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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Round 4: Derby game ends with Hemofarm's defeat of Radnicki K. - by Eurobasket News
There were just four rounds played in Regular Season of Adriatic League and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes, derby games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most interesting game of round 4 was a derby match between two teams from Serbia. The game took place in Vrsac where sixth ranked Hemofarm won against visiting Radnicki K. (1-3) 70-66. Radnicki K. was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 19-9 charge of Hemofarm, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Radnicki K. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Boris Savovic (206-87) who helped to win the game recording 7 points and 23 rebounds. Montenegrin power forward Ivan Maras (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 12 points for the winners. American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for Radnicki K.Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hemofarm have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cibona and Cedevita. Radnicki K. at the other side keeps the ninth position with three games lost. They share it with KK Zagreb CO and Crvena Zvezda. Hemofarm is looking forward to face Krka (#13) in Novo Mesto in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Radnicki K. will play at home against Buducnost (#7) in Podgorica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Adriatic League top team - Israeli Maccabi T-A (4-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (2-2) in Siroki Brijeg 84-60. Worth to mention a quality performance of power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and Richard Hendrix who added 16 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) during the contest. At the losing side Croatian guard Fran Pilepic (192-89) responded with 18 points and 5 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. Defending Israeli champion maintains first position with 4-0 record, which they share with Partizan and Union Olimpija. Defending Bosnian champion HKK Siroki WWin keeps the seventh place with two games lost. They share the position with Buducnost. Maccabi T-A will play against league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. HKK Siroki WWin will play on the road against Cibona (#5) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Slovenian Zlatorog is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to fifth ranked Croatian Cibona (3-1) 84-76 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by Goran Suton who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Even 22 points by Vladimir Panic did not help to save the game for Zlatorog. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cibona have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hemofarm and Cedevita. Loser Zlatorog still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Helios and Krka. Cibona will meet at home HKK Siroki WWin (#8) in the next round. Zlatorog will play against Zvezda (#9) in Beograd and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Slovenian Krka is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to top-ranked Serbian Partizan (4-0) 68-63. Marko Cakarevic fired 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Partizan have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Serbian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Maccabi T-A and Union Olimpija. Defending Slovenian champion Krka still closes the standings with four games lost. Partizan's next round opponent will be league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and it will be for sure the game of the week. Krka will play at home against Hemofarm (#6) in Vrsac and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Slovenian Helios is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to tenth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (2-2) 78-60 on Saturday evening. It was a very good performance for Nikola Vucevic who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Buducnost's coach Dejan Radonjic used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Montenegrin champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Siroki WWin. Loser Helios still closes the standings with four games lost. Buducnost will face Radnicki K. (#11) in Kragujevac in the next round. Helios will play at home against Union Olimpija in Ljubljana and look forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 4 KK Zagreb CO lost to undefeated Union Olimpija on the road 90-91. Crvena Zvezda lost to Cedevita on its own court 90-91.
The most impressive performance of 4th round was 24 points and 10 rebounds by Damir Markota of Union Olimpija.



Union Olimpija - KK Zagreb CO 91-90 OT

No shocking result in a game when top-ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (4-0) edged 9th ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (1-3) in Ljubljana 91-90 on Sunday. However just one-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-20 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 1-point victory in overtime. KK Zagreb CO was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for Bosnian-Croatian power forward Damir Markota (210-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian-Bosnian power forward Ratko Varda (216-79, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Union Olimpija's coach Saso Filipovski used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Krunoslav Simon (197-85) replied with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and American power forward Sean May (203-84, college: N.Carolina) added 18 points in the effort for KK Zagreb CO. Four KK Zagreb CO players scored in double figures. Union Olimpija have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Maccabi T-A and Partizan. Defending Croatian champion KK Zagreb CO keeps the ninth place with three games lost. Union Olimpija will face Helios (#12) in Domzale in the next round which should be an easy win for them. KK Zagreb CO's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena Cedevita.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: D.Markota 24+10reb+1ast, R.Varda 20+7reb+1ast, B.Woodside 19+3reb+4ast, S.Salin 9+3reb+1ast, D.Muric 6+2reb+1ast, D.Green 4+3reb+1ast
KK Zagreb CO: K.Simon 19+8reb+6ast, S.May 18+4reb, D.Mulaomerovic 14+2reb+5ast, M.Kasun 14+5reb, J.Heytvelt 11+3reb, S.Ozbolt 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 132950


Crvena Zvezda - Cedevita 90-91

Very expected game when 11th ranked Serbian Zvezda (1-3) was edged by fourth ranked Croatian Cedevita (3-1) in Beograd 91-90 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 28-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for American-Panamanian forward Levour Warren (196-81, college: S.Carolina, agency: SportsTalent) who helped to win the game recording 24 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Swingman Marko Car (188-85) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Montenegrin power forward Bojan Subotic (206-90) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and point guard Nemanja Nedovic (192-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 17 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) in the effort for Zvezda. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Cedevita maintains fourth position with 3-1 record, which they share with Cibona and Hemofarm. Zvezda lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with three games lost. Cedevita's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb KK Zagreb CO.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: L.Warren 24+3reb+2ast, M.Car 15+2reb+4ast, I.Opacak 12+5reb+2ast, M.Smodis 11+4reb+2ast, V.Vukusic 10+2reb, M.Bazdaric 7+1reb
Crvena Zvezda: N.Nedovic 17+1reb+1ast, N.Markovic 15+2reb, B.Subotic 13+10reb, P.Popovic 12+4reb+1ast, A.Morrison 10+3reb+1ast, F.Covic 7+1reb+7ast
gschID: 132951


Zlatorog - Cibona 76-84

Bottom-ranked Slovenian Zlatorog is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to fifth ranked Croatian Cibona (3-1) 84-76 on Saturday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Cibona dominated on the defensive end, holding Zlatorog to just 3 points in third quarter. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. The winners were led by Bosnian-Croatian center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) supported him with 20 points. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. Even 22 points by Serbian forward Vladimir Panic (194-82, agency: 011 Sports) did not help to save the game for Zlatorog. Croatian power forward Jure Skific (202-88) added 16 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cibona have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hemofarm and Cedevita. Loser Zlatorog still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Helios and Krka. Cibona will meet at home HKK Siroki WWin (#8) in the next round. Zlatorog will play against Zvezda (#9) in Beograd and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Cibona: B.Chase 20+2ast, D.Rudez 17+2reb, H.Kovacevic 13+4reb+2ast, G.Suton 13+12reb, A.Barbour 8+3reb+1ast, T.Zubcic 8+2reb
Zlatorog: V.Panic 22+3reb+3ast, J.Skific 16+9reb+1ast, D.Vujasinovic 14+2ast, A.Omic 5+2reb, L.Lapornik 5+2reb, D.Cohadarevic 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 132945


Siroki WWin - Maccabi T-A 60-84

Adriatic League top team - Israeli Maccabi T-A (4-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (2-2) in Siroki Brijeg 84-60. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. HKK Siroki WWin was better in third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to HKK Siroki WWin's 14. Maccabi T-A forced 21 HKK Siroki WWin turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and American power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, college: Alabama, agency: Avi Zilberman) who added 16 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) during the contest. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. At the losing side Croatian guard Fran Pilepic (192-89) responded with 18 points and 5 assists and Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (203-88) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Israeli champion maintains first position with 4-0 record, which they share with Partizan and Union Olimpija. Defending Bosnian champion HKK Siroki WWin keeps the seventh place with two games lost. They share the position with Buducnost. Maccabi T-A will play against league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. HKK Siroki WWin will play on the road against Cibona (#5) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: L.Eliyahu 19+2reb, R.Hendrix 16+4reb+1ast, S.Schortsanitis 13+5reb, Y.Ohayon 10+1reb+5ast, D.Smith 7+7reb+5ast, G.Pnini 6+2reb+4ast
Siroki WWin: F.Pilepic 18+1reb+5ast, Z.Sakic 12+4reb, B.Barac 7+4reb, D.Butorac 5+1reb+1ast, C.Collins 4+7reb+1ast, D.Planinic 4+7reb
gschID: 132946


Partizan - Krka 68-63

Bottom-ranked Slovenian Krka is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to top-ranked Serbian Partizan (4-0) 68-63. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Partizan made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Krka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) fired 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida) produced 18 points and forward Jure Balazic (204-80) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Partizan have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Serbian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Maccabi T-A and Union Olimpija. Defending Slovenian champion Krka still closes the standings with four games lost. Partizan's next round opponent will be league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and it will be for sure the game of the week. Krka will play at home against Hemofarm (#6) in Vrsac and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Partizan: M.Cakarevic 11+8reb+1ast, M.Raduljica 10+6reb, N.Pekovic 9+6reb+1ast, A.Law 9+2reb+4ast, V.Lucic 9+1reb, D.Kecman 7+3reb+1ast
Krka: J.Baxter 18+2reb+1ast, J.Balazic 12+6reb+1ast, S.Pavic 11+7reb, Z.Dragic 8+5reb, B.Krivec 7+2reb+5ast, J.Jordan 4+2reb
gschID: 132947


Hemofarm - Radnicki K. 70-66

The most interesting game of round 4 was a derby match between two teams from Serbia. The game took place in Vrsac where sixth ranked Hemofarm won against visiting Radnicki K. (1-3) 70-66. Radnicki K. was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 19-9 charge of Hemofarm, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Radnicki K. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Boris Savovic (206-87) who helped to win the game recording 7 points and 23 rebounds. Montenegrin power forward Ivan Maras (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 12 points for the winners. American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and guard Stefan Sinovec (195-88) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Radnicki K.Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hemofarm have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cibona and Cedevita. Radnicki K. at the other side keeps the ninth position with three games lost. They share it with KK Zagreb CO and Crvena Zvezda. Hemofarm is looking forward to face Krka (#13) in Novo Mesto in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Radnicki K. will play at home against Buducnost (#7) in Podgorica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hemofarm: M.Jeremic 12+3reb+1ast, I.Maras 12+4reb+1ast, A.Nesovic 11+3reb+2ast, N.Otasevic 8+1reb+2ast, P.Lambic 7, B.Savovic 7+23reb+1ast
Radnicki K.: D.Simon 22+13reb+1ast, S.Sinovec 15+5reb, S.Bircevic 10+4reb, D.Mijatovic 7+5reb, M.Pavkovic 6+2ast, S.Markovic 4+3reb+11ast
gschID: 132948


Buducnost - Helios 78-60

Bottom-ranked Slovenian Helios is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to tenth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (2-2) 78-60 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Buducnost. Helios was better in third quarter 16-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Helios to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Buducnost made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Helios 34-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. Helios were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for forward Nikola Vucevic (208-90, college: USC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Canadian guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Buducnost's coach Dejan Radonjic used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Croatian forward Drazen Bubnic (207-86) replied with 11 points and Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) added 12 points in the effort for Helios. Defending Montenegrin champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Siroki WWin. Loser Helios still closes the standings with four games lost. Buducnost will face Radnicki K. (#11) in Kragujevac in the next round. Helios will play at home against Union Olimpija in Ljubljana and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: J.Anderson 20+2reb+1ast, N.Vucevic 18+10reb+1ast, C.Vitkovac 10+5reb+1ast, V.Mihailovic 8+2reb, N.Ivanovic 7+1reb+1ast, M.Popovic 5+4reb+2ast
Helios: D.Pasalic 12+2reb+1ast, D.Bubnic 11+4reb+1ast, V.Petrovic 7+2reb, K.Prepelic 7+1reb+1ast, A.Person 7+1reb+1ast, J.Besedic 6+3reb
gschID: 132949




Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 4-0 
 2. Partizan 4-0 
 3. Union Olimpija 4-0 
 4. Cedevita 3-1 
 5. Cibona 3-1 
 6. Hemofarm 3-1 
 7. Buducnost 2-2 
 8. Siroki WWin 2-2 
 9. Crvena Zvezda 1-3 
 10. KK Zagreb CO 1-3 
 11. Radnicki K. 1-3 
 12. Helios 0-4 
 13. Krka 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. Simon, KK.17.5 
 5. Pavkovic, Radnicki17.5 
 6. Jeremic, Hemofarm17.0 
 7. Varda, Union Olimp.16.5 
 8. Morrison, Crvena Z.16.5 
 9. Prepelic, Helios16.3 
 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. Popovic, Crvena Z.6.5 
 6. Pekovic, Partizan6.5 
 7. Markota, Union O.6.3 
 8. Sakic, Siroki WWin6.3 
 9. Schortsaniti., Mac.6.3 
 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. Simon, KK.4.5 
 6. Covic, Crvena Z.4.5 
 7. Papaloukas, Macca.4.0 
 8. Naletilic, Siroki4.0 
 9. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.4.0 
 10. Bakic, Radnicki K.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Yogev OHAYON
  Maccabi .
  (189-PG-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ohayon, Maccabi3.0 
 2. Chase, Cibona2.8 
 3. Dragic, Krka2.5 
 4. Sinovec, Radnicki2.3 
 5. Markovic, Radnicki2.3 
 6. Simon, KK.2.0 
 7. Baxter, Krka2.0 
 8. Green, Union Olimp.2.0 
 9. Milutinovic, Crven.2.0 
 10. Savovic, Hemofarm1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.7 
 2. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda1.3 
 3. Vucevic, Buducnost1.3 
 4. Hendrix, Maccabi1.0 
 5. Saric, KK.1.0 
 6. Schortsaniti., Mac.1.0 
 7. Jeremic, Hemofarm1.0 
 8. Thompson, Union O.1.0 
 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 


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Smith, La Union20.5 
 2. Meyinsse, Wuber-.20.2 
 3. McHopson, Quilm.18.4 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras18.0 
 5. Villegas, Sionista16.9 
 6. Mikulas, La Union16.6 
 7. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.3 
 8. Gutierrez, Penarol16.2 
 9. Roe, Regatas C.16.2 
 10. Garces, Atenas15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben GARCES
  Atenas
  (206-C/F-73)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Garces, Atenas10.5 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.9.3 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.2 
 4. Truscott, Quilm.8.9 
 5. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.5 
 6. Mikulas, La Union8.4 
 7. Sandes, Sionista8.3 
 8. Meyinsse, Wuber-.7.9 
 9. McFarlan, San M.7.5 
 10. Graves, Boca Jrs7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.2 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.6.9 
 3. Martinez, Regat.6.7 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista6.1 
 5. Sucatzky, Atenas5.4 
 6. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.3 
 7. Smith, La Union4.3 
 8. Victoriano, San M.4.2 
 9. Osimani, Obras4.1 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Phillip MCHOPSON
  Quilm.
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. McHopson, Quilm.3.4 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.3.3 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.3.1 
 4. McGowan, GECR I.3.1 
 5. Lloreda, Olimpico.2.8 
 6. Galindo, Olimpico.2.7 
 7. Mojica, Wuber-Es.2.6 
 8. Farabello, La Union2.6 
 9. Cequeira, Sionista2.6 
 10. Lamonte, Penarol2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Elgrace WILBORN
  Club 9
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Wilborn, Club 91.3 
 2. Pettway, Olimpico.1.3 
 3. Roe, Regatas C.1.0 
 4. Meyinsse, Wuber-.0.9 
 5. Sanchez, Wuber-.0.9 
 6. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 7. Williams, Quimsa0.9 
 8. Battle, Libertad S.0.8 
 9. Rollins, San M.0.7 
 10. Leiva, Penarol0.7 


LigaA Round 10: Regatas Corrientes climb to the leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Regatas Corrientes as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Regatas Corrientes defeated 7th ranked La Union at home 95-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of La Union. The game was mostly controlled by Regatas Corrientes. La Union managed to win third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Regatas Corrientes especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds, 13 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Paolo Quinteros (186-79) chipped in 18 points, 5 assists and 6 steals during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Sionista. La Union at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with San Mart.C.. La Union will play next round against San Martin Corrientes trying to get back on the winning streak. Regatas Corrientes will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Sionista in Parana.
Leading Sionista (7-3) recorded its third loss in Parana. Hosts were edged by eighth ranked San Martin Corrientes (3-7) 90-88. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Sionista. American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) notched 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Hakeem Rollins supported him with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Even 29 points and 5 rebounds by the former international forward Juan Manuel Locatelli (198-75) did not help to save the game for Sionista. San Martin Corrientes moved-up to seventh place, which they share with La Union. Sionista at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Regatas C.. San Martin Corrientes will play against La Union (#7) in Formosa in the next round. Sionista will play at home against the league's leader Regatas Corrientes (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
A very close game took place in Bahia Blanca between Wuber-Est.Bahia and Penarol. First ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (7-2) got a very close home victory over their biggest opponent Penarol (6-5). Wuber-Est.Bahia managed to escape with a 3-point win 79-76 on Friday evening. Jerome Meyinsse fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Martin Leiva produced 23 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Wuber-Est.Bahia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-2 record. Defending champion Penarol dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with GECR Indalo. Wuber-Est.Bahia will meet Quilmes MP (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Penarol will play against Lanus (#6) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked GECR Indalo (6-5) against fifth ranked Boca Juniors (6-4) on Friday night. Visiting GECR Indalo was defeated by Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires 88-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of GECR Indalo. Worth to mention a great performance of Will Graves who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Boca Juniors moved-up to third place, which they share with Quimsa. GECR Indalo at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Boca Juniors' next round opponent will be Club 9 (#7) in Rio Tercero. GECR Indalo will play at home against the league's second-placed Obras in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Libertad Sunchales (5-5) against fourth ranked Quimsa (6-4) on Friday night. Visiting Libertad Sunchales was defeated by Quimsa in a tough game in Santiado Estero 71-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Libertad Sunchales. Nicolas Aguirre scored 11 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Quimsa moved-up to third place, which they share with Boca Jrs. Loser Libertad Sunchales dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Quimsa will face Atenas (#4) in Cordoba in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will play on the road against Olimpico de La Banda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 10: Lanus destroyed Quilmes MP on the opponent's court 81-61. Club 9 unfortunately lost to Obras in a home game 66-73. Olimpico LB recorded a loss to Atenas on the road 77-89.



Sionista - San Mart.C. 88-90

Leading Sionista (7-3) recorded its third loss in Parana. Hosts were edged by eighth ranked San Martin Corrientes (3-7) 90-88. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Sionista. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sionista won third quarter 31-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) notched 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) supported him with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Even 29 points and 5 rebounds by the former international forward Juan Manuel Locatelli (198-75) did not help to save the game for Sionista. The former international guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) added 14 points and 11 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. San Martin Corrientes moved-up to seventh place, which they share with La Union. Sionista at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Regatas C.. San Martin Corrientes will play against La Union (#7) in Formosa in the next round. Sionista will play at home against the league's leader Regatas Corrientes (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
San Mart.C.: W.McFarlan 26+9reb+1ast, H.Rollins 20+13reb, A.Carabajal 13+4reb+8ast, R.Davis 12+2reb+2ast, A.Eslava 5+6reb, M.Maciel 5+1reb
Sionista: J.Manuel Locatelli 29+5reb+3ast, E.Nelson 14+3reb, L.Cequeira 14+4reb+11ast, J.Villegas 11+9reb, M.Sandes 9+9reb+2ast, D.Hure 7
gschID: 136300


Quilmes MP - Lanus 61-81

Rather expected game in Mar del Plata where 8th ranked Quilmes MP (2-8) was crushed by sixth ranked Lanus (5-5) 81-61 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Lanus. Quilmes MP was better in third quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Lanus outrebounded Quilmes MP 41-29 including 33 on the defensive glass. American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (196-82) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side naturalized American guard Phillip McHopson (188-87, college: Idaho) responded with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and American forward Britton Johnsen (208-79, college: Utah, agency: Priority Sports) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Lanus have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Atenas and Libertad S. Quilmes MP lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Lanus will face Penarol (#4) in Mar del Plata in the next round. Quilmes MP will play at home against the league's leader Wuber-Est.Bahia in Bahia Blanca.
Top scorers:
Lanus: T.Taylor 20+12reb+1ast, A.Boccia 16+6reb, F.Giorgi 10+5reb, J.Pablo Cantero 10+1reb+1ast, D.Guaita 7+4reb+3ast, N.Laprovitola 6+3reb+5ast
Quilmes MP: B.Johnsen 16+5reb+1ast, P.McHopson 14+7reb+4ast, L.Truscott 14+6reb, G.Eseverri 8+3reb, N.Ferreyra 4+1reb+3ast, L.Vildoza 3
gschID: 136293


Wuber-Est.Bahia - Penarol 79-76

A very close game took place in Bahia Blanca between Wuber-Est.Bahia and Penarol. First ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (7-2) got a very close home victory over their biggest opponent Penarol (6-5). Wuber-Est.Bahia managed to escape with a 3-point win 79-76 on Friday evening. Penarol was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 15-8 charge of Wuber-Est.Bahia, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. International guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) chipped in 21 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. The former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds and guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) added 12 points and 10 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Wuber-Est.Bahia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-2 record. Defending champion Penarol dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with GECR Indalo. Wuber-Est.Bahia will meet Quilmes MP (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Penarol will play against Lanus (#6) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Ignacio Sanchez 21+4reb+5ast, J.Meyinsse 16+14reb+1ast, J.Espil 13, J.Mojica 11+5reb+1ast, R.Sanchez 9+3reb+1ast, L.Faggiano 3+1reb+1ast
Penarol: M.Leiva 23+9reb+1ast, S.Safar 14+1reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 12+4reb+10ast, L.Gutierrez 10+2reb+2ast, M.Mata 7+3reb+1ast, A.Reinick 4+5reb
gschID: 136294


Boca Jrs - GECR Indalo 88-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked GECR Indalo (6-5) against fifth ranked Boca Juniors (6-4) on Friday night. Visiting GECR Indalo was defeated by Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires 88-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of GECR Indalo. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) contributed with 7 points and 11 assists for the winners. Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds and guard Fernando Funes (193-83) added 14 points in the effort for GECR Indalo. Boca Juniors moved-up to third place, which they share with Quimsa. GECR Indalo at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Boca Juniors' next round opponent will be Club 9 (#7) in Rio Tercero. GECR Indalo will play at home against the league's second-placed Obras in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: W.Graves 21+10reb+1ast, L.Barlasina 12+2reb, D.Alston 11+6reb, F.Martina 10+4reb+1ast, L.OBannon 10+1ast, J.Brussino 8+2reb+3ast
GECR Indalo: F.Funes 14+1reb+2ast, I.Ofoegbu 14+9reb, A.Feeley 13+3reb+1ast, M.Franco 9+2reb, C.McGowan 8+4reb+1ast, D.Romero 6+6reb
gschID: 136295


Club 9 - Obras 66-73

Rather predictable result in Rio Tercero where fourth ranked Obras (6-3) defeated 7th ranked Club 9 (2-8) 73-66 on Friday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-18. But Club 9 won second period 21-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Obras made 29-of-36 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Club 9 only scored nine points from the stripe. Obras had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Club 9 was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Pablo Espinoza (195-87) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) during the contest. Four Obras players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Martin Melo (197-82) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Jazwin Cowan (205-83, college: Hampton, agency: Dream Team Management) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Obras moved-up to second place. Club 9 lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. Obras will face GECR Indalo (#5) in Comodoro R. in the next round. Club 9 will play on the road against Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires.
Top scorers:
Obras: M.Osimani 22+3reb, J.Gutierrez 17+7reb+2ast, P.Espinoza 14+16reb, J.Mazzaro 13+4reb+1ast, A.Elsener 4, T.Field 2+5reb
Club 9: M.Melo 17+9reb+1ast, J.Cowan 15+10reb, T.Frost 12+5reb, D.Gerbaudo 9+2reb+2ast, G.Torre 5+1reb, P.Orlietti 4+1reb
gschID: 136296


Regatas C. - La Union 95-80

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Regatas Corrientes as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Regatas Corrientes defeated 7th ranked La Union at home 95-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of La Union. The game was mostly controlled by Regatas Corrientes. La Union managed to win third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Regatas Corrientes especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds, 13 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Paolo Quinteros (186-79) chipped in 18 points, 5 assists and 6 steals during the contest. Four Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Joe Smith (193-77, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Priority Sports) scored 17 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Sionista. La Union at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with San Mart.C.. La Union will play next round against San Martin Corrientes trying to get back on the winning streak. Regatas Corrientes will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Sionista in Parana.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: J.Martinez 21+5reb+13ast, P.Quinteros 18+4reb+5ast, D.Cavaco 17+2reb, L.Roe 16+5reb+1ast, D.Kante 9+10reb, N.Romano 8+1reb
La Union: G.Mikulas 24+8reb+3ast, J.Smith 17+5ast, A.Pau 11+2reb+2ast, J.DeGroat 9+3reb+2ast, A.Marin 6, J.Caceres 6+2reb
gschID: 136297


Atenas - Olimpico LB 89-77

Everything could happen in Cordoba at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Atenas and 5th ranked Olimpico de La Banda had identical 4-5 record. This time Atenas used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from La Banda 89-77 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Atenas. Olimpico de La Banda was better in fourth quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atenas dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Olimpico de La Banda's 34. They outrebounded Olimpico de La Banda 36-24 including 21 on the defensive glass. Panamanian-Spanish power forward Ruben Garces (206-73, college: Providence, agency: Priority Sports) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Atenas players scored in double figures. At the losing side naturalized Italian guard Eduardo Villares (188-79) responded with 21 points and Panamanian power forward Jose Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU, agency: Paris Global Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Atenas (5-5) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Libertad S. and Lanus. Loser Olimpico de La Banda dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Atenas will face higher ranked Quimsa (#3) in Santiado Estero in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Olimpico de La Banda will play at home against Libertad Sunchales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Atenas: M.Garcia 15+3reb+1ast, R.Garces 13+10reb+1ast, M.Lescano 12+4reb+4ast, M.Gerlero 12+5reb+1ast, M.Melvin 11+4reb, B.Labaque 11+3reb+5ast
Olimpico LB: E.Villares 21+3reb+1ast, C.Romero 18+1ast, J.Lloreda 10+11reb, M.Ibarra 8+4ast, J.Machuca 7+3reb+2ast, A.Sucre 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 136298


Quimsa - Libertad S. 78-71

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Libertad Sunchales (5-5) against fourth ranked Quimsa (6-4) on Friday night. Visiting Libertad Sunchales was defeated by Quimsa in a tough game in Santiado Estero 71-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Libertad Sunchales. Libertad Sunchales was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 21-12 charge of Quimsa, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Guard Nicolas Aguirre (182-88) scored 11 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Carlos Schattmann (194-87) chipped in 15 points during the contest. At the losing side American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Jonatan Treise (182-85) scored 10 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Quimsa moved-up to third place, which they share with Boca Jrs. Loser Libertad Sunchales dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Quimsa will face Atenas (#4) in Cordoba in the next round. Libertad Sunchales will play on the road against Olimpico de La Banda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: C.Schattmann 15+1reb+2ast, D.Tintorelli 11+7reb, N.Aguirre 11+3reb+4ast, D.Lo Grippo 11+4reb+2ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 10+1reb+1ast, S.Vega 9+5reb
Libertad S.: R.Battle 18+7reb+4ast, J.Pittman 13+1reb, A.Alloatti 12+3reb, J.Treise 10+4reb+3ast, E.Ruiz 9, R.Turner 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 136299




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China, Japan, South Korea and Philippines stay undefeated in Nha Trang City - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Iraq - Taiwan 78-73 OT
Iraq needed overtime to tame Taiwan on the second day of the Qualifying Round action at U16 Asia Championship. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) stepped up with 24 points to pace the winners. Iraq thus improved at 1-3 record, while Taiwan slipped at 0-4 in Group E. Iraq jumped to an early lead. They outscored Taiwan for a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. Taiwan slowed their opponents down in the second term. They trimmed the deficit to just 5 points at the interval 29:34. Taiwan got even closer in the third quarter. They trailed by four points in ten minutes remaining in regulation 48:52. Jen-Hao Liu drained a late three-pointer to level things up at 65 after forty minutes of action. However Iraq used an 8:0 run in the overtime to run away with a tough win. Farid Mahdi (190-F-95) delivered 19 points and 7 blocks, while Ismael Ismael (195-F/C-96) contributed 14 points for Iraq. Pan Siang-Ting (95) responded with 15 points for Taiwan. Yeh Wei-Chiao (95) had 13 points in the loss.

South Korea - India 76-68
South Korea kept their record spotless at the U16 Asia Championship. They held off India tonight to take 4-0 record in Qualifying Round Group E. Satnam Singh Bhamara (216-C-95) erupted for 41 points for India but it was not enough to stop the Korean unbeaten run. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) delivered 31 points to pace the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. South Korea eked out a 16:14 lead after ten minutes of action. India however surged ahead in the second quarter. They pulled in front for a 34:31 halftime lead. The roller-coaster action continued in the third term. South Korea erased the deficit and the teams entered the final stanza tied at 47. But the Korean side proved stronger in the final minutes. They dropped 29 points in the fourth period to snatch a tough win at the end. Kim Gookchan (193-F-96) posted 18 points for South Korea. Park Intae (203-C-95) added 9 points in the winning case. Ajay Pratap Singh (193-F-95) had 13 points for India in the loss.

Lebanon - China 42-88
China registered the fifth straight win at the U16 Asia Championship. They shot down Lebanon to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group E. China will fight against one of their biggest rivals South Korea for the top place in the pool tomorrow. Lebanon fell at 2-2 record after the loss. China outscored their opponents 22:5 in the first ten minutes to clear off. They maintained the lead throughout the second and third periods. China stayed aggressive defensively limiting offensive options of Lebanon. China held their opponents to 9 points in the fourth frame marching to the victory at the end. Zhou Qi knocked down 16 points to pace China. Yu Dehao (188-G-95) and Yan Haoxin (90-G-95) added 12 points apiece in the winning effort. Jimmy Salem (190-G-95) responded with 14 points for Lebanon. Yaacoub Al Agha (206-C-95) nailed 6 points in the loss.

Group F
Indonesia - Japan 46-77
Japan maintained their perfect record at the U16 Asia Championship. They overcame Indonesia to climb at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Taisei Shirato (181-G-95) knocked down 21 points to lead the charge. Indonesia fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Japan strongly entered the encounter. They outscored Indonesia 19:9 in the opening ten minutes. Japan maintained the pressure in the second frame. The margin grew at 26-point mark at the interval 44:18. Japan unloaded 28 points in the third term to boost the gap. Indonesia however showed character in the final stanza. They limited Japan to just 5 points and cut the deficit to sweeten the pill at the end. Yusei Sugiura (194-C-95) posted 13 points, while Yudai Baba (190-F-95) added 12 points in the win. Hans Abraham (179-G-95) responded with 13 points for Indonesia. Muhammad Fahdani (185-F/C-96) had 10 points in the losing case.

Philippines - Saudi Arabia 100-42
Philippines stayed on the winning track at U16 Asia Championship. They stormed past Saudi Arabia tonight to grab 4-0 record on top of Group F.. Rashleigh-Paolo Rivero (188-G-95) stepped up with 17 points to pace the winners. Philippines dropped 28 points in the starting quarter to clear off. They piled up a 16-point lead after ten minutes. Philippines scored 25 points in the second frame to ensure a 43:27 halftime lead. Saudi Arabia could not change the complexion of the encounter after the big break. Philippines stayed in charge and recorded a 29-point lead at the final intermission. Philippines limited their opponents to just 5 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Jordan Heading (185-G-96) provided 15 points, while Renzar Asilum and Adven Diputado produced 14 points apiece in the victory. Abdulaziz Sakar (183-G-95) replied with 11 points for Saudi Arabia. Raad Barnawi (185-G-95) netted 9 points in the loss.

Vietnam - Qatar 66-69 OT
Qatar recorded an important win at the U16 Asia Championship. They overcame Vietnam in overtime to improve at 1-3 record in Group F. Mohamed Abdelkawy (177-G-95) stepped up with 30 points to lead the visitors. Vietnam fell at 0-4 record after the loss. Vietnam led by a single point 14:13 after ten minutes. But Qatar tuned in offensively in the second term. They scored 23 points to pile up a 36:30 halftime lead. Vietnam reacted with a tight defence in the third term. They limited Qatar to just 5 points in the third term to ensure a 47:41 lead with ten minutes left in regulation. But Vietnam denied the deficit as Jason Tran (180-F-95) leveled things up at 56 at the end of forty minutes. Mohamed Abdelkawy scored 8 points in the extra frame and sealed the win for Qatar at the end. Abdulrahman Saad (183-F-96) notched 16 points, while Mohammed Dawoud (195-C-95) added 11 points and 7 assists in the victory. Jason Tran responded with 23 points for Vietnam. Thong Nguyen Duy chipped in 16 points in the losing effort.




Standings
Standings
Group E
1. S.Korea4-0
2. China4-0
3. Lebanon2-2
4. India1-3
5. Iraq1-3
6. Taiwan0-4
Group F
1. Japan4-0
2. Philippine.4-0
3. Indonesia2-2
4. Saudi Arab.1-3
5. Qatar1-3
6. Vietnam0-4
Group Places 13-14
1. Malaysia1-0
2. Uzbekistan.0-1


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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. Kings 2-2 
 6. Blaze 1-2 
 7. Crocodiles 1-2 
 8. Hawks 1-3 
 9. 36ers 0-3 


NBL: Round 3 review - by Eurobasket News
After 3 rounds played we can already see who rules in the NBL and who belongs to weaker ones.

