EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/10/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
North
 1. Union Progr. 7-2 
 2. Obera TC 7-2 
 3. Alvear 6-3 
 4. Tomas Rocam. 5-4 
 5. Estudian.Con. 5-4 
 6. San Isidro 4-5 
 7. Union Sunch 4-5 
 8. Atl.Echague 3-6 
 9. A.Italiana 2-7 
 10. A.Espanola 2-7 
South
 1. Argentino 7-2 
 2. Ciclista 6-3 
 3. Huracan 6-4 
 4. Alianza Viedma 5-4 
 5. Bragado 5-4 
 6. Banda Norte 5-4 
 7. MH Basket 5-4 
 8. Rosario Cent. 4-5 
 9. Sport Club 3-6 
 10. Firmat SF 2-7 
 11. San Mart.MJ 2-7 


TNA: Round 10 review - by Eurobasket News
Round 10 of TNA was played last weekend.
In Group North, Union Progresista and Obera TC managed to beat their rivals and to stay on top of the standings with 7-2 record. Union was better than San Isidro at home 93-78, while Obera celebrated 78-66 win against Asociacion Italiana. Also in Group North, Alvear lost at home to Estidiantes C 82-70. Asociacion Espanola handed 91-73 loss to Union Sunch.
In Group South, Argentino is alone on top with 7-2 record. They handed 76-81 home loss to Banda Norte in the last round. Ciclista was better than Alianza Viedma 66-55 and Huracan outplayed Sport Club 89-80. San Martin MJ and Firmat also celebrated home wins. Round is scheduled for the next weekend.

North
1. Union Progr. 7-2
2. Obera TC 7-2
3. Alvear 6-3
4. Tomas Rocam. 5-4
5. Estudian.Con. 5-4
6. San Isidro 4-5
7. Union Sunch 4-5
8. Atl.Echague 3-6
9. A.Italiana 2-7
10. A.Espanola 2-7

South
1. Argentino 7-2
2. Ciclista 6-3
3. Huracan 6-4
4. Alianza Viedma 5-4
5. Bragado 5-4
6. Banda Norte 5-4
7. MH Basket 5-4
8. Rosario Cent. 4-5
9. Sport Club 3-6
10. Firmat SF 2-7
11. San Mart.MJ 2-7


Olimpico de La Banda cut Axiers Sucre - by Eurobasket News
Olimpico de La Banda have decided to part ways with Axiers Sucre (198-F-78). The forward joined the team at the start of the season. He averaged 8.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in LigaA. Axiers Sucre is the member of Venezuelan National Team. He participated at 2011 Fiba Americas in Mar del Plata. His stats read 6.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per appearance in Argentina.

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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


FIBA Asia 2011: Jordan behind the Scenes - by Omar Shafaamri
Jordan is the toast of the season in FIBA Asia, and deservedly so! Few can doubt this after the manner in which the West Asia team overcame adversity and silenced many a wagging tongue by reaching the Final of the 26th FIBA Asia Championship and almost winning it at that!

Rasheim Wright must have spent the most agonising moments of his four-year stint as a naturalised player for Jordan, having stumbled at the opportunity to celebrate the most glorious moments, when his shot from the right corner bounced off the rim only to see China scrape away a 70-69 win in the Gold Medal game.

That was the business end of the sport and competition itself, but our point of discussion here is about the very fact that Jordan came on to play that game.

For a team that began the competition not even as the dark horse the historic bronze medal finish at the 25th FIBA Asia Championship in Tianjin in 2009 notwithstanding the team had shown how a group of talented ball players can turn things around when push comes to shove, by sheer inspiration.

It may be argued in hindsight that Jordan were playing below their potential prior to the play-offs especially when they lost to Japan in the Preliminary Round and to the Philippines in the Second Round but the fact of the matter remains that Jordan certainly did not look the team that could have gone the distance.

The problems for our team are within. We seem to freeze when pushed against the wall, coach Thomas Baldwin had bemoaned after the defeat to Philippines.

The shrewd tactician, who is arguably the only coach in the fray who had the experience of coaching in most of the FIBA zones, seemed to run out of ideas tactically and temperamentally to spur a team that looked far from impressive.

Even when I spoke to Jordan spearhead Zaid Abbas undoubtedly the most gifted player to don the Jordanian colours on the eve of the Quarter-Finals, the feelings bordered more on ambitious optimism rather than confident expectations.

We need to find a final push of inspiration, Abbas said then.

We are suffering from lack of proper preparation. Most of the players didnt play regularly as there was no proper Jordanian league. We havent had enough time with the coach. And overall, we are not as prepared as we were two years ago, he had said.

My heart wrenched listening to Abbas, but I couldnt help agree with his predicament.

After all, Abbas along with point guard Sam Daghles had been only two of the players who had some serious game experience in the months prior to the competition albeit having scorched the highly competitive CBA League.

Little had Abbas himself, as well as the rest of the team including Baldwin and the entire FIBA Asia basketball community, expected his compatriot Daghles to don a new role in the locker room.

Daghles, for long known as a player of flamboyant skills on the court, took the opportunity to deliver what would go down in FIBA Asia history as one of the most influential performances off the court.

I just wanted to remind the team how good they are, Daghles said, recalling that momentous occasion.

Somebody had to step up and speak out. I guess everybody had gone into a shell bothered by all those things we had suffered before the competition. I realised this was not the moment to mull on those things. I just gave words to what was in my mind, he went on.

As a result of that speech, Jordan looked a completely transformed outfit when they took to the court against Iran.

And as a resultant effect of that speech, Jordan gave Iran a taste of their own medicine when they (Iran) had come up with an inspired performance to beat a much more fancied Lebanon in the Gold Medal game of the 24th FIBA Asia Championship in Tokushima four years earlier.

It was like they (Jordan) had come here only to win this game, only to beat us, said Iranian spearhead Samad Bahrami after the defeat.

Of course, the inspiration percolated down every member and in a rush of impulse Baldwin fielded veteran Zaid Al Khas who himself had rued the lack of time on court in the games till then.

Al Khas, was like a tiger unleashed and dished out a performance that defied his aging bones and aching limbs, firing in three-pointer after three-pointer four of them in all as the Al Nashama song blared the Wuhan Sport Center PA system with gay abundance and not optimism.

And of course the team went on to beat Philippines in the Semi-Finals again against expectations and almost accounted for China in the Final.

Thus, a team that was written off before the competition refused to be blown off all thanks to one spark of inspiration provided by an individual.

After that speech by Sam, everybody was repeating the words to himself, Al-Khas said.

It was like each of those words was our very own. In one moment we had turned the corner around.

As a result, Jordan had won a completely unexpected medal although completely deserving in both instances for the second time in a row.

Inspired passion took Jordan to a position never expected. This is a position too precious to be squandered with uninspired planning.

This was about inspiration in a positive connotation. Next week we talk about how enthusiasm when shown to unwarranted and unnecessary measure can backfire!

So long

Source: Mageshwarans AsiaScope



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  AUSTRALIA   


Lemanis, Lisch win October awards - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League has announced that Perth Wildcats import guard Kevin Lisch (188-PG-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) and New Zealand Breakers head coach Andrej Lemanis have been named the iiNet NBL Championships Player and Coach of the Month respectively for October.

Lisch averaged 22.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game during the month of October, guiding his Wildcats team to a 3-1 record.

Whilst he never won a Player of the Week award in that period, he was considered a leading contending in just about every one of the NBLs first four rounds, showcasing incredible consistency across October.

Lisch was a runaway winner of the monthly award, polling 58 votes to beat out easily his closest opponent, Sydneys Julian Khazzouh on 21. Perths Shawn Redhage and Melbournes Patty Mills tied for third with 17 votes apiece.

Andrej Lemanis helped his side get off to the perfect start to their title defence, with New Zealand going 4-1 in October. Making that feat even more remarkable was the fact that just one of the Breakers first five games was played at home.

New Zealand racked up road wins over Gold Coast, Wollongong and Sydney, as well as a home win over the Kings. Their only loss for the first four rounds was on the road to the Melbourne Tigers in Round Three, and that was by a mere three points.

Lemanis took out the NBLs monthly coaching award comfortably after receiving 59 votes to finish ahead of Perths Rob Beveridge on 39.

The NBLs Player and Coach of the Month for October took into account Rounds One to Four of the iiNet NBL Championship inclusive. All NBL Head Coaches and accredited media were eligible to vote for the awards.



Player of the Month - October

Kevin Lisch (Perth)
58

Julian Khazzouh (Sydney)
21

Shawn Redhage (Perth)
17

Patty Mills (Melbourne)
17

Gary Wilkinson (NZ)
15

Cedric Jackson (NZ)
6

Joevan Catron (Wollongong)
3

Daniel Johnson (Adelaide)
2

Eddie Gill (Townsville)
2

Dusty Rychart (Cairns)
1

Jacob Holmes (Townsville)
1


Coach of the Month - October

Andrej Lemanis (New Zealand)
59

Rob Beveridge (Perth)
39

Trevor Gleeson (Melbourne)
26

Paul Woolpert (Townsville)
13

Aaron Fearne (Cairns)
5

Gordie McLeod (Wollongong)
2

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)




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  AUSTRIA   


Joe Werner claims A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Joe Werner (201-C-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Wels and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 27-year old center had a double-double of 22 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat BC Vienna (#8, 2-4) 87-81. Wels is placed at 4th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Wels will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. It's Werner's second year at Wels and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Wisconsin at La Crosse graduate has very impressive stats this year. Werner is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.0rpg) and averages solid 55.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Montenegrin forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84) of BC Vienna. Rakocevic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as BC Vienna lost that game 81-87 to the higher-ranked Wels (#4, 4-2). BC Vienna is still in a red zone at 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Rakocevic is a newcomer at BC Vienna and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Jason Chappell (206-F/C-83) of top-ranked Klosterneub.. Chappell scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Klosterneub., leading his team to a 95-73 easy win against the lower-ranked Arkadia (#10, 1-6). Klosterneub. started extremely well this year. They recorded 6 victories without losing a single game. Chappell 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. Chappell has a very solid season. In 5 games in Austria he scored 14.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Morris Curry (178-G-87) of Gmunden - 35 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Roy Booker (191-G/F-84) of St.Polten - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79) of Klosterneub. - 20 points and 8 rebounds
7. Todd Brown (196-G-87) of Wels - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Dan Oppland (203-F-84) of Gmunden - 19 points and 13 rebounds
9. Benedikt Danek (176-PG-86) of Arkadia - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78) of BC Vienna - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


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


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


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. Bowles, Siauliai19.8 
 4. Matulionis, Techas.17.7 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava17.5 
 6. Kalve, Valmiera17.5 
 7. Barinov, Naglis P.17.0 
 8. Kaldre, Rapla16.7 
 9. Amis, Tartu Ulikool16.3 
 10. Urbonas, Juventus16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.0 
 2. Galdikas, Neptunas8.7 
 3. Mednis, Turiba8.5 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai8.2 
 5. Reminas, Naglis P.8.0 
 6. Willard, Ventspils8.0 
 7. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.7 
 8. Matulis, Sakalai7.3 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla7.3 
 10. Kalve, Valmiera7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Gediminas MACEINA
  Juventus
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Maceina, Juventus7.6 
 2. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.0 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai6.8 
 4. Stasys, Neptunas6.7 
 5. Ezerskis, Techasas5.0 
 6. Dainys, Neptunas5.0 
 7. Peciukeviciu., Sak.5.0 
 8. Lucas, Valmiera4.5 
 9. Viskontas, Rudupis4.2 
 10. Sokk, Tartu Uliko.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars KRUMINS
  Jelgava
  (194-G/F-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Krumins, Jelgava3.5 
 2. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.5 
 3. Elksnis, Valmiera2.5 
 4. Valeika, Neptunas2.3 
 5. Kulevicius, Techas.2.3 
 6. Keedus, TT.2.3 
 7. Peciukas, Kedainiai2.3 
 8. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 9. Kuzyakin, Triumph2.0 
 10. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera2.3 
 2. Staniulis, Techasas2.0 
 3. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.7 
 4. Johnson, Naglis P.1.5 
 5. Kalvelis, Techasas1.3 
 6. Arnold, TT.1.0 
 7. Meiers, Ventspils1.0 
 8. McKee, Triumph1.0 
 9. Mednis, Turiba1.0 
 10. Petrukonis, Juven.1.0 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Siauliai 4-0 
 2. Rudupis 4-1 
 3. Ventspils 4-1 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 4-2 
 5. Tartu Ulikool 3-4 
 6. Pieno Zvaigzdes 2-2 
 7. Juventus 2-3 
 8. Triumph 1-1 
 9. Baltai Kaunas 1-3 
 10. Kedainiai 1-4 
 11. Liepaja 1-6 
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 


Round 5: Derby game ends with Rudupis' defeat of Juventus - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game of round 5 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Prienai where fourth ranked Rudupis outleveled visiting Juventus (2-3) 87-64. The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Juventus managed to win third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rudupis looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Forward Povilas Butkevicius (203-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Dainius Salenga (197-77) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Darius Pakamanis (192-81) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Juventus. Juventus' coach Robertas Giedraitis gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rudupis have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Ventspils. Juventus at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Rudupis is looking forward to face Baltai Kaunas (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Juventus will play against Baltai Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Latvian Ventspils (4-1) which hosted in Ventspils 4th placed Estonian Kalev/Cramo (4-2). Fourth ranked Ventspils had an easy win 85-52. Forward Martins Laksa (200-90, agency: FCM) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and Arturs Berzins chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Kristjan Kitsing (201-90) responded with 8 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. Ventspils moved-up to second place, which they share with Rudupis. Defending Estonian champion Kalev/Cramo keeps the fourth position with two games lost. Ventspils will play against league's leader Siauliai on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round.
Latvian Liepaja's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after six consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Estonian Tartu Ulikool (3-4) 104-93 on Wednesday. Josh Mayo nailed 28 points and 7 assists for the winning side. Bill Amis came up with 25 points and 6 rebounds for Tartu Ulikool in the defeat. Liepaja maintains eleventh place with 1-6 record. It was Tartu Ulikool's third loss in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 5: Kedainiai was smashed by Kalev/Cramo on the road 91-65. Tartu Ulikool destroyed Kedainiai on its own court 91-70. Pieno Zvaigzdes managed to outperform Liepaja in Pasvalys 85-79. Ventspils managed to beat Tartu Ulikool at home 85-80. Kalev/Cramo defeated Liepaja on the opponent's court 84-69.
The most impressive performance of 5th round was 19 points and 12 rebounds by David McClure of Kedainiai.


Elite
Rudupis - Juventus 87-64

The most interesting game of round 5 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Prienai where fourth ranked Rudupis outleveled visiting Juventus (2-3) 87-64. The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Juventus managed to win third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rudupis looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Forward Povilas Butkevicius (203-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Dainius Salenga (197-77) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Darius Pakamanis (192-81) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and center Karolis Petrukonis (212-87, college: Clemson) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Juventus. Juventus' coach Robertas Giedraitis gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rudupis have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Ventspils. Juventus at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Rudupis is looking forward to face Baltai Kaunas (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Juventus will play against Baltai Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Juventus: D.Pakamanis 14+7reb+1ast, V.Volkus 13+6reb+1ast, K.Petrukonis 12+8reb+1ast, A.Vasiliauskas 9+2reb+1ast, Z.Urbonas 8+3reb, G.Maceina 4+5reb+7ast
Rudupis: P.Butkevicius 24+8reb+1ast, G.Orelikas 14+1reb, D.Salenga 13+2reb+5ast, G.Kadziulis 11+1reb+4ast, S.Buterlevicius 9+7reb, E.Zelionis 9+6reb
gschID: 149664


Liepaja - Tartu Ulikool 104-93

Latvian Liepaja's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after six consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Estonian Tartu Ulikool (3-4) 104-93 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 34-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Liepaja made 29-of-36 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: RIZO) nailed 28 points and 7 assists for the winning side and guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85) accounted for 26 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Bill Amis (205-87, college: Hawaii) came up with 25 points and 6 rebounds and guard Kristo Saage (184-85) added 25 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Tartu Ulikool in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Liepaja maintains eleventh place with 1-6 record. It was Tartu Ulikool's third loss in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: B.Amis 25+6reb+1ast, K.Saage 25+5reb, M.Doronin 17+3reb, S.Sokk 10+3reb+6ast, R.Raadik 7+10reb+1ast, R.Veideman 5+2reb+1ast
Liepaja: J.Mayo 28+2reb+7ast, M.Kravcenko 26+6reb+1ast, M.Andriukaitis 20+5reb+2ast, E.Dukulis 15+5reb, K.Nelson 6+5reb, J.Timma 6+7reb+5ast
gschID: 156665


Kalev/Cramo - Kedainiai 91-65

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (4-2) crushed 9th ranked Lithuanian Kedainiai (1-4) in Tallinn 91-65 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. Kedainiai managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Kedainiai's 38. They outrebounded Kedainiai 35-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. Latvian guard Armands Skele (192-83) nailed 18 points and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winning side and swingman Gregor Arbet (194-83) accounted for 12 points and 6 rebounds. Five Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. American forward David McClure (198-86, college: Duke) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Aurimas Adomaitis (206-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Kedainiai in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Estonian champion maintains fourth place with 4-2 record. Loser Kedainiai dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kedainiai: D.McClure 14+6reb+2ast, A.Adomaitis 8+5reb, M.Valukonis 8+2reb, P.Beliavicius 8+1reb+1ast, T.Cerneckis 8+1reb+3ast, C.Barnes 6+4reb
Kalev/Cramo: A.Skele 18+1reb+6ast, T.Sokk 15+3reb+2ast, N.Varbanov 14+3reb+1ast, G.Arbet 12+6reb+3ast, B.Fall 11+7reb+2ast, K.Saks 7+1reb
gschID: 149660


Tartu Ulikool - Kedainiai 91-70

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Lithuanian Kedainiai (1-4) was smashed on the road by sixth ranked Estonian Tartu Ulikool (3-4) 91-70 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 55-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tartu Ulikool forced 20 Kedainiai turnovers. American forward Bill Amis (205-87, college: Hawaii) nailed 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and center Vallo Allingu (206-78) accounted for 15 points and 10 rebounds. Five Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. American forward David McClure (198-86, college: Duke) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and the other American import point guard Chris Lowe (182-87, college: Massachusetts) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Kedainiai in the defeat. Kedainiai's coach Gediminas Petrauskas already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Tartu Ulikool moved-up to fifth place. Loser Kedainiai dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kedainiai: D.McClure 19+12reb+1ast, C.Lowe 11+6reb+2ast, C.Barnes 8+2reb, A.Adomaitis 8+8reb+1ast, M.Valukonis 7+6reb, V.Sulskis 6
Tartu Ulikool: B.Amis 21+8reb+1ast, R.Veideman 18+6reb+1ast, V.Allingu 15+10reb+1ast, T.Kurbas 14+1reb+1ast, S.Sokk 11+1reb+6ast, K.Saage 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 149662


Liepaja - Pieno Zvaigzdes 79-85

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes (2-2) won against on the road 11th ranked Latvian Liepaja (1-6) 85-79 on Wednesday. Liepaja was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American center Sylvester Morgan (208-83, college: Georgia St.) nailed 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Roberts Stelmahers used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lithuanian forward Martynas Andriukaitis (204-81, agency: 011 Sports) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and swingman Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Liepaja in the defeat. Four Liepaja players scored in double figures. Pieno Zvaigzdes moved-up to third place, which they share with Valmiera and Turiba. Loser Liepaja keeps the eleventh position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: M.Andriukaitis 19+6reb, M.Kravcenko 17+1reb+3ast, J.Timma 13+9reb+1ast, J.Mayo 13+3reb+2ast, E.Dukulis 9+7reb, K.Piternieks 4
Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Hughes 17+6reb+1ast, S.Morgan 16+9reb+1ast, S.Kulvietis 11+2reb+1ast, D.Leonard 8+3reb+4ast, E.Bendzius 8+5reb+2ast, L.Nobles 7+1reb
gschID: 149663


Ventspils - Tartu Ulikool 85-80

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Estonian Tartu Ulikool (3-4) lost on the road to fourth ranked Latvian Ventspils (4-1) 85-80 on Friday. Tartu Ulikool was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American forward Sam Willard (205, college: Pacific) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) accounted for 18 points and 5 assists. Ventspils' coach Gundars Vetra used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Rain Veideman (192-91) came up with 17 points and 5 assists and center Vallo Allingu (206-78) added 18 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) respectively for Tartu Ulikool in the defeat. Ventspils moved-up to second place, which they share with Rudupis. Tartu Ulikool lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Ventspils will meet league's leader Siauliai on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tartu Ulikool will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: V.Allingu 18+4reb+1ast, R.Veideman 17+2reb+5ast, S.Sokk 11+3reb+8ast, T.Kurbas 9+5reb+2ast, R.Raadik 7+3reb+1ast, K.Saage 7+1reb
Ventspils: M.Meiers 20+3reb, J.Strelnieks 18+1reb+5ast, S.Willard 13+11reb+4ast, M.Laksa 9+4reb+1ast, B.Bakic 7+2reb+2ast, A.Berzins 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 149656


Liepaja - Kalev/Cramo 69-84

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (4-2) defeated on the road 11th ranked Latvian Liepaja (1-6) 84-69 on Friday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 52-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Swingman Gregor Arbet (194-83) nailed 21 points for the winning side and Belarusian power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79) accounted for 19 points. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85) came up with 14 points and 6 assists and swingman Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Liepaja in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Estonian champion maintains fourth place with 4-2 record. Loser Liepaja keeps the eleventh position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: E.Dukulis 15+2reb, M.Kravcenko 14+4reb+6ast, J.Timma 13+6reb+1ast, J.Mayo 11+4reb+3ast, M.Andriukaitis 9+5reb, A.Ate 4+1reb
Kalev/Cramo: G.Arbet 21+2reb+1ast, P.Ulyanko 19+3reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 10+5reb+1ast, T.Sokk 10+3reb+2ast, J.Toome 8+2reb, N.Varbanov 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 149657


Ventspils - Kalev/Cramo 85-52

An interesting game for Latvian Ventspils (4-1) which hosted in Ventspils 4th placed Estonian Kalev/Cramo (4-2). Fourth ranked Ventspils had an easy win 85-52. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Ventspils forced 23 Kalev/Cramo turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Ventspils especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Forward Martins Laksa (200-90, agency: FCM) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and center Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Kristjan Kitsing (201-90) responded with 8 points and 6 rebounds and Bulgarian center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 4 points and 9 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. Ventspils moved-up to second place, which they share with Rudupis. Defending Estonian champion Kalev/Cramo keeps the fourth position with two games lost. Ventspils will play against league's leader Siauliai on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: P.Ulyanko 12+1reb, G.Dorbek 9+2reb+1ast, K.Kitsing 8+6reb+1ast, A.Skele 7+5reb, R.Tamm 4+1ast, M.Riis 4+1reb
Ventspils: M.Laksa 21+3reb+1ast, J.Strelnieks 12+2reb+4ast, B.Bakic 11+3reb+3ast, A.Berzins 9+11reb+1ast, J.Young 9+1reb, S.Willard 8+7reb
gschID: 149658




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  BELGIUM   


November 2011: Belgian Division II overview - by Bert Larsimont

The 2011-12 Division II season has already revealed some real trends. As foreseen before the beginning of the current season (see previous article here), the newcoming Division II clubs Basics Melsele and BC Duva Fruit Gistel Oostende have had a tough time so far. Basics Melsele with Hugo Sterk (193-G/F-82), Pieter Van Hoecke (193-G-78) and Broderick Bobb (202-C-75) already played 8 games and recorded only 1 win (away at Sint Jan Basket Antwerpen at the end of September) and already 7 losses while BC Duva Fruit Gistel Oostende (Telenet Oostende's farm team) has a record of 2 wins and 6 losses. BBC De Westhoek Zwevezele with former international player Matthias Desaever (194-G/F-76) is another disappointing squad. Nevertheless their first win of the season against BC Gistel Oostende last weekend (86-83) could be a boost for the rest of the season.

On top of the rankings, CEP Fleurus of Head Coach Tom Poppe had a strong start (crucial wins away against BBC Kangaroes Boom, Essor Charleroi and Royal Excelsior Brussels) and records a score of 6-3. Nevertheless, the club headquartered in Province Hainaut recorded two severe losses: one away against Gembo BBC BBC (86-57) and another one home against Belgacom Liege Basket II (58-68). The good news for CEP Fleurus is that Thomas Bauwens (192-F-86) is definitely back in action after having totally recovered from injury. Gembo BBC and Bent Schoenen Waregem have also had a strong start. BBC Gembo with top scorers such as Domien Loubry (186-G-85), Nick Celis (194-G-88) and Pieter Van Rillaer (198-F-81) convinced many Division II observers by reaching an fantastic record of 6 wins and 2 defeats after the first weekend of November. Bent Schoenen Waregem of Division II top scorer Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82) has lost only one game so far and also earns a great rank in Division II. The real surprise so far is the unexpected score of 2 wins and 6 losses which Coach Steve Ibens' Sint-Niklase Condors have achieved. The Condors as well as Essor Charleroi (with forward Randy Oveneke, also involved in the Spirou Charleroi's Euroleague campaign due to granted double license) and Sint-Jan Basket Antwerpen of Coach Eric Rogiers stay close to the current top-ranked teams.

Both Belgacom Liege Basket II and Dexia Mons Hainaut II now seem to be put into orbit after having had a slow start in the regular season. The competition remains tough and teams like Royal Aera Excelsior Brussels, Point Chaud Sprimont and BBC Kangaroes Boom could not go over a few hurdles in the beginning of the 2011-12 Division II race. Excelsior lost 4 times already and Sprimont lost 5 games so far. BBC Kangaroes Boom (4 wins and 3 losses) remains a favourite team in this competition. Despite some close defeats against CEP Fleurus, Sint-Jan Basket Antwerpen and Sint-Niklase Condors in regular season, the Kangaroes of experienced Coach Paul Vervaeck played in an impressive way so far this fall, even qualifying for the Belgian Cup Quarter-Finals by eliminating Ethias League's VOO Verviers-Pepinster 85-80 in the previous round. BBC Kangaroes Boom will face Eurochallenge's participant Generali Okapi Aalstar at the quarter-final stage.

As far as Division II top scorers and rebounders are concerned, the current leaders are respectively Ahmet Gueye (Bent Schoenen Waregem) and Sam Semijejero (196-F/C-77) (Royal Excelsior Brussels, 19 boards in the game against BBC De Westhoek Zwevezele on Sep. 10th).


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  BOSNIA   


Capljina Lasta and coach Hrvoje Vlasic part ways - by Eurobasket News
Hrvoje Vlasic is no longer a Head Coach of Capljina Lasta. Two sided agreed to terminate a deal yesterday. Capljina started the season with 4-2 record in Bosnian league. In the last round they failed against Borac Nektar on the road 78-70. Hrvoje Vlasic took over Capljina during the summer of 2010. He led them to the second stage last season, where they finished as No.5. It is not known yet who will replace Hrvoje Vlasic on the bench. Sports Director Toni Blazevic is named the interim coach. Hrvoje Vlasic worked in Bosnia for the last few seasons. He coached Siroki and Posusje.

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  BRAZIL   


Unicaja targets Tiago Splitter - by Eurobasket News
According to various sources, it seems that Unicaja Malaga wants to reinforce its roster under the basket. Reportedly, the team wants to sign Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) during the NBA lockout. The Brazilian center, with Spanish passport, spent last season with the San Antonio Spurs. It was his rookie NBA year and Splitter had 4.9 ppg, plus 3.5 rpg for 61 games. Before the Spurs, he spent seven years with Caja Laboral. In their last season together, Splitter had 15.4 ppg and 7.1 rpg in ACB. He helped them to win the title. Caja Laboral also was the ACB champion in 2008. Splitter led the Vitoria team to three Copa del Rey trophies. Tiago Splitter is active member of the Brazilian NT since 2002. They won the Silver at the FIBA Americas in Mar del Plata this year.

Paulista Round 3 of Finals - by Eurobasket News
S.Jose/Vinac - Pinheiros/Sky 76-75

Sao Jose/Vinac did not allow Pinheiros/Sky celebrate Paulista League title at least for now. They claimed the victory in Game 3 of the Finals to narrow the deficit at 1-2. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Sao Jose/Vinac made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for the former international guard Fulvio de Assis (187-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). International power forward Murilo Becker (210-83) helped adding 16 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) with 19 points and 4 assists and international forward Olivinha Rodriguez (202-83) scored 9 points and 13 rebounds.
Top scorers:
S.Jose/Vinac: F.de Assis 29+6reb+5ast, A.Laws 19+3reb+1ast, M.Becker 16+7reb+1ast, M.Costa 5+1reb+3ast, C.Delben 3+1reb, J.Antonio 2+5reb
Pinheiros/Sky: M.Vieira 19+2reb+4ast, S.Stallworth 12+2reb+2ast, L.Morro 11+5reb, O.Rodriguez 9+13reb+2ast, J.Pablo Figueroa 8+2reb+3ast, P.Boracini 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 156771




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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


BVI duo may be headed to Morehead State - by David Edole
Off to college
Today marks the start of the early signing period for several sports, with many Delaware athletes scheduled to sign National Letters of Intent with college athletic programs over the next week. Red Lion Christian basketball players Norville Carey and Deon Edwin will sign with Morehead State, which went 25-10 last season and upset Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The National Letters of Intent program applies only to students who sign to play sports at an NCAA Division I or II school (Ivy League excluded).




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  BULGARIA   


Nikolov and Evtimov triumph in their first Eurochallenge games - by Christomir Rackov
Both Bulgarian players in FIBA Eurchallenge Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) had a successful start of the regular season. Their teams Szolnoki Olajbanyasz of Hungary and Elan Chalon of France triumphed in their games. The Hungarian powerhouse defeated Pau Orthez 85-70 in group H, while Evtimov and his teammates won their match against U-Mobitelco Cluj 85-81 in a drama.

Nikolov played a great game for his Szolnoki Olajbanyasz registering 15 points and 6 rebounds. The team led by 14 points early in the game and never looked back.

Evtimov and Chalon though had to work hard for the win. The teams were even at 65 points a piece with 7'13'' remaining. Then the French led until the final second surviving against the strong opponent. Evtimov was a starter in the game and finished with 2 points and 3 rebounds.


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  CANADA   


Changes at Moncton Miracles - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles announced latest changes. The team has signed Aramie Brooks (6'8''-F/C-87, college: Northwestern St.), Joel Leroy Webb (6'7''-G/F-82, college: Bellevue) and Victor Morris (6'1''-G-85, college: Cleveland St.). At the same time Moncton released Fred Brathwaite (6'4''-G/F-87, college: Augusta St.), Coy Custer (6'11''-C-88, college: Lamar) and Tyvon Williams (6'0''-G, college: S.Carolina St.) from its roster. The Miracles play their next game on the road against the Halifax Rainmen on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at the Metro Centre. The home opener for the Miracles will be on Sunday, November 20th, 2011 against the Saint John Mill Rats.

Rainmen's Thomas turfed after locker-room incident - by Eurobasket News
DeAndre Thomas (6'8''-C-86, college: Robert Morris) is gone, Eric Crookshank (6'7''-F-80, college: Idaho St.) is back and the Halifax Rainmen have closed the book on what happened last Thursday night in London, Ont.

Thomas, a six-foot-eight centre, was quietly released over the weekend for his part in a locker-room altercation with Crookshank following the clubs 118-110 loss to the London Lightning in the season opener for both clubs.

Crookshank, one of the teams captains, was suspended for one game, sitting out Halifaxs 109-90 defeat at the hands of the Lightning two nights later at the Metro Centre.

'Its something that was handled internally,' Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said Tuesday. 'Its just in the heat of the moment and we were coming off a loss and emotions were high and guys acted unprofessionally.'

