is back to UMMC and debuted for the League-leaders this season. She debuted with 16 points and 7 rebounds as her undefeated leader UMMC Ekaterinburg delivered the tenth consecutive victory on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Spartak Noginsk (1-9) 112-52. UMMC Ekaterinburg 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 Spartak Noginsk's 36 and made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game, while Spartak Noginsk only scored ten points from the stripe. UMMC Ekaterinburg forced 21 Spartak Noginsk turnovers and outrebounded them 39-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists.
Candace Parker started her career in 2004-2005 for Tennessee (NCAA) however missed the campaign to recover from a pair of surgeries in the off-season on Aug. 25 and Sept. 8, 2004...The latter surgery repaired both the lateral meniscus and the lateral articular cartilage in her left knee. In 2005-2006 played for Tennessee (NCAA) and in 36 games averaged 17.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg, 2.4bpg, FG: 55.2%, 3PT: 25%. In 2006-2007 she improved her stats to 19.6ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, 2.6bpg, FGP: 52.9%, 3Pts: 33.3%, FT: 71.2%. In her last NCAA year Candace Parker had 38 games averaging 21.3ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2.3spg, 2.4bpg, FGP: 53.6%, 3Pts: 26.7%, FT: 69.8%. In 2008 she was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA,1rd (1)). Her debuted season was awesome as she had 18.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, 2.3bpg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 73.3% in the Regular Season and 15.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 3.8apg, 1.5spg, 2.2bpg, FGP: 45.9%, FT: 75.9% in the Play-offs. In 2009 she continued with Los Angeles Sparks and in 31 games averaged 14.1ppg, Reb-1 (9.9rpg), 2.4apg, Blocks-1 (2.1bpg), FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 74.2%.
It is a must to say that Candace Parker is the only two-time USA TODAY National Player of the Year (2003, 2004).
Candace Parker replaced Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) that had an agreement with the team until the end of year 2010.



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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


Dan-Bi Kim is the top-scorer in WKBL - by Eurobasket News
Kim Dan-Bi (180-F-90) is the top-scorer in WKBL as she averages 17,15 points per game. In the latets round Fourth-ranked Cool Cats (8-10) gave a tough game to first ranked to her S-Birds (16-2) in Anshan on Monday. S-Birds managed to secure only two-point victory 67-65. However their fans expected easier game. S-Birds have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-2 record. Cool Cats at the other side keep the fourth position with ten games lost. S-Birds are looking forward to face Winnus (#3) in Guri in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Cool Cats will play on the road against Woori Hansae in Chuncheon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Lee Jong-Ae (187-C-75) is second with 15,50 points per game. Her Samsung Life Bichumi lost the latest game to Cool Cats. Fourth ranked Cool Cats (8-9) saved a 2-point victory at home edging second-best Bichumi (14-4) 60-58 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bichumi. Cool Cats moved-up to third place, which they share with Winnus. Bichumi at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost.
She had 12 points and 5 rebounds.
Roberson Kim (178-G/F-86, college: Indiana) is third with 15.34 points per game.




WKBL Round 19: S-Birds defeat Cool Cats in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Fourth-ranked Cool Cats (8-10) gave a tough game to first ranked S-Birds (16-2) in Anshan on Monday. S-Birds managed to secure only two-point victory 67-65. However their fans expected easier game. S-Birds have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-2 record. Cool Cats at the other side keep the fourth position with ten games lost. S-Birds are looking forward to face Winnus (#3) in Guri in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Cool Cats will play on the road against Woori Hansae in Chuncheon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifth-ranked KB Savers (5-13) gave a tough game to third ranked Winnus (9-10) in Guri. Winnus managed to secure only three-point victory 61-58. However their fans expected easier game. Winnus maintains third place with 9-10 record having six points less than leader S-Birds. KB Savers lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. Winnus will play against league's leader S-Birds in Anshan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KB Savers will play on the road against Cool Cats (#4) in Bucheon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Winnus (9-10) against sixth ranked Woori Hansae (2-15) on Sunday night. Visiting Winnus were defeated by sixth ranked Woori Hansae (2-15) in a tough game in Chuncheon 61-65. Woori Hansae maintains sixth place with 2-15 record. Loser Winnus keep the third position with ten games lost. Woori Hansae will meet at home higher ranked Cool Cats (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Winnus will play against the league's leader S-Birds in Anshan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Winnus - KB Savers 61-58