Crocodiles - Wildcats 85-93
The game between Top Four teams took place in Wulguru. Host Townsville Crocodiles (1-2) lost to Perth Wildcats (3-0) 93-85. The guests were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-15 Townsville Crocodiles' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 93-85 at the end of the game. Perth Wildcats made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) who led the winners and scored 28 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). International forward Jesse Wagstaff (203-86, college: Metro St.) accounted for 14 points for the winning side. Perth Wildcats' coach Rob Beveridge allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and the former international guard Peter Crawford (193-79) added 21 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) respectively for Townsville Crocodiles in the defeat. Four Townsville Crocodiles players scored in double figures. Perth Wildcats have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. They share the position with Blaze. Perth Wildcats will play against bottom-ranked Adelaide 36ers (#9) in Findon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Townsville Crocodiles will play at home against Gold Coast Blaze in Broadbeach and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: P.Crawford 21+2reb, J.Holmes 17+14reb, E.Gill 15+3reb+4ast, E.Mims 12+4reb, B.Allen 6+5reb, M.Cedar 4+2reb+1ast
Wildcats: K.Lisch 28+1reb, J.Wagstaff 14+3reb+2ast, D.Williamson 10+4reb, S.Redhage 9+3reb+7ast, L.Nevill 8+4reb+2ast, M.Knight 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 138834


Tigers - Breakers 67-64
There was a change at the NBL leadership position after last games. Round 3 most important game was a defeat of league's leader New Zealand Breakers (3-1). They were edged by fifth ranked Melbourne Tigers (2-1) 67-64 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of New Zealand Breakers. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But New Zealand Breakers won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Melbourne Tigers forced 21 New Zealand Breakers turnovers. Strangely New Zealand Breakers outrebounded Melbourne Tigers 42-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. International power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) helped adding 18 points. Melbourne Tigers' coach Trevor Gleeson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and Fiji-New Zealand forward Mika Vukona (197-82) scored 7 points and 10 rebounds. Melbourne Tigers moved-up to third place, which they share with Taipans. New Zealand Breakers at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Wildcats. New Zealand Breakers will play next round against Kings trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Melbourne Tigers will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville.
Top scorers:
Breakers: G.Wilkinson 19+13reb, C.Bruton 11, T.Abercrombie 9+4reb+2ast, M.Vukona 7+10reb+1ast, C.Jackson 7+3reb+2ast, D.Corletto 5+1reb
Tigers: P.Mills 19+3reb+2ast, C.Tragardh 18+2reb+2ast, A.Ubaka 8+2ast, M.Burston 5+4reb, R.Dorsey 5+4reb+2ast, L.Rush 4+5reb
gschID: 138835


Kings - Hawks 95-89
The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 36-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kings made 34-of-40 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Kings outrebounded Wollongong Hawks 42-31 including 18 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was naturalized Kazakhstan swingman Anatoly Bose (200-88, college: Nicholls St., agency: Priority Sports) who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Joevan Catron (198-88, college: Oregon) who recorded 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Greek guard Tyson Demos (191-88) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Hawks: J.Catron 23+8reb+4ast, T.Demos 20+5reb+2ast, O.Forman 16+3reb, R.Martin 10+5ast, M.Campbell 10+2reb+2ast, T.Coenraad 4+1ast
Kings: A.Bose 24+7reb+1ast, J.Khazzouh 20+5reb, A.Bruce 17+3reb+7ast, J.Grant 14+14reb+1ast, B.Madgen 11+2reb+1ast, K.Ratzsch 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 138836


36ers - Kings 71-94
The game without a history. Kings led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kings shot 24 for 35 from the free-throw line, while Adelaide 36ers only scored eight points from the stripe. Kings forced 20 Adelaide 36ers turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kings made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international center Julian Khazzouh (210-86) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Aaron Bruce (191-84) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) who recorded 14 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Chris Warren (176-88, college: Mississippi) added 14 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kings moved-up to fifth place. Loser Adelaide 36ers still closes the standings with three games lost. Kings will meet league's second-placed New Zealand Breakers in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Adelaide 36ers will play against the league's leader Perth Wildcats (#1) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
36ers: D.Johnson 14+9reb, C.Warren 14+3reb+2ast, S.Weigh 11+3reb+1ast, D.Simpsons 10+9reb, A.Ballinger 8+7reb+1ast, D.Ng 6+3reb+4ast
Kings: J.Khazzouh 26+13reb+1ast, A.Bruce 18+4reb+6ast, A.Bose 14+10reb+1ast, K.Ratzsch 12+7reb+3ast, B.Madgen 9+4reb, L.Martin 6+5ast
gschID: 138832


Hawks - Blaze 58-83

8th ranked Wollongong Hawks (1-3) were outscored at home by eighth ranked Gold Coast Blaze (1-2) with the biggest margin this round 83-58 on Friday night. The game without a history. Gold Coast Blaze 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 Wollongong Hawks' 30 and made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Gold Coast Blaze forced 20 Wollongong Hawks turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Chris Goulding (192-88) who scored 16 points. International guard Adam Gibson (188-86) chipped in 11 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Four Gold Coast Blaze players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Joevan Catron (198-88, college: Oregon) who recorded 13 points and naturalized Greek guard Tyson Demos (191-88) added 10 points respectively. Wollongong Hawks' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Gold Coast Blaze left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Crocodiles. Loser Wollongong Hawks keep the eighth position with three games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will meet Townsville Crocodiles (#7) in the next round. Wollongong Hawks will play against Melbourne Tigers.
Top scorers:
Hawks: J.Catron 13+3reb, T.Demos 10+1reb+1ast, R.Martin 9+1reb+2ast, L.Davidson 6+4reb, M.Campbell 5+2reb+2ast, T.Coenraad 4+5reb
Blaze: C.Goulding 16+4reb, A.Petrie 13+5reb, J.Cadee 11+3reb+4ast, W.Hudson 11+7reb, A.Gibson 11+2reb+6ast, S.Hoare 10+4reb+2ast
gschID: 138833




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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. UBSC Graz 2-2 
 7. Kapfenberg 1-1 
 8. Oberwart 1-2 
 9. Arkadia 1-3 
 10. Furstenfeld 1-3 
 11. St.Polten 0-3 


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Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 2-0 
 2. OZAA Osipov. 1-0 
 3. Grodno-93 1-0 
 4. Sozh Gomel 0-0 
 5. Minsk-2006 II 0-1 
 6. Rubon 0-1 
 7. BGUIR-RTI 0-2 


The Start of 2011/2012 season - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006 overcame the junior team Minsk-2006 II 110:59 in the opener. The favorites opened the game with 24-20 and added 25-14 in the second frame. They also won the third and the last quarters to seal the victory. Rostislav Vergun (199-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) stepped up with 16 points and Nakich posted 13. Kurapov ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.
Grodno-93 overcame BGUIR-RTI 59:53. Navoychik, Vyacheslau Korzh (195-G-86) and Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-G-75) top-scored for the winners with 9 points each. Zahar collected 17 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.
OZAA outscored Grodno-93 80:74. Ovsepyan's 18 points were not enough in the losing case.


The next games to be played October 23-25.



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Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Waregem 6-1 
 2. Gembo 5-1 
 3. Sint-Jan Ant. 5-2 
 4. Essor Charleroi 4-1 
 5. Fleurus 4-2 
 6. St-Niklase 4-2 
 7. Excelsior 4-3 
 8. Kangar.-Boom 3-3 
 9. Liege II 3-3 
 10. Sprimont 3-4 
 11. Gistel 1-5 
 12. Melsele 1-5 
 13. M.Hainaut II 1-6 
 14. De Westhoek 0-6 


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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 1-1 
 6. Varda HE 1-1 
 7. Zrinjski HT 1-2 
 8. Hercegovac 1-2 
 9. Leotar 1-2 
 10. Celik 1-2 
 11. Brotnjo 1-2 
 12. Servitium 1-2 
 13. Vogosca 0-3 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin 0-0 


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Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Beroe 1-0 
 2. Dunav 2007 1-0 
 3. Vidabasket 1-0 
 4. Academik BL 0-0 
 5. Academik PL 0-0 
 6. Cherno More U18 0-0 
 7. Overgas 0-0 
 8. Balkan 2 0-1 
 9. Chavdar 0-1 
 10. Shumen 0-1 


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 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ilia STANKOV
  Spartak .
  (198-F-76)
  Avg: 23
 1. Stankov, Spartak23.0 
 2. Yanev, Cherno More22.5 
 3. Dunovic, Chernomo.22.5 
 4. Durchev, Tundja Y.22.0 
 5. Heath, Lukoil A.21.0 
 6. Lilov, Balkan20.5 
 7. Marinov, Balkan18.5 
 8. Harper, Levski S.17.5 
 9. Hall, Levski Sofia15.5 
 10. Vaklinov, Rilski15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandr YANEV
  Cherno More
  (203-F/C-90)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Yanev, Cherno More15.5 
 2. Evtimov, Levski So.11.5 
 3. Slaveykov, Sparta.9.5 
 4. Stankov, Spartak8.5 
 5. Lilov, Balkan8.0 
 6. Martin, Balkan8.0 
 7. Vukosavljevi., Ril.8.0 
 8. Pavlovski, Chernom.7.5 
 9. Crawford, Balkan7.0 
 10. Dunovic, Chernomo.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.8.0 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.5.5 
 3. Filipov, Balkan5.0 
 4. Dyakovski, Sparta.4.5 
 5. Dunovic, Chernomo.4.5 
 6. Roshmanov, Cherno.4.5 
 7. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.0 
 8. Koev, Chernomorets3.5 
 9. Aleksiev, Cherno M.3.5 
 10. Evtimov, Levski S.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.5 
 2. Stoykov, Lukoil A.3.5 
 3. Kirov, Rilski S.3.0 
 4. Velikov, Rilski S.3.0 
 5. Petkov, Tundja Y.2.5 
 6. Slaveykov, Sparta.2.5 
 7. Durchev, Tundja Y.2.5 
 8. Boev, Rilski Sport.2.5 
 9. Heath, Lukoil A.2.5 
 10. Dyakovski, Sparta.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. Todorov, Spartak1.0 
 4. Davidov, Cherno M.1.0 
 5. Petkov, Tundja Y.1.0 
 6. Martin, Balkan1.0 
 7. Crawford, Balkan1.0 
 8. Iliev, Cherno More0.5 
 9. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.5 
 10. Georgiev, Sparta.0.5 


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  CANADA   


Moncton Miracles release three players from training camp - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles have released Tyler Bullock (6'2''-G-88), Mark Gomillia (6'5''-F-87), and Antonio Hanson (6'2''-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports) from their training camp. This now brings the training camp roster to thirteen players. The Moncton Miracles will start off their preseason at home on Monday, October 24th against the Summerside Storm at 7 p.m. The Miracles will play their first home regular season game of the season on Sunday, November 20th, 2011 at the Moncton Coliseum. They will tip off against the Saint John Millrats at 2 p.m.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Tristan Martin to attend Moncton Miracles training camp - by Eurobasket News
Tristan Martin (6'3''-G-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Houston) is a 6'3 guard from Toronto, Ontario who will be joining the Moncton Miracles Training Camp.

Tristan attended Houston University and following that in 2009 played for the Montreal Sasquatch in the Premier Basketball League (PBL) where he averaged 18.9ppg. Last season, he was with the Saint John Mill Rats but was unable to play due to an injury.

'We are very excited to have Tristan joining us here in Moncton,' said Head Coach/GM Norris Bell. 'I think that he is going to add to what we are trying to build here and we can't wait to get things going.'

The Moncton Miracles will play a preseason game on Monday, October 24th at the Moncton Coliseum against the Summerside Storm. The official team roster will be finalized by Thursday, October 27th.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  CHINA   


China Defeats Lebanon to Remain Undefeated in U-16 - by Arthur Volbert
China defeated Lebanon 88-42 to remain undefeated at the FIBA Asia U-16 Championship. It will play similarly undefeated Korea tomorrow to see who will be seeded first in the quarterfinals. Zhou Qi led China with 16 points. Yu Dehao and Yan Haoxin each had 12. Zhao Jiwei and Liu Kaiqi each JJhad 10. Jimmy Salem led Lebanon with 14 points.

Other scores:
Iraq 78 Chinese Taipei 73 OT
Korea 76 India 68
Qatar 69 Vietnam 66 OT
Japan 77 Indonesia 46


Philippines 100 Saudi Arabia 42

Standings:
GROUP E
Team W L Pts GA
China 4 0 08 1.325
Korea 4 0 08 1.218
Lebanon 2 2 06 0.990
India 1 3 05 0.866
Iraq 1 3 05 0.843
Chinese Taipei 0 4 04 0;.748

GROUP F
Team W L Pts GA
Japan 4 0 08 2.191
Philippines 4 0 08 3.747
Indonesia 2 2 06 0.654
Qatar 1 3 05 0.528
K. Saudi Arabia 1 3 05 0.752
Vietnam 0 4 04 0.534




U16 Asia Championship: China stun Lebanon to keep perfect record - by Eurobasket News
China U16 - Lebanon U16 88:42

China registered the fifth straight win at the U16 Asia Championship. They shot down Lebanon to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group E. China will fight against one of their biggest rivals South Korea for the top place in the pool tomorrow. Lebanon fell at 2-2 record after the loss.
China outscored their opponents 22:5 in the first ten minutes to clear off. They maintained the lead throughout the second and third periods. China stayed aggressive defensively limiting offensive options of Lebanon. China held their opponents to 9 points in the fourth frame marching to the victory at the end. Zhou Qi (215-C-96) knocked down 16 points to pace China. Yu Dehao (188-G-95) and Yan Haoxin (90-G-95) added 12 points apiece in the winning effort. Jimmy Salem (190-G-95) responded with 14 points for Lebanon. Yaacoub Al Agha (206-C-95) nailed 6 points in the loss.

China U16: Zhou Qi 16, Yu Dehao 12, Yan Haoxin 12
Lebanon U16: Jimmy Salem 14, Yaacoub Al Agha 6



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  CYPRUS   


Cyprus League Premier Games, 1st Part - by Chris Mammides
Today the 22nd of October was the official premier of the new Cyprus league, the first ever with only 8 teams. The mini competition of the 14 games for the regular season already begun and two of the main competitors this season for the championship, Intercollege Etha Engomis and Keravnos Strovolou showed their character from the very beginning as both teams beat their home games at the end quite easily.

Intercollege Etha engomis - AEK Larnakas 82-61
If we start with the last seasons champion team of Coach Konstantinidis, Intercollege Etha Engomis with the newcomer American center ex player of Aris Thessaloniki Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse), is at least one step better than last season, with players that mostly knows each other and had no problem at all to thrash the freshly team made by Papadopoulos, AEK Larnakas with 21 points difference 82-61 with the difference reaching in many case the thirty points.
The game was a continuous monologue for the champions who showed a different face than last season as they have more depth in the bench and they have players who knows each other game (most of them for 3rd season together) so they perform with better harmony and the older players help the younger to get into the climate sooner than it was initially thought. With Darryl Watkins as the top scorer but with another five players scoring eight points and more the team of ETHA in this first game prove to have what is needed to go all the way for a repeat, of course is too soon to say something like that but in this mini league these differences can only get bigger by the end and not smaller
Something which worth saying is the fact that 10 players scored on behalf of Etha while only Georgiadis and Kassinopoulos remain pointless in the few minutes played in the game. On the other hand, the team of Coach Papadopoulos showed some positive energy only after the 25th minute but received no real help from players that they suppose to do the difference this season for the Larnakas team, so players like Fisher, Barlett, and Kandic did very little in this opener, we will see soon if they can do something in the short term future
The quarters of the game were: 24-15, 43-26, 62-38, and 82-61.
The scorers for the two teams were:
Etha: Dabkus 10, Jackson 5, Anastasiadis 8, Ray 6, Massamba 8, Konstantinou 8, Tatt 8, Cup 7, Darryl Watkins 16, Lalovic 6.
AEK: Panteli 6, Fisher 4, Karim 15, Stylianou 3, Barlet 2, Kandic 3, Makanda 9, JoJo Garcia (206-C-75, college: UTEP) 20

Keravnos Strovolou - Pizza Express Apollon 89-78
On the other game in Strovolos the rhythm was different as the home team of Coach Panagiotis Yiannaras (the first time after 2 decades that the team of Keravnos is giving the coaching role to a local boy) got an early leadership against the team of the only foreign Head Coach currently working in the island, Miglinieks, Pizza Express Apollon, and after the first period everybody thought that this game was over as the gap between the two teams was huge. All these who though something like that got by surprise as Gillenwater and his team-mates had a different opinion, so with the help of the many fouls received by the players of Keravnos after the beginning of the second period and with the score being 27-14, with an amazing 36-14 reshaped the half time and they went to the break with a 44-50. Gillenwater and Reymonds were great for the visiting site while for the Home boys after the first period where Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) and Veselovs performance was great but with 3 and 4 fouls remain seated in the second period, only Hatcher and Chan stayed armed and tried to do their best but they were alone in this hurricane called Gillenwater.
So with the score being 44-50 and the psychology to the visitors the 3rd period started and the game was a derby as it was a basket by basket game with Frazier and Panagiotis Trisokkas scoring a bit more while Marcus Moore (198-G-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Washington St.) got warmer, the score remain in the same levels and the quarter ended with 65-70. The home team though it was more than obvious that with Marcus Moore in the right mood and Hatcher with Dragicevic and Panagiotis Trisokkas in a very productive night, the 4th quarter would have been a do or die for the players of Coach Panagiotis Yiannaras .
In the 4th quarter with an awesome Marcus Moore and very steady Panagiotis Trisokkas, Hatcher and Frazier the team of Keravnos changed gear and never looked back as the players of Miglineks got by surprise the rhythm that was given by Marcus Moore so with an amazing 22-3 the difference and the mode of the game changed totally and the winner was obvious. In the last few minutes the two teams stopped playing with the same temper so the deficit was obviously cut off for the visitors to just 89-78. Top performer for the home team the amazing Marcus Moore who scored 18 points dashed down 5 rebounds and 5 assists while on a very close distance were Panagiotis Trisokkas who was also the top scorer with 19 points and reminded a lot the good old Panagiotis Trisokkas, and Hatcher with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. On the other hand the American Gillenwater is a great player and a show man, the guy finished his first game in Strovolos with 27 points and 6 rebounds, he will be for sure among the top performers in this mini league of Cyprus. It is worth mentioned that the Strovolos team played without the Finnish shooting guard Samuel Haanpaa due to an injury.
Quarters: 27-14, 44-50, 65-70, 89-78.
Keravnos: Marcus Moore 18, Pilavas 2, Frazier 14, Panagiotis Trisokkas 19, Dragicevic 9, Manatache 1, Hatcher 18, Chan 8
Pizza Express Apollon: Gaitamavicius 5, Robinson 5, Waleskowski 6, Pantouris 7, Graffs 4, Collins 2, Troy Gillenwater (205-F-88, college: N.Mexico St.) 27, Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87, college: Xavier) 16, Lezhava 6




Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. Etha 1-0 
 2. Keravnos 1-0 
 3. Achilleas 0-0 
 4. AEL 0-0 
 5. APOEL 0-0 
 6. ENAD 0-0 
 7. Omonia 0-0 
 8. AEK 0-1 
 9. Apollon 0-1 


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Field's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old forward Richard Field (196-F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for BC Kolin and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Chomutov (#10, 2-5) 105-102. BC Kolin is placed at 5th position in league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. BC Kolin will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. It's Field's second year at BC Kolin and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Mercyhurst College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Field is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 7.6rpg) and averages solid 58.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Stanislav Votroubek (212-C-81) of USK Praha. He is former international center in his first season at USK Praha. In the last game Votroubek recorded impressive 29 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as USK Praha lost that game 81-86 to the higher-ranked BK Prostejov (#2, 6-1). This loss caused USK Praha to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Votroubek is a newcomer at USK Praha and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Derek Wright (175-G-86) of Chomutov (#10). Wright showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the last round. Despite Wright's great performance Chomutov lost 102-105 to the higher-ranked BC Kolin (#5, 5-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Chomutov can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Wright he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Wright has individually a great season in Czech Republic. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (8th best) and assists with 5.6apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stjepan Gavran (206-C-78) of Inter Bratislava - 14 points and 12 rebounds
5. Stanislav Zuzak (206-F/C-80) of BC Kolin - 26 points and 8 rebounds
6. Vojtech Hruban (202-F-89) of USK Praha - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Pavel Houska (201-F-84) of BK Decin - 13 points and 11 rebounds
8. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84) of BK Pardubice - 22 points and 4 assists
9. Jakub Krakovic (205-F-90) of Chomutov - 19 points
10. Jamar Smith (191-G-87) of BK Prostejov - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 7-0 
 2. Bakken 6-1 
 3. Horsholm 5-2 
 4. Naestved 4-3 
 5. Aabyhoj 3-3 
 6. Horsens IC 2-4 
 7. Falcon 2-5 
 8. SISU 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. Haderslev 2-2 
 7. Glostrup 2-3 
 8. Virum 2-3 
 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. Kingsley, Svendborg25.5 
 4. Bishop, Aalborg24.0 
 5. Rutherford, SISU23.6 
 6. Henry, Naestved21.3 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj20.4 
 8. Rasmussen, Vaerl.18.8 
 9. Glynn, Naestved18.6 
 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, Naestved9.6 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj9.4 
 6. Harris, Horsens IC9.3 
 7. Phillips, Aabyhoj9.2 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.8.0 
 9. Colas, Horsholm8.0 
 10. Kingsley, Svendbo.7.7 
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. White, Aalborg4.1 
 6. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 7. Colman, Svendborg4.0 
 8. Nielsen, SISU3.7 
 9. Dennis, SISU3.6 
 10. Iversen, Bakken3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Henry, Naestved4.6 
 2. White, Aalborg3.4 
 3. Dennis, SISU2.4 
 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. Benjamin, Horsholm1.9 
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. Gray, Bakken1.0 
 8. Colas, Horsholm1.0 
 9. Jukic, Horsholm0.9 
 10. Phillips, Aabyhoj0.8 


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Dominican Seleccion & Puerto Rico Split the Series - by Peedu Goldenbeck
Puerto Rico splits series against the Dominican Republic:

The Puerto Rican national team came to the Dominican Republic for their second set of warm-up games and came out with a 1-1 record.

In La Vega, Puerto Rico defeated the Dominican Republic 78-73 as they won the final quarter 26-13. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) led the rally in the final quarter and ended with 27 points. In the loss Juan Coronado (196-G-83) (196-G-83) had 16.

Then in La Haina the Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico 102-90 in overtime. Coronado was the hero for the Dominican team by making three free throws with four seconds left to tie it at 81. Then the Dominicans scored 21 points in overtime to win it.

Alexis Cristian Montas (202-F/C-79) had 21 points, Kelvin Pena (193-G-80, college: Southeastern CC) 17, Juan Coronado 14, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) and Elys Manuel Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) 11 each for the winners.

In the loss Filiberto Rivera had 27 points and Jose Juan Barea 24.

Both national teams will travel to Mexico on Saturday as the men's tournament in the Pan-American Games start on October 26.



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  ESTONIA   


KML round 4 best performance: Kaspars Cipruss - by Eurobasket News
Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Tarvas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds, while his team edged out Rapla (#7, 1-3) 67-63. Tarvas is placed at 3rd position in Estonian KML. Tarvas is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-2 record. Cipruss turned to be Tarvas' top player in his first season with the team. Kaspars Cipruss has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.5ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 11.5rpg) and averages impressive 73.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young former international forward Erik Keedus (194-F-90) of TTU/Kalev. Keedus had a very good evening with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead TTU/Kalev to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Parnu (#6, 1-2) 89-65. This victory allowed TTU/Kalev to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Keedus is well-known at TTU/Kalev and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international swingman Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) of Valga/CKE (#8). Vares scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Valga/CKE, leading his team to a 71-69 win against the higher-ranked TTU/Kalev (#4, 2-3). Valga/CKE can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-3 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Vares he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Vares has a very solid season. In 4 games in Estonia he scored 7.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rait-Riivo Laane (180-PG-93) of Rapla - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Kiur Akenparg (190-F-88) of TTU/Kalev - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Raido Ringmets (206-C/F-83) of Rapla - 8 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU/Kalev - 14 points and 10 rebounds
8. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) of Kalev/Cramo - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Marko Riis (188-G-85) of Kalev/Cramo - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Rannar Raap (188-G/F-92) of Parnu - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  FINLAND   


1.DIVISION: Shawn Henderson helped his team - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, round 4: Both Shawn Henderson (190-G-88, college: Idaho) and Lance Storrs (195-G-89, college: Georgia Tech) arrived to Finland a few days ago, both played their first games tonight and both scored 24 points in their open contests. Henderson helped Tarmo (Porvoo) to win at Saynatsalo by six pts 90-96 (38-42), but BC Jyvaskyla didn't win with American Storrs as Honka, Tapiola stayed undefeated with 81-72 (43-37) figures. FoKoPo (Forssa) is still undefeated on the top, when defeating Korikobrat (Lapua) 99-85 (45-38). Also BC Nokia is still rolling. Now Torpan Pojat Academy was in troubles: 114-57 (62-25). Huima (Aanekoski) lost at home vs Pyrinto II (Tampere) 72-87 (27-39).
SayRi - Tarmo 90-96 (38-42). (Bilal Abdullah 28, Kenneth Cooper 23/20, Sami Mantymaa 13 - Shawn Henderson 24/7r/7a/4s, Esa Maki-Tulokas 14, Tyrwone Still 14/5s).
YMCA Oulu - Ura Basket 100-83 (52-42). (Josh Nofflet 26, Lloyd Phillips 23/9a, Brian Moultrie 19/20 - Eze Andrews 29, Lionel Green 23/10, Niilo Lehtila 14).
Honka, Tapiola - BC Jyvaskyla 81-72 (43-37). (Anselmi Vanjoki 22/9, Villematti Kopio 16, Anton Obadasi 15 - Lanse Storrs 24/9, Mika Manninen 10, Jarno Nissinen 9/9).
FoKoPo - Lapua 99-85 (45-38). (Sami Ikavalko 25/7a, HL Coleman 23/10, Baboucarr Bojang 20/15 - Eric Williams 24/8, Walter Baxley 24, Casey Reed 19/8).
BC Nokia - ToPo II 114-57 (62-25). (Shawn Hopkins 28, Darren Townes 21, Timo Riihela 19 - Sauli Silvonen 16, Alexis Lavastida Lee 11, Topias Suortti 9).
Huima - Pyrinto II 72-87 (27-39). (Treylon Manning 19/6a, John Britton 18, Tuomas Viertola 16 - Brant Bailey 25/10, Jukka-Pekka Vaananen 19, Joni Harjula 15).




KORISLIIGA: UU-Korihait winning at Salo - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 6: Only one contest tonight. Vilpas (Salo) was 6/31 (19,3%) from behind the arc and lost vs visitor UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) 75-86 (40-42). Quarters: 21-14, 19-28, 16-21, 19-23. Vilpas (2-4) had first time this season G Roope Ahonen (187-PG-90, agency: FCM) back in business. Ahonen scored 14 points in 31 minutes. Emmanuel Holloway (188-G-86, college: Illinois St.) led the hosts with 22 pts. Junior Hairston (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) added 19pts/11rbs. Also John Fields (205-F-88, college: Tennessee) had a double/double 10pts/12rbs. Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) led Korihait (3-4) with 21 points. Petri Heinonen (207-F/C-88) added 14 and Cedric Latimer 13 pts. Cory Johnson (200-F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Valparaiso) grabbed 17 rbs.
Vilpas - UU-Korihait 75-86 (40-42). (Emmanuel Holloway 22, Junior Hairston 19/11, Roope Ahonen 14 - Mikko Jalonen 21, Petri Heinonen 14, Cedric Latimer 13. A: 950).




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  FRANCE   


NM1 Round 5: Roche keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in NM1, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Roche as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Roche smashed 6th ranked Saint-Quentin at home 81-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Saint-Quentin. The game without a history. Roche led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Saint-Quentin to just 0 points in third quarter. Roche made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Saint-Quentin turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) who scored 17 points and 6 assists. Naturalized American forward Sebastien Hermenier (198-82, college: Binghamton) chipped in 8 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Kevin Bichard (192-86) produced 24 points for the guests. Undefeated Roche (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Saint-Quentin at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Saint-Quentin will play next round against CFBB trying to get back on the winning streak. Roche will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Blois on the road.
Undefeated Charleville-Mezieres (4-1) recorded its first loss on the court of tenth ranked Chartres. Visitors were edged by Chartres 93-92. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Charleville-Mezieres. Bosnian guard Milan Vasic (195-77) saved the victory by scoring 30 points. Zeljko Bojovic contributed with 20 points for the winners. Chartres' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Fabien Calvez (187-84, college: Evansville) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists for Charleville-Mezieres. Chartres (3-2) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. They share it with Cognac and Souffel. Chartres will play against Sorgues (#7) on the road in the next round. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Etendard de Brest (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Blois (3-2) against ninth ranked Vendee Challans (3-2) on Saturday night. Visiting Blois was defeated by Vendee Challans in a tough game in Challans 74-80. Josh Almanson stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Vendee Challans' coach Olivier Le Minor used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jonathan Tornato responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Vendee Challans moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Blois. Vendee Challans will meet Orchesien BC (#8) in the next round. Blois will play against the league's leader Roche and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 74-68 loss to thirteenth ranked Stade Clermont (2-3) in Paris. Mahmoud Diakite nailed 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Stade Clermont moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. CFBB lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. Stade Clermont's next round opponent will be Lievin Basket (#13) on the road. CFBB will play against Saint-Quentin (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Montbrison (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 96-69 loss to fourteenth ranked Etendard de Brest (2-3) in Brest on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Vaidotas Pridotkas who scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Etendard de Brest's coach Freddy Masse felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Etendard de Brest moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Montbrison lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with five games lost. Etendard de Brest will face higher ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montbrison will play against the league's second-placed Souffelweyersheim (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.

Other games of round 5 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Orchy defeated Rueil in Orchies 72-56. Souffel beat Angers BC 49 at home 68-56. Cognac won against Le Puy on the opponent's court 84-76. Sorgues outscored Lievin in a home game 91-69.
The best stats of 5th round was 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by Jahsha Bluntt of Orchy.



Roche - St Quentin 81-58

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Roche as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Roche smashed 6th ranked Saint-Quentin at home 81-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Saint-Quentin. The game without a history. Roche led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Saint-Quentin to just 0 points in third quarter. Roche made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Saint-Quentin turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) who scored 17 points and 6 assists. Naturalized American forward Sebastien Hermenier (198-82, college: Binghamton) chipped in 8 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Roche players scored in double figures. Forward Kevin Bichard (192-86) produced 24 points and forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) added 9 points respectively for the guests. Roche (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Saint-Quentin at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Saint-Quentin will play next round against CFBB trying to get back on the winning streak. Roche will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Blois on the road.
Top scorers:
Roche: B.Thomas 17+1reb+6ast, R.Pegon 16+5reb+1ast, M.Diallo 14+3reb+3ast, J.Bestron 12+5reb, S.Hermenier 8+9reb+6ast, L.Simmons 8+3reb+1ast
St Quentin: K.Bichard 24+2reb+1ast, J.Lesieu 9+4reb, K.Howell 7+3reb, A.Rambur 6+1reb+2ast, G.Sylvain 4+4reb, R.N'Kembe 3+2reb
gschID: 146953


Rueil - Orchy 56-72

There was no surprise when 16th ranked Rueil (1-4) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Orchesien BC (3-2) 72-56 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Orchesien BC. Rueil was better in fourth quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St., agency: David Lee services) who scored 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Swingman David Cilly (196-81) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Moroccan forward Karim Gourari (195-84) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and guard Gilles Duro (190-88) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Rueil's coach Julien Hervy tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Orchesien BC moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Rueil lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifteenth position with four games lost. Orchesien BC will face Vendee Challans (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rueil will play against Cognac (#4).
Top scorers:
Orchy: J.Bluntt 23+8reb+4ast, D.Petrovic 12+5reb, D.Cilly 10+7reb+2ast, O.Gouez 9+4reb+1ast, R.Malet 8+3reb, A.Gacko 5+3reb
Rueil: G.Duro 12+3reb+5ast, K.Gourari 12+10reb+3ast, M.Diame 8+5reb, T.Chevigny 7+2ast, S.Cabarkapa 6+4reb, G.Mdivani 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 146954


Souffel - Angers BC 49 68-56

No shocking result in a game in Souffel. where fourth ranked Souffelweyersheim (4-1) defeated 15th ranked Angers BC 49 (1-4) 68-56 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Souffelweyersheim. Angers BC 49 was better in fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Angers BC 49 to just 7 points in first quarter. Souffelweyersheim dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Angers BC 49's 30. They outrebounded Angers BC 49 40-28 including 25 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. Senegalese power forward Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-84, college: USC) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds. Souffelweyersheim's coach Stephane Eberlin used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward SyPir Traore (204-85) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and guard Olivier Sulpice (192-77) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. The victory was the third consecutive win for Souffelweyersheim. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Cognac and Charleville. Loser Angers BC 49 keeps the fifteenth position with four games lost. Souffelweyersheim will face bottom-ranked Montbrison (#18) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Angers BC 49 will play against Le Puy ASMB in Le Puy en Velay.
Top scorers:
Souffel: J.Alingue 25+13reb+2ast, A.N'Diaye 14+17reb+3ast, J.Tschamber 7+2reb+1ast, J.Bach 6+1reb+3ast, J.Begarin 6+2reb+1ast, F.Broliron 3+2reb+2ast
Angers BC 49: S.Traore 15+9reb, O.Sulpice 11+5reb, M.Chupin 9+6reb, T.Lonzieme 7+2reb+2ast, P.Drouault 5+1reb+2ast, E.De Casabianca 4
gschID: 146955


CFBB - Clermont 68-74

Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 74-68 loss to thirteenth ranked Stade Clermont (2-3) in Paris. It looked good early as CFBB took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Stade Clermont had a 22-11 second period charge getting the lead and CFBB was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-74. Naturalized Mali swingman Mahmoud Diakite (197-86, college: Wyoming) nailed 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and American forward Jonathan McClark (200-77, college: Rider) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-94) came up with 13 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Yannis Morin (206-93) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for CFBB in the defeat. Four CFBB players scored in double figures. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Stade Clermont moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. CFBB lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. Stade Clermont's next round opponent will be Lievin Basket (#13) on the road. CFBB will play against Saint-Quentin (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Clermont: M.Diakite 23+8reb+1ast, J.McClark 15+9reb, X.Delarue 9+4reb, J.Cortey 9+3reb+2ast, S.Naydenov 6+1reb+2ast, B.Matanga 5+4reb+3ast
CFBB: D.Inglis 15+3reb+1ast, Y.Morin 14+6reb+1ast, M.Jaiteh 13+8reb+2ast, A.Racine 13+4reb+2ast, C.Pontens 6+2reb+1ast, J.Basileu 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 146956


Brest - Montbrison 96-69

Bottom-ranked Montbrison (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 96-69 loss to fourteenth ranked Etendard de Brest (2-3) in Brest on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Etendard de Brest. Montbrison was better in fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Etendard de Brest forced 19 Montbrison turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Montbrison was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) who scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Zaka Alao (187-81) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. Five Etendard de Brest players scored in double figures. Etendard de Brest's coach Freddy Masse felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward James St Robert (203-86, college: Dowling) produced 25 points and 8 rebounds and forward Regis Aubry (199-82) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Etendard de Brest moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Montbrison lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with five games lost. Etendard de Brest will face higher ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montbrison will play against the league's second-placed Souffelweyersheim (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Brest: V.Pridotkas 19+8reb+6ast, J.Doreau 17+3reb+1ast, A.Liorel 16+1reb+1ast, Z.Alao 14+4reb+4ast, R.Lopez 12+6reb+2ast, J.Rathieuville 7+3reb+6ast
Montbrison: J.St Robert 25+8reb, R.Aubry 19+8reb+3ast, K.Mondesir 7+1ast, L.Biela 7+8reb+1ast, C.Pegon 4+2reb, B.Tillon 3+2reb+9ast
gschID: 146950


Challans - Blois 80-74

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Blois (3-2) against ninth ranked Vendee Challans (3-2) on Saturday night. Visiting Blois was defeated by Vendee Challans in a tough game in Challans 74-80. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-74. Vendee Challans made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Blois turnovers. American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and power forward Mathieu Boutry (201-78) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Vendee Challans' coach Olivier Le Minor used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Jonathan Tornato (210-89) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Mali forward Tahirou Sani (204-85) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Five Vendee Challans and four Blois players scored in double figures. Vendee Challans moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Blois. Vendee Challans will meet Orchesien BC (#8) in the next round. Blois will play against the league's leader Roche and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Challans: J.Almanson 23+6reb, M.Boutry 17+8reb+1ast, F.Herard 14+3reb+2ast, S.Cherasse 12+4reb+2ast, R.Boissie 10+3reb+4ast, N.Gouacide 4+2reb
Blois: T.Sani 18+6reb, J.Horton 17+2reb+1ast, J.Tornato 17+6reb+2ast, P.Brochard 11+2reb+7ast, V.Kaunisto 8+8reb+3ast, G.Staelens 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 146951


Le Puy - Cognac 76-84

Very expected game in Le Puy en Velay where 12th ranked Le Puy ASMB (2-3) was defeated by fifth ranked Cognac (4-1) 84-76 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Le Puy ASMB won third quarter 29-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cognac forced 21 Le Puy ASMB turnovers. The best player for the winners was American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Congolese forward Jean-Felix Moupegnou (201-82, college: Alabama) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Cognac's coach Philippe Maucourant used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Central African forward Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-83, college: George Washington) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Yohann Jacques (204-90) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cognac moved-up to second place, which they share with Charleville and Souffel. Loser Le Puy ASMB dropped to the eleventh position with three games lost. Cognac will face Rueil (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Le Puy ASMB will play against Angers BC 49 (#15).
Top scorers:
Cognac: I.Caskill 18+8reb+1ast, M.Bigote 16+2reb+1ast, J.Moupegnou 13+7reb+2ast, C.Bertorelle 12+2reb, M.Buval 10+2reb, I.Saounera 8+4reb+2ast
Le Puy: Y.Jacques 18+5reb+1ast, S.Borval 16+4reb+1ast, F.Bornerand 12+3reb+2ast, R.Koundjia-Sindo 11+10reb+6ast, M.Gotagni 9+6reb+1ast, Y.Smail 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 146952


Sorgues - Lievin 91-69

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Sorgues and 10th ranked Lievin Basket had identical 2-2 record. This time Sorgues used a home court advantage and outscored the opponent from Lievin 91-69 on Saturday night. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Lievin Basket was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) who scored 26 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Arnaud Thinon (178-87) chipped in 22 points. Guard Jerome Dessart (184-84) produced 13 points and guard Vincent Lehut (186-87) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Sorgues (3-2) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Lievin Basket dropped to the eleventh position with three games lost. Sorgues will face Chartres (#6) in the next round. Lievin Basket will play against Stade Clermont (#14).
Top scorers:
Sorgues: S.Ocokoljic 26+9reb+1ast, A.Thinon 22+3reb+2ast, D.Griffin 13+6reb+1ast, C.Dos Santos 8+2reb+2ast, V.Ateba 7+2ast, Y.Bassine 7+5reb+5ast
Lievin: J.Dessart 13+3reb+2ast, S.Cretaux 12+2reb+2ast, V.Lehut 11+3reb+3ast, A.Pierre-Joseph 9+5reb+1ast, M.Hachi 8+4reb, V.Mendy 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 146948


Chartres - Charleville 93-92

Undefeated Charleville-Mezieres (4-1) recorded its first loss on the court of tenth ranked Chartres. Visitors were edged by Chartres 93-92. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Charleville-Mezieres. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Chartres players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. Bosnian guard Milan Vasic (195-77) saved the victory by scoring 30 points. Serbian forward Zeljko Bojovic (200-81, agency: 011 Sports) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Chartres' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Fabien Calvez (187-84, college: Evansville) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists and guard Damien Pistre (190-83) added 15 points in the effort for Charleville-Mezieres. Five Charleville-Mezieres players scored in double figures. Chartres (3-2) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. They share it with Cognac and Souffel. Chartres will play against Sorgues (#7) on the road in the next round. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Etendard de Brest (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Chartres: M.Vasic 30+2reb+2ast, Z.Bojovic 20+4reb+2ast, L.Avramovic 9+3reb+2ast, G.Merie 9+6reb+9ast, H.Jalce 8+3reb+1ast, M.Ipouck 7+3reb+2ast
Charleville: F.Bourdillon 15+1ast, D.Pistre 15+4reb+2ast, C.Guillarme 14+1reb, C.Belser 14+5reb, T.Toney 14+5reb+2ast, F.Calvez 13+2reb+10ast
gschID: 146949




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


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Arnaud THINON
  Sorgues
  (178-G-87)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Thinon, Sorgues19.3 
 2. Thomas, Roche19.0 
 3. Horton, Blois19.0 
 4. St Robert, Montb.17.6 
 5. Herard, Challans17.6 
 6. Pridotkas, Brest17.4 
 7. Bigote, Cognac17.4 
 8. Racine, CFBB17.3 
 9. Almanson, Challans16.8 
 10. Bluntt, Orchy16.8 
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, Brest8.8 
 6. St Robert, Montb.7.8 
 7. Diame, Rueil7.6 
 8. Williams, St Quent.7.4 
 9. Aubry, Montbrison7.3 
 10. Mendy, Lievin7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Calvez, Charleville6.8 
 2. Barbry, Orchy5.8 
 3. Brochard, Blois5.8 
 4. Dessart, Lievin5.5 
 5. Geay, Challans5.0 
 6. Rathieuville, Brest4.6 
 7. Cortey, Clermont4.5 
 8. Godin, Cognac4.4 
 9. Ball, St Quentin4.4 
 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. Calvez, Charleville2.2 
 5. Bateko, Roche2.0 
 6. Hermenier, Roche2.0 
 7. Gourari, Rueil2.0 
 8. Brochard, Blois2.0 
 9. Moupegnou, Cognac2.0 
 10. Bluntt, Orchy2.0 
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. Ipouck, Chartres1.2 
 6. N''Diaye, Souffel1.2 
 7. Borval, Le Puy1.2 
 8. Pasut, Sorgues1.0 
 9. Kaunisto, Blois1.0 
 10. Lopez, Brest1.0 


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  GEORGIA   


Superleague Round 2: Four teams with 2-0 record on top - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Superleague.