Crookshank watched Saturday nights contest in street clothes from the Halifax bench. The fifth-year Rainman, a six-foot-eight power forward who turns 33 on Sunday, returned to practice Monday but wouldnt comment on the incident other than to say that it had been dealt with and put in the past.

Thomas was the aggressor in the incident and his much harsher punishment was indicative of the severity of his behaviour, Levingston said, but the Rainmen boss wouldnt go into further detail.

'We dont want to publicly put out what happened with this because we dont want it to ruin (Thomass) career or have another team not ever be interested in him. Hes still a young guy, he deserves to play the game, but he has to be held accountable for his actions.'

Thomas, 25, was in his third season with the Rainmen. The talented but temperamental centre played briefly in Halifax in 2009-10 and returned last year a different player, helping to lead the club into the playoffs after being released by Lawton-Fort Sill following a run-in with Cavalry coach Micheal Ray Richardson, now the London coach.

He was one of five players Levingston protected from last seasons squad and was re-signed on Sept. 19 along with guard Taliek Brown during a news conference when the club also inked former NBAers Eddie Robinson and Rodney Buford.

Expected to be one of Halifaxs key players after averaging 15.3 points in eight regular-season and playoff games last year, he had four points and five fouls in 15 minutes of floor time in Thursday nights tilt.

He was removed from the game after he was assessed a technical foul about 3 minutes into the fourth quarter and didnt return.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


Lightning add guard - by Eurobasket News
Winning isn't stopping the London Lightning from making roster moves.

The new National Basketball League of Canada team added guard Tyler Bullock (6'2''-G-88, college: Nebraska-Omaha) to its roster while placing Albert White (6'6''-G/F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Missouri) on the inactive list.

The 6-foot-2 Bullock, the fastest player in University of Nebraska-Omaha history to score 1,000 points, will be eligible to play Thursday night against the Quebec Kebs at 7 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre.

Terms of the signing were not disclosed.

Courtesy of www.lfpress.com


Undefeated Lightning take on Kebs - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com For the London Lightning an amazing start to the schedule turns into a big test on the horizon. The undefeated 3-0 start puts london at the top of the National Basketball League of Canada. Next up the first meeting of the year between London and the 2-2 Quebec kebs. The kebs will be formidible. They feature Tommy mitchell and Royce Parron,both players are averaging 17 points per game in 25 minutes of playing time and James Jordan is averaging nearly a double double with 14 points and 9 rebounds per game. All three Kebs players will be a tiugh test for the Lightning on thursday night.

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Standings - LIBSUR
DIMAYOR Standings
 1. U.Concepcion 1-0 
 2. U.Espanola 1-0 
 3. Dep.Espanol 0-0 
 4. Liceo Mixto 0-0 
 5. San Luis 0-0 
 6. U.Catolica 0-0 
 7. Munic.Curacavi 0-1 
 8. Sokol de Antof. 0-1 


Dimayor: Victories for Concepcion and Union in round 1 - by Daniel Valencia
On tuesday night began the new season of Dimayor. Two games from round 1 were played, with victories from both visitors. In Antofagasta, CD Universidad de Concepcion defeated to Sokol de Antofagasta 74-48, with the forward Alain Laroche (198-F-83, college: N.Florida) leading the way with 21 points. In curacavi, Union Espanola Santiago defeated to Municipal Curacavi 94-56, with the american players Jeremiah Wilson (203-F-88, college: Tarleton St.) and Decorey Young (201-F-84, college: Cumberland) combining for 46 points. These are the complete results.

Round 1

Sokol de Antofagasta 48 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 74
Sok
: Michael Smith 14 pts. Diego Silva 12pts.
Ucon: Alain Laroche 21 pts. Evandro Arteaga 16 pts.

Municipal Curacavi 56 - Union Espanola Santiago 94
Cur
: Felipe Fernandez 12 pts. Felipe Cabanez 12 pts.
Esp: Jeremiah Wilson 24 pts. Decorey Young 22 pts.




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Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Bucaros 16-8 
 2. Orgullo Paisa 16-8 
 3. Guerreros 14-10 
 4. Caribbean Heat 11-13 
 5. Patriotas 11-13 
 6. Cucuta Norte 9-15 
 7. InderValle 7-17 


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  CROATIA   


Capljina Lasta and coach Hrvoje Vlasic part ways - by Eurobasket News
Hrvoje Vlasic is no longer a Head Coach of Capljina Lasta. Two sided agreed to terminate a deal yesterday. Capljina started the season with 4-2 record in Bosnian league. In the last round they failed against Borac Nektar on the road 78-70. Hrvoje Vlasic took over Capljina during the summer of 2010. He led them to the second stage last season, where they finished as No.5. It is not known yet who will replace Hrvoje Vlasic on the bench. Sports Director Toni Blazevic is named the interim coach. Hrvoje Vlasic worked in Bosnia for the last few seasons. He coached Siroki and Posusje.

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EuroChallenge: Olin Edirne surrender against Etha - by Eurobasket News
Olin Edirne - Etha 70:82

Etha victoriously opened their EuroChallenge regular season campaign. They upset Olin Edirne on the road in Group F. Joshua Jackson (188-SG-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Warner Pacific) stepped up with 18 points for Etha.
The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 after ten minutes of action. Etha went on a 12:0 run at the start of the second quarter to pull in front. Olin Edirne however stopped the rot and got within 4 points at halftime 39:43. Drezga and Kamer put Olin Edirne in front early in the third quarter. The lead changed hands for several times before Etha went on a 9:0 rally and entered the fourth frame up by 10 points 62:52. Etha kept the hosts at a safe distance throughout the final stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Thomas Massamba (185-PG-85) provided 13 points, while Shawn Ray (194-SF-80, college: N.C.Central) added 12 points in the winning effort. Chris Wright (185-G-89, college: Georgetown) responded with 19 points and 5 assists for Olin Edirne. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) had 15 points in the loss.

Olin Edirne: Chris Wright 19, Vladimir Stimac 15
Etha: Joshua Jackson 18, Thomas Massamba 13, Shawn Ray 12


EuroChallenge: Intercollege Etha succeeded a crucial road win! - by Chris Mammides
The Cyprus champion team of Intercolllege Etha Engomis succeeded an important (for many reasons) road win in Andrianoupolis against Olin Edirne with 70-82, in a game which ended five minutes ago.
Coach Konstantinidis troops were much better that their 'rookie' opponent (in the European courts) and the result is 100% fair. The result could have been even greater for the Cyprus team if it wasn't Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87) and Wright who kept the Turkish team as close to the result as possible.


The first period was a real derby among two teams which were looking to find the weak points of one another, probably the scouting and the job took place before the game from the coaching team of Etha was much better from the Cyprus site as after the first period's 21-21 in the second period and slowly - slowly the deficit was growing and growing to reach the nine points 24-33 on the 14th minute before Vladimir Stimac and Wright cut the deficit to only four by the end of the first half 39-43. It was obvious though, that the experience gained in the last two seasons for the Etha's team was very helpfull as the Turks couldn't control the rythm of the game at any give point, not even in the very beggining even though the nearly 1.700 basketball fans created an atmosphere pro Edirne...

The third period and especially the second part of it was the most crucial and the most meaningfull for the visiting site of the Engomis team as after a dry 47-47, the Cyprus team succeeded an amazing run of 15-5 in the last five minutes and close the 3rd period with 52-62, having as top performers the Swedish Massamba and the Maltese Joshua Jackson (188-SG-85, college: Warner Pacific) .

The beggining of the 4th quarter was also very crucial for the visitors as they were able to keep a safety difference after the great come-back on the Turks site to close the gab with as little as five points, 5 minutes before the end of the game to 63-68 before a new run on behalf of Coach Konstantinidis team with 9-14 ended the game once and for all for the Cyprus team. The MVP of the game was the Joshua Jackson with his 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist and also some good defence against Chris Wright (185-G-89, college: Georgetown)

The quarters were: 21-21, 39-43, 52-62 and 70-82.

Edirne: Wright 19 points and 5 assists, Sevinc 7, Abi 6, Vladimir Stimac 15, Drezga 3, Reha Oz 14, Kamer 6.


Intercollege Etha: Joshua Jackson 18, Valdas Dabkus (204-PF-84) 10, Anastasiadis 2, Shawn Ray (194-SF-80, college: N.C.Central) 12, Thomas Massamba (185-PG-85) 13, Tutt 8 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists, Cup 8, Watkins 9 points and 6 rebounds, Lalovic 2



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  DENMARK   


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Will HARRIS
  Horsens IC
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Harris, Horsens IC28.1 
 2. White, Aalborg25.9 
 3. Kingsley, Svendborg24.4 
 4. Rutherford, SISU20.9 
 5. Rasmussen, Vaerl.20.9 
 6. Henry, Naestved20.4 
 7. Bishop, Aalborg20.0 
 8. Curry, Aabyhoj19.5 
 9. Dennis, SISU17.7 
 10. Bak, Horsholm16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Bishop, Aalborg11.1 
 2. St.John, Horsens10.7 
 3. Phillips, Aabyhoj10.3 
 4. Harris, Horsens IC10.0 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj9.8 
 6. Benjamin, Horsholm9.7 
 7. Glynn, Naestved9.4 
 8. Johansen, Naestved7.8 
 9. Schur, Horsens IC7.8 
 10. Plannthin, Svend.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Henry, Naestved4.7 
 2. White, Aalborg4.5 
 3. Sakne, Horsens IC4.3 
 4. McFarlane, Falcon4.2 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj4.1 
 6. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 7. Colman, Svendborg3.9 
 8. Iversen, Bakken3.4 
 9. Dennis, SISU3.3 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Henry, Naestved4.9 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose3.3 
 3. White, Aalborg2.7 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.7 
 5. McFarlane, Falcon2.3 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj2.3 
 7. Iversen, Bakken1.9 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.1.9 
 9. Glynn, Naestved1.9 
 10. Kristiansen, Aalb.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Harrison, SISU2.8 
 2. Phillips, Aabyhoj2.3 
 3. Curry, Aabyhoj2.1 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.9 
 5. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.9 
 6. Bishop, Aalborg1.4 
 7. Colas, Horsholm1.2 
 8. Kingsley, Svendborg1.0 
 9. Eleraky, Aalborg1.0 
 10. Larsen, Vaerlose0.8 


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Texas Legends announce 2011-2012 training camp roster - by Eurobasket News
The Texas Legends announced the team's training camp roster for the 2011-2012 season today. The Legends will begin training camp Wednesday, November 9 at Frisco's Fieldhouse USA and finish their camp on Wednesday, November 23.


TEXAS LEGENDS 2011 NBDL TRAINING CAMP INVITEES:

Name Pos Ht Wt From Acquired

Ron Allen PF/C 6-10 235 Cincinnati Returning (10-11)

Ryan Anderson G/F 6-4 205 Nebraska Draft

Keith Clark F 6-8 245 Oklahoma Returning (10-11)

Vance Cooksey G 6-0 185 Pikeville Draft

Ramon Dyer F 6-7 180 Houston Tryouts

Lawrence Hill F 6-8 220 Stanford Draft

Dominique Johnson G 6-3 195 Azusa Pacific Returning (10-11)

Jake Kelly G 6-6 185 Indiana State Draft

Kyle Luckett PF/C 7-0 225 Chabot College Tryout

Collin Mangrum G 6-5 190 Southern Methodist Draft

Matt Rogers F/C 6-11 225 Southwest Baptist Returning (10-11)

Jamal Sampson C/F 6-11 235 California Draft

Josh Southern C 6-10 265 Boston College Draft

Alando Tucker G 6-6 205 Wisconsin Draft

Anthony Vereen F 6-7 245 Texas-Arlington Draft

Derek Williams G 6-1 170 Southern Methodist Draft

Booker Woodfox (6'1''-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Creighton) G 6-1 185 Creighton Returning (10-11)


The Legends open their season with at home on Saturday, November 26th at 3:00PM. The Team plays at HP Court @ Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Brandis RALEY-ROSS
  Tln K.
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.5 
 2. Pilk, TT.17.3 
 3. Raap, Parnu16.5 
 4. Soo, Rapla16.2 
 5. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool16.0 
 6. Cunda, Va.14.4 
 7. Cipruss, Tarvas14.3 
 8. Fedortchuk, Tln K.14.3 
 9. Kurg, Tln Kalev14.2 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.9 
 2. Ringmets, Rapla10.2 
 3. Arnold, TT.9.2 
 4. Adedeji, Va.8.8 
 5. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.8 
 6. Keedus, TT.7.2 
 7. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.7.0 
 8. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.7.0 
 9. Hamarsalu, Parnu6.5 
 10. Amis, Tartu Uliko.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Cunda, Va.4.3 
 2. Kriisa, Tarvas4.3 
 3. Dorbek, Tarvas4.0 
 4. Raap, Parnu3.8 
 5. Laane, Rapla3.6 
 6. Karner, Parnu3.5 
 7. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.5 
 8. Veideman, Tartu U.3.3 
 9. Pilk, TT.3.2 
 10. Kurbas, Tartu Uli.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cunda, Va.2.7 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.6 
 3. Karner, Parnu2.5 
 4. Saage, Tartu Uliko.2.3 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.0 
 6. Umbrasko, Tarvas2.0 
 7. Cricelli, Va.2.0 
 8. Dorbek, Tarvas2.0 
 9. Kaldre, Rapla2.0 
 10. Saks, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 2. Amis, Tartu Ulikool2.0 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.8 
 4. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 5. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 6. Adedeji, Va.1.0 
 7. Voolaid, Parnu1.0 
 8. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.0.8 
 9. Raley-Ross, Tln K.0.8 
 10. Eichfuss, Tartu U.0.7 


Tartu Ulikool and Kalev/Cramo celebrated latest victories in BBL - by Eurobasket News
Tartu Ulikool and Kalev/Cramo celebrated latest victories in BBL over Kedainiai.
Estonian Kalev/Cramo (4-2) crushed 9th ranked Lithuanian Kedainiai in Tallinn 91:65 on Tuesday. They outrebounded Kedainiai 35-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. Armands Skele (192-G-83) nailed 18 points and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winning side and swingman Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) accounted for 12 points and 6 rebounds. David McClure (198-F-86, college: Duke) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Aurimas Adomaitis (206-PF-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Kedainiai in the defeat.
Tartu Ulikool overcame Kedainiai 91:70 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 55-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tartu Ulikool forced 20 Kedainiai turnovers. American forward Bill Amis (205-F-87, college: Hawaii) nailed 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and center Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) accounted for 15 points and 10 rebounds. David McClure came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and the other American import point guard Chris Lowe (182-PG-87, college: Massachusetts) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Kedainiai in the defeat.



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Artland Dragons sign point guard Goran Jeretin - by Eurobasket News
Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) is a new member of Artland Dragons. He signed a deal for rest of the season. At the same time, the German squad parted ways with Frank Robinson, who had not been cleared from his old team Sokhumi Tiflis and Artland couldnt wait any longer. Goran Jeretin started this season with Lietuvos Rytas, where he had a short term deal. He appeared 3 times for them in Euroleague qualifications averaging 5.3 points and 1.3 rebounds. Jeretin also played two games in LKL and three in VTB United league. Last season, Goran Jeretin spent with Russian team Lokomotiv Kuban. In the past, he played for Turk Telekom, Buducnost Pogdorica, ALBA Beriln, Kyiv, Maccabi Tel-Aviv etc. At the EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania, Jeretin had 10.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 3.6 apg for 5 games with Montenegro NT.

'Important for us was that Goran Jeretin had already played this season for Montenegro at the European championships and showed good results. He has a lot of experience in the European basketball and I hope that he can help us make the right decisions and do the little things that you dont always see in the stats', stressed Dragons head coach Stefan Koch.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Malcolm DELANEY
  Chalon
  (191-G-89)
  Avg: 33
 1. Delaney, Chalon33.0 
 2. Clemente, Nitra29.0 
 3. Roll, Antwerp27.0 
 4. Hampton, BK Pardu.25.0 
 5. Stanojevic, Karsi.25.0 
 6. Gaines, Armia24.0 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.23.0 
 8. Chubb, EWE Baskets23.0 
 9. Brown, EWE Baskets22.0 
 10. Barrett, Roanne22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 15
 1. Kjellbom, Armia15.0 
 2. Thomas, Armia13.0 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp13.0 
 4. Balocka, Norrkoping12.0 
 5. Sene, Fuenlabrada12.0 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.12.0 
 7. King, Art.Dragons12.0 
 8. Stanojevic, Karsi.12.0 
 9. Gadri-N., BK Prost.11.0 
 10. Jordan, Telekom11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler MORRIS
  U.Mobite.
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Morris, U.Mobite.9.0 
 2. Diaz, Armia8.0 
 3. Sanchez, Fuenlabr.8.0 
 4. Vasiljevic, Khimik8.0 
 5. Danek, Arkadia7.5 
 6. Paul, U.Mobitel.CN7.0 
 7. Williams, Besiktas7.0 
 8. Slagter, Leiden7.0 
 9. Jordan, Telekom6.0 
 10. Pierce, Sokhumi5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Denis CLEMENTE
  Nitra
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Clemente, Nitra6.0 
 2. Seay, Norrkoping6.0 
 3. Schilb, Chalon5.0 
 4. Holiday, Aalstar4.0 
 5. Massamba, Etha4.0 
 6. Mwema, Antwerp4.0 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.4.0 
 8. Frazier, Keravnos4.0 
 9. Lawrence, U.Mobite.4.0 
 10. Moors, Antwerp3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 6
 1. Kjellbom, Armia6.0 
 2. Sene, Fuenlabrada3.0 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp3.0 
 4. Saunders, Goett.3.0 
 5. Gadri-N., BK Prost.3.0 
 6. Knox, Minsk-20062.3 
 7. Cole, Atomeromu2.0 
 8. Tiggs, Hoverla2.0 
 9. Karaman, Karsiyaka2.0 
 10. Frazier, Keravnos2.0 


Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group A
 1. EWE Baskets 1-0 
 2. Fuenlabrada 1-0 
 3. Nitra 0-1 
 4. Norrkoping 0-1 
Group B
 1. Armia 1-0 
 2. Besiktas 1-0 
 3. Leiden 0-1 
 4. Goettingen 0-1 
Group C
 1. BK Pardubice 1-0 
 2. BK Prostejov 1-0 
 3. Hoverla 0-1 
 4. Roanne 0-1 
Group D
 1. Atomeromu 1-0 
 2. Khimik 1-0 
 3. N.Novgorod 0-1 
 4. Ventspils 0-1 
Group E
 1. Chalon 1-0 
 2. Enisey 1-0 
 3. U.Mobitel.CN 0-1 
 4. Antwerp 0-1 
Group F
 1. Etha 1-0 
 2. Triumph 1-0 
 3. Olin Edirne 0-1 
 4. Aalstar 0-1 
Group G
 1. Karsiyaka 1-0 
 2. Minsk-2006 1-0 
 3. Turk Telekom 0-1 
 4. Telekom Baskets 0-1 
Group H
 1. Szolnok 1-0 
 2. Art.Dragons 1-0 
 3. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 0-1 
 4. Keravnos 0-1 


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Alonzo Gee abruptly leaves Asseco Prokom team via text message - by Eurobasket News
According to Polish media, Alonzo Gee (198-G-87, college: Alabama) made a strange move. The NBA player did not appear in practice and he sent a message to Asseco Prokom coach that he will not play for the team any longer. Gee also wrote that he will return to the USA as soon as possible due to personal reasons. Alonzo Gee joined Asseco Prokom during the pre-season. He appeared 3 times in Euroleague averaging 11 points and 6.3 rebounds. In VTB United League, Gee added 18.5 ppg and 9.8 rpg. Alonzo Gee changed 3 NBA teams last season. He started with the San Antonio Spurs and in November moved to the Washington Wizards. Later that month he joined Cleveland Cavaliers. There, Gee had 7.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg in 40 games.

Shawn James' Yellow-And-Blue Adjusting Difficulties - by David Pick
After successfully recovering from injury in his leg, threatening to end his career earlier than expected, Shawn James dominated the Israeli league last season playing for Bnei Hasharon, coming to a crossroads this past summer; 'Who should I sign with?' he asked his peers. 'Hapoel Jerusalem or Maccabi Tel-Aviv?' His achievements and skills ranked him without a doubt as Israel's top big man, and while both clubs were offering a flattering one-year $350,000 deal, James chose Maccabi. Will he regret it?

Finical Differences

When signing with Tel-Aviv, the positions James plays in at Nokia Arena were already crowded by Richard Hendrix, Lior Eliyahu, Milan Macvan, Sofoklis Schortsanitis and at times David Blu (all with Euroleague experience). Shortly after, Macvan was sent to Belgrade giving James some breathing room, yet, he's still facing unfamiliar territory of being a role player and not a go-to-guy. Sources close to James question his decision of passing on Hapoel's offer, 'When Jerusalem offers someone almost $350,000, their counting on him to be the team's star, leader and basically becoming the closest thing to a franchise player. However, when Maccabi offers the same money, you're bound to become just another foreigner. As of now, going to Maccabi was the wrong decision for Shawn. During the summer, Katash fantasized of having the James-Randle duo and loved to have Shawn because he's the exact type of player he likes in the paint. Katash isn't fond of heavy
big guys because he likes to play run-and-gun basketball that fits fast athletic bigs.'

Adapting to Maccabi

Throughout the years Maccabi picked up players from the Israeli league that either beat them (Elton Brown), or played very well against them (Aaron Mcghee) and according to the cliche 'stats don't lie,' they both miserably failed. In James' situation, Maccabi's initial intentions were for him to become the first backup big man behind Sofo and deeply thought of releasing Richard Hendrix. Nevertheless, Hendrix who's much stronger then James eventually stayed and is playing great basketball in all of the team's three leagues. Despite a notable pre-season effort and although it's early in the season, thus far, James doesn't seem to be anywhere near David Blatt's radar when it comes to games that really count -- Euroleague. After playing three games in Europe's top league, James recorded a collective 16 minutes scoring 5 points adding 3 rebounds, where in Maccabi's recent victory over Real Madrid, James walked the floor for a mere 30-seconds.

Tel-Aviv's assistant coach Guy Goodes, tries to explain James' struggle. 'There's a world of differences between playing for Maccabi and Bnei Hasharon. Shawn's used to being on the court for 38 minutes a game, scoring 22 points and collecting 15 rebounds where everything revolves around him and the Israelis are none factors. With Bnei, if Shawn randomly had a bad game and his team lost, there's always next week, but with Maccabi that's not the case.' Goodes continues, 'Playing for Maccabi you have to bring youre 'A' game every day. If you're in shape and playing well, you'll get minutes. However, if not, you'll find yourself on the bench very quickly because there's always someone ready to take advantage of an opportunity. Shawn's experiencing a down period, suffering from the time it takes adjusting to the Euroleague and Adriatic physicality. His advantage as a player is his shot blocking ability and that's why we brought him to Maccabi. Yet, as oppose to the Israeli league, in the top European levels it's hard for him to use his advantages and be effective.'

'I don't think it's possible to judge a player after three Euroleague games.' Said Dan Shamir, who coached James for the last two seasons and strongly recommended him to Maccabi, believing it's only a matter of time until Shawn finds his rhythm, 'we must remember that Maccabi has a lot of players and it's only natural for the roster to be shorter when they play in the Euroleague. Shawn is a guy who can help any team at any level. He had a few good pre-season games and I think that what we've seen from him this far can change, because he has a very long season ahead of him.'

The Israeli league is mostly known for its forwards and lack of big men presence. Therefore, it's easier for James to be more of a force and use his athletic mobile abilities. James played all of Maccabi's four domestic league games this season, and despite posting good numbers, they're still far from last year's averages of 14 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. An interesting fact is that Maccabi's been strictly using James at the five spot, as oppose to the four playing next to Sofo or Richard Hendrix. Goodes sheds some light on what goes on behind closed doors in the coaching staff's game plan meetings, 'the fact is, we hope to be playing nearly 80 games this season. Shawn knows he won't play 20 minutes every game, but if he's good in 10-15 games and helps us win, we're happy.'

Euroleague Struggle

With the lack of playing time, it's very difficult for James to gain any Euroleague experience. On the one hand, he's too slow guarding the four position and on the other hand, he's too small and slim for the Euroleague five spot. In regards to the fact that James is forced to play the five positions, rather the four alongside Hendrix or Sofo, Goodes comments 'at first we thought Shawn can play next to Rich or Sofo but that line-up is slow and doesn't fit our game style. We're facing a very tough situation right now and it's not a secret. At the four spot we have Eliyahu and it's unnecessary explaining his qualities and what he brings to the table. Then we have Blu, who plays the three and four and spreads the floor amazingly, like doing against Madrid.' Goodes explains that James' Euroleague minutes mostly depend on who Maccabi plays against, 'for example, if we're playing Caja Laboral and they have Mirza Teletovic at the four; we can't put Shawn next to a big, because Mirza will spread the floor and shoot from the outside forcing Shawn to step out. This is why we have Blu forcing the defense out when he plays the four, doing the same on defense guarding the long athletic Euroleague shooters.'

Shamir however, is certain that a James-and-Blu/Eliyahu/Sofo/Hendrix combo is actually possible. 'It's all about timing. Shawn can play next to any one of Maccabi's bigs and be effective. Maccabi's coaching staff chose for now to go in a different direction using Eliyahu, Sofo and Hendrix, but it's a very long season and eventually things even out.' When referring to the Euroleague, Shamir thinks James is 'definitely a Euroleague player. What he's going through is clearly a Maccabi symptom that most new comers experience. Also Lior Eliyahu with Maccabi and Sofoklis Schortsanitis in Greece had bad days. It's all part of the game.'

Goodes suggests that James looks at his teammate Richard Hendrix's situation as the perfect example, 'at first, Rich was slow and out of shape and had to work his way up until he was fit enough to play at a high level and today he's playing better than ever. It's obvious everyone wants to play, the smart way to do it is to keep working hard and Shawn is one of our hardest working players, who never opens his mouth or complains. The key to his success is patience. I'm sure his time will come.'

Tomorrow, if James does play against Anadolu Efes, he'll face a tough Turkish front court line formed by the strong Esteban Batista and the talented mobile Stanko Barac. Stay tuned, I guaranty it will be interesting.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mirza TELETOVIC
  Caja L.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Teletovic, Caja L.21.7 
 2. Loncar, Khimky20.5 
 3. Batum, Nancy20.3 
 4. Quinn, Khimky20.0 
 5. Domercant, Unics19.3 
 6. Weems, Zalgiris19.3 
 7. Goss, AS.19.0 
 8. Banic, Bizkaia Bil.18.5 
 9. Spanoulis, Olympia.18.3 
 10. Carroll, Real Mad.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA8.7 
 2. Loncar, Khimky8.5 
 3. Bourousis, Armani8.3 
 4. Necas, CEZ Nymburk8.0 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy8.0 
 6. Moerman, Nancy7.7 
 7. Armstrong, AS.7.5 
 8. Freeland, Unicaja7.3 
 9. Stonerook, Montep.7.3 
 10. Kasun, KK.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Linehan, Nancy7.3 
 2. Batum, Nancy7.3 
 3. Huertas, FCB Regal7.0 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.6.0 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA6.0 
 6. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.5.8 
 7. Rice, Lietuvos.5.3 
 8. Shved, CSKA5.0 
 9. Rodriguez, Real M.4.7 
 10. Law, Partizan4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 3
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.3.0 
 2. Kinsey, Anadolu2.7 
 3. Quinn, Khimky2.5 
 4. Kelati, Khimky2.5 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy2.5 
 6. Thompson, AS.2.5 
 7. Ilyasova, Anadolu2.3 
 8. Diamantidis, Panat.2.3 
 9. McCalebb, Montepa.2.0 
 10. Slaughter, Brose2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA2.7 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi2.0 
 3. Perovic, FCB Regal2.0 
 4. Fischer, Bizkaia1.8 
 5. Kasun, KK.1.8 
 6. Teletovic, Caja L.1.7 
 7. Begic, Real Madrid1.7 
 8. Marconato, Bennet1.7 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja1.5 
 10. Fofana, AS.1.5 


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


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KORISLIIGA: KTP lost at home by 28 pts - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 10: One contest tonight. KTP Basket (Kotka) hosting vs Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) and KTP started well. ToPo was nine points behind, when the opening quarter was over. But then visitor ToPo made such a transformation, which shocked both KTP players and supporters. ToPo scored 38 pts during the second quarter! By winning both quarters after the half time break, ToPo crushed KTP finally by 28 pts: 77-105 (37-48). Quarters: 19-10, 18-38, 24-32, 16-25.
KTP had three American players in double digits. KTP (4-6) won the rebounds 40-33, but had 22 turnovers. ToPo (7-3) had five players over 10 pts. Head Coach Tomi Kaminen had nine players on the court giving them 15:23 - 29:17 minutes playing time. Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) played 19:49 minutes and led in points (20) and rebounds (8). Sad Niskanen (198-F-88) got 23:22 minutes playing time and scored his career high 20 pts.

KTP - ToPo 77-105 (37-48). (Tim Blue 16, Terrell Bell 16, Bennet Davis 15/12 - Jonathan Heard 20/8, Sad Niskanen 20, Chase Griffin 17/8a. A: 986).




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


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.6 
 2. Holloway, Salon V.21.4 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons20.2 
 4. Tiedeman, LrNM.19.6 
 5. Brooks, Namika L.19.0 
 6. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.0 
 7. Newson, Kataja18.9 
 8. Blue, KTP17.8 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto17.6 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.5 
 2. Blue, KTP9.9 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto8.4 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki8.4 
 6. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.3 
 8. Nikkila, Pyrinto8.1 
 9. Heard, ToPo7.9 
 10. Muurinen, ToPo7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Williams, Pyrinto5.4 
 2. Virtanen, Kataja5.3 
 3. Walker, Kataja4.6 
 4. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.4 
 5. Haynes, LrNM.4.3 
 6. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.1 
 7. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.6 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.6 
 9. Sarcevic, KTP3.4 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Pyrinto3.1 
 2. Sten, Kataja2.7 
 3. Newson, Kataja2.5 
 4. Moore, Korihait2.4 
 5. Brooks, Namika L.2.3 
 6. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP2.1 
 8. Haynes, LrNM.2.0 
 9. Terwilliger, Kataja2.0 
 10. Gonner, Kouvot1.8 
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.1.3 
 4. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 5. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.9 
 6. Vanttaja, Kouvot0.8 
 7. Newson, Kataja0.8 
 8. Bell, KTP0.8 
 9. Blue, KTP0.7 
 10. Heinonen, ToPo0.7 


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  FRANCE   


Pau-Orthez wants to release Mustafa Shakur - by Eurobasket News
According to French media, Pau-Lacq-Orthez wants to release Mustafa Shakur (190-PG-84, college: Arizona). Reportedly, the team is already on the market for combo guard, but they still didn't terminate a deal with Shakur. The 27-year-old G joined Pau-Orthez during the pre-season. He appeared five times in ProA averaging 10.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists. Pau-Orthez lost four of its five games. They also failed against Hungarian Szolnoki Olaj in EuroChallenge last night. It was a 85-70 road loss and Shakur spent just 8 minutes on the court. Mustafa Shakur finished last season with the Washington Wizards. He joined them in January averaging 2.3 points, 1 rebound and 1.1 assist. Before the Wizards, Shakur had 16.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 5 apg with Rio Grande Valley Vipers. They competed in NBA D-League.

