EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/29/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


Olimpico de La Banda acquire Denham Brown - by Eurobasket News
Olimpico de La Banda bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on term s of contract with Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut). The Canadian forward will replace Alexander David Galindo (198-F-85, college: FIU) on the roster. Last season Denham Brown spent in Ukraine. The Canadian international played for BC Dnipro. He tallied 13.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game in Superleague. In VTB League the forward delivered 9.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steal per appearance. Previously Denham Brown had stints in NBA, Turkey, Italy, D-League, Venezuela and Philippines. The forward played for Canadian National Team at 2011 Marchand Cup and 2011 Fiba Americas Championship. He averaged 12.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals at the Marchand Cup. In Mar del Plata his stats read 6.6 points and 3.3 rebounds.

Club 9 recruit Josimar Ayarza - by Eurobasket News
Club 9 bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87). The forward will start his professional career in Argentina. He just graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. Josimar Ayarza tallied 7.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in his senior season. The forward has been the member of Panamanian National Team since 2005. Last year he participated at Central American and Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico. Josimar Ayarza posted 12.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in Mayaguez. Lately the forward took part at 2011 Fiba Americas Championship together with Panama. Josimar Ayarza recorded 8.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in Mar del Plata.

Obras Sanitarias land Theron Smith and Tony Washam - by Eurobasket News
Obras Sanitarias strengthened their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Theron Smith (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Ball St.) and Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent).
Theron Smith spent the last season in Romania. The forward played for Steaua Turabo. His stats read 11.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Previously Theron Smith had stints in Italy, China, France, D-League, NBA.
Tony Washam started the last season in France. The forward tallied 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.4 assists per game for Hyeres-Toulon. Later Tony Washam moved to Elitzur Netanya. His stats read 11.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in Premier League. In EuroChallenge Tony Washam posted 9.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals. Tony Washam is not new to Argentina he used to played for Ciudad Bragado back in 2006.
Obras Sanitarias also parted ways with James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro).


Argentina beats Puerto Rico in thriller, 79-78 - by Eurobasket News
ARGENTINA - PUERTO RICO 79-78

Very exciting game and thriller win for Argentina against Puerto Rico. Both teams have 1-1 record now in Group A. Actually, Mexico and Canada also have the same score, so today will be the crucial day for all four teams. The winners of today's games will advance to Semifinals of the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara. Matias Sandes (201-F/G-84) led Argentina to victory with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) and Luis Cequeira (180-G-85) scored 12 points each, and Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87) added one point less, plus 7 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) shined with 24 points. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) had 16 pts and 7 rebs, while Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) collected 12 points and 8 boards. Quarters: 24-22, 25-19, 13-22, 17-15. Argentina will meet Mexico today. Puerto Rico will play against Canada.

Argentina: Matias Sandes 15+8 boards, Luciano Gonzalez 12, Luis Cequeira 12, Nicolas Romano 11+7 boards
Puerto Rico: Jose Juan Barea 24, Renaldo Balkman 16+7 boards, Daniel Santiago 12+8 boards


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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 regain title in Nha Trang City - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
China - South Korea 92-52
China proved their status as the main force at U16 level in Asia. They marched undefeated in Vietnam to defend their U16 Asia Championship title. And once again China dealt with South Korea in the rematch of 2009 Final. Zhou Qi (215-C-96) scored 43 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to lead the winners. China held their opponents to 8 points in the opening frame to pull in front. They grabbed a 7-point lead after ten minutes. China speeded things up in the second frame. They unloaded 25 points to take a 40:23 halftime lead. China stayed aggressive offensively after the big break. They erupted for 25 points in the third term to pile up a comfortable 65:42 lead with one quarter remaining. China never slowed down in the fourth term and breezed to the victory at the end. Yu Dehao (188-G-95) nailed 11 points, while Heng Yifeng (195-F-95) added 10 points in the victory. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) responded with 19 points for South Korea. Lee Woojung (185-F-95) netted 8 points in the loss.

3-4 place
Japan - Philippines 94-81
Japan clinched the Bronze medals at U16 Asia Championship. They overcame Philippines on the final day of the competition. Daiki Kaneko (170-G-95) nailed 25 points to pace the winners. Philippines looked more aggressive both offensively and defensively at the start of the game. They limited Japan to 11 points in the opening quarter to take a 5-point lead. Japan stepped on the gas in the second term and erased the deficit for a 32:31 lead at the interval. Japan developed on their success in the third term. Japan capped the frame on a 17:2 run to build a 62:42 lead with ten minutes to go. Philippines tried hard to come back into this one. They narrowed the deficit to 8 points but Japan stayed calm and sealed the victory at the end. Yusei Sugiura (194-C-95) posted 21 points, while Yudai Baba (190-F-95) added 17 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Janhubert Cani (178-PG-95) and Kyles Lao (183-G-95) responded with 16 points each for Philippines.

5-6 place
Lebanon - Iraq 60-76
Iraq claimed the fifth position at the U16 Asia Championship. They outscored Lebanon today to finish on a high note. Ahmed Razzaq (185-G-97) delivered 17 points for the winners. Iraq surged ahead early in the game. They outscored Lebanon 24:13 in the opening quarter. But Lebanon stopped the bleeding in the second term. They adjusted defensively and cut the deficit to 4 points at the interval 30:34. But the third term proved decisive. Iraqis held their opponents to 9 points and cleared off to an 11-point distance. Iraq increased the tempo in the fourth quarter and Lebanon failed to match. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) provided 12 points, while Farid Mahdi (190-F-95) added 11 points in the victory. Jimmy Salem (190-G-95) responded with game-high 19 points for Lebanon. Yaacoub Al Agha (206-C-95) nailed 9 points in the loss.

7-8 place
Saudi Arabia - Indonesia 47-52
Indonesia sneaked past Saudi Arabia on the final day of the U16 Asia Championship in Vietnam. The winners thus clinched the 7th overall position at the tournament. Muhammad Fahdani (185-F/C-96) scored 17 points to pace Indonesia. Saudi Arabia led by three points after ten minutes of action 14:11. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. The Saudis established a 24:19 advantage at the interval. But Indonesia started to change the complexion of the encounter after the big break. They cut the deficit to only two points at the final intermission 32:34. Indonesia opened the final term on a 6:1 run to surge ahead. The margin quickly grew at 8-point mark and Indonesia rolled to the victory at the end. Bastian Sidabutar posted 10 points, while Hans Abraham (179-G-95) and Vincent Kosasih (198-C-96) added 8 points each in the win. Saudi Arabia responded with 17 points from Raad Barnawi (185-G-95). Abdullah Musallam had 12 points in the loss.




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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Wildcats
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Lisch, Wildcats24.3 
 2. Mills, Tigers22.0 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.7 
 4. Warren, 36ers18.7 
 5. Khazzouh, Kings18.4 
 6. Wilkinson, Breakers17.6 
 7. Tragardh, Tigers16.7 
 8. Gill, Crocodiles16.3 
 9. Worthington, Blaze16.3 
 10. Wilson, Taipans15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (210-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Khazzouh, Kings10.0 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.7 
 3. Rychart, Taipans8.3 
 4. Worthington, Blaze8.0 
 5. Grant, Kings7.6 
 6. Simpsons, 36ers7.5 
 7. Bose, Kings7.3 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers7.0 
 9. Hill, Taipans6.7 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Adam GIBSON
  Blaze
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Gibson, Blaze6.3 
 2. Martin, Wildcats6.0 
 3. Martin, Hawks5.8 
 4. Bruce, Kings5.6 
 5. Jackson, Breakers4.8 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats4.0 
 7. Hill, Taipans3.7 
 8. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
 9. Cadee, Blaze3.3 
 10. Wilson, Taipans3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Jackson, Breakers3.2 
 2. Gibson, Blaze2.3 
 3. English, Blaze2.0 
 4. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 5. Mims, Crocodiles2.0 
 6. Lisch, Wildcats1.7 
 7. Crawford, Croco.1.3 
 8. Herbert, 36ers1.3 
 9. Williams, Taipans1.3 
 10. Robbins, Wildcats1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jerai GRANT
  Kings
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Grant, Kings2.2 
 2. Johnson, 36ers2.0 
 3. Nevill, Wildcats1.7 
 4. Khazzouh, Kings1.4 
 5. Pledger, Breakers1.2 
 6. Abercrombie, Break.1.2 
 7. Petrie, Blaze1.0 
 8. Simpsons, 36ers1.0 
 9. Burston, Tigers1.0 
 10. Martin, Wildcats1.0 


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


Adris Deleon is a newcomer at Gold Coast Blaze - by Eurobasket Center
Gold Coast Blaze strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Dominican Rep.-Dominican Rep. guard Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington). Deleon played part of last season at Faymasa Palencia Baloncesto in Spanish 2nd division (LEB Gold). However his stats were not that impressive. While playing 7 games for Palencia last season he averaged 2.4ppg. He is a very experienced player. Deleon played also pro basketball in Canada, Dominican Rep. and Spain. He graduated Eastern Washington University in 2009 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Round 3: Triumph Lyubertsy is defeated by Tartu Ulikool - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was the first loss of Russian Triumph Lyubertsy (1-1) on the court of seventh ranked Estonian Tartu Ulikool on Monday night. Visitors were edged by Tartu Ulikool 85-84. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Triumph Lyubertsy won fourth quarter 26-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tartu Ulikool made 30-of-34 free shots (88.2 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Triumph Lyubertsy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Bill Amis (205-F-87, college: Hawaii) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 9 rebounds. Greek-Estonian guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) helped adding 13 points. Tartu Ulikool's coach Indrek Visnapuu used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Davon Jefferson (203-86, college: USC) with 24 points. Tartu Ulikool (2-1) moved-up to third place in Elite, which they share with Kalev/Cramo and Rudupis. Triumph Lyubertsy at the other side dropped to the seventh position with one game lost. They share it with Pieno Zvaigzdes. Tartu Ulikool is looking forward to face Juventus (#8) in Utena in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Triumph Lyubertsy will have a break next round.
The game in Tallinn was also worth to mention about. Lithuanian Juventus (1-2) played at the court of Estonian Kalev/Cramo (2-1). Kalev/Cramo managed to secure a 5-point victory 78-73. It was an exceptional evening for guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Armands Skele accounted for 17 points. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Swingman Gintautas Matulis (195-86) came up with 12 points for Juventus in the defeat. Defending Estonian champion moved-up to third place in Elite, which they share with Tartu Ulikool and Rudupis. Juventus at the other side dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. They share it with Baltai Kaunas and Kedainiai. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Juventus will play on the road against Tartu Ulikool (#5) to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Lithuanian Neptunas as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group A. Neptunas smashed 4th placed Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau in Klaipeda 83-60. The best player for the winners was Evaldas Dainys who scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Mikhail Evstigneev who recorded 10 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Defending Kazakhstan champion Barsy Atyrau still closes the standings with one game lost. Barsy Atyrau will play next round against strong Naglis Palangos trying to get back on the winning streak. Neptunas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Third ranked Lithuanian Neptunas (2-1) crushed at home bottom-ranked Latvian Jelgava (0-2) by 64 points 123-59, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Simas Galdikas who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Neptunas' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Neptunas keep a position of Group A leader. Jelgava at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 3
In Elite Rudupis destroyed Liepaja on the opponent's court 97-60.


Challenge
Neptunas - Barsy Atyrau 83-60

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Lithuanian Neptunas as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group A. Neptunas smashed 4th placed Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau in Klaipeda 83-60. The game was mostly controlled by Neptunas. Barsy Atyrau managed to win third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Barsy Atyrau to just 7 points in second quarter. Neptunas dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Barsy Atyrau's 30. Neptunas forced 23 Barsy Atyrau turnovers. The best player for the winners was point guard Evaldas Dainys (180-82, college: Cent.Florida CC) who scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. American forward Arinze Onuaku (206-87, college: Syracuse) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Neptunas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Mikhail Evstigneev (202-84) who recorded 10 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Julian Olubuyi (175, college: N.Arizona) added 7 points and 4 assists respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Defending Kazakhstan champion Barsy Atyrau still closes the standings with one game lost. Barsy Atyrau will play next round against strong Naglis Palangos trying to get back on the winning streak. Neptunas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Barsy Atyrau: S.Sabutskyy 11+1reb, M.Evstigneev 10+8reb+1ast, D.Dyatlovsky 9+3reb, M.Laksa 9+3reb+1ast, J.Olubuyi 7+3reb+4ast, E.Isakov 5+6reb+1ast
Neptunas: R.Danys 13+5reb, A.Onuaku 13+6reb, M.Runkaukas 11+1reb+1ast, E.Dainys 11+5reb+8ast, L.Bonner 7+4reb, M.Ruikis 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 149638


Neptunas - Jelgava 123-59

Third ranked Lithuanian Neptunas (2-1) crushed at home bottom-ranked Latvian Jelgava (0-2) by 64 points 123-59, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Neptunas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They were well out of reach of Jelgava shooting 70.5 percent from the field and made 30-of-39 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Neptunas forced 20 Jelgava turnovers and outrebounded them 43-24 including a 33-7 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Jelgava's players. 29 personal fouls committed by Jelgava helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Simas Galdikas (203-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Swingman Raimundas Danys (198-85) contributed with 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Neptunas players scored in double figures. Neptunas' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Kalvis Krumins (183-90) added 14 points in the effort for Jelgava. Neptunas keep a position of Group A leader. Jelgava at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: E.Krumins 16+6reb+1ast, K.Krumins 14+1reb+2ast, A.Justovics 9+1reb, A.Senkans 9+1reb+1ast, K.Paegle 6+3reb, A.Duselis 3+5reb+4ast
Neptunas: S.Galdikas 26+13reb+3ast, R.Danys 25+7reb+1ast, A.Onuaku 17+3reb, A.Valeika 13+7reb, A.Brunins 11+5reb+2ast, M.Stasys 11+3reb+9ast
gschID: 149637


Elite
Liepaja - Rudupis 60-97

Rather expected game when Latvian Liepaja (0-4) was crushed at home by Lithuanian Rudupis (2-1) 97-60. The game without a history. Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Liepaja's 24. They outrebounded Liepaja 37-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Liepaja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) who led his team to a victory with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Simas Buterlevicius (200-89) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Rudupis players scored in double figures. Guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85) answered with 18 points and center Edmunds Dukulis (204-92) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Liepaja. Liepaja's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Rudupis moved-up to third place in Elite, which they share with Tartu Ulikool and Kalev/Cramo. Liepaja at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Rudupis' next round opponent will be league's leader Ventspils on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: M.Kravcenko 18+2reb, E.Dukulis 10+6reb+1ast, J.Mayo 7+1reb+2ast, R.Freimanis 6+3reb, I.Jakovics 6+2reb+4ast, M.Andriukaitis 4+5reb+1ast
Rudupis: E.Zelionis 17+3reb+1ast, D.Salenga 15+4reb+2ast, S.Buterlevicius 14+7reb, P.Butkevicius 12+5reb, G.Orelikas 11+4reb+1ast, A.Juskevicius 11+5reb+6ast
gschID: 149636


Tartu Ulikool - Triumph 85-84

The most surprising game was the first loss of Russian Triumph Lyubertsy (1-1) on the court of Estonian Tartu Ulikool on Monday night. Visitors were edged by Tartu Ulikool 85-84. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Triumph Lyubertsy won fourth quarter 26-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tartu Ulikool made 30-of-34 free shots (88.2 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Triumph Lyubertsy helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Bill Amis (205-87, college: Hawaii) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 9 rebounds. Greek-Estonian guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) helped adding 13 points. Tartu Ulikool's coach Indrek Visnapuu used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Davon Jefferson (203-86, college: USC) with 24 points and guard Victor Zvarykin (199-86) scored 7 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Triumph Lyubertsy players scored in double figures. Tartu Ulikool (2-1) moved-up to third place in Elite, which they share with Kalev/Cramo and Rudupis. Triumph Lyubertsy at the other side dropped to the seventh position with one game lost. They share it with Pieno Zvaigzdes. Tartu Ulikool is looking forward to face Juventus (#8) in Utena in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Triumph Lyubertsy will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Triumph: D.Jefferson 24+2reb, A.Vikhrov 14+2reb+1ast, T.McKee 13+2reb+1ast, A.Kuzyakin 10+5reb+1ast, V.Zvarykin 7+8reb+4ast, G.Andreev 6+1reb+2ast
Tartu Ulikool: B.Amis 28+9reb, S.Sokk 13+1reb+3ast, R.Veideman 12+3reb+1ast, M.Doronin 8+3reb+1ast, V.Allingu 8+4reb+2ast, S.Leppik 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 149634


Kalev/Cramo - Juventus 78-73

The game in Tallinn was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Lithuanian Juventus (1-2) played at the court of sixth ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (2-1). Kalev/Cramo managed to secure a 5-point victory 78-73. Juventus were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 43-36 second half run of Kalev/Cramo. Juventus were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Latvian guard Armands Skele (192-83) accounted for 17 points for the winning side. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Swingman Gintautas Matulis (195-86) came up with 12 points and forward Arunas Vasiliauskas (201-85) added 15 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) respectively for Juventus in the defeat. Four Juventus players scored in double figures. Defending Estonian champion moved-up to third place in Elite, which they share with Tartu Ulikool and Rudupis. Juventus at the other side dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. They share it with Baltai Kaunas and Kedainiai. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Juventus will play on the road against Tartu Ulikool (#5) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Juventus: A.Vasiliauskas 15+1reb, D.Pakamanis 13+2reb, K.Petrukonis 12+3reb, G.Matulis 12+4reb, R.Gumeniuk 9+5reb+1ast, G.Maceina 9+2reb+4ast
Kalev/Cramo: G.Dorbek 19+7reb+3ast, A.Skele 17+3reb+3ast, P.Ulyanko 10+2reb, G.Arbet 8+1reb+3ast, B.Fall 6+4reb+1ast, T.Sokk 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 149635




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. Kalve, Valmiera19.7 
 7. Mediss, Turiba19.0 
 8. Matulionis, Techas.17.7 
 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. Benn, Naglis Palan.10.0 
 4. Bowles, Siauliai9.0 
 5. Keedus, TT.9.0 
 6. Galdikas, Neptunas8.7 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla8.5 
 8. Amis, Tartu Ulikool8.5 
 9. McClure, Kedainiai7.7 
 10. Parn, Rapla7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  Tarvas
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kriisa, Tarvas8.0 
 2. Maceina, Juventus7.8 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai7.0 
 4. Stasys, Neptunas6.7 
 5. Rinkevicius, Nagli.6.0 
 6. Benn, Naglis Palan.5.0 
 7. Dainys, Neptunas5.0 
 8. Kelys, Pieno Z.5.0 
 9. Peciukeviciu., Sak.5.0 
 10. Ezerskis, Techas.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri DYATLOVSKY
  Barsy A.
  (195-G-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dyatlovsky, Barsy4.0 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava3.5 
 3. Keedus, TT.3.0 
 4. Benn, Naglis Palan.3.0 
 5. Landry, Triumph3.0 
 6. Valeika, Neptunas2.3 
 7. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 8. Virsis, Valmiera2.3 
 9. Salenga, Rudupis2.3 
 10. Peciukas, Kedaini.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexey KURTSEVICH
  Trium.
  (210-C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kurtsevich, Trium.2.0 
 2. Staniulis, Techasas2.0 
 3. Gumeniuk, Juventus2.0 
 4. Rozitis, Valmiera1.7 
 5. Meiers, Ventspils1.5 
 6. Kalvelis, Techasas1.3 
 7. Johnson, Naglis P.1.0 
 8. Barnes, Kedainiai1.0 
 9. Jefferson, Triumph1.0 
 10. Saulits, Valmiera1.0 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Rudupis 3-1 
 2. Siauliai 2-0 
 3. Ventspils 2-1 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 2-1 
 5. Juventus 2-2 
 6. Tartu Ulikool 2-2 
 7. Pieno Zvaigzdes 1-1 
 8. Triumph 1-1 
 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 3-0 
 2. Sakalai 2-1 
 3. TTU/Kalev 1-1 
 4. Valmiera 1-2 
 5. Turiba 1-2 
 6. Rapla 0-2 


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  BRAZIL   


Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues
Paulista Standings
Group A
 1. Itabom/Bauru 13-1 
 2. Winner/Limeira 12-2 
 3. Vivo/Franca 9-5 
 4. Araraquara 6-8 
 5. Rio Claro 6-8 
 6. Sao Caetano 4-10 
 7. Inter Santos 3-11 
 8. America 3-11 
Group B
 1. Pinheiros/Sky 11-3 
 2. S.Jose/Vinac 11-3 
 3. Paulistano 10-4 
 4. Gremio Mogi 7-7 
 5. XV/Cosan 5-9 
 6. Americana 4-10 
 7. Jacarei 4-10 
 8. L.S.B. 4-10 


Paulista Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Itabom/Bauru - S.Jose/Vinac 74-77

Sao Jose/Vinac pulled in front in the semifinal series versus Itabom/Bauru. They snatched a road win in the opener. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-74. The former international power forward Jefferson Antonio (207-83) stepped up and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and international swingman Dede Stefanelli (196-84) chipped in 19 points. Four Sao Jose/Vinac players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) responded with 21 points and 6 assists and center Douglas Nunes (201-87) scored 20 points.
Top scorers:
S.Jose/Vinac: D.Stefanelli 19+1reb+2ast, J.Antonio 16+6reb+3ast, M.Costa 12+1reb+2ast, P.Castro 10+7reb+1ast, C.Delben 9+3reb, R.Fischer 7+4reb+3ast
Itabom/Bauru: L.Taylor 21+6ast, D.Nunes 20+3reb+3ast, P.Alves 13+7reb+2ast, J.Agba 6+10reb+1ast, G.Zilmer 5+1reb, G.Deodato 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 155485


Pinheiros/Sky - Winner/Limeira 94-77

Pinheiros/Sky ensured the winning start to their semifinal series versus Winner/Limeira. It looked good early as Winner/Limeira took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Pinheiros/Sky had a 25-18 second period charge getting the lead and Winner/Limeira was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-94. Pinheiros/Sky made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. International forward Olivinha Rodriguez (202-83) nailed 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side and the former international forward Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) accounted for 20 points and 4 assists. Four Pinheiros/Sky players scored in double figures. Guard Tatu Romualdo (185-83) came up with 14 points and the former international forward Rogerio Klafke (201-71) added 15 points respectively for Winner/Limeira in the defeat. Winner/Limeira's coach rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros/Sky: M.Vieira 20+4reb+4ast, S.Stallworth 20+5reb+1ast, O.Rodriguez 19+9reb+2ast, R.Pinto 11+2reb+3ast, P.Boracini 8+2reb+5ast, M.Ferreira 7+2reb
Winner/Limeira: R.Klafke 15+3reb, R.Ramon 15+1reb+1ast, T.Romualdo 14+3reb+2ast, D.Pinheiro 8+4reb+6ast, B.Alves 7+4reb+1ast, A.Neto 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 155484




USA secures the Semifinals in Guadalajra - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - USA 77-88

USA is the first team who secured the Semifinals in Guadalajara. They handed 77-88 loss to Brazil for perfect 2-0 record in Group B. Brazil dropped to 1-1 and still has a chance to reach the next stage. Blake Ahearn (188-G-84, college: Missouri St.) led the winners with 21 points. Justin Dentmon (183-G-85, college: Washington) had 16 points and 6 assists, while Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) and Donald Sloan (191-G-88, college: Texas A&M) helped with 10 points each. In Brazil, Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) collected 16 points and 7 assists. Vitor Alves (190-F/G-90) and Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) (7 rebs) delivered 15 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 18-19, 20-13, 23-24, 16-32. Today, USA will play against Uruguay. Brazil will meet Dominican Republic in do-or-die game. The winner will advance to Semifinals.

Brazil: Welington Dos Santos 16+7 as, Vitor Alves 15, Murilo Becker 12+7 boards
USA: Blake Ahearn 21, Justin Dentmon 16+6 as, Jerome Dyson 10, Donald Sloan 10


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  BULGARIA   


Second win for Levski, first loss for Hapoel Tel Aviv - by Valentin Anguelov
Levski stopped the winning series of Hapoel Tel Aviv in Group C of Eurohold Balkan League. The players of coach Konstantin Papazov defeated his rival at home 85-78 in a very close game. Home team played a good first half but in the second allowed their opponent to cut the distance to a single point with less than a minute before the end. However Levski was able to hold and grab their second win in the competition for this year. Earlier in the week Hapoel Tel Aviv defeat Feni Industries in Kavadarci and with home win over Napredak from before had winning record of two consecutive victories ahead of the match in Sofia.

Levski started the match well and was able to create advantage in the first few minutes. In the middle of the first quarter home team led by the score 14-7 but visitors went on 7-0 run to close the gap at 25-20 after end of it.

In the second quarter Levski maintained the difference in their favor while later on they even had double digit lead for the first time in the game -40-30. At the half time break the difference between both clubs was 9 points - 45-36.

After the break Konstantin Papazov team continued its strong play and maintained a comfortable advance of 10-12 points. However in the middle of the third quarter Hapoel got closer and was down by only two points with seconds left until the end of it. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) scored to made the score 62-59 before the start of last ten minutes.

The game was even until the end both teams entered the last three minutes with Levski leading only by a point 72-71. Hrisimir Dimitrov scored maybe the most important basket in the game with only 55 seconds left on the clock and with the remaining time there was no surprise. Final score was 85-78 for the home team Levski.

Six basketball players for Levski finished in double-digits. Aaron Harper was all over with his 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Dimitar Anguelov added 14 points and Hrisimir Dimitrov had 13 points and 8 rebounds.

For guests the most effective with 21 points was Jonathan Skjoldebrant. Demontez Stith and Curtis Kelly both added identical 16 points and 8 rebounds.

The next match Levski in Balkan League will visit Ulcinj in Montenegro on November 9 (Wednesday). While Hapoel Tel Aviv will host the same opponent on the 24th, having already played their meeting from the next round against Feni Industries.


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  CANADA   


Mexico improves to 1-1 in Guadalajara - by Eurobasket News
CANADA - MEXICO 65-79

Mexico registered first victory in Guadalajara. The host of Panamerican Games 2011 outplayed Canada 65-79 and both teams have 1-1 record in Group A now. Argentina and Puerto Rico have the same numbers and today's games will be do-or-die for all teams. Real Mata (205-C-86) exploded for the hosts with 14 points and 15 rebounds (valuation 30). Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) was the top-scored in victory with 16 points and Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) helped with 14 pts, plus 5 boards. In defeat, Warren Ward (196-G-89) delivered 20 pts. Owen Klassen (208-F-91) had 17 points and 9 rebounds, and Jordan Baker (192-G-91, college: Utah Valley St.) added 10 pts in this loss. Quarters: 7-22, 14-17, 19-21, 25-19. Mexico will play against Argentina today. Canada will take on Puerto Rico.

Canada: Warren Ward 20, Owen Klassen 17+9 boards, Jordan Baker 10
Mexico: Victor Mariscal 16, Real Mata 14+15 boards, Orlando Mendez-Valdez 14+5 boards


Oshawa Power post first NBL Canada win - by Eurobasket News
The Oshawa Power have put their first win into the books.

Well, perhaps not the official books, being an exhibition game, but the Power held on for an exciting and hard-fought victory over the London Lighting, 88-85, in front of some 1,700 raucous fans at the General Motors Centre Thursday.

It avenged an exhibition loss to the same Lightning team in London just a few days prior.

York University alumnus Tut Ruach (6'2''-G-85) led the way with 22 points and five assists, continuing his strong play at the point guard position.

NBL Canada number one overall draft pick Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) had a breakout game, pouring in 21 points and seven rebounds in a complete performance on both ends of the floor. He showed his nice touch from behind the arc, nailing four of four three-point attempts.

'This is it,' said Power head coach Mark Strickland after the game. 'I tried to tell them to have fun, all we have to do is keeping working, and keep improving.'

The Power begin their inaugural National Basketball League of Canada campaign on the road Sunday at 1:05 p.m. against the Quebec Kebs at Laval University.

Oshawa's home opener is Thursday, Nov. 3 at the GM Centre, where they will tip off against the Moncton Miracles at 7:30 p.m.

Courtesy of www.durhamregion.com


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  CENTRAL AFRICA   


SIG Strasbourg extends Maxime Zianveni for another month - by Eurobasket News
SIG Strasbourg announced signing of a one month contract extension with Maxime Zianveni (198-F-79). The new deal will keep Zianveni with the club until December 3. The player was brought in at the beginning of October as a replacement for injured Nicolas De Jong. Last season STB Le Havre bolstered its squad with Central African/French forward Maxime Zianveni. Air Max arrived to the club from Chalon, where he spent last season. For 22 games in ProA he had 6.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 1.5 apg. They also competed in EuroChallenge, where Zienveni added 9.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 1.4 apg for 12 appearances. In 2009-2010 he played for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone and in EuroChallenge after 12 games showed 9.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 63.3%. In French League his stats read 6.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 3.7%, FT: 72.9%. Maxime Zianveni is a member of the Central African National Team.

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  CHINA   


China Wins Asian U-16, Blasting Korea 92-52 - by Arthur Volbert
Zhou Qi (215-C-96) scored 43 points and grabbed 19 rebounds as China defeated Korea 92-52 for the Asian Under-16 Championship. Zhou appears to be the most promising young Chinese player since Yi Jianlian.

China led 15-8 after one quarter, 40-23 at the half and 65-42 after three quarters. The team has never been pressed the entire tournamnent, and seems a candidate for a medal in the world competition next year.

If I am right about the talent that China posesses, once it truly learns how to play basketball and recruit the right kind of players, this is another step on China's road to becoming a world basketball superpower.

Yu Dehao scored 11 points and Heng Yifeng scored 10. Guo Xiaopeng and Yan Haoxin scored 9 and Zhao Jiwei scored 6. Heo Hoon scored 19 for Korea and was its only player in double figures.

Japan grabbed third place in the tournament with a 94-81 victory over the Philippines. Iraq took fifth with a 76-60 win over Lebanon. Indonesia was seventh with a 52-47 victory over Saudi Arabia.



