EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/27/2011

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  ALGERIA   


Championship set to start - by Patrick Fitzpatrick
The federation predicts that this weekend the top division will start after scheduling disputes postponed the first games being played. Staoueli travels to Constantine looking for their first victory. The boys from the beach will need some big performances if they want to beat Haleem, 'Big Fred', and the rest of the crew up in Constantine.
GSP, the heavy favorite to win the league should handle their business and get a victory.
Also happening in Algiers, the senior men's team starts another mini-camp this weekend in preparation for the Arab Games-the games will be held in Qatar in December.


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


Standings
Standings
Group E
1. China6-0
2. S.Korea5-1
3. Lebanon2-4
4. Taiwan2-4
5. India2-4
6. Iraq2-4
Group F
1. Philippine.6-0
2. Japan5-1
3. Indonesia3-3
4. Saudi Arab.2-4
5. Qatar1-5
6. Vietnam0-6
Group Places 13-14
1. Malaysia1-0
2. Uzbekistan.0-1


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  AUSTRALIA   


'Showtime' comes to Hawks - by Eurobasket News
The Wollongong NRE Hawks today have confirmed the signing of point guard Shorown Glover (180-PG-87, agency: EM-PA) after the American trialled with the club the past two weeks.

Listed at 180cm, the eccentric individual Glover will bring creativity and flair to the group and will be looking to help the team in any way possible.

Glover spent his first pro season playing in Switzerland and prior to that played his college basketball in Canada for the Saskatchewan Huskies, leading their team to the 2010 Canadian College Championship.

Showron brings us something different. He brings some flair and creativity to our group. He has some way to go to fit into our system and the style of play in the NBL. But were excited to have him with us. Head Coach Gordie McLeod said.

He has shown great work ethic and hustle during his trial and were looking forward to seeing him bring that on the court.

The Wollongong NRE Hawks currently have only one win out of the first four games and with another double header looming this weekend, the entire team is going to need to lift their intensity to get back into the winning frame of mind.

For our team, its about every individual playing to their level. Basketball is a team game and we need to see everyone in our group step up, play smart and play to their strengths. This is an important weekend for us, added McLeod.

Theres a possibility that Glover could be cleared to play this Friday against the Cairns Taipans in Cairns, but is dependent on international clearance and immigration approval.

This is a great opportunity for me, I will be working hard for my team mates, coaches and the Wollongong Hawks fans' said Glover.

'Its been a great week with the team so far and getting a feel for things, Im looking forward to stepping out on to that court and representing Wollongong.

The Hawks take on the Cairns Taipans on the road on Friday night, then return to Wollongong to take on the Melbourne Tigers lead by NBA star Patty Mills on Sunday 30th October.
Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


Who was hot and who was not from Week 3 - by Duncan Matheson

All-Star Five for Week Three

Julian Khazzouh (210-C-86) 14-24 FG, 18-23 FT, 23.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks across two wins

Jacob Holmes (201-F-83) 5-14 FG, 7-7 FT 17 points, 14 rebounds in 85-93 loss

Anatoly Bose (200-G/F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nicholls St.) 13-24 FG, 4-10 3pt FG, 8-10 FT, 19.0 points, 8.5 rebounds across two wins

Kevin Lisch (188-PG-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) 7-12 FG, 4-7 3pt FG, 10-10 FT, 28 points in 93-85 win (3rd straight all-star 5 pick)

Aaron Bruce (191-G-84) 9-23 FG, 5-10 3pt FG, 12-12 FT, 17.5 points, 6.5 assists across two wins

Had a rough weekend...

Dillon Boucher (196-F-75) 1-2 FG, 2 points, 8 turnovers in 19 minutes in 64-67 loss

Stephen Weigh (198-G/F-87) 5-15 FG, 1-6 3pt FG, 0-2 FT, 11 points, 4 turnovers in 71-94 loss

Glen Saville (197-G/F-76) 3-9 FG, 0-3 3pt FG, 4.0 points, 2.5 turnovers in 24.0 mpg across two losses

Nathan Herbert (192-G/F-84) 0-5 FG, 0-2 3pt FG, 0 points in 16 mins in 71-94 loss (1-14 FG this season)

Rhys Martin (193-G-86, college: Nova SE) 7-19 FG, 1-4 3pt FG, 4-7 FT, 9.5 points, 5.0 turnovers across two games



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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga Round 5 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The most shocking disappointment of round 5 was a home defeat of 5th ranked BC Vienna (2-3) to sixth ranked Oberwart Gunners (3-2) 78-74. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BC Vienna won third quarter 25-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oberwart Gunners dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to BC Vienna's 34. American forward Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 15 rebounds (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with UBSC Graz. BC Vienna at the other side dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Oberwart Gunners is looking forward to face UBSC Graz (#5) at home in the next round. BC Vienna will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Gmunden. Third ranked host Gmunden Swans (3-1) defeated 4th placed Raiffeisen Wels (2-2) 73-66. It was a key game for the second position in the league. American guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) nailed 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Robert Arnold accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Raiffeisen Wels in the defeat. Gmunden Swans have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Gussing. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Gmunden Swans will play against bottom-ranked St.Polten (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Raiffeisen Wels will play against Gussing Knights (#3) and hope to get back on the winning track.
A Bundesliga top team - Xion Dukes (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked St.Polten (0-4) in Klosterneuburg 70-46. The best player for the winners was Moritz Lanegger who scored 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Roy Booker produced 12 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Xion Dukes have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Loser St.Polten still closes the standings with four games lost. Xion Dukes will meet Kapfenberg Bulls (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. St.Polten will play against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans (#2) in Gmunden and hopes to get finally their first victory.
A very interesting game took place in Furstenfeld. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 9th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (1-4) to sixth ranked UBSC Graz (3-2) 83-81 on Wednesday evening. Marko Moric orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. UBSC Graz moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Oberwart. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the ninth position with four games lost. UBSC Graz's next round opponent will be Oberwart Gunners (#4) on the road. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Arkadia Lions (#9) in Traiskirchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 5 Kapfenberg won against Arkadia on the opponent's court 87-80.



BC Vienna - Oberwart 74-78

The most shocking disappointment of round 5 was a home defeat of 5th ranked BC Vienna (2-3) to sixth ranked Oberwart Gunners (3-2) 78-74. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BC Vienna won third quarter 25-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oberwart Gunners dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to BC Vienna's 34. American forward Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 15 rebounds (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Jean Francois (197-80, college: Georgia Southern, agency: I.D.S. Law) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with UBSC Graz. BC Vienna at the other side dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Oberwart Gunners is looking forward to face UBSC Graz (#5) at home in the next round. BC Vienna will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 25+7reb+3ast, J.Francois 23+7reb+1ast, D.Miletic 14+6reb+9ast, M.Tripkovic 6+1reb+1ast, M.Kracun 3+1ast, T.Gaspar 3+2reb
Oberwart: D.Reed 32+15reb, J.Dean Shaw 20+5reb+3ast, E.Fruehwirth 7+5reb+1ast, N.Gacesa 6+3reb, H.Ochsenhofer 6+1reb+1ast, L.Linzer 5+1ast
gschID: 137100


Gmunden - Wels 73-66

The game between Top Four teams took place in Gmunden. Third ranked host Gmunden Swans (3-1) defeated 4th placed Raiffeisen Wels (2-2) 73-66. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Raiffeisen Wels were ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 26-16 charge of Gmunden Swans, which allowed them to win the game. Raiffeisen Wels were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) nailed 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Robert Arnold (198, college: Boise St.) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds and American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Raiffeisen Wels in the defeat. Gmunden Swans have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Gussing. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. Gmunden Swans will play against bottom-ranked St.Polten (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Raiffeisen Wels will play against Gussing Knights (#3) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Wels: D.Lamesic 17+7reb+2ast, A.Farokhmanesh 13+3reb+1ast, Q.Pryor 10+1reb+1ast, J.Werner 8+9reb+1ast, T.Brown 7+6reb+1ast, T.Csebits 6
Gmunden: M.Curry 20+8reb+2ast, R.Arnold 17+8reb+1ast, E.Murati 9+3reb+1ast, M.Mayer 7+5reb+2ast, R.Poiger 7+2reb+2ast, D.Oppland 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 137096


Arkadia - Kapfenberg 80-87

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Arkadia Lions' (1-4) home loss to eighth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (2-1) 80-87. Arkadia Lions were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 25-17 charge of Kapfenberg Bulls, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Tiras Wade (200-81, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Arkadia Lions. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kapfenberg Bulls moved-up to sixth place. Arkadia Lions at the other side keep the ninth position with four games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls' next round opponent will be league's leader Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Arkadia Lions will play on the road against Furstenfeld Panthers (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: T.Wade 22+6reb+2ast, R.Spasojevic 20+5reb+1ast, D.Drenovac 18+2reb+1ast, B.Danek 10+4reb+4ast, P.Skurdauskas 8+8reb, J.Blazevic 2+1reb
Kapfenberg: L.Gordon 21+7reb, D.Mayes 17+3reb+3ast, J.Fears 17+3reb+6ast, D.Nelson 12+4reb, S.Knabl 8+10reb, M.Linskens 7+3reb
gschID: 137097


Klosterneub. - St.Polten 70-46

A Bundesliga top team - Xion Dukes (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked St.Polten (0-4) in Klosterneuburg 70-46. The game was mostly controlled by Xion Dukes. St.Polten managed to win fourth quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding St.Polten to just 4 points in third quarter. Xion Dukes held St.Polten to an opponent 23.8 percent shooting from the field compared to 42.9 percent accuracy of the winners and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international guard Moritz Lanegger (188-90, agency: Interperformances) who scored 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Xion Dukes players scored in double figures. American swingman Roy Booker (191-84, college: SE Missouri St., agency: TSS Management) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and Bosnian-Canadian center Igor Bakovic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Xion Dukes have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Loser St.Polten still closes the standings with four games lost. Xion Dukes will meet Kapfenberg Bulls (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. St.Polten will play against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans (#2) in Gmunden and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: R.Booker 12+7reb+2ast, F.Trmal 7+6reb, I.Kuprijanov 7+3reb+1ast, D.Friedrich 6, I.Bakovic 6+8reb, M.Speiser 4+8reb
Klosterneub.: C.Bobb 18+1reb+1ast, R.Suljanovic 14+8reb, M.Rachar 13+4reb+3ast, M.Lanegger 12+7reb+6ast, D.Zeleznik 4+2reb+1ast, C.Nagler 4+3ast
gschID: 137098


Furstenfeld - UBSC Graz 81-83

A very interesting game took place in Furstenfeld. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 9th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (1-4) to sixth ranked UBSC Graz (3-2) 83-81 on Wednesday evening. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was a great shooting night for UBSC Graz especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Croatian forward Marko Moric (207-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (203-82) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American power forward Gary Ware (206-83, college: Purdue, agency: TSS Management) answered with 18 points and the other American import swingman Bryant Matthews (201-82, college: Virginia Tech) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Furstenfeld Panthers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. UBSC Graz moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Oberwart. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the ninth position with four games lost. UBSC Graz's next round opponent will be Oberwart Gunners (#4) on the road. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Arkadia Lions (#9) in Traiskirchen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: A.Shavies 19+2reb, G.Ware 18+4reb+3ast, B.Matthews 17+5reb, J.Robinson 12+6reb+1ast, K.Payton 8+2reb+3ast, M.Graf 4+3reb
UBSC Graz: M.Moric 18+9reb+5ast, M.Stegnjaic 17+2reb+1ast, S.Grum 14+1reb+3ast, T.Ambrose 13+5reb, C.Knor 8+3reb+1ast, R.Lanegger 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137099




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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 27
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna27.0 
 2. Reed, Oberwart24.6 
 3. Djuric, Gussing24.5 
 4. Wade, Arkadia22.8 
 5. Shaw, Oberwart20.4 
 6. Leonard, Arkadia20.0 
 7. Brown, Wels19.5 
 8. Francois, BC Vienna19.4 
 9. Drenovac, Arkadia18.5 
 10. Bobb, Klosterneub.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.10.3 
 2. Skurdauskas, Arkad.9.0 
 3. Reed, Oberwart9.0 
 4. Oppland, Gmunden8.8 
 5. Nelson, Kapfenberg8.5 
 6. Bakovic, St.Polten8.0 
 7. Shaw, Oberwart7.6 
 8. Heard, Gussing7.3 
 9. Booker, St.Polten7.0 
 10. Knabl, Kapfenberg6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna5.6 
 2. Lanegger, Klostern.5.5 
 3. Fears, Kapfenberg5.5 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.0 
 5. Rakocevic, BC Vi.5.0 
 6. Danek, Arkadia4.5 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.4.5 
 8. Klepeisz, Gussing4.3 
 9. Miletic, BC Vienna4.3 
 10. Pryor, Wels3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenf.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.4.5 
 2. Pryor, Wels3.0 
 3. Brown, Wels2.5 
 4. Murati, Gmunden2.0 
 5. Schreiner, Kapfe.2.0 
 6. Oppland, Gmunden1.8 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna1.8 
 8. Jandl, Oberwart1.8 
 9. Lanegger, Klostern.1.8 
 10. Speiser, St.Polten1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.2.8 
 2. Ware, Furstenfeld1.6 
 3. Skurdauskas, Arkad.1.5 
 4. Greimeister, Klost.1.3 
 5. Moric, UBSC G.1.0 
 6. Shaw, Oberwart1.0 
 7. Brown, Wels1.0 
 8. Francois, BC Vienna0.8 
 9. Kohlmaier, Wels0.8 
 10. Arnold, Gmunden0.8 


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Galil Gilboa 1-0 
 2. Rilski Sportist 1-0 
 3. Mornar Bar 1-1 
 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. Ulcinj 1-1 
 5. Napredak 0-1 
 6. Zrinjski HT 0-2 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Juventus bring in Roman Gumeniuk - by Eurobasket News
Roman Gumeniuk (220-C-87) will continue his career in Juventus Utena. The centre was sent to the team on loan from Siauliai. Last season the Ukrainian centre posted 5.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in Baltic League. In EuroCup Roman Gumeniuk tallied 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per appearance. The player also delivered 4.4 points and 3.2 rebounds for Siauliai in LKL. Previously Roman Gumeniuk had stints with Avtodor, BC Kyiv, Avala Beograd, VEF Riga, Pulsar Rovno. He was the member of Ukrainian U20, University and National Teams. He participated at 2005, 2007 and 2009 World University Games. His stats read 2.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal in Belgrade in 2009. The centre is expected to strengthen Juventus for their BBL clash against University of Tartu on Friday.


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 


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. Amis, Tartu Ulikool19.3 
 7. Kalve, Valmiera19.0 
 8. Kleiza, Naglis P.19.0 
 9. Barinov, Naglis P.19.0 
 10. Matulionis, Techa.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 17
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.17.0 
 2. Cipruss, Tarvas13.0 
 3. Parn, Rapla13.0 
 4. Galdikas, Neptunas10.5 
 5. Keedus, TT.10.0 
 6. Benn, Naglis Palan.10.0 
 7. Pilk, TT.10.0 
 8. Matulionis, Techas.9.5 
 9. Bowles, Siauliai9.0 
 10. Andriukaitis, Lie.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  Neptunas
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Stasys, Neptunas9.0 
 2. Kriisa, Tarvas8.0 
 3. Maceina, Juventus8.0 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai7.0 
 5. Girdziunas, Neptu.6.0 
 6. Rinkevicius, Nagli.6.0 
 7. Peciukeviciu., Sak.6.0 
 8. Kelys, Pieno Z.5.0 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.5.0 
 10. Ezerskis, Techas.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Erik KEEDUS
  TT.
  (194-F-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Keedus, TT.5.0 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava3.5 
 3. Salenga, Rudupis3.0 
 4. Landry, Triumph3.0 
 5. Benn, Naglis Palan.3.0 
 6. Elksnis, Valmiera3.0 
 7. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.5 
 8. Virsis, Valmiera2.5 
 9. Kulevicius, Techas.2.5 
 10. Peciukas, Kedaini.2.3 
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. Mednis, Turiba1.5 
 5. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.5 
 6. Meiers, Ventspils1.5 
 7. Matulionis, Techas.1.0 
 8. McKee, Triumph1.0 
 9. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 10. Barnes, Kedainiai1.0 


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  BELARUS   


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


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  BELGIUM   


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


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Copeland, Aalstar22.2 
 2. Rich, Oostende18.3 
 3. Bostic, Liege17.5 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi16.0 
 5. Booker, Oostende15.5 
 6. Jackson, Aalstar15.4 
 7. Tofi, Leuven15.3 
 8. Freeman, Leuven14.8 
 9. Chaney, Gent14.5 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamel MCLEAN
  Leuven
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. McLean, Leuven8.5 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.8.0 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp7.8 
 4. Shengelia, Charler.7.3 
 5. Booker, Oostende7.0 
 6. Van Den Spie., Oos.7.0 
 7. Brown, Gent6.8 
 8. Young, Aalstar6.4 
 9. Merriex, Verviers.6.3 
 10. Tofi, Leuven6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lionel BOSCO
  Gent
  (176-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Bosco, Gent5.3 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.3 
 3. Davis, Leuven4.3 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi3.8 
 5. Singletary, M.Hain.3.3 
 6. Bostic, Liege3.3 
 7. Marnegrave, Leuven3.3 
 8. Jackson, Aalstar3.2 
 9. Hamilton, Charleroi3.0 
 10. Hill, Charleroi2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Verviers.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Downey, Verviers.3.0 
 2. Salumu, Leuven3.0 
 3. Rahier, Verviers.2.7 
 4. Singletary, M.Hain.2.5 
 5. Chaney, Gent2.3 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp2.3 
 7. Black, Antwerp2.3 
 8. Slaughter, M.Hai.2.0 
 9. Bosco, Gent1.8 
 10. Sakota, Oostende1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Mejri, Antwerp3.3 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.1.3 
 3. Booker, Oostende1.3 
 4. Riddick, Charleroi1.3 
 5. Nivins, M.Hainaut1.0 
 6. Jennings, Liege1.0 
 7. Young, Aalstar1.0 
 8. Mwema, Antwerp0.8 
 9. Foster, M.Hainaut0.5 
 10. Heinle, Gent0.5 


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


Welcome to new season of Division A - by Eurobasket News
New season of the Bulgarian Division A started last weekend.
Overgas trashed Academik PL at home with huge 114-82. Georgi Boyanov (195-F-93) stepped up for the hosts with 26 points and 11 rebounds. He reached valuation 32 and was the MVP of this meeting.
Vidabasket cruised past Shumen on the road 73-96. Boyko Pangarov (183-G-88) shined for the guests with 27 points and 7 boards.
Dunav 2007 was too strong for Balkan II at home 113-70. Ivaylo Kasabov (190-G-89, agency: Interperformances) exploded for the hosts with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.
In other games of Round One, Beroe handed 60-94 home loss to Chavdar. Also, Acacemik BL smashed Cherno More U20 93-64.
Round Two is scheduled for the next weekend.


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Storm releases three players - by Eurobasket News
The Summerside Storm roster is now down to 13 players.

Storm head coach Joe Salerno confirmed three players Doug McKinney (6'9''-F/C-84) of Charlottetown, Sherone Edwards (6'4''-G/F-83) and Calvin Brock (6'5''-F/G-86, college: Illinois) were released from the National Basketball League of Canada team Tuesday morning. McKinney and Edwards are both former UPEI Panthers.

With their local connection to P.E.I., Salerno admitted having to release Edwards and McKinney was a difficult decision. McKinney had been in camp since Day 1 while Edwards joined the Storm last week.

The Storm, coming off a 97-86 win in Moncton on Monday night, will close out the pre-season by hosting the Saint John Mill Rats on Wednesday night. Game time at EastLink Arena is 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.theguardian.pe.ca


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U16 Asia Championship: China storm into semifinals - by Eurobasket News
China U16 - Saudi Arabia U16 100:19

China marches on at the U16 Asia Championship in Vietnam. They eased past Saudi Arabia to reach the semifinal stage of the tournament undefeated. Heng Yifeng (195-F-95) scored 16 points to lead the winners. China will now take on Japan for the spot in the Final.
China exploded with 32 points in the starting frame to take a 27-point lead. They stayed aggressive defensively in the second quarter. Saudi Arabia managed only 2 points in the next quarter as China piled up a 53:7 lead. China opened the second half on a 15:0 run to clear off even further. They held Saudi Arabia to 2 points in the period once again securing an unassailable 84:9 lead with ten minutes to go. China coasted to the victory in the final term. Xiaopeng Guo netted 13 points, while Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95), Pan Ning (210-C-95) and Yan Haoxin (90-G-95) scored 11 points each in the victory. Abdulaziz Sakar (183-G-95) responded with 6 points for Saudi Arabia. Naif Althalab finished with 5 points in the loss.

China U16: Heng Yifeng 16, Xiaopeng Guo 13, Zhao Jiwei 11, Pan Ning 11, Yan Haoxin 11
Saudi Arabia U16: Abdulaziz Sakar 6, Naif Althalab 5


China Crushes Saudi Arabia 100-19 - by Arthur Volbert
China blew out Saudi Arabia 100-19 in the quarterfinals of the FIBA Asia Under-16 Championship. China led 32-5 after one quarter, 53-7 at the half and 84-9 after three quarters. Then China let up slightly in the fourth.

Five Chinese players were in double figures. Heng Yifeng (195-F-95) scored 16 points, Guo Xiaopeng scored 13 and Zhao Jiwei, Han Xaoxin and Pan Ning each scored 11. 7-1 Zhou Qi played 10 minutes and scored 4. This team is highly talented throughout its roster and is not just Zhou Qi and a supporting cast. Statistics on rebounding and shooting percentage still cannot be trusted so I cannot tell you the full extent of China's dominance over Saudi Arabia.

In the other quarter-finals Japan defeated Lebanon 71-52, Korea defeated Indonesia 107-48 and the Philippines defeated Iraq 82-69. China will play Japan tomorrow and the Philippines will play Korea. While the remaining teams are talented, they all have a serious deficiency in height. Therefore China may not receive a true test of its abilities in this tournament.

In games for ninth through twelfth place, India defeated Vietnam 107-40 and Chinese Taipei defeated Qatar 125-37.



Gerald Green signs with Foshan - by Eurobasket News
Gerald Green (202-G/F-86, agency: Lanshire Group) will continue his career in China. The American G/SF penned a one-season deal with Foshan. He spent the last one in Russia as a member of Krasnie Krilya Samara. For 31 games in PBL, Green had 11.4 ppg and 3.2 rpg. He also added 15.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 1.8 apg for 5 games in EuroCup. Gerald Green participated at the PBL All-Star Game and won the dunk contest. In 2009/10, Green played for Lokomotiv Kuban. He exploded there with 16.5 ppg and 3.8 rpg in Russian league. The American has NBA experience as a member of Dallas Mavs, Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics. With the Mavs in 2008/09 season Green averaged 4.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 42 games.

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WEEK 1- STATISTICS - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Week 1
1)Top scorer - Troy Gillenwater Apollon = 27 points
2)Best scoring team in week 1=Keravnos (scored 89 pts)
3)Best defensive team in week 1= Etha (received 61 pts)

B) Highlights - Week 1

What distinguishes this round is:
The important victories for Keravnos and Apoel.
The league looks promising as most teams have improved their rosters.

Scoring >78 in week 1

Etha (scored 82)
Apoel (scored 83)
Keravnos (scored 89)
Apollon (scored 78)

The statistical analysis of the 1st week infers that the cut of points scored is placed at 78 points.

It needs to be taken into consideration that this is only the 1st week. In general, all above statistics and a team's ability to look more stable are greatly influenced by each team's schedule. This obviously skews the results accordingly. A more valid profile of each team will be shaped towards the end of the regular season.




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


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 


Olympus Tbilisi sign Ivo Hoger - by Eurobasket Center
Olympus Tbilisi announced the signing of 29-year old Czech Republic center Ivo Hoger (225-C-125kg-82). He played most recently at Fukuoka Rizing (Japan). While playing 14 games for Fukuoka Rizing last season his stats were: 3.2ppg and 1.6rpg. Before landed in Japan he has started 2010/2011 season at Proteas Danoi AEL (Cyprus). In 13 games he was averaging 5.3ppg and 4.2rpg. Hoger is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark,Slovenia and Czech Republic.


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Henry DOMERCANT
  Unics
  (192-G-80)
  Avg: 30
 1. Domercant, Unics30.0 
 2. Hairston, Armani M.25.0 
 3. Gallinari, Armani23.0 
 4. Battle, Cholet23.0 
 5. Eliyahu, Maccabi23.0 
 6. Teletovic, Caja L.22.5 
 7. Banic, Bizkaia Bil.22.0 
 8. Pekovic, Partizan21.0 
 9. Loncar, Khimky20.5 
 10. Akingbala, Nancy20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.K. EDWARDS
  Grave.
  (202-C/F-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Edwards, Grave.11.0 
 2. Bourousis, Armani10.0 
 3. Kirilenko, CSKA9.5 
 4. Reyes, Real Madrid9.0 
 5. Jawai, Unics9.0 
 6. Perovic, FCB Regal9.0 
 7. Gee, Asseco Prokom9.0 
 8. May, KK.9.0 
 9. Loncar, Khimky8.5 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nicolas BATUM
  Nancy
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Batum, Nancy8.0 
 2. Huertas, FCB Regal8.0 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.7.5 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA6.0 
 5. Causeur, Cholet6.0 
 6. Moore, PGE Turow6.0 
 7. Hairston, Armani M.6.0 
 8. Prigioni, Caja L.5.5 
 9. Kirilenko, CSKA5.5 
 10. Rice, Lietuvos.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Rimantas KAUKENAS
  Montepas.
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kaukenas, Montepa.4.0 
 2. Prigioni, Caja L.3.5 
 3. Stiggers, PAOK3.0 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.3.0 
 5. Spanoulis, Olympia.3.0 
 6. Kinsey, Anadolu3.0 
 7. Ilyasova, Anadolu3.0 
 8. Slaughter, Brose B.2.5 
 9. Quinn, Khimky2.5 
 10. Kelati, Khimky2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  BC Do.
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kravtsov, BC Do.3.0 
 2. Lavrinovic, Montep.3.0 
 3. Issa, Gravelines3.0 
 4. Kasun, KK.2.5 
 5. Kirilenko, CSKA2.5 
 6. Vaty, Gravelines2.0 
 7. Kinsey, Anadolu2.0 
 8. Zoric, Unicaja2.0 
 9. Ilyasova, Anadolu2.0 
 10. Hines, Olympiakos2.0 


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


Euroleague Basketball, bwin partnership presented in Athens - by Kostas Papadopoulos
The dynamic new partnership between Euroleague Basketball and bwin.party digital entertainment was the subject of a presentation ceremony in Athens on Wednesday with representatives of Greece's most emblematic Turkish Airlines Euroleague clubs, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos, and Eurocup club PAOK, joining in the fun. Eurobasket.com was present at this event in which Euroleague Basketball and bwin this year recently announced to a three-year marketing and media rights agreement for Euroleague events that will run through June of 2014. Wednesday's ceremony featured comments from Jordi Bertomeu, President and CEO of Euroleague Basketball, as well as those of Mr. Thomas Tzokas, the bwin.party Director for Eastern Europe.

Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball President and CEO: 'I want to say that we are proud to be here, in a city with a huge number of Turkish Airlines Euroleague fans and two of the most-awarded teams in European basketball history. Many things have changed since we started the Euroleague in 2000: many good things, some mistakes, and lots of dreams. Today, it's a fact that our league has grown dramatically. We have good signals of this growth. We have seen how we had only 12.5% of our clubs with arenas for 10,000 fans in 2000. Now, 55% of them have arenas that big. And we have new arenas this season in Lithuania and Istanbul. Our TV distribution over the same decade has gone from 15 countries to 163. This season, we have a new, higher-quality Euroleague.TV on-line platform that lets fans everywhere watch our games when they want. And our arena attendance continues to increase. All of this growth has a common objective. We want more fans and we want to be closer them. This growth has also allowed us to be linked to the biggest brands, too. This is the purpose of today's event, to present our agreement with the strongest brand in the betting industry. Bwin and Euroleague Basketball have committed to work together for the next three years to get closer to our fans and to bridge the gap. We want to get closer to fans through bwin Euroleague Fanstasy Challenge, through bwin's new fan MVP initiative, and through more initiatives to come in the future. So, today I would like to thank bwin for recognizing Euroleague Basketball as a partner that can help them. Our commitment will always be to help bwin. My thanks go also to Thomas Tzokas for his help in developing these bridges we are going to build to our fans.'
Mr. Thomas Tzokas, bwin.party Director for Eastern Europe: 'First of all, I would like to thank Mr. Jordi Bertomeu, President and CEO of Euroleague Basketball, for honoring us with his presence here. As you may already know, bwin.party has signed a sponsoring agreement until 2014 with Euroleague Basketball. Euroleague becomes a strategic partner that, along with our FIBA sponsorship, increases our presence in basketball on a club level. Basketball, along with football and motorsports, is one of the three pillars of bwin's sponsorship strategy. In conclusion, I'd like to wish good luck to all the Greek teams which are taking part in the Euroleague and the Eurocup.'




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KORISLIIGA: Bisons won after 2 OT - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 7: Again a real thriller tonight. After 11 lead changes and 13 ties, after 2 OT Bisons (Loimaa) winning over visitor Kouvot (Kouvola) 97-95 (89) (76) (44-40). Quarters: 25-20, 19-20, 14-16, 18-20, 13-13 and 8-6. The winning 2-pointer at time 49:55 made by American SG Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.). Both teams had five players in double digits. Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) led the Bisons once again with 23pts/11rbs/7a. Center Ryan McDade (201-F-80, college: N.Arizona) added 20pts/11rbs and Ivey 17pts/5a. Kouvot got 24 pts from Antoine Jordan (196-G-83, college: Siena). Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) added 19 pts.
KTP (Kotka) taking victory # 4 this season after 14 lead changes vs Vilpas (Salo): 82-78 (39-38). Pyrinto (Tampere) was too strong for Kataja (Joensuu) at home: 79-66 (32-23). Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) (20/11) and Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) (17) the leading hosts. Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) scored his season high 26 pts. Karhu (Kauhajoki) had no difficulties vs YMCA Lahti 106-77 (45-35) and Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) crushed YMCA Lappeenranta 107-72. ToPo had a 40-point-lead already during the half time: 66-26!
Bisons, Loimaa - Kouvot 2OT 97-95 (89) (76) (44-40). (Martin Zeno 23/11/7a, Ryan McDade 20/11, Jeb Ivey 17/5a, Matti Nuutinen 12 - Antoine Jordan 24, Antto Nikkarinen 19, Anthony Brown 15/8, Josh Gonner 13/7/5a. A: 511).

KTP - Vilpas 82-78 (39-38). (Bennet Davis 19/10, Bojan Sarcevic 16/5a, Jukka Matinen 14 - Roope Ahonen 19, Junior Hairston 16, Emmanuel Holloway 16. A: 1003).
Pyrinto - Kataja 79-66 (32-23). (Damon Williams 20/11, Kennetrh Lowe 17, Antero Lehto 13 - Sami Lehtoranta 26/8, Jared Newson 12, B.A.Walker 11. A: 1022).
Karhu - YMCA Lahti 106-77 (45-35). (Kelly Beidler 28, Clevin Hannah 18/6a, Casey Reed 16 - Ville Makalainen 20/8, Ryan Brooks 15, Keena Young 13/6a. A: 590).
ToPo - YMCA Lappeenranta 107-72 (66-26). (Carl Lindbom 20, Timo Heinonen 18, Jonathan Heard 17/11 - DeAndre Haynes 25, Tyler Tiedeman 14, Tuukka Kulha 10. A: 874).





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  FRANCE   


Ronny Turiaf arrives to Villeurbanne - by Eurobasket News
Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) arrived to Villeurbanne this morning, according to Le Progres.

'This proves his motivation and willingness to play for us', said Director of ASVEL basketball operations Laurent Foirest. 'He will not play in Cholet on Saturday because we still need LOC from the NBA.'

Ronny Turiaf still did not resolve problems about his insurance. The player had 4.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 1.4 apg for the New York Knicks last season. He appeared 68 times with them. Turiaf played for the Golden State Warriors from 2008 to 2010. Before that he spent three years with the Los Angeles Lakers. In their last season together he had 6.6 ppg and 3.9 rpg for 78 games. In France, Ronny Turiaf played for INSEP. He graduated at the Gonzaga University in 2005.


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Rabotnicki officially announce Jane Petrovski - by Tomce Stojcevski
Jane Petrovski (181-G-87) joined Rabotnicki this week . The ex MZT player agreed the terms with Rabotnicki for the rest of the season with an option to leave if he gets an international offer. Petrovski will replace Mirakovski who will be sidelined for the rest of the season due to injury, and try to help his new team to improve after bad start (0-3) and last place. He will has his debut this weekend against ABA Strumica.

Feni Industrija and Tremaine Ford part ways - by Tomce Stojcevski
Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-86, college: Cal.St. Northridge) was announced as big signing for Feni Indistrija Kavadarci under the rims but he will leave Kavadarci after short time spent there. He played only one game for Feni against Ulcinj in Balkan League . He didn't show his potential as it was officialy said and will be 3rd American who left after N'Gai Evans (188-PG-88, college: Wright St.) and Ed Nixon (193-G-88, college: VCU) earlier this month. Feni is not going to look for another big man after Kiril Nikolovski came back.

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Olympus Tbilisi sign Ivo Hoger - by Eurobasket Center
Olympus Tbilisi announced the signing of 29-year old Czech Republic center Ivo Hoger (225-C-125kg-82). He played most recently at Fukuoka Rizing (Japan). While playing 14 games for Fukuoka Rizing last season his stats were: 3.2ppg and 1.6rpg. Before landed in Japan he has started 2010/2011 season at Proteas Danoi AEL (Cyprus). In 13 games he was averaging 5.3ppg and 4.2rpg. Hoger is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark,Slovenia and Czech Republic.


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SG Schwelmer Baskets lands Smith - by Eurobasket Center
SG Schwelmer Baskets (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American guard Jason Smith (183-G-83, college: Al.-Huntsville). Smith played most recently at Ovarense Dolce Vita (Portugal). While playing 9 games for Ovarense last season he averaged 10.1ppg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg. He is a very experienced player. Smith played also pro basketball in Bulgaria, Czech Rep., Ukraine and USA. He graduated University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2007. Last summer he was selected to the Gulf South Conference All-Decade 1st Team.

Leitershofen/Stadtbergen: Ellis out with a knee injury - by Moritz Korff
Bad luck continues for the BG Leitershofen/Stadtbergen Red Kangaroos. The Pro A newcomer, who is still waiting for its first ever Pro A win, had signed Christian Ellis (206-F/C-84, college: Wake Forest) recently, hoping to have solved its problems underneath the basket. However, the joy did not last for a long time. Ellis has suffered a knee injury and will undergo surgery later this week. The 27-year-old will be sidelined for at least three months. According to Leitershofen's team doctor Ellis even might be unable to play for up to six months. In his one and only game for the Kangaroos, the Wake Forest graduate had scored seven points.
Meanwhile, Kangaroos coach Stefan Goschenhofer's search for a new big man is already in full swing.


Martin Bogdanov Leaves SSV Lok Bernau - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
PRO B team SSV Lok Bernau have announced that Martin Bogdanov (183-PG-92) will no longer wear the jersey this season. Bogdanovic is a 19 year old 183cm point guard played seven games for the team averaging 6,7ppg, 2,1rpg and 3,1apg in 19 minutes per contest. 'The decision of Martin to go surprised the team now in a tough part of season. Martin is a young and talented player that is unhappy with the current situation', stressed headcoach Axel Rueber . The club has announced that no new player will be brought in this week, but the club will analyze the situation and not act to quick.

Source: SSV Lok Bernau




Chris Kramer (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) Is Mr COOL With That All Business Touch - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
40 minutes after Justin Gray had sent the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg home with a beautiful fade away buzzer beater giving the faithful Wurzburg fans brewing nightmares on the horizon for consecutive days to follow, Chris Kramer departed the locker room with a hat on seemingly trying to hide his face as if he had been responsible for some cheap shot on the court, not covering Gray on the last shot or having dove into the first row and doused a fan by mistake with their coke. He had not been responsible for any of that, but that was just the spur of the moment nature of the American who had quietly led his team in scoring with 16 points and shown his versatility in so many other aspects of the game as he retrieved 5 rebounds and dished out two assists as well. If it hadnt been for his strong play in the fourth quarter where he led the s.Oliver Basekts back on a furious come back on a 10-2 run where he scored in the penetration three times looking like a second Dashaun Wood who was returning to haunt Frankfurt in a new uniform, it may never have come to the last possession play where Frankfurt was able to win the game. In many ways, he was the best Wurzburg player on the court and after a bitter loss like that it is only understandable that players will be down have problems finding the right words or even not wanting to speak, but the second year professional was Mr cool, but with that business touch as he answered the questions as if he had been playing for 10 years. He has showed his scoring skills early since the Frankfurt loss leading the team to a win against BBCBayreuth and being second top scorer in a tough loss in Artland.
Kramer comes from Huntington, Indiana and despite going to Purdue that has given the NBA players like Brian Cardinal, Carl Landry and Glen Robinson, the 23 year old 191cm guard might be in their shadow, but what he achieved in his four years at the school is something that can be lauded and he can tell his grand children some day and with a professional basketball career just starting, Kramer might have to book a few dinners later in life to tell his relatives of his achievements. At Purdue, Kramer played a total of 133 games and never averaged more than 7,2ppg which he did his freshman year, but he was the quintessential quarterback that got the offense going and just was able to help all over on the court. In a way, Kramer is like a John Goldsberry of Bamberg, a floor general that knows how to run the offense, but doesnt need to score to make the team win. A difference could be that Kramer might get that chance to score more with Wurzburg than a Goldsberry with Bamberg where scoring power is as abundant as German beer in a tent at October fest in Munich. At Purdue, Kramer led the Boilermakers to the NCAA tournament all four years and was always good for making something memorable happen on the court like hitting a shot from his knees against Arizona at March Madness in 2007, or his vibrant dunk over a Penn State player sparking Purdue to their first ever Big Ten Tornament win. Just like Justin Gray did against Kramer and Wurzburg recently, the American took matters into his own hands not dishing the ball to Jujuan Johnson a 2-1 break, but heading to the hoop alone and sending the 14,000 plus fans into ecstasy with a thunderous dunk. In his senior year, he played 35 games: 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 74.7% and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2010.
Kramer started his professional basketball career getting a little taste of the NBA playing NBA Summer League in Orlando with the Indiana Pacers in the summer of 2010. He had a very solid season in the D-league playing for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants playing 41 games averaging 13.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.8apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 81.9%. This past summer he played for Mets de Guaynabo (Puerto Rico-BSN) playing 12 games and averaging 8.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 69.8%. He came very late to the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg after the club were still looking for some help at the guard position after Achmadschah Zazai had gotten an offer from the LTi Giessen 46ers. John Patrick has shown quickly that he has much trust in the American as he has averaged 27 minutes per game averaging 12,8ppg, 4,0rpg and 2,4apg while shooting 58% from the field. In the game against Frankfurt, his relentless will to keep getting into the lane and finish despite getting banged by a Jon Leuer or Marius Nolte must continue to give him added points in the note book of John Patrick. Kramer also got highest respect from Mr downtown Frankfurt Airport terminal 1 Justin Gray. Kramer did a good job getting into the lane. He was very aggressive getting to the hoop, warned Justin Gray. With all his effort getting to the hole, he does take his lumps and bruises or an occasional knee in the thigh, but he is quicker to walk off pain than Ben Jarvis Green Ellis of the New England Patriots gets through the hole for the next first down. With his all around play, it must be noted that the defense is an aspect of his game that Beko BBL teams will surely take notice of in the future. At Purdue, the American was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team in 2007, 2009 and 2010. In 2009, he was named All-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He may be a tough player that goes well hand in hand with teammate pit bull John Little, but Kramer doesnt play dirty winning the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2010. Kramer helped us in the come back in the fourth quarter with his attacking the basket and making big plays, but he is a great defender, a reason why the club got him, stressed teammate Ben Jacobson. Kramer is my boy. He was a tough player. He played injured as a freshman. He was an incredible defender. He was tough and ferocious like a bull dog. He was responsible for a lot of the success that Purdue had which got them back on the map, stressed ex Purdue teammate and 2010 Beko BBL top scorer David Teague who is playing in Italy this season. Despite being top scorer in Frankfurt, he showed the sign of a real competitor not being totally happy with his game and always wanting to get better. I did a good job getting to the hoop. I am still getting adjusted to all the big men in the zone and the defensive three seconds. I struggled at the free throw line and that has to get better, stressed Chris Kramer. Kramer surely will have that buzzer Gray beater on his mind for a while, and possibly in the return game get revenge with a game winning defensive play or game winning drive to the hoop.


Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue)


Doug Thomas to leave Kirchheim - by Moritz Korff
Douglas Thomas (206-F/C-83, college: Iowa), who averaged 5.7 points in three appearances this season for the Kirchheim Knights, will leave the team, the club confirmed today. Thomas is set to return to the United States. The exit of the 28-year-old leaves a hole in the Kirchheim frontline, but the decision makers are eager to sign a new post player in the course of the next weeks. Thomas had his best performance for the Knights in a 88-69 win over the Saar-Pfalz Braves, when he scored eight points and pulled down six rebounds.

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Euroleague Basketball, bwin partnership presented in Athens - by Kostas Papadopoulos
The dynamic new partnership between Euroleague Basketball and bwin.party digital entertainment was the subject of a presentation ceremony in Athens on Wednesday with representatives of Greece's most emblematic Turkish Airlines Euroleague clubs, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos, and Eurocup club PAOK, joining in the fun. Eurobasket.com was present at this event in which Euroleague Basketball and bwin this year recently announced to a three-year marketing and media rights agreement for Euroleague events that will run through June of 2014. Wednesday's ceremony featured comments from Jordi Bertomeu, President and CEO of Euroleague Basketball, as well as those of Mr. Thomas Tzokas, the bwin.party Director for Eastern Europe.

Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball President and CEO: 'I want to say that we are proud to be here, in a city with a huge number of Turkish Airlines Euroleague fans and two of the most-awarded teams in European basketball history. Many things have changed since we started the Euroleague in 2000: many good things, some mistakes, and lots of dreams. Today, it's a fact that our league has grown dramatically. We have good signals of this growth. We have seen how we had only 12.5% of our clubs with arenas for 10,000 fans in 2000. Now, 55% of them have arenas that big. And we have new arenas this season in Lithuania and Istanbul. Our TV distribution over the same decade has gone from 15 countries to 163. This season, we have a new, higher-quality Euroleague.TV on-line platform that lets fans everywhere watch our games when they want. And our arena attendance continues to increase. All of this growth has a common objective. We want more fans and we want to be closer them. This growth has also allowed us to be linked to the biggest brands, too. This is the purpose of today's event, to present our agreement with the strongest brand in the betting industry. Bwin and Euroleague Basketball have committed to work together for the next three years to get closer to our fans and to bridge the gap. We want to get closer to fans through bwin Euroleague Fanstasy Challenge, through bwin's new fan MVP initiative, and through more initiatives to come in the future. So, today I would like to thank bwin for recognizing Euroleague Basketball as a partner that can help them. Our commitment will always be to help bwin. My thanks go also to Thomas Tzokas for his help in developing these bridges we are going to build to our fans.'
Mr. Thomas Tzokas, bwin.party Director for Eastern Europe: 'First of all, I would like to thank Mr. Jordi Bertomeu, President and CEO of Euroleague Basketball, for honoring us with his presence here. As you may already know, bwin.party has signed a sponsoring agreement until 2014 with Euroleague Basketball. Euroleague becomes a strategic partner that, along with our FIBA sponsorship, increases our presence in basketball on a club level. Basketball, along with football and motorsports, is one of the three pillars of bwin's sponsorship strategy. In conclusion, I'd like to wish good luck to all the Greek teams which are taking part in the Euroleague and the Eurocup.'




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


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Szolnok outscored Factum Sport - by Tamas Deri
Last night the team of Szolnoki Olaj KK had an easy victory over Factum Sport in Debrecen. The guests had 6 players scoring in doulbe figures, american guard Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, college: Ball St.) and bulgarian forward Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) lead the winners with each 16 points. Hungarian power forward Miklos Szabo (206-F/C-86, college: Hofstra) added 17 points, american playmaker Justin Ingram (185-PG-85, college: Toledo) scored 16 in the losing effort.

Factum Sport Debrecen - Szolnoki Olaj KK 54-94
(13-28, 21-25, 8-12, 12-29)
Debrecen, Att.: 400, Referees: Foldhazi T., Hegedus T., Sallai I. (Bukta)
Factum Sport: Ingram 16/3, Boros , Kovacs I. 2, Takacs D. 2, Szabo 17, Izzo -, Kaluha 3/3, Modzinger 6, Toth G 8/3, Coach: Mika Turunnen
Szolnok: Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) 15/3, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) 12/6, Soos 10/6, Nikolov 16/6, Bader 10, MILLS 16, Grebenar 2, Fodor M. 7/3, Tuljkovic 4, Trepak 2, Coach: Peter Por



A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Muhammad EL AMIN
  Albacomp
  (196-G/F-87)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. El Amin, Albacomp25.7 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu25.7 
 3. Ivosev, Szedeak25.0 
 4. Bell, Kormend22.7 
 5. Miskovic, Marso N.21.3 
 6. Ingram, FS Debre.21.3 
 7. Timberlake, Falco-.21.3 
 8. Jones, Jaszberenyi21.0 
 9. Wilson, Kaposvari19.0 
 10. Raivio, Kaposvari19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi13.3 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.13.3 
 3. Szabo, FS Debrecen11.0 
 4. Ivosev, Szedeak10.3 
 5. Chism, Albacomp9.3 
 6. Szabo, Falco-Szova8.7 
 7. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.8.3 
 8. Raivio, Kaposvari8.0 
 9. Dawson, Jaszbere.8.0 
 10. Izzo, FS Debrecen7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Muhammad EL AMIN
  Albacomp
  (196-G/F-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. El Amin, Albacomp6.7 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu6.3 
 3. Kelley, Kecskemeti6.3 
 4. Fekete, Marso N.6.3 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.7 
 6. Wittmann, Kecsk.5.3 
 7. Wilson, Kaposvari5.0 
 8. Fodor, Szolnok5.0 
 9. Trotter, Szolnok5.0 
 10. Simon, Albacomp5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Fekete, Marso N.6.7 
 2. Szoegi, Szolnok4.0 
 3. Kelley, Kecskemeti3.3 
 4. Wittmann, Kecsk.3.0 
 5. Baki, ZTE K.3.0 
 6. Keller, Albacomp2.7 
 7. Trotter, Szolnok2.7 
 8. Ivosev, Szedeak2.7 
 9. Raivio, Kaposvari2.7 
 10. Ingram, FS Debre.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Townes, Kormend3.3 
 2. Jones, Jaszberenyi2.3 
 3. Morgen, Atomeromu1.7 
 4. Miskovic, Marso N.1.3 
 5. Keister, Kaposvari1.0 
 6. Bader, Szolnok1.0 
 7. Bencze, Kecskemeti1.0 
 8. Gaal, Szolnok1.0 
 9. Juhos, Albacomp1.0 
 10. Nailon, Atomeromu1.0 


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


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Lengjan Cup - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Results from Lengjan Cup
Valur 85 Njardvik 96.
Valur has added fifth import to team team in USA/French point guard Hamid Dicko but that was not enough to beat Njardvik.
Darnell Hugee 15 points Hamid Dicko 14 , Birgir Peturson 14 for Valur. Cameron Echols 30 & 12 boards. Travis Holmes 25 for Njardvik.
Thor Thorl 90.IR 76 IR playing without Jimmy Bartelotta, broken nose kept him from playing. IR had new import on the team in Williard Johnson who did not have a good start with the team.. Darrin Govens 19 Darri Hilmarsson 17 for Thor. Hjalti Fridriksson 22. Nemanja Sovic 17 for IR.
Skallagrimur 82. KR 97 Div 1 team against last year Champions but it was not too easy game for KR who got Ed Horton back from injury. Dominique Holmes 24 Lloyd Harrison 17 for Skallagrim. Finnur Magnusson 27 Jon Orri Kristjansson 16 Kristofer Acox 14 for KR


Lengjan Cup - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Results from Lengjan Cup
Valur 85 Njardvik 96.
Valur has added fifth import to team team in USA/French point guard Hamid Dicko but that was not enough to beat Njardvik.
Darnell Hugee 15 points Hamid Dicko 14 , Birgir Peturson 14 for Valur. Cameron Echols 30 & 12 boards. Travis Holmes 25 for Njardvik.
Thor Thorl 90.IR 76 IR playing without Jimmy Bartelotta, broken nose kept him from playing. IR had new import on the team in Williard Johnson who did not have a good start with the team.. Darrin Govens 19 Darri Hilmarsson 17 for Thor. Hjalti Fridriksson 22. Nemanja Sovic 17 for IR.
Skallagrimur 82. KR 97 Div 1 team against last year Champions but it was not too easy game for KR who got Ed Horton back from injury. Dominique Holmes 24 Lloyd Harrison 17 for Skallagrim. Finnur Magnusson 27 Jon Orri Kristjansson 16 Kristofer Acox (195-G-93) 14 for KR
Fjolnir 74 . Haukar 75. Hard loss for Fjolnir who lost on a not to good call from the official in the end. Calvin O'Neil 18. Nathan Walkup and Aegir Steinarsson 13 for Fjolnir. Jovanni Shuler 20 for Haukar


Division 1. results. - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Result from last round in Div 1.
A 98 G 75 A keeps on winning and Terrence Watson (196-F-87, college: Ball St.) (Agency Icebasket) almost had a triple double 37 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assist Eff 53.For G Haraldur Johannesson 20.
rmann 86 Thor Ak 84 Helgi Hrafn Thorvaldsson 21 for Armann. Stefan Karel Torfason 36 pts, 12 boards for Thor.
Hamar 73 Hottur 76Terrence Worthy 20 pts for Hamar.Michael Sloan 32 for Hottur.
Breidablik 77. Skallagrimur 83.Thorsteinn Gunnlaugsson 23 and 19 rebs for Breidablik. Dominique Holmes 20 for Skallagrim.
FSU 73 KFI 78 Orri Jonsson 21 for FSU. Craig Schoen 19 for KFI


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U16 Asia Championship: India roll past Vietnam - by Eurobasket News
India U16 - Vietnam U16 107:40

India will play for the 9th place at the U16 Asia Championship. They fired past Vietnam tonight to set up the clash versus Taiwan. Vietnam will face Qatar for the 11th overall position at the tournament.
India stayed comfortable and confident right from the start. They unleashed 29 points in the opening quarter to pile up an 18-point lead. India limited their opponents to just 3 points in the second frame to establish a 43:14 halftime advantage. More to come after the big break. India maintained the pressure holding the hosts to 5 points in the third term. The visitors cleared off to a 53-point distance and never looked back. Ajay Pratap Singh (193-F-95) and Loveneet Singh (178-G-95) accounted for 20 points apiece for India. Satnam Singh Bhamara (216-C-95) added 19 points in the victory. Thong Nguyen Duy (180-F-95) responded with 10 points for Vietnam. Jason Tran (180-F-95) netted 8 points in the losing effort.

India U16: Ajay Pratap Singh 20, Loveneet Singh 20, Satnam Singh Bhamara 19
Vietnam U16: Thong Nguyen Duy 10, Jason Tran 8


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U16 Asia Championship: Mincheol Shin leads South Korea past Indonesia - by Eurobasket News
South Korea U16 - Indonesia U16 107:48

South Korea advanced into U16 Asia Championship. They defeated Indonesia in the quarterfinal tonight. Shin Mincheol (187-F-96) delivered 22 points to pace the winners.
South Korea capped the opening frame on a 13:0 run to take a 15-point lead. They increased the tempo in the second quarter. South Korea built a confident 45:16 lead at the interval. South Korea maintained the lead throughout the third term. They headed into the final stanza up by as many as 40 points 73:33. South Korea kept the pressure in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory. Kim Minki (197-C-95) notched 16 points, while Kim Gookchan (193-F-96) had 17 points in the win. Taufik Ramadhan (184-F-95) answered with 13 points for Indonesia. Vincent Kosasih (198-C-96) finished with 10 points in the loss.

South Korea U16: Shin Mincheol 22, Kim Gookchan 17, Kim Minki 16
Indonesia U16: Taufik Ramadhan 13, Vincent Kosasih 10


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Petrochimi 2-0 
 2. Mahram 2-0 
 3. Zob Ahan 2-0 
 4. Azad 2-0 
 5. M.H.Ahvaz 1-1 
 6. Foolad Mahan 1-1 
 7. Saman Bank 1-1 
 8. Gorgan 1-1 
 9. Jahesh 0-2 
 10. Sanaye Petrochimi 0-2 
 11. Shiraz a.s Pipe 0-2 
 12. Zanjan 0-2 


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U16 Asia Championship: Philippines tame Iraq to complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News
Philippines U16 - Iraq U16 82:69

Philippines completed the semifinal picture at the U16 Asia Championship. They overcame pesky Iraq en route to the next stage of the tournament. Michael Javelosa (193-G/F-95) delivered 14 points to pace the winners. Philippines will now take on South Korea.
Philippines made a huge step towards the victory in the opening frame. They unloaded 30 points to ensure a 30:9 lead after ten minutes. But Iraqis gradually came back to life. They narrowed the deficit and got within 17 points at the interval 34:51. Iraq got within 10 points at the third stanza. The margin grew thinner in the fourth frame as Iraq got within 8. But Philippines stayed calm late in the encounter and pulled away with a tough win at the end. Tomas Ramos (183-G-95) provided 13 points, while Renzar Asilum (173-PG-95) and Kyles Lao (183-G-95) added 10 points each in the victory. Ahmed Razzaq (185-G-97) answered with 20 points for Iraq. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) had 19 points in the loss.

Philippines U16: Michael Javelosa 14, Tomas Ramos 13, Renzar Asilum 10, Kyles Lao 10
Iraq U16: Ahmed Razzaq 20, Karrar Hamzah 19



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Best players of SuperLeague round 4 - by Eurobasket News
Talented American Shawn Atupem (200-F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best UCC Demons and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 22-year old forward had the game-high 30 points adding five rebounds and two assists for UCC Demons in his team's victory, helping them to beat UL Eagles (#3, 1-3) 72-58. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. UCC Demons maintains the 2nd position in Irish SuperLeague. UCC Demons 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. Atupem turned to be UCC Demons' top player in his first season with the team. Mt.St.Mary's College, MD graduate has very impressive stats this year. Atupem is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.0ppg. Atupem is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 10.7rpg) and averages solid 57.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 37-year old American forward Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) of league's best team 11890 Killester. Turner impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for 11890 Killester to edge slightly higher-ranked B.Gais Neptune (#1, 3-1) by 4 points 68-64. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. 11890 Killester consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. Turner is one of the most experienced players at 11890 Killester and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 15.7rpg and 4.0apg.

