EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/7/2011

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  ABA   


Whirlwinds roster changes - by Gianni Pascucci
The West Texas Whirlwinds staff has just communicated the following roster changes: four players have been released: Chris Jones (6'5''-F), Chris Gatlin (6'6''-F-87), Jessie Banks (6'2''-G), and Desi Crisp (6'4''-G/F-80, college: UNC Pembroke). Berry Whitley (5'9''-G-81, college: SUNO) will leave the tewm he too, moving on to play overseas. The newcomers are three former team players, Nathaniel Jones (6'7''-F/C-77, college: Langston), Ray Williams (6'0''-G-85, college: Salisbury St.) and John Hollman (6'3''-G-84, college: Langston), who will give the team the much needed experience that was lacking plus inside operator Ibrahima Thioune (6'9''-C-75) (aka Ebu)

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


San Diego Sol Press Conference Scheduled - by Gianni Pascucci
Dr. Marty Glisson, aka 'Doc' Glisson, in charge as the Executive Director of Operations of the new ABA team San Diego Sol has just announced the 'Meet the San Diego Sol Team Night' The team will be introduced to the media at a press conference and meet the team night to announce and answer questions about the SD Sol inaugural season. The event is scheduled for January 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm. Location will be the Sport Center at Alliant /San Diego Sol 10455 Pomerado Rd. San Diego, CA 92131
The team is coached by Zack Jones with a current records is 2-1 and according with official website sandiegosol.com the team roster is as follows:


Allen BAUGH G, 1980, 6-4 Sonoma State '02
John BROWNER F, 1986, 6-6 Benedictine '08
Greg CLARK F, 1978, 6-7 Washington '01
John CLARK F, 1981, 6-5 St.Mary's (KS) '04
Chad FERGUSON F/C, 1984, 6-8 Coastal Carolina '08
Spatticus HARRIS F, 1975, 6-4 Christian Heritage '99
Cameron KOFORD C, 1977, 7-0 Utah '03
Kesuke 'Kay' ONODERA G, 1989, 5-8 JAPAN
Matthew VAUGHN G, 1983, 6-0 Colorado Christian '05
Robert WALTON G, 1987, 6-2 Warner Pacific '08
Keoni WATSON G, 1984, 5-11 Idaho '07
Richie WILLIAMS G, 1987, 5-9 San Diego State '09




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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Lee, Radnicki21.5 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 3. Car, Zadar18.9 
 4. Draper, Cedevita18.8 
 5. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.5 
 6. Zoric, KK.18.3 
 7. Edwards, Cedevita17.1 
 8. Chase, Igokea17.0 
 9. Marsh, Crvena Z.16.7 
 10. Dragicevic, Buduc.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Zoric, KK.8.7 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 3. Kasun, KK.6.8 
 4. Dragicevic, Buduc.6.8 
 5. Necas, CEZ Nymburk6.6 
 6. Booker, Krka6.4 
 7. Gist, Partizan6.0 
 8. Lee, Radnicki5.8 
 9. Zubcic, Cibona5.6 
 10. Nikolic, Crvena Z.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.9 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki4.9 
 3. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.4 
 4. Morovic, Siroki TT4.2 
 5. Lafayette, Partizan4.2 
 6. Ilievski, Union O.3.6 
 7. Stipcevic, Cibona3.6 
 8. Vladovic, Zadar3.6 
 9. Bazdaric, Cedevita3.5 
 10. Nissim, CEZ N.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.8 
 2. Lee, Radnicki2.4 
 3. Lafayette, Partizan2.2 
 4. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.2 
 5. Radosevic, Cibona2.0 
 6. Car, Zadar2.0 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 8. Ilievski, Union O.1.8 
 9. Dragic, Krka1.8 
 10. Ozbolt, Union O.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Zoric, KK.1.1 
 2. Booker, Krka0.9 
 3. Nikolic, Crvena Z.0.9 
 4. Vesely, Partizan0.9 
 5. Radosevic, Cibona0.9 
 6. Dragicevic, Buduc.0.8 
 7. Shermadini, Union O.0.8 
 8. Chan, CEZ Nymburk0.7 
 9. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 
 10. Edwards, Cedevita0.6 


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  ALGERIA   


Who stop GSP? - by Carlos Pereira
GSP, winner of the NBS at Staoueli, by 88-67, continues to dominate the competition that crushes all its weight as indicated by his 16 victories so far in 16 days.
His pursuer, WA Boufarik, went on to win the same ABS Skikda (86-79), capturing only the occasion of the second place, after the defeat of his codauphin, NBS . The match outsiders, CRB Dar El-Beida-TBB Blida returned to the first named (92-76), thus confirming his win of the round in Blida (91-86), a victory that allows him to reach his opponent the day in fourth place. The 17th day scheduled Friday and Saturday does not match the top. All clubs will start from the top of the table in front of their favorite foes from the bottom of the table.

Same Results
NB Staouli GS Ptroliers 67-88
AB Skikda WA Boufarik 79-86
CRB Dar-El-Beida TBB Blida 92-76



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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Leonardo GUTIERREZ
  Penarol
  (200-F-78)
  Avg: 22
 1. Gutierrez, Penarol22.0 
 2. Jackson, La Union21.3 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 920.2 
 4. Johnson, Monte H.19.8 
 5. White, Monte H.19.4 
 6. Bunn, Argentino18.6 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras16.8 
 8. Mazzaro, Quimsa16.4 
 9. Labaque, Atenas15.8 
 10. Villares, Regatas C.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 James WILLIAMS
  Atenas
  (204-F/C-79)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Williams, Atenas10.8 
 2. Pomare, Club 910.3 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.8 
 4. Johnson, Monte H.9.8 
 5. Battle, Libertad S.9.8 
 6. White, Monte H.9.4 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras8.6 
 8. Leiva, Penarol8.3 
 9. Kante, Olimpico LB8.0 
 10. Meyinsse, Club 97.6 
Assists Per Game
 Javier MARTINEZ
  Regatas C.
  (189-G-78)
  Avg: 7
 1. Martinez, Regat.7.0 
 2. Labaque, Atenas6.2 
 3. Sanchez, Estudian.6.0 
 4. Lamonte, Penarol4.3 
 5. Cequeira, Obras4.2 
 6. Victoriano, Lanus4.0 
 7. Ginobili, Libertad S.3.8 
 8. Sartorelli, Argentino3.6 
 9. Rodriguez, Penarol3.5 
 10. Salles, Monte H.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Fernando FUNES
  Gimnasia CR
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Funes, Gimnasia CR3.2 
 2. Sciutto, Monte H.3.2 
 3. Laws, Olimpico LB3.0 
 4. Levy, Lanus2.8 
 5. Williams, Atenas2.8 
 6. Rollins, Gimnasia.2.8 
 7. Brown, Gimnasia CR2.8 
 8. Cequeira, Obras2.8 
 9. Martinez, Regat.2.7 
 10. Robinson, Monte H.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Byron JOHNSON
  Monte Hermoso
  (201-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Johnson, Monte H.2.4 
 2. Leiva, Penarol1.7 
 3. White, Monte H.1.6 
 4. Battle, Libertad S.1.4 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.1.3 
 6. Gutierrez, Penarol1.0 
 7. Mofunanya, Lanus1.0 
 8. Aguerre, Estudian.1.0 
 9. Williams, Atenas1.0 
 10. Gonzalez, Quimsa1.0 


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Round 13: Thailand S. wins overtime game against Philippine Patriots - by Eurobasket News
Filipino Philippine Patriots (#2) forced the game against Thailand Thailand S. (#1) into a double-overtime, but lost by seven points 76-83 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Philippine Patriots. Philippine Patriots were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 15-13 charge of Thailand S., which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in double-overtime eventually winning that periods 19-12. 27 personal fouls committed by Philippine Patriots helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Jason Dixon (205-73, college: Liberty) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and Cameroonian swingman Chris Kuete (195-83) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Steve Thomas (203-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 22 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Thailand S. maintains first place with 10-3 record. Philippine Patriots at the other side keep the second position with five games lost. Thailand S. are looking forward to face Satria Muda (#5) in Jakarta in the next round. Philippine Patriots will play at home against KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Kuala Lumpur between Singapore Slingers and Malaysian KL Dragons. Fourth ranked Singapore Slingers (6-7) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed KL Dragons (7-6). Singapore Slingers managed to escape with a 3-point win 93-90 on Wednesday evening. American center Kyle Jeffers (206-85, college: Oregon St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side and Leonidez Avenido accounted for 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Justin Leith came up with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds for KL Dragons in the defeat. Singapore Slingers maintains fourth place with 6-7 record. KL Dragons at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Singapore Slingers will play against bottom-ranked Barracudas (#6) in Bandar Seri in the next round. KL Dragons will play on the road against the league's second-placed Philippine Patriots in Manila and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Bandar Seri was quite interesting. Fifth ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (5-8) played at the court of 6th ranked Brunei Barracudas (3-10). Satria Muda did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 87-70 on Sunday. Mario Wuysang fired 19 points and 7 assists for the winners. Christopher Garnett produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Satria Muda has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 5-8 record. Barracudas lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Satria Muda will meet at home league's leader Thailand S. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Barracudas will play against Singapore Slingers (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 31 points and 11 rebounds by Justin Leith of KL Dragons.


Barracudas - Satria Muda 70-87

The game in Bandar Seri was quite interesting. Fifth ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (5-8) played at the court of 6th ranked Brunei Barracudas (3-10). Satria Muda did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 87-70 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 50-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Mario Wuysang (177-79) fired 19 points and 7 assists for the winners. American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. Five Satria Muda players scored in double figures. American center Christopher Garnett (211-80, college: Indiana SE) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Chris Commons (204-84, college: USC Aiken) added 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Satria Muda has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 5-8 record. Barracudas lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Satria Muda will meet at home league's leader Thailand S. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Barracudas will play against Singapore Slingers (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barracudas: C.Commons 23+5reb+5ast, C.Garnett 22+12reb+1ast, C.Tolomia 12+3reb+1ast, B.Faundo 6+13reb+3ast, R.Williams 5+5reb+5ast, M.Noor Deen 2+1ast
Satria Muda: M.Morrison 22+5reb, M.Wuysang 19+2reb+7ast, A.Broxsie 14+12reb+1ast, R.Ricafuente 12+4reb+1ast, F.Adriano 12+8reb+7ast, M.Legaspi 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 108613


Thailand S. - Philip.Patriots 83-76 2OT

Filipino Philippine Patriots (#2) forced the game against Thailand Thailand S. (#1) into a double-overtime, but lost by seven points 76-83 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Philippine Patriots. Philippine Patriots were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 15-13 charge of Thailand S., which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in double-overtime eventually winning that period 19-12. 27 personal fouls committed by Philippine Patriots helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Jason Dixon (205-73, college: Liberty) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and Cameroonian swingman Chris Kuete (195-83) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Four Thailand S. players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Steve Thomas (203-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 22 rebounds and the other American import forward Gabe Freeman (198-85, college: Costa Mesa JC, agency: Union Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Thailand S. maintains first place with 10-3 record. Philippine Patriots at the other side keep the second position with five games lost. Thailand S. are looking forward to face Satria Muda (#5) in Jakarta in the next round. Philippine Patriots will play at home against KL Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Philip.Patriots: E.Billones 23+3reb, G.Freeman 20+16reb+1ast, S.Thomas 14+22reb+2ast, B.Fernandez 5+2ast, N.Llagas 4+1reb, J.Cabatu 4+2reb
Thailand S.: C.Kuete 19+5reb+3ast, J.Dixon 19+15reb, P.Piroon 14+2reb, S.Pinitpatcharalert 10+1reb, A.Lertmalaiporn 9+4reb+1ast, A.Santos 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 108614


KL Dragons - Singapore S. 90-93

A very close game took place in Kuala Lumpur between Singapore Singapore Slingers and Malaysian KL Dragons. Fourth ranked Singapore Slingers (6-7) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed KL Dragons (7-6). Singapore Slingers managed to escape with a 3-point win 93-90 on Wednesday evening. KL Dragons were ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 27-18 charge of Singapore Slingers, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Singapore Slingers especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. American center Kyle Jeffers (206-85, college: Oregon St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side and Filipino guard Leonidez Avenido (186) accounted for 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Singapore Slingers players scored in double figures. American center Justin Leith came up with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import center Nakiea Miller (205-79, college: Iona) added 17 points and 21 rebounds respectively for KL Dragons in the defeat. Singapore Slingers maintains fourth place with 6-7 record. KL Dragons at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Singapore Slingers will play against bottom-ranked Barracudas (#6) in Bandar Seri in the next round. KL Dragons will play on the road against the league's second-placed Philippine Patriots in Manila and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KL Dragons: J.Leith 31+11reb+3ast, P.Cabahug 25+2ast, N.Miller 17+21reb, B.Guganeswaran 6+5reb+7ast, Y.Seng John Ng 6+6reb+3ast, R.Lingganay 5+5ast
Singapore S.: L.Avenido 28+7reb+6ast, K.Jeffers 23+16reb+2ast, M.Skinner 16+6reb, A.Vergara 12+5reb+8ast, S.Khoo 7+4reb, M.Pathman 4+8reb
gschID: 108615




Justin Leith with impressive debut for KL Dragons - by Eurobasket News
KL Dragons are strengthening their roster prior to the ASEAN League playoffs. The Malaysian team inked a deal with Justin Leith (201-F-81, college: Merrimack). He is expected to replace Alexander Hartman (201-F-85, college: Concordia (OR)) on the roster. Justin Leith started the season in Uruguay. He tallied 18.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game for Trouville. Last season the 29-year-old forward started in Atletico Agauda in Uruguay. He later moved to Huracanes de Tampo in Mexico. After Justin Leith had a short stint with Quimsa before signing for Firmat FC Santa Fe in Argentinean TNA.
Justin Leith has already debuted for KL Dragons. And his debut was one to remember. He tallied 31 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and a block but could not prevent his team from falling short against Singapore Slingers in the ASEAN League fixture.



Standings
O Standings
 1. Thailand S. 10-3 
 2. Philip.Patriots 8-5 
 3. KL Dragons 7-6 
 4. Singapore S. 6-7 
 5. Satria Muda 5-8 
 6. Barracudas 3-10 


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  AUSTRIA   


Terrance Woodbury left Oberwart after one day - by Stefan Heinrich
Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-86, college: Georgia) who arrived in Oberwart Gunners left the team again after 1day and he moved to Sweden to join LF Basket. Woodbury agreed to an agreement with the Gunners but after his first practice in Austria he informed manager Andreas Leitner that he wants to travel to Sweden. Now the team from Oberwart Gunners refused to give the player clearence to play in Sweden and this issue has to be decided by FIBA.

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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.8 
 2. Vay, Arkadia21.4 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.20.6 
 4. Houston, Arkadia19.4 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.19.3 
 6. Nagler, Klostern.19.2 
 7. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.5 
 8. Heard, Gussing17.5 
 9. Mayes, Gmunden17.4 
 10. Miletic, UBSC G.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  BC Vienna
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 10
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna10.0 
 2. Heard, Gussing8.8 
 3. Volcic, Oberwart8.8 
 4. Johnson, Oberwart8.5 
 5. Mayer, Gmunden8.3 
 6. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.8.0 
 7. Klette, Wels7.4 
 8. Vay, Arkadia7.4 
 9. Graham, UBSC G.7.2 
 10. Hampton, Furstenf.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.0 
 2. Holcomb-Faye, Wels7.7 
 3. Carr, BC Vienna7.6 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.7 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.5 
 6. Parker, Oberwart4.8 
 7. Boylan, Gmunden4.5 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 9. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.1 
 10. Miletic, UBSC G.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.4 
 3. Ray, Furstenfeld2.3 
 4. Parker, Oberwart2.2 
 5. Boylan, Gmunden2.1 
 6. Danek, Arkadia1.9 
 7. Payton, Arkadia1.9 
 8. Woschank, Kapfe.1.9 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna1.9 
 10. Fields, Wels1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  BC Vienna
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.2 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.9 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Slack, Gmunden1.1 
 5. Vay, Arkadia1.1 
 6. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 7. Heard, Gussing0.9 
 8. N''Diaye, BC.0.8 
 9. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 10. Klette, Wels0.7 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 2. Bergmanis, Zemgale18.5 
 3. Osby, TT.18.2 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.4 
 5. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau16.5 
 6. Vasylius, Neptunas15.8 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.7 
 8. Sirvydis, Sakalai15.5 
 9. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 10. Orelikas, Rudupis15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Osby, TT.11.0 
 2. Kieza, Juventus9.6 
 3. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.8.6 
 4. Cukinas, Aiscai K.8.5 
 5. Sarakauskas, Siauliai8.4 
 6. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.3 
 7. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 8. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 9. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
 10. Veselovs, Valmiera7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Dainys, Rudupis7.3 
 2. Kriisa, TT.5.9 
 3. Ezerskis, Techasas5.2 
 4. Alijevas, Nevezis5.1 
 5. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.0 
 6. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.8 
 8. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.4.7 
 9. Viskontas, Perlas4.6 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Silver LEPPIK
  TU/Rock
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Leppik, TU/Rock2.4 
 2. Dainys, Rudupis2.3 
 3. Dorbek, Rakvere2.2 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.2 
 5. Mitchell, Norrkoping2.0 
 6. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 7. Rinkevicius, Techasas1.9 
 8. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 9. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 10. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Zemgale
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.9 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.5 
 6. Silinskis, Techasas1.3 
 7. Cukinas, Aiscai K.1.3 
 8. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.3 
 9. Toome, Kalev/Cramo1.1 
 10. Jankauskas, Rudupis1.1 


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


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  BOSNIA   


Market movements - by Miljan Veskovic
After Zlatko Jovanovic's departure to Iran, Borac Banja Luka brought Filip Adamovic (184-G-88) from Servitium to fill in the point guard position.
KK Kakanj signed Muhamed Gak (190-G-90) from KK Sloboda Dita Tuzla.
Ivan Milekovic (200-G/F-88) and Luka Lekic (186-G-83) from Croatia straightened Celik Zenica's roster while Slavija I Sarajevo signed Rajko Malovic (184-G-85) from Sloga Pozega and Aldin Klinac (212-C-90) from Bosna BH Telecom. Sindis Demic (190-G-83) left Slavija and joined Zrinjski Mostar.


Stats Leaders - D1
1. LIGA BiH Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Lalovic HER 19.9
2 Kahrimanovic KAK 19.3
3 Kahrimanovic ZRI 17.6
4 Albijanic SLO 17.1
5 Opacak CEL 16.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Pejovic HER 8.0
2 Hajric ZRI 7.2
3 Sakic ZRI 7.1
4 Ljuca KAK 6.8
5 Lalovic HER 6.4
Assists Per Game
1 Radovanovic HER 6.1
2 Pasalic BOS 4.6
3 Jovanovic BOR 4.0
4 Ahmetbasic KAK 3.5
5 Zdravkovic CAP 3.4
Steals Per Game
1 Rizvic, Celik 5
2 Markovic, Varda HE 3
3 Begagic, Celik 3
4 Kajevic, Varda HE 2
5 Jahic, Celik 2
6 Opacak, Celik 1
7 Avdic, Celik 1
8 Stanic, Varda HE 0
9 Cubrilovic, Varda H. 0
10 Bajic, Varda HE 0
Blocks Per Game
1 Rizvic, Celik 0
2 Markovic, Varda HE 0
3 Cubrilovic, Varda H. 0
4 Avdic, Celik 0
5 Stanic, Varda HE 0
6 Begagic, Celik 0
7 Malidzan, Varda HE 0
8 Andelija, Celik 0
9 Bajic, Varda HE 0
10 Pezer, Celik 0


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  BRAZIL   


Winner/Limeira claim victory in Paulista League Final opener - by Eurobasket News
Pinheiros/Sky - Winner/Limeira 77:88

Winner/Limeira surged ahead in the Paulista League best-of-five championship series. They stunned Pinheiros/Sky on the road in the opener. Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) and Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-F/G-87) paced well-balanced effort with 14 points each.
The teams stayed close early in the encounter. Winner/Limeira snatched a narrow 24:23 lead after ten minutes. They stepped on the gas in the second quarter firing 29 points and boosting their lead to as many as 7 points 53:46. But Pinheiros/Sky were not about to give this one away easily. The hosts took control in the third frame. They limited Winner/Limeira to only 13 points drawing things level at 66. But the hosts ran out of steam in the final period. Pinheiros/Sky accounted for just 11 points in the fourth quarter and Winner/Limeira capitalized running away for the win. Andre Bambu (205-C-79) and Durelle Brown (202-F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Manhattan) nailed 13 points each in the victory. Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) replied with game-high 23 points for Pinheiros/Sky. Marquinhos Vinicius (207-F-84) provided 17 points in the loss.
Game 2 is scheduled for January 9.

Pinheiros/Sky: Shamell Stallworth 23, Marquinhos Vinicius 17
Winner/Limeira: Ronald Ramon 14, Jhonatan Luz dos Santos 14, Andre Bambu 13, Durelle Brown 13



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  CANADA   


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 7-0 
 2. Dalhousie 4-1 
 3. St.Francis X. 3-2 
 4. Acadia 3-3 
 5. New Brunsw. 3-3 
 6. St.Mary's 2-5 
 7. Memorial 1-5 
 8. UPEI 1-5 
CanWest
 1. Trinity West. 12-2 
 2. UBC 10-2 
 3. Alberta 8-4 
 4. Manitoba 7-3 
 5. Saskatchewan 7-3 
 6. Victoria 7-5 
 7. Regina 6-6 
 8. Brandon 4-6 
 9. UCFV 4-8 
 10. Calgary 3-7 
 11. Lethbridge 3-9 
 12. Winnipeg 1-9 
 13. Thompson R. 1-11 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 6-0 
 2. Toronto Univ. 5-2 
 3. Laurentian 3-4 
 4. York 3-6 
 5. Ottawa 2-4 
 6. Queen's 2-5 
 7. Ryerson 2-5 
 8. RMC 0-7 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 7-0 
 2. Laurier 6-2 
 3. Brock 5-4 
 4. Lakehead 4-2 
 5. Western 4-3 
 6. Waterloo 4-4 
 7. Guelph 2-4 
 8. McMaster 2-5 
Quebec League
 1. Concordia 4-1 
 2. Laval 4-1 
 3. McGill 3-2 
 4. UQAM 2-3 
 5. Bishop's 0-6 


Raptors waive forward Dupree after three games - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors waived forward Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) on Thursday.

The six-foot-seven, 210-pound forward was re-signed by the Raptors on Boxing Day, and appeared in three games, recording three rebounds and two points in 13 minutes.

Dupree played for the Raptors in the summer league and attended this season's training camp.

With Dupree's departure, the Raptors now have 14 players on their roster.

Courtesy of http://toronto.ctv.ca


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  CHINA   


Chinese CBA round 11 best performance: Jackson Vroman - by Eurobasket News
American-Lebanese Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked DongGuan, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 38 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Beijing (#4, 7-4) 98-92. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed DongGuan to consolidate first place in the Chinese CBA. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and DongGuan keeps perfect 10 -0 record. Vroman turned to be DongGuan's top player in his first season with the team. Former Iowa State University star has very solid stats this year. Vroman is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.8apg) and averages impressive 2.5bpg,3.6spg and 59.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Charles Gaines (201-F-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) of Qingdao DS. Gaines had a very good evening with a double-double of 40 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Qingdao DS to edge the lower-ranked Shanxi Zh. (#15, 2-8) 123-117. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Qingdao DS managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 12th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Gaines is a newcomer at Qingdao DS, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 33.3ppg (#1). He also registered 14.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward James Singleton (203-F-81) of league's second-best Xinjiang. Singleton got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds . He was a key player of Xinjiang, leading his team to a 114-95 easy win against the lower-ranked TianJin R. (#16, 2-8). Xinjiang have amazing season winning all 10 games without a single defeat. Singleton turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Singleton has a very solid season. In 9 games in China he scored 20.6ppg. He also has 10.2rpg and FGP: 71.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dee Brown (185-G-84) of Qingdao DS - 38 points and 7 assists
5. Zaid Abbaas (203-F-83) of Beijing - 14 points, 23 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) of Jilin - 26 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Lee Benson (208-F/C-73) of TianJin R. - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Donta Smith (201-G-83) of Liaoning - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Shanghai - 27 points and 11 rebounds
10. Dwayne Jones (211-C-83) of Fujian - 19 points and 16 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 - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33.3
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.3 
 2. Kelley, Zhejiang.30.0 
 3. Morris, Beijing29.7 
 4. Lamizana, TianJ.28.9 
 5. Douby, Xinjiang28.9 
 6. James, Zhejiang C.27.9 
 7. Akognon, DongGuan26.1 
 8. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.26.0 
 9. Crittenton, Zhejia.25.8 
 10. Brown, Qingdao DS25.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Jones, Fujian19.1 
 2. Benson, TianJin R.15.4 
 3. Oyedeji, Foshan15.0 
 4. Watkins, Jilin14.9 
 5. Gaines, Qingdao DS14.5 
 6. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.8 
 7. Moiso, Jiangsu13.0 
 8. Abbaas, Beijing12.9 
 9. Boone, Zhejiang C.11.7 
 10. Morris, Beijing11.7 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.10.1 
 2. Lu, Fujian6.0 
 3. Vroman, DongGuan5.8 
 4. Hu, Jiangsu5.8 
 5. Jones, Guandong5.3 
 6. Emmett, Fujian5.3 
 7. Marbury, Foshan5.3 
 8. Kelley, Zhejiang.5.2 
 9. Green, Shanghai5.0 
 10. Brown, Qingdao DS4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Javaris CRITTENTON
  Zhejiang G.L.
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Crittenton, Zhejia.3.6 
 2. Vroman, DongGuan3.6 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu3.5 
 4. Douby, Xinjiang3.1 
 5. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.3.0 
 6. Zhong, Jilin2.9 
 7. Akognon, DongGuan2.8 
 8. Kelley, Zhejiang.2.8 
 9. Smith, Liaoning2.6 
 10. James, Zhejiang C.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.7 
 2. Jones, Fujian2.8 
 3. Vroman, DongGuan2.5 
 4. Watkins, Jilin2.1 
 5. Moiso, Jiangsu1.9 
 6. Morris, Beijing1.9 
 7. Wang, Bayi1.8 
 8. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 9. Abbaas, Beijing1.7 
 10. Zhang, Shanghai1.7 


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  CROATIA   


Zabok adds Jure Lozancic and Toni Brnas - by Eurobasket News
Zabok announced signing of two players for rest of the season. The team secured deals with Jure Lozancic (211-C-83, college: Jacksonville) and Toni Brnas (201-F-91).
Jure Lozancic is back to Zabok after almost three years. He started this season with Trogir averaging 8.8 points and 4.6 rebounds. Last season he split between Vienna and KB Trepca Mitrovice. Lozancic also has experience from Slovakian Spisska Nova Ves, Split, Slavonski Brod Dubrovnik and La Palma.
Toni Brnas arrives to Zabok from Cibona. He will stay there on loan for rest of the season. The young Croatian forward had limited playing time in Cibona this season as he appeared just 11 times in Euroleague and Adriatic league. In the regional championship, Brnas had 2.6 ppg and 1.6 rpg. In Euroleague, he had 1 ppg ad 1 rpg. Brnas is a product of Cibona, where he started few years ago. He is a member of the Croatian U20 National Team.