Alexis Ajinca in talks with Hyeres-Toulon - by Eurobasket News
It seems that Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88, agency: Priority Sports) really wants to play in ProA during the NBA lockout. According to the latest reports, the French NBA player is in talks with his former team Hyeres-Toulon to replace injured Rick Hughes, who will miss at least a month. Ajinca was tested by Paris-Levallois last week, but he decided not to sign a deal. The player returned to Dallas, but there is a chance that he can buy another plane ticket for France soon. Alexis Ajinca finished last season with Toronto Raptors. He had 4.8 ppg and 2.5 rpg for them in 24 games. The played started the season with Dallas Mavs. He averaged 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds for 10 games. From 2008 to 2010, Alexis Ajinca played for the Charlotte Bobcats. During the both seasons he also played in D-League to get more experience. With the Maine Red Claws, Ajinca had 14.8 ppg and 7.8 rpg for 20 games in 2009/10 season. In the past, he played for Pau Orthez, Hyeres-Toulon and INSEP.

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Gecevski agrees with Levski - by Eurobasket News
It seems that Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) will play for Levski after all. According to various sources, the Macedonian big guy agreed terms with Bulgarians and he will arrive to Sophia soon. Reportedly, Gecevski recovered from arm injury, which he suffered during the EuroBasket in Lithuania. Todor Gecevski appeared 6 times in Lithuania before the injury. He had 9 ppg and 4.3 rpg. FYROM made huge surprise and reached Semifinals. Todor Gechevski spent last two seasons with PAOK Thessaloniki. In the latest one he had 10.3 ppg and 6.2 rpg in 34 Greek league games. He also added 8.8 ppg and 5.8 rpg for six games in EuroCup. Before PAOK, Gechevski played for Zadar.

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MIA signs Tracy Smith of North Carolina State - by Geo Basket
Tracy Smith (203-F, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) is a new member of MIA. The American forward penned a deal for rest of the Superleague season. Smith is a rookie who graduated few months ago at the North Carolina State University. Smith had 14ppg and 6rpg for his school as a senior and he was even named All-ACC Honorable Mention. In 2010, Tracy Smith was awarded with All-ACC 2nd Team -10. He played for the USA U19 National Team in 2007.

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Frank Robinson (The Artland Dragons Will Have A Lot Of Success This Year Because The Locker Room Is So Close) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Frank Robinson (193-G-84, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) is 27 year old 193cm guard that was born in Compton, California and grew up in Los Angeles and just ended a short stint in Germany with the Artland Dragons. He played at Cal Fullerton (NCAA) from 2005-2008. In his senior year, he played games: 15.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3Pts: 34.2%, FT: 73.8%. In 2008-2009, he started with NBA club Atlanta Hawks (NBA), left in Oct.'08, then moved to Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Liga UPC, starting five): Adriatic League: 17 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.1spg; Euroleague: 8 games: 6.8ppg, 3.3rpg, in Feb.'09 signed at EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 11 games: 11.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 73.5%. In 2009-2010, he started with the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) again, only pre-season, in Dec.'09 moved to Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League, starting five): 38 games: 12.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 24.3%, FT: 69.2%. In the summer of 2010, he played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (LA Lakers).Last season, he played for Maccabi Haifa (Israel-Premier League): EuroChallenge: 14 games: 9.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 59.5%; Israeli League: 28 games: 12.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 61.1%. He started this season with Sokhumi Tbilisi (Georgia-Superleague) Eurochallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 16.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0bpg. He spoke to Eurobasket about the disappointment of not being able to play with the Artland Dragons.

You had a short stay with the Artland Dragons. How dissappointed are you that you had to leave the club because of basketball politics?

Artland is a really good team , I was very disappointed this was one of the best group of guys I have ever been around. From coaching staff to players, I honestly feel like I have met some life time friends here. The situation is tough and it hurts more because it has nothing to do with actual skill or talent. The Artland Dragons will have a lot of success this year because the locker room is so close.

Why didn't your old club give you clearance?

I honestly dont know the reason, I just pray that the situation gets resolved soon and doesn't affect my career any further.

Didnt you have a feeling coming to Germany that this clearance problem wasnt going to let you play a single game?

I did have a feeling only because of how everything was done in Georgia. Even though my situation was tough there I pray that they continue to build the league because all of the people there are not bad, it was just a bad situation that we did not prepare for. So I wish success to the rest of the league.


How difficult was it sitting on the bench against Braunschweig and not being able to play?

Miles you know me, I feel the game and enjoy it. It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do just because I love playing so much. I was extremely happy that they got the win but wish I could play. The shot Dave made was incredible to win the game.


What was your impression of the Artland Dragons? They won their first game in the Eurochallenge. How far can they go there and in the Beko BBL?

I would not be surprised if they make it to the final four in both.

Is David Holston going to be the best point guard in the Beko BBL this season?

If not the best he will be in top company with Bobby Brown. Both point guards really lead their teams. Anthony HIllard and Anthony King compliment Dave really well though.

What is the next step for Frank Robinson (193-G-84, college: Cal.St. Fullerton)? EnBW Ludwigsburg could use your services?

I should know soon, everyone knows Ludwigsburg is my second home and maybe one day a reunion will be in the future we will have to see what happens.

Thanks Frank for the chat



Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Justin STOMMES
  Webmoebel
  (200-G/F-88)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Stommes, Webmoebel23.1 
 2. McKiver, Braves21.9 
 3. Roessler, Karlsruhe20.1 
 4. Reese, Duesseldorf20.0 
 5. Capel, Cuxhaven18.4 
 6. Reid, MBC18.3 
 7. Mason, Webmoebel18.1 
 8. Johnson, Chemnitz18.0 
 9. Burgess, Heidelberg17.9 
 10. Watts, Heidelberg17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe11.2 
 2. Black, Jena8.6 
 3. Uskoski, Kirchheim7.6 
 4. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 5. Lawson, Chemnitz7.3 
 6. Reid, MBC7.2 
 7. Abercrombie, NBC7.1 
 8. Henley, ETB W.6.9 
 9. Watts, Heidelberg6.9 
 10. Webb, Crailsheim6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jamar DIGGS
  Webmoebel
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Diggs, Webmoebel5.6 
 2. Holcomb Faye, MBC5.3 
 3. Jeka, Braves5.3 
 4. Smith, Kirchheim5.3 
 5. Hill, Crailsheim5.1 
 6. Rice, Cuxhaven5.0 
 7. Burgess, Heidelberg4.8 
 8. Williamson, Ehingen4.5 
 9. Johnson, Chemnitz4.3 
 10. Reese, Duesseldo.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim2.6 
 2. Stommes, Webmoebel2.4 
 3. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.4 
 4. Rice, Cuxhaven2.3 
 5. Johnson, Chemnitz2.0 
 6. Williamson, Ehingen2.0 
 7. Capel, Cuxhaven1.6 
 8. Ishizaki, Chemnitz1.6 
 9. Matthews, Ehingen1.5 
 10. Harris, NBC1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.6 
 2. Zipser, Heidelberg1.5 
 3. Schoo, Heidelberg0.9 
 4. Howard, Karlsruhe0.8 
 5. Williamson, Ehingen0.8 
 6. Thomas, Kirchheim0.8 
 7. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.8 
 8. Smallwood, MBC0.7 
 9. Maier, Kirchheim0.7 
 10. Heyden, MBC0.7 


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


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


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden21.5 
 2. Anderson, Weert20.0 
 3. Acker, Nijmegen16.8 
 4. Wesby, Groningen15.7 
 5. Hargrove, Nijmegen15.7 
 6. Sanchez, Leeuw.15.2 
 7. Humphrey, Nijmegen14.8 
 8. Wells, Zwolle14.7 
 9. Turner, Den Bosch14.3 
 10. Bell, Groningen14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Coleman, Weert10.0 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.3 
 3. Wesley, Den Bosch7.8 
 4. Robinson, Zwolle7.7 
 5. Bekkering, Nijme.7.4 
 6. de Randamie, Groni.6.6 
 7. van Kempen, Weert6.5 
 8. Hilliman, Leiden6.2 
 9. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.2 
 10. Wyatt, Groningen6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Den Bosch
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Turner, Den Bosch5.8 
 2. Anderson, Weert5.3 
 3. Harman, Weert4.8 
 4. Acker, Nijmegen4.5 
 5. Jeter, Leeuwarden4.2 
 6. Bell, Groningen4.0 
 7. de Randamie, Groni.3.4 
 8. Huffman, Zwolle3.0 
 9. Sanchez, Leeuw.2.8 
 10. de Paula, Leeuw.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Damon HUFFMAN
  Zwolle
  (187-G-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Huffman, Zwolle3.5 
 2. Gonzalvez, Den B.3.3 
 3. Anderson, Weert2.5 
 4. Harman, Weert2.3 
 5. Dourisseau, Groni.1.9 
 6. Jeter, Leeuwarden1.8 
 7. Wesley, Den Bosch1.8 
 8. Acker, Nijmegen1.8 
 9. Saaka, Zwolle1.8 
 10. de Jong, Leiden1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  Groningen
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Wyatt, Groningen1.7 
 2. Bekkering, Nijme.1.6 
 3. Maddox, Zwolle1.3 
 4. Minter, Weert1.0 
 5. Kennedy, Leiden1.0 
 6. Poels, Leeuwarden0.8 
 7. Wesley, Den Bosch0.8 
 8. Aarts, Nijmegen0.8 
 9. Zondervan, Zwolle0.8 
 10. Sanchez, Leeuw.0.7 


EuroChallenge: Besiktas Milangaz started successfully in Leiden - by Eurobasket News
ZZ Leiden- Besiktas Milangaz 58:86

Besiktas Milangaz started EuroChallenge campaign successfully after a nightmare in EuroCup. The Turkish team overcame ZZ Leiden 86:58 away from home.
Besiktas Milangaz needed some time to recover from the pity loss in EuroCup. That is why the team also lost the opening period 18-21. The second quarter however showed the difference between two sides as Besiktas erupted with 26-8 for 44:29 halftime advantage. Moreover they won the third and the last periods to seal the victory. Besiktas Milangaz could not score in the last two minutes but did not mind about it.
Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) paced all the winners with 20 points and Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) netted18. Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) nailed 16, while Semih Erden (211-C-87) scored 7. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) finished the night with 15 points in the losing effort and Gabe Kennedy (205-F/C-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: UAB) notched 10.
Shooting percentage: ZZ Leiden - 30.4%, Besiktas Milangaz - 50.8%.

ZZ Leiden: Jevohn Shepherd 15, Gabe Kennedy 10
Besiktas Milangaz: Deron Williams 20, Ersin Dagli 18, Marcelus Kemp 16, Semih Erden 7


American prep-school brings exotic giants to tournament in the Netherlands - by Fred Roggen
Wilbraham & Monson Academy and EiffelTowers Den Bosch are the first teams that announced their participation in the Rinus de Jong Invitational in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. The second edition of this quite prestigious tournament for mens teams Under18 and 21 takes place December 28. till 30.

The hometown team EiffelTowers, reigning national U20-champion in the Netherlands and last year third in this tournament behind the teams of Mega Vizura Belgrade (Serbia) and Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain), will be more or less the dark horse in the Under21-category. Where Wilbraham & Monson, a strong prep-school team from the States, is considered to be a favorite in this category. Head coach Chris Sparks flies in with a team of seven American talents and five players from all around the world. Three of them are real giants. Mark Overdevest (New Zealand) measures 2.23 meter (73) while Hatian D-Jery Baptiste and Sadiq Adedeji from Nigeria both are 2.11 meter (69) tall. Besides two players from Europe Alex Ramon from Spain and German Maodo Lo - will fill the roster.

In both categories of this tournament four teams will play for the prizes. The organising committee will announce which other teams will participate in the upcoming weeks. In advance it is clear that the field will be of real Euroleague-level.



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


Pouya Tadjik was Enough to Beat Petrochimi ... - by Mohammad Ahmadi
4th week of Iran Superleague Basketball started by Azad University and Petrochimi Mahshahr game. The game between closely ranked teams ended with Azad University and they could beat Petrochimi in Tehran.
Petrochimi had many changes this season, in Coaches and Players. They have good coaches named Mehran ShahinTab and Mohammad Kasaeipour as Coaches, and many new players like Saeid Davarpanah, Vahid Hajian, Mohammad Jamshidi (3 ex-players of Towzin Electric Kashan) , and mid-level import player, Claude Marques; but Azad University kept players and Coaches and Started the season very good and is going on with 4 wins in row.

Today they had a game in Tehran and Azad University won the game 79-72. MVP of this game was Pouya Tajik (202-F-80) with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 Blocks and destroyed petrochimi. Other good players of this match were : Claude Marquis with 17points and 8 rebounds, Mojtaba Bani-Aghil with 11 points and Mohammad Jamshidi with 10 points.


Everybody thought Petrochimi is going to be in Top4 but It seems Azad University has more chance to be in top4. BUT Petrochimi is always Petrochimi and they can be better during rest of season.


P.S : Iran National Team have missed a Big Inshape Player named : Pouya Tadjik, One of The best Iranian Players, a player that could help Iran Nationa Team in any situation.



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


Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Kiryat Tivon 5-0 
 2. Macc.B.Yaakov 5-0 
 3. Hapoel T-A 4-0 
 4. Ironi Nahariya 3-1 
 5. Ironi K-A 3-2 
 6. Elitzur Yavne 2-3 
 7. Hod Hasharon 2-3 
 8. Lev Hasharon 2-3 
 9. Hapoel Y/M 2-3 
 10. Hapoel Afula 2-3 
 11. Ironi Nes-Ziona 1-2 
 12. Elitzur Ramla 1-4 
 13. Ironi Ramat Gan 1-4 
 14. Hapoel K/S 0-5 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Jermaine HALL
  Macc.B.Y.
  (196-F-80)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Hall, Macc.B.Y.24.4 
 2. Miller, Macc.B.Y.23.0 
 3. Gonzalez, Hod H.22.8 
 4. Clemente, Kiryat T.22.6 
 5. Ginyard, Ironi N.21.3 
 6. Thondique, Hapoel21.2 
 7. Daniel, Ironi K-A20.5 
 8. Segev, Kiryat Tivon20.0 
 9. Sanders, Hapoel Y.19.5 
 10. Bet-Yosef, Macc..19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 15
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.15.0 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel13.0 
 3. Sanders, Hapoel Y.11.5 
 4. Daniel, Ironi K-A10.8 
 5. Rosefelt, Lev H.10.2 
 6. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.10.0 
 7. Traimel, Ironi N.10.0 
 8. Kelly, Hapoel T-A10.0 
 9. Miller, Macc.B.Y.9.8 
 10. Webb, Ironi R.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon7.0 
 2. Eliyahu, Ironi N.5.8 
 3. Nanikashvili, Iron.5.5 
 4. Younger, Ironi K-A4.5 
 5. Sukar, Hod Hashar.4.4 
 6. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.3 
 7. Golan, Elitzur Yav.3.8 
 8. Housman, Macc.B.Y.3.6 
 9. Barzilai, Elitzur3.5 
 10. Hofman, Elitzur3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon6.0 
 2. Eliyahu, Ironi N.4.5 
 3. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.4.0 
 4. Gonzalez, Hod H.3.8 
 5. Dunne, Ironi N.3.3 
 6. Naor, Hapoel T-A3.3 
 7. Nanikashvili, Iron.3.3 
 8. Hofman, Elitzur3.2 
 9. Davidi, Ironi R.3.2 
 10. Sztarkman, Hapoel3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Shlomi MOR-YOSEF
  Kiryat T.
  (202-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Mor-Yosef, Kiryat3.0 
 2. Daniel, Ironi K-A2.3 
 3. Johnson, Hod H.2.0 
 4. Thondique, Hapoel2.0 
 5. Webb, Ironi R.2.0 
 6. Jackson, Hapoel Y.1.8 
 7. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.8 
 8. Kelly, Hapoel T-A1.5 
 9. Sanders, Hapoel Y.1.5 
 10. Naor, Hapoel T-A1.5 


T.J. Bannister joined Ironi Ramat Gan - by Eurobasket
Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan has just announced the signing of 27-year old American point guard T.J. Bannister (180-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Liberty). The product of Liberty University is expected to play next game against Elitzur Yavne. T.J. spent last season in China. While playing 22 games for Jin Qiang Sichuan he was averaging impressive 24.1ppg (3rd best in the league), 4.6rpg and 8.0apg (league's leader). He helped his team to reach NBL semifinals. Bannister was named Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Guard of the Year and selected to the Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL 1st Team. That will be his second campaign in Europe. In 2008-2009 season he played for FC Schalke 04 (Germany-ProA), next season spent in MBK Rieker Komarno (Slovakia-Extraliga). He also played pro basketball in Lebanon.

National League Round 5: Hapoel Tel-Aviv hands first loss to Ironi Nahariya - by Eurobasket News
There were just five rounds played in Regular Season of National League and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Ironi Nahariya (3-1) on the court of leader Hapoel Tel-Aviv on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Hapoel Tel-Aviv 81-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ironi Nahariya. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Ironi Nahariya managed to win fourth quarter 29-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Tel-Aviv forced 21 Ironi Nahariya turnovers. American players dominated the game. point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds. Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) contributed with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's coach Erez Edelshtein used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Tel-Aviv have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 4-0 record behind leader Kiryat Tivon. Ironi Nahariya at the other side keeps the fourth position with one game lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv are looking forward to face Ironi Nes-Ziona (#11) in Nes Ziyona in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Nahariya will play at home against Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Eighth-ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (1-2) was very close to win a game against leader Kiryat Tivon (5-0). Kiryat Tivon managed to secure only two-point victory 88-86. However their fans expected much easier game. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and Lior Segev chipped in 16 points, 13 assists and 5 steals. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) responded with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Undefeated Kiryat Tivon have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record, which they share with Macc.B.Yaakov. Ironi Nes-Ziona at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with two games lost. Kiryat Tivon will play against Ironi Kiryat Ata (#5) on the road in the next round. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#3) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Bottom-ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to sixth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (3-2) 85-68 on Tuesday evening. Raz Elbaz nailed 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. M. Marshall came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for Hapoel Kfar Saba in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ironi Kiryat Ata moved-up to fifth place. Hapoel Kfar Saba lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata will meet at home league's leader Kiryat Tivon in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Ironi Ramat Gan (1-4) and Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (2-3), which took place in Ramat Gan. 9th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan lost at home to twelfth ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido 70-81. The best player for the winners was Almaad Jackson who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Ironi Ramat Gan's coach Amir Uzi rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Ironi Ramat Gan at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with four games lost. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Nahariya (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Elitzur Yavne (#6) and be promoted back to the Premier League just one year after relegation.
The game between leader Beer Yaakov (5-0) and 10th ranked Elitzur Ramla (1-4) in Beer Yaakov on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Beer Yaakov outscored guests from Ramla 107-87. Nate Miller orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Beer Yaakov. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Kiryat Tivon. Loser Elitzur Ramla dropped to the twelfth place with four games lost. Beer Yaakov will face Ironi Nes-Ziona (#11) in Nes Ziyona in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Elitzur Ramla will play at home against Hapoel Afula and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 5 Elitzur Yavne was beaten by Lev Hasharon on the road 93-83. Hapoel Afula lost to Hod Hasharon on its own court 87-92.
The most impressive performance of 5th round was 25 points and 19 rebounds by Isaac Rosefelt of Lev Hasharon.


Lev Hasharon - Elitzur Yavne 93-83

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked Lev Hasharon (2-3) beat at home higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (2-3) 93-83 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Lev Hasharon. Elitzur Yavne was better in third quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elitzur Yavne was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (205-85, college: St.Thomas, agency: Avi Zilberman) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds. American guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Prossin Sports Management) contributed with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) answered with 20 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and forward Zafrir Volfer (200-81) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Elitzur Yavne. Four Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. Lev Hasharon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Elitzur Yavne. Lev Hasharon will face Hod Hasharon (#7) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: E.Hofman 20+4reb+7ast, Z.Volfer 14+7reb+2ast, E.Engel 14+6reb+2ast, N.Golan 13+6reb+4ast, T.Dray 9+2reb+1ast, K.Wilson 6+8reb+1ast
Lev Hasharon: L.Clinch 29+6reb+5ast, I.Rosefelt 25+19reb+2ast, B.Sharoni 11+3reb, O.Shmidt 10+2reb+1ast, A.Sela 7+2reb+3ast, J.Cornley 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 145221


Ironi Ramat Gan - Hapoel Y/M 70-81

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Ironi Ramat Gan (1-4) and Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (2-3), which took place in Ramat Gan. 9th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan lost at home to twelfth ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido 70-81. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Yokneam/Megido. Ironi Ramat Gan was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido forced 19 Ironi Ramat Gan turnovers. The best player for the winners was American Almaad Jackson (210-85, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized French point guard Jonathan Sztarkman (188-91) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Five Hapoel Yokneam/Megido players scored in double figures. Guard Dror Davidi (190-84) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Ironi Ramat Gan's coach Amir Uzi rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Ironi Ramat Gan at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with four games lost. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Nahariya (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Elitzur Yavne (#6) and be promoted back to the Premier League just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: R.Webb 18+4reb+1ast, D.Davidi 17+6reb+3ast, G.Amitay 9+6reb+3ast, R.Pitshon 7+1reb+1ast, Y.Yatzkan 7+6reb+3ast, J.Sharper 6+3reb
Hapoel Y/M: A.Jackson 21+6reb+1ast, J.Sztarkman 16+7reb+1ast, Z.Ben-Zvi 13+3reb+2ast, M.Moscovitz 12+6reb+1ast, T.Ber-Aven 11+7reb+2ast, O.Ida 6+2reb
gschID: 145222


Hapoel K/S - Ironi K-A 68-85

Bottom-ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to sixth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (3-2) 85-68 on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Kiryat Ata. Hapoel Kfar Saba managed to win fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Kiryat Ata forced 26 Hapoel Kfar Saba turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Ironi Kiryat Ata especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Guard Raz Elbaz (187-86) nailed 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and American forward Lenny Daniel (201-87, college: Cal.St. Northridge) accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Ironi Kiryat Ata players scored in double figures. Moses Marshall came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Matan Marztiano (194-90) added 14 points respectively for Hapoel Kfar Saba in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ironi Kiryat Ata moved-up to fifth place. Hapoel Kfar Saba lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata will meet at home league's leader Kiryat Tivon in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: M.Marshall 14+14reb+1ast, M.Marztiano 14+1reb, B.Tolbert 8+2reb+1ast, A.Tetro 8, A.Harush 7+2reb+2ast, O.Ron 6+3reb+1ast
Ironi K-A: R.Elbaz 17+5reb+2ast, A.Nanikashvili 16+3reb+2ast, L.Daniel 13+9reb+1ast, T.Younger 12+5reb+4ast, D.Peterson 8+2reb+1ast, G.Halamish 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 145217


Kiryat Tivon - Ironi Nes-Ziona 88-86

Eighth-ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (1-2) was very close to win a game against leader Kiryat Tivon (5-0). Kiryat Tivon managed to secure only two-point victory 88-86. However their fans expected much easier game. After very bad start, Ironi Nes-Ziona stormed back in the second period cutting the deficit to 2 points 46-44. But it was not enough and Kiryat Tivon took back the control in second half. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and point guard Lior Segev (190-83, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) chipped in 16 points, 13 assists and 5 steals. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) responded with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and American forward Braxton Dupree (203-89, college: Towson, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Four Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. Kiryat Tivon have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record, which they share with Macc.B.Yaakov. Ironi Nes-Ziona at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with two games lost. Kiryat Tivon will play against Ironi Kiryat Ata (#5) on the road in the next round. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#3) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Michael Dunne 20+7reb+7ast, T.Karpeles 18+1reb, D.Bank 14+5reb+3ast, B.Dupree 13+11reb, D.Assaf 9+2reb+3ast, R.Zehavian 9+5reb
Kiryat Tivon: R.Clemente 24+16reb+1ast, K.Izik 24+5reb+1ast, L.Segev 16+4reb+13ast, J.Gomes 8+5reb+1ast, B.Hagbi 7+1reb, Z.Silverman 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 145218


Macc.B.Yaakov - Elitzur Ramla 107-87

The game between leader Beer Yaakov (5-0) and 10th ranked Elitzur Ramla (1-4) in Beer Yaakov on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Beer Yaakov outscored guests from Ramla 107-87. The game was mostly controlled by Beer Yaakov. Elitzur Ramla was better in third quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beer Yaakov made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) contributed with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Ryan Bacon (200-88, college: St.Peter's, agency: Strategic Sports) answered with 32 points and 8 rebounds and forward Michael Badalov (201-87) added 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Elitzur Ramla. Five Beer Yaakov and four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Beer Yaakov. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Kiryat Tivon. Loser Elitzur Ramla dropped to the twelfth place with four games lost. Beer Yaakov will face Ironi Nes-Ziona (#11) in Nes Ziyona in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Elitzur Ramla will play at home against Hapoel Afula and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: R.Bacon 32+8reb, I.Berkowitz 15+3reb+5ast, R.Barzilai 14+3reb+6ast, M.Badalov 13+10reb+5ast, I.Rejwan 8+2reb, R.Bishop 3+2reb+1ast
Macc.B.Yaakov: N.Miller 26+10reb+3ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 24+7reb+4ast, D.Housman 24+5reb+3ast, J.Hall 19+11reb+2ast, I.Simin 12+1reb+1ast, E.Beniamin 2
gschID: 145219


Hapoel Afula - Hod Hasharon 87-92

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Hapoel Afula (2-3) lost at home to eleventh ranked Hod Hasharon (2-3) 92-87 on Tuesday. Hapoel Afula trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 38-28 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 87-92 at the end of the game. Hod Hasharon shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Hapoel Afula was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Puerto Rican point guard Javier Gonzalez (182-89, college: N.Carolina St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 5 assists. The former international guard Avi Sukar (187-76) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Hod Hasharon players scored in double figures. Hod Hasharon's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import guard Ronny LeMelle (196-81, college: Auburn) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Afula. Hod Hasharon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Hapoel Afula. Hapoel Afula lost their third game in a row. Hod Hasharon will face Lev Hasharon (#8) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: G.Thondique 25+12reb+3ast, R.LeMelle 18+6reb+2ast, H.Shifman 10+1reb+2ast, G.Cohen 9+7reb+1ast, E.Eliyah 9+6reb+5ast, O.Blayzer 8+2reb
Hod Hasharon: J.Gonzalez 24+4reb+5ast, A.Sukar 19+2reb+5ast, A.Johnson 16+8reb+2ast, G.Gandel 15+5reb+1ast, A.Skverer 9+2reb+2ast, C.Dewhurst 7+13reb+5ast
gschID: 145220


Hapoel T-A - Ironi Nahariya 81-67

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Ironi Nahariya (3-1) on the court of leader Hapoel Tel-Aviv on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Hapoel Tel-Aviv 81-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ironi Nahariya. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Ironi Nahariya managed to win fourth quarter 29-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Tel-Aviv forced 21 Ironi Nahariya turnovers. American players dominated the game. point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds. Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) contributed with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's coach Erez Edelshtein used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Tel-Aviv have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 4-0 record behind leader Kiryat Tivon. Ironi Nahariya at the other side keeps the fourth position with one game lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv are looking forward to face Ironi Nes-Ziona (#11) in Nes Ziyona in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Nahariya will play at home against Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: E.Traimel 26+10reb+2ast, O.Ben Hemo 14+3reb+3ast, M.Ginyard 13+10reb+1ast, J.Roberts 4+3reb, A.Matta 3+2reb, A.Eliyahu 3+3reb+5ast
Hapoel T-A: D.Stitt 21+5reb+2ast, G.Eytan 14+2reb+2ast, C.Kelly 10+9reb+4ast, J.Skjoldebrand 9+6reb, Y.Shiran 9+2reb, C.Carr 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 145216




Shawn James' Yellow-And-Blue Adjusting Difficulties - by David Pick
After successfully recovering from an injury in his leg, threatening to end his career earlier than expected, Shawn James dominated the Israeli league last season playing for Bnei Hasharon, coming to a crossroads this past summer; 'Who should I sign with?' he asked his peers. 'Hapoel Jerusalem or Maccabi Tel-Aviv?' His achievements and skills ranked him without a doubt as Israel's top big man, and while both clubs were offering a flattering one-year $350,000 deal, James chose Maccabi. Will he regret it?

Finical Differences

When signing with Tel-Aviv, the positions James plays in at Nokia Arena were already crowded by Richard Hendrix, Lior Eliyahu, Milan Macvan, Sofoklis Schortsanitis and at times David Blu (all with Euroleague experience). Shortly after, Macvan was sent to Belgrade giving James some breathing room, yet, he's still facing unfamiliar territory of being a role player and not a go-to-guy. Sources close to James question his decision of passing on Hapoel's offer, 'When Jerusalem offers someone almost $350,000, their counting on him to be the team's star, leader and basically becoming the closest thing to a franchise player. However, when Maccabi offers the same money, you're bound to become just another foreigner. As of now, going to Maccabi was the wrong decision for Shawn. During the summer, Katash fantasized of having the James-Randle duo and loved to have Shawn because he's the exact type of player he likes in the paint. Katash isn't fond of heavy
big guys because he likes to play run-and-gun basketball that fits fast athletic bigs.'

Adapting to Maccabi

Throughout the years Maccabi picked up players from the Israeli league that either beat them (Elton Brown), or played very well against them (Aaron Mcghee) and according to the cliche 'stats don't lie,' they both miserably failed. In James' situation, Maccabi's initial intentions were for him to become the first backup big man behind Sofo and deeply thought of releasing Richard Hendrix. Nevertheless, Hendrix who's much stronger then James eventually stayed and is playing great basketball in all of the team's three leagues. Despite a notable pre-season effort and although it's early in the season, thus far, James doesn't seem to be anywhere near David Blatt's radar when it comes to games that really count -- Euroleague. After playing three games in Europe's top league, James recorded a collective 16 minutes scoring 5 points adding 3 rebounds, where in Maccabi's recent victory over Real Madrid, James walked the floor for a mere 30-seconds.

Tel-Aviv's assistant coach Guy Goodes, tries to explain James' struggle. 'There's a world of differences between playing for Maccabi and Bnei Hasharon. Shawn's used to being on the court for 38 minutes a game, scoring 22 points and collecting 15 rebounds where everything revolves around him and the Israelis are none factors. With Bnei, if Shawn randomly had a bad game and his team lost, there's always next week, but with Maccabi that's not the case.' Goodes continues, 'Playing for Maccabi you have to bring youre 'A' game every day. If you're in shape and playing well, you'll get minutes. However, if not, you'll find yourself on the bench very quickly because there's always someone ready to take advantage of an opportunity. Shawn's experiencing a down period, suffering from the time it takes adjusting to the Euroleague and Adriatic physicality. His advantage as a player is his shot blocking ability and that's why we brought him to Maccabi. Yet, as oppose to the Israeli league, in the top European levels it's hard for him to use his advantages and be effective.'

'I don't think it's possible to judge a player after three Euroleague games.' Said Dan Shamir, who coached James for the last two seasons and strongly recommended him to Maccabi, believing it's only a matter of time until Shawn finds his rhythm, 'we must remember that Maccabi has a lot of players and it's only natural for the roster to be shorter when they play in the Euroleague. Shawn is a guy who can help any team at any level. He had a few good pre-season games and I think that what we've seen from him this far can change, because he has a very long season ahead of him.'

The Israeli league is mostly known for its forwards and lack of big men presence. Therefore, it's easier for James to be more of a force and use his athletic mobile abilities. James played all of Maccabi's four domestic league games this season, and despite posting good numbers, they're still far from last year's averages of 14 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. An interesting fact is that Maccabi's been strictly using James at the five spot, as oppose to the four playing next to Sofo or Richard Hendrix. Goodes sheds some light on what goes on behind closed doors in the coaching staff's game plan meetings, 'the fact is, we hope to be playing nearly 80 games this season. Shawn knows he won't play 20 minutes every game, but if he's good in 10-15 games and helps us win, we're happy.'

