EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/23/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Maccabi T-A Bounces over Siroki With an 84:60 Victory - by David Pick
Maccabi Tel-Aviv bounced back from its tough Thursday night Euroleague road lose to Danilo Gallianri's Armani Milano by signing American scorer Keith Langford, and securing the number one spot in the Adriatic League, with a perfect 4-0 record and 84:60 victory over Bosnian Siroki WWin. David Blatt's first change in tonight's game was Jon Scheyer's first yellow-and-blue starting five appearance, as Jordan Farmar took the bench for the night wearing civilian clothes.

Despite suffering an embarrassing shooting display from beyond the arc with 2-for-13, Maccabi's big men, Lior Eliyahu (19), Richard Hendrix (16) and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (13), made sure the victory returns to Israel.

Maccabi 84 Siroki 60

Siroki scored on all of its first four positions, shooting wild three-point percentages (5-for-10 in the first half) on route to an 18:14 lead, before Richard Hendrix's back board buzzer beating floater gave Maccabi a 23:21, first quarter lead. Sofoklis Schortsanitis' free throws handed Maccabi a 31:27 advantage, answered by another Bosnian three pointer. From this point on Maccabi simply dominated, David Blu hit his team's first bucket from deep and Yogev Ohayon stole back-to-back balls sparking a 19:3, Maccabi run, easily winning the second quarter (27:12), enjoying a 50:33, halftime cushion.

Frani Pilepic fired up the home crowd with his fourth trey (4-for-4), closing the deficit to 52:39, but Eliyahu and Guy Pnini held on to Maccabi's lead 64:44. Eliyahu with another ugly but efficient running hook, Ohayon's bucket in the paint and Pnini's free-throw, sealed the deal marking Maccabi's biggest lead of the night, 84:60.

Maccabi will return to Italy tonight for a connection flight, landing in Israel tomorrow afternoon, prior to Monday's Israeli league road game versus Ironi Ashkelon, concluding four flights, and three road games in seven days.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick



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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.23.8 
 2. Pilepic, Siroki W.19.7 
 3. Chase, Cibona18.8 
 4. Pavkovic, Radnicki17.5 
 5. Pekovic, Partizan17.0 
 6. Simon, KK.17.0 
 7. Jeremic, Hemofarm17.0 
 8. Jordan, Krka16.5 
 9. Morrison, Crvena Z.16.5 
 10. Sakic, Siroki WWin16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm14.5 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.0 
 3. Simon, Radnicki K.8.3 
 4. Jagodnik, Union O.7.0 
 5. Pekovic, Partizan6.7 
 6. Lucic, Partizan6.7 
 7. Popovic, Crvena Z.6.5 
 8. Schortsaniti., Mac.6.3 
 9. Sakic, Siroki WWin6.3 
 10. Ilic, Crvena Zvez.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Miljan PAVKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Pavkovic, Radnicki9.3 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki6.7 
 3. Stinson, Krka6.0 
 4. Farmar, Maccabi4.7 
 5. Covic, Crvena Z.4.5 
 6. Capin, Union Olimp.4.3 
 7. Papaloukas, Macca.4.0 
 8. Naletilic, Siroki4.0 
 9. Bakic, Radnicki K.4.0 
 10. Simon, KK.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Yogev OHAYON
  Maccabi .
  (189-PG-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ohayon, Maccabi3.0 
 2. Chase, Cibona2.8 
 3. Simon, KK.2.3 
 4. Sinovec, Radnicki2.3 
 5. Markovic, Radnicki2.3 
 6. Dragic, Krka2.0 
 7. Milutinovic, Crven.2.0 
 8. Baxter, Krka2.0 
 9. Savovic, Hemofarm1.8 
 10. Gay, Helios1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.7 
 2. Kasun, KK.1.3 
 3. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda1.3 
 4. Vucevic, Buducnost1.3 
 5. Schortsaniti., Mac.1.0 
 6. Thompson, Union O.1.0 
 7. Jeremic, Hemofarm1.0 
 8. Hendrix, Maccabi1.0 
 9. Owens, Cedevita1.0 
 10. Cresnar, Helios1.0 


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  ARGENTINA   


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


Torneo Federal 2011/12 rosters: Northeast zone - by Facundo Iatzky
Hindu Resistencia:

Nestor Serantes (183-G)
German Balado (181-G)
Facundo Cenzano (188-G-83)
Facundo Garcia (190-F)
Nicolas Boeri (193-F-89)
Oscar Cacho Arce (206-C-74)
Gustavo Mascaro (185-G-80)
Sergio Zacarias (197-F-87)
Fabio Garcia (190-F)
Mauro Coronel (185-G-83)
Federico Scandroli (200-F-87)

Coach: Luis Cequeira

Tokio deportivo y social:

Nicolas Fulquet (201-F/C-81)
Luciano Garrone (181-G)
Mariano Kuprasch (195-F)
Victor Jourdan (188-F)
Victor Sudol (201-F/C-83)
Maximiliano Acosta (185-G-88)
Juan nicolas Martinez (186-G)
Matias Caramuto (185-G-78)
Enzo stietz (185-G)
Pablo Woloszyn (202-C-91)

coach: Juan Bidarra

Santa rita:

Ernesto Pedrero (183-G)
Victor Ocampo (183-G)
Martin Gandoy (194-G-91)
Gustavo Caceres (181-G)
Gonzalo Traverso (196-G/F-88)
Luciano Pozzer (196-F-90)
Facundo Speranza (194-F-92)
Alejandro Cabrera (205-C-90)
Facundo Varela (194-G-90)
Dennis Gomez (194-F-88)

Coach: Eduardo Schweizer

Sarmiento Casinos Gala:


Marcelo Puchetta (180-G)
Gabriel Scarpa (206-C-80)
Ruben Insaurralde (198-F/C-79)
Roman Talotti (187-G-87)
Javier Lagrana (192-F)
Nicolas Dominguez (183-PG-90)
Dario Vega (190-F)
Leandro Ayala (198-F-82)
Sebastian Abarca (185-G)

coach: Sergio Ruberto

Social Las Brenas:

Marcos Lueg (194-F-91)
Roman Camposarcuno (185-G-90)
Damian Bruner (180-G)
Julio Ruiz (192-G-84)
Martin Balteiro (194-F-89)
Ignacio Luna (203-F-90)
Cristian Aguilar (173-G)
Jose Szpilard (192-G-90)
Frederico Herrera (197-C-93)
Ricardo Pikaluk (188-G-76)
Yael Maidana (174-G)

coach: Luis Pikaluk






Mitre:



Luis Ayala (192-F)
Santino Ciganda (173-G)
Francisco Magallanes (195-F-79)
Cristian Diesel (184-G-86)
dario Wabeke (192-G)
Rodrigo Schulz (194-F)
Marcos Carrillo (198-F/C-92)
Kenyi Matsumura (182-G)
Facundo Barreyro (184-G)
Gabriel Pared (178-G)

Emilio Olsson (203-C-86)


coach: Javier Stassi

Domingo faustino Sarmiento:

Agustin Sieiro (184-G)
Marcos Sabaj (183-G-87)
Manuel Martinez (180-G)
Alan Omar (195-G-90)
Ariel Hillebrand (196-F-89)
Matias Velozo (180-G)
Nahum Monsalve (194-F-91)
Felix Medina (182-G-84)
Aron Alarcon (192-F)
Nicolas Gomez (178-G)
Fabian Hector Barraza (206-C-72)

coach: Gustavo Vega




Terrence Shannon joins Gimnasia de Comodoro - by Eurobasket News
Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Elgin CC) will continue his career in Argentina. The forward has agreed on terms of contract with Gimnasia de Comodoro Rivadavia. Terrence Shannon will replace Ike Ofoegbu (205-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: SMU) on the roster. The forward started the previous season in Lebanon. Terrence Shannon played for Anibal Zahle. He tallied 20.9 points, 11.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game in Lebanese Division A. Later Terrence Shannon moved to Puerto Rico. He joined Vaqueros de Bayamon. His stats read 14.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 block per game in BSN. Previously Terrence Shannon had stints in CBA, USBL, NBDL, Venezuela, Israel, South Korea. The forward used to play for Quimsa back in 2006/07 season.


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


Qualifying Round starts in Nha Trang City - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Taiwan - South Korea 59-79
South Korea recorded the fourth straight win at the start of U16 Asia Championship. They toppled Taiwan to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group E. Kim Gookchan (193-F-96) scored 18 points to pace the effort. Taiwan fell at 0-3 record after the loss. South Korea jumped to a comfortable lead early in the game. They ensured a 22:12 lead ten minutes into the game. South Korea maintained the lead throughout the second term. They established a 40:26 halftime cushion. The Korean side stayed aggressive offensively. They unloaded 23 points in the third quarter to pile up a 20-point lead with one quarter remaining. The teams traded baskets throughout the final stanza as the Korean team marched to yet another victory. Yun Yeongbin (195-F/C-95) nailed 16 points, while Heo Hoon (181-G-95) contributed 14 points for South Korea. Kuan-Shiuan Lu answered with 13 points for Taiwan. Pan Siang-Ting (95) notched 11 points in the loss.

India - Lebanon 65-77
Lebanon entered the second stage of the U16 Asia Championship with victory. They shot down India behind 22 points from Jimmy Salem (190-G-95). Lebanon thus improved at 2-1 record in Group E. India on the other hand fell at 1-2 record. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Lebanon registered a 17:13 lead after ten minutes. But India picked up the slack in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit to just three points at the interval 31:34. But the third term proved the difference. Lebanon exploded with 29 points to clear off to a 16-point distance. India outscored their opponents in the fourth frame but could not rescue the encounter at the end. Albert Zeinoun (176-G-95) posted 21 points, while Gerard Hadidian (197-F-95) delivered 20 points in the victory. Loveneet Singh (178-G-95) replied with 16 points for India. Ajay Pratap Singh (193-F-95) had 12 points in the losing case.

China - Iraq 84-41
China maintained their perfect record at the U16 Asia Championship. The defending champions smashed Iraq to take 3-0 record in Group E. Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95) stepped up with 24 points to lead the charge. Iraq fell at 0-3 record after the defeat. China outscored their opponents 22:10 in the starting quarter. They stayed in charge throughout the second term. The reigning champions posted a 41:21 halftime lead. China mounted the pressure in the third term. They unleashed 28 points to arrive at the final intermission up by as many as 38 points 69:31. China never looked back afterwards coasting to the victory at the end. Zhou Qi (215-C-96) delivered 11 points, while Xiaopeng Guo knocked down 9 points in the win. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) replied with 13 points for Iraq. Ahmed Razzaq had 8 points in the loss.

Group F
Saudi Arabia - Indonesia 65-70
Indonesia opened the Second Stage of the U16 Asia Championship with victory. They defeated Saudi Arabian counterparts to take 2-1 record in Group E. Vincent Kosasih (198-C-96) provided 20 points for the winning team. Saudi Arabia got to the better start. They limited Indonesia to just 10 points in the opening frame to take a 4-point lead. But Indonesia slowly changed the complexion of the encounter. They trimmed the deficit to just two points at the interval 25:27. Indonesia finally pulled ahead in the third quarter. They headed into the fourth frame up by a single point 45:44. The teams were tied at 57 with under three minutes remaining. Taufik Ramadhan (184-F-95) and Vincent Kosasih then followed with four points in a row to give Indonesia a lead. The margin grew then to 7 points and Indonesia ran away with the victory at the end. Hans Abraham (179-G-95) notched 16 points, while Taufik Ramadhan had 12 points in the win. Raad Barnawi (185-G-95) responded with 17 points, while Abdulaziz Sakar (183-G-95) topscored for Saudi Arabia with 18 points.

Qatar - Philippines 28-107
Philippines registered the third win in a row at the U16 Asia Championship in Vietnam. They battered Qatar to improve at 3-0 record in Qualifying Round Group F. Six played scored in double digits for the winners. Jordan Heading (185-G-96) and Janhubert Cani (178-PG-95) provided 15 points each to pace Philippines. Qatar fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Philippines did not waste time as they surged ahead right from the start. They erupted for 36 points in the opening quarter to secure a 30-point lead after ten minutes. Philippines stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. They posted a 56:10 lead at the interval. Philippines did not slow down after the big break. They nailed 29 points in the third quarter to clear off to a comfortable 65-point distance and cruised to the victory at the end. Adven Diputado (173-PG-95) netted 14 points in the win. Mohammed Dawoud (195-C-95) answered with 10 points for Qatar. Mohamed Abdelkawy had 7 points in the loss.

Japan - Vietnam 97-36
Japan registered the fourth straight win at the U16 Asia Championship. They bumped Vietnam to take 3-0 record in the Qualifying Round Group F. Yudai Baba (190-F-95) knocked down 17 points to pace the winners. Japan shocked the hosts in the first half. Japan limited Vietnam to just 6 points in twenty minutes to record a 52:6 lead at the interval. Japan scored eagerly after the big break. They unloaded 29 points in the third term to enjoy an insurmountable 60-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Vietnam slowed down the visitors in the fourth quarter to sweeten the pill at the end. Kenta Yamamoto (194-C-95) notched 16 points for Japan. Yoshitomo Chikui (185-F-95) had 13 points in the victory. Jason Tran (180-F-95) answered with 9 points for Vietnam. Thong Nguyen Duy delivered 7 points in the loss.

13-14 place
Malaysia - Uzbekistan 78-30
Malaysia clinched the 13th place at the U16 Asia Championship. They held off Uzbekistan in the final game of the tournament for both teams. Eng Keng (186-F-95) nailed 20 points to lead the effort. Malaysia and Uzbekistan got to a slow start. They teamed up for just 17 points in the first frame as Malaysia eked out an 11:6 lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second term. Moreover Malaysia stretched the gap to as many as 14 points at the interval 31:17. Uzbekistan could not change the complexion of the clash after the big break. Malaysia established a 30-point buffer with ten minutes remaining. They held Uzbekistan to only 8 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the winning outcome. Kwong Lee (179-G-95) delivered 15 points for Malaysia. Yik Sim (179-G-95) netted 13 points in the win. Farrukhjon Muratov (185-G-95) answered with 12 points fo rUzbekistan. Artur Ovanesov (192-F-95) and Bogdan Erofeev (195-F-95) notched 4 points each in the loss.




Standings
Standings
Group E
1. S.Korea3-0
2. China3-0
3. Lebanon2-1
4. India1-2
5. Iraq0-3
6. Taiwan0-3
Group F
1. Japan3-0
2. Philippine.3-0
3. Indonesia2-1
4. Saudi Arab.1-2
5. Qatar0-3
6. Vietnam0-3
Group Places 13-14
1. Malaysia1-0
2. Uzbekistan.0-1


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Wildcats
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Lisch, Wildcats24.3 
 2. Mills, Tigers22.0 
 3. Warren, 36ers18.7 
 4. Khazzouh, Kings18.7 
 5. Redhage, Wildcats18.7 
 6. Wilkinson, Breakers17.0 
 7. Tragardh, Tigers16.7 
 8. Gill, Crocodiles16.3 
 9. Worthington, Blaze16.3 
 10. Wilson, Taipans15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (210-C-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Khazzouh, Kings11.0 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.7 
 3. Rychart, Taipans8.3 
 4. Worthington, Blaze8.0 
 5. Simpsons, 36ers7.5 
 6. Bose, Kings7.3 
 7. Ballinger, 36ers7.0 
 8. Wilkinson, Breakers6.8 
 9. Hill, Taipans6.7 
 10. Forman, Hawks6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Adam GIBSON
  Blaze
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Gibson, Blaze6.3 
 2. Martin, Wildcats6.0 
 3. Martin, Hawks6.0 
 4. Bruce, Kings4.7 
 5. Jackson, Breakers4.5 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats4.0 
 7. Hill, Taipans3.7 
 8. Wilson, Taipans3.3 
 9. Cadee, Blaze3.3 
 10. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.5 
 2. Gibson, Blaze2.3 
 3. English, Blaze2.0 
 4. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 5. Mims, Crocodiles2.0 
 6. Lisch, Wildcats1.7 
 7. Herbert, 36ers1.3 
 8. Vukona, Breakers1.3 
 9. Williams, Taipans1.3 
 10. Crawford, Croco.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel JOHNSON
  36ers
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Johnson, 36ers2.0 
 2. Grant, Kings2.0 
 3. Nevill, Wildcats1.7 
 4. Pledger, Breakers1.5 
 5. Abercrombie, Break.1.5 
 6. Khazzouh, Kings1.3 
 7. Petrie, Blaze1.0 
 8. Simpsons, 36ers1.0 
 9. Burston, Tigers1.0 
 10. Ratzsch, Kings1.0 


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


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  AUSTRIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna27.5 
 2. Djuric, Gussing25.7 
 3. Brown, Wels23.7 
 4. Wade, Arkadia23.0 
 5. Reed, Oberwart23.0 
 6. Leonard, Arkadia20.0 
 7. Shaw, Oberwart19.3 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg19.0 
 9. Drenovac, Arkadia19.0 
 10. Bobb, Klosterneub.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Demetrius NELSON
  Kapfenberg
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Nelson, Kapfenberg13.0 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.10.3 
 3. Oppland, Gmunden10.3 
 4. Skurdauskas, Arkad.9.3 
 5. Drenovac, Arkadia8.0 
 6. Bakovic, St.Polten8.0 
 7. Heard, Gussing7.3 
 8. Djuric, Gussing7.0 
 9. Reed, Oberwart7.0 
 10. Lanegger, UBSC G.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenf.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 9
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.9.0 
 2. Stazic, BC Vienna6.3 
 3. Friedrich, St.Polt.6.0 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.5.3 
 5. Fears, Kapfenberg5.0 
 6. Rakocevic, BC Vi.5.0 
 7. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.0 
 8. Pryor, Wels4.7 
 9. Danek, Arkadia4.7 
 10. Farokhmanesh, We.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenf.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.5.0 
 2. Brown, Wels3.3 
 3. Pryor, Wels3.3 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.3.0 
 5. Shaw, Oberwart2.7 
 6. Hutter, Gmunden2.0 
 7. Fears, Kapfenberg2.0 
 8. Oppland, Gmunden2.0 
 9. Friedrich, St.Polt.2.0 
 10. Lanegger, Kloster.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.2.8 
 2. Ware, Furstenfeld1.5 
 3. Moric, UBSC G.1.3 
 4. Brown, Wels1.3 
 5. Skurdauskas, Arkad.1.3 
 6. Kohlmaier, Wels1.0 
 7. Hutter, Gmunden1.0 
 8. Sallomon, Klostern.1.0 
 9. Lamesic, Wels0.7 
 10. Mayer, Gmunden0.7 


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  BELGIUM   


D1 Round 5: Leader Spirou Charleroi loses to Okapi Aalstar - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in D1, 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 Spirou Charleroi (3-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Okapi Aalstar (4-1) 76-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Spirou Charleroi. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-1 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 23-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Okapi Aalstar dominated on the defensive end, holding Spirou Charleroi to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) who scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Demond Mallet (185-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) produced 21 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Okapi Aalstar have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion Spirou Charleroi dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Leuven. Okapi Aalstar will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spirou Charleroi will play on the road against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Optima Gent (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 83-71 loss to fourth ranked Leuven Bears (3-1) in Gent. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. American guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. Monta McGhee contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-Puerto Rican guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Optima Gent. Leuven Bears have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Charleroi. Optima Gent at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Leuven Bears will play against Antwerp Giants (#5) at home in the next round. Optima Gent will play against Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Quaregnon and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (0-3) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 79-75 loss to sixth ranked Base Oostende (3-2) in Oostende on Saturday evening. Dusan Djordjevic stepped up and scored 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Devan Downey responded with 24 points and 4 steals. Base Oostende moved-up to fourth place. Loser VOO Verviers-Pepinster still closes the standings with three games lost. Base Oostende will meet at home Belgacom Liege (#7) in the next round. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against the league's second-placed Spirou Charleroi and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in Liege was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Antwerp Giants (2-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (1-3). Antwerp Giants managed to secure a 8-point victory 64-56. Salah Mejri nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Antwerp Giants moved-up to fifth place. Belgacom Liege lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with three games lost. Antwerp Giants' next round opponent will be higher ranked Leuven Bears (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Belgacom Liege will play against Base Oostende (#4).

The best stats of 5th round was 21 points and 5 rebounds by Josh Bostic of Liege.



Liege - Antwerp 56-64

The game in Liege was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Antwerp Giants (2-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (1-3). Antwerp Giants managed to secure a 8-point victory 64-56. The game without a history. Antwerp Giants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Tunisian center Salah Mejri (216-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American guard Timothy Black (178-81, college: Barton, NC, agency: Limelight Hoops) accounted for 13 points. American forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) came up with 21 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Terrence Jennings (205-88, college: Louisville) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Belgacom Liege in the defeat. Antwerp Giants moved-up to fifth place. Belgacom Liege lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with three games lost. Antwerp Giants' next round opponent will be higher ranked Leuven Bears (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Belgacom Liege will play against Base Oostende (#4).
Top scorers:
Liege: J.Bostic 21+5reb+2ast, T.Jennings 19+6reb, G.Hockins 8+2reb, L.Matela 4+4reb+1ast, G.Muya 2+6reb+2ast, P.Gillet 2+7reb
Antwerp: S.Mejri 17+14reb, T.Black 13+1reb+3ast, R.Biggs 9+2reb+4ast, M.Roll 8+3reb, D.Wilson 8+3reb+2ast, R.Moors 7+3reb
gschID: 132008


Charleroi - Aalstar 68-76

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Spirou Charleroi (3-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Okapi Aalstar (4-1) 76-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Spirou Charleroi. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-1 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 23-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Okapi Aalstar dominated on the defensive end, holding Spirou Charleroi to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) who scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Five Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. American guard Demond Mallet (185-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) produced 21 points and 4 assists and international forward Christophe Beghin (207-80, agency: Court Side) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Okapi Aalstar have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion Spirou Charleroi dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Leuven. Okapi Aalstar will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spirou Charleroi will play on the road against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Charleroi: D.Mallet 21+4reb+4ast, C.Beghin 13+5reb+3ast, C.Green 11+5reb+1ast, T.Shengelia 9+6reb, C.Hill 6+6reb+1ast, J.Hamilton 4+3reb+3ast
Aalstar: C.Young 14+9reb+1ast, K.Kruger 13+4reb, C.Copeland 12+5reb+1ast, N.Fox 11+3reb+1ast, J.Holiday 11+6reb, A.Ruoff 10+7reb+1ast
gschID: 132009


Gent - Leuven 71-83

Bottom-ranked Optima Gent (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 83-71 loss to fourth ranked Leuven Bears (3-1) in Gent. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. It looked good early as Optima Gent took an 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. Then Leuven Bears took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 12 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Optima Gent to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Leuven Bears made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Optima Gent 37-26 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Optima Gent was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. His fellow American import forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-Puerto Rican guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Michael Haynes (203-81, college: Fordham) added 18 points in the effort for Optima Gent. Five Leuven Bears and four Optima Gent players scored in double figures. Leuven Bears have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Charleroi. Optima Gent at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Leuven Bears will play against Antwerp Giants (#5) at home in the next round. Optima Gent will play against Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Quaregnon and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Gent: R.Chaney 19+9reb+3ast, M.Haynes 18+3reb+2ast, S.Geukens 14+2ast, L.Bosco 13+1reb+3ast, L.Anderson 4+2reb, G.Brown 3+5reb+1ast
Leuven: B.Freeman 22+1reb+2ast, M.McGhee 16+6reb, A.Dagunduro 13+5reb+1ast, J.McLean 11+8reb, I.Hanavan 11+4reb, J.Tofi 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 132010


Oostende - Verviers-Pep. 79-75

Bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (0-3) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 79-75 loss to sixth ranked Base Oostende (3-2) in Oostende on Saturday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and guard Quentin Serron (190-90) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina) responded with 24 points and 4 steals and the other American import forward Bingo Merriex (204-80, college: TCU) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Base Oostende moved-up to fourth place. Loser VOO Verviers-Pepinster still closes the standings with three games lost. Base Oostende will meet at home Belgacom Liege (#7) in the next round. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against the league's second-placed Spirou Charleroi and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: D.Downey 24+3reb+2ast, J.Love 11+5reb+1ast, J.Rahier 11+2reb+1ast, B.Merriex 10+11reb, M.De Zeeuw 9, M.Singletary 4+2reb
Oostende: D.Djordjevic 15+6reb+3ast, D.Sakota 14+4reb, Q.Serron 13+6reb+3ast, J.Rich 11+4reb+4ast, C.Booker 9+6reb, V.Petrovic 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 132011




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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Copeland, Aalstar24.8 
 2. Rich, Oostende18.3 
 3. Jackson, Aalstar18.0 
 4. Bostic, Liege17.5 
 5. Black, Antwerp15.7 
 6. Booker, Oostende15.5 
 7. Tofi, Leuven15.3 
 8. Love, Verviers-Pep.15.0 
 9. Freeman, Leuven14.8 
 10. Chaney, Gent14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason LOVE
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Love, Verviers-Pep.8.5 
 2. McLean, Leuven8.5 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp8.0 
 4. Shengelia, Charler.7.7 
 5. Merriex, Verviers.7.5 
 6. Booker, Oostende7.0 
 7. Jackson, Aalstar7.0 
 8. Van Den Spie., Oos.7.0 
 9. Brown, Gent6.8 
 10. Chaney, Gent6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lionel BOSCO
  Gent
  (176-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Bosco, Gent5.3 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.3 
 3. Davis, Leuven4.3 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi3.7 
 5. Marnegrave, Leuven3.3 
 6. Bostic, Liege3.3 
 7. Hill, Charleroi3.3 
 8. Singletary, M.Hain.3.3 
 9. Hamilton, Charleroi3.0 
 10. Slaughter, M.Hai.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jean SALUMU
  Leuven
  (193-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Salumu, Leuven3.0 
 2. Wilson, Antwerp2.7 
 3. Singletary, M.Hain.2.5 
 4. Chaney, Gent2.3 
 5. Black, Antwerp2.3 
 6. Rahier, Verviers.2.0 
 7. Slaughter, M.Hai.2.0 
 8. Downey, Verviers.2.0 
 9. Young, Aalstar1.8 
 10. Djordjevic, Ooste.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Mejri, Antwerp3.7 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.3 
 3. Booker, Oostende1.3 
 4. Young, Aalstar1.3 
 5. Mwema, Antwerp1.0 
 6. Love, Verviers-Pep.1.0 
 7. Jennings, Liege1.0 
 8. Nivins, M.Hainaut1.0 
 9. Fox, Aalstar0.5 
 10. Marnegrave, Leuv.0.5 


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Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Capljina 3-0 
 2. Igokea 3-0 
 3. Bosna 2-0 
 4. Mladost 2-1 
 5. Borac Nektar 1-0 
 6. Varda HE 1-1 
 7. Hercegovac 1-2 
 8. Leotar 1-2 
 9. Celik 1-2 
 10. Zrinjski HT 1-2 
 11. Brotnjo 1-2 
 12. Servitium 0-2 
 13. Vogosca 0-3 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin 0-0 


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Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues
Paulista Standings
Group A
 1. Itabom/Bauru 16-1 
 2. Winner/Limeira 14-4 
 3. Vivo/Franca 10-8 
 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 14-4 
 3. Paulistano 12-6 
 4. Gremio Mogi 7-10 
 5. XV/Cosan 5-9 
 6. Americana 4-10 
 7. Jacarei 4-10 
 8. L.S.B. 4-10 


Sao Jose/Vinac reach Paulista League semis - by Eurobasket News
Vivo/Franca - S.Jose/Vinac 73-79