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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 15-0 
 2. Svendborg 14-1 
 3. Naestved 12-5 
 4. Horsens IC 8-8 
 5. Horsholm 7-6 
 6. SISU 7-9 
 7. Aabyhoj 7-10 
 8. Vaerlose 4-11 
 9. Amager BK 3-13 
 10. Aalborg 1-15 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose21.9 
 3. Brasas, Amager BK21.8 
 4. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 5. Morris, Aabyhoj21.0 
 6. Roberts, Naestved19.9 
 7. Claitt, Horsens IC18.5 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg18.4 
 9. Kasiuleviciu., Naest.17.2 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.5 
 2. St.John, Horsens IC10.6 
 3. Johansen, Naestved10.2 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj10.1 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose9.5 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg9.4 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.3 
 9. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
 10. Iversen, Svendborg6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.1 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC6.0 
 3. Dennis, SISU5.0 
 4. Darboe, Svendborg4.3 
 5. Burgess, Bakken4.3 
 6. Martin, Aabyhoj4.3 
 7. McFarlane, Vaerl.3.7 
 8. Balaton, Horsholm3.6 
 9. Kristiansen, Aalborg3.5 
 10. Bak, Horsholm3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mickey DENNIS
  SISU
  (190-G/F-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dennis, SISU2.4 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm2.4 
 3. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 4. Roberts, Naestved2.2 
 5. Smedley, Naestved2.1 
 6. Burgess, Bakken2.1 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj1.8 
 8. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 9. Nielsen, SISU1.8 
 10. Morris, Aabyhoj1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.5 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.6 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.1 
 4. Roberts, Naestved1.0 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose0.9 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Johansen, Naestved0.8 
 8. Brown, SISU0.8 
 9. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 14-5 
 2. Erie Bay H. 11-6 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 11-6 
 4. Dakota W. 4-13 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 2-12 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 12-6 
 2. New Mexico 10-7 
 3. Rio Grande 9-7 
 4. Texas L. 8-7 
 5. Maine RC 8-9 
 6. Austin T. 7-9 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 10-7 
 2. Bakersfield J. 10-7 
 3. Utah F. 8-6 
 4. Springfield A. 5-12 
 5. Idaho S. 3-13 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.9 
 2. Greene, Utah F.21.8 
 3. Anderson, New M.21.1 
 4. Jeffers, Iowa E.19.6 
 5. Edwards, New M.19.4 
 6. Alexander, Texas L.19.4 
 7. Jones, Texas L.18.7 
 8. Dentmon, Texas L.18.5 
 9. Patterson, Rio G.18.3 
 10. Sims, Maine RC17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joe ALEXANDER
  Texas L.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Alexander, Texas L.10.8 
 2. Patterson, Rio G.10.3 
 3. Williams, Texas L.9.9 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.8 
 5. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.8 
 6. Johnson, Dakota W.9.4 
 7. Wheeler, Idaho S.9.1 
 8. Pittman, Sioux F.9.0 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.0 
 10. Sims, Maine RC8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 2. Stinson, Iowa E.8.3 
 3. Russell, Ft.Wayne.8.0 
 4. Daniels, Texas L.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 6. Johnson, Austin T.6.0 
 7. Cooper, Dakota W.5.6 
 8. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.4 
 9. Smith, Maine RC5.1 
 10. Jones, Texas L.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 5. Linhart, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 7. Blakely, Bakersfi.1.9 
 8. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
 10. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris JOHNSON
  Dakota W.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Johnson, Dakota W.3.1 
 2. Williams, Texas L.3.0 
 3. Alabi, Erie Bay H.3.0 
 4. Whiteside, Reno B.2.3 
 5. Sykes, Sioux F.2.0 
 6. VanderMeer, Iowa E.2.0 
 7. Naymick, Bakersfi.1.9 
 8. Goodridge, Spring.1.8 
 9. Edwards, Springfi.1.7 
 10. Pittman, Sioux F.1.6 


Anthony Gaffney is back to D-League - by Eurobasket News
Anthony Gaffney (6'9''-F-84, college: Massachusetts) returned to NBA D-League signing a deal with Utah Flash. He will replace Bennet Davis, who was waived due to injury.
Anthony Gaffney arrives to Utah Flash from the Turkish team Turk Telekom. He joined them 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.


Wednesday's games - by Eurobasket News
Reno Bighorns - Iowa E. 109-124
Reno's two newcomers—forward Anthony Richardson (6'7''-F-83, college: Florida St.) and guard Salim Stoudamire (6'1''-G-82, college: Arizona)—combined for 32 points and nine assists Wednesday night, but the Iowa Energy used a dominant third-quarter effort to defeat the Bighorns, 124-109, in the Reno Events Center. Richardson, who was acquired by Reno in a trade with New Mexico on Monday, finished with 17 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench. Stoudamire, who signed with the Bighorns on Tuesday, collected 15 points and five assists in 28 minutes of action. The Bighorns (10-7) trailed by six at intermission, but the Energy (14-5) came out firing in the second half. Iowa outscored Reno 39-23 in the third period, taking a lead it would not relinquish. Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, college: Wisconsin) led Reno with 21 points, helped by three three-point goals. Patrick Ewing added 20 points, and Doug Thomas pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. Chris Lofton hit seven three-pointers for Iowa on his way to a game-high 30 points. Curtis Stinson finished with 23 points and 10 assists, while Courtney Sims nabbed 14 rebounds for the Energy. The Bighorns now hit the road for four-straight, beginning with a two-game weekend series in Utah. The opener on Friday is set for a 6 p.m. PT tip in the McKay Event Center. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

Tulsa 66ers - Ft.Wayne MA 115-86
Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) tallied a season-high 26 points, Cole Aldrich (6'11''-C-88, college: Kansas) scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Latavious Williams posted 10 points and 14 boards to lead the Tulsa 66ers (12-6) to a commanding 115-86 victory over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (11-6) Wednesday evening inside the Tulsa Convention Center. The 66ers, who led by as many as 36 in the contest, picked up their fourth-straight win and their ninth in the last 11 games. It also marked the largest margin of victory for Tulsa this season. 'I am proud because our guys are continuing to compete on every possession and are committed to improving as a team every day,' 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts said. 'Whatever minutes they receive, they are making the most of. We want to see our guys play at a high intensity level, and I think that continued tonight.' Also scoring in double-figures for Tulsa was Elijah Millsap with 20, Ryan Reid with 12, Larry Owens with 11 and Tweety Carter with 10. Larry Owens added a team-high six assists. The Mad Ants were led by Roderick Wilmont with 21 points. Also in double-figure scoring was Carlos English with 15, Obi Muonelo with 12 and Oliver Lafayette with 11. Offensively, Tulsa tallied 25 assists and outscored Fort Wayne in the paint by a 60-24 margin. *Courtesy of www.wane.com

New Mexico - Springfield A. 90-99
Before Wednesday, Springfield had managed just one NBA D-League victory on the road. Now the Armor can claim two, thanks to four players scoring 16 points each and a late 3-point barrage. Jerry Smith connected on consecutive 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Tre Whitted followed with one of his own in a 9-0 run that propelled Springfield to a 99-90 victory over New Mexico. Chas McFarland, who had been ejected from his two previous games, hung around for the entire time, finishing with 16 points. And, more importantly, he grabbed 11 rebounds to lead a complete reversal on the boards for Springfield. After getting crushed Tuesday on the glass, the Armor enjoyed a 53-48 rebounding advantage Wednesday. Gavin Edwards (6'9''-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) contributed 16 points and a game-high 12 boards, while Brian Leggett (6'7''-C-86, college: Barton (NC)) snared eight rebounds, five of those coming on the offensive end. Smith and Whitted were the final Armor players to cash in 16, while Scottie Reynolds added 11. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com




Wizards waive Willie Kemp - by Eurobasket News
The Dakota Wizards announced today that they have waived guard Willie Kemp (6'2''-G-87, college: Memphis) due to personal reasons. The active roster currently stands at 9 players. Kemp appeared in 16 games with the Wizards averaging 3.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
Willie Kemp is a product of Memphis University, where he gratuated last year. He had 7.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 4.3 apg for 34 games as a senior.


Guard Salim Stoudamire joins Reno Bighorns - by Eurobasket News
The Reno Bighorns acquired former Atlanta Hawk guard Salim Stoudamire (6'1''-G-82, college: Arizona) on Tuesday from the NBA Development Leagues available player pool, adding another veteran point guard to the Bighorns' roster.

Stoudamire, who played at the University of Arizona, was the Atlanta Hawks' second-round pick (31st overall) in the 2005 NBA draft. Over three seasons in Atlanta, the 6-1, 175-pound point guard appeared in 157 NBA games, including one start. Stoudamire averaged 8.0 ppg and shot 36.6 percent from beyond the arc during his time with the Hawks.

During his collegiate career, Stoudamire averaged 15.2 ppg with the Wildcats. He appeared in 129 career games and averaged at least 12 points per game in each of his four seasons.

Stoudamire joins Reno after spending the first nine games of this season with the Idaho Stampede. While with Idaho, he averaged 13.2 ppg and 3.7 apg. Stoudamire scored a season-high 23 points against the Bighorns on Dec. 1 in a 127-117 Bighorns victory.

Courtesy of www.rgj.com


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Metro All-Stars Season Opener - by Justin Moore
The Metropolitan All-Stars are ready for there season opener this Saturday, January 8 3:30pm - 6:30pm as they take on the Portsmouth Cavaliers at Central highschool this will be a highscoring affair as the All stars look to build on there successful 2010 season this will be the first game of the season for the metropolitan all-stars and should be a good game. There will be lots of food entertainment and some of the best players in the DMV all on 1 court .



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Estonian U18 National Team 2011 - by Greg
Starting five
#s#
Rait-Riivo Laane
Laane
Janari Joesaar
Joesaar
Oliver Metsalu
Metsalu
Kristo Mangelsoo
Mangelsoo
Mihkel Schleicher
Schleicher
#e#5
4 Rait-Riivo Laane 180-G-93 Rapla Estonia
5 Maur Below 174-G-93 Noortekoondis Estonia
6 Janari Joesaar 197-F-93 TU/Rock II Estonia
7 Oliver Metsalu 190-G-93 Rakvere Estonia
8 Artur Saariste 185-G-93 TU/Rock II Estonia
9 Kustas Poldoja 190-F-93 Rapla KK Estonia
10 Mats Meimer 195-F-93 Noortekoondis Estonia
11 Martin Jurtom 193-F-94 Noortekoondis Estonia
12 Taavi Leok 187-G-93 TU/Rock II Estonia
13 Kristo Mangelsoo 205-F-93 Kalev/G4S Estonia
14 Martin Paasoja 189-G-93 Parnu Estonia
15 Mihkel Schleicher 201-C-93 Kalev/Cramo Estonia
Tiit Talumaa 195-F-94 Noortekoondis Estonia
Marek Ounpuu 201-F/C-93 Kalev/G4S Estonia
Kenno Kokk 174-G-93 Rapla Estonia



Estonian U16 National Team 2011 - by Greg
4 Mikk Podersalu 184-G-95 Rakvere Estonia
5 Raid Vellerind 196-F-95 Rae KK Estonia
6 Saimon Sutt 168-G-95
7 Andri Metsar 178-G-95 Rakvere Estonia
8 Raimond Tribuntsov 168-G-95 Rakvere Estonia
9 Joseph Russak 185-G-95
10 Normann Kermo 190-G/F-95
11 Vitold Kakinen 201-C-95
12 Rain Koort 194-G/F-95 T.Sokk Estonia
13 Rainer Pastimae 196-F-95
14 Sten Olmre 186-G-95 Noortekoondis Estonia
15 Sander Kruss 199-F-95 TU/Rock Estonia
Jaagup Russak 179-G-96
Marko Meimer 197-F-96 T.Sokk Estonia
Kristofer Kurvits 192-G/F-96 T.Sokk Estonia



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Finnish U16 National Team 2011 - by Greg
4 Leo Tarjanne 184-G-95
5 Jere Valtonen 184-G-95
6 Ville Wuorenjuuri 186-G-95
7 Henri Ventoniemi 196-F-95
8 Jarmo Uecker 190-G-95
9 Miikka Mikkonen 191-G/F-95
10 Ville Hanninen 192-G-95 TuNMKY Finland
11 Shawn Hopkins 192-F-95 BC Nokia Finland
12 Anton Odabasi 196-F-95
13 Emir Sulejmanovic 199-F/C-95
14 Oskar Michelsen 195-F-95 PuHu Finland
15 Alexander Madsen 199-F/C-95

Jyri Lohikoski Head Coach
Miikka Sopanen Assistant Catz Finland


1 DIVISION: Derick Nelson became the hero - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, Round 12: The Xmas break was over and there were five contests on the second highest level. Top Team FoKoPo (Forssa) had a 14-point-lead (49-35) vs Korikobrat (Lapua) in the beginning of the third quarter (22:48), but the hosts never won the game. The main reason was American F Derick Nelson (196-F-86, agency: ACMT, college: Oakland), who missed all 12 three-pointers during the three opening quarters, but made all six treys during the last 10 minutes and Lapua won 75-78. Two other thrillers tonight: BC Jyvaskyla defeated BC Nokia 83-77 and Ura Basket (Kaarina) upset Korikonkarit (Loimaa) 76-74.
FoKoPo - Lapua 75-78 (39-35). (Andre Foreman 19, Markus Molenius 15, Jeremy McCulloch 14/12 - Derick Nelson 29/15, Benny Valentine 20, Tyrwone Still 18).
BC Jyvaskyla - BC Nokia 83-77 (34-35). (Jarno Nissinen 27, Tracy Robinson 26/10 - Baboucarr Bojang 21/16, Timo Riihela 17, Pekka Setala 14).
Ura Basket - LoKoKo 76-74 (34-38). (Zach Ramey 32/11, Niilo Lehtila 18, Jonas Mattila 13 - Maurice Horton 21/10, Jason Stamper 19/14, Damion Dantzler 16/16).

Huima - SayRi 83-65 (38-40). (Jamaal Douglas 21/17, Nathan Wilson 19/19, Treylon Manning 17/8a - DeMarcus Hall 28/11, Eryk Thomas 18/10, Tatu Viitamaki 13).
YMCA Lahti II - TomPo 64-75 (32-33). (Carlton Brown 25/17, Juha Korhonen 16 - Pyry Rainamaa 24, Oscar Lindqvist 12, Vesa Linturi 12).



Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. Jyvaskyla 10-2 
 2. FoKoPo 10-2 
 3. Lapua 8-4 
 4. Honka 7-4 
 5. BC Nokia 7-5 
 6. LoKoKo 6-5 
 7. Huima 6-6 
 8. Ura Basket 6-6 
 9. TomPo II 4-8 
 10. Kerava ET 3-8 
 11. SayRi 3-8 
 12. Namika II 0-12 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Nelson, Lapua25.5 
 2. Graham, TomPo II22.5 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo22.0 
 4. Hall, SayRi22.0 
 5. Manning, Huima21.6 
 6. Bojang, BC Nokia21.3 
 7. Robinson, Jyvaskyla20.8 
 8. Towa, Kerava ET19.5 
 9. Thomas, SayRi19.4 
 10. Brown, Namika II18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Namika II
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 16
 1. Brown, Namika II16.0 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia15.6 
 3. Dantzler, LoKoKo14.4 
 4. Douglas, Huima14.0 
 5. Nelson, Lapua13.9 
 6. Towa, Kerava ET13.5 
 7. Hall, SayRi12.5 
 8. Wilson, Huima11.7 
 9. Robinson, Jyvaskyla10.7 
 10. Banks, SayRi10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Manning, Huima5.8 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.6 
 3. Horton, LoKoKo5.0 
 4. Ramey, Ura Basket5.0 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.3 
 6. Ahila, Jyvaskyla3.9 
 7. Valentine, Lapua3.1 
 8. Pehkonen, TomPo II2.8 
 9. Foreman, FoKoPo2.5 
 10. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  LoKoKo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Horton, LoKoKo3.1 
 2. Valentine, Lapua2.8 
 3. Hall, SayRi2.4 
 4. Bojang, BC Nokia2.3 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET2.1 
 6. Ramey, Ura Basket2.0 
 7. Still, Lapua2.0 
 8. Foreman, FoKoPo1.9 
 9. Rainamaa, TomPo II1.8 
 10. Stamper, LoKoKo1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Reijo OJANEN
  Jyvaskyla
  (192-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla1.0 
 2. Setala, BC Nokia0.9 
 3. Kopio, Honka0.9 
 4. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.8 
 5. Graham, TomPo II0.8 
 6. Valentine, Lapua0.7 
 7. Alanen, Namika II0.7 
 8. Nelson, Lapua0.6 
 9. Alanko, Ura Basket0.6 
 10. Mantymaa, Huima0.6 


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Nugzar Kandelaki is a new head coach of Samedicino - by Akaki Bakradze
Team management considered unsatisfactory performance of the team in the first round and instead head coach Ishkhneli Sergo invited Kandelaki Nugzar, who has great experience. Under his leadership Basco became the champion of Georgia as well as Kandelaki successfully work in Azerbaijan.
In Samedicino came to center of Energy Akaki Dvalishvili who is a member of the National team U 20.
MIA has a new head coach Ustiashvili David (Batumi) and point guard Tsivtivadze Bekatogether with them in team came Toudjani Talba from Energy. So Energy lost three key players and the champion will be very hard to defend the title.
Berishvili Mikheil from Army moved to the TSU, instead him Army got Buba Berishvili from Kutaisi.



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


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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Wood, Dt.17.2 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.16.7 
 3. Peacock, LTi 46ers16.0 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons15.8 
 5. Bryant, ratiopharm15.6 
 6. Campbell, Teleko.15.2 
 7. Callahan, Bremerha.15.2 
 8. Benzing, ratio.15.2 
 9. Bell, Phoenix Hagen14.3 
 10. Burtschi, Phoenix .14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.9 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.1 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.0 
 4. Stevic, EWE B.7.8 
 5. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.5 
 6. Watts, Walter T.7.4 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.7.4 
 8. Peacock, LTi 46ers7.1 
 9. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
 10. Pleiss, Brose B.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.5 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.0 
 3. Jordan, MBC4.6 
 4. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.5 
 5. McElroy, AL.4.5 
 6. Rice, Art.Dragons4.5 
 7. Joyce, TBB Trier4.4 
 8. Green, EnBW L.4.2 
 9. Campbell, EWE B.4.2 
 10. Copeland, Bremerha.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.8 
 3. Dorris, Phoenix .1.7 
 4. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.6 
 5. Wise, Telekom .1.5 
 6. Campbell, Teleko.1.5 
 7. Trice, ratiopharm1.5 
 8. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
 9. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.4 
 10. Ross, MBC1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Ironi Ashkelon
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.2.1 
 3. Bryant, ratiopharm1.2 
 4. Scott, Goettingen1.1 
 5. Brempong, Duesseld.1.1 
 6. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.1 
 7. Goree, NY Phantoms1.1 
 8. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 9. Powell, Dt.1.0 
 10. Baynes, EWE B.1.0 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Jevohn SHEPHERD
  Osnabrueck
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Shepherd, Osnab.20.9 
 2. Johnson, Webmoebel20.6 
 3. Brooks, Kirchheim20.5 
 4. Roessler, Karlsruhe19.4 
 5. Gause, Freiburg19.1 
 6. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.8 
 7. Burnette, Osnab.18.7 
 8. Gray, Crailsheim18.6 
 9. Wallace, B.Mue.18.1 
 10. Watts, Dragons18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Black, Karlsruhe9.1 
 3. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.7 
 4. Yearby, Cuxhaven8.6 
 5. Watts, Dragons8.5 
 6. De Michael, Kirchheim7.9 
 7. Fuller, Crailsheim7.7 
 8. Henry, Hannover7.7 
 9. Shaw, Chemnitz7.5 
 10. Schoo, Heidelberg7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim6.0 
 2. Barth, Heidelberg5.5 
 3. Gray, Crailsheim5.3 
 4. Jeka, Wuerzburg5.3 
 5. Zazai, Chemnitz5.2 
 6. Johnson, Webmoebel5.1 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.5 
 8. Burnette, Osnab.4.5 
 9. Wallace, B.Mue.4.4 
 10. Lowery, Braves4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.4 
 2. Gause, Freiburg3.0 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz2.6 
 4. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 5. Scott, Kirchheim2.1 
 6. Gray, Crailsheim2.0 
 7. Brooks, Kirchheim1.9 
 8. Mendez, Heidelberg1.9 
 9. Burnette, Osnab.1.8 
 10. Zazai, Chemnitz1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ethan SHAW
  Cuxhaven
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Shaw, Cuxhaven2.5 
 2. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.8 
 3. Smallwood, Kirchheim1.8 
 4. Williams, Karlsruhe1.8 
 5. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.1.8 
 6. Schoo, Heidelberg1.4 
 7. Ferguson, Crailsheim1.3 
 8. Hansbro, Freiburg1.3 
 9. Fuller, Crailsheim1.3 
 10. Hill, Jena1.2 


Alba Berlin Lands German National Player Heiko Schaffartzik - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The stay in Turkey for German national player Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) remained only a few months as he returns back to the BEKO BBL to 8 time champion Alba Berlin getting a contract until the end of the 2011-2012 BEKO BBL season. Schaffartzik had been playing for Turk Telekom playing 10 games in the first division averaging 3,8ppg, 1,6rpg and 2,3apg in 15 minutes per game. He also played 6 Eurochallenge games averaging 5,7ppg, 2,2rpg and 1,8apg in 18 minutes per game. 'Heiko has the potential to become an importnat player for Alba Berlin. We were always interested in his services last summer, but he chose a different option. Now that he is free gave us the chnace to get him. It is great that a player of his personality can play for us. He is the right fit for uns and we are the right fit for him', stressed Alba Berlin coach Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ).

Schaffartzik is a 26 year old 182cm combo guard
that canan play either back court positions has good one-on-one skills, is a very good 3-point shooter, can shoot off the dribble, very good at catch and shoot coming off the screen, not afraid of contact, shoots first, penetrates second and is a tough and aggressive defender. He started his basketball career with TUS Lichterfelde Berlin in 2000 and played there until 2003 before going to Alba Berlin. In 2004-2005, he played for the first time for the Giessen 46ers (1.Bundesliga): 34 games: 6.9ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 30.8%, 3FGP: 34.2%. In 2005-2006, he played for the SELLBYTEL Baskets Nuernberg (1.Bundesliga, starting five): 29 games: 6.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 30.0%, 3PT: 26.9%. In 2006-2007, he played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg (1.Bundesliga): 30 games: 5.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 2FGP: 40.0%, 3FGP: 37.7%, FT: 67.7%. In 2007-2008, he played for Central Hoops Berlin (Regionalliga, starting five): 7 games: 24.1ppg, in Nov.'07 moved to EnBW Ludwigsburg (1.Bundesliga): German League: 24 games: 10.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 67.2%; ULEB Cup: 6 games: 10.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 40%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 66.7%. In 2008-2009, he returned back to the LTi Giessen 46ers (1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 11.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 81.0%. Lasts eason, he played for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (1.Bundesliga, starting five): 40 games: 10.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 78.7%. 'I am looking forward to playing im my hometown again and living there. It is a big challenge to play for such a successful team. My goal is too help the team reach their goals as quickly as possible', stressed Heiko Schaffartzik. Achievements that he has gotten in his career have been German U18 National Team -01-02, European Championships U18 in Germany -02, German Bundesliga All-Star Rookie Game -03, German 1.Bundesliga Champion -03, German Bundesliga Semifinals -05, German A2 National Team -06-08, German University National Team -07, World University Championships in Bangkok -07, German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -08, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -09, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Domestic Player of the Year -09, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Domestic Players Team -09, 10, German National Team -09-10, European Championships in Poland -09: 6 games: 12.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 54.8%, German Bundesliga Semifinals -10, and World Championships in Turkey -10: 5 games: 9.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 20.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 83.3%.

Source: Alba Berlin





The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Get Lost In The Bushy Hair Of John Bryant Losing To Ratiopharm Ulm 87-82 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners wanted to get on the right track in their first game in 2011 with a win on the road and were as focused as Jimmy slick and suave Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) has to be on the court, because nothing is guaranteed as he remains the king of the extensions of the short term contracts in the BEKO BBL and D League player Andre Barrett (175-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Seton Hall) of the Idaho Stampede was in the NBA in 2005-2006 and 2007-2008 with 10 day contracts, as Borussia Dortmund has played in the first half of the season blowing away most of their competition, or Tom Brady and Michael Vick will enter the playoffs as they could possibly meet in the Superbowl and rekindle the flair and excitement of another quarterback battle which was present back in the day between NFL greats Terry Bradshaw and Roger Staubach, but despite playing a hard game, the gang of coach Gordon Herbert were unable to withstand the unrelentless force of John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) and unending pressure of the sixth man Kuhberg crowd losing 87-82. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost their second game in a row and had every chance of winning down the stretch, but were unable to withstand the strong nerves of Ratiopharm Ulm. With Ulm up by nine points, that just hurt us mentally. They hit crucial shots at the end that helped them get the win, stressed Skyliner center Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) Ratiopharm Ulm won their second game in a row and are showing that the playoffs dont seem unrealistic. This was a big win for us. I am very proud of my team and how they responded after the win in Bremerhaven. The guys worked hard. Benzing hit a big shot down the stretch, Bryant did a good job scoring and Humphrey did a good job making his three pointers. The team still has to do a better job taking care of the ball and limiting turnovers, but considering that we started 0-4 and are 8-9 now, I am very proud of the players, stressed Ratiopharm Ulm coach Mike Taylor (agency: Pro One Sports )

The center of attention in the game was American John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) who is a 23 year old 208cm 135 kilo center from San Pablo, California. He has ripped apart the BEKO BBL this season averaging 15,6ppg and 10,9 rpg. With Frankfurt missing a second center as Joe Dabbert (210-C-81, college: Creighton) had been released last week, this reporter was speculating the first 20-20 game by the American, but in the end, Bryant finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds. When you are looking up to the big man, you see a combination of a lovable teddy bear and comedian Seth Rogen. He may have been able to reach the 20-20 stats had he had a stronger first half. Frankfurt did a great job in the first half not letting me get touches. Muurinen did a good job on me being physical and pushing me out of the zone. In the second half I was getting more touches, because we were doing a better job on the ball screen with sprinting in and diving hard which draws the defender away and got me easy buckets, added Bryant. Without Dabbert we were at a big disadvantage. He has a big body and does a good job boxing out and getting rebounds. We should of done a better job of trapping the low post which we had been practicing the last week, warned Skyliner Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). After playing at Santa Clara from 2005-2009, he started his professional basketball career last season for Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 48 games: 13.2ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 49.3%, FT: 77.6%. With such good stats in the BEKO BBL, it would only be surprising that he wouldnt like the league, but sees big differences to the D-league. The Beko BBL is a very competitive league. There are good teams and great players. I enjoy Germany a lot. In the D league the games are longer and in the BEKO BBL, I dont have to deal with the defense three second rule. There are less games in Germany, but I feel the competition is the same even though the style is different. The D league is more guard orientated and more one on one while the BEKO BBL is more structured, commented John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara). Bryant got only praise from the top scorer of the BEKO BBL. Bryant is the best center I have seen this season. He is very good at finishing around the basket and him getting 20p-10r seems so easy, added DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.).

