EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/2/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Maccabi defeat Krka in opening game - by Zeljko Zule
Euroleague runner-up Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Krka, 83-68, in the opening game of the 11th Adriatic League season. Israeli team quickly gained control of the game to take a 25-13 lead after the first quarter. All 12 players scored for Maccabi and 10 also contributed at least one rebound. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) finished with game high 18 points on shooting 7-of-8 from the field and Devin Smith and Jordan Farmar scored 15 points, both. Maccabi made a 12-3 run early in the final period to take a largest lead of the game, 76-58. Krka commited 20 turnovers, but outrebounded Maccabi 33-28. Jerome Jordan was the only scorer in double figures with 15 points.


Maccabi Clinches First Place in Adriatic League With 83:68 Premiere Over Krka - by David Pick
So (foklis) Far, So Good - With a positive 4-0 exhibition record, six-new faces on its player roster including one NBA champion, Jordan Farmar, Maccabi Tel-Aviv officially kicked off the 2011/12 season with an 83:68 Adriatic league debut over Krka Novo Mesto. Greek legend Thodoros Papaloukas injured his knee in practice and didnt suit up but is expected to play on Monday against Lasko.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis was superb for Maccabi, running up and down the court with ease, scoring a game high 18 points. Jordan Farmar and Devin Smith each had 11 and Yogev Ohayon with 6-steals played a fantastic game adding 8 points to his stat sheet. Jerome Jordan 15, Curtis Stinson and Jure Balazic added 9 each for Krka.

Maccabi's NBA star Jordan Farmar commented, 'We still have to adjust and learn how to play with each other but as of now we're doing fine and playing well. We're taking it day by day working on things we need to improve from game to game. I'm not looking into the future, right now I'm with Maccabi, I love my teammates, love my coaching staff and for now I'm here to stay.'

Assistant coach Guy Goodes added, 'We came in here and beat the Slovenian champs on their home court which is a tough thing to accomplish. Overall I'm very pleased, throughout the game we had some better moments and some worse, and we'll try and learn from them for the future. It's still very early in the season and guys are trying to learn one another's game. Theo didnt play tonight because he hurt his knee yesterday in practice.'

Maccabi 83 Krka 68

Maccabi immediately led from tip-off giving Krka no chance of ever coming close throughout the entire game. After an easy 5:0, and 16:7 advantages, Maccabi took a trouble-free 25:13 first-quarter lead. The second-period was a continuation of the prior one as the Israelis took a, 42:32, comfortable half time lead. The yellow-and-blue men increased their lead by the end of the third to, 64:51, however, 43-second earlier, the former Duke Blue Devils champion Jon Scheyer took the parquet floor for the first time wearing a yellow uniform scoring two-free throws. The final period was an ongoing garbage time as Krka never really endangered the Israeli champs, the final score board showed an, 83:68, guest win.

Tal Burstein and Shawn James each scored 8, Lior Eliyahu 5, Guy Pnini and Milan Macvan 4, Jon Scheyer, David Blu and Richard Hendrix each added a bucket.

Coach Blatt and his men will stay in Slovenia for Monday's game against Zlatorog Lasko and will return to Israel Tuesday afternoon, flight OS857. Come Thursday, Cibona Zagreb will arrive at the Nokia Arena as Jordan Farmar, Thodoros Papaloukas, Jon Scheyer and the rest of the yellow-and-blue clan make their first season appearance in front of Maccabi's 11,000 roaring supporters.

For more Israeli basketball updates follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd




Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Buducnost 0-0 
 2. Cedevita 0-0 
 3. Cibona 0-0 
 4. FMP 0-0 
 5. Helios 0-0 
 6. Hemofarm 0-0 
 7. KK Zagreb CO 0-0 
 8. Krka 0-0 
 9. Maccabi T-A 0-0 
 10. Partizan 0-0 
 11. Radnicki 0-0 
 12. Siroki TT 0-0 
 13. Union Olimpija 0-0 
 14. Zlatorog 0-0 


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  ANGOLA   


Season begins - by Antonio Santos
After do not qualify for the Olympiques Games for the 1st time Angola Federation and team are preparing the 2011/2012 basketball season.

Petro, the championship team keep is main players and coach. They only sign Abdel Gomes a big guy that help inside and give a better rotation.

1 de Agosto, the former champions sign a new coach after coach Luis Magalhes didntt want to stay for his 5th season. They sign a well know and a winner in Angola coach, Mrio Palma. They also sign 3 very good players. Leonel Paulo, F and Domingos Bonifcio, G, both National team players and Reggie Moore, PF, that is a veteran in Angola.

Inter, hes trying to move up on the final stands. They sign Milton Barros, G, a national team player, and Helder King, C, They also sign 2 imports, Matt Shaw, PF, MVP of the Portuguese Championship and Kevin Goffney, G/F, that play last season in Poland.

Libolo lost several players, Leonel Paulo, Domingos Bonifcio, Milton Barros and Reggie Moore. They need to rebuild the team and as far as we know they will sign 2 imports players. Their names will announced soon.


Season begins - by Antonio Santos
After do not qualify for the Olympiques Games for the 1st time Angola Federation and team are preparing the 2011/2012 basketball season.

Petro, the championship team keep is main players and coach. They only sign Abdel Gomes a big guy that help inside and give a better rotation.

1 de Agosto, the former champions sign a new coach after coach Luis Magalhes didntt want to stay for his 5th season. They sign a well know and a winner in Angola coach, Mrio Palma. They also sign 3 very good players. Leonel Paulo, F and Domingos Bonifcio, G, both National team players and Reggie Moore, PF, that is a veteran in Angola.

Inter, hes trying to move up on the final stands. They sign Milton Barros, G, a national team player, and Helder King, C, They also sign 2 imports, Matt Shaw, PF, MVP of the Portuguese Championship and Kevin Goffney, G/F, that play last season in Poland.

Libolo lost several players, Leonel Paulo, Domingos Bonifcio, Milton Barros and Reggie Moore. They need to rebuild the team and as far as we know they will sign 2 imports players. Their names will announced soon.



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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA: Round 3 review - by Eurobasket News
After 3 rounds played we can already see who rules in the LigaA and who belongs to weaker ones. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.


San Mart.C. - Libertad S. 64-65


A very close game took place in Corrientes between Libertad Sunchales and San Martin Corrientes. Fourth ranked Libertad Sunchales (2-1) got a very close victory on the road over bottom-ranked San Martin Corrientes (0-3). Libertad Sunchales managed to escape with a 1-point win 65-64 on Friday evening. San Martin Corrientes was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was guard Marcos Saglietti (189-86) who scored 17 points. American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 8 points and 6 rebounds. Libertad Sunchales' coach Fabio Demti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Fabian Ramirez (197-90) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Quilmes MP and Lanus. Libertad Sunchales will meet Sionista (#5) in the next round. San Martin Corrientes will play against the league's second-placed Quimsa in Santiado Estero and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: M.Saglietti 17+4reb+1ast, J.Treise 8+2reb+3ast, R.Battle 8+6reb, J.Pittman 7+3reb, A.Alloatti 6+3reb+1ast, S.Johnson 6+4reb+1ast
San Mart.C.: W.McFarlan 19+10reb, F.Ramirez 9+6reb+2ast, A.Carabajal 9+4reb+1ast, R.Davis 8+4reb+3ast, L.Victoriano 7+2reb+5ast, H.Rollins 5+5reb
gschID: 136240


Olimpico LB - La Union 77-73

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 6th ranked La Union (1-3) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Olimpico de La Banda (1-2) 77-73 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But La Union won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. La Union was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for power forward Cristian Amicucci (201-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Puerto Rican forward Alexander David Galindo (198-85, college: FIU) helped adding 11 points. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds and American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Olimpico de La Banda left bottom position moving up to sixth place. It was La Union's third loss in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. La Union will play against the league's leader Atenas in Cordoba.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: C.Amicucci 15+14reb+1ast, E.Villares 14+1ast, A.David Galindo 11+3reb+1ast, M.Ibarra 8+1reb+1ast, C.Romero 7+2reb+2ast, F.Malara 7+6reb+2ast
La Union: G.Mikulas 14+17reb+1ast, J.DeGroat 14+5reb+1ast, A.Marin 10+5reb, D.Farabello 8+3reb+2ast, I.Young 7+2reb, A.Pau 7+1ast
gschID: 136241


Atenas - Regatas C. 78-75

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Atenas as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Atenas edged second-best Regatas Corrientes in Cordoba 78-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Regatas Corrientes. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 22-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Panamanian-Spanish power forward Ruben Garces (206-73, college: Providence, agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Facundo Sucatzky (176-72) helped adding 9 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Diego Cavaco (200-79) with 19 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Four Atenas and five Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Atenas have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Regatas Corrientes at the other side keeps the second place with one game lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Regatas Corrientes will play next round against Olimpico de La Banda trying to get back on the winning streak. Atenas will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked La Union in Formosa.
Top scorers:
Atenas: R.Garces 17+12reb, M.Garcia 14+1reb+2ast, M.Gerlero 12+2reb, J.Manuel Rivero 10+2ast, F.Sucatzky 9+3reb+7ast, M.Melvin 7+4reb
Regatas C.: D.Cavaco 19+3reb+2ast, N.Romano 15+1reb, J.Martinez 13+4reb+4ast, R.Stanton 13+2reb, P.Quinteros 10+2reb+2ast, L.Roe 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 136243


Boca Jrs - Wuber-Est.Bahia 87-73

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Wuber-Est.Bahia (2-1) in Buenos Aires. Visitors were defeated by Boca Juniors (3-0) 87-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Wuber-Est.Bahia. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Boca Juniors. Wuber-Est.Bahia was better in fourth quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Larry OBannon (194-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 27 points for the winning side. Five Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. International guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists and American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) added 22 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Wuber-Est.Bahia in the defeat. Boca Juniors have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record. Wuber-Est.Bahia at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Boca Juniors will play against Penarol (#4) in Mar del Plata in the next round. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play on the road against the league's second-placed GECR Indalo in Comodoro R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: L.OBannon 27+1reb, M.Stanic 18+10reb+4ast, A.Diez 13+7reb+3ast, D.Alston 11+10reb+1ast, J.Brussino 10+1reb+1ast, M.Fierro 3+1reb+5ast
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Meyinsse 22+11reb, J.Mojica 18+6reb+1ast, J.Ignacio Sanchez 17+7reb+10ast, R.Sanchez 7+4reb+2ast, M.Gaynor 4+1reb, J.Espil 2+3reb
gschID: 136244


Lanus - Obras 58-64

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Buenos Aires: Obras (#6) and Lanus (#7). Lanus was defeated at home 58-64 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lanus won third quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Obras had a 25-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Obras especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Lanus helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Pablo Espinoza (195-87) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winners. Guard Nicolas Laprovitola (191-90) answered with 26 points and 5 assists and naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (196-82) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lanus. Obras (2-2) moved-up to fifth place. Lanus at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Obras' next round opponent will be Quilmes MP (#8) in Mar del Plata. Lanus will play at home against Club 9 in Rio Tercero and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Gutierrez 15+9reb+1ast, P.Espinoza 15+6reb, J.Mazzaro 13+3reb+1ast, T.Field 6+6reb, A.Konsztatd 5+1reb, J.Maye 5+2reb+1ast
Lanus: N.Laprovitola 26+3reb+5ast, A.Boccia 8+5reb+2ast, D.Guaita 7, T.Taylor 6+4reb+2ast, J.Pablo Cantero 4+1reb, J.Levy 4+5reb
gschID: 136237


GECR Indalo - Penarol 108-82

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Penarol (2-1) against sixth ranked GECR Indalo (2-1) on Friday night. Visiting Penarol was crushed by GECR Indalo in Comodoro R. 108-82. The game was mostly controlled by GECR Indalo. Penarol was better in fourth quarter 29-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. GECR Indalo shot 29 for 45 from the free-throw line, while Penarol only scored twelve points from the stripe. They outrebounded Penarol 41-27 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Penarol was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Fernando Funes (193-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 5 rebounds. American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) helped adding 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) with 19 points and American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. GECR Indalo moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Penarol. GECR Indalo will face Wuber-Est.Bahia (#3) in Bahia Blanca in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Penarol will play on the road against the league's leader Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: I.Ofoegbu 19+4reb+1ast, M.Franco 16+4reb, F.Funes 16+5reb+3ast, D.Romero 15+7reb+2ast, R.Gabini 13+4reb+5ast, A.Feeley 10+6reb+1ast
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 19+2reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 15+3reb+1ast, M.Leiva 15+1reb, K.Lamonte 13+5reb+2ast, S.Safar 11+1reb+2ast, N.Lauria 5+4reb
gschID: 136238




Changes in Quilmes - by Facundo Iatzky
Quilmes mar del plata had to make some changes in their roster: first of all they parted away with Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances). Roman was the leader of the team, but he decided to left it due to personal reasons and now he is a free agent. Besides Quilmes released Tyler Newbold. Both of them only played three games. They signed Louis Truscott (201-F-78, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston), and now are looking for a domestic replacement. Quilmes have a 0-3 record and will play their next game on tuesday against 9 de Julio.

Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
North
 1. Atenas 3-1 
 2. Quimsa 2-0 
 3. Libertad S. 2-1 
 4. Regatas C. 2-1 
 5. Sionista 1-1 
 6. Olimpico LB 1-2 
 7. La Union 1-3 
 8. San Mart.C. 0-3 
South
 1. Boca Jrs 3-0 
 2. GECR Indalo 2-1 
 3. Wuber-Est.Bahia 2-1 
 4. Penarol 2-1 
 5. Obras 2-2 
 6. Club 9 1-1 
 7. Lanus 0-3 
 8. Quilmes MP 0-3 


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
North
 1. Alvear 1-0 
 2. Obera TC 1-0 
 3. Union Progr. 1-0 
 4. Union Sunch 1-0 
 5. San Isidro 0-0 
 6. Tomas Rocam. 0-0 
 7. A.Espanola 0-1 
 8. A.Italiana 0-1 
 9. Atl.Echague 0-1 
 10. Estudian.Con. 0-1 
South
 1. Alianza Viedma 1-0 
 2. Argentino 1-0 
 3. Banda Norte 1-0 
 4. Bragado 1-0 
 5. MH Basket 0-0 
 6. Rosario Cent. 0-0 
 7. San Mart.MJ 0-0 
 8. Ciclista 0-1 
 9. Firmat SF 0-1 
 10. Huracan 0-1 
 11. Sport Club 0-1 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


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


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Aalstar 1-0 
 2. Liege 1-0 
 3. Oostende 1-0 
 4. Antwerp 0-0 
 5. Charleroi 0-0 
 6. Verviers-Pep. 0-0 
 7. Gent 0-1 
 8. Leuven 0-1 
 9. M.Hainaut 0-1 


Charleroi one step away from Euroleague regular season - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - Charleroi 63-74

Charleroi was better than ALBA Berlin this evening and will meet CEZ Nymburk in the Finals. The host of Euroleague Qualifying Tournament celebrated 74-63 victory today and they are one step away from the regular season. Nymburk surprised Khimky and booked a spot for the Big Final tomorrow at 19:00 CET. On the other side, ALBA Berlin will continue in EuroCup. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: JMU) led the scorers in victory with 15 points. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) had 11 points and 6 rebounds, while Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) (7 as) and Justin Hamilton (191-G-80, college: Florida) helped Charleroi with 10 points each. In ALBA, Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) collected 20 points and 6 boards. Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) had 13 pts and 8 rebs, and Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) stopped to 9 points, 5 rebs and 5 assists. Quarters: 16-24, 16-12, 14-17, 17-21. The winner of this tournament will be placed to regular season - Group D.

ALBA: Derrick Allen 20+6 boards, Bryce Taylor 13+8 boards, Heiko Schaffartzik 9+5 boards+5 as
Charleroi: Dwayne Broyles 15, Caleb Green 11+6 boards, Demond Mallet 10+7 as, Justin Hamilton 10


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  BOSNIA   


Igokea heads to Finals in Banja Luka - by Eurobasket News
Igokea - Hemofam 88-81

Igokea will play in the Finals of Tournament in Banja Luka. The Bosnian runner-up outplayed Hemofarm in the Semis 88-81. Nenad Sulovic (202-F/C-85) and Milos Komatina (204-C-84) shined for the hosts with 17 points each. Milan Dozet (203-G/F-79) had 16 points and Marko Brkic (206-F/C-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 12. In Hemofarm, Marko Sutalo (194-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) shined with 24 points. Boris Savovic (206-F-87) had 21 and Ivan Maras (208-C/F-86, agency: Beo Basket) stopped to 14 points. Partizan was too strong for MZT Skopje in other Semifinals. It was a 91-61 victory, so Igokea will meet Partizan in the Finals. Hemofarm and MZT Skopje will play for third place. Both games are scheduled for today.

Igokea: Nenad Sulovic 17, Milos Komatina 17, Milan Dozet 16, Marko Brkic 12
Hemofarm: Marko Sutalo 24, Boris Savovic 21, Ivan Maras 14


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  BRAZIL   


Paulista Round 18 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Paulista. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The biggest surprise of round 18 was guest Winner/Limeira's (#2) road victory over Vivo/Franca (#4) 89-82 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vivo/Franca. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-82. The best player for the winners was Dominican-American guard Ronald Ramon (185-86, college: Pittsburgh) who scored 27 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Biro Alves (200-87) chipped in 19 points. Winner/Limeira's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Babby Araujo (211-80, college: BYU) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds. Winner/Limeira have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-2 record having just three points less than leader Itabom/Bauru, which they share with S.Jose/Vinac. Vivo/Franca at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Pinheiros/Sky. Winner/Limeira is looking forward to face Inter Santos (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Vivo/Franca will play against Araraquara (#8) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Sao Paolo: Pinheiros/Sky (#6) and Paulistano (#5). Paulistano was defeated at home 76-83 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Paulistano. It was a good game for the former international forward Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) who led his team to a victory with 24 points. Shamell Stallworth contributed with 18 points for the winners. Pinheiros/Sky's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international swingman Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-88) replied with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Paulistano. Pinheiros/Sky (8-3) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Vivo/Franca. Paulistano at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Pinheiros/Sky will play against Jacarei (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Paulistano will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Sao Caetano managed to get a second victory, breaking the four-game losing streak on Wednesday night. This time they won against ninth-ranked Rio Claro 96-91. Fabiao Pires had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Atilio de Mello with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Sao Caetano maintains sixteenth position with 2-10 record. Loser Rio Claro keeps the ninth place with six games lost. Sao Caetano will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rio Claro will play against the league's leader Itabom/Bauru (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Santos, where higher ranked Araraquara (6-5) lost to thirteenth ranked Inter Santos (2-9) in a road game 95-102. Caue Rico notched a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 assists to lead the effort. Despite that victory Inter Santos went down to fifteenth position due to points difference. Araraquara at the other side dropped to the eighth place with five games lost. Inter Santos' next round opponent will be higher ranked Winner/Limeira (#3) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Sao Jose. Local Sao Jose/Vinac (9-2) outscored 15th ranked XV/Cosan (2-8) 111-67 on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Murilo Becker who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Sao Jose/Vinac's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Sao Jose/Vinac have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Winner/Limeira. XV/Cosan lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with eight games lost. Sao Jose/Vinac will face Gremio Mogi (#7) in Mogi das Cruzes in the next round where they are favorite. XV/Cosan will play on the road against Americana (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 18 Americana was crushed by Jacarei in a road game 92-67. Gremio Mogi smashed L.S.B. at home 91-61.



Vivo/Franca - Winner/Limeira 82-89

The biggest surprise of round 18 was guest Winner/Limeira's (#2) road victory over Vivo/Franca (#4) 89-82 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vivo/Franca. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-82. The best player for the winners was Dominican-American guard Ronald Ramon (185-86, college: Pittsburgh) who scored 27 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Biro Alves (200-87) chipped in 19 points. Winner/Limeira's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Babby Araujo (211-80, college: BYU) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Fernando Penna (189-83) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Four Vivo/Franca players scored in double figures. Winner/Limeira have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-2 record having just three points less than leader Itabom/Bauru, which they share with S.Jose/Vinac. Vivo/Franca at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Pinheiros/Sky. Winner/Limeira is looking forward to face Inter Santos (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Vivo/Franca will play against Araraquara (#8) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Winner/Limeira: R.Ramon 27+1reb+2ast, B.Alves 19+3reb+2ast, A.Bambu 11+6reb, R.Klafke 8+1reb+2ast, T.Romualdo 7+2reb+5ast, Benite 6+2reb+2ast
Vivo/Franca: B.Araujo 20+7reb, W.Drudi 16+4reb+1ast, M.Dornelles 12+2reb+3ast, F.Penna 11+7reb+5ast, W.Trigueiro 7, F.Taddei 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 136939


Jacarei - Americana 92-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 12th ranked Americana's (3-7) road loss to eleventh ranked Jacarei (3-7) 67-92 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-67. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Jacarei made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was power forward Vinicius Oliveira (200-90) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Isaac Goncalves (193-90) chipped in 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Jacarei players scored in double figures. Jacarei's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Ricardo Gaspar (202-84) who recorded 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Everton Moraes (196-87) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Jacarei maintains eleventh position with 3-7 record, which they share with defeated Americana. Americana lost third consecutive game. Jacarei will face higher ranked Pinheiros/Sky (#4) in Sao Paolo in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Jacarei: V.Oliveira 17+6reb+2ast, R.Fusco 15+3reb+2ast, I.Goncalves 15+3reb+3ast, J.Bernardi 15+3ast, D.Silva 8+7reb, K.Pinheiro 7+1reb+5ast
Americana: R.Gaspar 21+7reb+1ast, E.Moraes 14+7reb+2ast, T.Borges 14+2reb, W.de Jesus 9+3reb, Juninho 3+2reb+2ast, E.Limper 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 136940


Paulistano - Pinheiros/Sky 76-83

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Sao Paolo: Pinheiros/Sky (#6) and Paulistano (#5). Paulistano was defeated at home 76-83 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Paulistano. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Paulistano won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pinheiros/Sky made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Paulistano turnovers. Strangely Paulistano outrebounded Pinheiros/Sky 38-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. Paulistano was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international forward Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) who led his team to a victory with 24 points. Naturalized American forward Shamell Stallworth (196-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Pinheiros/Sky's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international swingman Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-88) replied with 23 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Felipe Ribeiro (201-79) added 12 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Paulistano. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pinheiros/Sky (8-3) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Vivo/Franca. Paulistano at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Pinheiros/Sky will play against Jacarei (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Paulistano will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros/Sky: M.Vieira 24+3reb+3ast, S.Stallworth 18+2reb+2ast, B.Fiorotto 11+9reb+1ast, J.Pablo Figueroa 10+1reb+2ast, O.Rodriguez 8+3reb+1ast, R.Pinto 4+2reb+2ast
Paulistano: B.Nardi Duarte 23+8reb+3ast, E.Corazza 15+1reb+2ast, P.Lima 14+1reb+1ast, F.Ribeiro 12+13reb, A.Machado 6+3reb+1ast, G.Vinicius 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 136935


Sao Caetano - Rio Claro 96-91

Bottom-ranked Sao Caetano managed to get a second victory, breaking the four-game losing streak on Wednesday night. This time they won against ninth-ranked Rio Claro 96-91. Rio Claro trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 32-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 91-96 at the end of the game. Center Fabiao Pires (199-77) had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Gustavo de Oliveira (-91) chipped in 26 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Atilio de Mello (203-82) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Rafu Da Silva (197-83, college: New Haven) scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Sao Caetano maintains sixteenth position with 2-10 record. Loser Rio Claro keeps the ninth place with six games lost. Sao Caetano will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rio Claro will play against the league's leader Itabom/Bauru (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Sao Caetano: G.de Oliveira 26+3reb+4ast, L.Dias 21+6reb, W.da Silva 20+3reb+1ast, F.Pires 15+18reb+5ast, R.Malfi 11+7reb+6ast, F.Souza 3+1reb+2ast
Rio Claro: R.Da Silva 20+5reb+4ast, U.Lima 16+6reb+1ast, A.Pinheiro 16+1reb+2ast, A.de Mello 16+14reb+1ast, R.Castellon 12+3reb, L.Fernando Pascotti 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 136936


Gremio Mogi - L.S.B. 91-61

No shocking result in a game in Mogi das Cruzes where eighth ranked Gremio Mogi (6-4) smashed 10th ranked L.S.B. (4-8) 91-61 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Gremio Mogi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to L.S.B.'s 26 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Gremio Mogi looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by L.S.B.'s players. The best player for the winners was naturalized Syrian swingman Edu Caviglia (196-80, college: W.Texas A&M) who scored 18 points and 6 assists. Forward Fernando Alvim (200-80) chipped in 21 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Four Gremio Mogi players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) who recorded 18 points and forward Luciano Matao (200-86, college: Idaho) added 13 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gremio Mogi moved-up to seventh place. Loser L.S.B. keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. Gremio Mogi will face league's second-placed Sao Jose/Vinac on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Gremio Mogi: F.Alvim 21+3reb+1ast, E.Caviglia 18+3reb+6ast, T.Gehrke 15+7reb+3ast, G.Lima 11+3reb+8ast, P.Patekoski 7+2reb+1ast, E.Soares 6+5reb
L.S.B.: K.Dawkins 18+4reb+2ast, L.Matao 13+2reb+1ast, D.Gomes 7+2reb+3ast, J.Griffin 7+1reb, F.Russo 5+3reb+3ast, A.Marques 5+1reb
gschID: 136937


Inter Santos - Araraquara 102-95

We should mention about the upset which took place in Santos, where higher ranked Araraquara (6-5) lost to thirteenth ranked Inter Santos (2-9) in a road game 95-102. Araraquara was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Inter Santos players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. 33 personal fouls committed by Araraquara helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Caue Rico (182-82) notched a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 assists to lead the effort and center Rafael Mineiro (213-87) supported him with 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Even 25 points and 9 rebounds by center Deivisson Costa (211-80) did not help to save the game for Araraquara. Forward Ricardo de Azevedo (201-83) added 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Inter Santos and four Araraquara players scored in double figures. Despite that victory Inter Santos went down to fifteenth position due to points difference. Araraquara at the other side dropped to the eighth place with five games lost. Inter Santos' next round opponent will be higher ranked Winner/Limeira (#3) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Inter Santos: C.Rico 29+3reb+12ast, R.Mineiro 16+7reb, L.Young 15+4reb+4ast, C.Araujo 15+5reb+2ast, T.Rodrigo 13+6reb+4ast, M.Martins 11+5reb+1ast
Araraquara: D.Costa 25+9reb+3ast, R.de Azevedo 20+7reb+1ast, L.da Silva 16+1reb+3ast, T.Pereira 12+5reb+4ast, E.de Oliveira 9+6reb+2ast, F.Dias 5+2ast
gschID: 136938


S.Jose/Vinac - XV/Cosan 111-67

The game with biggest result difference took place in Sao Jose. Local Sao Jose/Vinac (9-2) outscored 15th ranked XV/Cosan (2-8) 111-67 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Sao Jose/Vinac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to XV/Cosan's 28. They outrebounded XV/Cosan 35-19 including a 28-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sao Jose/Vinac shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by XV/Cosan's players. The best player for the winners was international power forward Murilo Becker (210-83) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Guard Matheus Costa (179-80) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. Five Sao Jose/Vinac players scored in double figures. Sao Jose/Vinac's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Caio Ranches (192-87) who recorded 16 points and forward Fransergio Marques (190-81) added 15 points respectively. Sao Jose/Vinac have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Winner/Limeira. XV/Cosan lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with eight games lost. Sao Jose/Vinac will face Gremio Mogi (#7) in Mogi das Cruzes in the next round where they are favorite. XV/Cosan will play on the road against Americana (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
S.Jose/Vinac: M.Becker 19+6reb, J.Antonio 17+5reb+1ast, M.Costa 17+2reb+5ast, D.Stefanelli 11+1reb+1ast, R.Fischer 11+2reb+7ast, P.Castro 11+8reb
XV/Cosan: C.Ranches 16+4reb+3ast, F.Marques 15+2reb+2ast, L.Machado 11+2reb+1ast, T.Silva 8+5reb+2ast, M.Savani 7, T.Oliveira 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 136934




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


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Lukoil Akademik hands 89-85 loss to Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Lukoil Akademik 85-89

Crvena Zvezda and Lukoil Akademik met in a friendly game last night. The Bulgarian champion celebrated 85-89 victory. The game was played in Pirot, Serbia. Lamont Mack (201-F-87, college: Charlotte) was a key player in victory with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) also was great adding 17 pts for his team. Veteran Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) and Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) added 14 points each. On the other side, Adam Morrison (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) shined with 25 points. Mile Ilic (215-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) (5 rebs) and Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) netted 17 points each. Crvena Zvezda opened the game better as they made 20-14 lead in the first ten minutes. They jumped to plus 8 until the halftime, but Lukoil Akademik drastically improved after that. Lamont Mack and his teammates made 15-21 in Q3 and 27-33 in the last ten minutes for the final 85-89 victory in this meeting.

Crvena Zvezda: Adam Morrison 25, Mile Ilic 17+5 boards, Andreja Milutinovic 17
Lukoil Akademik: Lamont Mack 27+9 boards, Brandon Heath 17, Damjan Stojanovski 14, Todor Stoykov 14


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Lietuvos Rytas eliminates Cibona, heads to Finals - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Lietuvos Rytas 71-88

Lietuvos Rytas is a step away from the Euroleague regular season. They eliminated Cibona 71-88 in the second game in Vilnius and will meet Galatasaray tomorrow. Cibona said goodbye to Euroleague qualifications and will continue this season in EuroCup. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) shined for the hosts with 19 points and 7 assists. Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) and Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) helped with 13 points each. They grabbed 7 and 6 rebounds respectively. In the loosing squad, Demonte Harper (193-G, college: Morehead St.) top-scored with 14 points. Goran Suton (209-C-85, college: Michigan St.) and Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) had 13 and 11 pts. Quarters: 17-24, 24-17, 17-28, 13-19. As mentioned above, Lietuvos Rytas will meet Galatasaray tomorrow and the winner will advance to Euroleague regular season. The game is scheduled for 18:00 CET.