Fifth-ranked KB Savers (5-13) gave a tough game to third ranked Winnus (9-10) in Guri. Winnus managed to secure only three-point victory 61-58. However their fans expected easier game. Winnus maintains third place with 9-10 record having six points less than leader S-Birds. KB Savers lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 13 games lost. Winnus will play against league's leader S-Birds in Anshan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KB Savers will play on the road against Cool Cats (#4) in Bucheon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Woori Hansae - Winnus 65-61

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Winnus (9-10) against sixth ranked Woori Hansae (2-15) on Sunday night. Visiting Winnus were defeated by sixth ranked Woori Hansae (2-15) in a tough game in Chuncheon 61-65. Woori Hansae maintains sixth place with 2-15 record. Loser Winnus keep the third position with ten games lost. Woori Hansae will meet at home higher ranked Cool Cats (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Winnus will play against the league's leader S-Birds in Anshan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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S-Birds - Cool Cats 67-65

Fourth-ranked Cool Cats (8-10) gave a tough game to first ranked S-Birds (16-2) in Anshan on Monday. S-Birds managed to secure only two-point victory 67-65. However their fans expected easier game. S-Birds have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 16-2 record. Cool Cats at the other side keep the fourth position with ten games lost. S-Birds are looking forward to face Winnus (#3) in Guri in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Cool Cats will play on the road against Woori Hansae in Chuncheon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Standings - WKBL
WKBL Standings
 1. S-Birds 16-2 
 2. Bichumi 14-4 
 3. Winnus 9-10 
 4. Cool Cats 8-10 
 5. KB Savers 5-13 
 6. Woori Hansae 2-15 


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Sweden U16 comes back from Estonia - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16 comes back from Estonia with one victory achieved in the first day. After the win over Estonia, the team could not add another one. Latvia U16 grabs Baltic Sea Basketball Cup winning all three games. After the first win in the opener over Finland U16, Latvia U16 won over Sweden U16 85:50 in Day 2. Ieva Spigule stepped up with 18 points and Kitija Laksa netted 17. Sigita Dzarcane notched 13, whilst Elina Berzina (173-G-95) added 11. Jelena Jakovljevic ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.
In Day 3 Finland U16 smashed Sweden U16 79:47. An easy start of 20-7 allowed the Finnish side to control the whole game. Tuuli Menna poured in 16 points to lead the charge, while five other players netted 9 each. Jelena Jakovljevic ended up with 18 points in the losing effort. Sofia Svensson posted 12 while Amanda Okodugha added 5.




Sweden U18 finished third in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Finland U18-Sweden U18 57:78

Sweden U18 finished third in Tallinn as they won the last game. In the game for the second win and the second/third places Sweden rolled over Finland 78:57.
Sweden U18 grabbed the lead from the very beginning and after 19-16 they never looked behind. They added massive 19-8 in the second period for 14-point lead at the halftime. In the third quarter Sweden looked better with 20-13 margin, while the teams nailed 20 points each in the last frame. Sweden made 14/33 shots, while Finland had 22/52.
Evelina Stromberg (G) and Ulrica Holmqvist (184-C-93) stepped up with 13 points each and Abigail Asoro (177-F-93) added 11. Helena Kurt (165-G-93) and Emma Unger (176-G-93) ended up with 9 points apiece. Elisa Runsas (179-G-94) scored 13 points in the losing effort as Finland finished with 1-2 record. Meral Bedretdin (174-G-93) posted 12, whilst Kaisa Kuisma (180-F-94) and Ellen Nurmi (182-F-93) were responsible for 7 points apiece.