The third best performed player last round was Latvian Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of second-ranked DCU Saints. Provizors showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of DCU Saints, leading his team to a 84-61 easy win against #4 ranked Belfast Star. DCU Saints started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Provizors 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. Provizors has a great season in Ireland. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.7rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luke Enos (201-F) of Moycullen - 24 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Johnnie Jefferson (193-F) of UL Eagles - 29 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Paul Cummins (188-G-84) of Belfast Star - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ronald Thompson (208-F/C-81) of B.Gais Neptune - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Donnie Stith (201-F-85) of UCD Marian - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Patrick Glover (193-F-77) of DCU Saints - 14 points and 7 rebounds
10. Eoin Darling (186-G-83) of DCU Saints - 17 points and 4 rebounds

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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Best players of Premier League round 2 - by Eurobasket News
American Delroy James (203-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bnei Hasharon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 24-year old forward had the game-high 21 points adding eight rebounds for Bnei Hasharon in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Maccabi Haifa (#11, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 84-82. Bnei Hasharon is placed at 6th position in Israeli Premier League. Bnei Hasharon 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 1-1 record. In the team's last game James had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Bnei Hasharon's top player in his first season with the team. Rhode Island University graduate has very impressive stats this year. James is in league's top in points (9th best: 19.5ppg), rebounds (6th best: 8.0rpg) and averages solid 66.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American guard Jerome Randle (178-G-87) of Elitzur Netanya. Randle impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 12 assists. Bad luck as Elitzur Netanya was edged by Maccabi Ashdod (1-1) 90-86. 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. Randle is a newcomer at Elitzur Netanya 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 Ramel Bradley (188-G-85) of Maccabi Ashdod (#7). Bradley scored 24 points. He was a key player of Maccabi Ashdod, leading his team to a 90-86 win against Elitzur Netanya (#9, 0-1). Maccabi Ashdod 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. Bradley has a great season in Israel. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.5ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86) of Maccabi T-A - 17 points and 9 rebounds
5. Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84) of B.C. Habikaa - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. J.Raymar Morgan (202-F/C-88) of Ironi Ashkelon - 23 points and 3 rebounds
7. Craig Brackins (208-F-87) of Maccabi Ashdod - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Josh Carter (201-F/G-88) of Maccabi Ashdod - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Alex Tyus (203-F-88) of Maccabi Ashdod - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Christian Burns (203-F-85) of Elitzur Netanya - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Euroleague : Bennet Cantu facing Caja Laboral - by Giovanni Bargna
Tough game for Bennet Cantu at the Iradier Arena. What a perfect scenario for an hard battle! As the Fernando Buesa Arena is unavailable due to restoration ongoing Caja Laboral Vitoria moved to the Iradier, a former Plaza de toros that has become a basketball court.
Bennet Cantu has flown to Spain yesterday and it's going to face the hardest challenge of the entire regular season. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) and his teammates are in a 4-0 streak considering eurloeague and Italian league. They got the win after a very balanced game last Sunday against Umana Venezia 76-80.
Veteran Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) seems completely recovered from last year injury and back as a key player in every high-level european game. Afetr scoring 9 points and dishing 6 assists against Nancy he was the top scorer of the game in the italian league round with 19 points.
Tonight Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) will wear the jersey of Bennet Cantu for the third time after last week debut.
No injury problems for coach Trinchieri.

Caja Laboral Vitoria started this euroleague season with a great road win over Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 66-69, but then was defeated in the ACB by Valencia Basket 72-82 last week-end. This should give a boost the effort of coach Ivanovic and his players. Joey Dorsey (206-C/F-83, college: Memphis) should be recovered from an injury and ready to step in tonight.

BENNET CANTU'

4- David Lighty
5- Vladimir Micov
7- Marko Scekic
8- Benjamin Ortner
9- Manuchar Markoishvili
10- Maarten Leunen
11- Denis Marconato
12- Nicolas Mazzarino

19- Giorgi Shermadini
20- Andrea Cinciarini
21- Federico Bolzonella
55- Gianluca Basile

CAJA LABORAL VITORIA

4- Pau Ribas
5- Pablo Prigioni
9- Richard Dorsey
11- Milko Bjelica
13- Kevin Seraphin
19- Fernando San Emeterio
22- Thomas Heurtel
24- Brad Oleson
33- Mirza Teletovic
42- Unai Calbarro
44- Nemanja Bjelica
55- Reggie Williams




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Kimmani Barrett and Navarra part ways - by Eurobasket News
Kimmani Barrett (198-F-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: La Salle) and his team Navarra parted ways this week. The Jamaican/American forward had a short term deal with the club and he was brought in as a replacement for injured Mekongo. His contract expired and will not be extended. Barrett appeared four times in LEB Gold averaging 8.8 points. Barrett joined Navarra from the German team VfB 1900 Giessen Pointers, where he spent last season. He appeared 21 times in ProB averaging 17.3 points, 8 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Kimmani Barrett was named Eurobasket.com All-German 2. Bundesliga Pro B 2nd Team -11. It was his first season as a pro. Kimmani Barrett is a product of the La Salle University, where he graduated a year ago. He had 13.4 ppg and 3.7 rpg for his school as a senior. Barrett played 16 games that season. In 2008/09, he averaged 11.8 points and 5 rebounds for 31 games.

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BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka24.3 
 2. Hargrow, Chiba J.24.3 
 3. White, Oita H.24.3 
 4. Parker, Shimane SM24.0 
 5. Flowers, Saitama21.5 
 6. Washington, Osaka20.8 
 7. Staten, Chiba Jets20.0 
 8. Roberts, Shins.19.5 
 9. Okosa, Okinawa GK19.3 
 10. Lyons, Miyazaki19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff NEWTON
  Okinawa GK
  (205-C-81)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Newton, Okinawa GK12.7 
 2. Holm, Niigata Albi.12.5 
 3. Ocitti, Akita NH12.0 
 4. McFarland, Yokoham.12.0 
 5. Washington, Osaka11.8 
 6. Rickert, Kyoto H.11.8 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers11.3 
 8. Dora, Miyazaki SS11.3 
 9. Palmer, Fukuoka11.0 
 10. Nunnally, Takamat.10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Edward YAMAMOTO
  Shima.
  (173-PG-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Yamamoto, Shima.9.0 
 2. Satterfield, Saita.6.8 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.5 
 4. Namizato, Okina.5.3 
 5. Takushi, Oita H.5.0 
 6. Hamilton, Fukuok.5.0 
 7. Murry, Niigata5.0 
 8. Kabaya, Yokohama.4.8 
 9. Saito, Shinshu BW4.5 
 10. Ogawa, Shiga L.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets3.0 
 2. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.3 
 3. Okosa, Okinawa GK2.3 
 4. Yamada, Yokohama.2.0 
 5. Peppers, Shiga L.2.0 
 6. Dukes, Sendai 89e.2.0 
 7. Golson, Shimane SM2.0 
 8. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.0 
 9. Ohguchi, Hamamats.2.0 
 10. Humphrey, Saitama1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Lawrence BLACKLEDGE
  Osaka E.
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Blackledge, Osaka5.5 
 2. Davis, Shimane SM3.8 
 3. Hughes, Shinshu BW3.0 
 4. Marshall, Osaka E.2.8 
 5. Ashby, Shiga L.2.5 
 6. Flowers, Saitama2.0 
 7. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 8. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.8 
 9. Ocitti, Akita NH1.8 
 10. Singleton, Sendai1.7 


U16 Asia Championship: Japan topple Lebanon to reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Japan U16 - Lebanon U16 71:52

Japan became the first semifinalists of U16 Asia Championship in Vietnam. They held off Lebanon in the opening quarterfinal of the day. Yusei Sugiura (194-C-95) stepped up with 24 points to lead the charge.
Japan marked their ambitions in the starting frame. They outscored Lebanon 25:8 to enter the second quarter with a comfortable buffer. Japan maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 48:30 halftime advantage. Lebanon failed to turn things around after the big break. Japan limited their opponents to 11 points in the third stanza to secure a safe 24-point cushion before the final ten minutes. Lebanon cut the deficit in the fourth frame but never threatened the margin losing the battle. Daiki Kaneko (170-G-95) netted 16 points, while Yudai Baba (190-F-95) delivered 14 points for the winners. Jimmy Salem (190-G-95) responded with 24 points for Lebanon. Amr Kabalan (178-G-95) had 9 points in the loss.

Japan U16: Yusei Sugiura 24, Daiki Kaneko 16, Yudai Baba 14
Lebanon U16: Jimmy Salem 24, Amr Kabalan 9


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


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Bashkimi registers Ilazi - by Dren Shporta
The oranges from Prizren have registered new player for this season in BKT Superliga. Basketball Federation of Kosova reports that Bashkimi registered Elvan Ilazi, the player who had played for Sigal Prishtina during last season.

Elvan is young and talented player from Prizren. He is Bashkimis sixth player transferred in this season. Bashkimi has suffered in two main matches in the start of the season where they lost heavily against Trepca in Mitrovica and against Peja as hosts.

Bashkimi expected the spectacular season opening and planned to win two big games against their arch rivals, but something else happened in the hall. Neither of names like: Samir Shaptahovic, Valentin Spaqi, Stephen Haynes, Kabine Sissoko and Skifter Trolli helped. They won their last match against Kolegji Univers and actually they have 1 win and 2 lost games record until now. Bashkimi will host Drita from Gjilan in the fourth round match this weekend.



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 34.7
 1. Sims, VEF Riga34.7 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera22.3 
 3. Bertans, VEF Riga19.0 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera18.8 
 5. Perry, VEF Riga17.3 
 6. Ozols, Jurmala17.0 
 7. Mayo, Liepaja16.3 
 8. Dukulis, Liepaja16.0 
 9. Krumins, Jelgava16.0 
 10. Krumins, Jelgava15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Sims, VEF Riga11.7 
 2. Mednis, Turiba8.8 
 3. Kalve, Valmiera8.3 
 4. Andriukaitis, Liep.8.0 
 5. Berzins, VEF Riga7.7 
 6. Willard, Ventspils7.3 
 7. Dukulis, Liepaja7.0 
 8. Osins, LU7.0 
 9. Dargais, LU7.0 
 10. Berzins, Ventspils6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.3 
 2. Coders, Jurmala4.7 
 3. Perry, VEF Riga4.0 
 4. Janicenoks, VEF R.4.0 
 5. Lucas, Valmiera3.8 
 6. Valters, VEF Riga3.8 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.5 
 8. Young, Ventspils3.3 
 9. Bertans, VEF Riga3.0 
 10. Antrops, Turiba2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Millage, VEF Riga3.3 
 2. Peiners, LU2.7 
 3. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.7 
 4. Cain, VEF Riga2.0 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava1.7 
 7. Osins, LU1.7 
 8. Mednis, Turiba1.5 
 9. Davis, Valmiera1.5 
 10. Valters, VEF Riga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Edmunds DUKULIS
  Liepaja
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dukulis, Liepaja2.0 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera1.3 
 3. Cain, VEF Riga1.3 
 4. Berzins, VEF Riga1.3 
 5. Plivda, LU1.0 
 6. Jonats, Jurmala1.0 
 7. Bertans, VEF Riga1.0 
 8. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.8 
 9. Justovics, Jelgava0.7 
 10. Krumins, Jelgava0.7 


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


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


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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Chamberlain OGUCHI
  Hoops
  (198-G-86)
  Avg: 29
 1. Oguchi, Hoops29.0 
 2. Leather, Sagesse28.0 
 3. Khatib, Champville27.3 
 4. Warner, Byblos26.5 
 5. Johnson, Moutahed23.2 
 6. Cage, Hoops22.8 
 7. Johnson, Al Riyadi22.1 
 8. Shannon, Anibal20.9 
 9. Bangura, Anibal20.7 
 10. Youngblood, Cham.20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee BENSON
  Champville
  (208-F/C-73)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Benson, Champville20.3 
 2. Leather, Sagesse16.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi14.3 
 4. Warner, Byblos13.1 
 5. Cox, Champville12.9 
 6. Dawson, Chabab12.5 
 7. Hamdar, Hoops12.0 
 8. Shannon, Anibal11.7 
 9. Payne, Moutahed11.2 
 10. Oguchi, Hoops11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Hoops
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 8
 1. Clemons, Hoops8.0 
 2. Bannister, Antranik7.0 
 3. Mason, Byblos6.7 
 4. Johnson, Moutahed6.3 
 5. Akl, Anibal6.0 
 6. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.9 
 7. Akl, Anibal5.2 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi5.2 
 9. Clemons, Chabab4.9 
 10. Barada, Byblos4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Mohamad FAHES
  Sagesse
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Fahes, Sagesse4.0 
 2. Clemons, Chabab3.2 
 3. Johnson, Moutahed2.7 
 4. Rida, Anibal2.5 
 5. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.4 
 6. Youngblood, Champ.2.3 
 7. Bannister, Antranik2.3 
 8. Byrd, Hoops2.3 
 9. Johnson, Al Riyadi2.2 
 10. Mason, Byblos2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darnell COX
  Champville
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Cox, Champville3.7 
 2. Allen, Champville3.7 
 3. Fobbs, Sagesse3.0 
 4. Hamdar, Hoops3.0 
 5. Watkins, Sagesse2.3 
 6. Woods, Al Riyadi2.3 
 7. Danridge, Byblos2.0 
 8. Benson, Champville1.7 
 9. Samaha, Anibal1.5 
 10. Thompson, Sagesse1.5 


U16 Asia Championship: Japan topple Lebanon to reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Japan U16 - Lebanon U16 71:52

Japan became the first semifinalists of U16 Asia Championship in Vietnam. They held off Lebanon in the opening quarterfinal of the day. Yusei Sugiura (194-C-95) stepped up with 24 points to lead the charge.
Japan marked their ambitions in the starting frame. They outscored Lebanon 25:8 to enter the second quarter with a comfortable buffer. Japan maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 48:30 halftime advantage. Lebanon failed to turn things around after the big break. Japan limited their opponents to 11 points in the third stanza to secure a safe 24-point cushion before the final ten minutes. Lebanon cut the deficit in the fourth frame but never threatened the margin losing the battle. Daiki Kaneko (170-G-95) netted 16 points, while Yudai Baba (190-F-95) delivered 14 points for the winners. Jimmy Salem (190-G-95) responded with 24 points for Lebanon. Amr Kabalan (178-G-95) had 9 points in the loss.

Japan U16: Yusei Sugiura 24, Daiki Kaneko 16, Yudai Baba 14
Lebanon U16: Jimmy Salem 24, Amr Kabalan 9


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  LESOTHO   


NBL Standings
NBL 1st Round Standings
1. KTA All Stars 2-0
2. Shines 2-0
3. Rovers 2-0
4. Leseli 1-1
5. Limkokwing 1-1
6. Bashana Baeso 1-1
7. Re 'Moho 0-0
8. Lerotholi P. 0-2
9. Roma Boys
0-2
10. Mafokotsane Slammers
0-2


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Unicaja grabs OT win against Zalgiris, 85-78 - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - Zalgiris 85-78 OT

It was the opening game of Round Two and Unicaja managed to grab their first Euroleague win this season. Both teams failed in the first round and now Unicaja improved to 1-1 record in Group B, while Zalgiris dropped to 0-2. It was very a exciting meeting and Unicaja needed an OT to take it. Zalgiris had a chance to win in regular time, but they committed a turnover in the finish and suddenly Unicaja got the last possession. Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) missed a deep three and the game went to an extra period. Unicaja made plus four quickly and few moments later jumped to 76-69 thanks to triple by Valters. Zalgiris was not able to reply and faced with the second straight Euroleague loss. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) stepped up for the hosts with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Kristaps Valters scored 20 points and handed out 7 assists, while Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) helped his team with 10 points and 6 rebs. In Zalgiris, Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) shined with 21 points and 8 rebs. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) had 18 pts and 6 boards, and Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) added 11 pts. Quarters: 22-19, 8-20, 19-13, 18-15, 18-11 OT. In the next game, Unicaja will meet Brose Baskets on the road. Zalgiris goes to Athens. Their rival will be the reigning Euroleague champion Panathinaikos.

Unicaja: Joel Freeland 21+12 boards, Kristaps Valters 20+7 as, Tremmell Darden 10+6 boards
Zalgiris: Sonny Weems 21+8 boards, Marko Popovic 18+6 boards, Mantas Kalnietis 11


Juventus bring in Roman Gumeniuk - by Eurobasket News
Roman Gumeniuk (220-C-87) will continue his career in Juventus Utena. The centre was sent to the team on loan from Siauliai. Last season the Ukrainian centre posted 5.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in Baltic League. In EuroCup Roman Gumeniuk tallied 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per appearance. The player also delivered 4.4 points and 3.2 rebounds for Siauliai in LKL. Previously Roman Gumeniuk had stints with Avtodor, BC Kyiv, Avala Beograd, VEF Riga, Pulsar Rovno. He was the member of Ukrainian U20, University and National Teams. He participated at 2005, 2007 and 2009 World University Games. His stats read 2.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal in Belgrade in 2009. The centre is expected to strengthen Juventus for their BBL clash against University of Tartu on Friday.


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At BBC Nitia: Logelin out Woodard in! Joao Costa replaces Bill Paterno at Heffingen!! - by John Thomas
Carl Woodard replaces Serge Logelin at BBC Nitia as new head coach. According to Nitia officials, they had been discussing this move for several weeks. It came as a surprise however to Logelin just after their 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 of Bettembourg will go into the new week with a new head coach, the 52 years old American Woodard. The club's main goal for the new coach is to prepare the team for the playdowns in hopes of staying in the DBBL. Woodard has been with several European clubs in the past and coached Wolfenbttel in the German Pro B last season.

Heffingen also parted ways with their American head coach Bill Paterno. Apparently, the players told the club they were no longer motivated to work with Paterno. 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. There he trained to be a basketball coach. Coach JC lastly coached North Texas Fresh (US - ABA).



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The 1.6 million team won in Bar - by Darko Pekic
KK Mornar didn't make a surprise against Galil Gilboa although they were close to make it. Mornar lost 76- 78 but they didn't disappoint the crowd. Coach Mihajlo Pavicevic and his brave young players will regret tonight because they had a huge chance to win against a 1.6 million euros worth team, full of American talent and experienced domestic players. They started the game well, with solid defense and some easy points. However, both sides played fast transition game with a lot of errors. After 10 minutes of play, BC Galil Gilboa had 4 points lead in their favour. In the 2nd quarter, the guests started to buil a lead. Joseph Jones (204-C/F-86, college: Texas A&M) woke up and along with Chaisson Allen (192-PG-89, college: Northeastern) helped his team to take control of the game.

After halftime the team from Israel didn't stop. They got some contribution from the bench also and it seemed that Mornar's dreams were over. But Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point) and Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) didn't think so. When Barovic returned to the court he gave the home team a huge rebounding presence under the basket while Scott continued to play hard on both ends of the floor and lead the young team. The crowd started helping them and the lead was cut to 1 point (71-72). Unfortunately for Mornar, their players missed some easy baskets and didn't take the lead. The two missed shots from FT line by Nikola Ivanovic (199-SF-89) were the last important chapter in this game. The guests deserved the victory although their coach will not be happy because they were not able to maintain a +13 point lead. Chaisson Allen was their leading scorer. He scored 15 points. In the home team the dynamic point guard Akeem Scott carried the team on his shoulders with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Ivan Jelenic (190-SG-85, agency: BeoExcell) helped him with 16 points while Filip Barovic had 9 points and 11 rebounds.

Mornar will have another chance to get a victory in front of their own crowd against Mogren ( Sunday 30 October)


Ulcinj surprised Zrinjski in a tied game (60-62) - by Darko Pekic
Ulcinj got the first victory in Balkan League although their fans were rather pesimistic after disappointing performances in the first couple of games. They defeated Zrinjski in Mostar and surprised the basketball fans in Montenegro. Ulcinj started the game with a triple from Marko Kuveljic (197-G/F-88), Marcel Jones (203-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: Oregon St.) with 5 points from two attacks but Ulcinj won the quarter (15-17). In the second quarter, nothing changed. they exchanged the lead and the final result after 20 minutes was 33-31 for Zrinjski.

In the third quarter it was Zrinjski who was pressing more, and they remained with the lead during the whole period. After 30 minutes of play the home side led the game by 6 points - 49:43. But Ulcinj started the last quarter strong, and they took the lead. The Montenegrin team led the game 58:59 when Veljko Lalovic (209-C-86, college: Lake Region CC) scored with 35 seconds left on the clock. After that Marko Milatovic (194-G-88) made two free-throws to extend Ulcinjs lead to 58:61. But Armin Avdibegovic (188-PG-84) scored two times from the charity stripe for 60:61, 5.9 seconds befoe the end. Unfortunatelt for them, Boban Medenica (204-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) extended Ulcinjs lead to 60:62, and in the last offense Zrinjski werent able to score. Ulcinj took home the win.

Marko Kuveljic led Ulcinj in scoring with 15 points. Milos Djurisic (194-G-88) added 12, while Veljko Lalovic had 11 points and 11 rebounds. On the other side, Armin Avdibegovic scored 16 points for Zrinjski, Aleksandar Radulovic (209-C-84) added 12 and Marcel Jones finished with 10.


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NBA lockout is all about the owners - by Eurobasket News
Heat owner Micky Arison owns not one but two of America's 50 largest yachts, according to a rich-person magazine. He lives on one of them. This isnt excessive in the world he inhabits. Both yachts combined arent as large as the one built by the Russian billionaire owner of the Chelsea soccer team. Roman Abramovich, who travels with a 40-strong security detail he calls 'a private army,' took more than a year to build his 560-foot Eclipse, which is almost-two-football-fields massive and cant even be docked in most marinas. It is equipped with not one but two helicopter pads and a submarine.

Point is, sports owners live in a different world than the rest of us, money and power and yachts another way to keep score, their teams-as-toys orbit so distorted it Eclipses practicality so completely that they dont even notice when they are building an ego too big to be docked.

Arison is more humble than most men of his wealth, but part of the reason he bought the Heat was because billionaire Wayne Huizenga was hogging our markets sports power. Huizenga, who already owned the Dolphins and Marlins, tried to get around the rule forbidding ownership of more than two pro sports teams in one town by trying to sneak his brother-in-law in to buy the Heat. So Arison, who became the president of Carnival Cruise Lines at 30 with the help of his father, bought the Heat as a bonding gift for his son Nick, who was recently named the Heats CEO at 30. The Heat reported losses in the millions most years and barely broke even in the championship year of Shaquille ONeal, but it didnt much matter because sports franchises almost always appreciate and Arison accrued wealth with his other toys (like the Queen Mary 2, the worlds largest ocean liner at a cost of almost a billion dollars). The Heat is something Micky and Nick share the way a less affluent father and son might go to a game and share, you know, a hot dog.

Everything changed last year, though. The Heats value went up 17 percent, according to Forbes Magazine, because of LeBron James. In a recession, amid a system so broken that the sport is now locked out, no other team in the NBA had that kind of spike. And union chief Billy Hunter revealed the other day that Arison, for obvious reasons, is more eager than most owners to end the work stoppage. Arison has more to lose, and more to gain, than anyone in this rich mans game.

According to Newtons third law of motion, however, every action is accompanied by an equal and opposite reaction. And, in the case of the NBA lockout, the equal and opposite reaction is named Dan Gilbert. Gilbert bought the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2005 for $375 million. According to Forbes, the small-market Cavaliers became the fifth most valuable franchise in the league with James, worth nearly $500 million. And now you know why Gilbert wrote that hateful, angry letter about James in crazy computerized crayon. The Cavs dropped in value more than any franchise in the league last year, 26 percent, losing as much as $250 million in value, according to some experts. They are now said to be worth less than what Gilbert paid for them. Gilbert, for obvious reasons, is less eager than most to end the lockout, and he appears to be beating Arison and James in this game around the games.

You see what is happening here, right?

No matter how bully NBA commissioner David Stern tries to manipulate the media spin, no matter how eager fans are to make sports one of the few American workplaces where the customers are pro-management instead of pro-employee, no matter how terrible a martyr a $100 million basketball player makes, this lockout is not a fight between greedy owners and greedy players. It is a fight between selfish owners and selfish owners. The players, all of them, want to play. The owners? Not so much. The players were fine with the way the system was but have already given back hundreds of millions of dollars in concessions ' something baseballs union would never, ever do ' for the overall health of the league, negotiating in good faith. But there are a few owners who would lose more money by opening their arena doors than by not, and those owners literally can afford to wait until players start getting restless and customers get furious.

If you think the hawkish Gilbert wouldnt try to throw away an entire season out of pure spite for James, you didnt read his crazy-crayon letter in a rare moment of raw, rabid public honesty from an owner ' a temper tantrum unlike any in the history of an American sports ownership that includes George Steinbrenner. And you didnt notice how small he could behave by having his Fathead company price the James poster at $17.41 ' the year of Benedict Arnolds birth. And you dont know how petty rich people can be when playing this kind of negotiating game of ego and power, emotion trampling logic just like when a divorcing wealthy couple spends $100,000 in attorney fees arguing over a thousand dollars in china.

Think about all the ego and money in the room when those owners meet. Think about how accustomed these men with yachts are to getting their way in every walk of life. That kind of wealth isnt usually accrued by sharing and compromise; these men tend to be rich because cutthroat is what wins in business. Given that there are so many different interests in that room, and given that these owners arent really in it for the money, why would Gilbert want to help Arison with urgency, exactly? Even if he is not motivated by spite, what exactly is Gilberts impetus to settle quickly? You think hes in a big hurry to go 19-63 again? Better for him to lose the season, break the union, fix the system and win that way than to fight the Timberwolves for worst record again. Trying to beat the players in a negotiation is more fun than that . Letting Dwyane Wade age another year next to James without playing would be a happy bonus for Gilbert, even if it isnt his outright goal.

Yes, Arison and Gilbert are the extremes. But heres the scary part for Heat fans: More owners are closer to Gilberts camp than Arisons. There are only five or six legitimate contenders in the lopsided NBA every year, if that. Might as well make money and rig the system in our favor for the next decade, the rest of the owners are saying, if we dont have a real chance to win. It isnt a coincidence that Mavs owner Mark Cuban and Arison are the most eager to get a deal done. But they are the minority when Yahoo! is reporting that even Paul Allen, one of the worlds richest men, has grown bored and disinterested with how far behind his Blazers are and is now a lot closer to Gilbert in philosophy than Arison. The Heat changed the paradigm in a way that gives too many owners who are behind incentive to fix the system instead of trying to win within it. If everyone had a real chance, no owner would want a lockout, scoreboard losses hurting these wealthy men more than financial ones. Thats why Stern, who works for the owners, has been so loud and threatening as their mouthpiece.

'The NBA has done an awesome job of spinning this in their favor as far as the media goes,' Utahs Raja Bell said. 'Commissioner Stern, in my opinion, is a bit in the way of us making progress. He has been one of the biggest problems in this whole lockout. It is unfortunate we havent be able to get past that. He rules the NBA with an iron fist, his way or the highway. Theres a deal to be made. Weve made concessions. Weve tried to get close to a position where the owners would meet us. It seems like every inch we give up, they ask for another one. Thats the most exasperating part. I feel like thats their target shoot below the bar, so it looks like they are negotiating when, in fact, there is no intent to negotiate.'

Fans just want to cheer. They dont care enough about the details, the numbers, the facts, to see how little the owners have actually given here and how dishonest they have been about trying. James Jones, a player rep more informed than most, was asked if he thought Stern was lying.

'Most definitely,' he said. 'Thats the unfortunate part about it. None of that helps. The answer isnt spin, isnt being antagonistic, isnt pointing fingers. It is coming back to the table and really working to get a deal done. A lot of the things he is doing are not helpful to the process.'