Sao Jose/Vinac sealed their semifinal appearance with a tough road win over Vivo/Franca. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-73. Sao Jose/Vinac made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Murilo Becker (210-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and guard Matheus Costa (179-80) who added 16 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Marcio Dornelles (194-75) responded with 19 points and guard Fernando Penna (189-83) scored 14 points and 8 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Vivo/Franca: M.Dornelles 19+4reb+2ast, W.Drudi 17+6reb, F.Penna 14+1reb+8ast, H.Garcia 11+2reb+5ast, B.Araujo 4+6reb+1ast, W.Trigueiro 3+1ast
S.Jose/Vinac: M.Costa 16+4reb+5ast, R.Fischer 14+1reb+2ast, M.Becker 14+10reb+3ast, J.Antonio 14+9reb+1ast, D.Stefanelli 9+5reb+2ast, A.Laws 5+1ast
gschID: 154900


Paulistano - Winner/Limeira 61-75

Winner/Limeira edged Paulistano on the road forcing the decisive fifth game of the series at home court. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Winner/Limeira's pressure prevailed and they won that period 22-15 extending their advantage to 14 points. They made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Winner/Limeira forced 22 Paulistano turnovers. Paulistano was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by Dominican-American guard Ronald Ramon (185-86, college: Pittsburgh) who scored that evening 10 points and 9 rebounds and the former international swingman Diego Pinheiro (195-80) supported him with 19 points. Winner/Limeira's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 9 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by the former international forward Felipe Ribeiro (201-79) did not help to save the game for Paulistano. Guard Pedro Lima (190-87) added 18 points for lost side.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: P.Lima 18+2reb+2ast, G.Vinicius 14+2reb+1ast, F.Ribeiro 9+11reb+4ast, E.Corazza 7+4reb+3ast, E.Carvalho 6+4reb+1ast, T.Carneiro 4+5reb+1ast
Winner/Limeira: D.Pinheiro 19+3reb, A.Neto 10, R.Ramon 10+9reb+3ast, T.Romualdo 9+2reb+5ast, J.Luz dos Santos 9+3reb+2ast, D.Alemao 6+4reb
gschID: 154901




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  BULGARIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ilia STANKOV
  Spartak .
  (198-F-76)
  Avg: 28
 1. Stankov, Spartak28.0 
 2. Harper, Levski S.25.0 
 3. Lilov, Balkan23.0 
 4. Durchev, Tundja Y.22.0 
 5. Hall, Levski Sofia22.0 
 6. Dunovic, Chernomo.21.0 
 7. Heath, Lukoil A.19.0 
 8. Marinov, Balkan19.0 
 9. Slaveykov, Sparta.18.0 
 10. Pavlovski, Cherno.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandr YANEV
  Cherno More
  (203-F/C-90)
  Avg: 17
 1. Yanev, Cherno More17.0 
 2. Slaveykov, Sparta.11.0 
 3. Dunovic, Chernomo.11.0 
 4. Lilov, Balkan10.0 
 5. Stankov, Spartak9.0 
 6. Crawford, Balkan8.0 
 7. Evtimov, Levski So.8.0 
 8. Vukosavljevi., Ril.8.0 
 9. Todorov, Spartak7.0 
 10. Saraliyski, Chern.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.8.0 
 2. Dunovic, Chernomo.6.0 
 3. Roshmanov, Cherno.5.0 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.0 
 5. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.0 
 6. Dyakovski, Sparta.4.0 
 7. Georgiev, Levski S.4.0 
 8. Heath, Lukoil A.4.0 
 9. Filipov, Balkan3.0 
 10. Marinov, Lukoil A.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.5 
 2. Dyakovski, Sparta.4.0 
 3. Stoykov, Lukoil A.3.0 
 4. Velikov, Rilski S.3.0 
 5. Heath, Lukoil A.3.0 
 6. Ivanov, Levski S.3.0 
 7. Kirov, Rilski S.3.0 
 8. Dimitrov, Levski S.3.0 
 9. Boev, Rilski Sport.2.5 
 10. Durchev, Tundja Y.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zlatko GOCEVSKI
  Tundja Y.
  (206-C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gocevski, Tundja Y.2.0 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.2.0 
 3. Iliev, Cherno More1.0 
 4. Petkov, Tundja Y.1.0 
 5. Lilov, Balkan1.0 
 6. Crawford, Balkan1.0 
 7. Sundov, Lukoil A.1.0 
 8. Georgiev, Sparta.1.0 
 9. Marinov, Rilski S.0.5 
 10. Cholakov, Tundja0.5 


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 2-0 
 2. Rilski Sportist 1-1 
 3. Levski Sofia 1-1 
 4. Cherno More 1-1 
 5. Tundja Yambol 1-1 
 6. Balkan 1-1 
 7. Chernomorets 1-1 
 8. Spartak Pleven 0-2 


Lukoil Academic won the first derby - by Vladi Lazarova
Bulgarian champion and National Cup holder Lukoil Academic won the first derby of the season beating Levski 80:72 as host in Pravets. Among the fans in the full arena was the owner and president of the host club Valentin Zlatev. For the first time, he came to watch basketball in the company of his little son.



The difference in this derby has a specific name - Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.). The best foreign player of Lukoil started the second half strongly. Heat was doing everything to look easy - running the floor, passing, hitting threes in front of the Blues and leaving the court with 23 points.

As usual, the captain of Academic Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) was sharp in the most significant moments, another big problem for Levski.



Bad day for two American stars of Levski Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) and Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado). Both tried, but didnt find themselves till the end. The blue power under the boards was Vasil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) with 15 rebounds. Good game for former captain of Rilski sportist Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 14 points and 6 assists as well. The best scorer for The Blues became Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74) with 18 points, but that wasnt enough for Levski tonight.



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Rainmen prevail over Storm in close game - by Eurobasket News
The Summerside Storm dropped their first exhibition game 100-96 to the Halifax Rainmen here at the University of Prince Edward Island on Friday night.

It was standing-room only at the UPEI Sports Centre as nearly 500 people came out to get their first taste of the National Basketball League of Canada.

It was an entertaining affair that took until the final minute of play to decide a winner.

Shooting guard Eric Gilchrese led Summerside with 20 points. His game-tying layup was rejected in the dying seconds, after he stole an inbound pass.

The Storm bench thought a foul should have been called.

He made a hell of a defensive play on the ball and you know, we didnt get a call, Storm head coach Joe Salerno said.

But while disappointed with the result, Salerno said this time of year is focused on player impressions and teaching technique.

You always want to win games, but that wasnt necessarily the first thing on the mind tonight (Friday), he said. I dont think we played that well, but we still had an opportunity to win the ball game.


First basket

Power forward Troy Gottselig (6'8''-F-87) scored the Storms first basket on a nice drive in the paint.

The Storm stormed out to an early lead, using quick passing to open up the court and expose the Rainmens defence for threes. At one point, they led 28-13.

But turnovers and listless ball-handling caught up with the Island squad in the second quarter as Halifax tied the game 38-38.

Summerside, after out-rebounding Halifax 27-14, entered halftime up 49-47.

But, in the second half, Halifaxs star guards Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) and Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) went to work, forcing turnovers and hitting key shots.

Brown finished with a game-high 30 points and four steals while Wright added 29. Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77, college: Creighton) added 29 off the bench.

It obviously shows a lot of things weve got to still work on, Salerno said. We turned the ball over a lot. We saw some flashes of good things, but I think we saw an awful lot of flashes of bad things, too.

Al Stewart, the Storms starting point guard, cut the lead to 95-94 following two clutch free throws late in the game. He finished with 11 points.


Warm reception

Fans gave former UPEI Panther Doug McKinney a nice round of applause when he came off the bench in the first quarter.

The cheers only got louder when he hit his first basket moments later. He finished with four points in limited action.

It definitely means a lot, said McKinney, 26. The five years that I played here holds a special place with me.

To hear that positive cheer whenever my name was called, its definitely a nice feeling. Its humbling in a way.

Fellow UPEI alumnus Sherone Edwards was also warmly received.

McKinney said fans can expect high-level basketball throughout the course of the season.

You have guys that have experience in the NBA and have played all over the world, he said. As far as comparing it to college, its definitely a big jump because these guys are grown men.

Theres a big difference between the 21-year-olds who play at the CIS level and (the NBL).


Co-owner thrilled

Prior to tipoff, Storm co-owner Duncan Shaw told the crowd he was thrilled to showcase his new team at UPEI.

The coach agreed.

I think they saw an exciting game, and I think they saw the level of talent that this league will bring, said Salerno. I dont think they necessarily saw the level of play. . . but I dont think the event could have gone off any better, except with a Storm win.

The Storms next home game is in Summerside on Oct. 26 against the Saint John Mill Rats.

The regular season begins Thursday, Nov. 3, when the Storm host the Quebec Kebs.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com


New basketball league: Keep it professional, keep it Canadian - by Eurobasket News
Weve experienced the American Basketball Association version of the minor league game here in Halifax and found it lacking in professionalism.

Weve also dealt with the Premier Basketball League edition and came to realize it was another misdirected American fit for a serious sports market such as Halifax.

So what can this latest brand, the National Basketball League of Canada, offer that will be better than its predecessors?

Hopefully for local basketball fans, the answer will be more substance and stability than glitz and rhetoric.

There was an early glimpse of the difference at a Halifax Rainmen news conference Thursday at the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.

The gathering was a chance to show off a few team members specifically new coach Josep (Pep) Claros, local AUS graduate Christian Upshaw and Rainmen veteran Eric Crookshank and promote Sundays first exhibition game of the season. The Rainmen will host the Summerside Storm in a Rogers Communications promotion at the Metro Centre, for which Rogers made 10,000 free tickets available to the public.

Theres no doubt Rainmen owner Andre Levingston believes hes finally in the type of league hes wanted since he first came to Halifax.

Sure, he once sought a seat in the NBA Development League, but when geographic problems hurt that bid, he moved on. Since then, while he has experimented with other U.S. minor pro leagues, Levingston has increasingly acted like an owner just waiting for this Canadian league opportunity.

Now, without the excuse of being dragged down by the negatives of American minor league models, the heat is on for Levingston and his NBL counterparts to show everyone that the Canadian version will be a much more attractive league to follow and support.

Can they do that?

Sure they can.

And theyve got the goods to make it work.

Levingston & Co. simply have to keep in mind all theyve learned about what works and what doesnt work in minor league basketball and then tinker with their existing philosophy to meet the particular demands of an all-Canadian market.

So far, they appear to have done their homework.

Thursdays news conference was another step in presenting the team as an increasingly positive part of the city, a point that Levingston is constantly pushing.

Coach Claros couldnt say enough good things about his short time in Halifax. Crookshank, like Levingston, has become a great ambassador for the city. And the signing of Upshaw, a local talent, represents one of the best aspects of this new league, that there will be a legitimate place for homegrown players.

By restricting membership to Canadian cities, providing opportunities for at least two Canadian players on each team, and trying to avoid many of the mistakes theyve seen from American minor leagues, the league bosses are sending the right messages.

So what if the bulk of the players are former stars from American universities? The bottom line is that if young Canadian players become good enough, theyll now have a chance to play here. That formula has worked quite well for the Canadian Football League for many decades.

And watching the rookie Upshaw and the veteran Crookshank joke together Thursday, I got the impression the players really arent too concerned about each others nationality.

Hopefully theres one thing the Canadian owners who survived the American minor league experience have learned by now no matter how much flash and fast talk is involved in presenting any new league, in Canadian markets, that league will ultimately be judged on its performance.

So this time, be smart. Keep it as Canadian as possible.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


London Lightning official roster announced - by Eurobasket News
The London Lightning announced their official team roster at the John Labatt Centre on Friday, October 21st. 'We have assembled the best team I have ever coached', announced coach Michael Ray Richardson , a four time NBA All-Star. 'All 12 players will get game action as we have a very deep bench'.
Taylor King was a surprise addition to the team. 'We expected him to be playing in the top division in Italy', said General Manager Taylor Brown. 'We are really excited to have King onboard and we are looking forward to introducing our full line up to London fans'.

London Lightning is gearing up for an exciting inaugural season that tips off at The John Labatt Centre on Thursday, November 3rd against Hailfax Rainmen with a pre-season game this Sunday, October 23rd at 2pm against rivals Oshawa Power.



The Official 2011/2012 London Lightning Roster

Brandon Dean - Guard - 6'2' (University of Arkansas)

Eddie Smith - Shooting Guard - 6'1' (Texas A&M University)

DeAnthony Bowden - Guard - 6'0' (Creighton University)

Nick Lother - Guard - 5'10' (University of Winnipeg)

Albert White - Small Forward - 6'6' (University of Michigan/University of Missouri)

Tim Ellis - Small Forward - 6'5' (Kansas State University)

Tyrone Levett - Power Forward - 6'6' (Alabama State University)

Gabe Freeman - Power Forward - 6'6' (Costa Mesa Junior College)

Pat Sewell - Small Forward - 6'5' (Fanshawe College/University of Toronto)

Taylor King - Small Forward - 6'8' (Duke University/Villanova University)

Jamaal Davis - Centre - 6'10' (University of Kansas/Cincinnati)

Shawn Daniels - Centre - 6'8' (Utah State University)

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




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  CHINA   


China Defeats Iraq in U-16 - by Arthur Volbert
Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95) scored 24 points and Zhou Qi scored 11 as China defeated Iraq 84-41 in the FIBA Asia U-16 championship. Guo Xiaopeng scored 9 points and Yu Dehao had 8. China led 22-10 after one quarter, 41-21 at the half and 69-31 after three quarters. Kamar Hamza had 13 points for Iraq,

China moved to a 3-0 record in Group E and shares the lead with also undefeated Korea. This tournament is divided between good teams and awful teams. The four top teams are China, Korea, Japan and the Philippines.

Other scores:
Malaysia 78 Uzbekistan 30
Korea 79 Chinese Taipei 59
Lebanon 77 India 65
Japan 97 Vietnam 36
Indonesia 70 Saudi Arabia 65
Philippines 107 Qatar 28

Standings:
GROUP E
Team W L Pts GA
China 3 0 06 1.991
Korea 3 0 06 1.253
Lebanon 2 1 05 0.969
India 1 2 04 0.855
Iraq 0 3 03 0.772
Chinese Taipei 0 3 03 0.683

GROUP F
Team W L Pts GA
Japan 3 0 06 2.378
Philippines 3 0 04 3.709
Indonesia 2 1 05 0.682
K. Saudi Arabia 1 2 04 0.916
Vietnam 0 3 03 0.431
Qatar 0 3 02 0.500



U16 Asia Championship: China remain unbeaten by clubbing Iraq - by Eurobasket News
China U16 - Iraq U16 84:41

China maintained their perfect record at the U16 Asia Championship. The defending champions smashed Iraq to take 3-0 record in Group E. Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95) stepped up with 24 points to lead the charge. Iraq fell at 0-3 record after the defeat.
China outscored their opponents 22:10 in the starting quarter. They stayed in charge throughout the second term. The reigning champions posted a 41:21 halftime lead. China mounted the pressure in the third term. They unleashed 28 points to arrive at the final intermission up by as many as 38 points 69:31. China never looked back afterwards coasting to the victory at the end. Zhou Qi (215-C-96) delivered 11 points, while Xiaopeng Guo knocked down 9 points in the win. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) replied with 13 points for Iraq. Ahmed Razzaq (185-G-97) had 8 points in the loss.

China U16: Zhao Jiwei 24, Zhou Qi 11, Xiaopeng Guo 9
Iraq U16: Karrar Hamzah 13, Ahmed Razzaq 8


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  COLOMBIA   


Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Bucaros 11-5 
 2. Orgullo Paisa 9-3 
 3. Guerreros 8-6 
 4. Patriotas 8-6 
 5. Cucuta Norte 7-9 
 6. Caribbean Heat 5-11 
 7. InderValle 4-12 


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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 25
 1. Mimica, KK Split25.0 
 2. Gaurina, Alkar Sinj20.0 
 3. Mrva, Jolly20.0 
 4. Vranes, Borik20.0 
 5. Simovic, Kvarner20.0 
 6. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.5 
 7. Peric, Dubrovnik18.3 
 8. Vrbanc, Zadar17.7 
 9. Sarlija, Borik17.3 
 10. Sobin, KK Split17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Teo SIMOVIC
  Kvarner .
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 14
 1. Simovic, Kvarner14.0 
 2. Ridl, Darda9.5 
 3. Diminic, Dubrovnik8.3 
 4. Cinac, Kvarner 20108.0 
 5. Sarlija, Borik7.7 
 6. Zupic, Alkar Sinj7.5 
 7. Cakarun, Borik7.3 
 8. Radic, Zadar7.3 
 9. Buva, Krizevci7.3 
 10. Karac, Dubrovnik7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci8.7 
 2. Tomeljak, Svjet.7.5 
 3. Gulam, Jolly5.0 
 4. Ross, Jolly5.0 
 5. Ceskovic, Kvarner4.0 
 6. Mimica, KK Split4.0 
 7. Tomas, Zabok4.0 
 8. Zadnik, Zadar3.7 
 9. Panduric, Darda3.5 
 10. Salamun, Kvarner3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Josip VRANES
  Borik
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Vranes, Borik3.0 
 2. Ross, Jolly3.0 
 3. Surina, Kvarner2.7 
 4. Mimica, KK Split2.7 
 5. Zadnik, Zadar2.3 
 6. Cinac, Kvarner 20102.0 
 7. Gaurina, Alkar Sinj2.0 
 8. Zadravec, Zabok2.0 
 9. Banic, Borik2.0 
 10. Basljan, Svjetlost2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeljko ZUPIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.5 
 2. Ridl, Darda1.5 
 3. Kastropil, Zadar1.3 
 4. Toncinic, Zadar1.3 
 5. Vrsaljko, Jolly1.0 
 6. Curkovic, Alkar Si.1.0 
 7. Gaurina, Alkar Sinj1.0 
 8. Buva, Krizevci1.0 
 9. Dijan, KK Split1.0 
 10. Mrva, Jolly0.7 


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


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


NBL Round 8: BK Pardubice beats Basketbal Svitavy by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 8 in the NBL took place in Svitavy. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 8th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (3-4) to fourth ranked BK Pardubice (6-2) 83-80 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Basketbal Svitavy. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-80. BK Pardubice made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Basketbal Svitavy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 4 assists. The other American import power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ravone George (193-83, college: Alabama) replied with 18 points for Basketbal Svitavy. BK Pardubice moved-up to third place. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side keeps the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Levice. BK Pardubice are looking forward to face USK Praha (#7) at home in the next round. Basketbal Svitavy will play against Levice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - BK Decin (6-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked BK Loko Plzen (2-6) 79-49. Worth to mention a quality performance of international forward Pavel Houska (201-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and John Boyer who added 7 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Slovakian forward Marek Kozlik (187-86) responded with 9 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Decin maintains first position with 6-1 record, which they share with BK Prostejov. BK Loko Plzen at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with six games lost. BK Decin will play against BC Kolin (#5) on the road in the next round. BK Loko Plzen will play against B&W Opava (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Praha was also quite interesting. Second ranked BK Prostejov (6-1) played at the court of 5th ranked USK Praha (5-3). BK Prostejov managed to secure a 5-point victory 86-81 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USK Praha. The winners were led by Jamar Smith who scored that evening 19 points and 7 rebounds. BK Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 29 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all seven shots !!!) by Stanislav Votroubek did not help to save the game for USK Praha. BK Prostejov keeps a position of league leader, which they share with BK Decin. Loser USK Praha dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with NH Ostrava. BK Prostejov will meet at home NH Ostrava (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. USK Praha will play against BK Pardubice and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Chomutov. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 10th ranked Levharti Chomutov (2-5) to sixth ranked BC Kolin (5-2) 105-102 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Stanislav Zuzak who scored 26 points and 8 rebounds. BC Kolin moved-up to fifth place. Levharti Chomutov lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with five games lost. BC Kolin's next round opponent will be league's leader BK Decin at home and it may be quite challenging game. Levharti Chomutov will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 8 Inter Bratislava was smashed by NH Ostrava on the road 86-59.



Chomutov - BC Kolin 102-105

A very interesting game took place in Chomutov. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 10th ranked Levharti Chomutov (2-5) to sixth ranked BC Kolin (5-2) 105-102 on Saturday evening. It looked good early as Levharti Chomutov took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Kolin had a 26-18 second period charge getting the lead and Levharti Chomutov was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 102-105. BC Kolin made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game. BC Kolin outrebounded Levharti Chomutov 40-23 including a 18-7 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Levharti Chomutov helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was power forward Stanislav Zuzak (206-80, college: Cal-Irvine) who scored 26 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Richard Field (196-83, college: Mercyhurst) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Derek Wright (175-86, college: Austin Peay St.) produced 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Zdenek Hanzlik (200-87) added 23 points respectively for the hosts. Five BC Kolin and four Levharti Chomutov players scored in double figures. BC Kolin moved-up to fifth place. Levharti Chomutov lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with five games lost. BC Kolin's next round opponent will be league's leader BK Decin at home and it may be quite challenging game. Levharti Chomutov will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: S.Zuzak 26+8reb, R.Field 20+10reb+2ast, R.Ames 19+6reb+1ast, R.Marko 13+3reb+4ast, C.Barnes 12+6reb+1ast, D.Machac 12+5reb
Chomutov: Z.Hanzlik 23+3reb+2ast, D.Wright 20+6reb+7ast, J.Krakovic 19+1reb+1ast, R.Lowery 15+3reb+2ast, P.Stanek 12+1reb, R.Anderson 8+7reb
gschID: 136622


BK Decin - Plzen 79-49

NBL top team - BK Decin (6-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eleventh ranked BK Loko Plzen (2-6) 79-49. The game without a history. BK Decin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BK Decin outrebounded BK Loko Plzen 48-25 including a 16-3 advantage in defensive rebounds. BK Loko Plzen was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of international forward Pavel Houska (201-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and American guard John Boyer (185-88, college: Buffalo) who added 7 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Boyer is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Slovakian forward Marek Kozlik (187-86) responded with 9 points and 4 assists and forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Decin maintains first position with 6-1 record, which they share with BK Prostejov. BK Loko Plzen at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with six games lost. BK Decin will play against BC Kolin (#5) on the road in the next round. BK Loko Plzen will play against B&W Opava (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: L.Stria 14+1reb+3ast, P.Houska 13+11reb+1ast, A.Alic 11+1reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 10+5reb+1ast, R.Landa 8+5reb+1ast, J.Boyer 7+7reb+8ast
Plzen: M.Kozlik 9+4reb+4ast, L.Pecka 8+5reb, L.Toth 6+3reb+3ast, P.Frana 6+1reb+1ast, S.Lunak 4+1reb+3ast, J.Suchy 4+1reb
gschID: 136623


Svitavy - BK Pardubice 80-83

The most exciting game of round 8 in the NBL took place in Svitavy. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 8th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (3-4) to fourth ranked BK Pardubice (6-2) 83-80 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Basketbal Svitavy. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-80. BK Pardubice made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Basketbal Svitavy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 4 assists. The other American import power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Ravone George (193-83, college: Alabama) replied with 18 points and forward Pavel Milos (200-79) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Basketbal Svitavy. Four Basketbal Svitavy players scored in double figures. BK Pardubice moved-up to third place. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side keeps the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Levice. BK Pardubice are looking forward to face USK Praha (#7) at home in the next round. Basketbal Svitavy will play against Levice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: M.Hampton 22+1reb+4ast, M.Arnold 16+7reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 15+6reb+1ast, L.Kotas 9+7reb+2ast, T.Toth 9+1reb+3ast, C.Muirhead 6+2reb+1ast
Svitavy: R.George 18+4reb+3ast, B.Meno 15+5reb+1ast, L.Horak 14+5reb, P.Milos 13+7reb+1ast, R.Kramny 9+1reb, T.Macela 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 136618


USK Praha - BK Prostejov 81-86

The game in Praha was also quite interesting. Second ranked BK Prostejov (6-1) played at the court of 5th ranked USK Praha (5-3). BK Prostejov managed to secure a 5-point victory 86-81 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of USK Praha. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But USK Praha won third quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when BK Prostejov won last quarter 24-21. They made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) who scored that evening 19 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford) supported him with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. BK Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 29 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all seven shots !!!) by the former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) did not help to save the game for USK Praha. International forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) added 19 points and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the hosts. BK Prostejov keeps a position of league leader, which they share with BK Decin. Loser USK Praha dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with NH Ostrava. BK Prostejov will meet at home NH Ostrava (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. USK Praha will play against BK Pardubice and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: T.Peterson 19+6reb+2ast, J.Smith 19+7reb+3ast, A.Eitutavicius 17+3reb+2ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 12+3reb+1ast, J.Prasil 7+3reb+4ast, J.Bohacik 5+4reb+2ast
USK Praha: S.Votroubek 29+6reb+1ast, V.Hruban 19+4reb+5ast, P.Sedmak 19+6reb+1ast, M.Vocetka 9+3reb, J.Slavik 2+1ast, V.Cvek 2
gschID: 136619


NH Ostrava - Inter Bratislava 86-59

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked NH Ostrava (5-3) crushed at home 13th ranked Inter Bratislava (1-7) 86-59. The game was mostly controlled by NH Ostrava. Inter Bratislava was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. NH Ostrava dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Inter Bratislava's 36. The best player for the winners was American center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: I.D.S. Law) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Martin Gniadek (202-90) chipped in 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Curtis Allen (193-86, college: ORU) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and Bosnian center Stjepan Gavran (206-78) added 14 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. 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. NH Ostrava moved-up to sixth place, which they share with USK Praha. Inter Bratislava lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with seven games lost. NH Ostrava's next round opponent will be league's second-placed BK Prostejov on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Inter Bratislava will play against CEZ Nymburk (#4).
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: M.Stuchly 12+2ast, A.Ciz 11+2reb+2ast, J.Hughes 11+10reb+1ast, S.Manousos 10+6reb+1ast, S.Inge 9+1reb+4ast, L.Jurecka 9+3reb
Inter Bratislava: C.Allen 17+9reb+3ast, S.Gavran 14+12reb+1ast, M.Williams 9+2reb, N.Milosevic 7+1reb+1ast, K.Beckles 5+4reb+1ast, A.Kuffa 5
gschID: 136620




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


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


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Rob LOWERY
  Chomutov
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Lowery, Chomutov20.9 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha20.1 
 3. Houska, BK Decin20.0 
 4. Bridgewaters, Inte.18.4 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.18.3 
 6. Henderson, Levice17.6 
 7. Grant, Levice17.1 
 8. Wright, Chomutov17.0 
 9. George, Svitavy17.0 
 10. Hruban, USK Praha16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Votroubek, USK P.8.9 
 2. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.4 
 3. Meno, Svitavy8.0 
 4. Field, BC Kolin7.6 
 5. Houska, BK Decin7.6 
 6. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.0 
 7. Gavran, Inter B.7.0 
 8. Henderson, Levice6.9 
 9. Hughes, NH Ostrava6.8 
 10. Hruby, Usti n.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Michal SOTNAR
  USK Praha
  (189-PG-92)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Sotnar, USK Praha5.8 
 2. Wright, Chomutov5.6 
 3. Barnes, BC Kolin4.7 
 4. Vrubl, Plzen3.6 
 5. Hruban, USK Praha3.3 
 6. Sanders, BK Decin3.2 
 7. George, Svitavy3.2 
 8. Smith, BK Prost.3.2 
 9. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.0 
 10. Kostomaj, Levice3.0 
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, Chomutov2.4 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava2.2 
 6. Grant, Levice2.0 
 7. Inge, NH Ostrava1.9 
 8. Bridgewaters, Inte.1.8 
 9. Hruban, USK Praha1.8 
 10. Smith, BK Prost.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  BK Prost.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gadri-N., BK Prost.2.1 
 2. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.6 
 3. Grant, Levice1.6 
 4. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.3 
 5. Kolovrat, B&W O.1.0 
 6. Jelinek, BC Kolin1.0 
 7. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 
 8. Brlit, B&W Opava0.7 
 9. Meno, Svitavy0.7 
 10. Kramny, Svitavy0.7 


