EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/15/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


Obras wins first place in Group A, Liga Sudamericana - by Eurobasket News
Pinheiros - Obras Sanitarias 80-82

It was the last game of the Preliminary Round in Group A and at the same time crucial game for the first place in this pool. Both teams had perfect 2-0 record before it. Obras grabbed 80-82 victory ending this phase unbeaten. Both teams advanced to the next stage. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) came up with double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds in this victory. James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro) also scored 18 points and Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) added 16 pts, plus 5 rebs. In Pinheiros, Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) top-scored with 18 points. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) and Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-PG-86) had 17 and 13 points respectively. Obras had plus 12 before the last period and Pinheiros serious threatened, but were not able to take the victory. Quarters: 25-19, 19-23, 8-22, 28-18.

Pinheiros: Shamell Stallworth 18, Marquinhos Vieira 17+5 as, Juan Pablo Figueroa 13+6 boards+7 as
Obras Sanitarias: Juan Gutierrez 18+12 boards, James Maye 18, Tyler Field 16+5 boards


Torneo Federal 2011/12 rosters: Andina Zone - by Facundo Iatzky
Anzorena:

Nicolas Aguilera (178-G)
Ignacio Cangelosi (190-F)
Gaston Galera (192-G)
Juan Gamero (181-G)
Facundo Rubia (194-F-85)
Agustin Paparini (202-F)
Diego Santa Cruz (188-G)
Sebastian Rossi (191-F)
Bruno Reggiardo (202-C)
Jorge Sanchez (193-F-77)
Juan Hernaez (198-F)

Coach: Walter Gutierrez

Del Bono San Juan

Luis Segali (188-F)
Claudio Manrique (178-G)
Jorge Alcaraz (200-C)
Ivan Frisa (181-G)
Gabriel Menza (186-F)
Horacio Gauna (196-F)
Nicolas Sala (193-F)
Cristian Guerrero (194-F)
Ezequiel Landa (183-G)
Rodrigo Del Castillo (190-F)

Coach: Mariano Nobile

Facundo La Rioja:

Juan Abeiro (198-C)
Daniel Ederra (192-G-87)
Alfredo Ganami (198-C-78)
Gustavo Orona (196-G-75)
Martin Vaquero (196-G/F-76)
Rodrigo Campos (190-G-83)
Gabriel Fuentes (173-G-87)
Claudio Marcelo Cufre (197-G-76)
Maximiliano Gomez (193-F-88)
Matias Vergara (178-G)
Jose Nievas (200-C)



Coach: Pighin Martin

San Martin La Rioja:

Roberto Vergara (176-G)
Cristian Romero (190-F)
Julio Herrera (196-F)
David Vera (200-F/C-80)
Mateo Rodriguez (195-F)
Joaquin Baeza (182-G-86)
Roque Fernandez (198-F)
Yael Barreiro (200-F)
Gustavo Sena (185-G-88)
Facundo Rodriguez (184-G)




Coach: Carlos Ortiz



Olimpia Catamarca:

Javier Lopez (196-F-84)
Nicolas Mendyk (195-G-87)
Diego Garcia (190-F-83)
Patricio Cadillac (185-G)
Alejandro Scalise (198-F)
Jose Juarez (182-G-85)
Gabriel Sosa (196-F-88)
Oscar Varela (194-F)


Julian Espeche (202-F-79)

Leandro Di Battista (184-G-93)

Coach: Hugo Lopez


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Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
North
 1. Quimsa 5-1 
 2. Regatas C. 5-2 
 3. Sionista 4-2 
 4. Atenas 3-3 
 5. Libertad S. 3-4 
 6. San Mart.C. 2-4 
 7. Olimpico LB 2-4 
 8. La Union 1-5 
South
 1. Penarol 5-2 
 2. Wuber-Est.Bahia 4-1 
 3. Boca Jrs 4-2 
 4. Obras 3-2 
 5. GECR Indalo 3-4 
 6. Lanus 2-4 
 7. Quilmes MP 2-4 
 8. Club 9 1-5 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 2-0 
 2. Wildcats 2-0 
 3. Crocodiles 1-1 
 4. Tigers 1-1 
 5. Taipans 1-1 
 6. 36ers 0-1 
 7. Blaze 0-1 
 8. Hawks 0-1 
 9. Kings 0-1 


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Mark WORTHINGTON
  Blaze
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 28
 1. Worthington, Blaze28.0 
 2. Mills, Tigers23.5 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats23.5 
 4. Lisch, Wildcats22.5 
 5. Jackson, Breakers19.5 
 6. Davidson, Hawks19.0 
 7. Wilkinson, Breakers18.5 
 8. Hudson, Blaze18.0 
 9. Abercrombie, Break.18.0 
 10. Khazzouh, Kings18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (210-C-86)
  Avg: 14
 1. Khazzouh, Kings14.0 
 2. Rychart, Taipans11.0 
 3. Weigh, 36ers10.0 
 4. Johnson, 36ers8.0 
 5. Hill, Taipans8.0 
 6. Bose, Kings8.0 
 7. Mims, Crocodiles7.5 
 8. Tragardh, Tigers7.5 
 9. Holmes, Crocodiles7.5 
 10. Saville, Hawks7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rhys MARTIN
  Hawks
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Martin, Hawks7.0 
 2. Gibson, Blaze6.0 
 3. Martin, Wildcats6.0 
 4. Cadee, Blaze5.0 
 5. Jackson, Breakers4.0 
 6. Lisch, Wildcats4.0 
 7. Ubaka, Tigers4.0 
 8. Hoare, Blaze3.0 
 9. Tovey, Wildcats3.0 
 10. Wilson, Taipans3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Jackson, Breakers3.5 
 2. English, Blaze2.0 
 3. Mims, Crocodiles2.0 
 4. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 5. Williams, Taipans1.5 
 6. Lisch, Wildcats1.5 
 7. Knight, Wildcats1.0 
 8. Helliwell, 36ers1.0 
 9. Gruber, Hawks1.0 
 10. Grant, Kings1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Luke NEVILL
  Wildcats
  (218-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Nevill, Wildcats2.5 
 2. Pledger, Breakers1.5 
 3. Forman, Hawks1.0 
 4. Ratzsch, Kings1.0 
 5. Gruber, Hawks1.0 
 6. Martin, Wildcats1.0 
 7. Petrie, Blaze1.0 
 8. Worthington, Blaze1.0 
 9. Abercrombie, Break.1.0 
 10. Weigh, 36ers1.0 


NBL coaches tip Perth Wildcats to win the title - by Eurobasket News
According to a poll of all nine National Basketball League (NBL) head coaches conducted just prior to Round One, the Perth Wildcats are clear favourites to take out both the minor premiership and the title for the 2011/12 iiNet NBL Championship season.

Perth, who were also given the pre-season number one ranking by the coaches last year as well, easily accounted for the Adelaide 36ers on the road in the opening week of play in the iiNet NBL Championship to underline why they are currently the hot tip to take out the title according to Centrebet ($2.75).

The NBL teams agree as well and when the League conducted its regular poll of all head coaches it found that Rob Beveridges Wildcats were the clear favourites to finish on top of the ladder.

The Gold Coast Blaze, who missed the playoffs altogether last season after an injury-ravaged campaign, were rated second in the coaches poll with the reigning champions, the New Zealand Breakers ranking third.

Coaches were also asked to name the two teams they believed would make the Grand Final as well as the club they felt would win it all. The Wildcats were chosen as the likely Champions by four teams, with Gold Coast getting the nod from two, and New Zealand, the Melbourne Tigers and Sydney Kings all getting one vote to win the title. Only one coach didnt believe Perth would be in the Grand Final this season, with four coaches also tipping the Cats as Runners-up.

Sydney Kings centre Julian Khazzouh (210-C-86) was voted as the man most likely to win the Andrew Gaze Trophy as the NBL Most Valuable Player, and also received the most votes as a likely member of the All-NBL First Team.

It was however Gold Coasts Mark Worthington who got the nod as the NBLs best non-import player, with all nine coaches naming him unanimously to their top five local products.

Adelaide import Chris Warren, who has since impressed in Round One, was named as the import player most likely to have an impact this season.

The Melbourne Tigers were voted as the club that did the best job of off-season recruitment, while the coaches predicted that Cairns would win the unwanted honour of the Wooden Spoon.

Full results for all questions in the 2011 NBL Coaches Poll can be checked here.

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


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  BAHRAIN   


Saudi Arabia improved to 2-0 record in Bahrain - by Eurobasket News
Saudi Arabia improved to 2-0 record in Bahrain at the GCC Games. In Day 2 the team overcame the hosts 78:65. The winners started with 17-9 and had 41:29 at the halftime. The third quarter belonged however to Bahrain as they reduced to 58:52 after 30 minutes. Saudi Arabia meanwhile won the fourth quarter and the game itself.


Saudi dent Bahrain's basketball medal hopes - by Yousef Ahmed
BAHRAIN suffered their second successive defeat yesterday in the men's basketball tournament of the GCC Games, bowing to Saudi Arabia 65-78 at the Shaikh Isa Sports City basketball arena. With the loss, the Bahrainis suffered a massive blow to their hopes for a medal finish in the competition.

Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) scored 16 points and Grabbed 8 Rebounds to pace the hosts in defeat, while Bader Abdulla Malabes contributed 10. They were the national team's only two players to score in double-figures. Hussain Shaker contributed nine points, Ahmed Malallah seven, while Mohammed Abdulmajeed and Ahmed Abdulaziz chipped in with 6 apiece.

Ayman Belal led Saudi's scorers with 17 markers, while Adel Al Juhani and Ali Taha Maghrabi added 12 each. Hani Al Mohammed contributed 11 points for the victors, who claimed their second straight win of the competition. 'The Saudi team is a lot more experienced as a team than our team,' Bahrain head coach Ahmed Salman said during the post-game Press conference. 'And their size, it gave them an advantage on both ends of the court.'Saudi coach Rade Vojnovic commented: 'My team is experienced and I am expecting them to grow with each game. I think we played a great game today; we held our focus and were committed throughout. We controlled the game and led for 40 minutes, and we deserve this win.'

The Bahrainis struggled with their outside shooting throughout the game, making only four-of-17 shots from beyond the three-point arc, compared to Saudi's 10-of-30 shooting. They were also outrebounded in the contest, 26-36, while giving up nine offensive rebounds to their rivals.Bahrain started the game off poorly and faced a 9-17 deficit at the end of the first quarter. The Saudis continued their fine play in the second, when they extended their advantage to 41-29 at the half. The third quarter saw Bahrain mount a minor comeback as they got to within single digits, 49-58, heading into the final canto. But they lost steam in the end, and the Saudis rolled to the victory, outscoring their rivals by seven, 20-13, in the fourth period.

In yesterday's other games, the UAE trounced Oman 84-61 to remain unbeaten while favourites Qatar also maintained their clean slate after taking down Kuwait 83-71. Basketball takes a break today but will continue tomorrow at the same venue. In the first game at 12noon, Saudi face Qatar, followed at 2pm by Kuwait playing Oman. In the last game at 4pm, Bahrain will be facing the UAE.



Source GDN By Patrick Salomon , Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Mornar Bar 1-0 
 2. Galil Gilboa 0-0 
 3. OKK Beograd 0-0 
 4. Rilski Sportist 0-0 
 5. Timisoara 0-0 
 6. Torus Skopje 0-1 
Group B
 1. Feni Indistrija 1-0 
 2. Hapoel T-A 1-0 
 3. Levski Sofia 1-0 
 4. Napredak 0-1 
 5. Ulcinj 0-1 
 6. Zrinjski HT 0-1 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Ventspils 2-0 
 2. Siauliai 2-0 
 3. Tartu Ulikool 1-0 
 4. Rudupis 1-0 
 5. Pieno Zvaigzdes 1-0 
 6. Baltai Kaunas 1-2 
 7. Triumph 0-0 
 8. Juventus 0-1 
 9. Kalev/Cramo 0-1 
 10. Kedainiai 0-2 
 11. Liepaja 0-2 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Tarvas 1-0 
 2. Neptunas 0-0 
 3. Barsy Atyrau 0-0 
 4. Naglis Palangos 0-0 
 5. Jelgava 0-1 
Group B
 1. Techasas 1-0 
 2. Sakalai 1-0 
 3. Rapla 0-0 
 4. TTU/Kalev 0-0 
 5. Valmiera 0-1 
 6. Turiba 0-1 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 26
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas26.0 
 2. Matulionis, Techas.22.0 
 3. Bowles, Siauliai21.5 
 4. Allingu, Tartu U.21.0 
 5. Duselis, Jelgava20.0 
 6. Urbonas, Juventus20.0 
 7. Krumins, Jelgava19.0 
 8. Matulis, Sakalai19.0 
 9. Pakamanis, Juven.18.0 
 10. Nobles, Pieno Z.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 13
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas13.0 
 2. Vitas, Liepaja9.5 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.9.0 
 4. Bowles, Siauliai9.0 
 5. Barnes, Kedainiai9.0 
 6. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 7. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 8. McClure, Kedainiai8.0 
 9. Willard, Ventspils7.5 
 10. Buterleviciu., Ru.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Augustas PECIUKEVICIUS
  Sakal.
  (191-G-91)
  Avg: 9
 1. Peciukeviciu., Sak.9.0 
 2. Kriisa, Tarvas8.0 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai7.0 
 4. Babkauskas, Techa.7.0 
 5. Maceina, Juventus6.0 
 6. Gintvainis, Sakalai5.0 
 7. Viskontas, Rudupis5.0 
 8. Pakamanis, Juven.5.0 
 9. Bets, Turiba5.0 
 10. Kelys, Pieno Z.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sarunas KULEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kulevicius, Techas.5.0 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava5.0 
 3. Babkauskas, Techa.4.0 
 4. Elksnis, Valmiera3.0 
 5. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 6. Brazdauskis, Pieno3.0 
 7. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 8. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.0 
 9. Urbonas, Juventus3.0 
 10. Peciukas, Kedaini.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Giedrius STANIULIS
  Techasas
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Staniulis, Techasas3.0 
 2. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 3. Mednis, Turiba2.0 
 4. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 5. Dilevka, Turiba2.0 
 6. Barnes, Kedainiai2.0 
 7. Meiers, Ventspils1.5 
 8. Saulits, Valmiera1.0 
 9. Pakamanis, Juven.1.0 
 10. Iljins, Valmiera1.0 


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  BOLIVIA   


Malvin hands 90-70 loss to Amistad - by Eurobasket News
Malvin - Amistad 90-70

First games of Group B (Liga Sudamericana) were played last night. Uruguayan Malvin registered an easy 90-70 win against Bolivian Amistad for 1-0 record. Participants of the same pool are also Uniceub BRB and Centauros. Malvin took control on Amistad from the beginning and never looked back. Fernando Martinez (170-PG-79) top-scored in victory with 21 points. Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) had 15 points and 6 rebs, while Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) added 13 points and 11 rebs. In Amistad, Gene Myvett (193-G-82, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles) had double-double of 22 points and 11 rebs. Gerard Devaughn (203-C-87, college: Stillman) (10 rebs) and Julio Mendoza scored 13 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 25-17, 17-14, 34-16, 14-23. Malvin will meet Centauros in the next game. Amistad will take on Uniceub BRB.

Malvin: Fernando Martinez 21, Reque Newsome 15+6 boards, Anthony Myles 13+11 boards
Amistad: Gene Myvett 22+11 boards, Gerard Devaughn 13+10 boards, Julio Mendoza 10


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  BRAZIL   


Obras wins first place in Group A, Liga Sudamericana - by Eurobasket News
Pinheiros - Obras Sanitarias 80-82

It was the last game of the Preliminary Round in Group A and at the same time crucial game for the first place in this pool. Both teams had perfect 2-0 record before it. Obras grabbed 80-82 victory ending this phase unbeaten. Both teams advanced to the next stage. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) came up with double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds in this victory. James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro) also scored 18 points and Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) added 16 pts, plus 5 rebs. In Pinheiros, Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) top-scored with 18 points. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) and Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-PG-86) had 17 and 13 points respectively. Obras had plus 12 before the last period and Pinheiros serious threatened, but were not able to take the victory. Quarters: 25-19, 19-23, 8-22, 28-18.

Pinheiros: Shamell Stallworth 18, Marquinhos Vieira 17+5 as, Juan Pablo Figueroa 13+6 boards+7 as
Obras Sanitarias: Juan Gutierrez 18+12 boards, James Maye 18, Tyler Field 16+5 boards


Uniceub BRB grabs thriller win against Centauros, 71-70 - by Eurobasket News
Uniceub BRB - Centauros 71-70

Uniceub BRB and Centauros met last night in Round One of Liga Sudamericana. It was the first game of Group and Brazilians managed to grab 71-70 victory. Participants of this pool are also Amistad and Malvin. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) was the leading player in victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) secured a great help adding 19 points and 13 boards, and Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) added 11 pts, 14 assists and 5 rebs. In the loosing squad, Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) was better than the others with double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) and Tulio Cobos (196-F-86, college: Northeastern St.) (7 rebs) netted 14 and 13 points respectively. Quarters: 18-16, 18-12, 22-27, 13-15. In the next game Uniceub BRB will meet Bolivian Amistad. Centauros will play against Uruguyan Malvin.

Uniceub BRB: Alex Ribeiro 21+9 boards, Guilherme Giovannoni 19+13 boards, Welington Dos Santos 11+5+14 boards
Centauros: Carl Elliott 16+14 boards, Hector Romero 14, Tulio Cobos 13+7 boards


Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues
Paulista Standings
 1. Itabom/Bauru 13-1 
 2. Winner/Limeira 12-2 
 3. S.Jose/Vinac 12-3 
 4. Pinheiros/Sky 11-3 
 5. Paulistano 10-4 
 6. Vivo/Franca 9-6 
 7. Gremio Mogi 7-7 
 8. Araraquara 6-8 
 9. Rio Claro 6-8 
 10. XV/Cosan 5-9 
 11. Jacarei 4-10 
 12. Sao Caetano 4-10 
 13. L.S.B. 4-10 
 14. Americana 4-10 
 15. America 3-11 
 16. Inter Santos 3-11 


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  CANADA   


Players invited to Moncton Miracles 2011-2012 training camp - by Eurobasket News
Moncton Miracles training camp will begin on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 with 15 players attending.

The players that will be attending camp are; Coy Custer (6'11''-C-88, college: Lamar), a 6'11 centre from Lamar University; Jazzmarr Ferguson (6'1''-G, college: Indiana SE), a guard from Indiana University Southeast who was the first ever player at his University to break the 2,000 point mark; Andrew Francis (6'8''-F-85, college: UTSA), a 6'7 power forward from the University of Texas at San Antonio; Antonio Hanson, a 6'2 guard from Fort Worth Texas; Darrell Wonge, a 6'6' forward from Lakeview, New York; Fredrick Brathwaite, a 6'4 guard from Columbus, Georgia; Jared Cunningham, a 6'9 forward from Oregon City, Oregon; Randall Orr, a 6'11 forward from Brunson, South Carolina; Tyler Bullock, a 6'2 guard from Lincoln, Nebraska; Michael Leeroyal Evans, a 6'3 guard who is the son of NBA Legend Michael Evans Sr.; Boubacar Coly, a 6'9 power forward; Tyvon Williams, a 6'0 point guard; Mark Gomillia, a 6'4 guard; Isaac Kuon, a 6'4 guard from Mississauga, and Monctonian Matt Robertson, a 6'7 graduate of Bernice MacNaughton High School.

'I'm extremely excited about the young men we have invited to participate in our training camp for our inaugural season as the Moncton Miracles, ' said GM/Head Coach Norris Bell. 'I'm looking forward to molding these young individuals into an exciting basketball team for our fans to watch and to give us the best chance to win night in and night out!'

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  CHILE   


Liga Nacional rosters update: Sagrados Corazones - by Daniel Valencia
CD Sagrados Corazones is part of Liga Nacional and have two import players on their roster.

The players signed are: Torrington Cox (201-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: King), a 26 year old forward from the Bahamas, with experience in the NJCAA, NAIA and Mexico. Cameron Mitchell (201-F/C-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Willamette), a 23 year old forward/center form the United Sates, with experience in the NCAA3 and Ireland.

They already played with the team, in a victory against Puente Alto (75-69) the past weekend, ending the night with 22 and 16 points respectively.


Las Animas get first win of the season - by Tony Gomez
Club Deportes Las Animas got there first win of the season over Temuco basket. The game was led by Temuco the majority of the contest but a late 4th quater rally by Las Animas gave them the win. They were led by their imports Kevin Green (198-F-84, college: Martin Methodist) and Sanni Ojibara (191-G-83, college: New Jersey City St.) who score 22 apiece. Temuco was also led by there import players Victor Toribio who had a game 24 pts and Onye Ibekwe who finished with a Double-Double, after a great start they felt short and could not deliver the win for there club. Temuco will have to put it together to have a chance to go on to the second stage of the season.

Dimayor: roster news for U.Concepcion, U.Catolica and Espanol - by Daniel Valencia
Prior to the start of the new season of Dimayor, the teams begin to strengthen their rosters with foreign players.

CD Universidad de Concepcion, one of the candidates for this year has signed the american Jason Keep (208-C-78, college: San Diego). He is a 33 year old center with experience in the NCAA, Europe, Argentina and a short period in Chile, also with CD Universidad de Concepcion, where he played 8 games with averages of 21.1 points and 13.4 rebounds.

CD Universidad Catolica de Santiago signed the guard Derrik de la Granna and the forward Brian Leggett (198-F-86, college: Barton, NC), who has experience in the NCAA2 and Finland.

Deportivo Espanol de Talca signed the argentinian coach Carlos Iglesias , one of the most experienced in Chile. Espanol also signed the american forward Adrian Hill (203-F-84, college: Rutgers) (with experience in the NCAA, Finland, Turkey, Spain and Germany) and Bayo Arigbon (197-F-86, college: San Diego Chr.), an american forward with experience in Iceland, Israel, Spain and one Dimayor season with Espanol in 2009, where he played 24 games with averages of 18 points and 11.8 rebounds.


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  COLOMBIA   


Bigua avoids last place in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Bigua - Orgullo Paisa 96-90

It was the last game of the Preliminary Round in Group A. Bigua managed to beat Orgullo Paisa 96-90 and to avoid the last place in this pool. Bigua finished competition with 1-2 record. On the other side, Orgullo Paisa finished winless with 0-3. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) led Bigua to this victory scoring 23 points. Ryan Humphrey (203-C/F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) (5 rebs) and Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) helped their team with 16 and 15 points respectively. Heissler Guillent (186-G-86, agency: Paris Global Sports) shined on the other side with 24 points and 7 rebs. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) scored 21 pts and Alejandro Salas Flores (204-F-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) stopped to 12 pts, plus 6 rebs. Obras won the first place in Group A. Pinheiros is No.2

Bigua: Leandro Garcia Morales 23, Ryan Humphrey 16+5 boards, Emilio Taboada 15
Orgullo Paisa: Heissler Guillent 24+7 boards, Stalin Ortiz 21, Alejandro Salas Flores 12+6 boards


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Luksa Andric brings President Cup trophy to Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Croatian NT member Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) and his Galatasaray started the new season in style. They won the Turkish President Cup and Andric was a key player for his team. Galatasaray defeated Fenerbahce Ulker in the Finals 103-97. Galata needed two overtimes to crush the reigning Turkish champion. Luksa Andric was the leading player for the winners with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Last time Galatasaray won the President Cup back in 1985. Earlier this season Andric helped Galatasaray to win the Euroleague Qualifying Tournament in Villnius. Galata shocked host Lietuvos Rytas in the Finals 63-71. Luksa Andric scored 12 points and grabbed 3 rebounds in this meeting. In the Semifinals, Galatasaray was too strong for ASVEL 93-83. In that game Andric had 11 points and 4 rebs. In Game One, Galata handed 77-64 loss to PAOK. The center nailed 15 points that night. Andric was starter in all three games. Galatasaray is now placed to regular season Group D. Their rivals will be Asseco Prokom, Montepaschi, Barcelona, Unics and Olimpija.

A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. KK Split 2-0 
 2. Zabok 2-0 
 3. Alkar Sinj 1-0 
 4. Jolly 1-0 
 5. Krizevci 1-0 
 6. Kvarner 2010 1-1 
 7. Svjetlost 0-0 
 8. Zadar 0-1 
 9. Borik 0-2 
 10. Darda 0-2 
 11. Dubrovnik 0-2 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 30
 1. Mimica, KK Split30.0 
 2. Gaurina, Alkar Sinj25.0 
 3. Ceskovic, Kvarner22.0 
 4. Mrva, Jolly20.0 
 5. Katura, Jolly18.0 
 6. Sarlija, Borik17.5 
 7. Vrbanc, Zadar17.0 
 8. Sobin, KK Split17.0 
 9. Peric, Dubrovnik16.5 
 10. Ross, Jolly16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zvonimir RIDL
  Darda
  (204-F-73)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Ridl, Darda9.5 
 2. Tesija, Alkar Sinj9.0 
 3. Mrva, Jolly9.0 
 4. Cakarun, Borik8.5 
 5. Ivanov, Zadar8.0 
 6. Zupic, Alkar Sinj8.0 
 7. Cinac, Kvarner 20108.0 
 8. Sobin, KK Split7.5 
 9. Diminic, Dubrovnik7.5 
 10. Karac, Dubrovnik7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci11.0 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner7.0 
 3. Salamun, Kvarner6.0 
 4. Tesija, Alkar Sinj5.0 
 5. Tomas, Zabok4.5 
 6. Mimica, KK Split4.5 
 7. Mrva, Jolly4.0 
 8. Katic, KK Split4.0 
 9. Panduric, Darda3.5 
 10. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Frano COLAK
  Krizevci
  (205-C-77)
  Avg: 4
 1. Colak, Krizevci4.0 
 2. Ross, Jolly4.0 
 3. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.0 
 4. Katura, Jolly3.0 
 5. Mimica, KK Split3.0 
 6. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj3.0 
 7. Surina, Kvarner2.5 
 8. Katic, KK Split2.5 
 9. Ramljak, Zadar2.0 
 10. Jurlina, Krizevci2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip TONCINIC
  Zadar
  (212-F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Toncinic, Zadar3.0 
 2. Gaurina, Alkar Sinj2.0 
 3. Dijan, KK Split1.5 
 4. Ridl, Darda1.5 
 5. Buva, Krizevci1.0 
 6. Juricic, Kvarner1.0 
 7. Anzulovic, Alkar S.1.0 
 8. Cakarun, Borik1.0 
 9. Mrva, Jolly1.0 
 10. Radic, Zadar1.0 


Zagreb to waive coach Buric? - by Eurobasket News
According to Croatian media, it seems that Zagreb is very close to release their Head Coach Ivica Buric. Some sources say it is just matter of hour, but nothing is officially announced by the club yet. Zagreb lost two consecutive games in Adriatic league and showed poor performance. In Round One, they hosted Serbian champion Partizan and faced with 65-93 fiasco. In Round Two, Zagreb lost on the road to Hemofarm 80-77. It is important to mention that Zagreb changed three coaches last season. They started with Denis Bajramovic and released him during the season. Mladen Erjavec took over the club and won the Croatian Cup with them. They parted ways soon after that and Ivica Buric became a new HC of Zagreb. He led them to first Croatian title ever and booked a spot for Euroleague 2011/12. However, his Euroleague debut is under the big question mark now.

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Etha replaces Okafor - Etha Vs Ael for the Super Cup - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
The championship kicks-off on the 14th of October with AEL and ETHA battling for the Super-Cup. The game starts at 20:00 at Eleftheria Indoor Arena.
Both teams had strong pre-season games and are ready for the battle.

Etha has nine ready to play players.

Masamba and Tutt at the 1 position
Jackson at the 2 position
Shawn Ray and Anastasiades at the 3 position
Dabkus and Cup at the 4 position
Watkins and Lalovic at the 5 position
and of course it can switch positions accordingly. For example it can play with Masamba as a point guard and with Tutt at the 2 position.

AEL has also nine ready to play players.

Mccoy and Palalas at the 1 position
Kounounis at the 2 position
Carter and Liatsos at the 3 position
Radunovic and Dragovic at the 4 position
Stepheson and Loizides at the 5 position
and also can switch positions accordingly. For example it can play with Palalas as a point guard and with Mccoy at the 2 position.

Good luck to both teams.


In a sudden move Etha has replaced Okafor with Darryl Watkins. Watkins is 2.11 and plays the 5-position.

Career:

2007 July: NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Sacramento Kings)
2007-2008: $110,560: Sacramento Kings (NBA): 9 games: 1.3ppg, .3rpg, waived in Dec.'07, later that month moved to Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League): 18 games: 4.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.2bpg; in Feb.'08 signed at Iowa Energy (D-League): 22 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 54.2%, FT: 63%
2008 July: NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Los Angeles Clippers)
2008-2009: San Antonio Spurs (NBA), only pre-season, in Nov.'08 moved to TianJin Rongcheng (China-CBA): 43 games: 20.7ppg, 14.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.7spg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 67.2%
2009 July: NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Houston Rockets)
2009-2010: Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), only pre-season
2010 July: NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Dallas Mavericks)
2010 July: NBA Summer League in Orlando (Indiana Pacers)
2010-2011: New Orleans Hornets (NBA), only pre-season, in Nov.'10 moved to Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Lebanon-Div.A, starting five): 27 games: 15.5ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.9spg, Blocks-5 (1.4bpg), FGP: 57.8%, FT: 61.7%
2011-2012: Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five), only pre-season





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Blazek's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old forward Jakub Blazek (203-F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for B&W Opava and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Chomutov (#8, 2-2) 77-84. B&W Opava maintains the 14th position in league. They are still not able to win a single game in the league yet. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 5 games and recorded no victories. Blazek has many years of experience at B&W Opava, through which he has constantly improved. Jakub Blazek averages this season 16.4ppg and 6.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Derek Wright (175-G-86) of Chomutov. He is American guard in his first season at Chomutov. In the last game Wright recorded impressive 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course Chomutov cruised to a 84-77 relatively comfortable win over B&W Opava (#14, 0-5). Chomutov's 8th position in has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wright is a newcomer at Chomutov and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80) of CEZ Nymburk (#6). Wilson scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of CEZ Nymburk, leading his team to a 96-56 easy win against the lower-ranked Svitavy (#9, 1-3). CEZ Nymburk needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Round 1. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Wilson has a great season in Czech Republic. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.3ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pavel Frana (212-C-77) of Plzen - 30 points and 6 rebounds
5. Stjepan Gavran (206-C-78) of Inter Bratislava - 16 points and 14 rebounds
6. Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-G-83) of BC Kolin - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-C-83) of BK Prostejov - 18 points and 10 rebounds
8. James Hughes (211-C-83) of NH Ostrava - 18 points and 7 rebounds
9. Uros Benacek (206-C-92) of BC Kolin - 17 points and 5 rebounds
10. Rob Lowery (188-G-87) of Chomutov - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 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)


Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. J.Hradec 5-0 
 2. Opava B 5-1 
 3. Proton Zlin 4-1 
 4. Sokol H.Kralove 4-1 
 5. Sparta Praha 4-1 
 6. Trutnov 4-2 
 7. Benesov 3-2 
 8. Sokol Prazsky 3-3 
 9. Liberec 3-3 
 10. Vysehrad 1-4 
 11. Litomerice 1-5 
 12. Mlada Boleslav 1-5 
 13. Kladno 0-5 
 14. Prostejov B 0-5 


Stats Leaders - NBL
NBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Houska, BK Decin 21.3
2 Sedmak, USK Praha 20.4
3 Lowery, Chomutov 20.2
4 Bridgewaters, Inter B. 18.4
5 Arnold, BK Pardu. 17.8
6 Henderson, Levice 17.7
7 Stanek, Chomutov 17.2
8 Grant, Levice 16.7
9 Wilson, Nymburk 16.6
10 Wright, Chomutov 16.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Arnold, BK Pardu. 8.6
2 Votroubek, USK P. 8.6
3 Meno, Svitavy 7.8
4 Hughes, NH Ostrava 7.2
5 Peterson, BK Prost. 7
6 Houska, BK Decin 7
7 Benda, CEZ Nymburk 7
8 Gadri-N., BK Prost. 7
9 Field, BC Kolin 7
10 Luettgerodt, NH Os. 7
Assists Per Game
1 Wright, Chomutov 6
2 Sotnar, USK Praha 5.2
3 Barnes, BC Kolin 4.3
4 Smith, BK Prost. 4
5 Sanders, BK Decin 4
6 Marko, BC Kolin 3.8
7 Vrubl, Plzen 3.6
8 Lowery, Chomutov 3.3
9 Eitutavicius, BK Pro. 3.3
10 Macela, Svitavy 3.3
Steals Per Game
1 Pumprla, CEZ N. 4
2 Klecka, B&W Opava 3.6
3 Smith, BK Prost. 3
4 Wright, Chomutov 2.5
5 Grant, Levice 2.4
6 McFadden, Usti n. 2.4
7 Sirina, B&W Opava 2
8 Hruban, USK Praha 2
9 Honomichl, Plzen 2
10 Inge, NH Ostrava 2
Blocks Per Game
1 Gadri-N., BK Prost. 3
2 Hughes, NH Ostrava 1.8
3 Jelinek, BC Kolin 1.7
4 Grant, Levice 1.4
5 Kramny, Svitavy 1.3
6 Slavik, USK Praha 1.2
7 Meno, Svitavy 1
8 Pumprla, CEZ N. 1
9 Sedmak, USK Praha 1
10 Svrdlik, BK Prost. 0.8


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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 4-0 
 2. Svendborg 4-0 
 3. Naestved 3-2 
 4. Horsholm 3-2 
 5. Aabyhoj 3-2 
 6. Falcon 2-3 
 7. SISU 2-3 
 8. Vaerlose 1-4 
 9. Aalborg 1-4 
 10. Horsens IC 1-4 


Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Lemvig 3-0 
 2. Randers 3-0 
 3. Koge BK 3-1 
 4. Amager BK 2-0 
 5. Virum 2-2 
 6. ALBA 1-1 
 7. Stevnsgade 1-1 
 8. Glostrup 1-2 
 9. Haderslev 1-2 
 10. Solrod 0-2 
 11. Aarhus BF 0-3 
 12. Jonstrup 0-3 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Will HARRIS
  Horsens IC
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 32.4
 1. Harris, Horsens IC32.4 
 2. White, Aalborg29.8 
 3. Bishop, Aalborg27.5 
 4. Rutherford, SISU26.6 
 5. Kingsley, Svendborg25.8 
 6. Henry, Naestved22.4 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj22.3 
 8. Rasmussen, Vaerl.20.0 
 9. Phillips, Aabyhoj19.5 
 10. Bak, Horsholm18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Bishop, Aalborg13.5 
 2. Benjamin, Horsholm11.2 
 3. St.John, Horsens10.0 
 4. Phillips, Aabyhoj9.8 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj9.0 
 6. Glynn, Naestved8.8 
 7. Harris, Horsens IC8.2 
 8. Eleraky, Aalborg8.0 
 9. Rutherford, SISU7.8 
 10. Nielsen, Falcon7.6 
Assists Per Game
 D''Mario CURRY
  Aabyhoj
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Curry, Aabyhoj5.3 
 2. Elgmork, Aalborg5.2 
 3. Sakne, Horsens IC5.0 
 4. Henry, Naestved4.2 
 5. McFarlane, Falcon4.0 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg4.0 
 7. Dennis, SISU3.8 
 8. White, Aalborg3.6 
 9. Colman, Svendborg3.5 
 10. St.John, Horsens3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. White, Aalborg3.8 
 2. Henry, Naestved3.4 
 3. Dennis, SISU2.8 
 4. Iversen, Bakken2.3 
 5. Nielsen, SISU2.2 
 6. Glynn, Naestved2.2 
 7. Wire, Vaerlose2.0 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.2.0 
 9. Benjamin, Horsholm2.0 
 10. Laier, Aabyhoj2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bishop, Aalborg2.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.8 
 3. Curry, Aabyhoj1.8 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.8 
 5. Jukic, Horsholm1.2 
 6. Kingsley, Svendborg1.0 
 7. Eleraky, Aalborg1.0 
 8. Larsen, Vaerlose1.0 
 9. Sorensen, Aalborg0.5 
 10. Nielsen, Bakken0.5 


Ligaen Round 5 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
There were just five rounds played in Regular Season of Ligaen and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

Round 5 most important game was a victory of Aabyhoj over 5th ranked Falcon 99-88 on Thursday night. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 38-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Aabyhoj made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Falcon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!). His fellow American import forward Demetrius Phillips (207-87, college: Bridgeport) contributed with 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Henrik Thomsen (203-84, college: Cal-Riverside) answered with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Falcon. Aabyhoj have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Horsholm and Naestved. Falcon lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with SISU. Aabyhoj is looking forward to face league's second-placed Svendborg at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Falcon will play against Horsens IC (#10) in Horsens and is hoping to win this game.
Horsens IC's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Aalborg (1-4) 109-90. American players dominated the game. Forward Will Harris (198-86, college: Albany) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and Mike St.John chipped in 13 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists. Forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Horsens IC left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Aalborg and Vaerlose. Horsens IC will play against higher ranked Falcon (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aalborg will play against the league's leader Bakken and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Ligaen top team - Bakken (4-0) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eighth ranked Vaerlose (1-4) 75-64. Chris Nielsen nailed 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Mads Rasmussen came up with 18 points for Vaerlose in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bakken have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 4-0 record, which they share with Svendborg. Vaerlose lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Horsens IC and Aalborg. Bakken will meet Aalborg (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vaerlose will play against SISU in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Copenhagen was also worth to mention about. Leader Svendborg (4-0) played at the court of 6th ranked SISU (2-3). Svendborg managed to secure a 6-point victory 84-78. The best player for the winners was Adama Darboe who scored 20 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Svendborg have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Bakken. SISU at the other side keeps the sixth place with three games lost. Svendborg's next round opponent will be Aabyhoj (#5) on the road. SISU will play against Vaerlose and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Vaerlose was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Horsholm (3-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Vaerlose (1-4). Horsholm managed to secure a 9-point victory 91-82 on Thursday. Alexander Bak orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Horsholm moved-up to third place, which they share with Naestved and Aabyhoj. Vaerlose lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with four games lost. Horsholm will face Naestved (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Vaerlose will play against SISU (#7) in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Vaerlose - Bakken 64-75

Ligaen top team - Bakken (4-0) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eighth ranked Vaerlose (1-4) 75-64. The game was mostly controlled by Bakken. Vaerlose managed to win fourth quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International swingman Chris Nielsen (192-85) nailed 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Chris Christoffersen (218-79, college: Oregon) accounted for 19 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Mads Rasmussen (191-86) came up with 18 points and American forward Adam Wire (195, college: Cornell) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Vaerlose in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bakken have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 4-0 record, which they share with Svendborg. Vaerlose lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Horsens IC and Aalborg. Bakken will meet Aalborg (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vaerlose will play against SISU in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vaerlose: M.Rasmussen 18+1reb+1ast, A.Wire 12+6reb, A.Osgood-Richardson 10+7reb, R.Larsen 9+7reb+2ast, A.Karason 8+6reb+2ast, O.Schultz-Barentzen 5
Bakken: C.Nielsen 26+6reb+1ast, C.Christoffersen 19+7reb+1ast, N.Iversen 13+6reb+3ast, M.Dejworek 9+4reb, M.Thuesen 4+4reb, F.Nielsen 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 136105


SISU - Svendborg 78-84

The game in Copenhagen was also worth to mention about. Leader Svendborg (4-0) played at the court of 6th ranked SISU (2-3). Svendborg managed to secure a 6-point victory 84-78. The guests were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 11-point deficit before their 29-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Svendborg made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) who scored 20 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Matthew Kingsley (206-86, college: Stephen F. Austin) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. Five Svendborg players scored in double figures. American forward Donald Rutherford (198-87, college: Catawba) produced 22 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) added 21 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Svendborg have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Bakken. SISU at the other side keeps the sixth place with three games lost. Svendborg's next round opponent will be Aabyhoj (#5) on the road. SISU will play against Vaerlose and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SISU: D.Rutherford 22+9reb+3ast, M.Dennis 21+3reb+5ast, M.Flowers 12+1reb+2ast, D.Harder 9+7reb+1ast, M.Nielsen 8+5reb+2ast, H.Sigmer Nielsen 4+2reb+2ast
Svendborg: M.Kingsley 22+5reb, A.Darboe 20+4reb+4ast, C.Magaard 14+5reb+4ast, M.Plannthin 10+10reb+3ast, C.Colman 10+4reb+1ast, M.Mariegaard 4+1ast
gschID: 136106


Horsens IC - Aalborg 109-90

Horsens IC's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Aalborg (1-4) 109-90. The game was mostly controlled by Horsens IC. Aalborg was better in fourth quarter 30-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Horsens IC dominated down low during the game scoring 84 of its points in the paint compared to Aalborg's 60. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 34 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Aalborg's players. American players dominated the game. Forward Will Harris (198-86, college: Albany) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and power forward Mike St.John (203-84, college: La Salle) chipped in 13 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists. St.John is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Horsens IC players scored in double figures. Forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and point guard Ryan White (177-88, college: Texas St.) scored 32 points. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Horsens IC left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Aalborg and Vaerlose. Horsens IC will play against higher ranked Falcon (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aalborg will play against the league's leader Bakken and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Aalborg: T.Bishop 34+16reb+1ast, R.White 32+3reb+3ast, L.Kristiansen 11+1reb+1ast, S.Sorensen 5+2reb, S.Eleraky 4+9reb, M.Rasmussen 2+1reb+1ast
Horsens IC: W.Harris 36+11reb+8ast, H.Schur 22+9reb+4ast, M.St.John 13+15reb+9ast, S.Einarsson 12+1ast, C.Lindberg 12+6reb+2ast, M.Sakne 9+9ast
gschID: 136107


Falcon - Aabyhoj 88-99

Round 5 most important game was a victory of Aabyhoj over 5th ranked Falcon 99-88 on Thursday night. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 38-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Aabyhoj made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Falcon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!). His fellow American import forward Demetrius Phillips (207-87, college: Bridgeport) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Four Aabyhoj players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Henrik Thomsen (203-84, college: Cal-Riverside) answered with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Christian Nielsen (201-86, college: Wagner) added 19 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Falcon. Aabyhoj have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Horsholm and Naestved. Falcon lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with SISU. Aabyhoj is looking forward to face league's second-placed Svendborg at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Falcon will play against Horsens IC (#10) in Horsens and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Falcon: C.Nielsen 19+7reb+2ast, H.Thomsen 18+8reb+4ast, J.McFarlane 14+5reb+4ast, C.Thomsen 9+2reb+1ast, J.Rottgardt 9+3reb+1ast, Y.Gyamfi 8+3ast
Aabyhoj: D.Curry 27+6reb+5ast, D.Phillips 20+15reb, O.Sigurdsson 19+5reb+3ast, D.Jukic 18+7reb+1ast, R.Soby Dalboge 7+2reb+4ast, J.Wang 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 136108


Vaerlose - Horsholm 82-91

The game in Vaerlose was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Horsholm (3-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Vaerlose (1-4). Horsholm managed to secure a 9-point victory 91-82 on Thursday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Horsholm outrebounded Vaerlose 39-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. Vaerlose was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Alexander Bak (193-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Joe Benjamin (201-83, college: W.Virginia St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Horsholm players scored in double figures. American forward Adam Wire (195, college: Cornell) answered with 17 points and 8 steals and forward Mads Rasmussen (191-86) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Vaerlose. Horsholm moved-up to third place, which they share with Naestved and Aabyhoj. Vaerlose lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with four games lost. Horsholm will face Naestved (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Vaerlose will play against SISU (#7) in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vaerlose: A.Wire 17+4reb+3ast, M.Rasmussen 16+5reb, A.Osgood-Richardson 12+3reb+2ast, S.Jensen 11+1reb+1ast, P.Simonsen 9+4reb+3ast, A.Karason 8+3reb+2ast
Horsholm: A.Bak 21+7reb+4ast, B.Marinkovic 18+9reb+1ast, P.Hertz 18+2reb, J.Bro 17+1reb+1ast, J.Benjamin 11+14reb+5ast, A.Haas 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 136109




Harris' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old forward Will Harris (198-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Horsens IC and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had a double-double of 36 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Aalborg (1-4) with 19-point margin 109-90. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Horsens IC maintains the 10th position in league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 4 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Harris had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Horsens IC's top player in his first season with the team. University at Albany graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harris is league's best scorer averaging so far 31.5ppg. Harris is in league's top in and averages solid 50.8% FGP and 42.3% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Tony Bishop (201-F-89) of Aalborg. He is American forward in his first season at Aalborg. In the last game Bishop recorded impressive double-double of 34 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Aalborg lost that game 90-109 to Horsens IC (1-4). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Aalborg keeps 9th position. 4 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Aalborg managed to get this year. Bishop is a newcomer at Aalborg and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#7). He also registered 11.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Horsens IC's star - forward Hans Schur (203-F/C-83). Schur showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Horsens IC, helping his team with a 109-90 easy win against Aalborg (1-4). Horsens IC can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-4 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Schur he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Schur has a very solid season. In 4 games in Denmark he scored 9.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. D'Mario Curry (201-F-85) of Aabyhoj - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Mike St.John (203-F/C-84) of Horsens IC - 13 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Bojan Marinkovic (209-C-84) of Horsholm - 18 points and 9 rebounds
7. Donald Rutherford (198-F-87) of SISU - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Demetrius Phillips (207-F-87) of Aabyhoj - 20 points and 15 rebounds
9. Chris Nielsen (192-G/F-85) of Bakken - 26 points and 6 rebounds
10. Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79) of Bakken - 19 points and 7 rebounds

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


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Cavs D-League team named Canton Charge - by Eurobasket News
The Cleveland Cavaliers today announced that their new NBA D-League team in Canton will be named the Canton Charge. At the same time, the teams colors, logo and court design were also debuted. The announcement and unveiling was led by Cavaliers President Len Komoroski and Cavaliers Chief Marketing Officer Tracy Marek, along with Canton Mayor William J. Healy II and Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce President Denny Saunier. The events took place at the Canton Memorial Civic Center, which will serve as home court for the Charge.

The Canton Charge franchise is powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they are truly energized by the Greater Canton community, said Cavaliers President Len Komoroski. Today, we are proud to unveil a team identity that is very much the result of a collaborative process between our organization and the great fans here.

Were very excited about this and we think Charge is not only a great name for the team, but it can also help reflect an attitude and mindset for our entire community. Canton is charging ahead in multiple ways, and were working hard to make our future better and better, said Canton Mayor Healy.

Extensive research was conducted to best determine the team identity by inviting fan input and direction in various forms. Thousands submitted their thoughts and ideas online via the teams official website www.CantonCharge.com and social media outlets. Fan focus groups and fan-on-the-street interviews also took place. Questions were answered, opinions were shared and fan direction was clear it was very important to establish the close connection between Cantons new NBA D-League team and the Cavaliers. A bond was easily seen and sensed. Fans wanted the teams brand to translate the passion they already had for the Cavaliers and at the same time, to create a team identity that reflected great pride and energy in an aggressive way.

Our fans spoke. We listened, and then we let their input and direction serve as the guiding element for our development process, said Cavaliers CMO and team identity development process leader Tracy Marek. It was a fun process and we think we ended up with a great name, logo and colors that represent what the team, the fans and the community collectively wanted. To CHARGE ahead!

The goal was also to have the new teams identity fit well with Cantons strong history of being a passionate and supportive sports community. There is a great partnership and momentum that can be created when a community, a team and fans all charge ahead together in support of each other and I think our business community understands how important and exciting this can be, said Greater Canton Chamber of Commerce President Denny Saunier. We look forward to being part of the fun and seeing the positive impact the Charge will have here.

The Charge begins their inaugural season at the Canton Memorial Civic Center on Friday, November 25th at 7:30 p.m. against the defending NBA D-League Champion Iowa Energy. Individual game tickets will go on-sale in early November. Season tickets for the Canton Charge are on sale now and start as low as $5 per seat.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


USA Pan American Games training camp to open Friday - by Eurobasket News
Twenty-one players under contract to play in the NBA Development League in 2011-12, including seven with previous USA Basketball experience, will convene Friday in Tulsa, Okla., for the start of the USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Team training camp. The training camp will run Oct. 14-22 and be utilized to select the USA's 12-man roster that will compete in the 2011 Pan American Games basketball competition that is being held Oct. 26-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Slated to attend the USA Pan American Games Team training camp are: Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, college: Missouri St.) (Erie BayHawks/Missouri State '07); Brian Butch (Injured for 2010-11 season/Wisconsin '08); Chris Daniels (KCC Egis, South Korea/Texas A&M-Corpus Christi '08); Justin Dentmon (Texas Legends/Washington '09); Jerome Dyson (Tulsa 66ers/Connecticut '10); Moses Ehambe (Iowa Energy/Oral Roberts '08); Anthony Goods (Dakota Wizards/Stanford '09); Ron Howard (Fort Wayne Mad Ants/Valparaiso '06); Marcus Lewis (Tulsa 66ers/Oral Roberts '09); Leo Lyons (Austin Toros/Missouri '09); Renaldo Major (Dakota Wizards/Fresno State '04); Anthony Mason, Jr. (Sioux Falls Skyforce/St. John's '10); Matt Rogers (Texas Legends/Southwest Baptist '10); Walker Russell (Fort Wayne Mad Ants/Jacksonville State '06); Donald Sloan (Reno Bighorns/Texas A&M '10); Gregory Stiemsma (Sokhumi Tbilisi, Georgia/Wisconsin '09); Curtis Sumpter (Maroussi BC, Greece/Villanova '07); Lance Thomas (Austin Toros/Duke '10); Curtis Withers (Angeles de Puebla, Mexico/Charlotte '06); Chris Wright (Dayton '11); and Luke Zeller (Bakersfield Jam/Notre Dame '09).

'I think the overall depth of the 21 guys and the versatility they have to play multiple positions will be a great asset for the team,' said Tulsa 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts, who on July 27 was named by USA Basketball head mentor of the USA Men's Pan American Games Team. 'Also, the wealth of experience these players have had both in the NBA D-League and overseas will be very beneficial. We are looking forward to getting training camp started in Tulsa to see these 21 players compete for roster spots.'

Assisting Tibbetts on the USA bench are Tulsa 66ers coaching staff members Jermaine Byrd and Dale Osbourne. Additionally, Austin Toros head coach Brad Jones and Idaho Stampede head coach Randy Livingston are assisting as court coaches during the USA's training camp.

Training camp for the 2011 USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Team will held Oct. 14-22 (see schedule below) at the Tulsa Convention Center (Okla.). The 12-member USA Men's Pan American Games Team will be announced before the team departs Oct. 23 for the Pan American Games competition in Mexico.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Ecuador Review - by Bayo Arigbon
Ecuador Review
Bayo Arigbon (197-F-86, college: San Diego Chr.)

In this blog Ill be doing my Ecuador Review! All reviews consist of three categories. Living Situation, Basketball, and overall experience. As far as m living situation in Ecuador I stayed in a hotel. The only thing about the hotel is that the internet was extremely slow. It couldnt load youtube videos quickly, and it caused my xbox 360 to lag and get dropped from matches when I played, which was irritating. I wont say much but imagine if I was trying to load another video lolit took forever!!! So thats definitely a negative. Not only that but i had to ring the door bell whenever I returned for the attendant to open it I felt bad because sometimes after always games I would come back SUPER late! As far as basketball all I can say is Thank You God! The basketball in Ecuador consists of a minimum of 3 Americans! And a few teams had a few other south American players on it . The local talent was ok, some players excelled while others had troubles with basketball I.Q. Although we didnt make playoffs I left Ecuador as the leading scorer there. I also ended up leaving this country without receiving my pay for the month of September, which was devastating to me. The whole time while I was here I did everything I could to show my professionalism, and dedication to the team. There were NUMEROUS times where they were late with payment, and my agents advised me not to play! But knowing me and how much I love the game I still played! A couple of times I was puking, and sick, due to something I ate, but I still played to show my dedication to the team. I played rather I was ok, tired, sick, or weary, just to show my dedication. The way I looked at it is I didnt want to get outta shape, and I wanted to end the season as the LEADING SCORER so I played. I felt like I gave 120% to this team, but the problem was them receiving money from others who had promised it to them. Although that doesnt make it ok, because they should have had all my salary before I even came! That experience made think about my friends that want to play overseas, and I thought.. I wonder if they really have what it takes. Its more than just playing when your fouled.. its waaaaaaay more. You have to consider what will you do if u dont get paid, or you dont play as much as u planned and more! A lot of people say they want to do it but how would u respond if it happened to you? Well I did the only thing I could. I came to Ecuador with a camcorder and video taped all of my games. Games were recorded and played on TV but it was hard as hell to get a hold of them, so luckily God allowed me to record most of my games so I was able to make highlights, and show the world what I can do. I LOVE the people of QUEVEDO and I love the CITY I wouldnt change anything, but as a professional basketball player you have to think to yourself whats more important? Proof that you are good, or receiving your pay? And remember its all in Gods Hands and everything happens for a reason, so keep faith and work hard.. anyone who wants to play overseas thats all it takes!



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Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 3-0 
 2. Rapla 1-1 
 3. Tln Kalev 1-1 
 4. TTU/Kalev 1-1 
 5. Parnu 1-1 
 6. Tarvas 1-2 
 7. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 8. Valga/CKE 0-2 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Illimar PILK
  TT.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 21
 1. Pilk, TT.21.0 
 2. Cunda, Va.21.0 
 3. Arnold, TT.18.0 
 4. Raap, Parnu17.5 
 5. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool17.5 
 6. Fedortchuk, Tln K.16.5 
 7. Kurg, Tln Kalev16.5 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas16.0 
 9. Kaldre, Rapla15.5 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Raido RINGMETS
  Rapla
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 13
 1. Ringmets, Rapla13.0 
 2. Fedortchuk, Tln K.12.5 
 3. Cipruss, Tarvas10.3 
 4. Hamarsalu, Parnu8.0 
 5. Adedeji, Va.8.0 
 6. Soo, Rapla7.0 
 7. Arnold, TT.7.0 
 8. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.6.7 
 9. Amis, Tartu Ulikool6.3 
 10. Kajupank, Rapla6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Martin DORBEK
  Tarvas
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Dorbek, Tarvas4.7 
 2. Roos, Tln Kalev4.5 
 3. Karner, Parnu4.0 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas4.0 
 5. Kurg, Tln Kalev3.5 
 6. Veideman, Tartu U.3.3 
 7. Cunda, Va.3.0 
 8. Kurbas, Tartu Ulik.3.0 
 9. Doronin, Tartu U.3.0 
 10. Parn, Rapla3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rain KARNER
  Parnu
  (186-PG-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Karner, Parnu3.5 
 2. Saage, Tartu Uliko.3.0 
 3. Kaja, TT.2.5 
 4. Kaldre, Rapla2.5 
 5. Cunda, Va.2.5 
 6. Roos, Tln Kalev2.5 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas2.3 
 8. Laane, Rapla2.0 
 9. Raap, Parnu2.0 
 10. Paiste, Tln Kalev2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksei FEDORTCHUK
  Tln K.
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Fedortchuk, Tln K.3.5 
 2. Voolaid, Parnu3.0 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.7 
 4. Adedeji, Va.1.5 
 5. Saarmets, TT.1.0 
 6. Coles, Tarvas1.0 
 7. Shaw, Tln Kalev1.0 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas1.0 
 9. Cricelli, Va.1.0 
 10. Raadik, Parnu1.0 


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Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 4-0 
 2. Nilan Bisons 3-0 
 3. Kauhajoki 3-1 
 4. ToPo 2-1 
 5. Kouvot 2-2 
 6. Salon Vilpas 2-3 
 7. Pyrinto 1-1 
 8. Korihait 1-2 
 9. KTP 1-3 
 10. Namika Lahti 1-4 
 11. LrNMKY 0-3 


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 3-0 
 2. BC Nokia 2-0 
 3. Lapua 2-0 
 4. Huima 1-0 
 5. SayRi 1-0 
 6. Tapiolan Honka 1-0 
 7. Oulun NMKY 1-1 
 8. Pyrinto II 0-1 
 9. Jyvaskyla 0-2 
 10. ToPo Akatemia 0-2 
 11. Ura Basket 0-2 
 12. Porvoon Tarmo 0-3 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 30
 1. Baxley, Lapua30.0 
 2. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.30.0 
 3. Phillips, Oulun N.27.0 
 4. Graham, Huima23.0 
 5. Reed, Lapua22.5 
 6. Williams, Lapua21.5 
 7. Cooper, SayRi21.0 
 8. Mantymaa, SayRi21.0 
 9. Manning, Huima20.0 
 10. Robinson, FoKoPo19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 14
 1. Cooper, SayRi14.0 
 2. Bojang, FoKoPo13.0 
 3. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.0 
 4. Townes, BC Nokia13.0 
 5. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.12.0 
 6. Green, Ura Basket11.0 
 7. Laitinen, Tapiol.11.0 
 8. Coleman, FoKoPo9.0 
 9. Reed, Lapua9.0 
 10. Vertio, Tapiolan.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (176-PG-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Manning, Huima7.0 
 2. Ikavalko, FoKoPo6.0 
 3. Laitinen, Tapiol.5.0 
 4. Kierros, Jyvaskyla4.0 
 5. Cooper, SayRi4.0 
 6. Lind, Porvoon3.3 
 7. Viertola, Huima3.0 
 8. Graham, Huima3.0 
 9. Jurvanen, Lapua3.0 
 10. Baxley, Lapua3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Eetu NIEMINEN
  SayRi
  (192-G/F-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Nieminen, SayRi4.0 
 2. Dolenc, Tapiolan.3.0 
 3. Manning, Huima3.0 
 4. January, BC Nokia3.0 
 5. Kierros, Jyvaskyla3.0 
 6. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.3.0 
 7. Townes, BC Nokia2.5 
 8. Reed, Lapua2.0 
 9. Kankaanpaa, BC No.2.0 
 10. Jackson, Porvoon2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Eze ANDREWS
  Ura B.
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Andrews, Ura B.2.5 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.5 
 3. Townes, BC Nokia2.0 
 4. Molenius, FoKoPo1.3 
 5. Markkanen, Jyvas.1.0 
 6. Vertio, Tapiolan.1.0 
 7. Dolenc, Tapiolan.1.0 
 8. January, BC Nokia1.0 
 9. Rasinaho, Pyrin.1.0 
 10. Puotila, Tapiolan.1.0 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 24
 1. Blue, KTP24.0 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons23.0 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons22.0 
 4. Heard, ToPo20.7 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.20.7 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.20.6 
 7. Beidler, Kauhajoki20.5 
 8. Bailey, Pyrinto19.0 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto19.0 
 10. Koivisto, Nilan B.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.8 
 2. Blue, KTP11.3 
 3. Zeno, Nilan Bisons9.0 
 4. McDade, Nilan B.9.0 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.0 
 6. Hairston, Salon V.8.2 
 7. Heinonen, ToPo7.7 
 8. Young, Namika L.7.6 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto7.5 
 10. Beidler, Kauhajoki7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Williams, Pyrinto9.5 
 2. Virtanen, Kataja6.7 
 3. Jalonen, Korihait6.3 
 4. Haynes, LrNM.6.3 
 5. Hannah, Kauhajoki5.5 
 6. Walker, Kataja5.3 
 7. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.7 
 8. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.5 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.3 
 10. Moore, Korihait4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Williams, Pyrinto4.5 
 2. Sten, Kataja3.3 
 3. Moore, Korihait3.3 
 4. Haynes, LrNM.3.0 
 5. Newson, Kataja2.7 
 6. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 7. Terwilliger, Kataja2.0 
 8. Brooks, Namika L.2.0 
 9. Holloway, Salon V.2.0 
 10. Young, Namika L.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.0 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.0 
 3. Newson, Kataja1.3 
 4. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.3 
 5. Hairston, Salon V.1.2 
 6. Davis, KTP1.0 
 7. Rainamaa, Korihait1.0 
 8. Vanttaja, Kouvot0.8 
 9. Jordan, Kouvot0.8 
 10. Lindbom, ToPo0.7 


KORISLIIGA: Kataja beat KTP 95-67 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 5: Three contests tonight. Kataja had five players over 10 points (14-21 pts), when they beat visitor KTP (Kotka) 95-67. Jared Newson played all 40 minutes and led the hosts with 21pts/10rbs. Tim Blue led KTP with 14pts/8rbs. Kouvot (Kouvola) got a slow start vs Vilpas (Salo) as the digits were 10-21 after the opening quarter. Then Kouvot won all remaining qwuarters and the game 85-72. Josh Gonner netted 20 pts for the hosts. Emmanuel Holloway (Vilpas) scored game high 34 pts. YMCA Lahti lost at home vs Bisons (Loimaa) 75-84. Keena Young had 19 pts for YMCA Lahti, but visitor Bisons had five players in double digits. Mikko Koivisto knocked down four (out of six) 3-pointers and led Bisons with 21 pts.
In Division one Tarmo, Porvoo (0-3) lost at home 64-87 (25-42) vs FoKoPo, Forssa (3-0).


KORISLIIGA: Kataja beat KTP 95-67 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 5: Three contests tonight. Kataja had five players over 10 points (14-21 pts), when they beat visitor KTP (Kotka) 95-67. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) played all 40 minutes and led the hosts with 21pts/10rbs. Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) led KTP with 14pts/8rbs. Kouvot (Kouvola) got a slow start vs Vilpas (Salo) as the digits were 10-21 after the opening quarter. Then Kouvot won all remaining qwuarters and the game 85-72. Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) netted 20 pts for the hosts. Emmanuel Holloway (188-G-86, college: Illinois St.) (Vilpas) scored game high 34 pts. YMCA Lahti lost at home vs Bisons (Loimaa) 75-84. Keena Young (198-F-85, college: BYU) had 19 pts for YMCA Lahti, but visitor Bisons had five players in double digits. Mikko Koivisto (194-G-87, college: NC-Greensboro) knocked down four (out of six) 3-pointers and led Bisons with 21 pts.

Kataja - KTP 95-67 (49-41). (Jared Newson 21/10, BA Walker 16/4s, Jeremy Price 14 - Tim Blue 14/8, Michael Pounds 13, Bennet Davis 12/13).

Kouvot - Vilpas 85-72 (35-39). (Josh Gonner 20, Antto Nikkarinen 17, Antoine Jordan 14/9 - Emmanuel Holloway 34/9, John Fields 13/13, Junior Hairston 12).

YMCA Lahti - Bisons, Loimaa 75-84 (41-38). (Keena Young 19/6, Ville Makalainen 17/5a, Sami Pekkola 15 - Mikko Koivisto 21, Jeb Ivey 19, Martin Zeno 18).
In Division one Tarmo, Porvoo (0-3) lost at home 64-87 (25-42) vs FoKoPo, Forssa (3-0).




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  FRANCE   


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Chalon 2-0 
 2. Le Mans 2-0 
 3. Nancy 1-0 
 4. Poitiers 1-0 
 5. Roanne 1-0 
 6. Strasbourg 1-0 
 7. ASVEL 1-1 
 8. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 1-1 
 9. Paris-Levallois 1-1 
 10. Cholet 0-1 
 11. Dijon 0-1 
 12. Gravelines 0-1 
 13. Hyeres-Toulon 0-1 
 14. Le Havre 0-1 
 15. Nanterre 0-1 
 16. Orleans 0-2 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Boulazac 3-0 
 2. Fos Ouest 3-0 
 3. Limoges 2-0 
 4. Chalons-Reims 2-1 
 5. Le Portel 2-1 
 6. Bordeaux 2-1 
 7. Bourg 2-1 
 8. Quimper 1-1 
 9. Rouen 1-1 
 10. Antibes 1-2 
 11. Denain 1-2 
 12. Maurienne 1-2 
 13. Nantes 1-2 
 14. Boulogne 1-2 
 15. Evreux 1-2 
 16. St Etienne 0-0 
 17. Lille 0-2 
 18. St Vallier 0-2 
 19. Vichy 0-2 


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Roche 4-0 
 2. Charleville 3-0 
 3. Cognac 3-0 
 4. St Quentin 3-1 
 5. Le Puy 2-1 
 6. Sorgues 2-1 
 7. Blois 2-1 
 8. Souffel 2-1 
 9. Challans 2-2 
 10. Angers BC 49 1-2 
 11. Lievin 1-2 
 12. Rueil 1-2 
 13. Orchy 1-2 
 14. Chartres 1-2 
 15. Clermont 1-3 
 16. Brest 0-3 
 17. CFBB 0-3 
 18. Montbrison 0-3 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Ryvon COVILE
  Nanterre
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 24
 1. Covile, Nanterre24.0 
 2. Morlende, Hyeres-T.23.0 
 3. Chatfield, Paris-.21.5 
 4. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.21.5 
 5. Parker, AS.21.0 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy21.0 
 7. Rochestie, Le Mans20.5 
 8. Anderson, Stras.20.0 
 9. Edwards, Grave.19.0 
 10. Cox, Le Havre18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Akinlolu AKINGBALA
  Nancy
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Akingbala, Nancy11.0 
 2. Page, Roanne10.0 
 3. Covile, Nanterre10.0 
 4. Aminu, Chalon9.5 
 5. Hamilton, Paris-.9.5 
 6. Camara, Le Havre9.0 
 7. Labeyrie, Hyeres-T.9.0 
 8. Edwards, Grave.9.0 
 9. Thompson, AS.9.0 
 10. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bobby DIXON
  Dijon
  (178-PG-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Dixon, Dijon8.0 
 2. Morlende, Hyeres-T.7.0 
 3. Rochestie, Le Mans7.0 
 4. Albicy, Gravelines6.0 
 5. Batum, Nancy6.0 
 6. Linehan, Nancy6.0 
 7. Schilb, Chalon6.0 
 8. Parker, AS.6.0 
 9. Meacham, Paris-.6.0 
 10. Pellin, Orleans5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Talor BATTLE
  Cholet
  (182-PG-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Battle, Cholet4.0 
 2. Johnson, Gravelines3.0 
 3. Jomby, Gravelines3.0 
 4. Goss, AS.3.0 
 5. Miller, Poitiers3.0 
 6. Riley, Nanterre3.0 
 7. Batum, Nancy3.0 
 8. Shuler, Nancy3.0 
 9. Dixon, Dijon3.0 
 10. Kahudi, Le Mans2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dounia ISSA
  Gravelines
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Issa, Gravelines3.0 
 2. Labeyrie, Hyeres-T.2.0 
 3. Vaty, Gravelines2.0 
 4. Daniels, Nanterre1.0 
 5. Gradit, Cholet1.0 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy1.0 
 7. Leonard, Le Havre1.0 
 8. Page, Roanne1.0 
 9. Holland, Roanne1.0 
 10. Nichols, Cholet1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Ousmane BARRO
  Bourg
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 20
 1. Barro, Bourg20.0 
 2. McKenzie, Boulazac19.3 
 3. Siggers, Rouen19.0 
 4. Denave, St Vallier19.0 
 5. Clark, Fos Ouest18.7 
 6. Davis, Le Portel18.7 
 7. Franklin, Vichy18.5 
 8. Taylor, Le Portel17.7 
 9. James, Denain17.7 
 10. Gomis, Limoges17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 14
 1. Massie, Limoges14.0 
 2. Dunn, Rouen11.5 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.11.0 
 4. Prowell, St Vallier10.0 
 5. Wood, Evreux9.7 
 6. James, Denain9.0 
 7. Flowers, Vichy9.0 
 8. Rossiter, Denain8.3 
 9. Monroe, Boulazac8.3 
 10. Gay, Fos Ouest8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Donald COPELAND
  Bourg
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Copeland, Bourg8.7 
 2. Poupet, Rouen6.5 
 3. Fergerson, Nantes6.0 
 4. Njoya, Boulazac6.0 
 5. Taylor, Le Portel5.7 
 6. Paelay, Quimper5.5 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux5.3 
 8. Choquet, Fos Ouest5.3 
 9. Gomis, Limoges5.0 
 10. Denave, St Vallier5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Landon MILBOURNE
  Limoges
  (201-PF-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Milbourne, Limoges4.0 
 2. Charles, Nantes3.3 
 3. Eito, Vichy3.0 
 4. Denave, St Vallier2.5 
 5. Shiloh, St Vallier2.5 
 6. Flowers, Vichy2.5 
 7. Toti, St Vallier2.5 
 8. Driss, Bordeaux2.3 
 9. Njoya, Boulazac2.3 
 10. Fergerson, Nantes2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest3.0 
 2. Massie, Limoges2.5 
 3. Dunn, Rouen2.0 
 4. Badiane, Antibes1.7 
 5. Barro, Bourg1.7 
 6. Daniels, Chalons-.1.7 
 7. Ford, Bordeaux1.7 
 8. Prowell, St Vallier1.5 
 9. Marshall, Lille1.5 
 10. Charles, Nantes1.3 


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Arnaud THINON
  Sorgues
  (178-G-87)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Thinon, Sorgues22.3 
 2. Kaunisto, Blois19.7 
 3. Bigote, Cognac19.3 
 4. Herard, Challans18.5 
 5. Thomas, Roche18.3 
 6. Staelens, Blois16.3 
 7. Racine, CFBB16.3 
 8. Horton, Blois16.0 
 9. Tschamber, Souffel16.0 
 10. Borval, Le Puy15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ian CASKILL
  Cognac
  (207-C-81)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Caskill, Cognac11.7 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB11.0 
 3. Kaunisto, Blois11.0 
 4. Pearson, Angers B.9.7 
 5. Aubry, Montbrison8.5 
 6. Simmons, Roche8.3 
 7. Diame, Rueil8.0 
 8. Pasut, Sorgues8.0 
 9. Williams, St Quent.8.0 
 10. Mdivani, Rueil7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Calvez, Charleville7.0 
 2. Brochard, Blois6.7 
 3. Berquier, Chartres5.0 
 4. Ball, St Quentin4.8 
 5. Godin, Cognac4.7 
 6. Rathieuville, Brest4.7 
 7. Cortey, Clermont4.5 
 8. Geay, Challans4.3 
 9. Sene, Le Puy4.3 
 10. Daube, Le Puy4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 6
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche6.0 
 2. Hermenier, Roche3.5 
 3. Cretaux, Lievin3.0 
 4. Calvez, Charleville2.7 
 5. N''Diaye, Souffel2.7 
 6. Bigote, Cognac2.7 
 7. Dessart, Lievin2.5 
 8. Guillarme, Charlev.2.3 
 9. Diallo, Roche2.3 
 10. Lema, Cognac2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Alingue, Souffel2.7 
 2. Caskill, Cognac2.3 
 3. Morin, CFBB2.0 
 4. Borval, Le Puy2.0 
 5. Diame, Rueil1.7 
 6. N''Diaye, Souffel1.3 
 7. Pasut, Sorgues1.3 
 8. Kaunisto, Blois1.3 
 9. Andre, Roche1.0 
 10. Ipouck, Chartres1.0 


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Guess Who's Back!!! - by Brandon Cole
Whats up out there world!!! Its ya boy B Cole back for another installment and another season of my blog series. Once again i wanna thank the good folks at Eurobasket for inviting me and giving me a forum to share my experiences with my friend, family, and fans all across the globe. I personally had a great.....and I mean GREAT summer which included: My first Caribbean cruise with my wife, my first visit to New Orleans, a loooooong but enjoyable family road trip from Chicago to Philly, lots of barbecues and waterparks with the kids, clubbing with friends, working out, shopping and just chilling and catching up with family. Couldn't think of a better way to spend my off season. Now after all the fun and games and relaxation, its time to get back to the grind. I signed with the top team in Macedonia, KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje

The team is filled with so much tradition and has won so many championships here it reminds me of the Celtics in a way. I had the opportunity to play here 2 seasons ago for another team (who was also sponsored by the same people who now run Rabotnicki) and had a great experience. I fell in love with Skopje then and when i returned here back in early September it definitely felt like home. And now couldn't be a better time to play here in the country with all the great basketball being played as evidenced by the National team's great performance this summer at the Eurobasket tournament in Lithuania. I was blessed enough to be here for a lot of the big games in the final 8 and final 4 rounds and the energy from the fans throughout the entire country has been AMAZING! Hopefully that same energy and enthusiasm will also translate into our Superleague regular season. Our team personally won't have a problem with that though, as we have without question, the best and rowdiest fans in Macedonia, the notorious CITY PARK BOYS! I've been able to see 1st hand the excitement and passion they bring to the game just through some of our preseason contests and we are definitely in store for a great season. Speaking of that, we have completed our preseason schedule UNDEFEATED. We won our 3 friendly matches with KK Lirija Skopje, KK Vardar Skopje, and KK Kumanovo 2009. To top all of that off, just last weekend we defeated another Macedonian Powerhouse, defending league champion and Balkan League Champion, Feni Indistrija Kavadarci, for the SuperCup championship on their homecourt. The Supercup is a match up of the defending Superleague Champion (Feni) and the defending National Cup champion (us) from the previous year to kind of determine who the real top dog is.

