EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/11/2011

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  ABA   


ABA All-Star Kayode Ayeni Earns Training Camp Invite with Erie Bayhawks - by Surujh Roopnarine
Kayode Ayeni (6'5''-F-88, college: St.Francis, NY) (6-5, 180lbs) has earned a training camp invite with the Erie Bayhawks after impressing team officials during their free-agent tryouts. The Brooklyn, New York native was a burgeoning star at St. Francis (NY) before rupturing his ACL midway thru his junior season in 2008-2009. Despite the horrific injury, Ayeni persevered and came back to play his senior season, averaging 9.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 38.8% from the field. The athletic shooting guard then spent the 2010-2011 season with the Jersey Express of the American Basketball Association, where he averaged over 20 points per contest on his way to being named an All-Star. Ayeni prepped at the prestigious Laurinburg Institute after beginning his high school career at Transit Tech in New York.
In an interview with Ayeni earlier this year he stated that 'Today I think because I tore my ACL I am a much better and smarter player'. His hard work and impressive performance at Erie's tryouts in New York City are a testament to the work that he put in to overcome that injury and now he has earned a shot to make an Erie club which is run by the New York Knicks and former All-Star shooting guard Allan Houston (6'6''-G-71, college: Tennessee). While Ayeni may not have the sweet-stroke that Houston possessed, his work ethic, athleticism and ability to play both ends of the floor will make him an attractive and exciting player for the fans of Erie this season.



Aces add Carr to roster - by Gianni Pascucci
The Las Vegas Aces announced the signing of fiorward Dennis Carr (6'7''-F-81, agency: TSS Management, college: Embry Riddle) to the roster, and confirmed veteran point guard Michael Johnson (6'0''-PG-76, college: Oklahoma). According with a Todd Triplett statement 'the Aces staff were very pleased to sign these talented players to the roster this late in the game, the best thing about these two guys are they both played in Israel together. The Aces should be the top ranked team in the ABA this season with 7 former high level European players'.

Clarksville Cavaliers set to begin play this season - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association announced that the Clarksville Cavaliers from Clarksville TN are set to begin play this season. According to Joe Newman , ABA CEO, 'team owner John Rowe has been working hard all spring and summer putting all of the elements of this team together. Johnny also owns the new Nashville SOUL team. The talent pool in Tennessee was so good and the response he received from the people of Clarksville including Ft. Campbell was such that he could not pass the opportunity by. We have no doubt that this will be one great organization. We are very pleased to have four excellent teams on Tennessee including Memphis and Johnson City.'
The owner of the team is John Rowe, the GM/Head Coach is Andrew Zumbahlen. For more information, email jrowe@clarksvillecavaliers.com or azumbahlen@clarksvillecavaliers.com or visit www.clarksvillecavaliers.com


The power of Pink - The Arizona Scorpions in the ABA - by Gianni Pascucci
( Excerpt from Jose Morales, Junior Hoops Arizona, www.juniorhoops.com. )
Pink has traditionally been a color mixture of red and white. Commonly used for Valentine's Day and Easter, pink is sometimes referred to as 'the color of love.' It is a soft on the eyes color that has been adopted as the uniform color of the new ABA Arizona Scorpions who represent Arizona and are based out of Phoenix. But after the opening two games of the season, soft is definitely not the term to use with this high scoring, often dunking and extremely focused attack mentality that this exciting team brought to the Phoenix College hardwood this past weekend.
If you thought the current NBA lockout positioned professional basketball as a thing of the past, think again. On Nov 5th and 6th, the Arizona Scorpions brought Arizona lots of love for the fans alongside a professional basketball swagger by defeating the Sand Diego Surf twice and are now ranked fourth in the nation in the ABA Power Rankings.
Both games displayed a high level of play that was a breath of fresh air for basketball enthusiasts hungry for professional basketball. Based on the fast break style of this pink embroidered team, basketball fans should head out to next weekend's game to witness for themselves a well-coached and talent filled roster of players who are leaving it all on the hardwood giving fans value that is worth far more than the cost of admission.
In addition to great up tempo basketball, which included highlight dunks equal to, if not greater than 'the other league,' the Arizona Scorpions and their pink uniforms also represent a community outreach spirit in the form of creating breast cancer awareness in order to ultimately help raise funds for breast cancer research.
On Nov 12 and 13, at Phoenix College, the San Deigo Sol come into town to face the Scorpions' talent rich squad whose two-game winning streak and growing fan base is sure to be much bigger as the word gets out about Arizona's new professional basketball team and their exciting style of play. The team features well-know professionals like Cedric Ceballos (6'7''-F-69, agency: Edge Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton), Robert Turner (6'9''-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Pepperdine), James Singleton (6'5''-G/F-76, college: St.Bonaventure), Derek Wabbington (6'9''-F-83, college: Wyoming), Prileu Davis (6'3''-G/F-81, college: Grand Canyon) and others.
Even though pink has traditionally been a mixture of red and white, adding the Arizona Scorpions' talented players and their pink uniforms to the mix, surely elevates to another level, the power of pink


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  ANGOLA   


1 De Agosto and Interclube Open National Tourney - by Eurobasket News
Luanda The basketball teams of 1 de Agosto and Interclube will top the first round of the national men's championship, in accordance to the draw held on Saturday at the headquarters of the Angolan Basketball Federation (FAB).

The game will oppose the third placed club of the 2010 edition (Interclube) and the fourth who are also the African champions (1 de Agosto).


The competition, to be played from 18 to 25 May 2012, also includes for the opening round encounters matching Lusada University and Vila Clotilde, Sporting de Cabinda-Sporting de Luanda, Santos FC - Recreativo do Libolo, ASA Vila Estoril and Petro de Luanda, CDUAN.

The 2011/2012 regular basketball season will kick off on November 11 in central Huambo province with the holding of the 'Vladimiro Romero' Super Cup between Petro de Luanda and Recreativo do Libolo, champion and Angolan Cup winners, respectively.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
North
 1. Regatas C. 9-3 
 2. Sionista 7-5 
 3. Libertad S. 7-5 
 4. Quimsa 7-5 
 5. Olimpico LB 5-7 
 6. Atenas 5-7 
 7. La Union 4-8 
 8. San Mart.C. 4-8 
South
 1. Obras 9-3 
 2. Penarol 9-5 
 3. Wuber-Est.Bahia 8-4 
 4. Boca Jrs 7-6 
 5. Lanus 6-6 
 6. GECR Indalo 6-7 
 7. Club 9 3-9 
 8. Quilmes MP 2-10 


Torneo Federal 2011/12 rosters: Patagonia zone - by Facundo Iatzky
Perfora Plaza Huincul:

Leandro Lauro (188-G-80)
Matias Barberis (198-F-84)
Angelo Contini (198-F)
Emanuel Lopez

Emanuel Lopez Cerdan (187-G-82)
Juan Gonzalez (200-C)
Martin Deimundo (202-C)
Juan Fuentes (190-F)
Diego Ruiz (193-F)
Roberto Contreras (194-F)
Gonzalo Quezada

Coach: Fernando Claris

Hispano Americano:

Claudio Aguilar (198-F-79)
Gaston Morales (180-G-79)
Pablo Gonzalez (82)
Fernando Gutman (203-F/C-78, agency: Gross Zeev ISA)
Bruno Gelsi (191-G-76, agency: Players Group)
Sebastian Acevedo (198-F/C-90)
Fernando Pistochini (195-G/F-82)
Ignacio Puig (193-F)
Leandro bartolucci (197-F)
Leonardo Pagola (179-G-91)

Coach: Leonardo David Roquel

Del Progreso Roca:

Juan Manuel Fabi (G-82)
Leopoldo Carlos Ruiz Moreno (191-G-72)
Francisco Gaytan (190-G)
Pablo Almendra (190-G-90)
Martin Trimboli (196-F/C-85)

Mauricio Beltramella (186-G-71)
Nicolas Morales (201-C-89)
Diego Isgro (194-F)
Emanuel Wygladacz
Joaquin Mendez
Franco Farina (190-F-92)
Maximiliano Actis

Coach: Mario Spada

Deportivo roca:

Leonardo Ansaloni (183-G-79)
Lucas Romera (182-G-89)
Fernando Abarzua (170-G-91)
Mauro Perez (177-G-93)
Juan Quercia (180-G-86)
Gaston Chavez (180-G-92)
Paul Rinaldi (190-F-85)
Alejandro Palmieri (194-F-75)
Diego Casemayor (200-F-69)
Maximiliano azor (192-F-94)
Facundo Vinambres (198-C-86)
Jorge Coronado (202-C-89)

Coach: Sebastian Garcia

Atletico Regina:

Rodrigo Barrado (184)
Gaston Gonzalez (175-G-79)
Luciano Zupanovich (187-G-83)
Federico Harina (G)
Diego Corazza (194-G-86)
Emiliano Piccinini (190-F-84)
Diego Felicevich (196-F/C-87)
Ruben Guzman (C)
Pablo Heit (205-F/C-89)
Santiago Laforgia (G)
Jose Papa (G)

Coach: Gustavo Esteybar

Centro Espanol Plottier:

Luciano Alonso (183-G-80)
Julian Fedele (180-G-92)
Jeronimo Peralta (180-G-92)
Facundo Ciordia (195-C)
Diego Nondedeu (192-F)
Pablo Rodriguez (170-G-90)
Marcos Ramirez (190-F-78)
Gustavo Peirano (196-F)
Santiago Fedele (187-G-89)
Leonardo mosconi (190-G)
Alexander Dziak (204-C-89)
Luca Prado (G)

Coach: Dante Centeno

Pacifico Neuquen:

Sebastian Godoy (184-G-73)
Ignacio Rubio (196-C)
Maximiliano Contini (202-F/C-81)
Mario Alvarez (197-C)
Facundo Paz (184-G)
Maximiliano Inda (183-G)
Pablo Godoy (180-G)
Jorge Zubeldia (188-F)
Sergio Navas (180-G)

Cristian Maestra (G)
Federico Lardies (193-G)

Coach: Juan Miguel Diaz Vazquez

All Boys La pampa

Matias Guinda (193-F/C-83)
Laureano Burgos (180-G)
Juan Manuel Lara (199-F-91)

Nicolas Ayala (196-C)
Martin Ayala (193-F)
Maximiliano Garayo (198-F)
Nicolas Dilchneider (201-C)
Antonio Manera (181-G)
Hernan Valverde (188-G)
Javier Piermattei (186)


Coach: Diego Dettoni



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  AUSTRALIA   


Ice Age: Chalmers is new Bandits coach - by Eurobasket News
THE Albury-Wodonga Bandits and Lady Bandits yesterday announced the appointment of new head coaches Brad Chalmers and Tammy Goyne, with the no-nonsense Chalmers quickly stamping his authority over a team that won just three games this year.
Chalmers known to Border fans as The Iceman from his playing days takes over from Ian Gallaway, who stepped down after two unsuccessful seasons at the helm of the Border outfit.

Having spent the past two seasons as assistant coach, the former Bandits games record holder said he was more than ready to step into Gallaways shoes.

For sure, having been in the assistants role for the past two seasons, I know intimately what our weaknesses are, Chalmers said.

I think being able to digest the statistics at the end of the year and where our group is at, obviously Im going to do it a different way to how Ian (Gallaway) mightve done it.

Were going to be in a much better position I hope than we were last year, and that will be on the back of a change of style, a change of philosophy and hopefully on the back of some strong recruiting.

Im not going to place any expectations on our group but certainly we expect the 2012 model will be much better than last year, theres no doubt in my mind about that.

With the Border club leaking points at an alarming rate over the past two seasons, Chalmers who was well-regarded for his defence as a player admitted his focus would be on finding a cure for the Bandits defensive problem.

We were dead last in defence and a point differential of minus-19, Chalmers said.

So were miles behind and anyone who knows me knows that it all happens at one particular end, thats the defensive end and we wont be anything but that.

If guys dont want to do that, they wont be playing; our imports will be based on that, and were going to be a defensive unit to try to pull that margin back.

So those who dont want to buy into that certainly wont be a part of this group.

Chalmers admitted winning back the Borders basketball fans presented a formidable challenge in its own right.

Were training already, the boys that are there know exactly what the expectations are, Chalmers said.

We were dead last again, you cant sugarcoat that but certainly as a club, were trying to improve, were working hard to get some new sponsors on board and now its about preparation.

It will then be up to the players to then go out and do the job and try to give the community a team they want to support; I think thats going to be the biggest challenge.

Chalmers bluntly declared that local players who did not measure up to key fitness indicators would be quickly shown the door.

Its been a major point of focus for the local players, Chalmers said.