Euroleague Struggle

With the lack of playing time, it's very difficult for James to gain any Euroleague experience. On the one hand, he's too slow guarding the four position and on the other hand, he's too small and slim for the Euroleague five spot. In regards to the fact that James is forced to play the five positions, rather the four alongside Hendrix or Sofo, Goodes comments 'at first we thought Shawn can play next to Rich or Sofo but that line-up is slow and doesn't fit our game style. We're facing a very tough situation right now and it's not a secret. At the four spot we have Eliyahu and it's unnecessary explaining his qualities and what he brings to the table. Then we have Blu, who plays the three and four and spreads the floor amazingly, like doing against Madrid.' Goodes explains that James' Euroleague minutes mostly depend on who Maccabi plays against, 'for example, if we're playing Caja Laboral and they have Mirza Teletovic at the four; we can't put Shawn next to a big, because Mirza will spread the floor and shoot from the outside forcing Shawn to step out. This is why we have Blu forcing the defense out when he plays the four, doing the same on defense guarding the long athletic Euroleague shooters.'

Shamir however, is certain that a James-and-Blu/Eliyahu/Sofo/Hendrix combo is actually possible. 'It's all about timing. Shawn can play next to any one of Maccabi's bigs and be effective. Maccabi's coaching staff chose for now to go in a different direction using Eliyahu, Sofo and Hendrix, but it's a very long season and eventually things even out.' When referring to the Euroleague, Shamir thinks James is 'definitely a Euroleague player. What he's going through is clearly a Maccabi symptom that most new comers experience. Also Lior Eliyahu with Maccabi and Sofoklis Schortsanitis in Greece had bad days. It's all part of the game.'

Goodes suggests that James looks at his teammate Richard Hendrix's situation as the perfect example, 'at first, Rich was slow and out of shape and had to work his way up until he was fit enough to play at a high level and today he's playing better than ever. It's obvious everyone wants to play, the smart way to do it is to keep working hard and Shawn is one of our hardest working players, who never opens his mouth or complains. The key to his success is patience. I'm sure his time will come.'

Tomorrow, if James does play against Anadolu Efes, he'll face a tough Turkish front court line formed by the strong Esteban Batista and the talented mobile Stanko Barac. Stay tuned, I guaranty it will be interesting.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick




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Pepsi Caserta land Marko Tusek - by Eurobasket News
Pepsi Caserta bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Marko Tusek (203-F-75, agency: Alti Sport). The veteran forward spent the last season with Fileni Jesi. His stats read 11.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in LegaDue. Previously the Slovenian forward had spells in Italy, Spain and Russia. Eurobasket.com named Marko Tusek All-Italian Seria A Bosman Player of the Year back in 2004.

Euroleague: Bennet Cantu wins again! - by Giovanni Bargna
Bennet Cantu defends its homecourt once again downing Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus 64-63 at the Paladesio. Now the italian team has a good 3-1 record in group A, while the greek team after another loss is facing troubles at the bottom of the standings with a 1-3 record.

BENNET CANTU - OLYMPIACOS 64-63 (12-16, 19-18, 14-15, 19-14)

Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus had a good start in a balanced first quarter thanks to Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) who sank a couple of three-pointers early but Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) helped his team staying close to the opponents with four points in a row. It was an 8-0 run giving a good lead to Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus in the last part of the quarter, then Cantu had a great contribution from the bench. A pick'n'roll play by Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) was completed by Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) with a two-handed dunk to narrow the gap and set the score at the first buzzer, 12 - 16.
Four points scored by Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) early in the second gave the largest lead to Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus, up by 9, 18-27. Bennet after a very low shooting percentage from behind the arc found points from long distance by Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) and then by euroleague veteran Gianluca Basile closing the gap before half-time. Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus up by three 31-34 when the teams got back the the locker room.

Momentum changed side a couple of times in a very battled third quarter. The home team got back on the court with a lot of energy tying the game and then taking the lead with a dunk by Shermadini, 38-36. When it comes to experience Andrea Trinchieri can count on veteran Denis Marconato (211-C-75). The big man from Treviso in cooperation with Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86) pushed the lead up to 6 points, the biggest margin for Cantu up 42-36 at the half of the period. If that was the time for experienced players coach Ivkovic knows he's got one of the best all over europe and that player, named Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket), knows exactly how to take the leadership and lead his teammates. That's what he did and that was when the momentum changed again. Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus re-took the lead with a 9-0 run led by Spanoulis and by the good effort by Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) and Keselj. The 'Reds' were leading again at the buzzer, 45-49.
Spanoulis scored 6 points early in the fourth and Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus tried flying away, but it came the italian comeback again. Marconato tied the game at 55 with a dunk well assisted by Cinciarini. It was Spanoulis once again, unstoppable in the period, sinking a three-pointer and helping Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus that regained the lead. The answer came immediately with a spectacular alley-oop. Basile created and Leunen completed using the glass.
Last minute. Spanoulis tied from the line. Big man Giorgi Shermadini had two chances from the free-throw line with 7.8 seconds left to play and the score still tied. It was 1/2 the Georgian. The missed shot gave last chance to the reds, Hines grabbed the rebound and put the bucket on the target going for a coast-to-coast but his lay-up was unsuccesful thanks to the quick comeback on defense by Shermadini.
MVP of the game was Denis Marconato on winning side. 10 points, a couple of assists and a great performance on defense with six rebounds, three blocks and a great effort that you can't find on the scoreboard. Spanoulis completed an outstanding performance on loosing side with 23 points.

TOP SCORERS
BENNET CANTU : Leunen 12, Marconato 10, Sceckic, Markoishvili and Shermadini 8
OLYMPIACOS : Spanoulis 23, Keselj 11, Gecevicius 8


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  JAPAN   


Best players of BJ League round 9 - by Eurobasket News
Talented American Devin Searcy (208-F/C-89, agency: Pro One Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Toyama Grouses and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 22-year old power forward had a double-double of 20 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Iwate Big Bulls (#10, 1-7) 98-88. Toyama Grouses is placed at 6th position in Japanese BJ League. Toyama Grouses is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. Searcy turned to be Toyama Grouses' top player in his first season with the team. University of Dayton graduate has very impressive stats this year. Searcy is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 10.5rpg) and averages solid 63.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American swingman John Humphrey (188-G/F-80, agency: Court Side) of Saitama Bron.. Humphrey impressed basketball fans with 40 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Saitama Bron. was edged by the higher-ranked Okinawa GK (#2, 6-2) 85-83. This loss caused Saitama Bron. to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-5 record. Humphrey is a newcomer at Saitama Bron. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.8ppg (#7). He also registered 4.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM (#4). Parker showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Parker's great performance Shimane SM lost 69-83 to #3 ranked Shiga L-Stars. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Shimane SM needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Parker has a great season in Japan. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.9ppg (3rd best). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 58.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nyika Williams (203-C-87) of Takamatsu FA - 18 points and 12 rebounds
5. Kevin Palmer (198-G/F-87) of Fukuoka Rizing - 28 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Oneal Mims (208-F-83) of Sendai 89ers - 26 points and 9 rebounds
7. Julius Ashby (205-F/C-82) of Shiga L-Stars - 26 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Lewis Witcher (207-F/C-87) of Miyazaki SS - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Brian Harper (206-F/G-85) of Toyama Grouses - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Daniel Fitzgerald (206-F-84) of Sendai 89ers - 30 points and 8 rebounds

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


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  JORDAN   


FIBA Asia 2011: Jordan behind the Scenes - by Omar Shafaamri
Jordan is the toast of the season in FIBA Asia, and deservedly so! Few can doubt this after the manner in which the West Asia team overcame adversity and silenced many a wagging tongue by reaching the Final of the 26th FIBA Asia Championship and almost winning it at that!

Rasheim Wright must have spent the most agonising moments of his four-year stint as a naturalised player for Jordan, having stumbled at the opportunity to celebrate the most glorious moments, when his shot from the right corner bounced off the rim only to see China scrape away a 70-69 win in the Gold Medal game.

That was the business end of the sport and competition itself, but our point of discussion here is about the very fact that Jordan came on to play that game.

For a team that began the competition not even as the dark horse the historic bronze medal finish at the 25th FIBA Asia Championship in Tianjin in 2009 notwithstanding the team had shown how a group of talented ball players can turn things around when push comes to shove, by sheer inspiration.

It may be argued in hindsight that Jordan were playing below their potential prior to the play-offs especially when they lost to Japan in the Preliminary Round and to the Philippines in the Second Round but the fact of the matter remains that Jordan certainly did not look the team that could have gone the distance.

The problems for our team are within. We seem to freeze when pushed against the wall, coach Thomas Baldwin had bemoaned after the defeat to Philippines.

The shrewd tactician, who is arguably the only coach in the fray who had the experience of coaching in most of the FIBA zones, seemed to run out of ideas tactically and temperamentally to spur a team that looked far from impressive.

Even when I spoke to Jordan spearhead Zaid Abbas undoubtedly the most gifted player to don the Jordanian colours on the eve of the Quarter-Finals, the feelings bordered more on ambitious optimism rather than confident expectations.

We need to find a final push of inspiration, Abbas said then.

We are suffering from lack of proper preparation. Most of the players didnt play regularly as there was no proper Jordanian league. We havent had enough time with the coach. And overall, we are not as prepared as we were two years ago, he had said.

My heart wrenched listening to Abbas, but I couldnt help agree with his predicament.

After all, Abbas along with point guard Sam Daghles had been only two of the players who had some serious game experience in the months prior to the competition albeit having scorched the highly competitive CBA League.

Little had Abbas himself, as well as the rest of the team including Baldwin and the entire FIBA Asia basketball community, expected his compatriot Daghles to don a new role in the locker room.

Daghles, for long known as a player of flamboyant skills on the court, took the opportunity to deliver what would go down in FIBA Asia history as one of the most influential performances off the court.

I just wanted to remind the team how good they are, Daghles said, recalling that momentous occasion.

Somebody had to step up and speak out. I guess everybody had gone into a shell bothered by all those things we had suffered before the competition. I realised this was not the moment to mull on those things. I just gave words to what was in my mind, he went on.

As a result of that speech, Jordan looked a completely transformed outfit when they took to the court against Iran.

And as a resultant effect of that speech, Jordan gave Iran a taste of their own medicine when they (Iran) had come up with an inspired performance to beat a much more fancied Lebanon in the Gold Medal game of the 24th FIBA Asia Championship in Tokushima four years earlier.

It was like they (Jordan) had come here only to win this game, only to beat us, said Iranian spearhead Samad Bahrami after the defeat.

Of course, the inspiration percolated down every member and in a rush of impulse Baldwin fielded veteran Zaid Al Khas who himself had rued the lack of time on court in the games till then.

Al Khas, was like a tiger unleashed and dished out a performance that defied his aging bones and aching limbs, firing in three-pointer after three-pointer four of them in all as the Al Nashama song blared the Wuhan Sport Center PA system with gay abundance and not optimism.

And of course the team went on to beat Philippines in the Semi-Finals again against expectations and almost accounted for China in the Final.

Thus, a team that was written off before the competition refused to be blown off all thanks to one spark of inspiration provided by an individual.

After that speech by Sam, everybody was repeating the words to himself, Al-Khas said.

It was like each of those words was our very own. In one moment we had turned the corner around.

As a result, Jordan had won a completely unexpected medal although completely deserving in both instances for the second time in a row.

Inspired passion took Jordan to a position never expected. This is a position too precious to be squandered with uninspired planning.

This was about inspiration in a positive connotation. Next week we talk about how enthusiasm when shown to unwarranted and unnecessary measure can backfire!

So long

Source: Mageshwarans AsiaScope


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  KOSOVO   


Round 5: Peja Trepca 0:20, registered by FBK - by Dren Shporta
After the incident in last weekends game between Peja and Trepca, the Basketball Federation of Kosovo (FBK) has taken its decision about the match. The greens from Mitrovica are the winners with official result 20:0 and Peja has to play two home games out of the Karagac gym. Also, Peja doesnt take the point for the defeat.

As about player that irritated the public, Valdet Grapci, the disciplinary commission has suspended him until they take the definitive decision. 37 year old center, Grapci, said to the local media that he will respect every decision taken by FBK.

Peja today visits Kolegji Univers in Bardhosh, but their two next games as host, against Kosova Vushtrri and Sigal Prishtina should be played somewhere else which will be a handicap for the yellows. Days before, Bujar Loci s team has registered a Bulgarian center, Nikolai Balev, and he will be great addition to them. Peja after this decision has 3-2 record but has a point less than Bashkimi and its in a fourth place of classification.




All games of Round 6 to be played this afternoon - by Dren Shporta
Today will be played all games of round 6 of BKT Superliga of Kosovo, announces Basketball Federation. While looking to the encounters, the top four teams should have no problems registering their next upcoming victory.

Leaders from Mitrovica, Trepca, have a chance to make five wins from five played matches with a win against Drita (at 19:00). With Jaleel Nelson (196-G-87, college: Chowan Univ.) on a great form and Drilon Hajrizi's high point rate per game it should not be a problem for Ilir Selmanis boys to register the next victory. The newcomers from Gjilan, Drita, with their new international Bojan Zlatkovski and flying Ukshin Demi will try to make a greatest surprise in midweek.

Champions are visiting Kosova today with a game at 18:00 and Yll Kacaniku will have a chance to play his first game for Sigal Prishtina. With a potential win Arben Krasniqi's boys will keep a step behind unbeaten green boys from Mitrovica. Kosova is still in search of their first win of the season (at 18:00).

Oranges from Prizren, after two lost games in the beginning of the season have reached three wins in a row. Now, after strengthening the squad with C.J. Webster and new coming Rodrick Stewart, they will try to register their fourth win (at 19:00hrs.) before they visit the champions in the next round, which will be their main test. Futura will make a surprise of a month if they win this game.

Wounded Peja will visit Kolegji Univers. They have lost in a table the match against Trepca and one of their veterans Valdet Grapci, suspended. Pejans added to the team Bulgarian center Nikolai Balev, who should make his debut today. Eric Salley is in great form and in combination with Balev will make Kolegji Universes job difficult. Kolegji Univers, will try to register their second win after beating Kosova in a last round.



Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Trepca 4-0 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 4-1 
 3. Peja 3-2 
 4. Bashkimi 3-2 
 5. Drita 2-3 
 6. Kolegji Univer. 1-3 
 7. Futura 0-3 
 8. Kosova 0-3 


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  LATVIA   


LBL Round 7: Winless U18 loses another game - by Eurobasket News
LBL is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 7 rounds left.

Bottom-ranked U18 (0-2) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their second consecutive match to third ranked Valmiera (5-2) 93-51 on Sunday evening. The game without a history. Valmiera 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 6 points in first quarter. Valmiera dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to U18's 32. They outrebounded U18 46-18 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for center Viktors Iljins (208-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. Edmunds Elksnis helped adding 19 points. At the losing side guard Dmitrijs Brizgalovs (186-94) responded with 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. Valmiera have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 5-2 record behind leader VEF Riga. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with two games lost. Valmiera are looking forward to face Jurmala (#5) on the road in the next round. U18's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Latvijas Universitate.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 7: Turiba was destroyed by Jelgava on the opponent's court 88-66. Jurmala was outscored by LU in a home game 64-86. Jurmala recorded a loss to Valmiera on the road 80-65.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points and 7 rebounds by Oskars Virsis of Valmiera.



Jelgava - Turiba 88-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Turiba's (1-6) road loss to seventh ranked Jelgava (2-4) 66-88 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-66. Jelgava outrebounded Turiba 50-39 including 17 on the offensive glass. 31 personal fouls committed by Turiba helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Reinis Strupovics (192-87) helped adding 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side forward Ugis Strauss (200-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and center Roberts Mednis (204-89) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. 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. Jelgava moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Jurmala. Turiba lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with six games lost. Jelgava is again looking forward to face Turiba (#8) on the road in the next round. Turiba will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: E.Krumins 19+7reb+1ast, R.Strupovics 13+5reb+1ast, A.Ausejs 13+2reb+2ast, K.Kanbergs 11+3reb, A.Senkans 10+4reb+1ast, A.Duselis 7+11reb
Turiba: K.Mediss 14+2reb+1ast, U.Strauss 11+12reb, E.Kikuts 10+7reb, R.Mednis 10+7reb+1ast, J.Antrops 8+2reb, J.Dilevka 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 149859


Jurmala - LU 64-86

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Latvijas Universitate (2-3) smashed on the road 5th ranked Jurmala (2-4) 86-64 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 49-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Latvijas Universitate forced 22 Jurmala turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Jurmala helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Kristaps Dargais (195-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 18 rebounds. point guard Armands Osins (185-91, agency: FCM) helped adding 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Latvijas Universitate players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Atis Ozols (198-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Jevgenijs Kosuskins (200-77) scored 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Latvijas Universitate moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Jurmala keeps the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Jelgava. Latvijas Universitate are looking forward to face Liepaja (#7) on the road in the next round. Jurmala will play against Valmiera and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LU: K.Dargais 23+18reb+2ast, A.Osins 12+9reb+3ast, Z.Peiners 12+3reb+3ast, M.Vitols 11+7reb+1ast, S.Vitols 9, H.Rubenis 5+1reb
Jurmala: U.Pinete 15+3reb+1ast, A.Ozols 13+10reb+1ast, E.Jonats 11+12reb, J.Kosuskins 9+11reb+4ast, D.Coders 6+5reb+5ast, R.Vaikulis 5+1reb
gschID: 149856


Valmiera - U18 93-51

Bottom-ranked U18 (0-2) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their second consecutive match to third ranked Valmiera (5-2) 93-51 on Sunday evening. The game without a history. Valmiera 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 6 points in first quarter. Valmiera dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to U18's 32. They outrebounded U18 46-18 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for center Viktors Iljins (208-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. Edmunds Elksnis helped adding 19 points. Five Valmiera players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Dmitrijs Brizgalovs (186-94) responded with 9 points and guard Toms Leimanis (183-94) scored 5 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. Valmiera have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 5-2 record behind leader VEF Riga. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with two games lost. Valmiera are looking forward to face Jurmala (#5) on the road in the next round. U18's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Latvijas Universitate.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: E.Elksnis 19+4reb+1ast, V.Iljins 14+16reb, J.Lucas 13+1reb+7ast, A.Butjankovs 12+7reb+1ast, V.Bikse 12+2reb+3ast, V.Veinbergs 11+3reb+3ast
U18: E.Endzels 9+1reb+1ast, D.Brizgalovs 9+2reb+1ast, E.Stelmahers 8+2ast, S.Ceplitis 7+1reb, T.Leimanis 5+4reb+2ast, A.Pasecniks 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 149857


Valmiera - Jurmala 80-65

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Jurmala (2-4) was defeated on the road by third ranked Valmiera (5-2) 80-65 on Wednesday. 24 personal fouls committed by Jurmala helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Oskars Virsis (191-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) helped adding 19 points. Four Valmiera players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Ervins Jonats (199-91) responded with 9 points and 11 rebounds and forward Atis Ozols (198-81) scored 14 points. Jurmala's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Valmiera have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 5-2 record behind leader VEF Riga. Newly promoted Jurmala keeps the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Jelgava. Valmiera are again looking forward to face Jurmala (#5) on the road in the next round. Jurmala will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: O.Virsis 20+7reb+3ast, J.Lucas 19+4reb+3ast, J.Rozitis 11+8reb+1ast, E.Elksnis 10+2reb+1ast, A.Butjankovs 7+4reb+1ast, E.Kalve 6+6reb
Jurmala: U.Pinete 14+5reb, A.Ozols 14+3reb+3ast, E.Jonats 9+11reb+1ast, D.Coders 9+4reb+2ast, E.Bucs 5+2reb+1ast, J.Kosuskins 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 149858




Ventspils add another two victories in Baltic League - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils add another two victories in Baltic League and beat twice the Estonian representatives. At first Ventspils edged Tartu Ulikool 85:80. Tartu Ulikool was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Sam Willard (205-F, college: Pacific) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and guard Janis Strelnieks accounted for 18 points and 5 assists.
Later the Latvian side outscored Kalev/Cramo 85:52. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Ventspils forced 23 Kalev/Cramo turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Ventspils especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Martins Laksa (200-F-90, agency: FCM) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds.
Liepaja meanwhile lost the latest game to Pieno Zvaigzdes 79:85. Sylvester Morgan (208-C-83, college: Georgia St.) nailed 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and TreVon Hughes accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds. Martynas Andriukaitis came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and swingman Janis Timma (201-F/G-92, agency: FCM) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Liepaja in the defeat.



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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 30.5
 1. Sims, VEF Riga30.5 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera19.3 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava18.8 
 4. Dukulis, Liepaja17.5 
 5. Ozols, Jurmala16.8 
 6. Lucas, Valmiera16.7 
 7. Young, Ventspils15.6 
 8. Perry, VEF Riga15.6 
 9. Mayo, Liepaja15.3 
 10. Bertans, VEF Riga14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Sims, VEF Riga10.5 
 2. Dargais, LU9.0 
 3. Mednis, Turiba8.3 
 4. Jonats, Jurmala8.0 
 5. Berzins, VEF Riga7.8 
 6. Willard, Ventspils7.0 
 7. Kalve, Valmiera6.9 
 8. Andriukaitis, Liep.6.7 
 9. Berzins, Ventspils6.4 
 10. Vitas, Liepaja6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mayo, Liepaja6.3 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.9 
 3. Janicenoks, VEF R.4.0 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.8 
 5. Coders, Jurmala3.8 
 6. Valters, VEF Riga3.6 
 7. Perry, VEF Riga3.6 
 8. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.3 
 9. Millage, VEF Riga3.2 
 10. Krumins, Jelgava3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Millage, VEF Riga3.0 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.8 
 3. Peiners, LU2.0 
 4. Vitols, LU2.0 
 5. Miculis, U182.0 
 6. Osins, LU2.0 
 7. Cain, VEF Riga1.8 
 8. Krumins, Jelgava1.8 
 9. Perry, VEF Riga1.8 
 10. Elksnis, Valmiera1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ilja GROMOVS
  U18
  (197-F-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gromovs, U182.0 
 2. Cain, VEF Riga1.4 
 3. Berzins, VEF Riga1.2 
 4. Rozitis, Valmiera1.1 
 5. Ozols, Jurmala1.0 
 6. Dukulis, Liepaja1.0 
 7. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.8 
 8. Plivda, LU0.8 
 9. Jonats, Jurmala0.7 
 10. Willard, Ventspils0.6 


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  LITHUANIA   


Latest victories of Pieno Zvaigzdes and Rudupis - by Eurobasket News
Pieno Zvaigzdes and Rudupis grabbed the latest victories in Baltic League.
The most interesting game of round 5 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Prienai where fourth ranked Rudupis outleveled visiting Juventus 87-64. Povilas Butkevicius (203-F-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Darius Pakamanis (192-G-81) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Karolis Petrukonis added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Juventus.
Pieno Zvaigzdes won against Latvian Liepaja 85:79 on Wednesday. Liepaja was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Sylvester Morgan nailed 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds.
Estonian Kalev/Cramo crushed ranked Lithuanian Kedainiai (1-4) in Tallinn 91:65 on Tuesday. They outrebounded Kedainiai 35-22 including 27 on the defensive glass. Armands Skele nailed 18 points and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winning side and swingman Gregor Arbet accounted for 12 points and 6 rebounds. David McClure came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Aurimas Adomaitis added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Kedainiai in the defeat.
Tartu Ulikool overcame Kedainiai 91:70 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 55-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tartu Ulikool forced 20 Kedainiai turnovers. American forward Bill Amis (205-F-87, college: Hawaii) nailed 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and center Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) accounted for 15 points and 10 rebounds. David McClure came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and the other American import point guard Chris Lowe added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Kedainiai in the defeat.



Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 19
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.19.0 
 2. Urbonas, Juventus17.5 
 3. Mazeika, Neptunas15.5 
 4. Valanciunas, Lietu.15.3 
 5. Pakamanis, Juven.15.0 
 6. Benn, Naglis Palan.14.8 
 7. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.14.8 
 8. Lowe, Kedainiai14.4 
 9. Weems, Zalgiris13.7 
 10. Rice, Lietuvos.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.10.2 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.9.8 
 3. Adomaitis, Kedaini.8.8 
 4. Petrukonis, Juven.8.0 
 5. McClure, Kedainiai7.6 
 6. Onuaku, Neptunas7.0 
 7. Benn, Naglis Palan.6.8 
 8. Matulionis, Techas.6.8 
 9. Javtokas, Zalgiris6.8 
 10. Pakamanis, Juven.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas KALNIETIS
  Zalgiris
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Kalnietis, Zalgiris6.5 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai5.9 
 3. Ezerskis, Techasas4.4 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudup.4.3 
 5. Dainys, Neptunas4.3 
 6. Maceina, Juventus4.0 
 7. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.0 
 8. Janavicius, Baltai4.0 
 9. Orelikas, Rudupis3.8 
 10. Rice, Lietuvos.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 DeJuan COLLINS
  Zalgiris
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Collins, Zalgiris2.7 
 2. Dainys, Neptunas2.5 
 3. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 4. Kelys, Pieno Z.2.3 
 5. Seibutis, Lietuv.2.2 
 6. Nobles, Pieno Z.2.0 
 7. Broadus, Siauliai1.9 
 8. Matulionis, Techas.1.8 
 9. Roberts, Lietuvos.1.8 
 10. Weems, Zalgiris1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.2.3 
 2. Samardziski, Lietu.1.4 
 3. Johnson, Naglis P.1.3 
 4. Butkevicius, Rudup.1.3 
 5. Kairys, Pieno Z.1.3 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 7. Urbutis, Rudupis1.0 
 8. Peciukas, Kedainiai1.0 
 9. Barnes, Kedainiai1.0 
 10. Volkus, Juventus1.0 


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


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  MEXICO   


Toros and Fuerza Regia both at 17-5 - by Alejandro Martinez
The route from Nuevo Laredo to Monterrey is a four lane divided highway that is 123.1 kilometers, it is Mexican Federal Highway 85D. For bus fare of 200 pesos (about $17) you can go from one city to the other within a couple hours without the hassle of the driving or the parking. Now 22 games into the season, these two clubs both sit with identical 17-5 records.

Fuerza Regia Monterrey gives you a steady diet of one of the league's top performers in Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech). He gives Fuerza Regia a consistent 20 a night but he also shoots a great percentage, rebounds well, is very good defender, and a willing passer. If a league MVP were announced today, it might just be Smith who had his name called. When he's not causing mismatches for the opponents than they've got a couple very talented perimeter players in Import Chris Roberts (193-G-88, college: Bradley) or Mexican-American Andre Joseph Tyronzic (191-G-81, college: Oregon), both Roberts and Joseph are connecting on nearly 47% from their attempts beyond the arc which makes helping on Jeremis very difficult to do. Big man Kleon Penn (211-C-86, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: McNeese St.) changes shots at the rim and helps out on the glass as well as being an athletic finisher around the goal. Recent Silver Medal Winner at the Pan-Am Games is Mexican NT Member Michael Strobbe (201-F-85) who is tough as nails and does all the little stuff to help teams win. Along with Mike Mitchell (181-PG-83, college: N.Mexico St.) at the point, who is among the league leaders in assists, and recently acquired ex-nba swingman Donta Smith (201-G-83, college: SE Illinois JC), the club is arguably the most talented in the league.

Toros Nuevo Laredo is the defending league Champion and returns many of the key components from a year ago. Rene Rougeau (198-G-86, college: UNLV) is a do everything wing player that defends, shoots a high percentage, gets to the foul line and always seems to make the key plays. Ike Ofoegbu (205-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: SMU) is back with the club now and at 6'9 can play with his back to the basket or consistently knock down the 3, he's a matchup problem. Also back for another championship this season is Lonnie Ellis Vasquez (198-F, college: Mississippi Coll.). Lonnie is a Mexican-American wing forward that is athletic and a talented defender who also chips in where needed, getting to the bucket, making a shot, or helping out on the glass. But the difference with this year's team might be three additions. 'Chino' Jesus Lopez (205-F-83, college: SW Baptist) also a medal winner at the recently held Pan-Ams is one of the better National players in the country. Acquired in a pre-season trade with Xalapa that sent Mexican-Ameican Quentin Gonzalez (200-F-84, college: McNeese St.) to Halcones. It seems that the Toros got the better of the deal so far, at least statistically Chino has been the more productive player this season. At 6'8, Lopez can spend time at 3, 4, or 5, and can knock down shots from the perimeter or get in the paint and muscle his way to a bucket. Mexican-American Brody Angley Manjerras (180-PG-86, agency: JEMsports, college: Santa Clara) has been a nice addition to this year's club. Brody is a playmaker at PG and has experience as an import in the Swiss League, now midway through his 2nd professional season, he has alot more to offer. Not to be left out, the clubs most consistent scorer on the season has been Devon Pearson (198-F-84, college: SMU). Devon is also multi-talented with the ability to play 2, 3, or 4 at 6'7. Devon is athletic and shoots the ball well connecting on 57% of his attempts from the field including 39% from 3.

The UV teams Halcones and Halcones Rojos will be in the mix as the season gets closer to deciding a champion, both clubs are right near the top of the standings. But the defending champion Toros will look to prove that they belong once again holding the league trophy up high. Fuerza Regia will have to prove that this year they can turn regular season success into post-season glory. Yes, the battle may just come down to that 123km drive down highway 85D. Thanks for reading all that is Mexican Professional Basketball on www.latinbasket.com


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  MONTENEGRO   


Balkan League: Mornar will regret tonight - by Darko Pekic
KK Mornar players will have something to reflect about tonight. They had an almost certain victory in their pockets but during the last quarter they destroyed everything and will have to return home with the second lost game in a row (87:76 for Rilski). And to make it even worse, this is the second lost game after a tied finish. Coach Mihajlo Pavicevic will have to do a lot of work with his players in order to prepare them for the next challanges

The game started well for Mornar. The incredible energy of Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point) brought them a 10 point lead. In the second quarted Rilski decreased the lead but Scott and Ivan Jelenic (190-SG-85, agency: BeoExcell) didn't let them to do anything else. At the halftime the result was 35:41 for Mornar.

The third quarter was similar to the first half. Rilski was trying to take the lead but Akeem Scott and other Mornar's guards had always an answer for their attacks. But unfortunately for Mornar, the decisive last quarter was one of the most dramatic and incredible in the history of the EUROHOLD Balkan League, as Rilski Sportist almost made a miracle, winning it 30:13. The team from Montenegro lost the control of the game in these 10 minutes, while the home side started to play on the top of their
efforts and won the game.

In the home team the Serbian duo dominated, Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Filip Vukosavljevic (205-F/C-83) scored 27 points each. On the other side, Ivan Jelenic scored 23 point, Akeem Scott had a great game with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists and Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) had 7 points and 8 rebounds in only 17 minutes on the floor


KK Jedinstvo signed Young - by Darko Pekic
KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje announced the signing of Rickey Young (204-F/C-90, college: W.Virginia Tech). The young US forward was a free agent for just a couple of days. After the mutual contract termination with Ulcinj, he decided to take the offer from one of the oldest Montenegrin clubs. Although considered a long term project, Young didn't settle in and Ulcinj's management decided that it would be better for both sides to split ways. He now has a new opportunity to provehimslf in Montenegro.

Jedinstvo didn't start the season well. After four rounds they have 0-4 record and they have already changed the coach. The new coach Zeljko Rakocevic will need a contribution from Young immediately. However, Jedinstvo is known for having luck with their imports: David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) and Anthony Jones (194-G/F-84, college: Indiana Tech) are the brightest examples and everybody in Bijelo Polje expect to see similar performances from Rickey Young also.


Artland Dragons sign point guard Goran Jeretin - by Eurobasket News
Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) is a new member of Artland Dragons. He signed a deal for rest of the season. At the same time, the German squad parted ways with Frank Robinson, who had not been cleared from his old team Sokhumi Tiflis and Artland couldnt wait any longer. Goran Jeretin started this season with Lietuvos Rytas, where he had a short term deal. He appeared 3 times for them in Euroleague qualifications averaging 5.3 points and 1.3 rebounds. Jeretin also played two games in LKL and three in VTB United league. Last season, Goran Jeretin spent with Russian team Lokomotiv Kuban. In the past, he played for Turk Telekom, Buducnost Pogdorica, ALBA Beriln, Kyiv, Maccabi Tel-Aviv etc. At the EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania, Jeretin had 10.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 3.6 apg for 5 games with Montenegro NT.