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  DENMARK   


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


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Will HARRIS
  Horsens IC
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 31.8
 1. Harris, Horsens IC31.8 
 2. White, Aalborg27.7 
 3. Rutherford, SISU26.5 
 4. Kingsley, Svendborg25.5 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg24.0 
 6. Henry, Naestved21.8 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj20.4 
 8. Rasmussen, Vaerl.18.8 
 9. Dennis, SISU18.7 
 10. Phillips, Aabyhoj18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Bishop, Aalborg12.5 
 2. Benjamin, Horsholm10.7 
 3. St.John, Horsens10.5 
 4. Glynn, Naestved9.5 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj9.4 
 6. Harris, Horsens IC9.3 
 7. Phillips, Aabyhoj9.2 
 8. Colas, Horsholm8.0 
 9. Plannthin, Svend.8.0 
 10. Rutherford, SISU8.0 
Assists Per Game
 D''Mario CURRY
  Aabyhoj
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Curry, Aabyhoj5.2 
 2. Sakne, Horsens IC4.8 
 3. Henry, Naestved4.3 
 4. McFarlane, Falcon4.2 
 5. Nielsen, SISU4.2 
 6. White, Aalborg4.1 
 7. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 8. Colman, Svendborg4.0 
 9. Dennis, SISU3.5 
 10. St.John, Horsens3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Henry, Naestved4.0 
 2. White, Aalborg3.4 
 3. Dennis, SISU2.7 
 4. Wire, Vaerlose2.3 
 5. Iversen, Bakken2.2 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon2.2 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.2.1 
 8. Gray, Bakken2.0 
 9. Curry, Aabyhoj2.0 
 10. Glynn, Naestved2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan MARINKOVIC
  Horsholm
  (209-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Marinkovic, Horsho.2.0 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.2.0 
 3. Bishop, Aalborg1.8 
 4. Curry, Aabyhoj1.6 
 5. Kingsley, Svendborg1.2 
 6. Eleraky, Aalborg1.0 
 7. Colas, Horsholm1.0 
 8. Gray, Bakken1.0 
 9. Jukic, Horsholm0.9 
 10. Phillips, Aabyhoj0.8 


Ligaen round 6 best performance: Matthew Kingsley - by Eurobasket News
American forward Matthew Kingsley (206-F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Svendborg, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Bakken (#2, 5-1) 72-59. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Svendborg to consolidate first place in the Danish Ligaen. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Svendborg already had a very good start winning all 6 without losing a single one. Kingsley turned to be Svendborg's top player in his first season with the team. Former Stephen F. Austin State University star has very solid stats this year. Kingsley is in league's top in points (4th best: 25.5ppg), rebounds (9th best: 7.7rpg) and averages impressive 1.2bpg and 60.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Will Harris (198-F-86) of Horsens IC. Harris had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Horsens IC to another comfortable win 91-73 over Falcon (2-4) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Horsens IC to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Harris is a newcomer at Horsens IC, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 31.8ppg (#1). He also registered 9.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jordan Glynn (200-F-89, agency: I.D.S. Law) of Naestved (#4). Glynn scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Glynn's great performance Naestved lost 77-84 to #3 ranked Horsholm. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Naestved needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Glynn has a great season in Denmark. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.5rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matthew Kingsley (206-F-86) of Svendborg - 25 points and 6 rebounds
5. Donald Rutherford (198-F-87) of SISU - 26 points and 9 rebounds
6. Corin Henry (180-PG-88) of Naestved - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Hans Schur (203-F/C-83) of Horsens IC - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Philip Hertz (210-C/F-92) of Horsholm - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Axel Karason (193-F-83) of Vaerlose - 22 points and 9 rebounds
10. Mikkel Plannthin (195-G-88) of Svendborg - 17 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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  D-LEAGUE   


TULSA 66ERS HOST USA BASKETBALL SHOWCASE EVENT - by Serafim Karaiskakis
The Tulsa 66ers hosted the USA Basketball Showcase Friday night in Tulsa inside the downtown Convention Center. Several hundred fans filed in to see some of the nations best hit the hardwood. The USA Team will compete in the 2011 Pan American Games next week in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Led by 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts, Team USA conducted a scrimmage lasting approximately one hour. Team representatives were also on hand to entertain fans with prizes and refreshments.

I think it was great for our guys, Tibbetts said. We have been practicing a lot against each other, and that can be a grind. It was good to turn the lights on and let some people see what we do.

The head coach was pleased with the outcome of the scrimmage and the performance of his 12-man team.

I thought offensively we did a great job of sharing the basketball, Tibbetts added. I think we had 25 or 26 assists. We still need to continue to work hard on the defensive end. We will show our guys film of the positives and negatives and learn from tonight.

The Blue Team defeated the White Team by a slim 66-63 margin. Leo Lyons finished with 19 points, Lance Thomas scored 12 and Brian Butch capped off the night with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The U.S. men open preliminary round play Oct. 26 when they face the Dominican Republic at 5:30 p.m. (CDT).

We leave this weekend for Mexico, Tibbetts said. It is getting closer and closer. We need to keep improving and keep doing the little things well that will help us win a gold medal. I think we are getting closer to that every day.

source: http://www.nba.com/dleague/tulsa/


JamesOn Curry returning to play for Springfield Armor - by Eurobasket News
The Springfield Armor announced Friday that Jameson Curry (6'4''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Oklahoma St.), Lance Hurdle (6'2''-G-87, college: Miami, FL) and Eugene Spates (6'8''-F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) have signed NBA Development League contracts and will report to training camp with the Armor on Nov. 14.

I am pleased with the progress we are making in getting our players back to the Armor this season, said Armor head coach Bob MacKinnon. With JamesOn, Lance and Eugene signed, we have a great base of guys to start working with for the upcoming season. In the next several weeks, we anticipate more familiar faces signing with us as we continue to assemble a team worthy of competing for a D-League Championship!

Curry, who was the Armors first-ever draft choice in 2009, played in 44 games (42 starts) during the 2010-11 season, averaging 15.5 points, 3.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Curry scored a season-high 38 points in a loss to Maine on Dec. 7, 2010. During the Armors inaugural season in 2009-10, Curry earned the first Gatorade NBA Call-Up in franchise history when he was signed to a 10-day contract by the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 22, 2010. Curry is the Armors all-time leader in points, assists and steals.

Hurdle, who was acquired from the Idaho Stampede in exchange for Tony Bobbitt on Feb. 28, 2011, played in 14 games (5 starts) with the Armor during the 2010-11 season, averaging 13.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Hurdles best game with the Armor came on March 17, 2011 against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants when he scored 28 points in 33 minutes.

Spates, who was acquired from the Maine Red Claws in exchange for Vernon Goodridge on Feb. 14, 2011, played in 17 games with the Armor during the 2010-11 season, averaging 9.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Spates best game with the Armor came in the teams regular-season finale when he scored 19 points against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

The Armor will hold open player tryouts at Springfield College on Saturday and Sunday as they continue to build their training camp roster in advance of their home opener on Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. against the Red Claws.

Courtesy of www.masslive.com


Kenny Hayes to return to Red Claws - by Eurobasket News
The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that guard Kenny Hayes (6'2''-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Miami, OH) has signed an NBA Development League contract and will return to the Red Claws this season.

'I'm very excited to be back in Maine this year and ready to compete for the NBA D-League championship,' said Hayes, who will be entering his second professional season.

Hayes appeared in 43 games as a rookie during the 2010-11 season, averaging 7.2 points per game. He scored a season/career high 19 points on March 10, 2010. The University of Miami (OH) alumnus kept active during the off-season, including working out at Attack Athletics in Chicago.

'We are excited to have Kenny Hayes back with the Red Claws this season,' said Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings. 'Kenny is the kind of player that I love - he works hard in practice and on the court and is a tremendous leader in the community.'

One of the Red Claws leaders in the community last season, Hayes returned to Maine this summer to assist the team with the weeklong Junior Red Claws Basketball Camp and the Dunkin' Donuts Summer Clinic Series which took the Dayton, OH native to locations across Maine including a late summer trip to Presque Isle. His summer also included his first sail on Casco Bay.

'We have the best fans in the league, and I'm very excited to be back in a Red Claws Uniform and play in front of them,' Hayes said. 'I got a chance to meet a lot of the fan this summer, and they are the main reason I'm coming back.'

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  ESTONIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Illimar PILK
  TT.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Pilk, TT.16.2 
 2. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool16.0 
 3. Raap, Parnu15.3 
 4. Cunda, Va.15.0 
 5. Kurg, Tln Kalev15.0 
 6. Hallik, Tarvas14.8 
 7. Cipruss, Tarvas14.5 
 8. Fedortchuk, Tln K.14.3 
 9. Arnold, TT.13.6 
 10. Akenparg, TT.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Raido RINGMETS
  Rapla
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12
 1. Ringmets, Rapla12.0 
 2. Cipruss, Tarvas11.5 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.10.3 
 4. Adedeji, Va.8.8 
 5. Arnold, TT.8.0 
 6. Hamarsalu, Parnu7.3 
 7. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.7.0 
 8. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.7.0 
 9. Keedus, TT.6.4 
 10. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rain KARNER
  Parnu
  (186-PG-91)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Karner, Parnu4.3 
 2. Dorbek, Tarvas4.3 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas3.5 
 4. Cunda, Va.3.5 
 5. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.5 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.3 
 7. Roos, Tln Kalev3.3 
 8. Veideman, Tartu U.3.3 
 9. Pilk, TT.3.2 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tln K.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Cunda, Va.3.3 
 2. Karner, Parnu3.0 
 3. Dorbek, Tarvas2.5 
 4. Saage, Tartu Uliko.2.3 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.0 
 6. Laane, Rapla2.0 
 7. Roos, Tln Kalev2.0 
 8. Saks, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 9. Kaldre, Rapla1.8 
 10. Vasar, Va.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksei FEDORTCHUK
  Tln K.
  (210-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fedortchuk, Tln K.2.3 
 2. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool2.0 
 4. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 5. Voolaid, Parnu1.5 
 6. Coles, Tarvas1.0 
 7. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 8. Adedeji, Va.1.0 
 9. Saarmets, TT.1.0 
 10. Raadik, Tartu Uli.0.8 


KML Round 4 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The most shocking disappointment of round 4 was a home defeat of 4th ranked Rapla (1-3) to fifth ranked BC Rakvere (2-2) 67-63. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 30-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Valmo Kriisa (190-74) who added 11 points during the contest. At the losing side point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (180-93) responded with 18 points and 6 assists. Rapla's coach Indrek Ruut rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Rakvere moved-up to third place. Rapla at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Valga/CKE. BC Rakvere are looking forward to face KK Parnu (#6) on the road in the next round. Rapla will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Tallinn. Eighth ranked Valga/CKE (1-3) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked TTU/Kalev (2-3) 71-69 on Thursday evening. The winners were led by the former international swingman Veljo Vares (200-81) who scored that evening 18 points and 8 rebounds and Samuel Cricelli supported him with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Even 20 points by forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) did not help to save the game for TTU/Kalev. Valga/CKE left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Rapla. It was TTU/Kalev's third loss in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Valga/CKE will play against higher ranked Tln Kalev (#5) in Tallinn in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TTU/Kalev will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked KK Parnu (1-2) against seventh ranked TTU/Kalev (2-3) on Saturday night. Host KK Parnu was crushed by TTU/Kalev in Parnu 89-65. Erik Keedus fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Taavi Hamarsalu produced 18 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TTU/Kalev moved-up to fourth place. Loser KK Parnu dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Tln Kalev. TTU/Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn .
The game between Top Four teams took place in Tallinn. Top-ranked host Kalev/Cramo (3-0) smashed 4th ranked Rapla (1-3) 83-45. It was a very good performance for Marko Riis who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kalev/Cramo have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 3-0 record behind leader Tartu Ulikool. Rapla at the other side dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



Rapla - Tarvas 63-67

The most shocking disappointment of round 4 was a home defeat of 4th ranked Rapla (1-3) to fifth ranked BC Rakvere (2-2) 67-63. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 30-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Valmo Kriisa (190-74) who added 11 points during the contest. At the losing side point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (180-93) responded with 18 points and 6 assists and power forward Raido Ringmets (206-83) scored 8 points and 13 rebounds. Rapla's coach Indrek Ruut rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Rakvere moved-up to third place. Rapla at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Valga/CKE. BC Rakvere are looking forward to face KK Parnu (#6) on the road in the next round. Rapla will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: K.Cipruss 19+15reb+2ast, V.Kriisa 11+4reb+2ast, R.Hallik 11+5reb+1ast, M.Dorbek 9+4reb+3ast, T.Oja 7+4reb+1ast, V.Veski 7+3reb
Rapla: R.Laane 18+3reb+6ast, J.Soo 10+2reb, I.Kajupank 10+5reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 8+13reb+2ast, S.Kaldre 6+1reb+2ast, F.Talts 4+1reb
gschID: 150096


Parnu - TTU/Kalev 65-89

Very important is a home loss of third ranked KK Parnu (1-2) against seventh ranked TTU/Kalev (2-3) on Saturday night. Host KK Parnu was crushed by TTU/Kalev in Parnu 89-65. The game without a history. TTU/Kalev led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to KK Parnu's 30. TTU/Kalev had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. International forward Erik Keedus (194-90) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Four TTU/Kalev players scored in double figures. Power forward Taavi Hamarsalu (199-89) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Rannar Raap (188-92) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TTU/Kalev moved-up to fourth place. Loser KK Parnu dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Tln Kalev. TTU/Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn .
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev: E.Keedus 13+10reb+4ast, I.Pilk 13+4reb+4ast, K.Akenparg 13+1reb+1ast, K.Makke 12+2reb+1ast, K.Keres 12+3reb, A.Arnold 10+10reb
Parnu: T.Hamarsalu 18+6reb+3ast, R.Raap 11+4reb+4ast, E.Tamsalu 9+6reb+1ast, S.Olmre 7+6reb+2ast, K.Voolaid 6+2reb, T.Raadik 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 150097


TTU/Kalev - Valga/CKE 69-71

Important game to mention about took place in Tallinn. Eighth ranked Valga/CKE (1-3) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked TTU/Kalev (2-3) 71-69 on Thursday evening. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 21-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by the former international swingman Veljo Vares (200-81) who scored that evening 18 points and 8 rebounds and British forward Samuel Cricelli (200-85, college: Caldwell) supported him with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four Valga/CKE players scored in double figures. Even 20 points by forward Kiur Akenparg (190-88) did not help to save the game for TTU/Kalev. American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) added 14 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Valga/CKE left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Rapla. It was TTU/Kalev's third loss in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Valga/CKE will play against higher ranked Tln Kalev (#5) in Tallinn in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TTU/Kalev will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Valga/CKE: V.Vares 18+8reb+2ast, S.Cricelli 16+9reb+1ast, A.Vasar 13+3reb, A.Tagamets 10+6reb, E.Cunda 8+4reb+8ast, D.Adedeji 6+8reb
TTU/Kalev: K.Akenparg 20+4reb+2ast, A.Arnold 14+10reb, I.Pilk 12+7reb+3ast, K.Makke 9+5reb, E.Keedus 8+9reb+5ast, M.Kaja 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 150093


Kalev/Cramo - Rapla 83-45

The game between Top Four teams took place in Tallinn. Top-ranked host Kalev/Cramo (3-0) smashed 4th ranked Rapla (1-3) 83-45. The game without a history. Kalev/Cramo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rapla to just 4 points in second quarter. Kalev/Cramo made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Marko Riis (188-85) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. International swingman Gregor Arbet (194-83) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Sven Kaldre (197-91) replied with 10 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Raido Ringmets (206-83) added 6 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Rapla. Kalev/Cramo have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 3-0 record behind leader Tartu Ulikool. Rapla at the other side dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: K.Kitsing 11+4reb+1ast, M.Riis 11+5reb+4ast, G.Arbet 11+3reb+3ast, K.Saks 10+3reb, B.Fall 9+8reb, R.Tamm 8+2reb+1ast
Rapla: J.Soo 14+2reb+1ast, S.Kaldre 10+7reb, R.Ringmets 6+9reb+2ast, A.Parn 5+5reb+1ast, R.Laane 4+5reb+4ast, I.Kajupank 4+3reb
gschID: 150094




Juris Umbrasko joins Tarvas - by Eurobasket News
Rakvere Tarvas strengthened their frontcourt. They landed Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79). The 32-year-old forward started the previous season in VEF Riga. He left however after just one game played. Juris Umbrasko moved to Ukraine to join MBC Mykolaiv. He tallied 5.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per appearance in Superleague. Previously the forward had stints in Latvia, Russia and Ukraine. He was the member of Latvian National Team back in 2000-08 seasons. Juris Umbrasko has already debuted for Tarvas. He scored 3 points and grabbed 2 rebounds in his team's road win over Rapla.

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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Lonny BAXTER
  Enisey
  (204-C-79)
  Avg: 20
 1. Baxter, Enisey20.0 
 2. Hawkins, Minsk.18.0 
 3. Marinovic, Enisey17.0 
 4. Jefferson, Triumph17.0 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto17.0 
 6. Hayes, Krasnie Kri.16.5 
 7. Robinson, Sokhumi16.5 
 8. Spasojevic, Arkadia16.5 
 9. Kudrautsau, Minsk.16.0 
 10. Hodge, Minsk-200615.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pranas SKURDAUSKAS
  Arkad.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 12
 1. Skurdauskas, Arkad.12.0 
 2. Bader, Szolnok10.5 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto9.5 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto9.0 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok9.0 
 6. Jefferson, Triumph9.0 
 7. Hodge, Minsk-20068.5 
 8. Akindele, Spartak-.8.5 
 9. Alexander, Krasni.8.0 
 10. Landry, Triumph8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.5 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu5.5 
 3. Pierce, Sokhumi5.5 
 4. Kudrautsau, Minsk.5.5 
 5. McKee, Triumph5.0 
 6. Marinovic, Enisey4.5 
 7. Miles, Krasnie Kri.4.5 
 8. Trotter, Szolnok4.5 
 9. Hodge, Minsk-20064.0 
 10. Horvath, Szolnok4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Danek, Arkadia3.0 
 2. Miles, Krasnie Kri.3.0 
 3. Victor, Spartak-.2.5 
 4. Rush, Krasnie Kril.2.5 
 5. Kovacs, Atomeromu2.0 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto2.0 
 7. Lowe, Pyrinto2.0 
 8. Thomas, Spartak-.1.5 
 9. Williams, Atomeromu1.5 
 10. Lehto, Pyrinto1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin KNOX
  Minsk-2006
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Knox, Minsk-20063.0 
 2. Hodge, Minsk-20061.5 
 3. Savenkov, Spartak.1.0 
 4. Skurdauskas, Arkad.1.0 
 5. Toth, Atomeromu1.0 
 6. Jefferson, Triumph1.0 
 7. Trotter, Szolnok1.0 
 8. Robinson, Sokhumi1.0 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 10. Alexander, Krasni.1.0 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Henry DOMERCANT
  Unics
  (192-G-80)
  Avg: 30
 1. Domercant, Unics30.0 
 2. Hairston, Armani M.25.0 
 3. Teletovic, Caja L.23.0 
 4. Eliyahu, Maccabi23.0 
 5. Battle, Cholet23.0 
 6. Gallinari, Armani23.0 
 7. Banic, Bizkaia Bil.22.0 
 8. Pekovic, Partizan21.0 
 9. Loncar, Khimky20.5 
 10. Jackson, PGE Tur.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 15
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA15.0 
 2. Edwards, Grave.11.0 
 3. Bourousis, Armani10.0 
 4. Slaughter, Brose B.10.0 
 5. Gee, Asseco Prokom9.0 
 6. Perovic, FCB Regal9.0 
 7. Jawai, Unics9.0 
 8. Reyes, Real Madrid9.0 
 9. May, KK.9.0 
 10. Loncar, Khimky8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  FCB Regal
  (191-PG-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Huertas, FCB Regal8.0 
 2. Teodosic, CSKA8.0 
 3. Batum, Nancy8.0 
 4. Prigioni, Caja L.7.0 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.7.0 
 6. Basile, Bennet C.6.0 
 7. Moore, PGE Turow6.0 
 8. Tunceri, Anadolu6.0 
 9. Roberts, Brose B.6.0 
 10. Hairston, Armani6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.6.0 
 2. Kaukenas, Montepa.4.0 
 3. Vujacic, Anadolu4.0 
 4. Ilyasova, Anadolu4.0 
 5. Spanoulis, Olympia.3.0 
 6. Stiggers, PAOK3.0 
 7. Slaughter, Brose B.3.0 
 8. Diamantidis, Panat.3.0 
 9. Kelati, Khimky2.5 
 10. Quinn, Khimky2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA4.0 
 2. Kinsey, Anadolu4.0 
 3. Lavrinovic, Montep.3.0 
 4. Kasun, KK.3.0 
 5. Slaughter, Brose B.3.0 
 6. Issa, Gravelines3.0 
 7. Kravtsov, BC Do.3.0 
 8. Cain, VEF Riga2.0 
 9. Hines, Olympiakos2.0 
 10. Hairston, Armani2.0 


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


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.6 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons21.4 
 3. Tiedeman, LrNM.21.2 
 4. Holloway, Salon V.20.7 
 5. Newson, Kataja19.2 
 6. Johnson, Korihait19.2 
 7. Bailey, Pyrinto19.0 
 8. Brooks, Namika L.18.3 
 9. Blue, KTP18.2 
 10. Haynes, LrNM.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.8 
 2. Blue, KTP9.7 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto8.8 
 4. McDade, Nilan B.8.6 
 5. Hairston, Salon V.8.2 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.0 
 7. Nikkila, Pyrinto8.0 
 8. Muurinen, ToPo8.0 
 9. Beidler, Kauhajoki7.8 
 10. Heinonen, ToPo7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Williams, Pyrinto6.8 
 2. Virtanen, Kataja5.8 
 3. Haynes, LrNM.5.2 
 4. Walker, Kataja5.0 
 5. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.0 
 6. Jarvinen, LrNM.4.3 
 7. Jalonen, Korihait4.2 
 8. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.2 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.8 
 10. Skamo, Kauhajoki3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 4
 1. Williams, Pyrinto4.0 
 2. Sten, Kataja2.8 
 3. Newson, Kataja2.4 
 4. Brooks, Namika L.2.3 
 5. Haynes, LrNM.2.3 
 6. Moore, Korihait2.2 
 7. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.2 
 8. Lowe, Pyrinto2.0 
 9. Holloway, Salon V.2.0 
 10. Terwilliger, Kata.2.0 
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. Newson, Kataja1.0 
 5. Rainamaa, Korihait1.0 
 6. Vanttaja, Kouvot0.8 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 8. Bell, KTP0.8 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.8 
 10. Brown, Kouvot0.7 


KORISLIIGA: YMCA LPR scored 100 points - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 6: Two contests tonight. YMCA Lappeenranta scored 100 points and defeated Bisons from Loimaa 100-89 (44-37). American G DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) led the hosts with his season high 31 points. Haynes grabbed also six rbs and gave eight assists. Lawrence Hamm (198-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) added 21 and Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Boise St.) 19 pts. 19-year-old Henri Valimaa (198-F-92) played 15 minutes and scored his personal best nine (9) pts (3-pointers 3/3). Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) netted 26 pts for the Bisons. Ivey gave also seven assists. Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) had this ttime 18 pts.
At Kouvola local Kouvot led vs KTP (Kotka) 72-70 with one minute to go, but KTP scored game last five points and won 72-75 (40-42). It was Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (194-G/F-89), 22, who hit first a 3-pointer (72-73) and Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) hit then both FTs with three seconds to go. There were 10 lead changes and nine ties during the thriller.
YMCA Lappeenranta - Bisons (Loimaa) 100-89 (44-37). (DeAndre Haynes 31/6/8a, Lawrence Hamm 21, Tyler Tiedeman 19 - Jeb Ivey 26/7a, Martin Zeno 18, Ryan McDade 12/7).

Kouvot - KTP 72-75 (40-42). (Josh Gonner 21, Antoine Jordan 15, Anthony Brown 13/8 - Bojan Sarcevic 19/5a, Juho Lehtoranta 14, Bennet Davis 12, Terrell Bell 11/15. A: 1151).



KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto on the top - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 8&4: YMCA Lahti has it difficult right now. New Head Coach Kimmo Kujansivu and his Team lost again tonight and their record is 1-7. As a tough home team YMCA Lahti has won only one contest out of five home games. The winner was this time visitor Pyrinto, Tampere (3-1) and the numbers 77-90 (32-50). Quarters: 20-29, 12-21, 28-21, 19-19. Pyrinto won also the rebounds (27-34) and the biggest differences were FTs and fouls: 5/7 vs 15/23 and 24 vs 14. Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) led the hosts with 26pts/8rbs. Antero Lehto (184-G-84) was again Pyrinto's leading scorer: 24 points.
YMCA Lahti - Pyrinto 77-90 (32-50). (Ville Makalainen 26/8, Steven Wright 19, Ryan Brooks 13 - Antero Lehto 24, Damon Williams 19/7, Antwine Williams 17. A: 721).




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ProA: Round 3 review - by Eurobasket News
This is still too early stage of the Regular Season in ProA and we should expect many changes in upcoming rounds.