It was definitely a great feeling and a great way to kick off the season. There was a little doubt going on through out the league about how our team was going to perform this season. We got started late as far as filling roster spots and getting all of our staff together due to the fact that our coach and a few of our top players were making that deep run in Lithuania with the National team. So a lot of other clubs had an advantage in signing some of the top domestic players and foreigners etc, but i think we answered a lot of our doubters with our preseason performance to let them know that we are back and we are ready. The regular season kicks off at home this weekend against KK Vardar Skopje and we can't wait.

Off the court, everything has been going smoothly. The team has me in a great 2 story apartment for me and my family (a HUGE upgrade from our tiny apartment we had last season in Japan, lol). My fam just arrived last weekend and have been adjusting pretty well. My son and daughter have been getting better every day as far as their sleeping schedules. The food out here is always good as well as the nightlife and shopping. With all of the NBA lockout stuff going on, which is affecting basketball players and teams Worldwide, it's definitely a blessing to be in such a good situation this season. I know a LOT of my boys back home who are great players with great resumes who are still waiting on that call. This year is a tough one for everybody, so i just want my guys to keep their heads up and keep staying ready because that call is going to come eventually. So until next time, everybody be safe, be cool and be easy...I'll holla. B.C. #15


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  GEORGIA   


Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Armia 0-0 
 2. Batumi 0-0 
 3. Dinamo Tbilisi 0-0 
 4. Kutaisi 0-0 
 5. MIA Tbilisi 0-0 
 6. Olympus 0-0 
 7. Rustavi 0-0 
 8. Samedicino 0-0 
 9. Sokhumi 0-0 
 10. STU Tbilisi 0-0 
 11. TSU Tbilisi 0-0 


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  GERMANY   


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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 24
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets24.0 
 2. Swann, Ratiopharm21.3 
 3. Gray, Fraport SKY20.0 
 4. Harris, s.Oliv.18.7 
 5. Ovcina, LTi 46ers18.3 
 6. Nadjfeji, B.Mue.17.3 
 7. Jonusas, Phoenix17.3 
 8. Horne, Goettingen16.5 
 9. Dojcin, TBB Trier16.3 
 10. Ensminger, Teleko.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adam CHUBB
  EWE Baskets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Chubb, EWE Baskets11.7 
 2. Hilliard, Art.Drag.10.0 
 3. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.7 
 4. Ovcina, LTi 46ers8.7 
 5. Ensminger, Teleko.8.0 
 6. Nadjfeji, B.Mue.7.7 
 7. Peacock, Bremerha.7.5 
 8. McNaughton, Bremer.7.5 
 9. Smith, Bayreuth7.3 
 10. Ibekwe, Bayreuth7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dru JOYCE
  TBB Trier
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Joyce, TBB Trier8.0 
 2. Jordan, Telekom6.7 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.6.5 
 4. Dorris, EnBW L.6.0 
 5. Hamann, B.Muenchen5.7 
 6. Wood, ALBA5.5 
 7. Gavel, Brose B.5.5 
 8. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 9. Schaffartzik, ALBA4.5 
 10. Weber, Goettingen4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DORRIS
  EnBW L.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Dorris, EnBW L.3.3 
 2. Crowe, Phoenix3.0 
 3. Gavel, Brose B.2.5 
 4. Wood, ALBA2.0 
 5. Clay, s.Oliver.2.0 
 6. Smith, Bayreuth2.0 
 7. Holston, Art.Drag.2.0 
 8. Everett, Bremerha.2.0 
 9. Jenkins, Brose B.2.0 
 10. Leuer, Fraport SKY1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.3.7 
 2. King, Art.Dragons3.0 
 3. Ibekwe, Bayreuth2.3 
 4. Francis, ALBA2.0 
 5. Slaughter, Brose B.2.0 
 6. Looby, EnBW L.1.3 
 7. Carter, Phoenix1.0 
 8. Everett, Bremerha.1.0 
 9. Kruel, Phoenix1.0 
 10. Pleiss, Brose B.1.0 


Slovakian center prodigy signs long-term contract in Germany - by Moritz Korff
Bamberg has made a move for the future, as the Franken 1st youth programme was able to complete a deal with Patrik Boloz (210-C-95), a 15-year-old center prospect from Slovakia.
Boloz has been dubbed 'the most talented European center of his age group' by Wolfgang Heyder, the CEO of Franken 1st Bamberg Basketballgesellschaft mbH, the company that runs the Brose Baskets and its affilitates. The Slovakian teenager signed a six-year contract with Franken 1st and will play in the TSV Breitenguessbach JBBL team (U16 Bundesliga) in the 2011-12 season. 'Not only is he tall, but also very mobile and he learns very quickly, on and off the court', Mirko Petrick, Breitenguessbach's coach, said. Reportedly Boloz picked the Franken 1st programme over offers from Italy and Spain.


Christian Ellis adds size and experience to BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen - by Moritz Korff
Looking at their winless record after three games played this season and with the current Pro A standings in their minds, the decisionmakers of BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen felt that it's time to react. They did so by tying up a deal with well-traveled post player Christian Ellis (206-F/C-84, college: Wake Forest).
27-year-old Ellis hails from Marietta, Georgia and graduated from NCAA D1 programme Wake Forest in 2006. He spent some time in the NBA D-League in the following years, mostly suiting up for the Tulsa 66ers. In 2009 his journey began, as Ellis would play in China, Uruguay, Ukraine, Romania, Germany and Austria until 2011. Earlier this year he was linked to the Giants Duesseldorf, but moved on to Kapfenberg of Austria shortly. Christian Ellis is the son of 1989 NBA All-Star Dale Ellis.


Tomislav Topic back in Schwenningen - by Moritz Korff
The Schwenningen Panthers (1. Regionalliga South-West) have returned veteran center Tomislav Topic (204-C/F-78). The 32-year-old Bosnian-born big man comes back from USC Freiburg and should provide the Panthers a much-needed spark. Topic saw action in eleven games of the 2. Bundesliga Pro B last season, averaging 11.7 points and 7.1 rebounds for the Panthers. He then moved on to Freiburg. The Schwenningen team is currently ranked 11th in the RLSW standings and is sitting on a 1-2 record, having lost two of their three games by large margin.

Kyle Bailey back at old stomping grounds - by Moritz Korff
The Violets of BG Goettingen did not waste any time to fill the spot that opened up during the week, when Josh Slater (190-G-89, college: Lipscomb) asked to opt out of his contract. Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara) is back in Goettingen and inked a contract for the remainder of the season. The Fairbanks, Alaska native played for the Violets in 2006-07, 2008-09 and in this past season. He appeared in 20 BBL games throughout the 2010-11 campaign and put up the following stats: 10.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.5spg.
Bailey's comeback in a Goettingen uniform is set for Saturday in a home game against Bayern Muenchen.


Kyle Bailey Back With BG Goettingen For A Fourth Year - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Even though Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara) had much success in a violet uniforn leading BG Goettingen to the Beko BBL in 2007, and two playoff appearances in 2009 and 2011, it seems like the American from Alaska has a second home in Goettingen. After the departure of Josh Slater, there was a hole to fill at the point guard and what better deed than to resign Bailey. Bailey is 29 year old 188cm guard from Fairbanks, Alaska that is a very smart player who handles the ball well, performs well under pressure, regularly is the first player at practice and the last to leave. Last season for BG Goettingen he played apg; German League: 20 games: 10.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-5 (1.5spg), FGP: 35.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 68.9%. 'We are happy to have Kyle back. He knows Goettingen well and should be able to integrate himself quickly into the team', commented BG Goettingen sport director Jan Schiecke. Bailey will give his debut tomorrow against FC Bayern Munich. 'The team has an experienced player with Kyle. He knows how to play fast and how to play in a full court defense. He isn't a replacement, but a comebacker', stressed BG Goettingen head coach Stefan Mienack.


Bailey started his basketball career in 2000 with Santa Clara where he played with Doron Perkins. In his senior year 2004-2005, he played
31 games: 14.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 37.2%, 3Pts: 31.3%. In 2005-2006, he started his professional basketball career with Florida Flame (NBDL), waived in Nov.'05, in Jan.'06 signed at BK Riga 05 (Latvia-LBL), left in Feb.'06: LBL: 2 games 17.5ppg 6.5rpg 5.0apg 1.5spg. In 2006-2007, he had his first tour of duty with BG Goettingen playing : 29 games: 20.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.0apg, 2.8spg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 35.9%, FT: 77.0%. In 2007-2008, he played for ratiopharm Ulm (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five), injured in March'08: 18 games: 12.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 64.5%. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Goettingen and played 23 games: 14.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 74.2%. In 2009-2010, he played for EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga), left in Feb.'10: 21 games: 8.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 18.3%, FT: 82.0%. Awards/Achievements: in his career have been WCC Tournament Finalist -01, All-WCC Team -02, WCC Tournament Semifinals -04, 05
All-WCC Honorable Mention Team -05, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Player of the Year -07, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Guard of the Year -07, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North Import Player of the Year -07, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga North 1st Team -07, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga North All-Imports Team -07, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -09, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -09, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -09, and Eurocup Quarterfinals -11.

Source: BG Goettingen


Ernest Jones Set To Make Debut For The Soba Dragons Rhondorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Soba Dragons Rhondorf have started the season at below 500 showcasing a record of 1-2, but got good news this week as American Earnest Jones (198-F-85, college: Southern) was able to take part in Practice again. Jones is a 26 year old 198cm forward from New Orleans, Louisiana that is starting his second season as a professional. The American who played at Southern before coming to Germany played for SV Oberelchingen (Germany-Regionalliga) last season averaging 26.5ppg. This season, he made the jump to the PRO B with the Dragons, but had been sidelined the last 6 weeks. 'I am sure that he will still need some time to find the needed game rhythm. It could take until November until he finds his top form. But we are hoping for him to be able to help us now already. Now we have more chnaces under the basket and we want to use that', stressed Dragons head coach Eric Detlev This weekend, the Dragons play against the winless team BG Illertal-Weissenhorn and they should not be underestimated. 'Weissenhorn have sold themselves under their value and are stronger than their record shows. It is difficult to calculate how they will be, because one needs to know with what roster they play. Also one needs to see how the coaching change will effect them. We want to take the good second quarter against Frankfurt into the game and play well for alonger stretch of time. If we can do that, then I think that we will have good chances to win', added Eric Detlev

Can Michael Koch Lead The Telekom Baskets Bonn Return To The Playoffs With A New Trust And Less Mcdonalds? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Since head coach Michael Koch has had free reigns of gobbling up players each new season, his trust in American players and their abilities has been as strong as the Boston Bruins belief that their 2011 Stanley Cup win was no fluke and waiting another 39 years for the next one is out of the question, American singer Rihanna confident that her new album Talk Talk talk with hit single Take A Bow is a track that many people will rap about for years to come or Lindsay Lohan somehow not abruptly disappearing, but continuing to hang around in the news showing her support for legend Marilyn Monroe in her own essay for a new coffee book. In the last five years with 60 players on the roster, Koch has picked 35 Americans. It has been no secret that Michael Koch Has had faith in the Americans the last years as much as Skyliner fans have seeing Quantez Robertson take new athletic and breathtaking lift offs to the basket this season, Bastian Schweinsetiger doing some more trick shots with the basketball, or Dashaun Wood feeding Derrick Allen an ally-op pass, but being rejected from behind at the second from Super Tez Robertson. However after not reaching the playoffs last season for only the second time in their basketball existence, the German coach decided to go in another direction supplementing the roster with only three Americans which could give the few Mcdonalds in the Rhine city less business now with less of an influx of Americans playing there. For some Americans going to Mcdonalds is about as regular as Germans going to the beer garden, going to Mallorca for vacation for driving a Volkswagen and sometimes when your in a new country and are shy and see the big yellow arches, one just cant resist. I actually only visit Mcdonalds about once a month in Europe, but I think the Americans rather have a greasy Big Mac and French fries then good tasty Wiener Schnitzel, smiled Steven Wright who is earning his bucks in Finland this season. With less Americans and players from other countries, there might be an influx to taste the real German classic food. The Mcdonalds might be down, but the Wiener Schnitzel will be up, laughed EnBW Ludwigsburg Mark Dorris

The Telekom Baskets Bonn have been in the playoffs since 1997 almost as often as Allen Iverson said Practice in his infamous press conference as the club of coach Michael Koch missed just two times in 2005 and in 2011, but have the cruel distinction of not being able to win the big title losing five finals and two cup finals that brings back memories to the NFL Buffalo Bills of the 90s as they perished in four Superbowl finals. The Telekom Baskets Bonn were BBL finalists in 1997,1999, 2001, 2008 and 2009 and Cup finalists in 2005 and 2009. If you lose one final, try try again and if you lose a second consecutive final try try again, but if you reach a third final then the team has to finally win or forever be classified as the German basketball version of the Buffalo Bills football team that had the distinction of being second way too many times. A Michael Phelps has never worried about being second since he has won 11 gold medals at the Olympics, two bronze medals, but no silver medals. Being second hurts about as much as catching someone cheating, but in the BBL with guys coming and going, the trademark of always finishing second shouldnt really effect a team mentally as much as one might think. I dont think that it takes a toll on the team. Teams are usually building new teams each year. But with Bonn that has kept a good core of guys from the last years, that should help the team more than hurt it when it comes to winning a title, added ex Gloria Giants Duesseldorf guard Steven Wright.

However Last season was a season to forget for the Telekom Baskets Bonn as they finished in 13th place with a record of 14-20. It is always difficult enough to be known as a team not being able to win a title, but not reaching the playoffs is about as unexpected as Bayern Munich soccer team losing games at the moment, Paris Hilton refraining from wearing big sunglasses anywhere as tha fetish seems to have returned to her, or Boris Becker ever forgetting what happened in a London hotel closet. Bonn had a very talented team last season with seven Americans and at times were carried in many games by the trio of Nic Wise, Folarian Campbell and Jeremy Hunt that averaged 38 points out of the team total 71 points per game, however the team play just wasnt consistent enough. They had some great individual players, but they just didnt seem to gell last season, added ex Phoenix Hagen guard Mark Dorris. Their biggest wins last season have been against BG Goettingen, The EWE Baskets Oldenburg and The Artland Dragons. A big five game winning streak in December helped the team in the first half, but in the second half of the season the team seemed to falter as they finished the season from February to May with a 2-12 record and raised many questions. I think that they had too many players that wanted to much for themselves than for the team, remembered ex Tuebingen guard Steven Wright. In those 12 games, the team lost only three games by less than five points and lost the rest pretty easily.

With the misfortune of last year, the club decided to revamp and made a total facelift saying farewell to 10 players. They kept the support and back bone of the team with Beko BBL dinosaur Chris Ensminger and young Germans Fabian Thulig and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann. The team also kept long time coach Michael Koch who keeps the patience and trust of management and has a contract until 2013. The team brought in versatile power forward Tony Gaffney who has been with the Boston Celtics and Assist magnet Jared Jordan who returns back to the club after a year in Greece to round out the American trio. To help fill the void of new extra Americans, the team got two players from Lithuvania with Simonas Serapinas and Benas Veikalis and Zvonko Buljan. Koch also has trust in Germans Daniel Hain and Andrej Mangold. Koch works now with a 10 man roster and sees his switch from American ball to European ball as positive. It is easier to integrate Europeans into a team than it is Americans who tend to think I before we, stressed Michael Koch . So far his tactics have paid off as The Telekom Baskets Bonn rest a top the Beko BBL standings with a 3-0 record. They started off the season with a big 80-76 win at home against new team Bayern Munich, then won on the road against Phoenix Hagen 95-83 and won at home against the LTi Giessen 46ers 83-67. In all three games there have been three different top scorers and three different top rebounders. Bonn is going in the right direction. I am sure Koch has the players playing their rolls. It is nice that Jared Jordan is back. He will really help them, warned Steven Wright.

The club did a fantastic job complementing the team with 37 year old 209cm center veteran Chris Ensminger in 2009-2010 and has returned for a third season and just keeps going is as known in the BEKO BBL as jiffy popcorn in the states. He is a BBL statesman that has won two BBL titles with Bamberg in 2005 and 2007, had season double double averages in the BBL with ppg and rpg from 2001-2005. He always gives 100% with relentless hard work under the hoop and one has to look closely for him to sneak a smile during a game. He is a strong center with fantastic rebound-skills, can score from the low-post. He is right handed, but shoots FTs with the left hand. His biggest success was with Bamberg, but he also played in Paderborn and MBC. Before he came to Germany, he played in the NCAA with Valparaiso from 1992-1996. Then he got his first experience as a professional basketball player in Portugal, France and New Zealand. Last season for Bonn, he played EuroCup: 5 games: 16.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 75.0%; German League: 35 games: 12.8ppg, Reb-2 (8.5rpg), 1.1apg, FGP: 54.9%, FT: 74.0%. Ensminger may be 37, but his intelligence may out weigh his talent. Ensminger plays so hard and is always in the right position on the boards. He wont out jump anyone, but he is pretty smart, stressed Quentin Pryor. Former teammate Steve Wright has fond memories of the native from Ohio as they were played together in Paderborn. Chris is smarter than his opponents and always puts himself in the right position. He is extremely disciplined and is a leader. I dont think there is really a way to stop him as he is very consistent. He was like a big brother for me and when he gave me advice I listened, added ex New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig guard Steven Wright. The game of Ensminger also seems to have a special taste as he is always a joy to watch. His hook shot at the 2010 BEKO BBL Allstar game was very nice. He has an old school game so I wasnt shocked when I saw it. He seems to have a bag of shots like that, commented Quentin Pryor. Alex King played two seasons with the veteran that plays like a 28 year old. He is one of the best centers in the league and can do it all under the hoop, pass, and use both hands. He is just a complete player. Of the court he is a quiet player, but one that you can talk to. I have a lot of respect for him, expressed Alex King.

The team also brought back Jared Jordan who is a 27 year old 188cm point guard from Hartford that understands how to run a team. Has great court vision and leadership. He played at Marist from 2003-2007 and finished his last two seasons as the top assist man in the NCAA with 8,5a nd 8,7apg. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round in 2007. He never played in the NBA, but was always very close as he visited training camps with The New York Knicks in 2007 and New Orleans Hornets in 2008. Before coming to Bonn in 2009, he played for top team Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL) and had a stint in the D-league for Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League): 36 games: 10.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-2 (9.0apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 70.3%. In his first season with Bonn, he played EuroCup: 5 games: 6.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 37.9%, 3PT: 10.5%, FT: 80.0%; German League: 37 games: 9.0ppg, 4.2rpg, Assists-4 (5.3apg), FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 76.8%. Last season, he played for VAP Kolossos Rodou (Greece-A1, starting five): 27 games: 6.3ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-1 (5.5apg), FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 23.2%, FT: 56.0%. The club also welcomed American Tony Gaffney who is a 26 year old 204cm forward from Berkley, Massachusetts that is a playing his first season in Germany. He is a forward who brings a high level of energy and athleticism to any teams he joins. He is a tenacious rebounder and great defender. He was the Atlantic 10 Conference defensive player of the year in 2008-09, and one of the nation's leading shot-blockers. He played at Boston University from 2004-2006, before heading west to Amherst to play for Massachusetts (NCAA). In his senior year, he played 30 games: 11.5ppg, RebA10-2 (10.2rpg), 1.7apg, StealsA10-2 (2.0spg), BlocksNCAA-3 (3.8bpg), FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 64.6%: Finished career at UMass ranked seventh all-time in blocks (174).In 2009-2010, he got some experience in Israel before joining the Boston Celtics in April 2010. In 2010-2011, he started with the Boston Celtics, but moved to the Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL): Turkish League: 8 games: 6.0ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%; EuroChallenge: 3 games: 8.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0spg; left in Jan.'11, same month acquired by Utah Flash (D-League): 38 games: 10.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, Blocks-4 (2.3bpg), FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT 66.7%.

The team brought in some real European flair and experience with Simonas Serapinas who is a 29 year old 197cm forward from Lithuania that is a A versatile, gifted swingman who gives his best in outside shooting. Can spend time in the 2 and 3 positions, playes very well without the ball. Thanks to his strong body, he could play even Power forward if needed. He hasplayed in countries like Greece, Ukraine, Poland and Italy. He played for top teams B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas, Aris Thessaloniki and Azovmash Mariupol. He has 53 Euroleague games under his belt, and has won titles in Lituvania and Poland and played at the 2005 European championships where Germany got silver. Last season, he played for Cimberio Varese (Italy-SerieA): 7 games: 3.4ppg, 1.9rpg. The team also acquired Benas Veikalis from Lithuania who is a 28 year old 192 cm guard. He first got experience in the States playing for Metropolitan St. (NCAA2) the same schhol where TBB Trier guard John Bynum played. He played for Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) from 2007-2009 and the last two seasons for BK Prostejov (Czech Rep.-NBL) where last season he played EuroChallenge: 14 games: 15.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 43.5%, FT: 85.7%; Czech Rep. League: 44 games: 13.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT-2 (47.1%), FT: 81.3%. The club also hauled in young and interesting Zvonko Buljan who is a 24 year old 206cm forward from Croatia. He played at Texas Christian university and in his senior year had remarkable stats averaging 12.2ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 26.0%, FT: 70.1%. Last season as a rookie, he played for Bornova Bld (Turkey-TBL), in Nov.'10 loaned to Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A): Cypriot League: EuroChallenge: 6 games: 10.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 70.0%; Cyprus League: 12 games: 11.3ppg, Reb-4 (7.3rpg), 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 45.8%, FT: 63.3%, in Apr.'11 moved to PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece-A1).

The team also has their healthy core of young Germans to fill out the roster. The oldest of the bunch is Daniel Hain who is playing his first season in Bonn. After starting his career in 2003 with ETB Essen, and played for Herten from 2004-2007. He then played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2007-2011 helping win the 2009 Beko BBL title. Who could forget him being the shadow of Pascal Roller during the 2009 playoffs covering him on the court. With Oldenburg, he played 95 Beko BBL games, nine Eurocup games, six Eurocup games and five Eurochallenge games. The team also signed 24 year old 190cm Andrej Magold, who might get his first real chance in Bonn. He has bounced around German yin the last years playing regionalliga basketball with Hannover and TB Oldenburg and then playing second division ball with FC Bayern Munich from 2007-2009. In 2009-2010, he played for UBC Hannover Tigers (ProA, starting five): 25 games: 8.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 69.1%. last season, he played for the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (1.Bundesliga): 26 games: 0.5ppg; also a license to play for SC Rasta Vechta (ProB): 2 games: 1.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg. The team also return Fabian Thulig who is a 22 year old 196cm forward who has been with the club since 2006. He made his debut in the Beko BBL in 2008 at age 18. He has been brought along slowly, but has been developing well. Last season, he played 26 games Beko BBL games averaging 2.8ppg, 1.5rpg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 4.5ppg; also played at Dragons Rhoendorf (ProA)15 games: 9.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 78.0%. Jonas Wolfarth-Botterman is a 21 year old 207cm center that has been with the club since 2007. Last season he played 4 Beko BBL games averaging 1.5ppg, 1.8rpg; also have a license to play at Dragons Rhoendorf (ProA) playing 29 games: 12.8ppg, 7.9rpg, Blocks-1 (2.1bpg), FGP: 54.9%, 3PT-1 (50.0%), FT: 44.9%.

. In the last five seasons, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners only have a 5-12 record. It doesnt matter if Frankfurt played at the old gym or in the new arena, Frankfurt is 0-9 in this time. The last time, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners won in Bonn, New England patriot Tom Brady had not sipped champagne yet as a third Super Bowl winner, Jurgen Klinsmann was still coach of the German national soccer team, Paul Potts was still selling cell phones and singing in front of the mirror and the terrifying Tsunami was only a few days old as Frankfurt won in Bonn on January 1st 2005 with a 79-67 win as Chris Williams exploded with 27 points and 16 rebounds.Last season the Skyliners lost a tight 92-89 game shortly before the new year as Nic wise took control in crunch time.The 20 point, eight rebound and seven assist performance didnt help in the losing cause from Dashaun Wood. Frankfurt got revenge in the return date in the Ballsporthalle as they took apart Bonn 78-60 as Dashaun Wood led all scorers with 20 points and no Bonn player scored in double figures.

Since the big win against FC Bayern Munich on the opening day of the season, The Telekom Baskets Bonn have had little problems disposing of weaker teams Phoenix Hagen and Giessen. The Fraport Skyliners cruise into the game with a two game winning streak and big crunch time wins as Jon leuer helped win the game in Tuebingen and Justin Gray hit an unbelievable buzzer beater against the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. Bonn comes into the Fraport arena with a lot of confidence while the Skyliners not only have self confidence, but a lot of adrenaline still within them after the big win two days ago. Frankfurt had huge problems against Wurzburg gathering rebounds and will need added help form the guards and co against the strong duo of Ensminger and Gaffney. We already beat them in pre season. We will have to rebound better and make our free throws. I think that as long as we play hard, then everything will fall into place, stated ex NBA player Jermareo Davidson. Stopping the point guard is always key which no team has been able to do against Bobby Brown so far this season, and the Fraport Skyliners have a big task with Jared Jordan. Jordan does a lot for that team. We will have to stop him. Defensive rebounding will be huge and we have to execute on offense and defense, warned Justin Gray. It will take a team effort to stop the defeated Bonn team. Bonn is very versatile can get the ball inside and they have good shooters. We will have to rebound better and have quick feet and not let them get in the lane. We have to play our style and play as a team, expressed Michael Thompson. The Fraport Skyliners host The Telekom Baskets Bonn on Saturday October 15th.






Tom Lipke moves to BG Dorsten - by Moritz Korff
BG Dorsten (2. Bundesliga Pro B) has boosted its roster by adding 25-year-old wing Tom Lipke (194-G/F-86, agency: Court Side). The former German junior international comes off a two-year stint with Pro A outfit BV Chemnitz 99. In this past season he appeared in 29 Pro A encounters, tallying 5.6 points as well as close to two rebounds per contest. Lipke will bring versatility and athleticism to the BG squad and should increase the depth of the team. 'We needed a player who is capable of playing the 3 spot, who defends well and who can also set the tone offensively. He needed to bring in some experience as well. Tom is the perfect fit for us', Dorsten headcoach Torsten Schierenbeck stated.

Antonio Anderson heads from Ulm to Weissenhorn - by Moritz Korff
Antonio Anderson (198-G-85, college: Memphis) has made the short trip from Ulm to Weissenhorn, and has been named the latest new member of Pro B team BG Illertal/Weissenhorn. The shooting guard out of Lynn, Massachusetts, was signed by the BBL team, but never appeared in any official game as of yet. Anderson is a defensive specialist, but should be able to do the scoring for the Panthers as well. The Pro B side is yet to win its first game of this current season and has to cope with a change in the coaching staff these days. Rainer Bauer resigned from head coaching duties this week, while Tobias Waitzinger was named a caretaker coach shortly after.

Frank Benson splits with Salzkotten - by Moritz Korff
Frank Benson (196-F-82, college: Oklahoma Baptist) and the Accent Baskets Salzkotten (1. Regionalliga West) have parted company. The 29-year-old forward, who dominated the RLW over years, had a rather slow start into the season, compared to previous years, and averaged 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals in the three opening games.
Benson, a native of Houston, Texas, earned NAIA Division One All-America honors in college and continued to excell at the pro level. He led the 1. Regionalliga West in scoring in three straight years and was named the Eurobasket.com All-RLW Player of the Year in 2008.


