EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/28/2011

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  ABA   


Final 15 Chosen as Members of the 2011-2012 Staten Island Vipers - by Surujh Roopnarine
After weeks of intense training, hard work and difficult assessments, Head Coach Wes Matthews and the front office personnel of the Staten Island Vipers have selected 15 players for the 2011-2012 American Basketball season. Headlining the group are a pair of local standouts and former NCAA Division I starters in guards Zaire Taylor (6'4''-G-86, college: Missouri) and Lawrence Borha (6'3''-G-84, college: Utah). Lawrence Borha, 6-3, spent his last two seasons gaining valuable experience in Europe, playing in Germany and Holland after completing his collegiate career at Utah. Zaire Taylor was a member of Mike Andersons Missouri Tigers teams and an important leader during their 2009 run to the NCAA Tournament. He also spent his rookie season in Holland where he was named to the Eurobasket.com Dutch Eredivisie All-Defensive Team.
The expansion Vipers will play in the ABAs Northeast division and tip off their inaugural season on November 19 against the reigning division champion Jersey Express.

2011-12 Staten Island Vipers
Adam Jensen 6-5 245lbs F/C
Alexus Foyle (6'6''-F-78, college: BYU-Hawaii)
Angel Branch (6'7''-F-80, college: Alabama St.)
Angelo La Roche 6-4 225lbs G/F
Scotty McRae (6'8''-F-89, college: Albany)
John Baiano (5'9''-G-84, college: S.New Hampshire)
Jordan Fowler (6'5''-F, college: William Pater.)
Kenny Gaskins III (6'1''-G)
Kenya Caruthers
Lawrence Borha
Lew Monaco 5-11 180lbs G
Michael Thomas - 6-1 224lbs PG

Stanley Bolden (5'10''-G, college: Oklahoma S&A)
Willis Kettrell (6'5''-F-87, college: St.Thomas Aquinas)
Zaire Taylor




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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Radnicki Kragujevac brings in Mike Scott - by Eurobasket News
Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) is a new member of Radnicki Kragujevac. The American forward penned a deal for rest of the season. Scott arrives to Radnicki from BG Goettingen, where he spent 2010/11. He appeared 31 times in German league averaging 9 points and 4.5 rebounds. Scott also added 13.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.4 apg in 14 EuroCup games. He helped Goettingen to reach the Quarterfinals. Season 2009/10, Mike Scott spent with Hungarian Kormend. He had 15.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 1.5 apg for them. In 2008/09, he played for Trabzon in TB2L. Mike Scott is a product of the Kent State University, where he graduated in 2008.

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  ALGERIA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Annaba 0-0 
 2. Arreridj 0-0 
 3. Blida 0-0 
 4. CRB Dar El-B. 0-0 
 5. CRB Temouch. 0-0 
 6. CSMC 0-0 
 7. GS Petroliers 0-0 
 8. MS Cherchell 0-0 
 9. NAH Dey 0-0 
 10. O Batna 0-0 
 11. Sidi-bel-Abbes 0-0 
 12. Skikda 0-0 
 13. Staoueli 0-0 
 14. US Setif 0-0 
 15. USM Blida 0-0 
 16. WA Boufarik 0-0 


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  ARGENTINA   


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


Canada beats Argentina in OT, 83-79 - by Eurobasket News
CANADA - ARGENTINA 83-79 OT

Canada and Argentina played a very exciting game in Day One of the Panamerican Games 2011 in Guadalajara. Canada celebrated 83-79 victory and they needed an overtime to do it. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group A together with Argentina and host Mexico. Philip Scrubb (194-G-92) was a key player in victory with 35 points. He scored 8 triples in this meeting. Tyson Hinz (199-F-91) had 13 points and 5 rebs, while Owen Klassen (208-F-91) helped his country with 7 points and 7 rebs. Nicolas Laprovittola (189-G-90) responded with 16 points in defeat. Matias Sandes and Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87) netted 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 16-22, 18-17, 10-14, 26-17, 13-9 OT. In the next round, Canada will meet Mexico. Argentina will take on Puerto Rico.

Canada: Philip Scrubb 35, Tyson Hinz 13+5 boards, Owen Klassen 7+7 boards
Argentina: Nicolas Laprovittola 16, Matias Sandes 12, Nicolas Romano 11


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


Standings
Standings
Group E
1. China5-0
2. S.Korea4-1
3. Lebanon2-3
4. Iraq2-3
5. Taiwan1-4
6. India1-4
Group F
1. Philippines5-0
2. Japan4-1
3. Indonesia3-2
4. S.Arabia2-3
5. Qatar1-4
6. Vietnam0-5
Group Places 13-14
1. Malaysia1-0
2. Uzbekistan0-1


China and South Korea to fight for crown in Nha Trang City - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals
South Korea - Philippines 67-58
South Korea joined China in the Final of U16 Asia Championship. They fired past Philippines in the semifinal tonight. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) nailed 22 points in the victory. Philippines ensured the better start to the game. They eked out a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. But South Korea turned things around in the second frame. They held Philippines to just 8 points in the period and recorded a 37:29 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. South Korea stayed in charge posting an 8-point lead with one quarter remaining. The Korean side held their opponents to just 8 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory. Kim Nakhyeon (180-G-95) and Kim Gookchan (193-F-96) delivered 16 points apiece for the winners. Renzar Asilum (173-PG-95) and Rodolfo Alejandro (175-G-95) posted 12 points each in the loss.

Japan - China 43-82
China marched into the U16 Asia Championship Final undefeated. They stunned Japan in the semifinal clash tonight to enter the championship game. China will defend their title against South Korea tomorrow. Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95) and Yan Haoxin (90-G-95) scored 18 points each to pace the winners. Japan will face Philippines for the Bronze medals on Friday. China unleashed 30 points to clear off in the opening frame. They entered the second term up by 16 points. Japan slowed their opponents down but could not get any closer. China posted a 44:27 halftime lead. China stiffened defence in the third quarter. They limited Japan to just 6 points in the quarter to take a 60:33 lead with one quarter remaining. China coasted to the victory in the final period. Zhou Qi (215-C-96) notched 15 points for the winners. Yusei Sugiura (194-C-95) responded with 19 points for Japan. Taisei Shirato (181-G-95) had 8 points in the loss.

5-8 place
Iraq - Indonesia 99-38
Iraq will play for the fifth position at U16 Asia Championship. They trounced Indonesia in the classification round tonight. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) and Alaa Mohammed (180-G-97) scored 18 points each for the winners. Iraq will take on Lebanon, while Indonesia will face Saudi Arabia for the seventh overall place. Iraq stunned their opponents in the first frame. They outscored Indonesia 25:10 in the starting ten minutes. Iraq unloaded 29 points in the second frame to establish a 54:20 halftime lead. Iraq maintained the lead throughout the second half. Indonesia never threatened the margin and had to surrender at the end. Farid Mahdi (190-F-95) notched 17 points in the winning effort. Vincent Kosasih (198-C-96) answered with 10 points for Indonesia. Rizky Indraprasto (184-G-85) netted 7 points in the loss.

Lebanon - Saudi Arabia 76-43
Lebanon will play for the fifth place at the U16 Asia Championship. They overcame Saudi Arabia in the classification round tonight. Lebanon will face Iraq, while Saudi Arabia will play against Indonesia tomorrow. Lebanon opened the game aggressively. They grabbed a 21:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Lebanon stretched the gap in the second term. They established a 38:24 halftime lead. Lebanon cleared off to an unassailable margin in the third term. They recorded a 60:32 advantage with ten minutes remaining and never looked back en route to the win. Jimmy Salem (190-G-95) stepped up with 17 points for Lebanon. Gerard Hadidian (197-F-95) had 14 points for the winners. Abdulaziz Sakar (183-G-95) notched 18 points for Saudi Arabia. Raad Barnawi (185-G-95) netted 8 points in defeat.

9-10 place
India - Taiwan 60-61
Lu Kuan-Hsuan (95) drained a triple with three seconds left in regulation to seal a narrow win of Taiwan over India at U16 Asia Championship classification round. The winners claimed the 9th overall position at the tournament. Wang I-Fan provided 17 points to pace the effort. India looked better early in the game. They grabbed a 16:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Taiwan bounced back in the second quarter. They cut the deficit at 2-point mark at the interval 32:34. The third term add woes to India. Taiwan held their opponents to 8 points to take a 7-point lead at the final break. But India erased the deficit and pulled ahead late in the game. They led by three points before Wang I-Fan nailed a free throw and then fed Lu Kuan-Hsuan for a three-pointer as Taiwan snatched a narrow win at the end. Wu You-Da (95) notched 11 points in the victory. Satnam Singh Bhamara (216-C-95) answered with 29 points for India. Rakesh Haryana had 10 points in the loss.

11-12 place
Vietnam - Qatar 58-59
Qatar celebrated a narrow win over Vietnam in the U16 Asia Championship classification round tonight. Qatar thus clinched the 11th position in the ladder. Vietnam almost completed comeback rally in the fourth frame but came up just short of victory at the end. Abdulrahman Saad (183-F-96) posted 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge. Qatar held the hosts to 5 points in the opening frame taking an 8-point lead. Qatar continued to clear off in the second quarter. They recorded a 34:20 halftime lead. Vietnam stopped the rot in the third term. The home team cut the deficit to 12 points with ten minutes to go. Vietnam went on a desperate rally in the final quarter. The home team got within a single point with 32 second remaining. Tung Nguyen had a chance to put Vietnam in charge but missed two free throws and Qatar ran away with a narrow win at the end. Mohamed Abdelkawy (177-G-95) top-scored with 21 points for Qatar. Thong Nguyen Duy (180-F-95) answered with 20 points for Vietnam. Minh Do Duy (180-F-95) had 11 points in the loss.




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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga round 5 best performance: Drake Reed - by Eurobasket News
American forward Drake Reed (196-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Oberwart, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 15 rebounds, while his team edged out BC Vienna (#8, 2-3) 78-74. Oberwart is placed at 4th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Oberwart will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. Reed turned to be Oberwart's top player in his first season with the team. Former Austin Peay State University star has very solid stats this year. Reed is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.6ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.0rpg) and averages impressive 62.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Croatian forward Marko Moric (207-F-81) of UBSC Graz. Moric had a very good evening with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for UBSC Graz to edge the lower-ranked Furstenfeld (#10, 1-4) 83-81. This victory allowed UBSC Graz to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Moric is a newcomer at UBSC Graz, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Larry Gordon (196-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of Kapfenberg (#6). Gordon scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Kapfenberg, leading his team to a 87-80 win against the lower-ranked Arkadia (#9, 1-4). Kapfenberg needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Gordon has a very solid season. In 2 games in Austria he scored 16.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dragan Miletic (195-G-82) of BC Vienna - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) of Klosterneub. - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Jean Francois (197-F-80) of BC Vienna - 23 points and 7 rebounds
7. Gary Ware (206-F/C-83) of Furstenfeld - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Morris Curry (178-G-87) of Gmunden - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jeremy Fears (196-G-85) of Kapfenberg - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Radosav Spasojevic (204-F/C-92) of Arkadia - 20 points and 5 rebounds

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


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Ventspils 2-0 
 2. Siauliai 2-0 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 2-1 
 4. Rudupis 2-1 
 5. Tartu Ulikool 2-1 
 6. Pieno Zvaigzdes 1-1 
 7. Triumph 1-1 
 8. Juventus 1-2 
 9. Kedainiai 1-2 
 10. Baltai Kaunas 1-2 
 11. Liepaja 0-4 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Neptunas 2-1 
 2. Tarvas 1-0 
 3. Naglis Palangos 1-0 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 0-1 
 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. Matulionis, Techas.18.5 
 9. Krumins, Jelgava17.5 
 10. Skele, Kalev/Cramo16.3 
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. Pilk, TT.10.0 
 5. Keedus, TT.10.0 
 6. Benn, Naglis Palan.10.0 
 7. Matulionis, Techas.9.5 
 8. Bowles, Siauliai9.0 
 9. Galdikas, Neptunas8.7 
 10. Amis, Tartu Uliko.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  Tarvas
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kriisa, Tarvas8.0 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai7.0 
 3. Maceina, Juventus6.7 
 4. Stasys, Neptunas6.7 
 5. Rinkevicius, Nagli.6.0 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Sak.6.0 
 7. Ezerskis, Techasas5.0 
 8. Kelys, Pieno Z.5.0 
 9. Dainys, Neptunas5.0 
 10. Benn, Naglis Pala.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Erik KEEDUS
  TT.
  (194-F-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Keedus, TT.5.0 
 2. Dyatlovsky, Barsy4.0 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava3.5 
 4. Landry, Triumph3.0 
 5. Elksnis, Valmiera3.0 
 6. Benn, Naglis Palan.3.0 
 7. Kulevicius, Techas.2.5 
 8. Virsis, Valmiera2.5 
 9. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 10. Valeika, Neptunas2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Roman GUMENIUK
  Juventus
  (220-C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gumeniuk, Juventus2.0 
 2. Kurtsevich, Trium.2.0 
 3. Rozitis, Valmiera2.0 
 4. Staniulis, Techasas2.0 
 5. Meiers, Ventspils1.5 
 6. Mednis, Turiba1.5 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla1.0 
 8. Matulionis, Techas.1.0 
 9. McKee, Triumph1.0 
 10. Barnes, Kedainiai1.0 


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  BELGIUM   


Charleroi shocks Anadolu Efes in Istanbul, 79-80 - by Eurobasket News
Anadolu Efes - Charleroi 79-80

Charleroi did a great job in Istanbul on Wednesday evening. The Belgian champion grabbed 79-80 thriller win against Anadolu Efes joining them with 1-1 record in Group C. Clutch shooting by Justin Hamilton (191-G-80, college: Florida) in the final seconds made the difference. Charleroi made 15-24 lead in the first quarter and Efes replied with 14-4 run after that. However, Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) shined in the finish of the first half brining his team 32-38 lead. Despite Efes tied the score to 51-51 after the breather, Charleroi finished Q3 with 56-60 and jumped to 70-76 with something more than two minutes left in this meeting. Ilievski and Ilyasova made 6-0 run for the hosts to tie the score again. Welsch missed an open look from corner, but Charleroi got the rebound. Hill drove into the paint, but was rejected by Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87), however the ball reached Justin Hamilton. He elevated to hit a tough jumper with 11 seconds left to go out front, 76-78. Efes opted for a three-point attempt by Ilievski, but it rimmed out. Hamilton was fouled and converted on both for a 4-point cushion. Kinsey hit a three-pointer with a second left, as Efes fell just short, 79-80. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) top-scored in victory with 18 points. Demond Mallet had 14 points and 5 rebs, while Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) added 13 pts. Hero Justin Hamilton collected 12 pts and 7 assists. In Efes, Ersan Ilyasova shined with 21 points and 6 rebs. Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) followed him with 14 pts and 6 rebs, while Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) stopped to 12 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 15-24, 17-14, 24-22, 23-20. Charleroi goes to Belgrade in the next round to face Serbian powerhouse Partizan. Efes will meet Emporio Armani on the road.

Anadolu Efes: Ersan Ilyasova 21+6 boards, Tarence Kinsey 14+6 boards, Sasha Vujacic 12+6 boards
Charleroi: Caleb Green 18, Demond Mallet 14+5 boards, Christophe Beghin 13, Justin Hamilton 12+7 boards


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  BELIZE   


Coaching Clinic in Belmopan and Belize City!!! - by David Magana
Three years ago, the Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) developed a strategic plan in order to grow and develop all aspects of basketball in the country of Belize. One of the main goals of this plan is to build and develop the quality of basketball in Belize. To accomplish this, training exercises for players of different ages have been developed and several programmes specifically targeting youths have been created. One of these programs is the Junior Mini Basketball Program which seeks to engage youths under 12 years of age. Last week Saturday, October 22th, 2011, Coach Bernie Tarr spearheaded a coaching clinic at the UB Gym in Belmopan to teach coaches the fundamentals of coaching in the Junior Mini Basketball Program. This clinic will prepare coaches for the launch of the Belize Mini Basketball Program as per FIBA design principles for kid ages 6-12. Coaches from the southern and western portions of Belize took part in the exercise. The objective of the clinic was simple - to educate coaches so that they in turn can raise the level of basketball professionalism among youths by teaching them basketball basics including rules, regulations and history at an early age. The objective is not only to enhance their basketball knowledge, but also to increase motivation and enthusiasm for basketball in our youths country wide. As pointed out by Coach Tarr, at this age it is perfect to work with fundamentals. By the time these players reach the U-17 level, they will know not only the basic theoretical principles, but will also know how to perform such feats as correctly executing a right and left hand layup. If certain skills have not been mastered by this level, it is usually much more difficult to learn later on. The observed limitations in performance of many players are a signal that our kids have not been adequately taught the necessary skills. The only way to ensure that these skills are learnt properly is through drills overseen by trained coaches hence the clinic. The coaching training activities started at 10 am with an introduction by Coach Tarr and Coach Brads Neal, head coach of the National U-12 team, followed by an explanation of what exactly is the Junior Mini Basketball Program. Participants then learnt different drills that could be used to teach defense, dribbling and layups; and improve passing skills. The clinic concluded around midday and by which time the participating coaches had to have developed their own coaching philosophy to be used when they returned to their homes and their teams.
In the afternoon, Coach Tarr traveled to Belize City to conduct a similar clinic with the coaches from the district. Coach Tarr has been traveling throughout Belize trying to impart his knowledge of what he calls the core basic fundamentals of Belize with the intention of boosting the performance of the future basketballers of the country.


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  BOSNIA   


Zrinjski drops to 0-2 in Balkan league - by Eurobasket News
Zrinjski HT - Ulcinj 60-62

Zrinjski HT played its second game in Balkan league this season and unfortunately faced with the second straight loss. This time the Bosnian outfit failed at home to Montenegrin Ulcinj. Visitors grabbed tiny 60-62 victory and they have 1-1 record now in Group B. Zrinjski closes the standings with 0-2. Zrinjski HT was very close to get their first win, but they have to wait a little bit longer. The hosts were ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 19-11 charge of Ulcinj, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Zrinjski HT 39-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. Center Veljko Lalovic (209-C-86, college: Lake Region CC) notched a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Milos Djurisic (194-G-88) supported him with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Even 16 points and 5 assists by point guard Armin Avdibegovic (188-PG-84) did not help to save the game for Zrinjski HT. Montenegrin center Aleksandar Radulovic (209-C-84) added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. In the next round Zrinjski HT will meet Napredak Krusevac as a guest. That game is scheduled for November 16.

Ulcinj: M.Kuveljic 15+3reb+1ast, M.Djurisic 12+5reb+2ast, V.Lalovic 11+11reb, M.Latkovic 6+3reb+3ast, D.Marojevic 6+6reb+1ast, B.Medenica 6+4reb
Zrinjski HT: A.Avdibegovic 16+1reb+5ast, A.Radulovic 12+8reb, M.Jones 10+6reb, M.Han 8+1reb+1ast, L.Klarica 6+3reb+2ast, S.Tepavcevic 4+4reb+2ast


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  BRAZIL   


Brazil too much for Uruguay in Guadalajara - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - URUGUAY 80-71

Brazil had a joyful Day One in Guadalajara. Brazilians were better than Uruguay 80-71 to open the Panamerican Games 2011. They are placed to Group B together with USA and Dominican Republic. Brazil had six players with double digits in scoring yesterday. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) was the leading one with 15 points (8 rebs). Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) had 14 and Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) helped with 13 points, plus 5 rebs. In the loosing squad, Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91) top-scored with 16 points. Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) and Nicolas Borsellino (202-F-86) (5 rebs) netted 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 19-18, 17-17, 20-16, 24-20. Brazil will meet USA today. Uruguay will play against Dominican Republic.

Brazil: Guilherme Giovannoni 15+8 boards, Welington Dos Santos 14, Arthur Silva 13+5 boards
Uruguay: Bruno Fitipaldo 16, Reque Newsome 12, Nicolas Borsellino 11+5 boards


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


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Inter Primary Basketball is back, but where are the parents! - by David Edole
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI The BD Basketball Association launched the 2011 Inter Primary School League on Thursday October 20, with many exciting match ups, but sparse crowds despite the long weekend created by St Ursulas Day.

Most noticeable with a few welcomed exceptions, was the lack of parents attending to support and cheer on their children as they took to the court to showcase their skills and represent their teams.

The first game saw a comfortable 27 12 victory for Althea Scatliffe Primary over Cedar School. Kedrick Matthew top scored for Althea Scatliffe with 8 points, adding 1 rebound and 1 steal. Dante Vanterpool scored 6 points, Malique Wattley 5. Dekembe Parsons scored 6 with 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist. For Cedar School, Kai Turnbull scored 4 with 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist.

Willard Wheatley Primary then clawed ahead of Alexandrina Maduro Primary in the 3rd quarter to win 20-15, despite Sammuel Gilbert having 8 steals. Germarie Brumant also did his best to keep Alexandrina Maduro in the game, scoring 8 points. Ultimately though, Kyle Penn and Shaqueal Frett, who both scored 8 points, had too much presence under the basket to secure the win. Penn, who was named Player of the Game, also added 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals.

The days last game saw Leonora Delville Primary cruised past St Georges Primary, who were perhaps missing the presence of their usual coach, Carl Barrett, who is in Mexico with the Pan Am Games team. Leonora Delville was ahead 13-10 at the half and extended that lead to 19-14 by the end of the 3rd before keeping St Georges scoreless in the 4th to win by 10.

Johangel Rodriquez had a stellar game in scoring 8 points along with 7 rebounds and 5 steals. Terelle Grant scored 7 and Eric Bob chipped in with 5. For St Georges, Deandre Penn scored 4 points with 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, 4 steals and 1 assist. Mohamed Bazour scored 4 and Chaz Fahie 2.

Moving onto Fridays games, still witnessed by far too few parents despite most businesses being closed for the National Holiday, Joyce Samuel Primary recorded a fine win over Francis Lettsome Primary. Rafique Manning led the triumphant charge with 6 points and 9 rebounds, Donald Frometa added 5 points with 5 rebounds and KCei Moses notched up 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block, 4 steals and 3 assists as the boys and girls from Bellvue won 21-16. Jason Potter scored 8 points for Francis Lettsome.

The Opening Ceremony was also conducted on Friday with the Honourable Andrew Fahie on hand to give a demonstration of his shooting skills as well as encouraging the children to ensure they get the balance right between schoolwork and sports.

Joyce Sammuel was then brought back to earth by Willard Wheatley and in particular Shaqueal Frett who scored all the points in his schools 20 11 victory. Such was the dominance of Willard Wheatley that Joyce Sammuel only scored its first points on the stroke of half time. Kevin Nisbett with 5 rebounds and Kyle Penn with 4 seemingly onhand to mop up any danger caused by Joyce Sammuel. Drexton Gaton with 4 points led the Joyce Sammuel scoring.

On Saturday, 4 matches took place, with St Georges atoning for their earlier defeat in beating Ivan Dawson Primary 27-16 despite the efforts of Daniel Harrigan who picked up 13 rebounds, 3 steals, 8 blocks, 3 points and 1 assist for Ivan Dawson. St Georges was led by Eduardo Vargazs 7 points with 6 rebounds, 1 block and 11 steals. Chaz Fahie and Deandre Penn both added 6 points to the total.

Althea Scatliffe then made light work of Joyce Samuel reaching the weekends highest score in a 43-24 win. Kendrick Matthew scored 14 points with 5 rebounds, 4 blocks, 4 steals and 2 assists. Malique Wattley added 9, Dante Vanterpool 6 and Dekembe Parsons also 6. Rafique Manning scored 12 for Joyce Sammuel and KCei Moses 8.

Alexandrina Maduro and Francis Lettsome schools then went into double overtime before the Baughers Bay School stole it 18 -16. Germarie Brumant recorded 7 steals and Sammuel Gilbert 9. Jaheem Chiddick made 6 blocks. Brumant also scored 10 points and in reply Jason Potter scored 6 with 11 rebounds for the Greenlands outfit.

The weekends last game was another nail biter as Leonora Delville School was thankful for a strong 4th quarter to run out 18-13 winners over Ivan Dawson. Ivan Dawson were ahead 7-5 at the half but it was all level at 10-10 by the end of the 3rd before Johangel Rodriquez scored the crucial baskets. He finished with 7 points and 4 rebounds with Terelle Grant adding 4 points and 7 rebounds and Eric Bob making 5 steals. For Ivan Dawson, Daunte Scatliffe scored 7 points and Daniel Harrigan picked up 11 rebounds.

Action continues on Wednesday afternoon October 26, 2011 at Cedar International School with the hosts taking on Willard Wheatley from 4.30 p.m.



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  CANADA   


Canada beats Argentina in OT, 83-79 - by Eurobasket News
CANADA - ARGENTINA 83-79 OT

Canada and Argentina played a very exciting game in Day One of the Panamerican Games 2011 in Guadalajara. Canada celebrated 83-79 victory and they needed an overtime to do it. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group A together with Argentina and host Mexico. Philip Scrubb (194-G-92) was a key player in victory with 35 points. He scored 8 triples in this meeting. Tyson Hinz (199-F-91) had 13 points and 5 rebs, while Owen Klassen (208-F-91) helped his country with 7 points and 7 rebs. Nicolas Laprovittola (189-G-90) responded with 16 points in defeat. Matias Sandes and Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87) netted 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 16-22, 18-17, 10-14, 26-17, 13-9 OT. In the next round, Canada will meet Mexico. Argentina will take on Puerto Rico.

Canada: Philip Scrubb 35, Tyson Hinz 13+5 boards, Owen Klassen 7+7 boards
Argentina: Nicolas Laprovittola 16, Matias Sandes 12, Nicolas Romano 11


Oshawa Power drop first NBL Canada exhibition game - by Eurobasket News
The Oshawa Power were struck down in their NBL Canada pre-season opener Sunday, falling by 28 points on the road to the London Lightning.

A dreadful first quarter did the Power in as they were out-scored 31-9 by the Lightning in an eventual 111-83 loss at the John Labatt Centre.

The two teams will engage in a rematch Thursday night at the General Motors Centre to wrap up the pre-season. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m.

Despite the loss, there were a few bright spots for the Power in their first even game action.

Guard Brandon Robinson was stellar on offence, leading all scorers with 31 points on the afternoon, while after the sluggish start, the Power out-played and out-scored the Lightning in the second half.

'The second group came in there, which was a smaller group, they played with heart and played with energy,' said coach Mark Strickland in a press release, referring to the second half play. 'It was a tale of two halves, we won the second points wise.'

Also chipping in on offence was Toronto product Tut Ruach, who gave the club a burst of energy off the bench to start the second half and finished with 15 points.

First overall draft pick Morgan Lewis also saw some action, scoring five points and hauling in seven rebounds.

As evidenced by the box score, the Power struggled with their shot, converting on just 32 per cent of their attempts to London's 48 per cent.

The Lightning were led in scoring by one-time Duke University player Taylor King (6'6''-F-88, college: Concordia Irvine), who had 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting. Four others scored in double figures for the Lightning.

Oshawa brought a roster of 16 to London for the game, including Denham Brown, though the Canadian national team veteran did not suit up.

Thursday's rematch in Oshawa will feature tickets to the game for as low as $2 each. For more information, visit powerbasketball.ca.

That game will be Oshawa's final tune up before the NBL Canada regular season opens this weekend. The first Power game will be on the road Sunday against the Quebec Kebs.

Home action for the Power opens up on Nov. 3 at the GM Centre against the Moncton Miracles at 7:30 p.m.

Courtesy of www.durhamregion.com


Oshawa Power release 4 players - by Eurobasket News
The Oshawa Power has released four players from their training camp roster. The players released were Antwi Atuahene (6'3''-G-84, college: Arizona St.) (PG), Josh Porter (6'3''-G-85) (PG), Paul Campbell (6'10''-C-87) (C), Hugh Barnett (6'9''-C/F, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Arkansas-Pine Bluff) (C).

'We'd like to thank every player that has come out and tried out for the Power organization,' said Gary Durrant, President of Basketball Operations. 'We wish them all the best in the future and we hope that all their basketball dreams come true.'

The Oshawa Power will play a home pre-season game against the London Lightning on October 27 at 7:30 p.m. The Power will play their first home regular season game of the season on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at the General Motors Centre, where they will tip-off against the Moncton Miracles at 7:30 p.m.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  CHINA   


Chandler Shined in His First Game in China - by Robert Wang
NBA forward Wilson Chandler played his first game against a US team two days ago. He scored 32 points with 10 rebounds against this US tour team. Chandler has been practise with his current chinese team and this team played an competition game against US team. This US team has a lots experinced players and and they beat chandler's team at their first game. Chandler helped his team won their 2nd game. He has been shining in the 2nd game. While another NBA star JR Smith will play his game in China soon. Good Luck all!

Rodney Stuckey headed to Guangdong? - by Eurobasket News
The Guangdong Southern Tigers in China are making a hard push to sign Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (6'5''-PG-86, college: E.Washington), according to sources with knowledge of the negotiations.

The biggest hurdle for Guangdong to clear, though, is the same hurdle all Chinese teams face when trying to land NBA players: Stuckey, if he signs, would be unable to come back to the NBA until Guangdong's season ends in March, even if the lockout ends before that, thanks to rules instituted this season by the Chinese Basketball Association.

The rules also state that Chinese teams can pursue only free agents. Stuckey would have been a restricted free agent this summer, under the NBA's previous labor agreement.

Guangdong also recently signed Washington Wizards unrestricted free agent Yi Jianlian. But because of different CBA rules for Chinese nationals, Yi has the freedom to return to the NBA as soon as the lockout ends. Yi is a native of Heshin, Guangdong, and played for the Tigers from 2002 to 2007 before his jump to the NBA.

A trio of players from the Denver Nuggets -- Wilson Chandler, Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith -- are the most prominent NBA free agents to sign in China and forgo the right to play in the NBA this season before March, unless any of their Chinese teams elect to release them outright.

Courtesy of ESPN


China Crushes Japan 82-43 - by Arthur Volbert
China blasted vertically challenged Japan 82-43 to gain a spot at the U-17 World Championship next year. It will play a rematch against Korea tomorrow for the Asian title. The outcome of the game against Japan was never in doubt. China led 30-14 after one quarter, 44-27 at the half and 60-33 after three quarters. Zhao Jiwei and Yan Haoxin (190-G-95) had 18 points and Zhou Qi added 15. Yusei Sugiura scored 19 for Japan and Tasei Shirato added 8.

Korea did not seem to play all-out in its first match with China, resting some of its key players. But unless Korea displays far more skill than in the previous game this has been the most dominant Chinese junior team ever. We will see next year how it fares against the rest of the world.

Korea edged the Philippines 67-58 to reach the final. Iraq smashed Indonesia 99-38 and will battle for fifth place tomorrow. It will face Lebanon which destroyed Saudi Arabia 76-43. Chinese Taipei took ninth place with a 61-60 win over India. 214 cm Satnam Singh Bahmara scored 29 points for India. This young seven-footer did not perform well in his team's first game, against China's Zhou Qi. But he has improved as the tournament progressed and may well have a professional future. Qatar defeated host Vietnam for eleventh place 59-58.



