EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/31/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 5-0 
 2. Union Olimpija 5-0 
 3. Cedevita 4-1 
 4. Cibona 4-1 
 5. Partizan 4-1 
 6. Buducnost 3-2 
 7. Hemofarm 3-2 
 8. Crvena Zvezda 2-3 
 9. Siroki WWin 2-3 
 10. KK Zagreb CO 1-4 
 11. Krka 1-4 
 12. Radnicki K. 1-4 
 13. Helios 0-5 
 14. Zlatorog 0-5 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.23.4 
 2. Pilepic, Siroki W.18.8 
 3. Pavkovic, Radnicki17.4 
 4. Pekovic, Partizan16.6 
 5. Morrison, Crvena Z.16.5 
 6. Simon, KK.16.4 
 7. Warren, Cedevita16.0 
 8. Panic, Zlatorog16.0 
 9. Chase, Cibona15.6 
 10. Prepelic, Helios15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm13.6 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.4 
 3. Simon, Radnicki K.8.2 
 4. Pavic, Krka7.0 
 5. Jagodnik, Union O.7.0 
 6. Pekovic, Partizan6.6 
 7. Popovic, Crvena Z.6.5 
 8. Balazic, Krka6.0 
 9. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda6.0 
 10. Schortsaniti., Ma.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Miljan PAVKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 9
 1. Pavkovic, Radnicki9.0 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki6.0 
 3. Farmar, Maccabi5.3 
 4. Stinson, Krka5.0 
 5. Papaloukas, Macca.4.5 
 6. Covic, Crvena Z.4.5 
 7. Simon, KK.3.8 
 8. Krivec, Krka3.6 
 9. Draper, Cedevita3.6 
 10. Mulaomerovic, KK3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Yogev OHAYON
  Maccabi .
  (189-PG-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ohayon, Maccabi3.0 
 2. Green, Union Olimp.2.4 
 3. Dragic, Krka2.4 
 4. Chase, Cibona2.2 
 5. Papaloukas, Macca.2.0 
 6. Milutinovic, Crven.2.0 
 7. Sinovec, Radnicki1.8 
 8. Car, Cedevita1.8 
 9. Baxter, Krka1.8 
 10. Markovic, Radnick.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike SCOTT
  Radnicki K.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Radnicki K.2.0 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A1.6 
 3. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda1.3 
 4. Owens, Cedevita1.2 
 5. Saric, KK.1.0 
 6. Vucevic, Buducnost1.0 
 7. Hendrix, Maccabi1.0 
 8. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 
 9. Kasun, KK.0.8 
 10. Jeremic, Hemofarm0.8 


Round 5: Partizan loses a game and the top position to Maccabi T-A - by Eurobasket News
After 5 rounds played we can already see who rules in the Adriatic League and who belongs to weaker ones. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Serbian Partizan (4-1) in Tel-Aviv on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Israeli Maccabi T-A (5-0) 78-67. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Partizan. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 4-0 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. Partizan managed to win third quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A shot 61.2 percent from the field. They also forced 21 Partizan turnovers. American point guard Jordan Farmar (188-86, college: UCLA) stepped up and scored 14 points and 7 assists for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Devin Smith (196-81, college: Virginia) chipped in 12 points. Montenegrin center Nikola Pekovic (210-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi T-A have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending Israeli champion maintains first place with 5-0 record, which they share with Union Olimpija. Defending Serbian champion Partizan dropped to the third position with one game lost. They share it with Cibona and Cedevita. Maccabi T-A will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Partizan will play at home against Cibona in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of the most interesting games of round 5 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. Fourth ranked Cedevita outleveled visiting KK Zagreb CO (1-4) 97-51. Bosnian-Croatian forward Ivan Opacak (202-80) nailed 17 points for the winning side and Dontaye Draper accounted for 13 points and 6 assists. Cedevita's coach Drazen Anzulovic felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Senegalese forward Papa Diasse (212-87, college: SMU) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for KK Zagreb CO in the defeat. Cedevita have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Partizan and Cibona. Defending Croatian champion KK Zagreb CO keeps the tenth position with four games lost. They share it with Krka and Radnicki K.. Cedevita will play against Helios (#13) in Domzale in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Zagreb CO will play on the road against Zvezda in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of the most interesting games of round 5 was a derby match between two teams from Slovenia. The game took place in Domzale where leader Union Olimpija won against host Helios (0-5) 77-63. The best player for the winners was Deon Thompson who scored 23 points (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). Klemen Prepelic produced 21 points for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Union Olimpija (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Maccabi T-A. Helios at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with Zlatorog. Union Olimpija will meet at home Radnicki K. (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Helios will play against Cedevita in Zagreb and hope to get finally their first victory.
Slovenian Krka has registered their first victory this season after four consecutive loses. The win is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Serbian Hemofarm (3-2) 81-74. Smiljan Pavic orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Slovenian champion (1-4) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with KK Zagreb CO and Radnicki K. Hemofarm at the other side keeps the sixth position with two games lost. Krka's next round opponent will be higher ranked Buducnost (#6) in Podgorica and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Bottom-ranked Slovenian Zlatorog (0-5) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to ninth ranked Serbian Zvezda (2-3) 104-64 on Saturday evening. Adam Morrison stepped up and scored 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zvezda moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Siroki WWin. Zlatorog lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. Zvezda will face KK Zagreb CO (#10) at home in the next round. Zlatorog will play against HKK Siroki WWin (#9) in Siroki Brijeg and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 5 Buducnost won against Radnicki K. on the opponent's court 74-62. Cibona managed to outperform Siroki WWin in a home game 75-70.



Cedevita - KK Zagreb CO 97-51

One of the most interesting games of round 5 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. Fourth ranked Cedevita outleveled visiting KK Zagreb CO (1-4) 97-51. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. KK Zagreb CO was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding KK Zagreb CO to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Cedevita held KK Zagreb CO to an opponent 24.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 52.2 percent accuracy of the winners. Cedevita forced 19 KK Zagreb CO turnovers. Bosnian-Croatian forward Ivan Opacak (202-80) nailed 17 points for the winning side and American-Croatian guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) accounted for 13 points and 6 assists. Five Cedevita players scored in double figures. Cedevita's coach Drazen Anzulovic felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Senegalese forward Papa Diasse (212-87, college: SMU) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and forward Krunoslav Simon (197-85) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for KK Zagreb CO in the defeat. Cedevita have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Partizan and Cibona. Defending Croatian champion KK Zagreb CO keeps the tenth position with four games lost. They share it with Krka and Radnicki K.. Cedevita will play against Helios (#13) in Domzale in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Zagreb CO will play on the road against Zvezda in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: L.Warren 17+3reb+1ast, I.Opacak 17+4reb+1ast, D.Draper 13+3reb+6ast, M.Car 12+4reb+5ast, M.Bilan 10+8reb, M.Bazdaric 7+2reb+3ast
KK Zagreb CO: P.Diasse 19+13reb, K.Simon 12+8reb+1ast, D.Mulaomerovic 4+1reb+2ast, D.Rancic 4, A.Masic 3+4reb, S.Ozbolt 3+2reb
gschID: 132953


Helios - Union Olimpija 63-77

One of the most interesting games of round 5 was a derby match between two teams from Slovenia. The game took place in Domzale where leader Union Olimpija won against host Helios (0-5) 77-63. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 41-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Union Olimpija made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) who scored 23 points (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). His fellow American import swingman Danny Green (198-87, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 11 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Four Union Olimpija players scored in double figures. Guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) produced 21 points and Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Union Olimpija (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Maccabi T-A. Helios at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with Zlatorog. Union Olimpija will meet at home Radnicki K. (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Helios will play against Cedevita in Zagreb and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: D.Thompson 23+4reb+1ast, D.Markota 13+1reb, D.Green 11+9reb+6ast, B.Woodside 10+6reb+3ast, R.Varda 7+3reb+1ast, D.Muric 6+6reb+4ast
Helios: K.Prepelic 21+3reb, D.Jeftic 10+1reb, D.Pasalic 9+6reb+1ast, J.Besedic 6+1reb, B.Cresnar 5+6reb+1ast, V.Petrovic 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 132954


Radnicki K. - Buducnost 62-74

Rather expected game in Kragujevac where 10th ranked Serbian Radnicki K. (1-4) was defeated by seventh ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (3-2) 74-62 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-62. Buducnost dominated on the defensive end, holding Radnicki K. to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Radnicki K. 41-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. Forward Nikola Vucevic (208-90, college: USC) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Serbian guard Bojan Krstovic (194-80) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Four Buducnost players scored in double figures. American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Montenegrin guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 17 points and 8 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Montenegrin champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hemofarm. Radnicki K. lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with four games lost. Buducnost will face Krka (#11) in Novo Mesto in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Radnicki K. will play on the road against the league's second-placed Union Olimpija in Ljubljana.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: B.Krstovic 18+4ast, N.Vucevic 14+10reb, J.Anderson 12+1reb+7ast, C.Vitkovac 12+7reb+3ast, M.Popovic 7+6reb+2ast, B.Dubljevic 7+5reb
Radnicki K.: D.Simon 22+8reb+1ast, M.Pavkovic 17+2reb+8ast, S.Bircevic 8+3reb, S.Sinovec 5+4reb, S.Markovic 4+6reb+4ast, D.Mijatovic 3+3reb
gschID: 132955


Krka - Hemofarm 81-74

Slovenian Krka has registered their first victory this season after four consecutive loses. The win is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Serbian Hemofarm (3-2) 81-74. It looked good early as Hemofarm took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Krka had a 20-10 second period charge getting the lead and Hemofarm was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-81. They outrebounded Hemofarm 42-30 including 17 on the offensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Hemofarm helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American guard Curtis Stinson (187-83, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 10 points for the winners. Guard Nikola Otasevic (184-82) answered with 19 points and guard Marko Sutalo (194-83, agency: BeoExcell) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Hemofarm. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Slovenian champion (1-4) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with KK Zagreb CO and Radnicki K. Hemofarm at the other side keeps the sixth position with two games lost. Krka's next round opponent will be higher ranked Buducnost (#6) in Podgorica and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Krka: S.Pavic 21+14reb+2ast, Z.Dragic 11+3reb+1ast, C.Stinson 10+3reb+3ast, E.Muric 7+1reb, J.Balazic 7+7reb+1ast, J.Jordan 7
Hemofarm: N.Otasevic 19+2reb+1ast, I.Maras 13+5reb, M.Sutalo 10+6reb+3ast, B.Savovic 9+10reb, L.Mitrovic 6+2reb, P.Lambic 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 132956


Maccabi T-A - Partizan 78-67

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Serbian Partizan (4-1) in Tel-Aviv on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Israeli Maccabi T-A (5-0) 78-67. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Partizan. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 4-0 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. Partizan managed to win third quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A shot 61.2 percent from the field. They also forced 21 Partizan turnovers. American point guard Jordan Farmar (188-86, college: UCLA) stepped up and scored 14 points and 7 assists for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Devin Smith (196-81, college: Virginia) chipped in 12 points. Montenegrin center Nikola Pekovic (210-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds and forward Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: Beo Basket) scored 13 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi T-A have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending Israeli champion maintains first place with 5-0 record, which they share with Union Olimpija. Defending Serbian champion Partizan dropped to the third position with one game lost. They share it with Cibona and Cedevita. Maccabi T-A will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Partizan will play at home against Cibona in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: J.Farmar 14+2reb+7ast, D.Smith 12+2reb+2ast, S.Schortsanitis 12+4reb, G.Pnini 8+1reb, L.Eliyahu 7+3reb, D.Blu 7+3reb+1ast
Partizan: N.Pekovic 23+7reb+1ast, V.Lucic 13+4reb+2ast, M.Cakarevic 9+6reb+4ast, D.Milosavljevic 7+5reb+1ast, A.Law 7+1reb+3ast, M.Raduljica 4+3reb
gschID: 132957


Cibona - Siroki WWin 75-70

Rather predictable result in Zagreb where fifth ranked Croatian Cibona (4-1) defeated 8th ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (2-3) 75-70 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 16-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-70. Cibona forced 25 HKK Siroki WWin turnovers. American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and forward Damjan Rudez (206-86) chipped in 17 points. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. Croatian guard Fran Pilepic (192-89) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Cibona. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Partizan and Cedevita. Defending Bosnian champion HKK Siroki WWin keeps the eighth position with three games lost. Cibona will face Partizan (#5) in Beograd in the next round. HKK Siroki WWin will play on the road against Zlatorog in Lasko.
Top scorers:
Cibona: A.Barbour 20+3reb+2ast, D.Rudez 17+3reb, A.Zizic 12+3reb+2ast, H.Kovacevic 11+4reb+2ast, K.Vragovic 3+1reb, B.Chase 3+3reb+2ast
Siroki WWin: F.Pilepic 17+6reb+2ast, C.Collins 13+10reb+1ast, Z.Sakic 11+4reb, J.Naletilic 9+1reb+3ast, J.Vladovic 6+3reb+2ast, I.Ramljak 6+4reb
gschID: 132958


Crvena Zvezda - Zlatorog 104-64

Bottom-ranked Slovenian Zlatorog (0-5) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to ninth ranked Serbian Zvezda (2-3) 104-64 on Saturday evening. The game without a history. Zvezda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Zlatorog's 46 and made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Zvezda looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Zlatorog was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Adam Morrison (203-84, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 23 points and 4 assists for the winners and power forward Sava Lesic (205-88) chipped in 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Five Zvezda players scored in double figures. Slovenian guard Luka Lapornik (195-88) responded with 14 points and center Alen Omic (213-92) scored 9 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. Zvezda moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Siroki WWin. Zlatorog lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. Zvezda will face KK Zagreb CO (#10) at home in the next round. Zlatorog will play against HKK Siroki WWin (#9) in Siroki Brijeg and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: A.Morrison 23+4reb+4ast, S.Lesic 20+4reb+2ast, B.Subotic 16+2reb+1ast, A.Milutinovic 13+6reb+5ast, P.Popovic 12+5reb+2ast, A.Cvetkovic 6+1ast
Zlatorog: L.Lapornik 14+1reb+1ast, J.Roberson 9+1ast, A.Omic 9+4reb+1ast, V.Panic 6+1reb+3ast, D.Cohadarevic 6+3reb+2ast, G.Mali 5+1reb
gschID: 132952




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  ANGOLA   


Teams are getting ready for SuperCup final - by Antonio Santos
Petro Petrleos de Luanda and Libolo just finisch their training camp in order to get ready to play the AngolaSuperCup on November, 11th in Huambo.
Petro went back to USA where they spend 3 weeks and play several exhibition games. They also profit to recovered injury players guard, Cedric Isom and Center, Divaldo that got injury during the time that has spend with national Team over the summer.
Libolo spend several weeks in Benguela, Angola working on the integration the news players after to lose almost all starting line up. This season Libolo has a lot of new faces but the goal will stay the some, win.


Teams are getting ready for SuperCup final - by Antonio Santos
Petro Petrleos de Luanda and Libolo just finisch their training camp in order to get ready to play the AngolaSuperCup on November, 11th in Huambo.
Petro went back to USA where they spend 3 weeks and play several exhibition games. They also profit to recovered injury players guard, Cedric Isom and Center, Divaldo that got injury during the time that has spend with national Team over the summer.
Libolo spend several weeks in Benguela, Angola working on the integration the news players after to lose almost all starting line up. This season Libolo has a lot of new faces but the goal will stay the some, win.



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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. Wilson, Taipans15.7 
 9. Worthington, Blaze15.5 
 10. Warren, Taipans14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles10.3 
 2. Khazzouh, Kings10.0 
 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. Mims, Crocodiles7.0 
 10. Hill, Taipans6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Martin, Wildcats6.0 
 2. Gibson, Blaze6.0 
 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. Wilson, Taipans3.3 
 10. Gill, Crocodiles3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Jackson, Breakers3.2 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Gibson, Blaze2.0 
 4. English, Blaze2.0 
 5. Mims, Crocodiles2.0 
 6. Lisch, Wildcats1.7 
 7. Harvey, Blaze1.5 
 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. Simpsons, 36ers1.0 
 8. Petrie, Blaze1.0 
 9. Burston, Tigers1.0 
 10. Martin, Wildcats1.0 


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


Who was hot and who was not from Week 4 - by Duncan Matheson

All-Star Five from Week 5

Daniel Johnson (212-C-88, college: Pepperdine) 22 points, 6 rebounds, 9-12 FG 4-5 FT in 100-92 win

Timothy Coenraad (201-G/F-85, college: Nova SE) 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 10-16 FG 5-7 3pt FG 4-4 FT across two games

Stephen Weigh (198-G/F-87) 16 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists 4-9 FG 3-7 3pt FG 5-6 FT in 100-92 win

Nathan Crosswell (190-G-79) 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 4-5 FG 7-10 FT in 100-92 win

Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) 20 points, 3 assists 7-13 FG 4-8 3pt FG in 82-74 win

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Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.) 1 point, 2 turnovers, 0-6 FG 0-3 3pt FG in 92-100 loss

Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) 13 points, 5-16 FG 0-5 3pt FG in 70-78 loss

Mat Campbell (196-F/G-76, college: Towson) 6.5 points, 2.0 turnovers, 4-16 FG 3-11 3pt FG across two games

Ben Madgen (194-G-85, college: Augusta St.) 5 points, 0 assists, 4 turnovers, 2-8 FG 1-6 3pt FG in 59-76 loss

Andrew Warren (195-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Bradley) 3 points, 3 turnovers, 1-9 FG 1-7 3pt FG in 64-69 loss



NBL Round 4: New Zealand Breakers keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in NBL, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked New Zealand Breakers as it allowed them to take a leadership position. New Zealand Breakers defeated 5th ranked Kings in Auckland 76-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kings. The game was mostly controlled by New Zealand Breakers. Kings managed to win second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. New Zealand Breakers forced 24 Kings turnovers. The former international guard CJ Bruton (188-75, college: Indian Hills CC) fired 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) chipped in 20 points. New Zealand Breakers' coach Andrej Lemanis used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center Julian Khazzouh (210-86) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Kings at the other side dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. Kings will play next round against strong Melbourne Tigers trying to get back on the winning streak. New Zealand Breakers will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Adelaide 36ers in Findon.
Undefeated Perth Wildcats (3-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked Adelaide 36ers (1-3) 100-92. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Perth Wildcats. Worth to mention a great performance of center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. Stephen Weigh contributed with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Adelaide 36ers' coach Marty Clarke allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) replied with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Perth Wildcats. Adelaide 36ers left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Blaze. Defending champion Perth Wildcats dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with Tigers. Adelaide 36ers will play against league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Perth Wildcats will play at home against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Cairns Taipans (2-2) against seventh ranked Wollongong Hawks (2-4) on Friday night. Host Cairns Taipans were defeated by Wollongong Hawks in a tough game in Cairns 64-69. Worth to mention a great performance of Rhys Martin who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 assists. At the losing side Brad Hill responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Wollongong Hawks maintains seventh position with 2-4 record. Loser Cairns Taipans dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Crocodiles. Wollongong Hawks will meet league's second-placed Perth Wildcats on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Cairns Taipans will play against Melbourne Tigers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Gwynneville was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Melbourne Tigers (3-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Wollongong Hawks (2-4). Melbourne Tigers managed to secure a 8-point victory 82-74. The winners were led by Patrick Mills who scored that evening 20 points. Melbourne Tigers' coach Trevor Gleeson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Melbourne Tigers moved-up to second place, which they share with Wildcats. Wollongong Hawks at the other side keep the seventh position with four games lost. Melbourne Tigers' next round opponent will be Cairns Taipans (#5) at home. Wollongong Hawks will play against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats.
The game in Wulguru was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Gold Coast Blaze (1-3) played at the court of eighth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (2-2). Townsville Crocodiles managed to secure a 8-point victory 78-70 on Saturday. Elvin Mims fired 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Gold Coast Blaze's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Townsville Crocodiles moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Taipans. Loser Gold Coast Blaze dropped to the bottom position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



Hawks - Tigers 74-82

The game in Gwynneville was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Melbourne Tigers (3-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Wollongong Hawks (2-4). Melbourne Tigers managed to secure a 8-point victory 82-74. It looked good early as Wollongong Hawks took an 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Melbourne Tigers took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 8 points. The winners were led by the former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) who scored that evening 20 points and American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) supported him with 14 points. Four Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. Melbourne Tigers' coach Trevor Gleeson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by American forward Joevan Catron (198-88, college: Oregon) did not help to save the game for Wollongong Hawks. Swingman Timothy Coenraad (201-85, college: Nova SE) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Melbourne Tigers moved-up to second place, which they share with Wildcats. Wollongong Hawks at the other side keep the seventh position with four games lost. Melbourne Tigers' next round opponent will be Cairns Taipans (#5) at home. Wollongong Hawks will play against the league's second-placed Perth Wildcats.
Top scorers:
Tigers: P.Mills 20+2reb+3ast, A.Ubaka 14+1reb+2ast, D.Dillon 13+2reb+2ast, C.Tragardh 12+3reb, R.Dorsey 6+2reb, L.Walker 5+6reb+1ast
Hawks: J.Catron 18+6reb+3ast, T.Coenraad 13+6reb+1ast, T.Demos 10+2ast, D.Gruber 8+6reb, G.Saville 8+5reb, O.Forman 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 138841


Taipans - Hawks 64-69

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Cairns Taipans (2-2) against seventh ranked Wollongong Hawks (2-4) on Friday night. Host Cairns Taipans were defeated by Wollongong Hawks in a tough game in Cairns 64-69. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-18. But Cairns Taipans won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Rhys Martin (193-86, college: Nova SE) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 9 assists and swingman Timothy Coenraad (201-85, college: Nova SE) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international swingman Brad Hill (198-86) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Wollongong Hawks maintains seventh position with 2-4 record. Loser Cairns Taipans dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Crocodiles. Wollongong Hawks will meet league's second-placed Perth Wildcats on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Cairns Taipans will play against Melbourne Tigers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hawks: T.Coenraad 16+6reb+1ast, J.Catron 15+8reb, R.Martin 12+3reb+9ast, M.Campbell 11, G.Saville 8+7reb+4ast, T.Demos 3+1reb+3ast
Taipans: B.Hill 19+7reb+1ast, D.Rychart 12+5reb+2ast, A.Grabau 10+7reb, J.Wilson 10+5reb+4ast, A.Loughton 4+1reb+1ast, G.Deba 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 138837


Wildcats - 36ers 92-100

Undefeated Perth Wildcats (3-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked Adelaide 36ers (1-3) 100-92. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Perth Wildcats. Perth Wildcats were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 58-49 second half run of Adelaide 36ers. They shot 60.3 percent from the field. They also forced 20 Perth Wildcats turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Perth Wildcats were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. International swingman Stephen Weigh (198-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Adelaide 36ers' coach Marty Clarke allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) replied with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and American point guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Perth Wildcats. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Adelaide 36ers left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Blaze. Defending champion Perth Wildcats dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with Tigers. Adelaide 36ers will play against league's leader New Zealand Breakers in Auckland in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Perth Wildcats will play at home against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
36ers: D.Johnson 22+6reb+2ast, S.Weigh 16+10reb+3ast, C.Warren 15+1reb+3ast, N.Crosswell 15+5reb+4ast, D.Simpsons 10+3reb, A.Ballinger 9+4reb+2ast
Wildcats: S.Redhage 21+7reb+6ast, K.Lisch 15+6reb+3ast, B.Robbins 12+6reb+3ast, G.Hire 12+2reb+1ast, C.Tovey 12+4reb+2ast, D.Williamson 11+3reb
gschID: 138838


Breakers - Kings 76-59

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked New Zealand Breakers as it allowed them to take a leadership position. New Zealand Breakers defeated 5th ranked Kings in Auckland 76-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kings. The game was mostly controlled by New Zealand Breakers. Kings managed to win second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. New Zealand Breakers forced 24 Kings turnovers. The former international guard CJ Bruton (188-75, college: Indian Hills CC) fired 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) chipped in 20 points. New Zealand Breakers' coach Andrej Lemanis used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center Julian Khazzouh (210-86) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Kings at the other side dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. Kings will play next round against strong Melbourne Tigers trying to get back on the winning streak. New Zealand Breakers will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Adelaide 36ers in Findon.
Top scorers:
Breakers: C.Bruton 21+8reb+2ast, G.Wilkinson 20+4reb+1ast, D.Corletto 10+3reb+1ast, C.Jackson 7+5reb+6ast, A.Pledger 6+6reb, T.Abercrombie 6+9reb+1ast
Kings: J.Khazzouh 16+12reb+4ast, J.Grant 12+6reb+2ast, A.Bruce 11+2reb+7ast, K.Ratzsch 6+4reb, L.Cooper 5+1reb+1ast, B.Madgen 5+4reb
gschID: 138839


Crocodiles - Blaze 78-70

The game in Wulguru was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Gold Coast Blaze (1-3) played at the court of eighth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (2-2). Townsville Crocodiles managed to secure a 8-point victory 78-70 on Saturday. The game without a history. Townsville Crocodiles led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Townsville Crocodiles outrebounded Gold Coast Blaze 44-33 including 17 on the offensive glass. American swingman Elvin Mims (196-79, college: S.Mississippi) fired 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Five Townsville Crocodiles players scored in double figures. The former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman James Harvey (196-79, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Gold Coast Blaze's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Townsville Crocodiles moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Taipans. Loser Gold Coast Blaze dropped to the bottom position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: E.Mims 17+9reb+2ast, M.Cedar 12+7reb+1ast, P.Crawford 10+3reb+2ast, J.Holmes 10+12reb+2ast, T.Blanchfield 10+5reb, C.Cedar 7+3reb+2ast
Blaze: J.Harvey 17+1reb, M.Worthington 13+8reb+1ast, S.Hoare 10+3reb+3ast, W.Hudson 9+6reb+1ast, A.Gibson 6+3reb+5ast, T.Garlepp 5+2reb
gschID: 138840




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  AUSTRIA   


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


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mindaugas REMINAS
  Naglis P.
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 24
 1. Reminas, Naglis P.24.0 
 2. Jefferson, Triumph22.5 
 3. Urbonas, Juventus20.5 
 4. Bowles, Siauliai19.8 
 5. Matulionis, Techas.17.7 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava17.5 
 7. Kalve, Valmiera17.5 
 8. Barinov, Naglis P.17.0 
 9. Kaldre, Rapla16.7 
 10. Skele, Kalev/Cramo16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 13
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas13.0 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.10.0 
 3. Galdikas, Neptunas8.7 
 4. Mednis, Turiba8.5 
 5. Amis, Tartu Ulikool8.5 
 6. Reminas, Naglis P.8.0 
 7. McClure, Kedainiai7.7 
 8. Matulionis, Techas.7.3 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla7.3 
 10. Keedus, TT.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  Tarvas
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kriisa, Tarvas8.0 
 2. Maceina, Juventus7.8 
 3. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.0 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai6.8 
 5. Stasys, Neptunas6.7 
 6. Rinkevicius, Nagli.6.0 
 7. Ezerskis, Techasas5.0 
 8. Dainys, Neptunas5.0 
 9. Peciukeviciu., Sak.5.0 
 10. Lucas, Valmiera4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars KRUMINS
  Jelgava
  (194-G/F-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Krumins, Jelgava3.5 
 2. Elksnis, Valmiera2.5 
 3. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.5 
 4. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 5. Salenga, Rudupis2.3 
 6. Peciukas, Kedainiai2.3 
 7. Kulevicius, Techas.2.3 
 8. Valeika, Neptunas2.3 
 9. Keedus, TT.2.3 
 10. Babkauskas, Tech.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera2.3 
 2. Gumeniuk, Juventus2.0 
 3. Staniulis, Techasas2.0 
 4. Kurtsevich, Trium.2.0 
 5. Johnson, Naglis P.1.5 
 6. Kalvelis, Techasas1.3 
 7. Meiers, Ventspils1.3 
 8. Barnes, Kedainiai1.0 
 9. Dorbek, Tarvas1.0 
 10. Arnold, TT.1.0 


Round 4: Leader Ventspils lose to Rudupis - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Undefeated Latvian Ventspils (2-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Lithuanian Rudupis (3-1) 78-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ventspils. It was a key game for the second position in Elite. 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. Forward Povilas Butkevicius (203-87) fired 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Dainius Salenga (197-77) chipped in 24 points. American guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: N.Mexico St.) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Rudupis moved-up to second place in Elite. Ventspils at the other side dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with Kalev/Cramo. Rudupis are looking forward to face Juventus (#5) in Utena in the next round. Ventspils will play at home against Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys and are hoping to win this game.
One of the most interesting games of round 4 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. Top-ranked Siauliai won against visiting Pieno Zvaigzdes (1-2) 83-66. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Cam Long contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Sylvester Morgan replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Pieno Zvaigzdes. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Siauliai have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Elite with 4-0 record. Newly promoted Pieno Zvaigzdes dropped to the eighth place with two games lost. They share the position with Kedainiai. Siauliai will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play on the road against Liepaja (#11) to get more than just one victory in their record.
One of the most interesting games of round 4 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. Top-ranked Siauliai won against visiting Baltai Kaunas (1-3) 89-81. Worth to mention a great performance of Arvydas Siksnius who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side Mario Delas responded with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Siauliai have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Elite with 4-0 record. Baltai Kaunas lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Lithuanian Naglis Palangos as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group A. Naglis Palangos defeated 4th ranked Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau in Palanga 75-68. The winners were led by Mindaugas Reminas who had that evening a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. Barsy Atyrau's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Defending Kazakhstan champion Barsy Atyrau still closes the standings with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Sakalai (2-1) in Panevezys on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Techasas (3-0) 71-63. It was a key game for the top position in Group B as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. Osvaldas Matulionis fired 16 points for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Techasas maintains first position in Group B with 3-0 record. Loser Sakalai keeps the second place with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Rest of the games of round 4 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Group B winless Rapla was defeated by Valmiera in a road game 69-58. Turiba beat TTU/Kalev at home 72-71. TTU/Kalev lost to Valmiera on the opponent's court 60-75. Turiba managed to outperform Rapla in a home game 81-64.
In Elite Juventus rolled over Tartu Ulikool on the road 96-74.
The best stats of 4th round was 32 points and 10 rebounds by Vaidotas Volkus of Juventus.