Can Michael Koch Lead The Telekom Baskets Bonn Return To The Playoffs With A New Trust And Less Mcdonalds? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Since head coach Michael Koch has had free reigns of gobbling up players each new season, his trust in American players and their abilities has been as strong as the Boston Bruins belief that their 2011 Stanley Cup win was no fluke and waiting another 39 years for the next one is out of the question, American singer Rihanna confident that her new album Talk Talk talk with hit single Take A Bow is a track that many people will rap about for years to come or Lindsay Lohan somehow not abruptly disappearing, but continuing to hang around in the news showing her support for legend Marilyn Monroe in her own essay for a new coffee book. In the last five years with 60 players on the roster, Koch has picked 35 Americans. It has been no secret that Michael Koch Has had faith in the Americans the last years as much as Skyliner fans have seeing Quantez Robertson take new athletic and breathtaking lift offs to the basket this season, Bastian Schweinsetiger doing some more trick shots with the basketball, or Dashaun Wood feeding Derrick Allen an ally-op pass, but being rejected from behind at the second from Super Tez Robertson. However after not reaching the playoffs last season for only the second time in their basketball existence, the German coach decided to go in another direction supplementing the roster with only three Americans which could give the few Mcdonalds in the Rhine city less business now with less of an influx of Americans playing there. For some Americans going to Mcdonalds is about as regular as Germans going to the beer garden, going to Mallorca for vacation for driving a Volkswagen and sometimes when your in a new country and are shy and see the big yellow arches, one just cant resist. I actually only visit Mcdonalds about once a month in Europe, but I think the Americans rather have a greasy Big Mac and French fries then good tasty Wiener Schnitzel, smiled Steven Wright who is earning his bucks in Finland this season. With less Americans and players from other countries, there might be an influx to taste the real German classic food. The Mcdonalds might be down, but the Wiener Schnitzel will be up, laughed EnBW Ludwigsburg Mark Dorris.
The Telekom Baskets Bonn have been in the playoffs since 1997 almost as often as Allen Iverson said Practice in his infamous press conference as the club of coach Michael Koch missed just two times in 2005 and in 2011, but have the cruel distinction of not being able to win the big title losing five finals and two cup finals that brings back memories to the NFL Buffalo Bills of the 90s as they perished in four Superbowl finals. The Telekom Baskets Bonn were BBL finalists in 1997,1999, 2001, 2008 and 2009 and Cup finalists in 2005 and 2009. If you lose one final, try try again and if you lose a second consecutive final try try again, but if you reach a third final then the team has to finally win or forever be classified as the German basketball version of the Buffalo Bills football team that had the distinction of being second way too many times. A Michael Phelps has never worried about being second since he has won 11 gold medals at the Olympics, two bronze medals, but no silver medals. Being second hurts about as much as catching someone cheating, but in the BBL with guys coming and going, the trademark of always finishing second shouldnt really effect a team mentally as much as one might think. I dont think that it takes a toll on the team. Teams are usually building new teams each year. But with Bonn that has kept a good core of guys from the last years, that should help the team more than hurt it when it comes to winning a title, added ex Gloria Giants Duesseldorf guard Steven Wright.
However Last season was a season to forget for the Telekom Baskets Bonn as they finished in 13th place with a record of 14-20. It is always difficult enough to be known as a team not being able to win a title, but not reaching the playoffs is about as unexpected as Bayern Munich soccer team losing games at the moment, Paris Hilton refraining from wearing big sunglasses anywhere as tha fetish seems to have returned to her, or Boris Becker ever forgetting what happened in a London hotel closet. Bonn had a very talented team last season with seven Americans and at times were carried in many games by the trio of Nic Wise, Folarian Campbell and Jeremy Hunt that averaged 38 points out of the team total 71 points per game, however the team play just wasnt consistent enough. They had some great individual players, but they just didnt seem to gell last season, added ex Phoenix Hagen guard Mark Dorris. Their biggest wins last season have been against BG Goettingen, The EWE Baskets Oldenburg and The Artland Dragons. A big five game winning streak in December helped the team in the first half, but in the second half of the season the team seemed to falter as they finished the season from February to May with a 2-12 record and raised many questions. I think that they had too many players that wanted to much for themselves than for the team, remembered ex Tuebingen guard Steven Wright. In those 12 games, the team lost only three games by less than five points and lost the rest pretty easily.
With the misfortune of last year, the club decided to revamp and made a total facelift saying farewell to 10 players. They kept the support and back bone of the team with Beko BBL dinosaur Chris Ensminger and young Germans Fabian Thulig and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann. The team also kept long time coach Michael Koch who keeps the patience and trust of management and has a contract until 2013. The team brought in versatile power forward Tony Gaffney who has been with the Boston Celtics and Assist magnet Jared Jordan who returns back to the club after a year in Greece to round out the American trio. To help fill the void of new extra Americans, the team got two players from Lithuvania with Simonas Serapinas and Benas Veikalis and Zvonko Buljan. Koch also has trust in Germans Daniel Hain and Andrej Mangold. Koch works now with a 10 man roster and sees his switch from American ball to European ball as positive. It is easier to integrate Europeans into a team than it is Americans who tend to think I before we, stressed Michael Koch. So far his tactics have paid off as The Telekom Baskets Bonn rest a top the Beko BBL standings with a 3-0 record. They started off the season with a big 80-76 win at home against new team Bayern Munich, then won on the road against Phoenix Hagen 95-83 and won at home against the LTi Giessen 46ers 83-67. In all three games there have been three different top scorers and three different top rebounders. Bonn is going in the right direction. I am sure Koch has the players playing their rolls. It is nice that Jared Jordan is back. He will really help them, warned Steven Wright.
The club did a fantastic job complementing the team with 37 year old 209cm center veteran Chris Ensminger in 2009-2010 and has returned for a third season and just keeps going is as known in the BEKO BBL as jiffy popcorn in the states. He is a BBL statesman that has won two BBL titles with Bamberg in 2005 and 2007, had season double double averages in the BBL with ppg and rpg from 2001-2005. He always gives 100% with relentless hard work under the hoop and one has to look closely for him to sneak a smile during a game. He is a strong center with fantastic rebound-skills, can score from the low-post. He is right handed, but shoots FTs with the left hand. His biggest success was with Bamberg, but he also played in Paderborn and MBC. Before he came to Germany, he played in the NCAA with Valparaiso from 1992-1996. Then he got his first experience as a professional basketball player in Portugal, France and New Zealand. Last season for Bonn, he played EuroCup: 5 games: 16.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 75.0%; German League: 35 games: 12.8ppg, Reb-2 (8.5rpg), 1.1apg, FGP: 54.9%, FT: 74.0%. Ensminger may be 37, but his intelligence may out weigh his talent. Ensminger plays so hard and is always in the right position on the boards. He wont out jump anyone, but he is pretty smart, stressed Quentin Pryor. Former teammate Steve Wright has fond memories of the native from Ohio as they were played together in Paderborn. Chris is smarter than his opponents and always puts himself in the right position. He is extremely disciplined and is a leader. I dont think there is really a way to stop him as he is very consistent. He was like a big brother for me and when he gave me advice I listened, added ex New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig guard Steven Wright. The game of Ensminger also seems to have a special taste as he is always a joy to watch. His hook shot at the 2010 BEKO BBL Allstar game was very nice. He has an old school game so I wasnt shocked when I saw it. He seems to have a bag of shots like that, commented Quentin Pryor. Alex King played two seasons with the veteran that plays like a 28 year old. He is one of the best centers in the league and can do it all under the hoop, pass, and use both hands. He is just a complete player. Of the court he is a quiet player, but one that you can talk to. I have a lot of respect for him, expressed Alex King.
The team also brought back Jared Jordan who is a 27 year old 188cm point guard from Hartford that understands how to run a team. Has great court vision and leadership. He played at Marist from 2003-2007 and finished his last two seasons as the top assist man in the NCAA with 8,5a nd 8,7apg. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round in 2007. He never played in the NBA, but was always very close as he visited training camps with The New York Knicks in 2007 and New Orleans Hornets in 2008. Before coming to Bonn in 2009, he played for top team Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL) and had a stint in the D-league for Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League): 36 games: 10.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-2 (9.0apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 70.3%. In his first season with Bonn, he played EuroCup: 5 games: 6.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 37.9%, 3PT: 10.5%, FT: 80.0%; German League: 37 games: 9.0ppg, 4.2rpg, Assists-4 (5.3apg), FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 76.8%. Last season, he played for VAP Kolossos Rodou (Greece-A1, starting five): 27 games: 6.3ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-1 (5.5apg), FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 23.2%, FT: 56.0%. The club also welcomed American Tony Gaffney who is a 26 year old 204cm forward from Berkley, Massachusetts that is a playing his first season in Germany. He is a forward who brings a high level of energy and athleticism to any teams he joins. He is a tenacious rebounder and great defender. He was the Atlantic 10 Conference defensive player of the year in 2008-09, and one of the nation's leading shot-blockers. He played at Boston University from 2004-2006, before heading west to Amherst to play for Massachusetts (NCAA). In his senior year, he played 30 games: 11.5ppg, RebA10-2 (10.2rpg), 1.7apg, StealsA10-2 (2.0spg), BlocksNCAA-3 (3.8bpg), FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 64.6%: Finished career at UMass ranked seventh all-time in blocks (174).In 2009-2010, he got some experience in Israel before joining the Boston Celtics in April 2010. In 2010-2011, he started with the Boston Celtics, but moved to the Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL): Turkish League: 8 games: 6.0ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%; EuroChallenge: 3 games: 8.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0spg; left in Jan.'11, same month acquired by Utah Flash (D-League): 38 games: 10.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, Blocks-4 (2.3bpg), FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT 66.7%.
The team brought in some real European flair and experience with Simonas Serapinas who is a 29 year old 197cm forward from Lithuania that is a A versatile, gifted swingman who gives his best in outside shooting. Can spend time in the 2 and 3 positions, playes very well without the ball. Thanks to his strong body, he could play even Power forward if needed. He hasplayed in countries like Greece, Ukraine, Poland and Italy. He played for top teams B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas, Aris Thessaloniki and Azovmash Mariupol. He has 53 Euroleague games under his belt, and has won titles in Lituvania and Poland and played at the 2005 European championships where Germany got silver. Last season, he played for Cimberio Varese (Italy-SerieA): 7 games: 3.4ppg, 1.9rpg. The team also acquired Benas Veikalis from Lithuania who is a 28 year old 192 cm guard. He first got experience in the States playing for Metropolitan St. (NCAA2) the same schhol where TBB Trier guard John Bynum played. He played for Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) from 2007-2009 and the last two seasons for BK Prostejov (Czech Rep.-NBL) where last season he played EuroChallenge: 14 games: 15.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 43.5%, FT: 85.7%; Czech Rep. League: 44 games: 13.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT-2 (47.1%), FT: 81.3%. The club also hauled in young and interesting Zvonko Buljan who is a 24 year old 206cm forward from Croatia. He played at Texas Christian university and in his senior year had remarkable stats averaging 12.2ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 26.0%, FT: 70.1%. Last season as a rookie, he played for Bornova Bld (Turkey-TBL), in Nov.'10 loaned to Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A): Cypriot League: EuroChallenge: 6 games: 10.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 70.0%; Cyprus League: 12 games: 11.3ppg, Reb-4 (7.3rpg), 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 45.8%, FT: 63.3%, in Apr.'11 moved to PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece-A1).
The team also has their healthy core of young Germans to fill out the roster. The oldest of the bunch is Daniel Hain who is playing his first season in Bonn. After starting his career in 2003 with ETB Essen, and played for Herten from 2004-2007. He then played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2007-2011 helping win the 2009 Beko BBL title. Who could forget him being the shadow of Pascal Roller during the 2009 playoffs covering him on the court. With Oldenburg, he played 95 Beko BBL games, nine Eurocup games, six Eurocup games and five Eurochallenge games. The team also signed 24 year old 190cm Andrej Magold, who might get his first real chance in Bonn. He has bounced around German yin the last years playing regionalliga basketball with Hannover and TB Oldenburg and then playing second division ball with FC Bayern Munich from 2007-2009. In 2009-2010, he played for UBC Hannover Tigers (ProA, starting five): 25 games: 8.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 69.1%. last season, he played for the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (1.Bundesliga): 26 games: 0.5ppg; also a license to play for SC Rasta Vechta (ProB): 2 games: 1.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg. The team also return Fabian Thulig who is a 22 year old 196cm forward who has been with the club since 2006. He made his debut in the Beko BBL in 2008 at age 18. He has been brought along slowly, but has been developing well. Last season, he played 26 games Beko BBL games averaging 2.8ppg, 1.5rpg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 4.5ppg; also played at Dragons Rhoendorf (ProA)15 games: 9.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 78.0%. Jonas Wolfarth-Botterman is a 21 year old 207cm center that has been with the club since 2007. Last season he played 4 Beko BBL games averaging 1.5ppg, 1.8rpg; also have a license to play at Dragons Rhoendorf (ProA) playing 29 games: 12.8ppg, 7.9rpg, Blocks-1 (2.1bpg), FGP: 54.9%, 3PT-1 (50.0%), FT: 44.9%.
. In the last five seasons, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners only have a 5-12 record. It doesnt matter if Frankfurt played at the old gym or in the new arena, Frankfurt is 0-9 in this time. The last time, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners won in Bonn, New England patriot Tom Brady had not sipped champagne yet as a third Super Bowl winner, Jurgen Klinsmann was still coach of the German national soccer team, Paul Potts was still selling cell phones and singing in front of the mirror and the terrifying Tsunami was only a few days old as Frankfurt won in Bonn on January 1st 2005 with a 79-67 win as Chris Williams exploded with 27 points and 16 rebounds.Last season the Skyliners lost a tight 92-89 game shortly before the new year as Nic wise took control in crunch time.The 20 point, eight rebound and seven assist performance didnt help in the losing cause from Dashaun Wood. Frankfurt got revenge in the return date in the Ballsporthalle as they took apart Bonn 78-60 as Dashaun Wood led all scorers with 20 points and no Bonn player scored in double figures.
Since the big win against FC Bayern Munich on the opening day of the season, The Telekom Baskets Bonn have had little problems disposing of weaker teams Phoenix Hagen and Giessen. The Fraport Skyliners cruise into the game with a two game winning streak and big crunch time wins as Jon leuer helped win the game in Tuebingen and Justin Gray hit an unbelievable buzzer beater against the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. Bonn comes into the Fraport arena with a lot of confidence while the Skyliners not only have self confidence, but a lot of adrenaline still within them after the big win two days ago. Frankfurt had huge problems against Wurzburg gathering rebounds and will need added help form the guards and co against the strong duo of Ensminger and Gaffney. We already beat them in pre season. We will have to rebound better and make our free throws. I think that as long as we play hard, then everything will fall into place, stated ex NBA player Jermareo Davidson. Stopping the point guard is always key which no team has been able to do against Bobby Brown so far this season, and the Fraport Skyliners have a big task with Jared Jordan. Jordan does a lot for that team. We will have to stop him. Defensive rebounding will be huge and we have to execute on offense and defense, warned Justin Gray. It will take a team effort to stop the defeated Bonn team. Bonn is very versatile can get the ball inside and they have good shooters. We will have to rebound better and have quick feet and not let them get in the lane. We have to play our style and play as a team, expressed Michael Thompson. The Fraport Skyliners host The Telekom Baskets Bonn on Saturday October 15th.







Fourth import player for Heidelberg - by Moritz Korff
Jerrell Williams (203-F-88, college: La Salle) has joined Pro A side USC Heidelberg, according to the website of the 2. Bundesliga. Williams transfered from Maccabi Hod Hasharon of Israel to Germany. He spent his entire college career at La Salle University (NCAA Division One) and completed his senior year last spring. The Paterson, NJ native played 33 games for La Salle throughout the 2010-11 season and averaged 13.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per outing.

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Results Dutch Basketball League: Landstede Basketball Topples Gas Terra Flames - by Sanders Jackson

On Thursday night in the Martiniplaza, Landstede Basketball gets its 1st win of the season and the signature win it needed, with strong defense the key, keeping the Flames on the struggling sid eat this point of the season, with the guests stealing a road win en route to winnin g64-57. The team of head coach Herman van der Belt kept the Martiniplaza silent for most of the game, with a strong 2nd quarter heling stake them to a 40-31 halftime lead. In the 2nd half Landstede's defense held the fort, forcing the Flames to 44.2% FG and 20 turnovers. Gas Terra Flames were never through the strong Landstede defense never able to get runs or become in sync with each other. Cameron Wells (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Citadel) had a strong game, leading all scorers with 19 pts. David Bell (186-G-81, agency: Impact Basketball) led the Flames with 17 pts., but was a non-factor in the 2nd half. Landstede improves to 1-1, while the Flames fall to 2-1 and have to work to get themselves on the ball.

On Wednesday night in Wijchen, Magixx Kidsright kept Rotterdam winless with their strong 2nd half performance, winning convincingly by the score of 81-71. Magixx moved the ball crisply and were able to get to the favorite spots with the ball on penetrations from
Maurice Acker (173-PG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Marquette), setting up his teammates for three-pointers, and had their hands full with Markel Humphrey (198-F-87, college: Marshall) and the Bekkering brothers. The Rotterdammers did manage to get to within four at 60-56 at the end of the 3rd quarter but the home team had too much in house for the guests. Acker en Henry Bekkering (198-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: E.Washington) led Magixx with 17 pts. each.




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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Brandon COTTON
  Snaefell
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 33
 1. Cotton, Snaefell33.0 
 2. Sovic, IR32.0 
 3. Cole, Keflavik29.0 
 4. Govens, Thor Thorl28.0 
 5. Gunnarsson, Kefla.28.0 
 6. Helgason, Stjarnan26.0 
 7. Bartolotta, IR25.0 
 8. Shouse, Stjarnan24.0 
 9. Horton, KR24.0 
 10. Ragnarsson, Fjoln.23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jarryd COLE
  Keflavik
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 16
 1. Cole, Keflavik16.0 
 2. Ringgold, Thor Tho.15.0 
 3. Hankins-Cole, Snae.15.0 
 4. Walkup, Fjolnir14.0 
 5. Hampton, Tindastoll12.0 
 6. Govens, Thor Thorl10.0 
 7. Tratnik, Valur9.0 
 8. Jonsson, Snaefell9.0 
 9. Petursson, Valur9.0 
 10. Olafsson, Grindav.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 11
 1. Steinarsson, Fjoln.11.0 
 2. O''Neal, Fjolnir10.0 
 3. Davidsson, Snaefell7.0 
 4. Watson, Grindavik6.0 
 5. Claessen, IR6.0 
 6. Gunnarsson, Kefla.6.0 
 7. Haraldsson, Haukar6.0 
 8. Hankins-Cole, Snae.6.0 
 9. Barja, Haukar5.0 
 10. Olafsson, Grindav.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan4.0 
 2. Miller, Tindastoll4.0 
 3. Cothran, Stjarnan4.0 
 4. Olafsson, Grindavik3.0 
 5. Tratnik, Valur3.0 
 6. Watson, Grindavik3.0 
 7. Cole, Keflavik3.0 
 8. Collins, Valur3.0 
 9. Shuler, Haukar3.0 
 10. Gudmundsson, Fjol.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sigurdur THORSTEINSSON
  Grinda.
  (204-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Thorsteinsso., Gri.2.0 
 2. Johannsson, Tinda.2.0 
 3. Eiriksson, Fjolnir2.0 
 4. Hugee, Valur1.0 
 5. Kristjansson, KR1.0 
 6. Cole, Keflavik1.0 
 7. Magnusson, KR1.0 
 8. Einarsson, Tindast.1.0 
 9. O''Neal, Fjolnir1.0 
 10. Govens, Thor Thorl1.0 


Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. Grindavik 1-0 
 2. IR 1-0 
 3. KR 1-0 
 4. Njardvik 1-0 
 5. Snaefell 1-0 
 6. Stjarnan 1-0 
 7. Fjolnir 0-1 
 8. Haukar 0-1 
 9. Keflavik 0-1 
 10. Thor Thorl 0-1 
 11. Tindastoll 0-1 
 12. Valur 0-1 


Standings - 1 Division
D1 Standings
 1. Skallagrimur 1-0 
 2. Armann 0-0 
 3. Breidablik 0-0 
 4. FSU 0-0 
 5. Hamar 0-0 
 6. IA 0-0 
 7. IG 0-0 
 8. KFI 0-0 
 9. Thor AK 0-0 
 10. Hottur 0-1 


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Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. 11890 Killester 2-0 
 2. DCU Saints 2-0 
 3. Belfast Star 0-2 
 4. UCD Marian 0-2 
South Conference
 1. B.Gais Neptune 2-0 
 2. UCC Demons 1-1 
 3. UL Eagles 1-1 
 4. Moycullen 0-2 


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Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Biancoblu BO 2-0 
 2. Centrale Latte 2-0 
 3. Fileni BPA 2-0 
 4. Aget Imola 2-1 
 5. MarcoPoloShop 1-0 
 6. Trenkwalder 1-0 
 7. Enel Brindisi 1-1 
 8. Giorgio Tesi PT 1-1 
 9. Givova Scafati 1-1 
 10. Prima Veroli 1-1 
 11. Sigma Barcel. 1-2 
 12. Assi Ostuni 0-2 
 13. Morpho Basket 0-2 
 14. S.Antimo 0-2 
 15. Tezenis Verona 0-2 


Standings - B1
Nazionale A Standings
 1. Napoli 4-0 
 2. Omegna 4-0 
 3. Trieste 4-0 
 4. UCC 3-1 
 5. Ferentino 3-1 
 6. Perugia 3-1 
 7. Orlandina 3-1 
 8. Anagni 2-2 
 9. Torino 2-2 
 10. Comsum.it SI 2-2 
 11. Trento 2-2 
 12. Bari 2-2 
 13. Latina Basket 2-2 
 14. Treviglio 2-2 
 15. Lago Maggiore 2-2 
 16. Chieti 2-2 
 17. Recanati 2-2 
 18. Pavia 1-3 
 19. Firenze 1-3 
 20. Santarcangelo 1-3 
 21. San Severo 1-3 
 22. Trapani 0-0 
 23. Fabriano 0-4 
 24. Matera 0-4 
 25. Ruvo 0-4 


DNA results, Round 4 - by Armando Caporaso
After four days of regular season just 3 teams obtained all wins. Omegna exceeds Santarcangelo for 84-82 thanks the double-double of Franco Prelazzi (205-F/C-79) with 16 points (8/16) and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes. The second top scorer for the Paffoni is Daniele Casadei (199-F/G-81) with 13 points (starting by bench), 4 steal and a perfect 9/9 in the free throws. Moreover there are 11 points for 3 players: Andrea Saccaggi (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) that adds 4 assist (but also 6 turnovers), Stefano Masciadri (200-F-89) catching 6 rebounds and Pierpaolo Picazio (193-G-79, agency: Players Group) in just 20 minutes. For the visitors just one win in this start of season, not enough a good performance of all the team with 6 players in double digit, are too few the baskets arrived by assist (only 4 against 23!). Top scorer of the team is Giorgio Broglia (197-G-86) with 14 points, 13 points and 4 steals of Matteo Palermo (190-G-91), 12 points for Mauro Bonaiuti (192-G-78) (3 assist) and Luca Bedetti (193-G/F-89) and 10 points for Andrea Ancellotti (212-C-88) and Eugenio Rivali (178-PG-86) respectively with 4 and 9 rebounds. On his court Trieste wins against Pavia (76-69) dominating the game under the boards (40-27). The MVP of the match is Leonardo Zaccariello (190-G/F-82, agency: Players Group) that scores 17 points with 4/7 by 3 adding 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assist. Innocenzo Ferraro (200-F/C-82) is the top scorer for the AcegasAps with 20 points (7/13 at shoot), 12 points for Alfredo Moruzzi (193-G-80), 11 points of Marco Carra (185-G-80) and just 4 points, but 9 rebounds (5 offensive), for Luca Gandini (205-F-85). For the Paul Mitchell bad day in the 3 points shoot (2/16), Riccardo Pederzini (198-F-89) closes with 15 points (6/12 by 2) while there are 3 players with 10 points: Stefano Borgna (193-G-79) (starting from the bench) that adds 3 assist, Roberto Cazzaniga (205-F/C-78) and Roberto Maggio (183-G-90) (with 3 steals). Also Napoli get the fourth victory thanks a great last quarter against Fabriano (12-20 the partial, 63-66 the final score) despite a not positive start (16-10 for the hosts). Very balanced game, Bernardo Musso (193-G-86) is decisive for the BPMed with 20 points (8/10 in the free throws but 5/13 at shoot) and 4 assist. Great job also for Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84), close to the double-double with 9 points and 13 rebounds adding also 4 assist, Nelson Rizzitiello (198-G/F-84) is the other player in double digit with 11 points and 4 steals and lastly 9 points in 13 minutes for Nicola Bastone (193-F-92). For the Spes bad percentage in the free throws (14/24, 58%), not enough the very good performances of Nicolas Manuel Stanic (177-G-84, agency: Players Group), Alessio Iardella (187-F-88) and Mario Gigena (198-F-77). For the first 16 points with 4 steals, 9 assist and 8 fouls suffered (26 of ranking), for the guard ex S.Antimo instead 19 points with 4 steals while for the other Argentinian there are 16 points with 7 fouls suffered. For the other to report only the match of Mirko Trapella (206-F-88), that scores 6 points and catches 10 rebounds. In the other games:

Co.Mark Treviglio - Bitumcalor Trento 91-82 (A.Vitale 29 pts, L.Conte 27 pts, J.Borra 10 reb, A.Fabi 5 ass & 4 stl)
SBS Castelletto - Assigeco Casalpusterlengo 79-86 (R.Prandin 23 pts, S.Cotani 11 reb & 5 stl, M.Contento 5 ass)
Liomatic Perugia - Consum.it Siena 74-65 (F.Baldi Rossi 19 pts & 12 reb & 4 ass, N.Mei 4 stl)
Brandini Firenze - Zerouno Torino 67-76 (M.Portannese 20 pts & 4 stl, L.Fontecchio 7 reb, S.Rabaglietti 4 ass, D.Monaldi 7 stl)
Benacquista Latina - Enoagrimm S.Severo 75-60 (M.Micevic 19 pts, F.Amoroso 11 reb, T.Milani 3 ass, A.Quarisa 4 stl)
Romana Anagni - Liomatic Bari 78-69 (D.Corral 17 pts & 9 reb, M.Cardillo 17 pts, S.Deguara 9 reb, A.Malamov 8 ass & 2 stl)
Bawer Matera - Upea Capo D'Orlando 78-81 (G.Cantagalli 29 pts, A.Benevelli 13 reb, F.Alessandri 4 ass, A.Pilotti 5 stl & 2 blk)
Adriatica Ruvo - La Fortezza Recanati 61-67 (M.Ceron 21 pts & 9 reb & 5 stl, G.Antrops 11 reb, F.Gilardi 7 ass, D.Bonacini 5 ass)
BLS Chieti - FMC Ferentino 65-59 (F.Guarino 24 pts & 8 stl, E.Rossi 14 pts & 7 stl, S.Rajola 5 ass, R.Feliciangeli 19 pts & 5 stl)


Assi Ostuni signs Jaka Klobucar - by Eurobasket News
Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) is a new member of the Italian LegaDue team Assi Ostuni. The Slovenian guard penned a one-season deal. Klobucar started with Krka Novo Mesto helping them to win the Slovenian SuperCup. He also appeared twice in Adriatic league averaging 4 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Jaka Klobucar split last season between Partizan Belgrade and Union Olimpija. With Partizan he had 2.9 ppg for 16 Euroleague games. He had slightly better numbers in Adriatic league. Later with Union Olimpija, Klobucar added 5.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1.5 apg for 21 games in Slovenian championship. He played for Olimpija in the past and also for Geoplin Slovan. Klobucar started basketball career with Krka.

Sidigas Avellino inks Ron Slay - by Giovanni Bargna
Following the 'Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) case' (the player left the team accepting a deal from FC Bayern Muenchen, but Avellino is disputing this move as Chevon Troutman current contract does not allow the player to leave in team's opinion) Sidigas Avellino has announced Ronald Slay (203-F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Tennessee) today.
The big man, out of Tennessee college, returns to Italy after few months spent with the Bulgarian team of Levski Sofia.
In the past Ronald Slay has been playing in Italy for four seasons wearing five different jerseys.
Firstly at Novipiu Casale Monferrato in 2006, he played for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (2006-2007), Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro (2007-2008), Pepsi JuveCaserta (2008-2009) and then for two years for Cimberio Varese where he averaged 13.6 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game last season.



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  JAPAN   


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Toyota Alvark 3-0 
 2. Aishin SH 2-0 
 3. Hitachi SR 2-1 
 4. Hokkaido L. 1-1 
 5. Mitsubishi DD 1-1 
 6. Tochigi Brex 1-2 
 7. Panasonic T. 0-2 
 8. Toshiba BT 0-3 


JBL2 Standings
JBL2 Standings
 1. Aisin AW 0-0 
 2. Hitachi B. 0-0 
 3. Hyogo S. 0-0 
 4. Ishikawa 0-0 
 5. Kagoshima 0-0 
 6. Kuroda Electric 0-0 
 7. TGI D-Rise 0-0 
 8. Tokyo Big Blue 0-0 
 9. Toyoda Gosei 0-0 
 10. Toyota Tsusho 0-0 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi20.7 
 2. Orimo, Hokkaido L.20.0 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.19.0 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.17.3 
 5. Igarashi, Mitsubis.16.0 
 6. Sakuragi, Aishin SH15.5 
 7. Ricci, Toyota Alva.14.7 
 8. Custis, Panasoni.14.0 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.3 
 10. Kashiwagi, Aishin13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH13.5 
 2. Hale, Mitsubis.10.0 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.3 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.7 
 5. Moss, Toshiba BT8.7 
 6. Takeuchi, Toyota8.3 
 7. Allen, Mitsubis.8.0 
 8. Ricci, Toyota Alva.8.0 
 9. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.0 
 10. Maraker, Hitac.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Hiroyuki KINOSHITA
  Panasoni.
  (178-PG-80)
  Avg: 7
 1. Kinoshita, Panason.7.0 
 2. Lewis, Hokkaido L.5.0 
 3. Igarashi, Mitsubis.5.0 
 4. Nishimura, Hitac.3.7 
 5. Takeda, Tochigi3.3 
 6. Kashiwakura, Hitac.3.3 
 7. Asayama, Aishin SH3.0 
 8. Newton, Tochigi3.0 
 9. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.0 
 10. Kawamura, Tochigi2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Toshihiro SATO
  Hitachi SR
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Sato, Hitachi SR2.7 
 2. Anzai, Tochigi Brex2.0 
 3. Newton, Tochigi2.0 
 4. Tashiro, Mitsubis.2.0 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.0 
 6. Igarashi, Mitsubis.2.0 
 7. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.7 
 8. Kawamura, Tochigi1.7 
 9. Orimo, Hokkaido L.1.5 
 10. Hirose, Panasoni.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  Aishin S.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Richardson, Aishin2.0 
 2. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.7 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.7 
 4. Klette, Hokkaido L.1.5 
 5. Aono, Panasonic T.1.5 
 6. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.5 
 7. Young, Aishin SH1.5 
 8. Hinkley, Tochigi B.1.3 
 9. Furukawa, Aishin S.1.0 
 10. Arao, Toyota Alva.1.0 


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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. Barsy Atyrau 2-0 
 2. BC Astana 2-0 
 3. BK Almaty 2-0 
 4. Kaspiy Aktau 1-2 
 5. Tobol 0-2 
 6. BK Atyrau 0-3 


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  KOSOVO   


Tomorrow starts new season of BKT Superliga - by Dren Shporta
Tomorrow, after 15 days delay starts the new season of BKT Superliga. Two matches will be played on Saturday and two other ones on Sunday. Trepca vs. Bashkimi and Kolegji Univers vs. Bambi will be played tomorrow. Action on the other matches Sigal Prishtina vs. Peja and Kosova V. vs. Drita will start on Sunday.

The first game in schedule is tomorrow between Kolegji Univers vs. Bambi which starts at 14:00, in Bardhosh near Prishtina. Kolegji Univers have signed this season Edis Kuraja (201-F-82), the player with huge experience in kosovar basketball and they want to start the season with a win against the play-off semifinalist of last season in BKT Superliga, Bambi from Mitrovica.

The other match, one of the great games of the week is a high rivalry one between Trepca of Mitrovica and Bashkimi from Prizren. The greens from Mitrovica will want to win in a first home game of a new season because they now that, oranges from Prizren are different story from last season. The game starts at 19:00 in Minatori Hall Mitrovica.



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  KUWAIT   


Qatar edged Kuwait in GCC Games - by Eurobasket News
Qatar edged Kuwait in GCC Games for 2-0 record. The team needed 83:71 victory to remain Kuwait winless.
Both teams nailed 15 points each in the opening period, while the second quarter became decisive in the game. Qatar reached 46:31 at the halftime and never looked behind. The board showed 66:53 at the end of three quarters and brought 12-point win for Qatar.


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  LATVIA   


Best players of LBL round 2 - by Eurobasket News
Former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Valmiera and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 22 points and eleven rebounds, while his team outclassed Turiba (1-1) with 30-point margin 79-49. Valmiera is placed at 3rd position in LBL. Valmiera is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. In the team's last game Kalve had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Valmiera's top player in his first season with the team. Kalve has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 21.5ppg), rebounds (5th best: 8.5rpg) and averages solid 83.3% FGP and 71.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young guard Kristaps Dargais (195-G-90) of LU. Dargais impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. Of course LU cruised to a 94-87 relatively comfortable win over Jelgava (0-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Dargais is a newcomer at LU and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Kalvis Krumins (183-G-90) of Jelgava (#8). Krumins scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Krumins' great performance Jelgava lost 87-94 to LU (#4, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Jelgava can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 1 games. Too bad for Krumins he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Krumins as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Harijs Rubenis (199-F-91) of LU - 17 points and 5 rebounds
5. Jai Lucas (177-G) of Valmiera - 20 points and 2 rebounds
6. Edgars Krumins (194-G/F-86) of Jelgava - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jahmar Young (196-G-86) of Ventspils - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Steven Gray (195-G-89) of Ventspils - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Martins Kravcenko (192-G-85) of Liepaja - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Oskars Virsis (191-G-89) of Valmiera - 9 points and 3 assists

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


Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. Liepaja-2 3-0 
 2. VA 3-0 
 3. BK VEF 2-0 
 4. DSN 2-0 
 5. Saldus 2-0 
 6. Barons/Keizar. 2-1 
 7. Riga 2-2 
 8. Cesis 1-1 
 9. RSU 1-1 
 10. VEF Kadeti 1-1 
 11. Jelgava/LLU 0-2 
 12. Livani 0-2 
 13. Ogres 0-2 
 14. Ridzene 0-2 
 15. Valmiera U21 0-2 
 16. Gulbene 0-3 


LBL2 Round 3: Liepaja-2 keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
After 3 rounds played we can already see who rules in the LBL2 and who belongs to weaker ones.