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  COSTA RICA   


Limon on the road back to First Division - by Gianni Pascucci
Historical team of Limoon defeated ISESA-Grecia, 72-65 on the road in Game 1 of the Costarican Second Division Final Seris on past saturday. Game 2 is scheduled on sunday, Oct. 30 at the Limon home town, the Eddy Bermdez Gymnasium, and in cas of a second win, Limon will be promoted to First Division-LSB, coming back to the top league two years after leaving it.
The nucleus of Limon is made of veteran players Herman Robertson (194-G/F-64), Marlon Samuels (188-F-73), Rayner Archer (G) and Enrique Peterkin (195-F-66)



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  CROATIA   


Greens dominate in Zagreb - by Eurobasket News
KK Zagreb CO - Panathinaikos 62-81

Wonderful performance by the reigning Euroleague champion Panathinaikos. The Greens cruised past Zagreb on the road 62-81 for perfect 2-0 record in Group B. PAO shares the first place with CSKA Moscow. On the other side, Zagreb faced with the second straight loss. PAO demonstrated its power from the beginning as they made 23-point lead until the halftime. The Greeks jumped to plus 30 after the breather and of course Zagreb had no chance. All they managed to do was to cut the deficit to 19 pts until he end. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) came up with 13 points and 7 rebounds for PAO, while Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) (6 rebs) and Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) added 12 points each. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) nailed 10 points in this meeting. In Zagreb, Sean May (203-F/C-84, college: N.Carolina) had 23 points and 9 boards, but most of his points came in the last quarter. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) scored 15 pts and was the last one with double digits for the hosts. Quarters: 14-24, 8-21, 11-16, 29-20. PAO will host Zalgiris in the next game, while Zagreb waits CSKA Moscow.

Zagreb: Sean May 23+9 boards, Damir Mulaomerovic 15
Panathinaikos: Romain Sato 13+7 boards, Nick Calathes 12+6 boards, Steven Smith 12, Mike Batiste 10


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Joshua Dollard is a newcomer at SLUNETA Usti nad Labem - by Eurobasket Center
SLUNETA Usti nad Labem added to their roster 25-year old American forward Joshua Dollard (203-F-86, college: USC Aiken). Dollard played most recently at Leones de Santo Domingo (Dominican Rep.). In 11 games he was averaging 13.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.5 apg 1.3bpg . This summer Josh was selected to the USBasket.com All-United States Honorable Mention Team. Dollard graduated Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken in 2009 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. He played also pro basketball in Canada, Dominican Republic and Switzerland.

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 


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  D-LEAGUE   


L.D. Williams, slam dunk champion, returning to Springfield Armor - by Eurobasket News
The Springfield Armor have announced that guard L.D. Williams (6'4''-G-88, college: Wake Forest) has signed an NBA Development League contract and will report to training camp with the team.

Williams appeared in 23 games as a rookie, including 19 starts with the Armor during the 2010-11 season, averaging 10.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Williams scored in double figures 13 times, including a season-high 21 points on Jan. 2, 2011. The Wake Forest University alumnus was the 2011 NBA D-League Showcase Slam Dunk Contest champion.

Im really excited to have L.D. back, said Armor head coach Bob MacKinnon. I think hes an exciting player that our fans are going to enjoy having back in Springfield this season.

Williams, a native of Yadkinville, N.C., was the Armors second-round pick (28th overall) in the 2010 NBA D-League Draft. After 23 games with the Armor, Williams inked a deal to join the Alaska Aces of the Philippine Basketball Association, where he played for the remainder of the season.

The Armor open the 2011-12 season on Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at the MassMutual Center against the Maine Red Claws.

Courtesy of www.masslive.com


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


USA grabs 77-76 win against Dominican Republic - by Eurobasket News
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - USA 76-77

USA escaped with 76-77 victory against Dominican Republic in Day One of the Panamerican Games 2011 in Guadalajara. Americans had to work very hard to get this victory and they have 1-0 record now in Preliminary Group B. Participants of this pool are also Brazil and Uruguay. Lance Thomas (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke) shined for the winners with double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds. Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) scored 12 points, while Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, college: Texas A&M) and Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU) helped with 8 points each. On the other side, Jack Michael Martinez (6'8''-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) impressed with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Ricardo Soliver (6'3''-G-84, college: Iona) had 13 points and 5 assists, and Juan Coronado (6'5''-G-83) stopped to 10 pts. Quarters: 20-20, 17-9, 20-25, 19-23. USA will take on Brazil today. Dominicans will try to get their first win against Uruguay.

Dominican Republic: Jack Michael Martinez 31+10 boards, Ricardo Soliver 13+5 as, Juan Coronado 10
USA: Lance Thomas 15+16 boards, Jerome Dyson 12, Donald Sloan 8, Ehambe Moses Randall 8


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  EGYPT   


Jonathan Huffman joins Shorta-Police - by Eurobasket Center
Shorta-Police agreed terms with 25-year old American power forward Jonathan Huffman (213-F/C-86, college: Iona, agency: KMG Sports Management). Huffman played most recently at BC Perla Harghitei Miercurea Ciuc (Romania). While playing 23 games for Perla Harghitei last season he recorded 10.9ppg and 5.5rpg. He graduated Iona College in 2010 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.


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  ESTONIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Illimar PILK
  TT.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Pilk, TT.16.2 
 2. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool16.0 
 3. Raap, Parnu15.3 
 4. Cunda, Va.15.0 
 5. Kurg, Tln Kalev14.8 
 6. Hallik, Tarvas14.6 
 7. Fedortchuk, Tln K.14.3 
 8. Cipruss, Tarvas14.2 
 9. Arnold, TT.13.6 
 10. Akenparg, TT.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Raido RINGMETS
  Rapla
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12
 1. Ringmets, Rapla12.0 
 2. Cipruss, Tarvas11.2 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.9.3 
 4. Adedeji, Va.8.8 
 5. Arnold, TT.8.0 
 6. Hamarsalu, Parnu7.3 
 7. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.7.0 
 8. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.7.0 
 9. Keedus, TT.6.4 
 10. Amis, Tartu Uliko.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Martin DORBEK
  Tarvas
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Dorbek, Tarvas4.4 
 2. Karner, Parnu4.3 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 4. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.5 
 5. Cunda, Va.3.5 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.3 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.3.3 
 8. Pilk, TT.3.2 
 9. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.0 
 10. Kurbas, Tartu Uli.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Cunda, Va.3.3 
 2. Karner, Parnu3.0 
 3. Saage, Tartu Uliko.2.3 
 4. Dorbek, Tarvas2.2 
 5. Laane, Rapla2.0 
 6. Saks, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 7. Vasar, Va.1.8 
 8. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.1.8 
 9. Roos, Tln Kalev1.8 
 10. Kaldre, Rapla1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 2. Amis, Tartu Ulikool2.0 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.8 
 4. Voolaid, Parnu1.5 
 5. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 6. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 7. Saarmets, TT.1.0 
 8. Coles, Tarvas1.0 
 9. Adedeji, Va.1.0 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas0.8 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Henry DOMERCANT
  Unics
  (192-G-80)
  Avg: 23
 1. Domercant, Unics23.0 
 2. Eliyahu, Maccabi23.0 
 3. Battle, Cholet23.0 
 4. Teletovic, Caja L.22.5 
 5. Hairston, Armani M.21.5 
 6. Loncar, Khimky20.5 
 7. Quinn, Khimky20.0 
 8. Batum, Nancy19.5 
 9. Banic, Bizkaia Bil.19.0 
 10. Goss, AS.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.K. EDWARDS
  Grave.
  (202-C/F-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Edwards, Grave.11.0 
 2. Kirilenko, CSKA9.5 
 3. May, KK.9.0 
 4. Gee, Asseco Prokom9.0 
 5. Loncar, Khimky8.5 
 6. Stonerook, Montep.8.5 
 7. Freeland, Unicaja8.0 
 8. Reyes, Real Madrid8.0 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja8.0 
 10. Necas, CEZ Nymbu.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  FCB Regal
  (191-PG-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Huertas, FCB Regal8.0 
 2. Batum, Nancy8.0 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.7.5 
 4. Causeur, Cholet6.0 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA6.0 
 6. Moore, PGE Turow6.0 
 7. Kirilenko, CSKA5.5 
 8. Prigioni, Caja L.5.5 
 9. Rice, Lietuvos.5.3 
 10. Eidson, FCB Regal5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.3.5 
 2. Stiggers, PAOK3.0 
 3. Ilyasova, Anadolu3.0 
 4. Spanoulis, Olympia.3.0 
 5. Kinsey, Anadolu3.0 
 6. Diamantidis, Panat.3.0 
 7. Thompson, AS.2.5 
 8. Kelati, Khimky2.5 
 9. Akingbala, Nancy2.5 
 10. Quinn, Khimky2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  BC Do.
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kravtsov, BC Do.3.0 
 2. Issa, Gravelines3.0 
 3. Kirilenko, CSKA2.5 
 4. Kasun, KK.2.5 
 5. Kinsey, Anadolu2.0 
 6. Vaty, Gravelines2.0 
 7. Zoric, Unicaja2.0 
 8. Hines, Olympiakos2.0 
 9. Cain, VEF Riga2.0 
 10. Ilyasova, Anadolu2.0 


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Caja Laboral 2-0 
 2. Bennet Cantu 1-1 
 3. Nancy 1-1 
 4. Bizkaia Bilbao 1-1 
 5. Olympiakos 1-1 
 6. Fener.Ulker 0-2 
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. Real Madrid 2-0 
 2. Armani MI 1-1 
 3. Charleroi 1-1 
 4. Anadolu Efes 1-1 
 5. Maccabi T-A 1-1 
 6. Partizan 0-2 
Group D
 1. Montepaschi 2-0 
 2. FCB Regal 2-0 
 3. Unics 1-1 
 4. Galatasaray 1-1 
 5. Asseco Prokom 0-2 
 6. Union Olimpija 0-2 


Round Two: Tuesday and Wednesday - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Caja Laboral - Bennet Cantu 81-69
Caja Laboral registered second straight Euroleague win this season. After great victory in Istanbul in Round One, the former Spanish champion outplayed Bennet Cantu in Vitoria 81-69 for 2-0 record in Group A. On the other side, Cantu faced with the first loss and now has 1-1 score. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was a key player in Caja Laboral once again. He scored 22 points in this meeting, including crucial 8-0 series on his own in the last quarter. Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) had 17 points, Thomas Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) 11 and Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) helped with 10 pts, plus 7 rebounds. In Cantu, Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) collected 14 points and 5 assists. Marko Scekic (207-F/C-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points and Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) added 11 pts, plus 5 rebs. Quarters: 26-27, 18-17, 17-15, 20-10. As mentioned above, Mirza Teletovic made crucial 8-0 run in the last quarter with two triples and one monster dunk. The hosts jumped to 73-62, what was too much for Cantu for rest of the game. In the next round, Caja Laboral will host Olympiakos. Cantu waits Bilbao.

Group B
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.

CSKA - Brose Baskets 94-74
Both teams celebrated in Round One of the Euroleague regular season. CSKA Moscow was much better team last night having no troubles to keep the perfect score after two games. The Russian powerhouse celebrated 94-74 victory for 2-0 record in Group B, while Brose Baskets slipped to 1-1 now. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) led the hosts with 19 points with no miss for 23 minutes on the court. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) had 13 points and 5 rebs, and Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) added 12 points, plus 6 rebs. In the loosing squad, Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) top-scored with 17 points. Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) had 15 and Anthony Leon Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) contributed with 10 pts and 6 boards. CSKA took control on their rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 24-14, 23-16, 24-22, 23-22. In the next round CSKA goes to Zagreb. Brose Baskets will host Unicaja.

KK Zagreb CO - Panathinaikos 62-81
Wonderful performance by the reigning Euroleague champion Panathinaikos. The Greens cruised past Zagreb on the road 62-81 for perfect 2-0 record in Group B. PAO shares the first place with CSKA Moscow. On the other side, Zagreb faced with the second straight loss. PAO demonstrated its power from the beginning as they made 23-point lead until the halftime. The Greeks jumped to plus 30 after the breather and of course Zagreb had no chance. All they managed to do was to cut the deficit to 19 pts until he end. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) came up with 13 points and 7 rebounds for PAO, while Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) (6 rebs) and Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) added 12 points each. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) nailed 10 points in this meeting. In Zagreb, Sean May (203-F/C-84, college: N.Carolina) had 23 points and 9 boards, but most of his points came in the last quarter. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) scored 15 pts and was the last one with double digits for the hosts. Quarters: 14-24, 8-21, 11-16, 29-20. PAO will host Zalgiris in the next game, while Zagreb waits CSKA Moscow.

Group C
Anadolu Efes - Charleroi 79-80
Charleroi did a great job in Istanbul on Wednesday evening. The Belgian champion grabbed 79-80 thriller win against Anadolu Efes joining them with 1-1 record in Group C. Clutch shooting by Justin Hamilton (191-G-80, college: Florida) in the final seconds made the difference. Charleroi made 15-24 lead in the first quarter and Efes replied with 14-4 run after that. However, Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) shined in the finish of the first half brining his team 32-38 lead. Despite Efes tied the score to 51-51 after the breather, Charleroi finished Q3 with 56-60 and jumped to 70-76 with something more than two minutes left in this meeting. Ilievski and Ilyasova made 6-0 run for the hosts to tie the score again. Welsch missed an open look from corner, but Charleroi got the rebound. Hill drove into the paint, but was rejected by Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87), however the ball reached Justin Hamilton. He elevated to hit a tough jumper with 11 seconds left to go out front, 76-78. Efes opted for a three-point attempt by Ilievski, but it rimmed out. Hamilton was fouled and converted on both for a 4-point cushion. Kinsey hit a three-pointer with a second left, as Efes fell just short, 79-80. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) top-scored in victory with 18 points. Demond Mallet had 14 points and 5 rebs, while Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) added 13 pts. Hero Justin Hamilton collected 12 pts and 7 assists. In Efes, Ersan Ilyasova shined with 21 points and 6 rebs. Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) followed him with 14 pts and 6 rebs, while Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) stopped to 12 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 15-24, 17-14, 24-22, 23-20. Charleroi goes to Belgrade in the next round to face Serbian powerhouse Partizan. Efes will meet Emporio Armani on the road.


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Korisliiga Round 8 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Kouvot (#7) forced the game against Loimaan Korikonkarit (#5) into an overtime, but lost by two points 95-97 on Wednesday night. Worth to mention a great performance of Martin Zeno who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Loimaan Korikonkarit (4-2) moved-up to fourth place. Kouvot at the other side keeps the seventh position with four games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit will face Salon Vilpas (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kouvot will play against the league's leader Torpan Pojat in Helsinki.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points and 10 rebounds by Kelly Beidler of Kauhajoki.



KTP - Salon Vilpas 82-78

Rather expected game in Kotka where 9th ranked Salon Vilpas (2-5) was defeated by sixth ranked KTP-Basket (4-3) 82-78 on Wednesday. Salon Vilpas was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 24-18 charge of KTP-Basket, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: KMG Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who added 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five KTP-Basket players scored in double figures. KTP-Basket's coach Lars Ekstrom used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Junior Hairston (203-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) responded with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and his fellow American import forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) scored 9 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. KTP-Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kataja. Salon Vilpas lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with five games lost. KTP-Basket will face UU-Korihait (#8) in Uusikaupunki in the next round. Salon Vilpas will play at home against Loimaan Korikonkarit.
Top scorers:
KTP: B.Davis 19+10reb, B.Sarcevic 16+5ast, J.Matinen 14+4reb, T.Bell 12+9reb+2ast, T.Blue 12+10reb+2ast, J.Lehtoranta 7+8reb+1ast
Salon Vilpas: R.Ahonen 19+3reb+1ast, J.Hairston 16+9reb+1ast, E.Holloway 16+4reb+4ast, J.Fields 9+15reb+1ast, S.Kaaresvirta 8+3reb+1ast, I.Kallio 5+2reb
gschID: 141660


Kauhajoki - Namika Lahti 106-77

Very predictable result in Kauhajoki where third ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (5-2) smashed bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (1-7) 106-77 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 106-77. Kauhajoen Karhu looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and forward Eldar Skamo (198-86) who added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The former international forward Ville Makalainen (194-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Keena Young (198-85, college: BYU) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Kauhajoen Karhu and four Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu moved-up to second place. Namika Lahti lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will face Joensuun Kataja (#5) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: K.Beidler 28+10reb+2ast, C.Hannah 18+1reb+6ast, C.Reed 16+5reb, E.Skamo 15+8reb+4ast, H.Hirvikoski 12+2reb+3ast, A.Huuskonen 11+4reb+2ast
Namika Lahti: V.Makalainen 20+8reb+3ast, R.Brooks 15+4reb+1ast, K.Young 13+7reb+6ast, A.Alanen 11+1reb, J.Koskinen 6+2reb, S.Pekkola 6+3reb
gschID: 141661


Pyrinto - Kataja 79-66

There was a minor upset when second-ranked Joensuun Kataja (4-3) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (4-1) 79-66 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-66. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) who added 17 points during the contest. Five Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds and American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Tampereen Pyrinto have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Joensuun Kataja lost third consecutive game. Joensuun Kataja at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will face LrNMKY (#10) in Lappeenranta in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Joensuun Kataja will play at home against the league's second-placed Kauhajoen Karhu (#2) in Kauhajoki.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: D.Williams 20+11reb+3ast, K.Lowe 17+3reb+1ast, A.Lehto 13+4reb+2ast, N.Mattila 11+3reb+1ast, A.Williams 11+7reb+2ast, A.Nikkila 7+5reb+1ast
Kataja: S.Lehtoranta 26+8reb+3ast, J.Newson 12+6reb+1ast, B.Walker 11+7reb+3ast, J.Sten 8+3reb+5ast, P.Virtanen 7+3reb+2ast, J.Price 2+7reb
gschID: 141657


ToPo - LrNMKY 107-72

Everything went according to plan in Helsinki where first ranked Torpan Pojat (5-1) outscored 10th ranked LrNMKY (2-5) 107-72 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Torpan Pojat. LrNMKY was better in third quarter 29-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Torpan Pojat dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to LrNMKY's 42. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and forward Carl Lindbom (204-91) who added 20 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. American guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St., agency: Court Side) responded with 25 points and his fellow American import forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Torpan Pojat have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-1 record. LrNMKY at the other side dropped to the ninth place with five games lost. Torpan Pojat will face Kouvot (#7) in Kouvola in the next round where they are favorite. LrNMKY will play at home against Tampereen Pyrinto.
Top scorers:
ToPo: C.Lindbom 20+7reb+2ast, T.Heinonen 18+6reb+1ast, J.Heard 17+11reb+2ast, K.Muurinen 13+5reb+4ast, C.Griffin 11+2reb+1ast, E.Lehtinen 10+2reb+2ast
LrNMKY: D.Haynes 25+4reb+2ast, T.Tiedeman 14+3reb+1ast, T.Kulha 10+3reb+1ast, H.Valimaa 7+2reb+1ast, J.Jarvinen 7+8reb, P.Riihela 3+10reb
gschID: 141658


Nilan Bisons - Kouvot 97-95 OT

Kouvot (#7) forced the game against Loimaan Korikonkarit (#5) into an overtime, but lost by two points 95-97 on Wednesday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-20. But Kouvot won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Kouvot used huge pressure winning it 20-18 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 19-21. Loimaan Korikonkarit dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Kouvot's 38. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import forward Ryan McDade (201-80, college: N.Arizona) who added 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) during the contest. American guard Antoine Jordan (196-83, college: Siena) responded with 24 points and point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91) scored 19 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Loimaan Korikonkarit (4-2) moved-up to fourth place. Kouvot at the other side keeps the seventh position with four games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit will face Salon Vilpas (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kouvot will play against the league's leader Torpan Pojat in Helsinki.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 23+11reb+7ast, R.McDade 20+11reb+2ast, J.Ivey 17+4reb+5ast, M.Nuutinen 12+3reb+3ast, M.Koivisto 12+3reb+2ast, J.Kivinen 7+1ast
Kouvot: A.Jordan 24+4reb+3ast, A.Nikkarinen 19+4reb+2ast, A.Brown 15+8reb, A.Akpaso 14+2reb, J.Gonner 13+7reb+5ast, S.Vanttaja 6+10reb
gschID: 141659




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


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.8 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons20.7 
 3. Tiedeman, LrNM.20.1 
 4. Holloway, Salon V.20.0 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.3 
 6. Bailey, Pyrinto19.0 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.19.0 
 8. Newson, Kataja18.0 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto18.0 
 10. Brooks, Namika L.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.7 
 2. Blue, KTP9.7 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto9.2 
 4. McDade, Nilan B.9.0 
 5. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.5 
 7. Beidler, Kauhajoki8.1 
 8. Davis, KTP7.6 
 9. Moore, Korihait7.5 
 10. Muurinen, ToPo7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 6
 1. Williams, Pyrinto6.0 
 2. Virtanen, Kataja5.2 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.0 
 4. Haynes, LrNM.4.7 
 5. Walker, Kataja4.7 
 6. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.4 
 7. Jalonen, Korihait4.2 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.2 
 9. Skamo, Kauhajoki3.7 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Williams, Pyrinto3.6 
 2. Sten, Kataja2.4 
 3. Moore, Korihait2.3 
 4. Brooks, Namika L.2.3 
 5. Haynes, LrNM.2.3 
 6. Newson, Kataja2.2 
 7. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 8. Terwilliger, Kataja2.0 
 9. Sarcevic, KTP1.9 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.3.1 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.0 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.6 
 4. Newson, Kataja1.0 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 6. Bell, KTP1.0 
 7. Nikkila, Pyrinto1.0 
 8. Blue, KTP0.9 
 9. Rainamaa, Korihait0.8 
 10. Vanttaja, Kouvot0.7 


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JA Vichy signs Nouha Diakite - by Eurobasket News
JA Vichy announced signing of Nouha Diakite (207-C-80, college: Louisville) for rest of the season. The Malian/French center will replace Jonathan Aka (203-PF-86). Diakite spent last season with Chalons-Reims. He appeared 25 times for them in ProB averaging 5 points and 4.5 rebounds. In 2009/10, Diakite played for Pau-Orthex and won the ProB title with them. Of course, at the same time they won the promotion for ProA. DIakite had 5.2 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 37 games that season. In 2008, Nouha Diakite won the French Cup with ASVEL. He had limited playing time with the Villeurbanne team. Diakite was their member from 2006 to 2008. Meanwhile, he also played for Maurienne, Hyeres-Toulon, Spanish Illescas and Czech Prostejov.

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Feni Industrija fails at home to Hapoel Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News
Feni Industrija - Hapoel T-A 82-85

Feni Industrija played last night its re-scheduled Round Three game of the Balkan league. The reigning FYROM and BIBL champion failed at home against the Israeli team Hapoel Tel-Aviv 82-85, Feni celebrated in the first round so they have 1-1 record now in Group B. Hapoel jumped to 2-0. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Feni Indistrija won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Tel-Aviv dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Feni Indistrija's 24. Hapoel Tel-Aviv forced 21 Feni Indistrija turnovers. The best player for the winners was American Curtis Kelly (205-PF-88, college: Kansas St.) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import point guard Demontez Stitt (186-PG-89, college: Clemson) chipped in 22 points. Guard Goran Samardziev (187-G-81) produced 19 points and 5 assists and power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-C/F-88) added 10 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. In the next game Feni will meet Napredak Rubin on the road. That meeting is scheduled for November 9 (Round Two).

Hapoel T-A: D.Stitt 22+1reb+1ast, C.Kelly 21+5reb, C.Carr 13+5reb+2ast, J.Skjoldebrand 11+4reb, G.Eytan 7+5reb+2ast, M.Naor 5+4reb+1ast
Feni Industrija: G.Samardziev 19+5ast, D.Knezevic 11+3reb, S.Mihajloski 10+7reb, K.Nikolovski 10+4reb+4ast, M.Simonovski 9+2reb, S.Ocokoljic 8+2reb+4ast


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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 (191-G-88, college: Purdue) 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 (191-G-88, college: Purdue). 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.



Corey Stokes (BBC Bayreuth) Dwayne Anderson Was Like A Big Brother To Me - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Corey Stokes (195-G-88, college: Villanova) is a 23 year old 195cm guard from Bayonne, New Jersey that is playing his first season for BBC Bayreuth. He played at Villanova from 2007-2011. In his senior year, he played 29 games: 14.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 89.4%. He reached the NCAA Final 4 in 2009. Recently, he took part at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 16.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg. Corey took some time to talk to eurobasket about his rookie season in Germany.

What was it like being on the same court with ex NBA player Bobby Brown and 2004 NBA Draft pick Rickey Paulding?

They are great team players and it was exciting playing against them. They both kept telling me during the game on the court to keep my head up and keep shooting.

BBC Bayreuth have started the season slowly. On what things does the team still need to work on?


We need to work on our team chemistry, but we are very motivated and work hard in practice each day.

What is your role in the team?


My role is to be an outside shooter, scorer and defensive stopper. I am still getting a feel of the rules in Europe. It is a lot different here, but I am getting a good feel for it.

You had a strong career at Villanova and strong stats at the 2011 Portsmouth Invitational averaging 16,0ppg, 2,7rpg and 3,0apg. Why did it take it so long for you to find a team?

I was keeping my options open. I checked the draft and I had an offer from a Turkish team, but in the end I felt the best opportunity for me was in Germany with BBC Bayreuth. I worked out in Las Vegas until I got the call from BBC Bayreuth. I love the fans, my teammates and the coaching staff.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away?

My driving to the hoop and my passing skills. I also have good defensive skills. People tend to think that I am only a shooter, but I can do so many things.

What is your fondest memory of your 2009 Final 4 run with Villanova?

My teammates Dante Cunningham, Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fischer that gave so much to the win. I will never forget the shot from Scottie Reynolds that beat Pitt. That moment was like a film for me.

You played together with Dwayne Anderson and Reggie Redding. What are your fondest memories of them at Villanova?


When I was a freshman, Anderson was a junior and he took me under his wing. I looked up to him like a big brother. He was one of the hardest working players that I have ever seen. I remember our coach telling him that he would never play for Villanova, but Dwayne worked harder and proved them all wrong and became one of the best players in the NCAA. Redding was one of the best defensive players that I ever played with. He is having a great career in Europe and I look forward to playing against him.

What was the craziest shot that you ever made in a practice or game?


I hit a shot two steps in front of half court.


Who is the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?


I played against so many good players, but I would have to say JR Smith from the Denver Nuggets who also played on my high school team.

Why do basketball players like theTV show Entourage so much?

It is one of the best shows. I think that it is so popular because it feels like real life. It has many NBA players and celebrities on the show.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Limitless. I have seen it 4 times and it is one of my favorite movies.

Thanks Corey for the chat.






CSKA Moscow jumps to 2-0 in Euroleague, Group B - by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Brose Baskets 94-74

Both teams celebrated in Round One of the Euroleague regular season. CSKA Moscow was much better team last night having no troubles to keep the perfect score after two games. The Russian powerhouse celebrated 94-74 victory for 2-0 record in Group B, while Brose Baskets slipped to 1-1 now. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) led the hosts with 19 points with no miss for 23 minutes on the court. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) had 13 points and 5 rebs, and Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) added 12 points, plus 6 rebs. In the loosing squad, Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) top-scored with 17 points. Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) had 15 and Anthony Leon Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) contributed with 10 pts and 6 boards. CSKA took control on their rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 24-14, 23-16, 24-22, 23-22. In the next round CSKA goes to Zagreb. Brose Baskets will host Unicaja.

CSKA Moscow: Nenad Krstic 19, Andrey Vorontsevich 13+5 boards, Andrei Kirilenko 12+6 boards
Brose Baskets: Tibor Pleiss 17, Julius Jenkins 15, Anthony Leon Tucker 10+6 boards


Keoni Watson back in Germany, joins RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf - by Moritz Korff
RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have added Keoni Watson (178-G-84, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Idaho) to its roster. The 27-year-old guard is the team's third American player. A native of San Diego, California, Watson joins RSV after a recent stint with his hometown side San Diego Sol of the ABA. Watson appeared in 20 games and averaged 17.1 points, 4 assists, 3.5 boards and 2.6 steals per contest for the San Diego team. In his first year as a professional the 2007 graduate of the University of Idaho played seven games for ASC Goettingen in the 2. Regionalliga, tallying 44.3 points a game! Later that year he moved on to BG Goettingen and played nine games in the 1. Bundesliga (6.1ppg). If his player license will arrive in time, Watson might make his debut for Stahnsdorf in a home game against SC Rist Wedel on Sunday.

Bogdanov moves from Bernau to Cuxhaven - by Moritz Korff
The Cuxhaven BasCats (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have confirmed the signing of 19-year-old guard Martin Bogdanov (183-PG-92). He joins the BasCats coming from Pro B club SSV Lok Bernau, where he left just recently. Bogdanov, a former German U18 international, saw action in seven games for the Bernau team this season, averaging 6.7 points, 3.1 assists and 2.1 rebounds per contest. He started the season with a stellar 20 points/7 assists performance against SC Rasta Vechta, but did not score in double figures since game day one.

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Greens dominate in Zagreb - by Eurobasket News
KK Zagreb CO - Panathinaikos 62-81

Wonderful performance by the reigning Euroleague champion Panathinaikos. The Greens cruised past Zagreb on the road 62-81 for perfect 2-0 record in Group B. PAO shares the first place with CSKA Moscow. On the other side, Zagreb faced with the second straight loss. PAO demonstrated its power from the beginning as they made 23-point lead until the halftime. The Greeks jumped to plus 30 after the breather and of course Zagreb had no chance. All they managed to do was to cut the deficit to 19 pts until he end. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) came up with 13 points and 7 rebounds for PAO, while Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) (6 rebs) and Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) added 12 points each. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) nailed 10 points in this meeting. In Zagreb, Sean May (203-F/C-84, college: N.Carolina) had 23 points and 9 boards, but most of his points came in the last quarter. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) scored 15 pts and was the last one with double digits for the hosts. Quarters: 14-24, 8-21, 11-16, 29-20. PAO will host Zalgiris in the next game, while Zagreb waits CSKA Moscow.

Zagreb: Sean May 23+9 boards, Damir Mulaomerovic 15
Panathinaikos: Romain Sato 13+7 boards, Nick Calathes 12+6 boards, Steven Smith 12, Mike Batiste 10


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Q & A With Gerald Robinson - by Sanders Jackson

Landstede Basketball newcomer and Dutch national team member Gerald Robinson has made quite an impact in his first season in Zwolle, helping lead Landstede to impressive wins over Gas Terra Flames and Eiffel Towers early in the DBL season. The versatile Robinson I had a chance to interview:

Q: Gerald, you are heading into your first season with Landstede Basketball and also spent time this past summer with the Dutch national team. You made the move from playing in Iceland to Landstede this summer. How has the transition been for you so far being in the Netherlands?

A: The transition to playing here in Holland has been good and smooth. Its easier when you have friends and family around makes the transition that much better and easier.

Q: What made you decide to come to Landstede in the first place? The Landstede system seems to fit well in your style of play.

A: Well they flew me out here to Zwolle in the beginning of June and I met with the organization and my agent and I thought it would be a good fit for me and I wanted to play in Holland this year to play in front of some family and friends. The last 5 or 6 years I've been playing away from people I know so its nice to see family and friends when you look up in the stands. My Oma (grandmother) gets to see me play for the 1st time thats important tor me because we are close. and now she lives 45 min from me.

Q: You also had the opportunity to work together with NBA veterans Dan Gadzuric and Francisco Elson on the national team. How was the experience for you?

A: It was a good experience to play with Dan and Francisco they have been playing in the NBA for many years and are Vets. So it good to see their work ethic and pick their brains about basketball because they have been playing for many years.

Q: Who are your role models and athletes you admired growing up?

A: Growing up I liked Nice Van Exel, Dennis Rodman, Kobe Bryant and Charles Barkley and some other players.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?

A: In my spare time I like to watch movies and just chill and work on my game I like being in the gym.

Q: What are the strengths and weaknesses in your game?

A: I think my strengths are my all around offensive game inside and out and creating match up problems and rebounding. My weakness may be being to aggressive sometimes

Q: What is the difference between the style of play in the Netherlands and other countries you have played in?

A: Ummm the difference in the style of play what I have noticed so far from our first 3 games is.....This league seems to focus more on team defense and extra, extra help and really pack the lane in. Other leagues it was more open all 5 guys could shoot. And more physical...they let you hold, hand check more here other places where Ive played you really had to sit down and guard...but I really like being able to play physical.

Q: Final question: where do you see Landstede Basketball finishing at the end of the season?

A: We feel that we have a good team. We just take it one game at a time and continue to grow as a TEAM.

