EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/21/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Ilic injured, one month out of the court - by Zoran Popovic
Crvena Zvezda Beograd have long list of injured players. After Vuk Radivojevic, Uros Nikolic and Branko Lazic, coach Pesic will have another problem with one more injured player. According to Serbian Sports news, Mile Ilic (215-C-84, agency: Beo Basket), who had injury on the game against Olimpija Ljubljana, will be out of the court one month. Mile Ilic started this season in Adriatic league with average 8.3 points, 6.0 rebounds per game in first three rounds. Mile Ilic was on the list of candidates for Serbian National team this summer in Lithuania.

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  ARGENTINA   


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


Quimsa land Jesse Pellot-Rosa - by Eurobasket News
Quimsa bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: VCU). The Puerto-Rican guard is meant to replace Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, college: Memphis) on the roster. Jesse Pellot-Rosa started the previous season in Halcones Xalapa. The guard tallied 14.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in LNBP. Later Jesse Pellot-Rosa moved to Atleticos de San German. His stats read 16.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game in BSN. Jesse Pellot-Rosa earned Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honourable Mention. Jesse Pellot-Rosa was the member of Puerto Rican National Team back in 2009. He participated at 2009 Marchand Cup.

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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


Preliminary Round ends in Nha Trang City - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Malaysia - China 30-91
China continued to march on unbeaten at the U16 Asia Championship. The defending champions fired past Malaysia to record their third straight win at the tournament. Zhou Qi (215-C-96) scored 16 points to lead the charge. Malaysia on the other hand suffered the third loss in a row and occupied the fourth place in Group A standings. China scored 29 points in the opening quarter to run away. They secured an 18-point lead after ten minutes of action. China maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They posted a 46:21 lead at the interval. More to come as China limited Malaysia to just 6 points in the third term and boosted the gap to as many as 36 points with one quarter remaining. China finished the game in style outscoring Malaysia 28:3 in the fourth period and celebrating yet another win at the tournament. Heng Yifeng (195-F-95) knocked down 14 points, while Yan Haoxin (90-G-95) added 11 points in the win. Eng Keng (186-F-95) replied with 9 points. Kwong Lee (179-G-95) produced 7 points in the loss.

Taiwan - India 52-73
India proved too good for Taiwan on the final day of the preliminary action at the U16 Asia Championship. India thus improved at 2-1 record and occupied the second position in Group A ladder. Ajay Pratap Singh (193-F-95) delivered 25 points in the victory. Taiwan fell at 1-2 record in the third position in the ladder. India used a strong first quarter to clear off. They piled up a 21:8 lead ten minutes into the encounter. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. India stayed in front posting a 39:26 halftime lead. Taiwan failed to change the complexion of the game after the big break. India arrived at the final break up by 16 points 57:41. India did not loosen the grasp and rallied to the victory at the end. Karthickeyan Saminathan (188-G-95) notched 18 points, while Loveneet Singh (178-G-95) added 12 points in the victory. Kuan-Shiuan Lu answered with 15 points for Taiwan. Wang I-Fan notched 11 points in the loss.

Group B
Lebanon - Iraq 75-68
Lebanon recorded the second win at the U16 Asia Championship. They held off Iraqi counterparts to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Iraq on the other hand slipped at 1-2 record as both teams made it into the Qualifying Round. Gerard Hadidian (197-F-95) notched 28 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Iraq ensured the better start to the game. They led by as many as 9 points after ten minutes of action 23:14. However Lebanon answered with a suffocating defence in the second term. They limited Iraq to just 5 points and registered a 32:28 halftime lead. Lebanon unloaded 27 points in the third quarter to boost the lead to 10 points with ten minutes remaining. Iraq kept the pressure on Lebanon in the fourth quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Ezzat El Kaissi posted 18 points, while Albert Zeinoun (176-G-95) notched 12 points for the winners. Ahmed Razzaq (185-G-97) answered with 17 points for Iraq. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) nailed 14 points in the losing effort.

Uzbekistan - South Korea 29-120
South Korea registered the third straight win at the U16 Asia Championship. They overcame Uzbekistan to clinch top spot in Group B. Kim Gookchan (193-F-96) scored 16 points to pace well-balanced effort from the Korean side. Uzbekistan fell at 0-3 record at the bottom of the ladder. South Korea unloaded 34 points in the opening frame to take a 30-point lead at the first break. South Korea maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 52:10 halftime advantage. South Korea did not slow down the tempo in the second half. They erupted for as many as 40 points in the fourth quarter to celebrate a confident win at the end. Shin Mincheol (187-F-96) produced 13 points, while three more players delivered 12 points each in the win. Ruslan Bokhodirov (215-C-95) answered with 11 points for Uzbekistan. Farrukhjon Muratov (185-G-95) had 8 points in the losing effort.

Group C
Japan - Qatar 119-55
Group D
Philippines - Vietnam 111-25
Philippines stayed undefeated at the start of U16 Asia Championship. They breezed past hosting Vietnam to clinch the top spot in Group D. Rashleigh-Paolo Rivero (188-G-95) stepped up with 20 points to lead the visitors. Vietnam fell at 0-2 record but made it into the Qualifying Round of the tournament. Philippines unloaded 32 points in the first frame to post a 21-point advantage. They limited the hosts to just 6 points in the second term to establish a comfortable 59:17 halftime lead. Philippines maintained the pressure in the second half. They accumulated a massive 83:22 advantage with one quarter remaining. Philippines never looked back and cruised to the victory at the end. Jordan Heading (185-G-96) delivered 17 points, while Michael Javelosa (193-G/F-95) contributed 16 points in the winning case. Jason Tran (180-F-95) and Tung Nguyen (173-G-95) answered with 5 points each for Vietnam.




Standings
Standings
Group A
1. China3-0
2. India2-1
3. Taiwan1-2
4. Malaysia0-3
Group B
1. S.Korea3-0
2. Lebanon2-1
3. Iraq1-2
4. Uzbekistan.0-3
Group C
1. Japan3-0
2. Qatar1-2
3. S.Africa0-0
4. Iran0-2
Group D
1. Philippine.2-0
2. Indonesia1-1
3. Vietnam0-2


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Gussing 3-0 
 2. Klosterneub. 2-0 
 3. Wels 2-0 
 4. BC Vienna 2-1 
 5. Gmunden 2-1 
 6. Arkadia 1-2 
 7. Oberwart 1-2 
 8. UBSC Graz 1-2 
 9. Kapfenberg 0-1 
 10. St.Polten 0-2 
 11. Furstenfeld 0-3 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 28
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna28.0 
 2. Djuric, Gussing25.7 
 3. Wade, Arkadia23.0 
 4. Reed, Oberwart23.0 
 5. Francois, BC Vienna20.7 
 6. Pryor, Wels20.5 
 7. Nagler, Klostern.20.0 
 8. Leonard, Arkadia20.0 
 9. Brown, Wels19.5 
 10. Shaw, Oberwart19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Demetrius NELSON
  Kapfenberg
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Nelson, Kapfenberg13.0 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.11.7 
 3. Oppland, Gmunden10.3 
 4. Skurdauskas, Arkad.9.3 
 5. Drenovac, Arkadia8.0 
 6. Bakovic, St.Polten8.0 
 7. Heard, Gussing7.3 
 8. Reed, Oberwart7.0 
 9. Lamesic, Wels7.0 
 10. Djuric, Gussing7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna7.3 
 2. Friedrich, St.Polt.6.0 
 3. Lanegger, Klostern.6.0 
 4. Rakocevic, BC Vi.5.3 
 5. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.0 
 6. Farokhmanesh, Wels5.0 
 7. Fears, Kapfenberg5.0 
 8. Danek, Arkadia4.7 
 9. Pryor, Wels4.5 
 10. Drenovac, Arkadia4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Quentin PRYOR
  Wels
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Pryor, Wels5.0 
 2. Brown, Wels3.5 
 3. Lanegger, Klostern.3.0 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.3.0 
 5. Shaw, Oberwart2.7 
 6. Hutter, Gmunden2.0 
 7. Fears, Kapfenberg2.0 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna2.0 
 9. Murati, Gmunden2.0 
 10. Friedrich, St.Pol.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.2.7 
 2. Brown, Wels1.5 
 3. Moric, UBSC G.1.3 
 4. Ware, Furstenfeld1.3 
 5. Skurdauskas, Arkad.1.3 
 6. Hutter, Gmunden1.0 
 7. Lamesic, Wels1.0 
 8. Graf, Furstenfeld0.7 
 9. Poiger, Gmunden0.7 
 10. Arnold, Gmunden0.7 


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  BELGIUM   


No problem for Real in Charleroi on first day of Euroleague - by Bert Larsimont


Nice crowd at the Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium for Spirou's first homegame of the 2011-12 Euroleague tonight! The local team hosted Real Madrid, a team they had defeated 67-49 at the Spiroudome last season.

On one hand, Jiri Welsch (201-F-80), Justin Hamilton (191-G-80, college: Florida), Demond Mallet (185-G-78, college: McNeese St.), Christophe Beghin (207-F-80) and Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) started for Belgacom Spirou Charleroi. On the other hand, Ante Tomic (217-C-87), Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85), Carlos Suarez (202-F-86), Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) and Sergio Llull (190-PG-87) were the strating five for the Spanish visitors. After a slow start, Real Madrid took the lead at the end of the first quarter: 16-23. Local Coach Giovanni Bozzi's team came back with better intentions in the second quarter. Despite great performances by Real's experienced international players Felipe Reyes (12 points at the half) and Rudy Fernandez (9 points at the half), Belgacom Spirou Charleroi stayed close: 37-45 after 20 minutes in this game.

Spirou US player Christopher Hill (after an uncommon cycle home training session on the side of the court) had been pushing his team in fastbreak but sometimes did not play in a simple way. On the Spirou side, only Shengelia and Mallet particularly seemed able to challenge Coach Pablo Laso's Real Madrid.

The third and fourth quarters were excellent for the Merengue (amazing efficiency behind the three-point line for all Real's guards and forwards). After 55-71 and 19 points by Rudy at the end of the third quarter, Croation tall man Ante Tomic, experienced Spanish NT player Felipe Reyes and US guard Jaycee Carroll (his Euroleague debut this week) showed their full potential in the final minutes of the game. Very disappointed Spirou's Jiri Welsch (4 points) was fouled out. The whole Real squad played well and set spectacular fastbreaks in the fourth quarter. Only Demond Mallet (27 points) finished well offensively for Spirou Charleroi while Tornike Shengelia (11 points, 9 rebounds) left a good impression to many Spirou fans.

The scoreboard showed 76-100 at the end of the game.

Best scorers:
Spirou Charleroi: D. Mallet 27, T. Shengelia 11, C. Beghin 9 and J. Hamilton 9.
Real Madrid: R. Fernandez 19, F. Reyes 19, J. Carroll 14, A. Tomic 9, C. Suarez 9 and N. Mirotic 9.




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  BRAZIL   


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


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  BULGARIA   


Levski brings in another American to replace Slay - by Maria Mitzova
Levski Sofia had its newest addition on Wednesday, bringing in American center Justin Eller (203-C-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Sacramento St.). He is supposed to replace Ronald Slay (203-F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Tennessee), who played only one game for the Bulgarian vice-champion, and left for Italian Avellino. Levski Sofia is still short-handed in the front-court with the injuries of captain Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) and Denis Agre (203-C-88, college: Pepperdine), thats why Eller's help will be just on time, before the big derby match against Lukoil Academik Sofia on Saturday.
Justin Eller is in his second season in Europe, graduating from Sacramento State in 2010. In his first year abroad he played for German Bayer Giants Leverkusen, before moving to Romanian CSS Giurgiu at the beginning of 2011/2012. The tragic incident with Chauncey Hardy (183-PG-88, college: Sacred Heart) made some foreigners leave the team, and Eller continued to Levski Sofia as his next destination.
Its expected Justin Eller to be filed and ready to play until the weekend, so he can debut against Lukoil Academik Sofia in Pravets on Saturday in the second round of Bulgarian NBL.



NBL round 1 best performance: Dejan Dunovic - by Eurobasket News
Slovenian guard Dejan Dunovic (193-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) put on an extraordinary performance for Chernomorets, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Balkan 87-79. Dunovic turned to be Chernomorets' top player in his first season with the team.

The second best player in first round's games was 24-year old former international guard Martin Durchev (200-G-87) of Tundja Yambol. Durchev had a very good evening with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Tundja Yambol lost that game 69-76 to Levski Sofia. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Durchev is well-known at Tundja Yambol and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Ilia Stankov (198-F-76) of Spartak Pleven. Stankov scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Stankov's great performance Spartak Pleven lost 74-81 to Lukoil Academik. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Heath (193-G-84) of Lukoil Academik - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Stanislav Slaveykov (198-F-86) of Spartak Pleven - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Aleksandr Yanev (203-F/C-90) of Cherno More - 13 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Hristo Zahariev (200-G/F-90) of Rilski Sportist - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81) of Levski Sofia - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stanislav Vaklinov (207-PF-89) of Rilski Sportist - 23 points and 6 rebounds
10. Lubomir Lilov (198-F-87) of Balkan - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  CHILE   


Liga Nacional: Nelson will replace Nutter in Deportivo Valdivia - by Daniel Valencia
Deportivo Valdivia agreed to terms with the american Courtney Nelson (185-G-85, college: William Pater.), as the replacement of Jamar Nutter (188-G-84, college: Seton Hall), who left the team due to an injury.

Nelson is a 26 year old point guard with experience in the NCAA (Rutgers) and Dominican Republic (Tiburones and Huracanes). He will replace Jamar Nutter, who had to left the team after he tore a muscle in one of his biceps and his recovery process is expected to be over a month.


Dimayor: Foreign players for Sokol - by Daniel Valencia
One of the new teams for Dimayor, Sokol de Antofagasta announced their two import players for the competition. They are Matt Kendrick (210-C) and Michael Smith (201-G/F-76, college: ULM).

Kendric is a center with experience in the NCAA2 (St. Leo) while Smith is a 35 year old guard/forward with playing experience in the NCCA, NBA (where he played with the Washington Wizards), France, Venezuela and Mexico.

Both players will be ready for the start of Dimayor on October 27.


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  CHINA   


U16 Asia Championship: China stay undefeated with win over Malaysia - by Eurobasket News
China U16 - Malaysia U16 91:30

China continued to march on unbeaten at the U16 Asia Championship. The defending champions fired past Malaysia to record their third straight win at the tournament. Zhou Qi (215-C-96) scored 16 points to lead the charge. Malaysia on the other hand suffered the third loss in a row and occupied the fourth place in Group A standings.
China scored 29 points in the opening quarter to run away. They secured an 18-point lead after ten minutes of action. China maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They posted a 46:21 lead at the interval. More to come as China limited Malaysia to just 6 points in the third term and boosted the gap to as many as 36 points with one quarter remaining. China finished the game in style outscoring Malaysia 28:3 in the fourth period and celebrating yet another win at the tournament. Heng Yifeng (195-F-95) knocked down 14 points, while Yan Haoxin (90-G-95) added 11 points in the win. Eng Keng (186-F-95) replied with 9 points. Kwong Lee (179-G-95) produced 7 points in the loss.

China U16: Zhou Qi 16, Heng Yifeng 14, Yan Haoxin 11
Malaysia U16: Eng Keng 9, Kwong Lee 7


China Blasts Malaysia -- Finishes 3-0 in First Round - by Arthur Volbert
With its starters playing limited minutes against a week opponent, China defeated Malaysia 91-30 in the FiBA Asia U-16 Championship. China moved on to the second round with a 3-0 record.

Zhou Qi led China with 16 points, despite playing only 11 minutes. HENG Yifeng scored 14 in 20 minutes and Yan Haoxin scored 11 in 25 minutes. Lai Junhao scored 10 and Liu Bo scored 9.

Keng Eng Hong led Malaysia with 9 points. China led 29-11 after one quarter, 46-21 at the half and 63-27 after three quarters.

Other scores:
Saudi Arabia 20 Iran 0 forfeit
Korea 120 Uzbekistan 29
India 73 Chinese Taipei 52
Lebanon 75 Iraq 68
Philippines 111 Vietnam 25


Japan 119 Qatar 55

Standings:
GROUP A
Team W L Pts GA
China 3 0 6 2.277
India 2 1 5 1.237
Chinese Taipei 1 2 4 0.903
Malaysia 0 3 3 0.420

GROUP B
Team W L Pts GA
Korea 3 0 6 1.732
Lebanon 2 1 5 1.378
Iraq 1 2 4 1.322
Uzbekistan 0 3 3 0.250

GROUP C
Team W L Pts GA
Japan 3 0 6 2.944
K. Saudi Arabia 2 1 3 0.910
Qatar 1 2 4 0.788
I.R.Iran 0 3 0 0.00

GROUP D
Team W L Pts GA
Philippines 2 0 4 3.709
Indonesia 1 1 3 0.682
Vietnam 0 2 2 0.462


Second Round Groupings:


GROUP E
Team W L Pts GA
China 2 0 04 1.958
Korea 2 0 04 1.215
Lebanon 1 1 03 0.881
India 1 1 03 0.862
Iraq 0 2 02 0.932
Chinese Taipei 0 2 02 0.649

GROUP F
Team W L Pts GA
Philippines 2 0 04 3.709
Japan 2 0 04 2.253
K. Saudi Arabia 1 1 03 0.910
Indonesia 1 1 03 0.682
Qatar 0 2 02 0.500
Vietnam 0 0 02 0.462

GROUP E
Team W L Pts GA
China 2 0 04 1.958
Korea 2 0 04 1.215
Lebanon 1 1 03 0.881
India 1 1 03 0.862
Iraq 0 2 02 0.932
Chinese Taipei 0 2 02 0.649
GROUP F
Team W L Pts GA
Philippines 2 0 04 3.709
Japan 2 0 04 2.253
K. Saudi Arabia 1 1 03 0.910
Indonesia 1 1 03 0.682
Qatar 0 2 02 0.500
Vietnam 0 0 02 0.462


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Ladislav Toth claims NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Former international forward Ladislav Toth (196-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Plzen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 26 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Chomutov (#10, 2-4) in overtime 91-84. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Plzen is placed at 11th position in NBL. The season is still in it's early stage, so the team may have a chance to improve their current position in the standings. They lost 5 games and had just two victories. In the team's last game Toth had a remarkable 64.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Plzen's top player in his first season with the team. Ladislav Toth averages this season 13.0ppg and 5.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International) of BK Pardubice. Arnold impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as BK Pardubice lost that game 68-83 to slightly higher-ranked BK Prostejov (#2, 5-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. BK Pardubice still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Arnold is one of the most experienced players at BK Pardubice and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.6ppg (#4). He also registered 8.6 boards per game. University of Illinois alumni Arnold played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was Congolese Boris Meno (203-F-83) of Svitavy (#8). Meno scored 23 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Svitavy, leading his team to a 97-78 easy win against B&W Opava (#14, 0-7). Svitavy needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Meno has a great season in Czech Republic. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.5rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rob Lowery (188-G-87) of Chomutov - 30 points and 6 rebounds
5. Peter Sedmak (207-C-85) of USK Praha - 22 points and 11 rebounds
6. Stjepan Gavran (206-C-78) of Inter Bratislava - 16 points and 12 rebounds
7. Jiri Jelinek (203-F-87) of BC Kolin - 24 points and 7 rebounds
8. Pavel Houska (201-F-84) of BK Decin - 20 points and 6 rebounds
9. Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) of CEZ Nymburk - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Savvas Manousos (208-F/C-85) of NH Ostrava - 11 points, 10 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)


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


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Rob LOWERY
  Chomutov
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Lowery, Chomutov21.8 
 2. Houska, BK Decin21.2 
 3. Sedmak, USK Praha20.3 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.18.6 
 5. Bridgewaters, Inte.18.4 
 6. Henderson, Levice17.6 
 7. Grant, Levice17.1 
 8. George, Svitavy16.8 
 9. Stanek, Chomutov16.5 
 10. Wright, Chomutov16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.3 
 2. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.6 
 3. Meno, Svitavy8.5 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.7 
 5. Field, BC Kolin7.2 
 6. Houska, BK Decin7.0 
 7. Henderson, Levice6.9 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.6.5 
 9. Hruby, Usti n.6.4 
 10. Hughes, NH Ostra.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Michal SOTNAR
  USK Praha
  (189-PG-92)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Sotnar, USK Praha5.7 
 2. Barnes, BC Kolin5.3 
 3. Wright, Chomutov5.3 
 4. Vrubl, Plzen3.6 
 5. George, Svitavy3.3 
 6. Sanders, BK Decin3.2 
 7. Smith, BK Prost.3.2 
 8. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.0 
 9. Hruban, USK Praha3.0 
 10. Ciz, NH Ostrava3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Radim KLECKA
  B&W Opava
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Klecka, B&W Opava3.0 
 2. Pumprla, CEZ N.3.0 
 3. McFadden, Usti n.3.0 
 4. Wright, Chomutov2.5 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava2.2 
 6. Grant, Levice2.0 
 7. Smith, BK Prost.2.0 
 8. Bridgewaters, Inte.1.8 
 9. Hruban, USK Praha1.7 
 10. Longmire, Usti n.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  BK Prost.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gadri-N., BK Prost.2.3 
 2. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.6 
 3. Grant, Levice1.6 
 4. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.3 
 5. Jelinek, BC Kolin1.2 
 6. Kolovrat, B&W O.1.0 
 7. Slavik, USK Praha0.9 
 8. Meno, Svitavy0.8 
 9. Kramny, Svitavy0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.7 


NBL Round 7: Levice hands first defeat to BK Decin - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Undefeated BK Decin (5-1) recorded its first loss on the court of tenth ranked Levice on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Levice 87-67. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 52-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Levice especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. American forward Esian Henderson (203-86, college: Cent.Missouri) fired 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. International forward Pavel Houska (201-84) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. BK Decin's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Levice (3-4) moved-up to ninth place. BK Decin at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with CEZ Nymburk and BK Prostejov. Levice are looking forward to face bottom-ranked B&W Opava (#14) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BK Decin will play against BK Loko Plzen (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was between fifth ranked CEZ Nymburk and 3rd placed BC Kolin where CEZ Nymburk (5-1) crushed BC Kolin (4-2) on the road with 28-point difference 100-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Kolin. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who helped to win the game recording 17 points. Pavel Pumprla contributed with 14 points for the winners. Forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds for BC Kolin. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CEZ Nymburk have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with BK Decin and BK Prostejov. BC Kolin at the other side dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#12) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. BC Kolin will play against Levharti Chomutov (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked BK Pardubice (5-2) against fourth ranked BK Prostejov (5-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting BK Pardubice was defeated by BK Prostejov in Prostejov 83-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BK Pardubice. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a great evening for Travis Peterson who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side Marcus Arnold responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). BK Prostejov keeps a position of league leader, which they share with BK Decin and CEZ Nymburk. Loser BK Pardubice dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with USK Praha. BK Prostejov will meet USK Praha (#5) on the road in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against Basketbal Svitavy and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked B&W Opava (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 97-78 loss to ninth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (3-3) in Opava. It was an exceptional evening for Boris Meno who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Basketbal Svitavy moved-up to eighth place. B&W Opava at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Basketbal Svitavy's next round opponent will be higher ranked BK Pardubice (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. B&W Opava will play against Levice (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
BK Loko Plzen (2-5) survived in overtime against Levharti Chomutov (2-4) by seven points 91-84 on Wednesday night. Ladislav Toth fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. BK Loko Plzen's coach Dominik Festr used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. BK Loko Plzen moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Usti n/Labem. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. BK Loko Plzen will face league's leader BK Decin on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 7 NH Ostrava was crushed by Usti n/Labem in Usti nad Labem 90-66. Inter Bratislava was beaten by USK Praha at home 75-78.



BK Prostejov - BK Pardubice 83-68

Very important is a road loss of second ranked BK Pardubice (5-2) against fourth ranked BK Prostejov (5-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting BK Pardubice was defeated by BK Prostejov in Prostejov 83-68. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BK Pardubice. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when BK Prostejov's pressure prevailed and they won that period 24-14 extending their advantage to 15 points. It was a great evening for American center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) helped adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. BK Prostejov keeps a position of league leader, which they share with BK Decin and CEZ Nymburk. Loser BK Pardubice dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with USK Praha. BK Prostejov will meet USK Praha (#5) on the road in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against Basketbal Svitavy and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: M.Arnold 26+11reb, L.Kotas 9+1reb+1ast, C.Muirhead 9+5reb+1ast, T.Toth 5+3reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 5+2reb, Z.Pospisil 4+1reb+1ast
BK Prostejov: T.Peterson 18+8reb+1ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 16+5reb+2ast, J.Smith 15+3reb+1ast, K.Svrdlik 8+4reb+1ast, D.Pandula 7+3reb+2ast, J.Prasil 7+2reb
gschID: 136617


B&W Opava - Svitavy 78-97

Bottom-ranked B&W Opava (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 97-78 loss to ninth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (3-3) in Opava. B&W Opava was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 60-40 second half run of Basketbal Svitavy. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Pavel Milos (200-79) accounted for 24 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) came up with 14 points and 7 rebounds and forward Martin Vanak (200-87) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for B&W Opava in the defeat. Four Basketbal Svitavy and five B&W Opava players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Basketbal Svitavy moved-up to eighth place. B&W Opava at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Basketbal Svitavy's next round opponent will be higher ranked BK Pardubice (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. B&W Opava will play against Levice (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Sirina 16+1reb+2ast, J.Blazek 14+7reb+1ast, M.Vanak 11+7reb+2ast, B.Brlit 11+1reb+3ast, R.Klecka 11+1reb+1ast, M.Kolovrat 6+3reb
Svitavy: P.Milos 24+2reb, B.Meno 23+14reb+1ast, R.George 18+3reb+4ast, L.Moravec 12+2reb+2ast, L.Horak 9+7reb+1ast, P.Mroz 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 136612


Levice - BK Decin 87-67

Undefeated BK Decin (5-1) recorded its first loss on the court of tenth ranked Levice on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Levice 87-67. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 52-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Levice especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. American forward Esian Henderson (203-86, college: Cent.Missouri) fired 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. International forward Pavel Houska (201-84) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and international forward Tomas Pomikalek (200-89) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Levice and four BK Decin players scored in double figures. BK Decin's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Levice (3-4) moved-up to ninth place. BK Decin at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with CEZ Nymburk and BK Prostejov. Levice are looking forward to face bottom-ranked B&W Opava (#14) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BK Decin will play against BK Loko Plzen (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: P.Houska 20+6reb, J.Boyer 12+4reb+2ast, A.Alic 10+2reb+2ast, T.Pomikalek 10+7reb+2ast, L.Stria 8+1reb+3ast, J.Houska 4+4reb
Levice: K.Grant 20+5reb+1ast, E.Henderson 17+7reb+4ast, S.Stemberger 15+1reb+2ast, J.Vojtek 11+4reb+1ast, M.Bernard 10+5reb+1ast, A.Cervenka 10+3reb
gschID: 136613


Plzen - Chomutov 91-84 OT

BK Loko Plzen (2-5) survived in overtime against Levharti Chomutov (2-4) by seven points 91-84 on Wednesday night. The hosts were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 14-7. BK Loko Plzen dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Levharti Chomutov's 32. Forward Ladislav Toth (196-83) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Jaroslav Kovanda (204-82) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. BK Loko Plzen's coach Dominik Festr used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) produced 30 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Derek Wright (175-86, college: Austin Peay St.) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. BK Loko Plzen moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Usti n/Labem. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. BK Loko Plzen will face league's leader BK Decin on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Chomutov: R.Lowery 30+6reb+1ast, D.Wright 17+7reb+4ast, P.Stanek 13+8reb, Z.Hanzlik 9+4reb+3ast, J.Krakovic 6+4reb, V.Sucharda 4+2reb
Plzen: L.Toth 26+10reb+2ast, J.Kovanda 17+7reb, J.Suchy 13+1reb+2ast, L.Pecka 9+4reb+1ast, F.Smid 8+2reb+1ast, V.Honomichl 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 136614


Usti n/Labem - NH Ostrava 90-66

There was an upset when higher ranked NH Ostrava (4-3) was crushed on the road by eleventh ranked BK Usti nad Labem (2-5) 90-66 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by BK Usti nad Labem. NH Ostrava was better in fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Usti nad Labem looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) fired 21 points, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. His fellow American import guard Lekendric Longmire (196-87, college: Oregon) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Four BK Usti nad Labem players scored in double figures. Greek power forward Savvas Manousos (208-85) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and American swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 11 points respectively for lost side. NH Ostrava's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem maintains eleventh place with 2-5 record, which they share with Plzen. Loser NH Ostrava dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. BK Usti nad Labem will face higher ranked CEZ Nymburk (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: R.Luettgerodt 11+2reb+3ast, S.Manousos 11+10reb+3ast, S.Inge 11+2reb, F.Zbranek 8+3reb+1ast, A.Ciz 7+2reb+6ast, J.Hughes 6+4reb
Usti n/Labem: T.McFadden 21+1reb+6ast, L.Longmire 20+5reb+1ast, J.Tyrna 15+5reb+1ast, J.Fohler 10+6reb+5ast, J.Holanda 8+1reb+5ast, L.Bazant 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 136615


Inter Bratislava - USK Praha 75-78

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked USK Praha (5-2) edged on the road 13th ranked Inter Bratislava (1-6) 78-75 on Wednesday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-18. But Inter Bratislava won second period 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. USK Praha made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Bosnian center Stjepan Gavran (206-78) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Curtis Allen (193-86, college: ORU) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five USK Praha and four Inter Bratislava players scored in double figures. Inter Bratislava's coach Stevan Tot tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. USK Praha moved-up to fourth place, which they share with BK Pardubice. Inter Bratislava lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with six games lost. USK Praha will face league's second-placed BK Prostejov at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Inter Bratislava will play against NH Ostrava (#7).
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: C.Allen 17+5reb+1ast, S.Gavran 16+12reb, A.Kuffa 16+4reb+2ast, N.Milosevic 12+5reb+2ast, K.Beckles 6+6reb+2ast, M.Zilik 4+1reb+2ast
USK Praha: P.Sedmak 22+11reb, V.Hruban 17+5reb+3ast, M.Sotnar 14+2reb+4ast, S.Votroubek 12+12reb, M.Vocetka 11, V.Cvek 2+2reb
gschID: 136616


BC Kolin - CEZ Nymburk 72-100

Another exciting game was between fifth ranked CEZ Nymburk and 3rd placed BC Kolin where CEZ Nymburk (5-1) crushed BC Kolin (4-2) on the road with 28-point difference 100-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Kolin. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. CEZ Nymburk forced 21 BC Kolin turnovers. It was a great shooting night for CEZ Nymburk especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who helped to win the game recording 17 points. International guard Pavel Pumprla (196-86) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. Forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists in the effort for BC Kolin. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CEZ Nymburk have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with BK Decin and BK Prostejov. BC Kolin at the other side dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. CEZ Nymburk will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#12) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. BC Kolin will play against Levharti Chomutov (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: J.Jelinek 24+7reb+1ast, R.Field 14+8reb+1ast, C.Barnes 11+5reb+9ast, U.Benacek 9+3reb, P.Hemmy 8+1reb, R.Marko 4+4reb
CEZ Nymburk: C.Simmons 17+2reb+3ast, P.Pumprla 14+3reb+3ast, L.Sokolovsky 14+3reb, P.Benda 10+6reb, L.Wilson 10+1reb+2ast, M.Kremen 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 136611