Were going four nights a week, two nights on the court, weve got a weights session and then a fitness session.

So weve done our testing and there will be benchmarks set and if particular players dont reach those marks when it comes time to re-test, they wont be a part of the group.
Courtesy of: bordermail.com.au


QBL: Force star back for final shot - by Eurobasket News
RYAN Jeffries has always dreamt of playing in the NBL so when he heard former NBA player and Boomers star Shane Heal (182-G-70) would coach the Ipswich Force in 2012, there was only one place he wanted to be.

Jeffries has become the first new signing for the Ipswich Force as they prepare for a new era under the tutelage of an Australian basketball legend.

After eight seasons in Ipswich, Jeffries headed to Rockhampton last year in search of a QBL title and more exposure to NBL scouts.

Neither the title nor the NBL contract eventuated and the 25-year-old shooting guard knew he had to make one last charge towards his NBL dream.

'As soon as I heard Shane Heal was coaching, I was very interested,' Jeffries said about his return to the Force.

'I am looking at this as my last chance and I'm going to put everything into it.

'My main goal is to get into the NBL and I think he can help me improve all areas of my game.

'The main reason I am coming back is to learn from an NBL great, it can't do me any harm can it?'

Jeffries knows it won't be easy though.

With each year that passes, another generation of young players graduate to the senior ranks.

'Most NBL coaches are looking for 17-18 year olds who can pretty much do the same stuff as myself,' he said.

'I think over the last couple of years though, I've developed a lot as a player.

'I think I'm now a smarter player but I'm still athletic enough to match it with the younger guys.'

In addition to his NBL dream, the 192cm off-guard believes he can finally add an overdue QBL title to his basketball resume.

New coach Heal agrees and said Jeffries will play a key role in bringing a title to Ipswich.

'I didn't know Ryan before seeing him play in the ISL competition on the Gold Coast recently,' Heal said.

'I really liked what I saw, I think he will play a key role for us this season and at 25, he can be a leader of this team.

'It's going to come down to Ryan and how much time he's prepared to put in and how much he can contribute to the team during the season.

'He certainly has NBL ability but he is going to have to make it happen right away.

'I like that fact though because he is hungry to make it and his destiny is in is own hands.

'He can help himself and his team at the same time in the city he grew up in which is exciting.'

Jeffries' signing means the first piece in the Ipswich Force line-up puzzle is in place.

With negotiations continuing behind the scenes with other quality players, excitement is building for what may come in season 2012.
Courtesy of: The Queensland Times


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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   


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 


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. Urbonas, Juventus16.3 
 10. Amis, Tartu Uliko.16.3 
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. Willard, Ventspils8.0 
 6. Reminas, Naglis P.8.0 
 7. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.7 
 8. Morgan, Pieno Z.7.5 
 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. Peciukeviciu., Sak.5.0 
 6. Ezerskis, Techasas5.0 
 7. Dainys, Neptunas5.0 
 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. Peciukas, Kedainiai2.3 
 5. Kulevicius, Techas.2.3 
 6. Keedus, TT.2.3 
 7. Valeika, Neptunas2.3 
 8. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 9. Kuzyakin, Triumph2.0 
 10. Babkauskas, Tech.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 


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  BRAZIL   


Pinheiros/Sky win Paulista League title - by Eurobasket News
Sao Jose/Vinac - Pinheiros/Sky 79:82

Pinheiros/Sky claimed the third and decisive win in the Paulista League Final series. They overcame Sao Jose/Vinac to celebrate the title. Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) scored 26 points to pace the visitors.
Pinheiros/Sky got to a quick start. They posted a 26:15 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. The visitors secured a 47:36 halftime lead. Things never changed in the third term. Pinheiros/Sky maintained the advantage. They headed into the fourth quarter up by 11 points. Sao Jose/Vinac went on a desperate rescue rally in the final minutes but Pinheiros/Sky managed to shield off their lead and escaped with a narrow win at the end. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) had 16 points, while Leonardo Morro (208-C-84) delivered 15 points in the victory. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) had 26 points for Sao Jose/Vinac. Matheus Costa (179-G-80) netted 20 points in defeat.

Sao Jose/Vinac: Murilo Becker 26, Matheus Costa 20
Pinheiros/Sky: Shamell Stallworth 26, Marquinhos Vieira 16, Leonardo Morro 15


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  BULGARIA   


Jordan Bozov returned to Levski - by Valentin Anguelov
After seven years away from the club Jordan Bozov (191-G-79, agency: Interperformances) returned to Levski. 32-year-old guard has reached an agreement with the club and remains in the team until the end of the season. Both, the club and the player agreed Bozov to be free to sign with any club if there is a proposal for him from outside the country.

Bozov last game for Levski was back in the 2003/04 season, when he was the best scorer of the team with average of 20.0 points per game. After that year he changed the colors of several clubs in Bulgaria he played for CSKA and Balkan, while abroad was in Spanish Burgos, Israeli Galil Elyon and Hapoel Nicosia from Cyprus.

Bozov played two and a half years with the team of Balkan before he got injured last winter and missed much of the remainder of the season. He was a major scorer of the team and was a the best contributor to the their success in recent years.

Bozov is very experienced player as he spent quite a few years in the Bulgarian national team. No doubt he will help the team and will provide more options for coaching leadership of both guard positions. Bozov will make his re-debut for the club this Saturday in Burgas, when Levski visit Chernomorets in the next round of the National Basketball League.


Levski stretched their unbeaten run in Balkan League - by Valentin Anguelov
The mens team of Levski recorded his third consecutive success in Balkan League after beating away by 2 points KK Ulcinj 75-73. Although the champion in the second edition of the league had 12 points advance at the half time break, they allowed opponents to approach very close at the end. Despite that 'The Blues' stretched their unbeaten run to 3 games while Ulcinj is with a victory and two defeats.

Aaron Harper led the winners with his 20 points and he added 6 rebounds for the third success of his team in the Balkan League. Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado) finished with 18 points and 4 assists while Dimitar Angelov ended with 11 points and 5 rebounds.

For Ulcinj Milos Djurisic was the best player with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Boban Medenica added 16 plus 7 rebounds, while former Rilski Sportist player Dragomir Marojevic recorded a double-double performance - 14 points and 12 rebounds.



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  CANADA   


Halifax Rainmen bring in Orien Greene and Richard Delk - by Eurobasket News
Halifax Rainmen bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Orien Greene (193-G-82, college: La-Lafayette) and Richard Delk (193-G-86, college: Troy).
Orien Greene spent the most part of the previous season in D-League. The guard played for the Utah Flash. His stats read 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.0 steals per appearance. Orien Greene also played three games for the New Jersey Nets scoring 1.0 point per appearance. Orien Greene was named into Gatorade All-D-League 2nd Team.
Richard Delk graduated from the Troy University in 2010. The guard posted 11.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game in his senior season. Then Richard Delk spent the preseason with the Atlanta Hawks but never signed a deal.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ryan MACKINNON
  Victoria
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 28
 1. Mackinnon, Victoria28.0 
 2. King, TRU26.0 
 3. Baker, Alberta25.5 
 4. Scott, Acadia23.0 
 5. Dunn, St.Francis X.22.0 
 6. Dorsey, Cape Bret.22.0 
 7. Ravier, Brandon21.5 
 8. Shepherd, Memorial20.5 
 9. Coston, TWU20.0 
 10. Freeman, UFV20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan BAKER
  Alberta
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Baker, Alberta16.5 
 2. King, TRU13.0 
 3. Dunn, St.Francis X.11.0 
 4. Waldner, Lethb.10.0 
 5. Grewal, UFV10.0 
 6. Speer, Manitoba10.0 
 7. Coupland, St.Franc.9.0 
 8. Helsby, Memorial9.0 
 9. Fidler, Calgary9.0 
 10. Ashe, Acadia9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jamelle BARRETT
  Saskatch.
  (180-PG-)
  Avg: 8
 1. Barrett, Saskatch.8.0 
 2. Rouse, St.Mary''s8.0 
 3. Shepherd, Memorial7.5 
 4. Smith, St.Mary''s6.5 
 5. Kanza Mata, Dalho.6.0 
 6. Helsby, Memorial6.0 
 7. Kok, TRU5.0 
 8. Filgiano, Acadia5.0 
 9. Vernon, St.Franc.5.0 
 10. Dorsey, Cape Bre.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Terry THOMAS
  St.Franc.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Thomas, St.Franc.4.0 
 2. Sansregret, Manit.3.5 
 3. Baker, Alberta3.5 
 4. Ostertag, Saskatc.3.0 
 5. Mackinnon, Victoria3.0 
 6. Foth, Saskatchewan3.0 
 7. Barrett, Saskatch.3.0 
 8. Dorsey, Cape Bret.3.0 
 9. York, UFV3.0 
 10. Westbrook, TWU3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Terry THOMAS
  St.Franc.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Thomas, St.Franc.4.0 
 2. Macquarrie, Cape B.2.0 
 3. Gareau, Regina2.0 
 4. Coward, Lethbridge2.0 
 5. Forbes, Saskatch.2.0 
 6. Waldner, Lethb.1.5 
 7. Wolfram, Calgary1.0 
 8. Coston, TWU1.0 
 9. Fidler, Calgary1.0 
 10. Donkoh, St.Franc.1.0 


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Acadia 1-0 
 2. St.Francis X. 1-0 
 3. Memorial 1-1 
 4. St.Mary's 1-1 
 5. New Brunsw. 0-0 
 6. UPEI 0-0 
 7. Cape Breton 0-1 
 8. Dalhousie 0-1 
CanWest
 1. Victoria 2-0 
 2. Saskatchewan 1-0 
 3. Calgary 1-1 
 4. Alberta 1-1 
 5. Winnipeg 1-1 
 6. TRU 1-1 
 7. UFV 1-1 
 8. Lethbridge 1-1 
 9. Manitoba 1-1 
 10. Brandon 1-1 
 11. UBC 0-0 
 12. UBC Okanagan 0-0 
 13. Regina 0-1 
 14. TWU 0-2 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 0-0 
 2. Laurentian 0-0 
 3. Ottawa 0-0 
 4. Queen's 0-0 
 5. RMC 0-0 
 6. Ryerson 0-0 
 7. Toronto Univ. 0-0 
 8. York 0-0 
OUA West
 1. Brock 0-0 
 2. Guelph 0-0 
 3. Lakehead 0-0 
 4. Laurier 0-0 
 5. McMaster 0-0 
 6. Waterloo 0-0 
 7. Western 0-0 
 8. Windsor 0-0 
Quebec League
 1. Bishop's 0-0 
 2. Concordia 0-0 
 3. Laval 0-0 
 4. McGill 0-0 
 5. UQAM 0-0 


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: victories for Catolica, Liceo, Concepcion and Union - by Daniel Valencia
On wednesday night were played four games, two from round 1 and two from round 2. In the games from round 1, CD Universidad Catolica de Santiago defeated to San Luis de Quillota 104-65 with Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, college: Lewis) leading the scorers with 16 points, while CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes defeated to Deportivo Espanol de Talca 84-83 with Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) scoring 21 points. In the games from round 2, once again the visitors were the winners. CD Universidad de Concepcion defeated to Sokol de Antofagasta 104-71 and Union Espanola Santiago defeated to Municipal Curacavi 92-56. These are the complete results.

Round 1

San Luis de Quillota 65 - Cd Universidad Catolica 104
San
: Valentin Cabello 20 pts. Fernando de Oliveira 14 pts.
Uc: Tarrie Monroe 26 pts. Antonio Pinedo 23 pts.

CD Liceo Mixto de Los Andes 84 - CD Deportivo Espanol de Talca 83
Lic
: Marcus Elliott 21 pts. Howard Wilkerson 18 pts.
Esp: Bayo Arigbon 25 pts. Francisco Bravo 16 pts.

Round 2

Antofagasta Sokol 71 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 104
Sok
: Michael Smith 21 pts. Matt Kendrick 14 pts.
Ucon: Evandro Arteaga, Alain Laroche and Jason Keep 17 pts.

Municipal Curacavi 56 - Union Espanola Santiago 92
Cur
: Felipe Fernandez 21 pts. Franco Cabanez 10 pts.
Uni: Decorey Young 22 pts. Jeremiah Wilson 21 pts.