Thanks a lot Gerald for the interview, wish you and your team lots of success for the remainder of the season.



Results Dutch Basketball League: ZZ Leiden Get Back On Track, Win On Road Over Magixx Kidsright - by Sanders Jackson

Wednesday night in Wijchen, the defending Dutch champion ZZ Leiden bounce back from a disappointling loss on the past weekend in Groningen to win over Magixx Kidsright 74-68. ZZ never were behind from start to finish, with the game tied 3 times. ZZ controlled the glass with a 52-34 advantage, held Magixx to only 41.7% PG and 6 for 28 from the three-point line. ZZ did a good defensive job on shutting down Magixx's best scoring threats Magixx PG and scoring threat Maurice Acker (173-PG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Marquette) was unable through the strong ZZ defense to make a scoring impact in this game, being held to only 7 pts. ZZ got strong offensive production from new imports Gabe Kennedy (205-F/C-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: UAB) (24 pts. on 11-17 FG) and Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) (16 pts.)Markel Humphrey (198-F-87, college: Marshall) led Magixx with 19 pts. The team of head coach Toon van Helfteren improve to 3-2, while Magixx falls to 2-2.


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden25.3 
 2. Anderson, Weert20.3 
 3. Wells, Zwolle16.7 
 4. Acker, Nijmegen15.3 
 5. Wesby, Groningen15.2 
 6. Bell, Groningen15.2 
 7. Kennedy, Leiden15.0 
 8. Humphrey, Nijmegen14.8 
 9. Turner, Den Bosch14.7 
 10. Sanchez, Leeuw.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Coleman, Weert12.0 
 2. Robinson, Zwolle8.7 
 3. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.0 
 4. Wesley, Den Bosch7.7 
 5. Bekkering, Nijme.7.0 
 6. Chitwood, Leeuw.7.0 
 7. Hilliman, Leiden6.8 
 8. Punch, Leeuwarden6.5 
 9. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.5 
 10. Jones, Rotterdam6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Den Bosch
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Turner, Den Bosch6.7 
 2. Harman, Weert6.0 
 3. Bell, Groningen4.2 
 4. Anderson, Weert4.0 
 5. Acker, Nijmegen3.8 
 6. Sanchez, Leeuw.3.3 
 7. de Paula, Leeuw.3.3 
 8. de Randamie, Groni.3.0 
 9. Jeter, Leeuwarden3.0 
 10. Defares, Groningen2.8 
Steals Per Game
 David GONZALVEZ
  Den B.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Gonzalvez, Den B.3.7 
 2. Huffman, Zwolle3.3 
 3. Harman, Weert2.7 
 4. Anderson, Weert2.3 
 5. de Jong, Leiden2.0 
 6. Jones, Rotterdam1.8 
 7. Adako, Leeuwarden1.7 
 8. Sanchez, Leeuw.1.7 
 9. Hulzebos, Zwolle1.7 
 10. Zondervan, Zwolle1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  Groningen
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wyatt, Groningen2.0 
 2. Jackson, Rotterdam2.0 
 3. Bekkering, Nijme.1.5 
 4. Maddox, Zwolle1.3 
 5. Minter, Weert1.0 
 6. Aarts, Nijmegen1.0 
 7. Wesley, Den Bosch1.0 
 8. Kennedy, Leiden0.8 
 9. Wessels, Den Bosch0.7 
 10. Zondervan, Zwolle0.7 


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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Chris Hines is the second american player of ZTE KK - by Tamas Deri
The management of ZTE KK signed one more american for the rest of the season. The 203 cm tall power forward, Chris Hines (203-F, agency: Court Side) arrived last night to Hungary and might play his first game against Fortress-Kormend on saturday night. Hines graduated on the University of Alabama this summer and run a solid senior season averaging 5.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 1.5bpg in 35 games. His team played also in the NIT Final 2011.

Falco-Szova KC won by 1 point against Albacomp - by Tamas Deri
With an amazing run in the last minutes of the game the home team could win by 1 point against Albacomp in the opening game of the Round 4. Only three minutes before the end of the game the guests were leading by 9 points, but the home team had a great minute and with the made free throws by Matyas Szanati tied the game. The next layup of Zsolt Szabo was the leading basket of the home team, but Ferenc Bodi made a tripple, so the guests lead 82:81 again. Only 6 seconds before the end the player of the game, Djordje Pantelic made the last basket of the game and lead his team to a 84:82 victory with his amazing three pointer.

Falco-Szova KC Szombathely - Albacomp 84-82
(20-24, 17-21, 23-22, 24-15)
Arena Savaria, Att.: 2300, Referees: Kapitany, Farkas, Szabo
Falco-Szova KC Szombathely: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) 15/3, Chad Timberlake (194-G-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) 19/3, Simon L. 2, Szab Zs. 12, Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84) 24/6, Szanati 2, Jancikin 6/3, Harazin 2, Jarosevits 2, Coach: Tamas Bencze
Albacomp: Balazs Simon (188-PG-80, agency: Court Side) 16, El-Amin 5, Damian Hollis (203-F-88, college: George Washington) 19/3, Chism -, Akos Keller (206-F/C-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) 14, Hendlein 7/3, Bodi 7/3, Juhos 6/6, Supola 2, Madar 6/6, Coach: Branislav Dzunic


Donald Cole replaces Lee Nailon - by Levente Szabo
The former NBA-player Lee Nailon (204-F/C-75, college: TCU) went through a successful knee surgery this week and his rehabilitation will take at least 6 weeks. Since his team, Atomeromu SE Paks will compete in the EuroChallenge group stage during his rehabilitation the management of the team decided to bring in American Power Forward Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) for a replacement job.

Cole played in the early stage of his pro career already in Hungary for Zalahus-ZTE (Hungary-A Division) where he joined the team at the end of the regular season and recorded 12.8ppg, 4.2rpg. Cole is considered a true globetrotter and not only because he played from 2005 for the Harlem Globetrotters. In 2007 he played for Gaiteros de Zulia (Venezuela-LPB, starting five) where he had 15.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, then he spent 2 seasons in Macedonia playing for Feni Indistrija Kavadarci being a key player with 20.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2spg. The last 2 seasons Donald Cole played for the Bulgarian powerhouse Levski Sofia and now he joins Atomeromu SE Paks after leaving Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut a team from Lebanon.

Donald Cole will join his new team on Monday and after his 1 mounth contract will expire based on his performance and of course Lee Nailon's rehabilitation status the management of the team will decide if they will keep him or not.



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Iceland Express, Round four. - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Round for started tonight with three games. League leader Stjarnan played home against KR. After a great start in first quarter where Stjarnan played great on offense but at same time KR defense was sleeping.. Second half was totally opposite when KR start playing strong defense and the youngster on the team Kristofer Ecox and Martin Hermansson came in from the bench with a lot of energy. Stjarnan did miss Jovan Zrdadevski to injuryearly in the game. Stjarnan only scored 9 points in second quarter.
KR controlled the game after this and end up with a good win 84-76. Justin Shouse had 22 pts for Stjarnan. Ed Horton 21 for KR.
Njardvik team did not have a good night when the host Thor and lost 90-75. Cameron Echols 21 & Elvar Fridriksson 18 for home team. Darrin Govens (185-G-88, college: St.Joseph's) 29 for Thor.
IR playing without James Bartelotta and Sveinbjorn Claessen did not look likely to beat Snaefell but they did. 85 80. Nemanja Sovic 26 . Ellert Arnarson 17 for IR. Quincy Hankins-Cole 21 for Snaefell


Roster canges - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
There have been some changes on Clubs rosters lately in Iceland Express league and 1 division.
Borce Ilievski did step down as Tindastoll Head coach. Ilievski was not happy with teams performance in beginning of season after 3 losses in first 3 rounds. Coach Ilievski is now searching for another job. Club did not wait too long to sign a new coach when they sign a former Snaefell & Fjolnir coach Bardur Eythorsson .
Haukar sign Christopher Smith (198-F-82, college: St.Edward's), American Center that is well known in Iceland after he played for Fjolnir and Njardvik .
Snaefell released Brandon Cotton, the leading scorer in the league. Reason is they needed a point guard but not a scoring machine shooting guard. Instead team sign Marquis Hall (183-G-87, college: Lehigh), 6'0' point guard from Lehigh College and last season in Aabyhoj in Denmark.
Brandon Cotton did not leave Iceland and has sign with Hamar in Div 1. Terrence Worthy (175-G-88, college: Concordia Irvine) who was on Hamar team did ask to be released from his contract after Cotton arrived


Dragons on a good roll - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Sundsvall Dragons, last years Champions in Sweden are on a good roll now after two big wins in last games. Last game team beat the league leaders Uppsala in away game 91-66
Dragons had the control of the game from beginning with good defense and hot shooting from Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) who was game leading scorer with 25 points shooting 4/6 in two pinters and 5/9 in threes.. Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) as usual games leading rebounder with 12 and 8 points. Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G/F-87, agency: TSS Management) 10 pts.
Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81) and Solna Vikings won the Stockholm derby agains 08 Stockholm 86-73. Gunnarson 16 points, 3 rebs and 4 assist. Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82, college: Catawba) had 6 points and 2 boards for 08.
Brynjar Bjornsson (191-G-88, college: Francis Marion) almost won the game for Jamtland by scoring teams last 7 points in a loss 99-97. Bjornsson scored 19 points and 4 assist.


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U16 Asia Championship: Kua-Hsuan Lu propels Taiwan past India - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan U16 - India U16 61:60

Kuan-Shiuan Lu Kuan-Hsuan (95) drained a triple with three seconds left in regulation to seal a narrow win of Taiwan over India at U16 Asia Championship classification round. The winners claimed the 9th overall position at the tournament. Wang I-Fan (95) provided 17 points to pace the effort.
India looked better early in the game. They grabbed a 16:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Taiwan bounced back in the second quarter. They cut the deficit at 2-point mark at the interval 32:34. The third term add woes to India. Taiwan held their opponents to 8 points to take a 7-point lead at the final break. But India erased the deficit and pulled ahead late in the game. They led by three points before Wang I-Fan nailed a free throw and then fed Lu Kuan-Hsuan for a three-pointer as Taiwan snatched a narrow win at the end. Wu You-Da (95) notched 11 points in the victory. Satnam Singh Bhamara (216-C-95) answered with 29 points for India. Rakesh Haryana had 10 points in the loss.

Taiwan U16: Wang I-Fan 17, Wu You-Da 11, Lee Kuan-Yi (96) 9, Lu Kuan-Hsuan 9
India U16: Satnam Singh Bhamara 29, Rakesh Haryana 10



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  INDONESIA   


U16 Asia Championship: Iraq fire past Indonesia - by Eurobasket News
Iraq U16 - Indonesia U16 99:38

Iraq will play for the fifth position at U16 Asia Championship. They trounced Indonesia in the classification round tonight. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) and Alaa Mohammed (180-G-97) scored 18 points each for the winners. Iraq will take on Lebanon, while Indonesia will face Saudi Arabia for the seventh overall place.
Iraq stunned their opponents in the first frame. They outscored Indonesia 25:10 in the starting ten minutes. Iraq unloaded 29 points in the second frame to establish a 54:20 halftime lead. Iraq maintained the lead throughout the second half. Indonesia never threatened the margin and had to surrender at the end. Farid Mahdi (190-F-95) notched 17 points in the winning effort. Vincent Kosasih (198-C-96) answered with 10 points for Indonesia. Rizky Indraprasto (184-G-85) netted 7 points in the loss.

Iraq U16: Karrar Hamzah 16, Alaa Mohammed 18, Farid Mahdi 17
Indonesia U16: Vincent Kosasih 10, Rizky Indraprasto 7


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  IRAQ   


U16 Asia Championship: Iraq fire past Indonesia - by Eurobasket News
Iraq U16 - Indonesia U16 99:38

Iraq will play for the fifth position at U16 Asia Championship. They trounced Indonesia in the classification round tonight. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) and Alaa Mohammed (180-G-97) scored 18 points each for the winners. Iraq will take on Lebanon, while Indonesia will face Saudi Arabia for the seventh overall place.
Iraq stunned their opponents in the first frame. They outscored Indonesia 25:10 in the starting ten minutes. Iraq unloaded 29 points in the second frame to establish a 54:20 halftime lead. Iraq maintained the lead throughout the second half. Indonesia never threatened the margin and had to surrender at the end. Farid Mahdi (190-F-95) notched 17 points in the winning effort. Vincent Kosasih (198-C-96) answered with 10 points for Indonesia. Rizky Indraprasto (184-G-85) netted 7 points in the loss.

Iraq U16: Karrar Hamzah 16, Alaa Mohammed 18, Farid Mahdi 17
Indonesia U16: Vincent Kosasih 10, Rizky Indraprasto 7


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  ITALY   


Mirza Teletovic brings second Euroleague win to Caja Laboral - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral - Bennet Cantu 81-69

Caja Laboral registered second straight Euroleague win this season. After great victory in Istanbul in Round One, the former Spanish champion outplayed Bennet Cantu in Vitoria 81-69 for 2-0 record in Group A. On the other side, Cantu faced with the first loss and now has 1-1 score. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was a key player in Caja Laboral once again. He scored 22 points in this meeting, including crucial 8-0 series on his own in the last quarter. Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) had 17 points, Thomas Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) 11 and Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) helped with 10 pts, plus 7 rebounds. In Cantu, Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) collected 14 points and 5 assists. Marko Scekic (207-F/C-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points and Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) added 11 pts, plus 5 rebs. Quarters: 26-27, 18-17, 17-15, 20-10. As mentioned above, Mirza Teletovic made crucial 8-0 run in the last quarter with two triples and one monster dunk. The hosts jumped to 73-62, what was too much for Cantu for rest of the game. In the next round, Caja Laboral will host Olympiakos. Cantu waits Bilbao.

Caja Laboral: Mirza Teletovic 22, Milko Bjelica 17, Thomas Thomas Heurtel 11, Kevin Seraphin 10+7 boards
Bennet Cantu: Vladimir Micov 14+5 as, Marko Scekic 13, Giorgi Shermadini 11+5 boards


Italian teams in Euroleague : Game2 Day1 - by Giovanni Bargna
Bennet Cantu battled hard and stayed in the game for more than thirty minutes at the Iradier Arena last night, but then Caja Laboral Vitoria, led by an outstanding
performance of Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket), put the gap and remained unbeaten in group A.

CAJA LABORAL - BENNET CANTU 81 - 69 (26-27, 18-17, 17-15, 20-10)

The first was a very high-scoring quarter yesterday. Caja Laboral Vitoria had a great contribution by Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) at the beginning. The french big man, in Spain
due to the NBA lockout, scored the first six points for the home team. Bennet kept on closing the margin thanks to its offensive weapon and took the lead (23-25)
at minute 9 with a three-pointer sank by Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group). Before the buzzer Marko Scekic (207-F/C-81, agency: Beo Basket) set the score from the line, 26-27.
Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) increased the gap with a two-pointer but the answer of Caja Laboral Vitoria was quick. Two three-pointers in a row, Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) sank the first and Teletovic the second put the spanish 'equipo' up again. Another bomb by Bjelica wasn't enough to avoid an Italian comeback. Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) completed the chase and tied the score at 40. At half-time it was 44 all in a very balanced game.



When Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) hit the lay-up at minute 22 giving Vitoria a seven-point lead it seemed that the game was going on a certain way, but once again Cantu got back with Micov and Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86). Marko Scekic tied again at 53. At the end of third quarter it was a two-point game with the home team leading 61-59.
Caja Laboral Vitoria wanted to avoid any risk of a tied finale and needed the contribution from an experienced and gorgeous player. The incredible show of Mirza Teletovic took place in the last quarter. The bosnian scored 4 points from mid-range, 6 from behind the arc and completed with a spectacular one-handed dunk.
That was too much for Bennet Cantu. The third spanish attempt to fly away was the killing one for the italian team which reaction couldn't be so efficient as before and they didn't close the gap anymore.

TOP SCORERS
Caja Laboral Vitoria : Teletovic 22, Bjelica M. 17, Huertel 11, Seraphin 10
Bennet Cantu : Micov 14, Scekic 13, Shermadini 11




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  JAPAN   


U16 Asia Championship: Japan unable to stop China - by Eurobasket News
China U16 - Japan U16 82:43

China marched into the U16 Asia Championship Final undefeated. They stunned Japan in the semifinal clash tonight to enter the championship game. China will defend their title against South Korea tomorrow. Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95) and Yan Haoxin (90-G-95) scored 18 points each to pace the winners. Japan will face Philippines for the Bronze medals on Friday.
China unleashed 30 points to clear off in the opening frame. They entered the second term up by 16 points. Japan slowed their opponents down but could not get any closer. China posted a 44:27 halftime lead. China stiffened defence in the third quarter. They limited Japan to just 6 points in the quarter to take a 60:33 lead with one quarter remaining. China coasted to the victory in the final period. Zhou Qi (215-C-96) notched 15 points for the winners. Yusei Sugiura (194-C-95) responded with 19 points for Japan. Taisei Shirato (181-G-95) had 8 points in the loss.

China U16: Zhao Jiwei 18, Yan Haoxin 18, Zhou Qi 15
Japan U16: Yusei Sugiura 19, Taisei Shirato 8


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  KOSOVO   


Bashkimi registers Iljazi - 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 Iljazi, 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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LBL2 Round 5: Liepaja-2 keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Liepaja-2 as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Liepaja-2 smashed 4th placed Saldus at home 95-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Saldus. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-73. Undefeated Liepaja-2 (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Saldus at the other side dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. Saldus will play next round against strong VEF Riga junior trying to get back on the winning streak. Liepaja-2 will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Gulbene on the road.
Gulbene's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Riga, where they defeated Ridzene (0-4) 90-84. Gulbene (1-4) left bottom position moving up to twelfth place. It was Ridzene's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Jelgava/LLU and Ogres. Gulbene will play against league's leader Liepaja-2 at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ridzene will have a break next round.
Valmiera U21's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Jelgava, where they defeated Zemgale/Juniors (0-4) 90-84 on Wednesday. Valmiera U21 (1-3) left bottom position moving up to eleventh place. It was Zemgale/Juniors' fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Ridzene and Ogres. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked BS Ogre is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to fifth ranked Barons/Keizar. (4-1) 87-70. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Barons/Keizar.. They moved-up to fourth place. BS Ogre lost their fourth game in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 5 VA lost to undefeated DSN on the road 66-79.



DSN - VA 79-66

No shocking result in a game when leader DSN (4-0) beat 6th ranked Ventspils Augstskola (3-2) in Riga 79-66. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 9-point deficit before their 19-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for DSN. They moved-up to second place, which they share with BK VEF. Ventspils Augstskola at the other side keeps the sixth position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 151283


Ogres - Barons/Keizar. 70-87

Bottom-ranked BS Ogre is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to fifth ranked Barons/Keizar. (4-1) 87-70. BS Ogre was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Barons/Keizar.. They moved-up to fourth place. BS Ogre lost their fourth game in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 151285


Ridzene - Gulbene 84-90

Gulbene's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Riga, where they defeated Ridzene (0-4) 90-84. Ridzene was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 27-18 third quarter run of Gulbene. Gulbene (1-4) left bottom position moving up to twelfth place. It was Ridzene's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Jelgava/LLU and Ogres. Gulbene will play against league's leader Liepaja-2 at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ridzene will have a break next round.
gschID: 151286


Liepaja-2 - Saldus 95-73

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Liepaja-2 as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Liepaja-2 smashed 4th placed Saldus at home 95-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Saldus. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-73. Liepaja-2 (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Saldus at the other side dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. Saldus will play next round against strong VEF Riga junior trying to get back on the winning streak. Liepaja-2 will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Gulbene on the road.
gschID: 151281


Jelgava/LLU - Valmiera U21 84-90

Valmiera U21's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Jelgava, where they defeated Zemgale/Juniors (0-4) 90-84 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 19-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Valmiera U21 (1-3) left bottom position moving up to eleventh place. It was Zemgale/Juniors' fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Ridzene and Ogres. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 151282




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


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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 33
 1. Khatib, Champville33.0 
 2. Spencer, Al Riyadi30.5 
 3. Leather, Sagesse28.0 
 4. Thompson, Champvil.28.0 
 5. Day, Chabab26.0 
 6. Colwell, Antranik25.5 
 7. Trim, Moutahed23.5 
 8. Oguchi, Hoops22.0 
 9. Dearman, Bejjeh21.0 
 10. Johnson, Moutahed20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Garnett THOMPSON
  Champville
  (207-F/C-80)
  Avg: 21
 1. Thompson, Champvil.21.0 
 2. Leather, Sagesse16.0 
 3. Trim, Moutahed14.5 
 4. Dearman, Bejjeh11.5 
 5. Safieddine, Chabab11.5 
 6. Hamdar, Hoops11.0 
 7. Samaha, Anibal10.5 
 8. Kanaan, Al Riyadi10.0 
 9. Haynes, Sagesse10.0 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmed ISMAIL
  Al Riyadi
  (201-F-76)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Ismail, Al Riyadi8.5 
 2. Clemons, Hoops6.5 
 3. Saoud, Al Riyadi6.0 
 4. Khatib, Champville6.0 
 5. Akl, Anibal6.0 
 6. Young, Antranik5.5 
 7. Johnson, Moutahed5.5 
 8. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.0 
 9. Ibrahim, Champville4.0 
 10. Motran, Antranik3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton DAY
  Chabab
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Day, Chabab4.5 
 2. Fahes, Sagesse4.0 
 3. Trim, Moutahed3.5 
 4. Saoud, Al Riyadi2.5 
 5. Rida, Anibal2.5 
 6. Hamdar, Hoops2.0 
 7. Oguchi, Hoops2.0 
 8. Youngblood, Anibal2.0 
 9. Bou Abboud, Bejjeh2.0 
 10. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Garnett THOMPSON
  Champville
  (207-F/C-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Thompson, Champvil.4.0 
 2. Hamdar, Hoops3.0 
 3. Lauderdale, Chabab2.5 
 4. Colwell, Antranik2.5 
 5. Tawbeh, Al Riyadi2.0 
 6. Fakhreddine, Hoops2.0 
 7. Samaha, Anibal1.5 
 8. Hoskin, Champville1.0 
 9. Youngblood, Anibal1.0 
 10. Leather, Sagesse1.0 


U16 Asia Championship:Lebanon too hot to handle for Saudi Arabia - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon U16 - Saudi Arabia U16 76:43

Lebanon will play for the fifth place at the U16 Asia Championship. They overcame Saudi Arabia in the classification round tonight. Lebanon will face Iraq, while Saudi Arabia will play against Indonesia tomorrow.
Lebanon opened the game aggressively. They grabbed a 21:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Lebanon stretched the gap in the second term. They established a 38:24 halftime lead. Lebanon cleared off to an unassailable margin in the third term. They recorded a 60:32 advantage with ten minutes remaining and never looked back en route to the win. Jimmy Salem (190-G-95) stepped up with 17 points for Lebanon. Gerard Hadidian (197-F-95) had 14 points for the winners. Abdulaziz Sakar (183-G-95) notched 18 points for Saudi Arabia. Raad Barnawi (185-G-95) netted 8 points in defeat.

Lebanon U16: Jimmy Salem 17, Gerard Hadidian 14, Ezzat El Kaissi (184-G-95) 10
Saudi Arabia U16: Abdulaziz Sakar 18, Raad Barnawi 8


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LKL Round 4: Lietuvos rytas keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Lietuvos rytas as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Lietuvos rytas defeated 7th ranked Baltai Kaunas in Vilnius 83-66. The game was mostly controlled by Lietuvos rytas. Baltai Kaunas managed to win second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 assists and the former international guard Renaldas Seibutis (196-85) who added 15 points and 4 assists during the contest. Lietuvos rytas' coach Aleksandar Dzikic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Croatian power forward Mario Delas (207-90) responded with 18 points. Lietuvos rytas have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 3 other teams. Baltai Kaunas at the other side keeps the seventh place with three games lost. They share the position with Pieno Zvaigzdes. Baltai Kaunas will play next round against Sakalai trying to get back on the winning streak. Lietuvos rytas will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Neptunas in Klaipeda.
Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (0-4) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to eighth ranked Juventus (2-2) 87-74. The winners were led by the former international forward Zydrunas Urbonas (198-76) who scored that evening 23 points and 7 rebounds and Darius Pakamanis supported him with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) did not help to save the game for Naglis Palangos. Juventus moved-up to sixth place. Naglis Palangos at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Juventus will play against higher ranked Siauliai (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Naglis Palangos will play against Kedainiai (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top-ranked Lietuvos rytas blasted bottom-ranked Kedainiai (0-3) in Kedainiai 100-67 on Saturday evening keeping the perfect record after 4 rounds. Kedainiai is still unable to win any game. Predrag Samardziski fired 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. David McClure produced 15 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietuvos rytas have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Kedainiai still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Techasas. Lietuvos rytas will meet at home Neptunas (#5) in the next round. Kedainiai will play against Naglis Palangos (#12) in Palanga and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
A very interesting game took place in Vilnius. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 9th ranked Sakalai (1-4) to top-ranked Siauliai (4-0) 75-72 on Wednesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It was a very good performance for Rashaun Broadus who helped to win the game recording 28 points. Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Siauliai have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Sakalai at the other side keeps the ninth place with four games lost. Siauliai's next round opponent will be Juventus (#6) in Utena where they are favorite. Sakalai will play at home against Baltai Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 4 Rudupis destroyed Sakalai on the opponent's court 94-72.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points and 8 rebounds by Povilas Butkevicius of Rudupis.


Naglis Palangos - Juventus 74-87

Bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (0-4) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to eighth ranked Juventus (2-2) 87-74. It looked good early as Naglis Palangos took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Juventus had a 21-14 second period charge getting the lead and Naglis Palangos was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-87. Juventus made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Juventus outrebounded Naglis Palangos 39-28 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by the former international forward Zydrunas Urbonas (198-76) who scored that evening 23 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Darius Pakamanis (192-81) supported him with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) did not help to save the game for Naglis Palangos. Paulius Kleiza (195-88) added 18 points for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Juventus moved-up to sixth place. Naglis Palangos at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Juventus will play against higher ranked Siauliai (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Naglis Palangos will play against Kedainiai (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Naglis Palangos: B.Benn 18+8reb+5ast, P.Kleiza 18+4reb+3ast, N.Barinov 15+6reb+3ast, D.Johnson 12+7reb, M.Reminas 9+3reb+5ast, Z.Jasinskas 2
Juventus: Z.Urbonas 23+7reb+2ast, D.Pakamanis 16+9reb+5ast, V.Volkus 15+7reb+3ast, A.Vasiliauskas 14+2reb+4ast, G.Matulis 8+1reb+1ast, K.Petrukonis 8+10reb+1ast
gschID: 146409


Lietuvos rytas - Baltai Kaunas 83-66

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Lietuvos rytas as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Lietuvos rytas defeated 7th ranked Baltai Kaunas in Vilnius 83-66. The game was mostly controlled by Lietuvos rytas. Baltai Kaunas managed to win second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 assists and the former international guard Renaldas Seibutis (196-85) who added 15 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. Lietuvos rytas' coach Aleksandar Dzikic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Croatian power forward Mario Delas (207-90) responded with 18 points and guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Lietuvos rytas have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 3 other teams. Baltai Kaunas at the other side keeps the seventh place with three games lost. They share the position with Pieno Zvaigzdes. Baltai Kaunas will play next round against Sakalai trying to get back on the winning streak. Lietuvos rytas will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Neptunas in Klaipeda.
Top scorers:
Baltai Kaunas: M.Delas 18+4reb, Z.Janavicius 11+5reb+3ast, E.Ulanovas 11+2reb, M.Kupsas 7+7reb, S.Vasiliauskas 7+3ast, V.Cepukaitis 6+3reb+1ast
Lietuvos rytas: T.Rice 15+2reb+5ast, R.Seibutis 15+2reb+4ast, L.Roberts 12+6reb+1ast, M.Katelynas 11+7reb, A.Jomantas 8+1reb+2ast, J.Valanciunas 6
gschID: 146410


Sakalai - Rudupis 72-94

Very expected game in Vilnius where 9th ranked Sakalai (1-4) was crushed by top-ranked Rudupis (4-0) 94-72. The game without a history. Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Sakalai's players. It was a very good performance for forward Povilas Butkevicius (203-87) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 8 rebounds (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field). Swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. Center Rolandas Matulis (199-73) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Augustas Peciukevicius (191-91) added 9 points and 7 assists in the effort for Sakalai. Sakalai's coach Kazys Maksvytis gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Rudupis have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Sakalai at the other side keeps the ninth place with four games lost. Rudupis' next round opponent will be Techasas (#11) in Panevezys and are hoping to win another game. Sakalai will play at home against Baltai Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: R.Matulis 14+6reb, E.Baniulis 11+2reb, A.Butkevicius 11+3reb+1ast, A.Gydra 10+2reb, A.Peciukevicius 9+2reb+7ast, P.Joneliunas 7+8reb+3ast
Rudupis: P.Butkevicius 29+8reb+2ast, G.Kadziulis 16+2reb+2ast, S.Buterlevicius 11+4reb+3ast, A.Juskevicius 10+6reb+6ast, E.Zelionis 10+3reb, D.Salenga 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 146411


Sakalai - Siauliai 72-75

A very interesting game took place in Vilnius. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 9th ranked Sakalai (1-4) to top-ranked Siauliai (4-0) 75-72 on Wednesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Sakalai was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 23-15 charge of Siauliai, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 Sakalai turnovers. It was a very good performance for American-Samoan point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, college: BYU) who helped to win the game recording 28 points. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-82) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Paulius Joneliunas (211-84, college: American) replied with 13 points and 6 rebounds and forward Arnas Butkevicius (199-92) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Sakalai. Siauliai have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Sakalai at the other side keeps the ninth place with four games lost. Siauliai's next round opponent will be Juventus (#6) in Utena where they are favorite. Sakalai will play at home against Baltai Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: P.Joneliunas 13+6reb+2ast, L.Samenas 12+2reb+3ast, A.Butkevicius 10+10reb, E.Baniulis 9+1reb, D.Pukis 7+2reb, R.Matulis 6+3reb+1ast
Siauliai: R.Broadus 28+3reb+2ast, V.Sarakauskas 14+8reb, V.Vasylius 9+4reb, D.Gvezdauskas 8+3reb, I.Ramasauskas 4+3reb, M.Zukauskas 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 155490


Kedainiai - Lietuvos rytas 67-100

Top-ranked Lietuvos rytas blasted bottom-ranked Kedainiai (0-3) in Kedainiai 100-67 on Saturday evening keeping the perfect record after 4 rounds. Kedainiai is still unable to win any game. The game was mostly controlled by Lietuvos rytas. Kedainiai managed to win third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lietuvos rytas dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Kedainiai's 42. Lietuvos rytas forced 25 Kedainiai turnovers. FYR Macedonian center Predrag Samardziski (214-86, agency: Beo Basket) fired 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Arturas Jomantas (200-85) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. American forward David McClure (198-86, college: Duke) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Chris Lowe (182-87, college: Massachusetts) added 11 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietuvos rytas have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Kedainiai still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Techasas. Lietuvos rytas will meet at home Neptunas (#5) in the next round. Kedainiai will play against Naglis Palangos (#12) in Palanga and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kedainiai: D.McClure 15+9reb+2ast, V.Sulskis 11+4reb, C.Lowe 11+2reb+3ast, M.Valukonis 8+3reb, P.Beliavicius 7+4reb, T.Cerneckis 6+2reb+2ast
Lietuvos rytas: P.Samardziski 18+6reb+2ast, V.Dilys 18+4reb+2ast, A.Jomantas 16+5reb+4ast, S.Babrauskas 13+1reb+2ast, M.Katelynas 12+5reb, L.Roberts 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 146408




Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Milovan RAKOVIC
  Zalgiris
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 18
 1. Rakovic, Zalgiris18.0 
 2. Urbonas, Juventus17.5 
 3. Pakamanis, Juven.15.8 
 4. Mazeika, Neptunas15.7 
 5. Butkevicius, Rudup.15.5 
 6. Onuaku, Neptunas15.0 
 7. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.14.8 
 8. Seibutis, Lietuv.14.0 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.14.0 
 10. Matulionis, Techa.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.9.0 
 2. Petrukonis, Juven.8.8 
 3. Matulionis, Techas.8.0 
 4. Johnson, Naglis P.7.8 
 5. McClure, Kedainiai7.7 
 6. Roberts, Lietuvos.7.5 
 7. Adomaitis, Kedaini.7.0 
 8. Benn, Naglis Palan.6.8 
 9. Javtokas, Zalgiris6.8 
 10. Rakovic, Zalgiris6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas KALNIETIS
  Zalgiris
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Kalnietis, Zalgiris6.5 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai5.5 
 3. Rice, Lietuvos.5.0 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas4.7 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.4 
 6. Juskevicius, Rudup.4.3 
 7. Maceina, Juventus4.3 
 8. Ezerskis, Techasas4.3 
 9. Pakamanis, Juven.4.0 
 10. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Neptunas
  (180-PG-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dainys, Neptunas3.0 
 2. Collins, Zalgiris2.7 
 3. Long, Siauliai2.5 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai2.3 
 5. Kelys, Pieno Z.2.3 
 6. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 7. Matulionis, Techas.2.0 
 8. Nobles, Pieno Z.2.0 
 9. Zukauskas, Siauliai1.8 
 10. Babrauskas, Lietu.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris BARNES
  Kedainiai
  (204-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Barnes, Kedainiai2.0 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.2.0 
 3. Samardziski, Lietu.1.8 
 4. Volkus, Juventus1.3 
 5. Kairys, Pieno Z.1.3 
 6. Butkevicius, Rudup.1.3 
 7. Joneliunas, Sakalai1.2 
 8. Javtokas, Zalgiris1.0 
 9. Urbutis, Rudupis1.0 
 10. Peciukas, Kedaini.1.0 


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


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JA Vichy signs Nouha Diakite - by Eurobasket News
JA Vichy announced signing of Nouha Diakite (207-C-80, college: Louisville) for rest of the season. The Malian/French center will replace Jonathan Aka (203-PF-86). Diakite spent last season with Chalons-Reims. He appeared 25 times for them in ProB averaging 5 points and 4.5 rebounds. In 2009/10, Diakite played for Pau-Orthex and won the ProB title with them. Of course, at the same time they won the promotion for ProA. DIakite had 5.2 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 37 games that season. In 2008, Nouha Diakite won the French Cup with ASVEL. He had limited playing time with the Villeurbanne team. Diakite was their member from 2006 to 2008. Meanwhile, he also played for Maurienne, Hyeres-Toulon, Spanish Illescas and Czech Prostejov.