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  ESTONIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Kalev/Cramo
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo19.0 
 2. Pilk, TT.18.7 
 3. Raap, Parnu17.5 
 4. Cunda, Va.17.3 
 5. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool16.0 
 6. Hallik, Tarvas16.0 
 7. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.16.0 
 8. Kaldre, Rapla15.5 
 9. Kurg, Tln Kalev15.0 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Raido RINGMETS
  Rapla
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 13
 1. Ringmets, Rapla13.0 
 2. Cipruss, Tarvas10.3 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.10.3 
 4. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.10.0 
 5. Adedeji, Va.9.0 
 6. Hamarsalu, Parnu8.0 
 7. Skele, Kalev/Cramo7.0 
 8. Soo, Rapla7.0 
 9. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.7.0 
 10. Arnold, TT.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Armands SKELE
  Kalev/Cramo
  (192-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Skele, Kalev/Cramo7.0 
 2. Dorbek, Tarvas4.7 
 3. Karner, Parnu4.0 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas4.0 
 5. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.3.5 
 6. Veideman, Tartu U.3.3 
 7. Roos, Tln Kalev3.3 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tln K.3.0 
 9. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.0 
 10. Pilk, TT.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rain KARNER
  Parnu
  (186-PG-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Karner, Parnu3.5 
 2. Cunda, Va.2.7 
 3. Kaldre, Rapla2.5 
 4. Saks, Kalev/Cramo2.5 
 5. Saage, Tartu Uliko.2.3 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas2.3 
 7. Laane, Rapla2.0 
 8. Adedeji, Va.2.0 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.0 
 10. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristjan VOOLAID
  Parnu
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Voolaid, Parnu3.0 
 2. Fedortchuk, Tln K.2.3 
 3. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 4. Amis, Tartu Ulikool2.0 
 5. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 6. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.5 
 7. Saarmets, TT.1.0 
 8. Raadik, Parnu1.0 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas1.0 
 10. Saks, Kalev/Cramo1.0 


Raadik's 21 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old center Rain Raadik (208-C-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Tartu Ulikool and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had the game-high 21 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Tartu Ulikool in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Tln Kalev (#6, 1-2) with 26-point margin 93-67. It allowed Tartu Ulikool to consolidate first place in the league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Tartu Ulikool already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. It's Raadik's second year at Tartu Ulikool and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Raadik has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.0rpg) and averages solid 63.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) of league's second-best Kalev/Cramo. He is Bulgarian center in his first season at Kalev/Cramo. In the last game Varbanov recorded impressive 19 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Kalev/Cramo to another comfortable win outscoring TTU/Kalev (1-2) 92-63. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Varbanov is a newcomer at Kalev/Cramo and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Tartu Ulikool's star - forward Asko Paade (206-F-84). Paade scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Tartu Ulikool, helping his team with a 93-67 easy win against Tln Kalev (#6, 1-2). Tartu Ulikool started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Paade turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Paade has a very solid season. In 3 games in Estonia he scored 7.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tanel Sokk (184-G-85) of Kalev/Cramo - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tanel Kurbas (197-F-88) of Tartu Ulikool - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-G-89) of Tartu Ulikool - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Armands Skele (192-G-83) of Kalev/Cramo - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87) of Tln Kalev - 12 points and 3 assists
9. Gert Dorbek (194-G-85) of Kalev/Cramo - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU/Kalev - 8 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


KML Round 3: Derby game ends with Kalev/Cramo's defeat of TTU/Kalev - by Eurobasket News
There were just three rounds played in Regular Season of KML and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Kalev/Cramo (#2) and TTU/Kalev (#5). Kalev/Cramo (2-0) crushed visiting TTU/Kalev (1-2) by 29 points 92-63. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-63. Kalev/Cramo dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to TTU/Kalev's 28. Kalev/Cramo forced 20 TTU/Kalev turnovers and outrebounded them 43-30 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Bulgarian center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). International guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) answered with 14 points and 5 assists for TTU/Kalev. Defending champion maintains second place with 2-0 record having 2 victories less than leader Tartu Ulikool. TTU/Kalev at the other side keeps the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Tarvas and Tln Kalev. Kalev/Cramo are looking forward to face Rapla (#4) at home in the next round. TTU/Kalev will play against KK Parnu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Tartu Ulikool (4-0) which played road game in Tallinn against 4th placed Tln Kalev (1-2). Leader Tartu Ulikool had an easy win 93-67. It was a great evening for international center Rain Raadik (208-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Asko Paade helped adding 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Coach Indrek Visnapuu's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Russian center Aleksei Fedortchuk (210-86, agency: RIZO) with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Tartu Ulikool have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Tln Kalev at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Tarvas and TTU/Kalev. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



Tln Kalev - Tartu Ulikool 67-93

An interesting game for Tartu Ulikool (4-0) which played road game in Tallinn against 4th placed Tln Kalev (1-2). Leader Tartu Ulikool had an easy win 93-67. It looked good early as Tln Kalev took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tartu Ulikool took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 26 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Tln Kalev's 32. Tartu Ulikool forced 20 Tln Kalev turnovers and outrebounded them 41-28 including 17 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Tln Kalev's players. Tln Kalev was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for international center Rain Raadik (208-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Asko Paade (206-84) helped adding 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Coach Indrek Visnapuu's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Russian center Aleksei Fedortchuk (210-86, agency: RIZO) with 10 points and 6 rebounds and Lithuanian guard Deividas Nazarovas (195-91) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tartu Ulikool have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Tln Kalev at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Tarvas and TTU/Kalev. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: D.Nazarovas 13+1reb+2ast, B.Raley-Ross 12+1reb+3ast, M.Kurg 12+2reb+1ast, A.Fedortchuk 10+6reb+1ast, I.Tulit 8+5reb, R.Roos 8+5reb+1ast
Tartu Ulikool: R.Raadik 21+8reb+4ast, A.Paade 19+6reb+2ast, S.Sokk 13+3reb+5ast, T.Kurbas 11+4reb+3ast, S.Leppik 8+2reb+4ast, B.Amis 7+6reb
gschID: 150092


Kalev/Cramo - TTU/Kalev 92-63

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Kalev/Cramo (#2) and TTU/Kalev (#5). Kalev/Cramo (2-0) crushed visiting TTU/Kalev (1-2) by 29 points 92-63. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-63. Kalev/Cramo dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to TTU/Kalev's 28. Kalev/Cramo forced 20 TTU/Kalev turnovers and outrebounded them 43-30 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Bulgarian center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). International guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) answered with 14 points and 5 assists and American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for TTU/Kalev. Defending champion maintains second place with 2-0 record having 2 victories less than leader Tartu Ulikool. TTU/Kalev at the other side keeps the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Tarvas and Tln Kalev. Kalev/Cramo are looking forward to face Rapla (#4) at home in the next round. TTU/Kalev will play against KK Parnu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev: I.Pilk 14+3reb+5ast, K.Makke 9+1reb+3ast, A.Arnold 8+6reb+2ast, E.Keedus 7+6reb+1ast, J.Puidet 7+3reb+1ast, K.Keres 6+1reb
Kalev/Cramo: G.Dorbek 19+5reb+2ast, T.Sokk 19+2reb+2ast, N.Varbanov 19+9reb+1ast, A.Skele 9+7reb+7ast, K.Saks 8+7reb, R.Tamm 6+2reb
gschID: 150090




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  EUROLEAGUE   


Zalgiris releases Zouros - by Eurobasket News
Fast on the heels of a heavy loss in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague opening game on Monday, Zalgiris Kaunas has decided to switch gears by letting go head coach Ilias Zouros (agency: Alti Sport ), the club announced. Thus ends a short stay that made Zouros, a one-time Eurocup Coach of the Year, the sixth Zalgiris bench boss in three years. Zouros, 45, had joined Zalgiris before last season's Top 16, in which the team suffered a 1-5 record and was eliminated from the Euroleague. The proceeded, however, to take both the Baltic League and Lithuanian League titles under Zouros. Zalgiris sport director Vitoldas Massalski was named interim coach while the search for a new head coach is undertaken. Zalgiris was the seventh head coaching stop in four countries for Zouros, who has headed the bench for for teams in his native Greece: Olympiacos, Peristeri, Aris and Panellinios. He also coached Sagesse Beirut to the Lebanese League title and the Asian Club Championship and spent a season-plus with Paris Racing Basket of France.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Bennet Cantu 1-0 
 2. Caja Laboral 1-0 
 3. Olympiakos 0-0 
 4. Bizkaia Bilbao 0-0 
 5. Nancy 0-1 
 6. Fener.Ulker 0-1 
Group B
 1. Brose Baskets 1-0 
 2. CSKA 1-0 
 3. Panathinaikos 1-0 
 4. KK Zagreb CO 0-1 
 5. Unicaja 0-1 
 6. Zalgiris 0-1 
Group C
 1. Armani MI 1-0 
 2. Real Madrid 1-0 
 3. Anadolu Efes 1-0 
 4. Maccabi T-A 0-1 
 5. Partizan 0-1 
 6. Charleroi 0-1 
Group D
 1. Montepaschi 1-0 
 2. Galatasaray 1-0 
 3. FCB Regal 1-0 
 4. Union Olimpija 0-1 
 5. Asseco Prokom 0-1 
 6. Unics 0-1 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Henry DOMERCANT
  Unics
  (192-G-80)
  Avg: 30
 1. Domercant, Unics30.0 
 2. Hairston, Armani M.25.0 
 3. Battle, Cholet23.0 
 4. Gallinari, Armani23.0 
 5. Teletovic, Caja L.23.0 
 6. Eliyahu, Maccabi23.0 
 7. Loncar, Khimky20.5 
 8. Jackson, PGE Turow20.0 
 9. Quinn, Khimky20.0 
 10. Akingbala, Nancy20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 15
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA15.0 
 2. Edwards, Grave.11.0 
 3. Slaughter, Brose B.10.0 
 4. Bourousis, Armani10.0 
 5. Gee, Asseco Prokom9.0 
 6. Jawai, Unics9.0 
 7. May, KK.9.0 
 8. Loncar, Khimky8.5 
 9. Dikoudis, PAOK8.0 
 10. Sinanovic, Unicaja8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. Teodosic, CSKA8.0 
 2. Batum, Nancy8.0 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.7.0 
 4. Prigioni, Caja L.7.0 
 5. Causeur, Cholet6.0 
 6. Moore, PGE Turow6.0 
 7. Roberts, Brose B.6.0 
 8. Hairston, Armani M.6.0 
 9. Basile, Bennet C.6.0 
 10. Rice, Lietuvos.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.6.0 
 2. Kaukenas, Montepa.4.0 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.3.0 
 4. Slaughter, Brose B.3.0 
 5. Stiggers, PAOK3.0 
 6. Quinn, Khimky2.5 
 7. Kelati, Khimky2.5 
 8. Thompson, AS.2.5 
 9. Gordon, Galatasaray2.3 
 10. Gist, Fener.Ulker2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA4.0 
 2. Kasun, KK.3.0 
 3. Slaughter, Brose B.3.0 
 4. Issa, Gravelines3.0 
 5. Kravtsov, BC Do.3.0 
 6. Lavrinovic, Montep.3.0 
 7. Riddick, Charleroi2.3 
 8. Darden, Unicaja2.0 
 9. Vaty, Gravelines2.0 
 10. Goree, PAOK2.0 


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  FIBA   


Interview: Mo Tangara - by JC Ruiz
Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Arizona) the 610 (2m8), 242 pound (111kg) basketball player from Mali and the USA, has played as a power forward/center in Spain and around the world. Mohamed Tangara started his basketball career at Mount Zion Christian Academy in North Carolina, USA. He then moved to the University of Arizona, from 2004-2008 to play at one of the top basketball programs in the NCAA, under hall of fame coach Lute Olson. Tangara then finished his college career at Chaminade University. He began his professional career during the NBA summer league with the Milwaukee Bucks and went on to play in the Middle East and later Spain. Tangara has been a member of the Mali National team since 2000 as a junior player until 2007. He then started playing with the Senior National Team. Most recently he was named the captain of the Mali Senior National Team during the 2011 FIBA Afro basket tournament.

How do you feel after Afro basket?
Overall it was a good experience. To be able to represent my country and play against some of the top teams from Africa in this tournament was amazing. I had a chance to go against some good big men and feel competitive in the tournament. Mali national team is under construction. I believe we will be back, even stronger, in 2013 and I hope my country can even host the next Afrobasketball tournament in 2013. I feel very proud to have been given the chance to represent my country. Once again I keep improving my game and working on my talent. I ranked in the top 3 centers in scoring of the 2011 Afrobasketball games, top 5 all around rebounder and top 19 all around scoring for all positions. My average was 12ppg 8.4 rebounds per game.

You played at a high level, but perhaps the team was not as good as expected?
We had a little bit of a young team and also not that much time to practice together as a whole. We did face some challenges, but overall I thought the team gave it everything we had and did our best to represent Mali as players. I believe in the future we will be ranked higher and keep working to always do our best.

Fortune has not been by your side, nevertheless, have continued working hard, why? Many people in your place would have been paid
I am going to keep working hard no matter what. I believe in my talent and that I can play at a high level. Soon the right team will find me and I will showcase my talent, help them win, and get paid. It is just a matter of time and having the right people working with you.

Last season was very difficult for you. How are you now?
I am doing fine, I can't complain. I am healthy and surrounded by good people that support me, which is the most important thing. Challenges will always surface and you have to face them! The market is hard right now, but I just keep working out and playing hard to stay in shape until I get that phone call from a team and agent!

Would you like to return to Spain this season?

For sure! I would love to return to Spain, but not at a low level. I had a great tournament in the 2011 FIBA Africa games and I feel like I have worked hard and proven myself to rise above the level I was playing at before. I do really miss the Spanish Tortilla though and the people of Spain. I made great friends that helped me with my project to support young athletes and education in Mali, and found the fans to be supportive and fun! I think the Spanish league is one of the best in Europe and I definitely hope to be back there one day!


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  FINLAND   


Korisliiga Round 6: ToPo enjoys 4-1 record - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in Korisliiga, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 6 in Korisliiga means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Loimaa where host Loimaan Korikonkarit (3-1) edged league's leader Joensuun Kataja (4-2) 97-94 in overtime on Wednesday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Joensuun Kataja won third quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Joensuun Kataja used huge pressure winning it 23-20 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 9-12. They outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 32-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Ryan McDade (201-80, college: N.Arizona) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) who recorded 23 points and 6 assists. Loimaan Korikonkarit maintains fourth position with 3-1 record. Joensuun Kataja at the other side dropped to the second place with two games lost. They share the position with Kauhajoki. They were replaced at the leadership position by ToPo. Joensuun Kataja will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Loimaan Korikonkarit will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked LrNMKY in Lappeenranta.
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Torpan Pojat as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Torpan Pojat smashed 11th ranked Namika Lahti in Helsinki 101-69. It was a good game for the former international power forward Hanno Mottola (209-76, college: Utah) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Timo Heinonen contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Torpan Pojat's coach Tomi Kaminen felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Keena Young (198-85, college: BYU) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Namika Lahti. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Namika Lahti lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with five games lost. Namika Lahti will play next round against Tampereen Pyrinto trying to get back on the winning streak. Torpan Pojat will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.

The best stats of 6th round was 26 points and 8 rebounds by Anthony Brown of Kouvot.


Korihait - Kouvot 75-89

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked UU-Korihait's (2-4) home loss to sixth ranked Kouvot (3-2) 75-89 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 48-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kouvot forced 19 UU-Korihait turnovers. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Antoine Jordan (196-83, college: Siena) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Four Kouvot players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Cory Johnson (200-88, college: Valparaiso, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who recorded 24 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Kouvot have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser UU-Korihait dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Kouvot will face KTP-Basket (#7) in Kotka in the next round. UU-Korihait will play on the road against Salon Vilpas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: A.Brown 26+8reb+2ast, A.Jordan 23+11reb+4ast, S.Vanttaja 16+4reb+2ast, J.Gonner 11+3reb+4ast, A.Nikkarinen 4+1reb+2ast, T.Rintala 4+3reb+1ast
Korihait: C.Johnson 24+6reb+1ast, N.Moore 14+9reb+3ast, C.Latimer 12+5reb+4ast, M.Jalonen 8+3reb+1ast, P.Rainamaa 6+2reb, P.Heinonen 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 141651


ToPo - Namika Lahti 101-69

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Torpan Pojat as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Torpan Pojat smashed 11th ranked Namika Lahti in Helsinki 101-69. The game was mostly controlled by Torpan Pojat. Namika Lahti was better in third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Torpan Pojat dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Namika Lahti's 38. They outrebounded Namika Lahti 37-25 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international power forward Hanno Mottola (209-76, college: Utah) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Timo Heinonen (198-81) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Torpan Pojat's coach Tomi Kaminen felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Keena Young (198-85, college: BYU) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Steven Wright (191-83, college: N.Kentucky, agency: Court Side) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Namika Lahti. Four Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Namika Lahti lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with five games lost. Namika Lahti will play next round against Tampereen Pyrinto trying to get back on the winning streak. Torpan Pojat will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
ToPo: H.Mottola 18+7reb+1ast, T.Heinonen 18+6reb, C.Lindbom 14, C.Griffin 12+2reb+1ast, T.Iisalo 11+2ast, J.Heard 10+7reb+3ast
Namika Lahti: K.Young 18+7reb+1ast, S.Wright 14+5reb+1ast, S.Pekkola 14+2reb+1ast, R.Brooks 12+3reb, V.Makalainen 9+7reb+2ast, S.Cakici 2
gschID: 141652


Pyrinto - Kauhajoki 89-67

There was a surprise result when eighth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (2-1) smashed at home second-best Kauhajoen Karhu (4-2) 89-67 on Monday. The game without a history. Tampereen Pyrinto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Tampereen Pyrinto forced 19 Kauhajoen Karhu turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds and forward Eldar Skamo (198-86) added 7 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Loser Kauhajoen Karhu keeps the second position with two games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will face bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: A.Lehto 20+2ast, K.Lowe 18+7reb+5ast, D.Williams 13+10reb+3ast, A.Williams 13+4reb+4ast, A.Nikkila 8+9reb+1ast, O.Ahvenniemi 6+4reb
Kauhajoki: H.Hirvikoski 17+4reb, K.Beidler 17+9reb+1ast, T.Hendley 13+8reb, E.Skamo 7+9reb+7ast, A.Huuskonen 6+2ast, J.Eskola 5+3reb
gschID: 141648


Nilan Bisons - Kataja 97-94 OT

Round 6 in Korisliiga means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Loimaa where host Loimaan Korikonkarit (3-1) edged league's leader Joensuun Kataja (4-2) 97-94 in overtime on Wednesday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Joensuun Kataja won third quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Joensuun Kataja used huge pressure winning it 23-20 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 9-12. They outrebounded Joensuun Kataja 32-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Ryan McDade (201-80, college: N.Arizona) who scored 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) who recorded 23 points and 6 assists and swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) added 21 points respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Loimaan Korikonkarit maintains fourth position with 3-1 record. Joensuun Kataja at the other side dropped to the second place with two games lost. They share the position with Kauhajoki. They were replaced at the leadership position by ToPo. Joensuun Kataja will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Loimaan Korikonkarit will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked LrNMKY in Lappeenranta.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: R.McDade 23+9reb+2ast, M.Zeno 21+8reb+3ast, M.Koivisto 18+3reb+5ast, M.Nuutinen 18+7reb+2ast, J.Ivey 15+3reb+4ast, J.Kivinen 2+2reb
Kataja: B.Walker 23+4reb+6ast, J.Newson 21+3reb, J.Price 17+2reb+1ast, S.Lehtoranta 11+8reb+1ast, P.Virtanen 10+1reb+7ast, A.Kanervo 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 141649


KTP - LrNMKY 101-83

Everything could happen in Kotka at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked KTP-Basket and 10th ranked LrNMKY had identical 1-3 record. This time KTP-Basket used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Lappeenranta 101-83 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 16-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-83. KTP-Basket made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (194-89) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Five KTP-Basket players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) who recorded 22 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and the former international forward Pasi Riihela (199-75) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. KTP-Basket (2-3) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Salon Vilpas. Loser LrNMKY keeps the tenth position with four games lost. KTP-Basket will face higher ranked Kouvot (#5) in Kouvola in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. LrNMKY will play at home against Loimaan Korikonkarit (#4).
Top scorers:
KTP: J.Lehtoranta 19+5reb+1ast, J.Matinen 17+3reb, T.Blue 15+9reb+3ast, B.Sarcevic 13+1reb+5ast, T.Bell 11+5reb+1ast, B.Davis 8+5reb+1ast
LrNMKY: T.Tiedeman 22+4reb+2ast, P.Riihela 10+9reb, A.Tapio 9+2reb+1ast, J.Jarvinen 8+1reb+5ast, V.Vanjoki 7+2reb, D.Haynes 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 141650




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


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Lloyd PHILLIPS
  Oulun N.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 31
 1. Phillips, Oulun N.31.0 
 2. Baxley, Lapua26.0 
 3. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.25.0 
 4. Graham, Huima23.5 
 5. Cooper, SayRi22.5 
 6. Reed, Lapua22.5 
 7. Williams, Lapua21.0 
 8. January, BC Nokia20.0 
 9. Robinson, FoKoPo19.7 
 10. Nofflet, Oulun N.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 17
 1. Cooper, SayRi17.0 
 2. Bojang, FoKoPo13.0 
 3. Townes, BC Nokia12.7 
 4. Moultrie, Oulun N.10.7 
 5. Vertio, Tapiolan.10.5 
 6. Nofflet, Oulun N.10.3 
 7. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.9.3 
 8. Rajala, ToPo A.9.0 
 9. Coleman, FoKoPo9.0 
 10. Green, Ura Basket9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sami IKAVALKO
  FoKoPo
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ikavalko, FoKoPo6.0 
 2. Manning, Huima5.0 
 3. Abdullah, SayRi4.0 
 4. Laitinen, Tapiol.3.5 
 5. Lind, Porvoon3.3 
 6. Riihela, BC Nokia3.0 
 7. Phillips, Oulun N.3.0 
 8. Baxley, Lapua3.0 
 9. Nissinen, Jyvaskyla2.7 
 10. Coleman, FoKoPo2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ville PUOTILA
  Tapiolan.
  (183-PG-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Puotila, Tapiolan.3.0 
 2. Nieminen, SayRi2.5 
 3. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.2.5 
 4. Jackson, Porvoon2.0 
 5. Kierros, Jyvaskyla2.0 
 6. Kankaanpaa, BC No.2.0 
 7. Reed, Lapua2.0 
 8. Heinikoski, ToPo A.2.0 
 9. Phillips, Oulun N.2.0 
 10. January, BC Nokia2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.7 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.2.0 
 3. Townes, BC Nokia1.7 
 4. Molenius, FoKoPo1.3 
 5. January, BC Nokia1.0 
 6. Dolenc, Tapiolan.1.0 
 7. Nissinen, Jyvaskyla0.7 
 8. Nuolivirta, ToPo A.0.7 
 9. Coleman, FoKoPo0.7 
 10. Robinson, FoKoPo0.7 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.5 
 2. Tiedeman, LrNM.21.6 
 3. Holloway, Salon V.20.7 
 4. Ivey, Nilan Bisons20.3 
 5. Blue, KTP20.2 
 6. Newson, Kataja19.2 
 7. Johnson, Korihait19.2 
 8. Brooks, Namika L.19.2 
 9. Bailey, Pyrinto19.0 
 10. Koivisto, Nilan B.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.8 
 2. Blue, KTP10.2 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. McDade, Nilan B.9.0 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.8 
 6. Hairston, Salon V.8.2 
 7. Nikkila, Pyrinto8.0 
 8. Muurinen, ToPo8.0 
 9. Beidler, Kauhajoki7.8 
 10. Jordan, Kouvot7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, Pyrinto7.3 
 2. Virtanen, Kataja5.8 
 3. Walker, Kataja5.0 
 4. Haynes, LrNM.4.6 
 5. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.5 
 6. Jalonen, Korihait4.2 
 7. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.2 
 8. Jarvinen, LrNM.4.0 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot4.0 
 10. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 2. Sten, Kataja2.8 
 3. Newson, Kataja2.4 
 4. Moore, Korihait2.2 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.2 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.2.2 
 7. Terwilliger, Kataja2.0 
 8. Holloway, Salon V.2.0 
 9. Gonner, Kouvot1.8 
 10. Brooks, Namika L.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.0 
 2. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.0 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.2 
 4. Rainamaa, Korihait1.0 
 5. Newson, Kataja1.0 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 7. Bell, KTP0.8 
 8. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 9. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto0.7 
 10. Jordan, Kouvot0.6 


1st Division Round 3 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in 1st Division, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Lapuan Korikobrat (2-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by BC Nokia (3-0) 97-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lapuan Korikobrat. 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 guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-73. The best player for the winners was American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Nokia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with FoKoPo. Lapuan Korikobrat at the other side dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. They share the position with Oulun NMKY. BC Nokia is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Torpan Pojat (#12) in Helsinki in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Lapuan Korikobrat will play on the road against the league's second-placed Forssan Koripojat (#2) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Jyvaskyla, where higher ranked Saynatsalon Riento (1-1) lost to ninth ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-2) in a road game 73-89. It was a good game for swingman Reijo Ojanen (192-86) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Jarno Nissinen contributed with 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. BC Jyvaskyla's coach Jari Laine allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Kenneth Cooper (208-87, college: UAB) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 20 rebounds for Saynatsalon Riento. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. BC Jyvaskyla left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Pyrinto II. Saynatsalon Riento at the other side dropped to the seventh position with one game lost. BC Jyvaskyla will play against higher ranked Tapiolan Honka (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saynatsalon Riento will play against Porvoon Tarmo to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Helsinki. Local Torpan Pojat (0-4) was outscored by ninth ranked Pyrinto II (1-2) 85-53 on Wednesday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Jari Pulkkinen who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Harri Hohteri with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pyrinto II left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Jyvaskyla. It was Torpan Pojat's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. Pyrinto II will meet higher ranked Aanekosken Huima (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torpan Pojat will play against the league's leader BC Nokia (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

Other games of round 3 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Tapiolan Honka defeated Ura Basket in a road game 68-61. Winless Porvoon Tarmo lost to undefeated FoKoPo at home 64-87. Huima won against ToPo Akatemia on the opponent's court 92-87. Pyrinto II unfortunately lost to Oulun NMKY in a home game 88-103.
The best stats of 3rd round was 39 points (!!!), 5 assists and 5 steals by Lloyd Phillips of Oulun NMKY.


Ura Basket - Tapiolan Honka 61-68

There was no surprise in Kaarina where bottom-ranked Ura Basket (0-3) was defeated by leader Tapiolan Honka (2-0) 68-61 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Tapiolan Honka forced 25 Ura Basket turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Anselmi Vanjoki (193-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points. Forward Tero Laitinen (201-87) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. Tapiolan Honka's coach Jussi Syrjanen used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American swingman Lionel Green (196-84, college: SUNO) with 21 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Niilo Lehtila (195-83) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Tapiolan Honka moved-up to third place, which they share with Huima. Loser Ura Basket still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Porvoon Tarmo. Tapiolan Honka will meet at home BC Jyvaskyla (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ura Basket will play against Oulun NMKY and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: L.Green 21+5reb+1ast, N.Lehtila 16+8reb+2ast, E.Andrews 13+9reb, J.Saari 5+1ast, J.Alanko 4+6reb+1ast, O.Virolainen 2
Tapiolan Honka: A.Vanjoki 20+3reb+1ast, T.Laitinen 14+5reb+2ast, I.Sirola 11+5reb, V.Puotila 8+5reb+3ast, D.Dolenc 4+3reb, V.Kopio 3+2ast
gschID: 150151


Lapua - BC Nokia 73-97

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Lapuan Korikobrat (2-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by BC Nokia (3-0) 97-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lapuan Korikobrat. 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 guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-73. The best player for the winners was American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Walter Baxley (191-84, college: Mars Hill) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Nokia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with FoKoPo. Lapuan Korikobrat at the other side dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. They share the position with Oulun NMKY. BC Nokia is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Torpan Pojat (#12) in Helsinki in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Lapuan Korikobrat will play on the road against the league's second-placed Forssan Koripojat (#2) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Lapua: E.Williams 20+11reb+2ast, W.Baxley 18+8reb+3ast, H.Jokinen 11+7reb+1ast, J.Salo 10, D.Doubitski 6+2reb+1ast, P.Jurvanen 6+3reb+1ast
BC Nokia: G.January 23+8reb, T.Kankaanpaa 21+3reb, D.Townes 16+12reb+1ast, T.Riihela 12+5reb+5ast, S.Hopkins 9+1reb, J.Kauro 7+4reb
gschID: 150152


Jyvaskyla - SayRi 89-73

We should mention about the upset which took place in Jyvaskyla, where higher ranked Saynatsalon Riento (1-1) lost to ninth ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-2) in a road game 73-89. The game was mostly controlled by BC Jyvaskyla. Saynatsalon Riento was better in fourth quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Jyvaskyla forced 21 Saynatsalon Riento turnovers. Strangely Saynatsalon Riento outrebounded BC Jyvaskyla 53-28 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for swingman Reijo Ojanen (192-86) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Jarno Nissinen (195-77) contributed with 9 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four BC Jyvaskyla players scored in double figures. BC Jyvaskyla's coach Jari Laine allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Kenneth Cooper (208-87, college: UAB) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 20 rebounds and the other American import guard Bilal Abdullah (196-84, college: Lafayette) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Saynatsalon Riento. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. BC Jyvaskyla left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Pyrinto II. Saynatsalon Riento at the other side dropped to the seventh position with one game lost. BC Jyvaskyla will play against higher ranked Tapiolan Honka (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saynatsalon Riento will play against Porvoon Tarmo to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
SayRi: K.Cooper 24+20reb, B.Abdullah 16+7reb+4ast, S.Mantymaa 15+10reb+1ast, T.Sarkka 6+9reb+1ast, K.Naukkarinen 5+2reb+1ast, J.Hautsalo 4+3reb
Jyvaskyla: R.Ojanen 27+9reb+2ast, M.Kierros 16+1reb+1ast, N.Pantsu 11+1reb, K.Kuokkanen 11+2reb, J.Nissinen 9+10reb+3ast, J.Luoma 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 150153


Porvoon Tarmo - FoKoPo 64-87

No shocking result in a game when leader Forssan Koripojat (3-0) smashed on the road bottom-ranked Porvoon Tarmo (0-3) 87-64 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Forssan Koripojat. Porvoon Tarmo managed to win fourth quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forssan Koripojat made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Forssan Koripojat outrebounded Porvoon Tarmo 38-23 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-80, college: Illinois St.) helped adding 18 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). The best for the losing side was American forward Tyrwone Still (199-77, college: W.Virginia St.) with 17 points and forward Esa Maki-Tulokas (200-82, college: LIU Brooklyn) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Five Forssan Koripojat and four Porvoon Tarmo players scored in double figures. Porvoon Tarmo's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Forssan Koripojat have a solid series of three victories in a row. Forssan Koripojat keeps a position of league leader, which they share with BC Nokia. Loser Porvoon Tarmo still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Ura Basket. Forssan Koripojat will meet at home Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) in the next round. Porvoon Tarmo will play against Saynatsalon Riento (#7) in Jyvaskyla and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: T.Still 17+4reb, E.Maki-Tulokas 12+5reb+1ast, M.Holme 12+1reb+4ast, L.Trice Little 10+3reb+1ast, S.Beatovic 5+2reb+4ast, E.Oikari 4+2reb
FoKoPo: T.Robinson 24+6reb+2ast, S.Ikavalko 20+6reb+4ast, B.Bojang 18+12reb+1ast, H.Coleman 10+2reb+1ast, M.Molenius 10+9reb+3ast, O.Kaunomaki 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 150148