Finland U18: Elisa Runsas 13, Meral Bedretdin 12, Kaisa Kuisma 7, Ellen Nurmi 7
Sweden U18: Evelina Stromberg 13, Ulrica Holmqvist 13, Abigail Asoro 11, Helena Kurt 9, Emma Unger 9



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


2011 Virgin Islands HS Preview - by David Edole
ST. CROIX --Preseason player of the year came down to two young ladies, Veronique Llanos (92) and Lanese Bough (168-G-93). The two of them are leaders on their respective teams and should have the ball in their hands on the final play. I had a dilemma. Llanos will score because she is the only option on the Educational Complex team and Bough does not have to score too much. But bough is the best on ball defender in the territory and that includes the boys. So who do you choose? I chose to go with the shot maker in Llanos. Llanos should have some monster scoring games this season especially when she play the lesser teams. The seniors coming out party was her 15 points effort in the annual all V.I. Hoops Classic and was named MVP. I expect her play to continue well into the season.
As for the rest of the first team, Bough is a hands down selection. The 5-8 guard had a very busy summer. She played on the Virgin Islands senior womens basketball and volleyball teams. As the youngest member of the team she played well in her limited role. Joining Bough on the first team is Antilles Sakile Brathwaite-Hall. Brathwaite-Hall is relentless. She averaged 12 points per game against Charlotte Amalie, who had Division I player Aesha Peters and player of the year Amara Williams, in their final two meetings. The big woman throws that weight around and is a ferocious rebounder. She helped to second place in the standings in St. Thomas-St. John I-AA. Rounding out the unit are Charlotte Amalies Kelssy Trass and TeAndra Richardson. Trass is a combo guard whose season high was 17 points against rival Eudora Kean. Trass had to play point guard at the 2010 Puerto Rico Hoops Championship and helped CAHS to one win in three tries. Richardson had 13 points and six rebounds in the Hawks loss to San Pablo. Richardson is going through the motion of playing a new position. With Peters and Williams aboard Richardson had to play small forward but with both players gone she has to play in the post. As the Puerto Rican tournament went on you could see the relentless rebounder is back.
Two players from Central High made the second team. Jayda Edwards and an emerging Melansah 'Najie' Hendrickson are the Lady Caribs. Edwards has the size and game to be a match up nightmare for opponents. Who is that girl? Hendrickson had two double digits scoring games in Atlanta. She has finally taken the game seriously and has her eyes set on a territorial championship.
The ultra athletic Shaniqua Wheatley, who is at home nursing a leg injury, has some work to do. Gone are the days of just doing enough. She should have some great offensive games this year. Antilles second player to make the list is Edidiong Utibe. The big and strong post player transferred from Charlotte Amalie to Hurricanes which caused a major stir on the island of St. Thomas. With Brathwaite-Hall and Utibe Antilles could dominate the boards. The final member of the second unit is a rookie but a great one. Akia 'Mookie' Frett led BCB middle school to a territorial championship and two St. Thomas-St. John IAA title. Frett is a special player that could be what the doctor ordered for Eudora Kean.

Ranking and team information
1) Central High School: Lanese Bough (5-7, Sr., G), Kristin Edney (6-0, Jr., F/C), Najie Hendrickson (5-3, Sr., G), Johvanna John (5-7, Sr., G), Jayda Edwards (5-8, Jr., F/G), Nasha Williams (5-6, G, Soph.), Kadesha Barry (5-6, G, Soph.)
Comment: Loss two of their top players but still have Lanese Bough. Central in the top ranked because this is Guards University. Najie Hendrickson, a senior guard, has stepped up her play and Kadesha Barry, the do everything guard, is a monster in the making. Edwards hit a big shot to beat the Hawks last year and appears ready to anchor the post. Kristin Edney is making significant strides as a post.