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Liepaja-2 as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Liepaja-2 smashed bottom-ranked Ridzene at home 114-73 behind 24 points from Roberts Stumbris. The game without a history. Liepaja-2 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ridzene to just 7 points in first quarter. Liepaja-2 have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with VA. Ridzene at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Ridzene will play next round against Barons/Keizar. trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga - Barons/Keizar.. Liepaja-2 will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Riga at home.
VEF Kadeti (1-1) recorded its first loss in Riga. Visitors were defeated by leader DSN (2-0) 86-74. DSN moved-up to third place, which they share with BK VEF and Saldus. VEF Kadeti at the other side dropped to the eighth position with one game lost. They share it with RSU and Cesis. DSN will play against Zemgale/Juniors (#11) in Jelgava in the next round and are hoping to win another game. VEF Kadeti will play against Gulbene to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in between Cesis and Valmiera U21. Tenth ranked Cesis (1-1) got a very close victory on the road over bottom-ranked Valmiera U21 (0-2). Cesis managed to escape with a 1-point win 78-77 on Wednesday evening. Cesis left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with VEF Kadeti and RSU. Valmiera U21 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Cesis will meet at home higher ranked VEF Riga junior (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Valmiera U21 will play against VEF Riga junior (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 3: winless Livani lost to Riga on the opponent's court 69-85. Winless Gulbene unfortunately lost to Barons/Keizar. in a home game 64-81. Saldus rolled over Ogres on the road 71-51.


Riga - Livani 85-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with bottom-ranked Livani's (0-2) road loss to tenth ranked Riga (2-2) 69-85 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 52-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Riga moved-up to seventh place. Loser Livani still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Riga will meet league's leader Liepaja-2 on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Livani will have a break next round.
gschID: 151271


Gulbene - Barons/Keizar. 64-81

Very predictable result when seventh ranked Barons/Keizar. (2-1) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Gulbene (0-3) 81-64 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Barons/Keizar.. Gulbene managed to win fourth quarter 17-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barons/Keizar. moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted Gulbene still closes the standings with three games lost. Barons/Keizar.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Ridzene.
gschID: 151267


DSN - VEF Kadeti 86-74

VEF Kadeti (1-1) recorded its first loss in Riga. Visitors were defeated by leader DSN (2-0) 86-74. The game was mostly controlled by DSN. VEF Kadeti was better in second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. DSN moved-up to third place, which they share with BK VEF and Saldus. VEF Kadeti at the other side dropped to the eighth position with one game lost. They share it with RSU and Cesis. DSN will play against Zemgale/Juniors (#11) in Jelgava in the next round and are hoping to win another game. VEF Kadeti will play against Gulbene to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 151268


Liepaja-2 - Ridzene 114-73

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Liepaja-2 as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Liepaja-2 smashed bottom-ranked Ridzene at home 114-73. The game without a history. Liepaja-2 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ridzene to just 7 points in first quarter. Liepaja-2 have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with VA. Ridzene at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Ridzene will play next round against Barons/Keizar. trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga - Barons/Keizar.. Liepaja-2 will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Riga at home.
gschID: 151269


Ogres - Saldus 51-71

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked BS Ogre (0-2) was rolled over at home by leader Saldus (2-0) 71-51 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 38-16 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Saldus dominated on the defensive end, holding BS Ogre to just 6 points in third quarter. Saldus moved-up to third place, which they share with DSN and BK VEF. Loser BS Ogre still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Saldus will meet at home league's second-placed Ventspils Augstskola in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BS Ogre will play against RSU (#9) in Riga and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 151270


Valmiera U21 - Cesis 77-78

A very close game took place in between Cesis and Valmiera U21. Tenth ranked Cesis (1-1) got a very close victory on the road over bottom-ranked Valmiera U21 (0-2). Cesis managed to escape with a 1-point win 78-77 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 18-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Cesis left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with VEF Kadeti and RSU. Valmiera U21 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Cesis will meet at home higher ranked VEF Riga junior (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Valmiera U21 will play against VEF Riga junior (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 151266




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  LEBANON   


1 week before tip off: Foreigners list updated.... - by Rabih Khoury
Just 1 week before the tip-off of the Lebanese league, here is the foreigners updated list:
Note that teams can change foreigners regularly during the league until 3 days before the semi finals starts !!

Riyadi: Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) - Ahmed Ismail (201-F-76)
Champville: Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) - Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence)
Sagesse: Terrence Leather (204-C-81, college: S.Florida) - Aaron Haynes (201-F-81, college: Boise St.)
Mouttahed: Austin Johnson (191-G-87, college: Oklahoma) - Kibwe Trim (208-F/C-84, college: Sacred Heart)
Anibal: Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) - Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports)
Hoops: Enique Clemons (180-G-80, college: Missouri) - Chamberlain Oguchi (198-G-86, college: Illinois St.)
Byblos: Desmond Penigar (201-F-81, college: Utah St.) - Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's)
Antranik: Shelton Colwell (202-C/F-80, college: Missouri St.)
Bejje: Albert Fisher (184-G-86, college: Kent St.)
Chabab: Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73, college: Central State) - Quinton Day (185-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: UMKC)



Anibal lands Ghaleb Rida to complete the Lebanese Roster. - by Rabih Khoury
Anibal Zahle management finished the huge off season work by signing Ghaleb Rida (192-G-81). Rida, who played for the NT this summer in the asian cup averaged in 7 games: 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 38.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 65.2%. Rida played for Sagesse last season where he averaged in 25 games: 12.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 69.0%. He will be a big plus to Anibal and with him the team now have a shot to go to the final 4 and even more !!

Moutahed welcomes back Austin Johnson - by Rabih Khoury
Even before playing the first game of the league, Moutahed management was not satisfied with the new comer Porter Troupe, so the team decided to bring up again last year's best guard: Austin Johnson (191-G-87, college: Oklahoma) aka AJ. AJ will be playing his second consecutive season in Lebanon. He arrived last night and will start the preparations with his team just 10 days before the league tips off.. AJ had a huge season last year leading Moutahed to the semi finals and averaging in 27 games: Score-3 (23.2ppg), 4.4rpg, Assists-2 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (2.7spg), FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 76.3%. Welcome back AJ!!!

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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA   


Standings
Liga Sudamericana Standings
Group A
 1. Obras 3-0 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 2-1 
 3. Bigua 1-2 
 4. Orgullo Paisa 0-3 
Group B
 1. BRB/Brasilia 1-0 
 2. Malvin 1-0 
 3. Amistad 0-1 
 4. Cent.Apure 0-1 
Group C
 1. Atenas 0-0 
 2. Flamengo 0-0 
 3. UTE 0-0 


First games of Group B - by Eurobasket News
Uniceub BRB - Centauros 71-70

Uniceub BRB and Centauros met last night in Round One of Liga Sudamericana. It was the first game of Group and Brazilians managed to grab 71-70 victory. Participants of this pool are also Amistad and Malvin. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) was the leading player in victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) secured a great help adding 19 points and 13 boards, and Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) added 11 pts, 14 assists and 5 rebs. In the loosing squad, Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) was better than the others with double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) and Tulio Cobos (196-F-86, college: Northeastern St.) (7 rebs) netted 14 and 13 points respectively. Quarters: 18-16, 18-12, 22-27, 13-15. In the next game Uniceub BRB will meet Bolivian Amistad. Centauros will play against Uruguyan Malvin.

Uniceub BRB: Alex Ribeiro 21+9 boards, Guilherme Giovannoni 19+13 boards, Welington Dos Santos 11+5+14 boards
Centauros: Carl Elliott 16+14 boards, Hector Romero 14, Tulio Cobos 13+7 boards



Malvin - Amistad 90-70

First games of Group B (Liga Sudamericana) were played last night. Uruguayan Malvin registered an easy 90-70 win against Bolivian Amistad for 1-0 record. Participants of the same pool are also Uniceub BRB and Centauros. Malvin took control on Amistad from the beginning and never looked back. Fernando Martinez (170-PG-79) top-scored in victory with 21 points. Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) had 15 points and 6 rebs, while Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) added 13 points and 11 rebs. In Amistad, Gene Myvett (193-G-82, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles) had double-double of 22 points and 11 rebs. Gerard Devaughn (203-C-87, college: Stillman) (10 rebs) and Julio Mendoza scored 13 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 25-17, 17-14, 34-16, 14-23. Malvin will meet Centauros in the next game. Amistad will take on Uniceub BRB.

Malvin: Fernando Martinez 21, Reque Newsome 15+6 boards, Anthony Myles 13+11 boards
Amistad: Gene Myvett 22+11 boards, Gerard Devaughn 13+10 boards, Julio Mendoza 10




Preliminary Round: Obras wins Group A with perfect 3-0 - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A


10/8/2011


Pinheiros - Obras Sanitarias 80-82
It was the last game of the Preliminary Round in Group A and at the same time crucial game for the first place in this pool. Both teams had perfect 2-0 record before it. Obras grabbed 80-82 victory ending this phase unbeaten. Both teams advanced to the next stage. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) came up with double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds in this victory. James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro) also scored 18 points and Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) added 16 pts, plus 5 rebs. In Pinheiros, Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) top-scored with 18 points. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) and Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-PG-86) had 17 and 13 points respectively. Obras had plus 12 before the last period and Pinheiros serious threatened, but were not able to take the victory. Quarters: 25-19, 19-23, 8-22, 28-18.

Pinheiros: Shamell Stallworth 18, Marquinhos Vieira 17+5 as, Juan Pablo Figueroa 13+6 boards+7 as
Obras Sanitarias: Juan Gutierrez 18+12 boards, James Maye 18, Tyler Field 16+5 boards

Bigua - Orgullo Paisa 96-90
It was the last game of the Preliminary Round in Group A. Bigua managed to beat Orgullo Paisa 96-90 and to avoid the last place in this pool. Bigua finished competition with 1-2 record. On the other side, Orgullo Paisa finished winless with 0-3. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) led Bigua to this victory scoring 23 points. Ryan Humphrey (203-C/F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) (5 rebs) and Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) helped their team with 16 and 15 points respectively. Heissler Guillent (186-G-86, agency: Paris Global Sports) shined on the other side with 24 points and 7 rebs. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) scored 21 pts and Alejandro Salas Flores (204-F-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) stopped to 12 pts, plus 6 rebs. Obras won the first place in Group A. Pinheiros is No.2

Bigua: Leandro Garcia Morales 23, Ryan Humphrey 16+5 boards, Emilio Taboada 15
Orgullo Paisa: Heissler Guillent 24+7 boards, Stalin Ortiz 21, Alejandro Salas Flores 12+6 boards


10/7/2011

Pinheiros - Bigua 99-76
Pinheiros jumped to 2-0 in Group A of Liga Sudamericana. They blasted Uruguayan Bigua 99-76 to stay perfect. Thanks to this win, Pinheiros already secured a ticket for the next stage. On the other hand, Bigua slipped to 0-2 in this pool. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) was on fire in victory with 25 points. Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) and Carlos Rodriguez Do Nacimiento had 19 and 12 points respectively. In Bigua, Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) delivered 18 points. Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) followed him with 15 pts and Ryan Humphrey (203-C/F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) had 12 points, plus 6 rebs. Quarters: 19-23, 26-17, 29-16, 25-20. In the last game of the Preliminary Round, Pinheiros will meet Obras for the first place in Group A. Bigua will take on Colombian Orgullo Paisa.

Pinheiros: Marquinhos Vieira 25, Paulinho Boracini 19, Carlos Rodriguez Do Nacimiento 12
Bigua: Leandro Garcia Morales 18, Emilio Taboada 15, Ryan Humphrey 12+6 boards

Obras Sanitarias - Orgullo Paisa 92-62
Obras Sanitarias registered second straight win in Liga Sudamericana. After Bigua, Obras was too strong for Colombian Orgullo Paisa 92-62. Thanks to this win Obras already booked a spot for the next stage. On the other side, Orgullo dropped to 0-2. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) came up with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in victory. Juan Gutierrez also was great adding 20 points and 6 rebs, and Pablo Espinoza (195-F-87) followed with 13 points and 7 rebs. In defeat, Alejandro Salas Flores (204-F-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) collected 16 points and 9 rebs. Leandro Bonilla (206-C/F-85) and Heissler Guillent (186-G-86, agency: Paris Global Sports) had 15 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 24-11, 23-12, 17-29, 28-10. In the last game of Group A, Obras will meet Pinheiros. Orgullo Paisa will play against Bigua.

Obras Sanitarias: Julio Mazzaro 21+6 boards+7 as, Juan Gutierrez 20+6 boards, Pablo Espinoza 13+7 boards
Orgullo Paisa: Alejandro Salas Flores 16+9 boards, Leandro Bonilla 15, Heissler Guillent 12+5 as


10/6/2011

Bigua - Obras Sanitarias 59-87
Obras Sanitarias did a great job in Game One of Liga Sudamericana. They cruised past Bigua 59-87 for 1-0 record in Group A. Participants of the same pool are also Pinheiros/Sky Oruilo Paisa. Alexis Elsener (196-G-88) was the leading scorer in victory with 16 points. Juan Gutierrez and Larry Lewis (201-F-69, college: Morehouse) secured a great help adding 14 points each. Gutierrez pulled down 9 rebounds beside that. On the other side, Bigua got 14 points and 6 rebs from Emilio Taboada (191-F-82). Ryan Humphrey (203-C/F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) (7 rebs) and Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) (5 as) added 13 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 13-22, 12-19, 16-14, 18-32. In the next game, Obras will meet Orgullo Paisa. Bigua will play against Pinheiros/Sky.

Bigua: Emilio Taboada 14+6 boards, Ryan Humphrey 13+7 boards, Leandro Garcia Morales 12+5 as
Obras Sanitarias: Alexis Elsener 16, Juan Gutierrez 14+9 boards, Larry Lewis 14

Pinheiros - Orgullo Paisa 90-65
Pinheiros opened the new season of Liga Sudamericana in style. The Brazilian squad blasted Colombian Orgullo Paisa with 25-point difference, 90-65. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group A, together with Obras and Bigua. Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) stepped up for Pinheiros with 23 points. Marcus Vieira had 18 points and 5 rebs, while Carlos Rodriguez added 14 pts and 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Alejandro Flores was better than the others with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) and Heissler Guillent (186-G-86, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 17 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 22-21, 21-7, 26-14, 21-23. In the next game Pinheiros will meet Obras. Orgullo Paisa will take on Bigua.

Pinheiros: Shamell Stallworth 23, Marcus Vieira 18+5 boards, Carlos Rodriguez 14+6 boards
Orgullo Paisa: Alejandro Flores 22+8 boards, Stalin Ortiz 17, Heissler Guillent 12




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  LITHUANIA   


NKL Round 3: Matinga-Juod. loses their first game against Ezerunas-Karys - by Eurobasket News
NKL Regular Season is still in too early stage and there may be still significant changes in the standings.

The most surprising game was the first loss of Matinga-Juod. (2-1) in Moletai on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked Ezerunas-Karys (2-1) 79-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Matinga-Juod.. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 49-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ezerunas-Karys made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Matinga-Juod. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for forward Andrius Slezas (200-75) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Eimantas Narusis (201-86) helped adding 15 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was center Arturas Masiulis (210-80) with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Ezerunas-Karys moved-up to second place, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Matinga-Juod. Ezerunas-Karys is looking forward to face Gargzdai-Bremena (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Matinga-Juod. will play against the league's second-placed Radviliskis (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Joniskis. Leader host Delikatesas (3-0) defeated 3rd placed Statyba (2-1) 69-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Statyba. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was an exceptional evening for guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-85) who led the winners and scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Aivaras Kvedaravicius accounted for 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Eigirdas Zukauskas (201-92) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for Statyba in the defeat. Delikatesas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record. Statyba at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with 7 other teams. Delikatesas will play against Mazeikiai (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Statyba will play against ABRO-Universitetas (#14) in Siauliai and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Nafta Universitetas (1-2) played at the court of seventh ranked S.Marciulionio (2-1). S.Marciulionio managed to secure a 5-point victory 81-76 on Friday. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The best player for the winners was Vaidas Trepocka who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. S.Marciulionio's coach Gintaras Pocius used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Julius Kazakauskas who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds. S.Marciulionio moved-up to second place, which they share with 7 other teams. Loser Nafta Universitetas dropped to the tenth position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. S.Marciulionio will meet bottom-ranked Meresta (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Nafta Universitetas will play against Silute (#5).
Tenth ranked Radviliskis (2-1) crushed at home 4th placed Zalgiris-Sabonio (2-1) by 34 points 97-63, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zalgiris-Sabonio. It was a good game for Rokas Grinius who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Radviliskis moved-up to second place, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Zalgiris-Sabonio. Radviliskis' next round opponent will be Matinga-Juod. (#3), which may be the game of the day. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play against Perlas-MRU in Vilnius.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 3: winless Mazeikiai lost to Silute on the opponent's court 72-85. Bottom-ranked Triobet managed to outperform Meresta in a home game 105-88. LKKA-Atletas was rolled over Perlas-MRU on the road 96-69. ABRO-Univ. was defeated by Gargzdai on its own court 76-86.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists by Ignas Razutis of Silute.


Ezerunas-Karys - Matinga-Juod. 79-75

The most surprising game was the first loss of Matinga-Juod. (2-1) in Moletai on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked Ezerunas-Karys (2-1) 79-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Matinga-Juod.. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 49-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ezerunas-Karys made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Matinga-Juod. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for forward Andrius Slezas (200-75) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Eimantas Narusis (201-86) helped adding 15 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was center Arturas Masiulis (210-80) with 17 points and 7 rebounds and guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ezerunas-Karys moved-up to second place, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Matinga-Juod. Ezerunas-Karys is looking forward to face Gargzdai-Bremena (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Matinga-Juod. will play against the league's second-placed Radviliskis (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Matinga-Juod.: A.Birgelis 18+2reb+3ast, A.Masiulis 17+7reb, A.Krivonis 12+4reb+3ast, Z.Kuklierius 12+4reb+3ast, K.Pupinis 7+4reb+1ast, M.Uzupis 4+4reb+1ast
Ezerunas-Karys: M.Kugauda 17+4reb+1ast, E.Narusis 15+3reb+4ast, A.Slezas 15+6reb+4ast, G.Andrijauskas 12+4reb+1ast, R.Ambrulaitis 8+3reb+1ast, K.Sestokas 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 148287


S.Marciulionio - Nafta Universitetas 81-76

The game in was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Nafta Universitetas (1-2) played at the court of seventh ranked S.Marciulionio (2-1). S.Marciulionio managed to secure a 5-point victory 81-76 on Friday. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 23 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. S.Marciulionio dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Nafta Universitetas' 22. The best player for the winners was forward Vaidas Trepocka (200-80, agency: Court Side) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Denis Krestinin (200-94) chipped in 5 points and 10 rebounds. S.Marciulionio's coach Gintaras Pocius used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds and guard Haroldas Venskus (180-91) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Four Nafta Universitetas players scored in double figures. S.Marciulionio moved-up to second place, which they share with 7 other teams. Loser Nafta Universitetas dropped to the tenth position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. S.Marciulionio will meet bottom-ranked Meresta (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Nafta Universitetas will play against Silute (#5).
Top scorers:
Nafta Universitetas: J.Kazakauskas 17+9reb+2ast, E.Lengvinas 14+6reb+2ast, H.Venskus 14+5reb+4ast, V.Chodosovskis 11+3reb+2ast, M.Kumpys 9+6reb+2ast, D.Zvinklys 6+2reb
S.Marciulionio: V.Trepocka 22+6reb+2ast, P.Naraskevicius 13+2reb+2ast, M.Niparavicius 12+5reb, M.Paliukenas 7+2ast, O.Olisevicius 6+6reb+3ast, E.Seskus 6+1ast
gschID: 148288


Silute - Mazeikiai 85-72

Rather expected game when bottom-ranked Mazeikiai (0-3) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Silute (2-1) 85-72. It looked good early as Mazeikiai took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Silute had a 20-14 second period charge getting the lead and Mazeikiai was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-85. Strangely Mazeikiai outrebounded Silute 42-30 including 19 on the offensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Silute especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Mazeikiai's players. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for guard Ignas Razutis (185-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Guard Vitalis Pancerevas (183-87, college: Weatherford JC) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Center Remigijus Trakimas (205-87) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and forward Dainius Vaitelis (201-86) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Mazeikiai. Five Silute and four Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. Silute moved-up to second place, which they share with 7 other teams. Mazeikiai at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Silute's next round opponent will be Nafta Universitetas (#10) in Klaipeda and are hoping to win another game. Mazeikiai will play at home against the league's leader Delikatesas (#1) in Joniskis and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: R.Trakimas 15+7reb, P.Brown 12+5reb, D.Vaitelis 10+10reb, M.Norkus 10+8reb+1ast, V.Kazlauskas 9+3reb+1ast, J.Jurgo 8+4reb
Silute: I.Razutis 19+6reb+10ast, V.Pancerevas 19+4reb+4ast, A.Cizikas 14+5reb+5ast, A.Kaubrys 12+8reb, M.Tamasevicius 12+7reb+1ast, E.Jurkus 9+1ast
gschID: 148283


Triobet - Meresta 105-88

Everything could happen in Jonava at the game between two tied teams. Both sixteenth ranked Triobet and bottom-ranked Meresta had identical 0-2 record. This time Triobet used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Pakruojis 105-88. The game was mostly controlled by Triobet. Meresta was better in fourth quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Triobet forced 21 Meresta turnovers. It was a good game for forward Vytautas Kruzikas (199-89) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds and guard Liudas Radavicius (188-88) added 19 points and 5 assists in the effort for Meresta. Four Triobet and five Meresta players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Triobet (1-2) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with 4 other teams. It was Meresta's third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. Triobet's next round opponent will be LKKA-Atletas (#12) in Kaunas. Meresta will play against S.Marciulionio (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Meresta: A.Maneikis 20+5reb+3ast, L.Radavicius 19+2reb+5ast, K.Artamonov 16+4reb+5ast, A.Galkauskas 12+5reb, S.Slivka 10+10reb+3ast, D.Marcinkevicius 4+2reb+1ast
Triobet: V.Kruzikas 23+9reb+1ast, T.Sebeziovas 15+6reb+4ast, P.Vaitiekunas 13+6reb+1ast, H.Vorotnikovas 12+5reb, I.Dauksys 11+1ast, M.Linkevicius 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 148284


Perlas-MRU - LKKA-Atletas 96-69

Everything could happen in Vilnius at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Perlas-MRU and 8th ranked LKKA-Atletas had identical 1-1 record. This time Perlas-MRU used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Kaunas 96-69. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Perlas-MRU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to LKKA-Atletas' 36 and made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Perlas-MRU forced 24 LKKA-Atletas turnovers. It was a good game for power forward Mantas Virbalas (204-88) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Gintautas Vileita (194-75, college: Monmouth) contributed with 15 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Center Tomas Urbonas (214-92) answered with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks and guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) added 12 points in the effort for LKKA-Atletas. Five Perlas-MRU and four LKKA-Atletas players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Perlas-MRU (2-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with 7 other teams. LKKA-Atletas at the other side dropped to the tenth position with two games lost. Perlas-MRU's next round opponent will be Zalgiris-Sabonio (#9) in Kaunas and are hoping to win another game. LKKA-Atletas will play at home against Triobet in Jonava.
Top scorers:
LKKA-Atletas: R.Matutis 12+3reb, S.Vingelis 12+4reb+2ast, V.Sragauskis 11+4reb+1ast, T.Urbonas 10+8reb+1ast, T.Tamosiunas 9+2reb+2ast, P.Malasauskas 8+5reb+3ast
Perlas-MRU: M.Virbalas 20+9reb+1ast, T.Padegimas 15+2reb+2ast, G.Vileita 15+2reb+5ast, D.Domarkas 11+2reb+1ast, K.Brusokas 11+1reb+1ast, A.Udras 6+2reb
gschID: 148285


Radviliskis - Zalgiris-Sabonio 97-63

Tenth ranked Radviliskis (2-1) crushed at home 4th placed Zalgiris-Sabonio (2-1) by 34 points 97-63, which is the biggest margin this round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zalgiris-Sabonio. It looked good early as Zalgiris-Sabonio took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Radviliskis had a 33-16 second period charge getting the lead and Zalgiris-Sabonio was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 63-97. Radviliskis forced 20 Zalgiris-Sabonio turnovers and outrebounded them 38-25 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Zalgiris-Sabonio helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for center Rokas Grinius (204-88) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Radviliskis players scored in double figures. Forward Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-93) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Latvian guard Kaspars Vecvagars (191-93) added 10 points in the effort for Zalgiris-Sabonio. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Radviliskis moved-up to second place, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Zalgiris-Sabonio. Radviliskis' next round opponent will be Matinga-Juod. (#3), which may be the game of the day. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play against Perlas-MRU in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: V.Kariniauskas 15+6reb+3ast, R.Simanavicius 10+1reb, K.Vecvagars 10+3reb+2ast, R.Jakstas 9+4reb, S.Januskis 5, T.Dimsa 4+4reb+1ast
Radviliskis: R.Grinius 18+6reb+3ast, T.Rakauskas 13+2ast, M.Pukinskas 12+3reb+3ast, J.Ramanauskas 11+5reb, A.Mineikis 10+12reb+2ast, D.Baziukas 10
gschID: 148286


ABRO-Univ. - Gargzdai 76-86

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Siauliai where thirteenth ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (1-2) beat 12th ranked ABRO-Universitetas (1-2) 86-76. It looked good early as ABRO-Universitetas took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Gargzdai-Bremena had a 29-14 second period charge getting the lead and ABRO-Universitetas was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-86. Gargzdai-Bremena forced 20 ABRO-Universitetas turnovers. 32 personal fouls committed by ABRO-Universitetas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for center Arturas Gudaitis (208-93) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Mantas Martinkus (188-91) contributed with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Gargzdai-Bremena players scored in double figures. Center Julius Jucikas (205-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Aridas Kurauskas (184-92) added 11 points and 5 assists in the effort for ABRO-Universitetas. ABRO-Universitetas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Gargzdai-Bremena left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated ABRO-Universitetas. Gargzdai-Bremena's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ezerunas-Karys (#6) in Moletai and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
ABRO-Univ.: J.Jucikas 17+10reb, R.Giedraitis 13+3reb, A.Kurauskas 11+4reb+5ast, T.Stankunas 9+5reb+1ast, Z.Petraitis 8+2reb+3ast, E.Vaupsas 5+3reb+2ast
Gargzdai: M.Martinkus 20+7reb+4ast, D.Matutis 17+1reb+4ast, M.Grigaitis 17+3reb, A.Gudaitis 15+15reb+2ast, L.Lucinskas 11+6reb, L.Jonuska 4+2reb
gschID: 148281


Delikatesas - Statyba 69-64

The game between Top Four teams took place in Joniskis. Leader host Delikatesas (3-0) defeated 3rd placed Statyba (2-1) 69-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Statyba. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Statyba was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 46-37 second half run of Delikatesas. It was an exceptional evening for guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-85) who led the winners and scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) accounted for 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Forward Eigirdas Zukauskas (201-92) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Remigijus Sugintas (196-87) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Statyba in the defeat. Five Statyba players scored in double figures. Delikatesas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record. Statyba at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with 7 other teams. Delikatesas will play against Mazeikiai (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Statyba will play against ABRO-Universitetas (#14) in Siauliai and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Statyba: R.Sugintas 13+6reb+1ast, E.Zukauskas 13+12reb+5ast, O.Varanauskas 12+3reb+2ast, T.Rinkunas 10+2reb+1ast, L.Kazlauskas 10+2reb, M.Budzinauskas 4+3reb
Delikatesas: V.Uzkuraitis 24+6reb, A.Kvedaravicius 10+7reb+4ast, V.Jatulevicius 9+7reb, M.Keras 8+8reb, P.Klemas 7+2reb+3ast, V.Pikalavicius 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 148282




Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Delikatesas 3-0 
 2. Radviliskis 2-1 
 3. Matinga-Juod. 2-1 
 4. Statyba 2-1 
 5. Silute 2-1 
 6. Ezerunas-Karys 2-1 
 7. Perlas-MRU 2-1 
 8. S.Marciulionio 2-1 
 9. Zalgiris-Sabonio 2-1 
 10. Nafta Universitetas 1-2 
 11. Gargzdai 1-2 
 12. LKKA-Atletas 1-2 
 13. Triobet 1-2 
 14. ABRO-Univ. 1-2 
 15. Mazeikiai 0-3 
 16. Meresta 0-3 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vitalis PANCEREVAS
  Silute
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 23
 1. Pancerevas, Silute23.0 
 2. Uzkuraitis, Delika.22.7 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.20.7 
 4. Slezas, Ezerunas.20.3 
 5. Matutis, Gargzdai19.5 
 6. Kruzikas, Triobet19.3 
 7. Sragauskis, LKKA-.19.3 
 8. Maneikis, Meresta19.0 
 9. Masiulis, Matinga-.18.7 
 10. Jurkus, Silute17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Gargzdai
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Gudaitis, Gargzdai11.3 
 2. Tamasevicius, Silu.9.0 
 3. Kazakauskas, Naft.9.0 
 4. Mineikis, Radvilis.8.7 
 5. Gurklys, AB.8.3 
 6. Pikalavicius, Deli.8.0 
 7. Vaitelis, Mazeikiai8.0 
 8. Zukauskas, Statyba8.0 
 9. Sugintas, Statyba7.7 
 10. Kumpys, Nafta U.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Paulius SEMASKA
  Perla.
  (183-PG-93)
  Avg: 7
 1. Semaska, Perla.7.0 
 2. Razutis, Silute6.7 
 3. Kurauskas, AB.5.7 
 4. Artamonov, Meresta5.7 
 5. Venskus, Nafta U.5.0 
 6. Rakauskas, Radvili.5.0 
 7. Pancerevas, Silute4.7 
 8. Vasiliauskas, Trio.4.7 
 9. Stankus, Perla.4.5 
 10. Malasauskas, LKK.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Martynas PALIUKENAS
  S.Marc.
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Paliukenas, S.Marc.3.7 
 2. Uzkuraitis, Delika.3.0 
 3. Bagdonaviciu., Mer.2.5 
 4. Vileita, Perla.2.5 
 5. Razutis, Silute2.3 
 6. Kuklierius, Mating.2.3 
 7. Jurgo, Mazeikiai2.3 
 8. Radavicius, Meres.2.3 
 9. Pupinis, Matinga-.2.3 
 10. Krivonis, Matinga.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (214-C-92)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Urbonas, LK.4.7 
 2. Mockevicius, S.Mar.3.0 
 3. Giedraitis, ABRO-.3.0 
 4. Pupinis, Matinga-.2.3 
 5. Gudaitis, Gargzdai2.0 
 6. Stakenas, Statyba2.0 
 7. Vaitiekunas, Triob.2.0 
 8. Kaubrys, Silute1.7 
 9. Pikalavicius, Deli.1.3 
 10. Kariniauskas, Zal.1.0 


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Sparta add Thomas Dreesen, Musel Pikes land Philip Perre - by Eurobasket News
Sparta Bertrange have decided to strengthen their roster. They added Thomas Dreesen (199-F-88, agency: Court Side) to the squad. The 23-year-old forward spent the previous season in Belgium. Thomas Dreesen spent the pre-season with Optima Gent. Later the forward moved to KBBC Zolder in D2. Previously Thomas Dreesen had stints with Phoenix Hagen, Brussels and Antwerp. He was on Belgian National Team roster in 2009.
In the meantime Musel Pikes changed their one of their import players. They replaced Dieng Bassirou (205-C/F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Georgia Tech) with Philip Perre (198-F-79, college: N.Alabama). Philip Perre started the previous season with Icelandic Thor Thorl. He notched 19.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.6 assists per game. Later the forward moved to Valur Reykjavik. Philip Perre stats read 24.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.9 steals per appearance in D1.



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Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Rojos 12-2 
 2. Fuerza Regia 11-2 
 3. Barreteros 9-4 
 4. Toros 9-5 
 5. Halc.Xalapa 8-3 
 6. Huracanes 8-6 
 7. Soles 7-7 
 8. Pioneros 6-5 
 9. Corr.Victoria 6-6 
 10. Abejas 6-8 
 11. Lechugueros 5-9 
 12. Panteras 3-9 
 13. Aguilas Rojas 2-12 
 14. Volcanes 0-14 


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KK Teodo Tivat, a mix of talent and experienced, hardworking people - by Darko Pekic
KK Teodo Tivat will start the season in Erste Basketball league on Sunday against KK Ulcinj. The game will be played in Ulcinj and young boys from Tivat will have a difficult task against the strong Balkan League team. However, if they play hard they will have a chance to bring home a victory. Today the Club Management informed eurobasket.com about the changes in Teodo's roster. If you throw a glance on current roster it becomes obvious that coach Milan Rondovic will not be lacking talent this year. He can count on Nikola Rondovic (207-F-91, agency: Interperformances), who played last summer for U20 Serbian NT in Spain and was considered one one the best talents in his generation along with Lazar Radosavljevic (203-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) who currently plays for Mornar. His ex teammate in red and white jersey, Dusan Milosevic (198-G-91, agency: BeoExcell), will help him on the wing. He spent the last season in Ulcinj.

On guard position you must notice Marko Mijovic (188-G-87). The ex child prodigy of KK Mornar, who started his pro career in A1 at the age of 17 is now an experienced player. But he still has a lot of things to prove. A deadly long range shooter, Mijovic, joined Teodo this summer and his task will be to lead this young team against more experienced competition. To help him, coach Rondovic confirmed Marko Calic. Once he was also a member of Crvena Zvezda and one of the best talents in Montenegro but unfortunately he didn't make it to the next level. At the age of 25 he will have another chance to prove his talent.

Under the basket, Teodo will need points and rebounds from Nikola Bulajic (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances). Nikola is former Buducnosf player and champion of Yugoslavia with the greatest Montenegrin team of all time. Just to mention, his teammates were Dejan Tomasevic (208-F/C-73, agency: Beo Basket), Dejan Milojevic (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket), Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) etc. Now Bulajic is an experienced player with a solid international career ( Ukraine, Bosnia, China). As a top earner of the team he will have to give an important contribution to coach Rondovic's young squad. But the ambitous Club Management didn't leave him alone to fight under the basket. They brought Marko Ljujic (205-C-90), another ex Buducnost player. Although a very young player, Marko already has changed a couple of team in his brief professional career and will probably get a lot of playing time this year. Teodo also got back Zoran Marinov (205-C-93) who played last year in Budva and a young French big man Jannis Irid, who is unknown and will have to fight for his minutes on the floor.

Although some experienced players such as Goran Bulatovic (184-G-88), Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) and Aco Mandic (205-C/F-84) left the team, Teodo will have a competitive team again and other teams will have a hard time against them, especially on their floor in Tivat. Eurobasket. com Team wishes to KK Teodo and to all the other teams a good season.