Group Challenge
Naglis Palangos - Barsy Atyrau 75-68

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Lithuanian Naglis Palangos as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group A. Naglis Palangos defeated 4th ranked Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau in Palanga 75-68. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Barsy Atyrau won third quarter 12-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naglis Palangos forced 19 Barsy Atyrau turnovers. The winners were led by guard Mindaugas Reminas (190-86) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds and Russian forward Nikita Barinov (200-91) supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Even 23 points and 7 rebounds by Latvian forward Maris Laksa (207-81, college: Providence, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Barsy Atyrau. Forward Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-86) added 10 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Barsy Atyrau's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Defending Kazakhstan champion Barsy Atyrau 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:
Naglis Palangos: M.Reminas 30+11reb+3ast, N.Barinov 15+6reb+3ast, D.Johnson 8+3reb+1ast, B.Benn 7+4reb+9ast, J.Petkevicius 6+6reb+1ast, Z.Jasinskas 5+2reb+1ast
Barsy Atyrau: M.Laksa 23+7reb, D.Gavrilov 10+7reb, E.Isakov 9+4reb+2ast, P.Colis 7+2reb+5ast, M.Evstigneev 4+2reb+3ast, A.Kotenko 4+9reb
gschID: 149642


Valmiera - Rapla 69-58

There was no surprise when bottom-ranked Estonian Rapla (0-3) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Latvian Valmiera (2-2) 69-58 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-58. Valmiera outrebounded Rapla 32-21 including 21 on the defensive glass. Rapla was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) fired 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Sven Kaldre (197-91) produced 22 points and power forward Raido Ringmets (206-83) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Valmiera moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with Juventus and Tartu Ulikool. Loser Rapla still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: J.Lucas 16+1reb+4ast, J.Rozitis 12+2reb+1ast, E.Kalve 11+9reb, A.Butjankovs 9+4reb, E.Elksnis 7+2reb+2ast, V.Bikse 6+5reb+1ast
Rapla: S.Kaldre 22+3reb+3ast, R.Ringmets 17+5reb+2ast, A.Parn 9+4reb, I.Kajupank 5+1reb+1ast, A.Antson 2, R.Laane 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 149643


Turiba - TTU/Kalev 72-71

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked Latvian Turiba (2-2) edged at home one of their biggest challengers Estonian TTU/Kalev (1-2) 72-71 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 18-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Turiba forced 19 TTU/Kalev turnovers. Center Roberts Mednis (204-89) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Swingman Eduards Kikuts (196-88) chipped in 19 points. Turiba's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Kristjan Makke (205-81, college: W.Illinois) produced 22 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and forward Erik Keedus (194-90) added 14 points and 9 assists respectively for lost side. Four TTU/Kalev players scored in double figures. Turiba moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with Juventus and Tartu Ulikool. Loser TTU/Kalev dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Turiba: E.Kikuts 19+2reb, R.Mednis 13+15reb+4ast, K.Mediss 9+7reb+2ast, U.Strauss 8+4reb+1ast, M.Rudmiezis 7+2reb, M.Sokolovs 6+3ast
TTU/Kalev: K.Makke 22+4reb+1ast, E.Keedus 14+4reb+9ast, K.Akenparg 13+6reb+2ast, A.Arnold 12+9reb+1ast, J.Puidet 5+7reb+5ast, M.Saarmets 3+2reb
gschID: 149644


Valmiera - TTU/Kalev 75-60

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 3rd ranked Estonian TTU/Kalev (1-2) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Latvian Valmiera (2-2) 75-60 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Valmiera. TTU/Kalev was better in third quarter 13-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) fired 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Oskars Virsis (191-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four Valmiera players scored in double figures. Valmiera's coach used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Power forward Kristjan Makke (205-81, college: W.Illinois) produced 19 points and American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Valmiera moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with Juventus and Tartu Ulikool. Loser TTU/Kalev dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: E.Kalve 21+6reb+1ast, O.Virsis 15+10reb, J.Lucas 14+2reb+7ast, D.Davis 12+3reb, J.Rozitis 7+7reb+1ast, A.Butjankovs 2+3reb+1ast
TTU/Kalev: K.Makke 19+2reb, M.Saarmets 10+2reb, A.Arnold 8+6reb+3ast, S.Raudla 6+4reb+1ast, K.Akenparg 5+1reb+1ast, E.Keedus 5+8reb
gschID: 149640


Turiba - Rapla 81-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Latvian Turiba's (2-2) home victory over bottom-ranked Estonian Rapla (0-3) 81-64 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-64. Turiba made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Rapla turnovers. Rapla was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Kristaps Mediss (188-89, agency: FCM) fired 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Janis Antrops (193-91, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Four Turiba players scored in double figures. Swingman Sven Kaldre (197-91) produced 21 points and forward Andre Parn (200-77) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Turiba moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with Juventus and Tartu Ulikool. Loser Rapla still closes the standings with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Turiba: K.Mediss 21+6reb+3ast, J.Antrops 15+2reb+5ast, M.Steinbergs 11+4reb+2ast, E.Kikuts 10+5reb+3ast, R.Mednis 9+5reb, J.Dilevka 6+6reb
Rapla: S.Kaldre 21+1reb+1ast, A.Parn 12+2reb+3ast, A.Antson 10+3reb, M.Limberg 8+1reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 4+10reb+1ast, I.Kajupank 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 149641


Group Elite
Tartu Ulikool - Juventus 74-96

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Estonian Tartu Ulikool (2-2) was outplayed at home by eighth ranked Lithuanian Juventus (2-2) 96-74 on Friday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Juventus dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Tartu Ulikool's 36. Tartu Ulikool was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Vaidotas Volkus (203-85, college: Redlands CC) fired a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. point guard Gediminas Maceina (188-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. Guard Kristo Saage (184-85) produced 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Rain Veideman (192-91) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Juventus moved-up to fifth place in Elite, which they share with defeated Tartu Ulikool. Juventus will face league's second-placed Rudupis in Prienai in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tartu Ulikool will play at home against Kedainiai (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Juventus: V.Volkus 32+10reb, D.Pakamanis 19+5reb+4ast, K.Petrukonis 13+3reb, G.Maceina 11+7reb+11ast, G.Matulis 7+1reb, A.Vasiliauskas 6+1reb+1ast
Tartu Ulikool: R.Veideman 16+4reb+3ast, T.Kurbas 16+2reb, S.Leppik 12+1reb+2ast, K.Saage 10+9reb+5ast, V.Allingu 7+7reb, S.Sokk 5+1ast
gschID: 149645


Ventspils - Rudupis 77-78

Undefeated Latvian Ventspils (2-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Lithuanian Rudupis (3-1) 78-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ventspils. It was a key game for the second position in Elite. 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. Forward Povilas Butkevicius (203-87) fired 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Dainius Salenga (197-77) chipped in 24 points. American guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: N.Mexico St.) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Bojan Bakic (197-83, agency: Alti Sport) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Rudupis moved-up to second place in Elite. Ventspils at the other side dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with Kalev/Cramo. Rudupis are looking forward to face Juventus (#5) in Utena in the next round. Ventspils will play at home against Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: D.Salenga 24+4reb+1ast, P.Butkevicius 21+8reb, S.Buterlevicius 12+11reb+1ast, G.Orelikas 8+1reb+1ast, E.Zelionis 7+3reb, A.Juskevicius 4+1reb+2ast
Ventspils: B.Bakic 17+3reb, J.Young 13+6reb+2ast, M.Meiers 10+7reb+1ast, J.Strelnieks 10+3reb+3ast, A.Strelnieks 9+2reb, L.Blaus 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 149646


Siauliai - Pieno Zvaigzdes 83-66

One of the most interesting games of round 4 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. Top-ranked Siauliai won against visiting Pieno Zvaigzdes (1-2) 83-66. The game without a history. Siauliai led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Siauliai players scored in double figures. Sylvester Morgan replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) added 11 points in the effort for Pieno Zvaigzdes. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Siauliai have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Elite with 4-0 record. Newly promoted Pieno Zvaigzdes dropped to the eighth place with two games lost. They share the position with Kedainiai. Siauliai will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play on the road against Liepaja (#11) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: D.Bowles 16+5reb+1ast, V.Sarakauskas 12+6reb+2ast, D.Gvezdauskas 12+3reb+3ast, C.Long 10+6reb+4ast, M.Zukauskas 10+4reb+3ast, A.Siksnius 7+1reb+2ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: S.Morgan 16+6reb, T.Hughes 11+3reb+3ast, Z.Kelys 10+2reb+1ast, A.Kieza 7+3reb+1ast, E.Kairys 6+4reb, L.Nobles 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 149647


Siauliai - Baltai Kaunas 89-81

One of the most interesting games of round 4 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. Top-ranked Siauliai won against visiting Baltai Kaunas (1-3) 89-81. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Siauliai forced 21 Baltai Kaunas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Arvydas Siksnius (196-87, college: Weatherford JC) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) who added 20 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Croatian power forward Mario Delas (207-90) responded with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and center Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Siauliai and five Baltai Kaunas players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Siauliai have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Elite with 4-0 record. Baltai Kaunas lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: D.Bowles 20+5reb, A.Siksnius 16+5reb+5ast, V.Sarakauskas 11+8reb, V.Vasylius 10+2reb+2ast, C.Long 10+4reb+4ast, M.Zukauskas 8+1reb+2ast
Baltai Kaunas: M.Delas 19+4reb+1ast, S.Vene 16+1reb+2ast, V.Cepukaitis 13+6reb+1ast, M.Kupsas 10+4reb, Z.Janavicius 10+1reb+3ast, S.Vasiliauskas 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 149648


Techasas - Sakalai 71-63

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Sakalai (2-1) in Panevezys on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Techasas (3-0) 71-63. It was a key game for the top position in Group B as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-63. Techasas forced 21 Sakalai turnovers. Forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-91) fired 16 points for the winners. Guard Julius Zurna (188-86) chipped in 14 points. Center Rolandas Matulis (199-73) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and forward Arnas Butkevicius (199-92) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Techasas maintains first position in Group B with 3-0 record. Loser Sakalai keeps the second place with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Techasas: O.Matulionis 16+3reb+2ast, J.Zurna 14+2reb+3ast, E.Stanionis 9+3reb+1ast, G.Staniulis 8+6reb+1ast, E.Ezerskis 6+1reb+5ast, S.Kulevicius 6+4reb+1ast
Sakalai: R.Matulis 17+8reb, A.Butkevicius 15+7reb+1ast, J.Gintvainis 7+1reb, A.Peciukevicius 6+3ast, V.Sirvydis 5+1reb+1ast, P.Joneliunas 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 155494




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  BELARUS   


Minsk-2006 lost the third straight in Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006 lost the third straight in Ukraine at the VTB League. The team from Belarus was beaten by Azovmash 77:95.
The game was mostly controlled by Azovmash. Minsk-2006 was better in fourth quarter 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Azovmash dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Minsk-2006's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Azovmash made 10 blocks.
Slovakian power forward Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Bosnian-Slovenian center Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) chipped in 18 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Justin Hawkins (201-F-85, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Mexico St.) with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and U.S. Virgin Isl.-Antiguan guard Julius Hodge (201-G-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists.
Defending Belarusian champion Minsk-2006 still closes the standings with three games lost. Minsk-2006 will play at home against Asseco Prokom (#5) in Gdynia and looks forward to get finally their first victory.



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  BELGIUM   


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


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Copeland, Aalstar22.2 
 2. Bostic, Liege18.7 
 3. Rich, Oostende18.3 
 4. Tofi, Leuven17.3 
 5. Mallet, Charleroi16.0 
 6. Booker, Oostende15.5 
 7. Jackson, Aalstar15.4 
 8. Freeman, Leuven14.8 
 9. Lojeski, Oostende13.5 
 10. Green, Charleroi13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason LOVE
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. Love, Verviers-Pep.8.0 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp7.6 
 3. Shengelia, Charler.7.3 
 4. McLean, Leuven7.0 
 5. Van Den Spie., Oos.7.0 
 6. Booker, Oostende7.0 
 7. Young, Aalstar6.4 
 8. Brown, Gent6.4 
 9. Merriex, Verviers.6.3 
 10. Jackson, Aalstar6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (195-G-83)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.3 
 2. Bosco, Gent4.6 
 3. Marnegrave, Leuven3.8 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi3.8 
 5. Davis, Leuven3.3 
 6. Jackson, Aalstar3.2 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut3.0 
 8. Hamilton, Charleroi3.0 
 9. Slaughter, M.Hai.2.8 
 10. Singletary, M.Hai.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Verviers.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Downey, Verviers.3.0 
 2. Salumu, Leuven3.0 
 3. Dagunduro, Leuven2.7 
 4. Rahier, Verviers.2.7 
 5. Black, Antwerp2.6 
 6. Singletary, M.Hain.2.4 
 7. Haynes, Gent2.3 
 8. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 9. Slaughter, M.Hai.2.0 
 10. Biggs, Antwerp1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Mejri, Antwerp3.0 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.3 
 3. Booker, Oostende1.3 
 4. Jennings, Liege1.3 
 5. Love, Verviers-Pep.1.3 
 6. Young, Aalstar1.0 
 7. Nivins, M.Hainaut1.0 
 8. Bostic, Liege0.7 
 9. Wilson, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Mwema, Antwerp0.6 


D1 Round 6: Leuven Bears keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
There were just 6 rounds played in Regular Season of D1 and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The game had a very big importance for fifth-ranked Leuven Bears as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Leuven Bears defeated one of their biggest challengers Antwerp Giants at home 80-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Antwerp Giants. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Antwerp Giants won fourth quarter 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Antwerp Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: UTEP) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 7 rebounds. Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Roel Moors (190-78) replied with 21 points for Antwerp Giants. Leuven Bears have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Charleroi and Aalstar. Antwerp Giants at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with M.Hainaut. Antwerp Giants will play next round against strong Okapi Aalstar trying to get back on the winning streak. Leuven Bears will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Spirou Charleroi on the road.
Bottom-ranked Optima Gent is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to sixth ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (3-2) 72-60. American guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Shan Foster chipped in 14 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) with 26 points. Dexia Mons-Hainaut moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Antwerp. Optima Gent at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with Verviers-Pep.. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against Belgacom Liege (#7) on the road in the next round. Optima Gent will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Second ranked Spirou Charleroi blasted bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (0-5) in Verviers 103-78 on Saturday evening. VOO Verviers-Pepinster is still unable to win any game. American players dominated the game. Caleb Green notched 24 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 21 points and 5 rebounds by Jason Love did not help to save the game for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. VOO Verviers-Pepinster's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion (4-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Aalstar and Leuven. Loser VOO Verviers-Pepinster still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with Gent. Spirou Charleroi will meet at home league's leader Leuven Bears in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Optima Gent (#8) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to fourth ranked Antwerp Giants (3-2) 79-50. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Darnell Wilson who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Antwerp Giants have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory Antwerp Giants went down to fifth position due to points difference, which they share with M.Hainaut. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Antwerp Giants' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar at home and it may be quite challenging game. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Optima Gent (#8) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 6 Liege was beaten by Oostende on the road 76-71.


Oostende - Liege 76-71

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Base Oostende (4-2) beat at home 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (1-4) 76-71. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 22-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Belgacom Liege helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Jason Rich (191-86) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Bosnian-Serbian swingman Veselin Petrovic (196-77, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Base Oostende players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) who recorded 20 points and his fellow American import forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) added 8 points and 8 assists respectively. Base Oostende moved-up to fourth place. Belgacom Liege lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with four games lost. Base Oostende will have a break next round. Belgacom Liege will play at home against Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oostende: J.Rich 19+6reb+1ast, V.Petrovic 17+6reb+1ast, Q.Serron 12+4reb+1ast, C.Booker 10+8reb+3ast, D.Djordjevic 9+4reb+5ast, D.Katnic 6+4reb+4ast
Liege: D.Waters 20+2reb+3ast, T.Jennings 16+2reb+2ast, G.Muya 9+1reb+2ast, J.Bostic 8+4reb+8ast, P.Gillet 5+8reb+1ast, O.Troisfontaines 5+2reb
gschID: 132356


Leuven - Antwerp 80-74

The game had a very big importance for fifth-ranked Leuven Bears as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Leuven Bears defeated one of their biggest challengers Antwerp Giants at home 80-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Antwerp Giants. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Antwerp Giants won fourth quarter 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Antwerp Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 7 rebounds. Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Roel Moors (190-78) replied with 21 points and Tunisian center Salah Mejri (216-86) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Antwerp Giants. Four Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Leuven Bears have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Charleroi and Aalstar. Antwerp Giants at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with M.Hainaut. Antwerp Giants will play next round against strong Okapi Aalstar trying to get back on the winning streak. Leuven Bears will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Spirou Charleroi on the road.
Top scorers:
Leuven: J.Tofi 29+7reb, A.Dagunduro 14+5reb+2ast, M.McGhee 10+4reb+4ast, B.Freeman 7+1ast, I.Hanavan 7+4reb+1ast, N.Marnegrave 6+4reb+7ast
Antwerp: R.Moors 21+3reb+1ast, S.Mejri 12+7reb+2ast, T.Black 12+3reb+3ast, M.Roll 11+4reb, D.Wilson 8+7reb+4ast, M.Rademakers 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 132357


M.Hainaut - Gent 72-60

Bottom-ranked Optima Gent is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to sixth ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (3-2) 72-60. Optima Gent was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 40-27 second half run of Dexia Mons-Hainaut. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Optima Gent turnovers. Optima Gent was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Shan Foster (198-86, college: Vanderbilt) chipped in 14 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) with 26 points and French power forward Luc Louves (207-89, agency: Court Side) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. Dexia Mons-Hainaut moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Antwerp. Optima Gent at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with Verviers-Pep.. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against Belgacom Liege (#7) on the road in the next round. Optima Gent will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: S.Foster 14+4reb+1ast, A.Slaughter 11+3ast, Q.Taylor 10+6reb+6ast, S.Singletary 9+1reb+1ast, A.Nivins 9+5reb, W.Carter 9+5reb
Gent: M.Jenkins 26+3reb+2ast, L.Louves 8+9reb+1ast, M.Haynes 8+5reb+2ast, R.Chaney 5+2reb, G.Brown 5+5reb+1ast, L.Bosco 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 132354


Verviers-Pep. - Charleroi 78-103

Second ranked Spirou Charleroi blasted bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (0-5) in Verviers 103-78 on Saturday evening. VOO Verviers-Pepinster is still unable to win any game. The game without a history. Spirou Charleroi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 62.7 percent from the field. Spirou Charleroi looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by VOO Verviers-Pepinster's players. American players dominated the game. Forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) notched 24 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Christopher Hill (191-83, college: Michigan St.) supported him with 19 points and 4 assists. Five Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 5 rebounds by power forward Jason Love (206-87, college: Xavier) did not help to save the game for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) added 18 points. VOO Verviers-Pepinster's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion (4-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Aalstar and Leuven. Loser VOO Verviers-Pepinster still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with Gent. Spirou Charleroi will meet at home league's leader Leuven Bears in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Optima Gent (#8) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Charleroi: C.Green 24+7reb+1ast, C.Hill 19+4reb+4ast, D.Mallet 19+1reb+2ast, J.Hamilton 12+2reb+5ast, A.Riddick 11+5reb+2ast, J.Welsch 8+3reb+6ast
Verviers-Pep.: J.Love 21+5reb, J.Beal 18+3reb+2ast, M.De Zeeuw 14+3reb+1ast, M.Singletary 8+1reb, B.Merriex 5+5reb, T.Reed 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 132355


Round 24
Antwerp - Verviers-Pep. 79-50

Bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to fourth ranked Antwerp Giants (3-2) 79-50. The game without a history. Antwerp Giants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding VOO Verviers-Pepinster to just 6 points in third quarter. Antwerp Giants dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to VOO Verviers-Pepinster's 24. Antwerp Giants had a 30-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Mike Singletary (198-88, college: Texas Tech) who recorded 8 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Jason Love (206-87, college: Xavier) added 6 points and 7 rebounds 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. Antwerp Giants have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory Antwerp Giants went down to fifth position due to points difference, which they share with M.Hainaut. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Antwerp Giants' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar at home and it may be quite challenging game. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Optima Gent (#8) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: D.Wilson 19+6reb+1ast, R.Biggs 14+7reb+1ast, S.Mejri 14+7reb, M.Roll 13+7reb+5ast, R.Moors 7+3reb+3ast, T.Black 4+1reb+2ast
Verviers-Pep.: D.Downey 9+1reb+1ast, M.Singletary 8+5reb, J.Beal 7+2reb+1ast, J.Rahier 6+1ast, K.Austin 6+3reb, J.Love 6+7reb
gschID: 154911




Ethias League News - by Peter Buyse
The Leuven-Liege game played on October 15th (Rd 4) needs to be replayed due to an error on the scoresheet. A foul was wrongly added for Liege's player Terrence Jennings, with the result that his coach put him on the bench while he could have kept him on the court. The replay will take place on December 6th.

Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) is to miss the next 4 to 6 weeks due to an torn thigh muscle. In light of their European campaign the team is looking info finding a replacement during that time.

Antwero Giants forward Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, college: Towson) missed this weekend's game caused by knee problems. He is to undergo checks on Monday to determine the severity of the injury.


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Bosna 3-0 
 2. Igokea 3-1 
 3. Mladost 3-1 
 4. Capljina 3-1 
 5. Borac Nektar 2-1 
 6. Varda HE 2-1 
 7. Leotar 2-2 
 8. Zrinjski HT 2-2 
 9. Hercegovac 1-2 
 10. Brotnjo 1-3 
 11. Celik 1-3 
 12. Servitium 1-3 
 13. Vogosca 0-4 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin 0-0 


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  BULGARIA   


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


Cherno More - Tundja Yambol 72-62
Everything could happen in Varna at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Euroins Cherno More and 5th ranked Tundja Yambol had identical 1-1 record. This time Euroins Cherno More used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Yambol 72-62 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 37-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Euroins Cherno More forced 19 Tundja Yambol turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Aleksandr Yanev (203-90) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. The former international power forward Georgi Davidov (205-76) accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Euroins Cherno More's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and guard Martin Durchev (200-87) added 19 points respectively for Tundja Yambol in the defeat. Euroins Cherno More (2-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with Levski Sofia. Loser Tundja Yambol dropped to the bottom position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Euroins Cherno More will meet league's leader Lukoil Academik in the next round. Tundja Yambol will play against Chernomorets (#6) in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: A.Yanev 20+10reb+1ast, G.Davidov 12+7reb+1ast, M.Borisov 9+2reb, V.Kyosev 8+3reb+1ast, P.Aleksiev 7+3reb+5ast, S.Iliev 6+4reb+4ast
Tundja Yambol: M.Durchev 19+4reb+1ast, J.Ofoegbu 19+11reb+1ast, S.Govedarov 9+6reb+1ast, S.Petkov 7+9reb, J.Radionov 4+4reb+4ast, S.Cholakov 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 139924


Levski Sofia - Balkan 81-73
The game between third ranked Balkan (1-2) and fourth ranked Levski Sofia (2-1) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Balkan was defeated by Levski Sofia in a tough game in Sofia 73-81. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-15. But Balkan won third quarter 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levski Sofia forced 21 Balkan turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Balkan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American center Justin Eller (203-87, college: Sacramento St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who led his team to a victory with 10 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Pavel Ivanov (200-88) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Isiah Martin (203-89, college: Indiana St.) answered with 13 points and 7 rebounds and guard Stanimir Marinov (191-91) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Balkan. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Levski Sofia moved-up to second place, which they share with Cherno More. Balkan at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Levski Sofia is looking forward to face Spartak Pleven (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Balkan will play against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: P.Ivanov 13+6reb+1ast, D.Anguelov 12+5reb, M.Hall 12+1ast, J.Eller 10+8reb+2ast, Z.Georgiev 9+6reb+4ast, H.Dimitrov 8+2reb+2ast
Balkan: I.Martin 13+7reb+2ast, K.Raykov 13+1reb+1ast, S.Marinov 12+4reb+4ast, E.Binev 9+4reb+1ast, D.Marintchechki 7+3reb+2ast, L.Lilov 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 139925


Rilski Sportist - Lukoil Academik 71-82
An interesting game for Lukoil Academik (3-0) which played road game in Samokov against second-best Rilski Sportist (1-2). Leader Lukoil Academik managed to get a 11-point victory 82-71. Lukoil Academik players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a great evening for American guard Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) helped adding 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. Lukoil Academik's coach Jovica Arsic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83) with 23 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 15 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Lukoil Academik have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 3-0 record. Rilski Sportist at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Lukoil Academik will play against league's second-placed Euroins Cherno More in Varna in the next round. Rilski Sportist will play on the road against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: B.Heath 17+4reb+7ast, B.Sundov 15+6reb, P.Marinov 11+3reb+4ast, L.Mack 11+5reb+2ast, T.Banev 8+4reb, A.Owens 6+5reb+1ast
Rilski Sportist: F.Vukosavljevic 23+6reb+2ast, B.Mirkovic 15+8reb+6ast, B.Boev 9+1ast, A.Bilobrk 8+6reb, M.Marinov 5+2reb+1ast, A.Velikov 4+3reb
gschID: 139926


Spartak Pleven - Chernomorets 91-79
The game in Pleven was also quite interesting. Chernomorets (1-2) played at the court of Spartak Pleven (1-2). Spartak Pleven defeated Chernomorets 91-79 on Saturday. They outrebounded Chernomorets 34-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. Spartak Pleven looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Chernomorets' players. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Ilia Stankov (198-76) who led the winners and scored 25 points and 4 assists. The former international forward Stanislav Slaveykov (198-86) accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Konstantin Koev (195-91) came up with 24 points and 5 assists and the former international forward Atanas Penev (195-85) added 22 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) respectively for Chernomorets in the defeat. Four Chernomorets players scored in double figures. Spartak Pleven left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Chernomorets. Spartak Pleven will meet at home higher ranked Levski Sofia (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chernomorets will play against Tundja Yambol.
Top scorers:
Spartak Pleven: I.Stankov 25+4reb+4ast, V.Georgiev 22+3ast, S.Slaveykov 18+9reb+2ast, S.Tsenov 8+5reb+3ast, A.Dyakovski 7+2reb+4ast, T.Ostrev 7+1reb+4ast
Chernomorets: K.Koev 24+3reb+5ast, A.Penev 22+1reb+1ast, D.Dunovic 14+5reb+3ast, K.Pavlovski 10+7reb+1ast, D.Roshmanov 4+5reb+4ast, R.Aleksov 2


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 3-0 
 2. Cherno More 2-1 
 3. Levski Sofia 2-1 
 4. Rilski Sportist 1-2 
 5. Balkan 1-2 
 6. Chernomorets 1-2 
 7. Spartak Pleven 1-2 
 8. Tundja Yambol 1-2 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ilia STANKOV
  Spartak .
  (198-F-76)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Stankov, Spartak23.7 
 2. Yanev, Cherno More21.7 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.21.0 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.19.7 
 5. Dunovic, Chernomo.19.7 
 6. Harper, Levski S.17.5 
 7. Koev, Chernomorets17.3 
 8. Marinov, Balkan16.3 
 9. Lilov, Balkan16.0 
 10. Vukosavljevi., Ri.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandr YANEV
  Cherno More
  (203-F/C-90)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Yanev, Cherno More13.7 
 2. Evtimov, Levski So.10.3 
 3. Slaveykov, Sparta.9.3 
 4. Todorov, Spartak8.0 
 5. Crawford, Balkan7.7 
 6. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.7.7 
 7. Martin, Balkan7.5 
 8. Pavlovski, Chernom.7.3 
 9. Stankov, Spartak7.0 
 10. Vukosavljevi., Ri.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.6.7 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.6.0 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.0 
 4. Roshmanov, Cherno.4.3 
 5. Dyakovski, Sparta.4.3 
 6. Todorov, Spartak4.3 
 7. Filipov, Balkan4.3 
 8. Dunovic, Chernomo.4.0 
 9. Koev, Chernomorets4.0 
 10. Aleksiev, Cherno4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.3.3 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.3.3 
 3. Kirov, Rilski S.3.0 
 4. Velikov, Rilski S.2.7 
 5. Durchev, Tundja Y.2.7 
 6. Mirkovic, Rilski S.2.5 
 7. Petkov, Tundja Y.2.3 
 8. Stoykov, Lukoil A.2.3 
 9. Dunovic, Chernomo.2.3 
 10. Govedarov, Tundja2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh CRAWFORD
  Balkan
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Crawford, Balkan2.0 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.3 
 3. Gocevski, Tundja Y.1.3 
 4. Davidov, Cherno M.1.0 
 5. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 6. Petkov, Tundja Y.1.0 
 7. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.1.0 
 8. Todorov, Spartak0.7 
 9. Georgiev, Sparta.0.7 
 10. Martin, Balkan0.5 


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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 25
 1. Mimica, KK Split25.0 
 2. Simovic, Kvarner22.0 
 3. Mrva, Jolly21.3 
 4. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.7 
 5. Peric, Dubrovnik18.3 
 6. Vranes, Borik17.5 
 7. Sobin, KK Split17.0 
 8. Tomeljak, Svjet.16.5 
 9. Ross, Jolly16.3 
 10. Gaurina, Alkar Si.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Teo SIMOVIC
  Kvarner .
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Simovic, Kvarner11.0 
 2. Cinac, Kvarner 201010.5 
 3. Diminic, Dubrovnik8.3 
 4. Ivanov, Zadar7.8 
 5. Peraica, Darda7.7 
 6. Ridl, Darda7.3 
 7. Buva, Krizevci7.3 
 8. Radic, Zadar7.3 
 9. Karac, Dubrovnik7.0 
 10. Cakarun, Borik7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci8.7 
 2. Tomeljak, Svjet.7.5 
 3. Ross, Jolly5.0 
 4. Gulam, Jolly4.0 
 5. Tomas, Zabok4.0 
 6. Mimica, KK Split4.0 
 7. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.7 
 8. Salamun, Kvarner3.3 
 9. Zadnik, Zadar3.3 
 10. Katic, KK Split3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ross, Jolly3.3 
 2. Mimica, KK Split2.7 
 3. Surina, Kvarner2.7 
 4. Zivkovic, Svjetlost2.0 
 5. Basljan, Svjetlost2.0 
 6. Cinac, Kvarner 20102.0 
 7. Zadravec, Zabok2.0 
 8. Zadnik, Zadar2.0 
 9. Banic, Borik2.0 
 10. Sarac, Svjetlost2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeljko ZUPIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.7 
 2. Curkovic, Alkar Si.1.5 
 3. Ridl, Darda1.3 
 4. Dijan, KK Split1.0 
 5. Gaurina, Alkar Sinj1.0 
 6. Vrsaljko, Jolly1.0 
 7. Buva, Krizevci1.0 
 8. Toncinic, Zadar1.0 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar1.0 
 10. Bubalo, Zabok0.7 


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. Jolly 3-1 
 2. KK Split 3-1 
 3. Krizevci 3-1 
 4. Zadar 3-1 
 5. Kvarner 2010 3-1 
 6. Zabok 2-1 
 7. Alkar Sinj 1-2 
 8. Svjetlost 1-2 
 9. Borik 1-3 
 10. Darda 0-3 
 11. Dubrovnik 0-4 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO


A1 Round 4: Leader Jolly gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in A1, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

Leader Jolly delivered the third win on Saturday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Alkar Sinj (1-2) 73-64 in Sibenik. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-64. Forward Mate Mrva (195-83) fired 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Roko Rogic (185-92) produced 18 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jolly maintains first position with 3-1 record, which they share with 4 other teams. Alkar Sinj at the other side keeps the seventh place with two games lost. They share the position with Svjetlost. Jolly is looking forward to face Vrijednosnice OS (#10) in Darda in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alkar Sinj will play at home against the league's second-placed KK Split and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked Dubrovnik (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 108-106 overtime loss to third ranked Krizevci (3-1) in Dubrovnik. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Josip Glavinic (192-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 assists. Luka Zitko contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Krizevci's coach Tihomir Bujan allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Nikola Dosen (187-91) replied with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Dubrovnik. Krizevci keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Dubrovnik at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Krizevci will play against Kvarner 2010 (#5) in Rijeka in the next round. Dubrovnik will play on the road against Svjetlost (#8) in Slavonski Brod and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Vrijednosnice OS (0-3) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 67-51 loss to fourth ranked Zadar (3-1) in Zadar on Saturday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Worth to mention a great performance of Ive Ivanov who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Zadar's coach Ales Pipan used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Mato Peraica responded with 10 points and 9 rebounds. Zadar have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Vrijednosnice OS still closes the standings with three games lost. Zadar's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zadar to the arena Borik Puntamika.

In the last two games of round 4 Borik was defeated by Kvarner 2010 in Rijeka 72-64. KK Split beat Svjetlost at home 78-70.
The best stats of 4th round was 24 points and 8 rebounds by Teo Simovic of Kvarner 2010.



