EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/25/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Markota's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old Damir Markota (210-C/F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Union Olimpija and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out KK Zagreb CO (#10, 1-3) in overtime 91-90. Union Olimpija maintains the 3rd position in . They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Union Olimpija already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. It's Markota's second year at Union Olimpija and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Markota has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 6.3rpg) and averages solid 87.5% FGP and 45.5% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was David Simon (207-C-82) of Radnicki K.. He is American center in his first season at Radnicki K.. In the last game Simon recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Radnicki K. was edged by the higher-ranked Hemofarm (#6, 3-1) 70-66. This loss caused Radnicki K. to drop to 11th position in the standings. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Radnicki K. managed to get this year. Simon is a newcomer at Radnicki K. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.8ppg (#1). He also registered 8.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Boris Savovic (206-F-87) of Hemofarm (#6). Savovic scored 7 points and grabbed twenty three rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Hemofarm, leading his team to a 70-66 win against the lower-ranked Radnicki K. (#11, 1-3). Hemofarm needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Savovic has a great season in Adriatic League. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.5rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) of KK Zagreb CO - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Levour Warren (196-F-81) of Cedevita - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90) of Buducnost - 18 points and 10 rebounds
7. Bojan Subotic (206-F/C-90) of Crvena Zvezda - 13 points and 10 rebounds
8. Vladimir Panic (194-F-82) of Zlatorog - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86) of Maccabi T-A - 16 points and 4 rebounds
10. Jure Skific (202-F/C-88) of Zlatorog - 16 points and 9 rebounds

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


Bojan Radetic injured on the game against Cedevita - by Zoran Popovic
Crvena Zvezda Beograd has another bad luck. On the game against Cedevita Bojan Radetic (203-F-88) gets knee injury. Crvena Zvezda Beograd medical team still not announced any prognoses of recovery of injured player. Bojan Radetic good started this season and on four games in Adriatic league average scored 8.0 points, 2.3 rebounds per game. Bojan Radetic was member of Serbia and Montenegro U18 National team.

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.19.3 
 3. Chase, Cibona18.8 
 4. Pavkovic, Radnicki17.5 
 5. Simon, KK.17.5 
 6. Jeremic, Hemofarm17.0 
 7. Morrison, Crvena Z.16.5 
 8. Varda, Union Olimp.16.5 
 9. Panic, Zlatorog16.0 
 10. Warren, Cedevita15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm14.5 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.3 
 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. Schortsaniti., Mac.6.0 
 9. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda6.0 
 10. Balazic, Krka5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Miljan PAVKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Pavkovic, Radnicki9.3 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki6.7 
 3. Stinson, Krka6.0 
 4. Farmar, Maccabi4.7 
 5. Covic, Crvena Z.4.5 
 6. Simon, KK.4.5 
 7. Papaloukas, Macca.4.3 
 8. Bakic, Radnicki K.4.0 
 9. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.4.0 
 10. Chase, Cibona3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Yogev OHAYON
  Maccabi .
  (189-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Ohayon, Maccabi3.5 
 2. Chase, Cibona2.8 
 3. Dragic, Krka2.5 
 4. Sinovec, Radnicki2.3 
 5. Markovic, Radnicki2.3 
 6. Milutinovic, Crven.2.0 
 7. Baxter, Krka2.0 
 8. Papaloukas, Macca.2.0 
 9. Green, Union Olimp.2.0 
 10. Simon, KK.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.8 
 2. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda1.3 
 3. Vucevic, Buducnost1.3 
 4. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 5. Owens, Cedevita1.0 
 6. Thompson, Union O.1.0 
 7. Saric, KK.1.0 
 8. Jeremic, Hemofarm1.0 
 9. Kasun, KK.1.0 
 10. Pekovic, Partizan1.0 


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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders
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
 Juan Ignacio SANCHEZ
  Wuber-.
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Sanchez, Wuber-.6.9 
 2. Martinez, Regat.6.7 
 3. Cequeira, Sionista6.1 
 4. Sucatzky, Atenas5.4 
 5. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.3 
 6. Smith, La Union4.3 
 7. Victoriano, San M.4.2 
 8. Osimani, Obras4.1 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.3.7 
 10. Ginobili, Liberta.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Juan Ignacio SANCHEZ
  Wuber-.
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Sanchez, Wuber-.2.2 
 2. Aguirre, Quimsa1.9 
 3. McHopson, Quilm.1.8 
 4. Lescano, Atenas1.8 
 5. Gerbaudo, Club 91.8 
 6. Mojica, Wuber-Es.1.7 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.1.7 
 8. Ibarra, Olimpico.1.6 
 9. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.6 
 10. Pau, La Union1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron PETTWAY
  Olimpico.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Pettway, Olimpico.1.3 
 2. Wilborn, Club 91.3 
 3. Roe, Regatas C.1.0 
 4. Sanchez, Wuber-.0.9 
 5. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 6. Meyinsse, Wuber-.0.9 
 7. Williams, Quimsa0.9 
 8. Battle, Libertad S.0.8 
 9. Rollins, San M.0.7 
 10. Johnson, Libertad.0.7 


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
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.2.2 
 3. Aguirre, Quimsa1.9 
 4. Lescano, Atenas1.8 
 5. Gerbaudo, Club 91.8 
 6. McHopson, Quilm.1.8 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.1.7 
 8. Mojica, Wuber-Es.1.7 
 9. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.6 
 10. Pau, La Union1.6 
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 


Torneo Federal 2011/12 rosters: Northwest zone - by Facundo Iatzky
Atletico Gorriti:

Martin Norry (194-G)
Cristian Gianoboli (195-F-90)
Nabil Matorras (180-G)
Oscar Vaquera (190-G)
German Lopez (183-G)
Enzo Cafferata (186-G-88)
Cristian Aguiar (201-C-89)
Francisco Ortiz (196-F-89)
German Chiaruttini (194-F-90)
Pablo Rotta (194-G-86)
Rogelio Salinas (199-F/C-87)

coach: Juan Morales

Talleres Tafi Viejo:

Sergio Ale (198-F/C-70)
Jose Muruaga (198-G-84)
Facundo Romani (180-G-87)
Carlos Fernandez (180-G)
Roberto Orresta (177-G)
Silvio Brito (175-G)
Ivan Julian (195-F)
Alvaro Rodriguez (183-G)
Pablo Walters (194-F-87)
Rafael Banegas (202-C)

coach: Mario Vildoza

Independiente Santiago:


Carlos Leiba (183-G-90)
Daniel Nubie (192-F-89)
Luis Arancibe (C)
Fernando Small (184-G-77)
Pablo Martinez (F)
Fernando Barraza (176-F-88)
Yonathan Sayago (C)
Gaston Zarco (C)
Guido Garnica (189-G/F-84)
Carlos Herrera (C)

coach: Carlos Montenegro

Juan Bautista Alberdi:

Jesus Martin (185-G-84)
Sebastian Osores (180-G)
Javier Skibski (202-F/C-72)
Eduardo Gamboa (189-G-84)
Jorge Fares (180-G)
Juan Muruaga (188-G)
Luis Arganaraz (199-F/C-85)
Marcos Maidana (195-F-80)
Cristian Genero (170-G)
Gustavo Ahumada (196-F-81)
Patricio Aranda (195-F)

coach: Jose Garcia

Municipal El bordo:

Andres Luchetti (193-F)
Lucas Misetich (203-C-83)
Martin Alonso (193-C)
Roman Herrera (198-C)
Guillermo Ibarra (191-F)
Emilio Niscala (182-G)
Sebastian Rossa (183-G)
Marcos Ortega (C)
Pablo Nieto (195-C)
Julio Ramos (C)

coach: Diego Arena

Nicolas Avellaneda:

david Tarchini (188-F)
Mijail Ache (200-C)
Gabriel Gomez (182-G)
Gustavo Fernandez (173-G-89)
Luis Grimaldi (188-G)
Francisco Corti (175-G)
Lucas Tarchini (185-G)
Hugo Autalan (200-C)
Matias Santucho (190-F-86)
Marcelo Zanni (190-G-84)

coach: Jose Small (agency: Dream Team Management )

Union Oran Salta:

Jose Petrini (198-C)
Nahuel Calvo (187-G-86)
Cristian Linares (190-G)
Luis Ponce (176-G)
Nicolas Montero (189-G-86)
Mauricio Chiabrando (183-G)
Luciano Dalzotto (194-F)
Federico Hauer (194-F)
Duilio Contreras (175-G)
Martin Bianni (200-C-92)
Maximiliano Torino (198-C)

coach: Daniel Rodriguez






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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


Standings
Standings
Group E
1. China5-0
2. S.Korea4-1
3. Lebanon2-3
4. Iraq2-3
5. Taiwan1-4
6. India1-4
Group F
1. Philippine.5-0
2. Japan4-1
3. Indonesia3-2
4. Saudi Arab.2-3
5. Qatar1-4
6. Vietnam0-5
Group Places 13-14
1. Malaysia1-0
2. Uzbekistan.0-1


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Chris Thomas Becomes Galil/Gilboa's Fifth Foreigner - by David Pick
After a number of poor pre-season loses, an embarrassing 95:60 blowout to Maccabi Tel-Aviv and in light of the disappointing performances thus far of American rookie guard Chaisson Allen, Hapoel Galil Gilboa looked to strengthen its back court with the signing of American/Polish point guard Chris Thomas.

The 2005 stellar Notre Dame University graduate still holds to date a number of impressive school records, such as the all-time leader in assists (638), second all-time 3-point field goals leader (302), third in steals (184), and surprisingly, recording the only triple-double in school history, against University of New Hampshire, with 24 points, 11 assists and 11 steals. Thomas was also named to the First Team All Notre Dame starting point guard. A number of impressive European stops including Italy, Greece and Poland (twice), in addition to Spanish Fuenlabrada, complete Thomas' notable pro career resume. Last season, he returned to Poland for a second stint with Anwil Wloclawek, playing 24 games, posting averages of 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg in the domestic league and 12.0ppg, 3.5rpg and a whopping 5.3apg in the European EuroCup challenge.

Thomas will be the team's fifth American, joining Courtney Fells, Romeo Travis, Joseph Jones and Chaisson Allen.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Bowles' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old power forward Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Siauliai and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Liepaja (#11, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 75-68. Siauliai is placed at 2nd position in Elite. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Siauliai won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Bowles turned to be Siauliai's top player in his first season with the team. James Madison University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bowles is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.5ppg), rebounds (8th best: 9.0rpg) and averages solid 59.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Rolandas Matulis (199-C-73) of league's second-best Sakalai. He is a center in his 10th season at Sakalai. In the last game Matulis recorded impressive 19 points and 7 rebounds. Of course he lead Sakalai to another comfortable win outscoring Valmiera (0-2) 83-54. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Matulis is one of the most experienced players at Sakalai and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) of TTU/Kalev (#3). Pilk scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of TTU/Kalev, leading his team to a 78-62 easy win against #4 ranked Rapla in a game of the week. TTU/Kalev has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Pilk also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Pilk as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darius Pakamanis (192-G-81) of Juventus - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Osvaldas Matulionis (200-F-91) of Techasas - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Erik Keedus (194-F-90) of TTU/Kalev - 15 points and 10 rebounds
7. Aivaras Kiausas (199-F-80) of Sakalai - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Sarunas Kulevicius (190-G-89) of Techasas - 17 points and 5 rebounds
9. Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) of Juventus - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nikita Barinov (200-F-91) of Naglis Palangos - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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


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  BELGIUM   


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Copeland, Aalstar22.2 
 2. Rich, Oostende18.3 
 3. Bostic, Liege17.5 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi16.0 
 5. Black, Antwerp15.7 
 6. Booker, Oostende15.5 
 7. Jackson, Aalstar15.4 
 8. Tofi, Leuven15.3 
 9. Love, Verviers-Pep.15.0 
 10. Freeman, Leuven14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason LOVE
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Love, Verviers-Pep.8.5 
 2. McLean, Leuven8.5 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp8.0 
 4. Merriex, Verviers.7.5 
 5. Shengelia, Charler.7.3 
 6. Van Den Spie., Oos.7.0 
 7. Booker, Oostende7.0 
 8. Brown, Gent6.8 
 9. Young, Aalstar6.4 
 10. Jackson, Aalstar6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lionel BOSCO
  Gent
  (176-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Bosco, Gent5.3 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.3 
 3. Davis, Leuven4.3 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi3.8 
 5. Singletary, M.Hain.3.3 
 6. Bostic, Liege3.3 
 7. Marnegrave, Leuven3.3 
 8. Jackson, Aalstar3.2 
 9. Hamilton, Charleroi3.0 
 10. Hill, Charleroi2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jean SALUMU
  Leuven
  (193-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Salumu, Leuven3.0 
 2. Wilson, Antwerp2.7 
 3. Singletary, M.Hain.2.5 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.3 
 5. Chaney, Gent2.3 
 6. Downey, Verviers.2.0 
 7. Slaughter, M.Hai.2.0 
 8. Rahier, Verviers.2.0 
 9. Sakota, Oostende1.8 
 10. Jackson, Aalstar1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Mejri, Antwerp3.7 
 2. Booker, Oostende1.3 
 3. Riddick, Charleroi1.3 
 4. Nivins, M.Hainaut1.0 
 5. Love, Verviers-Pep.1.0 
 6. Jennings, Liege1.0 
 7. Mwema, Antwerp1.0 
 8. Young, Aalstar1.0 
 9. De Zeeuw, Verviers.0.5 
 10. Bostic, Liege0.5 


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  BRAZIL   


Winner/Limeira complete Paulista League semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News
Winner/Limeira - Paulistano 94-59

Winner/Limeira completed the semifinal picture. They fired past Paulistano in the decisive fifth game of the quarterfinal series. The game without a history. Winner/Limeira led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Winner/Limeira shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 55.2 percentage. Guard Arlindo Neto (187-86) stepped up and scored 22 points and 4 assists for the winners and Dominican-American guard Ronald Ramon (185-86, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 11 points. Winner/Limeira's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Renato Carbonari (204-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Eddy Carvalho (194-87) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Winner/Limeira: A.Neto 22+1reb+4ast, B.Alves 14+2reb+1ast, T.Romualdo 12+3ast, R.Ramon 11+4reb+3ast, D.Pinheiro 9+3reb+2ast, D.Alemao 8+6reb+2ast
Paulistano: R.Carbonari 18+13reb, E.Carvalho 16+9reb+1ast, F.Ribeiro 13+5reb+1ast, E.Corazza 4+3reb+1ast, G.Vinicius 4+3ast, T.Carneiro 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 154902




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


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Thomas leads Hannahs Threat as they win by three! - by David Edole
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI --The boys from Hannahs Triple Threat staged a late comeback in Saturdays October 21, 2011, Sea Cows Bay Intermediate League Basketball Final to grab a 44-41 victory against Young Talent who had led for most of the game.

The last minutes of what had been a hard fought defensive battle suddenly burst into life as MVP Marshal Thomas galvanized his team mates into one last do or die effort that saw them claw back from 6 points down with 3:49 left on the clock.

That became just a 3-point difference as Marshall scored from under the rim.

With 2:39 remaining, SCB Young Talent still held the lead at 39-36, and into the final minute, they kept a 3-point margin. With just 49 seconds left, it became 41-40; Marshall drove forward from deep inside his own half, powered into the paint and under pressure from a SCB Young Talent defender, scored the most important of his 12 points. He also drew a foul much to the derision of the home fans and Hannahs had a 3 point lead with 9 seconds left.

There was still time for Young Talent though. The coach called a time-out to sort out a new tactic and almost immediately they were awarded 2 free throws, but both were missed.

Then at the buzzer, an attempted 3 pointer faded away to leave Hannahs breathing a sigh of relief and the celebrations began.

Young Talent who had been up at the end of each of the first three quarters had staged a comeback of their own, having found themselves down by 4 at the beginning of the 4th, but ultimately Hannahs Triple Threat had just enough to see them off.

FINAL RESULT:

Hannahs Triple Threat 44-41 Sea Cows Bays Young Talent 44 41

For Hannahs Triple Threat: Game MVP Marshal Thomas 12 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Jurmaine St Rose 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 assists
Brent Leslie 9 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block

For SCBs Young Talent: Kevin Jones 14 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal
Kevon Shack Lettsome 8 points, 2 rebounds, 5 steals
Shem Samuel 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals




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  BULGARIA   


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

Tundja Yambol - Rilski Sportist 75-70
Rilski Sportist (1-1) recorded its first loss on the court of eighth ranked Tundja Yambol. Visitors were defeated by Tundja Yambol 75-70. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Rilski Sportist won fourth quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Martin Durchev (200-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. Guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Tundja Yambol players scored in double figures. Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83) replied with 8 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian center Gjorgje Jovanovic (209-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Rilski Sportist. Tundja Yambol will play against Euroins Cherno More in Varna in the next round. Rilski Sportist will play at home against Lukoil Academik.
Top scorers:
Tundja Yambol: M.Durchev 21+2reb+2ast, J.Radionov 15+6ast, S.Govedarov 14+6reb+1ast, Z.Gocevski 10+7reb, S.Petkov 7+4reb, J.Ofoegbu 6+6reb
Rilski Sportist: G.Jovanovic 15+2reb+1ast, B.Boev 13+2ast, A.Velikov 10+4reb+2ast, S.Vaklinov 8+1reb+1ast, F.Vukosavljevic 8+8reb+2ast, M.Marinov 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 139921


Lukoil Academik - Levski Sofia 80-72
Lukoil Academik defeated Levski Sofia at home 80-72. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Lukoil Academik dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Levski Sofia's 30. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international swingman Todor Stoykov (198-77, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points and 4 steals. The former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) produced 9 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-74) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Levski Sofia at the other side keeps the second place with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Levski Sofia will play next round against Balkan trying to get back on the winning streak. Lukoil Academik will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Rilski Sportist in Samokov.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: B.Heath 23+5reb+7ast, T.Stoykov 14+3reb+2ast, L.Mack 9+8reb, B.Sundov 8+9reb, V.Veselinov 7+2reb, A.McLain 6+3reb+1ast
Levski Sofia: H.Dimitrov 18+4reb+1ast, A.Gruev 14+2reb, A.Harper 10+4reb+3ast, V.Evtimov 9+15reb+6ast, M.Hall 9+4reb+3ast, D.Anguelov 7+4reb
gschID: 139922


Chernomorets - Cherno More 69-87
Home loss of Chernomorets (1-1) against Euroins Cherno More (1-1) on Saturday night. Host Chernomorets was defeated by Euroins Cherno More in Burgas 87-69. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Euroins Cherno More. Chernomorets managed to win third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Euroins Cherno More dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Chernomorets' 32. Euroins Cherno More forced 19 Chernomorets turnovers and outrebounded them 44-29 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Power forward Aleksandr Yanev (203-90) had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Vasil Kyosev (195-90) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Slovenian guard Dejan Dunovic (193-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 24 points and FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Euroins Cherno More will meet at home Tundja Yambol in the next round. Chernomorets will play against Spartak Pleven.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: A.Yanev 32+14reb+1ast, V.Kyosev 18+4reb+2ast, G.Davidov 8+5reb+1ast, S.Iliev 6+2reb+1ast, T.Zhelev 5+3reb+2ast, A.Mavrov 5+1ast
Chernomorets: D.Dunovic 24+2reb+3ast, K.Pavlovski 11+9reb+1ast, K.Koev 10+6reb+4ast, A.Saraliyski 8+3reb+1ast, M.Zahariev 7, A.Penev 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 139919


Balkan - Spartak Pleven 84-78
Everything could happen in Botevgrad at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Balkan and bottom-ranked Spartak Pleven had identical 0-1 record. This time Balkan used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Pleven 84-78 on Saturday night. Balkan dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 28. They outrebounded Spartak Pleven 39-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. Guard Stanimir Marinov (191-91) scored 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Lubomir Lilov (198-87) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Balkan's coach Nikolai Peev used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Ilia Stankov (198-76) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Stanislav Slaveykov (198-86) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Balkan will meet Levski Sofia on the road in the next round. Spartak Pleven will play against Chernomorets in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Balkan: S.Marinov 18+4reb+3ast, L.Lilov 18+6reb, D.Marintchechki 15+6reb+1ast, D.Filipov 10+2reb+7ast, T.Ivanov 8+1reb+1ast, J.Crawford 7+6reb+2ast
Spartak Pleven: I.Stankov 18+8reb+1ast, V.Georgiev 13+2reb+3ast, S.Tsenov 12+2reb+2ast, T.Todorov 11+4reb+2ast, S.Slaveykov 9+8reb+1ast, A.Dyakovski 9+5ast
gschID: 139920




Aleksandr Yanev claims NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented Aleksandr Yanev (203-F/C-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Cherno More and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 21-year old power forward had a double-double of 32 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team crushed Chernomorets (1-1) with 18-point margin 87-69. Cherno More has 1-1 record now. In the team's last game Yanev had a remarkable 91.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Cherno More's top player in his first season with the team. Yanev has impressive league stats so far. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.5ppg) and averages solid 73.7% FGP and 57.1% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Brandon Heath (193-G-84) of league's best team Lukoil Academik. Heath impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course Lukoil Academik cruised to a 80-72 relatively comfortable win over Levski Sofia (1-1). His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Heath is well-known by Lukoil Academik 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 21.0ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 4.5rpg and 5.5apg.

The third best performed player last round was French Vasil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) of Levski Sofia. Evtimov showcased his all-around game by recording 9 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. Despite Evtimov's great performance Levski Sofia lost 72-80 to #1 ranked Lukoil Academik. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stanimir Marinov (191-G-91) of Balkan - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Julian Radionov (188-G-79) of Tundja Yambol - 15 points and 6 assists
6. Dimitar Marintchechki (201-F/C-90) of Balkan - 15 points and 6 rebounds
7. Martin Durchev (200-G-87) of Tundja Yambol - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74) of Levski Sofia - 18 points and 4 rebounds
9. Bogdan Boev (196-SG-82) of Rilski Sportist - 13 points and 2 assists
10. Dejan Dunovic (193-G-82) of Chernomorets - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  CHINA   


U16 Asia Championship:South Korea unable to match China - by Eurobasket News
China U16 - South Korea U16 73:42

China clinched the top spot in U16 Asia Championship Qualifying Round Group E. They beat previously undefeated South Korea to claim the position. Zhou Qi (215-C-96) scored 19 points to pace the defending champions to the sixth straight win.
South Korea scored the first points in the game but it was the only time they led in this one. China answered with a 12:0 run and built a 20:10 lead ten minutes into the game. China maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They held South Korea to just 5 points in the period building a 38:15 halftime lead. China stayed in charge after the big break. They secured a 58:27 advantage with ten minutes to go. South Korea never threatened the margin as China coasted to the victory at the end. Heng Yifeng (195-F-95) nailed 11 points, while Liu Bo (204-F-96) added 10 points in the win. Kim Nakhyeon (180-G-95) responded with 13 points for South Korea. Kim Minki (197-C-95) nailed 8 points in the loss.

China U16: Zhou Qi 19, Heng Yifeng 11, Liu Bo 10
South Korea U16: Kim Nakhyeon 13, Kim Minki 8


China Dominates Korea in Asian U-16 Championship - by Arthur Volbert
China defeated Korea today 73-42 to finish the second round undefeated. Zhou Qi (215-C-96) led the way with 19 points in 16 minutes. Heng Yifeng scored 11 points and Liu Bo had 10. KIM Nakhyeon led Korea with 13 points. No one else scored more than 5. Korea was never in the game. China led 20-10 after one quarter, 38-15 at the half, and 58-27 after three quarters.

So far this team has been even more dominant than the U-16 team two years ago that was led by Guo Ailun. The tournament still is not over -- remember Iran's shocking loss in the quarterfinals of the senior Asian championship -- but it appears that this team has a strong chance to medal im the World U-17 championship next year.

Other scores:
Iraq 72 India 64
Chinese Taipei 70 Lebanon 61
Saudi Arabia 63 Vietnam 53
Indonesia 57 Qatar 54
Philippines 83 Japan 72

Quarterfinal matchups:
China vs. Saudi Arabia
Philippines vs. Iraq
Korea vs. Indonesia
Japan vs. Lebanon

Standings:
GROUP E
Team W L Pts GA
China 5 0 10 1.397
Korea 4 1 09 1.078
Lebanon 2 3 07 0.968
Iraq 2 3 07 0.892
India 1 4 06 0.871
Chinese Taipei 1 4 06 0.814

GROUP F
Team W L Pts GA
Philippines 5 0 10 2.542
Japan 4 1 09 1.762
Indonesia 3 2 08 0.730
K. Saudi Arabia 2 3 07 0.817
Qatar 1 4 06 0.583
Vietnam 0 5 05 0.534


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  COLOMBIA   


FEDERATION CUP 2011, DAY 20 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Guerreros sweep the series at home against Cucuta Norte, defeating the black and red team 103 - 79, Kammron Taylor leaded again the way with 25 pts, Norbey Aragon added 19 and Emiro Romero 16, in Cucuta Henry Ordonez had 20 pts, and Norman Nolan 16, Cucuta's Dario Cuero was ejected from the game after hit Taylor.
Guerreros 103 - K. Taylor 25 pts, N. Aragon 19 pts.
Cucuta Norte 79 - H. Ordonez 20 pts, N. Nolan 15 pts.

Bucaros took revenge of the Orgullo Paisa and won the second game in Medellin, playing a better defense over Ortiz and Flores, and with Cage leading the way, the Bucaros took advantage in the top of the standings.
Orgullo Paisa 78
Bucaros 84

Caribbean heat continues rising its level and in the standings, the Islander team defeated for the second night the Patriotas, and now is close to clinc a place in the playoffs.
Caribbean Heat 102.
Patriotas 86


ORGULLO PAISA AND GUERREROS UPDATED SCHEDULLE - by Victor Garcia
Orgullo Paisa defeated the Guerreros de Bogota in its two games at home in Medellin, the games was delayed beacause the Orgullo Paisa partipation on the South American League.

GAME 1-
Orgullo Paisa 83 - A. Flores 19 pts, H. Guillent 18 pts.
Guerreros 75 - D. Holland 18 pts, K. Taylor 17 pts.

GAME 2-
Orgullo Paisa 100 - S. Ortiz 35 pts, A. Flores 32 pts.
Guerreros 92 - D. Holland 26 pts, K. Taylor 22 pts.


FEDERATION CUP 2011, DAY 18 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Indervalle despite had three players suspended was a hard rival for the Patriotas team, at the end the experience of the Patriotas players made the job and defeated the Calis team.
Patriotas 86
Indervalle 80

Bucaros sealed the series against Cucuta Norte defeated them at home, Cage was foundamental running th offensive, while Cucuta is showing signs of fatigue.
Bucaros 86
Cucuta 80

Guerreros defeated the Caribbean Heat in the most exciting game of the season, the Bogotas team leaded all the game, but in the last quarter the Caribbean players made a major effort and got a 3 point lead with 6 seconds in the Clock, but a big three pointer of Cesar Silva, who scored beyond 7 mtrs and with three defenders on him sent the game to overtime, in the overtime John Perez 8 points killed the Caribbean Heat soul.
Caribbean Heat 89 R. Carter 28 pts
Guerreros 105 K. Taylor 21 pts.



ROSTER CHANGES IN BUCAROS, GUERREROS AND PATRIOTAS - by Victor Garcia
Bucaros releases David Harrison (21,5 PPG), and Diego Guevara, inks ex NBA player Dermarr Johnson (6'9 F/G) and D-League guard Calvin Cage (6'2'- G), trying to strenght its roster.
Guerreros fills its third import sport with Delonte Holland (6'7' G/F), Holland was playing in Argentina before its arrival to Colombia.
Patriotas brings well know forward Cedric Patton (6'7'F), Patton has played previously with Arrieros and Indervalle.




FEDERATION CUP 2011, DAY 21 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Caribbean Heat and Orgullo Paisa played a hard game in the Island, at the end the Islander team took its third straight victory and the 4th in 5 games,
Caribbean Heat 79
Orgullo Paisa 71

Bucaros got an easy victory over Indervalle, the yellow team was bigger and stronger, while the Indervalle did not found a way to score.
Bucaros 92
Indervalle 60

Patriotas defeated Cucuta Norte in a very close game that was decided just until the last 2 minutes.
Patriotas 80
Cucuta Norte 79.


FEDERATION CUP 2011, DAY 22 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
In another controversial game the referees suspended the game 2 in San Andres, when the locals Caribbean Heat was falling in the last quarter against the Orgullo Paisa, suddenly a fight involving players of both teams began, and the attendance throws some refresh cans to the court, the referees ejected one player of each team and took the situation under control, but the Orgullo Paisa refused to be back on the court, the official decision was to give the victory 20-0 to the locals.
Caribbean Heat 20
Orgullo Paisa 0.

Indervalle faced a different face and with a strong defense and quickness make the game a hard one for the Bucaros, but at the end in the third quarter Bucaros experience took the control and won the game,
Bucaros 81
Indervalle 73

Another controversial game in Tunja, the referee reported an agression of Norman Nolan over him, that force him to stop the game and give the points to Patriotas,
Patriotas 20
Cucuta Norte 0.


FEDERATION CUP 2011, DAY 19 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Guerreros de Bogota, defeated Cucuta Norte in Bogota, playing a strong defense, Kammron Taylor finished the game with 20 points, while Windy Graterol had 14 to lead Cucuta, Edgar Moreno was playing with some kind of pain on his knee,
Guerreros 76 - K. Taylor 20 pts, E. Romero 12
Cucuta Norte 62 - W. Graterol 14 pts, N. Nolan 12 pts.

Orgullo Paisa defeated Bucaros in the duel of the two power houses, Orgullo Paisa had Stalin Ortiz unstopable to lead them, Bucaros had again Dermarr Johnson leading them on the ofensive side.
Orgullo Paisa 80 - S. Ortiz 30 pts.
Bucaros 69.

Caribbean Heat get a great victory against the Patriotas, the islander team had Russel Carter and Joe Manuel leading the offensive of the team, Patriotas had Cedric Patton playing the first game with the team.
Caribbean Heat 92
Patriotas 91.