We, as fans, just want our games, our escape. Nobody goes to the amusement park to read contract language. So we feel like parents at a playground right now, surrounded by spoiled children. Come on now, kids. This is supposed to all be fun. Cant we just play instead of fight? Emotion clouds. Greed infuriates. The coverage is droning and boring, unless Wade is yelling at Stern, and the truth is obscured because the commissioner is good at public relations. But the fan who cant afford to take his son to an NBA game in a recession, already angry at the greedy millionaire who wont just shut up and play, doesnt understand why a man who gets to play a game for a living wont just accept whatever the owners are offering.

The players are an easy target but not an accurate one. They already have agreed, in essence, to a league-wide pay cut that gives back hundreds of millions of dollars and they have done it because the owners have run their business improperly, basically giving back hundreds of millions in concessions to help the owners police themselves. And it hasnt been enough. It really is breathtaking in its stupidity and makes you wonder how these people got rich in the first place doing business this way. We build these wealthy men arenas. We invest in their product in more ways than one. And what do we get in return now? These successful businessmen have somehow figured out a way to take the paying customers sport and team and fun but not the paying customers money.

Courtesy of www.montrealgazette.com


Report: NBA talks to resume Wednesday - by Eurobasket News
Officials from the NBA and players' association will meet Wednesday, less than a week after three days of talks with a federal mediator couldn't produce a deal to end the lockout, a person with knowledge of the plans said.

Talks broke down last Thursday after players said owners insisted they agree to a 50-50 split of revenues before they would further discuss the salary cap system. By not reaching an agreement last week, the NBA will likely be forced to cancel more games to go with the two weeks that were already scrapped.

There was a far nastier tone than usual to the breakdown, with union president Derek Fisher of the Lakers accusing deputy commissioner Adam Silver and Spurs owner Peter Holt, chairman of the league's labor relations committee, of lying during their press conference.

But just as they have multiple times this month when they walked away from the table without another meeting scheduled, the sides are getting back at it relatively quickly.

The meeting, first reported by the New York Daily News, will be small groups from each side, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the negotiations were to remain private. Commissioner David Stern will take part after he was forced to miss the session last Thursday because of an illness.

Stern said without a deal last week, he feared games could be lost right through Christmas. The sides tried, spending 30 hours together while meeting for three straight days for the first time since the lockout began July 1. They made some progress on minor issues, but continue to be stuck on the two main ones.

Players proposed lowering their guarantee of basketball-related income to 52.5 percent, leaving the sides about $100 million apart annually based on last season's revenues. They are also sparring over the length of contracts and the raises attached to them, along with the penalties teams would face for exceeding the luxury tax level.

Courtesy of ESPN


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Storm releases three players - by Eurobasket News
The Summerside Storm roster is now down to 13 players.

Storm head coach Joe Salerno confirmed three players Doug McKinney (6'9''-F/C-84) of Charlottetown, Sherone Edwards (6'4''-G/F-83) and Calvin Brock (6'5''-F/G-86, college: Illinois) were released from the National Basketball League of Canada team Tuesday morning. McKinney and Edwards are both former UPEI Panthers.

With their local connection to P.E.I., Salerno admitted having to release Edwards and McKinney was a difficult decision. McKinney had been in camp since Day 1 while Edwards joined the Storm last week.

The Storm, coming off a 97-86 win in Moncton on Monday night, will close out the pre-season by hosting the Saint John Mill Rats on Wednesday night. Game time at EastLink Arena is 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.theguardian.pe.ca


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NCAA grad rate hits all-time high at 82 percent - by Eurobasket News
College athletes are outperforming other students in the classroom, and they're doing it at a record rate.

Eighty-two percent of freshman athletes who entered school in 2004-05 earned degrees within six years, according to the NCAA's newest Graduation Success Rate. The report, released Tuesday, also shows that the four-year graduation rate hit 80 percent for the first time.

Both numbers had been stuck at 79 percent.

Even the traditionally lower federal rate hit 65 percent, a record high for athletes, compared with 63 percent for all other college students The difference between the federal figures and the NCAA numbers is that the government doesn't account for transfer students, regardless of whether they graduate.

One possible reason for the increases is that the Ivy League schools were included in the NCAA calculations for the first time this year. They had not previously been included because the Ivy League does not award scholarships based on athletic performance.

The NCAA report contended that the Ivy League had a minimal impact on the across-the-board improvement.

Graduation rates for male athletes jumped five percentage points to 83 percent, while female athletes improved two percentage points to 92 percent. Among black athletes, the rate improved four percentage points to 68 percent. White athletes came in at 87 percent, a three-percentage point increase. And baseball, which has traditionally lagged among the lowest scoring sports, made a one-year jump from 69.6 percent to 77.4 percent.

What accounts for the improvement?

NCAA officials believe it's the result of stronger academic standards that took effect in 2003.

Among the academic reforms approved during Myles Brand's tenure as NCAA president were requirements that forced incoming freshmen to complete 16 core courses in high school to earn freshman eligibility, and toughened the annual requirement of making progress toward a degree to retain their eligibility after their freshmen season and the establishment of the Academic Progress Report.

The most dramatic impact was seen in the six-percentage point improvement made by black players in the Football Bowl Subdivision and the four-point increase among black players in men's basketball.

Nineteen of the 36 sports measured by the NCAA showed improvement in the four-year measurements, with 15 showing no change. The only sports showing a decrease were in women's gymnastics, which dropped from 93 to 92 percent, and in women's skiing, which dropped from 95 to 94 percent.

Courtesy of www.thegrio.com


Oral Roberts leaving Summit League for Southland - by Eurobasket News
Oral Roberts announced Tuesday it would leave the Summit League for the Southland Conference next July, becoming the smallest school to join the conference and its first private school since the late 1970s.

University President Mark Rutland announced the switch Tuesday and said the change in geography would benefit his athletes. School officials also confirmed that ORU would pay a $250,000 penalty to the Summit League for leaving without giving the required two years' notice.

'This is a good decision for us,' Rutland said. 'The footprint, geographically, is a benefit.'

The 10-member Summit League stretches from Utah to Michigan and Louisiana. Adding Oral Roberts would increase the Southland Conference's membership to 10, all of them in Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett, who was in Tulsa for the announcement, said it was clear ORU was the right school for the conference based on things such as size, market size and geographical fit.

'The ORU we saw excelled in all categories,' he said. 'Not only are you good, but you do it the right way.

'ORU has a great opportunity in the Southland Conference,' he said.

Mike Carter, the school's athletic director, said the Southland Conference pursued the school.

'It wasn't a deal where we went out looking,' Carter said. 'We were very content in the Summit League. It kind of came about all of a sudden,'

Oral Roberts, a religious school of 3,259 students located in south Tulsa, had competed in the Summit League since the 1997-98 academic year. The Golden Eagles have won 134 regular-season and tournament championships in the league.

Oral Roberts won the Summit League's automatic berth to the NCAA basketball tournament from 2006-08 and the conference's bid to the NCAA baseball tournament the past 14 years in a row.

Summit League commissioner Tom Douple wished the Eagles the best and said it wasn't a surprise that Oral Roberts chose to join a conference with members closer to campus.

David Chicoine, South Dakota State president and chair of the Summit League's Presidents Council, said the panel 'anticipated this possibility after the WAC recruited and added three Southland universities.'

He said the league has begun work to chart its future 'during these somewhat uncertain, but exciting times in conference alignments.'

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


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Who was hot and who was not from Week 3 - by Duncan Matheson

All-Star Five for Week Three

Julian Khazzouh (210-C-86) 14-24 FG, 18-23 FT, 23.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks across two wins

Jacob Holmes (201-F-83) 5-14 FG, 7-7 FT 17 points, 14 rebounds in 85-93 loss

Anatoly Bose (200-G/F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nicholls St.) 13-24 FG, 4-10 3pt FG, 8-10 FT, 19.0 points, 8.5 rebounds across two wins

Kevin Lisch (188-PG-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) 7-12 FG, 4-7 3pt FG, 10-10 FT, 28 points in 93-85 win (3rd straight all-star 5 pick)

Aaron Bruce (191-G-84) 9-23 FG, 5-10 3pt FG, 12-12 FT, 17.5 points, 6.5 assists across two wins

Had a rough weekend...

Dillon Boucher (196-F-75) 1-2 FG, 2 points, 8 turnovers in 19 minutes in 64-67 loss

Stephen Weigh (198-G/F-87) 5-15 FG, 1-6 3pt FG, 0-2 FT, 11 points, 4 turnovers in 71-94 loss

Glen Saville (197-G/F-76) 3-9 FG, 0-3 3pt FG, 4.0 points, 2.5 turnovers in 24.0 mpg across two losses

Nathan Herbert (192-G/F-84) 0-5 FG, 0-2 3pt FG, 0 points in 16 mins in 71-94 loss (1-14 FG this season)

Rhys Martin (193-G-86, college: Nova SE) 7-19 FG, 1-4 3pt FG, 4-7 FT, 9.5 points, 5.0 turnovers across two games



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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. P.Rico1-0
2. Canada1-0
3. Mexico0-1
4. Argentina0-1
Group B
1. USA1-0
2. Brazil1-0
3. Dominican R.0-1
4. Uruguay0-1


Stats Leader
Points Per Game
 Philip SCRUBB
  (194-G-92)
  Avg: 35
 1. Scrubb, CAN35.0 
 2. Martinez, DOM31.0 
 3. Mendez-V., MEX20.0 
 4. Balkman, PUR18.0 
 5. Hernandez, MEX17.0 
 6. Barea, PUR16.0 
 7. Fitipaldo, URU16.0 
 8. Laprovittola, ARG16.0 
 9. Giovannoni, BRA15.0 
 10. Thomas, USA15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lance THOMAS
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 16
 1. Thomas, USA16.0 
 2. Ward, CAN10.0 
 3. Martinez, DOM10.0 
 4. Giovannoni, BRA8.0 
 5. Ubiles, PUR8.0 
 6. Hubner, BRA7.0 
 7. Klassen, CAN7.0 
 8. Espinoza, ARG7.0 
 9. Hernandez, MEX7.0 
 10. Lieffers, CAN6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Martin OSIMANI
  URU
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 5
 1. Osimani, URU5.0 
 2. Soliver, DOM5.0 
 3. Pena, DOM4.0 
 4. Stoll, MEX4.0 
 5. Barea, PUR4.0 
 6. Cequeira, ARG4.0 
 7. Dentmon, USA3.0 
 8. Thomas, USA3.0 
 9. Dos Santos, BRA3.0 
 10. Scrubb, CAN3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cole HOBIN
  (198-G-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hobin, CAN4.0 
 2. Soliver, DOM3.0 
 3. Mendez-V., MEX3.0 
 4. Dos Santos, BRA2.0 
 5. Espinoza, ARG2.0 
 6. Barea, PUR2.0 
 7. Fitipaldo, URU2.0 
 8. Cequeira, ARG2.0 
 9. Haller, URU2.0 
 10. Balkman, PUR2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Real MATA
  USA
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Mata, MEX2.0 
 2. Ward, CAN2.0 
 3. Lieffers, CAN1.0 
 4. Newsome, URU1.0 
 5. Parada, MEX1.0 
 6. Klassen, CAN1.0 
 7. Hinz, CAN1.0 
 8. Giovannoni, BRA1.0 
 9. Fitipaldo, URU0.0 
 10. Espinoza, ARG0.0 


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U16 Asia Championship: Philippines tame Iraq to complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News
Philippines U16 - Iraq U16 82:69

Philippines completed the semifinal picture at the U16 Asia Championship. They overcame pesky Iraq en route to the next stage of the tournament. Michael Javelosa (193-G/F-95) delivered 14 points to pace the winners. Philippines will now take on South Korea.
Philippines made a huge step towards the victory in the opening frame. They unloaded 30 points to ensure a 30:9 lead after ten minutes. But Iraqis gradually came back to life. They narrowed the deficit and got within 17 points at the interval 34:51. Iraq got within 10 points at the third stanza. The margin grew thinner in the fourth frame as Iraq got within 8. But Philippines stayed calm late in the encounter and pulled away with a tough win at the end. Tomas Ramos (183-G-95) provided 13 points, while Renzar Asilum (173-PG-95) and Kyles Lao (183-G-95) added 10 points each in the victory. Ahmed Razzaq (185-G-97) answered with 20 points for Iraq. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) had 19 points in the loss.

Philippines U16: Michael Javelosa 14, Tomas Ramos 13, Renzar Asilum 10, Kyles Lao 10
Iraq U16: Ahmed Razzaq 20, Karrar Hamzah 19



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. Ginebra Kings 3-2 
 6. Meralco Bolts 3-2 
 7. B-Meg Llam. 2-3 
 8. Powerade T. 2-3 
 9. Alaska Aces 0-4 
 10. Shopinas.com C. 0-5 


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PLK Round 6: First victory of Slask Wroclaw - by Eurobasket News
Slask Wroclaw's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat AZS Politechnika Warszawska (2-4) 78-63 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Slask Wroclaw. AZS Politechnika Warszawska managed to win fourth quarter 20-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Slask Wroclaw dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to AZS Politechnika Warszawska's 34. Slask Wroclaw looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American forward Qarraan Calhoun (203-86, college: Houston, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. American-Puerto Rican guard Paul Graham (196-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Michal Michalak (194-93) replied with 14 points and 5 assists for AZS Politechnika Warszawska. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Slask Wroclaw (1-4) left bottom position moving up to eleventh place, which they share with LKS Lodz. AZS Politechnika Warszawska at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. Slask Wroclaw is looking forward to face LKS Sphinx (#11) in Lodz in the next round. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will play at home against Zastal ZG where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
PLK top team - PGE Turow (5-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked AZS Koszalin (3-3) in Zgorzelec 76-61. American guard David Jackson (193-86, college: W.Illinois) scored 17 points to lead the charge for the winners and Daniel Kickert chipped in 18 points during the contest. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American forward George Reese (201-77, college: Ohio St., agency: Alti Sport) with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Undefeated PGE Turow have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. AZS Koszalin at the other side keeps the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with PBG Basket and Kotwica. PGE Turow will play against Siarka Jezioro (#9) in Tarnobrzeg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AZS Koszalin will have a break next round.
The game in Kolobrzeg was also quite interesting. Second ranked Anwil (4-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Kotwica (3-3). Anwil managed to secure a 6-point victory 76-70 on Wednesday. Dardan Berisha notched 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) by Jessie Sapp did not help to save the game for Kotwica. Anwil have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 4-1 record behind leader PGE Turow. Loser Kotwica dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with PBG Basket and AZS Koszalin. Anwil will meet at home PBG Basket (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Kotwica will play against Trefl Sopot and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between seventh ranked Trefl Sopot (3-2) and 12th ranked Polpharma (1-5) in Sopot ended with biggest points difference. Trefl Sopot outscored guests from Starogard 106-82. The best player for the winners was Chris Burgess who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Trefl Sopot moved-up to fifth place. Polpharma at the other side dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Trefl Sopot's next round opponent will be Kotwica (#7) in Kolobrzeg. Polpharma will play on the road against Energa Czarni (#3) in Slupsk.

In the last game of round 6 LKS Lodz was beaten by PBG Basket on the road 78-62.
The most impressive performance of 6th round was 21 points and 12 rebounds by Jeremy Simmons of Polpharma.



Kotwica - Anwil 70-76

The game in Kolobrzeg was also quite interesting. Second ranked Anwil (4-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Kotwica (3-3). Anwil managed to secure a 6-point victory 76-70 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 21-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. International guard Dardan Berisha (192-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) notched 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Krzysztof Szubarga (182-84) supported him with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Four Anwil players scored in double figures. Even 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) by American guard Jessie Sapp (191-86, college: Georgetown) did not help to save the game for Kotwica. The former international center Tomasz Kesicki (212-86, agency: Promotex) added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Anwil have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 4-1 record behind leader PGE Turow. Loser Kotwica dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with PBG Basket and AZS Koszalin. Anwil will meet at home PBG Basket (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Kotwica will play against Trefl Sopot and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Anwil: D.Berisha 24+5reb+1ast, C.Edwards 15+5reb+1ast, N.Lewis 11+7reb, K.Szubarga 10+6reb+7ast, J.Allen 8+7reb+3ast, L.Majewski 6+3reb+1ast
Kotwica: J.Sapp 25+4reb+2ast, T.Kesicki 15+5reb, R.Holmes 13+3reb, O.Brandwein 7+5reb+6ast, D.Harris 6+7reb+2ast, M.Kwiatkowski 2+1reb
gschID: 149167


Trefl Sopot - Polpharma 106-82

The game between seventh ranked Trefl Sopot (3-2) and 12th ranked Polpharma (1-5) in Sopot ended with biggest points difference. Trefl Sopot outscored guests from Starogard 106-82. The game without a history. Trefl Sopot led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American center Chris Burgess (209-79, college: Utah) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jeremy Simmons (203-89, college: Charleston, agency: Interperformances) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and swingman Grzegorz Arabas (190-78, agency: Promotex) added 18 points respectively. Five Trefl Sopot and four Polpharma players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Trefl Sopot moved-up to fifth place. Polpharma at the other side dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Trefl Sopot's next round opponent will be Kotwica (#7) in Kolobrzeg. Polpharma will play on the road against Energa Czarni (#3) in Slupsk.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: J.Horne 23+3reb, J.Turek 20+5reb+1ast, C.Burgess 19+10reb+3ast, L.Koszarek 15+3reb+5ast, L.Wisniewski 14+4reb+7ast, A.Waczynski 7+3reb+1ast
Polpharma: J.Simmons 21+12reb, G.Arabas 18+2reb, T.Weeden 12+2reb+3ast, M.Hicks 10+4reb+6ast, T.Snieg 9+3reb+5ast, D.Wall 6+2reb
gschID: 149168


PGE Turow - AZS Koszalin 76-61

PLK top team - PGE Turow (5-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked AZS Koszalin (3-3) in Zgorzelec 76-61. PGE Turow made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American guard David Jackson (193-86, college: W.Illinois) scored 17 points to lead the charge for the winners and Australian-Dutch center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) chipped in 18 points during the contest. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American forward George Reese (201-77, college: Ohio St., agency: Alti Sport) with 17 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import guard J.J. Montgomery (196-82, college: Arkansas St.) scored 16 points. PGE Turow have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. AZS Koszalin at the other side keeps the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with PBG Basket and Kotwica. PGE Turow will play against Siarka Jezioro (#9) in Tarnobrzeg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AZS Koszalin will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: D.Kickert 18+2reb+1ast, D.Jackson 17+3reb+2ast, M.Chylinski 13+1reb+1ast, R.Moore 8+4reb+2ast, G.Gustas 5+3reb+1ast, A.Cel 5+2reb
AZS Koszalin: G.Reese 17+5reb+1ast, J.Montgomery 16+2reb+1ast, S.Hannah 10+2reb+6ast, K.Laczynski 7, I.Milicic 6+3reb+4ast, R.Bigus 5+5reb
gschID: 149163


Slask Wroclaw - AZS PW 78-63

Slask Wroclaw's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat AZS Politechnika Warszawska (2-4) 78-63 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Slask Wroclaw. AZS Politechnika Warszawska managed to win fourth quarter 20-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Slask Wroclaw dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to AZS Politechnika Warszawska's 34. Slask Wroclaw looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American forward Qarraan Calhoun (203-86, college: Houston, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. American-Puerto Rican guard Paul Graham (196-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Michal Michalak (194-93) replied with 14 points and 5 assists and forward Patryk Pelka (202-89) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for AZS Politechnika Warszawska. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Slask Wroclaw (1-4) left bottom position moving up to eleventh place, which they share with LKS Lodz. AZS Politechnika Warszawska at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. Slask Wroclaw is looking forward to face LKS Sphinx (#11) in Lodz in the next round. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will play at home against Zastal ZG where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: Q.Calhoun 20+4reb+3ast, P.Graham 17+6reb+4ast, A.Mladenovic 14+2reb, S.Bogavac 9+1reb+3ast, R.Skibniewski 8+7ast, P.Niedzwiedzki 5+4reb
AZS PW: M.Michalak 14+1reb+5ast, P.Pelka 10+8reb, L.Wilczek 10+1reb+3ast, P.Pamula 9+1reb, J.Mokros 8+2reb+1ast, M.Nowakowski 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 149165


PBG Basket - LKS Lodz 78-62

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked PBG Basket (3-3) beat 11th ranked LKS Sphinx (1-4) in Poznan 78-62. LKS Sphinx was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 49-31 second half run of PBG Basket. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Djordje Micic (195-83) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists. The former international power forward Damian Kulig (205-87) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard B.J. Holmes (180-88, college: Texas A&M) who recorded 13 points and 7 assists and his fellow American import center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. PBG Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with AZS Koszalin and Kotwica. LKS Sphinx lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with four games lost. PBG Basket's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Anwil in Wloclawek and it may be quite challenging game. LKS Sphinx will play at home against Slask Wroclaw (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PBG Basket: A.Lichodzijewski 18+5reb, D.Kulig 14+8reb+3ast, Z.Comagic 13+8reb+2ast, D.Micic 11+5reb+14ast, J.Sulowski 9+3reb, T.Smorawinski 7+2reb+2ast
LKS Lodz: J.Mallett 14+2reb, B.Holmes 13+4reb+7ast, K.Archibeque 11+10reb+3ast, D.Kalinowski 10+4reb+1ast, J.Dluski 6+7reb, K.Sulima 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 149166




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


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jermaine MALLETT
  LKS Lodz
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 21
 1. Mallett, LKS Lodz21.0 
 2. Edwards, Anwil19.4 
 3. Miller, Siarka J.18.2 
 4. Reese, AZS Koszal.16.8 
 5. Archibeque, LKS L.16.6 
 6. Kulig, PBG Basket16.5 
 7. Corbett, Siarka J.16.4 
 8. Hodge, Zastal ZG16.3 
 9. Montgomery, AZS K.16.0 
 10. Mladenovic, Slask15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kirk ARCHIBEQUE
  LKS L.
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Archibeque, LKS L.10.6 
 2. Lawal, Zastal ZG10.0 
 3. Harris, Kotwica9.0 
 4. Edwards, Anwil7.4 
 5. Bigus, AZS Koszalin7.0 
 6. Doaks, Siarka J.6.8 
 7. Comagic, PBG B.6.8 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl So.6.3 
 9. Kulig, PBG Basket6.0 
 10. Bogavac, Slask W.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  AZS P.
  (189-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Wilczek, AZS P.6.7 
 2. Koszarek, Trefl S.6.4 
 3. Moore, PGE Turow6.0 
 4. Hodge, Zastal ZG5.8 
 5. Micic, PBG Basket5.8 
 6. Skibniewski, Slask5.6 
 7. Sapp, Kotwica5.3 
 8. Milicic, AZS K.5.3 
 9. Tiller, Siarka J.4.8 
 10. Holmes, LKS Lodz4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mantas CESNAUSKIS
  Energa C.
  (189-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Cesnauskis, Energa2.3 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil2.2 
 3. Bogavac, Slask W.2.2 
 4. Koljevic, Polpharma2.0 
 5. Karnowski, Siarka2.0 
 6. Hinson, Energa C.1.8 
 7. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.8 
 8. Moore, PGE Turow1.6 
 9. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 10. Smorawinski, PBG1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Wojciech BARYCZ
  Siarka J.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Barycz, Siarka J.1.6 
 2. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 3. Morrison, Energa C.1.3 
 4. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.3 
 5. Edwards, Anwil1.2 
 6. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.2 
 7. Lichodzijews., PBG1.2 
 8. Wyka, Siarka J.1.0 
 9. Weaver, Energa C.1.0 
 10. Harris, Kotwica1.0 


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  PORTUGAL   


After 2 defeats, Academica changes coach - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
It didnt take long to see Luis Santarino being sacked as head coach in Ass. Academica de Coimbra. Two defeats, and the exhibition in Ovar, made the team administration search for a new solution.

Orlando Simoes will be the new coach. Simoes is a very respected coach, having worked in Casino Ginasio and Oliveirense. He also was in the National team as Assistant coach and worked with the federation. Hes a known fellow and is expected to bring a new energy to the team, where he will have the chance to coach his son, Diogo Simoes (178-G-80).

In the last days, the possibility of having one new player was also considered.

As for Santarino, he will continue in Ass. Academica de Coimbra, but with no coaching assignments, while Jacinto Silva will keep his job as assistant coach.



Proliga Round 1: Maia Basket loses game to Gaeirense - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Proliga just started. Host teams show no mercy winning all games. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Maia Basket (0-1) on the court of Gaeirense on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Gaeirense 74-66. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-66. Gaeirense outrebounded Maia Basket 36-20 including 23 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Maia Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Hugo Aurelio (80) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 20 rebounds for the winners and swingman Amadeu Cordeiro (192-G/F-78) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side forward Joao Diamantino (201-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Maia Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gaeirense is looking forward to face Angrabasket (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Maia Basket will play against the league's leader Alges and is hoping to win this game.
Illiabum (1-0) defeated Angrabasket (0-1) 72-62. American-Liberian forward Kadiri Richard (203-80, college: Virginia Union) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and Dain Swetalla accounted for 23 points. American guard Drew Gibson (188-85, college: Wofford) came up with 17 points for Angrabasket in the defeat. Illiabum will play against Guifoes (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Angrabasket will play against Gaeirense to get more than just one victory in their record.
Sangalhos (1-0) edged Guifoes (0-1) 51-50. Luis Fonte fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Jose Almeida produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Guifoes' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sangalhos will meet Electrico FC (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Guifoes will play against Illiabum in Ilhavo.
Fisica (1-0) defeated Electrico FC (0-1) 83-69. Worth to mention a great performance of Miguel Salvador who helped to win the game recording 23 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Electrico FC at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. Fisica's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Povoa (#12) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Electrico FC will play against Sangalhos (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Oliveirense (1-0) defeated Povoa (0-1) 90-74. Joao Abreu stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists for the winners. Oliveirense's coach Joao Costeira used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Oliveirense will face Galitos-Tley (#9) in Barreiro in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Povoa will play at home against the league's second-placed Fisica in Torres Vedras.

In the last game of round 1 winless Galitos-Tley lost to undefeated Alges on the opponent's court 56-82.