Shortly before the first jump ball was presented, one saw the usual conversations at center court as Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) had a nice hug for Robin Benzing (208-F-89) and captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) was conversing with the ex Tv Langen star. The start of the first quarter had a similar start to the game in Bonn last week. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) did get Ratiopharm Ulm on the board first with a sweet hard drive to the hoop over Jimmy McKinney, but Frankfurt then cruised out on a 14-2 run to lead 14-4. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) was very strong in this phase as he contributed 7 points scoring with two jumpers and a lay in inside after getting a perfect lob pass from Wood. Frankfurt found that quick high intensity as they found many different ways to score. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) scored inside and Jimmy McKinney dropped a three pointer on the transition. Ratiopharm Ulm was not in awe by this fast start by Frankfurt, but calmly kept gnawing away at the lead by the opponent. John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) wasnt that dominating yet with rebounds, but was scoring easily scoring inside on the pick and role and just getting by the help defense. Ratiopharm Ulm also got a lay in by German national player Per Guenther (185-G-88) who really hurt Frankfurt with his penetration especially later in the second half. Guenther has made a real jump this season as he is the third top scorer for Ratiopharm Ulm. He may still look like a shy boy, but his play is anything but shy, but rather aggressive. Guentehr is getting more and more comfortable with each game. He has so much self confidence that he knows that he can make plays at critical points of the game. He is attacking more and more and a great finisher for his size, warned TTravis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.).

The Mike Taylor club was also observant on the glass as Roderick Trice (191-F-84, agency: Lanshire Group, college: S.Carolina) scored on a tip in. Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida) then netted his first of five three pointers and before any Frankfurt player really knew what the Ratiopharm Ulm mascot was, Ratiopharm Ulm had cut the Frankfurt lead to 20-19. Ratiopharm Ulm stepped up their defense in the run highlighted by a Roderick Trice block on DaShaun Wood. Mckinney then made a big three pointer as Frankfurt led 23-19. German Sebastian Betz (200-F-85, agency: Pro One Sports) made two free throws as Ratiopharm Ulm trailed 23-21 after one quarter. Frankfurt started very strong, but basketball is a game of runs and we came back cutting their lead down to two points only, stated 2009 NCAA finalist with Michigan State TTTravis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 43% from outside while Ratiopharm Ulm was shooting 53% from the field and 50% from outside. Ratiopharm Ulm was leading the rebounding 11-5 and had four turnovers while Frankfurt had three turnovers.

In the second quarter, big runs took a slight back seat as a few small runs were present, but both teams had their painted faces on as the game was very even as there were seven lead changes. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners did start with a small run of 6-2 to slightly pull away 29-23. Muurinen did a fine job beating 30 year old American Sean Sonderleiter (206-C-80, college: Iowa) twice once inside an dthe second time getting him up in the air and then stepping to his left and sinking a high rainbow from the top of the key. Ex NBA player Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) came back into the game scoring inside with a slick move. Ratiopharm Ulm then went on a 8-0 run to retake the lead 31-29. Three point specialist Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida) who was NCAA champion with Florida in 2006 and 2007 and had a streak of making at least one three pointer in 39 straight NCAA games nailed two and Bryant scored inside again with relative ease. DaShaun Wood then tied the score31-31 with a beautiful fake pass look to Super Tez on his right, but finishing him self. After two Sean Sonderleiter (206-C-80, college: Iowa) free throws for the Ratiopharm Ulm 33-31 lead, Coleman Collins (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Virginia Tech) made a monster block on Wood, but Frankfurt retook the lead on a De Mello three pointer. Collins then made two free throws as Frankfurt trailed 35-34, but then it was Wood again who took something out of Bonns Nic Wise game as he penetrated inside and finished with a fade away jumper as Frankfurt led 36-35. Robertson then gave Frankfurt the lead 38-37 but a Sonderleiter free throw and Trice steal from Wood and two handed stuff gave Ratiopharm Ulm the 41-38 lead. DaShaun Wood closed out the first half with a floater as Frankfurt trailed 41-40. We played very good defense and valued our offensive possessions, said Ratiopharm Ulm guard TTTravis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.). Ratiopharm Ulm was shooting 50% from the field and 50% from the three point line as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 29% from the three point line. Ratiopharm Ulm had the 17-12 rebound edge, but nine turnovers while Frankfurt had five turnovers.

The tight lead by Ratiopharm Ulm didnt seem to be to the liking of coach Mike Taylor as the club tried even harder to get the ball inside to John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) and it worked. Bryant scored the first five Ratiopharm Ulm points as he drew two fouls and scored inside as he somehow found the way to the rim with a finger tip role reverse layup as Frankfurt trailed 46-41. However Frankfurt went on a mini 4-0 run to cut the Ratiopharm Ulm lead to 46-45 as Quantez Super Tez Robertson showed his athletic explosiveness scoring twice inside going by Bryant in mid air and getting a nice pass from Wood next to the hoop. Ex Phoenix Hagen point guard Per Guenther (185-G-88) then scored on a catch and pop and scored on a lay up as Frankfurt trailed 50-45. Frankfurt stayed close to Ratiopharm Ulm as Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) scored off the bench scoring twice inside including once over Benzing cutting the Ratiopharm Ulm lead to 52-49. However Ratiopharm Ulm closed the third quarter with a 6-2 run to break away and lead 60-51 after 30 minutes. Guenther used his quickness again as he had so often on this day scoring with a quick scoot to the bucket. Powell scored with a runner, Benzing made two free throws and Coleman Collins (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Virginia Tech) scored hard on the penetration over Marius Nolte In the third quarter, Frankfurt received their third 24 second shot clock violation of the game which really hurt them as two of the three baskets had gone in, but couldnt count. In the third quarter, Humphrey hit big three pointers and Bryant helped us a lot around the paint. We got good defensive stops and they missed some key shots, warned TTTravis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.). Ratiopharm Ulm was shooting 47% from the field and 43% from the parking lot while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 45% from the field and 25% from the parking lot. Ratiopharm Ulm had the huge 29-19 rebound edge, but 15 turnovers while Frankfurt had only eight turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continued to fight, but were never ever able to regain the lead back as Ratiopharm Ulm didnt have any panic attacks on offense and their sixth man helped them secure the win. Our crowd was a huge factor. We went with the momentum. I have not seen a more loud arena in Germany. Our fans are amazing and are simply basketball fans, stated TTTravis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.). Frankfurt did start off on a bang going on a 6-0 run with consecutive three pointers by Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) and Jimmy McKinney to cut the Ratiopharm Ulm lead to 60-57. The third quarter remained a shot out as both teams kept firing away, but Frankfurt was unable to get 2-3 defensive stops to possibly get them the win. After Collins scored inside and Powell got free and dunked, it was Humphrey and De Mello that traded three pointers as Ratiopharm Ulm led only 65-62. Whenever Ratiopharm Ulm tried to break away as Humphrey tried with another three pointer, Frankfurt had a response as Muurinen scored inside as Frankfurt trailed only 68-65. Trice and Jordan then traded buckets as Frankfurt trailed only 70-67, but were never able to get over the hump. Bryant then scored inside past Nolte, but Powell responded with a dunk as Frankfurt trailed only 72-69. Frankfurt seemed to have that three point cushion engraved in their memory bank as nothing seemed to be able to be done to get the lead down and take the lead. Then came the first crucial Ratiopharm Ulm shot as Humphrey nailed a fast ball three pointer right through Mckinney as Frankfurt trailed 75-69. Wood then quickly marched down the court and scored inside as Frankfurt trailed only 75-71. Then came the deciding bucket which seemed to get Ratiopharm Ulm closer to the 50 home win for Mike Taylor as Benzing made a three pointer. Benzing didnt hesitate, but just showed that he is a crunch time player in the making. That was an important three pointer for me. I had hit my first two shots and after that nothing. I have total confidence from the coach and I felt no pressure taking this shot, added German National player Robin Benzing (208-F-89). Bryant then got an offensive rebound and put back as Frankfurt trailed 80-71 with less than two minutes to play. However Frankfurt stayed tough hitting big shots with Powell and two Mckinney three pointers as Frankfurt trailed only 84-80, but the lead was too high on this day as the Frankfurt defense and rebounding work was simply not sharp enough on this day. Wood then made a lay up as Frankfurt trailed 85-82. Guenther sealed the win for Ratiopharm Ulm 87-82. De Mello took one last shot that never touched anything as Frankfurt remain winless in 2011. We started well, but lost our rhythm on offense and defense and rebounded poorly as a team, stated Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak. We made it to easy for Ratiopharm Ulm to score at the end, added Skyliner guard Pascal Roller (180-G-76).

Ratiopharm Ulm was led by John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida) added 20 points. Per Guenther (185-G-88) chiped in with 13 points and Robin Benzing (208-F-89) had 10 points. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) with 18 points. Jimmy McKinney contributed 15 points and four assists. DaShaun Wood and Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) added 14 points a piece. Frankfurt shot very poorly from downtown at 29% and lost the rebounding battle 39-28. If you lose the rebounding by 10+, then it will always be hard to win. We shot too many three pointers and they killed us inside. We had no big man inside. Letting Joe Dabbert (210-C-81, college: Creighton) go hasnt helped us any, warned DaShaun Wood. Ratiopharm Ulm shoot excellent at 50% from the field and outside and dominated inside. Ratiopharm Ulm seem to be on a good way in 2011 and will need another good performance Sunday against Bamberg and need to improve a few things. We strated 0-4 and even those loses we could of won. We are a young team and could be 8-5 without those loses. We have to get better on ball screens on defense and have better ball efficiency on offense, warned TTTravis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.). Frankfurt need to forget this game fast, but remember what they did wrong and be ready as the EWE Baskets Oldenburg arrive on Sunday. We have to find different ways to use our speed and get that old chemistry back on offense and defense. Our offense has to get better as well, warned current BEKO BBL top scorer DaShaun Wood. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The EWE Baskets Oldenburg on Sunday January 9th at 19:30.




The Artland Dragons Grab Rob Lewin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Artland Dragons have brought in Rob Lewin (201-F-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Troy) to help at the forward position getting a short term contract until the end of January. Lewin is a 30 year old 201cm forward that was born in Montego Bay Jamacia and grew up in Statin island, New York. He is a solid defender and a good athlete, his physical presence in the post will help alter shots in the lane and create fastbreak opportunities off the boards. This season, he was playing in France for JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket (France-ProA) where he was averaging 11,5ppg and 9,8rpg. He only had a short term contract there and had to make space for ex Bremerhaven center Frank Elegar who was returning from injury. 'The biggest strength of Rob Lewin (201-F-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Troy) is his rebounding. It was important for us to get aplayer that can defend mobile four position players. I spoke with his ex coaches who I know and trust an dthe ygave me positive feedback about him', stressed Artland Drgaons coach Stefan Koch

Lewin started his basketball career at Troy St. (NCAA) and played there from 2000-2004. In his senior year, he played 31 games: 15.4ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8bpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 47.8%, FT: 75.5%. He started his professional basketball career in 2004 for Harlem Revivals (ABA), played also shortly at Calgary Drillers (Canada-ABA): 2 games: 17.5ppg, 6.5rpg, FGP: 68%, in Dec.'04 signed at Plannja Basket Lulea (Sweden-Basketligan): 18 games: 13.6ppg, 9.7rpg, Blocks-4 (1.6bpg), FGP-2 (59.2%), 3-Pts: 60%. In 2005-2006, he played for Bruesa-Guipuzcoa BC (Spain-LEB): 6 games: 4.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.0spg, in Feb.'06 moved to Birmingham Magicians (ABA, starting five): 5 games: 13ppg, 12rpg, 3apg. Since 2004, Lewin has been playing in FRance. In 2006-2007, he played for : Boulazac (France-Pro B) tested in August, then signed at Reims Champagne Basket (France-ProA, starting five): 34 games: 10.8ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, Blocks-1 (2.1bpg), FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 54.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for Strasbourg IG (France-ProA, starting five): ULEB Cup: 10 games: 5.0ppg, 6.1rpg; French League: 30 games: 8.7ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 61%, FT: 65.9%. In 2008-2009, he remained at Strasbourg IG (France-ProA): 31 games: 7.2ppg, 7.0rpg, FGP: 55.6%, FT: 51.9%. Last season, he played for BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France-ProA): EuroChallenge: 3 games: 11.0ppg, 6.7rpg; French League: 26 games: 5.9ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 49.2%, FT: 50.0%. Some awards that he has recieved in the last years have been TAAC Tournament Finalist -01, A-Sun Tournament Finalist -04, A-Sun 1st Team -04, Swedish League All-Stars Game -05 (Slam Dunk Contest winner), Swedish League Regular Season Champion -05, Eurobasket.com All-Swedish League Entertainer of the Year -05, Swedish Basketligan Semifinals -05, Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 2nd Team -07, Eurobasket.com French ProA All-Imports Team -07, Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention -08, French ProA Semifinals -10, and French Cup Finalist -10.

Source: Artland Dragons




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Panellinios tags Torin Francis - by Giorgos Diploidis
Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) will probably be the player that Thanasis Skourthopoulos was looking for to help Djuro Ostojic (211-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) in the center for position. Panellinios Athens before Christmas released Andre Brown (205-F/C-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) because they weren't satisfied with his performances. In his place came a power forward Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle).

The 'story' continued when Derrick Byars (202-G/F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) left the team because the team owe him money (as he stated). So 'Olimpionikes' tried to find a reliable center, this player will possibly be Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame). Francis had played two seasons in Greece, 08-09 in AEL 1964 Larissa and last season in AEK. In these two years he had very good numbers and these may be the 'passport' to return to the Greek League.



PAOK punished for four games - by Giorgos Diploidis
PAOK Thessaloniki yesterday (05/01) was punished for the behavior of its fans in the game against Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus in the Greek Cup . The team of Soulis Markopoulos will have to play four games games without its audience and it will pay 23.400 as fine.

This means that will have to play without people in the games against Kavala, Panathinaikos, Aris and Panionios. However the next game vs Peristeri this Saturday will be available for the supporters of the club. This decision was an economical hit for the team of Thessaloniki because the two of four are derbies against Panathinaikos, Aris and the board was expecting a lot of money to get in from the tickets.


Darko Russo quit - by Giorgos Diploidis
Darko Rousso quit from his job of coach of Iraklis Thessaloniki Thessaloniki. The team of Thessaloniki yesterday lost from AEK inn their home (68-72) and the Bosnian trainer complained a lot about the situation in his team, the permissions that were given to his players, the fact that he couldn't find a better play maker than the ones he currently with the available transfer budget and as a result he decided to not continue with the team of 'Giraios'.

Darko Rousso had replaced Kostas Pilafidis who was in charge in the start of this season and now Iraklis Thessaloniki will have to look for its third coach this period. It was announced from the club that Kostas Mexas (the assistant of Rousso and Pilafidis) will be the coach for a while but the blue and white team may look for a Greek coach who is experienced with this type of situations (teams to avoid relegation).


A1: Week 10 - Panathinaikos - Panionios 109-55! - by Chris Mammides
In an amazing game where many records have been broken, Zeljko Obradovic 's team thrashed (double score minus one point) the team of Coach Giorgos Bartzokas with 54 points difference! In a game where seven Green players had double digits (Tepic 10, Batiste 12, Fotsis 10, Sato 10, Vougioukas 12, Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) 13 and Kaimakoglou 11) and in a game where 3D - Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) broke the Hellenic record of the assists (Angelos Koronios (185-G-69) record was valid for more than seven years) and is now leading the specific category of all times with his six assists today and the total of 1.267 assit in his career.

The other records that Panathinaikos broke tonight are the number of points as the 109 is the highest number this year (in the opener of this seazons league PAO scored 108), while the difference of the 54 points is the biggest against Panionios and the seventh bigger in the history of Panathinaikos. At the same time the 51 rebounds is this seazon's record in the division while the 7 block shots and the 18 assists for the Greens are the top numbers this seazon. Panionios achieved also one record as the 10 steals that Coach Giorgos Bartzokas players succeeded over Panathinaikos players is among the top numbers of Panionios this seazon.




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Milton PALACIO
  Kavala
  (190-G-78)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Palacio, Kavala18.3 
 2. Marshall, PAOK17.5 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos16.5 
 4. Byars, Panellinios15.2 
 5. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos15.1 
 6. Dikoudis, AEK14.9 
 7. Kalathis, VAP K.14.6 
 8. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 9. Tucker, Aris14.1 
 10. Simmons, Kavala14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Simmons, Kavala9.8 
 2. Looby, Peristeri GS9.1 
 3. Thompson, Ikaros8.6 
 4. Bagaric, Marousi8.3 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.8.1 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.7 
 7. Tucker, Aris7.5 
 8. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
 9. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 10. Lambropoulos, Iraklis6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.9 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.4 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 5. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.3 
 6. Palacio, Kavala4.3 
 7. Papamakarios, Panell.3.8 
 8. Tsamis, VAP K.3.5 
 9. Kojadinovic, Marousi3.4 
 10. Tepic, Panathinaikos3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Rawle MARSHALL
  PAOK
  (201-G-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Marshall, PAOK2.6 
 2. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 3. Kojadinovic, Marousi2.0 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Panell.2.0 
 5. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 6. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.9 
 7. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.9 
 8. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.8 
 9. Calathes, Panathin.1.8 
 10. Carroll, Ikaros1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Simmons, Kavala2.4 
 2. Bagaric, Marousi2.3 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.3 
 5. Looby, Peristeri GS1.0 
 6. Vougioukas, Panath.0.9 
 7. Harissis, VAP K.0.8 
 8. Mavrokefalid., Olympi.0.8 
 9. Dunston, Aris0.8 
 10. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.7 


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


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BS Weert Steals Win In Zwolle - by Sanders Jackson
Wednesday night in the Sportcenter, BS Weert started the new year off on a positive note, as the team of head coach Terence Stansbury steals a road 64-60 win. Lawrence Hamm (198-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) was on top of his game, leading the Limburgers with a double-double of 17 pts. and 10 rebounds, including 3 three-pointers. Trey McDowell added a good all around effort with 15
pts., 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Howard Crawford paced Landstede with 16 pts. BS Weert improved to 10-9 while Landstede dropped its 6th straight and 10 of last 11.



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


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Stokes, BS Weert19.3 
 2. Kimbrough, Giants17.3 
 3. Borha, Landstede16.6 
 4. Boxley, ZZ Leiden16.4 
 5. Laing, Magixx15.9 
 6. Brown, DeFriesland15.6 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.9 
 8. Marshall, Lands.14.6 
 9. Voorn, ABC14.6 
 10. Humphrey, Magixx14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam9.9 
 2. Haryasz, GasTerra9.8 
 3. McDermott, Magixx9.3 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.3 
 5. Griffin, Giants9.3 
 6. Hamm, BS Weert8.8 
 7. de Randamie, ABC8.7 
 8. Koenis, Giants8.3 
 9. Ellis, GasTerra8.3 
 10. Sanchez, DeFriesl.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Matt BAUSCHER
  GasTerra
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Bauscher, GasTerra5.1 
 2. Turner, Eiffel T.5.0 
 3. Bostain, GasTerra4.1 
 4. Stokes, BS Weert4.0 
 5. Kimbrough, Giants3.8 
 6. Williams, DeFriesland3.8 
 7. Marshall, Lands.3.8 
 8. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.5 
 9. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.4 
 10. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.7 
 2. McDermott, Magixx2.5 
 3. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.3 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants2.3 
 5. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 6. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.2 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 8. Hilliman, Rotterdam2.1 
 9. Williams, DeFriesland2.1 
 10. Bostain, GasTerra2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.8 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.7 
 3. Blue, Giants1.4 
 4. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.2 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra0.9 
 7. Hamm, BS Weert0.8 
 8. Minter, BS Weert0.8 
 9. McDermott, Magixx0.8 
 10. Mullery, Landstede0.8 


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  HUNGARY   


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  Soproni
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jarvis, Salgotarjani25.0 
 2. Bell, Kormend21.2 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.21.1 
 4. Cunningham, Kapos.20.1 
 5. Wilson, Kaposvari20.0 
 6. Singletary, FS Debre.19.4 
 7. Townes, Soproni19.4 
 8. Werner, Kaposvari19.0 
 9. Sales, Atomeromu19.0 
 10. Brooks, Soproni18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brooks SALES
  Atomeromu
  (208-C/F-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Sales, Atomeromu11.8 
 2. Werner, Kaposvari11.0 
 3. Townes, Soproni10.7 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.10.1 
 5. Gosa, Falco-Szova9.5 
 6. Jones, Albacomp9.4 
 7. Bell, Kormend9.4 
 8. Cunningham, Kapos.9.1 
 9. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.8 
 10. McKenzie, Szedeak8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  ZTE KK
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.0 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 3. Kelley, Soproni6.4 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok6.0 
 5. Simon, Albacomp6.0 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.8 
 7. Moore, Kormend5.5 
 8. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.5 
 9. Horvath, Szolnok4.5 
 10. Doyne, Falco-Szova4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.2 
 2. Hanga, Albacomp3.1 
 3. Werner, Kaposvari3.0 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.3.0 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok3.0 
 6. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.8 
 7. Clark, Szolnok2.8 
 8. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 9. Crocker, Albacomp2.5 
 10. Kaman, ZTE K.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Clark, Szolnok3.0 
 2. Townes, Soproni2.1 
 3. McKenzie, Szedeak1.7 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.3 
 5. Langford, FS Debre.1.2 
 6. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.2 
 7. Keller, Albacomp1.1 
 8. Sales, Atomeromu1.1 
 9. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.9 
 10. Bell, Kormend0.9 


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Szolnok 11-2 
 2. Albacomp 11-3 
 3. Atomeromu 11-3 
 4. Kormend 10-3 
 5. Kecskemeti 9-5 
 6. ZTE KK 8-6 
 7. Falco-Szova 6-7 
 8. PVSK Pannon 6-7 
 9. Szedeak 6-8 
 10. Soproni 6-8 
 11. Marso-Vagep 6-8 
 12. Kaposvari 4-9 
 13. FS Debrecen 1-13 
 14. Salgotarjani 0-13 


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  ISRAEL   


Focused until the end! - by Chad Timberlake
I would like to start by saying our league lost a player over the break. Itay Levi (194-G-86, college: Slippery Rock) Respect and thoughts go out to him and his family. Very sorry for your lose.

We are about to start the second half of our season in the Israel-National League. I play for Elitzur Yavne. We are currently tied for second place. Our season is going pretty good up to this point. Of course we would like to be in the number one spot but as of now we have to focus on winning even more than we did in the first half so we can stay as a top team in this league. In this league That is going to be very hard. We have a very talented league with some very good teams. When I say we have good teams I mean it. Ask Hapoel Holon, them being a first division team lost to the second division team Hapoel TA. Thats not a knock to Hapoel Holon at all but a respect to the talent on Hapoel TA and in this league. Israel has a ton of talent and it floods into the second division. This half will be interesting because teams are making changes and making better roster moves everyday it seems. With that being said I see this half of the season being much harder than the first. Teams have went out and recruited better pieces and filled in the holes. It's going to be a tremendous challenge to continue to win. Our team is very focused and ready to accept the challenge. I personally am going to try and establish a tougher work ethic and better focus in our practices to assure we get the most out of everyday.

I just got back from my break. Me and my wife decided to go home for a week and see our family. Home for us this time is the whole Tri-State area. I will explain this later. It was good to go home and get that family time. I also celebrated my birthday on January 1st. I had a very good time. The best part about going home was that I was able to see my grandmother who is battling cancer right now. She is very weak right now so I'm hoping that she pulls through but at the same time being home and dealing with that I found out that my grandfather has cancer that spread to his bones. I'm telling my grandfather to fight this cancer and put some 'sport on it!' That's something he would tell me when I play a game. It's an old phrase he would say back in his boxing days. So me and my father always through that line back at him. I found that this trip home was a little more exhausting than I imagined. We planned out every day from landing to take off nd only had one day free for ourselves and even that day ended up filled with a plan. So home is the Tri-State because We traveled from New York to New Jersey to Pennsylvania, and a few times we were in all three in a day. Very tiring for us. First day landing in Newark NJ we drove to my wife's mothers house in South Jersey then to my mothers house in Pennsylvania then to NYC for a meet and great for my agency and finished with driving back to Jersey to sleep and my wife's brothers house. Yea, and that's just day one. Other days were filled with trips to Brooklyn and the Bronx and then Philly and Hoboken. So as of now I am happy to be back in my apartment in Israel just to lay in the bed and relax. The plan for the rest of my day is to lay down and rest up until practice tonight and then get a good workout in with the team. Like I said we have to get the most out of everyday and that starts today! So let me get a good rest so I can help lead my team later tonight in practice. I will check back in and let you all know how it goes.

Thanks for reading.
Your Favorite Blogger,

Chad Timberlake (194-G-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson)



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  ITALY   


Dan Peterson guides Armani Jeans to debut victory - by Eurobasket News
Armani Jeans - Pepsi Caserta 98:84

Armani Jeans recorded the tenth win in Seria A season as they rolled over Pepsi Caserta. Dan Peterson debuted on the bridge of Armani Jeans. Oleksiy Pecherov (212-C-85) came up with a pivotal performance not to spoil the head coach debut. The Ukrainian centre tallied 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the hosts to the victory. Armani Jeans fired 27 points in the opening frame to take a 6-point lead. Pepsi Caserta got within 4 points at the interval but could not keep up the tempo. The home team erupted for 28 points in the third stanza to establish a comfortable 14-point advantage before the fourth quarter. Armani Jeans stayed in charge throughout the final frame and rallied to the victory at the end. Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Pennsylvania) notched 16 points and 4 assists for Armani Jeans. Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points for the winners. Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Pepsi Caserta as they fell at 5-8 record in the ladder.