Dubrovnik - Krizevci 106-108 OT

Bottom-ranked Dubrovnik (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 108-106 overtime loss to third ranked Krizevci (3-1) in Dubrovnik. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Dubrovnik was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 28-18 third quarter run of Krizevci. They tied the game at the end of regular time. Then they were better in overtime eventually winning that period 10-8. They made 23-of-26 charity shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Dubrovnik was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Josip Glavinic (192-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 assists. Forward Luka Zitko (201-81) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Krizevci's coach Tihomir Bujan allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Nikola Dosen (187-91) replied with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Antonio Ostric (200-89) added 20 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Dubrovnik. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Krizevci keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Dubrovnik at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Krizevci will play against Kvarner 2010 (#5) in Rijeka in the next round. Dubrovnik will play on the road against Svjetlost (#8) in Slavonski Brod and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Krizevci: J.Glavinic 22+1reb+10ast, L.Zitko 19+5reb+2ast, I.Buva 17+7reb, R.Jurlina 16+8reb, I.Grgat 11+6reb, I.Svoboda 10+3reb
Dubrovnik: N.Dosen 22+6reb+6ast, A.Ostric 20+9reb+3ast, M.Peric 18+5reb+1ast, D.Hajdic 17+5reb+1ast, M.Lucic 14+2reb+6ast, M.Diminic 10+6reb+2ast
gschID: 149403


Kvarner 2010 - Borik 72-64

There was no surprise in Rijeka where 8th ranked Borik Puntamika (1-3) was defeated by fifth ranked Kvarner 2010 (3-1) 72-64 on Sunday. Kvarner 2010 outrebounded Borik Puntamika 33-22 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian center Teo Simovic (205-84, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and naturalized Bosnian guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81, agency: Court Side) who added 19 points during the contest. At the losing side forward Josip Vranes (198-90, college: South Plains JC) responded with 15 points and Marijan Cakarun (-90) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kvarner 2010 have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Borik Puntamika dropped to the ninth place with three games lost. Kvarner 2010 will meet Krizevci (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Borik Puntamika's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zadar Zadar.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: T.Simovic 24+8reb+2ast, M.Ceskovic 19+3ast, I.Salamun 7+2reb+3ast, D.Cinac 7+13reb, M.Juricic 6+1reb+2ast, A.Boban 4+1reb
Borik: J.Vranes 15+3reb, M.Sarlija 10+1reb+2ast, M.Cakarun 9+6reb+1ast, M.Pesut 7+1reb+2ast, E.Banic 6+2reb+2ast, M.Jurjevic 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 149404


KK Split - Svjetlost 78-70

No shocking result in a game when second ranked KK Split (3-1) defeated at home 8th ranked Svjetlost (1-2) 78-70 on Saturday. Svjetlost trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 21-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 70-78 at the end of the game. KK Split keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Svjetlost dropped to the seventh place with two games lost. They share the position with Alkar Sinj. KK Split will meet Alkar Sinj (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Svjetlost will play against Dubrovnik.
gschID: 149402


Jolly - Alkar Sinj 73-64

Leader Jolly delivered the third win on Saturday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Alkar Sinj (1-2) 73-64 in Sibenik. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-64. Forward Mate Mrva (195-83) fired 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Roko Rogic (185-92) produced 18 points and forward Stjepan Tesija (205-89) added 7 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jolly maintains first position with 3-1 record, which they share with 4 other teams. Alkar Sinj at the other side keeps the seventh place with two games lost. They share the position with Svjetlost. Jolly is looking forward to face Vrijednosnice OS (#10) in Darda in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alkar Sinj will play at home against the league's second-placed KK Split and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Jolly: M.Mrva 25+7reb+1ast, R.Ross 15+5reb+5ast, L.Katura 15+1reb, T.Petani 6+2reb+2ast, I.Josipovic 5+6reb+2ast, J.Gulam 3+5reb+2ast
Alkar Sinj: R.Rogic 18+4reb+1ast, F.Bubalo 8+1reb+3ast, N.Gaurina 8+1reb+1ast, S.Tesija 7+8reb, M.Modric 7+4reb+2ast, A.Anzulovic 6+2reb
gschID: 149401


Zadar - Darda 67-51

Bottom-ranked Vrijednosnice OS (0-3) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 67-51 loss to fourth ranked Zadar (3-1) in Zadar on Saturday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game without a history. Zadar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Zadar outrebounded Vrijednosnice OS 56-23 including a 27-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of center Ive Ivanov (201-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and center Franko Kastropil (212-84) who added 9 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Zadar's coach Ales Pipan used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Bosnian center Mato Peraica (203-81) responded with 10 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Ivan Milenkovic (200-88) scored 10 points. Zadar have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Vrijednosnice OS still closes the standings with three games lost. Zadar's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zadar to the arena Borik Puntamika.
Top scorers:
Zadar: I.Ivanov 16+10reb+3ast, F.Sango 11+7reb+1ast, I.Batur 11+7reb, F.Kastropil 9+12reb+1ast, A.Delas 7+3reb+2ast, G.Vrbanc 6+3reb
Darda: I.Milenkovic 10+3reb+1ast, M.Peraica 10+9reb, Z.Ridl 9+3reb+1ast, R.Jugo 7+3reb+3ast, D.Meznaric 6+1reb, L.Panduric 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 149400




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  CYPRUS   


Exciting game in Leukotheo - by Michael Aristidou

After a dramatic game InterCollege Etha Engomis manage to win Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios 84-86 in extra overtime period. The game was closed and neither team manages to take a significant lead in the game. Moreover in 13 occasions we had a tie in the game! The winners had Ken Tutt (185-PG-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) in great night scoring 18 points.

InterCollege Etha Engomis now has ma 2-0 record while their opponents have 0-2 so far.

Quarters: 23-16, 44-41, 57-58, 71-71, 84-86

Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios: Yiannas 1, Chkharatasvili, Matic 10, Filippou 3, Haddock 10 (1), Durasovic 10 (1), Damjanovic 15, Reed 18 (1), Wells 17 (1)

InterCollege Etha Engomis: Jackson 17 (2), Dabkus, Anastasiadis 2, Ray 11, Massamba 7, Constantinou, Ken Tutt 18, Cup 15 (2), Watkins 4, Lalovic 12




Cyprus League Premier Games, 2nd and final part - by Chris Mammides
The last game of the first week of the A' Division league found Head Coach Christos Stylianidis's team of APOEL winning the game over the very good team of Head Coach Argirou, Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agiou Dhometiou with 82-76 in a game which was a derby from the beggining until the end.

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





Cyprus A' Division: Round 2 Second part - by Chris Mammides
The champions needed the overtime to beat ENAD
An old time derby reminded to the few basketball fans the game between the Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD over Inetercollege Etha. The two neighbor teams prove to be different in many a ways this season as both of them are very strong and both of them will after something more than last year, especially the team of Coach Argirou which proved to be a very tough nut this season. A few words about the game now, in the first quarter the home team was much better and with great peripheral offensive scheme and with the American duet (Dewayne Reed (185-G-87, college: Auburn) and Isaac Wells (203-F-85, college: Arkansas St.)) in a great shape Enad took the lead with 23-16. In the second period though the experience of the players of Etha brought up as Joshua Jackson (188-SG-85, college: Warner Pacific) with Tutt and Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) cut the deficit in half time to just 3 points, 57-58 while in the third period they continue their momentum and the manage to lead the game by the end of the specific period to 57-58.


The 4th period was truly great as the two teams were proceeding hand to hand and basket to basket with the score at the end of the game being totally balanced after a great come back from the home team while being with 63-69 following the champions, the veteran Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) together with Matic Dewayne Reed and Isaac Wells brought the game on a tie 71-71.
The overtime was heartbreaking as the two teams continue to go basket by basket before Boris Lalovic scoring the last basket for the 84-86 and Montarrio Haddock (196-G/F-88, college: Middle Tenn.St.) became the fatal player for his team as he lost the last shot from the 6.75m and together with this shot the victory for ENAD which remain once more winless but full of great promises for the future. The MVP of the game was Tutt in his best game this season after a series of very 'low profile' games...
InterCollege Etha Engomis now has ma 2-0 record while ENAD remains to 0-2.
Quarters: 23-16, 44-41, 57-58, 71-71, 84-86
Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios: Yiannas 1, Chkharatasvili, Matic 10, Filippou 3, Montarrio Haddock 10 (1), Durasovic 10 (1), Aleksandar Damjanovic 15, Dewayne Reed 18 (1), Isaac Wells 17 (1)
InterCollege Etha Engomis: Joshua Jackson 17 (2), Dabkus, Anastasiadis 2, Ray 11, Massamba 7, Constantinou, Ken Tutt (185-PG-84, college: ORU) 18, Cup 15 (2), Watkins 4, Boris Lalovic 12




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


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


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. Trutnov 5-3 
 6. Sokol H.Kralove 5-3 
 7. Sokol Prazsky 5-3 
 8. Benesov 4-3 
 9. Liberec 4-4 
 10. Litomerice 2-6 
 11. Vysehrad 2-6 
 12. Mlada Boleslav 1-7 
 13. Prostejov B 1-7 
 14. Kladno 0-8 


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  DENMARK   


Aalborg fires coach - by Thomas Soltau
After a poor start to the season, and a place at the very bottom of the standings the Aalborg Vikings have decided that a change was needed.

Head Coach John Staudt toke over last year as the team had let coach Thomas Quaade go. Staudt and the Vikings went 1-7 this season before now parting ways.

The Vikings have promoted assistent coach Mads Oleson to head coach. The team avoided relegation last year, and hopes to escape the battle for survival this year.




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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


USA wins Bronze in Guadalajara - by Eurobasket News
USA - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 94-92

With the bronze medal secured, the players rushed to mid court to celebrate.
There, the United States men's basketball team joined the players from the Dominican Republic, dancing together and hugging each other as the Mexican crowd cheered.
'I overcame tears, because that was a special moment,' U.S. coach Nate Tibbetts said after his team beat the Dominicans 94-92 for bronze at the Pan American Games. 'It's brotherhood. It's fellowship.'
Lance Thomas (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke) scored a team-high 14 points Sunday to give the Americans their best finish at the games since a silver in Winnipeg in 1999.
The bronze was a disappointing result for a U.S. team trying to win the Pan American gold for the first time since 1983, but the players who were put together just a few weeks before the tournament said they are leaving Guadalajara glad to have learned from the experience.
'We enjoyed it and it's going to be something that we will remember for the rest of our lives,' U.S. guard Justin Dentmon said.
Thomas said the mutual celebration at the end of the match showed how much the Americans embraced the spirit of the Pan Am Games.
'It was amazing, was special to be able to celebrate together afterwards,' he said. 'They started and we just got in there together. The fans appreciated us being there.' (*Courtesy of www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com)

Lance Thomas led the winners in scoring with 14 points. Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, college: ORU) (7 rebs) and Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) (5 as) helped USA with 12 points each. On the other side, Dominicans got 25 points and 9 rebounds from Elys Manuel Guzman (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.). Their second scorer was Jack Michael Martinez (6'8''-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) with 21 pts (9 rebs) and Juan Coronado (6'5''-G-83) stopped to 13 pts in this meeting (5 rebs). Quarters: 30-28, 21-17, 17-23, 26-24. Puerto Rico won the Gold in Guadalajara.

USA: Lance Thomas 14, Marcus Lewis 12+7 boards, Justin Dentmon 12+5 as
Dominican Republic: Elys Manuel Guzman 25+9 boards, Jack Michael Martinez 21+9 boards, Juan Coronado 13+5 boards


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  FINLAND   


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


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 28.8
 1. Baxley, Lapua28.8 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.27.2 
 3. Bailey, Pyrinto II25.0 
 4. Nofflet, Oulun N.24.0 
 5. Storrs, Jyvaskyla23.5 
 6. Williams, Lapua21.8 
 7. Reed, Lapua21.3 
 8. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.21.0 
 9. Cooper, SayRi20.3 
 10. Green, Ura Basket20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Cooper, SayRi16.8 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.14.2 
 3. Bojang, FoKoPo13.6 
 4. Britton, Huima10.8 
 5. Townes, BC Nokia10.4 
 6. Green, Ura Basket10.4 
 7. Bailey, Pyrinto II10.0 
 8. Coleman, FoKoPo9.0 
 9. Andrews, Ura B.9.0 
 10. Laitinen, Tapiol.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Shawn HENDERSON
  Porvoo.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Henderson, Porvoo.6.5 
 2. Ikavalko, FoKoPo5.8 
 3. Manning, Huima5.3 
 4. Bailey, Pyrinto II5.0 
 5. Phillips, Oulun N.4.0 
 6. Riihela, BC Nokia3.3 
 7. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.0 
 8. Baxley, Lapua2.6 
 9. Robinson, FoKoPo2.6 
 10. Coleman, FoKoPo2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Petri KALLIO
  Ura Basket
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kallio, Ura Basket3.0 
 2. Nieminen, SayRi2.8 
 3. Townes, BC Nokia2.2 
 4. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.2.0 
 5. Jousisto, ToPo A.2.0 
 6. Jackson, Porvoon2.0 
 7. Henderson, Porvoo.2.0 
 8. Kankaanpaa, BC No.2.0 
 9. Reed, Lapua2.0 
 10. Nofflet, Oulun N.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.2 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.2.0 
 3. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.3 
 4. Molenius, FoKoPo1.2 
 5. Townes, BC Nokia1.0 
 6. Kajander, Huima1.0 
 7. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.0.8 
 8. Cooper, SayRi0.8 
 9. Nuolivirta, ToPo A.0.7 
 10. Dolenc, Tapiolan.0.7 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Tyler TIEDEMAN
  LrNM.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Tiedeman, LrNM.22.1 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.8 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons20.7 
 4. Holloway, Salon V.20.0 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.4 
 6. Bailey, Pyrinto19.0 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto18.3 
 8. Blue, KTP18.0 
 9. Brooks, Namika L.17.9 
 10. Haynes, LrNM.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.7 
 2. Blue, KTP10.3 
 3. McDade, Nilan B.9.0 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto8.7 
 5. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.5 
 7. Beidler, Kauhajoki8.1 
 8. Brown, Kouvot8.0 
 9. Heard, ToPo7.7 
 10. Muurinen, ToPo7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Williams, Pyrinto5.7 
 2. Virtanen, Kataja5.3 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.0 
 4. Walker, Kataja4.6 
 5. Haynes, LrNM.4.5 
 6. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.3 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.2 
 8. Jalonen, Korihait3.7 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.6 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Williams, Pyrinto3.3 
 2. Moore, Korihait2.7 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 4. Sten, Kataja2.3 
 5. Brooks, Namika L.2.3 
 6. Newson, Kataja2.1 
 7. Terwilliger, Kataja2.0 
 8. Haynes, LrNM.2.0 
 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, Kauhajoki2.1 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.6 
 4. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 5. Bell, KTP1.0 
 6. Blue, KTP0.9 
 7. Newson, Kataja0.9 
 8. Vanttaja, Kouvot0.9 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.8 
 10. McDade, Nilan B.0.7 


1st Division Round 5: Forssan Koripojat defeats leader BC Nokia - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated BC Nokia (4-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Forssan Koripojat (5-0) 89-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BC Nokia. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 4-0 record before this meeting. The game without a history. Forssan Koripojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forssan Koripojat dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to BC Nokia's 36. They outrebounded BC Nokia 38-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds for BC Nokia. BC Nokia's coach Ville Tuominen rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated Forssan Koripojat have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Forssan Koripojat keeps a position of league leader. BC Nokia at the other side dropped to the third place with one game lost. They share the position with Oulun NMKY. Forssan Koripojat is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Torpan Pojat (#12) in Helsinki in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BC Nokia will play on the road against Saynatsalon Riento (#8) in Jyvaskyla and is hoping to win this game.
Ura Basket's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Aanekosken Huima (2-2) 74-68. American swingman Lionel Green (196-84, college: SUNO) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and Eze Andrews chipped in 8 points and 15 rebounds. Ura Basket's coach Antti Saarinen allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American power forward Trey Britton (203-89, college: Anderson) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds. Ura Basket (1-4) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Jyvaskyla and Porvoon Tarmo. Aanekosken Huima at the other side keeps the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with Pyrinto II. Ura Basket will play against higher ranked Pyrinto II (#6) in Tampere in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aanekosken Huima will play at home against BC Jyvaskyla and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Jyvaskyla was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Oulun NMKY (4-1) played at the court of 8th ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-4). Oulun NMKY managed to secure a 5-point victory 91-86 on Sunday. Josh Nofflet nailed 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Lance Storrs came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds for BC Jyvaskyla in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Oulun NMKY. They moved-up to third place, which they share with BC Nokia. Loser BC Jyvaskyla dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. They share it with Porvoon Tarmo and Ura Basket. Oulun NMKY will meet at home Porvoon Tarmo (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BC Jyvaskyla will play against Aanekosken Huima in Aanekoski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between sixth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (3-2) and 8th ranked Saynatsalon Riento (1-3) in Lapua ended with biggest points difference. Lapuan Korikobrat outscored guests from Jyvaskyla 107-70. The best player for the winners was Walter Baxley who scored 42 points (!!!) and 5 steals (on 17-of-20 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lapuan Korikobrat moved-up to fifth place. Saynatsalon Riento lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with three games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Tapiolan Honka on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saynatsalon Riento will play against BC Nokia (#3).

In the last game of round 5 Tapiolan Honka beat Porvoon Tarmo on the road 74-68.



Ura Basket - Huima 74-68 OT

Ura Basket's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Aanekosken Huima (2-2) 74-68. Aanekosken Huima was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 16-13 charge of Ura Basket, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 12-6. Ura Basket forced 26 Aanekosken Huima turnovers and had a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. American swingman Lionel Green (196-84, college: SUNO) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Eze Andrews (201-83, college: Savannah St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 8 points and 15 rebounds. Ura Basket's coach Antti Saarinen allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American power forward Trey Britton (203-89, college: Anderson) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Four Aanekosken Huima players scored in double figures. Ura Basket (1-4) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Jyvaskyla and Porvoon Tarmo. Aanekosken Huima at the other side keeps the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with Pyrinto II. Ura Basket will play against higher ranked Pyrinto II (#6) in Tampere in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aanekosken Huima will play at home against BC Jyvaskyla and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: L.Green 25+15reb+3ast, S.Salminen 11+8reb+1ast, J.Alanko 10+6reb, J.Saari 9+2reb, E.Andrews 8+15reb+3ast, P.Kallio 4+1reb+1ast
Huima: T.Britton 23+15reb+2ast, J.Graham 18+8reb+3ast, T.Viertola 11+5reb, S.Kajander 10+4reb+2ast, M.Liukko 4+2reb, M.Santa 2
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BC Nokia - FoKoPo 72-89

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated BC Nokia (4-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Forssan Koripojat (5-0) 89-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BC Nokia. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 4-0 record before this meeting. The game without a history. Forssan Koripojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forssan Koripojat dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to BC Nokia's 36. They outrebounded BC Nokia 38-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Forssan Koripojat players scored in double figures. American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Tomi Kankaanpaa (183-89) added 19 points in the effort for BC Nokia. BC Nokia's coach Ville Tuominen rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Forssan Koripojat have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Forssan Koripojat keeps a position of league leader. BC Nokia at the other side dropped to the third place with one game lost. They share the position with Oulun NMKY. Forssan Koripojat is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Torpan Pojat (#12) in Helsinki in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BC Nokia will play on the road against Saynatsalon Riento (#8) in Jyvaskyla and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: T.Robinson 24+9reb+2ast, H.Coleman 16+8reb+4ast, J.Helenius 15+2reb+1ast, S.Ikavalko 14+1reb+4ast, B.Bojang 9+14reb+2ast, M.Molenius 7+2reb+1ast
BC Nokia: T.Kankaanpaa 19+3reb+2ast, D.Townes 17+7reb, S.Hopkins 15+4reb+1ast, G.January 9+6reb+1ast, J.Kauro 5+2reb+2ast, V.Tuominen 4+2reb
gschID: 150163


Jyvaskyla - Oulun NMKY 86-91

The game in Jyvaskyla was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Oulun NMKY (4-1) played at the court of 8th ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-4). Oulun NMKY managed to secure a 5-point victory 91-86 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 28-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Josh Nofflet (194-88, college: Lee) nailed 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) accounted for 10 points and 19 rebounds. American guard Lance Storrs (195-89, college: Georgia Tech) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds and forward Jarno Nissinen (195-77) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for BC Jyvaskyla in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Oulun NMKY. They moved-up to third place, which they share with BC Nokia. Loser BC Jyvaskyla dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. They share it with Porvoon Tarmo and Ura Basket. Oulun NMKY will meet at home Porvoon Tarmo (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BC Jyvaskyla will play against Aanekosken Huima in Aanekoski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oulun NMKY: J.Nofflet 36+7reb+1ast, L.Phillips 20+6reb+2ast, J.Teppo 11+2reb+1ast, B.Moultrie 10+19reb+1ast, I.Lindstedt 5+2reb, J.Laakso 4+2reb+1ast
Jyvaskyla: L.Storrs 23+8reb+2ast, M.Kierros 14+3reb+1ast, R.Ojanen 13+3reb+1ast, J.Nissinen 12+8reb+1ast, J.Luoma 8+6reb+2ast, N.Pantsu 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 150164


Porvoon Tarmo - Tapiolan Honka 68-74

No shocking result in a game when leader Tapiolan Honka (4-0) beat on the road 10th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (1-4) 74-68. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Porvoon Tarmo won fourth quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 31 personal fouls committed by Porvoon Tarmo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was point guard Villematti Kopio (182-92) who scored 18 points. Forward Tero Laitinen (201-87) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Shawn Henderson (190, college: Idaho) produced 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Esa Maki-Tulokas (200-82, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Tapiolan Honka. They moved-up to second place. Porvoon Tarmo at the other side dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Tapiolan Honka's next round opponent will be Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) at home. Porvoon Tarmo will play against Oulun NMKY (#4) and be promoted back to the Korisliiga just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Tapiolan Honka: V.Kopio 18+3reb+2ast, T.Laitinen 15+6reb, A.Vanjoki 12+3reb, I.Sirola 10+3reb, A.Odabasi 8+1reb, P.Vertio 7+8reb+1ast
Porvoon Tarmo: S.Henderson 14+5reb+6ast, T.Still 12+4reb, V.Lind 11+3reb+1ast, E.Maki-Tulokas 11+7reb, L.Trice Little 6+4reb+1ast, M.King 5+2reb
gschID: 150160


Lapua - SayRi 107-70

The game between sixth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (3-2) and 8th ranked Saynatsalon Riento (1-3) in Lapua ended with biggest points difference. Lapuan Korikobrat outscored guests from Jyvaskyla 107-70. The game was mostly controlled by Lapuan Korikobrat. Saynatsalon Riento was better in second period 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lapuan Korikobrat forced 20 Saynatsalon Riento turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Walter Baxley (191-84, college: Mars Hill) who scored 42 points (!!!) and 5 steals (on 17-of-20 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds. American center Kenneth Cooper (208-87, college: UAB) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and forward Sami Mantymaa (192-88) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Saynatsalon Riento players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lapuan Korikobrat moved-up to fifth place. Saynatsalon Riento lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with three games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Tapiolan Honka on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saynatsalon Riento will play against BC Nokia (#3).
Top scorers:
Lapua: W.Baxley 42+4reb+3ast, E.Williams 22+9reb, J.Turja 10+2reb, D.Doubitski 8+3reb, E.Jackson 7+7reb+4ast, N.Overmark 6+1ast
SayRi: S.Mantymaa 17+5reb, E.Nieminen 16+4reb+1ast, K.Cooper 13+13reb+1ast, B.Abdullah 12+5reb, T.Sarkka 4+5reb, J.Hautsalo 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 150161




Korisliiga Round 9: Torpan Pojat loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
After 9 rounds played we can already see who rules in the Korisliiga and who belongs to weaker ones.

There was a change at the Korisliiga leadership position after last games. Round 9 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Torpan Pojat (5-2). They were defeated by eighth ranked Kouvot (4-4) 87-77 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Torpan Pojat. The game was mostly controlled by Kouvot. Torpan Pojat managed to win third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Samuli Vanttaja (210-91) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 17 points. The best for the losing side was American swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kouvot moved-up to sixth place, which they share with KTP and Korihait. Torpan Pojat at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They share it with Nilan Bisons. They were replaced at the leadership position by Pyrinto. Torpan Pojat will play next round against Salon Vilpas trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Kouvot will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Tampereen Pyrinto on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in Uusikaupunki. Eighth ranked UU-Korihait (4-4) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked KTP-Basket (4-4) 99-97 in the game for the sixth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KTP-Basket. American guard Jarice Crouch (182-84, college: Chattanooga) nailed 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Nigel Moore accounted for 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds for KTP-Basket in the defeat. UU-Korihait moved-up to sixth place, which they share with KTP and Kouvot. UU-Korihait will play against league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KTP-Basket will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (5-3) against fifth ranked Joensuun Kataja (5-3) on Sunday night. Visiting Kauhajoen Karhu was defeated by Joensuun Kataja in Joensuu 94-79. The best player for the winners was B.A. Walker who scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Joensuun Kataja's coach Jukka Toijala used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Kelly Beidler who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds. Joensuun Kataja moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kauhajoki. Joensuun Kataja will meet bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against LrNMKY (#10) in Lappeenranta and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 9 Nilan Bisons won against Salon Vilpas on the opponent's court 68-60. LrNMKY lost to defending champion Pyrinto in a home game 89-98.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds by Tyler Tiedeman of LrNMKY.



Kataja - Kauhajoki 94-79

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (5-3) against fifth ranked Joensuun Kataja (5-3) on Sunday night. Visiting Kauhajoen Karhu was defeated by Joensuun Kataja in Joensuu 94-79. The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. Kauhajoen Karhu managed to win fourth quarter 28-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Joensuun Kataja dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kauhajoen Karhu's 36 and made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Joensuun Kataja forced 21 Kauhajoen Karhu turnovers. Joensuun Kataja looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Joensuun Kataja's coach Jukka Toijala used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds and guard Aleksi Huuskonen (188-88) added 14 points respectively. Five Joensuun Kataja and four Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kauhajoki. Joensuun Kataja will meet bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against LrNMKY (#10) in Lappeenranta and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: K.Beidler 20+8reb+1ast, A.Huuskonen 14+4reb+2ast, E.Skamo 11+2reb+2ast, H.Hirvikoski 10+3reb, C.Reed 10+7reb, J.Eskola 9+2reb+3ast
Kataja: B.Walker 21+7reb+4ast, S.Lehtoranta 16+2reb+4ast, J.Newson 14+11reb+1ast, P.Virtanen 12+3reb+6ast, J.Sten 11+2reb+4ast, J.Price 10+6reb
gschID: 141664


Kouvot - ToPo 87-77

There was a change at the Korisliiga leadership position after last games. Round 9 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Torpan Pojat (5-2). They were defeated by eighth ranked Kouvot (4-4) 87-77 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Torpan Pojat. The game was mostly controlled by Kouvot. Torpan Pojat managed to win third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Samuli Vanttaja (210-91) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 17 points. The best for the losing side was American swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and forward Timo Heinonen (198-81) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kouvot moved-up to sixth place, which they share with KTP and Korihait. Torpan Pojat at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They share it with Nilan Bisons. They were replaced at the leadership position by Pyrinto. Torpan Pojat will play next round against Salon Vilpas trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Kouvot will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Tampereen Pyrinto on the road.
Top scorers:
ToPo: T.Heinonen 15+6reb+1ast, C.Griffin 13+3reb+3ast, C.Lindbom 13+2reb, J.Heard 12+10reb+2ast, K.Muurinen 11+8reb+1ast, T.Iisalo 8+4reb+3ast
Kouvot: S.Vanttaja 17+6reb, J.Gonner 17+3reb+2ast, A.Akpaso 14+1reb, A.Nikkarinen 12+1reb+4ast, A.Jordan 11+6reb+3ast, I.Seppala 6+2reb
gschID: 141665


Salon Vilpas - Nilan Bisons 60-68

Very expected game when 9th ranked Salon Vilpas (2-6) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (5-2) 68-60 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 39-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Loimaan Korikonkarit dominated on the defensive end, holding Salon Vilpas to just 4 points in third quarter. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) who recorded 9 points and 17 rebounds and guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Salon Vilpas' coach Mikko Tupamaki rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Loimaan Korikonkarit moved-up to second place, which they share with ToPo. Salon Vilpas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with LrNMKY. Loimaan Korikonkarit will meet at home UU-Korihait (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Salon Vilpas will play against Torpan Pojat in Helsinki and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: E.Holloway 17+6reb, R.Ahonen 11+4reb+1ast, S.Kaaresvirta 10+3reb+1ast, K.Brace 9+3reb+2ast, J.Fields 9+17reb+2ast, M.Ahokas 2+3reb
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 22+8reb+1ast, J.Ivey 20+4reb, R.McDade 11+10reb+1ast, M.Koivisto 6+1reb+2ast, C.Jones 6+6reb+1ast, M.Nuutinen 2+11reb+1ast
gschID: 141666


LrNMKY - Pyrinto 89-98

Very predictable result in Lappeenranta where fourth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (5-1) defeated 9th ranked LrNMKY (2-6) 98-89 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. It was a great shooting night for Tampereen Pyrinto especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) who scored 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) who recorded 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) added 21 points and 10 rebounds respectively. LrNMKY's coach Lasse Tuovi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tampereen Pyrinto have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Loser LrNMKY keeps the ninth place with six games lost. They share the position with Salon Vilpas. Tampereen Pyrinto will meet at home Kouvot (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. LrNMKY will play against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: T.Tiedeman 36+6reb+3ast, L.Hamm 21+10reb+2ast, D.Haynes 10+4reb+3ast, P.Riihela 8+1reb, H.Valimaa 6+1reb, A.Tapio 3
Pyrinto: A.Williams 25+5reb+3ast, D.Williams 20+6reb+4ast, A.Nikkila 16+8reb+1ast, K.Lowe 15+8reb+2ast, A.Lehto 12+2reb, J.Niemi 5+1ast
gschID: 141662


Korihait - KTP 99-97

Important game to mention about took place in Uusikaupunki. Eighth ranked UU-Korihait (4-4) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked KTP-Basket (4-4) 99-97 in the game for the sixth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KTP-Basket. It looked good early as KTP-Basket took an 14-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then UU-Korihait took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 2 points. UU-Korihait shot 29 for 43 from the free-throw line, while KTP-Basket only scored eight points from the stripe. KTP-Basket was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jarice Crouch (182-84, college: Chattanooga) nailed 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) accounted for 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and Bosnian guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-88) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively for KTP-Basket in the defeat. Five UU-Korihait and four KTP-Basket players scored in double figures. UU-Korihait moved-up to sixth place, which they share with KTP and Kouvot. UU-Korihait will play against league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KTP-Basket will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
KTP: T.Blue 23+14reb+2ast, M.Pounds 19+2reb+1ast, B.Sarcevic 16+2reb+5ast, B.Davis 13+6reb, T.Bell 9+6reb+1ast, J.Lehtoranta 8+4reb
Korihait: J.Crouch 24+5reb+2ast, P.Heinonen 19+6reb, C.Johnson 16+2reb+1ast, C.Latimer 16+8reb+1ast, N.Moore 15+7reb+5ast, M.Jalonen 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 141663




1.DIVISION: FoKoPo is rolling - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, round 5: FoKoPo (Forssa) is rolling on the second highest level. FoKoPo visited at Nokia today and caused the first loss for hosting BC Nokia. Undefeated FoKoPo won 72-89 (44-49). Tracy Robinson (201-F-86, college: Loyola, IL) led Team FoKoPo with 24 points. HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) added 16 pts. Tomi Kankaanpaa (183-PG-89) netted 19 pts for BC Nokia. Darren Townes (201-F-86, college: Hofstra) added 17 pts. Newcomer YMCA Oulu (4-1) visited in Jyvaskyla and won again: 86-91 (45-37). Lance Storrs (195-G-89, college: Georgia Tech) scored 23 pts for BC Jyvaskyla, but Josh Nofflet (194-F-88, college: Lee) helped YMCA Oulu with his season high 36 pts. Ura Basket (Kaarina) and Huima (Aanekoski) needed an OT before Ura Basket had won 74-68 (62). Lionel Green (196-G/F-84, college: SUNO) (Ura Basket) was game MVP with 25pts/15rbs.
BC Nokia - FoKoPo 72-89 (44-49). (Tomi Kankaanpaa 19, Darren Townes 17/7, Shawn Hopkins 15 - Tracy Robinson 24/9, HL Coleman 16, Juho Helenius 15. A: 458).
BC Jyvaskyla - YMCA Oulu 86-91 (45-37). (Lance Storrs 23/8, Miska Kierros 14, Reijo Ojanen 13 - Josh Nofflet 36, Lloyd Phillips 20, Brian Moultrie 10/19).
Ura Basket - Huima OT 74-68 (62) (32-34). (Lionel Green 25/15, Sakari Salminen 11, Jan-Axel Alanko 10 - John Britton 23/15, Justice Graham 18, Tuomas Viertola 11).