Gaeirense - Maia Basket 74-66

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Maia Basket (0-1) on the court of Gaeirense on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Gaeirense 74-66. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-66. Gaeirense outrebounded Maia Basket 36-20 including 23 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Maia Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Hugo Aurelio (-80) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 20 rebounds for the winners and swingman Amadeu Cordeiro (192-78) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side forward Joao Diamantino (201-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and Rui Sousa scored 13 points. Five Gaeirense and four Maia Basket players scored in double figures. Maia Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gaeirense is looking forward to face Angrabasket (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Maia Basket will play against the league's leader Alges and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Gaeirense: A.Cordeiro 20+5reb, H.Aurelio 16+20reb, M.Cassio 12+2reb+3ast, R.Rochete 11+3reb+2ast, F.Canha 10+5reb+1ast, T.Emidio 5
Maia Basket: R.Sousa 13+1reb, P.Catarino 11+2ast, J.Diamantino 11+10reb, A.Dara 10+3reb+1ast, J.Oliveira 9+3reb, A.Kravtsov 5+1reb
gschID: 132104


Illiabum - Angra 72-62

Illiabum (1-0) defeated Angrabasket (0-1) 72-62. The game without a history. Illiabum led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American-Liberian forward Kadiri Richard (203-80, college: Virginia Union) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and American center Dain Swetalla (206-86, college: Augustana, IL) accounted for 23 points. American guard Drew Gibson (188-85, college: Wofford) came up with 17 points and naturalized Angolan guard Joao Pereira (186-83) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Angrabasket in the defeat. Four Angrabasket players scored in double figures. Angrabasket at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Illiabum will play against Guifoes (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Angrabasket will play against Gaeirense to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Illiabum: D.Swetalla 23+4reb+1ast, K.Richard 19+12reb+1ast, J.David 11+8reb, P.Azevedo 9+3reb+1ast, D.Felix 8+5reb+6ast, J.Figueiredo 2+6reb+10ast
Angra: D.Gibson 17+4reb+3ast, J.Pereira 17+5reb+2ast, T.Mack 12+7reb+1ast, F.Gomes 10+7reb, J.Avila 5+1reb, P.Loth 1+6reb+3ast
gschID: 132105


Sangalhos - Guifoes 51-50

Sangalhos (1-0) edged Guifoes (0-1) 51-50. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 13-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Luis Fonte (191-79) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Joao Carmo (183-85) chipped in 12 points and 4 steals. Forward Jose Almeida (199-86) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and Angolan forward Joao Gaspar (196-89) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Guifoes' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sangalhos will meet Electrico FC (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Guifoes will play against Illiabum in Ilhavo.
Top scorers:
Sangalhos: L.Fonte 15+11reb+1ast, J.Carmo 12+3reb+1ast, E.Silva 7+7reb, A.Duarte 6+2ast, N.Bizarro 6+7reb+1ast, J.Silverio 5+2reb+1ast
Guifoes: J.Almeida 11+11reb+6ast, J.Gaspar 10+5reb, D.Correia 8+4reb+1ast, A.Libanio 7+3reb, F.Ramos 5+3reb, A.Moreira 3+2reb
gschID: 132106


Fisica - Electrico FC 83-69

Fisica (1-0) defeated Electrico FC (0-1) 83-69. The game was mostly controlled by Fisica. Electrico FC was better in third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Miguel Salvador (187-81) who helped to win the game recording 23 points. Forward Carlos Dias (197-79) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Tiago Pinto (183-88) answered with 24 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Cape Verdean swingman Mario Neves (190-77) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Electrico FC. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Electrico FC at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. Fisica's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Povoa (#12) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Electrico FC will play against Sangalhos (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fisica: M.Salvador 23+2reb+3ast, C.Dias 15+7reb+3ast, J.Cardoso 12+9reb, E.Rosario 11+2reb, N.Monteiro 7+4reb+2ast, D.Benros 7+1ast
Electrico FC: T.Pinto 24+5reb+1ast, M.Neves 11+8reb, F.Pinto 8+3reb+2ast, P.Raminhos 7+1ast, J.Lanzinha 6+1ast, A.Medeiros 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 132101


Oliveirense - Povoa 90-74

Oliveirense (1-0) defeated Povoa (0-1) 90-74. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-74. Oliveirense dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Povoa's 32. Oliveirense forced 19 Povoa turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Povoa's players. Povoa was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Joao Abreu (179-83) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists for the winners and guard Nuno Freitas (180-81) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Four Oliveirense players scored in double figures. Oliveirense's coach Joao Costeira used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American forward Kevin Jolley (197-82, college: Quinnipiac) responded with 27 points and 9 rebounds and guard Rui Costa (181-87) scored 14 points. Oliveirense will face Galitos-Tley (#9) in Barreiro in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Povoa will play at home against the league's second-placed Fisica in Torres Vedras.
Top scorers:
Oliveirense: N.Freitas 17+1reb+4ast, S.Johnson 15+2reb, J.Abreu 12+2reb+10ast, A.Pereira 10+4reb, N.Costa 10+6reb, D.Jefferson 9+9reb+4ast
Povoa: K.Jolley 27+9reb+1ast, R.Costa 14+3reb+3ast, V.Teixeira 9+2reb+2ast, F.Fernandes 6+5reb+3ast, A.Silva 6+5reb, A.Gomes 6+4reb
gschID: 132102


Alges - Galitos-Tley 82-56

Alges used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Barreiro 82-56 on Sunday night. The game without a history. Alges led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 21 Galitos-Tley turnovers. American forward DeSean White (203-86, college: Northwood Fl.) stepped up and scored 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international swingman Joao Manuel (192-79) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Five Alges players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Antonio Carrilho (198-83) responded with 22 points and guard Alexandre Coelho (178-90) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Alges will face Maia Basket (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Galitos-Tley will play against Oliveirense (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Alges: D.White 26+7reb+1ast, J.Manuel 15+3reb+5ast, J.Vicente 11+8reb, A.Pires 10+2reb+7ast, S.Correia 10+10reb, D.Vieira 9+6reb+2ast
Galitos-Tley: A.Carrilho 22+4reb+2ast, A.Coelho 12+6reb+1ast, F.Pinheiro 6, R.Quintino 6+7reb+1ast, J.Ferreira 5+6reb+1ast, D.Neves 2+6reb+1ast
gschID: 132103




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  PUERTO RICO   


Puerto Rico gets tough win over Mexico to open Pan-Am Games: - by Luis Modestti

Puerto Rico defeated Mexico 73-69 to finish day one of the Pan-American Games played in Guadalajara.

The Puerto Rican team was without Carlos Arroyo who suffers a thigh injury and might miss the first round of the tournament.

Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) led the offense with 18 points, Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) added 16 and Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) had 10 for the winners who suffered to beat the Mexicans.

The Mexican team came out with a lot of defensive intensity and were effective from the field to win the first half 44-38. Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) had 15 points at the end of the first half.

In the third quarter the Mexicans could not take a definitive advantage and Puerto Rico made a 15-0 run between the end of the third and the start of the final quarter to take the lead. The Puerto Rican team had problems securing the win but Mexico could not convert in their opportunities at the end.

Orlando Mendez-Valdez scored 20 points and Hector Hernandez (206-F-85, agency: Duran International, college: Fresno St.) 17 for the host country.

On day two Puerto Rico faces Argentina at 2:00PM local time.



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  QATAR   


U16 Asia Championship: Qatar unable to match Taiwan - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan U16 - Qatar U16 125:37

Taiwan recorded a comfortable win over Qatar at the classification round of U16 Asia Championship. Hsieh Tsung-Rong (95) scored 25 points to lead Taiwan to the stunning victory. Taiwan will now take on India for the ninth overall place. Qatar will face Vietnam for the 11th position.
Taiwan dominated from the very first moments of the encounter. They piled up a 29:7 lead ten minutes into the game. Qatar slowed their opponents down in the second frame but still faced a 29-point deficit at the interval. Taiwan stepped on the gas in the third quarter. They unloaded 40 points to clear off to an insurmountable 62-point buffer with ten minutes to go. They cruised to the victory afterwards. Wang I-Fan (95) and Kuan-Shiuan Lu delivered 23 points each for Taiwan. Abdulrahman Saad (183-F-96) responded with 16 points for Qatar. Mohammed Dawoud (195-C-95) netted 12 points in the loss.

Taiwan U16: Hsieh Tsung-Rong 25, Wang I-Fan 23, Kuan-Shiuan Lu 23
Qatar U16: Abdulrahman Saad 16, Mohammed Dawoud 12


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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Ural Ekaterinb. 5-1 
 2. Univ.Surgut 4-2 
 3. Ataman 3-1 
 4. Severstal 3-3 
 5. Rjazan 2-2 
 6. TEMP-SUMZ 2-2 
 7. Spartak V. 1-5 
 8. Ruskon-Mord. 0-2 
 9. Sojuz Zaretchny 0-2 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Darjus LAVRINOVIC
  CSKA
  (212-C-79)
  Avg: 20
 1. Lavrinovic, CSKA20.0 
 2. Thomas, Spartak-.19.5 
 3. Bremer, N.Novgorod17.5 
 4. Domercant, Unics16.0 
 5. Hayes, Krasnie Kri.15.5 
 6. Quinn, Khimky15.0 
 7. Kikanovic, Enisey15.0 
 8. Loncar, Khimky14.5 
 9. Shved, CSKA14.0 
 10. Blair, Krasnie Kr.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrey VORONTSEVICH
  CSKA
  (204-C-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. Vorontsevich, CSKA8.0 
 2. Victor, Spartak-.8.0 
 3. Shved, CSKA7.0 
 4. Monya, Khimky7.0 
 5. Thomas, Spartak-.7.0 
 6. McCarty, Unics6.5 
 7. Veremeenko, Unics6.5 
 8. Solovyev, Enisey6.0 
 9. Labovic, Krasnie6.0 
 10. Kolesnikov, Krasn.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Afik NISSIM
  Enisey
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 6
 1. Nissim, Enisey6.0 
 2. Planinic, Khimky6.0 
 3. Thomas, Spartak-.6.0 
 4. Shved, CSKA5.0 
 5. Daye, Khimky4.0 
 6. Bremer, N.Novgorod3.5 
 7. Samoylenko, Unics3.5 
 8. Rush, Krasnie Kril.3.0 
 9. Toporov, Enisey3.0 
 10. Teodosic, CSKA3.0 
Steals Per Game
 DeJuan BLAIR
  Krasnie Krilya
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Blair, Krasnie Kri.3.0 
 2. Victor, Spartak-.3.0 
 3. Thomas, Spartak-.3.0 
 4. Bremer, N.Novgorod2.5 
 5. Marinovic, Enisey2.0 
 6. Toporov, Enisey2.0 
 7. Miles, Krasnie Kri.2.0 
 8. Planinic, Khimky2.0 
 9. Kolesnikov, Krasni.2.0 
 10. Veremeenko, Unics1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zoran PLANINIC
  Khimky
  (199-G-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Planinic, Khimky3.0 
 2. Mozgov, Khimky2.0 
 3. Savrasenko, Unics1.5 
 4. Wilkinson, Unics1.0 
 5. Lavrinovic, CSKA1.0 
 6. Daye, Khimky1.0 
 7. Kurbanov, CSKA1.0 
 8. Loncar, Khimky1.0 
 9. Hukic, Enisey1.0 
 10. Savenkov, Sparta.1.0 


Stats Leaders - Superleague B
Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Ural E.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Lepojevic, Ural E.26.2 
 2. Gordon, Ural E.17.8 
 3. Ageev, Ruskon-M.15.5 
 4. Evgrafov, TE.13.5 
 5. Vorotnikov, Ataman13.3 
 6. Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan12.8 
 7. Zibirov, Ataman12.5 
 8. Varnakov, Ruskon-.12.5 
 9. Lekavicius, Univ.S.12.2 
 10. Lunev, Severstal12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir IVLEV
  Rjazan
  (207-F-90)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Ivlev, Rjazan8.5 
 2. Petukhov, Spart.8.5 
 3. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.7.5 
 4. Nikolaev, Ural E.7.0 
 5. Gresev, Ataman6.5 
 6. Beliaev, Univ.Surg.6.3 
 7. Murychev, Sojuz Z.6.0 
 8. Polyakov, Severstal6.0 
 9. Sleta, Sojuz Z.6.0 
 10. Sotnikov, TE.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kirill SLEPUKHA
  Sojuz Z.
  (181-PG-90)
  Avg: 6
 1. Slepukha, Sojuz Z.6.0 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.2 
 3. Zibirov, Ataman4.3 
 4. Vokhmianine, TEMP-.4.0 
 5. Glazunov, Ural E.3.7 
 6. Shashkov, Ural E.3.6 
 7. Grebelnyy, Sever.3.3 
 8. Korchagin, Rjazan3.0 
 9. Isakov, Ural E.3.0 
 10. Chernov, Ruskon-.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.2.5 
 2. Zibirov, Ataman2.5 
 3. Ivlev, Rjazan2.3 
 4. Korchagin, Rjazan2.0 
 5. Burtsev, Sojuz Z.2.0 
 6. Ageev, Ruskon-M.2.0 
 7. Krivko, Ruskon-M.1.5 
 8. Gresev, Ataman1.5 
 9. Babitchev, Spart.1.5 
 10. Murychev, Sojuz Z.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Vyacheslav SLETA
  Sojuz Z.
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sleta, Sojuz Z.2.5 
 2. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.2.0 
 3. Tsvetkov, Severst.1.8 
 4. Varlamov, Ural E.1.7 
 5. Gresev, Ataman1.5 
 6. Petukhov, Spart.1.3 
 7. Babitchev, Spart.1.2 
 8. Beliaev, Univ.Surg.1.0 
 9. Goritskov, Sever.0.8 
 10. Shashkov, Ural E.0.8 


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Khimky 2-0 
 2. CSKA 1-0 
 3. Spartak-Prim. 1-0 
 4. Krasnie Krilya 1-1 
 5. Unics 1-1 
 6. N.Novgorod 1-2 
 7. Triumph 0-0 
 8. Enisey 0-1 
 9. Lokomotiv 0-1 
 10. Spartak SP 0-1 


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U16 Asia Championship: China storm into semifinals - by Eurobasket News
China U16 - Saudi Arabia U16 100:19

China marches on at the U16 Asia Championship in Vietnam. They eased past Saudi Arabia to reach the semifinal stage of the tournament undefeated. Heng Yifeng (195-F-95) scored 16 points to lead the winners. China will now take on Japan for the spot in the Final.
China exploded with 32 points in the starting frame to take a 27-point lead. They stayed aggressive defensively in the second quarter. Saudi Arabia managed only 2 points in the next quarter as China piled up a 53:7 lead. China opened the second half on a 15:0 run to clear off even further. They held Saudi Arabia to 2 points in the period once again securing an unassailable 84:9 lead with ten minutes to go. China coasted to the victory in the final term. Xiaopeng Guo netted 13 points, while Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95), Pan Ning (210-C-95) and Yan Haoxin (90-G-95) scored 11 points each in the victory. Abdulaziz Sakar (183-G-95) responded with 6 points for Saudi Arabia. Naif Althalab finished with 5 points in the loss.

China U16: Heng Yifeng 16, Xiaopeng Guo 13, Zhao Jiwei 11, Pan Ning 11, Yan Haoxin 11
Saudi Arabia U16: Abdulaziz Sakar 6, Naif Althalab 5


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National Cup First round draw - by Nenad Ilijev
First round draw of National Cup was held yesterday. Below is schedule of all games.

November 9th:
Spartak Subotica (1B) - Borac Cacak (1A)
Meridiana Novi Sad (1. Srpska) - Mega Vizura (1A)
Surcin (1. Srpska) - Vojvodina Srbijagas (1. Srpska)
Radnicki Obrenovac/Konstantin - Radnicki FMP (1A)
Jedinstvo NB (1B) - Metalac (1A)
Jablanica Medvedja (1. Srpska) - Proleter Naftagas (1A)
Novi Pazar (1. Srpska) - Zeleznicar Indjija (1A)
Crnokosa (1B) - Smederevo 1953 (1A)


November 2nd:
Radnicki Obrenovac (1B) - Konstantin Nis (1B)


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D2 - Standings
League One Standings
Group East
 1. BKM Svit 0-0 
 2. Liptovsky M. 0-0 
 3. Lucenec 0-0 
 4. Nova Ves B 0-0 
 5. Roznava 0-0 
 6. Sabinov 0-0 
 7. Slavia Kosice 0-0 
 8. Ziar/Hronom 0-0 
Group West
 1. BSC Bratislava 0-0 
 2. Holic 0-0 
 3. Inter B 0-0 
 4. Karlovka 0-0 
 5. Petrzalka 0-0 
 6. Sered 0-0 
 7. SKP Filozof 0-0 
 8. Trnava 0-0 


Rado Rancik explodes in VTB United League - by Eurobasket News
Slovakian star Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) has great beginning of the season with his team Azovmash Mariupol. The experienced PF/C exploded in the latest round of the VTB United league. He had 27 points and 11 rebounds against his former team CEZ Nymburk. Azovmash won that game as a guest 86-94. Radoslav Rancik joined Azovmash during the summer. He has 13.7 ppg and 5.7 rpg for three games in VTB league so far. In EuroCup, he added 13.5 ppg and 7 rpg for two games. In Ukraine, Rancik has 10.5 ppg and 5.3 rpg in four games played. Radoslav Rancik spent last two seasons with Galatasaray. Before that, he played for Benetton, Nymburk, Evreux and Paris Basket Racing.

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Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
 1. Elektra 2-0 
 2. Helios 2-0 
 3. Zlatorog 2-0 
 4. Geoplin Slovan 1-1 
 5. Polzela 1-1 
 6. Rogaska 1-1 
 7. Sentjur 1-1 
 8. Maribor Messer 1-2 
 9. LTHcast Mercator 0-2 
 10. Parklji 0-3 
Play in international cups:
 1. Krka
 2. Union Olimpija


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Blaz MAHKOVIC
  LTHcas.
  (194-F-90)
  Avg: 27
 1. Mahkovic, LTHcas.27.0 
 2. Prepelic, Helios20.0 
 3. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.20.0 
 4. Rizvic, Parklji20.0 
 5. Zolotic, Maribor17.0 
 6. Mali, Zlatorog16.5 
 7. Rupnik, Geoplin16.0 
 8. Drzic, Sentjur16.0 
 9. Cigoja, Geoplin15.5 
 10. Djugum, Geoplin15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esmir RIZVIC
  Parklji
  (213-C-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rizvic, Parklji11.0 
 2. Miljkovic, Rogaska10.5 
 3. Nuhanovic, Elektra9.5 
 4. Zolotic, Maribor8.5 
 5. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.7.5 
 6. Nelson, Sentjur7.5 
 7. Omic, Zlatorog7.0 
 8. Mucic, Maribor6.5 
 9. Djugum, Geoplin6.0 
 10. Cajic, LTHcast6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Zlatorog
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Vujasinovic, Zlato.8.0 
 2. Prepelic, Helios7.0 
 3. Rembert, Sentjur7.0 
 4. Rupnik, Geoplin7.0 
 5. Jovanovic, Maribo.5.5 
 6. Hohler, Polzela5.0 
 7. Panic, Zlatorog4.5 
 8. Zagorc, Elektra4.5 
 9. Miljkovic, Rogaska4.0 
 10. Tomic, Rogaska4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Panic, Zlatorog4.0 
 2. Kobal, Parklji3.3 
 3. Vujasinovic, Zlato.3.0 
 4. Mahkovic, LTHcas.3.0 
 5. Rembert, Sentjur3.0 
 6. Lelic, Elektra3.0 
 7. Mezek, LTHcast3.0 
 8. Zagorc, Elektra2.5 
 9. Pelko, Maribor2.5 
 10. Cresnar, Helios2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Blaz CRESNAR
  Helios
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Cresnar, Helios3.0 
 2. Primorac, Sentjur2.5 
 3. Nelson, Sentjur1.5 
 4. Djugum, Geoplin1.5 
 5. Dobravec, Geopli.1.0 
 6. Omic, Zlatorog1.0 
 7. Brodnik, Zlatorog1.0 
 8. Sebic, Polzela1.0 
 9. Bajramlic, Elektra1.0 
 10. Dimec, Zlatorog1.0 


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  SOUTH KOREA   


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


U16 Asia Championship: Mincheol Shin leads South Korea past Indonesia - by Eurobasket News
South Korea U16 - Indonesia U16 107:48

South Korea advanced into U16 Asia Championship. They defeated Indonesia in the quarterfinal tonight. Shin Mincheol (187-F-96) delivered 22 points to pace the winners.
South Korea capped the opening frame on a 13:0 run to take a 15-point lead. They increased the tempo in the second quarter. South Korea built a confident 45:16 lead at the interval. South Korea maintained the lead throughout the third term. They headed into the final stanza up by as many as 40 points 73:33. South Korea kept the pressure in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory. Kim Minki (197-C-95) notched 16 points, while Kim Gookchan (193-F-96) had 17 points in the win. Taufik Ramadhan (184-F-95) answered with 13 points for Indonesia. Vincent Kosasih (198-C-96) finished with 10 points in the loss.

South Korea U16: Shin Mincheol 22, Kim Gookchan 17, Kim Minki 16
Indonesia U16: Taufik Ramadhan 13, Vincent Kosasih 10


KBL Round 6: Mobis Phoebus beat ET Land Elephants by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
This is still too early stage of the Regular Season in KBL and we should expect many changes in upcoming rounds. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game of round 6 in the KBL took place in Ulsan. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked ET Land Elephants (2-3) to eighth ranked Mobis Phoebus (3-3) 77-74 on Wednesday evening. ET Land Elephants were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a good game for the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. American center Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds for ET Land Elephants. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with KCC Egis and Sonic Boom KT. ET Land Elephants at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Samsung Th. and SK Knights. Mobis Phoebus will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. ET Land Elephants will play at home against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC (#2) and are hoping to win this game.
KBL top team - Dongbu Promy (6-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked SK Knights (2-3) in Wonju 79-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SK Knights. The former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) scored 31 points and 8 rebounds (on 13-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Ji-Hyon Park chipped in 21 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Undefeated Dongbu Promy have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. SK Knights at the other side dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. They share the position with Samsung Th. and ET Land. Dongbu Promy will play against Samsung Thunders (#8) in Seoul in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SK Knights will play on the road against Daegu Orions and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Daegu Orions is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to second ranked Anyang KGC (4-2) 89-81 on Wednesday evening. Rodney White notched 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Even 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (on 14-of-16 shooting from the field) by Chris Williams did not help to save the game for Daegu Orions. Anyang KGC have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 4-2 record having just two points less than leader Dongbu Promy. Loser Daegu Orions still closes the standings with six games lost. Anyang KGC will meet ET Land Elephants (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Daegu Orions will play against SK Knights in Seoul and hope to get finally their first victory.
The game between ninth ranked Sonic Boom KT (3-3) and one of their biggest challengers KCC Egis (3-3) in Busan ended with biggest points difference. Sonic Boom KT outscored guests from Jeonju 94-69. The best player for the winners was Charles Rhodes who had a double-double by scoring 32 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks. Sonic Boom KT moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Mobis Phoebus and KCC Egis. Sonic Boom KT will have a break next round. KCC Egis will play on the road against LG Sakers (#3) in Changwon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Sonic Boom KT - KCC Egis 94-69

The game between ninth ranked Sonic Boom KT (3-3) and one of their biggest challengers KCC Egis (3-3) in Busan ended with biggest points difference. Sonic Boom KT outscored guests from Jeonju 94-69. The game without a history. Sonic Boom KT led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.6 percent from the field. Sonic Boom KT players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks. The former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international center Seung-Jin Ha (221-85) who recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds and American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sonic Boom KT moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Mobis Phoebus and KCC Egis. Sonic Boom KT will have a break next round. KCC Egis will play on the road against LG Sakers (#3) in Changwon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 32+11reb+3ast, D.Cho 11+2reb+2ast, M.Pyo 11+1reb+2ast, S.Cho 10+6reb+3ast, W.Yaung 9+1reb+3ast, S.Park 8+2reb+3ast
KCC Egis: D.Sims 13+7reb+2ast, S.Ha 13+9reb+2ast, M.Sin 12+4reb+4ast, B.Yoo 11+2ast, S.Choo 9+1reb+2ast, T.Akins 4
gschID: 145636


Mobis Phoebus - ET Land 77-74

The most exciting game of round 6 in the KBL took place in Ulsan. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked ET Land Elephants (2-3) to eighth ranked Mobis Phoebus (3-3) 77-74 on Wednesday evening. ET Land Elephants were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a good game for the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. American center Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Four Mobis Phoebus players scored in double figures. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and international forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) added 23 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for ET Land Elephants. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with KCC Egis and Sonic Boom KT. ET Land Elephants at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Samsung Th. and SK Knights. Mobis Phoebus will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. ET Land Elephants will play at home against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC (#2) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: D.Yang 24+7reb+5ast, M.Thomas 17+10reb+3ast, C.Song 13+2reb+2ast, D.Ryang Kim 11+9reb, J.Lee 8+3reb+3ast, J.Park 4+3reb
ET Land: J.Vroman 27+10reb, T.Moon 23+5reb+2ast, H.Kang 6+2ast, H.Lee 5+1reb, H.Lee 5+5reb+1ast, K.Shin 4+6reb+5ast
gschID: 145637


Anyang KGC - Daegu Orions 89-81

Bottom-ranked Daegu Orions is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to second ranked Anyang KGC (4-2) 89-81 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-81. Anyang KGC made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. American power forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) notched 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and international center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) supported him with 22 points and 10 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Even 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (on 14-of-16 shooting from the field) by American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) did not help to save the game for Daegu Orions. The former international forward Daniel Sandrin (200-80, college: Seattle Pacific) added 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Anyang KGC have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 4-2 record having just two points less than leader Dongbu Promy. Loser Daegu Orions still closes the standings with six games lost. Anyang KGC will meet ET Land Elephants (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Daegu Orions will play against SK Knights in Seoul and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: R.White 25+5reb+5ast, J.Lee 25+2reb+1ast, S.Oh 22+10reb+1ast, S.Kim 7+2reb, T.Kim 6+3reb+4ast, C.Park 2+1reb+2ast
Daegu Orions: C.Williams 36+7reb+1ast, D.Sandrin 17+9reb, J.Choi 11+6reb+2ast, Y.Park 9+1reb+6ast, K.Kim 6+1reb+7ast, M.Kim 2+1reb
gschID: 145638


Dongbu Promy - SK Knights 79-66

KBL top team - Dongbu Promy (6-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked SK Knights (2-3) in Wonju 79-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SK Knights. The game was mostly controlled by Dongbu Promy. SK Knights was better in third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) scored 31 points and 8 rebounds (on 13-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Ji-Hyon Park (183-79) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Hee-Jung Joo (181-77) scored 9 points and 7 assists. Dongbu Promy have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. SK Knights at the other side dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. They share the position with Samsung Th. and ET Land. Dongbu Promy will play against Samsung Thunders (#8) in Seoul in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SK Knights will play on the road against Daegu Orions and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: J.Kim 31+8reb+1ast, J.Park 21+4reb+4ast, R.Benson 11+12reb+1ast, H.Yoon 7+7reb+8ast, J.Ahn 3+2reb+4ast, M.Suk 3
SK Knights: A.Johnson 20+16reb+4ast, M.Kim 14+4reb, S.Lee 11+2ast, H.Joo 9+3reb+7ast, H.Kim 5+1ast, K.Hoon Byun 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 145635




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  SPAIN   


Change at Lan Mobel - by Eurobasket News
Kareem Johnson (205-C-80, college: Cincinnati) is no longer a member of Lan Mobel. Two sides terminated their deal few days ago. At the same time, Lan Mobel invited Victor Serrano (211-C-89) on tryout.
Kareem Johnson joined Lan Mobel recently. He appeared twice in LEB Silver averaging 5 points and 4 rebounds. Before Lan Mobel he played on New Zealand and in Slovakia.
Victor Serrano is a product of Estudiantes Madrid. He spent last season on loan with La Laguna. Serrano appeared 26 times in LEB Gold collecting 2.5 points and 1.7 rebounds. Season 2009/10 he also spent on loan, but to Guadalajara. They competed in LEB Silver.


Kimmani Barrett and Navarra part ways - by Eurobasket News
Kimmani Barrett (198-F-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: La Salle) and his team Navarra parted ways this week. The Jamaican/American forward had a short term deal with the club and he was brought in as a replacement for injured Mekongo. His contract expired and will not be extended. Barrett appeared four times in LEB Gold averaging 8.8 points. Barrett joined Navarra from the German team VfB 1900 Giessen Pointers, where he spent last season. He appeared 21 times in ProB averaging 17.3 points, 8 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Kimmani Barrett was named Eurobasket.com All-German 2. Bundesliga Pro B 2nd Team -11. It was his first season as a pro. Kimmani Barrett is a product of the La Salle University, where he graduated a year ago. He had 13.4 ppg and 3.7 rpg for his school as a senior. Barrett played 16 games that season. In 2008/09, he averaged 11.8 points and 5 rebounds for 31 games.

