EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/26/2011

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  ABA   


Calgary Crush name new Head Coach - by Gianni Pascucci
The expansion ABA Calgary Crush professional basketball team that begins play this season announced the hiring of new Head Coach Eddie Richardson III. 'Eddie stresses the fundamental values of hard work, dedication, team mentality and commitment to excellence, stated Salman Rashidian , team owner. 'As a player, Eddie works to improve his game any chance he can. He understands the difference between being a mediocre and impact player and what it takes to get there.'
After graduation, Eddie served as an assistant coach with the SAIT Trojans for a year before co-founding Genisis Basketball, an AAU program based in Calgary since 2006. In addition to coaching and running Genesis, he has run clinics at the grassroots level at various Calgary junior and senior high schools and has helped develop, train and mentor players. 'I am now focused on helping the Calgary Crush become a contender in the Northern Pacific region,' stated Richardson. 'We have a talented group and in a few weeks, we'll get a chance to see how talented.
For more information, visit contact pizzaprince@shaw.ca or er342@hotmail.com


Darren Travis, Veteran Guard added to the Jersey Express - by Eurobasket
The Jersey Express add 65 scoring guard Darren Travis (6'3''-G-84, college: Wash.Adventist) to roster. Travis is an experienced shooting guard, who can fill it up from 3 point range. He played collegiately at Monroe College, before embarking on several overseas opportunities, and most recently playing in the Italian summer league. Darren fills the stat sheet, with 17pts, 6asts, and 7rbd averages. With shooting percentages over 45% from the field, and 43% from beyond the arc, hes able to get to the rim and finish, because you must guard him from the outside.

Darren Travis; 'I would like to thank owner Marsha Blount, and coach Terry Dehere for this opportunity to play for the Jersey Express. Coming off a good summer for me and playing abroad in Italy I dont know if it has anything to do with the NBA lockout, but the contract offered to me to play this season in Italy, was not up to my standards in what I thought I was worth as a basketball player and thats where the Jersey Express stepped in. Being a Brooklyn boy, Marsha gave me the opportunity to stay local and play right in Jersey City for the Express, where I can display my abilities as a basketball player and what I know I am worth as a player and help the Express win a Championship. It is a great opportunity to still be close to my family and learn from coach Terry Dehere, who actually played my position in the NBA, and was a first round draft pick. With the experience I already have and all the insight and knowledge coach Terry will be able to give me, hopefully my stock will rise and I will get a better offer to play in Italy or Europe'.

Team Owner Marsha Blount stated: 'The addition of Darren Travis, gives us a tremendous wing player who can flat out score! Hes a knockdown 3 point shooter, who can get to the rim, and make the right pass. Coach Dehere loves a pure shooterand hes got one! He has experience, talent, and determination.


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  ARGENTINA   


La Union split ways with John DeGroat - by Eurobasket News
La Union Formosa waived John DeGroat (198-F-85, college: Pittsburgh). The forward joined the team at the start of the season. He tallied 9.9 points, 4.5 rebounds per Liga A appearance. Last three seasons John DeGroat spent in Ukraine. He played for Budivelnyk and BC Odessa. In 2010/11 season his stats read 13.4 points and 5.5 boards per game for BC Odessa. The forward was named Superleague All-Star Game MVP back in 2010.

Atenas ink deal with Christopher Hayes - by Eurobasket News
Atenas de Cordoba bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy). The forward started the last season in Uruguay. He played for Atletico Cordon. Christopher Hayes tallied 23.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game in LUB. In February Christopher Hayes moved to Juventud Sionista de Parana. His stats read 17.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game in Liga A. Christopher Hayes participated at 2009 Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago. The forward was trumped MVP. In 2010 Christopher Hayes also took part at Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas.


Obras part ways with Larry Lewis - by Eurobasket News
Obras Sanitarias opted to split ways with Larry Lewis (201-F-69, college: Morehouse). The veteran forward joined the team at the start of the season. Larry Lewis tallied 7.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in LigaA. In Liga Sudamericana his stats read 6.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per appearance. Last season Larry Lewis spent in Spain. He posted 5.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game for Manresa.

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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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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Wildcats
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Lisch, Wildcats24.3 
 2. Mills, Tigers22.0 
 3. Khazzouh, Kings19.0 
 4. Redhage, Wildcats18.7 
 5. Warren, 36ers18.7 
 6. Wilkinson, Breakers17.0 
 7. Tragardh, Tigers16.7 
 8. Worthington, Blaze16.3 
 9. Gill, Crocodiles16.3 
 10. Wilson, Taipans15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles9.7 
 2. Khazzouh, Kings9.5 
 3. Rychart, Taipans8.3 
 4. Worthington, Blaze8.0 
 5. Grant, Kings8.0 
 6. Simpsons, 36ers7.5 
 7. Bose, Kings7.3 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers7.0 
 9. Wilkinson, Breakers6.8 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Adam GIBSON
  Blaze
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Gibson, Blaze6.3 
 2. Martin, Wildcats6.0 
 3. Martin, Hawks5.8 
 4. Bruce, Kings5.3 
 5. Jackson, Breakers4.5 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats4.0 
 7. Hill, Taipans3.7 
 8. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
 9. Cadee, Blaze3.3 
 10. Wilson, Taipans3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.5 
 2. Gibson, Blaze2.3 
 3. English, Blaze2.0 
 4. Mims, Crocodiles2.0 
 5. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 6. Lisch, Wildcats1.7 
 7. Crawford, Croco.1.3 
 8. Herbert, 36ers1.3 
 9. Williams, Taipans1.3 
 10. Vukona, Breakers1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jerai GRANT
  Kings
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Grant, Kings2.5 
 2. Johnson, 36ers2.0 
 3. Nevill, Wildcats1.7 
 4. Pledger, Breakers1.5 
 5. Abercrombie, Break.1.5 
 6. Khazzouh, Kings1.3 
 7. Burston, Tigers1.0 
 8. Simpsons, 36ers1.0 
 9. Petrie, Blaze1.0 
 10. Martin, Wildcats1.0 


SBL: Matt Foster joins Tigers as Men's Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
The Board of Willetton Basketball Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Matt Foster to the position of Men's SBL Southlands Willetton Tigers coach for 2012.

Matt has been associated with Willetton for many years - starting as a Willetton junior player.

He played 280 SBL games for the Tigers in the SBL from 1992 to 2005, playing in the Tigers 2002 runners-up team.

Foster also took out the league MVP award in 1999, a year where he averaged 24.6 points at 46%, 13.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists.

He has been a coach for some years, and this year was awarded Basketball WA's Go for 2&5 Male WABL Coach of the Year.

He has recently returned from the National Under 14 Boys Club Championships with his Willetton team coming a hard-fought seventh in the country.

Article by Willetton Tigers


NBL round 3 best performance: Julian Khazzouh - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Julian Khazzouh (210-C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kings, receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team 36ers (#9, 0-3) with 23-point margin 94-71. Kings is placed at 5th position in NBL. Kings 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. It's Khazzouh's second year at Kings and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Julian Khazzouh has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.0ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.5rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 55.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Kevin Lisch (188-PG-86, agency: Warren Sports International) of league's leader Wildcats. Lisch had a very good evening with 28 points. Of course Wildcats cruised to a 93-85 relatively comfortable win over Crocodiles (1-2). A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Lisch is one of the most experienced players at Wildcats and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.3ppg (#1).

Third on the list of top players last round was another Kings' star - American forward Jerai Grant (203-F/C-89). Grant scored 14 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Kings, helping his team with a 95-89 win against Hawks (#8, 1-3). Kings needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Grant has a great season in Australia. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.0rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anatoly Bose (200-G/F-88) of Kings - 24 points and 7 rebounds
5. Joevan Catron (198-F-88) of Hawks - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jacob Holmes (201-F-83) of Crocodiles - 17 points and 14 rebounds
7. Julian Khazzouh (210-C-86) of Kings - 20 points and 5 rebounds
8. Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82) of Breakers - 19 points and 13 rebounds
9. Anatoly Bose (200-G/F-88) of Kings - 14 points and 10 rebounds
10. Eddie Gill (184-PG-78) of Crocodiles - 15 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)


Forde looking for long-term success at helm of Eagles - by Eurobasket News
Newly appointed Australian Central East Perth Eagles Mens SBL Head Coach, Adam Forde is set to begin his tenure with the Eagles later this month when he opens the doors to prospective players for the upcoming season.

With a key focus of development and building sustainable long term success for the Morley based outfit, Coach Adam Forde is inviting players looking to improve and develop their game to help him contribute to the Eagles future success.

'I'm after athletes who not only have a commitment to their own individual development, but are also looking to really contribute to the long term future success of East Perth. For me it's about a culture of We not Me, and players really need to adopt this as not only the mentality but a way of basketball life when you put on the East Perth logo.'

The Eagles are set to begin their preseason trials on Wednesday the 23rd of November with a scheduled open trial at Chisolm College, located in Beaufort Street, Bedford. The trial is set to commence at 6pm and conclude at 8pm. During this time, Coach Adam Forde is set to cast his eyes on the talent that he hopes can help the team's Championship aspirations closer than the eighth place finish in 2011.

'I'm determined that over the span of the next three years that we can we push for not only finals success, but Championship success in particular. I'm under no illusions about our team's chances and alot of hours on the training court will be needed to ensure that development of our whole group in order to achieve the ultimate team success. This season in particular is about development as we build into year two and year three.' added the East Perth leader.
Courtesy of: SBL




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


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  AUSTRIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna27.5 
 2. Djuric, Gussing24.5 
 3. Brown, Wels23.7 
 4. Wade, Arkadia23.0 
 5. Reed, Oberwart22.8 
 6. Shaw, Oberwart20.5 
 7. Leonard, Arkadia20.0 
 8. Drenovac, Arkadia19.0 
 9. Nelson, Kapfenberg19.0 
 10. Nagler, Klostern.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Demetrius NELSON
  Kapfenberg
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Nelson, Kapfenberg13.0 
 2. Rakocevic, BC Vi.10.3 
 3. Oppland, Gmunden10.3 
 4. Skurdauskas, Arkad.9.3 
 5. Shaw, Oberwart8.3 
 6. Bakovic, St.Polten8.0 
 7. Drenovac, Arkadia8.0 
 8. Reed, Oberwart7.5 
 9. Heard, Gussing7.3 
 10. Lanegger, UBSC G.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenf.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 9
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.9.0 
 2. Stazic, BC Vienna6.3 
 3. Friedrich, St.Polt.6.0 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.5.3 
 5. Fears, Kapfenberg5.0 
 6. Rakocevic, BC Vi.5.0 
 7. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.0 
 8. Pryor, Wels4.7 
 9. Farokhmanesh, Wels4.7 
 10. Danek, Arkadia4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenf.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.5.0 
 2. Brown, Wels3.3 
 3. Pryor, Wels3.3 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.3.0 
 5. Oppland, Gmunden2.0 
 6. Lanegger, Klostern.2.0 
 7. Fears, Kapfenberg2.0 
 8. Murati, Gmunden2.0 
 9. Shaw, Oberwart2.0 
 10. Hutter, Gmunden2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.2.8 
 2. Ware, Furstenfeld1.5 
 3. Skurdauskas, Arkad.1.3 
 4. Brown, Wels1.3 
 5. Moric, UBSC G.1.3 
 6. Kohlmaier, Wels1.0 
 7. Hutter, Gmunden1.0 
 8. Shaw, Oberwart1.0 
 9. Sallomon, Klostern.1.0 
 10. Fruehwirth, Oberw.0.8 


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Mornar Bar 1-0 
 2. Rilski Sportist 1-0 
 3. Galil Gilboa 0-0 
 4. OKK Beograd 0-0 
 5. Timisoara 0-1 
 6. Torus Skopje 0-1 
Group B
 1. Hapoel T-A 2-0 
 2. Levski Sofia 1-0 
 3. Feni Indistrija 1-1 
 4. Napredak 0-1 
 5. Ulcinj 0-1 
 6. Zrinjski HT 0-1 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 26
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas26.0 
 2. Pilk, TT.24.0 
 3. Jefferson, Triumph22.5 
 4. Bowles, Siauliai21.5 
 5. Urbonas, Juventus20.5 
 6. Duselis, Jelgava20.0 
 7. Amis, Tartu Ulikool19.3 
 8. Krumins, Jelgava19.0 
 9. Barinov, Naglis P.19.0 
 10. Kalve, Valmiera19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 17
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.17.0 
 2. Parn, Rapla13.0 
 3. Cipruss, Tarvas13.0 
 4. Pilk, TT.10.0 
 5. Benn, Naglis Palan.10.0 
 6. Keedus, TT.10.0 
 7. Matulionis, Techas.9.5 
 8. Bowles, Siauliai9.0 
 9. Barinov, Naglis P.8.0 
 10. Galdikas, Neptun.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  Neptunas
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Stasys, Neptunas9.0 
 2. Maceina, Juventus8.0 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas8.0 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai7.0 
 5. Rinkevicius, Nagli.6.0 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Sak.6.0 
 7. Kelys, Pieno Z.5.0 
 8. Benn, Naglis Palan.5.0 
 9. Ezerskis, Techasas5.0 
 10. Babkauskas, Tech.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Erik KEEDUS
  TT.
  (194-F-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Keedus, TT.5.0 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava5.0 
 3. Runkaukas, Neptun.3.0 
 4. Landry, Triumph3.0 
 5. Elksnis, Valmiera3.0 
 6. Benn, Naglis Palan.3.0 
 7. Salenga, Rudupis3.0 
 8. Kulevicius, Techas.2.5 
 9. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.5 
 10. Virsis, Valmiera2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexey KURTSEVICH
  Trium.
  (210-C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kurtsevich, Trium.2.0 
 2. Staniulis, Techasas2.0 
 3. Rozitis, Valmiera2.0 
 4. Meiers, Ventspils1.5 
 5. Mednis, Turiba1.5 
 6. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.5 
 7. Hicks, Liepaja1.0 
 8. Freimanis, Liepaja1.0 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla1.0 
 10. McKee, Triumph1.0 


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. Neptunas 1-1 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 0-0 
 5. Jelgava 0-2 
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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  BELARUS   


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


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  BELGIUM   


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


D2: Gembo and Waregem jump to 6-1 - by Eurobasket News
Round Seven of the Belgian second division was played last weekend. Gembo and Waregem managed to beat their rivals for almost perfect 6-1 record. They share the first place in the standings. Gembo was better than Fleurus at home with huge 86-57. Fleurus dropped to 4-3 after this meeting. Waregem met Excelsior also at home and celebrated 87-72 victory. Excelsior slipped to 4-3 as well joining Fleurus, Liege II and Boom. In other games, Sprimont handed 83-76 loss to M.Hainaut II, while Sint-Jan outplayed St-Niklase 66-56. Gistel grabbed 91-89 home win against Melsele. On Sunday, Boom won on the road against Essor Charleroi 69-77 and Liege II blasted De Westhoek at home.

Salah Mejri claims D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Tunisian center Salah Mejri (216-C-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Antwerp and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 25-year old center had a double-double of 17 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Liege (#7, 1-3) 64-56. Antwerp is placed at 5th position in Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Antwerp will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. It's Mejri's second year at Antwerp and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Mejri has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.0rpg) and averages solid 3.7bpg and 70.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American guard Devan Downey (175-G-87) of Verviers-Pep.. Downey impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Verviers-Pep. was edged by the higher-ranked Oostende (#4, 3-2) 79-75. Verviers-Pep. managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. 3 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Downey is a newcomer at Verviers-Pep. 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 Josh Bostic (196-F-87) of Liege (#7). Bostic scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Bostic's great performance Liege lost 56-64 to slightly higher-ranked Antwerp (#5, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Liege 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 Bostic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bostic has individually a great season in Belgium. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (3rd best) and assists with 3.3apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Richard Chaney (196-G-84) of Gent - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83) of Oostende - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Brandon Freeman (191-G-83) of Leuven - 22 points and 2 assists
7. Demond Mallet (185-G-78) of Charleroi - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Terrence Jennings (205-F-88) of Liege - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Bingo Merriex (204-F-80) of Verviers-Pep. - 10 points and 11 rebounds
10. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80) of Charleroi - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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Igokea and Capljina improve to 3-0 - by Eurobasket News
Round Three of the Bosnian top division was played last weekend. Igokea and Capljina managed to beat their rivals and to keep the perfect score after three games.
Igokea was better than Mladost at home 82-64. Marko Brkic (206-F/C-82, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Nenad Sulovic (202-F/C-85) also was great and he was close to register triple-double in this meeting: 12 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. In Mladost, Petar Ivanic (193-G-85) scored 18 points.
Capljina handed 69-63 loss to Leotar also on Saturday. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) exploded with 25 points and 17 rebounds for the hosts. In the loosing squad, Bojan Pelkic (206-F-83, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 22 points.
Below are all results from this round. There is also Round 4 schedule and standings.

Regular Season - Round 3
Oct. 23, 2011 Servitium-Borac Nektar 80-66
Oct. 22, 2011 Celik-Zrinjski HT 88-78
Oct. 22, 2011 Igokea-Mladost 82-64
Oct. 22, 2011 Capljina-Leotar 69-63
Oct. 22, 2011 Brotnjo-Vogosca 97-72
Oct. 22, 2011 Bosna-Hercegovac 81-61

Regular Season - Round 4
Oct. 29, 2011 Vogosca-Bosna
Oct. 29, 2011 Leotar-Brotnjo
Oct. 29, 2011 Mladost-Capljina
Oct. 29, 2011 Zrinjski HT-Igokea
Oct. 29, 2011 Borac Nektar-Celik
Oct. 29, 2011 Varda HE-Servitium

D1 Standings
1. Capljina 3-0
2. Igokea 3-0
3. Bosna 2-0
4. Mladost 2-1
5. Borac Nektar 1-1
6. Varda HE 1-1
7. Zrinjski HT 1-2
8. Hercegovac 1-2
9. Leotar 1-2
10. Celik 1-2
11. Brotnjo 1-2
12. Servitium 1-2
13. Vogosca 0-3


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ilia STANKOV
  Spartak .
  (198-F-76)
  Avg: 23
 1. Stankov, Spartak23.0 
 2. Yanev, Cherno More22.5 
 3. Dunovic, Chernomo.22.5 
 4. Durchev, Tundja Y.22.0 
 5. Heath, Lukoil A.21.0 
 6. Lilov, Balkan20.5 
 7. Marinov, Balkan18.5 
 8. Harper, Levski S.17.5 
 9. Hall, Levski Sofia15.5 
 10. Vaklinov, Rilski15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandr YANEV
  Cherno More
  (203-F/C-90)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Yanev, Cherno More15.5 
 2. Evtimov, Levski So.11.5 
 3. Slaveykov, Sparta.9.5 
 4. Stankov, Spartak8.5 
 5. Lilov, Balkan8.0 
 6. Martin, Balkan8.0 
 7. Vukosavljevi., Ril.8.0 
 8. Pavlovski, Chernom.7.5 
 9. Crawford, Balkan7.0 
 10. Dunovic, Chernomo.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.8.0 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.5.5 
 3. Filipov, Balkan5.0 
 4. Dyakovski, Sparta.4.5 
 5. Dunovic, Chernomo.4.5 
 6. Roshmanov, Cherno.4.5 
 7. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.0 
 8. Koev, Chernomorets3.5 
 9. Aleksiev, Cherno M.3.5 
 10. Evtimov, Levski S.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.5 
 2. Stoykov, Lukoil A.3.5 
 3. Kirov, Rilski S.3.0 
 4. Velikov, Rilski S.3.0 
 5. Petkov, Tundja Y.2.5 
 6. Slaveykov, Sparta.2.5 
 7. Durchev, Tundja Y.2.5 
 8. Boev, Rilski Sport.2.5 
 9. Heath, Lukoil A.2.5 
 10. Dyakovski, Sparta.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zlatko GOCEVSKI
  Tundja Y.
  (206-C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gocevski, Tundja Y.2.0 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.2.0 
 3. Todorov, Spartak1.0 
 4. Davidov, Cherno M.1.0 
 5. Petkov, Tundja Y.1.0 
 6. Martin, Balkan1.0 
 7. Crawford, Balkan1.0 
 8. Iliev, Cherno More0.5 
 9. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.5 
 10. Georgiev, Sparta.0.5 


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  CAMEROON   


Moliva Gaston and Talba Toudjani shine in the openers - by Eurobasket News
Gaston Moliva (202-F-85, college: Richmond) and Talba Toudjani (201-F-80) shine in the openers for thier teams abroad. Gaston Moliva and his Chiba Jets have 3-1 record in the Eastern Division. The Cameroonian player moved to Japan in the beginning of the season and averages 3.8 points per game. In his top game he recorded so far 8 points at the Regular Season Round 4. Chiba Jets needed overtime to beat Yokohama BC 82:80.
Talba Toudjani meanwhile started the season in Georgia. He erupted with 14 points for his MIA Tbilisi that blasted Batumi 101:77. MIA dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Batumi's 36. They outrebounded Batumi 43-22 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. MIA players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists.



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  CANADA   


Lightning strike with exhibition win - by Eurobasket News
Taylor King (6'6''-F-88, college: Concordia Irvine) has the Serenity Prayer tattooed on his left forearm. And in his first professional basketball game, the native of Huntington Beach, Calif., was a picture of calm Sunday.

The 23-year-old lefty, who prefers the court to the surf, canned eight threes and scored a team-high 29 points as the London Lightning beat the Oshawa Power 111-83 in a National Basketball League of Canada preseason game before about 500 spectators at the John Labatt Centre.

London opens its regular season at home to Halifax on Nov. 3.

Everyone can shoot on this team, not just me, said King, who played one season of college ball at Duke and two more at Villanova after graduating high school in 2007 with the third-highest career points total in California history. Today was just my day and my teammates did a great job of finding me in open spots. And in the second half, they went to a zone and when you get the ball in the middle, you can do a lot against a zone.

King was a latecomer to the Lightning training camp.

I was supposed to be playing in Italy, I was supposed to be in Germany and I was supposed to be in Serbia, he said of his original plans. But in the overseas game, nothing is guaranteed unless you have a signed contract and a plane ticket in your hand.

I just wanted to get out of the States (to play). If it was Canada, it was Canada. If it was Mexico, it was Mexico. But Im in a great spot right now. We have a lot of veterans, a lot of older guys who can teach me a lot. Im only 23; I can only continue to learn and continue to get better.

The tattoo on his left arm is accompanied by his mothers name Marguerite.

My mom used to say this to me every day and its something I really take to heart, he said.

King said the mantra helped him get into a rhythm coming off the bench. I just wanted to go in and get comfortable, try to get into a little flow before I started shooting. And today, I was just in the right place at the right time.

King also had seven rebounds, a stat that took him by surprise, but not head coach Micheal Ray Richardson.

Hes a shooter and when hes open, he can flat-out shoot, the coach said. The guys in the league for a reason. And he did it all for us today; hes a real sparkplug coming off the bench. And if youre going to win in this league, you cant be losing anything when you go to your bench.

Another positive for the Lightning was the fact five players scored in double figures Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas St.) had 17, Shawn Daniels (6'7''-C-79, college: Utah St.) 13 and Gabe Freeman and Jamaal Davis 11 apiece.

I dont want to put all my marbles on one or two guys, Richardson said. I want all of my guys to be comfortable taking a shot.

The Lightning stormed out of the gate, opening with a 13-2 run and leading 31-9 after the first quarter thanks in part to a defence that forced turnovers. Up 57-24 at the break, the Lightning softened a bit in the second half as the Power at least made a game of it.

I thought we played great team defence in the first half, but in the second half we allowed them too many easy points and gave up too many offensive rebounds, Richardson said. Every game, were going to have to get better.

We wont be where we want to be until we get a (championship) ring. But is it where we want to be heading into the season? Yes.

Richardson displayed the intensity hes noted for, pacing the sideline and working officials to the point of being given a warning in the second half.

Preseason is for working out kinks and it was no different for the JLC. The rim at the east end of the court had to be adjusted before tipoff, delaying start of the game about 10 minutes.

It feels really good, Lighning GM Taylor Brown said of getting a home game in the books. And its going to be a great atmosphere once the stands are filled.

Brandon Robinson led all scorers with 31 points for the Power.

Courtesy of www.lfpress.com


Miracles fall short at the hands of Summerside Storm - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Coliseum was a sell-out crowd with Monctonians coming out to support the Rogers Slam Dunk Fan Night Game against the Summerside Storm.

Jared Cunningham was the first to put up points for the Miracles with a far out 3 point shot. With it being the Moncton Miracles first game yet this season there were many kinks to work out in their game plan. At the end of the first quarter the Summerside Storm led the game 24-15.

The second quarter continued to go the Storm's way with them leading into the third quarter 41-34. Darrell Wonge (6'7''-F-86, college: Winston Salem) and Jared Cunningham leading the way for the Miracles with 8 points each. Eric Gilchrese finished the half with 9 points for Summerside.

The Miracles finally took the lead with 7:36 left in the third quarter to make it 53-50. The rest of the quarter was shot for shot and ended with the Storm back in charge with a 72-67 score.

The final score of the game was 86 to 97. The leading scorer for the Miracles was Jazzmarr Ferguson (6'1''-G, college: Indiana SE) with 17 points, followed by Darrell Wonge with 15 and Andrew Francis with 14.

The Summerside Storm's leading scorer of the game was Louie McCroskey (6'5''-G-85, college: Marist) with 16 points, followed by Julian Allan with 15.

The Miracles regular season home opener takes place on Saturday, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. when they face the Saint John Millrats.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


So far, so good for Rainmen - by Eurobasket News
Halifax is off and running in the new National Basketball League of Canada.

The Rainmen earned a weekend sweep of the Summerside (P.E.I.) Storm, following up Fridays 100-96 road win with a 93-77 blowout yesterday at the Metro Centre before a franchise record crowd of 8,422.

Feels good, said Rainmen guard Rodney Buford (196-G-77, college: Creighton), who piled up a team-high 40 points over the weekend. First time weve played five-on-five. Since camp started, all weve been doing is four-on-four, but its good to get out here, play with the team and play against other guys.

The Rainmen were all over the Storm yesterday, mounting a 26-11 first-quarter lead and a 23-point cushion at the half.

Buford, who is seven years removed from a 230-game NBA career, showed off his big-league skills dropping three three-pointers among his 17 points.

I like this arena - we fed off the energy of the crowd, Buford said. Hopefully we can get some more wins and some more big crowds like this.

Halifax's Christian Upshaw (178-G-86) made his home debut for the Rainmen, collecting five points and two assists in 17 minutes. He was the man of the hour in the post-game autograph session, signing everything from backpacks to T-shirts to sneakers.

I loved it, said the former St. Francis Xavier X-Men star after taking care of a long lineup of fawning fans. This is great basketball, very intense, lots of crowd support.... It feels good to be home, back on the court again.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


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Temuco Basket with 2 important wins on the road - by Tony Gomez
Temuco Basket is now getting it together winning to games on the road to stay in the race for stage 2. The team has been more together and now are starting o click. Vet Tony Bishop (201-F-73, college: S.Alabama) has been a spark for the club while American players Victor Toribio (198-G/F-82) and Ibekwe Onyekachi (203-F-84, college: Long Beach St.) have come together to give the team a nice flow. Ibekwe has been a monster on the boards leading the south division in rebounds. The team will be home for a 5 game stand which will be crucial on their fight for Qualification to stage 2.

Standings - DIMAYOR
Liga Nacional Standings
North
 1. Boston Coll. 9-0 
 2. Los Leones 8-1 
 3. Sagrados 6-3 
 4. Puente Alto 6-3 
 5. San Juan 5-4 
 6. Stadio Italiano 3-6 
 7. Sabuesos 3-6 
 8. Sportiva Italiana 2-7 
 9. Providencia 2-7 
 10. Palestino 1-8 
South
 1. Aleman 6-1 
 2. Osorno Basq. 5-2 
 3. Dep.Ancud 4-3 
 4. Dep.Castro 4-3 
 5. Dep.Valdivia 4-3 
 6. Dep.Pucon 2-5 
 7. Temuco Basket 2-5 
 8. Las Animas 1-6 


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Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Bucaros 14-6 
 2. Guerreros 10-6 
 3. Orgullo Paisa 10-6 
 4. Patriotas 10-8 
 5. Caribbean Heat 9-11 
 6. Cucuta Norte 7-13 
 7. InderValle 4-14 


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  CROATIA   


Zagreb did not reject Derrick Rose, says club - by Eurobasket News
Croatian club KK Zagreb denied speculation that they had rejected Derrick Rose (193-G-88, college: Memphis) saying in fact that they wanted to sign the Chicago Bulls star for 20 games during the NBA lockout. The Euroleague clubs media director Damir Klekar blamed the false reports on a clumsy translating of an interview with club sports director Hrvoje Ciketic that spun out of control. The club has apologised to Rose and his agent.

Here a press release made available to heinnews:



Derrick Rose is not rejected by BC Zagreb, BC Zagreb wanted Derrick Rose!

After some media reports with inaccurate information that the BC Zagreb refused to sign Derrick Rose were published, we are obliged to respond to such misinformation.
The truth is that the Basketball club Zagreb wanted to hire Derrick Rose for twenty games in the 2011/12 season, until the end of the NBA lockout. Therefore the clubs sports director Hrvoje Ciketic came in contact with his agents.
He began the negotiations which were brought, after months of agreeing, close to the finalization. However, BC Zagreb could not end the negotiations and the agreement has not been reached.
Before the start of the current season, BC Zagreb received bids for the involvement of 32 NBA players, but there was not a bid for Derrick Rose. The idea of bringing Derrick Rose was initiated from BC Zagreb. We are disappointed that we didnt finish the negotiations and engagement of Derrick Rose.
We are very sad because some clumsy and freely translated quotes taken from interview of our clubs sports director Hrvoje Ciketic (published in Vecernji list) were shamelessly transformed into a lie. We apologize to Derrick Rose, his agent and everyone who might feel hurt. We also believe, that all of those who passed this misinformation, should do the same.