Kwamena Brace moved to Salon Vilpas - by Eurobasket News
Kwamena Brace (196-G/F-87) moved to Salon Vilpas and already debuted for his new team. He scored 9 points and added 3 rebounds. Nilan Bisons however beat Salon Vilpas last night 68:60.
Since year 2009 he played for Forssan Koripojat (Korisliiga, starting five). In 42 games he averaged 25:08mpg, 7.5ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 28%, FT: 68.1%. In 2010-2011 for Forssan Koripojat (1st Division, starting five) after 19 games his stats read 7.6ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 43.0%, 3PT: 25.6%, FT: 61.4%.
He is a defensive specialist that usually guards the best player on the opposite team. Explosive young player with a lot of upside. Can use his speed outside against bigger players and can post up smaller guards. Excelent offensive rebounder that goes for the ball hard. Always plays hard but needs to be more aggressive on the offensive end. Also 3pt shot needs to be more consistent.



KORISLIIGA: Kataja defeated Karhu - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 8: Kataja (Joensuu) defeated visitor Karhu from Kauhajoki 94-79 (50-42). Kataja had seven players in double digits. B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: VCU) scored 21 points and got good help from Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) (16 pts) and Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) (14pts/11rbs). Karhu has still players on injured list. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Mt.St.Mary's) netted 20pts and grabbed eight rbs. At Lappeenranta 528 spectators saw a David and Goliath play. This time Goliath (Pyrinto, Tampere) won, even YMCA Lappeenranta had a 14-point-lead after the first quarter (28-14). Pyrinto was down still during the half time (50-39), but the third quarter was then already too much for YMCA LPR as the hosts were in big foul troubles. Four YMCA players fouled out and Pyrinto won 89-98 (50-39). Sharpshooter Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Boise St.) scored 36 pts (1 - 9/9, 2 - 3/5, 3 - 7/11) for the hosts. Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) (25 pts) and Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) (20 pts) were once again Pyrinto's key players.
Kataja - Karhu 94-79 (50-42). (B.A.Walker 21, Sami Lehtoranta 16, Jared Newson 14/11 - Kelly Beidler 20/8, Aleksi Huuskonen 14, Eldar Skamo 11. A: 935).
YMCA Lappeenranta - Pyrinto 89-98 (50-39). (Tyler Tiedeman 36, Lawrence Hamm 21, DeAndre Haynes 10 - Antwine Williams 25, Damon Williams 20, Antti Nikkila 16. A: 528).




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ProA round 4 best performance: Joao Paulo Batista (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Le Mans, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Le Havre (#13, 1-3) 89-86. Le Mans is placed at 3rd position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Le Mans will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. Batista has many years of experience at Le Mans, through which he has constantly improved. Joao Paulo Batista averages just after three games 12.7ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 38-year old American Rick Hughes (204-C/F-73, agency: Interperformances) of Hyeres-Toulon. Hughes had a very good evening with 31 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Hyeres-Toulon was edged by slightly higher-ranked Nanterre (#14, 1-3) 97-94. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Hyeres-Toulon dropped in the standings to very bottom position. 4 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Hughes is well-known at Hyeres-Toulon and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.5ppg (#1). He also registered 9.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jawad Williams (204-F-83) of Paris-Levallois (#4). Williams showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Paris-Levallois, leading his team to a 95-92 win against the lower-ranked Roanne (#9, 2-2). Paris-Levallois needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Williams has a great season in France. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tony Parker (183-PG-82) of ASVEL - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Pape Sy (197-G-88) of Gravelines - 25 points and 4 rebounds
6. Nic Wise (178-G-87) of Le Havre - 24 points and 5 assists
7. Mykal Riley (198-F-85) of Nanterre - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83) of Dijon - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Eric Chatfield (191-G-79) of Paris-Levallois - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83) of Chalon - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists

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


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 7. Olympus 1-1 
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Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) Pregame Derby Thoughts To Walter Tigers Tuebingen Game October 30th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket before their game October 30th against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen.

ratiopharm Ulm is off to a quick 4-1 start after a tight and close win against the Fraport Skyliners last weekend. Ulm seems to already have established tight nerves in the early going. Where has that come from?

We started the preseason early and have a lot of games under our belt already. I think the systems offensively and defensively that we have been working on since August gives the team confidence to execute in clutch situations.

You won the game for ratiopharm Ulm with two nice shots at the end of the game. Describe that last shot where you were being covered well from Jon Leuer.

We had other guys step up big in the fourth to keep the game close, I was fortunate to have the ball at the end of the game. Swann passed it to me on the block and I took a few dribbles then had to spin off the defender to get the shot off.

The next game is against your old club Walter Tigers Tuebingen. You played two years there. How much does it hurt to see your ex team struggling?

I don't ever wish anything bad on anyone. I enjoyed my time in Tubingen and enjoyed the people I worked with. I wish Igor and the team success, just not against us

How strange will it be playing in the Paul Horn arena again? You had two good seasons there. How do you think that you will be welcomed there?

It will be weird playing there as an opponent, I am used to having the support of the Paul Horn when I play there, Im sure they will be rooting against me this time. I do not know how they will welcome me, Lubu has always cheered for me, I will see how Tuebingen does on Sunday.

Are you looking forward to to dueling Tyrone Nash? How tough is it in general for a rookie when you look back to your rookie season with EnBW Ludwigsburg?

He comes from a good school and has played against very good competition. The style might be a little different from college but you can always compete until you find your rhythm.

On paper ratiopharm Ulm is the favorite. Tuebingen is reeling for their first win and could be a tough match for you. What will be key in getting the win?

Im sure it will be a tough game. There is a lot of excitement around this game for both sides of fans. The records give no indication about how derby games will end up, Tubingen will be fighting for their first win in front of the home crowd and we will be fighting to move ahead with our goals. I think the team that can keep their composure and play with more intensity will win, either team can go on a run so it will come down to who stays with it through the tough parts.

If you could see Dirk Nowitzki play in a team in Germany where would you like to realistically see him play?

Ulm. Hahaha, seems likely he would play in Munich for his national team coach or possibly Berlin. Im sure he could choose wherever he wanted to.

Thanks Dane for the chat.



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


TBB Trier celebrated a big win in Goettingen last weekend. What were the positives out of the win and what things does the team still need to work on?

We played a solid game and it was great to get a road victory. We played great defense and showed composure, but at the same time we have to find a way not to let teams back into games when we hold big leads.

When John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is in his own personal mind lab this week, what things is he focusing on for the next game against BBC Bayreuth?

For the most part I am just focusing on the game plan we put in for the week. As far as my personal mind state it is just focusing on trying to make plays in any way I can.

BBC Bayreuth are off to a slow start, but in the Beko BBL anything is possible. The club got many new players and recently fired their coach and brought in a Dutch man. What is your impression of BBC Bayreuth this season on paper?

They are a strong team and on paper it is a very talented team. They can compete with anyone in the BBL and we will have to be focused for a full 40 to get this win.

You clashed against Danny Gibson last season and now he is back again filling in for injured Kevin Hamilton. What does a guard especially always have to be alert most when playing against the American?


As far as playing against Gibson, you just have to be alert at all times cause he is capable of doing a lot of things on the offensive end.

What will be key in getting a home win against the Bavarian club. I am sure with first class defense, TBB Trier will get their offense going best?

As long as we play solid defense I like our chances because our defense most the time gets our offense going and our offense will be alright we just have to get stops.


Maik Zirbes against ex NBA player Brandon Hunter seems to be an interesting duel. Do you think that Hunter will remember who Zirbes is after 40 minutes?

I think Maik will come out and play solid and as far as remembering his name. I guess time will tell.

If you could see Dirk Nowitzki play for a team in Germany under realistic terms where would you like to see him play?

As far as if dirk came to Germany I would see him either in Munich or Berlin.

On the weekend is the big duel Fraport Skyliners-Alba Berlin? Will Wood leave the court as the winner?

I don't like predicting anything but I do like berlins chances in that game.

Thanks John for the chat.



1.Bundesliga Round 6: Oliver Baskets hand Telekom Baskets their first loss - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in 1.Bundesliga, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 6 in 1.Bundesliga means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Wuerzburg where host s Oliver Baskets (4-2) beat league's leader Telekom Baskets (5-1) 71-61 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Telekom Baskets. The game was mostly controlled by s Oliver Baskets. Telekom Baskets managed to win third quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when s Oliver Baskets won last quarter 21-13. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was point guard John Little (180-84, college: N.Iowa) who scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) chipped in 14 points. s Oliver Baskets' coach John Patrick used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) who recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds. s Oliver Baskets moved-up to fourth place, which they share with B.Muenchen and Bremerhaven. Telekom Baskets at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with Ratiopharm. They were replaced at the leadership position by Brose Baskets. Telekom Baskets will play next round against BG Goettingen trying to make it back to the top of the standings. s Oliver Baskets will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked ratiopharm Ulm at home.
Another exciting game took place in Quakenbrueck where seventh ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (4-2) edged by three points 5th ranked Artland Dragons (3-3) 86-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Artland Dragons. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a good game for swingman Torrell Martin (196-85, college: Winthrop) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Terrell Everett contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds for Artland Dragons. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with B.Muenchen and s.Oliver Baskets. Artland Dragons at the other side dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against bottom-ranked Walter Tigers (#18) in Tuebingen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Artland Dragons will play on the road against New Yorker Phantoms (#10) in Braunschweig and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bayern Muenchen (4-2) against eleventh ranked EWE Baskets (3-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Bayern Muenchen was defeated by EWE Baskets in a tough game in Oldenburg 81-88. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bayern Muenchen. Bobby Brown scored 28 points to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Chevon Troutman with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Bayern Muenchen's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. EWE Baskets moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Bayern Muenchen dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Bremerhaven and s.Oliver Baskets. EWE Baskets will meet higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bayern Muenchen will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Walter Tigers (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-77 loss to third ranked ratiopharm Ulm (5-1) in Tuebingen. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. John Bryant notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. ratiopharm Ulm have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Telekom Baskets. Walter Tigers at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. ratiopharm Ulm's next round opponent will be s Oliver Baskets (#6) in Wuerzburg. Walter Tigers will play on the road against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#5) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Ludwigsburg. Tenth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (3-3) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (3-3) 70-69 in the game for the eighth place. The best player for the winners was Nils Mittmann who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. New Yorker Phantoms' coach Sebastian Machowski allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated EnBW Ludwigsburg. New Yorker Phantoms will face Artland Dragons (#8) in Quakenbrueck in the next round.

Rest of the games of round 6 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Bayreuth were defeated by TBB Trier in a road game 68-62. Phoenix Hagen lost to defending champion Brose Baskets at home 76-106. Goettingen lost to LTi 46ers on the opponent's court 64-76. Fraport SKY was outscored by ALBA in a home game 57-83.


Walter Tigers - Ratiopharm 77-92

Bottom-ranked Walter Tigers (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-77 loss to third ranked ratiopharm Ulm (5-1) in Tuebingen. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Walter Tigers were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. ratiopharm Ulm made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and international guard Per Guenther (185-88) supported him with 21 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Even 13 points and 8 rebounds by American guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) did not help to save the game for Walter Tigers. His fellow American import guard Joshua Young (185-88, college: Drake, agency: Pro One Sports) added 11 points and 5 rebounds. Four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Telekom Baskets. Walter Tigers at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. ratiopharm Ulm's next round opponent will be s Oliver Baskets (#6) in Wuerzburg. Walter Tigers will play on the road against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#5) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: V.Duggins 14+2reb+1ast, R.Redding 13+8reb+1ast, T.Nash 13+3reb+2ast, J.Young 11+5reb+3ast, A.Hodzic 9+1reb+1ast, L.Campbell 8+5reb+3ast
Ratiopharm: J.Bryant 26+10reb+2ast, P.Guenther 21+2reb+4ast, S.Esterkamp 13+2reb+3ast, D.Watts 9+8reb, I.Swann 9+3reb+7ast, R.Trice 6+2reb
gschID: 130862


s.Oliver Baskets - Telekom Baskets 71-61

Round 6 in 1.Bundesliga means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Wuerzburg where host s Oliver Baskets (4-2) beat league's leader Telekom Baskets (5-1) 71-61 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Telekom Baskets. The game was mostly controlled by s Oliver Baskets. Telekom Baskets managed to win third quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when s Oliver Baskets won last quarter 21-13. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was point guard John Little (180-84, college: N.Iowa) who scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) chipped in 14 points. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. s Oliver Baskets' coach John Patrick used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) who recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds and forward Tony Gaffney (204-84, college: Massachusetts) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. s Oliver Baskets moved-up to fourth place, which they share with B.Muenchen and Bremerhaven. Telekom Baskets at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with Ratiopharm. They were replaced at the leadership position by Brose Baskets. Telekom Baskets will play next round against BG Goettingen trying to make it back to the top of the standings. s Oliver Baskets will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked ratiopharm Ulm at home.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: B.Veikalas 16+3reb, C.Ensminger 13+8reb+2ast, T.Gaffney 12+8reb+1ast, J.Jordan 12+2reb+6ast, S.Serapinas 4+1reb+1ast, Z.Buljan 4+2reb+2ast
s.Oliver Baskets: C.Kramer 14+3reb+2ast, J.Little 13+6reb+4ast, B.Jacobson 11+1reb+2ast, J.Boone 8+7reb+1ast, O.Clay 8+1reb, I.Elliott 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 130863


TBB Trier - Bayreuth 68-62

There was no surprise when 15th ranked BBC Bayreuth (1-5) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked TBB Trier (3-3) 68-62 on Saturday. BBC Bayreuth trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 19-10 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 62-68 at the end of the game. BBC Bayreuth was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) who scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Maik Zirbes (205-90) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Linhart is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) who recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Danny Gibson (180-84, college: S.Indiana, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 10 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. TBB Trier moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser BBC Bayreuth dropped to the sixteenth position with five games lost. TBB Trier will face Phoenix Hagen (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BBC Bayreuth will play against LTi 46ers in Giessen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: B.Hunter 14+6reb+4ast, D.Gibson 10+4reb+2ast, E.Ibekwe 9+4reb, C.Stokes 9+3reb, O.Jeanty 6+2reb+1ast, T.Smith 6+6reb+1ast
TBB Trier: M.Zirbes 15+6reb, N.Linhart 14+7reb+1ast, D.Joyce 9+4reb+7ast, P.Zwiener 9+2reb+3ast, D.Dojcin 7+4reb, J.Bynum 6+3ast
gschID: 130858


Phoenix Hagen - Brose Baskets 76-106

No shocking result in a game when top-ranked Brose Baskets (5-0) smashed on the road 13th ranked Phoenix Hagen (2-4) 106-76 on Sunday. The game without a history. Brose Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Phoenix Hagen's 38. Brose Baskets forced 21 Phoenix Hagen turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import guard Brian Roberts (188-85, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points and 7 assists. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Jonusas (200-82) who recorded 21 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Brandon Brooks (188-87, college: Alabama St., agency: Pro One Sports) added 17 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. Brose Baskets have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Loser Phoenix Hagen keeps the thirteenth place with four games lost. Brose Baskets will face Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#13) in Frankfurt in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Phoenix Hagen will play at home against TBB Trier and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: Z.Jonusas 21+6reb+2ast, B.Brooks 17+4reb+4ast, J.Hasquet 13+2reb, E.Seward 7+10reb, M.Antonio Carter 6+4reb+2ast, B.Kruel 5+2reb+2ast
Brose Baskets: A.Leon Tucker 22+5reb, B.Roberts 13+2reb+7ast, J.Jenkins 13+2ast, M.Slaughter 11+7reb+1ast, A.Gavel 10+4ast, C.Jacobsen 9+1reb
gschID: 130859


LTi 46ers - Goettingen 76-64

Everything could happen in Giessen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventeenth ranked LTi 46ers and 16th ranked BG Goettingen had identical 1-4 record. This time LTi 46ers used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Goettingen 76-64 on Saturday night. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Maurice Jeffers (194-79, college: St.Louis) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (211-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Raymond Sykes (206-86, college: Clemson) who recorded 17 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Philip Noch (200-89) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. LTi 46ers (2-4) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Phoenix Hagen and Fraport SKY. BG Goettingen lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with five games lost. LTi 46ers will face BBC Bayreuth (#16) on the road in the next round. BG Goettingen will play against Telekom Baskets where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: R.Sykes 17+6reb, P.Noch 11+5reb+4ast, L.Dale 10+1reb+2ast, K.Bailey 9+8reb, R.Mafra 9+2reb, P.Horne 5+4reb+1ast
LTi 46ers: M.Jeffers 23+7reb+3ast, W.Bernard 14+1reb+2ast, B.Stewart 13+5reb, K.Archibong 9+5reb+4ast, E.Ovcina 9+11reb+2ast, A.Zazai 6+1reb
gschID: 130860


EnBW L'burg - NY Phantoms 69-70

Important game to mention about took place in Ludwigsburg. Tenth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (3-3) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (3-3) 70-69 in the game for the eighth place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But EnBW Ludwigsburg won third quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when New Yorker Phantoms won last quarter 16-17. The best player for the winners was power forward Nils Mittmann (201-79) who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 11 points. Four New Yorker Phantoms players scored in double figures. New Yorker Phantoms' coach Sebastian Machowski allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward John Bowler (206-84, college: E.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) who recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds and the former international power forward Johannes Lischka (203-87) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated EnBW Ludwigsburg. New Yorker Phantoms will face Artland Dragons (#8) in Quakenbrueck in the next round.
Top scorers:
EnBW L'burg: J.Bowler 13+9reb+1ast, J.Lischka 13+5reb, J.Green 11+2reb+1ast, D.Zavackas 8+4reb+3ast, M.Dorris 8+1reb+1ast, K.Looby 5+5reb
NY Phantoms: N.Mittmann 14+5reb, R.Melzer 14+3reb, I.McElroy 11+3reb+3ast, K.Visser 10+4reb, S.Dennis 8+3reb+3ast, L.Greer 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 130861


Fraport SKY - ALBA 57-83

Rather predictable result in Frankfurt where ninth ranked ALBA Berlin (3-2) outscored 13th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (2-4) 83-57 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by ALBA Berlin. Deutsche Bank Skyliners was better in fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) who scored 21 points and 4 assists. International guard Heiko Schaffartzik (182-84) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jon Leuer (208-89, college: Wisconsin, agency: Priority Sports) who recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Justin Gray (188-84, college: Wake Forest) added 9 points and 5 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. ALBA Berlin moved-up to seventh place. Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with four games lost. ALBA Berlin will face EWE Baskets (#11) in Oldenburg in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play on the road against the league's leader Brose Baskets where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: M.Thompson 14+1reb+1ast, J.Leuer 13+8reb+1ast, J.Gray 9+2reb+5ast, J.McKinney 5+2reb, J.Herber 5+4reb, J.Davidson 4+5reb+2ast
ALBA: D.Wood 21+3reb+4ast, H.Schaffartzik 18+3reb+4ast, D.Allen 10+5reb, S.Schultze 10+4reb+1ast, L.Staiger 6+2reb+1ast, M.Simonovic 6+2ast
gschID: 130855


Art.Dragons - Bremerhaven 83-86

Another exciting game took place in Quakenbrueck where seventh ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (4-2) edged by three points 5th ranked Artland Dragons (3-3) 86-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Artland Dragons. Artland Dragons were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 18-13 charge of Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, which allowed them to win the game. Artland Dragons were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a good game for swingman Torrell Martin (196-85, college: Winthrop) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. Power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds and guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St.) added 11 points and 8 assists in the effort for Artland Dragons. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with B.Muenchen and s.Oliver Baskets. Artland Dragons at the other side dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against bottom-ranked Walter Tigers (#18) in Tuebingen in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Artland Dragons will play on the road against New Yorker Phantoms (#10) in Braunschweig and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: A.King 22+16reb+2ast, A.Hilliard 18+1reb+2ast, D.Holston 11+3reb+8ast, D.Fenn 9+3reb+3ast, J.Strasser 8+1ast, G.Gruenheid 6+5reb+3ast
Bremerhaven: T.Martin 23+10reb+3ast, Z.Peacock 16+5reb, J.Cain 15+2reb, T.Everett 12+6reb+5ast, A.Smith 10+2reb+1ast, C.McNaughton 7+3reb
gschID: 130856


EWE Baskets - B.Muenchen 88-81

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bayern Muenchen (4-2) against eleventh ranked EWE Baskets (3-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Bayern Muenchen was defeated by EWE Baskets in a tough game in Oldenburg 81-88. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bayern Muenchen. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Bayern Muenchen won second period 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when EWE Baskets won last quarter 25-20. American guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: Cal.St. Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) scored 28 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Ronald Burrell (204-83, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: ACMT) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian forward Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-76) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Five Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Bayern Muenchen's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. EWE Baskets moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Bayern Muenchen dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Bremerhaven and s.Oliver Baskets. EWE Baskets will meet higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bayern Muenchen will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: J.Jagla 16+3reb+1ast, C.Troutman 13+10reb, R.Benzing 13+2reb, A.Nadjfeji 11+7reb+3ast, J.Foster 10+3reb+2ast, D.Greene 10
EWE Baskets: B.Brown 28+2reb+3ast, R.Burrell 14+7reb+3ast, K.Hasbrouck 9+3reb+2ast, S.Sehovic 9+1reb, R.Smeulders 8+7reb+1ast, A.Chubb 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 130857




ProB Round 8: BSV Wulfen keeps a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BSV Wulfen as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group North. BSV Wulfen defeated bottom-ranked SSV Lok Bernau at home 97-83. The game was mostly controlled by BSV Wulfen. SSV Lok Bernau managed to win fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BSV Wulfen made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dijon Smith (203-89, college: Ft.Hays State) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 16 rebounds and 6 blocks (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and the other American import guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) who added 31 points and 4 steals during the contest. BSV Wulfen's coach Thorsten Morzuch used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. SSV Lok Bernau at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. SSV Lok Bernau will play next round against Bayer Giants trying to get back on the winning streak. BSV Wulfen will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Hertener Loewen at home.
Twelfth-ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (0-7) gave a tough game to first ranked BSW Sixers (6-1). The visitors from Sandersdorf managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and Sascha Ahnsehl supported him with 11 points and 7 assists. BSW Sixers' coach Stephen Arigbabu allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 21 points and 9 rebounds by Croatian center Mirko Soyer (212-78) did not help to save the game for BG Illertal/Weissenhorn. BSW Sixers have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted BSW Sixers maintains first position in Group South with 6-1 record, which they share with Noerdlingen and Leipzig. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Vechta was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Hertener Loewen (4-3) played at the court of sixth ranked SC Rasta Vechta (5-2). SC Rasta Vechta defeated Hertener Loewen 91-79 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hertener Loewen. The best player for the winners was Marvin Boadu who scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Vincent Kittmann produced 27 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Hertener Loewen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SC Rasta Vechta moved-up to third place in Group North, which they share with SU Medien and Dorsten. Loser Hertener Loewen dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will meet Spot Up Medien Baskets (#5) in the next round. Hertener Loewen will play against the league's leader BSV Wulfen and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Stahnsdorf. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked SC Rist Wedel (3-5) to sixth ranked RSV Eintracht (5-3) 80-77 on Sunday evening. Keoni Watson orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 assists. SC Rist Wedel's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. RSV Eintracht maintains sixth position in Group North with 5-3 record. SC Rist Wedel at the other side keeps the ninth place with five games lost. RSV Eintracht's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hannover Tigers in Hannover and it may be quite challenging game. SC Rist Wedel will play on the road against ALBA Berlin II (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 8:
In Group North Dorsten won against Wolfenbuettel on the opponent's court 87-78. Hannover managed to outperform Schwelm in a home game 96-89. Bayer Giants recorded a loss to ALBA Berlin II on the road 72-65.
In Group South Gotha defeated Hanau on its own court 94-86. TSV Troester was beaten by Dragons in Rhoendorf 75-61. Fraport SKY II lost to Licher Baeren at home 50-64. Noerdlingen outscored Giessen on the opponent's court 92-73. Leipzig managed to beat Langen in a home game 91-73.



Group North
Wulfen - Bernau 97-83

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BSV Wulfen as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Group North. BSV Wulfen defeated bottom-ranked SSV Lok Bernau at home 97-83. The game was mostly controlled by BSV Wulfen. SSV Lok Bernau managed to win fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BSV Wulfen made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dijon Smith (203-89, college: Ft.Hays State) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 16 rebounds and 6 blocks (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and the other American import guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) who added 31 points and 4 steals during the contest. BSV Wulfen's coach Thorsten Morzuch used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and forward Sebastian Trzcionka (197-79) scored 30 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. SSV Lok Bernau at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. SSV Lok Bernau will play next round against Bayer Giants trying to get back on the winning streak. BSV Wulfen will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Hertener Loewen at home.
Top scorers:
Wulfen: S.Briggs 31+2reb+2ast, D.Smith 27+16reb, H.Bellscheidt 10+2reb+1ast, R.Haenig 6+3reb+2ast, N.Janoschek 6+3reb+1ast, T.Reuter 5+2reb+1ast
Bernau: S.Trzcionka 30+2reb, M.Woody 20+11reb+2ast, D.Klein 13+7reb, J.Heide 8+2reb, I.Hilliard 6+4reb+1ast, F.Lotze 3+2ast
gschID: 143606


Vechta - Herten 91-79

The game in Vechta was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Hertener Loewen (4-3) played at the court of sixth ranked SC Rasta Vechta (5-2). SC Rasta Vechta defeated Hertener Loewen 91-79 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hertener Loewen. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-79. The best player for the winners was guard Marvin Boadu (193-89) who scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. American forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four SC Rasta Vechta players scored in double figures. Forward Vincent Kittmann (199-88) produced 27 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Josh Taylor (201-87, college: E.Kentucky) added 22 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Hertener Loewen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SC Rasta Vechta moved-up to third place in Group North, which they share with SU Medien and Dorsten. Loser Hertener Loewen dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will meet Spot Up Medien Baskets (#5) in the next round. Hertener Loewen will play against the league's leader BSV Wulfen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Vechta: M.Boadu 17+8reb+9ast, F.Stuckemann 17+3reb+3ast, A.Rudowitz 16+6reb+3ast, M.Reid 16+1reb+1ast, D.Krause 10, J.Wolfinger 9+4reb
Herten: V.Kittmann 27+7reb+3ast, J.Taylor 22+10reb, C.Hackenesch 17+4reb+2ast, R.Daugherty 7+5reb+8ast, J.Hartmann 3+2reb, R.Wright 3+1reb
gschID: 143607


Stahnsdorf - Rist Wedel 80-77

A very interesting game took place in Stahnsdorf. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked SC Rist Wedel (3-5) to sixth ranked RSV Eintracht (5-3) 80-77 on Sunday evening. SC Rist Wedel was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 23-14 charge of RSV Eintracht, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by SC Rist Wedel helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Keoni Watson (178-84, college: Idaho, agency: Dynamics Global Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 assists. The other American import forward Kellen Williams (194-84, college: E.Washington, agency: Dynamics Global Management) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American center Anthony Pettaway (203-87, college: Defiance) replied with 26 points and 7 rebounds and forward Fabian Boeke (211-86, college: Washington St.) added 16 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for SC Rist Wedel. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SC Rist Wedel's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. RSV Eintracht maintains sixth position in Group North with 5-3 record. SC Rist Wedel at the other side keeps the ninth place with five games lost. RSV Eintracht's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hannover Tigers in Hannover and it may be quite challenging game. SC Rist Wedel will play on the road against ALBA Berlin II (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stahnsdorf: K.Watson 18+2reb+5ast, K.Williams 15+7reb+2ast, B.Butler 14+3reb+1ast, Y.Evans 11+7reb+2ast, T.Modersitzki 8+2reb+6ast, O.Mackeldanz 7+9reb
Rist Wedel: A.Pettaway 26+7reb+1ast, F.Boeke 16+13reb+3ast, A.Johnston 14+6reb+5ast, I.Akpinar 12+1reb+2ast, F.Moysich 3+3reb, M.Duah 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 143608


Wolfenbuettel - Dorsten 78-87

Very expected game when 10th ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (3-5) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Dorsten (5-2) 87-78. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Herzoege Wolfenbuettel won third quarter 26-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dorsten forced 21 Herzoege Wolfenbuettel turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Herzoege Wolfenbuettel helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard John Cadmus (183-85) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists and American guard Derrick Stevens (180-80, college: Colorado St.) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. Five Dorsten and four Herzoege Wolfenbuettel players scored in double figures. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Dorsten have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in Group North, which they share with Vechta and SU Medien. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel at the other side dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Dorsten's next round opponent will be SG Schwelmer Baskets (#8) at home where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Dorsten: J.Cadmus 23+1reb+3ast, T.Lipke 19+6reb+1ast, N.Pelaj 15+2reb+2ast, B.Poole 12+10reb+5ast, T.Bryant 10+1reb+3ast, M.Schulze-Pals 4+1reb
Wolfenbuettel: D.Stevens 13+6reb+1ast, M.Hart 12+5reb, H.Knopke 11+6reb+10ast, R.Owens 11+7reb, D.Nawrocki 10+3reb, M.Kemp 9+2reb+5ast
gschID: 143604


Hannover - Schwelm 96-89

Very predictable result when third ranked Hannover Tigers (5-1) defeated at home 8th ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (3-4) 96-89. After very bad start, SG Schwelmer Baskets stormed back in the second period cutting the deficit to 2 points 46-44. But it was not enough and Hannover Tigers took back the control in second half. 28 personal fouls committed by SG Schwelmer Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Leonhard Oehlmann (204-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Four Hannover Tigers players scored in double figures. American guard Jason Smith (183-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) replied with 22 points and 7 assists and center Julius Ducker (205-84) added 7 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for SG Schwelmer Baskets. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Hannover Tigers moved-up to second place in Group North. SG Schwelmer Baskets lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with four games lost. Hannover Tigers' next round opponent will be RSV Eintracht (#6) in Stahnsdorf. SG Schwelmer Baskets will play on the road against Dorsten.
Top scorers:
Hannover: J.Doerksen 25+10reb+2ast, L.Oehlmann 18+10reb, S.Janzen 15+1reb+1ast, R.Williams 11+6reb+7ast, M.Williams 11+2reb+4ast, A.Smith 8+6reb+1ast
Schwelm: J.Smith 22+3reb+7ast, K.Speier 13+7reb+1ast, D.Bunts 13+4reb+3ast, S.Alexander 9+2reb+2ast, M.Dohmen 9+1reb+1ast, M.Kramer 8+1ast
gschID: 143605


ALBA Berlin II - Bayer Giants 72-65

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked ALBA Berlin II and 12th ranked Bayer Giants had identical 1-5 record. This time ALBA Berlin II used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Leverkusen 72-65. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bayer Giants won third quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by Bayer Giants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Tobias Grauel (195-86) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. contributed with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Farid Sadek (188-83) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and guard Till-Joscha Joenke (189-92) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Bayer Giants. Bayer Giants' coach Achim Kuczmann let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. ALBA Berlin II maintains eleventh position in Group North with 2-5 record. Bayer Giants lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with six games lost. ALBA Berlin II's next round opponent will be higher ranked SC Rist Wedel (#9) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Bayer Giants will play against SSV Lok Bernau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ALBA Berlin II: T.Grauel 18+10reb+2ast, C.Dinc 13+4reb+1ast, E.Muller 7+2reb, S.Fulle 7+3reb+2ast, S.Darren 6+7reb+6ast, M.Marin 6+1ast
Bayer Giants: F.Sadek 19+5reb+3ast, M.Goddek 15+3reb+1ast, T.Joenke 11+9reb+3ast, J.Eggleston 8+7reb+2ast, N.Welling 5+1reb, M.Rass 4+1reb
gschID: 143603


Group South
Gotha - Hanau 94-86

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha and 5th ranked Hanau had identical 4-2 record. This time Oettinger Rockets Gotha used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Hanau 94-86. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Oettinger Rockets Gotha forced 28 Hanau turnovers. 30 personal fouls committed by Hanau helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Torvoris Baker (203-83, college: Detroit Mercy) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard David Watson (185-88) contributed with 20 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Indian-American guard Anish Sharda (191-82, college: St.Mary's (KS)) replied with 33 points (!!!) and American power forward Chris Miles (211-86, college: BYU) added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Hanau. Five Oettinger Rockets Gotha and four Hanau players scored in double figures. Oettinger Rockets Gotha maintains fourth position in Group South with 5-2 record. Newly promoted Hanau dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Gotha: D.Watson 20+3reb, A.Kuppe 17+3reb, T.Baker 16+8reb+5ast, K.Klein 13+2reb+4ast, M.Monk 11+5reb+2ast, L.Niebuhr 10+5reb
Hanau: A.Sharda 33+2reb+2ast, M.Schick 15+7reb, C.Miles 14+9reb, I.Ickert 11+6reb, J.Hirschberg 6+4reb+3ast, N.Lang 4+2reb
gschID: 143747