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Mexico fails against Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News
MEXICO - PUERTO RICO 69-73

Mexico failed in the first round in Guadalajara. The host of Panamerican Games 2011 was defeated by Puerto Rico 69-73. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group A at this event. Other participants of this pool are Canada and Argentina. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) paced Puerto Rico to victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds. NBAer Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) had 16 points and 6 rebs, while center Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) helped with 10 pts. The hosts got 20 points from Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky). Their second scorer was Hector Hernandez (206-F-85, agency: Duran International, college: Fresno St.) with 17 pts (7 rebs) and Omar Quintero (183-G-81, college: S.Nazarene) added 10 pts. Quarters: 24-16, 20-22, 7-16, 18-19. Today, Puerto Rico will meet Argentina. Mexico will play against Canada.

Mexico: Orlando Mendez-Valdez 20, Hector Hernandez 17+7 boards, Omar Quintero 10
Puerto Rico: Renaldo Balkman 18+5 boards, Jose Juan Barea 16+6 boards, Daniel Santiago 10


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NBA marathon session ends after 15 hours - by Eurobasket News
NBA owners and players made progress toward a new labor deal during more than 15 hours of talks and will return Thursday, still hoping an 82-game season is possible.

The talks Wednesday into Thursday morning were about the salary cap system, and Commissioner David Stern said they likely will stick with that issue when they resume.

'We were able to work through a number of different issues today regarding our system,'' union president Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) said. 'We can't say that major progress was made in any way, but some progress was made on system issues. Obviously enough for us to come back.''

And enough that the focus was more on games to be played, not canceled.

Though the remainder of the November schedule is already in jeopardy, Stern said he had no plans to cancel any more games at this moment. Instead, union officials said they believed a full schedule - and the crucial first paycheck they seemed to have already lost - was possible if an agreement is reached by the end of this weekend.

Stern said it would be difficult, but that the league intends to play as many games as possible.

'Whether that gets to be 82 games or not is dependent upon so many things that have to be checked,'' he said. 'We just think we've got to do it soon.''

Less than a week after perhaps the low moment of the lockout, when talks broke down last Thursday with some nasty talk afterward, the process seems back on track.

'There's no question that today was a better day than last Thursday,'' Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said. 'I think it's too early - not just in the morning - but still in the negotiations to express confidence that we're at a deal. But there's no question though that we did make progress on some significant issues, but there are still some very significant issues left.''

Neither side would offer specifics or quantify the progress, but Fisher and union executive director Billy Hunter said they might be in a better position to do so after talks later Thursday. Stern would only say that 'the energy in the room has been good; the back and forth has been good.''

The sides did not deal with the division of basketball revenues, the other big obstacle to a deal and the one that ended last week's talks.

It emerged as such a roadblock that union executive director Billy Hunter said they should 'park'' the issue and turn the discussions back to the system, saying that players might be willing to take a lower percentage if they found the system rules more favorable.

'I think we'll turn to the split when we finish with the system,'' Stern said. 'Right now, it has been profitable to turn to the system.''

Seeking greater parity among their 30 teams, owners are looking to reduce the ways that teams can exceed the salary cap so that big markets won't have a significant payroll advantage. Players have feared some of those changes would result in what would essentially be a hard salary cap, restricting player movement and perhaps even eliminating most guaranteed contracts.

But the league has insisted for months it can no longer move forward with a system where a team like Fisher's Lakers can greatly outspend most of its rivals.

'We are united on the NBA side in wanting a system that makes all teams competitive,'' Stern said. 'We have some strong views on what the best way to do that is.''

So do the players, who would like a system that looks much like the current soft cap structure. So even with Wednesday's progress, there are still system items to sort through. The sides have been struggling over things such as the length of the deal, players' contract lengths and the size of their raises.

'We're not going to get ahead of ourselves at this point,'' Fisher said. 'We'll continue to remain focused on some key principal items in our system that have to remain there in order for our players to agree to what is already a reduced percentage of BRI.''

The sides returned to bargaining with a small group meeting less than a week after three intense days of mediation didn't produce a new labor deal. Wednesday's negotiations marked the second-longest bargaining session since the lockout began July 1. The talks stretched into early Thursday morning, the first time bargaining has gone past 3 a.m.

And they ended with a feeling of optimism. In these negotiations, an agreement to keep talking the next day has sometimes qualified as progress. With time already lost, they can't afford another setback without the season likely starting in December at the earliest.

'It's sad that we've missed two weeks, and we're trying to apply a tourniquet and go forward,'' Stern said. 'That's always been our goal.''

Talks broke down last Thursday when players said owners insisted they agree to a 50-50 split of revenues as a condition to further discuss the salary cap system. Stern missed that meeting with the flu.

'I leave these guys alone for a little bit of time, and all hell breaks loose,'' he joked, motioning toward Silver.

The players have lowered their proposal to 52.5 percent of basketball-related income, leaving the sides about $100 million apart annually, based on last season's revenues. Players were guaranteed 57 percent of BRI under the previous collective bargaining agreement.

Stern rejoined the talks Wednesday after missing last Thursday's session with the flu. He was joined by Silver, owners Peter Holt of San Antonio, Glen Taylor of Minnesota and James Dolan of New York, and a pair of league office attorneys.

They will brief the owners' labor relations committee via conference call Thursday before meeting with the players.

The union was represented by Hunter, Fisher and vice president Maurice Evans of the Wizards, attorney Ron Klempner and economist Kevin Murphy, who will be unavailable Thursday because of another commitment.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Raptors hire ex-76ers GM Stefanski - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors have hired Ed Stefanski as executive vice president of basketball operations.

Stefanski was hired Wednesday and will report to Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo.

Stefanski was fired last week as general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers and had mixed results in four seasons, signing Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala to $80 million US contracts and firing coach Eddie Jordan after one 27-win season. Stefanski hired Doug Collins, who led the Sixers to the playoffs last season, but it was too late to save his job.

Before he joined the 76ers, Stefanksi spent nine seasons with the Nets. He was promoted to general manager of the club in the summer of 2004 following a one-year stint as the team's senior vice president of basketball operations and four seasons as the team's director of scouting.

Courtesy of www.cbc.ca


NBA World Tour will not include LeBron - by Eurobasket News
The NBA might be coming to Australia - but it looks like superstars LeBron James (6'8''-F-84), Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) and Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) will not.

US sports fan went wild at the prospect of the NBA lock-out forcing the games biggest stars on the road, with the news the NBA World Tour was bound Down Under.

But less than 24 hours later, news was leaking that Miami Heat superstar James will not play due to prior commitments, while New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul were also likely be absent.

The six-game World Tour kicks is slated to begin on Sunday in Puerto Rico, then will move to O2 Arena in London on November 1 and 3.

The fourth game is scheduled for November 6 in Macau, and the final two games on November 8 and 9 in Melbourne.

Most of the proceeds from the tour are set to go to charity, although ESPN reported that the likes Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard could be paid between $500,000 and $1 million each to take part.

Among other possible tourists are Chris Bosh, Amar'e Stoudemire, Blake Griffin, Paul Pierce, Steve Nash and Kevin Love.

Courtesy of www.sportsnewsfirst.com.au


Proposed sale of Hawks may be in jeopardy - by Eurobasket News
Concerns about potential owner Alex Meruelo's finances have placed the pending sale of the Atlanta Hawks in doubt, ESPN.com reported Wednesday.

The website cited anonymous sources described as being close to the situation. The prospect of the deal possibly collapsing was raised Tuesday at an NBA Board of Governors meeting, according to a source. The NBA and Atlanta Spirit Group LLC, the Hawks' current ownership group, have expressed concerns, a source said.

Meruelo responded that he can easily afford to buy and run the team.

'I have more than ample resources to purchase and operate the Hawks in a first-class manner. I am committed to the purchase of the Atlanta Hawks,' he said in a statement. 'While I can't comment on the details of the approval process, I have and will do everything I can to bring the process to a positive conclusion.'

Meruelo, a California developer and pizza chain owner, reached agreement last summer with Atlanta Spirit to purchase a majority stake in the Hawks and the operating rights to Philips Arena. Approval by 75 percent of the Board of Governors, following a background check, is needed, ESPN.com noted.

A source told ESPN.com that Atlanta Spirit, headed by Michael Gearon Jr. and Bruce Levenson, has acknowledged it may need to keep the Hawks for another year.

The NBA declined to comment to ESPN.com.

Last May, Atlanta Spirit sold the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers to True North Sports and Entertainment, which promptly moved the franchise to Winnipeg.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Rodney Stuckey headed to Guangdong? - by Eurobasket News
The Guangdong Southern Tigers in China are making a hard push to sign Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (6'5''-PG-86, college: E.Washington), according to sources with knowledge of the negotiations.

The biggest hurdle for Guangdong to clear, though, is the same hurdle all Chinese teams face when trying to land NBA players: Stuckey, if he signs, would be unable to come back to the NBA until Guangdong's season ends in March, even if the lockout ends before that, thanks to rules instituted this season by the Chinese Basketball Association.

The rules also state that Chinese teams can pursue only free agents. Stuckey would have been a restricted free agent this summer, under the NBA's previous labor agreement.

Guangdong also recently signed Washington Wizards unrestricted free agent Yi Jianlian. But because of different CBA rules for Chinese nationals, Yi has the freedom to return to the NBA as soon as the lockout ends. Yi is a native of Heshin, Guangdong, and played for the Tigers from 2002 to 2007 before his jump to the NBA.

A trio of players from the Denver Nuggets -- Wilson Chandler, Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith -- are the most prominent NBA free agents to sign in China and forgo the right to play in the NBA this season before March, unless any of their Chinese teams elect to release them outright.

Courtesy of ESPN


NBA says union, not Cuban, proposed elimination of salary cap - by Eurobasket News
The NBA players' association, not Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, proposed the elimination of the salary cap during negotiations aimed at ending months of labour strife, a league official said Tuesday.

NBA senior vice-president Mike Bass said union executive director Billy Hunter made 'several misstatements' during an hour-long podcast with ESPN.com on Monday. Among them was the revelation of the salary cap plan, which Bass said was actually an exception to the cap, not the elimination of it.

Hunter said that, during a meeting last week, Cuban proposed what he called a 'game changer' - a plan to replace the salary cap with a heavy tax for teams that spent to a certain level. Hunter said the players were interested in discussing it further and that two or three other owners in the room were really excited about it, but then were told by the owners they wouldn't pursue it.

'On behalf of the league, Mark Cuban proposed adding a new salary cap exception, not eliminating the salary cap,' Bass said. 'It was the union that, in response, proposed eliminating the salary cap, a proposal that was even worse for the NBA than the union's prior proposals.'

Hunter speculated during the podcast that owners backed away from the idea of eliminating the salary cap because it had been implemented under Commissioner David Stern long ago.

'And so I don't know whether there's any pushback because of that,' Hunter said. 'But we were prepared to pursue that whole idea of going into a different direction, where we would be able to, wouldn't have to worry about a cap. So the exceptions, salaries, all of that would be, there would be no limit with the exception of there being obviously a cap at the top, i.e., a quite heavy tax that teams would have to confront if they went above a certain number.

'But what happened was the owners decided, at least the leaders of their delegation, decided they had to take it back in a different direction. They said we don't want to address that.'

The NBA does not allow owners to comment on the negotiations. A person briefed on the content of the meetings said Cuban's actual proposal was much different than what Hunter suggested, and was surprised the union ignored it given that it would have met much of what players were seeking.

The sides met for three days with a federal mediator before talks broke down after players said owners insisted they commit to a 50-50 split of revenues before any further discussions about the salary cap system could continue. Though staffs from the sides have met since, no full bargaining sessions have been held and the NBA is expected to announce soon that more games will be cancelled.

Union officials were angry with the league's characterization of the breakdown of the talks Thursday. Now the league is unhappy with Hunter's portrayal of the negotiations, such as when he mentioned items like a hard salary cap and salary rollbacks that owners are no longer proposing.

'In his podcast interview with Bill Simmons, Billy Hunter makes several misstatements and blatantly mischaracterizes the parties' negotiations, the financial benefit to players from the NBA's latest offer, and the benefits from the system changes the NBA has proposed to improve team competitiveness,' Bass said.

Bass also said the union has proposed a 10-year collective bargaining agreement, with mutual opt-outs after years six and eight. Owners have been seeking a 10-year deal, but the union has repeatedly said it doesn't want to go longer than six years.

The union would like players to get out from the rookie salary scale quicker than five years, with Hunter mentioning MVP Derrick Rose and Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin on the podcast as players who are underpaid because they are still locked into their scale figures.

'In response to the union's suggestion that top-performing rookies have an opportunity to get higher pay, we have proposed a new bonus pool for rookie scale players who earn designated league honours like MVP and All-NBA first, second, or third teams,' Bass said. 'Billy fails to mention this.'

However, union spokesman Dan Wasserman said the league has never presented a dollar figure that would go with the bonus pool.

Bass also disputed Hunter's notion that the owners are seeking a more favourable CBA because many of them lost money in their other businesses as a result of the economic downtown.

'The owners reasonably believe they should have the opportunity to make a profit in a business that annually generates over $4 billion in revenue and pays the players over $2 billion,' Bass said. 'It has nothing whatsoever to do with making up for losses in other businesses.'

Courtesy of www.cbc.ca


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Oshawa Power release 4 players - by Eurobasket News
The Oshawa Power has released four players from their training camp roster. The players released were Antwi Atuahene (6'3''-G-84, college: Arizona St.) (PG), Josh Porter (6'3''-G-85) (PG), Paul Campbell (6'10''-C-87) (C), Hugh Barnett (6'9''-C/F, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Arkansas-Pine Bluff) (C).

'We'd like to thank every player that has come out and tried out for the Power organization,' said Gary Durrant, President of Basketball Operations. 'We wish them all the best in the future and we hope that all their basketball dreams come true.'

The Oshawa Power will play a home pre-season game against the London Lightning on October 27 at 7:30 p.m. The Power will play their first home regular season game of the season on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at the General Motors Centre, where they will tip-off against the Moncton Miracles at 7:30 p.m.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Report: Boise St. may join Big West in basketball - by Eurobasket News
If Boise States football program makes a much-rumored move to the Big East Conference, the rest of their sports could join the Big West, according to a report from Andy Katz of ESPN.com.

Boise State is currently part of the Mountain West Conference, but conference commissioner Craig Thompson will not allow the school to keep their non-football sports in-conference should tehe football team depart.

According to Katz, Boise State interim athletic director Curt Apsey contacted Big West Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell to explore this possibility. Although Katzs sources imply that it is far from a done deal - the Big West will be a 10-team league when Hawaiis non-football teams joint in 2012-13. Katz's sources say the conference would rather expand to 12 or 14 teams than to 11.

Courtesy of http://tracking.si.com


Mississippi's Holloway cleared to play immediately - by Eurobasket News
Mississippi junior Murphy Holloway (6'7''-F-90) has been cleared to play immediately by both the NCAA and Southeastern Conference, giving the Rebels an experienced scorer and rebounder in the post.

The 6-foot-7 Holloway averaged 10.1 points and 7.6 rebounds two years ago for Ole Miss before deciding to transfer to South Carolina to be closer to his home in Irmo, S.C., because of family issues.

Holloway was never released from his scholarship by Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy, so he attended South Carolina and practiced with the Gamecocks but did not receive an athletic scholarship.

Now that Holloway's issues have been resolved, he transferred back to Ole Miss, but had to ask for a transfer waiver to avoid missing a season. Ole Miss spokesman Joey Jones confirmed Holloway was cleared on Wednesday.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


USA grabs 77-76 win against Dominican Republic - by Eurobasket News
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - USA 76-77

USA escaped with 76-77 victory against Dominican Republic in Day One of the Panamerican Games 2011 in Guadalajara. Americans had to work very hard to get this victory and they have 1-0 record now in Preliminary Group B. Participants of this pool are also Brazil and Uruguay. Lance Thomas (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke) shined for the winners with double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds. Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) scored 12 points, while Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, college: Texas A&M) and Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU) helped with 8 points each. On the other side, Jack Michael Martinez (6'8''-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) impressed with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Ricardo Soliver (6'3''-G-84, college: Iona) had 13 points and 5 assists, and Juan Coronado (6'5''-G-83) stopped to 10 pts. Quarters: 20-20, 17-9, 20-25, 19-23. USA will take on Brazil today. Dominicans will try to get their first win against Uruguay.

Dominican Republic: Jack Michael Martinez 31+10 boards, Ricardo Soliver 13+5 as, Juan Coronado 10
USA: Lance Thomas 15+16 boards, Jerome Dyson 12, Donald Sloan 8, Ehambe Moses Randall 8


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  NORWAY   


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


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


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  PANAMERICAN GAMES   


Day One in Guadalajara - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Canada - Argentina 83-79 OT
Canada and Argentina played a very exciting game in Day One of the Panamerican Games 2011 in Guadalajara. Canada celebrated 83-79 victory and they needed an overtime to do it. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group A together with Argentina and host Mexico. Philip Scrubb (194-G-92) was a key player in victory with 35 points. He scored 8 triples in this meeting. Tyson Hinz (199-F-91) had 13 points and 5 rebs, while Owen Klassen (208-F-91) helped his country with 7 points and 7 rebs. Nicolas Laprovittola (189-G-90) responded with 16 points in defeat. Matias Sandes and Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87) netted 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 16-22, 18-17, 10-14, 26-17, 13-9 OT. In the next round, Canada will meet Mexico. Argentina will take on Puerto Rico.

Mexico - Puerto Rico 69-73
Mexico failed in the first round in Guadalajara. The host of Panamerican Games 2011 was defeated by Puerto Rico 69-73. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group A at this event. Other participants of this pool are Canada and Argentina. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) paced Puerto Rico to victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds. NBAer Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) had 16 points and 6 rebs, while center Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) helped with 10 pts. The hosts got 20 points from Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky). Their second scorer was Hector Hernandez (206-F-85, agency: Duran International, college: Fresno St.) with 17 pts (7 rebs) and Omar Quintero (183-G-81, college: S.Nazarene) added 10 pts. Quarters: 24-16, 20-22, 7-16, 18-19. Today, Puerto Rico will meet Argentina. Mexico will play against Canada.

Group B
Brazil - Uruguay 80-71
Brazil had a joyful Day One in Guadalajara. Brazilians were better than Uruguay 80-71 to open the Panamerican Games 2011. They are placed to Group B together with USA and Dominican Republic. Brazil had six players with double digits in scoring yesterday. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) was the leading one with 15 points (8 rebs). Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) had 14 and Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) helped with 13 points, plus 5 rebs. In the loosing squad, Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91) top-scored with 16 points. Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) and Nicolas Borsellino (202-F-86) (5 rebs) netted 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 19-18, 17-17, 20-16, 24-20. Brazil will meet USA today. Uruguay will play against Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic - USA 76-77
USA escaped with 76-77 victory against Dominican Republic in Day One of the Panamerican Games 2011 in Guadalajara. Americans had to work very hard to get this victory and they have 1-0 record now in Preliminary Group B. Participants of this pool are also Brazil and Uruguay. Lance Thomas (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke) shined for the winners with double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds. Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) scored 12 points, while Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, college: Texas A&M) and Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU) helped with 8 points each. On the other side, Jack Michael Martinez (6'8''-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) impressed with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Ricardo Soliver (6'3''-G-84, college: Iona) had 13 points and 5 assists, and Juan Coronado (6'5''-G-83) stopped to 10 pts. Quarters: 20-20, 17-9, 20-25, 19-23. USA will take on Brazil today. Dominicans will try to get their first win against Uruguay.


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Canada1-0
2. Argentina1-1
3. P.Rico1-1
4. Mexico0-1
Group B
1. USA1-0
2. Brazil1-0
3. Dominican R.1-1
4. Uruguay0-2


Stats Leader
Points Per Game
 Philip SCRUBB
  (194-G-92)
  Avg: 35
 1. Scrubb, CAN35.0 
 2. Martinez, DOM21.5 
 3. Mendez-V., MEX20.0 
 4. Barea, PUR20.0 
 5. Hernandez, MEX17.0 
 6. Balkman, PUR17.0 
 7. Thomas, USA15.0 
 8. Giovannoni, BRA15.0 
 9. Dos Santos, BRA14.0 
 10. Sandes, ARG13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lance THOMAS
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 16
 1. Thomas, USA16.0 
 2. Martinez, DOM15.5 
 3. Ward, CAN10.0 
 4. Giovannoni, BRA8.0 
 5. Espinoza, ARG7.0 
 6. Klassen, CAN7.0 
 7. Hernandez, MEX7.0 
 8. Hubner, BRA7.0 
 9. Guzman, DOM6.5 
 10. Mata, MEX6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Martin OSIMANI
  URU
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Osimani, URU4.5 
 2. Stoll, MEX4.0 
 3. Cequeira, ARG3.5 
 4. Scrubb, CAN3.0 
 5. Thomas, USA3.0 
 6. Martinez, DOM3.0 
 7. Dentmon, USA3.0 
 8. Barea, PUR3.0 
 9. Dos Santos, BRA3.0 
 10. Gonzalez, ARG2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Cole HOBIN
  (198-G-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hobin, CAN4.0 
 2. Mendez-V., MEX3.0 
 3. Balkman, PUR2.5 
 4. Pena, DOM2.5 
 5. Coronado, DOM2.0 
 6. Butch, USA2.0 
 7. Dos Santos, BRA2.0 
 8. Espinoza, ARG2.0 
 9. Dyson, USA2.0 
 10. Soliver, DOM2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Warren WARD
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ward, CAN2.0 
 2. Mata, MEX2.0 
 3. Klassen, CAN1.0 
 4. Giovannoni, BRA1.0 
 5. Martinez, DOM1.0 
 6. Hinz, CAN1.0 
 7. Newsome, URU1.0 
 8. Parada, MEX1.0 
 9. Lieffers, CAN1.0 
 10. Narvaez, PUR0.5 


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  PARAGUAY   


75Tth METRO - by Santiago Maciel
Felix Perez (208-C-71) will face Libertad tonight in the beginning of the 4th round of semifinal phase of TOP 4 METRO tournament. The game will be taking place at SND ARENA.
Libertad lost against sol 65-69 last monday in an electrifying game. After leading by 16 points during great period of 1st half, Sol slowly but strongly in defense came back to close out the half by one point differential to its favor 44-43.

After that breaking defense composture, Libertad could never get back to its original great performance. Federico Mellone (190-G/F-85) got injured in the point, somehow this affected negatively Libertads endurance even though Carlos Vallejos played excellent replacing him in that posicin. In Sol Anthony Glover (197-F-79, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.John's) delivered an overwhelming offensive battery. Low post moves, 3 point shooting, assinting to Jose Fabio and converting all his free throws were simply too much for Libertad. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) was not in his night and Steven Toiloi did a lot but not enough to turn things to his side. Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) , the CLUTCH Libertads player got very ungry when with 30 seconds in the clock and 2 points behind Mellone threw away a too risky pass to ARAUJO in the paint. Turn over and ball for Sol de America who took from out a band and netted 2 free throws to kill all Libertads chances to win the game.

Tonights game is win or go home for FELIX PEREZ who lost two in a row. The only chance for the RED team is to win all its following games to pretend to qualify directly to the FINALS.



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  PERU   


Regatas and Real Club to meet in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Regatas and Real Club advanced to the Superior league Finals. Both teams celebrated last night against their rivals.
Regatas handed 73-81 home loss to El Bosque to win the series with almost perfect 3-1. El Bosque surprised Regatas in Game Three on the road. They celebrated 70-75 win to extend the series. However, it is over now and Regatas advanced to the Finals. Regatas was No.1 in regular season with 29-2 record.
Real Club also won on the road last night. They grabbed 68-71 victory against Escuela Fap for 3-1 in the series. The series was tied at 1-1 earlier and Real Club managed to win two consecutive games. Real Club was No.2 in regular season. They had 26-5 record.
Schedule for the Playoff Finals is not announced yet.


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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA Roundup: October 26, 2011 - by Enzo Flojo
B-MEG LLAMADOS over POWERADE TIGERS, 97-80
A little freedom can go a long way, as B-Meg head coach Tim Cone just pleasantly found out. Allowing his players more leeway to create their own situations and differentiating from his usual starting unit a bit, Cone was rewarded by the Llamados with a win over Powerade.

PJ Simon was reverted back to his usual off-guard spot and promptly responded by starring on both ends of the court, scoring a game-high 21 points and anchoring some fine defensive efforts.

James Yap (191-F/G-82) added 20, the bulk coming in a first quarter breakaway, before the likes of rookie Mark Barroca and Joe Devance joined in and helped get the job done.

All the while, Simon anchored the defense on Gary David and Marcio Lassiter before joining hands with Josh Urbiztondo in quashing the Tigers' fightback from as many as 29 points down, earning special mention from Cone.

Lassiter scored 13 of his team-high 15 points in the second half and had Sean Anthony as main partner during a torrid run that brought Powerade within 65-74, still 7:08 remaining in the game. Anthony had two triples and eight of his total 13 points while Lassiter added 6 points off his 3 steals in that stretch that whittled what was a 68-48 B-Meg lead after the third period.

B-Meg 97 - Simon 21, Yap J. 20, Barroca 11, De Vance 10, Urbiztondo 9, Raymundo 7, Pingris 6, Yap R. 6, Reavis 5, Maierhofer 2, Acuna 0.
Powerade 80 - Lassiter 15, Anthony 13, Kramer 8, Cruz 8, Lingganay 7, Vanlandingham 7, David 7, Adducul 7, Casio 5, Antonio 3, Calimag 0, Crisano 0.
QS: 24-9, 46-25, 68-48, 97-80

BGY. GINEBRA KINGS over SHOPINAS.COM CLICKERS, 94-90
Barangay Ginebra continued to amaze, pulling off an incredible feat for the second straight game. In the same fashion they stunned the Powerade Tigers in Victorias, Negros Occidental last Saturday, the Kings shocked the Shopinas.com Clickers to the delight of their throngs of fans. Like the last time, the Kings fought back from a five-point deficit inside the final minute although they needed an extra period to finish off the Clickers.

The Clickers failed to clinch the win with four missed free throws in the dying seconds, and the Kings cashed in on it to get back into the game. Overcoming a five-point deficit in the last 56 seconds versus the Tigers, the Kings survived the same deficit in the last 55.2 seconds this time. Dodging disaster in regulation period, the Kings lived on in the extension play, opening an 86-79 lead and holding on to it to the finish.

RJ Jazul (181-G-86) blew away a chance to close out the game for the Clickers in muffing two charities with the team up by five at 79-74 with 49.9 ticks left. Then, after Mark Caguioa (188-G-79, college: Glendale CC (AZ)) converted a perimeter shot, Elmer Espiritu had his own foul-ups from the stripe, opening the opportunity for the Kings to send the game to OT. Unable to set up their play for Caguioa, Helterbrand was forced to take a three-pointer that forged the extra five minutes.

Ginebra 94 - Intal 16, Caguioa 16, Villanueva 9, Helterbrand 9, Canaleta 8, W. Wilson 8, De Ocampo 7, Tubid 5, Cortez 5, Wilson J. 3, Cervantes 2, Labagala 2, Aquino 2, Menk 2.
Shopinas.com 90 - Jazul 15, Espiritu 13, Hubalde 11, Sena 9, Canlas 7, Menor 7, Daa 6, Mirza 5, Ritualo 5, Hermida 4, Aquino 4, Sison 2, Se 2.
QS: 24-15, 35-38, 55-55, 79-79, 94-90

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



DAY 7 OF THE 2011 FIBA-ASIA U16 CHAMPIONSHIPS - by Enzo Flojo
9th-12th Place Matches
INDIA over VIETNAM, 107-40
IND 107 - Ludhiana 20, Singh 20, Bhamara 19, Bhaupur 16, Ali 6, Rathee 6, Sanjeev 6, Atwal 4, Sohal 4, Rai 2, Saminathan 2, Narender 2
VIE 40 - Nguyen DT 10, Tran J 8, Do 6, Tran NT 6, Nguyen VH 2, Nguyen XH 4, Nguyen MT 0, Tran VN 0, Cao 0
QS: 29-11, 53-14, 82-19, 107-40

- After two near-wins for Vietnam to close round 2, they've suffered 2 more setbacks. This latest one was handed down by the clearly stronger and more experienced Indians. India outpunched the home team at every turn and didn't let up in pouring the heat. India plays for 9th place next while Vietnam has one final chance to salvage a victory when it plays for 11th spot.
- Loveneet Ludhiana and Ajay Singh returned to their star roles for coach JP Singh, topping the scoring with 20 points each. Big man Satnam Bhamara recorded 19 markers in just 10 minutes while Haryana Bhaupur finished with 16.
- Thong Nguyen Duy was the only Vietnamese to score in double figures with 10 points. Vietnam shot poorly from every inch of the floor and committed a mind-boggling 48 turnovers against just 17 for India.