Damir Klekar
Media Director
KK Zagreb CO

Courtesy of www.heinnews.com




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Cyprus League Premier Games, 2nd and final part - by Chris Mammides
The last game of the first week of the A' Division league found Christos Stylianidiss APOEL beating at the very end the fighting team of Coach Argirou, ENAD with 82-76 in a game which was a derby and 3 minutes before the end had a balance score.
At the beginning ENAD players went into the court with good tactics and very good peripheral brought the game into a double deficit by the end of the first quarter as APOEL scored only 10 points in 10 minutes. With Reed in an excellent mood and Aleksandar Matic (203-F-76) following from a close distance the visiting site of ENAD kept this leading role and by the end of the first half the game became wild as APOELs players got the game more seriously and cut the deficit to just 3 points and 33-36 went to the break in the lowest deficit from the beginning. Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-PG-87, college: St.Bonaventure) was the top performer on behalf of the home team and the true leader; he was the player to give the signal for the offence.
The third quarter was a true derby between two more or less equal teams with the visiting site still keeping the minimum deficit by the end of the third period mainly due to Reed, Aleksandar Matic and Hundock and their peripheral sharpness. The end of the 3rd quarter found the two teams to be in the 59-61 and everybody knew that the winning team would have been the team to play some defense and score a bit more than the other.
The 4th quarter and especially the second part of it was a continuous monologue for the home team who found the visitors being tired after the first 35 minutes and with a 7-0 and a 9-2 finished the game in the end. Final score was 83-76
Top scorer of the game and an MVP with the Nigerian-English guard Ogooluwa Adegboye who ended the game with 21 points and 3 three pointers, followed by Houston and Beasly with 15 and 13 points respectively.
On the other hand ENAD had Dewayne Reed (185-G-87, college: Auburn) in the top seat of scorers with 18 points followed by Aleksandar Matic with 16 and Hunsdock scoring 14 points.




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


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CEZ Nymburk Drops Inter Bratislava 90-61 in Opening Game of Round 9 of Mattoni NBL - by Surujh Roopnarine
CEZ Nymburk traveled to Slovakia this evening to take on Inter Bratislava in the first game of Round 9 of NBL play. The visitors jumped all over the hosts 24-8 in the opening quarter and never looked back in the wire-to-wire victory. Lukas Palyza (204-F-89), filling in for Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington), had his best game of the season for Nymburk, scoring a game-high 22 points on 8-11 shooting, including six three-pointers. American import Curtis Allen (193-G-86, college: ORU) was the best player for the hosts, tallying a 16 point, 10 rebound double-double to lead Inter. Inter once again played without starting point guard Kevin Bridgewaters (175-G-84, college: Chattanooga). Nenad Milosevic (190-G-83) once again started in his place, but had a rough game, committing five turnovers while only handing out one assists in 30 minutes. The team has dropped its fifth game in a row and fall to 1-8 on the season while the reigning champs improved to 6-1, winners of their last five contests.
INTER BRATISLAVA: Curtis Allen (16pts+10reb+5to), Nenad Milosevic (12pts+5to), Stjepan Gavran (206-C-78) (10pts+9reb), Jaroslav Musil (189-G-89) (8pts)
NYMBURK: Lukas Palyza (22pts), Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) (15pts+5reb), Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) (12pts), Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) (9pts+5reb)



Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. BK Decin 6-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 6-1 
 3. CEZ Nymburk 6-1 
 4. BK Pardubice 6-2 
 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 1-8 
 14. B&W Opava 0-7 


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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1st Division, Round 5: Amager stays the only unbeaten team - by Eurobasket News
Round Five of the 1st Division was played last weekend. Amager BK managed to register another win. This time they had to work very hard in order to secure a tiny 69-67 vicotry against Stevnsgade. Amager has 4-0 record now and stays alone on top of the standings. Stevnsgade dropped to 1-2. Second ranked Randers celebrated as a guest in this round. They handed 70-76 home loss to ALBA. Randers has 4-1 record now. In other games, Solrod failed at home against Aarhus 60-87 on Friday night. A day later, Aarhus registered another road win, this time against Virum 65-67. Haderslev was better than Glostrup on Sunday 72-65.

Ligaen Round 7: Leader Svendborg gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
Undefeated leader Svendborg delivered the seventh consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Vaerlose (2-5) 75-65. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-65. Svendborg forced 20 Vaerlose turnovers. The former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola) fired 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88) chipped in 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Adam Wire (195, college: Cornell) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Undefeated Svendborg (7-0) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Vaerlose at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with SISU and Falcon. Svendborg are looking forward to face Horsholm (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Vaerlose will play against Naestved (#4) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Copenhagen supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Naestved (4-3) played at the court of 6th ranked SISU (2-5). Naestved smashed SISU 99-61. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: Stephen F. Austin, agency: I.D.S. Law) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Peter Johansen contributed with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) answered with 15 points and 4 assists for SISU. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Naestved maintains fourth place with 4-3 record. SISU lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Falcon and Vaerlose. Naestved will play against Vaerlose (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. SISU will play against Falcon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Horsens was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Aabyhoj (3-4) played at the court of sixth ranked Horsens IC (3-4). Horsens IC defeated Aabyhoj 79-63 on Monday. It was a great evening for Will Harris who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds. At the losing side Darko Jukic responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Horsens IC. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Aabyhoj. Horsens IC will meet league's second-placed Bakken in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aabyhoj will play against Aalborg and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 7 bottom-ranked Aalborg was defeated by Horsholm in a road game 93-76. Falcon lost to defending champion Bakken at home 73-97.



Horsholm - Aalborg 93-76

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Aalborg (1-6) was defeated on the road by third ranked Horsholm (5-2) 93-76 on Saturday. The game without a history. Horsholm led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Horsholm outrebounded Aalborg 40-24 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American power forward Joe Benjamin (201-83, college: W.Virginia St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Bojan Marinkovic (209-84) helped adding 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Horsholm players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import point guard Ryan White (177-88, college: Texas St.) scored 25 points and 8 assists. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Horsholm. They maintain third place with 5-2 record having just two points less than leader Svendborg. Aalborg lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with six games lost. Horsholm will meet at home league's leader Svendborg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aalborg will play against Aabyhoj (#6).
Top scorers:
Aalborg: R.White 25+1reb+8ast, T.Bishop 23+11reb+2ast, M.Rasmussen 10+3reb+1ast, S.Sorensen 8+1reb+2ast, M.Christensen 5+1reb, L.Kristiansen 2+2reb
Horsholm: A.Haas 20+1reb+2ast, J.Benjamin 20+11reb+4ast, P.Hertz 14+3reb+1ast, B.Marinkovic 14+8reb+2ast, B.Colas 13+9reb+2ast, A.Bak 10+5reb+2ast
gschID: 136118


SISU - Naestved 61-99

The game in Copenhagen supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Naestved (4-3) played at the court of 6th ranked SISU (2-5). Naestved smashed SISU 99-61. The game was mostly controlled by Naestved. SISU was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to SISU's 40 and made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Naestved forced 20 SISU turnovers and outrebounded them 41-20 including a 28-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: Stephen F. Austin, agency: I.D.S. Law) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). The former international power forward Peter Johansen (205-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Naestved players scored in double figures. American swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) answered with 15 points and 4 assists and the other American import forward Jenard Harrison (203-84, college: Amer.Internat.) added 10 points in the effort for SISU. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Naestved maintains fourth place with 4-3 record. SISU lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Falcon and Vaerlose. Naestved will play against Vaerlose (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. SISU will play against Falcon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SISU: M.Dennis 15+4ast, M.Nielsen 12+1reb+1ast, J.Harrison 10+4reb+2ast, M.Glahn 7+2reb+1ast, D.Rutherford 6+4reb, D.Harder 5+5reb+1ast
Naestved: J.Glynn 23+10reb+2ast, P.Johansen 19+10reb+5ast, C.Henry 18+5reb+4ast, N.Brasas 11+2reb, M.Frandsen 7+6reb, N.Andreasen 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 136119


Horsens IC - Aabyhoj 79-63

The game in Horsens was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Aabyhoj (3-4) played at the court of sixth ranked Horsens IC (3-4). Horsens IC defeated Aabyhoj 79-63 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Horsens IC. Aabyhoj managed to win second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American forward Will Harris (198-86, college: Albany) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Mike St.John (203-84, college: La Salle) helped adding 17 points and 9 rebounds. St.John is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side international guard Darko Jukic (199-90) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds and American forward D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Horsens IC. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Aabyhoj. Horsens IC will meet league's second-placed Bakken in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aabyhoj will play against Aalborg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Aabyhoj: D.Jukic 18+9reb+2ast, D.Phillips 12+9reb+1ast, O.Sigurdsson 10+1reb+1ast, D.Curry 10+12reb+2ast, R.Laier 7+5reb, J.Wang 2+3reb+2ast
Horsens IC: W.Harris 30+15reb+1ast, D.Sattler 18+3reb+4ast, M.St.John 17+9reb, H.Schur 10+11reb+2ast, M.Sakne 4+2reb+2ast, M.Jensen 0
gschID: 136120


Svendborg - Vaerlose 75-65

Undefeated leader Svendborg delivered the seventh consecutive win on Saturday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Vaerlose (2-5) 75-65. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-65. Svendborg forced 20 Vaerlose turnovers. The former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola) fired 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Adam Wire (195, college: Cornell) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and Icelandic forward Axel Karason (193-83) added 10 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Svendborg (7-0) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Vaerlose at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with SISU and Falcon. Svendborg are looking forward to face Horsholm (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Vaerlose will play against Naestved (#4) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Vaerlose: R.Larsen 15+3reb+1ast, A.Wire 14+13reb, A.Osgood-Richardson 14+6reb, A.Karason 10+11reb+2ast, P.Simonsen 5+3reb+3ast, P.Moller 4+2reb+2ast
Svendborg: C.Colman 23+9reb+3ast, M.Plannthin 18+11reb+4ast, A.Darboe 14+3reb+1ast, N.Degn-Andersen 12+1reb+1ast, J.Hansen 6+3reb+1ast, M.Mariegaard 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 136116


Falcon - Bakken 73-97

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Bakken (6-1) smashed on the road 9th ranked Falcon (2-5) 97-73 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Bakken. Falcon managed to win third quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Chad Gray (200-85, college: Co.Carolina, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment) helped adding 19 points. Gray is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Bakken players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international swingman Henrik Thomsen (203-84, college: Cal-Riverside) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Julian McFarlane (184-86) scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. 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. Defending champion maintains second place with 6-1 record behind leader Svendborg. Falcon lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with SISU and Vaerlose. Bakken will meet at home Horsens IC (#5) in the next round. Falcon will play against SISU in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Falcon: H.Thomsen 17+5reb+3ast, P.Jorgensen 12+5reb+1ast, J.McFarlane 11+6reb+5ast, C.Thomsen 9+7reb+3ast, P.Christiansen 7+1reb+1ast, J.Rottgardt 7+1reb+3ast
Bakken: C.Gray 19+2reb, C.Nielsen 18+2reb+1ast, N.Iversen 14+8reb+5ast, F.Nielsen 10+1reb, C.Christoffersen 8+5reb+1ast, H.Falsvig 7+1reb
gschID: 136117




Jordan Glynn claims Ligaen weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented American Jordan Glynn (200-F-89, agency: I.D.S. Law) had an amazing evening in the last round for Naestved and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 23 points and ten rebounds, while his team outclassed SISU (#8, 2-5) with 38-point margin 99-61. Naestved maintains the 4th position in Danish Ligaen. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Naestved will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. Glynn turned to be Naestved's top player in his first season with the team. Stephen F. Austin State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Glynn is in league's top in points (9th best: 18.6ppg), rebounds (6th best: 9.6rpg) and averages solid 58.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American power forward Joe Benjamin (201-F/C-83) of Horsholm. Benjamin impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Horsholm to another comfortable win 93-76 over the lower-ranked Aalborg (#10, 1-6) being unquestionably team leader. Horsholm's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Benjamin is a newcomer at Horsholm and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Will Harris (198-F-86) of Horsens IC (#5). Harris got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for fifteen rebounds . He was a key player of Horsens IC, leading his team to a 79-63 easy win against Aabyhoj (3-4). The chances of Horsens IC ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Harris could help Horsens IC to bring them higher in the standings. Harris has a great season in Denmark. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 31.6ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 10.1rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tony Bishop (201-F-89) of Aalborg - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Peter Johansen (205-F/C-80) of Naestved - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Mikkel Plannthin (195-G-88) of Svendborg - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Corin Henry (180-PG-88) of Naestved - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Bojan Marinkovic (209-C-84) of Horsholm - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ryan White (177-PG-88) of Aalborg - 25 points and 8 assists
10. Chanan Colman (191-G-84) of Svendborg - 23 points, 9 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 - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 7-0 
 2. Bakken 6-1 
 3. Horsholm 5-2 
 4. Naestved 4-3 
 5. Horsens IC 3-4 
 6. Aabyhoj 3-4 
 7. Falcon 2-5 
 8. SISU 2-5 
 9. Vaerlose 2-5 
 10. Aalborg 1-6 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Will HARRIS
  Horsens IC
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 31.6
 1. Harris, Horsens IC31.6 
 2. White, Aalborg27.7 
 3. Kingsley, Svendborg25.5 
 4. Bishop, Aalborg24.0 
 5. Rutherford, SISU23.6 
 6. Henry, Naestved21.3 
 7. Rasmussen, Vaerl.18.8 
 8. Curry, Aabyhoj18.7 
 9. Glynn, Naestved18.6 
 10. Dennis, SISU18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Bishop, Aalborg12.5 
 2. Benjamin, Horsholm10.7 
 3. St.John, Horsens10.3 
 4. Harris, Horsens IC10.1 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj9.8 
 6. Glynn, Naestved9.6 
 7. Phillips, Aabyhoj9.2 
 8. Colas, Horsholm8.0 
 9. Plannthin, Svend.8.0 
 10. Kingsley, Svendbo.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 D''Mario CURRY
  Aabyhoj
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Curry, Aabyhoj4.7 
 2. Sakne, Horsens IC4.4 
 3. McFarlane, Falcon4.3 
 4. Henry, Naestved4.3 
 5. White, Aalborg4.1 
 6. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 7. Colman, Svendborg4.0 
 8. Nielsen, SISU3.7 
 9. Dennis, SISU3.6 
 10. Iversen, Bakken3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Henry, Naestved4.6 
 2. White, Aalborg3.4 
 3. Dennis, SISU2.4 
 4. Wire, Vaerlose2.3 
 5. Iversen, Bakken2.3 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj2.2 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.2.1 
 8. McFarlane, Falcon2.0 
 9. Benjamin, Horsholm1.9 
 10. Glynn, Naestved1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 D''Mario CURRY
  Aabyhoj
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Curry, Aabyhoj2.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Horsho.2.0 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.9 
 4. Bishop, Aalborg1.8 
 5. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.7 
 6. Kingsley, Svendborg1.2 
 7. Eleraky, Aalborg1.0 
 8. Colas, Horsholm1.0 
 9. Jukic, Horsholm0.9 
 10. Sorensen, Aalborg0.7 


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Jenkins re-signs with Stampede - by Eurobasket News
Willie Jenkins (6'6''-F-81, college: Tennessee Tech) has re-signed with the NBA Development League and will report to training camp with the Idaho Stampede for training camp, which begins November 14, the organization announced today.

Jenkins, who was selected in the 7th round of the 2010 NBA Development League draft with the 112th overall selection, averaged 7.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 50 games - he was the lone Stampeder to play 50 games all for Idaho in 2010.

'We are excited to have Willie back for 2011-12,' Stampede Head Coach Randy Livingston said. 'He's a hard-nosed, tough ballplayer and we think he can help us win games.'

Jenkins is originally from Flint, Michigan, hometown of such college and former NBA stars as Glen Rice, Morris Peterson, and Mateen Cleaves. Jenkins scored a season-high in 2010-11 with 20 points at Utah on Feb. 21.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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


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


Tartu Ulikool handed Triumph the first loss in Baltic league - by Eurobasket News
Baltic League:
Tartu Ulikool - Triumph 85:84


Tartu Ulikool handed Triumph the first loss in Baltic league. Visitors were edged by Tartu Ulikool 84:85. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Triumph Lyubertsy won fourth quarter 26-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tartu Ulikool made 30-of-34 free shots (88.2 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Triumph Lyubertsy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Bill Amis (205-F-87, college: Hawaii) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 9 rebounds. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-G-89) helped adding 13 points. Tartu Ulikool's coach Indrek Visnapuu used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Davon Jefferson with 24 points. Tartu Ulikool moved-up to third place. Triumph Lyubertsy at the other side dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Tartu Ulikool are looking forward to face Juventus in Utena in the next round.


Tartu Ulikool: Bill Amis 28+9 rebs, Sten-Timmu Sokk 13, Rain Veideman (192-G-91) 12
Triumph: Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) 24, Artem Vikhrov (193-PG-92) 14




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Real Madrid officially announce Serge Ibaka - by Eurobasket News
Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) has officially joined Real Madrid. The deal is meant for two months. Serge Ibaka will return to the NBA if lockout ends before the end of his contract. The centre is meant to replace Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) who is sidelined for six weeks with injury. Serge Ibaka spent the last two seasons in the NBA. He played for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Last season his stats read 9.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Serge Ibaka played for Spain at 2011 EuroBasket. The centre posted 7.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per appearance in Lithuania. Previously Serge Ibaka had stints with Brazzaville, L'Hospitalet and Manresa.

Igor Rakocevic joins Montepaschi Siena - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena announced the deal with Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78). The Serbian guard has been presented by the Italian powerhouse tonight. Last season Igor Rakocevic played for Efes Pilsen. He tallied 12.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists per game in TBL. In Euroleague his stats read 17.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists per appearance. The guard participated at Turkish League All-Star Game for the second year in a row. Igor Rakocevic earned Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honourable Mention. Previously Igor Rakocevic had stints in Serbia, NBA, Spain. The guard used to play for Yugoslavian and Serbian National Teams. Igor Rakocevic used to be All-Serbia and Montenegro League Guard of the Year back in 2004.

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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Henry DOMERCANT
  Unics
  (192-G-80)
  Avg: 30
 1. Domercant, Unics30.0 
 2. Hairston, Armani M.25.0 
 3. Teletovic, Caja L.23.0 
 4. Gallinari, Armani23.0 
 5. Battle, Cholet23.0 
 6. Eliyahu, Maccabi23.0 
 7. Banic, Bizkaia Bil.22.0 
 8. Pekovic, Partizan21.0 
 9. Loncar, Khimky20.5 
 10. Akingbala, Nancy20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 15
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA15.0 
 2. Edwards, Grave.11.0 
 3. Slaughter, Brose B.10.0 
 4. Bourousis, Armani10.0 
 5. Perovic, FCB Regal9.0 
 6. Jawai, Unics9.0 
 7. Gee, Asseco Prokom9.0 
 8. Reyes, Real Madrid9.0 
 9. May, KK.9.0 
 10. Loncar, Khimky8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  FCB Regal
  (191-PG-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Huertas, FCB Regal8.0 
 2. Teodosic, CSKA8.0 
 3. Batum, Nancy8.0 
 4. Prigioni, Caja L.7.0 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.7.0 
 6. Basile, Bennet C.6.0 
 7. Moore, PGE Turow6.0 
 8. Tunceri, Anadolu6.0 
 9. Roberts, Brose B.6.0 
 10. Hairston, Armani6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.6.0 
 2. Kaukenas, Montepa.4.0 
 3. Ilyasova, Anadolu4.0 
 4. Vujacic, Anadolu4.0 
 5. Spanoulis, Olympia.3.0 
 6. Stiggers, PAOK3.0 
 7. Diamantidis, Panat.3.0 
 8. Slaughter, Brose B.3.0 
 9. Kelati, Khimky2.5 
 10. Thompson, AS.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tarence KINSEY
  Anadolu .
  (200-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kinsey, Anadolu4.0 
 2. Kirilenko, CSKA4.0 
 3. Issa, Gravelines3.0 
 4. Lavrinovic, Montep.3.0 
 5. Slaughter, Brose B.3.0 
 6. Kasun, KK.3.0 
 7. Kravtsov, BC Do.3.0 
 8. Cain, VEF Riga2.0 
 9. Ilyasova, Anadolu2.0 
 10. Teletovic, Caja L.2.0 


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  FINLAND   


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 


Kenneth Cooper claims 1st Division weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for SayRi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 24-year old center had a double-double of 23 points and twenty rebounds, while his team lost the game against Porvoon Tarmo (#10, 1-3) 90-96. SayRi moved-up to the 8th position in the Finnish 1st Division. SayRi is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 3 games. Cooper turned to be SayRi's top player in his first season with the team. University of Alabama at Birmingham graduate has very impressive stats this year. Cooper. Cooper is in league's top in points (7th best: 22.7ppg) and averages solid 56.4% FGP. Worth to mention Cooper played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Darren Townes (201-F-86) of league's best team BC Nokia. Townes impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead BC Nokia to another comfortable win outscoring ToPo Akatemia (#12, 0-5) 114-57. Of course BC Nokia still keep the league's top spot. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. Townes is a newcomer at BC Nokia and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87) of Oulun NMKY (#4). Moultrie scored 19 points and grabbed twenty rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Oulun NMKY, leading his team to a 100-83 easy win against Ura Basket (#11, 0-4). Oulun NMKY 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. Moultrie has a great season in Finland. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.0rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shawn Henderson (190-G) of Porvoon Tarmo - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80) of FoKoPo - 20 points and 15 rebounds
6. Brant Bailey (202-F-77) of Pyrinto II - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Eric Williams (198-F-85) of Lapua - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Josh Nofflet (194-F-88) of Oulun NMKY - 26 points and 5 rebounds
9. Anselmi Vanjoki (193-G-88) of Tapiolan Honka - 22 points and 9 rebounds
10. Lance Storrs (195-G-89) of Jyvaskyla - 24 points, 9 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)


Haynes' 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old guard DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, agency: Court Side) put on an amazing game in the last round for LrNMKY and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had the game-high 31 points adding six rebounds and eight assists for LrNMKY in his team's victory, helping them to beat Nilan Bisons (#5, 3-2) 100-89. LrNMKY maintains the 10th position in league. LrNMKY is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 2-4 record. In the team's last game Haynes had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be LrNMKY's top player in his first season with the team. Kent State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Haynes is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.2apg) and averages solid 2.3spg and 61.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto. He is American forward in his 3rd season at Pyrinto. In the last game Williams recorded impressive 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Pyrinto cruised to a 90-79 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Namika Lahti (#11, 1-6). This victory allowed Pyrinto to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Williams is one of the most experienced players at Pyrinto and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of Namika Lahti (#11). Makalainen scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Makalainen's great performance Namika Lahti lost 79-90 to the higher-ranked Pyrinto (#4, 3-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Namika Lahti can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-6 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Makalainen he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Makalainen has a very solid season. In 7 games in Finland he scored 14.7ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 56.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Fields (205-F-88) of Salon Vilpas - 10 points and 12 rebounds
5. Antero Lehto (184-G-84) of Pyrinto - 24 points and 4 rebounds
6. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80) of Nilan Bisons - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Emmanuel Holloway (188-G-86) of Salon Vilpas - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Cory Johnson (200-F-88) of Korihait - 11 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Antoine Jordan (196-G-83) of Kouvot - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Antwine Williams (192-F-75) of Pyrinto - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  FRANCE   


Hyeres-Toulon signs Kareem Reid - by Eurobasket News
Hyeres-Toulon reinforced its roster at point guard position. The French squad penned a deal with experienced Kareem Reid (178-G-75, college: Arkansas). The 36-year-old American already made debut with his new team. He scored 7 points and handed out impressive 15 assists in a game against Roanne. Hyeres-Toulon failed on the road 116-90. Kareem Reid split last season between Vichy and Rouen. With Vichy he had 6.5 ppg and 6.3 apg for 12 games in ProA. Later with Rouen he added 6.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 4.3 apg for 20 ProB games. From 2008 to 2010, Reid also played for Vichy. Before that, he had a great season with Bourg in ProB. Back in 2006, Kareem Reid was tested by Hyeres-Toulon but did not sign.

Saint Vallier brings in Thomas Terrell - by Eurobasket News
Thomas Terrell (201-F/C-79, college: Georgia St.) will continue his career with Saint Vallier Basket Drome. The American PF/C signed a deal for rest of the season. Terrell already made debut with his new team collecting 6 points and 5 rebounds. Saint Vallier outplayed Le Portel 83-70. Terrell spent last season in Israel. He was a member of Ironi Ashkelon averaging 9.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists for 31 games. He played for Hyeres-Toulon in 2009/10 and was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention -10. Terrell had 14.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 2 apg for 30 games in ProA. A year before that he shined in Spanish LEB Gold with La Palma. For 31 games there he had 17.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 1.4 apg. Thomas Terrell was named LEB Gold Player of the Year in 2006. He played for C.B. L'Hospitalet at that time.

Alex Gordon leaves JSF Nanterre - by Eurobasket News
Alex Gordon (183-G-85, college: Vanderbilt) is no longer a member of JSF Nanterre. The player left the club due to personal reasons. Gordon joined Nanterre three weeks ago as a replacement for Russell Robinson. He appeared in 3 ProA games averaging 4.7 points and 1.3 assists. Alex Gordon played for Roanne in 2010/11. He had 7.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 2.7 apg for 19 games in ProA. Gordon also added 5.2 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 6 games in EuroCup. In 2009/10, he played for Turkish Kepez and Erdemir. A year before that, Gordon exploded with Oyak Renault with 20.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 4.4 apg for 30 games in Turkish league. It was his first season as a pro and Gordon was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention -09. He also participated at TBL All-Star Game. Alex Gordon is a product of the Vanderbilt University.

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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Dahlman's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old forward Noah Dahlman (200-F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for MZT Skopje and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Rabotnicki (0-3) 79-70. The season is still on an early stage, but MZT Skopje already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Dahlman turned to be MZT Skopje's top player in his first season with the team. Wofford College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dahlman. Dahlman is in league's top in points (4th best: 22.0ppg) and averages solid 76.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Gjorgi Cekovski (203-F/C-79). He is former international forward in his first season at MZT Skopje. In the last game Cekovski recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. Of course MZT Skopje cruised to a 79-70 relatively comfortable win over Rabotnicki (0-3).

Third place about best performers goes to forward Brandon Cole (203-F/C-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Rabotnicki. Cole showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Cole's great performance Rabotnicki lost 70-79 to MZT Skopje (3-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Cole has individually a great season in FYR Macedonia so far. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.5rpg (7th best) and assists with 4.0apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kiril Nikolovski (210-C/F-88) of Feni Indistrija - 19 points and 5 rebounds
5. Aleksandar Shterjov (206-C-86) of Vardar - 18 points and 7 rebounds
6. Milan Janjusevic (196-F-83) of Kumanovo - 24 points and 5 rebounds
7. Dime Tasovski (200-F-80) of Rabotnicki - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. James Life (194-G-83) of Lirija - 21 points and 3 rebounds
9. Carlos Morban (187-G-82) of Lirija - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Vladimir Georgievski (194-G/F-82) of Vardar - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Vladimir Georgievski signs with Vardar - by Eurobasket News
Vladimir Georgievski (194-G/F-82) will continue his career with Vardar Skopje. The Macedonian G/SF signed a deal for rest of the season. Georgievski shined in his debut with Vardar, which he made last weekend. He had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists against Feni Industrija. The reigning Macedonian champion won that game at home 79-71. Vladimir Georgievski spent last season with MZT Skopje. He had 10 ppg and 2.1 rpg for them in 16 games. In 2009/10, he had 13.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg for the same team. From 2007 to 2009, Vladimir Georgievski played for Karpos Sokoli. In the past, he also played for MZT and Balkan Steel.

Lirija gets bigger with Toni Simic - by Eurobasket News
Lirija got a huge reinforcement under the basket. Their new member is experienced center Toni Simic (210-C-76). The former NT center already made debut with his new team. He had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Litija lost that game to Kumanovo on the road 91-83. Toni Simic played for Rabotnicki last season. He shined with 14.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg and 1 bpg in 34 Superleague games. Simic was named Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention -11. Rabotnicki won the Cup last season. In 2010, Simic was named Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Center of the Year -10. He exploded with 17.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2.2 bpg for 30 games with Vardar Osiguruvanje. They were regular season champions. In 2008/09, Toni Simic paced Rabotnicki to Superleague title.

National team player Dimitar Mirakovski with a bad injury at the start - by Tomce Stojcevski
Rabotnicki's captain and best player Dimitar Mirakovski (179-PG-81, agency: Interperformances) torn his ligaments on the right knee and will miss the rest of the season. He got injured against Feni Industries in the 2nd round ,a game which they lost . They beat the same opponent couple of days ago in the Super cup when Mirakovski was MVP , with fenomenal 54 index points. Rabotnicki badly are looking for a new point guard after bad start (0-3) and first on the list is Jane Petrovski exMZT Skopje player.