Cibona: Demonte Harper 14, Goran Suton 13, Damjan Rudez 11
Lietuvos Rytas: Tyrese Rice 19+7 as, Renaldas Seibutis 13+7 boards, Mindaugas Katelynas 13+6 boards


Zadar and Split celebrate in friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Zadar and Split celebrated in friendly games, which were played last night.
Zadar was too strong for Kvarner 98-61. Ivan Batur (203-G/F-91) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Ante Delas (201-G/F-88) followed him with 14 pts. Uros Zadnik (187-PG-90) and Franko Sango (201-F/C-92) netted 12 and 11 points respectively. In Kvarner, Josip Surina (190-G-92) was better than the others with 14 points. Teo Simovic (205-C-84, agency: Interperformances) stopped to 12. Kvarner was the host of this meeting, but it didnt help them.
Split handed 80-73 loss to Bosnian team Brotnjo. It was exciting game and Split had to work very hard until the end to take this one. Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) led Croatians with 17 points. Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) had 16 and Toni Dijan (205-F-83) scored 13 points in this win. Luka Babic (200-F-91) and Toni Katic (188-PG-92) netted 12 points apiece.


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CEZ Nymburk shocks Khimky in Charleroi, 86-79 - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - CEZ Nymburk 79-86

Khimky will continue this season in EuroCup. CEZ Nymburk eliminated them in the Semifinals of the Eurolegaue Qualifying Tournament in Charleroi, 79-86. Nymburk will meet the home team tomorrow. The winner will advance to Euroleague regular season. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) exploded for Nymburk tonight with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) also was great adding 20 points and 5 boards. Third scorer in victory was Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) with 9 points (5 rebs). On the other side, Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) had double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds (valuation 37!). Chris Quinn (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) also scored 15 and Sergey Monya (203-F-83) stopped to 12 pts. Quarters: 5-21, 17-28, 28-9, 29-28. The final game is scheduled for 19:00 CET.

Khimky: Kresimir Loncar 25+12 boards, Chris Quinn 15, Sergey Monya 12
CEZ Nymburk: Chester Simmons 26+6 boards, Pavel Pumprla 20+5 boards, Lamayne Wilson 9+5 boards


CEZ Nymburk eliminates Banvit in Euroleague qualifications - by Eurobasket News
CEZ Nymburk - Banvit BK 69-57

CEZ Nymburk advanced to second round of the Euroleague qualifications. They outplayed Turkish Banvit 69-57 and will meet Khimky in the next game. Banvit said good buy to Euroleague after just one game and will continue in EuroCup. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) shined for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) also scored 19 pts, but to go with 7 boards. Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) followed them with 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) delivered 15 points. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) had 10 points and 6 boards, while Keith Simmons (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) stopped to 8 pts and 5 rebs. Quarters: 19-12, 15-9, 19-19, 16-17. Nymburk will meet Khimky today. The host of this tournament Charlaroi will play against ALBA Berlin.

CEZ Nymburk: Lamayne Wilson 19+11 boards, Chester Simmons 19+7 boards, Pavel Pumprla 12
Banvit: Charles Davis 15, Kenan Bajramovic 10+6 boards, Keith Simmons 8+5 boards


NBL Round 2: BK Prostejov defeats BK Loko Plzen - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in NBL. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.


BK Prostejov - Plzen 83-57


BK Prostejov led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to BK Loko Plzen's 26. They outrebounded BK Loko Plzen 37-20 including 23 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BK Prostejov made 7 blocks. American center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Ladislav Toth (196-83) replied with 7 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Jaroslav Kovanda (204-82) added 8 points in the effort for BK Loko Plzen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Prostejov (2-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with BK Decin and BC Kolin. BK Loko Plzen at the other side dropped to the sixth place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. BK Prostejov is looking forward to face league's leader BC Kolin on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Loko Plzen will play against BK Pardubice (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: T.Peterson 17+9reb+3ast, J.Smith 14+1reb+4ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 9+6reb+1ast, M.Venta 8+5reb+1ast, K.Svrdlik 8+7reb, J.Prasil 8+3ast
Plzen: L.Pecka 8+3reb, J.Kovanda 8+3reb+2ast, L.Toth 7+6reb+1ast, S.Vrubl 7, O.Lenhart 7+2reb, T.Kubiznak 6


gschID: 136578


BK Pardubice - Levice 62-65

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BK Pardubice won third quarter 18-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by BK Pardubice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Esian Henderson (203-86, college: Cent.Missouri) who scored 29 points and 4 steals. Slovenian guard Tadej Kostomaj (186-87) chipped in 9 points. American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) produced 13 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Jiri Cernosek (200-81) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Levice left bottom position moving up to tenth place. BK Pardubice at the other side dropped to the sixth position with one game lost. Levice's next round opponent will be higher ranked USK Praha (#9) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Levice: E.Henderson 29+4reb, M.Bernard 12+1reb+1ast, T.Kostomaj 9+4reb+2ast, K.Grant 8+6reb+1ast, A.Cervenka 3+5reb+1ast, S.Stemberger 2+5reb
BK Pardubice: M.Arnold 13+9reb, J.Cernosek 12+7reb, M.Hampton 10+4reb+1ast, L.Kotas 10+4reb+2ast, C.Muirhead 7+1reb, P.Bohacik 4+6reb
gschID: 136579


USK Praha - B&W Opava 93-61

The game was mostly controlled by USK Praha. B&W Opava was better in third quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. USK Praha shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. International forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 4 steals. The former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. USK Praha's coach Ken Scalabroni felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and guard Radim Klecka (188-90) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for B&W Opava. USK Praha left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser B&W Opava still closes the standings with two games lost. USK Praha will face Levice (#10) on the road in the next round. B&W Opava will play against NH Ostrava.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: V.Hruban 24+2reb+2ast, S.Votroubek 15+6reb, P.Sedmak 15+5reb+1ast, M.Vocetka 12+1reb+3ast, J.Stariat 10+5reb+1ast, M.Mares 7+1ast
B&W Opava: R.Klecka 16+3reb+4ast, J.Blazek 14+7reb+3ast, B.Brlit 9+4reb+1ast, P.Strnisko 7+2reb+2ast, P.Dokoupil 7+3reb+1ast, M.Galata 3+2reb
gschID: 136580


NH Ostrava - BK Decin 70-79

It was a key game for the top position in the league. It looked good early as NH Ostrava took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BK Decin had a 31-12 second period charge getting the lead and NH Ostrava was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-79. International forward Pavel Houska (201-84) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Bosnian forward Admir Alic (198-84) chipped in 19 points during the contest. American swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: I.D.S. Law) responded with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: I.D.S. Law) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. BK Decin keeps a position of league leader, which they share with BC Kolin and BK Prostejov. NH Ostrava at the other side keeps the sixth place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. BK Decin will play against CEZ Nymburk (#4) at home in the next round. NH Ostrava will play against B&W Opava to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: P.Houska 22+10reb, A.Alic 19+2reb, L.Stria 13+4reb, A.Pistecky 7, J.Houska 5+3reb, L.Sanders 5+3reb+1ast
NH Ostrava: J.Hughes 14+7reb, J.Aleksejevs 12+4reb, A.Ciz 11+1reb+3ast, R.Luettgerodt 9+9reb+4ast, S.Inge 8+3reb, S.Manousos 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 136581


Svitavy - Usti n/Labem 96-58

The game without a history. Basketbal Svitavy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to BK Usti nad Labem's 28 and made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Basketbal Svitavy had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Ravone George (193-83, college: Alabama) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Basketbal Svitavy players scored in double figures. Center Tomas Hruby (206-78) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Lekendric Longmire (196-87, college: Oregon) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BK Usti nad Labem. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Basketbal Svitavy left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with CEZ Nymburk. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem still closes the standings with two games lost. Basketbal Svitavy will face Levharti Chomutov (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BK Usti nad Labem will play against Inter Bratislava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: B.Meno 17+11reb+1ast, P.Milos 16+3reb+1ast, R.George 15+6reb+1ast, L.Horak 14+5reb+2ast, J.Spacek 9+1reb+2ast, T.Teply 6+1reb+1ast
Usti n/Labem: T.Hruby 12+13reb+1ast, L.Longmire 11+5reb, T.McFadden 10+4reb+1ast, V.Hejl 8+3reb, J.Fohler 6+3reb+1ast, J.Holanda 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 136576


Inter Bratislava - BC Kolin 75-77

Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 26-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Forward David Machac (204-80) notched 18 points to lead the effort and American guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) supported him with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four BC Kolin players scored in double figures. Even 26 points by American guard Kevin Bridgewaters (175-84, college: Chattanooga) did not help to save the game for Inter Bratislava. Bosnian center Stjepan Gavran (206-78) added 7 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BC Kolin maintains first position with 2-0 record, which they share with BK Decin and BK Prostejov. Loser Inter Bratislava still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Usti n/Labem and B&W Opava. BC Kolin will meet at home BK Prostejov (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Inter Bratislava will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: D.Machac 18+4reb+1ast, S.Zuzak 13+3reb+2ast, C.Barnes 10+7reb+5ast, R.Ames 10+5reb+2ast, J.Jelinek 9+7reb+1ast, R.Field 8+9reb+4ast
Inter Bratislava: K.Bridgewaters 26+3reb+2ast, T.Durana 10+1reb, S.Gavran 7+8reb+1ast, A.Kuffa 6+2reb+1ast, J.Musil 6+5reb+1ast, M.Zilik 4+5reb
gschID: 136577




Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. BC Kolin 2-0 
 2. BK Decin 2-0 
 3. BK Prostejov 2-0 
 4. CEZ Nymburk 1-0 
 5. Svitavy 1-0 
 6. BK Pardubice 1-1 
 7. NH Ostrava 1-1 
 8. Plzen 1-1 
 9. USK Praha 1-1 
 10. Levice 1-2 
 11. Chomutov 0-1 
 12. B&W Opava 0-2 
 13. Inter Bratislava 0-2 
 14. Usti n/Labem 0-2 


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


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Rob LOWERY
  Chomutov
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 28
 1. Lowery, Chomutov28.0 
 2. Bridgewaters, Inte.26.5 
 3. Wright, Chomutov25.0 
 4. Pumprla, CEZ N.23.0 
 5. Sedmak, USK Praha19.5 
 6. Houska, BK Decin19.5 
 7. Henderson, Levice18.0 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.17.5 
 9. Klecka, B&W Opava17.5 
 10. Meno, Svitavy17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petr BENDA
  CEZ Nymburk
  (203-F/C-82)
  Avg: 12
 1. Benda, CEZ Nymburk12.0 
 2. Meno, Svitavy11.0 
 3. Hruby, Usti n.9.0 
 4. Houska, BK Decin8.5 
 5. Hughes, NH Ostrava8.0 
 6. Field, BC Kolin8.0 
 7. Sokolovsky, CEZ N.8.0 
 8. Votroubek, USK P.7.5 
 9. Peterson, BK Prost.7.5 
 10. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas MACELA
  Svitavy
  (179-PG-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Macela, Svitavy7.0 
 2. Sotnar, USK Praha7.0 
 3. Smith, BK Prost.4.0 
 4. Marko, BC Kolin3.5 
 5. Barnes, BC Kolin3.5 
 6. Vrubl, Plzen3.0 
 7. Ames, BC Kolin3.0 
 8. Soukup, USK Praha3.0 
 9. Eitutavicius, BK P.3.0 
 10. Wright, Chomutov3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Radim KLECKA
  B&W Opava
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Klecka, B&W Opava5.5 
 2. Pumprla, CEZ N.4.0 
 3. Horak, Svitavy3.0 
 4. Lenzly, CEZ N.3.0 
 5. Grant, Levice3.0 
 6. Honomichl, Plzen3.0 
 7. Brlit, B&W Opava2.5 
 8. Hruban, USK Praha2.5 
 9. Sedmak, USK Praha2.5 
 10. Muirhead, BK Pard.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  BK Prost.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Gadri-N., BK Prost.3.5 
 2. Kramny, Svitavy3.0 
 3. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.5 
 4. Grant, Levice1.3 
 5. George, Svitavy1.0 
 6. Meno, Svitavy1.0 
 7. Slavik, USK Praha1.0 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.0 
 9. Benda, CEZ Nymburk1.0 
 10. Sokolovsky, CEZ1.0 


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


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


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  D-LEAGUE   


Sioux Falls Skyforce land Gregory Stiemsma - by Eurobasket News
Sioux Falls Skyforce strengthened their frontcourt. They inked a deal with Gregory Stiemsma (6'11''-C-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin). The centre spent the previous pre-season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavs. Gregory Stiemsma then moved to Europe to join Turk Telekom. The centre tallied 6.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in TBL. In EuroChallenge Gregory Stiemsma posted 6.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per appearance. Gregory Stiemsma is not new to the Skyforce. He played for Sioux Falls at 2009/10 season. His stats then read 9.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.7 blocks and 1.2 assists per game. The centre also had stints with Oyak Renault in Turkey and Seoul Knights in South Korea.


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Aleksei Fedortchuk is a newcomer at Tln Kalev Tallinn - by Eurobasket Center
Tln Kalev Tallinn added to their roster 25-year old Russian center Aleksei Fedortchuk (209-C-100kg-86, agency: RIZO). Big guy spent last 2 seasons in Russian Superleague team Severstal Cherepovec (Russia). While playing 38 games for Severstal last season he recorded 6.6ppg and 3.4rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


BBL: KK Baltai embarrasses Kalev/Cramo - by Janar
The Estonian champions, BC Kalev/Cramo, could not dream of the worse start to the BBL season. Trailing for almost whole game, they disappointed the full crowd or almost 1000 fans, gathered in Kalev Sports Hall, and lost 75:77 to KK Baltai Kaunas, the youngsters' team from Lithuania who's oldest player is 22 yrs old.

The hosts started bad (11:17 with 8 minutes played), continued even worse and were behind by 9 points (34:43) at the halftime break. Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) had scored 9 points, the hosts had missed almost 10 shots from under the basket...
In 3rd, a three-pointer by Tanel Sokk (184-G-85) made it 44:50 but Croatian talent Mario Delas (207-F/C-90) and Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 5:0, taking the gap to double-digits for the first taime (44:55). Gregor Arbet, scoreless for first 25 minutes made 5 points in a row for 49:55 but then, the guests made a huge 9:0 run which included a three-pointer by Estonian promising youngster Siim-Sander Vene (203-F-90). Baltai led by 15.

In 4th, the hosts finally woke up - they outscored the opponents 13:2 in first 5 minutes of the decisive quarter, evening the game 66:66. Then Gert Dorbek got his 5th foul and Baltai's youngest player, U19 world champion Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92) made two baskets in a row for 66:71. Sokk cut the deficit to three but then Siim-Sander Vene scored the most important baskets of the game - 4 in a row took his team ahead 70:77 with less than two minutes to play.

A three-pointer by Arbet and two points by Armands Skele (192-G-83) took the hosts within a single basket from victory - 75:77 - with a whole minute left to play but what became the biggest miracle of the game - the experienced players of Estonian team could not find any logical solution in last minute. Although Janavicius missed both FT with 16 secs to play, guests' defence was brilliant in closing seconds as they travelled back home with probably the most un-expected victory of the season.

BC Kalev/Cramo has lost all four games of the season - 2 in BBL Cup, one in VTB League.

Janavicius led the winners with 14 points. Vene, Vasiliauskas and Delas added 10 points. Baltai outrebounded the hosts 40:29 (!) and outscored the hosts 26:12 from a free throw line. Skele had 16, Sokk 13, Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) 12 and Arbet 11 points for the hosts.


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  EUROCUP   


Lokomotiv Kuban confirm Ben Uzoh - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban have officially announced the signing of Ben Uzoh (191-PG-88, college: Tulsa). The point guard has agreed on terms of one-year contract with the Russian team. Last season Ben Uzoh played in the NBA. He tallied 3.9 points, 1.7 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game for the New Jersey Nets. The guard also played several games for the Springfield Armor. His stats read 16.0 points, 8.0 boards, 5.8 assists and 2.3 steals per appearance in D-League. Ben Uzoh is the product of the University of Tulsa. The guard tallied 15.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game in his senior season. Ben Uzoh was named into NABC Division I All-District 11 2nd Team. He was also trumped into All-C-USA 1st Team in 2010.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Bennet Cantu 0-0 
 2. Olympiakos 0-0 
 3. Caja Laboral 0-0 
 4. Fener.Ulker 0-0 
 5. Nancy 0-0 
 6. Bizkaia Bilbao 0-0 
Group B
 1. KK Zagreb CO 0-0 
 2. Zalgiris 0-0 
 3. Brose Baskets 0-0 
 4. Unicaja 0-0 
 5. CSKA 0-0 
 6. Panathinaikos 0-0 
Group C
 1. Anadalo Efes 0-0 
 2. Real Madrid 0-0 
 3. Armani MI 0-0 
 4. Maccabi T-A 0-0 
 5. Partizan 0-0 
Group D
 1. Regal Barca 0-0 
 2. Montepaschi 0-0 
 3. Asseco Prokom 0-0 
 4. Union Olimpija 0-0 
 5. Unics 0-0 
Qualifying Round
 1. Lietuvos Rytas 2-0 
 2. CEZ Nymburk 2-0 
 3. Galatasaray 2-0 
 4. Charleroi 2-0 
 5. ASVEL 1-1 
 6. ALBA 1-1 
 7. Cibona 1-1 
 8. Khimky 1-1 
 9. PAOK 0-1 
 10. PGE Turow 0-1 
 11. Gravelines 0-1 
 12. Cholet 0-1 
 13. BC Donetsk 0-1 
 14. Banvit 0-1 
 15. VEF Riga 0-1 
 16. Buducnost 0-1 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Talor BATTLE
  Cholet
  (182-PG-88)
  Avg: 23
 1. Battle, Cholet23.0 
 2. Simmons, CEZ N.22.5 
 3. Loncar, Khimky20.5 
 4. Jackson, PGE Turow20.0 
 5. Quinn, Khimky20.0 
 6. Goss, AS.19.0 
 7. Vucevic, Buducnost18.0 
 8. Rice, Lietuvos.17.5 
 9. Goree, PAOK17.0 
 10. Pumprla, CEZ N.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.K. EDWARDS
  Grave.
  (202-C/F-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Edwards, Grave.11.0 
 2. Green, Charleroi8.5 
 3. Loncar, Khimky8.5 
 4. Dikoudis, PAOK8.0 
 5. Wilson, CEZ N.8.0 
 6. Radenovic, BC Do.8.0 
 7. Cain, VEF Riga8.0 
 8. Simonovic, ALBA7.5 
 9. Armstrong, AS.7.5 
 10. Valanciunas, Liet.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tutku ACIK
  Galatasaray
  (194-G-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Acik, Galatasaray6.5 
 2. Causeur, Cholet6.0 
 3. Mallet, Charleroi6.0 
 4. Rice, Lietuvos.6.0 
 5. Moore, PGE Turow6.0 
 6. Weaver, ALBA4.5 
 7. Wood, ALBA4.0 
 8. Kelati, Khimky4.0 
 9. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.0 
 10. Goss, AS.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jamon Lukas GORDON
  Galatasaray
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Gordon, Galatasaray3.5 
 2. Stiggers, PAOK3.0 
 3. Thompson, AS.2.5 
 4. Quinn, Khimky2.5 
 5. Kelati, Khimky2.5 
 6. Moore, PGE Turow2.0 
 7. Erdogan, Banvit BK2.0 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 9. Broyles, Charleroi2.0 
 10. Albicy, Gravelines2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  BC Do.
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kravtsov, BC Do.3.0 
 2. Issa, Gravelines3.0 
 3. Goree, PAOK2.0 
 4. Cain, VEF Riga2.0 
 5. Vaty, Gravelines2.0 
 6. Fofana, AS.1.5 
 7. Samardziski, Lietu.1.5 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.5 
 9. Thompson, AS.1.0 
 10. Dubljevic, Buduc.1.0 


Semifinals in Vilnius and Charleroi - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Cibona - Lietuvos rytas 71-88
Lietuvos Rytas is a step away from the Euroleague regular season. They eliminated Cibona 71-88 in the second game in Vilnius and will meet Galatasaray tomorrow. Cibona said goodbye to Euroleague qualifications and will continue this season in EuroCup. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) shined for the hosts with 19 points and 7 assists. Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) and Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) helped with 13 points each. They grabbed 7 and 6 rebounds respectively. In the loosing squad, Demonte Harper (193-G, college: Morehead St.) top-scored with 14 points. Goran Suton (209-C-85, college: Michigan St.) and Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) had 13 and 11 pts. Quarters: 17-24, 24-17, 17-28, 13-19. As mentioned above, Lietuvos Rytas will meet Galatasaray tomorrow and the winner will advance to Euroleague regular season. The game is scheduled for 18:00 CET.

Galatasaray - ASVEL 93-83
Galatasaray advanced to Finals of the Euroleague qualifications tournament in Vilnius. The Turkish squad outplayed ASVEL today 93-83 and will meet Lietuvos Rytas tomorrow. The bet is huge as the winner will reach Euroleague regular season. It is important to mention again that Rytas is the host of this tournament. French ASVEL will continue this season in EuroCup. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) stepped up for Galata with 22 points (6 triples). Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) had 18 points and 5 rebounds, while Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) netted 12 pts for 13 minutes on the court. In ASVEL, Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points. Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) and Phil Goss (186-G-83, college: Drexel) had 17 and 13 points respectively. Quarters: 28-23, 24-28, 17-15, 24-17. The Big Final is scheduled for tomorrow at 18:00 CET.

Group B
Khimky - CEZ Nymburk 79-86
Khimky will continue this season in EuroCup. CEZ Nymburk eliminated them in the Semifinals of the Eurolegaue Qualifying Tournament in Charleroi, 79-86. Nymburk will meet the home team tomorrow. The winner will advance to Euroleague regular season. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) exploded for Nymburk tonight with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) also was great adding 20 points and 5 boards. Third scorer in victory was Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) with 9 points (5 rebs). On the other side, Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) had double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds (valuation 37!). Chris Quinn (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) also scored 15 and Sergey Monya (203-F-83) stopped to 12 pts. Quarters: 5-21, 17-28, 28-9, 29-28. The final game is scheduled for 19:00 CET.

ALBA - Charleroi 63-74
Charleroi was better than ALBA Berlin this evening and will meet CEZ Nymburk in the Finals. The host of Euroleague Qualifying Tournament celebrated 74-63 victory today and they are one step away from the regular season. Nymburk surprised Khimky and booked a spot for the Big Final tomorrow at 19:00 CET. On the other side, ALBA Berlin will continue in EuroCup. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: JMU) led the scorers in victory with 15 points. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) had 11 points and 6 rebounds, while Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) (7 as) and Justin Hamilton (191-G-80, college: Florida) helped Charleroi with 10 points each. In ALBA, Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) collected 20 points and 6 boards. Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) had 13 pts and 8 rebs, and Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) stopped to 9 points, 5 rebs and 5 assists. Quarters: 16-24, 16-12, 14-17, 17-21. The winner of this tournament will be placed to regular season - Group D.


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Karhu in good condition - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 2: Karhu (Kauhajoki) team is in good condition. Two games in a row and winning the same way. Starting slowly and passing the opponent at the end. Today Karhu visited in Uusikaupunki, was down against hosting UU-Korihait for 35 minutes and won then by six: 78-84 (48-43). Quarters: 21-17, 27-26, 20-20, 10-21. Cory Johnson (200-F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Valparaiso) led Korihait with 20 pts. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81, college: Alabama A&M) added 12 pts and grabbed eight rbs. Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87, agency: Court Side, college: Wichita St.) (Karhu) netted game high 23 pts. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Mt.St.Mary's) added 16 pts.
In Division 1. Tarmo (Porvoo) lost at home vs Korikobrat (Lapua) 82-86 (37-45). Quarters: 15-22, 22-23, 22-20, 23-21. Mikael Holme (192-G-79) led Tarmo with 18 pts. Ville-Pertti Lind (197-F-80) had 14 pts for the hosts. Lapua got 72 points from three American players. Casey Reed (197-F-86, college: Seattle Pacific) had a double-double (33/12r).


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


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


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  FRANCE   


ProB Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in ProB just started.

The most interesting game took place in Rouen, where home team defeated in overtime former ProA JA Vichy 93-96 on Saturday night. Charles-Henri Bronchard nailed 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Jonte Flowers came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for JA Vichy in the defeat. SPO Rouen will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. JA Vichy will play against Aix-Maurienne (0-1) in Aix-les-Bains.
Another freshly relegated team from ProA Limoges managed to win a close game in Nantes 85-82 on Friday evening. Joseph Gomis fired 22 points and 8 assists for the winners. Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard 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. Limoges CSP Elite's next round opponent will be SO Maritime Boulogne (1-0) at home, which may be the game of the day. Nantes will play against Lille Metropole (0-1).
A very interesting game took place in Bordeaux between two newly promoted teams. Bordeaux edged Denain Voltaire at home 79-78. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Bordeaux looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Kurt Cunningham (205-87, college: Boise St.) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 5 rebounds. Romain Dardaine (201-88) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Bordeaux's coach Claude Bergeaud used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) answered with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Denain Voltaire. Denain Voltaire will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get on the winning path. Bordeaux will try to continue on its current victory against Le Portel (0-1) on the road.
Olympique Antibes (0-1) lost on the court of leader Quimper UJAP 71-76. Liberian-American Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 assists for the winners and Andrew Lovedale chipped in 17 points. At the losing side Senegalese power forward Malick Badiane (211-84) responded with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Quimper UJAP will play against JL Bourg (1-0) on the road in the next round. Olympique Antibes will play against Boulazac Basket (1-0) to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game between leader JL Bourg and Aix-Maurienne in Bourg on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. JL Bourg beat guests from Aix-les-Bains 97-82. It was a very good performance for Donald Copeland who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 19 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Aix-Maurienne's coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JL Bourg will face Quimper UJAP (1-0) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aix-Maurienne will play against JA Vichy (0-1).

Other games in round 1 were not that significant. Evreux lost to Boulogne on the road 80-85. Boulazac won against Le Portel on its own court 77-65. St Vallier lost to Chalons-Reims in a road game 69-75. Fos Ouest managed to beat Lille at home 73-60.
The most impressive performance of 1st round was 28 points and 8 rebounds by Ousmane Barro of Bourg.