ToPo Akatemia - Huima 87-92

Very expected game in Helsinki where bottom-ranked Torpan Pojat (0-4) was defeated by leader Aanekosken Huima (2-0) 92-87 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-19. But Torpan Pojat won second period 28-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Aanekosken Huima especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. It was a great evening for American power forward Trey Britton (203-89, college: Anderson) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) helped adding 24 points and 5 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). The best for the losing side was forward Julius Rajala (200-94) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and Cuban guard Alexis Lavastida (188-77) scored 19 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aanekosken Huima moved-up to third place, which they share with Tapiolan Honka. Loser Torpan Pojat still closes the standings with four games lost. Aanekosken Huima will meet at home Pyrinto II (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Torpan Pojat will play against the league's leader BC Nokia and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
ToPo Akatemia: J.Rajala 21+10reb, A.Lavastida 19+2reb, S.Silvonen 14+3reb+3ast, H.Hohteri 12+5reb+3ast, A.Huovinen 7+1reb+2ast, J.Kauppinen 5
Huima: J.Graham 24+5reb+1ast, T.Britton 24+12reb, T.Manning 18+2reb+3ast, T.Viertola 11+1ast, M.Santa 6+2reb, M.Liukko 6+2reb
gschID: 150149


Pyrinto II - Oulun NMKY 88-103

Everything could happen in Tampere at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Oulun NMKY and 9th ranked Pyrinto II had identical 1-1 record. But Pyrinto II was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Oulun 103-88 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Oulun NMKY. Pyrinto II managed to win second period 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Oulun NMKY won last quarter 33-20. Oulun NMKY outrebounded Pyrinto II 36-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American point guard Lloyd Phillips (178-85, college: Illinois St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 39 points (!!!), 5 assists and 5 steals. His fellow American import forward Josh Nofflet (194-88, college: Lee) helped adding 22 points and 16 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was guard Joni Harjula (189-83) with 26 points and 5 assists and guard Jukka-Pekka Vaananen (195-84) scored 22 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pyrinto II's coach Tero Hassinen rotated twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Oulun NMKY (2-1) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lapua. Pyrinto II at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. They share it with Jyvaskyla. Oulun NMKY will meet at home Ura Basket (#11) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Pyrinto II will play against Aanekosken Huima in Aanekoski.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto II: J.Harjula 26+3reb+5ast, J.Vaananen 22+3reb+1ast, M.Marttinen 10+3reb+1ast, J.Pulkkinen 10+8reb, N.Mattila 8+2reb+4ast, P.Setala 7+5reb+1ast
Oulun NMKY: L.Phillips 39+2reb+5ast, J.Nofflet 22+16reb, J.Teppo 14+2reb, B.Moultrie 12+6reb, H.Vihavainen 9+3reb, J.Laakso 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 150150


Round 5
ToPo Akatemia - Pyrinto II 53-85

The game with biggest result difference took place in Helsinki. Local Torpan Pojat (0-4) was outscored by ninth ranked Pyrinto II (1-2) 85-53 on Wednesday night. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 17-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-53. Pyrinto II dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Torpan Pojat's 32. They outrebounded Torpan Pojat 40-26 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of Jari Pulkkinen (203-84) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Miikka Marttinen (196-92) helped adding 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Pyrinto II players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Harri Hohteri (200-77) with 13 points and 5 rebounds and Cuban guard Alexis Lavastida (188-77) scored 11 points. 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. Pyrinto II left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Jyvaskyla. It was Torpan Pojat's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. Pyrinto II will meet higher ranked Aanekosken Huima (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torpan Pojat will play against the league's leader BC Nokia (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
ToPo Akatemia: H.Hohteri 13+5reb+1ast, A.Lavastida 11+3reb+1ast, S.Silvonen 8+4reb+1ast, T.Suortti 7+5reb, J.Heinikoski 7+1reb+1ast, M.Eestila 3+2reb+1ast
Pyrinto II: M.Marttinen 15+5reb+1ast, J.Pulkkinen 14+8reb+1ast, J.Harjula 14+4reb+2ast, J.Kilpinen 11+7reb+2ast, K.Rasinaho 8+3reb, M.Myllyniemi 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 150213




Anthony Brown claims Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Anthony Brown (203-F-86, agency: KMG Sports Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kouvot and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 25-year old forward had the game-high 26 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Kouvot in his team's victory, helping them to beat Korihait (#9, 2-4) 89-75. Kouvot is placed at 5th position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Kouvot will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kouvot's top player in his first season with the team. Anthony Brown averages this season 13.2ppg and 7.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) of second-ranked Kataja. Walker impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Kataja was edged in overtime by slightly lower-ranked Nilan Bisons (#4, 3-1) 97-94. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Kataja still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Walker is a newcomer at Kataja and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Kouvot's star - American Antoine Jordan (196-G-83). Jordan showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Kouvot, helping his team with a 89-75 easy win against the lower-ranked Korihait (#9, 2-4). Kouvot needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Jordan has a very solid season. In 5 games in Finland he scored 14.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan McDade (201-F-80) of Nilan Bisons - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Hanno Mottola (209-F/C-76) of ToPo - 18 points and 7 rebounds
6. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80) of Pyrinto - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (194-G/F-89) of KTP - 19 points and 5 rebounds
8. Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85) of LrNMKY - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Cory Johnson (200-F-88) of Korihait - 24 points and 6 rebounds

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


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  FRANCE   


Trio Cinciarini - Micov - Scekic pace Bennet Cantu to Euroleague win against Nancy - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu - Nancy 80-69

Bennet Cantu celebrated its long-awaited return to Euroleague. They handed 80-69 loss to French champion Nancy for 1-0 record in Group A. Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86) top-scored for the home squad with 15 points. Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) had 14 points and Marko Scekic (207-F/C-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 pts with only one miss in 14 minutes. On the other side, Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) collected 20 points and 7 rebounds. NBAer Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) had 13 points, 7 rebs and 8 assists in this meeting, while Adrien Moerman (204-F/C-88) stopped to 13 pts. Cantu did a great job in the second half of this game. Quarters: 17-21, 27-23, 13-8, 23-17. In the next round, Cantu goes to Spain. They rival will be Caja Laboral, who outplayed Fenerbahce Ulker as a guest yesterday. Nancy will host Bilbao.

Bennet Cantu: Andrea Cinciarini 15, Vladimir Micov 14, Marko Scekic 11
Nancy: Akinlolu Akingbala 20+7 boards, Nicolas Batum 13+7 boards+8 as, Adrien Moerman 13


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Jermont HORTON
  Blois
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Horton, Blois19.5 
 2. Thomas, Roche19.5 
 3. Thinon, Sorgues19.3 
 4. Herard, Challans18.5 
 5. Bigote, Cognac17.8 
 6. Racine, CFBB17.3 
 7. Kaunisto, Blois17.0 
 8. Pridotkas, Brest17.0 
 9. Merie, Chartres17.0 
 10. St Robert, Montb.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Kaunisto, Blois13.5 
 2. Caskill, Cognac11.7 
 3. Pearson, Angers B.11.3 
 4. Jaiteh, CFBB10.0 
 5. Pridotkas, Brest9.0 
 6. Diame, Rueil8.3 
 7. Williams, St Quent.8.0 
 8. Simmons, Roche7.8 
 9. St Robert, Montb.7.8 
 10. Mendy, Lievin7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Calvez, Charleville6.0 
 2. Dessart, Lievin5.5 
 3. Brochard, Blois5.5 
 4. Barbry, Orchy5.5 
 5. Ball, St Quentin4.8 
 6. Berquier, Chartres4.5 
 7. Cortey, Clermont4.5 
 8. Godin, Cognac4.5 
 9. Rathieuville, Brest4.3 
 10. Daube, Le Puy4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche3.5 
 2. Cretaux, Lievin3.0 
 3. Bigote, Cognac2.8 
 4. Hermenier, Roche2.3 
 5. Merie, Chartres2.0 
 6. Pistre, Charleville2.0 
 7. Bateko, Roche2.0 
 8. Diallo, Roche2.0 
 9. Barbry, Orchy2.0 
 10. Calvez, Charlevil.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Alingue, Souffel2.5 
 2. Caskill, Cognac2.3 
 3. Diame, Rueil1.5 
 4. Borval, Le Puy1.5 
 5. Jaiteh, CFBB1.3 
 6. N''Diaye, Souffel1.0 
 7. Morin, CFBB1.0 
 8. Pasut, Sorgues1.0 
 9. Kaunisto, Blois1.0 
 10. Andre, Roche1.0 


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Macedonian national championship, second round - by Branko Cupeski
Rabotnicki - FENI Industries 66:75 (13-30, 21-11, 17-17, 15-17)

The champion won the derby with a rematch for the Supercup loss and kept its unbeaten start of the new season, but the big victory was overshadowed by the serious injury of Dimitar Mirakovski (anterior cruciate ligament).

Balkan and Macedonian title holders flushed the opponents basket with 30 points in the first period, which was the key factor in the game along with the defensive perfotmance of Emil Rajkovic's team. Although the hosts came back in the game in the second period, it was not enough to stop the team that swept last seasons encounters (4:0) and than won the play off final (4:1).

'We deserved the victory because of the excellent start (18:4) and because of the different types of rock solid defense that stopped the opponents strongest weapons' - stated Rajkovic.

Dime Tasovski (200-F-80) and Marko Simonovski (194-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances) led the scoreboard with 18 points each. Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) was surprisingly the best rebounder despite his first half injury with 11 boards, Brandon Cole (203-F/C-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Xavier) was the best at Rabotnicki with 9 rebounds.

Kozuf - MZT Skopje 69:74 (16-24, 12-18, 19-17, 21-15)

The result seems not so dominant, but another Macedonian basketball powerhouse performed another routine victory visiting Gevgelija, with maintaining the perfect start of the new chamtpionship.

Aleksandar Todorov warned his players that they will experience a tough game, as it proved to be, but the quality they posses and the background they have was too much for the hosts.

Noah Dahlman (200-F-89, college: Wofford) led the way to the second victory with a double double effect (21 points and 12 rebounds), followed by Aleksandar Dimitrovski (193-G-80) who had 19 points for the loosing side.

'We controlled the whole game, although we got carried away in the last quarter. We are to experienced to do that. Kozuf is a young and potent team that could do very much in the following period.' - said Todorov after the match.

Torus SCBT - Kumanovo 88:82 (34-20, 19-24, 17-16, 18-22)

The other Macedonian side that represents the country in the foreign championships (BIBL, with FENI Industries), had a good start in the first period and managed to win at home, despite having many attacking and defensive problems in the following three quarters.

Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had double double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, but it was Dimitar Karadzovski who had calm hand at the end and brought the win with his free throw execution in the dying moments (total of 15 points, 6/6 from the line).

Torus showed its variety with 5 players scoring double digits, Phil Turner had 19, Ivica Dimcevski added 18 and Justin Reynolds 12.


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  GEORGIA   


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


Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Brandon GAY
  Sokhumi
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 31
 1. Gay, Sokhumi31.0 
 2. Londaridze, MIA T.22.0 
 3. Kreps, MIA Tbilisi22.0 
 4. Eliashvili, Batumi22.0 
 5. Chikviladze, Samed.21.0 
 6. Tsekvava, Kutaisi20.0 
 7. Berishvili, Olympus19.0 
 8. Parghalava, Sokhu.19.0 
 9. Niniashvili, TSU T.19.0 
 10. Khmelidze, Rustavi19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ilija MILUTINOVIC
  Olympus
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 16
 1. Milutinovic, Olymp.16.0 
 2. Niniashvili, TSU T.13.0 
 3. Panchulidze, TSU T.11.0 
 4. Arabic, Rustavi11.0 
 5. Atuashvili, Sokhumi10.0 
 6. Gay, Sokhumi10.0 
 7. Kadaria, Sokhumi9.0 
 8. Gugava, Rustavi9.0 
 9. Markoishvili, TSU8.0 
 10. Parghalava, Sokhu.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Robo KREPS
  MIA Tbilisi
  (182-G-88)
  Avg: 10
 1. Kreps, MIA Tbilisi10.0 
 2. Parghalava, Sokhu.10.0 
 3. Mikeladze, Batumi8.0 
 4. Gamqrelidze, Olymp.7.0 
 5. Gay, Sokhumi6.0 
 6. Artsividze, Rustavi6.0 
 7. Babunashvili, Kuta.6.0 
 8. Chitashvili, TSU T.6.0 
 9. Bakradze, Dinamo T.6.0 
 10. Dzidziguri, STU T.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Duda SANADZE
  Dinamo T.
  (196-G/F-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Sanadze, Dinamo T.5.0 
 2. Beruashvili, STU T.4.0 
 3. Gulisabedash., Oly.3.0 
 4. Kuchava, Kutaisi3.0 
 5. Chikviladze, Samed.3.0 
 6. Machaladze, STU T.3.0 
 7. Gay, Sokhumi3.0 
 8. Tetelashvili, STU3.0 
 9. Kreps, MIA Tbilisi3.0 
 10. Chachanidze, Rus.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ilija MILUTINOVIC
  Olympus
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Milutinovic, Olymp.6.0 
 2. Toudjani, MIA T.3.0 
 3. Beruashvili, STU T.3.0 
 4. Kvetenadze, Samed.2.0 
 5. Panchulidze, TSU T.2.0 
 6. Tsirekidze, Kutaisi2.0 
 7. Berishvili, Olympus2.0 
 8. Eliashvili, Batumi2.0 
 9. Machaladze, STU T.2.0 
 10. Chlaidze, Sokhumi1.0 


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  GERMANY   


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


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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets22.8 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.21.8 
 3. Swann, Ratiopharm20.5 
 4. Gray, Fraport SKY20.3 
 5. Carter, Phoenix20.0 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers17.8 
 7. Duggins, Walter T.17.0 
 8. Jonusas, Phoenix16.8 
 9. Burrell, EWE B.16.8 
 10. Fenn, Art.Dragons16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm11.3 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets10.3 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers8.8 
 4. Hilliard, Art.Drag.8.0 
 5. Ensminger, Teleko.7.8 
 6. Sykes, Goettingen7.5 
 7. Smith, Bayreuth7.3 
 8. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.3 
 9. Seward, Phoenix7.0 
 10. Elliott, s.Oliv.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 David HOLSTON
  Art.Drag.
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Holston, Art.Drag.7.3 
 2. Jordan, Telekom7.3 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier7.3 
 4. Wood, ALBA6.7 
 5. Hamann, B.Muenchen5.8 
 6. Brewer, Bremerha.5.3 
 7. Brown, EWE Baskets5.0 
 8. Dorris, EnBW L.4.5 
 9. Gavel, Brose B.4.3 
 10. Bynum, TBB Trier4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DORRIS
  EnBW L.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dorris, EnBW L.2.8 
 2. Crowe, Phoenix2.3 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.2.3 
 4. Gavel, Brose B.2.0 
 5. Hasbrouck, EWE B.1.5 
 6. McElroy, NY Phant.1.5 
 7. Smith, Bayreuth1.5 
 8. Duggins, Walter T.1.3 
 9. Redding, Walter T.1.3 
 10. Tucker, Brose B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.3.3 
 2. King, Art.Dragons2.0 
 3. Looby, EnBW L.1.8 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.8 
 5. Pleiss, Brose B.1.7 
 6. Slaughter, Brose B.1.7 
 7. Francis, ALBA1.7 
 8. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
 9. Boone, s.Oliver.1.0 
 10. Cain, Bremerhaven1.0 


Blake Poole claims ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Blake Poole (195-C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) had an amazing evening in the last round for Dorsten and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 23-year old center had a double-double of 20 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed Stahnsdorf (#7, 3-3) with 18-point margin 100-82. Dorsten is placed at 5th position in German ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Dorsten will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. Poole turned to be Dorsten's top player in his first season with the team. St.Martin's College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Poole leads league in rebounds with 13.4rpg. Poole is in league's top in and averages solid 2.8spg and 65.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old former international power forward Yannick Evans (202-F/C-86) of Stahnsdorf. Evans impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Stahnsdorf lost that game 82-100 to slightly higher-ranked Dorsten (#5, 3-2). This loss caused Stahnsdorf to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Evans is well-known by Stahnsdorf fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Dorsten's star - Albanian Nderim Pelaj (179-G-88). Pelaj scored 27 points. He was another key player of Dorsten, helping his team with a 100-82 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Stahnsdorf (#7, 3-3). Dorsten needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Pelaj has a very solid season. In 5 games in Germany he scored 12.6ppg. Nderim Pelaj has also German passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kellen Williams (194-F-84) of Stahnsdorf - 23 points and 10 rebounds
5. Daniel Theis (207-C-92) of SU Medien - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Matt Reid (185-G-84) of Vechta - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Martinis Woody (201-F/C-82) of Bernau - 25 points and 6 rebounds
8. Howard Sant-Roos (198-G/F-91) of SU Medien - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Tobias Grauel (195-F-86) of ALBA Berlin II - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ryan Daugherty (193-F-87) of Herten - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Michael Thompson (Fraport Skyliners)The Most Important Thing Is To Win Games - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern) is a 22 year old 177cm point guard from Chicago, Illinois that is playing his first season with the Fraport Skyliners. He played at Northwestern from 2007-2011. In his senior year, he played : 34 games: 16.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 82.5%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been HS: Chicago Public League All-Academic Team -07, All-Big Ten Honorable Mention -10, All-Big Ten 3rd Team -11, Big Ten All-Tournament Team -11, and NIT Elite Eight -11. He took some time to talk to Eurobasket about his rookie season with the Fraport Skyliners.

Does Muli Katzurin pull a lever when he wants Justin Gray to take control?

No coach doesnt pull a lever when he wants Gray to take control. Gray has a lot of experience and a great understanding of the game and always knows when its time to step up.

You played four years at Northwestern and now had a three week try out phase with the Fraport Skyliners. What kind of experience was that for you?

It was a great experience, because I had the chance to play for a great team that has great players. I gave 100% each day and am very happy that my contract was extended.

Which Fraport Skyliner helped you the most in this period?

Justin Gray helped me the most. He has much experience and I am always asking him questions in order to help me learn the game more and know what I can do better on the court.

You have a short term contract until the end of December. What do you want to accomplish in these three months?


The most important thing is too win games. Nobody wants to lose. I also want to get better in each practice and game and do the things that coach wants me to do. I want to secure a position on the roster and secure my contract.

How are you adjusting to the European style and what is the biggest adjustment for you on the court?


I am getting used to the European style. The hardest thing to get used to on the court is the 24 second clock opposed to the 35 second shot clock in the NCAA.

A hidden strength in your game is your toughness. Where does that come from?

I got my toughness growing up. I always played basketball with my older brother. Everybody always said that I was too small, so I had to be tough getting respected with my height.

You have a nice floater. From what NBA player did you watch to get that?


I watched a lot of film on Steve Nash. He is quick like me, but small and when he goes in the zone, he uses that floater with the big bodies inside.

What is the most amazing thing that you have seen Jon Leuer do on the court?


I have seen him do so much on the court especially in the last 4 years, we played against each other in the NCAA. He won the majority of the games with Wisconsin. He is so versatile, can do so much, rebound, post up, shoot the three, and defend.

How would you call your floater?

Juicy.

What was your childhood like in Chicago?


I had a great childhood. I was lucky that both my parents were around and are still married today. I always had kids around playing basketball and they all had their heads on their shoulders. I wish that I could still be a kid today.

Who were your NBA idols?

Michael Jordan and Penny Hardaway.

What is your fondest memory of your 35 point game in a Big Ten game?


Having my teammates around and the team executing well in that game.

What did Northwestern coach Bill Carmody teach you to get ready for the professional ranks?


He showed me offensive and defensive strategies to help meet the pro style. He also showed me how to act right off the court.

Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?


Eric Gordon of the Los Angeles Clippers. We lost both games to Indiana, but I played ok.

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


I made 55 at a Northwestern practice.

What was your craziest shot that you ever made?


I made a full court shot with six seconds to play at a Northwestern practice.

What do you like most about Frankfurt?


Living in a mall and being able to shop and eat whenever I want.

Who wins a one on one game, you or Justin Gray?


We havent played yet. It would be tough against him, but I think both of us would win games.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Harlem Nights.

Thanks Michael for the chat.



ProB Round 6: BSV Wulfen improved to 5-1 record - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BSV Wulfen as it allowed them to take a leadership position. BSV Wulfen defeated 10th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel at home 81-72. The hosts trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. 24 personal fouls committed by Herzoege Wolfenbuettel helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) who scored 21 points and 4 assists. The other American import forward Dijon Smith (203-89, college: Ft.Hays State) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Dennis Nawrocki (190-92) who recorded 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BSV Wulfen have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel at the other side dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. They share the position with Rist Wedel. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will play next round against strong SC Rasta Vechta trying to get back on the winning streak. BSV Wulfen will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets in Braunschweig.
ALBA Berlin II can celebrate finally their first win this season after four consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Bernau, where they defeated SSV Lok Bernau (0-6) 84-71. It was a good game for forward Tobias Grauel (195-86) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Joey Ney contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. ALBA Berlin II's coach Milan Pesic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) replied with 25 points and 6 rebounds for SSV Lok Bernau. ALBA Berlin II (1-4) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. It was SSV Lok Bernau's sixth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. ALBA Berlin II will play against higher ranked RSV Eintracht (#7) in Stahnsdorf in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. SSV Lok Bernau will play at home against SC Rist Wedel (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Schwelm was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked SC Rasta Vechta (4-1) played at the court of 7th ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (3-3). SC Rasta Vechta managed to secure a 7-point victory 86-79 on Thursday. Matt Reid scored 19 points, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was David Bunts with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. SC Rasta Vechta keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser SG Schwelmer Baskets keep the seventh place with three games lost. They share the position with Stahnsdorf. SC Rasta Vechta will meet at home Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SG Schwelmer Baskets will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Braunschweig. Local Spot Up Medien Baskets (4-2) outscored 11th ranked Bayer Giants (1-4) 107-66. Daniel Theis notched 16 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Spot Up Medien Baskets have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Bayer Giants at the other side dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. Spot Up Medien Baskets' next round opponent will be league's leader BSV Wulfen at home and it may be the game of the week. Bayer Giants will play against Hertener Loewen (#6).

In the last two games of round 6 Dorsten defeated Stahnsdorf in a road game 100-82. Rist Wedel was beaten by Herten at home 70-77.
The best stats of 6th round was 27 points by Nderim Pelaj of Dorsten.


Group North
SU Medien - Bayer Giants 107-66

The game with biggest result difference took place in Braunschweig. Local Spot Up Medien Baskets (4-2) outscored 11th ranked Bayer Giants (1-4) 107-66. The game without a history. Spot Up Medien Baskets 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 Bayer Giants' 28 and made 25-of-28 charity shots (89.3 percent) during the game. Spot Up Medien Baskets forced 21 Bayer Giants turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Bayer Giants' players. Center Daniel Theis (207-92) notched 16 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Cuban swingman Howard Sant-Roos (198-91) supported him with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Spot Up Medien Baskets players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 5 assists by guard Till-Joscha Joenke (189-92) did not help to save the game for Bayer Giants. Guard Farid Sadek (188-83) added 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Spot Up Medien Baskets have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Bayer Giants at the other side dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. Spot Up Medien Baskets' next round opponent will be league's leader BSV Wulfen at home and it may be the game of the week. Bayer Giants will play against Hertener Loewen (#6).
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: F.Sadek 14+4reb+3ast, T.Joenke 13+3reb+5ast, M.Rass 9, M.Menden 8+1reb, J.Eggleston 7+4reb+1ast, N.Welling 6+5reb+2ast
SU Medien: D.Theis 16+5reb+3ast, D.Schroeder 14+3reb+3ast, F.Theis 13+5reb+1ast, H.Sant-Roos 13+7reb+4ast, W.Buchmiller 12+2reb+4ast, J.Wessels 11+2reb
gschID: 143642


Wulfen - Wolfenbuettel 81-72

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BSV Wulfen as it allowed them to take a leadership position. BSV Wulfen defeated 10th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel at home 81-72. The hosts trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. 24 personal fouls committed by Herzoege Wolfenbuettel helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) who scored 21 points and 4 assists. The other American import forward Dijon Smith (203-89, college: Ft.Hays State) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Dennis Nawrocki (190-92) who recorded 15 points and American guard Derrick Stevens (180-80, college: Colorado St.) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively. Four Herzoege Wolfenbuettel players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BSV Wulfen have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel at the other side dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. They share the position with Rist Wedel. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will play next round against strong SC Rasta Vechta trying to get back on the winning streak. BSV Wulfen will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets in Braunschweig.
Top scorers:
Wolfenbuettel: D.Nawrocki 15+4reb+1ast, R.Owens 12+5reb, D.Stevens 11+3reb+5ast, M.Schwarz 10+3reb, H.Knopke 7+5reb+2ast, M.Kemp 6+1ast
Wulfen: S.Briggs 21+3reb+4ast, R.Bakoa 13+1reb+1ast, T.Reuter 10+3reb+2ast, H.Bellscheidt 9+3reb, D.Smith 9+9reb+2ast, S.Hummelt 6+1ast
gschID: 143643


Schwelm - Vechta 79-86

The game in Schwelm was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked SC Rasta Vechta (4-1) played at the court of 7th ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (3-3). SC Rasta Vechta managed to secure a 7-point victory 86-79 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-79. SC Rasta Vechta dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to SG Schwelmer Baskets' 28 and made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. American guard Matt Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) scored 19 points, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and guard Flavio Stuckemann (187-85) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American guard David Bunts (189-79, college: Pacific) with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American forward Kristofer Speier (206-81, college: Lewis-Clark) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four SG Schwelmer Baskets players scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser SG Schwelmer Baskets keep the seventh place with three games lost. They share the position with Stahnsdorf. SC Rasta Vechta will meet at home Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SG Schwelmer Baskets will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: D.Bunts 19+7reb+4ast, M.Dohmen 13+1reb+1ast, D.Baker 13+4ast, K.Speier 12+5reb+1ast, M.Kramer 10+6reb, S.Schermeng 6
Vechta: M.Reid 19+2reb+6ast, F.Stuckemann 17+8reb+1ast, M.Boadu 15+5reb+3ast, J.Wolfinger 9+5reb+1ast, D.Krause 8, Madrich 8+5reb
gschID: 143644


Stahnsdorf - Dorsten 82-100

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Stahnsdorf where 6th ranked RSV Eintracht (3-3) was defeated by seventh ranked Dorsten (3-2) 100-82. The game was mostly controlled by Dorsten. RSV Eintracht was better in third quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dorsten shot 60.3 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Dorsten especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. American center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and naturalized Albanian guard Nderim Pelaj (179-88) supported him with 27 points. Four Dorsten players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds by power forward Yannick Evans (202-86) did not help to save the game for RSV Eintracht. American forward Kellen Williams (194-84, college: E.Washington, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 23 points and 10 rebounds. Dorsten moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Herten. RSV Eintracht at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Dorsten's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hannover Tigers in Hannover and it may be quite challenging game. RSV Eintracht will play on the road against ALBA Berlin II (#11).
Top scorers:
Stahnsdorf: K.Williams 23+10reb+1ast, Y.Evans 22+12reb+2ast, T.Schoeps 18+3reb+2ast, B.Butler 7+2reb, O.Mackeldanz 6+3reb, T.Modersitzki 6+2reb+2ast
Dorsten: N.Pelaj 27+2reb+3ast, T.Bryant 20+2reb+1ast, B.Poole 20+12reb+3ast, J.Cadmus 11+1reb+2ast, G.Budde 8+7reb, P.Spettmann 6+1reb
gschID: 143639


Rist Wedel - Herten 70-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Hertener Loewen's (3-2) road victory over 9th ranked SC Rist Wedel (2-4) 77-70. The guests were ahead by 12 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 23-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Vincent Kittmann (199-88) notched 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and American forward Ryan Daugherty (193-87, college: Kennesaw St.) supported him with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Daugherty is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Hertener Loewen players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 4 assists by American guard Augie Johnston (185-86, college: Cal.St.-Monterey) did not help to save the game for SC Rist Wedel. Forward Fabian Boeke (211-86, college: Washington St.) added 13 points and 12 rebounds. SC Rist Wedel's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hertener Loewen moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Dorsten. SC Rist Wedel lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with four games lost. Hertener Loewen's next round opponent will be Bayer Giants (#12) in Leverkusen and are hoping to win another game. SC Rist Wedel will play on the road against SSV Lok Bernau.
Top scorers:
Rist Wedel: A.Johnston 20+2reb+4ast, F.Boeke 13+12reb+1ast, I.Akpinar 13+2reb+2ast, T.Parohl 7+1reb+2ast, A.Pettaway 6+7reb+2ast, F.Luehring 6+5reb
Herten: V.Kittmann 20+6reb+1ast, R.Daugherty 16+7reb+2ast, R.Wright 11+8reb+1ast, C.Hackenesch 10+6reb+1ast, M.Berger 9+4reb+3ast, J.Hartmann 8+3reb
gschID: 143640


Bernau - ALBA Berlin II 71-84

ALBA Berlin II can celebrate finally their first win this season after four consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Bernau, where they defeated SSV Lok Bernau (0-6) 84-71. The game without a history. ALBA Berlin II led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for forward Tobias Grauel (195-86) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Joey Ney (197-92) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. ALBA Berlin II's coach Milan Pesic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) replied with 25 points and 6 rebounds and forward Sebastian Trzcionka (197-79) added 15 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in the effort for SSV Lok Bernau. ALBA Berlin II (1-4) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. It was SSV Lok Bernau's sixth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. ALBA Berlin II will play against higher ranked RSV Eintracht (#7) in Stahnsdorf in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. SSV Lok Bernau will play at home against SC Rist Wedel (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Bernau: M.Woody 25+6reb+1ast, S.Trzcionka 15+4reb+2ast, D.Klein 7+6reb, M.Dathe 6+1reb+4ast, J.Heide 6+4reb+1ast, I.Hilliard 6+5reb
ALBA Berlin II: T.Grauel 19+6reb+3ast, J.Ney 15+7reb+2ast, S.Fulle 11+2reb+1ast, T.Horn 9+1reb, C.Dinc 8+1reb+1ast, M.Marin 7
gschID: 143641




John Bynum (TBB Trier) Isiah Swann Can Put The Ball On The Floor And Shoot The Ball From Deep - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 33 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his second season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2. can Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. He sat down with eurobasket after the 80-74 loss against ratiopharm Ulm.

A tough 80-74 loss at home. There is a new era in Ulm with a new coach, many new faces but still John Bryant. What has changed in style of Ulm from last season to this season?

I think they are solid in more positions this season and dont have any let ups when someone comes in the game. They are a deeper team and have more options. As far as style goes I just think they are more patient and get the most out of each possession.

After a tight first quarter, ratiopharm Ulm broke away in the second quarter. What was key for them taking the halftime lead?

I think we got on one of our streaks where we played too slow at the offensive end. We tend to get down on ourselves if things dont go right and we just couldnt get out of the funk in the 2nd quarter.