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


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  COLOMBIA   


FEDERATION CUP 2011, DAY 3 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Bukaros took the lead of the series defeating the Indervalle team in Bucaramanga, the red team made a big effort to keep the distancein the game close, but the Bukaros line up was too big and too depp for the young squad, Juan Herrera and Dermarr Johnson leaded the way for the Yellow express, in Indervalle Gerson Pena had another good game .
Bukaros 81
Indervalle 71

Orgullo Paisa had a hard night but finally found a way to defeat the Patriotas de Boyaca, Orgullo Paisa is missing a healthy Alejandro Flores , his minutes are reduced now because a pain on his foot, in the Patriotas the adition of Francisco Centeno has been a great help, Stalin Ortiz and Heissler Guillent took all the Orgullo Paisa load on their shoulders.
Orgullo Paisa 80
Patriotas 76

Guerreros de Bogota using the power of its defense blasted the Caribbean Heat in the third game of the series, the Bogotas team was leded by an awesome game of Cesar Silva who scored 28 points including 8 three pointers, Delonte Holland had 28 also and Kammron Taylor 17, the Caribbean Heat was leaded by Miguel Marriaga with 17 pts.
Guerreros 116 - C. Silva 28 pts, D. Holland 28 pts
Caribbean Heat 86 - M. Marriaga 17 pts.



FEDERATION CUP PLAYOFFS 2011, DAY 5 - by Victor Garcia
Guerreros won the series against the Caribbean Heat and won the series to clinch the third spot in the semifinals, the game was a boring one since both teams was already qualified and the coaches choose to reserve its main players, Holland again leaded the Guerreros with 17 points in 16 minutes, and Cesar Silva also had 17 in 20 minutes, Michael Jackson scored 16 in the Caribbean Heat.
Guereros 87 - D. Holland 17, C. Silva 17
Caribbean Heat 79 - M. Jackson 16.


FEDERATION CUP 2011, SEMIFINALS - by Victor Garcia
The semifinals keys are ready to start tomorrow in Bogota and San Andres, the series will be to best in 5 games and should start with two games in the home of the low seeded and three games in the home of the Top Seeded.
Bukaros (1st place regular season) will face Caribbean Heat (4th place regular season), Caribbean Heat announces the change of one import.
Orgullo Paisa (2nd place regular season) will face the Guerreros de Bogot (3rd place regular season).
Orgullo Paisa lost Alejandro Flores because an injury and is talking to some players, rumours involving Venezuela's Axiers Sucre are not confirmed yet.


FEDERATION CUP PLAYOFFS 2011, DAY 4 - by Victor Garcia
Bukaros honored its first place in the regular season standings and finished the series against Indervalle with a powerfull show, the Bukaros defeated the red team 76 50, again Dermarr Johnson and Juan Herrera were foundamentals in the victory.
Bukaros 76
Indervalle 50
BUKAROS WON THE SERIES 3-1

Orgullo Paisa had to overcome the adversity playing withput Alejandro Flores to defeat the Patriotas and get the place in the semifinals, Patriotas had the chance to win the game with less than 20 seconds in the clock had an inbounds situation, but Cruz Salcedo failed to deliver the ball and give the ball back to the Paisas who sealed the game.
Orgullo Paisa 93
Patriotas 88
ORGULLO PAISA WON THE SERIES 3-1

Guerreros had the same medicine for the Caribbean Heat, the Bogotas team again with good defense stopped the Caribbean Heat energy and tied the series, D. Holland with 28 leaded the Guerreros.
Guerreros 91 D. Holland 28
Caribbean Heat 75 M. Marriga 18
SERIES TIED 2-2


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  CROATIA   


Cibona land Davor Kus - by Eurobasket News
Cibona strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Davor Kus (191-G-78, agency: Interperformances). The guard spent the last season with Fuenlabrada. He tallied 8.5 points, 2.0 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game in ACB. Davor Kus is not new to Cibona. He played for the Croatian powerhouse back in 2000-2007 as well as 2008/09 seasons. Eurobasket.com named Davor Kus All-Croatian A1 League Player of the Year in 2007. The guard also had spells with Line Rijeka, AEK Athens, Unicaja Malaga and Benetton Treviso. Davor Kus was the member of Croatian National Team in 1999-2010 seasons. He participated at Olympic Games in Beijing, 2007 and 2009 EuroBaskets and World Championship in Turkey in 2010.

Unicaja keeps Zagreb winless - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - KK Zagreb CO 99-85

Unicaja had no troubles to beat Zagreb on Wednesday evening. It is third win for the Malaga team, who has 3-1 record in Group B now. Zagreb closes the standings in this pool with 0-4. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) led the way for Unicaja with 14 points. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) had 13 points and 6 rebs, while Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) (5 rebs) and Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) helped their team with 12 points each. For the Croatian champions, Mario Kasun (213-C-80) shined with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) had double-double of 13 points and 10 assists, and Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) and Sean May (203-F/C-84, college: N.Carolina) netted 10 pts each. Zagreb shined at the beginning, but Unicaja smashed them for the next 20 minutes and later had no troubles to keep its lead. Quarters: 19-27, 30-14, 24-16, 26-28. Unicaja goes to Moscow in the next round, where they will meet CSKA. Zagreb will host Zalgirs and hopes to win that game.

Unicaja: Luka Zoric 14, Joel Freeland 13+6 boards, Earl Rowland 12+5 boards, Jorge Garbajosa 12
Zagreb: Mario Kasun 23+7 boards, Damir Mulaomerovic 13+10 as, Krunoslav Simon 10, Sean May 10


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  CYPRUS   


Statistical explanation of why Keravnos lost and why Etha won...... - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
As known 2 Cypriot teams battle in the Eurochallenge. ETHA Engomis was off to a flying start beating Olin Edirne 70-82 for Group F whereas Keravnos lost to Artland Dragons 81-93 for Group H.

From a statistical point of view there are important reasons that led to these results for the Cypriot teams.

There are 3 statistical reasons for which Etha won in Turkey. It hit 11 more FT (had 18 and Olin had only 7), it committed only 9 turnovers as opposed to 19 of Olin and had 10 steals as opposed to only 3 of Olin.

Even though Keravnos stepped in determined, did not make it to a passionate team that fought very well. Dragons won mainly because of better 3p- FG. They hit a total of 12-3-pointers (48%) as opposed to only 5 of Keravnos (29%). A second reason was that Keravnos was outrebounded in defense. Dragons grabbed 10 offensive rebounds as opposed to only 2 of Keravnos. Dragons had basically 8 second chance points plus they outnumbered Keravnos by 21 points from the 3-point line.


Both teams hit exatly the same number of 2p shots with Keravnos being a bit better in 2p-FG. It finished the game with 58% (hit 21 in 37) as opposed to 51% of Dragons (hit 19 in 37).



Constantine comes back to Proteas Danoi AEL - by Eurobasket Center
Proteas Danoi AEL added to their roster 23-year old American forward Adam Constantine (206-F-102kg-88, college: Elon). Constantine played most recently at Ormanspor Genc Ankara (Turkey). While playing 3 games for Orman Genc this season he averaged 9.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.0apg. Constantine is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bulgaria and Sweden. Constantine graduated from Elon University in 2010 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.


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  DENMARK   


Ligaen Round 10: Svendborg defeats Horsens IC in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Seventh-ranked Horsens IC (3-7) gave a tough game to top-ranked Svendborg (10-0) on Thursday. Svendborg managed to secure only three-point victory 77-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 25-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Durell Vinson (201-85, college: Wagner) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international power forward Hans Schur (203-83, college: Lynn) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Undefeated Svendborg have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-0 record. Horsens IC lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with Aalborg and Vaerlose. Svendborg are looking forward to face Aalborg (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Horsens IC will play against Naestved and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Vaerlose. Fifth ranked Aabyhoj (5-4) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Vaerlose (3-7) 74-72 on Wednesday evening. American forward D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Darko Jukic supported him with 22 points. Even 26 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Adam Wire (195, college: Cornell) did not help to save the game for Vaerlose. Aabyhoj moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Horsholm. Vaerlose at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Horsens IC and Aalborg. Aabyhoj will play against Horsholm (#4) on the road in the next round. Vaerlose will play against Falcon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Horsholm. 3rd ranked host Horsholm (5-4) lost to second ranked Bakken (7-1) 81-71. Andreas Jakobsen fired 14 points for the winners. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Alexander Bak produced 16 points for lost side. Bakken have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 7-1 record having five points less than leader Svendborg. Loser Horsholm dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Aabyhoj. Bakken will meet at home SISU (#6) in the next round. Horsholm will play against Aabyhoj and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Aalborg managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against sixth-ranked SISU in Copenhagen 80-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SISU. Worth to mention a great performance of Tony Bishop who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Aalborg (3-7) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Horsens IC and Vaerlose. SISU at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Aalborg's next round opponent will be league's leader Svendborg at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Third ranked Naestved (6-4) crushed at home 10th ranked Falcon (2-8) by 21 points 86-65, which is the biggest margin this round on Thursday night. Jordan Glynn had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Naestved maintains third position with 6-4 record having four points less than leader Svendborg. Falcon lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with eight games lost. Naestved will face Horsens IC (#7) in Horsens in the next round. Falcon will play at home against Vaerlose and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Horsholm - Bakken 71-81

The game between Top Four teams took place in Horsholm. 3rd ranked host Horsholm (5-4) lost to second ranked Bakken (7-1) 81-71. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-71. International point guard Andreas Jakobsen (187-83, college: Columbia, MO) fired 14 points for the winners. International swingman Chris Nielsen (192-85) chipped in 14 points. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Alexander Bak (193-91) produced 16 points and American power forward Joe Benjamin (201-83, college: W.Virginia St.) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Horsholm players scored in double figures. Bakken have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 7-1 record having five points less than leader Svendborg. Loser Horsholm dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Aabyhoj. Bakken will meet at home SISU (#6) in the next round. Horsholm will play against Aabyhoj and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bakken: A.Jakobsen 14+3reb+3ast, C.Nielsen 14+4reb+1ast, C.Gray 12+1reb, N.Iversen 10+3reb+1ast, F.Nielsen 9+3reb+1ast, C.Christoffersen 8+6reb+1ast
Horsholm: A.Bak 16+2reb+2ast, A.Haas 13+1reb+1ast, J.Benjamin 12+6reb, B.Colas 11+3reb, P.Hertz 8+1reb+2ast, J.Bro 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 136133


Naestved - Falcon 86-65

Third ranked Naestved (6-4) crushed at home 10th ranked Falcon (2-8) by 21 points 86-65, which is the biggest margin this round on Thursday night. The game was mostly controlled by Naestved. Falcon was better in third quarter 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game, while Falcon only scored six points from the stripe. Falcon was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: Stephen F. Austin, agency: I.D.S. Law) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Naestved players scored in double figures. At the losing side Senegalese power forward Pape Ba (207-80, college: Beth.-Cookman) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and the former international swingman Henrik Thomsen (203-84, college: Cal-Riverside) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Naestved maintains third position with 6-4 record having four points less than leader Svendborg. Falcon lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with eight games lost. Naestved will face Horsens IC (#7) in Horsens in the next round. Falcon will play at home against Vaerlose and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Naestved: C.Henry 20+4reb+4ast, N.Brasas 17+3reb+1ast, J.Glynn 16+16reb+1ast, P.Johansen 12+12reb+3ast, N.Christensen 8+1ast, L.Hoirup 5+3reb+1ast
Falcon: P.Ba 14+13reb, H.Thomsen 13+5reb+2ast, J.McFarlane 10+2reb+3ast, P.Jorgensen 8+2reb+1ast, C.Thomsen 7, J.Rottgardt 6+3reb
gschID: 136134


Svendborg - Horsens IC 77-74

Seventh-ranked Horsens IC (3-7) gave a tough game to top-ranked Svendborg (10-0) on Thursday. Svendborg managed to secure only three-point victory 77-74. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 25-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Durell Vinson (201-85, college: Wagner) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Svendborg players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international power forward Hans Schur (203-83, college: Lynn) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and American power forward Mike St.John (203-84, college: La Salle) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Svendborg have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-0 record. Horsens IC lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with Aalborg and Vaerlose. Svendborg are looking forward to face Aalborg (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Horsens IC will play against Naestved and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: C.Colman 19+5reb+4ast, D.Vinson 16+9reb+1ast, M.Plannthin 15+9reb+1ast, M.Kingsley 11+5reb+2ast, A.Darboe 9+2ast, M.Mariegaard 4+1reb+1ast
Horsens IC: W.Harris 16+3reb+1ast, M.St.John 16+8reb, H.Schur 12+11reb+5ast, D.Sattler 9+4reb+6ast, J.Larsen 7+1reb, C.Lindberg 6+4reb
gschID: 136135