Armia - Dinamo Tbilisi 90-53

Armia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Dinamo Tbilisi's 24. They outrebounded Dinamo Tbilisi 45-24 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Armia players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Dinamo Tbilisi's players. Swedish power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. Puerto Rican guard Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami, FL) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Duda Sanadze (196-92) replied with 19 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and point guard Ioseb Lezhava (185-91) added 12 points in the effort for Dinamo Tbilisi. 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:
Armia: J.Kjellbom 16+8reb, G.Diaz 14+9reb+1ast, W.Thomas 14+3reb+2ast, Z.Babiashvili 8+5reb+2ast, J.Richardson 7+1reb+3ast, I.Sakvarelidze 7+4reb+2ast
Dinamo Tbilisi: D.Sanadze 19+2reb+1ast, I.Lezhava 12+1reb+1ast, G.Bakradze 5+1reb+1ast, I.Keidia 5+7reb+1ast, L.Sukhishvili 4+3reb, G.Jangveladze 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 153094


MIA Tbilisi - STU Tbilisi 94-88

The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-18. But STU won third quarter 26-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MIA made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MIA made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was American guard Robo Kreps (182-88, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: N.E.T.) who scored 27 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Beka Tsivtsivadze (190-89) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Forward Tato Chachibaia (201-90) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and forward Zurab Machaladze (198-92) added 7 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.

Top scorers:
MIA Tbilisi: R.Kreps 27+7reb+2ast, B.Tsivtsivadze 17+2reb+4ast, N.Tenieshvili 13+8reb, A.Dvalishvili 11+5reb, L.Lapanashvili 9+1reb+3ast, D.Imnadze 8+6reb+2ast
STU Tbilisi: T.Chachibaia 19+7reb+2ast, G.Khaniashvili 18+1ast, V.Beruashvili 17+5reb, I.Kobidze 11+4reb+2ast, A.Dzidziguri 7+5reb+2ast, Z.Machaladze 7+14reb+6ast


gschID: 153095


Rustavi - Kutaisi 61-98

Kutaisi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Energy Invest's 32. Kutaisi forced 21 Energy Invest turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 36 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Energy Invest's players. 27 personal fouls committed by Energy Invest helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Russian guard Teymuraz Babunashvili (185-90) notched 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) supported him with 20 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Kutaisi's coach Malkhaz Kokhreidze felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Even 23 points and 9 rebounds by guard Luka Khmelidze (195-92) did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. Forward Gela Kopaliani (193-90) added 7 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts.


Kutaisi: R.Matiashvili 20+4reb+4ast, T.Babunashvili 17+8reb+5ast, G.Barbakadze 16+5reb+1ast, A.Lominashvili 8+6reb, R.Didia 7+4reb+6ast, L.Tsekvava 6+2reb+8ast
Rustavi: L.Khmelidze 23+9reb+1ast, Z.Machavariani 9+2reb, G.Kopaliani 7+6reb, R.Chachanidze 7+2reb+1ast, D.Artsividze 6+3reb+3ast, D.Gugava 5+7reb


gschID: 153091


Batumi - TSU Tbilisi 68-77

TSU managed to secure a 9-point victory 77-68 on Friday. Batumi was trailing by 12 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 21-5 charge of TSU, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Batumi to just 5 points in fourth quarter. TSU dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Batumi's 24. Forward Mikheil Panchulidze (192-83) scored 24 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Tornike Niniashvili (205-82) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. TSU's coach Nugzar Cheishvili used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Irakli Mikeladze (179-94) scored 20 points and 5 assists. TSU keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams.


Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: M.Panchulidze 24+3reb+4ast, T.Niniashvili 14+6reb+2ast, G.Markoishvili 8+7reb+1ast, D.Berishvili 6+2reb+2ast, Z.Korkotadze 6+4reb+1ast, S.Shermadini 6+10reb
Batumi: I.Mikeladze 20+5ast, L.Keshelava 20+12reb, A.Eliashvili 6+5reb+3ast, L.Eliadze 6+1reb, M.Bolkvadze 6+6reb, N.Ramishvili 5+5reb+2ast


gschID: 153092


Sokhumi - Samedicino 88-70

Samedicino-Academia was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 51-31 second half run of Sokhumi. They also forced 19 Samedicino-Academia turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Samedicino-Academia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International guard Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and international guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) supported him with 31 points and 4 assists. Even 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) by center Beka Bekauri (207-91) did not help to save the game for Samedicino-Academia. Guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) added 16 points and 5 assists for the guests. Samedicino-Academia's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: L.Parghalava 31+4reb+4ast, L.Patsatsia 26+11reb+6ast, I.Chlaidze 9+2reb+1ast, S.Atuashvili 9+5reb, B.Gay 6+11reb+3ast, V.Kadaria 5+3reb+1ast
Samedicino: B.Bekauri 21+8reb+2ast, B.Chikviladze 16+3reb+5ast, N.Ilic 14+8reb+2ast, G.Pirvelashvili 6+1reb+1ast, M.Chochua 5+2reb+2ast, K.Tomaradze 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 153093




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  GERMANY   


Poole's double-double lands him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old center Blake Poole (195-C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) put on an amazing game in the last round for Dorsten and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Hannover (#3, 4-1) 90-83. Dorsten is placed at 4th position in ProB. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Dorsten will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. Poole turned to be Dorsten's top player in his first season with the team. St.Martin's College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Poole leads league in rebounds with 14.3rpg. Poole is in league's top in and averages solid 2.7spg and 67.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was A.J. Rudowitz (198-F-88) of Vechta. He is American forward in his first season at Vechta. In the last game Rudowitz recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Vechta was edged in overtime by the lower-ranked Wolfenbuettel (#10, 3-4) 116-114. This loss caused Vechta to drop to 6th position in North. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Rudowitz is a newcomer at Vechta and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Anthony Pettaway (203-C-87) of Rist Wedel (#9). Pettaway scored 26 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Rist Wedel, leading his team to a 99-86 easy win against Bernau (#13, 0-7). The chances of Rist Wedel ranking at the top of North, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Pettaway could help Rist Wedel to bring them higher in the standings. Pettaway has a great season in Germany. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.6rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kellen Williams (194-F-84) of Stahnsdorf - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Demetrius Jemison (203-F) of Fraport SKY II - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Augie Johnston (185-G-86) of Rist Wedel - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ralph Schirmer (203-F/C-86) of Leipzig - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Marcus Monk (198-G/F-86) of Gotha - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jason Jamerson (188-G-86) of Noerdlingen - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Marco Voeller (201-F-89) of Langen - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists

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


1.Bundesliga Round 5: Telekom Baskets defeat EWE Baskets in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
After 5 rounds played we can already see who rules in the 1.Bundesliga and who belongs to weaker ones. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most exciting game of round 5 in the 1.Bundesliga took place in Bonn. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked EWE Baskets (2-3) to leader Telekom Baskets (5-0) 81-79 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 21-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 15 assists for the winners and center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) responded with 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Undefeated Telekom Baskets have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. EWE Baskets lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with three games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Telekom Baskets are looking forward to face s Oliver Baskets (#8) in Wuerzburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. EWE Baskets will play at home against Bayern Muenchen and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
BBC Bayreuth has registered their first victory this season after four consecutive loses. The win is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (3-2) 64-58. Nigerian-American forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) nailed 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Osvaldo Jeanty accounted for 14 points. BBC Bayreuth's coach Marco van den Berg allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Interperformances) came up with 18 points for EnBW Ludwigsburg in the defeat. BBC Bayreuth (1-4) left bottom position moving up to fifteenth place, which they share with LTi 46ers and Goettingen. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. BBC Bayreuth will play against higher ranked TBB Trier (#12) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#10) in Braunschweig and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Walter Tigers (0-5) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to fourteenth ranked ALBA Berlin (2-2) 76-56 on Sunday evening. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Bryce Taylor who scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. ALBA Berlin's coach Gordon Herbert used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vaughn Duggins produced 18 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. ALBA Berlin moved-up to ninth place. Walter Tigers lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. ALBA Berlin will meet Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#13) in the next round. Walter Tigers will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#4) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Walter Tigers (0-5) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to ninth ranked Artland Dragons (3-2) 108-103. The game was dominated by American players. David Holston orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 assists. Artland Dragons moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Walter Tigers lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. Artland Dragons' next round opponent will be Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#7) at home. Walter Tigers will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#4) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Bremerhaven. Eighth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (3-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 15th ranked LTi 46ers (1-4) 82-79 on Sunday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Anthony Smith stepped up and scored 27 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's coach Douglas Spradley used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser LTi 46ers keep the fifteenth position with four games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will face Artland Dragons (#5) in Quakenbrueck in the next round. LTi 46ers will play at home against BG Goettingen (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 5: Phoenix Hagen was destroyed by B.Muenchen on the opponent's court 100-81. Goettingen unfortunately lost to TBB Trier in a home game 60-71. s.Oliver Baskets recorded a loss to Art.Dragons on the road 74-87. Ratiopharm defeated Fraport SKY on its own court 81-75. NY Phantoms lost to undefeated Brose Baskets in Bamberg 57-95. Bremerhaven won against Goettingen at home 77-63.


B.Muenchen - Phoenix Hagen 100-81

Very expected game when 12th ranked Phoenix Hagen (2-3) was crushed on the road by third ranked Bayern Muenchen (4-1) 100-81 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Bayern Muenchen. Phoenix Hagen was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayern Muenchen dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Phoenix Hagen's 32 and made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. American guard Je'Kel Foster (191-83, college: Ohio St., agency: Lanshire Group) stepped up and scored 23 points and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: ACMT) chipped in 23 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Five Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. American forward Jordan Hasquet (206-85, college: Montana, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with 38 points (!!!) and Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Jonusas (200-82) scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Bayern Muenchen. Newly promoted Bayern Muenchen maintains third place with 4-1 record behind leader Telekom Baskets, which they share with Ratiopharm. Loser Phoenix Hagen dropped to the tenth position with three games lost. Bayern Muenchen will face EWE Baskets (#11) in Oldenburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Phoenix Hagen will play at home against the league's second-placed Brose Baskets in Bamberg.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: C.Troutman 23+3reb+3ast, J.Foster 23+3reb+4ast, R.Benzing 16+4reb, S.Hamann 13+3reb+3ast, J.Jagla 12+7reb, B.Hansbrough 5+2ast
Phoenix Hagen: J.Hasquet 38+2reb, M.Antonio Carter 11+5reb, Z.Jonusas 11+6reb+4ast, B.Brooks 7+2reb+1ast, T.Blackwood 7+3reb+3ast, E.Seward 5+5reb
gschID: 130854


Goettingen - TBB Trier 60-71

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixteenth ranked TBB Trier and 14th ranked BG Goettingen had identical 1-3 record. But BG Goettingen was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Trier 71-60 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by TBB Trier. BG Goettingen was better in third quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BG Goettingen to just 7 points in first quarter. TBB Trier had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and the former international center Maik Zirbes (205-90) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Four TBB Trier players scored in double figures. American power forward Raymond Sykes (206-86, college: Clemson) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Louis Dale (180-88, college: Cornell) scored 13 points and 5 assists. BG Goettingen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TBB Trier (2-3) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 4 other teams. BG Goettingen lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifteenth position with four games lost. TBB Trier will face BBC Bayreuth (#15) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BG Goettingen will play against LTi 46ers in Giessen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TBB Trier: P.Zwiener 17+10reb+2ast, M.Zirbes 16+5reb+1ast, E.Gallup 15+4reb+1ast, D.Dojcin 11+5reb+2ast, D.Joyce 7+2reb+5ast, J.Bynum 3+6reb+4ast
Goettingen: R.Sykes 19+11reb+1ast, L.Dale 13+1reb+5ast, P.Horne 7+3reb, D.Saunders 6+7reb+1ast, K.Bailey 6+2reb, K.Ahelegbe 4+1ast
gschID: 130852


Bayreuth - EnBW L'burg 64-58

BBC Bayreuth has registered their first victory this season after four consecutive loses. The win is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (3-2) 64-58. EnBW Ludwigsburg was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. BBC Bayreuth dominated on the defensive end, holding EnBW Ludwigsburg to just 5 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded EnBW Ludwigsburg 38-25 including 30 on the defensive glass. Nigerian-American forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) nailed 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Canadian-Haitian guard Osvaldo Jeanty (183-84, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 14 points. BBC Bayreuth's coach Marco van den Berg allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Interperformances) came up with 18 points and the former international power forward Johannes Lischka (203-87) added 10 points respectively for EnBW Ludwigsburg in the defeat. BBC Bayreuth (1-4) left bottom position moving up to fifteenth place, which they share with LTi 46ers and Goettingen. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. BBC Bayreuth will play against higher ranked TBB Trier (#12) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#10) in Braunschweig and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: O.Jeanty 14+3reb+1ast, E.Ibekwe 13+8reb+1ast, G.Danny 10+2reb+4ast, C.Stokes 8, T.Smith 7+7reb+1ast, B.Wyrick 7+8reb+1ast
EnBW L'burg: A.Harris 18+2reb, J.Lischka 10+4reb+1ast, J.Green 9+2reb+2ast, J.Bowler 8+5reb, K.Looby 5+4reb+1ast, M.Dorris 5+5reb+4ast
gschID: 130853


Art.Dragons - s.Oliver Baskets 87-74

There was a minor upset in Quakenbrueck where 6th ranked s Oliver Baskets (3-2) were defeated by ninth ranked Artland Dragons (3-2) 87-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-74. Artland Dragons made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Swingman Adam Hess (201-81, college: William & Mary) stepped up and scored 28 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St.) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Guard Ben Jacobson (188-83, college: N.Iowa) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Artland Dragons moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated s Oliver Baskets. Artland Dragons will face Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#7) at home in the next round. s Oliver Baskets will play against the league's leader Telekom Baskets in Bonn.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: A.Hess 28+7reb+2ast, D.Holston 19+2reb+4ast, N.Peavy 17+6reb+2ast, D.Fenn 9+9reb+3ast, J.Strasser 6+4reb+6ast, A.King 6+1reb+1ast
s.Oliver Baskets: B.Jacobson 21+5reb+6ast, C.Kramer 15+5reb+2ast, I.Elliott 11+3reb, J.Boone 9+5reb, A.King 8+3reb, R.Harris 4+1reb
gschID: 130849


Telekom Baskets - EWE Baskets 81-79

The most exciting game of round 5 in the 1.Bundesliga took place in Bonn. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked EWE Baskets (2-3) to leader Telekom Baskets (5-0) 81-79 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 21-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 15 assists for the winners and center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds. Five Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) responded with 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: Cal.St. Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) scored 9 points and 5 assists. Telekom Baskets have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. EWE Baskets lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with three games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Telekom Baskets are looking forward to face s Oliver Baskets (#8) in Wuerzburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. EWE Baskets will play at home against Bayern Muenchen and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: T.Gaffney 18+2reb+1ast, C.Ensminger 16+12reb+2ast, J.Jordan 14+5reb+15ast, B.Veikalas 13+3reb+1ast, S.Serapinas 12+3reb, A.Mangold 6
EWE Baskets: K.Hasbrouck 20+4reb+1ast, B.Brown 9+3reb+5ast, M.Majstorovic 9+2reb+1ast, R.Burrell 8+2ast, R.Paulding 8+3reb+3ast, R.Smeulders 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 130850


Ratiopharm - Fraport SKY 81-75

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked ratiopharm Ulm (4-1) beat at home 11th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (2-3) 81-75 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-13. But Deutsche Bank Skyliners won second period 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ratiopharm Ulm made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for ratiopharm Ulm especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Five ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Thorsten Leibenath used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Justin Gray (188-84, college: Wake Forest) responded with 14 points and 7 assists and forward Jon Leuer (208-89, college: Wisconsin, agency: Priority Sports) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. ratiopharm Ulm moved-up to third place, which they share with B.Muenchen. Loser Deutsche Bank Skyliners dropped to the tenth position with three games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will face bottom-ranked Walter Tigers (#18) in Tuebingen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play at home against ALBA Berlin (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: I.Swann 20+2reb+3ast, S.Esterkamp 14+5reb+1ast, P.Guenther 14+2reb+1ast, D.Watts 10+4reb+4ast, J.Bryant 10+9reb+2ast, K.Nankivil 8+3reb
Fraport SKY: J.Gray 14+2reb+7ast, J.Leuer 12+7reb+2ast, J.McKinney 12+2reb, M.Nolte 8+3reb, M.Thompson 8+2reb+2ast, Q.Robertson 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 130851


Brose Baskets - NY Phantoms 95-57

There was no surprise in Bamberg where 9th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (2-3) were outplayed by leader Brose Baskets (4-0) 95-57 on Sunday. The game without a history. Brose Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game. Brose Baskets forced 21 New Yorker Phantoms turnovers and had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brose Baskets made 8 blocks. New Yorker Phantoms were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. International power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) stepped up and scored 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and American guard Brian Roberts (188-85, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. American guard Stephen Dennis (198-87, college: Kutztown) responded with 10 points and the other American import center Kyle Visser (211-85, college: Wake Forest) scored 9 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Brose Baskets. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Loser New Yorker Phantoms dropped to the tenth position with three games lost. Brose Baskets will face Phoenix Hagen (#14) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. New Yorker Phantoms will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#6).
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: T.Pleiss 20+9reb+2ast, A.Gavel 15+3reb+1ast, B.Roberts 13+3reb+5ast, C.Jacobsen 12+2reb+2ast, M.Slaughter 12+3reb+2ast, J.Jenkins 9+2reb+4ast
NY Phantoms: S.Dennis 10+2reb+2ast, K.Visser 9+1reb+1ast, N.Williams 8, R.Melzer 6+3reb+1ast, D.Theis 6+4reb, L.Greer 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 130846


ALBA - Walter Tigers 76-56

Bottom-ranked Walter Tigers (0-5) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to fourteenth ranked ALBA Berlin (2-2) 76-56 on Sunday evening. The game was mostly controlled by ALBA Berlin. Walter Tigers managed to win third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALBA Berlin shot 22 for 30 from the free-throw line, while Walter Tigers only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded Walter Tigers 40-22 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was guard Bryce Taylor (196-86, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points. Five ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. ALBA Berlin's coach Gordon Herbert used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Vaughn Duggins (190-87, college: Wright St., agency: Pro One Sports) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) added 12 points respectively for the guests. ALBA Berlin moved-up to ninth place. Walter Tigers lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. ALBA Berlin will meet Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#13) in the next round. Walter Tigers will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#4) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
ALBA: K.Weaver 14+4reb+3ast, H.Schaffartzik 13+5reb, B.Taylor 13+6reb+4ast, D.Allen 11+7reb+2ast, Y.Idbihi 10+8reb, T.Francis 5+5reb
Walter Tigers: V.Duggins 18+6reb+2ast, R.Redding 12+4reb+3ast, T.Nash 8+2reb, A.Hodzic 5+2reb, V.Radinovic 4+2reb, N.Simon 3
gschID: 130847


Bremerhaven - LTi 46ers 82-79

Important game to mention about took place in Bremerhaven. Eighth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (3-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 15th ranked LTi 46ers (1-4) 82-79 on Sunday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But LTi 46ers won fourth quarter 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Anthony Smith (196-86, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) stepped up and scored 27 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's coach Douglas Spradley used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (211-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and American swingman Maurice Jeffers (194-79, college: St.Louis) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Four LTi 46ers players scored in double figures. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser LTi 46ers keep the fifteenth position with four games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will face Artland Dragons (#5) in Quakenbrueck in the next round. LTi 46ers will play at home against BG Goettingen (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: A.Smith 27+1reb+2ast, T.Everett 14+4reb+4ast, J.Brewer 14+3reb+5ast, Z.Peacock 8+6reb, J.Cain 7+3reb+2ast, T.Martin 4+1reb+1ast
LTi 46ers: E.Ovcina 22+9reb+3ast, B.Stewart 16+1reb+1ast, M.Jeffers 16+4reb+4ast, W.Bernard 13+3reb+5ast, K.Archibong 7+2reb+2ast, M.Nikagbatse 2+3reb
gschID: 130848


Rnd 1
Art.Dragons - Walter Tigers 108-103 OT

Bottom-ranked Walter Tigers (0-5) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to ninth ranked Artland Dragons (3-2) 108-103. It looked good early as Walter Tigers took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Artland Dragons took control and eventually winning the game that evening in overtime by 5 points. They made 31-of-38 charity shots (81.6 percent) during the game, while Walter Tigers only scored fifteen points from the stripe. Artland Dragons players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Walter Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. Guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 assists. Swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. Guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) answered with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Vaughn Duggins (190-87, college: Wright St., agency: Pro One Sports) added 27 points and 4 assists in the effort for Walter Tigers. Artland Dragons moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Walter Tigers lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. Artland Dragons' next round opponent will be Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#7) at home. Walter Tigers will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#4) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: D.Holston 26+4reb+10ast, N.Peavy 21+6reb+1ast, D.Fenn 20+6reb, A.Hilliard 20+4reb+5ast, A.King 11+1reb, G.Gruenheid 5+1reb+1ast
Walter Tigers: V.Duggins 27+3reb+4ast, R.Redding 24+6reb+6ast, L.Campbell 16+6reb+5ast, N.Simon 9+2reb, A.Hodzic 9+1reb, J.Young 8
gschID: 151129


Rnd 3
Bremerhaven - Goettingen 77-63

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (3-2) won against at home 14th ranked BG Goettingen (1-4) 77-63 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-63. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven outrebounded BG Goettingen 40-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. BG Goettingen was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Jason Cain (208-85, college: Virginia) stepped up and scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners and the former international center Christopher McNaughton (211-82, college: Bucknell, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's coach Douglas Spradley used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Raymond Sykes (206-86, college: Clemson) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Paris Horne (191-87, college: St.John's) scored 13 points. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. BG Goettingen lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifteenth position with four games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will face Artland Dragons (#5) in Quakenbrueck in the next round. BG Goettingen will play on the road against LTi 46ers (#17) in Giessen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: J.Cain 15+5reb+5ast, Z.Peacock 15+4reb+1ast, C.McNaughton 14+8reb, T.Everett 10+2reb+4ast, A.Smith 7+4reb+2ast, J.Brewer 6+7reb+6ast
Goettingen: P.Horne 13+3reb+1ast, R.Sykes 12+5reb+1ast, K.Ahelegbe 10+4reb+1ast, M.Weber 8+1reb+2ast, R.Mafra 6+5reb, L.Dale 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 151132




Velimir Radinovic (Walter Tigers Tuebingen)Cutting Down On Mental Errors And Maintaining A Strong Rhythm For A Full 40 Minutes Is Key Against Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Velimir Radinovic (212-C-81, college: Ohio St.) is a 30 year old 212cm center that was born in Canada, but also has the Serbian citizenship as he has Serbian parents and is playing his first season with The Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He played at Ohio State from 2000-2004. He turned professional in 2004 and played for Reflex Beograd (SCG-1A): ULEB Cup: 10 games: 4.4ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 51.7%; Adriatic League: 30 games: 6.0ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 56.0%; 1A League: 14 games: 5.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 0.3apg. In 2005-2006, he played for FMP Zeleznik Beograd (SCG-1A): ULEB Cup: 4 games: 1.0ppg; Adriatic League: 10 games: 2.1ppg, 1.4rpg, in Dec.'05 signed at KK Hemofarm Vrsac (SCG-1A): ULEB Cup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 88.9%; Adriatic League: 14 games: 3.1ppg, 1.8rpg; SCG Superleague: 5 games: 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 0.8apg. In 2006-2007, he played for KK Hemofarm Vrsac (SCG-A): Adriatic League: 26 games: 4.9ppg, 2.6rpg; ULEB Cup: 12 games: 9.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 64.1%, 3FGP: 0%, FT: 66.7%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProA, starting five): 28 games: 5.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 57.3%, FT: 79.6%. In 2008-2009 he played in Greece for Iraklis Thessaloniki (Greece-A2): 29 games: 7.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 87.0%. He played for the Mitteldeutscher BC from 2009-2011. Last season he played 27 games: 6.6ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 52.6%, FT: 68.8%. he spoke to eurobasket before the game against 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin October 23rd.

The Walter Tigers Tebingen had a strong first half scored 26 points in the first quarter and led 48-38 against the Artland Dragons. What did you like most about the play of the team?

A: I thought we were moving the ball well and getting everybody involved early. We were getting shots in rhythm and not forcing anything, and we were active and communicating well on the defensive end.

However the Artland Dragons came out of halftime more awake. What adjustments did the Dragons seem to make and what was giving the Tigers the most problems?

A: Their go-to guys really came alive in the second half, and as you said they seemed to 'wake up' and get the crowd more involved. They capitalized off of our mistakes and knocked down a lot of big shots.

The game seemed as good as won as the Tigers led 93-90, but Darren Fenn hit a three pointer to send the game into OT. Describe the last play?

A: It's never over until it's over. Unfortunately we miscommunicated on defense allowing Darren Fenn to get a good look at the basket, and you have to give him a lot of credit for knocking down a big shot like that to send the game into overtime.

The Artland Dragons won the OT and game 108-103. What was key in the end for the home team to win?

A: Energy and momentum I suppose. I think we got a little down on ourselves after letting a seemingly sure win slip through our fingers, although we never gave up. I think they were able to carry the momentum from the end for the 4th quarter into overtime and that seemed to be the biggest difference.


You have seen many point guards in the Beko BBL, but is David Holston with his 26 points and 10 assists the new Dashaun Wood?

A: Hard to say because we still have Dashaun Wood in the BBL playing for ALBA Berlin. I think we have a 'David Holston' in the league, and he's a different type of player from Dashaun Wood so it's a tough comparison.


The next game is against Alba Berlin. They have started slow and seem vulnerable, but are always strong at home. A very untimely opponent for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen?

A: We can't afford to take anybody for granted in this league, we're not in a position to do so. We have to approach every game the same way, and give a maximum effort every time.

What will be key to winning in Berlin. The Tigers did a strong job taking care of the ball at Artland.

A: But we still ended up with 16 turnovers which is a little bit high, so I think cutting down on mental errors and maintaining a strong rhythm for a full 40 minutes is key against Alba Berlin


You looked in your crystal ball. When do you think will the NBA season start and why?


A: haha, I'm not sure about that. If you look back to the 98-99 lockout, they ended up playing a 50 game season I believe. But I think this situation is different b/c players and owners seem to be divided on so many issues across the board. I think fans of the NBA will be lucky to see a 50-game season.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

A: I think it was probably a 'Family Guy' DVD, where they make fun of the Star Wars movies. Yup, I still watch cartoons.

Thanks Velimir fort he chat.



ProA Round 6: Kirchheim Knights lose the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
After 6 rounds played we can already see who rules in the ProA and who belongs to weaker ones. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

There was a change at the ProA leadership position after last games. Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Kirchheim Knights (4-2). They were defeated by eighth ranked Crailsheim Merlins (4-2) 83-77 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kirchheim Knights. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-12. But Kirchheim Knights won third quarter 23-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crailsheim Merlins made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Kirchheim Knights helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Mark Hill (180-G, college: Cal.St. Northridge) scored 22 points and 8 assists (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Crailsheim Merlins moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Duesseldorf and Kirchheim. Kirchheim Knights will play next round against Ehingen/Urspringschule trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Crailsheim Merlins will try to continue on its current victory against fourteenth ranked BG Karlsruhe on the road.
Bottom-ranked Leitershofen (0-5) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to fourth ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (4-1) 97-75. Power forward Steve Wachalski (203-83) notched 23 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Darius Hargrove supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Mitteldeutscher BC's coach Silvano Poropat felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 18 points by American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-89, college: Missouri So., agency: Warren Sports International) did not help to save the game for Leitershofen. Mitteldeutscher BC keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Webmoebel and Cuxhaven. Newly promoted Leitershofen still closes the standings with five games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against ETB Wohnbau (#13) in Essen in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Leitershofen will play on the road against Science City Jena and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Chemnitz was also quite interesting. Third ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (4-1) played at the court of 7th ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (3-3). Cuxhaven BasCats managed to secure a 9-point victory 83-74 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Jackson Capel who scored 31 points and 5 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was Gary Johnson who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds. BV Chemnitz 99's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cuxhaven BasCats keep a position of league leader, which they share with Webmoebel and MBC. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. They share the position with Jena and Braves. Cuxhaven BasCats will meet at home USC Heidelberg (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. BV Chemnitz 99 will play against Webmoebel Baskets in Paderborn and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Nurnberg where higher ranked Science City Jena (3-3) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked NBC (2-4) 93-86. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Science City Jena. It was a good game for Will Chavis who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 6 assists. NBC moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Ehingen. Science City Jena at the other side dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. NBC's next round opponent will be higher ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (#9) in Homburg and it may be quite challenging game.
11th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (2-4) was outscored at home by sixth ranked Gloria Giants (4-2) with the biggest margin this round 78-56 on Sunday night. Aubrey Reese scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gloria Giants moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Crailsheim and Kirchheim. Newly promoted Ehingen/Urspringschule keeps the eleventh position with four games lost. Gloria Giants will have a break next round. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play on the road against Kirchheim Knights (#5).

In the last two games of round 6 ETB Wohnbau lost to Heidelberg on the opponent's court 75-89. Braves managed to outperform Karlsruhe in a home game 97-82.