Unicaja grabs OT win against Zalgiris, 85-78 - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - Zalgiris 85-78 OT

It was the opening game of Round Two and Unicaja managed to grab their first Euroleague win this season. Both teams failed in the first round and now Unicaja improved to 1-1 record in Group B, while Zalgiris dropped to 0-2. It was very a exciting meeting and Unicaja needed an OT to take it. Zalgiris had a chance to win in regular time, but they committed a turnover in the finish and suddenly Unicaja got the last possession. Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) missed a deep three and the game went to an extra period. Unicaja made plus four quickly and few moments later jumped to 76-69 thanks to triple by Valters. Zalgiris was not able to reply and faced with the second straight Euroleague loss. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) stepped up for the hosts with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Kristaps Valters scored 20 points and handed out 7 assists, while Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) helped his team with 10 points and 6 rebs. In Zalgiris, Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) shined with 21 points and 8 rebs. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) had 18 pts and 6 boards, and Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) added 11 pts. Quarters: 22-19, 8-20, 19-13, 18-15, 18-11 OT. In the next game, Unicaja will meet Brose Baskets on the road. Zalgiris goes to Athens. Their rival will be the reigning Euroleague champion Panathinaikos.

Unicaja: Joel Freeland 21+12 boards, Kristaps Valters 20+7 as, Tremmell Darden 10+6 boards
Zalgiris: Sonny Weems 21+8 boards, Marko Popovic 18+6 boards, Mantas Kalnietis 11


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Basketligan Round 6: Sundsvall Dragons defeat leader Uppsala Basket - by Eurobasket News
There were just 6 rounds played in Regular Season of Basketligan and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Uppsala Basket (4-2) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were rolled over by Sundsvall Dragons (4-2) 91-66. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-2 record before this meeting. The game without a history. Sundsvall Dragons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for Icelandic guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birmingham Souther) who led his team to a victory with 25 points. American forward Marcus Johnson (198-87, college: USC) contributed with 22 points for the winners. The former international guard Johan Jeansson (197-85) replied with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Uppsala Basket. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sundsvall Dragons keep a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Uppsala Basket. Sundsvall Dragons is looking forward to face Sodertalje Kings (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Uppsala Basket will play against 08 Stockholm and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Sodertalje. Fourth ranked Sodertalje Kings (4-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-best LF Basket (3-3) 69-66 on Tuesday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. American players dominated the game. point guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 23 points to lead the charge for the winners and Kenneth Simms chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Sodertalje Kings' coach Vedran Bosnic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Justin Safford (205, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Sodertalje Kings have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. LF Basket at the other side dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with 08. Sodertalje Kings will play against league's leader Sundsvall Dragons on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. LF Basket will play against Norrkoping Dolphins (#4) in Norrkoping and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Boras between Boras Basket and KFUM Jamtland. Third ranked Boras Basket (4-2) got a very close home victory over 8th ranked KFUM Jamtland (2-4). Boras Basket managed to escape with a 2-point win 99-97 on Tuesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Michael Palm notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 22 points by Evaldas Zabas did not help to save the game for KFUM Jamtland. Boras Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser KFUM Jamtland keeps the eighth place with four games lost. They share the position with Solna. Boras Basket will meet at home bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KFUM Jamtland will play against Solna Vikings and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Eco Orebro is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to fifth ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (4-2) 89-73. The best player for the winners was Edgard Jeromanovs who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Norrkoping Dolphins' coach Paul Burke used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Eco Orebro at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins' next round opponent will be LF Basket (#6) in Lulea where they are favorite. Eco Orebro will play on the road against the league's second-placed Boras Basket (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 6 08 was beaten by Solna on the road 86-73.



Solna - 08 86-73

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Solna Vikings (2-4) beat at home 7th ranked 08 Stockholm (3-3) 86-73. The game was mostly controlled by Solna Vikings. 08 Stockholm was better in second period 22-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Solna Vikings won last quarter 27-16. They made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Stephen McDowell (180-85, college: Chattanooga, agency: Warren Sports International) who scored 25 points. The other American import forward Avery Jukes (203, college: Butler, agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Solna Vikings players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Joakim Blom (211-76, agency: Court Side) who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Johan Akesson (210-84, agency: Warren Sports International) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. 08 Stockholm's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Solna Vikings moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Jamtland. 08 Stockholm at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Solna Vikings' next round opponent will be KFUM Jamtland (#8) on the road.
Top scorers:
08: N.Hedstrom 17+5reb+3ast, J.Blom 17+8reb+2ast, J.Akesson 12+8reb+6ast, F.Odada 7+2reb+1ast, H.Magnusson 6+2reb, G.Nystrom 5+4reb+4ast
Solna: S.McDowell 25+4reb+2ast, L.Gunnarsson 16+3reb+4ast, A.Jukes 13+8reb+2ast, K.Doychinov 10+5reb, W.Beck 9+2reb+2ast, L.Myrthil 6+9reb+2ast
gschID: 132200


Boras - Jamtland 99-97

A very close game took place in Boras between Boras Basket and KFUM Jamtland. Third ranked Boras Basket (4-2) got a very close home victory over 8th ranked KFUM Jamtland (2-4). Boras Basket managed to escape with a 2-point win 99-97 on Tuesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 29-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Boras Basket made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Boras Basket outrebounded KFUM Jamtland 37-26 including 22 on the defensive glass. The former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and Lebanese-American guard Omar Krayem (185-86, college: Cal.Baptist) supported him with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 22 points by Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) did not help to save the game for KFUM Jamtland. Icelandic guard Brynjar Bjornsson (191-88, college: Francis Marion) added 19 points and 4 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Boras Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser KFUM Jamtland keeps the eighth place with four games lost. They share the position with Solna. Boras Basket will meet at home bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KFUM Jamtland will play against Solna Vikings and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jamtland: E.Zabas 22+4reb+3ast, B.Bjornsson 19+4ast, B.Lalugba 14+7reb+2ast, A.Karlsson 14+4reb+1ast, D.Klaric 12+3reb+2ast, S.Hellgren 10+2reb+5ast
Boras: O.Krayem 22+6reb+7ast, M.Palm 22+15reb+1ast, C.McKnight 17+7reb+1ast, H.Carlsson 14+1reb+1ast, R.Zamroz 11+2reb+4ast, J.Thomas 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 132201


Eco Orebro - Norrkoping 73-89

Bottom-ranked Eco Orebro is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to fifth ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (4-2) 89-73. The game was mostly controlled by Norrkoping Dolphins. Eco Orebro was better in fourth quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Latvian guard Edgard Jeromanovs (186-86) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). American-British forward Oladapo Ayuba (198-86, college: UMKC) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach Paul Burke used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Andrew Pleick (196-80, college: Lafayette) who recorded 16 points and 7 assists and American forward Demond Watt (200-89, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Eco Orebro at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins' next round opponent will be LF Basket (#6) in Lulea where they are favorite. Eco Orebro will play on the road against the league's second-placed Boras Basket (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Eco Orebro: A.Pleick 16+4reb+7ast, B.Toombs 13+7reb, D.Watt 13+8reb+1ast, P.Hampton 12+4reb+1ast, B.Barton 9+1reb+1ast, S.Licartovsky 5+2reb+2ast
Norrkoping: O.Ayuba 17+5reb+1ast, E.Jeromanovs 16+5reb+2ast, F.Drains 13+3reb+1ast, P.Balocka 11+4reb+1ast, M.Lindquist 10+2ast, P.Sakinis 9+4reb
gschID: 132202


Sodertalje - LF Basket 69-66

Important game to mention about took place in Sodertalje. Fourth ranked Sodertalje Kings (4-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-best LF Basket (3-3) 69-66 on Tuesday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. LF Basket was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 20-11 third quarter run of Sodertalje Kings. American players dominated the game. point guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 23 points to lead the charge for the winners and center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Sodertalje Kings' coach Vedran Bosnic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Justin Safford (205, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and forward Keith Ramsey (206-87, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks. Four LF Basket players scored in double figures. Sodertalje Kings have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. LF Basket at the other side dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with 08. Sodertalje Kings will play against league's leader Sundsvall Dragons on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. LF Basket will play against Norrkoping Dolphins (#4) in Norrkoping and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LF Basket: J.Safford 22+10reb+2ast, K.Ramsey 12+8reb, M.Pahlmblad 12+3ast, R.Mbemba 10+2reb+3ast, C.Ryan 6+2reb+2ast, U.Igbavboa 4+2reb
Sodertalje: J.Smith 23+4reb+3ast, M.Griskenas 16+8reb+1ast, K.Simms 14+11reb+1ast, D.Pita 6+2reb+1ast, M.Joseph 4+1ast, A.Chuk 2+1reb+11ast
gschID: 132198


Uppsala - Sundsvall 66-91

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Uppsala Basket (4-2) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were rolled over by Sundsvall Dragons (4-2) 91-66. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-2 record before this meeting. The game without a history. Sundsvall Dragons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for Icelandic guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birmingham Souther) who led his team to a victory with 25 points. American forward Marcus Johnson (198-87, college: USC) contributed with 22 points for the winners. The former international guard Johan Jeansson (197-85) replied with 20 points and 6 rebounds and Australian guard Rhys Carter (190-84) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Uppsala Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sundsvall Dragons keep a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Uppsala Basket. Sundsvall Dragons is looking forward to face Sodertalje Kings (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Uppsala Basket will play against 08 Stockholm and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Uppsala: J.Jeansson 20+6reb+1ast, R.Eriksson 12+2reb+1ast, D.Johnson 10+11reb, A.Nordstrom 10+3reb+1ast, R.Carter 9+7reb+7ast, S.Grundberg 2+3reb+1ast
Sundsvall: J.Sigurdarson 25+3reb+1ast, M.Johnson 22+3reb, D.Gregory 13+5reb+1ast, T.Liden 11+5reb+1ast, P.Ermolinskij 10+6reb+4ast, H.Baeringsson 8+12reb+4ast
gschID: 132199




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


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Stephen MCDOWELL
  Solna
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 24
 1. McDowell, Solna24.0 
 2. Zabas, Jamtland23.3 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje18.7 
 4. McKnight, Boras18.4 
 5. Krayem, Boras18.4 
 6. Sigurdarson, Sunds.18.0 
 7. Palm, Boras17.8 
 8. Safford, LF Basket17.0 
 9. Jeansson, Uppsala16.3 
 10. Mbemba, LF Basket16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sunds.
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.11.0 
 2. Palm, Boras9.6 
 3. Johnson, Uppsala9.3 
 4. Ramsey, LF Basket9.0 
 5. Toombs, Eco Orebro8.8 
 6. Akesson, 088.4 
 7. Watt, Eco Orebro8.3 
 8. Safford, LF Basket8.2 
 9. Lalugba, Jamtland8.2 
 10. Ermolinskij, Sund.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket7.8 
 2. Carter, Uppsala6.3 
 3. Hellgren, Jamtland6.2 
 4. Krayem, Boras6.0 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje5.2 
 6. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.0 
 7. Akesson, 084.4 
 8. Smith, Sodertalje3.5 
 9. Mitchell, Norrkopi.3.5 
 10. Gunnarsson, Solna3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-PG-80)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.3 
 2. Carter, Uppsala3.0 
 3. Mitchell, Norrkopi.2.7 
 4. Ramsey, LF Basket2.5 
 5. McDowell, Solna2.5 
 6. Pleick, Eco Orebro2.4 
 7. Mbemba, LF Basket2.3 
 8. Zabas, Jamtland2.3 
 9. Beck, Solna2.0 
 10. Krayem, Boras2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith RAMSEY
  LF Basket
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ramsey, LF Basket2.5 
 2. Johnson, Uppsala2.2 
 3. Watt, Eco Orebro1.8 
 4. Simms, Sodertalje1.8 
 5. Lalugba, Jamtland1.8 
 6. Toombs, Eco Orebro1.6 
 7. Odada, 081.2 
 8. Gregory, Sundsvall1.0 
 9. Blom, 081.0 
 10. Palm, Boras0.8 


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U16 Asia Championship: Qatar unable to match Taiwan - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan U16 - Qatar U16 125:37

Taiwan recorded a comfortable win over Qatar at the classification round of U16 Asia Championship. Hsieh Tsung-Rong (95) scored 25 points to lead Taiwan to the stunning victory. Taiwan will now take on India for the ninth overall place. Qatar will face Vietnam for the 11th position.
Taiwan dominated from the very first moments of the encounter. They piled up a 29:7 lead ten minutes into the game. Qatar slowed their opponents down in the second frame but still faced a 29-point deficit at the interval. Taiwan stepped on the gas in the third quarter. They unloaded 40 points to clear off to an insurmountable 62-point buffer with ten minutes to go. They cruised to the victory afterwards. Wang I-Fan (95) and Kuan-Shiuan Lu delivered 23 points each for Taiwan. Abdulrahman Saad (183-F-96) responded with 16 points for Qatar. Mohammed Dawoud (195-C-95) netted 12 points in the loss.

Taiwan U16: Hsieh Tsung-Rong 25, Wang I-Fan 23, Kuan-Shiuan Lu 23
Qatar U16: Abdulrahman Saad 16, Mohammed Dawoud 12


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Olin Edrine returns Reha Oz - by Eurobasket News
Reha Oz (200-F-78) is back to Olin Edrine. The experienced Turkish forward signed a new one-season deal. Oz joined Olin Edrine in October of 2010 averaging 4.8 points and 1.8 rebounds for 33 games. He started last season with Karsiyaka, but they parted ways after one game. Reha Oz played for Aliaga from 2008 to 2010. He had 10.8 ppg and 4.7 rpg in their second season together. Before Aliaga, he spent three years with Mersin. Oz also has experience from ITU Istanbul, where he played for 2000 to 2005. They won D2 title together in their first season. In the past, Reha Oz also spent couple of years with Fenerbahce.

Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
 1. Akhisar Bld 4-0 
 2. Genc Telekom 4-0 
 3. Selcuk Univ. 3-1 
 4. Final Genclik 3-1 
 5. Pamukkale 3-1 
 6. Usak 3-1 
 7. Vestel 3-1 
 8. Optimum TED 2-2 
 9. Gaziantep 2-2 
 10. Darussafaka 2-2 
 11. Istanbul B.B. 2-2 
 12. Maliye Milli 2-2 
 13. TED Istanbul 2-2 
 14. Baskent Genclik 1-3 
 15. Balikesir 1-3 
 16. Gelisim 1-3 
 17. Tire Gucu 1-3 
 18. Pertevniyal 1-3 
 19. Istanbulspor 0-4 
 20. Orman Genc 0-4 


TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Dijuan HARRIS
  Usak
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 28
 1. Harris, Usak28.0 
 2. Nelson, Akhisar Bld27.0 
 3. Delic, Genc Telekom22.5 
 4. Gray, Baskent21.5 
 5. Carter, Vestel18.5 
 6. Jackson, Balikesir17.8 
 7. Bayraktar, Tire G.17.7 
 8. Pilgrim, Pamukkale17.3 
 9. Ilter, Final Gencl.17.3 
 10. Boswell, Tire Gucu17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikolay PASTAL
  Usak
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Pastal, Usak13.3 
 2. Pilgrim, Pamukkale12.3 
 3. Gray, Baskent11.8 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld11.5 
 5. Avci, Genc Telekom10.0 
 6. Can, Pertevniyal9.5 
 7. Boswell, Tire Gucu9.0 
 8. Okkali, Final Genc.8.8 
 9. Jackson, Balikesir8.8 
 10. Sirin, Pertevniyal8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rahim RIZVANOGLU
  Genc T.
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.7.8 
 2. Demirci, Akhisar B.6.8 
 3. Yolcu, Baskent5.5 
 4. Ilter, Final Gencl.5.5 
 5. Bayraktar, Tire G.5.3 
 6. Eris, Istanbul B.B.5.0 
 7. Senol, Pamukkale4.3 
 8. Aydin, Selcuk Univ.4.0 
 9. Akyol, Balikesir3.8 
 10. Ufuk Kacar, Selcu.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew PILGRIM
  Pamukkale
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Pilgrim, Pamukkale4.0 
 2. Okkali, Final Genc.3.5 
 3. Harris, Usak3.0 
 4. Yavuz, Vestel3.0 
 5. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.2.5 
 6. Mentese, Gelisim2.5 
 7. Carter, Vestel2.5 
 8. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.3 
 9. Jackson, Balikesir2.3 
 10. Ufuk Kacar, Selcu.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyrus BOSWELL
  Tire Gucu
  (202-F/C-78)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Boswell, Tire Gucu1.5 
 2. Davis, TED Istanb.1.5 
 3. Washington, Gelisim1.3 
 4. Brown, TED I.1.3 
 5. Balto, Darussafaka1.3 
 6. Ozdemir, Vestel1.0 
 7. Turetken, Selcuk U.1.0 
 8. Goekay, Usak1.0 
 9. Kolaric, Istanbul.1.0 
 10. Sirin, Pertevniyal1.0 


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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 


Brian Greene gets MVP of the Week award for Superleague - by Eurobasket News
American Brian Greene (195-G/F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Hoverla and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 28-year old swingman had a double-double of 24 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Kryvbasbasket (#14, 0-5), the league's bottom-ranked team 87-75. It allowed Hoverla to consolidate first place in the Ukrainian Superleague. Hoverla have a solid 7-1 record. In the team's last game Greene had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Brian Greene averages this season 10.5ppg and 6.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Bryan Davis (206-F-86, agency: N.E.T.) of Kryvbasbasket. Davis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Kryvbasbasket lost that game 75-87 to the higher-ranked Hoverla (#1, 7-1). Kryvbasbasket are still at the very bottom. 5 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Davis is a newcomer at Kryvbasbasket 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 16.4ppg (#7). He also registered 10.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Vincentian Shawn King (208-C-82) of BC Odessa (#8). King showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of BC Odessa, leading his team to a 81-72 win against the higher-ranked Budivelnyk (#2, 5-1). BC Odessa 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. King has a great season in Ukraine. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.7ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 10.7rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.8bpg and FGP: 56.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charles Thomas (203-F-86) of Dnipro - 24 points and 10 rebounds
5. Derrick Zimmerman (190-G-81) of BC Kyiv - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Eric Coleman (200-C-85) of Hoverla - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Sergiy Gorbenko (202-F-85) of DniproAzot - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Steven Burtt (185-G-84) of Dnipro - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Vincent Hunter (208-F-84) of Mykolaiv - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Daniel McClintock (212-C-77) of Mykolaiv - 18 points, 8 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)


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Rodney GREEN
  Mykolaiv
  (195-F/G-88)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Green, Mykolaiv20.4 
 2. Thomas, Dnipro20.3 
 3. Stojanovski, Cherk.19.4 
 4. Burtt, Dnipro19.0 
 5. King, BC Odessa17.7 
 6. McGhee, Khimik17.1 
 7. Davis, Kryvbasb.16.4 
 8. Deane, BC Odessa16.3 
 9. Culpepper, Fe.16.1 
 10. Coleman, Hoverla16.0 
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. Fraser, DniproAzot9.0 
 5. Hunter, Mykolaiv8.7 
 6. Davis, Fe.8.6 
 7. Terry, Khimik8.4 
 8. Thomas, Dnipro8.0 
 9. Pupovic, Cherkasy7.8 
 10. Radenovic, BC Do.7.7 
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.4.4 
 7. Swanson, Hoverla4.4 
 8. Butskyy, Fe.4.4 
 9. Vaughn, Mykolaiv4.4 
 10. Culpepper, Fe.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin TIGGS
  Hoverla
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Tiggs, Hoverla2.4 
 2. Ewing, Azovmash2.0 
 3. Snow, Kryvbasb.2.0 
 4. Miletic, Khimik2.0 
 5. Low, Dnipro2.0 
 6. Mitchell, Khimik1.9 
 7. Chappell, Fe.1.7 
 8. Crenshaw, Kryvbasb.1.7 
 9. Stojanovski, Cherk.1.6 
 10. Gorbenko, Dnipr.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Maxym KORNIYENKO
  Dnipro
  (205-F/C-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Korniyenko, Dnipro3.3 
 2. McClintock, Mykola.2.9 
 3. King, BC Odessa2.8 
 4. Gorbenko, Dnipr.1.7 
 5. Coleman, Hoverla1.6 
 6. Agafonov, Budiv.1.5 
 7. Wallace, Halychyna1.4 
 8. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.4 
 9. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 10. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 


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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


News from An Nahl Sharjah - by Eurobasket
Now approaching the end of training and with a cup at the end of the month Sharjah's import players Terrence Townsend (206-F/C-86, college: Los Angeles CC) and Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) have been training extremely hard over to build good team chemistry with their teammates. The American players are still trying adjusted to the overseas life style in Dubai. Terrence also spent some time in Los Angeles we've seen him in the gym looking better than ever playing against top rookies from the NBA such as Paul George (Indiana Pacers) Nick Young (Washington Wizards) and more. This season will be a grand one with the NBA still on a lockout and a few stars coming across the waters to play, this season just might one of the most exciting overseas seasons in years...

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MVP Bell Joins Raiders - by Paul Nilsen
The UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders have signed last years BBL MVP Jeremy Bell (183-G-83, college: Williams Baptist). The 6 point guard won the MVP award with Cheshire Jets last season, but flew into the UK on Monday and will join up with his new team mates at training for the first time on Tuesday night. In a related move, American Ben Smith has been released.

Bell joined the Jets last summer, and made an immediate impact as he finished top scorer in Championship games with an average of 23 points per game.

The award was voted for by the BBLs head coaches, and 28-year-old Bell came out on top after a stunning debut season in Britain. Bell beat fellow American Trey Moore of Newcastle Eagles and Team GB captain Andrew Sullivan into second and third place respectively.

He also dished out 3.7 assists and had 2.03 steals for the Jets as they finished in fourth place (one place ahead of the Raiders) in the BBL Championship and knocked the Raiders out of the end of season playoffs in the first round. With Bell at the helm, the Jets also reached the semi-finals oof the BBL Cup.

Bell played in all 33 BBL Championship games for the Jets, averaging just over 38 minutes per game - a league-high - and scored a point every 100 seconds for his side.

It was a tough decision to make, said Raiders coach Gavin Love. But its better to make it now rather than later in the season and bring in a great player like Jeremy who will really enhance the team. Ben has done a good job while hes been here and hes a great guy who has worked hard, but I thought we were lacking in a few important areas, and Jeremy helps to address these.

Raiders Chairman, Bob Widdecombe, added Jeremys offense tends to get all of the attention, but hes a very accomplished and aggressive defender, and obviously has the experience of playing in the BBL last season with the Cheshire Jets, so he knows the situation that hes coming into. Its a very exciting move for the club.

Bell will play his first game for the Raiders in Durham on Saturday in the BBL Cup. The winners of the game will meet Sheffield Sharks on November 4th in Sheffield.


BBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 27
 1. Bolds, MK Lions27.0 
 2. Teel, Leopards24.0 
 3. Krubally, 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. Gordon, Worceste.18.5 
 10. Schneck, Cheshire.18.3 
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. Tuck, Sheffield S.10.8 
 6. Martin, Guildfor.9.7 
 7. Gordon, Worceste.9.5 
 8. Sullivan, Leiceste.9.5 
 9. Hardy, Leicester R.9.3 
 10. Thomson, Newcast.9.0 
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.3.3 
 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. Bucci, Durham W.2.5 
 5. Green, Glasgow2.4 
 6. Gause, Newcastl.2.4 
 7. Holmes, Leiceste.2.0 
 8. Gill, MK Lions2.0 
 9. Brown, Cheshire.2.0 
 10. Bailey, Mersey Ti.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill COLE
  Cheshire Jets
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Cole, Cheshire Jets2.0 
 2. Holmes, Leiceste.2.0 
 3. Royster, Leiceste.2.0 
 4. Northern, MK Lions1.5 
 5. Dobbins, Sheffield1.3 
 6. Youngblood, Leices.1.0 
 7. Sullivan, Leiceste.1.0 
 8. Krubally, Leopards1.0 
 9. Crawford, MK Lions1.0 
 10. Madourie, Newcast.1.0 


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 2-0 
 2. Worcester W. 2-0 
 3. Leicester R. 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 0-3 


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Shellman netted 31 points for Sayago - by Hector Lopez
Terence Shellman (199-F-78) netted 31 poins and grabbed 12 rebounds win two blocks leading Sayago to beat Aguada 82-73 for the Uruguayan Leagu. Also for Sayago, Derrick Roland (193-G-88, college: Texas A&M) scored 23 points. For Aguada: Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) 22 points 5 rebounds and Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 12 points and 9 rebounds. Welcome beat Cader 90-74. For Welcome Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) 18 points 8 rebounds 3 assists. Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) left the field injured after nine minutes with 6 points and 2 rebounds.

Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
Capital
 1. Hebraica 6-0 
 2. Defensor 5-2 
 3. Welcome 5-3 
 4. Malvin 4-0 
 5. Aguada 4-3 
 6. Olimpia 4-3 
 7. Trouville 4-3 
 8. Sayago 4-4 
 9. Guruyu Waston 4-4 
 10. Bigua 3-3 
 11. Un.Atletica 3-4 
 12. Montevideo 3-4 
 13. Bohemios 3-4 
 14. Larre Borges 2-6 
 15. Cordon 2-6 
 16. Cader 0-7 
Littoral
 1. Anastasia 0-0 
 2. Juventus Salto 0-0 
 3. Remeros 0-0 
 4. Universitario S. 0-0 
 5. Wanderers 0-0 
South
 1. Flores Trinidad 0-0 
 2. Lagomar 0-0 
 3. Lavalleja 0-0 
 4. Maldonado 0-0 
 5. Plaza 0-0 


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Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Cent.Apure 20-2 
 2. Tiburones 16-7 
 3. Estudiantes 15-7 
 4. Lanc.Cojedes 14-11 
 5. Graneros 13-10 
 6. Rojos de Sucre 13-11 
 7. Atleticos UCV 4-21 
 8. Cacaoteros 1-20 


LNB 2011 - Week 8 (Oct. 25th): Centauros advances to playoffs, Tiburones and Estudiantes win - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Centauros de Apure, at the top of the standings in Liga Nacional de Baloncesto 2011, secured a spot in the playoffs by defeating Lanceros de Cojedes, 108-98 in extra time, at Jose Miguel Pandare Colisseum of San Carlos, while Tiburones de Vargas and Estudiantes de Guarico kept their fight for second place alive with their respective victories over Graneros de Portuguesa and Atleticos UCV.

The team coached by Nestor Salazar forced extra time with a three-point shot by Carl Elliott (193-G-83), while Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) and Hector Romero (202-F/C-80) combined to provide them with enough points to beat the guys coached by Jorge Arrieta .

Tiburones, under the command of Puerto Rican Tony Ruiz, beat Graneros with 16 points and three assists by Rafael Guevara (194-F-79), while Richard Lugo (209-C-73) added 15 points and 8 rebounds. For Graneros, Johan Pinero (183-PG-76) finished up with 13.

Estudiantes won thanks to 25 points by Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) and 19 by Jhon Romero (199-F-85). Carlos Yanez (180-PG-82) netted 19 for Atleticos. The newest acquisition of Estudiantes, PG Diego Guevara (184-G-77), will play tonight for the first time. Coach Ivan Garcia completed 200 LNB games coached in his career.

Rojos de Sucre is not scheduled to play due to the fact that Cacaoteros de Barlovento is out of the tournament.

The LNB reported that Jorge Rondon (193-G/F-90), of Rojos de Sucre, was named MVP in Week 7, while Derwin Ramirez, of Estudiantes de Guarico, earned the Special Mention.


LPB 2012 News - Cocodrilos extends contract to coach Nestor Salazar for two years - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Cocodrilos de Caracas, runner ups in Liga Profesional de Baloncesto 2011 (LPB), announced through a press release that its general manager, Rostin Gonzalez, has extended the contract of head coach Nestor Salazar for two more seasons (2012 and 2013).