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


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Phillip BROOKS
  ABA S.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 32.5
 1. Brooks, ABA S.32.5 
 2. Karadzovski, Torus25.5 
 3. Life, Lirija24.0 
 4. Dahlman, MZT S.22.0 
 5. Janjusevic, Kuman.20.5 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus19.5 
 7. Boswell, ABA S.19.5 
 8. Radulovic, Vardar19.0 
 9. Jelesijevic, Kuman.19.0 
 10. Dimitrovski, Kozuv19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Noah DAHLMAN
  MZT S.
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 10
 1. Dahlman, MZT S.10.0 
 2. Simic, Lirija8.0 
 3. Mikic, Kumanovo8.0 
 4. Knezevic, Feni I.8.0 
 5. Trajkovski, Torus7.5 
 6. Buha, Kozuv7.5 
 7. Cole, Rabotnicki7.5 
 8. Cekovski, MZT S.7.0 
 9. Shterjov, Vardar7.0 
 10. Mitchell, Lirija6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sasa OCOKOLJIC
  Feni I.
  (183-PG-76)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ocokoljic, Feni I.5.3 
 2. Cole, Rabotnicki4.0 
 3. Morban, Lirija3.7 
 4. Bogoev, Rabotnicki3.0 
 5. Cekovski, MZT S.3.0 
 6. Tasovski, Rabotnic.3.0 
 7. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.0 
 8. Sokolov, Feni I.3.0 
 9. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.0 
 10. Radulovic, Vardar3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marko SIMONOVSKI
  Feni I.
  (194-G/F-89)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Simonovski, Feni I.4.3 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.3.5 
 3. Brooks, ABA S.3.0 
 4. Stajic, Lirija2.7 
 5. Ocokoljic, Feni I.2.0 
 6. Ford, Feni Indistr.2.0 
 7. Morban, Lirija1.7 
 8. Turner, Torus S.1.5 
 9. Mladenovic, Kuman.1.5 
 10. Boswell, ABA S.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon COLE
  Rabotnicki
  (203-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cole, Rabotnicki2.5 
 2. Avramovski, Lirija2.0 
 3. Knezevic, Feni I.1.3 
 4. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.0 
 5. Chappell, ABA S.1.0 
 6. Mitchell, Lirija0.7 
 7. Dimcevski, Torus S.0.5 
 8. Kurciev, ABA S.0.5 
 9. Tasovski, Rabotnic.0.5 
 10. Buha, Kozuv0.5 


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  GERMANY   


Braves waive Gerwig, sign Reed - by Moritz Korff
The Saar-Pfalz Braves announced today that the team has waived center Nate Gerwig (206-F/C-83, college: Kent St.) because he failed to live up to expectations. 'It has not been easy for Nate, because he was coming off an injury and almost did not have any time to adjust in pre-season', Braves GM Stephan Seile stated. According to Seile the decision was made by mutual consent, because Gerwig himself was unhappy with the situation too.
Meanwhile, the Braves signed Travis Reed (203-C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Long Beach St.) to fill the hole at the center position. 32-year-old Reed brings lots of international experience to Homburg, having toured the world as a professional basketball player since 2002. The Los Angeles, CA native enjoyed lots of success in Holland, receiving Eurobasket.com All-Eredivisie Center of the Year honors four straight years (03, 04, 05, 06). Reed has played in France, Estonia, Romania and most recently Australia. He appeared in 18 games for ABA side Rockhampton Rockets during the 2011 season, averaging 21.6 points and 9.1 boards per contest.


BG Karlsruhe Dismiss Head Coach Tino Stumpf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
NBA legend John Stockton may brought magic to the Utah Jazz for many years, but for BG Karlsruhe having his son Michael on board doesnt guarantee instant success as the club has lost five of their first six games and have slipped to 14th place in the PRO A standings. Management came to the conclusion that the team has more potential then what has been showed so far and that head coach Iino Stumpf has been unable to bring the confidence to solve the problem. The club has decided to dismiss Stumpf. 'I think this was the right decision for both sides. It just didint fit in some areas. It is a pity that we dont have the time to develop the team. I still think that the team will be able to make the needed steps not to step down from the PRO A at the end of the season. I wish BG Karlsruhe all the best', stresed Tino Stumpf . The team now will be led by coach Thorsten Daume until a new coach is found.

Source: BG Karlsruhe




John Bynum (TBB Trier) BG Goettingen Had More Pressure For 40 Minutes When John Patrick Was There - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 33 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that will commence his second season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2. can Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. He sat down with eurobasket after the 71-60 win in Goettingen.



Congrats on the 71-60 win on the road in Gottingen. How did you like playing in the new Sparkassen arena. Is it easier toplay there then in the Lokhalle? Apparently fans are close to the floor in the new gym as well.

It was a great road win for us in Gottingen and the Sparkassen arena is a great arena to play in. Any road arena is tough to play in but overall the arena is a great hall to play in and I enjoyed the experience.

TBB Trier had the 40-20 lead at halftime. Was that the best half of defense this season?

I think we played a solid half of defense but on the other hand, they missed shots that they normally would make. I think we were able to take them out of their comfort zone at times, but we obviously did something right giving up only 20 points in 20 minutes of basketball.

In the second half BG Goettingen found their rhythem, and scored more but TBB Trier sealed the win. What was key in the second half for perserving the win?

I think we played solid and even when they got on a run like they did, we were able to get key baskets and played together as a team on both ends of the floor.


What was your impression of BG Goettingen, How is this new team different than the old John Patrick teams?

They have great guard play for sure and Raymond Sykes seems to be everywhere. They will be in all games this season as far as differences I just feel like there was more pressure for 40 minutes when John Patrick was there.

What was your impression of Paris Horne who has had some big games in the early going this season?

Paris Horne is a great player. He can do so much at both ends of the floor and fortunatley we caught him on an off night compared to his others. But he is a great guard and will have a lot of success this season in the BBL.

Carmelo Anthony has been hanging around with Chris Paul and wants him to come play in New York. How would Paul fit in there?

For me Chris Paul would give them stability with another point guard but they do have a great aging guard in Chauncey Billups as well, but anyime you throw in a Chris Paul on any team, he obviously would put them in a great situation to make a key run at a championship.

Who will win World Series Moneyball team Texas or St Louis

Ive been a St. Louis Cardnail fan my whole life since the days of Ozzie Smith, Vince Coleman and Willie Mcgee, so with that being said... GO CARDS ALL DAY!!!!

Thanks John fort he chat.



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  GREECE   


Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. Aiolos Trikallon 4-0 
 2. Niki Volou 4-0 
 3. Doukas 3-1 
 4. Filathlitikos 3-1 
 5. Koroivos 3-1 
 6. Irakleio 2-1 
 7. Near East 2-1 
 8. Anagennisi 2-2 
 9. Stratoni 2-2 
 10. Egaleo 2-2 
 11. MENT 2-2 
 12. Agia Paraskevis 1-3 
 13. Diagoras 1-3 
 14. Aias Evosmou 0-4 
 15. Halkidona 0-4 
 16. Iraklis 0-4 


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


Nikos Argyropoylos claims A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Nikos Argyropoylos (188-G-78) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Apollon Patras and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 33-year old guard had the game-high 30 points adding three rebounds and three assists for Apollon Patras in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lavrio (#15, 1-4) 74-70. It allowed Apollon Patras to consolidate first place in the A2. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Apollon Patras already had a very good start winning all 5 without losing a single one. It's Argyropoylos' second year at Apollon Patras and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Argyropoylos has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.8ppg. Argyropoylos is in league's top in assists (7th best: 4.5apg) and averages solid 51.0% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old guard Miron Papadakis (183-G-88) of Arkadikos. Papadakis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 15 points and 16 assists. Of course he lead Arkadikos to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Doxa Lefkadas (#11, 2-3) 94-73. This victory allowed Arkadikos to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Papadakis is one of the most experienced players at Arkadikos and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) of Pagrati (#12). Koutroulias scored 24 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Koutroulias' great performance Pagrati lost 73-77in overtime to the higher-ranked Ermis Lagkada (#6, 3-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Pagrati ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Koutroulias could help Pagrati to bring them higher in the standings. Koutroulias has a great season in Greece. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.8rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) of Doxa Lefkadas - 21 points and 5 rebounds
5. Thodoris Sioutis (200-F-80) of Nea Kifisia - 15 points and 12 rebounds
6. Predrag Kosanovic (203-F-76) of Arkadikos - 22 points and 4 rebounds
7. Giannis Maltesios (206-C-85) of Periko/Arhelaos - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Spyros Magounis (200-G-85) of Panelefsiniakos - 25 points and 4 rebounds
9. Giannis Rodostoglou (197-G-83) of Panerythraikos - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-F/C-83) of Arkadikos - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Richard Roby claims A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Richard Roby (198-G-85) had an amazing evening for Peristeri GS and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 26-year old guard had the game-high 22 points adding six rebounds and two assists for Peristeri GS in his team's victory, helping them to beat KAOD (0-1) 73-65.

The second most remarkable performance in first round's games was young Serbian forward Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90) of Panionios. Jankovic impressed basketball fans with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Panionios lost that game 67-72 to Kolossos (1-0). 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.

The third best performed player last round was Costa Rican center Hernold Gardener (205-C-82) of Ilysiakos. Gardener scored 13 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Ilysiakos, leading his team to a 68-67 win against Kavala (0-1).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sotiris Karapostolou (194-G-78) of Kavala - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) of Olympiakos - 16 points and 7 rebounds
6. Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) of KAOD - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ruben Boykin (201-F-85) of Kolossos - 20 points and 4 rebounds
8. Michael Taylor (188-G-86) of Kavala - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Vaggelis Karaboulas (198-F-81) of Ikaros - 17 points and 3 rebounds
10. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82) of Olympiakos - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists

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


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  IRELAND   


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


SuperLeague Round 4: 11890 Killester hands first defeat to B.Gais Neptune - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in SuperLeague, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated B.Gais Neptune (3-1) in Cork on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by 11890 Killester (4-0) 68-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of B.Gais Neptune. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-0 record before this meeting. 11890 Killester forced 23 B.Gais Neptune turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Kieran O'Brien (203-82) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward Ronald Thompson (208-81, college: Morehouse) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. 11890 Killester have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-0 record, which they share with DCU Saints. B.Gais Neptune at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. 11890 Killester will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. B.Gais Neptune will play on the road against the league's second-placed DCU Saints in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was played in Limerick between second ranked UCC Demons and one of their biggest challengers UL Eagles where UCC Demons (2-2) beat UL Eagles (1-3) on the road 72-58. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Shawn Atupem (200-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 5 rebounds. Niall Murphy contributed with 14 points for the winners. American forward Johnnie Jefferson (193, college: New England U.) replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds for UL Eagles. UCC Demons maintains second position with 2-2 record behind leader 11890 Killester, which they share with UCD Marian. UL Eagles at the other side keep the third place with three games lost. UCC Demons will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. UL Eagles will play on the road against UCD Marian in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Moycullen between UCD Marian and Moycullen. Third ranked UCD Marian (2-2) got a very close victory on the road over 4th ranked Moycullen (0-4). UCD Marian managed to escape with a 2-point win 67-65 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Donnie Stith who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. UCD Marian's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Luke Enos responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. UCD Marian moved-up to second place, which they share with UCC Demons. Loser Moycullen still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Belfast Star. UCD Marian will meet at home UL Eagles (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Moycullen will play against Belfast Star and hopes to get finally their first victory.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Belfast. Top-ranked DCU Saints faced 4th ranked Belfast Star. Guests from Dublin (4-0) smashed host Belfast Star (0-4) 84-61. The winners were led by Martins Provizors who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. DCU Saints have a solid four-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after 11890 Killester lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Belfast Star at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. DCU Saints' next round opponent will be league's leader B.Gais Neptune in Cork and it will be for sure the game of the week. Belfast Star will play at home against Moycullen and looks forward to get finally their first victory.



Moycullen - UCD Marian 65-67

A very close game took place in Moycullen between UCD Marian and Moycullen. Third ranked UCD Marian (2-2) got a very close victory on the road over 4th ranked Moycullen (0-4). UCD Marian managed to escape with a 2-point win 67-65 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Donnie Stith (201-85, college: Tulane, agency: Gamble Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Daniel James (189-90) who added 21 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four UCD Marian players scored in double figures. UCD Marian's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Luke Enos (201, college: Black Hills St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and forward Stephen Tummon (197-90) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. UCD Marian moved-up to second place, which they share with UCC Demons. Loser Moycullen still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Belfast Star. UCD Marian will meet at home UL Eagles (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Moycullen will play against Belfast Star and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Moycullen: L.Enos 24+14reb+3ast, C.Nihill 13+1reb, S.Tummon 10+10reb+2ast, M.Dowd 7+1reb+3ast, P.O'Brien 6+2reb, D.Cunningham 4+9reb+3ast
UCD Marian: D.James 21+5reb+2ast, D.Stith 17+10reb+2ast, F.Kevin 13+4reb+4ast, C.Meany 12+4reb+3ast, C.James 2+3reb, K.Foley 2
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UL Eagles - UCC Demons 58-72

Another exciting game was played in Limerick between second ranked UCC Demons and one of their biggest challengers UL Eagles where UCC Demons (2-2) beat UL Eagles (1-3) on the road 72-58. UCC Demons players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by UL Eagles' players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Shawn Atupem (200-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Niall Murphy (180-86) contributed with 14 points for the winners. American forward Johnnie Jefferson (193, college: New England U.) replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds and the former international center Jason Killeen (211-85, college: Augusta St., agency: JEMsports) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for UL Eagles. UCC Demons maintains second position with 2-2 record behind leader 11890 Killester, which they share with UCD Marian. UL Eagles at the other side keep the third place with three games lost. UCC Demons will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. UL Eagles will play on the road against UCD Marian in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UL Eagles: J.Jefferson 29+10reb+2ast, J.Killeen 12+6reb+2ast, C.White 9+5reb, R.Lynch 3+4reb, N.Campbell 3+1reb+1ast, M.Hall 2
UCC Demons: S.Atupem 30+5reb+2ast, S.Coughlan 15+2reb+3ast, N.Murphy 14+3reb+3ast, C.O'Sullivan 6+4reb+5ast, N.O'Reilly 5+9reb+2ast, S.Duggan 2+3reb+2ast
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B.Gais Neptune - 11890 Killester 64-68

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated B.Gais Neptune (3-1) in Cork on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by 11890 Killester (4-0) 68-64. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of B.Gais Neptune. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-0 record before this meeting. 11890 Killester forced 23 B.Gais Neptune turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Kieran O'Brien (203-82) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward Ronald Thompson (208-81, college: Morehouse) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and guard Gerard Noonan (180-82) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. 11890 Killester have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-0 record, which they share with DCU Saints. B.Gais Neptune at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. 11890 Killester will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. B.Gais Neptune will play on the road against the league's second-placed DCU Saints in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B.Gais Neptune: R.Thompson 20+10reb+2ast, P.Taylor 12+2reb+1ast, G.Noonan 11+4reb+2ast, I.McLoughlin 8+1reb, G.Walsh 4+3reb+2ast, D.Cronin 4+3reb+1ast
11890 Killester: J.Turner 17+13reb+4ast, E.Chubb 14+2reb+2ast, A.Casey 12+3reb+1ast, K.O'Brien 9+10reb+2ast, M.Westbrooks 6+8reb+2ast, P.Madsen 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 145126


Belfast Star - DCU Saints 61-84

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Belfast. Top-ranked DCU Saints faced 4th ranked Belfast Star. Guests from Dublin (4-0) smashed host Belfast Star (0-4) 84-61. DCU Saints dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Belfast Star's 38. They outrebounded Belfast Star 53-31 including a 16-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. DCU Saints players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The winners were led by Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-87) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Eoin Darling (186-83) supported him with 17 points. Four DCU Saints players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 8 rebounds by the former international guard Paul Cummins (188-84, college: Lafayette) did not help to save the game for Belfast Star. American forward Tyson Johnson (198-87, college: Wyoming, agency: Strategic Sports) added 19 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. DCU Saints have a solid four-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after 11890 Killester lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Belfast Star at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. DCU Saints' next round opponent will be league's leader B.Gais Neptune in Cork and it will be for sure the game of the week. Belfast Star will play at home against Moycullen and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Belfast Star: T.Johnson 19+7reb, P.Cummins 18+8reb+3ast, C.McVeigh 7+2reb+2ast, M.McKillop 7+3reb+1ast, C.Johnston 6+4reb+1ast, S.Dawson 4+1reb+3ast
DCU Saints: M.Provizors 20+11reb+4ast, E.Darling 17+4reb+1ast, P.Glover 14+7reb+1ast, J.Donnelly 10+7reb+2ast, K.Anderson 9+5reb+3ast, M.Chubb 5+1reb+1ast
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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Shawn ATUPEM
  UCC Demons
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 27
 1. Atupem, UCC Demons27.0 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.25.0 
 3. Murphy, UCC Demons21.0 
 4. Cummins, Belfast20.7 
 5. Johnson, Belfast19.0 
 6. Turner, 11890 K.19.0 
 7. Jefferson, UL Ea.19.0 
 8. Stith, UCD Marian17.3 
 9. Glover, DCU Saints17.3 
 10. Enos, Moycullen16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Turner, 11890 K.15.7 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.13.3 
 3. Enos, Moycullen12.3 
 4. Atupem, UCC Demons10.7 
 5. O''Brien, 11890 K.9.7 
 6. Provizors, DCU S.9.7 
 7. Stith, UCD Marian9.3 
 8. O''Reilly, UCC D.9.0 
 9. Quill, DCU Saints9.0 
 10. Killeen, UL Eagles8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagl.5.5 
 2. Clarke, 11890 K.5.0 
 3. Coughlan, UCC D.4.7 
 4. Meany, UCD Marian4.0 
 5. Turner, 11890 K.4.0 
 6. Donnelly, DCU S.3.5 
 7. Murphy, UCC Demons3.5 
 8. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.3 
 9. Jefferson, UL Ea.3.3 
 10. Walsh, B.Gais N.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  B.Gais N.
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Thompson, B.Gais N.4.3 
 2. Turner, 11890 K.4.0 
 3. Taylor, B.Gais N.3.0 
 4. Hosford, UCC D.2.7 
 5. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.3 
 6. McLoughlin, B.Gais2.3 
 7. Jefferson, UL Ea.2.3 
 8. Madsen, 11890 K.2.3 
 9. O''Brien, 11890 K.2.0 
 10. King, UL Eagles2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.3 
 2. Killeen, UL Eagles2.8 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.3 
 4. O''Brien, 11890 K.2.0 
 5. Stith, UCD Marian2.0 
 6. Anderson, DCU S.1.3 
 7. Madsen, 11890 K.1.0 
 8. Quigley, UL Eagles0.8 
 9. Enos, Moycullen0.7 
 10. Trimmer, DCU S.0.7 


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  ISRAEL   


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. Eytan, Hapoel T-A3.5 
 4. Naor, Hapoel T-A3.5 
 5. Nanikashvili, Iron.3.5 
 6. Traimel, Ironi N.3.0 
 7. Gomes, Kiryat T.3.0 
 8. Stitt, Hapoel T-A3.0 
 9. Gonzalez, Hod H.3.0 
 10. Berkowitz, Elitzu.2.5 
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 


National League round 3 best performance: Rodney Webb - by Eurobasket News
American forward Rodney Webb (200-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Ironi Ramat Gan, receiving a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Lev Hasharon (#14, 0-3) with 28-point margin 106-78. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Ironi Ramat Gan is placed at 11th position in Israeli National League. Ironi Ramat Gan is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-2 record. Webb turned to be Ironi Ramat Gan's top player in his first season with the team. Former Florida Atlantic University star has very solid stats this year. Webb is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 10.7rpg) and averages impressive 2.0bpg and 58.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Gregg Thondique (201-F-87) of Hapoel Afula. Thondique had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Hapoel Afula lost that game 84-90 to Hapoel Y/M (1-2). 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. Thondique is a newcomer at Hapoel Afula, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Ilan Berkowitz (186-G-75) of Elitzur Ramla (#7). Berkowitz scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Elitzur Ramla, leading his team to a 81-77 win against Hapoel K/S (#13, 0-3). The chances of Elitzur Ramla 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, Berkowitz could try to bring Elitzur Ramla's a little bit higher in the standings. Berkowitz has a very solid season. In 2 games in Israel he scored 15.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nate Miller (193-F-87) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Raviv Pitshon (201-C/F-89) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 14 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Jer'Vaughn Johnson (198-F-88) of Hapoel K/S - 20 points and 11 rebounds
7. Avi Sukar (187-G-76) of Hod Hasharon - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Moti Moscovitz (205-C-85) of Hapoel Y/M - 16 points and 13 rebounds
9. Jermaine Hall (196-F-80) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ryan Bacon (200-F-88) of Elitzur Ramla - 18 points and 11 rebounds

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


Premier League Round 2: B.C. Habikaa and Maccabi T-A are the only undefeated teams - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Premier League. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

Galil Gilboa - Hapoel J-M 89-68

The game was mostly controlled by Galil Gilboa. Hapoel J-M managed to win third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was international guard Dagan Yavzuri (193-85) who scored 17 points. American Courtney Fells (198-86, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 13 points. American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) produced 16 points and his fellow American import forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: D.Strawberry 16+2reb, L.Jackson 11+2reb+3ast, E.Kadir 11+3reb, J.Varnado 9+9reb, A.Bradley 7+1reb+2ast, G.Israeli 5+3reb
Galil Gilboa: D.Yavzuri 17+4reb+2ast, C.Fells 13+4reb+2ast, J.Jones 12+5reb, I.Kozikaro 11+4reb, C.Allen 9+4reb+2ast, R.Travis 8+7reb+1ast
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B.C. Habikaa - Hapoel Holon 68-66

The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 22-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. B.C. Habikaa outrebounded Hapoel Holon 44-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Panamanian guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. B.C. Habikaa's coach Avi Ashkenazi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Tasmin Mitchell (201-86, college: LSU) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: T.Mitchell 19+6reb+1ast, M.Roth 17+3reb+2ast, R.Lewis 15+12reb+1ast, P.Sullivan 6+2reb+1ast, S.Harush 6+1ast, B.Dunston 3+4reb+4ast
B.C. Habikaa: P.Delaney 15+2reb+3ast, R.Freeman 15+14reb+2ast, D.Pinnock 12+9reb+3ast, D.Dowell 8+7reb, G.Porat 6+7reb, I.Grinboim 6+3reb
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Elitzur Netanya - Maccabi Ashdod 86-90

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-15. But Elitzur Netanya won second period 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Craig Brackins (208-87, college: Iowa St.) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Ramel Bradley (188-85, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 24 points. Four Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. Guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) produced 24 points and forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Netanya: A.Banks 24+1reb+3ast, J.Randle 19+4reb+1ast, C.Burns 14+10reb+1ast, B.Asbury 9+5reb+1ast, Y.Orland 8+2reb+1ast, L.Hakmon 8+2reb
Maccabi Ashdod: R.Bradley 24+3reb+2ast, C.Brackins 24+6reb+1ast, J.Carter 18+7reb+2ast, A.Tyus 11+10reb, M.Tapiro 9+4reb+1ast, D.Hagag 4+3reb
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Ironi Ashkelon - Maccabi T-A 83-87

Ironi Ashkelon was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 49-42 second half run of Maccabi T-A. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Ashkelon's 38. American power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, college: Alabama, agency: Avi Zilberman) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). International power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Maccabi T-A's coach David Blatt allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American power forward J.Raymar Morgan (202-88, college: Michigan St.) replied with 23 points and his fellow American import power forward Marco Killingsworth (202-82, college: Indiana) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Ashkelon. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ashkelon: J.Morgan 23+3reb+1ast, M.Killingsworth 17+8reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 17+5reb, T.Skinn 13+3reb+1ast, R.Limonad 9+3reb+1ast, A.Simhon 4+2reb+2ast
Maccabi T-A: R.Hendrix 17+9reb+2ast, L.Eliyahu 17+5reb, D.Blu 15+2reb, D.Smith 11+4reb, S.James 9+3reb+1ast, J.Pargo 8+1reb+2ast
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Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi Haifa 84-82

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-21. But Maccabi Haifa won second period 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bnei Hasharon made 32-of-42 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game, while Maccabi Haifa only scored fourteen points from the stripe. 27 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Haifa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Delroy James (203-87, college: Rhode Island) notched 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and guard LaceDarius Dunn (193-87, college: Baylor) supported him with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Even 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) by forward Tyler Wilkerson (202-88, college: Marshall) did not help to save the game for Maccabi Haifa. Forward Sean Williams (208-86, college: Boston Coll.) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the guests.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: T.Wilkerson 19+5reb, S.Landesberg 15+4reb+1ast, C.Powell 13+4reb+1ast, S.Williams 11+8reb+1ast, J.Wise 10+2reb+2ast, A.Ben-Chimol 9+3reb+1ast
Bnei Hasharon: T.Carter 22+1reb+1ast, L.Dunn 21+5reb+1ast, D.James 21+8reb+3ast, K.Lawson 16+8reb, J.Mintz 2+1reb, G.Lavie 2+4reb
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Two Former Israeli League Players Currently Hooping With Team USA - by Netanel Dahan
By David Pick and Netanel Dahan.

After over a decade of absence, two former Israeli League players successfully passed nine intense days of tryouts with the Senior USA Men's national team, making the final cut, as they represent their nation in the Pan American games, currently taking place in Mexico.

Justin Dentmon who played for Hapoel Afula during the 2009-10 season, finishing as the league's leading scorer, and Leo Lyons who balled two seasons in the holy-land with Hapoel Jerusalem and Gilboa/Galil, are the first ever to collaborate on the senior USA NT in an official tournament after playing in Israel. In light of the ongoing NBA lockout, Team USA's formed mostly of overseas free agent pros and D-league players. The last time Team USA wasn't represented by NBAers (due to the lockout as well), was in 1998, Team USA won that year the bronze medal at the World Championship Games, where Wendell Alexis played on behalf of Israel's Maccabi Tel-Aviv he was the first player to represent the senior USA NT in an official tournament after playing in Israel.

Now, after competing with twenty-one other hoopers, Lyons and Dentmon are two of the twelve finalists to clinch a spot on USA's roster. Last season, Dentmon played for the D-league's brand new team Texas Legends, leading the team to the playoff on route to winning the Gatorade All-D-League Honorable Mention award as one of the league's top guards, posting averages of 19.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game, shooting 43% from 3-point range. He had a season high in the D-league showcase of 38 pts,13 assists,7 boards and 4 steals in-front of the NBA GM'S. Playing for Afula, Dentmon finished as the league's number one scorer with 19.8 points per game, helping Afula win an epic playoff series against Ramat-Gan.

Dentmon's Texas Legends teammate Matt Rogers, failed to make the final USA roster, but commented on the achievement of last season's locker room buddy, :'Justin is a hard working smart player who sees the court well, Rogers said:'. Hes got a talent for scoring like nobody else Ive played with. He can shoot, drive past somebody or cross someone over and make them look funny.'

Dentmon himself expressed how it feels to become a member of the USA national squad saying,:' Ive been overseas a few times. Seeing the way people fight for their country is unbelievable. The chance I got to come out here and do the same for mine is a dream come true, I'm excited.'

The other Israeli/American member on board is Leo Lyons. After leaving Galil/Gilboa in mid-season last year, Lyons joined the NBDL's Austin Toros, having a great run on his way to posting a career high, 34-points, against Dentmon's Texas Legends. Prior to that, Lyons began his professional career also in Israel, but for Hapoel Jerusalem. He won the Israeli cup and led his team to the EuroCup challenge Elite8, averaging 14.9 points, 6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

Before taking to court in his new red-white-and-blue uniform, Lyons told Eurobasket exclusively,:''Personally, my time in Israel was somewhat of a disappointment. I never fell into the right spot and didnt enjoy the right situation. Overall, it was a great learning experience and I feel very good about it.' Lyons also commented on passing the tough USA tryouts, looking to officially start playing, 'We have a lot of pressure on us to win a gold medal because the reputation of Team USA is known for winning the gold award. The fact that the USA Men's basketball hasn't won a Pan American gold medal since 1983, is something us players remind ourselves of on a daily basis.

'The training we went through was crazy. We practiced twice a day, competing against a lot of people for nine straight days. It definitely was a challenge mentally and physically. Europe? It was a tough decision to decline offers I had overseas, but I have a good chance of making it to the NBA when the lockout ends, so I wanted to make myself available.'

'I love Israel; it's a second home to me. I talked to Justin about it earlier and I'd go back if it was the perfect opportunity. I have a lot of friends there and the league this year looks very competitive.'

The Pan American games are like the Olympic games of America the event is taking place once in four years and many USA Basketball athletes who have been selected to a Pan American Games team have gone on to compete in the Olympic Games, while many others enjoyed stellar professional careers. In all, 34 Pan Am athletes have been a member of a U.S. Olympic squad, including Ernie Grunfeld, Grant Hill, Luscious Jackson, Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner, Danny Manning, Chris Mullin, Emeka Okafor, Sam Perkins, Oscar Robertson, David Robinson, Isiah Thomas, Jerry West and Jo Jo White.

The tournament this season will kick off October 26th, as Team USA will face Dominican Republic. Dentmon will also enjoy a piquant match against recent DR Cocolos teammate, Jack .M. Martinez. Another interesting match will take place when USA goes up against Puerto Rico, fully equipped with its dazzling back-court duo Carlos Arroyo (he also played in Israel and won the championship with Maccabi Tel Aviv) and J.J Barea (a fresh NBA champ).



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Nazionale A round 6 best performance: Bernardo Musso - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-G-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Napoli, receiving a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Trieste (#2, 4-2) 86-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Napoli to consolidate first place in the Argentinian Nazionale A. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Napoli already had a very good start winning all 6 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Musso had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Napoli's top player in his first season with the team. Bernardo Musso has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.8ppg. Musso is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 4.0apg) and averages impressive 3.7spg,57.1% FGP and 45.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was young former international swingman Alessandro Amici (200-G/F-91) of Firenze. Amici had a very good evening with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Firenze cruised to a 79-68 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Orlandina (#3, 4-2). This victory allowed Firenze to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Amici is a newcomer at Firenze, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Nicola Mei (186-G-85) of Comsum.it SI (#3). Mei scored 22 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Comsum.it SI, leading his team to a 74-65 win against slightly lower-ranked Latina Basket (#5, 2-4). Comsum.it SI needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Mei has a great season in Italy. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.7ppg (2nd best). He also has 3.2spg and FGP: 58.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-F/C-91) of Perugia - 15 points and 12 rebounds
5. Amedeo Tessitori (203-C-94) of Comsum.it SI - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Gianni Cantagalli (196-G-88) of Matera - 21 points and 13 rebounds
7. Andrea Pilotti (196-F/G-80) of Matera - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Giovanni Fattori (202-F-85) of San Severo - 17 points and 10 rebounds
9. Simone Ferrarese (182-PG-87) of Castelletto - 17 points and 6 assists
10. Andrea LaGioia (194-G/F-86) of Matera - 22 points and 11 rebounds

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


The statistical curiosities of the 3rd day in the Italian Serie A championship. - by Edoardo Tamalio
Only in 12 championships (including the current one) Bennet Cantu started with three consecutive victories, but had never been alone in the top of the ranking. The last time that Cant led the ranking of the then A1 alone was the 10th day 1980/81. The longest winning streak for Bennet Cantu, starting a season, is 9 wins and goes back to 1975/76.