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  CROATIA   


A1: Round Three review - by Eurobasket News
After 3 rounds played we can already see who rules in the A1 and who belongs to weaker ones. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Alkar Sinj - Zadar 64-74
Alkar Sinj (1-1) failed at their home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Zadar (2-1) 74-64. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 28-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for the former international guard Goran Vrbanc (194-G-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points. Forward Ivica Radic (207-90) helped adding 12 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Nikola Gaurina (199-83, agency: Interperformances) with 15 points and 7 rebounds and guard Roko Rogic (185-92) scored 14 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zadar is looking forward to face Vrijednosnice OS in Darda in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alkar Sinj will play on the road against Jolly in Sibenik.
Top scorers:
Zadar: G.Vrbanc 25+2reb+3ast, I.Radic 12+9reb, F.Kastropil 10+8reb+1ast, I.Ivanov 10+8reb, U.Zadnik 8+2reb+7ast, F.Sango 5+5reb
Alkar Sinj: N.Gaurina 15+7reb, R.Rogic 14+2reb+3ast, F.Bubalo 13+1reb+2ast, Z.Zupic 10+7reb, J.Curkovic 5+2reb, D.Kanaet 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 149399


Borik - Dubrovnik 91-62
Borik Puntamika (1-2) crushed at home Dubrovnik (0-3) by 29 points 91-62, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Borik Puntamika. Dubrovnik was better in third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Borik Puntamika dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Dubrovnik's 34. Borik Puntamika forced 19 Dubrovnik turnovers and outrebounded them 44-29 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Josip Vranes (198-90, college: South Plains JC) helped adding 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Borik Puntamika players scored in double figures. Borik Puntamika's coach Neven Plantak felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was guard Mislav Peric (191-88) with 22 points and guard Nikola Dosen (187-91) scored 11 points. Borik Puntamika maintains ninth place with 1-2 record. It was Dubrovnik's third loss in a row. They still closes the standings. Borik Puntamika will face higher ranked Kvarner 2010 in Rijeka in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dubrovnik will play against Krizevci and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Borik: J.Vranes 20+6reb+1ast, M.Sarlija 17+12reb, M.Jurjevic 14+5reb, E.Banic 12+5reb+1ast, M.Pesut 10+2reb+2ast, T.Ramljak 6+6reb
Dubrovnik: M.Peric 22+4reb, N.Dosen 11+4reb+3ast, M.Lucic 10+2reb+1ast, M.Diminic 8+10reb, A.Ostric 3+5reb, I.Miljas 2+1reb
gschID: 149396


Krizevci - KK Split 86-75
Very important is a road loss of KK Split (2-1) against Krizevci (2-1) on Saturday night. Visiting KK Split was defeated by Krizevci in 86-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KK Split. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 42-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Krizevci shot 62.7 percent from the field. Krizevci outrebounded KK Split 31-17 including a 26-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Josip Glavinic (192-82) who scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international power forward Ivan Grgat (210-74, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Krizevci's coach Tihomir Bujan used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Toni Katic (188-92) who recorded 19 points and swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) added 17 points respectively. Four KK Split players scored in double figures. Krizevci will meet bottom-ranked Dubrovnik on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Split will play against Svjetlost in Slavonski Brod and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Krizevci: I.Grgat 19+10reb, J.Glavinic 18+6reb+8ast, I.Buva 15+10reb+1ast, F.Colak 8+4reb+2ast, L.Zitko 5+2ast, A.Hrkac 5+1ast
KK Split: T.Katic 19+1reb+2ast, J.Sobin 17+4reb+1ast, I.Mimica 15+4reb+3ast, T.Dijan 13+3reb+2ast, S.Subotic 7+2reb+1ast, L.Babic 4+3reb
gschID: 149397


Svjetlost - Jolly 75-74
It looked good early as Jolly took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Svjetlost had a 19-16 second period charge getting the lead and Jolly was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-75. Svjetlost forced 22 Jolly turnovers. Jolly was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard Ivan Tomeljak (194-79) who led the winners and scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Filip Basljan (196-84) accounted for 12 points for the winning side. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) came up with 24 points and 8 assists and forward Mate Mrva (195-83) added 24 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Jolly in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Svjetlost: I.Tomeljak 18+5reb+7ast, F.Basljan 12+4reb+2ast, M.Hajdic 10+2reb+1ast, P.Zivkovic 9+2reb+3ast, D.Galic 8+4reb+2ast, L.Samadan 7+1reb+1ast
Jolly: R.Ross 24+4reb+8ast, M.Mrva 24+5reb+3ast, I.Josipovic 10+3reb+2ast, L.Katura 6, J.Gulam 4+2reb+5ast, D.Vrsaljko 3+9reb+1ast
gschID: 149398


Kvarner 2010 - Zabok 84-73
Very important is a road loss of Zabok (2-1) against Kvarner 2010 (2-1) on Saturday night. Visiting Zabok was defeated by Kvarner 2010 in Rijeka 84-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zabok. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It looked good early as Zabok took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kvarner 2010 had a 24-16 second period charge getting the lead and Zabok was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-84. Kvarner 2010 shot 62.5 percent from the field. They outrebounded Zabok 29-16 including a 23-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. 29 personal fouls committed by Zabok helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Bosnian center Teo Simovic (205-84, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Naturalized Bosnian guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81, agency: Court Side) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Kvarner 2010 players scored in double figures. Guard Domagoj Basic (190-86) answered with 14 points and point guard Stefan Zadravec (186-92) added 11 points and 4 steals in the effort for Zabok. Zabok's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Kvarner 2010's next round opponent will be Borik Puntamika in Zadar and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: T.Simovic 20+14reb+1ast, M.Ceskovic 15+2reb+1ast, I.Salamun 12+4reb+1ast, J.Surina 10+2reb+3ast, M.Kucan 6+2reb, M.Juricic 5+2ast
Zabok: D.Basic 14+1reb, S.Zadravec 11+1reb+2ast, I.Tomas 10+3ast, R.Lez 8+2reb+4ast, M.Drca 8+2reb, F.Kruslin 7+3reb
gschID: 149395




A1 round 3 best performance: Josip Glavinic - by Eurobasket News
Guard Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Krizevci, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (18 points, six rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat KK Split (2-1) 86-75. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Krizevci is placed at 3rd position in A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Krizevci will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Glavinic had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Josip Glavinic has solid league stats. He is league's best passer with 8.7apg. Glavinic is in league's top in and averages impressive 52.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina Teo Simovic (205-C-84, agency: Interperformances) of Kvarner 2010. Simovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Kvarner 2010 cruised to a 84-73 relatively comfortable win over Zabok (2-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Simovic is a newcomer at Kvarner 2010, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#5). He also registered 14.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of league's top team Jolly JBS. Ross scored 24 points and passed eight assists. Despite Ross' great performance Jolly lost 74-75 to Svjetlost (#8, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Jolly needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Ross has a great season in Croatia. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.0apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Grgat (210-C/F-74) of Krizevci - 19 points and 10 rebounds
5. Mate Mrva (195-F-83) of Jolly - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Josip Vranes (198-F-90) of Borik - 20 points and 6 rebounds
7. Marino Sarlija (207-F/C-89) of Borik - 17 points and 12 rebounds
8. Ivan Buva (207-C-91) of Krizevci - 15 points and 10 rebounds
9. Ivan Tomeljak (194-G-79) of Svjetlost - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Ivica Radic (207-F-90) of Zadar - 12 points and 9 rebounds

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


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


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


Azovmash keep CEZ Nymburk winless - by Eurobasket News
VTB League
CEZ Nymburk- Azovmash 86:94


Czech CEZ Nymburk is still winless in VTB League. Last night they could not use their home court advantage losing their third consecutive match to sixth ranked Ukrainian Azovmash 94:86 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) who recorded 21 points and 4 assists. CEZ Nymburk's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Azovmash moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending Czech champion CEZ Nymburk still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with N.Novgorod. Azovmash will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. CEZ Nymburk will play against Lokomotiv (#7) in Kuban and hopes to get finally their first victory.

CEZ Nymburk: Chester Simmons 21, Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) 16, Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) 15
Azovmash: Radoslav Rancik 27+11 rebs, Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) 23, Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82, college: Morehead St.) 12



1Liga Round 7: BK Lions Hradec defeats Sparta Praha in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for BK Lions Hradec (7-0) which hosted in J.Hradec 3rd placed Sparta Praha (5-2). Leader BK Lions Hradec had an easy win 100-61. The game without a history. BK Lions Hradec led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sparta Praha to just 7 points in first quarter. Undefeated BK Lions Hradec have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Sparta Praha at the other side keeps the third position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. BK Lions Hradec are looking forward to face BC Benesov (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Sparta Praha will play against Kara Trutnov (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Kladno is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to second ranked B&W Opava B (6-1) 85-55. B&W Opava B maintains second place with 6-1 record behind leader J.Hradec. Kladno lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with seven games lost. B&W Opava B will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kladno will play against Sokol Vysehrad (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Hradec Kralove supposed to be also quite interesting. 4th placed BC Benesov (4-3) played at the court of fifth ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (5-2). Sokol Hradec Kralove smashed BC Benesov 90-51 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Benesov. Sokol Hradec Kralove moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser BC Benesov dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Sokol Prazsky. Sokol Hradec Kralove will meet BK Kondori Liberec (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BC Benesov will play against Proton Zlin and hope to secure a win.
Eleventh-ranked Sokol Vysehrad (1-6) was very close to win a game against sixth ranked Kara Trutnov (5-2). Kara Trutnov managed to secure only one-point victory 74-73. However their fans expected much easier game. Kara Trutnov moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Sokol Vysehrad lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with six games lost. Kara Trutnov's next round opponent will be Sparta Praha (#6) on the road. Sokol Vysehrad will play against Kladno (#14).

Other games in round 7 were not that significant. Prostejov B was smashed by Litomerice on the road 72-50. Mlada Boleslav was destroyed by Sokol Prazsky on its own court 61-80. Liberec unfortunately lost to Proton Zlin in a road game 66-78.



J.Hradec - Sparta Praha 100-61

An interesting game for BK Lions Hradec (7-0) which hosted in J.Hradec 3rd placed Sparta Praha (5-2). Leader BK Lions Hradec had an easy win 100-61. The game without a history. BK Lions Hradec led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sparta Praha to just 7 points in first quarter. BK Lions Hradec have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Sparta Praha at the other side keeps the third position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. BK Lions Hradec are looking forward to face BC Benesov (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Sparta Praha will play against Kara Trutnov (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 143199


Trutnov - Vysehrad 74-73

Eleventh-ranked Sokol Vysehrad (1-6) was very close to win a game against sixth ranked Kara Trutnov (5-2). Kara Trutnov managed to secure only one-point victory 74-73. However their fans expected much easier game. Kara Trutnov moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Sokol Vysehrad lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with six games lost. Kara Trutnov's next round opponent will be Sparta Praha (#6) on the road. Sokol Vysehrad will play against Kladno (#14).
gschID: 143200


Kladno - Opava B 55-85

Bottom-ranked Kladno is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to second ranked B&W Opava B (6-1) 85-55. The game without a history. B&W Opava B led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. B&W Opava B maintains second place with 6-1 record behind leader J.Hradec. Kladno lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with seven games lost. B&W Opava B will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kladno will play against Sokol Vysehrad (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 143201


Litomerice - Prostejov B 72-50

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice and 11th ranked BK Prostejov B had identical 1-5 record. This time Slavoj BK Litomerice used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Prostejov 72-50. Slavoj BK Litomerice maintains tenth place with 2-5 record. BK Prostejov B at the other side keeps the eleventh position with six games lost. Slavoj BK Litomerice's next round opponent will be league's second-placed B&W Opava B on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Prostejov B will play against Sokol Prazsky (#8) in Praha.
gschID: 143202


Mlada Boleslav - Sokol Prazsky 61-80

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Mlada Boleslav (1-6) was smashed at home by eighth ranked Sokol Prazsky (4-3) 80-61. The game without a history. Sokol Prazsky led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Sokol Prazsky. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Benesov. Mlada Boleslav lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with six games lost. Sokol Prazsky's next round opponent will be BK Prostejov B (#13) at home which should be theoretically an easy game.
gschID: 143196


Proton Zlin - Liberec 78-66

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Proton Zlin (5-2) won against at home 9th ranked BK Kondori Liberec (3-4) 78-66. The game was mostly controlled by Proton Zlin. BK Kondori Liberec was better in fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Proton Zlin moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. BK Kondori Liberec at the other side keeps the ninth position with four games lost. Proton Zlin's next round opponent will be BC Benesov (#7) on the road. BK Kondori Liberec will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove.
gschID: 143197


Sokol H.Kralove - Benesov 90-51

The game in Hradec Kralove supposed to be also quite interesting. 4th placed BC Benesov (4-3) played at the court of fifth ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (5-2). Sokol Hradec Kralove smashed BC Benesov 90-51 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Benesov. Sokol Hradec Kralove moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser BC Benesov dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Sokol Prazsky. Sokol Hradec Kralove will meet BK Kondori Liberec (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BC Benesov will play against Proton Zlin and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 143198




Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Rob LOWERY
  Chomutov
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Lowery, Chomutov20.9 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha20.1 
 3. Houska, BK Decin20.0 
 4. Bridgewaters, Inte.18.4 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.18.3 
 6. Henderson, Levice17.6 
 7. Grant, Levice17.1 
 8. Wright, Chomutov17.0 
 9. George, Svitavy17.0 
 10. Hruban, USK Praha16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Votroubek, USK P.8.9 
 2. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.4 
 3. Meno, Svitavy8.0 
 4. Field, BC Kolin7.6 
 5. Houska, BK Decin7.6 
 6. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.0 
 7. Gavran, Inter B.7.0 
 8. Henderson, Levice6.9 
 9. Hughes, NH Ostrava6.8 
 10. Hruby, Usti n.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Michal SOTNAR
  USK Praha
  (189-PG-92)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Sotnar, USK Praha5.8 
 2. Wright, Chomutov5.6 
 3. Barnes, BC Kolin4.7 
 4. Vrubl, Plzen3.6 
 5. Hruban, USK Praha3.3 
 6. Sanders, BK Decin3.2 
 7. George, Svitavy3.2 
 8. Smith, BK Prost.3.2 
 9. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.0 
 10. Kostomaj, Levice3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Radim KLECKA
  B&W Opava
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Klecka, B&W Opava3.0 
 2. Pumprla, CEZ N.3.0 
 3. McFadden, Usti n.3.0 
 4. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava2.2 
 6. Grant, Levice2.0 
 7. Inge, NH Ostrava1.9 
 8. Bridgewaters, Inte.1.8 
 9. Hruban, USK Praha1.8 
 10. Smith, BK Prost.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  BK Prost.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gadri-N., BK Prost.2.1 
 2. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.6 
 3. Grant, Levice1.6 
 4. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.3 
 5. Kolovrat, B&W O.1.0 
 6. Jelinek, BC Kolin1.0 
 7. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 
 8. Brlit, B&W Opava0.7 
 9. Meno, Svitavy0.7 
 10. Kramny, Svitavy0.7 


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


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Lloyd PHILLIPS
  Oulun N.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 29
 1. Phillips, Oulun N.29.0 
 2. Baxley, Lapua25.5 
 3. Bailey, Pyrinto II25.0 
 4. Henderson, Porvoo.24.0 
 5. Storrs, Jyvaskyla24.0 
 6. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.24.0 
 7. Cooper, SayRi22.7 
 8. Abdullah, SayRi22.0 
 9. Williams, Lapua21.8 
 10. Reed, Lapua21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 18
 1. Cooper, SayRi18.0 
 2. Bojang, FoKoPo13.5 
 3. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.0 
 4. Townes, BC Nokia11.3 
 5. Bailey, Pyrinto II10.0 
 6. Laitinen, Tapiol.9.7 
 7. Britton, Huima9.3 
 8. Green, Ura Basket9.3 
 9. Coleman, FoKoPo9.3 
 10. Storrs, Jyvaskyla9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Shawn HENDERSON
  Porvoo.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 7
 1. Henderson, Porvoo.7.0 
 2. Ikavalko, FoKoPo6.3 
 3. Manning, Huima5.3 
 4. Bailey, Pyrinto II5.0 
 5. Phillips, Oulun N.4.5 
 6. Abdullah, SayRi3.5 
 7. Riihela, BC Nokia3.3 
 8. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.0 
 9. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.0 
 10. Lind, Porvoon2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shawn HENDERSON
  Porvoo.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Henderson, Porvoo.4.0 
 2. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.0 
 3. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.2.7 
 4. Townes, BC Nokia2.5 
 5. Nieminen, SayRi2.3 
 6. Puotila, Tapiolan.2.3 
 7. Ikavalko, FoKoPo2.0 
 8. Little, Porvoon2.0 
 9. Jousisto, ToPo A.2.0 
 10. Jackson, Porvoon2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.5 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.2.3 
 3. Molenius, FoKoPo1.5 
 4. Townes, BC Nokia1.3 
 5. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.0 
 6. January, BC Nokia0.8 
 7. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.0.8 
 8. Dolenc, Tapiolan.0.7 
 9. Nuolivirta, ToPo A.0.7 
 10. Cooper, SayRi0.7 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.6 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons21.4 
 3. Tiedeman, LrNM.21.2 
 4. Holloway, Salon V.21.0 
 5. Newson, Kataja19.2 
 6. Bailey, Pyrinto19.0 
 7. Brooks, Namika L.18.3 
 8. Blue, KTP18.2 
 9. Lehto, Pyrinto18.0 
 10. Haynes, LrNM.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.5 
 2. Blue, KTP9.7 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto8.8 
 4. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 5. McDade, Nilan B.8.6 
 6. Muurinen, ToPo8.0 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.0 
 8. Nikkila, Pyrinto8.0 
 9. Beidler, Kauhajoki7.8 
 10. Moore, Korihait7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Williams, Pyrinto6.8 
 2. Virtanen, Kataja5.8 
 3. Haynes, LrNM.5.2 
 4. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.0 
 5. Walker, Kataja5.0 
 6. Jarvinen, LrNM.4.3 
 7. Jalonen, Korihait4.2 
 8. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.2 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.8 
 10. Skamo, Kauhajoki3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 4
 1. Williams, Pyrinto4.0 
 2. Sten, Kataja2.8 
 3. Newson, Kataja2.4 
 4. Haynes, LrNM.2.3 
 5. Brooks, Namika L.2.3 
 6. Moore, Korihait2.3 
 7. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.2 
 8. Terwilliger, Kataja2.0 
 9. Lowe, Pyrinto2.0 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.3.0 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.0 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.2 
 4. Newson, Kataja1.0 
 5. Vanttaja, Kouvot0.8 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 7. Rainamaa, Korihait0.8 
 8. Bell, KTP0.8 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.8 
 10. Brown, Kouvot0.7 


1st Division Round 4 Sunday results - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in 1st Division, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

Undefeated Aanekosken Huima (2-1) recorded its first loss in Aanekoski on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked Pyrinto II (2-2) 87-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aanekosken Huima. The game was mostly controlled by Pyrinto II. Aanekosken Huima managed to win third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Aanekosken Huima outrebounded Pyrinto II 40-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. American forward Brant Bailey (202-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Joni Harjula (189-83) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Pyrinto II's coach Tero Hassinen used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Trey Britton (203-89, college: Anderson) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Pyrinto II moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Lapua. Aanekosken Huima at the other side dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. Pyrinto II will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aanekosken Huima will play on the road against Ura Basket (#11) in Kaarina and is hoping to win this game.
Porvoon Tarmo can celebrate their first win this season after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Jyvaskyla, where they defeated Saynatsalon Riento (1-2) 96-90. Worth to mention a great performance of Henderson who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Esa Maki-Tulokas contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Porvoon Tarmo's coach Jouni Gronroos allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Kenneth Cooper (208-87, college: UAB) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 20 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for Saynatsalon Riento. Porvoon Tarmo (1-3) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Jyvaskyla. Saynatsalon Riento at the other side dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. Porvoon Tarmo will play against higher ranked Tapiolan Honka (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Saynatsalon Riento will play against Lapuan Korikobrat (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader BC Nokia delivered the fourth consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Torpan Pojat (0-5) 114-57. Worth to mention a quality performance of Shawn Hopkins who helped to win the game recording 28 points. At the losing side Sauli Silvonen responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Nokia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record, which they share with FoKoPo. Loser Torpan Pojat still closes the standings with five games lost. BC Nokia will meet at home league's second-placed Forssan Koripojat in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Torpan Pojat will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Ura Basket (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 100-83 loss to sixth ranked Oulun NMKY (3-1) in Oulun. The winners were led by Brian Moultrie who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 20 rebounds. Oulun NMKY moved-up to fourth place. Ura Basket at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Oulun NMKY's next round opponent will be BC Jyvaskyla (#9) on the road where they are favorite. Ura Basket will play against Aanekosken Huima in Aanekoski and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 4 Jyvaskyla lost to undefeated Tapiolan Honka in a road game 72-81. FoKoPo beat Lapua at home 99-85.


Tapiolan Honka - Jyvaskyla 81-72

There was no surprise when 8th ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-3) was defeated on the road by top-ranked Tapiolan Honka (3-0) 81-72. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-21. But BC Jyvaskyla won second period 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tapiolan Honka forced 19 BC Jyvaskyla turnovers. 31 personal fouls committed by BC Jyvaskyla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by guard Anselmi Vanjoki (193-88) who scored that evening 22 points and 9 rebounds and forward Tero Laitinen (201-87) supported him with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Four Tapiolan Honka players scored in double figures. Even 24 points and 9 rebounds by American guard Lance Storrs (195-89, college: Georgia Tech) did not help to save the game for BC Jyvaskyla. Forward Jarno Nissinen (195-77) added 9 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tapiolan Honka have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. BC Jyvaskyla at the other side dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. Tapiolan Honka's next round opponent will be Porvoon Tarmo (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. BC Jyvaskyla will play against Oulun NMKY.
Top scorers:
Tapiolan Honka: A.Vanjoki 22+9reb, V.Kopio 16+3reb+1ast, A.Odabasi 15+5reb, T.Laitinen 13+13reb+1ast, K.Naapi 9+1reb, I.Sirola 3+6reb+1ast
Jyvaskyla: L.Storrs 24+9reb+3ast, M.Manninen 10+4reb, J.Nissinen 9+9reb+2ast, R.Ojanen 8+1reb+2ast, M.Markkanen 8+5reb, J.Konttinen 5
gschID: 150157


Huima - Pyrinto II 72-87

Undefeated Aanekosken Huima (2-1) recorded its first loss in Aanekoski on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked Pyrinto II (2-2) 87-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aanekosken Huima. The game was mostly controlled by Pyrinto II. Aanekosken Huima managed to win third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Aanekosken Huima outrebounded Pyrinto II 40-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. American forward Brant Bailey (202-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Joni Harjula (189-83) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Bailey is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Pyrinto II's coach Tero Hassinen used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Trey Britton (203-89, college: Anderson) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Treylon Manning (176-85, college: Texas Coll.) added 19 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Pyrinto II moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Lapua. Aanekosken Huima at the other side dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. Pyrinto II will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aanekosken Huima will play on the road against Ura Basket (#11) in Kaarina and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto II: B.Bailey 25+10reb+5ast, J.Vaananen 19+3reb+1ast, J.Harjula 15+4reb+4ast, M.Marttinen 7+1reb, T.Savino 6+4reb+2ast, J.Pulkkinen 6+3reb+2ast
Huima: T.Manning 19+4reb+6ast, T.Britton 18+11reb+2ast, T.Viertola 16+6reb+2ast, J.Graham 8+10reb+1ast, M.Santa 6+2reb, M.Liukko 5+7reb
gschID: 150158


FoKoPo - Lapua 99-85

No shocking result in a game when top-ranked Forssan Koripojat (4-0) defeated at home 5th ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (2-2) 99-85. The game without a history. Forssan Koripojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forssan Koripojat outrebounded Lapuan Korikobrat 48-26 including a 23-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by guard Sami Ikavalko (188-89) who scored that evening 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-80, college: Illinois St.) supported him with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Five Forssan Koripojat players scored in double figures. Even 24 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) did not help to save the game for Lapuan Korikobrat. His fellow American import forward Casey Reed (197-86, college: Seattle Pacific) added 19 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Lapuan Korikobrat's coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forssan Koripojat have a solid four-game winning streak. Forssan Koripojat keeps a position of league leader, which they share with BC Nokia. Lapuan Korikobrat at the other side dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Forssan Koripojat's next round opponent will be league's leader BC Nokia on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lapuan Korikobrat will play against Saynatsalon Riento (#8) in Jyvaskyla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: S.Ikavalko 25+7reb+7ast, H.Coleman 23+10reb+1ast, B.Bojang 20+15reb, T.Robinson 13+7reb+3ast, M.Molenius 11+5reb+1ast, O.Kaunomaki 7+1reb
Lapua: W.Baxley 24+3reb+1ast, E.Williams 24+8reb+3ast, C.Reed 19+8reb+1ast, H.Jokinen 7+4reb, V.Turja 6+1reb+1ast, J.Turja 5
gschID: 150159


SayRi - Porvoon Tarmo 90-96

Porvoon Tarmo can celebrate their first win this season after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Jyvaskyla, where they defeated Saynatsalon Riento (1-2) 96-90. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-17. But Saynatsalon Riento won second period 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Porvoon Tarmo forced 24 Saynatsalon Riento turnovers. Strangely Saynatsalon Riento outrebounded Porvoon Tarmo 45-33 including 34 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Henderson who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Forward Esa Maki-Tulokas (200-82, college: LIU Brooklyn) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Porvoon Tarmo's coach Jouni Gronroos allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Kenneth Cooper (208-87, college: UAB) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 20 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import guard Bilal Abdullah (196-84, college: Lafayette) added 28 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Saynatsalon Riento. Five Porvoon Tarmo and four Saynatsalon Riento players scored in double figures. Porvoon Tarmo (1-3) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Jyvaskyla. Saynatsalon Riento at the other side dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. Porvoon Tarmo will play against higher ranked Tapiolan Honka (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Saynatsalon Riento will play against Lapuan Korikobrat (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: S.Henderson 24+7reb+7ast, E.Maki-Tulokas 14+7reb+2ast, M.Holme 14+2reb+1ast, T.Still 14+3reb+2ast, V.Lind 12+5reb+1ast, S.Beatovic 7+2reb
SayRi: B.Abdullah 28+8reb+3ast, K.Cooper 23+20reb+3ast, S.Mantymaa 13+7reb+1ast, E.Nieminen 13+2reb+1ast, T.Sarkka 8+4reb+1ast, J.Hautsalo 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 150154


Oulun NMKY - Ura Basket 100-83

Bottom-ranked Ura Basket (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 100-83 loss to sixth ranked Oulun NMKY (3-1) in Oulun. The game without a history. Oulun NMKY led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Oulun NMKY had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Ura Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 20 rebounds and the other American import point guard Lloyd Phillips (178-85, college: Illinois St.) supported him with 23 points and 9 assists. Five Oulun NMKY players scored in double figures. Even 29 points and 8 rebounds by Trinidad and Tobago power forward Eze Andrews (201-83, college: Savannah St., agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Ura Basket. American swingman Lionel Green (196-84, college: SUNO) added 23 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Oulun NMKY moved-up to fourth place. Ura Basket at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Oulun NMKY's next round opponent will be BC Jyvaskyla (#9) on the road where they are favorite. Ura Basket will play against Aanekosken Huima in Aanekoski and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Oulun NMKY: J.Nofflet 26+5reb, L.Phillips 23+3reb+9ast, B.Moultrie 19+20reb+1ast, J.Siivikko 12+2reb, J.Teppo 10+1reb, S.Keinonen 4+2reb
Ura Basket: E.Andrews 29+8reb, L.Green 23+10reb+1ast, N.Lehtila 14+1reb+3ast, J.Alanko 9+7reb, J.Kukkonen 4+2reb+1ast, J.Saari 4+1reb
gschID: 150155


BC Nokia - ToPo Akatemia 114-57

Undefeated leader BC Nokia delivered the fourth consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Torpan Pojat (0-5) 114-57. The game without a history. BC Nokia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Torpan Pojat to just 4 points in third quarter. BC Nokia dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Torpan Pojat's 30 and made 28-of-37 free shots (75.7 percent) during the game, while Torpan Pojat only scored nine points from the stripe. BC Nokia forced 32 Torpan Pojat turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of swingman Shawn Hopkins (194-95) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) who added 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five BC Nokia players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Sauli Silvonen (186-83) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Topias Suortti (201-94) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Nokia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record, which they share with FoKoPo. Loser Torpan Pojat still closes the standings with five games lost. BC Nokia will meet at home league's second-placed Forssan Koripojat in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Torpan Pojat will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: S.Hopkins 28+2reb+1ast, D.Townes 21+7reb+2ast, T.Riihela 19+4reb+4ast, J.Kauro 15+7reb, G.January 13+9reb, A.Keski-Koukkari 4+6reb+1ast
ToPo Akatemia: S.Silvonen 16+8reb+1ast, A.Lavastida 11+2reb, T.Suortti 9+5reb, H.Hohteri 5+9reb, J.Heinikoski 5+2reb, J.Kauppinen 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 150156




Korisliiga Round 7: KTP-Basket beats Kouvot by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
There were just 7 rounds played in Regular Season of Korisliiga and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The most exciting game of round 7 in the Korisliiga took place in Kouvola. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 6th ranked Kouvot (3-3) to seventh ranked KTP-Basket (3-3) 75-72 in the game for the sixth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kouvot. The guests 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 75-72. KTP-Basket outrebounded Kouvot 44-29 including 18 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-88) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 assists. American swingman Terrell Bell (198-89, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with 11 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds for Kouvot. KTP-Basket moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Kouvot. KTP-Basket is looking forward to face Salon Vilpas (#9) at home in the next round. Kouvot will play against Loimaan Korikonkarit and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
8th ranked Salon Vilpas (2-4) fell to tenth ranked UU-Korihait (3-4) in overtime by eleven points 75-86. The game took place in Salon. But the guests from Uusikaupunki were better at the end. It was a great evening for American forward Cory Johnson (200-88, college: Valparaiso, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 17 rebounds. Mikko Jalonen helped adding 21 points and 4 assists. At the losing side American forward Junior Hairston (203-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. UU-Korihait moved-up to eighth place. Salon Vilpas at the other side dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. They share it with LrNMKY. UU-Korihait will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Salon Vilpas will play on the road against KTP-Basket (#6) in Kotka and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Loimaan Korikonkarit (3-2) and LrNMKY (2-4), which took place in Lappeenranta. 4th placed Loimaan Korikonkarit lost to tenth ranked LrNMKY in a road game 89-100 on Saturday. American players dominated the game. It was an exceptional evening for DeAndre Haynes who led the winners and scored 31 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. LrNMKY's coach Lasse Tuovi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jeb Ivey came up with 26 points and 7 assists for Loimaan Korikonkarit in the defeat. LrNMKY moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Salon Vilpas. Loser Loimaan Korikonkarit dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. LrNMKY will meet league's leader Torpan Pojat in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play against Kouvot (#7) in Kouvola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 7 Pyrinto beat Namika Lahti on the road 90-79.