U16 Asia Championship: China repeat as the champions! - by Eurobasket News
China U16 - South Korea U16 92:52

China proved their status as the main force at U16 level in Asia. They marched undefeated in Vietnam to defend their U16 Asia Championship title. And once again China dealt with South Korea in the rematch of 2009 Final. Zhou Qi (215-C-96) scored 43 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to lead the winners.
China held their opponents to 8 points in the opening frame to pull in front. They grabbed a 7-point lead after ten minutes. China speeded things up in the second frame. They unloaded 25 points to take a 40:23 halftime lead. China stayed aggressive offensively after the big break. They erupted for 25 points in the third term to pile up a comfortable 65:42 lead with one quarter remaining. China never slowed down in the fourth term and breezed to the victory at the end. Yu Dehao (188-G-95) nailed 11 points, while Heng Yifeng (195-F-95) added 10 points in the victory. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) responded with 19 points for South Korea. Lee Woojung (185-F-95) netted 8 points in the loss.

China U16: Zhou Qi 43+19 boards, Yu Dehao 11, Heng Yifeng 10
South Korea U16: Heo Hoon 19, Lee Woojung 8


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  COLOMBIA   


FEDERATION CUP 2011, DAY 24 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Guerreros got its third victory of the season against Bukaros defeating them in Bogota 95 - 90, the locals had a great support of all its players, but was Emiro Romero in the last quarter who made a difference scoring 15 points including two three pointers, Delonte Holland leaded the way with 22 points, in Bukaros Juan Herrera made a huge effort but was not enough.
Guerreros 95 - D. Holland 22, K. Taylor 17
Bukaros 90 - J. Herrera 31 pts, J. Hernandez 17.

Cucuta took revenge of Indervalle and almos clinched a place into the playoffs, Cucuta had a great performance of Cesar Ordonez with 26 poiints and Henry Ordonez 25 pts, again Camontae Griffin leaded the Indervalle team.
Cucuta 88 - C. Ordonez 26, H. Ordonez 25
Indervalle 65

Orgullo Paisa sweeped its individual series against the Patriotas with a good victory in Tunja, 94 - 82.
Patriotas 82
Orgullo Paisa 94.


FEDERATION CUP 2011, DAY 23 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Guerreros de Bogota and Bukaros played one of the better games of the season in the city, both teams had its best on the court, at the end the Guerreros played a stronger defense in the second half to get the victory, Kammron Taylor leaded the Guerreros in scoring with 23 points, Delonte Holland supported him with 19 and 5 assists, Cesar 'Oso'Silva scored 16 and Cesar Cortez 14 for the Guerreros, in the Bucaros Calvin Cage had 21, Derrmar Johnson 19 and John Hernandez 17.
Guerreros 93 - K. Taylor 23, D. Holland 19
Bukaros 88 - C.Cage 21, D. Johnson 19.

Indervalle surprised the Cucuta Norte, defeated them 73 - 68 in the Cucuta city, one more time Camontae Griffin, Gerson Pena and John Velez were the cornerstone of the Indervalle, Cucuta did not have its imports, the players did not play , according some sources was for the delay on payments.
Cucuta Norte 68
Indervalle 73.

Orgullo Paisa visited the city of Tunja to play the first game against the Patriotas , the strong roster of the Paisas was to much for the Patriotas
Patriotas 88
Orgullo Paisa 92


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  CYPRUS   


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


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Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Rob LOWERY
  Chomutov
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Lowery, Chomutov20.9 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha19.7 
 3. Houska, BK Decin19.0 
 4. Bridgewaters, Inte.18.4 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.18.3 
 6. Henderson, Levice17.6 
 7. Wright, Chomutov17.6 
 8. Grant, Levice17.5 
 9. Stanek, Chomutov16.8 
 10. George, Svitavy16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Votroubek, USK P.8.8 
 2. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.4 
 3. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.9 
 4. Houska, BK Decin7.9 
 5. Hughes, NH Ostrava7.6 
 6. Field, BC Kolin7.5 
 7. Meno, Svitavy7.4 
 8. Gavran, Inter B.7.2 
 9. Henderson, Levice6.9 
 10. Blazek, B&W Opava6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Michal SOTNAR
  USK Praha
  (189-PG-92)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Sotnar, USK Praha5.6 
 2. Wright, Chomutov5.5 
 3. Barnes, BC Kolin4.3 
 4. Vrubl, Plzen4.1 
 5. George, Svitavy3.7 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.3 
 7. Sanders, BK Decin3.2 
 8. Hruban, USK Praha3.1 
 9. Kostomaj, Levice3.0 
 10. Ciz, NH Ostrava2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Radim KLECKA
  B&W Opava
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Klecka, B&W Opava2.8 
 2. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.8 
 3. McFadden, Usti n.2.6 
 4. Wright, Chomutov2.5 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 6. Ames, BC Kolin2.0 
 7. Lowery, Chomutov2.0 
 8. Ciz, NH Ostrava1.9 
 9. Grant, Levice1.9 
 10. Bridgewaters, Int.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  BK Prost.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gadri-N., BK Prost.2.0 
 2. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.6 
 3. Grant, Levice1.5 
 4. Jelinek, BC Kolin1.0 
 5. Meno, Svitavy0.8 
 6. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 
 7. Kramny, Svitavy0.8 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.8 
 9. Kolovrat, B&W O.0.7 
 10. Sedmak, USK Praha0.7 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 7-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 7-2 
 3. BK Pardubice 7-2 
 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 


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


NBL Round 9 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
There was a change at the NBL leadership position after last games. Round 9 most important game was a defeat of league's leader BK Decin (6-2). They were defeated by fifth ranked BC Kolin (6-2) 72-57 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-57. BC Kolin dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to BK Decin's 26. Forward Richard Field (196-83, college: Mercyhurst) stepped up and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American point guard Rashaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was international forward Pavel Houska (201-84) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. BK Decin's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Kolin moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated BK Decin. BK Decin will play next round against BK Usti nad Labem trying to make it back to the top of the standings. BC Kolin will try to continue on its current victory against fourteenth ranked B&W Opava on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BK Prostejov as it allowed them to take a leadership position. BK Prostejov defeated 6th ranked NH Ostrava at home 87-81. Americans were the main players on the court. Center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and Jamar Smith accounted for 20 points. Swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: I.D.S. Law) came up with 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists for NH Ostrava in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BK Prostejov have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they took over a top position. NH Ostrava at the other side keeps the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with USK Praha. NH Ostrava will play next round against strong BK Pardubice trying to get back on the winning streak. BK Prostejov will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked CEZ Nymburk at home.
Bottom-ranked B&W Opava (0-8) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to twelfth ranked BK Loko Plzen (3-6) 81-65 on Wednesday evening. BK Loko Plzen moved-up to eleventh place. Loser B&W Opava still closes the standings with eight games lost. BK Loko Plzen will meet higher ranked Levice (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. B&W Opava will play against BC Kolin (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
13th ranked Inter Bratislava (1-8) was outscored at home by fourth ranked CEZ Nymburk (6-1) with the biggest margin this round 90-61. It was a good game for Lukas Palyza who led his team to a victory with 22 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. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Inter Bratislava lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with eight games lost. CEZ Nymburk's next round opponent will be league's leader BK Prostejov on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Inter Bratislava will play against Levharti Chomutov (#9).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 9: USK Praha lost to BK Pardubice on the opponent's court 60-65. Levice managed to outperform Svitavy in a home game 86-72. Chomutov managed to beat Usti n/Labem on the road 86-79.


Inter Bratislava - CEZ Nymburk 61-90

13th ranked Inter Bratislava (1-8) was outscored at home by fourth ranked CEZ Nymburk (6-1) with the biggest margin this round 90-61. The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Inter Bratislava's 28. CEZ Nymburk forced 20 Inter Bratislava turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Inter Bratislava's players. It was a good game for forward Lukas Palyza (204-89) who led his team to a victory with 22 points. American forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Curtis Allen (193-86, college: ORU) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Bosnian center Stjepan Gavran (206-78) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Inter Bratislava. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Inter Bratislava lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with eight games lost. CEZ Nymburk's next round opponent will be league's leader BK Prostejov on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Inter Bratislava will play against Levharti Chomutov (#9).
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: C.Allen 16+10reb, N.Milosevic 12+3reb+1ast, S.Gavran 10+9reb+2ast, J.Musil 8+3reb, M.Williams 6+3reb, M.Rosival 5+2ast
CEZ Nymburk: L.Palyza 22+4reb+2ast, L.Wilson 15+5reb+2ast, P.Benda 12+2reb, P.Pumprla 9+5reb+4ast, S.Spralja 9+4reb+2ast, M.Lenzly 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 136629


BK Prostejov - NH Ostrava 87-81

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BK Prostejov as it allowed them to take a leadership position. BK Prostejov defeated 6th ranked NH Ostrava at home 87-81. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But NH Ostrava won third quarter 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. NH Ostrava was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and guard Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) accounted for 20 points. Four BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. Swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: I.D.S. Law) came up with 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists and center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 25 points and 14 rebounds respectively for NH Ostrava in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BK Prostejov have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they took over a top position. NH Ostrava at the other side keeps the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with USK Praha. NH Ostrava will play next round against strong BK Pardubice trying to get back on the winning streak. BK Prostejov will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked CEZ Nymburk at home.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: R.Luettgerodt 35+6reb+4ast, J.Hughes 25+14reb+1ast, M.Gniadek 8+2reb, J.Aleksejevs 5+5reb, S.Inge 4+2reb+2ast, A.Ciz 2+1reb+3ast
BK Prostejov: J.Smith 20+4reb+1ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 19+14reb, T.Peterson 14+7reb, A.Eitutavicius 10+2reb+4ast, M.Venta 6+3reb+2ast, D.Pandula 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 136630


BK Pardubice - USK Praha 65-60

Rather expected game when 7th ranked USK Praha (5-4) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked BK Pardubice (7-2) 65-60. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But USK Praha won fourth quarter 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Pardubice dominated on the defensive end, holding USK Praha to just 7 points in first quarter. They also forced 19 USK Praha turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St.) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and international forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for USK Praha. USK Praha's coach Ken Scalabroni tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Pardubice moved-up to second place. USK Praha at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. BK Pardubice's next round opponent will be NH Ostrava (#6) on the road. USK Praha will play against Basketbal Svitavy.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: P.Sedmak 16+10reb+1ast, V.Hruban 12+6reb+2ast, S.Votroubek 10+8reb, M.Vocetka 9+3reb, M.Sotnar 5+4reb+4ast, M.Soukup 3+1reb
BK Pardubice: M.Hampton 16+5reb, C.Muirhead 10+7reb+1ast, L.Kotas 9+2reb+3ast, J.Cernosek 6+3reb, M.Carnecky 6+1reb+3ast, P.Bohacik 6+6reb
gschID: 136631


Levice - Svitavy 86-72

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Levice and 9th ranked Basketbal Svitavy had identical 3-4 record. This time Levice used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Svitavy 86-72. Levice made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. British center Michael Bernard (205-78, college: S.Florida) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ravone George (193-83, college: Alabama) answered with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) added 11 points in the effort for Basketbal Svitavy. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Levice. They maintain eighth place with 4-4 record. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side keeps the ninth position with five games lost. Levice's next round opponent will be BK Loko Plzen (#11) at home. Basketbal Svitavy will play against USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: R.George 16+9reb+6ast, L.Horak 11+2reb, B.Meno 11+3reb+1ast, P.Mroz 10+2reb, T.Teply 9+1ast, T.Macela 5+1reb+2ast
Levice: K.Grant 20+7reb+4ast, M.Bernard 15+7reb+3ast, D.Keller 11+4reb+1ast, S.Stemberger 10+1ast, T.Kostomaj 10+2reb+3ast, J.Vojtek 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 136625


Plzen - B&W Opava 81-65

Bottom-ranked B&W Opava (0-8) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to twelfth ranked BK Loko Plzen (3-6) 81-65 on Wednesday evening. The game without a history. BK Loko Plzen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BK Loko Plzen moved-up to eleventh place. Loser B&W Opava still closes the standings with eight games lost. BK Loko Plzen will meet higher ranked Levice (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. B&W Opava will play against BC Kolin (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 136626


BC Kolin - BK Decin 72-57

There was a change at the NBL leadership position after last games. Round 9 most important game was a defeat of league's leader BK Decin (6-2). They were defeated by fifth ranked BC Kolin (6-2) 72-57 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-57. BC Kolin dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to BK Decin's 26. Forward Richard Field (196-83, college: Mercyhurst) stepped up and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American point guard Rashaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was international forward Pavel Houska (201-84) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Lubos Stria (197-81) scored 19 points. BK Decin's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Kolin moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated BK Decin. BK Decin will play next round against BK Usti nad Labem trying to make it back to the top of the standings. BC Kolin will try to continue on its current victory against fourteenth ranked B&W Opava on the road.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: L.Stria 19+2reb+3ast, P.Houska 12+10reb+2ast, A.Alic 8+4reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 5+8reb+3ast, A.Pistecky 5+2reb+1ast, R.Landa 3+2reb+1ast
BC Kolin: R.Field 20+7reb+2ast, R.Ames 18+4reb+4ast, D.Machac 14+11reb, C.Barnes 8+7reb+1ast, J.Jelinek 7+10reb+1ast, S.Zuzak 5+4reb
gschID: 136627


Usti n/Labem - Chomutov 79-86

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Levharti Chomutov and 11th ranked BK Usti nad Labem had identical 2-5 record. But BK Usti nad Labem was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Chomutov 86-79. BK Usti nad Labem was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 49-38 second half run of Levharti Chomutov. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Strangely BK Usti nad Labem outrebounded Levharti Chomutov 38-26 including a 18-7 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by BK Usti nad Labem helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Derek Wright (175-86, college: Austin Peay St.) who led his team to a victory with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Lekendric Longmire (196-87, college: Oregon) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds and center Jaroslav Tyrna (208-86, college: New Orleans) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for BK Usti nad Labem. Four Levharti Chomutov and five BK Usti nad Labem players scored in double figures. Levharti Chomutov (3-5) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Svitavy. BK Usti nad Labem at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the twelfth position with six games lost. Levharti Chomutov's next round opponent will be Inter Bratislava (#13) at home. BK Usti nad Labem will play against BK Decin.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: L.Longmire 23+6reb+1ast, T.McFadden 15+4reb+1ast, T.Hruby 14+7reb+1ast, J.Tyrna 10+7reb+5ast, J.Fohler 10+5reb+1ast, J.Holanda 6+3reb+5ast
Chomutov: P.Stanek 23+2reb+1ast, D.Wright 22+7reb+5ast, R.Lowery 21+6reb+3ast, R.Anderson 10+5reb, J.Krakovic 4+2reb, V.Sucharda 4+1reb
gschID: 136628




BK Prostejov Falls Unceremoniously 71-88 at the Hands of CEZ Nymburk to Start Round 10 - by Surujh Roopnarine
In the first meeting between the last two NBL finalists, BK Prostejov once again could not solve the riddle that is CEZ Nymburk, this time falling at home 71-88 to start Round 10 of the NBL. Prostejov (7-2), started well, building an early 18-11 lead in the first quarter on a pair of Travis Peterson (208-C-85, college: Samford) free-throws with 3:27 remaining. However, CEZ Nymburk (7-1) came back strong and closed the first quarter down just one at 19-18. Unfortunately for the hosts, Nymburk continued to assert themselves, especially in the paint, where they outscored Prostejov 32-48 for the game. Prostejov would fall behind 34-44 at the half and would not get any closer as Nymburk cruised to the comfortable victory. Prostejov, coming off an impressive victory against NH Ostrava on Wednesday was ice-cold from the field, connecting on 29-66 from two (44%), 5 o 20 from behind the arc (25%), and just 8 of 16 from the free-throw line (50%). Despite out-rebounding Nymburk 41-32, they only scored eight second-chance points for the game and committed 15 turnovers as a team. Tre Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) was once again the leading scorer for the winners, dropping a team-high 16 points on 7-14 shooting, while the team saw six players in total reach double figures in scoring. Travis Peterson was the player of the game for Prostejov scoring a game-high 18 points on 7-14 from the field, while Yemi Nicholson (208-C-83, college: Denver) scored an efficient 10 points on 5-8 shooting while grabbing a game-high eight rebounds in 28 minutes. Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's), in his return to Prostejov after two seasons playing for the blue and white, scored 12 points for Nymburk in 25 minutes.
PROSTEJOV: Travis Peterson (18pts+7reb), Yemi Nicholson (10pts+8reb), Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-G-82, college: American) (12pts), Jamar Smith (191-G-87, college: S.Indiana) (11pts+6reb)


NYMBURK: Tre Simmons (16pts+5reb), Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) (14pts+7reb), Radek Necas (204-F-80) (12pts+5reb), Eugene Lawrence (12pts)



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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 7-0 
 2. Bakken 6-1 
 3. Horsholm 5-2 
 4. Naestved 5-3 
 5. Horsens IC 3-4 
 6. Aabyhoj 3-4 
 7. SISU 3-5 
 8. Falcon 2-6 
 9. Vaerlose 2-6 
 10. Aalborg 1-6 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Will HARRIS
  Horsens IC
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 31.6
 1. Harris, Horsens IC31.6 
 2. White, Aalborg27.7 
 3. Kingsley, Svendborg25.5 
 4. Bishop, Aalborg24.0 
 5. Rutherford, SISU23.3 
 6. Rasmussen, Vaerl.21.9 
 7. Henry, Naestved21.8 
 8. Curry, Aabyhoj18.7 
 9. Dennis, SISU18.3 
 10. Bak, Horsholm17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Bishop, Aalborg12.5 
 2. Benjamin, Horsholm10.7 
 3. St.John, Horsens10.3 
 4. Harris, Horsens IC10.1 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj9.8 
 6. Glynn, Naestved9.4 
 7. Phillips, Aabyhoj9.2 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.8.0 
 9. Colas, Horsholm8.0 
 10. Johansen, Naestv.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Henry, Naestved4.9 
 2. Curry, Aabyhoj4.7 
 3. McFarlane, Falcon4.4 
 4. Sakne, Horsens IC4.4 
 5. White, Aalborg4.1 
 6. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 7. Colman, Svendborg4.0 
 8. Dennis, SISU3.5 
 9. Nielsen, SISU3.5 
 10. Iversen, Bakken3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Henry, Naestved5.1 
 2. White, Aalborg3.4 
 3. Wire, Vaerlose2.8 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.6 
 5. McFarlane, Falcon2.3 
 6. Iversen, Bakken2.3 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj2.2 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.2.1 
 9. Glynn, Naestved2.0 
 10. Benjamin, Horsholm1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Harrison, SISU3.5 
 2. Marinkovic, Horsho.2.0 
 3. Curry, Aabyhoj2.0 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.9 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg1.8 
 6. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.7 
 7. Kingsley, Svendborg1.2 
 8. Eleraky, Aalborg1.0 
 9. Colas, Horsholm1.0 
 10. Jukic, Horsholm0.9 


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Antoine Walker returns to NBA D-League with Idaho Stampede - by Eurobasket News
Antoine Walker (6'9''-F-75, college: Kentucky) has decided to return to the NBA Development League's Idaho Stampede once again this season instead of retiring into the sunset where he could shoot four-pointers at will. The Stampede announced the decision in a press release on Thursday afternoon.

Walker, the former NBA All-Star now caught up in debt, played with the Stampede last season as well in hopes of an NBA call-up.

Walker averaged 16.0 points and 6.3 rebounds while making just 85 of his 243 three-point attempts last season without getting any NBA looks. This season, at least according to his statements in the press release, the veteran forward has something else on his mind.

'I can't wait to get back to Boise,' Walker said. 'It's a great place to live and I'm hoping I can help this team make the playoffs and win a championship -- we've got some unfinished business to tend to.'

Now 35, Walker will presumably be the oldest player in the D-League for a second consecutive season.

Courtesy of www.ridiculousupside.com


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Adris Deleon is a newcomer at Gold Coast Blaze - by Eurobasket Center
Gold Coast Blaze strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Dominican Rep.-Dominican Rep. guard Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington). Deleon played part of last season at Faymasa Palencia Baloncesto in Spanish 2nd division (LEB Gold). However his stats were not that impressive. While playing 7 games for Palencia last season he averaged 2.4ppg. He is a very experienced player. Deleon played also pro basketball in Canada, Dominican Rep. and Spain. He graduated Eastern Washington University in 2009 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Dominican Republic too much for Uruguay - by Eurobasket News
URUGUAY - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 55-69

Dominican Republic celebrated first win at Panamerican Games 2011 in Guadalajara. Dominicans were better than Uruguay 55-69 for 1-1 record in Group B and they kept Semifinals hope alive. Uruguay dropped to 0-2 and lost all chances to reach the next stage. Juan Coronado (196-G-83) paced Dominicans to victory scoring 17 points. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) had 12 points and impressive 21 points, while Elys Manuel Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) also had double-double, including 12 pts and 10 rebs. Uruguay got 16 points and 8 rebounds from Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne). Nicolas Borsellino (202-F-86) scored 12 and Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91) stopped to 9 pts. Quarters: 15-17, 19-19, 12-13, 9-20. Dominicans will meet Brazil today and the winner will advance to Semifinals. Dominicans will play against strong USA.

Uruguay: Martin Osimani 16+8 boards, Nicolas Borsellino 12, Bruno Fitipaldo 9
Dominican Republic: Juan Coronado 17, Jack Michael Martinez 12+21 boards, Elys Manuel Guzman 12+10 boards


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  EUROLEAGUE   


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 


Asseco Prokom parts ways with NBAer Devin Brown - by Eurobasket News
Devin Brown (195-G/F-78, college: UTSA) is no longer a member of Asseco Prokom. They parted ways yesterday. Brown appeared in one Euroleague game scoring 7 points against Galatasaray. In VTB United League he had 4.3 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 3 games. It was not enough and the club decided to release Brown. According to local media, Brown arrived to Poland out of shape and he made just little progress so far. Devin Brown finished last season with the Chicago Bulls. He joined them in January averaging 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds for 12 games. Before that he had 9.7 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 39 games with the New Orleans Hornets. Devin Brown played for the Hornets also in 2009/10 season. Earlier, he was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs. With the Spurs he won the NBA title in 2005. Smith helped them with 7.4ppg, 2.6 rpg and 1.4 apg for 67 games.

Round Two review - 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.

Olympiakos - Fener.Ulker 81-74
Olympiakos grabbed their first Euroleague win this season. The Reds outplayed Fenerbahce Ulker in very exciting meeting 81-74. With 13 seconds to go Olympiacos committed a turnover and Fener got a chance. However a 5 seconds violation on the inbounds gave the ball back to Olympiacos again. Gecevicius made both free throws for the Reds with 12.5 seconds to go. Thabo Sefolosha (196-G-84, agency: ACMT) got 1 back from the stripe with 8.8 seconds left and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) iced the win from the line before Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) threw down a slam for the finishing touch. Spanoulis led the winners in scoring with 22 points (7 assists). Printezis added 21 points and 7 rebounds, while Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) helped his team with 13 pts. On the other side, Fener got double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds from Thabo Sefolosha. James Gist (205-F-86) had 14 pts and 6 rebs, and Roko-Leni Ukic (196-G-84) stopped to 13 pts. Quarters: 12-14, 14-23, 27-17, 28-20. Olympiacos goes to Vitoria in the next round. Fener will host Nancy and will try to register the first win in Group A.

Nancy - Bizkaia Bilbao 87-73
Nancy managed to take the first Euroleague win of the season. They outplayed Bilbao 87-73 thanks to great played last ten minutes of the game. Both teams have 1-1 record now in Group A. NBAer Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) was a key player in victory with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists,. He reached valuation 36. Adrien Moerman (204-F/C-88) had 15 pts and 5 rebounds, and Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) helped with 14 pts, plus 9 boards. Marko Banic (205-F-84) responded with 16 points and 5 rebs in defeat. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) and Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) (6 rebs) stopped to 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 17-18, 21-20, 23-20, 26-15. In the next round Nancy will meet Fenerbahce Ulker on the road. Bilbao goes to Cantu.

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
Real Madrid - Armani MI 85-78
Real Madrid registered second straight Euroleague win this season. They outplayed Emporio Armani 85-78 staying on top of Group C alone with perfect 2-0 record. On the other side, Emporio Armani slipped to 1-1. Visitors started the game better as they had 14-18 lead after ten minutes of play. Milano jumped to plus six in the finish of the first half, but Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) sank his second three-pointer to bring Madrid within 36-39 at HT. Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) and his teammates made 0-13 run during Q3 for 40-53 lead, but Real Madrid responded with excellent 23-9 for rest of the period, 63-62. Mirotic and Carrol brought Real 76-72 lead in the finish, after what Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) and Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) nailed free throws to keep Madrid out of trouble, 80-74. Jaycee Carroll was the leading player in victory with 21 points for 19 minutes on the court. Rudy Fernandez had 17 points, Sergio Llull (190-PG-87) 13 and Martynas Pocius netted 11 pts. In Emporio Armani, Drew Nicholas shined with 24 pts. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) and Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) posted 18 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 14-18, 22-21, 27-23, 22-16. Real Madrid goes to Tel-Aviv in the next round. Milano will host Anadolu Efes.

Maccabi T-A - Partizan 70-66
Maccabi Electra celebrated an easy win against Partizan on Thursday evening. Despite the final score says 'only' 70-66 for Maccabi, it was an easy win because the home squad had comfortable lead during the entire game. They slowed down in the finish and Partizan managed to cut the margin, but never seriously to treat. Both teams failed in the first round, so Maccabi has 1-1 record now, while Partizan dropped to 0-2 in Group C. Theodoros Papaloukas (200-PG-77, agency: FCM) scored 13 points for the hosts, Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) had 11 pts, 6 rebs and 6 assists, while Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) and Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) added 10 pts each. Partizan got 14 points from Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) (6 rebs) and Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) (5 rebs). Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M) was stopped to 12 pts in this meeting, while other Partizan NBAer Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 pts and 8 rebs. Quarters: 19-12, 22-17, 15-11, 14-26. Maccabi waits Real Madrid in the next round. Partizan will host Charleroi

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.

Group D
FCB Regal - Asseco Prokom 88-61
Expected win for Regal Barca at the Palau Blaugrana on Thursday evening. The reigning Spanish champ handed 88-61 loss to Asseco Prokom for perfect 2-0 record in Group D. The Polish powerhouse faced with the second straight loss. Barca took control on Prokom in the first period and never looked back after that. Their leading player was Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) with 20 points. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) scored 14 pts and Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) added 11 pts, plus 5 assists. In Prokom, Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) delivered 15 points. Alonzo Gee (198-G-87, college: Alabama) and Adam Lapeta (217-C-87, agency: Interperformances) (5 rebs) scored 10 and 9 points respectively. Quarters: 23-18, 24-18, 17-10, 24-15. In the next round Barca goes to Kazan. Prokom will play in Ljubljana.

Montepaschi - Union Olimpija 79-57
Montepaschi jumped to 2-0 record in Group D and shares the first place with Regal Barca. The Italian powerhouse had no troubles to beat Union Olimpija on Thursday evening with huge 79-57. The former Slovenian champ dropped to 0-2. The hosts made impressive 26-4 lead in the first quarter and Olimpija answered with 12-25 after that. However, Montepaschi players shined after the breather once again and with 23-11 resolved question about the winner. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) scored 17 points in this victory, Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) had 12 points and 8 rebs, and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) netted 11 pts for the Siena team. In the loosing squad, Davis Bertans (205-C-92) was the only one with double digits - 12 pts. Their second scorers were Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79, agency: Alti Sport) and Robert Rothbart (217-C-86) with only 7 pts each. Quarters: 26-4, 12-25, 23-11, 18-17. Montepaschi will host Galatasaray next week. Union Olimpija will try to beat Asseco Prokom in Ljubljana.

Galatasaray - Unics 64-68
Unics celebrated in Istanbul on Thursday evening. The Russian squad was better than Galatasaray 64-68 thanks to great played last quarter. Unics had 64-65 lead and a possession with 34 seconds to go. After timeout, Unics waited and waited as Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) and Henry Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) exchanged the ball. With one second on the shot clock, Domercant pulled up for a huge three that made it 64-68 that shut the stands and sealed the first Turkish Airlines Euroleague win ever for Unics Kazan. Henry Domercant scored 16 points in this victory and Lynn Greer added 12 pts. Alexey Savrasenko collected 9 points and 7 rebs in this meeting. On the other side, Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) had 11 pts and Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) added one point less. Quarters: 21-12, 14-16, 15-17, 14-23. Both teams have 1-1 record now. In the next round, Unics will meet Regal Barca at home. Galata goes to Siena.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Henry DOMERCANT
  Unics
  (192-G-80)
  Avg: 23
 1. Domercant, Unics23.0 
 2. Teletovic, Caja L.22.5 
 3. Hairston, Armani M.21.5 
 4. Loncar, Khimky20.5 
 5. Quinn, Khimky20.0 
 6. Batum, Nancy19.5 
 7. Banic, Bizkaia Bil.19.0 
 8. Goss, AS.19.0 
 9. Weems, Zalgiris18.5 
 10. Fernandez, Real M.18.0 
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. Stonerook, Montep.8.5 
 5. Loncar, Khimky8.5 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy8.0 
 7. Zoric, Unicaja8.0 
 8. Necas, CEZ Nymburk8.0 
 9. Reyes, Real Madrid8.0 
 10. Freeland, Unicaja8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nicolas BATUM
  Nancy
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Batum, Nancy8.0 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.7.5 
 3. Huertas, FCB Regal6.5 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA6.0 
 5. Causeur, Cholet6.0 
 6. Moore, PGE Turow6.0 
 7. Kirilenko, CSKA5.5 
 8. Prigioni, Caja L.5.5 
 9. Rice, Lietuvos.5.3 
 10. Ilievski, Anadolu5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.3.5 
 2. Kinsey, Anadolu3.0 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.3.0 
 4. Ilyasova, Anadolu3.0 
 5. Stiggers, PAOK3.0 
 6. Slaughter, Brose B.2.5 
 7. Kelati, Khimky2.5 
 8. Quinn, Khimky2.5 
 9. Thompson, AS.2.5 
 10. Akingbala, Nancy2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dounia ISSA
  Gravelines
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Issa, Gravelines3.0 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.3.0 
 3. Kirilenko, CSKA2.5 
 4. Kasun, KK.2.5 
 5. Vaty, Gravelines2.0 
 6. Goree, PAOK2.0 
 7. Cain, VEF Riga2.0 
 8. Perovic, FCB Regal2.0 
 9. Hines, Olympiakos2.0 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja2.0 


Nicolas Batum claims weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Nancy and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 23-year old forward had the game-high 26 points adding seven rebounds and eight assists for Nancy in his team's victory, helping them to beat Bizkaia Bilbao (1-1) 87-73. It is the first Euroleague win for Nancy this season. Batum has impressive league stats so far. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.5ppg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American power forward Sean May (203-F/C-84) of KK Zagreb CO. May impressed basketball fans with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as KK Zagreb CO lost that game 62-81 to Panathinaikos (2-0). May is a newcomer at KK Zagreb CO and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) of Olympiakos. Printezis scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Olympiakos, leading his team to a 81-74 win against Fener.Ulker (0-2). Olympiakos has 1-1 record now. Printezis has a very solid season so far. In 2 games in Euroleague he scored 12.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) of Unicaja - 21 points and 12 rebounds
5. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) of Anadolu Efes - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) of CSKA - 19 points and 4 rebounds
7. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of Montepaschi - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84) of FCB Regal - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Thabo Sefolosha (196-G-84) of Fener.Ulker - 17 points and 12 rebounds
10. Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) of Brose Baskets - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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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. Korihait 4-4 
 7. KTP 4-4 
 8. Kouvot 3-4 
 9. Salon Vilpas 2-5 
 10. LrNMKY 2-5 
 11. Namika Lahti 1-7 


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


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


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 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. Williams, Pyrinto18.0 
 9. Blue, KTP18.0 
 10. Newson, Kataja18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.7 
 2. Blue, KTP10.3 
 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. Moore, Korihait7.4 
 9. Muurinen, ToPo7.4 
 10. Nikkila, Pyrinto7.4 
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. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.2 
 8. Skamo, Kauhajoki3.7 
 9. Jalonen, Korihait3.7 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Williams, Pyrinto3.6 
 2. Moore, Korihait2.7 
 3. Sten, Kataja2.4 
 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. Bell, KTP1.0 
 6. Nikkila, Pyrinto1.0 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 8. Blue, KTP0.9 
 9. Heard, ToPo0.7 
 10. Rainamaa, Korihait0.7 


KORISLIIGA: UU-Korihait won after a slow start - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 8: Only one contest tonight. UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) defeating visitor KTP (Kotka) by two 99-97 (47-54). Quarters: 19-33, 26-21, 22-16, 30-27. Korihait
got a very slow start and was down by 14 points after the first 10 minutes. But Korihait came back to the game and won finally even missed three Fts at the end. Jerice Crouch (182-G-84, college: Chattanooga) led this time Korihait with 24 pts. Petri Heinonen (207-F/C-88) added 19 pts. Cory Johnson (200-F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Valparaiso) and Cedric Latimer (198-F-87, college: St.Francis, PA) scored 16 pts each. Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) again the leading scorer and rebounder on KTP roster: 23pts/14rbs.
Korihait - KTP 99-97 (47-54).
(Jerice Crouch 24, Petri Heinonen 19, Cedric Latimer 16/8, Cory Johnson 16 - Tim Blue 23/14, Michael Pounds 19, Bojan Sarcevic 16, Bennet Davis 13).