For the second consecutive year Siena lost his home-unbeaten on the third day.
Only in the last two seasons (9 championships in Serie A) Teramo started with 0-3
The best differential of Caserta from a year ago, is the record: 2010/11 0-3, 2-0 the current (already noted the turn off)
He stops winning streak to 7 of Virtus Bologna on the third day, while Avellino win at home to 3 for the first time in Serie A after 4 defeats.

The 65 points scored by Siena are the worst score in the home of the regular season of the Pianigiani era; only Gara5-finals of last season Siena had done worse, making 63 points against Bennet Cantu, winning 63-61
31 fouls and 26 free throws made against Sassari are the team best ever of Cremona in Serie A

DOUBLE DOUBLE
Only Treviso Jeff Adrien has gone into double-double in the first 3 days (18 points and 11 rebounds at day 1, then 14 and 10, Saturday on 15 and 13), followed at a height of 2 Linton Johnson (Sidigas) and Valerio Amoroso (Bank Tercas)

DOUBLE DIGIT
Montegranaro is the team that has had more players in double figures, 14 in 3 days. Siena and Bennet Cantu followed with 13.



Igor Rakocevic joins Montepaschi Siena - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena announced the deal with Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78). The Serbian guard has been presented by the Italian powerhouse tonight. Last season Igor Rakocevic played for Efes Pilsen. He tallied 12.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists per game in TBL. In Euroleague his stats read 17.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists per appearance. The guard participated at Turkish League All-Star Game for the second year in a row. Igor Rakocevic earned Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honourable Mention. Previously Igor Rakocevic had stints in Serbia, NBA, Spain. The guard used to play for Yugoslavian and Serbian National Teams. Igor Rakocevic used to be All-Serbia and Montenegro League Guard of the Year back in 2004.

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Best players of BJ League round 5 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Lynn Washington (200-F-78) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Osaka Evessa and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 33-year old forward had a double-double of 21 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team beat Okinawa GK (3-1) in overtime 74-65. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Osaka Evessa is placed at 2nd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Osaka Evessa will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. Washington has many years of experience at Osaka Evessa, through which he has constantly improved. Indiana University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Washington is in league's top in points (6th best: 20.8ppg), rebounds (5th best: 11.8rpg) and averages solid 58.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-G/F-87, agency: VVG Sports) of Fukuoka Rizing. Palmer impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Fukuoka Rizing to another comfortable win outscoring Miyazaki SS (#8, 0-4) 88-59. This victory allowed Fukuoka Rizing to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Palmer is a newcomer at Fukuoka Rizing 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 24.3ppg (#2). He also registered 11.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Wayne Arnold (193-G-84, agency: ACMT) of Hamamatsu P. (#9). Arnold showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Hamamatsu P., leading his team to a 84-55 easy win against the higher-ranked Sendai 89ers (#3, 3-1). The chances of Hamamatsu P. 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, Arnold could try to bring Hamamatsu P.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Arnold has a very solid season. In 6 games in Japan he scored 18.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reggie Okosa (208-F/C-80) of Okinawa GK - 23 points and 16 rebounds
5. Michael Gardener (182-G-81) of Akita NH - 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Haakim Johnson (201-G-87) of Toyama Grouses - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Lawrence Blackledge (206-F-86) of Osaka Evessa - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Wendell White (198-G-84) of Oita H.Devils - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM - 22 points and 8 rebounds
10. T.J. Cummings (205-F-81) of Oita H.Devils - 19 points and 12 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)


JBL round 3 best performance: Mamadou Diouf - by Eurobasket News
Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-G/F-77) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Hokkaido L., receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 34-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, six rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Mitsubishi DD (#5, 3-4) with 20-point margin 94-74. Hokkaido L. maintains the 4th position in Japanese JBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hokkaido L. will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. Diouf turned to be Hokkaido L.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Delaware star has very solid stats this year. Diouf is in league's top in points (8th best: 13.8ppg), rebounds (5th best: 8.8rpg) and averages impressive 52.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young former international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) of Panasonic T.. Kanamaru had a very good evening with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Bad luck as Panasonic T. lost that game 71-78 to Hitachi SR (5-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Kanamaru is well-known at Panasonic T. and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.3ppg (#1).

Third on the list of top players last round was international forward Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) of league's second-best Hitachi SR. Takeuchi showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Hitachi SR, leading his team to a 78-71 win against Panasonic T. (#6, 2-5). Hitachi SR is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 5-1 record is not that bad... Takeuchi has a great season in Japan. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.2ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 10.2rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 57.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) of Aishin SH - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ron Hale (203-F-77) of Mitsubishi DD - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) of Aishin SH - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Philip Ricci (202-F-80) of Toyota Alvark - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85) of Hitachi SR - 7 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Mamadou Diouf (197-G/F-77) of Hokkaido L. - 11 points and 11 rebounds
10. Chris Moss (204-F-80) of Toshiba BT - 11 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)


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


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Spartak Vidnoye Moscowskaya lands Imad Qahwash - by Eurobasket Center
Spartak Vidnoye Moscowskaya Oblast (Superleague) announced the signing of 24-year old Jordanian international guard Imad Qahwash (187-G-87). Qahwash has just graduated Central Arkansas and it will be his first season in pro basketball. As a senior he played 29 games for Cent. Arkansas last season and he recorded 12.6pg, 2.8rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg. Imad is very skilled point guard with great speed, quickness and adequate shooting range. He is also known from his excellent pressure defense.



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Ulinzi Warriors Pip University in Play-Off - by Eurobasket News
FORMER national champions Ulinzi Warriors pipped Strathmore University 54-48 in a closely fought Premier League play-offs quarter-finals Game 1 clash at Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium. The soldiers had started strongly but the students did well to close 40-38 at the end of the third quarter. However, they later relaxed theior tempo and allowed Ulinzi to take a 52-44 lead with only four minutes on the clock.

Victor Odendo scored 12 points, Ben Mufutu 11 and William Ochieng 11 for the winners while Joseph Owino led with 9 points for Strathmore. In the Division 1 play off matches, University of Nairobi 'Terrorists' beat Nairobi Aviation College (NAC) 57-55 as Hillary Kubai nailed 19 points. Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) came from behind to hit World Hope 69-66 behind Mark Ouko's 18 points.

The regular season matches saw Blazers beat Thunder 74-68 in double overtime. Both sides were deadlocked 56-56 after a three pointer from Thunder's Ken Githinji but Mutwiri Kiogora nailed another one for the winners that tied the scores 62-62 in the first over time. Kigoro scored 23 that included five treys while the losers James Omune provided 27. Eagle Wings whipped six man Gladiators 53-28, behind 14 points from Samba Mjomba (G-85) and 10 from Angela Okoth. Pam Cinda made the losers' 12.

In the Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) league finals Game 1 match at Railways, Kenya Airways pipped Upper Hill School 63-62. In a tight first quarter that saw both teams show equal strength, the scores were deadlocked 14-14 before Kenya Airways dashed ahead 20-8 in the second quarter to take a strong 34-22 lead at the breather.

After the break, Upper Hill managed a 21-16 edge in the third and did well to take the fourth 19-13 as they hit the target at will closing in on the winners. Eric Odhiambo pepped KQ with 21 points that included five three pointers while Emmanuel Ekai sunk another 11. For the students, Dominic Osale led all scorers with 22 and Eric Ouma posted 21.

In the ladies finals, Safe Spaces took a 1-0 series lead when they turned on the heat after the break to beat Africa Nazarene University (ANU) 48-37. It was ANU who bolted away to a 14-10 first quarter advantage before trailing 8-9 in a low scoring second quarter. ANU remained ahead 21-18 at half time. After resumption, Nancy Mutie defence helped Safe Spaces surge ahead 24-7 in the third quarter as ANU struggled for grip. ANU threw everything forward taking the fourth 7-6.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star (Nairobi)



KQ, Upper Hill Lead Teams to Play-Offs - by Eurobasket News
Kenya Airways, Upper Hill School, Barclays Bank and Strathmore University will represent Nairobi in the Inter-Provincial Play-offs next month in Mombasa. The four teams booked their tickets for the play-offs after making it to the Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) semi-finals. The top two sides from the tournament will be promoted to the national Division One next year.

Meanwhile, the NBA finals that will determined this year's champions starts today at the Railways Club from 12:30pm with Kenya Airways taking on last year's runners Upper Hill School in a five-game series. Kenya Airways shut out Strathmore University 3-0 while Upper Hill locked out BBK 3-1 to set up final series date.

In the ladies finals that also tips off today, Safe Spaces will square it out with and Africa Nazarene University (ANU) in matches that will also be played on a five game series format. Safe Spaces shut out Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Jkuat) while Nazerene beat BBK with a similar 3-0 series win.
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Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtine 2-0 
 2. Trepca 2-0 
 3. Peja 2-1 
 4. Bashkimi 1-2 
 5. Drita 1-2 
 6. Futura 0-0 
 7. Kosova 0-1 
 8. Kolegji Univer. 0-2 


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  LATVIA   


LBL round 4 best performance: Courtney Sims - by Eurobasket News
American center Courtney Sims (211-C-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked VEF Riga, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed LU (#6, 1-2) with 33-point margin 114-81. It allowed VEF Riga to take over top position in the Latvian LBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but VEF Riga already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. Sims turned to be VEF Riga's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Michigan star has very solid stats this year. Sims is league's best scorer averaging so far 34.7ppg and leads league in rebounds with 11.7rpg. Sims is in league's top in and averages impressive 71.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) of Valmiera. Kalve had a very good evening with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Valmiera lost that overtime game 101-115 to league's leader VEF Riga (#1, 4-0). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Valmiera still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 2-2 record is not bad at all. Kalve is a newcomer at Valmiera, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.3ppg (#2). He also registered 8.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another VEF Riga's star - Latvian forward Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85). Berzins scored 18 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of VEF Riga, helping his team with a 114-81 easy win against the lower-ranked LU (#6, 1-2). VEF Riga started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Berzins 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. Berzins has a great season in Latvia. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.7rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) of VEF Riga - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) of VEF Riga - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Curtis Millage (185-G-81) of VEF Riga - 27 points and 7 rebounds
7. Jekabs Rozitis (206-F/C-86) of Valmiera - 23 points and 6 rebounds
8. Tyler Cain (203-F-88) of VEF Riga - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Davis Coders (182-G-92) of Jurmala - 8 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Atis Ozols (198-F-81) of Jurmala - 20 points and 4 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 - 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 - LKL
Points Per Game
 Milovan RAKOVIC
  Zalgiris
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 18
 1. Rakovic, Zalgiris18.0 
 2. Urbonas, Juventus17.5 
 3. Bowles, Siauliai16.7 
 4. Pakamanis, Juven.15.8 
 5. Mazeika, Neptunas15.7 
 6. Butkevicius, Rudup.15.5 
 7. Onuaku, Neptunas15.0 
 8. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.14.8 
 9. Matulionis, Techas.14.0 
 10. Benn, Naglis Pala.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.9.0 
 2. Petrukonis, Juven.8.8 
 3. Matulionis, Techas.8.0 
 4. Roberts, Lietuvos.8.0 
 5. Johnson, Naglis P.7.8 
 6. McClure, Kedainiai7.7 
 7. Adomaitis, Kedaini.7.0 
 8. Javtokas, Zalgiris6.8 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.6.8 
 10. Onuaku, Neptunas6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Broadus, Siauliai6.7 
 2. Kalnietis, Zalgiris6.5 
 3. Rice, Lietuvos.5.0 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Sak.5.0 
 5. Dainys, Neptunas4.7 
 6. Ezerskis, Techasas4.3 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudup.4.3 
 8. Maceina, Juventus4.3 
 9. Pakamanis, Juven.4.0 
 10. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Cam LONG
  Siauliai
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Long, Siauliai3.0 
 2. Dainys, Neptunas3.0 
 3. Collins, Zalgiris2.7 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai2.3 
 5. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 6. Kelys, Pieno Z.2.3 
 7. Seibutis, Lietuv.2.0 
 8. Nobles, Pieno Z.2.0 
 9. Matulionis, Techas.2.0 
 10. Babrauskas, Lietu.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris BARNES
  Kedainiai
  (204-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Barnes, Kedainiai2.0 
 2. Samardziski, Lietu.1.7 
 3. Volkus, Juventus1.3 
 4. Butkevicius, Rudup.1.3 
 5. Kairys, Pieno Z.1.3 
 6. Joneliunas, Sakalai1.0 
 7. Peciukas, Kedainiai1.0 
 8. Urbutis, Rudupis1.0 
 9. Kupsas, Baltai K.1.0 
 10. Javtokas, Zalgiris1.0 


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 


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


At BBC Nitia: Logelin out Woodard in! Joao Costa replaces Bill Paterno at Heffingen!! - by John Thomas
Carl Woodard replaces Logelin at BBC Nitia as new head caoch. According to Nitia officials, they had been discussing this move for several weeks. It came as a surprise however to Serge Logelin just after the recent loss at Etzella. Logelin, brought the team up last season from National 2 (for the 2nd time). He will look now for a job elsewhere. BBC Nitia Bettembourg will go into the new week with a new head coach, the 52 years old American. Their main goal for Woodard is to prepare the team for the playdowns in hopes of staying in the DBBL: Woodard has been with several European clubs already and coached Wolfenbttel in the German Pro B last season. He will arrive to Luxembourg on Tuesday, October 25th.

Heffingen also parted ways with their American head coach Bill Paterno. Apparently, after meeting with the players, they told the club they were no longer motivated to work with Paterno any further. The management looked for and quickly found a replacement in Portuguese coach. Joao Costa, who played professional basketball in Europe before he moved to the United States to expand his knowledge of the game where he trained to be a basketball coach. Coach JC lastly coached North Texas Fresh (US - ABA).


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


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  MEXICO   


Francisco Centeno joins Toros - by Eurobasket News
Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) will continue his career in Mexico. The Venezuelan G/SF penned a deal for rest of the LNBP season. Centeno already made debut with his new team scoring 6 points against Huracanes. Toros lost that game at home 66-81. Francisco Centeno played for Gaiteros de Zulia recently. He had 18.7 ppg and 4.4 rpg for seven games. Before Gaiteros, Francisco Centeno played for Espartanos de Margarita. He averaged 4.6 points and 2.6 rebounds for them in 7 Liga Sudamericana games. In the past, Centeno was a member of Guaros de Lara and Duros de Lara. In 2010, he was named Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Most Improved Player of the Year.

LNBP Round 18: Fuerza Regia edges Correcaminos by two points - by Eurobasket News
Ninth-ranked Correcaminos (7-8) made lots of trouble for second ranked Fuerza Regia (13-3) in Monterrey on Sunday. Fuerza Regia managed to secure only two-point victory 88-86. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 24-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Chris Roberts (193-88, college: Bradley) who scored 30 points and 9 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). The other American import point guard Mike Mitchell (181-83, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American guard Franco Harris (183-83, college: Boise St.) who recorded 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Correcaminos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fuerza Regia maintains second position with 13-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Halc.Rojos. Correcaminos at the other side keep the ninth place with eight games lost. Fuerza Regia are looking forward to face Soles (#4) in Mexicali in the next round. Correcaminos will play at home against Panteras (#11) in Aguascalientes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Guanajuato. Eighth ranked Pioneros (9-7) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Abejas (7-10) 84-81 on Saturday evening. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Gregory Grays contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Marcus Jackson (202-82, college: Marquette, agency: Court Side) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for Abejas. Pioneros moved-up to seventh place. Abejas at the other side keep the tenth position with ten games lost. Pioneros will play against league's leader Halcones Rojos in Veracruz in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Abejas will play on the road against Lechugueros (#12) in Leon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Nuevo Laredo. Local Toros (10-6) lost to sixth ranked Huracanes (10-7) 81-66 on Sunday night. Robert Hornsby scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Michael Bell with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Toros' coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Huracanes maintains sixth position with 10-7 record. Loser Toros keep the fifth place with six games lost. Huracanes will meet at home higher ranked Barreteros (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Toros will play against Aguilas Rojas in San Juan and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 18 Panteras defeated Aguilas Rojas in Aguascalientes 98-92.
The best stats of 18th round was 47 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 13 assists and 5 steals by Daryl Dorsey of Aguilas Rojas.



Fuerza Regia - Corr.Victoria 88-86

Ninth-ranked Correcaminos (7-8) made lots of trouble for second ranked Fuerza Regia (13-3) in Monterrey on Sunday. Fuerza Regia managed to secure only two-point victory 88-86. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 24-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Chris Roberts (193-88, college: Bradley) who scored 30 points and 9 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). The other American import point guard Mike Mitchell (181-83, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American guard Franco Harris (183-83, college: Boise St.) who recorded 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) added 21 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Correcaminos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fuerza Regia maintains second position with 13-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Halc.Rojos. Correcaminos at the other side keep the ninth place with eight games lost. Fuerza Regia are looking forward to face Soles (#4) in Mexicali in the next round. Correcaminos will play at home against Panteras (#11) in Aguascalientes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Corr.Victoria: F.Harris 28+5reb+4ast, R.Selleaze 21+7reb+3ast, J.Penny 13+9reb+2ast, M.Allen 9+3reb+7ast, S.Monreal 9+3reb+1ast, R.Castillo 6+3reb+2ast
Fuerza Regia: C.Roberts 30+9reb+1ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 17+2reb+2ast, M.Mitchell 14+6reb+3ast, J.Smith 12+5reb+1ast, D.Smith 9+4reb+2ast, A.Izaguirre 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 137756


Abejas - Pioneros 81-84

Important game to mention about took place in Guanajuato. Eighth ranked Pioneros (9-7) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 10th ranked Abejas (7-10) 84-81 on Saturday evening. The guests were already 13 points ahead at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 24-12 last quarter charge of Abejas cut the lead to 84-81 at the end of the game. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. point guard Gregory Grays (185-79, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. Millsap is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Marcus Jackson (202-82, college: Marquette, agency: Court Side) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) added 21 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Abejas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pioneros moved-up to seventh place. Abejas at the other side keep the tenth position with ten games lost. Pioneros will play against league's leader Halcones Rojos in Veracruz in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Abejas will play on the road against Lechugueros (#12) in Leon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Abejas: L.Wade 21+6reb+1ast, M.McHugh 18+3reb+3ast, M.Jackson 18+19reb, C.Soto 12+1ast, V.Buelna 4+1reb+1ast, C.Castillo 4
Pioneros: J.Millsap 34+11reb+2ast, G.Grays 16+2reb+5ast, J.Sanchez 11, L.Hickerson 11+5reb+3ast, A.Garcia 5+5reb+3ast, S.Soriano 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137757


Aguilas Rojas - Panteras 92-98

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 13th ranked Aguilas Rojas' (3-15) home loss to twelfth ranked Panteras (6-10) 92-98 on Saturday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-22. But Aguilas Rojas won second period 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Puerto Rican point guard Ricardo Melendez (180-83, agency: TSS Management) scored 35 points (!!!) and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Panamanian power forward Joel Tesis (204-82, college: John Brown) chipped in 13 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Five Panteras players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Daryl Dorsey (185-81, college: S.Indiana) with a double-double by scoring 47 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 13 assists and 5 steals and power forward Felipe Sanchez (202-74) scored 7 points and 13 rebounds. Aguilas Rojas' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Panteras have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Aguilas Rojas keep the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Panteras will meet higher ranked Correcaminos (#9) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Aguilas Rojas will play against Toros (#5) in Nuevo Laredo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Aguilas Rojas: D.Dorsey 47+6reb+13ast, U.Santos 11+1reb+1ast, C.Gryne 7+1reb, F.Sanchez 7+13reb+2ast, C.Silva 5+2reb, A.Velarde 5+1reb+1ast
Panteras: R.Melendez 35+4reb+6ast, S.Bowie 20+4reb+1ast, J.Tesis 13+13reb+2ast, K.Malpica 13+2reb+5ast, I.Lopez 12+3reb+1ast, L.Rangel 3+2reb
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Toros - Huracanes 66-81

The game with biggest result difference took place in Nuevo Laredo. Local Toros (10-6) lost to sixth ranked Huracanes (10-7) 81-66 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Huracanes. Toros managed to win fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Huracanes forced 19 Toros turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Toros' players. American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import center Albert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) with 20 points and 9 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican point guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Toros' coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Huracanes maintains sixth position with 10-7 record. Loser Toros keep the fifth place with six games lost. Huracanes will meet at home higher ranked Barreteros (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Toros will play against Aguilas Rojas in San Juan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Toros: M.Bell 20+9reb, M.Helton 9+3reb, W.Pagan 8+7reb+3ast, B.Angley 7+4reb+2ast, K.Simpson 6+3reb+1ast, D.Pearson 6+5reb+1ast
Huracanes: A.Fuqua 17+8reb+1ast, N.Colmenares 17+7reb+1ast, R.Hornsby 15+8reb+8ast, S.Sir 9+1reb+1ast, A.Gomez 8+6reb+5ast, E.Albor 7+1ast
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Best players of LNBP round 18 - by Eurobasket News
American Daryl Dorsey (185-PG-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for Aguilas Rojas and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 30-year old playmaker got a double-double of 47 points and thirteen assists, while his team lost the game against Panteras (#11, 6-10) 92-98. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Aguilas Rojas maintains the 13th position in Mexican LNBP. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Aguilas Rojas have already lost 15 games and recorded just three victories. In the team's last game Dorsey had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Aguilas Rojas' top player in his first season with the team. University of Southern Indiana graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dorsey is league's best scorer averaging so far 26.9ppg and is league's best passer with 10.3apg. Dorsey

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American forward John Millsap (198-F-82) of Pioneros. Millsap impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 34 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Pioneros to edge the lower-ranked Abejas (#10, 7-10) by 3 points 84-81. This victory allowed Pioneros to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Millsap is a newcomer at Pioneros 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 23.9ppg (#3). He also registered 7.4 boards per game. The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio alumni Millsap played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Chris Roberts (193-G-88) of second-ranked Fuerza Regia. Roberts got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . He was a key player of Fuerza Regia, leading his team to a 88-86 win against the lower-ranked Corr.Victoria (#9, 7-8). Fuerza Regia is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 13-3 record is not that bad... Roberts has a very solid season. In 12 games in Mexico he scored 14.3ppg. He also has 5.2rpg and and 3PT: 46.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Jackson (202-F-82) of Abejas - 18 points and 19 rebounds
5. Ricardo Melendez (180-PG-83) of Panteras - 35 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Franco Harris (183-G-83) of Corr.Victoria - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Albert Fuqua (211-C-83) of Huracanes - 17 points and 8 rebounds
8. Joel Tesis (204-F/C-82) of Panteras - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Robert Hornsby (196-F/C-82) of Huracanes - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Michael Bell (206-F-82) of Toros - 20 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)


Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Rojos 13-2 
 2. Fuerza Regia 13-3 
 3. Barreteros 11-6 
 4. Soles 11-7 
 5. Toros 10-6 
 6. Huracanes 10-7 
 7. Pioneros 9-7 
 8. Halc.Xalapa 8-3 
 9. Corr.Victoria 7-8 
 10. Abejas 7-10 
 11. Panteras 6-10 
 12. Lechugueros 6-11 
 13. Aguilas Rojas 3-15 
 14. Volcanes 0-19 


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Napredak returns Miko Golubovic - by Eurobasket News
Miko Golubovic (207-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) is back to Napredak Rubin Krusevac after six years. The Montenegrin big signed a deal for rest of the season. Golubovic already made debut with his new/old team. He had 9 points and 4 rebounds against Vojvodina. Napredak lost that game at home 73-74. Miko Golubovic spent last season on Cyprus. He won the Cypriot league title and National Cup with Etha Nicosia. However, Golubovic had very limited playing time with the team. Before Etha, he spent one year with Omonoia Nicosia. In 2008/09, Golubovic played in Romania for Energia Rovinari. A year before he had 11.9 ppg and 7.3 rpg for Rilski Sportist in Bulgaria. Golubovic already played for Napredak Rubin from 2003 to 2005.

Jedinstvo replaces Popovic with Rakocevic - by Darko Pekic
After a poor performance in the first round of Erste Basketball League , KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje management decided to replace the head coach Goran Popovic with his former assistant Zeljko Rakocevic . KK Jedinstvo lost in front of their home crowd against Lovcen and they wanted to make some changes, starting from the head coach. Unfortunately for them, the new coach didn't have much time to make influence on the team chemistry and last Saturday they lost another game, this time against the neighbours- Sutjeska Niksic.

Probably KK Jedinstvo will need to strengthen up their roster also because the new edition of Erste Basketball League will be very competitive. Their two most important signings so far are Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91) and Arso Lekovic (198-F-90) (both came from Mornar)


Who is going to win the Cup of Montenegro? - by Darko Pekic
The Cup draw was held today in KK Podgorica and following teams (mostly from D2) will face each with a common objective- trying to make the next round:

The First Round (1/2 November)

Pljevlja (D2) - Rudar Pljevlja (D2)

Berane 2010 (D2) - KK Sutjeska Niksic (D1)

KK Kotor (D2) - KK Ibar Rozaje (D2)

KK Zeta Golubovci (D2) - Gorstak Kolasin (D2)

Studentski KK Centar Bijelo Polje (D2) - KK Podgorica (D1)

KK Centar Bijelo Polje (D2) - KK University of Mediteran Podgorica (D2)

The Sweet Sixteen will be played on November 22 and November 23 and other Division 1 teams will join and face the winners from the previous round:

1 Pljevlja/Rudar Pljevlja - KK Teodo Tivat (D1)

2 Berane 2010 /KK Sutjeska Niksic - ABS Primorje Herceg Novi (D1)

3 KK Kotor/KK Ibar Rozaje - KK Mornar Basket Bar (D1)

4 KK Zeta Golubovci/Gorstak Kolasin - BC Ulcinjska Rivijera Ulcinj (D1)

5 Studentski KK Centar Bijelo Polje /KK Podgorica - KK Mogren Buvda (D1)

6 KK Centar Bijelo Polje/KK University of Mediteran Podgorica - KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje (D1)

7 KK Danilovgrad (D1) - KK Lovcen Cetinje (D1)

8 BC Buducnost m:tel Podgorica - moved directly to the Elite Eight

The Elite Eight, 20/21. Decembar

Winner of the match 1 - Winner of the match 8

Winner of the match 2 - Winner of the match 7

Winner of the match 3 - Winner of the match 6

Winner of the match 4 - Winner of the match 5

The Final Four fixtures will be decided before the beginning of the Tournament. It will be interesting to see the reaction from other Montenegrin teams this year the power house from Podgorica, BC Buducnost m:tel Podgorica, won every Cup Final in the brief history of independent Montenegro (from 2006). Are Dejan Radonjic 's guys ready to repeat the tradition or somebody else will surprise us? Well, we will have to wait for the ansfer till the next spring...


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  NBA   


NBA lockout continues, league will cancel at least two more weeks, source says, announcement Tuesday - by Eurobasket News
The NBA will be cancelling at least two more weeks of its season, according to a person familiar with the league's plans.

The source told the Daily News that the announcement will be made by the league on Tuesday.

With talks broken off between the owners and players, and the two sides far apart on major 'system' issues, the cancellations are expected to total at least 102 more games, through Nov. 28. No further talks are in the works.

The league made its first cancellations, totalling 100 games and running from the Nov. 1 season opener through Nov. 14, on Oct. 10. Commissioner David Stern had said last week on WFAN that he thought that the leagues showcase Christmas Day games would be cancelled if a deal had not been reached by last Tuesday.

But even with the impasse at the bargaining table, the feeling is that the league still thinks it can get a deal and save its traditional Christmas games. Included in that is the Knicks-Boston game at the Garden. Locked-out NBA players say they want to return to the bargaining table, but that they are not going to accept the owners precondition of accepting a 50-50 split to be able to resume talks.

'I will call them to see if they want to get back together,' Billy Hunter said on Bill Simmons' ESPN podcast Monday. 'But if they still say they'll only meet if I accept their 50-50 (proposal), to me that's a non-starter. I can't agree to meet if I dont know what is going to happen on the other issues. That is intolerable.'

Owners and players have not talked since they left their last round of negotiations dug in on various 'system' issues dealing with a new harder salary cap favored by owners and the preservation of the soft cap favored by players.

During the last session, owners rejected the players demands on the critical issue of 'give-backs.' For taking less of the split of $4 billion, and lowering their demands to 52.5% of the revenue, players wanted to use that to trade for more favorable features in the system.

'What we told the players is that we could not trade one for the other,' said NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver, after owners raised their offer on the split to 50-50. According to commissioner David Stern, it will take a month to put the new collective bargaining agreement in writing, conduct free agency for upwards of 150 players, and run a short training camp and an abbreviated preseason schedule. In the best-case scenario, Stern has said, it might be able to cut the start-up period to 28 days. Stern received a lot of publicity last week for saying that Christmas Day games would be lost if the two sides didnt reach a deal as they met under the guidance of federal mediator George Cohen.

Stern missed the final session with Cohen due to the flu and has not commented since on the lack of progress or how many more games will be lost.

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com


Iverson to host Vegas tourney with NBA players - by Eurobasket News
Former NBA superstar Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) will host a two-day basketball tournament featuring NBA players in Las Vegas next month, Yahoo! Sports reported Monday.

Iverson, who has not played in the NBA since 2010, is expected to captain and play for one of four teams in the Las Vegas Superstar Challenge, scheduled to take place Nov. 12-13 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The tournament could be an opportunity for Iverson to prove he can still play with the best following a lack of NBA interest last season, which led the former MVP to a brief playing stint in Turkey.

Current NBA stars taking part in the tournament could include Kevin Durant, Amar'e Stoudemire and Paul Pierce, sources said. Iverson is expected to announce rosters and captains for the teams at a press conference next week.

As the NBA lockout approaches its fifth month with no end in sight, the league's top stars have begun planning similar non-league events, including a six-game, four-continent exhibition.

The proposed tour, organized by an Atlanta businessman, reportedly would include Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and reigning MVP Derrick Rose. Stoudemire also has stated in interest in participating in the NBA World Tour, according to the New York Post.

According to Yahoo! Sports, the first day of the Las Vegas games are scheduled to conclude in time for the players to attend the Nov. 12 welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Marquez.