Dragons - TSV Troester 75-61

There was no surprise when 9th ranked TSV Troester (2-5) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (4-2) 75-61. Dragons Rhoendorf made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Dragons Rhoendorf outrebounded TSV Troester 41-22 including 16 on the offensive glass. Canadian guard Stuart Turnbull (188-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Nick Larsen (187-83) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Dragons Rhoendorf players scored in double figures. point guard Daniel Schmidt (186-90) replied with 18 points and naturalized Croatian forward Ivan Pavic (201-81) added 11 points in the effort for TSV Troester. Dragons Rhoendorf have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place in Group South. TSV Troester at the other side keeps the ninth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Dragons: S.Turnbull 20+7reb+2ast, N.Larsen 13+5reb+6ast, E.Jones 13+7reb+1ast, F.Koch 11+7reb, M.Leschek 10+5reb, T.Kasper 4+7reb+1ast
TSV Troester: D.Schmidt 18+2reb+1ast, S.Dinkel 12+1ast, I.Pavic 11+3reb+1ast, T.Korndoerfer 8+5reb+1ast, P.Neumann 8+6reb, J.Richter 2+3reb
gschID: 143748


BG Illertal - BSW Sixers 79-81

Twelfth-ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (0-7) gave a tough game to first ranked BSW Sixers (6-1). The visitors from Sandersdorf managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 27-17 third quarter run of BSW Sixers. Strangely BG Illertal/Weissenhorn outrebounded BSW Sixers 41-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and guard Sascha Ahnsehl (186-86) supported him with 11 points and 7 assists. Five BSW Sixers players scored in double figures. BSW Sixers' coach Stephen Arigbabu allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 21 points and 9 rebounds by Croatian center Mirko Soyer (212-78) did not help to save the game for BG Illertal/Weissenhorn. Forward Femi Oladipo (201-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. BSW Sixers have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted BSW Sixers maintains first position in Group South with 6-1 record, which they share with Noerdlingen and Leipzig. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
BSW Sixers: A.Fleetwood 22+13reb+3ast, M.Haut 13+1ast, S.Ahnsehl 11+2reb+7ast, F.Diestelhorst 11+4reb+1ast, R.McLemore 11+4reb+1ast, P.Muensinger 6+3reb+1ast
BG Illertal: M.Soyer 21+9reb, M.Simic 14+4reb+1ast, F.Oladipo 13+11reb+2ast, A.Anderson 9+1reb+1ast, H.Fuller 8+2reb+3ast, M.Heberlein 7+1reb
gschID: 143749


Fraport SKY II - Licher Baeren 50-64

No shocking result in a game in Frankfurt where eighth ranked Licher Baeren (3-4) won against 11th ranked Fraport Skyliners II (1-6) 64-50. The game was mostly controlled by Licher Baeren. Fraport Skyliners II was better in fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Licher Baeren dominated on the defensive end, holding Fraport Skyliners II to just 7 points in first quarter. They held Fraport Skyliners II to an opponent 23.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 44.0 percent accuracy of the winners. American guard Brandon Chappell (183-83, college: Lamar) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Danilo Barthel (206-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Demetrius Jemison (203, college: Manhattan) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Fraport Skyliners II. Fraport Skyliners II's coach let to play eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Licher Baeren moved-up to seventh place in Group South, which they share with Langen. Fraport Skyliners II lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: P.Nicholas R. 15+5reb+3ast, B.Chappell 12+5reb+7ast, V.Klassen 8+2reb, T.Bradshaw 7+2reb+1ast, N.Dilukila 6+3reb+2ast, J.Baumann 6+3reb
Fraport SKY II: D.Barthel 17+9reb+2ast, D.Jemison 13+8reb, F.Franke 6+3reb+2ast, F.Theilig 5+3reb+2ast, L.Wright 5+5reb, A.Klisura 4+4reb
gschID: 143750


Giessen - Noerdlingen 73-92

Very expected game when 9th ranked Giessen Pointers (2-5) were crushed at home by third ranked Noerdlingen (6-1) 92-73. The game without a history. Noerdlingen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Noerdlingen outrebounded Giessen Pointers 37-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. American forward Kedrick Johnson (192-83, college: Lee) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Jason Jamerson (188-86, college: Grand Valley St.) contributed with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Felix Rotaru (200-79) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Brian Moten (193-86, college: Bowling Green) added 18 points in the effort for Giessen Pointers. Four Giessen Pointers players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Noerdlingen have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of Group South leader, which they share with Leipzig and BSW Sixers. Giessen Pointers lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Noerdlingen: J.Jamerson 24+5reb+7ast, J.Eichler 23+3reb+1ast, K.Johnson 21+15reb+1ast, D.Rotim 9+2reb+2ast, D.Rastatter 7+8reb+1ast, F.Brutting 5+1reb+2ast
Giessen: B.Moten 18+3reb, F.Rotaru 17+10reb+1ast, D.Sumner 15+3reb, Z.Pavlovic 13+2reb+3ast, R.Pfluger 4+1reb, O.Biallas 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 143751


Leipzig - Langen 91-73

Very predictable result when second ranked USC Leipzig (6-1) defeated at home 7th ranked TV 1862 Langen (3-4) 91-73. The game was mostly controlled by USC Leipzig. TV 1862 Langen was better in fourth quarter 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded TV 1862 Langen 39-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. USC Leipzig players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Forward Walter Simon (202-89, college: Cumberland) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) contributed with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. USC Leipzig's coach Dimitris Polychroniadis used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Luke Fitzgerald (202-87, college: Cumberlands, agency: Duran International) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds and forward Marco Voeller (201-89) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for TV 1862 Langen. Five TV 1862 Langen players scored in double figures. USC Leipzig keeps a position of Group South leader, which they share with Noerdlingen and BSW Sixers. TV 1862 Langen at the other side keeps the seventh place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: W.Simon 14+9reb+1ast, K.Kranz 14, A.Spalke 13+5reb+2ast, M.Pratt 12+7reb+5ast, R.Schirmer 8+7reb+1ast, L.Morinia 8+4reb+7ast
Langen: L.Fitzgerald 14+9reb+3ast, G.Raebel 13+1ast, M.Voeller 13+6reb+1ast, N.Drury 12+2reb+3ast, N.Anders 11+1reb, J.Domdey 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 143752




Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Justin STOMMES
  Webmoebel
  (200-G/F-88)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Stommes, Webmoebel25.2 
 2. McKiver, Braves24.1 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf22.2 
 4. Roessler, Karlsruhe20.3 
 5. Burgess, Heidelberg18.8 
 6. Capel, Cuxhaven18.5 
 7. Johnson, Chemnitz18.4 
 8. Mason, Webmoebel18.3 
 9. Reid, MBC18.3 
 10. Watts, Heidelberg18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe11.0 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz8.0 
 3. Black, Jena7.6 
 4. Abercrombie, NBC7.4 
 5. Henley, ETB W.7.2 
 6. Reid, MBC7.2 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven7.2 
 8. Uskoski, Kirchheim7.0 
 9. Webb, Crailsheim6.6 
 10. Mason, Webmoebel6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jamar DIGGS
  Webmoebel
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Diggs, Webmoebel6.0 
 2. Jeka, Braves5.4 
 3. Rice, Cuxhaven5.3 
 4. Smith, Kirchheim4.7 
 5. Hill, Crailsheim4.7 
 6. Burgess, Heidelberg4.5 
 7. Barker, Jena4.1 
 8. Johnson, Chemnitz4.1 
 9. Alexander, ETB W.4.0 
 10. Harris, NBC4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim2.7 
 2. Stommes, Webmoebel2.7 
 3. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.5 
 4. Williamson, Ehingen2.5 
 5. Rice, Cuxhaven2.3 
 6. Johnson, Chemnitz2.0 
 7. Capel, Cuxhaven1.7 
 8. Ishizaki, Chemnitz1.6 
 9. Harris, NBC1.6 
 10. Vargas, Ehingen1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.7 
 2. Zipser, Heidelberg1.3 
 3. Howard, Karlsruhe1.0 
 4. Schoo, Heidelberg1.0 
 5. Thomas, Kirchheim0.8 
 6. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.8 
 7. Heyden, MBC0.7 
 8. Mason, Webmoebel0.7 
 9. Brown, Cuxhaven0.7 
 10. Veney, Leitersho.0.7 


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 5-0 
 2. Ratiopharm 5-1 
 3. Telekom Baskets 5-1 
 4. B.Muenchen 4-2 
 5. Bremerhaven 4-2 
 6. s.Oliver Baskets 4-2 
 7. ALBA 3-2 
 8. Art.Dragons 3-3 
 9. EnBW L'burg 3-3 
 10. NY Phantoms 3-3 
 11. EWE Baskets 3-3 
 12. TBB Trier 3-3 
 13. Fraport SKY 2-4 
 14. LTi 46ers 2-4 
 15. Phoenix Hagen 2-4 
 16. Bayreuth 1-5 
 17. Goettingen 1-5 
 18. Walter Tigers 0-6 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 5-1 
 2. Webmoebel 5-1 
 3. Crailsheim 5-2 
 4. Duesseldorf 4-2 
 5. Heidelberg 4-2 
 6. Cuxhaven 4-2 
 7. Kirchheim 4-2 
 8. Jena 4-3 
 9. NBC 3-4 
 10. Chemnitz 3-4 
 11. Braves 3-4 
 12. Ehingen 2-4 
 13. ETB Wohnbau 1-5 
 14. Karlsruhe 1-6 
 15. Leitershofen 0-6 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Wulfen 6-2 
 2. Hannover 5-1 
 3. Dorsten 5-2 
 4. Vechta 5-2 
 5. SU Medien 5-2 
 6. Stahnsdorf 5-3 
 7. Herten 4-3 
 8. Schwelm 3-4 
 9. Rist Wedel 3-5 
 10. Wolfenbuettel 3-5 
 11. ALBA Berlin II 2-5 
 12. Bayer Giants 1-6 
 13. Bernau 0-8 
Group South
 1. BSW Sixers 6-1 
 2. Leipzig 6-1 
 3. Noerdlingen 6-1 
 4. Gotha 5-2 
 5. Dragons 4-2 
 6. Hanau 4-3 
 7. Licher Baeren 3-4 
 8. Langen 3-4 
 9. Giessen 2-5 
 10. TSV Troester 2-5 
 11. Fraport SKY II 1-6 
 12. BG Illertal 0-7 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets21.3 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.19.5 
 3. Swann, Ratiopharm18.5 
 4. Gray, Fraport SKY17.3 
 5. Ovcina, LTi 46ers17.0 
 6. Duggins, Walter T.16.7 
 7. Jonusas, Phoenix16.5 
 8. Carter, Phoenix16.2 
 9. Foster, B.Muenchen16.2 
 10. Jeffers, LTi 46ers16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.7 
 2. Ovcina, LTi 46ers9.2 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.8.5 
 4. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.0 
 5. Sykes, Goettingen7.8 
 6. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.3 
 7. Seward, Phoenix7.2 
 8. Smith, Bayreuth7.0 
 9. Hilliard, Art.Drag.6.3 
 10. Ibekwe, Bayreuth6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.3 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.6.8 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier6.8 
 4. Wood, ALBA5.6 
 5. Brewer, Bremerha.5.3 
 6. Hamann, B.Muenchen5.2 
 7. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 8. Roberts, Brose B.4.2 
 9. Gray, Fraport SKY4.0 
 10. Dorris, EnBW L.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DORRIS
  EnBW L.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Dorris, EnBW L.2.7 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.2.0 
 3. Crowe, Phoenix1.8 
 4. Tucker, Brose B.1.6 
 5. Wood, ALBA1.6 
 6. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.5 
 7. Gavel, Brose B.1.4 
 8. Roberts, Brose B.1.4 
 9. Tadda, Brose B.1.4 
 10. Hasbrouck, EWE B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.7 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.2.4 
 3. Slaughter, Brose B.1.8 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.8 
 5. King, Art.Dragons1.5 
 6. Looby, EnBW L.1.3 
 7. Boone, s.Oliver.1.3 
 8. Carter, Phoenix1.2 
 9. Francis, ALBA1.0 
 10. Sykes, Goettingen0.8 


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A1: Round 2 - Second part - by Chris Mammides
In the second day of the 2nd Round we had two expected victories for teh home teams and one unexpected road win for Perister in Nea Smyrni. The analysis of the three games took place earlier today were as follows:
Olympiakos Piraeus - Maroussi 92-63
In a game of 30 points difference you cant say a lot other than the some small details from the game like the fact that the visiting site of Coach Linardos in its very first game (the first round, Maroussi had a break) for the league played without any foreigners other than Kojadinovic due to the financial situations facing with FIBA for the unpaid American ex player of Maroussi Jarred Homan, and despite this fact for nearly 15 minutes was in the game, after that the American players of Olympiakos (especially Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) and Lucas) speed up changed gear and the duet of Dimitris Haritopoulos (206-F/C-83) and Gagaloudis couldnt do a lot against the solid and very strong team of Olympiakos.
Dimitris Haritopoulos was great and together with Akepsimaidis and Gagaloudis tried their best but 3-4 players against 12 dont have any chanceThe quarters: 25-19, 51-35, 72-46 and 92-63.
Top scorers of the game:
Olympiakos: Kyle Hines and Lucas 14 per head, Adic 12 and Papanikolaou 11
Maroussi: Dimitris Haritopoulos 23 points, 6 rebound, 1 steal and 2 assists, Gagaloudis 14 points and 9 assists, Akepsimaidis 13 points.

Ikaros Kallitheas - Peristeri 55-65
Coach Pedoulakis succeeded a hopeless road win over Ikaros Kallitheas mainly due to Richard Roby (198-G-85) who was for a second consecutive game the MVP and top scorer for Peristeri. Coach Lykogianniss Ikaros, is not the same solid team as last season as it misses the key-players, the players-leaders and winners. Having in a bad day the American Mike King, the team couldnt move and couldnt score. The experienced American was dreadful tonight and that is proved by the 0/6 and 0/3 from the parameter for the first 31 minutes and the home team without him couldnt do anything right, no matter if Marko Ljubicic (195-G-87) tried his best he was all alone.
In the first period the two teams were more or less equal with Richard Roby giving a small deficit by the end of it with 17-21. Ikaros had really bad shooting stats from all over and only Marko Ljubicic was a real thread for Peristeri. On the other hand, Giannopoulos was on fire and his shots were bulls eye in this first period.
In the second period things became worst for the home team as the players of Coach Lykogiannis couldnt score even from the charity line with the result being the only 7 points in 10 minutes and the score going to the 24-36 and the psychology to the players of Pedoulakis who realized that they can leave from Kallithea with the road win.
On the third quarter the game went hand to hand and at the end of it with Scott and Richard Roby gave the necessary scoring added value and the deficit increased to 34-50.
The 4th and most crucial quarter, the home team tried to succeed a small miracle with King starting very late to score (he finished the game with 10 points, all of which in the last nine minutes). The end of this game was simply for the home team to cut the deficit to ten points as the offence of the home team worked but it was too late for them.
Top scorers for the two teams were:
Ikaros: Marko Ljubicic 13, King 10.
Peristeri: Richard Roby 19, Scott 11 points and 6 rebounds, Giannopoulos 10.






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Kavala - PAOK 75-60
In a derby which just ended the team of Coach Priftis finally took the crucial victory over the team of Coach Markopoulos after a great basketball especially in the last period. Top performer for the home team was Michael Taylor (188-G-86, college: Iowa St.) while from the visiting site the veteran Dimos Dikoudis (206-F/C-77) for another game is proving that he still has a good couple of season to offer the the Basketball fans.
The first period started with the visiting site of Coach Markopoulos being much better with Gorree, Giddens, and Dimos Dikoudis dominating in the court and ending the period with 14-21. From the home team the only serious thread for the team of PAOK was Michael Taylor who was scoring and keeping his team as close to the score, as possible.
The second period started with the three pointer by Gorree to increase the deficit to 10 and right after that Pasalic 5 unanswered points brought the score to just five points deficit and right after that another 5 points by Michael Taylor answered back the basket by Kalabokis so the score in half time ended with 34-37 and prepared the Kavala fans for a very hot second half.
The 3rd period begun with Stefanidis and Costov scoring six points unanswered points which brought their team to the leading role for first time from the beginning changing the psychology and the momentum of the match. After that, Michael Taylor and Garrison took over and against Dimos Dikoudis and Gorree who were the only players to actually thread Kavalas basket created a small deficit for their team to get the advantage of the last period with 4 points as the quarter ended with 55-51.
The 4th and final period started with O Bryants four consecutive points to partially receive an answer with a jumper by Gorree before O Bryant and Michael Taylor giving a safety difference to the home team with just five minutes to go to 63-56. After that and for the next nearly two minutes neither Kavala nor PAOK scored, with the next basket coming only 3 minutes to the end by two shots from the charity line by Wright and in the next 45 seconds the game was actually over with the six points by Michael Taylor and Karapostolou to make the score 69-58 with less than a minute to go and with the game being over with Michael Taylor and Costov increasing the deficit for their team to as many as 15 points 75-60
Top scorers:
Kavala: Michael Taylor 25, Pasalic 13, O Bryant 10
PAOK: Dimos Dikoudis 15, Gorree 11 and Giddens 11 points and 9 rebounds




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Dimitris HARITOPOULOS
  Marousi
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Haritopoulos, Maro.23.0 
 2. Roby, Peristeri GS20.5 
 3. Taylor, Kavala19.5 
 4. Christmas, AGOR18.0 
 5. Johnson, AGOR17.0 
 6. Chatzis, Ilysiakos15.5 
 7. Tsamis, Kolossos15.0 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris15.0 
 9. Latovic, AGOR15.0 
 10. Hines, Olympiakos15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. GIDDENS
  PAOK
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 10
 1. Giddens, PAOK10.0 
 2. Flowers, KAOD8.5 
 3. Goree, PAOK8.0 
 4. Charissis, Kolossos8.0 
 5. O''Bryant, Kavala8.0 
 6. Kojadinovic, Marou.7.0 
 7. Gardener, Ilysiakos7.0 
 8. Kerusch, Aris7.0 
 9. Tsairelis, Aris6.5 
 10. Sato, Panathinai.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 9
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi9.0 
 2. Charalampidi., KAO.6.5 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.6.5 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.6.0 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Pani.6.0 
 6. Petroulas, Periste.6.0 
 7. James, Aris4.0 
 8. Keys, Panionios3.5 
 9. Calathes, Panathin.3.5 
 10. Karapostolou, Kav.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sergio KERUSCH
  Aris
  (195-F-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Kerusch, Aris3.5 
 2. James, Aris3.0 
 3. Roby, Peristeri GS2.5 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.2.5 
 5. Scott, Peristeri GS2.0 
 6. Taylor, Kavala2.0 
 7. Wright, AGOR2.0 
 8. Hines, Olympiakos1.5 
 9. Sanders, KAOD1.5 
 10. Chatzis, Ilysiakos1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala3.5 
 2. Hines, Olympiakos2.5 
 3. Charissis, Kolossos2.5 
 4. Flowers, KAOD1.5 
 5. Scott, Peristeri GS1.0 
 6. Wright, AGOR1.0 
 7. Tsontzos, Marousi1.0 
 8. Sarikopoulos, Pani.1.0 
 9. Petway, AGOR1.0 
 10. Zimic, Perister.1.0 


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


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Results Dutch Basketball League: Rotterdam Basketball College Wins In OT; Gas Terra Flames Pull out Close Win In Weert; Magixx Kidsright Cruise To Win - by Sanders Jackson

Saturday night in DBL action, the team of head coach Randy Wiel and Rotterdam Basketball College gets its first win in grand fashion, knocking off Lauselac Aris in an overtime thriller by the score of 85-82. With the score 73-70 in favor of the guests, on the Rotterdammers' last possession, needing a three-pointer to send the game into overtime, Aris shut off three-point looks for the Rotterdammers. In the last seconds Rotterdam PG Stefan Mladenovic (190-G-90, agency: Court Side) would drive to the basket for the layup, would be awarded with a layup and foul by Aris' Calvin Chitwood (203-F-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Cal.St. Northridge). Mladenovic would make the free throw to send the game into overtime. That would prove to be the beginning of the end for Aris' hopes of taking the points back to Leeuwarden. The Rotterdammers also took advantage of Aris core players Jeter, Adako and Chitwood being in foul trouble, while also forcing Aris to cough up the ball 24 times. Daniel Jones (200-F-79) took the Rotterdammers on his back, scoring a game-high 23 pts., being supported by the strong effort of Ralf de Pagter (200-F-89, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement), who scored a career-high 22 pts. Mladenovic and Tyrone Sally (201-F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: W.Virginia) added 15 pts. each. Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St.) led the guests with 20 pts., but had only four of the points in the 2nd half. Lauselac Aris could not cash in on 65.8% FG and 15-18 FT shooting. Rotterdam Basketball College matches its win total from last season, and with this win, and reinforcements possibly on the way (Dimeo v.d. Horst?), the team of Randy Wiel will be no team anymore to underestimate, which is great for the DBL.


In the Boshoven, current lead leader Gas Terra Flames made the long trip back home a little easier, the team of head coach Hakim Salem winning closely in a 78-77 thriller over Stepco Weert. The Flames made a crucial 10-2 run that pushed their lead to 64-52, had to afterwards overcome foul trouble to players Bell, Wyatt, Koenis and McCleery, who would eventually all foul out. The insde players of Stepco Weert gave the Flames trouble, particularly Donte Minter (203-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Virginia) during the run. The saving grace for the guests was the inability of the Limburgers to cash in at the free throw line, with the 15 missed free throws being lethal, including seven misses by top scorer DeMario Anderson (193-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: Quinnipiac). Gas Terra Flames backup PG Bryan Defares (192-PG-81, college: Boise St.) would provide a spark off the bench for the Flames with Bell in foul trouble, as well as the veteran presence of Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) and Sergio de Randamie (201-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Houston). Wesby would lead the Flames in scoring with 18 pts. and 9 rebounds, with Defares adding 17. Anderson led the Limburgers with a double-double of 21 pts. and 11 rebounds, Robbie Harman (185-G-88, agency: Court Side, college: Cent.Michigan) added 19. The win improves Gas Terra Flames' record to a league best 5-1, while Stepco Weert remains winless at 0-4.


In the Arcus on Saturday night, Magixx KidsRight help cool off previously hot Landstede Basketball thanks to a strong 2nd half performance in a 73-63 win. Landstede Basketball were coming off two consecutive wins over title contenders Gas Terra Flames and Eiffel Towers. The guests had a 35-27 halftime lead, thanks to strong defense as in the previous games, and shutting off the three-point line for Magixx. But the team of head coach Michael Schuurs came out stronger in the second half, with waterbug PG Maurice Acker (173-PG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Marquette) making a difference with his speed and court vision (19 pts., 6 assists). Acker was supported by Ross Bekkering (203-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) with 15 pts., and Lucas Hargrove (198-F-88, college: Auburn) with a double-double of 13 pts. and 11 rebounds.

Gerald Robinson (204-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) led Landstede with a double-double of 17 pts. and 10 rebounds, Kareem Maddox (203-F-89, college: Princeton) added 15 and Cameron Wells (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Citadel) scored 14. Magixx KidsRight improves to 3-2.


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Michael Fey is the new center of Kaposvari KK - by Levente Szabo
4 games in the regular season and Kaposvari KK is still winless so the management of the team decided to make some changes in the roster. They are sending away rookie big man Andrew Keister and they are bringing Michael Fey (213-F/C-83, college: UCLA) in.

After graduating in 2006 from UCLA, Fey spent his rookie season in China for DongGuan New Century where he averaged 17.6ppg, 8.5rpg in only 20 minutes/game. The 7footer big man started his second season with Shougang Beijing Ducks in the CBA recording 12.3ppg, 5.3rpg but left during the season to play for Zain a team Jordan, then left once again for a short visit to Europe where he played 4 games for Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski (Poland-DBE).
Fey had his best season so far in 2009-2010 when he spent the preseason with the Los Angeles Lakers then moved to the teams D-league affiliate Los Angeles D-Fenders. He finished the season with solid numbers 12.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT-2 (50.0%), FT: 81.9% before moving to Qatari team Al Rayyan. Most recently he was playing for Kyoto Hannaryz in Japan and was very productive. Playing only 15 minutes/game he recorded 9.2ppg and 6.1rpg.



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Parker's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old guard Charles Parker (193-G-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Keflavik and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Haukar (#10, 0-4), the league's bottom-ranked team 85-76. Keflavik is placed at 3rd position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Keflavik will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Parker had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Keflavik's top player in his first season with the team. Millersville University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Parker is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 9.3rpg) and averages solid 2.5spg.

Second best performed player last round was Darnell Hugee (201-F-85) of Valur. He is American forward in his first season at Valur. In the last game Hugee recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Valur was edged by the higher-ranked Fjolnir (#9, 2-2) 81-77. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Valur is still at the dead bottom 12th position. 4 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Hugee is a newcomer at Valur and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) of league's leader Grindavik. Thorsteinsson scored 21 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Grindavik, leading his team to a 85-65 easy win against Tindastoll (#11, 0-4). Grindavik started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Thorsteinsson turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Thorsteinsson has a very solid season. In 4 games in Iceland he scored 14.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Niels Dungal (191-G-83) of IR - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Darrin Govens (185-G-88) of Thor Thorl - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-F-81) of Snaefell - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. David Tairu (191-G-86) of KR - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Cameron Echols (203-F/C-81) of Njardvik - 21 points and 14 rebounds
9. Jovonni Shuler (193-G/F-87) of Haukar - 18 points and 16 rebounds

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


D1 Round 3: KFI keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
After 3 rounds played we can already see who rules in the D1 and who belongs to weaker ones.

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked KFI as it allowed them to take a leadership position. KFI smashed second-best IA in Reykjavik 95-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of IA. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. KFI led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KFI have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted IA dropped to the third place with one game lost. They share the position with Breidablik and IG. IA will play next round against Hottur trying to get back on the winning streak. KFI will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Armann in Reykjav­k.
Undefeated Skallagrimur (3-1) recorded its first loss in Borgarnes. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked Hamar (1-2) 104-93. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Skallagrimur. Hamar left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Armann. Skallagrimur at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. Hamar will play against higher ranked Breidablik (#4) in Kopavogur in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Skallagrimur will play on the road against FSU in Selfoss and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Armann (1-2) played at the court of seventh ranked IG (2-1). IG managed to secure a 9-point victory 83-74 on Saturday. IG moved-up to third place, which they share with Breidablik and IA. Loser Armann dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with Hamar. IG will meet bottom-ranked Thor AK (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Armann will play against the league's leader KFI in Reykjavik.

In the last game of round 3 Breidablik won against Thor AK on the opponent's court 89-78.



Thor AK - Breidablik 78-89

Very expected game in Akureyri where bottom-ranked Thor AK (0-4) was defeated by fourth ranked Breidablik (2-1) 89-78 on Friday. Breidablik moved-up to third place, which they share with IA and IG. Loser Thor AK still closes the standings with four games lost. Breidablik will meet at home Hamar (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Thor AK will play against IG and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 140239


KFI - IA 95-68

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked KFI as it allowed them to take a leadership position. KFI smashed second-best IA in Reykjavik 95-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of IA. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. KFI led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KFI have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted IA dropped to the third place with one game lost. They share the position with Breidablik and IG. IA will play next round against Hottur trying to get back on the winning streak. KFI will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Armann in Reykjav­k.
gschID: 140240


Skallagrimur - Hamar 93-104

Undefeated Skallagrimur (3-1) recorded its first loss in Borgarnes. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked Hamar (1-2) 104-93. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Skallagrimur. Skallagrimur was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 55-43 second half run of Hamar. Hamar left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Armann. Skallagrimur at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. Hamar will play against higher ranked Breidablik (#4) in Kopavogur in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Skallagrimur will play on the road against FSU in Selfoss and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 140241


IG - Armann 83-74

The game in was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Armann (1-2) played at the court of seventh ranked IG (2-1). IG managed to secure a 9-point victory 83-74 on Saturday. The hosts 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 83-74. IG moved-up to third place, which they share with Breidablik and IA. Loser Armann dropped to the seventh position with two games lost. They share it with Hamar. IG will meet bottom-ranked Thor AK (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Armann will play against the league's leader KFI in Reykjavik.
gschID: 140242




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


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  ISRAEL   


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


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  ITALY   


Lega2 Round 5: Centrale Latte edges Tezenis Verona by one point - by Eurobasket News
Very exciting round. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 5 in the Lega2 took place in Brescia. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 14th ranked Tezenis Verona (1-4) to second ranked Centrale Latte (4-1) 66-65 on Sunday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 22-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Centrale Latte forced 20 Tezenis Verona turnovers and outrebounded them 40-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Tezenis Verona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was naturalized Argentinian forward Mario Jose Ghersetti (200-81) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Albanian guard Franko Bushati (188-85) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Centrale Latte's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the guests. Centrale Latte maintains second place with 4-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Trenkwalder, which they share with Giorgio Tesi PT. Tezenis Verona at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with four games lost. They share it with Prima Veroli. Centrale Latte is looking forward to face Tuscany Pistoia (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tezenis Verona will play against S.Antimo (#15) in Sant'Antimo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Trenkwalder RE delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they beat 13th ranked Prima Veroli (1-4) 85-73 in Reggio Emilia. The former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. Matteo Frassineti contributed with 19 points for the winners. The former international forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for Prima Veroli. Prima Veroli's coach Demis Cavina rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Trenkwalder RE have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Prima Veroli lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with four games lost. They share it with Tezenis Verona. Trenkwalder RE will play against Sigma Barcellona (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Prima Veroli will play against MarcoPoloShop.it in Forli to get more than just one victory in their record.
Bottom-ranked S.Antimo (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 100-92 overtime loss to third ranked Tuscany Pistoia (4-1) in Sant'Antimo on Sunday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game was dominated by American players. Dwight Hardy stepped up and scored 44 points (!!!) for the winners. David Teague responded with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Tuscany Pistoia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Centrale Latte. Newly promoted S.Antimo still closes the standings with four games lost. Tuscany Pistoia will meet at home league's second-placed Centrale Latte in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. S.Antimo will play against Tezenis Verona (#14) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Piacenza was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Givova Scafati (3-2) played at the court of eighth ranked Morpho Basket (3-2). Morpho Basket managed to secure a 5-point victory 80-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Givova Scafati. Dwayne Anderson nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side. Morpho Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Enel Brindisi and Givova Scafati. Morpho Basket will have a break next round. Givova Scafati will play at home against Aget Imola (#12).
Important game to mention about took place in Brindisi. Ninth ranked Enel Brindisi (3-2) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Sigma Barcellona (2-3) 65-64 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sigma Barcellona. The best player for the winners was Jimmy Hunter who scored 27 points and 5 rebounds. Sigma Barcellona's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Enel Brindisi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Givova Scafati and Morpho Basket. Loser Sigma Barcellona dropped to the tenth position with three games lost. Enel Brindisi will face Fileni BPA (#8) in Jesi in the next round. Sigma Barcellona will play at home against the league's leader Trenkwalder RE in Reggio Emilia.

In the last two games of round 5 Biancoblu BO was defeated by MarcoPoloShop in Forli 72-70. Aget Imola was beaten by Assi Ostuni at home 69-70.