Salon Vilpas - Korihait 75-86 OT

8th ranked Salon Vilpas (2-4) fell to tenth ranked UU-Korihait (3-4) in overtime by eleven points 75-86. The game took place in Salon. But the guests from Uusikaupunki were better at the end. It looked good early as Salon Vilpas took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. Then UU-Korihait had a 28-19 second period charge getting the lead. Then Salon Vilpas managed to tie the game at the end of regular time, but lost overtime period 23-. It was a great evening for American forward Cory Johnson (200-88, college: Valparaiso, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 17 rebounds. point guard Mikko Jalonen (186-82) helped adding 21 points and 4 assists. At the losing side American forward Junior Hairston (203-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) scored 22 points and 4 assists. Four UU-Korihait and five Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. UU-Korihait moved-up to eighth place. Salon Vilpas at the other side dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. They share it with LrNMKY. UU-Korihait will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Salon Vilpas will play on the road against KTP-Basket (#6) in Kotka and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Korihait: M.Jalonen 21+1reb+4ast, P.Heinonen 14+6reb+2ast, C.Latimer 13+2reb, J.Crouch 13+2reb+1ast, C.Johnson 11+17reb+2ast, N.Moore 8+12reb+3ast
Salon Vilpas: E.Holloway 22+4reb+4ast, J.Hairston 19+11reb+2ast, R.Ahonen 14+2ast, J.Fields 10+12reb, S.Kaaresvirta 10+1reb+2ast, I.Kallio 0
gschID: 141656


Namika Lahti - Pyrinto 79-90

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (3-1) beat on the road bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (1-6) 90-79 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Tampereen Pyrinto. Namika Lahti managed to win third quarter 28-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tampereen Pyrinto shot 60.3 percent from the field. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Antero Lehto (184-84) accounted for 24 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winning side. Four Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. The former international forward Ville Makalainen (194-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) came up with 26 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Namika Lahti in the defeat. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Namika Lahti lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with six games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will meet at home league's second-placed Joensuun Kataja in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Namika Lahti will play against Kauhajoen Karhu (#3) in Kauhajoki.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: A.Lehto 24+4reb+1ast, D.Williams 19+7reb+5ast, A.Williams 17+2reb+2ast, K.Lowe 12+1reb, A.Nikkila 8+8reb+2ast, O.Ahvenniemi 4+5reb
Namika Lahti: V.Makalainen 26+8reb, S.Wright 19+3reb, R.Brooks 13+6reb+3ast, K.Young 9+3reb+3ast, J.Rekola 5+1reb, S.Pekkola 5+3reb
gschID: 141653


LrNMKY - Nilan Bisons 100-89

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Loimaan Korikonkarit (3-2) and LrNMKY (2-4), which took place in Lappeenranta. 4th placed Loimaan Korikonkarit lost to tenth ranked LrNMKY in a road game 89-100 on Saturday. LrNMKY made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. It was an exceptional evening for guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St., agency: Court Side) who led the winners and scored 31 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) accounted for 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. LrNMKY's coach Lasse Tuovi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) came up with 26 points and 7 assists and guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Loimaan Korikonkarit in the defeat. Four LrNMKY and five Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. LrNMKY moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Salon Vilpas. Loser Loimaan Korikonkarit dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. LrNMKY will meet league's leader Torpan Pojat in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play against Kouvot (#7) in Kouvola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: D.Haynes 31+6reb+8ast, L.Hamm 21+5reb, T.Tiedeman 19+5reb+3ast, P.Riihela 13+3reb, H.Valimaa 9+1reb+1ast, V.Vanjoki 4+3reb+1ast
Nilan Bisons: J.Ivey 26+2reb+7ast, M.Zeno 18+5reb+2ast, M.Nuutinen 12+4reb, R.McDade 12+7reb, J.Kivinen 11+2ast, M.Koivisto 8+2reb
gschID: 141654


Kouvot - KTP 72-75

The most exciting game of round 7 in the Korisliiga took place in Kouvola. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 6th ranked Kouvot (3-3) to seventh ranked KTP-Basket (3-3) 75-72 in the game for the sixth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kouvot. The guests 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 75-72. KTP-Basket outrebounded Kouvot 44-29 including 18 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-88) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 assists. American swingman Terrell Bell (198-89, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Bell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Antoine Jordan (196-83, college: Siena) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kouvot. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KTP-Basket moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Kouvot. KTP-Basket is looking forward to face Salon Vilpas (#9) at home in the next round. Kouvot will play against Loimaan Korikonkarit and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KTP: B.Sarcevic 19+4reb+5ast, J.Lehtoranta 14+2reb+1ast, B.Davis 12+7reb, T.Bell 11+15reb+2ast, T.Blue 8+7reb+1ast, J.Matinen 7+6reb
Kouvot: J.Gonner 21+5reb+2ast, A.Jordan 15+6reb+3ast, A.Brown 13+8reb+2ast, A.Nikkarinen 12+1reb+3ast, S.Vanttaja 4+4reb+1ast, A.Perttu 3+1reb
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Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Nancy 3-0 
 2. Gravelines 2-1 
 3. Cholet 2-1 
 4. Strasbourg 2-1 
 5. Le Mans 2-1 
 6. Paris-Levallois 2-1 
 7. Poitiers 2-1 
 8. Chalon 2-1 
 9. Roanne 2-1 
 10. ASVEL 1-2 
 11. Dijon 1-2 
 12. Le Havre 1-2 
 13. Orleans 1-2 
 14. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 1-2 
 15. Hyeres-Toulon 0-3 
 16. Nanterre 0-3 


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


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Roche 5-0 
 2. 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 - ProA
Points Per Game
 Rick HUGHES
  Hyeres-T.
  (204-C/F-73)
  Avg: 26
 1. Hughes, Hyeres-T.26.0 
 2. Chatfield, Paris-.23.0 
 3. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.20.7 
 4. Parker, AS.19.5 
 5. Rochestie, Le Mans18.3 
 6. Nichols, Cholet17.3 
 7. Cox, Le Havre16.7 
 8. Morlende, Hyeres-T.16.5 
 9. Faye, Hyeres-Toul.15.7 
 10. Anderson, Stras.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ian MAHINMI
  Le Havre
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Mahinmi, Le Havre12.0 
 2. Akingbala, Nancy11.7 
 3. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.11.0 
 4. Aminu, Chalon9.3 
 5. Falker, Cholet8.0 
 6. Jackson, Roanne7.7 
 7. Faye, Hyeres-Toul.7.7 
 8. Krupalija, Hyeres.7.7 
 9. Hamilton, Paris-.7.3 
 10. Issa, Gravelines7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 15
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon15.0 
 2. Linehan, Nancy6.3 
 3. Rochestie, Le Mans6.3 
 4. Barrett, Roanne6.0 
 5. Albicy, Gravelines5.7 
 6. Meacham, Paris-.5.3 
 7. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.0 
 8. Morlende, Hyeres-T.5.0 
 9. Jeanneau, Stras.5.0 
 10. Parsons, Cholet5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nicolas BATUM
  Nancy
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Batum, Nancy2.7 
 2. Kahudi, Le Mans2.3 
 3. Linehan, Nancy2.3 
 4. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.2.3 
 5. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 6. Goss, AS.2.3 
 7. Acker, Le Mans2.0 
 8. Parsons, Cholet2.0 
 9. Riley, Nanterre2.0 
 10. Covile, Nanterre2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dounia ISSA
  Gravelines
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Issa, Gravelines2.0 
 2. Nichols, Cholet2.0 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy1.7 
 4. Sy, Orleans1.0 
 5. Williams, Paris-.1.0 
 6. Devehat, Poitiers1.0 
 7. Paschal, Le Havre1.0 
 8. Jeanneau, Stras.1.0 
 9. Gobert, Cholet1.0 
 10. Batista, Le Mans1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Ousmane BARRO
  Bourg
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Barro, Bourg20.5 
 2. James, Denain19.5 
 3. Sonko, Bourg18.5 
 4. Gomis, Limoges18.5 
 5. Davis, Le Portel18.3 
 6. Denave, St Vallier18.3 
 7. McKenzie, Boulazac18.0 
 8. Franklin, Vichy17.3 
 9. Ramseyer, Nantes16.5 
 10. Clark, Fos Ouest16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 14
 1. Massie, Limoges14.0 
 2. Wood, Evreux10.8 
 3. Allen, Antibes10.3 
 4. Prowell, St Vallier10.0 
 5. Rossiter, Denain9.8 
 6. Daniels, Chalons-.9.8 
 7. Monroe, Boulazac9.0 
 8. Wyatte, Le Portel8.5 
 9. Disy, St Vallier8.5 
 10. James, Denain8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Donald COPELAND
  Bourg
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Copeland, Bourg8.5 
 2. Taylor, Le Portel6.0 
 3. Rowland, Evreux5.8 
 4. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.5 
 5. Njoya, Boulazac5.3 
 6. Denave, St Vallier5.0 
 7. Poupet, Rouen5.0 
 8. Gomis, Limoges5.0 
 9. Atamna, Fos Ouest5.0 
 10. Choquet, Fos Oue.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Armand CHARLES
  Nantes
  (193-SF-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Charles, Nantes3.3 
 2. James, Denain3.0 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel2.5 
 4. Eito, Vichy2.5 
 5. Flowers, Vichy2.5 
 6. Shiloh, St Vallier2.5 
 7. Patiejunas, Rouen2.5 
 8. Njoya, Boulazac2.3 
 9. Paelay, Quimper2.3 
 10. Sauret, Lille2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest3.0 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.1.8 
 3. Ford, Bordeaux1.7 
 4. Massie, Limoges1.5 
 5. Badiane, Antibes1.5 
 6. Prowell, St Vallier1.5 
 7. Barro, Bourg1.5 
 8. Ramseyer, Nantes1.3 
 9. Barrett, St Vallier1.3 
 10. Charles, Nantes1.0 


Page's 32-point game gives him Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
29-year old forward Dylan Page (204-F-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Roanne and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had the game-high 32 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Roanne in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Hyeres-Toulon (#15, 0-3) with 26-point margin 116-90. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Roanne maintains the 9th position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Roanne will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Page had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He has many years of experience at Roanne, through which he has constantly improved. Dylan Page averages just after two games 7.0ppg and 6.5rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Andre Barrett (175-PG-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices). He is American guard in his first season at Roanne. In the last game Barrett recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 13 assists. Of course together with Page he helped Roanne with another comfortable win outscoring Hyeres-Toulon (0-3) 116-90. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Barrett is a newcomer at Roanne and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Chinemelu Elonu (207-F/C-87) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#14). Elonu scored 17 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Elonu's great performance Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost 78-88 to Paris-Levallois (#6, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Pau-Lacq-Orthez not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Elonu could try to bring Pau-Lacq-Orthez's a little bit higher in the standings. Elonu has individually a great season in France. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.0rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Demetris Nichols (205-F-84) of Cholet - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Chandler Parsons (205-F-88) of Cholet - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Eric Chatfield (191-G-79) of Paris-Levallois - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ian Mahinmi (206-F/C-86) of Le Havre - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Randal Falker (201-F-85) of Cholet - 9 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Maxime Zianveni (198-F-79) of Strasbourg - 19 points and 9 rebounds
10. Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85) of Hyeres-Toulon - 23 points and 10 rebounds

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


Jacques Alingue claims NM1 weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Souffel and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 25 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Angers BC 49 (#15, 1-4) 68-56. Souffel is placed at 2nd position in Chadian NM1. They are still close to the very top. Souffel would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. Alingue has many years of experience at Souffel, through which he has constantly improved. Jacques Alingue averages this season 13.8ppg and 6.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Souffel's star - 27-year old Senegalese Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-C/F-84). N'Diaye impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 14 points and 17 rebounds. Of course Souffel cruised to a 68-56 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Angers BC 49 (#15, 1-4). This victory allowed Souffel to move up to second position in the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. N'Diaye is a newcomer at Souffel and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was American Jahsha Bluntt (198-G-84, agency: David Lee services) of Orchy (#8). Bluntt showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Orchy, leading his team to a 72-56 easy win against the lower-ranked Rueil (#16, 1-4). Orchy needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Bluntt has a very solid season. In 5 games in France he scored 16.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-F-80) of Sorgues - 26 points and 9 rebounds
5. Mahmoud Diakite (197-G/F-86) of Clermont - 23 points and 8 rebounds
6. Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-F-84) of Brest - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Milan Vasic (195-G-77) of Chartres - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ian Caskill (207-C-81) of Cognac - 18 points and 8 rebounds
9. Fabien Calvez (187-G-84) of Charleville - 13 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Mathieu Boutry (201-F/C-78) of Challans - 17 points and 8 rebounds

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


Jeremiah Wood claims ProB weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
American Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for Evreux and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 26-year old had a double-double of 21 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Vichy (#19, 0-4), the league's bottom-ranked team in overtime 79-72. Evreux is placed at 5th position in French ProB. Evreux 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. Wood turned to be Evreux's top player in his first season with the team. Wood has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.8rpg) and averages solid 54.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old Gambian forward Moses Sonko (198-F-83) of Bourg. Sonko impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Bourg was edged by slightly higher-ranked Rouen (2-2) 85-84. This loss caused Bourg to drop to 10th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sonko is a newcomer at Bourg and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#5). He also registered 7.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Juwann James (198-F/C-87) of Denain (#14). James scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite James' great performance Denain lost 78-81 to the higher-ranked Nantes (#9, 2-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Denain can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for James he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. James has individually a great season in France. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 8.5rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kyle Shiloh (191-PG-85) of St Vallier - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Karim Atamna (194-G/F-80) of Fos Ouest - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Ousmane Barro (207-C-84) of Bourg - 22 points and 9 rebounds
7. Jeff Allen (201-F/C-87) of Antibes - 16 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Darryl Monroe (202-C/F-86) of Boulazac - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Dar Tucker (193-SF-88) of Maurienne - 26 points and 3 rebounds
10. David Ramseyer (200-F/C-87) of Nantes - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Arnaud THINON
  Sorgues
  (178-G-87)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Thinon, Sorgues19.8 
 2. Thomas, Roche19.0 
 3. Horton, Blois19.0 
 4. Herard, Challans17.6 
 5. St Robert, Montb.17.6 
 6. Pridotkas, Brest17.4 
 7. Bigote, Cognac17.4 
 8. Bluntt, Orchy16.8 
 9. Almanson, Challans16.8 
 10. Racine, CFBB16.4 
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, CFBB9.6 
 5. Pridotkas, Brest8.8 
 6. St Robert, Montb.7.8 
 7. Diame, Rueil7.6 
 8. Sanborn, Lievin7.4 
 9. Williams, St Quent.7.4 
 10. McClark, Clermont7.4 
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. Geay, Challans5.0 
 5. Dessart, Lievin4.8 
 6. Rathieuville, Brest4.6 
 7. Ball, St Quentin4.4 
 8. Godin, Cognac4.4 
 9. Sene, Le Puy4.3 
 10. Tillon, Montbrison4.2 
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. Hermenier, Roche2.0 
 6. Bluntt, Orchy2.0 
 7. Gourari, Rueil2.0 
 8. Moupegnou, Cognac2.0 
 9. Brochard, Blois2.0 
 10. Bateko, Roche2.0 
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. N''Diaye, Souffel1.2 
 5. Ipouck, Chartres1.2 
 6. Borval, Le Puy1.2 
 7. Kaunisto, Blois1.0 
 8. Jaiteh, CFBB1.0 
 9. Lopez, Brest1.0 
 10. Pasut, Sorgues0.8 


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Levan Patsatsia claims Superleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Former international guard Levan Patsatsia (198-G-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sokhumi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 23-year old guard had a double-double of 26 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Samedicino (#11, 0-2) with 18-point margin 88-70. Sokhumi is placed at 3rd position in Superleague. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Sokhumi won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Patsatsia had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Sokhumi's top player in his first season with the team. Troy University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Patsatsia is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.0ppg), rebounds (8th best: 8.5rpg) and averages solid 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young former international center Beka Bekauri (207-C-91) of Samedicino. Bekauri impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Samedicino lost that game 70-88 to Sokhumi (2-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Bekauri is one of the most experienced players at Samedicino and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Robo Kreps (182-G-88, agency: N.E.T.) of second-ranked MIA Tbilisi. Kreps scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of MIA Tbilisi, leading his team to a 94-88 win against STU Tbilisi (#6, 1-1). MIA Tbilisi has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Kreps also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Kreps has a great season in Georgia. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.5ppg (2nd best) and assists with 6.0apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Teymuraz Babunashvili (185-G-90) of Kutaisi - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79) of Armia - 16 points and 8 rebounds
6. Giorgi Barbakadze (203-F-91) of Kutaisi - 16 points and 5 rebounds
7. Richard Matiashvili (209-C-89) of Kutaisi - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Zurab Machaladze (198-F-92) of STU Tbilisi - 7 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Lasha Keshelava (200-F-81) of Batumi - 20 points and 12 rebounds
10. Mikheil Panchulidze (192-F-83) of TSU Tbilisi - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  GERMANY   


Dane Watts Leaves His Surfboard At Home Riding The Basketball Wave Elegantly With ratiopharm Ulm Past The Fraport Skyliners 85-79 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
All good and sometimes less pleasant things come to an end sometime like the wild baby hit me one more time days of American singer Britney Spears before becoming a mom, actor Jaleel White famous for his whining line Did I do that from his days at the sitcom Family matters to finally getting some respect at age 34 for a new sitcom called Love that girl or Alba Berlin losing their seven year Beko BBL champion title run in 2004 to the hands of Bamberg. On December 9th ratiopharm Ulm will move into the new ratiopharm arena across town in Neu-Ulm and will depart from the Kuhberg Halle which had a small like American style high school gym where the loudness and fan presence near the court will always be remembered. With the good play of ratiopharm Ulm perhaps the team should think twice about leaving the loved Kuhberg halle. I feel very good in this gym, but I am sure that we will feel good in the new arena as well, smiled ratiopharm Ulm headcoach Thorsten Leibenath. Young Skyliner Danilo Barthel (206-F-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) has had a great season so far, but found himself with a big DNP, but still had memories of the Kuhberg Halle. I always had good games here with the NBBL teams, but never played in front of so many people as tonight. If they can get an atmosphere in the new arena like here then that should be good, commented Skyliner forwar Danilo Barthel (206-F-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement). For Skyliner Jon Leuer, he was more used to playing 15,000 NCAA arenas, but liked the high school gym atmosphere. It was a very small gym and the fans were really in to it. It would have been nice if we had won, but I am glad that I am not coming back, expressed Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin)

The Fraport Skyliners entered the Kuhberg Halle having a less than satisfactory 2-3 record since ratiopharm arrived in the Beko BBL in 2006 and wanted to leave the small place with their first win as the Fraport Skyliners and somehow escape being trampled by the Incredible Hulk John Bryant and getting flooded by the waves of the surfer dude look alike Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports), but returned back to Frankfurt with their second loss in a row with a bitter 85-79 loss in the last minute. After the game new coach Thorsten Leibenath had a grin as wide as three Michael Hakim Jordans put together and didnt need to give difficult analyse about why ratiopharm Ulm won. We hit tough three pointers all night long and were very consistent at the free throw line which helped us win a close game like this. We also won the rebounding, stressed ratiopharm Ulm head coach Thorsten Leibenath . The Fraport Skyliners played a lot better than again Bonn, but were missing that added luck and making the big play down the stretch. We couldnt execute our offense at the end or get the needed stops. Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) hit two tough running shots at the end, stressed Skyliner guard Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest).

Before the game, Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) and Johannes Herber had a long chat talking about their Tuebingen days, Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) might have been asking Isaiah Swann (188-G-85, college: Florida St.) his secret about how he shoots the three so well, and ex NCAA Wisconsin teammates Jon Leuer and Keaton Nakivil might have been asking each other what they had liked best about Germany so far. When the game finally did get under way, The Fraport Skyliners had the better start quickly getting the 7-3 lead. Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) beat the Ulm zone and Jon Leuer showed his quickness from the baseline dunking home a two handed dunk. However then as quickly as Borussia Dortmund had led 1FC Koln in the opening minutes, ratiopharm Ulm showed how explosive their offense can be going on a 13-0 and lead 16-7. Ulm scored a lot inside as ex Paderborn forward Steve Esterkamp scoring inside with his left hand, German national player Per Guenther (185-G-88) hitting a jumper, Watts scoring inside twice and Guenther again with a penetration lay in. The aggressiveness that Frankfurt had had in the first minutes now suddenly seemed to have disappeared as they werent physical and Ulm was rebounding very well. Skyliner guard Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) then brought some daylight to the offense going on a 5-0 run with a tough runner and then dropping a bomb from the corner as Frankfurt trailed only 16-12. But as fast as Mckinney answered, Esterkamp responded with a three pointer. Esterkamp and Marius Nolte had been teammates from 2004-2009 with Paderborn and have a strong friendship, but on the court Nolte seems to have another game face on then his buddy Esterkamp. There was one instance in the game where both guys had some physical contact with Esterkamp shrugging it off with a smile, but Nolte just snaring. Marius can never be mad at me. He is just a great competitor. We are best friends off the court but on the court we play to win. He just wasnt in a good mood on the floor, added Steven Esterkamp. Ratiopharm Ulm then ended the first quarter with a pretty play as American Tommy Mason-Griffin penetrated from the right seemed like he would shoot, but then whipped a pass to the wing where he found a parked Keaton Nankivil (203-F-89, college: Wisconsin) who ran and stuffed the ball home as ratiopharm Ulm led 23-13. Our guards gave good pressure on them, Bryant and Watts were strong on screens, we ran our plays and executed well on transition, stated injured ratiopharm Ulm Antonio Anderson who played with NBA star Derrick Rose at Memphis. Ratiopharm Ulm was shooting 60% from the field and 50% from outside while The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 31% from the field and 40% from outside. Ratiopharm Ulm had the 11-6 rebound edge and both teams coughed up the ball three times a piece.

In the second quarter, The Fraport Skyliners responded by crawling out of their hole going on a 9-1 furious run to trail only 24-21. Frankfurt increased their intensity, hit their shots consistenly and were stronger under the boards. Leuer started the run on a nice pick and role play with Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) with a lay in high off the glass, Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern) then hit an open three pointer after excellent ball movement, Nolte scored inside and Gray hit a pull up jumper. Griffin and Herber exchanged three pointer and Bryant and Gray then exchanged buckets as the game was knotted at 28-28. Ratiopharm then was able to keep the tight lead as they hit some very difficult contested shots. Nankivil hit a tough three pointer as Leuer seemed glued to his pal and Esterkamp found nothing as net hitting a bomb with two seconds left on the shot clock and Gray breathing down his back as Frankfurt trailed 36-32. It was the first head to head meeting as professionals between Leuer and Nankivil. It was fun playing against him. We are best friends and played four years at Wisconsin. It was great to compete against him and when he gets hot, he can hit threes all night long, stressed Jon Leuer Nakivil and Leuer then traded baskets as ratiopharm Ulm still led 39-35. In the past Per Guether was only dangerous with his penetration, but now has developed a consistent outside shot nailing one as ratiopharm Ulm cruised into half time with a 44-37 lead. We got off to a slow start. Basketball is a game of runs. We defended well and stuck together. Watts, Esterkamp and Nankivil hit tough shots, expressed Antonio Anderson. Ratiopharm Ulm was shooting 53% from the field and 60% from the three point line while The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and 45% from the three point line. Ulm had the 17-15 rebound edge and both teams were doing a respectable job with the turnovers having only four a piece.

Ratiopharm Ulm continued to keep their hot shooting going as Per Guether continued to work for his shots getting open and burying them as ratiopharm Ulm led 48-39. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) upped his defense getting some key steals and increasing the intensity on the defense which sparked the offense. Robertson hit a floater after a steal and Mckinney then scored on the fast break and Tez made another steal giving the ball to Gray who glided into the lane and in the last second found Tez for an easy lay up as Frankfurt trailed only 50-46. Then it was Swann and Mckinney who traded three pointers as ratiopharm Ulm led 55-49. Then it was time for German national player Tim Ohlbrecht to give his spice to the soup. He has struggled this season, but showed spirited rebounding in the first half and now in the waning minutes of the third quarter defended the Incredible Hulk John Bryant well and scored on a dunk and tip in showing his muscle inside as the Fraport Skyliners trailed only 57-55. However as had been present so often in the game, when Frankfurt had cut the lead down to only a few points, they were unable to regain the lead and get valuable stops as Tommy Mason griffin hit a three pointer as ratiopharm Ulm had the 61-55 lead after three quarters. We played good, but werent able to get enough stops to take the lead. We never gave up fighting, warned Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest). Ratiopharm Ulm was shooting 51% from the field and 54% from the parking lot while The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 45% from the field and 33% from the parking lot. The Fraport Skyliners regained the rebound edge 24-23, but had 10 turnovers while ratiopharm Ulm only had nine turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, it was ratiopharm Ulm American Isaiah Swann who hit another one of his long three pointers as if he was at the Ulm Minster and Tim Ohlbrecht and John Bryant exchanged buckets as Frankfurt still trailed 66-58. However now the game seemed to change in favor of the guests as The Fraport Skyliners forced a 10-0 run to take the lead again after having it last early in the first quarter 68-66. Beko BBL rookie Michael juice Thompson nailed a three pointer, Robertson then hit a high rainbow, Thomspon displayed his juicy floater and Gray hit atypical off balance bomb from the corner. However it didnt take long for the ratiopharm version of downtown Ulm Minster Isaiah Swann to hit another three pointer and the Ulm lead 69-68. However Leuer showed some toughness responding with a clutch three pointer as Frankfurt led 71-69 with two minutes to play. Bryant then took Ulm on a mini 4-0 run with four free throws as Frankfurt trailed 73-71 after gray had missed a shot and Mckinney had turned the ball over. Nolte then tipped out a offensive rebound which helped give Frankfurt another possession as Herber nailed a three pointer and Frankfurt led 74-73. Then it was Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) to the rescue as he made a pretty floater as ratiopharm Ulm led 75-74 and would never trail again. Then Nolte missed a difficult lay up and Watts scored again on the next possession with a turn around shot as Frankfurt trailed 77-74. I dont recall winning a game in Germany ever with two shots in a row. I am just happy that my teammates showed confidence in me to take these shots. I am just happy that I can help the team win. I always felt that we would win this game, stressed Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports). Frankfurt then had the chance to take the game into overtime with a three pointer on the last possession, but ratiopharm Ulm fouled Leuer and he only hit one of two free throws. Ulm captain Esterkamp then sealed the game with two free throws and a four point Ulm lead with a few seconds remaining. We gave a good team effort and it was so close at the end. I feel we could of won this game, stressed Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak. It was the little mistakes at the end and not hitting big shots that cost us the game, stressed Skyliner forward Danilo Barthel (206-F-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement).

Ratiopharm Ulm was led by Isaiah Swann with 20 pointsSteven Esterkamp (198-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Ohio)
and Per Guether produced 14 points a piece. John Bryant and Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in with 10 points a piece. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) with 14 points and seven assists. Jimmy McKinney and Jon Leuer contributed 12 points a piece. Ratiopharm Ulm shot very consistent over 50% from the field and from outside while The Fraport Skyliners shot 45% from the field and only 36% from the parking lot. Ratiopharm Ulm won the rebounding battle 33-29. Frankfurt did a good job with the ball movement dishing out 18 assists. The Fraport Skyliners were much improved from the Bonn game, but lack a dangerous fast break game. We rebounded better and slowed them more down on transition. We are so focused with securing the rebound that we get away from running. We have to focus more on pushing the ball forward, warned Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern). Ratiopharn Ulm is 4-1 and have really quickly established more structure into their game, a revamped defense from last season and a more controlled offense with less one on one basketball. They also have learned how to succeed in crunch time situations. We played with a lot perseverance and never panic. In these close situations, we have a lot of trust in our teammates to make the right plays, warned Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports). The Fraport Skyliners may be 2-3, but can achieve a lot, but seem to be missing one important ingredient. Frankfurt has a lot of pieces with shooters, scorers, inside/ out play, but something is missing that will bring this team together. They know how to create, but have to learn to come together as one, stressed Steven Esterkamp. The Fraport Skyliners next play 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin on October 29th.


ProA round 6 best performance: Jackson Capel - by Eurobasket News
American guard Jackson Capel (191-G-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Cuxhaven, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, four rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Chemnitz (#10, 3-3) 83-74. It allowed Cuxhaven to take over top position in the German ProA. Cuxhaven have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game Capel had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It's his second year at Cuxhaven and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Evangel University star has very solid stats this year. Capel is in league's top in points (7th best: 18.6ppg) and averages impressive 54.8% FGP and 41.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Will Chavis (181-G-81) of NBC. Chavis had a very good evening with 25 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course NBC cruised to a 93-86 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Jena (#8, 3-3). This victory allowed NBC to move up to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Chavis is one of the most experienced players at NBC and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Charles Burgess (186-G-84) of Heidelberg (#7). Burgess showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Heidelberg, leading his team to a 89-75 easy win against the lower-ranked ETB Wohnbau (#13, 1-4). Heidelberg needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Burgess has a great season in Germany. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.6ppg (5th best) and assists with 4.4apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aubrey Reese (183-G-78) of Duesseldorf - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ryan De Michael (205-F/C-77) of NBC - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Joseph Henley (196-F-85) of ETB Wohnbau - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jaivon Harris (197-G-82) of NBC - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Dmitriy Cheremnykh (213-C-78) of Braves - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Mark Hill (180-G) of Crailsheim - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Lee Jeka (187-G-83) of Braves - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 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 best performance: David Holston - by Eurobasket News
American guard David Holston (170-G-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Art.Dragons, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 25-year old player got a double-double of 26 points and 10 assists, while his team beat Walter Tigers (#18, 0-5), the league's bottom-ranked team in overtime 108-103. Art.Dragons is placed at 5th position in German 1.Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Art.Dragons will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. In the team's last game Holston had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Art.Dragons' top player in his first season with the team. Former Chicago State University star has very solid stats this year. Holston is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.2ppg. Holston is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 6.6apg) and averages impressive 53.6% FGP and 41.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Jared Jordan (188-PG-84) of league's leader Telekom Baskets. Jordan had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 15 assists. It was enough for Telekom Baskets to edge the lower-ranked EWE Baskets (#11, 2-3) 81-79. Of course Telekom Baskets still keep 's top spot. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 5 games without any defeat. Jordan is a newcomer at Telekom Baskets, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT) of B.Muenchen (#3). Troutman scored 23 points. He was a key player of B.Muenchen, leading his team to a 100-81 easy win against the lower-ranked Phoenix Hagen (#14, 2-3). B.Muenchen is closer and closer to the top of the standings in . They will still need more victories. But 4-1 record is not that bad... The season just started for Troutman as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76) of LTi 46ers - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Vaughn Duggins (190-G-87) of Walter Tigers - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Adam Hess (201-G/F-81) of Art.Dragons - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83) of B.Muenchen - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) of Brose Baskets - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jordan Hasquet (206-F-85) of Phoenix Hagen - 38 points and 2 rebounds
10. Reggie Redding (196-G-88) of Walter Tigers - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists

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


Standings - 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 


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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A1: Premiere Day - Part 3 - by Chris Mammides
PAOK - Olympiakos 52-65
The first road win was succeeded by the the reds of Dusan Ivkovic team of Olympiakos after a very poor game in the empty due to the PAOKs court punishment since last season.
The first quarter belonged 100% to the home team of Coach Markopoulos and ended with the most amazing basket of the game by Dante Stiggers (187-PG-82, college: S.Mississippi) from the half court to make the score 22-16 with Dikoudis and Goree being in a very good mood.
The 2nd period was painted red as Olympiakos was the only team in the court and PAOK scored just 8 points in this period. Olympiakos players played very good and tough defense so the record of 20-8 was more than logical. PAOKs key players got tired and Kalabokis couldnt help at all. The score for the half time was 30-36 with Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) and Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) being the top performers and top scorers for the Reds
The 3rd period was more or less the same as PAOK players needed 8 minutes to score their second basket in the quarter with Dante Stiggers and Dikoudis scoring 5 consecutive points to end the period with 13-14 for Olympiakos with Vassilis Spanoulis scoring 18 points up to that minute. The score was 43-50
PAOK in the 4th period was more or less the same team like the rest of the game, Soulis Markopoulos couldnt change the momentum, Marcus Gorree was in a poor performance, the parameter was awful and PAOK continued with steady basketball not many passes, Wright was dribbling and doing missed shots while Vassilis Spanoulis and Kyle Hines were shooting and penetrating from all over. The game in this quarter had deficits from 7 to 13 points while Papanikolaou was very good in this 4th quarter while Printezis also scored some baskets without any defensive tactics. The final score was 52-65. PAOK needs urgently a leader as Dikoudis is too old for that while Kalabokis is not in his best shape, the three Americans also are not steady while Dante Stiggers is doing all the best but he is quite alone, lastly the parameter for PAOK was his Achilles hill
The quarters were: 22-16, 30-36, 43-50 and 52-65.
PAOK: Dikoudis 11, Dante Stiggers 11, J.R. Giddens (196-G-85, college: N.Mexico) 11 points and 12 rebounds
Olympiakos: Vassilis Spanoulis 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 26 minutes, Kyle Hines 16 points, 7 rebound and 4 block shots in 26 minutes.