Courtesy of www.myfoxdetroit.com


NBA stars shine in OKC, want 'fair deal' - by Eurobasket News
Two-time scoring champion Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) can still fill up a stat sheet, Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) can still orchestrate a team and LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) is still a highlight waiting to happen.

What they haven't been able to do is find a deal with the NBA that they find acceptable enough to play real games again.

The All-Stars all took part in a charity exhibition game Sunday night in Oklahoma City, with hometown hero Durant recording a triple-double with 42 points, 26 rebounds and 11 assists to lead his team to a 176-171 victory in overtime.

'As you see in these games that we're playing, we love to play the game. We're going to find a way to play -- any way possible. We want to just keep giving our fans the opportunity to see us because if not for the fans, we're not who we are,' Paul said.

'So we just want them to know that we still want to keep working toward a deal because it's not just about us. It's about the fans, it's about the employees, all the people that make our game happen. We want to play -- just make sure everyone understands that.'

Players and owners met with a federal mediator for 30 hours over three days this week but left without a new collective bargaining agreement. There's still a divide over how much of the league's revenue the players should get and a philosophical conflict over the league's salary cap system.

'We just want a fair deal. At the end of the day, that's what it's all about,' Paul said. 'We want a system that works and we want a split that's doable. So, we're not being greedy or anything like that. We just want a fair deal.'

In negotiations, players have already said they'd come down from their current 57 percent share of the league's revenues to 53 -- or 52.5 percent. But owners are now asking for an even split with the players, and that's not palatable for players.

'It's just not. We set our number. We've already dropped, but we set our number at 53 and that's what we're sticking to,' James Harden said.

The first two weeks of the season, which would have started Nov. 1, have already been called off. Commissioner David Stern warned previously that all games through Christmas could be canceled without a deal this week, but those games haven't been wiped out yet.

'Fighting over 3 percent, that's kind of retarded to me,' said Michael Beasley, who scored a game-high 56 points. 'But it is what is. We'll come to an agreement.'

'The quicker we can get a deal done, the better,' he added. 'Like I've been saying before, the main ones suffering are our fans.'

James, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook -- all of them All-Stars -- declined to comment on the state of their league as they left the Cox Convention Center.

It was the latest in a series of exhibition games across the country as NBA players stay in the spotlight while locked out by the league.

'We're just trying to work to get a deal done. We're going to continue to keep playing these games and showing the fans that we love the game and we want to play,' Durant said. 'Hopefully we get something done.'

At halftime of the game, Durant presented an oversized check for $100,000 to Single Parents Support Network of Oklahoma City with proceeds from the game.

'Guys don't get paid to play in these games,' Paul said. 'Guys come out here because of how much respect they have for KD and what he does for the community and for kids and giving back.'

Durant and a star-studded White team including James and Westbrook overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to beat a Blue team that featured Anthony and Paul.

James had three buckets -- a pair of layups and a left-handed jam -- in a 20-2 fourth-quarter run that put the White team ahead for the first time since the opening period. Durant finished it off with a 3-pointer from the right wing to make it 152-143.

Harden answered with back-to-back 3-pointers before Beasley's fast-break dunk during a string of eight straight Blue points, and Harden hit another 3 from the top of the key for a 159-158 lead with 54.3 seconds left. Durant answered with a 3 from the left wing with 30.4 seconds left, and Anthony's layup with 13.1 seconds remaining sent it to overtime tied at 161.

Durant missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and the game went to overtime. James put the White team ahead to stay with back-to-back jumpers early in the extra period.

Paul was the playmaker early on, dishing out 13 assists in the first quarter -- more than one per minute. He zoomed past Durant for a layup, set up a pair of dunks by Beasley and just kept orchestrating the Blue offense. His last assist of the quarter came on a bounce pass that skipped high into the air for a James Harden alley-oop dunk, and then he finished off the period with a 3-pointer from the top of the key as the buzzer sounded.

There were plenty of other highlights usually seen on NBA courts like the one just across the street.

James threw down a two-handed jam after passing the ball to himself off the backboard, Westbrook provided a series of power jams and Paul even got a two-handed dunk off of Jonny Flynn's alley oop.

'It's for the fans. Basketball's a getaway, a getaway for a lot of people, and right now with the lockout, they can't get away,' Beasley said. 'We're going to do games like this for as long as possible as much as possible.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Darvin Ham officially joins Lakers' coaching staff - by Eurobasket News
There's already one way Mike Brown has surpassed Phil Jackson.

The Lakers coach will have a larger staff than his predecessor. The Lakers officially added former NBA player and Development League coach Darvin Ham to Brown's coaching staff, which includes five full-time assistants -- Chuck Person, John Kuester, Quin Snyder, Ettore Messina and Ham as well as basketball operations assistant Kyle Triggs.

Jackson had four full-time assistants in Brian Shaw, Jim Cleamons, Frank Hamblen and Person, plus two part-time assistants, Craig Hodges and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Im very happy to have Darvin join our coaching staff,' Brown said in a statement. 'Ive known Darvin since his rookie year in Denver and have watched him make the transition from player to coach. He has put in the hard work that is necessary to have success at this level and I look forward to having him on our staff.'

Of course, matching Jackson's legacy with 11 championship rings is another story. But it's clear Brown prefers using his coaching staff differently. While Jackson assigned specific scouting responsibilities to each of his coaches, Brown wants his coaches to contribute in all phases.

As for Ham, he doesn't have any NBA coaching experience, but his two-year coaching stint with the Development League's Albuquerque franchise as an assistant and then a head coach reveals similar philosophies on why hard work needs to serve as the foundation for any program.

'I'm truly honored and grateful for Mike Brown, Mitch Kupchak and the entire Lakers organization for presenting me with this amazing opportunity,' said Ham, who also earned a solid reputation for throwing down thunderous dunks during his eight-year NBA career. 'I look forward to making my contribution in sustaining the championship tradition that the Lakers have established throughout their history in the NBA. I'm very excited about our staff and players, and am ready to get to work to help bring another championship to this prestigious franchise.'

Courtesy of http://lakersblog.latimes.com


Josh Howard to host all-star charity basketball game in Dallas - by Eurobasket News
Josh Howard (6'6''-F-80, college: Wake Forest) announced that he will host an all-star charity basketball game in Dallas, Texas featuring an all-star cast of professional basketball players. The Josh Howard Celebrity All-Star Basketball Game Presented by Free Move Texas will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m., at the P.C. Cobb Center, at the citys fair grounds.

Howard, who will play in the all-star game, has enlisted players from 10 cities: Charlotte, Dallas, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Orleans, Portland, Sacramento, Toronto and Washington, where he played last. He and his Washington Wizards teammates John Wall, Andray Blatche and Nick Young will be joined by 12 other players: Jason Terry (Dallas), LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland), Anthony Randolph (Minnesota), Corey Brewer (Dallas), Damon Jones, Damion James (New Jersey), DeSagana Diop (Charlotte), Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento), Jarrett Jack (New Orleans), Marquis Daniels (Sacramento), Quinton Ross (New Jersey) and Reggie Evans (Toronto).

The Josh Howard Celebrity All-Star Basketball Game in Dallas, Texas will benefit The Josh Howard Foundation: all money will be used to continue its mission. During the past six months Howard has hosted multiple events in Dallas, Texas, Winston-Salem, N.C. and Mauldin, S.C. to fundraise, and has supported an equal number of charity events hosted by other professional basketball players. (Read more at www.insidehoops.com)

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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So far, so good for Rainmen - by Eurobasket News
Halifax is off and running in the new National Basketball League of Canada.

The Rainmen earned a weekend sweep of the Summerside (P.E.I.) Storm, following up Fridays 100-96 road win with a 93-77 blowout yesterday at the Metro Centre before a franchise record crowd of 8,422.

Feels good, said Rainmen guard Rodney Buford (196-G-77, college: Creighton), who piled up a team-high 40 points over the weekend. First time weve played five-on-five. Since camp started, all weve been doing is four-on-four, but its good to get out here, play with the team and play against other guys.

The Rainmen were all over the Storm yesterday, mounting a 26-11 first-quarter lead and a 23-point cushion at the half.

Buford, who is seven years removed from a 230-game NBA career, showed off his big-league skills dropping three three-pointers among his 17 points.

I like this arena - we fed off the energy of the crowd, Buford said. Hopefully we can get some more wins and some more big crowds like this.

Halifax's Christian Upshaw (178-G-86) made his home debut for the Rainmen, collecting five points and two assists in 17 minutes. He was the man of the hour in the post-game autograph session, signing everything from backpacks to T-shirts to sneakers.

I loved it, said the former St. Francis Xavier X-Men star after taking care of a long lineup of fawning fans. This is great basketball, very intense, lots of crowd support.... It feels good to be home, back on the court again.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


Miracles fall short at the hands of Summerside Storm - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Coliseum was a sell-out crowd with Monctonians coming out to support the Rogers Slam Dunk Fan Night Game against the Summerside Storm.

Jared Cunningham was the first to put up points for the Miracles with a far out 3 point shot. With it being the Moncton Miracles first game yet this season there were many kinks to work out in their game plan. At the end of the first quarter the Summerside Storm led the game 24-15.

The second quarter continued to go the Storm's way with them leading into the third quarter 41-34. Darrell Wonge (6'7''-F-86, college: Winston Salem) and Jared Cunningham leading the way for the Miracles with 8 points each. Eric Gilchrese finished the half with 9 points for Summerside.

The Miracles finally took the lead with 7:36 left in the third quarter to make it 53-50. The rest of the quarter was shot for shot and ended with the Storm back in charge with a 72-67 score.

The final score of the game was 86 to 97. The leading scorer for the Miracles was Jazzmarr Ferguson (6'1''-G, college: Indiana SE) with 17 points, followed by Darrell Wonge with 15 and Andrew Francis with 14.

The Summerside Storm's leading scorer of the game was Louie McCroskey (6'5''-G-85, college: Marist) with 16 points, followed by Julian Allan with 15.

The Miracles regular season home opener takes place on Saturday, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. when they face the Saint John Millrats.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Lightning strike with exhibition win - by Eurobasket News
Taylor King (6'6''-F-88, college: Concordia Irvine) has the Serenity Prayer tattooed on his left forearm. And in his first professional basketball game, the native of Huntington Beach, Calif., was a picture of calm Sunday.

The 23-year-old lefty, who prefers the court to the surf, canned eight threes and scored a team-high 29 points as the London Lightning beat the Oshawa Power 111-83 in a National Basketball League of Canada preseason game before about 500 spectators at the John Labatt Centre.

London opens its regular season at home to Halifax on Nov. 3.

Everyone can shoot on this team, not just me, said King, who played one season of college ball at Duke and two more at Villanova after graduating high school in 2007 with the third-highest career points total in California history. Today was just my day and my teammates did a great job of finding me in open spots. And in the second half, they went to a zone and when you get the ball in the middle, you can do a lot against a zone.

King was a latecomer to the Lightning training camp.

I was supposed to be playing in Italy, I was supposed to be in Germany and I was supposed to be in Serbia, he said of his original plans. But in the overseas game, nothing is guaranteed unless you have a signed contract and a plane ticket in your hand.

I just wanted to get out of the States (to play). If it was Canada, it was Canada. If it was Mexico, it was Mexico. But Im in a great spot right now. We have a lot of veterans, a lot of older guys who can teach me a lot. Im only 23; I can only continue to learn and continue to get better.

The tattoo on his left arm is accompanied by his mothers name Marguerite.

My mom used to say this to me every day and its something I really take to heart, he said.

King said the mantra helped him get into a rhythm coming off the bench. I just wanted to go in and get comfortable, try to get into a little flow before I started shooting. And today, I was just in the right place at the right time.

King also had seven rebounds, a stat that took him by surprise, but not head coach Micheal Ray Richardson.

Hes a shooter and when hes open, he can flat-out shoot, the coach said. The guys in the league for a reason. And he did it all for us today; hes a real sparkplug coming off the bench. And if youre going to win in this league, you cant be losing anything when you go to your bench.

Another positive for the Lightning was the fact five players scored in double figures Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas St.) had 17, Shawn Daniels (6'7''-C-79, college: Utah St.) 13 and Gabe Freeman and Jamaal Davis 11 apiece.

I dont want to put all my marbles on one or two guys, Richardson said. I want all of my guys to be comfortable taking a shot.

The Lightning stormed out of the gate, opening with a 13-2 run and leading 31-9 after the first quarter thanks in part to a defence that forced turnovers. Up 57-24 at the break, the Lightning softened a bit in the second half as the Power at least made a game of it.

I thought we played great team defence in the first half, but in the second half we allowed them too many easy points and gave up too many offensive rebounds, Richardson said. Every game, were going to have to get better.

We wont be where we want to be until we get a (championship) ring. But is it where we want to be heading into the season? Yes.

Richardson displayed the intensity hes noted for, pacing the sideline and working officials to the point of being given a warning in the second half.

Preseason is for working out kinks and it was no different for the JLC. The rim at the east end of the court had to be adjusted before tipoff, delaying start of the game about 10 minutes.

It feels really good, Lighning GM Taylor Brown said of getting a home game in the books. And its going to be a great atmosphere once the stands are filled.

Brandon Robinson led all scorers with 31 points for the Power.

Courtesy of www.lfpress.com


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Kentucky favored by media to win SEC hoops title - by Eurobasket News
Kentucky is a heavy favorite to win the Southeastern Conference men's basketball title.

The Wildcats received 18 of 23 first-place votes from SEC and national media in balloting released by the league Monday. Kentucky sophomore Terrence Jones is the preseason league player of the year.

Vanderbilt received four first-place votes and Florida got one.

The Wildcats are coming off a 29-9 season when they advanced to the Final Four.

Kentucky sophomore Terrence Jones was the choice of the media for SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year with 12 votes. Vanderbilt's John Jenkins picked up nine votes and Alabama's JaMychal Green and Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis each received one vote.

Jones, Jenkins and Green were joined on the preseason first-team All-SEC by Mississippi State's Dee Bost and Vanderbilt's Jeffery Taylor.

Courtesy of www.silive.com


Xavier PG Holloway sits out opener for violation - by Eurobasket News
Senior point guard Terrell Holloway (6'0''-G-89) will sit out Xaviers season opener for a secondary violation of NCAA rules limiting summer league games.

Holloway played in too many summer league games, a violation that was reported to the NCAA. Hell miss the opener on Nov. 11 at Morgan State.

Holloway decided to return to Xavier for his senior season after considering the NBA draft. He was the Atlantic 10s player of the year in 2010-11, when the Musketeers won at least a share of the regular season conference title for the fifth straight year. The Musketeers are picked to win the league title again behind Holloway, who anchors an experienced backcourt.

Courtesy of http://rivals.yahoo.com


Houston to authorize conference move - by Eurobasket News
University of Houston regents will meet Thursday to authorize the school chancellor to negotiate a move to a new athletic conference.

Houston is one the teams being courted by the Big East, which is trying to expand to 12 members. The Cougars currently play in Conference USA and the football team is ranked No. 18.

The agenda for the meeting announced Monday calls for allowing Chancellor and President Renu Khator to ''execute a contract for athletic conference affiliation and to negotiate and provide notice of contract cancellation.''

The agenda does not specify a conference destination.

Courtesy of www.thescore.com


Big 12 expresses 'strong desire' for Mizzou to remain in conference - by Eurobasket News
The Big 12 board of directors on Monday expressed a 'strong desire' for Missouri to remain in the conference.

The Big 12 says in a release that all 10 current members and TCU, which will join next season, participated in the Monday's meeting.

Three days ago the Missouri Board of Curators gave Chancellor Brady Deaton the authority to move the school out of the Big 12. Missouri is considering a move to the Southeastern Conference.

Interim Commissioner Chuck Neinas told The Associated Press that Missouri did not notify the conference that it would be withdrawing at the meeting.

The Big 12 board also reaffirmed its plans to have its members grant their most lucrative television rights to the conference and discussed exploring a conference network.

The conference has lost three members in the last 16 months. Nebraska left for the Big Ten and Colorado headed for the Pac-12 after last season. And this season, Texas A&M announced it would leave for the Southeastern Conference.

The Big 12 diverted TCU from the Big East, and is considering adding Louisville, West Virginia or BYU as possible replacements for Missouri.

Missouri has given no timetable on any move it may make.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


USBWA NAMES WAYMAN TISDALE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST - by George Manousidis
ST. LOUIS (USBWA) - Three Kentucky freshmen are among 12 players announced Thursday by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association as preseason candidates for the Wayman Tisdale Award, honoring the nation's top freshman for the 2011-12 college basketball season.

Selected to the USBWA's National Freshman of the Year Watch List are the Wildcats' Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, all ranked among the top 10 recruits in the country. Davis, a 6-10 forward, is considered by many to be the nation's No. 1 recruit.

Others named to the watch list are Bradley Beal, Florida; Chane Behanan, Louisville; Khem Birch, Pittsburgh; Andre Drummond, Connecticut; Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State; Austin Rivers, Duke; Adonis Thomas, Memphis; Josiah Turner, Arizona; and Cody Zeller, Indiana.

2011-12 WAYMAN TISDALE AWARD WATCH LIST
Bradley Beal, Florida (G, 6-3, 207, Fr., St. Louis, Mo.)
Chane Behanan, Louisville (F, 6-6, 245, Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio)
Khem Birch, Pittsburgh (F, 6-9, 220, Fr., Montreal, Quebec)
Anthony Davis, Kentucky (F, 6-10, 220, Fr., Chicago, Ill.)
Andre Drummond, Connecticut (C, 6-10, 270, Fr., Middletown, Conn.)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky (F, 6-7, 232, Fr., Somerdale, N.J.)
Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State (G/F, 6-7, 230, Fr., Dallas, Texas)
Austin Rivers, Duke (G, 6-4, 200, Fr., Winter Park, Fla.)
Marquis Teague, Kentucky (G, 6-2, 189, Fr., Indianapolis, Ind.)
Adonis Thomas, Memphis (F/G, 6-6, 222, Fr., Memphis, Tenn.)
Josiah Turner, Arizona (G, 6-3, 192, Fr., Sacramento, Calif.)
Cody Zeller, Indiana (F, 6-11, 230, Fr., Washington, Ind.)

The USBWA has chosen a national freshman of the year since the 1988-89 season when LSU's Chris Jackson was the recipient. Other previous winners of the award include Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and Chris Webber. Last season, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger won the inaugural Wayman Tisdale Award.

The Tisdale Award winner will receive a statuette designed by nationally-recognized sculptor Shan Gray. A permanent Wayman Tisdale Award is on display at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

The late Wayman Tisdale was a three-time USBWA All-American at the University of Oklahoma. Following a stint on the 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team, he played 12 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 1997 to focus on a blossoming jazz music career. In March 2007, he was diagnosed with cancer and, following a courageous and difficult battle that included the amputation of his right leg in 2008, he passed away in May 2009.
The Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award presented by Devon is produced by Access Sports, an Oklahoma City-based 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization committed to supporting various charitable causes, including funding prosthetic devices for needy individuals through the Wayman L. Tisdale Foundation, educational scholarships through the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and funding of youth basketball programs throughout the state of Oklahoma through Wayman's Lightning Basketball League.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch (mitch@mvc.org or 314-444-4325 ).

All-Time USBWA National Freshmen of the Year
1989 Chris Jackson, LSU
1990 Kenny Anderson, Georgia Tech
1991 Rodney Rogers, Wake Forest
1992 Chris Webber, Michigan
1993 Jason Kidd, California
1994 Joe Smith, Maryland
1995 None selected
1996 None selected
1997 None selected
1998 Larry Hughes, Saint Louis
1999 Quentin Richardson, DePaul
2000 Jason Gardner, Arizona
2001 Eddie Griffin, Seton Hall
2002 T.J. Ford, Texas
2003 Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse
2004 Luol Deng, Duke
2005 Marvin Williams, North Carolina
2006 Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina 2007 Kevin Durant, Texas
2008 Michael Beasley, Kansas State
2009 Tyreke Evans, Memphis
2010 John Wall, Kentucky
2011 Jared Sullinger, Ohio State



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Westerlund's 21 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old forward Elias Westerlund (197-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Ammerud Bskt and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had the game-high 21 points adding seven rebounds for Ammerud Bskt as his team lost the game against Froya Basket (#3, 4-1) 68-106. Ammerud Bskt maintains the 7th position in league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 5 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Westerlund had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Ammerud Bskt's top player in his first season with the team. Westerlund has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 17.3ppg) and averages solid 59.3% FGP and 46.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Martin Bryn (193-F-89). He is a forward in his 5th season at Ammerud Bskt. In the last game Bryn recorded impressive 10 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Ammerud Bskt lost that game 68-106 to the higher-ranked Froya Basket (#3, 4-1). Ammerud Bskt managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Ammerud Bskt managed to get this year. Bryn is one of the most experienced players at Ammerud Bskt and similarly like Elias Westerlund has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard David Crouch (G-86) of Langhus (#8). Crouch scored 17 points. Despite Crouch's great performance Langhus lost 70-98 to the higher-ranked Baerum Basket (#2, 4-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Langhus can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 6 games. Too bad for Crouch he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Crouch has a very solid season. In 4 games in Norway he scored 8.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ziko Mahojlovic (G-92) of Ammerud Bskt - 16 points
5. Rob Knight (195-F-84) of Ammerud Bskt - 5 points and 3 rebounds
6. Orji Okoroafor (187-G-80) of Ammerud Bskt - 5 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Frederic Mamen (187-F-82) of Langhus - 2 points
8. Bjornar Andersen (187-G-89) of Langhus - 10 points and 2 assists
9. Gisle Klubnes (202-C-84) of Langhus - 6 points
10. Elias Westerlund (197-F-88) of Ammerud Bskt - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Dionisio Gomez Camargo enjoys the start with Shiga Lakestars - by Eurobasket News
Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-F-80, college: Arkansas) enjoys the start with Shiga Lakestars in Japan. After 4 games played his stats are 15.8 points per game.
In his top game Shiga L-Stars edged Oita H.Devils 90-66. This time Shiga L-Stars used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Oita on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Shiga L-Stars. Oita Heat Devils was better in second period 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shiga L-Stars dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Oita Heat Devils' 44. Shiga L-Stars looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners.
Dionisio Gomez Camargo moved to Japan from Argentina. Last season he played for Asociacion Quimsa Santiago del Estero (Argentina-LigaA) and in Liga Sudamericana averaged 8.8ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 67.9%, FT: 71.4%. In Liga Americas his stats read 13.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.7%, FT: 82.6%, while in Argentinian League he showed 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 58.6%.



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Two Former Israeli League Players Currently Hooping With Team USA - by Netanel Dahan

By David Pick and Netanel Dahan.

After over a decade of absence, two former Israeli League players successfully passed nine intense days of tryouts with the Senior USA Men's national team, making the final cut, as they represent their nation in the Pan American games, currently taking place in Mexico.

Justin Dentmon who played for Hapoel Afula during the 2009-10 season, finishing as the league's leading scorer, and Leo Lyons who balled two seasons in the holy-land with Hapoel Jerusalem and Gilboa/Galil, are the first ever to collaborate on the senior USA NT in an official tournament after playing in Israel. In light of the ongoing NBA lockout, Team USA's formed mostly of overseas free agent pros and D-league players. The last time Team USA wasn't represented by NBAers (due to the lockout as well), was in 1998, disappointingly securing the bronze medal at the World Championship Games, where Wendell Alexis played on behalf of Israel's Maccabi Tel-Aviv who was the first to represent the senior USA NT in an official tournament after playing in Israel.

Now, after competing with twenty-one other hoopers, Lyons and Dentmon are two of the twelve finalists to clinch a spot on USA's roster. Last season, Dentmon played for the D-league's brand new team Texas Legends, leading the team to the playoff on route to winning the Gatorade All-D-League Honorable Mention award as one of the league's top guards, posting averages of 19.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game, shooting 43% from 3-point range. He had a season high in the D-league showcase of 38 pts,13 assists,7 boards and 4 steals in-front of the NBA GM'S. Playing for Afula, Dentmon finished as the league's number one scorer with 19.8 points per game, helping Afula win an epic playoff series against Ramat-Gan.

Dentmon's Texas Legends teammate Matt Rogers, failed to make the final USA roster, but commented on the achievement of last season's locker room buddy, :'Justin is a hard working smart player who sees the court well, Rogers said:'. Hes got a talent for scoring like nobody else Ive played with. He can shoot, drive past somebody or cross someone over and make them look funny.'

Dentmon himself expressed how it feels to become a member of the USA national squad saying,:' Ive been overseas a few times. Seeing the way people fight for their country is unbelievable. The chance I got to come out here and do the same for mine is a dream come true, I'm excited.'

The other Israeli/American member on board is Leo Lyons. After leaving Galil/Gilboa in mid-season last year, Lyons joined the NBDL's Austin Toros, having a great run on his way to posting a career high, 34-points, against Dentmon's Texas Legends. Prior to that, Lyons began his professional career also in Israel, but for Hapoel Jerusalem. He won the Israeli cup and led his team to the EuroCup challenge Elite8, averaging 14.9 points, 6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

Before taking to court in his new red-white-and-blue uniform, Lyons told Eurobasket exclusively,:''Personally, my time in Israel was somewhat of a disappointment. I never fell into the right spot and didnt enjoy the right situation. Overall, it was a great learning experience and I feel very good about it.' Lyons also commented on passing the tough USA tryouts, looking to officially start playing, 'We have a lot of pressure on us to win a gold medal because the reputation of Team USA is known for winning the gold award. The fact that the USA Men's basketball hasn't won a Pan American gold medal since 1983, is something us players remind ourselves of on a daily basis.

'The training we went through was crazy. We practiced twice a day, competing against a lot of people for nine straight days. It definitely was a challenge mentally and physically. Europe? It was a tough decision to decline offers I had overseas, but I have a good chance of making it to the NBA when the lockout ends, so I wanted to make myself available.'

'I love Israel; it's a second home to me. I talked to Justin about it earlier and I'd go back if it was the perfect opportunity. I have a lot of friends there and the league this year looks very competitive.'

The Pan American games are like the Olympic games of America the event is taking place once in four years and many USA Basketball athletes who have been selected to a Pan American Games team have gone on to compete in the Olympic Games, while many others enjoyed stellar professional careers. In all, 34 Pan Am athletes have been a member of a U.S. Olympic squad, including Ernie Grunfeld, Grant Hill, Luscious Jackson, Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner, Danny Manning, Chris Mullin, Emeka Okafor, Sam Perkins, Oscar Robertson, David Robinson, Isiah Thomas, Jerry West and Jo Jo White.

The tournament this season will kick off October 26th, as Team USA will face Dominican Republic. Dentmon will also enjoy a piquant match against recent DR Cocolos teammate, Jack .M. Martinez. Another interesting match will take place when USA goes up against Puerto Rico, fully equipped with its dazzling back-court duo Carlos Arroyo (he also played in Israel and won the championship with Maccabi Tel Aviv) and J.J Barea (a fresh NBA champ).




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Semifinals: Second and third games - by Eurobasket News
Second and third games of the Superior league Semifinals were played on Friday and Monday.
Regatas grabbed 63-68 road win against El Bosque on Friday for 2-0 lead in the series. They had a nice chance to end it yesterday, but El Bosque did not let them. El Bosque celebrated as a guest last night 70-75 and came to 2-1 in the series. Fourth game is scheduled for tomorrow and El Bosque will be the host.
Escuela Fap was better than Real Club in Game Two 89-86. It was 1-1 at that time. Last night, Real Club celebrated at home 74-67 and took the lead again. These two teams will also meet tomorrow in Game Four.

Semi-Finals - Game 1
Oct. 19, 2011Regatas-El Bosque75-61
Oct. 19, 2011Real Club-Escuela Fap96-72

Semi-Finals - Game 2
Oct. 21, 2011El Bosque-Regatas63-68
Oct. 21, 2011Escuela Fap-Real Club89-86

Semi-Finals - Game 3
Oct. 24, 2011Regatas-El Bosque70-75
Oct. 24, 2011Real Club-Escuela Fap74-67

Semi-Finals - Game 4
Oct. 26, 2011El Bosque-Regatas
Oct. 26, 2011Escuela Fap-Real Club


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


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 22
 1. David, Powerade T.22.0 
 2. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 3. Castro, Talk N Te.18.3 
 4. Lutz, Petron Blaze17.3 
 5. Seigle, Air21 Expr.16.5 
 6. Caguioa, Ginebra16.3 
 7. Chan, Rain or Shine16.2 
 8. Dillinger, Talk N.15.8 
 9. Yap, B-Meg Llam.15.8 
 10. Santos, Petron B.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Santos, Petron B.16.8 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text12.3 
 3. Reyes, Alaska Aces10.3 
 4. Espinas, Meralco9.6 
 5. Taulava, Meralco9.4 
 6. Sena, Shopinas.9.3 
 7. Kramer, Powerade.9.0 
 8. Peek, Talk N Text8.8 
 9. Thoss, Alaska Aces8.8 
 10. Villanueva, Gineb.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jayson CASTRO
  Talk N Text
  (173-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Castro, Talk N Te.6.0 
 2. Cabagnot, Petron5.5 
 3. Miller, Barako Bull5.3 
 4. Lanete, Meralco5.0 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska A.4.8 
 6. Lee, Rain or Shine4.8 
 7. Cruz, Powerade T.4.8 
 8. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.5 
 9. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.5 
 10. Bangura, Air21 E.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher LUTZ
  Petron Blaze
  (192-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lutz, Petron Blaze2.5 
 2. Cruz, Powerade T.2.0 
 3. Castro, Talk N Te.2.0 
 4. Ildefonso, Petron2.0 
 5. Lanete, Meralco1.6 
 6. Miller, Barako Bull1.5 
 7. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.5 
 8. Raymundo, B-Meg L.1.5 
 9. Lassiter, Powerade.1.5 
 10. Antonio, Powerade.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ali PEEK
  Talk N Text
  (194-F-75)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Peek, Talk N Text1.8 
 2. Quinahan, Rain o.1.8 
 3. Aguilar, Talk N.1.8 
 4. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.5 
 5. Baclao, Petron B.1.5 
 6. Espinas, Meralco1.4 
 7. Santos, Petron B.1.3 
 8. Seigle, Air21 Expr.1.3 
 9. Sison, Shopinas.1.0 
 10. Reyes, Petron Bl.1.0 


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Seth Doliboa gets MVP of the Week award for LPB - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Benfica and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 31-year old forward had a double-double of 23 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat CAB Madeira (#6, 1-1) 92-87. It allowed Benfica to jump to the first place in the Portuguese LPB. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Benfica 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 Doliboa had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Benfica's top player in his first season with the team. Wright State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Doliboa is in league's top in points (3rd best: 22.5ppg) and averages solid 2.5spg,80.0% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old Cape Verdean forward Carlos Andrade (197-F-78) of Porto Ferpinta. Andrade impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds. Of course he lead Porto Ferpinta to another comfortable win 81-66 over Barcelos (0-2) being unquestionably team leader. 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. Andrade is one of the most experienced players at Porto Ferpinta and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 11.5rpg and 3.5apg.