Division 1.:
Tarmo (Porvoo) - Honka (Tapiola) 68-76 (33-41). (Shawn Henderson 14/6a, Tyrwone Still 12, Esa Maki-Tulokas 11 - Villematti Kopio 18, Tero Laitinen 15, Anselmi Vanjoki 12).




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Batum leads Nancy to first Euroleague win - by Eurobasket News
Nancy - Bizkaia Bilbao 87-73

Nancy managed to take the first Euroleague win of the season. They outplayed Bilbao 87-73 thanks to great played last ten minutes of the game. Both teams have 1-1 record now in Group A. NBAer Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) was a key player in victory with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists,. He reached valuation 36. Adrien Moerman (204-F/C-88) had 15 pts and 5 rebounds, and Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) helped with 14 pts, plus 9 boards. Marko Banic (205-F-84) responded with 16 points and 5 rebs in defeat. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) and Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) (6 rebs) stopped to 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 17-18, 21-20, 23-20, 26-15. In the next round Nancy will meet Fenerbahce Ulker on the road. Bilbao goes to Cantu.

Nancy: Nicolas Batum 26+7 boards+8 as, Adrien Moerman 15+5 boards, Akinlolu Akingbala 14+9 boards
Bilbao: Marko Banic 16+5 boards, Kostas Vasiliadis 12, Aaron Jackson 11+6 boards


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Arnaud THINON
  Sorgues
  (178-G-87)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Thinon, Sorgues19.8 
 2. Horton, Blois19.0 
 3. Thomas, Roche19.0 
 4. St Robert, Montb.17.6 
 5. Herard, Challans17.6 
 6. Bigote, Cognac17.4 
 7. Pridotkas, Brest17.4 
 8. Almanson, Challans16.8 
 9. Bluntt, Orchy16.8 
 10. Jaiteh, CFBB15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Kaunisto, Blois12.4 
 2. Pearson, Angers B.11.3 
 3. Caskill, Cognac10.8 
 4. Jaiteh, CFBB9.7 
 5. Pridotkas, Brest8.8 
 6. Mendy, Lievin8.3 
 7. St Robert, Montb.7.8 
 8. Diame, Rueil7.6 
 9. McClark, Clermont7.5 
 10. Sanborn, Lievin7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Calvez, Charleville6.8 
 2. Brochard, Blois5.8 
 3. Barbry, Orchy5.8 
 4. Geay, Challans5.0 
 5. Dessart, Lievin4.8 
 6. Rathieuville, Brest4.6 
 7. Godin, Cognac4.4 
 8. Sene, Le Puy4.3 
 9. Tillon, Montbrison4.2 
 10. Cortey, Clermont4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche3.5 
 2. Cretaux, Lievin2.7 
 3. Bigote, Cognac2.6 
 4. Calvez, Charleville2.2 
 5. Gourari, Rueil2.0 
 6. Hermenier, Roche2.0 
 7. Bluntt, Orchy2.0 
 8. Moupegnou, Cognac2.0 
 9. Bateko, Roche2.0 
 10. Brochard, Blois2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Alingue, Souffel2.4 
 2. Caskill, Cognac2.3 
 3. Diame, Rueil1.4 
 4. Mendy, Lievin1.3 
 5. Borval, Le Puy1.2 
 6. Ipouck, Chartres1.2 
 7. N''Diaye, Souffel1.2 
 8. Jaiteh, CFBB1.0 
 9. Kaunisto, Blois1.0 
 10. Lopez, Brest1.0 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Nancy 3-0 
 2. Chalon 3-1 
 3. Paris-Levallois 3-1 
 4. Strasbourg 2-1 
 5. Gravelines 2-1 
 6. Le Mans 2-1 
 7. Poitiers 2-1 
 8. Cholet 2-1 
 9. Roanne 2-2 
 10. ASVEL 1-2 
 11. Le Havre 1-2 
 12. Orleans 1-2 
 13. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 1-2 
 14. Dijon 1-3 
 15. Hyeres-Toulon 0-3 
 16. Nanterre 0-3 


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


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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Rick HUGHES
  Hyeres-T.
  (204-C/F-73)
  Avg: 26
 1. Hughes, Hyeres-T.26.0 
 2. Chatfield, Paris-.23.8 
 3. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.20.7 
 4. Parker, AS.19.5 
 5. Rochestie, Le Mans18.3 
 6. Williams, Paris-.17.8 
 7. Nichols, Cholet17.3 
 8. Cox, Le Havre16.7 
 9. Morlende, Hyeres-T.16.5 
 10. Schilb, Chalon16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ian MAHINMI
  Le Havre
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Mahinmi, Le Havre12.0 
 2. Akingbala, Nancy11.7 
 3. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.11.0 
 4. Aminu, Chalon9.8 
 5. Falker, Cholet8.0 
 6. Krupalija, Hyeres.7.7 
 7. Faye, Hyeres-Toul.7.7 
 8. Jackson, Roanne7.5 
 9. Younger, Poitiers7.0 
 10. Sy, Orleans7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 15
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon15.0 
 2. Linehan, Nancy6.3 
 3. Rochestie, Le Mans6.3 
 4. Barrett, Roanne5.8 
 5. Albicy, Gravelines5.7 
 6. Meacham, Paris-.5.3 
 7. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.0 
 8. Jeanneau, Stras.5.0 
 9. Morlende, Hyeres-T.5.0 
 10. Diabate, Roanne5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nicolas BATUM
  Nancy
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Batum, Nancy2.7 
 2. Kahudi, Le Mans2.3 
 3. Linehan, Nancy2.3 
 4. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.2.3 
 6. Goss, AS.2.3 
 7. Dixon, Dijon2.0 
 8. Acker, Le Mans2.0 
 9. Riley, Nanterre2.0 
 10. Parsons, Cholet2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dounia ISSA
  Gravelines
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Issa, Gravelines2.0 
 2. Nichols, Cholet2.0 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy1.7 
 4. Williams, Paris-.1.5 
 5. Labeyrie, Hyeres-T.1.0 
 6. Sy, Orleans1.0 
 7. Vaty, Gravelines1.0 
 8. Falker, Cholet1.0 
 9. Batista, Le Mans1.0 
 10. Gobert, Cholet1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Ousmane BARRO
  Bourg
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Barro, Bourg20.5 
 2. James, Denain19.5 
 3. Davis, Le Portel18.8 
 4. Sonko, Bourg18.5 
 5. Gomis, Limoges18.5 
 6. Denave, St Vallier18.3 
 7. Taylor, Le Portel18.0 
 8. McKenzie, Boulazac18.0 
 9. Franklin, Vichy17.3 
 10. Ramseyer, Nantes16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 14
 1. Massie, Limoges14.0 
 2. Wood, Evreux11.2 
 3. Prowell, St Vallier10.0 
 4. Rossiter, Denain9.8 
 5. Allen, Antibes9.4 
 6. Brown, Maurienne9.4 
 7. Monroe, Boulazac9.0 
 8. Daniels, Chalons-.8.8 
 9. James, Denain8.5 
 10. Disy, St Vallier8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Donald COPELAND
  Bourg
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Copeland, Bourg8.5 
 2. Taylor, Le Portel5.6 
 3. Rowland, Evreux5.6 
 4. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.4 
 5. Njoya, Boulazac5.3 
 6. Gomis, Limoges5.0 
 7. Denave, St Vallier5.0 
 8. Poupet, Rouen5.0 
 9. Choquet, Fos Ouest4.8 
 10. Atamna, Fos Ouest4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Armand CHARLES
  Nantes
  (193-SF-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Charles, Nantes3.3 
 2. James, Denain3.0 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier2.5 
 4. Patiejunas, Rouen2.5 
 5. Flowers, Vichy2.5 
 6. Eito, Vichy2.5 
 7. Paelay, Quimper2.3 
 8. Njoya, Boulazac2.3 
 9. Sauret, Lille2.3 
 10. Milbourne, Limoges2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest2.6 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.1.8 
 3. Badiane, Antibes1.6 
 4. Massie, Limoges1.5 
 5. Prowell, St Vallier1.5 
 6. Barro, Bourg1.5 
 7. Ford, Bordeaux1.3 
 8. Ramseyer, Nantes1.3 
 9. Barrett, St Vallier1.3 
 10. Dunn, Rouen1.0 


SIG Strasbourg extends Maxime Zianveni for another month - by Eurobasket News
SIG Strasbourg announced signing of a one month contract extension with Maxime Zianveni (198-F-79). The new deal will keep Zianveni with the club until December 3. The player was brought in at the beginning of October as a replacement for injured Nicolas De Jong. Last season STB Le Havre bolstered its squad with Central African/French forward Maxime Zianveni. Air Max arrived to the club from Chalon, where he spent last season. For 22 games in ProA he had 6.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 1.5 apg. They also competed in EuroChallenge, where Zienveni added 9.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 1.4 apg for 12 appearances. In 2009-2010 he played for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone and in EuroChallenge after 12 games showed 9.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 63.3%. In French League his stats read 6.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 3.7%, FT: 72.9%. Maxime Zianveni is a member of the Central African National Team.

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Injury Woes Plague The Cuxhaven Bascats - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Sometimes playing with a seven man rotation has more to do with tactical reasons, but at least the headcoach can still look down at his bench and make moves, but nothing is worse then not being able to see anyone at the end of the bench on account of injuries. Injuries have plagued the Cuxhaven Bascats in the early going this season, but they have been able to get around it and are still on top of the PRO A standings with a 4-1 record. This Saturday the club has to play against the strong USC Heidelberg who have a 3-2 record. The injuries this season started at the top as head coach Vilmantas Matkevicius was unable to stand behind the bench because of a hip operation and has been helped leading the team by assistant Krists Plendiskis. Fan favorite Andreas Hasenkamm has been out as has American Dwuan Rice with a knee problems. Maximilian Kuhle also wont be able to play after breaking his hand as well as center Kristian Kuhn who reinjured his knee last weekend in the win in Chemnitz. Good news is that Americans Dorian Mcdaniel and Quinnel Brown should be 100% again. Yesterday the team signed Martin Bogdanovwhich gives the team an extra body that it most badly needs. 'Despite our injury problems, we were lucky to get Bogdanov. I think that he can take an importnat role in our team', stressed assistant coach Krists Plendiskis. Sometimes when a team is wounded most is when they are capable of performing wonders.

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.



Nicholas Pederson joins Licher BasketBaeren - by Moritz Korff
Pro B outfit Licher BasketBaeren has landed a third American player. Nicholas Pederson (203-F-85) has joined the team, according to the website of the 2. Bundesliga. The 26-year-old forward worked out with the Giants Duesseldorf in pre-season, but was waived shortly before the start of the season. Following his college career at Santa Rose JC and Cal. State-Stanislaus, Pederson spent some time in the ABA and made the move to Germany during the summer.

ALBA Berlin II hire Darren Stackhouse - by Moritz Korff
For the first time the farmteam of ALBA Berlin has brought in an American import player. According to the website of the 2. Bundesliga, Darren Stackhouse (198-F, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Shepherd) has been added to the Pro B roster. The graduate of NCAA D2 school Shepherd should provide some much needed help in the frontcourt. Stackhouse has four years of professional basketball under his belt, while most of his new teammates are teenagers. Stackhouse spent the past two years playing for the White Devils Cottbus. He scored 14.9 points per contest in 19 games of the 1. Regionalliga North during the 2010-11 campaign. He has previously had stints at Dorsten, Werne, Recklinghausen and Bielefeld.

Schwelmer Baskets make more roster moves - by Moritz Korff
Pro B team Schwelmer Baskets made three more roster moves before Saturday's game against Hannover. Coach Raphael Wilder added Patrick Wischnewski (191-G-87) and Alexander Starr (196-F-84, college: Centenary) to his roster and waived Devon Baker (185-G-87, college: Northwestern St.). The 24-year-old out of Bronx, NY, did not come up to Coach Wilder's expectations. He played five games for Schwelm, scoring 9.0 points per contest.
Following the signing of Jason Smith (183-G-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) earlier this week, German guard Wischnewski is the second new player to be added to the Schwelm backcourt, Starr could strenghten the team on the wing, though he did not play since the end of the 2009-10 season, when he won the 1. Regionalliga West championship with Schwelm and received Eurobasket.com All-RLW First Team honors.


The Rapid Miles Basketball Exchange With Josh Young (Walter Tigers Tuebingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Joshua Young (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Saginaw, Michigan. He played at Drake from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket recently about his new team The Walter Tigers Tuebingen.

How was your summer Josh? Was there anything you could do this summer which you were unable to do the last summers?

The summer was great. I got to spend a lot of time with my family while being able to work out. I also took a mission trip to Africa this summer. It was awesome


How does a typical Joshua Young off season workout day look like?

Typical offseason workout involves a morning run. I like to lift weights and then do some cardio. After that, I do shooting, skill workouts, and hopefully play some 5 on 5.

What things do you still need to work on on your game?

. I'm still trying to develop high level point guard skills. Besides that, I always think I can improve every area of my game

How satisfying was it knowing already very early that the Walter Tigers Tuebingen had wanted you and thus signed you?

I was able have peace of mind this summer knowing that I had already signed with the club. I was excited that Tubingen showed so much interest early.

It is not every day that a player makes the jump from PRO B to the BEKO BBL. Do you feel a lot of pressure playing in the Beko BBL this season?

There's no pressure. I'll just play the game I've always played and look to improve every day.

Last season, you played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB) playing 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. You seemed way to good for this league, but were you still able to get something out of it?

. Last season helped boost my confidence as a player. It also helped me learn how to be able to run a team early in my career and really be a leader

Have you talked to Tigers coach Igor Perovic about what your role will be? I am sure he has more planned for you then giving the starting point guard a breather?

My role this year will be to make plays, offensively and defensively. Whether its for my teammates or myself, I just want to help my team win games.

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

I think my ability to finish around the rim. I'm not the biggest guy but am crafty close to the basket.

This will be your second season in Germany. What do you like most about Germany?

The people. They are really friendly and very supportive of basketball here.

You played at Drake from 2006-2010. What is your fondest memory and story with ex teammate Adam Emmenecker?

That was such an amazing year. The 21 game win streak we had was magical but the best memory was winning the Missouri Valley Conference and Tournament.

What is your take of Ron Artest changing his name to world peace?

Ron Artest is a different type of person. Although it seems weird, its possible that his motives are pure

Many NBA players are coming over to Europe this season like Deron Williams, Jordan Farmerand others. Which guy will adjust best to Europe?

I think Deron Williams will have a big year in Turkey

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Friday

Thanks Josh for the chat.



Can The Fraport Skyliners Slow Down Alba Berlin And Baldis Angels - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
When making tasty American Tollhouse cookies, delectable Frankfurter Wuerstchen or scrumptious maultaeschen and Spaetzle from the Schwabenland, you cant just add ordinary spices, but you need that special mix that will get your stomach itching for more and more. In sports its no different as in order to be successful, a team needs the right gusto. The ex Skyliner trio of Gordon Herbert, Derrick Allen and Dashaun Wood want to follow trios like Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen who won 6 NBA Tiles in Chicago, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and Adam Vinitieri that won 3 Superbowls in Boston and Fox Broadcasting Company, Matt Groening and Homer Simpson that have been on the air for 24 years and be successful and get that first title together with Alba Berlin together. Only Herbert has won a title in the BEKO BBL while Wood has his 2011 Beko BBL MVP trophy and has stated that winning is the first order on the agenda for the road runner who will go that extra distance down the long and lonely road is looking for his first and Derrick Allen who has supplied the league with his beautiful ballerina moves for years and is itching for that first title and is as motivated as Karl Malone once was with the Utah Jazz. Alba Berlin last won a title with the Beko BBL Cup in 2009 and with this trio have as much motivation and heart as any team would ever want to have. Any male that has watched TV will have seen reruns of the well knows 70s detective show Charlies Angels or the movie version with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu with the man in the backround Charles Townsend pulling the strings. It is no different in Berlin with Marco Baldi who brought in his trio of basketball angels Derrick Allen, Dashaun Wood and Gordon Herbert who dont solve crimes, but solve ways to bring titles to the Spree. I think these guys will help Berlin out a great deal this season and as far as who you can compare them to is hard to say. DA does deserve a title as hard as he plays and what he has done for the BBL. He is a reps Ted player around the league and hopefully he will get his chance before his time is up, warned TBB Trier guard John Bynum. Baldi has done a good job getting his angels. First it was Derrick Allen and now Gordon Herbert and Dashaun Wood. Frankfurt has shown in the last years doing a good job developing basketball talent. Herbert always has a trick up his sleeve and I think this year that a title is in the making for Alba Berlin, stressed Skyliner Fabian Franke.

There was a time between 1996-2003 that the basketball world of Alba Berlin seemed as perfect as the Michael Jordan run with the Chicago Bulls, the seemingly always flawless face of Cindy Crawford even in her rise in age or the breathless scenery of the lake Geneva. In these 7 years Alba Berlin was able to win 10 German basketball titles, including 7 league titles in a row and three cup wins. Alba Berlin ruled the German basketball world and was on top of the world like Dirk Nowitzki currently is after winning his first NBA title, or 19 year old Borrusia Dortmund German Mario Gotze currently is by invitation of the media. However since 2003, the team that plays in the posh O-2 World arena has seemed to lost that magic touch as they have only been able to win 3 titles in the last seven years with the league title in 2008 and two cup wins 2006 and 2009. What have been the main problems? Did the team loose their hunger in 2003 which somehow has been transferred over to the next teams? The Beko BBL has become more competitive and athletic in the last 5 years, coaches have come and gone, and the player transfers have not always seemed to have fit and team chemistry was lacking as well. Despite being only a game away last season from winning their 9th title, Alba Berlin knows that in order not to get passed this season by a Bamberg and Munich, the club had to react and could have heightened their title chances in 2012 with the arrival of mastermind coach Gordon Herbert.
Last season, Alba Berlin rebounded well after not knowing how the coaching change from Luka Pavicevic to Muli Katzurin would end, but the club lost on the road to the always very strong Brose Baskets Bamberg in 5 games in the Beko BBL final. Alba Berlin had chances to win game 5, but some small mistakes and missed shots coupled with some big John Goldsberry three pointers washed out their hopes of bringing the championship back to the Spree. Muli Katzurin did a wonderful job taking over a squad in mid season changing the Pavicevic style and making the Albatros game more fast and mixing up the defensive sets. He led the team from a come from behind series win against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and a very satisfying win over the Deutsche Bank Skyliners winning 3 games on the foreign floor of the Ballsporthalle. Katzurin brought new life to guys like Bryce Taylor and Heiko Schaffartzik, but somehow despite him saving the season from a possible nightmare had he not stepped up to the helm in January, Alba Berlin was looking in a new direction with Gordon Herbert.
Alba Berlin had had success with Americans Julius Jenkins and Immanuel Mcelroy, but there is always a time for a change, just like when you give your apartment a new new look changing the colours of the living room walls. Alba Berlin did a gradual face lift bidding farewell to ex Beko BBL MVP Julius Jenkins, the best defensive player in the league Immanuel Mcelroy who had won a combined 5 titles in Berlin, 2010 Eurochallenge winner Taylor Rochestie, Serbs Tadijia Dragcevic, Miroslav Raduljica and Germanys leading title holder Patrick Femmerling. Alba Berlin kept a solid core of players with ballerina dancer Derrick Allen, Bryce Taylor whos dunk over Predrag Suput will remain in the heads of many from last seasons final series against Bamberg and a core of Germans including three point sharp shooter Heiko, Mrwhen you need a crazy three point bomb give me the ball please Schaffartzik, Sven Schultze, Yassin Idbihi, and Lucca Staiger.
Alba Berlin didnt waste anytime getting their most important order of business squared away as they hired Gordon Herbert very early this summer. Alba Berlin see Herbert as being the man to get Alba Berlin back on the title road and not getting run over by teams like Bamberg and Munich. This will be Herberts 5th season in the Beko BBL. He led Frankfurt to their first league title in 2004 and reached the cup final that year. In 2010, he was two points away to getting Frankfurt that 2nd league title as the Skyliners lost a bitter game 5 final in Bamberg. Last season, Frankfurt lost in 5 games to Alba Berlin. Herbert is known as getting the best out of his players, but also known in being able to build a strong and successful team even if talent and deepness is lacking. Now Herbert will have a type of new challenge as the talent will be about as abundant this season for the Canadian as there is with top Israel team Macabbi Tel Aviv. Now all eyes will be focused on Herbert to see how he will make an already very talented club even better.
Even after Alba Berlin had kicked out the Deutsche Bank Skyliners from the playoffs in their own living room, they still had no mercy as they stole Mr road runner Dashaun Wood from the heart of the fans. Despite that Wood had signed a contract to stay with Frankfurt, he did put some clauses in so that he could leave the club. One of those clauses was that he would go where Gordon Herbert would go. A heart of a player can be as big as Mount Everest for a team, but about as often as the sun shines in the Costa De Sol in south Spain, the green numbered paper that rules the world mostly keeps the heart of a player more green than red. Wood who was the leagues MVP in 2011 playing 42 games: Score-1 (19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%, will more than likely not be able to post stats like that again with alba Berlin. He will have a different role in Berlin as he will be surrounded by many scorers and not have the burden on his shoulders having to score as he often did in Frankfurt. The question will be how well can his ego get used to his new role, but he has stated that winning is his biggest priority and not scoring 20 points a game. The team brought in European experience with American Torin Francis, athletic ex NBA player Kyle Weaver and a touch of Serbian fire with Marko Simonovic. The team kept a lot of last years success intact with Mr ballerina Derrick Allen, Mr everything on the court and more Bryce Taylor, Heiko I can hit even from the Berlin TV tower Schaffartzik, inside monster Yassin Idbihi, sharpshooter Lucca Staiger and the glue that holds the team together German national player Sven Scultze.
However despite all this unending talent on board, Alba Berlin have gotten out of the wrong side of the bed this season as they have started with a less than satisfactory 2-2 record. They werent given a good role of the dice either getting their first three games on the road. They started with a heartbreaking 71-69 loss in Bremerhaven that probably had Herbert and Wood in long discussions after analyzing ways they could of won the game. Alba Berlin then creamed potential playoff team New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig 87-68, only to go to Phoenix Hagen the enxt week and get their second loss in a row there. Last season 37 points by Derrick Allen couldnt get a win and this season it was Marc Carter that shot out the lights as Alba Berlin lost again 98-91. They returned to the O-2 World arena for their first home game and got a pesky fight from the Walter Tigers Tuebingen as they stayed close, but the eight time Beko BBL champion closed out the game in style with a 20-5 run to win 76-56. Except for the high scoring game in Hagen, they have defended well in the other three games letting up an average of only 71 points per game. With a new coach, players and system, Alba Berlin is just figuring each other out in the early going not too mention the building pressure to win each season. Yea it is pressure winning wherever you are at at any level and yea they have more pressure cause the standard is higher in Berlin because of the tradition, but I think all of their players can handle it or else they wouldn't be there, stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum. The season is still very young and despite being at 500, Alba Berlin should be making ground to higher spots as the seasons drags on. I think they will get stronger as the season goes along and will be a force in the playoffs, warned John Bynum.
Alba Berlin is led by Kyle Weaver who is a 25 year old 198cm guard/forward from Beloit, Wisconsin. Since graduating from Washington St. (NCAA) in 2008, he has breathed NBA air most of the time except for some short D-league stays and ending last season with TEC Spirou Charleroi (Belgium). In his senior year at Washington State, he played 35 games: 12.2ppg, 5.3rpg, AssistsConf-4 (4.3apg), StealsConf-4 (1.7spg), FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 73.3%: Is the first player in Pac-10 history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, 175 steals and 75 blocked shots in a career. Finished collegiate career ranked second in assists in Washington State history with 465, third in steals with 188, seventh in blocked shots with 93 and 17th in scoring with 1,162 points. In his first three seasons as a professional basketball player he has played a total of 73 NBA games for The Oklahoma Thunder and Utah Jazz. Weaver shins with his great defensive play and anticipation skills and is a guy that does many things well including passing and displaying ferocity of attacking the boards. His perimeter shooting has improved since turning pro. Weaver could be one of the new stars of the Beko BBL this season. Last season, he played for Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA), only pre-season, then moved to Iowa Energy (D-League): 21 games: 16.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 3.5apg, 1.3spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 83.5%, injured in Jan.'11, in Mar.'11 signed at Austin Toros (D-League, starting five): 9 games: 13.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.0spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 78.0%; in Apr.'11 signed a 10-Day contract with Utah Jazz (NBA): 5 games: 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 87.5%; later that month agreed terms with TEC Spirou Charleroi (Belgium-D1, starting five): 11 games: 7.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 64.7%
Dashaun Wood is a 26 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan. He has natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. He played at Wright State from 2003-2007. He then had a superb rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2 (42.8%), FT:77.4%. In his second season he played for : Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. He sat out the next season due to injuries and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners took a gamble signing him in 2010, but it paid off. Wood who was the leagues MVP in 2011 playing 42 games: Score-1 (19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%, will more than likely not be able to post stats like that again with alba Berlin. He will have a different role in Berlin as he will be surrounded by many scorers and not have the burden on his shoulders having to score as he often did in Frankfurt. The question will be how well can his ego get used to his new role, but he has stated that winning is his biggest priority and not scoring 20 points a game. Alba Berlin then got a versatile 4/5 man with Boston native Torin Francis who should be a solid complementary player to Yassin Idbihi at the center position. Francis is a 29 year old 210cm American from Boston. He is a a highly-skilled and gifted athlete with game-breaking ability, versatile all-around frontcourt player who plays both ends of the floor extremely well, has a physical offensive and defensive presence on the court and runs the floor extremely well for a player his size. He is explosive in the post, smart decision maker with the ball and an unselfish player who knows how to distribute the ball. This will be his 6th professional season as the Notre Dame alumnist has played in countries like Italy, Israel, Turkey and Greece. Last season, he played for Bornova Bld (Turkey-TBL, starting five): 13 games: 10.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 48.2%, FT: 61.1%; and in January 11 moved to Panellinios Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): Greek League: 16 games: 12.6ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 52.7%, FT: 68.8%; EuroCup: 6 games: 15.7ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 65.0%, FT: 72.7%. His only rap may be that he has never won a title at the professional ranks.
Derrick Allen is a 31 year 203cm power forward from Gadsen, Alabama that is playing his second season in Berlin. He is a rugged inside player who attacks the glass, will provide help on the boards, is a solid defender in the post, a competitor and hard worker, can score facing the basket and has shooting range to the foul line. He is playing his seventh season in Germany after playing two years in Karlsruhe, one season in Leverkusen and three years in Frankfurt. With the Deutsche Bank Skyliners, Allen reached the playoffs each season and lost a heart breaker fifth game in the 2010 BEKO BBL finals by two points. He played 148 games in his three years and never played a game where he dogged a play. Allen is searching for his first BEKO BBL title in Berlin. As 1/3 of Baldis angels, Derrick Allen will have the most zeal to win that title and do what it takes to get that hardware. Last season he played EuroCup: 11 games: 13.0ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 57.6%, FT: 80.6%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 5 games: 15.0ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 64.7%, FT: 56.3%; German Bundesliga: 49 games: 13.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP-3 (61.0%), FT: 78.7%. For the departure of Serb Tadijia Dragcevic, the team hauled in another talented Serb with Marko Simonovic who seem to be around on the basketball block as much as the buses on Madison avenue in New York city. Simonovic is a 24 year old 202cm forward that is a great athlete with enormous jumping ability and an attractive player with great three point shoot. He played for BC Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro) the last three years and last season played Adriatic League: 27 games: 13.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 69.2%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 8.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0apg, 2.0spg. He may only be 24, but has vast experience for a player of his age having played for teams like Telindus BC Oostende (Belgium)and KK Hemofarm Vrsac. The Serbs in general for European basketball teams seem to be as exchangeable as the women on the side of George Clooney and with Simonovic it wont be any different as he will help Alba Berlin with his inside out game.
The team brought back Heiko Schaffartzik who is a 27 year old 182cm point guard who is a German National player who has been a BBL traveler who has played for many different BEKO BBL teams like Giessen, Oldenburg, Nurnberg, EnBW Ludwigsburg and Braunschweig. He had his big international breakthrough at the Euro Championships in 2009 averaging 12,7ppg, 2,0rpg, 3,8apg and shot 54% from the three point line. He shoots first and penetrates second. He is a great one on one player. His biggest weapon is his shooting as he loves the catch and pop and off the dribble shooting. He started the season with Turk telekom in Turkey, but never found his rhythm as he played 10 games averaging 3,8ppg, 1,6rpg and 2,3apg in 15 minutes per game. He had a strong playoff series against Frankfurt and last season played German League: 32 games: 4.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.8apg; EuroCup: 5 games: 6.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 66.7%. The team also got some insurance by bringing in 25 year old 196cm shooting guard Bryce Taylor last season who hails from San Diego, California. He is the son of former NBA player Brian Taylor. He is a great sharpshooter with an aggressive dribble drive and has a keen understanding of the game. He played at Oregon from 2004-2008. In his senior year at Oregon, he averaged 12.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 46.1%, 3Pts: 38.2%, FT: 82.3% in 30 games. Three seasons ago, he turned professional and played in Italy for Premiata Montegranaro playing 30 games: and averaging 13.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 82.6%. In 2009-2010 in Bonn, he played 6 Eurocup games: 18.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 36.4%; German League: 34 games: 12.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 81.4%. In 2010, he played NBA Summer league for the Indiana Pacers. Last season for Alba Berlin Taylor played EuroCup: 11 games: 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 83.9%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 5 games: 0.8ppg; German League: 49 games: 7.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 44.9%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 76.0%.
The team brings back 28 year old 208cm forward/center Yassin Idbihi from Cologne is playing his second season in Berlin. He can score, but is not so fast, but has potent moves. He played at The University of Buffalo from 2003-2007 and finished as the schools fourth all time leading scorer with 1,514 points and the third all time leading rebounder with 844. He became the first player in school history to score 1,500 points and 800 rebounds. He played with the Cologne 99ers and had some experience playing in France for Limoges. In 2009-2010, he helped lead The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig into the BEKO BBL semi finals losing against The Brose Baskets Bamberg where he played games 39 games averaging 10.7ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 56.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%. Last season, he got better in the second half of the season playing German League: 43 games: 7.4ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 58.3%, FT: 73.4%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 4 games: 3.3ppg, 3.3rpg; EuroCup: 11 games: 7.0ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP-1 (71.4%), FT: 73.9%. Luka Staiger who is a 23 year old 196 cm shooting guard returns back for a third season after coming late in the season last year coming from the NCAA from Iowa. He started his basketball career for TSG Ehingen and played there from 2003-2007. He then departed over the big pond to the NCAA to Iowa where he played until 2010. He played 49 NCAA games for Iowa, but was unhappy about how he was being used on the court and decided to return to Germany. In 2009-2010, he played 7 BEKO BBL games averaging 3,3ppg. He got his start in the German national team in 2009 in Poland at the European championships and got more of a role this past summer at the World Championships in Turkey -10: 4 games: 7.3ppg, 1.0rpg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 37.5%. He once scored 106 points as a 16 year old. Last season for Alba Berlin he played German League: 41 games: 3.7ppg, 1.1rpg; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 5 games: 2.4ppg; EuroCup: 11 games: 3.8ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.2apg, also a license to play for ALBA Berlin II (ProB): 2 games: 18.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.5apg, 1.0spg. The team also brought back a familiar face with very experienced Sven Schultze who played many years for The German national team. He is a 33 year old 206cm power forward that was born in Bamberg. He is a very strong player with a deadly shot. With his size, he will post up the opponents small forwards and outrun the opponents power forwards. He is able to defend bigger players, but also agile enough to defend smaller ones. He can drop the three pointer in a variety of ways which gave Luka Pavicevic so many more ways of using him. He also is very dangerous on the fast break as he can with the speed of a point guard and then dunk. He started his career with Bamberg and then played for Alba Berlin from 1998-2002 winning four BEKO BBL titles. He then played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen until 2005 before going south to Play in Italy in Milian, Udine and Biella. he also played shortly in Greece for Larissa. He finished the 2009-2010 season playing for Ferrara (Italy-SerieA): 13 games: 8.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 75.0%. He won a silver in Belgrad in 2005 at the European Championships and played at the Olympic games 2008 in Bejing. Last season for Alba Berlin he played EuroCup: 12 games: 4.7ppg, 2.3rpg; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 3.5ppg, 1.5rpg; German League: 43 games: 3.1ppg, 1.3rpg.