Armani Jeans: Oleksiy Pecherov 21+14 boards, Ibrahim Jaaber 16, Jonas Maciulis 13
Pepsi Caserta: Eric Williams 19, Jumaine Jones (201-F-79, college: Georgia) 18



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


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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari19.8 
 2. Ford, Fabi Shoes17.0 
 3. Zoroski, Banca T.16.9 
 4. Winston, CS Bo.16.8 
 5. Lavrinovic, Montepas.16.2 
 6. Milic, Vanoli CR15.9 
 7. Goss, Cimberio VA15.8 
 8. Dean, Air AV15.8 
 9. Thomas, Air AV15.5 
 10. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.4 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.7 
 3. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.6 
 4. Davis, Banca Tercas8.4 
 5. Hall, Banca Tercas8.2 
 6. Homan, CS Bologna8.2 
 7. Suton, Angelico BI7.9 
 8. Troutman, Air AV7.7 
 9. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.5 
 10. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Green, Air AV6.5 
 2. Collins, Scavolin.4.6 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.5 
 4. Goss, Cimberio VA4.3 
 5. Zoroski, Banca T.4.2 
 6. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.8 
 7. Diener, Dinamo S.3.8 
 8. Markovic, Benetton.3.5 
 9. Green, Bennet Cantu3.3 
 10. Dixon, Enel Brindisi3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel HACKETT
  Scavolini PS
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hackett, Scavolin.2.8 
 2. Troutman, Air AV2.8 
 3. Di Bella, Pepsi C.2.8 
 4. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.7 
 5. White, Dinamo Sassari2.6 
 6. Foster, Vanoli CR2.6 
 7. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.6 
 8. Goss, Cimberio VA2.6 
 9. Hawkins, Armani MI2.5 
 10. Hunter, Dinamo S.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 2. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.6 
 3. Polonara, Banca T.1.3 
 4. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.2 
 5. Smith, Benetton TV1.2 
 6. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.1 
 7. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.0 
 8. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 
 9. White, Dinamo Sassari0.9 
 10. Szewczyk, Air AV0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Crispin, Barcellona25.2 
 2. Whiting, Aget Imola23.6 
 3. Clark, Umana Reyer20.9 
 4. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.5 
 5. Ebi, Aget Imola19.3 
 6. Gordon, Forli19.0 
 7. Marigney, Assigeco18.4 
 8. Roderick, Immobi.18.3 
 9. Pecile, Fileni BPA17.8 
 10. Smith, Trenkwalder16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT9.4 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola9.0 
 3. Lollis, Immobili.8.9 
 4. Johnson, San Severo8.6 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco8.6 
 6. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.2 
 7. Filloy, Immobili.8.1 
 8. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.8 
 9. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.8 
 10. Chiacig, Sunris.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Antonio PORTA
  Tezenis Verona
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Porta, Tezenis .4.7 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona4.3 
 3. Farabello, N.Fer.4.0 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer4.0 
 5. Farabello, N.Fer.4.0 
 6. Whiting, Aget Imola3.7 
 7. Levin, Sunrise .3.6 
 8. Fultz, Trenkwalder3.5 
 9. Piazza, Forli3.4 
 10. Williams, Snaidero.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.3 
 2. Achara, Barcellona2.9 
 3. Davis, Sunrise .2.9 
 4. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 5. Farabello, N.Fer.2.8 
 6. Farabello, N.Fer.2.8 
 7. Stefanov, San S.2.7 
 8. Williams, Snaidero.2.6 
 9. Hunter, Sunrise .2.6 
 10. Williams, Snaidero.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT3.0 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.2 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.0 
 4. Achara, Barcellona0.9 
 5. Di Giuliomar., Umana R.0.8 
 6. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 7. Cutolo, San Severo0.8 
 8. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 9. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 10. Kotti, N.Ferrara0.7 


SerieA Round 13: Scavolini Pesaro defeats Bennet Cantu in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
SerieA round 13 most interesting game took place in Pesaro between Scavolini Pesaro and Bennet Cantu. Sixth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (7-6) got a very close home victory over 3rd placed Bennet Cantu (9-4). Scavolini Pesaro managed to escape with a 1-point win 76-75 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Bennet Cantu. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 22-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Scavolini Pesaro outrebounded Bennet Cantu 25-14 including 19 on the defensive glass. The former international guard Daniel Hackett (196-87, college: USC) stepped up and scored 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Puerto Rican guard Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami (FL)) chipped in 18 points. Scavolini Pesaro's coach Luca Dalmonte used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) responded with 15 points. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Angelico BI. Bennet Cantu at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Scavolini Pesaro is looking forward to face Air Avellino (#7) at home in the next round. Bennet Cantu will play against Benetton Treviso (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Avellino. 4th placed host Air Avellino (6-7) lost to first ranked Montepaschi Siena (12-1) 79-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Air Avellino. Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) nailed 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Bo Lester McCalebb accounted for 13 points and 4 assists. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Air Avellino in the defeat. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-1 record. Air Avellino at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with 6 other teams. Montepaschi Siena will play against Dinamo Sassari (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Air Avellino will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
CS Bologna (#5) was upset in Biella by eighth ranked Angelico Biella 80-75. Goran Suton fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Kennedy Winston produced 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Angelico Biella (7-6) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Scavolini PS. Loser CS Bologna dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with 6 other teams. Angelico Biella will meet bottom-ranked Enel Brindisi (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. CS Bologna will play against Lottomatica Roma (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Varese where higher ranked Cimberio Varese (6-7) was upset on its own court by fourteenth ranked Dinamo Sassari (5-8) 91-84. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of James White who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Dinamo Sassari moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Pepsi Caserta. Cimberio Varese lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Dinamo Sassari's next round opponent will be league's leader Montepaschi Siena on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
An interesting game took place in Teramo where higher ranked Vanoli-Braga (6-7) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Banca Tercas (4-9) 89-83 on Thursday. Drake Diener stepped up and scored 28 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Banca Tercas maintains fifteenth place with 4-9 record. Loser Vanoli-Braga dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Banca Tercas will face higher ranked Pepsi Caserta (#14) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 13: bottom-ranked Enel Brindisi was destroyed by Benetton TV on the opponent's court 90-66. Armani MI managed to outperform Pepsi Caserta in a home game 98-84. Fabi Shoes recorded a loss to Lottomatica on the road 88-73.


Cimberio VA - Dinamo Sassari 84-91

An interesting game took place in Varese where higher ranked Cimberio Varese (6-7) was upset on its own court by fourteenth ranked Dinamo Sassari (5-8) 91-84. It looked good early as Cimberio Varese took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Dinamo Sassari had a 22-17 second period charge getting the lead and Cimberio Varese was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 84-91. Dinamo Sassari made 28-of-34 charity shots (82.4 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by Cimberio Varese helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard James White (198-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Guard Travis Diener (183-82, college: Marquette) contributed with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Dinamo Sassari players scored in double figures. Guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) answered with 19 points, 8 assists and 5 steals and forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Cimberio Varese. Dinamo Sassari moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Pepsi Caserta. Cimberio Varese lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Dinamo Sassari's next round opponent will be league's leader Montepaschi Siena on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Sassari: D.Tsaldaris 23+2reb+1ast, T.Diener 20+6reb+4ast, J.White 19+12reb+4ast, B.Sacchetti 10+7reb+1ast, A.Cittadini 8+4reb, G.DeVecchi 5+5reb
Cimberio VA: P.Goss 19+2reb+8ast, R.Slay 14+5reb, G.Galanda 10+5reb, J.Thomas 10+1reb+1ast, A.Righetti 10+4reb, K.Kangur 7+9reb+2ast
gschID: 96128


Angelico BI - CS Bologna 80-75

CS Bologna (#5) was upset in Biella by eighth ranked Angelico Biella 80-75. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 29-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Croatian-Bosnian center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard A.J. Slaughter (191-88, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in 18 points. American forward Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama, agency: Priority Sports) produced 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Finnish guard Petteri Koponen (193-88) added 22 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Angelico Biella (7-6) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Scavolini PS. Loser CS Bologna dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with 6 other teams. Angelico Biella will meet bottom-ranked Enel Brindisi (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. CS Bologna will play against Lottomatica Roma (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: A.Slaughter 18+2reb+1ast, G.Suton 13+11reb, E.Sosa 11+2reb+4ast, J.Viggiano 10+6reb+3ast, M.Salyers 9+4reb+2ast, M.Soragna 9+3reb+4ast
CS Bologna: P.Koponen 22, K.Winston 15+5reb+4ast, G.Poeta 13+1reb+2ast, J.Homan 10+10reb, V.Sanikidze 5+3reb, V.Amoroso 4+1reb
gschID: 96129


Benetton TV - Enel Brindisi 90-66

Very expected game when 16th ranked Enel Brindisi (3-10) was crushed on the road by twelfth ranked Benetton Treviso (6-7) 90-66 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Benetton Treviso. Enel Brindisi managed to win second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Benetton Treviso forced 19 Enel Brindisi turnovers. Lithuanian center Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 12 points for the winners and American-Swiss forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side French forward Yakhouba Diawara (200-82, college: Pepperdine) responded with 18 points and the former international guard Giuliano Maresca (191-81) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Benetton Treviso moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 6 other teams. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Benetton Treviso will face higher ranked Bennet Cantu (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Enel Brindisi will play against Angelico Biella (#5).
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: R.Toolson 14+1ast, D.Smith 12+2reb+1ast, D.Motiejunas 12+4reb+2ast, J.Wojciechovski 10+1reb+1ast, G.Brunner 9+8reb+1ast, A.Gentile 8+1ast
Enel Brindisi: Y.Diawara 18+3reb+2ast, G.Maresca 13+5reb+1ast, F.Pugi 10+5reb+1ast, K.Lang 8+5reb+1ast, A.Roberson 6+1reb+1ast, A.Giovacchini 5
gschID: 96124


Air AV - Montepaschi 75-79

The game between Top Four teams took place in Avellino. 4th placed host Air Avellino (6-7) lost to first ranked Montepaschi Siena (12-1) 79-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Air Avellino. The guests were already 13 points ahead at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 31-17 last quarter charge of Air Avellino cut the lead to 79-75 at the end of the game. Montepaschi Siena forced 20 Air Avellino turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Montepaschi Siena especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) nailed 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and American-FYR Macedonian guard Bo Lester McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) accounted for 13 points and 4 assists. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Taquan Dean (193-83, college: Louisville) added 21 points respectively for Air Avellino in the defeat. Four Air Avellino players scored in double figures. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-1 record. Air Avellino at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with 6 other teams. Montepaschi Siena will play against Dinamo Sassari (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Air Avellino will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: R.Kaukenas 14+3reb, K.Lavrinovic 14+7reb, B.Lester McCalebb 13+2reb+4ast, M.Carraretto 11+1ast, T.Ress 8+3reb+2ast, D.Moss 8+5reb
Air AV: T.Dean 21+2reb+1ast, O.Thomas 18+6reb+1ast, S.Szewczyk 16+6reb, L.Johnson 10+6reb, C.Troutman 6+3reb, M.Green 4+3reb+8ast
gschID: 96125


Scavolini PS - Bennet Cantu 76-75

SerieA round 13 most interesting game took place in Pesaro between Scavolini Pesaro and Bennet Cantu. Sixth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (7-6) got a very close home victory over 3rd placed Bennet Cantu (9-4). Scavolini Pesaro managed to escape with a 1-point win 76-75 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Bennet Cantu. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 22-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Scavolini Pesaro outrebounded Bennet Cantu 25-14 including 19 on the defensive glass. The former international guard Daniel Hackett (196-87, college: USC) stepped up and scored 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Puerto Rican guard Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami (FL)) chipped in 18 points. Scavolini Pesaro's coach Luca Dalmonte used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) responded with 15 points and the other American import forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) scored 9 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Angelico BI. Bennet Cantu at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Scavolini Pesaro is looking forward to face Air Avellino (#7) at home in the next round. Bennet Cantu will play against Benetton Treviso (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Scavolini PS: G.Diaz 18+1reb+2ast, A.Collins 14+1reb+3ast, M.Cusin 14+6reb, D.Hackett 13+6reb+2ast, S.Flamini 6+1reb, A.Traini 5
Bennet Cantu: M.Green 15+1reb+2ast, J.Tabu 14+2reb+1ast, N.Mazzarino 10+2reb+1ast, D.Marconato 10+2reb, M.Leunen 9+4reb+4ast, B.Ortner 7
gschID: 96126


Banca Tercas - Vanoli CR 89-83

An interesting game took place in Teramo where higher ranked Vanoli-Braga (6-7) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Banca Tercas (4-9) 89-83 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-83. Banca Tercas made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 65.0 percentage. American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 28 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) chipped in 19 points and 6 assists. At the losing side American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Je'Kel Foster (191-83, college: Ohio St., agency: Lanshire Group) scored 21 points and 4 steals. Four Vanoli-Braga players scored in double figures. Banca Tercas maintains fifteenth place with 4-9 record. Loser Vanoli-Braga dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Banca Tercas will face higher ranked Pepsi Caserta (#14) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Banca Tercas: D.Diener 28+6reb+3ast, I.Zoroski 19+2reb+6ast, G.Boscagin 10+4reb+3ast, R.De La Fuente 10+2reb+2ast, K.Fletcher 9+5reb+1ast, J.Davis 9+11reb+1ast
Vanoli CR: J.Foster 21+3reb+2ast, J.Perkovic 20+3reb+2ast, E.Rowland 16+6reb+5ast, B.Sekulic 10+12reb, A.Drozdov 9+3reb+3ast, L.D'Ercole 4+1reb
gschID: 96127


Armani MI - Pepsi Caserta 98-84

Very predictable result when third ranked Armani Milano (10-3) defeated at home 11th ranked Pepsi Caserta (5-8) 98-84 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Armani Milano. Pepsi Caserta managed to win second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Armani Milano made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Ukrainian center Oleksiy Pecherov (212-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Mason Rocca (204-77, college: Princeton) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Armani Milano's coach Dan Peterson used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Jumaine Jones (201-79, college: Georgia) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import center Eric Williams (206-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Five Armani Milano and four Pepsi Caserta players scored in double figures. Armani Milano moved-up to second place. Loser Pepsi Caserta dropped to the thirteenth position with eight games lost. Armani Milano will face Vanoli-Braga (#6) in Cremona in the next round. Pepsi Caserta will play at home against Banca Tercas (#15) in Teramo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: O.Pecherov 21+14reb, I.Jaaber 16+1reb+4ast, J.Maciulis 13+4reb, D.Hawkins 12+5reb+2ast, M.Rocca 12+8reb+2ast, M.Finley 10+3reb+4ast
Pepsi Caserta: E.Williams 19+8reb, J.Jones 18+9reb+1ast, F.Di Bella 13+1reb+3ast, L.Garri 11+4reb, M.Colussi 8+1reb, L.Koszarek 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 96122


Lottomatica - Fabi Shoes 88-73

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (6-7) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Lottomatica Roma (6-7) 88-73 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Lottomatica Roma. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro managed to win second period 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lottomatica Roma outrebounded Fabi Shoes Montegranaro 50-36 including 22 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lottomatica Roma made 7 blocks. Bosnian forward Nihad Dedovic (196-90, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and French center Ali Traore (207-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks and Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Five Lottomatica Roma and four Fabi Shoes Montegranaro players scored in double figures. Lottomatica Roma moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Lottomatica Roma will face CS Bologna (#9) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Lottomatica: N.Dedovic 18+12reb+3ast, A.Traore 13+8reb+2ast, V.Dasic 13+9reb+1ast, D.Washington 11+3reb+5ast, A.Crosariol 11+7reb, L.Vitali 8+2reb+1ast
Fabi Shoes: D.Ivanov 15+11reb, S.Ford 13+14reb, B.Jones 11+3reb+1ast, A.Ray 11+3ast, D.Cavaliero 9+1reb+2ast, A.Cinciarini 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 96123




Lega2 Round 14: No surprise as #1 Umana Venezia defeats Tezenis Verona - by Eurobasket News
Lega2 top team - Umana Venezia (13-1) managed to deliver another win on Thursday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Tezenis Verona (3-11) 74-62. The game was mostly controlled by Umana Venezia. Tezenis Verona managed to win fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Alvin Young (189-75, college: Niagara) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) responded with 14 points and 4 assists. Umana Venezia have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Newly promoted Tezenis Verona keeps the fifteenth place with 11 games lost. Umana Venezia are looking forward to face Sigma Barcellona (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Tezenis Verona will play against Sunrise Scafati (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
A very close game took place in Lodi between Aget Imola and Assigeco BPL. Eighth ranked Aget Imola (8-6) got a very close victory on the road over 12th ranked Assigeco BPL (5-9). Aget Imola managed to escape with a 1-point win 78-77 on Thursday evening. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, college: Arizona, agency: Priority Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and Trent Whiting supported him with 16 points. Even 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) did not help to save the game for Assigeco BPL. Aget Imola has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Tuscany PT. Assigeco BPL at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Trenkwalder and Fileni BPA. Aget Imola will play against higher ranked Fastweb CM (#3) in Casale in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Assigeco BPL will play on the road against Naturhouse Ferrara (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Tenth-ranked Fileni BPA (5-9) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Sunrise Scafati (9-5) on Thursday. Sunrise Scafati managed to secure only two-point victory 69-67. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Patrick Baldassarre who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Sunrise Scafati's coach Giulio Griccioli used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Michele Maggioli produced 20 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Sunrise Scafati has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Immobiliare SR and Barcellona. Fileni BPA lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Trenkwalder and Assigeco. Sunrise Scafati will meet Tezenis Verona (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Fileni BPA will play against Tuscany Pistoia (#8) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Pistoia where 7th ranked Tuscany Pistoia (8-6) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Prima Veroli (6-8) 90-75. Jarrius Jackson orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points. Prima Veroli's coach Demis Cavina allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Prima Veroli moved-up to ninth place, which they share with N.Ferrara. Tuscany Pistoia at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Prima Veroli's next round opponent will be Trenkwalder RE (#13) in Reggio Emilia.
An interesting game took place in Reggio Emilia where higher ranked Sigma Barcellona (9-5) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Trenkwalder RE (5-9) 78-73 on Thursday. Joe Smith scored 28 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Sigma Barcellona's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Trenkwalder RE moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Fileni BPA and Assigeco. Newly promoted Sigma Barcellona keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Trenkwalder RE will face higher ranked Prima Veroli (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sigma Barcellona will play against the league's leader Umana Venezia (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 14: Immobiliare SR won against San Severo on the opponent's court 82-74. Snaidero UD managed to outperform N.Ferrara in a home game 73-64. Forli was rolled over Fastweb CM on the road 97-70.


San Severo - Immobiliare SR 74-82

Very expected game when 16th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (1-13) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Immobiliare SR (9-5) 82-74 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Immobiliare SR dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Mazzeo San Severo's 28. American swingman Terrence Roderick (195-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) scored 29 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) during the contest. American forward Kaniel Dickens (203-78, college: Idaho) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Luca Ianes (202-80) scored 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Mazzeo San Severo players scored in double figures. Immobiliare SR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sunrise Scafati and Barcellona. Newly promoted Mazzeo San Severo stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Immobiliare SR will face league's second-placed Snaidero Udine at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Mazzeo San Severo will play against MarcoPoloShop.it (#14) in Forli and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Immobiliare SR: T.Roderick 29+5reb+3ast, D.Filloy 23+7reb+4ast, Q.Lollis 11+7reb+1ast, G.Gurini 9+1reb, G.Tomassini 6+2reb+2ast, D.Vukcevic 4+3reb+1ast
San Severo: K.Dickens 22+6reb, F.Zanelli 13+1ast, R.Stefanov 12+3reb, A.Johnson 10+5reb, M.Ferri 8+1reb, L.Ianes 6+5reb+4ast
gschID: 95890


Tuscany PT - Prima Veroli 75-90

An interesting game took place in Pistoia where 7th ranked Tuscany Pistoia (8-6) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Prima Veroli (6-8) 90-75. The game without a history. Prima Veroli led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points. The other American import guard James Penn (178-77, college: Ohio St.) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Prima Veroli's coach Demis Cavina allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Latvian forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Stanley International) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Tuscany Pistoia. Four Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. Prima Veroli moved-up to ninth place, which they share with N.Ferrara. Tuscany Pistoia at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Prima Veroli's next round opponent will be Trenkwalder RE (#13) in Reggio Emilia.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: J.Jackson 29+2reb+2ast, J.Penn 20+4reb+5ast, D.Brkic 18+5reb, A.Kavaliauskas 8+3reb, G.Rosselli 7+6reb+2ast, I.Gatto 6+4reb+2ast
Tuscany PT: J.Varnado 17+5reb+1ast, J.Porzingis 11+6reb+1ast, G.Fucka 11+2reb+1ast, S.Berti 11+1reb+2ast, F.Toppo 10+6reb+1ast, J.Forte 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 95886


Sunrise Scafati - Fileni BPA 69-67

Tenth-ranked Fileni BPA (5-9) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Sunrise Scafati (9-5) on Thursday. Sunrise Scafati managed to secure only two-point victory 69-67. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-14. But Fileni BPA won second period 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Jimmie Hunter (196-77, college: Life) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. Four Sunrise Scafati players scored in double figures. Sunrise Scafati's coach Giulio Griccioli used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Barry Elder (193-82, college: Georgia Tech) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Sunrise Scafati has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Immobiliare SR and Barcellona. Fileni BPA lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Trenkwalder and Assigeco. Sunrise Scafati will meet Tezenis Verona (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Fileni BPA will play against Tuscany Pistoia (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sunrise Scafati: P.Baldassarre 16+7reb, J.Hunter 14+4reb+4ast, N.Radulovic 11+3reb, M.Levin 10+1reb+2ast, R.Davis 6+4reb, M.Casini 3+2reb+1ast
Fileni BPA: M.Maggioli 20+5reb+1ast, B.Elder 16+7reb+3ast, A.Pecile 9+4reb+2ast, M.Tusek 7+7reb+2ast, F.Migliori 5+2reb+1ast, M.Rossi 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 95887


Umana Reyer - Tezenis Verona 74-62

Lega2 top team - Umana Venezia (13-1) managed to deliver another win on Thursday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Tezenis Verona (3-11) 74-62. The game was mostly controlled by Umana Venezia. Tezenis Verona managed to win fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Alvin Young (189-75, college: Niagara) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) responded with 14 points and 4 assists and Latvian swingman Mareks Jurevicus (198-85) scored 10 points and 4 assists. Umana Venezia have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Newly promoted Tezenis Verona keeps the fifteenth place with 11 games lost. Umana Venezia are looking forward to face Sigma Barcellona (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Tezenis Verona will play against Sunrise Scafati (#5) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Umana Reyer: A.Young 16+5reb+3ast, K.Clark 16+3reb+3ast, T.Slay 15+9reb+2ast, G.Meini 9+4ast, M.Maestrello 9+2reb+2ast, A.Causin 5+4reb+2ast
Tezenis Verona: A.Porta 14+4reb+4ast, A.Renzi 12+6reb, M.Jurevicus 10+4reb+4ast, O.Gueye 9+1ast, K.Waleskowski 7+6reb+1ast, F.Bellina 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 95888


Assigeco - Aget Imola 77-78

A very close game took place in Lodi between Aget Imola and Assigeco BPL. Eighth ranked Aget Imola (8-6) got a very close victory on the road over 12th ranked Assigeco BPL (5-9). Aget Imola managed to escape with a 1-point win 78-77 on Thursday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-16. But Assigeco BPL won second period 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, college: Arizona, agency: Priority Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) supported him with 16 points. Even 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) did not help to save the game for Assigeco BPL. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Bruno Cerella (194-86, agency: Players Group) added 16 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Four Assigeco BPL players scored in double figures. Aget Imola has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Tuscany PT. Assigeco BPL at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Trenkwalder and Fileni BPA. Aget Imola will play against higher ranked Fastweb CM (#3) in Casale in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Assigeco BPL will play on the road against Naturhouse Ferrara (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aget Imola: N.Ebi 34+15reb+1ast, T.Whiting 16+4reb+3ast, D.Bruttini 10+6reb, P.Prato 8+4reb, M.Ringstrom 7+3reb+4ast, A.Amici 2+2reb
Assigeco: B.Cerella 16+2reb+4ast, P.Marigney 15+6reb+4ast, R.Boykin 12+6reb+1ast, D.Banti 11+5reb+2ast, A.Chiumenti 7+3reb, M.Venuto 6+1ast
gschID: 95889


Trenkwalder - Barcellona 78-73

An interesting game took place in Reggio Emilia where higher ranked Sigma Barcellona (9-5) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Trenkwalder RE (5-9) 78-73 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 25-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Trenkwalder RE forced 23 Sigma Barcellona turnovers. Sigma Barcellona was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Joe Smith (193-77, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Priority Sports) scored 28 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Robert Fultz (190-82, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 10 points during the contest. American guard Joseph Crispin (186-79, college: Penn St., agency: Interperformances) responded with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and center Manuele Mocavero (203-80) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Sigma Barcellona players scored in double figures. Sigma Barcellona's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Trenkwalder RE moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Fileni BPA and Assigeco. Newly promoted Sigma Barcellona keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Trenkwalder RE will face higher ranked Prima Veroli (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sigma Barcellona will play against the league's leader Umana Venezia (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: J.Smith 28+3reb+4ast, R.Beck 10, M.Frassineti 10+3reb, R.Fultz 10+2reb+2ast, A.Frosini 8+4reb, J.Salvi 7+4reb
Barcellona: J.Crispin 17+5reb+5ast, M.Mocavero 14+8reb, K.Achara 12+1reb, M.Hicks 11+4reb, R.Bucci 7+3reb, A.Ghiacci 5+2reb
gschID: 95884


Snaidero UD - N.Ferrara 73-64

Very predictable result when second ranked Snaidero Udine (11-3) defeated at home 9th ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (6-8) 73-64 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-64. Snaidero Udine made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American swingman Jason Williams (197-83, college: UTEP) had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Luigi Dordei (202-81) chipped in 19 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Finnish power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Valerio Mazzola (205-88, agency: Interperformances) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Snaidero Udine maintains second position with 11-3 record having just two points less than leader Umana Reyer. Loser Naturhouse Ferrara keeps the ninth place with eight games lost. Snaidero Udine will face Immobiliare SR (#4) in Rimini in the next round. Naturhouse Ferrara will play at home against Assigeco BPL (#11) in Lodi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Snaidero UD: J.Williams 29+10reb+1ast, L.Dordei 19+13reb+2ast, C.Cotis Harrison 11+7reb+5ast, G.Lee 7+5reb, R.Prandin 4+1reb, T.Rinaldi 3+3reb+2ast
N.Ferrara: T.Kotti 20+9reb, J.Boyette 14+5reb, V.Mazzola 11+8reb+2ast, R.Hoover 7+1reb+2ast, D.Cournooh 6+1reb+2ast, K.Ndoja 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 95885


Fastweb CM - Forli 97-70

Not a big story in a game in Casale where 13th ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (4-10) was rolled over by third ranked Fastweb CM (10-4) 97-70 on Thursday. The game without a history. Fastweb CM led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Fastweb CM outrebounded MarcoPoloShop.it 38-15 including a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) scored 19 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Tommaso Fantoni (203-85, agency: Players Group) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Fastweb CM players scored in double figures. The former international center Francesco Foiera (207-75, agency: Interperformances) responded with 16 points and American forward Ryan Wittman (198-88, college: Cornell) scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fastweb CM maintains third position with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader Umana Reyer. MarcoPoloShop.it lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourteenth place with ten games lost. Fastweb CM will face Aget Imola (#7) on the road in the next round. MarcoPoloShop.it will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fastweb CM: R.Hickman 19+3reb+6ast, D.Taylor 13+3reb+1ast, S.Gentile 13+3reb+2ast, S.Masciadri 11+4reb+1ast, T.Fantoni 11+9reb+3ast, M.Malaventura 9
Forli: F.Foiera 16+1reb+1ast, R.Wittman 13+2reb+3ast, L.Campani 12, A.Piazza 6+5reb+6ast, M.Poletti 6+3reb+1ast, F.Lestini 6+3ast
gschID: 95883




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  KUWAIT   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Qadsia 1-0 
 2. Al Arabi 0-0 
 3. Al Kuwait 0-0 
 4. Al Sahel 0-0 
 5. Kazma 0-0 
 6. Al Jahraa 0-1 


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  LATVIA   


Standings - LBAL
LBL D2 Standings
 1. BS Ogre 9-2 
 2. Jurmala 9-2 
 3. Ventspils Aug. 8-3 
 4. ASK/Buki 7-4 
 5. Saldus 6-3 
 6. BS Daugava 5-5 
 7. Zemgale/Jun. 5-5 
 8. DSN Riga 4-3 
 9. Liepaja-2 3-6 
 10. Barons/Ridzene 3-9 
 11. Livani 1-8 
 12. VEF Kadeti 0-10 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs17.2 
 3. Veselovs, Valmiera16.5 
 4. Bergmanis, Zemgale16.1 
 5. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 6. Lowe, Barons16.0 
 7. Mitchell, Liepaja15.7 
 8. Cipruss, Valmiera15.6 
 9. Bertans, VEF R.15.4 
 10. Nelyubov, VEF R.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Avila
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Cipruss, Valmiera10.4 
 2. Berzins, VEF R.8.2 
 3. Mednis, Turiba8.1 
 4. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.8 
 5. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 6. Grafs, VEF Riga jrs7.3 
 7. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.9 
 9. Nelyubov, VEF R.6.8 
 10. Veselovs, Valmiera6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.7 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 4. Mason, Ventspils4.0 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.3.9 
 6. Sirsnins, Barons3.8 
 7. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 8. Vaikulis, Liepaja3.5 
 9. Piternieks, LU3.5 
 10. Feldmanis, Barons3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Lowe, Barons2.4 
 3. Gailitis, VEF R.2.3 
 4. Mitchell, Liepaja2.2 
 5. Slisans, LU2.1 
 6. Bertans, VEF R.2.1 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 8. Cavars, Barons1.9 
 9. Jahovics, VEF R.1.8 
 10. Vitols, Barons1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Berzins, VEF R.3.6 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale2.3 
 3. Cipruss, Valmiera1.6 
 4. Brunins, Zemgale1.2 
 5. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 6. Skirmants, Barons1.0 
 7. Bertans, Barons1.0 
 8. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.8 
 9. Selakovs, VEF R.0.7 
 10. Mejeris, Liepaja0.7 