The third best performed player last round was former international center Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) of Vitoria SC (#7). Fonseca scored 18 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Vitoria SC, leading his team to a 61-58 win against Barreirense CEPSA (#10, 0-2). Vitoria SC needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Fonseca has a great season in Portugal. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.5ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 17.5rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Lee (206-C-84) of Ovarense - 18 points and 9 rebounds
5. Nate Bowie (183-G-86) of Terceira Basket - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Gregory Stempin (203-F-79) of Porto Ferpinta - 20 points and 8 rebounds
7. Heshimu Evans (198-F-75) of Benfica - 19 points and 8 rebounds
8. Austin Kenon (180-G) of CAB Madeira - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Tyronne McNeal (211-C-87) of Sampaense - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Barry Shetzer (195-G) of CAB Madeira - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Alges 1-0 
 2. Fisica 1-0 
 3. Gaeirense 1-0 
 4. Illiabum 1-0 
 5. Oliveirense 1-0 
 6. Sangalhos 1-0 
 7. Angra 0-1 
 8. Electrico FC 0-1 
 9. Galitos-Tley 0-1 
 10. Guifoes 0-1 
 11. Maia Basket 0-1 
 12. Povoa 0-1 


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Francisco Centeno joins Toros - by Eurobasket News
Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) will continue his career in Mexico. The Venezuelan G/SF penned a deal for rest of the LNBP season. Centeno already made debut with his new team scoring 6 points against Huracanes. Toros lost that game at home 66-81. Francisco Centeno played for Gaiteros de Zulia recently. He had 18.7 ppg and 4.4 rpg for seven games. Before Gaiteros, Francisco Centeno played for Espartanos de Margarita. He averaged 4.6 points and 2.6 rebounds for them in 7 Liga Sudamericana games. In the past, Centeno was a member of Guaros de Lara and Duros de Lara. In 2010, he was named Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Most Improved Player of the Year.

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Riley number one in the country for round 5 - by Eurobasket News
American center Kaylone Riley (203-C-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for CSU Sibiu, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 35 points and 15 rebounds, while his team outclassed Rovinari (#12, 2-3) with 37-point margin 115-78. CSU Sibiu is placed at 3rd position in Romanian Div.A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. CSU Sibiu will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Riley had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be CSU Sibiu's top player in his first season with the team. Former Warner Pacific College star has very solid stats this year. Riley is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.5rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg,60.6% FGP and 42.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Allen Durham (198-F-88) of Dinamo B.. Durham had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds. Of course he lead Dinamo B. to another comfortable win outscoring Politehnica (#16, 0-5) 123-49. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Dinamo B. keeps 15th position. 4 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Dinamo B. managed to get this year. Durham is a newcomer at Dinamo B., but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.6ppg (#1). He also registered 16.8 boards per game. Former Grace Bible College star Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Kyndall Dykes (190-G/F-87, agency: Edge Sports) of U.Mobitel.CN (#5). Dykes scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of U.Mobitel.CN, leading his team to a 87-71 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Oradea (#7, 3-2). U.Mobitel.CN 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. Dykes has a great season in Romania. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.5ppg (2nd best). Dykes attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Goran Martinic (184-PG-87) of CSM Bucuresti - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77) of Ploiesti - 27 points and 12 rebounds
6. Garry Gallimore (192-G-84) of CSM Bucuresti - 20 points and 9 rebounds
7. Bogdan Sandu (200-F-87) of Dinamo B. - 16 points and 11 rebounds
8. Antonio Haymon (198-F-88) of Dinamo B. - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jason Forte (196-F-84) of Targu Mures - 25 points and 6 rebounds
10. Deven Mitchell (197-F-84) of Gaz Metan - 25 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)


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.24.6 
 2. Dykes, U.Mobite.22.5 
 3. Burlacu, Ploiesti22.0 
 4. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu21.8 
 5. Tomic, Craiova21.4 
 6. Forte, Targu Mures21.0 
 7. Martinic, CSM B.20.8 
 8. Brown, Dinamo B.20.3 
 9. Seals, Giurgiu20.0 
 10. Velickovic, Pites.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.16.8 
 2. Seals, Giurgiu11.0 
 3. Riley, CSU Sibiu9.5 
 4. Forte, Targu Mures9.0 
 5. Stanescu, Targu M.8.8 
 6. Carutasu, CSM B.8.8 
 7. Dies, Perla Harghi.8.8 
 8. McKenzie, CSM B.8.6 
 9. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.6 
 10. Kazarnovski, Pite.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu7.3 
 2. Hardy, Giurgiu7.0 
 3. Maric, Oradea6.0 
 4. Nikolic, Rovinari5.6 
 5. Howell, Gaz Metan5.4 
 6. Long, Perla Harghi.5.0 
 7. Jovanovic, Timisoa.4.8 
 8. Cooley, Targu M.4.8 
 9. Vlahovic, Ploiesti4.8 
 10. Fields, Rovinari4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kyndall DYKES
  U.Mobite.
  (190-G/F-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Dykes, U.Mobite.4.5 
 2. Dzambic, Ploiesti4.3 
 3. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu4.0 
 4. Sipos, Dinamo B.3.5 
 5. Burlacu, Ploiesti3.0 
 6. Morris, U.Mobite.2.8 
 7. Cooley, Targu M.2.8 
 8. Howell, Gaz Metan2.6 
 9. Capusan, Ploiesti2.5 
 10. Aktas, Dinamo B.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryson MCKENZIE
  CSM B.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. McKenzie, CSM B.3.2 
 2. VanderMeer, Gaz M.2.0 
 3. Oluic, Rovinari1.8 
 4. Dzambic, Ploiesti1.7 
 5. Mijovic, U.Mobite.1.5 
 6. Vlahovic, Ploiesti1.5 
 7. Austin, CSU Sibiu1.3 
 8. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.3 
 9. Morris, U.Mobite.1.3 
 10. Archie, Timisoara1.2 


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  RUSSIA   


Tartu Ulikool handed Triumph the first loss in Baltic league - by Eurobasket News
Baltic League:
Tartu Ulikool - Triumph 85:84


Tartu Ulikool handed Triumph the first loss in Baltic league. Visitors were edged by Tartu Ulikool 84:85. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Triumph Lyubertsy won fourth quarter 26-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tartu Ulikool made 30-of-34 free shots (88.2 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Triumph Lyubertsy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Bill Amis (205-F-87, college: Hawaii) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 9 rebounds. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-G-89) helped adding 13 points. Tartu Ulikool's coach Indrek Visnapuu used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Davon Jefferson with 24 points. Tartu Ulikool moved-up to third place. Triumph Lyubertsy at the other side dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Tartu Ulikool are looking forward to face Juventus in Utena in the next round.


Tartu Ulikool: Bill Amis 28+9 rebs, Sten-Timmu Sokk 13, Rain Veideman (192-G-91) 12
Triumph: Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) 24, Artem Vikhrov (193-PG-92) 14




Spartak Vidnoye Moscowskaya lands Imad Qahwash - by Eurobasket Center
Spartak Vidnoye Moscowskaya Oblast (Superleague) announced the signing of 24-year old Jordanian international guard Imad Qahwash (187-G-87). Qahwash has just graduated Central Arkansas and it will be his first season in pro basketball. As a senior he played 29 games for Cent. Arkansas last season and he recorded 12.6pg, 2.8rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg. Imad is very skilled point guard with great speed, quickness and adequate shooting range. He is also known from his excellent pressure defense.



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Bamba Fall and Pape Faye play abroad - by Eurobasket News
Senegalese Pape Faye (194-G-87) started the season for Yokohama B-Corsairs in Japan. After 6 games he averages 6.2 points per game.
In his top game Undefeated Chiba Jets recorded its first loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by sixth ranked Yokohama BC 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. Pape Faye brought his team 12 points and 8 rebounds.
Earlier the Senegalese player played for Joanne D'Arc Dakar, Al Rayyan (Qatar-D1) and Aix Maurienne Savoie (France-N2). The last season he spent with UGB St.Louis (D1, starting five).
Bamba Fall (216-C-86, college: SMU) meanwhile started the season for BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (Estonia-KML, starting five). He recorded 9 points so far in two games. At first Kalev/Cramo won over Tartu Ulikool in Baltic League, while on October 20th Kalev/Cramo destroyed Rapla 83-45.



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Napredak returns Miko Golubovic - by Eurobasket News
Miko Golubovic (207-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) is back to Napredak Rubin Krusevac after six years. The Montenegrin big signed a deal for rest of the season. Golubovic already made debut with his new/old team. He had 9 points and 4 rebounds against Vojvodina. Napredak lost that game at home 73-74. Miko Golubovic spent last season on Cyprus. He won the Cypriot league title and National Cup with Etha Nicosia. However, Golubovic had very limited playing time with the team. Before Etha, he spent one year with Omonoia Nicosia. In 2008/09, Golubovic played in Romania for Energia Rovinari. A year before he had 11.9 ppg and 7.3 rpg for Rilski Sportist in Bulgaria. Golubovic already played for Napredak Rubin from 2003 to 2005.

Ivan Zigeranovic gets MVP of the Week award for A League - by Eurobasket News
Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell) had an amazing evening in the last round for Borac and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 27-year old center had a double-double of 28 points and eleven rebounds, while his team edged out Mega Vizura (2-1) 79-75. Borac maintains the 5th position in A League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Borac will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Zigeranovic turned to be Borac's top player in his first season with the team. Zigeranovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 22.3ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.3rpg) and averages solid 1.7bpg,2.3spg and 72.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina guard Marko Popovic (193-G-84) of Sloga. Popovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 10 assists. Of course he lead Sloga to another comfortable win outscoring Sloboda Uzice (1-2) 106-79. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Popovic is a newcomer at Sloga 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 22.7ppg (#3). He also recorded 6.0 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was international guard Milos Dimic (195-G-89) of Radnicki Basket (#4). Dimic got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . He was a key player of Radnicki Basket, leading his team to a 85-81overtime win against Proleter Naftagas (#10, 1-2). Radnicki Basket needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Dimic has a great season in Serbia. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bosko Balaban) of Smederevo - 24 points and 10 rebounds
5. Dusan Cantekin (222-C-90) of Mega Vizura - 20 points and 11 rebounds
6. Ivan Smiljanic (198-F-89) of Radnicki Basket - 19 points and 12 rebounds
7. Milan Trtic (201-F/G-86) of Metalac - 20 points and 12 rebounds
8. Slobodan Bozovic (207-F/C-79) of Sloga - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76) of Mega Vizura - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Ivan Kuburovic (203-F-81) of Sloboda Uzice - 20 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)


Dragan Bjelica gets MVP of the Week award for B League - by Eurobasket News
Dragan Bjelica (198-G-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Viva Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com B League Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 30-year old guard got a double-double of 27 points and ten assists, while his team beat Jagodina (#9, 1-2) in overtime 108-102. It allowed Viva Basket to jump to the first place in the B League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Viva Basket has a very solid 2-1 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Bjelica's second year at Viva Basket and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Bjelica has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 26.0ppg. Bjelica is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.3apg) and averages solid 54.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Montenegrin power forward Nikola Vukovic (202-F/C-94) of Mladost Zemun. Vukovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Mladost Zemun to another comfortable win 92-79 over Beovuk 72 (1-2) being unquestionably team leader. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Vukovic is a newcomer at Mladost Zemun and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Aleksandar Ivanovic (197-F-82) of Sabac (#14). Ivanovic got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Ivanovic's great performance Sabac lost 82-87in overtime to Vojvodina (#11, 1-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sabac can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 3 games. Too bad for Ivanovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Ivanovic has individually a great season in Serbia. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.7ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 7.3rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ninoslav Tmusic (205-C-73) of Jagodina - 19 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Vuksan Gagovic (202-F-84) of Jagodina - 30 points and 4 rebounds
6. Goran Pobric (201-F/C-82) of Vojvodina - 23 points and 9 rebounds
7. Milos Kurcubic) of Viva Basket - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Nikola Glisovic (209-C-73) of Radnicki Stud. - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Lazar Rasic) of Mladost Zemun - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Aleksandar Vuletic (202-F-86) of Viva Basket - 11 points, 11 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 - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Mladost Zemun 3-0 
 2. Viva Basket 2-1 
 3. Radnicki OB 2-1 
 4. Crnokosa 2-1 
 5. Mladost Cacak 2-1 
 6. Konstantin 2-1 
 7. Jedinstvo NB 2-1 
 8. Napredak A. 1-2 
 9. Spartak 1-2 
 10. Jagodina 1-2 
 11. Radnicki Stud. 1-2 
 12. Vojvodina 1-2 
 13. Beovuk 72 1-2 
 14. Sabac 0-3 


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 26
 1. Bjelica, Viva Bask.26.0 
 2. Riboskic, Beovuk24.3 
 3. Ivanovic, Sabac22.7 
 4. Rasic, Mladost BJ22.0 
 5. Dasic, Jagodina21.5 
 6. Rasic, Mladost21.0 
 7. Marinkovic, Mlados.19.7 
 8. Pekovic, Jedinstv.18.3 
 9. Djoric, Jagodina18.3 
 10. Radivojevic, Crno.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ninoslav TMUSIC
  Jagodina
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Tmusic, Jagodina11.7 
 2. Vukovic, Mladost11.3 
 3. Vuletic, Viva Bask.11.0 
 4. Vukovic, Mlado.10.0 
 5. Jovanovic, Konst.7.7 
 6. Dondur, Beovuk 727.7 
 7. Dukanac, Mladost7.5 
 8. Djurovic, Crnokosa7.3 
 9. Ivanovic, Sabac7.3 
 10. Marinkovic, Mlado.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Filip SIMIC
  Radnicki OB
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 7
 1. Simic, Radnicki OB7.0 
 2. Bjelica, Viva Bask.6.3 
 3. Velickovic, Konst.6.3 
 4. Djoric, Jagodina5.0 
 5. Stojanovic, Spartak4.7 
 6. Dugosija, Mlado.4.5 
 7. Pastornjicki, Vojv.4.3 
 8. Dugosija, Mladost4.3 
 9. Radojcic, Radnicki.4.0 
 10. Boricic, Radnicki.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marko DUGOSIJA
  Mlado.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dugosija, Mlado.4.0 
 2. Dugosija, Mladost3.3 
 3. Tanasijevic, Radni.3.3 
 4. Pastornjicki, Vojv.3.3 
 5. Barac, Napredak A.3.0 
 6. Stojanovic, Spartak3.0 
 7. Vuletic, Viva Bask.2.7 
 8. Fekete, Vojvodina2.7 
 9. Kovacevic, Mlados.2.7 
 10. Sikman, Napredak.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandar ANDREJEVIC
  Mlado.
  (210-C-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Andrejevic, Mlado.3.0 
 2. Mirkovic, Jagodina2.0 
 3. Huskic, Radnicki OB1.7 
 4. Jankovic, Mladost1.7 
 5. Karahodzic, Spartak1.5 
 6. Andrejevic, Mlados.1.5 
 7. Tmusic, Jagodina1.3 
 8. Banjanin, Mlado.1.0 
 9. Grujo, Napredak A.1.0 
 10. Banjanin, Mladost1.0 


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  SLOVENIA   


Barovic number one in D2 for round 4 - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Italian center Davor Barovic (211-C-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Branik, receiving a Eurobasket.com D2 Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 21-year old player was the main contributor (8 points, seventeen rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Triglav Strazisce (#5, 3-1) 66-58. Branik is placed at 8th position in Italian D2. Branik 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. Barovic has many years of experience at Branik, through which he has constantly improved. Davor Barovic averages this season 4.0ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young former international point guard Klemen Panic (180-PG-91) of Litija. Panic had a very good evening with 33 points and 2 assists. Bad luck as Litija was edged by the higher-ranked Splosna plovba (#4, 3-1) 89-85. Litija are still at the very bottom of . 4 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Panic is a newcomer at Litija, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Ziga Percel (188-G-89) of Hrastnik (#10). Percel scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Percel's great performance Hrastnik lost 72-74 to the higher-ranked Postojna (#2, 3-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Hrastnik can only dream about fighting for top spots in . They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Percel he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Percel has individually a great season in Slovenia. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tadej Tusek (194-F-80) of Hrastnik - 17 points and 17 rebounds
5. Tilen Zalar (193-G-87) of Postojna - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Ales Kunc (208-C-73) of Grosuplje - 21 points and 8 rebounds
7. David Moro (199-G-86) of Splosna plovba - 25 points and 8 rebounds
8. Igor Spesic (204-F/C-83) of Radenska - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Adin Kavgic (193-F/C-87) of Splosna plovba - 11 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Robert Suran (188-G-84) of Radenska - 4 points, 3 rebounds and 10 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)


Zlatorog sees off Parklji - by Zeljko Zule
Zlatorog won in all four quarters on their way to a 91-70 road win over Parklji in the opening game of Telemach League Round 3. They went on a 13-0 run spanning the first and second quarter to take a lead 30-18 and its defense held Parklji scoreless for a 4:28 span. Grega Mali (197-G-84) finished with 18 points, Vladimir Panic tallied 16 points and 8 rebounds, Alen Omic came off the bench for 14 points, Jure Skific added 12 points and Danijel Vujasinovic handed out 10 assists off the bench. Former Bosnian national team member Esmir Rizvic once again led Parklji with a double-double. He had 21 points and 10 rebounds before he fouled out. Nejc Kobal added 14 points.

Standings - D2
D3 Standings
East
 1. Calcit Kamnik 3-0 
 2. Vrani Vransko 3-0 
 3. Krka II 3-1 
 4. Bistrica 2-1 
 5. Lastovka 2-2 
 6. Lenart 2-2 
 7. Podbocje 2-2 
 8. Crnomelj 1-1 
 9. Nazarje 0-2 
 10. Hram Gorjan 0-3 
 11. Union Olim. II 0-4 
West
 1. Koper 3-0 
 2. Ajdovscina 3-1 
 3. Plama Pur 3-1 
 4. Jezica 2-2 
 5. Pingvini S. 2-2 
 6. Tolmin 2-2 
 7. Globus 1-2 
 8. Javor Pivka 1-2 
 9. Logatec 1-2 
 10. Fenomeni 0-0 
 11. Jesenice 0-0 


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


Rhodes, Sonic Boom Blow By KCC - by Jeff Liebsch
Rhodes Charles (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) scored 32 points, and added 11 rebounds and six blocked shots, as Sonic Boom KT destroyed KCC Egis 94-69 Tuesday night at the Sajik Indoor Stadium in Busan.

Rhodes, who has been in coach Jeon Chang-Jin's doghouse this year due to his lack of defensive effort, responded by completely dominating the game at both ends. Pyo Myung-Il (182-G-75) added 11 points, while Cho Dong-Hyun (188-G-76) also added 11, hitting 3 three pointers.

KCC Egis was lead by Sims DeShawn (203-F-88, college: Michigan) and Ha Seung-Jin (221-C-85) with 13 points apiece.

KT raced out to an early eight point lead, and continually put pressure on KCC Egis. They built up a 17 point halftime lead, before building a 25 point third quarter lead and cruising the rest of the way to their second consecutive victory, after a 1-3 start to the season.

Game Notes:

KT

Rhodes Charles - 32 pts, 11 rb, 3 ast, 1 stl, 6 blks
Pyo Myung-Il - 11 pts, 1 rb, 2 ast, 2 stl
Cho Dong-Hyun - 11 pts, 2 rb, 2 ast, 1 blk

KCC Egis

Sims DeShawn - 13 pts, 7 rb, 2 ast, 1 stl
Ha Seung-Jin - 13 pts, 9 rb, 2 ast, 2 blk
Shin Myeong-ho - 12 pts, 4 rb, 4 ast, 1 stl


Best players of KBL round 5 - by Eurobasket News
American forward DeShawn Sims (203-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for KCC Egis and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 42 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Samsung Th. (#8, 2-3) 91-80. KCC Egis is placed at 4th position in South Korean KBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. KCC Egis will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. Sims turned to be KCC Egis' top player in his first season with the team. University of Michigan graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sims is in league's top in points (3rd best: 24.0ppg), rebounds (6th best: 9.6rpg) and averages solid 59.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American swingman Chris Williams (199-F/G-80) of Daegu Orions. Williams impressed basketball fans with a triple-double of 30 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. Bad luck as Daegu Orions was edged in overtime by the higher-ranked LG Sakers (#2, 3-2) 88-87. Daegu Orions are still at the very bottom. 5 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Williams is a newcomer at Daegu Orions 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 25.8ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 7.0rpg and 6.2apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Alexander Johnson (208-F-83) of SK Knights (#5). Johnson got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds . He was a key player of SK Knights, leading his team to a 110-86 easy win against ET Land (2-2). SK Knights needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Johnson has a great season in South Korea. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 30.8ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 12.5rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Malcolm Thomas (206-C-88) of Mobis Phoebus - 35 points and 7 rebounds
5. Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81) of LG Sakers - 17 points and 21 rebounds
6. Rodney White (206-C/F-80) of Anyang KGC - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Gregory Stevenson (198-F-78) of LG Sakers - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Sek-Eun Oh (200-C-87) of Anyang KGC - 23 points and 9 rebounds
9. Seung-Jun Lee (187-G-88) of SK Knights - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Samsung Th. - 22 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)


Wonju Leads from Start to Finish, Win 6th Straight - by Kevin Campigotto
Tuesday night the top ranked Wonju Dongbu Promy hosted the Seoul SK Knights and came away with a 79-66 win. SK never lead and the closest they got was a 22-22 tie. The Promy were led by All-Star forward Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) who had 31 points and 8 rebounds. In the second half SK import Alexander Johnson (208-F-83, college: Florida St.) tried to take over the game, scoring 20 points, 15 of which came in the second half, but no KBL team can be successful when their entire offense is based around getting the ball to the import and watching.

The Promy led big early in the game and after a brief SK run retook the lead and cruised to the victory. With this win they remain unbeaten and now stand at 6-0, one win shy of tying the KBL record of 7-0 also set by Wonju. Their next two games are on the road. First they will play Thursday against Seoul Samsung, then Saturday they head to Changwon for a showdown with number 2 ranked LG Sakers.

Game Notes


Wonju Dongbu Promy


Kim Joo-Sung- 31 points, 8 rebounds
Rod Benson (207-F/C-84, college: California)- 11 points, 12 rebounds
Park Ji-Hyon (183-G-79)- 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists



Seoul SK Knights
Alexander Johnson- 20 points, 16 rebounds
Kim Min-Soo (200-C-82)- 14 points




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Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Sammy MONROE
  Tenerife
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Monroe, Tenerife19.7 
 2. Ott, Lan M.19.7 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.19.0 
 4. Balmon, Las Rozas18.3 
 5. Smith, Coruna17.5 
 6. Koffi, Ourense16.0 
 7. Martinez, Las R.15.0 
 8. Ausina, Aurtenec.15.0 
 9. Forbes, Coruna14.7 
 10. Thompson, Aurten.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pablo SANCHEZ
  Andorra
  (197-G/F-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Sanchez, Andorra11.0 
 2. Todorovic, Prat J.9.5 
 3. Balmon, Las Rozas9.0 
 4. Conde, Avila8.7 
 5. Monroe, Tenerife8.3 
 6. Koffi, Ourense7.7 
 7. Thompson, Aurtene.7.7 
 8. LeDuc, Oviedo CB7.5 
 9. Conejero, Plasencia7.5 
 10. Mbaye, Barca R.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sergio LLORENTE
  Avila
  (188-PG-90)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Llorente, Avila4.7 
 2. Perez, Barca R.4.3 
 3. Marzo, Barca R.4.3 
 4. Guigou, Tenerife3.7 
 5. Zamora, Plasencia3.5 
 6. Ibargutxi, Lan M.3.3 
 7. Vilanova, Prat J.3.3 
 8. Creus, Barca R.3.3 
 9. Ortiz, Aurtenec.3.0 
 10. Smith, Coruna3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Deforrest SMITH
  Coruna
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Smith, Coruna3.0 
 2. Ott, Lan M.3.0 
 3. Ros, Plasencia2.5 
 4. Robertson, Avila2.3 
 5. Marzo, Barca R.2.3 
 6. Rodriguez, Gandia2.0 
 7. Arcelus, Aurtenec.2.0 
 8. Santamaria, Andor.2.0 
 9. Bavosi, Andorra2.0 
 10. Cage, Andorra2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko TODOROVIC
  Prat J.
  (209-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Todorovic, Prat J.2.5 
 2. Marti, Prat J.2.0 
 3. Mbaye, Barca R.1.7 
 4. Iglesias, Plasencia1.5 
 5. Gonzalez, Avila1.3 
 6. Cruz, Las Rozas1.3 
 7. Monroe, Tenerife1.0 
 8. Pantin, Ourense1.0 
 9. Thompson, Aurtene.1.0 
 10. Caven, Prat J.1.0 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Barca Regal II 3-0 
 2. Coruna 2-1 
 3. Aurteneche M. 2-1 
 4. Ourense 2-1 
 5. Prat Juventud 2-1 
 6. Tenerife 2-1 
 7. Andorra 1-1 
 8. Lan Mobel ISB 1-2 
 9. Avila 1-2 
 10. Las Rozas 1-2 
 11. Gandia Basquet 1-2 
 12. Oviedo CB 0-2 
 13. Plasencia 0-2 


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Mirza TELETOVIC
  Caja L.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Teletovic, Caja L.21.5 
 2. Panko, Lagun A.19.3 
 3. Ayon, Fuenlabrada19.0 
 4. Singler, Lucentum19.0 
 5. Penney, Fuenlabra.19.0 
 6. Freeland, Unicaja18.7 
 7. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.18.3 
 8. Doellman, Assignia18.0 
 9. Fernandez, Real M.17.8 
 10. Vidal, Lagun A.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 James AUGUSTINE
  UCAM M.
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Augustine, UCAM M.10.8 
 2. Mainoldi, Fuenlabr.8.8 
 3. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.8.7 
 4. Freeland, Unicaja8.7 
 5. Williams, FIATC J.8.3 
 6. Ayon, Fuenlabrada8.0 
 7. Reyes, Real Madrid7.8 
 8. Martin, B.de R.7.7 
 9. Teletovic, Caja L.7.5 
 10. Barlow, UCAM M.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Stefan MARKOVIC
  Valencia
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Markovic, Valencia5.8 
 2. Rodriguez, Assigni.5.5 
 3. Llompart, Lucentum5.0 
 4. Van Rossom, CAI Z.4.7 
 5. Llull, Real Madrid4.3 
 6. Colom, Fuenlabrada4.3 
 7. Dumas, B.de R.4.3 
 8. Granger, Asefa E.4.0 
 9. Rowland, Unicaja4.0 
 10. Salgado, Lagun A.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gustavo AYON
  Fuenlabrada
  (209-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ayon, Fuenlabrada3.0 
 2. Doellman, Assignia2.8 
 3. Fernandez, Real M.2.5 
 4. Wright, Asefa E.2.3 
 5. Prigioni, Caja L.2.3 
 6. Llompart, Lucentum1.8 
 7. Garbajosa, Unicaja1.8 
 8. Dumas, B.de R.1.7 
 9. Van Rossom, CAI Z.1.7 
 10. Jackson, Bizkaia1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 D''or FISCHER
  Bizkaia .
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fischer, Bizkaia2.0 
 2. Fall, Fuenlabrada2.0 
 3. Lasme, Blusens M.1.5 
 4. Asselin, Assignia1.5 
 5. Begic, Real Madrid1.5 
 6. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.5 
 7. Augustine, UCAM M.1.5 
 8. Doellman, Assignia1.3 
 9. Toure, B.de R.1.3 
 10. Seraphin, Caja L.1.3 


Real Madrid officially announce Serge Ibaka - by Eurobasket News
Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) has officially joined Real Madrid. The deal is meant for two months. Serge Ibaka will return to the NBA if lockout ends before the end of his contract. The centre is meant to replace Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) who is sidelined for six weeks with injury. Serge Ibaka spent the last two seasons in the NBA. He played for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Last season his stats read 9.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Serge Ibaka played for Spain at 2011 EuroBasket. The centre posted 7.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per appearance in Lithuania. Previously Serge Ibaka had stints with Brazzaville, L'Hospitalet and Manresa.