Quimper - Antibes 76-71

Olympique Antibes (0-1) lost on the court of leader Quimper UJAP 71-76. Olympique Antibes was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 22-9 third quarter run of Quimper UJAP. Olympique Antibes was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Liberian-American Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 assists for the winners and Nigerian-British power forward Andrew Lovedale (203-85, college: Davidson) chipped in 17 points. Paelay is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Quimper UJAP players scored in double figures. At the losing side Senegalese power forward Malick Badiane (211-84) responded with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and American Cecil Brown (193-83, college: UCSB) scored 16 points. Quimper UJAP will play against JL Bourg (1-0) on the road in the next round. Olympique Antibes will play against Boulazac Basket (1-0) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Quimper: P.Paelay 18+4reb+6ast, A.Lovedale 17+3reb+1ast, G.Lessort 11+6reb+1ast, J.Williams 10+4reb+2ast, F.Thibedore 8+3ast, A.Salmon 7+7reb
Antibes: C.Brown 16+3reb+2ast, M.Badiane 13+9reb, F.Prenom 11+4reb, J.Allen 7+2reb, L.Bengaber 7+3reb+4ast, S.Essart 6+5reb+3ast
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Bourg - Maurienne 97-82

The game between leader JL Bourg and Aix-Maurienne in Bourg on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. JL Bourg beat guests from Aix-les-Bains 97-82. Aix-Maurienne was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. JL Bourg made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a very good performance for American-Puerto Rican point guard Donald Copeland (177-84, college: Seton Hall) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 19 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Senegalese center Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) contributed with 28 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. point guard Simon Darnauzan (178-80) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and American Wilbert Brown (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Aix-Maurienne. Five Aix-Maurienne players scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne's coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.JL Bourg will face Quimper UJAP (1-0) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aix-Maurienne will play against JA Vichy (0-1).
Top scorers:
Bourg: O.Barro 28+8reb+1ast, A.Tsagarakis 24+3reb+2ast, D.Copeland 23+19ast, J.Delhomme 9+1reb, M.Sonko 8+4reb+1ast, O.Da Silveira 3+2reb
Maurienne: S.Darnauzan 19+1reb+4ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 16+3reb+2ast, B.Osby 15+6reb+2ast, D.Tucker 11+3reb+1ast, W.Brown 10+10reb+3ast, M.Houmounou 4+1reb+1ast
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Boulogne - Evreux 85-80

SO Maritime Boulogne used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Evreux 85-80 on Saturday night. ALM Evreux trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 29-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-85 at the end of the game. ALM Evreux was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for point guard Zainoul Bah (188-84) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. American power forward James Mathis (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for ALM Evreux. Four ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. SO Maritime Boulogne will face Limoges CSP Elite (1-0) on the road. ALM Evreux will play against Chalons-Reims (1-0).
Top scorers:
Boulogne: Z.Bah 22+3ast, J.Rousselle 14+2reb+5ast, J.Mathis 14+7reb+1ast, I.Bankevics 9+1reb, F.Raposo Laurencio 8+8reb+1ast, T.Stanley 8+4reb+1ast
Evreux: A.Rowland 19+4reb+4ast, K.Popovich 15+3reb+1ast, M.Correa 13+4reb, J.Wood 12+7reb, G.Florimont 9+4reb+1ast, G.Costentin 6+2reb
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Boulazac - Le Portel 77-65

Boulazac Basket won their opening home game against Le Portel 77-65 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Boulazac Basket. Le Portel was better in second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Boulazac Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Le Portel's 38. Quite impressive performance for American Amadi McKenzie (201-86) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Yannick Gaillou (196-79) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) answered with 16 points and 6 assists and the other American import swingman Chris Davis (195-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) added 17 points in the effort for Le Portel. Boulazac Basket will face Olympique Antibes (0-1) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Le Portel will play against league's newly promoted Bordeaux (1-0).
Top scorers:
Boulazac: A.McKenzie 21+3reb+2ast, Y.Gaillou 15+8reb, D.Monroe 15+6reb+1ast, F.Adjiwanou 9+2reb+1ast, S.Njoya 8+4ast, R.Ayers 7+2reb
Le Portel: C.Davis 17+2reb+2ast, R.Taylor 16+2reb+6ast, N.Wyatte 11+9reb, M.Labeyrie 8+3reb+2ast, B.Mangin 5+2ast, I.Sy 3+1reb
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Rouen - Vichy 96-93 OT

The most interesting game took place in Rouen, where home team defeated in overtime former ProA JA Vichy 93-96 on Saturday night. The hosts were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 13-10. SPO Rouen made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. Power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (199-82, agency: Court Side) nailed 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and guard Pierric Poupet (191-84) accounted for 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. American forward Jonte Flowers (196-85, college: Winona St., agency: Warren Sports International) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and guard Mathieu Guichard (188-88) added 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for JA Vichy in the defeat. Four SPO Rouen and five JA Vichy players scored in double figures. JA Vichy will play against Aix-Maurienne (0-1) in Aix-les-Bains and hopes to be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Rouen: J.Siggers 22+2reb+2ast, C.Bronchard 21+8reb+3ast, C.Thioune 20+3reb+2ast, P.Poupet 13+6reb+8ast, T.Rupert 8+10reb+2ast, L.Chelle 6+1reb+1ast
Vichy: J.Flowers 22+13reb, M.Guichard 22+5reb+4ast, S.Dondon 12+3reb+1ast, A.Eito 12+7reb+5ast, D.Curtis 10+9reb+1ast, J.Aka 7+3reb
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Chalons-Reims - St Vallier 75-69

Chalons-Reims managed to get the season opener victory against visitors Saint Vallier 75-69 on Friday night. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Chalons-Reims outrebounded Saint Vallier 44-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. Quite impressive performance for American Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Swingman Rodrigue Mels (188-85, college: Cal.St. Northridge, agency: Court Side) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. David Denave (195-85) answered with 17 points and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws) and American LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Saint Vallier. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chalons-Reims will face ALM Evreux (0-1) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Saint Vallier will play against Fos Ouest.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: R.Mels 20+8reb+2ast, K.Joss-Rauze 17+2reb+4ast, C.Daniels 15+14reb+2ast, N.Carter 10+6reb+1ast, K.Corre 8+6reb+3ast, E.Plateau 2+3reb
St Vallier: D.Denave 17+4reb+3ast, S.Barrett 13+2reb, L.Prowell 12+9reb, K.Shiloh 10+6reb+3ast, F.Tortosa 8+1reb, Y.Zonnet 7
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Nantes - Limoges 82-85

Freshly relegated team from ProA Limoges managed to win a close game in Nantes 85-82 on Friday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Nantes won third quarter 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international guard Joseph Gomis (180-78) fired 22 points and 8 assists for the winners. American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Forward Nicolas Gayon (190-82) produced 15 points and naturalized Swiss power forward David Ramseyer (200-87) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard 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. Limoges CSP Elite's next round opponent will be SO Maritime Boulogne (1-0) at home, which may be the game of the day. Nantes will play against Lille Metropole (0-1).
Top scorers:
Limoges: J.Gomis 22+3reb+8ast, L.Milbourne 17+1reb+4ast, C.Massie 15+7reb+2ast, R.Desroses 11+1ast, S.Traore 8+4reb, J.Mipoka 5+5reb+1ast
Nantes: N.Gayon 15+2reb+1ast, J.Fields 14+1reb+1ast, D.Fergerson 13+1reb+2ast, D.Ramseyer 12+5reb+1ast, O.Bardet 9+2reb+2ast, M.Drame 7+1reb+1ast
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Fos Ouest - Lille 73-60

Fos Ouest used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Lille 73-60 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-60. Lille Metropole was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Marymount) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 8 rebounds. point guard Edouard Choquet (187-88) contributed with 9 points and 7 assists for the winners. Four Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. American power forward Steffon Bradford (199-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lille Metropole. Lille Metropole's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Fos Ouest will face Saint Vallier (0-1) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lille Metropole will play against Nantes (0-1).
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: B.Clark 14+2reb+1ast, S.Gay 12+8reb+1ast, P.Haquet 11+5reb+1ast, K.Atamna 10+1reb+1ast, M.Hachad 10+5reb+2ast, E.Choquet 9+1reb+7ast
Lille: S.Bradford 16+12reb+1ast, S.Smith 11+5reb, J.Sauret 7+4reb+2ast, C.Marshall 7+4reb, N.Taccoen 6+2reb, B.Gillet 5+3reb+3ast
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Bordeaux - Denain 79-78

A very interesting game took place in Bordeaux between two newly promoted teams. Bordeaux edged Denain Voltaire at home 79-78. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Bordeaux looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Kurt Cunningham (205-87, college: Boise St.) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 5 rebounds. Romain Dardaine (201-88) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Bordeaux's coach Claude Bergeaud used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) answered with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Nate Rohnert (197-87, college: Denver) added 18 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Denain Voltaire. Four Bordeaux and five Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. Denain Voltaire will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get on the winning path. Bordeaux will try to continue on its current victory against Le Portel (0-1) on the road.
Top scorers:
Bordeaux: K.Cunningham 12+5reb+3ast, R.Dardaine 11+5reb+3ast, G.Darrigand 10+4reb+4ast, J.Ford 10+4reb+1ast, S.Driss 9+2reb+2ast, B.Diaw 9+7reb+3ast
Denain: J.James 19+6reb+5ast, N.Rohnert 18+9reb, R.Rossiter 13+13reb+1ast, R.Brocheray 11+5reb+1ast, F.Minet 11+2reb+3ast, X.Gaillou 4+1reb+2ast
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Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Bordeaux 1-0 
 2. Boulazac 1-0 
 3. Boulogne 1-0 
 4. Bourg 1-0 
 5. Chalons-Reims 1-0 
 6. Fos Ouest 1-0 
 7. Limoges 1-0 
 8. Quimper 1-0 
 9. Rouen 1-0 
 10. St Etienne 0-0 
 11. Antibes 0-1 
 12. Denain 0-1 
 13. Evreux 0-1 
 14. Le Portel 0-1 
 15. Lille 0-1 
 16. Maurienne 0-1 
 17. Nantes 0-1 
 18. St Vallier 0-1 
 19. Vichy 0-1 


Boris Diaw helps Bordeaux win in his debut - by Eurobasket News
Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) had successful debut with his Bordeaux (ProB, Round 1). He helped them beat Denain in thriller 79-78. Diaw spent 27 minutes on the court collecting 16 points and 7 rebounds. He came in from the bench. Boris Diaw joined Bordeaux few days ago. He will play there until the end of the NBA lockout. Diaw is originally a member of the Charlotte Bobcats. He had 11.3 ppg, 5 rpg and 4.1 apg for them in 82 NBA games last season. In 2009/10, he had almost the same numbers for 86 games. Before Charlotte, Boris Diaw played for the Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks. He started basketball career with Bordeaux and later played for INSEP and Pau-Orthez. Boris Diaw won the EuroBasket Silver with French NT earlier this month. He had 8 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 2.5 apg for 11 games in Lithuania. In 2005, Diaw helped France to win the Bronze at EuroBasket in Belgrade. There, he had 13.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 3.4 apg for 7 games.
Boris Diaw became a President of JSA Bordeaux last year.


Galatasaray beats ASVEL in the Semis, 93-83 - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - ASVEL 93-83

Galatasaray advanced to Finals of the Euroleague qualifications tournament in Vilnius. The Turkish squad outplayed ASVEL today 93-83 and will meet Lietuvos Rytas tomorrow. The bet is huge as the winner will reach Euroleague regular season. It is important to mention again that Rytas is the host of this tournament. French ASVEL will continue this season in EuroCup. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) stepped up for Galata with 22 points (6 triples). Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) had 18 points and 5 rebounds, while Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) netted 12 pts for 13 minutes on the court. In ASVEL, Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points. Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) and Phil Goss (186-G-83, college: Drexel) had 17 and 13 points respectively. Quarters: 28-23, 24-28, 17-15, 24-17. The Big Final is scheduled for tomorrow at 18:00 CET.

Galatasaray: Jaka Lakovic 22, Darius Songaila 18+5 boards, Cevher Ozer 12
ASVEL: Leo Westermann 18, Dijon Thompson 17, Phil Goss 13


Nanterre and Russell Robinson split - by Eurobasket News
Russell Robinson (185-G-86) is no longer a member of JSF Nanterre. Two sides agreed to terminate the deal. Robinson joined Nanterre during the summer. He spent last season in Spain as a member of DKV Joventut Badalona. Robinson averaged 9.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals in 34 games. Before Joventut, he spent one season in NBA D-League. He had about 16.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 4.5 apg for almost 50 games with the Reno Bighorns and Maine Red Claws. Robinson played for the Bighorns also in 2008/09. It was his first season as a pro. Russell Robinson graduated at the University of Kansas three years ago. They won the NCAA title in his senior season.

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MZT Skopje losses to Partizan - by Eurobasket News
MZT Skopje - Partizan 91-61

MZT Skopje participates at international tournament in Banja Luka. The Macedonian squad met Partizan Belgrade in the first meeting. The Serbian powerhouse was too strong for their rival celebrating 91-61 victory. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) was the leading player in Partizan with 17 points. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 14 points each. The last one with double digits in Partizan was Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) with 12 points. On the other side, MZT Skopje got 14 points from Ognen Stojanovski (190-G-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Gjorgi Cekovski (203-F/C-79) and Noah Dahlman (200-F-89, college: Wofford) delivered 9 and 8 points respectively. Partizan took control on MZT from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 32-15, 14-12, 23-15, 22-19. MZT Skopje will play against Hemofarm for third place at this tournament. Hemofarm lost to Igokea in the Semis 81-88.

MZT Skopje: Ognen Stojanovski 14, Gjorgi Cekovski 9, Noah Dahlman 8
Partizan: Miroslav Raduljica 17, Nikola Pekovic 14, Danilo Andjusic 14, Vladimir Lucic 12


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Charleroi one step away from Euroleague regular season - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - Charleroi 63-74

Charleroi was better than ALBA Berlin this evening and will meet CEZ Nymburk in the Finals. The host of Euroleague Qualifying Tournament celebrated 74-63 victory today and they are one step away from the regular season. Nymburk surprised Khimky and booked a spot for the Big Final tomorrow at 19:00 CET. On the other side, ALBA Berlin will continue in EuroCup. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: JMU) led the scorers in victory with 15 points. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) had 11 points and 6 rebounds, while Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) (7 as) and Justin Hamilton (191-G-80, college: Florida) helped Charleroi with 10 points each. In ALBA, Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) collected 20 points and 6 boards. Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) had 13 pts and 8 rebs, and Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) stopped to 9 points, 5 rebs and 5 assists. Quarters: 16-24, 16-12, 14-17, 17-21. The winner of this tournament will be placed to regular season - Group D.

ALBA: Derrick Allen 20+6 boards, Bryce Taylor 13+8 boards, Heiko Schaffartzik 9+5 boards+5 as
Charleroi: Dwayne Broyles 15, Caleb Green 11+6 boards, Demond Mallet 10+7 as, Justin Hamilton 10


The Rapid Miles Basketball Exchange With EJ Gallup (TBB Trier) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
E.J. Gallup (193-G-81, college: Co.Carolina) is a 30 year old 193cm guard from Gloverville, New York. He is playing his first season as a member of TBB Trier. He is a very positive player on the court, who plays with talent and personality. Has great offensive skills and knows how to do at the defensive side. He started his basketball career at Albany (NCAA2) in 2000 and played there until 2002. He then transferred to Co.Carolina (NCAA) where he played until 2004. In his senior year, he played 29 games: 17.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 43.4%, FT: 89.6%. He started his professional basketball career in 2006 with Albany Patrons (CBA). He then moved to Germany in the same season playing for ratiopharm Ulm (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 10 games: 4.7ppg, 2FGP: 35.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 2-3. In 2007-2008, he returned to Ulm playing 34 games: 12.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 87.3%. He stepped away from the court from 2008-2011 before returning last summer to play for the Albany Legends (IBL, starting five): 17ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.6apg, 3PT: 56% (1). He spoke to eurobasket this summer about basketball.

Congrats on your new job with TBB Trier. After 3 years absence from the Beko BBL, how does it feel to be returning back to Germany?

It feels great, Im happy to be back in Germany, and excited to be playing for TBB Trier.

In the 2007-2008 season you played with Ratiopharm Ulm having a solid season averaging 12.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 87.3%. Why did you leave the basketball world then?

I had a great experience in Ulm, but for me at that time I decided to go in a different direction than basketball and opened a bar and grille.

Did you follow a different kind of summer workout schedule this summer preparing for your return?

Well I had a different type of basketball schedule this year because I played in the IBL for the Albany Legends so we were in season all the way until July.

How did a typical summer workout session day look like as E.J. Gallup?

In July after the IBL season was over I took a little time off to rest and then at the end of July I got back in the gym, with individual workout sessions and lifting.

You played this year for the Albany Legends of the IBL, what kind of experience was this and what could you learn from head coach Ben Smith?

I was a great experience for me because Ben Smith and the Albany Legends gave me the opportunity to restart my career and show teams overseas that I was still in shape, and could play at a high level.

You are returning back to the Beko BBL and will play for TBB Trier. What were the main reasons for going to this club

Well I met with Coach Roedl this summer in Wilmington, NC and had workout with him and got to know him a little bit and knew I would be comfortable coming over and playing for him.

Did you talk to ex coach Mike Taylor before you made your decision? What kind of advice did he give you?

I didnt get a chance to talk to coach Taylor right before I made my decision but we have exchanged emails in the past and he has been nothing but supportive of me and always has.

How aware are you about TBB Trier head coach Henrik Roedl and his achievements? I am sure that you watched the 1993 NCAA final North Carolina-Michigan where Roedl helped win the title.

Yes Im familiar with what Coach Roedl has done as a player and obviously respect what he has done on the court. I also think that was he has done as a player will help him in the transition into becoming a very good coach.

Have you had talks with coach Roedl? What will be your role in the team?

Yes, we have had talks. I expect that my role will be to come in and be a professional and step in to whatever role that will be needed from me. After being away for three years I am just thrilled to be back on a team again, and look forward to just being one of the guys.


You will be reunited with Dru Joyce. What is something that you will never forget about Dru Joyce on and off the court from the Ulm days?

Well Dru is a good friend of mine I think first and foremost is that he is a good person. He has a very good work ethic and he is very motivated and competitive, which are the type of characteristics you want to have from your PG. He is a more experienced player than when he was in his rookie season with Ulm, and has become a very solid player in the Beko BBL.

How vivid is winning the 2008 Beko BBL allstar three point shooting contest? Where is your award sitting these days?

That was a very fun night in Hamburg. It was something that was different and fun and I think when Im old and cant play anymore it will be a good memory to look back on. The award actually is still floating around Germany somewhere, it was supposed to be sent to me but never was haha. So if anyone has seen or sees the 2008 trophy please send it to Trier!


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

I think my passing to be honest, Im known as a shooter and always being counted on to knock down 3's and stretch defenses. But my ball handling and passing has been something that I have been working on a lot since I last played in Ulm.

What is something about the country Germany that you are looking forward to seeing again?

Germany is a beautiful place. Im from Upstate New York and grew up in the Adirondack Mountains so in Ulm and in Trier it has some of the same landscape which I think is very nice. I also like walking through the city centers in different cities in Germany and being outside.

Who won a one on one game in pratice at Ulm you or Dru Joyce? Who will have the revenge factor this time around?

Dru and I never really got into the 1 on 1 game in Ulm. We would get up a lot of shots together after practice in Ulm and it will probably be the same way in Trier. But if we did play 1 on 1 we might be there for a while because we both hate to lose, so if he beat me then id want a rematch right away, and I know for sure he would want a rematch if I beat him.

What is your opinion about NBA player Ron Artest changing his name to World Peace?

Well its his name so he can do whatever he wants with it and anyone trying to do what they can to bring about world peace is cool with me!

Thanks EJ for the chat.




Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Crailsheim 2-0 
 2. Cuxhaven 2-0 
 3. Duesseldorf 2-0 
 4. Webmoebel 2-0 
 5. Chemnitz 1-0 
 6. MBC 1-0 
 7. Braves 1-1 
 8. Ehingen 1-1 
 9. Kirchheim 1-1 
 10. Heidelberg 0-1 
 11. Jena 0-1 
 12. ETB Wohnbau 0-2 
 13. Karlsruhe 0-2 
 14. Leitershofen 0-2 
 15. NBC 0-2 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Dorsten 1-0 
 2. Rist Wedel 1-0 
 3. Vechta 1-0 
 4. Wulfen 1-0 
 5. Wolfenbuettel 1-1 
 6. Stahnsdorf 1-1 
 7. Hannover 0-0 
 8. Herten 0-0 
 9. ALBA Berlin II 0-1 
 10. Bayer Giants 0-1 
 11. Bernau 0-1 
 12. Schwelm 0-1 
 13. SU Medien 0-1 
Group South
 1. Gotha 2-0 
 2. Hanau 1-0 
 3. Langen 1-0 
 4. Leipzig 1-0 
 5. Licher Baeren 1-0 
 6. Noerdlingen 1-0 
 7. BG Illertal 0-1 
 8. BSW Sixers 0-1 
 9. Dragons 0-1 
 10. Fraport SKY II 0-1 
 11. Giessen 0-1 
 12. TSV Troester 0-1 


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Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 1-0 
 2. Leeuwarden 1-0 
 3. Den Bosch 0-0 
 4. Nijmegen 0-0 
 5. Weert 0-0 
 6. Zwolle 0-0 
 7. Leiden 0-1 
 8. Rotterdam 0-1 


Preview DBL 2011-2012 - by Fred Roggen
This season is sure to be as exciting as in years past. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden , GasTerra Flames Groningen, and Eiffel Towers Den Bosch look to be the elite teams in the country, while lesser-known teams such as Magixx for KidsRights and Lasaulec Aris Leeuwarden look to make things interesting.
Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden are the defending champs so they get the nod here.

Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden are hoping to win a 2nd straight championship. Head coach Toon van Helfteren has all the pieces in place for another title run, and If Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden can win the Dutch title again this year, a dynasty talk will grow louder in Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden and Toon van Helfteren will arguably be the best coach of the last ten years. Jackson and de Jong form a tough backcourt here and Slagter is a great clutch scorer for this team. The key will be the health of Seamus Boxley. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden will need him to be a key player down the stretch in the league. They can score from anywhere on the court, and can defend as well. They're my early season choice to get the trophy this
summer.

GasTerra Flames Groningen turned over almost its complete roster this past offseason, shipping out such notables as Matt Bauscher, Matt Haryasz, Robby Bostain, Jason Ellis and Steve Ross.
With MVP Jason Dourisseau and with the addition of the experienced guards Bell and Wesby they have added points to their backcourt. The new look GasTerra Flames Groningen should have enough depth to make it three final appearances in a row. The question is whether they can avoid a second defeat once they get there. If David Bell stays healthy and when he averaged 18- 20 points, the answer is yes. They would definitely be the underdog but, with a strong Wyatt and Dourisseau, they could compete with EiffelTowers in the league, except perhaps a well-oiled Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden
team.

If any team in the League can compete with Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden and the GasTerra Flames Groningen, it's Eiffel Towers Den Bosch. There is no question the EiffelTowers can match up with Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden and the GasTerra Flames Groningen offensively. Small forward Kees Akerboom jr. can score from the inside and outside, and Rogier Jansen is a constant three-point threat.
The return of center Peter van Paassen to the lineup make the EiffelTowers a tough team to stop this season but questions still about at the frontcourt. Van Paassen can cover some of the mistakes, but if he isn't healthy, the team is going to give up points in buckets. Coach Raoul Korner acknowledges this, and has concentrated on new defensive schemes throughout the preseason.

The Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen were a Jekyll-and-Hyde team a year ago. They played a up and down regular season only to turn into a powerhouse in the playoffs. They swept the Defriesland Aris in the first round and upset Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden in the semifinals.
The past summer saw the acquisition of Lucas Hargrove, the brothers Bekkering and point guard Maurice Acker. Now that they've picked up all the pieces, the Magixx's just need to put them together. Sizing up the DBL, few teams have enough weapons to match the Magixx's, and coach Michael Schuurs will make sure that they
keep up the intensity on defense. Although they won only 22 games last season, they could make a run in the playoffs this season.

Lasaulec Aris Leeuwarden have also made off-season acquisitions that will put them in contention for a playoffs spot. Shooting guard Tjoe de Paula and point guard Lance Jeter joins the forwards Mark Sanchez and Manny Adako, hoping to add some much needed offense to a team that showed potential towards the end of last season.
Lasaulec Aris Leeuwarden will continue to get better and better throughout the regular season, and this team could be a real darkhorse in the DBL come playoff time.

Stepco BS Weert decided to surprise the pundits the other way last year, It was a tale of two seasons for BS Weert. the first part was good. The team roared to a 9-9 start, fueled by the all-court excellence of Glenn Stokes. With the frontcourt severely lacking, the BS Weert defense was more like Swiss cheese than the local Dutch cheese.
The team collapsed completely late in the season when seemingly every important player came down with a injury. Stepco BS Weert head into this year looking to get back into the postseason. Glenn Stokes is gone and Robby Harman will start in his place.
Unfortunately, until they make a serious effort to upgrade their frontcourt, it's going to be hard for them to outscore teams on a consistent basis. The lack of a defensive stopper in the backcourt only magnifies the shortcomings of Stepco BS Weert centers.

Landstede Basketbal Zwolle won't be a laughingstock. After the nightly embarassments of the two last seasons, that alone will make this season feel like a wild success.
Landstede Basketbal Zwolle always have had a solid team. But throughout their history, they never really have scared anybody. Their best-ever playoff performance was taking Landstede Basketbal Zwolle to the Finals of the playoffs six years ago -- a good year, but hardly earth-shattering. The reason is simple: Landstede Basketbal Zwolle are the proverbial 'nice' team.
They have a solid lineup, but are also weak at shooting guard. Their bench is good, but it's not Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden', either. The new Home Court should probably help their win total, if only by giving them a home-court advantage that was lacking a year ago, but they still look like a team that will have trouble reaching the playoffs.

Coach Randy Wiel will at least get Rotterdam Challengers to compete every game, which is more than they could say a year ago. However, playing in a 8 team league where four teams could win 20 games or more means the bar is raised very high for this team. Until or unless one of the youngsters turns the corner and becomes a genuine star, Rotterdam College face a long road just to get a few wins. They seem to be on the right path, but they need another year or three of building their talent base and letting the young players develop. Coach Randy Wiel is one of the better at handling young players in this league.



Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Red Giants 3-0 
 2. Amsterdam 2-0 
 3. Binnenland 2-0 
 4. De Hoppers 2-0 
 5. Leiden 2 2-0 
 6. Rotterdam 2 1-1 
 7. Almonte 1-1 
 8. Goba 1-1 
 9. Hoofddorp 1-2 
 10. Akrides 0-2 
 11. Cangeroes 0-2 
 12. De Groene 0-2 
 13. Jugglers 0-2 
 14. Punch 0-2 


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CLS Knights and Aspac advanced to the Final - by Eurobasket News
CLS Knights - Garuda 60-44

The game was mostly controlled by CLS Knights. Garuda managed to win second period 12-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Garuda to just 4 points in first quarter. CLS Knights forced 23 Garuda turnovers. Strangely Garuda outrebounded CLS Knights 37-25 including 23 on the defensive glass. The former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-83) stepped up and scored 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Sandy Febiansyakh (190-86) chipped in 12 points. At the losing side the former international center Hendrik Agustinus (203-82) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and Octoviano Sura (190-84) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: S.Febiansyakh 12+4reb, A.Ekayana 11+1reb+1ast, A.Indrajaya 10+6reb+3ast, D.Muharri 9+2reb+2ast, J.Jeffry 5, T.Agus 4+1reb
Garuda: H.Agustinus 12+8reb+1ast, O.Sura 8+6reb+1ast, I.Budianto 6+6reb+1ast, H.Ramli 6+2reb+3ast, V.Nolland 4+4reb, F.Minallah 2+1reb
gschID: 150347


Aspac - Pelita Jaya 60-39

The game was mostly controlled by Aspac. Pelita Jaya was better in third quarter 11-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Pelita Jaya to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Forward Pringgo Regowo (-87) nailed 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Sigit Harun Nurman (187-88) accounted for 15 points. The former international forward Samuel Kurniahu (186-83) came up with 7 points and 11 rebounds and the former international swingman Vavories Palopo (186-84) added 9 points respectively for Pelita Jaya in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Aspac: S.Harun Nurman 15, P.Regowo 9+7reb+2ast, R.Effendi 7+6reb+1ast, K.Akbar 6+5reb+1ast, F.Andika Ramadhani 6+2reb+5ast, A.Joko 5+3reb+1ast
Pelita Jaya: K.Purwanto 11+2reb+1ast, V.Palopo 9+3reb+2ast, S.Kurniahu 7+11reb+2ast, Y.Mardiyansyah 5+7reb, G.Gumilar 3, D.Wenas 2+3reb
gschID: 150346




NBL Round 7 of Preseason Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Pacific Caesar - Stadium Jak. 59-54

Stadium Jakarta lost to Pacific Ceasar on the road. Stadium Jakarta was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Pacific Caesar dominated on the defensive end, holding Stadium Jakarta to just 6 points in fourth quarter. It was a great evening for forward Gege Nagata (185-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Erik Wahyudi (170-87) helped adding 6 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side Dino Leonardo (188-86) responded with 22 points and Mohammad Wicaksono (189-89) scored 7 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Stadium Jakarta's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Stadium Jak.: D.Leonardo 22+4reb, R.Ariestedes 12+5reb+1ast, E.Hadi 7+3reb+2ast, M.Wicaksono 7+8reb+4ast, A.Arifin 3+1ast, R.Ruslan 2+5reb
Pacific Caesar: G.Nagata 21+5reb, R.Anggakara 9+5reb, E.Sasmito 8+4reb, H.Saputro 6+3reb+2ast, E.Wahyudi 6+4reb+7ast, D.Kurniawan 5
gschID: 143975


Satya Wacana - Muba Hangtuah 32-58

Muba Hangtuah shocked Satya Wacana away from home to gain the second win at the tournament. The game without a history. Muba Hangtuah led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Satya Wacana to just 4 points in second quarter and to 11 points in first half. Muba Hangtuah held Satya Wacana to an opponent 21.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 36.5 percent accuracy of the winners. Muba Hangtuah forced 29 Satya Wacana turnovers and outrebounded them 39-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. Center Adhi Prasetyo (194-93) fired 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Ahmad Junaidi (188-90) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Musthofa Ramadhan (186-90) produced 9 points and guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) added 5 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: M.Ramadhan 9+2reb, Y.Sua 6+2reb+1ast, R.Pamungkas 5+5reb, F.Nugroho 4+4reb, A.Abraham 3+2reb, J.Lolowang 3+2reb
Muba Hangtuah: A.Prasetyo 13+8reb+1ast, T.Sugiharto 12+5reb+1ast, A.Junaidi 9+7reb+2ast, A.Sapto 6+1reb, P.Sanggor 6+1reb+1ast, D.Heryadi 5+3reb
gschID: 143976


Comfort Mobile - Garuda 43-56

Garuda advanced into the semis with a road win over Comfort Mobile. The guests trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 39-16 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Garuda dominated on the defensive end, holding Comfort Mobile to just 5 points in third quarter. They also forced 21 Comfort Mobile turnovers and outrebounded them 43-24 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Indra Budianto (181-83) fired 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Hendru Ramli (188-88) chipped in 13 points. Saleh Afriatna (180-93) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and Airlangga Sabara (190-85) added 14 points and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Comfort Mobile: A.Sabara 14+4reb+2ast, S.Afriatna 13+6reb+1ast, J.Ingutali 8+2reb+1ast, R.Ongkowijoyo 5+1reb, H.Kurniawan 2+4reb+3ast, G.Sitaniapesy 1+4reb+1ast
Garuda: I.Budianto 14+6reb+4ast, H.Ramli 13+4reb+1ast, H.Agustinus 9+6reb+1ast, N.Fritzgerald 9+6reb+2ast, C.Gideon 5+11reb, M.Rizal Falconi 2
gschID: 143973


NSH GMC Riau - Satria Muda 39-84

Satria Muda suffocated NSH GMC Riau on the road to post the third win. The game without a history. Satria Muda 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 NSH GMC Riau's 24. Satria Muda forced 20 NSH GMC Riau turnovers and outrebounded them 58-25 including a 27-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Satria Muda brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for Galank Gunawan (194-87) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 23 rebounds. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) accounted for 14 points for the winning side. Melkisedek Yesyurun (183-81) came up with 14 points and forward Welly Chandra (186-90) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for NSH GMC Riau in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
NSH GMC Riau: M.Yesyurun 14+3reb, W.Chandra 6+8reb, R.Febriyan 5+1reb, A.Amier 4+3reb, H.Nurdiansyah 4+3reb, R.Israelli 2
Satria Muda: A.Wisnu 14+4reb+1ast, B.Siregar 12+2reb+1ast, G.Gunawan 11+23reb+1ast, F.Julius Achmad 9+3reb+3ast, S.Liogu 8+7reb, F.Susanto 8+8reb
gschID: 143974




Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Aspac 5-0 
 2. CLS Knights 5-0 
 3. Garuda 4-1 
 4. Pelita Jaya 4-1 
 5. Satria Muda 3-2 
 6. Stadium Jak. 2-3 
 7. Bima Sakti 2-3 
 8. Muba Hangtuah 2-3 
 9. Satya Wacana 1-4 
 10. Comfort Mobile 1-4 
 11. Pacific Caesar 1-4 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 0-5 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Valentino WUWUNGAN
  Satya W.
  (193-F-89)
  Avg: 16
 1. Wuwungan, Satya W.16.0 
 2. Sebayang, Pelita J.16.0 
 3. Purwanto, Pelita J.13.0 
 4. Effendi, Aspac13.0 
 5. Sapto, Muba H.12.0 
 6. Sugiharto, Muba H.12.0 
 7. Regowo, Aspac12.0 
 8. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.11.3 
 9. Rizky Ardian., Bim.10.0 
 10. Indrajaya, CLS K.10.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Valentino WUWUNGAN
  Satya W.
  (193-F-89)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Wuwungan, Satya W.7.7 
 2. Indrajaya, CLS K.7.3 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac7.0 
 4. Nolland, Garuda7.0 
 5. Muharri, CLS K.7.0 
 6. Regowo, Aspac6.5 
 7. Heryadi, Muba H.6.5 
 8. Rizky Ardian., Bim.6.3 
 9. Gideon, Garuda6.2 
 10. Febriyan, NSH G.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.0 
 2. Thoyib, Aspac3.0 
 3. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.7 
 4. Sapto, Muba H.2.4 
 5. Wilopo, Muba H.2.4 
 6. Indrajaya, CLS K.2.3 
 7. Kurniawan, Comfor.2.2 
 8. Sudjana, CLS K.2.0 
 9. Sura, Garuda2.0 
 10. Trisakti, Aspac2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Isman THOYIB
  Aspac
  (202-C-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Thoyib, Aspac6.0 
 2. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.5 
 3. Sartika, Bima Sakti3.0 
 4. Wijaya, Garuda2.7 
 5. Nolland, Garuda2.5 
 6. Nurman, Aspac2.5 
 7. Ramli, Garuda2.2 
 8. Kurniahu, Pelita J.2.0 
 9. Pamungkas, NSH G.2.0 
 10. Junaidi, Muba H.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 I G Ngurah TEGUH
  Muba H.
  (189-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Teguh, Muba H.2.6 
 2. Gunawan, Satya W.1.8 
 3. Sitaniapesy, Comfo.1.6 
 4. Wuwungan, Satya W.1.3 
 5. Muharri, CLS K.1.0 
 6. Sugiharto, Muba H.1.0 
 7. Arizki, Aspac1.0 
 8. Febriyan, NSH G.1.0 
 9. Nurman, Aspac1.0 
 10. Sura, Garuda1.0 


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


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Maccabi Clinches First Place in Adriatic League With 83:68 Premiere Over Krka - by David Pick
So (foklis) Far, So Good - With a positive 4-0 exhibition record, six-new faces on its player roster including one NBA champion, Jordan Farmar, Maccabi Tel-Aviv officially kicked off the 2011/12 season with an 83:68 Adriatic league debut over Krka Novo Mesto. Greek legend Thodoros Papaloukas injured his knee in practice and didnt suit up but is expected to play on Monday against Lasko.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis was superb for Maccabi, running up and down the court with ease, scoring a game high 18 points. Jordan Farmar and Devin Smith each had 11 and Yogev Ohayon with 6-steals played a fantastic game adding 8 points to his stat sheet. Jerome Jordan 15, Curtis Stinson and Jure Balazic added 9 each for Krka.