Ehingen - Duesseldorf 56-78

11th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (2-4) was outscored at home by sixth ranked Gloria Giants (4-2) with the biggest margin this round 78-56 on Sunday night. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-56. Gloria Giants made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Gloria Giants outrebounded Ehingen/Urspringschule 33-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. Ehingen/Urspringschule was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Aubrey Reese (183-78, college: Murray St., agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Max Brauer (195-87) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Gloria Giants players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Andreas Buechert (208-87, college: Winthrop, agency: Limelight Hoops) with 9 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Garrett Williamson (196-88, college: St.Joseph's) scored 9 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gloria Giants moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Crailsheim and Kirchheim. Newly promoted Ehingen/Urspringschule keeps the eleventh position with four games lost. Gloria Giants will have a break next round. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play on the road against Kirchheim Knights (#5).
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: A.Reese 19+7reb+4ast, M.Brauer 15+7reb, S.Evans 14+4reb, R.Keerles 12+4reb+1ast, D.Mims 7+7reb, P.Flomo 4+1reb+2ast
Ehingen: V.Matthews 10+1reb, A.Calvin 10+1reb, G.Williamson 9+2reb+2ast, A.Buechert 9+5reb, M.Mueller 6, K.Bright 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 141411


Chemnitz - Cuxhaven 74-83

The game in Chemnitz was also quite interesting. Third ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (4-1) played at the court of 7th ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (3-3). Cuxhaven BasCats managed to secure a 9-point victory 83-74 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-74. Cuxhaven BasCats dominated on the defensive end, holding BV Chemnitz 99 to just 4 points in second quarter. They made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Jackson Capel (191-87, college: Evangel) who scored 31 points and 5 steals. The other American import swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn) chipped in 12 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds and Japanese point guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) added 15 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BV Chemnitz 99's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cuxhaven BasCats keep a position of league leader, which they share with Webmoebel and MBC. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. They share the position with Jena and Braves. Cuxhaven BasCats will meet at home USC Heidelberg (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. BV Chemnitz 99 will play against Webmoebel Baskets in Paderborn and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: J.Capel 31+4reb+3ast, D.McDaniel 14+1reb+1ast, J.El Domiaty 13+1reb+1ast, Q.Brown 12+4reb+3ast, E.Harris 8+7reb+2ast, K.Kuhn 4+3reb
Chemnitz: T.Ishizaki 15+1reb+2ast, G.Johnson 13+7reb+2ast, F.Daghofer 11+1reb+1ast, D.Lawson 10+4reb+2ast, T.Shaw 8+2reb+1ast, J.Schaffrath 6+1reb
gschID: 141406


NBC - Jena 93-86

An interesting game took place in Nurnberg where higher ranked Science City Jena (3-3) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked NBC (2-4) 93-86. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Science City Jena. The hosts were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 28-22 last quarter charge of Science City Jena cut the lead to 93-86 at the end of the game. NBC dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Science City Jena's 26 and made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Science City Jena 32-20 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. NBC players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Science City Jena helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Will Chavis (181-81, college: Texas Tech) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 6 assists. Naturalized American power forward Ryan De Michael (205-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) contributed with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and forward Tim Schwartz (199-87) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Science City Jena. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. NBC moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Ehingen. Science City Jena at the other side dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. NBC's next round opponent will be higher ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (#9) in Homburg and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
NBC: W.Chavis 25+3reb+6ast, R.De Michael 21+9reb+4ast, J.Harris 17+8reb+5ast, C.Abercrombie 12+2reb, M.Ides 8+4reb+3ast, C.Adler 6+3reb+1ast
Jena: J.Black 14+6reb+1ast, T.Kepkay 14+1reb+5ast, T.Schwartz 13+6reb+2ast, E.Vierneisel 11+3ast, E.Reyes-Napoles 10+3ast, K.Barker 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 141407


MBC - Leitershofen 97-75

Bottom-ranked Leitershofen (0-5) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to fourth ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (4-1) 97-75. The game was mostly controlled by Mitteldeutscher BC. Leitershofen was better in fourth quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mitteldeutscher BC made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Power forward Steve Wachalski (203-83) notched 23 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union, agency: Strategic Sports) supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. Mitteldeutscher BC's coach Silvano Poropat felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 18 points by American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-89, college: Missouri So., agency: Warren Sports International) did not help to save the game for Leitershofen. His fellow American import guard Corey Hassan (193-87, college: Sacred Heart) added 11 points and 6 rebounds. Mitteldeutscher BC keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Webmoebel and Cuxhaven. Newly promoted Leitershofen still closes the standings with five games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against ETB Wohnbau (#13) in Essen in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Leitershofen will play on the road against Science City Jena and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
MBC: S.Wachalski 23+1reb+1ast, A.Reid 14+6reb, D.Hargrove 14+5reb+2ast, S.Leutloff 12+2reb, M.Smallwood 8+5reb, H.Vilhjalmsson 8+3reb+4ast
Leitershofen: S.Bowlin 18+2reb+2ast, L.Stutz 16+2reb+1ast, C.Hassan 11+6reb+2ast, A.Kronhardt 9+4reb+1ast, D.Veney 9+5reb, J.Genck 4+1reb
gschID: 141408


Crailsheim - Kirchheim 83-77

There was a change at the ProA leadership position after last games. Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Kirchheim Knights (4-2). They were defeated by eighth ranked Crailsheim Merlins (4-2) 83-77 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kirchheim Knights. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-12. But Kirchheim Knights won third quarter 23-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crailsheim Merlins made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Kirchheim Knights helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Mark Hill (180, college: Cal.St. Northridge) scored 22 points and 8 assists (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) with 14 points and 9 rebounds and guard Cedric Brooks (185-80, college: Pittsburg St.) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Crailsheim Merlins moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Duesseldorf and Kirchheim. Kirchheim Knights will play next round against Ehingen/Urspringschule trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Crailsheim Merlins will try to continue on its current victory against fourteenth ranked BG Karlsruhe on the road.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: M.Hill 22+3reb+8ast, D.Webb 16+6reb+2ast, J.Dunbar 11+4reb+1ast, J.Buck 9+3reb+2ast, A.Sivorotka 8+5reb, C.Tetzner 7+7reb+1ast
Kirchheim: R.Tomasevic 20+1reb, C.Brooks 16+2reb+4ast, A.Smith 14+9reb+3ast, D.Uskoski 9+7reb+3ast, D.Thomas 6+2reb, S.Adeberg 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 141409


Heidelberg - ETB Wohnbau 89-75

Rather expected game when 13th ranked ETB Wohnbau (1-4) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked USC Heidelberg (3-2) 89-75 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by USC Heidelberg. ETB Wohnbau was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. USC Heidelberg made 31-of-39 free shots (79.5 percent) during the game. ETB Wohnbau was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Belizean guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Cent.Missouri, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Joseph Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) scored 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. USC Heidelberg moved-up to seventh place. Loser ETB Wohnbau keeps the thirteenth position with four games lost. USC Heidelberg will face league's leader Cuxhaven BasCats on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ETB Wohnbau will play against the league's second-placed Mitteldeutscher BC (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: C.Burgess 22+5reb+5ast, S.Watts 17+5reb+1ast, K.Barth 11+1reb+2ast, C.Sargent 10+1reb+2ast, B.Schoo 9+6reb, J.Heindel 9+5reb+1ast
ETB Wohnbau: J.Henley 20+10reb+2ast, B.Nash 10+3reb, P.Carney 10+1reb, M.Buljevic 9+1reb, K.Chones 8+1reb, C.Alexander 6+5reb+4ast
gschID: 141410


Braves - Karlsruhe 97-82

Rather predictable result in Homburg where tenth ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (3-3) defeated 13th ranked BG Karlsruhe (1-5) 97-82 on Friday. Saar-Pfalz Braves shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 65.4 percentage. British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 21 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Robert McKiver (191-84, college: Houston) chipped in 23 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) with 17 points and 6 assists and American guard Michael Stockton (185-89, college: Westminster, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Four Saar-Pfalz Braves and five BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. BG Karlsruhe's coach tested eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Saar-Pfalz Braves moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Jena and Chemnitz. Loser BG Karlsruhe dropped to the fourteenth position with five games lost. Saar-Pfalz Braves will face NBC (#12) in Nurnberg in the next round. BG Karlsruhe will play at home against Crailsheim Merlins.
Top scorers:
Braves: R.McKiver 23+2reb+2ast, L.Jeka 21+4reb+7ast, D.Cheremnykh 13+7reb+3ast, N.Valentic 12+2ast, E.Land 7+1reb, J.Catovic 7
Karlsruhe: J.Howard 19+6reb, R.Roessler 17+3reb+6ast, M.Stockton 17+4reb+4ast, M.Samarco 13+3reb+2ast, M.Boggan 12+7reb+2ast, J.Lange 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 141405




Nowitzki to work out in Germany if lockout drags - by Eurobasket News
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) plans to return to Germany to train with his personal coach after watching his hometown Texas Rangers play in the World Series - unless there's progress toward starting the NBA season.

Nowitzki has said he would wait until early 2012 before considering playing for a European team. With only training camp and the first two weeks of the season canceled so far because of the NBA lockout, he is keeping to that timetable.

'It's time to really get back in the routine,' he said after throwing out the first pitch for Game 3 of the World Series between the Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night. 'Got to keep the options open, maybe see what's going on overseas.'

Nowitzki has become a Rangers fan over his 13 years of playing for the Dallas Mavericks. He threw out the first pitch at a Rangers game this summer after leading the Mavs to their first NBA title and attended Game 6 of the American League championship series. He didn't make it to a World Series game last year when the Rangers played, so he was eager to attend - and take part - on Saturday night.

Nowitzki is still wearing a splint on the middle finger of his left hand - an injury he sustained during Game 2 of the NBA Finals the Miami Heat. He aggravated it while playing for Germany in the European championships last month.

'I've got to keep it straight for, whatever, four, six weeks. But it doesn't bother me at all,' he said.

Germany was knocked out of the Euros before the quarterfinals, eliminating its chances of making the 2012 London Olympics. Nowitzki said he hasn't touched a basketball since then.

'I've just been keeping in shape, you know, working out, doing lots of cardio and lifting a little bit and running,' he said. 'If the season will start any time soon, I think I'll be ready.'

Nowitzki said it was very disappointing that the latest round of NBA labor talks didn't produce a settlement.

'We're all hoping, I guess, with the mediator, that something was going to happen, and just talks broke off, so it's very unfortunate,' he said. 'Hopefully we can get something going here any time soon. But it doesn't look good.'

Nowitzki said there are several parallels between the Rangers' quest for their first championship and the Mavs' winning their first, such as a late rally to win Game 2 and level the series at 1-1 before heading home.

The Mavs won the championship on their second try and this is the Rangers' second trip to the World Series.

'Hopefully, they'll learn from last year like we did in '06 and just be able to close it out,' he said. 'That would be awesome for the (Dallas-Fort Worth) Metroplex to do it in the same year, get a championship and have another parade.'

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


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, Duesseldorf22.2 
 4. Jeka, Braves18.7 
 5. Burgess, Heidelberg18.6 
 6. Mason, Webmoebel18.6 
 7. Capel, Cuxhaven18.6 
 8. Webb, Crailsheim18.5 
 9. Reid, MBC18.2 
 10. Roessler, Karlsru.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.7 
 2. Black, Jena8.0 
 3. Henley, ETB W.7.6 
 4. Lawson, Chemnitz7.5 
 5. Webb, Crailsheim7.5 
 6. Uskoski, Kirchheim7.0 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven6.8 
 8. Heindel, Heidelberg6.6 
 9. Brown, Cuxhaven6.6 
 10. Mason, Webmoebel6.2 
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, Heidelberg4.4 
 7. Harris, NBC4.2 
 8. Vilhjalmsson, MBC4.0 
 9. Williamson, 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. Williamson, Ehingen2.5 
 4. Stommes, Webmoebel2.4 
 5. Rice, Cuxhaven2.3 
 6. Johnson, Chemnitz1.7 
 7. Brown, Cuxhaven1.6 
 8. Capel, Cuxhaven1.6 
 9. Kepkay, Jena1.5 
 10. Harris, NBC1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves2.0 
 2. Zipser, Heidelberg1.7 
 3. Schoo, Heidelberg1.2 
 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. Brose Baskets 4-0 
 3. B.Muenchen 4-1 
 4. Ratiopharm 4-1 
 5. Art.Dragons 3-2 
 6. EnBW L'burg 3-2 
 7. Bremerhaven 3-2 
 8. s.Oliver Baskets 3-2 
 9. ALBA 2-2 
 10. NY Phantoms 2-3 
 11. EWE Baskets 2-3 
 12. TBB Trier 2-3 
 13. Fraport SKY 2-3 
 14. Phoenix Hagen 2-3 
 15. Bayreuth 1-4 
 16. Goettingen 1-4 
 17. LTi 46ers 1-4 
 18. Walter Tigers 0-5 


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


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. Ovcina, LTi 46ers18.6 
 6. Carter, Phoenix18.2 
 7. Foster, B.Muenchen17.4 
 8. Duggins, Walter T.17.2 
 9. Jonusas, Phoenix15.6 
 10. Ensminger, Teleko.15.6 
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. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.2 
 8. Smith, Bayreuth7.2 
 9. Seward, Phoenix6.6 
 10. Ibekwe, Bayreuth6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.8 
 2. Joyce, TBB Trier6.8 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.6.6 
 4. Wood, ALBA6.0 
 5. Hamann, B.Muenchen5.2 
 6. Brewer, Bremerha.5.2 
 7. Brown, EWE Baskets5.0 
 8. Dorris, EnBW L.4.4 
 9. Bynum, TBB Trier4.0 
 10. Hamilton, Bayreuth4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DORRIS
  EnBW L.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dorris, EnBW L.2.8 
 2. Crowe, Phoenix2.0 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.2.0 
 4. McElroy, NY Phant.1.6 
 5. Gavel, Brose B.1.5 
 6. Bowler, EnBW L.1.4 
 7. Smith, Bayreuth1.4 
 8. Dennis, NY Phant.1.4 
 9. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.4 
 10. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.3.0 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.2.3 
 3. Ibekwe, Bayreuth2.0 
 4. Slaughter, Brose B.1.8 
 5. King, Art.Dragons1.8 
 6. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 7. Francis, ALBA1.3 
 8. Carter, Phoenix1.2 
 9. Boone, s.Oliver.1.2 
 10. McNaughton, Breme.0.8 


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  GREECE   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Vladimir JANKOVIC
  Panionios
  (202-F-90)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jankovic, Panionios25.0 
 2. Karapostolou, Kav.22.0 
 3. Boykin, Kolossos20.0 
 4. Christmas, AGOR18.0 
 5. Karaboulas, Ikaros17.0 
 6. Johnson, AGOR17.0 
 7. Latovic, AGOR15.0 
 8. Chatzis, Ilysiakos15.0 
 9. Taylor, Kavala14.0 
 10. Tsamis, Kolossos13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hernold GARDENER
  Ilysiakos
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Gardener, Ilysiakos11.0 
 2. O''Bryant, Kavala9.0 
 3. Charissis, Kolossos8.0 
 4. Jankovic, Panionios7.0 
 5. Taylor, Kavala6.0 
 6. Hopson, Kolossos6.0 
 7. Symtsak, Kavala6.0 
 8. Latovic, AGOR6.0 
 9. Johnson, AGOR5.0 
 10. Karapostolou, Kav.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vasilis XANTHOPOULOS
  Panio.
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Xanthopoulos, Pani.7.0 
 2. Ljubicic, Ikaros5.0 
 3. Karapostolou, Kav.3.0 
 4. Hopson, Kolossos3.0 
 5. Katsares, AGOR3.0 
 6. Johnson, Ikaros2.0 
 7. Keys, Panionios2.0 
 8. Batis, Panionios2.0 
 9. Papanikolaou, AGOR2.0 
 10. Dedas, AGOR2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos ANGELOPOULOS
  Kavala
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Angelopoulos, Kava.3.0 
 2. Taylor, Kavala3.0 
 3. Wright, AGOR2.0 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Pani.2.0 
 5. Batis, Panionios2.0 
 6. Chatzis, Ilysiakos2.0 
 7. Johnson, AGOR1.0 
 8. Katsares, AGOR1.0 
 9. Keys, Panionios1.0 
 10. Asimakopoulo., Ko.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala2.0 
 2. Sarikopoulos, Pani.1.0 
 3. Stepheson, Panio.1.0 
 4. Charissis, Kolossos1.0 
 5. Symtsak, Kavala1.0 
 6. Karapostolou, Kav.1.0 
 7. Todic, Ilysiakos1.0 
 8. Petway, AGOR1.0 
 9. Wright, AGOR1.0 
 10. Gardener, Ilysiak.1.0 


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


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  HOLLAND   


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


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


Best players of Eredivisie round 5 - by Eurobasket News
American-Mexican Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for Leeuwarden and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 16 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Weert (#7, 0-3) with 18-point margin 88-70. Leeuwarden is placed at 3rd position in Dutch Eredivisie. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Leeuwarden will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. It's Sanchez's second year at Leeuwarden and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Boise State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sanchez is in league's top in points (9th best: 14.3ppg), rebounds (4th best: 8.0rpg), assists (6th best: 3.3apg) and averages solid 61.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American guard Frank Turner (178-G-88, agency: Court Side) of Den Bosch. Turner impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 11 points and 10 assists. Of course he lead Den Bosch to another comfortable win outscoring Rotterdam (#8, 0-4) 92-59. Despite this victory Den Bosch slide down in the standings to 6th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-1 record is not bad and everything may still change. Turner is well-known by Den Bosch fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.5ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 4.5rpg and 5.0apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Yamene Coleman (206-C-86, agency: Court Side) of Weert (#7). Coleman scored 13 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Coleman's great performance Weert lost 70-88 to the higher-ranked Leeuwarden (#3, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Weert can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 3 games. Too bad for Coleman he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Coleman has individually a great season in Holland. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ralf de Pagter (200-F-89) of Rotterdam - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Manny Adako (203-F-87) of Leeuwarden - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. David Bell (186-G-81) of Groningen - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Lance Jeter (190-G) of Leeuwarden - 25 points and 6 rebounds
8. Peter Van Paassen (211-C/F-78) of Den Bosch - 13 points and 6 rebounds
9. Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82) of Leiden - 12 points and 6 rebounds
10. Donte Minter (203-F/C-84) of Weert - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Results Dutch Basketball League: Gas Terra Flames Thump ZZ Leiden, Lauselac Aris, Eiffel Towers Cruise To Easy Wins - by Sanders Jackson

This weekend in Dutch Basketball League action, the Gas Terra Flames righted themselves at home with a strong performance vs. Dutch champions ZZ Leiden, Lauselac Aris won convincingly at home versus winless Stepco BS Weert, and on Sunday Eiffel Towers get back on the winning track with a blowout win over winless Rotterdam Basketball College.

In the Martiniplaza on Saturday in the ZZ Leiden-Gas Terra Flames, the team of Gas Terra Flames head coach Hakim Salem got off to a strong start vs. the defending Dutch champs, leading from start to finish and silencing the critics in an 86-75 win. The Flames' tough defense helped them control the tempo early on, with also the strong start from the Flames American combo of PG
David Bell (186-G-81) and forward Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) making matters better, helping the Flames lead 23-10 at the end of the 1st quarter, with Bell and Wesby combining for 15 of the points. The defending Dutch champions had one bad possession after the other, totally being out of sync with each other. While both teams had difficulties with shot clock management, both Bell and Wesby would make up the difference for the Flames, while ZZ struggled in their halfcourt offense in making good decisions. The Flames'lead would grow to 45-26 at the end of the 1st half.


In the second half ZZ would chip away at the Flames' lead, closing to 59-52 in the 4th on a Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) 18 footer to make it 59-52 for Gas Terra Flames, but ZZ would be unable to put a further dent in the Flames' lead due to poor free throw shooting. Bell would continue to score making two three-pointers and a

Sergio de Randamie (201-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Houston) bucket pushed the Flames' lead back to 70-56. ZZ would revert to fouling the Flames to put them on the free throw line, and it proved to make a difference. ZZ would respond by cutting the lead to 76-70 on a Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) three-point play with 1:20 remaining. However the Flames had their X-factor in the closing minutes in de Randamie, who canned two free throws after six straight Flames missed free throws to push the lead back. ZZ would respond by missing at close range with a Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, college: Virginia St.) dunk the exclamation point and keeping ZZ at bay. Bell led all scorers with 24 pts., leading five Flames players in double figures. Arvin Slagter (190-G-85, agency: Court Side) led ZZ with 17 pts. Gas Terra Flames are in sole possession of 1st place in the DBL at 4-1.


In Leeuwarden Lauselac Aris kept Stepco BS Weert winless and on a long bus ride back home with an 88-70 win. The home team had their hands full at the end of the 1st quarter vs. the Limburgers, behind 22-18. But the 2nd quarter set the tone for the rest of the game, with a 15-1 run, including eight straight points by PG Lance Jeter (190-G, college: Nebraska), with Aris leading 47-37 at halftime. The defense from Lauselac Aris head coach Erik Braal kept the guests best scoring threats from finding a rhythm, such as Stepco leading scorer DeMario Anderson (193-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: Quinnipiac), who came into the game averaging 20.3 ppg. Anderson was unable to make an impact in the 2nd half, with in the 3rd quarter only points coming from the inside combination of Minter and Coleman. Jeter had no such problems finding a rhythm, torching the Stepco backcourt with a game-high 25 pts. in only 23 minutes, with Manny Adako (203-F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) adding 18 and

Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St.) adding a double-double of 16 pts. and 12 rebounds. Yamene Coleman (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Troy) led the Limburgers with a double-double of 13 pts. and 14 rebounds. Lauselac Aris improve to 2-1.


In the Maaspoort Eiffel Towers took no prisoners vs. winless Rotterdam Basketball College with a 92-59 blowout win. It was 27-11 for Eiffel at the end of the 1st quarter and it snowballed from there. Peter Van Paassen (211-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) led five Eiffel players in double figures with 13 pts.

Tyrone Sally (201-F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: W.Virginia) led all scorers with 17 pts.


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. Boxley, Leiden15.8 
 6. Bell, Groningen15.2 
 7. Wesby, Groningen15.2 
 8. Turner, Den Bosch14.7 
 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. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.0 
 4. Wesley, Den Bosch7.7 
 5. Bekkering, Nijme.7.3 
 6. Chitwood, Leeuw.7.0 
 7. Jones, Rotterdam6.5 
 8. Punch, Leeuwarden6.5 
 9. de Randamie, Groni.6.4 
 10. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Den Bosch
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Turner, Den Bosch6.7 
 2. Harman, Weert6.0 
 3. Bell, Groningen4.2 
 4. Anderson, Weert4.0 
 5. Acker, Nijmegen3.7 
 6. Sanchez, Leeuw.3.3 
 7. de Paula, Leeuw.3.3 
 8. de Randamie, Groni.3.0 
 9. Jeter, Leeuwarden3.0 
 10. Jackson, Leiden2.8 
Steals Per Game
 David GONZALVEZ
  Den B.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Gonzalvez, Den B.3.7 
 2. Huffman, Zwolle3.3 
 3. Harman, Weert2.7 
 4. Anderson, Weert2.3 
 5. de Jong, Leiden2.0 
 6. Jones, Rotterdam1.8 
 7. Sanchez, Leeuw.1.7 
 8. Zondervan, Zwolle1.7 
 9. Hulzebos, Zwolle1.7 
 10. Wessels, Den Bos.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  Groningen
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wyatt, Groningen2.0 
 2. Jackson, Rotterdam2.0 
 3. Bekkering, Nijme.1.7 
 4. Maddox, Zwolle1.3 
 5. Wesley, Den Bosch1.0 
 6. Minter, Weert1.0 
 7. Aarts, Nijmegen1.0 
 8. Zondervan, Zwolle0.7 
 9. Kennedy, Leiden0.7 
 10. Wessels, Den Bos.0.7 


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  HUNGARY   


Round 3 - Best five - by Tamas Deri
Point Guard: Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Rice), 30 points (6/9 2pts, 3/5 3pts, 9/12 FT's), 9 received fouls, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 39 RNK, 39 minutes
Point Guard: Josh Wilson (188-PG-87, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: N.Arizona), 31 points (7/11 2pts, 4/11 3pts, 5/6 FT's), 9 assists, 8 received fouls, 5 steals, 3 rebounds, 40 RNK, 33 minutes
Shooting Guard: Muhammad El Amin (196-G/F-87, college: Stony Brook), 28 points (6/9 2pts, 5/9 3pts, 1/1 FT), 13 assists, 9 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 received fouls, 46 RNK, 31 minutes
Power Forward: Darian Townes (208-F/C-84), 22 points (10/14 2pts, 2/2 FT's), 11 rebounds, 6 blocks, 4 steals, 3 received fouls, 1 assists, 41 RNK, 28 minutes
Center: Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group), 27 points (10/11 2points, 7/8 FT's), 12 rebounds, 7 received fouls, 2 blocks, 1 assists, 45 RNK, 32 minutes


Hanga and Manresa started the season well - by Tamas Deri
Today in the Round 4 of the ACB hungarian guard, Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: TSS Management) and his team Manrese could celebrate the third win of the season as they beat C.B. Gran Canaria 2014. Even the guests were leading after the first half, the home team could control the second part of the game and won 69:60. The guard of the hungarian national team came from the bench and helped his team with 6 points (including an alley-opp and one more and1-dunk), 5 rebounds and 2 assists in 19 minutes on the court.

Jonathan Levy signed with Szeged - by Tamas Deri
American guard, Jonathan Levy (193-G-82, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) signed with Szeged for the running season and will spend a month tryout with the team. The 193 cm tall guard is an experienced player as he spent several seasons in Europe already. He started his professional carreer with Frstenfeld in Austria and run a great rookie season averaging 21.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg in 22 games of the regular season and 20.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.9apg, 1.9spg, 1.5bpg in 14 games of the Stage 2. The next season he spent in the German 2nd division with Ulm and helped his team to get into the Bundesliga, where he put up 14.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg in 33 games during the season 200-07. He played two more seasons in the Bundesliga with Braunschweig before moving back to Austria, where he spent the season 2009-10 with the Oberwart Gunners, 34 games: 15.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 17.9%, FT: 60.0%. The last season he moved back to Germany and played for s'Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg and helped them to get into the top league.

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  INDIA   


U16 Asia Championship: Satnam Singh Bhamara scores 41, unable to rescue India against South Korea - by Eurobasket News
South Korea U16 - India U16 76:68

South Korea kept their record spotless at the U16 Asia Championship. They held off India tonight to take 4-0 record in Qualifying Round Group E. Satnam Singh Bhamara (216-C-95) erupted for 41 points for India but it was not enough to stop the Korean unbeaten run. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) delivered 31 points to pace the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. South Korea eked out a 16:14 lead after ten minutes of action. India however surged ahead in the second quarter. They pulled in front for a 34:31 halftime lead. The roller-coaster action continued in the third term. South Korea erased the deficit and the teams entered the final stanza tied at 47. But the Korean side proved stronger in the final minutes. They dropped 29 points in the fourth period to snatch a tough win at the end. Kim Gookchan (193-F-96) posted 18 points for South Korea. Park Intae (203-C-95) added 9 points in the winning case. Ajay Pratap Singh (193-F-95) had 13 points for India in the loss.

South Korea U16: Heo Hoon 31, Kim Gookchan 18, Park Intae 9
India U16: Satnam Singh Bhamara 41, Ajay Pratap Singh 13


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  INDONESIA   


U16 Asia Championship:Japan outsmart Indonesia to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
Japan U16 - Indonesia U16 77:46

Japan maintained their perfect record at the U16 Asia Championship. They overcame Indonesia to climb at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Taisei Shirato (181-G-95) knocked down 21 points to lead the charge. Indonesia fell at 2-2 record after the loss.
Japan strongly entered the encounter. They outscored Indonesia 19:9 in the opening ten minutes. Japan maintained the pressure in the second frame. The margin grew at 26-point mark at the interval 44:18. Japan unloaded 28 points in the third term to boost the gap. Indonesia however showed character in the final stanza. They limited Japan to just 5 points and cut the deficit to sweeten the pill at the end. Yusei Sugiura (194-C-95) posted 13 points, while Yudai Baba (190-F-95) added 12 points in the win. Hans Abraham (179-G-95) responded with 13 points for Indonesia. Muhammad Fahdani (185-F/C-96) had 10 points in the losing case.

Japan U16: Taisei Shirato 21, Yusei Sugiura 13, Yudai Baba 12
Indonesia U16: Hans Abraham 13, Muhammad Fahdani 10


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  IRAQ   


U16 Asia Championship: Iraq edge Taiwan in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Iraq U16 - Taiwan U16 78:73 (OT)

Iraq needed overtime to tame Taiwan on the second day of the Qualifying Round action at U16 Asia Championship. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) stepped up with 24 points to pace the winners. Iraq thus improved at 1-3 record, while Taiwan slipped at 0-4 in Group E.
Iraq jumped to an early lead. They outscored Taiwan for a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. Taiwan slowed their opponents down in the second term. They trimmed the deficit to just 5 points at the interval 29:34. Taiwan got even closer in the third quarter. They trailed by four points in ten minutes remaining in regulation 48:52. Jen-Hao Liu drained a late three-pointer to level things up at 65 after forty minutes of action. However Iraq used an 8:0 run in the overtime to run away with a tough win. Farid Mahdi (190-F-95) delivered 19 points and 7 blocks, while Ismael Ismael (195-F/C-96) contributed 14 points for Iraq. Pan Siang-Ting (95) responded with 15 points for Taiwan. Yeh Wei-Chiao (95) had 13 points in the loss.

Iraq U16: Karrar Hamzah 24, Farid Mahdi 19, Ismael Ismael 14
Taiwan U16: Pan Siang-Ting 15, Yeh Wei-Chiao 13


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  IRELAND   


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


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  ISRAEL   


National League Round 2 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in National League. The most impressive stats of the last round was 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by Marcus Ginyard of Ironi Nahariya.

Ironi Nahariya - Lev Hasharon 83-77

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-19. But Lev Hasharon won second period 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Nahariya made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Lev Hasharon turnovers. American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) notched 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) supported him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. Even 25 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Prossin Sports Management) did not help to save the game for Lev Hasharon. Naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (205-85, college: St.Thomas, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 19 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the guests.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: M.Ginyard 35+7reb+3ast, E.Traimel 15+5reb, J.Roberts 13+4reb+1ast, O.Ben Hemo 10+3reb+1ast, L.Shvarzvald 5+1reb+3ast, A.Matta 3+1reb
Lev Hasharon: L.Clinch 25+5reb+2ast, I.Rosefelt 19+9reb+1ast, O.Shmidt 11+7reb+2ast, J.Cornley 8+2reb, A.Sela 5+4reb+1ast, V.Yeremishin 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 145200


Hod Hasharon - Hapoel K/S 77-73

Hapoel Kfar Saba was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 29-19 charge of Hod Hasharon, which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-25 charity shots (92.0 percent) during the game, while Hapoel Kfar Saba only scored seven points from the stripe. Hod Hasharon forced 22 Hapoel Kfar Saba turnovers. Hapoel Kfar Saba was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Puerto Rican point guard Javier Gonzalez (182-89, college: N.Carolina St.) notched 29 points, 6 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort and naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) supported him with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Hod Hasharon players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Jer'Vaughn Johnson (198-88, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Kfar Saba. Guard Or Ron (181-88) added 15 points and 7 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: J.Gonzalez 29+1reb+6ast, G.Gandel 13+8reb+1ast, C.Dewhurst 10+3reb, A.Sukar 10+4reb+3ast, H.Ratner 9+1reb, A.Johnson 4+7reb+2ast
Hapoel K/S: J.Johnson 20+8reb+2ast, O.Ron 15+3reb+7ast, B.Tolbert 12+4reb+3ast, M.Marztiano 8+6reb+2ast, H.Karni 7+4reb, S.Kleimintz 5+1ast
gschID: 145197


Elitzur Ramla - Hapoel T-A 60-68

Elitzur Ramla was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 39-28 second half run of Hapoel Tel-Aviv. The former international Matan Naor (195-80) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and American Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Even 18 points and 4 assists by guard Rotem Barzilai (186-86) did not help to save the game for Elitzur Ramla. American forward Ryan Bacon (200-88, college: St.Peter's, agency: Strategic Sports) added 10 points and 14 rebounds for the hosts. Hapoel Tel-Aviv keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: M.Naor 17+11reb+3ast, C.Kelly 14+9reb, C.Carr 13+2reb+1ast, G.Eytan 9+3reb+5ast, A.Zelkovits 7+2reb+1ast, J.Skjoldebrand 4+1reb+2ast
Elitzur Ramla: R.Barzilai 18+2reb+4ast, R.Bacon 10+14reb, R.Bishop 10+7reb, M.Badalov 8+5reb, I.Berkowitz 8+3reb+3ast, I.Rejwan 3
gschID: 145198


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Ironi K-A 76-78

The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Ironi Kiryat Ata forced 20 Ironi Nes-Ziona turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Ironi Nes-Ziona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Lenny Daniel (201-87, college: Cal.St. Northridge) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Tony Younger (200-80, college: Spring Hill, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and forward Raz Zehavian (197-82) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: L.Daniel 24+16reb, T.Younger 23+8reb+2ast, A.Nanikashvili 13+5ast, R.Menashe 5+2reb, R.Elbaz 5+7reb+1ast, G.Halamish 4
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Michael Dunne 17+11reb+7ast, D.Bank 12+3reb+2ast, R.Zehavian 10+11reb+2ast, O.Rub 9+2reb+1ast, C.Lowe 8+2reb+1ast, D.Assaf 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 145199


Ironi Ramat Gan - Hapoel Afula 72-77

Ironi Ramat Gan was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 26-20 charge of Hapoel Afula, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Ironi Ramat Gan 48-32 including 16 on the offensive glass. Ironi Ramat Gan was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Ronny LeMelle (196-81, college: Auburn) supported him with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Even 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by guard Dror Davidi (190-84) did not help to save the game for Ironi Ramat Gan. Swingman Yariv Yatzkan (199-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: R.LeMelle 21+14reb+1ast, G.Thondique 18+19reb+2ast, E.Eliyah 11+4reb+1ast, G.Cohen 8+4reb+2ast, E.Knafo 7+3reb, Y.Deri 6+2reb+1ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: D.Davidi 20+5reb+4ast, Y.Yatzkan 17+5reb+4ast, R.Webb 12+10reb+2ast, G.Amitay 8+5reb, R.Pitshon 7+4reb+1ast, J.Sharper 5+2reb
gschID: 145194


Hapoel Y/M - Macc.B.Yaakov 93-98

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-23. But Hapoel Yokneam/Megido won second period 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beer Yaakov forced 20 Hapoel Yokneam/Megido turnovers. Strangely Hapoel Yokneam/Megido outrebounded Beer Yaakov 45-25 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) notched 29 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and the other American import forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) supported him with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Even 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by center Moti Moscovitz (205-85) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Yokneam/Megido. American Almaad Jackson (210-85, college: Tex.A&M-Comm., agency: Lanshire Group) added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Macc.B.Yaakov: N.Miller 29+9reb+4ast, J.Hall 26+8reb, Y.Bet-Yosef 18+2reb+8ast, I.Buchman 12+4reb+3ast, D.Housman 7+6ast, I.Simin 6+2reb+3ast
Hapoel Y/M: M.Moscovitz 26+8reb+4ast, A.Jackson 17+12reb, Z.Ben-Zvi 13+4reb+2ast, H.Barbi 12+9reb+4ast, O.Ida 10+6reb+3ast, T.Ber-Aven 8+5reb+8ast
gschID: 145195


Elitzur Yavne - Kiryat Tivon 78-95

Kiryat Tivon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kiryat Tivon shot 26 for 36 from the free-throw line, while Elitzur Yavne only scored ten points from the stripe. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Elitzur Yavne was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Lior Segev (190-83, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) notched a double-double by scoring 31 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the effort and American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) supported him with 28 points and 18 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Even 13 points and 5 assists by guard Nir Golan (180-86) did not help to save the game for Elitzur Yavne. American guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) added 17 points for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: L.Segev 31+8reb+11ast, R.Clemente 28+18reb+1ast, K.Izik 13+7reb+2ast, L.Ariely 11+2reb+1ast, J.Gomes 5+2reb+5ast, B.Hagbi 4
Elitzur Yavne: D.Burns 17+2reb+2ast, K.Wilson 13+7reb, N.Golan 13+3reb+5ast, Z.Volfer 12+2reb+1ast, E.Engel 7+4reb+3ast, A.Ohana 7+1reb
gschID: 145196


Round 1
Hapoel T-A - Hod Hasharon 72-58

The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Hod Hasharon was better in third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Tel-Aviv brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Naturalized American swingman Corry Carr (192-75, college: Texas Tech) notched 19 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and American Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) supported him with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Even 16 points and 6 assists by Puerto Rican point guard Javier Gonzalez (182-89, college: N.Carolina St.) did not help to save the game for Hod Hasharon. Naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) added 11 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Four Hod Hasharon players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: C.Carr 19+7reb, C.Kelly 15+9reb, G.Eytan 11+2reb+2ast, B.Timor 8+3reb+1ast, M.Naor 6+2reb+4ast, J.Skjoldebrand 6+5reb
Hod Hasharon: J.Gonzalez 16+3reb+6ast, A.Johnson 11+9reb, G.Gandel 11+8reb+2ast, A.Sukar 10+2reb+1ast, T.Lowenthal 8+4reb+2ast, S.Permutt 2+3reb
gschID: 152207




Ramat Gan fired Hanan Hirschowitz - by Netanel Dahan
The 1st coaches changing in Israel for this season comes from the 2nd league team Ramat Gan.

Ramat Gan fired Hanan Hirschowitz after only 2 games which ended up in defet.
The new head coach of the team will be Amir Uzi who already coached them in the past, tonight Ramat Gan marked their first win in the league without a coach against Hapoel Lev Hasharon 106-78 Rodney Webb scored 24 pts and added 15 rebounds for the winning team.




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SerieA Round 3: Pepsi Caserta defeats Montepaschi Siena - by Eurobasket News
This is still too early stage of the Regular Season in SerieA 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.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Montepaschi Siena (2-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by leader Pepsi Caserta (2-0) 69-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Montepaschi Siena. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 20-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Pepsi Caserta outrebounded Montepaschi Siena 41-29 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian guard Rimantas Kaukenas (193-77, college: Seton Hall) answered with 15 points for Montepaschi Siena. Montepaschi Siena's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Pepsi Caserta moved-up to second place. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena dropped to the third position with one game lost. They share it with 6 other teams. Pepsi Caserta are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Novipiu CM (#17) in Casale in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Montepaschi Siena will play on the road against Angelico Biella (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Benetton Treviso (1-2) against sixth ranked Air Avellino (2-1) on Saturday night. Visiting Benetton Treviso was defeated by Air Avellino in a tough game in Avellino 75-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Benetton Treviso. It was a great evening for American-Spanish guard Taquan Dean (193-83, college: Louisville) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Linton Johnson helped adding 16 points and 14 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jeff Adrien (202-86, college: Connecticut, agency: Priority Sports) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Air Avellino moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams. Benetton Treviso at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Air Avellino will play against Banca Tercas (#16) in Teramo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Benetton Treviso will have a break next round.
SerieA top team - Bennet Cantu (3-0) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Umana Venezia (0-2) 80-76. It was a quality performance for Gianluca Basile who led the winners and scored 19 points. Szymon Szewczyk came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for Umana Venezia in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Bennet Cantu have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record. Loser Umana Venezia still closes the standings with two games lost. Bennet Cantu will meet at home Scavolini Pesaro (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Umana Venezia will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
A very interesting game took place in Biella. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of bottom-ranked Banca Tercas (0-3) to seventh ranked Angelico Biella (2-1) 69-67 on Sunday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The best player for the winners was Aubrey Coleman who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Angelico Biella moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams. Banca Tercas at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be Montepaschi Siena (#6) at home. Banca Tercas will play against Air Avellino (#7) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Cremona. Ninth ranked Banco di Sard. (2-1) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Vanoli-Braga (1-2) 92-89 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vanoli-Braga. It was a good game for Travis Diener who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Banco di Sard. moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Vanoli-Braga dropped to the eleventh position with two games lost. Banco di Sard. will face Armani Milano (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Vanoli-Braga will play against CS Bologna (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 3: winless Novipiu CM was beaten by Cimberio VA on the road 72-64. Fabi Shoes lost to Lottomatica on its own court 67-76. CS Bologna unfortunately lost to Armani MI in Milano 64-79.
The most impressive performance of 3rd round was 26 points and 5 rebounds by Luigi Datome of Lottomatica.