It may only have been 5 months since The Skyliners lost a very bitter 5 game series in which they werent able to win a single game in the Ballsporthalle. Maybe the team led by Muli Katzurin will have more luck now as the Fraport Skyliners in the Fraport arena. Derrick Allen who was loved in Frankfurt the way Darius Hall was and still is loved in the Artland region, left on his own terms two seasons ago with the blessings of all fans to win a title which he still hasnt in Berlin and should get a warm welcome. However the way Gordon Herbert and Dashaun Wood left was not in kind memory by the fans and could get a rude homecoming. The matchup of the game should be the two point guards Dashaun Wood and Justin Gray. .I think this will be a great match up and very exciting. Both guards play a major role in their teams success so it should be a great match up, warned John Bynum. Justin Gray is one player that should be very motivated, because in the last games he has been searching for his preseason form and wants to lead his team to victory. We have to regroup this week an dnot look back at the Ulm game and let it bother us. Coach Herbert is back. This will be a big game. We will practice very hard this week and will be ready, warned Justin Gray. There are many areas that the Fraport Skyliners can improve on and should be corrected this week in practice. We gave them too many open looks. That is where our problems start. We cant let teams get in a flow, because once the ystart to hit shots their confidence grows, stressed Jon Leuer. If the game is tight, The Fraport Skyliners cant let a new Dane Watts candidate from Berlin take over in crunch time. Executing on offense and defense down the stretch is key, added Michael Thompson. Playing a total game and not semi total game also will be vital. Frankfurt has to come together and take quality shots. They have to make it difficult for Alba Berlin on offense and not get in a hole. They cant just play for 20 minutes and sit back, but play for 40 minutes, warned ratiopharm Ulm forward Steve Esterkamp. TBB Trier guard John Bynum hasnt faced both teams yet, but knows the key for success. . Frankfurt has to control the tempo and the boards. I think Berlin has to speed up the game and use their depth as an advantage, warned John Bynum. You can never completely shut down Dashaun Wood, but just hope to slow him down a bit. But Alba Berlin is not only Dashaun Wood, but it has many quality players. We have to remember that is is Fraport Skyliners against Alba Berlin and not against Dashaun Wood. We improved against Ulm and want to continue that trend this weekend. We also hope to use our big men in the best way possible, commented Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin. The Fraport Skyliners host Alba Berlin October 29th.




Karlsruhe waived Piternieks and Pelton - by Moritz Korff
BG Karlsruhe (2. Bundesliga Pro A) has waived Krists Piternieks (202-G-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) and Kendaris Pelton (198-F-84, college: Martin Methodist), effective immediately. Piternieks scored a total of seven points in six games played, Pelton appeared in five games and averaged 2.2 points per contest.
According to the club's press release, there are currently no plans to sign other players instead to make up for the loss of Piternieks and Pelton. Reportedly the young Germans will now get the chance to step up.


Kejuan Johnson Joins BG Illertal Weissenhorn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With PRO B team BG Illertal Weissenhorn hanging on a thin thread with an 0-6 record, Eurobasket has learned that the team has acted by bringing in scoring phenom with Kejuan Johnson (193-G-85, agency: TSS Management, college: Long Beach St.) Johnson is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Long Beach, California. Last season he led the PRO A in scoring with Paderborn playing 29 games: Score-1 (21.0ppg), 6.0rpg, Assists-5 (5.1apg), Steals-1 (3.0spg), FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 81.3%. He scored in double figures 29 times including 20 points or more in 18 games. The American is no stranger to German basketball courts, as this will be his third season in Germany. The year before he played for CRE Eagles Itzehoe (Germany-Regionalliga): 19 games: 29.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.9apg, 3.3spg, 2FGP: 56.5%, 3Pts: 36.3%, FT: 79.8%. He played college ball at Long Beach St. (NCAA) and in his senior year played 26 games: 15.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3Pts: 38.0%, FT: 83.8%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been Big West Tournament Finalist -06, All-Big West 2nd Team -06, Big West Regular Season Champion -07, Big West Tournament Winner -07, All-Big West 1st Team -07, Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga North Player of the Year -10, Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga North First Team -10, and Eurobasket.com All-German 2. Bundesliga Pro A 2nd Team -11

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NABC COMMENTS ON NCAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS' ACTIONS - by George Manousidis
KANSAS CITY, Mo. With the 2011-12 mens college basketball season set to begin in little more than a week, coaches in NCAA Division I found out a great deal about the future of the sport after action taken by the NCAA Division I Board of Directors Thursday in Indianapolis.

Changes in academic standards and student-athlete support, along with a revamped recruiting model were adopted by the Board, continuing the quick-action precedent set earlier this year. The NCAA toughened academic standards while providing student-athletes with increased economic and academic support.

The new recruiting model allows coaches to make unlimited phone calls and send text messages to mens basketball recruits. The deregulation extends to social media, and has a new starting date of June 15 following a prospects sophomore year.

The model adopted Thursday and put forth by the NCAA Leadership Council is the result of a great deal of study and discussion, which included significant input from many groups, including basketball coaches, said Jim Haney, executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

One of the most pressing problems in mens college basketball is the retention of student-athletes. Some 40% of mens basketball players leave their college or university by the end of the sophomore year for a variety of reasons, said Haney. Strengthening relationships over a longer period of time between the college coach and the student-athlete should help diminish this percentage and will also help raise the APR (Academic Progress Rate) for Division I programs.

Coaches will also be allowed to evaluate prospective student-athletes for two weekends in April at non-scholastic events while cutting back the July recruiting period to three four-day periods.

Coaches need to see prospects in April, especially coaches who may have scholarships available immediately for seniors who are graduating, said Ernie Kent, NABC president and former head coach at the University of Oregon. This is also a benefit for coaches just hired to take over programs that may need to be bolstered right away.

NCAA presidents established a higher academic standard for incoming freshman to be eligible to compete and that standard has been set at a 2.3 grade-point average (GPA) in the core courses. A freshman whose core average is between 2.0 and 2.3 will be eligible to receive athletically-related financial aid and practice but not compete in the freshman year. He will have four years of eligibility remaining. Another component requires prospects to complete 10 of the 16 total required core courses prior to the start of their senior year with seven of the 10 in English, math and science.

The NCAA Board voted earlier this year to set the minimum academic standard for postseason participation with an APR of 930. This standard takes effect in the 2012-13 academic year, with a two-year implementation window before the benchmark is raised from 900 to 930. For teams to qualify academically for postseason play in 2012-13 and 2013-14, a programs multi-year APR must be 900 or a 930 average over the most recent two-year period.

The standard increases to 930 for a four-year period or a minimum of 940 for the two most recent years in 2014-15. The following season, 2015-16, the 930 score will be implemented fully, meaning that programs not achieving the score will be ineligible for postseason play and face additional penalties.

The new standards will be especially daunting for institutions which make coaching changes. One of the most important questions when interviewing for a position will be what the APR for the preceding four years was, said Haney. It may take considerable time to rebuild both academically and athletically for a new coach to be successful. As we have seen from the ever-growing number of coaching changes each year, coaches often are not afforded ample time to be successful.


Olympiakos takes 81-74 win against Fenerbahce Ulker - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Fenerbahce Ulker 81-74

Olympiakos grabbed their first Euroleague win this season. The Reds outplayed Fenerbahce Ulker in very exciting meeting 81-74. With 13 second to go Olympiacos committed a turnover and Fener got a chance. However a 5 seconds violation on the inbounds gave the ball back to Olympiacos again. Gecevicius made both free throws for the Reds with 12.5 seconds to go. Thabo Sefolosha (196-G-84, agency: ACMT) got 1 back from the stripe with 8.8 seconds left and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) iced the win from the line before Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) threw down a slam for the finishing touch. Spanoulis led the winners in scoring with 22 points (7 assists). Printezis added 21 points and 7 rebounds, while Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) helped his team with 13 pts. On the other side, Fener got double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds from Thabo Sefolosha. James Gist (205-F-86) had 14 pts and 6 rebs, and Roko-Leni Ukic (196-G-84) stopped to 13 pts. Quarters: 12-14, 14-23, 27-17, 28-20. Olympiacos goes to Vitoria in the next round. Fener will host Nancy and will try to register the first win in Group A.

Olympiakos: Vassilis Spanoulis 22+7 boards, Georgios Printezis 21+7 boards, Martynas Gecevicius 13
Fenerbahce Ulker: Thabo Sefolosha 17+12 boards, James Gist 14+6 boards, Roko-Leni Ukic 13


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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Atomeromu
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Williams, Atomeromu25.7 
 2. Ivosev, Szedeak25.0 
 3. Bell, Kormend22.7 
 4. Ingram, FS Debre.21.3 
 5. Miskovic, Marso N.21.3 
 6. Jones, Jaszberenyi21.0 
 7. Timberlake, Falco-.20.8 
 8. El Amin, Albacomp20.5 
 9. Wilson, Kaposvari19.0 
 10. Raivio, Kaposvari19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi13.3 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.13.3 
 3. Szabo, FS Debrecen11.0 
 4. Ivosev, Szedeak10.3 
 5. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.8.8 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari8.0 
 7. Dawson, Jaszbere.8.0 
 8. Szabo, Falco-Szova7.8 
 9. Izzo, FS Debrecen7.5 
 10. Townes, Kormend7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas KELLEY
  Kecskemeti
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Kelley, Kecskemeti6.3 
 2. Williams, Atomeromu6.3 
 3. Fekete, Marso N.6.3 
 4. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.8 
 5. El Amin, Albacomp5.5 
 6. Simon, Albacomp5.3 
 7. Wittmann, Kecsk.5.3 
 8. Trotter, Szolnok5.0 
 9. Fodor, Szolnok5.0 
 10. Wilson, Kaposvari5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Fekete, Marso N.6.7 
 2. Szoegi, Szolnok4.0 
 3. Kelley, Kecskemeti3.3 
 4. Baki, ZTE K.3.0 
 5. Wittmann, Kecsk.3.0 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari2.7 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak2.7 
 8. Ingram, FS Debre.2.7 
 9. Trotter, Szolnok2.7 
 10. Wilson, Kaposvari2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Townes, Kormend3.3 
 2. Jones, Jaszberenyi2.3 
 3. Morgen, Atomeromu1.7 
 4. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.5 
 5. Miskovic, Marso N.1.3 
 6. Nailon, Atomeromu1.0 
 7. Trotter, Szolnok1.0 
 8. Bencze, Kecskemeti1.0 
 9. Bader, Szolnok1.0 
 10. Juhos, Albacomp1.0 


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


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  ICELAND   


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


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Brandon COTTON
  Snaefell
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 35.3
 1. Cotton, Snaefell35.3 
 2. Govens, Thor Thorl31.0 
 3. Tairu, KR25.7 
 4. Dagostino, Keflavik25.5 
 5. Horton, KR24.0 
 6. Shuler, Haukar24.0 
 7. Sovic, IR23.7 
 8. Echols, Njardvik22.8 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan21.3 
 10. Hampton, Tindasto.21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quincy HANKINS-COLE
  Snaef.
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Hankins-Cole, Snae.15.3 
 2. Ringgold, Thor Tho.12.8 
 3. Echols, Njardvik12.5 
 4. Cole, Keflavik12.0 
 5. Walkup, Fjolnir11.0 
 6. Hampton, Tindastoll10.3 
 7. Shuler, Haukar9.3 
 8. Thorsteinsso., Gri.9.3 
 9. Sovic, IR9.3 
 10. Parker, Keflavik8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Giordan WATSON
  Grindavik
  (178-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Watson, Grindavik7.0 
 2. O''Neil, Fjolnir6.7 
 3. Shouse, Stjarnan6.3 
 4. Miller, Tindastoll6.0 
 5. Claessen, IR5.7 
 6. Govens, Thor Thorl5.3 
 7. Sigurgeirsso., Sna.5.0 
 8. Steinarsson, Fjoln.5.0 
 9. Gunnarsson, Kefla.4.7 
 10. Hankins-Cole, Sna.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jovonni SHULER
  Haukar
  (193-G/F-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Shuler, Haukar4.0 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan3.7 
 3. Holmes, Njardvik3.3 
 4. Cothran, Stjarnan3.3 
 5. Parker, Keflavik2.7 
 6. Dagostino, Keflavik2.5 
 7. Gunnarsson, Kefla.2.0 
 8. Magnusson, KR2.0 
 9. Johnson, IR2.0 
 10. Fridriksson, Njar.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darnell HUGEE
  Valur
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hugee, Valur2.0 
 2. Jonsson, Snaefell1.3 
 3. Johannsson, Tinda.1.0 
 4. Magnusson, KR1.0 
 5. Cole, Keflavik1.0 
 6. Valdimarsson, Stja.1.0 
 7. Bartolotta, IR1.0 
 8. Hampton, Tindastoll1.0 
 9. Eiriksson, Fjolnir1.0 
 10. Johnson, IR1.0 


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  INDONESIA   


U16 Asia Championship: Indonesia snatch victory over Saudi Arabia, clinch 7th place - by Eurobasket News
Indonesia U16 - Saudi Arabia U16 52:47

Indonesia sneaked past Saudi Arabia on the final day of the U16 Asia Championship in Vietnam. The winners thus clinched the 7th overall position at the tournament. Muhammad Fahdani (185-F/C-96) scored 17 points to pace Indonesia.
Saudi Arabia led by three points after ten minutes of action 14:11. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. The Saudis established a 24:19 advantage at the interval. But Indonesia started to change the complexion of the encounter after the big break. They cut the deficit to only two points at the final intermission 32:34. Indonesia opened the final term on a 6:1 run to surge ahead. The margin quickly grew at 8-point mark and Indonesia rolled to the victory at the end. Bastian Sidabutar (180-F-95) posted 10 points, while Hans Abraham (179-G-95) and Vincent Kosasih (198-C-96) added 8 points each in the win. Saudi Arabia responded with 17 points from Raad Barnawi (185-G-95). Abdullah Musallam had 12 points in the loss.

Indonesia U16: Muhammad Fahdani 17, Bastian Sidabutar 10, Hans Abraham 8, Vincent Kosasih 8
Saudi Arabia U16: Raad Barnawi 17, Abdullah Musallam 12


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  IRAQ   


U16 Asia Championship: Iraq silence Lebanon for 5th place in Nha Trang City - by Eurobasket News
Iraq U16 - Lebanon U16 76:60

Iraq claimed the fifth position at the U16 Asia Championship. They outscored Lebanon today to finish on a high note. Ahmed Razzaq (185-G-97) delivered 17 points for the winners.
Iraq surged ahead early in the game. They outscored Lebanon 24:13 in the opening quarter. But Lebanon stopped the bleeding in the second term. They adjusted defensively and cut the deficit to 4 points at the interval 30:34. But the third term proved decisive. Iraqis held their opponents to 9 points and cleared off to an 11-point distance. Iraq increased the tempo in the fourth quarter and Lebanon failed to match. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) provided 12 points, while Farid Mahdi (190-F-95) added 11 points in the victory. Jimmy Salem (190-G-95) responded with game-high 19 points for Lebanon. Yaacoub Al Agha (206-C-95) nailed 9 points in the loss.

Iraq U16: Ahmed Razzaq 17, Karrar Hamzah 12, Farid Mahdi 11
Lebanon U16: Jimmy Salem 19, Yaacoub Al Agha 9


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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Electra too strong for Partizan - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra - Partizan 70-66

Maccabi Electra celebrated an easy win against Partizan on Thursday evening. Despite the final score says 'only' 70-66 for Maccabi, it was an easy win because the home squad had comfortable lead during the entire game. They slowed down in the finish and Partizan managed to cut the margin, but never seriously to treat. Both teams failed in the first round, so Maccabi has 1-1 record now, while Partizan dropped to 0-2 in Group C. Theodoros Papaloukas (200-PG-77, agency: FCM) scored 13 points for the hosts, Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) had 11 pts, 6 rebs and 6 assists, while Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) and Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) added 10 pts each. Partizan got 14 points from Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) (6 rebs) and Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) (5 rebs). Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M) was stopped to 12 pts in this meeting, while other Partizan NBAer Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 pts and 8 rebs. Quarters: 19-12, 22-17, 15-11, 14-26. Maccabi waits Real Madrid in the next round. Partizan will host Charleroi.

Maccabi Electra: Theodoros Papaloukas 13, Jordan Farmar 11+6 boards+6 as, Lior Eliyahu 10, Guy Pnini 10
Partizan: Milan Macvan 14+6 boards, Dragan Milosavljevic 14+5 boards, Acie Law 12, Nikola Pekovic 11+8 boards


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  ITALY   


Montepaschi blasts Union Olimpija in Siena - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Union Olimpija 79-57

Montepaschi jumped to 2-0 record in Group D and shares the first place with Regal Barca. The Italian powerhouse had no troubles to beat Union Olimpija on Thursday evening with huge 79-57. The former Slovenian champ dropped to 0-2. The hosts made impressive 26-4 lead in the first quarter and Olimpija answered with 12-25 after that. However, Montepaschi players shined after the breather once again and with 23-11 resolved question about the winner. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) scored 17 points in this victory, Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) had 12 points and 8 rebs, and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) netted 11 pts for the Siena team. In the loosing squad, Davis Bertans (205-C-92) was the only one with double digits - 12 pts. Their second scorers were Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79, agency: Alti Sport) and Robert Rothbart (217-C-86) with only 7 pts each. Quarters: 26-4, 12-25, 23-11, 18-17. Montepaschi will host Galatasaray next week. Union Olimpija will try to beat Asseco Prokom in Ljubljana.

Montepaschi: Bo McCalebb 17, Ksistof Lavrinovic 12+8 boards, Rimantas Kaukenas 11
Union Olimpija: Davis Bertans 12, Ratko Varda 7, Robert Rothbart 7


Real Madrid hands 85-78 loss to Emporio Armani - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid - Emporio Armani 85-78

Real Madrid registered second straight Euroleague win this season. They outplayed Emporio Armani 85-78 staying on top of Group C alone with perfect 2-0 record. On the other side, Emporio Armani slipped to 1-1. Visitors started the game better as they had 14-18 lead after ten minutes of play. Milano jumped to plus six in the finish of the first half, but Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) sank his second three-pointer to bring Madrid within 36-39 at HT. Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) and his teammates made 0-13 run during Q3 for 40-53 lead, but Real Madrid responded with excellent 23-9 for rest of the period, 63-62. Mirotic and Carrol brought Real 76-72 lead in the finish, after what Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) and Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) nailed free throws to keep Madrid out of trouble, 80-74. Jaycee Carroll was the leading player in victory with 21 points for 19 minutes on the court. Rudy Fernandez had 17 points, Sergio Llull (190-PG-87) 13 and Martynas Pocius netted 11 pts. In Emporio Armani, Drew Nicholas shined with 24 pts. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) and Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) posted 18 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 14-18, 22-21, 27-23, 22-16. Real Madrid goes to Tel-Aviv in the next round. Milano will host Anadolu Efes.

Real Madrid: Jaycee Carroll 21, Rudy Fernandez 17, Sergio Llull 13, Martynas Pocius 11
Emporio Armani: Drew Nicholas 24, Malik Hairston 18, Danilo Gallinari 12


Joe Trapani parts ways with Novipiu Casale - by Eurobasket News
Novipiu Casale and Joe Trapani (203-F-88, college: Boston Coll.) reached an agreement on terms of contract termination. The forward joined the team at the start of the season. He appeared in three Seria A games. Joe Trapani posted 5.3 points, 1.7 rebounds per game in those games. It was the first pro contract for Joe Trapani. The forward graduated from Boston College in 2011. He averaged 14.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in his senior season. Joe Trapani made it into All-ACC 3rd Team for the second year in a row. The forward participated at the Pre-NBA Draft Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this summer. He posted 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steal there.

Italian teams in Euroleague : Game2 Day2 - by Giovanni Bargna
MONTEPASCHI SIENA - UNION OLIMPIJA 79 - 57 (26-4, 12-25, 23-11, 18-17)

Nothing seemed easier to manage at the end of the first quarter as the italian team was up by 22 points after ten minutes. In a day marked by the debut of Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) and the absence of DaJuan Summers (203-F-88, college: Georgetown) (going to leave Siena?) Montepaschi started in the best way possible led by David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) (10 points early in the game) increasing the margin until 26 - 4 at the first buzzer.
Can a basketball game be done so early? Union Olimpija disagreed and got back in a graet second quarter thanks to
Davis Bertans (205-C-92). The latvian did his best to narrow the gap and answered Moss with 10 points in the second for a 25-12 partial score.
Siena up by 9 points at half-time and I guess that coach Pianigiani had lots of things to tell his guys and was not satisfied at all with his team approach to the game after an incredible start.
The supposed scolding paid off in the third period as the italian champs got on the court with aggressivness and determination rewidening the gap with many points from lithuanian veteran Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) and most of all thanks to the reaction of Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans).
Siena entered the last period with a 21-point lead and then managed it until the end.

TOP SCORERS
Montepaschi : McCalebb 17, Lavrinovic K 12 (and 8 reb), Kaukenas 11, Moss 10
Union Olimpija : Bertans 12, Rothbart 7, Varda 7

REAL MADRID - EA7 EMPORIO ARMANI 85 - 78 (14-18, 22-21, 27-23, 22-16)

It was a classic match-up at the Madrid Caja Magica Arena between Real and Emporio Armani Milano. Very close and balanced game for more than three periods in Spain.
Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) tried to put the game on a right way for Real at the beginning with 5 points in a row leading Real up 7-2, but the italians reacted with Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) and Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) to get a 4-point margin at the end of the first.
Sergio Llull (190-PG-87) and Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) 'got on stage' fro Real in the second period, but Milano led by a good performance from Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) and a great one by Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) remained up at half-time, 36 - 39.
The third began with a very efficient approach by Milano this brought to a double-digit lead at minute 24, 40 - 53 with Drew Drew Nicholas punishing once again the spanish defense. Real got back again in the game before the buzzer regaining the lead with a three-pointer sank by Sergio Llull at minute 29.
They were Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) and Rudy Fernandez again with a great effort to increase the gap in the last five minutes until getting to the final score and giving Real the win

TOP SCORERS
Real Madrid : Carroll 21, Fernandez 17 (and 4 assists), Sergio Llull 13, Martynas Pocius 11
Emporio Armani : Drew Nicholas 24, Malik Hairston 18, Danilo Gallinari 12



Interview with Chevon Troutman - by Antonello Varallo
After weeks of rumors, and arguments, Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) talks about his will to leave Avellino to join Bayern Muenchen.

1.) Chevon, you left Avellino suddenly. When did you know about the interest of Bayern?

Chevon Troutman: I knew briefly about the choice to move, I only had two days to make a choice or they would have have went in another direction with their choice, so I wasn't sure that I was to leave but then I suddenly wanted to move.

2-) What kind of problem did you have with Scandone?

CT:I didn't have many problems. I loved working there but I needed a change of how things run inside. The people are great, the workers do their best and also the coaches and players come to work and as you can see when it's game time the players put on a show

3-) Did your teammates or your coach know anything about your decision to join Bayern?

CT: As I told u before when I made my choice it was a last choice, I almost didn't go because I never changed teams and I thought if I did there would be big problems, so I had a choice to excersise my right to leave and I did so. I told a few players maybe I won't be here after tomorrow, just in case I really left i wanted to at least say it was fun playing then the next day I went to the gym and didn't see anyone so I sent a message when I made my final choice.

4-) Have you received the authorization from Scandone to join Bayern?

CT: Yes I have the ok to play for Munich I have played in many practices and played some games

5.) What do you want to say to Avellino supporters?

CT: To the supporters as fans they prolly won't totally understand choices players make in their work but the ones who know about my choice to leave I'm sure they understand. But if I was to say something I would say keep being the die hard fans they are because I never been apart of fans who supported so hard and together so to them keep doing what there good at and being great fans to the teams and players they get to cheer.

6-) What will you remember of your experience in Avellino?

CT: the thing I'll miss the most about Avellino is the style of basketball we played with the chemistry the players had with each other, and the work ethic on the court we had. I'll also miss the random fun moments we had on and off the court so I'll remember my years in Avellino an I'm sure I'll miss playing there and the freedom we had while being apart but I'm off to a new experience and hopefully everything continues how I let when I was in Avellino. Good luck to the city and the team already knows how I feel, we still have a connection so I'll stay in touch.


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  JAPAN   


U16 Asia Championship: Japan claim Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News
Japan U16 - Philippines U16 94:81

Japan clinched the Bronze medals at U16 Asia Championship. They overcame Philippines on the final day of the competition. Daiki Kaneko (170-G-95) nailed 25 points to pace the winners.
Philippines looked more aggressive both offensively and defensively at the start of the game. They limited Japan to 11 points in the opening quarter to take a 5-point lead. Japan stepped on the gas in the second term and erased the deficit for a 32:31 lead at the interval. Japan developed on their success in the third term. Japan capped the frame on a 17:2 run to build a 62:42 lead with ten minutes to go. Philippines tried hard to come back into this one. They narrowed the deficit to 8 points but Japan stayed calm and sealed the victory at the end. Yusei Sugiura (194-C-95) posted 21 points, while Yudai Baba (190-F-95) added 17 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Janhubert Cani (178-PG-95) and Kyles Lao (183-G-95) responded with 16 points each for Philippines.