Latvian U16 National Team 2011 - by Greg
Starting five
#s#
Armands Ginters
Ginters
Ivars Rihards Zvigurs
Zvigurs
Davis Geks
Geks
Jekabs Bitenieks
Bitenieks
Matiss Seipulans
Seipulans
#e#5
4 Janis Stakavs 95
5 Kristaps Plavnieks 175-G-95 VEF Kadeti Latvia
6 Armands Ginters 193-F-95 VEF Kadeti Latvia
7 Kristaps Gluditis 188-G-95 VEF Kadeti Latvia
8 Ivars Rihards Zvigurs 187-G-95 VEF Riga jrs Latvia
9 Raiens Saubergs 95
10 Davis Geks 182-G-95 VEF Riga jrs Latvia
11 Jekabs Bitenieks 190-G-95 Liepaja-2 Latvia
12 Janis Engers 95
13 Rolands Smits 95
14 Kristaps Porzingis 95 Liepaja Latvia
15 Matiss Seipulans 200-C-95 VEF Kadeti Latvia

Nikolajs Mazurs Head Coach VEF Kadeti Latvia
Guntars Jonas Assistant


Latvian U18 National Team 2011 - by Greg
Starting five
#s#
Vents Veinbergs
Veinbergs
Klavs Strazdins
Strazdins
Janis Berzins
Berzins
Guntis Sipolins
Sipolins
Ojars Silins
Silins
#e#5
4 Kaspars Lubans 185-G-93 BS Daugava Latvia
5 Peteris Rekis 196-F-93 BS Daugava Latvia
6 Vents Veinbergs 183-G-93 Valmiera Latvia
8 Klavs Strazdins 187-G/F-93 BS Daugava Latvia
9 Roberts Krumins 194-G-93
10 Janis Berzins 194-F-93 Valmiera Latvia
11 Guntis Sipolins 201-F-93 BS Ogre Latvia
12 Juris Kalnins 200-F-93 Livani Latvia
14 Ceslavs Mateikovics 200-C/F-94 Zemgale Latvia
15 Ojars Silins 198-F-93 Trenkwalder Italy
Sandis Simanovskis 93
Arturs Lusis 197-F-93 DSN Riga Latvia
Rihards Paze 199-F-93 VEF Riga jrs Latvia
Oskars Reinfelds 190-G-94 Marupe Latvia
Ingus Jakovics 180-G-93 DSN Riga Latvia

Peteris Ozolins Head Coach BS Ogre Latvia
Vents Karklins Assistant Keizarm.U21 Latvia


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  LEBANON   


Div.A Round 17: Derby game ends with Al Riyadi's defeat of Hoops Club - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game in Round 17 was a derby match between two local teams from Beirut: Al Riyadi (#2) and Hoops Club (#6). Hoops Club was crushed at home by 20 points 68-88 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by Al Riyadi. Hoops Club managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. Forward Nathanel Johnson (199-77, college: Louisville) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Center Loren Woods (218-78, college: Arizona) contributed with 11 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Swingman William Byrd (201-85, college: Arkansas-Pine Bluff) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists for Hoops Club. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Al Riyadi has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-3 record having just two points less than leader Champville. Hoops Club lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Al Riyadi are looking forward to face league's leader Champville in Dik El Mehdi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hoops Club will play on the road against Chabab (#9) in Zahle and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Champville (14-1) which hosted in Dik El Mehdi 3rd placed Al Moutahed (9-6). First ranked Champville managed to get a 10-point victory 84-74. The former international forward Fadi El Khatib (199-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) stepped up and scored 42 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners and Darnell Cox chipped in 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. American forward Lavell Payne (203-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: ACMT) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Champville has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-1 record. Al Moutahed at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Sagesse. Champville will play against league's second-placed Al Riyadi in Beirut in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Al Moutahed will play at home against Byblos and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between fourth ranked Sagesse (9-6) and 9th ranked Chabab (2-13) in Beirut on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Sagesse outscored guests from Zahle 85-60. Garnett Thompson nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winning side. Marc Dawson came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds for Chabab in the defeat. Chabab's coach Radenko Orlovic gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sagesse moved-up to third place, which they share with Moutahed. Chabab lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Sagesse's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beirut to the arena Antranik.



Sagesse - Chabab 85-60

The game between fourth ranked Sagesse (9-6) and 9th ranked Chabab (2-13) in Beirut on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Sagesse outscored guests from Zahle 85-60. The game without a history. Sagesse led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sagesse outrebounded Chabab 54-27 including a 36-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sagesse made 9 blocks. American power forward Garnett Thompson (207-80, college: Providence) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winning side and the former international guard Ghaleb Rida (190-81, agency: Pro Management Agency) accounted for 22 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals. American power forward Marc Dawson (206-83, college: Long Beach St., agency: Tank Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import guard Enique Clemons (180-80, college: Missouri, agency: Strategic Sports) added 25 points, 6 assists and 4 steals respectively for Chabab in the defeat. Chabab's coach Radenko Orlovic gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sagesse moved-up to third place, which they share with Moutahed. Chabab lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Sagesse's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beirut to the arena Antranik.
Top scorers:
Sagesse: G.Rida 22+5reb+7ast, G.Thompson 21+16reb, R.Fahed 21+6reb+4ast, S.Khoury 6+4reb+9ast, J.Zaloum 6+2ast, D.Watkins 6+6reb+2ast
Chabab: E.Clemons 25+2reb+6ast, M.Dawson 22+14reb+1ast, H.Lakiss 7+3reb+2ast, R.Dagher 2+2reb, G.Farah 2+1reb, Y.Kassem 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 115298


Hoops - Al Riyadi 68-88

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Beirut: Al Riyadi (#2) and Hoops Club (#6). Hoops Club was crushed at home by 20 points 68-88 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by Al Riyadi. Hoops Club managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. Forward Nathanel Johnson (199-77, college: Louisville) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Center Loren Woods (218-78, college: Arizona) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Five Al Riyadi players scored in double figures. Swingman William Byrd (201-85, college: Arkansas-Pine Bluff) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Calvin Cage (183-84, college: Buffalo) added 25 points in the effort for Hoops Club. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Al Riyadi has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 12-3 record having just two points less than leader Champville. Hoops Club lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Al Riyadi are looking forward to face league's leader Champville in Dik El Mehdi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hoops Club will play on the road against Chabab (#9) in Zahle and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Al Riyadi: N.Johnson 28+10reb+3ast, J.Abed El Nour 18+5reb+1ast, A.Saoud 13+2reb+4ast, J.Vogel 11+6reb+3ast, L.Woods 11+17reb+3ast, C.Sokhen 3+1reb
Hoops: C.Cage 25+1reb, W.Byrd 21+18reb+5ast, H.Kansou 9+5reb+3ast, M.Hamdar 5+8reb+1ast, R.Bou Dagher 4+3reb+1ast, A.Yammine 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 115299


Champville - Moutahed 84-74

An interesting game for Champville (14-1) which hosted in Dik El Mehdi 3rd placed Al Moutahed (9-6). First ranked Champville managed to get a 10-point victory 84-74. The game was mostly controlled by Champville. Al Moutahed managed to win fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Champville dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Al Moutahed's 40. The former international forward Fadi El Khatib (199-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) stepped up and scored 42 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners and American center Darnell Cox (211-85, college: Miss.Valley St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. American forward Lavell Payne (203-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: ACMT) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import guard Austin Johnson (191-87, college: Oklahoma) scored 21 points and 5 assists. Champville has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-1 record. Al Moutahed at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Sagesse. Champville will play against league's second-placed Al Riyadi in Beirut in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Al Moutahed will play at home against Byblos and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Champville: F.El Khatib 42+6reb+2ast, D.Cox 16+12reb+2ast, M.Mneimneh 10+3reb+2ast, J.Youngblood 9+7reb+5ast, M.Martinez 3+5reb+2ast, K.Mocharef 2+1reb
Moutahed: A.Johnson 21+2reb+5ast, L.Payne 15+14reb, B.Bawji 11+13reb+2ast, E.Roustom 9+11reb+3ast, M.Fahes 6+7reb+2ast, M.Akary 5
gschID: 115296




Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi EL KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. El Khatib, Champville29.7 
 2. Warner, Byblos24.2 
 3. Cage, Hoops22.8 
 4. Shannon, Anibal21.3 
 5. Abed El Nour, Al Ri.20.8 
 6. Zachery, Antranik20.7 
 7. Byrd, Hoops20.4 
 8. Dawson, Chabab20.2 
 9. Youngblood, Champ.19.9 
 10. Johnson, Moutahed19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi15.4 
 2. Dawson, Chabab12.8 
 3. Thompson, Sagesse12.7 
 4. Warner, Byblos12.3 
 5. Cox, Champville11.6 
 6. Shannon, Anibal11.6 
 7. Byrd, Hoops11.6 
 8. Payne, Moutahed11.3 
 9. Watkins, Sagesse11.0 
 10. Battles, Antranik10.9 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon MASON
  Byblos
  (194-G/F-81)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Mason, Byblos7.8 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed6.6 
 3. Akl, Anibal6.3 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.5 
 5. Clemons, Chabab4.7 
 6. Fahed, Sagesse4.3 
 7. Khoury, Sagesse3.8 
 8. El Khatib, Champville3.6 
 9. Youngblood, Champ.3.5 
 10. Roustom, Moutahed3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Chabab
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Clemons, Chabab3.3 
 2. Youngblood, Champ.2.5 
 3. Byrd, Hoops2.4 
 4. Roustom, Moutahed2.4 
 5. Mason, Byblos2.4 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.2 
 7. Moucharef, Byblos1.9 
 8. Lakiss, Chabab1.9 
 9. Khoury, Sagesse1.8 
 10. Zachery, Antranik1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Darnell COX
  Champville
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Cox, Champville4.2 
 2. Allen, Champville3.7 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi2.6 
 4. Watkins, Sagesse2.0 
 5. Thompson, Sagesse2.0 
 6. Kanaan, Antranik1.3 
 7. Hamdar, Hoops1.3 
 8. Byrd, Hoops1.3 
 9. Warner, Byblos1.2 
 10. Shannon, Anibal1.2 


Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Champville 14-1 
 2. Al Riyadi 12-3 
 3. Moutahed 9-6 
 4. Sagesse 9-6 
 5. Anibal 8-7 
 6. Antranik 5-9 
 7. Hoops 5-10 
 8. Byblos 3-12 
 9. Chabab 2-13 


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  MEXICO   


LNBP 1/8 Finals: Second games - by Eurobasket News
Second games of the LNBP 1/8 Finals were played yesterday (series best-of-five). Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game with biggest result difference took place in Cancun. Local Pioneros outscored Abejas 107-63. The game without a history. Pioneros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Pioneros outrebounded Abejas 52-33 including a 42-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 59.3 percentage. Pioneros looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Abejas' players. The best player for the winners was guard Joseph Sanchez (180-G-83, college: UTPA) (180-83, college: UTPA) who scored 18 points and 4 assists. American guard Jeremiah Dominguez (168-85, college: Portland St.) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Pioneros' coach Alberto Espasandin felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Elijah Flores produced 20 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Pioneros has 2-0 lead in the series and needs just one more.

Rest of the games were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Lechugueros were defeated by Angeles in Puebla 78-74. Halc.Xalapa beat Soles at home 81-64. Lobos Grises lost to Halc.Rojos on the opponent's court 73-87. Toros managed to outperform Huracanes in a home game 76-66. Potros recorded a loss to Fuerza Regia on the road 84-80.
The best stats in all second games was 31 points and 7 rebounds by Ikechukwu Ofoegbu of Toros Nuevo Laredo.


Angeles - Lechugueros 78-74 (2-0)

There was no surprise in Puebla where Lechugueros was defeated by sixth ranked Angeles 78-74 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 20-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Angeles outrebounded Lechugueros 41-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Venezuelan guard Diego Guevara (184-77, college: Charlotte) who scored 24 points. American-Venezuelan forward Jermaine Walker (198-77, college: Miami (FL)) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American swingman Mike Smith (201-76, college: La-Monroe) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and Jamaican guard Ricky Johns (193-85, college: Utah) added 20 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Angeles is 2-0 up and they are one step away from the next stage.
Top scorers:
Angeles: D.Guevara 24+2reb+3ast, J.Walker 19+5reb+4ast, C.Withers 15+12reb, G.Vargas 10+5reb+6ast, A.Sucre 8+13reb+1ast, C.Morris 2+3reb
Lechugueros: R.Johns 20+2reb+6ast, M.Smith 19+11reb+2ast, R.Moss 17+9reb+1ast, J.Jenkins 12+2reb+4ast, M.Jackson 3+4reb+1ast, A.Sanchez 3+1reb
gschID: 120040


Halc.Xalapa - Soles 81-64 (2-0)

No shocking result in a game when Halcones UV Xalapa defeated at home Soles 81-64 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Halcones UV Xalapa. Soles managed to win second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halcones UV Xalapa looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Italian-Uruguayan guard Leandro Garcia Morales (186-80, college: Texas A&M, agency: Interperformances) who scored 20 points and 9 assists. The former international swingman Jovan Harris (191-81, college: USF) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Halcones UV Xalapa players scored in double figures. Uruguayan guard Martin Osimani (194-81, college: Duquesne) produced 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Panamanian-Spanish power forward Ruben Garces (206-73, college: Providence, agency: Priority Sports) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Halcones Xalapa jumps to 2-0.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: L.Garcia Morales 20+3reb+9ast, R.Traylor 17+4reb+1ast, J.Harris 16+8reb+6ast, R.Mata 10+9reb, O.Mendez-Valdez 7+6reb+4ast, T.McGowan 4+2reb
Soles: A.Pedroza 15, R.Garces 12+8reb, M.Osimani 12+5reb+7ast, H.Hernandez 9+3reb, D.Davis 6+5reb, T.Thomas 4+7reb+4ast
gschID: 120037


Halc.Rojos - Lobos Grises 87-73 (2-0)

Rather expected game in Veracruz where Lobos Grises was defeated by fifth ranked Halcones Rojos (25-11) 87-73 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Halcones Rojos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Halcones Rojos had a 28-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Lobos Grises helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Puerto Rican guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) who scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American forward Brandon Robinson (202-81, college: Auburn, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 19 points. Halcones Rojos' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Cedric Patton (201-78, college: Georgia St., agency: Court Side) produced 22 points and his fellow American import guard Germaine Jackson (195-76, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Halcones Rojos has 2-0 lead in the series.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: B.Robinson 19+4reb+1ast, P.Stoll 15+5reb+2ast, C.Rivera 15+7reb+6ast, L.Hill 9+2reb, M.Ayala 8+4reb+3ast, J.Aubry 8+8reb
Lobos Grises: C.Patton 22+4reb+1ast, M.Thomas 13+6reb, G.Jackson 12+6reb+7ast, M.Martinez 8+3reb, J.Lopez 6+4reb, N.Jones 5+1ast
gschID: 120038


Toros - Huracanes 76-66 (2-0)

Very predictable result in Nuevo Laredo where Toros beat Huracanes 76-66. The game was mostly controlled by Toros. Huracanes managed to win fourth quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by Huracanes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Quentin Joseph (200-84, college: McNeese St.) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Adrian Henning (203-82, college: Austin Peay St.) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) produced 24 points and 6 rebounds and American center Albert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Toros - Huracanes 2-0.
Top scorers:
Toros: Q.Joseph 20+8reb, W.Pagan 15+2reb+2ast, I.Ofoegbu 10+2reb+2ast, A.Henning 9+7reb+3ast, A.Gomez 7+2reb+4ast, E.Vasquez 7+5reb+1ast
Huracanes: O.Quintero 24+6reb+1ast, R.Hornsby 15+4reb, A.Fuqua 13+11reb, T.Bobbitt 8+4reb+1ast, A.Hunter 6+2reb+1ast, E.Albor 0+1reb
gschID: 120039


Pioneros - Abejas 107-63 (2-0)

The game with biggest result difference took place in Cancun. Local Pioneros outscored Abejas 107-63. The game without a history. Pioneros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Pioneros outrebounded Abejas 52-33 including a 42-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 59.3 percentage. Pioneros looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Abejas' players. The best player for the winners was guard Joseph Sanchez (180-83, college: UTPA) who scored 18 points and 4 assists. American guard Jeremiah Dominguez (168-85, college: Portland St.) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Pioneros' coach Alberto Espasandin felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Elijah Flores produced 20 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Pioneros has 2-0 lead in the series and needs just one more.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: J.Sanchez 18+4reb+4ast, S.Soriano 16+4reb+1ast, J.Dominguez 16+1reb+5ast, K.Young 14+6reb, H.Llamas 10+7reb+4ast, A.Esparza 8+5reb+1ast
Abejas: E.Flores 20+5reb+1ast, M.Hernandez 13+5reb, D.Bunton 11+2reb+1ast, D.Ojo 6+1reb+3ast, J.Maxwell 6+6reb+1ast, R.Elicerio 5+4reb
gschID: 120035


Fuerza Regia - Potros 84-80 (1-1)

Not a big story in a game in Monterrey where Potros (17-19) was defeated by Fuerza Regia 84-80. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Potros were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Fuerza Regia forced 21 Potros turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Steve Monreal (180, college: Cal.St.-Monterey) produced 23 points and forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) added 18 points respectively for the guests. With this victory, Fuerza Regia tied the score to 1-1 in the series.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: J.Smith 25+6reb+1ast, J.Habel 20+6reb+2ast, S.Bowie 19+2reb, A.Izaguirre 9+3reb+1ast, M.Mitchell 3+4reb+5ast, J.Richards 3+2reb
Potros: S.Monreal 23+4reb, S.Monroe 18+3reb+2ast, F.Harris 13+3reb, C.Garcia 9+7reb, G.James 8+4reb, K.Penn 7+3reb
gschID: 120036




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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. ASEM 7-0 
 2. UASM 7-0 
 3. Fire Ball 5-2 
 4. Ribnita 4-4 
 5. Gamma 3-4 
 6. Donduseni 3-4 
 7. Soroca 2-5 
 8. Patriot 1-6 
 9. UTM 1-6 


Moldova. D1, 2010-2011. Round 8 update. - by Andrei Ciausov
BC ASEM Chisinau - BC Patriot, Tiraspol
Not even for a quarter Chisinau team allowed to doubt who is the leader of this game. It was a categoric win where their leader Evgheni Nartov (200-F-87) scored 34 points helping his team to book another win and equal BCUASM Chisinau in number of wins. 7 wins, 0 losses. Noviiciuc scored 24 poitns for BC Patriot, Tiraspol. Final score 118-66.

BC Soroca, Soroca - BC Ribnita, Ribnita
This game entered the history of this season and may be even Moldova basketball. Both teams together did not reach 100 points. Timer stopped when it was 53-45, indicating BC
Ribnita, Ribnita win. Both teams played very poor and a very low % of succeded shots. Jignea Evghenii scored 16 points for BC Ribnita, Ribnita, this is the only thing to mention about
this game.

BC Fire Ball, Bender - BC Gamma, Cahul
Another game of last year Champions where they were playing as a visiting team and lost badly. Colesnicov was on-fire for Bender team scoring 27 points. Egor Nistor got 20 points
for Cahul team. Final score 114-61 for BC Fire Ball, Bender.

BC Donduseni, Donduseni - BCUASM Chisinau
It is a very hard battle for all teams this season to play against BCUASM Chisinau. So, was it for BC Donduseni, Donduseni. They lost it all. Chisinau team players did not allow
hosting team to control the game. It is important to mention that there were no leaders in this game from Chisinau, almost all players scored the same. The best shooter for UASM in
this game for a first time in the season was young player Nicolai Cojuhari, scoring 20 points. Final score 108-50 for BCUASM Chisinau.



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.4 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.25.4 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat25.0 
 6. James, Miami Heat24.8 
 7. Anthony, Denver N.24.3 
 8. Nowitzki, Dallas M.24.1 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.23.8 
 10. Gordon, LA Clippers23.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.6 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.2 
 3. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.7 
 4. Randolph, Memph.12.6 
 5. Evans, Toronto R.12.1 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.5 
 8. Bogut, Milwauke.11.1 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.6 
 10. Boozer, Chicago B.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 14
 1. Rondo, Boston C.14.0 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.5 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.8 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.3 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.8.8 
 6. Wall, Washington W.8.7 
 7. Felton, New Y.8.6 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.8.3 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..7.9 
 10. Calderon, Toron.7.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.9 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 3. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 4. Curry, Golde S.2.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..2.0 
 6. Felton, New Y.1.9 
 7. Conley, Memphis G.1.9 
 8. Wall, Washington W.1.9 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.9 
 10. Ginobili, San A.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.9 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 4. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.4 
 5. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.3 
 6. Stoudemire, New Y.2.3 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.1.9 
 8. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 10. Gasol, LA Lakers1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 27-7 
 2. New York K. 20-14 
 3. Philadelph.76 14-21 
 4. Toronto R. 12-23 
 5. New Jersey N. 10-25 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 23-11 
 2. Indiana P. 14-18 
 3. Milwaukee B. 13-20 
 4. Detroit P. 11-24 
 5. Cleveland C. 8-27 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 28-9 
 2. Atlanta H. 24-14 
 3. Orlando M. 23-12 
 4. Charlotte B. 12-21 
 5. Washington W. 8-25 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah Jazz 24-12 
 2. Oklah.City T. 23-13 
 3. Denver N. 20-14 
 4. Portland TB 19-17 
 5. Minnesota T. 9-27 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 25-11 
 2. Phoenix Suns 14-19 
 3. Golde State W. 14-21 
 4. LA Clippers 11-24 
 5. Sacramento K. 7-25 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 29-6 
 2. Dallas M. 26-8 
 3. N.Orleans H. 21-15 
 4. Houston R. 16-19 
 5. Memphis G. 16-19 


Washington Wizards waive guard Lester Hudson - by Eurobasket News
Guard Lester Hudson (6'3''-G-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) has been waived by the Washington Wizards for the second time this season.

The move Wednesday comes after Hudson originally signed with the team in September, was waived in November, then signed again on Dec. 20.

He totaled 18 points and 17 assists in 73 minutes spread over 11 games during his two stints with the Wizards.

Courtesy of www.csnwashington.com


Bucks waive Brian Skinner - by Eurobasket News
The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on center Brian Skinner (6'10''-F-76, college: Baylor), General Manager John Hammond announced today.

Skinner, 34, signed as a free agent on December 2, 2010. He appeared in two games with the Bucks this season. A veteran of 12 NBA seasons (including 2003-04 and 2006-07 in Milwaukee), Skinner holds career averages of 4.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 607 career games.

The Bucks roster now stands at 14 players.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Mavericks waive Steve Novak; Brian Cardinal appears to be staying - by Eurobasket News
The Mavericks will keep one of their players with a non-guaranteed contract, but not the other. Steve Novak (6'10''-F-84, college: Marquette), the stellar outside shooter who played sparingly in the first two months of the season, will be waived so that he can clear waivers before next Monday, when all contracts become guaranteed.

Novak was working on a veteran minimum contract worth about $800,000.

Meanwhile, it appears Brian Cardinal (6'8''-F-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) will be retained. If he is on the roster on Monday, his entire salary of about $1.3 million will be guaranteed.

The loss of Novak means the Mavericks will carry a 14-man roster for the time being. As of now, only 11 of those players are healthy.

Teams can sign players to 10-day contracts starting on Monday and that means the Mavericks could look to add a player from the NBA Development League or elsewhere.

Courtesy of www.dallasnews.com


Hawks waive Damien Wilkins - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks have waived swingman Damien Wilkins (6'7''-G/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia).

Wilkins was signed on December 3 and appeared in 13 games off the bench for the Hawks, averaging 2.5 points and 1.8 rebounds. He has averaged 7.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 403 career NBA games over parts of seven seasons with the Seattle/Oklahoma City franchise and Minnesota.

The 30-year-old nephew of former Hawks great Dominique Wilkins spent last season with the Timberwolves and started 31 of the 80 games he played, averaging 5.6 points with 3.1 rebounds.

Courtesy of www.abc24.com


Spurs waive backup F Ime Udoka - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs have waived backup swingman Ime Udoka (6'5''-F/G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Portland St.).

The Spurs made the announcement Wednesday. Udoka played sparingly in 20 games after being signed in November and logged just 3 minutes in Tuesdays loss at New York.

It was Udokas second stint with the Spurs after spending two seasons in San Antonio following the teams last championship in 2007.

The Spurs roster stands at 12. Rookie swingman James Anderson is expected back soon after missing the last two months with a stress fracture in his foot.