Cimberio VA - Novipiu CM 72-64

No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked Cimberio Varese (2-1) beat at home bottom-ranked Novipiu CM (0-3) 72-64 on Sunday. Novipiu CM was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Cimberio Varese dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Novipiu CM's 20. They outrebounded Novipiu CM 39-21 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for center Diego Fajardo (208-76, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds. French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Cimberio Varese's coach Carlo Recalcati used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Garrett Temple (197-86, college: LSU) answered with 18 points and 6 assists and the other American import swingman Matt Janning (193-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 9 points in the effort for Novipiu CM. Cimberio Varese moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams. Newly promoted Novipiu CM still closes the standings with three games lost. Cimberio Varese will face Lottomatica Roma (#4) on the road in the next round. Novipiu CM will play against the league's second-placed Pepsi Caserta (#2) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: D.Fajardo 16+6reb, K.Kangur 12+5reb+2ast, Y.Diawara 11+6reb+2ast, T.Rannikko 7+2reb+2ast, R.Stipcevic 7+5reb+5ast, J.Talts 6+7reb+1ast
Novipiu CM: G.Temple 18+1reb+6ast, M.Janning 9+4reb+2ast, M.Malaventura 9, S.Pierich 8+3reb, O.Nnamaka 8+2reb+3ast, D.Chiotti 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 135225


Vanoli CR - Banco di Sard. 89-92

Important game to mention about took place in Cremona. Ninth ranked Banco di Sard. (2-1) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Vanoli-Braga (1-2) 92-89 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vanoli-Braga. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vanoli-Braga won fourth quarter 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Banco di Sard. made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Banco di Sard. outrebounded Vanoli-Braga 39-28 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. His fellow American import guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Croatian forward Jasmin Perkovic (203-80) answered with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and American guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St., agency: VVG Sports) added 23 points in the effort for Vanoli-Braga. Four Vanoli-Braga players scored in double figures. Banco di Sard. moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Vanoli-Braga dropped to the eleventh position with two games lost. Banco di Sard. will face Armani Milano (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Vanoli-Braga will play against CS Bologna (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: D.Diener 23+3reb+2ast, Q.Hosley 20+4reb+1ast, T.Diener 15+5reb+8ast, B.Sacchetti 9+4reb, G.DeVecchi 8+2reb, K.Benson 8+13reb
Vanoli CR: V.Wafer 23+4reb+2ast, M.Milic 20+5reb+1ast, J.Perkovic 19+6reb+4ast, B.Tabu-Eboma 10+4reb+3ast, D.Cinciarini 8+1reb+1ast, S.Kuzminskas 6+3reb
gschID: 135226


Fabi Shoes - Lottomatica 67-76

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Lottomatica Roma and 13th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro had identical 1-1 record. But Fabi Shoes Montegranaro was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Roma 76-67 on Sunday night. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 42-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for international swingman Luigi Datome (202-87) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Bosnian forward Nihad Dedovic (196-90, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American-Swiss power forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) answered with 9 points and 11 rebounds and Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 6 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. Lottomatica Roma (2-1) moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Fabi Shoes Montegranaro dropped to the eleventh position with two games lost. Lottomatica Roma will face Cimberio Varese (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against Umana Venezia.
Top scorers:
Lottomatica: L.Datome 26+5reb+1ast, N.Dedovic 17+3reb, C.Tucker 10+3reb+2ast, A.Maestranzi 7+1reb+3ast, V.Dasic 6+4reb, A.Crosariol 6+8reb+2ast
Fabi Shoes: C.Karl 12+1reb+1ast, I.Zoroski 11+3reb, F.Di Bella 10+6reb+2ast, J.McNeal 10+2reb+3ast, G.Brunner 9+11reb+2ast, D.Ivanov 6+11reb+1ast
gschID: 135227


Angelico BI - Banca Tercas 69-67

A very interesting game took place in Biella. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of bottom-ranked Banca Tercas (0-3) to seventh ranked Angelico Biella (2-1) 69-67 on Sunday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Banca Tercas cut a 18-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Spanish center Albert Miralles (208-82, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and American power forward Brandon Brown (202-81, college: Tulane) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Banca Tercas players scored in double figures. Angelico Biella moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams. Banca Tercas at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be Montepaschi Siena (#6) at home. Banca Tercas will play against Air Avellino (#7) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: A.Miralles 14+7reb, J.Pullen 14+1reb+1ast, A.Coleman 12+12reb+2ast, T.Dragicevic 9+5reb+2ast, M.Soragna 8+5reb+4ast, M.Chessa 5+2reb
Banca Tercas: B.Brown 18+5reb+1ast, D.Brown 12+3reb+4ast, B.Cerella 10+5reb+4ast, V.Amoroso 10+11reb+3ast, R.Fultz 6+6reb, B.Wanamaker 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 135228


Umana Venezia - Bennet Cantu 76-80

SerieA top team - Bennet Cantu (3-0) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Umana Venezia (0-2) 80-76. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-20. But Umana Venezia won second period 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bennet Cantu made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Gianluca Basile (192-75) who led the winners and scored 19 points. Serbian power forward Marko Scekic (207-81, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Umana Venezia in the defeat. Four Umana Venezia players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Bennet Cantu have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record. Loser Umana Venezia still closes the standings with two games lost. Bennet Cantu will meet at home Scavolini Pesaro (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Umana Venezia will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: G.Basile 19+2reb+1ast, M.Scekic 12+7reb+1ast, V.Micov 12+4reb+4ast, G.Shermadini 9+4reb, M.Leunen 8+5reb+3ast, M.Markoishvili 6
Umana Venezia: T.Bowers 20+6reb+2ast, S.Szewczyk 16+10reb+2ast, K.Clark 14+2reb+3ast, A.Young 14+1ast, S.Bryan 5+1reb, T.Slay 4+2ast
gschID: 135229


Montepaschi - Pepsi Caserta 65-69

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Montepaschi Siena (2-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by leader Pepsi Caserta (2-0) 69-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Montepaschi Siena. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 20-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Pepsi Caserta outrebounded Montepaschi Siena 41-29 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian guard Rimantas Kaukenas (193-77, college: Seton Hall) answered with 15 points and American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) added 14 points in the effort for Montepaschi Siena. Four Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. Montepaschi Siena's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Pepsi Caserta moved-up to second place. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena dropped to the third position with one game lost. They share it with 6 other teams. Pepsi Caserta are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Novipiu CM (#17) in Casale in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Montepaschi Siena will play on the road against Angelico Biella (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Pepsi Caserta: A.Collins 18+2reb+2ast, A.Smith 16+9reb+1ast, A.Stipanovic 15+15reb, G.Maresca 9+2reb+4ast, A.Righetti 7+5reb+1ast, O.Efejuku 2+1reb+1ast
Montepaschi: R.Kaukenas 15+2reb+2ast, B.McCalebb 14+1reb+2ast, P.Aradori 12+3reb+1ast, D.Andersen 11+4reb+1ast, D.Summers 6+2reb, A.Michelori 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 135222


Armani MI - CS Bologna 79-64

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Armani Milano and 8th ranked CS Bologna had identical 1-1 record. This time Armani Milano used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Bologna 79-64 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Armani Milano. CS Bologna was better in fourth quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded CS Bologna 44-21 including a 36-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Armani Milano looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for Greek forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 7 rebounds. American-Montenegrin point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, college: St.John's, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, agency: World Sport Agency) answered with 10 points and 6 rebounds and international guard Giuseppe Poeta (190-85) added 11 points and 4 assists in the effort for CS Bologna. Armani Milano (2-1) moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser CS Bologna dropped to the eleventh position with two games lost. Armani Milano will face Banco di Sard. (#5) in Sassari in the next round. CS Bologna will play at home against Vanoli-Braga (#14) in Cremona.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: A.Fotsis 15+7reb+1ast, M.Hairston 13+2reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 12+6reb+1ast, D.Nicholas 10+2ast, D.Gallinari 8+8reb+3ast, L.Radosevic 6+4reb
CS Bologna: P.Koponen 14+2ast, G.Poeta 11+3reb+4ast, V.Sanikidze 10+6reb+3ast, T.McIntyre 8+1reb+2ast, C.Douglas-Roberts 8+1reb+1ast, D.Gailius 7+1reb
gschID: 135223


Sidigas AV - Benetton TV 83-75

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Benetton Treviso (1-2) against sixth ranked Air Avellino (2-1) on Saturday night. Visiting Benetton Treviso was defeated by Air Avellino in a tough game in Avellino 75-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Benetton Treviso. It looked good early as Benetton Treviso took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Air Avellino had a 24-21 second period charge getting the lead and Benetton Treviso was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-83. Air Avellino forced 19 Benetton Treviso turnovers. Benetton Treviso was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American-Spanish guard Taquan Dean (193-83, college: Louisville) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. American forward Linton Johnson (203-80, college: Tulane, agency: Priority Sports) helped adding 16 points and 14 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jeff Adrien (202-86, college: Connecticut, agency: Priority Sports) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized American center Brian Scalabrine (206-78, college: USC) scored 18 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Air Avellino moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams. Benetton Treviso at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Air Avellino will play against Banca Tercas (#16) in Teramo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Benetton Treviso will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sidigas AV: T.Dean 26+6reb+4ast, L.Johnson 16+14reb, R.Slay 15+2reb+3ast, J.Golemac 12+6reb+3ast, V.Spinelli 7+1reb+1ast, D.Lauwers 5+4reb
Benetton TV: B.Scalabrine 18+3reb, J.Adrien 15+13reb, M.Bulleri 11+3ast, G.Mekel 10+1reb+4ast, A.Gentile 8+5reb+1ast, S.Becirovic 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 135224




Lega2 Round 4: Centrale Latte loses a game and the top position to Trenkwalder RE - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Centrale Latte (3-1) in Brescia on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Trenkwalder RE (3-0) 94-90. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Centrale Latte. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. Centrale Latte was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 26-21 charge of Trenkwalder RE, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Centrale Latte helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Leemire Goldwire (180-85, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) responded with 22 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Trenkwalder RE have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Centrale Latte at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Giorgio Tesi PT and Givova Scafati. Trenkwalder RE are looking forward to face Prima Veroli (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Centrale Latte will play against Tezenis Verona (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Biancoblu BO (2-1) against seventh ranked Tuscany Pistoia (3-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Biancoblu BO was defeated by Tuscany Pistoia in Pistoia 76-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Biancoblu BO. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The winners were led by naturalized American guard Donte Mathis (190-77, college: Texas St.) who scored that evening 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Bobby Jones supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Tuscany Pistoia's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds by forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) did not help to save the game for Biancoblu BO. Tuscany Pistoia moved-up to second place, which they share with Centrale Latte and Givova Scafati. Newly promoted Biancoblu BO dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. Tuscany Pistoia will play against bottom-ranked S.Antimo (#15) in Sant'Antimo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Biancoblu BO will play on the road against MarcoPoloShop.it (#11) in Forli and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Tezenis Verona has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. The win is especially important as they edged much higher ranked Aget Imola (2-2) 75-73 on Sunday. Mario West fired 16 points and 4 steals for the winners. David Cournooh produced 25 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) for lost side. Tezenis Verona (1-3) left bottom position moving up to twelfth place, which they share with Prima Veroli and Assi Ostuni. Loser Aget Imola dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Tezenis Verona will meet league's second-placed Centrale Latte in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Aget Imola will play against Assi Ostuni (#12) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Scafati supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Fileni BPA (2-2) played at the court of sixth ranked Givova Scafati (3-1). Givova Scafati smashed Fileni BPA 95-65. It was a key game for the second position in the league. It was a very good performance for Paul Marigney who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 rebounds. Givova Scafati's coach Massimo Bianchi felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Givova Scafati have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Giorgio Tesi PT and Centrale Latte. Fileni BPA at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Givova Scafati's next round opponent will be Morpho Basket (#8) in Piacenza where they are favorite.
An interesting game took place in Barcellona where 9th ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (1-2) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Sigma Barcellona (2-2) 85-80 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Michael Hicks who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 8 rebounds. Sigma Barcellona moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser MarcoPoloShop.it dropped to the eleventh position with two games lost. Sigma Barcellona will face Enel Brindisi (#9) on the road in the next round. MarcoPoloShop.it will play against Biancoblu BO in Bologna.

In the last two games of round 4 Morpho Basket won against Assi Ostuni on the opponent's court 89-78. Prima Veroli unfortunately lost to Enel Brindisi in a home game 65-76.



Centrale Latte - Trenkwalder 90-94

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Centrale Latte (3-1) in Brescia on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Trenkwalder RE (3-0) 94-90. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Centrale Latte. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. Centrale Latte was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 26-21 charge of Trenkwalder RE, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Centrale Latte helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international forward Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Leemire Goldwire (180-85, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) responded with 22 points, 6 assists and 5 steals and Lithuanian center Deividas Busma (213-87, college: Idaho St.) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Five Centrale Latte players scored in double figures. Trenkwalder RE have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Centrale Latte at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Giorgio Tesi PT and Givova Scafati. Trenkwalder RE are looking forward to face Prima Veroli (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Centrale Latte will play against Tezenis Verona (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Centrale Latte: L.Goldwire 22+3reb+6ast, F.Bushati 14+3reb+2ast, M.Jose Ghersetti 13+5reb+2ast, D.Busma 11+10reb, R.Thompson 10+7reb, L.Gergati 9+2reb+1ast
Trenkwalder: D.Taylor 29+11reb+6ast, R.Valenti 16+6reb, R.Chiacig 12+3reb+1ast, D.Slanina 11+1reb, M.Frassineti 10+2reb, D.Filloy 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 135467


Tezenis Verona - Aget Imola 75-73

Tezenis Verona has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. The win is especially important as they edged much higher ranked Aget Imola (2-2) 75-73 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 43-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tezenis Verona forced 19 Aget Imola turnovers. American guard Mario West (196-84, college: Georgia Tech) fired 16 points and 4 steals for the winners. Serbian-Greek forward Dusan Vukcevic (201-75, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points. Four Tezenis Verona players scored in double figures. Naturalized Ghanian guard David Cournooh (190-90) produced 25 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) and Slovenian guard Gregor Hafnar (195-77) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Tezenis Verona (1-3) left bottom position moving up to twelfth place, which they share with Prima Veroli and Assi Ostuni. Loser Aget Imola dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Tezenis Verona will meet league's second-placed Centrale Latte in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Aget Imola will play against Assi Ostuni (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Aget Imola: D.Cournooh 25+3reb+1ast, D.Bruttini 11+5reb+1ast, G.Hafnar 10+5reb+3ast, F.Masoni 9+3reb, T.Kotti 8+5reb, P.Prato 6+2reb
Tezenis Verona: D.Vukcevic 18+1reb, M.West 16+4reb+2ast, G.Boscagin 14+3reb+1ast, A.Porta 10+6ast, S.Edwards 8+5reb+2ast, C.DiGiuliomaria 5+7reb
gschID: 135468


Assi Ostuni - Morpho Basket 78-89

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Morpho Basket and 10th ranked Assi Ostuni had identical 1-2 record. But Assi Ostuni was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Piacenza 89-78 on Sunday night. Assi Ostuni was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Morpho Basket made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Assi Ostuni was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds and American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, agency: Lanshire Group) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Morpho Basket players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Aaron Johnson (172-88, college: UAB) responded with 18 points and 7 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and Latvian swingman Mareks Jurevicus (198-85) scored 22 points. Morpho Basket (2-2) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Assi Ostuni at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the twelfth position with three games lost. Morpho Basket will face higher ranked Givova Scafati (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Assi Ostuni will play against Aget Imola (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Assi Ostuni: M.Jurevicus 22+3reb+2ast, A.Johnson 18+3reb+7ast, F.Basei 12+5reb, T.Rinaldi 8+2reb, J.Klobucar 7+4reb+2ast, D.Diliegro 6+7reb
Morpho Basket: G.Scarone 18+1reb+4ast, C.Cotis Harrison 18+6reb+3ast, A.Voskuil 17+6reb+2ast, D.Anderson 15+7reb+2ast, L.Infante 11+5reb, R.Amoroso 4
gschID: 135469


Sigma Barcel. - MarcoPoloShop 85-80

An interesting game took place in Barcellona where 9th ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (1-2) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Sigma Barcellona (2-2) 85-80 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-80. Sigma Barcellona made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (193-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who added 19 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard Austin Freeman (190-89, college: Georgetown) responded with 28 points (made all of his seven free throws) and his fellow American import forward Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St., agency: Pro One Sports) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Sigma Barcellona moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser MarcoPoloShop.it dropped to the eleventh position with two games lost. Sigma Barcellona will face Enel Brindisi (#9) on the road in the next round. MarcoPoloShop.it will play against Biancoblu BO in Bologna.
Top scorers:
MarcoPoloShop: A.Freeman 28+1reb+1ast, T.Easley 23+7reb, R.Casoli 7+5reb, L.Campani 7+2reb, R.Nardi 5+1reb+5ast, S.Huff 4+8reb+1ast
Sigma Barcel.: M.Hicks 30+8reb, M.Green 19+3reb+5ast, M.Lukauskis 13+5reb+1ast, M.Mocavero 8+7reb+1ast, P.Martin 7+6reb+1ast, R.Bucci 5+2reb
gschID: 135463


Prima Veroli - Enel Brindisi 65-76

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Enel Brindisi and 12th ranked Prima Veroli had identical 1-2 record. But Prima Veroli was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Brindisi 76-65 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Enel Brindisi. Prima Veroli was better in fourth quarter 16-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Albanian swingman Klaudio Ndoja (198-85) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian forward Dejan Borovnjak (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) who added 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) scored 14 points. Enel Brindisi (2-2) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Prima Veroli lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with three games lost. Enel Brindisi will face Sigma Barcellona (#6) at home in the next round. Prima Veroli will play against the league's leader Trenkwalder RE (#1) in Reggio Emilia.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: D.Brkic 17+9reb, J.Jackson 14+1reb+2ast, J.Rowe 12+1reb+1ast, I.Gatto 7+6reb+1ast, R.Rullo 6+1reb, R.Cortese 4+2reb
Enel Brindisi: D.Borovnjak 18+8reb+2ast, K.Ndoja 17+7reb+5ast, A.Renfroe 15+5reb+3ast, M.Formenti 9+2reb+2ast, C.Callahan 7+6reb+1ast, M.Maestrello 6+2reb
gschID: 135464


Givova Scafati - Fileni BPA 95-65

The game in Scafati supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Fileni BPA (2-2) played at the court of sixth ranked Givova Scafati (3-1). Givova Scafati smashed Fileni BPA 95-65. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Givova Scafati led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Givova Scafati forced 21 Fileni BPA turnovers. It was a very good performance for American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 rebounds. The former international swingman Andrea Ghiacci (200-81) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Givova Scafati players scored in double figures. Givova Scafati's coach Massimo Bianchi felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Jeff Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) added 18 points in the effort for Fileni BPA. Givova Scafati have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Giorgio Tesi PT and Centrale Latte. Fileni BPA at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Givova Scafati's next round opponent will be Morpho Basket (#8) in Piacenza where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Fileni BPA: J.Brooks 18+4reb+1ast, M.Maggioli 16+7reb+1ast, R.McConnell 12+4reb+1ast, M.Santiangeli 8+5reb, R.Hoover 6+2reb+5ast, M.Battisti 4+1reb+3ast
Givova Scafati: P.Marigney 24+5reb+3ast, A.Ghiacci 19+5reb+1ast, M.Casini 13+2ast, O.Gueye 12+3reb+2ast, J.Thomas 9+8reb, N.Radulovic 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 135465


Giorgio Tesi PT - Biancoblu BO 76-61

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Biancoblu BO (2-1) against seventh ranked Tuscany Pistoia (3-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Biancoblu BO was defeated by Tuscany Pistoia in Pistoia 76-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Biancoblu BO. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Tuscany Pistoia dominated on the defensive end, holding Biancoblu BO to just 6 points in second quarter. Tuscany Pistoia forced 23 Biancoblu BO turnovers. Biancoblu BO was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by naturalized American guard Donte Mathis (190-77, college: Texas St.) who scored that evening 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Tuscany Pistoia's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds by forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) did not help to save the game for Biancoblu BO. The former international guard Brett Blizzard (191-80, college: NC-Wilmington) added 12 points and 4 assists for lost side. Four Biancoblu BO players scored in double figures. Tuscany Pistoia moved-up to second place, which they share with Centrale Latte and Givova Scafati. Newly promoted Biancoblu BO dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. Tuscany Pistoia will play against bottom-ranked S.Antimo (#15) in Sant'Antimo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Biancoblu BO will play on the road against MarcoPoloShop.it (#11) in Forli and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Biancoblu BO: B.Blizzard 12+4reb+4ast, P.Baldassarre 11+11reb+2ast, T.Kelley 11+6reb+2ast, A.Pecile 10+1ast, E.Dimsa 6+6reb+1ast, M.Canavesi 5+2reb
Giorgio Tesi PT: D.Hardy 17+1reb, D.Mathis 15+6reb+5ast, B.Jones 14+7reb+2ast, G.Galanda 9+10reb+1ast, G.Yango 8+6reb, F.Toppo 8+7reb+3ast
gschID: 135466




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


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Recanati
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Evangelisti, Recan.18.6 
 2. Musso, Napoli18.0 
 3. Mei, Comsum.it SI17.7 
 4. Benevelli, Orlandi.16.8 
 5. Fabi, Treviglio16.8 
 6. Cantagalli, Matera16.3 
 7. Portannese, Torino16.0 
 8. Carra, Trieste15.8 
 9. Micevic, Latina B.15.8 
 10. Prandin, Casalp.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.0 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli10.8 
 3. Benevelli, Orlandi.10.6 
 4. Tessitori, Comsum..9.0 
 5. Crow, Orlandina8.8 
 6. Pazzi, Trento8.2 
 7. Ferraro, Trieste7.8 
 8. Ianes, Ferentino7.6 
 9. Cotani, Castelletto7.6 
 10. Gandini, Trieste7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna5.8 
 2. Stanic, Fabriano5.2 
 3. Malamov, Anagni4.8 
 4. Vico, Matera3.8 
 5. Rivali, Santarcang.3.8 
 6. Musso, Napoli3.8 
 7. Caroldi, Perugia3.8 
 8. Zanelli, Orlandina3.6 
 9. Conte, Trento3.5 
 10. Rajola, Chieti3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Ferentino
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Guarino, Ferentino4.8 
 2. Malamov, Anagni4.0 
 3. Iardella, Fabriano3.8 
 4. Musso, Napoli3.5 
 5. Vico, Matera3.3 
 6. Feliciangeli, Chie.3.3 
 7. Cazzaniga, Pavia3.3 
 8. Raspino, Omegna3.2 
 9. Mei, Comsum.it SI3.2 
 10. Rossi, Chieti3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.6 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.5 
 3. Bozzetto, Pavia1.3 
 4. Raminelli, Castell.1.2 
 5. Cotani, Castelletto1.2 
 6. Pascolo, Trento1.2 
 7. Gandini, Trieste1.0 
 8. Trapella, Fabriano1.0 
 9. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.0 
 10. Biligha, Casalp.1.0 


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


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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Pepsi C.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 24
 1. Smith, Pepsi C.24.0 
 2. Dean, Sidigas AV21.7 
 3. Pullen, Angelico BI19.3 
 4. Datome, Lottomat.19.3 
 5. Wafer, Vanoli CR19.0 
 6. Clark, Umana V.18.5 
 7. Temple, Novipiu CM18.0 
 8. Diener, Banco d.17.7 
 9. Diener, Banco d.17.3 
 10. Hackett, Scavolin.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Benetton TV
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Adrien, Benetton11.3 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas10.7 
 3. Brunner, Fabi Shoes10.3 
 4. Amoroso, Banca T.10.3 
 5. Homan, CS Bologna9.3 
 6. Troutman, Sidig.9.0 
 7. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.7 
 8. Miralles, Angelico.7.7 
 9. Micov, Bennet C.7.7 
 10. Andersen, Montep.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (169-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.3 
 2. Diener, Banco d.5.3 
 3. Stipcevic, Cimberi.5.0 
 4. Cook, Armani MI4.7 
 5. Cavaliero, Scavoli.4.5 
 6. Temple, Novipiu CM4.3 
 7. McIntyre, CS Bo.4.3 
 8. Brown, Banca T.4.3 
 9. Clark, Umana V.4.0 
 10. Collins, Pepsi C.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Pepsi C.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Smith, Pepsi C.4.0 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas3.7 
 3. Efejuku, Pepsi C.3.0 
 4. Pullen, Angelico BI3.0 
 5. Bowers, Umana V.3.0 
 6. Tucker, Lottomat.2.7 
 7. Cook, Armani MI2.7 
 8. Green, Sidigas AV2.7 
 9. Datome, Lottomat.2.7 
 10. Dean, 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. Lavrinovic, Montep.1.0 
 4. Efejuku, Pepsi C.1.0 
 5. Summers, Montepas.1.0 
 6. Sandri, Benetton1.0 
 7. Gallinari, Armani1.0 
 8. Shermadini, Bennet1.0 
 9. Johnson, Sidigas1.0 
 10. Hairston, Armani1.0 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Austin FREEMAN
  MarcoPol.
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 31.7
 1. Freeman, MarcoPol.31.7 
 2. Taylor, Trenkwal.22.3 
 3. Marigney, Givova S.22.0 
 4. Hardy, Giorgio21.0 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.19.8 
 6. Teague, S.Antimo19.3 
 7. George, S.Antimo18.3 
 8. Goldwire, Centra.18.0 
 9. Easley, MarcoPol.17.0 
 10. West, Tezenis16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Thomas, Givova S.10.8 
 2. Easley, MarcoPol.9.0 
 3. Anderson, Morpho B.8.8 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.8.5 
 5. Diliegro, Assi Ost.8.3 
 6. Filloy, Trenkwalder8.0 
 7. Callahan, Enel B.8.0 
 8. Chiacig, Trenkwald.7.7 
 9. Brooks, Fileni BPA7.5 
 10. Farioli, Centrale.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Roman NARDI
  MarcoPol.
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Nardi, MarcoPol.7.0 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.6.0 
 3. Cantone, S.Antimo5.7 
 4. Porta, Tezenis5.0 
 5. Goldwire, Centra.4.5 
 6. Blizzard, Biancobl.4.0 
 7. Mathis, Giorgio3.8 
 8. Green, Sigma B.3.8 
 9. Taylor, Trenkwal.3.3 
 10. Hafnar, Aget Imo.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. Boscagin, Tezeni.3.5 
 4. Radulovic, Givova3.3 
 5. Green, Sigma B.3.0 
 6. McConnell, Fileni2.8 
 7. Rowe, Prima Veroli2.8 
 8. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.7 
 9. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.7 
 10. Thompson, Centra.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Christian DIGIULIOMARIA
  Tezeni.
  (208-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. DiGiuliomari., Tez.1.5 
 2. Edwards, Tezenis1.0 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.0 
 4. Campbell, S.Antimo1.0 
 5. Busma, Centrale.0.8 
 6. Baldassarre, Bianc.0.7 
 7. Rossetti, Assi Ost.0.7 
 8. Dimsa, Biancobl.0.7 
 9. Gurini, Giorgio0.5 
 10. Brkic, Prima Vero.0.5 


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  JAPAN   


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


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


U16 Asia Championship:Japan outsmart Indonesia to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
Japan U16 - Indonesia U16 77:46

Japan maintained their perfect record at the U16 Asia Championship. They overcame Indonesia to climb at 4-0 record on top of Group F. Taisei Shirato (181-G-95) knocked down 21 points to lead the charge. Indonesia fell at 2-2 record after the loss.
Japan strongly entered the encounter. They outscored Indonesia 19:9 in the opening ten minutes. Japan maintained the pressure in the second frame. The margin grew at 26-point mark at the interval 44:18. Japan unloaded 28 points in the third term to boost the gap. Indonesia however showed character in the final stanza. They limited Japan to just 5 points and cut the deficit to sweeten the pill at the end. Yusei Sugiura (194-C-95) posted 13 points, while Yudai Baba (190-F-95) added 12 points in the win. Hans Abraham (179-G-95) responded with 13 points for Indonesia. Muhammad Fahdani (185-F/C-96) had 10 points in the losing case.

Japan U16: Taisei Shirato 21, Yusei Sugiura 13, Yudai Baba 12
Indonesia U16: Hans Abraham 13, Muhammad Fahdani 10


BJ League Round 4 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
Round 4 means everything may happen in BJ League as the season just started. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Osaka Evessa (2-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Okinawa GK (3-0) 75-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. Osaka Evessa was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Okinawa GK dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Osaka Evessa's 36. American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Narito Namizato (175-89) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) produced 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Okinawa GK have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Osaka Evessa at the other side dropped to the third place with one game lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Okinawa GK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Osaka Evessa will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 4 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Oita H.Devils was crushed by Shiga L-Stars in a road game 90-66. Winless Takamatsu FA lost to undefeated Shimane SM at home 73-80. Fukuoka Rizing won against Miyazaki SS on the opponent's court 78-72. Kyoto Hannar. managed to outperform Toyama Grouses in a home game 84-70. Winless Iwate Big Bulls were rolled over Akita NH on the road 95-75. Shinshu BW were crushed by Saitama Bron. on its own court 62-83. Sendai 89ers beat Hamamatsu P. in a road game 74-71.
The best stats of 4th round was 30 points and 7 rebounds by Michael Parker of Shimane SM.


Shiga L-Stars - Oita H.Devils 90-66

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Shiga L-Stars and 5th ranked Oita Heat Devils had identical 1-1 record. This time Shiga L-Stars used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Oita 90-66 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Shiga L-Stars. Oita Heat Devils was better in second period 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shiga L-Stars dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Oita Heat Devils' 44. Shiga L-Stars looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Shiga L-Stars (2-1) moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Oita Heat Devils dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face again Oita Heat Devils (#7) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: W.White 21+4reb+1ast, T.Cummings 19+7reb+1ast, M.Lottich 8+6reb+3ast, N.Takushi 6+5reb+5ast, M.Ohara 5+3reb, Z.Atkinson 4+4reb
Shiga L-Stars: D.Gomez Camargo 20+14reb+2ast, J.Peppers 15+4reb+3ast, R.Nixon 13+7reb+7ast, S.Ogawa 12+1reb+2ast, J.Ashby 11+10reb+2ast, Y.Okada 11+1reb+4ast
gschID: 141873


Osaka Evessa - Okinawa GK 69-75

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Osaka Evessa (2-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Okinawa GK (3-0) 75-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. Osaka Evessa was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Okinawa GK dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Osaka Evessa's 36. American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Narito Namizato (175-89) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. American forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) produced 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks respectively for lost side. Okinawa GK have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Osaka Evessa at the other side dropped to the third place with one game lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Okinawa GK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Osaka Evessa will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 28+7reb+4ast, C.Aoki 13+1reb+1ast, L.Blackledge 11+7reb+2ast, S.Takeda 7+3reb+1ast, W.Marshall 6+2reb+2ast, K.Tyner 2+2ast
Okinawa GK: J.Newton 24+12reb+3ast, N.Namizato 14+6reb+6ast, D.Larkai 12+4reb, R.Okosa 12+3reb+4ast, N.Kosuge 11+3reb, A.McHenry 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 141874


Takamatsu FA - Shimane SM 73-80

No shocking result in a game when top-ranked Shimane Magic (3-0) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Takamatsu FA (0-3) 80-73 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-17. But Takamatsu FA won second period 20-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 9 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) fired 30 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Shimane Magic have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Takamatsu FA still closes the standings with three games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round. Takamatsu FA will play again at home against the league's second-placed Shimane Magic (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: M.Nunnally 26+12reb, P.Butorac 19+5reb+2ast, S.Takada 14+2reb, M.Suzuki 5+2reb, K.Tsutsumi 4+4ast, N.Williams 3+3reb
Shimane SM: M.Parker 30+7reb+1ast, R.Golson 14+8reb+4ast, E.Yamamoto 11+3reb+8ast, B.Puckett 10+9reb, T.Yokoo 8+1reb+5ast, J.Davis 4+2reb
gschID: 141875


Miyazaki SS - Fukuoka Rizing 72-78

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Fukuoka Rizing and bottom-ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns had identical 0-2 record. But Miyazaki Shining Suns were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Fukuoka 78-72 on Saturday night. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-16. But Miyazaki Shining Suns won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fukuoka Rizing shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M - C.C., agency: VVG Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Fukuoka Rizing (1-2) left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. It was Miyazaki Shining Suns' third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play again at home against Fukuoka Rizing (#6) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: D.Lyons 20+2reb, D.Dora 16+20reb+5ast, L.Witcher 13+5reb+3ast, I.Harris 8+1reb, O.Shinnosuke 8+1reb+1ast, T.Shimizu 4+3reb+3ast
Fukuoka Rizing: K.Palmer 19+11reb+2ast, A.Takeno 18+3reb+4ast, C.Dixon 14+1reb, S.Ishitani 13+2reb+1ast, G.Hamilton 10+13reb+7ast, G.Inman 2+1reb
gschID: 141876


Kyoto Hannar. - Toyama Grouses 84-70

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Kyoto Hannar. and 7th ranked Toyama Grouses had identical 1-1 record. This time Kyoto Hannar. used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Toyama 84-70 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Kyoto Hannar.. Toyama Grouses was better in fourth quarter 28-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Toyama Grouses outrebounded Kyoto Hannar. 44-32 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU) fired 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists. Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) added 7 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Kyoto Hannar. (2-1) moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Toyama Grouses dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will face again Toyama Grouses (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 16+11reb+4ast, D.Searcy 12+3reb+1ast, T.Mito 9+3reb+3ast, H.Johnson 7+12reb+2ast, I.Brown 6+5reb+4ast, M.Joho 6+3reb+4ast
Kyoto Hannar.: L.Allred 16+3reb+6ast, L.Cummard 16+6reb+5ast, J.Boyette 14+3reb+3ast, Y.Inoue 13+4reb, K.Setoyama 7+3reb+3ast, T.Kawabe 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 154916


Akita NH - Iwate Big Bulls 95-75

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (0-3) were outplayed on the road by fifth ranked Akita Happinets (2-1) 95-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Akita Happinets. Iwate Big Bulls was better in fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Akita Happinets looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Dutch-American power forward Stanley Ocitti (203-80, college: Binghamton) fired 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Kenny Taylor (192-82, college: Texas) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and guard Makoto Sawaguchi (184-91) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Akita Happinets moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Iwate Big Bulls still closes the standings with three games lost. Akita Happinets will face again Iwate Big Bulls (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: M.Sawaguchi 20+3reb+1ast, L.Malloy 13+12reb+1ast, T.Kennedy 11+7reb+3ast, S.Coleman 11+5reb, H.Kantake 8+3reb, Y.Yamamoto 6+2reb+2ast
Akita NH: S.Ocitti 18+8reb+3ast, K.Taylor 17+5reb+3ast, M.Gardener 12+7reb+6ast, D.Sweetney 12+6reb, Y.Kikuchi 10+3ast, R.Mizumachi 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 141869