Maccabi's NBA star Jordan Farmar commented, 'We still have to adjust and learn how to play with each other but as of now we're doing fine and playing well. We're taking it day by day working on things we need to improve from game to game. I'm not looking into the future, right now I'm with Maccabi, I love my teammates, love my coaching staff and for now I'm here to stay.'

Assistant coach Guy Goodes added, 'We came in here and beat the Slovenian champs on their home court which is a tough thing to accomplish. Overall I'm very pleased, throughout the game we had some better moments and some worse, and we'll try and learn from them for the future. It's still very early in the season and guys are trying to learn one another's game. Theo didnt play tonight because he hurt his knee yesterday in practice.'

Maccabi 83 Krka 68

Maccabi immediately led from tip-off giving Krka no chance of ever coming close throughout the entire game. After an easy 5:0, and 16:7 advantages, Maccabi took a trouble-free 25:13 first-quarter lead. The second-period was a continuation of the prior one as the Israelis took a, 42:32, comfortable half time lead. The yellow-and-blue men increased their lead by the end of the third to, 64:51, however, 43-second earlier, the former Duke Blue Devils champion Jon Scheyer took the parquet floor for the first time wearing a yellow uniform scoring two-free throws. The final period was an ongoing garbage time as Krka never really endangered the Israeli champs, the final score board showed an, 83:68, guest win.

Tal Burstein and Shawn James each scored 8, Lior Eliyahu 5, Guy Pnini and Milan Macvan 4, Jon Scheyer, David Blu and Richard Hendrix each added a bucket.

Coach Blatt and his men will stay in Slovenia for Monday's game against Zlatorog Lasko and will return to Israel Tuesday afternoon, flight OS857. Come Thursday, Cibona Zagreb will arrive at the Nokia Arena as Jordan Farmar, Thodoros Papaloukas, Jon Scheyer and the rest of the yellow-and-blue clan make their first season appearance in front of Maccabi's 11,000 roaring supporters.

For more Israeli basketball updates follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd




Bnei Hasharon-Herzeliya suffered a 90:69 lose to Slask Wroclaw - by David Pick
Without their promising NBA big man Trevor Booker, who sat out with a pulled muscle, Bnei Hasharon-Herzeliya took the floor earlier this evening in the annual Polish Sopot tournament, and suffered a 90:69 'L' to WKS Slask Wroclaw.

On the bright side, Bnei's coaching staff could be extremely pleased with two of its young Israeli rookies, Roi Buchbinder and Guy Lavie who showed great potential and athleticism in their first European game experience.

Delroy James led the Israeli org. with 17 points, LaceDarius Dunn wasn't far behind finishing with 14, Guy Lavie scored 11, Demond 'Tweety' Carter and Roi Buchbinder added 9 and 6 respectively. Wroclaw's Aleksandar Mladenovic had a game high 23 and Slavisa Bogavac added 21 for the winning squad.

At half time the score board showed a, 48:34, Wroclaw lead who continued to dominate in the second half on route to a final 90:69 triumph. Tomorrow Bnei will play for the 3-4 spot and is expected to return to Israel Tuesday afternoon.

For more Israeli basketball updates follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd





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Montepaschi Siena targets Carlos Delfino - by Eurobasket News
According to various sources, Montepaschi Siena wants to sign Carlos Delfino (198-G-82). Reportedly, they already offered him a deal with NBA out, but it is important to mention that nothing is officially confirmed yet. Carlos Delfino already returned to Europe once and it was three years ago. He was a member of Khimky Moscow Region at that time. In the past, Delfino played for Skipper Fortitudo Bologna and Reggio Calabria.
Carlos Delfino spent last two seasons with Milwaukee Bucks. In the latest one he had 11.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.3 apg and 1.6 spg in 49 NBA games. He had almost the same numbers in 2009/10. Before Khimky, Delfino played one year for Toronto Raptors and three with Detroit Pistons. Also he is active member of the Argentinean National Team since 2003. Delfino helped them win FIBA Americas Gold this year. He had 12.6 ppg, 5 rpg, 2.1 apg and 1.8 spg. Argentina booked a ticket for the Olympic Games 2012.


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Nicolas Manuel STANIC
  Fabri.
  (177-G-84)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Nicolas Manu., Fab.14.9 
 2. Luca Pesaresi Sant.14.4 
 3. Francesco Ro., Fir.13.9 
 4. Massimiliano., Fir.13.8 
 5. Andrew Rath Firen.13.6 
 6. Roberto Feli., Chi.13.4 
 7. Fabrizio Gia., Chi.13.0 
 8. Danilo Galle., Chi.12.8 
 9. Giorgio Sgob., Fab.12.1 
 10. Maximiliano ., Fa.11.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberto FELICIANGELI
  Chieti
  (204-F-74)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Roberto Feli., Chi.8.7 
 2. Jacopo Silim., San.6.6 
 3. Giorgio Brog., San.6.2 
 4. Roberto Marc., Chi.6.1 
 5. Massimiliano., Fir.6.1 
 6. Giorgio Sgob., Fab.5.5 
 7. Francesco Ro., Fir.5.2 
 8. Luis Maria M., Fab.4.9 
 9. Paulo Fabria., Fab.4.7 
 10. Luca Usberti Fabr.4.7 
Assists Per Game
 Nicolas Manuel STANIC
  Fabri.
  (177-G-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Nicolas Manu., Fab.4.1 
 2. Stefano Rajo., Chi.3.0 
 3. Victorio Gus., Chi.2.4 
 4. Danilo Galle., Chi.2.3 
 5. Luca Usberti Fabri.2.3 
 6. Roberto Feli., Chi.2.0 
 7. Eugenio Riva., San.1.9 
 8. Riccardo Fois Fire.1.8 
 9. Andrew Rath Firen.1.7 
 10. Luca Pesaresi San.1.7 
Steals Per Game
 Victorio Gustavo MUSSO
  Chieti
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Victorio Gus., Chi.2.4 
 2. Nicolas Manu., Fab.2.4 
 3. Eugenio Riva., San.2.3 
 4. Stefano Rajo., Chi.2.2 
 5. Mattia Magri., Chi.2.1 
 6. Roberto Feli., Chi.2.1 
 7. Matteo Paler., San.2.1 
 8. Francesco Ro., Fir.2.0 
 9. Andrew Rath Firen.1.9 
 10. Giorgio Sgob., Fa.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Francesco ROTELLA
  Firen.
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Francesco Ro., Fir.1.8 
 2. Paulo Fabria., Fab.1.2 
 3. Jacopo Silim., San.1.1 
 4. Niccolo Cioni Fire.0.6 
 5. Carlo Santom., Fir.0.5 
 6. Giovanni Mar., San.0.4 
 7. Roberto Marc., Chi.0.4 
 8. Luis Maria M., Fab.0.3 
 9. Roberto Feli., Chi.0.3 
 10. Massimiliano., Fi.0.3 


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  JAPAN   


Oita Heat Devils land Wendell White - by Eurobasket News
Oita Heat Devils bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Wendell White (198-G-84, college: UNLV). The guard spent the last season with the Kyoto Hannaryz. He tallied 19.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game in BJ League. Asia-Basket.com named Wendell White into All-Japanese BJ League 2nd Team. In 2009/10 season Wendell White played for the Hamamatsu Phoenix. His stats read 21.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game in that season. Asia-Basket.com named Wendell White All-Japanese BJ League Player of the Year in 2010. Previously the guard played for Dongbu Promy in South Korea. The guard also made it into Asia-Basket.com Korean KBL All-Imports Team.


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  KOSOVO   


Kosovo Cup begins in March 2012! - by Dren Shporta
The League Commissioner, Hajrullah Rexhepi, yesterday announced the dates when will be played Kosovo Cup matches. Regarding the number of teams and number of games it was decided that cup games will start on March of the next year for the ongoing season 2011/12.

So, the First Round of the Cup will be played with 14th and 15th of March 2012. One month later in programme is the Second Round, April 11th & 12th, and in the end of the April the Final Four of the Kosovo Cup will be played on 27, 28 and 29th of April.

The venue of the Final Four will be known after the organizing cities will contend and the city that offers the best conditions that FBK wants will be decided, which also will be known in the spring of 2012.



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  LATVIA   


Ventspils opened Baltic League Regular Season 2011/2012 with the win over Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
Baltic League Regular Season Round 1
Ventspils - Liepaja 85:59


Ventspils opened Baltic League Regular Season 2011/2012 with the win over Liepaja. Both Latvian sides enjoyed the start, while Ventspils had 85:59 victory.
Liepaja surprised the hosts in the start of the game and grabbed 21-18 in the end of the opening period. Ventspils needed 26-14 in the second quarter to take 44:35 at the halftime. Moreover the hosts allowed the guests to score only 12 points in the third and the last quarters respectively. They managed to win the third period 25-12 and finished the game with 16-12.
Lauris Blaus (204-C-90, agency: FCM) poured in 14 points and Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) scored 13. Sam Willard (205-F, college: Pacific) delivered 11 and Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) notched 10. Martynas Andriukaitis (204-F-81, agency: 011 Sports) ended up with 12 points in defeat, whilst Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM) scored 11. Josh Mayo (182-G-87, agency: RIZO, college: Ill.-Chicago) chipped in 9 and Arturs Bricis (193-PG-92) netted 8.

Ventspils: Lauris Blaus 14, Janis Strelnieks 13, Sam Willard 11, Jahmar Young 10
Liepaja: Martynas Andriukaitis 12, Janis Timma 11, Josh Mayo 9, Arturs Bricis 8



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  LEBANON   


Byblos tab Gray and Penigar. - by Rabih Khoury
Byblos management agreed to terms with both Chudney Gray (188-G-78, agency: Promotex, college: St.John's) and Desmond Penigar (201-F-81, college: Utah St.) to join the team for the 2011-2012 season. Gray, a former Champville and Tebnin player, will play his third season in Lebanon after 2006 and 2009, but this time with Byblos. Penigar will have his first experience in the middle east, after playing in NBA, NBDL, Korea, Germany and Austria !! Both players will arrive soon to Lebanon and join their new team to prepare for the league that will start in 20 days !!

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  LITHUANIA   


Lietuvos Rytas eliminates Cibona, heads to Finals - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Lietuvos Rytas 71-88

Lietuvos Rytas is a step away from the Euroleague regular season. They eliminated Cibona 71-88 in the second game in Vilnius and will meet Galatasaray tomorrow. Cibona said goodbye to Euroleague qualifications and will continue this season in EuroCup. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) shined for the hosts with 19 points and 7 assists. Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) and Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) helped with 13 points each. They grabbed 7 and 6 rebounds respectively. In the loosing squad, Demonte Harper (193-G, college: Morehead St.) top-scored with 14 points. Goran Suton (209-C-85, college: Michigan St.) and Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) had 13 and 11 pts. Quarters: 17-24, 24-17, 17-28, 13-19. As mentioned above, Lietuvos Rytas will meet Galatasaray tomorrow and the winner will advance to Euroleague regular season. The game is scheduled for 18:00 CET.

Cibona: Demonte Harper 14, Goran Suton 13, Damjan Rudez 11
Lietuvos Rytas: Tyrese Rice 19+7 as, Renaldas Seibutis 13+7 boards, Mindaugas Katelynas 13+6 boards


Zydrunas Ilgauskas retires from basketball - by Eurobasket News
Zydrunas Ilgauskas (218-C-75, agency: Interperformances) retires from basketball. The Lithuanian star will eager to spend more time with the family.
Earlier LithuaniaBasketball.com announced that Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to honor Zydrunas Ilgauskas by retiring the players jersey. This came to light on Kyrie Irvings, Cavs number one pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, trip in China, when the guard admitted that he wanted to choose number 11, but was told that the number was going to be retired.
Ilgauskas will become the seventh Cavalier to be honored by having his jersey hung in the rafters of the Quicken Loans Arena and will join Bingo Smith, Larry Nance, Mark Price, Austin Carr, Nate Thurmond and Brad Daugherty.
Before it was announced by palmbeachpost.com that Cleveland Cavaliers free-agent center Zydrunas Ilgauskas signed off on a two-year, $2.8 million deal, with a player option on that second season.
Last season he started for Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) but in Feb.'10 traded to Washington Wizards (NBA): DNP and came back to Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA). In 71 games he averaged 6.8ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 47.8%, FT: 74.0%.



Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Marius RUNKAUKAS
  Neptunas
  (189-G-86)
  Avg: 16
 1. Runkaukas, Neptun.16.0 
 2. Mazeika, Neptunas16.0 
 3. Matulionis, Techas.16.0 
 4. Ruikis, Neptunas15.0 
 5. Galdikas, Neptunas14.0 
 6. Kalvelis, Techasas10.0 
 7. Tarvydas, Techasas10.0 
 8. Dainys, Neptunas9.0 
 9. Babkauskas, Techa.7.0 
 10. Kulevicius, Techa.6.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Osvaldas MATULIONIS
  Techasas
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 9
 1. Matulionis, Techas.9.0 
 2. Mazeika, Neptunas9.0 
 3. Valeika, Neptunas8.0 
 4. Kulevicius, Techas.5.0 
 5. Tarvydas, Techasas5.0 
 6. Brunins, Neptunas5.0 
 7. Kalvelis, Techasas5.0 
 8. Galdikas, Neptunas4.0 
 9. Zurna, Techasas3.0 
 10. Ruikis, Neptunas3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Martynas MAZEIKA
  Neptunas
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Mazeika, Neptunas5.0 
 2. Runkaukas, Neptun.3.0 
 3. Ezerskis, Techasas3.0 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas3.0 
 5. Babkauskas, Techa.2.0 
 6. Brunins, Neptunas2.0 
 7. Zurna, Techasas2.0 
 8. Kulevicius, Techas.1.0 
 9. Galdikas, Neptunas1.0 
 10. Streikus, Techas.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Julius ZURNA
  Techasas
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Zurna, Techasas2.0 
 2. Dainys, Neptunas2.0 
 3. Babkauskas, Techa.2.0 
 4. Mazeika, Neptunas1.0 
 5. Runkaukas, Neptun.1.0 
 6. Matulionis, Techas.1.0 
 7. Ruikis, Neptunas1.0 
 8. Kalvelis, Techasas1.0 
 9. Brunins, Neptunas0.0 
 10. Pakalniskis, Tech.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sarunas KULEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kulevicius, Techas.0.0 
 2. Babkauskas, Techa.0.0 
 3. Kalvelis, Techasas0.0 
 4. Valeika, Neptunas0.0 
 5. Girdziunas, Neptu.0.0 
 6. Streikus, Techasas0.0 
 7. Galdikas, Neptunas0.0 
 8. Runkaukas, Neptun.0.0 
 9. Ezerskis, Techasas0.0 
 10. Pakalniskis, Tech.0.0 


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Neptunas 1-0 
 2. Baltai Kaunas 0-0 
 3. Juventus 0-0 
 4. Kedainiai 0-0 
 5. Lietuvos rytas 0-0 
 6. Naglis Palangos 0-0 
 7. Pieno Zvaigzdes 0-0 
 8. Rudupis 0-0 
 9. Sakalai 0-0 
 10. Siauliai 0-0 
 11. Zalgiris 0-0 
 12. Techasas 0-1 


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 34
 1. Kennedy, Residence34.0 
 2. Rajniak, Basket E.31.0 
 3. Schumacher, T7125.0 
 4. Arre, BBC Nitia21.0 
 5. Svitek, Basket Es.18.0 
 6. Poznaks, BBC Nitia17.0 
 7. Muller, T7117.0 
 8. Stephens, T7115.0 
 9. Reimold, Basket E.15.0 
 10. Delgado, T7110.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Denell STEPHENS
  T71
  (193-F/G-86)
  Avg: 14
 1. Stephens, T7114.0 
 2. Reimold, Basket E.10.0 
 3. Muller, T7110.0 
 4. Ferreira, BBC Nitia10.0 
 5. Gumbs, Residence7.0 
 6. Kennedy, Residence7.0 
 7. Svitek, Basket Es.7.0 
 8. Poznaks, BBC Nitia5.0 
 9. Arre, BBC Nitia5.0 
 10. Rajniak, Basket E.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Joe BIEVER
  Basket Esch
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 7
 1. Biever, Basket Es.7.0 
 2. Koster, Residence6.0 
 3. Reimold, Basket E.5.0 
 4. Delgado, T714.0 
 5. Poznaks, BBC Nitia4.0 
 6. Biever, Basket Es.3.0 
 7. Bintz, BBC Nitia3.0 
 8. Rajniak, Basket E.3.0 
 9. Ferreira, BBC Nitia2.0 
 10. Schmit, T712.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Kennedy, Residence6.0 
 2. Reimold, Basket E.5.0 
 3. Arre, BBC Nitia3.0 
 4. Koster, Residence2.0 
 5. Ribeiro, BBC Nitia2.0 
 6. Ruffato, T712.0 
 7. Di Bartolome., BBC2.0 
 8. Kesseler, Basket E.2.0 
 9. Laures, T712.0 
 10. Schumacher, T711.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Stefan SVITEK
  Basket Esch
  (203-F/C-77)
  Avg: 1
 1. Svitek, Basket Es.1.0 
 2. Muller, T711.0 
 3. Schumacher, T711.0 
 4. Reimold, Basket E.1.0 
 5. Kaiser, BBC Nitia0.0 
 6. Gumbs, Residence0.0 
 7. Ferreira, BBC Nitia0.0 
 8. Rodenbourg, Baske.0.0 
 9. Donnersbach, Bask.0.0 
 10. Ribeiro, BBC Nitia0.0 


Standings
Diekirch League Standings
 1. Basket Esch 1-0 
 2. T71 1-0 
 3. Amicale 0-0 
 4. Etzella 0-0 
 5. Heffingen 0-0 
 6. Musel Pikes 0-0 
 7. Soleuvre 0-0 
 8. Sparta 0-0 
 9. BBC Nitia 0-1 
 10. Residence 0-1 


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  MEXICO   


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


Mexico NT Coach visits Monterrey - by Carlos Chapa
Sergio Valdeomillos , who was recently hired to coach the Mexican National Team in the Pan American Games was in Monterrey to do some scouting and to meet the local press to answer some questions about his goals having limited time to work with Mexico.

The Spanish coach was focused in watchign the performance of three players, Mike Mitchell and Michael Strobbe from Fuerza Regia Monterrey and Enrique Zuniga from Lechugueros de Leon; Fuerza Regia Monterrey remained unbeaten at home after a 90-83 win.

Quotes from coach Valdeomillos:
'I dont know if a gold medal is an obligation, but what I do know is that there is certainly a big hope, the league is the one that should know if winning a gold medal is an obligation or not.'

'I want a though team that execute well, that demonstrates union between the players and that is able to build chemistry.'

'Im trying to do my best after only five days in Mexico, my first task was to identify the important points, it will just be a matter of time, and I will work peacefully and honestly trying to help Mexican basketball.'


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  MONTENEGRO   


The history of foreign players in Montenegro. Part two - by Darko Pekic
Although Buducnost is considered the most successful team in Montenegro, with most trophies and titles, it doesn't mean that other teams, at some point in their basketball lifes, did not take a chance with foreign players, trying to sign the potential team leader and fan favorite. Some of them got what they wanted, others got regrets. However, only one team, except Buducnost of course, can be proud on it's Euroleague American. We are talking about Morris Finley (180-G-81, college: UAB) from KK Mornar.

Ex Armani Jeans Milano averaged last year in the Euroleague 11.0ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.2apg, 1.1spg and led his team in assists. Two years before that he won everything in Italy with Montepaschi Siena ( League title, Cup and Supercup). But probably only a few passionate fans in Italy know that he started his overseas career in a small club called KK Mornar Bar. 'Mo' arrived in Montenegro at the beginning of the season 2004/2005, after a successful college career where he reached NCAA Sweet 16 with his UAB. In his first season in Europe 'Mo' showed what he is capable of: 23.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg, 2.4spg. Extremely smart, quick point guard with long range, he soon became the absolute team leader and earned respect against giants such as Partizan, Buducnost, Crvena Zvezda etc. Finley left the team in April 2005. He is still considered the best foreigner in Mornar.

Finley's teammate Wayne Wallace (206-C/F-80, college: Virginia Union) was also something special. The nephew of Ben Wallace, the Pistons legend did what people with the surname Wallace do best- grab rebounds and defend! Unlike Finley, he already had some pro experience in Belgium and US minor league but only in Montenegro he got the real chance to prove his worth. Fans and opponents will remember his tremendous blocking ability and dunks. He only averaged 9.3ppg, 6.4rpg but was more useful to the team than the numbers show. After the end of the season he moved to Israel. This season Wallace will play in Ukraine Premier League for Politekhnika-Halychyna.

The year later we saw some other Americans, not as successful as Mo and Wayne. Their replacements were players with excellent reputations though. Julius Barnes (186-G-81, college: Stanford) and Wrenn Doug (203-F-80, college: Washington). Barnes was an intelligent point guard , not as flashy as Finley but very useful to the team. He came from the great school (NCAA Final Eight and Pac-10 Conference Champion in 2001 with Stanford), and already had some european experience while Wrenn was a rookie in Europe. Barnes had good numbers 12.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.9spg in the domestic league and left Mornar at the end of the season. He is the only Amercan who played for Mornar twice. After six months he signed again and led the team to the Montenegrin League Semifinals. The same years he was honored the Sportsman of the Year in Bar, the first time in history that a foregner won that award. After the end of the season he returned home. Now he works as assistant coach at Stanford basketball program.


On the other side, Wrenn will probably be remember for his afro haircut and amazing dunks, but he didn't last long. Wrenn was an NBA potential (High School national Top 25 prospect and PAC Newcomer of the Year), very athletic but with problematic reputation. After a couple of seasons in US minor league he came to Mornar but was not ready to adapt to the European style of play and left the team after two or three preseason games. Not much from that kind of potential you would agree.. Wrenn continued his career in Asia but his bad reputation followed him like a ghost. In 2009 he finished in prison because after a car accident he pulled a gun on a woman. Wrenn got 12 months

A year later, point guard Julius Barnes was replaced with Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-G-83, college: New Orleans) from New Orleans. Barnes was brought to 'feed' with assists former Oklahoma State talent Anthony Brown (203-F-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Oklahoma St.). Barnes was a tall point guard and did a bit of everything but when you sum it, that was not good enough for Mornar squad. He left the team at the beginning of 2010. Worth to mention are his numbers: 8.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg while shooting 53% from the 3 point line. Barnes is now on try-out with BC Kolin in Czech Republic. His fellow teamamate Anthony Brown was very dominant but he left Bar even earlier, after two months because he had a dispute with his club. Actually, he signed a contract in Portugal but he didnt get the letter of clearance from Mornar. FIBA fined the Montenegro Federation with a 10000 CHF (approx. 7000 EUR) penalty. This penalty was later reduced to 5000 CHF due to Montenegro being new in FIBA. Brown was suspended from international games until the issue was solved. This year he signed a contract in Finland and is doing fine.

Playmaker position was filled with Stallings Nick (190-G-83, college: Centenary). The Centenary star got a chance to start his professional career in Mornar but he failed. After only one game in Balkan league he was released. However, his next experience in Macedonia was much better and he is now shining in China. To replace power forward Anthony Brown, another big man arrived in Bar. His name was Chris Hunter (211-F/C-84, college: Michigan), and he had even greater reputation than his countrymen. Hunter came directly from the NBA! He played with the Knicks and the Warriors. In January moved to Mornar because he needed some playing time. However, an NBA call arrived sooner than he expected and he left the team after a couple of weeks. Hunter signed with the Warriors and still plays in NBA D league.

But Mornar didn't wait long. They found even a greater name, the ex Laker Soumaila Samake (215-C-78) signed a contract till the end of the season! The super tall and thin Mali international spent a couple of seasons in the NBA and toured the world (China, Korea, Slovenia) before arriving in Bar. The coaches had their doubts because his knees were damaged but Samake was signed anyway. The quiet guy from West Africa did well, his numbers in Balkan League speak for itself: 15.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0bpg. He signed to play in Iran for the season 2010/2011 and during this summer rappresented his National Team in Madagascar ( African Championship)

The last season ( 2010/2011) we saw in action Lebaron Weathers (203-F/C, college: Arkansas-Pine Bluff) and Lance Sullivan (185-G, college: Rogers St.). Weathers had a solid college career and good potential while Sullivan, who came from a small school, was very enthusiastic about this experience. Weathers, like many other Americans, had a hard time to get used to the lifestyle in Europe and after a couple of preseason games he returned to the States. He also tried his luck in Slovakia and Portugal 2nd division after that. Now he is a free agent, looking for a club for next season. Sullivan took his opportunity and gave his contribution. He was known for hard defense, steals and good 3 pont % (over 53%). But after the New Year break they told him not to return in Montenegro because the Club management decided to focus on domestic talents such as Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket) or Nemanja Radovic (208-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket).

Other teams in Montenegro didn't make a lot of experiments like Buducnost or Mornar. Of course, one of the reasons was the lack of funding. But it doesn't mean that others didn't give a chance to foregners. For example, KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje started the 2008/2009 season with two Americans in their roster, big man Daniel Cromwell (213-C-85, college: Le Moyne) and guard David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois). Cromwell started the season well but probably was homesick and decided to leave the team in December. And has never returned to Europe.. He now works as Sales Representative for a Pharmaceutical company based in New York. Jackson stayed longer in Montenegro and after a successful career at Western Illinois proved his qualities in Europe. He averaged 16.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.0apg and was the leader of the team in almost every cathegory! After a year in Bijelo Polje he moved to Slovakia, and then signed in Poland where he still plays with success. He won a league title in Slovakia.

A year later, Jedinstvo brought Anthony Jones (194-G/F-84, college: Indiana Tech), hoping that he could repeat Jackson' stats and contribution. Jones was a different player though, a good defender and team player. He started great but in the second part of the season he didn't see much playing time so he decided to move to Germany. Now he plays in Slovakia.