SISU - Aalborg 70-80

Bottom-ranked Aalborg managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against sixth-ranked SISU in Copenhagen 80-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SISU. The game without a history. Aalborg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They outrebounded SISU 38-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. The other American import point guard Ryan White (177-88, college: Texas St.) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Aalborg players scored in double figures. Swingman David Harder (196-87) replied with 21 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for SISU. Aalborg (3-7) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Horsens IC and Vaerlose. SISU at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Aalborg's next round opponent will be league's leader Svendborg at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Aalborg: R.White 19+4reb+5ast, T.Bishop 15+15reb, M.Christensen 12+2reb+1ast, S.Sorensen 11+3reb+5ast, M.Rasmussen 10+4reb+1ast, S.Eleraky 9+7reb
SISU: D.Harder 21+5reb+2ast, M.Dennis 19+6reb+1ast, M.Nielsen 11+2reb+3ast, J.Harrison 8+3reb+2ast, M.Flowers 6+5reb+4ast, M.Glahn 3
gschID: 136131


Vaerlose - Aabyhoj 72-74

Important game to mention about took place in Vaerlose. Fifth ranked Aabyhoj (5-4) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Vaerlose (3-7) 74-72 on Wednesday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vaerlose won third quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aabyhoj made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. American forward D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and international guard Darko Jukic (199-90) supported him with 22 points. Even 26 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Adam Wire (195, college: Cornell) did not help to save the game for Vaerlose. His fellow American import forward Aaron Osgood-Richardson (205, college: Cornell) added 9 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Aabyhoj moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Horsholm. Vaerlose at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Horsens IC and Aalborg. Aabyhoj will play against Horsholm (#4) on the road in the next round. Vaerlose will play against Falcon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Aabyhoj: D.Curry 23+11reb+2ast, D.Jukic 22+3reb, D.Phillips 12+11reb, R.Soby Dalboge 9+1reb+1ast, J.Wang 4, R.Laier 3
Vaerlose: A.Wire 26+7reb+2ast, M.Rasmussen 12, A.Karason 10+2reb+1ast, A.Osgood-Richardson 9+12reb+1ast, R.Larsen 8+3reb, P.Simonsen 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 136132




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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Will HARRIS
  Horsens IC
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Harris, Horsens IC26.9 
 2. White, Aalborg25.9 
 3. Kingsley, Svendborg22.8 
 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, Horsens10.4 
 3. Phillips, Aabyhoj10.3 
 4. Curry, Aabyhoj9.8 
 5. Benjamin, Horsholm9.7 
 6. Glynn, Naestved9.4 
 7. Harris, Horsens IC9.3 
 8. Schur, Horsens IC8.1 
 9. Plannthin, Svend.7.8 
 10. Johansen, Naestv.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Henry, Naestved4.7 
 2. White, Aalborg4.5 
 3. McFarlane, Falcon4.2 
 4. Sakne, Horsens IC4.2 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj4.1 
 6. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 7. Colman, Svendborg3.9 
 8. Sattler, Horsens IC3.5 
 9. Iversen, Bakken3.4 
 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. Curry, Aabyhoj2.3 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon2.3 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.2.1 
 8. Iversen, Bakken1.9 
 9. Glynn, Naestved1.9 
 10. Sattler, Horsens1.8 
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. Vinson, Svendborg1.3 
 8. Colas, Horsholm1.2 
 9. Eleraky, Aalborg1.0 
 10. Kingsley, Svendbo.0.9 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Kayode Ayeni Earns Training Camp Invite with Erie Bayhawks - by Surujh Roopnarine
Kayode Ayeni (6'5''-F-88, college: St.Francis, NY) (6-5, 180lbs) has earned a training camp invite with the Erie Bayhawks after impressing team officials during their free-agent tryouts. The Brooklyn, New York native was a burgeoning star at St. Francis (NY) before rupturing his ACL midway thru his junior season in 2008-2009. Despite the horrific injury, Ayeni persevered and came back to play his senior season, averaging 9.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 38.8% from the field. The athletic shooting guard then spent the 2010-2011 season with the Jersey Express of the American Basketball Association, where he averaged over 20 points per contest on his way to being named an All-Star. Ayeni prepped at the prestigious Laurinburg Institute after beginning his high school career at Transit Tech in New York.
In an interview with Ayeni earlier this year he stated that 'Today I think because I tore my ACL I am a much better and smarter player'. His hard work and impressive performance at Erie's tryouts in New York City are a testament to the work that he put in to overcome that injury and now he has earned a shot to make an Erie club which is run by the New York Knicks and former All-Star shooting guard Allan Houston (6'6''-G-71, college: Tennessee). While Ayeni may not have the sweet-stroke that Houston possessed, his work ethic, athleticism and ability to play both ends of the floor will make him an attractive and exciting player for the fans of Erie this season.



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  ESTONIA   


Valga KK Releases Coach Wells - by Peedu Goldenbeck
Citing the worst start in club history at 1-6, and a last place standing in the EMKL, the Valga/CKE Inkassol has released Ozell Wells . Entering the season with much fanfare and high expectation, the well traveled international coach was unable to start the EMKL season on a positive note. His past experience in the region was in 2007-2008 with BC Kraft Moobel leading them into both the Cup and playoff quarterfinals of the EMKL. He has had national team successes with the national sides of Luxembourg, Yemen and Trinidad & Tobago.
There has not been a successor named as they head into a pivotal clash with Tartu Ulikool
Courtesy of vagamaalane.ee


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EuroChallenge Round: 1 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Nitra - EWE Baskets 72-77
EWE Baskets Oldenburg knocked down Nitra on the road to open their EuroChallenge regular season campaign. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) posted 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. The German team surged ahead right from the start. They posted a 16:10 lead midway through the starting period. The visitors entered the second frame up by 7 points 26:19. Oldenburg stretched the margin to 9 points midway through the second term. However Nitra closed the first half on a 12:3 rally to narrow the deficit to just three points 38:41. EWE Baskets maintained the lead throughout the third term. They managed to post a 61:55 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Nitra never got closer than four points throughout the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) delivered 22 points for EWE Baskets. Robin Smeulders netted 9 points in the win. Denis Clemente (185-PG-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Kansas St.) responded with 29 points and 6 boards for Nitra. Robert Vaden had 19 points in the losing effort.

Fuenlabrada - Norrkoping 89-75
Spanish Fuenlabrada ensured a perfect start to their EuroChallenge campaign. They defeated Norrkoping at home court in Group A tonight.Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) stepped up with 15 points to lead the winners. The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame. The hosts eked out a 21:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Fuenlabrada triggered a 9:0 run midway through the second frame to clear off. The hosts increased the tempo and posted a 50:38 halftime advantage. Fuenlabrada went on a 14:3 rally at the beginning of the third term to open a 64:41 advantage. They arrived at the final intermission up by 22 points 72:50. The hosts never looked back in the fourth period and coasted to the victory at the end. Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) scored 13 points, while Leonardo Mainoldi and Gustavo Ayon added 10 points each in the win. The Dolphins responded with 15 points from Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.). Sylvester Seay topscored with 19 points in defeat.

Group B
Leiden - Besiktas 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 nailed 16, while Semih Erden scored 7. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) finished the night with 15 points in the losing effort and Gabe Kennedy notched 10. Shooting percentage: ZZ Leiden - 30.4%, Besiktas Milangaz - 50.8%.

Armia - Goettingen 82-76
Star-packed Armia edged German BG Gottingen in the opener of the 2011/2012 EuroChallenge season. The Georgian team grabbed 82:76 win in front of 8000 fans in Tbilisi. BG Gottingen scored the first 4 points in the game, while Will Thomas (203-F-86) tied it all at 7:7. Armia finished the first period with a 9-0 run and grabbed 23:14 lead. Paris Horne (191-G-87, college: St.John's) reduced to 28:26, while Roberto Mafra kept the difference at the halftime as both teams nailed 20 points each in the second frame. Paris Horne nailed three for 46:43, but Will Thomas increased back to 10. Kjellbom notched two for 52:42 and Jeremy Richardson delivered for 71:61. He also made the final result in the game. Sundiata Gaines (185-PG-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) stepped up with 24 points and Will Thomas nailed 18. Jeremy Richardson posted 17, while Guillermo Diaz scored 10. Paris Horne ended up with 22 points in the losing effort, whilst Roberto Mafra notched 18.

Group C
BK Pardubice - Roanne 82-77
BK Pardubice upset Roanne Basket in Group C of EuroChallenge. The team from Czech Republic celebrated 82:77 win after a massive surge at the end. Both teams started strong and stayed close to each other. Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois) brought 12:9, while Braud tied it at 14:14. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) nailed three at the end of the frame for 21:18 and John Holland delivered two for 27:27. Andre Barrett (175-PG-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Seton Hall) scored a far shot at the end of the half for 31:30 advantage at the halftime. Roanne won the third quarter 19-18 and had 50:48 after thirty minutes of the game. Andre Barrett scored for 55:51 and Uche Nsonwu-Amadi delivered for 62:59. Lukas Kotas tied it all at 73:73 and John Holland made it even at 77:77. BK Pardubice meanwhile scored the last five points in the game for the final result. Maurice Hampton poured in 25 points for the winners and Corey Muirhead added 21. Marcus Arnold collected 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Lukas Kotas notched 11. Andre Barrett delivered 22 points in defeat and Uche Nsonwu-Amadi scored 15. John Holland posted 14, while Dylan Page chipped in 11.

Hoverla - BK Prostejov 75-77
BK Prostejov outscored Hoverla in Ivano-Frankivsk at their start of the EuroChallenge campaign. The team from Czech Republic should thank Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) who nailed a three-pointer-buzzer-beater for the victory. Hoverla took 20:18 at the end of the first period and Lemyk scored for 30:22 early in the second. BK Prostejov replied with an 8-0 run and Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-C-83, college: Denver) tied it all at 36:36 at the end of the half. The battle continued in the court in the second half as well. At first BK Prostejov grabbed 47:41 but Marcus Walker tied it at 57:57. Jamar Smith gave his side 69:62 early in the fourth period and Jaroslav Prasil made it 74:67. The Ukrainian team erupted with an 8-0 run and Dante Swanson made two free throws for 75:74 with 3 seconds to go. Jamar Smith however nailed a three-pointer-buzzer-beater for the victory.

Group D
Atomeromu - N.Novgorod 83-72
Atomeromu opened their EuroChallenge regular season campaign with victory.They knocked down Nizhny Novgorod at home court. Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) provided 19 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. So the Hungarian team improved at 1-0 record in Group D. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 22:22 after ten minutes of action. However Donald Cole ignited an 8:0 start of the second period. Soon Atomeromu grabbed a double-digit lead. They rallied to a 44:31 halftime advantage. The Hungarian team shielded their lead well enough throughout the third frame. They arrived at the last break leading by 12 points 63:51. Nizhny Novgorod managed to narrow the deficit at just 8 points midway through the fourth frame 61:69. However Atomeromu never allowed the visitors closer and rolled to the victory at the end. Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Rice) and David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) knocked down 16 points each in the win. Semen Antonov (202-F-89) answered with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Nizhny Novgorod. Michal Ignerski had 15 points in the loss.

Khimik - Ventspils 81-67
Khimik edged BK Ventspils in Yuzhniy at their start of EuroChallenge Regular Season. The Ukrainian squad enjoyed the second and the third quarters to win 81:67 in the opener. The Latvian side started strong and had 22:19 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) however brought the hosts 27:26 lead and Aaron McGhee (203-F/C-79, college: Oklahoma) increased to 33:28. Predrag Miletic later brought 40:32 and Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) closed the half at 42:34. In the third quarter the Ukrainian side added 23-13 and led 65:47 entering the last stanza. Ikovlev scored for 67:47 in the start of the last period and Aaron McGhee brought 70:50. BK Ventspils however managed to reduce to 14 points as they won the final period 20-16. Ventspils missed last 5 consecutive three pointers, while Khimik missed last 6 consecutive three pointers. Reyshawn Terry paced all the winners with 18 points and Aaron McGhee netted 16. Predrag Miletic chipped in with 13, while Prokopenko added 11. Janis Strelnieks ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Steven Gray scored 12. Martins Laksa delivered 11 and Jahmar Young brought 10.

Group E
Enisey - Antwerp 76-72
Enisey claimed the opening win in EuroChallenge regular season. They overcame Antwerp Giants in Krasnoyarsk. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners to the initial victory in Group E. Enisey started the game strongly posting a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Enisey used an 8:1 run midway through the second frame to take a 35:21 advantage. They arrived at the interval up by as many as 14 points 43:29. However the Belgian team tipped off the second half with 10 points in a row to narrow the gap. Enisey stopped the rot and ensured a 58:51 lead at the final intermission. Mejri and Michael Roll dragged the Giants within one point 59:60 midway through the final frame. Darnell Wilson eventually tied things up at 63. Andrei Komarovskiy (196-G-85) and Marko Marinovic helped Enisey clear off again. Marko Marinovic and Sergey Toporov went deadly from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Enisey. Andrei Komarovskiy scored 16 points for the winners. Sergey Toporov added 11 points for the home team. Michael Roll responded with 27 points for Antwerp. Darnell Wilson had 12 points in defeat.