TAIWAN over QATAR, 125-37
TPE 125 - Hsieh 25, Wang 23, Lu 23, Liu 18, Wu 9, Pan 7, Lee 5, Huang CY 4, Chen PL 4, Chen CJ 4, Yeh 3, Huang HH 0
QAT 37 - Saad 16, Dawoud 12, Abdelkawy 7, Mohamed 2, Al-Ahbabi 0, Al-Ahmad 0, Al-Abidi 0, Al-Marri 0, Al-Malki 0, Al-Sheraim 0
QS: 29-7, 48-19, 88-26, 125-37

- Taiwan vented all its frustration on a hapless Qatari squad that continues to flounder. The Taiwanese of coach Lin Cheng-Ming shot 49% from the field, including 11 triples, dished out 29 assists, had 21 steals and forced 33 Qatari turnovers.
- Wang I-Fan and Lu Kuan-Shiuan combined for 8 threes and scored 23 points each. Big man Hsieh Tsung-Rong tossed in 25 points to lead the Taiwanese on top of 6 blocks and 3 steals. Liu Jen-Hao also contributed heavily with 18 markers, 5 dimes and 5 swipes. Taiwan plays India in a rematch for 9th place.
- Abdulrahma Saad and Mohammed Dawoud scored 16 and 12 points respectively to lead Qatar. Erstwhile scoring leader Mohamed Abdelkawy shot just 3-of-20 from the floor and finished with just 7 points while committing 11 turnovers. Qatar goes up against Vietnam again, this time for 11th spot.

Quarterfinals Matches
JAPAN over LEBANON, 71-52
JPN 71 - Sugiura 24, Kaneko 16, Baba 14, Aoki 11, Shinkawa 6, Shirato 0, Chikui 0, Miyamoto 0, Yamamoto 0
LIB 52 - Salem 24, Kabalan 9, Al-Agha 8, Hadidian 4, Zeinoun 3, Abou Jaoude 2, Daaboul 2, El-Kaissi 0
QS: 25-8, 48-30, 65-41, 71-52

- Japan got the jump on Lebanon and never let go. Coach Hideki Togashi's wards made 7 triples and outplayed the Lebanese with a better running game and better ball movement to barge into the semifinals against the mighty Chinese.
- Yusei Sugiura and Yudai Baba proved to be a potent pair once again for Japan, combining for 38 points, The duo only shot 17-of-47 from the field, but wily guard Daiki Kaneko more than made up for that with 4 triples on his way to 16 markers. Yasunori Aoki hit 3 treys of his own to finish with 11 as Japan bounced back from losing the Group F top spot to the Filipinos two nights ago.
- Only Jimmy Salem broke the twin digit barrier for Lebanon. He scored 24 points, but shot just 11-of-28 from the floor, including no triples and just 33% from the line. It seems coach Joe Moujaes has opted to go to Yaacoub Al-Agha down low as opposed to Gerard Hadidian, who was a consistent scorer early in the tournament, which hasn't exactly panned out too well. The frontline combo ended up with just 12 points total.

CHINA over SAUDI ARABIA, 100-19
CHN 100 - Heng 16, Guo 13, ZHao 11, Yan 11, Pan 11, Liu K 8, Liu B 7, Yu 6, Luo 6, Lai 5, Zhou 4, Xu 2
KSA 19 - Sakar 6, Al-Thalabi 5, Musallam 4, Al-Tamar 2, Barnawi 2, Al-Malalah 0, Hansawi 0, Mobarki 0, Al-Mutairi 0, Shubayli 0
QS: 32-5, 53-7, 84-9, 100-19

- It took more than 30 minutes for Saudi Arabia to finally break the 10-point barrier, and that was basically the story of the game. It was as if men were playing against boys as the Chinese ate the Saudis alive on both ends of the floor. China forced KSA to commit 27 turnovers and miss all but 7 of their field goals for a horrifying 12% shooting clip.
- Five players finished in double figures for China, led by Heng Yifeng's 16 points. Guo Xiaopeng and Yan Haoxin combined for 6 triples to finish with 13 and 11 markers respectively. Zhao Jiwei and Pan Ning likewise had 11 each for the dominant Chinese, who look unstoppable as they head for a semifinal duel with East Asian rivals Japan.
- Abdulaziz Sakar led KSA with just 6 points in what was one of the most lopsided matches of the 2011 FIBA calendar. The result gives further credence to the notion that the distribution of teams among the different groups did not maximize the potential competitiveness of the talent available. KSA faces Lebanon in the 5th-8th place round.

KOREA over INDONESIA, 107-48
KOR 107 - Shin 22, Kim GC 17, Kim MK 16, Yun 13, Heo 11, Lee 8, Koh 7, Kim NH 4, Kim GM 4, Won 3, Kim Y 2, Park 0
INA 48 - Ramadhan 13, Kosasih 10, Abraham 8, Sidabutar 6, Indraprasto 3, Setiawan 3, Fahdani 2, Wongso 2, Yogia 1, Airawan 0, Purwoko 0
QS: 19-4, 45-16, 73-33, 107-48

- Indonesia managed to stick with Korea for the first 5 minutes, until a 13-0 bomb left them reeling at the end of the first period. Korea hit 11 triples, dished out 30 assists, had 19 steals and forced 28 Indon turnovers to highlight their dominance and formalize their entry to the semifinals against the Philippines.
- Shin Min-Cheol led Korea with 22 points while shooting a very efficient 10-of-14 from the floor. Kim Gook-Chan hit 3 treys on his way to 17 points as Kim Min-Ki took care of he interior with 16 markers and 8 blocks. Starting center Park In-Tae played just 9 minutes and missed all three of his attempts. He was probably being preserved by coach Kang Yang-Hyun for the pivotal battle with the Philippines.
- Taufik Ramadhan and Vincent Kosasih were the only Indons in double-figures, scoring 13 and 10 respectively. Collectively though, the pair shot just 11-of-26 from the field. The rest of the team didn't do better, shooting just 8-of-44. Indonesia falls to the 5th-8th place round and plays Iraq next.

PHILIPPINES over IRAQ, 82-69
PHL 82 - Javelosa 14, Ramos 13, Lao 10, Asilum 10, Cani 9, Alejandro 8, Diputado 8, Heading 6, Rivero 2, Caracut 2, Go 0
IRQ 69 - Razzaq 20, Hamzah 19, Sabri 12, Ismael 8, Mahdi 4, Abdulqaer 2, Abdullah 2, Ali 2, Saeed 0, Ahmed 0, Abdullhuseein 0
QS: 30-9, 51-34, 62-52, 82-69

- The Philippines buily a huge 21-point bubble in the first quarter that proved too big to overhaul for the hard nosed Iraqis. Iraq's 9 big threes were negated by their awful 16-of-58 shooting from 2-point range and giving up 32 free throw attempts to the Filipinos. Iraq actually managed to cut the lead to as low as 4 points, 62-58, early in the fourth, but a big endgame windup by the Pinoys ensured their entry to the Final Four against perennial tormentors Korea.
- Big men Jay Javelosa and Tomas Ramos combined for 27 points and 13 blocks while shooting 11-of-20 from the field to shore up the Filipino frontline and snuff out the late Iraqi rally. Kyles Lao came back from an injury to score 10 points on a variety of drives while Renzar Asilum also managed 10 markers. Main men Jay-J Alejandro and Jordan Heading were scouted well and limited to just 14 points total.
- All 9 Iraqi triples came from only two people -- Karrar Hamzah and Ahmed Razzaq. The dynamic duo shot the lights out in the 2nd quarter to crawl back from their deep deficit and continue threatening till the endgame. Hamzah had to play all 40 minutes of action while Razzaq fouled out in the dying minutes of the match.

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com


U16 Asia Championship: South Korea topple Philippines to reach Final - by Eurobasket News
South Korea U16 - Philippines U16 67:58

South Korea joined China in the Final of U16 Asia Championship. They fired past Philippines in the semifinal tonight. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) nailed 22 points in the victory.
Philippines ensured the better start to the game. They eked out a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. But South Korea turned things around in the second frame. They held Philippines to just 8 points in the period and recorded a 37:29 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. South Korea stayed in charge posting an 8-point lead with one quarter remaining. The Korean side held their opponents to just 8 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory. Kim Nakhyeon (180-G-95) and Kim Gookchan (193-F-96) delivered 16 points apiece for the winners. Renzar Asilum (173-PG-95) and Rodolfo Alejandro (175-G-95) posted 12 points each in the loss.

South Korea U16: Heo Hoon 22, Kim Nakhyeon 16, Kim Gookchan 16
Philippines U16: Renzar Asilum 12, Rodolfo Alejandro 12


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alpha BANGURA
  Air21 E.
  (197-F/G-80)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 2. David, Powerade T.19.0 
 3. Castro, Talk N Te.18.3 
 4. Lutz, Petron Blaze17.3 
 5. Yap, B-Meg Llam.16.6 
 6. Seigle, Air21 Expr.16.5 
 7. Chan, Rain or Shine16.2 
 8. Caguioa, Ginebra16.2 
 9. Santos, Petron B.15.8 
 10. Dillinger, Talk N.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Santos, Petron B.16.8 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text12.3 
 3. Reyes, Alaska Aces10.3 
 4. Espinas, Meralco9.6 
 5. Taulava, Meralco9.4 
 6. Kramer, Powerade.9.2 
 7. Thoss, Alaska Aces8.8 
 8. Peek, Talk N Text8.8 
 9. Sena, Shopinas.8.4 
 10. Raymundo, B-Meg8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jayson CASTRO
  Talk N Text
  (173-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Castro, Talk N Te.6.0 
 2. Cabagnot, Petron5.5 
 3. Miller, Barako Bull5.3 
 4. Lanete, Meralco5.0 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska A.4.8 
 6. Lee, Rain or Shine4.8 
 7. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.5 
 8. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.5 
 9. Cruz, Powerade T.4.0 
 10. Bangura, Air21 E.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher LUTZ
  Petron Blaze
  (192-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lutz, Petron Blaze2.5 
 2. Lassiter, Powerade.2.2 
 3. Ildefonso, Petron2.0 
 4. Castro, Talk N Te.2.0 
 5. Cruz, Powerade T.1.6 
 6. Lanete, Meralco1.6 
 7. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.5 
 8. Hubalde, Shopin.1.5 
 9. Arboleda, Barako B.1.5 
 10. Artadi, Barako Bu.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  Talk N.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Aguilar, Talk N.1.8 
 2. Quinahan, Rain o.1.8 
 3. Peek, Talk N Text1.8 
 4. Baclao, Petron B.1.5 
 5. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.5 
 6. Espinas, Meralco1.4 
 7. Santos, Petron B.1.3 
 8. Seigle, Air21 Expr.1.3 
 9. Reyes, Petron Bla.1.0 
 10. Cabagnot, Petron0.8 


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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Burgess' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old center Chris Burgess (209-C-79) put on an amazing game in the last round for Trefl Sopot and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Polpharma (#13, 1-5) with 24-point margin 106-82. Trefl Sopot is placed at 5th position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Trefl Sopot will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. In the team's last game Burgess had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Chris Burgess averages this season 7.4ppg and 5.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Jeremy Simmons (203-F-89, agency: Interperformances) of Polpharma. He is American forward in his first season at Polpharma. In the last game Simmons recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Polpharma lost that game 82-106 to the higher-ranked Trefl Sopot (#5, 3-2). This loss caused Polpharma to drop to 13th position in the standings. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Polpharma managed to get this year. Simmons is a newcomer at Polpharma and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jessie Sapp (191-G-86) of Kotwica (#7). Sapp scored 25 points. Despite Sapp's great performance Kotwica lost 70-76 to the higher-ranked Anwil (#2, 4-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Kotwica needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Sapp has a great season in Poland. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.3apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dardan Berisha (192-G-88) of Anwil - 24 points and 5 rebounds
5. Damian Kulig (205-F/C-87) of PBG Basket - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. John Turek (205-F/C-83) of Trefl Sopot - 20 points and 5 rebounds
7. Djordje Micic (195-G-83) of PBG Basket - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists
8. Qarraan Calhoun (203-F-86) of Slask Wroclaw - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Lukasz Wisniewski (186-G-84) of Trefl Sopot - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
10. David Jackson (193-G-86) of PGE Turow - 17 points, 3 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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Aurelio number one in Proliga for round 1 - by Eurobasket News
Hugo Aurelio (80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Gaeirense, receiving a Eurobasket.com Proliga Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Maia Basket (#11, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 74-66. Thanks to this victory Gaeirense moved-up to the 3rd position in the Proliga. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Gaeirense won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Aurelio had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Gaeirense's top player in his first season with the team. Hugo Aurelio has solid league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 20.0rpg. Aurelio is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.0bpg,4.0spg and 66.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Kadiri Richard (203-F-80) of Illiabum. Richard had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Illiabum cruised to a 72-62 relatively comfortable win over Angra (0-1). His team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Richard is a newcomer at Illiabum, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#8). He also registered 12.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Antonio Carrilho (198-F-83) of Galitos-Tley (#9). Carrilho scored 22 points. Despite Carrilho's great performance Galitos-Tley lost 56-82 to Alges (#1, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Galitos-Tley can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 1 games. Too bad for Carrilho he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Carrilho as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luis Fonte (191-F-79) of Sangalhos - 15 points and 11 rebounds
5. Joao Abreu (179-G-83) of Oliveirense - 12 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Kevin Jolley (197-F-82) of Povoa - 27 points and 9 rebounds
7. DeSean White (203-F-86) of Alges - 26 points and 7 rebounds
8. Jose Almeida (199-F-86) of Guifoes - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Tiago Pinto (183-G-88) of Electrico FC - 24 points and 5 rebounds
10. Deantre Jefferson (203-F-88) of Oliveirense - 9 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Sport Lisboa e Benfica CLUB WITH THE STATUS OF TRAINER - by Hugo Carvalho
At a meeting held on 13 October 2011, was assigned by the Department of Portuguese Basketball Federation, the Statute of the Club Trainer Sport Lisboa e Benfica, with the assent of a committee appointed for this purpose, which examined all the documents required for the award of that status, which Benfica presented on 19 November 2010!

A recognition that comes in line with the effort and investment that Benfica has contributed to the development of Basketball in Portugal: a club where the method starts in 1927 - giving it the 'status' of the Portuguese Club practicing the sport for longer (78 seasons) - is the club that holds the record for consecutive titles (7), with a record 20 National Championships, 18 Cups of Portugal, 9 Super Cups, five League Cups, 6 Metropolitan Championships.

The Formation of SL Benfica participates in all age groups, in both sexes, in all competitions organized both at the district level or at national level. With a total of athletes who, at the time, stood at 241 young people enrolled practitioners (spread over 16 teams), the formation of SL Benfica already brings a remarkable wealth of human, technical and logistical.

In summary, from the 2007/2008 racing season to the present, Training Basketball SL Benfica won the following titles:
- National Champion in the Under-20 level, season 2007/2008
- National Champion in the Under-18 level, season 2010/2011
- National Champion in the Under-16 level, 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 seasons
- District Champion in the Under-20 level, 2007/2008 and 2008/09 seasons
- District Champion in the Under-18 level, season 2010/2011
- District Champion in the Under-16 level, seasons 2008/2009, 2009/2010 and 2010/2011
- Winner of the Regular Phase CNB1 with U-20 ranking periods 2008/2009, 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 (as a team 'B' can not play Play-Off)

Finally, and the importance with which he invests the Basketball Training in SL Benfica also in international terms, especially the significant number of athletes representing their national teams of Portugal in the European Basketball Championships. At various levels for male and female, in the last four seasons, the formation of SL Benfica was represented by 33 national teams in their athletes.





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  QATAR   


U16 Asia Championship:Qatar nip Vietnam - by Eurobasket News
Vietnam U16 - Qatar U16 58:59

Qatar celebrated a narrow win over Vietnam in the U16 Asia Championship classification round tonight. Qatar thus clinched the 11th position in the ladder. Vietnam almost completed comeback rally in the fourth frame but came up just short of victory at the end. Abdulrahman Saad (183-F-96) posted 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge.
Qatar held the hosts to 5 points in the opening frame taking an 8-point lead. Qatar continued to clear off in the second quarter. They recorded a 34:20 halftime lead. Vietnam stopped the rot in the third term. The home team cut the deficit to 12 points with ten minutes to go. Vietnam went on a desperate rally in the final quarter. The home team got within a single point with 32 second remaining. Tung Nguyen had a chance to put Vietnam in charge but missed two free throws and Qatar ran away with a narrow win at the end. Mohamed Abdelkawy (177-G-95) top-scored with 21 points for Qatar. Thong Nguyen Duy (180-F-95) answered with 20 points for Vietnam. Minh Do Duy (180-F-95) had 11 points in the loss.

Vietnam U16: Thong Nguyen Duy 20, Minh Do Duy 11
Qatar U16: Mohamed Abdelkawy 21, Abdulrahman Saad 20, Ahmad Mohamed (178-G-95) 8


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  ROMANIA   


Timisoara fails in Balkan league debut - by Eurobasket News
Rilski Sportist - Timisoara 80-78

Timisoara failed in their Balkan league debut. The Romanian squad lost on the road to Bulgarian team Rilski Sportist. It was a very exciting meeting and Rilski grabbed victory in the last seconds. They scored a triple and after that blocked shot by Timisoara player to take this win. Both teams are placed to Group A and it was the first BIBL game this season for both teams. Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-F/C-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. American forward Dominique Archie (200-F-87, college: S.Carolina) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian-German forward Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, agency: 011 Sports) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Timisoara. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. In the next round Timisoara will meet Torus at home. That game (Round 3) is scheduled for November 8. Seven days later Timisoara will play its re-scheduled Round One game against OKK Beograd.

Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 18+4reb+4ast, F.Vukosavljevic 13+13reb+3ast, M.Marinov 11+3reb+1ast, B.Boev 11+6reb+1ast, A.Velikov 9+5reb+5ast, G.Jovanovic 7+3reb
Timisoara: D.Archie 18+10reb, R.Sarovic 15+5reb, Z.Jovanovic 11+2reb+3ast, I.Siriscevic 11+3reb+3ast, B.Cuic 8+5reb+4ast, N.Markovic 7+4reb+1ast


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  RUSSIA   


CSKA Moscow jumps to 2-0 in Euroleague, Group B - by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Brose Baskets 94-74

Both teams celebrated in Round One of the Euroleague regular season. CSKA Moscow was much better team last night having no troubles to keep the perfect score after two games. The Russian powerhouse celebrated 94-74 victory for 2-0 record in Group B, while Brose Baskets slipped to 1-1 now. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) led the hosts with 19 points with no miss for 23 minutes on the court. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) had 13 points and 5 rebs, and Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) added 12 points, plus 6 rebs. In the loosing squad, Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) top-scored with 17 points. Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) had 15 and Anthony Leon Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) contributed with 10 pts and 6 boards. CSKA took control on their rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 24-14, 23-16, 24-22, 23-22. In the next round CSKA goes to Zagreb. Brose Baskets will host Unicaja.

CSKA Moscow: Nenad Krstic 19, Andrey Vorontsevich 13+5 boards, Andrei Kirilenko 12+6 boards
Brose Baskets: Tibor Pleiss 17, Julius Jenkins 15, Anthony Leon Tucker 10+6 boards


Superleague Round 5 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
After 5 rounds played we can already see who rules in the Superlaegue and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most interesting game of round 5 was only two-point a home defeat of second-ranked Universitet-Yugra (4-2) to first ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (5-1) 88-86 in the game for the first place. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Universitet-Yugra was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 19-16 charge of Ural Ekaterinburg, which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Universitet-Yugra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian forward Nikola Lepojevic (199-82, agency: BeoExcell) stepped up and scored 27 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners and American forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 19 points. Lithuanian guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ural Ekaterinburg have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-1 record. Universitet-Yugra at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Universitet-Yugra will play again at home against the league's leader Ural Ekaterinburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Rjazan was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Severstal (3-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Rjazan (2-2). Severstal managed to secure a 9-point victory 80-71. Naturalized Uzbekistani guard Ruslan Nazmiev (200-87, agency: RIZO) nailed 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Sergei Zakharov accounted for 16 points and 4 assists. Forward Vladimir Ivlev (207-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for Rjazan in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Severstal. They maintain fourth place with 3-3 record. Rjazan at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with TEMP-SUMZ. Severstal will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rjazan will play again at home against Severstal (#4) in Cherepovec and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth ranked Ataman (3-1) crushed at home 7th ranked Spartak V. (1-5) by 16 points 74-58, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. The best player for the winners was Nikolay Krylov who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Andrey Petukhov produced 7 points and 12 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Ataman moved-up to third place. Spartak V. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with five games lost. Ataman will again meet at home Spartak V. (#7) in the next round. Spartak V. will have a break next round.



Univ.Surgut - Ural Ekaterinb. 86-88

The most interesting game of round 5 was only two-point a home defeat of second-ranked Universitet-Yugra (4-2) to first ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (5-1) 88-86 in the game for the first place. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Universitet-Yugra was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 19-16 charge of Ural Ekaterinburg, which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Universitet-Yugra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian forward Nikola Lepojevic (199-82, agency: BeoExcell) stepped up and scored 27 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners and American forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 19 points. Lithuanian guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals and guard Vladimir Shevel (200-84, agency: Alti Sport) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Universitet-Yugra players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ural Ekaterinburg have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-1 record. Universitet-Yugra at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Universitet-Yugra will play again at home against the league's leader Ural Ekaterinburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ural Ekaterinb.: N.Lepojevic 27+5reb+2ast, L.Gordon 19+4reb+2ast, S.Shashkov 15+5reb+3ast, A.Isakov 8+1reb+4ast, A.Glazunov 7+2reb+3ast, D.Nikolaev 7+8reb+2ast
Univ.Surgut: V.Shevel 20+5reb+1ast, L.Lekavicius 14+5reb+11ast, D.Beliaev 13+6reb, A.Savkov 13+4reb+2ast, A.Ekimov 9+1reb, I.Aleksandrov 8
gschID: 138673


Ataman - Spartak V. 74-58

Fourth ranked Ataman (3-1) crushed at home 7th ranked Spartak V. (1-5) by 16 points 74-58, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 44-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was center Nikolay Krylov (211-81) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Igor Smygin (197-87, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 15 points. Four Ataman players scored in double figures. Forward Andrey Petukhov (204-86) produced 7 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Viktor Zaryazhko (194-92) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Ataman moved-up to third place. Spartak V. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with five games lost. Ataman will again meet at home Spartak V. (#7) in the next round. Spartak V. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ataman: I.Smygin 15+3reb+1ast, D.Zibirov 14+1reb+3ast, N.Krylov 11+11reb+2ast, S.Vorotnikov 11+2reb+2ast, I.Oleynikov 7+5reb, K.Pishchalnikov 4+1reb
Spartak V.: V.Zaryazhko 13+2reb+2ast, D.Zakharov 10+2reb, G.Goldyrev 9+3reb+2ast, A.Petukhov 7+12reb+1ast, V.Trushkin 6+2reb+2ast, A.Loginov 6+2reb
gschID: 138670


Rjazan - Severstal 71-80

The game in Rjazan was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Severstal (3-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Rjazan (2-2). Severstal managed to secure a 9-point victory 80-71. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-13. But Rjazan won second period 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rjazan was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Uzbekistani guard Ruslan Nazmiev (200-87, agency: RIZO) nailed 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and guard Sergei Zakharov (194-86) accounted for 16 points and 4 assists. Forward Vladimir Ivlev (207-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and forward Oleg Bartunov (197-85, agency: RIZO) added 9 points and 4 assists respectively for Rjazan in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Severstal. They maintain fourth place with 3-3 record. Rjazan at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with TEMP-SUMZ. Severstal will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rjazan will play again at home against Severstal (#4) in Cherepovec and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Severstal: S.Zakharov 16+4reb+4ast, R.Nazmiev 15+6reb+5ast, M.Polyakov 14+8reb, A.Lunev 9+1reb+1ast, A.Tsvetkov 7+4reb, A.Kuzemkin 7+3reb+2ast
Rjazan: V.Ivlev 17+10reb+1ast, A.Kirdyachkin 9+5reb, O.Bartunov 9+4reb+4ast, A.Vzdykhalkin 8+4reb+1ast, A.Korchagin 6+4ast, V.Kazakov 6+3reb
gschID: 138671




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  SAUDI ARABIA   


U16 Asia Championship:Lebanon too hot to handle for Saudi Arabia - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon U16 - Saudi Arabia U16 76:43

Lebanon will play for the fifth place at the U16 Asia Championship. They overcame Saudi Arabia in the classification round tonight. Lebanon will face Iraq, while Saudi Arabia will play against Indonesia tomorrow.
Lebanon opened the game aggressively. They grabbed a 21:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Lebanon stretched the gap in the second term. They established a 38:24 halftime lead. Lebanon cleared off to an unassailable margin in the third term. They recorded a 60:32 advantage with ten minutes remaining and never looked back en route to the win. Jimmy Salem (190-G-95) stepped up with 17 points for Lebanon. Gerard Hadidian (197-F-95) had 14 points for the winners. Abdulaziz Sakar (183-G-95) notched 18 points for Saudi Arabia. Raad Barnawi (185-G-95) netted 8 points in defeat.

Lebanon U16: Jimmy Salem 17, Gerard Hadidian 14, Ezzat El Kaissi (184-G-95) 10
Saudi Arabia U16: Abdulaziz Sakar 18, Raad Barnawi 8


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Radnicki Kragujevac brings in Mike Scott - by Eurobasket News
Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) is a new member of Radnicki Kragujevac. The American forward penned a deal for rest of the season. Scott arrives to Radnicki from BG Goettingen, where he spent 2010/11. He appeared 31 times in German league averaging 9 points and 4.5 rebounds. Scott also added 13.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.4 apg in 14 EuroCup games. He helped Goettingen to reach the Quarterfinals. Season 2009/10, Mike Scott spent with Hungarian Kormend. He had 15.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 1.5 apg for them. In 2008/09, he played for Trabzon in TB2L. Mike Scott is a product of the Kent State University, where he graduated in 2008.

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Juniors mens second-tier champs - by Carlos Pereira
In the mens division one league, PLS Hawks have to win their remaining three matches to make sure of retaining the title after steamrollering Angels last weekend, while Premium Cobras kept up the challenge with an important win over fellow challengers MBU Rockers.

Defending champions Hawks were once again annoyed with the Seychelles Basketball Federation on Tuesday as one of the referees did not turn up for their match against the Rockers.
This is the second time in less than two weeks that the Hawks had to return home without playing. The first time was on Saturday October 15 when they were expected to play against Baya.

This is getting out of control, PLS Hawks coach Clifford Joubert told Sports Nation
The players are frustrated with the situation. Rodney Loz, for example, has been working on Praslin and paid his own airfares to come to Mahe to play. He returned to Praslin without touching the ball. This situation is not good for Seychelles basketball, said Joubert, the head coach of the countrys mens team who won the Indian Ocean Island Games gold medal here in August.
According to a reliable source, the referee said he did not check his officiating schedule and could not come to the venue as he had not made provisions to get release from work and get someone else to replace him.
The Hawks last win was against Anse Boileau-based Angels on a 119-68 score on the back of 32 points by Nigerian import Alao Solomon, bringing their points tally to 28 after 15 games played (13 wins and two losses).
Captain Bernard Bristol and company have three matches more to play against Mont Fleuri Dawgz, Baya and MBU Rockers, while Premium Cobras were expected in action for the last time in the league yesterday against tailenders Razors.
In their previous outing, the Cobras twin towers of Nigerian Ajodoh Ugbaje and Seychellois Timmy Adam combined for 45 of their teams points in a 91-62 beating of the Rockers.
Before yesterdays match, they led the standings with 31 points (14 wins and three losses).
Mont Fleuri Dawgz collected two wins last week against Cascade Bullets 66-54 and Razors 104-55 to go second on the table with 29 points with 12 wins and five defeats in 17 games.
Cascade Bullets brought their number of wins to seven in 18 games thanks to an 84-67 victory against Anse Boileau-based Drifters who are in their first year in the top flight after winning the second division title last year.
The Bullets are 25 points, while second-from-bottom Drifters have 18.
Meanwhile, the mens division two champions are Juniors who have finished the two-round league with 23 points after 11 wins and a loss in 12 games.
Anse Etoiles Faizel Naiken followed his record 72-point performance against cadets with 45 points against Beau Vallon Heat as his team won 79-59 to go second in the standings with 21 points after nine wins and three defeats.
Praslin Warriors 67-45 victory against AAP Brothers has put them in a good position to fight for the runners-up spot with Anse Etoile.
With a match in hand on Anse Etoile, the Warriors can leapfrog them with a win and finished second behind Juniors on the head-to-head rule.

In the womens league, Juniors had it easy against Cadettes, winning 73-29 as Jana Malbrook, 16, scored seven 3-pointers for 21 of her game-high 39 points.






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News from Slovak market - by Martin Bosko
Nitra signed experienced Lithuanian center Darius Silinskis (216-C-84, agency: Interperformances) for one week try-out. He scored on average 7 points and added 3 rebounds in two games. The managment will decide about his contract after Saturdays game against Prievidza. Nitra participates in EuroChallenge Cup.
Banska Bystrica signed new players after bad start of season. American trio Larry Hall, John Gilchrist and Jarrid Famous was released. They added American rookie forward Marcus Kitts (205-F-89, college: William & Mary) and American guard Dwayne Harmason (178-G-86, agency: Promotex, college: Miss.Valley St.), who played last season in Slovenia.


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


Extraliga Round 8 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Vahostav-Zilina (#8) forced the game against Prievidza (#1) into an overtime, but lost by eleven points 95-106 on Wednesday night. The game took place in Zilina. But the guests from Prievidza were better at the end. Worth to mention a great performance of David Godbold (196-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Oklahoma) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds. Prievidza have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-1 record. Vahostav-Zilina at the other side keeps the eighth place with five games lost. Prievidza will face Nitra (#3) in Nitra in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Vahostav-Zilina will play on the road against Komarno (#4).