Japan U16: Daiki Kaneko 25, Yusei Sugiura 21, Yudai Baba 17+13 boards
Philippines U16: Janhubert Cani 16, Kyles Lao 16


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


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


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Kosuke KANAMARU
  Panasoni.
  (193-F/G-89)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Kanamaru, Panasoni.18.3 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH17.5 
 3. Kawamura, Tochigi16.2 
 4. Hale, Mitsubis.15.4 
 5. Takeuchi, Hitac.15.2 
 6. Orimo, Hokkaido L.15.2 
 7. Klette, Hokkaido L.14.2 
 8. Diouf, Hokkaido L.13.8 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.8 
 10. Nishimura, Hitac.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.0 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.10.2 
 3. O''Bannon, Panason.9.2 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota A.9.0 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.8 
 6. Allen, Mitsubis.8.4 
 7. Moss, Toshiba BT8.3 
 8. Takeuchi, Toyota7.3 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.7.2 
 10. Lewis, Hokkaido L.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Hidenori KASHIWAKURA
  Hitac.
  (174-G-80)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Kashiwakura, Hitac.4.3 
 2. Lewis, Hokkaido L.3.8 
 3. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.6 
 4. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.2 
 5. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.2 
 6. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.0 
 7. Tabuse, Tochigi2.8 
 8. Nishimura, Hitac.2.8 
 9. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.7 
 10. Ito, Toyota Alva.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin S.
  (183-PG-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.2 
 2. Sato, Hitachi SR1.8 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.8 
 4. Kikuchi, Toshiba BT1.6 
 5. Kobayashi, Hitac.1.5 
 6. Kawamura, Tochigi1.4 
 7. Tabuse, Tochigi1.4 
 8. Nishimura, Hitac.1.3 
 9. Igarashi, Mitsubis.1.3 
 10. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  Aishin S.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Richardson, Aishin2.0 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.8 
 3. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.3 
 4. Takeuchi, Toyota1.2 
 5. Young, Aishin SH1.2 
 6. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.0 
 7. Allen, Mitsubis.0.9 
 8. Uzawa, Mitsubis.0.9 
 9. Hinkley, Tochigi B.0.8 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.0.7 


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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Barsy Atyrau start Baltic League campaign - by Eurobasket News
Baltic League
Neptunas - Barsy Atyrau 83:60


Barsy Atyrau start Baltic League campaign in Lithuania. The game had a very big importance Neptunas as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group A. Neptunas smashed Barsy Atyrau in Klaipeda 83:60. The game was mostly controlled by Neptunas. Barsy Atyrau managed to win third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Barsy Atyrau to just 7 points in second quarter. Neptunas dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Barsy Atyrau's 30. Neptunas forced 23 Barsy Atyrau turnovers. The best player for the winners was point guard Evaldas Dainys (180-PG-82, college: Cent.Florida CC) who scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. American forward Arinze Onuaku (206-F-87, college: Syracuse) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Neptunas players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Mikhail Evstigneev (202-F/C-84) who recorded 10 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Julian Olubuyi (175-G, college: N.Arizona) added 7 points and 4 assists respectively.



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Spaqi leaves Bashkimi - by Dren Shporta
Despite that everyone in Prizren wanted him, Valentin Spaqi (194-G-79), leaved Bashkimi in midweek. 32 year old guard has decided to leave his birth place and give a chance to younger players in the club.

He has declared to a kosovar sports daily that, he can not play if he cant be in a training every day, because of his personal business. He has also indicated that he does not want to be the one who keeps a place in a team and blocks the team youngsters to be there.

Spaqi has played three games with Bashkimi this season with a average of 10 points per game where they had a record of 1 win and 2 lost games.

Spaqi is Prizren born player and had played successfully for Bashkimi until he went to play for Sigal Prishtina where he won everything possible in Kosovo. He has also assisted to a club by creating the Bashkimi Basketball Academy.



Two matches of third round - delayed - by Dren Shporta
Matches, Sigal Prishtina vs. Futura and Kosova V vs. Trepca are delayed. The games of third round of regular season in BKT Superliga are officially delayed for an unknown date because of infrastructural problems in the gyms of Prishtina and Vushtrria.

This kind of problem appeared for a first time in this season. Sigal Prishtina is reigning champion of BKT Superliga and had planned to keep their 100% record of wins before visiting Trepca in the fourth round. The same thing happened to Trepca. They started brilliantly this season and they also wanted a win in Vushtrria against Kosova, so they could keep their high morale in a game against champions.

The super match between Trepca and Sigal Prishtina will be played tomorrow at Minatori gym in Mitrovica at 18:00 hrs.



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 (204-SF-93), 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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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 4-1 
 6. RSU 3-1 
 7. VA 3-2 
 8. Riga 3-4 
 9. VEF Kadeti 2-1 
 10. Cesis 1-3 
 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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U16 Asia Championship: Iraq silence Lebanon for 5th place in Nha Trang City - by Eurobasket News
Iraq U16 - Lebanon U16 76:60

Iraq claimed the fifth position at the U16 Asia Championship. They outscored Lebanon today to finish on a high note. Ahmed Razzaq (185-G-97) delivered 17 points for the winners.
Iraq surged ahead early in the game. They outscored Lebanon 24:13 in the opening quarter. But Lebanon stopped the bleeding in the second term. They adjusted defensively and cut the deficit to 4 points at the interval 30:34. But the third term proved decisive. Iraqis held their opponents to 9 points and cleared off to an 11-point distance. Iraq increased the tempo in the fourth quarter and Lebanon failed to match. Karrar Hamzah (187-G/F-95) provided 12 points, while Farid Mahdi (190-F-95) added 11 points in the victory. Jimmy Salem (190-G-95) responded with game-high 19 points for Lebanon. Yaacoub Al Agha (206-C-95) nailed 9 points in the loss.

Iraq U16: Ahmed Razzaq 17, Karrar Hamzah 12, Farid Mahdi 11
Lebanon U16: Jimmy Salem 19, Yaacoub Al Agha 9


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LKL round 4 best performance: Povilas Butkevicius - by Eurobasket News
Former international forward Povilas Butkevicius (203-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Rudupis, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Sakalai (#9, 1-4) with 22-point margin 94-72. Rudupis maintains the 2nd position in LKL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Rudupis already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. It's Butkevicius' second year at Rudupis and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Povilas Butkevicius has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 15.5ppg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 65.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Rashaun Broadus (183-PG-84) of Siauliai. Broadus had a very good evening with 28 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Siauliai to edge the lower-ranked Sakalai (#9, 1-4) 75-72. This victory allowed Siauliai to move up to 3rd position in the standings. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. Broadus is a newcomer at Siauliai, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Darius Pakamanis (192-G-81) of Juventus (#6). Pakamanis showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Juventus, leading his team to a 87-74 easy win against Naglis Palangos (#12, 0-4). Juventus needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Pakamanis has a great season in Lithuania. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.8ppg (3rd best) and assists with 4.0apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) of Juventus - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Bilal Benn (196-G/F-86) of Naglis Palangos - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86) of Lietuvos rytas - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82) of Lietuvos rytas - 12 points and 6 rebounds
8. David McClure (198-F-86) of Kedainiai - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Arturas Jomantas (200-G/F-85) of Lietuvos rytas - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Paulius Joneliunas (211-C-84) of Sakalai - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Juventus, Rudupis and Techasas win the latest games in BBL - by Eurobasket News
Juventus, Rudupis and Techasas win the latest games in BBL over their opponents.
Estonian Tartu Ulikool was crushed at home by Lithuanian Juventus 96-74. Tartu Ulikool was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Quite impressive performance for forward Vaidotas Volkus (203-F-85, college: Redlands CC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds. Gediminas Maceina (188-PG-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners.
Ventspils was edgedby Lithuanian Rudupis 77:78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ventspils. It was a key game for the top position in Elite as both teams had the same 2-1 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 24 points after three quarters before their 30-5 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Rudupis dominated on the defensive end, holding Ventspils to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Povilas Butkevicius who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds and forward Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) who added 24 points during the contest. At the losing side American guard Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Bojan Bakic scored 17 points.
Techasas won against visiting Sakalai 71-63. Osvaldas Matulionis fired 16 points for the winners. Julius Zurna (188-G-86) chipped in 14 points. Center Rolandas Matulis produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and forward Arnas Butkevicius added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.




NKL Round 7: Perlas-MRU beats Statyba in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Vilnius: Perlas-MRU (#7) and Statyba (#2). Perlas-MRU (4-3) crushed visiting Statyba (5-2) by 24 points 89-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Statyba. The game without a history. Perlas-MRU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded Statyba 41-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by Statyba helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Tadas Padegimas (201-F-90) fired 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Gintautas Vileita (194-75, college: Monmouth) chipped in 14 points and 8 assists. Guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) produced 17 points and 6 assists 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. Perlas-MRU moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Statyba at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with Zalgiris-Sabonio and Radviliskis. Perlas-MRU is looking forward to face Mazeikiai (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Statyba will play against Triobet (#11) in Jonava and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Delikatesas delivered the sixth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Matinga-Juod. (4-3) 80-65 in Joniskis. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Matinga-Juod.. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Mindaugas Keras (200-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Vidmantas Uzkuraitis contributed with 23 points for the winners. Center Arturas Masiulis (210-80) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for Matinga-Juod.Delikatesas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Newly promoted Matinga-Juod. keeps the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Delikatesas will play against ABRO-Universitetas (#15) in Siauliai in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Matinga-Juod. will play at home against LKKA-Atletas (#9) in Kaunas and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Kaunas supposed to be also quite interesting. 4th placed Nafta Universitetas (4-3) played at the court of sixth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (5-2). Zalgiris-Sabonio smashed Nafta Universitetas 117-76 on Friday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Nafta Universitetas. It was a key game for the second position in the league. It was a great evening for Vaidas Kariniauskas who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Saulius Stombergas felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Modestas Kumpys responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Zalgiris-Sabonio moved-up to second place, which they share with Radviliskis and Statyba. Loser Nafta Universitetas dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Zalgiris-Sabonio will meet bottom-ranked Meresta (#16) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Nafta Universitetas will play against the league's second-placed Radviliskis (#2) and hope to secure a win.

Other games of round 7 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Mazeikiai was defeated by Radviliskis in a road game 79-61. LKKA-Atletas beat Meresta at home 106-92. Ezerunas-Karys was destroyed by S.Marciulionio on the opponent's court 81-62. Silute managed to outperform ABRO-Univ. in a home game 81-70. Gargzdai recorded a loss to Triobet on the road 85-78.
The best stats of 7th round was 30 points and 7 assists by Sarunas Vingelis of LKKA-Atletas.


Perlas-MRU - Statyba 89-65

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Vilnius: Perlas-MRU (#7) and Statyba (#2). Perlas-MRU (4-3) crushed visiting Statyba (5-2) by 24 points 89-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Statyba. The game without a history. Perlas-MRU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded Statyba 41-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by Statyba helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Tadas Padegimas (201-90) fired 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Gintautas Vileita (194-75, college: Monmouth) chipped in 14 points and 8 assists. Five Perlas-MRU players scored in double figures. Guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) produced 17 points and 6 assists and center Nerijus Anglickis (214-90) added 10 points and 6 rebounds 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. Perlas-MRU moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Statyba at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with Zalgiris-Sabonio and Radviliskis. Perlas-MRU is looking forward to face Mazeikiai (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Statyba will play against Triobet (#11) in Jonava and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: T.Padegimas 18+7reb+1ast, G.Vileita 14+2reb+8ast, Z.Stankus 13+4reb+1ast, E.Molosciakas 12+2reb+2ast, M.Kazonas 11+3reb+1ast, P.Semaska 6+2reb+1ast
Statyba: O.Varanauskas 17+4reb+6ast, N.Anglickis 10+6reb, R.Sugintas 8+1ast, T.Rinkunas 7+1ast, M.Budzinauskas 7+4reb+1ast, V.Luksa 6+1reb
gschID: 148316


Radviliskis - Mazeikiai 79-61

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Mazeikiai (2-5) was defeated on the road by third ranked Radviliskis (5-2) 79-61 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Radviliskis. Mazeikiai managed to win second period 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Tomas Rakauskas (184-81) helped adding 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Radviliskis players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland, agency: Hightower Law Firm) responded with 15 points and 8 assists and forward Janas Jurgo (200-83) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Radviliskis moved-up to second place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio and Statyba. Loser Mazeikiai keeps the thirteenth position with five games lost. They share it with Gargzdai. Radviliskis will meet Nafta Universitetas (#5) in the next round. Mazeikiai will play against Perlas-MRU (#7) in Vilnius and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: A.Mineikis 20+16reb+2ast, T.Rakauskas 18+5reb+7ast, R.Rauktys 17+2reb+1ast, D.Baziukas 15+3reb+1ast, M.Pukinskas 5+2reb+1ast, R.Grinius 4+2reb+1ast
Mazeikiai: P.Brown 15+4reb+8ast, J.Jurgo 13+9reb+1ast, M.Norkus 10+5reb+1ast, M.Sidlauskas 8+5reb+1ast, R.Trakimas 8+4reb+1ast, D.Vaitelis 7+3reb
gschID: 148317


Zalgiris-Sabonio - Nafta Universitetas 117-76

The game in Kaunas supposed to be also quite interesting. 4th placed Nafta Universitetas (4-3) played at the court of sixth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (5-2). Zalgiris-Sabonio smashed Nafta Universitetas 117-76 on Friday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Nafta Universitetas. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Zalgiris-Sabonio led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Nafta Universitetas' 40. They outrebounded Nafta Universitetas 36-23 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for forward Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Forward Tauras Jogela (201-93) helped adding 14 points and 9 rebounds. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Saulius Stombergas felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Modestas Kumpys (191-91) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) scored 14 points. Five Zalgiris-Sabonio and four Nafta Universitetas players scored in double figures. Zalgiris-Sabonio moved-up to second place, which they share with Radviliskis and Statyba. Loser Nafta Universitetas dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Zalgiris-Sabonio will meet bottom-ranked Meresta (#16) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Nafta Universitetas will play against the league's second-placed Radviliskis (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: V.Kariniauskas 19+7reb+5ast, J.Tamulis 17+3reb, K.Vecvagars 14+1reb+3ast, T.Jogela 14+9reb+2ast, R.Jakstas 11+4reb+3ast, M.Grigonis 11+4reb+1ast
Nafta Universitetas: M.Kumpys 15+6reb+1ast, V.Chodosovskis 14+3reb+3ast, E.Lengvinas 12+1reb+4ast, J.Kazakauskas 12+2reb+1ast, V.Tarolis 9+1reb, D.Zvinklys 9+1reb
gschID: 148318


LKKA-Atletas - Meresta 106-92

No shocking result in a game in Kaunas where tenth ranked LKKA-Atletas (4-3) defeated bottom-ranked Meresta (1-6) 106-92 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by LKKA-Atletas. Meresta managed to win fourth quarter 34-31. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. LKKA-Atletas looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Meresta's players. It was a great evening for guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 7 assists. Forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) helped adding 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side Ukrainian point guard Klym Artamonov (176-93) responded with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Simonas Slivka (193-86) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four LKKA-Atletas and five Meresta players scored in double figures. LKKA-Atletas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Meresta lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with six games lost. They share it with ABRO-Univ.. LKKA-Atletas will meet Matinga-Juod. (#6) in the next round. Meresta will play against Zalgiris-Sabonio (#4) in Kaunas.
Top scorers:
LKKA-Atletas: S.Vingelis 30+3reb+7ast, T.Tamosiunas 19+2reb+1ast, V.Sragauskis 19+6reb+4ast, P.Malasauskas 12+2reb+8ast, E.Tviraga 8+5reb, R.Matutis 6
Meresta: K.Artamonov 25+7reb+6ast, S.Slivka 18+5reb+2ast, A.Galkauskas 16+7reb+1ast, D.Keburys 12+3reb+1ast, L.Radavicius 12+8reb+2ast, D.Marcinkevicius 9+3reb
gschID: 148319


S.Marciulionio - Ezerunas-Karys 81-62

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Ezerunas-Karys (3-4) was rolled over on the road by twelfth ranked S.Marciulionio (3-4) 81-62 on Friday. The game without a history. S.Marciulionio led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. S.Marciulionio outrebounded Ezerunas-Karys 45-32 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for forward Tomas Lekunas (195-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-93) helped adding 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four S.Marciulionio players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-82) responded with 7 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Gytis Andrijauskas (187-86) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. S.Marciulionio moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Ezerunas-Karys and Triobet. S.Marciulionio will meet Gargzdai-Bremena (#13) on the road in the next round. Ezerunas-Karys will play against Silute and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
S.Marciulionio: G.Kulbis 17+4reb+1ast, T.Lekunas 16+8reb+6ast, V.Trepocka 13+4reb+2ast, O.Olisevicius 13+9reb+2ast, M.Niparavicius 8+4reb+1ast, M.Paliukenas 6+7reb+4ast
Ezerunas-Karys: G.Andrijauskas 16+2reb+2ast, A.Slezas 13+3reb+1ast, M.Kugauda 9+5reb+2ast, R.Ambrulaitis 7+11reb+3ast, S.Dumbliauskas 6+5reb+1ast, J.Narusis 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 155514


Delikatesas - Matinga-Juod. 80-65

Leader Delikatesas delivered the sixth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Matinga-Juod. (4-3) 80-65 in Joniskis. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Matinga-Juod.. The game was mostly controlled by Delikatesas. Matinga-Juod. was better in third quarter 23-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Mindaugas Keras (200-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-85) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Center Arturas Masiulis (210-80) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and guard Arunas Krivonis (196-82) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Matinga-Juod.Five Delikatesas and four Matinga-Juod. players scored in double figures. Delikatesas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Newly promoted Matinga-Juod. keeps the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Delikatesas will play against ABRO-Universitetas (#15) in Siauliai in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Matinga-Juod. will play at home against LKKA-Atletas (#9) in Kaunas and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: V.Uzkuraitis 23+4reb+1ast, M.Keras 14+14reb+2ast, V.Jatulevicius 13+6reb+1ast, A.Kvedaravicius 12+3reb+6ast, I.Lianzbergas 11+2reb+2ast, P.Klemas 7+1reb+2ast
Matinga-Juod.: Z.Kuklierius 14+3reb+2ast, A.Masiulis 14+10reb+1ast, K.Pupinis 11+6reb, A.Birgelis 10+1reb+3ast, A.Krivonis 9+8reb+2ast, L.Chmieliauskas 7+1ast
gschID: 148313


Silute - ABRO-Univ. 81-70

Very predictable result when ninth ranked Silute (4-3) beat at home 15th ranked ABRO-Universitetas (1-6) 81-70 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 50-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Silute dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to ABRO-Universitetas' 44. Silute forced 33 ABRO-Universitetas turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Mantas Tamasevicius (196-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Ignas Razutis (185-87) helped adding 15 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side center Julius Jucikas (205-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and guard Rokas Giedraitis (195-92) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. ABRO-Universitetas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Silute moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. ABRO-Universitetas lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with six games lost. They share it with Meresta. Silute will meet Ezerunas-Karys (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ABRO-Universitetas will play against the league's leader Delikatesas in Joniskis.
Top scorers:
Silute: M.Tamasevicius 20+15reb, V.Pancerevas 16, I.Razutis 15+5reb+7ast, E.Jurkus 9+3reb+4ast, A.Cizikas 7+4reb+4ast, A.Kaubrys 6+4reb+2ast
ABRO-Univ.: J.Jucikas 17+11reb, R.Giedraitis 15+5reb, P.Rasamavicius 11+4reb+1ast, A.Kurauskas 8+3reb+7ast, Z.Petraitis 7+3reb, N.Mika 5+4reb
gschID: 148314


Triobet - Gargzdai 85-78

Everything could happen in Jonava at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Triobet and 12th ranked Gargzdai-Bremena had identical 2-4 record. This time Triobet used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Gargzdai 85-78 on Friday night. Gargzdai-Bremena trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 24-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-85 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for forward Vytautas Kruzikas (199-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-85) helped adding 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Triobet players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Laurynas Lucinskas (199) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and center Arturas Gudaitis (208-93) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Triobet (3-4) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with S.Marciulionio and Ezerunas-Karys. Gargzdai-Bremena lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth position with five games lost. They share it with Mazeikiai. Triobet will meet higher ranked Statyba (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gargzdai-Bremena will play against S.Marciulionio (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Triobet: V.Kruzikas 20+9reb, H.Vorotnikovas 13+5reb+3ast, M.Linkevicius 12+12reb+4ast, T.Sebeziovas 11+9reb+3ast, A.Vasiliauskas 10+6reb+5ast, P.Vaitiekunas 10+1reb
Gargzdai: A.Gudaitis 13+8reb, L.Lucinskas 13+9reb, D.Matutis 10+3reb, L.Jonuska 9+11reb, K.Timofejevas 9+1reb, M.Martinkus 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 148315




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


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  LKKA-.
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Vingelis, LKKA-.23.4 
 2. Uzkuraitis, Delika.22.6 
 3. Maneikis, Meresta21.8 
 4. Lengvinas, Nafta20.7 
 5. Pancerevas, Silute19.6 
 6. Sragauskis, LKKA-.18.4 
 7. Kruzikas, Triobet17.6 
 8. Masiulis, Matinga-.17.1 
 9. Jucikas, AB.16.9 
 10. Brown, Mazeikiai16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Audrius MINEIKIS
  Radviliskis
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Mineikis, Radvilis.10.7 
 2. Gudaitis, Gargzdai10.7 
 3. Tamasevicius, Silu.9.1 
 4. Vaitiekunas, Triob.8.8 
 5. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.8.2 
 6. Jucikas, AB.8.0 
 7. Krestinin, S.Marc.7.7 
 8. Pikalavicius, Deli.7.4 
 9. Kumpys, Nafta U.7.3 
 10. Kazakauskas, Naf.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Paulius MALASAUSKAS
  LKKA-.
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Malasauskas, LKKA.5.7 
 2. Razutis, Silute5.7 
 3. Venskus, Nafta U.5.3 
 4. Rakauskas, Radvili.5.3 
 5. Kurauskas, AB.5.1 
 6. Varanauskas, Stat.5.1 
 7. Artamonov, Meresta5.0 
 8. Semaska, Perla.4.9 
 9. Vingelis, LKKA-.4.9 
 10. Vileita, Perla.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Martynas PALIUKENAS
  S.Marc.
  (178-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Paliukenas, S.Marc.2.7 
 2. Slivka, Meresta2.4 
 3. Jogela, Zalgir.2.4 
 4. Uzkuraitis, Delika.2.3 
 5. Kuklierius, Mating.2.1 
 6. Radavicius, Meres.2.1 
 7. Venskus, Nafta U.2.1 
 8. Kazakauskas, Naft.2.0 
 9. Rauktys, Radvilisk.2.0 
 10. Jonelis, Gargzdai2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (214-C-92)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Urbonas, LK.3.7 
 2. Mockevicius, S.Mar.3.0 
 3. Pupinis, Matinga-.2.0 
 4. Kymantas, Zalgir.1.7 
 5. Jucikas, AB.1.7 
 6. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.6 
 7. Gudaitis, Gargzdai1.6 
 8. Giedraitis, ABRO-.1.4 
 9. Anglickis, Statyba1.3 
 10. Kaubrys, Silute1.3 


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Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Fuerza Regia 14-3 
 2. Halc.Rojos 13-2 
 3. Toros 11-6 
 4. Huracanes 11-7 
 5. Barreteros 11-7 
 6. Soles 11-8 
 7. Pioneros 9-7 
 8. Halc.Xalapa 8-3 
 9. Abejas 8-10 
 10. Corr.Victoria 7-9 
 11. Panteras 7-10 
 12. Lechugueros 6-12 
 13. Aguilas Rojas 3-16 
 14. Volcanes 0-19 


LNBP Round 19: Barreteros lose to Huracanes - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Barreteros (11-7) and sixth ranked Huracanes (11-7) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Barreteros were crushed by Huracanes in Tampico 59-81. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-59. Huracanes made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 rebounds. Venezuelan forward Nestor Colmenares (203-87, college: Campbellsville) contributed with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Chaz Twan Briggs (201-80, college: W.Virginia) answered with 6 points and 15 rebounds for Barreteros. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Huracanes moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Barreteros. Barreteros lost third consecutive game. Huracanes is looking forward to face Panteras (#11) in Aguascalientes in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Barreteros will play on the road against Correcaminos (#10) in Ciudad Victoria and are hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Fuerza Regia (14-3) which played road game in Mexicali against 4th placed Soles (11-8). Second ranked Fuerza Regia managed to get a 8-point victory 105-97. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Soles. It was a great evening for American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Mike Mitchell helped adding 16 points and 8 assists. At the losing side American center Greg Smith (208-91, college: Fresno St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds. Soles' coach Ivan Deniz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fuerza Regia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Soles at the other side dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. Fuerza Regia will play against Aguilas Rojas (#13) in San Juan in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Soles will play at home against Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo and hope to get back on the winning track.
Lechugueros (#12) forced the game against Abejas (#10) into an overtime, but lost by three points 108-111 on Thursday night. The game took place in Leon. But the guests from Guanajuato were better at the end. It was an exceptional evening for Mattis McHugh who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Abejas' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Deilvez Yearby came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks for Lechugueros in the defeat. Abejas (8-10) moved-up to ninth place. Loser Lechugueros keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Abejas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lechugueros will play again against Abejas (#9) in Guanajuato and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Ciudad Victoria. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 9th ranked Correcaminos (7-9) to eleventh ranked Panteras (7-10) 85-84 on Thursday evening. Samuel Bowie fired 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winners. Panteras have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain eleventh place with 7-10 record. Correcaminos lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. Panteras' next round opponent will be higher ranked Huracanes (#4) in Tampico and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last game of round 19 Toros beat Aguilas Rojas on the road 101-93.
The most impressive performance of 19th round was 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds by Ryan Moss of Lechugueros.



Lechugueros - Abejas 108-111 OT

Lechugueros (#12) forced the game against Abejas (#10) into an overtime, but lost by three points 108-111 on Thursday night. The game took place in Leon. But the guests from Guanajuato were better at the end. Lechugueros were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 28-23 charge of Abejas, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 18-15. Abejas made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Abejas outrebounded Lechugueros 45-34 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American-Jamaican forward Mattis McHugh (198-84, college: S.Florida) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) accounted for 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winning side. Abejas' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks and Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) added 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field) respectively for Lechugueros in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Abejas (8-10) moved-up to ninth place. Loser Lechugueros keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Abejas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lechugueros will play again against Abejas (#9) in Guanajuato and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lechugueros: R.Moss 33+10reb+1ast, D.Yearby 28+14reb+2ast, B.St.Preux 17+1reb+6ast, W.Funn 10+3reb+15ast, E.Zuniga 8+2reb+1ast, D.Patten 6+4reb+1ast
Abejas: L.Wade 30+6reb+4ast, M.McHugh 24+15reb+4ast, J.Verdejo 23+3reb+1ast, B.Heredia 13+3ast, M.Jackson 10+11reb+2ast, M.STOCKMAN 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 137768


Corr.Victoria - Panteras 84-85

A very interesting game took place in Ciudad Victoria. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 9th ranked Correcaminos (7-9) to eleventh ranked Panteras (7-10) 85-84 on Thursday evening. Correcaminos were ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 18-10 charge of Panteras, which allowed them to win the game. American swingman Samuel Bowie (198-75, college: SE Louisiana) fired 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for the winners. Dominican-Puerto Rican power forward Ivan Lopez (208-85, college: Memphis) chipped in 18 points. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized American guard Franco Harris (183-83, college: Boise St.) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Correcaminos players scored in double figures. Panteras have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain eleventh place with 7-10 record. Correcaminos lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. Panteras' next round opponent will be higher ranked Huracanes (#4) in Tampico and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Corr.Victoria: R.Selleaze 16+10reb+2ast, F.Harris 15+5reb+1ast, M.Allen 14+3reb+3ast, D.Lamont 10+6reb+3ast, J.Penny 9+8reb+2ast, S.Monreal 9+2reb+1ast
Panteras: S.Bowie 33+5reb, I.Lopez 18+4reb+3ast, R.Melendez 14+5reb, M.Bryant 8+4reb+1ast, J.Tesis 4+5reb, K.Malpica 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 137763


Soles - Fuerza Regia 97-105

An interesting game for Fuerza Regia (14-3) which played road game in Mexicali against 4th placed Soles (11-8). Second ranked Fuerza Regia managed to get a 8-point victory 105-97. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Soles. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Soles won fourth quarter 25-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Fuerza Regia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Soles were plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Mike Mitchell (181-83, college: N.Mexico St.) helped adding 16 points and 8 assists. At the losing side American center Greg Smith (208-91, college: Fresno St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds and Venezuelan point guard David Cubillan (183-87, college: Marquette) scored 16 points and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Soles' coach Ivan Deniz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fuerza Regia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Soles at the other side dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. Fuerza Regia will play against Aguilas Rojas (#13) in San Juan in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Soles will play at home against Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Soles: G.Smith 31+11reb+2ast, D.Cubillan 16+2reb+6ast, C.Edwards 15+4reb+4ast, J.Vargas 13+8reb, T.Smith 7+1reb, J.Griffin 7+1reb+1ast
Fuerza Regia: J.Smith 37+10reb+2ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 19+2reb+3ast, M.Mitchell 16+2reb+8ast, A.Izaguirre 11+2reb, C.Roberts 7+5reb+1ast, K.Penn 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 137766


Aguilas Rojas - Toros 93-101

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Toros (11-6) beat 13th ranked Aguilas Rojas (3-16) in San Juan 101-93. Aguilas Rojas were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 57-45 second half run of Toros. American forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) fired 19 points for the winners. Naturalized American forward Lonnie Ellis Vasquez (198, college: Mississippi Coll.) chipped in 20 points. Five Toros players scored in double figures. Toros' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Daryl Dorsey (185-81, college: S.Indiana) produced a double-double by scoring 32 points, 14 assists and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws) and the other American import David Mercer added 17 points respectively for lost side. Toros moved-up to third place. Aguilas Rojas lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Toros' next round opponent will be Soles (#6) in Mexicali. Aguilas Rojas will play at home against the league's leader Fuerza Regia (#1) in Monterrey.
Top scorers:
Aguilas Rojas: D.Dorsey 32+2reb+14ast, D.Mercer 17+3reb+2ast, P.Mcgrath 12+3reb+3ast, J.Grimball 9+9reb+1ast, A.Velarde 8+3reb+1ast, J.Portillo 7+1ast
Toros: L.Ellis Vasquez 20+3reb+2ast, D.Pearson 19+4reb+3ast, B.Angley 17+2reb+5ast, F.Centeno 16+5reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 13+5reb+1ast, W.Pagan 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 137767


Huracanes - Barreteros 81-59

The game between third ranked Barreteros (11-7) and sixth ranked Huracanes (11-7) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Barreteros were crushed by Huracanes in Tampico 59-81. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-59. Huracanes made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 rebounds. Venezuelan forward Nestor Colmenares (203-87, college: Campbellsville) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Chaz Twan Briggs (201-80, college: W.Virginia) answered with 6 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara, agency: TSS Management) added 17 points in the effort for Barreteros. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Huracanes moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Barreteros. Barreteros lost third consecutive game. Huracanes is looking forward to face Panteras (#11) in Aguascalientes in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Barreteros will play on the road against Correcaminos (#10) in Ciudad Victoria and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Barreteros: J.Reaves 17+3reb+1ast, M.Council 12+1reb+1ast, F.Fisher 9+4reb, C.Twan Briggs 6+15reb+1ast, A.Aguirre 6+2reb, P.Gonzalez 5+1reb+1ast
Huracanes: R.Hornsby 24+5reb+1ast, A.Fuqua 15+4reb+1ast, N.Colmenares 13+10reb+1ast, L.Davis 8+5reb+1ast, J.Edwin 7+7reb, S.Sir 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 137762




Mexico improves to 1-1 in Guadalajara - by Eurobasket News
CANADA - MEXICO 65-79

Mexico registered first victory in Guadalajara. The host of Panamerican Games 2011 outplayed Canada 65-79 and both teams have 1-1 record in Group A now. Argentina and Puerto Rico have the same numbers and today's games will be do-or-die for all teams. Real Mata (205-C-86) exploded for the hosts with 14 points and 15 rebounds (valuation 30). Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) was the top-scored in victory with 16 points and Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) helped with 14 pts, plus 5 boards. In defeat, Warren Ward (196-G-89) delivered 20 pts. Owen Klassen (208-F-91) had 17 points and 9 rebounds, and Jordan Baker (192-G-91, college: Utah Valley St.) added 10 pts in this loss. Quarters: 7-22, 14-17, 19-21, 25-19. Mexico will play against Argentina today. Canada will take on Puerto Rico.