What adjustments did TBB Trier make in the third quarter to retake the lead?

I think we just came out and played hard and that signifies the type of basketball we play. Our defense creates so much for us and if we are stopping people and getting rebounds then that allows us to get easy baskets and get into more of a rhythm as well.

In the fourth quarter ratiopharm Ulm rebounded for 26 points. What was key for ratiopharm Ulm getting win?

I think they made plays when they needed to and we just couldnt get the job done late and that is part of the game. We showed a great effort but we just have to find a way to get it done especially on our home court.

What was your impression of Isiah Swann who has been tearing up the Beko BBL in the first weeks?

Isiah Swann is a great player and will have a great season this year. Swann can put it on the floor and can shoot the ball from deep.

Are John Bryant and Dane Watts possibly the strongest 4/5 combo in the Beko BBL?

I would say that they are up there, they compliment each other very well and both are very talented players.

NBA players have stated wanting to start their own league. How much shape do you think that will seriously take?

The chances of the NBA players wanting their own league is like believing in Santa Clauss. There are or would be so many obstacles in their way of getting that done, but its a great idea in some ways.

Dennis Rodmann said these words about current NBA players and the lockout. 'Most players don't give a damn about the game,' he said. 'They want the money and all of a sudden they want unity. I'm not taking the owners' side. I think the players should look at themselves'. Would players listen to the worm?

I think Dennis Rodman has some valid points in what he said, but I wouldnt agree with everything. The game is about money for sure and it is their job and how they make a living but I think that there are a lot if not every player that respects the game enough to not care. The players and owners hopefully will see eye to eye soon but the owners need to look at themselves in the mirror as well

Thanks John for the chat.




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Lee Nailon out for 4 weeks - by Levente Szabo
Atomeromu's Lee Nailon (204-F/C-75, college: TCU) suffered a knee injury Sunday night during his team win over Sopron. The American big man left the court in the 3rd quarter and never came back. Based on the latest medical examination the injury will require a surgery which will be made as soon as possible. The rehabilitation will take 4-8 weeks and he wont be on the court for the opening round of the Eurochallenge group stage on the 8th of November when Atomeromu SE Paks will face Nizhny Novgorod.

Lee Nailon helped Atomeromu SE Paks with 10,5 points 2,5 rebounds and 2,5 assists in 20,5 minutes of playing time during the Eurochallenge qualifying rounds.


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rashad BELL
  Kormend
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Bell, Kormend25.5 
 2. El Amin, Albacomp24.5 
 3. Williams, Atomeromu23.5 
 4. Thomas, Soproni20.5 
 5. Miskovic, Marso N.20.0 
 6. Szabo, FS Debrecen20.0 
 7. Perine, ZTE K.20.0 
 8. Timberlake, Falco-.19.5 
 9. Jones, Jaszberenyi19.5 
 10. Ivosev, Szedeak19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miklos SZABO
  FS Debrecen
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Szabo, FS Debrecen12.0 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.11.5 
 3. Jones, Jaszberenyi11.0 
 4. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.10.5 
 5. Chism, Albacomp10.5 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak9.5 
 7. Trotter, Szolnok9.0 
 8. Raivio, Kaposvari9.0 
 9. Bencze, Kecskemeti9.0 
 10. Csorvasi, Kecsk.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marton FODOR
  Szolnok
  (191-G-81)
  Avg: 10
 1. Fodor, Szolnok10.0 
 2. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.5 
 3. Simon, Albacomp7.5 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu7.0 
 5. Kelley, Kecskemeti6.0 
 6. Wittmann, Kecsk.5.5 
 7. Fekete, Marso N.5.0 
 8. Horvath, Szolnok5.0 
 9. Drahos, Szedeak5.0 
 10. Trotter, Szolnok5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Fekete, Marso N.6.5 
 2. Trotter, Szolnok4.0 
 3. Baki, ZTE K.4.0 
 4. Szoegi, Szolnok4.0 
 5. Trepak, Szolnok3.0 
 6. Nikolov, Szolnok3.0 
 7. Chism, Albacomp3.0 
 8. Kaluha, FS Debrec.3.0 
 9. Kelley, Kecskemeti3.0 
 10. Fodor, Szolnok3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi3.0 
 2. Grebenar, Szolnok2.0 
 3. Townes, Kormend2.0 
 4. Morgen, Atomeromu2.0 
 5. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.5 
 6. Trepak, Szolnok1.0 
 7. Nailon, Atomeromu1.0 
 8. Raivio, Kaposvari1.0 
 9. Bencze, Kecskemeti1.0 
 10. Williams, Atomero.1.0 


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


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Fjolnir pick up first win - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Fjolnir did pick up their first win tonight by winning Tindastol in away game 89-97
Fjolnir did lead the game almost from beginning, Tindastoll manage to tight the game up few time late in the game but could not take the lead.
Fjolnir got a good game from Nathan Walkup (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) 24 points & 11 boards. Arni Ragnarson also with good numbers 23 pts. For Tindastoll Trey Hampton (201-F-87, college: Georgia St.) 28 Maurice Miller (187-G-88, college: Georgia Tech) with triple double 18 points, 14 rebs & 10 assist.
Valur looks like will have a long and hard seaso. Lost at home by 30 points against Keflavik.Darnell Hugee 28 and Austin Bracey 19 for Valur.
Steven Gerard D'agustino 34. Charles Michael Parker 22. Magnus Gunnarsson 18 for Keflavik
Grindavik is ona goor role in beginning of season and have won first 3 games. Beat IR tonight 87-73. Five Grindavik players with double digit
Unlucky IR team that have already sent home 2 american players because of a need of different kind of players lost James James Bartolotta (193-G-86, college: MIT) to imjury with broken nose afther he took a charge on J''Nathan J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Cleveland St.) in late second period and was taken to Hospital. Hopefully not out for too long time


Sweden - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Fourth round in Sweden top league. Jamtland Basket ost at home to 08 Stockholm 82-96
Brynjar Bjornsson 12 points. 9 rebounds & 4 assist for Jamtland. Helgi Magnusson 12 points, 10 boards and 4 assist for 08.
Finally Logi Gunnarsson and his team Solna Vikings pick up a win when they beat LF Basket 103-93. Gunnarsson 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assist.
Last years Champion Sundsvall Dragons not starting season as well as last year and lost second game when they play Boras Basket 91-85.
Team chemistry not good yet. Jakob Sigurdarson leading the three Icelanders on the team with 20 points. Pavel Ermolinskij 16 points and 11 rebounds. Hlynur Baeringsson 10 points.


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  INDIA   


U16 Asia Championship: India topple Taiwan to claim second spot in Group A - by Eurobasket News
India U16 - Taiwan U16 73:52

India proved too good for Taiwan on the final day of the preliminary action at the U16 Asia Championship. India thus improved at 2-1 record and occupied the second position in Group A ladder. Ajay Pratap Singh (193-F-95) delivered 25 points in the victory. Taiwan fell at 1-2 record in the third position in the ladder.
India used a strong first quarter to clear off. They piled up a 21:8 lead ten minutes into the encounter. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. India stayed in front posting a 39:26 halftime lead. Taiwan failed to change the complexion of the game after the big break. India arrived at the final break up by 16 points 57:41. India did not loosen the grasp and rallied to the victory at the end. Karthickeyan Saminathan (188-G-95) notched 18 points, while Loveneet Singh (178-G-95) added 12 points in the victory. Kuan-Shiuan Lu answered with 15 points for Taiwan. Wang I-Fan (95) notched 11 points in the loss.

India U16: Ajay Pratap Singh 25, Karthickeyan Saminathan 18, Loveneet Singh 12
Taiwan U16: Kuan-Shiuan Lu 15, Wang I-Fan 11


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  IRAN   


Towzin Electric Kashan Left Not To Pay Coaches and Players... - by Mohammad Ahmadi
Iran Basketball Superleague 2011/2012 is being started Today and 12 Clubs will have their first game today. One of the clubs that is Absent in this season is Towzin Electric Kashan that left last season before Last game. Their score against Petrochimi Mahshahr for 3th place was 2-2 and they announced that they will not continue the season (before the Last game of season) and quit the Basketball Superleague. But what was the reason !? They did so Not To Pay last 2 payments of Some Coaches and Players. They said they will have new start in new season (2011/2012) but when they saw they Have to pay last season's Payments, they quit again and Club seems to be Cancelled Out.
This is so funny that a Manager can do like this and Players and Coaches can not recieve last payments and No One answers them or can guarantee their payments.
Before Towzin Electric Kashan, Some other clubs have done same and didn't pay Players and Coaches. Two of them are Pasargad Shiraz and Saba Mehr Qazvin.



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  IRAQ   


U16 Asia Championship: Lebanon tame Iraq in Nha Trang City - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon U16 - Iraq U16 75:68

Lebanon recorded the second win at the U16 Asia Championship. They held off Iraqi counterparts to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Iraq on the other hand slipped at 1-2 record as both teams made it into the Qualifying Round. Gerard Hadidian (197-F-95) notched 28 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Iraq ensured the better start to the game. They led by as many as 9 points after ten minutes of action 23:14. However Lebanon answered with a suffocating defence in the second term. They limited Iraq to just 5 points and registered a 32:28 halftime lead. Lebanon unloaded 27 points in the third quarter to boost the lead to 10 points with ten minutes remaining. Iraq kept the pressure on Lebanon in the fourth quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Ezzat El Kaissi (184-G-95) posted 18 points, while Albert Zeinoun (176-G-95) notched 12 points for the winners. Ahmed Razzaq (185-G-97) answered with 17 points for Iraq. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) nailed 14 points in the losing effort.

Lebanon U16: Gerard Hadidian 28, Ezzat El Kaissi 18, Albert Zeinoun 12
Iraq U16: Ahmed Razzaq 17, Karrar Hamzah 14


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  ISRAEL   


Milano Beats Maccabi T-A 89-82, Game Recap - by Carmel Drori
By: David Pick and Carmel Drori

After two scoreless opening minutes, Ioannis Bourousis quickly nailed all of Milano's nine first points, giving his team a 9:5 advantage midway through the first period, while in-between buckets, Gallianri's lay-up was brutally rejected and Maccabi's all-time Euroleague legendary point guard Theodoros Papaloukas, surprisingly checked in for the first time after missing two weeks of action. Leon Radosevic increased the hosts lead to 14:7, but the Los Angeles Clippers' 2003, 34th draft pick, 'baby Shaq' Sofoklis Schortsanitis, and Papaloukas completed a 12:0 guest run to end the first period, 19:14. Milano's newly acquired small forward Malik Hairston turned things around, 29:27, and Gallinari decided to show up for work making it 32:29, before Papaloukas found Farmar for a full-court ally-oop tightening the score at 35:34. Galo hit two of his 13-free throws on the night to end the first half with Milano up by a three, 41:38. Farmar? 2 points in 15-minutes.

If Maccabi's known for storming out of the locker rooms stumbling over its opponents, this time, it was the Italians, as Hairston (25) and Gallinari pushed their buddies to a 57:46 advantage, and game high 65:52, lead ending the third quarter. Former USC Trojan David Blu hit back-to-back deep threes reaching the Euroleague's all-time 15th best three point shooter mark with 201 treys, rallying Maccabi back into the game 69:62. Farmar scored his fourth point with 3-minutes remaining, but Hairston and Gallinari who's seems to have left his rocky start behind, kept their team ahead securing the W.

Maccabi's head coach David Blatt won't have time to analyze their defeat as the Israeli club will play Siroki this Saturday in Bosnia.

Milano: Malik Hairston 25 (6 assists), Danilo Gallinari 23 (7 rebounds), Ioannis Bourousis 13 (10 rebounds), Mason Rocca (7 rebounds).

Maccabi: Lior Eliyahu 23 (8 rebounds), David Blu 15, Theodoros Papaloukas 13 (7 rebounds) Sofoklis Schortsanitis.


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  ITALY   


Italian teams in Euroleague : Game1 Day1 - by Giovanni Bargna
It was a great night for both Montepaschi Siena and Bennet Cantu. Montepaschi got a road win over Unics Kazan after a very tough game. Bennet Cantu, back to the european most important competition after 18 years, defeated Sluc Nancy Basket Pro taking the lead in the third quarter and defending the gap until the last buzzer.

UNICS - MONTEPASCHI SIENA 71 - 79 (24-20, 20-23, 11 -21, 16-15)

The russians had a strong start in the game thanks to the effort of Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) (5 points in the very first part of the game) and Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois), former Montepaschi player, who set his Euroleague career-high by scoring 30 points at the end (35 index rating). Unics Kazan was leading 24 - 20 at the end of the first quarter and then increased the margin in the second reaching the biggest lead, 40 - 29, at minute 17 thanks to a three-pointer by Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin).
Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) (17 points and 4 assists) and veteran Nikolaos Zisis (196-G-83) (9 points) lead the italian comeback until tying the game at 44.
The home team kept on trailing close to Montepaschi Siena once again led by Henry Domercant, but two three-pointers in a row by Marco Carraretto (196-G-77, agency: Players Group) put the game on the italian side. Montepaschi Siena had a 12 point margin at hte end of the third quarter 55 - 64 and then never looked back.
Great effort on loosing side by Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC) who scored 11 and added 9 rebounds and Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU), 9 points at the end.
The winners had 13 and five rebound by David Andersen (212-C-80) and 14 by Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall).



BENNET CANTU' - SLUC NANCY 80 - 69 (17-21, 27-23, 13-8, 23-17)

A part of the arena became blue just few minutes before the tip-off, then 12 stars appeared. This is how the supporters of Bennet Cantu celebrated their first game in the euroleague after eighteen years. The team coached by Andrea Trinchieri entered the european competition with a home win by downing Sluc Nancy Basket Pro at Paladesio. The franch team had a good performance by NBA star Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) even if the forward hadn't satisfying shooting percentages (13 ponits, 7 rebounds and 8 assists shooting 3/11 from the field). Cantu and National italian team point guard Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86) at his personal debut in the Euroleague was top scorer for the home team scoring 15 points with 3/3 from the arc. Under the boards Nancy had a great contibution by Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) (20 points and 7 rebounds) while Cantu got a good help by the newcomer Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) signed last week (8 points, 6 rebounds).
In the first quarter they were Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) (14 points) and Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) (8 p) keeping Bennet Cantu in touch while Victor Samnick (203-F-79, college: Georgetown) gave the lead to Nancy scoring 5 points (no more points for him after that) earlier. In quarter number two Cantu scored points from beyond the arc with Cinciarini, Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) (9 and 6 assists) and David Lighty (195-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) (5 points) but that was not enough to take the lead of the game as Batum and Adrien Moerman (204-F/C-88) (13p) helped their team with a good effort. Almost at the end of the quarter another bomb by Andrea Cinciarini gave the lead to Cantu (39 - 38) for the first time in the game before increasing the gap in a very low scoring third quarter (57-52 at the buzzer). In the last period Nancy tried to get back with Akingbala but thanks to a tough defense and to a three-pointer by Gianluca Basile Bennet Cantu got the win.

Tonight it is time for Milano to host Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv for Game 1 of group C.




Vanoli Cremona brings in Saulius Kuzminskas - by Eurobasket News
Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) is a new member of Vanoli Cremona. The Lithuanian PF/C will replace injured Edin Bavcic. Kuzminskas spent last season with Ventspils. He appeared 21 times in Baltic league averaging 10.7 points and 6.8 rebounds. He also added 9.4 ppg and 7.4 rpg for 13 games in EuroChallenge. In Latvian league, Kuzminskas registered 8.4 ppg and 4.5 rpg. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention -11. Before Ventspils, Saulius Kuzminskas spent one year in Poland. He had 13.7 ppg and 8.2 rpg for 25 games with Trefl Sopot. From 2007 to 2009, he played for Siauliai. Saulius Kuzminskas also has experience from Union Olimpija, Oldenburg, Gravelines and Lietuvos Rytas.

Andrea Bargnani denies rumors about Virtus Roma - by Eurobasket News
It seems that Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) is not coming home after all. The Italian superstar denied all rumors about his future, including the one which connects him and Virtus Roma. Italian media reported this week that Virtus Roma is close to get Andrea Bargnani during the NBA lockout and also that the team managed to find a main sponsor who will help them to close this deal. However, Bargnani made a clear statement about this.
Andrea Bargnani moved to the NBA in 2006 from Benetton Treviso. He was No.1 pick at the NBA Draft. Last season Bargnani exploded with 21.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.8 apg for 66 games with Toronto Raptors. It was his best season so far. Andrea Bargnani played for the Italian NT this year in Lithuania. He had 22.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 1.6 bpg for 5 games. Barnani ended as No.2 in scoring and was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention -11. Italy was not able to reach the second stage.


Crow's double-double lands him Nazionale A Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old forward Nicholas Crow (199-F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Orlandina and receives a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Anagni (#4, 2-3) 68-63. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Orlandina is placed at 3rd position in Nazionale A. They are still close to the very top. Orlandina would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. Crow turned to be Orlandina's top player in his first season with the team. Crow has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.8rpg) and averages solid 55.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Roberto Cazzaniga (205-F/C-78) of Pavia. He is former international forward in his first season at Pavia. In the last game Cazzaniga recorded impressive 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Pavia cruised to a 83-73 relatively comfortable win over Castelletto (2-3). This victory allowed Pavia to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Cazzaniga is a newcomer at Pavia and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Pavia's star - guard Luca Furlanetto (197-G-81). Furlanetto scored 18 points and passed four assists. He was another key player of Pavia, helping his team with a 83-73 win against Castelletto (2-3). The chances of Pavia ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Furlanetto could help Pavia to bring them higher in the standings. Furlanetto has a very solid season. In 4 games in Italy he scored 13.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marco Evangelisti (198-G-84) of Recanati - 22 points and 4 assists
5. Marco Portannese (192-G-89) of Torino - 18 points and 6 rebounds
6. Bernardo Musso (192-G-86) of Napoli - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Giampaolo Ricci (200-F-91) of Casalpusterlengo - 14 points and 9 rebounds
8. Gianni Cantagalli (196-G-88) of Matera - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Andrea Ancellotti (212-C-88) of Santarcangelo - 12 points and 8 rebounds
10. Federico Maiocco (200-G/F-83) of Pavia - 23 points and 8 rebounds

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


Trio Cinciarini - Micov - Scekic pace Bennet Cantu to Euroleague win against Nancy - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu - Nancy 80-69

Bennet Cantu celebrated its long-awaited return to Euroleague. They handed 80-69 loss to French champion Nancy for 1-0 record in Group A. Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86) top-scored for the home squad with 15 points. Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) had 14 points and Marko Scekic (207-F/C-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 pts with only one miss in 14 minutes. On the other side, Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) collected 20 points and 7 rebounds. NBAer Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) had 13 points, 7 rebs and 8 assists in this meeting, while Adrien Moerman (204-F/C-88) stopped to 13 pts. Cantu did a great job in the second half of this game. Quarters: 17-21, 27-23, 13-8, 23-17. In the next round, Cantu goes to Spain. They rival will be Caja Laboral, who outplayed Fenerbahce Ulker as a guest yesterday. Nancy will host Bilbao.

Bennet Cantu: Andrea Cinciarini 15, Vladimir Micov 14, Marko Scekic 11
Nancy: Akinlolu Akingbala 20+7 boards, Nicolas Batum 13+7 boards+8 as, Adrien Moerman 13


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trieste 4-1 
 2. Trento 3-2 
 3. Perugia 3-2 
 4. Comsum.it SI 2-3 
 5. Firenze 1-4 
 6. Santarcangelo 1-4 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 5-0 
 2. Casalpusterlengo 4-1 
 3. Torino 4-1 
 4. Treviglio 3-2 
 5. Pavia 2-3 
 6. Castelletto 2-3 
Div.South-East
 1. Bari 3-2 
 2. Recanati 3-2 
 3. Chieti 2-3 
 4. San Severo 2-3 
 5. Fabriano 0-5 
 6. Ruvo 0-5 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 5-0 
 2. Ferentino 4-1 
 3. Orlandina 4-1 
 4. Anagni 2-3 
 5. Latina Basket 2-3 
 6. Matera 0-5 


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Sakuragi's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
35-year old power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) put on an amazing game in the last round for Aishin SH and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Hokkaido L. (3-2) 89-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Thanks to this victory Aishin SH moved-up to the 3rd position in the league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Aishin SH will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. Sakuragi has many years of experience at Aishin SH, through which he has constantly improved. Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sakuragi. Sakuragi is in league's top in points (5th best: 15.5ppg) and averages solid 51.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Charles O'Bannon (198-F-75) of Panasonic T.. He is American forward in his first season at Panasonic T.. In the last game O'Bannon recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Panasonic T. to another comfortable win outscoring Mitsubishi DD (2-3) 91-71. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. O'Bannon is a newcomer at Panasonic T. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) of league's second-best Hitachi SR. Takeuchi showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Hitachi SR, leading his team to a 75-62 easy win against Toshiba BT (#8, 0-4). Hitachi SR needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Takeuchi has a great season in Japan. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 9.8rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Moss (204-F-80) of Toshiba BT - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80) of Toyota Alvark - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80) of Toyota Alvark - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) of Aishin SH - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Christian Maraker (206-F-82) of Hitachi SR - 19 points and 9 rebounds
9. Jun Uzawa (197-C/F-81) of Mitsubishi DD - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Charles O'Bannon (198-F-75) of Panasonic T. - 17 points and 9 rebounds

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


BJ League round 3 best performance: Maurice Hargrow - by Eurobasket News
American guard Maurice Hargrow (193-G-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Chiba Jets, receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Hamamatsu P. (#9, 1-3) 82-73. It allowed Chiba Jets to take over top position in the Japanese BJ League. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Chiba Jets won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Hargrow had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Chiba Jets' top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Minnesota star has very solid stats this year. Hargrow is in league's top in points (2nd best: 27.5ppg) and averages impressive 58.3% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Wendell White (198-G-84) of Oita H.Devils. White had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Oita H.Devils to another comfortable win outscoring Akita NH (1-1) 82-50. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. White is a newcomer at Oita H.Devils, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.5ppg (#3). He also registered 14.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Chiba Jets' star - American guard Jamel Staten (198-G-83). Staten showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Chiba Jets, helping his team with a 82-73 win against Hamamatsu P. (#9, 1-3). Chiba Jets has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Staten also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Staten has a great season in Japan. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.5rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lynn Washington (200-F-78) of Osaka Evessa - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Dexter Lyons (198-F/G-81) of Miyazaki SS - 23 points and 9 rebounds
6. Reggie Golson (201-F-81) of Shimane SM - 21 points and 12 rebounds
7. Jeff Newton (205-C-81) of Okinawa GK - 14 points and 10 rebounds
8. Yuki Kitamuki (184-G-85) of Saitama Bron. - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80) of Shiga L-Stars - 19 points and 8 rebounds
10. Nyika Williams (203-C-87) of Takamatsu FA - 19 points and 11 rebounds

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


U16 Asia Championship: Japan prevail against Qatar in Nha Trang City - by Eurobasket News
Japan U16 - Qatar U16 119:55

Japan kept their record spotless at the U16 Asia Championship. They trounced Qatar to occupy the top spot in Group C. Six players scored in double digits for Japan. Yasunori Aoki (180-G-95) notched 18 points to lead the effort. Qatar fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Japan opened the game on a 30:2 run. They accounted for impressive 45 points in the first quarter to take a 34-point lead. Japan boosted the margin in the second frame. They stretched the gap to 43 point at the interval 63:20. Japan did not slow down in the third term. They entered the final frame up by 50 point 88:38 and cruised to the victory at the end. Kishin Kakiuchi (170-G-95) nailed 14 points, while Keita Shinkawa (183-F-95) had 13 points for Japan. Mohamed Abdelkawy (177-G-95) produced 24 points for Qatar. Abdulrahman Saad (183-F-96) chipped in 19 points in the loss.

Japan U16: Yasunori Aoki 18, Kishin Kakiuchi 14, Keita Shinkawa 13
Qatar U16: Mohamed Abdelkawy 24, Abdulrahman Saad 19



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


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  KOSOVO   


Bashkimi and Peja looking for a first victory of the season - by Dren Shporta
With the start at 19:00hrs. in Prizrens Sezair Surroi Hall, Bashkimi will host Peja. The oranges from Prizren will try to reach to a first win of the season after losing in Mitrovica from Trepca in the first round.

Peja has also lost its first match from the reigning champions Sigal Prishtina, but opposite from Bashkimi they showed a great fight in the match. Pejas duo of Eric Salley and Blerim Mazreku had an almost perfect game in Prishtina and they seem to be ready to show the same thing in Prizren tonight.

While in the Bashkimis side things are not as are seen. Their best player Samir Shaptahovic (174-G-81) has a slight injury and its not sure if he could play all the game. Also, the duo of Stephen Haynes and Kabine Sissoko has not inspired in their first match.

Both coaches, Sasa Katalinic of Bashkimi and Bujar Loci of Peja will have a chance to achieve their first win of the season against the great rival. But only one can do it tonight. The other one has to wait for a third round where: Bashkimi goes to Kolegji Univers and Peja hosts Drita.



Champions today test the newcomers Drita - by Dren Shporta
Actual champions of BKT Superliga, Sigal Prishtina, today are visiting Drita in Gjilan to see if newcomers from the southeastern Kosovo are potential to play-off. Sigal Prishtina had to work hard in the first day of BKT Superliga to win against strengthened Peja, and they showed to their fans that are in good mood to defend the title.

The newcomers of BKT Superliga, Drita, surprised in the first round after they took all the points from Vushtrria, by winning over Kosova. The duel starts tonight at 19:00 hrs. in City Hall of Gjilan. The match will be a perfect test to Dritas boys to see where and how strong they are in elite league of Kosovo.

In the next round Drita will have another hard job to do: they will visit Peja, the last seasons finalist and Cup Winner, while Sigal Prishtina will probably rest because they should play Bambi, the team that has announced that cannot take part in the league because of the finances.



Trepca crashes Kolegji Univers - by Dren Shporta
The Mitrovican team is being unstoppable. They do not give excuses to any opponent in front of them. In the second round match against Kolegji Univers they won 116:78, +38 points difference. Drilon Hajrizi (208-C) did the same what he did to Bashkimi in the first round, he scored 31 points and was the man of the night in Minatori Hall in Mitrovica.

In front of more than thousand spectators (called: Torcida) the greens from Mitrovica started furiously the first quarter (34:12) and raised the difference in the second (29:21) and third (30:15). The other ones who contributed on the nights big win where Gazmend Asllani (22 points) and Jaleel Nelson (18).

In the other hand, there was no light in the Universes team. Base players like Ngadhnjim Dragusha, Besart Shatri & Gashi scored not more than 40 points and Drin Kurtolli added alone 20 points. There was no other one who could help to make the difference. Only after Drilon Hajrizi made his 5th personal foul, Kolegji Univers got the space and closed the fourth quarter in their advantage (23:30).

Trepca has made now two wins of two matches and in the third round they will play against Kosova in Vushtrri. While Kolegji Univers, will have a big game against Bashkimi in the third round of BKT Superliga.



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  LATVIA   


Sims' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old center Courtney Sims (211-C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked VEF Riga and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 42 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Jelgava (#8, 0-2) with 22-point margin 103-81. VEF Riga maintains the 2nd position in league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and VEF Riga won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Sims turned to be VEF Riga's top player in his first season with the team. University of Michigan graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sims is league's best scorer averaging so far 37.0ppg and leads league in rebounds with 12.5rpg. Sims is in league's top in and averages solid 75.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Marque Perry (185-G-81, agency: N.E.T.). He is American guard in his first season at VEF Riga. In the last game Perry recorded impressive 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course together with Sims he helped VEF Riga with another comfortable win outscoring Jelgava (0-2) 103-81. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Perry is a newcomer at VEF Riga and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.0ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 6.0rpg and 4.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Sam Willard (205-F) of league's leader Ventspils. Willard scored 10 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Ventspils, leading his team to a 89-64 easy win against Jurmala (#7, 0-1). Ventspils started extremely well this year. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game. Willard turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Willard has a great season in Latvia. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88) of Ventspils - 13 points and 9 rebounds
5. Andris Justovics (198-F-89) of Jelgava - 20 points
6. Josh Mayo (182-G-87) of Liepaja - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Jahmar Young (196-G-86) of Ventspils - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Kalvis Krumins (183-G-90) of Jelgava - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92) of Liepaja - 16 points and 7 rebounds
10. Daviin Davis (193-F-85) of Valmiera - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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


LBL Round 3: Ventspils defeat Jurmala - by Eurobasket News
There were just three rounds played in Regular Season of LBL and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Jurmala (0-1) on the court of leader Ventspils on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Ventspils 89-64. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Jurmala managed to win second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Jurmala 51-23 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Ventspils looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American forward Sam Willard (205-F, college: Pacific) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. International center Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Atis Ozols (198-81) answered with 16 points for Jurmala. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ventspils have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record. Newly promoted Jurmala still closes the standings with one game lost. Ventspils are looking forward to face Turiba (#4) on the road in the next round. Jurmala will play against Jelgava and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Jelgava supposed to be also worth to mention about. Leader VEF Riga (2-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Jelgava (0-2). VEF Riga smashed Jelgava 103-81. It was a great evening for American center Courtney Sims (211-83, college: Michigan) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds (on 19-of-22 shooting from the field). Marque Perry helped adding 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. VEF Riga's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Kalvis Krumins (183-90) with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Defending champion maintains second place with 2-0 record behind leader Ventspils. Jelgava at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. VEF Riga will play against Valmiera (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Jelgava will play against Jurmala (#7) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 3 Valmiera beat Liepaja on the road 76-72.