Salazar, former head coach of Venezuela's Senior NT, is considered a key and valuable member of the team, as he's got a personal streak of seven consecutive LPB seasons coaching a team into the Finals, the first two with Guaros de Lara (2005 and 2006) and from then on with Cocodrilos.

In that streak, Salazar won the championship in 2008 and 2010 and lost in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011. Thus, he's gained the respect of the fans in Caracas and has gotten lots of support.

Cocodrilos is one of the teams that has scheduled to participate in the fifth edition of the FIBA Americas League, to be played in 2012.


Estudiantes de Guarico lands Guevara - by Eurobasket Center
Estudiantes de Guarico (LNB) strengthened their roster with addition of 34-year old Venezuelan ex-international guard Diego Guevara (184-G-77, college: Charlotte). Guevara played most recently at Bucaros de Bucaramanga (Colombia). He is a very experienced player. Guevara played also pro basketball in Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Saudi Arabia. He graduated University of North Carolina - Charlotte in 2001 and it will be his 11th season in pro basketball. Guevara played for Venezuelan senior national until 2006.

LNB 2011 News - Diego Guevara joined Estudiantes de Guarico - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG Diego Guevara (184-G-77) agreed to terms with the general management of Estudiantes de Guarico to return to Venezuela's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (2011) for the remainder of the season and help Ernesto Mijares (190-PG-76) an Antonio Torcatt (182-G-76) as the game makers for the team coached by Ivan Garcia .

Guevara, who won the championship of Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB) 2011 as a member of Marinos de Anzoategui, had been released by Bucaros de Bucaramanga, of Colombia's Copa Invitacional, and was looking for a place to finish the year active and on court.

Guevara was set to make his debut in a home series against Atleticos UCV at the Olympic Dome of San Juan de los Morros. He hadn't played LNB ball since 2008, when he helped Duros de Lara win the championship while enjoying time in his hometown, Barquisimeto.

Estudiantes has been in the top spots of the standings throughout the regular season thanks to the points provided by players such as Ronnie Fields (193-G-77), Edgar Arteaga (200-F-80), Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) and Jhon Romero (199-F-85).




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U16 Asia Championship: India roll past Vietnam - by Eurobasket News
India U16 - Vietnam U16 107:40

India will play for the 9th place at the U16 Asia Championship. They fired past Vietnam tonight to set up the clash versus Taiwan. Vietnam will face Qatar for the 11th overall position at the tournament.
India stayed comfortable and confident right from the start. They unleashed 29 points in the opening quarter to pile up an 18-point lead. India limited their opponents to just 3 points in the second frame to establish a 43:14 halftime advantage. More to come after the big break. India maintained the pressure holding the hosts to 5 points in the third term. The visitors cleared off to a 53-point distance and never looked back. Ajay Pratap Singh (193-F-95) and Loveneet Singh (178-G-95) accounted for 20 points apiece for India. Satnam Singh Bhamara (216-C-95) added 19 points in the victory. Thong Nguyen Duy (180-F-95) responded with 10 points for Vietnam. Jason Tran (180-F-95) netted 8 points in the losing effort.

India U16: Ajay Pratap Singh 20, Loveneet Singh 20, Satnam Singh Bhamara 19
Vietnam U16: Thong Nguyen Duy 10, Jason Tran 8


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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


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




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Buducnost bring back Dubljevic and Popovic, inks Kirberg - by Zeljko Zule
Buducnost brought a familiar faces back and announced a new players with the signing of Montenegrin national team member Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87), Nikolina Popovic (184-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) and Romanian youngster Selena Kirberg (95).
Dubljevic played with the club through 2006. Last season she played for Tarbes Gespe Bigorre, where she averaged 16.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 10 Euroleague games and 15.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 24 French League games. Dubljevic averaged 13.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 8 games for Montenegro this past summer at EuroBasket 2011.
Popovic played three seasons with the club from 2006 through 2009. She arrives from Cypriot side K.V. Imperial AEL Limassol.



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  BOSNIA - Women  


Celik too much for Sloboda - by Eurobasket News
This time just one Bosnian team celebrated in IWRBL (former Adriatic league). But it is important to mention that we had one Bosnian derby in Round Three.
Celik destroyed Sloboda on the road 57-106 last weekend. Celik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sloboda to just 7 points in first quarter. Celik dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Sloboda's 38. Celik forced 21 Sloboda turnovers and outrebounded them 41-14 including a 30-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Tamara Bajic (172-87) who scored 20 points. Forward Lejla Bejtic (174-F-85) (174-85) chipped in 15 points. Four Celik players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Zvjezdana Gagic (169-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who recorded 33 points (!!!), 5 assists and 5 steals and center Vedrana Kecojevic (195-91) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively.
Mladi Krajisnik lost on the road against Buducnost 68-56. The game without a history. Buducnost led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was center Natasa Popovic (194-82) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Jasmina Bigovic (174-79) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian center Ivona Bogoje (193-76) who recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds and guard Milica Deura (178-90) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively. Five Buducnost and four Mladi Krajisnik players scored in double figures.
Celik has 2-1 record now, Mladi Krajisnik has 1-2, while Sloboda is still winless. Round Four is scheduled for the next weekend.


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Brazil takes the Bronze in Panamerican Games - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - COLOMBIA 87-48

Bronze medal in Guadalajara belongs to Brazil. They destroyed Colombia 87-48 in the last day of the Panamerican Games 2011 to take the third place. Colombia finished as No.4 and stays without the medal. Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) paced Brazil to victory with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 points and 9 rebs, while Palmira Marcal (177-G-84) added 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Leidy Sanchez (175-F-86) was the only one with double-digits. She had 12 points. Their second scorer was Jenifer Munoz (170-G-91) with 8 pts. Quarters: 24-11, 17-19, 28-11, 18-7. Puerto Rico won the Gold in Guadalajara. They outplayed host Mexico 85-67 in the Finals.

Brazil: Iziane Castro Marques 20+6 boards, Erika De Souza 14+9 boards, Palmira Marcal 12
Colombia: Leidy Sanchez 12, Jenifer Munoz 8


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stanislava STANKOVA
  Slavia
  (172-G-90)
  Avg: 37
 1. Stankova, Slavia37.0 
 2. Johnson, Dunav 88.33.0 
 3. Perostiyska, Beroe33.0 
 4. Topalova-S., Monta.25.0 
 5. Dubrovina, Neftoch.24.5 
 6. Nesheva, Montana22.0 
 7. Stanoeva, Beroe 0721.5 
 8. Ward, Levski17.5 
 9. Zhelyazkova, Neft.17.0 
 10. Bachvarova, Levs.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vera PEROSTIYSKA
  Beroe
  (196-C-82)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Perostiyska, Beroe17.5 
 2. Johnson, Dunav 88.11.0 
 3. Farrell, Rilski S.9.0 
 4. Dorogobuzova, Nef.8.5 
 5. Makarieva, Montana8.0 
 6. Zagorova, Slavia8.0 
 7. Miteva, Neftochimic7.0 
 8. Delcheva, Slavia7.0 
 9. Ward, Levski7.0 
 10. Minkova, Dunav7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Neftochi.
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Dubrovina, Neftoch.8.5 
 2. Djikova, Rilski S.7.5 
 3. Naydenova, Slavia5.5 
 4. Stanoeva, Beroe 075.0 
 5. Vrancheva, Montana5.0 
 6. Stankova, Slavia4.0 
 7. Minkova, Dunav4.0 
 8. Naneva, Beroe 074.0 
 9. Kostova, Dunav 88.4.0 
 10. Naydenova, Levski3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Neftochi.
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dubrovina, Neftoch.4.0 
 2. Vrancheva, Montana4.0 
 3. Mihalkova, Montana3.0 
 4. Stanoeva, Beroe 073.0 
 5. Allen, Dunav 88063.0 
 6. Tsankova, Neftoch.2.5 
 7. Stankova, Slavia2.5 
 8. Ward, Levski2.0 
 9. Makarieva, Montana2.0 
 10. Karchovska, Beroe2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Charel ALLEN
  Dunav 8806
  (181-G-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Allen, Dunav 88062.0 
 2. Simeonova, Montana1.0 
 3. Kancheva, Dunav1.0 
 4. Perostiyska, Beroe1.0 
 5. Zhelyova, Montana1.0 
 6. Nesheva, Montana1.0 
 7. Stankova, Slavia0.5 
 8. Nikolova, Beroe 070.5 
 9. Ward, Levski0.5 
 10. Ranguelova, Rilsk.0.5 


Standings - Women
NBL Standings
 1. Beroe 07 2-0 
 2. Dunav 8806 1-0 
 3. Montana 2003 1-0 
 4. Neftochimic 1-1 
 5. Rilski Sportist 1-1 
 6. Levski 0-2 
 7. Slavia 0-2 


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Canadian Women Finish 6th at PAN Am Games - by John Gary
courtesy basketball.ca Canadas womens team concluded its appearance at the 2011 Pan-Am games with a 50-38 loss to Argentina on Monday night. canada finishes sixth an improvement from the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio de Janero,when the womens team finish seventh. 'Playing Argentina is always a great test,'said head coach Allison McNeil.'I thought our atheletesplayed extremely hard,we were down 15-1 early and just couldnt find the hoop,we had some early turnovers and missed shots.''Also we shot free throws poorly and that hurt us.'

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Ziomara Morrison shines in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Ziomara Morrison (193-C-89) started the new season in style. The Chilean center put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Arranz-Jopisa Burgos, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 22-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 20 rebounds, while her team crushed Hondar.-Irun (0-2) with 20-point margin 78-58. Burgos has 1-1 record in LFB. It's Morrison's second year at Burgos and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Ziomara Morrison has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.0ppg) and averages impressive 54.4% FGP. Ziomara Morrison joined Burgos exactly one year ago from Leon. In their first season together she had 15 ppg and 9.5 rpg. Morrison paced Burgos to LF2 Group B title and they won promotion for LFB. Before Burgos and Leon she played for Italian Banco di Sicilia Ribera. Ziomara Morrison is active member of the Chilean NT since 2006.

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Brazil takes the Bronze in Panamerican Games - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - COLOMBIA 87-48

Bronze medal in Guadalajara belongs to Brazil. They destroyed Colombia 87-48 in the last day of the Panamerican Games 2011 to take the third place. Colombia finished as No.4 and stays without the medal. Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) paced Brazil to victory with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 points and 9 rebs, while Palmira Marcal (177-G-84) added 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Leidy Sanchez (175-F-86) was the only one with double-digits. She had 12 points. Their second scorer was Jenifer Munoz (170-G-91) with 8 pts. Quarters: 24-11, 17-19, 28-11, 18-7. Puerto Rico won the Gold in Guadalajara. They outplayed host Mexico 85-67 in the Finals.

Brazil: Iziane Castro Marques 20+6 boards, Erika De Souza 14+9 boards, Palmira Marcal 12
Colombia: Leidy Sanchez 12, Jenifer Munoz 8


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Dobri Anjeli win EuroLeague Day 3 opener on Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Gospic-Dobri Anjeli 76:91

Dobri Anjeli win Day 3 opener on Croatia as they upset Gospic. The Slovakian team managed to grab 91:76 victory mostly due to the last period.
The guests took the lead in the opening period and Natalia Vieru (197-C-89) scored for 13:9. Pedersen nailed a three to close the first period at 27:25. Moreover Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) and Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) made it 40:34, while Danielle McCray (180-G/F-87, college: Kansas) closed the half at 50:43. Gospic meanwhile won the third period 20-19 and reduced to 6 points after thirty minutes. Vrsaljko brought 69:65, but that was it for the hosts. Dobri Anjeli pushed the tempo in the last quarter and sealed the comfortable victory.
Miljana Bojovic stepped up with 22 points and Lucia Kupcikova netted 19. Danielle McCray scored 16 and Natalia Vieru delivered 8. Julie McBride (165-G-82, college: Syracuse) replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Sena Pavetic (198-C-86) netted 13. Kalisha Keane (185-F-89, college: Michigan St.) added 11, while Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) notched 9.

Gospic: Julie McBride 22, Sena Pavetic 13, Kalisha Keane 11, Jelena Ivezic 9
Dobri Anjeli: Miljana Bojovic 22, Lucia Kupcikova 19, Danielle McCray 16, Natalia Vieru 8



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Taranto add Euroleague misery to Frisco Sika - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Sika - Taranto 59:66

Taranto registered the second Euroleague victory this season. They overcame Frisco Sika in Brno to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Kia Vaughn (193-C-87, college: Rutgers) scored 16 points to pace the effort. Frisco Sika on the other hand suffered the third straight loss at the tournament.
The teams went neck and neck in the first half. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. The things never changed in the second frame. Frisco Sika and Taranto went into the dressing room tied at 31. Taranto finally pulled ahead in the third term. They limited the hosts to 12 points in the period to eke out a 4-point lead. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) stretched the gap to 10 points late in regulation 62:52. Frisco Sika did not surrender cutting the deficit to 5 points but Taranto stayed cool and sealed the victory at the end. Giorgia Sottana nailed 13 points, while Elodie Godin (190-C-85) produced 12 points for the winners. Ashley Robinson (193-C-82, college: Tennessee) responded with 15 points for Frisco Sika. Jasmine Thomas (175-G-89, college: Duke) had 14 points in defeat.

Frisco Sika: Ashley Robinson 15, Jasmine Thomas 14
Taranto: Kia Vaughn 16, Giorgia Sottana 13, Elodie Godin 12



Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Delisha MILTON-JONES
  USK P.
  (186-F-74)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Milton-Jones, USK20.4 
 2. Vlkova, Valosun20.0 
 3. Skrabalova, Strak.19.0 
 4. Hanusova, Frisco S.17.6 
 5. Reisingerova, VS P.16.9 
 6. Abdi, Frisco Sika16.5 
 7. Johnova, VSE Praha16.4 
 8. Hejdova, Frisco S.16.1 
 9. Montanana, USK P.15.6 
 10. Kucerova, Karlovy15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petra REISINGEROVA
  VS Pr.
  (195-C-73)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Reisingerova, VS P.12.3 
 2. Spirkova, DSK K.9.9 
 3. Brezinova, Pardu.8.9 
 4. Milton-Jones, USK8.8 
 5. Kucerova, Karlovy8.7 
 6. Skrabalova, Strak.8.6 
 7. Vetrovcova, Trutn.8.4 
 8. Hanusova, Frisco S.8.3 
 9. Abdi, Frisco Sika8.1 
 10. Snajdrova-Z., Tru.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA
  Slovan.
  (170-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Nezdarilova, Slova.6.9 
 2. Tarasava, VS Praha3.6 
 3. Harapesova, VSE P.3.3 
 4. Bartonova, USK P.3.0 
 5. Montanana, USK P.2.9 
 6. Thomas, Frisco S.2.8 
 7. Vlkova, Valosun2.7 
 8. Uhrova, Strakonice2.6 
 9. Eldebrink, USK P.2.5 
 10. Hejdova, Frisco S.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Romana HEJDOVA
  Frisco S.
  (183-F-88)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Hejdova, Frisco S.4.1 
 2. Nezdarilova, Slova.3.7 
 3. Stara, Hradec K.3.0 
 4. Eldebrink, USK P.3.0 
 5. Abdi, Frisco Sika2.8 
 6. Montanana, USK P.2.6 
 7. Eldebrink, USK P.2.5 
 8. Hartigova, Hradec2.5 
 9. Elhotova, USK Pra.2.1 
 10. Kucerova, Karlovy2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  USK P.
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kulichova, USK P.2.3 
 2. Robinson, Frisco S.1.5 
 3. Reisingerova, VS P.1.1 
 4. Burgrova, USK Praha1.1 
 5. Milton-Jones, USK1.0 
 6. Elhotova, USK Pra.1.0 
 7. Mircheva, VS Praha0.9 
 8. Bartonova, USK P.0.9 
 9. Bakajsova, VS Pra.0.7 
 10. Novakova, Trutnov0.7 


Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
 1. USK Praha 8-0 
 2. VS Praha 6-1 
 3. Frisco Sika 6-2 
 4. Trutnov 5-2 
 5. Strakonice 4-3 
 6. Karlovy Vary 4-3 
 7. Slovanka MB 3-3 
 8. VSE Praha 3-4 
 9. Hradec Kralove 2-5 
 10. Valosun Brno 2-5 
 11. Pardubice 0-7 
 12. DSK Karlin 0-8 


USK Praha open Euroleague season win count in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
VICI Aistes - USK Praha 70:80

USK Praha recorded their first Euroleague victory this season. They upset VICI Aistes in Kaunas to improve at 1-2 record. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the Czech team. The hosts in the meantime fell at 0-3 record.
USK Praha got to a confident start. The visitors took a 21:14 lead ten minutes into the game. USK Praha opened the second term on a 7:0 run. They maintained the lead well enough to register a 43:30 halftime advantage. USK Praha kept the home team at bay throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final break up by 9 points 58:49. USK Praha tipped off the fourth term on a 6:2 run and never allowed VICI Kaunas closer than 7 points in the reminder of the contest. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) provided 16 points, while Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) contributed 13 points in the win. Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-G-88, college: Vermont) responded with 22 points for VICI Kaunas. Amanda Kemezys (192-C-87, college: St.Louis) netted 11 points in the loss.

VICI Aistes: Courtnay Pilypaitis 22, Amanda Kemezys 11
USK Praha: Frida Eldebrink 20, Anna Montanana 16, Delisha Milton-Jones 13


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Eshaya MURPHY
  Ros C.
  (182-G/F-85)
  Avg: 24
 1. Murphy, Ros C.24.0 
 2. Bonner, Perfumer.23.0 
 3. Taurasi, Galatasa.22.7 
 4. Wauters, Ros C.21.5 
 5. Jones, Rivas Ecopo.21.5 
 6. Veremeenko, Nadez.19.7 
 7. Charles, Galatasa.18.0 
 8. Milton-Jones, USK17.3 
 9. Torrens, Galatasa.17.0 
 10. Hollingswort., SE.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quanitra HOLLINGSWORTH
  SEAT-.
  (196-C-88)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Hollingswort., SEA.11.5 
 2. Ujhelyi, Wisla C.11.3 
 3. Wauters, Ros C.11.0 
 4. Henry, Lotos Gdyn.10.5 
 5. Charles, Galatasa.9.7 
 6. Brunson, Nadezhda.9.5 
 7. Bonner, Perfumer.9.3 
 8. Stepanova, UMMC9.0 
 9. Skrba, Lattes M.9.0 
 10. Linkeviciene, VIC.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Laia PALAU
  Ros Casares
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Palau, Ros Casares8.0 
 2. Ciglar, SE.6.5 
 3. Lawson-Wade, Latt.5.7 
 4. Macchi, Familia Sc.5.5 
 5. Skerovic, Spartak5.5 
 6. Zoll, CCC P.5.0 
 7. Fegyverneky, UNIQ.4.7 
 8. Dumerc, Bourges4.5 
 9. Cohen, Familia Sch.4.5 
 10. Alben, Galatasaray4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Isil ALBEN
  Galatasaray
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Alben, Galatasaray4.3 
 2. Linkeviciene, VICI.4.3 
 3. Palau, Ros Casares3.0 
 4. Brown, Bourges3.0 
 5. Powell, Wisla C.2.7 
 6. Bojovic, Dobri Anj.2.7 
 7. Petrovic, Spartak2.5 
 8. Carson, Rivas E.2.5 
 9. Dumerc, Bourges2.5 
 10. Robert, Lotos G.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ilona BURGROVA
  USK Praha
  (196-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Burgrova, USK Praha2.0 
 2. Majewska, CCC P.2.0 
 3. Gruda, UMMC1.7 
 4. Vesela, Ros Casar.1.5 
 5. Kaltsidou, Bourges1.0 
 6. Preiss, Tarbes1.0 
 7. Henry, Lotos Gdyn.1.0 
 8. Kulichova, USK P.1.0 
 9. Osipova, Spartak1.0 
 10. Cakir, Fenerbahce1.0 


Standings (Women)
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Galatasaray 3-0 
 2. Ros Casares 2-0 
 3. UMMC 2-1 
 4. Bourges 2-1 
 5. SEAT Lami 1-2 
 6. USK Praha 1-2 
 7. Lotos Gdynia 0-2 
 8. VICI Kaunas 0-3 
Group B
 1. Perfumerias 3-0 
 2. Nadezhda O. 2-1 
 3. Fenerbahce 1-0 
 4. Familia Schio 1-1 
 5. UNIQA Eurol. 1-2 
 6. CCC Polkowice 0-2 
 7. Tarbes 0-2 
Group C
 1. Wisla Can-Pak 3-0 
 2. Lattes Montp. 2-1 
 3. Dobri Anjeli 2-1 
 4. Taranto 2-1 
 5. Gospic 1-2 
 6. Spartak V MR 1-2 
 7. Rivas Ecopolis 1-2 
 8. Frisco Sika 0-3 


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Standings - Women
SM-sarja Standings
 1. Catz 4-0 
 2. FoA 3-1 
 3. Huima 3-1 
 4. Espoo Team 2-2 
 5. ToPo 2-2 
 6. HoNsU 1-3 
 7. PeKa 1-3 
 8. Kerava 0-4 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Vanessa HOUSE
  FoA
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. House, FoA19.5 
 2. Laaksonen, Espoo18.8 
 3. Robinson, Huima16.8 
 4. Pounds, Catz16.5 
 5. Wilson, Espoo Team16.3 
 6. Bruszewski, PeKa15.3 
 7. Summala, HoNsU14.8 
 8. Anderson, Catz14.0 
 9. Holopainen, Espoo14.0 
 10. Underwood, HoNsU13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaihla SZUNKO
  ToPo
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Szunko, ToPo13.3 
 2. Hart, Kerava11.8 
 3. Reshetko, Catz11.0 
 4. Robinson, Huima10.3 
 5. Laaksonen, Espoo9.5 
 6. Ali, Huima9.5 
 7. Anderson, Catz9.0 
 8. House, FoA8.3 
 9. Saarinen, ToPo8.0 
 10. Jahilo, FoA7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Special JENNINGS
  Espoo T.
  (167-G-89)
  Avg: 6
 1. Jennings, Espoo T.6.0 
 2. Juvonen, ToPo4.0 
 3. Jamsen, Huima3.5 
 4. Reshetko, Catz3.0 
 5. House, FoA2.8 
 6. Bland, Huima2.7 
 7. Starks, Catz2.5 
 8. Piipari, PeKa2.5 
 9. Pounds, Catz2.5 
 10. Robinson, Huima2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Vanessa HOUSE
  FoA
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. House, FoA6.8 
 2. Robinson, Huima4.3 
 3. Jennings, Espoo T.4.0 
 4. Ali, Huima3.5 
 5. Starks, Catz3.0 
 6. Reshetko, Catz2.5 
 7. Underwood, HoNsU2.5 
 8. Bedretdin, Espoo T.2.3 
 9. Laaksonen, Espoo2.0 
 10. Hart, Kerava2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Laura SAARINEN
  ToPo
  (187-F/C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Saarinen, ToPo2.3 
 2. Sten, HoNsU1.3 
 3. Ali, Huima1.3 
 4. Paavola, Kerava1.0 
 5. Nurmi, ToPo1.0 
 6. Szunko, ToPo1.0 
 7. Starks, Catz1.0 
 8. McCants, PeKa0.8 
 9. Lepisto, HoNsU0.8 
 10. Reshetko, Catz0.8 


SM-sarja Round 4 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
There were just four rounds played in Regular Season of SM-sarja and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

Round 4 most important game was a victory of Forssan Alku over one of their biggest challengers Torpan Pojat 64-52 on Tuesday night. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 64-52. Forssan Alku forced 24 Torpan Pojat turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Vanessa House (170-88, college: W.Virginia) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 12 steals. Center Juta Jahilo (186-84) contributed with 7 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Kaisa Valtakari (177-87, college: Dowling) replied with 7 points and 12 rebounds for Torpan Pojat. Forssan Alku (3-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with Huima. Torpan Pojat at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Espoo Team. Forssan Alku is looking forward to face league's leader Catz Lappeenranta at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Torpan Pojat will play against Aanekosken in Aanekoski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Espoo Team (2-2) against fifth ranked Aanekosken (3-1) on Saturday night. Visiting Espoo Team was defeated by Aanekosken in a tough game in Aanekoski 76-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Espoo Team. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Sanna Jamsen (183-79) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Kenya Robinson who added 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Venlakaisa Holtta (177-84) responded with 19 points. Aanekosken moved-up to second place, which they share with FoA. Espoo Team at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with ToPo. Aanekosken will play against Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki in the next round. Espoo Team will play at home against HoNsU in Jyvaskyla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
HoNsU's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Kerava Energia Team (0-4) 82-52 on Saturday. The winners were led by Charlee Underwood who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Even 17 points and 6 rebounds by Sanna Helenius did not help to save the game for Kerava Energia Team. HoNsU (1-3) left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with PeKa. It was Kerava Energia Team's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. HoNsU will meet higher ranked Espoo Team (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kerava Energia Team will play against Peli-Karhut (#7) in Kotka and hopes to get finally their first victory.
SM-sarja top team - Catz Lappeenranta (4-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat sixth ranked Peli-Karhut (1-3) 71-55. Elena Reshetko fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Catz Lappeenranta have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Defending champion Peli-Karhut keeps the sixth place with three games lost. Catz Lappeenranta's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Forssan Alku on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Peli-Karhut will play against Kerava Energia Team (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



ToPo - FoA 52-64

Round 4 most important game was a victory of Forssan Alku over one of their biggest challengers Torpan Pojat 64-52 on Tuesday night. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 64-52. Forssan Alku forced 24 Torpan Pojat turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Vanessa House (170-88, college: W.Virginia) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 12 steals. Center Juta Jahilo (186-84) contributed with 7 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Kaisa Valtakari (177-87, college: Dowling) replied with 7 points and 12 rebounds and forward Ellen Nurmi (185-93) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Torpan Pojat. Forssan Alku (3-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with Huima. Torpan Pojat at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Espoo Team. Forssan Alku is looking forward to face league's leader Catz Lappeenranta at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Torpan Pojat will play against Aanekosken in Aanekoski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FoA: V.House 24+9reb+4ast, H.Salomaa 10+7reb, K.Heath 9+8reb+1ast, H.Koponen 8+3reb+1ast, J.Jahilo 7+11reb+2ast, M.Johto 4+1reb
ToPo: E.Nurmi 12+5reb+2ast, M.Eerikinharju 11+4reb, K.Szunko 9+9reb+1ast, K.Valtakari 7+12reb+3ast, F.Oljemark 6+4reb, A.Arppe 3+5reb
gschID: 146520


HoNsU - Kerava 82-52

HoNsU's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Kerava Energia Team (0-4) 82-52 on Saturday. The game without a history. HoNsU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kerava Energia Team to just 7 points in fourth quarter. HoNsU forced 23 Kerava Energia Team turnovers. The winners were led by American forward Charlee Underwood (178-85, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and guard Katja Summala (173-89) supported her with 20 points. Four HoNsU players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 6 rebounds by the former international forward Sanna Helenius (180-84, college: Valparaiso) did not help to save the game for Kerava Energia Team. American forward Centhya Hart (185-89, college: St.John's) added 8 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. HoNsU (1-3) left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with PeKa. It was Kerava Energia Team's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. HoNsU will meet higher ranked Espoo Team (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kerava Energia Team will play against Peli-Karhut (#7) in Kotka and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
HoNsU: K.Summala 20+3reb+1ast, C.Underwood 15+12reb+1ast, T.Lepisto 14+6reb, K.Karkkainen 12+2reb+1ast, S.Lofman 9+4reb, K.Lind 7+7reb+1ast
Kerava: S.Helenius 17+6reb, C.Hart 8+13reb+2ast, E.Raikkonen 6+2reb, S.Paavola 6+10reb, M.Valtonen 5+1reb, E.Sipila 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 146521


Huima - Espoo Team 81-76

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Espoo Team (2-2) against fifth ranked Aanekosken (3-1) on Saturday night. Visiting Espoo Team was defeated by Aanekosken in a tough game in Aanekoski 76-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Espoo Team. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Espoo Team was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Aanekosken forced 21 Espoo Team turnovers and outrebounded Espoo Team 35-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Sanna Jamsen (183-79) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American center Kenya Robinson (182-70, college: New Orleans) who added 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Venlakaisa Holtta (177-84) responded with 19 points and the former international Laura Wilson (184-84, college: Binghamton, agency: LBM Management) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Aanekosken moved-up to second place, which they share with FoA. Espoo Team at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with ToPo. Aanekosken will play against Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki in the next round. Espoo Team will play at home against HoNsU in Jyvaskyla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Huima: S.Jamsen 23+6reb+6ast, K.Robinson 17+11reb+2ast, P.Holmes 14+2reb+2ast, M.Ali 10+8reb+3ast, N.Nissinen 6+2reb+1ast, S.Viitanen 4+2reb+2ast
Espoo Team: V.Holtta 19+4reb+1ast, L.Wilson 17+3reb+3ast, N.Laaksonen 14+6reb, A.Holopainen 13+1reb, S.Jennings 8+5reb+6ast, E.Leino 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 146522


Catz - PeKa 71-55

SM-sarja top team - Catz Lappeenranta (4-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat sixth ranked Peli-Karhut (1-3) 71-55. The game was mostly controlled by Catz Lappeenranta. Peli-Karhut was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Russian power forward Elena Reshetko (184-86) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American swingman Alexandria Anderson (185-86, college: Chattanooga) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. Four Catz Lappeenranta players scored in double figures. American swingman Rashada McCants (185-86, college: N.Carolina, agency: LBM Management) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and her fellow American import forward Becca Bruszewski (185-88, college: Notre Dame) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Catz Lappeenranta have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Defending champion Peli-Karhut keeps the sixth place with three games lost. Catz Lappeenranta's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Forssan Alku on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Peli-Karhut will play against Kerava Energia Team (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Catz: A.Anderson 22+6reb+1ast, E.Reshetko 14+14reb+5ast, V.Kesanen 12+1reb+1ast, D.Pounds 11+9reb+4ast, H.Vapamaa 8+4reb, L.Aaltonen 4+1reb+1ast
PeKa: R.McCants 21+5reb, B.Bruszewski 14+7reb+1ast, L.Richter 12+5reb, R.Piipari 5+3reb+2ast, A.Pounds 2+7reb+1ast, A.Phillips 1+4reb
gschID: 146519




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  FRANCE - Women  


Bourges ease past SEAT Gyor - by Eurobasket News
Bourges - SEAT Gyor 87:68

Bourges posted the second win in Euroleague Group A. They cruised past SEAT Gyor of Hungary for 2-1 record. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stepped up with 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the hosts. The Hungarian team fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
The visitors opened the game on a 7:2 run. But Styliani Kaltsidou scored four points late in the period to give Bourges a narrow 19:18 lead. The teams stayed close throughout the second frame. Kublina and Catherine Joens (180-G-82) provided the hosts with a 39:34 halftime buffer. Bourges opened the second half with 9 unanswered points. They controlled the tempo posting a 58:49 lead with one quarter remaining. SEAT Gyor cut the deficit to 5 points but the home team answered with a 16:3 rally and ran away for the victory. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-F-88) nailed 17 points and collected 8 rebounds for Bourges. Catherine Joens added 16 points in the win. Renee Montgomery (170-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) answered with 22 points for SEAT Gyor. Dora Nagy (170-PG-95) netted 20 points in the loss.