Canada: Warren Ward 20, Owen Klassen 17+9 boards, Jordan Baker 10
Mexico: Victor Mariscal 16, Real Mata 14+15 boards, Orlando Mendez-Valdez 14+5 boards


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2011-2012 Cup. First round. - by Huge
Let the party begin. Yes, first round brought few sensations. But let's go step by step.

BC UASM - BC Tiraspol
King is dead. Praise be to the new King. Last year Cup winner UASM is out of the game, we will for sure have new Cup winner. With the difference of 6 points BC Tiraspol, that was one of the last teams in last year Championship, won 2 round game against UASM. Chisinau team has lost almost all players from the starting 5, Eugeniu Melnic (196-F/G-79), Oprea, Ivan Cropotov (208-F-88, college: SW Baptist), all are in Dondiushni now, who are have changed their name into BC DonBasket. Sorry for UASM. Good luck, guys, in the Championship.

BC Politeh, UTM - BC Ribnitsa
This is the most categoric win, 52 points difference in 2 games, Moscaliuc was one of the best in Politeh, as usually.

BC DonBasket - BC ASEM
Dondiushni team has changed, after being second last year, feeling the victory taste, team leadership decided to win the Championship. Having half of UASM, Zaritskii, Nartov, one of the best form ASEM, Crasnoscioc, having 5 players taller then 205 - it is deffinitley a chance for the victory. Will see. UASM was smashed. 2 games - 52 points difference.

BC FireBall - BC Soroca - Basket
Two very leveled teams. Last year Championship semifinalist was better this time. Good luck.


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Ulcinj lands another prospect - by Darko Pekic
The management of KK Ulcinj is thinking about the future. After two young American players, Rickey Young (204-F/C-90, college: W.Virginia Tech) and Paul Kirkpatrick (208-C-89, agency: Promotex, college: Howard), with long term contracts and a couple of domestic bright talents like Marko Milatovic (194-G-88), they signed a prospect from Serbia, the 18-year-old Nikola Socanac (188-PG-93).

Socanac is the member of U18 National Team of Serbia. He also played for U16 and U17 Serbian national selections. The young point guard started his career in the famous nest of young talents, KK Beovuk from Belgrade, and now will be looking to confirm his talent at the higher level.


UCAM Murcia signs 3-year deal with Igor Lutersek - by Eurobasket News
Igor Lutersek (203-F/C-89) is a new member of UCAM Murcia. After one month try-out, the Montenegrin power forward managed to secure a deal with the team. He penned a 3-year contract and according to Sports Director Paco Guillem it is a move for the future. Igor Lutersek spent last season with Montenegrin team Danilovgrad. Before that he played for Primorje-Mediteran Herceg Novi and Lovcen Cetinje. Until 2007, Lutersek played for Buducnost Podgorica. Igor Lutersek played for the Montenegrin U20 National Team in 2009. Two years before that he shined at European Championships U18 Division B in Sofia. He had 15.6 ppg and 7.6 rpg for 8 games. Lutersek also played for U17 Montenegro in the past.

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FIATC Joventut returns Christian Eyenga - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Christian Eyenga (199-G-89) is back to FIATC Joventut Badalona. The 22-year-old guard signed a deal until the end of the NBA lockout. Eyenga already played for Joventut from 2007 to 2010. In their last season together he had 3.9 ppg and 2 rpg for 29 games in ACB. He also added 3.4 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 11 EuroCup games. Eyenga also played for Prat Joventut earlier. Last season Christian Eyenga spent with the NBA team Cleveland Cavaliers. He appeared 44 times in the league averaging 6.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. Eyenga also spent some time with Cleveland Cavs affiliate Erie BayHawks. He had 12.3 ppg and 4.7 rpg for 15 games in D-League. Christian Eyenga started basketball career with DR Congolese team Onatra Kinshasa.

Iverson eager for NBA comeback - by Eurobasket News
Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) is eager to make a comeback to the NBA.

Ill play for anybody, Iverson told Yahoo! Sports.

Iverson is 36-years-old and played only briefly last season in Turkey for Besiktas.

Iverson said his final stint in the NBA with the Sixers ended badly due to his distractions with his daughter's health and divorce proceedings.

That wasnt me at all, Iverson said. Obviously, I was dealing with the situation with my daughter and going through a divorce, and I wasnt there mentally. In my career those last couple years were so hard for me because I wasnt there. Mentally, I wasnt there.

During those 48 minutes on the basketball court, all I [ever] cared about was that time right there. Nothing else distracted me. But at times, I felt myself standing on the court just thinking about my daughter, thinking about the situation with me and my wife. I wasnt giving [the teams] everything I had mentally.

Multiple reports within the past couple years said Iverson has been troubled by financial, alcohol and gambling issues. He admitted there was some truth to his personal problems but declined to go into detail.

There are going to be people out there that say things, Iverson said. But its the same thing I teach my kids: If its not true, why do you worry about it? It bothers me at times because I do have a heart, and my kids do have to hear some of those things. But thats the only time it bothers me. Im used to people saying a bunch of things about me that are not true.

Iverson is willing to play a reserve role for a team.

'Im just willing to help any squad in any capacity.

Hopefully, one squad will believe in me and we will go from there. That would be a lot better than having to go overseas.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


NBA, union wrap Thursday's talks - by Eurobasket News
NBA owners and players called it an early night Thursday, with both pointing toward Friday as a decisive day for big moves to end the 119-day lockout.

Or not.

After two days of talks about the salary cap system, they will turn their attention back to the division of revenues, which derailed the negotiations last week.

This time, commissioner David Stern said the talks had produced enough familiarity and trust 'that will enable us to look forward to tomorrow, where we anticipate there will be some important and additional progress -- or not.'

'But I think (union executive director Billy Hunter) and I share that view, and we're looking forward to seeing whether something good can be made to happen.'

The sides again said there was some minor progress on the system issues after about 7 hours of talks. They decided to wrap it up and get some rest following a marathon 15-hour session Wednesday, and with union economist Kevin Murphy unavailable Thursday to discuss finances.

Hunter said he thought the sides were 'within striking distance of a getting a deal' on the system, but there's still no indication either side is ready to make the big move necessary to settle the BRI split.

Owners have insisted they're not going beyond 50-50, which means the sides are still about $100 million apart annually, based on last season's revenues. Players have proposed reducing their guarantee from 57 percent down to 52.5, but they're unlikely to go much further without some concessions on the system issues.

Sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that Hunter spoke to players earlier Thursday and reiterated the union's stance that players want at least a 52-48 split of BRI.

'I think we're within reach and within striking distance of getting a deal,' Hunter said. 'It's just a question of how receptive the NBA is and whether or not they want to do a deal.'

Asked when the significant move would happen, Hunter noticed Stern sitting in the back of his press conference and said to ask the commissioner.

'Tomorrow!' Stern yelled out.

'There are no guarantees that we'll get it done, but we're going to give it one heck of a shot tomorrow,' Stern said a few minutes later in his press conference. 'I think that Billy and the union's negotiators feel the same way. I know that ours do.'

If they don't, Stern will have to decide whether to add more cancellations to the two weeks that have already been lost.

A full season might be difficult even with a deal this week. It takes roughly 30 days from agreement to games being played, so it's uncertain if there's still time for any basketball in November even before examining arena availability. But 82 games would be a boost for the players, meaning they wouldn't miss the paycheck that seemed lost when the first two weeks were scrapped.

It was widely expected Stern would announce further cancellations this week after talks broke down a week ago. Instead, the sides were in communication the next day, staffs met Monday, and they were back at the bargaining table Wednesday, acting on Hunter's recommendation to 'park' the revenue split and focus first on the system issues.

Players want a system that looks a lot like the old one, where teams have the ability to exceed the salary cap and where contracts and their raises are guaranteed. Owners are seeking changes that they believe would create more competitive balance by removing the big market teams' ability to spend freely beyond the cap.

They have attempted to do that by increasing the penalties teams would have to pay for exceeding the tax level. Players argue the taxes are too punitive and would scare teams from spending, thereby creating a hard cap.

'Our position hasn't changed much,' union president Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) of the Lakers said. 'We're just trying to make sure that players have an opportunity to have a market for themselves and for their services, the same way we're trying to meet the league and our teams on all 30 teams being competitive.'

Players have said the issues of the system and split are largely tied together, though Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver have said they believe they are separate.

The key question is whether owners will insist on having both -- and it sounds like they might.

'We need to resolve both issues and both issues are critical,' Silver said. 'One is not dependent on the other.'

The sides again met in the small-group format that has been most successful in the lockout, with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and union vice president Roger Mason Jr. also joining the talks.

The sides have seemed close before, only for the talks to break down. It was the system issues earlier this month, followed by the split last week after three days of mediation.

They are hoping a deal can be completed by early next week, with the union believing if so there would still be enough time to reschedule the canceled games. But they've now arrived at what might be the toughest part, because it always seemed these talks would come back to money.

'We're working at it,' Fisher said. 'It's a tough process and as we move through and try to close the gap in as many places as we can, it gets tougher towards the end.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Sources: Stern to announce more cancellations - by Eurobasket News
With talks between the NBA's locked-out players and owners breaking off, commissioner David Stern will announce the cancellation of more games Friday, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard.

While the two sides made major progress on the 'system' issues during talks Friday, the split of basketball-related income is still holding up a deal, sources close to the situation told Broussard.

Both sides are holding firm at their positions, with the owners still seeking a 50-50 split of BRI and the players demanding a 52 percent share, sources said. Players were guaranteed 57 percent in the previous collective bargaining agreement.

After two days of making some progress on salary-cap issues, the two sides turned their attention back to the revenue split Friday, the 120th day of the lockout. Talks broke down last week over that issue, and they had not attempted to deal with it since.

The sides met for 7.5 hours Thursday following a 15-hour marathon the previous day. Though no specifics have been offered, they both said there had been some compromise on system issues.

That created optimism that the lockout could be nearing an end, though that was believed possible a couple of times earlier this month, only to be followed by a setback.
Sources told Broussard that union executive director Billy Hunter spoke to players earlier Thursday and reiterated the union's stance that players want at least a 52-48 split of basketball-related income.

Courtesy of ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard and The Associated Press


Kobe, Wade lead NBA stars into Puerto Rico matchup - by Eurobasket News
NBA stars Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78), Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) and Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) are among the players set to headline the World All-Star Classic on Sunday in Puerto Rico, organizers said.

The San Juan event will also feature NBA stars Amare Stoudemire, Blake Griffin, Kevin Garnett, Carlos Boozer, Chris Kaman, Chris Bosh, Kevin Love, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Tyson Chandler.

The game is meant to be the first stop on a six-game world tour featuring NBA stars with games on November 1-2 at London, November 6 at Macau and November 8-9 at Melbourne, Australia.

But ESPN reported that the remainder of the tour could be postponed after the Puerto Rico game, which featured brisk ticket sales and will see a portion of proceeds donated to player charities.

LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony rejected an offer to play in the global trek, according to the report.

Courtesy of www.france24.com


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Oshawa Power post first NBL Canada win - by Eurobasket News
The Oshawa Power have put their first win into the books.

Well, perhaps not the official books, being an exhibition game, but the Power held on for an exciting and hard-fought victory over the London Lighting, 88-85, in front of some 1,700 raucous fans at the General Motors Centre Thursday.

It avenged an exhibition loss to the same Lightning team in London just a few days prior.

York University alumnus Tut Ruach (6'2''-G-85) led the way with 22 points and five assists, continuing his strong play at the point guard position.

NBL Canada number one overall draft pick Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) had a breakout game, pouring in 21 points and seven rebounds in a complete performance on both ends of the floor. He showed his nice touch from behind the arc, nailing four of four three-point attempts.

'This is it,' said Power head coach Mark Strickland after the game. 'I tried to tell them to have fun, all we have to do is keeping working, and keep improving.'

The Power begin their inaugural National Basketball League of Canada campaign on the road Sunday at 1:05 p.m. against the Quebec Kebs at Laval University.

Oshawa's home opener is Thursday, Nov. 3 at the GM Centre, where they will tip off against the Moncton Miracles at 7:30 p.m.

Courtesy of www.durhamregion.com


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New academic rules could leave UConn out of 2013 tournament - by Eurobasket News
Changes in NCAA rules adopted Thursday would keep defending national champion Connecticut from participating in the 2013 NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Under the rules adopted by the NCAA's Division I Board of Directors, a school cannot participate in the 2013 tournament unless it has a two-year average score of 930 or a four-year average of 900 on the NCAA's annual Academic Progress Rate, which measures the academic performance of student athletes.

Connecticut's men's basketball scored 826 for the 2009-10 school year. A UConn official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the number isn't official until next May, said the score for the 2010-11 school year would be approximately 975.

That would not be high enough. It would give Connecticut a two-year score of 900.5 and a four-year average of 888.5.

Connecticut, which lost two scholarships this season as a result of the latest APR report, sought clarification hoping the NCAA might use numbers from the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years. The 2011-12 numbers are not expected to be released until May 2013, after the tournament is played.

'The University of Connecticut has received clarification today that the two APR years for determining eligibility for the 2012-13 NCAA Championships will be 2009-10 and 2010-11,' the university said in a statement Thursday evening. 'As all APR information is made public by the NCAA annually in May, we will have no further comment until the official data is released.'

NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson confirmed the governing body's position.

'For access to postseason competition in 2012-13 and 2013-14, teams must achieve a 900 multiyear APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible,' he said in an email to the AP. 'For 2012-13, those years would be 2009-10 and 2010-11. For 2013-14, those years would be 2010-11 and 2011-12.'

The NCAA, however, also said that while the current process for collecting and reporting the data would continue, the committee was interested in ways to speed up the process, which could eventually result in more current data being used to determine eligibility. There also will be an appeals process before a team is banned from the tournament, the NCAA said.

On Wednesday, UConn President Susan Herbst said she was confident that the new rule would not be implemented until schools such as Connecticut have a chance to show they have made improvements.

'We just need time to prepare, and I think that's true for a lot of institutions,' she said. 'We need to get the supports in place so they can meet any new standard. I have no doubt that we'll have that chance.'

Walter Harrison, the president of the University of Hartford and chairman of the NCAA's Committee on Academic Performance, seemed to indicate Thursday that was the intent.

'They are giving schools and teams a chance to change their behavior, but also doing it pretty rapidly so they are going to have to get on the stick,' he said.

Connecticut this summer implemented a new plan to improve academic performance in men's basketball.

It calls for:

- ensuring that athletes who leave early are academically eligible when they depart.

- requiring nine credit hours of summer school for returning players to ensure they are progressing toward graduation

- providing more academic support services to incoming freshmen in the summer before they enroll and that fall

- cutting down on the number of transfers

- encouraging players who leave early for a professional career to come back and finish their degrees.

A message seeking comment was left for Herbst on Thursday evening.

Len Elmore, a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, called UConn's situation unfortunate, but said he was not surprised.

'It's a cautionary tale,' he said. 'But the need for again, focusing on the true mission of the university, is to graduate players and you can't fail at the most important task whether you're national champions or not.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


UCLA picked to win 1st Pac-12 basketball title - by Eurobasket News
UCLA was picked on Friday to win the newly realigned Pac-12's basketball title, something the Bruins haven't done since 2008 when they made the last of three consecutive trips to the Final Four.

The Bruins received 421 points and 14 first-place votes in polling by media who cover the reconfigured conference. They won three consecutive league titles from 2006-08, repeating their run of three in a row from 1995-97.

UCLA narrowly edged California and Arizona in first-place votes. The Golden Bears were picked second with 405 points and 13 first-place votes, while defending league champion Arizona had 404 points and 11 first-place votes for third. All three teams were ranked in the AP Top 25 preseason poll on Friday. The Wildcats are No. 16, the Bruins No. 17 and Cal is No. 24.

Washington, the defending tournament champion, was picked fourth with 355 points, followed by Oregon, Stanford and Southern California. Oregon State was picked eighth and Arizona State ninth. Newcomer Colorado and Washington State tied for 10th.

New addition Utah was picked last with 74 points - 45 behind the Buffaloes and the Cougars.

'A distant last,' new Utes coach Larry Krystkowiak said. 'I looked and we're the only team with two digits.'

Noting that the media have correctly picked the conference winner 12 times in 19 years, Krystkowiak said, 'I want to know how many times in 19 tries have you picked the bottom team correctly? Hopefully, that's not as high a number.'

Count Utah center David Foster happy to be out of the Mountain West.

'I'm not going to miss traveling to Laramie, Wyo., anymore,' he said, ticking off the California schools, Arizona and Oregon as the locations he's most looking forward to playing at. The 7-foot-3 senior's family lives in Bakersfield, while he's intrigued by Oregon's court, which has trees painted on it.

'I've never played on a court with a bunch of trees,' Foster said.

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com


North Carolina runaway No. 1 in AP preseason poll - by Eurobasket News
North Carolina broke a tie with its fiercest rival and moved into one with one of college basketball's most storied programs.

Tweet Be the first to Tweet this!ShareThis The Tar Heels, who return all five starters from the team that reached the regional finals last season, were the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press' men's preseason Top 25 on Friday. It is the eighth time they have received that honor since the preseason poll started in 1961-62.

That breaks a tie with Duke, North Carolina's Tobacco Road rival, and moves them into a tie with UCLA, the program that dominated the sport unlike any other under coach John Wooden.

'It shows that North Carolina basketball has had a tremendous level of success over a long, long period of time,' coach Roy Williams said. 'We are very proud of that and this is another indication of the program's great history.'

North Carolina received all but three of the No. 1 votes cast by the 65-member national media poll, finishing well ahead of Kentucky, the team that eliminated the Tar Heels last season one step from the Final Four.

With the frontcourt of Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller all passing up the chance to enter the NBA draft and point guard Kendall Marshall having a chance to run the team for the whole season instead of just the last 20 games, the Tar Heels have the personnel to start the season comfortably atop the poll.

'I'm happy that people feel this positive about our team, but the great thing about college basketball is you have to get it done on the court,' Williams said. 'This gives us a goal and it's up to us to work hard and be the best team we can be to reach that goal.'

North Carolina has been the preseason No. 1 in three of the last five seasons. In 2008-09, the Tar Heels were a unanimous preseason No. 1 with five starters back, and that season ended with a national championship.

The Tar Heels' other preseason No. 1s were in 2007-08 (Final Four), 1993-94 (second round), 1986-87 (regional final), 1983-84 (regional semifinals), 1981-82 (national championship) and 1977-78 (first round).

'We have the opportunity to win it all, and we have the opportunity to completely fail,' Barnes has said. 'It's just a matter of we continue to stay humble and continue to take the right steps and get our way back on top like we did last year.'

Ohio State, which got one first-place vote, was third and defending national champion Connecticut, which received the other two No. 1 votes, was fourth.

Kentucky has starters Terrence Jones and Darius Miller back to lead yet another outstanding recruiting class by coach John Calipari. Ohio State has All-America Jared Sullinger and senior guard William Buford back, while Connecticut has to find a way to replace All-America Kemba Walker, the all-everything guard who carried the Huskies through their 11-game winning streak to the national championship. Don't feel too bad for Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun as freshman Andre Drummond will give the Huskies a presence under the basket.

Syracuse, Duke, Vanderbilt, Florida, Louisville and Pittsburgh rounded out the top 10.

Memphis was 11th followed by Baylor, Kansas, Xavier, Wisconsin, Arizona, UCLA, Michigan, Alabama and Texas A&M. The last five teams were Cincinnati, Marquette, Gonzaga, California and Missouri.

Fourteen of the teams in the preseason poll were ranked in last season's final poll. Ohio State was No. 1 entering the NCAA tournament and the Buckeyes lost to Kentucky in the regional semifinals.

Duke was No. 1 in the 2010-11 preseason poll and went on to finish third in the final poll before losing to Arizona in the regional semifinals. Connecticut wasn't ranked before last season but worked its way to No. 9 in the final poll.

Vanderbilt had the longest stretch of not being in the preseason Top 25. The Commodores were last in the rankings in 1993-94. Xavier was next with its last preseason appearance in 2002-03, while Cincinnati was last in 2003-04.

Vanderbilt has all the starters back from a team that came on strong at the end of the regular season only to be knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the first round by Richmond.

'There has been some fixation on our early exits from the tournament, but we have been very excited about this team for a very long time. For good reason, we have good players,' coach Kevin Stallings said. 'If this team can stay healthy, I think we have a chance to have the best team we have ever had.'

The Big East has six ranked teams, two more than the Big 12 and Southeastern Conference, while the Big Ten and Pac-12 had three each. Even with all the offcourt doings in the Big East -- Syracuse and Pittsburgh leaving, TCU never really showing up and some others ready to head elsewhere -- the conference that set the record for teams in an NCAA tournament last season is going to be tough again.

'In the past five years we've had the best basketball league in the country,' Calhoun said. 'We had 11 teams in the NCAA tournament last year and on paper today nine of them would be in it again.'

Duke has the longest current streak of being ranked at 78 polls, a run that started with the preseason poll in 2007-08. Kansas is next with 46, a streak that began on Feb. 2, 2009

Courtesy of www.boston.com


NABC COMMENTS ON NCAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS' ACTIONS - by George Manousidis
KANSAS CITY, Mo. With the 2011-12 mens college basketball season set to begin in little more than a week, coaches in NCAA Division I found out a great deal about the future of the sport after action taken by the NCAA Division I Board of Directors Thursday in Indianapolis.

Changes in academic standards and student-athlete support, along with a revamped recruiting model were adopted by the Board, continuing the quick-action precedent set earlier this year. The NCAA toughened academic standards while providing student-athletes with increased economic and academic support.

The new recruiting model allows coaches to make unlimited phone calls and send text messages to mens basketball recruits. The deregulation extends to social media, and has a new starting date of June 15 following a prospects sophomore year.

The model adopted Thursday and put forth by the NCAA Leadership Council is the result of a great deal of study and discussion, which included significant input from many groups, including basketball coaches, said Jim Haney, executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

One of the most pressing problems in mens college basketball is the retention of student-athletes. Some 40% of mens basketball players leave their college or university by the end of the sophomore year for a variety of reasons, said Haney. Strengthening relationships over a longer period of time between the college coach and the student-athlete should help diminish this percentage and will also help raise the APR (Academic Progress Rate) for Division I programs.

Coaches will also be allowed to evaluate prospective student-athletes for two weekends in April at non-scholastic events while cutting back the July recruiting period to three four-day periods.

Coaches need to see prospects in April, especially coaches who may have scholarships available immediately for seniors who are graduating, said Ernie Kent, NABC president and former head coach at the University of Oregon. This is also a benefit for coaches just hired to take over programs that may need to be bolstered right away.

NCAA presidents established a higher academic standard for incoming freshman to be eligible to compete and that standard has been set at a 2.3 grade-point average (GPA) in the core courses. A freshman whose core average is between 2.0 and 2.3 will be eligible to receive athletically-related financial aid and practice but not compete in the freshman year. He will have four years of eligibility remaining. Another component requires prospects to complete 10 of the 16 total required core courses prior to the start of their senior year with seven of the 10 in English, math and science.

The NCAA Board voted earlier this year to set the minimum academic standard for postseason participation with an APR of 930. This standard takes effect in the 2012-13 academic year, with a two-year implementation window before the benchmark is raised from 900 to 930. For teams to qualify academically for postseason play in 2012-13 and 2013-14, a programs multi-year APR must be 900 or a 930 average over the most recent two-year period.

The standard increases to 930 for a four-year period or a minimum of 940 for the two most recent years in 2014-15. The following season, 2015-16, the 930 score will be implemented fully, meaning that programs not achieving the score will be ineligible for postseason play and face additional penalties.

The new standards will be especially daunting for institutions which make coaching changes. One of the most important questions when interviewing for a position will be what the APR for the preceding four years was, said Haney. It may take considerable time to rebuild both academically and athletically for a new coach to be successful. As we have seen from the ever-growing number of coaching changes each year, coaches often are not afforded ample time to be successful.


Rookie Joe Trapani leaves his Italian team - by Eurobasket News
Joe Trapani (203-F-88, college: Boston Coll.) is no longer a player of Novipiu Casale. Two sides agreed to part ways. Trapani joined Casale during the summer and it was his first professional deal. He appeared in 3 SerieA games averaging 5.3 points and 1.7 rebounds. Trapani received Italian citizenship a month ago. Joe Trapani is a product of Boston College. He had 14.8 ppg and 7 rpg for them in 24 games as a senior. In 2009/10 season, Trapani had slightly lower numbers for his school. He was named All-ACC 3rd Team -10, 11. He transferred to Boston College in 2007 from the Vermont University. Trapani missed one year due to transfer rule.

USA secures the Semifinals in Guadalajra - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - USA 77-88

USA is the first team who secured the Semifinals in Guadalajara. They handed 77-88 loss to Brazil for perfect 2-0 record in Group B. Brazil dropped to 1-1 and still has a chance to reach the next stage. Blake Ahearn (188-G-84, college: Missouri St.) led the winners with 21 points. Justin Dentmon (183-G-85, college: Washington) had 16 points and 6 assists, while Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) and Donald Sloan (191-G-88, college: Texas A&M) helped with 10 points each. In Brazil, Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) collected 16 points and 7 assists. Vitor Alves (190-F/G-90) and Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) (7 rebs) delivered 15 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 18-19, 20-13, 23-24, 16-32. Today, USA will play against Uruguay. Brazil will meet Dominican Republic in do-or-die game. The winner will advance to Semifinals.

Brazil: Welington Dos Santos 16+7 as, Vitor Alves 15, Murilo Becker 12+7 boards
USA: Blake Ahearn 21, Justin Dentmon 16+6 as, Jerome Dyson 10, Donald Sloan 10


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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, Asker22.0 
 3. Karlsen, Centrum21.0 
 4. Land, Asker Aliens19.6 
 5. Sahlertz, Tromso19.3 
 6. Kombat, Froya B.19.2 
 7. Westerlund, Ammeru.17.3 
 8. Stien, Gimle BBK17.0 
 9. Hagen, Ammerud15.8 
 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. Land, Asker Aliens7.7 
 6. Ferranti, Baerum B.7.4 
 7. Karlsen, Centrum7.0 
 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 Aliens4.5 
 3. Midtvedt, Asker A.4.4 
 4. Gabrans, Froya B.3.8 
 5. Mahnin, Centrum3.7 
 6. Randolph, Langhus3.5 
 7. Byerson, Tromso3.4 
 8. Stien, Gimle BBK3.2 
 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. Silavs, Froya B.1.6 
 8. Sahlertz, Tromso1.6 
 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, Asker1.3 
 3. Nwachukwu, Ammerud1.0 
 4. Nyborg, Centrum1.0 
 5. Hagen, Ammerud0.8 
 6. Bullock, Froya B.0.8 
 7. Knight, Ammerud0.7 
 8. O''Garrow, Langhus0.7 
 9. Byerson, Tromso0.7 
 10. Sumskis, Gimle BBK0.6 


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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. P.Rico2-1
2. Argentina1-1
3. Mexico1-1
4. Canada1-2
Group B
1. USA2-0
2. Brazil1-1
3. Dominican R.1-1
4. Uruguay0-2


Stats Leader
Points Per Game
 Jose Juan BAREA
  PUR
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Barea, PUR21.7 
 2. Martinez, DOM21.5 
 3. Mendez-V., MEX17.0 
 4. Scrubb, CAN15.3 
 5. Dos Santos, BRA15.0 
 6. Hernandez, MEX14.5 
 7. Balkman, PUR14.3 
 8. Ward, CAN13.7 
 9. Coronado, DOM13.5 
 10. Sandes, ARG13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Martinez, DOM15.5 
 2. Thomas, USA14.0 
 3. Mata, MEX10.5 
 4. Giovannoni, BRA7.5 
 5. Espinoza, ARG7.0 
 6. Balkman, PUR6.7 
 7. Guzman, DOM6.5 
 8. Lewis, USA6.5 
 9. Ward, CAN6.3 
 10. Sandes, ARG6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 5
 1. Dos Santos, BRA5.0 
 2. Dentmon, USA4.5 
 3. Osimani, URU4.5 
 4. Cequeira, ARG3.5 
 5. Meza Rogel, MEX3.5 
 6. Stoll, MEX3.0 
 7. Martinez, DOM3.0 
 8. Barea, PUR3.0 
 9. Laprovittola, ARG2.5 
 10. Soliver, DOM2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jerome DYSON
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dyson, USA3.0 
 2. Pena, DOM2.5 
 3. Mendez-V., MEX2.5 
 4. Soliver, DOM2.0 
 5. Strong, PUR2.0 
 6. Elsener, ARG2.0 
 7. Espinoza, ARG2.0 
 8. Coronado, DOM2.0 
 9. Balkman, PUR1.7 
 10. Alves, BRA1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Real MATA
  USA
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mata, MEX2.5 
 2. Parada, MEX1.0 
 3. Klassen, CAN1.0 
 4. Santiago, PUR1.0 
 5. Newsome, URU1.0 
 6. Becker, BRA1.0 
 7. Ward, CAN1.0 
 8. Martinez, DOM1.0 
 9. Colon, PUR0.7 
 10. Lieffers, CAN0.7 


Day Two in Guadalajara: USA first to Semifinals ticket - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Argentina - Puerto Rico 79-78
Very exciting game and thriller win for Argentina against Puerto Rico. Both teams have 1-1 record now in Group A. Actually, Mexico and Canada also have the same score, so today will be the crucial day for all four teams. The winners of today's games will advance to Semifinals of the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara. Matias Sandes (201-F/G-84) led Argentina to victory with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) and Luis Cequeira (180-G-85) scored 12 points each, and Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87) added one point less, plus 7 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) shined with 24 points. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) had 16 pts and 7 rebs, while Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) collected 12 points and 8 boards. Quarters: 24-22, 25-19, 13-22, 17-15. Argentina will meet Mexico today. Puerto Rico will play against Canada.