The NBA-best Spurs play Boston on Wednesday.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Wednesday's games (11) review - by Eurobasket News
LA Clippers - Denver N. 106-93
The Nuggets have come to the Staples Center before and been pushed around by Los Angeles big men. But Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom were in Phoenix with the Lakers on Wednesday night. It was the Clippers who dominated the paint, manhandling the Nuggets en route to a 106-93 romp. 'We got outhustled tonight in the low-post, outworked,' Denver forward Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) said. 'It's hard to beat anyone when their frontcourt is going like that.' Clippers rookie Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) scored 22 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and also had seven assists. DeAndre Jordan contributed 14 points and 20 rebounds, tying Gasol for the most rebounds against the Nuggets this season. Jordan also blocked six shots. The Clippers' starting center, Chris Kaman, was out because of an injury. The Nuggets, who play tonight at Sacramento, fell to 20-14. The Clippers, who started the season 1-13, improved to 11-24. 'We weren't good at either end of the court,' Nuggets coach George Karl said. 'Most nights, we've had something going.' Anthony led Denver with 31 points but did so on 26 shots (hitting 12). Anthony was aggressive, drawing cheers from the Nuggets' bench and the four courtside fans across from the bench who wore New York Knicks jerseys, two featuring Melo's name and No. 15. *Courtesy of www.denverpost.com

Phoenix Suns - LA Lakers 95-99
The Lakers weren't great, just good enough. The Suns weren't awful. They just came up short, quite literally. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 24 points and four other Los Angeles players reached double figures as the Lakers held off Phoenix 99-95 on Wednesday night. ''Oh,'' Lakers coach Phil Jackson said sarcastically, ''we're a powerhouse now.'' Jared Dudley (6'7''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) led the Suns with 21 points, including three of their 11 3-pointers, but the much bigger Lakers dominated the boards 47-31, including 14-5 on the offensive end. Andrew Bynum scored 14 for Los Angeles, Shannon Brown had 13, Lamar Odom 12 and Ron Artest 11, including a wide-open 3 with 1:30 to play after Phoenix had cut the lead to one. ''He has made big shots before when the money is on the line, big money is on the line,'' Bryant said of Artest. ''I have all the faith in the world in him.'' Artest, who got into an intense argument with Jackson in practice this week, said he can do more but sacrifices for the needs of the team. ''I still feel like a top 10 player in the NBA, but who cares?'' Artest said. ''It depends on how we feel as a team. I work out a lot and I can take anybody in the post to the hole, get in rhythm and hit big buckets but that don't really matter. We have a great team and what matters is that we move together. There will be chances to do what you have to do but there is no need to force it. '' Pau Gasol scored only six points but grabbed nine rebounds for Los Angeles. Steve Nash had 11 points and 10 assists for Phoenix. Vince Carter scored 14 but his extra-long 3-point attempt was blocked by Gasol in the final minute. *Courtesy of www.comcast.com

N.Orleans H. - Golde State W. 103-110
Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) scored 29 points and the Golden State Warriors rallied to beat the New Orleans Hornets 110-103 on Wednesday night. The Warriors, who faded badly in the second half of losses to Miami and Orlando before traveling to New Orleans, turned that trend around. Trailing 82-72 after three quarters, they went on a 27-7 run in the first 7 minutes of the fourth to go ahead 99-89, then hit their free throws down the stretch to seal the victory after the Hornets got within two. Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88, college: Davidson) had 21 points for Golden State, and Dorell Wright and David Lee each added 13. Chris Paul led New Orleans with 24 points, one off his season high, but was scoreless for the first 11 minutes of the fourth quarter. He also had 13 assists, but was on the bench at the start of the fourth when Golden State got back in the game. David West and Marco Belinelli added 16 points apiece for the Hornets. Trevor Ariza scored 15. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Minnesota T. - Charlotte B. 105-108 OT
Tyrus Thomas (6'8''-F-86, agency: Impact Basketball, college: LSU) had 21 points and 11 rebounds and the Charlotte Bobcats rallied from eight points down in the final 3 minutes to pull out a 108-105 overtime victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87, college: Texas) scored eight points in the final 2:08 of regulation to tie the game and the Bobcats snapped a nine-game road losing streak without leading scorers Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace. Kevin Love had 35 points and 15 rebounds and Michael Beasley had 28 points and 12 boards for the Wolves, who turned the ball over five times in overtime to let another fourth-quarter lead slip away. *Courtesy of www.thestate.com

Houston R. - Portland TB 100-103
LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) scored 27 points to help the Portland Trail Blazers to a 103-100 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. The loss spoiled a sensational performance by Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina), who finished with a season-high 45 points. Rudy Fernandez gave Portland the lead with less than a minute remaining. Martin missed a shot on the other end and Aldridge grabbed the rebound and extended the lead with his bucket a few seconds later. Luis Scola missed a shot for Houston and Aldridge was fouled on the rebound. Aldridge hit two free throws with five seconds remaining before Kyle Lowry made a 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds left to cut the lead to 102-100. Andre Miller made a free throw before Courtney Lee's shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim. *Courtesy of www.koinlocal6.com

New Jersey N. - Chicago B. 96-94
Sasha Vujacic (6'7''-G-84) was the second option, supposed to get the ball if the New Jersey Nets couldn't get it to Brook Lopez. That's exactly what happened, so who cares that it wasn't exactly how the Nets planned it? Vujacic made the tiebreaking basket with 5.3 seconds left, and the Nets snapped their five-game losing streak with a 96-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. With the game tied at 94, Nets guard Devin Harris appeared to be attempting a lob pass to Lopez, but the Bulls' C.J. Watson tipped the ball and it went to Vujacic, who put it in from close range for his 13th point. 'That's how Devin drew it up,' Nets coach Avery Johnson said. '[Sasha] was in the right place at the right time. We were looking for Brook. If he wasn't there, we wanted to get the ball to Sasha. Devin thought he saw something and boy, we got a good bounce. As hard as we've been working recently, we needed something fortunate to happen.' Said Harris: 'The lob was a little bit low. I have to remember my guy is about 7-foot-2. Sasha did a great job of getting the loose ball and putting it in for us.' With the Bulls out of timeouts, Derrick Rose missed a 3-pointer and Chicago's five-game winning streak was over. Kris Humphries (6'9''-F-85, college: Minnesota) responded to a demotion with a season-high 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Harris finished with 18 points and 11 assists for the Nets. Lopez scored 14 points. 'It was a game we just had to win,' Vujacic said. 'We really, really needed the win. We made some mistakes. I forced a couple of shots but we stayed with it.' Rose had 21 points but just one assist for the Bulls, who lost for only the third time in 17 games. Luol Deng scored 15 points, but Carlos Boozer finished with just 12 in 26 minutes, sitting the entire fourth quarter as coach Tom Thibodeau went with a small lineup. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Orlando M. - Milwaukee B. 97-87
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy tried his best to highlight all the good he could after his team's 97-87 victory over the injury-depleted Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night. But he wanted to make one thing perfectly clear: While he is pleased with his club's seven-game winning streak, he hasn't liked what he's seen over the past two victories. ''We're starting to back off in some areas,'' Van Gundy said. ''I think some people, after a while, start to take some things for granted. ... I don't like the way we've approached the last two games. It's only two games and I'm not going crazy, but I don't like it.'' Orlando got 28 points and 13 rebounds from Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) and placed six players in double figures, but for the second straight game played only one complete half of basketball. The Magic had a poor first half in a 20-point win over Golden State on Monday and this time nearly gave up a 19-point lead in the second half against Milwaukee. Corey Maggette (6'6''-G-79, college: Duke) scored 21 points to lead the Bucks. Larry Sanders had 15 and John Salmons 13. *Courtesy of www.comcast.com

Philadelph.76 - Washington W. 109-97
Jrue Holiday (6'3''-G-90, college: UCLA) and Louis Williams (6'3''-G-86) each scored 26 points, and the Philadelphia 76ers returned from their longest road trip of the season to beat the Washington Wizards 109-97 on Wednesday night. Elton Brand had 17 points to help the Sixers avoid the embarrassment of becoming the first home team to lose to the Wizards this season. Washington is 0-17 on the road. If any team was susceptible to losing to the Wizards, it was the Sixers. They lost the first two games of the season series at Washington in overtime by a combined three points. This one was nearly as tight. Holiday and Williams scored some breathing-room baskets in the fourth quarter to help the Sixers continue their push for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Nick Young scored 21 points for the Wizards, and John Wall had 18 points and 14 assists. Rashard Lewis scored 18 and Andray Blatche 17. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Boston C. - San Antonio S. 105-103
Rajon Rondo had already played two games since returning from a sprained ankle. It wasn't until Wednesday night, though, that he really returned. The Celtics point guard had 22 assists, 12 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th career triple-double, adding six steals to help Boston beat the San Antonio Spurs 105-103 in a matchup of the NBA's top two teams. 'I felt a lot better in the past couple of games,' said Rondo, who also played 43 minutes just three games after missing two weeks with an injury. 'I'm in a little better rhythm, and I'm able to push off push off a little bit more on my ankle.' Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) scored 31 points and Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU) had 23 -- one short of a career high -- playing in place of the injured Kevin Garnett. Manu Ginobili scored 24 points with eight rebounds for the Spurs (29-6), who still have the best record in the NBA despite losing back-to-back games for the first time all season. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Cleveland C. - Toronto R. 105-120
Byron Scott expected the Cavaliers to have some rough patches. Cleveland's first-year coach never imagined things would only get worse. The Cavaliers are sliding. And Scott doesn't know how to stop them. Lacking any defensive intensity, the Cavaliers lost their eight straight game on Wednesday night, thumped 120-105 by the Raptors, who snapped an 11-game losing streak in Cleveland and dropped the getting-worse-by-the-day Cavs to 1-18 since Nov. 27. 'Every time I think we're taking a step forward, we're taking two steps back,' Scott said. 'That's frustrating for any coach.' Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) scored 25, Leandrinho Barbosa (6'3''-G-82) added 22 and Jose Calderon had a season-high 17 assists as the Raptors snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the fourth time in 16 games. Calderon, back after missing one game with a sprained ankle, added 20 points and Julian Wright 15 for Toronto. The Raptors trailed by 15 in the first quarter, but had little trouble coming back against a Cleveland team going through the motions. *Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com

Utah Jazz - Atlanta H. 87-110
Midway through the fourth quarter, a Utah Jazz fan yelled, 'Give us a miracle.' Instead, the Jazz gave Atlanta another open shot. Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) scored 28 points, making five of seven 3-pointers, and the Hawks went 14 of 25 from beyond the arc to cruise past Utah 110-87 on Wednesday night. 'Joe was on fire tonight,' teammate Josh Smith said. 'Every 3 was definitely big because it was a momentum killer.' Johnson shot 10 for 17 overall and Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) added 26 points off the bench for Atlanta, which won its third straight on the road and avenged a 90-86 loss Nov. 12 at home to the Jazz. Playing the second game on a back-to-back, the Hawks came in a little tired. But their starters set the tone early. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Clippers sign Jarron Collins to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Clippers today signed center Jarron Collins (6'10''-F-78, college: Stanford) to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced.

A nine-year NBA veteran, Collins has appeared in 19 games this season with the Clippers this season and averaged 0.8 points and 0.7 rebounds in 7.5 minutes per game.

The Clippers originally signed Collins on Sept. 27 before waiving him on Jan. 3.

The Clippers roster now stands at 15 players.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Raptors waive forward Dupree after three games - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors waived forward Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) on Thursday.

The six-foot-seven, 210-pound forward was re-signed by the Raptors on Boxing Day, and appeared in three games, recording three rebounds and two points in 13 minutes.

Dupree played for the Raptors in the summer league and attended this season's training camp.

With Dupree's departure, the Raptors now have 14 players on their roster.

Courtesy of http://toronto.ctv.ca


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No. 1 Duke cruises behind Smith's career-high 33 - by Eurobasket News
Nolan Smith (6'2''-G-88) is making everything look easy these days, from knocking down his own shots to directing the offense for top-ranked Duke while its star freshman point guard sits with an injury.

The senior scored a career-high 33 points to help the Blue Devils beat Alabama-Birmingham 85-64 on Wednesday night, giving Duke its 24th straight victory dating to last season's run to the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournament championships.

Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88) added 15 points, including his 2,000th career point during a game-opening 26-4 run that took the drama out of this one early. The Blue Devils (14-0) never let the Blazers (10-3) closer than 14 points after that in a performance that pleased coach Mike Krzyzewski considering it came in a nonconference game crammed between Duke's first two ACC contests.

Everything started with Smith, who turned in a performance the Hall of Fame coach called 'spectacular.'

'I think Nolan's probably playing as well as anyone in the country right now,' he said.

Smith finished 11 for 22 from the field to go with seven rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes. It marked the fifth straight game Smith had scored at least 22 points, a stretch during which he's averaging 26 points while shooting 62 percent (45 of 73) overall and 63 percent (12 of 19) from 3-point range.

'It's just picking my spots, whether it's coming off a ball screen or in our sets,' Smith said. 'It's picking my spots and seeing where openings are and just getting there and having the confidence to shoot the shots. I'm shooting with a lot of confidence. My coaches and teammates are all behind me.'

Smith had 20 points in the first half, then hit a free throw with 9:36 left to tie his previous career high of 29 set against Baylor in last year's NCAA regional final. A few minutes later, he scored his personal-record basket in style, blowing past a defender near the 3-point arc and soaring into the lane for an emphatic one-handed dunk that made it 76-56 with 5:55 left.

Smith finished with two free throws with 1:31 left, then left the game to loud cheers and was greeted by Krzyzewski with a fist pump and a pat on the behind.

Count UAB coach Mike Davis among Smith's fans.

'The thing I like about him is his endurance,' Davis said. 'You can watch a game and you see a guy make eight points in a row and he's got to come out of the game, or he'll make a couple of hard plays and he's tired and got to come out. This guy is unbelievable from that standpoint. He plays the same way the whole night.'

'When he's making shots, he's almost impossible to guard.'

Smith's surge has been perfectly timed considering the Blue Devils are still waiting to learn when - or if - rookie point guard Kyrie Irving will be back from an injured right big toe. Irving is out indefinitely and wearing a cast while walking with crutches on the sideline.

Krzyzewski said Irving recently had another CT scan and an MRI, but doctors still are working to treat the injury without surgery.

'I think that's where it's going to go, that they've seen some improvement there,' Krzyzewski said. 'But I can't tell you that right now because I haven't talked to them.'

Jamarr Sanders scored 21 points for UAB, including a 3-pointer on the game's first possession. But that lead lasted just 31 seconds, as the Blue Devils answered with 16 straight points. Smith had 10 points during that run, making a pair of 3s in the first 4 minutes before driving past Aaron Johnson for an easy layup to cap the spurt.

Singler cracked the 2,000-point mark with his second 3 of the game with 14:04 left in the half, then followed with a jumper over Anthony Criswell on the next possession to make it 26-4.

'We were trying to establish a lead,' Singler said. 'We were just trying to get into them. We just didn't want them to feel comfortable, especially in the beginning of the game, and it worked out for us.'

Duke has won 32 of 33 games overall heading into the heart of its ACC schedule. The Blue Devils face Maryland at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday night and still have nonconference games at St. John's and at home against Temple.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


ILLINOIS' McCamey is Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week - by George Manousidis
ST. LOUIS (USBWA) The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Illinois guard Demetri McCamey (6'3''-G-89) as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 2. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 22 this season.

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

McCamey, a 6-3 senior from Bellwood, Ill., led the Illini to wins over Iowa and Wisconsin by averaging 20.5 points and 8.5 assists. In the two games, he shot 61 percent from the field and 75 percent from three-point range.

McCamey registered his first double-double of the season and the seventh of his career at Iowa, scoring 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc, while tying his season high with 10 assists. Against Wisconsin, McCamey scored a game-high 21 points including 14 of Illinois' final 16 points to register his fifth 20-point game of the year and 22nd of his career. He also had seven assists against the Badgers.

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

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

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

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

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

2010-11 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week of Dec. 5: Mike Glover, Iona
Week of Dec. 12: Jimmer Fredette, BYU
Week of Dec. 19: Khris Middleton, Texas A&M
Week of Dec. 26: Doron Lamb, Kentucky
Week of Jan. 2: Demetri McCamey (6'3''-G-89), Illinois


No. 6 San Diego St wins 16th in a row, beats TCU - by Eurobasket News
Sweet 16 for San Diego State was a steal - and a dunkfest.

The sixth-ranked Aztecs had four dunks and five steals - four on turnovers by TCU scoring leader Ronnie Moss (6'2''-G-88) - in a game-turning 3-minute run soon after halftime and stretched their season-opening winning streak to 16 in a row with a 66-53 victory over TCU on Wednesday night.

'Every time we get a run, it's our defense. We're stealing a ball, blocking shots, that's how we try to get our runs,' Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91) said. 'In the second half, we came out and focused on (Moss), got him to force the four turnovers, and that's when we got our run going.'

San Diego State's 13-0 run started with Malcolm Thomas' (6'9''-F) dunk, and then he had the first steal of Moss. That was followed by a highlight ally-oop play with a pass from Chase Tapley.

A pair of steals by Leonard led to consecutive breakaway slams - one of his own and another by Tapley that pushed the Aztecs to a 49-31 lead over TCU (9-7) in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.

'We just said guard hard and smart, keep them out of the paint, challenge as hard as you can every three,' coach Steve Fisher said. 'They had second-chance points (in the first half) that we didn't give them in the second half. The way we guarded in the second half was the key to the game.'

San Diego State's 16-game winning streak is the second-longest in the country, trailing only the 24 wins in a row by defending national champion Duke.

The Aztecs have the longest winning streak in the 90-year history of the program. It is the most consecutive wins ever at the start of a season for Fisher in his 20 seasons as a head coach - 12 at San Diego State and eight at Michigan. His 1992-93 Wolverines won their first 12 games and played in the NCAA title game that season.

In their Mountain West opener, the undefeated Aztecs did pretty much the same thing they have been doing to non-conference opponents. They put the game out of reach with a strong second half, including yet another extended scoring run.

'I kind of did expect it (the second-half run),' Thomas said. 'But if we want to get to where we want to go, we can't play just half games.'

The 13-0 run was already the Aztecs' 22nd scoring spurt this season of at least nine consecutive points. And it was part of a bigger 30-6 scoring surge that spanned halftime.

Thomas finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Leonard had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Tapley had 12 points.

Garlon Green (6'7''-F) had 13 points for TCU, while Cerina Nikola (6'9''-F-90) had 12 and Moss 11 on 5-of-15 shooting while going just 1-of-7 on 3-pointers with six turnovers. J.R. Cadot had 12 rebounds.

'We're down three (at halftime) to the No. 6 team in the country, we shot 33 percent in our building, so we should be feeling good,' TCU coach Jim Christian said. 'But then they came out and took it right to us. ... It's really more about us than them; if you turn the ball over, you turn the ball over; they didn't change anything, they just got a little more aggressive defensively and we got a little more careless with the ball.'

TCU had half of its 12 steals in the opening 6 minutes of the second half.

Even before that 13-0 run, Leonard set the tone after halftime with a strong inside basket, and Thomas then drove for a layup while being fouled and made the free throw. Then Billy White had an impressive block, slapping the ball out of Moss' hands from behind with such force that it ricocheted off the backboard out past the 3-point arc and that led to a one-handed hard slam by Thomas.

James Rahon (6'5''-G) hit consecutive 3-pointers, the first from the top of the key as the shot clock expired, to start a 10-1 run for the Aztecs that put them up 29-26 at halftime. Those were Rahon's only points.

Brian Carlwell then had a layup and a slam dunk to wrap up the first half.

TCU had led 25-19 when Cerina made an inside layup. That came right after Cadot's scooping assist to Green, who grabbed the ball in midair and slammed it.

Courtesy of www.chron.com


Steve Smith signs pro contract with Chester Jets in England - by Daniel Poerschke
The Cheshire Jets of the british BBL have signed american center Steve Smith (6'11''-C-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement). The 25 year old who hails from Sioux Falls in South Dakota, jetted into Chester ready for his debut at this weekend's games against Leicester Riders and Milton Keynes Lions. The 6ft11 center started all 32 games during the 2009/10 season at the University of South Dakota averaging 7.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.5 assists in 24 minutes per game. Smith reached double figures in six games, including topping the 20-point mark twice finishing second on the college team with 143 total rebounds.
Chester Head Coach Paul Smith said: 'I'm happy that we managed to bring Steve in he brings with him a good offensive and defensive game as his stats show. Steve has come straight out of University and has the hunger to succeed but also the right attitude to be a good team player.'
Steve Smith will play his first game on Saturday 8th January away to Leicester Riders and then will kit up for the first Jets home game of 2011 against Milton Keynes on Sunday the 9th January. The Cheshire Jets currently sit second in the BBL League table behind local North West rivals Mersey Tigers.


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Nigeria Basketball Federation benchmark for 2011 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
1. The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Executive Board meet in Abuja on Wednesday January 5, 2011 to delibrate on its 2011 programme of activities and review its performance in 2010.

2. Far reaching decisions were taken during the meeting which was followed by the inaugural meeting of the new DStv Premier Basketball League Board on Thursday January 6, 2011.

3. In addition to approving its activities for 2011, the following decisions were taken by the NBBF Executive Board.

(i) A National U16 (Men and Women) tournament to start with zonal preliminaries was instituted with effect from 2011.

(ii) A National Open Women Championship to start at two conference levels and to end with a national final was approved.

(iii) There will also be the National Division-One Championship for promotion of teams to the DStv Premier Basketball League while a Division-Two is being considered.

(iv) A Coaches/Players Education programme at the age group level with the aim of institutionalising a National Basketball Philosophy was approved.

(v) The International programmes involving the Senior Men and Women National Teams at the continental level and the FIBA World U19 Championship for Women were endorsed.

(vi) The Head Coaches of the Senior Men and Women National Teams from the 2009 Afrobasket (Coaches John Lucas and Ayo Bakare) were retained to ensure continuity and provide an opportunity to complete the foundation laid.

(vii) The NBBF Board also endorsed the January 29, 2011 commencement date of the 2010/2011 DStv Premier Basketball League Season as presented to it for consideration.
Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson)


Spurs waive backup F Ime Udoka - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs have waived backup swingman Ime Udoka (6'5''-F/G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Portland St.).

The Spurs made the announcement Wednesday. Udoka played sparingly in 20 games after being signed in November and logged just 3 minutes in Tuesdays loss at New York.

It was Udokas second stint with the Spurs after spending two seasons in San Antonio following the teams last championship in 2007.

The Spurs roster stands at 12. Rookie swingman James Anderson is expected back soon after missing the last two months with a stress fracture in his foot.

The NBA-best Spurs play Boston on Wednesday.

Courtesy of Yahoo


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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. David, Powerade T.21.5 
 2. Cardona, Meral.21.4 
 3. Devance, Alaska19.2 
 4. Simon, Derby A.19.2 
 5. Al-Hussaini, Air2117.5 
 6. Buenafe, Air2117.1 
 7. Mercado, Rain o.16.9 
 8. Yap, Derby Ace L.16.9 
 9. Isip, Barako16.3 
 10. Santos, San Miguel16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rudy HATFIELD
  Ginebra
  (191-F-77)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Hatfield, Ginebra12.2 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text12.2 
 3. Maierhofer, Derby A.10.1 
 4. Washington, San M.9.9 
 5. Thoss, Alaska9.7 
 6. Peek, Talk N Text9.4 
 7. Santos, San Miguel9.1 
 8. Al-Hussaini, Air218.9 
 9. Thiele, Barako8.8 
 10. Devance, Alaska8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Ross, Meralco B.6.3 
 2. Alapag, Talk N Text5.9 
 3. Cabagnot, San M.5.5 
 4. Yap, Derby Ace L.4.6 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska4.3 
 6. Mercado, Rain o.4.3 
 7. Miller, Ginebra4.1 
 8. Hubalde, Barako4.0 
 9. Villanueva, Derby A.3.9 
 10. Norwood, Rain o.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ross, Meralco B.2.4 
 2. Norwood, Rain o.2.1 
 3. Mercado, Rain o.2.0 
 4. Reyes, Talk N Text1.4 
 5. Arboleda, Air211.3 
 6. Helterbrand, Gineb.1.2 
 7. Villanueva, Derby A.1.2 
 8. Baguio, Alaska1.2 
 9. Tenorio, Alaska1.2 
 10. Yap, Derby Ace L.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Siverino BACLAO
  Air21
  (198-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Baclao, Air212.5 
 2. Andaya, Barako1.6 
 3. Washington, San M.1.6 
 4. Maierhofer, Derby A.1.4 
 5. Eman, Alaska1.2 
 6. Peek, Talk N Text1.2 
 7. Reyes, Powerade T.1.1 
 8. Devance, Alaska1.1 
 9. Santos, San Miguel1.1 
 10. Thoss, Alaska1.1 


PBA Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Game Two

Talk N Text - Derby Ace L. 87-88 (1-1)

Lacking in offense, James Yap (191-F/G-82) made up for it on the defensive end. The two-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) pulled off the most crucial defensive play of the game that preserved Derby Ace's 88-87 win over Talk 'N Text and leveled their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series Wednesday night before a jampacked crowd at the Araneta Coliseum. Bothered by a severe cough that made him miss practice the last two days, Yap finished with only 13 points and let teammates Peter June Simon (186-G-82) and Rico Maierhofer (198-C-85) carry the scoring chores for the Llamados. Simon topscored with 28 points while Maierhofer added 14. But when the game was on the line, the hotshot out of University of the East delivered on the defensive end. He intercepted a Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) pass in Talk 'N Text's final play, then dribbled the remaining time away for the crucial Game 2 victory. 'This game was very big for us because it's very hard to go down 0-2,' said Derby Ace rookie coach Jorge Gallent after the defending Philippine Cup champions tied the best-of-seven series at 1-1. The loss was a heartbreaker for the Tropang Texters, who battled back from a 15-point third quarter deficit (37-52) and making a game out of it in the fourth period Trailing by one, Talk 'N Text appeared ready to complete a come-from-behind act after Simon missed on a three-point attempt as the shot clock was winding down, and the game in its final 12 seconds. Larry Fonacier grabbed the rebound, rushed down the court, but heaved a pass that was too strong for Ryan Reyes. The Talk 'N Text playmaker, however, recovered the ball near the baseline, but committed a blunder when he failed to call a timeout which the Tropang Texters still had. Reyes gave the leather back to Fonacier, who then dished it off to Jimmy Alapag. The veteran playmaker drove strong to the hoop and drew the defense, before opting to pass the ball to the cutting Reyes, which James Yap anticipated. 'Pasalamat na lang kami kay James. Maganda ang depense niya nung crucial play na 'yun (We're thankful James played good defense on that crucial play),' said Roger Yap, now back in the series after missing Game 1 owing to a foot injury. Jimmy Alapag led the Tropang Texters with 18 points, while Kelly Williams (198-F-82, college: Oakland) added 17, aside from having the tough task of guarding James Yap at the other end. But it was Williams who carried the scoring load for Talk 'N Text in the final minute, scoring the team's last six points, including a perfectly set-up alley-oop, which Ranidel De Ocampo made possible off an inbound play in the final 37 seconds to make it 88-87. Williams added 11 rebounds, while Ryan Reyes had 14 markers and nine boards. Meanwhile, San Miguel forward Arwind Santos was named the PBA Press Corps' Rain or Shine-PBA Philippine Cup Elims/Quarterfinals Top Performer. Santos averaged a league-best 34.7 statistical points during the classification and early playoff stages with norms of 16.6 points and 9.1 rebounds through 15 games to clinch the award. He became the second recipient of the title after Ranidel De Ocampo ran away with the first ever honor during the 2009 All-Filipino Conference. - Courtesy of JVP, KY, GMANews.TV

Game One
San Miguel - Ginebra 86-84 (1-0)
San Miguel Beer guard Alex Cabagnot is fast gaining a reputation as one of the best closers in the Philippine Basketball Association. Already twice a hero in similar game-winning fashion, the Fil-Am guard was at it again Wednesday night, scoring the basket that mattered most in the Beermen's thrilling 86-84 win over the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings before a crowd of 16,000 at the Araneta Coliseum. With the game tied at 84-all and time down to 18 seconds, the Beermen went to Cabagnot for their final play. The San Miguel playmaker let the clock tick away to its final 10 seconds before making his move, using a high pick provided by teammate Dondon Hontiveros (188-G-77) to slip past the tight-guarding Ronald Tubid. The lefty quarterback banked the ball high off the glass to avoid the outstretched arms of Rudy Hatfield for the game winner. The Kings still had 1.7 seconds left to turn things around. But with no timeouts left, they botched their final play by throwing away the inbound pass into the hands of Arwind Santos as time expired. 'Coach (Ato Agustin) just gave me the confidence. He just told me during the huddle that I've done this before,' said Cabagnot, who similarly bailed the Beermen out of impending defeat twice recently behind his game-winning shots. Cabagnot finished with 15 points and accounted for the Beermen's last four points, including an open jumper with 21 seconds left that knotted the count at 84-84. He added three rebounds and four assists in the win that gave San Miguel a 1-0 lead in the series. Game 2 is on Friday also at the Big Dome. 'We just got off to a good start, but it's going to be a long series,' said Jay Washington, who led San Miguel with 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. The Kings were led by the 16 points of Mark Caguioa (188-G-79, college: Glendale CC (AZ)) and the 15 of Willie Miller (180-G-77), as the two rallied back the league's most popular team from as much as a 65-79 deficit early in the fourth. But Rudy Hatfield committed an error on a pass intended for Caguioa. It went too wide and allowed Cabagnot to score in the next play. Sunday Salvacion torched his former team for 11 points, while Arwind Santos, earlier named as the Rain or Shine-PBA Philippine Cup Elims/Quarter-finals Top Performer, added 10. Back-to-back three-pointers by both Salvacion and Santos to open the final period gave the Beermen that 79-65 lead, their biggest in the game. But coach Jong Uichico baffled San Miguel's defense by fielding in three guards at the same time, and the trio of Miller, Caguioa and Mike Cortez responded by outscoring the opposition, 19-3. Caguioa capped the run with a huge three-pointer, giving the Kings an 84-82 lead, drawing roaring chants of 'Ginebra! Ginebra! Ginebra!' from the large partisan crowd. - Courtesy of KY, RCJ, GMANews.TV




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  POLAND   


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 26
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica26.0 
 2. Brown, Asseco P.23.8 
 3. Hinson, Polonia Azbud17.8 
 4. Bennerman, Energa C.16.0 
 5. Burgess, Zastal15.8 
 6. Goffney, Siarka15.5 
 7. Hodge, Zastal15.3 
 8. Jovanovic, Anwil15.0 
 9. Reese, AZS Koszalin14.9 
 10. Frazier, AZS K.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Harris, SKK K.10.8 
 2. Burgess, Zastal10.3 
 3. Truscott, Siarka10.0 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.4 
 5. Wysocki, PGE Turow7.2 
 6. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.1 
 7. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot6.7 
 8. Archibeque, Polph.6.7 
 9. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.5 
 10. Miller, Anwil6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa Czarni
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 6
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.6.0 
 2. Thomas, PGE Turow6.0 
 3. Milicic, AZS K.5.8 
 4. Skibniewski, Polph.5.0 
 5. Brown, Asseco P.4.3 
 6. Hodge, Zastal4.1 
 7. Ewing, Asseco P.4.0 
 8. Thomas, Anwil3.9 
 9. Vaughn, Polpharma3.8 
 10. Hawkins, PBG B.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hodge, Zastal2.1 
 2. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.1 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow1.9 
 4. Harrington, Trefl S.1.9 
 5. Blassingame, Energa C.1.9 
 6. Ewing, Asseco P.1.8 
 7. Brown, Asseco P.1.8 
 8. Bialek, Energa Czarni1.8 
 9. Thomas, Anwil1.7 
 10. Frazier, AZS K.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony EASLEY
  Polonia Azbud
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.8 
 2. Harris, SKK K.1.7 
 3. Burgess, Zastal1.4 
 4. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.3 
 5. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 6. Giddens, Asseco P.1.3 
 7. Frazier, AZS K.1.1 
 8. Kinnard, Trefl S.1.1 
 9. Mirkovic, Polpharma1.0 
 10. Davis, Energa C.1.0 


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  PORTUGAL   


Market news in LPB - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Christmas was the time to make changes in the portuguese rosters, as almost every team brought new players to the LPB.