U.Mobitel.CN - Chalon 81-85
Chalon registered the first victory in the EuroChallenge regular season. They overcame Mobitelco on the road in Group C. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) erupted for 33 points to lead the winners. The teams looked evenly matched in the opening frame. They were tied at 17 after ten minutes of action. CSU Mobitelco managed to pull in front in the second frame. They earned a narrow 42:37 halftime advantage. Chalon however bounced back in the third period. The French team narrowed the deficit and entered the fourth frame down by just two points 59:61. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) put Chalon in front early in the fourth quarter. Malcolm Delaney and Lang gave the visitors a 76:69 advantage with under four minutes to go. Mihai Silvasan and Kyndall Dykes (190-G/F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) dragged the hosts within two points 83:81 but Malcolm Delaney went deadly from the stripe and sealed the victory for Chalon. Blake Schilb delivered 17 points, while Alade Aminu added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Kyndall Dykes responded with 23 points for CSU Mobitelco. Mihai Silvasan had 19 points in the loss.

Group F
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 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 had 15 points in the loss.

Triumph - Aalstar 83-78
Triumph Lyubertsy overcame Okapi Aalstar in Group F of EuroChallenge. The Russian team needed a strong first half to secure 83:78 victory. The guests looked better in the first 10 minutes of the game and led in the majority of the quarter. Fox scored for 23:22 and Ruoff opened the second period for 25:22. The second frame however belonged to the Russian squad that needed 24-10 for 46:33 at the halftime. Sergey Solovev increased to 57:37 and Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) brought 61:46. Okapi meanwhile did not give up and after 9-0 run Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) reduced to 61:52. Moreover Steinbach cut to 67:64, but Sergey Solovev delivered two for 74:67. Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) made the final result in the game as Triumph escaped the narrow win. Artem Kuzyakin top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Dmitry Kulagin netted 20. Tywain McKee posted 16, whilst Sergey Solovev added 10. Christopher Copeland ended up with 17 points in the losing case, whilst Justin Holiday and Jackson posted 12 apiece.

Group G
Minsk-2006 - Telekom Baskets 79-71
Minsk-2006 shock Telekom Baskets in Belarus at the start of the Regular Season in EuroChallenge. The team erupted with 24-9 in the last stanza to seal 79:71 victory. The German squad was the favorite of the game and started with 23-14 in the opening period. Courtney Eldridge scored for 27:23 and Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) reduced to 34:30. Moreover Lashkevich sent the teams to the lockers at 39:37. Justin Hawkins later tied it all at 47:47, but Telekom Baskets grabbed 62:55 after thirty minutes. Zvonko Buljan made it 64:57, but Minsk-2006 outscored Telekom Baskets 17-5 in the last 07:40. Courtney Eldridge, [MIN] A. Lashkevich - free throw missed and Aliaksei Trastsinetski (201-F-86) brought the final points for the winning side. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau poured in 24 points and Aliaksei Trastsinetski scored 14. Courtney Eldridge and Justin Hawkins followed them with 12 points apiece. Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) replied with 17 points for the German team, while Zvonko Buljan posted 14 and Chris Ensminger added 13.

Turk Telekom - Karsiyaka 74-82
Pinar Karsiyaka surprised Turk Telekom's star roster at the start of the EuroChallenge. The clash of the Turkish teams saw the victory of Karsiyaka that grabbed 82:74 away from home. Both teams nailed 22 points in the first period but the hosts outscored the opponents in the second frame 21-16. Kaspars Kambala scored for 43:36 and Mire Chatman reduced to 5 at the halftime. Ali Karadeniz and Mehmet Okur even brought he double digit lead, however the third quarter belonged to Pinar Karsiyaka. At first Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) tied the game at 50:50 and then Ikonic scored for 67:56 as the guests looked awesome in the period. They did not mind 15-16 in the last frame and celebrated the important victory at the start. Jovo Stanojevic paced all the winners with 25 points for the first victory. Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 15 and Mire Chatman added 14. Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) ended up with 21 points in the losing effort, while Ali Karadeniz posted 17. Mehmet Okur netted 12 and Kaspars Kambala scored 10.

Group H
Szolnok - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 85-70
Szolnoki Olaj showed no mercy for visiting Pau Lacq Orthez in the opener of EuroChallenge. Then hosts won 85:70 to prove the ambitions for the Regular Season. The Hungarian team started strong and reached 9-0 from the start. Morency and Maravic brought 9:4 and Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Arkansas) closed the first period at 26:12. Bader and Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, college: Ball St.) improved to 37:19, while Obie Trotter nailed three for 40:24. Gay and Slaven Rimac (195-G-74) exchanged the late baskets in the first half for 45:26 at the halftime. It seemed that the French side would come back in the second half, but the lead continued to grow. Akos Horvath scored for 51:31 and he later made two free throws for 52:36. Lesca closed the third period at 66:51, while Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) made it 70:55. Szolnoki Olaj did not allow the opponents to take control of the game and won the opener. Julien Mills led the way with 17 points and Hristo Nikolov scored 15. Obie Trotter posted 14, while Akos Horvath chipped in 12. Teddy Gipson and Slaven Rimac produced 21 points each in the losing effort.

Keravnos - Art.Dragons 81-93
Artland Dragons celebrated the initial win at the EuroChallenge regular season. They tipped off their campaign with a road win over Keravnos. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Keravnos stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter. They posted a 27:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The Cypriot team stretched the margin to 15 points early in the second quarter. However Artland Dragons answered with a 14:0 run midway through the period to take the lead. The visitors all of a sudden were in control taking a 72:60 lead at the final intermission. Panagiotis Trisokkas, Winsome Frazier and Marcus Moore (198-G-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Washington St.) erased the deficit but Artland Dragons went on another 14:0 run and sealed the victory at the end. Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) notched 18 points, while Darren Fenn added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. Marcus Moore responded with 18 points for Keravnos. Panagiotis Trisokkas and Winsome Frazier had 13 points apiece in the losing effort.




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 


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Cibona land Davor Kus - by Eurobasket News
Cibona strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Davor Kus (191-G-78, agency: Interperformances). The guard spent the last season with Fuenlabrada. He tallied 8.5 points, 2.0 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game in ACB. Davor Kus is not new to Cibona. He played for the Croatian powerhouse back in 2000-2007 as well as 2008/09 seasons. Eurobasket.com named Davor Kus All-Croatian A1 League Player of the Year in 2007. The guard also had spells with Line Rijeka, AEK Athens, Unicaja Malaga and Benetton Treviso. Davor Kus was the member of Croatian National Team in 1999-2010 seasons. He participated at Olympic Games in Beijing, 2007 and 2009 EuroBaskets and World Championship in Turkey in 2010.

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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mirza TELETOVIC
  Caja L.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Teletovic, Caja L.22.3 
 2. Batum, Nancy20.5 
 3. Weems, Zalgiris20.0 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy20.0 
 5. Domercant, Unics19.3 
 6. Carroll, Real Madr.18.5 
 7. Banic, Bizkaia Bil.18.5 
 8. Spanoulis, Olympia.18.3 
 9. Pekovic, Partizan18.3 
 10. McCalebb, Montep.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA9.0 
 2. Loncar, Khimky8.5 
 3. Necas, CEZ Nymburk8.0 
 4. Macvan, Partizan7.8 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy7.7 
 6. Freeland, Unicaja7.3 
 7. Moerman, Nancy7.3 
 8. Batum, Nancy7.3 
 9. May, KK.7.0 
 10. Kasun, KK.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  FCB Regal
  (191-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Huertas, FCB Regal7.5 
 2. Batum, Nancy6.5 
 3. Linehan, Nancy6.3 
 4. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.5.8 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.5.5 
 6. Rice, Lietuvos.5.3 
 7. Prigioni, Caja L.5.0 
 8. Teodosic, CSKA5.0 
 9. Law, Partizan4.8 
 10. Farmar, Maccabi4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 3
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.3.0 
 2. Kinsey, Anadolu2.7 
 3. Thompson, AS.2.5 
 4. Quinn, Khimky2.5 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.2.5 
 6. Kelati, Khimky2.5 
 7. Broyles, Charleroi2.0 
 8. Fridzon, Khimky2.0 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 10. Ilyasova, Anadolu2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA3.3 
 2. Perovic, FCB Regal2.0 
 3. Riddick, Charleroi2.0 
 4. Kasun, KK.1.8 
 5. Fischer, Bizkaia1.8 
 6. Marconato, Bennet1.7 
 7. Fofana, AS.1.5 
 8. Begic, Real Madrid1.5 
 9. Hines, Olympiakos1.5 
 10. Zoric, Unicaja1.5 


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


Round Four: Wednesday's games - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Bizkaia Bilbao - Fener.Ulker 70-73
Fenerbahce Ulker grabbed valuable victory in Bilbao on Wednesday night. The reigning Turkish champion handed 70-73 loss to Bizkaia Bilbao improving to 2-2 record in Group A. The home squad dropped to 1-3 after this meeting. Fener shined in the finish to take this victory. Bilbao seemed to have the game under control, as they had 67-59 lead with 5:12 remaining. However, Fenerbahce held the hosts scoreless for more than 5 minutes while Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor), Omer Onan and Emir Preldzic combined for all points in a 0-14 run that sealed the outcome, 67-71, with something more than 20 seconds to go. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) top-scored for the guests with 19 points. Curtis Jerrells followed him with 15 points and James Gist (205-F-86) added 10 pts, plus 5 boards. In Bilbao, Marko Banic (205-F-84) collected 17 points and 5 rebounds. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) had 15 and Raul Lopez (183-G-80) stopped to 9 pts in this meeting. Quarters: 21-26, 15-6, 22-21, 12-20. In the next round, Fenerbahce Ulker will host Benett Cantu. Bilbao goes to Vitoria.

Bennet Cantu - Olympiakos 64-63
Third win for Bennet Cantu in Euroleague this season. Real thriller was played on Wednesday night, when Cantu grabbed 64-63 victory against Olympiakos for 3-1 record in Group A. At the same time, the Reds dropped to 1-3. The score was tied at 63-63 in the finish and Cantu had the possession. Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) was fouled trying to roll off a screen and, with 7.8 seconds left, made the first of his free throws. The second was rebounded by Kyle Hines, who raced down the floor but missed the potential game-winning layup, to the delight of the Cantu crowd. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) led the hosts with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Denis Marconato (211-C-75) had 10 points and 6 boards, while Giorgi Shermadini, Marko Scekic (207-F/C-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) helped with 8 points each. In Olympiakos, Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) was better than the others with 23 points. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) (5 rebs) netted 11 and 8 points respectively. Quarters: 12-16, 19-18, 14-15, 19-14. Bennet Cantu will meet Fenerbahce Ulker as a guest in the next round. Olympiakos will host Nancy.

Group B
Unicaja - KK Zagreb CO 99-85
Unicaja had no troubles to beat Zagreb on Wednesday evening. It is third win for the Malaga team, who has 3-1 record in Group B now. Zagreb closes the standings in this pool with 0-4. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) led the way for Unicaja with 14 points. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) had 13 points and 6 rebs, while Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) (5 rebs) and Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) helped their team with 12 points each. For the Croatian champions, Mario Kasun (213-C-80) shined with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) had double-double of 13 points and 10 assists, and Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) and Sean May (203-F/C-84, college: N.Carolina) netted 10 pts each. Zagreb shined at the beginning, but Unicaja smashed them for the next 20 minutes and later had no troubles to keep its lead. Quarters: 19-27, 30-14, 24-16, 26-28. Unicaja goes to Moscow in the next round, where they will meet CSKA. Zagreb will host Zalgirs and hopes to win that game.

Group D
Union Olimpija - Galatasaray 70-79
Second Euroleague win in Galatasaray's history. The Turkish squad handed 70-79 home loss to Union Olimpija on Wednesday night. Both teams had 1-2 record in Group D before this meeting. Galatasaray shined when it mattered most to take this valuable win. Olimpija trailed 63-64 midway through the fourth quarter but Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) and Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) took over in crunch time to lead Galatasaray to a crucial win. Furkan Aldemir was a key player for the hosts with 18 points and 11 rebounds. He was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 28. Joshua Shipp scored 17 and Preston Shumpert (198-G/F-79, college: Syracuse) helped Galata with 11 pts. In Union Olimpija, Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored with 15 points and Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79, agency: Alti Sport) had one less than him. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) delivered 11 points. Quarters: 23-27, 14-17, 19-13, 14-22. Galatasaray will host Barcelona in the next round. Union Olimpija will go to Russia, Kazan.