'Important for us was that Goran Jeretin had already played this season for Montenegro at the European championships and showed good results. He has a lot of experience in the European basketball and I hope that he can help us make the right decisions and do the little things that you dont always see in the stats', stressed Dragons head coach Stefan Koch.


KK Podgorica parted ways with Jovovic - by Darko Pekic
Although the season started for them in a great manner (3-1 record) and nobody expected it, KK Podgorica's management decided to make some roster changes early in the new season. They replaced the guard Nebojsa Jovovic with the other guard Aleksandar Bogojevic (189-G-86) who started the season in Studentski Centar (D2) and has a lot of experience in domestic competion (Danilovrgrad, ABS Primorje, Mediteran etc)

Bogojevic will be able to play next week and try to help the Wolves to beat the strong Mornar in Bar.


Balkan League: Ulcinj fought bravely against the former Balkan League Champion - by Darko Pekic
KK Ulcinj didn't make a surprise but they were close to make it. The final result says it all- 73:75 for Levski. The home team was not expected to win the game because they made important roster changes last week: two Americans- Paul Kirkpatrick (208-C-89, agency: Promotex, college: Howard) and Rickey Young (204-F/C-90, college: W.Virginia Tech) left the team, Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) got injured and a couple of other players were infected with a virus. For that reason, they had to postpone the League game against Mornar. Coach Nikola Milatovic before the tonight game said to local press that he expected from his guys to fight bravely because Levski is the former Balkan League Champion.

And they did it. Although Dragomir Marojevic was not expected to play tonight he decided to overcome the pain and fought like a lion under the basket. Marojevic scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds! Milos Djurisic (194-G-88) scored 17 points and Boban Medenica (204-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 16. For the winners, the two American globetrotters-Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) (20 points) and Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado) (18 points) gave a huge contribution to their team's success.

Ulcinj will now have to prepare for the upcoming League events and most likeley will need some reinforcements to help them in Balkan League.




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  MOROCCO   


Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. ASS Sale 2-1 
 2. MAF Fez 2-1 
 3. PCS Plazza C. 2-1 
 4. RSB Berkane 2-1 
 5. WAC Casabl. 2-1 
 6. CRA Hoceima 1-2 
 7. FUS Rabat 1-2 
 8. IRT Tanger 1-2 
 9. KAC 1-2 
 10. RCA Casabl. 1-2 


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  NBA   


NBA players reject owners' offer, want to talk more despite deadline - by Eurobasket News
If you think this deal is bad, wait until tonight. That's essentially what NBA owners have told the league's players as the two sides continue to try and hammer out a labor deal.

NBA players have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to accept an offer from NBA owners on a revenue split or the next deal that's offered will be much worse.

On Tuesday, the NBA player's union said they were not going to fold in the face of the owner's ultimatum.

'There isn't any player that wants us to take a bad deal,' National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) said.

NBA Commissioner David Stern has said the newest proposal gives players between 49% and 51% of revenues. If the players' association does not change its mind by Wednesday, the NBA will offer up another proposal -- one that offers players 47% of basketball revenues and a hard salary cap.

Fisher said Sunday that the offer was not acceptable, and he reiterated Tuesday that the players' association is holding firm.

'That doesn't mean we won't continue to negotiate,' Fisher said at a news conference after a meeting of players representing all but one of the NBA's teams.

The current proposal says that if the league exceeds certain revenue forecasts, the players would receive 51%. If it didn't, the share would fall to 49%.

But Fisher said Sunday that 'there'd be no way in the world we'd ever get to 51%' under the provisions.

The players' association's executive director, Billy Hunter, told CNN sister network TBS that Tuesday's meeting was intended to spell out the details of the owners' proposal, which they were 'misunderstanding' based on media reports that focused on the revenue sharing offer.

Once they heard the details of the proposal, he said, 'they were all horrified by it.' He said it would 'decimate' gains made by players in recent years.

Hunter said he is likely to meet with Stern before the owners' deadline Wednesday to see if there was any movement in their position.

Fisher, during the news conference, said the players are confident an agreement giving players a better deal would still be possible despite the owners' ultimatum.

The NBA season has been canceled through at least November 30, and the two sides are hoping they can reach a resolution before more games are called off.

Stern has said the 2010-2011 season was not profitable for most of the league's 30 owners, who want cost-cutting help from players. The league lost as much as $300 million last season, according to Stern.

One of the battles has focused on the owners' rejection of calls by the players' union for an average $7 million player salary in the sixth year of a new labor deal. The current average salary is about $5 million.

Other big issues include a fight over a move by owners to gain the bigger share of revenues and whether the NBA will strengthen its salary cap.

The league's owners began a lockout of players in early July.

Courtesy of www.cnn.com


The legal issues behind the NBA players' decertification strategy - by Eurobasket News
It's ultimatum time in the NBA. With labor talks temporarily stalled and the lockout eating into the regular season, the NBA owners have threatened to revert back to their original 47% BRI split/hard cap offer, while the NBA players have threatened--or perhaps threatened to threaten--to decertify their union and challenge the lockout under antitrust law. To help sort through the mess, I answer a series of questions about the legal issues that might arise if the NBA players choose to pursue the decertification strategy. As always, I start with some of the basic issues and then progress to the more complex ones.

What is decertification? Disclaimer of interest?

Decertification occurs when employees formally revoke the authority of their union to engage in collective bargaining on their behalf. Disclaimer of interest occurs when the union formally terminates its right to represent the players. Both procedures effectively dissolve the union and permit the employees to negotiate as individuals.

What is the process for decertification? What is the process for disclaimer of interest? How long do they take?

There are multiple steps to decertification. First, at least 30 percent of the players must sign a petition stating that they no longer want the NBPA to represent them as a union. Second, the petition must be filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB must verify the petition and then schedule an election. Once the petitions have been received and validated, the NLRB will set a date for the decertification election. It is official NLRB policy to schedule a decertification election 'as soon as possible,' and uncontested elections can take place within 30 days of the verification of the petitions. But, given the complex circumstances of the NBA situation, it is more likely that the election will be scheduled approximately 45-60 days after the petitions are verified. The union is decertified if at least 50 percent of the voting players opt for decertification during the election.

Disclaimer is a less complicated process that could happen immediately-- the union must simply renounce its interest in representing the employees in collective bargaining. No formal petition, vote, or recognition by the NLRB is required.

30% of players must sign the petition and at least 50% of the players must vote for decertification, but which players are we talking about?

The technical answer is that at least 30% (and then 50%) of the players within the 'bargaining unit' are required. The NLRB is responsible for defining the members of the 'bargaining unit.' In 1995, the NLRB ruled that players who were on NBA rosters the previous season constituted the appropriate bargaining unit and were eligible to vote in the decertification election (more on that election below).


Didn't the players already authorize a decertification vote during the season?

No, during the season, the players voted to authorize the NBPA to disclaim interest. According to court filings, the players did not sign petitions authorizing a decertification election.

Are decertification elections rare?

No. Decertification elections are actually fairly common. In 2010, employees filed 530 decertification petitions. 238 of those petitions were withdrawn before any election was held.


Is the union frozen during the period of the petition and election?

No. The NBPA can continue to negotiate with the owners at any point before the vote to decertify the union. And, in between the time of the petition and the vote, the players can campaign for and against decertification.

Why are employees allowed to vote out their union in the middle of collective bargaining?

A fundamental principle of labor law--known as 'voluntary unionism' is that employees have a right to choose to be in a union and a right to choose not to be in a union. This right exists both before and after a union is formed. In other words, employees can choose not to form a union, and can choose to break up that union (through decertification) after it has formed and has begun negotiating with an employer. If the employees choose not to form a union (or if they choose to decertify their union), they lose the ability to bargain collectively and must instead deal with their employers as individuals.

Can employers opt out of collective bargaining and choose to deal with employees individually?

No. The labor laws create an asymmetry. Only employees can choose--either by not forming a union or by dissolving their union---if a union, and thus collective bargaining, will exist.


Why would employees want to decertify their union?

In 'traditional' industries (i.e., non-sports), employees may choose to decertify their union for a variety of reasons--among other things, they may believe the union is not representing the best interests of the employees, they may believe the union is corrupt or inept, or they may simply believe they are better off negotiating on their own than through collective bargaining.

Why would the NBA players decertify?

The NBA players may believe that the NBPA has not done a good job representing their interests in the CBA negotiations, or they may believe they are better off negotiating as individual employees without the benefit of a union, but the players would primarily be using decertification as a means to end. The end is the ability to bring an antitrust lawsuit against the NBA challenging the lockout as an antitrust violation. The players would argue that the lockout constitutes an illegal 'group boycott' by the owners. The players would likely also challenge any of the rules that the league might put in place that restrict a player's ability to make money or otherwise impact the players working conditions. For example, the players could challenge the NBA's salary cap, the player draft, and other player and free agency restrictions.

What is a group boycott?

In antitrust terms, a lockout is a 'concerted refusal to deal.' The NFL players' antitrust complaint against the NFL earlier this year sums up well the NBA players' potential argument. In their complaint, the NFL players argued that:

The 'lockout' constitutes an agreement among competitors to eliminate competition for the services of major league professional football players in the United States and to refuse to pay contractually-owed compensation to players currently under contract with the NFL for the 2011 season and beyond, in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act...The 'lockout' operates as a perpetual horizontal group boycott and price-fixing agreement, which is per se unlawful...The 'lockout' has injured and will continue to injure Plaintiffs and class members by depriving them of the ability to work as, receive contractually-mandated compensation for, and/or offer their services as professional football players in a free and open market.

Why do the players have to break up their union to bring an antitrust suit?

Here's the short version (for the even shorter version, skip to the next paragraph): Because of a doctrine known as the 'non-statutory labor exemption.' This exemption protects the product of collective bargaining from attack under antitrust law. Thus, any terms of the collective bargaining agreement are immunized from attack under antitrust law. But, the exemption extends beyond just the terms of an actual agreement -- the Supreme Court has held that the exemption applies, even in the absence of a current collective bargaining agreement, as long as a bargaining relationship still exists.

Essentially, players are required to make a choice between labor law (and collective bargaining) and antitrust law (and individual bargaining and litigation). If the players choose labor law, an antitrust shield is raised that prevents them from attacking NBA rules under the antitrust laws. To lower the shield and choose antitrust law, the players must end the collective bargaining relationship. The players would dissolve their union -- either through decertification or disclaimer of interest -- to surrender their collective bargaining rights and choose antitrust law instead of labor law. The players would then use antitrust law to challenge any restrictions imposed by the league and to ask a court to enjoin (block) the owners from locking them out.

What's the remedy? What can the players gain by bringing an antitrust suit?

The players would ask for two things in any antitrust suit against the NBA owners. First, they would seek an injunction from a court that would block the lockout and force the owners to re-open the league. Second, if they were unable to get an injunction, the players would seek money damages to compensate them for lost salaries and other financial injuries caused by the lockout. Antitrust law is a particularly powerful weapon because it gives private plaintiffs treble damages--i.e., three-times actual damages--for successful claims.

Of course, the threat of the injunction and the treble-damages may also give the players a more immediate benefit that does not require a court ruling--the risk of the antitrust litigation may give them leverage at the bargaining table and push the owners to make a deal (more on that below).

Has the NBPA ever dissolved its union?

No. There was a decertification movement in 1995, led by star players like Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing. More than 200 players signed a decertification petition, but the players eventually voted 226-134 to accept a new six-year agreement rather than decertify their union. There were also reports that the players were considering decertification in 1998, but the players remained in the union.

Is it common practice for professional athletes to dissolve their unions?

It's not common. In fact, it has only happened twice. The NFLPA dissolved its union in March 2011 by disclaiming interest and voting (informally) to decertify. Prior to that, the NFLPA dissolved its union in 1989, which led to a legal battle that eventually helped the NFL players achieve real free agency.

Does the NBPA's pending unfair labor practice charge pose any obstacles to decertification?

It might. As a general policy, the NLRB will not conduct a decertification election while an unfair labor practice charge by the union is still pending. The rationale for the policy is that the conduct that gave rise to the unfair labor charge may be unfairly influencing the employees' decision to vote out their union. The NLRB is free to conduct the election if it believes that the pending charge will not interfere with the ability of the employees to make a free and fair choice regarding decertification.

What about the NBA's lawsuit in NY?

In August, the NBA filed a declaratory judgment action in NY, asking a court to declare, among other things, that the lockout was legal and that the NBPA's potential disclaimer tactic should be rejected as a sham. The NBA players have argued that the lawsuit was an improper attempt by the owners to gain home-court advantage (the Second Circuit has consistently ruled in favor of the NBA owners in antitrust litigation with the players) and that the case should be dismissed, because the law gives plaintiffs the choice of when and where to sue. Regardless of whether the NBA players choose to decertify or the NBPA disclaims interest, the players will seek to file their antitrust suit somewhere other than NY (most likely an employee-friendly jurisdiction like California). A battle over where the players' antitrust suit is heard could further muddy the already cloudy litigation waters.

If the players go forward with the decertification petition, is the 2011-2012 season completely lost?

Not necessarily. Although antitrust litigation is painfully slow, expensive, and unpredictable, the mere threat of decertification followed by antitrust litigation might cause the owners to move at the bargaining table. In other words, the owners might be willing to make concessions at the bargaining table to avoid the inherent uncertainty of antitrust litigation. Of course, decertification might have the opposite effect. The owners, wary of setting a precedent of caving at the bargaining table when the players threaten to decertify, might dig in their heels even further and call the players' decertification bluff. This could lead to the ultimate lose-lose situation--the NBA season is cancelled while the NBA owners fight the NBA players in court.

Assuming the mere threat of decertification/litigation is not enough to move the owners, the NBPA could (while the players are waiting for the decertification election) disclaim interest in representing the players. Disclaimer would permit the players to file their antitrust suit immediately. The NBA owners would argue that any such lawsuit must be heard in NY, so the players could either file in NY (unlikely) or file in another jurisdiction and engage in a legal battle to allow them to choose where the case is heard (more likely).

Even if it gets all the way to an actual decertification vote, the season isn't necessarily lost. It is possible--although a lot of things would have to go right for the players for this to occur--that the players are able to vote to decertify and file an antitrust in late December and get a court to issue a temporary restraining order blocking the lockout by early January. That's a bit of a long shot, but it's possible, and the mere possibility of it could be enough to convince enough of the owners to make a deal to avoid that outcome.

Did the NFL players decertify their union earlier this year?

No. The NFLPA disclaimed interest. Here are the exact steps taken by the NFLPA and the NFL players earlier this year:

On March 11, 2011, the NFLPA informed the NFL that it had disclaimed interest in representing the players in collective bargaining as of 4pm that day.

A substantial majority of the players also voted (though not in a decertification election) to end the collective bargaining status of the NFLPA and to restructure it as a professional trade association instead of a union.

The NFLPA player representatives voted to restructure the organization as a professional association instead of a union.

The NFLPA amended its bylaws to prohibit it or its members from engaging in collective bargaining with the NFL, the NFL's member clubs or their agents.

The NFLPA filed a labor organization termination notice with the Department of Labor.

The NFLPA filed an application with the IRS to reclassify itself for tax purposes as a professional association rather than a labor organization.

The NFLPA ceased the regulation of player agents and other activities associated with being the collective bargaining representative of NFL players.

You're boring me, can you quickly tell me what happened after the NFLPA dissolved its union in March?

Following the dissolution of the NFLPA, a group of players filed a class action antitrust suit in federal district court in Minnesota, challenging the NFL lockout (which was implemented the next day) and a variety of player restraints. The players claimed that the lockout was an illegal 'group boycott' under the antitrust laws and asked for a preliminary injunction to block the lockout, and for treble (ie, three-times) damages for any harm caused by the player restraints imposed by the owners.

In court, the owners raised three defenses in response to the players' attempt to enjoin the lockout. First, the owners argued that the Norris-LaGuardia Act (a set of federal labor laws) precludes federal courts from enjoining lockouts. Second, the owners contended that the dissolution of the players' union was a 'sham' and that the collective bargaining relationship still exists. Therefore, the owners argued the non-statutory labor exemption is still in effect and immunizes the owners from antitrust attack. Third, the owners claimed that the pursuant to the doctrine of 'primary jurisdiction,' the court should defer to the National Labor Relations Board's ruling on the validity of the NFLPA's disclaimer of interest before proceeding with the case.

Judge Susan Nelson rejected all of the owners' arguments and enjoined (ie, lifted) the lockout on April 25, 2011. Four days later, an Eighth Circuit panel voted 2-1 to issue an emergency, temporary stay of Judge Nelson's order (ie, they put it on hold) and reinstituted the lockout. The same divided panel then granted a longer stay pending resolution of the appeal on the preliminary injunction, concluding that, based on their interpretation of the Norris-LaGuardia Act, they 'have serious doubts that the district court had jurisdiction to enjoin the League's lockout.' After hearing oral arguments from both sides, the same divided panel permanently dissolved the injunction, ruling (again) that the Norris-LaGuardia Act did not permit a federal court to enjoin a lockout. In its opinion, the Eighth Circuit did not address the non-statutory labor exemption (or primary jurisdiction) issues. The Eighth Circuit then remanded the case back to Judge Nelson to proceed with the remaining issues. Before the case progressed any further, however, the NFL and the NFL players settled the litigation, the NFLPA re-formed as a union, and the two sides agreed to a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement.

If the NFL Players 'lost' their case in Brady v. NFL, why do the NBA players think they'll do any better?

The ruling in Brady obviously favors the NBA owners, but the NBA players may still have success in court for at least a few reasons. First, only courts within the Eighth Circuit are bound by Brady, and it is a virtual certainty that any antitrust suit brought by the NBA players would not be filed in a court within the Eighth Circuit (the NBA filed its preemptory legal action in NY, and the players would likely file their suit in an employee-friendly jurisdiction like California).

Second, let's be clear as to what the Eight Circuit decided in the Brady case. The NFL players argued that the NFL lockout was illegal and asked for 2 things--an injunction and damages. The district court preliminarily concluded that the lockout was illegal and granted the injunction. The Eighth Circuit reversed, narrowly holding that the Norris-LaGuardia Act prevents federal courts from enjoining lockouts. The court did not conclude that the lockout was illegal and did not conclude that the players were not entitled to bring their antitrust claim. So, even if a court was bound by Brady, it could still determine that the players are able to bring a post-dissolution antitrust suit challenging the lockout, and that the lockout was illegal. In other words, Brady does not prevent the NBA players from dissolving their union and bringing a successful antitrust suit for three-times damages.

Third, decertification (as opposed to disclaimer) may give the NBA players a more powerful argument in court. In Brady, the NFL argued that the NFLPA's disclaimer of interest was a sham, in part, because it 'lack[ed] the formality of decertification' and was 'literally a paper-thin statement, issued unilaterally by a union, that may readily be overturned.' The formality of the decertification process could thus weigh in the NBA players' favor.

If we end up with an antitrust lawsuit between the players and the owners, who is likely to win?

Given the complex and novel nature of the legal issues involved-- regardless of one's views on the merits of decertification and disclaimer-- it is simply impossible to predict the outcome of an antitrust suit filed by the NBA players. Remember, even in the Brady case, two federal judges sided with the NFL players, and two federal judges sided (in part) with the owners. Granted, the NFL got the two judges it needed, but there's no guarantee that a different set of judges in a different court will rule the same way. So, neither side should be particularly comfortable with the strength of their legal positions.

From a fan's perspective, the hope is that the uncertainty and risk to both sides involved with decertification and an antitrust suit are enough to push the two sides to make a deal at the bargaining table. If not, I might be back later this year with an antitrust litigation primer...

Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com


Magic Johnson celebrates 20 years of living with HIV - by Eurobasket News
Magic Johnson (6'10''-G-59, college: Michigan St.) stood with his trademark smile Monday before his family, Lakers greats, politicians and friends, all of whom had come to celebrate his life and how his revelation from 20 years ago that he was HIV-positive had garnered worldwide attention.

He could only shake his head and say, 'I am here 20 years later ...Wow! What a blessing.'

On Nov. 7, 1991, Johnson announced that he was retiring from the Lakers because he had the virus that causes AIDS, and now two decades later, Johnson is happy to be the 'face of this disease.'

His Magic Johnson Foundation was presented a $1 million check during a luncheon at Staples Center that will help toward Johnsons goal of worldwide HIV awareness and testing.

'This is a bittersweet day,' Johnson said. 'Yes, Im living, but people are still, even today as we speak, getting this virus. We must change the mind-set and we must do a better job of educating those who live in urban America, both Latino and African Americans. I dedicate my life to do that.'

Johnson noted that he retired at 32, at the height of his NBA career. He had won five NBA championships and had been to nine NBA Finals.

He found the strength to move on with the rest of his life. 'Without a support system, I knew I wouldnt be here 20 years from now,' Johnson said.

On Monday, Johnson began his remarks by thanking his wife, Cookie, who was pregnant with their son, Earvin III, when the Lakers star announced he had HIV.

'It was devastating for both of us,' Johnson said. 'And I told her she could leave if she wanted to, because I understand that this is tough for us. And right when I said that, she hit me so hard and she said, Were going to beat this together and were going to pray on it right now. And honey, if it wasnt for you, I wouldnt be standing here 20 years (later).'

His other kids, son Andre and daughter Elisa, were also in the audience along with Cookie and Earvin III. Jerry West, former Lakers coach Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss, the Lakers executive vice president of business operations, also came to celebrate.

When Johnson began to talk about Pat Riley and Lakers owner Jerry Buss, both of whom attended the celebration, tears began to flow. Johnson gathered himself so he could thank his former teammates who were present _ Kurt Rambis, James Worthy, Mitch Kupchak, Michael Cooper and A.C. Green.

Johnson also had something to say about the NBA lockout.

'I love basketball to death,' Johnson said, 'and Im just hoping that they get back to playing soon, cause I need NBA basketball.'

Courtesy of www.bostonherald.com


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Lightning add guard - by Eurobasket News
Winning isn't stopping the London Lightning from making roster moves.

The new National Basketball League of Canada team added guard Tyler Bullock (6'2''-G-88, college: Nebraska-Omaha) to its roster while placing Albert White (6'6''-G/F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Missouri) on the inactive list.

The 6-foot-2 Bullock, the fastest player in University of Nebraska-Omaha history to score 1,000 points, will be eligible to play Thursday night against the Quebec Kebs at 7 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre.

Terms of the signing were not disclosed.

Courtesy of www.lfpress.com


Rainmen's Thomas turfed after locker-room incident - by Eurobasket News
DeAndre Thomas (6'8''-C-86, college: Robert Morris) is gone, Eric Crookshank (6'7''-F-80, college: Idaho St.) is back and the Halifax Rainmen have closed the book on what happened last Thursday night in London, Ont.

Thomas, a six-foot-eight centre, was quietly released over the weekend for his part in a locker-room altercation with Crookshank following the clubs 118-110 loss to the London Lightning in the season opener for both clubs.

Crookshank, one of the teams captains, was suspended for one game, sitting out Halifaxs 109-90 defeat at the hands of the Lightning two nights later at the Metro Centre.

'Its something that was handled internally,' Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said Tuesday. 'Its just in the heat of the moment and we were coming off a loss and emotions were high and guys acted unprofessionally.'

Crookshank watched Saturday nights contest in street clothes from the Halifax bench. The fifth-year Rainman, a six-foot-eight power forward who turns 33 on Sunday, returned to practice Monday but wouldnt comment on the incident other than to say that it had been dealt with and put in the past.

Thomas was the aggressor in the incident and his much harsher punishment was indicative of the severity of his behaviour, Levingston said, but the Rainmen boss wouldnt go into further detail.

'We dont want to publicly put out what happened with this because we dont want it to ruin (Thomass) career or have another team not ever be interested in him. Hes still a young guy, he deserves to play the game, but he has to be held accountable for his actions.'

Thomas, 25, was in his third season with the Rainmen. The talented but temperamental centre played briefly in Halifax in 2009-10 and returned last year a different player, helping to lead the club into the playoffs after being released by Lawton-Fort Sill following a run-in with Cavalry coach Micheal Ray Richardson, now the London coach.

He was one of five players Levingston protected from last seasons squad and was re-signed on Sept. 19 along with guard Taliek Brown during a news conference when the club also inked former NBAers Eddie Robinson and Rodney Buford.

Expected to be one of Halifaxs key players after averaging 15.3 points in eight regular-season and playoff games last year, he had four points and five fouls in 15 minutes of floor time in Thursday nights tilt.

He was removed from the game after he was assessed a technical foul about 3 minutes into the fourth quarter and didnt return.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


Changes at Moncton Miracles - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles announced latest changes. The team has signed Aramie Brooks (6'8''-F/C-87, college: Northwestern St.), Joel Leroy Webb (6'7''-G/F-82, college: Bellevue) and Victor Morris (6'1''-G-85, college: Cleveland St.). At the same time Moncton released Fred Brathwaite (6'4''-G/F-87, college: Augusta St.), Coy Custer (6'11''-C-88, college: Lamar) and Tyvon Williams (6'0''-G, college: S.Carolina St.) from its roster. The Miracles play their next game on the road against the Halifax Rainmen on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at the Metro Centre. The home opener for the Miracles will be on Sunday, November 20th, 2011 against the Saint John Mill Rats.

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Kansas easily dismisses Fort Hays State - by Eurobasket News
To Mark Johnson, Thomas Robinson (6'9''-F) just doesn't look like the same man.

He's no longer the nervous, uncertain freshman Johnson saw when his Fort Hays State team played Kansas in an exhibition game in 2009. This Robinson is an experienced junior who had 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four blocks while confidently leading No. 13 Kansas past Johnson's outmanned Tigers 101-52 in a lopsided exhibition game Tuesday night.

'He just looks like a different player from when we were here two years ago,' Johnson said. 'Even physically. His body looks even bouncier, a strong body and a confidence level. More than anything, he's so confident right now as a player. He wants the ball. He's got the confidence to be a great player.'

In his first action since hyperextending his left knee on Oct. 27, Robinson got a huge ovation from the crowd and put in the first basket about 20 seconds into the game.

With twins Markieff and Marcus Morris off to the NBA, Robinson sees a clear path to what fans are hoping will be a breakout year.

'I was a little more nervous than I thought I was going to be before the game,' he said. 'Once I got out there, though, I felt at home.'

Freshman Naadir Tharpe (5'11''-G) had 19 points while Connor Teahan had 14 and Justin Wesley (6'8''-F) 12 for the short-handed Jayhawks. Guards Tyshawn Taylor and Elijah Johnson sat out their second exhibition game for violation of unspecified team rules. Both projected starters are expected to play on Friday when the Jayhawks open their regular season against Towson State.

Robinson, a forceful 6-foot-10 junior, wore a big brace on the knee but did not seem limited in quickness or mobility, scoring 14 points and pulling down nine rebounds in the first half alone.

He understands why Johnson thought he looked like a different player.

'Definitely, I would say I'm a lot different. I feel like I've made a lot of progress and I'm a better player than two years ago,' Robinson said. 'I appreciate the compliment, but there's a lot more to be done.'

The Jayhawks, the seven-time defending Big 12 champions, led 54-24 at halftime and were never threatened by the smaller, slower Division II Tigers, who lost 90-60 two days earlier at Kansas State.

Lance Russell had 11 points while Markus Yarbrough and KC Rodenburg had 10 each for the Tigers, who have made the NCAA Division II tournament three of the past four seasons but return only two of their top eight players from last season.

'We're just a struggling team right now,' Johnson said. 'A lot of new guys. When you play a team like this, they just exploit all your weaknesses and obviously we have a lot of weaknesses.'

The biggest roar of the night came with about 8 minutes left when Robinson took a feed from Tharpe and made it 83-41 with a thunderous windmill dunk.

A moment later, Robinson fed 7-3 Jeff Withey for another dunk over the overmatched Tigers.

'I thought Thomas played really well,' said Kansas coach Bill Self, whose exhibition record with the Jayhawks stands 25-0. 'He still needs to get down in his stance on defense and guard his man before he catches the ball, but I thought he was pretty good.'

Robinson's layup about 20 seconds into the game got Kansas going and the Jayhawks hit six of their first seven shots. Robinson rebounded under the Fort Hays basket, fired a half-court outlet pass and then fed Travis Releford for a dunk that made it 18-6.

Teahan, expected to be the first man off the bench this season, hit his second consecutive 3-pointer and ignited a 27-10 run in the first half that removed any doubt that the Jayhawks would win their 39th straight exhibition game.

Tharpe, a 5-11 freshman from Worcester, Mass., who could challenge Johnson and Taylor for playing time, showed exceptional quickness while finishing with seven assists and five steals. After hitting a jumper to give Kansas a 32-14 lead, he stole a pass and tossed the ball to Robinson, who was fouled but made both free throws.

But his youthful excitement also caused Releford a painful moment. Just as officials whistled a stop in play, Tharpe fired a pass that hit Releford flush in the face. He went over to apologize to his teammate and put his arm around him as Releford went to the free throw line and made both shots.

Fort Hays' Matt Simmons said Robinson was 'great, obviously.'

'It's exciting playing against someone of that caliber,' Simmons said. 'It made me better today playing against him.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Lavin attends first practice since surgery - by Eurobasket News
On the day after Steve Lavin's new recruiting class delivered a season-opening victory over William & Mary, the Red Storm got a pleasant surprise when Lavin attended his first practice Tuesday since prostate cancer surgery Oct. 6.

There still is no definitive timetable for Lavin to resume his full duties, but he's obviously getting closer. Assistant coach Mike Dunlap has been filling in for Lavin since his surgery and is expected to be running the show again Wednesday night when the Red Storm (1-0) faces Lehigh (0-0) at Carnesecca Arena.

Lavin did not meet with the media, but the second-year coach released the following statement, updating his current situation:

'I'm definitely feeling closer to full strength, and eager for a return to the sidelines. I've been pleased with the progress made by our young team. During this period of recuperating, coach Dunlap and the staff have worked in an impressive, collaborative manner to prepare our team for the challenges ahead.

'I have been monitoring the team's progress by watching DVDs of practices and games. I have also been in contact via iPhone, text and email with our coaches, student-athletes and recruits. Naturally, we still have much to do in terms of implementing our system and style of play, but the effort from this team has been outstanding.'

Lavin watched the opener on television from his Manhattan apartment, where he has been recuperating since successful surgery was performed by Dr. Peter T. Scardino of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan.

Courtesy of www.newsday.com


ORU G Holdman tears ACL, likely to miss season - by Eurobasket News
Oral Roberts senior guard Ken Holdman (6'1''-G) is likely lost for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The school said Tuesday that team doctors confirmed Holdman was injured during Sunday's exhibition game against Northeastern State. Coach Scott Sutton says he hopes surgery and rehabilitation will go well and that Holdman will return next year.

Holdman, a 6-foot guard from Tulsa, led the Summit League with 1.3 steals per game last season. Oral Roberts opens the regular season Friday at West Virginia.

Courtesy of www.csnbaltimore.com


Alicante releases rookie Jeremy Hazell - by Eurobasket News
Rookie Jeremy Hazell (6'5''-G-86, college: Seton Hall) is no longer a member of Lucentum Alicante. The Spanish team decided to release the 25-year-old guard. They immediately signed Tyrone Ellis as his replacement. Hazell joined Alicante during the pre-season. He appeared 6 times in Liga Endesa averaging 6.8 points. However, it seems that was not enough for the coaching staff to keep him. Jeremy Hazell graduated at the Seton Hall University this year. He had 19.8 ppg and 3.5 rpg for his school as a senior. Hazell was great as sophomore and junior as well. In 2008/09 season, he had impressive 2.27 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 32 games. Hazell was named All-Big East 3rd Team -09, 11.