MarcoPoloShop - Biancoblu BO 72-70

There was a minor upset in Forli where higher ranked Biancoblu BO (2-2) was edged by eleventh ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (2-2) 72-70 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Biancoblu BO won fourth quarter 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Biancoblu BO 46-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St., agency: Pro One Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Naturalized American guard Roman Nardi (186-85, college: Villanova) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international guard Brett Blizzard (191-80, college: NC-Wilmington) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Tre Kelley (182-85, college: S.Carolina) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Biancoblu BO's coach Zare Markovski tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. MarcoPoloShop.it moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Biancoblu BO and Fileni BPA. MarcoPoloShop.it will face Prima Veroli (#13) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Biancoblu BO: T.Kelley 18+2reb+1ast, B.Blizzard 13+6reb+3ast, M.Canavesi 12+6reb+1ast, P.Baldassarre 8+9reb, A.Pecile 8+3reb+3ast, D.Cutolo 5
MarcoPoloShop: T.Easley 22+12reb+1ast, R.Nardi 16+7reb+6ast, A.Freeman 13+2reb+2ast, N.Natali 7+3reb, S.Huff 6+14reb+1ast, R.Casoli 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 135473


Trenkwalder - Prima Veroli 85-73

Undefeated leader Trenkwalder RE delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they beat 13th ranked Prima Veroli (1-4) 85-73 in Reggio Emilia. The game was mostly controlled by Trenkwalder RE. Prima Veroli was better in third quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Matteo Frassineti (195-87) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Five Trenkwalder RE players scored in double figures. The former international forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) added 17 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in the effort for Prima Veroli. Prima Veroli's coach Demis Cavina rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Trenkwalder RE have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Prima Veroli lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with four games lost. They share it with Tezenis Verona. Trenkwalder RE will play against Sigma Barcellona (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Prima Veroli will play against MarcoPoloShop.it in Forli to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: G.Lee 17+2reb, D.Brkic 15+10reb, J.Rowe 8+4reb+1ast, R.Rullo 8, I.Gatto 7+4reb, R.Cortese 7+2reb
Trenkwalder: D.Robinson 19+1reb+2ast, M.Frassineti 19+4reb+1ast, D.Filloy 18+9reb, R.Valenti 12+7reb, D.Taylor 11+5reb+3ast, R.Chiacig 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 135474


Centrale Latte - Tezenis Verona 66-65

The most exciting game of round 5 in the Lega2 took place in Brescia. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 14th ranked Tezenis Verona (1-4) to second ranked Centrale Latte (4-1) 66-65 on Sunday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 22-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Centrale Latte forced 20 Tezenis Verona turnovers and outrebounded them 40-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Tezenis Verona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was naturalized Argentinian forward Mario Jose Ghersetti (200-81) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Albanian guard Franko Bushati (188-85) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Centrale Latte's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and the former international guard Giorgio Boscagin (195-83) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Centrale Latte maintains second place with 4-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Trenkwalder, which they share with Giorgio Tesi PT. Tezenis Verona at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with four games lost. They share it with Prima Veroli. Centrale Latte is looking forward to face Tuscany Pistoia (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tezenis Verona will play against S.Antimo (#15) in Sant'Antimo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tezenis Verona: A.Porta 17+5reb+3ast, A.Renzi 16+3reb, G.Boscagin 12+5reb+2ast, D.Vukcevic 9+3reb+2ast, S.Edwards 5+3reb, M.West 4+4reb+3ast
Centrale Latte: M.Jose Ghersetti 21+11reb+1ast, R.Rombaldoni 12+2reb+2ast, L.Gergati 10+4reb, F.Bushati 9+6reb+2ast, L.Goldwire 5, M.Farioli 3+1reb
gschID: 135475


Morpho Basket - Givova Scafati 80-75

The game in Piacenza was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Givova Scafati (3-2) played at the court of eighth ranked Morpho Basket (3-2). Morpho Basket managed to secure a 5-point victory 80-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Givova Scafati. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Morpho Basket made 25-of-32 charity shots (78.1 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Givova Scafati helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side and American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, agency: Lanshire Group) accounted for 20 points. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) came up with 27 points and the other American import power forward James Thomas (203-80, college: Texas) added 7 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) respectively for Givova Scafati in the defeat. Morpho Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Enel Brindisi and Givova Scafati. Morpho Basket will have a break next round. Givova Scafati will play at home against Aget Imola (#12).
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: P.Marigney 27+4reb+1ast, G.Sorrentino 10+1reb, A.Ghiacci 8+5reb+1ast, N.Radulovic 7+6reb+1ast, M.Levin 7+4reb+2ast, J.Thomas 7+12reb
Morpho Basket: D.Anderson 24+11reb+2ast, A.Voskuil 20+2reb+2ast, A.Casella 9+4reb, C.Cotis Harrison 7+3reb, R.Amoroso 7+7reb+1ast, G.Scarone 5+1reb
gschID: 135476


S.Antimo - Giorgio Tesi PT 92-100 OT

Bottom-ranked S.Antimo (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 100-92 overtime loss to third ranked Tuscany Pistoia (4-1) in Sant'Antimo on Sunday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 19-14 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 8-point victory in overtime. Tuscany Pistoia made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Dwight Hardy (188, college: St.John's) stepped up and scored 44 points (!!!) for the winners and forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Guard David Teague (196-83, college: Purdue) responded with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and swingman Folarin Campbell (193-86, college: George Mason) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four S.Antimo players scored in double figures. Tuscany Pistoia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Centrale Latte. Newly promoted S.Antimo still closes the standings with four games lost. Tuscany Pistoia will meet at home league's second-placed Centrale Latte in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. S.Antimo will play against Tezenis Verona (#14) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
S.Antimo: D.Teague 35+11reb+1ast, N.George 15+4reb+2ast, M.Riccardo 14+4reb+3ast, F.Campbell 13+9reb+2ast, A.Cittadini 6+8reb+1ast, C.Cantone 3+3ast
Giorgio Tesi PT: D.Hardy 44+4reb, B.Jones 16+9reb+1ast, D.Mathis 10+3reb, F.Toppo 9+4reb+2ast, G.Gurini 8+3reb, G.Galanda 8+4reb
gschID: 135477


Enel Brindisi - Sigma Barcel. 65-64

Important game to mention about took place in Brindisi. Ninth ranked Enel Brindisi (3-2) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Sigma Barcellona (2-3) 65-64 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sigma Barcellona. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sigma Barcellona won third quarter 14-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Enel Brindisi won last quarter 17-17. Enel Brindisi outrebounded Sigma Barcellona 33-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. Sigma Barcellona was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Jimmy Hunter (196-77, college: Life) who scored 27 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Alex Renfroe (190-86, college: Belmont) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. Lithuanian guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) produced 14 points and Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (193-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Sigma Barcellona's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Enel Brindisi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Givova Scafati and Morpho Basket. Loser Sigma Barcellona dropped to the tenth position with three games lost. Enel Brindisi will face Fileni BPA (#8) in Jesi in the next round. Sigma Barcellona will play at home against the league's leader Trenkwalder RE in Reggio Emilia.
Top scorers:
Sigma Barcel.: M.Lukauskis 14+4reb, M.Hicks 13+3reb+1ast, R.Bucci 9, M.Green 6+4reb+2ast, M.Da Ros 6+2reb, P.Martin 6+3reb
Enel Brindisi: J.Hunter 27+5reb+2ast, D.Borovnjak 11+5reb+2ast, A.Renfroe 9+8reb+2ast, M.Formenti 8+2reb+1ast, K.Ndoja 5+3reb, C.Callahan 4+8reb
gschID: 135470


Aget Imola - Assi Ostuni 69-70

There was a small surprise when twelfth ranked Assi Ostuni (2-3) edged on the road 10th ranked Aget Imola (2-3) 70-69 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 21-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Assi Ostuni made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Aget Imola turnovers. Aget Imola was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Israeli-American center Dane Diliegro (205-88, college: New Hampshire) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. American guard Aaron Johnson (172-88, college: UAB) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. American swingman Erik Daniels (204-82, college: Kentucky) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian guard Patricio Prato (196-79) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Assi Ostuni moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Aget Imola and Sigma Barcel. Aget Imola lost third consecutive game. Assi Ostuni will face higher ranked Biancoblu BO (#9) in Bologna in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Aget Imola: E.Daniels 22+8reb, P.Prato 16+3reb+4ast, D.Cournooh 9+4reb+3ast, G.Hafnar 7+3reb+2ast, T.Kotti 7+9reb+2ast, F.Masoni 7+2reb+1ast
Assi Ostuni: D.Diliegro 22+16reb, A.Johnson 12+2reb+6ast, M.Jurevicus 9+8reb+2ast, J.Klobucar 9+5reb+3ast, T.Marino 7+1ast, G.Carenza 5+1reb
gschID: 135472




Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Pepsi Caserta 3-0 
 2. Armani MI 3-1 
 3. Bennet Cantu 3-1 
 4. Montepaschi 3-1 
 5. Sidigas AV 3-1 
 6. Cimberio VA 3-1 
 7. Scavolini PS 2-1 
 8. Lottomatica 2-2 
 9. CS Bologna 2-2 
 10. Banco di Sard. 2-2 
 11. Angelico BI 2-2 
 12. Benetton TV 1-2 
 13. Umana Venezia 1-2 
 14. Fabi Shoes 1-3 
 15. Vanoli CR 1-3 
 16. Banca Tercas 0-4 
 17. Novipiu CM 0-4 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Von WAFER
  Vanoli CR
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Wafer, Vanoli CR22.0 
 2. Coleman, Angelico.18.3 
 3. Collins, Pepsi C.18.0 
 4. Pullen, Angelico BI17.5 
 5. Smith, Pepsi C.17.3 
 6. Diener, Banco d.17.3 
 7. Datome, Lottomat.17.0 
 8. Diener, Banco d.17.0 
 9. Temple, Novipiu CM16.5 
 10. Dean, Sidigas AV16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Linton JOHNSON
  Sidigas AV
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Johnson, Sidigas11.8 
 2. Adrien, Benetton11.3 
 3. Homan, CS Bologna10.0 
 4. Brunner, Fabi Shoes9.3 
 5. Smith, Pepsi C.9.0 
 6. Amoroso, Banca T.8.8 
 7. Brown, Banca T.8.5 
 8. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.5 
 9. Szewczyk, Umana V.7.7 
 10. Miralles, Angelic.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rok STIPCEVIC
  Cimberio.
  (186-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Stipcevic, Cimberi.5.8 
 2. Diener, Banco d.5.3 
 3. Green, Sidigas AV5.0 
 4. Cook, Armani MI4.8 
 5. Cavaliero, Scavoli.4.7 
 6. Clark, Umana V.4.3 
 7. Collins, Pepsi C.4.0 
 8. Brown, Banca T.4.0 
 9. Poeta, CS Bologna3.8 
 10. McIntyre, CS Bo.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Linton JOHNSON
  Sidigas AV
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Johnson, Sidigas3.0 
 2. Pullen, Angelico BI3.0 
 3. Tucker, Lottomat.2.8 
 4. Hosley, Banco d.2.8 
 5. Coleman, Angelico.2.8 
 6. Collins, Pepsi C.2.7 
 7. Di Bella, Fabi S.2.5 
 8. Wafer, Vanoli CR2.5 
 9. Temple, Novipiu CM2.3 
 10. Sanikidze, CS Bo.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marco CUSIN
  Scavolini PS
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.7 
 2. Shermadini, Bennet1.5 
 3. Sandri, Benetton1.0 
 4. Summers, Montepas.1.0 
 5. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.0 
 6. Mazzola, Fabi S.1.0 
 7. Andersen, Montepa.1.0 
 8. Crosariol, Lottoma.0.8 
 9. Hairston, Armani M.0.8 
 10. Johnson, Sidigas0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Austin FREEMAN
  MarcoPol.
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 27
 1. Freeman, MarcoPol.27.0 
 2. Marigney, Givova S.23.0 
 3. Hardy, Giorgio21.0 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.19.8 
 5. Taylor, Trenkwal.19.5 
 6. Teague, S.Antimo19.3 
 7. George, S.Antimo18.3 
 8. Easley, MarcoPol.18.3 
 9. Hunter, Enel Brind.17.8 
 10. Robinson, Trenkwa.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.0 
 2. Easley, MarcoPol.9.8 
 3. Diliegro, Assi Ost.9.8 
 4. Anderson, Morpho B.9.2 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.8.5 
 6. Filloy, Trenkwalder8.3 
 7. Callahan, Enel B.8.0 
 8. Huff, MarcoPol.7.8 
 9. Brooks, Fileni BPA7.5 
 10. Baldassarre, Bian.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Roman NARDI
  MarcoPol.
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nardi, MarcoPol.6.8 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.6.0 
 3. Cantone, S.Antimo5.7 
 4. Porta, Tezenis4.6 
 5. Blizzard, Biancobl.3.8 
 6. Mathis, Giorgio3.8 
 7. Goldwire, Centra.3.6 
 8. Green, Sigma B.3.4 
 9. Taylor, Trenkwal.3.3 
 10. Hoover, Fileni BPA3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy HUNTER
  Enel Brindisi
  (196-G-77)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hunter, Enel Brind.3.8 
 2. West, Tezenis3.6 
 3. Boscagin, Tezeni.3.4 
 4. Radulovic, Givova3.0 
 5. Green, Sigma B.3.0 
 6. Taylor, Trenkwal.3.0 
 7. Thompson, Centra.2.8 
 8. McConnell, Fileni2.8 
 9. Rowe, Prima Veroli2.8 
 10. Ghersetti, Centra.2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Christian DIGIULIOMARIA
  Tezeni.
  (208-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1
 1. DiGiuliomari., Tez.1.0 
 2. Cervi, Trenkwalder1.0 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.0 
 4. Campbell, S.Antimo1.0 
 5. Edwards, Tezenis0.8 
 6. Renzi, Tezenis0.8 
 7. Baldassarre, Bianc.0.8 
 8. Martin, Sigma Barc.0.6 
 9. Busma, Centrale.0.6 
 10. West, Tezenis0.6 


SerieA Round 4: Pepsi Caserta keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
SerieA Regular Season is still in too early stage and there may be still significant changes in the standings. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Pepsi Caserta as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Pepsi Caserta defeated bottom-ranked Novipiu CM at home 67-52. The game was mostly controlled by Pepsi Caserta. Novipiu CM managed to win third quarter 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola, MD) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and American-FYR Macedonian center Kevin Fletcher (207-80, college: Colorado Springs, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who added 19 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Matt Janning (193-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with 13 points. Pepsi Caserta have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted Novipiu CM still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Banca Tercas. Novipiu CM will play next round against strong Armani Milano trying to get back on the winning streak. Pepsi Caserta will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Cimberio Varese on the road.
Undefeated Bennet Cantu (3-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (2-1) 71-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bennet Cantu. The winners were led by international guard Daniele Cavaliero (189-84) who scored that evening 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Daniel Hackett supported him with 15 points and 4 assists. Even 10 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) did not help to save the game for Bennet Cantu. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to seventh place. Bennet Cantu at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Scavolini Pesaro will play against Umana Venezia (#13) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Bennet Cantu will play against Benetton Treviso (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Quite upsetting was Angelico Biella's (#5) home defeat in a game versus seventh ranked Montepaschi Siena who edged hosts 70-67. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Bo McCalebb fired 19 points for the winners. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Aubrey Coleman produced 27 points and 4 steals for lost side. Defending champion (3-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Angelico Biella dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Montepaschi Siena will meet at home Lottomatica Roma (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Angelico Biella will play against Vanoli-Braga in Cremona and hope to secure a win.
And what about another game where Armani Milano (#3) beat Banco di Sard. by 28 points 88-60 on the road. It was a key game for the second position in the league. It was a very good performance for Ioannis Bourousis who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 7 rebounds. Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Armani Milano (3-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Banco di Sard. at the other side dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. Armani Milano's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Novipiu CM (#17) in Casale which should be another easy win for them. Banco di Sard. will play on the road against Air Avellino (#5).
Umana Venezia has registered their first victory this season after two consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (1-3) 72-62 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Szymon Szewczyk who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Umana Venezia (1-2) left bottom position moving up to twelfth place, which they share with Benetton TV. It was Fabi Shoes Montegranaro's third loss in a row. They dropped to the fourteenth position with three games lost. Umana Venezia will face higher ranked Scavolini Pesaro (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 4: Sidigas AV won against Banca Tercas on the opponent's court 71-57. CS Bologna managed to outperform Vanoli CR in a home game 80-78. Cimberio VA managed to beat Lottomatica on the road 76-74.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 31 points and 4 steals by Von Wafer of Vanoli CR.



Banca Tercas - Sidigas AV 57-71

Very expected game in Teramo where bottom-ranked Banca Tercas (0-4) were defeated by eighth ranked Air Avellino (3-1) 71-57 on Sunday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Air Avellino's pressure prevailed and they won that period 23-12 extending their advantage to 14 points. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Linton Johnson (203-80, college: Tulane, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) who added 15 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Air Avellino players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Brandon Brown (202-81, college: Tulane) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and the former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80) scored 11 points. Air Avellino have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Banca Tercas still closes the standings with four games lost. Air Avellino will face Banco di Sard. (#10) in Sassari in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Banca Tercas will play at home against CS Bologna (#9) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Banca Tercas: V.Amoroso 11+4reb+1ast, B.Brown 10+12reb, D.Brown 7+6reb+3ast, B.Cerella 7+5reb+2ast, A.Polonara 7+1reb, M.Borisov 6+1reb+1ast
Sidigas AV: M.Green 15+6reb+1ast, R.Slay 15+8reb, L.Johnson 13+15reb, V.Spinelli 11+2reb+5ast, J.Golemac 9+1reb+4ast, D.Lauwers 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 150660


Umana Venezia - Fabi Shoes 72-62

Umana Venezia has registered their first victory this season after two consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (1-3) 72-62 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Umana Venezia. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro was better in second period 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and American-Bulgarian point guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) who added 9 points and 5 assists during the contest. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American-Swiss power forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) responded with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) scored 14 points. Umana Venezia (1-2) left bottom position moving up to twelfth place, which they share with Benetton TV. It was Fabi Shoes Montegranaro's third loss in a row. They dropped to the fourteenth position with three games lost. Umana Venezia will face higher ranked Scavolini Pesaro (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Fabi Shoes: I.Zoroski 14+3ast, G.Brunner 12+6reb+5ast, F.Di Bella 8+3reb+2ast, D.Ivanov 8+8reb, J.McNeal 5+4reb+2ast, M.Antonutti 5+2reb
Umana Venezia: S.Szewczyk 22+11reb+1ast, T.Slay 11+3reb+1ast, T.Fantoni 9+1reb+1ast, K.Clark 9+3reb+5ast, T.Bowers 8+3reb+3ast, G.Rosselli 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 150661


CS Bologna - Vanoli CR 80-78

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked CS Bologna and 14th ranked Vanoli-Braga had identical 1-2 record. This time CS Bologna used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Cremona 80-78 on Sunday night. Vanoli-Braga trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 32-19 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 78-80 at the end of the game. CS Bologna outrebounded Vanoli-Braga 44-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and Finnish guard Petteri Koponen (193-88) who added 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four CS Bologna players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St., agency: VVG Sports) responded with 31 points and 4 steals (made all of his thirteen free throws !!!) and Belgian point guard Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-85) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. CS Bologna (2-2) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Vanoli-Braga keeps the fourteenth position with three games lost. CS Bologna will face Banca Tercas (#16) in Teramo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vanoli-Braga will play at home against Angelico Biella.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: V.Wafer 31+4reb, M.Milic 13+4reb+1ast, B.Tabu-Eboma 10+7reb+1ast, J.Perkovic 9+4reb+1ast, D.Cinciarini 7+2reb+2ast, L.D'Ercole 6+1reb+1ast
CS Bologna: J.Homan 18+12reb+2ast, P.Koponen 18+8reb+1ast, C.Douglas-Roberts 15+3reb, V.Sanikidze 11+9reb, A.Gigli 7+5reb+1ast, T.McIntyre 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 150656


Lottomatica - Cimberio VA 74-76 OT

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Cimberio Varese and one of their biggest challengers Lottomatica Roma had identical 2-1 record. But Lottomatica Roma was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Varese 76-74 on Sunday night. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime then Lottomatica Roma managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Cimberio Varese who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-9. Worth to mention a great performance of French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (186-86) who added 15 points and 8 assists during the contest. Cimberio Varese's coach Carlo Recalcati used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Clay Tucker (195-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (207-88, agency: Beo Basket) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Cimberio Varese and five Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Lottomatica Roma dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. Cimberio Varese will face league's leader Pepsi Caserta at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lottomatica Roma will play against Montepaschi Siena (#4).
Top scorers:
Lottomatica: C.Tucker 17+10reb+2ast, V.Dasic 13+7reb+1ast, U.Slokar 11+5reb, A.Maestranzi 11+3ast, L.Datome 10+9reb+1ast, N.Gordic 7+1reb+2ast
Cimberio VA: Y.Diawara 16+12reb+2ast, R.Stipcevic 15+1reb+8ast, K.Kangur 15+9reb, L.Garri 11+6reb+1ast, J.Hurtt 7+2reb, G.Ganeto 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 150657


Pepsi Caserta - Novipiu CM 67-52

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Pepsi Caserta as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Pepsi Caserta defeated bottom-ranked Novipiu CM at home 67-52. The game was mostly controlled by Pepsi Caserta. Novipiu CM managed to win third quarter 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola, MD) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and American-FYR Macedonian center Kevin Fletcher (207-80, college: Colorado Springs, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who added 19 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Matt Janning (193-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with 13 points and his fellow American import guard Garrett Temple (197-86, college: LSU) scored 12 points. Pepsi Caserta have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Newly promoted Novipiu CM still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Banca Tercas. Novipiu CM will play next round against strong Armani Milano trying to get back on the winning streak. Pepsi Caserta will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Cimberio Varese on the road.
Top scorers:
Novipiu CM: M.Janning 13+4reb, G.Temple 12+4reb, D.Chiotti 10+4reb, M.Malaventura 7+1reb+1ast, O.Nnamaka 5+5reb+1ast, M.Dunigan 4+5reb
Pepsi Caserta: K.Fletcher 19+7reb+2ast, A.Collins 17+5reb+6ast, A.Smith 12+11reb, O.Efejuku 7+3reb, A.Stipanovic 4+2reb, A.Righetti 4+7reb
gschID: 150658


Angelico BI - Montepaschi 67-70

Quite upsetting was Angelico Biella's (#5) home defeat in a game versus seventh ranked Montepaschi Siena who edged hosts 70-67. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Angelico Biella was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) fired 19 points for the winners. Greek guard Nikolaos Zisis (196-83) chipped in 10 points. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston) produced 27 points and 4 steals and Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Defending champion (3-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Angelico Biella dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Montepaschi Siena will meet at home Lottomatica Roma (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Angelico Biella will play against Vanoli-Braga in Cremona and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: A.Coleman 27+2reb+1ast, T.Dragicevic 16+7reb+1ast, J.Pullen 12+1reb+4ast, A.Miralles 4+6reb, M.Soragna 4+5reb, G.Jurak 2+6reb+1ast
Montepaschi: B.McCalebb 19+4reb+3ast, R.Kaukenas 10+2reb+2ast, N.Zisis 10+4reb+3ast, D.Andersen 7+7reb+1ast, P.Aradori 6+3reb+1ast, S.Stonerook 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 150659


Bennet Cantu - Scavolini PS 66-71

Undefeated Bennet Cantu (3-1) recorded its first loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by tenth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (2-1) 71-66. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bennet Cantu. It looked good early as Bennet Cantu took an 13-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Scavolini Pesaro took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 5 points. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Scavolini Pesaro forced 19 Bennet Cantu turnovers. Bennet Cantu was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by international guard Daniele Cavaliero (189-84) who scored that evening 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Daniel Hackett (197-87, college: USC) supported him with 15 points and 4 assists. Even 10 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) did not help to save the game for Bennet Cantu. Georgian guard Manuchar Markoishvili (195-86) added 12 points for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to seventh place. Bennet Cantu at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Scavolini Pesaro will play against Umana Venezia (#13) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Bennet Cantu will play against Benetton Treviso (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: V.Micov 12+1reb+2ast, M.Markoishvili 12+4reb, N.Mazzarino 10+1reb+2ast, M.Leunen 10+7reb+3ast, D.Lighty 8+2reb, A.Cinciarini 6+2ast
Scavolini PS: D.Cavaliero 17+5reb+5ast, D.Hackett 15+4reb+4ast, R.Hickman 12, M.Cusin 10+5reb+1ast, J.Jones 8+8reb+1ast, J.White 4
gschID: 150654


Banco di Sard. - Armani MI 60-88

And what about another game where Armani Milano (#3) beat Banco di Sard. by 28 points 88-60 on the road. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Armani Milano led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Banco di Sard. to just 6 points in first quarter. Armani Milano dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Banco di Sard.'s 36. They outrebounded Banco di Sard. 36-23 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Armani Milano players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a very good performance for Greek center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Malik Hairston (198-87, college: Oregon) contributed with 17 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (200-84, college: Fresno St.) replied with 20 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) added 15 points in the effort for Banco di Sard.Armani Milano (3-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Banco di Sard. at the other side dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. Armani Milano's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Novipiu CM (#17) in Casale which should be another easy win for them. Banco di Sard. will play on the road against Air Avellino (#5).
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: Q.Hosley 20+7reb+4ast, D.Diener 15+3reb+3ast, B.Sacchetti 10+3reb, V.Plisnic 7+5reb+3ast, N.Metreveli 6+1reb, K.Benson 2+2reb
Armani MI: M.Hairston 17+3ast, I.Bourousis 14+7reb, N.Melli 12+8reb, S.Mancinelli 12+1reb+1ast, M.Rocca 8+3reb+3ast, O.Cook 8+1reb+5ast
gschID: 150655




Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Trenkwalder 4-0 
 2. Centrale Latte 4-1 
 3. Giorgio Tesi PT 4-1 
 4. Morpho Basket 3-2 
 5. Enel Brindisi 3-2 
 6. Givova Scafati 3-2 
 7. MarcoPoloShop 2-2 
 8. Fileni BPA 2-2 
 9. Biancoblu BO 2-2 
 10. Sigma Barcel. 2-3 
 11. Assi Ostuni 2-3 
 12. Aget Imola 2-3 
 13. Prima Veroli 1-4 
 14. Tezenis Verona 1-4 
 15. S.Antimo 0-4 


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


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi17.1 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH16.3 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.16.1 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.16.0 
 5. Kanamaru, Panasoni.15.9 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.8 
 7. Orimo, Hokkaido L.13.6 
 8. Klette, Hokkaido L.13.5 
 9. Nishimura, Hitac.13.3 
 10. Diouf, Hokkaido L.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.3 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.10.1 
 3. O''Bannon, Panason.9.7 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota A.9.0 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.4 
 6. Allen, Mitsubis.8.0 
 7. Moss, Toshiba BT7.9 
 8. Takeuchi, Toyota7.5 
 9. Maraker, Hitac.7.0 
 10. Lewis, Hokkaido L.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Hidenori KASHIWAKURA
  Hitac.
  (174-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Kashiwakura, Hitac.4.1 
 2. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.5 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido L.3.1 
 4. Ito, Toyota Alvark3.1 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.0 
 6. Nishimura, Hitac.3.0 
 7. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.0 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.9 
 9. Sakurai, Hokkaido.2.9 
 10. Tabuse, Tochigi2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin S.
  (183-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.6 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi1.9 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.9 
 4. Kikuchi, Toshiba BT1.6 
 5. Sato, Hitachi SR1.6 
 6. Kataoka, Tochigi1.5 
 7. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.5 
 8. Kobayashi, Hitac.1.5 
 9. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.3 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  Aishin S.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Richardson, Aishin2.1 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.8 
 3. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.5 
 4. Young, Aishin SH1.3 
 5. Hale, Mitsubis.1.0 
 6. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.0 
 7. Uzawa, Mitsubis.0.9 
 8. Takeuchi, Toyota0.9 
 9. Allen, Mitsubis.0.8 
 10. Noguchi, Hokkaido.0.8 


JBL Round 4: Toyota Alvark loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in JBL, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 4 in JBL means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Saporro where host Hokkaido L. (4-4) beat league's leader Toyota Alvark (7-1) 72-65 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Toyota Alvark won third quarter 22-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) fired 8 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. International power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) produced 9 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Toyota Alvark's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hokkaido L. maintains fifth position with 4-4 record. Toyota Alvark at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Aishin SH who have the same record. Toyota Alvark will play next round against strong Mitsubishi Dolphins trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Hokkaido L. will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Tochigi Brex on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Aishin Sea Horses as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Toyota Alvark) loss. Aishin Sea Horses defeated 6th ranked Panasonic Trians in Kariya 76-72. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Kevin Young contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Aishin Sea Horses' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for Panasonic Trians. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Toyota Alvark. Panasonic Trians at the other side dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. Panasonic Trians will play next round against Toshiba Thunders trying to get back on the winning streak. Aishin Sea Horses will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers at Osaka.
A very close game took place in Osaka between Tochigi Brex and Hitachi Sunrockers. Seventh ranked Tochigi Brex (2-6) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (6-2). Tochigi Brex managed to escape with a 2-point win 69-67 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. Worth to mention a great performance of McFarlin who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). At the losing side Joji Takeuchi responded with 16 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tochigi Brex moved-up to sixth place. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers keep the third position with two games lost. Tochigi Brex will meet at home higher ranked Hokkaido L. (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eighth-ranked Toshiba Thunders (0-8) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (5-3) in Kanagawa. The visitors from Nagoya managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by Ron Hale who scored that evening 21 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Mitsubishi Dolphins have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 5-3 record. Toshiba Thunders at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Mitsubishi Dolphins' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu and it may be the game of the week. Toshiba Thunders will play on the road against Panasonic Trians (#7) in Osaka and hope to get finally their first victory.
Leader Toyota Alvark delivered the seventh victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Hokkaido L. (4-4) 93-50 in Saporro. Philip Ricci fired 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyota Alvark (7-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position, which they share with Aishin SH. Loser Hokkaido L. keeps the fifth place with four games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#4) in Nagoya in the next round. Hokkaido L. will play on the road against Tochigi Brex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 4 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Panasonic T. were defeated by Aishin SH in Kariya 66-57. Hitachi SR smashed Tochigi Brex at home 81-60. Mitsubishi DD won against Toshiba BT on the opponent's court 82-71.