ASVEL - Gravelines 69-72
Gravelines-Dunkerque (2-1) grabbed a 3-point victory on the road edging ASVEL (1-2) 72-69 on Friday evening. ASVEL was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 9-point lead after three quarters before a 20-8 charge of Gravelines-Dunkerque, which allowed them to win the game. Gravelines-Dunkerque had a 21-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Juby Johnson (196-81, college: Miami, OH) who led his team to a victory with 17 points. His fellow American import power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV, agency: Hoops Ambassadors) contributed with 13 points for the winners. The former international point guard Tony Parker (183-82) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) added 20 points in the effort for ASVEL. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will face Pau-Lacq-Orthez at home in the next round. ASVEL will play against Cholet.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: J.Johnson 17+2reb, A.Albicy 14+2reb+3ast, J.Edwards 13+4reb+2ast, Y.Bokolo 7+5reb+2ast, L.Vaty 6+9reb+2ast, R.Jomby 5+8reb
ASVEL: E.Jackson 20+4reb+1ast, T.Parker 18+5reb+3ast, P.Goss 13+3reb+3ast, D.Thompson 8+1reb+3ast, K.Tillie 4+6reb, H.Armstrong 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 133514


Poitiers - Dijon 66-49
It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Poitiers's pressure prevailed and they won that period 26-11 extending their advantage to 17 points. Poitiers outrebounded JDA Dijon 37-26 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Antonio Grant (198-76, college: S.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Kenny Younger (203-77, college: Houston, agency: Warren Sports International) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St.) answered with 9 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Sean Marshall (198-85, college: Boston Coll.) added 12 points in the effort for JDA Dijon.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: J.J.J. Miller 13+3reb+3ast, A.Grant 11+8reb+5ast, K.Younger 10+9reb+3ast, R.Wright 9+5reb+1ast, E.Fournier 8+4reb+3ast, P.Guillard 7+5reb
Dijon: S.Marshall 12+2reb+1ast, Z.Moss 9+10reb, B.Dixon 8+1reb+1ast, D.Melody 7+3reb+5ast, J.Leloup 4+1reb+2ast, A.Harris 4+1reb
gschID: 133509


Roanne - Hyeres-Toulon 116-90
The game was mostly controlled by Chorale de Roanne. Hyeres-Toulon was better in third quarter 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chorale de Roanne looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists. It was a good game for American forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who led his team to a victory with 32 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Andre Barrett (175-82, college: Seton Hall, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 assists for the winners. Chorale de Roanne's coach Jean-Denys Choulet felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Senegalese forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and Bosnian power forward Damir Krupalija (205-79, college: Illinois) added 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Hyeres-Toulon.
Top scorers:
Roanne: D.Page 32+8reb+3ast, A.Barrett 18+4reb+13ast, P.Braud 15+2ast, T.Larrouquis 14+6reb+4ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 12+7reb+1ast, M.Diabate 11+4reb+9ast
Hyeres-Toulon: M.Faye 23+10reb+1ast, L.Labeyrie 19+5reb+1ast, D.Krupalija 17+10reb+4ast, S.Cisse 16+2ast, R.Kareem 7+1reb+15ast, A.Julien 6+2reb
gschID: 133510


Strasbourg - Le Havre 78-69
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Strasbourg IG and 7th ranked STB Le Havre had identical 1-1 record. This time Strasbourg IG used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Le Havre 78-69 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But STB Le Havre won third quarter 18-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for naturalized Central African forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized American swingman Nicholas Pope (196-84, college: Oklahoma Baptist) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds and international power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86) added 13 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for STB Le Havre. Four STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. Strasbourg IG (2-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with 7 other teams. Loser STB Le Havre dropped to the tenth position with two games lost. Strasbourg IG will face Entente Orleans 45 (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. STB Le Havre will play against Le Mans.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: M.Zianveni 19+9reb+1ast, A.M'Baye 13+3reb, J.Harper 10+5reb+1ast, C.Oliver 10+4reb+1ast, K.Anderson 10+2reb+3ast, R.Greer 9+5reb+5ast
Le Havre: N.Pope 21+6reb+2ast, I.Mahinmi 13+12reb+2ast, J.Cox 10+5reb+2ast, N.Wise 10+2reb+4ast, B.Boddicker 9+3reb+2ast, O.Camara 2+1reb
gschID: 133511


Nanterre - Nancy 64-85
The game without a history. Sluc Nancy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sluc Nancy outrebounded JSF Nanterre 37-25 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international forward Nicolas Batum (201-88) who scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Nigerian forward Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Xavier Corosine (185-85) who recorded 21 points and center Johan Passave-Ducteil (200-85) added 12 points and 5 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.
Top scorers:
Nancy: A.Moerman 19+1reb, N.Batum 15+5reb+5ast, J.Shuler 14+7reb+1ast, A.Akingbala 10+12reb, P.Amagou 8+1reb+1ast, V.Samnick 7
Nanterre: X.Corosine 21+2reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 12+5reb+1ast, G.Pons 8+2reb, R.Covile 6+1reb, M.Riley 6+4reb+2ast, S.Brun 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 133512


Chalon - Cholet 71-79
The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Cholet dominated on the defensive end, holding Chalon/Saor to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Chalon/Saor 46-28 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Demetris Nichols (205-84, college: Syracuse) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Chandler Parsons (205-88, college: Florida, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) answered with 18 points and the former international guard Steed Tchicamboud (193-81) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Chalon/Saor. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cholet moved-up to second place, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Chalon/Saor. Cholet is looking forward to face ASVEL (#10) in Villeurbanne in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chalon/Saor will play on the road against JDA Dijon (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cholet: D.Nichols 24+6reb+2ast, W.Gradit 17+4reb, C.Parsons 14+11reb+5ast, R.Falker 9+13reb+4ast, F.Causeur 6+6reb+5ast, D.McGrath 4+1reb+2ast
Chalon: M.Delaney 18+1reb+2ast, B.Schilb 13+2reb+2ast, S.Tchicamboud 12+3reb+5ast, J.Lauvergne 8+5reb+1ast, I.Evtimov 7+2reb+2ast, A.Aminu 6+9reb+2ast
gschID: 133513


Le Mans - Orleans 72-76
Host Le Mans was defeated by Entente Orleans 45 in a tough game in Le Mans 72-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Le Mans. Le Mans was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Entente Orleans 45 looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) who led the winners and scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) accounted for 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. American point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) came up with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Le Mans in the defeat. Top scorers:
Orleans: D.Monds 16+5reb+1ast, A.Sy 14+6reb+5ast, C.Banks 13+1reb+4ast, B.Greene 12+10reb+2ast, Y.Sangare 6+3reb+5ast, G.Joseph 5+5reb
Le Mans: T.Rochestie 14+7reb+5ast, C.Kahudi 13+6reb+2ast, A.Acker 11+6reb+6ast, M.Sommerville 10+4reb, A.Koffi 8+3reb, J.Paulo Batista 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 133507


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Paris-Levallois 78-88
Pau-Lacq-Orthez was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 49-36 second half run of Paris-Levallois. It was a great evening for American guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 4 assists. The former international power forward Vincent Masingue (205-76) helped adding 10 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (207-87, college: Texas A&M) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds and American guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) scored 19 points and 6 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Didier Dobbels rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: E.Chatfield 26+2reb+4ast, J.Williams 15+2reb+1ast, D.Noel 13+4reb+1ast, T.Meacham 10+5reb+4ast, V.Masingue 10+10reb, P.Da Silva 7+5reb+3ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: A.Mendy 20+5reb, T.Gipson 19+1reb+6ast, C.Elonu 17+16reb, M.Maravic 11+4reb+2ast, M.Shakur 10+5reb+4ast, F.Lesca 1+1ast


ProB Round 4: Boulazac Basket beats Chalons-Reims in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Round 4 means everything may happen in ProB as the season just started. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.


Boulogne - Quimper 71-64

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked SO Maritime Boulogne and 12th ranked Quimper UJAP had identical 1-2 record. This time SO Maritime Boulogne used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Quimper 71-64 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 37-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SO Maritime Boulogne outrebounded Quimper UJAP 35-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. Quimper UJAP was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward James Mathis (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. point guard Jonathan Rousselle (190-90) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Liberian-American Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and Aurelien Salmon (204-87) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Quimper UJAP's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SO Maritime Boulogne (2-2) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 7 other teams. Quimper UJAP lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with three games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will face league's second-placed Fos Ouest on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Quimper UJAP will play against Saint Vallier (#6).
Top scorers:
Quimper: P.Paelay 19+5reb+2ast, A.Salmon 14+2reb+1ast, G.Lessort 9+4reb, J.Williams 7+2reb+1ast, A.Mendy 5, A.Lovedale 4+5reb
Boulogne: J.Mathis 15+11reb+1ast, J.Rousselle 11+1reb+4ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 10+4reb, T.Stanley 9+5reb, Z.Bah 8+2reb+4ast, C.Rouse 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 139493


Bourg - Rouen 84-85

A very close game took place in Bourg between SPO Rouen and JL Bourg. Seventeenth ranked SPO Rouen (2-2) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked JL Bourg (2-2). SPO Rouen managed to escape with a 1-point win 85-84 in the fight for the fifth place. JL Bourg cut a 14-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. SPO Rouen looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Pierric Poupet (191-84) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Alex Dunn (210-82, college: Wyoming) who added 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. At the losing side Gambian forward Moses Sonko (198-83, college: Co.Carolina) responded with 30 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and Senegalese center Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) scored 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). SPO Rouen moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated JL Bourg. SPO Rouen will meet at home league's leader Boulazac Basket in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. JL Bourg will play against Nantes (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bourg: M.Sonko 30+9reb+3ast, O.Barro 22+9reb+1ast, A.Tsagarakis 13+1ast, D.Copeland 7+2reb+8ast, J.Sanchez 5+4reb+4ast, J.Delhomme 4+1reb+2ast
Rouen: P.Poupet 22+5reb+4ast, A.Dunn 18+5reb, C.Bronchard 13+3reb, C.Thioune 10+6reb+1ast, T.Rupert 10+5reb+1ast, T.Maizeroi 6+2ast
gschID: 139494


Evreux - Vichy 79-72 OT

Bottom-ranked JA Vichy (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 79-72 overtime loss to sixteenth ranked ALM Evreux (2-2) in Evreux. JA Vichy was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 20-14 charge of ALM Evreux, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 18-11. ALM Evreux players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 assists for the winners. Alexander Franklin (196-88, college: Siena) replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds and center Dwayne Curtis (203-85, college: Mississippi, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for JA Vichy. Four ALM Evreux and five JA Vichy players scored in double figures. ALM Evreux moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 7 other teams. JA Vichy at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. ALM Evreux will play against Le Portel (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JA Vichy will play against Lille Metropole (#15) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Vichy: A.Franklin 16+9reb+3ast, J.Flowers 15+5reb, D.Curtis 14+10reb+2ast, A.Eito 13+5reb+5ast, M.Guichard 12+2reb+5ast, W.Aka 2+1reb+3ast
Evreux: J.Wood 21+14reb+3ast, A.Rowland 15+2reb+11ast, M.Correa 12+4reb, L.Konate 10+5reb+3ast, G.Costentin 9+3reb+7ast, D.Kaba 7
gschID: 139495


Maurienne - Limoges 83-87

No shocking result in a game in Aix-les-Bains where top-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (4-0) defeated 13th ranked Aix-Maurienne (1-3) 87-83 on Friday. The game without a history. Limoges CSP Elite led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international guard Joseph Gomis (180-78) fired 22 points and 6 assists for the winners. American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) chipped in 9 points and 13 rebounds. American Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) produced 26 points and point guard Simon Darnauzan (178-80) added 18 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Limoges CSP Elite have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Fos Ouest and Boulazac. Loser Aix-Maurienne keeps the thirteenth place with three games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will face Denain Voltaire (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Aix-Maurienne will play against Bordeaux.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: D.Tucker 26+3reb+1ast, S.Darnauzan 18+8ast, B.Osby 15+9reb+2ast, W.Brown 13+10reb+1ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 9+2reb+1ast, M.Traore 2+6reb
Limoges: J.Gomis 22+2reb+6ast, L.Milbourne 18+3reb, A.Curti 11+2reb+4ast, S.Traore 10+4reb+1ast, R.Desroses 9+2reb+2ast, C.Massie 9+13reb+1ast
gschID: 139496


Lille - Bordeaux 68-74

Very expected game when 12th ranked Lille Metropole (1-3) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Bordeaux (3-1) 74-68 on Friday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 38-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Naturalized Tunisian swingman Sami Driss (194-82) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Kurt Cunningham (205-87, college: Boise St.) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Bordeaux players scored in double figures. American power forward Steffon Bradford (199-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Curtis Marshall (196-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Bordeaux moved-up to fourth place. Loser Lille Metropole dropped to the thirteenth position with three games lost. Bordeaux will face Aix-Maurienne (#16) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lille Metropole will play on the road against JA Vichy.
Top scorers:
Lille: S.Bradford 17+6reb+3ast, C.Marshall 16+3reb+1ast, M.Camara 10, M.Sy 8+5reb+1ast, J.Sauret 7+1reb+7ast, S.Smith 4+8reb+1ast
Bordeaux: K.Cunningham 16+7reb, S.Driss 15+13reb+1ast, B.Diaw 14+4reb+4ast, O.Bassett 12+7reb+3ast, M.Doubal 7+1reb+1ast, G.Darrigand 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 139497


St Vallier - Le Portel 83-70

The game with biggest result difference took place in Saint Vallier. Local Saint Vallier (2-2) beat higher ranked Le Portel (2-2) 83-70 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Le Portel. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 41-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Saint Vallier dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Le Portel's 30. American point guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) fired 23 points and 4 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. David Denave (195-85) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Saint Vallier's coach Laurent Pluvy used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Chris Davis (195-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds and Ismaila Sy (192-79) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. Saint Vallier moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 7 other teams including defeated Le Portel. Saint Vallier will face Quimper UJAP (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Le Portel will play against ALM Evreux (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: C.Davis 17+7reb+1ast, B.Mangin 13+1reb+1ast, I.Sy 13+4reb+4ast, R.Taylor 10+3reb+7ast, N.Wyatte 6+12reb+1ast, G.Leburgue 4+5reb+1ast
St Vallier: K.Shiloh 23+3reb+3ast, D.Denave 17+7reb+2ast, H.Disy 11+7reb+1ast, S.Barrett 9+5reb, M.Toti 7+1reb+1ast, F.Tortosa 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 139498


Denain - Nantes 78-81

A very interesting game took place in Denain. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 9th ranked Denain Voltaire (1-3) to eighth ranked Nantes (2-2) 81-78 on Friday evening. The game without a history. Nantes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 Denain Voltaire turnovers. The winners were led by naturalized Swiss power forward David Ramseyer (200-87) who scored that evening 19 points and 7 rebounds and Armand Charles (193-83) supported him with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Nantes players scored in double figures. Even 25 points and 7 rebounds by American power forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) did not help to save the game for Denain Voltaire. Lamine Kante (200-87) added 20 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Nantes moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 7 other teams. Newly promoted Denain Voltaire dropped to the thirteenth position with three games lost. Nantes' next round opponent will be JL Bourg (#10) at home where they are favorite. Denain Voltaire will play against Limoges CSP Elite.
Top scorers:
Denain: J.James 25+7reb+2ast, L.Kante 20+3reb, N.Rohnert 12+2reb+1ast, R.Brocheray 9+8reb+1ast, X.Gaillou 5+1reb+3ast, R.Rossiter 3+14reb+1ast
Nantes: D.Ramseyer 19+7reb+2ast, O.Bardet 11+2reb+2ast, A.Charles 11+7reb, D.Fergerson 10+5reb, M.Drame 9+3reb+1ast, K.Idomenee 9+1ast
gschID: 151883


Antibes - Fos Ouest 66-79

Very predictable result when top-ranked Fos Ouest (4-0) beat on the road 11th ranked Olympique Antibes (1-3) 79-66 on Friday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 43-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Olympique Antibes outrebounded Fos Ouest 37-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. Fos Ouest looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Olympique Antibes' players. American guard Blake Hoffarber (193-88, college: Minnesota) fired 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Algerian swingman Karim Atamna (194-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 assists. Five Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds and Senegalese power forward Malick Badiane (211-84) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Fos Ouest have a solid four-game winning streak. Fos Ouest keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Limoges and Boulazac. Loser Olympique Antibes dropped to the thirteenth place with three games lost. Fos Ouest will face SO Maritime Boulogne (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Olympique Antibes will play against Chalons-Reims (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antibes: J.Allen 16+18reb+2ast, L.Bengaber 14+2reb+1ast, M.Badiane 9+8reb+1ast, F.Prenom 7+3reb, B.Monclar 7+1reb+3ast, C.Brown 7+1reb
Fos Ouest: E.Choquet 14+2reb+3ast, B.Hoffarber 14+8reb+3ast, M.Dia 13+2reb+1ast, S.Gay 12+3reb, K.Atamna 10+4reb+10ast, B.Clark 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 139491


Boulazac - Chalons-Reims 72-63

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Boulazac. Top-ranked Boulazac Basket faced 4th ranked Chalons-Reims. Host Boulazac Basket (4-0) defeated guests from Reims (2-2) 72-63. Chalons-Reims was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The other American import Amadi McKenzie (201-86) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. American Nate Carter (198-83, college: Oklahoma) produced 16 points and the former international Gary Chathuant (195-83) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Five Boulazac Basket and four Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. Boulazac Basket have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record, which they share with Limoges and Fos Ouest. Chalons-Reims at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with 7 other teams. Boulazac Basket is looking forward to face SPO Rouen (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chalons-Reims will play against Olympique Antibes and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: G.Chathuant 17+4reb, N.Carter 16+4reb+3ast, R.Mels 12+1reb+1ast, C.Daniels 11+6reb, K.Joss-Rauze 5+1ast, K.Corre 2+6reb+1ast
Boulazac: F.Adjiwanou 15+5reb, A.McKenzie 14+5reb+3ast, I.Soumahoro 13+2reb, D.Monroe 12+11reb+6ast, S.Njoya 10+1reb+3ast, R.Ayers 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 139492




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


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


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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Rick HUGHES
  Hyeres-T.
  (204-C/F-73)
  Avg: 26
 1. Hughes, Hyeres-T.26.0 
 2. Chatfield, Paris-.23.0 
 3. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.20.7 
 4. Parker, AS.19.5 
 5. Rochestie, Le Mans18.3 
 6. Nichols, Cholet17.3 
 7. Cox, Le Havre16.7 
 8. Morlende, Hyeres-T.16.5 
 9. Harris, Dijon16.5 
 10. Grant, Poitiers15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ian MAHINMI
  Le Havre
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Mahinmi, Le Havre12.0 
 2. Akingbala, Nancy11.7 
 3. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.11.0 
 4. Aminu, Chalon9.3 
 5. Hughes, Hyeres-T.9.0 
 6. Jackson, Roanne8.0 
 7. Falker, Cholet8.0 
 8. Guillard, Poitiers7.5 
 9. Hamilton, Paris-.7.3 
 10. Sy, Orleans7.0 
Assists Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Linehan, Nancy6.3 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.3 
 3. Albicy, Gravelines5.7 
 4. Meacham, Paris-.5.3 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.0 
 6. Parsons, Cholet5.0 
 7. Dixon, Dijon5.0 
 8. Morlende, Hyeres-T.5.0 
 9. Jeanneau, Stras.5.0 
 10. Shakur, Pau-Lacq.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nicolas BATUM
  Nancy
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Batum, Nancy2.7 
 2. Fournier, Poitiers2.5 
 3. Linehan, Nancy2.3 
 4. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.2.3 
 5. Goss, AS.2.3 
 6. Kahudi, Le Mans2.3 
 7. Wright, Poitiers2.0 
 8. Acker, Le Mans2.0 
 9. Miller, Poitiers2.0 
 10. Leloup, Dijon2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dounia ISSA
  Gravelines
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Issa, Gravelines2.0 
 2. Nichols, Cholet2.0 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy1.7 
 4. Holland, Roanne1.0 
 5. Gobert, Cholet1.0 
 6. Falker, Cholet1.0 
 7. Paschal, Le Havre1.0 
 8. Sy, Orleans1.0 
 9. Devehat, Poitiers1.0 
 10. Williams, Paris-.1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Ousmane BARRO
  Bourg
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Barro, Bourg20.5 
 2. James, Denain19.5 
 3. Denave, St Vallier18.7 
 4. Davis, Le Portel18.7 
 5. Sonko, Bourg18.5 
 6. Gomis, Limoges18.5 
 7. McKenzie, Boulazac18.0 
 8. Taylor, Le Portel17.7 
 9. Franklin, Vichy17.3 
 10. Ramseyer, Nantes16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 14
 1. Massie, Limoges14.0 
 2. Wood, Evreux10.8 
 3. Allen, Antibes10.3 
 4. Prowell, St Vallier10.0 
 5. Rossiter, Denain9.8 
 6. Daniels, Chalons-.9.8 
 7. Monroe, Boulazac9.0 
 8. Disy, St Vallier9.0 
 9. James, Denain8.5 
 10. Barro, Bourg8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Donald COPELAND
  Bourg
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Copeland, Bourg8.5 
 2. Denave, St Vallier6.0 
 3. Rowland, Evreux5.8 
 4. Taylor, Le Portel5.7 
 5. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.5 
 6. Njoya, Boulazac5.3 
 7. Poupet, Rouen5.0 
 8. Atamna, Fos Ouest5.0 
 9. Gomis, Limoges5.0 
 10. Choquet, Fos Oue.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Armand CHARLES
  Nantes
  (193-SF-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Charles, Nantes3.3 
 2. James, Denain3.0 
 3. Flowers, Vichy2.5 
 4. Eito, Vichy2.5 
 5. Patiejunas, Rouen2.5 
 6. Milbourne, Limoges2.3 
 7. Sauret, Lille2.3 
 8. Paelay, Quimper2.3 
 9. Njoya, Boulazac2.3 
 10. Marshall, Lille2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest3.0 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.1.8 
 3. Ford, Bordeaux1.7 
 4. Massie, Limoges1.5 
 5. Badiane, Antibes1.5 
 6. Barro, Bourg1.5 
 7. Prowell, St Vallier1.5 
 8. Barrett, St Vallier1.3 
 9. Ramseyer, Nantes1.3 
 10. Charles, Nantes1.0 


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Arnaud THINON
  Sorgues
  (178-G-87)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Thinon, Sorgues19.3 
 2. Horton, Blois19.0 
 3. Thomas, Roche19.0 
 4. Herard, Challans17.6 
 5. Bigote, Cognac17.4 
 6. Racine, CFBB17.3 
 7. Pridotkas, Brest17.0 
 8. Merie, Chartres17.0 
 9. Bluntt, Orchy16.8 
 10. Almanson, Challans16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Kaunisto, Blois12.4 
 2. Pearson, Angers B.11.3 
 3. Caskill, Cognac10.8 
 4. Jaiteh, CFBB10.0 
 5. Pridotkas, Brest9.0 
 6. St Robert, Montb.7.8 
 7. Diame, Rueil7.6 
 8. Williams, St Quent.7.4 
 9. Mendy, Lievin7.3 
 10. Boutry, Challans7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Calvez, Charleville6.0 
 2. Barbry, Orchy5.8 
 3. Brochard, Blois5.8 
 4. Dessart, Lievin5.5 
 5. Geay, Challans5.0 
 6. Cortey, Clermont4.5 
 7. Berquier, Chartres4.5 
 8. Ball, St Quentin4.4 
 9. Godin, Cognac4.4 
 10. Sene, 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, Cognac2.6 
 4. Alao, Brest2.0 
 5. Merie, Chartres2.0 
 6. Gourari, Rueil2.0 
 7. Bateko, Roche2.0 
 8. Bluntt, Orchy2.0 
 9. Brochard, Blois2.0 
 10. Guillarme, Charle.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Alingue, Souffel2.4 
 2. Caskill, Cognac2.3 
 3. Diame, Rueil1.4 
 4. Jaiteh, CFBB1.3 
 5. N''Diaye, Souffel1.2 
 6. Borval, Le Puy1.2 
 7. Pasut, Sorgues1.0 
 8. Mendy, Lievin1.0 
 9. Kaunisto, Blois1.0 
 10. Ipouck, Chartres1.0 


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Best players of Superleague round 2 - by Eurobasket News
Talented American Noah Dahlman (200-F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for MZT Skopje and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 21 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Kozuv (0-2) 74-69. MZT Skopje won both games without losing any, but t's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Dahlman turned to be MZT Skopje's top player in his first season with the team.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Phillip Brooks (188-G-84) of ABA Strumica. Brooks impressed basketball fans with 33 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as ABA Strumica lost that game 86-97 to Lirija (1-1). 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. Brooks is a newcomer at ABA Strumica and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 32.5ppg (#1). He also registered 4.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-C/F-79, agency: World Sport Agency) of Kumanovo (#6). Jelesijevic scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Jelesijevic's great performance Kumanovo lost 82-88 to Torus Skopje (2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88) of Torus Skopje - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Phil Turner (190-G-87) of Torus Skopje - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. James Life (194-G-83) of Lirija - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Vladimir Filipovic (195-G-85) of Lirija - 19 points and 8 rebounds
8. Marko Simonovski (194-G/F-89) of Feni Indistrija - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Dime Tasovski (200-F-80) of Rabotnicki - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84) of Torus Skopje - 15 points, 5 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)


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 3-0 
 2. MZT Skopje 3-0 
 3. Torus Skopje 2-0 
 4. Kumanovo 1-1 
 5. Vardar 1-1 
 6. Lirija 1-2 
 7. ABA Strumica 1-2 
 8. Kozuv 0-3 
 9. Rabotnicki 0-3 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Phillip BROOKS
  ABA S.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 32.5
 1. Brooks, ABA S.32.5 
 2. Life, Lirija25.5 
 3. Karadzovski, Torus25.5 
 4. Jelesijevic, Kuman.25.0 
 5. Trajkovski, Torus19.5 
 6. Boswell, ABA S.19.5 
 7. Dimitrovski, Kozuv19.0 
 8. Mikic, Kumanovo18.0 
 9. Dahlman, MZT S.18.0 
 10. Tasovski, Rabotni.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Noah DAHLMAN
  MZT S.
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 10
 1. Dahlman, MZT S.10.0 
 2. Jelesijevic, Kuman.9.0 
 3. Cole, Rabotnicki9.0 
 4. Mikic, Kumanovo8.0 
 5. Buha, Kozuv7.5 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus7.5 
 7. Tasovski, Rabotnic.7.0 
 8. Mitchell, Lirija7.0 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.7.0 
 10. Simonovski, Feni6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Sasa OCOKOLJIC
  Feni I.
  (183-PG-76)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ocokoljic, Feni I.5.0 
 2. Morban, Lirija4.0 
 3. Bogoev, Rabotnicki4.0 
 4. Sokolov, Feni I.3.5 
 5. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.5 
 6. Janjusevic, Kuman.3.0 
 7. Tasovski, Rabotnic.3.0 
 8. Cole, Rabotnicki3.0 
 9. Life, Lirija2.5 
 10. Brckov, Feni I.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marko SIMONOVSKI
  Feni I.
  (194-G/F-89)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Simonovski, Feni I.4.5 
 2. Brooks, ABA S.3.0 
 3. Ocokoljic, Feni I.2.5 
 4. Ford, Feni Indistr.2.0 
 5. Mladenovic, Kuman.2.0 
 6. Morban, Lirija2.0 
 7. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 8. Boswell, ABA S.1.5 
 9. Gjurov, Feni I.1.5 
 10. Life, Lirija1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon COLE
  Rabotnicki
  (203-F/C-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Cole, Rabotnicki4.0 
 2. Avramovski, Lirija2.5 
 3. Knezevic, Feni I.1.5 
 4. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.0 
 5. Chappell, ABA S.1.0 
 6. Tasovski, Rabotnic.1.0 
 7. Mitchell, Lirija0.5 
 8. Stajic, Lirija0.5 
 9. Filipovic, Lirija0.5 
 10. Bulic, Kozuv0.5 


Superleague: Round 3 - by Eurobasket News
There were just three rounds played in Regular Season of Superleague and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

MZT Skopje - Rabotnicki 79-70
MZT Skopje (3-0) won against visiting Fersped-Rabotnicki (0-3) 79-70. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. MZT Skopje made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. MZT Skopje outrebounded Fersped-Rabotnicki 42-24 including 30 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Fersped-Rabotnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Noah Dahlman (200-F-89, college: Wofford) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). The former international power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) added 16 points and 5 steals respectively. MZT Skopje have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Feni Indistrija. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. MZT Skopje's next round opponent will be league's leader Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fersped-Rabotnicki will play at home against ABA Strumica (#7) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: N.Dahlman 30+10reb, G.Cekovski 16+14reb+4ast, O.Stojanovski 11+3reb+3ast, I.Mijajlovic 8+1reb+2ast, C.Davis 8+5reb+2ast, C.Grimm 4+5reb+1ast
Rabotnicki: B.Cole 19+6reb+5ast, D.Tasovski 16+4reb+3ast, E.Bogoev 14+3reb+2ast, A.Kalanj 9+7reb+2ast, E.Hadzibulic 6+1ast, U.Vasiljevic 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 151611


ABA Strumica - Kozuv 76-65
The game between seventh ranked ABA Strumica (1-2) and bottom-ranked Kozuv (0-3) in Strumica on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. ABA Strumica beat guests from Gergelija 76-65. ABA Strumica left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Lirija. It was Kozuv's third loss in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Rabotnicki. ABA Strumica will meet bottom-ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (#9) in the next round. Kozuv will play against Kumanovo 2009 and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 151612