B' Division: Week 4 - Total Round up of the week - by Chris Mammides
There are stil two teams with a perfect record and those are Niki Volou and Aiolos Trikalon, probably the two teams which will be promoted in the A2 as the other temas seems to be at least a gear beind these two teams. The results and the analysis of this 4th week were as follows:

Koroivos Amaliadas - Diagoras Rodou 67-60
In the opener of this 4th week of the 2nd Division league the home team of Koroivos beat more difficult than the actual score says as the game was a derby most of the time and simply Koroivos had a very solid trio of Vangelis Gkeros (206-C-81), Agapiadis and Godopoulos who scored the 46 points out of 67 for their team. Furthermore, five players had double digits and nearly scored all the points of the Amaliadas team. On the other hand Diagoras started very well but in the 2nd period the offensive choices for Coach Tsakiris were limited and the home team took a lead of 10 points and basically kept it until the end with ups and downs between 3-13 points.
Quarters: 14-13, 36-26, 48-45, 67-60
Koroivos: Godopoulos 14, Sakelarakis 10, Agapiadis 16, Vangelis Gkeros 16 and Markis 11 c 14 (4),
Diagoras Rodou: Stavros Pardakas (201-F-84) 19, Vogiatzis 11, Gogidis 14

Filathlitikos - Aias Evosmou 91-73
Another victory for the magnificent kids of Coach Zivas currently having a 3-1 record and keep going, this time their victim was Aias Evosmou which they thrashed with 18 points difference in a game which the deficit went up to 26 points! Thanassis Adedokubo was once more the top performer and that is the reason why Coach Bartzokas wanted him in Marousi of A1 last season. In any case the game needs no criticism as there was only one team in the court after the first 13 minutes. Aias of coach Papaionannou had Alexis Mavridis (198-F-79) in a very productive day but after that the chaos..
Quarters: 20-23, 49-42, 73-61, 91-73
Filathlitikos: Thanasis Adedokoubo 17, Christos Gikas (190-G-91) 15, Baziotis 14, Saloustros 10, Georgiadis 13
Aias: Tsimbis 10, Alexis Mavridis 24, Melidis 10.

MENT - Halkidona 89-81
A great game took place in Thessaloniki where the home team of MENT performed a very solid basketball and with an awesome quartet of Konstantinos Nikolopoulos (185-G-88), Dalpas, Chrisopoulos and Kostas Pallis (200-F-79) beat the team of newcomer Head Coach Konstantinidis more difficult than the final eight points of difference shows. On the other hand, Coach Konstantinidis with just few days in the head coach position showed that he will re-shape the team into optimism as already Lefteris Galanidis (188-G-87) and Moisiadis were in much better mood than during the first 3 weeks of the league.
Quarters: 20-17, 48-38, 63-60, 89-81
MENT: Konstantinos Nikolopoulos and Kostas Pallis 22 per head, Dalpas 15, Chrysopoulos 14
Halkidona: Lefteris Galanidis 23, Moisiadis 20, Papadopoulso 10, Papakonstantinou 12

Agia Paraskevi - Iraklis 103-42
The team of Iraklis for a first time with a player over 17 (Petallotis) couldnt have better chances against the furious team of Agia Paraskevi so the 60 points difference is more than obvious that is a fair result for the home team who was looking for a solid victory in order to change its psychology after the first three weeks in the B Division and the results for Coach Hatzipanigiri
Quarters: 28-11, 51-20, 80-32, 103-42
Agia Paraskevi: Tatarounis 13, Kostas Hatzikostis (185-G-81) 25, Matos 19
Iraklis: Triantafillos Petalotis (193-G-93) 20

Anagennisi Flogas - Doukas 90-88 in OT, 79-79 RT
The greatest game of the week took place in the home court of Anagennisi Flogas where the players of Coach Livanos with an amazing Dino Konstantinos Nikolopoulos (The MVP of the week) took the crucial victory at the very end of the overtime and now thay are facing the future with better perspectives. Doukas of Coach Giannopoulos took the lead from the beginning and nearly for 35 minutes performed great with a total basketball and with six players having double digits, at the end though they got tired and the home court team changed the mode of the game and finally won the game at the end.
Quarters: 18-19, 37-42, 55-60, 79-79 and 90-88
Anagennisi Flogas: Aristo Nikoloudis (202-F-82) 35, Mitsakis 20, Mouratidis 13
Doukas: Rozolis 10, Achis 12, Giannis Zakinthinos (190-F-85) 15, Otountzidis and Bitzis 13 per head.

Aiolos Trikalon - Egaleo 97-68
Not many words can described a 30 points deficit game, there was only one team in the court and that was the first seated (with Niki Volou) team of Coach Tzimas one of the top favorite teams to return to A2. With players in its roster who could easily play in A2, like Harismidis, Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81) and Gioulekas, Aiolos thrashed the poor team of Egaleo which seems helpless for another season, Coach Hatzigiannakos couldnt do a lot in this game as his players are mostly inexperienced so against the veterans of Aiolos they tried their best which was not enough.
Quarters: 25-14, 53-36, 75-58, 97-68
Aiolos: Gioulekas 13, Lepeniotids 10, Tsoutsos 16, Nikos Kaklamanos 18, Harismidis 15
Egaleo: Karavolas 14, Dimitris Benos (202-C-81) 20, Simeopoulos 10

Niki Volou - Stratoni 94-70
The top seated team of Niki Volou face no problems at all from Stratoni of Coach Mythou and thrashed the team with 24 points difference in a game that could have had a different result in many ways if Stratonis players were more solid and without so many missed shots. Mihalis Frousklias (197-G-87) and Mistiliadis lead their teams efforts by scoring 16 per head.
Quarters: 33-12, 51-31, 75-55, 94-70
Niki Volou: Koutinas 10, Politis 15, Tsolis 11, Mihalis Frousklias and Mistiliadis 16 per head
Stratoni: Pegias 10, Kountouratzoglou 14, Panagiotis Kigmetoglou (200-F-85)u 16, Daskalopoulos 11



A1: Premiere Day part two - by Chris Mammides
Panathinaikos Athens and Peristeri beat Aris and KAOD respectively and they open their season with a positive result.
Panathinaikos Athens without Fotsis and Nickolas for a first time after three consecutive seasons showed that needs a lot to be done if they want to have some chances for the Euroleague for a 7th time. The newcomers Smith, Logan and Kiritsis who played mostly in the specific game, together with Jasikevicius showed that they need some more time together in order to become the good, old solid team who beats everybody in their ways. On the other hand, Aris of Coach Vangelis Alexandris a totally young team with (mainly) ncaaers in the roster prove to be a tough nut for the European champions who saw the game like a training but wasnt like that, besides the final difference of 12 points could have been much smaller if the usual suspect of Panathinaikos Athens 3D- Dimitris Diamantidis missed his 2 three pointers at the end. In any case both teams need to be working harder each one for a different reason. Panathinaikos Athens took the game due to his major keys this season (Diamantidis, Batiste) and the passion of Kaimakoglou and the result orientation of Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) who seems much better than the previous seasons.
On the other hand, Aris showed some positive energy and with Oliver and James in the roster is a different team, while Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) and Verginis changed their game and they add more harmony and more maturity.
In regards to the game now, Panathinaikos Athens had a small deficit from the beginning and when the Green players even though were trying to increase it Aris was fighting back and was cutting the deficit into very decent numbers. The first period ended with 21-16 mainly due to Ian Vougioukas and the fact that had no opponent in the Yellow paint. In the 2nd period Panathinaikos Athens added some power and some speed and was able to get a double digit difference with the half time being 41-31 with Panathinaikos Athens playing with calmness in his empty (due to his punishment of last seasons play-offs) OAKA and was ruling the game without doing anything extra-ordinary, a weird element was the many shots of Logan (most of them out of target) which means that the American with the Polish passport took the permission to do so and will be probably among the systems of Coach Zeljko Obradovic .
The 3rd period was the best for Panathinaikos Athens as the Greens with the assistance of Sato, Jasikeviius and Maric took the biggest deficit which was 18 points by the end of the period 67-49. The 4th quarter though Coach Vangelis Alexandris players showed character and with Oliver and Mavraidis cut the deficit initially to 13 and then to 11 before Panathinaikos Athens with Diamantidis scoring two three pointers in less than a minute brought the game into the total recall and the victory to his team.
The quarters were: 21-16, 41-31, 67-49, and 84-72.

Panathinaikos Athens: Logan 11, Sato 13, Ian Vougioukas 13
Aris: Christos Tapoutos 12, Krucic 11, Verginis 11

In the second game of the second part A1's Premiere Games, the home team of Coach Pedoulakis beats the visiting site of Coach Kalafatakis in a very good derby and with the American Richard Roby (198-G-85) being the man of the match at the end as the score was basket by basket until the very last 3 minutes where the American took his team and with 12 consecutive points took the victory in Peristeri. Coach Kalafatakis saw his Greek players playing very good but his Americans to remain in the bench as his supposed to be top Guns Sanders and Flowers and especially the first one didnt help at all his team as his 2 points cant consider any help, on the other other hand the Greeks Zaras, Karydas and Haralambidis and especially the 3rd one were the oasis in the desert of the foreigners for Kalafataki team. It is worth mentioned that Michel and Sanders scored only 2 points in total while Flowers start scoring in the last 12 minutes.
The quarters were: 22-12, 31-33, 50-50, and 73-65

Peristeri: Giannopoulos 11, Scott 12, Richard Roby 22
KAOD: Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) 21, Zaras 13, Flowers 15



Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Vladimir JANKOVIC
  Panionios
  (202-F-90)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jankovic, Panionios25.0 
 2. Roby, Peristeri GS22.0 
 3. Karapostolou, Kav.22.0 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.21.0 
 5. Boykin, Kolossos20.0 
 6. Christmas, AGOR18.0 
 7. Spanoulis, Olympia.18.0 
 8. Karaboulas, Ikaros17.0 
 9. Johnson, AGOR17.0 
 10. Hines, Olympiakos16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus GOREE
  PAOK
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 12
 1. Goree, PAOK12.0 
 2. Giddens, PAOK11.0 
 3. Gardener, Ilysiakos11.0 
 4. O''Bryant, Kavala9.0 
 5. Michel, KAOD9.0 
 6. Charissis, Kolossos8.0 
 7. Flowers, KAOD7.0 
 8. Kaimakoglou, Panat.7.0 
 9. Papanikolaou, Olym.7.0 
 10. Hines, Olympiakos7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Alekos PETROULAS
  Perister.
  (202-F-78)
  Avg: 7
 1. Petroulas, Periste.7.0 
 2. Xanthopoulos, Pani.7.0 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.6.0 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.6.0 
 5. James, Aris5.0 
 6. Calathes, Panathin.5.0 
 7. Ljubicic, Ikaros5.0 
 8. Charalampidi., KAO.4.0 
 9. Hopson, Kolossos3.0 
 10. Stiggers, PAOK3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sergio KERUSCH
  Aris
  (195-F-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kerusch, Aris4.0 
 2. Roby, Peristeri GS3.0 
 3. Scott, Peristeri GS3.0 
 4. Taylor, Kavala3.0 
 5. Mantzaris, Olympia.3.0 
 6. James, Aris3.0 
 7. Angelopoulos, Kava.3.0 
 8. Chatzis, Ilysiakos2.0 
 9. Sanders, KAOD2.0 
 10. Ceranic, KAOD2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kyle HINES
  Olympiakos
  (198-F/C-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hines, Olympiakos4.0 
 2. Flowers, KAOD3.0 
 3. O''Bryant, Kavala2.0 
 4. Petway, AGOR1.0 
 5. Sarikopoulos, Pani.1.0 
 6. Charissis, Kolossos1.0 
 7. Scott, Peristeri GS1.0 
 8. Goree, PAOK1.0 
 9. Stepheson, Panio.1.0 
 10. King, Ikaros1.0 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Nikos ARGYROPOYLOS
  Apollo.
  (188-G-78)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Argyropoylos, Apol.22.8 
 2. Iliadis, Ermis L.22.0 
 3. Totsios, Ikaroi S.22.0 
 4. Pettas, Doxa L.20.3 
 5. Lewis, OFI20.0 
 6. Koronidis, Perama19.5 
 7. Vasilopoulos, AEK18.3 
 8. Kaberidis, Ikaroi17.0 
 9. Katiakos, OFI16.5 
 10. Bardas, OFI15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thodoris SIOUTIS
  Nea Kifisia
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Sioutis, Nea Kifis.8.8 
 2. Lolas, Amyntas8.3 
 3. Macheras, Panery.8.0 
 4. Kakiouzis, Lavrio7.8 
 5. Katoufas, Panery.7.3 
 6. Koutroulias, Pagra.6.8 
 7. Margaritis, Ikaroi6.8 
 8. Daniil, Apollon6.5 
 9. Gizogiannis, Arkad.6.5 
 10. Sklavos, AEK6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Miron PAPADAKIS
  Arkad.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Papadakis, Arkad.7.3 
 2. Makris, Pagrati6.8 
 3. Zoupas, Amyntas6.0 
 4. Kaberidis, Ikaroi5.5 
 5. Panagakis, OFI5.0 
 6. Straganiotis, Pane.4.7 
 7. Argyropoylos, Apol.4.5 
 8. Koronidis, Perama4.5 
 9. Moschovitis, Nea K.4.0 
 10. Pekovic, Doxa L.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kostas TOTSIOS
  Ikaroi S.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Totsios, Ikaroi S.2.3 
 2. Iliadis, Ermis L.2.0 
 3. Margaritis, Ikaroi2.0 
 4. Veskoukis, Pagrati1.8 
 5. Dimakos, Pagrati1.8 
 6. Mourtos, Ikaroi S.1.8 
 7. Giannakopoul., Lav.1.8 
 8. Tsiotras, Arkadikos1.8 
 9. Papantoniou, AEK/.1.7 
 10. Vasilopoulos, AEK1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikos LIBARIS-PSOMAS
  Doxa L.
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Libaris-P., Doxa L.1.5 
 2. Michalopoulo., Nea1.0 
 3. Katoufas, Panery.1.0 
 4. Petrodimopou., Nea1.0 
 5. Koutroulias, Pagra.1.0 
 6. Kakiouzis, Lavrio0.8 
 7. Giannakopoul., Lav.0.8 
 8. Koukounias, Nea K.0.8 
 9. Giannoulakos, Pane.0.7 
 10. Vavatsikos, AEK/.0.5 


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


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


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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 


PromotieDivise Scores Week 6: Binnenland on top, Akrides/Jugglers on bottom - by Terry Cooper
Round 6 had some shake ups as teams from the previous week got a rude awakening as some teams are starting to gel and get things back in stride. With this happening, some teams that were undefeated took one to the chin from teams that seemed to struggle out of the gate. Z&Z2 got a wake up call as they were beaten by the Cangeroes 86-69 while Groene Uilen got their first win of the season winning over talented BV Hoofddorp 71-46. BC Amsterdam won over winless VBC Akrides 61-53 while Almonte kept the Jugglers from getting their first victory winning 69-64. Binnenland is alone at the top winning over their runner up De Hoppers 87-76 while Virgil Ormskerk (190-G-70, agency: Court Side)and Punch cruised to a 74-50 victory over newcomer Rotterdam2. Finally GOBA seems to be putting the peices together as they won at home over the Red Giants 94-88. Out of 14 teams so far, there are 3 at the top, 3 at the bottom and everyone else in the middle. Shows how much balance that is taking place so far after 6 games and shows that anything can happen if teams are not ready every week in the Promotie. Stay tuned...

Week 6 Scores:

Goba - Red Giants 94-88
Almonte - Jugglers 69-64
De Hoppers - Binnenland 76-87
Punch - Rotterdam2 74-50
Cangeroes - Z&Z Leiden2 86-69
De Groene Uilen - BV Hoofddorp 71-46
BC APOLLO A'dam - VBC Akrides 61-53



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  ICELAND   


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


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


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Brandon COTTON
  Snaefell
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 35.3
 1. Cotton, Snaefell35.3 
 2. Govens, Thor Thorl31.7 
 3. Tairu, KR25.7 
 4. Dagostino, Keflavik25.5 
 5. Shuler, Haukar24.0 
 6. Horton, KR24.0 
 7. Sovic, IR23.7 
 8. Echols, Njardvik23.3 
 9. Hampton, Tindastoll21.3 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quincy HANKINS-COLE
  Snaef.
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Hankins-Cole, Snae.15.3 
 2. Ringgold, Thor Tho.13.3 
 3. Echols, Njardvik12.0 
 4. Cole, Keflavik12.0 
 5. Walkup, Fjolnir11.0 
 6. Hampton, Tindastoll10.3 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Gri.9.3 
 8. Sovic, IR9.3 
 9. Shuler, Haukar9.3 
 10. Parker, Keflavik8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Giordan WATSON
  Grindavik
  (178-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Watson, Grindavik7.0 
 2. O''Neil, Fjolnir6.7 
 3. Shouse, Stjarnan6.3 
 4. Miller, Tindastoll6.0 
 5. Claessen, IR5.7 
 6. Sigurgeirsso., Sna.5.0 
 7. Steinarsson, Fjoln.5.0 
 8. Gunnarsson, Kefla.4.7 
 9. Govens, Thor Thorl4.3 
 10. Fridriksson, Njar.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Njardvik
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Holmes, Njardvik4.0 
 2. Shuler, Haukar4.0 
 3. Shouse, Stjarnan3.7 
 4. Cothran, Stjarnan3.3 
 5. Parker, Keflavik2.7 
 6. Dagostino, Keflavik2.5 
 7. Johnson, IR2.0 
 8. Govens, Thor Thorl2.0 
 9. Fridriksson, Njard.2.0 
 10. Magnusson, KR2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darnell HUGEE
  Valur
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hugee, Valur2.0 
 2. Jonsson, Snaefell1.3 
 3. Johannsson, Tinda.1.0 
 4. Magnusson, KR1.0 
 5. Valdimarsson, Stja.1.0 
 6. Eiriksson, Fjolnir1.0 
 7. Johnson, IR1.0 
 8. Bartolotta, IR1.0 
 9. Hampton, Tindastoll1.0 
 10. Cole, Keflavik1.0 


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  INDIA   


U16 Asia Championship: Iraq edge India to reach playoffs - by Eurobasket News
Iraq U16 - India U16 72:64

Iraqi U16 National Team reached the Asian Championship playoffs. They held off India in the decisive game in Qualifying Round Group E. The victory propelled Iraq to 2-3 record and the fourth place in the ladder. India in the meantime fell at 1-4 record in the fifth position. Ahmed Razzaq (185-G-97) stepped up with 27 points to lead the charge.
India and Iraq stayed close throughout the opening frame. India eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes of action. However Iraq stepped on the gas in the second frame. The Iraqis unloaded 26 points to take a 40:30 halftime lead. India stopped the rot in the third term. They stiffened their defence and cut the deficit to just 6 points at the final intermission. India erased the deficit midway through the fourth frame. But Ahmed Razzaq triggered an 11:3 run from Iraq that sealed their victory. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) provided 21 points for the winners. Satnam Singh Bhamara (216-C-95) responded with 32 points for India. Ajay Pratap Singh (193-F-95) added 10 points in the loss.

Iraq U16: Ahmed Razzaq 27, Karrar Hamzah 21, Bahaa Sabri (170-G-95) 9
India U16: Satnam Singh Bhamara 32, Ajay Pratap Singh 10


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U16 Asia Championship: Indonesia clinch third place in Group F - by Eurobasket News
Indonesia U16 - Qatar U16 57:54

Indonesia claimed the third spot in Qualifying Round Group F at U16 Asia Championship. They held off Qatar to improve at 3-2 record. Hans Abraham (179-G-95) stepped up with 13 points to pace the winners. Qatar slipped at 1-4 record outside the playoffs zone.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Indonesia eked out a 17:16 lead after ten minutes of action. They increased the tempo in the second frame. Indonesia held their opponents to just 9 points in the quarter taking a 34:25 halftime lead. But Qatar stopped the rot in the third term. They narrowed the margin to 5 points with ten minutes remaining. Indonesia regained a 9-point buffer midway through the fourth frame. Mohamed Abdelkawy (177-G-95) drained a triple as Qatar pulled within three points with 34 seconds remaining. But the teams went scoreless in the reminder of the contest and Indonesia escaped with a narrow win at the end. Muhammad Fahdani (185-F/C-96) and Vincent Kosasih (198-C-96) netted 11 points each, while Ramadhan added 10 points for the winners. Abdulrahman Saad (183-F-96) answered with 27 points for Qatar. Mohamed Abdelkawy notched 21 points in the losing effort.

Indonesia U16: Hans Abraham 13, Muhammad Fahdani 11, Vincent Kosasih 11
Qatar U16: Abdulrahman Saad 27, Mohamed Abdelkawy 21


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  IRAN   


Loren Woods signed with ZobAhan - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou
Experienced American big man Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) signed with Zob Ahan Esfahan. Loren Woods signed with Zob Ahan Esfahan and he will arrive in Iran this thursday. Loren Woods had played with Mahram Tehran in Iran super league during 2009-2010 season and he won Iran Super league , WABA and FIBA Asia clubs championship with Mahram. Also last year he won all possible titles with Al-Riadi Lebanon.

Loren Woods recent Awards/Achievements:
Turkish Cup Semifinals -08
Turkish League Regular Season Runner-Up -08
Turkish League Semifinals -08
Baltic League (Elite Group) Final -09
Iranian Superleague Regular Season Champion -10
Iranian Superleague Champion -10
WABA Club Championships -10 (Winner), 11 (Winner)
Asian Club Championships -10 (Winner), 11 (Winner)
PMA Basketball Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Center of the Year -11
PMA Basketball Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 1st Team -11
PMA Basketball Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Imports Team -11
Lebanese League Regular Season Champion -11
Lebanese League Champion -11
Arab Club Championships -11


Marcus Campbell in Iran - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou
American monster Marcus Campbell (214-C-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: Mississippi St.) signed with Shiraz a.s Pipe. American center signed with Shiraz a.s Pipe and he will join the team this friday. Campbell played last season in New Zealand-NBL with Taranaki Mountain Airs team where he averaged 19.5 ppg and 10.3 rpg.

Marcus Campbell recant Awards/Achievements:
All-USBL 2nd Team -07
USBL Champion -07
Italian SerieA Semifinals -08
Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Honorable Mention -11


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U16 Asia Championship: Iraq edge India to reach playoffs - by Eurobasket News
Iraq U16 - India U16 72:64

Iraqi U16 National Team reached the Asian Championship playoffs. They held off India in the decisive game in Qualifying Round Group E. The victory propelled Iraq to 2-3 record and the fourth place in the ladder. India in the meantime fell at 1-4 record in the fifth position. Ahmed Razzaq (185-G-97) stepped up with 27 points to lead the charge.
India and Iraq stayed close throughout the opening frame. India eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes of action. However Iraq stepped on the gas in the second frame. The Iraqis unloaded 26 points to take a 40:30 halftime lead. India stopped the rot in the third term. They stiffened their defence and cut the deficit to just 6 points at the final intermission. India erased the deficit midway through the fourth frame. But Ahmed Razzaq triggered an 11:3 run from Iraq that sealed their victory. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) provided 21 points for the winners. Satnam Singh Bhamara (216-C-95) responded with 32 points for India. Ajay Pratap Singh (193-F-95) added 10 points in the loss.

Iraq U16: Ahmed Razzaq 27, Karrar Hamzah 21, Bahaa Sabri (170-G-95) 9
India U16: Satnam Singh Bhamara 32, Ajay Pratap Singh 10


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Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. B.C. Habikaa 2-0 
 2. Maccabi T-A 2-0 
 3. Galil Gilboa 1-1 
 4. Ironi Ashkelon 1-1 
 5. Hapoel Holon 1-1 
 6. Bnei Hasharon 1-1 
 7. Maccabi Ashdod 1-1 
 8. Hapoel J-M 1-1 
 9. Elitzur Netanya 0-1 
 10. Maccabi Rishon 0-1 
 11. Maccabi Haifa 0-2 


Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Kiryat Tivon 3-0 
 2. Macc.B.Yaakov 3-0 
 3. Hapoel T-A 2-0 
 4. Ironi Nahariya 2-0 
 5. Hapoel Afula 2-1 
 6. Ironi K-A 2-1 
 7. Elitzur Ramla 1-2 
 8. Elitzur Yavne 1-2 
 9. Hapoel Y/M 1-2 
 10. Hod Hasharon 1-2 
 11. Ironi Ramat Gan 1-2 
 12. Ironi Nes-Ziona 0-1 
 13. Hapoel K/S 0-3 
 14. Lev Hasharon 0-3 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Marcus GINYARD
  Ironi N.
  (196-G/F-87)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Ginyard, Ironi N.28.5 
 2. Hall, Macc.B.Y.24.7 
 3. Gonzalez, Hod H.24.0 
 4. Clemente, Kiryat T.23.3 
 5. Daniel, Ironi K-A22.0 
 6. Segev, Kiryat Tivon21.0 
 7. Miller, Macc.B.Y.20.0 
 8. Sanders, Hapoel Y.19.5 
 9. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.19.0 
 10. LeMelle, Hapoel A.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.15.3 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel14.3 
 3. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.12.5 
 4. Daniel, Ironi K-A12.0 
 5. Sanders, Hapoel Y.11.5 
 6. Zehavian, Ironi N.11.0 
 7. Dunne, Ironi N.11.0 
 8. Webb, Ironi R.10.7 
 9. Traimel, Ironi N.10.5 
 10. Johnson, Hapoel9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Avi ELIYAHU
  Ironi N.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Eliyahu, Ironi N.9.5 
 2. Segev, Kiryat Tivon9.0 
 3. Dunne, Ironi N.7.0 
 4. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.6.7 
 5. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.5 
 6. Golan, Elitzur Yav.6.0 
 7. Shifman, Hapoel Af.5.0 
 8. Younger, Ironi K-A5.0 
 9. Ron, Hapoel K/S5.0 
 10. Gonzalez, Hod H.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Macc.B.Y.
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Miller, Macc.B.Y.4.3 
 2. Eliyahu, Ironi N.3.5 
 3. Nanikashvili, Iron.3.5 
 4. Traimel, Ironi N.3.0 
 5. Gonzalez, Hod H.3.0 
 6. Gomes, Kiryat T.3.0 
 7. Ginyard, Ironi N.2.5 
 8. Sanders, Hapoel Y.2.5 
 9. Johnson, Hapoel K.2.3 
 10. Buchman, Macc.B.Y.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Hapoel A.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Thondique, Hapoel2.7 
 2. Younger, Ironi K-A2.5 
 3. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.5 
 4. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.2.0 
 5. Johnson, Hod H.2.0 
 6. Webb, Ironi R.2.0 
 7. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.7 
 8. Sanders, Hapoel Y.1.5 
 9. Levi, Macc.B.Y.1.5 
 10. Daniel, Ironi K-A1.5 


Chris Thomas Becomes Galil/Gilboa's Fifth Foreigner - by David Pick
After a number of poor pre-season loses, an embarrassing 95:60 blowout to Maccabi Tel-Aviv and in light of the disappointing performances thus far of American rookie guard Chaisson Allen, Hapoel Galil Gilboa looked to strengthen its back court with the signing of American/Polish point guard Chris Thomas.

The 2005 stellar Notre Dame University graduate still holds to date a number of impressive school records, such as the all-time leader in assists (638), second all-time 3-point field goals leader (302), third in steals (184), and surprisingly, recording the only triple-double in school history, against University of New Hampshire, with 24 points, 11 assists and 11 steals. Thomas was also named to the First Team All Notre Dame starting point guard. A number of impressive European stops including Italy, Greece and Poland (twice), in addition to Spanish Fuenlabrada, complete Thomas' notable pro career resume. Last season, he returned to Poland for a second stint with Anwil Wloclawek, playing 24 games, posting averages of 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg in the domestic league and 12.0ppg, 3.5rpg and a whopping 5.3apg in the European EuroCup challenge.

Thomas will be the team's fifth American, joining Courtney Fells, Romeo Travis, Joseph Jones and Chaisson Allen.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick



National League Round 3: Four teams remain perfect - by Eurobasket News
National League Regular Season is still in too early stage and there may be still significant changes in the standings.

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Kiryat Tivon as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Kiryat Tivon defeated 8th ranked Hod Hasharon at home 90-78. The game was mostly controlled by Kiryat Tivon. Hod Hasharon managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kiryat Tivon made 35-of-44 free shots (79.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Hod Hasharon turnovers. 35 personal fouls committed by Hod Hasharon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for point guard Lior Segev (190-83, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 6 assists. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) helped adding 18 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Avi Sukar (187-76) with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Hod Hasharon's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kiryat Tivon have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Macc.B.Yaakov. Hod Hasharon at the other side dropped to the seventh place with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Hod Hasharon will play next round against strong Beer Yaakov trying to get back on the winning streak. Kiryat Tivon will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Elitzur Ramla on the road.
Undefeated Hapoel Afula (2-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by twelfth ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (1-2) 90-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Afula. It was an exceptional evening for center Moti Moscovitz (205-85) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Almaad Jackson accounted for 18 points. American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for Hapoel Afula in the defeat. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Hapoel Afula at the other side dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. They share it with Ironi K-A. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido will play against bottom-ranked Lev Hasharon (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Afula will play against Elitzur Yavne (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (2-1) against leader Ironi Nahariya (2-0) on Sunday night. Host Ironi Kiryat Ata was defeated by Ironi Nahariya in a tough game in Kiryat Ata 83-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ironi Kiryat Ata. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Marcus Ginyard who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Tony Younger who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Ironi Nahariya moved-up to third place, which they share with Hapoel T-A. Newly promoted Ironi Kiryat Ata dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. They share it with Hapoel Afula. Ironi Nahariya will meet at home Ironi Ramat Gan (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Kiryat Ata will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Lev Hasharon (0-3) was outscored at home by thirteenth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (1-2) with the biggest margin this round 106-78. It was a good game for Rodney Webb who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ironi Ramat Gan left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. It was Lev Hasharon's third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Nahariya (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lev Hasharon will play against Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 3 Elitzur Ramla won against Hapoel K/S on the opponent's court 81-77. Macc.B.Yaakov outscored Elitzur Yavne in a home game 99-73.