Ventspils - Jurmala 89-64

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Jurmala (0-1) on the court of leader Ventspils on Tuesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Ventspils 89-64. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils. Jurmala managed to win second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Jurmala 51-23 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Ventspils looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American forward Sam Willard (205, college: Pacific) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. International center Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Forward Atis Ozols (198-81) answered with 16 points and forward Ervins Jonats (199-91) added 14 points in the effort for Jurmala. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ventspils have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record. Newly promoted Jurmala still closes the standings with one game lost. Ventspils are looking forward to face Turiba (#4) on the road in the next round. Jurmala will play against Jelgava and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Jurmala: A.Ozols 16+4reb+3ast, E.Jonats 14+4reb, U.Pinete 12+1reb+1ast, J.Kosuskins 7+3reb+1ast, D.Coders 7+4reb+1ast, E.Bucs 4+3reb+2ast
Ventspils: J.Young 13+4reb+4ast, A.Berzins 13+9reb+1ast, J.Strelnieks 13+2reb+4ast, S.Willard 10+13reb+1ast, S.Gray 10+1reb+2ast, M.Laksa 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 149841


Jelgava - VEF Riga 81-103

The game in Jelgava supposed to be also worth to mention about. Leader VEF Riga (2-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Jelgava (0-2). VEF Riga smashed Jelgava 103-81. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Jelgava's 40. They outrebounded Jelgava 47-19 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Jelgava was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American center Courtney Sims (211-83, college: Michigan) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds (on 19-of-22 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Marque Perry (185-81, college: St.Louis, agency: N.E.T.) helped adding 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. VEF Riga's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Kalvis Krumins (183-90) with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) scored 17 points. Four Jelgava players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains second place with 2-0 record behind leader Ventspils. Jelgava at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. VEF Riga will play against Valmiera (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Jelgava will play against Jurmala (#7) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: A.Justovics 20+1reb+1ast, K.Krumins 17+6reb+4ast, E.Krumins 17+3reb+2ast, A.Duselis 11+4reb, R.Strupovics 6+2reb+1ast, I.Grasmanis 6+2reb
VEF Riga: C.Sims 42+14reb+1ast, M.Perry 27+6reb+4ast, S.Valters 11+2reb+3ast, K.Berzins 6+8reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 5+4reb, J.Berzins 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 149842


Liepaja - Valmiera 72-76

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Valmiera (2-1) beat on the road bottom-ranked Liepaja (0-3) 76-72. Liepaja was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 39-33 second half run of Valmiera. They made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Liepaja was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for the former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) helped adding 16 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: RIZO) with 18 points and 6 assists and center Edmunds Dukulis (204-92) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Five Valmiera and four Liepaja players scored in double figures. Valmiera maintains third place with 2-1 record behind leader Ventspils. Liepaja at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Valmiera will play against league's second-placed VEF Riga on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Liepaja will play against U18 (#6) in Riga and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: J.Mayo 18+4reb+6ast, E.Dukulis 16+7reb, M.Kravcenko 11+2reb+3ast, J.Timma 10+6reb+1ast, A.Vitas 7+1reb+1ast, A.Helmanis 4
Valmiera: E.Kalve 18+8reb+1ast, J.Lucas 16+1reb+5ast, A.Butjankovs 13+7reb, O.Virsis 11+3reb, D.Davis 10+6reb+3ast, J.Rozitis 6+2reb
gschID: 149843




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  LEBANON   


U16 Asia Championship: Lebanon tame Iraq in Nha Trang City - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon U16 - Iraq U16 75:68

Lebanon recorded the second win at the U16 Asia Championship. They held off Iraqi counterparts to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Iraq on the other hand slipped at 1-2 record as both teams made it into the Qualifying Round. Gerard Hadidian (197-F-95) notched 28 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Iraq ensured the better start to the game. They led by as many as 9 points after ten minutes of action 23:14. However Lebanon answered with a suffocating defence in the second term. They limited Iraq to just 5 points and registered a 32:28 halftime lead. Lebanon unloaded 27 points in the third quarter to boost the lead to 10 points with ten minutes remaining. Iraq kept the pressure on Lebanon in the fourth quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Ezzat El Kaissi (184-G-95) posted 18 points, while Albert Zeinoun (176-G-95) notched 12 points for the winners. Ahmed Razzaq (185-G-97) answered with 17 points for Iraq. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) nailed 14 points in the losing effort.

Lebanon U16: Gerard Hadidian 28, Ezzat El Kaissi 18, Albert Zeinoun 12
Iraq U16: Ahmed Razzaq 17, Karrar Hamzah 14


Riyadi and Ahly Egypt in the Final of the Hariri Tournament - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
Riyadi Beirut , the club with the biggest number of titles in the Hariri Tournament will play the final of the Hariri Tournament this year trying to regain the Title , in the Final they will meet the one of the most popular clubs in the Arab World, Al Ahly from Egypt.

Riyadi who finished first of its group in the preliminary round played the semi final against another Lebanese Club Antranik, Antranik was no match for Riyadi , the big experience of the Champion proved to much for the young players of Antranik, Riyadi Cruised into a very big win on the score of 131-79. Jean Abed E Nour led all scorers with 26 points,Costy Koudsi with 19 points was the best scorer in Antranik. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) continued his great performance in the tournament this time he finished with 21 points in the game.

On the other side Al Ahly finished second behind Riyadi in the preliminary round, they played ASU from Jordan in the semi Final , the Jordanian team who had a perfect 3-0 record in the preliminary round couldnt handle the semi final game and they cracked loosing badly against the Egyptian team on the score of 88-59. Amin Rizk from Al Ahly led all scorers with 22 points, Moussa Awadi from ASU finished with 13 points.

The Final between Riyadi and Al Ahly will be the second time the two teams will meet in the his Tournament,earlier the two teams met in the preliminary round and Riyadi had an easy win on the score of 75-62



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  LITHUANIA   


Zalgiris releases Zouros - by Eurobasket News
Fast on the heels of a heavy loss in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague opening game on Monday, Zalgiris Kaunas has decided to switch gears by letting go head coach Ilias Zouros (agency: Alti Sport ), the club announced. Thus ends a short stay that made Zouros, a one-time Eurocup Coach of the Year, the sixth Zalgiris bench boss in three years. Zouros, 45, had joined Zalgiris before last season's Top 16, in which the team suffered a 1-5 record and was eliminated from the Euroleague. The proceeded, however, to take both the Baltic League and Lithuanian League titles under Zouros. Zalgiris sport director Vitoldas Massalski was named interim coach while the search for a new head coach is undertaken. Zalgiris was the seventh head coaching stop in four countries for Zouros, who has headed the bench for for teams in his native Greece: Olympiacos, Peristeri, Aris and Panellinios. He also coached Sagesse Beirut to the Lebanese League title and the Asian Club Championship and spent a season-plus with Paris Racing Basket of France.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Vanoli Cremona brings in Saulius Kuzminskas - by Eurobasket News
Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) is a new member of Vanoli Cremona. The Lithuanian PF/C will replace injured Edin Bavcic. Kuzminskas spent last season with Ventspils. He appeared 21 times in Baltic league averaging 10.7 points and 6.8 rebounds. He also added 9.4 ppg and 7.4 rpg for 13 games in EuroChallenge. In Latvian league, Kuzminskas registered 8.4 ppg and 4.5 rpg. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Honorable Mention -11. Before Ventspils, Saulius Kuzminskas spent one year in Poland. He had 13.7 ppg and 8.2 rpg for 25 games with Trefl Sopot. From 2007 to 2009, he played for Siauliai. Saulius Kuzminskas also has experience from Union Olimpija, Oldenburg, Gravelines and Lietuvos Rytas.

Zalgiris to release coach Zouros? - by Eurobasket News
According to various sources, it seems that Zalgiris Kaunas has intention to release their Head Coach Ilias Zouros (agency: Alti Sport ). Reportedly, the team will announce its decision today, but nothing is officially confirmed yet. Zalgiris failed in the Euroleague opener against CSKA Moscow at home 74-87. Earlier this month Zalgiris faced with 86-78 road loss against Astana in Kazakhstan, VTB United League. The team won two games in this league and two in LKL so far. Zalgiris signed Ilias Zouros to contract extension few months ago. The 45-year-old Zouros joined Zalgiris in January and led the team to the Lithuanian League, Baltic League and Lithuanian Cup titles. The Zalgiris position marked his first Euroleague job in nine years after coaching Olympiacos at the start of the millennium. In between he found success at numerous stops in several counties, including his native Greece. Zouros was named the 2010 Eurocup Coach of the Year after guiding Panellinios to both the Eurocup and Greek League semifinals. He started his coaching career at age 20 with the cadet and the junior teams at Panionios. Zouros worked as an assistant coach at Peristeri, Sporting, Maroussi, Olympiacos and the Greek national team. In the summer of 2000, he was named head coach of Olympiacos, replacing the legendary Giannis Ioannidis, and led that team to the Euroleague quarterfinals. He remained at Olympiacos until February 2002, and then moved to Sagesse in Lebanon, which he guided to the Asian Club Championship. Afterwards, he returned to Greece with Near East and Aris Thessaloniki and also spent time in France with Racing Paris Levallois. Zouros coached Greek NT at the EuroBasket in Lithuania.

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  MALAYSIA   


U16 Asia Championship: China stay undefeated with win over Malaysia - by Eurobasket News
China U16 - Malaysia U16 91:30

China continued to march on unbeaten at the U16 Asia Championship. The defending champions fired past Malaysia to record their third straight win at the tournament. Zhou Qi (215-C-96) scored 16 points to lead the charge. Malaysia on the other hand suffered the third loss in a row and occupied the fourth place in Group A standings.
China scored 29 points in the opening quarter to run away. They secured an 18-point lead after ten minutes of action. China maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They posted a 46:21 lead at the interval. More to come as China limited Malaysia to just 6 points in the third term and boosted the gap to as many as 36 points with one quarter remaining. China finished the game in style outscoring Malaysia 28:3 in the fourth period and celebrating yet another win at the tournament. Heng Yifeng (195-F-95) knocked down 14 points, while Yan Haoxin (90-G-95) added 11 points in the win. Eng Keng (186-F-95) replied with 9 points. Kwong Lee (179-G-95) produced 7 points in the loss.

China U16: Zhou Qi 16, Heng Yifeng 14, Yan Haoxin 11
Malaysia U16: Eng Keng 9, Kwong Lee 7


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  MEXICO   


Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Rojos 13-2 
 2. Fuerza Regia 11-3 
 3. Barreteros 11-4 
 4. Toros 9-5 
 5. Huracanes 9-6 
 6. Soles 9-7 
 7. Halc.Xalapa 8-3 
 8. Corr.Victoria 7-6 
 9. Pioneros 7-7 
 10. Abejas 6-9 
 11. Lechugueros 5-10 
 12. Panteras 4-10 
 13. Aguilas Rojas 3-13 
 14. Volcanes 0-17 


Ricardo Melendez receives All-World Weekly Award - by Eurobasket News
Ricardo Melendez (180-PG-83, agency: TSS Management) of Panteras recorded amazing 44 points to receive All-World Weekly Award. The Player helped his team to beat Pioneros 102:99. The game took place in Cancun. But the guests from Aguascalientes were better at the end. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 24-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 12-9.
Daryl Dorsey of Aguilas Rojas was the Best in Assists with a unique record of 15 passes. His team lost to Aguilas Rojas 96-127 in Mexican LiCoMuBa last Thursday.


Best Scorer - Ricardo Melendez of Panteras who recorded amazing 44 points. His team beat Pioneros102-99 in Mexican LiCoMuBa last Saturday.
Best in Rebounds -
Olumide Oyedeji of LG Sakers who had impressive 23 rebounds. His team beat Samsung 81-74 in South Korean KBL last Sunday.
Best in Assists -
Daryl Dorsey of Aguilas Rojas with a unique record of 15 passes. His team lost to Aguilas Rojas 96-127 in Mexican LiCoMuBa last Thursday.
Most Steals -
Moran Roth of Hapoel Holon who recorded 9 steals. His team beat Maccabi Rishon 87-83 in Israeli Artzit last Sunday.
Best Blocker -
Lawrence Blackledge of Osaka Evessa who had 8 blocks. His team beat Takamatsu FA 80-60 in Japanese JBL last Sunday.
Best 2FGP -
Kaspars Cipruss of Rakvere Tarvas with perfect 100% [11/11] 2FGP (!!!). His team beat Jelgava 95-77 in Baltic League B1 last Friday.
Best 3-point shooter -
Nderim Pelaj of Dorsten with 87% [7/8] 3FGP. His team beat Stahnsdorf 100-82 in German ProB last Tuesday.

The best stats of the last week:

POINTS
44 - Ricardo Melendez of Panteras (MEX2)
42 - Stephen McDowell of Solna (SWE1)
42 - Courtney Sims of VEF Riga (LAT1)

REBOUNDS
23 - Olumide Oyedeji of LG Sakers (KOR1)
21 - Ville Kaunisto of Blois (FRA3)
21 - Allen Durham of Dinamo B. (ROM1)

ASSISTS
15 - Daryl Dorsey of Aguilas Rojas (MEX2)
14 - Welington Dos Santos of BRB/Brasilia (LSA1)
13 - Patrick Rembert of Sentjur (SLO1)

STEALS
9 - Moran Roth of Hapoel Holon (ISR1)
9 - Maciej Lepczynski of Pogon Prudnik (POL3)
9 - Shinsuke Kashiwagi of Aishin SH (JPN1)

BLOCKS
8 - Lawrence Blackledge of Osaka Evessa (JPN2)
8 - Jason Killeen of UL Eagles (IRL1)
7 - Aleksei Fedortchuk of Tln Kalev (EST1)

2FGP
100% - Kaspars Cipruss of Rakvere Tarvas (BAL1) [11/11]
100% - Umutcan Ozyildirim of Istanbul B.B. (TUR2) [9/9]
100% - Raviv Limonad of Ironi Ashkelon (ISR1) [9/9]

3FGP
87% - Nderim Pelaj of Dorsten (GER3) [7/8]
85% - Christoph Knor of UBSC Graz (AUT1) [6/7]
85% - Jaka Lakovic of Galatasaray (EUROL1) [6/7]


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  MONTENEGRO   


Interview with Milija Mikovic, the new prospect of Montenegrin basketball - by Darko Pekic
Bar is a small town on Montenegrin cost, well known for it's port, olive trees and nice weather. But this town is also known for it's basketball players such as Sasha Pavlovic (200-F-83) and Mladen Sekularac (203-G/F-81). They were both drafted to play in National Basketball Association and it's a very rare example to see more than one player in the League from such a small community (only about 30 000 inhabitants). To make a comparision, the whole Romania had only one player in NBA (Gheorghe Muresan (230-C-71)) and they have over 22 milion people! Here we want to present you a new prospect from Bar, the 17 year old power forward Milija Mikovic (201-C-94).

Hello Miki, you started your playing career in Mornar and you are still playing there. Could you tell us more about your first steps in the world of basketball? Who were your coaches? Did your parents like your choice to play basketball?

I started playing basketball in 2004 when i was 10 years old. I felt confused and scared when I went to the first practice because I was very shy, but my coach convinced me to stay with them. It took me only a couple of days to fall in love with basketball and the ball became a part of me. My first coaches were Vasko Markovic and Nemanja Dabanovic, then they moved me to a more advanced group coached by Drago Spicanovic . Of course, my family helped me a lot with advices and financial support. They are still a huge force that is giving me energy and I can always count on them. I don't even have to mention how thankful I am to them all..

You played in the starting five against KK Sutjeska last Saturday. What it feels like when you start a game for your favorite team knowing that you have a full trust from the coach Mihajlo Pavicevic ?

You asked me to explain you the feeling...Well, it's difficult to explain. I can not find the right word to describe the feeling. It's simply amazing! I am so grateful to the Coach and other people in Mornar because they trust in me and I will do my best whenever I get a chance. Mornar is my second family and I am very happy because I played well in that game.

This year Mornar will play in Balkan League and in Erste Basketball League. What are your goals? Tell us more about your personal targets ?

As far as the club's goals are concerned, we all have high hopes and we will give 100% to help the club in achieving good results. How does it affects me personally? Well, I am completely dedicated to basketaball and I will prove that on the floor.

With your phisical style of play and moves on the floor, you remind me of an ex Yugoslavian international, Zoran Savic . Did you have a role model when you started your playing career?

I can not say that I had a role model when I was younger. I simply knew that my genetics would give me height because my grandparents were very tall also, so basically I tried to copy the game of that type of players, 'stealing' their tricks. Let's say that there are a few excelent big men in the world of basketball and I have a profound respect for them.

In the summer of 2010 you played for the National Team of Montenegro ( European Championship) and you were one of the leaders of the team along with Nikola Ivanovic (187-G-94, agency: Beo Basket), your ex teammate in Mornar's jersey. A year passed and we would like to know what do you think now about that experience? You were close to reach a medal in that tournament..

That tournament helped us a lot because we learned what is the team spirit and how important is to stay focused always. We started the Championship in a great manner, winning all the games but after the first lost game against Lithuania we failed to get our confidence back. Honestly, we were one of the best teams on that Tournament but it's a great experience anyway.

You probably took an advantage of the Tournament because that was your chance to prove yourself to the coach Djordje Pavicevic , who was also the head coach of Mornar? He promoted you to the first team after the European Championships.

Actually I can say that thanks to coach Djordje Pavicevic I got a chance to polish my skills. When the coach started working with me and giving me advices, my confidence raised and I became a better player becase of him. He is a professional, able to recognize a player with talent and willing to dedicate a lot of time to him. That's what I needed and the results you can see if you watch my games.

Do you get along well with other teammates? More experienced teammates help you with advices?

We don't have many players with experience. This is a young team. But I am the youngest player in the team and I accept every advice because I beleive my older teammates have good intentions. We also get along well off the court and I am very proud on that.

Before the start of the season, Mornar got a new signing from USA, Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point), who played great on his debut in 'Topolica' against Sutjeska. What do you think about him? He should give some experience and game vision to your young squad.

Mornar needed somebody like Akeem Scott. He is an experienced point guard who runs the floor very well. He played great against Sutjeska and we all hope that he will keep that rhythm until the end of the season.

Just like any other player, you probably dream about playing in a stronger league one day. Could you tell us more about your plans for the future?

Perhaps it's needless to say, but my goal is to play one day in the strongest league in the world, NBA. It takes a lot of work to get there though. So I am going to work hard and hope that one day there will be a place for me in one of those teams.

To conclude this interview, Eurobasket.com team and myself wish you a successful season in Mornar hoping that one day you will follow the steps of other famous basketball players from Bar such as Mladen Sekularac, Sasha Pavlovic and Djuro Ostojic (211-C-76, agency: Beo Basket).

With the help of God and some luck I will follow the steps of Mladen, Djuro and Sasha. Thank you for the interview and kind wishes.



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  NBA   


Will Smith now part owner of the 76ers - by Eurobasket News
Rapper, movie star and all-around A-lister Will Smith can add basketball team owner to his resume, because Will and wife Jada Pinkett Smith now own minority stakes in the Philadelphia 76ers.

Will, 43, and Jada, 40, joined a group of investors led by multibillionaire Joshua Harris to buy the NBA team from Comcast-Spectacor, according to CSN Philly.

At a press conference Tuesday morning, Harris announced the new ownership via press release: 'It is an honor to become part of this storied franchise. We have a lot of work to do, but we have a rich history, a strong foundation and a bright future.


Philadelphia is close to Wills heart. The Oscar-nominated actor was born and raised in West Philadelphia, as mentioned on his '90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Smith gained fame essentially by playing himself on the series a street-smart West Philly kid.

Sixers players seem to be happy with the actors involvement in the team. Guard Evan Turner posted his approval on Twitter: 'I think it's dope that the fresh prince is one of our new owners. Maybe Willow can perform at halftime.'

But Willow will have to wait to share her tween pop fare with Sixers fans, because the NBA is still in the midst of a lockout.

Courtesy of http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com


NBA Labour dispute mediation set for third straight day - by Eurobasket News
Mediation talks between National Basketball Association (NBA) owners and players will spill into Thursday after another marathon meeting failed to resolve the bitter labour dispute.

The two sides met for eight hours on Wednesday, following Tuesdays 16-hour session with federal mediator George Cohen, leaving hope the parties might yet salvage the NBA season.

Thursdays meeting would mark the first time the two sides had bargained for three consecutive days.

Everyone is extremely focused on the core issues, the difficult issues that confront them. The discussions have been direct and constructive, and as far as we are concerned, we are here to continue to help assist the parties to endeavor to reach an agreement, Cohen told NBA TV.

NBA Commissioner David Stern has identified this weeks mediation talks as a potential make-or-break for the league, with the pre-season and the first two weeks of the regular season already canceled.

The protracted dispute came to a head on July 1, when the league locked out players on July 1 after they failed to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.

Should no breakthrough be achieved this week, Stern could announce more cancelled games.

NBA owners contend the league lost $300 million last season with 22 of 30 teams in the red. They had wanted the players share of basketball-related income cut to 47 percent from the previous collective bargaining agreement, along with a firm salary cap and shorter contracts.

The players had offered to reduce their share from 57 to 53 percent.

Owners pushed back board meetings on Wednesday and Thursday to allow members of the labour relations committee to continue talks with the players, a move viewed as a sign that the dispute may be set to end.

If theres a breakthrough, its going to come (via mediation), Stern told NBA TV. And if not, I think that the season is really going to potentially escape from us, because we arent making any progress.

Courtesy of www.windsorstar.com


Andrea Bargnani denies rumors about Virtus Roma - by Eurobasket News
It seems that Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) is not coming home after all. The Italian superstar denied all rumors about his future, including the one which connects him and Virtus Roma. Italian media reported this week that Virtus Roma is close to get Andrea Bargnani during the NBA lockout and also that the team managed to find a main sponsor who will help them to close this deal. However, Bargnani made a clear statement about this.
Andrea Bargnani moved to the NBA in 2006 from Benetton Treviso. He was No.1 pick at the NBA Draft. Last season Bargnani exploded with 21.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.8 apg for 66 games with Toronto Raptors. It was his best season so far. Andrea Bargnani played for the Italian NT this year in Lithuania. He had 22.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 1.6 bpg for 5 games. Barnani ended as No.2 in scoring and was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships Honorable Mention -11. Italy was not able to reach the second stage.


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Semifinals: Regatas and Real Club take 1-0 lead - by Eurobasket News
First game of the Superior league Semifinals were played last night. Regatas and Real Club were better than their rivals taking 1-0 lead in the series. Regatas handed 75-61 loss to El Bosque. Real Club also celebrated at home 96-72, but against Escuela Fap. Second meetings are scheduled for tomorrow.
Regatas and El Bosque reached Semifinals with perfect 3-0. They eliminated San Augustin and Inmaculada respectively. Real Club was better than Ejercito in the QFinals. It was a 3-1 victory in the series. As Regatas and El Bosque, Escuela Fap also was perfect in the Quarterfinals. They blasted Centrol Naval with 3-0.


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U16 Asia Championship: Philippines thump Vietnam - by Eurobasket News
Philippines U16 - Vietnam U16 111:25

Philippines stayed undefeated at the start of U16 Asia Championship. They breezed past hosting Vietnam to clinch the top spot in Group D. Rashleigh-Paolo Rivero (188-G-95) stepped up with 20 points to lead the visitors. Vietnam fell at 0-2 record but made it into the Qualifying Round of the tournament.
Philippines unloaded 32 points in the first frame to post a 21-point advantage. They limited the hosts to just 6 points in the second term to establish a comfortable 59:17 halftime lead. Philippines maintained the pressure in the second half. They accumulated a massive 83:22 advantage with one quarter remaining. Philippines never looked back and cruised to the victory at the end. Jordan Heading (185-G-96) delivered 17 points, while Michael Javelosa (193-G/F-95) contributed 16 points in the winning case. Jason Tran (180-F-95) and Tung Nguyen answered with 5 points each for Vietnam.

Philippines U16: Rashleigh-Paolo Rivero 20, Jordan Heading 17, Michael Javelosa 16
Vietnam U16: Jason Tran 5, Tung Nguyen 5



Santos' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old forward Arwind Santos (193-F-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Petron Blaze and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 21 rebounds, while his team beat Shopinas.com C. (0-3) 98-87. The season is still on an early stage, but Petron Blaze already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Santos has many years of experience at Petron Blaze, through which he has constantly improved. Santos has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 10.5rpg. Santos is in league's top in and averages solid 1.5bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Harvey Carey (191-F-79) of league's second-best Talk N Text. He is
forward in his 9th season at Talk N Text. In the last game Carey recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Talk N Text cruised to a 107-98 relatively comfortable win over Rain or Shine (2-1). His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Carey is one of the most experienced players at Talk N Text and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 7.3ppg (#3). He also registered 5.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Talk N Text's star - guard Jayson Castro (173-G-86). Castro scored 18 points and passed ten assists (!!!). He was another key player of Talk N Text, helping his team with a 107-98 win against #3 ranked Rain or Shine in a game of the week. Talk N Text has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Castro also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Castro has a great season in Philippines. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.8apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jojo Duncil (185-G-83) of Shopinas.com C. - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Beau Belga (198-C-86) of Rain or Shine - 16 points and 10 rebounds
6. James Sena (196-C) of Shopinas.com C. - 10 points and 12 rebounds
7. Dennis Miranda (180-G-82) of Petron Blaze - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85) of Rain or Shine - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Mark Borboran (196-F/C-84) of Meralco Bolts - 10 points and 8 rebounds
10. Douglas Kramer (193-F-83) of Powerade T. - 10 points, 12 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)




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


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PLK Round 4: PGE Turow grabs 4-0 record on top - by Eurobasket News
After 4 rounds played we can already see who rules in the PLK and who belongs to weaker ones. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Energa Czarni (2-1) in Slupsk on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Anwil (2-1) 81-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Energa Czarni. Energa Czarni was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of Anwil, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Energa Czarni helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Krzysztof Szubarga (182-84) who added 18 points during the contest. Anwil's coach Emir Mutapcic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American-Puerto Rican guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Anwil moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Energa Czarni. Anwil is looking forward to face Polpharma (#12) in Starogard in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Energa Czarni will play at home against Trefl Sopot (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Zielona Gora. 3rd ranked host Zastal ZG (2-1) lost to top-ranked PGE Turow (4-0) 80-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zastal ZG. The winners were led by naturalized German forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, college: Princeton, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored that evening 13 points and 5 rebounds and Giedrius Gustas supported him with 14 points. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 23 points and 6 assists by Ivorian-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) did not help to save the game for Zastal ZG. PGE Turow have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Zastal ZG at the other side keeps the third place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. PGE Turow will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Zastal ZG will play on the road against the league's second-placed AZS Koszalin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
PBG Basket has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Siarka Jezioro (1-3) 84-72 on Wednesday. Zarko Comagic fired 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Wojciech Barycz produced 18 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. PBG Basket left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Siarka Jezioro and Polpharma. PBG Basket will meet at home higher ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (#7) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Siarka Jezioro will play against Slask Wroclaw.
Polpharma has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. The win is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked LKS Sphinx (1-2) 81-76. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a very good performance for Tony Weeden who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists. Polpharma (1-3) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with PBG Basket and Siarka Jezioro. Newly promoted LKS Sphinx dropped to the ninth position with two games lost. Polpharma's next round opponent will be higher ranked Anwil (#3) in Wloclawek and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Bottom-ranked Slask Wroclaw (0-3) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their third consecutive match to sixth ranked AZS Koszalin (3-1) 85-76 on Tuesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of George Reese who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds. Slask Wroclaw's coach Miodrag Rajkovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. AZS Koszalin moved-up to second place. Newly promoted Slask Wroclaw still closes the standings with three games lost. AZS Koszalin will face Zastal ZG (#4) in Zielona Gora in the next round. Slask Wroclaw will play on the road against Siarka Jezioro (#11) in Tarnobrzeg and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 4 AZS PW won against Kotwica on the opponent's court 97-87.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points and 10 rebounds by Kirk Archibeque of LKS Lodz.


Slask Wroclaw - AZS Koszalin 76-85

Bottom-ranked Slask Wroclaw (0-3) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their third consecutive match to sixth ranked AZS Koszalin (3-1) 85-76 on Tuesday evening. Slask Wroclaw trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 27-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-85 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward George Reese (201-77, college: Ohio St., agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian center Marko Lekic (211-85) who added 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Serbian swingman Slavisa Bogavac (200-80, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized American center Pawel Buczak (206-88, college: Princeton) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Slask Wroclaw's coach Miodrag Rajkovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. AZS Koszalin moved-up to second place. Newly promoted Slask Wroclaw still closes the standings with three games lost. AZS Koszalin will face Zastal ZG (#4) in Zielona Gora in the next round. Slask Wroclaw will play on the road against Siarka Jezioro (#11) in Tarnobrzeg and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: P.Buczak 16+5reb+1ast, S.Bogavac 16+7reb+2ast, P.Graham 15+3reb+2ast, R.Skibniewski 13+2reb+6ast, A.Mladenovic 9+8reb, Q.Calhoun 4+1reb
AZS Koszalin: G.Reese 23+6reb+3ast, I.Milicic 19+2ast, J.Montgomery 13+4reb, M.Lekic 12+7reb+3ast, R.Bigus 9+4reb, M.Strickland 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 149152


PBG Basket - Siarka Jezioro 84-72

PBG Basket has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Siarka Jezioro (1-3) 84-72 on Wednesday. The game without a history. PBG Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Serbian forward Zarko Comagic (201-85, college: N.Arizona, agency: 011 Sports) fired 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Damian Kulig (205-87) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international power forward Wojciech Barycz (208-84, agency: Interperformances) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Marek Piechowicz (203-88) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five PBG Basket and four Siarka Jezioro players scored in double figures. PBG Basket left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Siarka Jezioro and Polpharma. PBG Basket will meet at home higher ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (#7) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Siarka Jezioro will play against Slask Wroclaw.
Top scorers:
Siarka Jezioro: W.Barycz 18+5reb, L.Corbett 15+3reb+1ast, M.Piechowicz 11+9reb+1ast, J.Miller 10+5reb+2ast, N.Doaks 9+4reb, J.Tiller 7+1reb+3ast
PBG Basket: Z.Comagic 18+8reb+4ast, D.Kulig 17+6reb+2ast, D.Micic 13+3reb+5ast, J.Parzenski 12+7reb, A.Lichodzijewski 12+8reb, T.Smorawinski 7+2reb
gschID: 149153


Kotwica - AZS PW 87-97 OT

There was a minor upset in Kolobrzeg where one of their biggest challengers Kotwica (2-2) was defeated by ninth ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (2-2) 97-87 on Wednesday. Kotwica was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 27-24 charge of AZS Politechnika Warszawska, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-3. AZS Politechnika Warszawska made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Michal Nowakowski (202-88) who helped to win the game recording 25 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and international guard Piotr Pamula (195-90) who added 26 points during the contest. AZS Politechnika Warszawska's coach Mladen Starcevic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Reginald Holmes (193-87, college: Morgan St.) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Darrell Harris (208-84, college: Rhode Island) scored 9 points and 15 rebounds. AZS Politechnika Warszawska moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Kotwica. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will face PBG Basket (#10) in Poznan in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kotwica: R.Holmes 17+6reb+1ast, O.Brandwein 17+2reb+3ast, M.Kwiatkowski 12+1ast, L.Wichniarz 11+4reb+2ast, D.Harris 9+15reb, J.Sapp 9+6reb+6ast
AZS PW: P.Pamula 26+2reb+1ast, M.Nowakowski 25+3reb+2ast, M.Kolowca 10+6reb, L.Karwowski 9+3reb, M.Michalak 7+9reb+2ast, J.Mokros 6+3reb
gschID: 149154


Polpharma - LKS Lodz 81-76

Polpharma has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. The win is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked LKS Sphinx (1-2) 81-76. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But LKS Sphinx won third quarter 29-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Polpharma won last quarter 18-15. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a very good performance for guard Tony Weeden (186-83, college: Chicago St.) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists. Forward Brian Gilmore (203-85, college: American) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and point guard B.J. Holmes (180-88, college: Texas A&M) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for LKS Sphinx. Four LKS Sphinx players scored in double figures. Polpharma (1-3) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with PBG Basket and Siarka Jezioro. Newly promoted LKS Sphinx dropped to the ninth position with two games lost. Polpharma's next round opponent will be higher ranked Anwil (#3) in Wloclawek and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
LKS Lodz: K.Archibeque 27+10reb+1ast, B.Holmes 12+3reb+4ast, J.Mallett 12+2reb, K.Sulima 11+1reb, D.Kalinowski 8+2reb+1ast, J.Dluski 4+3reb
Polpharma: T.Weeden 23+4reb+4ast, B.Gilmore 15+4reb+1ast, G.Arabas 9+1reb+2ast, J.Simmons 9+3reb, D.Wall 7+3reb+1ast, M.Hicks 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 149155


Energa Czarni - Anwil 72-81

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Energa Czarni (2-1) in Slupsk on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Anwil (2-1) 81-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Energa Czarni. Energa Czarni was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of Anwil, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Energa Czarni helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Krzysztof Szubarga (182-84) who added 18 points during the contest. Anwil's coach Emir Mutapcic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American-Puerto Rican guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds and American center David Weaver (209-87, college: Wake Forest) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Five Anwil and four Energa Czarni players scored in double figures. Anwil moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Energa Czarni. Anwil is looking forward to face Polpharma (#12) in Starogard in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Energa Czarni will play at home against Trefl Sopot (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Energa Czarni: D.Hinson 25+6reb, D.Weaver 12+8reb+1ast, M.Cesnauskis 12+2reb+3ast, S.Burrell 10+4reb+2ast, S.Morrison 6+6reb, P.Leonczyk 4+1ast
Anwil: C.Edwards 19+8reb+1ast, K.Szubarga 18+4reb+3ast, J.Allen 15+3reb+1ast, S.Hajric 11+5reb+1ast, D.Berisha 11+2ast, N.Lewis 7+4reb
gschID: 149156


Zastal ZG - PGE Turow 73-80

The game between Top Four teams took place in Zielona Gora. 3rd ranked host Zastal ZG (2-1) lost to top-ranked PGE Turow (4-0) 80-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zastal ZG. Zastal ZG was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 43-35 second half run of PGE Turow. It was a great shooting night for PGE Turow especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The winners were led by naturalized German forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, college: Princeton, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored that evening 13 points and 5 rebounds and Lithuanian guard Giedrius Gustas (190-80, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 14 points. Four PGE Turow players scored in double figures. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 23 points and 6 assists by Ivorian-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) did not help to save the game for Zastal ZG. Nigerian forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech) added 17 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. PGE Turow have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Zastal ZG at the other side keeps the third place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. PGE Turow will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Zastal ZG will play on the road against the league's second-placed AZS Koszalin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zastal ZG: W.Hodge 23+3reb+6ast, G.Lawal 17+8reb+1ast, J.Dloniak 12+3reb+2ast, M.Flieger 7+1ast, P.Stelmach 6+6reb, K.Chanas 5+2reb+1ast
PGE Turow: G.Gustas 14+2reb+1ast, D.Kickert 14+3reb, K.Wysocki 13+5reb+1ast, A.Cel 12+2reb+3ast, M.Gabinski 9+3reb, D.Jackson 7+3reb+5ast
gschID: 149151




Lewandowski number one in 1Liga for round 4 - by Eurobasket News
Swingman Przemyslaw Lewandowski (204-F/G-78, agency: Promotex) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for P.Cukier SIDEn, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 33-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out AZS Szczecin (#8, 2-2) 80-78. P.Cukier SIDEn is placed at 6th position in 1Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. P.Cukier SIDEn will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Lewandowski had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at P.Cukier SIDEn and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Przemyslaw Lewandowski has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 17.0ppg), rebounds (7th best: 8.0rpg) and averages impressive 2.3spg and 71.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Michal Woloszyn (202-F-84) of MKS DG. Woloszyn had a very good evening with 29 points and 4 rebounds. Of course he lead MKS DG to another comfortable win 81-67 over the lower-ranked Polonia (#13, 1-3) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed MKS DG to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Woloszyn is a newcomer at MKS DG, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#2).