Kumanovo - Lirija 91-83
The game in Kumanovo was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Lirija (1-2) played at the court of sixth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (1-1). Kumanovo 2009 managed to secure a 8-point victory 91-83. Lirija was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 30-21 charge of Kumanovo 2009, which allowed them to win the game. Lirija was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Serbian forward Milan Janjusevic (196-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian forward Dejan Mikic (201-86) helped adding 12 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American-Puerto Rican guard James Life (194-83, college: Massachusetts) with 21 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lirija's coach Marjan Ilievski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kumanovo 2009 left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with Vardar. Lirija at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with ABA Strumica. Kumanovo 2009 will play against Kozuv (#8) in Gergelija in the next round. Lirija will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: M.Janjusevic 24+5reb+1ast, A.Kostoski 15+3ast, N.Jelesijevic 13+3reb+1ast, D.Mikic 12+8reb, P.Vilarov 11+2reb, D.Matic 9+6reb
Lirija: J.Life 21+3reb+1ast, C.Morban 15+2reb+3ast, S.Avramovski 14+2reb, T.Simic 13+8reb, B.Stajic 8+2reb, V.Filipovic 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 151613


Feni Indistrija - Vardar 79-71
Visitors were defeated by Feni Indistrija (3-0) 79-71. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 49-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Vardar helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 7 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Center Aleksandar Shterjov (206-86) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Darko Radulovic (194-80) added 19 points in the effort for Vardar. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Feni Indistrija have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 3-0 record, which they share with MZT Skopje. Newly promoted Vardar keeps the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with Kumanovo. Feni Indistrija is looking forward to face league's second-placed MZT Skopje at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vardar's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Torus Skopje.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: K.Nikolovski 19+5reb+1ast, M.Simonovski 13+2reb+2ast, D.Sokolov 12+1reb+2ast, S.Ocokoljic 9+1reb+6ast, V.Brckov 8+5reb, D.Knezevic 7+10reb+2ast
Vardar: D.Radulovic 19+3reb+3ast, A.Shterjov 18+7reb, V.Georgievski 16+5reb+3ast, A.Stefanovski 9+4reb+1ast, A.Tasevski 4+1reb+2ast, V.Levkoski 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 151610




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


Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Lasha PARGHALAVA
  Sokhu.
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Parghalava, Sokhu.25.0 
 2. Kreps, MIA Tbilisi24.5 
 3. Patsatsia, Sokhumi21.0 
 4. Khmelidze, Rustavi21.0 
 5. Matiashvili, Kutai.20.0 
 6. Berishvili, Olympus19.0 
 7. Gay, Sokhumi18.5 
 8. Chikviladze, Samed.18.5 
 9. Panchulidze, TSU T.18.0 
 10. Mikeladze, Batumi18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ilija MILUTINOVIC
  Olympus
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 16
 1. Milutinovic, Olymp.16.0 
 2. Arabic, Rustavi11.0 
 3. Gay, Sokhumi10.5 
 4. Machaladze, STU T.10.5 
 5. Niniashvili, TSU T.9.5 
 6. Diaz, Armia9.0 
 7. Shermadini, TSU T.8.5 
 8. Patsatsia, Sokhumi8.5 
 9. Kjellbom, Armia8.0 
 10. Berishvili, Olymp.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lasha PARGHALAVA
  Sokhu.
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Parghalava, Sokhu.7.0 
 2. Gamqrelidze, Olymp.7.0 
 3. Mikeladze, Batumi6.5 
 4. Tsekvava, Kutaisi6.0 
 5. Kreps, MIA Tbilisi6.0 
 6. Babunashvili, Kuta.5.5 
 7. Chitashvili, TSU T.5.5 
 8. Abaishvili, Samed.5.5 
 9. Gaprindashvi., Sok.5.0 
 10. Sljuka, Olympus5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Levan TSEKVAVA
  Kutaisi
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tsekvava, Kutaisi3.0 
 2. Gulisabedash., Oly.3.0 
 3. Machaladze, STU T.3.0 
 4. Beruashvili, STU T.3.0 
 5. Sanadze, Dinamo T.3.0 
 6. Gay, Sokhumi2.5 
 7. Kreps, MIA Tbilisi2.5 
 8. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.0 
 9. Barbakadze, Kutaisi2.0 
 10. Thomas, Armia2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ilija MILUTINOVIC
  Olympus
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Milutinovic, Olymp.6.0 
 2. Toudjani, MIA T.3.0 
 3. Tsirekidze, Kutaisi2.0 
 4. Kjellbom, Armia2.0 
 5. Machaladze, STU T.2.0 
 6. Berishvili, Olympus2.0 
 7. Ilic, Samedicino2.0 
 8. Beruashvili, STU T.2.0 
 9. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.5 
 10. Imnadze, MIA T.1.0 


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  GERMANY   


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Justin STOMMES
  Webmoebel
  (200-G/F-88)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Stommes, Webmoebel24.6 
 2. McKiver, Braves23.5 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf22.8 
 4. Jeka, Braves18.7 
 5. Capel, Cuxhaven18.6 
 6. Mason, Webmoebel18.6 
 7. Webb, Crailsheim18.5 
 8. Reid, MBC18.2 
 9. Stutz, Leitershof.17.8 
 10. Burgess, Heidelbe.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.7 
 2. Black, Jena8.0 
 3. Webb, Crailsheim7.5 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz7.5 
 5. Flomo, Duesseldorf7.2 
 6. Heindel, Heidelberg7.0 
 7. Uskoski, Kirchheim7.0 
 8. Henley, ETB W.7.0 
 9. Harris, Cuxhaven6.8 
 10. Brown, Cuxhaven6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jamar DIGGS
  Webmoebel
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Diggs, Webmoebel6.0 
 2. Rice, Cuxhaven5.3 
 3. Jeka, Braves5.3 
 4. Smith, Kirchheim4.7 
 5. Hill, Crailsheim4.5 
 6. Burgess, Heidelberg4.3 
 7. Harris, NBC4.2 
 8. Vilhjalmsson, MBC4.0 
 9. Matthews, Ehingen4.0 
 10. Reese, Duesseldo.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim2.7 
 2. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.6 
 3. Stommes, Webmoebel2.4 
 4. Rice, Cuxhaven2.3 
 5. Johnson, Chemnitz1.7 
 6. Vargas, Ehingen1.6 
 7. Brown, Cuxhaven1.6 
 8. Capel, Cuxhaven1.6 
 9. Alexander, ETB W.1.5 
 10. Kepkay, Jena1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves2.0 
 2. Zipser, Heidelberg1.7 
 3. Schoo, Heidelberg1.5 
 4. Howard, Karlsruhe1.0 
 5. Veney, Leitershof.0.8 
 6. Harris, Cuxhaven0.8 
 7. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.8 
 8. Thomas, Kirchheim0.8 
 9. Heyden, MBC0.8 
 10. Ides, NBC0.7 


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


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


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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 David HOLSTON
  Art.Drag.
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Holston, Art.Drag.21.2 
 2. Swann, Ratiopharm20.4 
 3. Brown, EWE Baskets20.0 
 4. Gray, Fraport SKY19.0 
 5. Carter, Phoenix18.2 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers17.8 
 7. Foster, B.Muenchen17.4 
 8. Duggins, Walter T.17.0 
 9. Ensminger, Teleko.15.6 
 10. Jonusas, Phoenix15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.8 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets9.0 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers8.8 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.8.6 
 5. Sykes, Goettingen8.2 
 6. Hilliard, Art.Drag.7.4 
 7. Smith, Bayreuth7.3 
 8. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.2 
 9. Seward, Phoenix6.6 
 10. Fenn, Art.Dragons6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.8 
 2. Joyce, TBB Trier6.8 
 3. Wood, ALBA6.7 
 4. Holston, Art.Drag.6.6 
 5. Brewer, Bremerha.5.3 
 6. Hamann, B.Muenchen5.2 
 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. Gavel, Brose B.2.0 
 3. Crowe, Phoenix2.0 
 4. Holston, Art.Drag.2.0 
 5. Smith, Bayreuth1.5 
 6. McElroy, NY Phant.1.5 
 7. Robertson, Fraport1.4 
 8. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.4 
 9. Redding, Walter T.1.3 
 10. Bowler, EnBW L.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.3.0 
 2. Looby, EnBW L.1.8 
 3. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.8 
 4. King, Art.Dragons1.8 
 5. Slaughter, Brose B.1.7 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.1.7 
 7. Francis, ALBA1.7 
 8. Boone, s.Oliver.1.2 
 9. Carter, Phoenix1.2 
 10. Cain, Bremerhaven1.0 


ProB Round 7: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

ProB round 7 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader BSV Wulfen (5-2) against fourth ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (5-2) 88-70 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BSV Wulfen. It was a key game for the top position in Group North. The game was mostly controlled by Spot Up Medien Baskets. BSV Wulfen managed to win fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spot Up Medien Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to BSV Wulfen's 30. Spot Up Medien Baskets forced 19 BSV Wulfen turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Dennis Schroeder (186-G-93) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds. Center Daniel Theis (207-92) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) answered with 19 points and 7 assists for BSV Wulfen. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spot Up Medien Baskets have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of Group North leader, which they share with Wulfen. BSV Wulfen will play next round against SSV Lok Bernau trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Spot Up Medien Baskets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Undefeated Hannover Tigers (4-1) recorded its first loss on the court of fifth ranked Dorsten. Visitors were defeated by Dorsten 90-83. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hannover Tigers. It was a great evening for American center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Terry Bryant helped adding 25 points and 4 assists. At the losing side Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) responded with 25 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Dorsten (4-2) moved-up to fourth place in Group North, which they share with Herten and Vechta. Hannover Tigers at the other side dropped to the third position with one game lost. Dorsten will play against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hannover Tigers will play against SG Schwelmer Baskets (#8) and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was also tough home defeat of 2nd ranked Hanau in a game versus Noerdlingen (#5) 93-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hanau. It was a key game for the top position in Group South. It was an exceptional evening for Jason Jamerson who led the winners and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds. Marian Schick came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Hanau in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Noerdlingen. They keep a position of Group South leader, which they share with Leipzig and BSW Sixers. Hanau at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Gotha. Noerdlingen will meet Giessen Pointers (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hanau will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (4-2) against eighth ranked TV 1862 Langen (3-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Oettinger Rockets Gotha was defeated by TV 1862 Langen in Langen 93-82. Nathan Drury fired 26 points and 7 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. TV 1862 Langen moved-up to seventh place in Group South. Oettinger Rockets Gotha at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. TV 1862 Langen's next round opponent will be league's second-placed USC Leipzig on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against Hanau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ProB top team - BSW Sixers (5-1) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Fraport Skyliners II (1-5) in Sandersdorf 80-70. It was a very good performance for Frieder Diestelhorst who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds. BSW Sixers' coach Stephen Arigbabu used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for BSW Sixers. Newly promoted BSW Sixers maintains first place in Group South with 5-1 record, which they share with Leipzig and Noerdlingen. Fraport Skyliners II lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with five games lost. BSW Sixers will face BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Fraport Skyliners II will play against Licher Baeren.

Other games in round 7 were not that significant.
In Group North Herten beat Bayer Giants on the road 69-63. Vechta lost to Wolfenbuettel on its own court 114-116. Stahnsdorf managed to outperform ALBA Berlin II in a road game 80-71. Winless Bernau recorded a loss to Rist Wedel at home 86-99.
In Group South winless BG Illertal was defeated by TSV Troester on the opponent's court 89-84. Dragons smashed Giessen in a home game 93-70. Leipzig won against Licher Baeren on the road 87-81.


Group North
SU Medien - Wulfen 88-70

ProB round 7 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader BSV Wulfen (5-2) against fourth ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (5-2) 88-70 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BSV Wulfen. It was a key game for the top position in Group North. The game was mostly controlled by Spot Up Medien Baskets. BSV Wulfen managed to win fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spot Up Medien Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to BSV Wulfen's 30. Spot Up Medien Baskets forced 19 BSV Wulfen turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Dennis Schroeder (186-93) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds. Center Daniel Theis (207-92) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Spot Up Medien Baskets players scored in double figures. American guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) answered with 19 points and 7 assists and the other American import forward Dijon Smith (203-89, college: Ft.Hays State) added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for BSV Wulfen. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spot Up Medien Baskets have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of Group North leader, which they share with Wulfen. BSV Wulfen will play next round against SSV Lok Bernau trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Spot Up Medien Baskets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Wulfen: S.Briggs 19+4reb+7ast, D.Smith 16+9reb+1ast, R.Bakoa 7+4reb, N.Janoschek 7+2reb, T.Reuter 7+2reb+1ast, R.Haenig 6+1reb
SU Medien: D.Schroeder 25+5reb+2ast, D.Theis 19+6reb+1ast, F.Theis 14+6reb+6ast, H.Sant-Roos 13+3reb+3ast, W.Buchmiller 9+1reb+1ast, L.Gertz 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 143599


Dorsten - Hannover 90-83

Undefeated Hannover Tigers (4-1) recorded its first loss on the court of fifth ranked Dorsten. Visitors were defeated by Dorsten 90-83. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hannover Tigers. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hannover Tigers won fourth quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dorsten made 24-of-25 charity shots (96.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Terry Bryant (186-85, college: SE Louisiana) helped adding 25 points and 4 assists. At the losing side Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) responded with 25 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and American guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) scored 18 points, 7 assists and 6 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dorsten (4-2) moved-up to fourth place in Group North, which they share with Herten and Vechta. Hannover Tigers at the other side dropped to the third position with one game lost. Dorsten will play against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hannover Tigers will play against SG Schwelmer Baskets (#8) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hannover: J.Doerksen 25+4reb+1ast, R.Williams 18+3reb+7ast, J.Prasuhn 17+5reb, S.Janzen 15+3reb+2ast, A.Smith 4+5reb+1ast, M.Williams 2+3reb+1ast
Dorsten: T.Bryant 25+2reb+4ast, B.Poole 20+19reb+4ast, D.McDuffie 12+1reb, N.Pelaj 11+1ast, P.Spettmann 10+1ast, J.Cadmus 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 143600


Bayer Giants - Herten 63-69

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Hertener Loewen (4-2) beat 12th ranked Bayer Giants (1-5) in Leverkusen 69-63 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 26-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hertener Loewen made 20-of-20 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. It was a very good performance for forward Vincent Kittmann (199-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). Power forward Christoph Hackenesch (204-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Hertener Loewen players scored in double figures. Hertener Loewen's coach Boris Kaminski used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Farid Sadek (188-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists and American forward Jack Eggleston (203-88, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Bayer Giants. The victory was the third consecutive win for Hertener Loewen. They moved-up to fourth place in Group North, which they share with Dorsten and Vechta. Loser Bayer Giants dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. Hertener Loewen will face SC Rasta Vechta (#6) on the road in the next round. Bayer Giants will play against ALBA Berlin II (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: J.Eggleston 18+8reb+3ast, F.Sadek 13+8reb+10ast, M.Goddek 9+3reb+3ast, M.Rass 6+1reb+1ast, L.Welling 6+3reb, C.Robinson 5+2reb+2ast
Herten: V.Kittmann 16+11reb+1ast, J.Taylor 13+2reb+3ast, C.Hackenesch 13+11reb+3ast, M.Berger 10+7reb+7ast, C.Marquardt 8, R.Daugherty 7+5reb
gschID: 143601


Vechta - Wolfenbuettel 114-116 OT

There was an upset when 4th placed SC Rasta Vechta (4-2) was edged at home by tenth ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (3-4) 116-114 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But SC Rasta Vechta won third quarter 24-17. 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 SC Rasta Vechta used huge pressure winning it 23-19 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 32-34. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel forced 24 SC Rasta Vechta turnovers. Strangely SC Rasta Vechta outrebounded Herzoege Wolfenbuettel 59-26 including a 20-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. SC Rasta Vechta was plagued by 36 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for forward Nils Staebe (201-88) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Reggie Owens (200-87, college: Azusa Pacific) contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Flavio Stuckemann (187-85) added 13 points and 9 assists in the effort for SC Rasta Vechta. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel moved-up to ninth place in Group North, which they share with Rist Wedel. Loser SC Rasta Vechta keeps the fourth position with two games lost. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will face higher ranked Dorsten (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SC Rasta Vechta will play against Hertener Loewen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vechta: A.Rudowitz 30+15reb+2ast, M.Boadu 17+4reb+3ast, D.Madrich 17+6reb, M.Reid 14+5reb+4ast, F.Stuckemann 13+4reb+9ast, J.Wolfinger 11+14reb
Wolfenbuettel: N.Staebe 23+5reb+1ast, S.Schubert 21+3reb, R.Owens 17+6reb+4ast, D.Nawrocki 16+3reb+1ast, D.Stevens 11+1reb+3ast, H.Knopke 10+3reb+3ast
gschID: 143602


ALBA Berlin II - Stahnsdorf 71-80

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked RSV Eintracht (4-3) won against on the road 11th ranked ALBA Berlin II (1-5) 80-71 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 28-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. ALBA Berlin II was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American forward Kellen Williams (194-84, college: E.Washington, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Oliver Mackeldanz (212-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Joey Ney (197-92) answered with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized Turkish forward Cem Dinc (211-85, college: Harvard) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for ALBA Berlin II. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ALBA Berlin II's coach Milan Pesic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. RSV Eintracht maintains seventh place in Group North with 4-3 record. Loser ALBA Berlin II keeps the eleventh position with five games lost. RSV Eintracht will face SC Rist Wedel (#9) at home in the next round. ALBA Berlin II will play against Bayer Giants in Leverkusen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ALBA Berlin II: J.Ney 18+6reb+6ast, C.Dinc 15+7reb, S.Fulle 12+1reb+1ast, L.Tolksdorf 10+5reb, T.Grauel 7+2reb+5ast, M.Marin 5+1reb+3ast
Stahnsdorf: K.Williams 22+10reb+6ast, T.Schoeps 17+2reb+1ast, B.Butler 13+1reb+5ast, O.Mackeldanz 11+10reb, T.Modersitzki 10+2reb+2ast, Y.Evans 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 143597


Bernau - Rist Wedel 86-99

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked SSV Lok Bernau (0-7) lost at home to ninth ranked SC Rist Wedel (3-4) 99-86 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by SC Rist Wedel. SSV Lok Bernau was better in fourth quarter 26-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SC Rist Wedel made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. SSV Lok Bernau was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American center Anthony Pettaway (203-87, college: Defiance) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Augie Johnston (185-86, college: Cal.St.-Monterey) contributed with 27 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Sebastian Trzcionka (197-79) answered with 20 points and 8 assists and forward Dominique Klein (198-81, college: Campbell) added 19 points in the effort for SSV Lok Bernau. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SC Rist Wedel maintains ninth place in Group North with 3-4 record, which they share with Wolfenbuettel. SSV Lok Bernau lost their seventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. SC Rist Wedel will face higher ranked RSV Eintracht (#7) in Stahnsdorf in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SSV Lok Bernau will play on the road against the league's second-placed BSV Wulfen (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bernau: S.Trzcionka 20+4reb+8ast, D.Klein 19+3reb+2ast, M.Woody 14+8reb+1ast, F.Schekauski 13+2reb+1ast, F.Lotze 8+4reb, M.Bogdanov 6
Rist Wedel: A.Johnston 27+4reb+4ast, A.Pettaway 26+11reb+3ast, F.Boeke 19+8reb+2ast, I.Akpinar 15+1reb+1ast, T.Parohl 8+3reb, M.Duah 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 143598


Group South
TSV Troester - BG Illertal 89-84

Everything went according to plan when tenth ranked TSV Troester (2-4) defeated bottom-ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (0-6) in Breitenguessbach 89-84 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 27-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. TSV Troester made 35-of-46 free shots (76.1 percent) during the game, while BG Illertal/Weissenhorn only scored sixteen points from the stripe. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American guard Dion Harris (190-85, college: Michigan) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Naturalized Croatian forward Ivan Pavic (201-81) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. TSV Troester's coach Jamie Duncan used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Croatian center Mirko Soyer (212-78) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Femi Oladipo (201-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for BG Illertal/Weissenhorn. Four TSV Troester and five BG Illertal/Weissenhorn players scored in double figures. TSV Troester moved-up to eighth place in Group South, which they share with Licher Baeren and Giessen. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn lost their sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. TSV Troester will face higher ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn will play against the league's leader BSW Sixers (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
BG Illertal: M.Soyer 20+7reb+1ast, M.Wenzl 18+2reb, M.Simic 15+5reb+1ast, H.Fuller 12+2reb+4ast, F.Oladipo 11+8reb+3ast, M.Heberlein 7+4reb+3ast
TSV Troester: D.Harris 20+1reb+1ast, I.Pavic 16+1reb+4ast, S.Dinkel 14+1reb, P.Neumann 13+7reb, D.Schmidt 9+4reb+5ast, J.Dippold 6+1reb
gschID: 143741


BSW Sixers - Fraport SKY II 80-70

ProB top team - BSW Sixers (5-1) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Fraport Skyliners II (1-5) in Sandersdorf 80-70. Fraport Skyliners II was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Fraport Skyliners II 43-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for forward Frieder Diestelhorst (201-87, agency: Limelight Hoops) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. BSW Sixers' coach Stephen Arigbabu used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Demetrius Jemison (203, college: Manhattan) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Larry Wright (187-87, college: Oakland) added 22 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) in the effort for Fraport Skyliners II. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for BSW Sixers. Newly promoted BSW Sixers maintains first place in Group South with 5-1 record, which they share with Leipzig and Noerdlingen. Fraport Skyliners II lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with five games lost. BSW Sixers will face BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Fraport Skyliners II will play against Licher Baeren.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY II: D.Jemison 22+10reb+2ast, L.Wright 22+2reb+1ast, A.Klisura 7+2reb, F.Theilig 6+2reb+6ast, B.Nicolay 4+1ast, G.Hock 4+1reb+1ast
BSW Sixers: F.Diestelhorst 19+9reb, S.Ahnsehl 14+3reb+4ast, A.Fleetwood 11+10reb+4ast, P.Muensinger 9+2reb+1ast, R.McLemore 8+8reb+1ast, M.Haut 7+4reb+4ast
gschID: 143742


Dragons - Giessen 93-70

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Giessen Pointers (2-4) were outleveled on the road by sixth ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (3-2) 93-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Dragons Rhoendorf. Giessen Pointers was better in fourth quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dragons Rhoendorf dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Giessen Pointers' 30. Dragons Rhoendorf forced 19 Giessen Pointers turnovers. Quite impressive performance for forward Tim Kasper (198-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. American forward Earnest Jones (198-85, college: Southern) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Danny Sumner (201-87, college: William & Mary) answered with 20 points and the other American import guard Brian Moten (193-86, college: Bowling Green) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Giessen Pointers. Five Dragons Rhoendorf and four Giessen Pointers 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for Dragons Rhoendorf. They maintain sixth place in Group South with 3-2 record. Loser Giessen Pointers dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf will face TSV Troester (#9) in Breitenguessbach in the next round. Giessen Pointers will play at home against Noerdlingen.
Top scorers:
Giessen: D.Sumner 20+3reb, Z.Pavlovic 12+4reb+1ast, F.Rotaru 11+3reb, O.Biallas 11+5reb, B.Moten 9+6reb+3ast, D.Lockhart 3+2reb
Dragons: F.Koch 17+4reb+1ast, T.Kasper 16+12reb, N.Larsen 15+2reb+5ast, S.Turnbull 15+2reb+5ast, E.Jones 15+8reb, E.Tukiss 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 143743


Hanau - Noerdlingen 80-93

An interesting game was also tough home defeat of 2nd ranked Hanau in a game versus Noerdlingen (#5) 93-80. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hanau. It was a key game for the top position in Group South. The game without a history. Noerdlingen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Jason Jamerson (188-86, college: Grand Valley St.) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Kedrick Johnson (192-83, college: Lee) accounted for 23 points for the winning side. Five Noerdlingen players scored in double figures. Power forward Marian Schick (198-86) came up with 19 points and 8 rebounds and center Ilja Ickert (201-81) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Hanau in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Noerdlingen. They keep a position of Group South leader, which they share with Leipzig and BSW Sixers. Hanau at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Gotha. Noerdlingen will meet Giessen Pointers (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hanau will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hanau: M.Schick 19+8reb+2ast, I.Ickert 19+5reb, L.Magnusson 9+2reb+1ast, S.Koehnert 9+1reb+2ast, N.Lang 8+1reb+1ast, A.Sharda 8+4reb+8ast
Noerdlingen: J.Jamerson 26+6reb+3ast, K.Johnson 23+2reb+1ast, F.Brutting 16+2reb+1ast, D.Rastatter 13+5reb+1ast, J.Eichler 12+4reb+3ast, D.Rotim 3+7reb+1ast
gschID: 143744


Langen - Gotha 93-82

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (4-2) against eighth ranked TV 1862 Langen (3-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Oettinger Rockets Gotha was defeated by TV 1862 Langen in Langen 93-82. They made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. TV 1862 Langen players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American guard Nathan Drury (188-85, college: Carroll) fired 26 points and 7 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. Forward Marco Voeller (201-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four TV 1862 Langen players scored in double figures. American swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas) produced 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and forward Leo Niebuhr (208-86) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. TV 1862 Langen moved-up to seventh place in Group South. Oettinger Rockets Gotha at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. TV 1862 Langen's next round opponent will be league's second-placed USC Leipzig on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against Hanau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gotha: M.Monk 26+5reb+2ast, L.Niebuhr 20+7reb+1ast, K.Klein 10+1reb+3ast, T.Jarmusz 9+3reb+1ast, A.Kuppe 7+1reb, D.Watson 6+3reb+1ast
Langen: N.Drury 26+4reb+7ast, M.Voeller 19+10reb+4ast, L.Fitzgerald 17+9reb+2ast, J.Domdey 13+4reb+3ast, G.Raebel 8+2reb+3ast, M.Schneider 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 143745


Licher Baeren - Leipzig 81-87

No shocking result in a game when third ranked USC Leipzig (5-1) beat on the road 8th ranked Licher Baeren (2-4) 87-81 on Saturday. Licher Baeren was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Licher Baeren was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for power forward Ralph Schirmer (203-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Lamar Morinia (183-81, college: Montana St.-Northern) contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five USC Leipzig players scored in double figures. USC Leipzig's coach Dimitris Polychroniadis used entire bench saving starting five for next games. American guard Brandon Chappell (183-83, college: Lamar) answered with 25 points and 5 assists and forward Robin Christen (201-91) added 21 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Licher Baeren. USC Leipzig keeps a position of Group South leader, which they share with BSW Sixers and Noerdlingen. Licher Baeren lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eighth place with four games lost. USC Leipzig will face TV 1862 Langen (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Licher Baeren will play against Fraport Skyliners II in Frankfurt.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: B.Chappell 25+4reb+5ast, R.Christen 21+8reb+1ast, T.Bradshaw 11+5reb, G.Aud 8+5reb+3ast, J.Baumann 7+6reb, N.Dilukila 5+1reb+2ast
Leipzig: R.Schirmer 19+11reb+2ast, L.Morinia 17+3reb+6ast, M.Pratt 15+7reb+4ast, K.Kranz 12+4reb, A.Spalke 10, W.Simon 10+6reb
gschID: 143746