Asseco Prokom - Unics 68-72
Unics grabbed valuable victory in Gdynia on Wednesday evening. The Russian team celebrated 68-72 win against Asseco Prokom to join Galatasaray with 2-2 record in Group D. The Polish powerhouse faced with fourth straight loss in this pool. Prokom had 68-67 lead late in the last quarter, but then Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) stepped up for the guests with a clutch three-pointer with 36 seconds on the clock, 68-70. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) missed a wide-open look from beyond the arc and Prokom fouled Gubonov on the next possession. He hit both free throws to seal the game, 68-72. Henry Domercant scored 23 points for Unics (5 triples). Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) had 13 points and center Alexey Savrasenko added 10 points, plus 7 rebounds. The hosts got 19 points and 9 boards from Donatas Motiejunas. Michael Kuebler (195-G/F-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: Hawaii) and Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) (5 as) netted 15 and 14 points respectively. Quarters: 12-17, 18-12, 16-16, 22-27. Unics will host Union Olimpija next weekend. Asseco Prokom goes to Siena and it will be very hard for them to avoid another loss.


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  FINLAND   


KPORISLIIGA: YMCA LPR scored 50 points - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 11: YMCA Lappeenranta scored at home court just 50 points tonight and that was 27 points less than visitor Kataja (Joensuu) was scoring when winning 50-77 (27-36). Quarters: 15-16, 12-20, 4-20, 19-21. YMCA LPR (3-8) was shooting with poor percentages: 1 - 45%, 2 - 27%, 3 - 30%. Only two players were over 10 pts. Kataja (7-3) had only eight players on the roster. Jeremy Price (203-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) was game MVP with 26 pts. B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: VCU) added 13 pts and Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) had a double-double 12pts/13rbs.
YMCA LPR - Kataja 50-77 (27-36). (Tyler Tiedeman 16, DeAndre Haynes 10, Jouko Jarvinen 9 - Jeremy Price 26, B.A.Walker 13, Jared Newson 12/13. A: 511).
Division 1.:
BC Jyvaskyla - Pyrinto II 81-103 (37-56). (Jarno Nissinen 22, Miikka Markkanen 21/11, Lance Storrs 12/7a - Joni Harjula 31, Jukka-Pekka Vaananen 30/10, Niko Mattila 11).




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


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Lloyd PHILLIPS
  Oulun N.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Phillips, Oulun N.28.7 
 2. Baxley, Lapua25.8 
 3. Nofflet, Oulun N.23.5 
 4. Williams, Lapua22.5 
 5. Manning, Huima22.3 
 6. Harjula, Pyrinto II21.3 
 7. Reed, Lapua21.3 
 8. Henderson, Porvoo.21.0 
 9. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.20.8 
 10. Storrs, Jyvaskyla19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Baboucarr BOJANG
  FoKoPo
  (204-F-80)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Bojang, FoKoPo15.3 
 2. Cooper, SayRi14.6 
 3. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.2 
 4. Townes, BC Nokia10.7 
 5. Britton, Huima10.4 
 6. Green, Ura Basket9.8 
 7. Nofflet, Oulun N.9.3 
 8. Andrews, Ura B.9.0 
 9. January, BC Nokia9.0 
 10. Coleman, FoKoPo8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Shawn HENDERSON
  Porvoo.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Henderson, Porvoo.6.0 
 2. Ikavalko, FoKoPo5.7 
 3. Manning, Huima4.5 
 4. Phillips, Oulun N.4.3 
 5. Storrs, Jyvaskyla4.0 
 6. Riihela, BC Nokia3.8 
 7. Abdullah, SayRi3.3 
 8. Robinson, FoKoPo3.0 
 9. Viertola, Huima3.0 
 10. Jackson, Lapua2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Emmanuel JACKSON
  Lapua
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Jackson, Lapua4.0 
 2. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.2.4 
 3. Nieminen, SayRi2.4 
 4. Little, Porvoon2.2 
 5. Townes, BC Nokia2.2 
 6. Nofflet, Oulun N.2.2 
 7. Reed, Lapua2.0 
 8. January, BC Nokia2.0 
 9. Bojang, FoKoPo2.0 
 10. Jackson, Porvoon2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Eze ANDREWS
  Ura B.
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Andrews, Ura B.2.0 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.0 
 3. Molenius, FoKoPo1.2 
 4. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.1.2 
 5. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.2 
 6. Townes, BC Nokia1.2 
 7. Mattila, Pyrin.1.0 
 8. Cooper, SayRi0.6 
 9. Phillips, Oulun N.0.5 
 10. Kajander, Huima0.5 


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.19.3 
 5. Brooks, Namika L.19.2 
 6. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.0 
 7. Newson, Kataja18.1 
 8. Blue, KTP17.8 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto17.6 
 10. Ahonen, Salon Vil.17.0 
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. Beidler, Kauhajoki8.4 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto8.4 
 6. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.3 
 8. Nikkila, Pyrinto8.1 
 9. Newson, Kataja8.0 
 10. Heard, ToPo7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Williams, Pyrinto5.4 
 2. Virtanen, Kataja5.3 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.4 
 4. Walker, Kataja4.3 
 5. Haynes, LrNM.4.2 
 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, Kataja2.6 
 3. Moore, Korihait2.4 
 4. Brooks, Namika L.2.2 
 5. Newson, Kataja2.2 
 6. Sarcevic, KTP2.1 
 7. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 8. Terwilliger, Kataja2.0 
 9. Gonner, Kouvot1.8 
 10. Haynes, LrNM.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.8 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 4. Price, Kataja1.2 
 5. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 6. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.9 
 7. Vanttaja, Kouvot0.8 
 8. Bell, KTP0.8 
 9. Newson, Kataja0.7 
 10. Blue, KTP0.7 


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  FRANCE   


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


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Jahsha BLUNTT
  Orchy
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Bluntt, Orchy19.1 
 2. Pridotkas, Brest17.9 
 3. Thomas, Roche17.1 
 4. Horton, Blois17.1 
 5. Borval, Le Puy17.0 
 6. Almanson, Challans16.7 
 7. Pearson, Angers B.16.2 
 8. Merie, Chartres16.0 
 9. Thinon, Sorgues15.9 
 10. St Robert, Montb.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.4 
 2. Caskill, Cognac10.8 
 3. Jaiteh, CFBB10.4 
 4. Pearson, Angers B.10.0 
 5. Pridotkas, Brest8.3 
 6. Aubry, Montbrison8.3 
 7. Sanborn, Lievin8.1 
 8. St Robert, Montb.7.7 
 9. Mendy, Lievin7.6 
 10. McClark, Clermont7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Rathieuville, Brest5.9 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.6 
 3. Barbry, Orchy5.6 
 4. Brochard, Blois5.4 
 5. Daube, Le Puy4.9 
 6. Dessart, Lievin4.6 
 7. Godin, Cognac4.6 
 8. Sene, Le Puy4.3 
 9. Berquier, Chartres4.0 
 10. Ramphort, Angers3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.7 
 2. Cretaux, Lievin2.6 
 3. Calvez, Charleville2.4 
 4. Pistre, Charleville2.1 
 5. Bassine, Sorgues2.1 
 6. Brochard, Blois2.0 
 7. Gotagni, Le Puy1.9 
 8. Bigote, Cognac1.9 
 9. Moupegnou, Cognac1.9 
 10. Dessart, Lievin1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ian CASKILL
  Cognac
  (207-C-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Caskill, Cognac2.3 
 2. Alingue, Souffel2.0 
 3. N''Diaye, Souffel1.6 
 4. Diame, Rueil1.2 
 5. Mendy, Lievin1.1 
 6. Borval, Le Puy1.1 
 7. Jaiteh, CFBB1.0 
 8. Ipouck, Chartres1.0 
 9. Lopez, Brest0.9 
 10. Morin, CFBB0.8 


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  GERMANY   


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. Cuxhaven 5-3 
 7. Heidelberg 5-3 
 8. Jena 4-4 
 9. Braves 4-4 
 10. Chemnitz 4-4 
 11. Ehingen 3-5 
 12. NBC 3-5 
 13. ETB Wohnbau 1-6 
 14. Karlsruhe 1-7 
 15. Leitershofen 1-7 


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 


Steven Wright (I Will Never Forget The Practices Of Murat Didin, Because They Were Tough) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky) is a 28 year old 191cm guard from Dayton, Ohio. He recently played in Finland for Namika Lahti. He is an extremely athletic combo guard with great quickness, an explosive leaper and has great ball handling and passing skills. He hurts you with his penetration or a pull up for the mid ranged jumper, pick and roll, coming off picks for the shot, and when left open he'll hit the three pointer also. At the same time he is an unselfish player who creates scoring opportunities for others and has a very good ability to finish around the basket. He is a great defensive player because of his quickness and athletic abilities and is a great and mature person with a good work ethic. He played at Bowling Green from 2002-2006. He finished his NCAA career at Northern Kentucky in 2006-2007 averaging 16,8 ppg., 5,3 rpg., 3,2 apg., 1,6 spg., FG: 46.1%, 3PT: 34,6%, FT 77,5%. In 2007, he came to Germany an dplayed for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig averaging 7.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 44.9%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 75.5% in 34 games. In 2008-2009, he helped lead The Paderborn Baskets into the BEKO BBL playoffs averaging 7.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 77.2% in 36 games. In 2009-2010, he played for The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 26 games: 5.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 29.9%, FT: 81.6%. Last season, he played for the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf 32 games: 8.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 71.9%. He spoke to eurobasket recently about basketball life in Finland.

Your recently in Finland How much of a culture shock is it compared to the Beko BBL?


The style and skill level is a lot different than compared to the Beko BBL. I am using my time here as an opportunity to get better individually and help the team win.

Some years ago you were thinking about hanging up your sneakers. What motivated you to keep going?


I think that having that desire to quit had to do with not being successful on the court. I talked over my situation with some people and they told me to stick with it and that it would pay off in the end. I am trying to make the best of it.

Your ex team Namika Lahti had started off slow. Where will the journey of the team end this season?


I think that they will be ok. They know that we will be able to score, but they have to improve their defense. They have to learn to close out games and get stops. The two close games that they lost, they were up the whole game and then lost at the end.

Most teams in Finland have 2-3 Americans and the rest are Finish. How are Americans welcome in general within the team?


Americans are very welcome. The Finish players look up to us and kind of expect us to do everything on the court. We all get along well, but I feel that we need to come together more. I think that if we would spend more time together that it would be a lot better.

What was your exact role in the team?


At the start of the season, coach wanted me and Ryan Brooks to be more scorers, but then he wanted me more to create for my teammates.

You played last season for last placed Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. How would that team do in the Finish league?


I think that our team last season would not lose a game in this league. At the end of the season, we started to come together and we did beat Bonn. I am not familiar with the new team, but I am sure that they would do fine.

Is a strong season in Finland your ticket back to the Beko BBL?


I hope so. Germany is like home to me. When you leave something that you like, then you miss it very much and want it back. I am happy in Finland, but I miss home. I will continue to work hard and hope to get back to the Beko BBL.

What is life like in Finland for a basketball player?

It is totally different here. Teams dont give Americans cars so we have to walk 15 minutes to practice. In Germany everyone gets a car so it is a lot easier. I also wanted to bring my family here. I am most comfortable when I have my family around me.

Do you like the Finish food or do you hang out at Mcdonalds?


There are some good places to eat. There is this one place where we can eat for free on some days. They serve Pasta, pizza and steak.

Who wins a one on one in practice, you or ex Giessen 46er Ryan Brooks?


Coach likes it that Americans guard each other in practice so we do that a lot. It goes both ways as to who wins. We try to make each other better.

If you had the choice to play in Germany or any other place in the world where would you like to play?


I would love to play in Munich, because it is a new team and they have a good coach with Dirk Bauermann. I also would like to play in Australia, because they speak English there, it is hot and my wife like the beach. I also can put my daughter into an English speaking school.

What will you remember most about Murat Didin?


Him calling everybody Baba. I also will never forget his practices, because they were tough. I have never played for a coach that had us running the whole practice a day before a game. The whole practice consisted of running and no basket balls.

How did you take the news about Kenny Wiliams leaving the Walter Tigers Tuebingen?


I dont know what happened exactly, but Kenny was a family guy so Im guessing it had to do with his family. He was a fan favorite and a great guy. He will be missed in Tuebingen, but he will be ok.