KK Mogren signed also tried the experiment in 2006. They brought Eliot Goren (188-G-83, college: Carnegie Mellon), a white boy from a small school, but he failed to impress the coaching staff in Budva and returned home in December. A month later Goren moved to Germany, played till the end of the season and it seems that he was not able to get any other pro contract after that.

Well, here we are. At the end. I tried to collect here as many information as possible about some past stars but also about guys who were considered poor and not worth that kind of money. This list will probably need an update in the years to come because many more Americans and others are eager to try their luck in Podgorica, Budva, Bar and other Montenegrin cities. The question is- who is the ONE? The time will give us ansfer..




The history of foreign players in Montenegro. Part one - by Darko Pekic
Who remembers Morris Finley (180-G-81, college: UAB)? The undersized guy from Alabama who conquered the hearts of many fans in Bar with his great ball handling and shooting abilities Or his teammate Wayne Wallace (206-C/F-80, college: Virginia Union), the nephew of Pistons Legend Ben Walace, rebounding machine like his cousin? They both played in Montenegro and did well, so well that after the season they got a lot of offers and moved to better leagues. During the last days of summer we can hear numerous rumors about transfers in Montenegro basketball. Some of them were true ( KK Buducnost signed Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) whiile KK Mornar got Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point)). Their managers can only hope that new arrivals will be as good as two guys mentioned above, or like Tony Stanley (194-SG-77, college: Dayton), the high flying scorer from Arlington (TX). But how to know to pick the right player? Probably nobody knows that.. This is the story about the guys who used Montenegro as a first step in their careers and also a story about others who unfortunately didn't make it and got lost in the world of professional basketball.

Let's start with KK Buducnost, the powerhouse from Montenegro. During the 90's they didn't have foreigners and relied mostly on domestic players. There were rumors about some negotiations with Eurelijus Zukauskas (216-C-73) and Ashraf Amaya (201-F-71, college: S.Illinois). Buducnost was a rich team, with influental people around. They had money to buy almost every player available on the market and they played safe- Buducnost formed an All Star team filled with superstars from Serbia. But the situation changed in the season 2000/2001 when they brought directly from the NBA, Mr. Jerome James (216-C-75, college: Florida A&M) himself! Jerome was a raw talent, 216cm tall with long arms, and soon he became fan favorite in whole Montenegro. People went to the games only to see James, the black beast who dunks all the time. He even destoyed a basketball board in our school in Bar,when he dunked during the warming up. James won the League and cup titles and moved to NBA after that season. He even made a name for himself there, earning 6.5 million dollars for only two games played during the season 2008-2009!!! James retired in 2010. However he can be considered the first real foreign player in Montenegro ( obviously, I don't want to count here players from the Balkan region). James was suceeded by Alexander Okunsky (214-C-71, agency: Court Side), the experienced big man from Ukraine. Okunsky was not very mobile and atractive but he knew how to get the job done. He left at the end of the season and moved to Greek side PAOK. Three years later Okunsky retired from professional basketball.. Alongside Okunsky Buducnost had John Brown (205-C-74, college: Marshall), a terrific rebounder who loved to play with his back to the basket. This guy was really more useful to the team than James, he averaged 15.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg in Euroleague but Buducnost failed to repeat the results from 2000/2001 season. Brown continued his career in Spain where he retired two years later. He is now part of the clothing industry.

People probably don't remember well Tony Stanley because after the 'golden ages' Buducnost was not unbeatable any more. But he played great. Tony carried the team on his back while averaging 16,1ppg, 5.6rpg in ULEB Cup and 15.8ppg, 3.2rpg in Adriatic League. After the end of the season he returned to France and he still plays there for SO Maritime Boulogne. As I mentioned before the golden ages were past and the dark age began for Buducnost. The players who followed Stanley in 'blue with' jersey will not be remembered as superstars but we should mention them here also. For example, who remembers Acie Earl (208-F/C-70, college: Iowa), the ex Celtic, the second ex NBA player in Podgorica??? Acie was old when he came to Buducnost and lasted only two months but in the meantime he had good numbers: 17.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.4apg, 1.6spg, 2.2bpg in Adriatic League! He then signed in Kosovo and won the league title. In 2005 he was released once again from KK Zadar and decided to quit his successful career. Acie Earl is now the freshman coach at Solon High School, a class 2A school in east central Iowa.

And Shannon Crooks (188-G-78, college: Massachusetts)? Who remembers Shannon Crooks??? The strong guard from University of Massachusetts signed a deal with Buducnost for the season 2002/2003 but didn't play a single game! He was released during the preseason. After that he had some small roles in Portugal and even in Angola (?!). Not much from a player who could have been a solid international point guard. The NYC native, Bryan Bailey (185-PG-80, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bucknell) ,had the same luck in Buducnost. He was signed and released during the same summer. But the difference between him and Crooks is huge. He still plays in Europe for the German side Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck. Bailey even played in the Euroleague for EWE Baskets Oldenburg (2009/2010).


We can say that Buducnost was not lucky at all with foreign point guards that year. the third was Walsh Jordan (187-G-72, college: Oklahoma City), small guy with a famous surname. But he was miles away from Jordan's style of play. In the Euroleague Jordan averaged 3.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4spg. and was released after a couple of months. A year later he finished his career in France. And this is not the end of the suffer.His countryman, Troy Coleman (192-G-71, college: Lincoln Memorial) was signed during the 2004/2005 season but he lasted not more than a month! For the records- he played 2 games in Adriatic League and averaged 7 points a game... It seems that Buducnost was his last professional experience. Soon after Coleman, Buducnost got Andre Brown (205-F/C-81, college: De Paul), it's third NBA player! Who would have thought that the 205cm big man from DePaul University, who averaged 8.7ppg and 5.2rpg in 7 games ( released in April) was NBA material? Nobody except him probably. Well, he made it and two seasons later signed a contract with Atlanta Hawks. Brown played three seasons in the NBA for the Sonics, Grizzlies and Bobcats..Now he is a free agent.

After a couple of bad years, filled with poor foreign pics, Buducnost decided to dedicate to domestic players. Players like Gordic, Bakic, Sekularac took the scene. But during the season 2008/2009 they decided to test another American. His name was Michael Jenkins (191-G-86, college: Winthrop), and he was fresh out of college. Jenkins passed the test and was given a two year contract, first time in Buducnost history!. Unfortunately, he didn't see much playing time and after the end of the season decided to move to Germany. Now he plays in Belgium for Optima Gent and is doing prety well.

For the 2010/2011 season Buducnost brough Lithuanian sharp shooter Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80). He played his role well and didn't disappoint. When the season was over he returned home.

Now we have to see what the new point guard, the National Team member of Canada, Jermaine Anderson, is capable to do.




Dusko Vujosevic, the new president of Partizan clubs association - by Darko Pekic
Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket ), one of the greatest Montenegrin coaches, returned to his beloved Partizan. He will not work as a coach though. Dusko accepted to lead the Partizan clubs association. Clubs with name 'Partizan' won a lot of trophies in different sports ( basketball, football, handball, waterpolo etc..) and Montenegrin coach will have an honor to lead this association in the years to come. After the inaugural ceremony Vujosevic said:

'Partizan is not just a name, it's a brand. Not only in Serbia but in the world also. We have to work together and try to achieve even better results in future. It's my pleasure to know that Partizan fans and rapresentatives beleive in me'

Vujosevic coached basketball club Partizan until the 2010/2011 season and won many trophies. He was also the coach of Montenegrin National Team and won the firts place in the Qualifying Grup for the European Championship in Lithuania, against giants such as Italy and Israel.
He was suceeded by Dejan Radonjic , Buducnost head coach, and former Vujosevic's assistent




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NBA labor talks end without deal, sides plan to reconvene today - by Eurobasket News
National Basketball Association and players union representatives will continue negotiations today following about 4 1/2 hours of talks yesterday that included participation by several All-Stars.

'We did not come out of here with a deal today, but were going to be back tomorrow at 10 a.m.', National Basketball Players Association President Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) told reporters yesterday at a Manhattan hotel. He said the sides are not necessarily any closer to a deal than when they began the day.

Joining the talks were 21 NBA players including three-time league Most Valuable Player LeBron James and All-Stars including Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and Paul Pierce.

'It gives our owners the opportunity to really see the emotion and the focus in our guys eyes', Fisher said of the decision to invite top NBA players to the talks.

It was the 92nd day of a lockout that began July 1 after the two sides were unable to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement. Since then, the NBA has postponed the start of training camps and 43 preseason games through Oct. 15. The regular season is scheduled to begin Nov. 1.

Both sides have expressed a willingness and a desire to make a deal and both sides agree that the consequences of not making a deal lead us to the prospect of possibly at some point in the not distant future losing regular-season games, NBA Commissioner David Stern told reporters.

The league had about $4.3 billion in revenue last season, a period during which Stern says teams collectively lost about $300 million.

Stern, who three days ago said there would be enormous consequences for the season from the talks this weekend, called media reports that he would cancel the entire season if an agreement to save it in its entirety couldnt be reached ludicrous.

The only thing we said is that its hard in terms of negotiations if you start to lose regular-season games because both positions harden, Stern said.

The talks now could very well stretch past this weekend, according to NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver.

There are a lot of isses on the table, and even the question of the number of hours in the day, Im not sure we could complete a deal this weekend, Silver said. I think the question is how much progress we can make on the significant issues.

Stern disclosed yesterday that the league explained details of its revenue-sharing plans to the union, which he said will be at least triple this years amount, previously disclosed to be $54 million, and likely quadrupled by the third year of a new agreement.

That will not be the issue that separates us, Stern said.

Courtesy of www.businessweek.com


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Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Kristiansand 1-0 
 2. Miners 1-0 
 3. Persbraaten 1-0 
 4. Hop 0-0 
 5. OSI 0-0 
 6. Varden 0-0 
 7. Fyllingen BBK 0-1 
 8. NTNUI 0-1 
 9. STIF Whalers 0-1 


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


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. AZS UWM Olsz. 1-0 
 2. GKK Gorzow 1-0 
 3. Ksiezak 1-0 
 4. Open Florentyna 1-0 
 5. Zuraw 1-0 
 6. Zyrardowianka 1-0 
 7. Astoria 0-0 
 8. AZS PP Poznan 0-1 
 9. KK Swiecie 0-1 
 10. Korsarz 0-1 
 11. SMS PZKosz 0-1 
 12. Trefl II 0-1 
 13. Wilki Morskie 0-1 
Group B
 1. Alba Chorzow 1-0 
 2. AZS AGH Alstom 1-0 
 3. AZS AWF K-ce 1-0 
 4. MCKiS Jaworz. 1-0 
 5. Pogon Prudnik 1-0 
 6. Slask II W. 1-0 
 7. WKK Obiekty 1-0 
 8. BM Wegiel Stal 0-1 
 9. GTK Gliwice 0-1 
 10. HK Zory 0-1 
 11. Mickiewicz 0-1 
 12. MKS Skierniew. 0-1 
 13. Nysa Klodzko 0-1 
 14. Piotrcovia 0-1 
Group C
 1. MKS Limbach 1-0 
 2. Novum Lublin 1-0 
 3. PWiK Piaseczno 1-0 
 4. Staco MNLK 1-0 
 5. Unia Tarnow 1-0 
 6. Wisla AWF Kr. 1-0 
 7. Handlopex AZS 0-0 
 8. AZS II Polit.W-wa 0-1 
 9. Pulaski Warka 0-1 
 10. Rosa II Radom 0-1 
 11. Tur 0-1 
 12. UKS Siemaszka 0-1 
 13. UMKS 0-1 


Polpharma and Energa Czarni post wins in Slupsk - by Eurobasket News
Polpharma and Energa Czarni victoriously opened the pre-season tournament in Slupsk. They defeated AZS Koszalin and Kotwica Kolobrzeg respectively.
Polpharma claimed an 81:74 win over AZS Koszalin in the opener. Brian Gilmore (203-F-85, college: American) posted 15 points to pace the winners. Polpharma posted a 24:19 lead after ten minutes. AZS Koszalin narrowed the deficit to a single point at halftime. But Polpharma stepped on the gas in the third term. They registered a 9-point lead at the final break. AZS Koszalin stayed close throughout the fourth term but came up short at the end. Daniel Wall (196-F-82, agency: Promotex) posted 14 points, while Hicks added 13 points in the victory. George Reese (201-F-77, agency: Alti Sport, college: Ohio St.) responded with 12 points for AZS Koszalin. Marcin Dutkiewicz (196-G-86) and Kevin Wysocki (198-F-87) had 11 points each in the loss.
Energa Czarni cruised past Kotwica Kolobrzeg 78:53. Stanley Burrell (190-PG-84) stepped up with 19 points to lead the effort. Pawel Kikowski (193-G-86, agency: Limelight Hoops) provided 11 points, while Darnell Hinson (186-G-80, college: Northeastern St.) contributed 10 points for the hosts. Jessie Sapp (191-G-86, college: Georgetown) responded with 18 points for Kotwica.
Energa Czarni and Polpharma will now face each other in the title game.



Dnipro edge Anwil in Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
Dnipro - Anwil 79:69

Dnipro finished VTB League Qualifying Round with victory. They held off Anwil but the win just sweetened the pill for the Ukrainian team. Both Dnipro and Anwil failed to qualify for VTB League regular season. Steve Bertt (185-G-84, college: Iona) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners.
Anwil ensured a slightly better start. The Polish team fired 24 points in the first ten minutes to post a 3-point lead. Dnipro bounced back in the second term. They erased the deficit for a 44:43 halftime lead. Dnipro limited Anwil to just 12 points in the third term to enlarge the lead. They registered a 59:55 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Dnipro went on a 20:14 rally in the fourth quarter to seal the victory at the end. Maksym Kornienko (205-F/C-87) delivered 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Derrick Low (188-PG-86, college: Washington St.) posted 13 points in the win. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) answered with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Anwil. Seid Hajric (203-F-83) netted 16 points in the loss.

Dnipro: Steve Bertt 18, Maksym Kornienko 13+12 boards, Derrick Low 13
Anwil: Corsley Edwards 19+12 boards, Seid Hajric 16



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Benfica open Antonio Pratas Trophy with victory - by Eurobasket News
Benfica recorded the first win at the Antonio Pratas Trophy. They overcame Terceira Basket 101:85 in Group South encounter. Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) stepped up with 24 points and 12 rebounds to pace the effort. It was a tough battle in three quarters but the final frame turned things in Benfica favour. They outscored Terceira Basket 32:12 in the last ten minutes to claim a comfortable win at the end. Sergio Ramos (200-F-75) posted 22 points and 9 rebounds, while Ted Scott (188-G-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: W.Virginia St.) added 16 points for the winners. Tony Murphy (193-G-86, college: Norfolk St.) answered with game-high 28 points for Terceira. Durrell Nevels (198-F-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) had 17 points and 14 rebounds in defeat.
Vitoria Guimaraes prevailed against Barcelos 82:69 behind 16 points and 8 rebounds from John Waller (193-F-82, college: ODU). Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) and Maris Gulbis (202-F-85, agency: Players Group) had 14 points apiece in the victory. Sergi Coll (204-F/C-82) replied with 22 points for Barcelos. Nuno Oliveira (186-G-89) delivered 13 points in the losing effort.
Academica held off Ginasio 67:61. The winners overcame a 9-point deficit after the starting quarter to eke out a tough win at the end. Dillion Sneed (203-C-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) stepped up with 13 points, while Richard Oruche (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Ill.-Springfield) netted 11 points for the winning side. Francisco Destino (190-G/F-89) answered with 17 points for Ginasio.



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Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Gaz Metan 1-0 
 2. Oradea 1-0 
 3. Otopeni 1-0 
 4. Pitesti 1-0 
 5. Timisoara 1-0 
 6. U.Mobitel.CN 1-0 
 7. Craiova 0-0 
 8. Giurgiu 0-0 
 9. Politehnica Iasi 0-0 
 10. Targu Mures 0-0 
 11. CSM Bucuresti 0-1 
 12. CSU Sibiu 0-1 
 13. Dinamo B. 0-1 
 14. Miercurea Ciuc 0-1 
 15. Ploiesti 0-1 
 16. Rovinari 0-1 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Catalin BURLACU
  Ploiesti
  (210-C-77)
  Avg: 35
 1. Burlacu, Ploiesti35.0 
 2. Silvasan, U.Mobite.33.0 
 3. Dykes, U.Mobite.21.0 
 4. Capusan, Ploiesti17.0 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.15.0 
 6. Albijanic, Ploiesti11.0 
 7. Morris, U.Mobite.11.0 
 8. Jones, Ploiesti10.0 
 9. Dzambic, Ploiesti8.0 
 10. Thomson, U.Mobi.7.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike JONES
  Ploiesti
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Jones, Ploiesti4.0 
 2. Lawrence, U.Mobite.4.0 
 3. Dzambic, Ploiesti2.0 
 4. Albijanic, Ploiesti2.0 
 5. Thomson, U.Mobite.1.0 
 6. Pop, U.Mobitel.CN1.0 
 7. Silvasan, U.Mobite.1.0 
 8. Morris, U.Mobite.1.0 
 9. Szijarto, Ploiesti1.0 
 10. Dykes, U.Mobite.0.0 
Assists Per Game
 Catalin BURLACU
  Ploiesti
  (210-C-77)
  Avg: 7
 1. Burlacu, Ploiesti7.0 
 2. Jones, Ploiesti6.0 
 3. Lawrence, U.Mobite.5.0 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.5.0 
 5. Dzambic, Ploiesti4.0 
 6. Dykes, U.Mobite.3.0 
 7. Silvasan, U.Mobite.3.0 
 8. Capusan, Ploiesti2.0 
 9. Szijarto, Ploiesti2.0 
 10. Vlahovic, Ploies.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rade DZAMBIC
  Ploiesti
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 11
 1. Dzambic, Ploiesti11.0 
 2. Dykes, U.Mobite.9.0 
 3. Vlahovic, Ploiesti6.0 
 4. Morris, U.Mobite.6.0 
 5. Burlacu, Ploiesti6.0 
 6. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.4.0 
 7. Capusan, Ploiesti4.0 
 8. Szijarto, Ploiesti3.0 
 9. Silvasan, U.Mobite.3.0 
 10. Paul, U.Mobitel..2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandar VLAHOVIC
  Ploiesti
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.0 
 2. Morris, U.Mobite.5.0 
 3. Dzambic, Ploiesti5.0 
 4. Lawrence, U.Mobite.3.0 
 5. Silvasan, U.Mobite.3.0 
 6. Burlacu, Ploiesti2.0 
 7. Jones, Ploiesti2.0 
 8. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.2.0 
 9. Dykes, U.Mobite.1.0 
 10. Paul, U.Mobitel..1.0 


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  RUSSIA   


Lokomotiv Kuban confirm Ben Uzoh - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban have officially announced the signing of Ben Uzoh (191-PG-88, college: Tulsa). The point guard has agreed on terms of one-year contract with the Russian team. Last season Ben Uzoh played in the NBA. He tallied 3.9 points, 1.7 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game for the New Jersey Nets. The guard also played several games for the Springfield Armor. His stats read 16.0 points, 8.0 boards, 5.8 assists and 2.3 steals per appearance in D-League. Ben Uzoh is the product of the University of Tulsa. The guard tallied 15.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game in his senior season. Ben Uzoh was named into NABC Division I All-District 11 2nd Team. He was also trumped into All-C-USA 1st Team in 2010.


Krasnie Krilya wins VTB Qualification Round - by Eurobasket News
Enisey-Krasnie Krilya 83:86

Krasnie Krilya wins VTB Qualification Round beating all the opponents and clinching all the victories. In the last game the Russian team overcame Enisey as both teams advanced to the Regular Season.
Enisey opened the game with 27-15 but could not win it. Moreover the team increased to 38:22 in the second period but failed in the half. Krasnie Krilya erupted with 23-0 run and grabbed 47:40 when Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) closed the half. Krasnie Krilya also won the third quarter 23-22 and enjoyed 8-point advantage at the end of three quarters. Enisey replied with 21-16 in the last quarter and reduced to 3 points at the end.
Brion Rush stepped up with 18 points and Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) posted 16. Jarvis Hayes (201-G/F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Georgia) ended up with 15 points, while Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80, college: VCU) scored 11. Andrey Komarovskiy and Jasmin Hucic delivered 15 points each in the losing effort. Marco Marinovic netted 11 and Sergey Toporov (197-F-81) added 10.

Enisey: Andrey Komarovskiy 15, Jasmin Hucic 15, Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) 11, Sergey Toporov 10
Krasnie Krilya: Brion Rush 18, Evgeniy Kolesnikov 16, Jarvis Hayes 15, Fedor Likholitov 11



Dnipro - Anwil 79:69

Dnipro finished VTB League Qualifying Round with victory. They held off Anwil but the win just sweetened the pill for the Ukrainian team. Both Dnipro and Anwil failed to qualify for VTB League regular season.
Steve Bertt (185-G-84, college: Iona) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners.
Anwil ensured a slightly better start. The Polish team fired 24 points in the first ten minutes to post a 3-point lead. Dnipro bounced back in the second term. They erased the deficit for a 44:43 halftime lead. Dnipro limited Anwil to just 12 points in the third term to enlarge the lead. They registered a 59:55 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Dnipro went on a 20:14 rally in the fourth quarter to seal the victory at the end.
Maksym Kornienko (205-F/C-87) delivered 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Derrick Low (188-PG-86, college: Washington St.) posted 13 points in the win. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) answered with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Anwil. Seid Hajric (203-F-83) netted 16 points in the loss.

Dnipro:
Steve Bertt 18, Maksym Kornienko 13+12 boards, Derrick Low 13
Anwil:
Corsley Edwards 19+12 boards, Seid Hajric 16



Aleksei Fedortchuk is a newcomer at Tln Kalev Tallinn - by Eurobasket Center
Tln Kalev Tallinn added to their roster 25-year old Russian center Aleksei Fedortchuk (209-C-100kg-86, agency: RIZO). Big guy spent last 2 seasons in Russian Superleague team Severstal Cherepovec (Russia). While playing 38 games for Severstal last season he recorded 6.6ppg and 3.4rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


CEZ Nymburk shocks Khimky in Charleroi, 86-79 - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - CEZ Nymburk 79-86

Khimky will continue this season in EuroCup. CEZ Nymburk eliminated them in the Semifinals of the Eurolegaue Qualifying Tournament in Charleroi, 79-86. Nymburk will meet the home team tomorrow. The winner will advance to Euroleague regular season. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) exploded for Nymburk tonight with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) also was great adding 20 points and 5 boards. Third scorer in victory was Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) with 9 points (5 rebs). On the other side, Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) had double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds (valuation 37!). Chris Quinn (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) also scored 15 and Sergey Monya (203-F-83) stopped to 12 pts. Quarters: 5-21, 17-28, 28-9, 29-28. The final game is scheduled for 19:00 CET.

Khimky: Kresimir Loncar 25+12 boards, Chris Quinn 15, Sergey Monya 12
CEZ Nymburk: Chester Simmons 26+6 boards, Pavel Pumprla 20+5 boards, Lamayne Wilson 9+5 boards


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Partizan wins, Hemofarm fails in Banja Luka - by Eurobasket News
Partizan and Hemfarm participate at the tournament in Banja Luka.
Partizan met MZT Skopje in the Semifinals. The Serbian powerhouse was too strong for their rival celebrating 91-61 victory. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) was the leading player in Partizan with 17 points. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 14 points each. The last one with double digits in Partizan was Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) with 12 points. On the other side, MZT Skopje got 14 points from Stojanovski. Cekovski and Dalman delivered 9 and 8 points respectively. Partizan took control on MZT from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 32-15, 14-12, 23-15, 22-19.
In other Semifinals, Hemofarm failed against Igokea. The Bosnian runner-up celebrated 88-81 win in this meeting. Nenad Sulovic (202-F/C-85) and Milos Komatina (204-C-84) shined for the hosts with 17 points each. Milan Dozet (203-G/F-79) had 16 points and Brkic added 12. In Hemofarm, Marko Sutalo (194-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) shined with 24 points. Boris Savovic (206-F-87) had 21 and Ivan Maras (208-C/F-86, agency: Beo Basket) stopped to 14 points.
Partizan and Igokea will meet in the Finals.


Lukoil Akademik hands 89-85 loss to Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Lukoil Akademik 85-89

Crvena Zvezda and Lukoil Akademik met in a friendly game last night. The Bulgarian champion celebrated 85-89 victory. The game was played in Pirot, Serbia. Lamont Mack (201-F-87, college: Charlotte) was a key player in victory with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) also was great adding 17 pts for his team. Veteran Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) and Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) added 14 points each. On the other side, Adam Morrison (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) shined with 25 points. Mile Ilic (215-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) (5 rebs) and Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) netted 17 points each. Crvena Zvezda opened the game better as they made 20-14 lead in the first ten minutes. They jumped to plus 8 until the halftime, but Lukoil Akademik drastically improved after that. Lamont Mack and his teammates made 15-21 in Q3 and 27-33 in the last ten minutes for the final 85-89 victory in this meeting.

Crvena Zvezda: Adam Morrison 25, Mile Ilic 17+5 boards, Andreja Milutinovic 17
Lukoil Akademik: Lamont Mack 27+9 boards, Brandon Heath 17, Damjan Stojanovski 14, Todor Stoykov 14


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Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Nitra 1-0 
 2. Nova Ves 1-0 
 3. Prievidza 1-0 
 4. Svit 1-0 
 5. Komarno 0-0 
 6. B.Bystrica 0-1 
 7. Handlova 0-1 
 8. Levice 0-1 
 9. Vahostav-Zilina 0-1 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Anthony JONES
  Handlova
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Jones, Handlova26.0 
 2. Petty, Vahostav.22.0 
 3. Phillips, Prievidza21.0 
 4. Soska, Vahostav.20.0 
 5. Cosic, Svit20.0 
 6. Clemente, Nitra18.0 
 7. Majok, Nitra17.0 
 8. Berkis, Svit16.0 
 9. Barisic, Handlova15.0 
 10. Roberson, Svit14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamar ROBERSON
  Svit
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 15
 1. Roberson, Svit15.0 
 2. Tomek, Nitra13.0 
 3. Jones, Handlova12.0 
 4. Perrin, Vahostav.10.0 
 5. Phillips, Prievidza9.0 
 6. Terlanda, Handlova9.0 
 7. Petty, Vahostav.8.0 
 8. Hoferica, Vahost.7.0 
 9. Godbold, Prievidza7.0 
 10. Barisic, Handlova7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony JONES
  Handlova
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Jones, Handlova6.0 
 2. Clemente, Nitra5.0 
 3. Godbold, Prievidza4.0 
 4. Micka, Svit3.0 
 5. Phillips, Prievidza3.0 
 6. Pipiska, Prievidza3.0 
 7. Cosic, Svit3.0 
 8. Guede, Prievidza3.0 
 9. Pelle, Prievidza3.0 
 10. Berkis, Svit2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sullivan PHILLIPS
  Prievidza
  (198-G/F-79)
  Avg: 4
 1. Phillips, Prievidza4.0 
 2. Tomek, Nitra4.0 
 3. Vaden, Nitra3.0 
 4. Zavodny, Vahost.3.0 
 5. Nuber, Nitra3.0 
 6. Roberson, Svit3.0 
 7. Godbold, Prievidza2.0 
 8. Soska, Vahostav.2.0 
 9. Cosic, Svit2.0 
 10. Vido, Nitra2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Martins BERKIS
  Svit
  (199-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Berkis, Svit2.0 
 2. Majok, Nitra2.0 
 3. Terlanda, Handlova1.0 
 4. Tomek, Nitra1.0 
 5. Cvitanovic, Svit1.0 
 6. Roberson, Svit1.0 
 7. Lehman, Nitra0.0 
 8. Jany, Handlova0.0 
 9. Hoferica, Vahost.0.0 
 10. Soska, Vahostav.0.0 


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  SLOVENIA   


Grosuplje open D2 season with big win - by Zeljko Zule
Grosuplje has begun the 2011-12 Division 2 (ex B1 League) championship with an impressive road win, 97-49, over Gorica.
Terme Olimia-Sencur 68-89: Ahead by three points, 38-35, Sencur made a 22-5 run and the rallied in the final period outscoring Olimia 24-8. Darijo Keric (195-F-87) netted 26 points on 10-of-11 on shotting from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line in just 20 minutes. Jure Erzen added 15 points, Uros Troppan 12 and Roman Horvat 10. Olimia were outrebounded 24-37, shot just 2-of-12 behind the 3-point line and commited 20 turnovers. Andrej Macek and Robert Abramovic both scored 15 points, Jernej Stahl 12 and Bostjan Trupaj 11.
Postojna-Medvode 75-74: The home team proved tough opponents in a close game where the largest lead for either team was 9 points. Postojna lead 72-67 with 2:26 remaining. Dejan Buncics 3-pointer with 16 seconds left tied the game at 74. Savo Milovic made just first free throw for Postojna with 4 second to go and Dario Krejic missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. Milan Klepo scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for the home team, Tilen Zalar posted 17 points, Tomaz Podboj 14 and Klemen Muha 13. Medvode was led by Lenart Plavcak with 17 points, Dario Krejic added 14 and Dejan Buncic 11.
Hrastnik-Triglav Strazisce 76-86: Triglav scored 10 straight points in the fourth quarter to take a lead 80-68 and its defense held Hrastnik scoreless from the field for a 3:51 span. Aleksander Vojicic scored 19 points, Boris Jersin had 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, Nejc Pavlin posted 14 points, Jure Gabrovsek 12 and Gasper Mahkovic 11. Hrastnik was whistled for 32 fouls to Triglav's 20 and shot 15 free throws to Triglav's 40, who missed 15 free throws. Sanel Dzombic finished with 20 points for Hrastnik, Ziga Percel added 18 points, Tadej Tusek scored 16 points anf grabbed 10 rebounds and Gasper Ovnik handed out 9 assists.
Konjice Portoroz 80-73: Konjice went on a 12-0 run spanning halftime to take a lead 45-34 and never looked back from there. Experienced Bostjan Sivka scored 27 points, Tomaz Jereb had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists, but he commited 9 turonvers, and Timotej Cuk posted 10 points. Portoroz shot 48-percent (10-of-21) behind the 3-point line and just 36-percent (15-of-42) for 2-points. David Moro netted 23 points and Pavel Djurkovic collected 19 points and 8 rebounds.
Branik Radenska 80-86: The visiting team went on a 14-3 run early in the final quarter to take a crucial lead of the game, 76-64. Tadej Horvat netted 20 points, Igor Spesic finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, Ales Novak added 19 points and Jure Struc 14. Radenskas starters outscored opposing first-teamers 76-39. Marko Verginella came off the bench to lead Branik with 20 points. Dragan Miletic scored 11 and Aljosa Remus and Primoz Brolih both had 10 points.
Jance-Litija 79-56: After trailing 4-11, the newly promoted Jance made a 14-2 run to gain the control of the game and led by as many as 30 points. Nejc Cipot scored 27 points and Dejan Mlakar collected 17 points, 7 rebounds and 8 rebounds.
Gorica-Grosuplje 49-97:



Krka were defeated by Maccabi in the opener of Adriatic League - by Zeljko Zule
Slovenian champion Krka was defeated by Euroleague runner-up Maccabi Tel Aviv, 63-81, in the opening game of the 11th Adriatic League season. Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa), the only player to score double digit at the game, came off the bench for 15 points. Curtis Stinson an Jure Balazic added 9 points, both. Krka commited 20 turnovers, but outrebounded Maccabi 33-28, Israeli team quickly gained control of the game to take a 25-13 lead after the first quarter. All 12 players scored for Maccabi and 10 also contributed at least one rebound. Sofoklis Schortsanitis finished with game high 18 points on shooting 7-of-8 from the field and Devin Smith and Jordan Farmar had 15 points, both,

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


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  SPAIN   


LEB Gold: 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 LEB Gold.