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center Hubert Radke (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Rosa Radom (#9). Radke scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Radke's great performance Rosa Radom lost 76-90 to the higher-ranked Start Gdynia (#3, 3-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Rosa Radom needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Radke has a great season in Poland. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.3rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Przemyslaw Luszczewski (195-F-80) of Start Lublin - 13 points and 16 rebounds
5. Grzegorz Malewski (200-F-84) of Znicz Basket - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Marcel Wilczek (200-G-86) of Sokol Lancut - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Grzegorz Mordzak (183-G-77) of Start Gdynia - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Lukasz Zytko (181-G-81) of P.Cukier SIDEn - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Pawel Kowalczuk (207-C/F-80) of SKK Siedlce - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-F-88) of Sokol Lancut - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Archibeque number one in Poland for Round 4 - by Eurobasket News
American center Kirk Archibeque (205-C-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for LKS Lodz, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds, while his team The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. LKS Lodz moved-up to the 9th position in the Polish PLK. LKS Lodz is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 3 games. Archibeque turned to be LKS Lodz's top player in his first season with the team. Former Fort Lewis University star has very solid stats this year. Archibeque is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.3ppg) and averages impressive 53.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Tony Weeden (186-G-83) of Polpharma. Weeden had a very good evening with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Polpharma to edge the higher-ranked LKS Lodz (#9, 1-2) 81-76. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Polpharma keeps 12th position. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Polpharma managed to get this year. Weeden is a newcomer at Polpharma, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Michal Nowakowski (202-F-88) of AZS PW (#7). Nowakowski scored 25 points. He was a key player of AZS PW, leading his team to a 97-87overtime win against Kotwica (2-2). AZS PW needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Nowakowski has a very solid season. In 4 games in Poland he scored 15.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79) of Anwil - 19 points and 8 rebounds
5. Darnell Hinson (186-G-80) of Energa Czarni - 25 points and 6 rebounds
6. George Reese (201-F-77) of AZS Koszalin - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Gani Lawal (206-F-88) of Zastal ZG - 17 points and 8 rebounds
8. Zarko Comagic (201-F-85) of PBG Basket - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87) of PBG Basket - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86) of Zastal ZG - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 6 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)


1Liga Round 4: SKK Siedlce loses a game and the top position to Spojnia - by Eurobasket News
After 4 rounds played we can already see who rules in the 1Liga and who belongs to weaker ones. Host teams show no mercy winning all games. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated SKK Siedlce (2-1) in Stargard on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Spojnia (4-0) 77-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SKK Siedlce. SKK Siedlce trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 22-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-77 at the end of the game. Spojnia forced 24 SKK Siedlce turnovers. Strangely SKK Siedlce outrebounded Spojnia 41-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Spojnia made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Adam Parzych (190-86, college: Bryant, agency: Promotex) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and point guard Tomasz Ochonko (185-86) who added 13 points and 5 assists during the contest. Spojnia's coach Tadeusz Aleksandrowicz used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side power forward Pawel Kowalczuk (207-80, college: St.Francis, NY, agency: Promotex) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Spojnia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. SKK Siedlce at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with Znicz Basket and P.Cukier SIDEn. Spojnia are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Sportino (#15) in Inowroclaw in the next round which should be an easy win for them. SKK Siedlce will play at home against the league's second-placed Sokol Lancut (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Torun. Eighth ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (2-1) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked AZS Szczecin (2-2) 80-78 on Wednesday evening. The winners were led by swingman Przemyslaw Lewandowski (204-78, agency: Promotex) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Lukasz Zytko supported him with 22 points and 4 assists. Even 16 points and 5 assists by guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82, agency: Promotex) did not help to save the game for AZS Szczecin. AZS Szczecin's coach Zbigniew Majcherek rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. P.Cukier SIDEn moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Znicz Basket and SKK Siedlce. AZS Szczecin at the other side dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. P.Cukier SIDEn will play against AZS Kutno (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AZS Szczecin will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Rosa Radom (2-2) against fifth ranked Start Gdynia (3-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting Rosa Radom was defeated by Start Gdynia in Gdynia 90-76. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Grzegorz Mordzak fired 19 points and 6 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Hubert Radke produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Start Gdynia moved-up to second place, which they share with Sokol Lancut. Loser Rosa Radom dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Start Gdynia will meet Sudety (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Rosa Radom will play against Olimp MKS Start Lublin (#10) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Dabrowa Gornicza where 9th ranked Polonia (1-3) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (2-2) 81-67. It was a very good performance for Michal Woloszyn who helped to win the game recording 29 points. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Polonia dropped to the eleventh position with three games lost. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza's next round opponent will be MOSiR Krosno (#12) on the road where they are favorite. Polonia will play against MKS Znicz Basket in Pruszkow.
An interesting game took place in Lublin where 10th ranked MOSiR Krosno (1-3) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin (2-2) 68-53 on Wednesday. Worth to mention a great performance of Przemyslaw Luszczewski who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. MOSiR Krosno's coach Ryszard Zmuda let to play ten players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Olimp MKS Start Lublin moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted MOSiR Krosno dropped to the eleventh position with three games lost. Olimp MKS Start Lublin will face Rosa Radom (#9) on the road in the next round. MOSiR Krosno will play against MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza.

In the last two games of round 4 AZS Kutno lost to Znicz Basket on the opponent's court 56-64. Sokol Lancut outscored Sudety in a home game 98-40.



MKS DG - Polonia 81-67

An interesting game took place in Dabrowa Gornicza where 9th ranked Polonia (1-3) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (2-2) 81-67. The game without a history. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza forced 19 Polonia turnovers and had a 28-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for forward Michal Woloszyn (202-84) who helped to win the game recording 29 points. Forward Marcin Piechowicz (194-93) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. point guard Pawel Pydych (180-82) replied with 14 points and 4 assists and guard Hubert Mazur (190-84, agency: Promotex) added 15 points in the effort for Polonia. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Polonia dropped to the eleventh position with three games lost. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza's next round opponent will be MOSiR Krosno (#12) on the road where they are favorite. Polonia will play against MKS Znicz Basket in Pruszkow.
Top scorers:
MKS DG: M.Woloszyn 29+4reb+1ast, M.Piechowicz 12+1reb+4ast, L.Grzegorzewski 8+5reb+4ast, G.Grochowski 8+2reb+3ast, M.Zawadzki 6+2reb, K.Morawiec 5+4reb+3ast
Polonia: H.Mazur 15+3reb, P.Pydych 14+4reb+4ast, T.Przewrocki 9+3reb+3ast, A.Machowski 8+1reb+1ast, A.Mikolajko 7+3reb, G.Soltysiak 4+4reb
gschID: 140935


Znicz Basket - AZS Kutno 64-56

Very expected game in Pruszkow where 14th ranked AZS Kutno (1-3) was defeated by seventh ranked MKS Znicz Basket (2-1) 64-56 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 64-56. MKS Znicz Basket forced 22 AZS Kutno turnovers and had a 34-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Grzegorz Malewski (200-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and guard Adrian Sulinski (185-85) who added 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four MKS Znicz Basket players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Krzysztof Jakobczyk (183-86) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Grzegorz Malecki (197-84, agency: Promotex) scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks (perfect from the field making all six shots). MKS Znicz Basket moved-up to fourth place, which they share with P.Cukier SIDEn and SKK Siedlce. Newly promoted AZS Kutno dropped to the eleventh position with three games lost. MKS Znicz Basket will face Polonia (#13) in Przemysl in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AZS Kutno will play at home against P.Cukier SIDEn in Torun.
Top scorers:
Znicz Basket: A.Sulinski 16+7reb+3ast, M.Szumelda-Krzycki 12+7reb+1ast, G.Malewski 11+14reb+3ast, D.Czubek 10+2reb+2ast, P.Szymanski 7+8reb+1ast, L.Bonarek 4+1reb
AZS Kutno: K.Jakobczyk 19+9reb+2ast, G.Malecki 18+5reb+3ast, A.Linowski 13+4reb, A.Perka 4+11reb+2ast, D.Brek 2+1reb+2ast, M.Marciniak 0
gschID: 140936


P.Cukier SIDEn - AZS Szczecin 80-78

Important game to mention about took place in Torun. Eighth ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (2-1) saved a 2-point victory at home edging higher ranked AZS Szczecin (2-2) 80-78 on Wednesday evening. AZS Szczecin was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. P.Cukier SIDEn forced 25 AZS Szczecin turnovers. The winners were led by swingman Przemyslaw Lewandowski (204-78, agency: Promotex) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Lukasz Zytko (181-81) supported him with 22 points and 4 assists. Even 16 points and 5 assists by guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82, agency: Promotex) did not help to save the game for AZS Szczecin. Guard Maciej Raczynski (191-84, agency: Promotex) added 18 points for lost side. AZS Szczecin's coach Zbigniew Majcherek rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. P.Cukier SIDEn moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Znicz Basket and SKK Siedlce. AZS Szczecin at the other side dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. P.Cukier SIDEn will play against AZS Kutno (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AZS Szczecin will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
P.Cukier SIDEn: P.Lewandowski 27+10reb, L.Zytko 22+2reb+4ast, J.Jarecki 15+5reb+1ast, D.Przybyszewski 5+4reb+2ast, A.Kobus 4+2reb+4ast, T.Lipinski 3+3reb
AZS Szczecin: M.Raczynski 18+2reb+1ast, L.Pacocha 16+5ast, M.Sudowski 13+1reb+4ast, L.Bak 8+7reb+1ast, M.Dudek 8+2reb+4ast, K.Mielczarek 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 140937


Spojnia - SKK Siedlce 77-71

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated SKK Siedlce (2-1) in Stargard on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Spojnia (4-0) 77-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SKK Siedlce. SKK Siedlce trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 22-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-77 at the end of the game. Spojnia forced 24 SKK Siedlce turnovers. Strangely SKK Siedlce outrebounded Spojnia 41-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Spojnia made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Adam Parzych (190-86, college: Bryant, agency: Promotex) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and point guard Tomasz Ochonko (185-86) who added 13 points and 5 assists during the contest. Spojnia's coach Tadeusz Aleksandrowicz used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side power forward Pawel Kowalczuk (207-80, college: St.Francis, NY, agency: Promotex) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Lukasz Ratajczak (204-86, agency: Promotex) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four SKK Siedlce players scored in double figures. Spojnia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. SKK Siedlce at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with Znicz Basket and P.Cukier SIDEn. Spojnia are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Sportino (#15) in Inowroclaw in the next round which should be an easy win for them. SKK Siedlce will play at home against the league's second-placed Sokol Lancut (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spojnia: A.Parzych 18+4reb+3ast, T.Ochonko 13+1reb+5ast, L.Bodych 12+6reb, T.Stepien 8+5reb+1ast, J.Kalinowski 7+1reb+2ast, M.Wojcik 6+1reb+1ast
SKK Siedlce: P.Kowalczuk 17+12reb+5ast, K.Sulima 14+3reb+2ast, A.Czerwonka 13+3reb+1ast, L.Ratajczak 11+7reb+2ast, M.Przybylski 5+6reb+2ast, R.Basinski 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 140931


Sokol Lancut - Sudety 98-40

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Sokol Lancut (3-1) smashed at home 11th ranked Sudety (1-3) 98-40 on Wednesday. Sokol Lancut dominated on the defensive end, holding Sudety to just 6 points in second and fourth quarters and to 14 points in second half. Sokol Lancut dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Sudety's 22. Sokol Lancut forced 20 Sudety turnovers and outrebounded them 40-22 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Sudety's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sokol Lancut made 11 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-88) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 9 rebounds and forward Bartosz Dubiel (195-84) who added 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Sokol Lancut players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Artur Kijanowski (180-88) responded with 13 points and 4 steals and guard Lukasz Niesobski (185-85) scored 10 points and 4 blocks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sokol Lancut moved-up to second place, which they share with Start Gdynia. Newly promoted Sudety keeps the eleventh position with three games lost. Sokol Lancut will face SKK Siedlce (#5) on the road in the next round. Sudety will play against Start Gdynia (#3).
Top scorers:
Sokol Lancut: W.Pisarczyk 16+9reb+2ast, B.Dubiel 16+7reb+2ast, M.Wilczek 14+8reb+3ast, P.Bogdanowicz 13+5reb+1ast, M.Klima 11+5reb+3ast, J.Balawender 10+3reb+3ast
Sudety: A.Kijanowski 13+2reb+2ast, L.Niesobski 10+4reb+1ast, M.Koltun 5+1reb, P.Minciel 4+4reb, P.Hajnsz 3+5reb+1ast, J.Wilusz 2+2reb
gschID: 140932


Start Gdynia - Rosa Radom 90-76

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Rosa Radom (2-2) against fifth ranked Start Gdynia (3-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting Rosa Radom was defeated by Start Gdynia in Gdynia 90-76. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Start Gdynia. Rosa Radom managed to win third quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Start Gdynia forced 23 Rosa Radom turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Start Gdynia made 8 blocks. Guard Grzegorz Mordzak (183-77, agency: Promotex) fired 19 points and 6 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. International swingman Mateusz Kostrzewski (201-89) chipped in 18 points. The former international center Hubert Radke (208-80, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Limelight Hoops) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and guard Jakub Zalewski (183-86) added 12 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Start Gdynia moved-up to second place, which they share with Sokol Lancut. Loser Rosa Radom dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Start Gdynia will meet Sudety (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Rosa Radom will play against Olimp MKS Start Lublin (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Start Gdynia: G.Mordzak 19+2reb+6ast, M.Kostrzewski 18+3reb+2ast, A.Krauze 13+4ast, T.Andrzejewski 10+1reb, T.Wojdyla 9+6reb+1ast, K.Szpyrka 7+2ast
Rosa Radom: H.Radke 20+10reb, J.Zalewski 12+1reb+6ast, P.Kardas 12+4reb+3ast, A.Donigiewicz 8+2reb, I.Kitzinger 7+3reb+3ast, P.Wiekiera 7+2reb
gschID: 140933


Start Lublin - MOSiR Krosno 68-53

An interesting game took place in Lublin where 10th ranked MOSiR Krosno (1-3) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin (2-2) 68-53 on Wednesday. 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 68-53. Olimp MKS Start Lublin forced 19 MOSiR Krosno turnovers and outrebounded them 47-27 including a 38-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Przemyslaw Luszczewski (195-80, agency: Promotex) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds and guard Kamil Michalski (183-87) who added 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Piotr Pluta (192-81, agency: Court Side) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and forward Kamil Kamecki (198-87) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. MOSiR Krosno's coach Ryszard Zmuda let to play ten players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Olimp MKS Start Lublin moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted MOSiR Krosno dropped to the eleventh position with three games lost. Olimp MKS Start Lublin will face Rosa Radom (#9) on the road in the next round. MOSiR Krosno will play against MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza.
Top scorers:
Start Lublin: S.Szymanski 20+5reb+2ast, K.Michalski 19+5reb+3ast, P.Luszczewski 13+16reb, P.Kowalski 9+6reb, M.Aleksandrowicz 5+11reb+2ast, S.Prazmo 2+1reb
MOSiR Krosno: P.Pluta 16+5reb+1ast, K.Kamecki 9+10reb+1ast, R.Partyka 8+2reb+3ast, M.Piotrkowski 7+5reb, M.Baran 6+4ast, D.Oczkowicz 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 140934




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


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


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


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jermaine MALLETT
  LKS Lodz
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Mallett, LKS Lodz21.3 
 2. Miller, Siarka J.19.8 
 3. Edwards, Anwil18.7 
 4. Montgomery, AZS K.18.5 
 5. Kulig, PBG Basket18.0 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszal.17.8 
 7. Hodge, Zastal ZG17.3 
 8. Hinson, Energa C.17.0 
 9. Archibeque, LKS L.16.3 
 10. Koszarek, Trefl S.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kirk ARCHIBEQUE
  LKS L.
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Archibeque, LKS L.10.3 
 2. Lawal, Zastal ZG9.3 
 3. Harris, Kotwica8.8 
 4. Bigus, AZS Koszalin8.3 
 5. Edwards, Anwil7.3 
 6. Mladenovic, Slask6.7 
 7. Bogavac, Slask W.6.7 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl So.6.3 
 9. Doaks, Siarka J.6.3 
 10. Wall, Polpharma6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  AZS P.
  (189-PG-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Wilczek, AZS P.8.0 
 2. Koszarek, Trefl S.8.0 
 3. Moore, PGE Turow7.0 
 4. Hodge, Zastal ZG6.0 
 5. Sapp, Kotwica5.3 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.5.3 
 7. Tiller, Siarka J.5.0 
 8. Skibniewski, Slask5.0 
 9. Holmes, LKS Lodz4.7 
 10. Miller, Siarka J.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG2.0 
 2. Karnowski, Siarka2.0 
 3. Koljevic, Polpharma2.0 
 4. Dloniak, Zastal ZG2.0 
 5. Hinson, Energa C.2.0 
 6. Sapp, Kotwica2.0 
 7. Bochno, Slask W.2.0 
 8. Pamula, AZS P.1.8 
 9. Holmes, Kotwica1.8 
 10. Simmons, Polpharma1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Wojciech BARYCZ
  Siarka J.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Barycz, Siarka J.1.8 
 2. Burgess, Trefl S.1.7 
 3. Weaver, Energa C.1.3 
 4. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.3 
 5. Morrison, Energa C.1.3 
 6. Wyka, Siarka J.1.3 
 7. Rajewicz, Zastal Z.1.0 
 8. Lichodzijews., PBG1.0 
 9. Simmons, Polpharma1.0 
 10. Turek, Trefl Sopot1.0 


Lakovic brings Galatasaray first ever Euroleague win - by Eurobasket News
Asseco Prokom - Galatasaray 72-76

First ever Euroleague win for Galatasaray Medical Park. The Turkish squad, who reached the regular season through qualifications, managed to beat Asseco Prokom on the road 72-76 thanks to great third quarter and well played last 80 seconds of the game. Both teams are placed to Group D, together with Montepaschi, Barca, Olimpija and Unics. Slovenian PG Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) shined last night with 21 points. He made 6 of 7 attempts from behind the arc. Preston Shumpert (198-G/F-79, college: Syracuse) had 12 points and Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) helped his team with 11 pts. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) (5 rebs) and Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) had 15 points each for the hosts. Their third scorer was Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) with 12 pts. Quarters: 19-21, 18-11, 11-27, 24-17. Prokom tied the score to 71-71 with 1:22 left, but Lakovic and Andric paced their team to 71-74 lead after that. Blassingame missed a driving shot but Gordon went 0-for-2 from the foul line with 9.9 seconds to go. Galatasaray fouled on Gee, who missed his second attempt on purpose. Shipp grabbed the rebound and allowed Galatasaray to put the victory on ice. In the next round, Galatasaray will host Unics. Asseco Prokom goes to Barcelona.

Asseco Prokom: Donatas Motiejunas 15+5 boards, Adam Hrycaniuk 15, Oliver Lafayette 12
Galatasaray: Jaka Lakovic 21, Preston Shumpert 12, Luksa Andric 11


2Liga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrzej PECIAK
  MKS L.
  (195-G/F-78)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Peciak, MKS L.25.3 
 2. Ejsmont, GKK G.24.5 
 3. Karolak, Novum Lub.23.8 
 4. Celej, Novum Lublin22.3 
 5. Majewski, PWiK P.21.0 
 6. Ucinek, Handlope.20.3 
 7. Kucharek, AZS I.20.3 
 8. Miernik, UMKS K.20.0 
 9. Lepczynski, Pogon19.3 
 10. Pawlowski, Pogon19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Piotr NIEDZWIEDZKI
  WKK O.
  (209-F-93)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Niedzwiedzki, WKK13.5 
 2. Cygan, Unia Tarnow12.0 
 3. Kwandrans, MKS L.11.7 
 4. Wilk, Zuraw Gniewno11.7 
 5. Zabielski, Tur B.11.7 
 6. Dziura, Staco M.11.0 
 7. Mis, Handlopex AZS11.0 
 8. Kuczynski, Tur B.10.5 
 9. Rogacewicz, GKK G.10.3 
 10. Olejnik, BM Wegie.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tomasz ZYCH
  Unia Tarnow
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Zych, Unia Tarnow7.5 
 2. Grzelinski, WKK O.7.3 
 3. Stoklosa, Open F.6.0 
 4. Kowalczyk, AZS I.6.0 
 5. Paszkiewicz, PWiK5.7 
 6. Wolk-J., Mickiewicz5.5 
 7. Lipinski, Nysa K.5.3 
 8. Marczyk, HK Zory5.3 
 9. Gospodarek, Novum5.0 
 10. Wluczynski, Ksiez.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz NAWROT
  GTK G.
  (200-F/C-83)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Nawrot, GTK G.6.5 
 2. Paszkiewicz, PWiK6.0 
 3. Chojecki, Zyrardow.5.8 
 4. Zych, Unia Tarnow4.8 
 5. Stoklosa, Open F.4.3 
 6. Schenk, Trefl I.4.3 
 7. Bochenek, Zyrardow.3.8 
 8. Makolski, MKS S.3.8 
 9. Lepczynski, Pogon3.8 
 10. Maksymiuk, SMS P.3.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mikolaj GROD
  KK Swiecie
  (194-F-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Grod, KK Swiecie2.7 
 2. Niedzwiedzki, WKK2.5 
 3. Milewski, AZS A.2.3 
 4. Zych, Unia Tarnow2.3 
 5. Rusinowicz, Tur B.2.0 
 6. Leszczynski, Slask2.0 
 7. Malinowski, KK Sw.2.0 
 8. Musijowski, Handlo.2.0 
 9. Pilch, Wisla A.2.0 
 10. Herman, KK Swiecie2.0 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Jacek JARECKI
  P.Cuk.
  (197-G-88)
  Avg: 20
 1. Jarecki, P.Cuk.20.0 
 2. Woloszyn, MKS D.20.0 
 3. Pacocha, AZS S.18.5 
 4. Mazur, Polonia18.0 
 5. Zytko, P..17.7 
 6. Szumelda-K., Znicz17.7 
 7. Mordzak, Start G.17.3 
 8. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.17.0 
 9. Niesobski, Sudety16.8 
 10. Kukielka, Sportino16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Przemyslaw LUSZCZEWSKI
  Start L.
  (195-F-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Luszczewski, Start10.8 
 2. Grudzinski, Spojnia9.5 
 3. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.9.0 
 4. Perka, AZS Kutno8.5 
 5. Radke, Rosa Radom8.3 
 6. Kowalczuk, SKK S.8.3 
 7. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.8.0 
 8. Strzelecki, Sporti.8.0 
 9. Malewski, Znicz B.8.0 
 10. Wilusz, Sudety7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tomasz OCHONKO
  Spojnia
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Ochonko, Spojnia4.8 
 2. Zytko, P..4.7 
 3. Przewrocki, Polonia4.5 
 4. Pacocha, AZS S.4.5 
 5. Majcherek, AZS S.4.0 
 6. Szumelda-K., Znicz4.0 
 7. Kowalczuk, SKK S.4.0 
 8. Pydych, Polonia3.8 
 9. Michalski, Start L.3.7 
 10. Baran, MOSiR K.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marek SZUMELDA-KRZYCKI
  Znicz B.
  (193-PG-91)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Szumelda-K., Znicz4.7 
 2. Bukowiecki, Sudety3.5 
 3. Ratajczak, SKK S.3.5 
 4. Zytko, P..3.3 
 5. Niesobski, Sudety3.3 
 6. Baran, MOSiR K.3.3 
 7. Pacocha, AZS S.3.3 
 8. Misiewicz, Znicz B.3.0 
 9. Brek, AZS Kutno2.8 
 10. Czubek, Znicz B.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Hubert MAZUR
  Polonia
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mazur, Polonia2.5 
 2. Jakobczyk, AZS K.2.0 
 3. Niesobski, Sudety2.0 
 4. Szumelda-K., Znicz2.0 
 5. Zytko, P..2.0 
 6. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.8 
 7. Kostrzewski, Start1.8 
 8. Malecki, AZS Kutno1.8 
 9. Kobus, P..1.7 
 10. Raczynski, AZS S.1.7 


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  PORTUGAL   


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 1-0 
 2. CAB Madeira 1-0 
 3. Lusitania 1-0 
 4. Ovarense 1-0 
 5. Porto Ferpinta 1-0 
 6. Terceira Basket 1-0 
 7. Academica 0-1 
 8. Barcelos 0-1 
 9. Barreirense CEPSA 0-1 
 10. Ginasio 0-1 
 11. Sampaense 0-1 
 12. Vitoria SC 0-1 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Augusto MATOS
  Barcelos
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 32
 1. Matos, Barcelos32.0 
 2. Andrade, Porto F.25.0 
 3. Scott, Benfica24.0 
 4. Sneed, Academica23.0 
 5. Bowie, Terceira.23.0 
 6. Rocha, Ginasio22.0 
 7. Doliboa, Benfica22.0 
 8. Nevels, Terceira.21.0 
 9. Powers, Ovarense21.0 
 10. Addison, Sampaen.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Claudio FONSECA
  Vitoria SC
  (206-C-89)
  Avg: 18
 1. Fonseca, Vitoria SC18.0 
 2. Nevels, Terceira.15.0 
 3. Lee, Ovarense15.0 
 4. Stempin, Porto F.13.0 
 5. Addison, Sampaense12.0 
 6. Sneed, Academica12.0 
 7. Pierre, Terceira.11.0 
 8. Momplasir, Lusitan.11.0 
 9. Silva, Ginasio10.0 
 10. Mills, Lusitania10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nuno MANARTE
  Ovarense
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 11
 1. Manarte, Ovarense11.0 
 2. Fernandes, CAB M.9.0 
 3. Kenon, CAB Madeira8.0 
 4. Minhava, Benfica7.0 
 5. Silva, CAB Madeira6.0 
 6. Barreiro, Barcelos6.0 
 7. Rocha, Ginasio5.0 
 8. Bowie, Terceira.5.0 
 9. Scott, Benfica4.0 
 10. Franklin, Lusitan.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dillion SNEED
  Academica
  (203-C-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Sneed, Academica6.0 
 2. Balseiro, Sampa.5.0 
 3. Pierre, Terceira.4.0 
 4. Doliboa, Benfica4.0 
 5. Coelho, CAB M.3.0 
 6. Santos, Porto F.3.0 
 7. Andrade, Porto F.3.0 
 8. Raimundo, Barre.3.0 
 9. Kenon, CAB Madeira3.0 
 10. Freitas, CAB M.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STEMPIN
  Porto F.
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Stempin, Porto F.3.0 
 2. Nevels, Terceira.2.0 
 3. Silva, Barcelos2.0 
 4. Gunter, CAB M.2.0 
 5. Gentry, Benfica2.0 
 6. Momplasir, Lusitan.2.0 
 7. Goncalves, Ovaren.1.0 
 8. Lee, Ovarense1.0 
 9. Mills, Lusitania1.0 
 10. Cordeiro, Ovarense1.0 


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  QATAR   


U16 Asia Championship: Japan prevail against Qatar in Nha Trang City - by Eurobasket News
Japan U16 - Qatar U16 119:55

Japan kept their record spotless at the U16 Asia Championship. They trounced Qatar to occupy the top spot in Group C. Six players scored in double digits for Japan. Yasunori Aoki (180-G-95) notched 18 points to lead the effort. Qatar fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Japan opened the game on a 30:2 run. They accounted for impressive 45 points in the first quarter to take a 34-point lead. Japan boosted the margin in the second frame. They stretched the gap to 43 point at the interval 63:20. Japan did not slow down in the third term. They entered the final frame up by 50 point 88:38 and cruised to the victory at the end. Kishin Kakiuchi (170-G-95) nailed 14 points, while Keita Shinkawa (183-F-95) had 13 points for Japan. Mohamed Abdelkawy (177-G-95) produced 24 points for Qatar. Abdulrahman Saad (183-F-96) chipped in 19 points in the loss.

Japan U16: Yasunori Aoki 18, Kishin Kakiuchi 14, Keita Shinkawa 13
Qatar U16: Mohamed Abdelkawy 24, Abdulrahman Saad 19



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  ROMANIA   


Div.A Round 4: No surprise as #1 Gaz Metan defeats Perla Harghitei - by Eurobasket News
After 4 rounds played we can already see who rules in the Div,A and who belongs to weaker ones.