Handlova - B.Bystrica 83-71

Rather expected game when 9th ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (1-6) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Handlova (4-3) 83-71 on Wednesday. Handlova shot 30 for 41 from the free-throw line, while SKP Banska Bystrica only scored nine points from the stripe. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. SKP Banska Bystrica was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Anthony Jones (194-84, college: Indiana Tech) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Croatian power forward Ivan Barisic (201-84) who added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Swingman Vladimir Hovanak (193-82) responded with 20 points and 4 steals and international power forward Peter Dorazil (199-89) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Handlova moved-up to third place, which they share with Komarno and Nitra. SKP Banska Bystrica at the other side stay at the bottom position with six games lost. Handlova will face Svit (#6) on the road in the next round. SKP Banska Bystrica will play against Levice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Handlova: A.Jones 30+2reb+5ast, I.Barisic 17+8reb+6ast, S.Hampton 12+10reb+5ast, M.Golian 8+6reb, O.Haviar 7+1ast, P.Terlanda 4+6reb+4ast
B.Bystrica: V.Hovanak 20+2reb+2ast, P.Dorazil 14+8reb+1ast, M.Marchyn 10+2reb+1ast, M.Kitts 7+2reb, R.Pitak 6+3reb+1ast, B.Koczkas 6+1ast
gschID: 139129


Nova Ves - Komarno 78-79

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked Komarno (4-3) edged on the road second-ranked Nova Ves (5-3) 79-78 on Wednesday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Komarno outrebounded Nova Ves 42-28 including a 23-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Louis Johnson (203-86, college: W.Illinois, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Johnathon Jones (183-88, college: Oakland, agency: TSS Management) who added 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Komarno players scored in double figures. The former international forward Pavol Losonsky (203-88, college: Cal-Irvine) responded with 28 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and international center Michal Batka (204-87) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Komarno moved-up to third place, which they share with Handlova and Nitra. Nova Ves at the other side keep the second position with three games lost. Komarno will face Vahostav-Zilina (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Komarno: J.Jones 23+5reb+4ast, L.Johnson 23+13reb+2ast, P.Szabo 11+2reb, M.Bilik 11+4reb, V.Klar 5+3reb, J.Kratochvil 4+5reb+1ast
Nova Ves: P.Losonsky 28+7reb+2ast, M.Batka 18+5reb+3ast, O.Ulman 12+5reb+2ast, R.Becarik 9+1reb+1ast, S.Becarik 5+2reb+3ast, C.Jefferson 4+8reb+8ast
gschID: 139130


Vahostav-Zilina - Prievidza 95-106 OT

Vahostav-Zilina (#8) forced the game against Prievidza (#1) into an overtime, but lost by eleven points 95-106 on Wednesday night. The game took place in Zilina. But the guests from Prievidza were better at the end. Vahostav-Zilina was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 25-21 charge of Prievidza, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-3. Prievidza forced 20 Vahostav-Zilina turnovers. Vahostav-Zilina was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard David Godbold (196-85, college: Oklahoma, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds and Bermudas-British swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist, agency: Interperformances) who added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists during the contest. The former international center Ondrej Soska (208-78) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Perry Petty (185, college: UTPA) scored 26 points. Four Vahostav-Zilina players scored in double figures. Prievidza have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-1 record. Vahostav-Zilina at the other side keeps the eighth place with five games lost. Prievidza will face Nitra (#3) in Nitra in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Vahostav-Zilina will play on the road against Komarno (#4).
Top scorers:
Prievidza: D.Godbold 32+14reb+2ast, S.Phillips 24+5reb+11ast, P.Guede 17+3reb+1ast, K.Averink 7+1reb+2ast, T.Voslajer 7+1reb, C.Pelle 6+2ast
Vahostav-Zilina: P.Petty 26+4reb+3ast, O.Soska 25+9reb, S.Perrin 15+11reb+2ast, P.Tilandy 12+3reb+1ast, D.Stojanovic 7, J.Zavodny 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 139127


Nitra - Svit 96-61

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Nitra and one of their biggest challengers Svit had identical 3-3 record. This time Nitra used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Svit 96-61 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Nitra led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Svit's 28. Nitra forced 20 Svit turnovers and outrebounded them 32-16 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Puerto Rican point guard Denis Clemente (185-86, college: Kansas St., agency: KMG Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and international center Roman Vido (203-88) who added 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Nitra players scored in double figures. Latvian forward Martins Berkis (199-85, agency: Warren Sports International) responded with 13 points and American forward Lamar Roberson (203-86, college: La-Lafayette) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Nitra maintains third position with 4-3 record having just two points less than leader Prievidza, which they share with Handlova and Komarno. Svit lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. Nitra will face league's leader Prievidza on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svit will play against Handlova (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nitra: D.Clemente 25+6reb+9ast, R.Nuber 18+3reb+2ast, R.Vido 15+7reb+2ast, R.Vaden 12+4reb+1ast, B.Tomek 6+3reb+1ast, M.Jass 6+3reb+1ast
Svit: M.Berkis 13+4reb+3ast, L.Roberson 12+5reb+1ast, M.Micka 8+2reb+1ast, M.Repasky 7+1ast, P.Cosic 6+1ast, I.Cvitanovic 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 139128




Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Prievidza 6-1 
 2. Nova Ves 5-3 
 3. Nitra 4-3 
 4. Komarno 4-3 
 5. Handlova 4-3 
 6. Svit 3-4 
 7. Levice 3-4 
 8. Vahostav-Zilina 2-5 
 9. B.Bystrica 1-6 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Anthony JONES
  Handlova
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 29.3
 1. Jones, Handlova29.3 
 2. Vaden, Nitra22.1 
 3. Roberson, Svit19.6 
 4. Batka, Nova Ves19.0 
 5. Jones, Nova Ves19.0 
 6. Guede, Prievidza18.9 
 7. Clemente, Nitra18.8 
 8. Losonsky, Nova Ves18.3 
 9. Petty, Vahostav.18.0 
 10. Soska, Vahostav.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew JONES
  Nova Ves
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Jones, Nova Ves11.0 
 2. Losonsky, Nova Ves10.3 
 3. Roberson, Svit8.7 
 4. Dorazil, B.Bystrica8.3 
 5. Gilstrap, Nova Ves8.0 
 6. Petty, Vahostav.7.9 
 7. Godbold, Prievidza7.9 
 8. Hampton, Handlova7.3 
 9. Barisic, Handlova7.3 
 10. Soska, Vahostav.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Corey JEFFERSON
  Nova Ves
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Jefferson, Nova V.8.3 
 2. Clemente, Nitra6.5 
 3. Petty, Vahostav.6.4 
 4. Jones, Komarno5.6 
 5. Jones, Handlova5.4 
 6. Phillips, Prievidza5.3 
 7. Kostomaj, Levice5.0 
 8. Barisic, Handlova4.2 
 9. Grant, Levice4.0 
 10. Hall, B.Bystrica3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Perry PETTY
  Vahostav.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Petty, Vahostav.2.9 
 2. Jones, Komarno2.7 
 3. Nuber, Nitra2.6 
 4. Phillips, Prievidza2.6 
 5. Pelle, Prievidza2.2 
 6. Roberson, Svit2.1 
 7. Kostomaj, Levice2.0 
 8. Jones, Handlova2.0 
 9. Grant, Levice2.0 
 10. Vaden, Nitra1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Nitra
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Majok, Nitra2.3 
 2. Henderson, Levice1.5 
 3. Batka, Nova Ves1.0 
 4. Perrin, Vahostav.0.9 
 5. Dorazil, B.Bystrica0.8 
 6. Johnson, Komarno0.7 
 7. Keller, Levice0.7 
 8. Gilstrap, Nova Ves0.7 
 9. Mathis, Komarno0.7 
 10. Berkis, Svit0.6 


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D2 Round 5 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in D2, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

The biggest surprise of round 5 was guest Splosna plovba's (4-1) road victory over Radenska (#6) 82-73 on Wednesday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-10. But Radenska won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Splosna plovba have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Triglav Strazisce and Sencur CP. Newly promoted Radenska keeps the sixth place with two games lost. They share the position with Branik. Splosna plovba is looking forward to face league's leader Sencur CP in Kranj in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Radenska will play on the road against Grosuplje (#4) in Grosuplje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Sencur CP delivered the fourth win. This time they beat 10th ranked Hrastnik (1-4) 66-60. Center Jure Erzen (203-75) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Anel Blazevic contributed with 9 points and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Tadej Tusek (194-80, agency: World Sport Agency) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Hrastnik. Sencur CP maintains first place with 4-1 record, which they share with Triglav Strazisce and Splosna plovba. Hrastnik at the other side keeps the tenth position with four games lost. They share it with Konjice and Jance Prit. Sencur CP will play against league's second-placed Splosna plovba in Portoroz in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hrastnik will have a break next round.
The game in Maribor supposed to be also quite interesting. 7th ranked Medvode (2-2) played at the court of eighth ranked Branik (3-2). Branik smashed Medvode 95-71 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Medvode. Aljosa Remus stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners. Dejan Buncic responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Branik have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Radenska. Loser Medvode dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. They share it with Terme Olimia. Branik will meet Terme Olimia (#9) in the next round. Medvode will play against Jance Prit in Ljubljana and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 5 Triglav Strazisce defeated Jance Prit in Kranj 74-65. Konjice was beaten by Terme Olimia at home 59-71.
The best stats of 5th round was 16 points and 9 rebounds by Bostjan Sivka of Konjice.



Branik - Medvode 95-71

The game in Maribor supposed to be also quite interesting. 7th ranked Medvode (2-2) played at the court of eighth ranked Branik (3-2). Branik smashed Medvode 95-71 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Medvode. The game was mostly controlled by Branik. Medvode managed to win second period 24-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Branik shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Forward Aljosa Remus (200-86) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and guard Primoz Brolih (185-81) chipped in 17 points. Five Branik players scored in double figures. Guard Dejan Buncic (177-77) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and guard Robi Babic (188-86) scored 10 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Branik have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Radenska. Loser Medvode dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. They share it with Terme Olimia. Branik will meet Terme Olimia (#9) in the next round. Medvode will play against Jance Prit in Ljubljana and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Medvode: D.Buncic 17+7reb+2ast, R.Babic 10+4reb, Z.Jenko 9+2reb+1ast, N.Gregorcic 8+3reb, D.Ajkic 7+1reb, D.Adamovic 5+1reb
Branik: A.Remus 24+2reb, P.Brolih 17+3reb+3ast, J.Brolih 14+4reb+2ast, M.Bratina 14+3reb+1ast, D.Barovic 10+6reb, S.Skrbinsek 4+4reb
gschID: 146178


Jance Prit - Triglav Strazisce 65-74

There was no surprise in Ljubljana where 11th ranked Jance Prit (1-4) was defeated by fifth ranked Triglav Strazisce (4-1) 74-65 on Wednesday. Jance Prit trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 19-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 65-74 at the end of the game. Guard Boris Jersin (183-85, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Grega Dezman (186-89) chipped in 16 points. Guard Dejan Mlakar (192-88) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Jost Peterca (195-90) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Jance Prit's coach Bojan Brodnik rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Triglav Strazisce keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Splosna plovba and Sencur CP. Jance Prit lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth place with four games lost. They share the position with Konjice and Hrastnik. Triglav Strazisce will meet at home bottom-ranked Litija (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Jance Prit will play against Medvode and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jance Prit: D.Mlakar 19+5reb+1ast, J.Peterca 12+5reb+1ast, N.Cipot 12+4reb+2ast, M.Klemencic 7+1ast, T.Mihalic 4+1reb+1ast, L.Dronjak 4+2reb+1ast
Triglav Strazisce: G.Dezman 16+2reb+3ast, B.Jersin 13+8reb+2ast, R.Jakobcic 10+3reb, A.Vojicic 9+3reb+1ast, G.Mahkovic 9+5reb, M.Korosec 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 146179


Radenska - Splosna plovba 73-82

The biggest surprise of round 5 was guest Splosna plovba's (4-1) road victory over Radenska (#6) 82-73 on Wednesday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-10. But Radenska won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Splosna plovba have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Triglav Strazisce and Sencur CP. Newly promoted Radenska keeps the sixth place with two games lost. They share the position with Branik. Splosna plovba is looking forward to face league's leader Sencur CP in Kranj in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Radenska will play on the road against Grosuplje (#4) in Grosuplje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 146181


Hrastnik - Sencur CP 60-66

Leader Sencur CP delivered the fourth win. This time they beat 10th ranked Hrastnik (1-4) 66-60. It looked good early as Hrastnik took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sencur CP took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 6 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hrastnik to just 6 points in third quarter. Sencur CP forced 20 Hrastnik turnovers. Center Jure Erzen (203-75) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. point guard Anel Blazevic (182-86) contributed with 9 points and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Tadej Tusek (194-80, agency: World Sport Agency) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Matic Babic (-90) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Hrastnik. Sencur CP maintains first place with 4-1 record, which they share with Triglav Strazisce and Splosna plovba. Hrastnik at the other side keeps the tenth position with four games lost. They share it with Konjice and Jance Prit. Sencur CP will play against league's second-placed Splosna plovba in Portoroz in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hrastnik will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hrastnik: T.Tusek 17+6reb+3ast, M.Babic 15+6reb+2ast, D.Godicelj 11+3reb+1ast, S.Dzombic 9+11reb+2ast, A.Macek 4+1ast, Z.Percel 4+3reb+1ast
Sencur CP: J.Erzen 15+11reb+6ast, D.Keric 11+5reb, A.Blazevic 9+3reb+5ast, R.Horvat 8+5reb+1ast, A.Kristo 8+3reb+1ast, K.Cvek 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 146175


Konjice - Terme Olimia 59-71

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Terme Olimia (2-2) defeated on the road 12th ranked Konjice (1-4) 71-59 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Terme Olimia. Konjice managed to win fourth quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Konjice to just 7 points in first quarter. Guard Robert Abramovic (185-88) stepped up and scored 19 points for the winners and guard Andrej Macek (183-83) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Bostjan Sivka (200-76) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds and center Davorin Skornik (211-81, college: Bucknell) scored 6 points and 9 rebounds. Konjice's coach Slobodan Benic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Terme Olimia moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Medvode. Konjice lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. They share it with Hrastnik and Jance Prit. Terme Olimia will meet at home higher ranked Branik (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Konjice will play against Postojna.
Top scorers:
Konjice: B.Sivka 16+9reb, T.Cuk 12+2reb+2ast, T.Jereb 12+1reb+2ast, D.Sipura 6+6reb+1ast, D.Skornik 6+9reb+3ast, T.Rap 5+4reb+1ast
Terme Olimia: R.Abramovic 19+1reb+3ast, B.Pungartnik 17+3reb+1ast, A.Macek 12+7reb+3ast, M.Terzan 8, U.Globovnik 7+8reb+2ast, B.Trupaj 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 146177




1B Stats Leaders
D2 Standings
 1. Sencur CP 4-1 
 2. Splosna plovba 4-1 
 3. Triglav Strazisce 4-1 
 4. Grosuplje 3-1 
 5. Postojna 3-1 
 6. Radenska 3-2 
 7. Branik 3-2 
 8. Medvode 2-2 
 9. Terme Olimia 2-2 
 10. Hrastnik 1-4 
 11. Jance Prit 1-4 
 12. Konjice 1-4 
 13. Litija 0-4 


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. Rizvic, Parklji20.0 
 3. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.20.0 
 4. Mali, Zlatorog16.5 
 5. Prepelic, Helios16.0 
 6. Rupnik, Geoplin16.0 
 7. Drzic, Sentjur16.0 
 8. Panic, Zlatorog15.5 
 9. Djugum, Geoplin15.5 
 10. Cigoja, 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. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.7.5 
 5. Nelson, Sentjur7.5 
 6. Omic, Zlatorog7.0 
 7. Zolotic, Maribor6.3 
 8. Cajic, LTHcast6.0 
 9. Djugum, Geoplin6.0 
 10. Petrovic, Helios6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Zlatorog
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Vujasinovic, Zlato.8.0 
 2. Rembert, Sentjur7.0 
 3. Rupnik, Geoplin7.0 
 4. Prepelic, Helios5.5 
 5. Hohler, Polzela5.0 
 6. Zagorc, Elektra4.5 
 7. Panic, Zlatorog4.5 
 8. Jovanovic, Maribo.4.0 
 9. Tomic, Rogaska4.0 
 10. Petrovic, Helios4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Panic, Zlatorog4.0 
 2. Kobal, Parklji3.3 
 3. Rembert, Sentjur3.0 
 4. Mahkovic, LTHcas.3.0 
 5. Lelic, Elektra3.0 
 6. Vujasinovic, Zlato.3.0 
 7. Mezek, LTHcast3.0 
 8. Zagorc, Elektra2.5 
 9. Pelko, Maribor2.3 
 10. Miljkovic, Rogaska2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mladen PRIMORAC
  Sentjur
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Primorac, Sentjur2.5 
 2. Nelson, Sentjur1.5 
 3. Djugum, Geoplin1.5 
 4. Cresnar, Helios1.5 
 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 


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Pavel DJURKOVIC
  Splosn.
  (206-C-79)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Djurkovic, Splosn.18.8 
 2. Spesic, Radenska18.3 
 3. Abramovic, Terme O.17.8 
 4. Horvat, Radenska17.5 
 5. Sivka, Konjice17.5 
 6. Mlakar, Jance Prit17.0 
 7. Tusek, Hrastnik16.8 
 8. Jereb, Konjice16.5 
 9. Moro, Splosna16.3 
 10. Dzombic, Hrastnik15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tadej TUSEK
  Hrastnik
  (194-F-80)
  Avg: 11
 1. Tusek, Hrastnik11.0 
 2. Klepo, Postojna9.0 
 3. Kavgic, Splosna8.8 
 4. Spesic, Radenska8.5 
 5. Sivka, Konjice8.3 
 6. Skornik, Konjice7.6 
 7. Pavlin, Trigla.7.0 
 8. Lipovsek, Litija6.8 
 9. Mahkovic, Trigla.6.6 
 10. Djurkovic, Splosn.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rok PERKO
  Splosna .
  (179-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Perko, Splosna6.0 
 2. Ovnik, Hrastnik5.0 
 3. Jereb, Konjice4.5 
 4. Macek, Terme Olimia4.5 
 5. Brolih, Branik4.2 
 6. Suran, Radenska4.0 
 7. Horvat, Nova Gorica4.0 
 8. Mlakar, Jance Prit4.0 
 9. Jersin, Trigla.3.8 
 10. Erzen, Sencur CP3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Adin KAVGIC
  Splosna .
  (193-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Kavgic, Splosna2.5 
 2. Panic, Litija2.3 
 3. Jersin, Trigla.2.2 
 4. Horvat, Nova Gorica2.0 
 5. Zupanc, Litija2.0 
 6. Kristo, Sencur CP2.0 
 7. Jerman, Grosuplje1.8 
 8. Pusic, Sencur CP1.8 
 9. Zagorc, Splosna1.8 
 10. Horvat, Radenska1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan KLEPO
  Postojna
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Klepo, Postojna1.5 
 2. Trampus, Grosuplje1.3 
 3. Barovic, Branik1.2 
 4. Kavas, Jance Prit1.0 
 5. Jereb, Konjice1.0 
 6. Gojkovic, Nova G.1.0 
 7. Dolinar, Medvode0.8 
 8. Spesic, Radenska0.8 
 9. Muha, Postojna0.8 
 10. Globovnik, Terme0.8 


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Edgar Lugo led Parque Hostos in Dominican Republic - by Wolfgang Lucena
Venezuelan Edgar Lugo (189-G-82,) scored 24 points, 18 of those points made from the 3-point line, to lead the victory of Parque Hostos against Dosa 89-66. Both basketball teams returned to the locker room by the end of the first half with 36 points each but the Venezuelan came back on the second half with an unstoppable force. Dwarling Guerrero contributed with 16 points and Jose Fortuna with 12 points.

Despite the defeat for Dosa, Reyson Beato made 20 points and Dustin Salisberry with 12.




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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 


Promy Survive Overtime Scare, Win Record Tying 7th Straight - by Kevin Campigotto
It took five extra minutes but the Wonju Dongbu Promy secured their record tying seventh straight win Thursday night in a 81-76 win over Seoul Samsung Thunders. Seoul got 33 points and 11 rebounds out of naturalized Korean Eric Sandrin (206-F/C-78, college: Seattle Pacific) but after he fouled out with two minutes remaining in overtime the team sputtered and only managed two more points. The Promy were led by Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) who had 27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

Both teams struggled in the first half and it appeared as though Wonju was playing down to Seouls level. Seoul led by 2 at the half with Wonju only shooting 35% in the first two quarters.

Thunders import Peter John Ramos (222-C-85), who was in foul trouble all game and fouled out in overtime, picked up his third foul early in the third quarter. With both of Seouls big men in foul trouble the Promy went on their now regular third quarter run and led by 7 after three quarters. Promy standout forward Yoon Ho-Young was also in foul trouble and picked up his final foul halfway through the fourth.

In the fourth quarter the Thunders put together a huge run as Sandrin had four fouls and the referees seemed reluctant to give him a fourth. The Promy went at him on offense and despite clear fouls against both Kim and Promy Center Rod Benson (207-F/C-84, college: California) and two no-doubt offensive fouls the referees buried their whistles. Seoul turned a 10 point deficient into a 1 point lead with 1:40 to play and all four of the games big men one fouls short of ejection.

In the final minutes of the game the Promy had several good looks but missed wide open 3s. Finally, with 40 seconds left Ahn Jae-Wook hit a 3 to give the Promy a 2 point lead. Seconds later Sandrin tied the game but left enough time for the Promy to hold for the final shot. Center Rod Benson took the ball on the block and was pulled to the ground by a Korean player but no foul was called and after a strange half court inbound attempt the game went to overtime.

Both teams traded baskets until Benson was able to draw Ramos and Sandrins fifth fouls on back to back plays. With Seouls only real offensive threat out of the game the Promy held on for the victory. Up 3 with 1.4 seconds left Benson slammed home a fastbreak dunk to seal the victory.

This win ties the Wonju Dongbu Promy with the KBL record for best starts, which is also hed by Wonju. Next up for the Promy is a Saturday showdown against the fourth place LG Sakers who were blown out by KCC tonight.

Game Notes

Wonju
Dongbu Promy
Kim Joo-Sung- 27 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists
Rod Benson - 21 points, 11 rebounds
Park Ji-Hyon (183-G-79)- 14 points, 14 assists

Seoul Samsung Thunders
Eric Sandrin- 33 points, 11 rebounds
Peter John Ramos- 14 points, 13 rebounds
Kim Dong-Uk (195-F-81)- 12 points



U16 Asia Championship: South Korea topple Philippines to reach Final - by Eurobasket News
South Korea U16 - Philippines U16 67:58

South Korea joined China in the Final of U16 Asia Championship. They fired past Philippines in the semifinal tonight. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) nailed 22 points in the victory.
Philippines ensured the better start to the game. They eked out a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. But South Korea turned things around in the second frame. They held Philippines to just 8 points in the period and recorded a 37:29 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. South Korea stayed in charge posting an 8-point lead with one quarter remaining. The Korean side held their opponents to just 8 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory. Kim Nakhyeon (180-G-95) and Kim Gookchan (193-F-96) delivered 16 points apiece for the winners. Renzar Asilum (173-PG-95) and Rodolfo Alejandro (175-G-95) posted 12 points each in the loss.

South Korea U16: Heo Hoon 22, Kim Nakhyeon 16, Kim Gookchan 16
Philippines U16: Renzar Asilum 12, Rodolfo Alejandro 12


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Mirza Teletovic brings second Euroleague win to Caja Laboral - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral - Bennet Cantu 81-69

Caja Laboral registered second straight Euroleague win this season. After great victory in Istanbul in Round One, the former Spanish champion outplayed Bennet Cantu in Vitoria 81-69 for 2-0 record in Group A. On the other side, Cantu faced with the first loss and now has 1-1 score. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was a key player in Caja Laboral once again. He scored 22 points in this meeting, including crucial 8-0 series on his own in the last quarter. Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) had 17 points, Thomas Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) 11 and Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) helped with 10 pts, plus 7 rebounds. In Cantu, Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) collected 14 points and 5 assists. Marko Scekic (207-F/C-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points and Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) added 11 pts, plus 5 rebs. Quarters: 26-27, 18-17, 17-15, 20-10. As mentioned above, Mirza Teletovic made crucial 8-0 run in the last quarter with two triples and one monster dunk. The hosts jumped to 73-62, what was too much for Cantu for rest of the game. In the next round, Caja Laboral will host Olympiakos. Cantu waits Bilbao.

Caja Laboral: Mirza Teletovic 22, Milko Bjelica 17, Thomas Thomas Heurtel 11, Kevin Seraphin 10+7 boards
Bennet Cantu: Vladimir Micov 14+5 as, Marko Scekic 13, Giorgi Shermadini 11+5 boards


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


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan
Points Per Game
 John FITZGERALD
  Malbas
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Fitzgerald, Malbas24.3 
 2. Feghadu, Jarva D.21.3 
 3. Banks, Taby21.2 
 4. Isaksson, Hogsbo20.8 
 5. Sundstrom, Talje20.0 
 6. Vukovic, Helsingbo.19.8 
 7. Bergstrom, Black.19.8 
 8. Nordin, Taby19.3 
 9. Johansson, Haga H.19.2 
 10. Johansson, Orongo18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todorce PETKOVSKI
  Srbija
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Petkovski, Srbija12.2 
 2. Vukovic, Helsingbo.11.4 
 3. Ali Hussein, LF Fu.11.0 
 4. Flink, Helsingborg10.7 
 5. Ferizi, Malbas10.0 
 6. Eliassson, Solna B.9.8 
 7. Hartmann, Akropol9.8 
 8. Bergstrom, Black.9.8 
 9. Damjanovic, Nassjo9.6 
 10. Savickas, Hoganas9.3 
Assists Per Game
 John FITZGERALD
  Malbas
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Fitzgerald, Malbas7.7 
 2. Nouri, Blackeberg6.6 
 3. Ghebremeskel, Eag.6.0 
 4. Wazzi, Nassjo5.0 
 5. Cedermarker, Srb.5.0 
 6. Panghulan, Black.4.7 
 7. Kutra, Hoganas4.5 
 8. Masabe, Solna B.4.5 
 9. Banks, Taby4.5 
 10. Blazevic, Talje4.4 
Steals Per Game
 John FITZGERALD
  Malbas
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Fitzgerald, Malbas4.0 
 2. Hultman-Boye, Hag.3.6 
 3. Svensson, Solna B.3.5 
 4. Ghebremeskel, Eag.3.5 
 5. Wazzi, Nassjo3.2 
 6. Karovic, Eos3.0 
 7. Dawit, Fryshuset3.0 
 8. Bankhead Ba., Ho.2.8 
 9. Zurovac, Srbija2.7 
 10. Cahilig, Brahe Ba.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Joseph TAYLOR
  Eagles
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Taylor, Eagles3.3 
 2. Flink, Helsingborg2.7 
 3. Fitzgerald, Malbas2.0 
 4. Bergstrom, Black.1.8 
 5. Kuksta, Hoganas1.5 
 6. Damjanovic, Nassjo1.4 
 7. Hartmann, Akropol1.4 
 8. Robinson, Brahe B.1.4 
 9. Neffati, Norrkopi.1.3 
 10. Femic, Eagles1.3 


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Tony Gugino joins SAM Massagno - by Luca Maffioli
SAM Basket Massagno announced the signing of Tony Gugino (207-C-86, college: Hillsdale). Gugino sign a two month deal to replace the injured player Kevin Swinton. The American center spent last two seasons in Swiss at BC Boncourt Red Team. He averaged, in 2010-2011 season, 15.1 points (FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 65.6%), 9.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.5 blocks in 30 LNA games. Gugino graduated at Hillsdale College in 2009.

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U16 Asia Championship: Kua-Hsuan Lu propels Taiwan past India - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan U16 - India U16 61:60

Kuan-Shiuan Lu Kuan-Hsuan (95) drained a triple with three seconds left in regulation to seal a narrow win of Taiwan over India at U16 Asia Championship classification round. The winners claimed the 9th overall position at the tournament. Wang I-Fan (95) provided 17 points to pace the effort.
India looked better early in the game. They grabbed a 16:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Taiwan bounced back in the second quarter. They cut the deficit at 2-point mark at the interval 32:34. The third term add woes to India. Taiwan held their opponents to 8 points to take a 7-point lead at the final break. But India erased the deficit and pulled ahead late in the game. They led by three points before Wang I-Fan nailed a free throw and then fed Lu Kuan-Hsuan for a three-pointer as Taiwan snatched a narrow win at the end. Wu You-Da (95) notched 11 points in the victory. Satnam Singh Bhamara (216-C-95) answered with 29 points for India. Rakesh Haryana had 10 points in the loss.

Taiwan U16: Wang I-Fan 17, Wu You-Da 11, Lee Kuan-Yi (96) 9, Lu Kuan-Hsuan 9
India U16: Satnam Singh Bhamara 29, Rakesh Haryana 10



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  TURKEY   


Charleroi shocks Anadolu Efes in Istanbul, 79-80 - by Eurobasket News
Anadolu Efes - Charleroi 79-80

Charleroi did a great job in Istanbul on Wednesday evening. The Belgian champion grabbed 79-80 thriller win against Anadolu Efes joining them with 1-1 record in Group C. Clutch shooting by Justin Hamilton (191-G-80, college: Florida) in the final seconds made the difference. Charleroi made 15-24 lead in the first quarter and Efes replied with 14-4 run after that. However, Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) shined in the finish of the first half brining his team 32-38 lead. Despite Efes tied the score to 51-51 after the breather, Charleroi finished Q3 with 56-60 and jumped to 70-76 with something more than two minutes left in this meeting. Ilievski and Ilyasova made 6-0 run for the hosts to tie the score again. Welsch missed an open look from corner, but Charleroi got the rebound. Hill drove into the paint, but was rejected by Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87), however the ball reached Justin Hamilton. He elevated to hit a tough jumper with 11 seconds left to go out front, 76-78. Efes opted for a three-point attempt by Ilievski, but it rimmed out. Hamilton was fouled and converted on both for a 4-point cushion. Kinsey hit a three-pointer with a second left, as Efes fell just short, 79-80. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) top-scored in victory with 18 points. Demond Mallet had 14 points and 5 rebs, while Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) added 13 pts. Hero Justin Hamilton collected 12 pts and 7 assists. In Efes, Ersan Ilyasova shined with 21 points and 6 rebs. Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) followed him with 14 pts and 6 rebs, while Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) stopped to 12 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 15-24, 17-14, 24-22, 23-20. Charleroi goes to Belgrade in the next round to face Serbian powerhouse Partizan. Efes will meet Emporio Armani on the road.

Anadolu Efes: Ersan Ilyasova 21+6 boards, Tarence Kinsey 14+6 boards, Sasha Vujacic 12+6 boards
Charleroi: Caleb Green 18, Demond Mallet 14+5 boards, Christophe Beghin 13, Justin Hamilton 12+7 boards


TB2L: Round 4 - by Eurobasket News
TB2L Regular Season is still in too early stage and there may be still significant changes in the standings. The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Vestel (3-1) in Manisa on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Selcuk Universitesi (3-1) in overtime 86-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vestel. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game in overtime by 8 points. Selcuk Universitesi dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Vestel's 28. They outrebounded Vestel 42-25 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Erdem Turetken (199-79, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Henry Antwan Dobie (183-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) who added 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side forward Hadi Ozdemir (203-83) responded with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Selcuk Universitesi moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Vestel. Selcuk Universitesi is looking forward to face TED Istanbul (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vestel will play against Istanbul B.B. (#11) and is hoping to win this game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 4: Balikesir lost to Pamukkale on the opponent's court 71-83. Winless Orman Genc unfortunately lost to Gelisim in a home game 72-82. Maliye Milli recorded a loss to Gaziantep on the road 56-71. Darussafaka defeated Istanbul B.B. on its own court 75-73. Tire Gucu was beaten by Final Genclik in Bursa 86-70. Baskent Genclik lost to Usak at home 71-72. Akhisar Bld managed to outperform Pertevniyal on the opponent's court 82-69. TED Istanbul managed to beat Istanbulspor in a home game 73-67. Optimum TED lost to undefeated Genc Telekom on the road 64-66.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 36 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds by Tyrone Nelson of Akhisar Bld.