La Palma - Navarra 81-73

Visitors were defeated by UB La Palma 81-73. Grupo Iruna Navarra was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 55-38 second half run of UB La Palma. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 Grupo Iruna Navarra turnovers. Strangely Grupo Iruna Navarra outrebounded UB La Palma 30-18 including 21 on the defensive glass. Dutch power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Alejandro Lopez (190-91) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four UB La Palma players scored in double figures. UB La Palma's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Inaki Narros (194-81) replied with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Grupo Iruna Navarra. UB La Palma (2-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Grupo Iruna Navarra at the other side dropped to the sixth place with one game lost. They share the position with 7 other teams. UB La Palma will play against Leche Rio Breogan (#12) in Lugo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Grupo Iruna Navarra will play at home against Lleida Basquet (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
La Palma: R.Schaftenaar 18+5reb+3ast, A.Lopez 14+2reb+4ast, A.Pena 13+1reb+1ast, C.Diaz 12+1ast, S.Arrocha 7+1ast, F.Santana 6+1reb
Navarra: I.Narros 20+8reb+4ast, K.Barrett 11+2ast, V.Perez 9+1reb, K.Langford 8+7reb+3ast, O.Starosta 8+2reb+1ast, M.Uriz 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 134525


Lleida - CB Tarragona 75-70

There was no surprise when bottom-ranked CB Tarragona 2017 (0-2) was defeated on the road by Lleida Basquet (2-0) 75-70 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 5 points. Lleida Basquet made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Ivorian-American forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American-Croatian guard Marcus Norris (185-74, college: Ball St., agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists. American forward Jonathan Mitchell (200-87, college: Rutgers) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Roburt Sallie (196-86, college: Memphis) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Lleida Basquet keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser CB Tarragona 2017 still closes the standings with two games lost. Lleida Basquet will face Grupo Iruna Navarra (#8) in Pamplona in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CB Tarragona 2017 will play at home against Palencia Baloncesto (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lleida: J.Kale 21+6reb+1ast, M.Norris 12+5ast, J.Detrick 10+3reb, A.Alzamora 9+2reb+1ast, M.Rubio 7+7reb+1ast, C.Ramsdell 7+5reb
CB Tarragona: J.Mitchell 19+9reb+1ast, R.Sallie 16, A.Selakovs 8+5reb, D.Fernandez 7+4reb+1ast, A.Alba 7+2reb+1ast, J.Santana 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 134526


Palencia - Huesca 78-74

Lobe Huesca trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 18-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-78 at the end of the game. Palencia Baloncesto forced 20 Lobe Huesca turnovers. Lobe Huesca was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American-Cape Verdean guard Jeffrey Xavier (185-85, college: Providence) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Carles Bravo (192-79) chipped in 19 points. Four Palencia Baloncesto players scored in double figures. Center Jan Orfila (207-86) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and forward Adrian Garcia (201-85) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Lobe Huesca's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Palencia Baloncesto left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with 7 other teams. Loser Lobe Huesca still closes the standings with two games lost. Palencia Baloncesto will face CB Tarragona 2017 (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lobe Huesca will play against Melilla Baloncesto.
Top scorers:
Palencia: J.Xavier 19+6reb+3ast, C.Bravo 19+2reb+2ast, A.Moss 13+7reb+1ast, I.O'Leary 10+8reb+2ast, E.Garrido 9+1reb+3ast, R.Mena 5+1reb+1ast
Huesca: J.Orfila 20+14reb+1ast, A.Garcia 12+5reb, B.Reese 10+2reb, G.Leonavicius 10+5reb+2ast, O.Herrero 9+2reb+3ast, M.Montanana 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 134527


Leon - Girona 82-88

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Baloncesto Leon won third quarter 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Girona FC made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Sergi Pino (196-87) who scored 17 points. Naturalized American power forward Darryl Middleton (203-66, college: Baylor, agency: Impact Basketball) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American power forward JONATHAN Durley (203-88, college: Wichita St.) produced 29 points and 6 rebounds and American-Italian power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (206-82, college: Drury) added 10 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Girona FC keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Baloncesto Leon still closes the standings with two games lost. Girona FC will face CB Granada (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Baloncesto Leon will play against Caceres 2016 (#6).
Top scorers:
Girona: S.Pino 17+3reb+2ast, D.Middleton 13+7reb, A.Labuckas 13+3reb+1ast, M.Fernandez 11+5reb+1ast, X.Guirao 10+3reb+2ast, R.Freimanis 10+4reb+1ast
Leon: J.Durley 29+6reb+1ast, E.Quezada 14+1reb+4ast, C.Mortellaro 10+12reb, J.Jose Bernabe 10+4reb+2ast, J.Alberto Gonzalez 9+6reb+4ast, F.Rocchia 8+1reb
gschID: 134528


Menorca - Clinicas Rincon 80-37

The game without a history. Menorca Basquet led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Clinicas Rincon to just 5 points in third quarter. Menorca Basquet held Clinicas Rincon to an opponent 23.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 52.8 percent accuracy of the winners. Menorca Basquet forced 24 Clinicas Rincon turnovers and outrebounded them 39-26 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Clinicas Rincon was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Taylor Coppenrath (205-81, college: Vermont) who scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Center Oliver Arteaga (211-83) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Menorca Basquet players scored in double figures. Power forward Miguel Lorenzo (205-91) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Alejandro Abrines (198-93) added 8 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Menorca Basquet (1-1) left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with 7 other teams. Loser Clinicas Rincon still closes the standings with two games lost. Menorca Basquet will face bottom-ranked Basquet Mallorca (#18) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Clinicas Rincon will play against Tenerife (#7).
Top scorers:
Menorca: M.Blanch 16+3reb, O.Arteaga 12+9reb, T.Coppenrath 12+9reb+2ast, U.Otegui 10+5reb, D.Navarro 8+2reb, D.Perez 7+5ast
Clinicas Rincon: M.Lorenzo 14+7reb+1ast, A.Abrines 8+3reb, E.Diaz 6+3reb+1ast, O.Kuzmin 3+3reb, J.Pozas 2+1reb+2ast, S.JAN 2
gschID: 134529


Caceres - Melilla 85-72

The game without a history. Caceres 2016 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Caceres 2016 shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. The best player for the winners was power forward Jose Angel Antelo (203-87) who scored 29 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Pedro Robles (192-77) chipped in 19 points. American guard Troy DeVries (193-82, college: N.Mexico) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Melilla Baloncesto's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Caceres 2016 left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Melilla Baloncesto. Caceres 2016 will face Baloncesto Leon (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them.
Top scorers:
Caceres: J.Angel Antelo 29+6reb+3ast, P.Robles 19+4reb+2ast, D.Rodriguez 10+3reb+5ast, C.Cherry 8+2reb+5ast, L.Williams 7+12reb+1ast, X.Forcada 4+2reb+2ast
Melilla: T.DeVries 23+5reb+2ast, J.Riera 11+2reb, M.Suka-Umu 8+3reb+1ast, C.Odiakosa 8+6reb, J.Salvador Arco 6+1reb+4ast, K.Wachsmann 4+6reb
gschID: 134521


Granada - Clavijo 76-85

CB Clavijo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. CB Clavijo outrebounded CB Granada 48-21 including a 36-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Mathew Witt (183-84, college: E.Kentucky) scored 26 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American forward Jeffrey Bonds (199-82, college: Cal Poly Pomona) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. CB Clavijo's coach Jesus Sala used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brazilian guard Carlos Cobos (193-88) responded with 15 points and swingman Roberto Guerra (195-83) scored 10 points and 4 assists. Five CB Granada players scored in double figures. CB Clavijo (2-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser CB Granada keeps the sixth place with one game lost. They share the position with 7 other teams. CB Clavijo will meet at home league's leader Ford Burgos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. CB Granada will play against Girona FC (#3) and be promoted back to the ACB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Clavijo: M.Witt 26+2reb+6ast, J.Bonds 18+9reb+1ast, A.Chubrevich 11+4reb, E.Suarez 9+2reb+1ast, B.Arevalo 6+1reb, O.Lawal 4+16reb
Granada: C.Cobos 15+2reb+3ast, M.Rodriguez 12+2reb+2ast, J.Fernandez 12+3reb+2ast, R.Guerra 10+4reb+4ast, R.Lopez 10+2reb+2ast, E.Ruiz 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 134522


Burgos - Mallorca 83-87

The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 35-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Basquet Mallorca made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Ford Burgos outrebounded Basquet Mallorca 35-23 including 22 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Ford Burgos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Levi Knutson (193-88, college: Colorado, agency: FCM) who scored 24 points and 5 assists. point guard Joan Carles Bivia (185-85) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Brazilian forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Basquet Mallorca and five Ford Burgos players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 4 other teams. Ford Burgos at the other side still keeps top place with 0 game lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Ford Burgos will play next round against strong CB Clavijo trying to get back on the winning streak. Basquet Mallorca will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Menorca Basquet in Mahon.
Top scorers:
Mallorca: L.Knutson 24+4reb+5ast, J.Amador 15+2reb, M.Whippy 13+4reb+1ast, J.Carles Bivia 13+4reb+5ast, G.Justo 9+2reb+1ast, S.Green 8+2reb+3ast
Burgos: D.Phillip 19+9reb+1ast, J.Tillman 17+5reb+2ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 14+10reb+2ast, D.Lopez 11+5reb+6ast, J.Castro 10+4reb+3ast, R.Schraeder 9+1reb
gschID: 134523


Tenerife - Breogan 89-73

Visiting Leche Rio Breogan was defeated by Tenerife in Tenerife 89-73. The game was mostly controlled by Tenerife. Leche Rio Breogan was better in fourth quarter 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tenerife dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Leche Rio Breogan's 22 and made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Leche Rio Breogan 40-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. 29 personal fouls committed by Leche Rio Breogan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) notched a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and the former international power forward Ricardo Guillen (205-76) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Even 14 points and 5 rebounds by Dominican-American guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) did not help to save the game for Leche Rio Breogan. American swingman Joseph Krabbenhoft (201-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: N.E.T.) added 8 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Five Tenerife and four Leche Rio Breogan players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tenerife left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Leche Rio Breogan. Tenerife's next round opponent will be Clinicas Rincon (#15) in Malaga and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Tenerife: A.Sabat 16+1reb+2ast, L.Rost 15+5reb, R.Guillen 14+6reb, F.Lampropoulos 12+4reb+1ast, J.Donaldson 11+11reb+6ast, N.Richotti 7+3reb+2ast
Breogan: J.Feldeine 14+5reb+1ast, S.Ogirri 11+3ast, A.Ogide 10+4reb, A.Navajas 10+2reb, E.Sanchez 9+2reb+1ast, J.Krabbenhoft 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 134524




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


FC Barcelona Regal and El Caja Laboral enter SuperCup Final - by Eurobasket News
FC Barcelona Regal and El Caja Laboral enter SuperCup Final. FC Barcelona Regal outscored Real Madrid 74:70. The winners started with 21-13 in the first period, but Real managed to reduce the gap to 35:33 at the halftime. Moreover the latter grabbed the advantage after 25-17 in the third quarter, but FC Barcelona Regal responded with 22-12 to win the game.
Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) stepped up with 15 points and Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) notched 13. Navarro posted 12, while Fran Vazquez and N'Dong added 9 apiece. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) and Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 14 points each in the losing effort.
El Caja Laboral grabbed 93:88 win over Bizkaia Bilbao Basket. They started with massive 32-18 and added 21-19 in the second frame. Bilbao team however won the third quarter 17-16 and did their best to recover with 34-24 in the last frame. It was enough only to cut the margin to 5 points. Oleson top-scored for the winners with 23 points and San Emeterio posted 18. Marko Banic (205-F-84) scored 16 points in the losing effort and Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) notched 15.



Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Jose Angel ANTELO
  Caceres
  (203-F/C-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Antelo, Caceres24.0 
 2. Feldeine, Breogan23.0 
 3. DeVries, Melilla23.0 
 4. Durley, Leon21.5 
 5. Mitchell, CB Tarra.20.5 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca20.0 
 7. Phillip, Burgos19.5 
 8. Pino, Girona19.0 
 9. Knutson, Mallorca17.0 
 10. Bravo, Palencia16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Clavijo
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Lawal, Clavijo13.5 
 2. Mortellaro, Leon11.5 
 3. Sikma, La Palma10.0 
 4. Orfila, Huesca10.0 
 5. Donaldson, Tenerife10.0 
 6. Antelo, Caceres9.5 
 7. Coppenrath, Menor.9.0 
 8. Fernandez, Granada8.5 
 9. O''Leary, Palencia8.5 
 10. Toledo, Burgos8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mathew WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Witt, Clavijo6.0 
 2. Arco, Melilla5.5 
 3. Rodriguez, Caceres5.0 
 4. Perez, Menorca4.5 
 5. Bivia, Mallorca4.5 
 6. Norris, Lleida4.5 
 7. Bonhome, La Palma4.5 
 8. Lopez, Burgos4.0 
 9. Riera, Melilla4.0 
 10. Ordin, Girona4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jeffrey XAVIER
  Palencia
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Xavier, Palencia6.0 
 2. Alonso, Mallorca3.5 
 3. Sanz, Navarra3.0 
 4. Toledo, Burgos3.0 
 5. Lopez, Granada3.0 
 6. Schaftenaar, La P.3.0 
 7. Guerra, Granada3.0 
 8. Montanana, Huesca2.5 
 9. Otegui, Menorca2.5 
 10. Lopez, La Palma2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Thomas COLEMAN
  Girona
  (205-F/C-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Coleman, Girona3.5 
 2. Lawal, Clavijo1.5 
 3. Schreiber, CB Tarr.1.5 
 4. Green, Mallorca1.5 
 5. Antelo, Caceres1.5 
 6. Kuzmin, Clinicas.1.5 
 7. Leonavicius, Hues.1.0 
 8. Moss, Palencia1.0 
 9. Odiakosa, Melilla1.0 
 10. Coego, Granada1.0 


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  SWEDEN   


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan
Points Per Game
 Yasin MERZOUG
  Eagles
  (183-G-79)
  Avg: 27
 1. Merzoug, Eagles27.0 
 2. Ghebremeskel, Eag.21.0 
 3. Haag, Eagles17.0 
 4. Mikaelsson, Uppsa.16.0 
 5. Taylor, Eagles13.0 
 6. Ezra, Up.12.0 
 7. Micovic, Eagles10.0 
 8. Hellerstrom, Uppsa.9.0 
 9. Femic, Eagles7.0 
 10. Berggrund, Uppsa.7.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davor FEMIC
  Eagles
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 12
 1. Femic, Eagles12.0 
 2. Uusitalo, Uppsa.7.0 
 3. Micovic, Eagles7.0 
 4. Berglund, Uppsa.6.0 
 5. Taylor, Eagles6.0 
 6. Hellerstrom, Uppsa.5.0 
 7. Thulin, Up.5.0 
 8. Haag, Eagles4.0 
 9. Berggrund, Uppsa.4.0 
 10. Ezra, Up.3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jonas GHEBREMESKEL
  Eag.
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Ghebremeskel, Eag.8.0 
 2. Haag, Eagles8.0 
 3. Taylor, Eagles4.0 
 4. Merlenius, Uppsa.3.0 
 5. Uusitalo, Uppsa.3.0 
 6. Merzoug, Eagles3.0 
 7. Berggrund, Uppsa.3.0 
 8. Hasani, Up.1.0 
 9. Femic, Eagles1.0 
 10. Batsos, Eagles1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jonas GHEBREMESKEL
  Eag.
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ghebremeskel, Eag.5.0 
 2. Taylor, Eagles2.0 
 3. Uusitalo, Uppsa.2.0 
 4. Hellerstrom, Uppsa.2.0 
 5. Merzoug, Eagles2.0 
 6. Mikaelsson, Uppsa.1.0 
 7. Femic, Eagles1.0 
 8. Eliasson, Uppsa.1.0 
 9. Haag, Eagles1.0 
 10. Nielsen, Up.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Joseph TAYLOR
  Eagles
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Taylor, Eagles6.0 
 2. Femic, Eagles3.0 
 3. Haag, Eagles0.0 
 4. Ezra, Up.0.0 
 5. Nielsen, Up.0.0 
 6. Eliasson, Uppsa.0.0 
 7. Micovic, Eagles0.0 
 8. Dinovic, Eagles0.0 
 9. Merlenius, Uppsa.0.0 
 10. Berglund, Uppsa.0.0 


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  SWITZERLAND   


Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Fribourg 1-0 
 2. Lugano Tigers 1-0 
 3. Monthey 1-0 
 4. SAV Vacallo 1-0 
 5. Geneve Lions 0-0 
 6. BBC Nyon 0-1 
 7. Boncourt 0-1 
 8. SAM Massagno 0-1 
 9. Starwings 0-1 


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. BC AKA 1-0 
 2. Bern 1-0 
 3. Meyrin Geneve 1-0 
 4. Neuchatel 1-0 
 5. Nyon U23 1-0 
 6. Vevey 1-0 
 7. Villars 1-0 
 8. Acad.Fribourg 0-1 
 9. Bernex 0-1 
 10. Blonay Basket 0-1 
 11. DDV Lugano 0-1 
 12. Pully 0-1 
 13. Swiss Central 0-1 
 14. Zurich Wildcats 0-1 


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  TURKEY   


Galatasaray beats ASVEL in the Semis, 93-83 - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - ASVEL 93-83

Galatasaray advanced to Finals of the Euroleague qualifications tournament in Vilnius. The Turkish squad outplayed ASVEL today 93-83 and will meet Lietuvos Rytas tomorrow. The bet is huge as the winner will reach Euroleague regular season. It is important to mention again that Rytas is the host of this tournament. French ASVEL will continue this season in EuroCup. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) stepped up for Galata with 22 points (6 triples). Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) had 18 points and 5 rebounds, while Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) netted 12 pts for 13 minutes on the court. In ASVEL, Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points. Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) and Phil Goss (186-G-83, college: Drexel) had 17 and 13 points respectively. Quarters: 28-23, 24-28, 17-15, 24-17. The Big Final is scheduled for tomorrow at 18:00 CET.

Galatasaray: Jaka Lakovic 22, Darius Songaila 18+5 boards, Cevher Ozer 12
ASVEL: Leo Westermann 18, Dijon Thompson 17, Phil Goss 13


CEZ Nymburk eliminates Banvit in Euroleague qualifications - by Eurobasket News
CEZ Nymburk - Banvit BK 69-57

CEZ Nymburk advanced to second round of the Euroleague qualifications. They outplayed Turkish Banvit 69-57 and will meet Khimky in the next game. Banvit said good buy to Euroleague after just one game and will continue in EuroCup. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) shined for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) also scored 19 pts, but to go with 7 boards. Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) followed them with 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) delivered 15 points. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) had 10 points and 6 boards, while Keith Simmons (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) stopped to 8 pts and 5 rebs. Quarters: 19-12, 15-9, 19-19, 16-17. Nymburk will meet Khimky today. The host of this tournament Charlaroi will play against ALBA Berlin.

CEZ Nymburk: Lamayne Wilson 19+11 boards, Chester Simmons 19+7 boards, Pavel Pumprla 12
Banvit: Charles Davis 15, Kenan Bajramovic 10+6 boards, Keith Simmons 8+5 boards


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  UKRAINE   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Azovmash 1-0 
 2. Budivelnyk 1-0 
 3. Cherkasy 1-0 
 4. Ferro-ZNTU 1-0 
 5. Khimik 1-0 
 6. Mykolaiv 1-0 
 7. BC Donetsk 0-0 
 8. Dnipro 0-0 
 9. BC Kyiv 0-1 
 10. BC Odessa 0-1 
 11. DniproAzot 0-1 
 12. Halychyna 0-1 
 13. Hoverla 0-1 
 14. Kryvbasbasket 0-1 


Dnipro edge Anwil in Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
Dnipro - Anwil 79:69

Dnipro finished VTB League Qualifying Round with victory. They held off Anwil but the win just sweetened the pill for the Ukrainian team. Both Dnipro and Anwil failed to qualify for VTB League regular season. Steve Bertt (185-G-84, college: Iona) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners.
Anwil ensured a slightly better start. The Polish team fired 24 points in the first ten minutes to post a 3-point lead. Dnipro bounced back in the second term. They erased the deficit for a 44:43 halftime lead. Dnipro limited Anwil to just 12 points in the third term to enlarge the lead. They registered a 59:55 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Dnipro went on a 20:14 rally in the fourth quarter to seal the victory at the end. Maksym Kornienko (205-F/C-87) delivered 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Derrick Low (188-PG-86, college: Washington St.) posted 13 points in the win. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) answered with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Anwil. Seid Hajric (203-F-83) netted 16 points in the loss.

Dnipro: Steve Bertt 18, Maksym Kornienko 13+12 boards, Derrick Low 13
Anwil: Corsley Edwards 19+12 boards, Seid Hajric 16



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  URUGUAY   


Defensor Sporting leads the LUB - by Hector Lopez
Robert Ferguson (203-F/C-85, college: St.Joseph's) netted 14 and grabbed 7 rebounds leading Defensor Sporting to its third straight win to lead the Uruguayan League after three rounds. Defensor beat Trouville 74-53. Also for Defensor Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 8 pointrs with 10 rebounds. For Trouville Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) scored 12 points with 9 rebounds and Adam Zahn (203-F-84, college: Oregon) scored 2 points with 3 rebounds. Other results:
Malvin 95 - Jesse Smith (211-C/F-82, college: Idaho St.) 23 points 9 rebounds 2 blocks, Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 13 points 10 rebounds 9 asists
Sayago 67 - Terrence Shelman 19 points 7 rebounds, Derrick Roland (193-G-88, college: Texas A&M) 22 points 5 rebounds
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Union Atletica 94 - Blake Walker (197-F/G-82, college: Portland St.) 34 points 7 rebounds, Will Caudle (206-C-82, college: Xavier) 25 points 5 rebounds
Montevideo 75 - Federico Haller (198-F-88) 20 points, Braxton Byerson (190-G/F-83, college: Virginia Union) 8 points, Otis Polk (206-C-88, college: Bowling Green) 10 points 8 rebounds 2 blocks
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Bigua 77 - Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M)30 points Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86, college: Idaho) 7 points 8 rebounds
Guruyu Waston 67 - Robert Mitchell (198-F-86) 24 points 9 rebopunds, Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) 15 points 14 rebounds
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Welcome 81 - Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) 28 points, Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 20 points 5 rebounds
Olimpia 78 - Sebastian Vazquez (195-F-85) 25 points 4 rebounds, Torre Johnson (198-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 23 points 12 rebounds, Marques Lewis (203-C-83, college: UAB) 8 points 24 rebounds 2 blocks


Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
Capital
 1. Aguada 2-0 
 2. Bohemios 2-0 
 3. Defensor 2-0 
 4. Montevideo 2-0 
 5. Hebraica 1-0 
 6. Malvin 1-0 
 7. Olimpia 1-1 
 8. Guruyu Waston 1-1 
 9. Trouville 1-1 
 10. Welcome 1-1 
 11. Un.Atletica 1-1 
 12. Bigua 0-2 
 13. Cader 0-2 
 14. Cordon 0-2 
 15. Larre Borges 0-2 
 16. Sayago 0-2 
Littoral
 1. Anastasia 0-0 
 2. Juventus Salto 0-0 
 3. Remeros 0-0 
 4. Universitario S. 0-0 
 5. Wanderers 0-0 
South
 1. Flores Trinidad 0-0 
 2. Lagomar 0-0 
 3. Lavalleja 0-0 
 4. Maldonado 0-0 
 5. Plaza 0-0 


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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuelans Abroad - Greivis Vasquez won't play in Israel - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87), NBA player of the Memphis Grizzlies, won't play in Israel for Hapeol Jerusalem, despites a reported offer of a 28.000 dollars per month salary made by that team to convince him to play there while the NBA lockout is in progress.

Vasquez, a 24 year-old point guard born in Caracas and the third Venezuelan ever to play in the NBA, led Venezuela to fifth place in the recent FIBA Americas Olympic Qualy Tournament played in Mar del Plata, Argentina. He had also been considered as a possible fit by team Meridiano Alicante, of Spain's ACB, several weeks ago.

However, despites offers coming from countries such as Mexico or Italy, Vasquez will stay in Venezuela working in personal proyects, staying in shape, helping kids and spending time with the family while the NBA situation gets solved, as he still has a second year of guaranteed contract to honor with the Grizzlies.

Vasquez had a meeting with the Venezuelan Ministry of Sports in which he told Hector Rodriguez that Venezuelan basketball needs the construction of an unique training facility for the National Team and also pointed out some of the ideas he's got in mind to help.

A report of Eurobasket indicating that Vasquez was waiting an offer from President Hugo Chavez for marketing purposes, was denied by his representatives Robert Gonzalez and Rene Rincon to reporter Jose Rubicco Huertas, of Diario El Universal in Caracas.


LPB News - Marinos de Anzoategui denies negotiations involving Hector Romero - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Marinos de Anzoategui, current champions of Venezuela's Liga Profesional (LPB), issued a statement in which they asked for respect for the organization and denied any negotiations involving PF Hector Romero (202-F/C-80), after reports indicating that he might be bought by another franchise in the upcoming weeks.

'He's not for sale and is not part of the market', said GM Gianni Patino. 'It's irresponsible of some people to announce the acquisition of a player without even contacting his current organization', he added.

'We're tired of these campaigns that try to harm te environment indoors in our organization and we won't allow them to continue with this dirty war', said Patino.

Romero didn't play for Marinos in 2011 because he didn't reach an agreement with the general management and opted to play in Puerto Rico's BSN for Indios de Mayaguez, a league in which he sustained an injury that forced him to have surgery performed on his left knee.

He recovered well enough to help Venezuela finish at fifth place in the recent FIBA Americas Olympic Qualy Tournament played in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Marinos and his agent have already begun talks to have him secured for the beginning of the 2012 season, set to start on February 2nd.


David Cubillan and Windi Graterol invited to D-League camp by coach Musselman - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG David Cubillan (183-PG-87) and PF-C Windi Graterol (203-F/C-86) have been invited to a try out camp of the D-League team Los Angeles D-Fenders next October 8th, a team coached by Eric Musselman , who coached a young version of Venezuela's Senior NT to fifth place in the recent FIBA Americas Olympic Qualy Tournament of Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Cubillan and Graterol were part of that team and impressed Musselman enough to have them considered to travel to the United States and get a chance to test themselves against another 30 or 40 players to grab a spot in the roster and try to become NBA players in the 2011-2012 edition of the D-League. The D-Fenders are an affiliate team that belongs to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Both players are currently under contract in foreign leagues, as Cubillan is playing for Soles de Mexicali in Mexico's LNBP and Graterol has been signed in Colombia's Copa Invitacional by Cucuta Norte.