Canada - Mexico 65-79
Mexico registered first victory in Guadalajara. The host of Panamerican Games 2011 outplayed Canada 65-79 and both teams have 1-1 record in Group A now. Argentina and Puerto Rico have the same numbers and today's games will be do-or-die for all teams. Real Mata (205-C-86) exploded for the hosts with 14 points and 15 rebounds (valuation 30). Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) was the top-scored in victory with 16 points and Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) helped with 14 pts, plus 5 boards. In defeat, Warren Ward (196-G-89) delivered 20 pts. Owen Klassen (208-F-91) had 17 points and 9 rebounds, and Jordan Baker (192-G-91, college: Utah Valley St.) added 10 pts in this loss. Quarters: 7-22, 14-17, 19-21, 25-19. Mexico will play against Argentina today. Canada will take on Puerto Rico.

Group B
Brazil - USA 77-88
USA is the first team who secured the Semifinals in Guadalajara. They handed 77-88 loss to Brazil for perfect 2-0 record in Group B. Brazil dropped to 1-1 and still has a chance to reach the next stage. Blake Ahearn (188-G-84, college: Missouri St.) led the winners with 21 points. Justin Dentmon (183-G-85, college: Washington) had 16 points and 6 assists, while Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) and Donald Sloan (191-G-88, college: Texas A&M) helped with 10 points each. In Brazil, Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) collected 16 points and 7 assists. Vitor Alves (190-F/G-90) and Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) (7 rebs) delivered 15 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 18-19, 20-13, 23-24, 16-32. Today, USA will play against Uruguay. Brazil will meet Dominican Republic in do-or-die game. The winner will advance to Semifinals.

Uruguay - Dominican Republic 55-69
Dominican Republic celebrated first win at Panamerican Games 2011 in Guadalajara. Dominicans were better than Uruguay 55-69 for 1-1 record in Group B and they kept Semifinals hope alive. Uruguay dropped to 0-2 and lost all chances to reach the next stage. Juan Coronado (196-G-83) paced Dominicans to victory scoring 17 points. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) had 12 points and impressive 21 points, while Elys Manuel Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) also had double-double, including 12 pts and 10 rebs. Uruguay got 16 points and 8 rebounds from Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne). Nicolas Borsellino (202-F-86) scored 12 and Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91) stopped to 9 pts. Quarters: 15-17, 19-19, 12-13, 9-20. Dominicans will meet Brazil today and the winner will advance to Semifinals. Dominicans will play against strong USA.


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  PERU   


Hey World! - by Raheem Oshodi
My name is Raheem Oshodi (208-C-86, college: N.C.Central). I am a 6'10 PF from Durham, North Carolina. I started playing basketball later in my life, at age 17. It was more of a hobby to me and I did it because I usually was taller than everyone my age. MY first love was track and field but I grew too talk to sprint so I dedicated myself to the game of basketball. I played only one year in College at North Carolina Central University, 2006-2007, and upon graduating in 2009 I only played recreational here and there. After working in my field I decided that I wanted to get back into the game of basketball. So in March 2011, I started working out with personal trainer and former professional ball player Larry Bratcher, http://www.bratcherevents.com/, who helped develop my game in preparation for the next level. Over the summer I played for the Cary Invasion of the Continental Basketball League. We won the CBL Championship in June 2011 which opened the door for me to play overseas.

In September I joined Universidad de Lima / Real Club de Lima in Lima, Peru. My experience here has been great so far. My coach Oscar Gorosito has made my stay here as comfortable as possible. He has been very accommodating. Also having two American teammates, Tim Nelson and Rashad Woods, has made experience in Peru a good one. At first getting accustom to the culture was different but after a few weeks i acclimated quite well, Basketball here is different. Back in the US the game is faster. There is an athlete at every position. Here it is slower and they shoot alot of threes. In some cases, as in my team. we play more team ball. There is less one on one play. Adjusting to the FIBA rules wasn't that difficult but adjusting to the officiating was. Traveling is called alot. Especially when you take a jab step then drive. We are in the championship round of the Peruvian Superior League Vs Regatas Club. Its a best of 5 series. We played them my first game here and lost by 4 but our team chemistry is getting better. Its not going to be an easy series but we will win. Ill blog again Monday and tell you how the first game went.


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DAY 8 OF THE 2011 FIBA-ASIA U16 CHAMPIONSHIPS - by Enzo Flojo
11th-12th Place
QATAR over VIETNAM, 59-58
QAT 59 - Abdelkawy 21, Saad 20, Mohamed 8, Dawoud 6, Al-Ahbabi 2, Al-Abidi 2, Al-Ahmad 0, Al-Tamimi 0, Al-Malki 0, Al-Sheraim 0
VIE 58 - Nguyen DT 20, Do 11, Nguyen VH 10, Tran J 7, Nguyen XH 6, Cao 2, Tran NT 2, Nguyen MT 0, Tran VN 0, Dinh 0
QS: 13-5, 34-20, 52-40, 59-58

- Vietnam came close, but couldn't make the biggest plays at the end to upset the Qataris.
- Mohamed Abdelkawy and Abdulrahman Saad led Qatar anew, combining for 41 points, including 5 triples. They shot just 17-of-58 from the field, though. Qatar clinches 11th place.
- Thong Nguyen Duy shot his way to 20 big points to lead Vietnam, but he couldn't carry them through to a breakout win. Minh Do Duy and Hung Nguyen Van scored 11 and 10 points respectively. Vietnam places 12th.

9th-10th Place
TAIWAN over INDIA, 61-60
TPE 61 - Wang 17, Wu 11, Lu 9, Lee 9, Pan 7, Chen PL 4, Chen CJ 4, Liu 0, Yeh 0, Huang CY 0
IND 60 - Bhamara 29, Bhaupur 10, Saminathan 7, Ludhiana 7, Singh 7, Sanjeev 0, Narender 0
QS: 11-16, 32-34, 49-42, 61-60

- Taiwan scraped through in the endgame to pull the rug from under India and clinch 9th place.
- Lu Kuan-Shiuan had another miserable shooting game, but he hit the biggest shot of the game with 3 ticks left and sent the Indians reeling to 10th place. Lu scored 9 points in all while Wang I-Fan and Wu You-Da paired up for 8 treys and the duo finished with 17 and 11 points respectively.
- Coach JP Singh played only 8 guys, but it still didn't get him a win. Satnam Bhamara was a beast again, scoring 29 points and blocking 8 shots, but he committed 8 turnovers. Haryana Bhaupur was the only other guy in twin digits with 10. The key stat was India's poor FT shooting -- 11-of-21 for just 52%.

5th-8th Place Matches
LEBANON over SAUDI ARABIA, 76-43
LIB 76 - Salem 17, Hadidian 14, El-Kaissi 10, Zeinoun 7, Al-Agha 6, Assaf 6, Abou Jaoude 6, Kabalan 4, Daaboul 4, Kourjian 2, Wehbe 0
KSA 43 - Sakar 18, Barnawi 8, Al-Thalabi 6, Al-Tamar 6, Al-Malalah 4, Mobarki 1, Hansawi 0, Al-Mutairi 0, Al-Khammas 0, Shubayli 0, Musallam 0
QS: 21-12, 38-24, 60-32, 76-43

- Coach Joe Moujaes returned to his original top two scorers and it paid dividends as Lebanon swept the Saudis aside to stay in contention for a Top 5 finish.
- Jimmy Salem and Gerard Hadidian combined for 31 points on 12-of-25 FG shooting to pace the Lebanese and set up a clash with Iraq for 5th spot next. Lebanon also had significantly more assists (21-10) and steals (21-7) than their opponents to emphasize their dominance.
- KSA was led by Abdulaziz Sakar's 18 markers on 50% FG shooting. He also hit 2 treys, had 3 steals and 2 blocks. Nobody else breached the 10-point barrier. KSA drops to the battle for 7th spot.

IRAQ over INDONESIA, 99-38
IRQ 99 - Hamzah 18, Mohammed 18, Mahdi 17, Ahmed 13, Ismael 13, Razzaq 6, Abdulqaer 5, Sabri 4, Saeed 3, Ali 2, Abdullah 0, Abdullhussein 0
INA 38 - Kosasih 10, Indraprasto 7, Abraham 6, Sidabutar 5, Ramadhan 5, Fahdani 3, Airawan 1, Purwoko 1, Yogia 0, Setiawan 0, Wongso 0
QS: 25-10, 54-20, 71-31, 99-38

- Iraq vented all the frustration born of their defeat to the Phillipines on the hapless Indons to book a seat for the 5th place match against Lebanon.
- Five guys scored in double-figures led by Karrar Hamzah and Alaa Mohammed, who scored 18 points apiece. Farid Mahdi ended up with 17 markers while Ali Ahmed and Ismael Ismale each tossed in 13 points. Iraq cooled off from beyond the arc, hitting just 3 all game, but they did connect on 54% of their total field goals.
- Vincent Kosasih remained to be the most reliable Indon with 10 points and 6 blocks, but he did shoot just 38% from the floor. Coach Ricky Gunawan's crew managed just 22% FG shooting and committed 27 turnovers on their way to a battle got 7th spot against KSA.

Semifinals
CHINA over JAPAN, 82-43
CHN 82 - Zhao 18, Yan 18, Zhou 15, Xu 6, Liu B 6, Yu 5, Heng 5, Pan 4, Luo 3, Guo 2, Lai 0
JPN 43 - Sugiura 19, Shirato 8, Kaneko 4, Yanagawa 4, Shinkawa 2, Kakiuchi 2, Miyamoto 2, Yamamoto 2, Chikui 0
QS: 30-14, 44-27, 60-33, 82-43

- By resting scorer Yudai Baba, it's pretty clear coach Hideki Togashi conceded this match and instead prepped for the bronze medal match against the Philippines. China took the better part of the first frame to find their rhythm, but once they did they never let up the pressure.
- Zhao Jiwei and Yan Haoxin each hit 4 triples and both scored 18 points to complement Zhou Qi's almost flawless shooting. Big man Zhou ended up with 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting in 26 minutes. China continues to roll comfortably over all opponents, and should have little trouble clinching the gold against Korea.
- Yusei Sugiura led Japan's charge with 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting. He was, however, the only guy in double-figures as Japan missed all its three-point attempts and managed a lowly 34% FG shooting clip. Japan gets a rematch against the Pinoys for 3rd place next.

SOUTH KOREA over PHILIPPINES, 67-58
KOR 67 - Heo 22, Kim NH 16, Kim GC 16, Kim MK 7, Lee 2, Yun 2, Park 2, Shin 0
PHL 58 - Alejandro 12, Asilum 12, Javelosa 7, Ramos 6, Rivero 6, Diputado 6, Cani 5, Lao 4, Dalafu 0, Heading 0
QS: 19-21, 37-29, 58-50, 67-58

- The Philippines started hot and fast again, but Korea put the speed bumps on them in the 2nd frame and held them off long enough in crunch-time to book a spot in the championship game and a ticket to the FIBA U17 Championships in Lithuania next year.
- Heo Ho-On used his wily smarts to score 22 points despite shooting just 29% from the field. Kim Nak-Hyeon and Kim Gook-Chan helped him out with 16 markers each while Park In-Tae proved to be steady down low even if he scored just 2 points. Korea gets a rematch with China for the Asian title, though they might probably get blown out again.
- The Filipinos limited Korea's three-point shooting to just 14%, but they couldn't find the hole themselves, uncharacteristically making just 29% of their FG attempts. Key player Jordan Heading failed to score while Jay-J Alejandro and Renzar Asilum shot a total of 9-of-39 from the field for a combined 24 markers. The Pinoys suffer another heartbreaker to the Koreans, who've beaten them in crucial games with disturbing consistency over the past 2 decades.

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com


U16 Asia Championship: Japan claim Bronze medals - by Eurobasket News
Japan U16 - Philippines U16 94:81

Japan clinched the Bronze medals at U16 Asia Championship. They overcame Philippines on the final day of the competition. Daiki Kaneko (170-G-95) nailed 25 points to pace the winners.
Philippines looked more aggressive both offensively and defensively at the start of the game. They limited Japan to 11 points in the opening quarter to take a 5-point lead. Japan stepped on the gas in the second term and erased the deficit for a 32:31 lead at the interval. Japan developed on their success in the third term. Japan capped the frame on a 17:2 run to build a 62:42 lead with ten minutes to go. Philippines tried hard to come back into this one. They narrowed the deficit to 8 points but Japan stayed calm and sealed the victory at the end. Yusei Sugiura (194-C-95) posted 21 points, while Yudai Baba (190-F-95) added 17 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Janhubert Cani (178-PG-95) and Kyles Lao (183-G-95) responded with 16 points each for Philippines.

Japan U16: Daiki Kaneko 25, Yusei Sugiura 21, Yudai Baba 17+13 boards
Philippines U16: Janhubert Cani 16, Kyles Lao 16


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


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Barca cruises past Asseco Prokom - by Eurobasket News
FCB Regal Barca - Asseco Prokom 88-61

Expected win for Regal Barca at the Palau Blaugrana on Thursday evening. The reigning Spanish champ handed 88-61 loss to Asseco Prokom for perfect 2-0 record in Group D. The Polish powerhouse faced with the second straight loss. Barca took control on Prokom in the first period and never looked back after that. Their leading player was Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) with 20 points. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) scored 14 pts and Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) added 11 pts, plus 5 assists. In Prokom, Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) delivered 15 points. Alonzo Gee (198-G-87, college: Alabama) and Adam Lapeta (217-C-87, agency: Interperformances) (5 rebs) scored 10 and 9 points respectively. Quarters: 23-18, 24-18, 17-10, 24-15. In the next round Barca goes to Kazan. Prokom will play in Ljubljana.

Regal Barca: Erazem Lorbek 20, Juan Carlos Navarro 14, Marcelinho Huertas 11+5 as
Asseco Prokom: Oliver Lafayette 15, Alonzo Gee 10, Adam Lapeta 9+5 boards


Anwil Wloclawek release Louis Hinnant - by Eurobasket News
Anwil Wloclawek decided to part ways with Louis Hinnant (193-PG-84, college: Boston Coll.). The guard joined the team at the start of the season. He tallied 2.7 points and 0.7 assists per appearance. Last season Louis Hinnant spent in Ukraine. The guard played for Kryvbasbasket. His stats read 10.2 points, 3.7 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per appearance. Previously Louis Hinnant had stints in Sweden, Finland and Hungary. Eurobasket.com named him All-Hungarian League Guard of the Year in 2010. Louis Hinnant led his Zalakeramia-ZTE KK to the title. The guard also participated at Hungarian League All-Star Game.

Asseco Prokom parts ways with NBAer Devin Brown - by Eurobasket News
Devin Brown (195-G/F-78, college: UTSA) is no longer a member of Asseco Prokom. They parted ways yesterday. Brown appeared in one Euroleague game scoring 7 points against Galatasaray. In VTB United League he had 4.3 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 3 games. It was not enough and the club decided to release Brown. According to local media, Brown arrived to Poland out of shape and he made just little progress so far. Devin Brown finished last season with the Chicago Bulls. He joined them in January averaging 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds for 12 games. Before that he had 9.7 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 39 games with the New Orleans Hornets. Devin Brown played for the Hornets also in 2009/10 season. Earlier, he was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs. With the Spurs he won the NBA title in 2005. Smith helped them with 7.4ppg, 2.6 rpg and 1.4 apg for 67 games.

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World All-Star Classic postponed: - by Luis Modestti

Just hours after the ticket sales started the organizers for the World All-Star Classic postponed the event due to issues with the players insurance. The event was going to be held this Sunday at Coliseo de Puerto Rico.

A total of 14 players were confirmed yesterday by the promoters and started ticket sales today but insurance problems hours later forced them to pull the plug. Some of the confirmed players were Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard (211-C-85), Amare Stoudemire, Blake Griffin, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce, Chris Kaman, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Love and Carlos Boozer.

Earlier today Dwight Howard pulled out of the event due to insurance issues and after a meeting the promoters decided to postpone the event. No new date was announced.

This tour also had scheduled stops in Great Britain, China and Australia over the next two weeks. An announcement about the tour will be made soon.



Argentina beats Puerto Rico in thriller, 79-78 - by Eurobasket News
ARGENTINA - PUERTO RICO 79-78

Very exciting game and thriller win for Argentina against Puerto Rico. Both teams have 1-1 record now in Group A. Actually, Mexico and Canada also have the same score, so today will be the crucial day for all four teams. The winners of today's games will advance to Semifinals of the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara. Matias Sandes (201-F/G-84) led Argentina to victory with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) and Luis Cequeira (180-G-85) scored 12 points each, and Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87) added one point less, plus 7 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) shined with 24 points. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) had 16 pts and 7 rebs, while Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) collected 12 points and 8 boards. Quarters: 24-22, 25-19, 13-22, 17-15. Argentina will meet Mexico today. Puerto Rico will play against Canada.

Argentina: Matias Sandes 15+8 boards, Luciano Gonzalez 12, Luis Cequeira 12, Nicolas Romano 11+7 boards
Puerto Rico: Jose Juan Barea 24, Renaldo Balkman 16+7 boards, Daniel Santiago 12+8 boards


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


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


Unics celebrates first Euroleague win ever - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Unics 64-68

Unics celebrated in Istanbul on Thursday evening. The Russian squad was better than Galatasaray 64-68 thanks to great played last quarter. Unics had 64-65 lead and a possession with 34 seconds to go. After timeout, Unics waited and waited as Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) and Henry Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) exchanged the ball. With one second on the shot clock, Domercant pulled up for a huge three that made it 64-68 that shut the stands and sealed the first Turkish Airlines Euroleague win ever for Unics Kazan. Henry Domercant scored 16 points in this victory and Lynn Greer added 12 pts. Alexey Savrasenko collected 9 points and 7 rebs in this meeting. On the other side, Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) had 11 pts and Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) added one point less. Quarters: 21-12, 14-16, 15-17, 14-23. Both teams have 1-1 record now. In the next round, Unics will meet Regal Barca at home. Galata goes to Siena.

Galatasaray: Luksa Andric 14+7 boards, Joshua Shipp 11, Darius Songaila 10
Unics: Henry Domercant 16, Lynn Greer 12, Alexey Savrasenko 9+7 boards


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U16 Asia Championship: Indonesia snatch victory over Saudi Arabia, clinch 7th place - by Eurobasket News
Indonesia U16 - Saudi Arabia U16 52:47

Indonesia sneaked past Saudi Arabia on the final day of the U16 Asia Championship in Vietnam. The winners thus clinched the 7th overall position at the tournament. Muhammad Fahdani (185-F/C-96) scored 17 points to pace Indonesia.
Saudi Arabia led by three points after ten minutes of action 14:11. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. The Saudis established a 24:19 advantage at the interval. But Indonesia started to change the complexion of the encounter after the big break. They cut the deficit to only two points at the final intermission 32:34. Indonesia opened the final term on a 6:1 run to surge ahead. The margin quickly grew at 8-point mark and Indonesia rolled to the victory at the end. Bastian Sidabutar (180-F-95) posted 10 points, while Hans Abraham (179-G-95) and Vincent Kosasih (198-C-96) added 8 points each in the win. Saudi Arabia responded with 17 points from Raad Barnawi (185-G-95). Abdullah Musallam had 12 points in the loss.

Indonesia U16: Muhammad Fahdani 17, Bastian Sidabutar 10, Hans Abraham 8, Vincent Kosasih 8
Saudi Arabia U16: Raad Barnawi 17, Abdullah Musallam 12


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Crvena Zvezda targets Demetris Nichols - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda wants to sign power forward Demetris Nichols (205-F-84, college: Syracuse) for rest of the season. According to various media, two sides already agreed a deal. Reportedly, Nichols should join the team after expiration of his short term deal with Cholet. It will be in nine days, actually on November 6. Demetris Nichols temporarily replaces injured Robert Hite in Cholet Basket. He appeared 3 times in ProA so far averaging 17.3 points, 4 rebounds and 1.7 assists. In 2010-2011 Demetris Nichols played for JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket and in 21 games became the third top-scorer in ProA with 18.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 83.3%. Before Vichy, Demetris Nichols played for BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral, where he spent second half of 2009/10. Nichols appeared 27 times in ProA averaging 6.7 points and 2.1 rebounds. He also added 6.7 ppg and 3 rpg for three EuroChallenge games. Nichols played for the Portland Trail Blazers at the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League, but failed to secure a deal. He played 14 games with the Chicago Bulls in 2007/08 season. Nichols also appeared twice with them in 2008/09 and also twice with the New York Knicks, where he was signed to a ten day deal.

Maccabi Electra too strong for Partizan - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra - Partizan 70-66

Maccabi Electra celebrated an easy win against Partizan on Thursday evening. Despite the final score says 'only' 70-66 for Maccabi, it was an easy win because the home squad had comfortable lead during the entire game. They slowed down in the finish and Partizan managed to cut the margin, but never seriously to treat. Both teams failed in the first round, so Maccabi has 1-1 record now, while Partizan dropped to 0-2 in Group C. Theodoros Papaloukas (200-PG-77, agency: FCM) scored 13 points for the hosts, Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) had 11 pts, 6 rebs and 6 assists, while Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) and Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) added 10 pts each. Partizan got 14 points from Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) (6 rebs) and Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) (5 rebs). Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M) was stopped to 12 pts in this meeting, while other Partizan NBAer Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 pts and 8 rebs. Quarters: 19-12, 22-17, 15-11, 14-26. Maccabi waits Real Madrid in the next round. Partizan will host Charleroi.

Maccabi Electra: Theodoros Papaloukas 13, Jordan Farmar 11+6 boards+6 as, Lior Eliyahu 10, Guy Pnini 10
Partizan: Milan Macvan 14+6 boards, Dragan Milosavljevic 14+5 boards, Acie Law 12, Nikola Pekovic 11+8 boards


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. BKK Radnicki 3-1 
 2. Vojvodina 2-0 
 3. Borac 2-1 
 4. Metalac 2-1 
 5. Mega Vizura 2-1 
 6. Radnicki Basket 2-1 
 7. Smederevo 2-2 
 8. OKK Beograd 1-0 
 9. Sloga 1-2 
 10. Proleter Naftagas 1-2 
 11. Tamis 1-2 
 12. Sloboda Uzice 1-2 
 13. Zeleznicar 0-2 
 14. Napredak 0-3 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki K.


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Milos DIMIC
  Radnicki.
  (195-G-89)
  Avg: 24
 1. Dimic, Radnicki.24.0 
 2. Milisavljevi., Meg.23.0 
 3. Popovic, Sloga22.7 
 4. Zigeranovic, Borac22.3 
 5. Balmazovic, Metalac20.3 
 6. Smiljanic, Radnic.20.0 
 7. Kovac, OKK Beograd20.0 
 8. Mijajlovic, Sloga19.5 
 9. Marojevic, Metalac19.3 
 10. Balaban, Smedere.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivan SMILJANIC
  Radnic.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 10
 1. Smiljanic, Radnic.10.0 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac9.3 
 3. Kuburovic, Slobod.9.3 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.9.0 
 5. Balaban, Smederevo8.7 
 6. Mijajlovic, Sloga8.0 
 7. Drca, OKK Beograd7.0 
 8. Kuzeta, Vojvodina7.0 
 9. Jovic, Sloga7.0 
 10. Tubak, Radnicki.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Nenad STEFANOVIC
  Smede.
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Stefanovic, Smede.8.3 
 2. Sepa, OKK Beograd8.0 
 3. Milisavljevi., Meg.7.0 
 4. Jovic, Sloga7.0 
 5. Popovic, Sloga6.0 
 6. Mitrovic, OKK B.6.0 
 7. Micic, Mega Vizura6.0 
 8. Boltic, BKK R.5.7 
 9. Vujosevic, Vojvo.5.0 
 10. Knezevic, OKK B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stanoje KNEZEVIC
  OKK B.
  (202-PF-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Knezevic, OKK B.4.0 
 2. Micic, Mega Vizura3.7 
 3. Vulin, Prolet.3.3 
 4. Gacic, BKK Radnicki3.3 
 5. Jovic, Sloga3.0 
 6. Sepa, OKK Beograd3.0 
 7. Balmazovic, Metalac3.0 
 8. Popovic, Sloga2.7 
 9. Boltic, BKK R.2.7 
 10. Zigeranovic, Borac2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dusan CANTEKIN
  Mega V.
  (222-C-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Cantekin, Mega V.1.7 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac1.7 
 3. Popovic, Sloboda1.0 
 4. Mijajlovic, Sloga1.0 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.1.0 
 6. Vasilic, Radnic.1.0 
 7. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.0 
 8. Karalic, Tamis0.7 
 9. Petronic, BKK R.0.7 
 10. Boltic, BKK R.0.7 


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Godbold number one in Extraliga for round 8 - by Eurobasket News
American guard David Godbold (196-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Prievidza, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Vahostav-Zilina (#8, 2-5) in overtime 106-95. It allowed Prievidza to consolidate first place in the Slovakian Extraliga. Prievidza have a solid 6-1 record. In the team's last game Godbold had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Prievidza's top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Oklahoma star has very solid stats this year. Godbold is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.9rpg) and averages impressive 53.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Prievidza's star - 32-year old Bermudas swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances). Phillips had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 11 assists. Of course Prievidza cruised to a 106-95 overtime win over the lower-ranked Vahostav-Zilina (#8, 2-5). Of course Prievidza still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 6 matches. Phillips is a newcomer at Prievidza, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Pavol Losonsky (203-F-88) of league's second-best Nova Ves. Losonsky scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Losonsky's great performance Nova Ves lost 78-79 to #4 ranked Komarno. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Nova Ves needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Losonsky has a great season in Slovakia. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 10.3rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Louis Johnson (203-F/C-86) of Komarno - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Anthony Jones (194-G/F-84) of Handlova - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Denis Clemente (185-PG-86) of Nitra - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Ivan Barisic (201-C/F-84) of Handlova - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Ondrej Soska (208-C-78) of Vahostav-Zilina - 25 points and 9 rebounds
9. Spencer Perrin (195-F) of Vahostav-Zilina - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Sean Hampton (195-F-75) of Handlova - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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Montepaschi blasts Union Olimpija in Siena - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Union Olimpija 79-57

Montepaschi jumped to 2-0 record in Group D and shares the first place with Regal Barca. The Italian powerhouse had no troubles to beat Union Olimpija on Thursday evening with huge 79-57. The former Slovenian champ dropped to 0-2. The hosts made impressive 26-4 lead in the first quarter and Olimpija answered with 12-25 after that. However, Montepaschi players shined after the breather once again and with 23-11 resolved question about the winner. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) scored 17 points in this victory, Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) had 12 points and 8 rebs, and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) netted 11 pts for the Siena team. In the loosing squad, Davis Bertans (205-C-92) was the only one with double digits - 12 pts. Their second scorers were Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79, agency: Alti Sport) and Robert Rothbart (217-C-86) with only 7 pts each. Quarters: 26-4, 12-25, 23-11, 18-17. Montepaschi will host Galatasaray next week. Union Olimpija will try to beat Asseco Prokom in Ljubljana.

Montepaschi: Bo McCalebb 17, Ksistof Lavrinovic 12+8 boards, Rimantas Kaukenas 11
Union Olimpija: Davis Bertans 12, Ratko Varda 7, Robert Rothbart 7


1B Stats Leaders
D2 Standings
 1. Sencur CP 5-1 
 2. Triglav Strazisce 4-1 
 3. Splosna plovba 4-2 
 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 


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Tadej HORVAT
  Radenska
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Horvat, Radenska19.8 
 2. Djurkovic, Splosn.18.8 
 3. Abramovic, Terme O.17.8 
 4. Sivka, Konjice17.5 
 5. Mlakar, Jance Prit17.0 
 6. Tusek, Hrastnik16.8 
 7. Jereb, Konjice16.5 
 8. Erzen, Sencur CP15.8 
 9. Spesic, Radenska15.8 
 10. Dzombic, Hrastnik15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tadej TUSEK
  Hrastnik
  (194-F-80)
  Avg: 11
 1. Tusek, Hrastnik11.0 
 2. Kavgic, Splosna9.2 
 3. Klepo, Postojna9.0 
 4. Sivka, Konjice8.3 
 5. Spesic, Radenska7.8 
 6. Skornik, Konjice7.6 
 7. Pavlin, Trigla.7.0 
 8. Erzen, Sencur CP6.8 
 9. Lipovsek, Litija6.8 
 10. Mahkovic, Trigla.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rok PERKO
  Splosna .
  (179-G-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Perko, Splosna5.8 
 2. Ovnik, Hrastnik5.0 
 3. Suran, Radenska4.6 
 4. Macek, Terme Olimia4.5 
 5. Jereb, Konjice4.5 
 6. Brolih, Branik4.2 
 7. Horvat, Nova Gorica4.0 
 8. Mlakar, Jance Prit4.0 
 9. Blazevic, Sencur CP3.8 
 10. Jersin, Trigla.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Klemen PANIC
  Litija
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Panic, Litija2.3 
 2. Jersin, Trigla.2.2 
 3. Horvat, Radenska2.2 
 4. Zupanc, Litija2.0 
 5. Kavgic, Splosna2.0 
 6. Horvat, Nova Gorica2.0 
 7. Jerman, Grosuplje1.8 
 8. Pusic, Sencur CP1.8 
 9. Kristo, Sencur CP1.7 
 10. Spesic, Radenska1.6 
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. Jereb, Konjice1.0 
 5. Globovnik, Terme O.0.8 
 6. Dolinar, Medvode0.8 
 7. Muha, Postojna0.8 
 8. Kunc, Grosuplje0.7 
 9. Spesic, Radenska0.6 
 10. Percel, Hrastnik0.6 


Adin Kavgic gets MVP of the Week award for D2 - by Eurobasket News
Adin Kavgic (193-F/C-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Splosna plovba and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com D2 Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 24-year old power forward had a double-double of 18 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team beat Radenska (#6, 3-2) 82-73. Splosna plovba is placed at 2nd position in D2. They are still close to the very top. Splosna plovba would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. It's Kavgic's second year at Splosna plovba and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Kavgic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.8rpg) and averages solid 2.5spg and 52.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old guard Tadej Horvat (190-G-84) of Radenska. Horvat impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Radenska lost that game 73-82 to the higher-ranked Splosna plovba (#2, 4-1). Radenska managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Horvat is a newcomer at Radenska and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#4).