Let the games begin!


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Maurice Evans completed college degree while working to help resolve NBA labor dispute - by Eurobasket News
As a vice president with the National Basketball Players Association, Maurice Evans (6'5''-G-78, college: Texas) had made getting the players a new, fair collective bargaining agreement his primary goal since the season ended. The players union and the NBA owners have yet to meet that objective without losing regular season games, but Evans can still feel a sense of accomplishment about this offseason.

Because in the midst of attending numerous bargaining sessions in New York, running regional players meetings in Chicago and Las Vegas, and going over strategies with union president Derek Fisher and executive director Billy Hunter, Evans managed to finally get his degree in education from the University of Texas.

I was very proud of that, Evans said this week. Unfortunately, that doesnt make as much news as the bargaining sessions, but Ive had a great and productive summer.

Evans, 32, left Texas after his junior season in 2001, hoping to be drafted in the first round but wound up going undrafted. He scrapped his way into a NBA and has outlasted 12 first-rounders from that draft, but he always felt the void of not having his degree. I know Im a leader on and off the court and before you can commence in anything, you have to finish stages and that was the stage left open due to me continuing my NBA career, Evans said. Once I had a break due to this lockout, I was able to find the time.

The pursuit of his diploma required some serious dedication. He worked with Randa Ryan, the senior associate athletic director for student services at Texas, and came up with a plan to quickly complete the task. He took 18 hours of online classes last season, then enrolled in two full summer sessions at Austin, leaving his home in Katy to take a two-hour drive and physically attend classes.

I knocked them out. It was great, a great experience, Evans said. I was happy to reconnect with the Longhorn family and some of those young guys there and being a leader on my team and in the community, Ive learned the importance of having a degree and honing your skills and empowering yourself, enriching yourself. Thats why I did this. I can be a contributor more than just on the court for my team, but in the community and even to our front offices.

Evans is already thinking about his career once his playing days are done and said he established a great relationship with Atlanta Hawks General Manager Rick Sund and later Wizards General Manager Ernie Grunfeld, though he spent just two months in Washington. Listening to and trading ideas with front office executives gets you to thinking, he said.

Evans is expected to join Hunter and Fisher in Los Angeles for a regional meeting with players, and the union and league are scheduled to meet with a federal mediator by next Tuesday. Commissioner David Stern said on Thursday that if they cannot reach an agreement by early next week, then the whole season could be in jeopardy.

For somebody, at this stage in my career, closer to the end of my career than the beginning, I dont want to lose a year, Evans said. But I am committed to working on my game and staying in shape, bargaining and doing all that I can do to protect this game and to educate the players and to allow us to be in an advantageous position when this is all said and done.

Though he is a free agent after averaging a career-best 9.7 points in his short stint with the Wizards, Evans said he doesnt feel a greater urgency based on how the new deal would affect him. Im taking the personal feelings out of this. Im dealing for players who have since retired, such as the Michael Jordans of the world, all that they sacrificed to help get this game to where it is, and for future players and all those coming after us. So this is much bigger than Mo Evans or Derek Fisher or any of the guys still playing. This is for a broader scale about the future and integrity of the game.

Evans turned down several offers to play in Europe this summer because Ive been committed to this process and I look forward to being a free agent as well. I came off a productive year in Washington and Im looking forward to capitalizing off of that, with whatever playing situation thats available to me that makes sense. Ive been very, very close to Derek Fisher and Mr. Hunter through out this process and that education is something that you cant pay for.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Cavs D-League team named Canton Charge - by Eurobasket News
The Cleveland Cavaliers today announced that their new NBA D-League team in Canton will be named the Canton Charge. At the same time, the teams colors, logo and court design were also debuted. The announcement and unveiling was led by Cavaliers President Len Komoroski and Cavaliers Chief Marketing Officer Tracy Marek, along with Canton Mayor William J. Healy II and Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce President Denny Saunier. The events took place at the Canton Memorial Civic Center, which will serve as home court for the Charge.

The Canton Charge franchise is powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they are truly energized by the Greater Canton community, said Cavaliers President Len Komoroski. Today, we are proud to unveil a team identity that is very much the result of a collaborative process between our organization and the great fans here.

Were very excited about this and we think Charge is not only a great name for the team, but it can also help reflect an attitude and mindset for our entire community. Canton is charging ahead in multiple ways, and were working hard to make our future better and better, said Canton Mayor Healy.

Extensive research was conducted to best determine the team identity by inviting fan input and direction in various forms. Thousands submitted their thoughts and ideas online via the teams official website www.CantonCharge.com and social media outlets. Fan focus groups and fan-on-the-street interviews also took place. Questions were answered, opinions were shared and fan direction was clear it was very important to establish the close connection between Cantons new NBA D-League team and the Cavaliers. A bond was easily seen and sensed. Fans wanted the teams brand to translate the passion they already had for the Cavaliers and at the same time, to create a team identity that reflected great pride and energy in an aggressive way.

Our fans spoke. We listened, and then we let their input and direction serve as the guiding element for our development process, said Cavaliers CMO and team identity development process leader Tracy Marek. It was a fun process and we think we ended up with a great name, logo and colors that represent what the team, the fans and the community collectively wanted. To CHARGE ahead!

The goal was also to have the new teams identity fit well with Cantons strong history of being a passionate and supportive sports community. There is a great partnership and momentum that can be created when a community, a team and fans all charge ahead together in support of each other and I think our business community understands how important and exciting this can be, said Greater Canton Chamber of Commerce President Denny Saunier. We look forward to being part of the fun and seeing the positive impact the Charge will have here.

The Charge begins their inaugural season at the Canton Memorial Civic Center on Friday, November 25th at 7:30 p.m. against the defending NBA D-League Champion Iowa Energy. Individual game tickets will go on-sale in early November. Season tickets for the Canton Charge are on sale now and start as low as $5 per seat.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Stern doubts Christmas games if no deal is made Tuesday - by Eurobasket News
Commissioner David Stern said his 'gut' tells him there will be no NBA basketball on Christmas without a labor agreement by Tuesday.

That day, when owners and players are scheduled to meet with a federal mediator, is a 'really big deal,' he added.

Owners will then open two days of board meetings Wednesday, and without an agreement to bring them, Stern believes further cancellations are coming.

'Right now, Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday, just before my owners come into town, having brought in the labor relations committee and Billy (Hunter) having brought in his executive committee, it's time to make the deal,' Stern said Thursday. 'If we don't make it on Tuesday, my gut - this is not in my official capacity of canceling games - but my gut is that we won't be playing on Christmas Day.'

Stern canceled the first two weeks of the regular season on Monday when the sides couldn't reach a deal before a deadline he had set.

Christmas is traditionally the first big day of the NBA season. This year's three-game schedule features the NBA finals rematch between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.

The sides will need to act quickly to save it. The talks have stalled over the structure of the salary cap system and the division of revenues between owners and players.

They will meet Tuesday with George Cohen, the same mediator who tried to resolve the NFL's labor dispute months before it eventually ended.

Asked if Cohen had the ability to move the sides toward a deal, Stern said: 'I'm hoping he does because I think that if we don't make a deal by the time my owners meetings come in Wednesday and Thursday, after we've met with the mediator on Monday and then met with each other on Tuesday, then I despair.

'Because we will have lost two weeks for sure on our way to losing more games, offers will get worse, possibly on both sides, and the deal's going to slip away from us, as may the season,' he added. 'So this is the time to make a deal.'

In a separate interview with NBA TV, Stern said he thought one was in reach Monday. The sides met for more than 12 hours over two days before talks broke down, and he says despite frequent meetings lately that 'we aren't making any progress.'

'How many times does it pay to keep meeting, and to have the same things thrown back at you?' Stern said. 'We're ready to sit down and make a deal. I don't believe that the union is. Hopefully by Tuesday, aided by the mediator, they'll be ready to make a deal. Certainly, I'll bring my owners ready to make a deal.'

Hunter is meeting with players on Friday in Los Angeles. The union has balked at owners' proposal to replace their hard salary cap plan by making the luxury tax much more punitive. Players believe it would become such a deterrent to spending that it would essentially work as a hard cap.

The sides also have to decide how to divide up about $4 billion in annual revenues. Players were guaranteed 57 percent of basketball-related income in the previous collective bargaining agreement and have proposed lowering it to 53 percent. Owners are seeking the same 53-47 split in their favor.

The parties have discussed a 50-50 split, which the players rejected. In the radio interview, Stern repeated a claim he made Monday that the original discussion of an even split was initiated by the players.

They also are still clashing over the length of the agreement, with players not wanting to go beyond six years and owners seeking a 10-year deal but offering the players an opt-out after seven. Player contract lengths, luxury tax payments and the use of spending exceptions are among the other big items remaining.

'We haven't even addressed many of the issues,' Stern said.

So there is a lot left - and now perhaps just a few days to save basketball in this calendar year.

'Deal Tuesday, or we potentially spiral into situations where the worsening offers on both sides make it even harder for the parties to make a deal,' Stern said.

The NBA TV interview aired Thursday at 10 p.m. EDT.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Report: 76ers sale approved by NBA - by Eurobasket News
The sale of the 76ers to a group headed by billionaire Joshua Harris has reportedly been approved by the NBA Board of Governors.

According to The Philadelphia Daily News, the organization is expected to hold a press conference sometime next week.

Harris, the co-founder of Apollo Global Management, agreed to purchase the team from Comcast-Spectacor back in July. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Forbes previously reported that Comcast-Spectacor would sell the team for between $300-330 million, with the price likely to be closer to $300 million.

Harris, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's prestigious Wharton School of Business, is joined in the new ownership group by David Blitzer, a senior managing director of The Blackstone Group; and Jason Levien, a former NBA player agent and Sacramento Kings executive.

The sale does not include the Wells Fargo Center or the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, which are also owned by Comcast-Spectacor. The Sixers will remain in the Wells Fargo Center and will have a long-term broadcast deal with Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

Comcast-Spectacor, led by chairman Ed Snider, originally bought the Sixers from Harold Katz in 1996.

The 76ers have lost their last four playoff series and have just one postseason series victory since Allen Iverson led the team to the NBA Finals in 2001.

In 2010-11, Doug Collins guided the Sixers to a 41-41 record before losing to Miami in five games during the opening round of the playoffs.

Courtesy of www.torontosun.com


Dennis Rodman says NBA players should 'bow down' - by Eurobasket News
Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman (6'9''-F-61, college: SE Oklahoma) thinks the NBA players should 'bow down' to settle the current lockout.

Rodman blames the owners for the lockout but thinks the players need to settle the problem.

Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun quotes Rodman as saying:

'I just think that ... the players should bow down...In 1999 we (were locked out) and we missed half the season. The owners bowed down then. They gave the players everything. I think the players should do the same thing for the owners because today most of these teams are losing money. It's not the players' fault. It's the owners' fault. I think they should give a little bit and move on.'

Not that Rodman holds the players in the highest regard.

'Most players don't give a damn about the game,' he said. 'They want the money and all of a sudden they want unity. I'm not taking the owners' side. I think the players should look at themselves.'

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Kevin Love, Blake Griffin talk lockout - by Eurobasket News
That neither the NBA players nor the league's owners may be particularly well received at the moment by fans during an ongoing lockout isn't lost on Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA).

Moreover, he understands that perspective.

'It's hard to pick a side when it's billionaires fighting against millionaires,' conceded Love. 'I mean, it's no secret that's what's going on here. I think in any lockout, people are gonna be disheartened in that way, because that is the case.'

Love, along with Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma), both on hand for the opening of South, a new 3D sports bar in Santa Monica, Calif., expressed concern about alienating the league's fan base. The stalled negotiations have already negated the first two weeks of the season and on Thursday, commissioner David Stern said failure to resolve the myriad of issues by Tuesday could lead to games canceled through Christmas.

'It's disappointing we can't be out there playing,' said Griffin. 'We're nothing without our fans. The fans make the game and we want to be out there playing for them.'

'They're what drives us and who we play for,' added Love. 'We really enjoy and love our fans, and they're why we do what we do.'

With that in mind, both hoped the plethora of games popping up around the country between NBA players would help satisfy the fans, even as an unofficial substitute. Last Sunday's Drew League-Goodman League showdown at The Pyramid in Long Beach played to an enthusiastic crowd, and Griffin will be among the NBA headliners at a Cox Convention Center game on Oct. 23 in his hometown of Oklahoma City.

'Just the simple message that we want to play and we're ready to play,' said Griffin when asked about the games' message to fans.

'I think a lot of players have been doing a good job of keeping the slogan up that basketball never dies,' said Love. 'And with all these games they've been playing, trying to integrate the fans and really keep them focused and keep them happy with basketball.

'It might not be NBA basketball, but you're getting a chance to see a lot of NBA players in these games. Just trying to keep them excited as much as possible, so when the time comes, we're right where we left off as far as the fan base goes.'

Love also expressed awareness of a bigger picture than simply the fate of athletes and the men who sign their checks.

'Any time that we miss from here on out is disheartening. Not only for the players or for the owners, but all the way down through the NBA,' he said. 'All the jobs that are lost and the paychecks that are missed. Not only for us or the owners, but for the concessions or people working ticket sales. People working the whole game. Really, the front office all the way down through the trainers and the equipment managers and the ball boys ... all the people that work those games for us and really help drive our business.'

Still, both players emphasized the need to stand firm until the right deal comes along.

'We have to wait for a deal that's fair for both sides,' insisted Griffin. 'It's not just about the players. It's about the guys that are coming after us and the guys that are about to retire. So we're gonna stand together.'

'We have to do what's best for us and if that's to hold out, then that's what we have to do,' noted Love. 'We're looking forward to getting a good deal and hoping that can work out for both sides.'

Neither Griffin nor Love will be town for Friday's players meeting in Los Angeles, although Griffin said he's sought out the relevant information from the people coordinating it. Both players expressed some hope a federal mediator at next week's negotiations could result in meaningful progress, although neither appeared outwardly confident, either.

Courtesy of ESPN


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Players invited to Moncton Miracles 2011-2012 training camp - by Eurobasket News
Moncton Miracles training camp will begin on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 with 15 players attending.

The players that will be attending camp are; Coy Custer (6'11''-C-88, college: Lamar), a 6'11 centre from Lamar University; Jazzmarr Ferguson (6'1''-G, college: Indiana SE), a guard from Indiana University Southeast who was the first ever player at his University to break the 2,000 point mark; Andrew Francis (6'8''-F-85, college: UTSA), a 6'7 power forward from the University of Texas at San Antonio; Antonio Hanson, a 6'2 guard from Fort Worth Texas; Darrell Wonge, a 6'6' forward from Lakeview, New York; Fredrick Brathwaite, a 6'4 guard from Columbus, Georgia; Jared Cunningham, a 6'9 forward from Oregon City, Oregon; Randall Orr, a 6'11 forward from Brunson, South Carolina; Tyler Bullock, a 6'2 guard from Lincoln, Nebraska; Michael Leeroyal Evans, a 6'3 guard who is the son of NBA Legend Michael Evans Sr.; Boubacar Coly, a 6'9 power forward; Tyvon Williams, a 6'0 point guard; Mark Gomillia, a 6'4 guard; Isaac Kuon, a 6'4 guard from Mississauga, and Monctonian Matt Robertson, a 6'7 graduate of Bernice MacNaughton High School.

'I'm extremely excited about the young men we have invited to participate in our training camp for our inaugural season as the Moncton Miracles, ' said GM/Head Coach Norris Bell. 'I'm looking forward to molding these young individuals into an exciting basketball team for our fans to watch and to give us the best chance to win night in and night out!'

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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UNC extends Roy Williams until 2018 - by Eurobasket News
The University of North Carolina announced contract extensions Thursday for men's basketball coach Roy Williams, baseball coach Mike Fox and women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell.

Williams' contract will be extended through 2018, with a base salary of $325,000. Williams will also receive supplemental income that will range from $1.35 million to $1.65 million each year.

Williams also receives expense monies and can also receive bonuses for NCAA success, the team's academic success.

Fox's contract is extended through 2018, with a base salary of $180,000 in 2011-12 and $260,000 by the end of the contract.

Hatchell's contract also runs through 2018, with a base salary of $360,000, plus supplemental compensation and bonuses.

Courtesy of www2.nbc17.com


Pitt F Nasir Robinson out 3 weeks with knee injury - by Eurobasket News
Pittsburgh senior forward Nasir Robinson (6'5''-F-89) will undergo surgery to repair torn meniscus in his right knee Friday. He is expected to miss three weeks.

The procedure is the second on Robinson's knee in as many years. He missed the first three games of the 2010-11 season after injuring the knee last fall.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Robinson averaged 9.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in 31 games last year for the Panthers.

Coach Jamie Dixon said several players, including sophomores Lamar Patterson and J.J. Moore, will get a chance to practice in Robinson's place until his return.

Dixon added he believes Robinson will be back in plenty of time for Pitt's season-opener on Nov. 11 against Albany.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Xavier runaway No. 1 in A-10 preseason poll - by Eurobasket News
Xavier is the preseason favorite in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Musketeers, who have clinched at least a share of the regular-season title the last five years, received 18 first-place votes on Thursday from the league's head coaches and members of the media.

Temple, which has won three of the last four A-10 tournaments, was second with the other four first-place votes.

Saint Louis was third followed by St. Bonaventure, Richmond, Dayton, St. Joseph's, George Washington, Duquesne, Rhode Island, Charlotte, Massachusetts, La Salle and Fordham.

The preseason first-team is all seniors: Xavier's Tu Holloway, last season's player of the year, St. Bonaventure's Andrew Nicholson, Temple's Ramone Moore and Juan Fernandez, and George Washington's Tony Taylor.

Courtesy of www.fox19.com


UNC hires Tulsa's Cunningham as athletic director - by Eurobasket News
Bubba Cunningham knows what he's walking into as North Carolina's next athletic director.

Next month, he'll leave Tulsa to take over one of the flagship programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference with Hall of Fame coaches, modern facilities and a national brand name. He's also inheriting the aftermath of an NCAA investigation of the football program that led to the firing of a coach, the departure of a long-standing AD and a wounded fan base.

Not to mention the task of hiring a new football coach as one of his first duties.

'I absolutely love the place,' Cunningham said Friday in his first news conference at North Carolina. 'The people are here are absolutely outstanding, but I can't really project what the future will be until I really learn from the people that are here. But building on this tradition is obviously where we start.'

Cunningham will start work Nov. 14 as he replaces Dick Baddour, who is stepping down after 14 years leading the Tar Heels' 28-sport athletic department. His hiring caps a seven-week process in which a search committee reviewed a pool of about 60 applicants and interviewed 13 candidates before forwarding a three-person list - with Cunningham at No. 1 - to chancellor Holden Thorp.

University trustees approved the hiring in a meeting Friday morning. Cunningham's contract runs through June 2017. He will make $525,000 annually and will receive a $40,000 annual expense allowance. He can receive bonuses for the average team academic performance, as well as when the football team reaches a bowl or the men's and women's basketball teams reach the NCAA tournament.

'I'm not smart enough to have enough adjectives about the emotions I feel right now,' said the 49-year-old Cunningham, who wore a light blue tie and NC-logo lapel pin. 'It's a special, special place, and it's such an honor to be a part of it.'

Cunningham's arrival marks another consequence of the NCAA probe into improper benefits and academic misconduct within the football program, which began in the summer of 2010. Thorp fired Butch Davis as head coach just before training camp. Baddour decided he should step down as well; he was in the last year of his contract and said his status could hinder hiring a new coach as opposed to letting a new athletic director make the hire.

Baddour will represent the school at a hearing before the NCAA infractions committee on Oct. 28. Cunningham said he doesn't plan to attend.

While Cunningham will have to soothe some angry feelings following Davis' ouster, Thorp said the hire wasn't solely about mending fences.

'It was really more about just finding the right person,' Thorp said. 'We're hoping Bubba will be here a long time. So we're hiring somebody for the long term, not just to take care of the situation we're in right now.'

Cunningham's football coaching decision will start with evaluating interim coach Everett Withers, who has the Tar Heels off to a 5-1 start. Withers, men's basketball coach Roy Williams and women's coach Sylvia Hatchell were among the coaches in attendance for Cunningham's introductory news conference. Cunningham said he met with Withers and the other Tar Heels' coaches shortly before it began.

'Obviously, we need a full-time (football) coach at some point, and through our conversations with the chancellor, we're all about excellence,' Cunningham said. 'My charge in the next few months will be to analyze the program, make a decision where we are and then what's the best fit going forward to meet all the dreams and ambition? Our No. 1 priority is to make sure that any kind of coaching discussion is not a distraction' to the team.

Thorp said he didn't expect a coaching decision until after the season-finale against Duke.

Cunningham leaves behind a Tulsa program that won a league-best 34 Conference USA championships since his arrival in 2005. He is a Notre Dame graduate with a master's degree in business administration. He spent 15 years working in various roles at his alma mater before serving three years as athletic director at Ball State and then six years at Tulsa.

Cunningham is the first athletic director hired without ties to UNC since Homer Rice in 1969. The past two - Baddour and Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford - were alumni.

'Bubba Cunningham is an outstanding choice. He is a quality administrator and terrific person,' said Swofford, UNC's AD from 1980-97. 'Bubba is a highly respected and proven athletics director who will fit in extremely well at UNC and will be a welcome addition around our ACC table.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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  NORWAY   


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Asker Aliens 4-1 
 2. Baerum Basket 3-1 
 3. Froya Basket 3-1 
 4. Centrum 2-2 
 5. Gimle BBK 2-2 
 6. Tromso 2-3 
 7. Ammerud Bskt 1-3 
 8. Langhus 0-4 


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  OMAN   


United Arad Emirates rolled over Oman in Day 2 of the GCC Games - by Eurobasket News
United Arad Emirates rolled over Oman in Day 2 of the GCC Games. The winners grabbed 84:61 win for 2-0 record. United Arad Emirates started with 22-18 and reached 37-27 at the halftime. The third quarter showed 64:39 on the board and then United Arad Emirates saved 13-point victory.

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  PHILIPPINES   


Root for the Energen Pilipinas Under 16 National Team! - by Enzo Flojo
What: The FIBA-Asia U16 Championship
Where: Nhatrang, Vietnam
When: Starts next Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Against Who:
West Asia: Iraq, Lebanon, Iran
Gulf: Qatar (replaced Bahrain), Saudi Arabia
Middle Asia: India, Uzbekistan
East Asia: China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan
Southeast Asia: Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam
*A 16th team (from East Asia, probably should've been Hong Kong) was supposed to join, but eventually no team registered for the slot.

Who's on Our Team?
J-Jay Alejandro - Malayan/Mapua
Henry Asilum - Sacred Heart School Cebu
Hubert Cani - La Salle Greenhills
Andrei Caracut - San Beda
Nic Dalafu - Victory Christian International
Rev Diputado - Sacred Heart School Cebu
Isaac Go - Xavier School
Jordan Heading - Morrison HS Taiwan
Jay Javelosa - Reedley International
Kyles Lao - Xavier School
Earl Murphy - Ateneo de Manila
Daryl Pascual - Univ. of Perpetual Help
Tomas Ramos - Ateneo de Manila
Rash Rivero - National Univ.
Head Coach: Olsen Racela

*Several key players who helped the team run away with the 2011 SEABA U16 crown will miss the Nhatrang joust due to commitments with their school teams in the ongoing NCAA wars. These are:
Gelo Vito - La Salle Greenhilss
Ranbill Tongco - San Beda
Gideon Babilonia - San Beda
Arvin Tolentino - San Beda
**Fil-Am Louie Brill (Maryland, USA) will also miss the tournament.


How Do We Stack Up?
Talent Gap: Missing our most consistent big man (Vito), our top scorer (Tolentino), and one of our best playmakers (Tongco). Needless to say, we'll have our work cut out for us. And compared to some of the other Asian players like China's Zhou Qi who have more substantial international experience, we can expect Energen to have a tougher time in Nhatrang than Smart-Gilas did in Wuhan.


Size Disadvantage: Average Height for our boys is 179.79 cm or almost 5'11.' With the absence of Vito and Babilonia, our three tallest guys are Isaac Go (6'6'), Jay Javelosa (listed at about 6'3'), and Daryl Pascual (6'4').
By comparison, here are the Average Height figures for the tournament favorites:


China: 197.67 cm or almost 6'6'; Tallest is Zhou Qi at 7'1' (not a typo)
Iraq (WABA U16 champs): 183.17 cm or about 6'0'; Tallest are Ismael Ismael and Ali Abdulhussein, each at 6'5'
South Korea: 187.50 cm or about 6'2'; Tallest is Park In-Tae at 6'8'
Lebanon: 187.50 cm or about 6'2' as well; Tallest is Yaacoub Al-Agha at 6'9'
Japan: 184.33 cm or a little more than 6'0'; Tallest are Sugiura Yusei and Yamamoto Kenta, each at 6'4'


Awful Sniping: To compensate for the aforementioned weakness, we should have at least respectable outside shooting, right? Wrong. In the 2011 SEABA U16 joust, Energen shot just 12/65 from 3-point land or 18.5% for all four of its games. Oops.

Forecast:
Group Play: Despite its missing stars, Energen should still trounce both Indonesia and Vietnam convincingly. I doubt if they'll win by more than 30 in each game, but this early set should give coach Racela an opportunity to test some possible player combinations and spot the chinks in the armor. Because there are just 3 teams in our group, we're sure to advance to Round 2.

Second Round: If everything goes according to form, then we'll face Iran, Japan and the Saudis. We should beat Saudi, but Japan and Iran will both be tough, even if both teams failed to win their respective sub-group tournaments. Still, this group is much lighter than the other one, which has China, WABA Champs Iraq, Lebanon and South Korea. If we had a full roster, we'd have a good shot at top spot in Round 2, but given the absences, we could fall as far down as #3.

Knockout Stages: In all probability, we'll face wither Iraq or South Korea in the quarterfinals, and we'll be the underdogs against either squad. That doesn't mean we'll get eliminated easily, but for Energen to break into the Top 4, then they'll have to bring their A-game here. All in all, matching the Top 4 finish of the Kiefer Ravena-led edition in 2009 will be a major success already. Breaking into the Championship game and/or actually bagging the Asian crown will be considered miraculous! Go Pilipinas!

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. David, Powerade T.22.5 
 2. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 3. Cabagnot, Petron19.5 
 4. Carey, Talk N Text19.5 
 5. Lee, Rain or Shine19.0 
 6. Espinas, Meralco18.0 
 7. Lutz, Petron Blaze18.0 
 8. Caguioa, Ginebra18.0 
 9. Aguilar, Talk N.17.0 
 10. Thoss, Alaska Ac.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Santos, Petron B.16.5 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text12.0 
 3. Reyes, Alaska Aces12.0 
 4. Taulava, Meralco10.0 
 5. Sena, Shopinas.10.0 
 6. Thoss, Alaska Aces9.5 
 7. Ildefonso, Petron9.5 
 8. Anthony, Powerade.9.5 
 9. Espinas, Meralco8.5 
 10. Kramer, Powerade.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jayson CASTRO
  Talk N Text
  (173-G-86)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Castro, Talk N Te.7.5 
 2. Timberlake, Meralc.6.5 
 3. Lee, Rain or Shine5.0 
 4. Lutz, Petron Blaze5.0 
 5. Cruz, Powerade T.4.5 
 6. Artadi, Barako Bull4.5 
 7. Ildefonso, Petron4.0 
 8. Devance, B-Meg L.4.0 
 9. Tenorio, Alaska A.4.0 
 10. Norwood, Rain o.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher LUTZ
  Petron Blaze
  (192-G/F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lutz, Petron Blaze3.0 
 2. Castro, Talk N Te.2.5 
 3. Ildefonso, Petron2.5 
 4. Anthony, Powerade.2.0 
 5. Lanete, Meralco2.0 
 6. Dela Cruz, Alaska2.0 
 7. Artadi, Barako Bull2.0 
 8. Miller, Barako Bull1.5 
 9. Cruz, Powerade T.1.5 
 10. Raymundo, B-Meg1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Gabby ESPINAS
  Meralco .
  (193-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Espinas, Meralco2.0 
 2. Quinahan, Rain o.2.0 
 3. Aguilar, Talk N.2.0 
 4. Sena, Shopinas.1.5 
 5. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.5 
 6. Norwood, Rain o.1.3 
 7. Seigle, Air21 Expr.1.3 
 8. Baclao, Petron B.1.0 
 9. Yap, B-Meg Llam.1.0 
 10. Rodriguez, Rain o.1.0 


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Petron Blaze 2-0 
 2. Talk N Text 2-0 
 3. Rain or Shine 2-1 
 4. B-Meg Llam. 1-1 
 5. Barako Bull 1-1 
 6. Meralco Bolts 1-1 
 7. Powerade T. 1-1 
 8. Ginebra Kings 1-2 
 9. Alaska Aces 0-2 
 10. Shopinas.com C. 0-2 


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  POLAND   


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Energa Czarni 2-0 
 2. PGE Turow 2-0 
 3. Trefl Sopot 2-0 
 4. Zastal ZG 2-0 
 5. Kotwica 1-1 
 6. LKS Lodz 1-1 
 7. Siarka Jezioro 1-1 
 8. AZS Koszalin 1-1 
 9. Anwil 0-1 
 10. Slask Wroclaw 0-1 
 11. AZS PW 0-2 
 12. PBG Basket 0-2 
 13. Polpharma 0-2 
Play in international cups:
 1. Asseco Prokom


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Sokol Lancut 2-0 
 2. Spojnia 2-0 
 3. Start Gdynia 2-0 
 4. SKK Siedlce 1-0 
 5. Znicz Basket 1-0 
 6. P.Cukier SIDEn 1-1 
 7. MKS DG 1-1 
 8. AZS Szczecin 1-1 
 9. Rosa Radom 1-1 
 10. Sudety 1-1 
 11. Start Lublin 1-1 
 12. AZS Kutno 0-2 
 13. MOSiR Krosno 0-2 
 14. Polonia 0-2 
 15. Sportino 0-2 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Josh MILLER
  Siarka J.
  (169-PG-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Miller, Siarka J.27.5 
 2. Mallett, LKS Lodz26.0 
 3. Montgomery, AZS K.23.0 
 4. Mladenovic, Slask20.0 
 5. Allen, Anwil18.0 
 6. Kulig, PBG Basket17.5 
 7. Vairogs, Slask W.17.0 
 8. Skibniewski, Slask16.0 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl So.16.0 
 10. Edwards, Anwil15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rafal BIGUS
  AZS Koszalin
  (215-C-76)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Bigus, AZS Koszalin11.5 
 2. Archibeque, LKS L.10.5 
 3. Lawal, Zastal ZG10.0 
 4. Mladenovic, Slask8.0 
 5. Mallett, LKS Lodz7.5 
 6. Diduszko, Kotwica7.5 
 7. Lewis, Anwil7.0 
 8. Vairogs, Slask W.7.0 
 9. Bogavac, Slask W.7.0 
 10. Bialek, Energa Cz.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  PGE Turow
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Moore, PGE Turow7.5 
 2. Wilczek, AZS P.7.0 
 3. Tiller, Siarka J.7.0 
 4. Koszarek, Trefl S.7.0 
 5. Miller, Siarka J.6.0 
 6. Hodge, Zastal ZG6.0 
 7. Milicic, AZS K.6.0 
 8. Sapp, Kotwica6.0 
 9. Berisha, Anwil6.0 
 10. Koljevic, Polphar.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Bartosz BOCHNO
  Slask W.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bochno, Slask W.4.0 
 2. Koljevic, Polpharma3.0 
 3. Wall, Polpharma2.5 
 4. Holmes, Kotwica2.0 
 5. Sapp, Kotwica2.0 
 6. Cesnauskis, Energa2.0 
 7. Wisniewski, Trefl2.0 
 8. Gilmore, Polpharma2.0 
 9. Berisha, Anwil2.0 
 10. Allen, Anwil2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Corsley EDWARDS
  Anwil
  (205-C/F-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Edwards, Anwil2.0 
 2. Morrison, Energa C.2.0 
 3. Turek, Trefl Sopot1.5 
 4. Burgess, Trefl S.1.5 
 5. Simmons, Polpharma1.5 
 6. Weaver, Energa C.1.5 
 7. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.5 
 8. Gabinski, PGE T.1.0 
 9. Pelka, AZS P.1.0 
 10. Rajewicz, Zastal1.0 


Mateusz Kostrzewski ( Start Gdynia ) grab MVP award for 1 liga day 2 - by Maciej Paszyn
Day 2 summation :

MVP: Mateusz Kostrzewski (201-G/F-89) ( KS Start Gdynia ) 27 pts., 8/9 2PM-A, 11/12 FT., 4 rb (4 def.), 3 bl., 2 to., 29 min.

Best 5 of day 2:

Mateusz Kostrzewski ( KS Start Gdynia )
Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (193-PG-91, agency: Promotex) ( MKS Znicz Basket Pruszkow ) 21 pts., 5/8 2PM-A, 2/5 3PM-A, 5/7 FT, 3 rb (3def.), 5 as., 6 stl., 2 bl., 4 to., 35 min
Andrzej Misiewicz (201-F-84, college: Daytona Beach CC) ( MKS Znicz Basket Pruszkow ) 18 pts., 7/8 2PM-A, 4/8 FT., 12 rb. (2 off., 10 def.), 1 as., 2 stl., 3 bl., 4 to., 35 min.
Michal Marciniak (195-G-79) ( AZS Polfarmex Kutno ) 14 pts., 5/7 2PM-A, 0/7 3PM-A, 4/5 FT., 14 rb. (4 off., 10 def.), 3 as. 6 stl., 3 bl.,
Wiktor Grudzinski (208-C-78) ( KS Spojnia Stargard Szczecinski ) 7 pts., 1/4 2PM-A, 1/2 3PM-A, 2/4 FT, 15 rb. (2 off., 13 def.), 4 as., 3 stl., 2 bl., 3 to., 28 min.