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Standings
VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. Enisey 2-0 
 2. Anwil 1-1 
 3. BC Astana 0-0 
 4. Budivelnyk 0-0 
 5. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 6. Khimky 0-0 
 7. N.Novgorod 0-0 
 8. Unics 0-0 
 9. VEF Riga 0-0 
 10. Zalgiris 0-0 
Group B
 1. Krasnie Krilya 2-0 
 2. Asseco Prokom 0-0 
 3. Azovmash 0-0 
 4. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 5. CSKA 0-0 
 6. Lietuvos rytas 0-0 
 7. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 8. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 9. Spartak SP 0-0 
 10. Siauliai 0-2 


Krasnie Krilya wins VTB Qualification Round - by Eurobasket News
Enisey-Krasnie Krilya 83:86

Krasnie Krilya wins VTB Qualification Round beating all the opponents and clinching all the victories. In the last game the Russian team overcame Enisey as both teams advanced to the Regular Season.
Enisey opened the game with 27-15 but could not win it. Moreover the team increased to 38:22 in the second period but failed in the half. Krasnie Krilya erupted with 23-0 run and grabbed 47:40 when Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) closed the half. Krasnie Krilya also won the third quarter 23-22 and enjoyed 8-point advantage at the end of three quarters. Enisey replied with 21-16 in the last quarter and reduced to 3 points at the end.
Brion Rush stepped up with 18 points and Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) posted 16. Jarvis Hayes (201-G/F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Georgia) ended up with 15 points, while Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80, college: VCU) scored 11. Andrey Komarovskiy and Jasmin Hucic delivered 15 points each in the losing effort. Marco Marinovic netted 11 and Sergey Toporov (197-F-81) added 10.

Enisey: Andrey Komarovskiy 15, Jasmin Hucic 15, Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) 11, Sergey Toporov 10
Krasnie Krilya: Brion Rush 18, Evgeniy Kolesnikov 16, Jarvis Hayes 15, Fedor Likholitov 11



Dnipro - Anwil 79:69

Dnipro finished VTB League Qualifying Round with victory. They held off Anwil but the win just sweetened the pill for the Ukrainian team. Both Dnipro and Anwil failed to qualify for VTB League regular season.
Steve Bertt (185-G-84, college: Iona) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners.
Anwil ensured a slightly better start. The Polish team fired 24 points in the first ten minutes to post a 3-point lead. Dnipro bounced back in the second term. They erased the deficit for a 44:43 halftime lead. Dnipro limited Anwil to just 12 points in the third term to enlarge the lead. They registered a 59:55 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Dnipro went on a 20:14 rally in the fourth quarter to seal the victory at the end.
Maksym Kornienko (205-F/C-87) delivered 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Derrick Low (188-PG-86, college: Washington St.) posted 13 points in the win. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) answered with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Anwil. Seid Hajric (203-F-83) netted 16 points in the loss.

Dnipro:
Steve Bertt 18, Maksym Kornienko 13+12 boards, Derrick Low 13
Anwil:
Corsley Edwards 19+12 boards, Seid Hajric 16





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Women News

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Mali lose crunchy tie to Angola 51-56 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Not even the vociferous fans and top government functionary could save host of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women and winner in 2007 Mali from losing to determined Angola in the first semi-final of the championship at the Stade du 26 Mars Bamako by 51-56 points.

The Malian took a slim one point lead in the first quarter winning by 16-15 points but lost the second by the sane margin of 08-09 points for an even scores of 24 points apiece going into the break.

Mali again picked the third quarter of the crunchy tie by 16-14 points to take a two point lead into the last quarter but determination and gut saw them (Mali) bowing to the superior fire-power of the Angolan in the fourth and decisive quarter losing by 11-18 points.

Angola Sonia Guadalupe led her side challenge for a grand final berth with 14 points and 4 rebounds while Nadir Manuel grabbed 9 rebounds to help her side move to the final.

The Malian who thought Angola would an easy prey were out played in all department of the game grabbing a total of 27 rebounds to Angola 30 but led in assists with 11 to Angola 7.
Nassecela Mauricio (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas)


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Senegal too hot for Nigeria - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of FIBA Africa Championship for Women Saturday prove champion worth with a 89-63 points victory over Nigeria in the second semi-finals of the Mali 2011 Afrobasket at the Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako.

The Senegalese proved the better side in all department of the crunchy encounter winning the first three quarters by 26-18, 21-09 and 20-14 while a late rally by Nigeria could only earn her a fair share of the fourth quarter as both sides ended the quarter by 22 points apiece.

Senegal also prove the better side on the board with 29 rebounds to Nigeria 23, the Lioness who is gunning for her eleventh title gave 22 assists a great offensive play to Nigeria seven, the defending champion had 68.4% from two-point field goal to Nigeria 43.2%, Senegal was also the better side from both the three-point field goal and free-throws scoring five of her fifteen three point shot attempted to Nigeria four from fifteen attempt and made nineteen of twenty-three free-throws attempted while Nigeria converted nineteen of thirty free-throws attempted.

Senegal energetic forward Astou Traore led the floor with a superb performance of 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, reigning queen of the court Aya Traore added 24 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds with Ndeye Ndiaye contributing 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for her side big win over Nigeria who will now battle host Mali for the third position as winner of the third place battle gets a slot to the pre-qualifying London 2012 Olympic Games while Senegal and Mali conqueror Angola take to the floor in a repeat of the 10th All Africa Games held recently in Mozambique.
Astou Traore (182-F/C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas)


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  ANGOLA - Women  


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Mali lose crunchy tie to Angola 51-56 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Not even the vociferous fans and top government functionary could save host of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women and winner in 2007 Mali from losing to determined Angola in the first semi-final of the championship at the Stade du 26 Mars Bamako by 51-56 points.

The Malian took a slim one point lead in the first quarter winning by 16-15 points but lost the second by the sane margin of 08-09 points for an even scores of 24 points apiece going into the break.

Mali again picked the third quarter of the crunchy tie by 16-14 points to take a two point lead into the last quarter but determination and gut saw them (Mali) bowing to the superior fire-power of the Angolan in the fourth and decisive quarter losing by 11-18 points.

Angola Sonia Guadalupe led her side challenge for a grand final berth with 14 points and 4 rebounds while Nadir Manuel grabbed 9 rebounds to help her side move to the final.

The Malian who thought Angola would an easy prey were out played in all department of the game grabbing a total of 27 rebounds to Angola 30 but led in assists with 11 to Angola 7.
Nassecela Mauricio (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas)


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  ARGENTINA - Women  


FIBA Americas Semis: Argentina grabs 61-59 win against Canada - by Eurobasket News
ARGENTINA - CANADA 61-59

Argentina advanced to Finals of the FIBA American Championship 2011. They grabbed 61-59 thriller win against Canada and will fight for the Gold against Brazil. Canada will meet Cuba for third place. Paula Reggiardo (175-F-84, agency: Players Group) shined for Argentina last night with 18 points. Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) had double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Debora Gonzalez (172-PG-90, agency: Players Group) helped with 9 points. In the loosing squad, Chelsea Aubry (189-F/C-84, college: Nebraska) collected 14 points and 5 rebs. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) had 11 points and 7 rebs, and Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) stopped to 9 pts. Quarters: 23-10, 13-18, 7-12, 18-19. Saturday is the last day of the championship in Neiva. Only the winner will book a ticket for the Olympic Games 2012. Second, third and fourth ranked teams will go to Additional Qualifying Tournament.

Argentina: Paula Reggiardo 18, Erica Sanchez 13+10 boards, Debora Gonzalez 9
Canada: Chelsea Aubry 14+5 boards, Lizanne Murphy 11+7 boards, Miranda Ayim 9


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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Standings - AWBL
AWBL Standings
 1. BC Vienna 1-0 
 2. TI Sparkasse 1-0 
 3. BK Duchess 0-0 
 4. Fl.Foxes 0-0 
 5. UBBC 0-0 
 6. Kammer 0-1 
 7. UBI Graz 0-1 


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Brazil heads to Big Final in Neiva - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - CUBA 66-53

Brazil will have a chance to fight for the FIBA Americas Gold in Neiva. They eliminated Cuba in the Semifinals 66-53 and will meet Argentina tomorrow in battle for the title. Cuba will play against Canada for the Bronze. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 20 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for just 19 minutes on the court. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) had 11 points and 6 rebs, while Adriana Moises Pinto (169-G-78) helped her country almost with triple-double: 9 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. In Cuba, Yamara Amargo (180-F-85) delivered 16 points. Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) had 9 points and 5 rebs, and Leidys Oquendo (180-F-82) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 24-16, 14-10, 14-15, 14-12. Saturday is the last day of the championship in Neiva. Only the winner will book a ticket for the Olympic Games 2012. Second, third and fourth ranked teams will go to Additional Qualifying Tournament.

Brazil: Erika De Souza 20+6 boards, Damiris Dantas 11+6 boards, Adriana Moises Pinto 9+13 boards+12 as
Cuba: Yamara Amargo 16, Oyanaisy Gelis 9+5 boards, Leidys Oquendo 8


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  CANADA - Women  


FIBA Americas Semis: Argentina grabs 61-59 win against Canada - by Eurobasket News
ARGENTINA - CANADA 61-59

Argentina advanced to Finals of the FIBA American Championship 2011. They grabbed 61-59 thriller win against Canada and will fight for the Gold against Brazil. Canada will meet Cuba for third place. Paula Reggiardo (175-F-84, agency: Players Group) shined for Argentina last night with 18 points. Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) had double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Debora Gonzalez (172-PG-90, agency: Players Group) helped with 9 points. In the loosing squad, Chelsea Aubry (189-F/C-84, college: Nebraska) collected 14 points and 5 rebs. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) had 11 points and 7 rebs, and Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) stopped to 9 pts. Quarters: 23-10, 13-18, 7-12, 18-19. Saturday is the last day of the championship in Neiva. Only the winner will book a ticket for the Olympic Games 2012. Second, third and fourth ranked teams will go to Additional Qualifying Tournament.

Argentina: Paula Reggiardo 18, Erica Sanchez 13+10 boards, Debora Gonzalez 9
Canada: Chelsea Aubry 14+5 boards, Lizanne Murphy 11+7 boards, Miranda Ayim 9


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  CUBA - Women  


Brazil heads to Big Final in Neiva - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - CUBA 66-53

Brazil will have a chance to fight for the FIBA Americas Gold in Neiva. They eliminated Cuba in the Semifinals 66-53 and will meet Argentina tomorrow in battle for the title. Cuba will play against Canada for the Bronze. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 20 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for just 19 minutes on the court. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) had 11 points and 6 rebs, while Adriana Moises Pinto (169-G-78) helped her country almost with triple-double: 9 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. In Cuba, Yamara Amargo (180-F-85) delivered 16 points. Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) had 9 points and 5 rebs, and Leidys Oquendo (180-F-82) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 24-16, 14-10, 14-15, 14-12. Saturday is the last day of the championship in Neiva. Only the winner will book a ticket for the Olympic Games 2012. Second, third and fourth ranked teams will go to Additional Qualifying Tournament.

Brazil: Erika De Souza 20+6 boards, Damiris Dantas 11+6 boards, Adriana Moises Pinto 9+13 boards+12 as
Cuba: Yamara Amargo 16, Oyanaisy Gelis 9+5 boards, Leidys Oquendo 8


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Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
 1. USK Praha 4-0 
 2. Trutnov 3-0 
 3. Frisco Sika 3-1 
 4. VS Praha 2-1 
 5. Strakonice 2-2 
 6. Karlovy Vary 2-2 
 7. VSE Praha 2-2 
 8. Slovanka MB 1-1 
 9. Valosun Brno 1-2 
 10. Hradec Kralove 1-3 
 11. Pardubice 0-3 
 12. DSK Karlin 0-4 


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Standings - Dameligaen
Dameligaen Standings
 1. SISU 1-0 
 2. Vaerlose 1-0 
 3. Amager 1-1 
 4. Horsens 1-1 
 5. Aabyhoj 1-1 
 6. Horsholm 1-1 
 7. Lemvig 1-1 
 8. Falcon 0-2 


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Argentina and Brazil to fight for the Gold - by Eurobasket Center
SEMIFINALS

Argentina - Canada
61-59
Argentina advanced to Finals of the FIBA American Championship 2011. They grabbed 61-59 thriller win against Canada and will fight for the Gold against Brazil. Canada will meet Cuba for third place. Paula Reggiardo (175-F-84, agency: Players Group) shined for Argentina last night with 18 points. Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) had double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Debora Gonzalez (172-PG-90, agency: Players Group) helped with 9 points. In the loosing squad, Chelsea Aubry (189-F/C-84, college: Nebraska) collected 14 points and 5 rebs. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) had 11 points and 7 rebs, and Miranda Ayim (191-F/C-88, college: Pepperdine) stopped to 9 pts. Quarters: 23-10, 13-18, 7-12, 18-19. Saturday is the last day of the championship in Neiva. Only the winner will book a ticket for the Olympic Games 2012. Second, third and fourth ranked teams will go to Additional Qualifying Tournament.

Brazil - Cuba 66-53
Brazil will have a chance to fight for the FIBA Americas Gold in Neiva. They eliminated Cuba in the Semifinals 66-53 and will meet Argentina tomorrow in battle for the title. Cuba will play against Canada for the Bronze. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 20 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for just 19 minutes on the court. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) had 11 points and 6 rebs, while Adriana Moises Pinto (169-G-78) helped her country almost with triple-double: 9 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. In Cuba, Yamara Amargo (180-F-85) delivered 16 points. Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) had 9 points and 5 rebs, and Leidys Oquendo (180-F-82) stopped to 8 pts. Quarters: 24-16, 14-10, 14-15, 14-12. Saturday is the last day of the championship in Neiva. Only the winner will book a ticket for the Olympic Games 2012. Second, third and fourth ranked teams will go to Additional Qualifying Tournament.


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  FINLAND - Women  


SM-sarja Round 1: Espoo Team surrender to Catz Lappeenranta - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in SM-sarja just started. Coincidentally all visitors won their games.



Espoo Team - Catz 64-82

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Espoo Team (0-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Catz Lappeenranta (1-0) 82-64. The game was mostly controlled by Catz Lappeenranta. Espoo Team managed to win third quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Catz Lappeenranta forced 24 Espoo Team turnovers. Russian power forward Elena Reshetko (184-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and international forward Dionne Pounds (174-84, college: Lamar) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Catz Lappeenranta players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Annika Holopainen (186-93) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and international power forward Niina Laaksonen (185-85) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Espoo Team: A.Holopainen 20+13reb+1ast, N.Laaksonen 15+9reb, E.Iiskola 10+5reb+2ast, E.Leino 8, V.Holtta 8+3reb+1ast, M.Bedretdin 3+2reb+1ast
Catz: D.Pounds 17+6reb+1ast, E.Reshetko 16+10reb+2ast, V.Kesanen 12+2reb+3ast, H.Vapamaa 11+6reb, R.Lukkarinen 10+2reb, A.Anderson 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 144688


PeKa - FoA 76-90

Very significant was Forssan Alku's (#4) 90-76 road victory against Peli-Karhut. Peli-Karhut was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 52-33 second half run of Forssan Alku. Forssan Alku made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Forssan Alku outrebounded Peli-Karhut 54-35 including 17 on the offensive glass. American swingman Heidi Heintz (177-88, college: Cal-Davis) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and international guard Henna Salomaa (175-89, college: Oakland) accounted for 19 points and 6 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws). Five Forssan Alku players scored in double figures. Guard Anissa Pounds (170-90) came up with 25 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Becca Bruszewski (185-88, college: Notre Dame) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Peli-Karhut in the defeat.
Top scorers:
PeKa: A.Pounds 25+8reb+1ast, B.Bruszewski 17+8reb, R.McCants 12+12reb, L.Lehtoranta 8, L.Richter 8+5reb, L.Lehtoranta 6+2reb
FoA: H.Salomaa 19+6reb+1ast, K.Heath 17+7reb, V.House 15+9reb+1ast, J.Jahilo 15+6reb, H.Heintz 15+14reb, H.Koponen 9+11reb
gschID: 144689


Kerava - ToPo 50-73

Quite upsetting was Kerava Energia Team's 23-point home defeat in a game versus Torpan Pojat who smashed hosts. The game without a history. Torpan Pojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Torpan Pojat outrebounded Kerava Energia Team 51-29 including a 37-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Kaihla Szunko (187-88, college: Cent.Michigan) fired 9 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Forward Ellen Nurmi (185-93) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Centhya Hart (185-89, college: St.John's) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and center Silja Paavola (183-83) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Kerava: C.Hart 12+10reb+4ast, L.Juhola 11+4reb, E.Sipila 8+1reb+1ast, S.Paavola 8+8reb+2ast, S.Lehtoranta 6+3reb+1ast, E.Raikkonen 3+1reb
ToPo: F.Oljemark 15+5reb+1ast, E.Nurmi 14+6reb+3ast, A.Arppe 11+7reb+1ast, A.Juvonen 10+4reb+4ast, K.Szunko 9+14reb+1ast, L.Saarinen 6+12reb+1ast
gschID: 144690


HoNsU - Huima 44-67

And what about another game where Aanekosken beat HoNsU by 23 points 67-44 on the road. The game without a history. Aanekosken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Aanekosken forced 30 HoNsU turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Patrice Holmes (178, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Her fellow American import center Kenya Robinson (182-70, college: New Orleans) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Titta-Riina Lepisto (183-90) answered with 8 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Charlee Underwood (178-85, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) added 7 points in the effort for HoNsU. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
HoNsU: M.Sten 10+3reb, T.Lepisto 8+7reb, C.Underwood 7+3reb+3ast, K.Lind 5+3reb, K.Karkkainen 3+3reb+3ast, P.Salminen 3+1reb+1ast
Huima: P.Holmes 21+4reb+1ast, K.Robinson 12+9reb+1ast, S.Viitanen 10, M.Bland 7+7reb+4ast, M.Ali 7+8reb+2ast, S.Jamsen 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 144687




Standings - Women
SM-sarja Standings
 1. Catz 1-0 
 2. FoA 1-0 
 3. Huima 1-0 
 4. ToPo 1-0 
 5. Espoo Team 0-1 
 6. HoNsU 0-1 
 7. Kerava 0-1 
 8. PeKa 0-1 


Catz took a victory over Espoo Team - by Elina Koskinen
Catz took 64-82 victory over Espoo Team in Esopoo today. Home team started the scoring, but after few minutes the lead was changed. The visitors made sure that they kept their position and added their lead quite evenly throughout the game excluding the third period. In the first quarter Catz scored the numbers 15-23 and kept the same pace on in the second winning it 12-23. After the half break Espoo Team started fighting and managed to narrow the Catz lead in the third period by numbers 25-18. In the last quarter while there were five minutes left home team was only 7 points behind. However Catz was stronger in the end and won the fourth period 12-18 and the whole match 64-82. Annika Holopainen (186-C/F-93) from Espoo Team was the most efficient in the game scoring the game highest numbers both in points and rebounds. She scored 20 points and gathered 13 rebounds. Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, college: Lamar) made the highest points from Catz finishing 17 points. Pounds was assisted by Elena Reshetko (184-C/F-86) who scored 16.

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  FRANCE - Women  


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


Lattes Montp. - Aix-en-Provence 76-55


No shocking result in a game when Lattes Montpellier (2-0) crushed at home Aix-en-Provence (0-2) 76-55 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 42-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lattes Montpellier dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Aix-en-Provence's 30. American forward Kristen Mann (188-83, college: UCSB, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Croatian swingman Ana Lelas (183-83) supported her with 17 points. Lattes Montpellier's coach Valery Demory felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds by Spanish center Cindy Lima (194-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) did not help to save the game for Aix-en-Provence. Spanish guard Tamara Abalde (188-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 10 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Four Aix-en-Provence players scored in double figures. Lattes Montpellier keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Aix-en-Provence still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Lattes Montpellier will meet Mondeville (#5) on the road in the next round. Aix-en-Provence will play against Nantes Reze (#7).
Top scorers:
Aix-en-Provence: N.Hurst 12+3reb+1ast, C.Lima 12+12reb+1ast, L.Jansone 10+5reb+2ast, T.Abalde 10+7reb, S.Gruszczynski 4+2reb+3ast, E.Gorjeu 3
Lattes Montp.: K.Mann 17+7reb+3ast, A.Lelas 17+1reb+2ast, E.Lawson-Wade 10+6reb+1ast, S.Dijon 9+4reb+1ast, F.Sacko 7+4reb+1ast, V.Bremont 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 149910


Challes - Union Hainaut 58-46

Union Hainaut (0-2) lost on the road to Challes-les-Eaux (2-0) 58-46 on Saturday. The game without a history. Challes-les-Eaux led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Union Hainaut to just 6 points in fourth quarter. American center Mistie Mims (191-83, college: Duke) notched 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and German forward Romy Bar (189-87, agency: LBM Management) supported her with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Even 11 points and 9 rebounds by American power forward Amisha Carter (188-82, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Josep and Nicolas) did not help to save the game for Union Hainaut. Lithuanian swingman Marina Solopova (180-90) added 11 points and 5 assists for the guests. Challes-les-Eaux keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Union Hainaut still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Challes-les-Eaux will meet Lyon (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Union Hainaut will play against Tarbes.
Top scorers:
Union Hainaut: M.Solopova 11+3reb+5ast, A.Carter 11+9reb+1ast, P.Stampalija 10+8reb, A.Houts 6+1reb+2ast, M.Frederique Ayissi 4+8reb+1ast, E.Silbande 2+3reb+2ast
Challes: M.Mims 15+7reb+1ast, R.Bar 11+5reb+5ast, A.Lardy 8+6reb+2ast, D.Page 8+3reb+2ast, A.Plagnard 7+1reb+2ast, E.Podrug 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 149911


Villeneuve - Bourges 60-79

Hosts were rolled over by Bourges (2-0) 79-60. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-0 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Bourges. Villeneuve D'Asco managed to win second period 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Villeneuve D'Asco 37-23 including 29 on the defensive glass. International forward Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field). International power forward Jennifer Digbeu (190-87) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Nigerian center Olayinka Sanni (188-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Josep and Nicolas) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Emilie Gomis (180-83) added 21 points in the effort for Villeneuve D'Asco. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Villeneuve D'Asco at the other side dropped to the sixth place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Bourges is looking forward to face Basket Landes (#6) in Mont de Marsan in the next round where they are favorite. Villeneuve D'Asco will play on the road against the league's leader Arras and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Villeneuve: E.Gomis 21+2reb+1ast, O.Sanni 18+8reb, A.Breitreiner 13+1reb+3ast, K.Wambe 6+1reb+6ast, S.Palie 2+4reb+1ast, R.Coumare 0
Bourges: N.Miyem 24+8reb+2ast, J.Digbeu 16+4reb+2ast, C.Joens 12+2reb+2ast, C.Dumerc 9+2reb+6ast, M.Amant 6+8reb+2ast, K.Brown 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 149905


Tarbes - Mondeville 70-74

Another exciting game for Mondeville (2-0) which played on the court of Tarbes (1-1). Mondeville won 74-70. Tarbes was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Mondeville forced 19 Tarbes turnovers. Lithuanian forward Egle Sulciute (190-85) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Laetitia Kamba (186-87) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Forward Naura El Gargati (192-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and international center Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-89) scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four Tarbes players scored in double figures. Mondeville keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Tarbes at the other side keeps the sixth place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Mondeville will play against Lattes Montpellier (#4) at home in the next round. Tarbes will play against Union Hainaut in Saint-Amand to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Tarbes: L.Neaves 17+6reb, P.Salagnac 15+3reb+1ast, A.Cata-Chitiga 15+7reb+1ast, N.El Gargati 12+12reb+1ast, F.Lepron 4+1reb+4ast, L.Drljaca 3+2reb
Mondeville: E.Sulciute 21+7reb+3ast, I.Tanqueray 16+4reb+4ast, L.Kamba 15+10reb+1ast, H.Minte 9+5reb+1ast, G.Paugaite 6+7reb, T.Gandega 4+1reb
gschID: 149906


Nantes - Lyon 66-56

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Lyon was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 18-6 charge of Nantes Reze, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lyon to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Slovakian center Regina Palusna (192-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and international guard Johanne Gomis (177-85) supported her with 17 points. Even 18 points and 9 rebounds by Turkish power forward Leigh Aziz (186-79, college: Syracuse) did not help to save the game for Lyon. The former international swingman Audrey Sauret Gillespie (179-76) added 5 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the guests. Nantes Reze (1-1) left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Lyon still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Nantes Reze will meet Aix-en-Provence (#10) in the next round. Lyon will play against Challes-les-Eaux.
Top scorers:
Lyon: L.Aziz 18+9reb+3ast, L.Ardon 9+1reb+1ast, G.Bertal 8+4reb+1ast, S.Ouerghi 6+7reb, J.Legoupil 6+1reb+1ast, A.Sauret Gillespie 5+5reb+6ast
Nantes: J.Gomis 17+3reb+1ast, S.Michel 12+4reb+2ast, L.Williams 12+1reb+3ast, R.Palusna 11+12reb+1ast, Y.Andreyeva 8+10reb+1ast, C.Aubert 4+7reb+8ast
gschID: 149907


Landes - Charleville 74-37

The game without a history. Basket Landes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Charleville-Mezieres to just 6 points in third quarter. Basket Landes dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Charleville-Mezieres' 28. They outrebounded Charleville-Mezieres 42-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. Basket Landes looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Charleville-Mezieres' players. American center Jennifer Humphrey (191-84, college: Kentucky, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched a double-double by scoring 11 points and 17 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Julie Barennes (183-86) supported her with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Basket Landes players scored in double figures. Basket Landes' coach Olivier Lafargue felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 17 points by Greek forward Zoi Dimitrakou (188-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) did not help to save the game for Charleville-Mezieres. Ukrainian center Valeriya Berezhynska (193-86, college: Rice, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 7 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Basket Landes left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Charleville-Mezieres still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Basket Landes will meet league's second-placed Bourges on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Nice (#13).
Top scorers:
Charleville: Z.Dimitrakou 17+4reb+2ast, M.Lacroix 8+5reb+1ast, V.Berezhynska 7+8reb, A.Bouderra 2+2reb+3ast, Y.Sene 2+2reb+1ast, E.Dimitrova 1+5reb+1ast
Landes: J.Barennes 16+5reb+3ast, M.Laborde 12+3reb+1ast, A.Le Gluher 12+6reb+3ast, J.Humphrey 11+17reb, K.Manic 7+4reb+13ast, B.Diouf 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 149908


Nice - Arras 70-77

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-17. But Nice won second period 14-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Arras made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Romanian forward Gabriela Marginean (185-87, college: Drexel) notched 38 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and DR Congolese power forward Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-82, agency: LBM Management) supported her with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Even 19 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) by Senegalese center Jeanne Senghor (191-82) did not help to save the game for Nice. American guard Kesley Bolte (185-88, college: Iowa St.) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Nice's coach Olga Tarasenko rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Arras keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Nice still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Arras will meet at home Villeneuve D'Asco (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Nice will play against Charleville-Mezieres and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nice: J.Senghor 19+3reb, K.Bolte 12+5reb+1ast, E.Decker 9+7reb+1ast, G.Mendy 8+2reb+1ast, A.Konate 7+2reb+4ast, M.Anderson 6
Arras: G.Marginean 38+5reb, P.Akonga Nsimbo 15+7reb+3ast, J.Cousseins-Smith 10+8reb+3ast, N.Grishaeva 9+4reb, K.Bade 3+5reb+1ast, A.Tchangoue 2+5reb+4ast
gschID: 149909




LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gabriela MARGINEAN
  Arras
  (185-F-87)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Marginean, Arras26.5 
 2. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.25.5 
 3. Gomis, Villeneuve21.0 
 4. Abalde, Aix-en-P.20.0 
 5. Sanni, Villeneuve20.0 
 6. Sulciute, Mondevil.19.0 
 7. Hurst, Aix-en-P.18.0 
 8. Miyem, Bourges17.5 
 9. Aziz, Lyon17.5 
 10. Breitreiner, Vill.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jennifer HUMPHREY
  Landes
  (191-C-84)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Humphrey, Landes16.5 
 2. Skrba, Lattes M.13.5 
 3. El Gargati, Tarbes11.5 
 4. Mims, Challes10.5 
 5. Kublina, Bourges10.5 
 6. Robbins, Villeneuve10.5 
 7. Aziz, Lyon10.0 
 8. Sanni, Villeneuve9.5 
 9. Palusna, Nantes9.5 
 10. Kamba, Mondeville9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Katarina MANIC
  Landes
  (181-G-80)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Manic, Landes8.5 
 2. Wambe, Villeneuve8.0 
 3. Aubert, Nantes7.5 
 4. Sauret Gille., Lyon7.0 
 5. Bar, Challes4.5 
 6. Dumerc, Bourges4.5 
 7. Hurst, Aix-en-P.4.5 
 8. Bouderra, Charlevi.4.0 
 9. Sharp, Mondeville4.0 
 10. Tanqueray, Mondev.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Romy BAR
  Challes
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bar, Challes4.0 
 2. Skrela, Lattes M.3.5 
 3. Houts, Union H.3.5 
 4. Berezhynska, Charl.3.5 
 5. Joens, Bourges3.0 
 6. Konate, Nice2.5 
 7. Solopova, Union H.2.5 
 8. Dimitrova, Charlev.2.5 
 9. Michel, Nantes2.5 
 10. Manic, Landes2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ana-Maria CATA-CHITIGA
  Tar.
  (195-C-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cata-Chitiga, Tar.2.5 
 2. Tchangoue, Arras1.5 
 3. Berezhynska, Charl.1.5 
 4. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.1.5 
 5. Aziz, Lyon1.0 
 6. Kamba, Mondeville0.5 
 7. Mendy, Nice0.5 
 8. Ardon, Lyon0.5 
 9. Mieloszynska, Tar.0.5 
 10. Bar, Challes0.5 


Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Arras 2-0 
 2. Bourges 2-0 
 3. Challes 2-0 
 4. Lattes Montp. 2-0 
 5. Mondeville 2-0 
 6. Landes 1-1 
 7. Nantes 1-1 
 8. Tarbes 1-1 
 9. Villeneuve 1-1 
 10. Aix-en-Provence 0-2 
 11. Charleville 0-2 
 12. Lyon 0-2 
 13. Nice 0-2 
 14. Union Hainaut 0-2 


LFB: Round One review - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LFB started last weekend.