Pamukkale - Balikesir 83-71

Very expected game when 14th ranked Balikesir (1-3) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Pamukkale (3-1) 83-71 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they stormed back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 12 points. Pamukkale shot 34 for 46 from the free-throw line, while Balikesir only scored fourteen points from the stripe. Pamukkale forced 20 Balikesir turnovers and outrebounded them 34-21 including 23 on the defensive glass. Balikesir was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Matthew Pilgrim (203-87, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and guard Goekhan Senol (183-84) who added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Charles Jackson (203-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Court Side) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Orbay Kaya (205-82) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Balikesir players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pamukkale moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Balikesir at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourteenth position with three games lost. Pamukkale will face Usak (#6) on the road in the next round. Balikesir will play against Pertevniyal (#18) in Istanbul.
Top scorers:
Pamukkale: M.Pilgrim 25+13reb+1ast, G.Senol 17+5reb+6ast, F.Celebioglu 11+2reb, G.Baybora 9+5reb+1ast, Y.Soydas 7+1reb+1ast, I.Esmeray 6+5reb+1ast
Balikesir: C.Jackson 16+7reb+1ast, Y.Akcay 13+1ast, O.Kaya 11+7reb+1ast, A.Uruk 11+3reb+1ast, D.Tokmak 9+1ast, S.Akyol 4+1reb+5ast
gschID: 148527


Orman Genc - Gelisim 72-82

Everything could happen in Ankara at the game between two tied teams. Both eighteenth ranked Gelisim and bottom-ranked Orman Genc had identical 0-3 record. But Orman Genc was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Izmir 82-72 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Gelisim. Orman Genc was better in fourth quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Orman Genc was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward De Vaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds and guard Sertay Gursu (195-87, agency: EM-PA) who added 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Ersunal Caka (206-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and guard Timucin Yener (185-84) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Orman Genc's coach Serhan Aydanarig rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Gelisim (1-3) left bottom position moving up to fourteenth place, which they share with 4 other teams. It was Orman Genc's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. Gelisim will face league's second-placed Genc Telekom in Ankara in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Orman Genc will play against Tire Gucu (#17) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Gelisim: D.Vaughn Washington 19+5reb+1ast, O.Onver 16+3reb+2ast, O.Akis 16+2reb, S.Gursu 12+8reb+3ast, K.Isbilen 8+5reb, E.Ozpulat 4+3reb
Orman Genc: E.Caka 15+10reb+1ast, T.Yener 13+2reb+3ast, M.Tachi 10+3reb, S.Ozgur 10+2reb+1ast, H.Karabulut 8+1reb+2ast, B.Demirci 8+1ast
gschID: 148528


Gaziantep - Maliye Milli 71-56

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Maliye Milli (2-2) was defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked Gaziantep (2-2) 71-56 on Wednesday. Gaziantep outrebounded Maliye Milli 46-32 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Antabia Waller (188-88, college: Auburn) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and center Umut Durmus (206-80) who added 13 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international center Umit Turkoglu (211-81, agency: 1x1 Sports) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Firat Aydemir (187-80) scored 10 points. Maliye Milli's coach rotated twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gaziantep moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Maliye Milli. Gaziantep will face Optimum TED (#8) in Ankara in the next round.
Top scorers:
Gaziantep: A.Waller 24+9reb+5ast, S.Ugrasan 13+5reb+3ast, U.Durmus 13+10reb+1ast, M.Goektas 7+7reb, E.Eryuz 5+4reb+4ast, S.Ugur 5+1reb+1ast
Maliye Milli: U.Turkoglu 19+9reb+1ast, F.Aydemir 10+4reb+1ast, A.Johnson 6+4reb, K.Tutuncu 6+3reb+2ast, C.Erdeniz 4+4reb+1ast, B.Cinar 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 148529


Darussafaka - Istanbul B.B. 75-73

There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked Darussafaka (2-2) edged at home higher ranked Istanbul B.B. (2-2) 75-73 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Istanbul B.B. was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Yunus Sonsirma (192-92) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 6 assists and center Dogukan Sonmez (206-92) who added 15 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Umutcan Ozyildirim (196-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and center Cihan Mumcuogullari (207-83, college: Concordia, MI, agency: 1x1 Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Five Darussafaka and four Istanbul B.B. players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Darussafaka moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Istanbul B.B. Darussafaka will face league's leader Akhisar Bld on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: D.Sonmez 15+4reb, G.Sunter 14+3reb+1ast, Y.Sonsirma 12+4reb+6ast, C.Korkmaz 10+2reb+2ast, E.Balto 10+8reb, K.Hotic 5+1reb
Istanbul B.B.: S.Eris 17+3reb+5ast, U.Ozyildirim 17+6reb+3ast, C.Mumcuogullari 15+10reb+1ast, M.Kolaric 13+6reb+1ast, U.Yanar 7+2reb+3ast, R.Dogrusoez 3+2reb+5ast
gschID: 148530


Final Genclik - Tire Gucu 86-70

There was no surprise in Bursa where 12th ranked Tire Gucu (1-3) was defeated by eighth ranked Final Genclik (3-1) 86-70 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-70. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Orcun Okkali (201-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Erdem Ilter (-90) who added 25 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side power forward Tyrus Boswell (202-78, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: EM-PA) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and guard Cemal Bayraktar (184-82, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 21 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Final Genclik have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Tire Gucu at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with three games lost. Final Genclik will face Istanbulspor (#19) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Tire Gucu will play against Orman Genc (#20) in Ankara.
Top scorers:
Final Genclik: E.Ilter 25+3reb+4ast, O.Okkali 20+10reb+3ast, C.Tate 10+7reb+1ast, E.Sinanoglu 9+2reb+3ast, O.Aksoy 6+3reb+2ast, U.Yilmaz 5+2reb
Tire Gucu: T.Boswell 22+9reb, C.Bayraktar 21+2reb+3ast, A.Cetinkaya 12+2reb, K.Koeseoglu 9+7reb+1ast, O.Akyildiz 2+1reb+1ast, A.Yuce 2+7reb+1ast
gschID: 148524


Vestel - Selcuk Univ. 78-86 OT

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Vestel (3-1) in Manisa on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Selcuk Universitesi (3-1) in overtime 86-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vestel. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game in overtime by 8 points. Selcuk Universitesi dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Vestel's 28. They outrebounded Vestel 42-25 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Erdem Turetken (199-79, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Henry Antwan Dobie (183-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) who added 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side forward Hadi Ozdemir (203-83) responded with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and center Umut Yenice (209-79, agency: EM-PA) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Vestel players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Selcuk Universitesi moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Vestel. Selcuk Universitesi is looking forward to face TED Istanbul (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vestel will play against Istanbul B.B. (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Selcuk Univ.: H.Antwan Dobie 24+7reb+4ast, E.Turetken 24+12reb, M.Gucyetmez 9+3reb+4ast, M.Ufuk Kacar 9+3reb+4ast, I.Cevik 7+5reb+1ast, M.Okay 5+4reb+1ast
Vestel: S.Yavuz 18+3ast, H.Ozdemir 14+7reb+5ast, J.Carter 14+3reb+2ast, U.Yenice 14+8reb+1ast, H.Erol 7+1reb, C.Erdogan 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 148525


Baskent Genclik - Usak 71-72

No shocking result in a game in Ankara where seventh ranked Usak (3-1) edged 11th ranked Baskent Genclik (1-3) 72-71 on Wednesday. Strangely Baskent Genclik outrebounded Usak 37-9 including a 31-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Uzbekistani center Deniz Goekay (205-78) who helped to win the game recording 3 points and 6 rebounds and Mirac Erol (-89) who added 6 points during the contest. At the losing side American center Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 19 rebounds and forward Recai Ozturk (198-82) scored 12 points. Usak moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Baskent Genclik lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with three games lost. Usak will face Pamukkale (#5) at home in the next round. Baskent Genclik will play against Maliye Milli (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Usak: M.Erol 6+3reb, G.Deniz 3+6reb, T.Kemal Sems 0, , ,
Baskent Genclik: M.Sevda 13+2reb+3ast, R.Ozturk 12+4reb+3ast, V.Ertetik 7+2reb+2ast, H.Uskuplu 3+3reb, E.Ozseven 3+1reb
gschID: 148526


Pertevniyal - Akhisar Bld 69-82

Very expected game in Istanbul where 16th ranked Pertevniyal (1-3) was defeated by top-ranked Akhisar Bld (4-0) 82-69 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Akhisar Bld. Pertevniyal was better in second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pertevniyal was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds and guard Levent Demirci (190-76) who added 5 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. At the losing side Burak Can responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Soykan Yikilmaz (185-92) scored 11 points and 5 assists. Five Pertevniyal players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Akhisar Bld have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record, which they share with Genc Telekom. Pertevniyal at the other side dropped to the fourteenth place with three games lost. Akhisar Bld will face Darussafaka (#10) in Istanbul in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pertevniyal will play on the road against Balikesir (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akhisar Bld: T.Nelson 36+15reb, M.Eken 10+3reb+3ast, E.Yenice 9+1reb, C.Terzioglu 6+3ast, G.Esmer 6+2reb, O.Bugra Dag 5+7reb+1ast
Pertevniyal: C.Osman 13+2reb+1ast, O.Sirin 12+4reb, B.Can 12+8reb+2ast, S.Yikilmaz 11+3reb+5ast, O.Sancakli 10+5reb+1ast, R.Tekin 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 148521


TED Istanbul - Istanbulspor 73-67

Rather predictable result when seventeenth ranked TED Istanbul (2-2) defeated at home bottom-ranked Istanbulspor (0-4) 73-67 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 45-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Istanbulspor was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Can Uzun (195-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Sercan Tulek (201-88) who added 9 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Admir Kan (185-83) responded with 24 points and forward Atalay Uysal (202-80) scored 5 points and 7 rebounds. Istanbulspor's coach Adem Salici rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TED Istanbul moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Istanbulspor at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. TED Istanbul will face higher ranked Selcuk Universitesi (#3) in Konya in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Istanbulspor will play at home against Final Genclik (#4) in Bursa and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
TED Istanbul: C.Uzun 18+10reb+4ast, B.Brown 14+6reb+1ast, V.Volkan Basaran 10+2reb+3ast, S.Tulek 9+11reb+1ast, M.Baras 7+2reb+2ast, A.Demirhan 7+1reb+4ast
Istanbulspor: A.Kan 24+3reb+3ast, O.Sonsirma 7+1reb+1ast, S.Gunes 6+5reb, T.Barnies 6+3reb, O.Surucu 5+3reb+3ast, Y.Vardal 5+3reb
gschID: 148522


Genc Telekom - Optimum TED 66-64

Not a big story in a game in Ankara where 9th ranked Optimum TED (2-2) was edged by top-ranked Genc Telekom (4-0) 66-64 on Wednesday. However just two-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Optimum TED was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Genc Telekom made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-84, agency: TSS Management) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds and forward Mustafa Goerur (204-88) who added 8 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Hakan Yapar (202-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Nezih Ozbakir (206-80) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Optimum TED's coach Murat Ozyer rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Genc Telekom have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Akhisar Bld. Optimum TED at the other side dropped to the eighth place with two games lost. Genc Telekom will face Gelisim (#16) in Izmir in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Optimum TED will play at home against Gaziantep (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Genc Telekom: N.Delic 23+7reb+2ast, S.Ekmen 12+2reb+1ast, I.Goekalp 9+2reb, M.Goerur 8+11reb+3ast, C.Ugur Ogut 6+2reb+5ast, R.Rizvanoglu 4+9reb+3ast
Optimum TED: N.Ozbakir 16+5reb+2ast, H.Yapar 14+11reb, O.Orcun Goellu 8+5reb+2ast, I.Turel 6+2ast, C.Amasyali 6+1ast, M.Ozdogan 5+1reb
gschID: 148523




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  URUGUAY   


Brazil too much for Uruguay in Guadalajara - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - URUGUAY 80-71

Brazil had a joyful Day One in Guadalajara. Brazilians were better than Uruguay 80-71 to open the Panamerican Games 2011. They are placed to Group B together with USA and Dominican Republic. Brazil had six players with double digits in scoring yesterday. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) was the leading one with 15 points (8 rebs). Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) had 14 and Arthur Silva (199-F/G-82) helped with 13 points, plus 5 rebs. In the loosing squad, Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91) top-scored with 16 points. Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) and Nicolas Borsellino (202-F-86) (5 rebs) netted 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 19-18, 17-17, 20-16, 24-20. Brazil will meet USA today. Uruguay will play against Dominican Republic.

Brazil: Guilherme Giovannoni 15+8 boards, Welington Dos Santos 14, Arthur Silva 13+5 boards
Uruguay: Bruno Fitipaldo 16, Reque Newsome 12, Nicolas Borsellino 11+5 boards


Cader lands Terry Evans - by Eurobasket News
Terry Evans (196-F-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) will continue his career in Uruguay. The American forward signed a deal with Cader for rest of the season. Evans already made debut with his new team. He had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists last night against Welcome. Cader lost that game at home 74-90. Terry Evans spent last season in Japan. He averaged 7.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists for 51 games in BJ league. His employer was Shimane Susanoo Magic. In 2009/10, Evans played for the German team RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf. He was named Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 2nd Team -10 and also Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Defensive Player of the Year -10. Terry Evans is a product of Wisconsin-Green Bay University, where he graduated two years ago.

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 


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Torre JOHNSON
  Olimpia
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Johnson, Olimpia27.1 
 2. Herring, Bohemios24.7 
 3. Crews, Cader24.4 
 4. Moore, Montevideo24.0 
 5. Eddie, Cordon23.3 
 6. Clarkson, Larre B.22.0 
 7. Nelson, Welcome22.0 
 8. Garcia Moral., Big.21.5 
 9. Palacios, Cordon20.6 
 10. Haller, Montevideo20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamaal DOUGLAS
  Bohemios
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Douglas, Bohemios21.6 
 2. Polk, Montevideo11.7 
 3. Johnson, Olimpia11.3 
 4. Jackson, Defensor11.3 
 5. Humphrey, Bigua11.0 
 6. Kanis, Trouville10.6 
 7. Crews, Cader10.0 
 8. Haller, Montevideo9.9 
 9. Lewis, Olimpia9.7 
 10. Caudle, Un.Atleti.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Barrera, Hebraica8.7 
 2. Fitipaldo, Malvin7.0 
 3. Gonzalez, Aguada6.0 
 4. Jeffries, Malvin5.5 
 5. Martinez, Malvin5.3 
 6. Cambon, Bigua5.0 
 7. de Gouveia, Monte.5.0 
 8. Muro, Aguada4.7 
 9. Trasante, Olimpia4.4 
 10. Tornaria, Trouvil.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mathias CALFANI
  Bigua
  (202-C-92)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Calfani, Bigua3.5 
 2. Barrera, Hebraica3.3 
 3. Moore, Montevideo3.0 
 4. Shellman, Sayago2.9 
 5. Garcia Moral., Big.2.8 
 6. Jeffries, Malvin2.8 
 7. Tornaria, Trouville2.7 
 8. Aguilera, Trouville2.6 
 9. Giano, Cordon2.6 
 10. Silvarrey, Sayago2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Montevideo
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Polk, Montevideo2.6 
 2. Clarkson, Larre B.2.0 
 3. Rutty, Aguada2.0 
 4. Herring, Bohemios2.0 
 5. Smith, Malvin2.0 
 6. Douglas, Bohemios1.9 
 7. Crews, Cader1.9 
 8. Newsome, Malvin1.7 
 9. Shellman, Sayago1.6 
 10. Suarez, Cordon1.5 


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  VENEZUELA   


Edgar Lugo led Parque Hostos in Dominican Republic - by Wolfgang Lucena
Venezuelan Edgar Lugo (189-G-82,) scored 24 points, 18 of those points made from the 3-point line, to lead the victory of Parque Hostos against Dosa 89-66. Both basketball teams returned to the locker room by the end of the first half with 36 points each but the Venezuelan came back on the second half with an unstoppable force. Dwarling Guerrero contributed with 16 points and Jose Fortuna with 12 points.

Despite the defeat for Dosa, Reyson Beato made 20 points and Dustin Salisberry with 12.




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  VIETNAM   


U16 Asia Championship:Qatar nip Vietnam - by Eurobasket News
Vietnam U16 - Qatar U16 58:59

Qatar celebrated a narrow win over Vietnam in the U16 Asia Championship classification round tonight. Qatar thus clinched the 11th position in the ladder. Vietnam almost completed comeback rally in the fourth frame but came up just short of victory at the end. Abdulrahman Saad (183-F-96) posted 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge.
Qatar held the hosts to 5 points in the opening frame taking an 8-point lead. Qatar continued to clear off in the second quarter. They recorded a 34:20 halftime lead. Vietnam stopped the rot in the third term. The home team cut the deficit to 12 points with ten minutes to go. Vietnam went on a desperate rally in the final quarter. The home team got within a single point with 32 second remaining. Tung Nguyen had a chance to put Vietnam in charge but missed two free throws and Qatar ran away with a narrow win at the end. Mohamed Abdelkawy (177-G-95) top-scored with 21 points for Qatar. Thong Nguyen Duy (180-F-95) answered with 20 points for Vietnam. Minh Do Duy (180-F-95) had 11 points in the loss.

Vietnam U16: Thong Nguyen Duy 20, Minh Do Duy 11
Qatar U16: Mohamed Abdelkawy 21, Abdulrahman Saad 20, Ahmad Mohamed (178-G-95) 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 5-0 
 2. Azovmash 3-1 
 3. CSKA 3-1 
 4. Lietuvos rytas 2-1 
 5. Asseco Prokom 1-2 
 6. Enisey 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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  ARGENTINA - Women  


Debora Gonzalez signs for Italian Chieti - by Eurobasket News
Debora Gonzalez (172-PG-90, agency: Players Group) is back to Italy. The Argentinean point guard signed a deal with A2 team Chieti for rest of the season. Gonzalez already made debut with her new team. She exploded with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in Round Four, which was played last weekend. Chieti won that game against Pomezia 66-55. Debora Gonzalez spent last three seasons with Pallacanestro Pozzuoli. In the latest one she had 4.2 ppg and 1.5 apg for 22 games in A1. She had much better numbers in 2009/10. Debora Gonzalez is active member of the Argentinean National Team. She helped them win the Silver at FIBA Americas in Neiva Huila this summer. Gonzalez had 8.5 ppg, 3 rpg and 2 apg for 6 games at this event.

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  BELGIUM - Women  


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


D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Krystel BALLAU
  Spirou M.
  (168-G-84)
  Avg: 19
 1. Ballau, Spirou M.19.0 
 2. Smolders, Houth.18.0 
 3. Delvaux, Jeugd G.18.0 
 4. Demirer, Spirou M.17.3 
 5. Boydens, Tuliki.17.3 
 6. Meesseman, Blue C.17.0 
 7. VanMalderen, Dexia16.0 
 8. Boonen, Kangoero.16.0 
 9. Rosseel, Blue Cats15.7 
 10. Blommaers, Houth.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julia DEMIRER
  Spirou M.
  (187-F-81)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Demirer, Spirou M.12.3 
 2. Verbeest, Tuliki.9.7 
 3. Winkelmans, Sint K.9.5 
 4. Boonen, Kangoero.9.3 
 5. Greene, Point Cha.9.3 
 6. Vandistel, Houthal.9.0 
 7. Maes, Tulikivi.8.7 
 8. Vasovic, Houthalen8.0 
 9. Michiels, Spirou M.7.7 
 10. Meesseman, Blue7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Audrey SALVI
  Houthalen
  (173-G-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Salvi, Houthalen5.0 
 2. Ballau, Spirou M.4.3 
 3. Blommaers, Houth.4.0 
 4. Ibekwe, Dexia N.3.0 
 5. Rosseel, Blue Cats3.0 
 6. Hamaide, Spirou M.3.0 
 7. Van Driel, Kangoe.2.8 
 8. Devliegher, Blue C.2.7 
 9. Deyaert, Waregem2.7 
 10. Meesseman, Blue2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Blue C.
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Meesseman, Blue C.3.7 
 2. Mayombo, Point C.3.7 
 3. Greene, Point Cha.3.7 
 4. Deneil, Dexia Namur3.3 
 5. Rosseel, Blue Cats3.0 
 6. Celus, Sint Kateli.3.0 
 7. Smolders, Houth.3.0 
 8. Mayombo, Point C.2.7 
 9. Schyvens, Willebro.2.5 
 10. Delvaux, Jeugd G.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrijana VASOVIC
  Houthalen
  (186-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Vasovic, Houthalen2.0 
 2. Nauwelaers, Sint K.2.0 
 3. Dochez, Willebroek1.8 
 4. Boonen, Kangoero.1.3 
 5. Meesseman, Blue C.1.3 
 6. Gahayeva, Sint K.1.0 
 7. Decroos, Kangoero.1.0 
 8. Blommaers, Houth.1.0 
 9. Hendrickx, Kangoe.0.8 
 10. Schyvens, Willebr.0.8 


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Euroleague Round 3 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Bourges - SEAT-SZESE 87-68
Bourges posted the second win in Euroleague Group A. They cruised past SEAT Gyor of Hungary for 2-1 record. Styliani Kaltsidou 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 netted 20 points in the loss.

Lotos Gdynia - Ros Casares 72-90
Ros Casares closed Group A Day 3 campaign with the road win over Lotos Gdynia. The Spanish outfit defeated on the road bottom-ranked Polish Lotos Gdynia 90-72 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Ros Casares. Lotos Gdynia was better in fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ros Casares made 27-of-28 free shots (96.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Lotos Gdynia turnovers and had a 25-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Ros Casares looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Lotos Gdynia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for who led her team to a victory scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). French center Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) helped adding 23 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was center Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) with 18 points and Serbian forward Adrijana Knezevic (185-F-87) scored 16 points and 5 assists. Ros Casares have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending Spanish champion keeps a position of Group A leader, which they share with Galatasaray. Loser Lotos Gdynia still closes the standings with three games lost. Ros Casares will face USK Praha (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lotos Gdynia will play against Bourges and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

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 netted 11 points in the loss.

Galatasaray - UMMC 84-65
Galatasaray demolish UMMC in Turkey proving their ambitions for the top places this season. The hosts trailed 9 points early in the second period, but managed to shock the Russian titan in the next three quarters. The first quarter was tough for both teams that tried to do their best in the beginning. UMMC grabbed 21:16 after the first 10 minutes, but failed in the rest of the game. Trailing 16:25, Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) tied it all at 33:33. Moreover she gave her team 40:33, while Nolan sent the teams to the lockers at 40:35. UMMC tried to recover as Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) reduced to 47:42, but Charles scored for 53:42. Diana Taurasi made both free throws for 59:46 and Charles brought 65:48. Galatasaray won both the third and the last quarters for 19-point victory. Diana Taurasi erupted with 27 points, while Charles collected 24 points and 14 rebounds. Sandrine Gruda ended up with 17 points in the losing case, whilst Jekabsone and Pondexter posted 14 each.

Group B
Tarbes - Nadezhda O. 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 had 12 points in the loss.

UNIQA Eurol. - Perfumerias 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 notched 10 points, while Marissa Coleman 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.

Familia Schio - Fenerbahce 65-70
Fenerbahce ended up EuroLeague Round 3 successfully as they edged Italian Familia Schio. Fenerbahce grabbed 2-0 record after 70:65 win on Thursday night. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-20. But Familia Schio won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fenerbahce made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Familia Schio was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Australian forward Penny Taylor (185-F-81) who led her team to a victory scoring 23 points. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) helped adding 14 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Laura Macchi (187-F-79) with 13 points and Israeli guard Liron Cohen (173-G-82) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Turkish champion moved-up to second place in Group B. Loser Familia Schio keeps the fourth position with two games lost. Fenerbahce will face MKB Euroleasing (#5) in Sopron in the next round. Familia Schio will play on the road against CCC Polkowice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Group C
Rivas Ecopolis - Spartak V MR 75-73
Rivas Ecopolis handed Spartak Moscow Region the second straight loss in Spain. The three times champions fell short 73:75 and fell at 1-2 record. The lead changed several times in the first period and Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) brought the hosts 22:20. Dupree Candice tied the game at 24:24 and then again Rivas took the lead for the rest of the half. Augustus meanwhile scored four points in a row for her side and gave Spartak 44:41 advantage. Moreover she also brought 58:51, but the guests failed in the game. Asjha Jones tied the agme at 69:69 and then Bermejo Moreno scored for 73:71. With just three seconds to play, Essence Carson fed Jones and her lay-up put the hosts on top, 75:73. Asjha Jones top-scored for the winners with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) nailed 16. Laura Nicholls (189-C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Cruz Anna added 9. Augustus replied with 25 points and Becky Hammon (168-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) posted 15. Dupree Candice followed them with 14 points in defeat.

Wisla Can-Pak - Lattes Montp. 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. Skrba Stephany 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 netted 10. Ujhelyi Petra collected 9 points and 13 rebounds, while Bjelica Milka also scored 9.

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 Vieru scored for 13:9. Pedersen nailed a three to close the first period at 27:25. Moreover Kupcikova and Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) made it 40:34, while McCray closed the half at 50:43. Gospic meanwhile won the third period 20-19 and reduced to 6 points after thirty minutes. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) 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 Kupcikova netted 19. McCray scored 16 and Vieru delivered 8. McBride replied with 22 points in the losing effort and Pavetic netted 13. Keane added 11, while Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) notched 9.

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 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 had 14 points in defeat.




Standings (Women)
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Galatasaray 3-0 
 2. Ros Casares 3-0 
 3. UMMC 2-1 
 4. Bourges 2-1 
 5. SEAT-SZESE 1-2 
 6. USK Praha 1-2 
 7. Lotos Gdynia 0-3 
 8. VICI-Aistes 0-3 
Group B
 1. Perfumerias 3-0 
 2. Fenerbahce 2-0 
 3. Nadezhda O. 2-1 
 4. Familia Schio 1-2 
 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 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 DeWanna BONNER
  Perfumer.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 23
 1. Bonner, Perfumer.23.0 
 2. Taurasi, Galatasa.22.7 
 3. Jones, Rivas Ecopo.22.7 
 4. Wauters, Ros C.20.3 
 5. Veremeenko, Nadez.19.7 
 6. Murphy, Ros C.19.0 
 7. Taylor, Fenerbahce18.5 
 8. Yacoubou-D., Ros18.0 
 9. Charles, Galatasa.18.0 
 10. Milton-Jones, USK17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quanitra HOLLINGSWORTH
  SEAT-.
  (196-C-88)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Hollingswort., SEA.11.5 
 2. Ujhelyi, Wisla C.11.3 
 3. Charles, Galatasa.9.7 
 4. Henry, Lotos Gdyn.9.7 
 5. Brunson, Nadezhda.9.5 
 6. Nicholls, Rivas E.9.3 
 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: 7
 1. Palau, Ros Casares7.0 
 2. Lawson-Wade, Latt.5.7 
 3. Ciglar, SE.5.3 
 4. Zoll, CCC P.5.0 
 5. Honti, Ros Casares4.7 
 6. Fegyverneky, UNIQ.4.7 
 7. Dominguez, Ros C.4.5 
 8. Dumerc, Bourges4.5 
 9. Brown, Bourges4.5 
 10. Macchi, Familia S.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Isil ALBEN
  Galatasaray
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Alben, Galatasaray4.3 
 2. Linkeviciene, VICI.4.3 
 3. Douglas, Nadezhda.3.0 
 4. Augustus, Spartak3.0 
 5. Bojovic, Dobri Anj.2.7 
 6. Palau, Ros Casares2.7 
 7. Powell, Wisla C.2.7 
 8. Robert, Lotos G.2.7 
 9. Dumerc, Bourges2.5 
 10. Brown, Bourges2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Agnieszka MAJEWSKA
  CCC P.
  (195-C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Majewska, CCC P.2.0 
 2. Burgrova, USK Praha2.0 
 3. Gruda, UMMC1.7 
 4. Vesela, Ros Casar.1.3 
 5. Robinson, Frisco S.1.0 
 6. Badanjak, Gospic1.0 
 7. Kulichova, USK P.1.0 
 8. Cakir, Fenerbahce1.0 
 9. Bonner, Perfumer.1.0 
 10. Preiss, Tarbes1.0 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Pau, Angers and St. Etienne stay undefeated - by Juliane Hoehne
Also, in the 6th round of NF1, the top teams Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49, Elan Bearnais Pau Lacq Orthez and Saint Etienne Case B couldnt be stopped.


Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 hosted Argentonnaises Thouars Basket 79 on Saturday evening, and didnt leave no doubt, whos house it is. At halftime, Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 already led by 20points (42-22), and even though the third quarter was not their best (18-15), they finished strong, winning the last quarter 26-3. The final score was 86-40. The hosts had 4 players in double-digits: Johanna Cortinovis (186-F/C-86) (19), Carine Brossais (185-F-89) (15), Elise Prodhomme (180-G/F-89) (15), Le Marek (10). For Argentonnaises Thouars Basket 79 David was the top scorer with 10points.


Elan Bearnais Pau Lacq Orthez faced Reze Nantes Basket 44 in this 6th round, and made short process with one of the stronger teams in Group A. In the first quarter, both teams played strong defense, so that the hosts led 10-5 after 10minutes. Then a strong second quarter followed for the hosts (25-12). Elan Bearnais Pau Lacq Orthez was leading 35-17 at halftime, and even though Reze Nantes Basket 44 was able to keep the third quarter close and even win the fourth won, the game was already over. It was especially Mariame Mariame Dia (185-F-78), who helped Elan Bearnais Pau Lacq Orthez to advance, scoring 20pts and grabbing 14 rebounds. Elan Bearnais Pau Lacq Orthez won 71-52 over Reze Nantes Basket 44, and stays undefeated on top of the table together with Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49. For Elan Bearnais Pau Lacq Orthez Mariame Dia (20), Katarina Brestovanska (163-G-84) (14), Lopp (14), and Bosch (11) scored in double-digits. Reze Nantes Basket 44 had only Bourdin scoring more than 10points, ending up having 17.


Poitiers hosted Club Basket D'Ifs and was finally able to win their first game at home. Poitiers found their rhythm fast, leading 13-4 in the 5th minute. The hosts were able to keep the lead and extend it to 44-28 at half time. In the third quarter, Club Basket D'Ifs was able to make a 4-13 run to cut the lead down to 48-41. However, that would be the closest they would get before Poitiers finished the game 75-62. Poitiers had five players in double-digits: Poisson (15), Ramault (12), Pauline Rimbaud (182-F/C-84) (12), Caroline Plust (170-G-93) (11), Julien (10). The top scorers of Club Basket D'Ifs were Da Silva (16), Villain (12), Plestan (11), and Attiogbe (10). With this victory Poitiers took over the third spot in the table.


A close match fought Avenir de Rennes 2nd team vs. U.S. Colomiers Basket with the better outcome for the guests. The game was close over the entire time (17-13; 29-25; 41-41, 60-60), so it wasnt very surprising, when both teams had to go into overtime. The lead also changed a couple of times in overtime before, then U.S. Colomiers Basket was able to win the game 72-69 after scoring their free throws. Top Scorers for U.S. Colomiers Basket: Joelle Hippolyte (183-F) (21), Causse (16), Peruch-Niang (14), Viale (12). For Avenir de Rennes 2nd team, Milijana Evtoukhovitch (191-F/C-81) (15), Lauraine Tony (176-F-90) (14), and Berthelin (10) scored in double-digits.


La Couronne hosted Le Poire-sur-Vie and pulled out a victory against a supposedly strong team. At the end, it was Cazaux-Chaigne, who led her team with 18points to a 64-58 victory.La Couronne advances to a record of 2-4 as well as Le Poire-sur-Vie.



USO Mondeville II also advances to 2-4 as they beat FCL Feytiat on Saturday evening with 73-64, which puts FCL Feytiat last in the competition.

Saint Etienne Case B had a hard time against Club Municipal Aubervilliers, who had only won one game so far. However, the leaders were able to come up with a 75-71 victory, and still stay undefeated on place 1.

AS Villeurbanne played a great match, beating Basket Club La Tronche Meylan 113-65. Already in the first quarter, AS Villeurbanne took a fast lead, finishing 32-17 after 10min. AS Villeurbanne won each quarter, and dominated Basket Club La Tronche Meylan on both sides of the court. With this win, the hosts secure the second place of the table. Basket Club La Tronche Meylan is currently third after this loss. AS Villeurbanne had 6players in double-digits: Anne Tchoumba (185-C-86) (23), Adriana Cavojska (18), Donivar (14), Kevorikian (14), Pujos (13), Magoni (12). For Basket Club La Tronche Meylan Alves (23), and Hugues (13) were the top scorers.


Wasquehal FEM hosted Charnay Basket Bourgogne SUD this weekend, and dominated the first quarter, ending it 31-19. However, Charnay Basket Bourgogne SUD would not give up, and fought back into the game. After a bad second quarter, the host had only a small lead left (39-36). Also, the third quarter didnt bring much change until the hosts were able to win the last quarter 17-10 to end up winning 70-58. Therefore Charnay Basket Bourgogne SUD falls behind Wasquehal FEM on the 6th seat of the table. Top Scorers for Wasquehal FEM: Julie Dequecker (17), Gautier (14), Rozewicz (11). For Charnay Basket Bourgogne SUD: Elong-Epe (14), and Ducos (12).


Avenir Basket Chartres beat Geispolsheim C.J.S. with 61-60 and improves therefore to the 7th place in the table, right infront of Geispolsheim C.J.S., who is now 8th.