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Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Nikos ARGYROPOYLOS
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  (188-G-78)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Argyropoylos, Apol.22.8 
 2. Iliadis, Ermis L.22.0 
 3. Totsios, Ikaroi S.22.0 
 4. Pettas, Doxa L.20.3 
 5. Lewis, OFI20.0 
 6. Koronidis, Perama19.5 
 7. Vasilopoulos, AEK18.3 
 8. Kaberidis, Ikaroi17.0 
 9. Katiakos, OFI16.5 
 10. Bardas, OFI15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dimitris LOLAS
  Amyntas .
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Lolas, Amyntas8.3 
 2. Macheras, Panery.8.0 
 3. Kakiouzis, Lavrio7.8 
 4. Sioutis, Nea Kifis.7.7 
 5. Katoufas, Panery.7.3 
 6. Koutroulias, Pagra.6.8 
 7. Margaritis, Ikaroi6.8 
 8. Diamantopoul., Nea6.7 
 9. Gizogiannis, Arkad.6.5 
 10. Sklavos, AEK6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Miron PAPADAKIS
  Arkad.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Papadakis, Arkad.7.3 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas7.0 
 3. Makris, Pagrati6.8 
 4. Kaberidis, Ikaroi5.5 
 5. Panagakis, OFI5.0 
 6. Straganiotis, Pane.4.7 
 7. Moschovitis, Nea K.4.7 
 8. Argyropoylos, Apol.4.5 
 9. Koronidis, Perama4.5 
 10. Papantoniou, AEK.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dimitris PAPANTONIOU
  AEK/A.
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Papantoniou, AEK/.2.5 
 2. Totsios, Ikaroi S.2.3 
 3. Iliadis, Ermis L.2.0 
 4. Margaritis, Ikaroi2.0 
 5. Veskoukis, Pagrati1.8 
 6. Dimakos, Pagrati1.8 
 7. Tsiotras, Arkadikos1.8 
 8. Mourtos, Ikaroi S.1.8 
 9. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.8 
 10. Sioutis, Nea Kifi.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikos LIBARIS-PSOMAS
  Doxa L.
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Libaris-P., Doxa L.1.5 
 2. Petrodimopou., Nea1.0 
 3. Katoufas, Panery.1.0 
 4. Koutroulias, Pagra.1.0 
 5. Kakiouzis, Lavrio0.8 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lav.0.8 
 7. Efstratiou, AEK/A.0.7 
 8. Vardavas, Amynta.0.7 
 9. Giannoulakos, Pane.0.7 
 10. Michalopoulo., Ne.0.7 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Apollon Patras 5-0 
 2. Ikaroi Serron 5-0 
 3. OFI 3-2 
 4. Panerythraikos 3-2 
 5. Nea Kifisia 3-2 
 6. Ermis Lagkada 3-2 
 7. Panelefsiniakos 3-2 
 8. Arkadikos 2-2 
 9. Perama Ermis 2-3 
 10. Amyntas Dafnis 2-3 
 11. Doxa Lefkadas 2-3 
 12. Pagrati 2-3 
 13. AEK 1-4 
 14. AEK/Argous 1-4 
 15. Lavrio 1-4 
 16. Periko/Arhelaos 1-4 


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


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


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden25.3 
 2. Anderson, Weert20.3 
 3. Acker, Nijmegen18.0 
 4. Wells, Zwolle16.7 
 5. Turner, Den Bosch16.5 
 6. Boxley, Leiden15.8 
 7. Wesby, Groningen15.2 
 8. Bell, Groningen15.2 
 9. Sanchez, Leeuw.14.3 
 10. Humphrey, Nijmegen13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Coleman, Weert12.0 
 2. Robinson, Zwolle8.7 
 3. Wesley, Den Bosch8.5 
 4. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.0 
 5. Bekkering, Nijme.7.3 
 6. Jones, Rotterdam7.3 
 7. Chitwood, Leeuw.7.0 
 8. Punch, Leeuwarden6.5 
 9. de Randamie, Groni.6.4 
 10. Saaka, Zwolle6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Robbie HARMAN
  Weert
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Harman, Weert6.0 
 2. Turner, Den Bosch5.0 
 3. Bell, Groningen4.2 
 4. Anderson, Weert4.0 
 5. Acker, Nijmegen3.7 
 6. Sanchez, Leeuw.3.3 
 7. de Paula, Leeuw.3.3 
 8. Jeter, Leeuwarden3.0 
 9. de Randamie, Groni.3.0 
 10. Defares, Groningen2.8 
Steals Per Game
 David GONZALVEZ
  Den B.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Gonzalvez, Den B.4.0 
 2. Huffman, Zwolle3.3 
 3. Harman, Weert2.7 
 4. Wessels, Den Bosch2.5 
 5. Anderson, Weert2.3 
 6. de Jong, Leiden2.0 
 7. Hulzebos, Zwolle1.7 
 8. Zondervan, Zwolle1.7 
 9. Sanchez, Leeuw.1.7 
 10. Adako, Leeuwarden1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Albert JACKSON
  Rotterdam
  (211-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jackson, Rotterdam2.0 
 2. Wyatt, Groningen2.0 
 3. Bekkering, Nijme.1.7 
 4. Maddox, Zwolle1.3 
 5. Wesley, Den Bosch1.0 
 6. Minter, Weert1.0 
 7. Aarts, Nijmegen1.0 
 8. Kennedy, Leiden0.7 
 9. Zondervan, Zwolle0.7 
 10. Wessels, Den Bos.0.5 


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  HUNGARY   


A Division: Round 3 review - by Eurobasket News
This is still too early stage of the Regular Season in A Division and we should expect many changes in upcoming rounds. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Kecskemeti - ZTE KK 87-50
No shocking result in a game when leader Kecskemeti (3-0) crushed at home bottom-ranked ZTE KK (0-3) 87-50 on Saturday. The game without a history. Kecskemeti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding ZTE KK to just 6 points in third quarter. Kecskemeti dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to ZTE KK's 30. Kecskemeti forced 22 ZTE KK turnovers. ZTE KK was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Serbian guard Ivan Vukadinov (193-81) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian-French forward Gorjan Radonjic (199-81) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Kecskemeti players scored in double figures. Center Gyorgy Kinter (213-88) answered with 8 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Bryquis Perine (190, college: Wisc.-Green Bay, agency: Court Side) added 14 points in the effort for ZTE KK. 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. Kecskemeti have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending champion ZTE KK still closes the standings with three games lost. Kecskemeti will face league's second-placed Atomeromu in Paks in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ZTE KK will play at home against Kormend (#4) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kecskemeti: I.Vukadinov 17+9reb+2ast, G.Radonjic 14+7reb+1ast, K.Wittmann 11+5reb+5ast, M.Csorvasi 10+3reb+1ast, Z.Bencze 9+3reb, T.Kelley 8+1reb+7ast
ZTE KK: B.Perine 14+1reb+2ast, G.Toth 10+1reb, G.Kinter 8+11reb, G.Baki 6+4reb+2ast, D.Gaspar 6+4reb+2ast, A.Vertetics 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 146632


Szolnok - Jaszberenyi 91-48
The game between leader Szolnok (2-0) and 7th ranked Jaszberenyi (1-2) in Szolnok on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Szolnok outscored guests from 91-48. The game without a history. Szolnok led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Jaszberenyi to just 4 points in first quarter. Szolnok forced 21 Jaszberenyi turnovers and had a 37-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Jaszberenyi's players. It was a good game for Bosnian forward Mujo Tuljkovic (203-79, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Bulgarian forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and the other American import guard LeRoy Dawson (188-81, college: S.Nazarene, agency: TSS Management) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Jaszberenyi. 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. Szolnok moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Jaszberenyi dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. Szolnok will face Szedeak (#13) in Szeged in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jaszberenyi will play on the road against PVSK Pannon (#12) in Pecs.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: M.Tuljkovic 16+7reb+2ast, H.Nikolov 15+6reb+4ast, A.Horvath 13+1reb+5ast, O.Trotter 9+9reb+5ast, M.Bader 8+7reb+1ast, R.Gaal 6+3reb+1ast
Jaszberenyi: J.Jones 11+10reb, B.Sormaz 11+3reb, L.Dawson 9+7reb+3ast, J.Hodges 5+2ast, M.Medve 4+2reb, Z.Wehner 4+1reb
gschID: 153299


Szolnok - Kaposvari 88-82
Very expected game when bottom-ranked Kaposvari (0-3) lost on the road to leader Szolnok (2-0) 88-82 on Friday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 28-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). International guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) contributed with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Szolnok's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American point guard Josh Wilson (188-87, college: N.Arizona, agency: Hightower Law Firm) answered with 31 points, 9 assists and 5 steals and the other American import guard Nik Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Priority Sports) added 21 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kaposvari. Szolnok moved-up to fifth place. Loser Kaposvari still closes the standings with three games lost. Szolnok will face Szedeak (#13) in Szeged in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kaposvari will play on the road against Marso NYKK in Nyiregyhaza and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: M.Bader 27+12reb+1ast, O.Trotter 20+6reb+5ast, H.Nikolov 12+10reb+2ast, A.Horvath 9+3reb+5ast, M.Tuljkovic 9+1reb+1ast, J.Mills 5+4reb+1ast
Kaposvari: J.Wilson 31+3reb+9ast, N.Raivio 21+6reb+2ast, A.Keister 8+7reb, J.Lekli 8+9reb, B.Szoke 6+3reb+4ast, S.Kovacs 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 146627


Jaszberenyi - Marso NYKK 76-78
A very close game took place in between Marso NYKK and Jaszberenyi. Tenth ranked Marso NYKK (1-2) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Jaszberenyi (1-2). Marso NYKK managed to escape with a 2-point win 78-76 in the fight for the eighth place. Jaszberenyi trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 29-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-78 at the end of the game. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian power forward Ivan Miskovic (203-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field). Serbian guard Stefan Fekete (188-86, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 17 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists and 7 steals for the winning side. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 18 rebounds and the other American import guard Jibril Hodges (188-84, college: Long Beach St.) added 19 points and 7 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) respectively for Jaszberenyi in the defeat. Four Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Marso NYKK left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Soproni and Jaszberenyi. Marso NYKK will meet at home Kaposvari (#11) in the next round. Jaszberenyi will play against PVSK Pannon in Pecs.
Top scorers:
Marso NYKK: I.Miskovic 24+17reb+1ast, S.Fekete 17+15reb+9ast, D.Djogo 14+5reb+1ast, M.Mohacsi 8+4reb+3ast, L.Polyak 7+4reb+2ast, V.Pavlovic 4+3reb
Jaszberenyi: J.Jones 24+18reb+2ast, J.Hodges 19+7reb+2ast, M.Medve 10+4reb+2ast, L.Dawson 10+11reb+2ast, B.Horti 8+5reb+3ast, Z.Wehner 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 146628


Albacomp - Soproni 93-61
A Division top team - Albacomp (3-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Soproni (1-2) in Szekesfehervar 93-61. The game without a history. Albacomp led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Soproni's 30. They outrebounded Soproni 39-27 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American swingman Muhammad El Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 9 rebounds, 13 assists and 5 steals. His fellow American import forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: George Washington) helped adding 19 points. Four Albacomp players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (207-83, college: Niagara) with 16 points and 7 rebounds and guard Peter Lakatos (194-79, agency: TSS Management) scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Albacomp have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Soproni at the other side keeps the eighth position with two games lost. They share it with Marso NYKK and Jaszberenyi. Albacomp will play against Falco-Szova (#6) in Szombathely in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Soproni will play at home against FS Debrecen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: M.El Amin 28+9reb+13ast, D.Hollis 19+3reb+2ast, R.Hendlein 13+5reb, A.Keller 11+7reb, F.Bodi 7+1reb+3ast, B.Simon 6
Soproni: B.Egemonye 16+7reb, A.Molnar 13+2reb, P.Lakatos 10+6reb+4ast, R.Keresztes 8+7reb, F.Boldizsar 6+1reb+2ast, J.Rubin 4+2reb
gschID: 146629


Kormend - PVSK Pannon 95-60
Very predictable result when leader Kormend (3-0) rolled over at home bottom-ranked PVSK Pannon (0-3) 95-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. Kormend led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to PVSK Pannon's 30 and made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. They outrebounded PVSK Pannon 37-24 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kormend made 8 blocks. It was a good game for American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks. The former international guard Istvan Nemeth (190-79, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Kormend players scored in double figures. Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (199-80, agency: BeoExcell) answered with 10 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian guard Nikola Vasojevic (195-86) added 11 points in the effort for PVSK Pannon. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kormend have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser PVSK Pannon still closes the standings with three games lost. Kormend will face bottom-ranked ZTE KK (#14) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round which should be another easy win for them. PVSK Pannon will play against Jaszberenyi and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kormend: D.Townes 22+11reb+1ast, I.Nemeth 20+4reb+3ast, R.Bell 17+6reb+2ast, K.Powell 17+4reb+1ast, C.Ferencz 6+2reb+2ast, A.Rujak 4+3reb+4ast
PVSK Pannon: N.Vasojevic 11+1reb+2ast, A.Csabay 10+2reb+1ast, A.Ciric 10+5reb, O.Biro 7+3reb+1ast, N.Vladovic 7+1reb, P.Kovacs 5
gschID: 146630


Atomeromu - Falco-Szova 90-82
The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 30-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Falco-Szova helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Lorenzo Williams (191-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Donald Wilson (193-84, college: Portland, agency: Court Side) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) answered with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 16 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Falco-Szova. Four Falco-Szova players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: L.Williams 30+4reb+5ast, D.Wilson 20+4reb+1ast, D.Vojvoda 13+2reb+1ast, T.Kaman 9+5reb+1ast, F.Morgen 8+2reb, G.Koertelyesi 5+3reb+2ast
Falco-Szova: C.Timberlake 25+5reb+4ast, Z.Szabo 16+11reb+1ast, L.Kalman 12+6reb+2ast, D.Pantelic 11+4reb+5ast, M.Szanati 8+2ast, L.Simon 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 146631


FS Debrecen - Szedeak 94-91
The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 25-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. FS Debrecen players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Justin Ingram (185-85, college: Toledo) who scored 32 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Forward Daniel Takacs (198-86) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian Tomislav Ivosev who recorded a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and Serbian power forward Nebojsa Dukic (206-85) added 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: J.Ingram 32+6reb+7ast, D.Takacs 15+5reb+3ast, M.Szabo 10+10reb+2ast, I.Kovacs 9+1reb, G.Toth 8+4reb, G.Boros 7+7reb+6ast
Szedeak: T.Ivosev 37+12reb+1ast, N.Dukic 17+4reb, Z.Kiss 13+1reb+2ast, G.Drahos 11+3reb+4ast, A.Tanacs 7+6reb+2ast, L.Csorvasi 4+2reb
gschID: 146626




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


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Muhammad EL AMIN
  Albacomp
  (196-G/F-87)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. El Amin, Albacomp25.7 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu25.7 
 3. Ivosev, Szedeak25.0 
 4. Ingram, FS Debre.24.0 
 5. Bell, Kormend22.7 
 6. Miskovic, Marso N.21.3 
 7. Timberlake, Falco-.21.3 
 8. Jones, Jaszberenyi21.0 
 9. Wilson, Kaposvari19.0 
 10. Raivio, Kaposvari19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi13.3 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.13.3 
 3. Szabo, FS Debrecen11.0 
 4. Ivosev, Szedeak10.3 
 5. Bader, Szolnok9.5 
 6. Chism, Albacomp9.3 
 7. Szabo, Falco-Szova8.7 
 8. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.8.3 
 9. Raivio, Kaposvari8.0 
 10. Nikolov, Szolnok8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Muhammad EL AMIN
  Albacomp
  (196-G/F-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. El Amin, Albacomp6.7 
 2. Fodor, Szolnok6.5 
 3. Williams, Atomeromu6.3 
 4. Kelley, Kecskemeti6.3 
 5. Fekete, Marso N.6.3 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.7 
 7. Wittmann, Kecsk.5.3 
 8. Wilson, Kaposvari5.0 
 9. Simon, Albacomp5.0 
 10. Ingram, FS Debre.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Fekete, Marso N.6.7 
 2. Szoegi, Szolnok4.0 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok3.5 
 4. Kelley, Kecskemeti3.3 
 5. Ingram, FS Debre.3.0 
 6. Baki, ZTE K.3.0 
 7. Wittmann, Kecsk.3.0 
 8. Raivio, Kaposvari2.7 
 9. Ivosev, Szedeak2.7 
 10. Keller, Albacomp2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Townes, Kormend3.3 
 2. Jones, Jaszberenyi2.3 
 3. Morgen, Atomeromu1.7 
 4. Bader, Szolnok1.5 
 5. Miskovic, Marso N.1.3 
 6. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.0 
 7. Grebenar, Szolnok1.0 
 8. Bencze, Kecskemeti1.0 
 9. Keister, Kaposvari1.0 
 10. Nikolov, Szolnok1.0 


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  ICELAND   


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


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


Express L. Round 3: Njardvik loses to KR - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in Express L., but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

Undefeated Njardvik (2-1) recorded its first loss in Reykjavik on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked KR (2-1) 85-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Njardvik. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. KR dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Njardvik's 44. KR forced 19 Njardvik turnovers and outrebounded them 52-40 including a 37-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Hreggviaur Magnusson (198-F-82) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. American center Finnur Magnusson (206, college: Catawba) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Travis Holmes (193, college: VMI, agency: Strategic Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Njardvik. KR is looking forward to face league's second-placed Stjarnan on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Njardvik will play against Thor Thorl in Thorlakshofn and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Thorlakshofn. Sixth ranked Thor Thorl (2-1) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Snaefell (2-1) 85-83 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Snaefell. It was a good game for American guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 5 assists. Gudmundur Jonsson contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Brandon Cotton (183-85, college: Detroit Mercy) answered with 35 points (!!!) for Snaefell. Thor Thorl moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Snaefell. Thor Thorl will play against Njardvik (#7) in Njardvik in the next round. Snaefell will play on the road against IR (#8) in Reykjavik and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Undefeated leader Grindavik delivered the third consecutive victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 8th ranked IR (1-2) 87-73. It was a great evening for J'Nathan Bullock who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 9 rebounds. Grindavik's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Nemanja Sovic with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Grindavik have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Stjarnan. IR at the other side keeps the eighth position with two games lost. They share it with Fjolnir. Grindavik will meet at home Tindastoll (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. IR will play against Snaefell in Stykkisholmur.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Reykjavik. Local Valur (0-3) was outscored by seventh ranked Keflavik (2-1) 110-80. It was a quality performance for Steve Dagostino who led the winners and scored 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Keflavik moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Valur still closes the standings with three games lost. Keflavik's next round opponent will be Haukar (#10) in Hafnarfjordur and are hoping to win another game. Valur will play on the road against Fjolnir and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 3 Stjarnan crushed Haukar in a road game 89-68. Winless Tindastoll was beaten by Fjolnir at home 89-97.
The best stats of 3rd round was 22 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals by Jovonni Shuler of Haukar.


Haukar - Stjarnan 68-89

There was no surprise in Hafnarfjordur where bottom-ranked Haukar (0-3) was crushed by leader Stjarnan (3-0) 89-68. The game was mostly controlled by Stjarnan. Haukar was better in fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Haukar 46-33 including 32 on the defensive glass. Stjarnan players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. It was an exceptional evening for FYR Macedonian forward Jovan Zdravevski (197-80) who led the winners and scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Keith Cothran (193-86, college: Rhode Island) accounted for 26 points and 4 steals for the winning side. Four Stjarnan players scored in double figures. American swingman Jovonni Shuler (193-87, college: Savannah St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and guard Emil Barja (192-91) added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Haukar in the defeat. Haukar's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Stjarnan have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Grindavik. Haukar at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Stjarnan's next round opponent will be KR (#4) in Reykjavik. Haukar will play on the road against Keflavik (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Haukar: J.Shuler 22+11reb+7ast, S.Aronsson 10+1reb+1ast, O.Sigurdarson 8+2reb+3ast, S.Haraldsson 8+3ast, E.Barja 6+7reb+3ast, D.Hermannsson 6+2reb
Stjarnan: K.Cothran 26+4reb+2ast, J.Zdravevski 20+8reb+4ast, J.Shouse 13+4reb+11ast, M.Valdimarsson 12+5reb+3ast, S.Larusson 6+9reb+4ast, F.Helgason 6+10reb+1ast
gschID: 140068


KR - Njardvik 85-74

Undefeated Njardvik (2-1) recorded its first loss in Reykjavik on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked KR (2-1) 85-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Njardvik. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. KR dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Njardvik's 44. KR forced 19 Njardvik turnovers and outrebounded them 52-40 including a 37-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Hreggviaur Magnusson (198-82) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. American center Finnur Magnusson (206, college: Catawba) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Travis Holmes (193, college: VMI, agency: Strategic Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and the other American import power forward Cameron Echols (203-81, college: Ball St.) added 18 points and 15 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Njardvik. KR is looking forward to face league's second-placed Stjarnan on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Njardvik will play against Thor Thorl in Thorlakshofn and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: T.Holmes 20+10reb+5ast, C.Echols 18+15reb+2ast, O.Jonsson 13+7reb+1ast, H.Einarsson 10+3reb+2ast, E.Fridriksson 7+7ast, R.Erlingsson 4
KR: D.Tairu 23+1reb+1ast, H.Magnusson 20+9reb+1ast, F.Magnusson 17+7reb+5ast, E.Johannsson 11+5reb+5ast, B.Kristjansson 5+7reb+6ast, J.Kristjansson 3+8reb+3ast
gschID: 140069


Thor Thorl - Snaefell 85-83

Important game to mention about took place in Thorlakshofn. Sixth ranked Thor Thorl (2-1) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Snaefell (2-1) 85-83 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Snaefell. Snaefell was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Thor Thorl forced 20 Snaefell turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 5 assists. Guard Gudmundur Jonsson (191-84) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Thor Thorl players scored in double figures. American guard Brandon Cotton (183-85, college: Detroit Mercy) answered with 35 points (!!!) and the other American import forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203, agency: Hoops Ambassadors) added 8 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Snaefell. Thor Thorl moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Snaefell. Thor Thorl will play against Njardvik (#7) in Njardvik in the next round. Snaefell will play on the road against IR (#8) in Reykjavik and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: B.Cotton 35+1reb, P.Sigurgeirsson 13+3reb+4ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 9+9reb+4ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 8+14reb+2ast, H.Gunnarsson 7+2reb+1ast, E.Egilsson 7+3reb
Thor Thorl: D.Govens 27+4reb+5ast, G.Jonsson 16+5reb+2ast, D.Hilmarsson 13+2reb+2ast, M.Ringgold 11+11reb+1ast, M.Latinovic 10+7reb+1ast, G.Erlendsson 6+7reb
gschID: 140070


Tindastoll - Fjolnir 89-97

Everything could happen in Sauoarkrokur at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Fjolnir and bottom-ranked Tindastoll had identical 0-2 record. But Tindastoll was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Fjolnir 97-89. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-19. But Tindastoll won second period 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Fjolnir won last quarter 27-20. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Nathan Walkup (200-88, college: Texas A&M) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Arni Ragnarsson (192-87) accounted for 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. American guard Maurice Miller (187-88, college: Georgia Tech) came up with a triple-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists and the other American import forward Trey Hampton (201-87, college: Georgia St.) added 28 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Tindastoll in the defeat. Five Fjolnir and four Tindastoll players scored in double figures. Fjolnir (1-2) left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with IR. It was Tindastoll's third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. Fjolnir's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Valur (#12) in Reykjavik. Tindastoll will play on the road against the league's leader Grindavik where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: T.Hampton 28+8reb, M.Miller 18+14reb+10ast, S.Birgisson 13+2reb+1ast, H.Viggosson 10+10reb+2ast, H.Margeirsson 6+1reb+2ast, H.Birgisson 5+1reb
Fjolnir: N.Walkup 24+11reb+4ast, A.Ragnarsson 23+5reb+2ast, A.Steinarsson 16+4reb+1ast, C.O'Neil 11+4reb+7ast, A.Gudmundsson 10+6reb+1ast, J.Sverrisson 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 140065


Valur - Keflavik 80-110

The game with biggest result difference took place in Reykjavik. Local Valur (0-3) was outscored by seventh ranked Keflavik (2-1) 110-80. The game without a history. Keflavik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Keflavik forced 22 Valur turnovers. It was a quality performance for American-Italian guard Steve Dagostino (180-85, college: St.Rose, NY, agency: Duran International) who led the winners and scored 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists. American guard Charles Parker (193-85, college: Millersville) accounted for 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Darnell Hugee (201-85, college: Prairie View A&M) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized American guard Austin Bracey (191-90) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Valur in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Keflavik moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Valur still closes the standings with three games lost. Keflavik's next round opponent will be Haukar (#10) in Hafnarfjordur and are hoping to win another game. Valur will play on the road against Fjolnir and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Valur: D.Hugee 26+10reb+1ast, A.Bracey 19+5reb+3ast, I.Tratnik 13+5reb+1ast, C.Collins 5+1reb+2ast, K.Olafsson 5+1reb, B.Petursson 4+4reb
Keflavik: S.Dagostino 34+2reb+4ast, C.Parker 22+8reb+2ast, M.Gunnarsson 18+6reb+2ast, A.Jonsson 9, J.Cole 7+7reb+1ast, V.Valsson 6
gschID: 140066


Grindavik - IR 87-73

Undefeated leader Grindavik delivered the third consecutive victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 8th ranked IR (1-2) 87-73. The game without a history. Grindavik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan) helped adding 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Grindavik's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Serbian-Canadian forward Nemanja Sovic (198-77, college: Pfeiffer) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the former international power forward Kristinn Jonasson (205-84) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Grindavik have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Stjarnan. IR at the other side keeps the eighth position with two games lost. They share it with Fjolnir. Grindavik will meet at home Tindastoll (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. IR will play against Snaefell in Stykkisholmur.
Top scorers:
IR: N.Sovic 17+11reb, H.Fridriksson 16+5reb+1ast, K.Jonasson 14+8reb+1ast, E.Onundarson 14+3reb+1ast, W.Johnson 5+2reb+2ast, S.Claessen 4+5reb+5ast
Grindavik: O.Saevarsson 14+4reb+1ast, J.Bullock 13+9reb, T.Olafsson 10+1reb+5ast, S.Thorsteinsson 10+10reb, P.Axel Vilbergsson 10+6reb+4ast, G.Watson 9+6reb+7ast
gschID: 140067




Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Brandon COTTON
  Snaefell
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 35.3
 1. Cotton, Snaefell35.3 
 2. Govens, Thor Thorl31.7 
 3. Tairu, KR25.7 
 4. Dagostino, Keflavik25.5 
 5. Shuler, Haukar24.0 
 6. Horton, KR24.0 
 7. Sovic, IR23.7 
 8. Echols, Njardvik23.3 
 9. Hampton, Tindastoll21.3 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quincy HANKINS-COLE
  Snaef.
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Hankins-Cole, Snae.15.3 
 2. Ringgold, Thor Tho.13.3 
 3. Echols, Njardvik12.0 
 4. Cole, Keflavik12.0 
 5. Walkup, Fjolnir11.0 
 6. Hampton, Tindastoll10.3 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Gri.9.3 
 8. Sovic, IR9.3 
 9. Shuler, Haukar9.3 
 10. Parker, Keflavik8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Giordan WATSON
  Grindavik
  (178-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Watson, Grindavik7.0 
 2. O''Neil, Fjolnir6.7 
 3. Shouse, Stjarnan6.3 
 4. Miller, Tindastoll6.0 
 5. Claessen, IR5.7 
 6. Sigurgeirsso., Sna.5.0 
 7. Steinarsson, Fjoln.5.0 
 8. Gunnarsson, Kefla.4.7 
 9. Govens, Thor Thorl4.3 
 10. Fridriksson, Njar.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Njardvik
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Holmes, Njardvik4.0 
 2. Shuler, Haukar4.0 
 3. Shouse, Stjarnan3.7 
 4. Cothran, Stjarnan3.3 
 5. Parker, Keflavik2.7 
 6. Dagostino, Keflavik2.5 
 7. Govens, Thor Thorl2.0 
 8. Fridriksson, Njard.2.0 
 9. Gunnarsson, Kefla.2.0 
 10. Walkup, Fjolnir2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darnell HUGEE
  Valur
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hugee, Valur2.0 
 2. Jonsson, Snaefell1.3 
 3. Hampton, Tindastoll1.0 
 4. Magnusson, KR1.0 
 5. Cole, Keflavik1.0 
 6. Valdimarsson, Stja.1.0 
 7. Bartolotta, IR1.0 
 8. Eiriksson, Fjolnir1.0 
 9. Johannsson, Tinda.1.0 
 10. Olafsson, Grindav.0.7 


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  INDIA   


U16 Asia Championship: Lebanon open second stage with win over India - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon U16 - India U16 77:65

Lebanon entered the second stage of the U16 Asia Championship with victory. They shot down India behind 22 points from Jimmy Salem (190-G-95). Lebanon thus improved at 2-1 record in Group E. India on the other hand fell at 1-2 record.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Lebanon registered a 17:13 lead after ten minutes. But India picked up the slack in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit to just three points at the interval 31:34. But the third term proved the difference. Lebanon exploded with 29 points to clear off to a 16-point distance. India outscored their opponents in the fourth frame but could not rescue the encounter at the end. Albert Zeinoun (176-G-95) posted 21 points, while Gerard Hadidian (197-F-95) delivered 20 points in the victory. Loveneet Singh (178-G-95) replied with 16 points for India. Ajay Pratap Singh (193-F-95) had 12 points in the losing case.