What kind of game will Kobe Bryant have in his one game in Italy?

I think he will have an average game. He wont score 30 points, because the opponent will key on him. He also will notice that the leagues here are different than the NBA.

What comes to mind when you hear the name Marius Nolte?


Leader, hard work, passion and always wanting to win. He got an opportunity with Frankfurt and took it. I am happy for his success.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


I saw Colombiana.

Thanks Steve for the chat.



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Bennet Cantu beats Olympiakos in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu - Olympiakos 64-63

Third win for Bennet Cantu in Euroleague this season. Real thriller was played on Wednesday night, when Cantu grabbed 64-63 victory against Olympiakos for 3-1 record in Group A. At the same time, the Reds dropped to 1-3. The score was tied at 63-63 in the finish and Cantu had the possession. Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) was fouled trying to roll off a screen and, with 7.8 seconds left, made the first of his free throws. The second was rebounded by Kyle Hines, who raced down the floor but missed the potential game-winning layup, to the delight of the Cantu crowd. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) led the hosts with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Denis Marconato (211-C-75) had 10 points and 6 boards, while Giorgi Shermadini, Marko Scekic (207-F/C-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) helped with 8 points each. In Olympiakos, Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) was better than the others with 23 points. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) (5 rebs) netted 11 and 8 points respectively. Quarters: 12-16, 19-18, 14-15, 19-14. Bennet Cantu will meet Fenerbahce Ulker as a guest in the next round. Olympiakos will host Nancy.

Bennet Cantu: Maarten Leunen 12+6 boards, Denis Marconato 10+6 boards, Giorgi Shermadini, 8, Marko Scekic 8, Manuchar Markoishvili 8
Olympiakos: Vassilis Spanoulis 23, Marko Keselj 11, Martynas Gecevicius 8+5 boards


Martynas Andriuskevicius out for one month - by Giorgos Diploidis
Martynas Andriuskevicius (218-C/F-86) will stay away from the games of PAOK Thessaloniki for the next month. The Lithuanian center for had a problem in his back and today (10/11) it was diagnosted that his injury was serious enough. The player hasn't conviced so far with his performances but it was decided to give him more chanses to improve his appearences. So far in the Greek league had 1.3ppg 1rpg in an average of 6.7 minutes in three games.

After these news PAOK Thessaloniki may look to find a replacement for him, otherwise he will have three available players next to the basket for the Greek league and the starting Eurocup (Dikoudis, Goree, Kalles).


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Magixx for KidsRights got a steal, signing top prospect Dimeo van der Horst - by Fred Roggen
Magixx for KidsRights announced on Wednesday that it has come to an agreement with Dutch point guard prospect Dimeo Van Der Horst (195-G/F-91, agency: R.H.Consultancy), who inked a two-year deal with the Magixx.
Dimeo Van Der Horst is one of the most promising guards in Dutch basketball and arrives from ABC Amsterdam. Van der Horst signed last summer a deal with WCAA Giants but the club went bankrupt. Last season he averaged 10.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.9apg.



Khimky Moscow big name on roster Dutch tournament - by Fred Roggen
BC Khimki is the third team that anounced its participation in the Rinus de Jong Invitational, the prestigious youth basketball tournament in Den Bosch, the Netherlands. This Russian top team will show up with its international players Stanislav Ilnitskiy and Vasily Martynov in the Under18-category. Earlier Wilbraham & Monson Academy (USA) and the home team and Dutch champion EiffelTowers Den Bosch promised to take part in the poule of the Under21s. In both groups four teams will participate.

The second edition of this tournament is from December 28. till 30. The organisers are still negociating with teams from Spain, Serbia, Lithuania, Estonia, France, Belgium, Germany and Czech Republic to fill the roster of this tournament that promises to be of an impressive international level. Not so strange several American colleges announced to send coaches to scout the heap of talents which will show up in the Invitational.




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, Nijmegen17.6 
 4. Humphrey, Nijmegen16.7 
 5. Wesby, Groningen15.7 
 6. Sanchez, Leeuw.15.2 
 7. Wells, Zwolle14.7 
 8. Hargrove, Nijmegen14.7 
 9. Bell, Groningen14.2 
 10. Kennedy, Leiden13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Coleman, Weert10.0 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.3 
 3. Robinson, Zwolle7.7 
 4. Bekkering, Nijme.7.4 
 5. de Randamie, Groni.6.6 
 6. van Kempen, Weert6.5 
 7. Wesley, Den Bosch6.4 
 8. Hilliman, Leiden6.2 
 9. Wyatt, Groningen6.1 
 10. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Den Bosch
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Turner, Den Bosch5.4 
 2. Anderson, Weert5.3 
 3. Harman, Weert4.8 
 4. Acker, Nijmegen4.3 
 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.3.2 
 3. Anderson, Weert2.5 
 4. Harman, Weert2.3 
 5. Acker, Nijmegen2.0 
 6. Dourisseau, Groni.1.9 
 7. Jeter, Leeuwarden1.8 
 8. Saaka, Zwolle1.8 
 9. Wesley, Den Bosch1.8 
 10. Hulzebos, Zwolle1.7 
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. Kennedy, Leiden1.0 
 5. Minter, Weert1.0 
 6. Poels, Leeuwarden0.8 
 7. Zondervan, Zwolle0.8 
 8. Sanchez, Leeuw.0.7 
 9. Aarts, Nijmegen0.7 
 10. Wesley, Den Bosch0.6 


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Rockford won its IBA home opener - by Gianni Pascucci
On Saturday, November 5, in a sizzling home opener in front of a standing room only crowd, the Rockford Riverdawgs were able to capture a big win 118-114 over the Battle Creek Knights. After a back and forth first half the Knights took an 11 point lead into the 4th. The Riverdawgs however relentlessly scraped there way back into the game taking the lead back late in the 4th. Battle Creek was led by Joe Young 32 pts, Tim Williams (6'3''-G-89, college: S.Alabama) 23 pts and a big lift from the addition of Rock Dilliard with 17 pts. The Riverdawgs has 6 players in double figures led by Matthew Zachery (6'4''-G/F-81, college: N.Central Coll.) and Eric Palm (6'2''-G-87, college: McKendree) with 17 pts respectively and supported by double doubles from Ameer Watts (5'10''-G-82, college: Missouri So.) 16 pts 12 ast and Robert Malone 15 pts 12 rebs. The Riverdawgs have a quick turnout around as they head out to take on the Gary Splash at the Genesis Center 5pm on Sunday with the goal of staying undefeated early in the season. For more information on the IBA log onto ibaball.net

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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Brandon COTTON
  Snaefell
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 35.3
 1. Cotton, Snaefell35.3 
 2. Govens, Thor Thorl29.0 
 3. Sovic, IR24.8 
 4. Tairu, KR22.8 
 5. Shuler, Haukar22.5 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan21.2 
 7. Walkup, Fjolnir20.8 
 8. Echols, Njardvik20.6 
 9. Bartolotta, IR20.5 
 10. Gunnarsson, Kefla.19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quincy HANKINS-COLE
  Snaef.
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Hankins-Cole, Snae.14.2 
 2. Ringgold, Thor Tho.12.2 
 3. Walkup, Fjolnir11.0 
 4. Shuler, Haukar11.0 
 5. Echols, Njardvik10.8 
 6. Cole, Keflavik10.7 
 7. Hampton, Tindastoll10.0 
 8. Miller, Tindastoll9.4 
 9. Thorsteinsso., Gri.9.0 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Snaefell
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. Hall, Snaefell8.0 
 2. Watson, Grindavik6.8 
 3. Shouse, Stjarnan6.2 
 4. Claessen, IR5.7 
 5. O''Neil, Fjolnir5.5 
 6. Horton, KR5.3 
 7. Sigurgeirsso., Sna.5.0 
 8. Govens, Thor Thorl5.0 
 9. Steinarsson, Fjoln.4.8 
 10. Miller, Tindastoll4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Keith COTHRAN
  Stjarnan
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Cothran, Stjarnan3.4 
 2. Holmes, Njardvik3.4 
 3. Shuler, Haukar3.3 
 4. Shouse, Stjarnan3.2 
 5. Parker, Keflavik2.8 
 6. Hampton, Tindastoll2.0 
 7. Hall, Snaefell2.0 
 8. Dagostino, Keflavik2.0 
 9. Barja, Haukar1.8 
 10. Govens, Thor Thorl1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Darnell HUGEE
  Valur
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hugee, Valur3.0 
 2. Jonsson, Snaefell1.6 
 3. Magnusson, KR1.4 
 4. Tratnik, Valur1.4 
 5. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.2 
 6. Cole, Keflavik1.0 
 7. Ringgold, Thor Tho.1.0 
 8. Eiriksson, Fjolnir1.0 
 9. Hampton, Tindastoll0.8 
 10. Bartolotta, IR0.8 


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


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  IRAN   


Andre Brown moves to Iran - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou
After unprofessional act by Mario Austin that he canceled his contract just one day before his flight to Iran , Shahrdari Gorgan Municipality team signed Ex-NBA big man Andre Brown (205-F/C-81, college: De Paul). Andre Brown will arrived in Iran today and he will join team from next round.
Andre Brown started last season with New Jersey Nets (NBA) then he moved to Panellinios Athens (Greece-A1) and he finished last season in Perth Wildcats (Australia-NBL).

Andre Brown recent Awards/Achievements:
C-USA Regular Season Champion -04
C-USA Tournament Finalist -04
All-C-USA 2nd Team -04
Korean KBL All-Star Game -06
D-League Semifinals -07
Australian NBL Semifinals -11


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Clemente's double-double lands him National League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old power forward Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Kiryat Tivon and receives a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Ironi Nes-Ziona (#11, 1-2) 88-86. It allowed Kiryat Tivon to consolidate first place in the National League. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Kiryat Tivon already had a very good start winning all 5 without losing a single one. Clemente turned to be Kiryat Tivon's top player in his first season with the team. Wichita State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clemente. Clemente is in league's top in points (4th best: 22.6ppg) and averages solid 1.8bpg and 57.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Isaac Rosefelt (205-C/F-85, agency: Avi Zilberman) of Lev Hasharon. He is naturalized American in his first season at Lev Hasharon. In the last game Rosefelt recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 19 rebounds. Of course Lev Hasharon cruised to a 93-83 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Elitzur Yavne (2-3). This victory allowed Lev Hasharon to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Rosefelt is a newcomer at Lev Hasharon and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ryan Bacon (200-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports) of Elitzur Ramla (#12). Bacon got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . Despite Bacon's great performance Elitzur Ramla lost 87-107 to the league's current leader Macc.B.Yaakov (#2, 5-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Elitzur Ramla can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bacon he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bacon has individually a great season in Israel. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.0rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nate Miller (193-F-87) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Gregg Thondique (201-F-87) of Hapoel Afula - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Eric Traimel (201-F-88) of Ironi Nahariya - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Lewis Clinch (191-G-87) of Lev Hasharon - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jermaine Hall (196-F-80) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Drew Housman (182-PG-87) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Braxton Dupree (203-F-89) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 13 points and 11 rebounds

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


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. Moses, Hapoel K/S14.0 
 3. Thondique, Hapoel13.0 
 4. Sanders, Hapoel Y.11.5 
 5. Daniel, Ironi K-A10.8 
 6. Rosefelt, Lev H.10.2 
 7. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.10.0 
 8. Kelly, Hapoel T-A10.0 
 9. Traimel, Ironi N.10.0 
 10. Miller, Macc.B.Y.9.8 
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 


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Bennet Cantu beats Olympiakos in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu - Olympiakos 64-63

Third win for Bennet Cantu in Euroleague this season. Real thriller was played on Wednesday night, when Cantu grabbed 64-63 victory against Olympiakos for 3-1 record in Group A. At the same time, the Reds dropped to 1-3. The score was tied at 63-63 in the finish and Cantu had the possession. Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) was fouled trying to roll off a screen and, with 7.8 seconds left, made the first of his free throws. The second was rebounded by Kyle Hines, who raced down the floor but missed the potential game-winning layup, to the delight of the Cantu crowd. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) led the hosts with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Denis Marconato (211-C-75) had 10 points and 6 boards, while Giorgi Shermadini, Marko Scekic (207-F/C-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) helped with 8 points each. In Olympiakos, Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) was better than the others with 23 points. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) (5 rebs) netted 11 and 8 points respectively. Quarters: 12-16, 19-18, 14-15, 19-14. Bennet Cantu will meet Fenerbahce Ulker as a guest in the next round. Olympiakos will host Nancy.