2) Charlotte Amalie: Te'Andra Richardson (6-0, Sr., F/C), Kelssy Trass (5-7, F/G, Jr.), Shaniqua Wheatley (5-7, Jr., G), Leprix Robinson (5-4, Sr., G), Jerusha Corbett (5-8, Fr., G), Merissa Murphy (6-1, F/C, Jr.), Germequa Bell (5-6, G, Soph.), Kayshaunna Williams (5-4, Jr., G),
Comment: The loss of three college players should hurt. However the Lady Hawks do have talent in Richardson, Trass and Wheatley. Stateside transfer Germequa Bell and Shaniqua Wheatley hurt themselves in practice and is a major blow to the team. Will starting backcourt be ready for Martin Luther King? Jerusha Corbett played well in Puerto Rico and saved her best for the last game versus La Salle and finished with nine points. The GLAMAZONS: Richardson (6-foot), Merissa Murphy (6-foot-1) and Kerri Harry (5-10) are ready to patrol the lane. Murphy had a 13 point performance in Puerto Rico.

3) Educational Complex: Veronique Llanos (5-8, Sr., F), Julissa Thomas, Neandra Agustin, Deja Spears (Fr.),
Comment: The story for Complex will be Llanos, Llanos and Llanos. Llanos let everyone know that she can play when she put up 15 points and four rebounds to lead St. Croix to a win over St. Thomas in the annual All V.I. hoops Classic. Expect more big games from Llanos this season. Thomas and Agustin will give Llanos some support.

4) Antilles School: Caprisha Richards (5-5, Sr., G), Cha'les Martin (92)< (5-4, Sr., G), Sakile Brathwaite-Hall (6-1, Sr., C), Edidiong Utibe (6-0, Soph., F/C ), Maryann Hancock (5-7, Sr., F),
Comment: The frontline is big, strong and mean. Brathwaite-Hall and Utibe will be formidable in the WWE and will cause opponents major headaches. The key to Antilles in point guard Chales Martin. Martin was awful when she played the top teams. This is her year for redemption.

Eudora Kean: Akia Frett (5-5, Fr., G), Renique Francis, Janaya Van Beaverhoudt (G, 5-7, Soph.), Alanah George, Manique Carty (F, 5-9),
Comment: Frett will do everything for the Lady Rays. She will score, pass and play tough defense all from her 5-foot-4 frame. Coach Akil Lewis has to be smiling that he now has a player and he now must get her some help. Alanah George and Manique Carty are two returning players.

Central B: Raemisha Claxton, Jlene Martinez
Comment: Central B team, the JV team, was strong enough last season to beat Varsity teams. The beat Country Day and should do the same again this year. Jlene Martinez played well in the Country Day alumni tournament.

St. John Gifft School: Viniqua David (Fr., F/G), Sheniqua Davis (Sr.), Denesha Davis (Sr.)
Comment: VIniqua David will continue to be the story of St. John.

Country Day: Kerria Fredericks (5-3, Jr., G), Keyani Rivera, Nellie Furgrato, Nellie Richardson, Huda Ahmed (Jr., G)
Comment: This team is filled with guards. Huda Ahmed is their main player but Keyani Rivera is the talent.

All Saints
Comment: Returning to varsity action after many years off,will go through growing pains.

Preseason Player of the Year: Nique Llanos, Educational Complex

First Team
TeAndra Richardson, Charlotte Amalie
Nique Llanos, Educational Complex
Sakile Brathwaite-Hall, Antilles
Kelssy Trass, Charlotte Amalie
Lanese Bough, Central High

Second Team
Eddiong Utibe, Antilles
Shaniqua Wheatley, Charlotte Amalie
Jayda Edwards, Central High
Melanesiah Najie Hendrickson, Central High
Akia Frett, Eudora Kean

Tournament Calendar
Martin Luther King Tournament January 14-17 (St. Thomas)
Central High School Invitational February, 18-21 (St. Croix)
Antilles Private Schools Tournament March, 4-6 tentative date (St. Thomas)