Lebanon U16: Jimmy Salem 22, Albert Zeinoun 21, Gerard Hadidian 20
India U16: Loveneet Singh 16, Ajay Pratap Singh 12


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  INDONESIA   


U16 Asia Championship: Indonesia top Saudi Arabia in Nha Trang City - by Eurobasket News
Indonesia U16 - Saudi Arabia U16 70:65

Indonesia opened the Second Stage of the U16 Asia Championship with victory. They defeated Saudi Arabian counterparts to take 2-1 record in Group E. Vincent Kosasih (198-C-96) provided 20 points for the winning team.
Saudi Arabia got to the better start. They limited Indonesia to just 10 points in the opening frame to take a 4-point lead. But Indonesia slowly changed the complexion of the encounter. They trimmed the deficit to just two points at the interval 25:27. Indonesia finally pulled ahead in the third quarter. They headed into the fourth frame up by a single point 45:44. The teams were tied at 57 with under three minutes remaining. Taufik Ramadhan (184-F-95) and Vincent Kosasih then followed with four points in a row to give Indonesia a lead. The margin grew then to 7 points and Indonesia ran away with the victory at the end. Hans Abraham (179-G-95) notched 16 points, while Taufik Ramadhan had 12 points in the win. Raad Barnawi (185-G-95) responded with 17 points, while Abdulaziz Sakar (183-G-95) topscored for Saudi Arabia with 18 points.

Indonesia U16: Vincent Kosasih 20, Hans Abraham 16, Taufik Ramadhan 12
Saudi Arabia U16: Abdulaziz Sakar 18, Raad Barnawi 17


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  IRAQ   


U16 Asia Championship: China remain unbeaten by clubbing Iraq - by Eurobasket News
China U16 - Iraq U16 84:41

China maintained their perfect record at the U16 Asia Championship. The defending champions smashed Iraq to take 3-0 record in Group E. Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95) stepped up with 24 points to lead the charge. Iraq fell at 0-3 record after the defeat.
China outscored their opponents 22:10 in the starting quarter. They stayed in charge throughout the second term. The reigning champions posted a 41:21 halftime lead. China mounted the pressure in the third term. They unleashed 28 points to arrive at the final intermission up by as many as 38 points 69:31. China never looked back afterwards coasting to the victory at the end. Zhou Qi (215-C-96) delivered 11 points, while Xiaopeng Guo knocked down 9 points in the win. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) replied with 13 points for Iraq. Ahmed Razzaq (185-G-97) had 8 points in the loss.

China U16: Zhao Jiwei 24, Zhou Qi 11, Xiaopeng Guo 9
Iraq U16: Karrar Hamzah 13, Ahmed Razzaq 8


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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi T-A Bounces over Siroki With an 84:60 Victory - by David Pick
Maccabi Tel-Aviv bounced back from its tough Thursday night Euroleague road lose to Danilo Gallianri's Armani Milano by signing American scorer Keith Langford, and securing the number one spot in the Adriatic League, with a perfect 4-0 record and 84:60 victory over Bosnian Siroki WWin. David Blatt's first change in tonight's game was Jon Scheyer's first yellow-and-blue starting five appearance, as Jordan Farmar took the bench for the night wearing civilian clothes.

Despite suffering an embarrassing shooting display from beyond the arc with 2-for-13, Maccabi's big men, Lior Eliyahu (19), Richard Hendrix (16) and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (13), made sure the victory returns to Israel.

Maccabi 84 Siroki 60

Siroki scored on all of its first four positions, shooting wild three-point percentages (5-for-10 in the first half) on route to an 18:14 lead, before Richard Hendrix's back board buzzer beating floater gave Maccabi a 23:21, first quarter lead. Sofoklis Schortsanitis' free throws handed Maccabi a 31:27 advantage, answered by another Bosnian three pointer. From this point on Maccabi simply dominated, David Blu hit his team's first bucket from deep and Yogev Ohayon stole back-to-back balls sparking a 19:3, Maccabi run, easily winning the second quarter (27:12), enjoying a 50:33, halftime cushion.

Frani Pilepic fired up the home crowd with his fourth trey (4-for-4), closing the deficit to 52:39, but Eliyahu and Guy Pnini held on to Maccabi's lead 64:44. Eliyahu with another ugly but efficient running hook, Ohayon's bucket in the paint and Pnini's free-throw, sealed the deal marking Maccabi's biggest lead of the night, 84:60.

Maccabi will return to Italy tonight for a connection flight, landing in Israel tomorrow afternoon, prior to Monday's Israeli league road game versus Ironi Ashkelon, concluding four flights, and three road games in seven days.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick



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  ITALY   


Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Bennet Cantu 2-0 
 2. Montepaschi 2-0 
 3. Sidigas AV 2-1 
 4. Pepsi Caserta 1-0 
 5. Armani MI 1-1 
 6. Lottomatica 1-1 
 7. Angelico BI 1-1 
 8. CS Bologna 1-1 
 9. Banco di Sard. 1-1 
 10. Vanoli CR 1-1 
 11. Cimberio VA 1-1 
 12. Scavolini PS 1-1 
 13. Fabi Shoes 1-1 
 14. Benetton TV 1-2 
 15. Umana Venezia 0-1 
 16. Banca Tercas 0-2 
 17. Novipiu CM 0-2 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Pepsi C.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 24
 1. Smith, Pepsi C.24.0 
 2. Clark, Umana V.23.0 
 3. Pullen, Angelico BI22.0 
 4. Dean, Sidigas AV21.7 
 5. Slay, Umana V.19.0 
 6. Collins, Pepsi C.19.0 
 7. Homan, CS Bologna18.5 
 8. Zoroski, Fabi Shoes18.5 
 9. Diener, Banco d.18.5 
 10. Troutman, Sidig.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jared HOMAN
  CS Bologna
  (206-C-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Homan, CS Bologna12.5 
 2. Adrien, Benetton11.3 
 3. Johnson, Sidigas10.7 
 4. Amoroso, Banca T.10.0 
 5. Brunner, Fabi Shoes10.0 
 6. Micov, Bennet C.9.5 
 7. Troutman, Sidig.9.0 
 8. Brown, Banca T.8.5 
 9. Perkovic, Vanoli CR8.0 
 10. Miralles, Angelic.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (169-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.3 
 2. McIntyre, CS Bo.5.5 
 3. Clark, Umana V.5.0 
 4. Stipcevic, Cimberi.5.0 
 5. Cavaliero, Scavoli.4.5 
 6. Brown, Banca T.4.5 
 7. Collins, Pepsi C.4.0 
 8. Diener, Banco d.4.0 
 9. Dean, Sidigas AV3.7 
 10. Temple, Novipiu CM3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Timothy BOWERS
  Umana V.
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Bowers, Umana V.5.0 
 2. Smith, Pepsi C.4.0 
 3. Johnson, Sidigas3.7 
 4. Cook, Armani MI3.0 
 5. Pullen, Angelico BI3.0 
 6. Efejuku, Pepsi C.3.0 
 7. Clark, Umana V.3.0 
 8. Brunner, Fabi Shoes3.0 
 9. Dean, Sidigas AV2.7 
 10. Green, Sidigas AV2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 David ANDERSEN
  Montepas.
  (212-C-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Andersen, Montepa.2.0 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS2.0 
 3. Hairston, Armani M.1.5 
 4. Gallinari, Armani1.5 
 5. Sandri, Benetton1.0 
 6. Summers, Montepas.1.0 
 7. Bowers, Umana V.1.0 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas1.0 
 9. Efejuku, Pepsi C.1.0 
 10. Bourousis, Armani1.0 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Austin FREEMAN
  MarcoPol.
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 33.5
 1. Freeman, MarcoPol.33.5 
 2. Klobucar, Assi Ost.26.0 
 3. Hardy, Giorgio22.3 
 4. Robinson, Trenkwal.22.0 
 5. Marigney, Givova S.21.3 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.21.0 
 7. Teague, S.Antimo19.3 
 8. Baldassarre, Bianc.19.0 
 9. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.0 
 10. Pecile, Biancobl.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.7 
 2. Easley, MarcoPol.10.0 
 3. Filloy, Trenkwalder10.0 
 4. Chiacig, Trenkwald.10.0 
 5. Anderson, Morpho B.9.3 
 6. Williams, Assi Ost.9.0 
 7. Maggioli, Fileni B.9.0 
 8. Callahan, Enel B.8.7 
 9. Brooks, Fileni BPA8.7 
 10. Diliegro, Assi Os.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Roman NARDI
  MarcoPol.
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Nardi, MarcoPol.8.0 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.5.7 
 3. Cantone, S.Antimo5.7 
 4. Porta, Tezenis4.7 
 5. Goldwire, Centra.4.0 
 6. Blizzard, Biancobl.4.0 
 7. Kelley, Biancobl.3.5 
 8. Hafnar, Aget Imola3.5 
 9. Mathis, Giorgio3.3 
 10. Green, Sigma B.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy HUNTER
  Enel Brindisi
  (196-G-77)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Hunter, Enel Brind.4.3 
 2. West, Tezenis4.3 
 3. Green, Sigma B.4.0 
 4. Turel, Aget Imola4.0 
 5. Boscagin, Tezeni.3.7 
 6. Rowe, Prima Veroli3.7 
 7. Taylor, Trenkwal.3.0 
 8. Radulovic, Givova2.7 
 9. Thompson, Centra.2.7 
 10. Formenti, Enel B.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane EDWARDS
  Tezenis .
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Edwards, Tezenis1.3 
 2. DiGiuliomari., Tez.1.0 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.0 
 4. Baldassarre, Bianc.1.0 
 5. Campbell, S.Antimo1.0 
 6. Renzi, Tezenis0.7 
 7. Busma, Centrale.0.7 
 8. Radulovic, Givova0.7 
 9. Anderson, Morpho B.0.7 
 10. Easley, MarcoPol.0.5 


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


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  JAPAN   


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


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Chiba Jets 3-0 
 2. Sendai 89ers 3-0 
 3. Akita NH 2-1 
 4. Saitama Bron. 2-1 
 5. Niigata Albirex 2-2 
 6. Yokohama 2-3 
 7. Shinshu BW 1-2 
 8. Toyama Grouses 1-2 
 9. Hamamatsu P. 1-4 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 0-3 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 3-0 
 2. Shimane SM 3-0 
 3. Shiga L-Stars 2-1 
 4. Osaka Evessa 2-1 
 5. Kyoto Hannar. 2-1 
 6. Fukuoka Rizing 1-2 
 7. Oita H.Devils 1-2 
 8. Miyazaki SS 0-3 
 9. Takamatsu FA 0-3 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Kosuke KANAMARU
  Panasoni.
  (193-F/G-89)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.6 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi16.5 
 3. Orimo, Hokkaido L.16.0 
 4. Hale, Mitsubis.16.0 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin SH15.8 
 6. Takeuchi, Hitac.14.6 
 7. Diouf, Hokkaido L.14.4 
 8. Furukawa, Aishin S.13.8 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.8 
 10. Klette, Hokkaido13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.4 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.10.0 
 3. O''Bannon, Panason.9.2 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota A.9.0 
 5. Moss, Toshiba BT8.8 
 6. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.4 
 7. Allen, Mitsubis.7.6 
 8. Maraker, Hitac.7.4 
 9. Takeuchi, Toyota7.3 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Hidenori KASHIWAKURA
  Hitac.
  (174-G-80)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kashiwakura, Hitac.4.6 
 2. Igarashi, Mitsubis.4.0 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido L.3.8 
 4. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.6 
 5. Nishimura, Hitac.3.2 
 6. Kinoshita, Panason.3.0 
 7. Sakuragi, Aishin SH2.8 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.2.8 
 9. Ito, Toyota Alvark2.7 
 10. Kawamura, Tochigi2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin S.
  (183-PG-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.8 
 2. Sato, Hitachi SR2.2 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.8 
 4. Igarashi, Mitsubis.1.6 
 5. Kobayashi, Hitac.1.5 
 6. Kawamura, Tochigi1.5 
 7. Tabuse, Tochigi1.5 
 8. Nishimura, Hitac.1.4 
 9. Kataoka, Tochigi1.4 
 10. Kikuchi, Toshiba1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  Aishin S.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Richardson, Aishin2.2 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.6 
 3. Young, Aishin SH1.3 
 4. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.3 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.2 
 6. Aono, Panasonic T.0.8 
 7. Sakuragi, Aishin SH0.8 
 8. Klette, Hokkaido L.0.8 
 9. Hinkley, Tochigi B.0.8 
 10. Allen, Mitsubis.0.6 


U16 Asia Championship: Japan rout Vietnam - by Eurobasket News
Japan U16 - Vietnam U16 97:36

Japan registered the fourth straight win at the U16 Asia Championship. They bumped Vietnam to take 3-0 record in the Qualifying Round Group F. Yudai Baba (190-F-95) knocked down 17 points to pace the winners.
Japan shocked the hosts in the first half. Japan limited Vietnam to just 6 points in twenty minutes to record a 52:6 lead at the interval. Japan scored eagerly after the big break. They unloaded 29 points in the third term to enjoy an insurmountable 60-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Vietnam slowed down the visitors in the fourth quarter to sweeten the pill at the end. Kenta Yamamoto (194-C-95) notched 16 points for Japan. Yoshitomo Chikui (185-F-95) had 13 points in the victory. Jason Tran (180-F-95) answered with 9 points for Vietnam. Thong Nguyen Duy (180-F-95) delivered 7 points in the loss.

Japan U16: Yudai Baba 17, Kenta Yamamoto 16, Yoshitomo Chikui 13
Vietnam U16: Jason Tran 9, Thong Nguyen Duy 7


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Maurice HARGROW
  Chiba J.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Hargrow, Chiba J.27.7 
 2. Parker, Shimane SM24.7 
 3. White, Oita H.24.0 
 4. Palmer, Fukuoka23.5 
 5. Staten, Chiba Jets22.7 
 6. Flowers, Saitama22.3 
 7. Roberts, Shins.20.7 
 8. Washington, Osaka20.7 
 9. Lyons, Miyazaki SS20.7 
 10. Namizato, Okina.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.12.5 
 2. Dora, Miyazaki SS12.3 
 3. Staten, Chiba Jets12.0 
 4. Nunnally, Takamats.11.7 
 5. Ocitti, Akita NH11.7 
 6. White, Oita H.10.7 
 7. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.7 
 8. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.7 
 9. Washington, Osaka10.3 
 10. Roberts, Shins.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Edward YAMAMOTO
  Shima.
  (173-PG-86)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Yamamoto, Shima.9.7 
 2. Namizato, Okina.7.5 
 3. Hamilton, Fukuok.6.0 
 4. Gardener, Akita NH6.0 
 5. Satterfield, Saita.6.0 
 6. Saito, Shinshu BW5.0 
 7. Takushi, Oita H.5.0 
 8. Murry, Niigata5.0 
 9. Kabaya, Yokohama4.8 
 10. Hargrow, Chiba J.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jun NAKANISHI
  Fukuok.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Nakanishi, Fukuok.4.0 
 2. Staten, Chiba Jets3.3 
 3. Okosa, Okinawa GK3.0 
 4. Dukes, Sendai 89e.2.7 
 5. Simmons, Yokohama2.4 
 6. Roberts, Shins.2.3 
 7. Ohguchi, Hamamats.2.2 
 8. Mito, Toyama G.2.0 
 9. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.0 
 10. White, Oita H.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Lawrence BLACKLEDGE
  Osaka E.
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Blackledge, Osaka5.0 
 2. Davis, Shimane SM3.3 
 3. Ashby, Shiga L.3.0 
 4. Hughes, Shinshu BW2.7 
 5. Flowers, Saitama2.3 
 6. Marshall, Osaka E.2.3 
 7. Ocitti, Akita NH2.0 
 8. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 9. Singleton, Sendai2.0 
 10. Dukes, Sendai 89.1.7 


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  LATVIA   


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 4-0 
 2. VEF Riga 3-0 
 3. Valmiera 2-2 
 4. Jurmala 1-1 
 5. LU 1-1 
 6. Turiba 1-2 
 7. U18 0-0 
 8. Jelgava 0-3 
 9. Liepaja 0-3 


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Great Start for Hoops in the season 2011-2012 - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
Hoops started the season 2011-2012 with an expected win against a big contender to play a major role this year, the win came against Anibal on the score of 79-68.
Anibal missed their coach who is in Serbia due that passing over of his Father; they also missed their starting Foreign Center Ndudi Ebi due to injury, the game was a very close one especially in the first half , Anibal led at the break 32-34, Anial had a big dominance on the offensive boards which gave them lot of points in the paint through Roy Samaha who imposed his game in the paint, Jay Youngblood who is considered as one of the best scorers in the league helped his new team and was scoring from everywhere , on the other side Chamberlain Oguchi (198-G-86, college: Illinois St.) the new comer in the Lebanese League had a terrific first game he finished with 29points, 11 rebounds ,4 assists. In the second half Hoops started to have a smaller dominance and they managed to have the lead through the great performance of Chamberlain and of Hussein Khatib who came back to his team after 1 season with Moutahed , he finished the game with 20points. This dominance gave Hoops in the end their first win of the season on the score of 79-68; This big win is very important for Hoops which will give a big push in the League campaign. As for Anibal who will have his roster back to Normal in the coming games is expected to have one of the best seasons in the clubs history.

Best Scorers :
Hoops
: Chamberlain Oguchi (198-G-86, college: Illinois St.) (29)
Anibal : Jay Youngblood (18)




U16 Asia Championship: Lebanon open second stage with win over India - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon U16 - India U16 77:65

Lebanon entered the second stage of the U16 Asia Championship with victory. They shot down India behind 22 points from Jimmy Salem (190-G-95). Lebanon thus improved at 2-1 record in Group E. India on the other hand fell at 1-2 record.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Lebanon registered a 17:13 lead after ten minutes. But India picked up the slack in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit to just three points at the interval 31:34. But the third term proved the difference. Lebanon exploded with 29 points to clear off to a 16-point distance. India outscored their opponents in the fourth frame but could not rescue the encounter at the end. Albert Zeinoun (176-G-95) posted 21 points, while Gerard Hadidian (197-F-95) delivered 20 points in the victory. Loveneet Singh (178-G-95) replied with 16 points for India. Ajay Pratap Singh (193-F-95) had 12 points in the losing case.

Lebanon U16: Jimmy Salem 22, Albert Zeinoun 21, Gerard Hadidian 20
India U16: Loveneet Singh 16, Ajay Pratap Singh 12


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  LITHUANIA   


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


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


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Milovan RAKOVIC
  Zalgiris
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 18
 1. Rakovic, Zalgiris18.0 
 2. Urbonas, Juventus17.5 
 3. Bowles, Siauliai16.7 
 4. Pakamanis, Juven.15.8 
 5. Mazeika, Neptunas15.7 
 6. Butkevicius, Rudup.15.5 
 7. Onuaku, Neptunas15.0 
 8. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.14.8 
 9. Matulionis, Techas.14.0 
 10. Benn, Naglis Pala.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.9.0 
 2. Petrukonis, Juven.8.8 
 3. Matulionis, Techas.8.0 
 4. Roberts, Lietuvos.8.0 
 5. Johnson, Naglis P.7.8 
 6. McClure, Kedainiai7.7 
 7. Adomaitis, Kedaini.7.0 
 8. Javtokas, Zalgiris6.8 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.6.8 
 10. Onuaku, Neptunas6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Broadus, Siauliai6.7 
 2. Kalnietis, Zalgiris6.5 
 3. Rice, Lietuvos.5.0 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Sak.5.0 
 5. Dainys, Neptunas4.7 
 6. Ezerskis, Techasas4.3 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudup.4.3 
 8. Maceina, Juventus4.3 
 9. Pakamanis, Juven.4.0 
 10. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Cam LONG
  Siauliai
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Long, Siauliai3.0 
 2. Dainys, Neptunas3.0 
 3. Collins, Zalgiris2.7 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai2.3 
 5. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 6. Kelys, Pieno Z.2.3 
 7. Seibutis, Lietuv.2.0 
 8. Nobles, Pieno Z.2.0 
 9. Matulionis, Techas.2.0 
 10. Babrauskas, Lietu.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris BARNES
  Kedainiai
  (204-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Barnes, Kedainiai2.0 
 2. Samardziski, Lietu.1.7 
 3. Volkus, Juventus1.3 
 4. Butkevicius, Rudup.1.3 
 5. Kairys, Pieno Z.1.3 
 6. Joneliunas, Sakalai1.0 
 7. Peciukas, Kedainiai1.0 
 8. Urbutis, Rudupis1.0 
 9. Kupsas, Baltai K.1.0 
 10. Javtokas, Zalgiris1.0 


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  MALAYSIA   


U16 Asia Championship: Malaysia rally past Uzbekistan - by Eurobasket News
Malaysia U16 - Uzbekistan U16 78:30

Malaysia clinched the 13th place at the U16 Asia Championship. They held off Uzbekistan in the final game of the tournament for both teams. Eng Keng (186-F-95) nailed 20 points to lead the effort. Malaysia and Uzbekistan got to a slow start. They teamed up for just 17 points in the first frame as Malaysia eked out an 11:6 lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second term. Moreover Malaysia stretched the gap to as many as 14 points at the interval 31:17. Uzbekistan could not change the complexion of the clash after the big break. Malaysia established a 30-point buffer with ten minutes remaining. They held Uzbekistan to only 8 points in the fourth stanza and sealed the winning outcome. Kwong Lee (179-G-95) delivered 15 points for Malaysia. Yik Sim (179-G-95) netted 13 points in the win. Farrukhjon Muratov (185-G-95) answered with 12 points fo rUzbekistan. Artur Ovanesov (192-F-95) and Bogdan Erofeev (195-F-95) notched 4 points each in the loss.

Malaysia U16: Eng Keng 20, Kwong Lee 15, Yik Sim 13
Uzbekistan U16: Farrukhjon Muratov 12, Artur Ovanesov 4, Bogdan Erofeev 4



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  MEXICO   


Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Rojos 13-2 
 2. Fuerza Regia 12-3 
 3. Barreteros 11-6 
 4. Soles 11-7 
 5. Toros 10-5 
 6. Huracanes 9-7 
 7. Halc.Xalapa 8-3 
 8. Pioneros 8-7 
 9. Corr.Victoria 7-7 
 10. Abejas 7-9 
 11. Lechugueros 6-11 
 12. Panteras 5-10 
 13. Aguilas Rojas 3-14 
 14. Volcanes 0-19 


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  MONTENEGRO   


Buducnost too dominant for Helios - by Darko Pekic
As expected, Buducnost outscored the unexperinced squad from Slovenia, Helios. Dejan Radonjic 's boys dominated during the whole match and the final score ( 78-60 for Buducnost) describes best the events on the court. Without their leading scorer D.J. Gay (183-G-89, college: San Diego St.), Zmagoslav Sagadin 's team was unable to take the control of the match and after a couple of minutes it was obvious that Buducnost would take the victory without problems. In the home team, Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) had the best game so far with 20 points. He was assisted by 'the usual suspect' Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90, college: USC) who scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. For the visitors, Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) had 12 points.

Buducnost Voli Helios 78:60 (31:22, 26:16, 8:16, 13:6)

Podgorica - Moraca Hall. Visitors: 1.500. Referees Muhvic, Vovk (Croatia), Nekovic (Serbia).

Buducnost Voli: Mihailovic 8, M. Popovic 5, M. Miloevic, Boovic, Vucevic 18, Krstovic 5, Vitkovac 10, Dubljevic 4, A. Popovic 1, Ivanovic 7, Anderson 20, N. Miloevic.

Helios: Besedic 6, Person 7, Jeftic 6, Koroec, Markovic, Pasalic 12, Cebular 2, Bubnic 11, Gorjanc, Petrovic 7, Crenar 2, Prepelic 7.


Erste Basketball League: Round 2 - by Darko Pekic
The 2nd Round of the National League ( Erste Basketball League) was very exciting although tonight almost every game finished with expected outcome. But let's see what happened tonight.

Lovcen had no problems with Danilovgrad. The guest have a young team and it's obvoius that they will have to search for a victory in front of their own crowd. However, they will try to forget as soon as possible the game in Cetinje because they lost by 46 points! In the home team the young giant Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) dominated with 21 points. Ivan Zejak (203-F/C-87) scored 19 and Nikola Djokovic (190-G-89) scored 15 points. Igor Kunjic (199-F-87) (15) and Filip Patkovic (200-F-90) (14) were the only two players in Danilovgrad's jersey ready to fight for it.

Coach Milan Rondovic ' s Teodo lost against more experienced Mornar in Tivat. Mornar proved the quality of the group and they now have two victories in a row. The ex Slovenian prodigy Mirza Sarajlija (187-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) (15 points) and Nikola Ivanovic (199-SF-89) (12) scored most points for the guests. In the home team, Bojan Boskovic was better than others with 13 points.

Sutjeska got the first win on their debut in front of their own crown against Jedinstvo, in 'the derby of the Nord'. The game was tied and it was decided in the final minutes with a triple from Filip Zarubica (94) who scored in the last second of the game! Of course, Zarubica will remember this night forever but he would not have been able to do that if he had not been assisted by Zarko Krivokapic (189-G-91) who scored 22 points. In Jedinstvo, ex Mornar player Arso Lekovic (198-F-90) had a great shooting night. He scored 35 points.

The only surpising result of the night is the victory of Mogren against Balkan League member Ulcinj. The game was decided in the last minute though. Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80) scored the second important triple of the night in the countdown and closed the game. This victory is even more important for Mogren beacuse Amir Dovadzija (193-G-84) missed the game due to an injury and they were able to win anyway! The dynamic point guard Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) had an excelent night with 24 points, Jovan Manojlovic (190-G-86) and Nikola Vucurovic added 15 and 11. For the visiting team, Marko Milatovic (194-G-88) (20 points) and Boban Medenica (204-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) (15) were better than others.