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Stats Leaders - BasketEttan
Points Per Game
 John FITZGERALD
  Malbas
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Fitzgerald, Malbas24.3 
 2. Feghadu, Jarva D.21.3 
 3. Banks, Taby21.2 
 4. Isaksson, Hogsbo20.8 
 5. Sundstrom, Talje20.0 
 6. Vukovic, Helsingbo.19.8 
 7. Nordin, Taby19.3 
 8. Johansson, Haga H.19.2 
 9. Bergstrom, Black.18.8 
 10. Johansson, Orongo18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todorce PETKOVSKI
  Srbija
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Petkovski, Srbija12.2 
 2. Vukovic, Helsingbo.11.4 
 3. Ali Hussein, LF Fu.11.0 
 4. Flink, Helsingborg10.7 
 5. Ferizi, Malbas10.0 
 6. Eliassson, Solna B.9.8 
 7. Hartmann, Akropol9.8 
 8. Damjanovic, Nassjo9.6 
 9. Bergstrom, Black.9.5 
 10. Savickas, Hoganas9.3 
Assists Per Game
 John FITZGERALD
  Malbas
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Fitzgerald, Malbas7.7 
 2. Nouri, Blackeberg7.0 
 3. Ghebremeskel, Eag.6.0 
 4. Cedermarker, Srb.5.0 
 5. Wazzi, Nassjo5.0 
 6. Banks, Taby4.5 
 7. Masabe, Solna B.4.5 
 8. Kutra, Hoganas4.5 
 9. Blazevic, Talje4.4 
 10. Kovacek, Talje4.3 
Steals Per Game
 John FITZGERALD
  Malbas
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Fitzgerald, Malbas4.0 
 2. Hultman-Boye, Hag.3.6 
 3. Svensson, Solna B.3.5 
 4. Ghebremeskel, Eag.3.5 
 5. Wazzi, Nassjo3.2 
 6. Dawit, Fryshuset3.0 
 7. Karovic, Eos3.0 
 8. Bankhead Ba., Ho.2.8 
 9. Zurovac, Srbija2.7 
 10. Cahilig, Brahe Ba.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Joseph TAYLOR
  Eagles
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Taylor, Eagles3.3 
 2. Flink, Helsingborg2.7 
 3. Fitzgerald, Malbas2.0 
 4. Bergstrom, Black.2.0 
 5. Kuksta, Hoganas1.5 
 6. Hartmann, Akropol1.4 
 7. Damjanovic, Nassjo1.4 
 8. Robinson, Brahe B.1.4 
 9. Urban, Eskilstuna1.3 
 10. Neffati, Norrkopi.1.3 


Banks' 33-point game gives him Basketettan Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old guard Mikael Banks (191-G-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Taby and receives a Eurobasket.com Basketettan Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had the game-high 33 points adding eight rebounds and six assists for Taby in his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team BG Lulea (#12, 0-5) with 20-point margin 104-84. Taby is placed at 2nd position in Basketettan. They are still close to the very top. Taby would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Banks had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Taby and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Banks has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.2ppg), assists (6th best: 4.5apg) and averages solid 66.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Todorce Petkovski (200-F-80) of top-ranked Srbija. He is FYR Macedonian forward in his 6th season at Srbija. In the last game Petkovski recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead Srbija to another comfortable win outscoring Fryshuset (#10, 0-4) 106-56. This victory allowed Srbija to move up to 1st position in South. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 5 games without any defeat. Petkovski is one of the most experienced players at Srbija and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Martynas Kuksta (203-C-89) of Hoganas (#5). Kuksta showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Hoganas, leading his team to a 103-79 easy win against Norrkoping BK (#11, 0-4). Hoganas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in South. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Kuksta has a very solid season. In 4 games in Sweden he scored 12.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Robert Isaksson (202-C-87) of Hogsbo - 24 points and 13 rebounds
5. John Fitzgerald (193-G-84) of Malbas - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Bjorn Johansson (190-G-83) of Haga Haninge - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Korab Ferizi (201-F/C-85) of Malbas - 20 points and 12 rebounds
8. Mikael Banks (191-G-81) of Taby - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Simon Ezra (197-G/F-94) of Uppsala KFUM - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nicklas Bergstrom (205-C-78) of Blackeberg - 15 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)


Christian Maraker successfully started the season in Japan - by Eurobasket News
Christian Maraker (206-F-82, college: Pacific) successfully started the season in Japan and averages 10.7 points per game for Hitachi SR after 6 games played. He recorded 19 points and 9 rebounds at the Regular Season Round 2 when Hitachi Sunrockers played at the court of bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders. Hitachi Sunrockers defeated Toshiba Thunders 75-62. The guests were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 32-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Swedish forward Christian Maraker who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds.
This is the third straight season for the Swedish player in Japan. In 2009-2010 he appeared for Rera Kamuy Hokkaido (Japan-JBL) and in 42 games averaged 12.3ppg, Reb-5 (8.8rpg), 1.3apg, Blocks-4 (1.0bpg), FGP: 54.2%, 3PT-3 (43.2%), FT: 78.3%. In 2010-2011 for Rera Kamuy Hokkaido his stats read 10.3ppg, 6.9rpg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 71.0%.



Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. LF Future 5-0 
 2. Taby 5-1 
 3. Eagles 4-0 
 4. Akropol 4-1 
 5. Blackeberg 4-1 
 6. Haga Haninge 2-3 
 7. Talje 2-3 
 8. Jarva Devils 1-3 
 9. Eskilstuna 1-4 
 10. Orongo 1-4 
 11. Uppsala KFUM 0-4 
 12. BG Lulea 0-5 
South
 1. Srbija 5-0 
 2. Nassjo 4-1 
 3. Brahe Basket 4-1 
 4. Malbas 3-0 
 5. Hoganas 3-1 
 6. Solna Branten 2-2 
 7. Helsingborg 2-3 
 8. Hogsbo 2-3 
 9. Eos 1-3 
 10. Fryshuset 0-4 
 11. Norrkoping BK 0-4 
 12. Sanda 0-4 


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Lions de Geneve land Cedric Mafuta - by Luca Maffioli
Lions de Geneve has agreed on terms of contract with Cedric Mafuta (192-F-84). The Swiss guard/forward will replace the injury player Mikael Maruotto for three or five weeks. Last season Mafuta played at BBC Monthey averaging 6.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assist per game. He played also three games with Swiss National Team at the Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011. In his career Mafuta played with BBC Monthey, BBC Nyon, MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket, Sion Herens Basket and Geneve Devils.

Jaraun Burrows gets MVP of the Week award for LNA - by Eurobasket News
Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) had an amazing evening in the last round for Starwings and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 31 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Boncourt (1-3) 84-71. Starwings is placed at 7th position in Swiss LNA. The season is still in it's early stage, so the team may have a chance to improve their current position in the standings. They lost 3 games and had just one victory. Burrows turned to be Starwings' top player in his first season with the team. Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ.-Ft.Wayne graduate has very impressive stats this year. Burrows is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.0ppg), rebounds (6th best: 9.3rpg) and averages solid 50.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Senegalese power forward Babacar Toure (205-F/C-85) of second-ranked Geneve Lions. Toure impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Geneve Lions to another comfortable win 74-61 over the lower-ranked BBC Nyon (#6, 1-3) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Geneve Lions to move up to second position in the standings. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Toure is well-known by Geneve Lions fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Nemanja Calasan (204-C-85) of Boncourt (#8). Calasan scored 26 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Calasan's great performance Boncourt lost 71-84 to Starwings (1-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Boncourt 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 Calasan he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Calasan has individually a great season in Switzerland. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.7ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 12.0rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rickey Gibson (191-G-84) of SAV Vacallo - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Westher Molteni (200-F-87) of SAM Massagno - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Brandon Jenkins (190-G-85) of Starwings - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Terry Smith (185-G-86) of Monthey - 22 points and 4 assists
8. Brandon Thomas (192-G-85) of BBC Nyon - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Reto Schwaiger (192-G1-87) of Boncourt - 17 points and 5 rebounds
10. Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77) of Starwings - 16 points, 7 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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Classy Savio Demolish Airwing - by Carlos Pereira
Savio breezed past Airwing 107-68 in an exciting Ilala District Basketball Championship game at Don Bosco courts on Sunday. Silvian Yunzu was the man Savio should thank after burying 25 baskets to inspire his side to a convincing victory.
Savio, the champions of the 2010 National Basketball League, went to the courts with a clear sense of superiority having terrorised their opponents in several past meetings.
The victors started the game on a low tempo, allowing Airwing to dominate early proceedings. They scored six points in quick succession, which served as a wake up call for the victors.
Sensing the danger, Savio changed their tactics and took the game to Airwing to lead 28-17 until the end of the first quarter. Airwing showed glimpses of their best form early in the second quarter, but Savio contained them and went on to score 25-18. The second quarter win took the score to 53-35 in favour of Savio.
The third quarter was well contested with Airwing looking more determined to overturn the score.
But Savio were the victors who finished the quarter on a high note, adding 27 points against 24 garnered by Airwing. The final quarter was all Savio as the home side regained their rhythm to nail their opponents 27-9, which took the gross score to 107-68.
Amini Mtambo was also instrumental in Savio's victory after notching 12 points while Airwing's Limu Abel scored 20 points.
Sunday's other match saw Magereza edge out hard-fighting Magone 53-46.
Richard Rova was the highest scorer for Magereza with 17 points followed by Samweli Singe with 14 while Magone's Mussa Chacha scored 12. The day also saw ABC thrash Police 101-23 and PTW eased past Tanblacks 101-34 while JKT laboured to beat Changombe United 65-58.




Tall Order for Minnows As JKT, ABC Cruise in District League - by Eurobasket News
Dar es Salaam The Temeke District Basketball Championships resumed on Saturday with JKT breezing past Biaz 121-18 at the National indoor Stadium.

JKT, who are the reigning champions of the Dar es Salaam's RBA League, made a bright start to the game, leaving their clueless opponents chasing shadows.

Cheered by a home crowd, JKT ran Biaz ragged to take a convincing 36-5 lead in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the RBA champions picked from where they left and went ahead to score 35-5, taking the score to 44-10 until the halftime break.

JKT extended their lead in the third quarter, scoring 30-4 before wrapping up the win a 10-4 fourth quarter victory.

Mkumbo Mgendi (191-F-80) of JKT was the man of the match after scoring 22 points followed by his teammate Frank Kusiga with 18 while Christians Jacob of Biaz notched 14 points.

Saturday's other encounter pitted PTW against Police at the same venue and the former recorded a 83-34 win.

In a late fixture, ABC, who had a below par performance in the Zone V Championships, put Tan Black to the sword, thumping them 137-45.

In Kinondoni, the league also continued on Saturday and highly fancied Oilers had to labour to earn a 46-37 win against the Outsiders.

Pazi, the former RBA League champions gunning to redeem their dented image, registered a crushing 117-34 win over brothers.

Chui were also in action against Hooplife and posted a 54-40 win to keep their qualification hopes for the RBA League on track.

Chui lead the Kinondoni table with eight points followed by Pazi (seven), Outsiders (seven), Oilers (six), Insiders (five) and Hooplife trail with four points.
Courtesy of: The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)



Classy Savio Demolish Airwing - by Eurobasket News
Dar es Salaam Savio breezed past Airwing 107-68 in an exciting Ilala District Basketball Championship game at Don Bosco courts on Sunday. Silvian Yunzu was the man Savio should thank after burying 25 baskets to inspire his side to a convincing victory.

Savio, the champions of the 2010 National Basketball League, went to the courts with a clear sense of superiority having terrorised their opponents in several past meetings.


The victors started the game on a low tempo, allowing Airwing to dominate early proceedings. They scored six points in quick succession, which served as a wake up call for the victors.

Sensing the danger, Savio changed their tactics and took the game to Airwing to lead 28-17 until the end of the first quarter. Airwing showed glimpses of their best form early in the second quarter, but Savio contained them and went on to score 25-18. The second quarter win took the score to 53-35 in favour of Savio.

The third quarter was well contested with Airwing looking more determined to overturn the score.


But Savio were the victors who finished the quarter on a high note, adding 27 points against 24 garnered by Airwing. The final quarter was all Savio as the home side regained their rhythm to nail their opponents 27-9, which took the gross score to 107-68.

Amini Mtambo was also instrumental in Savio's victory after notching 12 points while Airwing's Limu Abel scored 20 points.

Sunday's other match saw Magereza edge out hard-fighting Magone 53-46.

Richard Rova was the highest scorer for Magereza with 17 points followed by Samweli Singe with 14 while Magone's Mussa Chacha scored 12. The day also saw ABC thrash Police 101-23 and PTW eased past Tanblacks 101-34 while JKT laboured to beat Changombe United 65-58.
Courtesy of: The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)


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Trinidad and Tobago Julius Ashby started the season in Japan - by Eurobasket News
Trinidad and Tobago Julius Ashby (205-F/C-82, college: Colorado) started the season in Japan and averages 8.5 points per game after 4 games played for Shiga Lakestars. In his top game he recorded 11 points and 10 rebounds as Shiga L-Stars edged Oita H.Devils 90-66. This time Shiga L-Stars used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Oita on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Shiga L-Stars. Oita Heat Devils was better in second period 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shiga L-Stars dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Oita Heat Devils' 44. Shiga L-Stars looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists.
Last season Julius Ashby played for Niigata Albirex (Japan-BJ League, starting five). In 44 games he had high 16.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 46.8%, FT: 61.6%.



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  TURKEY   


Delic's double-double lands him TB2L Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old power forward Nenad Delic (210-F/C-84, agency: TSS Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Genc Telekom and receives a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Maliye Milli (2-1) 107-97. Genc Telekom has a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single game. Last weekend Delic had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Genc Telekom's top player in his first season with the team. Delic has impressive league stats so far. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 22.3ppg) and averages solid 69.4% FGP and 44.4% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) of top-ranked Akhisar Bld. He is American forward in his 2nd season at Akhisar Bld. In the last game Nelson recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds. Of course Akhisar Bld cruised to a 65-57 relatively comfortable win over Pamukkale (2-1). A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Nelson is well-known at Akhisar Bld and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.0ppg (#2). He also registered 10.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Charles Jackson (203-F-87, agency: Court Side) of Balikesir. Jackson scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Balikesir, leading his team to a 85-81 win against Baskent Genclik (1-2). Jackson has individually a great season in Turkey. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85) of Final Genclik - 26 points and 8 rebounds
5. Tyrus Boswell (202-F/C-78) of Tire Gucu - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Nikolay Pastal (202-F-83) of Usak - 16 points and 13 rebounds
7. De Vaughn Washington (202-F-89) of Gelisim - 19 points and 11 rebounds
8. Justin Carter (193-F-87) of Vestel - 22 points and 6 rebounds
9. Recai Ozturk (198-F-82) of Baskent Genclik - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Orcun Okkali (201-F-87) of Final Genclik - 12 points, 9 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)


Deron Williams is Player of the Week in TBL - by Eurobasket News
NBA star Deron Williams (191-PG-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Besiktas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He got a double-double of 24 points and 10 assists, while his team beat Karsiyaka on the road (1-1) 100-93. Besiktas won both games so far without losing any, but t's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Besiktas' top player in his first season with the team. The NBAer has very impressive stats after two games. Williams is in league's top in points (8th best: 17.5ppg), assists (3rd best: 7.5apg) and averages solid 45.5% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) of Olin Edirne. He is Serbian center in his first season at Olin Edirne. In the last game Stimac recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Olin Edirne to edge Hacettepe Univ. (1-1) by 6 points 80-74. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Stimac is a newcomer at Olin Edirne and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#9). He also registered 11.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86) of Galatasaray. Shipp scored 22 points. He was a key player of Galatasaray, leading his team to a 84-73 win against Banvit BK (0-2). Galatasaray 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. Shipp also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Shipp as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77) of Karsiyaka - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Austin Nichols (198-G/F-82) of Tofas - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Darius Washington (188-G-85) of Turk Telekom - 16 points and 10 assists
7. James Mays (206-F-86) of Mersin - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Charles Davis (202-F-84) of Banvit BK - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stanko Barac (217-C-86) of Anadolu Efes - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Gerrod Henderson (192-G-78) of Erdemir - 25 points, 4 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)


Deron Williams update - by Orhan Suer
Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul' star player Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois), said he didn't have enough time to spend with the team pre-season, but he was happy with the performance of the team in last couple of games. Eurobasket.com player of the week for round 2, who had a a double-double of 24 points and 10 assists, said Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul won 4 in a row, the team is much better now, we play better defense, I hope it goes that way. Deron said 'Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul fans are great, soccer is more popular here but most fans come to basketball games too, I'd like to go and see a soccer game one day as well'.
Deron said the official language of the team is mostly English, coach Ergin Ataman mostly speaks English and he is a very good and fun person. He mentioned that rivalry is very huge in Turkey, as some people interested in European Soccer might be familiar with, he said he had to change my back pack because it had yellow-red colours on it - Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul Rivals Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul Colours - and some people warned me about it. He knows about the other Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul' rival Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul whom they will face in a couple of weeks.


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  UBA   


2011 UBA Draft Presented by Menfes: (1-3 Rounds) - by UBA media
UBA Draft 2011
#s#
John Cantrell
Cantrell
Kevin Sims
Sims
Ervin Williams
Williams
Marques Johnson
Johnson
James Dews
Dews
#e#5
1st Round
1. GIE Morrow Disciples - John Cantrell (6'2''-G)
2. Georgia Lions - Kevin Sims (5'10''-G-88)
3. Cincinnati Slam - Ervin Williams (6'9''-F/C-88)
4. Southern Generals - Marques Johnson (6'5''-G)
5. Sharonville Flight - James Dews (6'4''-G)
6. DFW Warriors - Chad Eichelberger (6'9''-F-82) (traded to the GIE Morrow Disciples)
7. Tennessee Dragons - Justin Tubbs (6'3''-G-87)
8. Atlanta Assault - Gary Springer (6'9''-F/C)
9. Houston Express - Kenneth Henderson (6'7''-F-82)
10. Northern Kentucky Swish - Terrance Farley (6'10''-C-85) (traded to the Cincinnati Slam)
11. Nashville Musicians - Jimmy Drew (6'4''-G)
12. Cleveland Havoc - Hajji Martin (6'9''-F)
13. Texas Cyclones - Jamarkus Holt (6'9''-F)
14. Southeas Hoopstars - Sam Liggins (5'10''-G)
15. Austin Knights - Delvin Franklin (6'2''-G)
16. Ohio Racers - Jonathan Liggins (6'0''-G)
17. Nashville Musicians - Christian Simmons (6'5''-F-84)
18. South Ohio Kings - Dwayne McNeal (6'9''-F/C-79)
19. Seven Hills Fury - Sean Smith (6'7''-G/F-85)
20. Tennessee Dragons - Timir Patel (6'11''-F/C)
21. Southern Generals - Dante Curry (6'4''-G)

22. Cincinnati Slam - Daniel Horace (6'7''-F-83)

2nd Round
1. GIE Morrow Disciples - Shawn Taylor (7'0''-C/F-84)
2. Cincinnati Slam - Will Richard (6'5''-F/G-84)
3. Georgia Lions - James Williams (6'3''-G/F-85)
4. Cleveland Havoc - Greg Palmer (6'7''-F/G-88)
5. Queen City Gamblers - Keron McKenzie (6'4''-G-86) (traded to the Atlanta Assault)
6. Atlanta Assault - Brent Cowles (6'2''-G-84)
7. Southern Generals - Mike Corpening (6'8''-F-87)
8. Texas Cyclones - LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (6'3''-G-87)
9. Houston Express - Jordan Brooks (6'3''-G-86)
10. Cleveland Rams - Tony Smith (6'7''-F/C-88)
11. South Ohio Kings - Ethan Bradshaw (6'1''-G-87)
12. Cincinnati Slam - Justin Taylor (6'3''-G-85)
13. Georgia Lions - Tremayne Russell (6'1''-G-88)
14. DFW Warriors - Damian Lewis (6'11''-C-88) (traded to Houston Express)
15. Sharonville Flight - Darion Goins (6'3''-G-87)
16. Midwest Magic - Ibrahim Konate (6'8''-F-85)
17. Nashville Musicians - Tyler Hanback (6'4''-G)
18. Southeas Hoopstars - Eric McPherson (6'3''-G-86)
19. Houston Express - Craig Blackmon (6'4''-PG)
20. Buckeye Blazers - Nate Irby (6'10''-C-87)

21. Houston Express - Edward Johnson (6'8''-F/C-82)

3rd Round
1. Atlanta Assault - Michael Walker (6'6''-F)
2. Texas Cyclones - Will Morning (6'7''-F)
3. South Ohio Kings - Donald Scottie (6'6''-G/F-83)
4. Tennessee Dragons - Josh Jones (6'9''-F/C-87)
5. GIE Morrow Disciples - Dominique Bedford (6'9''-F/C-85)
6. Georgia Lions - Drey Wingate (6'2''-G-87)
7. Austin Knights - Effran Bryant (5'6''-PG-88)
8. Cleveland Rams - Edlonzo Rowell (6'2''-G-85)
9. Southeast Hoopstars - Dave Brown (6'3''-G-86)
10. Buckeye Blazers - Jovan McLaughin
11. Georgia Lions - DeShar Clipper (6'8''-G/F-84)
12. South Ohio Kings - Dartayvia Thomas (5'8''-F)
13. Sharonville Flight - Marcus Thompson (6'4''-G/F-84)
14. Houston Express - Elijah Flores (G)
15. DFW Warriors - Steve Lancaster (6'3''-G)
16. Austin Knights - Nigel Bynum o
17. Seven Hill Fury - Cordaryl Ballard (6'5''-G/F-87)
18. Ohio Racers - Brent Dover (5'11''-G)

19. Texas Cyclones - Mike Wilks (5'11''-G-79)
20. Cleveland Rams - Ryan Williams (6'3''-G-85)





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


Cherkasy add Yurii Frasenyuk - by Eurobasket News
Cherkasy continued to strengthen their roster. Right after signing Willie Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) the team announced Yurii Frasenyuk (200-F-86). The forward spent the last season in BC Odessa. He posted 2.2 points per game in Superleague. Previously Yurii Frasenyuk had stints with Pulsar Rovno and Khimik Yuzny.

Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Rodney GREEN
  Mykolaiv
  (195-F/G-88)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Green, Mykolaiv20.5 
 2. Thomas, Dnipro20.3 
 3. Stojanovski, Cherk.19.4 
 4. Burtt, Dnipro19.0 
 5. King, BC Odessa17.7 
 6. McGhee, Khimik17.1 
 7. Guinn, Fe.16.7 
 8. Davis, Kryvbasb.16.4 
 9. Deane, BC Odessa16.3 
 10. Culpepper, Fe.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maxym KORNIYENKO
  Dnipro
  (205-F/C-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Korniyenko, Dnipro11.5 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.7 
 3. Davis, Kryvbasb.10.6 
 4. Davis, Fe.9.5 
 5. Hunter, Mykolaiv9.3 
 6. Fraser, DniproAzot9.0 
 7. Terry, Khimik8.4 
 8. Thomas, Dnipro8.0 
 9. Pupovic, Cherkasy7.8 
 10. Radenovic, BC Do.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Derrick ZIMMERMAN
  BC Kyiv
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv7.0 
 2. Burtt, Dnipro6.5 
 3. Mitchell, Khimik5.4 
 4. Morovic, Halychyna5.3 
 5. Deane, BC Odessa5.2 
 6. Rybalko, Fe.5.0 
 7. Butskyy, Fe.4.8 
 8. Ervin, BC Kyiv4.5 
 9. Swanson, Hoverla4.4 
 10. Vaughn, Mykolaiv4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin TIGGS
  Hoverla
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Tiggs, Hoverla2.4 
 2. Snow, Kryvbasb.2.0 
 3. Ewing, Azovmash2.0 
 4. Miletic, Khimik2.0 
 5. Low, Dnipro2.0 
 6. Mitchell, Khimik1.9 
 7. Chappell, Fe.1.7 
 8. Curry, BC Donetsk1.7 
 9. Crenshaw, Kryvbasb.1.7 
 10. Stojanovski, Cher.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Maxym KORNIYENKO
  Dnipro
  (205-F/C-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Korniyenko, Dnipro3.3 
 2. McClintock, Mykola.3.3 
 3. King, BC Odessa2.8 
 4. Gorbenko, Dnipr.1.7 
 5. Coleman, Hoverla1.6 
 6. Agafonov, Budiv.1.5 
 7. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.5 
 8. Wallace, Halychyna1.4 
 9. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 10. Goodridge, BC Kyiv1.3 


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BBL Team Of The Week - Week 4 - by Paul Nilsen

Four new faces make the Week 4 line-up.

Our BBL Team Of The Week is made up from a Newcastle Eagles backcourt partnership and a trio of big men who all had one thing in common last weekend they racked up double-doubles for their respective teams with some super displays.

Paul Gause (180-G-86, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Seton Hall) (Newcastle Eagles)
The rookie BBL guard grabs a first spot of the season after pulling the strings to great effect for his team as they ruthlessly ripped title challengers One Health Sharks Sheffield apart on the road. The point guard showcased his all-round game with some trademark moves to the hoop on his way to 20 points and 4 assists. Most impressively of all, Gause showed his work ethic and defensive capabilities as he defied his size to almost complete a double-double with 9 rebounds in addition to four precious steals.

Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Marquette) (Newcastle Eagles)
The shooting ace makes his second appearance of the season in our line-up after pouring in 30 points against Sharks. He converted a barrage of first-half three pointers which helped the Eagles blow away their opponent early. The guard finished with six triples in total and also had three assists and two blocks as he continues to show he is well and truly over his injury problems and back to his best form which has lit up the league for the last couple of seasons.

Matt Schneck (203-C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: St.Cloud St.) (Cheshire Jets)
One of the most popular players at Northgate, the forward was instrumental in helping his team secure a first win of the season after they inflicted defeat on north-west neighbours Mersey Tigers in the BBL Trophy. In fact, Schneck produced the best performance of the week as he posted a terrific double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Tigers couldnt cope with him in the paint as he went to work with great efficiency, making 9 of 11 inside.

Anthony Rowe (203-F-85, college: N.Georgia) (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)
The new Raiders kingpin continues to lead by example this season after producing more big numbers last weekend with an excellent performance against Guildford Heat at the Pavilions. He completed a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds and also came up with two valuable steals which helped pave the way for Raiders to not only seal victory, but also punch their ticket for the BBL Trophy semi-finals.

Deaundre Cranston (206-F-88, college: Mississippi) (Glasgow Rocks)
After a quiet start to the BBL season, new arrival Deaundre Cranston exploded against Prestige Homes MK Lions as Rocks found their range from all over the floor as they routed the visitors. Cranston was the main man under the hoop where he proved tough to stop for the Lions defence. He made 8 of 10 from down low on his way to a season high score of 19 points while also pulling down 10 rebounds to accumulate an impressive double-double.

Off The Bench Gareth Murray (Glasgow Rocks), Demarius Bolds (Prestige Homes MK Lions), Justin Dobbins (One Health Sharks Sheffield), Andrew Wedemire (Glasgow Rocks), Mychal Green (Glasgow Rocks), Daniel Northern (Prestige Homes MK Lions), Mike Martin (Guildford Heat)



BBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 27
 1. Bolds, MK Lions27.0 
 2. Krubally, Leopards24.0 
 3. Teel, Leopards24.0 
 4. Sullivan, Leiceste.23.0 
 5. Bucci, Durham W.20.0 
 6. Gill, MK Lions19.5 
 7. Northern, MK Lions19.0 
 8. Dobbins, Sheffield18.5 
 9. Schneck, Cheshire.18.3 
 10. Prezzie-Blue, Wor.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ousman KRUBALLY
  Leopards
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 17
 1. Krubally, Leopards17.0 
 2. Northern, MK Lions14.5 
 3. Dobbins, Sheffield12.8 
 4. Schneck, Cheshire.11.7 
 5. Martin, Guildfor.11.0 
 6. Tuck, Sheffield S.10.8 
 7. Sullivan, Leiceste.9.5 
 8. Hardy, Leicester R.9.3 
 9. Thomson, Newcastl.9.0 
 10. Gordon, Worceste.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Leopards
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Teel, Leopards6.0 
 2. Bucci, Durham W.5.0 
 3. Gill, MK Lions5.0 
 4. Green, Glasgow4.8 
 5. Rundles, Leiceste.4.3 
 6. Brown, Cheshire.4.0 
 7. Flournoy, Newcastl.3.8 
 8. Douse, Mersey T.3.7 
 9. Shingles, Guildf.3.5 
 10. Bailey, Mersey Ti.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bolds, MK Lions4.0 
 2. Smith, Newcastl.3.5 
 3. Teel, Leopards3.0 
 4. McLemore, Guildf.2.5 
 5. Bucci, Durham W.2.5 
 6. Gause, Newcastl.2.4 
 7. Green, Glasgow2.4 
 8. Gill, MK Lions2.0 
 9. Martin, Guildfor.2.0 
 10. Holmes, Leiceste.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Frank HOLMES
  Leiceste.
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Holmes, Leiceste.2.0 
 2. Cole, Cheshire Jets2.0 
 3. Royster, Leiceste.2.0 
 4. Northern, MK Lions1.5 
 5. Dobbins, Sheffield1.3 
 6. Youngblood, Leices.1.0 
 7. Krubally, Leopards1.0 
 8. Sullivan, Leiceste.1.0 
 9. Crawford, MK Lions1.0 
 10. Madourie, Newcast.1.0 


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 2-0 
 2. Leicester R. 1-0 
 3. Worcester W. 1-0 
 4. Glasgow Rocks 1-1 
 5. Sheffield S. 1-1 
 6. Plymouth R. 0-0 
 7. Durham W. 0-0 
 8. Leopards 0-0 
 9. Mersey Tigers 0-0 
 10. Cheshire Jets 0-1 
 11. MK Lions 0-1 
 12. Guildford Heat 0-2 


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  URUGUAY   


Import players announed for te Group Littoral - by Hector Lopez
The teams playing the Group Littoral for the Uruguayan League announced seven import players for their games beginning Saturday 28. The teams and players announced were:
Anastasia (Fray Bentos) - Khalil Hartwell (203-F-85) and Rob Igbawua (198-F-86, college: Ft.Hays State)
Wanderers (Paysand) - Reggie Mathis (193-G) and Charles Funches (203-F-88)
Remeros (Mercedes) - Rick Leasure (201-F-86, college: Lake Erie)
Universitario (Salto) - Clive Williamson (188-G-81, college: Florida Atlantic) and Nathaniel Roche (203-F-88)
The only team without import players for the time being will be Juventus (Salto)


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  VENEZUELA   


LPB 2012 News - Brad Greenberg to coach Bucaneros, Sek Henry announced - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The general management of Bucaneros de La Guaira, represented by Alberto Diaz, has started to work early to repeat and improve the results of the LPB 2011, as they've announced the arrival of American Brad Greenberg as their new head coach and the signing of combo guard Sek Henry (193-G-87) as imported player.

Greenberg replaces Argentinian Guillermo Vecchio , who led the team the Semifinals for the first time in the history of the franchise, a team that joined LPB in 2008 by the name Deportivo Tachira in San Cristobal and moved a year later to La Guaira.

Greenberg worked alongside Eric Musselman for Venezuela's Senior NT in the recent 2011 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualy played in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in which Venezuela finished at 5th place.

Meanwhile, Henry averaged 18.9 points per game in 49 matches in Japan for Akita NH.