Hapoel Afula - Hapoel Y/M 84-90

Undefeated Hapoel Afula (2-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by twelfth ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (1-2) 90-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Afula. The guests were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 24-17 last quarter charge of Hapoel Afula cut the lead to 90-84 at the end of the game. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Afula's 30. It was an exceptional evening for center Moti Moscovitz (205-85) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. American Almaad Jackson (210-85, college: Tex.A&M-Comm., agency: Lanshire Group) accounted for 18 points for the winning side. American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks and guard Haran Shifman (183-84) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for Hapoel Afula in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Hapoel Afula at the other side dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. They share it with Ironi K-A. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido will play against bottom-ranked Lev Hasharon (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Afula will play against Elitzur Yavne (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Y/M: A.Jackson 18+4reb+3ast, T.Sanders 16+6reb+2ast, M.Moscovitz 16+13reb+1ast, J.Sztarkman 14+6reb+2ast, Z.Ben-Zvi 13+5reb+2ast, H.Barbi 9+5reb+4ast
Hapoel Afula: E.Eliyah 21+1reb, G.Thondique 17+12reb+4ast, H.Shifman 14+5reb+8ast, G.Cohen 12+4reb+4ast, R.LeMelle 12+6reb+1ast, Y.Deri 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 145207


Lev Hasharon - Ironi Ramat Gan 78-106

Bottom-ranked Lev Hasharon (0-3) was outscored at home by thirteenth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (1-2) with the biggest margin this round 106-78. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Ramat Gan. Lev Hasharon was better in second period 29-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Ramat Gan made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Ironi Ramat Gan outrebounded Lev Hasharon 57-21 including a 26-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Power forward Raviv Pitshon (201-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Amit Sela (192-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Uriya Gur (185-86, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 16 points and 4 steals in the effort for Lev Hasharon. Both teams had five 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. Ironi Ramat Gan left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. It was Lev Hasharon's third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Nahariya (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lev Hasharon will play against Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: R.Webb 24+15reb+2ast, D.Davidi 16+3reb+3ast, R.Pitshon 14+15reb+5ast, G.Amitay 12+4reb+1ast, C.Zigdon 10+5reb+2ast, J.Sharper 10+3reb+1ast
Lev Hasharon: U.Gur 16+3reb+1ast, J.Cornley 14+4reb+2ast, A.Sela 14+5reb+1ast, L.Clinch 12+1reb+3ast, O.Shmidt 10+2reb+4ast, A.Borsuk 4
gschID: 145208


Hapoel K/S - Elitzur Ramla 77-81

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Elitzur Ramla and bottom-ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba had identical 0-2 record. But Hapoel Kfar Saba was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Ramla 81-77. Hapoel Kfar Saba was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 24-19 charge of Elitzur Ramla, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. It was a good game for guard Ilan Berkowitz (186-75) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). American forward Ryan Bacon (200-88, college: St.Peter's, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Jer'Vaughn Johnson (198-88, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and guard Or Ron (181-88) added 16 points and 5 assists in the effort for Hapoel Kfar Saba. Five Elitzur Ramla and four Hapoel Kfar Saba players scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla (1-2) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. It was Hapoel Kfar Saba's third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. Elitzur Ramla's next round opponent will be league's leader Kiryat Tivon in Kiryat Tivon and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play on the road against Ironi Nes-Ziona (#12) in Nes Ziyona and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: I.Berkowitz 22+9reb+3ast, R.Bacon 18+11reb+1ast, R.Bishop 14+8reb+4ast, M.Badalov 10+7reb+2ast, O.Cohen 10+3reb+1ast, I.Rejwan 5+2reb
Hapoel K/S: J.Johnson 20+11reb, O.Ron 16+1reb+5ast, B.Tolbert 12+3reb+3ast, M.Marztiano 10+1reb+1ast, H.Karni 8+6reb, E.Rotemberg 7+5reb
gschID: 145204


Kiryat Tivon - Hod Hasharon 90-78

The game had a very big importance for fourth-ranked Kiryat Tivon as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Kiryat Tivon defeated 8th ranked Hod Hasharon at home 90-78. The game was mostly controlled by Kiryat Tivon. Hod Hasharon managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kiryat Tivon made 35-of-44 free shots (79.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Hod Hasharon turnovers. 35 personal fouls committed by Hod Hasharon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for point guard Lior Segev (190-83, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 6 assists. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) helped adding 18 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Avi Sukar (187-76) with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists and Puerto Rican point guard Javier Gonzalez (182-89, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 27 points and 4 steals (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hod Hasharon's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kiryat Tivon have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Macc.B.Yaakov. Hod Hasharon at the other side dropped to the seventh place with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Hod Hasharon will play next round against strong Beer Yaakov trying to get back on the winning streak. Kiryat Tivon will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Elitzur Ramla on the road.
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: L.Segev 24+3reb+6ast, J.Gomes 20+1reb+4ast, R.Clemente 18+13reb+1ast, K.Izik 17+5reb+1ast, B.Hagbi 4+1reb, L.Ariely 3+3reb
Hod Hasharon: J.Gonzalez 27+2reb+2ast, A.Sukar 18+9reb+8ast, C.Dewhurst 12+8reb+3ast, G.Gandel 10+3reb+2ast, S.Permutt 5+2reb, H.Ratner 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 145205


Macc.B.Yaakov - Elitzur Yavne 99-73

Rather predictable result when leader Beer Yaakov (3-0) smashed at home 7th ranked Elitzur Yavne (1-2) 99-73. Elitzur Yavne was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 66-36 second half run of Beer Yaakov. They also forced 19 Elitzur Yavne turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Elitzur Yavne helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) contributed with 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. Guard Nir Golan (180-86) answered with 19 points and 7 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and American forward Kyle Wilson (206-83, college: Wichita St.) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Elitzur Yavne. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Beer Yaakov have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Kiryat Tivon. Elitzur Yavne at the other side keeps the seventh place with two games lost. Beer Yaakov's next round opponent will be Hod Hasharon (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Elitzur Yavne will play against Hapoel Afula and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Macc.B.Yaakov: J.Hall 24+4reb+2ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 23+4reb+4ast, N.Miller 20+11reb+2ast, I.Buchman 12+1reb+3ast, D.Housman 9+3ast, I.Simin 6+1reb
Elitzur Yavne: N.Golan 19+1reb+7ast, K.Wilson 15+5reb, D.Burns 8+3reb+2ast, Z.Volfer 8+4reb+1ast, A.Ohana 7+1reb+1ast, E.Hofman 6+8reb+4ast
gschID: 145206


Ironi K-A - Ironi Nahariya 83-90

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (2-1) against leader Ironi Nahariya (2-0) on Sunday night. Host Ironi Kiryat Ata was defeated by Ironi Nahariya in a tough game in Kiryat Ata 83-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ironi Kiryat Ata. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 30-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ironi Nahariya made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) chipped in 8 points and 16 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Tony Younger (200-80, college: Spring Hill, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Lenny Daniel (201-87, college: Cal.St. Northridge) added 20 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Ironi Nahariya moved-up to third place, which they share with Hapoel T-A. Newly promoted Ironi Kiryat Ata dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. They share it with Hapoel Afula. Ironi Nahariya will meet at home Ironi Ramat Gan (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Kiryat Ata will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: M.Ginyard 22+5reb+3ast, J.Baze 22+1reb, J.Roberts 21+6reb, O.Ben Hemo 9+3ast, E.Traimel 8+16reb+3ast, A.Eliyahu 6+1reb+8ast
Ironi K-A: L.Daniel 20+8reb, A.Nanikashvili 17+2reb+2ast, T.Younger 13+10reb+8ast, G.Halamish 9+2ast, R.Menashe 8+6reb, L.Moran 8
gschID: 145202




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  ITALY   


Datome's 26 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old swingman Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lottomatica and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had the game-high 26 points adding five rebounds for Lottomatica in his team's victory, helping them to beat Fabi Shoes (#13, 1-2) 76-67. Lottomatica is placed at 4th position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Lottomatica will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Datome had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Lottomatica, through which he has constantly improved. Datome has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.3ppg) and averages solid 2.7spg,66.7% FGP and 53.8% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Taquan Dean (193-G-83) of Sidigas AV. He is American-Spanish guard in his 2nd season at Sidigas AV. In the last game Dean recorded impressive 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Sidigas AV cruised to a 83-75 relatively comfortable win over Benetton TV (1-2). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Dean is well-known at Sidigas AV and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.7ppg (#2). He also recorded 3.7 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Von Wafer (196-G-85, agency: VVG Sports) of Vanoli CR (#14). Wafer scored 23 points. Despite Wafer's great performance Vanoli CR lost 89-92 to Banco di Sard. (#5, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Vanoli CR not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Wafer could try to bring Vanoli CR's a little bit higher in the standings. Wafer has individually a great season in Italy. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Linton Johnson (203-F-80) of Sidigas AV - 16 points and 14 rebounds
5. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) of Umana Venezia - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jasmin Perkovic (203-F-80) of Vanoli CR - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jeff Adrien (202-F/C-86) of Benetton TV - 15 points and 13 rebounds
8. Andrija Stipanovic (208-C-86) of Pepsi Caserta - 15 points and 15 rebounds
9. Marko Milic (202-F-77) of Vanoli CR - 20 points and 5 rebounds
10. Aubrey Coleman (193-G-87) of Angelico BI - 12 points, 12 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)


Lega2 round 4 best performance: Donell Taylor - by Eurobasket News
American guard Donell Taylor (198-G-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Trenkwalder, receiving a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Centrale Latte (#2, 3-1) 94-90. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Trenkwalder to take over top position in the Italian Lega2. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Trenkwalder already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Taylor had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Trenkwalder's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Alabama at Birmingham star has very solid stats this year. Taylor is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.3ppg), assists (9th best: 3.3apg) and averages impressive 2.7spg,54.5% FGP and 62.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (193-G/F-76) of Sigma Barcel.. Hicks had a very good evening with 30 points and 8 rebounds. It was enough for Sigma Barcel. to edge the lower-ranked MarcoPoloShop (#11, 1-2) 85-80. This victory allowed Sigma Barcel. to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hicks is well-known at Sigma Barcel. and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Leemire Goldwire (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances) of league's second-best Centrale Latte. Goldwire scored 22 points and passed six assists. Despite Goldwire's great performance Centrale Latte lost 90-94 to #1 ranked Trenkwalder. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Centrale Latte needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Goldwire has a great season in Italy. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (8th best) and assists with 4.5apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tony Easley (206-F-87) of MarcoPoloShop - 23 points and 7 rebounds
5. David Cournooh (190-G-90) of Aget Imola - 25 points and 3 rebounds
6. Clint Cotis Harrison (194-G-76) of Morpho Basket - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. David Brkic (210-F-82) of Prima Veroli - 17 points and 9 rebounds
8. Donte Mathis (190-G-77) of Giorgio Tesi PT - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Paul Marigney (192-G-82) of Givova Scafati - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86) of Enel Brindisi - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 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)


Nazionale A Round 6 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
After 6 rounds played we can already see who rules in the Nazionale A 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 Nazionale A leadership position after last games. The most important game of round 6 was a defeat of league's leader Bari (3-3). They were defeated by top-ranked Omegna (6-0) 96-87 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-87. Omegna made 32-of-35 free shots (91.4 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Bari helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Argentinian power forward Franco Prelazzi (205-79) scored 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Pierpaolo Picazio (193-79, agency: Players Group) chipped in 19 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Marco Bona (194-89) with 22 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Omegna have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record, which they share with Napoli. Newly promoted Bari dropped to the second place with three games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Perugia. Bari will play next round against strong Trento trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Omegna will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Ferentino on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Perugia as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Perugia defeated 4th ranked Anagni at home 78-61. Power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and Davide Poltroneri supported him with 24 points. Even 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) by naturalized Argentinian center Diego Corral (205-86, agency: Players Group) did not help to save the game for Anagni. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 4 other teams. Anagni at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Anagni will play next round against strong Comsum.it SI trying to get back on the winning streak. Perugia will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Napoli on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Trieste (4-2) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Napoli (6-0) 86-82. The best player for the winners was Bernardo Musso who had a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was Luca Gandini who recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds. Undefeated Napoli have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Napoli maintains first position with 6-0 record, which they share with Omegna. Loser Trieste still keeps top place with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Napoli will meet at home league's leader Perugia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Trieste will play against Orlandina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
And what about another game where Recanati (#1) beat Treviglio 67-59 on the road. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Treviglio. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a good game for Alessandro Cecchetti who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Recanati have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-2 record, which they share with 4 other teams. Treviglio at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. Recanati's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Casalpusterlengo at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Treviglio will play against Fabriano.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Orlandina (4-2) against sixth ranked Firenze (2-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Orlandina was defeated by Firenze in Firenze 79-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Orlandina. Alessandro Amici scored 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Orlandina's coach Giovanni Perdichizzi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Firenze moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams. Orlandina at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still keeps top position with two games lost. Firenze will face Ruvo (#6) in Ruvo di Puglia in the next round. Orlandina will play at home against the league's second-placed Trieste (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 6: Chieti lost to Torino on the opponent's court 77-83. Santarcangelo managed to outperform Ruvo in a home game 73-63. San Severo was rolled over Casalpusterlengo on the road 92-72. Pavia defeated Fabriano on its own court 71-62. Ferentino was smashed by Castelletto in a road game 94-70. Trento lost to Matera at home 78-96. Latina Basket unfortunately lost to Comsum.it SI on the opponent's court 65-74.


Torino - Chieti 83-77

There was a minor upset when one of their biggest challengers Chieti (2-4) was defeated on the road by third ranked Torino (5-1) 83-77 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 34-23 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Marco Portannese (192-89, agency: Players Group) scored 23 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized San Marino Federico Tassinari (195-77, agency: Players Group) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) with 9 points and 12 rebounds and forward Roberto Feliciangeli (203-74) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Chieti players scored in double figures. Torino have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Casalpusterlengo. Newly promoted Chieti keeps the third position with four games lost. Torino will face Latina Basket (#5) on the road in the next round. Chieti will play against Castelletto.
Top scorers:
Torino: M.Portannese 23+6reb, F.Tassinari 17+7reb, D.Parente 15+5reb+2ast, C.Masper 9+3reb+2ast, L.Fontecchio 9+4reb, M.Giadini 8+4reb
Chieti: A.Raschi 14, S.Rajola 13+4reb+1ast, R.Feliciangeli 12+7reb, F.Gialloreto 10+3reb+2ast, E.Rossi 9+12reb, A.Martelli 9+3reb
gschID: 135628


Perugia - Anagni 78-61

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Perugia as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Perugia defeated 4th ranked Anagni at home 78-61. The game was mostly controlled by Perugia. Anagni was better in second period 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Perugia had a 27-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. Anagni was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and Davide Poltroneri (195-85) supported him with 24 points. Four Perugia players scored in double figures. Even 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) by naturalized Argentinian center Diego Corral (205-86, agency: Players Group) did not help to save the game for Anagni. The former international guard Andrea Malamov (196-83) added 17 points. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 4 other teams. Anagni at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Anagni will play next round against strong Comsum.it SI trying to get back on the winning streak. Perugia will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Napoli on the road.
Top scorers:
Perugia: D.Poltroneri 24+2reb, M.Caroldi 15+2reb+2ast, F.Baldi Rossi 15+12reb, R.Truccolo 10+2reb+2ast, L.Bisconti 8+11reb+1ast, O.Kuschev 2+1reb
Anagni: A.Malamov 17+3reb, D.Corral 15+6reb, R.Santolamazza 10+2reb+2ast, M.Baroncelli 8+1reb, F.Vanni 4+3reb, A.Zanelli 3+4reb
gschID: 135629


Trieste - Napoli 82-86

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Trieste (4-2) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Napoli (6-0) 86-82. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 37-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Napoli shot 61.5 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Napoli especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Luca Gandini (205-85) who recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds and the former international point guard Marco Carra (185-80) added 19 points and 5 steals respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Napoli have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Napoli maintains first position with 6-0 record, which they share with Omegna. Loser Trieste still keeps top place with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Napoli will meet at home league's leader Perugia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Trieste will play against Orlandina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Napoli: B.Musso 32+10reb+5ast, A.Iannilli 13+5reb+2ast, N.Rizzitiello 12+6reb, S.Lenardon 10+1reb+1ast, N.Sabbatino 7+1reb+1ast, P.Rotondo 6+2reb
Trieste: M.Carra 19+2reb+1ast, A.Moruzzi 14+4reb+2ast, L.Gandini 13+9reb, D.Mastrangelo 11+3reb, M.Ruzzier 9+1reb, I.Ferraro 6+9reb+2ast
gschID: 135621


Firenze - Orlandina 79-68

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Orlandina (4-2) against sixth ranked Firenze (2-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Orlandina was defeated by Firenze in Firenze 79-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Orlandina. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-68. Firenze made 29-of-34 free shots (85.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Orlandina turnovers. Orlandina was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Andrea Giampaoli (185-90) chipped in 16 points during the contest. Four Firenze players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Andrea Benevelli (202-85) with 20 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Nicholas Crow (199-89) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Orlandina's coach Giovanni Perdichizzi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Firenze moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams. Orlandina at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still keeps top position with two games lost. Firenze will face Ruvo (#6) in Ruvo di Puglia in the next round. Orlandina will play at home against the league's second-placed Trieste (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Firenze: A.Amici 22+7reb+3ast, A.Giampaoli 16+3reb+2ast, D.Scodavolpe 15+1reb+2ast, S.Rabaglietti 10+2reb+1ast, A.Capitanelli 8+8reb+1ast, S.Spizzichini 4+5reb
Orlandina: A.Benevelli 20+8reb, N.Crow 15+9reb+1ast, T.De Min 10+4reb+1ast, F.Zanelli 9+1reb+2ast, F.Alessandri 7+2reb+3ast, M.Cardinali 4+1ast
gschID: 135622


Santarcangelo - Ruvo 73-63

There was a small surprise in Sant'Arcangelo where sixth ranked Santarcangelo (2-4) defeated bottom-ranked Ruvo (0-6) 73-63 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Santarcangelo. Ruvo was better in third quarter 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Santarcangelo forced 27 Ruvo turnovers. Forward Giorgio Broglia (198-86) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Eugenio Rivali (178-86) chipped in 11 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Latvian forward Gints Antrops (202-82, agency: Interperformances) with 15 points and Marco Tagliabue (206-86) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Four Ruvo players scored in double figures. Santarcangelo moved-up to third place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Ruvo still closes the standings with six games lost. Santarcangelo will face Mazzeo San Severo (#4) on the road in the next round. Ruvo will play against Firenze and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Santarcangelo: L.Bedetti 13+2reb, G.Broglia 11+6reb+2ast, E.Rivali 11+2reb+3ast, J.Silimbani 9+3reb, M.Bonaiuti 7+2reb+1ast, N.Italiano 7+4reb
Ruvo: G.Antrops 15+3reb, P.de Martino 15+2reb, G.Valesin 11+4reb+1ast, M.Tagliabue 10+6reb+1ast, T.Laquintana 6+1reb+1ast, G.Tomasiello 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 135623


Casalpusterlengo - San Severo 92-72

Not a big story in a game when one of their biggest challengers Mazzeo San Severo (2-4) was rolled over on the road by second ranked Casalpusterlengo (5-1) 92-72 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Casalpusterlengo. Mazzeo San Severo was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Mazzeo San Severo 41-25 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Casalpusterlengo shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. Guard Federico Loschi (195-90) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Cameroonian center Paul Biligha (200-90, agency: Players Group) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Casalpusterlengo players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Giovanni Fattori (202-85) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Giovanni Rugolo (196-81) scored 19 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Casalpusterlengo have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 5-1 record behind leader Perugia, which they share with Torino. Loser Mazzeo San Severo dropped to the third place with four games lost. Casalpusterlengo will face league's leader Recanati on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Santarcangelo in Sant'Arcangelo and be promoted back to the Lega2 just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: F.Loschi 18+4reb+2ast, R.Casagrande 14+7reb+1ast, A.Chiumenti 14+6reb+2ast, M.Venuto 13+2reb+5ast, P.Biligha 10+9reb+3ast, R.Castelli 10+2reb+1ast
San Severo: G.Rugolo 19+2reb+1ast, G.Fattori 17+10reb+1ast, R.Marzoli 16+1reb+2ast, F.Amoroso 9+4reb+3ast, F.Candido 6+6reb+1ast, F.Lovatti 3+1ast
gschID: 135624


Treviglio - Recanati 59-67

And what about another game where Recanati (#1) beat Treviglio 67-59 on the road. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Treviglio. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Treviglio was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 24-11 charge of Recanati, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Treviglio 40-28 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for power forward Alessandro Cecchetti (200-91) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Four Recanati players scored in double figures. Swingman Andrea Vitale (199-82, agency: Interperformances) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and center Jacopo Borra (212-90) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Treviglio. Recanati have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-2 record, which they share with 4 other teams. Treviglio at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. Recanati's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Casalpusterlengo at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Treviglio will play against Fabriano.
Top scorers:
Recanati: M.Evangelisti 13+4reb+2ast, A.Cecchetti 12+9reb, A.Pierini 10+6reb, M.Ceron 10+2reb+2ast, S.Centanni 8+5reb+1ast, F.Gilardi 7+5reb+1ast
Treviglio: A.Vitale 18+6reb+3ast, G.Zanella 13+6reb, J.Borra 12+8reb, A.Fabi 8+2reb+3ast, M.Planezio 5, N.Cazzolato 3+5reb+4ast
gschID: 135625


Pavia - Fabriano 71-62

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked Pavia (3-3) beat at home bottom-ranked Fabriano (0-6) 71-62 on Sunday. The game without a history. Pavia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Pavia forced 20 Fabriano turnovers. Forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89) scored 16 points to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Roberto Cazzaniga (205-78) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Giorgio Sgobba (202-92) with 20 points and 5 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and naturalized Argentinian point guard Nicolas Manuel Stanic (177-84, agency: Players Group) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Pavia moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams. Newly promoted Fabriano still closes the standings with six games lost. Pavia will face Matera (#6) on the road in the next round. Fabriano will play against Treviglio and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Pavia: R.Pederzini 16+3reb+2ast, R.Cazzaniga 13+7reb, S.Borgna 12, L.Furlanetto 10+4reb+1ast, D.Bozzetto 8+5reb, R.Maggio 7+3reb+3ast
Fabriano: G.Sgobba 20+5reb+1ast, N.Manuel Stanic 10+5reb+4ast, L.Usberti 9+3reb, M.Gigena 9+6reb+2ast, A.Iardella 8+1reb+3ast, M.Trapella 4+5reb
gschID: 135626


Castelletto - Ferentino 94-70

There was an upset when second-best Ferentino (4-2) was outplayed on the road by sixth ranked Castelletto (3-3) 94-70 on Sunday. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Castelletto. Ferentino was better in fourth quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Castelletto dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Ferentino's 32. Castelletto forced 23 Ferentino turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Castelletto especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) scored 17 points, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and center Matteo Raminelli (203-83) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Castelletto players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-86) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Castelletto moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Ferentino still keeps top position with two games lost. Castelletto will face Chieti (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ferentino will play against the league's leader Omegna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Castelletto: S.Ferrarese 17+1reb+6ast, F.Dri 17+2ast, M.Raminelli 14+6reb+1ast, M.Cucinelli 11+3reb, L.Marmugi 11+2reb+1ast, S.Cotani 10+4reb+3ast
Ferentino: M.Carrizo 14+4reb+3ast, F.Guarino 11+2reb+3ast, F.Ihedioha 10+11reb+2ast, L.Pongetti 9+1reb, L.Ianes 9+4reb, S.Bonfiglio 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 135627


Trento - Matera 78-96

There was a surprise result when sixth ranked Matera (1-5) won against on the road second-best Trento (3-3) 96-78 on Saturday. The game without a history. Matera led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Matera forced 21 Trento turnovers and had a 40-29 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. Trento was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Gianni Cantagalli (196-88, agency: Players Group) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Andrea LaGioia (194-86, agency: Players Group) chipped in 22 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Marco Pazzi (203-79) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian point guard Andres Forray (187-86) scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Matera maintains sixth position with 1-5 record. Loser Trento keeps the second place with three games lost. Matera will face higher ranked Pavia (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Trento will play against the league's second-placed Bari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Matera: A.LaGioia 22+11reb, G.Cantagalli 21+13reb+1ast, S.Vico 16+2reb+8ast, A.Pilotti 13+12reb+2ast, C.Grappasonni 12+9reb, L.Tardito 6+6reb+1ast
Trento: M.Negri 15+4reb, M.Pazzi 14+10reb+1ast, S.Fiorito 14+3reb+2ast, D.Pascolo 11+11reb, A.Forray 10+7reb+5ast, W.Santarossa 9+6reb
gschID: 135618


Omegna - Bari 96-87

There was a change at the Nazionale A leadership position after last games. The most important game of round 6 was a defeat of league's leader Bari (3-3). They were defeated by top-ranked Omegna (6-0) 96-87 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-87. Omegna made 32-of-35 free shots (91.4 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Bari helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Naturalized Argentinian power forward Franco Prelazzi (205-79) scored 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Pierpaolo Picazio (193-79, agency: Players Group) chipped in 19 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) during the contest. Five Omegna players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Marco Bona (194-89) with 22 points and center Domenico Morena (210-70) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Omegna have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record, which they share with Napoli. Newly promoted Bari dropped to the second place with three games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Perugia. Bari will play next round against strong Trento trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Omegna will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Ferentino on the road.
Top scorers:
Omegna: F.Prelazzi 21+4reb, P.Picazio 19+3reb+1ast, D.Casadei 14+5reb, T.Raspino 12+4reb+1ast, M.Bertolazzi 11+3reb+8ast, A.Saccaggi 6+1reb+3ast
Bari: M.Bona 22+4reb, A.Ruggiero 13+2reb+1ast, S.Gigena 10+4reb+1ast, M.Cardillo 9+7reb+2ast, D.Morena 9+6reb+3ast, F.Mian 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 135619


Comsum.it SI - Latina Basket 74-65

Everything could happen in Siena at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Comsum.it SI and 5th ranked Latina Basket had identical 2-3 record. This time Comsum.it SI used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Latina 74-65 on Saturday night. Latina Basket was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Center Amedeo Tessitori (203-94) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Nicola Mei (186-85) chipped in 22 points, 5 assists and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) with 21 points and 5 rebounds and Riccardo Romano (191-84) scored 13 points. Comsum.it SI (3-3) moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Latina Basket dropped to the third position with four games lost. Comsum.it SI will face Anagni (#4) on the road in the next round. Latina Basket will play against Torino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Comsum.it SI: N.Mei 22+2reb+5ast, A.Tessitori 19+12reb+3ast, S.Simeoli 14+6reb+3ast, M.Pascolo 9+2reb+1ast, G.Spizzichini 6+3reb, M.Cucco 2
Latina Basket: M.Micevic 21+5reb, R.Romano 13+4reb, R.Tavernelli 9+3reb, T.Milani 8+1reb, A.Quarisa 7+5reb, R.Serena 5+1ast
gschID: 135620




stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Musso, Napoli19.8 
 2. Mei, Comsum.it SI17.7 
 3. Evangelisti, Recan.17.7 
 4. Benevelli, Orlandi.17.3 
 5. Portannese, Torino17.2 
 6. Cantagalli, Matera16.3 
 7. Carra, Trieste16.3 
 8. Micevic, Latina B.15.8 
 9. Ferrarese, Castell.15.5 
 10. Fabi, Treviglio15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.0 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli10.8 
 3. Benevelli, Orlandi.10.2 
 4. Tessitori, Comsum..9.0 
 5. Crow, Orlandina8.8 
 6. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.2 
 7. Pazzi, Trento8.2 
 8. Ferraro, Trieste8.0 
 9. Gandini, Trieste7.8 
 10. Capitanelli, Fire.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna5.8 
 2. Stanic, Fabriano5.0 
 3. Musso, Napoli4.0 
 4. Malamov, Anagni4.0 
 5. Vico, Matera3.8 
 6. Rivali, Santarcang.3.8 
 7. Venuto, Casalp.3.7 
 8. Ferrarese, Castell.3.7 
 9. Caroldi, Perugia3.5 
 10. Conte, Trento3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Iardella, Fabriano4.7 
 2. Guarino, Ferentino4.2 
 3. Malamov, Anagni3.7 
 4. Cazzaniga, Pavia3.7 
 5. Musso, Napoli3.7 
 6. Vico, Matera3.3 
 7. Raspino, Omegna3.2 
 8. Mei, Comsum.it SI3.2 
 9. Cazzolato, Trevigl.3.2 
 10. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ANCELLOTTI
  Santar.
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Ancellotti, Santar.1.5 
 2. Capitanelli, Firen.1.5 
 3. Raminelli, Castell.1.3 
 4. Cotani, Castelletto1.2 
 5. Pascolo, Trento1.2 
 6. Bozzetto, Pavia1.0 
 7. Candido, San Seve.1.0 
 8. Trapella, Fabriano1.0 
 9. Tessitori, Comsum..0.8 
 10. Quarisa, Latina B.0.8 


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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Taquan DEAN
  Sidigas AV
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Dean, Sidigas AV21.7 
 2. Smith, Pepsi C.20.0 
 3. Datome, Lottomat.19.3 
 4. Pullen, Angelico BI19.3 
 5. Wafer, Vanoli CR19.0 
 6. Clark, Umana V.18.5 
 7. Collins, Pepsi C.18.5 
 8. Temple, Novipiu CM18.0 
 9. Diener, Banco d.17.7 
 10. Diener, Banco d.17.3 
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. Stipanovic, Pepsi10.0 
 6. Homan, CS Bologna9.3 
 7. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.7 
 8. Smith, Pepsi C.8.0 
 9. Miralles, Angelico.7.7 
 10. Micov, Bennet C.7.7 
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. McIntyre, CS Bo.4.3 
 7. Temple, Novipiu CM4.3 
 8. Brown, Banca T.4.3 
 9. Clark, Umana V.4.0 
 10. Dean, Sidigas AV3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Linton JOHNSON
  Sidigas AV
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Johnson, Sidigas3.7 
 2. Pullen, Angelico BI3.0 
 3. Bowers, Umana V.3.0 
 4. Tucker, Lottomat.2.7 
 5. Sanikidze, CS Bo.2.7 
 6. Cook, Armani MI2.7 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV2.7 
 8. Datome, Lottomat.2.7 
 9. Green, Sidigas AV2.7 
 10. Lydeka, Scavolin.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marco CUSIN
  Scavolini PS
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Cusin, Scavolini PS2.0 
 2. Andersen, Montepa.1.3 
 3. Summers, Montepas.1.0 
 4. Sandri, Benetton1.0 
 5. Gallinari, Armani1.0 
 6. Shermadini, Bennet1.0 
 7. Johnson, Sidigas1.0 
 8. Lavrinovic, Montep.1.0 
 9. Stipanovic, Pepsi1.0 
 10. Crosariol, Lottom.1.0 


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 


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 


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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 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Kosuke KANAMARU
  Panasoni.
  (193-F/G-89)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Kanamaru, Panasoni.18.3 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH17.5 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.16.3 
 4. Kawamura, Tochigi16.2 
 5. Takeuchi, Hitac.15.2 
 6. Orimo, Hokkaido L.15.2 
 7. Klette, Hokkaido L.14.2 
 8. Diouf, Hokkaido L.13.8 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.8 
 10. Nishimura, Hitac.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.0 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.10.2 
 3. O''Bannon, Panason.9.2 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota A.9.0 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.8 
 6. Moss, Toshiba BT8.8 
 7. Allen, Mitsubis.7.8 
 8. Takeuchi, Toyota7.3 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.7.2 
 10. Lewis, Hokkaido L.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Hidenori KASHIWAKURA
  Hitac.
  (174-G-80)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Kashiwakura, Hitac.4.3 
 2. Igarashi, Mitsubis.4.0 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido L.3.8 
 4. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.2 
 5. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.2 
 6. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.0 
 7. Nishimura, Hitac.2.8 
 8. Tabuse, Tochigi2.8 
 9. Ito, Toyota Alvark2.7 
 10. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin S.
  (183-PG-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.2 
 2. Sato, Hitachi SR1.8 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.8 
 4. Igarashi, Mitsubis.1.5 
 5. Kobayashi, Hitac.1.5 
 6. Tabuse, Tochigi1.4 
 7. Kawamura, Tochigi1.4 
 8. Nishimura, Hitac.1.3 
 9. Kikuchi, Toshiba BT1.3 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  Aishin S.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Richardson, Aishin2.0 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.8 
 3. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.3 
 4. Takeuchi, Toyota1.2 
 5. Young, Aishin SH1.2 
 6. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.0 
 7. Allen, Mitsubis.1.0 
 8. Uzawa, Mitsubis.0.8 
 9. Hinkley, Tochigi B.0.8 
 10. Aono, Panasonic0.7 


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: Rodolfo Alejandro carries Philippines past Japan - by Eurobasket News
Philippines U16 - Japan U16 83:72

Philippines entered the U16 Asia Championship quarterfinal stage undefeated. They wrapped up their Qualifying Round campaign with victory over Japan. Rodolfo Alejandro (175-G-95) stepped up with 36 points to lead the winners. Philippines thus clinched the top spot in Group F. Japan finished second with only one loss to their record.
Japan overcame a sloppy start to take a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. But Philippines pulled ahead early in the second term. They finished the half strongly establishing a 48:36 lead. Philippines kept Japan at bay throughout the third term. They arrived at the final break up by as many as 13 points 70:57. The margin grew at 16-point mark midway through the final stanza. Japan went on an 11:6 run late in the game but it just sweetened the pill for Hideki Togashi team. Adven Diputado (173-PG-95) provided 14 points, while Janhubert Cani (178-PG-95) added 10 points for the winners. Yusei Sugiura (194-C-95) answered with 30 points for Japan. Yudai Baba (190-F-95) had 26 points in the loss.