The last game of the 2nd round will be played in Podgorica tomorow at 18h. Podgorica will host ABS Primorje.

LOVCEN - DANILOVGRAD 96:58 (24:18, 28:11, 20:11, 24:18)

Cetinje - SRC Lovcen. Visitors: 500. Sudije: Kaludjerovic (Nikic), Raicevic (Bijelo Polje), Kostic (Ulcinj).

Lovcen: Stojanovic, Djokovic 15, S. Latkovic, Miloevic 8, Pavlicevic 10, Vrbica 11, Borilovic 2, Koprivica, Lopicic 21, Zejak 19, Milic 2, M. Latkovic 8.

Danilovgrad: Ratkovic 4, Kunjic 15, Vukovic, Skendic, Djerkovic, Stojanovic, Koljevic 10, Radonjic, Novakovic, Cebalovic 8, Mrdak 7, Patkovic 14.

TEODO - MORNAR 66:83 (15:24, 14:21, 17:20, 20:18)

Tivat - upa Hall. Visitors: 300. Referees: Dragojevic, Savovic, anjevic (Podgorica).

Teodo: Mijovic 10, Danilovic, Stanicic, Bulajic 8, Pekic 9, Colic 8, Bokovic 13, Subotic 1, Janis 1, Ljujic 6, Miloevic 10, Lucic.

Mornar: Pajovic 3, Damjanovic 6, Sarajlija 15, Kasalica, Ivanovic 12, Scott 10, Jelenic 8, Radosavljevic 2, Perovic 3, Pavic 8, Vujoevic 7, Barovic 9.

SUTJESKA - JEDINSTVO 83:80 (16:23, 20:21, 23:15, 24:21)

Nikic Sports Center Hall. Visitors: 500. Referees: Jokic (Podgorica), Muhadinovic (Cetinje), Radulovic (Podgorica).

Sutjeska: Kovac, Zarubica 15, Ademovic, Jovanovic 10, Grabovica, Popovic 4, Kuveljic 11, Krivokapic 22, Miloev 2, Vukotic 14, Pejovic 5.

Jedinstvo: Ticevic, Musovic, Miljic 3, Ljujic 16, Omerovic, Babaca 10, S. Kneevic 5, N. Kneevic 1, Savkovic 3, Radovic 5, Rajovic 2, Lekovic 35.

MOGREN - ULCINJ 71:68 (27:19, 14:14, 15:18, 15:17)

Budva - Rea Hall. Visitors: 100. Referees. Janjuevic, G. Vojinovic (Nikic), Kajevic (Bijelo Polje).

Mogren: Fatic, Seferovic 24, Reljic, Manojlovic 14, Spajic, Vucurovic 11, estovic 3, Osmajic 11, Maricic 1, Sua 7, Mazalica, Manovic.

Ulcinj: Latkovic, Djuriic 4, Kuveljic 10, Jovovic 4, Young, Klikovac 5, Milic, Lalovic 2, Medenica 17, Milatovic 20, Marojevic 6, Kirkpatrick.


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Beasley hosts charity game in Minnesota - by Eurobasket News
Hundreds of fans filed into the arena, paying good money to see some of their favorite hometown NBA players hoop it up, just as they have so many times before.

Only this time the arena was a high school gymnasium and the event was the Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) All-Star Classic, the closest thing basketball junkies can get to seeing the pros in action during this dreary lockout.

Beasley rounded up some of his friends and brought them to a suburban Minneapolis high school on Friday night, helping raise money for charity and cast the players in a better light as they fight the league's owners in what is becoming a more bitter labor dispute by the day.

While NBA commissioner David Stern takes to the radio waves to try to cast the owners as the good guys in this struggle, players across the country are taking to the court, organizing their own games as a way to connect with fans who don't understand why millionaires and billionaires can't seem to work this thing out.

'I think that players are doing a really good job of getting out in front of fans and continuing to show that we really just want to play basketball,' Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver said. 'Whether or not we have to put it together ourselves, play pickup games, do charity events or paid events, whatever it is, we just want to play basketball. I think that a lot of fans understand that and people respect that.'

Beasley organized the event, getting fellow Timberwolves Tolliver, Wes Johnson, Anthony Randolph, Wayne Ellington and Lazar Hayward to join him. Golden State's Dorell Wright appeared as well, along with Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson, who served as a celebrity coach.

Organizers estimated the crowd at 1,200, but it seemed a little lighter than that. Still, they got their money's worth in entertainment even though several of the bigger name stars like Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, John Wall and Derrick Williams canceled earlier in the week due to scheduling conflicts.

'Obviously with the lockout, you're kind of just craving basketball,' said 49-year-old Randy Borgeson of Maple Grove, a Timberwolves season ticket holder. 'The best thing is you go to Target Center and you're usually far enough away that you can't get an appreciation for how big and fast these guys are.'

The players came out for warmups wearing maroon t-shirts that read 'Basketball Never Stops.' Beasley's team defeated Wright's team 179-170 at Osseo High School in a game that featured halfcourt alley-oops, killer crossovers and very little defense.

All net proceeds went to several area charities, including St. Jude Children's Hospital and Peterson's All Day Foundation.

'This is a way to give back,' Johnson said. 'We love basketball. This is a way for us to come out and see the fans because it's all about them anyway.'

Many of the players had their hopes up earlier in the week, when the owners and players union went through hours and hours of mediation in New York City to try to reach a deal and prevent more games from being canceled. But talks broke off Thursday night, with both sides at a stalemate over how to split up more than $4 billion in annual revenue.

The first two weeks of the regular season already have been canceled, with the possibility of many more games being wiped out any day now as the acrimony between the owners and the union increases.

'Given the last two days, I know it hasn't been the prettiest,' Beasley said. 'But I feel good. I feel like losing the NBA season is kind of far-fetched.'

Tolliver, the Timberwolves' union representative, echoed claims made by the union's executive director Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher on Thursday night that the owners issued an ultimatum on a 50-50 split of revenues, telling the players to take it or leave it.

'They're trying to bully us and I can't respect that,' Tolliver said.

Wright has gone to four or five of these charity games across the country and he said it was important to remain connected to a fan base that is growing increasingly impatient with the labor struggle, including some who think the players are greedy for not settling for the owners' demands.

'This is always good to come out and do something for the fans and let them know that without them we're not who we are,' Wright said. 'Those are the people that buy our jerseys, buy our posters and they support us on a daily basis. You always want to do something like this to give back.'

Beasley said he has spent most of the lockout with his family, and he had 11-month old son Michael III with him on Friday night. He declined to comment on being ticketed this summer for possession of marijuana and said he is working hard to reform his image and show the team, and the fans, that he is ready to take on a leadership role.

'I'm going to do my part to keep our Minnesota Timberwolves fans afloat,' Beasley said. 'Hopefully we don't have to do too much more. Hopefully we can end this thing pretty soon. As long as it goes on, I'm going to try to do my part.'

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


NBA's Silver on Gumbel's Stern talk: 'outrageous' - by Eurobasket News
NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver calls Bryant Gumbel's comments on HBO about Commissioner David Stern 'outrageous.'

In his closing commentary on Tuesday's 'Real Sports,' the longtime TV host said Stern had 'always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer treating NBA men as if they were his boys.'

Filling in for the ill Stern at an NBA news conference Thursday, Silver says: 'I can't speak for David, and the only personal comment is, I thought it was outrageous.'

The league has declined comment on Gumbel's remarks.

Courtesy of http://online.wsj.com


Carmelo Anthony wants Hornets guard Paul to join Knicks - by Eurobasket News
The NBA owns the New Orleans Hornets, but commissioner David Stern can't fine Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) for this one.

The tampering gag order is not in effect during the lockout. So Anthony freely admitted yesterday how delighted he would be if Hornets point guard Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) bolted the Big Easy for the Big Apple.

Anthony has spent a lot of this summer hanging with Paul and even playing on his team during barnstorming exhibitions.



PAUL MAKES APPEARANCE AT CARMELO SNEAKER LAUNCH

'If it works out and he comes here and they allow him to come here, you'll see a smile from ear to ear,' Anthony said during an appearance in Greenwich Village. 'It's not just me. It's everybody [in New York]. If he decides to leave New Orleans and goes somewhere else, they'll be feeling the same way I'm feeling.'

Paul can be a free agent in 2012, and the Knicks could have enough cap room to sign him, pending the new salary-cap figure. Notice Anthony's phrase if 'they allow him to come here.'

Anthony traveled to China with Paul and was on his team in Miami for the South Florida Classic two weeks ago and in Winston-Salem, N.C., earlier this month when Paul staged an exhibition in his hometown. If the lockout drags on, they are expected to be teammates around Thanksgiving when Anthony stages a New York area all-star exhibition, possibly at the Meadowlands.

'It's fun,' Anthony said of playing with Paul. 'He's such a competitor, even in games we play now. He wants the games to be NBA games -- the intensity level. He wants everybody to go out and compete. It's something I've really enjoyed.'

Anthony admits he has grown closer to Paul this summer, as well as with Miami's star duo of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.

'It's been great, man,' Anthony said. 'This summer -- more than any -- the time we've spent together and not just with Chris. LeBron, Dwyane. Us four, it's the first time we actually worked out together. This summer brought us closer together than in the past.'

Anthony acknowledged Paul has spent a lot of time in New York during the lockout, and not just because he's one of the negotiating committee members.

'He spent a lot of time here last year too but people weren't hearing about it because there was a lot of [other stuff] going on,' Anthony said. 'But we don't talk about [the Knicks]. . . . I'm not one to blow smoke up your [butt]. If I was talking to Chris about coming to New York, I'd tell you. It's a sensitive situation for him. I stay away from it and we have fun.'

Knicks legend Earl Monroe was in Winston-Salem earlier this month for his college homecoming and attended Paul's exhibition game.

Monroe, who attended Winston-Salem College, is a family friend of Paul's. Using Paul as an example, Monroe said the young players are more business savvy than ever despite Stern's lockout goal of establishing a hard cap to make all 30 teams equal. Monroe said free agents are always going to want to play in the big markets like New York.

'It's harder than ever for small market teams to keep star players,' Monroe told The Post yesterday during his promotion for Diabetes Restaurant Month in which he's challenging New York eateries to offer diabetes-friendly options. 'Right now Dwight Howard may not want to stay in Orlando. If Chris Paul is not thinking about going back to New Orleans, the bigger markets always are going to be attractive. Younger players are a lot different than older players. They are a little more savvy in business issues.

'You get a situation like Miami [with the Big 3] banding together and 'Melo coming to New York,' Monroe added. 'It's all about winning a championship in a big market because you can drive a lot more out of that than a small market.'

Monroe spoke briefly with Paul in Winston-Salem. But Paul's toast at Anthony's wedding in the summer of 2010 of forming a Big Apple 3 was a pretty good hint.

'I won't say he has his eye on his New York, but I know conversely New York has its eye on Chris,' said Monroe. 'If he chooses to leave New Orleans, I hope he does come here. They've spent long time waiting. It would be great with [Amar'e] Stoudemire, 'Melo and adding someone like Paul, it would be a great asset.'

Courtesy of www.nypost.com




NBA standoff puts season in peril - by Eurobasket News
NBA owners have their priorities, and playing games isn't first on that list.

Instead, the league is looking beyond this month -- and maybe beyond this season, if that's what it takes -- to implement an extreme financial makeover after years of sizeable losses. The goal, in the words of Spurs owner Peter Holt, is 'an opportunity to make a few bucks.'

Owners are determined to reshape the league by creating a system like the NFL or NHL, where spending is capped and small-market teams truly can compete with the big boys. But reforming the NHL's financial structure required a lengthy lockout, wiping out the entire 2004-05 season. And the NFL is making money, not losing it.

After NBA labor talks broke down Thursday night, Holt was asked if owners might be willing to sit out a year to get the changes they crave.

'The competitive issues and the economic issues, certainly we don't want to lose the season, I don't think the NHL did either. It ended up happening,' said Holt, chairman of the owners' labor relations committee. 'There are certain things that we feel we must have.'

And that makes a lost NBA season a possibility.

That comes as no surprise to players' association executive director Billy Hunter. He started to believe two or three years ago that owners intended to lock out the players so they could force through the changes they wanted. Now he doesn't see enough owners who can stop it from happening.

He identified big-market owners Jerry Buss of the Lakers, the Knicks' Jim Dolan, Miami's Micky Arison and Dallas' Mark Cuban as owners he believed were open to anything that could lead to games, but there were many more from the small markets 'that were dug in, and I think they're carrying the day.'

'And unfortunately I think what we have to do is we have to miss more games for it to really set in,' Hunter said. 'And that's what I kept trying to tell them is that this thing is on a slippery slope and we're already losing games, the first two weeks, and if we continue to go in that decline, it may become intractable to get people to move from their respective positions.'

The first two weeks of the season -- 100 games in all -- already have been canceled. And it won't be long before more games are scrapped.

That's in stark contrast to the NFL lockout, in which only the preseason Hall of Fame game was canceled. The NFL always insisted that it would play, a rallying cry that is absent from the NBA negotiations. Of course, the NFL players and owners were fighting over how to split billions of dollars of revenue whereas the NBA says it lost $300 million last season and that only eight of its 30 clubs made money.

'Different dynamic, I mean no doubt about it,' said Holt, who added his small-market Spurs lost money the last two years, which hadn't happened before.

'We're losing games, so there's a cost to that. And we also were in a very different position. NFL essentially was fighting over how to divide more riches. We're trying to figure out how to get our expenses down so we've got 30 teams that have an opportunity to make a little money, and so it's a very different situation.'

It's one that could be crippling in many NBA cities, particularly a small-market one such as Memphis.

Ty Agee, president of the Beale Street Merchants Association, said the timing couldn't have been worse for the city, Beale Street and the Grizzlies. After years of anemic play and small crowds, the team's 2011 playoff run brought people downtown not only toward the end of the regular season, but into two rounds of the playoffs -- an unexpected boost for a club that had never won a playoff game.

Now, instead of riding momentum and benefiting from more customers, businesses in the entertainment district are watching labor negotiations.

'I get nervous, and I get more and more frustrated,' said Agee, who owns Miss Polly's Cafe. 'All we want is for them to get their stuff together.

'It's a double-edge sword for me because I'm a fan and a business owner.'

Commissioner David Stern has long warned that once games are missed, both sides might stiffen their proposals in hopes of recovering what's been lost, which is why he said last week he feared games could be lost through Christmas without a deal this week.

After three days and 30 hours of meetings with a federal mediator, negotiations fell apart when union officials said they were told they must commit to a 50-50 split of revenues before owners would agree to discuss the salary cap system.

'Right now, they're saying it's got to be a precondition. If we're going to meet, you've got to agree to accept 50-50. So as long as that edict is out there, then when are we going to meet?' Hunter said. 'We're saying we're unwilling to meet unless we can talk about the system independent of the number.'

There is no indication owners will be prepared to go beyond a 50-50 split, and with players currently at 52.5 or 53, the sides are about $100 million apart on an annual basis.

Courtesy of ESPN


David West cleared to return from knee injury - by Eurobasket News
After six months of rehabilitation on his surgically repaired left knee, New Orleans Hornets forward David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) has been fully cleared to return to basketball, his agent told Yahoo! Sports.

West, who will be one of the top free agents once the NBA negotiates a new labor agreement with the players, was given complete clearance after an exam with Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgeries on Thursday.

The doctor has cleared him 100 percent, and cleared him to push [the knee] as hard as he can right now, said Wests agent, Lance Young. David can be ready for the start of training camp.

West, 31, opted out of the final year and $7.5 million on his contract in New Orleans to become an unrestricted free agent. After tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in March, West decided to still opt-out in late June when his rehab was going so well. The Hornets remain motivated to re-sign West, and several teams with cap space especially the Indiana Pacers and New Jersey Nets have targeted him as a potential free agent.

West had been enjoying one of the best seasons of his career when he went down with the injury, averaging 19 points and seven rebounds.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


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Rainmen prevail over Storm in close game - by Eurobasket News
The Summerside Storm dropped their first exhibition game 100-96 to the Halifax Rainmen here at the University of Prince Edward Island on Friday night.

It was standing-room only at the UPEI Sports Centre as nearly 500 people came out to get their first taste of the National Basketball League of Canada.

It was an entertaining affair that took until the final minute of play to decide a winner.

Shooting guard Eric Gilchrese led Summerside with 20 points. His game-tying layup was rejected in the dying seconds, after he stole an inbound pass.

The Storm bench thought a foul should have been called.

He made a hell of a defensive play on the ball and you know, we didnt get a call, Storm head coach Joe Salerno said.

But while disappointed with the result, Salerno said this time of year is focused on player impressions and teaching technique.

You always want to win games, but that wasnt necessarily the first thing on the mind tonight (Friday), he said. I dont think we played that well, but we still had an opportunity to win the ball game.


First basket

Power forward Troy Gottselig (6'8''-F-87) scored the Storms first basket on a nice drive in the paint.

The Storm stormed out to an early lead, using quick passing to open up the court and expose the Rainmens defence for threes. At one point, they led 28-13.

But turnovers and listless ball-handling caught up with the Island squad in the second quarter as Halifax tied the game 38-38.

Summerside, after out-rebounding Halifax 27-14, entered halftime up 49-47.

But, in the second half, Halifaxs star guards Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) and Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) went to work, forcing turnovers and hitting key shots.

Brown finished with a game-high 30 points and four steals while Wright added 29. Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77, college: Creighton) added 29 off the bench.

It obviously shows a lot of things weve got to still work on, Salerno said. We turned the ball over a lot. We saw some flashes of good things, but I think we saw an awful lot of flashes of bad things, too.

Al Stewart, the Storms starting point guard, cut the lead to 95-94 following two clutch free throws late in the game. He finished with 11 points.


Warm reception

Fans gave former UPEI Panther Doug McKinney a nice round of applause when he came off the bench in the first quarter.

The cheers only got louder when he hit his first basket moments later. He finished with four points in limited action.

It definitely means a lot, said McKinney, 26. The five years that I played here holds a special place with me.

To hear that positive cheer whenever my name was called, its definitely a nice feeling. Its humbling in a way.

Fellow UPEI alumnus Sherone Edwards was also warmly received.

McKinney said fans can expect high-level basketball throughout the course of the season.

You have guys that have experience in the NBA and have played all over the world, he said. As far as comparing it to college, its definitely a big jump because these guys are grown men.

Theres a big difference between the 21-year-olds who play at the CIS level and (the NBL).


Co-owner thrilled

Prior to tipoff, Storm co-owner Duncan Shaw told the crowd he was thrilled to showcase his new team at UPEI.

The coach agreed.

I think they saw an exciting game, and I think they saw the level of talent that this league will bring, said Salerno. I dont think they necessarily saw the level of play. . . but I dont think the event could have gone off any better, except with a Storm win.

The Storms next home game is in Summerside on Oct. 26 against the Saint John Mill Rats.

The regular season begins Thursday, Nov. 3, when the Storm host the Quebec Kebs.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com


New basketball league: Keep it professional, keep it Canadian - by Eurobasket News
Weve experienced the American Basketball Association version of the minor league game here in Halifax and found it lacking in professionalism.

Weve also dealt with the Premier Basketball League edition and came to realize it was another misdirected American fit for a serious sports market such as Halifax.

So what can this latest brand, the National Basketball League of Canada, offer that will be better than its predecessors?

Hopefully for local basketball fans, the answer will be more substance and stability than glitz and rhetoric.

There was an early glimpse of the difference at a Halifax Rainmen news conference Thursday at the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.

The gathering was a chance to show off a few team members specifically new coach Josep (Pep) Claros, local AUS graduate Christian Upshaw and Rainmen veteran Eric Crookshank and promote Sundays first exhibition game of the season. The Rainmen will host the Summerside Storm in a Rogers Communications promotion at the Metro Centre, for which Rogers made 10,000 free tickets available to the public.

Theres no doubt Rainmen owner Andre Levingston believes hes finally in the type of league hes wanted since he first came to Halifax.

Sure, he once sought a seat in the NBA Development League, but when geographic problems hurt that bid, he moved on. Since then, while he has experimented with other U.S. minor pro leagues, Levingston has increasingly acted like an owner just waiting for this Canadian league opportunity.

Now, without the excuse of being dragged down by the negatives of American minor league models, the heat is on for Levingston and his NBL counterparts to show everyone that the Canadian version will be a much more attractive league to follow and support.

Can they do that?

Sure they can.

And theyve got the goods to make it work.

Levingston & Co. simply have to keep in mind all theyve learned about what works and what doesnt work in minor league basketball and then tinker with their existing philosophy to meet the particular demands of an all-Canadian market.

So far, they appear to have done their homework.

Thursdays news conference was another step in presenting the team as an increasingly positive part of the city, a point that Levingston is constantly pushing.

Coach Claros couldnt say enough good things about his short time in Halifax. Crookshank, like Levingston, has become a great ambassador for the city. And the signing of Upshaw, a local talent, represents one of the best aspects of this new league, that there will be a legitimate place for homegrown players.

By restricting membership to Canadian cities, providing opportunities for at least two Canadian players on each team, and trying to avoid many of the mistakes theyve seen from American minor leagues, the league bosses are sending the right messages.

So what if the bulk of the players are former stars from American universities? The bottom line is that if young Canadian players become good enough, theyll now have a chance to play here. That formula has worked quite well for the Canadian Football League for many decades.

And watching the rookie Upshaw and the veteran Crookshank joke together Thursday, I got the impression the players really arent too concerned about each others nationality.

Hopefully theres one thing the Canadian owners who survived the American minor league experience have learned by now no matter how much flash and fast talk is involved in presenting any new league, in Canadian markets, that league will ultimately be judged on its performance.

So this time, be smart. Keep it as Canadian as possible.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


London Lightning official roster announced - by Eurobasket News
The London Lightning announced their official team roster at the John Labatt Centre on Friday, October 21st. 'We have assembled the best team I have ever coached', announced coach Michael Ray Richardson , a four time NBA All-Star. 'All 12 players will get game action as we have a very deep bench'.
Taylor King was a surprise addition to the team. 'We expected him to be playing in the top division in Italy', said General Manager Taylor Brown. 'We are really excited to have King onboard and we are looking forward to introducing our full line up to London fans'.

London Lightning is gearing up for an exciting inaugural season that tips off at The John Labatt Centre on Thursday, November 3rd against Hailfax Rainmen with a pre-season game this Sunday, October 23rd at 2pm against rivals Oshawa Power.



The Official 2011/2012 London Lightning Roster

Brandon Dean - Guard - 6'2' (University of Arkansas)

Eddie Smith - Shooting Guard - 6'1' (Texas A&M University)

DeAnthony Bowden - Guard - 6'0' (Creighton University)

Nick Lother - Guard - 5'10' (University of Winnipeg)

Albert White - Small Forward - 6'6' (University of Michigan/University of Missouri)

Tim Ellis - Small Forward - 6'5' (Kansas State University)

Tyrone Levett - Power Forward - 6'6' (Alabama State University)

Gabe Freeman - Power Forward - 6'6' (Costa Mesa Junior College)

Pat Sewell - Small Forward - 6'5' (Fanshawe College/University of Toronto)

Taylor King - Small Forward - 6'8' (Duke University/Villanova University)

Jamaal Davis - Centre - 6'10' (University of Kansas/Cincinnati)

Shawn Daniels - Centre - 6'8' (Utah State University)

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




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Kansas-Mizzou rivalry likely dead if Tigers leave Big 12 - by Eurobasket News
Missouri officials said Friday that they would pursue a football game in Kansas City against a traditional rival if they were to leave the Big 12 Conference. MU athletic director Mike Alden said the Tigers would like that team to be Kansas.

Later Friday, Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger responded by indicating that the Border War rivalry likely would not continue if Missouri left the Big 12.

KU-Missouri is a great rivalry, Zenger said in a statement. The University of Kansas is a great Midwestern school, loyal to our Midwestern conference and to our Midwestern roots. The KU-Missouri rivalry belongs in the Big 12 Conference. Should Missouri decide to leave the Big 12, we would wish them well.

Zengers statement echoed the sentiment aired by KU basketball coach Bill Self earlier this month.

If we play them moving forward, Self said, itll be strictly because we think its best for our basketball program. Not because of what anybody else feels.

There may be a time that we decide, Its time to do this, but I cant see that being the immediate reaction.

The message has now been sent very clearly from KU that Missouri would be leaving behind its 120-year relationship with Kansas if it were to leave for the SEC. This years football game at Arrowhead Stadium could be the last between the schools. According to KU and the NCAA, the all-time series stands at 55-55-9 (because KU forfeited its 1960 victory because it used an ineligible player, MU says it leads the series 56-54-9).

Kansas and Missouri have an agreement to play in Arrowhead through 2012. But MU officials said Friday that, if they were to leave the Big 12, they likely would begin play in their new conference next season. The 2012 game at Arrowhead would be Missouris home game.

Courtesy of http://campuscorner.kansascity.com


Auriemma blames Notre Dame for realignment issues - by Eurobasket News
UConn coach Geno Auriemma thinks that the Big East conference's realignment issues could have been solved years ago with one simple move - Notre Dame's football team joining the league.

'They've been in our league 17 years, so how long are we going to date before we just decide this ain't working. And I'm not happy about it,' Auriemma said at the conference's annual women's basketball media day Thursday. 'That's not the opinion of the University of Connecticut, the Big East Conference. ... That's just Geno Auriemma 's opinion.'

The Irish, whose women's basketball team is picked first in the conference's preseason poll, have had all their sports in the Big East with the exception of football - which has remained independent.

Last month, Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced they were leaving the Big East to join the Atlantic Coast Conference. Commissioner John Marinatto said the Big East is trying to become a 12-team football league. He reiterated on Thursday that the two schools, which are contractually bound to the league for the next two seasons, will not be allowed out early.

'If Notre Dame had come in as a football and basketball school when they came in, we wouldn't have a problem. Miami wouldn't have left. Virginia Tech wouldn't have left. Boston College wouldn't have left. We probably wouldn't have any of these issues, would we?' Auriemma said.

The conference's plan to get to 12 members includes Navy, Air Force and Boise State as football-only members and Central Florida, Houston and SMU for all sports, though that has not been made public by the league.

The remaining football members are Connecticut, Cincinnati, South Florida, Louisville, West Virginia and Rutgers.

A Notre Dame spokesman declined to comment on Auriemma's remarks.

'We've got one school that holds the future of our league in the palm of their hand and they're not really that concerned about it,' the UConn coach said. 'They're looking out for their best interest and I don't blame them. But join us in football and then look out for your best interest. I applaud that. Every school has a right to do that. I just don't like the way we've gone about it.'

While the Big East was built on basketball, Auriemma knows that expansion and conference realignment has always been driven by football.

'It doesn't matter what we think because every decision being made is being made from a football standpoint,' he said.

'But if you know, that you as a school, have the ability to put a whole bunch of schools at ease and have the Catholic mentality of, 'We're here to serve and help...,'' the coach said.

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Former Connecticut Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway will be paid $1 a year as a consultant for the Big East conference, a job that allows him to keep his position as chairman of the powerful NCAA men's basketball committee.

Hathaway retired from UConn in September after Susan Herbst, the school's new president, ordered an outside review of his handling of the department.

In order to remain on the basketball committee, Hathaway must be employed by an NCAA member school or conference. Hathaway was hired on Monday as a consultant for the Big East.

Under terms of his separation agreement, Hathaway's Big East salary will be deducted from his nearly $700,000 salary at UConn.

UConn spokesman Mike Enright said Friday the school has received a letter from Hathaway's attorney detailing the $1 salary.

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