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


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.22.9 
 2. Karlsen, Centrum22.4 
 3. Lee-Ingram, Asker22.0 
 4. Land, Asker Aliens19.6 
 5. Sahlertz, Tromso19.3 
 6. Westerlund, Ammeru.19.0 
 7. Kombat, Froya B.18.3 
 8. Stien, Gimle BBK17.9 
 9. Hagen, Ammerud15.8 
 10. Gabrans, Froya B.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker11.3 
 2. Oatis, Baerum B.9.4 
 3. Ferranti, Baerum B.8.6 
 4. Byerson, Tromso8.3 
 5. Bullock, Froya B.8.2 
 6. Karlsen, Centrum8.0 
 7. Land, Asker Aliens7.7 
 8. Hagen, Ammerud7.0 
 9. Nwachukwu, Ammerud7.0 
 10. Kombat, Froya B.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Issalhi, Tromso5.9 
 2. Mahnin, Centrum4.8 
 3. Mjos, Baerum B.4.6 
 4. Stien, Asker Aliens4.5 
 5. Midtvedt, Asker A.4.4 
 6. Randolph, Langhus4.3 
 7. Gabrans, Froya B.3.8 
 8. Byerson, Tromso3.4 
 9. Stien, Gimle BBK3.1 
 10. Mjos, Baerum B.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Issalhi, Tromso2.6 
 2. Bullock, Froya B.2.2 
 3. Sumskis, Gimle BBK2.0 
 4. Pavlovic, Gimle B.2.0 
 5. Mjos, Baerum B.2.0 
 6. Westerlund, Ammeru.2.0 
 7. Elsafadi, Froya B.1.7 
 8. Silavs, Froya B.1.7 
 9. Sahlertz, Tromso1.6 
 10. Hagen, Ammerud1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum B.
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Oatis, Baerum B.3.4 
 2. Sjostrom, Baerum B.1.6 
 3. Lee-Ingram, Asker1.3 
 4. Nyborg, Centrum1.1 
 5. Nwachukwu, Ammerud1.0 
 6. Bullock, Froya B.0.8 
 7. Hagen, Ammerud0.8 
 8. Hammer, Gimle BBK0.8 
 9. Byerson, Tromso0.7 
 10. Sikander, Ammerud0.6 


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


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. David, Powerade T.20.3 
 2. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 3. Chan, Rain or Shine18.4 
 4. Santos, Petron B.17.9 
 5. Lutz, Petron Blaze17.3 
 6. Thoss, Alaska Aces16.7 
 7. Williams, Talk N.16.7 
 8. Seigle, Air21 Expr.16.5 
 9. Yap, B-Meg Llam.16.4 
 10. Dillinger, Talk N.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Santos, Petron B.14.1 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text10.3 
 3. Espinas, Meralco9.8 
 4. Peek, Talk N Text9.8 
 5. Kramer, Powerade.9.7 
 6. Reyes, Alaska Aces9.3 
 7. Ildefonso, Petron9.0 
 8. Thoss, Alaska Aces8.7 
 9. Sena, Shopinas.8.6 
 10. Taulava, Meralco8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Petron B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Cabagnot, Petron7.4 
 2. Castro, Talk N Te.5.4 
 3. Lee, Rain or Shine5.4 
 4. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.3 
 5. Mercado, Meralco4.8 
 6. Miller, Barako Bull4.7 
 7. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.5 
 8. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.5 
 9. Lanete, Meralco4.4 
 10. Casio, Powerade T.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher LUTZ
  Petron Blaze
  (192-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lutz, Petron Blaze2.3 
 2. Lassiter, Powerade.1.9 
 3. Castro, Talk N Te.1.6 
 4. Miller, Barako Bull1.6 
 5. Cardona, Meralco1.5 
 6. Bangura, Air21 E.1.4 
 7. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.3 
 8. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.3 
 9. Jazul, Shopinas.1.3 
 10. Artadi, Barako Bu.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  Talk N.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Aguilar, Talk N.1.7 
 2. Peek, Talk N Text1.5 
 3. Quinahan, Rain o.1.4 
 4. Santos, Petron B.1.3 
 5. Baclao, Petron B.1.3 
 6. Seigle, Air21 Expr.1.3 
 7. Williams, Talk N.1.3 
 8. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.0 
 9. Sison, Shopinas.1.0 
 10. Rodriguez, Rain o.0.9 


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


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Corsley EDWARDS
  Anwil
  (205-C/F-79)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Edwards, Anwil19.4 
 2. Mallett, LKS Lodz18.1 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.17.5 
 4. Koszarek, Trefl S.17.3 
 5. Lawal, Zastal ZG16.9 
 6. Kulig, PBG Basket16.9 
 7. Miller, Siarka J.16.7 
 8. Reese, AZS Koszal.16.3 
 9. Montgomery, AZS K.16.3 
 10. Sapp, Kotwica16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Zastal ZG
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Lawal, Zastal ZG11.7 
 2. Harris, Kotwica9.7 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.9.5 
 4. Edwards, Anwil8.0 
 5. Burgess, Trefl S.7.9 
 6. Doaks, Siarka J.7.1 
 7. Turek, Trefl Sopot6.9 
 8. Bigus, AZS Koszalin6.6 
 9. Leonczyk, Energa6.5 
 10. Comagic, PBG B.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Skibniewski, Slask6.8 
 2. Wilczek, AZS P.6.5 
 3. Koszarek, Trefl S.6.4 
 4. Hodge, Zastal ZG6.0 
 5. Szubarga, Anwil5.3 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.5.3 
 7. Moore, PGE Turow5.3 
 8. Sapp, Kotwica5.2 
 9. Micic, PBG Basket5.0 
 10. Hannah, AZS K.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Szubarga, Anwil2.3 
 2. Cesnauskis, Energa2.1 
 3. Koljevic, Polpharma2.0 
 4. Hinson, Energa C.1.9 
 5. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.8 
 6. Skibniewski, Slask1.7 
 7. Smorawinski, PBG B.1.7 
 8. Sapp, Kotwica1.6 
 9. Moore, PGE Turow1.4 
 10. Bogavac, Slask W.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris BURGESS
  Trefl S.
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 2. Morrison, Energa C.1.6 
 3. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.4 
 4. Harris, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Barycz, Siarka J.1.3 
 6. Edwards, Anwil1.2 
 7. Mladenovic, Slask1.2 
 8. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.2 
 9. Kesicki, Kotwica1.0 
 10. Parzenski, PBG B.0.9 


PBG Basket signs young Niksa Nikolic - by Eurobasket News
Niksa Nikolic (196-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) will continue his career in Poland. The young Serbian point guard penned a deal with PBG Basket Poznan for rest of the season. Nikoilc started it with Mega Vizura. He appeared in 3 Serbian league games, but with limited playing time. In 2010/11 season, Nikolic also played for Mega Vizura. He had 5.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 2.2 apg in 40 games. Earlier Nikolic was a member of Zemun Lasta. Niksa Nikolic played for the Serbian U20 NT this summer. He had 1.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 2.3 apg for 9 games at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao. In 2007, he won the Gold at the European Championships U16 in Rethimnon. For 7 games there, Nikolic had 1.3 ppg and 2.3 apg.

Alonzo Gee abruptly leaves Asseco Prokom team via text message - by Eurobasket News
According to Polish media, Alonzo Gee (198-G-87, college: Alabama) made a strange move. The NBA player did not appear in practice and he sent a message to Asseco Prokom coach that he will not play for the team any longer. Gee also wrote that he will return to the USA as soon as possible due to personal reasons. Alonzo Gee joined Asseco Prokom during the pre-season. He appeared 3 times in Euroleague averaging 11 points and 6.3 rebounds. In VTB United League, Gee added 18.5 ppg and 9.8 rpg. Alonzo Gee changed 3 NBA teams last season. He started with the San Antonio Spurs and in November moved to the Washington Wizards. Later that month he joined Cleveland Cavaliers. There, Gee had 7.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg in 40 games.

Wojciech Kaminski replaces Zoran Sretenovic at Polpharma's bench - by Eurobasket News
Polpharma Starogard Gdansk made important change. The team released Head Coach Zoran Sretenovic (agency: Promotex) and hired Wojciech Kaminski as his replacement. Polpharma faced with poor start of the season. After eight rounds they close the PLK standings with 1-7 record. Wojciech Kaminski worked with Polonia Warszawa for the last couple of years. He was named Eurobasket All-Polish League Coach of the Year -04. Kaminski led Polonia to PLK and Cup Semifinals that season. They did the same in 2005. Wojciech Kaminski will make his debut at Polpharma's bench tonight. They will meet PBG Basket in Poznan.

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CSS Giurgiu brings in Zoran Milovic - by Eurobasket News
Zoran Milovic (204-C/F-77) will continue his career in Romania. The Serbian big guy signed a deal with CSS Giurgiu for rest of the season. Milovic is not a new face in Romania, as he already played there in the past. He was a member of CSU Brasov, Pitesti and Rapid Bucuresti. Zoran Milovic spent last season in Greece. He had 7.2 ppg and 3 rpg for 29 games with A2 team Apollon Patras. In 2009/10, Milovic played for Macedonian teams MZT Fon and Torus. With MZT, he had 14.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 6 games. Later with Torus, Milovic averaged 10.4 points and 5.3 boards. He played in Romania from 2007 to 2009. In 2008, Milovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 2nd Team and also Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Bosmans Team.

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Victor's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old forward Cuthbert Victor (196-F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Spartak-Prim. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out N.Novgorod (#7, 1-3) in overtime 89-88. Spartak-Prim. maintains the 3rd position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Spartak-Prim. will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Victor had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Spartak-Prim.'s top player in his first season with the team. Murray State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Victor. Victor is in league's top in points (2nd best: 16.7ppg) and averages solid 3.3spg and 55.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) of top-ranked Khimky. He is former international center in his first season at Khimky. In the last game Mozgov recorded impressive 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Khimky to edge Spartak SP (0-1) in overtime by 6 points 87-81. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Mozgov is a newcomer at Khimky and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) of N.Novgorod (#7). Paunic scored 21 points. Despite Paunic's great performance N.Novgorod lost 88-89in overtime to Spartak-Prim. (#3, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. N.Novgorod can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Paunic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Paunic has a very solid season. In 4 games in Russia he scored 6.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sergey Monya (203-F-83) of Khimky - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75) of Unics - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) of Lokomotiv - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) of Spartak SP - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Lionel Chalmers (184-G-80) of Lokomotiv - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Chris Quinn (188-G-83) of Khimky - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Vladimir Dragicevic (205-C/F-86) of Spartak SP - 14 points and 4 rebounds

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


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Sretenovic and Polpharma parts away - by Zoran Popovic
After bad start and score 1-7 in Polish league, management of Polpharma decides to parts away with Serbian coach Zoran Sretenovic (agency: Promotex ). Sretenovic came on the bench of Polpharma in November 2010 and had great results last season and won Polish National cup. During the career Sretenovic was head coach of Buducnost Podgorica, BC Igorea Partizan Aleksandrovac and Polpharma. As player Zoran Stetenovic was member of Yugoslavian National team.

Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih adds Dalibor Djapa to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Dalibor Djapa (204-F/C-84, agency: Alti Sport) after a short term in Italy with Vanoli-Braga Cremona will join Kryvbasbasket. Last year Dalibor Djapa was with Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana averaging 14.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg and was named Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Honorable Mention. He also played in Slovenian League All-Star Game.
It will be his second campaign in Ukraine. Dalibor already played for Pulsar in 2008-09 season averaging 16.2ppg 5.6rpg.




PBG Basket signs young Niksa Nikolic - by Eurobasket News
Niksa Nikolic (196-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) will continue his career in Poland. The young Serbian point guard penned a deal with PBG Basket Poznan for rest of the season. Nikoilc started it with Mega Vizura. He appeared in 3 Serbian league games, but with limited playing time. In 2010/11 season, Nikolic also played for Mega Vizura. He had 5.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 2.2 apg in 40 games. Earlier Nikolic was a member of Zemun Lasta. Niksa Nikolic played for the Serbian U20 NT this summer. He had 1.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 2.3 apg for 9 games at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao. In 2007, he won the Gold at the European Championships U16 in Rethimnon. For 7 games there, Nikolic had 1.3 ppg and 2.3 apg.

Slobodan Bozovic gets MVP of the Week award for A League - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Slobodan Bozovic (207-F/C-79, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sloga and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 32-year old power forward had the game-high 29 points adding six rebounds and five assists for Sloga in his team's victory, helping them to beat Smederevo (#8, 3-3) 84-72. Sloga is placed at 3rd position in A League. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Sloga will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Bozovic had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sloga's top player in his first season with the team. Bozovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.2ppg) and averages solid 64.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old center Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell) of Borac. Zigeranovic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Borac to another comfortable win 81-67 over the lower-ranked Metalac (#11, 2-4) being unquestionably team leader. Despite this victory Borac slide down in the standings to 5th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Zigeranovic is a newcomer at Borac and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.0ppg (#3). He also registered 9.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Milos Bojovic (198-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) of Zeleznicar (#10). Bojovic scored 27 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Zeleznicar, leading his team to a 96-82 easy win against the lower-ranked Sloboda Uzice (#13, 1-5). The chances of Zeleznicar ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bojovic could help Zeleznicar to bring them higher in the standings. Bojovic has a great season in Serbia. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milan Bjegovic (211-C-81) of Proleter Naftagas - 18 points and 4 rebounds
5. Luka Drca (195-PG-87) of OKK Beograd - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Bosko Balaban) of Smederevo - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Stefan Jovic (190-G-90) of Sloga - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Branko Andjic (201-F-82) of Sloboda Uzice - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mirko Kovac (199-F-83) of OKK Beograd - 22 points and 2 rebounds
10. Aleksandar Petrovic (206-C-72) of BKK Radnicki - 21 points and 12 rebounds

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


CSS Giurgiu brings in Zoran Milovic - by Eurobasket News
Zoran Milovic (204-C/F-77) will continue his career in Romania. The Serbian big guy signed a deal with CSS Giurgiu for rest of the season. Milovic is not a new face in Romania, as he already played there in the past. He was a member of CSU Brasov, Pitesti and Rapid Bucuresti. Zoran Milovic spent last season in Greece. He had 7.2 ppg and 3 rpg for 29 games with A2 team Apollon Patras. In 2009/10, Milovic played for Macedonian teams MZT Fon and Torus. With MZT, he had 14.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 6 games. Later with Torus, Milovic averaged 10.4 points and 5.3 boards. He played in Romania from 2007 to 2009. In 2008, Milovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 2nd Team and also Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Bosmans Team.

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


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Anthony JONES
  Handlova
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Jones, Handlova27.4 
 2. Clemente, Nitra23.2 
 3. Vaden, Nitra20.7 
 4. Petty, Vahostav.19.6 
 5. Soska, Vahostav.18.1 
 6. Jones, Nova Ves17.8 
 7. Losonsky, Nova Ves17.7 
 8. Batka, Nova Ves17.6 
 9. Jones, Komarno17.4 
 10. Guede, Prievidza17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew JONES
  Nova Ves
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Jones, Nova Ves10.8 
 2. Losonsky, Nova Ves8.3 
 3. Godbold, Prievidza8.3 
 4. Gilstrap, Nova Ves8.0 
 5. Dorazil, B.Bystrica8.0 
 6. Roberson, Svit7.7 
 7. Majok, Nitra7.3 
 8. Petty, Vahostav.7.1 
 9. Johnson, Komarno7.1 
 10. Grant, Levice7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Corey JEFFERSON
  Nova Ves
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Jefferson, Nova V.7.2 
 2. Petty, Vahostav.5.8 
 3. Jones, Handlova5.6 
 4. Jones, Komarno5.6 
 5. Clemente, Nitra5.2 
 6. Phillips, Prievidza5.2 
 7. Cosic, Svit4.8 
 8. Kostomaj, Levice4.0 
 9. Grznar, B.Bystrica3.9 
 10. Barisic, Handlova3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Perry PETTY
  Vahostav.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Petty, Vahostav.3.0 
 2. Jones, Komarno2.6 
 3. Pelle, Prievidza2.3 
 4. Phillips, Prievidza2.3 
 5. Jefferson, Nova V.2.2 
 6. Roberson, Svit2.1 
 7. Jones, Handlova2.1 
 8. Nuber, Nitra2.0 
 9. Berkis, Svit2.0 
 10. Vaden, Nitra1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Nitra
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Majok, Nitra2.4 
 2. Batka, Nova Ves1.2 
 3. Johnson, Komarno0.8 
 4. Perrin, Vahostav.0.8 
 5. Dorazil, B.Bystrica0.7 
 6. Golian, Handlova0.7 
 7. Gilstrap, Nova Ves0.7 
 8. Mathis, Komarno0.7 
 9. Vaden, Nitra0.6 
 10. Kitts, B.Bystrica0.6 


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


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Panic, Zlatorog18.3 
 2. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.18.2 
 3. Rizvic, Parklji17.8 
 4. Djugum, Geoplin16.6 
 5. Nelson, Sentjur15.8 
 6. Drzic, Sentjur15.5 
 7. Mihailovic, LTHcas.15.0 
 8. Maric, Sentjur13.5 
 9. Mahkovic, LTHcas.13.3 
 10. Julevic, Elektra13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esmir RIZVIC
  Parklji
  (213-C-82)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Rizvic, Parklji10.8 
 2. Miljkovic, Rogaska10.5 
 3. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.9.2 
 4. Nuhanovic, Elektra8.5 
 5. Djugum, Geoplin8.2 
 6. Mucic, Maribor7.0 
 7. Nelson, Sentjur6.8 
 8. Omic, Zlatorog6.3 
 9. Zolotic, Maribor6.0 
 10. Pasalic, Helios5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Luka RUPNIK
  Geoplin .
  (184-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Rupnik, Geoplin6.8 
 2. Vujasinovic, Zlato.6.0 
 3. Rembert, Sentjur6.0 
 4. Prepelic, Helios4.5 
 5. Panic, Zlatorog4.3 
 6. Jovanovic, Maribo.3.8 
 7. Tomic, Rogaska3.8 
 8. Gay, Helios3.7 
 9. Miljkovic, Rogaska3.5 
 10. Zagorc, Elektra3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Danijel VUJASINOVIC
  Zlatorog
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Vujasinovic, Zlato.3.5 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast3.3 
 3. Kobal, Parklji3.0 
 4. Panic, Zlatorog2.5 
 5. Fon, Geoplin Slovan2.5 
 6. Podvrsnik, Polzela2.2 
 7. Rembert, Sentjur2.0 
 8. Lelic, Elektra2.0 
 9. Pelko, Maribor1.8 
 10. Hohler, Polzela1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Alen OMIC
  Zlatorog
  (213-C-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Omic, Zlatorog1.5 
 2. Primorac, Sentjur1.3 
 3. Sviridov, Polzela1.2 
 4. Cresnar, Helios1.0 
 5. Djugum, Geoplin1.0 
 6. Dimec, Zlatorog1.0 
 7. Sebic, Sentjur0.8 
 8. Nuhanovic, Elektra0.8 
 9. Bajramlic, Elektra0.8 
 10. Miljkovic, Rogaska0.8 


Jevtic has perfect shooting night - by Zeljko Zule
Dejan Jevtic (197-G-75) chipped in with a perfect shooting night, going 8-of-8 from the field and 5-of-5 behind the 3-point line to fetch 24 points as Helios easily defeated Hopsi, 95-63, in the game of Telemach League Round 5. Drago Pasalic had 13 points and 7 rebounds, Klemen Prepelic scored 12 and Darnley Gay added 10 points. Helios shot 61-percent from the field, 31-of-51, including 14-of-25 from downtown. They opened the game with a 15-2 run and their starters outscored Hopsi's key players 60-31. Hopsi was led by Andrej Podvrsnik who came of the bench for the team high 13 points and Dmitry Sviridov added 11 points.

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


KBL Round 12: ET Land Elephants are defeated by Samsung Thunders - by Eurobasket News
After 12 rounds played we can already see who rules in the KBL and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most important game in the last round took place in Inchon between third ranked ET Land Elephants (7-4) and tenth ranked Samsung Thunders (3-8) on Wednesday night. ET Land Elephants were defeated by Samsung Thunders in a tough game at home 87-94. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of ET Land Elephants. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 53-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded ET Land Elephants 38-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. Samsung Thunders looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Ramos who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field) and international power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) who added 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Samsung Thunders moved-up to eighth place, which they share with LG Sakers. ET Land Elephants at the other side keep the third position with four games lost. They share it with Anyang KGC. Samsung Thunders is looking forward to face higher ranked Mobis Phoebus (#7) in Ulsan in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. ET Land Elephants will have a break next round.
The game in Changwon was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Sonic Boom KT (8-4) played at the court of 8th ranked LG Sakers (3-8). Sonic Boom KT managed to secure a 4-point victory 74-70. The winners were led by the former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) who scored that evening 29 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Charles Rhodes supported him with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Sonic Boom KT's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 27 points and 6 rebounds by naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) did not help to save the game for LG Sakers. Sonic Boom KT moved-up to second place. LG Sakers lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with Samsung Th.. Sonic Boom KT will play against league's leader Dongbu Promy in Wonju in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. LG Sakers will play on the road against Anyang KGC (#4) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Sixth ranked SK Knights (5-6) beat at home 9th ranked Daegu Orions (2-9) by 10 points 86-76, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Alexander Johnson who had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 22 rebounds (went 14 for 14 at the free throw line !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was Chris Williams who recorded 18 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SK Knights maintains sixth position with 5-6 record. Loser Daegu Orions dropped to the bottom place with nine games lost. SK Knights will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Daegu Orions will play against KCC Egis (#5) in Jeonju and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 12 Mobis Phoebus lost to KCC Egis on the opponent's court 66-72.


ET Land - Samsung Th. 87-94

The most important game in the last round took place in Inchon between third ranked ET Land Elephants (7-4) and tenth ranked Samsung Thunders (3-8) on Wednesday night. ET Land Elephants were defeated by Samsung Thunders in a tough game at home 87-94. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of ET Land Elephants. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 53-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded ET Land Elephants 38-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. Samsung Thunders looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Ramos who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field) and international power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) who added 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Ki-Sung Shin (180-75) scored 19 points. Four ET Land Elephants players scored in double figures. Samsung Thunders moved-up to eighth place, which they share with LG Sakers. ET Land Elephants at the other side keep the third position with four games lost. They share it with Anyang KGC. Samsung Thunders is looking forward to face higher ranked Mobis Phoebus (#7) in Ulsan in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. ET Land Elephants will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: Ramos 32+10reb+6ast, E.Sandrin 19+16reb+4ast, K.Lee 18+5reb+4ast, K.Ngi 8+1reb+1ast, B.Lee 8+2reb+3ast, W.Lee 4+3reb+6ast
ET Land: J.Vroman 20+7reb+6ast, K.Shin 19+2reb+2ast, H.Kang 13+2reb+3ast, H.Lee 11+7reb+2ast, T.Joo 7+4reb+1ast, T.Moon 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 145666


KCC Egis - Mobis Phoebus 72-66

Rather expected game in Jeonju where 7th ranked Mobis Phoebus (4-7) were defeated by fifth ranked KCC Egis (7-5) 72-66 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-66. KCC Egis dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Mobis Phoebus' 36. They outrebounded Mobis Phoebus 42-28 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. International center Seung-Jin Ha (221-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds. Four KCC Egis players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks and the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively. Mobis Phoebus' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KCC Egis maintains fifth position with 7-5 record. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus keep the seventh place with seven games lost. KCC Egis will meet at home bottom-ranked Daegu Orions (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Mobis Phoebus will play against Samsung Thunders in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: D.Sims 25+12reb+1ast, S.Ha 18+17reb, T.Akins 10+5reb+5ast, S.Choo 10+1reb, J.Lim 5+4reb+4ast, M.Sin 2+1reb
Mobis Phoebus: D.Yang 18+4reb+5ast, M.Thomas 15+11reb+3ast, D.Kim 9+5reb+4ast, J.Park 7+1reb, J.Lee 6+4reb+1ast, C.Song 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 145664


SK Knights - Daegu Orions 86-76

Sixth ranked SK Knights (5-6) beat at home 9th ranked Daegu Orions (2-9) by 10 points 86-76, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. Daegu Orions were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 28-13 charge of SK Knights, which allowed them to win the game. They made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. SK Knights outrebounded Daegu Orions 39-25 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) who had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 22 rebounds (went 14 for 14 at the free throw line !!!). International guard Seung-Jun Lee (187-88) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) who recorded 18 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Daniel Sandrin (200-80, college: Seattle Pacific) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Four Daegu Orions players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SK Knights maintains sixth position with 5-6 record. Loser Daegu Orions dropped to the bottom place with nine games lost. SK Knights will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Daegu Orions will play against KCC Egis (#5) in Jeonju and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
SK Knights: A.Johnson 38+22reb+1ast, S.Lee 20+4reb+5ast, H.Kim 11+1reb+1ast, M.Kim 8+6reb+3ast, K.Hoon Byun 4+1reb+2ast, S.Shin 4
Daegu Orions: D.Sandrin 18+8reb, C.Williams 18+6reb+3ast, I.Heo 14+4reb+1ast, J.Chun 13+2reb+4ast, J.Choi 6+1ast, Y.Park 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 145665


LG Sakers - Sonic Boom KT 70-74

The game in Changwon was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Sonic Boom KT (8-4) played at the court of 8th ranked LG Sakers (3-8). Sonic Boom KT managed to secure a 4-point victory 74-70. The guests were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 27-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by the former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) who scored that evening 29 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) supported him with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Sonic Boom KT's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 27 points and 6 rebounds by naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) did not help to save the game for LG Sakers. Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji (208-81) added 8 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. Sonic Boom KT moved-up to second place. LG Sakers lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. They share it with Samsung Th.. Sonic Boom KT will play against league's leader Dongbu Promy in Wonju in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. LG Sakers will play on the road against Anyang KGC (#4) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: S.Cho 29+5reb+3ast, D.Cho 11+2reb+2ast, C.Rhodes 9+8reb+1ast, S.Park 9+5reb+1ast, D.Kim 8+2reb+8ast, H.Kim 4+3reb
LG Sakers: G.Stevenson 27+6reb+1ast, C.Young Jung 17+5reb+5ast, Y.Oh 12+2reb, O.Oyedeji 8+19reb+4ast, M.Lee 6, Y.Kim 0+3reb+2ast
gschID: 145663




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Unicaja targets Tiago Splitter - by Eurobasket News
According to various sources, it seems that Unicaja Malaga wants to reinforce its roster under the basket. Reportedly, the team wants to sign Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) during the NBA lockout. The Brazilian center, with Spanish passport, spent last season with the San Antonio Spurs. It was his rookie NBA year and Splitter had 4.9 ppg, plus 3.5 rpg for 61 games. Before the Spurs, he spent seven years with Caja Laboral. In their last season together, Splitter had 15.4 ppg and 7.1 rpg in ACB. He helped them to win the title. Caja Laboral also was the ACB champion in 2008. Splitter led the Vitoria team to three Copa del Rey trophies. Tiago Splitter is active member of the Brazilian NT since 2002. They won the Silver at the FIBA Americas in Mar del Plata this year.

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Basketligan Round 9: Boras Basket keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
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 game had a very big importance for second-ranked Boras Basket as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Boras Basket smashed 4th placed Uppsala Basket at home 97-70. The game without a history. Boras Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Boras Basket outrebounded Uppsala Basket 42-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Uppsala Basket's players. The best player for the winners was Lebanese-American guard Omar Krayem (185-G-86, college: Cal.Baptist) who scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 22 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Australian guard Rhys Carter (190-84) who recorded 16 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. Boras Basket (7-2) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Uppsala Basket at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Uppsala Basket will play next round against Solna Vikings trying to get back on the winning streak. Boras Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.

The best stats of 9th round was 36 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists by Johnell Smith of Sodertalje.