Div,A top team - Gaz Metan (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Perla Harghitei (1-3) in Medias 114-82. The game was mostly controlled by Gaz Metan. Perla Harghitei managed to win fourth quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gaz Metan dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Perla Harghitei's 40 and made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Gaz Metan forced 22 Perla Harghitei turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Gaz Metan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of American point guard Jarrett Howell (180-84, college: Texas Arlington, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 20 points (made all of his eight free throws) and international forward Titus Nicoara (203-88, agency: Interperformances) who added 17 points during the contest. At the losing side Croatian forward Dino Erceg (204-85) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gaz Metan have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Perla Harghitei at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with three games lost. They share the position with Otopeni and CSM Bucuresti. Gaz Metan are looking forward to face Craiova (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Perla Harghitei will play against Targu Mures (#7) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Politehnica (0-4) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to fourth ranked Craiova (3-1) 85-68. The winners were led by Serbian power forward Branislav Tomic (205-80) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and LeVar Seals supported him with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Even 27 points and 9 rebounds by forward Vlad Popovici (200-94) did not help to save the game for Politehnica. Politehnica's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Craiova have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Timisoara and Oradea. Politehnica at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Dinamo B.. Craiova will play against league's leader Gaz Metan in Medias in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Politehnica will play on the road against CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#15) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (0-4) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to tenth ranked Rovinari (2-2) 84-75 on Wednesday evening. Brandon Fields fired a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Allen Durham produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. CS Dinamo Bucuresti's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rovinari moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Pitesti. Newly promoted CS Dinamo Bucuresti still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Politehnica. Rovinari will meet higher ranked CSU Sibiu (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against Politehnica (#16) in Iasi and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
An interesting game took place in Pitesti where 6th ranked Pitesti (2-2) was upset on its own court by ninth ranked CSU Sibiu (2-1) 99-90. Worth to mention a great performance of Jaytonah Wisseh who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!) and 4 assists. CSU Sibiu moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Targu Mures and U.Mobitel.CN. Pitesti at the other side dropped to the ninth position with two games lost. CSU Sibiu's next round opponent will be Rovinari (#10) at home. Pitesti will play against Ploiesti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 4 Timisoara destroyed Otopeni on the opponent's court 89-70. Oradea outscored CSM Bucuresti in a home game 93-69.



Politehnica - Craiova 68-85

Bottom-ranked Politehnica (0-4) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to fourth ranked Craiova (3-1) 85-68. It looked good early as Politehnica took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. Then Craiova had a 24-14 second period charge getting the lead and Politehnica was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-85. Craiova shot 36 for 54 from the free-throw line, while Politehnica only scored eighteen points from the stripe. Politehnica was plagued by 34 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by Serbian power forward Branislav Tomic (205-80) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and American guard LeVar Seals (195-82, college: De Paul) supported him with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Even 27 points and 9 rebounds by forward Vlad Popovici (200-94) did not help to save the game for Politehnica. Forward Madalin Nicolae (197-84) added 9 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Politehnica's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Craiova have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Timisoara and Oradea. Politehnica at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Dinamo B.. Craiova will play against league's leader Gaz Metan in Medias in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Politehnica will play on the road against CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#15) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Craiova: B.Tomic 25+10reb+1ast, I.Bajic 20+1reb+2ast, L.Seals 16+9reb, C.Petrisor 9+2reb+3ast, C.Amarghioalei 9+5reb+1ast, M.Gavrila 2+1reb
Politehnica: V.Popovici 27+9reb+1ast, M.Nicolae 9+8reb+2ast, V.Cobzaru 8+6reb+1ast, I.Hurjui 7+5reb+2ast, D.Anghel 5+5reb+1ast, M.Pintilie 4+2ast
gschID: 136388


Rovinari - Dinamo B. 84-75 OT

Bottom-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (0-4) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to tenth ranked Rovinari (2-2) 84-75 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 27-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 18-9. Rovinari made 30-of-37 free shots (81.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 CS Dinamo Bucuresti turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. The former international guard Brice Kabengele-Kalala (196-81) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Antonio Haymon (198-88, college: Lee) added 27 points respectively for lost side. CS Dinamo Bucuresti's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rovinari moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Pitesti. Newly promoted CS Dinamo Bucuresti still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Politehnica. Rovinari will meet higher ranked CSU Sibiu (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against Politehnica (#16) in Iasi and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Rovinari: B.Fields 26+10reb+7ast, B.Kabengele-Kalala 15+5reb+1ast, A.Gutoaia 15+4reb, D.Steffel 9+8reb+1ast, S.Nikolic 8+3reb+7ast, R.Giles 6+3reb+2ast
Dinamo B.: A.Haymon 27+4reb, A.Durham 24+20reb+5ast, A.Badila 9+2reb, J.Brown 8+2reb+1ast, E.Watson 5, B.Aktas 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 136389


Pitesti - CSU Sibiu 90-99

An interesting game took place in Pitesti where 6th ranked Pitesti (2-2) was upset on its own court by ninth ranked CSU Sibiu (2-1) 99-90. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 33-29 Pitesti's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 99-90 at the end of the game. CSU Sibiu made 35-of-39 charity shots (89.7 percent) during the game, while Pitesti only scored nineteen points from the stripe. CSU Sibiu forced 21 Pitesti turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Pitesti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Liberian guard Jaytonah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!) and 4 assists. American guard Mychal Kearse (194-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Serbian swingman Ivan Stefanovic (201-80, agency: World Sport Agency) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and international point guard Octavian Calota (186-84) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Pitesti. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. CSU Sibiu moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Targu Mures and U.Mobitel.CN. Pitesti at the other side dropped to the ninth position with two games lost. CSU Sibiu's next round opponent will be Rovinari (#10) at home. Pitesti will play against Ploiesti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: J.Wisseh 36+4reb+4ast, C.Craciun 18+6reb+1ast, M.Kearse 18+7reb+1ast, D.Austin 11+8reb+1ast, N.Khartchenkov 10+5reb+1ast, K.Riley 6+12reb+1ast
Pitesti: U.Velickovic 19+2reb+2ast, D.Vujacic 19+4reb+1ast, I.Stefanovic 17+10reb+2ast, O.Calota 15+7reb+5ast, A.Kazarnovski 6+5reb+2ast, C.Hallett 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 136390


Otopeni - Timisoara 70-89

Very expected game when 13th ranked Otopeni (1-3) was crushed at home by seventh ranked Timisoara (3-1) 89-70. The game was mostly controlled by Timisoara. Otopeni was better in second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic (197-78, agency: 011 Sports) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Serbian-German forward Robert Sarovic (205-78, agency: 011 Sports) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Timisoara's coach Predrag Badnjarevic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Bosnian center Vladan Jocovic (211-82) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian guard Slobodan Popovic (198-80, agency: BeoExcell) added 15 points in the effort for Otopeni. Five Timisoara and four Otopeni players scored in double figures. Timisoara moved-up to second place, which they share with Oradea and Craiova. Otopeni lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with three games lost. Timisoara's next round opponent will be Giurgiu (#5) at home. Otopeni will play against CSM Bucuresti (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Timisoara: B.Cuic 21+8reb+4ast, R.Sarovic 17+7reb+2ast, B.Popescu 14+2reb, I.Siriscevic 13+2reb, Z.Jovanovic 12+4reb+6ast, D.Archie 12+9reb+3ast
Otopeni: V.Jocovic 17+7reb, A.Santana 15+2reb+1ast, S.Popovic 15+4reb+3ast, M.Medvedj 10+4reb+6ast, C.Scott 6+4reb+4ast, B.Tibirna 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 136392


Oradea - CSM Bucuresti 93-69

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Oradea (3-1) smashed at home 12th ranked CSM Bucuresti (1-3) 93-69. The game without a history. Oradea led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a very good performance for Bosnian center Sasha Topchov (206-80, agency: 011 Sports) who helped to win the game recording 21 points. Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Oradea players scored in double figures. The former international center Virgil Carutasu (203-76) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and Jamaican-Canadian guard Garry Gallimore (192-84) added 20 points in the effort for CSM Bucuresti. Oradea moved-up to second place, which they share with Timisoara and Craiova. CSM Bucuresti at the other side keeps the twelfth position with three games lost. Oradea's next round opponent will be U-Mobitelco (#8) in Cluj where they are favorite. CSM Bucuresti will play at home against Otopeni (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oradea: S.Topchov 21+4reb, G.Navickas 17+4ast, M.Pesic 14+3reb+2ast, M.Markovic 14+9reb+2ast, S.Lupusavei 12+3reb+1ast, N.Maric 11+6reb+6ast
CSM Bucuresti: G.Gallimore 20+2reb+1ast, V.Carutasu 17+7reb+2ast, G.Martinic 15+1reb+3ast, B.McKenzie 9+9reb+1ast, D.Milne 4+4reb, C.Fometescu 2+1reb+4ast
gschID: 136393


Gaz Metan - Perla Harghitei 114-82

Div,A top team - Gaz Metan (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Perla Harghitei (1-3) in Medias 114-82. The game was mostly controlled by Gaz Metan. Perla Harghitei managed to win fourth quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gaz Metan dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Perla Harghitei's 40 and made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Gaz Metan forced 22 Perla Harghitei turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Gaz Metan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of American point guard Jarrett Howell (180-84, college: Texas Arlington, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 20 points (made all of his eight free throws) and international forward Titus Nicoara (203-88, agency: Interperformances) who added 17 points during the contest. At the losing side Croatian forward Dino Erceg (204-85) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Levi Levine (198-82, college: Albany, agency: TSS Management) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Five Gaz Metan and four Perla Harghitei players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gaz Metan have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Perla Harghitei at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with three games lost. They share the position with Otopeni and CSM Bucuresti. Gaz Metan are looking forward to face Craiova (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Perla Harghitei will play against Targu Mures (#7) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Gaz Metan: J.Howell 20+1reb+3ast, T.Nicoara 17+4reb+3ast, C.Moore 13+2reb+1ast, F.Muntean 13+1reb+4ast, I.Dragusin 12+4reb, D.Mitchell 11+3reb+3ast
Perla Harghitei: D.Erceg 23+7reb, L.Levine 20+6reb, E.Tucker 13+1reb, C.Long 11+2reb+2ast, C.Jakab 6+2reb, A.Filovici 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 136387




Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 25
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.25.0 
 2. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu24.3 
 3. Dykes, U.Mobite.22.7 
 4. Ross, Craiova22.0 
 5. Jones, Ploiesti21.0 
 6. Brown, Dinamo B.20.3 
 7. Tomic, Craiova20.3 
 8. Burlacu, Ploiesti20.3 
 9. Seals, Giurgiu20.0 
 10. Maric, Oradea19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.16.8 
 2. Seals, Giurgiu11.0 
 3. Forte, Targu Mures10.0 
 4. McKenzie, CSM B.9.5 
 5. Ross, Craiova9.3 
 6. Dies, Perla Harghi.9.0 
 7. Stanescu, Targu M.8.7 
 8. Kazarnovski, Pites.8.5 
 9. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.0 
 10. Archie, Timisoara8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Chauncey HARDY
  Giurgiu
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Hardy, Giurgiu7.0 
 2. Nikolic, Rovinari6.3 
 3. Fields, Rovinari5.8 
 4. Long, Perla Harghi.5.5 
 5. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu5.3 
 6. Maric, Oradea5.3 
 7. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.0 
 8. Howell, Gaz Metan5.0 
 9. Muntean, Gaz Metan4.8 
 10. Cooley, Targu M.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Rade DZAMBIC
  Ploiesti
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Dzambic, Ploiesti6.5 
 2. Dykes, U.Mobite.5.0 
 3. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu4.0 
 4. Morris, U.Mobite.3.7 
 5. Capusan, Ploiesti3.0 
 6. Vlahovic, Ploiesti3.0 
 7. Seals, Craiova3.0 
 8. Burlacu, Ploiesti3.0 
 9. Howell, Gaz Metan2.8 
 10. Cooley, Targu M.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryson MCKENZIE
  CSM B.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. McKenzie, CSM B.2.8 
 2. Dzambic, Ploiesti2.5 
 3. Vlahovic, Ploiesti2.0 
 4. Oluic, Rovinari1.8 
 5. Morris, U.Mobite.1.7 
 6. Austin, CSU Sibiu1.7 
 7. Archie, Timisoara1.5 
 8. VanderMeer, Gaz M.1.5 
 9. Lazar, Oradea1.3 
 10. Lawrence, U.Mobit.1.3 


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


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  SAINT KITTS   


DOMINICA NATIONAL TEAM TO TOUR ST.KITTS - by Greg
Basketball City, St.Kitts (October 19, 2011):-Basketball in St.Kitts-Nevis is definitely seeing a resurgence as the conclusion of an exciting 2011 season has only opened the appetite of basketballers and basketball fans alike. To satisfy this appetite the SKABA President has already announced that two leagues catered to youth ballers will be launched in November with the U20 Junior and High Schools Basketball Leagues. In addition to the youth leagues SKABA President Romel Tobias has also announced that the Dominica National team will be touring St.Kitts in mid November.

Tobias revealed that the Domnicans will be visiting St.Kitts on November 11th to 14th where they will be engaged in a series of match-ups against local teams including a SKABA Select Team.

The Dominica team will first play the A Division Champions Exodus on their homecourt in Challengers on Friday November 11th. The visitors will then play National Champions Ghuat Bucs on Saturday 12th and the SKABA SelectTeam on Sunday 13th. The latter games will be held in Basketball City.

The SKABA Select team players and Coach will be announced over the next week and will begin practice by the first week in November , said SKABA President Tobias.

The SKABA Select team is expected to feature the top players from the past season and will no doubt be an indication of a St.Kitts-Nevis National team.

Although no Coach has been announced for the SKABA Select Team it is being widely speculated that Dave Sutton , Coach of the recently crowned Champions Ghaut Bucs , will be given the nod to lead the select team against the Dominican nationals.

The Dominica National Basketball Team as pictured includes:.Standing left to right in Front are Mickey Joseph {Coach}, Earl Mathew, Ricky Toussaint, Yamada (Mardi) Parker, Davidson (Guinee) Toulon, Simon (Toto) Joseph, Bernard Mills, Joni Riviere, Ryan Anslem (Ast, Coach).

Standing Left to Right Back are Johnny Alfred. Ramal Carbon, Joseph Hypolite, Garth Joseph, Peter Ricketts,Junior Isles, Jeffrey Joseph and Derek (Deedee) Alexander (Ast. Coach).

Missing in picture is Steve Hypolite.


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  SERBIA   


Ilic injured, one month out of the court - by Zoran Popovic
Crvena Zvezda Beograd have long list of injured players. After Vuk Radivojevic, Uros Nikolic and Branko Lazic, coach Pesic will have another problem with one more injured player. According to Serbian Sports news, Mile Ilic (215-C-84, agency: Beo Basket), who had injury on the game against Olimpija Ljubljana, will be out of the court one month. Mile Ilic started this season in Adriatic league with average 8.3 points, 6.0 rebounds per game in first three rounds. Mile Ilic was on the list of candidates for Serbian National team this summer in Lithuania.

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  SLOVAKIA   


Extraliga Round 6: Nova Ves lose #1 position - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in Extraliga, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Round 6 in Extraliga means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Levice where host Levice (3-3) crushed league's leader Nova Ves (4-2) 92-68 on Wednesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Levice. Nova Ves managed to win fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levice forced 26 Nova Ves turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Michael Bernard chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Pavol Losonsky (203-88, college: Cal-Irvine) who recorded 18 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Levice moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Handlova. Nova Ves at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Prievidza. Nova Ves will play next round against Vahostav-Zilina trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Levice will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Komarno on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Prievidza as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Prievidza smashed bottom-ranked SKP Banska Bystrica at home 111-74. It was a good game for British power forward Liam Potter (213-86, college: Sacred Heart) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Paul Guede contributed with 15 points for the winners. Prievidza's coach Johan Roijakkers felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Vladimir Hovanak (193-82) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds for SKP Banska Bystrica. As mentioned above they took over a top position. SKP Banska Bystrica at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. SKP Banska Bystrica will play next round against strong Nitra trying to get back on the winning streak. Prievidza will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Svit on the road.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Svit (3-2) against eighth ranked Vahostav-Zilina (2-3) on Wednesday night. Visiting Svit was crushed by Vahostav-Zilina in Zilina 93-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Svit. Perry Petty had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Lamar Roberson with 22 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Vahostav-Zilina moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Komarno. Loser Svit keeps the third position with two games lost. They share it with Nitra. Vahostav-Zilina will meet league's second-placed Nova Ves on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Svit will play against the league's leader Prievidza where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game in Handlova was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Komarno (2-3) played at the court of sixth ranked Handlova (3-3). Handlova managed to secure a 4-point victory 86-82. Anthony Jones notched a double-double by scoring 30 points, 8 rebounds, 12 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort. Handlova moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Levice. Komarno at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Handlova will have a break next round. Komarno will play at home against Levice (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Vahostav-Zilina - Svit 93-73

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Svit (3-2) against eighth ranked Vahostav-Zilina (2-3) on Wednesday night. Visiting Svit was crushed by Vahostav-Zilina in Zilina 93-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Svit. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-73. Vahostav-Zilina dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Svit's 32. They outrebounded Svit 46-32 including 17 on the offensive glass. Vahostav-Zilina looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Perry Petty (185, college: UTPA) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Ondrej Soska (208-78) chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Petty is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Vahostav-Zilina players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Lamar Roberson (203-86, college: La-Lafayette) with 22 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and Croatian guard Petar Cosic (186-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Vahostav-Zilina moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Komarno. Loser Svit keeps the third position with two games lost. They share it with Nitra. Vahostav-Zilina will meet league's second-placed Nova Ves on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Svit will play against the league's leader Prievidza where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Vahostav-Zilina: O.Soska 18+11reb+1ast, M.Podhorsky 18+5reb+2ast, P.Petty 18+6reb+11ast, S.Perrin 10+5reb+2ast, D.Stojanovic 9+7reb, J.Zavodny 9+6reb+4ast
Svit: L.Roberson 22+7reb, P.Cosic 15+1reb+6ast, V.Polakovic 13+6reb+2ast, M.Berkis 8+7reb+2ast, M.Micka 8+1reb, I.Cvitanovic 4+4reb
gschID: 139119


Prievidza - B.Bystrica 111-74

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Prievidza as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Prievidza smashed bottom-ranked SKP Banska Bystrica at home 111-74. The game without a history. Prievidza led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to SKP Banska Bystrica's 42. SKP Banska Bystrica was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for British power forward Liam Potter (213-86, college: Sacred Heart) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). British swingman Paul Guede (195-87, college: Portland St.) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Prievidza's coach Johan Roijakkers felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Vladimir Hovanak (193-82) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds and international point guard Richard Grznar (189-91, agency: Lanshire Group) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for SKP Banska Bystrica. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. As mentioned above they took over a top position. SKP Banska Bystrica at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. SKP Banska Bystrica will play next round against strong Nitra trying to get back on the winning streak. Prievidza will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Svit on the road.
Top scorers:
Prievidza: L.Potter 21+9reb, P.Guede 15+4reb+1ast, D.Godbold 14+5reb+1ast, P.Pipiska 13+1reb+1ast, B.Davis 10+4reb+1ast, C.Pelle 8+1reb+6ast
B.Bystrica: V.Hovanak 20+5reb+1ast, R.Grznar 17+4reb+4ast, M.Marchyn 14+3reb, P.Dorazil 13+7reb, R.Pitak 6+8reb+1ast, R.Rozim 2
gschID: 139120


Handlova - Komarno 86-82

The game in Handlova was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Komarno (2-3) played at the court of sixth ranked Handlova (3-3). Handlova managed to secure a 4-point victory 86-82. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-22 Komarno's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 86-82 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Komarno 37-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. American swingman Anthony Jones (194-84, college: Indiana Tech) notched a double-double by scoring 30 points, 8 rebounds, 12 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and the other American import forward Sean Hampton (195-75, college: Alders.-Broad.) supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Handlova players scored in double figures. Even 23 points and 6 rebounds by Slovenian forward Sinisa Bilic (201-89) did not help to save the game for Komarno. American power forward Louis Johnson (203-86, college: W.Illinois, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 23 points. Handlova moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Levice. Komarno at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Handlova will have a break next round. Komarno will play at home against Levice (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Handlova: A.Jones 30+8reb+12ast, S.Hampton 15+6reb+3ast, I.Barisic 13+8reb+2ast, M.Golian 12+7reb, M.Madaj 7+3reb, T.Mrvis 4+5reb+2ast
Komarno: L.Johnson 23+4reb, S.Bilic 23+6reb+1ast, J.Kratochvil 16+5reb+4ast, M.Bilik 9+2reb, J.Jones 6+3reb+7ast, L.Dubovsky 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 139121


Levice - Nova Ves 92-68

Round 6 in Extraliga means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Levice where host Levice (3-3) crushed league's leader Nova Ves (4-2) 92-68 on Wednesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Levice. Nova Ves managed to win fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levice forced 26 Nova Ves turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Dominique Keller (203-88, college: Illinois) who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Michael Bernard chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Keller is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Levice players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Pavol Losonsky (203-88, college: Cal-Irvine) who recorded 18 points and 8 rebounds and international center Michal Batka (204-87) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Levice moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Handlova. Nova Ves at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Prievidza. Nova Ves will play next round against Vahostav-Zilina trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Levice will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Komarno on the road.
Top scorers:
Levice: D.Keller 17+5reb+2ast, J.Moravek 13+3reb, M.Bernard 12+5reb, M.Stec 11+1reb+1ast, L.Lutovsky 10+3reb, S.Stemberger 6+2reb+3ast
Nova Ves: P.Losonsky 18+8reb, S.Baldovsky 10+4reb+1ast, M.Batka 10+6reb, R.Becarik 9, B.Kovalik 6+1reb+1ast, C.Jefferson 5+8reb
gschID: 139122




Anthony Jones gets MVP of the Week award for Extraliga - by Eurobasket News
American Anthony Jones (194-G/F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Handlova and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 27-year old swingman got a double-double of 30 points and twelve assists, while his team edged out Komarno (#7, 2-3) 86-82. Handlova is placed at 5th position in Slovakian Extraliga. Handlova is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-3 record. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Handlova's top player in his first season with the team. Indiana Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.2ppg and leads league in rebounds with 6.5rpg. Jones is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.5apg) and averages solid 2.3spg and 45.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old British power forward Liam Potter (213-F/C-86) of league's best team Prievidza. Potter impressed basketball fans with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Prievidza to another comfortable win outscoring B.Bystrica (#9, 0-5) 111-74. This victory allowed Prievidza to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Potter is a newcomer at Prievidza and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was American Perry Petty (185-G) of Vahostav-Zilina (#8). Petty showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, six rebounds and eleven assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Vahostav-Zilina, leading his team to a 93-73 easy win against the higher-ranked Svit (#4, 3-2). The chances of Vahostav-Zilina ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Petty could help Vahostav-Zilina to bring them higher in the standings. Petty has a great season in Slovakia. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (7th best), rebounds with 7.8rpg (7th best) and assists with 6.8apg (3rd best). Petty attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ondrej Soska (208-C-78) of Vahostav-Zilina - 18 points and 11 rebounds
5. Sinisa Bilic (201-F-89) of Komarno - 23 points and 6 rebounds
6. Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82) of Komarno - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Dominique Keller (203-F-88) of Levice - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Michal Podhorsky (193-G-87) of Vahostav-Zilina - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Lamar Roberson (203-F-86) of Svit - 22 points and 7 rebounds
10. Vincent Polakovic (203-F-84) of Svit - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Anthony JONES
  Handlova
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 29.2
 1. Jones, Handlova29.2 
 2. Vaden, Nitra21.8 
 3. Guede, Prievidza19.8 
 4. Batka, Nova Ves19.6 
 5. Jones, Nova Ves19.0 
 6. Roberson, Svit19.0 
 7. Petty, Vahostav.18.0 
 8. Jones, Komarno17.6 
 9. Johnson, Komarno17.0 
 10. Soska, Vahostav.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew JONES
  Nova Ves
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Jones, Nova Ves11.0 
 2. Roberson, Svit10.0 
 3. Klein, Levice9.5 
 4. Losonsky, Nova Ves8.5 
 5. Majok, Nitra8.2 
 6. Gilstrap, Nova Ves8.0 
 7. Petty, Vahostav.7.8 
 8. Soska, Vahostav.7.4 
 9. Batka, Nova Ves7.4 
 10. Dorazil, B.Bystri.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Corey JEFFERSON
  Nova Ves
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Jefferson, Nova V.8.2 
 2. Clemente, Nitra7.5 
 3. Petty, Vahostav.6.8 
 4. Jones, Handlova5.5 
 5. Kostomaj, Levice5.0 
 6. Jones, Komarno5.0 
 7. Phillips, Prievidza4.8 
 8. Pelle, Prievidza4.0 
 9. Barisic, Handlova3.8 
 10. Cosic, Svit3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Perry PETTY
  Vahostav.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Petty, Vahostav.3.4 
 2. Pelle, Prievidza3.0 
 3. Phillips, Prievidza2.8 
 4. Nuber, Nitra2.8 
 5. Jones, Komarno2.8 
 6. Jefferson, Nova V.2.4 
 7. Jones, Handlova2.3 
 8. Kostomaj, Levice2.0 
 9. Vaden, Nitra2.0 
 10. Perrin, Vahostav.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Nitra
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Majok, Nitra3.2 
 2. Dorazil, B.Bystrica1.0 
 3. Mathis, Komarno0.8 
 4. Golian, Handlova0.8 
 5. Berkis, Svit0.8 
 6. Batka, Nova Ves0.8 
 7. Perrin, Vahostav.0.8 
 8. Keller, Levice0.8 
 9. Gilstrap, Nova Ves0.7 
 10. Vaden, Nitra0.6 


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  SLOVENIA   


Union Olimpija's Jagodnik out with an injury - by Matej Bergant
Captain of Union Olimpija Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) got injured at the last practice before Euroleague opener for his team against Barcelona. He got a blow in a stomach area and now he is in hospital where he will stay for next few days. The official information about the nature of the injury wasn't released yet. Veteran player Jagodnik was a key member of Union Olimpija in last year. He averaged 10.4 points and 3 rebounds per game in Euroleague.

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


Radenska remains unbeaten in Division II - by Zeljko Zule
Radenska trailed for only one possession, 0-2, in an 83-71 road win over Litija in the last game of Division II Round 3 and remained unbeatten. Tadej Horvat (190-G-84) scored 21 points on shooting 3-of-4 behind the 3-point line, Igor Spesic had 18 points and 8 rebounds, Jure Struc posted 15 points, Ales Novak added 12 and Robet Suran had 10 assists. Radenska found its first double digit lead of the game in the first quarter, 19-9, and thheir lead never dipped below 5 points for the remainder of the contest. Litija was led by Matic Goropevsek with 18 points, Crt Lipovsek collected 13 points and 10 rebounds and Klemen Panic scored 13 points.

Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Bostjan SIVKA
  Konjice
  (200-F/C-76)
  Avg: 24
 1. Sivka, Konjice24.0 
 2. Jereb, Konjice21.0 
 3. Horvat, Radenska20.7 
 4. Cipot, Jance Prit18.7 
 5. Vranjkovic, Branik18.0 
 6. Dzombic, Hrastnik17.7 
 7. Krejic, Medvode17.5 
 8. Abramovic, Terme O.17.3 
 9. Misic, Grosuplje17.3 
 10. Verginella, Branik17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tadej TUSEK
  Hrastnik
  (194-F-80)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Tusek, Hrastnik10.7 
 2. Vrsnik, Trigla.10.0 
 3. Jereb, Konjice10.0 
 4. Klepo, Postojna9.7 
 5. Sivka, Konjice9.5 
 6. Spesic, Radenska9.0 
 7. Dolinar, Medvode8.5 
 8. Vranjkovic, Branik8.0 
 9. Mahkovic, Trigla.8.0 
 10. Kavgic, Splosna7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Tomaz JEREB
  Konjice
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Jereb, Konjice7.0 
 2. Perko, Splosna6.0 
 3. Mlakar, Jance Prit6.0 
 4. Ovnik, Hrastnik5.0 
 5. Suran, Radenska5.0 
 6. Macek, Terme Olimia5.0 
 7. Brolih, Branik4.3 
 8. Buncic, Medvode4.0 
 9. Horvat, Nova Gorica4.0 
 10. Jersin, Trigla.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tadej TUSEK
  Hrastnik
  (194-F-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Tusek, Hrastnik2.7 
 2. Zupanc, Litija2.5 
 3. Pusic, Sencur CP2.3 
 4. Mlakar, Jance Prit2.3 
 5. Spesic, Radenska2.0 
 6. Horvat, Nova Gorica2.0 
 7. Kavgic, Splosna2.0 
 8. Jersin, Trigla.2.0 
 9. Miletic, Branik2.0 
 10. Cipot, Jance Prit2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomaz JEREB
  Konjice
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jereb, Konjice2.0 
 2. Klepo, Postojna1.7 
 3. Trampus, Grosuplje1.3 
 4. Kavas, Jance Prit1.0 
 5. Skornik, Konjice1.0 
 6. Kunc, Grosuplje1.0 
 7. Vranjkovic, Branik1.0 
 8. Spesic, Radenska1.0 
 9. Gojkovic, Nova G.1.0 
 10. Remus, Branik0.7 


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  SOUTH KOREA   


U16 Asia Championship: South Korea cruise past Uzbekistan - by Eurobasket News
South Korea U16 - Uzbekistan U16 120:29

South Korea registered the third straight win at the U16 Asia Championship. They overcame Uzbekistan to clinch top spot in Group B. Kim Gookchan (193-F-96) scored 16 points to pace well-balanced effort from the Korean side. Uzbekistan fell at 0-3 record at the bottom of the ladder.
South Korea unloaded 34 points in the opening frame to take a 30-point lead at the first break. South Korea maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 52:10 halftime advantage. South Korea did not slow down the tempo in the second half. They erupted for as many as 40 points in the fourth quarter to celebrate a confident win at the end. Shin Mincheol (187-F-96) produced 13 points, while three more players delivered 12 points each in the win. Ruslan Bokhodirov (215-C-95) answered with 11 points for Uzbekistan. Farrukhjon Muratov (185-G-95) had 8 points in the losing effort.