In Benfica, Cordell Henry (9.1 ppg) left and was substituted by Michael Williams (203-F-81, college: W.Michigan). Williams went to college in Western Michigan and played in France, Portugal and Spain. His last team was Gestiberica Vigo. He is 29, has 2.03m and plays as 4. He made his debut yesterday, in a Cup match against Vitoria de Guimares, and played 3:29 minutes, with 2 rebounds and 1 assist.

Also in Benfica, Francisco Jordao left the roster, with cardiac problems, but hes consulting doctors opinion to know if he can comeback this season.

Academica was one of the first teams to make changes. They send Yima Chia-Kur (196-F-86, college: Arkansas St.) (12.9 ppg and 4.1 rpb)to Casino Ginasio and get Will Holland (193-G/F-87, college: Mt.St.Mary's) (18.5 ppg and 3.5 spg in his first two games). Holland is an Mt. Saint-Mary former player and, at 23, his making his pro debut. He plays as guard and has 1.93m.

Ovarense released Jason Smith (10.1 ppg and 3.4 apg) and signed JR Bradford Spencer (193-G-84, agency: JEMsports, college: Jacksonville St.). Spencer is 26 and has 1.93m. This guard played in Spain, Serbia, Poland and Syria before joining Ovarense. He went to college in Jacksonville State.

Casino Ginasio has been taken by injury problem, which sent Richard Oruche (20.6 ppg and 5.8rpg) to surgery. They signed former Academica forward Yima Chia-Kur and Austin Swift (196-G-89, college: Cal Poly Pomona). Swift is a guard with only 21 years old. He is 1.96m and spend his college years in Montana and Cal Poly Pomona. He made his pro debut in Croatia, playing in Darda, earlier this season.

Other team with injury problems is CAB Madeira. Bobby Maddison played only 4 games and was now replaced by Shawn Jackson (203-F/C-71, college: Johnson C. Smith), as doctors dont clearly know when will he be back. Jackson is a veteran forward, with 39 years old and 2.03m. He has a big experience in Portuguese League, since he arrived in 1998. He has also played in Spain. Last season, he played some months in Ovarense Dolce Vita and spend the first months of this season in Sanjoanense, playing in Portuguese D3. He is trying to get Portuguese citizenship, so he can assure his place in CAB roster even when Maddison is back.

In Penafiel, Rob Hines (6 ppg and 2.5 rpb)left but the team hasnt announced a substitute yet.

Lusitania Expert released Kenneth Cooper (7.3 ppg and 6.4 rpg). They signed the Portuguese-American Rick Cardoso (201-F-85, college: Cal.St.-Stanislaus) and Charles Little (198-F-87, college: Dayton). Cardoso is now 25 and has 2.01m. He played in CAB Madeira last season, after playing in College by Cal State Stanislaus. Charles Little is 23 and its a 1.98m forward. He graduate in Dayton and made his european debut in Hannover after a small experience in the WBA.

Changes also at Illiabum, where Ralph Hegamin (15.9 ppg and 5.8 rpg) was released. Theyre new sign is Emanuel Willis (205-F/C-84, college: Houston Baptist). At 26, this 2.05m power forward had an indefinite path in College, never spending more than one year at each place. He made his pro debut in Denmark, playing also in Germany, Japan and Uruguay, where he spend his last months, with Montevideo shirt.

Finally, Barreirense, who had sign Jabyron Wilson (202-F/C-87, college: Elizabeth City) earlier in December, now called Garrison Johnson (196-G-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Jackson St.) to occupy Jermaine Johnson (13.6 ppg and 7.4 rpg) place. Wilson is a 2.02m, 23 years power forward, who played in Portugal last season, in Sampaense. He spend the first months of the season in Turkey, and came back to Portugal where he is averaging 6 points and 8 rebounds per game. Garrison Johnson is making his pro debut in Barreiro, after spending his college years in Jackson State. He is 1.96m and 22 years old. In his first game, he scored 23 points and made 4 assists.

There are still rumors of some other movements, possibly happening in the next few days. Almaad Jackson didnt play the first 2011 game in Sampaense and, despite being one of the best players in the league, he can be replaced.



Source: thebasketballboard.blogspot.com



Vitoria Guimaraes eliminate Benfica from the Cup - by Eurobasket News
Vitoria SC shot down Benfica 76:71 in the eighth-final stage of the Portuguese Cup. Vitoria SC overcame a slow start to celebrate quite unexpected victory at the end. Kyle Austin and Paulo Cunha scored 21 points each to lead the charge.
Benfica got to a nice start in this one. They outscored the visitors 23:13 in the opening ten minutes. But Vitoria SC found the way to change things around. They limited the hosts to 14 points in the second frame and cut the distance at 5 points at halftime. Vitoria SC shocked Benfica in the third quarter. The visitors unleashed 26 points and surged ahead for a 58:49 lead. Benfica woke up late in regulation and cut the deficit but it was too late to save the encounter. Claudio Fonseca produced 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Jenkins answered with 20 points and 9 caroms for Benfica. Ben Reed netted 14 points in the loss.



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  RUSSIA   


Krasnye Krylia releases Levance Fields - by Eurobasket News
Levance Fields (178-G-87, college: Pittsburgh) will not play for Krasnye Krylia this season. The team parted ways with Fields before his debut. On the official web site, the Russian outfit says that Fields did not pass the medical tests.
Levance Fields joined Krasnye Krylia few days ago. He spent last season in Russia as a member of Spartak St. Petersbrug. Fields appeared 25 times in Superleague averaging 13.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists. The team also competed in EuroCup, where Fields registered 8.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 4.5 apg. It was the first professional job for Fields in his career.
Levance Fields is a product of Pittsburgh University, where he graduated in 2009. He played 36 games as a senior collecting 10.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 7.5 apg. For his performance, Fields was awarded with AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention -09.


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  SLOVENIA   


Huge second half lifts Gorica past Konjice - by Zeljko Zule
Ahead by a point at the break, Gorica outscored Konjice 45-26 in second half for an 82-61 road win in the game of B-1 League Round 10. Gorica shot 57-percent from the field, 28-of-49 including 8-of-15 behind the 3-point line and had all five starters in double scorers. Marko Marcetic (186-G-79) and Dalibor Petrovic posted 20 points each, Goran Kuburic 14, Rajko Ritpuer 12 and Tine Horvat 12. Gorica improved its record to 4-9, while Konjice dropped to 2-11. Dean Sipura netted 19 points, Aljosa Gacnik had 12 points and 9 rebounds and Tomaz Jereb added 10 points.

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


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  SPAIN   


Kahiem Seawright claims Spanish LEB Gold weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Kahiem Seawright (203-F-86, agency: Impact Basketball) had an amazing evening in the last round for Leon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 18 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Alcazar (#14, 6-11) 78-69. Leon maintains the 5th position in Spanish LEB Gold. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Leon will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. Seawright turned to be Leon's top player in his first season with the team. Rhode Island University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Seawright is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.6rpg) and averages solid 59.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Danny Brown (193-G-85) of Alcazar. Brown impressed basketball fans with 29 points and 3 rebounds. Bad luck as Alcazar lost that game 69-78 to the higher-ranked Leon (#5, 12-5). Alcazar is still in a red zone at 14th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-11 record. Brown is one of the most experienced players at Alcazar and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. Saint Louis University alumni Brown played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was Czech Republic Ondrej Starosta (215-C-79) of Ourense (#18). Starosta scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Ourense, leading his team to a 77-71 win against slightly higher-ranked Palencia (#17, 5-12). Ourense can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-14 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Starosta he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Starosta has a very solid season. In 10 games in Spain he scored 9.4ppg. He also has 6.3rpg and FGP: 64.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jhornan Zamora (194-F-89) of Clinicas Rincon - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Javier Salson (199-F-82) of Huesca - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ryan Humphrey (203-F-79) of Caceres - 20 points and 4 rebounds
7. Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81) of Lleida - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) of Clinicas Rincon - 17 points and 8 rebounds
9. Jose Angel Antelo (203-F-87) of Caceres - 18 points and 8 rebounds
10. Jeffrey Xavier (185-G-85) of Caceres - 18 points and 2 assists

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


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  La Laguna
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Guillen, La Laguna18.7 
 2. Palacios, La Palma17.1 
 3. Detrick, Melilla17.1 
 4. Navarro, Girona15.8 
 5. Quezada, Leon15.6 
 6. Mohammed, Lleida15.3 
 7. Narros, Navarra15.1 
 8. Franklin, CB Tarra.15.1 
 9. Downs, Burgos14.5 
 10. Faverani, CB Mu.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne CURTIS
  Lleida
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Curtis, Lleida8.7 
 2. Wachsmann, Alcazar8.6 
 3. Franklin, CB Tarra.8.1 
 4. Sinanovic, Clinic.8.1 
 5. Arteaga, Breogan7.8 
 6. Kale, Ourense7.8 
 7. Seawright, Leon7.6 
 8. Lima, Clinicas Rincon7.6 
 9. Faverani, CB Mu.7.6 
 10. Junyent, Obradoiro7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarragona
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.4.4 
 2. Sabat, La Laguna4.1 
 3. Bernabe, Leon3.8 
 4. Rodriguez, Obrad.3.6 
 5. Jimenez, Melilla3.6 
 6. Rivero, CB Murcia3.5 
 7. Vallmajo, Breogan3.2 
 8. Rodriguez, La Pa.3.2 
 9. Quezada, Leon3.2 
 10. Garrido, Palencia3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obradoiro
  (182-G-81)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.2.8 
 2. Bernabe, Leon1.9 
 3. Johnson, Huesca1.8 
 4. Quezada, Leon1.8 
 5. Castro, Burgos1.6 
 6. Rost, Girona1.6 
 7. Navarro, Girona1.5 
 8. Brewer, Lleida1.5 
 9. Calvo, Leon1.5 
 10. Jasen, CB Murcia1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan HUMPHREY
  Caceres
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Humphrey, Caceres2.0 
 2. Foote, Melilla1.8 
 3. Fontet, Leon1.6 
 4. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.5 
 5. Faverani, CB Mu.1.4 
 6. Sinanovic, Clinic.1.2 
 7. Joseph, Navarra1.1 
 8. Arteaga, Breogan1.0 
 9. Franklin, CB Tarra.1.0 
 10. McCoy, Caceres1.0 


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  SWEDEN   


Swedish U16 National Team 2011 - by Greg
4 Jordan Peltier 188-G-95
5 Filip Kovacek 180-G-95
6 Jacob Johansson 132-G-95
7 David Terins 191-G-95
8 Johan Lofberg 193-G/F-95
9 Gabriel Adersteg 193-G/F-95
10 Axel Toft 195-F-95
11 Daniel Johansson 195-F-95
12 Dzenis Sogolj 200-F-95
13 Marko Marinkovich 204-C-95
14 Alexander Larsson 202-F-95
15 Lukas Bergang 208-C-95

Christer Stjernborg Head Coach Solna Sweden
Jorgen Fastberg Assistant


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Liam RUSH
  Sundsvall
  (202-F/G-82)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Rush, Sundsvall20.8 
 2. Hargrove, Jamtland20.8 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje20.2 
 4. Smith, Uppsala20.1 
 5. McCoy, Boras19.7 
 6. Gunnarsson, Solna19.5 
 7. Klaric, Jamtland18.0 
 8. Palm, Boras17.6 
 9. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.2 
 10. McKnight, Boras17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.11.3 
 2. McKnight, Boras9.7 
 3. Palm, Boras8.9 
 4. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.9 
 6. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.6 
 7. Jonzen, Uppsala7.3 
 8. Walker, Solna7.2 
 9. Rosendahl, LF Ba.7.1 
 10. Salaam, Jamtland7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.3 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.3 
 3. Beck, 085.1 
 4. Frier, Uppsala4.5 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje4.4 
 6. Smith, Sodertalje4.2 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland4.2 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.1 
 9. McCoy, Boras4.1 
 10. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.9 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.6 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall2.6 
 4. Hellgren, Jamtland2.3 
 5. Smith, Uppsala2.0 
 6. Baeringsson, Sunds.2.0 
 7. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.9 
 8. Frier, Uppsala1.9 
 9. Mosley, Eco Orebro1.9 
 10. Hampton, Eco O.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Salaam, Jamtland2.1 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 3. Palm, Boras1.8 
 4. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.7 
 5. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.5 
 6. Cipriano, Eco O.1.2 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.1 
 8. Galick, Sodertalje1.1 
 9. Levett, LF Basket0.9 
 10. Saks, Norrkoping0.9 


Terrance Woodbury left Oberwart after one day - by Stefan Heinrich
Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-86, college: Georgia) who arrived in Oberwart Gunners left the team again after 1day and he moved to Sweden to join LF Basket. Woodbury agreed to an agreement with the Gunners but after his first practice in Austria he informed manager Andreas Leitner that he wants to travel to Sweden. Now the team from Oberwart Gunners refused to give the player clearence to play in Sweden and this issue has to be decided by FIBA.

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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jung-Hsuan CHANG
  KKL
  (194-F-87)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Chang, KKL19.8 
 2. Dove, Taiwan Mobile18.6 
 3. Jones, Taiwan Beer16.5 
 4. Mao, Pure Youth16.0 
 5. Yang, Taiwan Beer15.3 
 6. Tien, Dacin Tigers14.8 
 7. Chen, Bank o.14.8 
 8. Chien, Pure Youth14.5 
 9. Chen, KKL14.3 
 10. Su, Taiwan Mobile14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashad JENNINGS
  Pure Youth
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Jennings, Pure Y.18.3 
 2. Gayden, Dacin T.13.5 
 3. Dove, Taiwan Mobile12.8 
 4. Jones, Taiwan Beer12.3 
 5. Faulknor, Bank o.12.0 
 6. Wu, Yulon Luxgen11.3 
 7. Bailey, KKL11.0 
 8. Tien, Dacin Tigers10.3 
 9. Tseng, Yulon Luxgen9.0 
 10. Mao, Pure Youth7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Yung-Jen WU
  Taiwan Mobile
  (177-G-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Wu, Taiwan Mobile4.0 
 2. Chen, Yulon Luxgen3.3 
 3. Chen, Bank o.3.3 
 4. Chen, Taiwan Beer3.0 
 5. Hung, Pure Youth3.0 
 6. Chen, KKL3.0 
 7. Tseng, Yulon Luxgen2.8 
 8. Yang, Yulon Luxgen2.8 
 9. Hsu, Dacin Tigers2.8 
 10. Kao, KKL2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus DOVE
  Taiwan Mobile
  (206-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dove, Taiwan Mobile2.8 
 2. Bailey, KKL2.0 
 3. Chou, Yulon Luxgen2.0 
 4. Chen, KKL1.7 
 5. Mao, Pure Youth1.7 
 6. Su, Taiwan Mobile1.6 
 7. Lin, KKL1.6 
 8. Yang, Taiwan Beer1.5 
 9. Hsu, Dacin Tigers1.5 
 10. Chang, Dacin Tigers1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Wen-Ting TSENG
  Yulon Luxgen
  (202-C/F-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Tseng, Yulon Luxgen5.8 
 2. Wu, Taiwan Beer2.3 
 3. Chen, Bank o.2.0 
 4. Bailey, KKL2.0 
 5. Tien, Dacin Tigers1.8 
 6. Dove, Taiwan Mobile1.8 
 7. Cheng, Taiwan Beer1.0 
 8. Gayden, Dacin T.1.0 
 9. Jennings, Pure Y.1.0 
 10. Chen, KKL1.0 


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  TURKEY   


Alexey Zhukanenko on Besiktas radar - by Emiliano
Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul is on the market for a big man. The last name is the Russian International Alexey Zhukanenko (210-F-86, agency: Alti Sport). The big man is wearing the jersey of Dynamo Moscow and is targeted even by two Russian team: Spartak and Lokomotiv Kuban.
Zhukanenko is averaging 14.6ppg and 6.0rpg in Eurochallenge in 5 games played while in PBl the points are 10.6 per contest and the rebounds are 7.6.
At the World Championships in Turkey Zhukanenko averaged 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg, FGP: 61.5%, FT: 83.3% in 4 games.


Besiktas Cola Turka signs Vladimir Dragicevic - by Baha Kurtulus
Besiktas Cola Turka have agreed on terms of contract with Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86).
Following the assignment of Ergin Ataman, the first thing he employed was to charge Vladimir Dragicevic instead of Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80, college: Va Commonwealth) because he had a knee operation. The deal is meant till the end of the season.
Ergin Ataman also gets Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) in team who was out of roster.

Dragicevic's last season stats:
20010-2011: BC Buducnost Podgorica
Euroleague : 2 games: 15.5ppg, 5.5rpg
Adriatic League : 13 games: 16.6ppg, 6.8rpg
Eurocup : 4 games: 19.0ppg, 4.0rpg


Ergin Ataman officially takes over Besiktas - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Besiktas officially hired Ergin Ataman as a new Head Coach. The team parted ways with Burak Biyiktay on Tuesday evening.
Ergin Ataman already worked in Besiktas and it was on season 2007/08. He helped them reach the ULEB Cup Quarterfinals that year. Last two seasons the Turkish specialist worked with Efes Pilsen. They managed to win the TBL title in 2009 and Ataman was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Coach of the Year. Efes Pilsen also won the Turkish Cup that year. Last season, Efes Pilsen reached the TBL Finals but they failed against Fenerbahce Ulker. Before, Efes Pilsen and Besiktas, Ergin Ataman was coaching Climamio Bologna, Ulker, Montepaschi and Karsiyaka. He also has experience from the Stanford University, where he worked as an Assistant Coach back in 1998/99. In his career Ataman won two Championship Titles and three National Cup trophies in Turkey.


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  UBA   


URBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Barnes, GIE M.26.8 
 2. Sloan, S.Generals25.7 
 3. Hill, DFW Warriors23.3 
 4. Kearse, Dallas Star22.4 
 5. Cromartie, Atlan.21.4 
 6. Joseph, St.Mount.20.2 
 7. Webb, Tennessee D.19.5 
 8. Davis, Dallas Star19.4 
 9. Clark, St.Mount.19.0 
 10. Thomas, C.Texas C.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine DAILEY
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Dailey, GIE M.11.8 
 2. Hall, St.Mount.10.8 
 3. Stroud, GIE M.10.0 
 4. Hill, DFW Warriors9.8 
 5. Davis, Dallas Star9.6 
 6. Wilson, Tennesse.9.3 
 7. Akpele, S.Generals9.0 
 8. Moore, S.Generals9.0 
 9. Miller-W., Georg.8.8 
 10. Williams, GIE M.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Will DE LA CRUZ
  DOM
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. De La Cruz, S.Gen.9.3 
 2. Beaulah, GIE M.9.0 
 3. Belton, GIE M.7.9 
 4. Haskins, C.Texas C.7.5 
 5. Douglas, DFW W.7.5 
 6. Williams, GIE M.7.4 
 7. Taylor, Tennesse.6.8 
 8. Webb, Tennessee D.5.8 
 9. Kearse, Dallas Star5.3 
 10. Snell, Atlanta A.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 T.J. TAYLOR
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Taylor, Tennesse.3.8 
 2. Williams, GIE M.3.6 
 3. Kearse, Dallas Star3.5 
 4. Sloan, S.Generals2.7 
 5. Barnes, GIE M.2.5 
 6. Haskins, C.Texas C.2.5 
 7. Snell, Atlanta A.2.4 
 8. Williams, S.Generals2.4 
 9. Stroud, GIE M.2.2 
 10. Beaulah, GIE M.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Demario WILLIAMS
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Williams, GIE M.6.2 
 2. Moore, S.Generals5.5 
 3. Hall, St.Mount.3.5 
 4. Davis, Dallas Star3.4 
 5. Wilson, Tennesse.3.0 
 6. Hill, DFW Warriors2.8 
 7. Dailey, GIE M.2.5 
 8. Stokes, Dallas Star2.5 
 9. Stroud, GIE M.1.8 
 10. Boozer, Oklahoma.1.8 


Assault acquire Dominique Holmes in trade with Disciples - by UBA media

The Atlanta Assault acquired F Dominique Holmes (6'7''-F-84, college: So.Poly State) (6'7''-F-84, college: So.Poly State) from the GIE Morrow Disciples in exchange for F-G Jamal Walker (6'4''-G/F-81, college: Briar Cliff) today, bringing more talent to the Assaults front court.

Holmes, a 6-7, 220 pound forward from So.Poly State, is averaging 9.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in 3 games with the Disciples. 'Dominique's time is cut short because of Dailey and Stroud, said Disciples coach Michael Davis . When he returned from Japan we just didn't have much time for him. We felt it was best for his future to send him somewhere he could be the all-star he is.

In the All-Japan qualifying tournament (Irie Massive-Japan) earlier this season, Holmes averaged 22.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, including a team-high 30-point effort in there final game.

'Japan was a great experience for me, said Holmes. I'm grateful to the Disciples and coach Davis, but at this time I need to be in a place where I can showcase my abilities. I'm thankful the organization made this move.

Holmes is a former NAIA All-American while playing at So.Poly State in Atlanta, GA. While at SPTU, he earned All-SSAC 1st Team honors and a NAIA National Championship. During his professional career, he has played in the ABA, UBA, and overseas in Mexico and now Japan.

Also involved in the trade was Assault F Josh Brewster (6'7''-F-85, college: Alabama St.). Brewster is a 6-7 swing man with alot of talent. For the Assault he was averaging 9.1ppg and 8.0rpg. 'We are excited to have Josh, said coach Steve Dolan . We believe he has the ability to be a 20 and 10 guy in the right situation.

Brewster and the Tennessee Dragons new situation will be put to the test as the Dragons travel to Atlanta to face the Assault in a new fueled rivalry.


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


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UBL METROPLEX LIGHTNING - by Torrence Moody

THE UBL METROPLEX LIGHTNING will be conducting it's final tryouts on the 9th of Jan in Desoto, Texas. The cost of the tryouts will be $10 per player. Tryouts will be from 1pm until 3pm. Come ready to workout and showcase your talent. We will be filling 18 roster spots. Asking you show up promptly at 1pm. We will get started at 130 pm with cardio, drills, plays with a ending scrimmage.
More info contact
Coach Mitchell 214-404-1202
UBL
COME GET SOME

Desoto Rec Center
211 E Pleasant Run Rd
DeSoto, TX 75115

Jan 9th, 2011
$10 per player
1pm-3pm
THE UNITED BASKETBALL LEAGUE WILL START FEB 2011. PLEASE VISIT OUR SITE FOR UPCOMING TRYOUTS
THE UBL COME GET SOME !!!






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Superleague Round 26: #1 Budivelnyk is defeated by Hoverla - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming rounds.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Budivelnyk (19-5) in Frankivsk on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by fourth ranked Hoverla (15-9) 79-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Budivelnyk. Budivelnyk trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 29-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-79 at the end of the game. Hoverla dominated on the defensive end, holding Budivelnyk to just 7 points in second quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Budivelnyk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Center Eric Coleman (200-85, college: N.Iowa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 17 points and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Dante Swanson (178-81, college: Tulsa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists during the contest. Forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Budivelnyk's coach Josep Berrocal rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hoverla has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Kryvbasbasket. Budivelnyk at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with BC Donetsk. Hoverla is looking forward to face Halychyna (#11) in Lviv in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Budivelnyk will have a break next round.
Superleague top team - Budivelnyk (19-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Halychyna (7-17) in Lviv 73-54. American forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) notched 23 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Michailis Anisimovas supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Budivelnyk's coach Josep Berrocal allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 12 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Alan Wiggins (206-84, college: USF) did not help to save the game for Halychyna. Budivelnyk has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-5 record, which they share with BC Donetsk. Halychyna lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Budivelnyk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Halychyna will play on the road against Hoverla (#4) in Frankivsk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Zaporozhye was quite interesting. Eighth ranked Ferro-ZNTU (12-12) played at home court against 7th ranked Mykolaiv (11-13). Ferro-ZNTU defeated Mykolaiv 90-75 on Thursday. The best player for the winners was Christian Burns who scored 26 points and 8 rebounds. Ivan Gilyevych produced 13 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Mykolaiv's coach Valentin Berestnev tested eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ferro-ZNTU moved-up to seventh place. Mykolaiv lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with BC Odessa. Ferro-ZNTU will meet at home league's second-placed BC Donetsk in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Mykolaiv will have a break next round.
The game in Mykolaiv was quite interesting. Second ranked BC Donetsk (19-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Mykolaiv (11-13). BC Donetsk managed to secure a 6-point victory 76-70. Luis Flores orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BC Donetsk used an opportunity after Budivelnyk lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Mykolaiv lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 13 games lost. BC Donetsk's next round opponent will be Ferro-ZNTU (#7) in Zaporozhye where they are favorite.