Sundsvall - LF Basket 68-91

There was a minor upset when 3rd placed Sundsvall Dragons (5-4) were crushed at home by sixth ranked LF Basket (5-4) 91-68 on Tuesday. The game without a history. LF Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. LF Basket outrebounded Sundsvall Dragons 42-29 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) who scored 32 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. American forward Keith Ramsey (206-87, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Four LF Basket players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Icelandic guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birmingham Souther) who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds and Ukrainian-Icelandic swingman Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87, agency: TSS Management) added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. 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. LF Basket moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Sundsvall Dragons. LF Basket will face 08 Stockholm (#7) at home in the next round. Sundsvall Dragons will play against Eco Orebro (#10).
Top scorers:
LF Basket: R.Mbemba 32+3reb+7ast, J.Safford 15+11reb, K.Ramsey 14+12reb+1ast, U.Igbavboa 13+9reb, M.Pahlmblad 9, C.Ryan 8+4reb+2ast
Sundsvall: J.Sigurdarson 20+5reb+1ast, M.Johnson 10+6reb, P.Ermolinskij 9+7reb+7ast, D.Gregory 9+1reb, T.Liden 7+4reb, J.Pierre 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 132213


Solna - Eco Orebro 89-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Solna Vikings' (3-6) home victory over bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (0-9) 89-84 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 24-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Solna Vikings looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Avery Jukes (203, college: Butler, agency: Warren Sports International) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) chipped in 21 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Demond Watt (200-89, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import center Bernard Toombs (208-87, college: Troy) added 12 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Four Eco Orebro players scored in double figures. Solna Vikings maintains ninth place with 3-6 record. Eco Orebro lost their ninth game in a row. They still closes the standings with nine games lost. Solna Vikings will face higher ranked Uppsala Basket (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Eco Orebro will play against the league's second-placed Norrkoping Dolphins (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Solna: L.Gunnarsson 21+2reb+2ast, A.Jukes 19+8reb, K.Doychinov 13+4reb+1ast, S.McDowell 13+4reb+5ast, L.Myrthil 8+9reb+2ast, W.Beck 6+5reb+9ast
Eco Orebro: D.Watt 19+11reb, C.Koutras 16+2reb+6ast, B.Toombs 12+13reb, B.Barton 11+1reb+2ast, T.Georgitsis 10+2reb+1ast, S.Licartovsky 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 132214


Boras - Uppsala 97-70

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Boras Basket as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Boras Basket smashed 4th placed Uppsala Basket at home 97-70. The game without a history. Boras Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Boras Basket outrebounded Uppsala Basket 42-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Uppsala Basket's players. The best player for the winners was Lebanese-American guard Omar Krayem (185-86, college: Cal.Baptist) who scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Five Boras Basket players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Australian guard Rhys Carter (190-84) who recorded 16 points and guard Rickard Eriksson (190-82) added 14 points 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. Boras Basket (7-2) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Uppsala Basket at the other side dropped to the third place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Uppsala Basket will play next round against Solna Vikings trying to get back on the winning streak. Boras Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Boras: O.Krayem 23+6reb+9ast, M.Palm 22+12reb+1ast, R.Zamroz 17+3ast, J.Thomas 14+5reb+1ast, C.McKnight 11+10reb+1ast, H.Carlsson 5+1reb+3ast
Uppsala: R.Carter 16+3reb+2ast, R.Eriksson 14+4reb, A.Nordstrom 9+6reb+2ast, S.Grundberg 8+3reb+3ast, M.Nakos 8+2reb, J.Jeansson 7+1reb
gschID: 132215


Jamtland - Sodertalje 102-100 OT

OT win for Jamtland. Zabas was a key player for the hosts with 30 points. Smith exploded with 36 pts and 10 rebs in loss.
Top scorers:
Jamtland: E.Zabas 30+4reb+3ast, B.Bjornsson 22+2reb+3ast, B.Lalugba 19+15reb+3ast, B.McKnight 17+7reb+4ast, D.Klaric 8+7reb, F.Rasmusson 4+2reb+1ast
Sodertalje: J.Smith 36+10reb+5ast, M.Griskenas 20+5reb+3ast, D.Pita 16+2reb, K.Simms 10+10reb, J.Andersson 10+3reb+2ast, A.Chuk 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 132216




Johnell Smith gets MVP of the Week award for Basketligan - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Johnell Smith (186-PG-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sodertalje and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 31-year old playmaker had a double-double of 36 points and ten rebounds, while his team was edged out by Jamtland (#8, 4-5) in overtime 102-100. Sodertalje maintains the 5th position in Swedish Basketligan. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sodertalje will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 5-4 record. Smith turned to be Sodertalje's top player in his first season with the team. University of New Orleans graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.1ppg) and averages solid 3.3spg and 55.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American power forward Boakai Lalugba (200-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) of Jamtland. Lalugba impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for Jamtland to edge the higher-ranked Sodertalje (#5, 5-4) in overtime by 2 points 102-100. Jamtland's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Lalugba is a newcomer at Jamtland and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American center Michael Palm (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of top-ranked Boras. Palm scored 22 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Boras, leading his team to a 97-70 easy win against the lower-ranked Uppsala (#6, 5-4). Boras confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 2 lost games. Palm has a great season in Sweden. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.9ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 10.6rpg (#1 in league). Michael Palm has also Swedish passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rudy Mbemba (181-G-87) of LF Basket - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of Jamtland - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Demond Watt (200-F-89) of Eco Orebro - 19 points and 11 rebounds
7. Keith Ramsey (206-F-87) of LF Basket - 14 points and 12 rebounds
8. Justin Safford (205-F) of LF Basket - 15 points and 11 rebounds
9. Christopher McKnight (201-F-87) of Boras - 11 points and 10 rebounds
10. Urule Igbavboa (206-C-87) of LF Basket - 13 points and 9 rebounds

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


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Stephen MCDOWELL
  Solna
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. McDowell, Solna23.0 
 2. Zabas, Jamtland22.6 
 3. Krayem, Boras20.1 
 4. Smith, Sodertalje20.1 
 5. Palm, Boras19.3 
 6. Mbemba, LF Basket18.9 
 7. McKnight, Boras18.4 
 8. Jeansson, Uppsala16.7 
 9. Safford, LF Basket16.3 
 10. Klaric, Jamtland16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Palm, Boras10.8 
 2. Toombs, Eco Orebro9.9 
 3. Baeringsson, Sunds.9.8 
 4. Johnson, Uppsala9.4 
 5. Lalugba, Jamtland9.2 
 6. Ramsey, LF Basket9.0 
 7. Safford, LF Basket8.7 
 8. McKnight, Boras8.4 
 9. Watt, Eco Orebro8.1 
 10. Simms, Sodertalje8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket7.1 
 2. Krayem, Boras6.3 
 3. Carter, Uppsala5.6 
 4. Hellgren, Jamtland5.6 
 5. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.3 
 6. Chuk, Sodertalje4.7 
 7. Ermolinskij, Sunds.3.8 
 8. Mitchell, Norrkopi.3.8 
 9. Akesson, 083.7 
 10. Beck, Solna3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew MITCHELL
  Norrkoping
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Mitchell, Norrkopi.3.3 
 2. Smith, Sodertalje3.0 
 3. Carter, Uppsala2.7 
 4. Mbemba, LF Basket2.4 
 5. Pleick, Eco Orebro2.4 
 6. Ermolinskij, Sunds.2.0 
 7. Ramsey, LF Basket2.0 
 8. Zabas, Jamtland2.0 
 9. Hellgren, Jamtland1.9 
 10. Baeringsson, Sund.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Delvon JOHNSON
  Uppsala
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Johnson, Uppsala2.2 
 2. Ramsey, LF Basket2.1 
 3. Toombs, Eco Orebro2.0 
 4. Lalugba, Jamtland1.9 
 5. Watt, Eco Orebro1.8 
 6. Simms, Sodertalje1.7 
 7. Gregory, Sundsvall1.1 
 8. Blom, 081.1 
 9. Doychinov, Solna1.0 
 10. Odada, 080.9 


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Trabzon lands Marc Salyers - by Eurobasket News
Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) is back to Turkey after few years. The American forward penned a deal with Trabzon for rest of the season. Salyers started it with the Georgian team Sokhumi Tbilisi. He had 12.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 2.5 apg for them in two EuroChallenge qualification games. Marc Salyers spent last season with Italian Angelico Biella. He had 11.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.6 apg for 29 games. In 2009/10, he was a member of Le Mans. There, Salyers had 11.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.6 apg. In 2008, Slayers was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Player of the Year. A season before that he paced Roanne to ProA title. He also won the title in 2004 with Pau-Orthez. Marc Salyers played for Oyak Renault and Fenerbahce in the past.

EuroChallenge: Olin Edirne surrender against Etha - by Eurobasket News
Olin Edirne - Etha 70:82

Etha victoriously opened their EuroChallenge regular season campaign. They upset Olin Edirne on the road in Group F. Joshua Jackson (188-SG-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Warner Pacific) stepped up with 18 points for Etha.
The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 after ten minutes of action. Etha went on a 12:0 run at the start of the second quarter to pull in front. Olin Edirne however stopped the rot and got within 4 points at halftime 39:43. Drezga and Kamer put Olin Edirne in front early in the third quarter. The lead changed hands for several times before Etha went on a 9:0 rally and entered the fourth frame up by 10 points 62:52. Etha kept the hosts at a safe distance throughout the final stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Thomas Massamba (185-PG-85) provided 13 points, while Shawn Ray (194-SF-80, college: N.C.Central) added 12 points in the winning effort. Chris Wright (185-G-89, college: Georgetown) responded with 19 points and 5 assists for Olin Edirne. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) had 15 points in the loss.

Olin Edirne: Chris Wright 19, Vladimir Stimac 15
Etha: Joshua Jackson 18, Thomas Massamba 13, Shawn Ray 12


EuroChallenge: Besiktas Milangaz started successfully in Leiden - by Eurobasket News
ZZ Leiden- Besiktas Milangaz 58:86

Besiktas Milangaz started EuroChallenge campaign successfully after a nightmare in EuroCup. The Turkish team overcame ZZ Leiden 86:58 away from home.
Besiktas Milangaz needed some time to recover from the pity loss in EuroCup. That is why the team also lost the opening period 18-21. The second quarter however showed the difference between two sides as Besiktas erupted with 26-8 for 44:29 halftime advantage. Moreover they won the third and the last periods to seal the victory. Besiktas Milangaz could not score in the last two minutes but did not mind about it.
Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) paced all the winners with 20 points and Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) netted18. Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) nailed 16, while Semih Erden (211-C-87) scored 7. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) finished the night with 15 points in the losing effort and Gabe Kennedy (205-F/C-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: UAB) notched 10.
Shooting percentage: ZZ Leiden - 30.4%, Besiktas Milangaz - 50.8%.

ZZ Leiden: Jevohn Shepherd 15, Gabe Kennedy 10
Besiktas Milangaz: Deron Williams 20, Ersin Dagli 18, Marcelus Kemp 16, Semih Erden 7


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50 States in 50 Days: Delaware - by David Edole
Plenty of heart in the Blue Hen StateBy Russell Steinberg Fivestarbasketball.com
November 02, 2011 7:19am ET

As the season draws closer, Five-Star is previewing the high school basketball scene in all 50 states. Each day, we will focus on one state, highlighting the top teams, players and games of the upcoming season. Today, we focus on Delaware. So First Staters, did we pick the top teams or did we snub your alma matter? Did we find the best players, or is there someone flying under the radar, ready to make noise? Let us know in the comments below.

Delaware is the second smallest state in the country, but it wont be somewhere to ignore this winter. With all the best teams so closely packed together, great games and dramatic finishes are sure to highlight the season. For proof, just look at last years championship thriller between Sanford and Red Lion Christian. This year, the best teams are balanced with future mid-major talent that you wont want to miss.

Five teams to watch:

Sanford: With the majority of its roster returning, Sanford should be the early favorite to win a third straight state championship. The anchor of this years group will be point guard Khallid Hart (more on him later). His consistent scoring, coupled with a hopefully improved Sabri Thompson should soften the blow of losing co-captains Trevor Cooney and Deon Jones to graduation.

Concord: Nobody on this roster is going to blow you away, but Concord does have a wealth of contributors that can play their role effectively. Deshawn Lowman, who put up 10 per game last year, will control the backcourt while Amadius Der-Weer (94) and Solly Stansbury will score and rebound down low. The Raiders might not be the best team in the state this year, but they will be a tough out come tourney time.

Red Lion Christian: Unfortunately, every great game needs a losing team, and thats what Red Lion Christian was in the thrilling state title game last year against Sanford. After losing on a buzzer-beater a year ago, Deon Edwin and Norville Carey will once again be the leaders. In their second season as co-captains, they will both look to improve on their prolific scoring numbers. Carey also pulled down eight rebounds per game in 2010-2011.

St. Elizabeth: Its hard to ignore any team that returns the talent that Richard Ragos squad will bring back. Lets start with Timmy Massado. As a junior captain last year, he filled the stat sheet with 18 points, four assists, five rebounds and three steals per contest. Then theres 6-4 rising junior Andre Patton, who, despite his size, grabbed 13 rebounds per game, while averaging 17 points.

Howard: Everything starts down low for Howard, with big-man Shikei Blake. He can score and defend, as the 6-6 center will continue to turn heads and alter shots for the Wildcats. Khiry Clark will join him in the frontcourt as a reliable scoring forward. In the backcourt, Tyron Brown looks ready to take the reigns as a senior captain, with the help of now-junior Gjamier Stanford.

Five players to watch:

Khallid Hart (Sanford): ESPN calls Hart a true point guard, but he can do more than create for his teammates. He also has an excellent mid-range game and can steal the ball as a skilled one-on-one defender. Delaware, BU, Mount St. Marys and Rider are among the schools interested.

Andre Horne (Life Center): Horne is a similar player to Hart in that both can attack the basket and handle the ball. Horne also possesses a quick first step and a growing confidence level that has led to a few clutch baskets for his team toward the end of games. He is looking at St. Josephs, Siena, Detroit and last years Final Four surprise VCU.

Barrington Alston (New Hampton): The lefty power forward is strong and athletic, and if you dont think so, just wait until you see him dunk on your teams best defender. The Towson commit also has a nice little jump-hook that can be tough to stop. He played his summer ball with AAU powerhouse Team Takeover.

Norville Carey (Red Lion Christian): At 6-6, he might not be the biggest guy on the court, but that didnt stop him from averaging eight rebounds per game last year to go along with his 14 points. His skilled hands give him a knack for blocking shots and stealing the basketball, which makes him a threat on both ends of the court.

Shikei Blake (Howard): Once again, Blake isnt the biggest center youll see, at just 6-6, but the 2013 big man is aggressive and can finish. He was a double-double machine for Howard last year and he can also block shots on defense. The scariest part about Blake? He has two years of high school left.




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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Willie SOLOMON
  Cherkasy
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Solomon, Cherkasy23.7 
 2. Burtt, Dnipro21.1 
 3. Thomas, Dnipro19.4 
 4. Green, Mykolaiv19.4 
 5. King, BC Odessa18.5 
 6. Stojanovski, Cherk.18.5 
 7. Culpepper, Fe.17.8 
 8. Davis, Kryvbasb.17.3 
 9. McClinton, Budivel.17.0 
 10. Minard, Azovmash17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  BC Odessa
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. King, BC Odessa10.8 
 2. Davis, Kryvbasb.9.0 
 3. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 4. Hunter, Mykolaiv8.4 
 5. Korniyenko, Dnipro8.3 
 6. Odufuwa, Halychyna7.9 
 7. Fraser, DniproAzot7.9 
 8. Pecherov, Azovmash7.6 
 9. Terry, Khimik7.6 
 10. Radenovic, BC Do.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Derrick ZIMMERMAN
  BC Kyiv
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv7.0 
 2. Burtt, Dnipro6.0 
 3. Ewing, Azovmash5.2 
 4. Mitchell, Khimik5.2 
 5. Deane, BC Odessa5.2 
 6. Morovic, Halychyna5.0 
 7. Solomon, Cherkasy5.0 
 8. Butskyy, Fe.4.6 
 9. Ervin, BC Kyiv4.5 
 10. Rybalko, Fe.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin TIGGS
  Hoverla
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Tiggs, Hoverla2.2 
 2. Sirsnins, DniproAz.2.2 
 3. Ewing, Azovmash2.2 
 4. Curry, BC Donetsk1.8 
 5. Nelson, BC Donetsk1.6 
 6. Low, Dnipro1.6 
 7. Chappell, Fe.1.6 
 8. Miletic, Khimik1.6 
 9. Mitchell, Khimik1.6 
 10. Stojanovski, Cher.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn KING
  BC Odessa
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. King, BC Odessa3.0 
 2. McClintock, Mykola.3.0 
 3. Korniyenko, Dnipro2.0 
 4. Gorbenko, Dnipr.2.0 
 5. Rizvic, Azovmash1.6 
 6. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.6 
 7. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 
 8. Wallace, Halychyna1.4 
 9. Coleman, Hoverla1.4 
 10. Agafonov, Budiv.1.3 


Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih adds Dalibor Djapa to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Dalibor Djapa (204-F/C-84, agency: Alti Sport) after a short term in Italy with Vanoli-Braga Cremona will join Kryvbasbasket. Last year Dalibor Djapa was with Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana averaging 14.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg and was named Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Honorable Mention. He also played in Slovenian League All-Star Game.
It will be his second campaign in Ukraine. Dalibor already played for Pulsar in 2008-09 season averaging 16.2ppg 5.6rpg.




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Hebraica tied a record - by Hector Lopez
Hebraica Macabi to tie a Uruguyan League record defeating Trouville to win its 9th game in a row at the beginning of the season. For Hebraica Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) netted 16 points with 9 rebounds, Kodi Augustus (203-F-87, college: Mississippi St.) added 15 with 4 rebounds and 2 blocks,and Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) finished with 14 points and 7 assists. For Trouville Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) netted 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds while Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) scored 14 points with 8 rebounds. Olimpia defeated Cordon 75-73. For Olimpia Torre Johnson (198-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) scored 18 points with 6 rebounds and 3 blocks, Marques Lewis (203-C-83, college: UAB) netted 9 with 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. For Cordon Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84, college: S.Carolina) 18 points 4 rebounds and Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) 21 points 6 rebounds. No stats were immediately available for the other game Montevideo 75 Aguada 74

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Venezuelans Abroad - Colmenares beats Cubillan and Vargas in Mexico - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87), of Huracanes de Tampico, defeated countrymen PG David Cubillan (183-PG-87) and SG-SF Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82), of Soles de Mexicali, in a clash that ended 67-64 in Matchday 24 of Mexico's 2011-2012 Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP).

Colmenares played 34 minutes and finished up with 11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and a steal. Meanwhile, David Cubillan finished up with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal in 35 minutes for Soles. Vargas came up with a double double of 14 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, 3 assists and a steal in 31 minutes of action.

In another match, Venezuelans PF Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86) and PG Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) could not avoid a defeat of Halcones Rojos de Veracruz against Lechugueros de Leon, 98-97. Bethelmy tallied 18 points and added 4 rebounds, a couple of turnovers and a couple of fouls in 25 minutes. As of Vargas, he ended the match with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and a steal in 28 minutes.


Venezuelans Abroad - Jhornan Zamora scores 3 points in Spain's ACB - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan SG-SF Jhornan Zamora (193-G/F-89) saw action for the second time in the 2011-2012 season of Spain's ACB, first division basketball, as he finished up with 3 points and a steal in 5 minutes of action, in a game in which his team, Blancos de Rueda Valladolid, was defeated by his former team, Unicaja Malaga, 78-51, as part of Matchday 6.

Zamora, a 22 year-old player who belongs to Trotamundos de Carabobo in Venezuela, had scored 2 points in his league debut against Caja Laboral. He's the seventh Venezuelan ever to play in Spain's top league.

He was part of Unicaja Malaga for three seasons while he played for affiliate teams in EBA and LEB leagues, including a long stint as a main figure for Clinicas Rincon in the second division.


LPB 2012 News - Guaiqueries trade Machado and Sanabria to Bucaneros for Salcedo - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaiqueries de Margarita, a team with no official head coach just yet but with an apparent arrangement to bring in Argentinian Guillermo Vecchio, reached an agreement with the general management of Bucaneros de La Guaira, by sending PF-C Pablo Machado (207-C-77) and SG-SF Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) and getting back former LPB's MVP, SF-PF Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80), in return.

Machado played in two FIBA World Cups for Venezuela's Senior NT back in Indianapolis 2002 and Japan 2006 and had arrived to Guaiqueries a year ago from Guaros de Lara, in a trade that involved PG Rene Farias (188-G-86) and SF Jackson Zapata (198-F-85). Machado has also played in leagues of Spain and began his career in the NCAA.

Sanabria has been a part of Guaiqueries for the past three seasons after arriving from a short stint with Gaiteros del Zulia. He began his career with Toros de Aragua and Gatos de Monagas and has international experience in Colombia, where he plays thanks to double nationality.

Meanwhile, Salcedo was the MVP of LPB 2008 as member of Gaiteros del Zulia, a year after he left Trotamundos de Carabobo and a couple of seasons after he led the league in two-point shots for Guaros de Lara. He then went to Marinos de Anzoategui and that team loaned him to Bucaneros, a team that decided to purchase his rights last season. Guaiqueries will be his eighth team in Venezuela's top league. He's got international experience in Mexico's LNBP.




Venezuelans Abroad - Echenique comes back strong in Creighton's exhibition (NCAA) - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF-C Gregory Echenique (205-C-90) showed no signs of trouble after missing a few days of practice due to a head injury, as he scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and blocked a shot, in an exhibition match won by the Creighton Blue Jays against Rockhurst, 81-42, at CenturyLink Center of Omaha, Nebraska.

Echenique was part of the game for 12 minutes and was able to show people what he'll be capable of doing in his first full season with Creighton, as he arrived last season after a transfer from Rutgers and was able to play half of the season, his third in the NCAA's Division I basketball of the United States.

He's bringing new things to the table, as he faced off several NBA players and experienced FIBA international players in the recent FIBA Americas Olympic Qualy Tournament played in Mar del Plata, Argentina, as a starter for Venezuela's Senior NT.

His first official match of the 2011-2012 season will be against North Carolina next Friday.


Venezuelans Abroad - Greivis Vasquez faces off High School Players in USA - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan NBA PG Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87) went back to the United States after making several Venezuelans happy at home with public appearances to help kids and spread the word about the importance of going to school and playing sports. He's currently touring with a special Under Armour team of players and facing off High School players in Maryland and New York.

The tour is known as 'Are You From Here?' and features Vasquez alongside Brandon Jennings (183-PG-89), Derrick Williams (203-F-91) and Kemba Walker (185-PG-90). They'll play against Boys&Girl High School tonight in Brooklyn and will do so against Lincoln High School next Friday.

Vasquez comes highly refreshed, having helped Venezuela qualify to the FIBA World Olympic Qualy Tournament, to be played from July 2nd to the 8th in 2012. Venezuela finished at fifth place in the FIBA Americas Olympic Qualy Tournament held in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

They started playing against Saint Frances Academy in Baltimore, where Vasquez made some statements to reporters of the Baltimore Sun. 'It's hard, man', he said referring to the NBA lockout. 'This is something to just get our mind off of what's going on', he added when asked about the tour. 'We're just trying to play. We want a fair deal, and we want to be out there playing'.

He acknowledged he doesn't know what's going to happen and has no plan if the situation goes on for months. 'I don't know what's going to happen. I could play back home (In Venezuela) but I want to play in the NBA. You want to play in the best league'.


Venezuelans Abroad - Axiers Sucre helps La Banda past Quimsa in Argentina's LNB - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) supported Ciclista Olimpico La Banda's victory over Quimsa Santiago del Estero, 74-71, in Matchday 12 of Argentina's Liga Nacional (LNB), with 10 points and 6 rebounds in 25 minutes on court.

Sucre scored 2 of 9 two-point attempts, 1 of 2 three-point attempts and 3 of 4 free-throws, 3 of his 6 rebounds were in the offensive end and he also stole a ball and had one foul.

Panamanian Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80) was the best player for La Banda with 22 point and 10 rebounds, followed by Eduardo Villares (188-G-79) with 12 and Canadian Denham Brown (198-F-83) with 10. For Quimsa, Hernando Salles (188-G-79) netted 18, Bernard Robinson (198-F-81) 14 and Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) 14 more.


LNB 2011 News - Tiburones takes 1-0 lead in Semis against Estudiantes - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Tiburones de Vargas took a 1-0 lead in its LNB 2011 Semifinals series against Estudiantes de Guarico, as they won in Game 1, 91-85, at Jose Maria Vargas Dome of La Guaira.

The team coached by Puerto Rican Tony Ruiz won the first quarter 22-20 and the game went tied into halftime, 47-47. Estudiantes took the lead in the third partial, 76-72, but the hosts bounced back with a key reaction in the last 10 minutes of play.

The top scorers of Tiburones were Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) with 20 points and Richard Lugo (209-C-73) with 16. For Estudiantes, Ronnie Fields (193-G-77, agency: Edge Sports) finished up with 24 points and Diego Guevara (184-G-77) added 13.

The series between Centauros de Apure and Lanceros de Cojedes will begin tonight.




LNB 2011 News - Tiburones 2-0 ahead against Estudiantes, Centauros defeats Lanceros - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Tiburones de Vargas completed a home sweep at Jose Maria Vargas Dome of La Guaira over Estudiantes de Guarico, getting a 2-0 lead in their LNB 2011 Semifinals series, thanks to a victory, 96-87.

For the second straight game, PG Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) became a key factor. If in the first game he had been passing the ball very well to shooter Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) and Center Richard Lugo (209-C-73), this time he did the scoring job himself, as he netted 26 points. For Estudiantes, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) was the top scorer with 15 points.

In another match, Centauros de Apure had to sweat through extra time to finally get a home win over Lanceros de Cojedes, 106-102, in Game 1 of that clash, played at Biruaca Dome in Apure State. Game 2 will play on Wednesday night.




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Morley's 16 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old forward Zach Morley (203-F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Budivelnyk and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had the game-high 16 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Budivelnyk in his team's victory, helping them to beat Krasnie Krilya (2-2) 80-72. Budivelnyk is placed at 3rd position in . Budivelnyk is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-2 record. It's Morley's second year at Budivelnyk and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Zach Morley averages this season 11.5ppg and 5.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was DeVon Hardin (211-C-86) of Minsk-2006. He is American center in his first season at Minsk-2006. In the last game Hardin recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Minsk-2006 lost that game 64-90 to league's leader Spartak SP (#1, 6-0). Minsk-2006 managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. 5 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Hardin is a newcomer at Minsk-2006 and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Curtis Millage (185-G-81) of VEF Riga (#4). Millage showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of VEF Riga, leading his team to a 88-79 win against slightly lower-ranked Zalgiris (#6, 2-3). VEF Riga needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Millage has a very solid season. In 4 games in VTB United League he scored 11.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jack McClinton (185-PG-85) of Budivelnyk - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80) of CEZ Nymburk - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Chester Simmons (198-G-82) of CEZ Nymburk - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Vladimir Dragicevic (205-C/F-86) of Spartak SP - 21 points and 4 rebounds
8. Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82) of Lietuvos rytas - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) of CSKA - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (208-C-84) of Spartak SP - 16 points and 6 rebounds

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




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Women News

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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Standings
Baltic League Standings
Group W
 1. Serene 0-0 
Regular Season
Group A
 1. Olimpia 1-0 
 2. Sirenos 1-0 
 3. TTT Riga 1-0 
 4. Kibirkstis-Tiche 0-1 
 5. TTT Juniores 0-1 
 6. Victoria 0-1 
Group B
 1. Tim-Scuf 2-0 
 2. KK Tallina U. 2-1 
 3. Minsk-2006 1-0 
 4. Eclex Tallinn 1-2 
 5. Berezina 0-1 
 6. Halichina 0-2 
Semifinals
Group C
 1. Lemminkainen 0-0 
 2. VICI-Aistes 0-0 
Group D
 1. Gorizont 0-0 
 2. Spartak SP 0-0 


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  CROATIA - Women  


Lattes Montpellier trounce Gospic in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Gospic - Lattes Montpellier 82:96

Lattes Montpellier celebrated the third win in the Euroleague regular season. They shocked Gopsic on the road to take 3-2 record in Group C. Stephany Skrba (188-F-87, college: Michigan) scored 24 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Gospic fell at 1-4 record after the loss.
Gospic got a perfect start to the game. The hosts erupted for 33 points in the opening frame to take a massive 16-point advantage at the first intermission. But Montpellier turned things around in the second quarter. They went on a 15:3 run at the start of the period to narrow the margin. Gospic remained in front but their lead narrowed to only 6 points at the interval 48:54. Stephany Skrba helped Montpellier deny the deficit early in the third quarter. Kristen Mann (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: UCSB) nailed 7 points in a row for the French team as they pulled ahead 65:63. The teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 70. However Srkba organized an 11:3 rally that put the visitors on top 85:76 with just over four minutes remaining. Montpellier never looked back afterwards cruising to the win at the end. Kristen Mann provided 21 points, while Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) added 17 points in the winning effort. Kalisha Keane (185-F-89, college: Michigan St.) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Gospic. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) nailed 16 points in the loss.

Gospic: Kalisha Keane 22, Jelena Ivezic 16
Lattes Montpellier: Stephany Skrba 24, Kristen Mann 21, Edwige Lawson-Wade 17


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  CYPRUS - Women  


Round 3 review - by Eurobasket News
Round Three of the Cypriot top division was played last weekend. Olympos was better than Akademia on the road 36-49 registering the first win this season. Olympos has 1-1 record now. Akademia dropped to 0-3 closing the standings in A1. Keravnos blasted APOP at home 73-49. Thanks to this win Keravnos improved to 2-1 record. On the other side, APOP slipped to 1-2. AEL Limassol won the game against Achileas with official score of 20-0. AEL Limassol has perfect 2-0 now and shares the first place with APOK. Round Four is scheduled for the next weekend. Pairs are Olympos - Keravnos, APOK - Akademia and APOP - AEL.

Standings - women
A1 Standings
 1. AEL Limassol 2-0 
 2. Univ.of Cyprus 2-0 
 3. Keravnos 2-1 
 4. Achilleas 1-1 
 5. Olympos 1-1 
 6. APOP Paphou 1-2 
 7. Akademia 0-3 


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UMMC showed no mercy to USK Prague - by Eurobasket News
ZVVZ USK Prague-UMMC Ekaterinburg 59:74

UMMC showed no mercy to USK Prague at the EuroLeague Round 5 campaign. The Russian team improved to 4-1 record in Group A after 74:59 win.
Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored for 11:10 to give ZVVZ USK Prague the lead in the opening period, but UMMC needed a 5-0 run to take 17:13 at the end of the period. Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) brought 24:17, while Nolan closed the half at 31:19. The third quarter became decisive in the game as UMMC erupted with 25-12 to take 56:31 lead after 30 minutes. The team from Czech Republic did not however give up and won the last stanza 28-18. It helped them to reduce to 15 points at the end.
Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) paced all the winners with 15 points and Candace Parker netted 13. Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) and Olga Arteshina (183-F-82) followed them with 11 points each. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) ended up with 24 points in the losing effort, while Frida Eldebrink had 16. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) delivered 11 points in defeat as the hosts fell at 2-3 record.

ZVVZ USK Prague: Anna Montanana 24, Frida Eldebrink 16, Eva Viteckova 11
UMMC Ekaterinburg: Sandrine Gruda 15, Candace Parker 13, Cappie Pondexter 11, Olga Arteshina 11


Rivas Ecopolis thump Frisca Sika at home court - by Eurobasket News
Rivas Ecopolis - Frisco Sika 112:70

Rivas Ecopolis celebrated a comfortable win over Frisco Sika in Round 5 of Euroleague regular season. Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) nailed 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the hosts to the third win in Group C. Frisco Sika on the other hand fell at 1-4 record after the loss.
Rivas Ecopolis opened the game strongly. They fired 27 points in the first ten minutes to take a 13-point lead. The hosts did not slow down in the second period. They unleashed 28 points to take a comfortable 55:35 halftime advantage. Things got just worse for Frisco Sika in the second half. Rivas Ecopolis took over completely in the third frame. They knocked down 32 points in the period to enjoy a massive 37-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Frisco Sika slowed down the home team in the fourth frame but never got any closer as the Spanish team cruised to the victory. Essence Carson (183-G-86, college: Rutgers) and Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 16 points each for the winners. Jasmine Thomas (175-G-89, college: Duke) responded with 18 points for Frisco Sika. Tereza Peckova (189-F-87), Romana Hejdova (183-F-88) and Alena Hanusova (189-F/C-91) chipped in 9 points each in the loss.