South Korea U16: Kim Gookchan 16, Shin Mincheol 13
Uzbekistan U16: Ruslan Bokhodirov 11, Farrukhjon Muratov 8


KBL round 3 best performance: Jackson Vroman - by Eurobasket News
American-Lebanese Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for ET Land, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds, while his team edged out KCC Egis (2-1) 79-76. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. ET Land is placed at 3rd position in South Korean KBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. ET Land will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Vroman turned to be ET Land's top player in his first season with the team. Former Iowa State University star has very solid stats this year. Vroman is in league's top in points (6th best: 21.7ppg), rebounds (4th best: 11.3rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 56.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Malcolm Thomas (206-C-88) of Mobis Phoebus. Thomas had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Mobis Phoebus to edge Sonic Boom KT (1-3) 82-81. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Thomas is a newcomer at Mobis Phoebus, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.7ppg (#4). He also registered 10.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) of Sonic Boom KT (#9). Rhodes scored 25 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Rhodes' great performance Sonic Boom KT lost 81-82 to Mobis Phoebus (#5, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sonic Boom KT can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Rhodes he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Rhodes has individually a great season in South Korea. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.7rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eric Sandrin (206-F/C-78) of Samsung Th. - 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Joo-Sung Kim (205-F/C-79) of Dongbu Promy - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Seung-Jin Ha (221-C-85) of KCC Egis - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ho-Young Yoon (198-F-84) of Dongbu Promy - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Dong-Geun Yang (181-G-81) of Mobis Phoebus - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Jung-Hyun Lee (190-F-87) of Anyang KGC - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ki-Sung Shin (180-G-75) of ET Land - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists

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


Victories for Mobis Phoebus, ET Land, Dongbu Promy and Anyang KGC - by Eurobasket News
KBL Regular Season is still in too early stage and there may be still significant changes in the standings.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated KCC Egis (2-1) in Inchon on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by fifth ranked ET Land Elephants (2-1) 79-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KCC Egis. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 48-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. International forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) helped adding 17 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. ET Land Elephants moved-up to third place, which they share with Mobis Phoebus and KCC Egis. ET Land Elephants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KCC Egis will play on the road against the league's leader Dongbu Promy in Wonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Sonic Boom KT (1-2) against ninth ranked Mobis Phoebus (2-1) on Tuesday night. Host Sonic Boom KT was edged by Mobis Phoebus in a tough game in Busan 81-82. It was an exceptional evening for American center Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks. Dong-Geun Yang accounted for 14 points and 9 assists. American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds for Sonic Boom KT in the defeat. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with KCC Egis and ET Land. Sonic Boom KT at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with Samsung Th. and Anyang KGC. Mobis Phoebus will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sonic Boom KT will play on the road against SK Knights (#9) in Seoul to get more than just one victory in their record.
KBL top team - Dongbu Promy (3-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they beat ninth ranked Daegu Orions (0-3) 69-52. The best player for the winners was Ho-Young Yoon who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was Daniel Sandrin who recorded 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dongbu Promy have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record. Loser Daegu Orions still closes the standings with three games lost. Dongbu Promy will meet at home KCC Egis (#5) in the next round. Daegu Orions will play against Samsung Thunders (#8) in Seoul and hope to get finally their first victory.
The game in Seoul supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Anyang KGC (1-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Samsung Thunders (1-2). Anyang KGC smashed Samsung Thunders 95-67. It was a good game for Chan-Hee Park who led his team to a victory with 25 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Anyang KGC went down to sixth position due to points difference, which they share with Samsung Th. and Sonic Boom KT. Anyang KGC's next round opponent will be league's second-placed LG Sakers in Changwon and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.


Sonic Boom KT - Mobis Phoebus 81-82

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Sonic Boom KT (1-2) against ninth ranked Mobis Phoebus (2-1) on Tuesday night. Host Sonic Boom KT was edged by Mobis Phoebus in a tough game in Busan 81-82. Sonic Boom KT was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 21-18 charge of Mobis Phoebus, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for American center Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks. The former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) accounted for 14 points and 9 assists for the winning side. American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) added 15 points respectively for Sonic Boom KT in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with KCC Egis and ET Land. Sonic Boom KT at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with Samsung Th. and Anyang KGC. Mobis Phoebus will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sonic Boom KT will play on the road against SK Knights (#9) in Seoul to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 25+12reb, S.Park 15+3reb+2ast, D.Cho 15+3reb+1ast, S.Cho 12+1reb+4ast, Y.Song 8+2reb+3ast, W.Yaung 4+2reb+3ast
Mobis Phoebus: M.Thomas 29+10reb+3ast, J.Park 17+3reb, J.Lee 15+1reb+5ast, D.Yang 14+3reb+9ast, D.Ryang Kim 4+8reb, D.Kim 3+1reb
gschID: 145622


ET Land - KCC Egis 79-76

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated KCC Egis (2-1) in Inchon on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by fifth ranked ET Land Elephants (2-1) 79-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KCC Egis. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 48-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. International forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) helped adding 17 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and international center Seung-Jin Ha (221-85) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Four ET Land Elephants and five KCC Egis players scored in double figures. ET Land Elephants moved-up to third place, which they share with Mobis Phoebus and KCC Egis. ET Land Elephants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KCC Egis will play on the road against the league's leader Dongbu Promy in Wonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: T.Akins 15+2reb+8ast, D.Sims 14+13reb+4ast, T.Kim 14+2reb+1ast, S.Ha 13+11reb+2ast, S.Choo 13+3reb+3ast, M.Sin 7+6reb
ET Land: J.Vroman 19+14reb+5ast, T.Moon 17+5reb+2ast, K.Shin 15+2reb+5ast, H.Lee 11+6reb+2ast, N.Ham 8+3reb+1ast, B.Chung 5
gschID: 145623


Daegu Orions - Dongbu Promy 52-69

KBL top team - Dongbu Promy (3-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they beat ninth ranked Daegu Orions (0-3) 69-52. The game without a history. Dongbu Promy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Daegu Orions to just 7 points in third quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dongbu Promy made 11 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks. The former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Daniel Sandrin (200-80, college: Seattle Pacific) who recorded 12 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Jin-Soo Choi (202, college: Maryland) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dongbu Promy have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record. Loser Daegu Orions still closes the standings with three games lost. Dongbu Promy will meet at home KCC Egis (#5) in the next round. Daegu Orions will play against Samsung Thunders (#8) in Seoul and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Daegu Orions: D.Sandrin 12+8reb, J.Choi 10+8reb+1ast, J.Chun 8+2reb+1ast, C.Williams 7+8reb+1ast, H.Cho 6+3reb+4ast, M.Kim 6+4reb+2ast
Dongbu Promy: J.Kim 18+7reb+2ast, J.Park 12+3reb+3ast, H.Yoon 10+11reb+6ast, J.Ahn 9+1reb, R.Benson 8+8reb, J.Hwang 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 145624


Samsung Th. - Anyang KGC 67-95

The game in Seoul supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Anyang KGC (1-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Samsung Thunders (1-2). Anyang KGC smashed Samsung Thunders 95-67. Samsung Thunders were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 60-30 second half run of Anyang KGC. They also forced 25 Samsung Thunders turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for international guard Chan-Hee Park (190-87) who led his team to a victory with 25 points. American power forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Anyang KGC players scored in double figures. International power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Samsung Thunders. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite that victory Anyang KGC went down to sixth position due to points difference, which they share with Samsung Th. and Sonic Boom KT. Anyang KGC's next round opponent will be league's second-placed LG Sakers in Changwon and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: E.Sandrin 18+16reb+4ast, P.John Ramos 16+8reb+2ast, W.Lee 15+2reb+2ast, D.Park 5+5reb+5ast, D.Kim 4+6reb, S.Yoo 4+1reb
Anyang KGC: C.Park 25+1reb, J.Lee 16+2reb+2ast, R.White 12+10reb+1ast, S.Oh 12+7reb+2ast, I.Kim 9+1reb, S.Kim 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 145621




Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 3-0 
 2. LG Sakers 2-1 
 3. ET Land 2-1 
 4. KCC Egis 2-1 
 5. Mobis Phoebus 2-1 
 6. Anyang KGC 2-2 
 7. Samsung Th. 1-2 
 8. SK Knights 1-2 
 9. Sonic Boom KT 1-3 
 10. Daegu Orions 0-3 


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  SPAIN   


Interview: Mo Tangara - by JC Ruiz
Mohamed Tangara (208-F/C-84, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Arizona) the 610 (2m8), 242 pound (111kg) basketball player from Mali and the USA, has played as a power forward/center in Spain and around the world. Mohamed Tangara started his basketball career at Mount Zion Christian Academy in North Carolina, USA. He then moved to the University of Arizona, from 2004-2008 to play at one of the top basketball programs in the NCAA, under hall of fame coach Lute Olson. Tangara then finished his college career at Chaminade University. He began his professional career during the NBA summer league with the Milwaukee Bucks and went on to play in the Middle East and later Spain. Tangara has been a member of the Mali National team since 2000 as a junior player until 2007. He then started playing with the Senior National Team. Most recently he was named the captain of the Mali Senior National Team during the 2011 FIBA Afro basket tournament.

How do you feel after Afro basket?
Overall it was a good experience. To be able to represent my country and play against some of the top teams from Africa in this tournament was amazing. I had a chance to go against some good big men and feel competitive in the tournament. Mali national team is under construction. I believe we will be back, even stronger, in 2013 and I hope my country can even host the next Afrobasketball tournament in 2013. I feel very proud to have been given the chance to represent my country. Once again I keep improving my game and working on my talent. I ranked in the top 3 centers in scoring of the 2011 Afrobasketball games, top 5 all around rebounder and top 19 all around scoring for all positions. My average was 12ppg 8.4 rebounds per game.

You played at a high level, but perhaps the team was not as good as expected?
We had a little bit of a young team and also not that much time to practice together as a whole. We did face some challenges, but overall I thought the team gave it everything we had and did our best to represent Mali as players. I believe in the future we will be ranked higher and keep working to always do our best.

Fortune has not been by your side, nevertheless, have continued working hard, why? Many people in your place would have been paid
I am going to keep working hard no matter what. I believe in my talent and that I can play at a high level. Soon the right team will find me and I will showcase my talent, help them win, and get paid. It is just a matter of time and having the right people working with you.

Last season was very difficult for you. How are you now?
I am doing fine, I can't complain. I am healthy and surrounded by good people that support me, which is the most important thing. Challenges will always surface and you have to face them! The market is hard right now, but I just keep working out and playing hard to stay in shape until I get that phone call from a team and agent!

Would you like to return to Spain this season?

For sure! I would love to return to Spain, but not at a low level. I had a great tournament in the 2011 FIBA Africa games and I feel like I have worked hard and proven myself to rise above the level I was playing at before. I do really miss the Spanish Tortilla though and the people of Spain. I made great friends that helped me with my project to support young athletes and education in Mali, and found the fans to be supportive and fun! I think the Spanish league is one of the best in Europe and I definitely hope to be back there one day!


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  SWEDEN   


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Stephen MCDOWELL
  Solna
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 26
 1. McDowell, Solna26.0 
 2. Zabas, Jamtland23.3 
 3. Mbemba, LF Basket20.3 
 4. Grundberg, Uppsala19.5 
 5. McKnight, Boras18.8 
 6. Krayem, Boras17.5 
 7. Safford, LF Basket17.5 
 8. Sigurdarson, Sunds.17.5 
 9. Akesson, 0817.0 
 10. Watt, Eco Orebro16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sunds.
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.11.5 
 2. Toombs, Eco Orebro10.0 
 3. Akesson, 088.5 
 4. Palm, Boras8.3 
 5. Johnson, Uppsala8.3 
 6. Lalugba, Jamtland8.3 
 7. McKnight, Boras8.3 
 8. Safford, LF Basket8.0 
 9. Ermolinskij, Sunds.8.0 
 10. Watt, Eco Orebro7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket10.0 
 2. Carter, Uppsala7.0 
 3. Krayem, Boras5.8 
 4. Hellgren, Jamtland5.3 
 5. Akesson, 084.0 
 6. Pleick, Eco Orebro4.0 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkopi.3.8 
 8. Eriksson, Uppsala3.8 
 9. Beck, Solna3.5 
 10. Smith, Sodertalje3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.8 
 2. Carter, Uppsala3.5 
 3. Mbemba, LF Basket3.0 
 4. Ramsey, LF Basket2.8 
 5. Johnson, Sundsvall2.8 
 6. Zabas, Jamtland2.8 
 7. McDowell, Solna2.5 
 8. Mitchell, Norrkopi.2.5 
 9. Pleick, Eco Orebro2.3 
 10. Ermolinskij, Sund.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith RAMSEY
  LF Basket
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ramsey, LF Basket2.3 
 2. Watt, Eco Orebro2.3 
 3. Toombs, Eco Orebro2.0 
 4. Johnson, Uppsala2.0 
 5. Simms, Sodertalje1.5 
 6. Lalugba, Jamtland1.5 
 7. Blom, 081.3 
 8. Gregory, Sundsvall1.0 
 9. Odada, 081.0 
 10. Doychinov, Solna1.0 


Stephen McDowell leads Solna in victory over LF Basket with 42 points! - by Eurobasket
Former NBA Development League and Tennessee Chattanooga player Stephen McDowell (180-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Chattanooga) led all scorers Tuesday night with 42 points and 4 assists as Solna Vikings recorded their first win of regular season. Visiting LF Basket was defeated for second time this season as Solna recorded the victory 103-93. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 28-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. Solna Vikings made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Solna Vikings outrebounded LF Basket 36-25 including 21 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 19 long-distance shots on high 57.6 percentage. This was the first home game for Solna and a much needed win against a high level opponent with LF Basket. Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81) contributed with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners

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U16 Asia Championship: India topple Taiwan to claim second spot in Group A - by Eurobasket News
India U16 - Taiwan U16 73:52

India proved too good for Taiwan on the final day of the preliminary action at the U16 Asia Championship. India thus improved at 2-1 record and occupied the second position in Group A ladder. Ajay Pratap Singh (193-F-95) delivered 25 points in the victory. Taiwan fell at 1-2 record in the third position in the ladder.
India used a strong first quarter to clear off. They piled up a 21:8 lead ten minutes into the encounter. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. India stayed in front posting a 39:26 halftime lead. Taiwan failed to change the complexion of the game after the big break. India arrived at the final break up by 16 points 57:41. India did not loosen the grasp and rallied to the victory at the end. Karthickeyan Saminathan (188-G-95) notched 18 points, while Loveneet Singh (178-G-95) added 12 points in the victory. Kuan-Shiuan Lu answered with 15 points for Taiwan. Wang I-Fan (95) notched 11 points in the loss.

India U16: Ajay Pratap Singh 25, Karthickeyan Saminathan 18, Loveneet Singh 12
Taiwan U16: Kuan-Shiuan Lu 15, Wang I-Fan 11


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  TURKEY   


Lakovic brings Galatasaray first ever Euroleague win - by Eurobasket News
Asseco Prokom - Galatasaray 72-76

First ever Euroleague win for Galatasaray Medical Park. The Turkish squad, who reached the regular season through qualifications, managed to beat Asseco Prokom on the road 72-76 thanks to great third quarter and well played last 80 seconds of the game. Both teams are placed to Group D, together with Montepaschi, Barca, Olimpija and Unics. Slovenian PG Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) shined last night with 21 points. He made 6 of 7 attempts from behind the arc. Preston Shumpert (198-G/F-79, college: Syracuse) had 12 points and Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) helped his team with 11 pts. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) (5 rebs) and Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) had 15 points each for the hosts. Their third scorer was Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) with 12 pts. Quarters: 19-21, 18-11, 11-27, 24-17. Prokom tied the score to 71-71 with 1:22 left, but Lakovic and Andric paced their team to 71-74 lead after that. Blassingame missed a driving shot but Gordon went 0-for-2 from the foul line with 9.9 seconds to go. Galatasaray fouled on Gee, who missed his second attempt on purpose. Shipp grabbed the rebound and allowed Galatasaray to put the victory on ice. In the next round, Galatasaray will host Unics. Asseco Prokom goes to Barcelona.

Asseco Prokom: Donatas Motiejunas 15+5 boards, Adam Hrycaniuk 15, Oliver Lafayette 12
Galatasaray: Jaka Lakovic 21, Preston Shumpert 12, Luksa Andric 11


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Marcelus KEMP
  Besiktas
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 27
 1. Kemp, Besiktas27.0 
 2. Washington, Turk T.23.0 
 3. Hawkins, Besiktas22.0 
 4. Karadeniz, Turk T.21.0 
 5. Uner, Trabzonspor20.0 
 6. Wright, Olin Edirne20.0 
 7. Fisher, Antalya19.0 
 8. Songaila, Galatasa.19.0 
 9. Grundy, Mersin19.0 
 10. Bryan-A., Hacett.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Umit SONKOL
  Aliaga
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 13
 1. Sonkol, Aliaga13.0 
 2. Stanojevic, Karsi.11.0 
 3. Sanders, Hacett.10.0 
 4. Stimac, Olin Edirne9.0 
 5. Cantitiz, Bandirma.9.0 
 6. Gist, Fener.Ulker8.0 
 7. Erden, Besiktas8.0 
 8. Grier, Mersin7.0 
 9. Koc, Tofas7.0 
 10. Bryan-A., Hacett.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kenan SIPAHI
  Tofas
  (192-PG-95)
  Avg: 8
 1. Sipahi, Tofas8.0 
 2. Washington, Turk T.8.0 
 3. Chatman, Karsiyaka7.0 
 4. Ilievski, Anadolu6.0 
 5. Toolson, Aliaga6.0 
 6. Ermis, Banvit BK5.0 
 7. Williams, Besiktas5.0 
 8. Senturk, Erdemir5.0 
 9. Koc, Tofas5.0 
 10. Erdogan, Karsiyaka4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tarence KINSEY
  Anadolu .
  (200-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kinsey, Anadolu3.0 
 2. Peker, Fener.Ulker3.0 
 3. Ermis, Banvit BK3.0 
 4. Sanders, Hacett.3.0 
 5. Grundy, Mersin3.0 
 6. Grier, Mersin3.0 
 7. Chatman, Karsiyaka3.0 
 8. Fisher, Antalya2.0 
 9. Ilyasova, Anadolu2.0 
 10. Jerrells, Fener.U.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew BRYAN-AMANING
  Hacett.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bryan-A., Hacett.3.0 
 2. Gordon, Galatasaray3.0 
 3. Koc, Tofas2.0 
 4. Robinson, Erdemir2.0 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir2.0 
 6. Jasaitis, Turk T.2.0 
 7. Hammonds, Banvit1.0 
 8. Mahmutoglu, Antal.1.0 
 9. Nichols, Tofas1.0 
 10. Batista, Anadolu1.0 


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Anadolu Efes 1-0 
 2. Besiktas 1-0 
 3. Fener.Ulker 1-0 
 4. Galatasaray 1-0 
 5. Hacettepe Univ. 1-0 
 6. Karsiyaka 1-0 
 7. Tofas 1-0 
 8. Turk Telekom 1-0 
 9. Aliaga 0-1 
 10. Antalya 0-1 
 11. Bandirma Kir. 0-1 
 12. Banvit BK 0-1 
 13. Erdemir 0-1 
 14. Mersin 0-1 
 15. Olin Edirne 0-1 
 16. Trabzonspor 0-1 


Fenerbahce Ulker loses first Euroleague game by an inch - by Pervin Elgin
Fenerbahce Ulker Basketball Team met with Spanish Caja Laboral in their first Turkish Airlines Euroleague game in Group A. Ulker came out defeated with 66-69. The biggest bully for Ulker was Mirza Teletovic, who scored 23 points and 6 rebounds for the Spanish team. Omer Onan scored 16 points for Fener.

Both teams started the fight with mutual scores. In the first 3 minutes of playing time Fenerbahce was clearly the dominant side, but this resulted in only a small lead: 5-4. Effective offensive play by Roko Ukic increased the gap to 11-4. The rule of the Ulker team continued in the rest of the first period, but this was not translated into a big difference in scores. Ulker finished the period 6 points ahead: 18-12.

In the second period it was Caja Laboral that dictated the game. After 15 minutes of playing time, the Spanish team had managed to turn the game around to their advantage: 26-30. Ulker showed resilience and re-captured the lead in the final two minutes, resulting in a narrow 36-34 lead at halftime.

In the first 4 minutes of the third period both teams made their baskets: 41-40 after 24 minutes played. After that, Ulker failed to produce sufficient offensive numbers. Laboral seized the opportunity and Fenerbahce was forced to enter the final period 48-53 behind.

In the final period Ulker's duo Jerrell and Gist took over and handed Fenerbahce the lead again: 58-57 with little over 3 minutes of playtime left. Laboral regained the advantage in the next minute, but Ulker managed to hang on with foul shots by Oguz Savas with a mere 14 seconds of playing time left: 66-68. Ribas scored a free throw for the Spanish guests, but Ulker found a wide open Omer Onan, who went for a three point shot in the final seconds. His shot bounced out, and Laboral grabbed the rebound, securing a 66-69 win. Ulker's next game will be a road game against Olympiakos.




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Hebraica Macabi is the LUB leader - by Hector Lopez
Hebraica Macabi defeated Bohemios 77-68 to win its sixth game without defeats and they are the LUB leaders. Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) netted 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Hebraica while Kodi Augustus (203-F-87, college: Mississippi St.) netted 8 with 4 rebounds. For Bohemios Jaycen Herring (196-G/F-86, college: SE Missouri St.) scored 20 points with 4 rebounds and 6 blocks and Jamal Douglas scored 15 with 8 rebounds 2 blocks and 4 asists. The other results were:
Guruyu Waston 76 - Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) 30 points 10 rebounds, Robert Mitchell (198-F-86) 4 points 4 rebounds, Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL) 11 points 14 rebounds 3 assists
Union Atletica 60 - Blake Walker (197-F/G-82, college: Portland St.) 24 points 7 rebounds, Adam Zahn (203-F-84, college: Oregon) 6 points 9 rebounds 1 block
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Trouville 65 - Martin Aguilera (197-F-87) 20 points, 4 rebounds 2 assists, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 8 points 19 rebounds 3 blocks, Adam Zahn 4 points 2 rebounds
Sayago 50 - Terence Shelman 13 points 10 rebounds 3 blocks 5 assists, Derrick Roland (193-G-88, college: Texas A&M) 4 points 6 rebounds
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Bigua 101 - Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) 35 points 6 rebounds, Ryan Humphrey (203-C/F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) 23 points 12 rebounds 1 block
Montevideo 81 - Cheyenne Moore (198-G-84, college: Georgetown, KY) 23 points 5 rebounds 4 assists, Federico Haller (198-F-88) 24 points 11 rebounds 1 block, Otis Polk (206-C-88, college: Bowling Green) 9 points 14 rebounds 4 blocks


Newsome number one in for round 7 - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized American center Reque Newsome (204-C-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Malvin, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Defensor (#2, 5-2) 89-77. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Malvin is placed at 3rd position in American LUB. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Malvin already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. It was one of impressive evenings for Newsome as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Reque Newsome averages just after three games 11.3ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Torre Johnson (198-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Olimpia. Johnson had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 18 rebounds. Of course he lead Olimpia to another comfortable win 88-69 over Cader (#15, 0-6) being unquestionably team leader. Olimpia's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Johnson is a newcomer at Olimpia, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.2ppg (#1). He also registered 10.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Cheyenne Moore (198-G-84) of Montevideo (#9). Moore got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . He was a key player of Montevideo, leading his team to a 85-75 win against Bohemios (3-3). Montevideo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Moore has a great season in Uruguay. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.5ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Keenan (201-F/C-88) of Larre Borges - 19 points and 16 rebounds
5. Andres San Miguel (198-F-82) of Bohemios - 18 points and 7 rebounds
6. Jamaal Douglas (201-F-85) of Bohemios - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Terence Shellman (199-F-78) of Sayago - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kristian Clarkson (202-F-84) of Larre Borges - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Brad Kanis (218-C-84) of Trouville - 24 points and 5 rebounds
10. Marques Lewis (203-C-83) of Olimpia - 12 points and 11 rebounds

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


Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
Capital
 1. Hebraica 6-0 
 2. Defensor 5-2 
 3. Malvin 4-0 
 4. Aguada 4-1 
 5. Guruyu Waston 4-3 
 6. Olimpia 4-3 
 7. Trouville 4-3 
 8. Bigua 3-3 
 9. Welcome 3-3 
 10. Un.Atletica 3-4 
 11. Montevideo 3-4 
 12. Bohemios 3-4 
 13. Cordon 2-4 
 14. Sayago 2-4 
 15. Cader 0-6 
 16. Larre Borges 0-6 
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 


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Torre JOHNSON
  Olimpia
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Johnson, Olimpia27.1 
 2. Herring, Bohemios25.5 
 3. Moore, Montevideo24.5 
 4. Crews, Cader24.2 
 5. Nelson, Welcome21.7 
 6. Roland, Sayago21.2 
 7. Silveira, Defensor20.3 
 8. Palacios, Cordon20.2 
 9. Douglas, Bohemios20.0 
 10. Haller, Montevideo19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher JACKSON
  Defensor
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Jackson, Defensor11.3 
 2. Johnson, Olimpia11.3 
 3. Polk, Montevideo11.3 
 4. Douglas, Bohemios10.5 
 5. Morales, Aguada10.2 
 6. Martin, Guruyu W.9.8 
 7. Jones, Aguada9.8 
 8. Caudle, Un.Atletica9.7 
 9. Haller, Montevideo9.7 
 10. Lewis, Olimpia9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Barrera, Hebraica8.0 
 2. Gonzalez, Aguada7.4 
 3. Fitipaldo, Malvin7.0 
 4. Jeffries, Malvin5.5 
 5. Martinez, Malvin5.3 
 6. de Gouveia, Monte.4.8 
 7. Muro, Aguada4.8 
 8. Cambon, Bigua4.6 
 9. Trasante, Olimpia4.4 
 10. Acosta, Welcome4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mathias CALFANI
  Bigua
  (202-C-92)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Calfani, Bigua3.5 
 2. Barrera, Hebraica3.4 
 3. Moore, Montevideo3.0 
 4. Jeffries, Malvin2.8 
 5. Garcia Moral., Big.2.8 
 6. Shellman, Sayago2.8 
 7. Aguilera, Trouville2.7 
 8. Tornaria, Trouville2.6 
 9. Giano, Cordon2.5 
 10. Silvarrey, Sayago2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Montevideo
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Polk, Montevideo2.3 
 2. Crews, Cader2.2 
 3. Smith, Malvin2.0 
 4. Douglas, Bohemios1.8 
 5. Newsome, Malvin1.7 
 6. Mitchell, Guruyu W.1.5 
 7. Calfani, Bigua1.5 
 8. Shellman, Sayago1.4 
 9. Herring, Bohemios1.3 
 10. Jones, Aguada1.3 


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  UZBEKISTAN   


U16 Asia Championship: South Korea cruise past Uzbekistan - by Eurobasket News
South Korea U16 - Uzbekistan U16 120:29

South Korea registered the third straight win at the U16 Asia Championship. They overcame Uzbekistan to clinch top spot in Group B. Kim Gookchan (193-F-96) scored 16 points to pace well-balanced effort from the Korean side. Uzbekistan fell at 0-3 record at the bottom of the ladder.
South Korea unloaded 34 points in the opening frame to take a 30-point lead at the first break. South Korea maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 52:10 halftime advantage. South Korea did not slow down the tempo in the second half. They erupted for as many as 40 points in the fourth quarter to celebrate a confident win at the end. Shin Mincheol (187-F-96) produced 13 points, while three more players delivered 12 points each in the win. Ruslan Bokhodirov (215-C-95) answered with 11 points for Uzbekistan. Farrukhjon Muratov (185-G-95) had 8 points in the losing effort.

South Korea U16: Kim Gookchan 16, Shin Mincheol 13
Uzbekistan U16: Ruslan Bokhodirov 11, Farrukhjon Muratov 8


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  VIETNAM   


U16 Asia Championship: Philippines thump Vietnam - by Eurobasket News
Philippines U16 - Vietnam U16 111:25

Philippines stayed undefeated at the start of U16 Asia Championship. They breezed past hosting Vietnam to clinch the top spot in Group D. Rashleigh-Paolo Rivero (188-G-95) stepped up with 20 points to lead the visitors. Vietnam fell at 0-2 record but made it into the Qualifying Round of the tournament.
Philippines unloaded 32 points in the first frame to post a 21-point advantage. They limited the hosts to just 6 points in the second term to establish a comfortable 59:17 halftime lead. Philippines maintained the pressure in the second half. They accumulated a massive 83:22 advantage with one quarter remaining. Philippines never looked back and cruised to the victory at the end. Jordan Heading (185-G-96) delivered 17 points, while Michael Javelosa (193-G/F-95) contributed 16 points in the winning case. Jason Tran (180-F-95) and Tung Nguyen answered with 5 points each for Vietnam.

Philippines U16: Rashleigh-Paolo Rivero 20, Jordan Heading 17, Michael Javelosa 16
Vietnam U16: Jason Tran 5, Tung Nguyen 5



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


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




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


WNBL: 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 WNBL. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

Canberra C. - Townsville F. 60-72
There was no surprise when Canberra Capitals (0-3) were defeated at home by Townsville Fire (3-0) 72-60 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 38-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was international guard Rachael Flanagan (170-G-82) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Shanavia Dowdell (188-87, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. International center Marianna Tolo (196-89) produced 6 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Jessica Bibby (169-79) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Townsville Fire have a three-game winning streak and keep a position of league leader, which they share with Sydney UF. Loser Canberra Capitals still closes the standings with three games lost. Townsville Fire will have a break next round. Canberra Capitals will play on the road against Logan Thunder in Loganholme.
Top scorers:
Canberra C.: J.Bibby 14+2reb+1ast, M.Lewis 11+3reb, B.Ardossi 9+6reb, N.Hunt 8+2reb+2ast, C.Wilson 6+5reb+3ast, M.Tolo 6+11reb+1ast
Townsville F.: R.Flanagan 20+6reb+2ast, J.Foley 13+5reb+4ast, S.Dowdell 12+8reb+5ast, N.Payne 8+3reb, V.Frieson 8+3reb+2ast, M.Cocks 7+1reb
gschID: 135982


Dandenong R. - Logan T. 80-87
Dandenong Rangers (1-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Logan Thunder (2-0) 87-80. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. Logan Thunder forced 20 Dandenong Rangers turnovers. The best player for the winners was international center Cayla Francis (192-89) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Kristen Veal (176-81) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. Logan Thunder's coach Olaf Lange used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international swingman Jenna O'Hea (185-87) produced 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and Canadian center Krista Phillips (198-88, college: Michigan) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Logan Thunder and four Dandenong Rangers players scored in double figures. Logan Thunder moved-up to third place. Dandenong Rangers at the other side keep the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with Adelaide and Bulleen B.. Logan Thunder are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Canberra Capitals (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dandenong Rangers will play against AIS (#8) in Belconnen and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Dandenong R.: K.Macleod 18+1reb+6ast, K.Phillips 17+8reb+3ast, J.O'Hea 17+9reb+6ast, S.Cumming 16+6reb, T.Cunningham 8+1reb, A.Downie 2+2reb
Logan T.: K.Veal 20+2reb+5ast, R.Camino 18+3reb+3ast, C.Francis 17+10reb+4ast, S.Graham 11+1reb+3ast, E.Langford 10+2reb+1ast, N.Taylor 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 135983


Bulleen B. - Bendigo S. 81-93
Bulleen Boomers (1-1) lost at home to Bendigo Spirit (1-2) 81-93 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Bendigo Spirit. Bulleen Boomers was better in third quarter 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Bendigo Spirit won last quarter 23-12. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was international swingman Tess Madgen (180-90) who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. Center Gabrielle Richards (191-84, college: Oregon) chipped in 25 points and 7 rebounds. International center Liz Cambage (203-91) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and international guard Rachel Jarry (185-91) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four Bendigo Spirit and five Bulleen Boomers players scored in double figures. Bendigo Spirit left bottom position moving up to seventh place. Defending champion Bulleen Boomers keep the fourth position with one game lost. Bendigo Spirit will face West Coast Waves (#9) in Perth in the next round. Bulleen Boomers will play at home against West Coast Waves (#9) in Perth.
Top scorers:
Bulleen B.: L.Cambage 19+8reb, A.Kunek 17+6reb+2ast, R.Jarry 17+6reb+3ast, S.Richards 16+2reb+6ast, J.Leedham 10+1reb+1ast, T.Roberts 2+1reb+2ast
Bendigo S.: G.Richards 25+7reb+2ast, T.Madgen 25+6reb+3ast, K.Harrower 19+3reb+7ast, C.Aubry 12+6reb+1ast, K.Wilson 4+8reb+6ast, L.Wallbutton 4+2