Tarbes - Lyon 78-65

Tarbes outrebounded Lyon 47-22 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Lauren Neaves (188-83, college: Rice, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Naura El Gargati (192-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Tarbes players scored in double figures. Tarbes' coach Pascal Pisan allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Turkish power forward Leigh Aziz (186-79, college: Syracuse) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman Audrey Sauret Gillespie (179-76) added 8 points and 8 assists in the effort for Lyon.
Top scorers:
Tarbes: P.Salagnac 13+2reb+2ast, L.Neaves 12+9reb+1ast, F.Lepron 12+4reb+2ast, N.El Gargati 10+11reb, L.Drljaca 9+4reb+1ast, A.Cata-Chitiga 6+2reb+2ast
Lyon: L.Aziz 17+11reb+4ast, S.Ouerghi 10+3reb, C.Servage 10+2reb, A.Sauret Gillespie 8+2reb+8ast, M.Arfelis 6+3reb, L.Ardon 5


gschID: 131707


Lattes Montp. - Union Hainaut 73-60

Lattes Montpellier used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Saint-Amand 73-60 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Lattes Montpellier. Union Hainaut was better in third quarter 14-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Union Hainaut 45-28 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Canadian forward Stephany Skrba (188-87, college: Michigan) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-79) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Lattes Montpellier players scored in double figures. Lattes Montpellier's coach Valery Demory used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Amisha Carter (188-82, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: Josep and Nicolas) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and Croatian center Petra Stampalija (190-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Lattes Montp.: S.Skrba 17+14reb+1ast, G.Skrela 15+4reb, E.Lawson-Wade 14+8reb+5ast, K.Mann 12+2reb+3ast, A.Lelas 8+6reb+2ast, F.Sacko 5+6reb
Union Hainaut: A.Carter 21+7reb+1ast, A.Houts 12+3ast, P.Stampalija 8+8reb+2ast, M.Solopova 8+2reb, E.Silbande 7+1reb, C.Paul 2+6reb+2ast
gschID: 131701


Nantes - Challes 58-74

The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back winning next two quarters and won the game by 16 points. Challes-les-Eaux dominated on the defensive end, holding Nantes Reze to just 6 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Nantes Reze 38-21 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American center Mistie Mims (191-83, college: Duke) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Her fellow American import forward Danielle Page (188-86, college: Nebraska) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Challes-les-Eaux players scored in double figures. Challes-les-Eaux's coach Aldo Corno used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International center Doriane Tahane (192-89) produced 16 points and Slovakian center Regina Palusna (192-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Challes: A.Lardy 16+2reb+3ast, D.Page 14+10reb+3ast, E.Podrug 12+3reb+3ast, M.Mims 11+14reb+3ast, S.Chevaugeon 9+1reb, R.Bar 7+4reb+4ast
Nantes: D.Tahane 16+3reb+1ast, R.Palusna 10+7reb, J.Gomis 9+2reb, S.Michel 6+2ast, L.Williams 6+3reb+1ast, C.Stievenard 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 131702


Aix-en-Provence - Villeneuve 91-94

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aix-en-Provence won third quarter 30-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Villeneuve D'Asco won last quarter 25-24. Nigerian center Olayinka Sanni (188-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and American forward Jillian Robbins (185-84, college: Tulsa, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 12 points and 16 rebounds. At the losing side Spanish guard Tamara Abalde (188-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 30 points and 5 rebounds and guard Natalie Hurst (163-83) scored 24 points and 8 assists. Five Villeneuve D'Asco and four Aix-en-Provence players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Villeneuve: O.Sanni 22+11reb+1ast, E.Gomis 21+4reb+2ast, A.Breitreiner 20+2reb+2ast, K.Wambe 13+1reb+10ast, J.Robbins 12+16reb+3ast, A.Nayo 5+2reb
Aix-en-Provence: T.Abalde 30+5reb+2ast, N.Hurst 24+4reb+8ast, L.Jansone 20+8reb+4ast, C.Lima 10+6reb+2ast, S.Gruszczynski 4+2ast, C.Tomaszewski 2+1reb
gschID: 131703


Bourges - Nice 60-48

The game without a history. Bourges led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 25 personal fouls committed by Nice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Catherine Joens (180-82) fired 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International forward Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-88) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Aminata Konate (170-90) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and forward Fabienne Constant (186-86) added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Nice's coach Olga Tarasenko rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Bourges: C.Joens 15+6reb+2ast, C.Dumerc 13+3ast, N.Miyem 11+8reb+2ast, K.Brown 6+5reb+1ast, J.Digbeu 6+1reb+2ast, I.Kublina 6+12reb
Nice: A.Konate 14+7reb+1ast, K.Boogaard 9+2reb+1ast, J.Senghor 7+3reb, F.Constant 6+7reb, E.Decker 4+2reb+2ast, B.Cousin 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 131704


Mondeville - Charleville 53-52

Charleville-Mezieres was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 19-12 charge of Mondeville, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Kristen Sharp (175-81, college: Cincinnati) nailed 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Lithuanian forward Egle Sulciute (190-85) accounted for 17 points. Ukrainian center Valeriya Berezhynska (193-86, college: Rice, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Greek forward Zoi Dimitrakou (188-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 15 points respectively for Charleville-Mezieres in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Mondeville: E.Sulciute 17+3reb+1ast, K.Sharp 15+7reb+5ast, L.Kamba 10+9reb, G.Paugaite 9+5reb, T.Gandega 2+1reb, M.Touraud 0
Charleville: V.Berezhynska 16+6reb+1ast, Z.Dimitrakou 15+4reb+1ast, M.Lacroix 8+4reb+3ast, A.Pagnier 7+1reb, E.Dimitrova 2+3reb+1ast, Y.Sene 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 131705


Arras - Landes 77-52

Arras led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Basket Landes to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Arras held Basket Landes to an opponent 24.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 43.8 percent accuracy of the winners and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. DR Congolese power forward Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-82, agency: LBM Management) fired a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds for the winners. Romanian forward Gabriela Marginean (185-87, college: Drexel) chipped in 15 points. American center Jennifer Humphrey (191-84, college: Kentucky, agency: Josep and Nicolas) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds and international swingman Marion Laborde (178-86) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Arras maintains second place with 1-0 record behind leader Bourges, which they share with 4 other teams.
Top scorers:
Arras: P.Akonga Nsimbo 36+11reb, G.Marginean 15+3reb, J.Cousseins-Smith 10+6reb, N.Grishaeva 6+5reb+1ast, K.Bade 5+3reb+5ast, A.Tchangoue 3+7reb+1ast
Landes: J.Humphrey 22+16reb, M.Laborde 8+6reb+1ast, J.Barennes 7+4reb+2ast, K.Manic 6+4reb+4ast, C.Aubert 3+3reb+1ast, A.Le Gluher 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 131706



Pauline Akonga Nsimbo claims LFB weekly honour - Round One (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
DR Congolese power forward Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) had an amazing evening last weekend for Arras and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 29-year old power forward had a double-double of 36 points and eleven rebounds, while her team crushed Landes with 25-point margin 77-52. Akonga Nsimbo had a remarkable 52.6% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at Arras, through which he has constantly improved.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old Canadian forward Stephany Skrba (188-F-87) of Lattes Montp.. Skrba impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. She led Lattes Montp. to comfortable win 73-60 over Union Hainaut being unquestionably team leader.

The third best performed player last round was American Jennifer Humphrey (191-C-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) of Landes. Humphrey scored 22 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Humphrey's great performance Landes lost 52-77 to Arras. But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The season just started for Humphrey as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Leigh Aziz (186-F/C-79) of Lyon - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Danielle Page (188-F-86) of Challes - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tamara Abalde (188-G-89) of Aix-en-Provence - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Natalie Hurst (163-G-83) of Aix-en-Provence - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81) of Aix-en-Provence - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86) of Villeneuve - 22 points and 11 rebounds
10. Jillian Robbins (185-F-84) of Villeneuve - 12 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
 1. Donau-Ries 1-0 
 2. Freiburg 1-0 
 3. Oberhausen 1-0 
 4. Rhein MB 1-0 
 5. Rotenburg/Sch 1-0 
 6. Wasserburg 1-0 
 7. Marburg 1-1 
 8. Osnabruck 1-1 
 9. Wolfenbuettel 1-1 
 10. Chemnitz 0-2 
 11. Halle 0-2 
 12. Saarlouis 0-2 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Kim SITZMANN
  Rotenbur.
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 35
 1. Sitzmann, Rotenbur.35.0 
 2. Cannon, Osnabruck33.5 
 3. Lomax, Freiburg22.0 
 4. Vaughn, Wasserburg22.0 
 5. Williams, Saarlouis19.5 
 6. Lowenthal, Rhein M.17.0 
 7. Mankertz, Rotenbur.17.0 
 8. Rego, Donau-Ries17.0 
 9. Beld, Saarlouis17.0 
 10. Harris, Wolfenbue.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emma CANNON
  Osnabruck
  (188-F-)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Cannon, Osnabruck18.5 
 2. Bos, Rotenburg/Sch16.0 
 3. Porter-T., Wasse.12.0 
 4. Koop, Marburg12.0 
 5. Pace, Osnabruck9.0 
 6. Richter, Donau-Ries9.0 
 7. Tracey, Freiburg9.0 
 8. Manakova, Saarl.8.0 
 9. Rego, Donau-Ries8.0 
 10. Landry, Marburg8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Angela PACE
  Osnabruck
  (178-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Pace, Osnabruck6.0 
 2. Rego, Donau-Ries5.0 
 3. Nainima, Oberh.4.0 
 4. Davidson, Marburg4.0 
 5. Stupar, Saarlouis3.0 
 6. Richter, Donau-Ries3.0 
 7. Ohanian, Wasse.3.0 
 8. Mankertz, Rotenbur.3.0 
 9. Kulite, Wolfenbuet.3.0 
 10. Hueske, Rotenbur.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Yvonne TURNER
  Freiburg
  (174-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Turner, Freiburg6.0 
 2. Tracey, Freiburg5.0 
 3. Pace, Osnabruck4.5 
 4. Sitzmann, Rotenbur.4.0 
 5. Austmann, Oberh.4.0 
 6. Lowenthal, Rhein M.4.0 
 7. Jeltema, Chemnitz3.5 
 8. Brunckhorst, Freib.3.0 
 9. Takacs, Rotenbur.3.0 
 10. Harris, Wolfenbue.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharon BELD
  Oberhausen
  (184-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Beld, Oberhausen2.0 
 2. Koop, Marburg1.5 
 3. Mankertz, Rotenbur.1.0 
 4. Sitzmann, Rotenbur.1.0 
 5. Haughian, Wolfenbu.1.0 
 6. Holtz, Rhein MB1.0 
 7. Bender, Oberhausen1.0 
 8. Fikiel, Wolfenbuet.1.0 
 9. Tracey, Freiburg1.0 
 10. Bos, Rotenburg/S.1.0 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. UNIQA Eurol. 3-0 
 2. Bajai NKK 1-0 
 3. Nanette FTC 1-0 
 4. SEAT-SZESE 1-0 
 5. ZTE 1-0 
 6. Pecs 2010 0-0 
 7. Atomeromu 0-1 
 8. Cegledi EKK 0-1 
 9. DKSK 0-1 
 10. ELTE-BEAC 0-1 
 11. Vasas 0-1 
 12. BSE-FCSM 0-2 


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  JAPAN - Women  


Standings - JBL Women
WJBL Standings
 1. Denso Iris 1-0 
 2. Fujitsu RW 1-0 
 3. Mitsubishi K. 1-0 
 4. JX Sunflowers 1-1 
 5. Toyota A. 1-1 
 6. Airlines R. 0-1 
 7. Aishin AW 0-1 
 8. Chanson V-M 0-1 


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Standings - Women
Diekirch League Standings
 1. AB Contern 1-0 
 2. Basket Esch 1-0 
 3. Amicale 0-0 
 4. Etzella 0-0 
 5. Heffingen 0-0 
 6. Musel Pikes 0-0 
 7. T71 Dudelange 0-0 
 8. Telstar 0-0 
 9. Racing 0-1 
 10. Residence 0-1 


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  POLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - PLKK
Points Per Game
 Magdalena KOPERWAS
  MUKS P.
  (177-G/F-93)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Magdalena Ko., MUK.10.3 
 2. Dominika Owc., MUK.9.1 
 3. Magdalena Id., MUK.8.9 
 4. Barbara Skow., MUK.8.5 
 5. Dorota Misty., MUK.8.1 
 6. Ramona Casim., MUK.7.9 
 7. Katarzyna Cw., MUK.6.3 
 8. Marta Mistyg., MUK.6.0 
 9. Iwona Szarzy., MUK.4.7 
 10. Adrianna Naj.,.4.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dorota MISTYGACZ
  MUKS P.
  (183-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Dorota Misty., MUK.8.3 
 2. Magdalena Ko., MUK.5.6 
 3. Ramona Casim., MUK.5.1 
 4. Barbara Skow., MUK.4.8 
 5. Marta Mistyg., MUK.4.6 
 6. Katarzyna Cw., MUK.3.8 
 7. Adrianna Naj., MUK.2.4 
 8. Dominika Owc., MUK.2.3 
 9. Iwona Szarzy., MUK.1.7 
 10. Magdalena Id.,.1.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dominika OWCZARZAK
  MUKS P.
  (166-G-94)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Dominika Owc., MUK.2.7 
 2. Ramona Casim., MUK.2.4 
 3. Dorota Misty., MUK.2.1 
 4. Barbara Skow., MUK.1.5 
 5. Magdalena Id., MUK.1.4 
 6. Magdalena Ko., MUK.1.4 
 7. Marta Mistyg., MUK.1.3 
 8. Adrianna Naj., MUK.1.2 
 9. Iwona Szarzy., MUK.0.5 
 10. Nikola Kacpe.,.0.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ramona CASIMIRO
  MUKS P.
  (170-G-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ramona Casim., MUK.3.3 
 2. Dominika Owc., MUK.3.1 
 3. Dorota Misty., MUK.2.8 
 4. Marta Mistyg., MUK.2.0 
 5. Magdalena Ko., MUK.1.2 
 6. Magdalena Id., MUK.1.2 
 7. Barbara Skow., MUK.1.0 
 8. Iwona Szarzy., MUK.1.0 
 9. Adrianna Naj., MUK.1.0 
 10. Katarzyna Cw.,.0.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dorota MISTYGACZ
  MUKS P.
  (183-F/C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dorota Misty., MUK.2.0 
 2. Barbara Skow., MUK.0.5 
 3. Marta Mistyg., MUK.0.4 
 4. Magdalena Id., MUK.0.3 
 5. Magdalena Ko., MUK.0.3 
 6. Aneta Burandt MUK.0.2 
 7. Ramona Casim., MUK.0.2 
 8. Katarzyna Cw., MUK.0.1 
 9. Nikola Kacpe., MUK.0.1 
 10. Iwona Szarzy.,.0.0 


Standings - PLKK
PLKK Standings
 1. CCC Polkowice 1-0 
 2. Energa Torun 1-0 
 3. Gorzow 1-0 
 4. ROW Rybnik 1-0 
 5. Tecza Leszno 1-0 
 6. Widzew 1-0 
 7. Wisla Can-Pak 1-0 
 8. Artego Bydg. 0-1 
 9. Inea AZS 0-1 
 10. Lider Pruszkow 0-1 
 11. LKS Siemens 0-1 
 12. Lotos Gdynia 0-1 
 13. MUKS Poznan 0-1 
 14. Odra Brzeg 0-1 


PLKK Round 1: LKS Siemens lose to CCC Polkowice - by Eurobasket News
LKS Siemens - CCC Polkowice 63-72

LKS Siemens (0-1) lost in Lodz on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by CCC Polkowice (1-0) 72-63. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 27-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Greek forward Evanthia Maltsi (180-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) fired 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Montenegrin power forward Iva Perovanovic (189-83) chipped in 14 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four CCC Polkowice players scored in double figures. Canadian forward Melissa Dalembert (191-87, college: S.Florida) produced 17 points and American swingman Lauren Prochaska (180-88, college: Bowling Green) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. CCC Polkowice is looking forward to face MUKS Poznan at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. LKS Siemens will play against Lotos Gdynia and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
CCC Polkowice: I.Perovanovic 14+4reb+3ast, E.Maltsi 13+9reb+3ast, V.Musina 11+5reb+1ast, G.Petronyte 10+8reb+1ast, S.Zoll 9+3reb+3ast, J.Walich 6+2reb+1ast
LKS Siemens: M.Dalembert 17+4reb+1ast, L.Prochaska 12+3reb+4ast, N.Trafimava 8+4reb+2ast, K.Kenig 7+2reb+3ast, C.Hoewisch 6+2ast, S.Raymond 6+5reb+6ast
gschID: 132089


Lider Pruszkow - Gorzow 70-74

Another exciting game was between leader AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski and Lider Pruszkow where AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski (1-0) beat Lider Pruszkow (0-1) on the road 74-70. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lider Pruszkow won third quarter 14-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Lider Pruszkow 38-26 including 23 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Paris Johnson (193-89, college: San Diego St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Her fellow American import forward Lyndra Weaver (185-87, college: Virginia) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Five AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski players scored in double figures. The former international center Aleksandra Chomac (191-85, agency: Data Plus Group) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Laurie Koehn (173-82, college: Kansas St.) added 26 points in the effort for Lider Pruszkow. Lider Pruszkow's coach Arkadiusz Koniecki rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski will play against Artego Bydg. in Bydgoszcz in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lider Pruszkow will play on the road against Widzew in Lodz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gorzow: P.Johnson 18+13reb+1ast, L.Weaver 12+14reb+1ast, C.Nnamaka 12+2reb+4ast, A.Smalley 12+2reb+1ast, A.Skobel 12+2reb+1ast, C.Trebicka 5
Lider Pruszkow: L.Koehn 26+4reb, A.Chomac 18+10reb+3ast, A.Bednarek 11+5ast, O.Tomialowicz 6+4ast, K.Stanek 5+1reb, A.Holt 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 132090


Artego Bydg. - ROW Rybnik 70-71

An interesting game took place in Bydgoszcz where ROW Rybnik (1-0) edged by one point Artego Bydg. (0-1) 71-70 on Saturday night. Artego Bydg. was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Rebecca Harris (176-86, college: Illinois) stepped up and scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and her fellow American import forward Rachele Fitz (183-87, college: Marist) chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds. ROW Rybnik's coach Kazimierz Mikolajec used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American center Lauren Jimenez (193, college: JMU) responded with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international forward Agnieszka Szott (185-82, agency: Data Plus Group) scored 14 points and 4 assists. ROW Rybnik will meet at home bottom-ranked Odra Brzeg in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Artego Bydg. will play against AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski in Gorzow Wlkp..
Top scorers:
ROW Rybnik: R.Harris 19+7reb+5ast, R.Fitz 19+10reb+1ast, S.Dosty 10+6reb+1ast, M.Radwan 8, K.Suknarowska 7+1reb+2ast, M.Skorek 4+1reb
Artego Bydg.: L.Jimenez 17+7reb+1ast, A.Szott 14+1reb+4ast, M.Koc 10+3reb+2ast, A.Kulaga 9+7reb+3ast, E.Mowlik 7+3reb+1ast, J.Gorzynska-Szymczak 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 132091


Odra Brzeg - Tecza Leszno 50-61

Odra Brzeg was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Leszno 61-50 on Saturday night. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Tecza Leszno dominated on the defensive end, holding Odra Brzeg to just 4 points in third quarter. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Tecza Leszno forced 20 Odra Brzeg turnovers. Odra Brzeg was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Dominika Urbaniak (187-87) fired 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Malgorzata Chomicka (168-83) chipped in 11 points. American guard Jessica Starling (186, college: S.Alabama) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import center Ebony Ellis (190-88, college: N.Illinois) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Tecza Leszno will face Energa Torun on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Odra Brzeg will play against ROW Rybnik.
Top scorers:
Tecza Leszno: D.Urbaniak 12+7reb, M.Chomicka 11+2reb+2ast, M.Freeman 10+2reb+2ast, A.Kuncewicz 7+2reb, M.Fox-Griffin 6+2reb+3ast, K.Bednarczyk 6+7reb+2ast
Odra Brzeg: J.Starling 13+11reb+2ast, E.Ellis 9+9reb, I.Kochubei 7+5reb+2ast, J.Daniel 6+1reb+1ast, I.Plociennik 6+3reb, E.Buszta 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 132092


MUKS Poznan - Widzew 55-76

We should not miss the game with Widzew (1-0) against MUKS Poznan (0-1) where guest Widzew crushed their opponents by twenty one points 76-55. MUKS Poznan was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Widzew made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game, while MUKS Poznan only scored eight points from the stripe. They outrebounded MUKS Poznan 49-22 including a 37-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by MUKS Poznan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Czech center Leona Jankowska (190-77) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and forward Paulina Misiek (182-87, agency: Promotex) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Widzew players scored in double figures. Widzew's coach Piotr Neyder felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Agnieszka Makowska (182-82) came up with 16 points and 9 rebounds and guard Zaneta Durak (172-89) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for MUKS Poznan in the defeat. Widzew's next round opponent will be Lider Pruszkow at home and are hoping to win another game. MUKS Poznan will play against CCC Polkowice.
Top scorers:
Widzew: L.Jankowska 20+15reb+1ast, P.Misiek 15+8reb, A.Pawlak 14+4reb+1ast, N.Malaszewska 12+1reb+2ast, A.Tondel 6+7reb+1ast, K.Trojanowska 4+2reb+1ast
MUKS Poznan: A.Makowska 16+9reb+3ast, M.Idziorek 10+1ast, D.Owczarzak 9+1reb+2ast, Z.Durak 8+5reb+1ast, M.White 3+4reb+1ast, M.Koperwas 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 150371


Inea AZS - Energa Torun 53-74

And finally the game worth to mention about is the one where leader Energa Torun crushed Inea AZS on the road by 21 points 74-53 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-53. Energa Torun dominated on the defensive end, holding Inea AZS to just 7 points in second quarter. They also forced 22 Inea AZS turnovers. American guard Leah Metcalf (173-83, college: N.Carolina) fired 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. The former international forward Emilia Tlumak (183-82) chipped in 21 points. Coach Elmedin Omanic's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Aneta Kotnis (186-89) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Eliza Horodenska added 14 points respectively for lost side. Energa Torun will face Tecza Leszno at home in the next round. Inea AZS will play against Wisla Can-Pak in Krakow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Energa Torun: E.Tlumak 21+3reb+3ast, L.Metcalf 18+6reb+4ast, M.Jujka 10+8reb+1ast, R.Ratajczak 9+6reb+1ast, W.Idczak 8+3reb+3ast, J.Maksimovic 4+2reb
Inea AZS: E.Horodenska 14+2reb+1ast, A.Kotnis 14+10reb+2ast, J.Adamowicz 10+1reb+3ast, D.Mistygacz 7+6reb, K.Wozniak 3+3reb+2ast, J.Kedzia 3+6reb
gschID: 132087


Wisla Can-Pak - Lotos Gdynia 67-54

Everything could happen in Krakow. This time Wisla Can-Pak used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Gdynia 67-54 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 34-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Wisla Can-Pak dominated on the defensive end, holding Lotos Gdynia to just 6 points in third quarter. The former international center Ewelina Kobryn (193-82) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Montenegrin forward Milka Bjelica (193-81) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Jolene Anderson (173-86, college: Wisconsin) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian forward Adrijana Knezevic (184-87) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Lotos Gdynia's coach Javier Fort tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Wisla Can-Pak will face Inea AZS in Poznan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lotos Gdynia will play at home against LKS Siemens in Lodz.
Top scorers:
Wisla Can-Pak: E.Kobryn 19+6reb+1ast, M.Bjelica 10+9reb+3ast, N.Powell 10+4reb, A.Dabovic 9+1ast, P.Ujhelyi 7+4reb+1ast, K.Krezel 5+7reb+4ast
Lotos Gdynia: J.Anderson 14+6reb+1ast, I.Jalcova 10+3reb, A.Knezevic 8+6reb+3ast, G.Robert 7+4reb, A.Henry 5+4reb+2ast, J.Zurowska 4+1reb
gschID: 132088




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  ROMANIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Alba Iulia 1-0 
 2. Alexandria 1-0 
 3. Craiova 1-0 
 4. Targoviste 1-0 
 5. Iasi 0-0 
 6. ICIM Arad 0-0 
 7. Olimpia 0-0 
 8. Oradea 0-0 
 9. Satu Mare 0-0 
 10. Sf.Gheorghe 0-0 
 11. Targu Mures 0-0 
 12. Timisoara 0-0 
 13. Brasov 0-1 
 14. Cluj Napoca 0-1 
 15. Rapid 0-1 
 16. Sp.Studentesc 0-1 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Marija PRLJA
  Alexandria
  (163-G-87)
  Avg: 18
 1. Prlja, Alexandria18.0 
 2. Graboski, Alexandr.16.0 
 3. Ionescu, Rapid14.0 
 4. Nicolaescu, Rapid13.0 
 5. Laplante, Alexandr.12.0 
 6. Chivu, Alexandria10.0 
 7. Perta, Rapid10.0 
 8. Bucica, Alexandria6.0 
 9. Burlakova, Rapid6.0 
 10. Ungureanu, Rap.5.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kari LAPLANTE
  Alexandria
  (195-C-89)
  Avg: 6
 1. Laplante, Alexandr.6.0 
 2. Perta, Rapid4.0 
 3. Graboski, Alexandr.4.0 
 4. Ene, Rapid3.0 
 5. Chivu, Alexandria2.0 
 6. Ionescu, Rapid1.0 
 7. Bucica, Alexandria1.0 
 8. Bejan, Rapid1.0 
 9. Pavel, Rapid0.0 
 10. Teodorescu, Ale.0.0 
Assists Per Game
 Monica NICOLAESCU
  Rapid
  (167-G-83)
  Avg: 10
 1. Nicolaescu, Rapid10.0 
 2. Prlja, Alexandria6.0 
 3. Bejan, Rapid6.0 
 4. Ionescu, Rapid6.0 
 5. Graboski, Alexandr.6.0 
 6. Chivu, Alexandria5.0 
 7. Perta, Rapid4.0 
 8. Ene, Rapid3.0 
 9. Laplante, Alexandr.3.0 
 10. Ungureanu, Rap.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kari LAPLANTE
  Alexandria
  (195-C-89)
  Avg: 0
 1. Laplante, Alexandr.0.0 
 2. Ionescu, Rapid0.0 
 3. Ungureanu, Rapid0.0 
 4. Graboski, Alexandr.0.0 
 5. Prlja, Alexandria0.0 
 6. Ene, Rapid0.0 
 7. Pavel, Rapid0.0 
 8. Chivu, Alexandria0.0 
 9. McIntyre, Alexa.0.0 
 10. Burlakova, Rap.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marija PRLJA
  Alexandria
  (163-G-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. Prlja, Alexandria8.0 
 2. Perta, Rapid7.0 
 3. Ene, Rapid7.0 
 4. Nicolaescu, Rapid5.0 
 5. Chivu, Alexandria4.0 
 6. Ionescu, Rapid3.0 
 7. Ungureanu, Rapid3.0 
 8. Bejan, Rapid2.0 
 9. Graboski, Alexandr.2.0 
 10. Pavel, Rapid2.0 


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  SCOTLAND - Women  


Standings - Women
National League Standings
 1. St.Mirren RKC 1-0 
 2. Edinburgh KK 0-0 
 3. Glasgow Rocks 0-0 
 4. Polonia Phoenix 0-0 
 5. Clark Eriksson 0-1 


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  SENEGAL - Women  


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Senegal too hot for Nigeria - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of FIBA Africa Championship for Women Saturday prove champion worth with a 89-63 points victory over Nigeria in the second semi-finals of the Mali 2011 Afrobasket at the Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako.

The Senegalese proved the better side in all department of the crunchy encounter winning the first three quarters by 26-18, 21-09 and 20-14 while a late rally by Nigeria could only earn her a fair share of the fourth quarter as both sides ended the quarter by 22 points apiece.

Senegal also prove the better side on the board with 29 rebounds to Nigeria 23, the Lioness who is gunning for her eleventh title gave 22 assists a great offensive play to Nigeria seven, the defending champion had 68.4% from two-point field goal to Nigeria 43.2%, Senegal was also the better side from both the three-point field goal and free-throws scoring five of her fifteen three point shot attempted to Nigeria four from fifteen attempt and made nineteen of twenty-three free-throws attempted while Nigeria converted nineteen of thirty free-throws attempted.

Senegal energetic forward Astou Traore led the floor with a superb performance of 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, reigning queen of the court Aya Traore added 24 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds with Ndeye Ndiaye contributing 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for her side big win over Nigeria who will now battle host Mali for the third position as winner of the third place battle gets a slot to the pre-qualifying London 2012 Olympic Games while Senegal and Mali conqueror Angola take to the floor in a repeat of the 10th All Africa Games held recently in Mozambique.
Astou Traore (182-F/C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas)


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  SPAIN - Women  


LFB2 Standings - by Eurobasket News
LF2 Standings
Group A
 1. ADBA 0-0 
 2. Aguere 0-0 
 3. Aros Leon 0-0 
 4. Arxil Pontev. 0-0 
 5. Bembibre 0-0 
 6. Caceres 0-0 
 7. Cajacanarias 0-0 
 8. Cod.Carmelitas 0-0 
 9. Cortegada 0-0 
 10. Ensino 0-0 
 11. Ferrol 0-0 
 12. Guadalajara 0-0 
 13. Ourense P. 0-0 
 14. Valladolid 0-0 
Group B
 1. Alcobendas