Philippines U16: Rodolfo Alejandro 36, Adven Diputado 14, Janhubert Cani 10
Japan U16: Yusei Sugiura 30, Yudai Baba 26


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Wendell WHITE
  Oita H.
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. White, Oita H.24.3 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka24.3 
 3. Hargrow, Chiba J.24.3 
 4. Parker, Shimane SM24.0 
 5. Flowers, Saitama21.5 
 6. Washington, Osaka20.8 
 7. Staten, Chiba Jets20.0 
 8. Roberts, Shins.19.5 
 9. Okosa, Okinawa GK19.3 
 10. Lyons, Miyazaki19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff NEWTON
  Okinawa GK
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Newton, Okinawa GK12.7 
 2. Holm, Niigata Albi.12.5 
 3. Ocitti, Akita NH12.0 
 4. Rickert, Kyoto H.11.8 
 5. Washington, Osaka11.8 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers11.3 
 7. Dora, Miyazaki SS11.3 
 8. Palmer, Fukuoka11.0 
 9. Roberts, Shins.10.5 
 10. White, Oita H.10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Edward YAMAMOTO
  Shima.
  (173-PG-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Yamamoto, Shima.9.0 
 2. Satterfield, Saita.6.8 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.5 
 4. Namizato, Okina.5.3 
 5. Takushi, Oita H.5.0 
 6. Hamilton, Fukuok.5.0 
 7. Murry, Niigata5.0 
 8. Kabaya, Yokohama.4.8 
 9. Saito, Shinshu BW4.5 
 10. Ogawa, Shiga L.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets3.0 
 2. Okosa, Okinawa GK2.3 
 3. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.3 
 4. Simmons, Yokohama.2.2 
 5. Peppers, Shiga L.2.0 
 6. Dukes, Sendai 89e.2.0 
 7. Golson, Shimane SM2.0 
 8. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.0 
 9. Ohguchi, Hamamats.2.0 
 10. Parker, Shimane SM1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Lawrence BLACKLEDGE
  Osaka E.
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Blackledge, Osaka5.5 
 2. Davis, Shimane SM3.8 
 3. Hughes, Shinshu BW3.0 
 4. Marshall, Osaka E.2.8 
 5. Ashby, Shiga L.2.5 
 6. Flowers, Saitama2.0 
 7. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 8. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.8 
 9. Ocitti, Akita NH1.8 
 10. Singleton, Sendai1.7 


BJ League Round 5: Shimane SM is perfect - by Eurobasket News
Round 5 means everything may happen in BJ League as the season just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Round 5 in BJ League means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Osaka where host Osaka Evessa (3-1) beat league's leader Okinawa GK (3-1) 74-65 in overtime on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 18-9. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Osaka Evessa made 14 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette) chipped in 10 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: VVG Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds for the guests. Osaka Evessa keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Okinawa GK. Okinawa GK will play next round against Kyoto Hannar. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Osaka Evessa will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Shimane Magic on the road.
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Akita Happinets as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Okinawa GK) loss. Akita Happinets defeated bottom-ranked Iwate Big Bulls at home 76-65. American guard Michael Gardener (182-81, college: SE Louisiana) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Stanley Ocitti contributed with 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 18 points for Iwate Big Bulls. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 5 other teams. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Miyazaki SS and Takamatsu FA. Iwate Big Bulls will play next round against Saitama Broncos trying to get back on the winning streak. Akita Happinets will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Sendai 89ers on the road.
Undefeated Chiba Jets (3-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by sixth ranked Yokohama BC (3-3) 81-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chiba Jets. The game was dominated by American players. Marcus Simmons stepped up and scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Maurice Hargrow responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Yokohama BC moved-up to fourth place. Loser Chiba Jets still keep top position with one game lost. They share it with 5 other teams. Yokohama BC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Chiba Jets will play against Takamatsu FA and hope to secure a win.

Other games of round 5 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Shimane SM crushed Takamatsu FA in a road game 101-63. Winless Miyazaki SS was smashed by Fukuoka Rizing at home 59-88. Sendai 89ers was destroyed by Hamamatsu P. on the opponent's court 84-55. Shiga L-Stars managed to outperform Oita H.Devils in a home game 96-92. Toyama Grouses managed to beat Kyoto Hannar. on the road 73-69. Shinshu BW defeated Saitama Bron. on its own court 84-79.
The best stats of 5th round was 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Wayne Arnold of Hamamatsu P..


Osaka Evessa - Okinawa GK 74-65 OT

Round 5 in BJ League means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Osaka where host Osaka Evessa (3-1) beat league's leader Okinawa GK (3-1) 74-65 in overtime on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 18-9. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Osaka Evessa made 14 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: VVG Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds and American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Osaka Evessa keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Okinawa GK. Okinawa GK will play next round against Kyoto Hannar. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Osaka Evessa will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Shimane Magic on the road.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 21+16reb+3ast, C.Aoki 18+3reb+2ast, W.Marshall 11+7reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 10+12reb+3ast, S.Takeda 8+1reb, S.Konno 4+1reb
Okinawa GK: R.Okosa 23+16reb, A.McHenry 17+6reb+3ast, M.Yamauchi 8+1ast, N.Namizato 7+5reb+1ast, J.Newton 6+18reb+1ast, D.Larkai 2+2reb
gschID: 141883


Takamatsu FA - Shimane SM 63-101

There was no surprise when bottom-ranked Takamatsu FA (0-4) was crushed at home by leader Shimane Magic (4-0) 101-63 on Sunday. The game without a history. Shimane Magic led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Takamatsu FA's 42. Shimane Magic forced 19 Takamatsu FA turnovers and outrebounded them 43-32 including 33 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Takamatsu FA's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 7 blocks. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. Center Jeral Davis (216-84) chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Shimane Magic have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Takamatsu FA still closes the standings with four games lost. Shimane Magic will face league's second-placed Osaka Evessa at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Takamatsu FA will play against the league's second-placed Chiba Jets (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 22+8reb+1ast, T.Yokoo 15+4reb+3ast, E.Yamamoto 12+2reb+7ast, J.Davis 12+9reb+1ast, M.Williams 9+1reb+1ast, J.Nakama 9+5reb+5ast
Takamatsu FA: P.Butorac 20+10reb+1ast, N.Williams 16+5reb, M.Nunnally 13+7reb+1ast, K.Tsutsumi 6+1reb+1ast, H.Kikuchi 4+2reb+2ast, S.Takada 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 141884


Miyazaki SS - Fukuoka Rizing 59-88

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (2-2) smashed on the road bottom-ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (0-4) 88-59 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 19-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-59. Fukuoka Rizing dominated on the defensive end, holding Miyazaki Shining Suns to just 3 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 28. They outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 49-32 including a 40-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M - C.C., agency: VVG Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. American swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns still closes the standings with four games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face higher ranked Shiga L-Stars (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Oita Heat Devils (#7) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: K.Palmer 26+16reb+2ast, G.Hamilton 13+9reb+3ast, A.Takeno 12+1reb+3ast, C.Dixon 11+4reb+1ast, G.Inman 9+5reb+1ast, S.Ishitani 7+4reb+1ast
Miyazaki SS: D.Lyons 14+6reb+2ast, T.Shimizu 13+4reb+4ast, I.Harris 13+5reb+2ast, Y.Tsubasa 13+2reb+1ast, D.Dora 5+8reb+4ast, Y.Kojima 1+5reb
gschID: 141885


Chiba Jets - Yokohama BC 61-81

Undefeated Chiba Jets (3-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by sixth ranked Yokohama BC (3-3) 81-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chiba Jets. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Yokohama BC's pressure prevailed and they won that period 25-11 extending their advantage to 20 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Chiba Jets' 26. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Marcus Simmons (198-88, college: USC) stepped up and scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and center Chas McFarland (213-86, college: Wake Forest) chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds. Five Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and center George Leach (210-81, college: Indiana) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Yokohama BC moved-up to fourth place. Loser Chiba Jets still keep top position with one game lost. They share it with 5 other teams. Yokohama BC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Chiba Jets will play against Takamatsu FA and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: M.Simmons 16+8reb+6ast, J.Burrell 13+8reb+1ast, P.Faye 12+8reb, S.Hisayama 12+2reb, C.McFarland 10+12reb+1ast, K.Yamada 10+1reb+1ast
Chiba Jets: G.Leach 16+5reb+1ast, M.Hargrow 14+8reb+2ast, J.Staten 12+3reb+3ast, T.Ishida 7, H.Sato 5+2reb+1ast, T.Nakamura 4+2reb
gschID: 141879


Hamamatsu P. - Sendai 89ers 84-55

There was an upset in Mikawa where second-ranked Sendai 89ers (3-1) were rolled over by ninth ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (2-4) 84-55 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Hamamatsu Phoenix. Sendai 89ers was better in third quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hamamatsu Phoenix forced 20 Sendai 89ers turnovers. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) who scored 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Dynamics Global Management) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Five Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Forward Oneal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Defending champion maintains ninth place with 2-4 record. Loser Sendai 89ers still keep top position with one game lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round. Sendai 89ers will play at home against the league's leader Akita Happinets and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: W.Arnold 28+8reb+4ast, S.Nakanishi 16+7reb, J.Dixon 14+5reb+5ast, J.Parmer 12+12reb+1ast, A.Ohta 10+10reb+1ast, Y.Yamaguchi 4+1reb+4ast
Sendai 89ers: J.Dukes 15+5reb+4ast, O.Mims 14+13reb+2ast, D.Fitzgerald 10+5reb+1ast, T.Shimura 9+6reb+4ast, H.Kusaka 5+3reb+1ast, R.Singleton 2+4reb
gschID: 141880


Shiga L-Stars - Oita H.Devils 96-92

Rather predictable result when third ranked Shiga L-Stars (3-1) beat at home 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (1-3) 96-92 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Oita Heat Devils were trailing by 11 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 25-19 charge of Shiga L-Stars, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Shinya Ogawa (183-83) who scored 20 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) added 19 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Shiga L-Stars have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Oita Heat Devils keep the seventh place with three games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face Fukuoka Rizing (#5) on the road in the next round. Oita Heat Devils will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: S.Ogawa 20+3reb+6ast, J.Peppers 20+2reb+1ast, D.Gomez Camargo 16+12reb+1ast, Y.Okada 16+1reb, R.Nixon 8+5reb+3ast, J.Ashby 8+5reb+2ast
Oita H.Devils: W.White 25+10reb+2ast, M.Lottich 21+5reb+2ast, T.Cummings 19+12reb+1ast, M.Ohara 8+1reb+1ast, K.Mitomo 7, D.Hayakawa 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 141881


Kyoto Hannar. - Toyama Grouses 69-73

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (2-2) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Toyama Grouses (2-2) 73-69 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kyoto Hannar. won third quarter 20-17. 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 Toyama Grouses made 7 blocks. Kyoto Hannar. was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward Devin Searcy (208-89, college: Dayton, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds and guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Toyama Grouses moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Kyoto Hannar. Toyama Grouses will face Shinshu BW (#8) in Nagano in the next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play on the road against Okinawa GK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: H.Johnson 15+12reb+3ast, D.Searcy 13+11reb, T.Mito 12+2reb+2ast, B.Harper 11+4reb, I.Brown 10+3reb+2ast, M.Joho 9+7reb+5ast
Kyoto Hannar.: J.Boyette 17+8reb+4ast, R.Rickert 13+15reb+3ast, L.Cummard 12+7reb, N.Nakamura 10+3reb, Y.Inoue 7+2reb, K.Setoyama 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 141882


Akita NH - Iwate Big Bulls 76-65

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Akita Happinets as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Okinawa GK) loss. Akita Happinets defeated bottom-ranked Iwate Big Bulls at home 76-65. Iwate Big Bulls were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Michael Gardener (182-81, college: SE Louisiana) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Dutch-American power forward Stanley Ocitti (203-80, college: Binghamton) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 18 points and guard Makoto Sawaguchi (184-91) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Iwate Big Bulls. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 5 other teams. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Miyazaki SS and Takamatsu FA. Iwate Big Bulls will play next round against Saitama Broncos trying to get back on the winning streak. Akita Happinets will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Sendai 89ers on the road.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: M.Gardener 30+11reb+4ast, S.Ocitti 17+13reb+2ast, K.Shoji 12+2reb+1ast, D.Sweetney 8+8reb+2ast, B.Wallace 4+4reb, Y.Kikuchi 3+3reb+2ast
Iwate Big Bulls: T.Kennedy 18+4reb+2ast, M.Sawaguchi 17+5reb+2ast, H.Kantake 9+5reb+3ast, L.Malloy 7+13reb+2ast, J.Shin 6+3reb+1ast, Y.Yamamoto 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 141877


Shinshu BW - Saitama Bron. 84-79

There was a small surprise in Nagano where seventh ranked Shinshu BW (2-2) won against 4th placed Saitama Broncos (2-2) 84-79 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Saitama Broncos won third quarter 27-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Shinshu BW especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Five Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) added 18 points and 9 assists respectively for the guests. Shinshu BW moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Saitama Broncos. Shinshu BW will face Toyama Grouses (#7) on the road in the next round. Saitama Broncos will play against Iwate Big Bulls.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: D.Raivio 19+2reb+2ast, E.Morris 17+7reb+3ast, L.Roberts 16+11reb+1ast, T.Saito 11+4reb+3ast, T.Hughes 11+7reb+1ast, S.Yosuke 8+1reb+1ast
Saitama Bron.: J.Flowers 19+10reb+4ast, J.Humphrey 18+5reb+3ast, K.Satterfield 18+3reb+9ast, D.Terashita 9+3reb+2ast, Y.Kitamuki 8+2reb+1ast, G.Hughes 4+7reb
gschID: 141878




Toyota Alvark conquer JBL - by Eurobasket News
After 3 rounds played we can already see who rules in the JBL and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most interesting game of round 3 was a home defeat of 6th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (3-4) by fourth ranked Hokkaido L. (4-3) who outscored them by 20 points 94-74 in the game for the fourth place. The game without a history. Hokkaido L. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Mitsubishi Dolphins' 32 and made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Mitsubishi Dolphins 40-25 including a 32-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) helped adding 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) with 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hokkaido L. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 4-3 record. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Hokkaido L. are looking forward to face league's leader Toyota Alvark in Fuchu in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play on the road against Toshiba Thunders (#8) in Kanagawa and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Osaka: Hitachi Sunrockers (#2) and Panasonic Trians (#5). Panasonic Trians were defeated at home 64-72 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It was an exceptional evening for international power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) who led the winners and scored 7 points and 11 rebounds. Christian Maraker accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds. International guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for Panasonic Trians in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 5-1 record behind leader Toyota Alvark. Panasonic Trians at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will play against Tochigi Brex (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Panasonic Trians will play against Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and hope to get back on the winning track.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Osaka: Hitachi Sunrockers (#2) and Panasonic Trians (#5). Panasonic Trians were defeated at home 71-78 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The best player for the winners was Joji Takeuchi who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Kosuke Kanamaru who recorded 27 points and 5 rebounds (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 5-1 record behind leader Toyota Alvark. Loser Panasonic Trians dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will meet at home Tochigi Brex (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Panasonic Trians will play against Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and hope to secure a win.
JBL top team - Toyota Alvark (6-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Toshiba Thunders (0-6) in Fuchu 81-61. It was a good game for Jeff Gibbs who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Toyota Alvark have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. Toshiba Thunders at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be Hokkaido L. (#4) in Saporro. Toshiba Thunders will play at home against Mitsubishi Dolphins (#5) in Nagoya and hope to get finally their first victory.
JBL top team - Toyota Alvark (6-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked Toshiba Thunders (0-6) in Fuchu 86-70. It was a great evening for Jeff Gibbs who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Toyota Alvark. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. Toshiba Thunders lost their sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Hokkaido L. (#4) in Saporro in the next round. Toshiba Thunders will play at home against Mitsubishi Dolphins (#5) in Nagoya and look forward to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 3: Hokkaido L. were destroyed by Mitsubishi DD on the opponent's court 93-68. Winless Tochigi Brex lost to defending champion Aishin SH in a home game 53-93. Aishin SH managed to beat Tochigi Brex on the road 86-72.


Mitsubishi DD - Hokkaido L. 93-68

There was a minor upset in Nagoya where 4th placed Hokkaido L. (4-3) was crushed by sixth ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (3-4) 93-68 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-68. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mitsubishi Dolphins made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Zyun Abe (177-86) helped adding 12 points. Four Mitsubishi Dolphins players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) scored 18 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. Mitsubishi Dolphins moved-up to fifth place. Loser Hokkaido L. keeps the fourth position with three games lost. Mitsubishi Dolphins will face bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (#8) in Kanagawa in the next round. Hokkaido L. will play at home against the league's leader Toyota Alvark (#1) in Fuchu.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: R.Hale 18+10reb+2ast, Z.Abe 12+2reb+3ast, Y.Yo 11+1reb, K.Igarashi 10+2reb+4ast, A.Minatoya 8+1reb+1ast, J.Uzawa 8+2reb
Hokkaido L.: T.Klette 18+4reb+1ast, M.Diouf 11+11reb+1ast, T.Orimo 11+2reb, D.Noguchi 8+3reb+1ast, R.Sakurai 7+3reb+5ast, J.Lewis 7+7reb+4ast
gschID: 137409


Panasonic T. - Hitachi SR 64-72

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Osaka: Hitachi Sunrockers (#2) and Panasonic Trians (#5). Panasonic Trians were defeated at home 64-72 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Panasonic Trians were ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 44-29 second half run of Hitachi Sunrockers. It was an exceptional evening for international power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) who led the winners and scored 7 points and 11 rebounds. Swedish forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. International guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) added 21 points respectively for Panasonic Trians in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 5-1 record behind leader Toyota Alvark. Panasonic Trians at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will play against Tochigi Brex (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Panasonic Trians will play against Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: T.Sato 15+2reb+1ast, C.Maraker 13+6reb, H.Kashiwakura 13+2reb+4ast, F.Nishimura 11+3ast, J.Smith 10+4reb, J.Takeuchi 7+11reb+3ast
Panasonic T.: K.Kanamaru 21+3reb+1ast, K.Hirose 17+10reb+2ast, C.O'Bannon 9+13reb+2ast, F.Aono 4+2ast, T.Onishi 4+2reb, S.Kobayashi 3+1reb
gschID: 137410


Panasonic T. - Hitachi SR 71-78

Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Osaka: Hitachi Sunrockers (#2) and Panasonic Trians (#5). Panasonic Trians were defeated at home 71-78 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Panasonic Trians were trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 32-23 charge of Hitachi Sunrockers, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was international power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. International guard Fumio Nishimura (177-86) chipped in 15 points. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) who recorded 27 points and 5 rebounds (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) and guard Hironori Watanabe (180-88) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Hitachi Sunrockers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 5-1 record behind leader Toyota Alvark. Loser Panasonic Trians dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will meet at home Tochigi Brex (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Panasonic Trians will play against Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: J.Takeuchi 18+11reb+4ast, F.Nishimura 15+1reb+1ast, C.Maraker 12+2reb, T.Sato 8+4reb+3ast, H.Kashiwakura 7+3reb+3ast, J.Kano 5+1reb
Panasonic T.: K.Kanamaru 27+5reb+1ast, H.Watanabe 16+5reb+1ast, T.Onishi 9+2reb+2ast, F.Aono 7+9reb+1ast, K.Hirose 6+10reb+2ast, H.Kinoshita 5
gschID: 137411


Tochigi Brex - Aishin SH 53-93

Rather predictable result when third ranked Aishin Sea Horses (5-2) smashed on the road bottom-ranked Tochigi Brex (0-6) 93-53 on Saturday. The game without a history. Aishin Sea Horses led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Aishin Sea Horses especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. It was a great evening for the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Hashimoto Ryoma (178-88) helped adding 13 points. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Lamar Rice (203-82, college: Georgetown, KY) with 17 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) scored 4 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains third place with 5-2 record behind leader Toyota Alvark. Tochigi Brex lost their sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face Panasonic Trians (#6) in Osaka in the next round. Tochigi Brex will play on the road against the league's second-placed Hitachi Sunrockers in Osaka and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 17+8reb+4ast, H.Ryoma 13+4reb+3ast, S.Kashiwagi 11+2reb+3ast, T.Furukawa 11+6reb, S.Kitagawa 9+3reb, A.Richardson 9+1reb
Tochigi Brex: L.Rice 17+7reb+1ast, Y.Tabuse 8+2reb+2ast, T.Amino 6+7reb, T.Asahi 4+3ast, D.Yamada 4+2reb, T.Kawamura 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 137404


Tochigi Brex - Aishin SH 72-86

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked Tochigi Brex (0-6) was defeated at home by third ranked Aishin Sea Horses (5-2) 86-72 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Tochigi Brex was better in third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aishin Sea Horses dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Tochigi Brex's 40. It was a great evening for the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). American forward Anthony Richardson (201-83, college: Florida St., agency: TSS Management) helped adding 10 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was international forward Tomoo Amino (196-80) with 20 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains third place with 5-2 record behind leader Toyota Alvark. Tochigi Brex lost their sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face Panasonic Trians (#6) in Osaka in the next round. Tochigi Brex will play on the road against the league's second-placed Hitachi Sunrockers in Osaka and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 26+9reb+4ast, K.Young 11+6reb, A.Richardson 10+8reb, T.Furukawa 8+5reb+3ast, H.Omiya 7+1reb, S.Kashiwagi 7+2reb+1ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Amino 20+7reb+3ast, L.Rice 17+4reb+1ast, T.Kawamura 15+6reb+3ast, D.Yamada 9+3reb+3ast, Y.Tabuse 7+2reb+5ast, R.Anzai 4+2reb
gschID: 137405


Toyota Alvark - Toshiba BT 81-61

JBL top team - Toyota Alvark (6-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Toshiba Thunders (0-6) in Fuchu 81-61. The game was mostly controlled by Toyota Alvark. Toshiba Thunders was better in second period 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Toshiba Thunders 41-27 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Toyota Alvark especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. It was a good game for American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Ken Tanaka (188-81, college: Whittier) contributed with 12 points for the winners. American forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and guard Yasuhiro Yamashita (187-86) added 7 points and 5 assists in the effort for Toshiba Thunders. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyota Alvark have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. Toshiba Thunders at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be Hokkaido L. (#4) in Saporro. Toshiba Thunders will play at home against Mitsubishi Dolphins (#5) in Nagoya and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: K.Tanaka 12+4reb, K.Matsui 12+2reb, J.Gibbs 11+13reb+1ast, P.Ricci 9+5reb, T.Watanabe 8+2reb+2ast, T.Ito 7+3reb
Toshiba BT: Y.Uda 12+1reb, C.Moss 11+10reb, Y.Kuwahara 8+4reb, Y.Yamashita 7+2reb+5ast, H.Ono 6+2reb+1ast, S.Merritt 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137406


Toyota Alvark - Toshiba BT 86-70

JBL top team - Toyota Alvark (6-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked Toshiba Thunders (0-6) in Fuchu 86-70. The game without a history. Toyota Alvark led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). His fellow American import forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) helped adding 12 points and 9 rebounds. Five Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) with 17 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Yatsutoshi Uda (190-86) scored 21 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Toyota Alvark. They maintain first place with 6-0 record. Toshiba Thunders lost their sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Hokkaido L. (#4) in Saporro in the next round. Toshiba Thunders will play at home against Mitsubishi Dolphins (#5) in Nagoya and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: K.Matsui 17+1reb+1ast, Y.Okada 17+1reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 14+7reb+3ast, P.Ricci 12+9reb+2ast, K.Takeuchi 11+5reb+1ast, G.Arao 7
Toshiba BT: Y.Uda 21+1reb+1ast, S.Merritt 17+6reb+1ast, C.Moss 13+6reb+1ast, R.Shinoyama 6+1reb, Y.Kuwahara 5+5reb+1ast, H.Ono 3
gschID: 137407


Mitsubishi DD - Hokkaido L. 74-94

The most interesting game of round 3 was a home defeat of 6th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (3-4) by fourth ranked Hokkaido L. (4-3) who outscored them by 20 points 94-74 in the game for the fourth place. The game without a history. Hokkaido L. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Mitsubishi Dolphins' 32 and made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Mitsubishi Dolphins 40-25 including a 32-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) helped adding 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Hokkaido L. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) with 15 points and power forward Jun Uzawa (197-81) scored 8 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hokkaido L. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 4-3 record. Mitsubishi Dolphins lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Hokkaido L. are looking forward to face league's leader Toyota Alvark in Fuchu in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play on the road against Toshiba Thunders (#8) in Kanagawa and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: M.Diouf 25+6reb+2ast, J.Lewis 15+9reb+4ast, T.Orimo 14+2reb+1ast, T.Klette 12+4reb+1ast, D.Noguchi 9+4reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 8+7reb+6ast
Mitsubishi DD: R.Hale 15+3reb+2ast, S.Utsumi 11+1reb, Y.Ueta 8+1reb, A.Minatoya 8+2reb, J.Uzawa 8+4reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 8+3ast
gschID: 137408




Asian Brand - by Emeka Eke
Like the NBA, the BJ league possesses the stuff to attract some of the best around whatwith the likes of Nick Tuggle, from Tennessee and Ronnie Childs from New York looking to sign professional contracts to light up the league. Besides these guys, the likes of Jimmy Smith from LA California, Jarrel Smith who had brief stints with the NJ Nets and Philadelphia 76ers and was invited to the John Lucas' NBA summer camp that included 2011 NBA draft picks such as, Tristan Thompson (4th overall to Cleveland Cavaliers), Markieff Morris (13th pick overall, Phoenix Suns), Marcus Morris (14th pick overall, Houston Rockets.), Tobias Harris (19th overall pick, Charlotte Bobcats) and Cory Joseph (29th overall pick, San Antonio Spurs), Joe Webb, Jason Jackson and Carlos English all look forward to playing in Japan. No doubt, it'd be great to watch these great talents from diverse backgrounds add colour to the BJ league.

Like the beautiful bride whom every eligible groom wants to take down the aisle, the BJ league has been considered by such great coaches as Henrique Oliveira who's won everything there is to win as a Coach with Benfica in Portugal and Kerry Kirby who's won the confidence of several experts in the game.


Asian Brand - by Emeka Eke
Like the NBA, the BJ league possesses the stuff to attract some of the best around whatwith the likes of Nick Tuggle, from Tennessee and Ronnie Childs from New York looking to sign professional contracts to light up the league. Besides these guys, the likes of Jimmy Smith from LA California, Jarrel Smith who had brief stints with the NJ Nets and Philadelphia 76ers and was invited to the John Lucas' NBA summer camp that included 2011 NBA draft picks such as, Tristan Thompson (4th overall to Cleveland Cavaliers), Markieff Morris (13th pick overall, Phoenix Suns), Marcus Morris (14th pick overall, Houston Rockets.), Tobias Harris (19th overall pick, Charlotte Bobcats) and Cory Joseph (29th overall pick, San Antonio Spurs), Joe Webb, Jason Jackson and Carlos English all look forward to playing in Japan. No doubt, it'd be great to watch these great talents from diverse backgrounds add colour to the BJ league.

Like the beautiful bride whom every eligible groom wants to take down the aisle, the BJ league has been considered by such great coaches as Henrique Oliveira who's won everything there is to win as a Coach with Benfica in Portugal and Kerry Kirby who's won the confidence of several experts in the game.