The third best performed player last round was Bostjan Sivka (200-F/C-76) of Konjice (#12). Sivka scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Sivka's great performance Konjice lost 59-71 to the higher-ranked Terme Olimia (#9, 2-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Konjice can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Sivka he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sivka has individually a great season in Slovenia. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 8.3rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jure Erzen (203-C-75) of Sencur CP - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Boris Jersin (183-G-85) of Triglav Strazisce - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Robert Suran (188-G-84) of Radenska - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Aljosa Remus (200-F-86) of Branik - 24 points and 2 rebounds
8. Dejan Buncic (177-G-77) of Medvode - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Robert Abramovic (185-G-88) of Terme Olimia - 19 points and 3 assists
10. Rok Perko (179-G-87) of Splosna plovba - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 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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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 7-0 
 2. Anyang KGC 4-3 
 3. KCC Egis 4-3 
 4. Sonic Boom KT 3-3 
 5. ET Land 3-3 
 6. Mobis Phoebus 3-3 
 7. LG Sakers 3-3 
 8. Samsung Th. 2-4 
 9. SK Knights 2-4 
 10. Daegu Orions 1-6 


U16 Asia Championship: China repeat as the champions! - by Eurobasket News
China U16 - South Korea U16 92:52

China proved their status as the main force at U16 level in Asia. They marched undefeated in Vietnam to defend their U16 Asia Championship title. And once again China dealt with South Korea in the rematch of 2009 Final. Zhou Qi (215-C-96) scored 43 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to lead the winners.
China held their opponents to 8 points in the opening frame to pull in front. They grabbed a 7-point lead after ten minutes. China speeded things up in the second frame. They unloaded 25 points to take a 40:23 halftime lead. China stayed aggressive offensively after the big break. They erupted for 25 points in the third term to pile up a comfortable 65:42 lead with one quarter remaining. China never slowed down in the fourth term and breezed to the victory at the end. Yu Dehao (188-G-95) nailed 11 points, while Heng Yifeng (195-F-95) added 10 points in the victory. Heo Hoon (181-G-95) responded with 19 points for South Korea. Lee Woojung (185-F-95) netted 8 points in the loss.

China U16: Zhou Qi 43+19 boards, Yu Dehao 11, Heng Yifeng 10
South Korea U16: Heo Hoon 19, Lee Woojung 8


KBL Round 7 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Eighth-ranked Samsung Thunders (2-4) used its home court advantage to challenge leader Dongbu Promy (7-0) in Seoul on Thursday. The visitors from Wonju managed to secure only five-point victory 81-76. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Joo-Sung Kim who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Undefeated Dongbu Promy have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Samsung Thunders at the other side keep the eighth position with four games lost. Dongbu Promy will face LG Sakers (#7) in Changwon in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Samsung Thunders will play on the road against ET Land Elephants in Inchon.

The most impressive performance of 7th round was 30 points and 15 rebounds by Alexander Johnson of SK Knights.



LG Sakers - KCC Egis 75-94

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked KCC Egis (4-3) crushed 3rd placed LG Sakers (3-3) in Changwon 94-75 on Thursday. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by KCC Egis. LG Sakers was better in fourth quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KCC Egis looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field). International center Seung-Jin Ha (221-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four KCC Egis players scored in double figures. Naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) answered with 19 points and 5 assists and Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji (208-81) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for LG Sakers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KCC Egis moved-up to second place, which they share with Anyang KGC. LG Sakers at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. KCC Egis will face Mobis Phoebus (#6) in Ulsan in the next round. LG Sakers will play at home against the league's leader Dongbu Promy in Wonju.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: D.Sims 33+8reb+2ast, S.Ha 15+12reb+2ast, S.Choo 14+2reb+4ast, T.Akins 14+2reb+8ast, T.Kim 7+3reb, B.Yoo 4+1reb+1ast
LG Sakers: G.Stevenson 19+3reb+5ast, H.Park 18+3reb+1ast, O.Oyedeji 14+7reb+3ast, H.Kim 7+1ast, I.Baek 6+2reb+1ast, Y.Oh 4+1reb
gschID: 145639


Samsung Th. - Dongbu Promy 76-81 OT

Eighth-ranked Samsung Thunders (2-4) used its home court advantage to challenge leader Dongbu Promy (7-0) in Seoul on Thursday. The visitors from Wonju managed to secure only five-point victory 81-76. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 23-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-10. Dongbu Promy looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Ji-Hyon Park (183-79) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 assists for the winners. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) answered with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) added 14 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Samsung Thunders. Dongbu Promy have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Samsung Thunders at the other side keep the eighth position with four games lost. Dongbu Promy will face LG Sakers (#7) in Changwon in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Samsung Thunders will play on the road against ET Land Elephants in Inchon.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: J.Kim 27+9reb+5ast, R.Benson 23+11reb, J.Park 16+4reb+14ast, Y.Choi 4+4reb+1ast, J.Ahn 3+1ast, J.Hwang 3+2reb+1ast
Samsung Th.: E.Sandrin 33+11reb+2ast, P.John Ramos 14+13reb+3ast, D.Kim 12+3reb+4ast, W.Lee 6+6reb+9ast, S.Yoo 6, K.Lee 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 145640


ET Land - Anyang KGC 78-75

There was an upset when much higher ranked Anyang KGC (4-3) was edged by ninth ranked ET Land Elephants (3-3) in Inchon 78-75 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-75. Anyang KGC was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for international forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four ET Land Elephants players scored in double figures. International center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) answered with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and American power forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Anyang KGC. ET Land Elephants moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Anyang KGC keeps the second position with three games lost. ET Land Elephants will face Samsung Thunders (#8) in Seoul in the next round. Anyang KGC will play on the road against SK Knights (#9) in Seoul.
Top scorers:
ET Land: T.Moon 20+8reb+2ast, J.Vroman 15+10reb+5ast, K.Shin 12+1reb+7ast, N.Ham 10+4reb, H.Lee 10+7reb+3ast, H.Kang 9+2reb+3ast
Anyang KGC: S.Oh 23+9reb, R.White 16+9reb+6ast, S.Kim 11+1reb, H.Yang 8+3reb+2ast, J.Lee 8+3reb+1ast, T.Kim 5+2reb+7ast
gschID: 145641


Daegu Orions - SK Knights 80-78

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Daegu Orions (1-6) edged at home 7th ranked SK Knights (2-4) 80-78 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-78. Daegu Orions looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a very good performance for American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. The former international forward Daniel Sandrin (200-80, college: Seattle Pacific) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and guard Hyo-Bum Kim (195-83) added 19 points and 4 assists in the effort for SK Knights. Four SK Knights players scored in double figures. Daegu Orions maintains tenth place with 1-6 record. Loser SK Knights dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. Daegu Orions will face higher ranked Sonic Boom KT (#4) in Busan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Daegu Orions: C.Williams 27+9reb+10ast, D.Sandrin 19+9reb, I.Heo 15+5reb+2ast, J.Chun 9+2reb+9ast, Y.Park 7+7reb+2ast, K.Kim 3
SK Knights: A.Johnson 30+15reb+3ast, H.Kim 19+1reb+4ast, M.Kim 14+3reb+1ast, S.Lee 11+1reb+2ast, H.Joo 2+5reb+16ast, K.Hoon Byun 2
gschID: 145642




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Batum leads Nancy to first Euroleague win - by Eurobasket News
Nancy - Bizkaia Bilbao 87-73

Nancy managed to take the first Euroleague win of the season. They outplayed Bilbao 87-73 thanks to great played last ten minutes of the game. Both teams have 1-1 record now in Group A. NBAer Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) was a key player in victory with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists,. He reached valuation 36. Adrien Moerman (204-F/C-88) had 15 pts and 5 rebounds, and Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) helped with 14 pts, plus 9 boards. Marko Banic (205-F-84) responded with 16 points and 5 rebs in defeat. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) and Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) (6 rebs) stopped to 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 17-18, 21-20, 23-20, 26-15. In the next round Nancy will meet Fenerbahce Ulker on the road. Bilbao goes to Cantu.

Nancy: Nicolas Batum 26+7 boards+8 as, Adrien Moerman 15+5 boards, Akinlolu Akingbala 14+9 boards
Bilbao: Marko Banic 16+5 boards, Kostas Vasiliadis 12, Aaron Jackson 11+6 boards


Real Madrid hands 85-78 loss to Emporio Armani - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid - Emporio Armani 85-78

Real Madrid registered second straight Euroleague win this season. They outplayed Emporio Armani 85-78 staying on top of Group C alone with perfect 2-0 record. On the other side, Emporio Armani slipped to 1-1. Visitors started the game better as they had 14-18 lead after ten minutes of play. Milano jumped to plus six in the finish of the first half, but Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) sank his second three-pointer to bring Madrid within 36-39 at HT. Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) and his teammates made 0-13 run during Q3 for 40-53 lead, but Real Madrid responded with excellent 23-9 for rest of the period, 63-62. Mirotic and Carrol brought Real 76-72 lead in the finish, after what Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) and Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) nailed free throws to keep Madrid out of trouble, 80-74. Jaycee Carroll was the leading player in victory with 21 points for 19 minutes on the court. Rudy Fernandez had 17 points, Sergio Llull (190-PG-87) 13 and Martynas Pocius netted 11 pts. In Emporio Armani, Drew Nicholas shined with 24 pts. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) and Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) posted 18 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 14-18, 22-21, 27-23, 22-16. Real Madrid goes to Tel-Aviv in the next round. Milano will host Anadolu Efes.

Real Madrid: Jaycee Carroll 21, Rudy Fernandez 17, Sergio Llull 13, Martynas Pocius 11
Emporio Armani: Drew Nicholas 24, Malik Hairston 18, Danilo Gallinari 12


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Troy DEVRIES
  Melilla
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. DeVries, Melilla18.3 
 2. Bivia, Mallorca18.0 
 3. Durley, Leon17.5 
 4. Knutson, Mallorca17.1 
 5. Feldeine, Breogan16.7 
 6. Phillip, Burgos16.6 
 7. Guillen, Canarias16.1 
 8. Witt, Knet Clavijo16.1 
 9. Quezada, Leon15.8 
 10. Arteaga, Menorca15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cristopher MORTELLARO
  Leon
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Mortellaro, Leon9.5 
 2. Phillip, Burgos9.3 
 3. Sikma, La Palma8.9 
 4. Donaldson, Canarias8.9 
 5. Williams, Caceres8.6 
 6. Lawal, Knet Clavijo8.4 
 7. Diouf, Palencia8.3 
 8. O''Leary, Palencia8.3 
 9. Orfila, Huesca8.3 
 10. McNeil, Huesca8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  La Palma
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Alvarado, La Palma4.8 
 2. Lopez, Burgos4.1 
 3. Witt, Knet Clavijo4.1 
 4. Riera, Melilla3.9 
 5. Bivia, Mallorca3.9 
 6. Jimenez, Menorca3.8 
 7. Bernabe, Leon3.7 
 8. Sabat, Canarias3.6 
 9. Norris, Lleida3.6 
 10. DeVries, Melilla3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jeffrey XAVIER
  Palencia
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Xavier, Palencia3.4 
 2. Bernabe, Leon2.7 
 3. Toledo, Burgos2.4 
 4. Alonso, Mallorca2.4 
 5. Guerra, Granada2.1 
 6. Lopez, La Palma2.0 
 7. Schaftenaar, La P.1.9 
 8. Sikma, La Palma1.9 
 9. Otegui, Menorca1.8 
 10. Fernandez, CB Tar.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognen KUZMIN
  Clinicas.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kuzmin, Clinicas.2.0 
 2. Diouf, Palencia1.7 
 3. El Hadji Mal., Cli.1.4 
 4. Coleman, Girona1.3 
 5. Green, Mallorca1.1 
 6. Tillman, Burgos1.1 
 7. Odiakosa, Melilla1.0 
 8. Santana, La Palma1.0 
 9. Freimanis, Girona1.0 
 10. Arteaga, Menorca1.0 


FIATC Joventut returns Christian Eyenga - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Christian Eyenga (199-G-89) is back to FIATC Joventut Badalona. The 22-year-old guard signed a deal until the end of the NBA lockout. Eyenga already played for Joventut from 2007 to 2010. In their last season together he had 3.9 ppg and 2 rpg for 29 games in ACB. He also added 3.4 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 11 EuroCup games. Eyenga also played for Prat Joventut earlier. Last season Christian Eyenga spent with the NBA team Cleveland Cavaliers. He appeared 44 times in the league averaging 6.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. Eyenga also spent some time with Cleveland Cavs affiliate Erie BayHawks. He had 12.3 ppg and 4.7 rpg for 15 games in D-League. Christian Eyenga started basketball career with DR Congolese team Onatra Kinshasa.

Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Sammy MONROE
  Tenerife
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Monroe, Tenerife19.7 
 2. Ott, Lan M.19.7 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.19.0 
 4. Balmon, Las Rozas18.3 
 5. Smith, Coruna17.5 
 6. Koffi, Ourense16.0 
 7. Martinez, Las R.15.0 
 8. Ausina, Aurtenec.15.0 
 9. Forbes, Coruna14.7 
 10. Thompson, Aurten.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko TODOROVIC
  Prat J.
  (209-C-92)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Todorovic, Prat J.9.5 
 2. Balmon, Las Rozas9.0 
 3. Conde, Avila8.7 
 4. Monroe, Tenerife8.3 
 5. Sanchez, Andorra8.0 
 6. Thompson, Aurtene.7.7 
 7. Koffi, Ourense7.7 
 8. Conejero, Plasencia7.5 
 9. Atoyebi, Lan M.7.3 
 10. Mbaye, Barca R.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sergio LLORENTE
  Avila
  (188-PG-90)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Llorente, Avila4.7 
 2. Perez, Barca R.4.3 
 3. Marzo, Barca R.4.3 
 4. Bavosi, Andorra4.3 
 5. Guigou, Tenerife3.7 
 6. Zamora, Plasencia3.5 
 7. Vilanova, Prat J.3.3 
 8. Creus, Barca R.3.3 
 9. Ibargutxi, Lan M.3.3 
 10. Bassas, Prat J.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Deforrest SMITH
  Coruna
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Smith, Coruna3.0 
 2. Ott, Lan M.3.0 
 3. Ros, Plasencia2.5 
 4. Marzo, Barca R.2.3 
 5. Bavosi, Andorra2.3 
 6. Robertson, Avila2.3 
 7. Casas, Avila2.0 
 8. Rodriguez, Gandia2.0 
 9. Arcelus, Aurtenec.2.0 
 10. Farfan, Andorra2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko TODOROVIC
  Prat J.
  (209-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Todorovic, Prat J.2.5 
 2. Marti, Prat J.2.0 
 3. Mbaye, Barca R.1.7 
 4. Iglesias, Plasencia1.5 
 5. Gonzalez, Avila1.3 
 6. Cruz, Las Rozas1.3 
 7. Monroe, Tenerife1.0 
 8. Pantin, Ourense1.0 
 9. Thompson, Aurtene.1.0 
 10. Caven, Prat J.1.0 


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Burgos 6-1 
 2. Canarias 6-1 
 3. La Palma 6-1 
 4. Lleida 6-1 
 5. Melilla 5-2 
 6. Palencia 4-3 
 7. Breogan 3-3 
 8. Menorca 3-3 
 9. Knet Clavijo 3-4 
 10. Granada 3-4 
 11. Girona 3-4 
 12. CB Tarragona 2-4 
 13. Leon 2-4 
 14. Navarra 2-5 
 15. Caceres 2-5 
 16. Mallorca 2-5 
 17. Huesca 2-5 
 18. Clinicas Rincon 1-6 


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


Barca cruises past Asseco Prokom - by Eurobasket News
FCB Regal Barca - Asseco Prokom 88-61

Expected win for Regal Barca at the Palau Blaugrana on Thursday evening. The reigning Spanish champ handed 88-61 loss to Asseco Prokom for perfect 2-0 record in Group D. The Polish powerhouse faced with the second straight loss. Barca took control on Prokom in the first period and never looked back after that. Their leading player was Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) with 20 points. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) scored 14 pts and Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) added 11 pts, plus 5 assists. In Prokom, Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) delivered 15 points. Alonzo Gee (198-G-87, college: Alabama) and Adam Lapeta (217-C-87, agency: Interperformances) (5 rebs) scored 10 and 9 points respectively. Quarters: 23-18, 24-18, 17-10, 24-15. In the next round Barca goes to Kazan. Prokom will play in Ljubljana.

Regal Barca: Erazem Lorbek 20, Juan Carlos Navarro 14, Marcelinho Huertas 11+5 as
Asseco Prokom: Oliver Lafayette 15, Alonzo Gee 10, Adam Lapeta 9+5 boards


UCAM Murcia signs 3-year deal with Igor Lutersek - by Eurobasket News
Igor Lutersek (203-F/C-89) is a new member of UCAM Murcia. After one month try-out, the Montenegrin power forward managed to secure a deal with the team. He penned a 3-year contract and according to Sports Director Paco Guillem it is a move for the future. Igor Lutersek spent last season with Montenegrin team Danilovgrad. Before that he played for Primorje-Mediteran Herceg Novi and Lovcen Cetinje. Until 2007, Lutersek played for Buducnost Podgorica. Igor Lutersek played for the Montenegrin U20 National Team in 2009. Two years before that he shined at European Championships U18 Division B in Sofia. He had 15.6 ppg and 7.6 rpg for 8 games. Lutersek also played for U17 Montenegro in the past.

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


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Stephen MCDOWELL
  Solna
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. McDowell, Solna24.6 
 2. Zabas, Jamtland23.7 
 3. McKnight, Boras18.4 
 4. Krayem, Boras18.4 
 5. Palm, Boras17.8 
 6. Smith, Sodertalje17.7 
 7. Jeansson, Uppsala17.3 
 8. Sigurdarson, Sunds.17.0 
 9. Safford, LF Basket16.7 
 10. Klaric, Jamtland16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sunds.
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.3 
 2. Palm, Boras9.6 
 3. Johnson, Uppsala9.4 
 4. Lalugba, Jamtland9.0 
 5. Toombs, Eco Orebro8.8 
 6. Ramsey, LF Basket8.4 
 7. Watt, Eco Orebro8.3 
 8. Akesson, 088.2 
 9. Safford, LF Basket8.1 
 10. McKnight, Boras8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket7.7 
 2. Hellgren, Jamtland6.1 
 3. Krayem, Boras6.0 
 4. Carter, Uppsala6.0 
 5. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.0 
 6. Chuk, Sodertalje4.9 
 7. Akesson, 084.2 
 8. Ermolinskij, Sunds.3.6 
 9. Eriksson, Uppsala3.4 
 10. Mitchell, Norrkop.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew MITCHELL
  Norrkoping
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Mitchell, Norrkopi.3.0 
 2. Smith, Sodertalje2.9 
 3. Carter, Uppsala2.7 
 4. Pleick, Eco Orebro2.4 
 5. Ramsey, LF Basket2.4 
 6. Hellgren, Jamtland2.1 
 7. Mbemba, LF Basket2.1 
 8. McDowell, Solna2.1 
 9. Zabas, Jamtland2.0 
 10. Krayem, Boras2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith RAMSEY
  LF Basket
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ramsey, LF Basket2.4 
 2. Johnson, Uppsala2.0 
 3. Watt, Eco Orebro1.8 
 4. Simms, Sodertalje1.7 
 5. Lalugba, Jamtland1.7 
 6. Toombs, Eco Orebro1.6 
 7. Blom, 081.3 
 8. Odada, 081.0 
 9. Gregory, Sundsvall1.0 
 10. Doychinov, Solna0.9 


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Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Besiktas 3-0 
 2. Anadolu Efes 2-0 
 3. Fener.Ulker 2-0 
 4. Galatasaray 2-0 
 5. Tofas 2-0 
 6. Turk Telekom 2-1 
 7. Olin Edirne 1-1 
 8. Karsiyaka 1-1 
 9. Mersin 1-1 
 10. Hacettepe Univ. 1-1 
 11. Aliaga 0-2 
 12. Antalya 0-2 
 13. Bandirma Kir. 0-2 
 14. Banvit BK 0-2 
 15. Erdemir 0-2 
 16. Trabzonspor 0-2 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Marcelus KEMP
  Besiktas
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25
 1. Kemp, Besiktas25.0 
 2. Washington, Turk T.22.7 
 3. Shipp, Galatasaray22.0 
 4. Stanojevic, Karsi.19.5 
 5. Williams, Besiktas19.3 
 6. Henderson, Erdemir18.0 
 7. Yildirim, Bandirma.18.0 
 8. Stimac, Olin Edirne17.5 
 9. Cantitiz, Bandirma.17.0 
 10. Bryan-A., Hacett.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir STIMAC
  Olin Edirne
  (209-C-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Stimac, Olin Edirne11.5 
 2. Buckman, Tofas9.0 
 3. Erden, Besiktas8.7 
 4. Sonkol, Aliaga8.5 
 5. Sanders, Hacett.8.5 
 6. Stanojevic, Karsi.8.5 
 7. Barac, Anadolu Ef.8.0 
 8. Ruzic, Tofas7.5 
 9. Mays, Mersin7.0 
 10. Okur, Turk Telekom7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Karsiyaka
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 8
 1. Chatman, Karsiyaka8.0 
 2. Washington, Turk T.8.0 
 3. Williams, Besiktas7.7 
 4. Ratkovica, Aliaga6.0 
 5. Steele, Tofas6.0 
 6. Koc, Tofas4.5 
 7. Acik, Galatasaray4.5 
 8. Ermis, Banvit BK4.5 
 9. Toolson, Aliaga4.5 
 10. Senturk, Erdemir4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ahmet CANTITIZ
  Bandirma.
  (--92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Cantitiz, Bandirma.4.0 
 2. Kinsey, Anadolu3.0 
 3. Kulcebas, Hacett.3.0 
 4. Jerrells, Fener.Ul.2.5 
 5. Bryan-A., Hacett.2.5 
 6. Sevinc, Olin Edirne2.5 
 7. Gist, Fener.Ulker2.0 
 8. Vujacic, Anadolu2.0 
 9. Chatman, Karsiyaka2.0 
 10. Adiguzel, Hacett.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew BRYAN-AMANING
  Hacett.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bryan-A., Hacett.2.0 
 2. Gordon, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Koc, Tofas1.5 
 4. Erden, Besiktas1.3 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir1.0 
 6. Robinson, Erdemir1.0 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.1.0 
 8. Sanders, Hacett.1.0 
 9. Gist, Fener.Ulker1.0 
 10. Stimac, Olin Edir.1.0 


Unics celebrates first Euroleague win ever - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Unics 64-68

Unics celebrated in Istanbul on Thursday evening. The Russian squad was better than Galatasaray 64-68 thanks to great played last quarter. Unics had 64-65 lead and a possession with 34 seconds to go. After timeout, Unics waited and waited as Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) and Henry Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) exchanged the ball. With one second on the shot clock, Domercant pulled up for a huge three that made it 64-68 that shut the stands and sealed the first Turkish Airlines Euroleague win ever for Unics Kazan. Henry Domercant scored 16 points in this victory and Lynn Greer added 12 pts. Alexey Savrasenko collected 9 points and 7 rebs in this meeting. On the other side, Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) had 11 pts and Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) added one point less. Quarters: 21-12, 14-16, 15-17, 14-23. Both teams have 1-1 record now. In the next round, Unics will meet Regal Barca at home. Galata goes to Siena.

Galatasaray: Luksa Andric 14+7 boards, Joshua Shipp 11, Darius Songaila 10
Unics: Henry Domercant 16, Lynn Greer 12, Alexey Savrasenko 9+7 boards


Fenerbahce Ulker loses second straight game in Euroleague - by Pervin Elgin
Fenerbahce Ulker still hasn't won a match in Group A of the Turkish Airline Euroleague. Olympiakos handed Ulker with the second defeat in as many games: 74-81.

In the first period Fenerbahce looked on course to the first victory, starting with a 10-2 run. Olympiakos managed to undo the damage in the second half of the period, but Ulker still finished the quarter superior with 14-12. In the second period Fenerbahce quickly managed to create a gap once again. Three point scores by Roko Ukic and baskets by Thabo Sefolosha (Ulker's top scorer with 17 points) further increased the difference, and Ulker went to the locker room with a 37-26 lead.

Things turned sour for Fenerbahce in the second half. In the third period, Olympiakos closed the gap. After a series of mutual baskets Ulker still finished the period ahead, with the smallest of margins: 54-53. In the fourth period Olympiakos immediately took the lead by another basket by Vassilis Spanoulis, who was the Greek top scorer with 22 points. Fenerbahce managed to hang on, and even regained the lead with two minutes of playing time left: 69-67. After that, Spanoulis stepped up for the Greek. A series of Ulker turnovers and fouls made an end to all Istanbul hopes, and Georgios Printezis slammed in the final verdict: 81-74 for Olympiakos. The first Euroleague win for the Greek team, an achievement Fenerbahce will try to accomplish in the third game, at home versus SLUC Nancy.


Olympiakos takes 81-74 win against Fenerbahce Ulker - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Fenerbahce Ulker 81-74

Olympiakos grabbed their first Euroleague win this season. The Reds outplayed Fenerbahce Ulker in very exciting meeting 81-74. With 13 second to go Olympiacos committed a turnover and Fener got a chance. However a 5 seconds violation on the inbounds gave the ball back to Olympiacos again. Gecevicius made both free throws for the Reds with 12.5 seconds to go. Thabo Sefolosha (196-G-84, agency: ACMT) got 1 back from the stripe with 8.8 seconds left and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) iced the win from the line before Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) threw down a slam for the finishing touch. Spanoulis led the winners in scoring with 22 points (7 assists). Printezis added 21 points and 7 rebounds, while Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) helped his team with 13 pts. On the other side, Fener got double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds from Thabo Sefolosha. James Gist (205-F-86) had 14 pts and 6 rebs, and Roko-Leni Ukic (196-G-84) stopped to 13 pts. Quarters: 12-14, 14-23, 27-17, 28-20. Olympiacos goes to Vitoria in the next round. Fener will host Nancy and will try to register the first win in Group A.

Olympiakos: Vassilis Spanoulis 22+7 boards, Georgios Printezis 21+7 boards, Martynas Gecevicius 13
Fenerbahce Ulker: Thabo Sefolosha 17+12 boards, James Gist 14+6 boards, Roko-Leni Ukic 13


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Mykolaiv add Igor Kryvych and Yuri Zozulia - by Eurobasket News
Mykolaiv strengthened their roster. They added Igor Kryvych (199-F-78) and Yuri Zozulia (189-PG-81). Igor Kryvych spent the last season in Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk. The guard forward notched 6.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in Superleague. Previously Igor Kryvych had stints with Sumikhimprom, BC Donetsk and BC Odessa. Igor Kryvych was the member of Ukrainian National Team back in 2005-2008 seasons.
Yuri Zozulia started the season in Cherkasy. The guard averaged 1.5 points and 1.0 assist per Superleague appearance. Last season Yuri Zozulia spent in BC Donetsk. His stats read 1.4 points and 1.1rebounds.


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


Standings - Higher League
Higher League Standings
 1. Aviastar 4-0 
 2. Mussom 3-0 
 3. Avantazh-Pol. 3-1 
 4. VolinBasket 3-1 
 5. Pulsar 1-1 
 6. Vinnitsky Zubry 1-1 
 7. Sportlitsey 1-3 
 8. Striba 0-1 
 9. BK Kremen 0-2 
 10. Koksokh-Stal 0-2 
 11. Ternopil 0-4 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Rodney GREEN
  Mykolaiv
  (195-F/G-88)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Green, Mykolaiv20.4 
 2. Thomas, Dnipro20.3 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro19.0 
 4. Stojanovski, Cherk.18.5 
 5. King, BC Odessa17.7 
 6. Davis, Kryvbasb.17.2 
 7. McGhee, Khimik16.4 
 8. Deane, BC Odessa16.3 
 9. Culpepper, Fe.16.1 
 10. Coleman, Hoverla16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maxym KORNIYENKO
  Dnipro
  (205-F/C-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Korniyenko, Dnipro11.5 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.7 
 3. Davis, Kryvbasb.9.7 
 4. Fraser, DniproAzot9.0 
 5. Hunter, Mykolaiv8.7 
 6. Davis, Fe.8.6 
 7. Terry, Khimik8.4 
 8. Thomas, Dnipro8.0 
 9. Odufuwa, Halychyna7.7 
 10. Shvets, BC Kyiv7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Derrick ZIMMERMAN
  BC Kyiv
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv7.0 
 2. Burtt, Dnipro6.5 
 3. Deane, BC Odessa5.2 
 4. Morovic, Halychyna5.2 
 5. Mitchell, Khimik5.1 
 6. Ewing, Azovmash4.5 
 7. Vaughn, Mykolaiv4.4 
 8. Swanson, Hoverla4.4 
 9. Rybalko, Fe.4.4 
 10. Butskyy, Fe.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel EWING
  Azovmash
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ewing, Azovmash2.5 
 2. Tiggs, Hoverla2.4 
 3. Low, Dnipro2.0 
 4. Snow, Kryvbasb.1.8 </