In the last two games of round 26 Khimik won against Halychyna on the opponent's court 89-78. Hoverla managed to outperform Khimik in a home game 81-76.


Ferro-ZNTU - Mykolaiv 90-75

The game in Zaporozhye was quite interesting. Eighth ranked Ferro-ZNTU (12-12) played at home court against 7th ranked Mykolaiv (11-13). Ferro-ZNTU defeated Mykolaiv 90-75 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Ferro-ZNTU. Mykolaiv managed to win second period 29-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ferro-ZNTU dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Mykolaiv's 32 and made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who scored 26 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import forward Vincent Hunter (208-84, college: Arkansas) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Ivan Gilyevych (205-82) produced 13 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Leonid Iailo (207-73) added 11 points and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. Five Ferro-ZNTU and four Mykolaiv players scored in double figures. Mykolaiv's coach Valentin Berestnev tested eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ferro-ZNTU moved-up to seventh place. Mykolaiv lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. They share it with BC Odessa. Ferro-ZNTU will meet at home league's second-placed BC Donetsk in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Mykolaiv will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: C.Burns 26+8reb+1ast, A.Rybalko 14+3reb+2ast, V.Hunter 14+8reb+2ast, K.Mays 14+4reb+4ast, H.Kandrusevich 13+4reb, S.Alferov 4+1reb+3ast
Mykolaiv: I.Gilyevych 13+7reb, A.Butskyy 12+2reb+4ast, L.Iailo 11+4reb+5ast, J.Love 11+4reb+2ast, J.Hughes 9+3reb+1ast, O.Onufriyev 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 119492


Mykolaiv - BC Donetsk 70-76

The game in Mykolaiv was quite interesting. Second ranked BC Donetsk (19-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Mykolaiv (11-13). BC Donetsk managed to secure a 6-point victory 76-70. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-17. But Mykolaiv won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Donetsk outrebounded Mykolaiv 40-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by Mykolaiv helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Dominican guard Luis Flores (188-81, college: Manhattan) orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbian swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four BC Donetsk players scored in double figures. American guard Justin Love (188-78, college: St.Louis) replied with 16 points and 5 assists and international forward Olexiy Onufriyev (200-82) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Mykolaiv. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BC Donetsk used an opportunity after Budivelnyk lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Mykolaiv lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 13 games lost. BC Donetsk's next round opponent will be Ferro-ZNTU (#7) in Zaporozhye where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: B.Cvetkovic 13+5reb+2ast, V.Kravtsov 13+7reb, J.Hukic 12+4reb+2ast, S.Vasiljevic 11+2reb+2ast, L.Flores 9+8reb+5ast, D.Gliebov 8+4reb
Mykolaiv: O.Onufriyev 18+5reb+1ast, J.Love 16+3reb+5ast, I.Gilyevych 12+2reb, A.Mazutis 7+2reb+4ast, L.Iailo 6+5reb+3ast, B.Greene 6+2reb
gschID: 119489


Hoverla - Budivelnyk 79-77

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Budivelnyk (19-5) in Frankivsk on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by fourth ranked Hoverla (15-9) 79-77. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Budivelnyk. Budivelnyk trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 29-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-79 at the end of the game. Hoverla dominated on the defensive end, holding Budivelnyk to just 7 points in second quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Budivelnyk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Center Eric Coleman (200-85, college: N.Iowa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 17 points and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Dante Swanson (178-81, college: Tulsa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists during the contest. Forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Budivelnyk's coach Josep Berrocal rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hoverla has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Kryvbasbasket. Budivelnyk at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with BC Donetsk. Hoverla is looking forward to face Halychyna (#11) in Lviv in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Budivelnyk will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hoverla: E.Coleman 17+3reb+5ast, D.Swanson 15+3reb+5ast, D.Zimmerman 11+5reb+5ast, P.Ulyanko 10+5reb, J.Chappell 10+4reb+4ast, V.Gerasimchuk 6+1reb+1ast
Budivelnyk: Z.Morley 16+10reb+1ast, L.Wilson 15+5reb, M.Anisimovas 14+3reb+2ast, D.Lukashov 11+5reb+4ast, A.Betts 11+4reb, L.Stefanishin 5+2reb
gschID: 119490


Halychyna - Khimik 78-89

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Lviv where 11th ranked Halychyna (7-17) was defeated by twelfth ranked Khimik (6-18) 89-78. Halychyna was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 44-30 second half run of Khimik. American forward Travis Garrison (203-84, college: Maryland, agency: Edge Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds. Moldovan guard Andrii Kalnichenko (200-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Khimik's coach Zoran Martic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American guard Todd Abernethy (185-84, college: Mississippi) replied with 18 points and 6 assists and guard Pavel Revzin (194-83) added 20 points in the effort for Halychyna. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Khimik maintains twelfth position with 6-18 record. Halychyna lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Khimik's next round opponent will be higher ranked BC Odessa (#9) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Khimik: C.Millage 17+2reb+3ast, T.Garrison 16+7reb+2ast, A.Kalnichenko 13+10reb+1ast, E.Bavcic 13+3reb+3ast, S.Popov 13+2reb+2ast, A.Kolchenko 8+1reb+1ast
Halychyna: P.Revzin 20+4reb+1ast, T.Abernethy 18+4reb+6ast, A.Wiggins 12+8reb+2ast, N.Williams 11+3reb+1ast, S.Morrison 10+7reb+1ast, M.Andriukaitis 7+5reb
gschID: 119491


Hoverla - Khimik 81-76

Very predictable result in Frankivsk where fourth ranked Hoverla (15-9) defeated 12th ranked Khimik (6-18) 81-76. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It looked good early as Khimik took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hoverla had a 31-21 second period charge getting the lead and Khimik was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-81. Hoverla players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Belarusian power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points. American guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) contributed with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Bosnian power forward Edin Bavcic (210-84, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian guard Nemanja Protic (182-86) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Khimik. Four Khimik players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Hoverla has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Kryvbasbasket. Khimik at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Hoverla's next round opponent will be Halychyna (#11) in Lviv and are hoping to win another game. Khimik will play at home against BC Odessa.
Top scorers:
Hoverla: P.Ulyanko 26+1reb+1ast, E.Coleman 12+7reb+1ast, J.Chappell 11+7reb+5ast, D.Swanson 9+3reb+7ast, V.Gerasimchuk 7+1reb+1ast, D.Zimmerman 6+2reb+4ast
Khimik: E.Bavcic 18+5reb+1ast, A.Kalnichenko 16+5reb, N.Protic 16+2reb+4ast, A.Kolchenko 10+3reb+1ast, T.Bizaca 5+2reb+2ast, S.Popov 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 119486


Halychyna - Budivelnyk 54-73

Superleague top team - Budivelnyk (19-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Halychyna (7-17) in Lviv 73-54. It looked good early as Halychyna took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Budivelnyk had a 18-14 second period charge getting the lead and Halychyna was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-73. Budivelnyk dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Halychyna's 34. American forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) notched 23 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and naturalized Lithuanian center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84) supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Budivelnyk's coach Josep Berrocal allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 12 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Alan Wiggins (206-84, college: USF) did not help to save the game for Halychyna. His fellow American import guard Nick Williams (192-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points for the hosts. Budivelnyk has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-5 record, which they share with BC Donetsk. Halychyna lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Budivelnyk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Halychyna will play on the road against Hoverla (#4) in Frankivsk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: L.Wilson 23+6reb+1ast, M.Anisimovas 14+7reb+1ast, L.Stefanishin 9+3reb+1ast, W.Keys 8+3reb+1ast, D.Lukashov 6+5reb+3ast, A.Agafonov 5+1reb
Halychyna: N.Williams 18+1reb+1ast, A.Wiggins 12+8reb+1ast, Y.Zubrytskyi 9, T.Abernethy 4+7reb+5ast, S.Morrison 4+6reb+1ast, P.Revzin 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 119488




BC Odessa release Jamison Brewer, in talks with Jurica Zuza - by Eurobasket News
BC Odessa decided to split ways with Jamison Brewer (193-G-80, college: Auburn). The 30-year-old guard has to return to the USA due to family matters. Jamison Brewer joined BC Odessa at the start of the season. He tallied 4.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in the Ukrainian Superleague. BC Odessa have reportedly started looking for a new guard to bolster their backcourt.
In the meantime BC Odessa are in talks with Jurica Zuza (207-C-78). The 32-year-old centre has entered his third straight season in Ukraine. Jurica Zuza joined Poltava-Basket back in 2008/09 season. Next season the Croatian player moved to Kryvbasbasket. Jurica Zuza notches 13.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 assist per game in 2010/11 season for the Kryvyi Rih outfit.



Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.6 
 2. Burns, Fe.19.3 
 3. Curry, Azovmash17.3 
 4. Washington, BC Od.16.4 
 5. Flores, BC Donetsk16.3 
 6. Williams, Halychyna16.1 
 7. DeGroat, BC Odessa15.7 
 8. Morrison, Halyc.15.4 
 9. Efejuku, Fe.15.2 
 10. Karim, DniproAzot15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alan WIGGINS
  Halychyna
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Wiggins, Halychyna9.2 
 2. Burns, Fe.9.0 
 3. Morrison, Halyc.8.6 
 4. Austin, Dnipro7.2 
 5. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.1 
 6. Chappell, Hoverla6.8 
 7. Thomas, Azovmash6.8 
 8. DeGroat, BC Odessa6.7 
 9. Edwards, BC Do.6.5 
 10. Owens, Azovmash6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Millage, Khimik5.2 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.0 
 3. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 4. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.7 
 5. Burtt, Dnipro4.5 
 6. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 7. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.1 
 8. Curry, Azovmash3.8 
 9. Swanson, Hoverla3.7 
 10. Hinnant, Kryvbasb.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Millage, Khimik2.5 
 2. Burns, Fe.1.8 
 3. Love, Mykolaiv1.8 
 4. House, Azovmash1.7 
 5. Greene, Mykolaiv1.6 
 6. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.6 
 7. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
 8. Karim, DniproAzot1.4 
 9. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.4 
 10. Zimmerman, Hoverla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.4 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.3 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.5 
 5. Pettway, Dnipro1.5 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 7. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.3 
 8. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 9. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.2 
 10. Gilyevych, Mykolaiv1.1 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 19-5 
 2. BC Donetsk 19-5 
 3. Kryvbasbasket 15-9 
 4. Hoverla 15-9 
 5. Azovmash 14-9 
 6. Dnipro 13-11 
 7. Ferro-ZNTU 12-12 
 8. Mykolaiv 11-13 
 9. BC Odessa 11-13 
 10. DniproAzot 8-15 
 11. Halychyna 7-17 
 12. Khimik 6-18 
 13. BC Kyiv 5-19 


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Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Villegas, Olimpia27.8 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica25.0 
 3. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 4. McGowan, Sayago24.7 
 5. Cornley, Cader24.3 
 6. Aguiar, Hebraica23.0 
 7. Taboada, Bigua22.9 
 8. Hayes, Cordon21.6 
 9. Martinez, Malvin20.8 
 10. Woodward, Defensor20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Gamble, Cader12.8 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.6 
 4. Jackson, Anastasia10.2 
 5. Wilborn, Bigua9.9 
 6. McGowan, Sayago9.7 
 7. Dilligard, Olimpia9.6 
 8. Reynolds, Hebraica9.4 
 9. Puckett, Aguada9.3 
 10. Coleman, Bohemios9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Tornaria, Trouville6.0 
 2. Martinez, Malvin5.9 
 3. Elliott, Hebraica5.5 
 4. Pereyra, Bohemios5.2 
 5. Vidal, Bigua5.1 
 6. Cambon, Bigua5.0 
 7. Gonzalez, Defensor4.9 
 8. Muro, Aguada4.8 
 9. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 10. Rivero, Montevideo4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Hebraica
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Elliott, Hebraica3.0 
 2. Tornaria, Trouville2.5 
 3. Rovira, Bigua2.5 
 4. Rivero, Montevideo2.3 
 5. Latham, Anastasia2.2 
 6. Galeano, Olimpia2.0 
 7. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 8. Thomas, Cader2.0 
 9. Woodward, Defensor2.0 
 10. Viera, Anastasia1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia4.3 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.7 
 3. Newsome, Malvin2.5 
 4. Bortz, Malvin2.4 
 5. Wilborn, Bigua2.3 
 6. Ferguson, Defensor2.2 
 7. Douglas, Bohemios2.0 
 8. Shelman, Sayago1.9 
 9. Gamble, Cader1.9 
 10. Kanis, Trouville1.7 


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Day 6: Zalgiris lose the game and top position in their group - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position and derby games.

There was a change at the VTB United League leadership position after last games. Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Lithuanian Zalgiris (4-2). They were edged by second ranked Russian Khimky (5-1) 78-76 on Thursday night. It was a key game for the top position in Group B. American swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) scored 23 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian-Italian power forward Benjamin Eze (207-81, college: S.Idaho JC) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Travis Watson (203-81, college: Virginia) with 10 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Khimky keeps a position of Group B leader. Zalgiris at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. Zalgiris will play next round against VEF Riga trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Khimky will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Azovmash in Mariupol.
Undefeated CSKA Moscow (5-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Unics Kazan (5-1) 67-60. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group A. American guard Terrell Lyday (190-79, college: BYU) notched 21 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) to lead the effort and Vladimir Veremeenko supported him with 7 points and 6 rebounds. Unics Kazan's coach Evgeny Pashutin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 13 points and 7 rebounds by American swingman Jamont Gordon (193-87, college: Mississippi St.) did not help to save the game for CSKA Moscow. Unics Kazan maintains second position in Group A with 5-1 record. Unics Kazan will play against Lietuvos Rytas (#3) in Vilnius in the next round, which may be the game of the day. CSKA Moscow will play on the road against Dnipro in Dnepropetrovsk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very significant was Ukrainian Azovmash's (#3, 4-2) victory against 4th ranked Polish Asseco Prokom (3-4) 85-76. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Ramel Curry who scored 26 points and 4 assists (perfect from downtown making all five shots). At the other side the best for losing team was Daniel Ewing who recorded 26 points. Defending Ukrainian champion (4-2) moved-up to second place in Group B. Defending Polish champion Asseco Prokom keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Azovmash will meet at home league's leader Khimky in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Asseco Prokom will play against Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Finnish Espoo Honka (0-6) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to third ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos Rytas (4-2) 90-75. It was a good game for Martynas Gecevicius who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Lietuvos Rytas' coach Aleksandar Trifunovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains third position in Group A with 4-2 record behind leader CSKA. Espoo Honka at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Lietuvos Rytas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Unics Kazan on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Espoo Honka will play against Minsk-2006 (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (0-6) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to fifth ranked Latvian VEF Riga (3-4) 95-55 on Wednesday evening. Tyler Cain scored 20 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. VEF Riga maintains fifth position in Group B with 3-4 record. Loser Kalev/Cramo still closes the standings with six games lost. VEF Riga will face higher ranked Zalgiris (#3) in Kaunas in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kalev/Cramo will play at home against Asseco Prokom in Gdynia and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 6
In Group A Dnipro lost to Minsk-2006 on the opponent's court 74-85.


Group A
Honka - Lietuvos Rytas 75-90

Bottom-ranked Finnish Espoo Honka (0-6) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to third ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos Rytas (4-2) 90-75. The game was mostly controlled by Lietuvos Rytas. Espoo Honka managed to win second period 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lietuvos Rytas shot 61.8 percent from the field. It was a good game for guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Bosnian forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-81, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Lietuvos Rytas' coach Aleksandar Trifunovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) replied with 28 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import center John Williamson (198-86, college: Cincinnati) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Espoo Honka. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains third position in Group A with 4-2 record behind leader CSKA. Espoo Honka at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Lietuvos Rytas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Unics Kazan on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Espoo Honka will play against Minsk-2006 (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos Rytas: K.Bajramovic 20+2reb+2ast, M.Gecevicius 19+11reb+2ast, B.Newley 12+1reb+2ast, C.Nalga 9+6reb+1ast, M.Bjelica 8+1reb+3ast, K.El-Amin 8+3reb+3ast
Honka: J.Wilson 28+2reb+4ast, J.Williamson 14+8reb+1ast, J.Matinen 11+6reb, T.Iisalo 9+2reb+2ast, C.Belser 6+3reb, V.Makalainen 4+2reb
gschID: 101937


CSKA - Unics 60-67

Undefeated CSKA Moscow (5-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Unics Kazan (5-1) 67-60. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group A. It looked good early as CSKA Moscow took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Unics Kazan had a 22-18 second period charge getting the lead and CSKA Moscow was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 60-67. Unics Kazan made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Unics Kazan outrebounded CSKA Moscow 42-30 including 32 on the defensive glass. American guard Terrell Lyday (190-79, college: BYU) notched 21 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) to lead the effort and Belarusian-Russian forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84) supported him with 7 points and 6 rebounds. Unics Kazan's coach Evgeny Pashutin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 13 points and 7 rebounds by American swingman Jamont Gordon (193-87, college: Mississippi St.) did not help to save the game for CSKA Moscow. Slovenian forward Matjaz Smodis (205-79) added 15 points. Unics Kazan maintains second position in Group A with 5-1 record. Unics Kazan will play against Lietuvos Rytas (#3) in Vilnius in the next round, which may be the game of the day. CSKA Moscow will play on the road against Dnipro in Dnepropetrovsk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Unics: T.Lyday 21+2reb, S.Vranes 9+6reb, P.Samoylenko 7+4reb+3ast, V.Veremeenko 7+6reb+2ast, M.Lampe 6+7reb, K.McCarty 5+5reb
CSKA: M.Smodis 15+2reb+1ast, T.Langdon 15+1reb+1ast, J.Gordon 13+7reb+1ast, J.Holden 5+5reb+4ast, A.Vorontsevich 5+5reb+1ast, A.Zabelin 3
gschID: 101938


Minsk-2006 - Dnipro 85-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Ukrainian Dnipro's (1-5) road loss to fourth ranked Belarusian Minsk-2006 (3-3) 74-85 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Minsk-2006 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Minsk-2006 forced 21 Dnipro turnovers. Strangely Dnipro outrebounded Minsk-2006 50-34 including 20 on the offensive glass. American-Georgian swingman Melvin Sanders (196-81, college: Oklahoma St.) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Minsk-2006 players scored in double figures. Minsk-2006's coach Andrei Krivonos used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American guard Steve Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) with 24 points and Canadian forward Denham Brown (198-83, college: Connecticut, agency: Edge Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. Defending Belarusian champion maintains fourth position in Group A with 3-3 record. Loser Dnipro keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Minsk-2006 will face bottom-ranked Espoo Honka (#6) on the road in the next round. Dnipro will play against the league's leader CSKA Moscow.
Top scorers:
Minsk-2006: M.Sanders 19+7reb+1ast, T.McKee 19+6reb+2ast, S.King 16+7reb+3ast, A.Kudrautsau 12+3reb, D.Korshuk 11+5reb, A.Koul 4+2reb+1ast
Dnipro: S.Burtt 24+4reb+2ast, D.Brown 13+14reb+2ast, C.Glazyrin 10+8reb, S.Tymofeyenko 8+7reb, A.Pettway 6+2reb, O.Shchepkin 4+3reb
gschID: 101936


Group B
Khimky - Zalgiris 78-76

There was a change at the VTB United League leadership position after last games. Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Lithuanian Zalgiris (4-2). They were edged by second ranked Russian Khimky (5-1) 78-76 on Thursday night. It was a key game for the top position in Group B. American swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) scored 23 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian-Italian power forward Benjamin Eze (207-81, college: S.Idaho JC) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Khimky players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Travis Watson (203-81, college: Virginia) with 10 points and 9 rebounds and forward Tadas Klimavicius (204-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Khimky keeps a position of Group B leader. Zalgiris at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. Zalgiris will play next round against VEF Riga trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Khimky will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Azovmash in Mariupol.
Top scorers:
Khimky: K.Langford 23+4ast, B.Eze 18+6reb, Z.Planinic 10+4reb+4ast, K.Loncar 10+4reb+3ast, R.Lopez 8, T.Kelati 5+2reb+1ast
Zalgiris: P.Jankunas 12+3reb+1ast, T.Watson 10+9reb+1ast, T.Klimavicius 9+7reb, M.Pocius 9+1reb+2ast, M.Kuzminskas 8+4reb+1ast, M.Kalnietis 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 101941


Asseco Prokom - Azovmash 76-85

Very significant was Ukrainian Azovmash's (#3, 4-2) victory against 4th ranked Polish Asseco Prokom (3-4) 85-76. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 48-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Asseco Prokom outrebounded Azovmash 40-23 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Ramel Curry (191-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) who scored 26 points and 4 assists (perfect from downtown making all five shots). Forward Chris Owens (204-79, college: Texas, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Azovmash players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport) who recorded 26 points and forward Ronnie Burrell (204-83, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Pro One Sports) added 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Defending Ukrainian champion (4-2) moved-up to second place in Group B. Defending Polish champion Asseco Prokom keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Azovmash will meet at home league's leader Khimky in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Asseco Prokom will play against Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: R.Curry 26+3reb+4ast, D.Pasalic 16+4reb+1ast, C.Owens 15+5reb+2ast, F.House 13+6reb+2ast, D.Alexander 12+2reb+1ast, B.Bayda 3+3reb+1ast
Asseco Prokom: D.Ewing 26+4reb+2ast, R.Varda 10+2reb, R.Burrell 9+10reb+4ast, F.Videnov 9+4reb+2ast, P.Szczotka 9+6reb+1ast, A.Lapeta 4+11reb+2ast
gschID: 101939


VEF Riga - Kalev/Cramo 95-55

Bottom-ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (0-6) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to fifth ranked Latvian VEF Riga (3-4) 95-55 on Wednesday evening. The game without a history. VEF Riga 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 Kalev/Cramo's 34. VEF Riga forced 19 Kalev/Cramo turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) scored 20 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Latvian power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85, agency: FCM) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Rait Keerles (201-80) with 12 points and 4 steals and forward Joosep Toome (202-85) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. VEF Riga maintains fifth position in Group B with 3-4 record. Loser Kalev/Cramo still closes the standings with six games lost. VEF Riga will face higher ranked Zalgiris (#3) in Kaunas in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kalev/Cramo will play at home against Asseco Prokom in Gdynia and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: T.Cain 20+4reb+4ast, K.Berzins 17+7reb, K.Janicenoks 11+3reb+4ast, S.Valters 10+2reb+2ast, D.Bertans 8+2reb+6ast, M.Laksa 7+3reb+1ast
Kalev/Cramo: R.Keerles 12+4reb, J.Toome 8+5reb, R.Tamm 8+4reb, K.Saks 7+1ast, M.Dunigan 6+3reb+1ast, T.Sokk 5+4ast
gschID: 101940




Standings
VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. CSKA 5-1 
 2. Unics 5-1 
 3. Lietuvos Rytas 4-2 
 4. Minsk-2006 3-3 
 5. Dnipro 1-5 
 6. Honka 0-6 
Group B
 1. Khimky 5-1 
 2. Azovmash 4-2 
 3. Zalgiris 4-2 
 4. Asseco Prokom 3-4 
 5. VEF Riga 3-4 
 6. Kalev/Cramo 0-6 


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  WABA   


WABA Final Standings
WABA Standings
Group A
 1. Jalaa 2-0 
 2. Al Riyadi 2-1 
 3. Zob Ahan 1-1 
 4. Al Riyadi Am. 1-1 
 5. Al Ahli 0-3 
Group B
 1. ASU 0-0 
 2. Champville 0-0 
 3. Duhok 0-0 
 4. Jeish 0-0 
 5. Mahram 0-0 




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Partizan has huge second-half, Vidovic leads Celik to win in her debut - by Zeljko Zule
Partizan outscored Maribor by 28 points in the second half to get the win 99-70 in the Round 13 of Adriatic League. Defending champion Gospic CO notched another easy win, Celje never trailed against Lupa promotion and Rada Vidovic scored game-high 24 points in her debut as Celik shock of Vozdovac, 67-54.
Partizan Galenika-AJM Maribor 99-70: Ahead by a point at the break, 48-47, Partizan outscored the Slovenian team 51-23 in the second half. Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) had 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in just 23 minutes, Milica Dabovic scored 20 points, Sheena Morre collected 12 points and 7 rebounds and Dunja Prcic posted 10 points. Maribor commited 24 turnovers. Ljubica Kure scored 17 of her 31 points from the free throws line, grabbed 10 rebounds and had 15 fouls drawn. Marusa Furman scored 12 points and Martina Dover 10, but she had 9 lost balls.
Celje-Lupa promotion 64-56: The home team never trailed. Lea Jagodic had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, Nika Baric collected 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Ana Trucinovic grabbed 11 rebounds. Celje hit eight 3-poiinters, while Lupa missed all of its eight 3-point shots. Britany Miller recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds, Ivona Matic had 12 points and 9 rebounds and Jovana Vukoje scored 12 points.
Vozdovac-Celik 54-67: Rada Vidovic scired game-high 21 points in her debut for Celik, Aida Pilav added 18 points and Ardijana Iriskic 12. Vozdovac shot just 33-percent from the field including 1-of-10 behind the 3-point line. Maja Milutinovic finished with 14 points and Ivana Jovanovic and Ana Radovic added 11 apiece.
Medvescak-Gospic CO 52-76: Another easy win for defending champion. Marija Vrsaljko scored 14 points and Jelena Ivezic and Sandra Mandir 12 apiece. Gordana Berdalov was the lone player in double figures for Medvescak as she scored hame-high 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Vojvodina-Radivoj Korac 09/02
SIbenik Jolly JBS-Jedinstvo




Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Gospic 11-1 
 2. Merkur Celje 11-2 
 3. Partizan 10-3 
 4. Sibenik 7-4 
 5. Jedinstvo BP 7-5 
 6. Radivoj Korac 6-6 
 7. Lupa Promot. 6-7 
 8. Celik 5-7 
 9. Vozdovac 4-8 
 10. Vojvodina 3-9 
 11. AJM Maribor 3-10 
 12. Medvescak 1-12 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ljubica KURE
  AJM Maribor
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Kure, AJM Maribor21.2 
 2. Baric, Merkur C.18.6 
 3. Miller, Lupa Promot.16.6 
 4. Bigovic, Jedinstv.16.2 
 5. Butulija, Partizan16.1 
 6. Ivezic, Gospic15.9 
 7. Bedalov, Medvescak15.6 
 8. Turcinovic, Merkur C.15.5 
 9. Vrsaljko, Gospic15.1 
 10. Pilav, Celik14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ana TURCINOVIC
  Merkur Celje
  (190-C-93)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Turcinovic, Merkur C.12.3 
 2. Popovic, Jedinstv.9.5 
 3. Miller, Lupa Promot.8.6 
 4. Stone, Partizan8.3 
 5. Radovic, Vozdovac7.9 
 6. Vrsaljko, Gospic7.8 
 7. Krstovic, Vozdovac7.6 
 8. Ivankovic, Jolly7.5 
 9. Matic, Lupa P.7.4 
 10. Bedalov, Medvescak7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Reid, Gospic5.1 
 2. Baric, Merkur C.4.5 
 3. Mehmedic, Celik3.9 
 4. Peric, Medvescak3.6 
 5. Mandir, Gospic3.3 
 6. Cakic, Jolly3.2 
 7. Lokas, Jolly3.1