Aulnoye AS and BC Franconville Plessis played a close match with a lot of lead changes. BC Franconville Plessis advanced 18-13 after the first quarter before Aulnoye AS was able to take the lead at halftime with 38-39. At the end of the third quarter, BC Franconville Plessis was able to regain the lead with 59-58 and was able to keep it until the 35th minute (65-64), then BC Franconville Plessis was not able to score for the next four minutes and Aulnoye AS advanced to 65-72, then due to fouls the game ended with 76-71. Top Scorers BC Franconville Plessis: Maiwenn Andriamilandy (G) (15), Lala Wane (179-F-89) (15), Amandine Soubeyrand (183-F/C-87) (12), Taillefer (12).


Basket Club de Chenove had no difficulties in the game vs Centre Federal BB II, who still is looking to win their first match. Basket Club de Chenove had difficulties starting off the game 7-7 (5th min), but then Magalie Saunier and Dasa Krasnockova (181-F-85) helped Basket Club de Chenove to a 19point run (7-26, 11th min). At the halftime, Basket Club de Chenove led 18-42, and the victory was never questioned. At the end they secured with a 66-44 win their 4th seat.




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  HOLLAND - Women  


Eredivisie Round 5: ProBuild Lions defeat Grasshoppers in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
There were just five rounds played in Regular Season of Eredivisie and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

An interesting game for ProBuild Lions (3-2) which hosted in Landsmeer second-ranked Grasshoppers (2-2). Third ranked ProBuild Lions had an easy win 57-40. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Grasshoppers. It was a key game for the second position in the league. ProBuild Lions held Grasshoppers to an opponent 24.1 percent shooting from the field compared to 38.5 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Grasshoppers 49-29 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Molly McDowell (178-81, college: S.Illinois) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international center Marlous Nieuwveen (196-80) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Rianne Philippo (180-87) answered with 14 points for Grasshoppers. ProBuild Lions moved-up to second place, which they share with Binnenland. Grasshoppers at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with CTO. ProBuild Lions is looking forward to face Eurosped (#6) in Tubbergen in the next round. Grasshoppers will play at home against CTO in Amsterdam and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Amsterdam supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Eurosped (1-3) played at the court of sixth ranked CTO (2-2). CTO smashed Eurosped 106-61. International center Maxime Essenstam (189-93) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Jill Bettonvil chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Marianne Van der Hoek (180-90) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CTO moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Grasshoppers. Eurosped lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with HLB Account.. CTO will play against Grasshoppers (#5) in Katwijk in the next round. Eurosped will play on the road against the league's second-placed ProBuild Lions in Landsmeer to get more than just one victory in their record.

In the last game of round 5 HLB Account. was beaten by Binnenland on the road 80-65.
The most impressive performance of 5th round was 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Laura Kooij of HLB Account..



Binnenland - HLB Account. 80-65

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Binnenland (3-2) beat 7th ranked HLB Account. (1-3) in Rotterdam 80-65. Binnenland forced 19 HLB Account. turnovers. Forward Lisa Van Den Adel (179-89) stepped up and scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American guard Launa Hochstetler (168-87, college: Valparaiso) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. International power forward Laura Kooij (184-82) responded with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and center Tamlyn De Groot (186-91) scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Binnenland moved-up to second place, which they share with ProBuild Lions. HLB Account. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Eurosped. Binnenland will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. HLB Account. will play at home against the league's leader Lekdetec.nl (#1) in Bemmel to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Binnenland: L.Van Den Adel 16+5reb+5ast, R.Roubehie-Fissa 15+5reb+1ast, L.Hochstetler 15+5reb+3ast, P.Van den Andel 8+3reb+2ast, N.Van Den Adel 8+1reb+3ast, J.Kraak 8+5reb
HLB Account.: L.Kooij 19+5reb+4ast, M.van der Linden 11+1ast, T.De Groot 10+8reb+5ast, R.Calderon 9+3reb+1ast, T.van Dongen 7+6reb, R.Van Der Vlies 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 138255


CTO - Eurosped 106-61

The game in Amsterdam supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Eurosped (1-3) played at the court of sixth ranked CTO (2-2). CTO smashed Eurosped 106-61. CTO dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Eurosped's 36. CTO forced 34 Eurosped turnovers and outrebounded them 50-26 including a 20-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. International center Maxime Essenstam (189-93) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and international forward Jill Bettonvil (188-92) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Marianne Van der Hoek (180-90) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Judith Beld (173-91) scored 11 points. Five CTO and four Eurosped 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. CTO moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Grasshoppers. Eurosped lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with HLB Account.. CTO will play against Grasshoppers (#5) in Katwijk in the next round. Eurosped will play on the road against the league's second-placed ProBuild Lions in Landsmeer to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
CTO: M.Essenstam 25+10reb+1ast, J.Bettonvil 17+5reb+3ast, R.Van Der Keijl 12+10reb+1ast, L.Bettonvil 12+5reb, I.Slim 11+3reb+2ast, Z.Butter 11+7reb+4ast
Eurosped: M.Van der Hoek 17+5reb+2ast, J.Beld 11+2reb+3ast, I.Beenen 10+3reb, M.Dekker 10+1reb+2ast, C.Droste 6+4reb, F.Potijk 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 138253


ProBuild Lions - Grasshoppers 57-40

An interesting game for ProBuild Lions (3-2) which hosted in Landsmeer second-ranked Grasshoppers (2-2). Third ranked ProBuild Lions had an easy win 57-40. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Grasshoppers. It was a key game for the second position in the league. ProBuild Lions held Grasshoppers to an opponent 24.1 percent shooting from the field compared to 38.5 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Grasshoppers 49-29 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Molly McDowell (178-81, college: S.Illinois) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international center Marlous Nieuwveen (196-80) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Rianne Philippo (180-87) answered with 14 points and the former international guard Karin Kuijt (175-90) added 10 points in the effort for Grasshoppers. ProBuild Lions moved-up to second place, which they share with Binnenland. Grasshoppers at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with CTO. ProBuild Lions is looking forward to face Eurosped (#6) in Tubbergen in the next round. Grasshoppers will play at home against CTO in Amsterdam and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ProBuild Lions: M.Nieuwveen 16+5reb+1ast, D.Ten Caat 12+3reb+1ast, M.McDowell 12+11reb+7ast, K.Heinen 8+13reb, K.Hartman 5+4reb+1ast, D.Keppy 4+5reb
Grasshoppers: R.Philippo 14+3reb+2ast, K.Kuijt 10+3reb+2ast, S.Kuijt 8+3reb, I.Van der Plas 4+9reb, C.Kranstauber 3+4reb, R.van der Lee 1+2reb
gschID: 138254




Essenstam number one for round 5 - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for CTO, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 18-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while her team outclassed Eurosped (#6, 1-3) with 45-point margin 106-61. CTO is placed at 4th position in Eredivisie. CTO is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-2 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Essenstam as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Maxime Essenstam averages this season 11.0ppg and 6.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old international power forward Laura Kooij (184-F/C-82) of HLB Account.. Kooij had a very good evening with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as HLB Account. lost that game 65-80 to the higher-ranked Binnenland (#3, 3-2). HLB Account. managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory HLB Account. managed to get this year. Kooij is one of the most experienced players at HLB Account. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.5ppg (#3). She also registered 6.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Molly McDowell (178-G-81) of league's second-best ProBuild Lions. McDowell showcased her all-around game by recording 12 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and seven assists in the last round. She was a key player of ProBuild Lions, leading her team to a 57-40 easy win against the lower-ranked Grasshoppers (#5, 2-2). ProBuild Lions needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. McDowell has a great season in Holland. After only 3 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.3ppg (6th best) and assists with 3.7apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tamlyn De Groot (186-C-91) of HLB Account. - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) of CTO - 12 points and 10 rebounds
6. Rachel Roubehie-Fissa (175-G-89) of Binnenland - 15 points and 5 rebounds
7. Jill Bettonvil (188-F-92) of CTO - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Karen Heinen (186-F-84) of ProBuild Lions - 8 points and 13 rebounds
9. Lisa Van Den Adel (179-F-89) of Binnenland - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Launa Hochstetler (168-G-87) of Binnenland - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tanya BROERING
  Lekdetec.
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Broering, Lekdetec.27.8 
 2. Manuputty, Grassh.20.5 
 3. Roubehie-F., Binne.19.4 
 4. Van der Hoek, Euro.18.3 
 5. Heerts, Eurosped15.0 
 6. Ligthart, Lekdetec.14.8 
 7. Kraak, Binnenland14.4 
 8. Philippo, Grasshop.14.3 
 9. Kooij, HLB Account.14.3 
 10. McDowell, ProBui.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharon LAMMERINK
  Euros.
  (189-C-93)
  Avg: 11
 1. Lammerink, Euros.11.0 
 2. De Groot, HLB A.10.0 
 3. Heerts, Eurosped9.7 
 4. Ligthart, Lekdetec.9.3 
 5. Nieuwveen, ProBui.8.0 
 6. Van Der Keij., CT.7.8 
 7. Van der Plas, Gras.7.5 
 8. Rikhof, Eurosped6.8 
 9. Essenstam, CTO6.8 
 10. Broering, Lekdete.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Milou DEKKER
  Eurosped
  (176-G-91)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Dekker, Eurosped4.3 
 2. McDowell, ProBui.4.2 
 3. Cornelius, CTO3.8 
 4. Kuijt, Grasshoppers3.5 
 5. Broering, Lekdetec.3.0 
 6. Kooij, HLB Account.3.0 
 7. Butter, CTO2.8 
 8. De Kleijn, CTO2.5 
 9. Van Den Adel, Binn.2.4 
 10. Van Den Adel, Bin.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Karin KUIJT
  Grasshoppers
  (175-G-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kuijt, Grasshoppers4.0 
 2. Hartman, ProBuild.3.8 
 3. Broering, Lekdetec.3.8 
 4. McDowell, ProBui.3.6 
 5. Biesters, Lekdetec.3.5 
 6. Kooij, HLB Account.3.0 
 7. Van der Plas, Gras.3.0 
 8. Manuputty, Grassh.2.8 
 9. Rikhof, Eurosped2.8 
 10. Roubehie-F., Binn.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Silke HEERTS
  Eurosped
  (185-F-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Heerts, Eurosped2.0 
 2. Van Der Keij., CT.1.8 
 3. Rikhof, Eurosped1.0 
 4. Kraak, Binnenland0.8 
 5. Kooij, HLB Account.0.7 
 6. Van den Ande., Bin.0.6 
 7. Keppy, ProBuild.0.6 
 8. Lammerink, Euros.0.5 
 9. Van der Hoek, Euro.0.5 
 10. McDowell, ProBui.0.4 


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 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. Pecs 2010 6-0 
 2. SEAT-SZESE 5-0 
 3. UNIQA Eurol. 5-0 
 4. ZTE 5-0 
 5. Bajai NKK 4-1 
 6. Nanette FTC 4-1 
 7. Cegledi EKK 1-4 
 8. Vasas 1-4 
 9. Atomeromu 0-5 
 10. BSE-FCSM 0-5 
 11. DKSK 0-5 
 12. ELTE-BEAC 0-6 


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  ICELAND - Women  


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Britney JONES
  Fjolnir
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 33.3
 1. Jones, Fjolnir33.3 
 2. Hardy, Njardvik30.0 
 3. Colson, KR25.7 
 4. Marlow, Snaefell23.5 
 5. Murphy, Hamar23.0 
 6. Gunnlaugsdot., Kef.22.0 
 7. Mandylaris, Fjolnir21.7 
 8. Sigurjonsdot., Val.21.0 
 9. Sturludottir, KR17.7 
 10. Sigurdardott., Sn.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Katina MANDYLARIS
  Fjolnir
  (--)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Mandylaris, Fjolnir17.3 
 2. Butler, Keflavik13.3 
 3. Hardy, Njardvik13.0 
 4. Tuomi, Hamar13.0 
 5. Elam, Haukar10.0 
 6. Colson, KR9.7 
 7. Baker-Brice, Njard.9.5 
 8. Sigurdardott., Sna.8.7 
 9. Amundadottir, KR8.3 
 10. Kjartansdott., Sn.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Britney JONES
  Fjolnir
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Jones, Fjolnir8.7 
 2. Rhoads, Haukar6.3 
 3. Butler, Keflavik6.0 
 4. Sigurdardott., Sna.5.7 
 5. Lechlitner, Valur5.7 
 6. Baker-Brice, Njard.4.5 
 7. Sturludottir, KR4.0 
 8. Einarsdottir, KR4.0 
 9. Sigurjonsdot., Val.3.7 
 10. Gunnarsdotti., Ha.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Palina GUNNLAUGSDOTTIR
  Kefla.
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Gunnlaugsdot., Kef.4.7 
 2. Murphy, Hamar4.5 
 3. Hardy, Njardvik4.5 
 4. Colson, KR4.3 
 5. Butler, Keflavik4.0 
 6. Sturludottir, KR4.0 
 7. Gunnarsdotti., Hau.3.5 
 8. Jones, Fjolnir3.3 
 9. Thorsteinsdo., Ham.3.0 
 10. Baker-Brice, Njar.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jaleesa BUTLER
  Keflavik
  (183-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Butler, Keflavik3.0 
 2. Hermannsdott., Val.2.7 
 3. Saevarsdotti., Nja.2.0 
 4. Jones, Fjolnir2.0 
 5. Johannsdotti., Kef.1.7 
 6. Rhoads, Haukar1.0 
 7. Erlingsdotti., Val.1.0 
 8. Baker-Brice, Njard.1.0 
 9. Elam, Haukar1.0 
 10. Mandylaris, Fjoln.1.0 


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


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

Valur - Keflavik 70-84
Keflavik (2-1) which played in Reykjavik against Valur (1-2). Keflavik had an easy win 84-70. Visitors forced 24 Valur turnovers and outrebounded them 46-35 including 18 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a great evening for American forward Jaleesa Butler (183-F-87, college: Georgetown) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. The former international guard Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (170-87) helped adding 27 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Four Keflavik players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir (178-85) with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international center Maria Ben Erlingsdottir (187-88, college: UTPA) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Valur dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Keflavik will play against Njardvik (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Valur will play against Haukar in Hafnarfjordur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valur: K.Sigurjonsdottir 23+10reb+5ast, M.Ben Erlingsdottir 12+5reb+1ast, B.Ingvarsdottir 9+2reb+2ast, G.Sverrisdottir 7+6reb+4ast, M.Lechlitner 5+3reb+5ast, U.Asgeirsdottir 5+5reb+1ast
Keflavik: P.Gunnlaugsdottir 27+5reb+3ast, B.Valgardsdottir 16+5reb+3ast, J.Butler 15+15reb+7ast, S.Run Hinriksdottir 13+5reb+1ast, H.Johannsdottir 4+3reb+3ast, H.Hallgrimsdottir 4+10reb+3ast
gschID: 142451


KR - Snaefell 79-72
Snaefell (2-1) was defeated by KR (3-0) 79-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Snaefell. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-72. KR outrebounded Snaefell 47-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Snaefell helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Reyana Colson (167, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: World Sport Agency) who led her team to a victory with 29 points and 9 rebounds. The former international power forward Sigrun Amundadottir (183-88, agency: Promotex) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four KR players scored in double figures. American forward Kieraah Marlow (178-85) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Alda Jonsdottir (172-79) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Snaefell. KR have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record. Snaefell at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. They share it with 3 other teams. KR are looking forward to face league's second-placed Fjolnir on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Snaefell will play against Hamar and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: K.Marlow 23+8reb+3ast, A.Jonsdottir 16+4reb+4ast, H.Sigurdardottir 11+5reb+6ast, H.Bjorgvinsdottir 8+4reb+2ast, H.Kjartansdottir 6+12reb, R.Indridadottir 4
KR: R.Colson 29+9reb+1ast, S.Amundadottir 20+10reb+2ast, M.Sturludottir 16+7reb+3ast, H.Halfdanardottir 10+9reb, H.Saevarsdottir 2+2reb+1ast, B.Gudmundsdottir 2+8reb+1ast
gschID: 142448


Haukar - Fjolnir 81-84
A very close game took place in Hafnarfjordur between Fjolnir and Haukar. Fjolnir (2-1) got a very close victory on the road over Haukar (0-3). Fjolnir managed to escape with a 3-point win 84-81 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 21-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Fjolnir forced 19 Haukar turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Britney Jones (170-87, college: UAB) who led the winners and scored 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 blocks. Australian Katina Mandylaris accounted for 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Hope Elam (185-89, college: Indiana) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Jence Rhoads (180-88, college: Vanderbilt) added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for Haukar in the defeat. Four Haukar players scored in double figures. Fjolnir moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Haukar still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Hamar. Fjolnir will meet at home league's leader KR in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Haukar will play against Valur (#6) in Reykjavik and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Haukar: I.Sverrisdottir 18+2reb+2ast, H.Elam 18+18reb+4ast, J.Rhoads 18+7reb+9ast, M.Halfdanardottir 17+4reb+2ast, G.Osk Amundardottir 7+11reb+4ast, A.Olafsdottir 3+1reb
Fjolnir: B.Jones 34+5reb+9ast, K.Mandylaris 20+14reb+1ast, B.Eiriksdottir 18, E.Kristinsdottir 8+4reb+3ast, E.Emilsdottir 3+9reb+2ast, H.Harpa Rikhardsdottir 1+4reb+1ast
gschID: 142449


Hamar - Njardvik 72-91
The game in Hamar was also worth to mention about. Njardvik (2-1) played at the court of Hamar (0-3). Njardvik did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 91-72. Njardvik moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Hamar at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Njardvik's next round opponent will be Keflavik (#5) on the road. Hamar will play against Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and looks forward to get finally their first victory.


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  ITALY - Women  


Debora Gonzalez signs for Italian Chieti - by Eurobasket News
Debora Gonzalez (172-PG-90, agency: Players Group) is back to Italy. The Argentinean point guard signed a deal with A2 team Chieti for rest of the season. Gonzalez already made debut with her new team. She exploded with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in Round Four, which was played last weekend. Chieti won that game against Pomezia 66-55. Debora Gonzalez spent last three seasons with Pallacanestro Pozzuoli. In the latest one she had 4.2 ppg and 1.5 apg for 22 games in A1. She had much better numbers in 2009/10. Debora Gonzalez is active member of the Argentinean National Team. She helped them win the Silver at FIBA Americas in Neiva Huila this summer. Gonzalez had 8.5 ppg, 3 rpg and 2 apg for 6 games at this event.

Fenerbahce ended up EuroLeague Round 3 successfully - by Eurobasket News
Familia Schio - Fenerbahce 65:70

Fenerbahce ended up EuroLeague Round 3 successfully as they edged Italian Familia Schio. Fenerbahce grabbed 2-0 record after 70:65 win on Thursday night.
The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-20. But Familia Schio won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fenerbahce made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Familia Schio was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Australian forward Penny Taylor (185-F-81) who led her team to a victory scoring 23 points. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) helped adding 14 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Laura Macchi (187-F-79) with 13 points and Israeli guard Liron Cohen scored 12 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Turkish champion moved-up to second place in Group B. Familia Schio keeps the fourth position with two games lost. Fenerbahce will face MKB Euroleasing in Sopron in the next round. Familia Schio will play on the road against CCC Polkowice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Familia Schio: Laura Macchi 13, Liron Cohen (173-G-82) 12, Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) 10, Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) 10
Fenerbahce: Penny Taylor 23, Angel McCoughtry 14



Standings A2 Women - by Eurobasket News
A2 Standings
North
 1. Bologna 4-0 
 2. Vigarano 4-0 
 3. Milano 3-1 
 4. Udine 3-1 
 5. San Martino 3-1 
 6. Alghero 2-2 
 7. Cagliari V. 2-2 
 8. Muggia 2-2 
 9. O.G. Collegno 2-3 
 10. Bolzano 1-3 
 11. Borgotaro 1-3 
 12. Cervia 1-3 
 13. Marghera 1-3 
 14. Biassono 0-4 
South
 1. Chieti 4-0 
 2. Ragusa 4-0 
 3. T. La Spezia 4-0 
 4. S. La Spezia 3-1 
 5. Orvieto 2-2 
 6. Napoli S.Dike 2-2 
 7. S.E.Battipaglia 2-2 
 8. Siena 2-2 
 9. Pomezia 1-2 
 10. Napoli BK 1-3 
 11. Ancona 1-3 
 12. Firenze 1-3 
 13. Battipaglia 0-4 
 14. Viterbo 0-4 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Marija ERIC
  Faenza
  (164-G-83)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Eric, Faenza22.5 
 2. Vaughn, Taranto20.0 
 3. Hicks, Comense19.0 
 4. Mazzante, Pozzuoli17.0 
 5. Cirov, Priolo16.5 
 6. Willis, Lucca16.0 
 7. Antibe, Basket P.16.0 
 8. Halvarsson, Bracco14.5 
 9. Plumley, Cagliari.13.5 
 10. Smith, Comense13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Familia Schio
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 15
 1. Ford, Familia Schio15.0 
 2. Gidden, Alcamo14.0 
 3. Vilipic, Pozzuoli11.0 
 4. Harmon, Comense10.5 
 5. Darrett, Cagliari.10.5 
 6. Seino, Priolo10.0 
 7. Willis, Lucca9.5 
 8. Gulak-Lipka, Alcamo9.0 
 9. Ohlde, Umbertide8.0 
 10. Butler, Comense8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Liron COHEN
  Familia Schio
  (173-G-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Cohen, Familia Sch.4.0 
 2. Moises Pinto, Bask.3.5 
 3. Seino, Priolo3.0 
 4. Hicks, Comense3.0 
 5. Sottana, Taranto3.0 
 6. Gianolla, Taranto2.5 
 7. Haynie, Bracco Ge.2.5 
 8. Micovic, Pozzuoli2.5 
 9. Plumley, Cagliari.2.0 
 10. Zara, Umbertide2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cameo HICKS
  Comense
  (178-G/F-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hicks, Comense4.0 
 2. Moises Pinto, Bask.4.0 
 3. Godin, Taranto3.5 
 4. Cirov, Priolo3.5 
 5. Martinez, Umber.3.5 
 6. Eric, Faenza3.5 
 7. Greco, Taranto3.0 
 8. Harmon, Comense3.0 
 9. Halvarsson, Bracco3.0 
 10. Willis, Lucca3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sabrina CINILI
  Umbertide
  (190-F-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cinili, Umbertide2.5 
 2. Brunetti, Cagliari.1.5 
 3. Seino, Priolo1.0 
 4. Tobin, Basket P.1.0 
 5. Godin, Taranto1.0 
 6. Willis, Lucca1.0 
 7. Macchi, Familia Sc.1.0 
 8. Michael, Alcamo1.0 
 9. Smith, Comense1.0 
 10. Fassina, Alcamo1.0 


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Standings - Women League
Prve A ZCKL Standings
 1. Antivari Bar 0-0 
 2. Buducnost 0-0 
 3. Kotor 0-0 
 4. Lovcen 0-0 
 5. Primorje 0-0 
 6. Roling Niksic 0-0 
 7. Rudar 0-0 


Buducnost signs NT center Jelena Dubljevic - by Eurobasket News
Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) is back to Buducnost after more than six years. The Montenegrin NT center signed an open deal with a clause that she can leave any time in case of good offer from abroad. Dubljevic could make her debut next weekend against Partizan Belgrade. Jelena Dubljevic spent last season with Tarbes. She helped them reach French league Finals and was named Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Bosman Player of the Year -11. Dubljevic appeared 24 times averaging 15.3 points, 5 rebounds and 3.3 assists. She also added 16 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 2.8 apg for 10 Euroleague games. From 2006 to 2010, Jelena Dubljevic played for Spanish Rivas. She also has experience from Ros Casares. Dubljevic shined at the EuroBasket in Poland this summer averaging 13.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists for 8 games.

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  NCAA1 - Women  


Summitt focuses on hoops while managing dementia - by Eurobasket News
Pat Summitt has handled the talk about her dementia diagnosis the same way she manages Tennessee basketball and her life: with control and determination.

Tweet Be the first to Tweet this!ShareThis The Hall of Fame coach dictated how news of her condition was revealed in August and has made it clear since that she wants the focus to be on the Lady Volunteers basketball program and not her.

'That's the reason for when I came out with dementia and Alzheimer's,' Summitt said. 'I knew I had to do it, and I did it. I've got a good game plan. I feel good about it, and I think it motivated this team.'

She's stuck to that plan, speaking reluctantly at practices about her diagnosis while steering conversations to Tennessee's strengths, weaknesses and chances for a ninth national championship.

On Thursday, she'll face more questions about dementia and Alzheimer's disease when she makes her first major public appearance for the annual Southeastern Conference media day in Birmingham, Ala.

'I don't want it to be all about me. I want to be able to help other people know you can live your life with dementia,' Summitt said.

She's got plenty of basketball to talk about, with the Lady Vols unanimously picked by the media this week to defend their SEC title and senior forward Shekinna Stricklen tabbed as the league's preseason player of the year.

Assistant coach Dean Lockwood doesn't think Summitt or anyone on the team will be distracted by talk of Summitt's condition.

'Once you've accepted something, it becomes part of your daily existence. That's part of us now,' Lockwood said. 'They'll answer questions, but after a while it's going to become 'ho hum.' (The players are) very focused on doing well. I think maybe this has given them an incentive to do it even more for a coach they love and respect.'

Summitt made it clear to the Lady Vols that nothing would change after she told them in August she'd been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. She was still their coach, and the plan to win a national championship this season hadn't changed.

What has changed for Summitt is her daily routine.

While drinking her morning coffee she'll play brain-bender games on her iPad or work on math skills to help keep her mind sharp. She adds coconut oil to her daily protein shakes. Son Tyler Summitt writes out her to-do lists to keep her organized, and Summitt occasionally will take a few extra breaks outside of her daily naps that she claims have been a key to her ongoing success.

She still has her friends and staff over for dinner from time to time, and she has no problem joking with her assistants, like she did after a 6 a.m. Monday practice last week.

'She walked in and said, 'Who called this practice? I thought I was the head coach. I wouldn't be calling a practice this early,'' said associate head coach Holly Warlick, the offending party.

Summitt has long relied on her assistants to scout opponents and develop players. Warlick, Lockwood and assistant coach Mickie DeMoss have been more involved in running practice drills this month, but Summitt is always on the sideline shouting assessments of the players' performances while wearing her trademark icy stare.

'She still has her bench under both baskets and yells at people as they walk past her,' senior forward Glory Johnson said with a laugh. 'She's fine. Her memory, I don't think has changed. She still remembers to call people's names out when they miss their layups. I don't think she's lost a step in anything.'

Summitt has taken breaks during drills to talk with her Olympic coach and mentor Billie Moore. Former Lady Vols players Chamique Holdsclaw, Semeka Randall and Michelle Marciniak also have stopped by practice to say hello. During those times, her assistants, who have a combined 52 seasons at Tennessee among them, bark enough directions and critiques to cover for the head coach.

At the end of practice, Summitt comments about the Lady Vols' need for better passing and more defensive rebounds while acknowledging that she feels pretty good about their chances. The players are spending more time on their own in the gym, and they have a strong leader in fifth-year senior forward Vicki Baugh. Freshman Ariel Massengale's arrival means they finally have the bona fide point guard, a missing piece since the 2008 national championship.

'This team right now is at a different level,' Summitt said. 'I think they're very focused. I think their leadership has been solid. I think we'll be disappointed if we don't cut down the nets this year.'

Courtesy of www.boston.com


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  NIGERIA - Women  


Zenith Bank WBL: AHIP bow to First Deepwater 34-76 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The hope of Kano-based Adolescent Health and Information Programme, AHIP basketball club of creating a major upset in the third and final phase of the Zenith Bank sponsored women basketball league was Wednesday dimmed by defending champion, First Deepwater basketball club of Lagos.

AHIP who was one of the surprised team in the top flight women league in recent past lost in all four quarters to the Oil and Gas ladies by 03-21, 08-22, 12-19 and 11-14 for a cumulative score-line of 34-76 points.

First Deepwater point guard Upe Atosu led her team challenge for a second title in three seasons with 16 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Blessing Emmanuel contributed 11 points and 4 rebounds while the duo of Nkechi Akashili and Mary Chinweukwu added 10 points each.

The champion will take on FCT Angels on Thursday in match Day-8 at 14H00 while AHIP battle Plateau Rocks of Jos at 10H00.


.....Customs go down to Delta Force 52-58
Border girls Nigeria Customs basketball club of Lagos continue her down-ward slide in the league when it went down to Delta Force basketball club of Asaba by 52-58 points.

The border ladies one-time champion of the Nigeria domestic scene won the first and third quarters by 13-08 and 17-15 but gave up the second and fourth quarters by 10-15 and 12-20.

Delta Force forward Esther Igben led the floor with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals.

Customs will have her hands full on Thursday as it confront former champion First Bank basketball club of Lagos at 08H00 as Delta Force take on Nigeria Immigration Service of Kano at 12H00.

...... FCT lost the battles of the Angels to Sunshine 42-65
FCT Angels basketball club of Abuja lost in the battle of the Angels to Sunshine Angels basketball club of Akure by 42-65 points.

The young FCT side lost in all four quarters by 06-15, 13-15, 12-15 and 11-20.

Sunshine Angels Korede Sosanya led the floor with 21 points and 3 steals, Sunshine and Nigeria senior women national team guard Rebecca Iritei added 10 points and 4 rebounds with Aishatu Adamu contributing 10 points.

FCT Angels will go up against defending champion First Deepwater on Thursday at 14H00 with Sunshine setting up an epic challenge against arch rival Dolphins basketball club of Lagos at 16H00.

Zenith Bank WBL: Wednesday Results
Nigeria Customs 52-58 Delta Force
AHIP 34-76 First Deepwater
FCT Angels 42-65 Sunshine Angels
Dolphin 65-86 First Bank
Nigeria Immigration 53-40 Plateau Rocks



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Latinbasket.com All-Panamerican Games Awards 2011 - by Greg
Latinbasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team
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Carla Cortijo
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Monica Garcia
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Jazmine Sepulveda
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Erika Gomez
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Erika De Souza
De Souza
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Best Player: Carla Cortijo (173-G-87) of Puerto Rico
Best Guard: Carla Cortijo (173-G-87) of Puerto Rico
Best Forward: Erika Gomez (187-C/F-76) of Mexico
Best Center: Erika De Souza (197-C-82) of Brazil
Best Coach: Omar Gonzalez of Puerto Rico

1st Team
G: Carla Cortijo (173-87) of Puerto Rico
G: Monica Garcia (172-86) of Mexico
F: Jazmine Sepulveda (186-85) of Puerto Rico
C/F: Erika Gomez (187-76) of Mexico
C: Erika De Souza (197-82) of Brazil

2nd Team
PG: Melisa Gretter (170-93) of Argentina
G: Justine Colley (175-91) of Canada
G/F: Iziane Castro Marques (183-82) of Brazil
F: Breanna Stewart (191-94) of USA
F/C: Abril Garcia (188-80) of Mexico

Honorable Mention
Clarissa Dos Santos (186-C-88) of Brazil
Marie Placido (182-F-87) of Puerto Rico
Tathiana Mosquera (196-C/F-89) of Colombia
Agostina Burani (188-F/C-91) of Argentina
April Sykes (182-G/F-90) of USA
Emma Wolfram (193-C-95) of Canada
Simone Jackson (178-G/F-84) of Jamaica



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Ros Casares closed Group A Day 3 campaign with the road win over Lotos Gdynia - by Eurobasket News
Lotos Gdynia - Ros Casares 72:90

Ros Casares closed Group A Day 3 campaign with the road win over Lotos Gdynia. The Spanish outfit defeated on the road bottom-ranked Polish Lotos Gdynia 90-72 on Thursday.
The game was mostly controlled by Ros Casares. Lotos Gdynia was better in fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ros Casares made 27-of-28 free shots (96.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Lotos Gdynia turnovers and had a 25-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Ros Casares looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Lotos Gdynia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for who led her team to a victory scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field).
French center Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) helped adding 23 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was center