Bourges: Styliani Kaltsidou 22+11 boards, Nwal-Endene Miyem 17, Catherine Joens 16
SEAT Gyor: Renee Montgomery 22, Dora Nagy 20



Katie Douglas debuts in style as Nadezhda silence Tarbes in France - by Eurobasket News
Tarbes - Nadezhda 60:65

Nadezhda posted the second win at the Euroleague Group B. They stunned Tarbes in France tonight to improve at 2-1 record. Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) debuted for the Russian team with 17 points and 5 rebounds leading them to the victory. Tarbes fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
The Orenburg team earned a 16:12 lead ten minutes into the game. Tarbes however adjusted defensively in the second frame and erased the deficit. The teams arrived at halftime tied at 24. The hosts pulled in front late in the third term. They entered the fourth frame up by three points 45:42. Tarbes enjoyed a 56:51 lead midway through the final period. But Nadezhda answered with a 10:2 run to take a 61:58 advantage. Danilochkina and Katie Douglas nailed four free throws late in regulation to seal the victory for Nadezhda. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) posted 18 points, while Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) added 12 points for the winners. Pauline Krawczyk (182-F-85) answered with 13 points for Tarbes. Maja Miljkovic (175-G-88) had 12 points in the loss.

Tarbes: Pauline Krawczyk 13, Maja Miljkovic 12
Nadezhda: Anastasiya Veremeenko 18, Katie Douglas 17, Rebekkah Brunson 12


Wisla Can-Pack conquer Euroleague Group C - by Eurobasket News
Wisla Can-Pak - Lattes Montpellier 66:58

Wisla Can-Pack conquer Euroleague Group C after the home victory over Lattes Montpellier. The Polish side grabbed 3-0 record on top after 66:58 win.
Lattes Montpellier however started better and dominated the court in the first period. Kristen Mann (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: UCSB) and Lawson scored for 21:17 closing the first frame. Wisla led in the whole second period but managed to take only 30:29 advantage at the halftime. Dabovic brought 42:33, while Bremont reduced to 46:42 at the end of the third period. Stephany Skrba (188-F-87, college: Michigan) gave the French side 54:53 with 5 minutes to go, but the hosts looked better in the end. Phillips and Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) ensured the third straight victory for the Polish team.
Nicole Powell stepped up with 17 points and Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) netted 10. Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: S.Carolina) collected 9 points and 13 rebounds, while Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) also scored 9.

Wisla Can-Pak: Nicole Powell 17, Anke De Mondt 10, Petra Ujhelyi 9+13 rebs, Milka Bjelica 9
Lattes Montpellier: Stephany Skrba 14+11 rebs, Kristen Mann 13




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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


Welcome to new season of D1 - by Eurobasket News
New season of the Macedonian D1 started last weekend. First Round games were played on Saturday and Sunday. Defending champion Vigor Skopje opened the new season in style. They cruised past Student as a guest 43-100. Slavica Dimovska (177-G-85) was the leading scorer in victory with 22 points (6 rebs). Elena Radenkovik (187-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) also was great adding 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Also in Round One, Klubski Delchevo blasted Trokal with huge 123-52. Badel was too much for Struga 68-48. Ivona Pejkovska (171-G-95) led Badel with 12 points and 5 boards. In the last game of the round, Krosig celebrated 71-85 road win against Mladinec. Second round is scheduled for the next weekend.

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  GREECE - Women  


Standings -A2 Women - by Greg
A2 Standings
Group North
 1. Olympiakos 2-0 
 2. Panathlitikos 2-0 
 3. Titanes Dramas 2-0 
 4. Anagenisi 1-1 
 5. AO Serron 1-1 
 6. Komotini 1-1 
 7. M.Aleksandros 1-1 
 8. MENT 1-1 
 9. Pylaia 1-1 
 10. Olympiada L. 0-2 
 11. PAOK D.Mak. 0-2 
 12. Prasini Gonia 0-2 
Group South
 1. Apollon Patras 2-0 
 2. Nea Kifisia 2-0 
 3. Terpsithea 2-0 
 4. AO Ellinikou 1-0 
 5. Amarillida 1-1 
 6. Halkida 1-1 
 7. Niki Lefkadas 1-1 
 8. Proteas 0-0 
 9. PAS Giannina 0-1 
 10. Agia Paraskevis 0-2 
 11. Illokratis 0-2 
 12. Sporting 0-2 


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Lekdetec.nl 3-1 
 2. ProBuild Lions 3-2 
 3. Binnenland 3-2 
 4. CTO 2-2 
 5. Grasshoppers 2-2 
 6. Eurosped 1-3 
 7. HLB Account. 1-3 
 8. Wereldtickets.nl 0-0 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tanya BROERING
  Lekdetec.
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Broering, Lekdetec.27.8 
 2. Manuputty, Grassh.27.3 
 3. Kooij, HLB Account.19.5 
 4. Roubehie-F., Binne.19.4 
 5. Van der Hoek, Euro.18.3 
 6. McDowell, ProBui.15.3 
 7. Heerts, Eurosped15.0 
 8. Ligthart, Lekdetec.14.8 
 9. Kraak, Binnenland14.4 
 10. Philippo, Grassho.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tamlyn DE GROOT
  HLB A.
  (186-C-91)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. De Groot, HLB A.11.7 
 2. Lammerink, Euros.11.0 
 3. Heerts, Eurosped9.7 
 4. Ligthart, Lekdetec.9.3 
 5. Nieuwveen, ProBui.9.3 
 6. Van Der Keij., CT.7.8 
 7. Dijkman, Grasshop.7.7 
 8. Manuputty, Grassh.7.7 
 9. Van der Plas, Gras.7.0 
 10. Rikhof, Eurosped6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Milou DEKKER
  Eurosped
  (176-G-91)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Dekker, Eurosped4.3 
 2. Kuijt, Grasshoppers4.0 
 3. Cornelius, CTO3.8 
 4. McDowell, ProBui.3.7 
 5. Kooij, HLB Account.3.0 
 6. Broering, Lekdetec.3.0 
 7. Butter, CTO2.8 
 8. Manuputty, Grassh.2.7 
 9. De Groot, HLB A.2.7 
 10. De Kleijn, CTO2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Karin KUIJT
  Grasshoppers
  (175-G-90)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Kuijt, Grasshoppers4.7 
 2. Kooij, HLB Account.4.0 
 3. McDowell, ProBui.4.0 
 4. Broering, Lekdetec.3.8 
 5. Biesters, Lekdetec.3.5 
 6. Manuputty, Grassh.3.3 
 7. Van der Plas, Gras.3.0 
 8. Hartman, ProBuild.3.0 
 9. Rikhof, Eurosped2.8 
 10. van der Lind., HL.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Silke HEERTS
  Eurosped
  (185-F-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Heerts, Eurosped2.0 
 2. Van Der Keij., CT.1.8 
 3. Kooij, HLB Account.1.0 
 4. Rikhof, Eurosped1.0 
 5. Kraak, Binnenland0.8 
 6. Keppy, ProBuild.0.7 
 7. Van den Ande., Bin.0.6 
 8. Lammerink, Euros.0.5 
 9. Van der Hoek, Euro.0.5 
 10. Van Den Adel, Bin.0.4 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Perfumerias Avenida record third straight Euroleague win - by Eurobasket News
UE Sopron - Avenida 64:74

Perfumerias Avenida celebrated the third consecutive win at the start of the new Euroleague season. They shot down UE Sopron on the road to stay on top of Group B. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) delivered 32 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks to lead the visitors. Sopron fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Avenida overcame a 2:9 start to the game to take a 23:14 lead after ten minutes. DeWanna Bonner gave the Spanish team a 31:19 lead early in the second frame. The visitors secured a 7-point advantage at the interval. Sopron used an 8:0 run late in the third quarter to narrow the gap at 2-point mark 53:55. However Avenida opened the fourth quarter on an 11:2 rally and cleared off for good. Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) notched 10 points, while Marissa Coleman (185-G/F-87, college: Maryland) added 7 points for the winners. Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) responded with 16 points for UE Sopron. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) notched 15 points, 6 assists and 5 boards in the loss.

UE Sopron: Dora Horti 16, Zsofia Fegyverneky 15
Avenida: DeWanna Bonner 32+10 boards, Marta Fernandez 10, Marissa Coleman 7


Bourges ease past SEAT Gyor - by Eurobasket News
Bourges - SEAT Gyor 87:68

Bourges posted the second win in Euroleague Group A. They cruised past SEAT Gyor of Hungary for 2-1 record. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stepped up with 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the hosts. The Hungarian team fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
The visitors opened the game on a 7:2 run. But Styliani Kaltsidou scored four points late in the period to give Bourges a narrow 19:18 lead. The teams stayed close throughout the second frame. Kublina and Catherine Joens (180-G-82) provided the hosts with a 39:34 halftime buffer. Bourges opened the second half with 9 unanswered points. They controlled the tempo posting a 58:49 lead with one quarter remaining. SEAT Gyor cut the deficit to 5 points but the home team answered with a 16:3 rally and ran away for the victory. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-F-88) nailed 17 points and collected 8 rebounds for Bourges. Catherine Joens added 16 points in the win. Renee Montgomery (170-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) answered with 22 points for SEAT Gyor. Dora Nagy (170-PG-95) netted 20 points in the loss.

Bourges: Styliani Kaltsidou 22+11 boards, Nwal-Endene Miyem 17, Catherine Joens 16
SEAT Gyor: Renee Montgomery 22, Dora Nagy 20



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  ICELAND - Women  


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Britney JONES
  Fjolnir
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 33
 1. Jones, Fjolnir33.0 
 2. Hardy, Njardvik30.0 
 3. Colson, KR25.7 
 4. Marlow, Snaefell23.5 
 5. Murphy, Hamar23.0 
 6. Mandylaris, Fjolnir22.5 
 7. Sigurjonsdot., Val.20.0 
 8. Gunnlaugsdot., Kef.19.5 
 9. Valgardsdott., Kef.18.5 
 10. Butler, Keflavik18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Katina MANDYLARIS
  Fjolnir
  (--)
  Avg: 19
 1. Mandylaris, Fjolnir19.0 
 2. Hardy, Njardvik13.0 
 3. Tuomi, Hamar13.0 
 4. Butler, Keflavik12.5 
 5. Colson, KR9.7 
 6. Baker-Brice, Njard.9.5 
 7. Sigurdardott., Sna.8.7 
 8. Amundadottir, KR8.3 
 9. Kjartansdott., Sna.8.3 
 10. Bjarnadottir, Val.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Britney JONES
  Fjolnir
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Jones, Fjolnir8.5 
 2. Lechlitner, Valur6.0 
 3. Sigurdardott., Sna.5.7 
 4. Butler, Keflavik5.5 
 5. Rhoads, Haukar5.0 
 6. Baker-Brice, Njard.4.5 
 7. Einarsdottir, KR4.0 
 8. Sturludottir, KR4.0 
 9. Valgardsdott., Kef.3.5 
 10. Hardy, Njardvik3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Samantha MURPHY
  Hamar
  (172-G-)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Murphy, Hamar4.5 
 2. Hardy, Njardvik4.5 
 3. Colson, KR4.3 
 4. Gunnlaugsdot., Kef.4.0 
 5. Sturludottir, KR4.0 
 6. Gunnarsdotti., Hau.3.5 
 7. Butler, Keflavik3.5 
 8. Skuladottir, Njard.3.0 
 9. Baker-Brice, Njard.3.0 
 10. Thorsteinsdo., Ha.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jaleesa BUTLER
  Keflavik
  (183-F-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Butler, Keflavik3.5 
 2. Hermannsdott., Val.3.5 
 3. Saevarsdotti., Nja.2.0 
 4. Johannsdotti., Kef.2.0 
 5. Elam, Haukar1.5 
 6. Erlingsdotti., Val.1.5 
 7. Jones, Fjolnir1.0 
 8. Rhoads, Haukar1.0 
 9. Albertsdotti., Kef.1.0 
 10. Mandylaris, Fjoln.1.0 


Standings - Women
Express L. Standings
 1. KR 3-0 
 2. Snaefell 2-1 
 3. Valur 1-1 
 4. Njardvik 1-1 
 5. Fjolnir 1-1 
 6. Keflavik 1-1 
 7. Hamar 0-2 
 8. Haukar 0-2 


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  IRELAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Superleague Standings
 1. UL Aughinish 5-0 
 2. TM Hotel Cork 4-0 
 3. DCU Mercy 3-1 
 4. Ulster Rockets 2-2 
 5. Waterford W. 2-2 
 6. Killester 2-3 
 7. Singleton 1-3 
 8. Meteors 1-3 
 9. Liffey Celtics 1-3 
 10. Oblate Dynamos 0-4 


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  ITALY - Women  


Taranto add Euroleague misery to Frisco Sika - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Sika - Taranto 59:66

Taranto registered the second Euroleague victory this season. They overcame Frisco Sika in Brno to improve at 2-1 record in Group C. Kia Vaughn (193-C-87, college: Rutgers) scored 16 points to pace the effort. Frisco Sika on the other hand suffered the third straight loss at the tournament.
The teams went neck and neck in the first half. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes. The things never changed in the second frame. Frisco Sika and Taranto went into the dressing room tied at 31. Taranto finally pulled ahead in the third term. They limited the hosts to 12 points in the period to eke out a 4-point lead. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) stretched the gap to 10 points late in regulation 62:52. Frisco Sika did not surrender cutting the deficit to 5 points but Taranto stayed cool and sealed the victory at the end. Giorgia Sottana nailed 13 points, while Elodie Godin (190-C-85) produced 12 points for the winners. Ashley Robinson (193-C-82, college: Tennessee) responded with 15 points for Frisco Sika. Jasmine Thomas (175-G-89, college: Duke) had 14 points in defeat.

Frisco Sika: Ashley Robinson 15, Jasmine Thomas 14
Taranto: Kia Vaughn 16, Giorgia Sottana 13, Elodie Godin 12



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  LATVIA - Women  


LSBL Round 4 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The most shocking disappointment of round 4 was a home defeat of much higher ranked Daugavpils Universitate (2-2) by fifth ranked Cesis (3-1) who outscored them by 37 points 73-36. It ended the two-game winning streak of Daugavpils Universitate. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Cesis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Daugavpils Universitate to just 2 points in fourth quarter and to 12 points in second half. Cesis dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Daugavpils Universitate's 20. They outrebounded Daugavpils Universitate 49-24 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of center Liene Bernsone (185-85, college: FIU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and guard Zane Lapsina (174-83) who added 21 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Kristina Egle (177-86) responded with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Cesis moved-up to second place. Daugavpils Universitate at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with RTU-Merks and TTT Juniores. Cesis are looking forward to face Kolibri/U-16 (#7) in Riga in the next round where they are favorite. Daugavpils Universitate will have a break next round.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: RTU-Merks (#6) and TTT Juniores (#4). TTT Juniores were defeated at home 77-85 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The winners were led by forward Laura Audere (180-84) who scored that evening 26 points and 6 rebounds and Lina Lisnere supported her with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 28 points by guard Kate Aizsila (172-94) did not help to save the game for TTT Juniores. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. RTU-Merks (2-2) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with TTT Juniores and DU. RTU-Merks will play against league's leader TTT Riga on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. TTT Juniores' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Latvijas Universitate.
LSBL top team - TTT Riga (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Latvijas Universitate (0-4) 94-35. Karline Nimane fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Anete Vorma produced 11 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. TTT Riga have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-0 record. Loser Latvijas Universitate still closes the standings with four games lost. TTT Riga will meet at home RTU-Merks (#5) in the next round. Latvijas Universitate will play against TTT Juniores in Riga and hopes to get finally their first victory.



TTT Juniores - RTU-Merks 77-85

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: RTU-Merks (#6) and TTT Juniores (#4). TTT Juniores were defeated at home 77-85 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-19. But TTT Juniores won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when RTU-Merks won last quarter 28-22. RTU-Merks outrebounded TTT Juniores 44-33 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. TTT Juniores were plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by forward Laura Audere (180-84) who scored that evening 26 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Lina Lisnere (192-86, college: Syracuse) supported her with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Five RTU-Merks players scored in double figures. Even 28 points by guard Kate Aizsila (172-94) did not help to save the game for TTT Juniores. Center Ruta Veidere (188-94) added 8 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. RTU-Merks (2-2) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with TTT Juniores and DU. RTU-Merks will play against league's leader TTT Riga on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. TTT Juniores' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Latvijas Universitate.
Top scorers:
TTT Juniores: K.Aizsila 28+4reb, K.Pumpure 9+1reb, L.Sarja 8+4reb+1ast, R.Veidere 8+8reb+2ast, G.Melnace 7+1reb, P.Langina 6+7reb
RTU-Merks: L.Audere 26+6reb+2ast, L.Lisnere 12+6reb+5ast, D.Rozenberga 12+8reb, I.Vitola 11+4reb+1ast, I.Malkevica 11+6reb+1ast, D.Lazdeniece 10+8reb+1ast
gschID: 149794


DU - Cesis 36-73

The most shocking disappointment of round 4 was a home defeat of much higher ranked Daugavpils Universitate (2-2) by fifth ranked Cesis (3-1) who outscored them by 37 points 73-36. It ended the two-game winning streak of Daugavpils Universitate. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Cesis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Daugavpils Universitate to just 2 points in fourth quarter and to 12 points in second half. Cesis dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Daugavpils Universitate's 20. They outrebounded Daugavpils Universitate 49-24 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of center Liene Bernsone (185-85, college: FIU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and guard Zane Lapsina (174-83) who added 21 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Cesis players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Kristina Egle (177-86) responded with 10 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Santa Baltace (178-92) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Cesis moved-up to second place. Daugavpils Universitate at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with RTU-Merks and TTT Juniores. Cesis are looking forward to face Kolibri/U-16 (#7) in Riga in the next round where they are favorite. Daugavpils Universitate will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
DU: S.Baltace 11+5reb, K.Egle 10+5reb+2ast, O.Kazakevica 7+2reb+2ast, M.Sirokova 6+3reb, V.Semjonova 2+1reb, A.Kovalova 0
Cesis: Z.Lapsina 21+9reb+1ast, L.Bernsone 18+14reb+1ast, A.Horelika 14+8reb+1ast, A.Reke 11+10reb+2ast, Z.Zeltina 7+3reb+2ast, I.Jakobsone 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 149792


LU - TTT Riga 35-94

LSBL top team - TTT Riga (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Latvijas Universitate (0-4) 94-35. The game without a history. TTT Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Latvijas Universitate to just 5 points in first quarter. TTT Riga held Latvijas Universitate to an opponent 17.9 percent shooting from the field compared to 44.9 percent accuracy of the winners and made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. TTT Riga forced 27 Latvijas Universitate turnovers and outrebounded them 50-31 including 21 on the offensive glass. International forward Karline Nimane (188-90) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Center Liga Surkusa (194-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Five TTT Riga players scored in double figures. Guard Anete Vorma (165-89) produced 11 points and 5 rebounds and forward Arta Fridenberga (178-95) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. TTT Riga have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-0 record. Loser Latvijas Universitate still closes the standings with four games lost. TTT Riga will meet at home RTU-Merks (#5) in the next round. Latvijas Universitate will play against TTT Juniores in Riga and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
LU: A.Vorma 11+5reb, A.Fridenberga 7+6reb+2ast, L.Berzina 5+3reb, S.Berga 4+9reb+1ast, L.Paula Berga 4+1ast, A.Strupovica 3
TTT Riga: K.Nimane 24+11reb, G.Lagzdina 17+4reb+1ast, L.Surkusa 13+12reb+3ast, S.Dukate 13+2reb, I.Krastina 10+9reb+5ast, I.Borodavko 10+1reb+1ast
gschID: 149793




Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 4-0 
 2. Cesis 3-1 
 3. Liepajas 2-1 
 4. DU 2-2 
 5. RTU-Merks 2-2 
 6. TTT Juniores 2-2 
 7. Kolibri/U-16 0-3 
 8. LU 0-4 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Karline NIMANE
  TTT Riga
  (188-F-90)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Nimane, TTT Riga22.3 
 2. Niedola, Liepajas19.0 
 3. Cinite, Cesis19.0 
 4. Krastina, TTT Riga18.0 
 5. Egle, DU17.0 
 6. Alilujeva, Liepajas15.3 
 7. Laksa, Kolibri/U-1615.3 
 8. Aizsila, TTT J.14.5 
 9. Baltace, DU14.5 
 10. Malkevica, RTU-M.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sabine NIEDOLA
  Liepajas
  (184-F-91)
  Avg: 12
 1. Niedola, Liepajas12.0 
 2. Cinite, Cesis11.5 
 3. Bernsone, Cesis11.5 
 4. Horelika, Cesis9.0 
 5. Veidere, TTT J.8.5 
 6. Nimane, TTT Riga8.5 
 7. Alilujeva, Liepajas7.7 
 8. Langina, TTT J.7.5 
 9. Egle, DU7.0 
 10. Surkusa, TTT Riga6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  TTT Riga
  (175-G/F-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Krastina, TTT Riga5.0 
 2. Jevsejeva, DU4.8 
 3. Niedola, Liepajas4.0 
 4. Neimane, TTT J.4.0 
 5. Kazakevica, DU3.0 
 6. Nimane, TTT Riga2.8 
 7. Pavlovska, TTT Ri.2.8 
 8. Egle, DU2.8 
 9. Reke, Cesis2.5 
 10. Aizsila, TTT J.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Karline NIMANE
  TTT Riga
  (188-F-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Nimane, TTT Riga4.0 
 2. Krastina, TTT Riga3.8 
 3. Line, Liepajas3.0 
 4. Reke, Cesis3.0 
 5. Horelika, Cesis3.0 
 6. Rozenberga, RTU-M.2.5 
 7. Reine, TTT Juniores2.5 
 8. Pavlovska, TTT Ri.2.5 
 9. Bernsone, Cesis2.3 
 10. Aizsila, TTT J.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Inese BUNDULE
  Cesis
  (195-C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bundule, Cesis2.0 
 2. Veidere, TTT J.1.8 
 3. Surkusa, TTT Riga1.8 
 4. Krasovska, Liepajas1.5 
 5. Tomsone, TTT J.1.5 
 6. Bernsone, Cesis1.3 
 7. Lisnere, RTU-Merks1.3 
 8. Langina, TTT J.1.3 
 9. Borodavko, TTT Ri.1.0 
 10. Vitola, RTU-Merks1.0 


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  LESOTHO - Women  


Lesotho D1 Standings
D1 Standings
1. Limkokwing 1-0
2. Lerotholi P. 0-0
3. Lialuma 0-0
4. Roma Girls
0-0
5. Shines 0-0
6. Rovers 0-1


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


USK Praha open Euroleague season win count in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
VICI Aistes - USK Praha 70:80

USK Praha recorded their first Euroleague victory this season. They upset VICI Aistes in Kaunas to improve at 1-2 record. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the Czech team. The hosts in the meantime fell at 0-3 record.
USK Praha got to a confident start. The visitors took a 21:14 lead ten minutes into the game. USK Praha opened the second term on a 7:0 run. They maintained the lead well enough to register a 43:30 halftime advantage. USK Praha kept the home team at bay throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final break up by 9 points 58:49. USK Praha tipped off the fourth term on a 6:2 run and never allowed VICI Kaunas closer than 7 points in the reminder of the contest. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) provided 16 points, while Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) contributed 13 points in the win. Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-G-88, college: Vermont) responded with 22 points for VICI Kaunas. Amanda Kemezys (192-C-87, college: St.Louis) netted 11 points in the loss.

VICI Aistes: Courtnay Pilypaitis 22, Amanda Kemezys 11
USK Praha: Frida Eldebrink 20, Anna Montanana 16, Delisha Milton-Jones 13


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Puerto Rico wins Gold in Guadalajara - by Eurobasket News
PUERTO RICO - MEXICO 85-67

Puerto Rico won the Gold at the Panamerican Games for the first time ever! They outplayed Mexico 85-67 in the Finals. Mexico was the host of this event and they finished with the Silver. Carla Cortijo (173-G-87, college: Texas) was a key player in victory with 29 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds. She reached impressive valuation 35! Angiely Morales (180-SG-87)