Venezuelans Abroad - Keving Palacios scored 23 in Uruguay but Cordon lost - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) had a good outing as imported player for Club Atletico Cordon in Uruguay's 2011-2012 LUB, as he scored 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds, but his team lost a tight match against Larre Borges as hosts, 67-65.

Palacios played 37 minutes, netted 9 of 14 two-point attempts, 1 of 1 from the long distance range and 2 of 6 free-throws. He also stole 3 balls, turned over 4 balls and fouled 4 times.

Kristian Clarkson (202-F-84) led Borges with 23 points, Angel Varela (187-G-87) added 14, Justin Keenan (201-F/C-88) 14 and Leandro Taboada (180-PG-86) 11. For Cordon, besides Palacios, Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82) finished up with 17 points and Emiliano Giano (180-PG-89) added 11.

In another match, Uruguayan-Venezuelan PF Julio Miglionico (202-F/C-91) came from the bench and in 8 minutes scored 4 points and grabbed 2 rebounds for Sayago, in a victory over Guruyu Waston, 87-74.




Venezuelans Abroad - Axiers Sucre could not avoid Ciclista Olimpico's defeat in Argentina - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) could not avoid the defeat of Ciclista Olimpico La Banda against Atenas de Cordoba, 89-77, in Matchday 10 of Argentina's Liga Nacional (LNB), first division basketball.

Sucre played 22 minutes and got into foul trouble (4 fouls). He finished up with 5 points, 3 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a couple of fouls. However, Atenas had seven players with 10 or more points, led by Mariano Garcia (202-F-86) with 15 and Panamanian Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73) with 13 and 10 rebounds.

Cilista Olimpico's top scorers were Eduardo Villares (188-G-79) with 21 points and Cristian Romero (198-F-82) with 18.


Venezuelans Abroad - Nestor Colmenares beats Francisco Centeno in Mexico - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87), of Huracanes de Tampico, won a head to head against another Venezuelan, SF Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) of Toros de Nuevo Laredo, in the action of Mexico's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP). Huracanes defeated Toros 81-66.

Colmenares played 31 minutes, tallied 17 points and added 7 rebounds, an assists and 2 steals, though he had 3 fouls and 5 turnovers.

Centeno played 14 minutes and ended up with 6 points, a rebound and a steal with a couple of turnovers and a personal foul.

Huracanes also enjoyed the performance of Albert Fuqua (211-C-83) with 17 points and Robert Hornsby (196-F/C-82) with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. For Toros, Mike Bell Jr. finished up with 20 points and 9 rebounds.

Other Venezuelans in LNBP are Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) and David Cubillan (183-PG-87) with Soles de Mexicali, Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86) and Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) with Halcones Rojos de Veracruz.


Wolfgang Lucena General Manager of Panteras de Miranda - by Jonathan Leon
Outstanding Venezuelan coach Wolfgang Lucena will take over as General Manager of the professional basketball organization Panteras de Miranda.
With the addition of Wolfgang Lucena as General Manager, the director's board of Panteras De Miranda will be led by the owner and President Bobby Abreu, Vice-President Oliveiros de Madeiros, and Sport Manager Argenis Mujica.

Other important facts from Panteras de Miranda is said to be announced in a media conference by the middle of November of 2011.





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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Popovic's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old center Natasa Popovic (194-C-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Buducnost and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
She had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while her team beat Mladi Krajisnik (1-2) 68-56. Thanks to this victory Buducnost improved their 2-1 record. Popovic turned to be Buducnost's top player in her first season with the team. She has impressive league stats so far. Popovic leads league in rebounds with 9.0rpg. Popovic is also in league's top in and averages solid 3.0bpg,2.7spg and 52.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Zvjezdana Gagic (169-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Sloboda. She is former international guard in her 2nd season at Sloboda. In the last game Gagic recorded impressive 33 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Sloboda lost that game 57-106 to Celik (2-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Gagic is well-known at Sloboda and she already established her position as one of the team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.3ppg (#1). Her other stats are also decent: 4.7rpg and 5.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Nevena Jovanovic (179-G-90) of Radivoj Korac. Jovanovic scored 19 points and passed four assists. She was a key player of Radivoj Korac, leading her team to a 77-70 win against Athlete Celje (2-1). Radivoj Korac has 2-1 record. Jovanovic has a great season in Adriatic League so far. After only 3 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 2.3apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tamara Bajic (172-G-87) of Celik - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Anna Tolikova (190-C-86) of Celik - 9 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Rada Vidovic (177-G-79) of Celik - 13 points and 4 rebounds
7. Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) of Partizan - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jasmina Bigovic (174-G-79) of Buducnost - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Vladinka Erak (190-C-84) of Vojvodina - 12 points and 10 rebounds
10. Iva Roglic (189-F-88) of Partizan - 11 points and 13 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)


Sloboda part ways with Ilic and adds Svitlica, Miljkovic leaves Partizan - by Zeljko Zule
Bosnian team Sloboda after miserable start to the season (0-3) have parted ways with Svjetlana Ilic (187-F/C-88) and inked national team member Dragana Svitlica (190-C-88). She arrives from Spanish side Real Club Celta Vigo Urban for whom she averaged 3.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 25 LBF games last season. Ilic had appeared in all 3 Adriatic League games this season and averaged 1.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in 12.7 minutes.
League leading Partizan parted ways with Maja Miljkovic (175-G-88). She averaged 6.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 12 minutes of 2 Adriatic League games this season.




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  ARGENTINA - Women  


Argentina wins fifth place in Guadalajara - by Eurobasket News
ARGENTINA - CANADA 50-38

Argentina won in its last game in Guadalajara. They handed 50-38 loss to Canada taking the fifth place at the Panamerican Games 2011. Canada finished as the sixth ranked team at this event. Paula Reggiardo (178-F-84, agency: Players Group) led Argentina to victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Agostina Burani (188-F/C-91, agency: Players Group) had 9 points and 8 rebs, while Marina Cava (168-G-85) helped with 8 points. On the other side, Canada got 11 points from Alisha Tatham (180-G-86, college: Massachusetts). Their second scorer was Alexandria Kiss-Rusk (193-C/F-93) with only 6 pts. Quarters: 17-4, 6-9, 16-13, 11-12. In the Finals of Panamerican Games 2011, Mexico will meet Puerto Rico. Brazil and Colombia will play for the Bronze.

Argentina: Paula Reggiardo 17+7 boards, Agostina Burani 9+8 boards, Marina Cava 8
Canada: Alisha Tatham 11, Alexandria Kiss-Rusk 6


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Liz Cambage claims WNBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented former international center Liz Cambage (203-C-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bulleen B. and that's her to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 20-year old center had the game-high 27 points adding five rebounds for Bulleen B. in her team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Waves (#10, 0-4) with 25-point margin 104-79. Bulleen B. is placed at 4th position in WNBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Bulleen B. will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Cambage turned to be Bulleen B.'s top player in her first season with the team. Cambage has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (3rd best: 14.5ppg) and averages solid 3.0bpg and 63.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Bulleen B.'s star - young former international guard Rachel Jarry (185-G-91). Jarry impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course together with Cambage she helped Bulleen B. with another comfortable win outscoring Waves (0-4) 104-79. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Jarry is a newcomer at Bulleen B. and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.5ppg (#8). She also registered 7.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Rohanee Cox (182-F-80) of Waves (#10). Cox showcased her all-around game by recording 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Cox's great performance Waves lost 79-104 to Bulleen B. (#4, 2-1). But her team cannot count on just a single shooter as she also needs help of the other teammates. Waves can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 4 games. Too bad for Cox she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Cox has individually a great season in Australia. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.0rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) of Adelaide - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) of Sydney UF - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Deanna Smith (179-G-80) of Bendigo S. - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Carly Wilson (181-G-82) of Canberra C. - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jenna O'Hea (185-G/F-87) of Dandenong R. - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Abby Bishop (189-C-88) of Adelaide - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Amy Denson (186-F-84) of Sydney UF - 16 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)


Caps' Tolo ready to unleash aggro - by Eurobasket News
Canberra star Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) has vowed to ''get selfish'' and shoulder a huge offensive workload when the Capitals seek to reignite their season in Townsville tonight.

Capitals coach Carrie Graf has demanded the centre step up her aggression and accept more shooting responsibility against the Fire.

The seven-time champions are winless after three games this season, and lost 72-60 at home to Townsville last week.

Opals centre Tolo is hellbent on grabbing tonight's game by the scruff of the neck.

''Graffy is on me at the moment about scoring and taking my shots,'' Tolo said. ''I've got to make sure that's more of a focus, to be more selfish in that respect.

''I'm trying to be aggressive and making sure I do that bit extra, to go and get the ball instead of waiting for it to come to me.''

Tolo's best performance of the season so far was against Dandenong in round one, when she scored 18 points.

However, Townsville shut her down last week, restricting the 22-year-old to six points after she failed to score in the first half.

Tolo savaged an undersized Fire line-up late last season, racking up 29 points and 16 rebounds.

Last week she managed only seven shots when Townsville's American recruits Shanavia Dowdell and Vivian Frieson wore her like a glove.

The Fire is on top of the WNBL with a 3-0 record, and will not make it easy for Canberra to emerge from its slump.

''On the weekend [the Fire] didn't trap me as much, and the weekend before [against Bulleen and Dandenong] they did,'' Tolo said.

''It's about me making those adjustment during the game, just being aware of what the defence is doing.''

Graf urged Tolo to use her inside presence more often and concentrate less on bringing teammates into the game.

''It's just her mindset. She had good focus and was attacking against Dandenong, but gave up too many opportunities in the Townsville game,'' Graf said.

''She threw the ball out when we needed her to score, and she's got to make her two-foot shots.

''She's great close to the basket, it's a matter of converting those. She's a paid professional basketballer that's very talented and the expectation is that she performs for us.''


Graf said the club's established players, particularly Jess Bibby, Carly Wilson, Nicole Hunt and Tolo, must step up this weekend.

''We chatted about that as a leadership group, it's up to them,'' Graf said.

''They're our key players and have been here the longest, it does fall on their shoulders.

''They are four people we need to rely on heavily while we're growing new people into our system.''

Canberra takes on Logan on Sunday, which has won both its matches this season.
Courtesy of: QBL


Glenn Ellis to coach Redback Women - by Eurobasket News
The Perth Basketball Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Glenn Ellis to the position of Womens Head Coach for the 2012 season.

As Womens Head Coach Glenn will not only be involved with the SBL program and senior teams but in the growth of our women at every level, with particular attention to the development of our female WABL program.

Glenn takes over SBL coaching from Narelle Henry who is keen to focus on playing and maximising the teams on court performance.

Glenn brings a wealth of knowledge to the Redbacks with years of both playing and coaching at the top levels of basketball.

Glenn played at all levels culminating in being a part of the inaugural Perth Wildcats team and playing over 100 games in six years.

Glenn has also coached at every level including junior and state teams, several SBL teams in both Mens and Womens, as well as serving as assistant coach of the Perth Wildcats for two years with Allan Black.

Bringing his wealth of knowledge to the Redbacks program Glenn is keen to get to work developing the skills of our Women at every level of the club. He is particularly excited to be working with some of the development players including the D-league womens team who made the Grand Final in 2011.

Glenn looks forward to working with the talent in the Redbacks Womens program and already shares a clear rapport with many of the players.

Glenn will work closely with David Harris, the Mens Head Coach, to continually build and develop better coaching processes and systems and ultimately the future of Redbacks Basketball.

The Perth Basketball Association board sees this appointment as an important step in its renewed focus on developing our Coaches and Players at every level of the club and welcome Glenn to the Redbacks family.

Article & Photo by Redbacks Media




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  BELGIUM - Women  


D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Krystel BALLAU
  Spirou M.
  (168-G-84)
  Avg: 19
 1. Ballau, Spirou M.19.0 
 2. Smolders, Houth.18.0 
 3. Delvaux, Jeugd G.18.0 
 4. Boydens, Tuliki.17.3 
 5. Demirer, Spirou M.17.3 
 6. Meesseman, Blue C.17.0 
 7. VanMalderen, Dexia16.0 
 8. Boonen, Kangoero.16.0 
 9. Rosseel, Blue Cats15.7 
 10. Blommaers, Houth.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 An-Katrien NAUWELAERS
  Sint K.
  (178-F-95)
  Avg: 13
 1. Nauwelaers, Sint K.13.0 
 2. Demirer, Spirou M.12.3 
 3. Winkelmans, Sint K.11.0 
 4. Boonen, Kangoero.10.0 
 5. Verbeest, Tuliki.9.7 
 6. Greene, Point Cha.9.3 
 7. Vandistel, Houthal.9.0 
 8. Maes, Tulikivi.8.7 
 9. Vasovic, Houthalen8.0 
 10. Michiels, Spirou7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Audrey SALVI
  Houthalen
  (173-G-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Salvi, Houthalen5.0 
 2. Ballau, Spirou M.4.3 
 3. Blommaers, Houth.4.0 
 4. Hamaide, Spirou M.3.0 
 5. Rosseel, Blue Cats3.0 
 6. Ibekwe, Dexia N.3.0 
 7. Devliegher, Blue C.2.7 
 8. Van Driel, Kangoe.2.7 
 9. Deyaert, Waregem2.7 
 10. Meesseman, Blue2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Blue C.
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Meesseman, Blue C.3.7 
 2. Mayombo, Point C.3.7 
 3. Greene, Point Cha.3.7 
 4. Deneil, Dexia Namur3.3 
 5. Rosseel, Blue Cats3.0 
 6. Smolders, Houth.3.0 
 7. Mayombo, Point C.2.7 
 8. Boonen, Kangoero.2.7 
 9. Schyvens, Willebro.2.5 
 10. Delaere, Kangoero.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 An-Katrien NAUWELAERS
  Sint K.
  (178-F-95)
  Avg: 4
 1. Nauwelaers, Sint K.4.0 
 2. Vasovic, Houthalen2.0 
 3. Dochez, Willebroek1.8 
 4. Boonen, Kangoero.1.7 
 5. Meesseman, Blue C.1.3 
 6. Decroos, Kangoero.1.0 
 7. Blommaers, Houth.1.0 
 8. Bartholomeeu., Wil.0.8 
 9. Schyvens, Willebro.0.8 
 10. Hendrickx, Kangoe.0.7 


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Dexia Namur 5-0 
 2. Kangoeroes-B. 5-0 
 3. Sint Kateline 4-1 
 4. Waregem 4-1 
 5. Point Chaud 2-3 
 6. Blue Cats 2-3 
 7. Spirou Monceau 2-3 
 8. Jeugd Gentson 2-3 
 9. Castors Braine 1-4 
 10. Houthalen 1-4 
 11. Tulikivi Deerlijk 1-4 
 12. Willebroek 1-4 


D1 Round 5: Kangoeroes-B. hands first loss to undefeated Sint Kateline Waver - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Sint Kateline Waver (4-1) in Boom on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Kangoeroes-B. (5-0) 60-51. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Sint Kateline Waver. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 4-0 record before this meeting. Undefeated Kangoeroes-B. have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Dexia Namur. Sint Kateline Waver at the other side keeps the third place with one game lost. They share the position with Waregem. Kangoeroes-B. is looking forward to face league's leader Dexia Namur on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sint Kateline Waver will play against Castors Braine and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another exciting game for R.Spirou Monceau (2-3) which played on the court of Houthalen (1-4). Seventh ranked R.Spirou Monceau saved the game by a tiny margin of three points 63-60. American-Polish forward Julia Demirer (187-81, college: Emmanuel (MA), agency: LBM Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and Krystel Ballau chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Serbian power forward Andrijana Vasovic (186-83) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds. R.Spirou Monceau moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Houthalen lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. R.Spirou Monceau will play against Point Chaud (#5) in Sprimont in the next round. Houthalen will play at home against Tulikivi (#11) in Deerlijk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Basket Groot's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Castors Braine (1-4) 59-55 on Sunday. Heleen Adams nailed 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Jesyka Burks-Wiley came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for Castors Braine in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Basket Groot left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Castors Braine. It was Castors Braine's fourth loss in a row. Basket Groot will meet higher ranked Jeugd Gentson (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Castors Braine will play against Sint Kateline Waver.
D1 top team - Dexia Namur (5-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Blue Cats (2-3) in Ieper 82-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Blue Cats. The best player for the winners was Chandrea Jones who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Dexia Namur. They maintain first place with 5-0 record, which they share with Kangoeroes-B. Blue Cats at the other side keep the fifth position with three games lost. Dexia Namur's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kangoeroes-B. in Boom and it will be for sure the game of the week. Blue Cats will play on the road against Declercq Stortbeton in Waregem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 11th ranked Tulikivi (1-4) and fourth ranked Declercq Stortbeton (4-1) in Deerlijk on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Waregem outscored Tulikivi 87-63. Jana Raman orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. Declercq Stortbeton's coach Philip Wintein felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Declercq Stortbeton. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Sint Kateline. Loser Tulikivi dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Declercq Stortbeton will face Blue Cats (#6) in Ieper in the next round. Tulikivi will play on the road against Houthalen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 5 Jeugd Gentson was beaten by Point Chaud on the road 80-66.
The most impressive performance of 5th round was 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds by Jasmina Rosseel of Blue Cats.



Houthalen - Spirou Monceau 60-63

Another exciting game for R.Spirou Monceau (2-3) which played on the court of Houthalen (1-4). Seventh ranked R.Spirou Monceau saved the game by a tiny margin of three points 63-60. Houthalen was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 20-13 charge of R.Spirou Monceau, which allowed them to win the game. American-Polish forward Julia Demirer (187-81, college: Emmanuel (MA), agency: LBM Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and guard Krystel Ballau (168-84, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Serbian power forward Andrijana Vasovic (186-83) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and the former international forward Annelies Blommaers (176-83) scored 15 points and 4 assists. R.Spirou Monceau moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Houthalen lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. R.Spirou Monceau will play against Point Chaud (#5) in Sprimont in the next round. Houthalen will play at home against Tulikivi (#11) in Deerlijk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spirou Monceau: J.Demirer 15+17reb+3ast, K.Ballau 13+4reb+5ast, V.Michiels 11+7reb+2ast, L.Dessus 7+2reb+1ast, C.Myers 6+3reb, M.Hamaide 5+4reb+3ast
Houthalen: N.Smolders 18+3reb, A.Blommaers 15+3reb+4ast, A.Vasovic 13+8reb+1ast, A.Zurings 5+5reb, L.Gielen 4, A.Salvi 2+4reb+5ast
gschID: 147591


Tulikivi Deerlijk - Waregem 63-87

The game between 11th ranked Tulikivi (1-4) and fourth ranked Declercq Stortbeton (4-1) in Deerlijk on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Waregem outscored Tulikivi 87-63. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-63. Declercq Stortbeton dominated on the defensive end, holding Tulikivi to just 4 points in second quarter. International forward Jana Raman (186-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. American swingman Kayla Tetschiag (183-83, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Declercq Stortbeton players scored in double figures. Declercq Stortbeton's coach Philip Wintein felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Eline Verbeest (186-86) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Marlies Versavel (167-88) added 17 points in the effort for Tulikivi. The victory was the third consecutive win for Declercq Stortbeton. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Sint Kateline. Loser Tulikivi dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Declercq Stortbeton will face Blue Cats (#6) in Ieper in the next round. Tulikivi will play on the road against Houthalen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Waregem: J.Raman 18+3reb, J.Vanloo 15+2reb, N.Deyaert 12+3reb+2ast, K.Tetschiag 10+8reb+1ast, L.Foucart 9+1reb, K.Vercauteren 8+1reb+1ast
Tulikivi Deerlijk: M.Versavel 17+2reb, V.Boydens 16+3reb, E.Verbeest 12+10reb, E.Maes 8+5reb+1ast, A.Boucherie 4+2reb+1ast, N.Surgeloose 4+3reb
gschID: 147592


Blue Cats - Dexia Namur 77-82

D1 top team - Dexia Namur (5-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Blue Cats (2-3) in Ieper 82-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Blue Cats. The best player for the winners was American guard Chandrea Jones (175-87, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) who scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Nigerian-American forward Ify Ibekwe (187-89, college: Arizona, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Dexia Namur players scored in double figures. Guard Jasmina Rosseel (172-89, college: Drexel) produced 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and American power forward Latoya Drake (188-86, college: Miami, FL) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Dexia Namur. They maintain first place with 5-0 record, which they share with Kangoeroes-B. Blue Cats at the other side keep the fifth position with three games lost. Dexia Namur's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kangoeroes-B. in Boom and it will be for sure the game of the week. Blue Cats will play on the road against Declercq Stortbeton in Waregem and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dexia Namur: C.Jones 16+9reb+3ast, L.VanMalderen 15+5reb+1ast, S.Dubuc 15+1reb+1ast, I.Ibekwe 14+6reb+1ast, H.Ben Abdelkader 8+1reb, S.Deneil 5+3ast
Blue Cats: J.Rosseel 35+5reb+3ast, E.Meesseman 13+3reb+2ast, L.Drake 13+6reb, M.Versavel 6+1ast, S.Devliegher 5+2reb+2ast, L.Lentacker 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 147587


Willebroek - Castors Braine 59-55

Basket Groot's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Castors Braine (1-4) 59-55 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 22-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Basket Groot forced 21 Castors Braine turnovers. Point guard Heleen Adams (173-94) nailed 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and forward Sarah Dochez (181-89) accounted for 13 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Jesyka Burks-Wiley (185-87, college: Boston U.) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Charlotte Ippersiel (180-89) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Castors Braine in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Basket Groot left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Castors Braine. It was Castors Braine's fourth loss in a row. Basket Groot will meet higher ranked Jeugd Gentson (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Castors Braine will play against Sint Kateline Waver.
Top scorers:
Willebroek: H.Adams 19+5reb, S.Dochez 13+5reb, K.Hendrickx 12+1reb, T.Bijnens 6+1reb, A.Schyvens 3+3reb+2ast, N.Deriemaeker 2+1reb
Castors Braine: J.Burks-Wiley 16+10reb, E.Vermylen 8+5reb, C.Ippersiel 8+9reb, N.Grischina 6+2reb, F.Vandesteene 6+2reb, A.Halin 4+2reb
gschID: 147588


Kangoeroes-B. - Sint Kateline 60-51

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Sint Kateline Waver (4-1) in Boom on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Kangoeroes-B. (5-0) 60-51. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Sint Kateline Waver. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 4-0 record before this meeting. Kangoeroes-B. have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Dexia Namur. Sint Kateline Waver at the other side keeps the third place with one game lost. They share the position with Waregem. Kangoeroes-B. is looking forward to face league's leader Dexia Namur on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sint Kateline Waver will play against Castors Braine and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
gschID: 147589


Point Chaud - Jeugd Gentson 80-66

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Point Chaud (2-3) beat 6th ranked Jeugd Gentson (2-3) in Sprimont 80-66 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Point Chaud. Jeugd Gentson was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jeugd Gentson was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Mariesa Greene (183-87, college: Barry) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 9 rebounds. International point guard Noemie Mayombo (171-91, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Point Chaud players scored in double figures. American forward Jessilyn Conicelli (182, college: Biola (CA)) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and forward Lynn Delvaux (182-93) added 15 points in the effort for Jeugd Gentson. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Point Chaud moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Jeugd Gentson. Point Chaud will face R.Spirou Monceau (#7) in Charleroi in the next round. Jeugd Gentson will play at home against Basket Groot in Willebroek.
Top scorers:
Point Chaud: E.Mayombo 16+2reb+1ast, N.Mayombo 16+6reb, N.Doppee 16+4reb+1ast, M.Greene 12+9reb+2ast, M.Grzesinski 8+6reb, T.Hetting 4+3reb
Jeugd Gentson: J.Conicelli 16+6reb, L.Delvaux 15+3reb, V.Kara 14+3reb+1ast, E.Heyse 6+1reb, J.Vermeire 6+4reb+1ast, L.Schmitz 4+2reb
gschID: 147590




Demirer's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old forward Julia Demirer (187-F-81, agency: LBM Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for Spirou Monceau and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
She had a double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds, while her team edged out Houthalen (#10, 1-4) 63-60. Spirou Monceau maintains the 7th position in D1. Spirou Monceau is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. Demirer turned to be Spirou Monceau's top player in her first season with the team. Emmanuel College (MA) graduate has very impressive stats this year. Demirer is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.5ppg), rebounds (4th best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 52.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jasmina Rosseel (172-G-89) of Blue Cats. She is former international guard in her first season at Blue Cats. In the last game Rosseel recorded impressive 35 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Blue Cats lost that game 77-82 to league's leader Dexia Namur (#1, 5-0). This loss caused Blue Cats to drop to 6th position in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Rosseel is a newcomer at Blue Cats 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 guard Chandrea Jones (175-G-87, agency: LBM Management) of league's leader Dexia Namur. Jones scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. She was a key player of Dexia Namur, leading her team to a 82-77 win against the lower-ranked Blue Cats (#6, 2-3). Dexia Namur started extremely well this year. They recorded 5 victories without losing a single game. Jones 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. Jones has a very solid season. In 2 games in Belgium she scored 11.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nathalie Smolders (F-92) of Houthalen - 18 points and 3 rebounds
5. Mariesa Greene (183-F-87) of Point Chaud - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Natacha Doppee (168-PG-93) of Point Chaud - 16 points and 4 rebounds
7. Eline Verbeest (186-C-86) of Tulikivi Deerlijk - 12 points and 10 rebounds
8. Jesyka Burks-Wiley (185-F-87) of Castors Braine - 16 points and 10 rebounds
9. Valerie Kara (173-F-88) of Jeugd Gentson - 14 points and 3 rebounds
10. Latoya Drake (188-F/C-86) of Blue Cats - 13 points and 6 rebounds

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


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Welcome to new season of D1 - by Eurobasket News
The new season of the Bosnian D1 started last weekend. All three games were played on Saturday.

Jedinstvo-Zeljeznicar 77-83
Emina Demirovic (186-C-85) exploded for the guests with 30 points and 16 rebounds. Biljana Savic (191-C-83) also was great in this victory adding 15 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists. In defeat, Zdenka Kovacevic (170-G-87) had 27 points and 6 assists.

Borac ML-IEFK-Igokea 102-53
Miljana Dzombeta (178-G-94) stepped up for the hosts with 28 points and 8 assists. Her sister Milica Dzombeta (177-G-91) had 16 points and 5 rebs in this meeting.

Mladost-Rudar Sport 57-58
Thriller win for Rudar, who got 23 points and 6 rebounds from Jovana Maltez (182-F-85). Milena Radenovic (177-F-86) had 23 points and 9 boards in defeat.



Regular Season - Round 2
Oct. 29, 2011 Igokea-Mladost
Oct. 29, 2011 Zeljeznicar-Borac ML-IEFK
Oct. 29, 2011 RMU Banovici-Jedinstvo




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  BRAZIL - Women  


Puerto Rico eliminates Brazil in thriller, heads to Big Final in Guadalajara - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - PUERTO RICO 68-69

Puerto Rico advanced to the Big Final of Panamerican Games 2011 in Guadalajara. They eliminated Brazil in the very exciting Semifinals 68-69. Jazmine Sepulveda (186-F-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) was a key player in this victory with 22 points. Carla Escalera (180-PF-84) had 17 points and Carla Cortijo (173-G-87, college: Texas) added 12 pts, plus 6 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Silvia Gustavo (186-F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) top-scored with 16 points. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) had 15 points and 7 rebs, while Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 pts and also 7 boards. Erika De Souza stopped on just two points in this crucial meeting. Quarters: 17-13, 23-22, 12-21, 16-13. Puerto Rico will meet Mexico in the Gold medal game. Brazil will play against Colombia for the Bronze.

Brazil: Silvia Gustavo 16, Damiris Dantas 15+7 boards, Iziane Castro Marques 14+7 boards
Puerto Rico: Jazmine Sepulveda 22, Carla Escalera 17, Carla Cortijo 12+6 boards


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stanislava STANKOVA
  Slavia
  (172-G-90)
  Avg: 35
 1. Stankova, Slavia35.0 
 2. Perostiyska, Beroe33.0 
 3. Johnson, Dunav 88.33.0 
 4. Dubrovina, Neftoch.32.0 
 5. Naneva, Beroe 0723.0 
 6. Bachvarova, Levski19.0 
 7. Farrell, Rilski S.18.0 
 8. Rudeva, Rilski S.17.0 
 9. Kostova, Dunav 88.15.0 
 10. Zagorova, Slavia13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vera PEROSTIYSKA
  Beroe
  (196-C-82)
  Avg: 21
 1. Perostiyska, Beroe21.0 
 2. Johnson, Dunav 88.11.0 
 3. Farrell, Rilski S.11.0 
 4. Ranguelova, Rilski9.0 
 5. Doychinova, Levski9.0 
 6. Peychinova, Rilski8.0 
 7. Naneva, Beroe 078.0 
 8. Minkova, Dunav7.0 
 9. Miteva, Neftochimic7.0 
 10. Pasheva, Slavia6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Veronika DJIKOVA
  Rilski S.
  (180-G-90)
  Avg: 12
 1. Djikova, Rilski S.12.0 
 2. Naydenova, Slavia7.0 
 3. Stanoeva, Beroe 076.0 
 4. Koeva, Beroe 075.0 
 5. Naneva, Beroe 075.0 
 6. Bachvarova, Levski4.0 
 7. Minkova, Dunav4.0 
 8. Kostova, Dunav 88.4.0 
 9. Dubrovina, Neftoch.4.0 
 10. Allen, Dunav 88063.0 
Steals Per Game
 Zornitsa NAYDENOVA
  Slavia
  (172-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Naydenova, Slavia3.0 
 2. Stanoeva, Beroe 073.0 
 3. Dubrovina, Neftoch.3.0 
 4. Allen, Dunav 88063.0 
 5. Koeva, Beroe 073.0 
 6. Rudeva, Rilski S.2.0 
 7. Peychinova, Rilski2.0 
 8. Djikova, Rilski S.2.0 
 9. Djambazka, Levski2.0 
 10. Johnson, Dunav 8.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Charel ALLEN
  Dunav 8806
  (181-G-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Allen, Dunav 88062.0 
 2. Kancheva, Dunav1.