Shinshu BW - Saitama Bron. 62-83

Everything could happen in Nagano at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Saitama Broncos and 7th ranked Shinshu BW had identical 1-1 record. But Shinshu BW was not able to use a home court advantage and was outleveled by the opponent from Saitama 83-62 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Saitama Broncos. Shinshu BW was better in second period 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saitama Broncos forced 19 Shinshu BW turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 25 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. point guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) fired 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) added 13 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Saitama Broncos (2-1) moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Shinshu BW dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Saitama Broncos will have a break next round. Shinshu BW will play again at home against Saitama Broncos (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: L.Roberts 18+8reb+2ast, E.Morris 13+6reb+2ast, D.Raivio 7+1reb+2ast, T.Utsunomiya 7+1reb, T.Hughes 6+6reb+1ast, T.Saito 6+2reb+3ast
Saitama Bron.: K.Satterfield 26+7reb+3ast, J.Flowers 20+9reb, G.Hughes 16+11reb, D.Terashita 8+3reb, J.Humphrey 5+4reb, S.Maki 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141870


Chiba Jets - Yokohama BC 82-80 OT

Chiba needed overtime to beat Yokohama 82:80 as Hargrow stepped up with 28 points and Staten added 27 points and 13 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Yokohama: J.Burrell 20+10reb+1ast, M.Simmons 18+4reb+2ast, K.Yamada 11+6reb+3ast, S.Hisayama 9+2reb, T.Aoki 9+7reb+4ast, C.McFarland 8+12reb
Chiba Jets: M.Hargrow 28+5reb+5ast, J.Staten 27+13reb+3ast, G.Moliva 8+8reb, T.Ishida 8+1reb+1ast, R.Itakura 5+7reb+3ast, H.Sato 4+1ast
gschID: 141871


Hamamatsu P. - Sendai 89ers 71-74

There was no surprise in Mikawa where 9th ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (1-4) was edged by top-ranked Sendai 89ers (3-0) 74-71 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Oneal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Fitzgerald is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sendai 89ers keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Hamamatsu Phoenix lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the ninth place with four games lost. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play again at home against the league's second-placed Sendai 89ers (#2).
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: W.Arnold 18+8reb+2ast, A.Ohta 15+7reb+1ast, J.Parmer 15+10reb+2ast, S.Nakanishi 12+3reb, K.Tomori 5+4reb+2ast, M.Ohguchi 4+2reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: O.Mims 23+12reb+4ast, D.Fitzgerald 17+12reb, J.Dukes 15+4reb+5ast, T.Komoda 11+5reb+2ast, T.Shimura 3+5reb+4ast, H.Kusaka 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 141872




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  KOSOVO   


Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtine 1-0 
 2. Trepca 1-0 
 3. Peja 1-1 
 4. Bashkimi 1-1 
 5. Drita 1-1 
 6. Kolegji Univer. 0-1 
 7. Kosova 0-1 


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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 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 37
 1. Sims, VEF Riga37.0 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera22.3 
 3. Perry, VEF Riga22.0 
 4. Bertans, VEF Riga19.0 
 5. Lucas, Valmiera18.8 
 6. Janicenoks, VEF R.18.5 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala18.0 
 8. Millage, VEF Riga16.5 
 9. Mayo, Liepaja16.3 
 10. Krumins, Jelgava16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Sims, VEF Riga12.5 
 2. Dargais, LU9.0 
 3. Willard, Ventspils8.7 
 4. Kalve, Valmiera8.3 
 5. Andriukaitis, Liep.8.0 
 6. Osins, LU7.5 
 7. Berzins, Ventspils7.0 
 8. Dukulis, Liepaja7.0 
 9. Vitas, Liepaja6.3 
 10. Butjankovs, Valmi.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Davis CODERS
  Jurmala
  (182-G-92)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Coders, Jurmala5.5 
 2. Mayo, Liepaja5.3 
 3. Perry, VEF Riga4.5 
 4. Janicenoks, VEF R.4.0 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.0 
 6. Lucas, Valmiera3.8 
 7. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.5 
 8. Young, Ventspils3.3 
 9. Vaikulis, Jurmala3.0 
 10. Valters, VEF Riga3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kristaps JANICENOKS
  VEF R.
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Janicenoks, VEF R.4.0 
 2. Millage, VEF Riga3.5 
 3. Peiners, LU3.5 
 4. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 5. Kosuskins, Jurmala2.0 
 6. Cain, VEF Riga2.0 
 7. Krumins, Jelgava1.7 
 8. Steinbergs, Turiba1.5 
 9. Mednis, Turiba1.5 
 10. Mizis, Turiba1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Edmunds DUKULIS
  Liepaja
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dukulis, Liepaja2.0 
 2. Cain, VEF Riga1.3 
 3. Rozitis, Valmiera1.3 
 4. Jonats, Jurmala1.0 
 5. Bertans, VEF Riga1.0 
 6. Justovics, Jelgava0.7 
 7. Willard, Ventspils0.7 
 8. Krumins, Jelgava0.7 
 9. Vaikulis, Jurmala0.5 
 10. Dargais, LU0.5 


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  LEBANON   


Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Hoops 1-0 
 2. Al Riyadi 0-0 
 3. Antranik 0-0 
 4. Byblos 0-0 
 5. Chabab 0-0 
 6. Champville 0-0 
 7. Moutahed 0-0 
 8. Sagesse 0-0 
 9. Bejjeh 0-0 
 10. Anibal 0-1 


U16 Asia Championship: China stun Lebanon to keep perfect record - by Eurobasket News
China U16 - Lebanon U16 88:42

China registered the fifth straight win at the U16 Asia Championship. They shot down Lebanon to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group E. China will fight against one of their biggest rivals South Korea for the top place in the pool tomorrow. Lebanon fell at 2-2 record after the loss.
China outscored their opponents 22:5 in the first ten minutes to clear off. They maintained the lead throughout the second and third periods. China stayed aggressive defensively limiting offensive options of Lebanon. China held their opponents to 9 points in the fourth frame marching to the victory at the end. Zhou Qi (215-C-96) knocked down 16 points to pace China. Yu Dehao (188-G-95) and Yan Haoxin (90-G-95) added 12 points apiece in the winning effort. Jimmy Salem (190-G-95) responded with 14 points for Lebanon. Yaacoub Al Agha (206-C-95) nailed 6 points in the loss.

China U16: Zhou Qi 16, Yu Dehao 12, Yan Haoxin 12
Lebanon U16: Jimmy Salem 14, Yaacoub Al Agha 6



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LKL Round 3: Four squads remain undefeated - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes, derby games and games ending by tiny margin.The most impressive performance of 3rd round was 30 points and 6 rebounds by Mindaugas Kuzminskas of Zalgiris.

Pieno Zvaigzdes - Neptunas 71-74

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Neptunas (2-1) edged 8th ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (1-3) in Pasvalys 74-71 on Friday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 26-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Pieno Zvaigzdes was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Martynas Mazeika (193-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Arinze Onuaku (206-87, college: Syracuse) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Zydrunas Kelys (188-87) answered with 15 points and 5 assists and forward Paulius Morkeliunas (201-85, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Pieno Zvaigzdes. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Neptunas moved-up to fifth place. Pieno Zvaigzdes lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: M.Mazeika 19+6reb+1ast, A.Onuaku 18+6reb, E.Dainys 11+2reb+7ast, M.Ruikis 8+3reb+3ast, A.Brunins 6+1reb+1ast, M.Runkaukas 5+4reb+1ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: Z.Kelys 15+5ast, P.Morkeliunas 12+7reb, L.Nobles 12+2ast, E.Kairys 7+3reb, T.Hughes 7+2reb+5ast, E.Bendzius 6+4reb
gschID: 146404


Rudupis - Naglis Palangos 95-62

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Rudupis as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Rudupis smashed bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos in Prienai 95-62. The game without a history. Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Rudupis outrebounded Naglis Palangos 42-30 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Naglis Palangos' players. It was a good game for forward Simas Buterlevicius (200-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Rudupis players scored in double figures. Paulius Kleiza (195-88) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Naglis Palangos. Rudupis have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Zalgiris. Naglis Palangos at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Naglis Palangos will play next round against Juventus trying to get back on the winning streak. Rudupis will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Sakalai in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 16+6reb+2ast, E.Zelionis 15+5reb, A.Juskevicius 14+5reb+7ast, A.Viskontas 14+2reb+5ast, S.Buterlevicius 13+11reb+2ast, P.Butkevicius 12+8reb
Naglis Palangos: P.Kleiza 18+5reb+1ast, B.Benn 13+5reb+1ast, D.Johnson 11+7reb+1ast, Z.Jasinskas 9+6reb+1ast, J.Petkevicius 6+1reb, M.Reminas 3+3reb
gschID: 146405


Juventus - Sakalai 86-89 OT

Sakalai needed 89:86 overtime victory over Juventus as Matulis scored 18 points and Samenas added 17.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: R.Matulis 18+7reb+4ast, L.Samenas 17+2reb+4ast, A.Peciukevicius 13+4reb+4ast, V.Sirvydis 11+4reb+2ast, A.Butkevicius 11+3reb+2ast, P.Joneliunas 11+9reb+1ast
Juventus: Z.Urbonas 21+3reb+2ast, D.Pakamanis 18+10reb+6ast, V.Volkus 17+6reb+1ast, A.Vasiliauskas 12+2reb+3ast, G.Maceina 6+2reb+5ast, G.Matulis 6+3reb
gschID: 146406


Baltai Kaunas - Zalgiris 73-91

Very expected game when 5th ranked Baltai Kaunas (1-2) lost at home to leader Zalgiris (4-0) 91-73 on Friday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 52-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zalgiris had a 28-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for international forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-89) who led his team to a victory with 30 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Mantas Kalnietis (196-86, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Zalgiris' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Estonian forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90) answered with 12 points and 6 rebounds and guard Edgaras Ulanovas (198-92) added 13 points in the effort for Baltai Kaunas. Four Zalgiris and five Baltai Kaunas players scored in double figures. Zalgiris have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 4-0 record, which they share with Rudupis. Loser Baltai Kaunas dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Zalgiris will have a break next round. Baltai Kaunas will play on the road against Lietuvos rytas (#3) in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: M.Kuzminskas 30+6reb+1ast, M.Popovic 16+2reb+3ast, M.Rakovic 15+6reb+1ast, P.Jankunas 11+5reb+6ast, M.Kalnietis 9+6reb+9ast, R.Javtokas 4+6reb+2ast
Baltai Kaunas: M.Delas 13+2reb+1ast, E.Ulanovas 13+4reb+3ast, S.Vene 12+6reb+3ast, M.Kupsas 10+3reb+1ast, Z.Janavicius 10+2reb+5ast, G.Zyle 9+3reb
gschID: 146407


Zalgiris - Pieno Zvaigzdes 91-74

Very predictable result when leader Zalgiris (4-0) won against 8th ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (1-3) in Kaunas 91-74 on Thursday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Zalgiris made 36-of-41 free shots (87.8 percent) during the game, while Pieno Zvaigzdes only scored twelve points from the stripe. They outrebounded Pieno Zvaigzdes 44-28 including a 36-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Pieno Zvaigzdes was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Serbian center Milovan Rakovic (208-85) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) contributed with 7 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. Forward Paulius Morkeliunas (201-85, college: LIU Brooklyn) answered with 12 points and American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin) added 13 points in the effort for Pieno Zvaigzdes. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zalgiris have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 4-0 record, which they share with Rudupis. Pieno Zvaigzdes lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: M.Rakovic 21+7reb+1ast, T.Lawson 13+1reb+1ast, D.Collins 12+4reb+1ast, R.Javtokas 10+7reb+1ast, M.Kuzminskas 9+2reb+1ast, S.Weems 7+10reb+2ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Hughes 13+2ast, P.Morkeliunas 12+2reb+2ast, E.Kairys 8+3reb, Z.Kelys 8+3reb+3ast, L.Nobles 7+1reb, A.Kieza 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 151406


Siauliai - Techasas 93-69

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked Techasas (0-3) was outscored on the road by leader Siauliai (3-0) 93-69 on Friday. The game without a history. Siauliai led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Siauliai forced 20 Techasas turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-91) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and guard Sarunas Kulevicius (190-89) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Techasas. Siauliai have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Lietuvos rytas. Loser Techasas still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: C.Long 19+5reb+3ast, V.Vasylius 16+6reb+3ast, D.Bowles 11+4reb+3ast, A.Siksnius 11+3reb, R.Gumeniuk 9+8reb+1ast, M.Zukauskas 7+1ast
Techasas: O.Matulionis 16+8reb+2ast, S.Kulevicius 15+6reb+1ast, M.Kalvelis 12+3reb, E.Ezerskis 9+2reb+4ast, K.Babkauskas 5+2reb+3ast, D.Tarvydas 4+2reb
gschID: 146403




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 - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas UZKURAITIS
  Delikate.
  (189-G-85)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Uzkuraitis, Delika.22.8 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.20.3 
 3. Lengvinas, Nafta20.3 
 4. Pancerevas, Silute20.3 
 5. Maneikis, Meresta20.3 
 6. Kruzikas, Triobet19.8 
 7. Trepocka, S.Marc.18.3 
 8. Vileita, Perla.18.3 
 9. Martinkus, Gargz.17.5 
 10. Artamonov, Meres.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paulius VAITIEKUNAS
  Triobet
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Vaitiekunas, Triob.11.5 
 2. Gudaitis, Gargzdai11.0 
 3. Tamasevicius, Silu.9.5 
 4. Kazakauskas, Naft.9.3 
 5. Mineikis, Radvilis.9.0 
 6. Kumpys, Nafta U.8.5 
 7. Krestinin, S.Marc.8.0 
 8. Masiulis, Matinga-.7.5 
 9. Vaitelis, Mazeikiai7.5 
 10. Sugintas, Statyba7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Silute
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Razutis, Silute7.0 
 2. Semaska, Perla.7.0 
 3. Kurauskas, AB.6.3 
 4. Artamonov, Meresta5.8 
 5. Venskus, Nafta U.5.5 
 6. Rakauskas, Radvili.5.0 
 7. Vasiliauskas, Trio.4.8 
 8. Malasauskas, LKKA.4.8 
 9. Stankus, Perla.4.5 
 10. Vileita, Perla.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Martynas PALIUKENAS
  S.Marc.
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Paliukenas, S.Marc.3.5 
 2. Vileita, Perla.2.7 
 3. Bagdonaviciu., Mer.2.5 
 4. Venskus, Nafta U.2.5 
 5. Uzkuraitis, Delika.2.5 
 6. Slivka, Meresta2.3 
 7. Jurgo, Mazeikiai2.0 
 8. Radavicius, Meres.2.0 
 9. Rauktys, Radvilisk.2.0 
 10. Razutis, Silute2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (214-C-92)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Urbonas, LK.3.8 
 2. Mockevicius, S.Mar.3.0 
 3. Giedraitis, ABRO-.2.5 
 4. Kaubrys, Silute2.3 
 5. Pupinis, Matinga-.1.8 
 6. Gudaitis, Gargzdai1.8 
 7. Stakenas, Statyba1.7 
 8. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.5 
 9. Vaitiekunas, Triob.1.5 
 10. Jucikas, AB.1.5 


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Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Martin RAJNIAK
  Basket E.
  (204-F-78)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Rajniak, Basket E.25.8 
 2. Schumacher, T7125.6 
 3. Ulmer, Soleuvre25.4 
 4. Kennedy, Residence25.0 
 5. Raji, Etzella24.0 
 6. Arre, BBC Nitia23.8 
 7. Jorssen, Soleuvre20.6 
 8. Brown, Amicale19.2 
 9. Reimold, Basket E.17.8 
 10. Walker, Heffingen17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Denell STEPHENS
  T71
  (193-F/G-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Stephens, T7113.0 
 2. Gary, Musel Pikes12.4 
 3. Svitek, Basket Es.10.8 
 4. Ulmer, Soleuvre10.6 
 5. Bassirou, Musel Pi.10.0 
 6. Carvalho, Heffingen10.0 
 7. Djerman, Amicale9.4 
 8. Jorssen, Soleuvre9.2 
 9. Raji, Etzella9.0 
 10. Walker, Heffingen9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Schartz, Amicale4.6 
 2. Schumacher, T713.8 
 3. Birenbaum, Amicale3.4 
 4. Ruffato, T713.2 
 5. Koster, Residence2.8 
 6. Di Bartolome., BBC2.8 
 7. Delgado, Etzella2.8 
 8. Biever, Basket Es.2.8 
 9. Reimold, Basket E.2.6 
 10. Delgado, T712.4 
Steals Per Game
 William ARRE
  BBC Nitia
  (199-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Arre, BBC Nitia2.8 
 2. Jones, Amicale2.5 
 3. Kennedy, Residence2.4 
 4. Ulmer, Soleuvre2.0 
 5. Carvalho, Heffingen1.8 
 6. Smith, Sparta1.8 
 7. Stephens, T711.8 
 8. Reimold, Basket E.1.6 
 9. Birenbaum, Amicale1.6 
 10. Schumacher, T711.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Musel Pikes
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gary, Musel Pikes2.0 
 2. Walker, Heffingen1.5 
 3. Djerman, Amicale1.2 
 4. Carvalho, Heffingen1.2 
 5. Brown, Amicale1.0 
 6. Ribeiro, BBC Nitia0.8 
 7. Reimold, Basket E.0.8 
 8. Hoffmann, Sparta0.8 
 9. Bassirou, Musel Pi.0.7 
 10. Stephens, T710.6 


Diekirch League Round 5: T71 beats Amicale by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 5 in the Diekirch League took place in Steinsel. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th placed Amicale (3-2) to leader T71 (5-0) 70-67 on Saturday evening. Amicale trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 27-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 67-70 at the end of the game. T71 dominated on the defensive end, holding Amicale to just 6 points in third quarter. American swingman Denell Stephens (193-86, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 20 rebounds. International guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) contributed with 21 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international guard Eric Jeitz (191-86) answered with 28 points for Amicale. Undefeated T71 have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 5-0 record. Amicale at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They share it with Sparta and Basket Esch. T71 are looking forward to face Residence (#6) in Bereldange in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Amicale will play on the road against the league's second-placed Etzella in Ettelbruck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Stadrbredimus. Eighth ranked Musel Pikes (2-3) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Basket Esch (3-2) 76-73 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Basket Esch. American power forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and Guy Schmit chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Slovakian power forward Stefan Svitek (203-77) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Musel Pikes moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Residence and Soleuvre. Basket Esch at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They share it with Sparta and Amicale. Musel Pikes will play against BBC Nitia (#9) in Bettembourg in the next round. Basket Esch will play at home against Soleuvre (#7) in Belvaux and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Heffingen is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to ninth ranked Soleuvre (2-3) 79-68 on Sunday evening. Dimitri Jorssen nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side. William Walker came up with 24 points for Heffingen in the defeat. Soleuvre moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Residence and Musel Pikes. Heffingen lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with five games lost. Soleuvre will meet higher ranked Basket Esch (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Heffingen will play against Sparta (#4) in Bertrange and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Bertrange was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Residence (2-3) played at the court of sixth ranked Sparta (3-2). Sparta did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 81-64. The best player for the winners was Larrie Smith who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sparta. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Amicale and Basket Esch. Residence at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Sparta's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Heffingen (#10) and are hoping to win another game. Residence will play against the league's leader T71 (#1) in Dudelange.

In the last game of round 5 BBC Nitia was beaten by Etzella on the road 80-69.



Soleuvre - Heffingen 79-68

Bottom-ranked Heffingen is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to ninth ranked Soleuvre (2-3) 79-68 on Sunday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Soleuvre made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Soleuvre outrebounded Heffingen 39-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. Belgian power forward Dimitri Jorssen (212-79, college: Utah St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side and American Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island) accounted for 21 points and 12 rebounds. American forward William Walker (201-87, college: Bethel (IN), agency: Warren Sports International) came up with 24 points and Portuguese power forward Helder Carvalho (205-84) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Heffingen in the defeat. Soleuvre moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Residence and Musel Pikes. Heffingen lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with five games lost. Soleuvre will meet higher ranked Basket Esch (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Heffingen will play against Sparta (#4) in Bertrange and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Soleuvre: D.Jorssen 22+11reb, L.Ulmer 21+12reb, A.Schammo 18+6reb+2ast, D.Controguerra 9+4reb+1ast, B.Hemmen 4+3reb+2ast, D.Berthle 3+1reb
Heffingen: W.Walker 24+3reb+2ast, H.Carvalho 15+8reb+1ast, C.Schroeder 11+2reb, J.Thesen 8+4reb, C.Weyrich 6+3reb, D.Benseghir 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 140675


Musel Pikes - Basket Esch 76-73

Important game to mention about took place in Stadrbredimus. Eighth ranked Musel Pikes (2-3) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Basket Esch (3-2) 76-73 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Basket Esch. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Basket Esch was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Guy Schmit (187-80) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Five Musel Pikes players scored in double figures. Slovakian power forward Stefan Svitek (203-77) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and international forward Martin Rajniak (204-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) scored 20 points. Musel Pikes moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Residence and Soleuvre. Basket Esch at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They share it with Sparta and Amicale. Musel Pikes will play against BBC Nitia (#9) in Bettembourg in the next round. Basket Esch will play at home against Soleuvre (#7) in Belvaux and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Musel Pikes: B.Gary 20+14reb+1ast, G.Schmit 17+3reb+4ast, L.Schwartz 15+2reb+1ast, J.Kox 14+3reb, P.Perre 10+6reb+2ast, C.Mais 0
Basket Esch: S.Svitek 23+14reb+3ast, M.Rajniak 20+2reb+2ast, J.Reimold 14+6reb, J.Biever 9+4reb, E.Kesseler 5+3reb+1ast, P.Biever 2+2reb
gschID: 140671


Amicale - T71 67-70

The most exciting game of round 5 in the Diekirch League took place in Steinsel. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 4th placed Amicale (3-2) to leader T71 (5-0) 70-67 on Saturday evening. Amicale trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 27-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 67-70 at the end of the game. T71 dominated on the defensive end, holding Amicale to just 6 points in third quarter. American swingman Denell Stephens (193-86, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 20 rebounds. International guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) contributed with 21 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international guard Eric Jeitz (191-86) answered with 28 points and American forward Demetrius Brown (201-83, college: San Jose St.) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Amicale. T71 have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 5-0 record. Amicale at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They share it with Sparta and Basket Esch. T71 are looking forward to face Residence (#6) in Bereldange in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Amicale will play on the road against the league's second-placed Etzella in Ettelbruck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
T71: T.Schumacher 21+5ast, J.Delgado 15+7reb+2ast, D.Stephens 14+20reb+1ast, F.Muller 9+6reb+1ast, B.Kieffer 6+5reb, G.Ruffato 3+3reb+4ast
Amicale: E.Jeitz 28+3reb+2ast, D.Brown 10+8reb+3ast, A.Laurent 10+2reb+1ast, I.Djerman 7+10reb+3ast, C.Jones 5+8reb+2ast, C.Schartz 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 140672


Sparta - Residence 81-64

The game in Bertrange was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Residence (2-3) played at the court of sixth ranked Sparta (3-2). Sparta did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 81-64. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Sparta's pressure prevailed and they won that period 26-15 extending their advantage to 17 points. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Larrie Smith (198-75, college: Tennessee Tech) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. International guard Patrick Arbaut (183-87) chipped in 13 points. Four Sparta players scored in double figures. U.S. Virgin Isl. Forward Jerome Gumbs (194-82, college: USF) produced 18 points and American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points respectively for the guests. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sparta. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Amicale and Basket Esch. Residence at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Sparta's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Heffingen (#10) and are hoping to win another game. Residence will play against the league's leader T71 (#1) in Dudelange.
Top scorers:
Sparta: L.Smith 16+9reb+1ast, R.Wolzfeld 14+1reb, P.Arbaut 13+1reb+1ast, K.Ulin 11+1ast, J.Hublart 9+1reb+1ast, P.Hoffmann 7+6reb
Residence: M.Kennedy 19+3reb, J.Gumbs 18+4reb, M.Schmit 12+1reb, P.Koster 9+4reb+1ast, B.Melcher 4, T.Abdiu 2+1ast
gschID: 140673


Etzella - BBC Nitia 80-69

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Etzella (4-1) beat 8th ranked BBC Nitia (1-4) in Ettelbruck 80-69. The game was mostly controlled by Etzella. BBC Nitia was better in fourth quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Etzella maintains second place with 4-1 record behind leader T71. Newly promoted BBC Nitia dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Etzella's next round opponent will be Amicale (#5) in Steinsel. BBC Nitia will play at home against Musel Pikes (#8) in Stadrbredimus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 140674




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


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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. Pioneros 9-7 
 8. Halc.Xalapa 8-3 
 9. Corr.Victoria 7-7 
 10. Abejas 7-10 
 11. Panteras 6-10 
 12. Lechugueros 6-11 
 13. Aguilas Rojas 3-15 
 14. Volcanes 0-19 


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Brave youngsters from Podgorica - by Darko Pekic
Podgorica young squad had an easy victory tonight over ABS Primorje (83:67 ). The talented group coached by ex Mornar assistant coach Petar Mijovic didn't leave any hope to the guests from Herceg Novi. They took the control over the game immediately and dominated during the whole match. Podgorica had a great duo tonight and the combination of Milorad Sutulovic (196-G-90) and Leko Nicaj (210-C-87) (210-C-87) secured them the victory. They scored 18 points each. The U18 NT member of Montenegro, Milos Pajovic (204-C-94), also had a solid performance with 14 points. On the other side, Branislav Radak (208-C-87) scored 16 and Papovic scored 14 points.

Next week ABS Primorje will face Lovcen at home while Podgorica will have a difficult task on the road against the strong Balkan League member, Ulcinj.


Safe Mornar - by Dragan Scepanovic
Teodo - Mornar 66:83
Mornar role justified the favorite against Teodo and came to another triumph. Since the start of the match went basketball players from Bar violently, at the end of the first quarter had plus seven and 10 points on a holiday excess (41:31). In the second half, Mornar was routinely kept the advantage gained.
Tivat - SC: Zupa. Spect: 300. Reff: Dragojevic, Savovic, Sanjevic (Podgorica). By Q: 15:24, 14:21, 17:20, 20:18.
Teodo: Mijovic 10, Danilovic, Stanicic, Bulajic 8, Pekic 9, Marko Calic (195-G/F-86) 8, Boskovic 13, Subotic 1, Janis 1, Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91) 6, Milosevic 10, Lucic
Mornar: Pajovic 3, Damjanovic 6, Sarajlija 15, Kasalica, Ivanovic 12, Akim 10, Jelenic 8, Radosavljevic 2, Perovic 3, Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) 8, Vujosevic 7, Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) 9.




Win in last second for Sutjeska and Mogren - by Dragan Scepanovic
Sutjeska - Jedinstvo 83:80
Sutjeska basketball team at the premiere of the home crowd in the elite, came to triumph. The winner is decided Zarubica Philip, who hit a three in the final seconds of the game.
Niksic City SC. Spect : 500. Reff: Jokic (Podgorica), Muhadinovic (Cetinje), Radulovic (Podgorica). By Q:16:23, 20:21, 23:15, 24:21.c
Sutjeska: Kovac, Zarubica 15, Ademovic, Jovanovic 10, Grabovica, Popovic 4, Milos Kuveljic (196-G/F-91) 11, Zarko Krivokapic (189-G-91) 22, Stevan Milosev 2, Miljan Vukotic (203-F/C-77) 14, Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83) 5.
Jedinstvo: Ticevic, Musovic, Miljic 3, Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91) 16, Omerovic, Babaca 10, S. Knezevic 5, N. Knezevic 1, Savkovic 3, Radovic 5, Rajovic 2, Arso Lekovic (198-F-90) 35.

Mogren - Ulcinj 71:68
Basketball Club Mogren was surprised favored Ulcinj, a triumph of the host brought the experienced trio of Nikola Vucurovic sirens.Mogren victory becomes more important if we know that were playing without two important players, Djokovic and Dovadzija.
Budva - SC: Rea. Spect: 100. Reff. Janjusevic, G. Vojinovic (Niksic), Kajevic (Bijelo Polje). By Q: 27:19, 14:14, 15:18, 15:17.
Mogren: Fatic, Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) 24, Reljic, Manojlovic 14, Spajic, Vucurovic 11, Sestovic 3, Vladimir Osmajic (204-F/C-80) 11, Zeljko Maricic (188-G-90) 1, Susa 7, Mazalica, Manovic.
Ulcinj: Latkovic, Djurisic 4, Marko Kuveljic (197-G/F-88) 10, Jovovic 4, Jang, Klikovac 5, Milic, Lalovic 2, Boban Medenica (204-F-87) 17, Marko Milatovic (194-G-88) 20, Marojevic 6, Kirk.




Easy win for Lovcen - by Dragan Scepanovic
Lovcen - Danilovgrad 96:58
A young team of Lovcen is no problem to cope with the Danilovgrad. Guests are only in the first quarter, to some extent, counter the cheerful host. The match was settled after the first half, when they arrived from Cetinje to 23 point lead (52:29).
Cetinje - SRC Lovcen. Spect: 500. Reff: Kaludjerovic (Niksic), Raicevic (Bijelo Polje), Kostic (Ulcinj). By Q: 24:18, 28:11, 20:11, 24:18.
Lovcen: Petar Stojanovic (185-G-90), Dokovic 15, S. Latkovic, Marko Milosevic (202-F-84) 8, Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) 10, Masan Vrbica (94) 11, Borilovic 2, Koprivica, Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) 21, Ivan Zejak (203-F/C-87) 19, Milic 2, M. Latkovic 8.
Danilovgrad: Ratkovic 4, Igor Kunjic (199-F-87) 15, Vukovic, Skendzic, Djerkovic, Stojanovic, Marko Koljevic (191-G-90) 10, Radonjic, Novakovic, Cebalovic 8, Mrdak 7, Filip Patkovic (200-F-90) 14.




Standings - 1A
1A Erste Basketball League Standings
 1. Lovcen 2-0 
 2. Mogren 2-0 
 3. Mornar Bar 2-0 
 4. Danilovgrad 1-1 
 5. KK Podgorica 1-1 
 6. Sutjeska 1-1 
 7. Ulcinj 1-1 
 8. ABS Primorje 0-2 
 9. Jedinstvo 0-2 
 10. Teodo Tivat 0-2 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost


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Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. FUS Rabat 1-0 
 2. KAC 1-0 
 3. MAF Fez 1-0 
 4. PCS Plazza C. 1-0 
 5. RSB Berkane 1-0 
 6. ASS Sale 0-1 
 7. CRA Hoceima 0-1 
 8. IRT Tanger 0-1 
 9. RCA Casabl. 0-1 
 10. WAC Casabl. 0-1 


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Q & A with Warriors assistant Michael Malone - by Eurobasket News
I had a chance to catch up with Warriors assistant coach Michael Malone on Thursday to ask him what hes been doing during the lockout and how hes viewing the upcoming season whenever that may be.

What struck me most was how emphatic he was about four things that will be stressed: Defense, rebounding, running with discipline and valuing the basketball.

Here's the transcrpt:

Question: What have you been doing?

Malone: You hear that question a lot with the current situation in the NBA, but for us as a new staff its a great opportunity to get ahead of the curve. Anytime you put together a new staff you have to have an offensive philosophy, a defensive philosophy, terminology. You have to have chemistry on your staff.

Weve been trying to use this time to get as prepared as possible so that whenever this situation does come to an end, were ready to roll and not be behind the eight-ball.

Its just been a great opportunity to take advantage of the time that we have now, to get as prepared as possible.

Question: Mark (Jackson) hasnt coached at all, youve coached at New Orleans and Cleveland most recently, youve got (assistant coach) Pete Myers coming in from Chicago. How do you determine what the system is going to be, the terminology youre going to use?

Malone: Mark, in his 17 years as a player, played with some great coaches so he has a lot of things to draw from, all the guys he played for and learned from. Obviously, one of the reasons he hired me having 10 years in the league with a strong defensive background -- is because I can help him in that area.

Weve met since the day he was hired. Weve met many times, talking about offensive and defensive philosophy and terminology, how we want to defend things and what kind of offense we want to run. That stuff has been discussed and talked over and obviously weve come to an agreement or common bond of how we want to play, what we want the Golden State Warriors identity to be.

We feel pretty good about what that is and look forward to implementing that whenever we can.

Question: And what is that?

Malone: Its no secret. Mark said it in his press conference. Were going to be a defensive team. The Golden State Warriors are going to defend every night. Were going to rebound. Were still going to look to run but run with discipline -- not just running and taking bad shots.

The last thing is taking care of the basketball. If we can do those four things every night, we feel well have a chance to be a successful team. But it starts with the defense, finishing off that possession with a rebound -- which they did a very poor job of last year and then we still want to look to attack.

Theres a common misperception that you cannot be a good defensive team and still be a good running team. We dont want to take away from our guys creativity and their ability to get out and run. They do that very well here.

The difference is we want to run off misses and rebounds instead of taking the ball out of the net and looking to run all the time. So, defend, rebound, run with discipline and value the basketball. Those are the four things were going to harp on day in and day out.

Question: Conventional wisdom is that after the lockout, things are going to go quickly, training camps are going to be abbreviated and thats going to favor teams that have been together for a while not a young team with a new coach.

Malone: Even though last year was not a shortened season, we were a brand new staff in New Orleans coming in and really trying to implement the same style that were going to use here in terms of valuing defense.

And we had the best start in the NBA last year, started out 10-0. Thats because in our training camp we stressed defense, defense, defense. And we jumped on teams because we were in great shape, great condition and we put a premium on our defense.

This year is a little different because of the circumstances we find ourselves in, but its going to be the same thing. We have a young team, we have a team used to getting up and down. Even though it may be a shortened camp and its a new staff and were all trying to get a feel for each other, if we can get the guys to buy in right away into the defense, the rebounding, the discipline, the taking care of the ball, well have a chance to get off to a good start.

I guess the proof will be in the pudding after the first 10 games to see where were at. Yes, teams that have been together and have a system in place, like the San Antonios and the other teams, they have an advantage because its just old hat for those guys. Were starting anew but I think when you start brand new its also exciting and I think guys will come back enthusiastic and passionate about whats going to take place.

Question: You were in New Orleans and Cleveland and have primarily been a defensive coach with a defensive reputation. Where did that come from?

Malone: With Mike Brown, and I always say this because I think it needs to be said, the luxury I had I came into the league with Jeff Van Gundy, defensive coach. I worked for Mike Brown in Cleveland, defensive coach. I worked for Monty Williams, defensive coach.

Even though I was in charge or overseeing the defense, most importantly the head coaches I worked for valued it just as much. Just as Mark does. The year we went to the Eastern Conference finals (in Cleveland) and won 66 games, I was the official defensive coordinator in Cleveland.

But prior to that I was focusing on the defense and Mike Brown had me doing that. My last year in Cleveland I was the offensive coordinator. He gave me that switch because he didnt want me to be pigeonholed as just a defensive guy. He said, hey, show everybody that you can coach both sides and that will help you become a head coach one day.

Question: So, here you will help with offense and defense?

Malone: Yes, Mark and I have talked about that. Both sides.

Question: Youve been in New Orleans and Cleveland, two defensive, halfcourt teams. Will it be a challenge to try to instill some of that here, where its been uptempo, uptempo, uptempo?

Malone: The interesting thing about it in Cleveland, Mike Brown and I would always have a healthy debate. My thing is we can be the defensive team we want to be, which is one of the tops in the league, and that should give us more running opportunities.

We had a guy a special player there (LeBron James) who teams couldnt stop in transition. This team offensively has been one of the better fast-breaking teams for many, many years and we dont want to take away from that.

But the focus and the changing focus has to be getting it off of stops. So I dont think its going to be a challenge. Part of the motivation you can give to guys is Hey, fellas, if we buy into the defensive end of the floor and we rebound at a better percentage thats going to give you more opportunities to run.

What happens a lot of times, coaches want to slow it down and control things but when you have guys who are so effective in the open court you dont want to hold them back all the time.

You have to let the players play at times. Now if they cant handle that freedom and they cant play with discipline then you have to slow the game down a little bit and play more of a halfcourt game.

If players can handle it and do it in an efficient manner, were definitely going to look to run. I dont foresee it being a problem at all.

Courtesy of www.csnbayarea.com


Sources: Players sign world tour deals - by Eurobasket News
Details of the six-game, four-continent exhibition tour by NBA players set to begin at the end of October have not been finalized, but 14 of the 18 players approached have contractually committed to the tour, sources said, and deals with all 18 are expected to be completed Sunday night.