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  KOSOVO   


Kosova hosts unbeaten Trepca - by Dren Shporta
The team that last season played a play-out to keep BKT Superliga status, Kosova, today hosts the unbeaten team of the new season Trepca from Mitrovica. Kosova in their first round game loosed surprisingly to the newcomers Drita, while in the second round they had to play Bambi, which for known reasons is replaced with Futura and will be played on some free date of the both teams.

Trepca, in other hand, has started the season furiously by registering two wins with scoring of more than 100 points per game. In the opening game of the season they overplayed Bashkimi from Prizren, 109:67, while Kolegji Univers was their second victim, 116:78.

The chances of Kosova to win the game are near to impossible, while Trepca will try to keep over 100 points per game statistic alive. The game will start at 19:00 hrs. in Vushtrria City Hall with the refering of Mehdi Gashi, Daut Mehmeti and Urim Hasani.




Bashkimi registers its first win - by Dren Shporta
In the two games played on Sunday of BKT Superliga, Bashkimi and Peja registered victories against Kolegji Univers and Drita, respectively.

The oranges from Prizren which are strengthened this season and loosed two first games against their arch rivals Trepca and Peja, in the third round registered a win against Kolegji Univers in the game played in Bardhosh. The team coached by Sasha Katalinic won this game with +5 difference in the end, 68:73.

While on the Karagac Hall in Peja, yellows of coach Bujar Loci registered their second win in a row after they passed the newcomers of BKT Superliga, Drita from Gjilan with this result, 117:93. After three rounds Peja has 2 wins and 1 defeat while Drita has 1 win and 2 defeats.

In the coming round Peja will play with new team in the league, KB Futura, which replaced Bambi, while Drita will visit Prizren in their fourth game of the new season, to play against Bashkimi.



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  LATVIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 34.7
 1. Sims, VEF Riga34.7 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera22.3 
 3. Bertans, VEF Riga19.0 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera18.8 
 5. Ozols, Jurmala18.0 
 6. Perry, VEF Riga17.3 
 7. Mediss, Turiba16.7 
 8. Mayo, Liepaja16.3 
 9. Dukulis, Liepaja16.0 
 10. Krumins, Jelgava16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Sims, VEF Riga11.7 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera8.3 
 3. Andriukaitis, Liep.8.0 
 4. Berzins, VEF Riga7.7 
 5. Willard, Ventspils7.3 
 6. Osins, LU7.0 
 7. Dukulis, Liepaja7.0 
 8. Dargais, LU7.0 
 9. Berzins, Ventspils6.8 
 10. Mednis, Turiba6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Davis CODERS
  Jurmala
  (182-G-92)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Coders, Jurmala5.5 
 2. Mayo, Liepaja5.3 
 3. Perry, VEF Riga4.0 
 4. Janicenoks, VEF R.4.0 
 5. Lucas, Valmiera3.8 
 6. Valters, VEF Riga3.8 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.5 
 8. Young, Ventspils3.3 
 9. Bertans, VEF Riga3.0 
 10. Antrops, Turiba3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Millage, VEF Riga3.3 
 2. Peiners, LU2.7 
 3. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.7 
 4. Kosuskins, Jurmala2.0 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 6. Cain, VEF Riga2.0 
 7. Osins, LU1.7 
 8. Mednis, Turiba1.7 
 9. Krumins, Jelgava1.7 
 10. Gray, Ventspils1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Edmunds DUKULIS
  Liepaja
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dukulis, Liepaja2.0 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera1.3 
 3. Cain, VEF Riga1.3 
 4. Berzins, VEF Riga1.3 
 5. Bertans, VEF Riga1.0 
 6. Jonats, Jurmala1.0 
 7. Plivda, LU1.0 
 8. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.8 
 9. Justovics, Jelgava0.7 
 10. Krumins, Jelgava0.7 


LBL Round 4: VEF Riga and Ventspils are with 4-0 records - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with extra overtimes and derby games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked VEF Riga as it allowed them to take a leadership position. VEF Riga smashed 5th ranked Latvijas Universitate at home 114-81. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. VEF Riga forced 20 Latvijas Universitate turnovers and outrebounded them 42-27 including a 32-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. VEF Riga looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Latvijas Universitate's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Courtney Sims (211-83, college: Michigan) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds and the former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85) who added 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. At the losing side guard Zanis Peiners (203-90, agency: Interperformances) responded with 17 points. Latvijas Universitate's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. VEF Riga have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Ventspils. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with Turiba. Latvijas Universitate will play next round against strong Ventspils trying to get back on the winning streak. VEF Riga will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Latvijas Universitate. It will be extra interesting game as Latvijas Universitate is their local rival from Riga.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points and 8 rebounds by Ernests Kalve of Valmiera.


VEF Riga - LU 114-81

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked VEF Riga as it allowed them to take a leadership position. VEF Riga smashed 5th ranked Latvijas Universitate at home 114-81. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. VEF Riga forced 20 Latvijas Universitate turnovers and outrebounded them 42-27 including a 32-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. VEF Riga looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Latvijas Universitate's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Courtney Sims (211-83, college: Michigan) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds and the former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85) who added 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. At the losing side guard Zanis Peiners (203-90, agency: Interperformances) responded with 17 points and point guard Armands Osins (185-91, agency: FCM) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Latvijas Universitate's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. VEF Riga have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Ventspils. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with Turiba. Latvijas Universitate will play next round against strong Ventspils trying to get back on the winning streak. VEF Riga will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Latvijas Universitate. It will be extra interesting game as Latvijas Universitate is their local rival from Riga.
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 17+4reb+2ast, S.Vitols 14+4reb+1ast, A.Osins 14+6reb+1ast, K.Dargais 10+3reb+2ast, Z.Plivda 9+3reb, K.Brigmanis 9+2reb+2ast
VEF Riga: C.Sims 30+10reb+2ast, S.Valters 21+4reb+6ast, K.Berzins 18+12reb+2ast, C.Millage 13+2reb+2ast, M.Perry 8+4reb+3ast, A.Kavaliauskas 8+2reb
gschID: 149847


Jurmala - Jelgava 98-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with bottom-ranked Jelgava's (0-3) road loss to seventh ranked Jurmala (1-1) 70-98 on Saturday. The game without a history. Jurmala led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Jelgava's 34 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Jelgava 36-19 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Atis Ozols (198-81) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and forward Ervins Jonats (199-91) who added 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Jurmala players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Armands Senkans (197-90) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and guard Reinis Strupovics (192-87) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Jurmala left bottom position moving up to fourth place. Loser Jelgava still closes the standings with three games lost. Jurmala will face Turiba (#5) on the road in the next round. Jelgava will play against U18 in Riga and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: A.Senkans 15+5reb, R.Strupovics 14+3reb+1ast, A.Duselis 11+2reb+2ast, M.Rugajs 8+1reb, K.Krumins 8+3reb+3ast, E.Krumins 7+2reb
Jurmala: A.Ozols 20+4reb, E.Jonats 14+7reb+1ast, R.Vaikulis 11+3reb+3ast, R.Liepa 10+2reb, J.Kosuskins 10+4reb, U.Pinete 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 149844


VEF Riga - Valmiera 115-101 OT

VEF Riga needed overtime to beat Valmiera 115:101. Millage poured in 27 points to lead all the winners.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: E.Kalve 28+8reb+3ast, J.Rozitis 23+6reb+1ast, J.Lucas 23+4reb+6ast, A.Butjankovs 12+5reb+1ast, E.Elksnis 6+1reb, D.Davis 5+5reb+2ast
VEF Riga: C.Millage 27+7reb+1ast, K.Janicenoks 26+4reb+5ast, G.Jahovics 19+3reb+1ast, M.Perry 17+5reb+5ast, A.Kavaliauskas 10+9reb+1ast, T.Cain 9+10reb+2ast
gschID: 149845


Turiba - Ventspils 55-72

Rather predictable result when top-ranked Ventspils (4-0) defeated on the road 4th ranked Turiba (1-2) 72-55 on Saturday. The guests 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 72-55. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: N.Mexico St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and the other American import guard Steven Gray (195-89, college: Gonzaga) who added 10 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side center Roberts Mednis (204-89) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds and forward Kristaps Mediss (188-89, agency: FCM) scored 18 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ventspils have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record, which they share with VEF Riga. Loser Turiba dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. Ventspils will face Latvijas Universitate (#6) in Riga in the next round where they are favorite. Turiba will play at home against Jurmala and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Turiba: K.Mediss 18+2reb, R.Mednis 12+9reb+3ast, M.Rudmiezis 5+5reb+1ast, U.Strauss 4+5reb, J.Dilevka 4+6reb, E.Kikuts 4+1reb+1ast
Ventspils: J.Young 20+3ast, S.Gray 10+4reb+4ast, A.Berzins 8+6reb, M.Meiers 7, J.Strelnieks 7+4reb+2ast, S.Willard 6+3reb
gschID: 149846




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


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  LEBANON   


Riyadi 2011 Super Cup Winner - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
The Super Cup this year joined Riyadi the Champion of 2011 against Champville the 2010 Cup Winner due that the FLB didnt organize the Cup in season 2010-2011.
The game turned down to be as one of the best games for many years in the Lebanese League, The two teams battled from the first minutes with a small dominance for Riyadi through its new comer Dewarick Spencer who scored from everywhere, the first quarter saw the dominance of Riyadi but in the 2nd quarter Champville regrouped and managed to impose its game through Fadi Khatib and its new Star Sam Hoskin. In the 3rd quarter R iyadi gqined back the momentum and took control of the game and led as much as 19 points especially through the involvement of Ismail Ahmad who created lot of easy points to his teammates and scored many crucial points. In the 4th quarter Champville made an unprecedented come back which brought the game to 1 point before seconds from the end through the great performance of Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) and Fadi Khatib who scored combined 58 points (29 points for each player) but Fadi Khatib couldnt convert the last chance for Champville Due of the good defense of Omar Turk. The game finished on the score of 84 -82.

Best Scorers :
Riyadi : Dewarick Spencer (29)
Champville : Fadi Khatib (29),Sam Hoskin (29)



Round 1 of Season 2011-2012 : First wins for Riyadi,Chamville and Moutahed - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
The first round of season 2011-2012 saw as expected the dominance the favourite teams , Riyadi who played on Sunday the Super Cup had to play in less than 24 hours its first League game against Chabab Zahle in Zahle in the absence of 4 players , Riyadi had a slow first half but in the 2nd half they cruised into a big and esy win on the score of 53-90.

Champville the 2nd team who played on Sunday the Super Cup hosted the New comer this season Bejjeh , The home team couldnt build a big lead in the first half but in the 3rd quarter the big experience of Champville players allowed them to build a big lead and to finish the game by scoring their first win for the season on the score of 104-85.

Earlier on Saturday Antranik who played the semi Final round in the Hariri Tournament after beating Moutahed had to play again the team from the North but this time in the League, Moutahed whos aiming this year to go back to the Finals showed its true level and cruised into a very big win on the score of 56-94. Kibwe Trim (208-F/C-84, college: Sacred Heart) had a big performance with 30pts and 13 rebs.

1-Antranik - Moutahed : 56-94
Antranik: Shelton Caldwell (20pts)
Moutahed: Kibwe Trim ( 30pts)

2- Chabab Zahle - Riyadi : 53-90
Chabab Zahle: Quinton Day (15)
Riyadi : Dewarick Spencer (26)

3- Champville - Bejjeh : 104-85
Champville : Fadi Khatib (33)
Bejjeh : Albert Fisher (24), Nadim Souaid (24)






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


U16 Asia Championship: Taiwan wrap up Qualifying Round campaign with win - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan U16 - Lebanon U16 70:61

Taiwan celebrated the victory on the final day of the U16 Asia Championship Qualifying Round. They held off Lebanon to improve at 1-4 record in Group E. The victory however was not enough for Taiwan to advance into quarterfinals. Lebanon on the other hand slipped at 2-3 record and occupied the third place in the pool.
Lebanon opened the game confidently. They led by five points after ten minutes of action 20:15. But Taiwan gradually picked up the tempo. They narrowed the gap to 3 points at the interval 31:34. Taiwan went on a 14:3 run in the third term to pull ahead. Taiwan entered the fourth frame up by 5 points 53:48. The margin quickly grew at 15-point mark and Taiwan never looked back en route to the victory. Yeh Wei-Chiao (95) stepped up with 24 points for Taiwan. Chen Po-Liang (96) added 11 points in the victory. Albert Zeinoun (176-G-95), Gerard Hadidian (197-F-95) and Ezzat El Kaissi (184-G-95) had 10 points each for Lebanon.

Taiwan U16: Yeh Wei-Chiao 24, Chen Po-Liang 11, Pan Siang-Ting (95) 9
Lebanon U16: Albert Zeinoun 10, Gerard Hadidian 10, Ezzat El Kaissi 10


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  LITHUANIA   


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


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas UZKURAITIS
  Delikate.
  (189-G-85)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Uzkuraitis, Delika.22.5 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.22.3 
 3. Lengvinas, Nafta22.2 
 4. Maneikis, Meresta21.8 
 5. Pancerevas, Silute20.2 
 6. Sragauskis, LKKA-.18.3 
 7. Masiulis, Matinga-.17.7 
 8. Kruzikas, Triobet17.2 
 9. Trepocka, S.Marc.17.2 
 10. Brown, Mazeikiai17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Gargzdai
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Gudaitis, Gargzdai11.2 
 2. Vaitiekunas, Triob.10.8 
 3. Mineikis, Radvilis.9.8 
 4. Krestinin, S.Marc.8.3 
 5. Kazakauskas, Naft.8.2 
 6. Tamasevicius, Silu.8.2 
 7. Pikalavicius, Deli.7.8 
 8. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.7.6 
 9. Kumpys, Nafta U.7.5 
 10. Sugintas, Statyba7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Silute
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Razutis, Silute5.5 
 2. Semaska, Perla.5.5 
 3. Malasauskas, LKKA.5.3 
 4. Varanauskas, Stat.5.0 
 5. Rakauskas, Radvili.5.0 
 6. Venskus, Nafta U.5.0 
 7. Artamonov, Meresta4.8 
 8. Kurauskas, AB.4.8 
 9. Vingelis, LKKA-.4.5 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Tri.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tauras JOGELA
  Zalgir.
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jogela, Zalgir.2.7 
 2. Bagdonaviciu., Mer.2.5 
 3. Uzkuraitis, Delika.2.5 
 4. Paliukenas, S.Marc.2.5 
 5. Slivka, Meresta2.3 
 6. Venskus, Nafta U.2.3 
 7. Birgelis, Matinga-.2.2 
 8. Narusis, Ezerunas.2.0 
 9. Radavicius, Meres.2.0 
 10. Kazakauskas, Naf.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (214-C-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Urbonas, LK.4.0 
 2. Mockevicius, S.Mar.3.0 
 3. Pupinis, Matinga-.2.0 
 4. Gudaitis, Gargzdai1.8 
 5. Jucikas, AB.1.7 
 6. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.7 
 7. Giedraitis, ABRO-.1.7 
 8. Kaubrys, Silute1.5 
 9. Masiulis, Matinga-.1.2 
 10. Stakenas, Statyba1.2 


Kuzminskas' 30-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Zalgiris and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had the game-high 30 points adding six rebounds for Zalgiris in his team's victory, helping them to crush Baltai Kaunas (#7, 1-2) with 18-point margin 91-73. Zalgiris was forced-out from the top positions in league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Zalgiris already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Kuzminskas had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Zalgiris and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Kuzminskas has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 14.8ppg) and averages solid 75.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Rolandas Matulis (199-C-73) of Sakalai. He is a center in his 10th season at Sakalai. In the last game Matulis recorded impressive 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Sakalai to edge Juventus (2-2) in overtime by 3 points 89-86. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Matulis is one of the most experienced players at Sakalai and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Zalgiris' star - center Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85). Rakovic scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of Zalgiris, helping his team with a 91-74 easy win against Pieno Zvaigzdes (#8, 1-3). Zalgiris started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Rakovic turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Rakovic has a great season in Lithuania. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cam Long (193-G-88) of Siauliai - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) of Siauliai - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Darius Pakamanis (192-G-81) of Juventus - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) of Rudupis - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) of Juventus - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) of Zalgiris - 15 points and 6 rebounds
10. Martynas Mazeika (193-G-85) of Neptunas - 19 points and 6 rebounds

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


NKL round 6 best performance: Aivaras Kvedaravicius - by Eurobasket News
Guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-G-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Delikatesas, receiving a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Gargzdai (#12, 2-4) with 20-point margin 81-61. It allowed Delikatesas to take over top position in the NKL. Delikatesas have a solid 5-1 record. Kvedaravicius turned to be Delikatesas' top player in his first season with the team. Aivaras Kvedaravicius averages this season 16.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 4.2apg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) of LKKA-Atletas. Vingelis had a very good evening with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course LKKA-Atletas cruised to a 96-86 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Radviliskis (#3, 4-2). This victory allowed LKKA-Atletas to move up to 10th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Vingelis is one of the most experienced players at LKKA-Atletas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.3ppg (#2). He also recorded 4.5 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-F-93) of S.Marciulionio (#14). Olisevicius scored 24 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Olisevicius' great performance S.Marciulionio lost 96-101in overtime to Mazeikiai (2-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of S.Marciulionio not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Olisevicius could try to bring S.Marciulionio's a little bit higher in the standings. Olisevicius has a very solid season. In 6 games in Lithuania he scored 11.2ppg. He also has 6.3rpg and FGP: 55.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Audrius Mineikis (201-F-77) of Radviliskis - 17 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-G-85) of Delikatesas - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-G-85) of Matinga-Juod. - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Audrius Maneikis (203-F-84) of Meresta - 31 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Remigijus Sugintas (196-F-87) of Statyba - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Vitalis Pancerevas (183-G-87) of Silute - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Julius Kazakauskas (197-F-90) of Nafta Universitetas - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 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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  MONTENEGRO   


Marko Todorovic was voted MVP of Round 3 in Spanish 2nd Division ( LEB) - by Darko Pekic

The young Montenegrin center Marko Todorovic (209-C-92) started the seson in a great manner. He had an extraordinary performance in the last round of Spanish 2nd Division for Prat Juventud, receiving a Eurobasket.com LEB Silver Player of the Week award for round 3. The 19-year old player born in Podgorica was the main contributor (26 points, 9 rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Oviedo CB with 21-point margin 80-59.

Prat Juventud is placed at 5th position in Spanish LEB Silver. Todorovic turned to be Prat Juventud's leader during the first couple of weeks of the new season. He is one of the top rebounders in the League (2nd best: 10.0rpg) and averages impressive 71.4% while shooting from the floor. Todorovic started his career in KK Junior from Podgorica and was discovered by Jadranko Vujacic (206-C-57), the ex player of Partizan and founder of KK Joker. Last summer he played for U20 National Team of Montenegro in European Championship ( Spain) where he had good stats also: 8.6ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.4spg and 1.1bpg


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  NCAA2   


Alaska-Anchorage Ranked In Pre-Season Poll - by Sanjey Noriega
From gnacsports.com

Alaska Anchorage is ranked 12th and Seattle Pacific is ranked 24th in the Division II Bulletin's pre-season national poll.

They are among four West Region teams ranked in the poll. BYU-Hawaii is ranked third and Humboldt State is ranked 21st. Dixie State was listed a a 'team to watch'.

UAA's Taylor Rohde (6'9''-F/C) and BYU-Hawaii guard Jet Chang were selected to the publication's Super 16 All-American list.

Rohde, a 6-9 senior center, was also chosed to The Sporting News second-team pre-season All-American team. Last year he averaged 16.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and shot 61.4 percent from the floor.



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  NORWAY   


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


1Div. Round 4: First victory of OSI - by Eurobasket News
There were just four rounds played in Regular Season of 1Div. and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

OSI's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Hop BBK (1-4) 67-58 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 40-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. OSI (1-3) left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with Fyllingen BBK. Hop BBK at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. OSI is looking forward to face NTNUI (#8) in Trondheim in the next round. Hop BBK will have a break next round.
The game between top-ranked Miners (4-0) and 5th ranked Fyllingen BBK (1-3) in Kongsberg ended with biggest points difference. Miners outscored guests from 105-72. Miners have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Kristiansand. Newly promoted Fyllingen BBK keeps the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with OSI. Miners will play against STIF Whalers (#4) in Sandefjord in the next round. Fyllingen BBK will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 4 Hop lost to undefeated Persbraaten on the road 51-63. STIF Whalers destroyed Fyllingen BBK on its own court 82-62.



Miners - Fyllingen BBK 105-72

The game between top-ranked Miners (4-0) and 5th ranked Fyllingen BBK (1-3) in Kongsberg ended with biggest points difference. Miners outscored guests from 105-72. The game without a history. Miners led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Miners have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Kristiansand. Newly promoted Fyllingen BBK keeps the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with OSI. Miners will play against STIF Whalers (#4) in Sandefjord in the next round. Fyllingen BBK will have a break next round.
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Persbraaten - Hop 63-51

No shocking result in a game when top-ranked Persbraaten (3-0) beat 6th ranked Hop BBK (1-4) in Oslo 63-51. It looked good early as Hop BBK took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Persbraaten had a 25-10 second period charge getting the lead and Hop BBK was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 51-63. Persbraaten have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 3-0 record behind leader Kristiansand. Hop BBK at the other side dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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STIF Whalers - Fyllingen BBK 82-62

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Fyllingen BBK's (1-3) road loss to fourth ranked STIF Whalers (3-1) in Sandefjord 62-82. The game without a history. STIF Whalers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. STIF Whalers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 3-1 record. Newly promoted Fyllingen BBK keeps the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with OSI. STIF Whalers will play against league's second-placed Miners in Kongsberg in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Fyllingen BBK will have a break next round.
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OSI - Hop 67-58

OSI's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Hop BBK (1-4) 67-58 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 40-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. OSI (1-3) left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with Fyllingen BBK. Hop BBK at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. OSI is looking forward to face NTNUI (#8) in Trondheim in the next round. Hop BBK will have a break next round.
gschID: 146339




BLNO Round 6: Gimle BBK beats Ammerud Bskt by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 6 in the BLNO took place in Bergen. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Ammerud Bskt (1-5) to sixth ranked Gimle BBK (3-3) 66-63 on Saturday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a good game for Croatian forward Mladen Pavlovic (198-89) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Anders Stien (195-90) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Gimle BBK's coach Brent Hackman used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) replied with 19 points for Ammerud Bskt. Gimle BBK moved-up to fifth place. Ammerud Bskt lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with five games lost. Gimle BBK are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Langhus IL (#8) in Oslo in the next round. Ammerud Bskt will play on the road against the league's second-placed Baerum Basket in Bekkestua and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Bottom-ranked Langhus IL is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to third ranked Baerum Basket (4-1) 98-70. Guard Stian Mjos (182-89) scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and Donald Oatis chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard David Crouch (-86) with 17 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. Baerum Basket have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Froya Basket. Newly promoted Langhus IL still closes the standings with six games lost. Baerum Basket will play against Ammerud Bskt (#7) in Oslo in the next round where they are favorite. Langhus IL will play at home against Gimle BBK in Bergen and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game between fourth ranked Froya Basket (4-1) and 7th ranked Ammerud Bskt (1-5) in Laksevag on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Froya Basket outscored guests from Oslo 106-68. Miilah Kombat notched 26 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. Froya Basket's coach Ron Billingslea felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 21 points and 7 rebounds by Elias Westerlund did not help to save the game for Ammerud Bskt. Froya Basket moved-up to second place, which they share with Baerum Basket. Ammerud Bskt lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with five games lost. Froya Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ammerud Bskt will play against the league's second-placed Baerum Basket (#2) in Bekkestua.



Gimle BBK - Ammerud Bskt 66-63

The most exciting game of round 6 in the BLNO took place in Bergen. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Ammerud Bskt (1-5) to sixth ranked Gimle BBK (3-3) 66-63 on Saturday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a good game for Croatian forward Mladen Pavlovic (198-89) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Anders Stien (195-90) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Gimle BBK's coach Brent Hackman used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) replied with 19 points and the former international guard Orji Okoroafor (187-80) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ammerud Bskt. Four Ammerud Bskt players scored in double figures. Gimle BBK moved-up to fifth place. Ammerud Bskt lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with five games lost. Gimle BBK are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Langhus IL (#8) in Oslo in the next round. Ammerud Bskt will play on the road against the league's second-placed Baerum Basket in Bekkestua and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Gimle BBK: M.Pavlovic 20+8reb+3ast, A.Stien 16+3reb+3ast, E.Fjaerestad 12, D.Berg 9+6reb+1ast, S.de Lange 4+1reb+1ast, F.Gnatt 3+5reb+1ast
Ammerud Bskt: E.Westerlund 19+4reb+2ast, O.Okoroafor 16+6reb+2ast, M.Bryn 10+9reb+1ast, T.Hagen 10+8reb+3ast, F.Sikander 5+3reb, R.Knight 3+4reb
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Langhus - Baerum Basket 70-98

Bottom-ranked Langhus IL is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to third ranked Baerum Basket (4-1) 98-70. The game was mostly controlled by Baerum Basket. Langhus IL was better in second period 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Baerum Basket outrebounded Langhus IL 25-9. It was a great shooting night for Baerum Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 75.0 percentage. Guard Stian Mjos (182-89) scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Donald Oatis (206-79, college: Wilberforce, agency: Prossin Sports Management) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard David Crouch (-86) with 17 points and American point guard Terrance Randolph (180-71, college: Va Intermont) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Five Baerum Basket and four Langhus IL players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Baerum Basket have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Froya Basket. Newly promoted Langhus IL still closes the standings with six games lost. Baerum Basket will play against Ammerud Bskt (#7) in Oslo in the next round where they are favorite. Langhus IL will play at home against Gimle BBK in Bergen and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Baerum Basket: S.Mjos 24+1reb+1ast, D.Oatis 14+6reb+3ast, L.Harto 13+2reb+1ast, R.Ferranti 13+6reb+3ast, F.Sjostrom 12+4reb, O.Fritzen 6+1ast
Langhus: D.Crouch 17+2reb, E.O'Garrow 11+1reb+2ast, T.Randolph 11+1reb+4ast, B.Andersen 10+1reb+2ast, A.Kristiansen 8+2reb+1ast, G.Klubnes 6+1reb
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Froya Basket - Ammerud Bskt 106-68

The game between fourth ranked Froya Basket (4-1) and 7th ranked Ammerud Bskt (1-5) in Laksevag on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Froya Basket outscored guests from Oslo 106-68. The game was mostly controlled by Froya Basket. Ammerud Bskt managed to win fourth quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Froya Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Ammerud Bskt's 36. They outrebounded Ammerud Bskt 29-18 including 20 on the defensive glass. Froya Basket shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-88, college: N.Idaho JC) notched 26 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Latvian guard Edmunds Gabrans (190-79) supported him with 20 points. Four Froya Basket players scored in double figures. Froya Basket's coach Ron Billingslea felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 21 points and 7 rebounds by Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) did not help to save the game for Ammerud Bskt. Guard Ziko Mahojlovic (-92) added 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Froya Basket moved-up to second place, which they share with Baerum Basket. Ammerud Bskt lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with five games lost. Froya Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ammerud Bskt will play against the league's second-placed Baerum Basket (#2) in Bekkestua.
Top scorers:
Froya Basket: M.Kombat 26+5reb+1ast, E.Gabrans 20+2reb+3ast, N.Phillip 17+1reb+1ast, M.Elsafadi 11+4reb, P.Bullock 7+6reb+5ast, R.Silavs 7+2ast
Ammerud Bskt: E.Westerlund 21+7reb+1ast, Z.Mahojlovic 16+1reb, M.Bryn 10+2reb+2ast, S.Wroldsen 6+1reb+1ast, O.Okoroafor 5+3reb+2ast, R.Knight 5+3reb+1ast
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Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Asker Aliens 5-1 
 2. Baerum Basket 4-1 
 3. Froya Basket 4-1 
 4. Tromso 4-3 
 5. Gimle BBK 3-3 
 6. Centrum 2-3 
 7. Ammerud Bskt 1-5 
 8. Langhus 0-6 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.22.4 
 2. Lee-Ingram, Asker21.0 
 3. Land, Asker Aliens20.3 
 4. Sahlertz, Tromso19.3 
 5. Kombat, Froya B.19.2 
 6. Westerlund, Ammeru.17.3 
 7. Stien, Gimle BBK17.0 
 8. Hagen, Ammerud15.8 
 9. Karlsen, Centrum15.5 
 10. Gabrans, Froya B.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker11.3 
 2. Byerson, Tromso8.3 
 3. Oatis, Baerum B.8.2 
 4. Bullock, Froya B.8.0 
 5. Karlsen, Centrum7.5 
 6. Ferranti, Baerum B.7.4 
 7. Land, Asker Aliens7.2 
 8. Hagen, Ammerud7.0 
 9. Nwachukwu, Ammerud7.0 
 10. Kombat, Froya B.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Issalhi, Tromso5.9 
 2. Stien, Asker Aliens4.8 
 3. Midtvedt, Asker A.4.7 
 4. Mahnin, Centrum3.8 
 5. Gabrans, Froya B.3.8 
 6. Randolph, Langhus3.5 
 7. Byerson, Tromso3.4 
 8. Lee-Ingram, Asker3.2 
 9. Mjos, Baerum B.3.2 
 10. Silavs, Froya B.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Issalhi, Tromso2.6 
 2. Pavlovic, Gimle B.2.3 
 3. Westerlund, Ammeru.2.0 
 4. Mjos, Baerum B.2.0 
 5. Sumskis, Gimle BBK2.0 
 6. Bullock, Froya B.1.8 
 7. Sahlertz, Tromso1.6 
 8. Silavs, Froya B.1.6 
 9. Elsafadi, Froya B.1.5 
 10. Mjos, Baerum B.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum B.
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Oatis, Baerum B.2.6 
 2. Lee-Ingram, Asker1.2 
 3. Nyborg, Centrum1.2 
 4. Nwachukwu, Ammerud1.0 
 5. Bullock, Froya B.0.8 
 6. Hagen, Ammerud0.8 
 7. O''Garrow, Langhus0.7 
 8. Byerson, Tromso0.7 
 9. Knight, Ammerud0.7 
 10. Sztych, Asker A.0.7 


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  PARAGUAY   


Paraguayn metro - by Santiago Maciel
Both best 2011 teams will play tonight in the 3rd round of the 3rd phase TOP 4 METRO league.
Sol and Libertad disputed an incredible game in the previous round with a miracle 3 point made from downtown from Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84), Libertads team captain with one second left in the shot clock.

Tonight both team will play for the 10th time in this TOP 4 METRO edition. A big superiority is being held by Libertad of 7 wins over only 3 losses.
The match will take place at the SND ARENA starting at 8:30 pm eastern.