Double-doubles:

Andrzej Misiewicz ( MKS Znicz Basket Pruszkow ) 18 pts., 12 rb.
Michal Marciniak ( AZS Polfarmex Kutno ) 14 pts., 14 rb.
Aleks Perka (201-F-87, agency: Stanley International, college: Rice) ( AZS Polfarmex Kutno ) 17 pts., 11 rb.
Krzysztof Mielczarek (198-G/F-81) ( AZS Radex Szczecin ) 12 pts., 15 rb.
Tomasz Zablocki (202-F-78, agency: Promotex) ( ISS Sportino Inowroclaw ) 18 pts., 10 rb.
Jaroslaw Wilusz (200-F-85) ( Sudety Jelenia Gora ) 10 pts., 10 rb.


Jaroslaw Pawlowski ( Pogon Prudnik ) - MVP of 2 liga day 3 - by Maciej Paszyn
MVP of all 2 liga day 3 : Jaroslaw Pawlowski (194-F-80) ( KS Pogon Prudnik ) 34 pts. 13/15 2PM-A, 8/12 FT., 8 rb. (5 off., 3 def.), 3 as., 2 stl., 2 to., 29 min.

Best 5 of all 2 liga day 3 :

Jaroslaw Pawlowski ( KS Pogon Prudnik )
Dorian Szyttenholm (194-F-83) ( KPSW Astoria Bydgoszcz ) 24 pts., 11/11 2PM-A, 0/0 3PM-A, 2/2 FT, 7 rb. ( 1 off., 6 def. ), 4 as., 0 stl., 0 bl., 5 to., 26 min
Przemyslaw Cygan (198-F-82) ( SSA Unia Tarnow ) 19 pts., 6/11 2PM-A, 2/6 3PM-A, 1/5 FT, 18 rb. (1off., 17 def.), 3 as., 2 stl., 3 bl., 2 to., 39 min.
Piotr Mis (204-F/C-77) ( AZS - OPTeam Rzeszow ) 23 pts., 10/18 2PM-A, 3/7 FT, 14 rb. (7 off., 7 def.), 3 stl., 4 to., 30 min.
Adam Rajkowski (206-C-79, agency: Promotex) ( KS Ksiezak Lowicz ) 25 pts., 9/12 2PM-A, 7/7 FT., 13 rb. ( 6 off., 7 def. ), 0 as., 1 stl., 0 bl., 2 to., 34 min

Best 5 of Gropu A
MVP: Dorian Szyttenholm ( KPSW Astoria Bydgoszcz )

Adam Rajkowski ( KS Ksiezak Lowicz )
Tomasz Ejsmont (190-G-90) ( GKK 1 LO Gorzow Wlkp ) 31 pts., 8/14 2PM-A, 3/4 3PM-A, 6/9 FT., 5 rb. (2 off., 3 def..), 2 as., 4 stl., 4 to., 36 min.
Jakub Schenk (172-PG-94) ( Trefl II Sopot ) 14 pts., 4/6 2PM-A, 0/2 3PM-A, 6/8 FT, 5 rb. (1 off., 4 def.), 7 as., 8 stl., 2 bl., 5 to., 34 min.
Rafal Bochenek (202-F/C-80) ( KS Zyrardowianka Zyrardow ) 18 pts., 7/16 2PM-A , 0/0 3PM-A, 4/7 FT., 12 rb. (3off., 9 def.), 2 as., 4 stl., 4 to., 38 min.

Best 5 of Group B
MVP: Jaroslaw Pawlowski ( KS Pogon Prudnik )

Radoslaw Hyzy (203-F-77) ( Slask II Wroclaw ) 15 pts., 6/10 2PM-A, 3/6 FT, 10 rb. (6 off., 4 def.), 6 as., 4 bl., 0 to., 27 min.
Tomasz Gembus (198-F-87) ( UKS Alba Chorzow ) 16 pts., 5/5 2PM-A, 0/3 3PM-A 6/6 FT, 6 rb. (1 off., 5 def.), 5 as., 2 stl., 2 bl., 2 to., 24 min.
Lukasz Nawrot (200-F/C-83) ( GTK Fluor Britam Gliwice ) 19 pts., 8/9 2PM-A, 3/9 FT., 7 rb. (3 off.,4 def.), 10 stl. 3 to., 37 min.
Michal Lipinski (184-PG-86) ( Doral Zetkama Nysa Klodzko ) 13 pts., 4/5 2PM-A, 5/6 FT, 6 rb. (1 off., 5 def.), 7 as., 4 stl., 3 bl., 3 to., 33 min.

Best 5 of Group C
MVP: Przemyslaw Cygan ( SSA Unia Tarnow )

Piotr Mis ( AZS - OPTeam Rzeszow )
Michal Wojtynski (192-G-89) ( PWiK Piaseczno ) 22 pts. 6/7 2PM-A, 2/5 3PM-A, 4/9 FT, 8 rb. (3 off., 5 def.), 1 as., 5 stl., 3 to., 32 min.
Arkadiusz Zabielski (195-F-84) ( BKS Tur Bielsk Podlaski ) 18 pts., 7/14 2PM-A, 0/1 3PM-A, 4/6 FT, 11 rb. ( 8 off., 3 def.), 2 as., 2 stl., 1 bl., 3 to., 30 min.
Marcin Wrobel (200-G/F-87) ( UMKS Kielce ) 14 pts., 4/8 2PM-A, 1/1 3PM-A, 3/5 FT, 7 rb. (2 off., 5 def.), 2 as., 3 stl., 3 bl., 2 to.

Double-doubles :
Wojciech Rogacewicz (203-F-86, college: Mount Olive) ( GKK 1 LO Gorzow Wlkp ) 10 pts. 14 rb.
Rafal Bochenek ( KS Zyrardowianka Zyrardow ) 18 pts., 12 rb.
Karol Debski (198-G/F-84, agency: Promotex) ( KS Open Florentyna Pleszew ) 13 pts., 10 rb.
Wojciech Zurawski (199-F/C-76) ( KS Open Florentyna Pleszew ) 12 pts., 10 rb.
Adam Rajkowski ( KS Ksiezak Lowicz ) 25 pts., 13 rb.
Jaroslaw Andrusiewicz (201-F/C-86) ( Inter Parts AZS UWM Olsztyn ) 16 pts., 11 rb.
Radoslaw Hyzy ( Slask II Wroclaw ) 15 pts., 10 rb
Kamil Nowak (196-F-88) ( AZS AWF Katowice ) 13 pts., 11 rb.
Lukasz Nawrot ( GTK Fluor Britam Gliwice ) 19 pts. 10 stl
Przemyslaw Cygan ( SSA Unia Tarnow ) 19 pts., 18 rb.
Arkadiusz Zabielski ( BKS Tur Bielsk Podlaski ) 18 pts., 11 rb.
Lukasz Kuczynski (194-F-85) ( BKS Tur Bielsk Podlaski ) 20 pts., 12 rb.
Piotr Mis ( AZS - OPTeam Rzeszow ) 23 pts., 14 rb.


On the verge of #HISTORY - by George Reese
Whats good, world?!!

For those who dont know, let me introduce myself. Im George Reese (201-F-77, agency: Alti Sport, college: Ohio St.), from the eastside of Columbus, Ohio. I was fortunate enough to attend THE Ohio State University in 2000. Yes, you read that correctly. Ive been a professional basketball player since 2000, so Im what you could call a Certified Veteran. My travels have included France, Germany, Philippines, and now Poland. Ive been playing in the Polish League with AZS Koszalin the past 5 seasons. The city has been good to my family and I, and the fans here are crazy about basketball! This blog is long overdue, and hopefully I can add my own flavor to all the nice blogs youve been reading here on eurobasket. Also, check my blog out at www.georgeLreese.com, brought to you by www.lowgravity.pl. I love bridging the gap between my friends and family back home, to how things are over here. Likewise, letting my European fans get a glimpse of how our lives are back home. I have interviews, season highlights, and news about a lot of guys from my hometown who you see doing work here on eurobasket.com. Shoutout to fellow lowgravity teammate, Torey Thomas, who used to hold it down for the polish league with his blogs last season.

In the Polish League (PLK), our team AZS Koszalin is going to make some noise this year. The club is in a major transition. New president, new coach (Tomasz Herkt), new attitude, and not to mention a brand new gym that might be finished being built by the end of season. Perfect for a playoff push! Weve made the playoffs every year Ive been here, and this season our attitude is to make #HISTORY for this club. Our imports are Marshall Strickland, J.J. Montgomery, Marko Lekic, and myself. We have a nice core of polish veterans in Rafal Bigus, and Igor Milicic. Our youngins as I like to call them, Greg Surmacz, Kamil Laczynski, Marcin Dutkiewicz, Mateusz Bartosz, Mateusz Bieg, Mateusz Jarmakowicz, and Robert Gibaszek rounds out our team out.

The season is underway and we got off to a pretty good start.
We came out and protected our home court against Polpharma (87-68) in the opener. As a team, we played well defensively. Our offense is still trying to click. Well, everyone except J.J. Montgomery, haha! JJ exploded for 37 hard earned points! Back home we call that Nino Brown Basketball, where you dont shoot jumpers, you bully your way through. As you can see, he snatched up the eurobasket MVP for game 1, which was a no brainer.
In our next game we lost a tough game to one of our rivals, Kotwica Kolobrzeg (64-65) on the road. They played great in the first half, knocking down whatever they shot. We fought our way back into it, got a great look at the buzzer but it rattled out. Jessie Sapp made some plays down the stretch, and Oded Brandwein led them with 12 points.

So, you can check me out at @G_Reese on Twitter, and the George Reese Fan Page on Facebook.
Stay tuned eurobasket. I got more to come


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  PUERTO RICO   


Puerto Rico to have warm-up games against the Dominican Republic: - by Luis Modestti
Puerto Rico will host two warm-up games against the Dominican Republic on Saturday and Sunday as both teams prepare for the 2011 Pan-American Games.

Game one will be on Saturday, October 15 at Tomas Dones Coliseum (9:00 PM) and the second game on Sunday at Mario Quijote Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo (7:00 PM). After these games both teams will travel back to the Dominican Republic for games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Puerto Rican team hasnt made any official cuts to the roster for this tournament said head coach Flor Melendez to Primera Hora.

Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern), Carlos Arroyo, Filiberto Rivera, Eddin Santiago, Ryan Abraham, Carlos Strong, Samuel Villegas, Miguel Ali Berdiel, Edwin Ubiles, Gabriel Colon, Manuel De Jesus, Luis Villafane, Manuel Narvaez, Daniel Santiago and Chris Gonzalez will be part of the Puerto Rican team in both games.

The Dominican Republic, coached by Phil Hubbard, announced 13 players for their national team. The finalists are Luis Guzman, Kelvin Pena, Juan Coronado, Giancarlos Acosta, Juan Pablo Montas, Victor Liz, Edward Santana, Manuel Guzman, Alexis Montas, Sandro Encarnacion, Ricardo Soliver, Franklin Penn and Jack Michael Martinez.



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  QATAR   


Qatar edged Kuwait in GCC Games - by Eurobasket News
Qatar edged Kuwait in GCC Games for 2-0 record. The team needed 83:71 victory to remain Kuwait winless.
Both teams nailed 15 points each in the opening period, while the second quarter became decisive in the game. Qatar reached 46:31 at the halftime and never looked behind. The board showed 66:53 at the end of three quarters and brought 12-point win for Qatar.


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  RUSSIA   


Spartak Saint Petersburg announce Vasili Zavoruev - by Eurobasket News
Vasili Zavoruev (197-G-87, agency: RIZO) inked contract with Spartak Saint Petersburg. The deal is meant for one season. The guard spent the last season in Dynamo Moscow. He tallied 3.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in EuroCup Qualifying Round. In EuroChallenge the guard notched 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Vasili Zavoruev also posted 5.7 points and 1.1 rebounds per appearance in PBL. Eurobasket.com named Vasili Zavoruev All-Russian A Superleague Newcomer of the Year in 2006. The guard played for U16, U18 and U20 Russian National Teams. Vasili Zavoruev is not new to Spartak Saint Petersburg. He played for the team back in 2008/10 seasons.

CSKA thump Enisey, Nizhny Novgorod and Krasnie Krilya lose in VTB-League - by Eurobasket News
CSKA claimed the first win in the VTB League season. The Russian champions overcame Enisey 92:60 at home court. Eugeny Voronov (193-G-86) scored 12 points to lead well-balanced effort from CSKA. The hosts exploded with 31 points in the first quarter to take a 13-point lead. They boosted the margin at 19-point mark at the interval and never looked back en route to the victory. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) and Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) scored 10 points each for the hosts. Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 12 points for Enisey.
In the meantime Nizhny Novgorod surrendered against Budivelnyk 78:79 at home. It was a close game till the final buzzer. The hosts looked slightly better in the first half posting a 48:40 lead at the interval. Nizhny Novgorod still led by a single point 75:74 with just over two minutes remaining. However Jack McClinton (185-PG-85, college: Miami, FL) and Anisimov put the Ukrainian team in front. Protic leveled things up at 78 but a late free throw from Alijevas sealed the victory for Budivelnyk. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) stepped up with 19 points, while Jack McClinton had 18 points in the win. Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Nizhny Novgorod. Ignerski had 14 points in the loss.
Krasnie Krilya narrowly lost to Zalgiris 82:84 in Sasha Kaunas. Joe Alexander (203-F-86, college: W.Virginia) scored 16 points but could not rescue the Samara team from losing the game. Zalgiris led by as many as 9 points after ten minutes of action but Krasnie Krilya slowed the hosts down and eventually pulled in front 82:79 with under two minutes remaining. However Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) and Lawson capped the regulation with five points in a row as the hosts escaped with a tough win at the end. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) provided 13 points, while Sonny Weems added 13 points for the winners. Rush and Labovic netted 13 points apiece in the defeat.


Dmitry Domani joins Krasnie Krilya - by Eurobasket News
Dmitry Domani (198-G/F-74, college: St.Joseph's) will continue his career in Krasnie Krilya. The guard has agreed on terms of contract with the Samara team. The deal is meant till the end of the current season. Last season Dmitry Domani played for Dynamo Moscow. He tallied 5.0 points and 2.0 assists per game in EuroCup Qualifying Round. In EuroChallenge the guard notched 2.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per appearance. In PBL Dmitry Domani posted 7.0 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals. Previously Dmitry Domani had spells with CSKA Moscow and St. Joseph's College. The guard was the member of Russian National Team in 1995-2004. Dmitry Domani made it into Eurobasket.com Russian Superleague All-Domestic Team in 2004, 2005 and 2007.

Spartak-Primorye land Maxim Krivosheev - by Eurobasket News
Spartak-Primorye land Maxim Krivosheev (207-F/C-88) for the 2011/2012 season. The Russian 207cm player came from Lokomotiv.
In 2005-2006 he started for NGU Novosybirsk (Higher League) and in 2006-2007 joined Sibirtelekom-Lokomotiv Novosybirsk (A Superleague, starting five). In 34 games he averaged 6.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 16.0%, FT: 55.0%, but played also for NGU Novosibyrsk (Higher League). In 2007-2008 for Sibirtelekom-Lokomotiv Novosybirsk (A Superleague) his stats read 9.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 2FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 64.5%.
In 2008-2009 moved to Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu (A Superleague) and in Russian League showed 5.5ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 17.6%, FT: 58.0%. In EuroChallenge he averaged 5.3ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 66.7%, played also at Lokomotiv Rostov U23 (U23 league, starting five). In 2009-2010 for Lokomotiv Kuban (A Superleague) in EuroChallenge after 6 games Maxim Krivosheev had 3.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0spg and in Russian League after 12 games showed 2.9ppg, 2.7rpg.
In 2007 he participated at the European Championships U20 in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) and reached Semifinalswith the National team. He averaged 6.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 46.7%. At the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) in 2008 his stats read 10.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 47.4%.




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Saudi Arabia improved to 2-0 record in Bahrain - by Eurobasket News
Saudi Arabia improved to 2-0 record in Bahrain at the GCC Games. In Day 2 the team overcame the hosts 78:65. The winners started with 17-9 and had 41:29 at the halftime. The third quarter belonged however to Bahrain as they reduced to 58:52 after 30 minutes. Saudi Arabia meanwhile won the fourth quarter and the game itself.


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Vladimir Androic new head coach of KK Zagreb - by Zoran Popovic
Management of Croatian Champion replaces head coach Ivica Buric. New head coach of KK Zagreb is Vladimir Androic. Vladimir Androic was one of the best guards in former Yugoslavia and he build career in KK Borac Cacak, Sibenka and Partizan Beograd. As coach Vladimir Androic worked in KK Borac Cacak, Masinac Kraljevo, Mladost Cacak, Achilleas, Lokomotiv Rostov (U23 team) and KK Napredak Krusevac. Androic will have his first game on the Zagreb bench this weekend against Buducnost Podgorica.

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Jones' 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old swingman Anthony Jones (194-G/F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Handlova and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had the game-high 31 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Handlova in his team's victory, helping them to beat Levice (#8, 1-3) 75-61. Handlova maintains the 5th position in league. Handlova is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-2 record. Jones turned to be Handlova's top player in his first season with the team. Indiana Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is league's best scorer averaging so far 30.5ppg. Jones is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 5.8rpg), assists (7th best: 4.5apg) and averages solid 50.8% FGP and 45.5% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Ondrej Soska (208-C-78) of Vahostav-Zilina. He is former international center in his first season at Vahostav-Zilina. In the last game Soska recorded impressive 24 points and 8 rebounds. Of course he lead Vahostav-Zilina to another comfortable win outscoring B.Bystrica (#9, 0-3) 95-68. This victory allowed Vahostav-Zilina to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 1-2 record. Soska is a newcomer at Vahostav-Zilina and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#9). He also registered 6.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Vahostav-Zilina's star - guard Perry Petty (185-G). Petty showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was another key player of Vahostav-Zilina, helping his team with a 95-68 easy win against B.Bystrica (#9, 0-3). The chances of Vahostav-Zilina not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Petty could try to bring Vahostav-Zilina's a little bit higher in the standings. Petty has individually a great season in Slovakia. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.7ppg (7th best) and assists with 5.3apg (2nd best). Petty attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Spencer Perrin (195-F) of Vahostav-Zilina - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ivan Barisic (201-C/F-84) of Handlova - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Johnathon Jones (183-G-88) of Komarno - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Paul Guede (195-G/F-87) of Prievidza - 24 points and 4 rebounds
8. Peter Dorazil (199-F/C-89) of B.Bystrica - 11 points and 10 rebounds
9. Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79) of Prievidza - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
10. J.C. Mathis (204-F-82) of Komarno - 14 points and 9 rebounds

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


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Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Bostjan SIVKA
  Konjice
  (200-F/C-76)
  Avg: 27
 1. Sivka, Konjice27.0 
 2. Vranjkovic, Branik22.0 
 3. Vojicic, Trigla.21.5 
 4. Jereb, Konjice21.0 
 5. Horvat, Radenska20.5 
 6. Lobe, Grosuplje20.0 
 7. Abramovic, Terme O.19.5 
 8. Percel, Hrastnik19.5 
 9. Klepo, Postojna18.0 
 10. Krejic, Medvode17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tomaz JEREB
  Konjice
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 10
 1. Jereb, Konjice10.0 
 2. Vrsnik, Trigla.10.0 
 3. Mlakar, Jance Prit9.5 
 4. Spesic, Radenska9.5 
 5. Pavlin, Trigla.9.0 
 6. Klepo, Postojna8.5 
 7. Dolinar, Medvode8.5 
 8. Mahkovic, Trigla.8.0 
 9. Kavgic, Splosna8.0 
 10. Tusek, Hrastnik7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Tomaz JEREB
  Konjice
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Jereb, Konjice7.0 
 2. Perko, Splosna6.5 
 3. Macek, Terme Olimia6.5 
 4. Mlakar, Jance Prit5.5 
 5. Ovnik, Hrastnik5.0 
 6. Buncic, Medvode4.0 
 7. Horvat, Nova Gorica4.0 
 8. Kristo, Sencur CP4.0 
 9. Abramovic, Terme O.3.5 
 10. Vojicic, Trigla.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dragan PUSIC
  Sencur CP
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pusic, Sencur CP3.0 
 2. Spesic, Radenska2.5 
 3. Cipot, Jance Prit2.5 
 4. Vranjkovic, Branik2.0 
 5. Vojicic, Trigla.2.0 
 6. Zagorc, Splosna2.0 
 7. Horvat, Nova Gorica2.0 
 8. Miletic, Branik2.0 
 9. Kristo, Sencur CP2.0 
 10. Erzen, Sencur CP2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomaz JEREB
  Konjice
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jereb, Konjice2.0 
 2. Klepo, Postojna2.0 
 3. Kunc, Grosuplje2.0 
 4. Spesic, Radenska1.0 
 5. Vranjkovic, Branik1.0 
 6. Gojkovic, Nova G.1.0 
 7. Skornik, Konjice1.0 
 8. Djurkovic, Splosn.1.0 
 9. Trampus, Grosuplje1.0 
 10. Kavas, Jance Prit1.0 


1B Stats Leaders
D2 Standings
 1. Triglav Strazisce 3-0 
 2. Grosuplje 2-0 
 3. Radenska 2-0 
 4. Sencur CP 2-0 
 5. Terme Olimia 1-1 
 6. Jance Prit 1-1 
 7. Splosna plovba 1-1 
 8. Medvode 1-1 
 9. Postojna 1-1 
 10. Konjice 1-2 
 11. Branik 0-2 
 12. Hrastnik 0-2 
 13. Litija 0-2 
 14. Nova Gorica 0-2 


Assi Ostuni signs Jaka Klobucar - by Eurobasket News
Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) is a new member of the Italian LegaDue team Assi Ostuni. The Slovenian guard penned a one-season deal. Klobucar started with Krka Novo Mesto helping them to win the Slovenian SuperCup. He also appeared twice in Adriatic league averaging 4 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Jaka Klobucar split last season between Partizan Belgrade and Union Olimpija. With Partizan he had 2.9 ppg for 16 Euroleague games. He had slightly better numbers in Adriatic league. Later with Union Olimpija, Klobucar added 5.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1.5 apg for 21 games in Slovenian championship. He played for Olimpija in the past and also for Geoplin Slovan. Klobucar started basketball career with Krka.

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Liga Endesa: Round Two review - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Liga Endesa.

Blusens M. - Unicaja 71-78
Both teams had the same 1-0 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-71. The best player for the winners was British forward Joel Freeland (208-87) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) produced 10 points and 7 rebounds and American swingman Deron Washington (201-85, college: Virginia Tech) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Unicaja Malaga and four Blusens Monbus players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Unicaja Malaga is looking forward to face Lagun Aro GBC in San Sebastian in the next round. Blusens Monbus will play at home against Assignia Manresa and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: J.Freeland 20+5reb+1ast, G.Fitch 15+2reb+2ast, J.Garbajosa 12+3reb, L.Zoric 10+2reb, T.Darden 10+9reb+2ast, N.Sinanovic 6+2reb
Blusens M.: L.Kendall 12+5reb+1ast, D.Washington 11+8reb, E.Ere 10+7reb+3ast, S.Lasme 10+2reb, M.Palacio 7+2reb+2ast, O.Junyent 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 133888


B.de Rueda V. - Lagun Aro GBC 89-86 OT
Lagun Aro GBC forced the game against Blancos de Rueda into an overtime, but lost by three points 86-89 on Thursday night. Lagun Aro GBC cut a 15-point first quarter deficit to tie the game at the end of regular time. But they lost overtime period 12-15. American power forward Kahiem Seawright (203-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Edge Sports) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and French guard Stephane Dumas (190-78) chipped in 11 points and 8 assists during the contest. American forward Andy Panko (204-77, college: Lebanon Valley) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Javier Salgado (180-80) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Lagun Aro GBC's coach Alfonso Alonso rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Blancos de Rueda will meet at home Real Madrid in the next round. Lagun Aro GBC will play against Unicaja Malaga.
Top scorers:
B.de Rueda V.: D.Garcia 17+2ast, K.Seawright 17+6reb+2ast, H.Toure 14+8reb, S.Dumas 11+4reb+8ast, J.Robinson 10+9reb, N.Martin 10+11reb+1ast
Lagun Aro GBC: A.Panko 18+11reb+4ast, S.Vidal 18+1reb, J.Baron 14+3reb+2ast, J.Salgado 10+5reb+6ast, D.Doblas 10+3reb+2ast, A.Betts 5+1reb
gschID: 133882


Valencia - CAI Zaragoza 82-66
The game was mostly controlled by Valencia Basket. CAI Zaragoza was better in fourth quarter 29-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by CAI Zaragoza helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International power forward Victor Claver (207-88) notched 11 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Australian-Irish center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) supported him with 14 points. Four Valencia Basket players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 7 rebounds by naturalized Brazilian center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86) did not help to save the game for CAI Zaragoza. American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) added 15 points for the guests. Valencia Basket's next round opponent will be Meridiano Alicante at home and are hoping to win another game. CAI Zaragoza will play against Caja Laboral in Vitoria.
Top scorers:
Valencia: R.Martinez 14+1reb+2ast, A.James Ogilvy 14+4reb, S.Lishchuk 13+5reb, V.Claver 11+7reb+2ast, S.Markovic 8+3reb+4ast, R.San Miguel 8+1ast
CAI Zaragoza: R.Hettsheimer 21+7reb+1ast, B.Wright 15, P.Aguilar 10+1reb+2ast, C.Toppert 6+1reb, J.Stefansson 5+1reb+1ast, C.Cabezas 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 133883


FCB Regal - Asefa Estudian. 97-51
The game without a history. Regal FC Barcelona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Asefa Estudiantes to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Regal FC Barcelona dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Asefa Estudiantes' 32 and made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Asefa Estudiantes 35-19 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Regal FC Barcelona players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Asefa Estudiantes' players. Senegalese center Boniface Ndong (213-77) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. Slovenian power forward Erazem Lorbek (209-84, college: Michigan St.) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Regal FC Barcelona players scored in double figures. Regal FC Barcelona's coach Xavier Pascual felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center German Gabriel (207-80) replied with 19 points and Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (186-89) added 6 points and 6 assists in the effort for Asefa Estudiantes. Regal FC Barcelona will play against Cajasol in Sevilla in the next round where they are favorite. Asefa Estudiantes' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Madrid to the arena Baloncesto Fuenlabrada.
Top scorers:
FCB Regal: B.Ndong 21+8reb+1ast, E.Lorbek 15+3reb+5ast, C.Eidson 10+2reb+2ast, J.Wallace 10+7reb+2ast, F.Vazquez 8+3reb, J.Carlos Navarro 8+1reb+4ast
Asefa Estudian.: G.Gabriel 19+3reb, Y.Driesen 9+3reb, C.Jimenez 7+6reb+2ast, J.Granger 6+3reb+6ast, L.Flores 4, J.Fernandez 4+2reb
gschID: 133884


FIATC Joventut - UCAM Murcia 71-65
FIATC Joventut used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Murcia 71-65. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-13. But UCAM Murcia won second period 14-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Latavious Williams (202-91) notched 8 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Pooh Jeter (179-83, college: Portland) supported him with 13 points. Even 20 points and 6 rebounds by Montenegrin power forward Blagota Sekulic (208-82, agency: FCM) did not help to save the game for UCAM Murcia. American forward James Augustine (208-84, college: Illinois, agency: Priority Sports) added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. FIATC Joventut's next round opponent will be Bizkaia Bilbao on the road. UCAM Murcia will play against Gran Canaria 2014 in Las Palmas.
Top scorers:
FIATC Joventut: P.Jeter 13+2reb+3ast, A.Oliver 10+3reb+4ast, D.Obasohan 9+1ast, F.Van Lacke 9+3reb+2ast, J.Trias 8+2reb, D.Jelinek 8+3reb+2ast
UCAM Murcia: B.Sekulic 20+6reb, J.Augustine 15+10reb+1ast, R.Kurz 13+4reb+1ast, A.Miso 8+2reb+2ast, D.Barlow 4+8reb, J.Franch 2
gschID: 133885


Bizkaia Bilbao - Real Madrid 86-82
Bizkaia Bilbao (1-1) defeated at home Real Madrid (1-1) 86-82. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-14. But Real Madrid won third quarter 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bizkaia Bilbao made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. American center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) notched 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Croatian forward Marko Banic (205-84) supported him with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Even 18 points and 7 rebounds by international power forward Felipe Reyes (203-80) did not help to save the game for Real Madrid. International guard Rudy Fernandez (197-85) added 17 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Five Bizkaia Bilbao and four Real Madrid players scored in double figures. Bizkaia Bilbao's next round opponent will be FIATC Joventut in Badalona.
Top scorers:
Bizkaia Bilbao: K.Vasiliadis 18+2reb, A.Mumbru 15+4reb, M.Banic 13+6reb+1ast, A.Jackson 12+4reb+3ast, R.Lopez 11+2reb+2ast, D.Fischer 10+7reb+4ast
Real Madrid: F.Reyes 18+7reb, R.Fernandez 17+5reb+2ast, A.Tomic 17+5reb, S.Llull 10+2reb+3ast, J.Carroll 7+1reb, N.Velickovic 5+2reb
gschID: 133886


GC 2014 - Caja Laboral 68-77
Gran Canaria 2014 (0-2) was defeated by Caja Laboral (2-0) 77-68. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket) notched 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Italian-Argentinian guard Pablo Prigioni (191-77) supported him with 9 points. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by American-Azerbaijan forward Spencer Nelson (203-80, college: Utah St.) did not help to save the game for Gran Canaria 2014. American guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) added 18 points and 5 assists for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Caja Laboral maintains first position with 2-0 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Gran Canaria 2014 at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Caja Laboral's next round opponent will be CAI Zaragoza on the road . Gran Canaria 2014 will play against UCAM Murcia.
Top scorers:
Caja Laboral: M.Teletovic 24+8reb, B.Oleson 11+3reb, P.Ribas 11+1reb+2ast, P.Prigioni 9+4reb+2ast, F.San Emeterio 9+2reb+1ast, R.Williams 6+5reb
GC 2014: S.Nelson 20+5reb, M.Haynes 18+1reb+5ast, J.Palacios 6+3reb, T.Green 6+1reb+1ast, L.Ekperigin 6+3reb+1ast, X.Rey 5+5reb
gschID: 133887


Fuenlabrada - Assignia M. 73-79
It looked good early as Baloncesto Fuenlabrada took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Assignia Manresa had a 20-9 second period charge getting the lead and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-79. Assignia Manresa forced 19 Baloncesto Fuenlabrada turnovers. American forward Justin Doellman (206-85, college: Xavier) notched 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Hungarian guard Adam Hanga (201-89, agency: TSS Management) supported him with 14 points. Even a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds by Argentinian-Italian forward Leonardo Mainoldi (204-85) did not help to save the game for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. Australian guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) added 19 points for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Assignia M.: J.Doellman 16+8reb+2ast, J.Asselin 14+3reb+1ast, A.Hanga 14+3reb+2ast, K.Achara 8+6reb, J.Rodriguez 7+4reb+7ast, A.Hernandez 7+1ast
Fuenlabrada: L.Mainoldi 22+16reb+1ast, K.Penney 19+1reb+2ast, L.Barton 8+7reb+1ast, S.Sanchez 7+4ast, J.Colom 7+3reb+2ast, A.Laso 6+2reb
gschID: 133880


Cajasol - Lucentum 86-61
The game was mostly controlled by Cajasol. Meridiano Alicante was better in fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cajasol made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Cajasol outrebounded Meridiano Alicante 41-25 including a 28-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Meridiano Alicante helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Canadian guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii) notched 25 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American center Paul Davis (211-84, college: Michigan St.) supported him with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Five Cajasol players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 7 rebounds by naturalized American power forward Lamont Barnes (208-78, college: Temple) did not help to save the game for Meridiano Alicante. American forward Kyle Singler (203-88, college: Duke) added 12 points for the guests. Cajasol's next round opponent will be higher ranked Regal FC Barcelona at home.
Top scorers:
Cajasol: C.English 25+4reb, P.Davis 12+8reb+2ast, T.Urtasun 11+2reb+1ast, T.Satoransky 11+3reb+2ast, L.Bogdanovic 10+4reb+1ast, M.Tepic 6+4reb+2ast
Lucentum: L.Barnes 13+7reb, K.Singler 12+3reb, B.Dewar 8+1ast, M.Kone 7+3reb, J.Hazell 7+1ast, K.Ivanov 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 133881




Victor Claver extends with Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) extended his contract with Valencia. The new deal is meant for three seasons. The centre has been playing for Valencia since 2006. Previously he played for junior Valencia teams. Last season Victor Claver posted 10.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.3 assists per game in Euroleague. In ACB his stats read 11.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Victor Claver into Spanish ACB All-Domestic Team. He also made it into All-Spanish ACB 3rd Team. Victor Claver is the member of Spanish National Team. The centre participated at 2011 EuroBasket. He notched 2.0 points per game in Lithuania.

Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Sammy MONROE
  Tenerife
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 32
 1. Monroe, Tenerife32.0 
 2. Ott, Lan M.20.5 
 3. Brown, Oviedo CB20.0 
 4. Gonzalez, Oviedo20.0 
 5. Balmon, Las Rozas20.0 
 6. Guigou, Tenerife19.0 
 7. Rogers, Gandia B.18.0 
 8. Eriksson, Barca R.17.0 
 9. Koffi, Ourense16.5 
 10. Robertson, Avila16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Papa MBAYE
  Barca R.
  (209-C-90)
  Avg: 13
 1. Mbaye, Barca R.13.0 
 2. Sanchez, Andorra11.0 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.10.0 
 4. Thompson, Aurtene.9.5 
 5. Conde, Avila9.0 
 6. LeDuc, Oviedo CB9.0 
 7. Adams, Coruna9.0 
 8. Gitterer, Gandia B.9.0 
 9. Koffi, Ourense8.5 
 10. Conejero, Plasenc.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Carles MARZO
  Barca R.
  (190-PG-92)
  Avg: 6
 1. Marzo, Barca R.6.0 
 2. Ortega, Oviedo CB6.0 
 3. Perez, Barca R.6.0 
 4. Zamora, Plasencia5.0 
 5. Alvarado, Gandia B.5.0 
 6. Llorente, Avila5.0 
 7. Vilanova, Prat J.4.5 
 8. Moore, Tenerife4.0 
 9. Fernandez, Ourense4.0 
 10. Smith, Coruna4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edward CAGE
  Andorra
  (203-F/C-78)
  Avg: 4
 1. Cage, Andorra4.0 
 2. Rogers, Gandia B.3.0 
 3. Eriksson, Barca R.3.0 
 4. Bassas, Prat J.3.0 
 5. Ros, Plasencia3.0 
 6. Alvarado, Gandia B.2.0 
 7. Segovia, Gandia B.2.0 
 8. Uriarte, Aurtenec.2.0 
 9. Cruz, Avila2.0 
 10. Ott, Lan M.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheick Sekou CONDE
  Avila
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Conde, Avila2.0 
 2. Marti, Prat J.2.0 
 3. Gitterer, Gandia B.1.0 
 4. Guardia, Avila1.0 
 5. Caven, Prat J.1.0 
 6. Brigman, Prat J.1.0 
 7. Johnson, Lan M.1.0 
 8. Iglesias, Plasencia1.0 
 9. Olaizola, Lan M.1.0 
 10. Joseph, Avila1.0 


Boniface Ndong claims ACB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Senegalese center Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) had an amazing evening in the last round for Regal Barca and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 34-year old center had the game-high 21 points adding eight rebounds for FCB Regal in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Asefa Estudian. (1-1) with 46-point margin 97-51. FCB Regal has perfect 2-0 record. Ndong has many years of experience at Barca, through which he has constantly improved.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Argentinian forward Leonardo Mainoldi (204-F-85) of Fuenlabrada. Mainoldi impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Fuenlabrada lost that game 73-79 to Assignia M. (2-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Mainoldi is one of the most experienced players at Fuenlabrada and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) of Real Madrid (#12). Reyes scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Reyes' great performance Real Madrid lost 82-86 to Bizkaia Bilbao (1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Real Madrid needs is to lose another game like this one. Their record is 1-1 now.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andy Panko (204-F-77) of Lagun Aro GBC - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85) of Caja Laboral - 24 points and 8 rebounds
6. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) of Unicaja - 20 points and 5 rebounds
7. Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) of CAI Zaragoza - 21 points and 7 rebounds
8. Carl English (192-G-81) of Cajasol - 25 points and 4 rebounds
9. James Augustine (208-F-84) of UCAM Murcia - 15 points and 10 rebounds
10. Spencer Nelson (203-F-80) of GC 2014 - 20 points and 5 rebounds

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


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Lleida 4-0 
 2. Granada 2-1 
 3. Girona 2-1 
 4. La Palma 2-1 
 5. Tenerife 2-1 
 6. Mallorca 2-1 
 7. Burgos 2-1 
 8. Caceres 2-1 
 9. Melilla 2-2 
 10. Breogan 2-2 
 11. Menorca 2-2 
 12. Clavijo 2-2 
 13. Palencia 2-2 
 14. Huesca 1-3 
 15. Leon 1-3 
 16. Navarra 1-3 
 17. CB Tarragona 1-3 
 18. Clinicas Rincon 0-3 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Aurteneche M. 2-0 
 2. Ourense 2-0 
 3. Barca Regal II 1-0 
 4. Coruna 1-0 
 5. Tenerife 1-0 
 6. Las Rozas 1-1 
 7. Prat Juventud 1-1 
 8. Andorra 0-1 
 9. Avila 0-1 
 10. Gandia Basquet 0-1 
 11. Oviedo CB 0-1 
 12. Plasencia 0-1 
 13. Lan Mobel ISB 0-2 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Jose Angel ANTELO
  Caceres
  (203-F/C-87)
  Avg: 21
 1. Antelo, Caceres21.0 
 2. DeVries, Melilla20.8 
 3. Bivia, Mallorca20.3 
 4. Phillip, Burgos18.7 
 5. Durley, Leon18.5 
 6. Narros, Navarra18.3 
 7. Witt, Clavijo18.0 
 8. Feldeine, Breogan17.8 
 9. Pino, Girona17.7 
 10. Knutson, Mallorca17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  Tenerife
  (204-C/F-83)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Donaldson, Tenerife10.7 
 2. Mortellaro, Leon10.3 
 3. Orfila, Huesca9.8 
 4. Williams, Caceres9.3 
 5. McNeil, Huesca8.8 
 6. Antelo, Caceres8.7 
 7. O''Leary, Palencia8.3 
 8. Diouf, Palencia8.3 
 9. Sikma, La Palma8.0 
 10. Lawal, Clavijo8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mathew WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Witt, Clavijo5.5 
 2. Jimenez, Menorca4.8 
 3. Rodriguez, Caceres4.7 
 4. Norris, Lleida4.3 
 5. Lopez, Burgos4.3 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca4.0 
 7. Bravo, Palencia3.8 
 8. Garrido, Palencia3.8 
 9. Ordin, Girona3.7 
 10. Arco, Melilla3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jeffrey XAVIER
  Palencia
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Xavier, Palencia4.8 
 2. Lopez, Granada3.0 
 3. Lopez, La Palma3.0 
 4. Bernabe, Leon2.8 
 5. Alonso, Mallorca2.7 
 6. Toledo, Burgos2.3 
 7. Otegui, Menorca2.3 
 8. Schaftenaar, La P.2.3 
 9. Guerra, Granada2.3 
 10. Diaz, La Palma2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Thomas COLEMAN
  Girona
  (205-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Coleman, Girona2.3 
 2. Diouf, Palencia1.5 
 3. Freimanis, Girona1.3 
 4. Mejeris, Clavijo1.3 
 5. Kuzmin, Clinicas.1.3 
 6. Green, Mallorca1.0 
 7. Santana, La Palma1.0 
 8. Ogide, Breogan1.0 
 9. Schreiber, CB Tarr.1.0 
 10. Moss, Palencia1.0 


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Stats Leaders - BasketEttan
Points Per Game
 John FITZGERALD
  Malbas
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 24
 1. Fitzgerald, Malbas24.0 
 2. Banks, Taby23.0 
 3. Johansson, Orongo22.0 
 4. Andersson, Eagles21.5 
 5. Bankhead Ba., Ho.21.5 
 6. Bergstrom, Black.20.0 
 7. Isaksson, Hogsbo20.0 
 8. Vukovic, Helsingbo.19.3 
 9. Nordin, Taby19.0 
 10. Merzoug, Eagles19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Samir ALI HUSSEIN
  LF Fu.
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 14
 1. Ali Hussein, LF Fu.14.0 
 2. Petkovski, Srbija13.3 
 3. Vukovic, Helsingbo.12.3 
 4. Flink, Helsingborg12.0 
 5. Hartmann, Akropol11.0 
 6. Bergstrom, Black.10.3 
 7. Robinson, Brahe B.9.7 
 8. Fitzgerald, Malbas9.5 
 9. Almstrand, Malbas9.0 
 10. Ferizi, Malbas9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Farzad NOURI
  Blackeberg
  (179-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Nouri, Blackeberg8.3 
 2. Banks, Taby7.5 
 3. Fitzgerald, Malbas7.0 
 4. Cedermarker, Srb.6.5 
 5. Wazzi, Nassjo5.7 
 6. Hultman-Boye, Hag.5.0 
 7. Perisic, Eagles5.0 
 8. Garcia, Hogsbo5.0 
 9. Ghebremeskel, Eag.5.0 
 10. Merzoug, Eagles4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Karim WAZZI
  Nassjo
  (173-PG-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Wazzi, Nassjo5.0 
 2. Fitzgerald, Malbas4.0 
 3. Karovic, Eos3.7 
 4. Cahilig, Brahe Bas.3.7 
 5. Ghebremeskel, Eag.3.7 
 6. Svensson, Solna B.3.5 
 7. Dawit, Fryshuset3.5 
 8. Nordin, Taby3.5 
 9. Hultman-Boye, Hag.3.5 
 10. Strazdauskas, Ho.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Joseph TAYLOR
  Eagles
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Taylor, Eagles3.0 
 2. Robinson, Brahe B.2.3 
 3. Nilsson, Orongo2.0 
 4. Ali Hussein, LF Fu.2.0 
 5. Bergstrom, Black.1.7 
 6. Fitzgerald, Malbas1.5 
 7. Tellwe, Hogsbo1.5 
 8. Nordin, Taby1.5 
 9. Lindberg, Taby1.5 
 10. Hartmann, Akropol1.3 


Haga Haninge returns Urban Soderman - by Eurobasket News
Urban Soderman (206-C-76, college: Eckerd) will play for Haga Haninge this season. The Swedish big guy rejoined the club where he played since 2008. Last season Soderman had 8.4 ppg and 8 rpg for them in 9 games. He spent just few months with the club. In 2008/09, Soderman shined with 16 ppg and 9.7 rpg for 12 games in Basketettan. Urban Soderman also has experience from Basketligan. He played for Akropol, Uppsala and Solna in the past. In 2006/07 with Akropol BBK Soderman had 14 ppg and 6.1 rpg for 16 games. He won the title with Solna in 2003. Urban Soderman is a product of Eckert College (NCAA2), where he graduated ten years ago.

Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 3-0 
 2. Uppsala 3-0 
 3. LF Basket 2-1 
 4. Sundsvall 2-1 
 5. 08 1-1 
 6. Boras 1-2 
 7. Jamtland 1-2 
 8. Sodertalje 1-2 
 9. Eco Orebro 0-2 
 10. Solna 0-3 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Evaldas ZABAS
  Jamtland
  (188-PG-88)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Zabas, Jamtland24.7 
 2. Watt, Eco Orebro21.0 
 3. Palm, Boras21.0 
 4. Mbemba, LF Basket21.0 
 5. McDowell, Solna20.7 
 6. Zamroz, Boras19.3 
 7. Akesson, 0819.0 
 8. Carter, Uppsala18.0 
 9. Smith, Sodertalje17.3 
 10. McKnight, Boras17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Demond WATT
  Eco Orebro
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 13
 1. Watt, Eco Orebro13.0 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.12.7 
 3. Lalugba, Jamtland9.7 
 4. Johnson, Uppsala9.5 
 5. Palm, Boras9.0 
 6. Akesson, 088.5 
 7. Jukes, Solna8.3 
 8. McDowell, Solna8.3 
 9. Simms, Sodertalje8.0 
 10. Ramsey, LF Basket7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket9.3 
 2. Carter, Uppsala7.5 
 3. Krayem, Boras6.0 
 4. Hellgren, Jamtland6.0 
 5. Nagwere, 084.5 
 6. Mitchell, Norrkopi.4.3 
 7. Eriksson, Uppsala4.0 
 8. Licartovsky, Eco O.4.0 
 9. Lalugba, Jamtland3.7 
 10. Beck, Solna3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Smith, Sodertalje4.0 
 2. Watt, Eco Orebro4.0 
 3. Mbemba, LF Basket3.7 
 4. Pleick, Eco Orebro3.0 
 5. Zabas, Jamtland3.0 
 6. Johnson, Sundsvall2.7 
 7. Ermolinskij, Sunds.2.7 
 8. Carter, Uppsala2.5 
 9. Mitchell, Norrkopi.2.3 
 10. McDowell, Solna2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Demond WATT
  Eco Orebro
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Watt, Eco Orebro3.0 
 2. Ramsey, LF Basket2.3 
 3. Johnson, Uppsala2.0 
 4. Simms, Sodertalje2.0 
 5. Lalugba, Jamtland1.7 
 6. Doychinov, Solna1.3 
 7. Odada, 081.0 
 8. Drains, Norrkoping1.0 
 9. Klaric, Jamtland1.0 
 10. Gregory, Sundsvall1.0 


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


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  TPBL   


TPBL HOSTING the West Tx Shoot Out Pro/Am - by Chris Cardenas
WEST TX SHOOT OUT PRO/AM basketball tournament will be a great event to start off the holiday seasons! To help celebrate its 12th anniversary season the TPBL wants to invite all teams/players out to SAN ANGELO TX to showcase the talent our state has to offer. Here are the details for the shoot out:

WHEN : NOV 12 (13 if nec) , WHERE: San Angelo, Tx, ENTRY: $250 , $1000 1st place cash prize, FORMAT: double elimination. Deadline : NOV 5.
Call Chris : 325 374 2910

COMING SUMMER OF 2012 : WOMENS TPBL DIVISION


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TB2L: Start of the new season - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in TB2L started last weekend.

Optimum TED - TED Istanbul 77-59
The game was mostly controlled by Optimum TED. TED Istanbul managed to win third quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Nezih Ozbakir (206-80) stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Nigerian-Canadian swingman Olumuyiwa Famutimi (198-84, college: Arkansas) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American center Bruce Brown (213-83, college: Hampton) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Vasfi Volkan Basaran (201-81) scored 14 points.
Top scorers:
TED Istanbul: V.Volkan Basaran 14+4reb+1ast, C.Uzun 10+3reb+3ast, B.Brown 10+11reb+2ast, A.Demirhan 8+3reb+2ast, M.Baras 7+1reb+1ast, S.Tulek 7+1reb
Optimum TED: N.Ozbakir 17+9reb+1ast, O.Famutimi 15+8reb+2ast, C.Amasyali 10+1reb+1ast, I.Turel 8+2reb+2ast, O.Orcun Goellu 6+1reb+2ast, H.Yapar 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 136856


Gelisim - Vestel 54-59
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 14-10. But Gelisim won second period 13-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vestel forced 22 Gelisim turnovers. American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) stepped up and scored 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and forward Hadi Ozdemir (203-83) chipped in 5 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side center Kaan Isbilen (205-83) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Sertay Gursu (195-87, agency: EM-PA) scored 6 points and 9 rebounds. Gelisim's coach Deniz Atak rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Gelisim: K.Isbilen 12+8reb+1ast, O.Onver 11+4reb+1ast, D.Vaughn Washington 8+7reb, S.Gursu 6+9reb+2ast, E.Ozpulat 6+6reb+2ast, S.Mentese 5+3reb+1ast
Vestel: J.Carter 19+9reb+1ast, S.Topcu 9+2reb+2ast, S.Yavuz 8+3reb+3ast, C.Erdogan 8+2reb+2ast, H.Ozdemir 5+8reb+3ast, U.Yenice 5+4reb
gschID: 136857


Istanbul B.B. - Tire Gucu 91-67
The game without a history. Istanbul B.B. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Guard Sezgin Eris (185-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners and center Cihan Mumcuogullari (207-83, college: Concordia, MI, agency: 1x1 Sports) chipped in 24 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Five Istanbul B.B. players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Tyrus Boswell (202-78, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: EM-PA) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Ali Bektas (-91) scored 13 points.
Top scorers:
Tire Gucu: T.Boswell 16+9reb+2ast, A.Bektas 13+2reb+1ast, U.Oguz 10+5reb, V.Incekara 9+2reb+3ast, M.Olcay 6+3reb+2ast, O.Yildirim 6+2reb+1ast
Istanbul B.B.: C.Mumcuogullari 24+4reb+1ast, R.Dogrusoez 18+5reb+2ast, S.Eris 13+6reb+11ast, M.Kolaric 11+4reb+1ast, U.Ozyildirim 10+1reb, E.Ismailoglu 9+1reb
gschID: 136858


Darussafaka - Pamukkale 65-74
The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 49-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Feyzi Celebioglu (-88) stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 assists for the winners and American forward Matthew Pilgrim (203-87, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side guard Can Korkmaz (187-92, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 14 points and point guard Yunus Sonsirma (192-92) scored 11 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: C.Korkmaz 14+4reb+2ast, Y.Sonsirma 11+2reb+2ast, G.Sunter 10+1reb, M.Baygul 10+2reb, D.Sonmez 8+4reb, M.Turen 3+2reb
Pamukkale: F.Celebioglu 20+4reb+8ast, G.Senol 15+2reb+3ast, C.Turan 12+5reb+1ast, M.Pilgrim 11+9reb+1ast, B.Sasmaz 8+5reb+2ast, I.Esmeray 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 136850


Pertevniyal - Baskent Genclik 72-95
Baskent Genclik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Pertevniyal's players. American center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St., agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Melih Sevda (200-78) chipped in 23 points. At the losing side Burak Can responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds and swingman Tayfun Erulku (188-94) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Four Baskent Genclik and five Pertevniyal players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Pertevniyal: T.Erulku 15+4reb+4ast, B.Can 14+16reb, R.Tekin 12+5reb, C.Osman 11+2reb, O.Sancakli 10+4reb, S.Yikilmaz 6+1ast
Baskent Genclik: M.Gray 29+15reb+5ast, M.Sevda 23+4reb+2ast, H.Uskuplu 10+6reb+2ast, A.Yolcu 10+1reb+6ast, V.Ertetik 8+2reb+5ast, R.Ozturk 6+3reb
gschID: 136851


Akhisar Bld - Gaziantep 69-65
American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) stepped up and scored 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Levent Demirci (190-76) chipped in 12 points and 8 assists. Akhisar Bld's coach Zafer Aktas used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side guard Serhat Ugur (192-85) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Antabia Waller (188-88, college: Auburn) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Despite that victory Akhisar Bld went down to first position due to points difference, which they share with 9 other teams.
Top scorers:
Gaziantep: A.Waller 18+5reb+1ast, S.Ugur 17+6reb+2ast, H.Dogan 9+6reb+1ast, U.Durmus 7+4reb+1ast, M.Ademoglu 4+4reb, S.Ugrasan 4+2reb+1ast
Akhisar Bld: T.Nelson 25+8reb+2ast, L.Demirci 12+2reb+8ast, G.Esmer 10+5reb+2ast, M.Eken 9+3reb+2ast, O.Bugra Dag 5+1reb, E.Elhan 3+5reb
gschID: 136852


Balikesir - Genc Telekom 58-60
Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-84, agency: TSS Management) stepped up and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and forward Mustafa Goerur (204-88) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Charles Jackson (203-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Court Side) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Orbay Kaya (205-82) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Balikesir: C.Jackson 15+6reb+1ast, O.Kaya 14+5reb+1ast, Y.Akcay 7+5reb+1ast, A.Uruk 5+1reb+1ast, S.Akyol 5+3reb+2ast, D.Tokmak 4+3reb+1ast
Genc Telekom: N.Delic 20+6reb, M.Goerur 13+6reb, H.Avci 11+6reb, R.Rizvanoglu 5+5reb+6ast, T.Dikmen 5+4reb, S.Ekmen 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 136853


Usak - Orman Genc 90-89 OT2
The hosts were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They eventually won a double-overtime period 24-23. Orman Genc was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Dijuan Harris (175-86, college: Charlotte, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment) nailed 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winning side and forward Nikolay Pastal (202-83) accounted for 15 points and 15 rebounds. Harris is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Arif Erhan Kocamis (196-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Adam Constantine (206-88, college: Elon, agency: Strategic Sports) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Orman Genc in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Orman Genc: E.Bozkurt 14+4reb+1ast, S.Ozgur 13+2reb+1ast, A.Denk 12+2reb+1ast, A.Constantine 12+11reb, A.Erhan Kocamis 11+10reb+6ast, M.Tachi 9+3reb+1ast
Usak: D.Harris 33+5reb+2ast, N.Pastal 15+15reb+1ast, E.Algin 15+6reb+2ast, M.Erol 12+6reb, E.Arikan 5+1reb, A.Turgut 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 136854


Maliye Milli - Final Genclik 95-88
Final Genclik was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 27-18 charge of Maliye Milli, which allowed them to win the game. Maliye Milli shot 35 for 48 from the free-throw line, while Final Genclik only scored nineteen points from the stripe. Final Genclik was plagued by 36 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Firat Aydemir (187-80) stepped up and scored 26 points for the winners and swingman Melih Kabakci (200-82) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Erdem Ilter (-90) responded with 21 points and 8 assists and American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Final Genclik: E.Ilter 21+1reb+8ast, C.Tate 13+8reb+1ast, M.Esen 12+1reb+2ast, O.Aksoy 11+5reb, O.Okkali 8+7reb+3ast, U.Yilmaz 7+3reb
Maliye Milli: F.Aydemir 26+3reb+2ast, S.Mustafa Karamanlier 13+4reb, M.Kabakci 13+5reb+1ast, A.Johnson 12+3reb, B.Cinar 9+1reb, U.Turkoglu 8+6reb
gschID: 136855


Istanbulspor - Selcuk Univ. 66-76
The game was mostly controlled by Selcuk Universitesi. Istanbulspor was better in second period 8-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Erdem Turetken (199-79, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and American guard Henry Antwan Dobie (183-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Four Selcuk Universitesi players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Serhat Gunes (206-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and forward Goekberk Naldoeven (190-82) scored 9 points.
Top scorers:
Istanbulspor: A.Kan 11+1reb+1ast, T.Barnies 10+3reb, S.Gunes 10+13reb+2ast, G.Naldoeven 9+4reb+3ast, O.Er 7+9reb, O.Surucu 7+1reb+4ast
Selcuk Univ.: H.Antwan Dobie 13+3reb+4ast, E.Turetken 12+8reb, O.Unver 12+2reb, M.Ufuk Kacar 11+3reb+3ast, M.Gucyetmez 8+4reb, M.Okay 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 136849




Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
 1. Akhisar Bld 1-0 
 2. Baskent Genclik 1-0 
 3. Genc Telekom 1-0 
 4. Istanbul B.B. 1-0 
 5. Maliye Milli 1-0 
 6. Pamukkale 1-0 
 7. Selcuk Univ. 1-0 
 8. Usak 1-0 
 9. Vestel 1-0 
 10. Final Genclik 1-1 
 11. Optimum TED 1-1 
 12. Balikesir 0-1 
 13. Darussafaka 0-1 
 14. Gaziantep 0-1 
 15. Gelisim 0-1 
 16. Istanbulspor 0-1 
 17. Orman Genc 0-1 
 18. Pertevniyal 0-1 
 19. TED Istanbul 0-1 
 20. Tire Gucu 0-1 


TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Dijuan HARRIS
  Usak
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 33
 1. Harris, Usak33.0 
 2. Gray, Baskent29.0 
 3. Aydemir, Maliye Mi.26.0 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld25.0 
 5. Mumcuogullar., Ist.24.0 
 6. Sevda, Baskent23.0 
 7. Delic, Genc Telekom20.0 
 8. Celebioglu, Pamukk.20.0 
 9. Carter, Vestel19.0 
 10. Waller, Gaziantep18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Burak CAN
  Pertevniyal
  (--)
  Avg: 16
 1. Can, Pertevniyal16.0 
 2. Pastal, Usak15.0 
 3. Gray, Baskent15.0 
 4. Karabulut, Orman G.15.0 
 5. Gunes, Istanbulsp.13.0 
 6. Constantine, Orman11.0 
 7. Brown, TED I.11.0 
 8. Yilmaz, Pamukkale10.0 
 9. Kocamis, Orman G.10.0 
 10. Boswell, Tire Gucu9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sezgin ERIS
  Istanbul B.B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Eris, Istanbul B.B.11.0 
 2. Celebioglu, Pamukk.8.0 
 3. Tutuncu, Maliye Mi.8.0 
 4. Demirci, Akhisar B.8.0 
 5. Ilter, Final Gencl.7.5 
 6. Aydin, Selcuk Univ.6.0 
 7. Yolcu, Baskent6.0 
 8. Kocamis, Orman G.6.0 
 9. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.6.0 
 10. Ertetik, Basken.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew PILGRIM
  Pamukkale
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Pilgrim, Pamukkale7.0 
 2. Harris, Usak6.0 
 3. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.5.0 
 4. Dogrusoez, Istanb.3.0 
 5. Mentese, Gelisim3.0 
 6. Goerur, Genc T.3.0 
 7. Okkali, Final Genc.3.0 
 8. Yildirim, Tire Gucu2.0 
 9. Unver, Selcuk Univ.2.0 
 10. Nelson, Akhisar B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyrus BOSWELL
  Tire Gucu
  (202-F/C-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Boswell, Tire Gucu3.0 
 2. Yildirim, Tire Gucu2.0 
 3. Ozdemir, Vestel2.0 
 4. Johnson, Maliye Mi.2.0 
 5. Kaplan, Gaziantep1.0 
 6. Yener, Orman Genc1.0 
 7. Nelson, Akhisar Bld1.0 
 8. Bayrak, TED I.1.0 
 9. Aydin, Selcuk Univ.1.0 
 10. Delic, Genc Telek.1.0 


Fenerbahce Ulker loses cup fight against Galatasaray in second overtime - by Pervin Elgin
In the 27th Presidential Cup, Fenerbahce Ulker Basketball Team was defeated by Galatasaray in an excited match that took two overtime periods to produce a winner. Galatasaray came out on top: 97-103.

In the first period both teams refused to allow their opponent to create a gap. After five minutes of play the scores were level, 11-11, and at the end of the period was only slightly superior: 19-21. In the second period, Ulker lost grip and soon fell behind 21-28. Oguz Savas, Emir Preldzic and Bojan Bogdanovics managed to reduce the difference to 4 points, 29-33. After some mutual baskets Omer Onan's scores from the free throw line levelled the scores again, and at the halftime buzzer Ulker even took the lead: 39-38.

In the second half of the match both teams were well-matched again: 44-44 with 22 minutes played. After that, Ulker went ahead with 48-44, but suddenly lost their offensive effectiveness. Galatasaray took control and finished the third period with a 54-58 lead. In the fourth period Fener set things straight quickly, levelling the scores again: 61-61 after 35 minutes of playing time. A three point score by Bogdanovics brought a victory within grasp, 70-63, but this time it was Galatasaray that came back strong: 74-74 with one minute of playtime left. In the final minute both teams managed to score without producing a winner: 78-78 at the final buzzer.

In the first overitime period no team succeeded in creating a gap. Ulker team went ahead again in the last minute, 85-84, but Galatasaray grabbed a draw with a free throw: 85-85. In the second overtime period it was Galatasaray that finally managed to create a gap. Shumpert scored six points: 87-93. Ulker's Ukic and Omer produces three point scores, reducing the difference to two, 97-99, but Ender's foul shots Andric's were too much for Ulker, resulting in a 97-103 defeat.




Marquise Gray number one in TB2L for round 1 - by Eurobasket News
American center Marquise Gray (206-C-86, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) put on an extraordinary performance for second-ranked Baskent Genclik, receiving a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed Pertevniyal with 23-point margin 95-72.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Dijuan Harris (175-G-86, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment) of Usak. Harris had a very good evening with 33 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Usak to edge Orman Genc in overtime 90-89. Former University of North Carolina - Charlotte star Harris is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) of Akhisar Bld. Nelson scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Akhisar Bld, leading his team to a 69-65 win against Gaziantep.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Firat Aydemir (187-G-80) of Maliye Milli - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Nikolay Pastal (202-F-83) of Usak - 15 points and 15 rebounds
6. Feyzi Celebioglu (88) of Pamukkale - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Sezgin Eris (185-G-85) of Istanbul B.B. - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Bruce Brown (213-C-83) of TED Istanbul - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Cihan Mumcuogullari (207-C-83) of Istanbul B.B. - 24 points and 4 rebounds
10. Recep Dogrusoez (86) of Istanbul B.B. - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Syracuse Season Preview - by David Edole
Why they'll win it all: Syracuse has all the pieces this season. The Orange have veteran leadership, an influx of youth, versatile forwards, capable shooters and, of course, the 2-3 zone defense. Scoop Jardine and Kris Joseph are two of the best players in the country at their respective positions, and both have the experience of being to two Sweet 16s. Jim Boeheim knows how to win in the NCAA tournament, and has a national title under his belt.

Why they might fall short: Gone is double-double machine Rick Jackson, who led the Big East in rebounds and blocked shots. Inconsistent sophomores Fab Melo and Baye Moussa Keita need to step up and replace him. The Orange also dont have a legitimate go-to-guy who has proven he can make shots at the end of the shot clock or game clock on a consistent basis. Moreover, the outside shooting needs to improve.

Who's new: Rakeem Christmas (206-C/F-91) and Michael Carter -- Williams were both McDonalds All-Americans, while Trevor Cooney played on the U-18 National Team in 2010. Christmas is a big-time shot-blocker; Carter-Williams is long and has deep range on his jumper; and Cooney is a consistent jump-shooter.

Player they can't afford to lose: Jardine is the vocal leader on the court and in the locker room for the Orange, and he is also the one player on the roster who can consistently create his own shot off the bounce. He led the Big East in assists last season, and the team struggles when Jardine is getting stifled at the point of attack. When Jardine is consistent and under control, he provides a different dimension for Syracuse.

Most underrated player: Triche is beginning to get recognition as a vital player in the Orange attack, but C.J. Fair is flying under the radar as a potential breakout prospect. The lefty forward has a deadly mid-range game and spent the offseason working on his perimeter game. If he can knock down shots from 3-point range with consistency, he has the potential to be a matchup problem. Fair attacks the rim well and is athletic in the lane. In the four games he logged more than 30 minutes, Fair averaged 13.0 points and 7.3 rebounds. Expect numbers like that this season.

Non-conference schedule: 12/2 vs. Florida; 12/17 at North Carolina State

Notable stat: In the eight seasons since Syracuse won a national title with Carmelo Anthony, the Orange have made the NCAA tournament six times. However, they have not advanced past the Sweet 16, despite being a top-four seed on four separate occasions.

Final thought: On paper, Syracuse might not have as much talent as North Carolina or Kentucky, or the star power of Ohio State or Connecticut. The Orange, though, are as deep as they have been in years and have a trio of veterans to lead the way in the locker room. The key this season will be the maturation of the sophomores. C.J. Fair has to take on a bigger role, while Baye Keita and Fab Melo need to be factors down low. Dion Waiters is the key; he needs to stay focused and be the explosive offensive player he has the potential to be. Throw in the 2-3 zone defense that causes fits for most opponents, and Syracuse is undoubtedly a threat to win the title.

By Jeff Borzello
CBSSports.com College Basketball Insider


#66 Murray State Racers: College Basketball 111 in 111 - by David Edole
Welcome to The Sports Banks second annual college basketball season preview series. Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days. This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days. We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order. Well break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The Murray State Racers won their second straight Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship last year, but were upset in the Semifinals of the OVC Tournament and missed out on the leagues automatic bid into the Big Dance. New head coach Steve Prohm has the pieces needed to cut down both sets of nets this March.

MURRAY STATE RACERS
Last Season: 1st, 14-4 in OVC, 23-9 overall
Predicted OVC Finish: 1st

Projected Depth Chart
F/C: Ivan Aska (200-F-90) (Sr)/Harley Nussman (Fr)
F: Edward Daniel (Jr)/Brandon Garrett (Jr)
G/F: Donte Poole (Sr)/Latreze Mushatt (Jr)/Tyler Rambo (Fr)
G: Jewuan Long (Sr)/Stacy Wilson (Jr)
G: Isaiah Canaan (Jr)/Jaylen Blend (Fr)/Zay Jackson (Fr)

Gone: G-B.J. Jenkins, G-Isaac Miles, F/C-Jeffery McClain, C-Shawn Jackson (transfer- NW Florida CC), SF-Chris Griffin (transfer)

2011-2012 Outlook:
Prohm takes over for Billy Kennedy who left this off-season to become the head coach at Texas A&M. He inherits a roster that has experience in the starting line-up but several newcomers who will compete for minutes off the bench.

Last years leading scorer Isaiah Canaan returns for the Racers. He will need to take over the leadership role in the backcourt and become more of a distributor this year. Freshmen Jaylen Blend and Zay Jackson will battle it out for the back-up job.

Jewuan Long and Donte Poole were key reserves last season and now likely step into the starting line-up on the wing. UMKC transfer Latreze Mushatt will also push for a starting spot and brings more size to the wing than the 6-1 Long and 6-3 Poole. Mushatt started 28 games and averaged 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds per game in his last season at UMKC. JUCO transfer Stacy Wilson and freshman Tyler Rambo add more depth on the wing.

The Racers picked up a key transfer this off-season in Dexter Fields of UAB. He must sit out this season though per NCAA transfer rules but will be an asset in practice.

There isnt a ton of size in the frontcourt as only two players stand taller than 6-7. Ivan Aska returns to the starting line-up where he will likely be joined by Edward Daniel. Both players are springy and make up for their lack of size with their tremendous work ethic. Brandon Garrett played sparingly last season will need to take on a bigger role off the bench. 6-10 freshman Harly Nussman adds some needed size to the frontcourt but does not possess a high skill level.

Murray State has relied on their depth and balance the past two seasons, but unless the newcomers on the bench acclimate themselves sooner than expected, the starters will be asked on to carry the bulk of the load this season. Still, the Racers are without question the team to beat in the OVC.

Player to Watch: Ivan Aska
The former OVC Freshman of the Year saw his scoring numbers take a surprising dip last season. After averaging 10.3 points per game in each of his first two years with the Racers, that number dropped to 7.6. Part of the reason was due to a slight cutback on his playing time but also because his field goal percentage went from 58.8% as a sophomore to 45.8% as a junior. With a lack of experience in the frontcourt, Aska must take on a bigger role especially as a scorer.

Key Non-Conference Games:
11/20 at UAB
11/26 vs. New Mexico State/Central Michigan/Southern Miss/UC-Irvine (Great Alaska Shootout)
12/4 vs. Dayton
12/10 or 11 at Memphis




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Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Cincinnati S. 0-0 
 2. NK Swish 0-0 
 3. S.Ohio K. 0-0 
 4. Seven Hills F. 0-0 
 5. Sharonville F. 0-0 
Northern
 1. Buckeye B. 0-0 
 2. Cleveland R. 0-0 
 3. Midwest M. 0-0 
 4. Ohio R. 0-0 
 5. SE Hoopstars 0-0 
Southern
 1. Atlanta A. 0-0 
 2. Georgia L. 0-0 
 3. GIE Morrow D. 0-0 
 4. Nashville M. 0-0 
 5. S.Generals 0-0 
 6. Tennessee D. 0-0 
Western
 1. Austin K. 0-0 
 2. C.Texas C. 0-0 
 3. Cleveland H. 0-0 
 4. DFW Warriors 0-0 
 5. Houston E. 0-0 
Traveling Teams
 1. Dallas Stars 0-0 
 2. Queen City G. 0-0 


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 3-0 
 2. Hoverla