The list of players approached by Atlanta businessman Cal Darden include reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis), Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78), LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), sources said.

The tour is scheduled to start with a game Oct. 30 in Puerto Rico and include two games in London, one in Macau and two, back-to-back, in Australia.

Since news of the tour surfaced last week, nine more players have expressed interest in taking part, a source said, and two more may be added.

A couple of agents with players committed to the tour said on condition of anonymity that they are curious to see how Darden will make good on the contractual promises made.

The players will be paid salaries ranging from six figures up to $1 million, sources have told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard.

Those fees would have to be covered above and beyond insurance, travel and security costs in four foreign locales.

But a source close to the organizers said a news release officially announcing the tour could be distributed as early as Monday.

Courtesy of ESPN


Nowitzki to work out in Germany if lockout drags - by Eurobasket News
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) plans to return to Germany to train with his personal coach after watching his hometown Texas Rangers play in the World Series - unless there's progress toward starting the NBA season.

Nowitzki has said he would wait until early 2012 before considering playing for a European team. With only training camp and the first two weeks of the season canceled so far because of the NBA lockout, he is keeping to that timetable.

'It's time to really get back in the routine,' he said after throwing out the first pitch for Game 3 of the World Series between the Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night. 'Got to keep the options open, maybe see what's going on overseas.'

Nowitzki has become a Rangers fan over his 13 years of playing for the Dallas Mavericks. He threw out the first pitch at a Rangers game this summer after leading the Mavs to their first NBA title and attended Game 6 of the American League championship series. He didn't make it to a World Series game last year when the Rangers played, so he was eager to attend - and take part - on Saturday night.

Nowitzki is still wearing a splint on the middle finger of his left hand - an injury he sustained during Game 2 of the NBA Finals the Miami Heat. He aggravated it while playing for Germany in the European championships last month.

'I've got to keep it straight for, whatever, four, six weeks. But it doesn't bother me at all,' he said.

Germany was knocked out of the Euros before the quarterfinals, eliminating its chances of making the 2012 London Olympics. Nowitzki said he hasn't touched a basketball since then.

'I've just been keeping in shape, you know, working out, doing lots of cardio and lifting a little bit and running,' he said. 'If the season will start any time soon, I think I'll be ready.'

Nowitzki said it was very disappointing that the latest round of NBA labor talks didn't produce a settlement.

'We're all hoping, I guess, with the mediator, that something was going to happen, and just talks broke off, so it's very unfortunate,' he said. 'Hopefully we can get something going here any time soon. But it doesn't look good.'

Nowitzki said there are several parallels between the Rangers' quest for their first championship and the Mavs' winning their first, such as a late rally to win Game 2 and level the series at 1-1 before heading home.

The Mavs won the championship on their second try and this is the Rangers' second trip to the World Series.

'Hopefully, they'll learn from last year like we did in '06 and just be able to close it out,' he said. 'That would be awesome for the (Dallas-Fort Worth) Metroplex to do it in the same year, get a championship and have another parade.'

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


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Moncton Miracles release three players from training camp - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles have released Tyler Bullock (6'2''-G-88), Mark Gomillia (6'5''-F-87), and Antonio Hanson (6'2''-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports) from their training camp. This now brings the training camp roster to thirteen players. The Moncton Miracles will start off their preseason at home on Monday, October 24th against the Summerside Storm at 7 p.m. The Miracles will play their first home regular season game of the season on Sunday, November 20th, 2011 at the Moncton Coliseum. They will tip off against the Saint John Millrats at 2 p.m.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Tristan Martin to attend Moncton Miracles training camp - by Eurobasket News
Tristan Martin (6'3''-G-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Houston) is a 6'3 guard from Toronto, Ontario who will be joining the Moncton Miracles Training Camp.

Tristan attended Houston University and following that in 2009 played for the Montreal Sasquatch in the Premier Basketball League (PBL) where he averaged 18.9ppg. Last season, he was with the Saint John Mill Rats but was unable to play due to an injury.

'We are very excited to have Tristan joining us here in Moncton,' said Head Coach/GM Norris Bell. 'I think that he is going to add to what we are trying to build here and we can't wait to get things going.'

The Moncton Miracles will play a preseason game on Monday, October 24th at the Moncton Coliseum against the Summerside Storm. The official team roster will be finalized by Thursday, October 27th.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Arizona Wildcats put on a show in Red-Blue scrimmage - by Eurobasket News
A sellout crowd at McKale Center got a look at Arizona's newest crop of players and honored two of its past stars Saturday during the Wildcats' annual Red-Blue scrimmage.

Jesse Perry (6'7''-F) led all scorers with 20 points to push the Red to a 67-54 victory, while Kyle Fogg (6'3''-G) and Brendon Lavender (6'5''-G) added 15 points each. Freshman Sidiki Johnson led the Blue with 18 points.

'We're right where I thought we'd be,' coach Sean Miller said. 'We have four freshmen. That's a third of our team learning college basketball. We have a number of players we're expecting more of.'

Before the game, former Wildcats Derrick Williams and Chase Budinger were inducted into the McKale Center Ring of Honor before a crowd of 14,601 that included numerous other Arizona greats, including former coach Lute Olson.

'It really puts in perspective all the guys who came through here and are playing in the NBA,' forward Solomon Hill said. 'It's an amazing feeling, especially seeing Derrick. Not too long ago, he was with us. Now he's being honored.'

Arizona lost Williams to the NBA draft after reaching the regional finals last season, but coach Sean Miller brought in recruiting class of four highly touted freshmen.

Sidiki Johnson and Nick Johnson were impressive in their debuts, with Nick scoring 17 points for the Blue team.

'He's also a very hard worker,' Miller said about Nick Johnson. 'Getting him to understand our defense and really help us on defense is something he can do. He's going to really be a big part of what we're doing.'

Though the annual scrimmage introduces the current team to the fans, much of the event was dedicated to the past.

Williams and Budinger were honored by getting their names up the arena rafters and the list of former standouts introduced to the cheering, standing crowd included Jordan Hill, Jerryd Bayless, Andre Iguodala, Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye and Jason Terry.

Olson and Williams, the No. 2 pick of this year's NBA draft, received some of the loudest cheers.

'It brought back a lot (of memories),' Williams said. 'I was only here for two years, but it seems like yesterday.'

A blue banner reading, 'Arizona Basketball Never Stops' was unfurled on the court, then the current team was unveiled before Miller thanked the crowd.

Nick Johnson won a dunk contest involving five players with a nifty, one-handed dunk, and Terry was honored for winning the 2011 NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks.

Highlights from the Wildcats' 2011 season were shown on the video scoreboard before the scrimmage. Arizona went 30-8, won a Pac-10 championship and reached the Elite Eight.

Kevin Parrom didn't play in the scrimmage, but participated in pregame workouts. the swingman was shot in the right knee and left hand during an incident last month in New York. The timeframe for his return is unclear.

Miller said Parrom has not been practicing with the team, but could be back as early as next month. Parrom will leave Sunday for his mother's funeral; she recently died of cancer.

'At one point, we talked about redshirting him,' Miller said. 'That looks less and less likely because he continues to make weekly progress. He is going to miss some part of the season.'

Arizona plays exhibition games against Seattle Pacific on Thursday and against Humboldt State on Nov. 1 before opening the season on Nov. 7 in Tucson against Valparaiso.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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


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


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


U16 Asia Championship:Philippines cruise past Saudi Arabia - by Eurobasket News
Philippines U16 - Saudi Arabia U16 100:42

Philippines stayed on the winning track at U16 Asia Championship. They stormed past Saudi Arabia tonight to grab 4-0 record on top of Group F.. Rashleigh-Paolo Rivero (188-G-95) stepped up with 17 points to pace the winners.
Philippines dropped 28 points in the starting quarter to clear off. They piled up a 16-point lead after ten minutes. Philippines scored 25 points in the second frame to ensure a 43:27 halftime lead. Saudi Arabia could not change the complexion of the encounter after the big break. Philippines stayed in charge and recorded a 29-point lead at the final intermission. Philippines limited their opponents to just 5 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Jordan Heading (185-G-96) provided 15 points, while Renzar Asilum (173-PG-95) and Adven Diputado (173-PG-95) produced 14 points apiece in the victory. Abdulaziz Sakar (183-G-95) replied with 11 points for Saudi Arabia. Raad Barnawi (185-G-95) netted 9 points in the loss.

Philippines U16: Rashleigh-Paolo Rivero 17, Jordan Heading 15, Renzar Asilum 14, Adven Diputado 14
Saudi Arabia U16: Abdulaziz Sakar 11, Raad Barnawi 9


DAY 4 OF THE 2011 FIBA-ASIA U16 CHAMPIONSHIPS - by Enzo Flojo
MALAYSIA over UZBEKISTAN, 78-30
MAS 78 - Keng 20, Lee 15, Sim 13, Yew 8, Tan ZH 6, Singh 5, Tong 4, Liew 4, Tan HK 3, Foo 0, Su 0, Ng 0
UZB 30 - Muratov 12, Ovanesov 4, Erofeev 4, Djahangirov 3, Murodhonov 2, Morkovskiy 2, Ivashov 2, Zimoveyskiy 0, Kim 0 Bokhodirov 0
QS: 11-6, 31-17, 52-22, 78-30

- Malaysia grabs 13th spot after defeating the severely overmatched Uzbeks. It's clear that despite their size, the Uzbeks have a lot to learn and that they are just not at the same caliber as the rest of the field. Both teams shot poorly from the field, but Malaysia got the lion's share of possessions and shots. Malaysia had 89 field goal attempts while Uzbekistan had just 47.
- Eng Hong Keng led Malaysia with 20 points, 11 of which came from free throws. Kowng Fai Lee and Yik Wey Sim followed him up with 15 and 13 markers respectively.
- Once again, the lone bright spot for Uzbekistan was Farrukhjon Muratov, who finished with 12 points and 4 blocks, but he committed 6 turnovers and shot just 3-of-9 from the line.

LEBANON over INDIA, 77-65
LIB 77 - Salem 22, Zeinoun 21, Hadidian 20, Abou jaoude 6, El-Kaissi 5, Daaboul 3, Kabalan 0, AL-Agha 0, Wehbe 0, Kourjian 0
IND 65 - Ludhiana 16, Singh 12, Bhaupur 11, Saminathan 8, Bhamara 8, Sanjeev 6, Atwal 2, Narender 2, Sohal 0
QS: 17-13, 34-31, 63-47, 77-65

- Lebanon and India were nip-and-tuck for one whole half before the Lebanese unleashed a blistering 3rd quarter scoring binge to break the game open. Lebanon outscored India 29-16 in the 3rd frame to erect a double-digit lead that they would never relinquish. India tried to cut the gap late in the fourth, but Lebanon was able to effectively kill time and keep the Indians at bay.
- Coach Joe Moujaes of Lebanon used a three-headed scoring monster to deflate the Indian threat. Jimmy Salem and Gerard Hadidian scored almost at will and finished with 22 and 20 points respectively, but it was the 5 three-pointers and 21 total markers of guard Albert Zeinoun that proved to be significant in this win for Lebanon. Zeinoun also tallied 7 steals. Another win should ensure Lebanon's entry to the quarterfinals.
- India failed to exploit its size advantage and yielded to a grittier and more aggressive Lebanese squad. Once again, wingman Loveneet Ludhiana led the way with 16 points, 3 triples and 5 steals, but he missed 20 total shots from the floor. Ajay Singh scoed 12 points and blocked 5 shots while Haryana Bhaupur had 11 markers and 3 rejections to backstop Ludhiana. India needs to win its last two games to gain entry to the next round.

CHINA over IRAQ, 84-41
CHN 84 - Zhao 24, Zhou 11, Guo 9, Yu 8, Liu B 8, Yan 6, Luo 6, Xu 5, Heng 3, Lai 2, Pan 2, Liu K 0
IRQ 41 - Hamzah 13, Razzaq 8, Ismael 6, Abdullhussein 5, Mahdi 4, Sabri 3, Abdulqaer 2, Abdullah 0, Ali 0, Ahmed 0
QS: 22-10, 41-21, 69-31, 84-41

- For a few minutes, it seemed like the Iraqis would provide China with its first stiff challenge, as they were able to contain Zhou Qi to some extent. The challenge would be short-lived, however, as China utilized superior outside shooting to open up the Iraqi defense. The Chinese shot 10 triples in all and used better ball movement to exploit seams Iraq's defensive scheme.
- Zhao Wei drained 7 of his 10 three-point attempts on the way to 24 points to go along with 4 assists and 4 steals in a masterful performance that gave China's prospective foes an even harder puzzle to solve. Zhou Qi still finished in double figures with 11 points in under 20 minutes. China remains unscathed in the tournament.
- Karrar Hamzah was the top-scorer Iraq with 13 markers, but he shot just 5-of-24 from the field. The whole Iraqi team, in fact, shot poorly from everywhere. Iraw made just 24% of its field goals and only 47% of its free throws. Iraq's quarterfinal hopes are now in jeopardy as they need to beat both India and Taiwan to advance outright.

JAPAN over VIETNAM, 97-36
JPN 97 - Baba 17, Yamamoto 16, Chikui 13, Shirato 11, Aoki 11, Sugiura 7, Shinkawa 6, Morikawa 6, Kakiuchi 5, Yanagawa 3, Miyamoto 2, Kaneko 0
VIE 36 - Tran J 9, Nguyen DT 7, Nguyen MT 6, Tran VN 6, Nguyen X 4, Do 2, Nguyen VH 2, Cao 0, Dinh 0, Phan 0
QS: 29-4, 52-6, 81-21, 97-36

- Japan didn't waste anytime in dumping the home squad and giving its bench players some burn. The Japanese just outclassed their southeast Asian counterparts with better shooting, better ball movement, and better defense.
- Japan was led by Yudai Baba's 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go along with 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals. Big man Kenta Yamamoto finished with 16 points, 3 blocks and 2 assists while Yasunori Aoki fired in 3 triples to end up with 11 markers. Japan is still undefeated and should continue its winning form against Indonesia.
- The home team continues to be winless, and, again, nobody finished in double figures. Jason Tran topped Vietnam with 9 points while Thong Nguyen Duy had 7. Vietnam next goes up against Qatar, which might be a good chance for them to get win #1.

SOUTH KOREA over TAIWAN, 79-59
KOR 79 - Kim GC 18, Yun 16, Heo 14, Kim MK 9, Park 7, Lee 6, Koh 6, Shin 2, Kim GM 1, Kim NH 0, Won 0, Kim Y 0
TPE 59 - Lu 13, Pan 11, Wang 7, Chen CJ 7, Chen PL 6, Huang CY 5, Yeh 4, Liu 4, Wu 2, Huang HH 0, Lee 0, Hsieh 0
QS: 22-12, 40-26, 63-43, 79-59

- Korea and Taiwan have always been known to play quite similarly, but Korea, once again, showed it plays the quick-shooting game at a much better level. Both teams hit just 5 treys each, but it was Korea that complemented its outside game with a better running game.
- Kim Gook-Chan led South Korea with 18 points built on 4 triples. He also dished out 3 assists and stole the ball 4 times. Yun Yeong-Bin and Heo Ho-On backed him up with 16 and 14 points respectively. Yun also contributed 3 steals while Heo had 3 assists. Big man Park In-Tae was limited to single-figure scoring for the first time in the competition, but he did have 5 steals and 2 rejections. Korea remains unbeaten in Group E along with China, whom they'll meet on Monday.
- Lu Kuan-Shiuan and Pan Siang-Ting were the scoring leaders for Taiwan with 13 and 11 points respectively, but hardly anyone else contributed significantly. Taiwan failed to get its 2nd win of the tourney because of awful field goal and free throw shooting. Their quarterfinal chances got even dimmer as they've yet to face Iraq and Lebanon.

INDONESIA over SAUDI ARABIA, 70-65
INA 70 - Kosasih 20, Abraham 16, Ramadhan 12, Fahdani 9, Indraprasto 8, Istiadi 3, Purwoko 2, Sidabutar 0, Yogia 0
KSA 65 - Sakar 18, Barnawi 17, Musallam 11, Al-Thalabi 8, Mobarki 7, Al-Tamar 4, Al-Malalah 0, Hansawi 0, Al-Mutairi 0
QS: 10-14, 25-27, 45-44, 70-65

- The Indons showed a lot of heart coming from behind and holding on late in the game to turn back the favored Saudis in round 2. The Indons moved the ball better and forced 18 Saudi turnovers to get win #2 in the tournament and strengthen their bid at a quarterfinals berth.
- Big man Vincent Kosasih was steady down the stretch, hitting the big shots and playing good defense for coach Ricky Gunawan. He finished with a game-high 20 points, 3 blocks and 2 steals. Hans Abraham backed him up with 16 markers and 2 dimes while Taufik Ramadhan had a dozen points in just 16 minutes.
- Abdulaziz Sakar, Raad Barnawi and Abdullah Musallam led Saudi with 18, 17, and 11 points respectively. Barnawi and Musallam were solid down low with a combined 14 blocks while Musallam paired up with Sakar for 9 assists. Saudi Arabia can still advance to round 2 provided they win against either the Philippines or Vietnam.

THE PHILIPPINES over QATAR, 107-28
PHL 107 - Cani 15, Heading 15, Diputado 14, Caracut 13, Javelosa 10, Dalafu 10, Rivero 8, Go 6, Ramos 6, Alejandro 5, Asilum 5
QAT 28 - Dawoud 10, Abdelkawy 7, Saad 6, Al-Marri 3, Al-Ahmad 2, Al-Ahbabi 0, Mohamed 0, Al-Abidi 0, Al-Tamimi 0, Al-Malki 0, AL-Sheraim 0, Al-Mutawa 0
QS: 36-6, 56-10, 85-20, 107-28

- Despite resting wingman scorer Kyles Lao due to a sprained ankle, the Pinoys still barely broke a sweat in dumping the Qataris. The Filipinos shot a red-hot 54% from the floor while limiting Qatar to just 14%. The Philippines also moved the ball better with 27 assists and played much better defense with 9 steals and 30 blocks.
- Hubert Cani and Jordan Heading topped the Filipino scoring parade with 15 points each. Rev Diputado, Josh Caracut, Jay Javelosa and Josh Dalafu were the other Pinoys in twin digits with 14, 13, 10, and 10 markers respectively. Coach Olsen Racela's boys are now assured of a quarterfinals seat, but they'll need to win their remaining round 2 games if they want to clinch the top spot in Group F.
- With star scorer Abdulrahman Saad saddled with foul trouble early in the game, Qatar found it difficult to score. Mohammed Dawoud had 10 points to lead the Qatari scoring while Mohamed Abdelkawy finished with just 7. Abdelkawy was also 0-for-6 from beyond the arc. Qatar's quarterfinals hopes took a hit with this loss, and they'll need to beat both Indonesia and Vietnam to barge through.

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com


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1Liga Round 5: Leader Spojnia gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in 1Liga, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

Undefeated leader Spojnia delivered the fifth consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they beat bottom-ranked Sportino (0-4) 74-65 in Inowroclaw. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-65. Spojnia made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Sportino turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Spojnia made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was point guard Tomasz Ochonko (185-86) who scored 17 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Guard Tomasz Stepien (193-86) chipped in 16 points and 5 blocks. The former international guard Grzegorz Kukielka (192-83) produced 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the hosts. Undefeated Spojnia (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. Sportino at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Spojnia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sportino will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sokol Lancut (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Siedlce was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Sokol Lancut (4-1) played at the court of 7th ranked SKK Siedlce (2-2). Sokol Lancut did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 81-64. Forward Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. Marcel Wilczek contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. point guard Radoslaw Basinski (188-78) answered with 6 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for SKK Siedlce. SKK Siedlce's coach Tomasz Araszkiewicz rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Sokol Lancut moved-up to second place, which they share with Start Gdynia. SKK Siedlce at the other side keeps the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with Znicz Basket and AZS Szczecin. Sokol Lancut will play against bottom-ranked Sportino (#15) in Inowroclaw in the next round which should be an easy win for them. SKK Siedlce will play on the road against Start Gdynia (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Przemysl, where 4th placed MKS Znicz Basket (2-2) lost to thirteenth ranked Polonia (2-3) in a road game 67-74 on Saturday. Marek Miszczuk stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Polonia's coach Maciej Milan used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dominik Czubek responded with 18 points. Polonia moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Start Lublin. Loser MKS Znicz Basket dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with SKK Siedlce and AZS Szczecin. Polonia will meet higher ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MKS Znicz Basket will play against MOSiR Krosno and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Radom. Local Rosa Radom (3-2) outscored 10th ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin (2-3) 82-44. Iwo Kitzinger nailed 14 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Rosa Radom's coach Piotr Ignatowicz felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Rosa Radom moved-up to fifth place, which they share with MKS DG. Olimp MKS Start Lublin at the other side keeps the tenth position with three games lost. Rosa Radom's next round opponent will be MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (#5) on the road. Olimp MKS Start Lublin will play against Sudety (#14) in Jelenia Gora.

Other games of round 5 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Start Gdynia crushed Sudety in a road game 67-39. AZS Kutno was smashed by P.Cukier SIDEn at home 68-93. MKS DG won against MOSiR Krosno on the opponent's court 84-67.
The best stats of 5th round was 24 points and 8 rebounds by Kamil Kamecki of MOSiR Krosno.



Rosa Radom - Start Lublin 82-44

The game with biggest result difference took place in Radom. Local Rosa Radom (3-2) outscored 10th ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin (2-3) 82-44. The game without a history. Rosa Radom led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Olimp MKS Start Lublin to an opponent 24.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 49.3 percent accuracy of the winners. Rosa Radom forced 20 Olimp MKS Start Lublin turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Olimp MKS Start Lublin's players. Rosa Radom brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. The former international guard Iwo Kitzinger (188-85, agency: Interperformances) nailed 14 points and 5 assists for the winning side and the former international forward Pawel Wiekiera (206-78) accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds. Rosa Radom's coach Piotr Ignatowicz felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Rafal Krol (198-87) came up with 13 points and 8 rebounds and guard Michal Aleksandrowicz (188-89) added 4 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Olimp MKS Start Lublin in the defeat. Rosa Radom moved-up to fifth place, which they share with MKS DG. Olimp MKS Start Lublin at the other side keeps the tenth position with three games lost. Rosa Radom's next round opponent will be MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (#5) on the road. Olimp MKS Start Lublin will play against Sudety (#14) in Jelenia Gora.
Top scorers:
Start Lublin: R.Krol 13+8reb, K.Michalski 9+1reb+3ast, S.Szymanski 8+1reb, P.Kowalski 5+2reb, M.Aleksandrowicz 4+8reb+1ast, P.Luszczewski 4+7reb
Rosa Radom: I.Kitzinger 14+4reb+5ast, P.Wiekiera 12+8reb, J.Zalewski 11+2reb+2ast, M.Nikiel 9+6reb, H.Radke 8+4reb+4ast, E.Podkowinski 7+4reb
gschID: 140941


Sudety - Start Gdynia 39-67

There was no surprise in Jelenia Gora where 14th ranked Sudety (1-4) was crushed by third ranked Start Gdynia (4-1) 67-39. The game was mostly controlled by Start Gdynia. Sudety was better in second period 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sudety to just 6 points in fourth quarter and to 14 points in second half. Start Gdynia brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. International swingman Mateusz Kostrzewski (201-89) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Tomasz Andrzejewski (204-79) accounted for 11 points. Coach Pawel Turkiewicz's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players saving starting five for next games. Center Marek Koltun (210-87, college: Lafayette, agency: Promotex) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and forward Jaroslaw Wilusz (200-85) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Sudety in the defeat. Start Gdynia moved-up to second place, which they share with Sokol Lancut. Sudety lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with four games lost. Start Gdynia's next round opponent will be SKK Siedlce (#8) at home which should be theoretically another easy game. Sudety will play against Olimp MKS Start Lublin (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sudety: M.Koltun 10+12reb, M.Kozak 8+4ast, L.Niesobski 8+4reb+1ast, J.Wilusz 6+8reb+1ast, A.Kijanowski 4+3reb, O.Bukowiecki 3+1ast
Start Gdynia: M.Kostrzewski 19+10reb+1ast, T.Andrzejewski 11+4reb+1ast, M.Malczyk 8+3reb, T.Wojdyla 8+2reb+1ast, A.Lisewski 6+9reb, T.Nowakowski 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 140942


SKK Siedlce - Sokol Lancut 64-81

The game in Siedlce was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Sokol Lancut (4-1) played at the court of 7th ranked SKK Siedlce (2-2). Sokol Lancut did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 81-64. It looked good early as SKK Siedlce took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sokol Lancut had a 22-14 second period charge getting the lead and SKK Siedlce was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-81. Sokol Lancut forced 27 SKK Siedlce turnovers. Forward Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. Guard Marcel Wilczek (200-86) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. point guard Radoslaw Basinski (188-78) answered with 6 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and power forward Pawel Kowalczuk (207-80, college: St.Francis, NY, agency: Promotex) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for SKK Siedlce. SKK Siedlce's coach Tomasz Araszkiewicz rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Sokol Lancut moved-up to second place, which they share with Start Gdynia. SKK Siedlce at the other side keeps the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with Znicz Basket and AZS Szczecin. Sokol Lancut will play against bottom-ranked Sportino (#15) in Inowroclaw in the next round which should be an easy win for them. SKK Siedlce will play on the road against Start Gdynia (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
SKK Siedlce: M.Przybylski 16+3reb+1ast, P.Kowalczuk 15+5reb+2ast, L.Ratajczak 10+3reb, A.Czerwonka 9+6reb+1ast, K.Sulima 6+3reb, R.Basinski 6+9reb+7ast
Sokol Lancut: W.Pisarczyk 23+2reb+1ast, M.Wilczek 12+8reb, M.Klima 12+2reb+2ast, P.Bogdanowicz 9+3reb, P.Halas 9+3reb+1ast, B.Dubiel 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 140943


Sportino - Spojnia 65-74

Undefeated leader Spojnia delivered the fifth consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they beat bottom-ranked Sportino (0-4) 74-65 in Inowroclaw. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-65. Spojnia made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Sportino turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Spojnia made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was point guard Tomasz Ochonko (185-86) who scored 17 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Guard Tomasz Stepien (193-86) chipped in 16 points and 5 blocks. The former international guard Grzegorz Kukielka (192-83) produced 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international guard Dawid Witos (190-83, agency: Promotex) added 20 points and 4 steals respectively for the hosts. Spojnia (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. Sportino at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Spojnia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sportino will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sokol Lancut (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sportino: M.Strzelecki 21+1reb, D.Witos 20+2reb+1ast, G.Kukielka 13+6reb+6ast, T.Zablocki 7+7reb+3ast, H.Wierzbicki 2, J.Jankowiak 2+2reb+4ast
Spojnia: A.Parzych 17+2reb+1ast, T.Ochonko 17+1reb+3ast, T.Stepien 16+4reb+1ast, J.Kalinowski 9+4reb+1ast, H.Pabian 7+3reb, L.Bodych 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 140944


AZS Kutno - P.Cukier SIDEn 68-93

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (3-1) smashed on the road 11th ranked AZS Kutno (1-4) 93-68. It looked good early as AZS Kutno took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then P.Cukier SIDEn had a 28-7 second period charge getting the lead and AZS Kutno was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-93. P.Cukier SIDEn dominated on the defensive end, holding AZS Kutno to just 7 points in second quarter. They shot 61.5 percent from the field and made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. P.Cukier SIDEn forced 26 AZS Kutno turnovers. Forward Arkadiusz Kobus (197-86, agency: Promotex) nailed 20 points for the winning side and guard Jacek Jarecki (197-88) accounted for 23 points. Forward Aleks Perka (201-87, college: Rice, agency: Stanley International) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and guard Dawid Brek (185-89, agency: Promotex) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for AZS Kutno in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. P.Cukier SIDEn moved-up to fourth place. AZS Kutno at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the twelfth position with four games lost. P.Cukier SIDEn's next round opponent will be Polonia (#10) in Przemysl which should be theoretically another easy game. AZS Kutno will play on the road against AZS Szczecin.
Top scorers:
AZS Kutno: A.Perka 17+11reb+1ast, D.Brek 15+3reb+5ast, K.Jakobczyk 12+1reb+2ast, G.Malecki 11+4reb+2ast, A.Linowski 7+1reb+2ast, M.Bacik 6+4reb+2ast
P.Cukier SIDEn: J.Jarecki 23+2reb, A.Kobus 20+4reb+2ast, P.Lewandowski 17+4reb+1ast, L.Zytko 13+5reb+3ast, T.Lipinski 6+3reb, D.Przybyszewski 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 140938


Polonia - Znicz Basket 74-67

We should mention about the upset which took place in Przemysl, where 4th placed MKS Znicz Basket (2-2) lost to thirteenth ranked Polonia (2-3) in a road game 67-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Polonia forced 19 MKS Znicz Basket turnovers and outrebounded them 43-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Polonia made 9 blocks. The former international power forward Marek Miszczuk (212-77, agency: Promotex) stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and point guard Pawel Pydych (180-82) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Polonia's coach Maciej Milan used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Dominik Czubek (178-75) responded with 18 points and forward Grzegorz Malewski (200-84) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four MKS Znicz Basket players scored in double figures. Polonia moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Start Lublin. Loser MKS Znicz Basket dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with SKK Siedlce and AZS Szczecin. Polonia will meet higher ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MKS Znicz Basket will play against MOSiR Krosno and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Znicz Basket: D.Czubek 18+2reb+3ast, G.Malewski 14+8reb, A.Misiewicz 13+6reb+1ast, M.Szumelda-Krzycki 11+2reb, P.Szymanski 7+5reb+1ast, A.Sulinski 2+4reb+8ast
Polonia: M.Miszczuk 17+9reb, P.Pydych 15+6reb+2ast, A.Mikolajko 11+11reb, T.Przewrocki 9+7reb+2ast, H.Mazur 8+7reb+3ast, B.Bal 5
gschID: 140939


MOSiR Krosno - MKS DG 67-84

Very expected game when 12th ranked MOSiR Krosno (1-4) was defeated at home by seventh ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (3-2) 84-67. The game was mostly controlled by MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza. MOSiR Krosno was better in third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 MOSiR Krosno turnovers. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Center Piotr Zielinski (198-83) nailed 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Lukasz Grzegorzewski (192-84) accounted for 15 points. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza's coach Wojciech Wieczorek let to play all 12 players saving starting five for next games. Forward Kamil Kamecki (198-87) came up with 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and guard Piotr Pluta (192-81, agency: Court Side) added 14 points respectively for MOSiR Krosno in the defeat. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Rosa Radom. Newly promoted MOSiR Krosno keeps the twelfth position with four games lost. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza's next round opponent will be Rosa Radom (#6) at home. MOSiR Krosno will play against MKS Znicz Basket (#9) in Pruszkow.
Top scorers:
MOSiR Krosno: K.Kamecki 24+8reb, M.Baran 14+4ast, P.Pluta 14+3reb+3ast, M.Makander 9+1reb+2ast, R.Partyka 4, L.Puscizna 2+2reb
MKS DG: P.Zielinski 20+9reb, L.Grzegorzewski 15+3ast, K.Morawiec 13+1reb+2ast, P.Zmarlak 9+3reb+3ast, L.Szczypka 9+1reb, R.Kulikowski 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 140940




2Liga Round 5: AZS AWF K-ce hands first loss to Slask II W. - by Eurobasket News
There were just five rounds played in Regular Season of 2Liga and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Slask II W. (4-1) in Katowice on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by seventh ranked AZS AWF K-ce (3-2) 81-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Slask II W.. AZS AWF K-ce forced 31 Slask II W. turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS AWF K-ce made 17 blocks. Guard Pawel Jurczynski (186-G-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points. Guard Marcin Ecka (184-78) contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. The former international power forward Miroslaw Lopatka (213-77, agency: Promotex) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds for Slask II W.Slask II W.'s coach Grzegorz Krzak rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. AZS AWF K-ce moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Slask II W. still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with BM Wegiel Stal and Pogon Prudnik. AZS AWF K-ce is looking forward to face Alba Chorzow (#6) on the road in the next round. Slask II W. will play against HK Zory (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Another interesting game for AZS PP Poznan (3-2) which played in Gorzow Wklp against 4th placed GKK Gorzow (2-3). Sixth ranked AZS PP Poznan had an easy win 94-77. Center Marek Sobkowiak (200-86) stepped up and scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Pawel Hybiak chipped in 18 points and 8 assists. point guard Marek Mankowski (184) responded with 7 points and 9 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AZS PP Poznan moved-up to fourth place in Group A. GKK Gorzow lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with AZS UWM Olsz. and Zyrardowianka. AZS PP Poznan will play against KK Swiecie (#5) at home in the next round. GKK Gorzow will play against AZS UWM Olsz. in Olsztyn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Unia Tarnow (3-2) against sixth ranked UMKS Kielce (3-2) on Saturday night. Visiting Unia Tarnow was defeated by UMKS Kielce in Kielce 83-73. Marcin Wrobel nailed 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Tomasz Zych came up with 18 points and 5 rebounds for Unia Tarnow in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. UMKS Kielce moved-up to third place in Group C, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Unia Tarnow. UMKS Kielce will meet at home UKS Siemaszka (#5) in the next round. Unia Tarnow will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Zuraw Gniewno (4-1) which played road game in Swiecie against 4th placed KK Swiecie (2-2). Third ranked Zuraw Gniewno managed to get a 9-point victory 74-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KK Swiecie. The best player for the winners was Bartosz Kobus who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. Zuraw Gniewno's coach Jacek Bagnecki allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Zuraw Gniewno maintains third place in Group A with 4-1 record having just -1 point less than leader PWiK Piaseczno. KK Swiecie at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Zuraw Gniewno's next round opponent will be Trefl II Sopot (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. KK Swiecie will play against AZS PP Poznan (#4) in Pozoan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Trefl II Sopot's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they outplayed much higher ranked Zyrardowianka (2-3)on the road game in Zyrardow 95-70 on Wednesday. Filip Malgorzaciak orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Trefl II Sopot (1-3) left bottom position moving up to tenth place in Group A, which they share with Korsarz Gdansk. Loser Zyrardowianka dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Trefl II Sopot will face higher ranked Zuraw Gniewno (#3) in Gniewino in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 5:
In Group A AZS UWM Olsz. lost to undefeated Open Florentyna on the road 64-99. SMS PZKosz won against Korsarz Gdansk on its own court 76-74. Astoria Bydg. managed to outperform Wilki Morskie in Bydgoszcz 73-62.
In Group B Alba Chorzow managed to beat MKS Skierniew. at home 83-76. AZS AGH Alstom was defeated by HK Zory on the opponent's court 92-83. Nysa Klodzko was beaten by BM Wegiel Stal in a home game 70-83. GTK Gliwice won against UMKS Piotrc. on the road 62-57. Pogon Prudnik outscored Mickiewicz on its own court 90-71. MCKiS Jaworz. recorded a loss to WKK Obiekty in Wroclaw 77-67.
In Group C UKS Siemaszka defeated AZS II Polit.W-wa at home 89-74. Winless Pulaski Warka was smashed by Handlopex AZS on the opponent's court 86-60. Tur Bielsk Pdl. lost to Staco MNLK in a home game 62-63. Novum Lublin unfortunately lost to MKS Limbach on the road 65-70. Winless Rosa II Radom recorded a loss to Wisla AWF Kr. on its own court 55-68.
The most impressive performance of 5th round was 27 points and 10 rebounds by Krystian Swiech of MKS Skierniew..