The first round of this stage was for Libertad who beat Felix Perez , the second was for Sol last saturday against a very inconsistent Felix Perez.
Last saturdays statistics came out as follows:

Sol de America Asuncion 76 - Felix Prez Cardozo 67. Sol: Richard Ozuna 10, Ramn Snchez, Edison Ortiz 5, Jose Fabio (198-F-77) 26 , Anthony Glover (197-F-79, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.John's) 21, Coach: Juan Pablo Feliu ; : Jorge Sequera 6, Hctor Vairoleto 3, Luis Ljubetic 3, Rodrigo Lpez 2.
Felix Prez Cardozo: Gustavo Paniagua (186-G-80) 25, Mario Gonzalez 10, Sergio Lopez 4, Diego Lopez 3 , Adolfo Lopez 9. Coach: Jose Navarro; Hugo Paredes 16 y Ariel Cabanas.
Final: Sol 76 (27, 11, 20, 18) - FPC 67 (14, 14, 24, 15).


75TH TOP 4 METRO plays LIBERTAD-SOL - by Santiago Maciel
Both best 2011 teams will play tonight in the 3rd round of the 3rd phase TOP 4 METRO league.
Sol and Libertad disputed an incredible game in the previous round with a miracle 3 point made from downtown from Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84), Libertads team captain with one second left in the shot clock.

Tonight both team will play for the 10th time in this TOP 4 METRO edition. A big superiority is being held by Libertad of 7 wins over only 3 losses.
The match will take place at the SND ARENA starting at 8:30 pm eastern.

The first round of this stage was for Libertad who beat Felix Perez , the second was for Sol last saturday against a very inconsistent Felix Perez.
Last saturdays statistics came out as follows:

Sol de America Asuncion 76 - Felix Prez Cardozo 67. Sol: Richard Ozuna 10, Ramn Snchez, Edison Ortiz 5, Jose Fabio (198-F-77) 26 , Anthony Glover (197-F-79, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.John's) 21, Coach: Juan Pablo Feliu ; : Jorge Sequera 6, Hctor Vairoleto 3, Luis Ljubetic 3, Rodrigo Lpez 2.
Felix Prez Cardozo: Gustavo Paniagua (186-G-80) 25, Mario Gonzalez 10, Sergio Lopez 4, Diego Lopez 3 , Adolfo Lopez 9. Coach: Jose Navarro; Hugo Paredes 16 y Ariel Cabanas.
Final: Sol 76 (27, 11, 20, 18) - FPC 67 (14, 14, 24, 15).




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  PHILIPPINES   


U16 Asia Championship: Rodolfo Alejandro carries Philippines past Japan - by Eurobasket News
Philippines U16 - Japan U16 83:72

Philippines entered the U16 Asia Championship quarterfinal stage undefeated. They wrapped up their Qualifying Round campaign with victory over Japan. Rodolfo Alejandro (175-G-95) stepped up with 36 points to lead the winners. Philippines thus clinched the top spot in Group F. Japan finished second with only one loss to their record.
Japan overcame a sloppy start to take a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. But Philippines pulled ahead early in the second term. They finished the half strongly establishing a 48:36 lead. Philippines kept Japan at bay throughout the third term. They arrived at the final break up by as many as 13 points 70:57. The margin grew at 16-point mark midway through the final stanza. Japan went on an 11:6 run late in the game but it just sweetened the pill for Hideki Togashi team. Adven Diputado (173-PG-95) provided 14 points, while Janhubert Cani (178-PG-95) added 10 points for the winners. Yusei Sugiura (194-C-95) answered with 30 points for Japan. Yudai Baba (190-F-95) had 26 points in the loss.

Philippines U16: Rodolfo Alejandro 36, Adven Diputado 14, Janhubert Cani 10
Japan U16: Yusei Sugiura 30, Yudai Baba 26


DAY 5 OF THE 2011 FIBA-ASIA U16 CHAMPIONSHIPS - by Enzo Flojo
CHINA over LEBANON, 88-42
CHN 88 - Zhou 16, Yu 12, Yan 12, Zhao 10, Liu K 10, Guo 7, Luo 6, Liu B 6, Heng 4, Lai 3, Pan 2, Xu 0
LIB 42 - Salem 12, Al-Agha 10, Zeinoun 5, Hadidian 4, Abou Jaoude 4, El-Kaissi 3, Kabalan 2, Daaboul 2, Assaf 0, Wehbe 0, Kourjian 0
QS: 22-5, 54-20, 66-33, 88-42

- China limited some of Lebanon's big guns and cruised to an easy win to underscore its dominance in Nha Trang. The mighty Chinese used superior sniping and defense to put the clamps on Lebanon and move a game closer to a sweep of Group E.
- Zhou Qi led China anew with 16 points on top of 4 blocks and 3 steals while Zhao Wei, Yan Haoxin, Luo Kaiwen, Guo Xiaopeng and Liu Kaiqi each hit at 2 triples to repeatedly frustrate the Lebanese defense. Yu Dehao was also steady from the wings with 12 markers, 4 assists and 2 steals. China stakes their unbeaten record against the dangerous Koreans next.
- Jimmy Salem and big man Yaacoub Al-Agha combined for 22 points, but it wasn't nearly enough for Lebanon to put up any semblance of a fight. The West Asians shot just 27% from the floor and made just 1 three all game long. Lebanon's quarterfinals slot is still assured despite this loss as even an unlikely loss to the Taiwanese will not be enough to derail them.

IRAQ over TAIWAN, 78-73
IRQ 78 - Hamzah 24, Mahdi 19, Ismael 14, Abdullhussein 7, Razzaq 6, Abdulqaer 3, Saeed 2, Sabri 2, Ali 1, Ahmed 0
TPE 73 - Pan 15, Yeh 13, Chen PL 12, Lee 11, Wu 5, Lu 5, Wang 4, Liu 3, Chen CJ 3, Huang CY 2
QS: 20-13, 34-29, 52-48, 67-67, 78-73 (OT)

- Taiwan gave a stiff challenge to the Iraqis, but they faltered in the end. Iraq proved steadier in the extra period and outlasted Taiwan to strengthen their bid for a quarterfinal slot in Group E.
- Iraq was led by its terrific triumvirate of Karrar Hamzah, Ismael Ismael and Farid Mahdi, who finished with 24, 14, and 19 points respectively. Hamzah and Mahdi each recorded 7 blocks, with Hamzah adding 3 triples to his tally. Iraq now totes a 2-win, 2-loss slate in round 2, but they'll still have to win over the Indians to advance outright to the Final 8.
- Taiwan remains winless in round 2 and they've all but been eliminated from title contention. This early, it's clear that the best they can do is 9th place. Lu Kuan-Shiuan had another anemic shooting game, making just 2 of his 15 attempts to finish with a paltry 5 points. Pan Siang-Ting led the way with 15 markers, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals.

SOUTH KOREA over INDIA, 76-68
KOR 76 - Heo 31, Kim GC 18, Park 9, Yun 6, Kim MK 6, Lee 3, Koh 3, Kim NH 0
IND 68 - Bhamara 41, Singh 13, Saminathan 4, Bhaupur 4, Sanjeev 4, Ludhiana 2, Atwal 0, Narender 0, Sohal 0
QS: 16-14, 31-34, 47-47, 76-68

- Korea outscored India 19-10 in the first 5 minutes of the 4th period to get enough separation and eventually cast aside the hard-fighting Indians. India actually shot better from the field thanks to their size, but the Koreans made good on 12 of their 33 attempts from rainbow country to effectively thwart coach JP Singh's upset hopes.
- Kim Gook-Chan and Heo Ho-On combined for 8 triples to lead the Korean charge. Gook-Chan ended up with 18 markers while Heo had a team-high 31 points. Coach Kang Yang-Hyun inserted Heo mainly in the second half when things weren't going their way, and the son of living legend Hur Jae proved to be the difference-maker. Korea remains undefeated, but that could change quickly as they face the mighty Chinese next.
- Satnam Singh Bhamara erupted for 41 big markers, but his herculean performance wasn't enough to pull the rug from under the steady Koreans. Satnam also recorded 5 blocks while shooting 55% from the floor. Ajay Singh was the only other Indian in double-digits with 13 points. India remains winless in round 2, but they can still advance if they manage to beat Iraq in their final Group E game.

QATAR over VIETNAM, 69-66
QAT 69 - Abdelkawy 30, Saad 16, Dawoud 11, Al-Malki 5, Al-Ahbabi 4, Al-Abidi 3, Mohamed 0, Al-Ahmad 0, Al-Marri 0, Al-Tamimi 0
VIE 66 - Tran J 23, Nguyen DT 16, Nguyen VH 14, Nguyen X 4, Tran VN 4, Do 2, Dinh 2 Nguyen MT 1, Cao 0, Tran NT 0, Phan 0
QS: 13-14, 36-30, 47-41, 56-56, 69-66 (OT)

- In the second overtime match of the day, it was the home squad that found itself on the shorter end of the stick against the more athletic Qataris. Jason Tran led Vietnam and forced the extra 5 minutes at the end of regulation, but they just couldn't get over the hump.
- Mohamed Abdelkawy exploded with 30 points for coach Miroslav Dobrican's crew. He also recorded 10 blocks, 4 steals and 4 triples. Abdulrahman Saad followed him up with 16 points, 6 blocks, 4 assists and 3 steals while Mohammed Dawoud recorded 11 markers, 11 rejections, 7 dimes and 2 swipes. This win is Qatar's first in round 2, and another win tomorrow against Indonesia might still give them a chance to make the quarterfinals, but they'll need to win big.
- Vietnam loses its fourth straight match and it's only chance to advance is if it routs Saudi Arabia tomorrow, and if the Indons beat Qatar by a huge margin. Both scenarios aren't likely, however, and the Vietnamese could very well be on their way to the relegation round. Nevertheless, this was their best game so far, and the performances of Jason Tran, Thong Nguyen Duy, and Hung Nguyen Van were promising indeed. The trio ended up with 23, 16, and 14 markers respectively.

JAPAN over INDONESIA 77-46
JPN 77 - Shirato 21, Sugiura 13, Baba 12, Aoki 9, Shinkawa 6, Morikawa 5, Kaneko 3, Kakiuchi 2, Chikui 2, Yamamoto 2, Miyamoto 1, Yanagawa 1
INA 46 - Abraham 13, Fahdani 10, Istiadi 7, Kosasih 6, Indraprasto 5, Yogia 3, Purwoko 2, Sidabutar 0, Airawan 0, Setiawan 0, Ramadhan 0, Wongso 0
QS: 22-5, 54-20, 66-33, 88-42

- Indonesia couldn't muster enough strength from their win against Saudi Arabia against the stronger Japanese five. Japan pumped in 8 triples, had better ball movement, and played better defense to frustrate the Indons and continue unscathed in Group F.
- Taisei Shirato once again showed his scoring prowess by pouring in 21 points in barely 13 minutes of play. He shot 4 triples and made 3 steals to lead Japan. Yusei Sugiura and Yudai Baba combined for 25 points, 6 steals and 4 blocks to backstop Shirato's performance. This is Japan's fourth win in as many games, and their next one against the similarly undefeated Filipinos will determine who gets the top spot in Group F.
- Hans Abraham topped Indonesia with 13 markers on the strength of 3 triples. He also recorded 2 blocks, but he committed 6 turnovers. Muhammad Fahdani was the only other Indon in twin digits with 10 points on 5-of-7 FG shooting. Indonesia is virtually assured of a quarterfinals seat, unless they lose big time to Qatar.

PHILIPPINES over SAUDI ARABIA, 100-42
PHL 100 - Rivero 17, Heading 15, Diputado 14, Asilum 14, Ramos 9, Alejandro 8, Cani 8, Dalafu 8, Caracut 3, Javelosa 2, Go 2
KSA 42 - Sakar 11, Barnawi 9, Hansawi 7, Musallam 5, Al-Malalah 4, AL-Thalabi 3, Shubayli 2, Al-Khammas 1, Al-Hassan 0, Mobarki 0, Al-Mutairi 0, Al-Tamar 0
QS: 28-12, 53-27, 76-37, 100-42

- It was 'steady as she goes' for the Philippines, as they dumped Saudi Arabia in round 2. The Filipino defense was the star of the show again, limiting Saudi to just 19% FG shooting and 0% from three-landia. They also forced 18 Saudi turnovers and rejected 26 Saudi shots.
- Rash Rivero led a balanced Pinoy attack with 17 points. Jordan Heading, Rev Diputado and Renzar Asilum backed him up with 15, 14, and 14 points respectively. Coach Olsen Racela's boys also showcased their outside shooting by converting on 11 of their 23 three-point shots. The Filipinos are assured of at least the 2nd spot in Group F, but a win against the Japanese next will give them the top shelf.
- Abdulaziz Sakar led Saudi with 11 points, but he shot just 3-of-14 from the floor. Raad Barnawi had 9 points, but he, too, shot poorly -- just 3-of-15. Despite this loss, Saudi still has the inside track to make the quarters over Qatar, and they can seal it with a win over Vietnam next.

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com


DAY 6 OF THE 2011 FIBA-ASIA U16 CHAMPIONSHIPS - by Enzo Flojo
IRAQ over INDIA, 72-64
IRQ 72 - Razzaq 27, Hamzah 21, Sabri 9, Abdullah 4, Ali 4, Ismael 4, Abdullhussein 2, Ahmed 1, Andulqaer 0, Saeed 0, Mahdi 0
IND 64 - Bhamara 32, Singh 10, Bhaupur 8, Atwal 6, Sanjeev 3, Narender 3, Saminathan 2, Ludhiana 0
QS: 14-15, 40-30, 55-49, 72-64

- As expected, Iraq had a lot of trouble containing Indian giant Satnam Bhamara, but as long as they put the clamps on India's other scorers, then everything went well. The Iraqi defense forced 23 Indian turnovers while coach Mohammed Jasim Mohammed's bench outscored JP Singh's significantly, 20-11.
- Ahmed Razzaq and Karrar Hamzah paired up for 48 Iraqi points. They gave the Indian defense fits trying to catch them, and they will surely try to do the same thing to the Filipino defense tomorrow in the quarterfinals.
- Bhamara shot an impressive 13-of-17 from the floor, but he was atrocious from the stripe, completing just 6 of his 14 free throws. Ajay Singh was the only other Indian in twin digits at 10 points. India fails to advance to the quarterfinals and is relegated to the positioning for the 9th-12th places.

TAIWAN over LEBANON, 70-61
TPE 70 - Lu 24, Chen PL 11, Pan 9, Wang 8, Wu 6, Lee 4, Huang Cy 4, Liu 2, Yeh 2, Chen CJ 0
LIB 61 - Zeinoun 10, El-Kaissi 10, Hadidian 10, Al-Agha 8, Salem 8, Daaboul 7, Abou Jaoude 4, Kabalan 2, Assaf 2, Wehbe 0, Kourjian 0
QS: 15-20, 31-34, 53-48, 70-61

- Lebanon took it easy against the Taiwanese and they paid for it, even though the loss doesn't affect the standings in any way. Lebanon's defense allowed Taiwan to make 9 of its 29 three-point attempts and gave away 25 free throws, 15 of which were converted by coach Lin Cheng-Ming's wards. With this win, Taiwan salvages some pride going into the 9th-12th place round.
- Lu Kuan-Shiuan found his mark again after a cold spell in the last couple of games. He made 50% of his field goals, including 4 triples, good for 24 markers. Chen Po-Liang backed him up quite nicely with 11 points and 8 blocks.
- Three guys finished in double-figures for the Lebanese, all with 10 points -- Albert Zeinoun, Ezzat El-Kaissi, and Gerard Hadidian. Star wingman Jimmy Salem played just 17 minutes and scored 8 points. Lebanon advances to the Final 8 against Group F's #2 team, Japan.

CHINA over SOUTH KOREA, 73-42
CHN 83 - Zhou 19, Heng 11, Liu B 10, Yu 7, Yan 7, Guo 6, Zhao 5, Lai 4, Xu 2, Luo 2, Liu K 0, Pan 0
KOR 42 - Kim NH 13, Kim MK 8, Kim GC 5, Shin 5, Kim GM 5, Koh 2, Heo 2, Yun 2, Lee 0, Won 0, Kim Y 0
QS: 20-10, 38-15, 58-27, 73-42

- Many people were expecting this to serve as China's first real test in the competition, but it turned out to be a humdrum affair instead. If one considers that Korea didn't play its 6'8 star center Park In-Tae, however, then the result should no longer come as a surprise. China shot 52% from the floor, more than doubled Korea's assists and recorded 33 big blocks to punctuate their continued dominance in Nha Trang.
- Zhou Qi led the way again with 19 points and 7 blocks while shooting 7-of-12 from the field in just 15 minutes of play. Heng Yifeng and Liu Bo followed him up with 11 and 10 markers each. China tops Group E and faces the Saudis next.
- A glance at the box scores might indicate that coach Kang Yang-Hyun chose to pull his punches in this contest. Park In-Tae, who's been a major offensive threat for Korea, did not play at all while star guards Kim Gook-Chan and Heo Ho-On played a combined 41 minutes only. It could be a case of coach Kang choosing to reserve his players for the knockout phase. They end up #2 in Group E and battle the Indons tomorrow.

SAUDI ARABIA over VIETNAM, 63-53
KSA 63 - Sakar 32, Al-Tamar 9, Musallam 9, Barnawi 9, Hansawi 2, Mobarki 2, Al-Malalah 0, Al-Thalabi 0
VIE 53 - Nguyen MT 18, Nguyen DT 12, Nguyen VH 9, Tran VN 4, Tran J 3, Tran NT 3, Phan 3, Nguyen XH 1, Do 0, Cao 0
QS: 13-20, 31-34, 44-44, 63-53

- For the second straight day, Vietnam lost a golden opportunity to nail a W. An 11-2 spurt to start the fourth frame doomed the home squad, and they were never abel to recover.
- Abdulaziz Sakar led Saudi with 32 big points, shooting 16-of-25 from the field on top of 3 steals. Big men Abdula Al-Tamar, Abdullah Musallam and Raad Barnawi each finished with 9 points and combined for 19 blocks and 8 steals. Saudi finished #4 in Group F and moves on against China tomorrow.
- Star wingman Jason Tran played just 16 minutes here and coach Thien Son Nguyen instead chose to go to Tu Nguyen Minh and Thong Nguyen Duy for his points. Both players combined for 30 points in all, but they collectively shot just 13 -of-34 from the field. Vietnam is eliminated from medal contention and now plays for, at best, 9th place.

INDONESIA over QATAR, 57-54
INA 57 - Abraham 13, Fahdani 11, Kosasih 11, Ramadhan 10, Istiadi 5, Indraprasto 4, Setiawan 2, Sidabutar 1, Yogia 0, Airawan 0, Purwoko 0
QAT 54 - Saad 27, Abdelkawy 21, Al-Ahbabi 2, Dawoud 2, Mohamed 1, Al-Malki 1, Al-Ahmad 0, Al-Abidi 0, Al-Marri 0
QS: 17-16, 34-25, 47-42, 57-54

- Indonesia banked on a strong second quarter to provide just enough cushion against the late Qatari rally and pull through with their 3rd win in 5 games. The Indons made up for their horrendous 0-for-9 three-point shooting by forcing 17 Qatari turnovers, stealing the ball 10 times and blocking 26 Qatari shots.
- Hans Abraham led Indonesia again with 13 points. Big men Muhammad Fahdani and Vincent Kosasih each finished with 11 while Taufik Ramadhan scored 10. Indonesia finishes a strong 3rd in Group F, though they'll have their work cut out for them against the Koreans in the Final 8.
- Abdulrahman Saad and Mohamed Abdelkawy combined for 48 points, but it wasn't enough to overhaul the Indonesian lead. Qatar finishes round 2 as 5th in Group F and is relegated to the 9th-12th place games.

PHILIPPINES over JAPAN, 83-72
PHL 83 - Alejandro 36, Diputado 14, Cani 10, Asilum 7, Heading 6, Rivero 4, Javelosa 2, Ramos 2, Lao 2, Go 0, Caracut 0
JPN 72 - Sugiura 30, Baba 26, Kaneko 5, Shinkawa 4, Shirato 3, Aoki 2, Yamamoto 2, Kakiuchi 0, Morikawa 0, Chikui 0, Miyamoto 0
QS: 21-22, 48-36, 70-57, 83-72

- The Philippines finally unveiled their ace scorer in Jay-J Alejandro to surprise the erstwhile unbeaten Japanese. Defense was key, too, as Japanese gunner Taisei Shirato was limited to 0-for-5 shooting in the early stages, despite Japan gaining the lead at the end of the first period. The Pinoys shot well again, converting 53% of their field goals as opposed to just 28% for the Japanese. The biggest reason Japan wasn't blown out by a bigger margin was because the Philippines gave away 29 free throw attempts, 23 of which were converted by Japan.
- Alejandro led the Pinoy effort with 36 big points on 16-of-28 shooting, including 2 triples, to go along with 7 blocks and 3 assists. Hubert Cani and Rev Diputado both finished in double-figures, too, with 10 and 14 points respectively. This time around, the Philippines made just 2 of its 10 three-point attempts, but they did more than double up on Japan's assists total with 15. The Pinoys move on to the quarterfinals against the dangerous WABA champions, Iraq.
- Japan finally lost a game in Vietnam, and it might be the start of more difficult things to come for them. They finish #2 in the group, but a tough Lebanese team awaits them in the Final 8. Yusei Sugiura and Yudai Baba combined for 56 points in Japan's losing effort here.

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com


PBA Roundup: October 22-23, 2011 - by Enzo Flojo
BGY. GINEBRA KINGS over POWERADE TIGERS, 73-72
Barangay Ginebra put on display its resilient never-say-die spirit once again, overcoming a five-point deficit in the last 55 seconds as it stunned Powerade in Victorias City, Negros Occidental. A sizeable crowd witnessed the Kings pull off an incredible come-from-behind feat completed by a Mark Caguioa (188-G-79, college: Glendale CC (AZ)) putback in the final second.

Caguioa followed up a missed lay-up by Jayjay Helterbrand as the Kings hacked out the mind-boggling victory forging a three-way tie at fourth place among Ginebra, Powerade and Meralco at 2-2. The Tigers blew away the won ballgame as Rommel Adducul and Gary David missed two free throws apiece in the last 26 seconds. As David muffed his with 12.2 ticks left, the Kings executed a quick transition play with Helterbrand attacking the Powerade defense. Helterbrand saw his lay-up rim out, but Caguioa was there for the putback.

The two teams figured in a duel of spurts with the Tigers seizing control in the fourth quarter, 65-59, on three straight triples by Josh Vanlandingham, William Antonio and Celino Cruz. The Kings charged back and drew even at 67-all before the Tigers took a 72-67 advantage on another triple by Cruz and a drive-in layup by David.

Then came the Powerade collapse and the Ginebra resurrection.

No single Ginebra player had an explosive game. Caguioa paced the team with only 11 points.

Powerades Marcio Lassiter, David and Celino Cruz all scored at least 14 points that went down the drain with their loss.

Ginebra 73 - Caguioa 11, Villanueva 9, Wilson W. 9, De Ocampo 8, Cortez 8, Intal 7, Canaleta 6, Helterbrand 6, Tubid 5, Wilson J. 4, Labagala 0, Aquino 0.
Powerade 72 - Lassiter 21, David 17, Cruz 14, Antonio 6, Casio 3, Vanlandingham 3, Lingganay 2, Kramer 2, Calimag 2, Crisano 2, Adducul 0, Anthony 0.
QS: 22-21, 35-32, 57-54, 73-72

MERALCO BOLTS over PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS, 80-70
One more able body for Meralco can go a long way, especially if that player is Sol Mercado. Mercado finally saw action for the season and immediately scored a team-high 16 points off the bench as the Bolts dealt the Petron Blaze Boosters their first defeat .

Gabby Espinas (193-F-82) had his second double-double of the conference with 14 points and 12 rebounds and, along with Asi Taulava, made some crucial baskets in the fourth period. Meralco's defense also held Petron to its lowest output yet for the season. Still, it was clearly the return of Mercado which provided the biggest lift for the Boosters as they improved their win-loss record to 3-2 while cutting short the Boosters' winning run at three.

Arwind Santos had his fourth straight double-double of 17 and 13 and Chris Lutz and Joseph Yeo chipped in 16 and 11, respectively. Yet the other go-to guys of Petron failed to deliver their usual quotas. Alex Cabagnot was held to only 6 points, 10 below his average, and Denok Miranda, who had 18 the last time out, managed only 7.

Meralco actually started taking control in the second quarter and took a 36-30 halftime lead, thanks mainly to Mercado and rookie Brian Faundo combining for half of the team's 18 points and Petron going 7-for-18 from the field.

Santos scattered nine of his points in the third canto, all helping the Boosters keep within 46-48, before a more balanced Meralco scoring led by Mark Isip and Chico Lanete, padded the lead to 58-49.

Meralco 80 - Mercado 16, Espinas 14, Lanete 9, taulava 8, Isip 7, Faundo 6, Macapagal 6, Omolon 6, Borboran 5, Yee 3, Ballesteros 0.
Petron 70 - Santos 17, Lutz 16, Yeo 11, Miranda 7, Cabagnot 6, Ildefonso 6, Agustin 3, Baclao 2, Sharma 2, Guevarra 0, Reyes 0.
QS: 18-17, 36-30, 58-49, 80-70

RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS over ALASKA ACES, 120-84
Behind extra hot shooting, Rain or Shine dealt Alaska its worst loss in memory and seized the lead in the PBA Philippine Cup. Jeffrei Chan (191-F-83) torched the Aces with a 5-of-5 three-pointers in the first quarter, and the Elasto Painters sustained a torrid clip throughout for a 120-84 rout. It was Rain of Shines largest winning margin in franchise history and Alaskas worst defeat, at least in the records kept by the league.

The Elasto Painters bamboozled the struggling Aces with a 57.5 percent shooting, and zoomed to the top with a second back-to-back wins in the tourney. Rain or Shine surged ahead at 4-1 with Petron moving down to joint second place with Talk n Text and Barako Bull at 3-1.

Alaska remained winless in four outings the franchises worst start in an all-Filipino tourney since 1995. Overall, its Alaskas worst since likewise going 0-4 in the 2001 Governors Cup.

Chan finished with six triples and a total of 20 points that went with 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals against 2 turnovers. JR Quinahan, Ronjay Buenafe and Larry Rodriguez added at least 16 points each for the Elasto Painters who terribly outshot the Aces.

Rain or Shine 120 - Chan 20, Quinahan 19, Buenafe 17, Rodriguez 16, Norwood 9, Arana 9, Cruz 7, Lee 5, Ibanes 5, Uyloan 4, Matias 3, Jaime 3, Belga 3.
Alaska 84 - Tenorio 20, Cablay 15, Baguio 13, Baracael 8, Dela Cruz 8, Thoss 7, Custodio 5, Reys 4, Salamat 3, Bugia 1, Mepana 0, Thiele 0, Eman 0.
QS: 32-18, 53-45, 81-62, 120-84

Source: Game recaps were compressed and compiled from PBA.ph




PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. David, Powerade T.23.7 
 2. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 3. Castro, Talk N Te.18.3 
 4. Caguioa, Ginebra18.0 
 5. Lutz, Petron Blaze17.7 
 6. Lee, Rain or Shine17.3 
 7. Seigle, Air21 Expr.16.5 
 8. Cabagnot, Petron16.0 
 9. Dillinger, Talk N.15.8 
 10. Espinas, Meralco15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 18
 1. Santos, Petron B.18.0 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text12.3 
 3. Reyes, Alaska Aces12.0 
 4. Thoss, Alaska Aces10.0 
 5. Kramer, Powerade.9.7 
 6. Taulava, Meralco9.5 
 7. Sena, Shopinas.9.3 
 8. Espinas, Meralco9.0 
 9. Peek, Talk N Text8.8 
 10. Anthony, Powerad.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jayson CASTRO
  Talk N Text
  (173-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Castro, Talk N Te.6.0 
 2. Lanete, Meralco5.5 
 3. Cabagnot, Petron5.3 
 4. Miller, Barako Bull5.3 
 5. Lee, Rain or Shine5.3 
 6. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.7 
 7. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.5 
 8. Cruz, Powerade T.4.3 
 9. Tenorio, Alaska A.4.0 
 10. Bangura, Air21 E.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher LUTZ
  Petron Blaze
  (192-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Lutz, Petron Blaze2.7 
 2. Castro, Talk N Te.2.0 
 3. Cruz, Powerade T.2.0 
 4. Ildefonso, Petron2.0 
 5. Lanete, Meralco1.8 
 6. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.7 
 7. Anthony, Powerade.1.7 
 8. Miller, Barako Bull1.5 
 9. Raymundo, B-Meg L.1.5 
 10. Arboleda, Barako1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 JR QUINAHAN
  Rain o.
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Quinahan, Rain o.2.0 
 2. Peek, Talk N Text1.8 
 3. Aguilar, Talk N.1.8 
 4. Espinas, Meralco1.8 
 5. Seigle, Air21 Expr.1.3 
 6. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.3 
 7. Baclao, Petron B.1.0 
 8. Borboran, Meralco1.0 
 9. Villanueva, Ginebr.1.0 
 10. Cabagnot, Petron1.0 


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 


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Kobus' 24 points and 8 rebounds give him 2Liga Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old swingman Bartosz Kobus (195-G/F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Zuraw Gniewno and receives a Eurobasket.com 2Liga Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had the game-high 24 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Zuraw Gniewno in his team's victory, helping them to beat KK Swiecie (#5, 2-2) 74-65. Zuraw Gniewno maintains the 3rd position in 2Liga. They are still close to the very top. Zuraw Gniewno would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game Kobus had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Zuraw Gniewno, through which he has constantly improved. Bartosz Kobus averages this season 13.0ppg and 5.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Krystian Swiech (205-F-80) of MKS Skierniew.. He is a forward in his first season at MKS Skierniew.. In the last game Swiech recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as MKS Skierniew. lost that game 76-83 to the higher-ranked Alba Chorzow (#6, 3-2). MKS Skierniew. managed to keep the same 13th spot in Group B. 4 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory MKS Skierniew. managed to get this year. Swiech is a newcomer at MKS Skierniew. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Miroslaw Lopatka (213-C/F-77, agency: Promotex) of league's leader Slask II W.. Lopatka scored 27 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Lopatka's great performance Slask II W. lost 70-81 to the lower-ranked AZS AWF K-ce (#7, 3-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Slask II W. had another 'accident'. It may be a crucial gamestill good, but 1st lost game is hopefully really an accident. Lopatka's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Lopatka has a very solid season. In 5 games in Poland he scored 15.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mateusz Szwed (197-C-91) of Zyrardowianka - 14 points and 13 rebounds
5. Tomasz Bryzek (194-G-86) of AZS AGH Alstom - 17 points and 13 rebounds
6. Danijel Grujic (201-F-90) of Zuraw Gniewno - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Slawomir Klocek (191-G-84) of MCKiS Jaworz. - 28 points and 10 rebounds
8. Filip Malgorzaciak (188-F-93) of Trefl II Sopot - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Lukasz Kasperzec (187-G-74) of UKS Siemaszka - 24 points and 3 rebounds
10. Marcin Kowalewski (200-PF-86) of AZS UWM Olsz. - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 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)


Asseco Prokom lost to top-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg in Gdy