Aishin SH - Panasonic T. 76-72

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Aishin Sea Horses as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Toyota Alvark) loss. Aishin Sea Horses defeated 6th ranked Panasonic Trians in Kariya 76-72. Panasonic Trians were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. Aishin Sea Horses' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Panasonic Trians. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Toyota Alvark. Panasonic Trians at the other side dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. Panasonic Trians will play next round against Toshiba Thunders trying to get back on the winning streak. Aishin Sea Horses will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers at Osaka.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: C.O'Bannon 19+8reb, K.Hirose 14+11reb+6ast, T.Onishi 12+5reb+2ast, K.Kanamaru 9+2reb+2ast, H.Watanabe 7+1ast, X.Aoshima 4+4reb+1ast
Aishin SH: K.Young 16+6reb, T.Furukawa 14+4reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 13+12reb+5ast, S.Kashiwagi 10+8reb+1ast, A.Richardson 10+4reb+1ast, H.Ryoma 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 137418


Aishin SH - Panasonic T. 66-57

There was no surprise in Kariya where 6th ranked Panasonic Trians (1-7) were defeated by second ranked Aishin Sea Horses (7-1) 66-57 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But Panasonic Trians won second period 14-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aishin Sea Horses dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Panasonic Trians' 28. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Anthony Richardson (201-83, college: Florida St., agency: TSS Management) chipped in 8 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) added 8 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Toyota Alvark. Loser Panasonic Trians dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Osaka in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Panasonic Trians will play at home against Toshiba Thunders (#8) in Kanagawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: C.O'Bannon 17+14reb+2ast, T.Hamada 9+1ast, X.Aoshima 9+2reb, K.Kanamaru 8+4reb+1ast, K.Hirose 7+4reb, H.Watanabe 4+2reb+3ast
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 12+12reb+1ast, S.Kashiwagi 11+2reb+4ast, T.Furukawa 9+5reb+1ast, K.Young 9+7reb, H.Ryoma 9, A.Richardson 8+10reb+4ast
gschID: 137419


Hokkaido L. - Toyota Alvark 50-93

Leader Toyota Alvark delivered the seventh victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Hokkaido L. (4-4) 93-50 in Saporro. The game without a history. Toyota Alvark led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Toyota Alvark forced 20 Hokkaido L. turnovers and outrebounded them 44-22 including a 18-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) fired 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The other American import forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) produced 11 points and international guard Ryota Sakurai (194-83) added 7 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyota Alvark (7-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position, which they share with Aishin SH. Loser Hokkaido L. keeps the fifth place with four games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#4) in Nagoya in the next round. Hokkaido L. will play on the road against Tochigi Brex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: M.Diouf 11+2reb, T.Klette 8+2reb+1ast, R.Sakurai 7+3reb+2ast, M.Ito 6+3reb, J.Lewis 6+5reb+1ast, D.Noguchi 6+3reb
Toyota Alvark: T.Watanabe 14+2reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 14+10reb, P.Ricci 14+9reb+2ast, K.Takeuchi 11+6reb, K.Matsui 9+1reb, K.Tanaka 7+4reb
gschID: 137412


Hokkaido L. - Toyota Alvark 72-65

Round 4 in JBL means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Saporro where host Hokkaido L. (4-4) beat league's leader Toyota Alvark (7-1) 72-65 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Toyota Alvark won third quarter 22-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) fired 8 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Hokkaido L. players scored in double figures. International power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) produced 9 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Toyota Alvark's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hokkaido L. maintains fifth position with 4-4 record. Toyota Alvark at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Aishin SH who have the same record. Toyota Alvark will play next round against strong Mitsubishi Dolphins trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Hokkaido L. will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Tochigi Brex on the road.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: J.Gibbs 13+8reb, P.Ricci 11+1reb, Y.Okada 10+2reb+1ast, K.Takeuchi 9+10reb+2ast, K.Matsui 6+2reb+1ast, K.Tanaka 6+5reb
Hokkaido L.: T.Klette 15+6reb, T.Orimo 14+3reb+1ast, R.Sakurai 13+2reb+2ast, J.Lewis 11+7reb+1ast, H.Shishito 8+2reb+1ast, M.Diouf 8+12reb+3ast
gschID: 137413


Hitachi SR - Tochigi Brex 81-60

No shocking result in a game in Osaka where third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (6-2) smashed 7th ranked Tochigi Brex (2-6) 81-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. Hitachi Sunrockers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Tochigi Brex was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. International power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Swedish forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. International guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) produced 21 points and 6 rebounds and international power forward Shunsuke Ito (204-79) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hitachi Sunrockers have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 6-2 record behind leader Aishin SH. Loser Tochigi Brex dropped to the sixth place with six games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will face league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tochigi Brex will play at home against Hokkaido L. (#5) in Saporro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 21+6reb+3ast, S.Ito 10+5reb+1ast, Mcfarlin 7+9reb, D.Yamada 6, L.Rice 6+4reb, S.Hinkley 4+3reb
Hitachi SR: J.Takeuchi 21+16reb+3ast, C.Maraker 15+7reb+1ast, F.Nishimura 14+2reb+6ast, J.Smith 11+7reb+1ast, T.Sakai 7+1reb, Y.Chikamori 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 137414


Hitachi SR - Tochigi Brex 67-69

A very close game took place in Osaka between Tochigi Brex and Hitachi Sunrockers. Seventh ranked Tochigi Brex (2-6) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (6-2). Tochigi Brex managed to escape with a 2-point win 69-67 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 21-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) who added 18 points and 5 steals during the contest. At the losing side international power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) responded with 16 points and 4 assists and international guard Fumio Nishimura (177-86) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tochigi Brex moved-up to sixth place. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers keep the third position with two games lost. Tochigi Brex will meet at home higher ranked Hokkaido L. (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: J.Takeuchi 16+4reb+4ast, F.Nishimura 12+5reb+1ast, J.Smith 8+5reb+2ast, T.Sato 6+6reb+3ast, C.Maraker 6+10reb+1ast, A.Inoue 5+1reb
Tochigi Brex: McFarlin 20+11reb+1ast, T.Kawamura 18+3reb+3ast, Y.Tabuse 10+1reb+3ast, M.Kataoka 7+2reb+2ast, T.Amino 4+1reb+1ast, R.Anzai 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 137415


Toshiba BT - Mitsubishi DD 71-82

Very expected game in Kanagawa where bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (0-8) were defeated by fourth ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (5-3) 82-71 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Mitsubishi Dolphins. Toshiba Thunders was better in third quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mitsubishi Dolphins had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. American center Byron Allen (201-81, college: Northwestern St., agency: Dream Hoops) fired 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Jun Uzawa (197-81) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Yatsutoshi Uda (190-86) produced 19 points and American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Mitsubishi Dolphins have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 5-3 record. Loser Toshiba Thunders still closes the standings with eight games lost. Mitsubishi Dolphins will face league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Toshiba Thunders will play on the road against Panasonic Trians (#7) in Osaka and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: Y.Uda 19+2reb, S.Kikuchi 14+3reb+1ast, C.Moss 12+5reb+2ast, S.Merritt 11+8reb+1ast, Y.Miyanga 4+4ast, Y.Kuwahara 4+7reb+2ast
Mitsubishi DD: K.Igarashi 15+2reb+1ast, J.Uzawa 13+7reb, R.Hale 10+6reb+1ast, B.Allen 9+12reb+2ast, Y.Yo 8+3reb+1ast, K.Nakagawa 8+3reb
gschID: 137416


Toshiba BT - Mitsubishi DD 79-82

Eighth-ranked Toshiba Thunders (0-8) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (5-3) in Kanagawa. The visitors from Nagoya managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Toshiba Thunders were ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 27-21 charge of Mitsubishi Dolphins, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Toshiba Thunders outrebounded Mitsubishi Dolphins 37-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The winners were led by American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) who scored that evening 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Kazuyuki Nakagawa (180-82) supported him with 16 points. Four Mitsubishi Dolphins players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds by American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) did not help to save the game for Toshiba Thunders. His fellow American import forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Mitsubishi Dolphins have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 5-3 record. Toshiba Thunders at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Mitsubishi Dolphins' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu and it may be the game of the week. Toshiba Thunders will play on the road against Panasonic Trians (#7) in Osaka and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: S.Merritt 22+10reb+1ast, C.Moss 12+5reb, H.Ono 11+3reb+1ast, Y.Miyanga 9+2reb+3ast, S.Kikuchi 8+7reb, Y.Kuwahara 7+4reb
Mitsubishi DD: R.Hale 21+6reb+2ast, K.Nakagawa 16+2reb+2ast, K.Igarashi 11+2reb+3ast, B.Allen 10+5reb, S.Utsumi 8+3reb+1ast, Z.Abe 8
gschID: 137417




BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Parker, Shimane SM23.8 
 2. White, Oita H.23.8 
 3. Hargrow, Chiba J.23.4 
 4. Palmer, Fukuoka22.2 
 5. Flowers, Saitama21.0 
 6. Roberts, Shins.20.0 
 7. Washington, Osaka19.8 
 8. Gardener, Akita NH19.6 
 9. Staten, Chiba Jets19.0 
 10. Lyons, Miyazaki18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.12.5 
 2. Newton, Okinawa GK12.5 
 3. Rickert, Kyoto H.12.2 
 4. McFarland, Yokoham.12.0 
 5. Roberts, Shins.12.0 
 6. Ocitti, Akita NH11.4 
 7. Nunnally, Takamats.10.4 
 8. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.0 
 9. White, Oita H.10.0 
 10. Gomez Camarg., Sh.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Edward YAMAMOTO
  Shima.
  (173-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Yamamoto, Shima.8.6 
 2. Satterfield, Saita.7.0 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.4 
 4. Takushi, Oita H.5.2 
 5. Murry, Niigata5.0 
 6. Kabaya, Yokohama.4.8 
 7. Namizato, Okina.4.5 
 8. Saito, Shinshu BW4.4 
 9. Joho, Toyama G.4.2 
 10. Dukes, Sendai 89.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Reggie OKOSA
  Okinawa GK
  (208-F/C-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Okosa, Okinawa GK3.0 
 2. Staten, Chiba Jets2.6 
 3. Fitzgerald, Sendai2.4 
 4. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.2 
 5. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.0 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM2.0 
 7. Ohguchi, Hamamats.2.0 
 8. Nakanishi, Fukuok.2.0 
 9. Humphrey, Saitama2.0 
 10. Satterfield, Sait.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Lawrence BLACKLEDGE
  Osaka E.
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Blackledge, Osaka4.6 
 2. Davis, Shimane SM3.4 
 3. Hughes, Shinshu BW2.6 
 4. Marshall, Osaka E.2.4 
 5. McHenry, Okina.2.3 
 6. Dukes, Sendai 89e.2.2 
 7. Ocitti, Akita NH2.0 
 8. Flowers, Saitama1.8 
 9. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.8 
 10. Ashby, Shiga L.1.7 


Ivan McFarlin joined Tochigi Brex - by Eurobasket News
Ivan McFarlin (203-F-82, college: Oklahoma St.) joined Tochigi Brex and debuted for the team over the weekend.
In his first game Hitachi Sunrockers smashed Tochigi Brex 81-60 on Saturday. Hitachi Sunrockers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ivan McFarlin debuted with 7 points and 9 rebounds. He however erupted with 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead Tochigi Brex over Hitachi SR 69:67 in tonight game.The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 21-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) added 18 points and 5 steals during the contest.
In 2010-2011 the American Forward played for Hapoel Lev Hasharon (Israel-National League, starting five) and averaged 10.7ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT-2 (50.0%), FT: 70.6%. In 2011 he played for Bendigo Braves (Australia-ABA, starting five).



BJ League Round 6: Osaka Evessa hands first loss to undefeated Shimane Magic - by Eurobasket News
This is still too early stage of the Regular Season in BJ League and we should expect many changes in upcoming rounds. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Shimane Magic (4-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by Osaka Evessa (4-1) 62-59. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-1 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 18-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Osaka Evessa made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Osaka Evessa's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Shimane Magic. Osaka Evessa keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Shimane Magic. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shimane Magic will play again at home against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 6: winless Miyazaki SS was beaten by Oita H.Devils on the road 96-90. Okinawa GK won against Kyoto Hannar. on its own court 76-72. Winless Iwate Big Bulls unfortunately lost to Saitama Bron. in a road game 85-100. Chiba Jets managed to beat Takamatsu FA at home 71-56. Shiga L-Stars defeated Fukuoka Rizing on the opponent's court 82-79. Sendai 89ers was beaten by Akita NH in a home game 71-80. Shiga L-Stars won against Fukuoka Rizing on the road 92-81.
The most impressive performance of 6th round was 19 points and 9 rebounds by Stanley Ocitti of Akita NH.


Oita H.Devils - Miyazaki SS 96-90

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Oita Heat Devils' (2-3) home victory over bottom-ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (0-5) 96-90 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 26-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Oita Heat Devils made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Oita Heat Devils outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 42-31 including a 38-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) who led his team to a victory with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Miyazaki Shining Suns. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Miyazaki Shining Suns' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Oita Heat Devils moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Toyama Grouses and Kyoto Hannar. Miyazaki Shining Suns at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Oita Heat Devils will face again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#8) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: D.Lyons 17+6reb+3ast, T.Shimizu 16+6reb+2ast, I.Harris 15+3reb+2ast, L.Witcher 14+4reb+1ast, D.Dora 11+4reb+5ast, T.Ito 10+1reb+1ast
Oita H.Devils: W.White 22+8reb+2ast, M.Lottich 22+7reb+5ast, T.Cummings 18+7reb, N.Takushi 15+4reb+6ast, K.Mitomo 11+5reb+5ast, M.Ohara 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 141893


Okinawa GK - Kyoto Hannar. 76-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Kyoto Hannar.'s (2-3) road loss to fourth ranked Okinawa GK (4-1) 72-76 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 22-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Okinawa GK had a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: VVG Sports) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) contributed with 8 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Kyoto Hannar.Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Okinawa GK keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side keeps the fifth place with three games lost. Okinawa GK will face again Kyoto Hannar. (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: R.Rickert 19+14reb+3ast, J.Boyette 14+2reb+2ast, L.Allred 13+7reb+2ast, T.Kawabe 12, L.Cummard 7+5reb+1ast, N.Nakamura 5
Okinawa GK: R.Okosa 15+6reb+1ast, M.Yamauchi 11+2reb, A.McHenry 11+6reb+1ast, N.Namizato 10+3reb+2ast, T.Yonamine 9+1reb+3ast, N.Kosuge 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 141894


Saitama Bron. - Iwate Big Bulls 100-85

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Saitama Broncos (3-2) won against at home bottom-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (0-5) 100-85 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Saitama Broncos. Iwate Big Bulls was better in fourth quarter 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saitama Broncos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. The other American import point guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) contributed with 24 points, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 23 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and guard Makoto Sawaguchi (184-91) added 19 points in the effort for Iwate Big Bulls. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Saitama Broncos moved-up to third place, which they share with Sendai 89ers and Shinshu BW. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Saitama Broncos will face again Iwate Big Bulls (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: T.Kennedy 23+4reb+1ast, M.Sawaguchi 19+4reb+2ast, L.Malloy 15+5reb, S.Coleman 11+2reb, J.Shin 9+2reb+4ast, H.Kantake 6+4reb+2ast
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 25+4reb+2ast, K.Satterfield 24+1reb+8ast, J.Flowers 19+12reb+3ast, Y.Kitamuki 13+1reb+3ast, Y.Arai 6+1reb, G.Hughes 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 141889


Chiba Jets - Takamatsu FA 71-56

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked Takamatsu FA (0-5) lost on the road to second ranked Chiba Jets (4-1) 71-56 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Chiba Jets. Takamatsu FA was better in second period 16-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chiba Jets forced 20 Takamatsu FA turnovers. Takamatsu FA was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Cameroonian forward Gaston Moliva (202-85, college: Richmond) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Chiba Jets' coach Eric Gardow allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Chiba Jets keep a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Takamatsu FA at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Chiba Jets will face again Takamatsu FA (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: P.Butorac 18+12reb+1ast, M.Nunnally 15+10reb+2ast, M.Kita 7+4reb+3ast, N.Williams 5+7reb, M.Suzuki 5+1ast, H.Kikuchi 4+1reb+2ast
Chiba Jets: M.Hargrow 20+6reb+1ast, J.Staten 15+4reb, G.Moliva 12+13reb, G.Leach 6+3reb+1ast, T.Ishida 5+1reb, T.Kensuke 5+6reb+5ast
gschID: 141890


Shimane SM - Osaka Evessa 59-62

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Shimane Magic (4-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by Osaka Evessa (4-1) 62-59. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-1 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 18-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Osaka Evessa made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Osaka Evessa's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds and forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) added 23 points in the effort for Shimane Magic. Osaka Evessa keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Shimane Magic. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shimane Magic will play again at home against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 23+1reb+1ast, R.Golson 14+9reb+3ast, T.Yokoo 9+5reb, B.Puckett 7+5reb+1ast, J.Nakama 4+1reb+2ast, J.Davis 2+7reb
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 16+2reb+1ast, W.Marshall 14+8reb, C.Aoki 11+1reb, K.Tyner 5+1reb, S.Takeda 5+2reb, L.Payne 4+5reb
gschID: 141891


Fukuoka Rizing - Shiga L-Stars 79-82

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Shiga L-Stars (5-1) edged on the road 6th ranked Fukuoka Rizing (2-4) 82-79 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Shiga L-Stars outrebounded Fukuoka Rizing 43-29 including 34 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M - C.C., agency: VVG Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Fukuoka Rizing. Five Shiga L-Stars and four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: K.Palmer 22+11reb+2ast, A.Takeno 15+3reb+2ast, C.Dixon 14+4reb+2ast, G.Hamilton 12+7reb+2ast, J.Nakanishi 9+2reb+1ast, G.Inman 4
Shiga L-Stars: R.Nixon 17+9reb, D.Gomez Camargo 14+9reb, J.Peppers 13+3reb+1ast, S.Ogawa 13+1reb, Y.Okada 11+4reb+4ast, J.Ashby 10+11reb+3ast
gschID: 141892


Sendai 89ers - Akita NH 71-80

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both first ranked Akita Happinets and one of their biggest challengers Sendai 89ers had identical 3-1 record. But Sendai 89ers were not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Akita 80-71 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. 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 80-71. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Akita Happinets made 7 blocks. It was a good game for American guard Michael Gardener (182-81, college: SE Louisiana) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 5 assists. Dutch-American power forward Stanley Ocitti (203-80, college: Binghamton) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Akita Happinets' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) replied with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and guard Hikaru Kusaka (173-82) added 15 points, 6 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Sendai 89ers. Akita Happinets have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-1 record, which they share with 4 other teams. Sendai 89ers at the other side keep the third place with two games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round. Sendai 89ers will play again at home against the league's leader Akita Happinets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: D.Fitzgerald 19+7reb+4ast, O.Mims 16+5reb+1ast, H.Kusaka 15+2reb+6ast, D.Takaoka 8+3reb+2ast, J.Dukes 6+7reb+6ast, T.Komoda 5+4reb+1ast
Akita NH: M.Gardener 23+4reb+5ast, S.Ocitti 19+9reb+3ast, K.Shoji 12+3reb+2ast, B.Wallace 11+9reb+1ast, K.Taylor 7+1reb, D.Sweetney 3+5reb
gschID: 141887


Toyama Grouses - Shinshu BW 73-82 OT

Shinshu needed overtime to beat Toyama 82:73. Roberts stepped up with 22 points and 18 rebounds, while Raivio added 20 points.

Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: D.Searcy 21+16reb, H.Johnson 16+6reb+2ast, I.Brown 11+7reb+1ast, M.Joho 11+3reb+5ast, B.Harper 6+7reb+1ast, T.Mito 5+2reb+4ast
Shinshu BW: L.Roberts 22+18reb+4ast, D.Raivio 20+3reb+2ast, T.Hughes 11+17reb, T.Goya 10, E.Morris 10+4reb, S.Yosuke 5+1reb+2ast


gschID: 141888


Fukuoka Rizing - Shiga L-Stars 81-92

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Shiga L-Stars (5-1) beat on the road 6th ranked Fukuoka Rizing (2-4) 92-81 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Shiga L-Stars. Fukuoka Rizing was better in third quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shiga L-Stars made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Shiga L-Stars especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. It was a good game for Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American swingman Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) replied with 18 points and his fellow American import swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M - C.C., agency: VVG Sports) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Fukuoka Rizing. Five Shiga L-Stars and four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: C.Dixon 18+4reb+1ast, K.Palmer 16+2reb+4ast, G.Hamilton 14+4reb+2ast, J.Nakanishi 12+7reb+1ast, G.Inman 8+5reb+1ast, S.Ishitani 8+2ast
Shiga L-Stars: D.Gomez Camargo 20+12reb, Y.Okada 20+2reb+1ast, J.Peppers 15, J.Ashby 10+4reb+3ast, R.Nixon 10+11reb+4ast, S.Ogawa 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 141886




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


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Trepca beats champions, 77:67 - by Dren Shporta
Under the command of Drilon Hajrizi (208-C) (35 points and 10 rebounds) Trepca has made possible the thing that was impossible last year, to win against Sigal Prishtina. The green boys from Mitrovica played a great game and didn't lose the control of the game during 40 minutes.

With Jaleel Nelson's (28 points and 9 rebounds) help Trepca made a diffenrence in first quarter (22:9). After that, they tied in the second quarter when Sigal Prishtina showed themselves (21:21). When eberybody started to think that champions are coming back during the third quarter (14:20) with some points of Granit Rugova (26 points), Hajrizi of Trepca showed his qualities and stopped Sigal Prishtina, (20:17).

The 3000 spectators of Trepca witnessed a great match, where their team didnt fall during the four quarters. They didnt do everything what I said to them, but in the end they showed a great will and finished the job, said Trepca coach Ilir Selmani. In the green team except Drilon Hajrizi and Jaleel Nelson, nobody scored more than ten points. While at the champions Edmond Azemi (13 points), Alban Veseli (12 points) and Fisnik Rugova (10 points) couldnt help more to make changes in the result.


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LBL Round 5 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
Undefeated U18 (0-1) recorded its first loss on the court of eighth ranked Jelgava on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Jelgava 85-52. The game without a history. Jelgava led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding U18 to just 7 points in first quarter. Jelgava dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to U18's 16. Jelgava forced 28 U18 turnovers and outrebounded them 39-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by U18 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) who scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Reinis Strupovics (192-87) chipped in 17 points. Guard Toms Leimanis (183-94) produced 11 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Jelgava (1-3) left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with Turiba and LU. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with one game lost. Jelgava is looking forward to face higher ranked Valmiera (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. U18 will have a break next round.
The game in Turiba was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Jurmala (2-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Turiba (1-3). Jurmala managed to secure a 6-point victory 75-69. The former international forward Jevgenijs Kosuskins (200-77) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. Ervins Jonats contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Roberts Mednis (204-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds for Turiba. Turiba's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Jurmala moved-up to third place. Turiba lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Jelgava and LU. Jurmala will play against league's second-placed VEF Riga at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Turiba will play against the league's second-placed VEF Riga to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Riga supposed to be also quite interesting. Leader Ventspils (5-0) played at the court of 5th ranked Latvijas Universitate (1-3). Ventspils smashed Latvijas Universitate 125-87 on Sunday. Sam Willard stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Harijs Rubenis responded with 21 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Ventspils have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with Jelgava and Turiba. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



Turiba - Jurmala 69-75

The game in Turiba was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Jurmala (2-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Turiba (1-3). Jurmala managed to secure a 6-point victory 75-69. Turiba was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 27-17 charge of Jurmala, which allowed them to win the game. Jurmala shot 32 for 47 from the free-throw line, while Turiba only scored fifteen points from the stripe. Jurmala forced 19 Turiba turnovers. Turiba was plagued by 36 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Jevgenijs Kosuskins (200-77) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Ervins Jonats (199-91) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Jurmala players scored in double figures. Center Roberts Mednis (204-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and guard Martins Steinbergs (188-90, agency: FCM) added 14 points in the effort for Turiba. Turiba's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Jurmala moved-up to third place. Turiba lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Jelgava and LU. Jurmala will play against league's second-placed VEF Riga at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Turiba will play against the league's second-placed VEF Riga to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Turiba: R.Mednis 18+15reb+1ast, M.Steinbergs 14+2reb+1ast, K.Mediss 10+4reb, J.Dilevka 8+5reb, J.Antrops 6+5reb+2ast, M.Rudmiezis 6+4reb+1ast
Jurmala: J.Kosuskins 19+8reb+1ast, A.Ozols 15+4reb+1ast, E.Jonats 12+8reb, R.Vaikulis 11+2reb+1ast, K.Raiskums 8+1reb+1ast, U.Pinete 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 149849


Jelgava - U18 85-52

Undefeated U18 (0-1) recorded its first loss on the court of eighth ranked Jelgava on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Jelgava 85-52. The game without a history. Jelgava led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding U18 to just 7 points in first quarter. Jelgava dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to U18's 16. Jelgava forced 28 U18 turnovers and outrebounded them 39-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by U18 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) who scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Reinis Strupovics (192-87) chipped in 17 points. Guard Toms Leimanis (183-94) produced 11 points and guard Dmitrijs Brizgalovs (186-94) added 12 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Jelgava (1-3) left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with Turiba and LU. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with one game lost. Jelgava is looking forward to face higher ranked Valmiera (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. U18 will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
U18: D.Brizgalovs 12+1reb+1ast, O.Liepins 11+1reb+1ast, T.Leimanis 11+2reb+1ast, G.Puhovs 6+5reb, E.Endzels 4+2reb, E.Stelmahers 3+2reb
Jelgava: E.Krumins 28+8reb+1ast, R.Strupovics 17+1reb+1ast, I.Grasmanis 8+5reb+1ast, J.Lasmanis 7+5reb+1ast, A.Justovics 7, K.Krumins 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 149850


LU - Ventspils 87-125

The game in Riga supposed to be also quite interesting. Leader Ventspils (5-0) played at the court of 5th ranked Latvijas Universitate (1-3). Ventspils smashed Latvijas Universitate 125-87 on Sunday. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Latvijas Universitate's 36 and made 31-of-36 free shots (86.1 percent) during the game. Ventspils shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Sam Willard (205, college: Pacific) stepped up and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and international guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Five Ventspils players scored in double figures. Forward Harijs Rubenis (199-91) responded with 21 points and guard Kristaps Dargais (195-90) scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ventspils have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with Jelgava and Turiba. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
LU: H.Rubenis 21+4reb, K.Dargais 13+6reb+4ast, Z.Peiners 11+2reb, M.Vitols 9+2reb+5ast, M.Dargis 8+2reb, Z.Plivda 8+4reb
Ventspils: S.Willard 18+6reb+1ast, J.Young 17+1reb+1ast, B.Bakic 15+2reb+4ast, J.Strelnieks 15+3reb+5ast, R.Zakis 12+2reb, M.Meiers 12+7reb+2ast
gschID: 149851




Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. Liepaja-2 7-0 
 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 1-5 
 13. Jelgava/LLU 0-4 
 14. Livani 0-4 
 15. Ogres 0-4 
 16. Ridzene 0-4 


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 34.7
 1. Sims, VEF Riga34.7 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera22.3 
 3. Bertans, VEF Riga19.0 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera18.8 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava18.8 
 6. Perry, VEF Riga17.3 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala17.0 
 8. Mayo, Liepaja16.3 
 9. Dukulis, Liepaja16.0 
 10. Millage, VEF Riga15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Sims, VEF Riga11.7 
 2. Mednis, Turiba8.8 
 3. Kalve, Valmiera8.3 
 4. Andriukaitis, Liep.8.0 
 5. Berzins, VEF Riga7.7 
 6. Willard, Ventspils7.3 
 7. Dargais, LU7.0 
 8. Osins, LU7.0 
 9. Dukulis, Liepaja7.0 
 10. Berzins, Ventspils6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.3 
 2. Coders, Jurmala4.7 
 3. Janicenoks, VEF R.4.0 
 4. Perry, VEF Riga4.0 
 5. Lucas, Valmiera3.8 
 6. Valters, VEF Riga3.8 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.5 
 8. Young, Ventspils3.3 
 9. Krumins, Jelgava3.0 
 10. Bertans, VEF Riga3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Elvijs MICULIS
  U18
  (195-F-94)
  Avg: 4
 1. Miculis, U184.0 
 2. Millage, VEF Riga3.3 
 3. Brizgalovs, U183.0 
 4. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.7 
 5. Peiners, LU2.7 
 6. Cain, VEF Riga2.0 
 7. Krastins, U182.0 
 8. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 9. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 10. Osins, LU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edmunds DUKULIS
  Liepaja
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dukulis, Liepaja2.0 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera1.3 
 3. Cain, VEF Riga1.3 
 4. Berzins, VEF Riga1.3 
 5. Plivda, LU1.0 
 6. Jonats, Jurmala1.0 
 7. Gromovs, U181.0 
 8. Bertans, VEF Riga1.0 
 9. Grasmanis, Jelgava0.8 
 10. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.8 


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Gudaitis' double-double lands him NKL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
18-year old center Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for Gargzdai and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat S.Marciulionio (3-5) 100-95. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Gargzdai is placed at 12th position in NKL. Gargzdai is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-5 record. Gudaitis turned to be Gargzdai's top player in his first season with the team. Gudaitis has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 17.4ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 10.9rpg) and averages solid 1.8bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Deividas Keburys (200-C-90) of Meresta. He is a center in his first season at Meresta. In the last game Keburys recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Meresta to another comfortable win 91-72 over the higher-ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (#3, 5-3) being unquestionably team leader. Meresta's 15th position in the standings has not changed. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Meresta managed to get this year. Keburys is a newcomer at Meresta and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-F-82) of Ezerunas-Karys (#8). Ambrulaitis showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Ezerunas-Karys, leading his team to a 84-81 win against Silute (4-4). Ezerunas-Karys needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Ambrulaitis has a great season in Lithuania. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.0rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Audrius Mineikis (201-F-77) of Radviliskis - 21 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Rolandas Jakstas (200-F-92) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 20 points and 10 rebounds
6. Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-G-88) of Delikatesas - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Mantas Martinkus (188-G-91) of Gargzdai - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Giedrius Kulbis (187-G-81) of S.Marciulionio - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Julius Jucikas (205-C-89) of ABRO-Univ. - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Paulius Malasauskas (190-G-91) of LKKA-Atletas - 14 points, 3 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)


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


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas UZKURAITIS
  Delikate.
  (189-G-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. Uzkuraitis, Delika.23.0 
 2. Maneikis, Meresta21.8 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.21.0 
 4. Lengvinas, Nafta19.0 
 5. Sragauskis, LKKA-.18.4 
 6. Pancerevas, Silute18.3 
 7. Masiulis, Matinga-.18.0 
 8. Gudaitis, Gargzdai17.4 
 9. Brown, Mazeikiai17.3 
 10. Rakauskas, Radvil.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Audrius MINEIKIS
  Radviliskis
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Mineikis, Radvilis.11.4 
 2. Gudaitis, Gargzdai10.9 
 3. Tamasevicius, Silu.9.1 
 4. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.9.0 
 5. Vaitiekunas, Triob.8.7 
 6. Jucikas, AB.8.0 
 7. Pikalavicius, Deli.7.9 
 8. Jogela, Zalgir.7.5 
 9. Kazakauskas, Naft.7.4 
 10. Kumpys, Nafta U.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Silute
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Razutis, Silute5.9 
 2. Malasauskas, LKKA.5.6 
 3. Rakauskas, Radvili.5.4 
 4. Artamonov, Meresta5.3 
 5. Venskus, Nafta U.5.0 
 6. Vingelis, LKKA-.4.9 
 7. Varanauskas, Stat.4.8 
 8. Semaska, Perla.4.8 
 9. Kurauskas, AB.4.8 
 10. Kvedaraviciu., De.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Simonas SLIVKA
  Meresta
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Slivka, Meresta2.8 
 2. Paliukenas, S.Marc.2.6 
 3. Jogela, Zalgir.2.5 
 4. Kazakauskas, Naft.2.4 
 5. Kuklierius, Mating.2.1 
 6. Venskus, Nafta U.2.1 
 7. Vileita, Perla.2.1 
 8. Uzkuraitis, Delika.2.0 
 9. Radavicius, Meres.2.0 
 10. Rauktys, Radvilis.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (214-C-92)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Urbonas, LK.3.5 
 2. Mockevicius, S.Mar.3.0 
 3. Pupinis, Matinga-.1.8 
 4. Gudaitis, Gargzdai1.8 
 5. Kymantas, Zalgir.1.5 
 6. Jucikas, AB.1.5 
 7. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.5 
 8. Giedraitis, ABRO-.1.3 
 9. Stakenas, Statyba1.2 
 10. Kaubrys, Silute1.1 


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Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Corey RAJI
  Etzella
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Raji, Etzella25.5 
 2. Schumacher, T7124.7 
 3. Arre, BBC Nitia24.7 
 4. Rajniak, Basket E.24.5 
 5. Ulmer, Soleuvre23.8 
 6. Kennedy, Residence23.0 
 7. Reimold, Basket E.20.3 
 8. Perre, Musel Pikes20.0 
 9. Jorssen, Soleuvre19.3 
 10. Walker, Heffingen19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Denell STEPHENS
  T71
  (193-F/G-86)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Stephens, T7113.3 
 2. Gary, Musel Pikes11.3 
 3. Ulmer, Soleuvre10.8 
 4. Carvalho, Heffingen10.8 
 5. Djerman, Amicale10.2 
 6. Arre, BBC Nitia10.0 
 7. Raji, Etzella10.0 
 8. Bassirou, Musel Pi.10.0 
 9. Svitek, Basket Es.9.7 
 10. Smith, Sparta9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Schartz, Amicale3.8 
 2. Schumacher, T713.7 
 3. Birenbaum, Amicale3.3 
 4. Ruffato, T713.2 
 5. Di Bartolome., BBC2.8 
 6. Reimold, Basket E.2.8 
 7. Rajniak, Basket E.2.8 
 8. Biever, Basket Es.2.8 
 9. Raji, Etzella2.7 
 10. Polfer, Etzella2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jones, Amicale2.8 
 2. Arre, BBC Nitia2.5 
 3. Ulmer, Soleuvre2.2 
 4. Reimold, Basket E.2.0 
 5. Kennedy, Residence2.0 
 6. Perre, Musel Pikes2.0 
 7. Carvalho, Heffingen1.7 
 8. Smith, Sparta1.7 
 9. Polfer, Etzella1.7 
 10. Stephens, T711.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Musel Pikes
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gary, Musel Pikes1.8 
 2. Carvalho, Heffingen1.7 
 3. Walker, Heffingen1.2 
 4. Brown, Amicale1.0 
 5. Djerman, Amicale1.0 
 6. Ribeiro, BBC Nitia0.8 
 7. Reimold, Basket E.0.8 
 8. Hoffmann, Sparta0.7 
 9. Bassirou, Musel Pi.0.7 
 10. Muller, T710.7 


Diekirch League Round 6: Top-ranked T71 wins another game - by Eurobasket News
Diekirch League top team - T71 (6-0) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Residence (2-4) in Bereldange 81-70. The game was mostly controlled by T71. Residence managed to win fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international power forward Frank Muller (194-88, college: Cuesta JC) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American swingman Denell Stephens (193-86, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) contributed with 13 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. T71's coach Jan Enjebo used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. U.S. Virgin Isl. Forward Jerome Gumbs (194-82, college: USF) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for Residence. Undefeated T71 have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Residence at the other side dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with Soleuvre. T71 are looking forward to face Sparta (#4) in Bertrange in the next round. Residence will play on the road against BBC Nitia in Bettembourg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Heffingen is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to fourth ranked Sparta (4-2) 77-65. American point guard Kasey Ulin (184-82, college: Dickinson St.) scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Thomas Dreesen chipped in 25 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward William Walker (201-87, college: Bethel (IN), agency: Warren Sports International) with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Sparta have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Basket Esch. Newly promoted Heffingen still closes the standings with six games lost. Sparta will play against league's leader T71 in Dudelange in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Heffingen will play on the road against Amicale (#5) in Steinsel and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game between 9th ranked BBC Nitia (1-5) and eighth ranked Musel Pikes (3-3) in Bettembourg on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Stadrbredimus outscored BBC Nitia 83-64. Philip Perre notched a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Musel Pikes' coach Frank Baum allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds by William Arre did not help to save the game for BBC Nitia. Musel Pikes moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Amicale. BBC Nitia lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with five games lost. Musel Pikes will meet at home Soleuvre (#8) in the next round. BBC Nitia will play against Residence in Bereldange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 6 Amicale was beaten by Etzella on the road 76-66. Basket Esch won against Soleuvre on its own court 90-76.
The most impressive performance of 6th round was 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by John Reimold of Basket Esch.