Rivas Ecopolis: Asjha Jones 20+10 boards, Essence Carson 16, Anna Cruz 16
Frisco Sika: Jasmine Thomas 18, Tereza Peckova 9, Romana Hejdova 9, Alena Hanusova 9


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  EUROCUP - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Matee AJAVON
  Optimum .
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 23
 1. Ajavon, Optimum23.0 
 2. Ibekwe, Dexia N.22.5 
 3. Zahui, Telge22.0 
 4. Marginean, Arras21.5 
 5. Lavender, Besiktas21.0 
 6. Ivancevic, Partizan21.0 
 7. Williams, Nantes21.0 
 8. Pierson, Maccabi20.5 
 9. Carter, Union H.20.5 
 10. Sanders, Kayseri20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amanda ZAHUI
  Telge
  (190-C-93)
  Avg: 18
 1. Zahui, Telge18.0 
 2. Sanders, Kayseri14.0 
 3. Tozlu, Optimum TED13.0 
 4. Ble, Gran Canaria12.0 
 5. Lopes, AD Vagos12.0 
 6. Roglic, Partizan12.0 
 7. Vandersloot, Besik.11.0 
 8. Myasoedova, Dynam.11.0 
 9. Petrakova, Dynamo11.0 
 10. Raman, Young Cats11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nilay KARTALTEPE YIGIT
  Bot.
  (172-PG-79)
  Avg: 10
 1. Kartaltepe Y., Bot.10.0 
 2. Guzman, MBK R.8.0 
 3. Aubert, Nantes7.5 
 4. Radocaj, Partizan7.0 
 5. Alves, AD Vagos6.0 
 6. Milieskiene, Lemmi.5.0 
 7. Forsman-Goga, Tel.5.0 
 8. Alexander, Fl.Foxes5.0 
 9. Brezaniova, MBK R.5.0 
 10. Fomina, Dynamo K.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Katerina KEYRU
  Chevakata
  (182-G/F-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Keyru, Chevakata6.0 
 2. Houts, Union H.5.5 
 3. Ivanova, Spartak5.0 
 4. Arseneva, Dynamo5.0 
 5. Carter, Union H.5.0 
 6. Selwyn, Elitzur Ra.5.0 
 7. Mitchell, Arras4.5 
 8. Makhlina, Cheva.4.0 
 9. Sharovka, Lemminka.4.0 
 10. Shilova, Dy.4.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Juliya KISELEVA
  Chevakata
  (200-C-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Kiseleva, Chevaka.6.0 
 2. Ndour, Gran Canaria3.0 
 3. Meesseman, Young3.0 
 4. Murauskaya, Olimpia3.0 
 5. Khomenchuk, Goriz.3.0 
 6. Pierson, Maccabi2.5 
 7. Keyru, Chevakata2.0 
 8. Zahui, Telge2.0 
 9. Kress, Botas2.0 
 10. Kolosovskaia, Dyn.2.0 


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Dynamo M. 2-0 
 2. Botas 1-0 
 3. Gorizont 0-1 
 4. Lombos Quinta 0-2 
Group B
 1. Besiktas 1-0 
 2. Telge 1-0 
 3. Dynamo-GUVD 0-1 
 4. Young Cats 0-1 
Group C
 1. Optimum TED 1-0 
 2. Dexia Namur 1-1 
 3. Nantes 1-1 
 4. AD Vagos 0-1 
Group D
 1. Union Hainaut 2-0 
 2. Gran Canaria 1-0 
 3. Lemminkainen 0-1 
 4. Fl.Foxes 0-2 
Group E
 1. Arras 2-0 
 2. Chevakata 1-0 
 3. Sint Kateline 0-1 
 4. SISU 0-2 
Group F
 1. Dynamo K. 3-0 
 2. Kayseri 1-0 
 3. Maccabi Ashdod 0-2 
 4. Olimpia 0-2 
Group G
 1. Partizan 1-0 
 2. MBK Ruzomb. 1-1 
 3. Helios 1-1 
 4. Landes 0-1 
Group H
 1. Elitzur Ramla 1-0 
 2. Mondeville 0-0 
 3. Spartak N. 0-1 


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Diana TAURASI
  Galatasa.
  (182-F/G-82)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Taurasi, Galatasa.22.6 
 2. Bonner, Perfumer.22.0 
 3. Jones, Rivas Ecopo.21.8 
 4. Veremeenko, Nadez.18.8 
 5. Augustus, Spartak18.7 
 6. McCray, Dobri A.18.2 
 7. Wauters, Ros C.17.8 
 8. Lyttle, Ros Casar.17.7 
 9. Charles, Galatasa.17.4 
 10. Taylor, Fenerbahce17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aneika HENRY
  Lotos Gdynia
  (193-C-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Henry, Lotos Gdyn.11.0 
 2. Hollingswort., SEA.10.7 
 3. Bjelica, Wisla C.10.6 
 4. De Souza, Perfumer.10.0 
 5. Jones, Rivas Ecopo.9.2 
 6. Brunson, Nadezhda.9.0 
 7. Vaughn, Taranto8.8 
 8. Wauters, Ros C.8.4 
 9. Charles, Galatasa.8.4 
 10. Ujhelyi, Wisla C.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  CCC P.
  (170-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Zoll, CCC P.6.8 
 2. Palau, Ros Casares6.4 
 3. Lawson-Wade, Latt.6.0 
 4. McBride, Gospic5.4 
 5. Ciglar, SE.5.4 
 6. Aguilar, Rivas E.5.0 
 7. Fegyverneky, UNIQ.4.8 
 8. Dumerc, Bourges4.5 
 9. Macchi, Familia Sc.4.3 
 10. Antoja, Perfumer.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Seimone AUGUSTUS
  Spartak .
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Augustus, Spartak3.7 
 2. Linkeviciene, VICI.3.2 
 3. Alben, Galatasaray3.0 
 4. Bonner, Perfumer.2.8 
 5. Lyttle, Ros Casar.2.7 
 6. Bojovic, Dobri Anj.2.6 
 7. Robert, Lotos G.2.6 
 8. Dumerc, Bourges2.5 
 9. Zavecz, UNIQA E.2.4 
 10. Cruz, Rivas Ecopo.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  USK P.
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Kulichova, USK P.1.4 
 2. Veremeenko, Nadez.1.3 
 3. Parker, UMMC1.3 
 4. Lyttle, Ros Casar.1.3 
 5. Burgrova, USK Praha1.2 
 6. Gruda, UMMC1.2 
 7. Majewska, CCC P.1.0 
 8. Vesela, Ros Casar.1.0 
 9. Dubljevic, Rivas E.1.0 
 10. McCarville, Famil.1.0 


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Fenerbahce closed Wednesday games with the victory in France - by Eurobasket News
Tarbes-Fenerbahce 56:78

Fenerbahce closed Wednesday games with the victory in France as the Turkish team outscored Tarbes. Fenerbahce won the fourth consecutive game, this time 78:56 away from home.
Fenerbahce scored the first 6 points in the game and reached 13:14 after the shot from Vardarli. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) closed the first period at 21:12, but Tarbes erupted with 10-0 run early in the second. Ljubica Drljaca (190-F-78) brought 23:22 for the home side and Neaves closed the half at 34:32. Lepron tied it all at 34:34, while Penny Taylor (185-F-81) scored for 49:40. Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) made two free throws for 57:42 and Ljubica Drljaca delivered two for 61:46. Fenerbahce won the last stanza 17-10 to ensure the bigger win in the game.
Angel McCoughtry led the way with 16 points and Penny Taylor notched 14. Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) scored 12, while Ivana Matovic added 10. Paoline Salagnac (176-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Ljubica Drljaca and Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) added 10 apiece.

Tarbes: Paoline Salagnac 16, Ljubica Drljaca 10, Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga 10
Fenerbahce: Angel McCoughtry 16, Penny Taylor 14, Nevriye Yilmaz 12, Ivana Matovic 10


Ros Casares prevail against Bourges Basket in France - by Eurobasket News
Bourges Basket - Ros Casares 50:77

Ros Casares registered their fourth Euroleague victory this season. They toppled Bourges Basket in France to share the second position in Group A with UMMC. Eshaya Murphy (182-G/F-85, college: USC) scored 17 points to lead the winners. Bourges fell at 2-3 record after the loss.
It was practically all over for the hosts after the opening quarter. Ros Casares shocked Bourges with a 21:6 run in the first frame. The Spanish team continue to clear off in the second term. They earned a 29:10 lead midway through the second term. Ros Casares enjoyed a 44:20 lead at halftime. Ros Casares did not allow Bourges Basket to revive any sort of intrigue in the third quarter. The visitors maintained the lead posting a 63:37 advantage with one quarter to go. Bourges scored just 13 points in the final period and had to surrender at the end. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds for Ros Casares. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) and Ann Wauters (194-C-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 10 points each in the win. Kiesha Brown (179-G-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) answered with 14 points for Bourges. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-F-88) nailed 12 points in the loss.

Bourges: Kiesha Brown 14, Nwal-Endene Miyem 12
Ros Casares: Eshaya Murphy 17, Sancho Lyttle 16, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 10, Ann Wauters 10


Lattes Montpellier trounce Gospic in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Gospic - Lattes Montpellier 82:96

Lattes Montpellier celebrated the third win in the Euroleague regular season. They shocked Gopsic on the road to take 3-2 record in Group C. Stephany Skrba (188-F-87, college: Michigan) scored 24 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Gospic fell at 1-4 record after the loss.
Gospic got a perfect start to the game. The hosts erupted for 33 points in the opening frame to take a massive 16-point advantage at the first intermission. But Montpellier turned things around in the second quarter. They went on a 15:3 run at the start of the period to narrow the margin. Gospic remained in front but their lead narrowed to only 6 points at the interval 48:54. Stephany Skrba helped Montpellier deny the deficit early in the third quarter. Kristen Mann (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: UCSB) nailed 7 points in a row for the French team as they pulled ahead 65:63. The teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 70. However Srkba organized an 11:3 rally that put the visitors on top 85:76 with just over four minutes remaining. Montpellier never looked back afterwards cruising to the win at the end. Kristen Mann provided 21 points, while Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) added 17 points in the winning effort. Kalisha Keane (185-F-89, college: Michigan St.) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Gospic. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) nailed 16 points in the loss.

Gospic: Kalisha Keane 22, Jelena Ivezic 16
Lattes Montpellier: Stephany Skrba 24, Kristen Mann 21, Edwige Lawson-Wade 17


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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


Krosig improves to 3-0 record - by Eurobasket News
Round Three of the Macedonian top division started last weekend. Three games were played. Krosig did a great job against Trokal celebrating 43-87 road victory. Thanks to this win Krosig jumped to 3-0 record. On the other side, Trokal closes the standings with 0-3. Also in this round, Mladinec handed 82-56 loss to Student improving to 2-1. As Trokal, Student also looks for the first win. The same score has Struga, who failed on the road against Klubski. It was a 70-36 win for Klubski, who improved to 2-1. Last game of the round will be played today. Baden and Vigor will meet and the winner will join Krosig on top of the standings.

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  HUNGARY - Women  


VICI Aistes too good for Gyor in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
VICI Aistes - Gyor 71:51

VICI Aistes opened win count at Euroleague season. They rallied past Gyor at home court to improve at 1-4 record in Group A. Gyor in the meantime fell at 1-4 record. Vita Kuktiene (186-F-80) scored 12 points to pace well-balanced effort from the hosts.
VICI Aistes dominated from start to finish. They opened the game on a 15:2 run. The hosts ensured a 20:8 lead after ten minutes of action. The margin grew at 20-point mark midway through the second term. VICI Aistes posted a 38:19 lead at the interval. VICI tipped off the second half on a 12:0 run to clear off. The home team enjoyed a massive 60:32 lead before the fourth quarter and never looked back en route to the victory. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82), Aija Putnina (192-F/C-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 10 points each for VICI Aistes. Valentiene netted 9 points in the win. Dora Nagy (170-PG-95) answered with 14 points for Gyor. Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) and Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) had 8 points apiece in the loss.

VICI Aistes: Vita Kuktiene 12, Sandra Linkeviciene 10, Aija Putnina 10
Gyor: Dora Nagy 14, Iva Ciglar 8, Edita Sujanova 8


UE Sopron tame CCC Polkowice - by Eurobasket News
UE Sopron - CCC Polkowice 75:58

UE Sopron celebrated the second Euroleague victory this season. They overcame CCC Polkowice at home court to improve at 2-3 record in Group B. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) scored 16 points to pace the winners. CCC slipped at 1-3 record after the loss.
UE Sopron used a 9:0 run midway through the opening quarter to take a 20:10 lead. They arrived at the first break leading by 6 points 25:19. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second period. They secured a 38:33 advantage at the interval. Tijana Krivacevic and Zavecz gave the hosts a 52:35 lead early in the second half. UE Sopron headed into the fourth frame up by as many as 15 points 54:39. CCC Polkowice never got within ten points in the fourth frame as UE Sopron cruised to the victory at the end. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) scored 14 points, while Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 11 points for the winners. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) answered with 12 points for CCC Polkowice. Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) and Megan Frazee (191-G/F-87, college: Liberty) netted 10 points each in the loss.

UE Sopron: Tijana Krivacevic 16, Zsofia Fegyverneky 14, Dora Horti 11
CCC Polkowice: Iva Perovanovic 12, Joanna Walich 10, Megan Frazee 10


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  ITALY - Women  


Wisla Can-Pack takes 4-1 record in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Wisla Can-Pack- CB Taranto 64:58

Wisla Can-Pack takes 4-1 record in Group C after the home win over CB Taranto. The Polish side celebrated 64:58 victory over the Italian representatives.
Krezel and Godin were the first players to score for their teams, while Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) brought 16:13 at the end of the frame. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) closed the run at 27:13 and Krezel sent the teams to the lockers at 40:31. The Italian did managed to win the third quarter and after 12-10 reduced to 50:43 after three quarters. They did not have however step closer as Wisla was too good in the start of the last frame. Milka Bjelica and Ana Dabovic scored for 58:45 and Erin Phillips (173-G-85) brought 63:56. Kia Vaughn (193-C-87, college: Rutgers) meanwhile was the last to score in the game for the final result.
Milka Bjelica top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Erin Phillips chipped in 13. Ana Dabovic posted 11 and Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) notched 10. Kia Vaughn erupted with 20 points and 17 boards in defeat, whilst Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) and Florina Pascalau (193-C-82) added 9 each.

Wisla Can-Pack: Milka Bjelica 16+12 rebs, Erin Phillips 13, Ana Dabovic 11, Nicole Powell 10
CB Taranto: Kia Vaughn 20+17 rebs, Simona Ballardini 9, Florina Pascalau 9


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  KOSOVO - Women  


Penza Peja jumps to 5-0 - by Eurobasket News
Round Five of the Kosovan top division was played last weekend. As expected, Penza Peja registered its fifth straight win and stays alone on top of the standings. This time the Peja team was better than Drita Gjilan on the road 59-110. Drita dropped to 2-3 after this game. Also in Round Rive, Bashkimi handed 60-41 loss to X Prishtina. Both teams have 3-2 record now. Kastrioti destroyed Gazimi with huge 101-14. Kastrioti jumped to 4-1, while Gazimi stays winless with 0-5. The game between Trepca and Vallaznimi is not played yet. Round Six is scheduled for the next weekend.

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  LITHUANIA - Women  


VICI Aistes too good for Gyor in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
VICI Aistes - Gyor 71:51

VICI Aistes opened win count at Euroleague season. They rallied past Gyor at home court to improve at 1-4 record in Group A. Gyor in the meantime fell at 1-4 record. Vita Kuktiene (186-F-80) scored 12 points to pace well-balanced effort from the hosts.
VICI Aistes dominated from start to finish. They opened the game on a 15:2 run. The hosts ensured a 20:8 lead after ten minutes of action. The margin grew at 20-point mark midway through the second term. VICI Aistes posted a 38:19 lead at the interval. VICI tipped off the second half on a 12:0 run to clear off. The home team enjoyed a massive 60:32 lead before the fourth quarter and never looked back en route to the victory. Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82), Aija Putnina (192-F/C-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) delivered 10 points each for VICI Aistes. Valentiene netted 9 points in the win. Dora Nagy (170-PG-95) answered with 14 points for Gyor. Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) and Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) had 8 points apiece in the loss.

VICI Aistes: Vita Kuktiene 12, Sandra Linkeviciene 10, Aija Putnina 10
Gyor: Dora Nagy 14, Iva Ciglar 8, Edita Sujanova 8


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


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


Rudar is No.1 after two rounds - by Eurobasket News
Second round of the Montenegrin top division is completed last night. Rudar managed to grab 51-54 win against Antivari improving to 2-0 record in the league. It is enough for the first place at this moment. On Saturday, Roling Niksic cruised past Kotor as a guest 52-98. It is the first win for Roling, who has 1-1 record now. Kotor dropped to 0-2. Also in this round, Lovcen handed 67-59 loss to Primorje. Both teams have 1-1 record now. Buducnost was free in this round. The Podgorica team has 1-0 score. Round Three is scheduled for the next weekend.

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  NCAA1 - Women  


Cleveland State Shalonda Winton and Janelle Adams Put in Work!! - by Vance Marbury
2011 Hotcards.com Cleveland Am Pro Womens Summer League MVP Gets off to a fast start!!

Ladies Cleveland State Vikings Defeat Case, 85-42 In Final Exhibition Contest

Shalonda Winton the HOtcards.com 2011 Womens Summer League MVP once again led the Vikings with 23 points, seven rebounds and six steals, and Janelle Adams Adams added 12 points and three steals. Cleveland State is looking to continue its winning success on Friday vs Tennesse State at CSU Wolstein Center - Make sure you go show the ladies some support!!!


University of Akron Womens Hoop Squad Beats Ohio Dominican!! - by Vance Marbury
4 Hotcards.com Cleveland Am Pro Ladies Participants get off to a fast start for the University of Akron University Womens Basketball Team.

The University of Arkon Womens Basketball Team Beats Ohio Dominican 97-43 Sina King and Taylor Ruper each totaled 11 points, while Jasmine Mushington dropped 10 points. Sina King was 3-for-4 with six boards and a perfect 4-for-4 at the free Throw Line. Senior guard Natasha Williams had a game-high six assists and four steals.


Former assistant coaches get their shot - by Eurobasket News
Carlene Mitchell and Nicci Hays-Fort Fort were both really happy with their jobs as associate head coaches at Big East schools.

Their teams were perennially in the NCAA tournament and near the top of the conference. Yet when the opportunity arose to be a head coach, both jumped at the chance. Mitchell got the head coach position at Santa Barbara while Hays Fort took over at Colgate.

'It was really unique,' Mitchell said. 'I didn't send a resume or inquire about the job. The Athletic Director emailed me the Wednesday before Mother's Day. I wasn't looking for the job. They recruited me and I interviewed. The first time I went there I knew I wanted the job.'

Hays Fort was tops on Colgate's list. She was contacted by the school after DePaul lost in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament and soon after took the job.

'It definitely wasn't an easy decision, but how could I turn them down,' she said.

Unlike Mitchell and Hays Fort, Amy Waugh wasn't an associate head coach. She was the second assistant last season at Xavier - the school which she had starred as a player. When coach Kevin McGuff left for Washington she got the head position giving her the chance to fulfill a dream.

'It definitely went through my mind quite a bit, to have it become a reality I never really expected it to happen that way,' Waugh said. 'Everyone has plans and goals and to have it happen as soon as it has for me is a dream come true.'

All three are in different situations. Waugh inherited a team that is rebuilding. The Musketeers lost stars Amber Harris and Ta'Shia Phillips to graduation while shooter Katie Rutan transferred.

'We have changed quite a bit because our team has changed, we lost five of our top six players from a year ago,' Waugh said. 'We only have one kid who has played at Xavier before. We have a completely new team and a new staff.'

Waugh just turned 30 in September and is one of the youngest head coaches in Division I. She still holds the Xavier records for career free throw percentage (.854) and the single-season records for 3-point field goals attempted (271), free throws made (146) and free throw percentage (.885) all of which were set during her senior year in 2002-03.

With only nine healthy players in practice she still jumps in drills from time to time.

'Once in a while,' she said, laughing. 'They like to joke a lot that I'm old and washed up and can never play. I'm still the best shooter in the gym and wish I wasn't. We talk a lot of trash back and forth and they try to outshoot me once in a while.'

Mitchell inherited a talented group at Santa Barbara. The Gauchos tied for the Big West regular season title last season before coach Lindsay Gottlieb left for Cal. They return leading scorer Emilie Johnson as well as two other starters.

'It is unique that they did share a conference title last year, but I seek bigger,' Mitchell said. 'It's the little things we need to change. Put in a defensive mentality. We look at it that we have nine freshmen right now who all need to learn a new system, new coach and new mentality.'

Hays Fort is trying to develop a successful program at Colgate, which hasn't had a winning season since 2004.

'I'm trying to change the entire culture of Colgate women's basketball. They've only had one or two season's of success,' she said. 'Xavier's had a lot of success, Santa Barbara's had a lot of success. Their coaches left for the greener grass. They've had success recently whereas Colgate has not. Carlene and Amy are trying to maintain and I'm trying to change and regain a little bit of something that Colgate's never had.'

One of the biggest difference that all three noticed in moving over to the first seat was the amount of offcourt responsibilities they have. Unlike the other two, Hays Fort had been a head coach before. She started the women's basketball program at the Merchant Marine Academy and then spent five years in charge of Barry before going to DePaul as an assistant. Still, those situations didn't prepare her for the outside commitments.

'There is such a time demand from you away from your team,' Hays Fort said. 'This level it's everything, the alumni, admissions, meetings, committees, coffee with the president's wife. It's a completely different time commitment. You have to make time for your kids.'

All three coaches have stayed in touch with their former heads, calling and texting with them. They all received texts offering good luck before exhibition games last week. Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer went a step further. Mitchell had asked her advice on a press break and with her fax out, Stringer hand wrote a note and the desired play and then took a photo of it and sent it to her former assistant with her phone.

All three schools open up play this weekend. Santa Barbara visits Seattle; Colgate hosts Bryant; and Xavier hosts Eastern Kentucky.

'I'm not that nervous,' Mitchell said. 'Coach Stringer has put you under pressure so many times. She always had us in her ear. I don't think there is anything I haven't seen as an assistant coach.'

Courtesy of http://sports.sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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Galatasaray overcame Lotos Gdynia in Round 5 of EuroLeague - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray-Lotos Gdynia 77:71

Galatasaray overcame Lotos Gdynia in Round 5 of EuroLeague in Turkey. The hosts won the first three quarters to celebrate 77:71 victory for the perfect record.
Galatasaray easily opened the game with eight consecutive points. Cora and Adrijana Knezevic (185-F-87) exchanged the free throws at the end of the quarter for 24:16. Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) scored for 31:22 early in the second, while Alba Torrens (188-F-89) brought 37:25. Adrijana Knezevic meanwhile sent the squads to the lockers at 41:30 as the Turkish team won the second period 17-14. Another 18-17 in the third quarter showed 59:47 on the board after three quarters. Robert and Jolene Anderson (175-SG-86, college: Wisconsin) however cut it to 64:62 with 3 minutes to go but Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) scored five points in a row for the final success.
Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) paced all the winners with 21 points and Tina Charles nailed 16. Epiphanny Prince scored 12, while Alba Torrens added 10. Jolene Anderson ended up with 20 points for the Polish side and Adrijana Knezevic notched 17.

Galatasaray: Diana Taurasi 21, Tina Charles 16, Epiphanny Prince 12, Alba Torrens 10
Lotos Gdynia: Jolene Anderson 20, Adrijana Knezevic 17, Aneika Henry (193-C-86, college: Florida) 15


Wisla Can-Pack takes 4-1 record in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Wisla Can-Pack- CB Taranto 64:58

Wisla Can-Pack takes 4-1 record in Group C after the home win over CB Taranto. The Polish side celebrated 64:58 victory over the Italian representatives.
Krezel and Godin were the first players to score for their teams, while Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) brought 16:13 at the end of the frame. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) closed the run at 27:13 and Krezel sent the teams to the lockers at 40:31. The Italian did managed to win the third quarter and after 12-10 reduced to 50:43 after three quarters. They did not have however step closer as Wisla was too good in the start of the last frame. Milka Bjelica and Ana Dabovic scored for 58:45 and Erin Phillips (173-G-85) brought 63:56. Kia Vaughn (193-C-87, college: Rutgers) meanwhile was the last to score in the game for the final result.
Milka Bjelica top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Erin Phillips chipped in 13. Ana Dabovic posted 11 and Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) notched 10. Kia Vaughn erupted with 20 points and 17 boards in defeat, whilst Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) and Florina Pascalau (193-C-82) added 9 each.

Wisla Can-Pack: Milka Bjelica 16+12 rebs, Erin Phillips 13, Ana Dabovic 11, Nicole Powell 10
CB Taranto: Kia Vaughn 20+17 rebs, Simona Ballardini 9, Florina Pascalau 9


UE Sopron tame CCC Polkowice - by Eurobasket News
UE Sopron - CCC Polkowice 75:58

UE Sopron celebrated the second Euroleague victory this season. They overcame CCC Polkowice at home court to improve at 2-3 record in Group B. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) scored 16 points to pace the winners. CCC slipped at 1-3 record after the loss.
UE Sopron used a 9:0 run midway through the opening quarter to take a 20:10 lead. They arrived at the first break leading by 6 points 25:19. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second period. They secured a 38:33 advantage at the interval. Tijana Krivacevic and Zavecz gave the hosts a 52:35 lead early in the second half. UE Sopron headed into the fourth frame up by as many as 15 points 54:39. CCC Polkowice never got within ten points in the fourth frame as UE Sopron cruised to the victory at the end. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) scored 14 points, while Dora Horti (195-C-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 11 points for the winners. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) answered with 12 points for CCC Polkowice. Joanna Walich (183-F/C-81) and Megan Frazee (191-G/F-87, college: Liberty) netted 10 points each in the loss.

UE Sopron: Tijana Krivacevic 16, Zsofia Fegyverneky 14, Dora Horti 11
CCC Polkowice: Iva Perovanovic 12, Joanna Walich 10, Megan Frazee 10


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


GDESSA signs Toni Thomas - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
The North American center comes to Portugal this week to integrate GDESSA/Barreiro's team and will be available to compete in the next game, in Barcelos, at the orders of coach Nuno Manaia .


Toni Thomas (178-F-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton), who last season played in Germany and helped to ensure the promotion of her team, is 24 and 1.80 meters. The athlete made her education at California State University (NCAA 1), and fills the vacancy left by Canadian Lauren Doubroff (183-C-86) that returned to her country.


Having played the first 5 games of the LFB (3 wins and 2 losses) with only one foreign, GDESSA/Barreiro should strengthen its team with this addition.

Source: GDESSA/Barreiro




D2 Standing - by Joao Santos
D1 Standings
 1. S.C. Coimbroes 3-0 
 2. C.S.M. / C.S.CAB 2-0 
 3. Calvao 2-1 
 4. E.S.A. 1-0 
 5. Ovarense 1-0 
 6. Juvemaia 1-1 
 7. Lousada 1-1 
 8. Sanjoanense 1-1 
 9. E.B.C. 0-0 
 10. Gafanha 0-2 
 11. Santarem 0-2 
 12. Uniao Micaelense 0-4 


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Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Brandie HOSKINS
  Craiova
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Hoskins, Craiova21.6 
 2. Nikolic, Brasov21.1 
 3. Ferenczi, Cluj N.18.8 
 4. Werema, Sp.Stude.17.5 
 5. Givens, Targoviste17.3 
 6. Parker, Alba Iulia17.0 
 7. Salley, Alba Iulia16.8 
 8. Pop, Satu Mare16.5 
 9. Abramzon, Alba Iul.15.8 
 10. Williams, Oradea15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ceciley JOHNSON
  Iasi
  (188-C-)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Johnson, Iasi12.4 
 2. Kajdacsi, Brasov12.0 
 3. Bartee, Craiova11.4 
 4. Williams, Oradea11.4 
 5. Greer, Craiova9.6 
 6. Parker, Alba Iulia9.5 
 7. Beachem, Targu M.9.3 
 8. Laplante, Alexandr.9.0 
 9. Graboski, Alexandr.8.7 
 10. Washington, Satu8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marija PRLJA
  Alexandria
  (163-G-87)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Prlja, Alexandria5.7 
 2. Nicolaescu, Rapid4.9 
 3. Hicks, Targu Mures4.5 
 4. Hoskins, Craiova4.4 
 5. Vukoje, Timisoara4.4 
 6. Ciocan, Targoviste4.2 
 7. Diaconu, Targoviste4.1 
 8. Salley, Alba Iulia3.9 
 9. Harrison, Alba Iul.3.9 
 10. Ferenczi, Cluj N.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marija PRLJA
  Alexandria
  (163-G-87)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Prlja, Alexandria4.3 
 2. Abramzon, Alba Iul.3.9 
 3. Givens, Targoviste3.9 
 4. Hicks, Targu Mures3.9 
 5. Diaconu, Targoviste3.8 
 6. Wilson, Sp.Stude.3.0 
 7. Parker, Alba Iulia2.9 
 8. Ferenczi, Cluj N.2.8 
 9. Salley, Alba Iulia2.8 
 10. Nicolaescu, Rapid2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Olena ZHERZHERUNOVA
  Targov.
  (191-C/F-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Zherzherunov., Tar.2.4 
 2. Greer, Craiova2.0 
 3. Parker, Alba Iulia1.6 
 4. Chelariu, Olimpia1.6 
 5. Walker, Satu Mare1.5 
 6. Sowinski, ICIM A.1.1 
 7. Kovacevic, Sp.Stu.1.0 
 8. Pricop, Cluj Napoca1.0 
 9. Abramzon, Alba Iul.0.9 
 10. Cutas, Targu Mur.0.9 


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Targoviste 8-0 
 2. Alexandria 7-1 
 3. Alba Iulia 7-1 
 4. Targu Mures 7-1 
 5. ICIM Arad 6-2 
 6. Craiova 5-3 
 7. Timisoara 5-3 
 8. Sp.Studentesc 4-4 
 9. Satu Mare 3-3 
 10. Brasov 3-5 
 11. Cluj Napoca 2-4 
 12. Olimpia 2-6 
 13. Oradea 1-7 
 14. Rapid 1-7 
 15. Sf.Gheorghe 0-6 
 16. Iasi 0-8 


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UMMC showed no mercy to USK Prague - by Eurobasket News
ZVVZ USK Prague-UMMC Ekaterinburg 59:74

UMMC showed no mercy to USK Prague at the EuroLeague Round 5 campaign. The Russian team improved to 4-1 record in Group A after 74:59 win.
Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored for 11:10 to give ZVVZ USK Prague the lead in the opening period, but UMMC needed a 5-0 run to take 17:13 at the end of the period. Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) brought 24:17, while Nolan closed the half at 31:19. The third quarter became decisive in the game as UMMC erupted with 25-12 to take 56:31 lead after 30 minutes. The team from Czech Republic did not however give up and won the last stanza 28-18. It helped them to reduce to 15 points at the end.
Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) paced all the winners with 15 points and Candace Parker netted 13. Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) and Olga Arteshina (183-F-82) followed them with 11 points each. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) ended up with 24 points in the losing effort, while Frida Eldebrink had 16. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) delivered 11 points in defeat as the hosts fell at 2-3 record.

ZVVZ USK Prague: Anna Montanana 24, Frida Eldebrink 16, Eva Viteckova 11
UMMC Ekaterinburg: Sandrine Gruda 15, Candace Parker 13, Cappie Pondexter 11, Olga Arteshina 11


Spartak Moscow Region tied Good Angels Kosice at 3-2 records in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Good Angels Kosice- Spartak Moscow Region 55:67

Spartak Moscow Region tied Good Angels Kosice at 3-2 records in Group C of EuroLeague after a road win. The Russian team won 67:55 to join the Slovakian side in the middle of the standings.
It was a tough start as both teams realized the importance of the battle. Three times they were tied, while Seimone Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) gave the guests 19:14. Becky Hammon (168-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) brought 26:20 and Seimone Augustus increased to 38:28. Danielle McCray (180-G/F-87, college: Kansas) made two free throws at the end of the half for 38:30. Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) delivered two for 46:36 and Kuzina scored for 54:40. Spartak did not mind 11-13 in the last stanza and won the third game in five matches in Group C.
Seimone Augustus poured in 19 points to lead the charge. Candice Dupree posted 12, while Becky Hammon netted 11. Danielle McCray delivered 20 points in the losing effort and Kayla Pedersen (193-F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) netted 10.

Good Angels Kosice: Danielle McCray 20, Kayla Pedersen 10
Spartak Moscow Region: Seimone Augustus 19, Candice Dupree 12, Becky Hammon 11


Perfumerias Avenida celebrate the fifth Euroleague win in Orenburg - by Eurobasket News
Nadezhda - Perfumerias Avenida 64:69

Pefumerias Avenida recorded the fifth straight win in Euroleague regular season. They overcame Nadezhda in Orenburg. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 24 points to pace the Spanish team to yet another victory in Group B. Avenida improved at 5-0 record, while Nadezhda fell at 2-2 record.
Nadezhda opened the game with a 9:2 run but Avenida quickly came back to life and tied things up at 19after ten minutes. The teams continued to trade baskets throughout the second quarter. They arrived at the interval knotted up at 30. Erika De Souza and DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) teamed up for 12 points in the third term as the visitors pulled ahead 49:45. Avenida cleared off to an 11-point advantage early in the fourth quarter. Douglas and Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) put Nadezhda back on track as they cut the deficit to just 4 points 60:64. Rebekkah Brunson soon trimmed the distance to only two points 64:66. However Antoja and Erika De Souza nailed three points late in the game and clinched the victory for Avenida.
DeWanna Bonner notched 17 points and 8 rebounds to pace Avenida. Allison Feaster-Strong (181-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Harvard) had 8 points in the win. Rebekkah Brunson answered with 25 points and 8 rebounds for Nadezhda. Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-C-87) netted 16 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in the loss.

Nadezhda: Rebekkah Brunson 25, Anastasiya Veremeenko 16
Perfumerias Avenida: Erika De Souza 24, DeWanna Bonner 17, Allison Feaster-Strong 8


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Katie DOUGLAS
  Nadezhda.
  (185-G/F-79)
  Avg: 20
 1. Douglas, Nadezhda.20.0 
 2. Veremeenko, Nadez.18.3 
 3. Petrakova, Dynamo18.0 
 4. Vorobjova, Spart.16.5 
 5. Brunson, Nadezhda.16.0 
 6. Hammon, Spartak15.8 
 7. Jekabsone-Z., UM.15.3 
 8. Snow, Dynamo K.15.3 
 9. Danilochkina, Nade.15.0 
 10. Dupree, Spartak14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 10