Group A
Open Florentyna - AZS UWM Olsz. 99-64

No shocking result in a game when leader Open Florentyna (5-0) crushed 7th ranked AZS UWM Olsz. (2-3) in Pleszew 99-64 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Open Florentyna. AZS UWM Olsz. was better in fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Open Florentyna dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to AZS UWM Olsz.'s 38. Open Florentyna looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Open Florentyna made 13 blocks. Swingman Karol Debski (198-84, agency: Promotex) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Open Florentyna players scored in double figures. Open Florentyna's coach Andrzej Kowalczyk felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Marcin Kowalewski (200-86) answered with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals and power forward Jaroslaw Andrusiewicz (201-86) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for AZS UWM Olsz.Open Florentyna have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A with 5-0 record. Loser AZS UWM Olsz. keeps the seventh position with three games lost. Open Florentyna will face league's second-placed Astoria Bydg. in Bydgoszcz in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. AZS UWM Olsz. will play at home against GKK Gorzow (#9) in Gorzow Wklp and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AZS UWM Olsz.: M.Kowalewski 20+9reb+5ast, P.Rosinski 12+1reb, J.Andrusiewicz 10+9reb, K.Obarek 9+1reb+1ast, K.Kawalek 5+7reb+1ast, R.Kulakowski 4+3reb
Open Florentyna: W.Zurawski 21+4reb, R.Niesobski 21+1reb+1ast, K.Debski 13+9reb+3ast, T.Madziar 12+2reb+1ast, J.Czech 11+7reb, P.Gacek 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 144207


GKK Gorzow - AZS PP Poznan 77-94

Another interesting game for AZS PP Poznan (3-2) which played in Gorzow Wklp against 4th placed GKK Gorzow (2-3). Sixth ranked AZS PP Poznan had an easy win 94-77. The game was mostly controlled by AZS PP Poznan. GKK Gorzow was better in third quarter 31-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AZS PP Poznan dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to GKK Gorzow's 38. AZS PP Poznan forced 24 GKK Gorzow turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. AZS PP Poznan brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. Center Marek Sobkowiak (200-86) stepped up and scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) chipped in 18 points and 8 assists. Five AZS PP Poznan players scored in double figures. point guard Marek Mankowski (184) responded with 7 points and 9 assists and guard Lukasz Wojciechowski (186-88) scored 13 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. AZS PP Poznan moved-up to fourth place in Group A. GKK Gorzow lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with AZS UWM Olsz. and Zyrardowianka. AZS PP Poznan will play against KK Swiecie (#5) at home in the next round. GKK Gorzow will play against AZS UWM Olsz. in Olsztyn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GKK Gorzow: L.Wojciechowski 13+1reb+2ast, Z.Owczarek 12+3reb, T.Ejsmont 10+1reb+2ast, K.Cierzniewski 8+5reb+1ast, M.Plawucki 7+1reb+2ast, W.Rogacewicz 7+4reb+1ast
AZS PP Poznan: P.Hybiak 18+1reb+8ast, M.Sobkowiak 16+8reb+5ast, M.Szydlowski 15+3reb+2ast, M.Rostalski 15+8reb+1ast, P.Stankiewicz 13+4reb+1ast, T.Gierwazik 6+1ast
gschID: 144208


KK Swiecie - Zuraw Gniewno 65-74

An interesting game for Zuraw Gniewno (4-1) which played road game in Swiecie against 4th placed KK Swiecie (2-2). Third ranked Zuraw Gniewno managed to get a 9-point victory 74-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KK Swiecie. It looked good early as KK Swiecie took an 13-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zuraw Gniewno took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 9 points. They also forced 25 KK Swiecie turnovers. Zuraw Gniewno brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was swingman Bartosz Kobus (195-83) who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Danijel Grujic (201-90) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds. Zuraw Gniewno's coach Jacek Bagnecki allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Mikolaj Grod (194-89) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and guard Piotr Robak (192-91) added 13 points and 4 steals respectively for the hosts. Zuraw Gniewno maintains third place in Group A with 4-1 record having just -1 point less than leader PWiK Piaseczno. KK Swiecie at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Zuraw Gniewno's next round opponent will be Trefl II Sopot (#11) at home and are hoping to win another game. KK Swiecie will play against AZS PP Poznan (#4) in Pozoan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Swiecie: M.Grod 13+10reb, P.Robak 13+2reb+3ast, R.Plebanek 9+5reb+1ast, P.Poliwka 9+1reb, M.Kubacki 8+5reb, K.Kowalski 7+1reb+1ast
Zuraw Gniewno: B.Kobus 24+8reb+3ast, D.Grujic 24+7reb+2ast, P.Matysiak 12+2reb+3ast, P.Strychalski 5+3reb+4ast, M.Iglinski 3+4reb+1ast, B.Bichowski 2+2reb
gschID: 144209


Zyrardowianka - Trefl II Sopot 70-95

Trefl II Sopot's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they outplayed much higher ranked Zyrardowianka (2-3)on the road game in Zyrardow 95-70 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Trefl II Sopot. Zyrardowianka was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trefl II Sopot forced 23 Zyrardowianka turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Trefl II Sopot especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Zyrardowianka's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Trefl II Sopot made 12 blocks. Forward Filip Malgorzaciak (188-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points. Forward Wojciech Fras (203-91) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Trefl II Sopot players scored in double figures. Center Mateusz Szwed (197-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and guard Tomasz Chojecki (175-84) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Zyrardowianka. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Trefl II Sopot (1-3) left bottom position moving up to tenth place in Group A, which they share with Korsarz Gdansk. Loser Zyrardowianka dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Trefl II Sopot will face higher ranked Zuraw Gniewno (#3) in Gniewino in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Zyrardowianka: T.Chojecki 20+4ast, M.Szwed 14+13reb, M.Lapinski 10+1reb+2ast, K.Zebrowski 9+3reb, R.Bochenek 8+4reb, J.Mus 7+3reb+2ast
Trefl II Sopot: F.Malgorzaciak 27+3reb+2ast, K.Stalicki 15+2reb+3ast, W.Fras 12+7reb+3ast, J.Schenk 11+2reb+7ast, D.Brembly 9+2reb+2ast, L.Jaskiewicz 8+6reb
gschID: 144210


SMS PZKosz - Korsarz Gdansk 76-74

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Korsarz Gdansk (1-3) was edged by thirteenth ranked SMS PZKosz (1-4) in Wladyslawowo 76-74 on Saturday. Korsarz Gdansk was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 18-15 charge of SMS PZKosz, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when SMS PZKosz made 8 blocks. Point guard Leszek Kaczmarski (190-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. Power forward Kacper Borowski (201-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. SMS PZKosz's coach Tomasz Jankowski used entire bench in such tough game. Guard Piotr Renkiel (190-87) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks and center Przemyslaw Rduch (208-86, agency: Promotex) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Korsarz Gdansk. Four Korsarz Gdansk players scored in double figures. SMS PZKosz left bottom position moving up to twelfth place in Group A, which they share with Wilki Morskie. Loser Korsarz Gdansk keeps the tenth position with three games lost. SMS PZKosz will face higher ranked Ksiezak Lowicz (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Korsarz Gdansk: M.Chudy 14+2reb+3ast, P.Renkiel 14+5reb+5ast, B.Sarzalo 12+4reb+2ast, P.Rduch 12+7reb+1ast, J.Golebiewski 8+1reb+1ast, J.Zalucki 6+4reb+2ast
SMS PZKosz: L.Kaczmarski 25+2reb+1ast, A.Lenczuk 14+2reb+2ast, K.Borowski 14+10reb+1ast, J.Trojan 7+5reb, J.Maksymiuk 5+3reb+8ast, S.Sanny 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 144205


Wilki Morskie - Astoria Bydg. 62-73

Very predictable result when leader Astoria Bydg. (4-0) won against 12th ranked Wilki Morskie (1-4) in Szczecin 73-62 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Astoria Bydg.. Wilki Morskie was better in second period 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Astoria Bydg. forced 25 Wilki Morskie turnovers. Power forward Sebastian Laydych (203-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) contributed with 17 points and 4 steals for the winners. Four Astoria Bydg. players scored in double figures. Guard Karol Nowacki (194-91) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Radoslaw Bojko (196-91) added 15 points in the effort for Wilki Morskie. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Astoria Bydg. have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group A with 4-0 record having just 0 victories less than leader PWiK Piaseczno. Newly promoted Wilki Morskie keeps the twelfth position with four games lost. Astoria Bydg. will face league's leader Open Florentyna in Pleszew in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Wilki Morskie will play on the road against Korsarz Gdansk (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wilki Morskie: K.Nowacki 16+7reb+1ast, R.Bojko 15+3reb+1ast, K.Koziorowicz 8, M.Kowalski 7+4reb, C.Majtyka 6+3reb, S.Essaid Hamdaoui 5+7reb
Astoria Bydg.: M.Bierwagen 17+3reb+2ast, S.Laydych 16+6reb+1ast, D.Szyttenholm 12+4reb, A.Szopinski 11+6reb+2ast, P.Rapalski 7+2reb, P.Gierszewski 6
gschID: 144206


Group B
Alba Chorzow - MKS Skierniew. 83-76

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked MKS Skierniew. (1-4) lost on the road to fifth ranked Alba Chorzow (3-2) 83-76 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. Alba Chorzow made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 MKS Skierniew. turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Alba Chorzow made 13 blocks. Power forward Adam Spychala (197-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 8 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Tomasz Gembus (198-87) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Alba Chorzow players scored in double figures. Alba Chorzow's coach Rafal Sobecki used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Forward Krystian Swiech (205-80) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and forward Lukasz Makolski (193-81) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for MKS Skierniew.Alba Chorzow moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser MKS Skierniew. dropped to the twelfth position with four games lost. Alba Chorzow will face AZS AWF K-ce (#7) in Katowice in the next round. MKS Skierniew. will play at home against MCKiS Jaworz. (#5) in Jaworzno.
Top scorers:
MKS Skierniew.: K.Swiech 27+10reb+1ast, L.Makolski 20+6reb+3ast, M.Krawiec 8+7reb+2ast, P.Czaplicki 8+2reb, P.Tradecki 6+3reb+5ast, J.Zielinski 4+2reb+1ast
Alba Chorzow: D.Pelka 15+2reb+2ast, P.Magdziarz 13+1reb+3ast, T.Gembus 12+3reb+4ast, M.Weselak 11+5reb, A.Spychala 8+12reb+1ast, L.Wojcik 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 144386


AZS AWF K-ce - Slask II W. 81-70

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Slask II W. (4-1) in Katowice on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by seventh ranked AZS AWF K-ce (3-2) 81-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Slask II W.. AZS AWF K-ce forced 31 Slask II W. turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS AWF K-ce made 17 blocks. Guard Pawel Jurczynski (186-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points. Guard Marcin Ecka (184-78) contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. The former international power forward Miroslaw Lopatka (213-77, agency: Promotex) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and guard Artur Grygiel (187-88) added 22 points and 4 steals in the effort for Slask II W.Slask II W.'s coach Grzegorz Krzak rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. AZS AWF K-ce moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Slask II W. still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with BM Wegiel Stal and Pogon Prudnik. AZS AWF K-ce is looking forward to face Alba Chorzow (#6) on the road in the next round. Slask II W. will play against HK Zory (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Slask II W.: M.Lopatka 27+11reb, A.Grygiel 22+4reb+2ast, M.Kowalski 6+4reb+4ast, P.Bawolski 5+3reb+1ast, M.Bluma 4+3reb, W.Leszczynski 2+2reb+1ast
AZS AWF K-ce: P.Jurczynski 26+1reb, M.Ecka 14+7reb+2ast, T.Milewski 13+3reb+3ast, M.Dziemba 9+4reb+2ast, K.Nowak 8+6reb, D.Tokarski 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 144387


HK Zory - AZS AGH Alstom 92-83

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked HK Zory and 10th ranked AZS AGH Alstom had identical 2-2 record. This time HK Zory used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Krakow 92-83 on Saturday night. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-15. But AZS AGH Alstom won third quarter 26-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. HK Zory forced 25 AZS AGH Alstom turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when HK Zory made 12 blocks. Guard Karol Kupczak (168-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 4 assists. Forward Lukasz Ochodek (195-82) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five HK Zory players scored in double figures. Guard Tomasz Bryzek (194-86) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and guard Grzegorz Dudzik (190-84) added 23 points in the effort for AZS AGH Alstom. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. HK Zory (3-2) moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted AZS AGH Alstom dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. HK Zory will face league's leader Slask II W. in Wroclaw in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AZS AGH Alstom will play at home against Nysa Klodzko (#11) in Kloszko and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AZS AGH Alstom: G.Dudzik 23+3reb+2ast, T.Bryzek 17+13reb+1ast, D.Pajak 16+3reb+4ast, M.Hajduk 8+10reb+1ast, S.Salamon 7+4reb, L.Warmuz 6+1reb
HK Zory: K.Kupczak 24+1reb+4ast, L.Ochodek 14+9reb+2ast, M.Marczyk 14+3reb+3ast, P.Jasinski 13+3reb+2ast, A.Andula 11+5reb, A.Bialdyga 8+3reb
gschID: 144388


Nysa Klodzko - BM Wegiel Stal 70-83

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Nysa Klodzko (2-3) lost to third ranked BM Wegiel Stal (4-1) in Kloszko 70-83 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-70. BM Wegiel Stal shot 64.6 percent from the field. They also forced 20 Nysa Klodzko turnovers. It was a great shooting night for BM Wegiel Stal especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. Guard Marcin Kalowski (191-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Guard Mariusz Matczak (180-86) contributed with 13 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five BM Wegiel Stal players scored in double figures. point guard Michal Lipinski (184-86) answered with 12 points and 6 assists and forward Marcin Sterenga (201-78) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Nysa Klodzko. Nysa Klodzko's coach Tomasz Wlodowski let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BM Wegiel Stal have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of Group B leader, which they share with Slask II W. and Pogon Prudnik. Loser Nysa Klodzko keeps the ninth place with three games lost. BM Wegiel Stal will face UMKS Piotrc. (#14) in Piotrkow in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Nysa Klodzko will play on the road against AZS AGH Alstom (#10) in Krakow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nysa Klodzko: M.Sterenga 14+7reb, M.Lipinski 12+4reb+6ast, R.Ulrich 11+3reb, J.Gadomski 8+5reb, B.Jozefowicz 7+2reb, B.Zubik 6+1reb
BM Wegiel Stal: M.Kalowski 20+1reb+2ast, M.Matczak 13+1reb+6ast, K.Sieranski 12+8reb, L.Olejnik 10+4reb, M.Zebski 10+1reb+2ast, M.Dymala 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 144389


UMKS Piotrc. - GTK Gliwice 57-62

No shocking result in a game when eleventh ranked GTK Gliwice (2-3) beat bottom-ranked UMKS Piotrc. (0-5) in Piotrkow 62-57 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 15-12. But UMKS Piotrc. won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. GTK Gliwice forced 27 UMKS Piotrc. turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when GTK Gliwice made 11 blocks. Forward Przemyslaw Malona (198-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Guard Tomasz Wrobel (180-85) contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four GTK Gliwice players scored in double figures. Mateusz Tomczynski (-91) answered with 17 points and 4 blocks and forward Radoslaw Kubala (192-82) added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for UMKS Piotrc.Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. GTK Gliwice moved-up to ninth place in Group B, which they share with AZS AGH Alstom and Nysa Klodzko. Newly promoted UMKS Piotrc. still closes the standings with five games lost. GTK Gliwice will face league's second-placed Pogon Prudnik at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UMKS Piotrc. will play against BM Wegiel Stal (#3) in Ostrow Wlkp. and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
UMKS Piotrc.: M.Tomczynski 17+1reb+2ast, R.Kubala 8+7reb+4ast, A.Misztela 7+4reb+3ast, A.Tomczynski 6+4reb, D.Kalinowski 5+8reb+1ast, K.Leski 4+4reb+2ast
GTK Gliwice: P.Malona 15+11reb, G.Podulka 13+1reb, P.Szymanski 12+4reb, T.Wrobel 11+4reb+4ast, K.Leszczynski 5+3reb+2ast, L.Nawrot 2+5reb+4ast
gschID: 144390


Pogon Prudnik - Mickiewicz 90-71

Very expected game when 12th ranked Mickiewicz (1-4) was smashed on the road by fourth ranked Pogon Prudnik (4-1) 90-71 on Saturday. The game without a history. Pogon Prudnik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Pogon Prudnik forced 26 Mickiewicz turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pogon Prudnik made 10 blocks. Swingman Marcin Lakis (196-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Maciej Lepczynski (193-82) contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks for the winners. Guard Mateusz Jagiela (187-87) answered with 17 points and 5 steals (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and center Lukasz Jaworski (203-87) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Mickiewicz. Four Mickiewicz players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Pogon Prudnik keeps a position of Group B leader, which they share with BM Wegiel Stal and Slask II W. Loser Mickiewicz keeps the twelfth place with four games lost. Pogon Prudnik will face GTK Gliwice (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mickiewicz will play against WKK Obiekty in Wroclaw.
Top scorers:
Mickiewicz: M.Jagiela 17+4reb+1ast, L.Kosmowski 13+3reb+1ast, M.Moralewicz 11+2reb+2ast, S.Wawrzyniak 10, L.Jaworski 9+9reb+1ast, P.Wolk-Jankowski 5+4ast
Pogon Prudnik: M.Lakis 20+8reb+1ast, S.Kucia 19+2reb+6ast, M.Lepczynski 17+6reb+5ast, K.Chmielarz 10+1reb, T.Lakis 9+9reb+4ast, J.Pawlowski 8+5reb
gschID: 144391


WKK Obiekty - MCKiS Jaworz. 77-67

There was a surprise result when eighth ranked WKK Obiekty (3-2) won against 4th placed MCKiS Jaworz. (3-2) in Wroclaw 77-67 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by WKK Obiekty. MCKiS Jaworz. was better in third quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. WKK Obiekty made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 MCKiS Jaworz. turnovers and had a 33-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when WKK Obiekty made 8 blocks. The former international forward Bartosz Diduszko (198-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. International forward Piotr Niedzwiedzki (209-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five WKK Obiekty players scored in double figures. Guard Slawomir Klocek (191-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Grzegorz Remin (192-82) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for MCKiS Jaworz.WKK Obiekty moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated MCKiS Jaworz. WKK Obiekty will face Mickiewicz (#12) in Katowice in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MCKiS Jaworz. will play on the road against MKS Skierniew. (#13) in Skierniewice.
Top scorers:
MCKiS Jaworz.: S.Klocek 28+10reb, G.Remin 12+5reb+1ast, A.Baczynski 8+4reb+3ast, R.Lemanski 7+1reb+4ast, P.Krupa 4+5reb, D.Goldammer 4+4reb
WKK Obiekty: B.Diduszko 18+6reb+3ast, J.Zyskowski 15+3reb, P.Niedzwiedzki 14+12reb, N.Zuber 10+1ast, K.Sek 10+10reb+2ast, J.Grzelinski 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 144392


Group C
UMKS Kielce - Unia Tarnow 83-73

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Unia Tarnow (3-2) against sixth ranked UMKS Kielce (3-2) on Saturday night. Visiting Unia Tarnow was defeated by UMKS Kielce in Kielce 83-73. The game was mostly controlled by UMKS Kielce. Unia Tarnow managed to win third quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UMKS Kielce forced 28 Unia Tarnow turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Swingman Marcin Wrobel (200-87) nailed 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and guard Jakub Lewandowski (192-92) accounted for 17 points. Guard Tomasz Zych (188-87) came up with 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Kamil Uriasz (200-88) added 15 points respectively for Unia Tarnow in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. UMKS Kielce moved-up to third place in Group C, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Unia Tarnow. UMKS Kielce will meet at home UKS Siemaszka (#5) in the next round. Unia Tarnow will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Unia Tarnow: T.Zych 18+5reb+2ast, D.Szewczyk 17+3reb, K.Uriasz 15+3reb+3ast, P.Cygan 10+8reb+2ast, J.Wojciechowski 6+2reb, K.Mroz 5+1ast
UMKS Kielce: J.Lewandowski 17+2ast, L.Fafara 13+3reb, M.Wrobel 11+9reb+2ast, W.Miernik 10+5reb+1ast, A.Jaworski 7+2reb+6ast, A.Busz 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 144379


UKS Siemaszka - AZS II Polit.W-wa 89-74

Everything could happen in Piekary at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked UKS Siemaszka and 8th ranked AZS II Polit.W-wa had identical 2-2 record. This time UKS Siemaszka used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Warszawa 89-74 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by UKS Siemaszka. AZS II Polit.W-wa was better in second period 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UKS Siemaszka forced 26 AZS II Polit.W-wa turnovers and outrebounded them 37-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for UKS Siemaszka especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when UKS Siemaszka made 12 blocks. Guard Lukasz Kasperzec (187-74) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Power forward Milosz Gruca (191-79) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. point guard Sebastian Kowalczyk (182-93) answered with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Maciej Kucharek (204-93) added 15 points in the effort for AZS II Polit.W-wa. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. UKS Siemaszka have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place in Group C, which they share with 4 other teams. AZS II Polit.W-wa at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the tenth position with three games lost. UKS Siemaszka will face UMKS Kielce (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. AZS II Polit.W-wa will play against the league's second-placed Handlopex AZS (#2) in Rzeszow.
Top scorers:
AZS II Polit.W-wa: M.Kucharek 15+3reb+1ast, F.Nowicki 14+3reb, S.Kowalczyk 13+9reb+7ast, M.Zywert 9+4reb, K.Lancucki 7+1reb, K.Zywert 5+1reb+2ast
UKS Siemaszka: L.Kasperzec 24+3reb+1ast, M.Gruca 10+5reb+3ast, P.Stecko 10+3reb+3ast, M.Ejiofor 9+5reb+1ast, T.Buczek 9+2reb+5ast, P.Fediuk 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 144380


Handlopex AZS - Pulaski Warka 86-60

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Handlopex AZS (3-1) outplayed bottom-ranked Pulaski Warka (0-5) in Rzeszow 86-60 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Handlopex AZS. Pulaski Warka was better in third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Handlopex AZS forced 22 Pulaski Warka turnovers and outrebounded them 44-20 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Handlopex AZS looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Pulaski Warka's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Handlopex AZS made 12 blocks. Power forward Marek Osiniak (200-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Piotr Mis (204-77) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Handlopex AZS's coach Mariusz Michalczyk felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Forward Michal Batorski (199-88) answered with 14 points and guard Bartosz Czerwonka (188-89) added 8 points and 4 assists in the effort for Pulaski Warka. Handlopex AZS moved-up to second place in Group C. Newly promoted Pulaski Warka still closes the standings with five games lost. Handlopex AZS will face AZS II Polit.W-wa (#10) in Warszawa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pulaski Warka will play at home against Tur Bielsk Pdl. in Bielsk Podlaski and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Pulaski Warka: M.Batorski 14+3reb+2ast, J.Szadura 9+1ast, B.Czerwonka 8+4reb+4ast, R.Sebrala 8+3reb+2ast, T.Galan 7+5reb, J.Stefaniuk 6+1reb
Handlopex AZS: P.Mis 16+5reb+3ast, M.Osiniak 15+8reb+3ast, S.Biela 11+2reb, M.Sowa 9+2reb, Z.Dolinski 8+11reb+4ast, J.Musijowski 8+2reb+6ast
gschID: 144381


Tur Bielsk Pdl. - Staco MNLK 62-63

There was an upset when 4th placed Tur Bielsk Pdl. (2-2) was edged by tenth ranked Staco MNLK (3-2) in Bielsk Podlaski 63-62 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 21-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Staco MNLK made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 27 Tur Bielsk Pdl. turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Staco MNLK made 15 blocks. Forward Przemyslaw Ostrowski (194-86) saved the victory by scoring 16 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Szymon Kunc (193-80) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Staco MNLK players scored in double figures. Forward Arkadiusz Zabielski (195-84) answered with 7 points and 13 rebounds and forward Aaron Weres (196-91) added 13 points in the effort for Tur Bielsk Pdl.Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Staco MNLK moved-up to third place in Group C, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Tur Bielsk Pdl. dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. Staco MNLK will face MKS Limbach (#8) in Limanowa in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tur Bielsk Pdl. will play on the road against Pulaski Warka.
Top scorers:
Tur Bielsk Pdl.: L.Kuczynski 16+2reb, M.Krajewski 14+5reb, A.Weres 13+4reb+2ast, A.Zabielski 7+13reb+2ast, P.Brzozowski 5+3reb+1ast, T.Szczepinski 3+1reb
Staco MNLK: P.Ostrowski 16+5reb+3ast, S.Kunc 13+5reb+2ast, W.Majchrzak 12+2reb, J.Dziura 10+4reb, P.Horwat 6+3reb+1ast, J.Najman 4+3reb
gschID: 144382


MKS Limbach - Novum Lublin 70-65

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked MKS Limbach (2-2) beat 9th ranked Novum Lublin (2-3) in Limanowa 70-65 on Sunday. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MKS Limbach made 11 blocks. Guard Jakub Dudek (190-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Wojciech Rykala (180-76) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Five MKS Limbach players scored in double figures. Swingman Jakub Karolak (192-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Michael Gospodarek (186-91) added 11 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals in the effort for Novum Lublin. MKS Limbach moved-up to eighth place in Group C, which they share with Tur Bielsk Pdl. Novum Lublin lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with three games lost. MKS Limbach will face higher ranked Staco MNLK (#7) in Niepolomice in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Novum Lublin will play at home against Rosa II Radom and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Novum Lublin: J.Karolak 18+11reb, M.Wisniewski 16+4reb, M.Gospodarek 11+7reb+6ast, J.Adameczek 8+3reb, B.Lisowski 6+5reb, B.Karolak 4+1reb+1ast
MKS Limbach: W.Rykala 19+1reb+3ast, A.Peciak 15+5reb, P.Kindlik 12+2reb+2ast, J.Dudek 11+8reb+4ast, P.Kwandrans 10+8reb+2ast, W.Hasior 3+4reb
gschID: 144383


Rosa II Radom - Wisla AWF Kr. 55-68

Very expected game when bottom-ranked Rosa II Radom (0-4) lost at home to seventh ranked Wisla AWF Kr. (3-2) 68-55 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 39-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Wisla AWF Kr. forced 26 Rosa II Radom turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Wisla AWF Kr. made 8 blocks. Guard Daniel Szlapka (188-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. The former international swingman Grzegorz Radwan (200-80) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Konrad Labedz (187-86) answered with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Lukasz Sobuta (-92) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Rosa II Radom. Rosa II Radom's coach Karol Gutkowski let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Wisla AWF Kr. moved-up to third place in Group C, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Rosa II Radom still closes the standings with four games lost. Wisla AWF Kr. will face league's leader PWiK Piaseczno at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rosa II Radom will play against Novum Lublin (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Rosa II Radom: K.Labedz 17+7reb+6ast, L.Sobuta 17+9reb, P.Piros 12+5reb+4ast, J.Stanios 4+3reb, D.Wolczynski 3+6reb+1ast, K.Mamcarczyk 2+3reb
Wisla AWF Kr.: D.Szlapka 20+5reb+2ast, G.Radwan 15+8reb+2ast, K.Pilch 14+4reb, D.Depta 8+6reb+1ast, M.Kepka 7+6reb+5ast, A.Wlodarczyk 2+1reb
gschID: 144384




PLK Round 5: Energa Czarni edges Trefl Sopot by one point - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in PLK, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

The most exciting game of round 5 in the PLK took place in Slupsk. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Trefl Sopot (2-2) to sixth ranked Energa Czarni (3-1) 73-72 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 20-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Energa Czarni made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Trefl Sopot helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Pawel Leonczyk (202-86, agency: Promotex) who scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. American power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Energa Czarni moved-up to second place, which they share with Anwil and Zastal ZG. Trefl Sopot at the other side dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Energa Czarni will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Trefl Sopot will play at home against Polpharma (#12) in Starogard and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked AZS Koszalin (3-2) against fourth ranked Zastal ZG (3-1) on Saturday night. Host AZS Koszalin was defeated by Zastal ZG in a tough game in Koszalin 83-91. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of AZS Koszalin. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Nigerian forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). Kamil Chanas contributed with 15 points for the winners. Zastal ZG's coach Tomasz Jankowski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Serbian center Marko Lekic (211-85) answered with 21 points for AZS Koszalin. Zastal ZG moved-up to second place, which they share with Anwil and Energa Czarni. AZS Koszalin at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Kotwica. Zastal ZG will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. AZS Koszalin will play on the road against the league's leader PGE Turow (#1) in Zgorzelec and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Slask Wroclaw (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 77-76 loss to eleventh ranked Siarka Jezioro (2-3) in Tarnobrzeg on Saturday evening. LaMarshall Corbett stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners. Qarraan Calhoun responded with 27 points. Siarka Jezioro moved-up to eighth place, which they share with PBG Basket and AZS PW. Newly promoted Slask Wroclaw still closes the standings with four games lost. Siarka Jezioro will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Slask Wroclaw will play against AZS Politechnika Warszawska (#9) in Warszawa and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Wloclawek. Local Anwil (3-1) beat 10th ranked Polpharma (1-4) 83-67. Corsley Edwards nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Anwil's coach Emir Mutapcic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Anwil have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Zastal ZG and Energa Czarni. Polpharma at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with four games lost. Anwil's next round opponent will be Kotwica (#5) in Kolobrzeg. Polpharma will play on the road against Trefl Sopot (#7).

In the last two games of round 5 Kotwica defeated LKS Lodz in Kolobrzeg 94-87. PBG Basket beat AZS PW at home 80-68.
The best stats of 5th round was 23 points and 9 assists by Jessie Sapp of Kotwica.



Siarka Jezioro - Slask Wroclaw 77-76

Bottom-ranked Slask Wroclaw (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 77-76 loss to eleventh ranked Siarka Jezioro (2-3) in Tarnobrzeg on Saturday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Slask Wroclaw won third quarter 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Siarka Jezioro forced 19 Slask Wroclaw turnovers. American guard LaMarshall Corbett (190-88, college: Angelo St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners and his fellow American import forward Nicchaeus Doaks (202-87, college: Chattanooga, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Siarka Jezioro players scored in double figures. American forward Qarraan Calhoun (203-86, college: Houston, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) responded with 27 points and the former international guard Robert Skibniewski (182-83) scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Siarka Jezioro moved-up to eighth place, which they share with PBG Basket and AZS PW. Newly promoted Slask Wroclaw still closes the standings with four games lost. Siarka Jezioro will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Slask Wroclaw will play against AZS Politechnika Warszawska (#9) in Warszawa and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Siarka Jezioro: L.Corbett 22+2reb+2ast, N.Doaks 15+9reb+1ast, J.Miller 12+2reb+5ast, W.Barycz 11+2reb+2ast, M.Piechowicz 7+4reb+2ast, J.Tiller 6+1reb+4ast
Slask Wroclaw: Q.Calhoun 27+2reb+3ast, R.Skibniewski 20+5reb+6ast, A.Mladenovic 19+7reb, S.Bogavac 4+9reb+2ast, A.Vairogs 4+3reb+1ast, P.Buczak 2+2reb
gschID: 149161


AZS Koszalin - Zastal ZG 83-91

Very important is a home loss of second ranked AZS Koszalin (3-2) against fourth ranked Zastal ZG (3-1) on Saturday night. Host AZS Koszalin was defeated by Zastal ZG in a tough game in Koszalin 83-91. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of AZS Koszalin. It was a key game for the second position in the league. It looked good early as AZS Koszalin took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zastal ZG had a 25-17 second period charge getting the lead and AZS Koszalin was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 83-91. Zastal ZG made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. AZS Koszalin was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Nigerian forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!). International point guard Kamil Chanas (188-85) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Zastal ZG's coach Tomasz Jankowski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Serbian center Marko Lekic (211-85) answered with 21 points and naturalized Croatian guard Igor Milicic (194-76, agency: Alti Sport) added 16 points and 7 assists in the effort for AZS Koszalin. Five Zastal ZG and four AZS Koszalin players scored in double figures. Zastal ZG moved-up to second place, which they share with Anwil and Energa Czarni. AZS Koszalin at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Kotwica. Zastal ZG will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. AZS Koszalin will play on the road against the league's leader PGE Turow (#1) in Zgorzelec and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zastal ZG: G.Lawal 22+12reb, K.Chanas 15+4reb+1ast, P.Stelmach 15+4reb+1ast, W.Hodge 13+5ast, M.Flieger 10+2reb+4ast, J.Dloniak 7+1reb+1ast
AZS Koszalin: M.Lekic 21+4reb+3ast, I.Milicic 16+3reb+7ast, G.Reese 13+2reb+3ast, S.Hannah 11+3ast, M.Dutkiewicz 8+5reb+2ast, J.Montgomery 6+4reb
gschID: 149162


Energa Czarni - Trefl Sopot 73-72

The most exciting game of round 5 in the PLK took place in Slupsk. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Trefl Sopot (2-2) to sixth ranked Energa Czarni (3-1) 73-72 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 20-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Energa Czarni made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Trefl Sopot helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Pawel Leonczyk (202-86, agency: Promotex) who scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. American power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Four Trefl Sopot players scored in double figures. Energa Czarni moved-up to second place, which they share with Anwil and Zastal ZG. Trefl Sopot at the other side dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Energa Czarni will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Trefl Sopot will play at home against Polpharma (#12) in Starogard and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Energa Czarni: S.Burrell 13+2reb+4ast, P.Leonczyk 10+7reb+4ast, K.Roszyk 10+4reb, M.Cesnauskis 9+2reb+1ast, D.Hinson 9+3reb+1ast, Z.Bialek 7+2reb
Trefl Sopot: L.Koszarek 15+3reb+3ast, J.Turek 13+8reb+2ast, C.Burgess 11+8reb+1ast, J.Horne 11+4reb, M.Stefanski 9+4reb+1ast, L.Wisniewski 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 149157


Anwil - Polpharma 83-67

The game with biggest result difference took place in Wloclawek. Local Anwil (3-1) beat 10th ranked Polpharma (1-4) 83-67. The game was mostly controlled by Anwil. Polpharma was better in second period 22-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Polpharma to just 6 points in first quarter. 25 personal fouls committed by Polpharma helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import swingman John Allen (194-82, college: Seton Hall, agency: Court Side) accounted for 16 points and 4 assists. Anwil's coach Emir Mutapcic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Tony Weeden (186-83, college: Chicago St.) came up with 22 points and swingman Grzegorz Arabas (190-78, agency: Promotex) added 16 points respectively for Polpharma in the defeat. Anwil have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Zastal ZG and Energa Czarni. Polpharma at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with four games lost. Anwil's next round opponent will be Kotwica (#5) in Kolobrzeg. Polpharma will play on the road against Trefl Sopot (#7).
Top scorers:
Anwil: C.Edwards 26+10reb+2ast, J.Allen 16+3reb+4ast, K.Szubarga 13+4reb+4ast, D.Berisha 9+3reb, L.Majewski 7+5reb+2ast, N.Lewis 6+8reb+1ast
Polpharma: T.Weeden 22+3reb+2ast, G.Arabas 16+3reb+3ast, A.Metelski 11+6reb, M.Hicks 9, P.Dabrowski 3+7reb+2ast, B.Gilmore 2+3reb
gschID: 149158


LKS Lodz - Kotwica 87-94

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked LKS Sphinx's (1-3) home loss to eighth ranked Kotwica (3-2) 87-94. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-17. But LKS Sphinx won second period 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kotwica won last quarter 24-19. They shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. American guard Jessie Sapp (191-86, college: Georgetown) nailed 23 points and 9 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winning side and forward Lukasz Wichniarz (197-82) accounted for 24 points. Four Kotwica players scored in double figures. American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Jermaine Mallett (190-88, college: Missouri St., agency: Interperformances) added 27 points and 5 rebounds respectively for LKS Sphinx in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kotwica moved-up to fifth place, which they share with AZS Koszalin. LKS Sphinx lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh position with three games lost. Kotwica's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Anwil in Wloclawek and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LKS Sphinx will play on the road against PBG Basket (#8) in Poznan.
Top scorers:
Kotwica: L.Wichniarz 24+4reb+2ast, J.Sapp 23+3reb+9ast, R.Holmes 21+5reb, D.Harris 12+12reb+2ast, M.Djuric 6, L.Diduszko 5+3reb+1ast
LKS Lodz: J.Mallett 27+5reb+1ast, K.Archibeque 23+12reb+5ast, B.Holmes 10+4reb+3ast, K.Sulima 8+5reb, D.Kalinowski 8+2reb+1ast, B.Bartoszewicz 6+1reb
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PBG Basket - AZS PW 80-68

There was a small surprise in Poznan where eleventh ranked PBG Basket (2-3) defeated 8th ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (2-3) 80-68. The game was mostly controlled by PBG Basket. AZS Politechnika Warszawska was better in third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian guard