Etzella - Amicale 76-66

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Etzella (5-1) beat 5th ranked Amicale (3-3) in Ettelbruck 76-66 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Etzella. Amicale managed to win second period 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nigerian forward Corey Raji (198-88, college: Boston Coll., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international swingman Nelson Delgado (188-80) supported him with 19 points. Four Etzella players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 5 rebounds by international guard Christopher Jones (188-90) did not help to save the game for Amicale. Croatian-Austrian forward Ivan Djerman (203-83) added 10 points and 14 rebounds. Etzella maintains second position with 5-1 record behind leader T71. Loser Amicale keeps the fifth place with three games lost. They share the position with Musel Pikes. Etzella will meet Basket Esch (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Amicale will play against Heffingen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Amicale: C.Jones 19+5reb+1ast, E.Jeitz 13+5reb+1ast, I.Djerman 10+14reb+1ast, R.Birenbaum 6+3ast, C.Schartz 5+2reb, A.Laurent 5+2reb
Etzella: C.Raji 24+13reb+4ast, N.Delgado 19+4reb+1ast, T.Giver 13+1reb, G.Polfer 12+6reb+5ast, E.Bissener 3+2reb, R.Albaladejo 2+7reb+1ast
gschID: 140679


Basket Esch - Soleuvre 90-76

Very expected game when 7th ranked Soleuvre (2-4) lost on the road to third ranked Basket Esch (4-2) 90-76 on Sunday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Basket Esch's pressure prevailed and they won that period 24-16 extending their advantage to 14 points. Basket Esch forced 22 Soleuvre turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American swingman John Reimold (198-81, college: Bowling Green) notched 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and Slovakian power forward Stefan Svitek (203-77) supported him with 20 points. Even a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds by American Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island) did not help to save the game for Soleuvre. Belgian power forward Dimitri Jorssen (212-79, college: Utah St.) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Basket Esch and five Soleuvre players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Basket Esch maintains third position with 4-2 record having just two points less than leader T71, which they share with Sparta. Loser Soleuvre keeps the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with Residence. Basket Esch will meet at home league's second-placed Etzella in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Soleuvre will play against Musel Pikes (#6) in Stadrbredimus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Soleuvre: L.Ulmer 16+12reb, D.Controguerra 14+4reb, M.Weyland 14+2reb+4ast, D.Jorssen 13+5reb+4ast, A.Schammo 10+7reb+5ast, B.Hemmen 7+1reb+1ast
Basket Esch: J.Reimold 33+7reb+4ast, S.Svitek 20+4reb+3ast, M.Rajniak 18+4reb+5ast, J.Biever 10+5reb+3ast, P.Biever 6+1ast, T.Donnersbach 2+1reb
gschID: 140680


BBC Nitia - Musel Pikes 64-83

The game between 9th ranked BBC Nitia (1-5) and eighth ranked Musel Pikes (3-3) in Bettembourg on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Stadrbredimus outscored BBC Nitia 83-64. The game was mostly controlled by Musel Pikes. BBC Nitia managed to win fourth quarter 23-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Musel Pikes forced 21 BBC Nitia turnovers. American-British forward Philip Perre (198-79, college: N.Alabama) notched a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Guy Schmit (187-80) supported him with 21 points. Four Musel Pikes players scored in double figures. Musel Pikes' coach Frank Baum allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds by American power forward William Arre (199-86, college: Lock Haven, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) did not help to save the game for BBC Nitia. Latvian power forward Janis Poznaks (202-83) added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Musel Pikes moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Amicale. BBC Nitia lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with five games lost. Musel Pikes will meet at home Soleuvre (#8) in the next round. BBC Nitia will play against Residence in Bereldange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BBC Nitia: W.Arre 24+13reb, J.Poznaks 14+12reb, L.Ruppert 7+4reb+4ast, P.Bintz 6+1ast, B.Schumacher 6+5reb+4ast, G.Di Bartolomeo 3+2reb+4ast
Musel Pikes: P.Perre 29+10reb+1ast, G.Schmit 21+2reb+3ast, B.Gary 15+6reb+4ast, L.Schwartz 11+3reb+1ast, J.De Marchi 2+3reb+1ast, E.Steffen 2+1ast
gschID: 140676


Heffingen - Sparta 65-77

Bottom-ranked Heffingen is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to fourth ranked Sparta (4-2) 77-65. It looked good early as Heffingen took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sparta had a 34-23 second period charge getting the lead and Heffingen was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-77. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Heffingen to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Heffingen 44-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. American point guard Kasey Ulin (184-82, college: Dickinson St.) scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Belgian forward Thomas Dreesen (199-88, agency: Court Side) chipped in 25 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward William Walker (201-87, college: Bethel (IN), agency: Warren Sports International) with 25 points and 8 rebounds and Portuguese power forward Helder Carvalho (205-84) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Sparta have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Basket Esch. Newly promoted Heffingen still closes the standings with six games lost. Sparta will play against league's leader T71 in Dudelange in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Heffingen will play on the road against Amicale (#5) in Steinsel and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Heffingen: W.Walker 25+8reb+2ast, H.Carvalho 14+15reb+2ast, T.Schmit 13+2reb, C.Weyrich 7+2reb+5ast, C.Schroeder 4+2reb, J.Thesen 2+1reb+2ast
Sparta: T.Dreesen 25+7reb, K.Ulin 21+7reb+5ast, L.Smith 11+13reb, R.Wolzfeld 8+4reb+1ast, J.Hublart 8+6reb+1ast, P.Arbaut 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 140677


Residence - T71 70-81

Diekirch League top team - T71 (6-0) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Residence (2-4) in Bereldange 81-70. The game was mostly controlled by T71. Residence managed to win fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international power forward Frank Muller (194-88, college: Cuesta JC) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American swingman Denell Stephens (193-86, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Five T71 players scored in double figures. T71's coach Jan Enjebo used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. U.S. Virgin Isl. Forward Jerome Gumbs (194-82, college: USF) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and international swingman Pitt Koster (178-89) added 22 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Residence. T71 have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Residence at the other side dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with Soleuvre. T71 are looking forward to face Sparta (#4) in Bertrange in the next round. Residence will play on the road against BBC Nitia in Bettembourg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Residence: P.Koster 22+8reb+1ast, J.Gumbs 21+11reb, M.Kennedy 13+5reb, M.Schmit 5+5reb+1ast, T.Abdiu 5+2reb+2ast, B.Melcher 4+4ast
T71: T.Schumacher 20+3reb+3ast, G.Ruffato 18+1reb+3ast, F.Muller 18+9reb+4ast, D.Stephens 13+15reb+1ast, J.Delgado 10+3reb+1ast, B.Kieffer 2
gschID: 140678




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


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  MEXICO   


J.J. Barea brings Pan Am Gold to Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News
MEXICO - PUERTO RICO 72-74

Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) hit the go ahead shot with less than three seconds to play as Puerto Rico beat host Mexico 74-72 to win the men's basketball gold medal at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara.
Barea's pull-up jumper near the foul line put Puerto Rico up for good, the final basket in a hard-fought game that was marked by multiple lead changes.
Mexico had one more chance, but a last second shot fell short as the buzzer sounded.
The win made it a clean sweep for Puerto Rican basketball. The island women's team beat Mexico exactly a week ago to win its first ever Pan American gold medal.
It was the third Pan American Games gold medal for Puerto Rico on the men's side, coming 20 years after the island last won it all in 1993 in Havana. The team previously won in Sao Paolo in 1963. (*Courtesy of www.caribbeanbusinesspr.com)

Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) shined for Puerto Rico with double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. Hero Jose Juan Barea had 18 points and 8 assists, while big guy Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) added 14 pts and 6 boards for his country. For the host of Panamerican Games 2011, Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) netted 18 points. Paul Stoll (178-G-85) scored 14 and Hector Hernandez (206-F-85, agency: Duran International, college: Fresno St.) added 9 pts, plus 6 rebs. Quarters: 21-19, 14-16, 16-15, 21-24. USA won the Bronze in Guadalajara.

Mexico: Jovan Harris 18, Paul Stoll 14, Hector Hernandez 9+6 boards
Puerto Rico: Renaldo Balkman 28+12 boards, Jose Juan Barea 18+8 as, Daniel Santiago 14+6 boards


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  MONTENEGRO   


Standings - 1A
1A Erste Basketball League Standings
 1. Mornar Bar 3-0 
 2. Mogren 2-1 
 3. Lovcen 2-1 
 4. Sutjeska 2-1 
 5. KK Podgorica 2-1 
 6. Ulcinj 1-2 
 7. Danilovgrad 1-2 
 8. ABS Primorje 1-2 
 9. Teodo Tivat 1-2 
 10. Jedinstvo 0-3 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost


Standings - 1B
1B Standings
 1. Centar BP 1-0 
 2. Gorstak 1-0 
 3. Kotor 1-0 
 4. Rudar 1-0 
 5. S.Centar 1-0 
 6. Berane 2010 0-1 
 7. Bonus 0-1 
 8. Ibar Rozaje 0-1 
 9. Un.Mediteran 0-1 
 10. Zeta 0-1 


New victory for Mornar, Teodo and Sutjeska - by Dragan Scepanovic
Mornar third consecutive time gave more than 100 points. Teodo powerful in Bijelo Polje, and Danilovgrad dropped 18 points from the third quarter of the surplus

Mornar - Mogren 108:75 (34:18, 21:16, 30:20, 23:21)
Bar . SC Topolica. Spect: 300. Reff: Sundic (Podgorica), Raicevic (Bijelo Polje), Kajevic (Podgorica).
Mornar: Pajovic 2, Damjanovic 8, Kasalica 10, Mikovic 13, Ivanovic 10, Skot 7, Radosavljevic 11, Sekulovic 6, Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) 14, Vujoevic 3, Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) 5.
Mogren: Fatic 4, Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) 7, Reljic 8, Manojlovic 4, Spaic, Vucurovic 16, Sestovic 19, Vladimir Osmajic (204-F/C-80) 4, Zeljko Maricic (188-G-90) 11, Susa 2, Mazalica, Djokovic.

Jedinstvo - Teodo 71:92 (13:26, 16:24, 23:22, 19:20)
Bijelo Polje - SC: Nikoljac. Spect: 300. Reff: Koljenic (Podgorica), Kaludjerovic (Niksic), Janjuevic (Niksic).
Jedinstvo: Ticevic, Muovic, Miljic 2, Arso Lekovic (198-F-90) 7, Omerovic 5, Babaca 6, N. Kneevic 16, S. Knezevic 3, Niavic 6, Radovic, Rajovic 4, Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91) 22.
Teodo: Mijovic 14, Stancic, Danilovic, Milosevic 5, Bulajic 12, Pekic 7, Marko Calic (195-G/F-86) 3, Bokovic 25, Subotic 10, Rondovic 12, Janic, Marko Ljujic 4.

Danilovgrad - Sutjeska 69:73 (16:14, 20:11, 14:13, 8:20, 11:15)
Danilovgrad - City SC:Spect 350. Reff: Jokic, Sanjevic, Radulovic (Podgorica).
Danilovgrad: Ratkovic 17, Igor Kunjic (199-F-87) 10, Vukovic, Skendic, Djerkovic, Stojanovic, Marko Koljevic (191-G-90) 8, Krivacevic, Novakovic, Cebalovic 11, Mrdak 4, Filip Patkovic (200-F-90) 19.
Sutjeska: Kovac, Zarubica 4, Ademovic, Jovanovic 16, Grabovica, Popovic 19, Pavlovic 2, Kuveljic 2, Zarko Krivokapic (189-G-91) 10, Milosev, Miljan Vukotic (203-F/C-77) 3, Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83) 17.




ABA League: Buducnost got the first away victory of the season - by Darko Pekic
Buducnost won in Kragujevac! The master Miroslav Nikolic lost again his student Dejan Radonjic ! The final result was 62-74 (22:20, 6:19, 20:12, 14:23). Buducnost dominated during the whole game and only the first quarter was won by Radnicki. Obviously, Muta Nikolic will have a lot of work to do because his Radnicki is not the same club from last year-agressive and motivated. On the other side good news are- the return of Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) who scored 18 points and 4 assists. In the first couple of rounds he was only a shadow of an ex FMP Zeleznik and Hemofarm star but tonight he regained his confidence and will lead Buducnost in Adriatic League and EuroCup. He was assisted by Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90, college: USC) (14 pts and 10rbs) while Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) had 12 points and added 7 assists.

For Radnicki, David Simon (207-C-82, college: IPFW) scored 22 points and ex Buducnost player Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 17 points and had 8 assists.


First B Division: Round1 - by Darko Pekic
The season in First B Division started this weekend and it will not be easy to predict which team can move up to Erste Basketball League next season. Most clubs rely on youngsters and it will be a big battle for promotion untill the last round. This is the lowest level league in Montenegro and there is no relegation. Here are the results of the 1st Round:

Pljevlja- Zeta 56:76 (11:18, 11:22, 20:15, 14:21)
Rudar-Gorstak 82:92 (20:20, 22:31, 18:26, 22:15)
Centar-Ibar 83:64 (19:14, 23:24, 28:13, 13:13)
Studentski Centar- Berane 2010 89:62 (27:20, 24:13, 23:11, 15:18)
Univerzitet Mediteran-Kotor 88:70 (27:20, 20:14, 14:24, 27:12)

Next round will be played on the 5th and 6th November:

Zeta -Gortak
Berane- 2010 Rudar
Kotor -Studentski Centar
Ibar -Univerzitet Mediteran
Pljevlja- Centar



EBL Round 3: Two surprises tonight - by Darko Pekic
The last two games of the third round brought us two surprises. Ulcinj was unable to win against KK Podgorica in a tied match. The final result was 74:75 (20:21, 26:22, 18:13, 20:19) . After a great Balkan league game and the win in Mostar agaiinst Zrinjski Ulcinj was beaten by Podgorica, a young and unexperienced team but obviously full of talent. They officially became the biggest surprise in the League after a 2-1 record and a couple of great performances. Will Milorad Sutulovic (196-G-90), Milos Pajovic (204-C-94) and others be able to maintain the winning streak against another favorite, KK Lovcen, in the next round?

In the other game, ABS Primorje surprised KK Lovcen after an overtime 77:73 (15:15, 20:16, 15:18, 12:13, 15:11). It can be considered the biggest surprise in the first three rounds because Lovcen didn't know what the word 'defeat' means untill today and ABS Primorje had a 0-2 record. But the favorites don't always wins and that's why Montenegrin League is so excting this year. ABS Primorje will have another difficult task next week against Sutjeska in Niksic while Lovcen will be under huge pression before the game in Podgorica because the victory is a must.


Ulcinj - Podgorica 74:75 (10:21, 26:22, 18:13, 20:19)

Ulcinj - 'Gimnazija' Hall. Visitors: 300. Referees: R. Vojinovic (Niksic), Kicovic (Bar), Muhadinovic (Cetinje).

Ulcinj: Latkovic 13, Djurisic 7, Kuvelji 6, Jovovi, Young, Klikovac 2, Jeftic 4, Lalovic 6, Medenica 22, Milatovic 4, Taflaj, Kirkpatrick 14.
Podgorica: Jovovic 2, Femic, Pajovic 6, Sutulovic 25, Vusovic, Perovic 14, Mugosa 17, Gavranic, Draskovic, Ljubenkovic 4, Nicaj 2, Zizic 5.

ABS Primorje - Lovcen 77:73 (15:15, 20:16, 15:18, 12:13, 15:11)

Herceg Novi - SC 'Igalo'. Visitors: 100. Referees: Jokic, Savovic (Podgorica), Pantovic (Niksic).

ABS Primorje: S. Arapovic 12, Papovic 8, Misinezovic, D. Arapovic, Krivokapic 2, Devrnja 14, Bulatovic 17, Kovacevic 7, Radak 7, Baovic 3, Brajovic 3, Savic 4.
Lovcen: Stojanovic 9, Djokovic 19, S. Latkovic, Milosevic, Pavlicevic 16, Vrbica 5, Borilovic, Koprivica 4, Lopicic 4, Zejak 14, Milic, M. Latkovic 2.




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  NBA   


Twitter Recruits - by Daniel Gibson
Last week LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) used his Twitter account to put an idea out there for a couple of players he would like to see join the big 3 in Miami. He first asked the fans how they would like to see Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan), free-agent from the Atlanta Hawks, join the team. Crawford had played with James in a few of the summer league games and the the two had great chemistry along with Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette).

The other player that James Tweeted was Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) of the Phoenix Suns. Nash is in his final year of his current contract and many people believed there was a great chance the Suns may move him before the trade deadline this season. With the lockout in place and no end in sight, these moves are put on hold. The Heat are looking to bounce back from the loss they suffered to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. Wade and LeBron have been working out in South Beach together this summer and playing in numerous charity games with the main focus on getting better and winning a title.


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  NBLCANADA   


NBLC Standings
NBL Canada Standings
 1. Quebec K. 2-0 
 2. Halifax R. 0-0 
 3. London L. 0-0 
 4. St.John M.R. 0-0 
 5. The Island 0-0 
 6. Moncton M. 0-1 
 7. Oshawa P. 0-1 


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  NCAA1   


USA wins Bronze in Guadalajara - by Eurobasket News
USA - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 94-92

With the bronze medal secured, the players rushed to mid court to celebrate.
There, the United States men's basketball team joined the players from the Dominican Republic, dancing together and hugging each other as the Mexican crowd cheered.
'I overcame tears, because that was a special moment,' U.S. coach Nate Tibbetts said after his team beat the Dominicans 94-92 for bronze at the Pan American Games. 'It's brotherhood. It's fellowship.'
Lance Thomas (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke) scored a team-high 14 points Sunday to give the Americans their best finish at the games since a silver in Winnipeg in 1999.
The bronze was a disappointing result for a U.S. team trying to win the Pan American gold for the first time since 1983, but the players who were put together just a few weeks before the tournament said they are leaving Guadalajara glad to have learned from the experience.
'We enjoyed it and it's going to be something that we will remember for the rest of our lives,' U.S. guard Justin Dentmon said.
Thomas said the mutual celebration at the end of the match showed how much the Americans embraced the spirit of the Pan Am Games.
'It was amazing, was special to be able to celebrate together afterwards,' he said. 'They started and we just got in there together. The fans appreciated us being there.' (*Courtesy of www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com)

Lance Thomas led the winners in scoring with 14 points. Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, college: ORU) (7 rebs) and Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) (5 as) helped USA with 12 points each. On the other side, Dominicans got 25 points and 9 rebounds from Elys Manuel Guzman (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.). Their second scorer was Jack Michael Martinez (6'8''-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) with 21 pts (9 rebs) and Juan Coronado (6'5''-G-83) stopped to 13 pts in this meeting (5 rebs). Quarters: 30-28, 21-17, 17-23, 26-24. Puerto Rico won the Gold in Guadalajara.

USA: Lance Thomas 14, Marcus Lewis 12+7 boards, Justin Dentmon 12+5 as
Dominican Republic: Elys Manuel Guzman 25+9 boards, Jack Michael Martinez 21+9 boards, Juan Coronado 13+5 boards


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Taranaki add Hudson - by Pete Knechtel
The Taranaki Mountainairs have locked up their second import spot for the up coming season with the signing of Darryl Hudson (196-G-85, college: Howard). Hudson a former player with the Jets is a proven scorer and should help ease some of the pressure from Jack Leasure (191-G-86, college: Co.Carolina). However there is history with the mountairs captain Aaron Bailey-Nowell (195-G-81) and Hudson as they got into an altercation which resulted in both players being ejected from the game and suspend for the final game of last season. With Hudson Leisure and Mada signed for the upcoming season captain Aaron Bailey-Nowell has still not put pen to paper. While Aaron waits for the club to make an appropriate offer, other teams have started to inquire about the versatile big mans services.

Who was hot and who was not from Week 4 - by Duncan Matheson

All-Star Five from Week 5

Daniel Johnson (212-C-88, college: Pepperdine) 22 points, 6 rebounds, 9-12 FG 4-5 FT in 100-92 win

Timothy Coenraad (201-G/F-85, college: Nova SE) 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 10-16 FG 5-7 3pt FG 4-4 FT across two games

Stephen Weigh (198-G/F-87) 16 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists 4-9 FG 3-7 3pt FG 5-6 FT in 100-92 win

Nathan Crosswell (190-G-79) 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 4-5 FG 7-10 FT in 100-92 win

Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) 20 points, 3 assists 7-13 FG 4-8 3pt FG in 82-74 win

Didnt show up...

Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.) 1 point, 2 turnovers, 0-6 FG 0-3 3pt FG in 92-100 loss

Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) 13 points, 5-16 FG 0-5 3pt FG in 70-78 loss

Mat Campbell (196-F/G-76, college: Towson) 6.5 points, 2.0 turnovers, 4-16 FG 3-11 3pt FG across two games

Ben Madgen (194-G-85, college: Augusta St.) 5 points, 0 assists, 4 turnovers, 2-8 FG 1-6 3pt FG in 59-76 loss

Andrew Warren (195-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Bradley) 3 points, 3 turnovers, 1-9 FG 1-7 3pt FG in 64-69 loss



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  NORWAY   


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


1Div. Round 5: Miners keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Miners as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Miners smashed 4th placed STIF Whalers in Kongsberg 102-55. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of STIF Whalers. The game was mostly controlled by Miners. STIF Whalers managed to win second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Undefeated Miners (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. STIF Whalers at the other side keep the fourth place with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked NTNUI (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 81-62 loss to sixth ranked OSI (2-3) in Trondheim. OSI moved-up to fifth place. NTNUI lost their fourth game in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. OSI will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. NTNUI will play at home against Persbraaten (#3) in Oslo and hopes to get finally their first victory.



NTNUI - OSI 62-81

Bottom-ranked NTNUI (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 81-62 loss to sixth ranked OSI (2-3) in Trondheim. It looked good early as NTNUI took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then OSI had a 21-9 second period charge getting the lead and NTNUI was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-81. OSI moved-up to fifth place. NTNUI lost their fourth game in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. OSI will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. NTNUI will play at home against Persbraaten (#3) in Oslo and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Miners - STIF Whalers 102-55

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Miners as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Miners smashed 4th placed STIF Whalers in Kongsberg 102-55. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of STIF Whalers. The game was mostly controlled by Miners. STIF Whalers managed to win second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Miners (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. STIF Whalers at the other side keep the fourth place with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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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 4-3 
 6. Gimle BBK 3-4 
 7. Ammerud Bskt 1-5 
 8. Langhus 0-6 


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  PALESTINE   


SANI SAKAKINI signs to play with CBA, first league in China - by Tamara Awartani
Sakakini Sani (204-C-88) is one of the rare Palestinians born & raised in Palestine who got the chance to play professionally abroad, he recently signed a contract with Qingdao Double Star for one season , the team plays in the CBA the first league in China.
After this great achievement as a Palestinian Basketball player, we got the chance to interview him to talk about the game we all love.


o When & How did you start playing Basketball and Who inspired you?
I started playing basketball when i was 6 years old,my father is the one who inspired me, he was a basketball player himself, and is also a basketball coach till today.


oGrowing up and playing in Palestinian Leagues & Palestinian National Team moving to Jordanian Leagues and now in Chineese Leagues - what do you feel is different and what does it add to your career?
I have experienced a huge difference in the three leagues I played in, for instance in Palestine the level is quiet modest and there are no professional players.
In Jordan the level is much better and the players salaries are higher, also on the court there is more contact with the other players, not to mention the chances to participate in international tournaments are higher.
China on the other hand is known to have the best basketball league in Asia and has an excessive number of professional players, they play on a total different level which is higher and more professional.
I have gained a lot of experience and exposure throughout my journey especially from China.

oWhere do you see your basketball career going?
I intend to keep moving forward and reach higher levels, my dream has always been to be a professional player and still is, I aspire to play in the best basketball leagues out there.

o How does it feel to be one of the rare Palestinians playing professionally in China? What did it take?
My feeling is undescribable; to be the only Palestinian playing professionally in China is a huge achievement. It didnt come easily, It took me a lot to reach where I am right now, and I worked really hard.

o What advise can you tell our Palestinian Basketball Players?
Dream big, and work to reach your goals, all things are possible just keep your head in the game and practice till you drop


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  PANAMERICAN GAMES   


Gold belongs to Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News
FINAL

Mexico - Puerto Rico 72-74
Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) hit the go ahead shot with less than three seconds to play as Puerto Rico beat host Mexico 74-72 to win the men's basketball gold medal at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara.
Barea's pull-up jumper near the foul line put Puerto Rico up for good, the final basket in a hard-fought game that was marked by multiple lead changes.
Mexico had one more chance, but a last second shot fell short as the buzzer sounded.
The win made it a clean sweep for Puerto Rican basketball. The island women's team beat Mexico exactly a week ago to win its first ever Pan American gold medal.
It was the third Pan American Games gold medal for Puerto Rico on the men's side, coming 20 years after the island last won it all in 1993 in Havana. The team previously won in Sao Paolo in 1963. (*Courtesy of www.caribbeanbusinesspr.com)
Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) shined for Puerto Rico with double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. Hero Jose Juan Barea had 18 points and 8 assists, while big guy Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) added 14 pts and 6 boards for his country. For the host of Panamerican Games 2011, Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) netted 18 points. Paul Stoll (178-G-85) scored 14 and Hector Hernandez (206-F-85, agency: Duran International, college: Fresno St.) added 9 pts, plus 6 rebs. Quarters: 21-19, 14-16, 16-15, 21-24. USA won the Bronze in Guadalajara.

Mexico: Jovan Harris 18, Paul Stoll 14, Hector Hernandez 9+6 boards
Puerto Rico: Renaldo Balkman 28+12 boards, Jose Juan Barea 18+8 as, Daniel Santiago 14+6 boards



Third place
USA - Dominican Republic 94-92
With the bronze medal secured, the players rushed to mid court to celebrate.
There, the United States men's basketball team joined the players from the Dominican Republic, dancing together and hugging each other as the Mexican crowd cheered.
'I overcame tears, because that was a special moment,' U.S. coach Nate Tibbetts said after his team beat the Dominicans 94-92 for bronze at the Pan American Games. 'It's brotherhood. It's fellowship.'
Lance Thomas (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke) scored a team-high 14 points Sunday to give the Americans their best finish at the games since a silver in Winnipeg in 1999.
The bronze was a disappointing result for a U.S. team trying to win the Pan American gold for the first time since 1983, but the players who were put together just a few weeks before the tournament said they are leaving Guadalajara glad to have learned from the experience.
'We enjoyed it and it's going to be something that we will remember for the rest of our lives,' U.S. guard Justin Dentmon said.
Thomas said the mutual celebration at the end of the match showed how much the Americans embraced the spirit of the Pan Am Games.
'It was amazing, was special to be able to celebrate together afterwards,' he said. 'They started and we just got in there together. The fans appreciated us being there.' (*Courtesy of www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
Lance Thomas led the winners in scoring with 14 points. Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, college: ORU) (7 rebs) and Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) (5 as) helped USA with 12 points each. On the other side, Dominicans got 25 points and 9 rebounds from Elys Manuel Guzman (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.). Their second scorer was Jack Michael Martinez (6'8''-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) with 21 pts (9 rebs) and Juan Coronado (6'5''-G-83) stopped to 13 pts in this meeting (5 rebs). Quarters: 30-28, 21-17, 17-23, 26-24. Puerto Rico won the Gold in Guadalajara.

USA: Lance Thomas 14, Marcus Lewis 12+7 boards, Justin Dentmon 12+5 as
Dominican Republic: Elys Manuel Guzman 25+9 boards, Jack Michael Martinez 21+9 boards, Juan Coronado 13+5 boards


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. P.Rico2-1
2. Mexico2-1
3. Canada1-2
4. Argentina1-2
Group B
1. USA2-1
2. Dominican R.2-1
3. Brazil1-2
4. Uruguay1-2


Stats Leader
Points Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Martinez, DOM21.2 
 2. Barea, PUR21.0 
 3. Balkman, PUR17.0 
 4. Sandes, ARG15.5 
 5. Harris, MEX15.0 
 6. Magalhaes, BRA14.3 
 7. Osimani, URU14.0 
 8. Scrubb, CAN14.0 
 9. Borsellino, URU12.8 
 10. Ward, CAN12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Martinez, DOM11.4 
 2. Mata, MEX10.2 
 3. Balkman, PUR7.8 
 4. Thomas, USA7.6 
 5. Klassen, CAN7.5 
 6. Sandes, ARG7.5 
 7. Borsellino, URU6.8 
 8. Giovannoni, BRA6.0 
 9. Guzman, DOM5.8 
 10. Espinoza, ARG5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Martin OSIMANI
  URU
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Osimani, URU5.8 
 2. Dos Santos, BRA4.5 
 3. Barea, PUR4.4 
 4. Magalhaes, BRA3.3 
 5. Soliver, DOM3.2 
 6. Dentmon, USA3.2 
 7. Laprovittola, ARG3.0 
 8. Stoll, MEX2.8 
 9. Cequeira, ARG2.7 
 10. Gonzalez, ARG2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Juan Manuel FERNANDEZ
  ARG
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Fernandez, ARG3.0 
 2. Magalhaes, BRA2.0 
 3. Balkman, PUR1.8 
 4. Coronado, DOM1.8 
 5. Soliver, DOM1.6 
 6. Mendez-V., MEX1.6 
 7. Dos Santos, BRA1.5 
 8. Strong, PUR1.4 
 9. Pena, DOM1.4 
 10. Dyson, USA1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Real MATA
  USA
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Mata, MEX3.2 
 2. Stiemsma, USA2.0 
 3. Felicio, BRA1.0 
 4. Balkman, PUR1.0 
 5. Becker, BRA1.0 
 6. Martinez, DOM1.0 
 7. Newsome, URU0.8 
 8. Klassen, CAN0.8 
 9. Ward, CAN0.8 
 10. Ubiles, PUR0.6 


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PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alpha BANGURA
  Air21 E.
  (197-F/G-80)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 2. David, Powerade T.19.0 
 3. Lutz, Petron Blaze17.8 
 4. Dillinger, Talk N.16.8 
 5. Yap, B-Meg Llam.