Bennet Cantu: Maarten Leunen 12+6 boards, Denis Marconato 10+6 boards, Giorgi Shermadini, 8, Marko Scekic 8, Manuchar Markoishvili 8
Olympiakos: Vassilis Spanoulis 23, Marko Keselj 11, Martynas Gecevicius 8+5 boards


Bennet Cant beats 0lympiakos. - by Edoardo Tamalio

Great victory of Bennett that imposes itself in a crowded Paladesio over the Olympiacos for 64 to 63 at the end of a very balanced match. Start with balanced Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) Keselj to answer for the outer 3 to 2 after two minutes. Spanoulis two free bags, Manu marks from the average, before the bomb that is overtaking Leunen Cantu on 7 to 5. And 'the basket of Mace to set the score at 9 to 6 for the hosts in the middle of the first fraction. Olympiacos will not let go and the triple Katsikaris Keselj and puts her head back on the 9 to 14 in three minutes from the end of the period. The reaction of white and blue, signed Shermadini allows the Bennet back on - 4 (12 to 16) at the end of the first quarter.
The second fraction starts with the bomb Gecevicius +7 for the guest. Katsivelis answers Scekic and Greeks remain in the lead 21 to 14 to 8 minutes interval. Canterbury and there is Scekic and Manu again - 3 in the 18 to 21. And 'Hines, however, to increase the gap to 25 to 18 half of the Hellenistic period. The Greeks are trying to run away with Papanikolaou, but Leunen, with 6 consecutive points, secures the way to blue-white contact on - 4 (26 to 30) with three minutes remaining in the first half. The new escape attempt Olympiacos, propitiated by Spanoulis, is rejected by Basile with a bomb down the result on the outside of the range 31 to 34.
The second half begins with the lay-up Micov -1 for the home. Gecevicius marks from outside, but the bomb captain Mazzarino allows Bennett to impact at an altitude of 36 after two minutes. Are two consecutive dunks Shermadini to fly the blue and white on the 40 to 36. Cantu does not stop with 4 points Marconato stretches up to 44 to 38 mid-third quarter despite the talent Spanoulis. It 'just the Greek guard, along with Keselj, the protagonist of 6 to 0 that part of the Olympiacos back in perfect equality in the 45 to 45 in two minutes from the end of the lap. The Hellenic continue in their break and resume the lead on 49 to 45 at the end of the third period.
The last quarter started with a basket of Manu, -2 for the interior. Guests react quickly and with 6 points of a big Spanoulis widen the gap on 6 + (55 to 49) when there are 8 minutes at the end of the match. The Bennett relies on pair-Cinciarini Marconato to reopen the contest on - 2 (63 to 65). It 'a super Marconato to impact at an altitude of 55 to half of the last fraction. Spanoulis replica Scekic, first of shot that is worth the +2 Manuchar Markoishvili Cantu to two and a half minutes left in the game. Spanoulis creates another triple, Marconato made no mistake from the line and the blue and white are off by 1 (61 to 60) to 120 seconds from the end of the challenge. Gecevicius shoves a free draw for the 61 to 61. Leunen marks from below, Spanoulis two personal bags for the new share equal to 63 to 26 seconds from the end of the race. It 'a free Shermadini which gives a fantastic victory to Bennett for 64 to 63.

BENNET CANTU '- Olympiacos 64 to 63 (12 - 16, 31 - 34, 45 - 49)
BENNET CANTU ': Lighty, Micov 2, 8 Scekic, it Ortner, Manuchar Markoishvili 8, Leunen 12, 10 Marconato, Mazarin, 6, 8 Shermadini, Cinciarini 5, Bolzonella it, Basile 5. Coach Trinchieri.
Olympiacos: 4 Hines, Lucas 4, Antic 1, Spanoulis 23, 11 Keselj, Pelekanos, Papadopoulos 4, 8 Gecevicius, Glyniadakis, Printezis, Papanikolaou 3, 5 Katsivelis. Coach Ivkovic.

Andrea Trinchieri commented on the great success of his team over the Olympiacos Bennett: 'After the' Caporetto 'Trevisan's work has focused on supporting our players. When you're training people who maybe are not responsible for the strongest, or do not have the talent shining of Spanoulis, I think this pay. We are at an altitude of three victories at home. It was the goal high and low: because we are the best rookies in Europe and it was difficult to learn to play at this level, but at least the hope for food to reach the Top 16. '
'Definitely - said the coach of the Canterbury Basketball - tonight was a Euroleague game, with lots of contacts and talented players. We managed to win it because for the first time this year we made the right choices at important moments. Just think of the last tow Shermadini alone worth the ticket price. We had a good defensive attention. The first time we believed too little, in the second we have dropped the weights and we played with a different determination. '



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  KENYA   


Ulinzi Warriors Pull Out of Ball Play-Offs - by Eurobasket News
FORMER six-time national champions Ulinzi Warriors have pulled out of the ongoing play-offs. Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) secretary Vitalis Gode confirmed the soldiers exit. Ulinzi are the only side to have won five successive crowns between 2002-2006 and bowed out due to national duties. Ulinzi was the first team to book semi-final ticket after they shut out Strathmore University 2-0 in the two-leg quarter finals two weeks ago.




KCB Lions, who beat Thunder in quarters with similar margin, were supposed to be their next opponents. 'Because Ulinzi had beaten Strathmore before withdrawing, we can't bring the varsity side back into contention. Ulinzi's opponents in the semis will now get a direct ticket to the finals,' said Joseph Amoko, the KBF fixtures secretary. Lions, who won their last title in 2009, will now await the semi final winners between current champions Co-operative Bank of Kenya and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).

Gode allayed fears that the door would be shut for Ulinzi when they return to action. ' We will still have them in the league again next year,' he said. Meanwhile, Amoko said that due to the on going Fiba Africa coaches course at the Railways Club, there will only be three matches on card this weekend.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star (Nairobi)


Co-Op Bank Get Ticket to Africa Championship - by Eurobasket News
REIGNING national champions Co-operative Bank have been given a wild card to the Fiba Africa Club Championships in Morocco next month. But the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) secretary Vitalis Gode said the bankers, who lost to Urunani of Burundi in the Zone Five finals in Dar-es-Salaam last month, must confirm entry by this Friday.

Gode said the move now means region will have four teams in the continental event. Co-op and Urunani will represent the men while Kenya Ports Authority and Berco, also of Burundi, will carry the women's flag. It is good news for Co-op Bank, who last year won the zonal crown in Bujumbura, Burundi but did not travel to Benin for the Africa Championships. No reason was given for their miss.

Meanwhile on the league front, Co-op and KCB Lions romped into the play off semi-finals at Nyayo over the weekend. Co-op pipped Masinde Muliro University of Agriculture and Technology (MMUST) MUST 72-70 to complete a 2-0 sweep. Abel Nson shot 18 points for the winners while Alex Lugasi had 26 for the students. KCB had to come from down to thump Thunder 92-71 in Game Two after having lost an opening tie 78-70.

The star of the match was sharp shooting Juma Ikapian who nailed 21 points. Reigning women champions KPA pipped a charging Sprite Storms 38-33 in the first semis. The losers who had only 14 points in the half out-scored the ports women 18-5 in the last. Game Two will be in Mombasa.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star (Nairobi)


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  KOSOVO   


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


Standings - A1
Liga e pare Standings
 1. Fushe 0-0 
 2. Kastrioti 0-0 
 3. Llapi Podujeve 0-0 
 4. Lypjan 0-0 
 5. Megasports 0-0 
 6. RTV 21 0-0 
 7. Skenderaj 0-0 
 8. Vellaznimi 0-0 


Trepca demolishes Drita, 130:72 - by Dren Shporta
Combination between Jaleel Nelson and Drilon Hajrizi (208-C) is becoming scary for the rivals of Trepca. Last night in full Minatori Hall in Mitrovica they thrashed Drita with 58 points difference. More than 2000 spectators were enjoying the night where Drilon Hajrizi scored 39 points while Jaleel Nelson added 34 to break all hopes of the Gyltekin Selimis youngs.

Since first quarter greens told that there is no chance of doing something against them. It was finished 44:18. Then the difference was getting bigger and bigger. The second quarter ended 25:13 and the third one 29:22.

In this high win of Trepca also contributed Gazmend Asllani with his 23 points. The last quarter ended 32:19 in Trepcas favor. On the other side, the only shinning light for Drita was Ukshin Demi who scored 24 points and Driton Sylejmani with 16.

Trepca has a perfect record of 6 wins from 6 matches and next game they visit Futura, which could not cause too much problems. Drita is in the fifth place of the championship classification with good chance to qualify to the play-off. Boys from Gjilan should win in form Kolegji Univers in next round to strengthen their position in classification.



Classy Americans made the difference for Bashkimi - by Dren Shporta
Bashkimi seems to get on track with the big four with signing of C.J. Webster (206-F-86, college: San Jose St.) and Rodrick Stewart. They made a difference in last nights match against Futura. C. J. Webster scored 29 points including 10 dunks to make all the spectators in the gym cheer his name.

Futura started the game wisely and they were in advantage until the 8th minute of the first quarter when Bashkimi took its first advantage to keep it till the end of the game. 21:17 in Bashkimis favor was the result of the first quarter. In the second quarter Rodrick Stewart came in and the result exceeded to 33:23, to make 54:40 the first half score.

Second half started with Bashkimis dominance. They raised their game and didnt let Futura score for more than 6 minutes of the third quarter (33:15, the result of the third quarter). In the end Arben Nixha, pulled out Webster, Stewart and Shaptahovic to give a chance to the youngsters for the last quarters 16:16, 106:76 the final score.

Bashkimi reached hundred plus score for the first time in two years and became the fifth team of the season that exceeded the magic 100. Top three scorers for oranges were Webster with 29 points, Stewart 16 and Shaptahovic 13 while in Futura team Hamiti and Sylejmani scored 18 points each.




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  LATVIA   


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 


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


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, Turiba8.1 
 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. Perry, VEF Riga3.6 
 7. Valters, VEF Riga3.6 
 8. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.3 
 9. Millage, VEF Riga3.2 
 10. Bertans, VEF Riga3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Millage, VEF Riga3.0 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.8 
 3. Vitols, LU2.0 
 4. Miculis, U182.0 
 5. Peiners, LU2.0 
 6. Osins, LU2.0 
 7. Cain, VEF Riga1.8 
 8. Perry, VEF Riga1.8 
 9. Elksnis, Valmiera1.7 
 10. Petersons, Jelga.1.5 
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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  LEBANON   


Riyadi and Champville remain unbeaten at the top of the standings - by Ahmad Kerdi
Asian and Lebanese Champions Al Riyadi Beirut alongside with the first runner up of last two years Lebanese Championship Champville remain unbeaten leading everyone in the League after 5 rounds.
Riyadi won a very tough game on Tuesday against their host Hoops Club at Michel Murr Court 87-78.
Host made huge efforts to stop Riyadi's terrific scorer
Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) and limited him to 14 points afterHussein Khatib 's pressure which lead his team to end the first quarter ahead 24-20 before Riyadi took the lead in the second quarter and never looked back until they had a 14 points lead in the fourth quarter.
Hoops tried to get back into the game and were successful to get to a 4 points deficit with a minute on the clock but couldn't get any closer as Riyadi player used their experience to finish the game with a W.
Egyptian Star Ismail Ahmad had 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished 7 assists along with 3 steals while Lebanese Forward
Jean Abed El Nour (198-F/G-83) had 22 points.
As for Hoops Nigerian
Chamberlain Oguchi (198-G-86, college: Illinois St.) had one of his best shooting nights with 7 3 pointers out of 10 attempts to end the game with a total of 29 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists while his US teammate Enique Clemons (180-G-80, college: Missouri) had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals and Lebanese Ali Fakhreddine (204-C-83) had 22 points and 7 rebounds.
On the other hand Champville were able to stay within the score average difference from Riyadi at the top of the standings after wining their game against Chabab Zahle Wednesday with a 21 points difference that does not reflect the real image of the game since Chabab were always able to get close and threaten Champville's lead.
Host Champville had an early 2 points lead and kept on increasing it till the end of the game.
Lebanese Star
Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) led all scorers with 33 points and 4 steals while his fellow US teammate Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) added 28 points and 17 rebounds while Guard Quinton Day led Chabab with 22 points but had 8 turnovers and Chester Giles (211-F/C-85, agency: VVG Sports, college: Oregon St.) had 13 points and 5 rebounds.
The 5th round witnessed big surprises as Byblos came back from way behind to defeat Anibal 78-73 and their Neighbors Bejje blow out Muttahed with a 95-79 score.
Sagesse on the contrary were able to get the win over Antranik but that game was not in the hands of the hosts at all since Antranik forced it into an overtime and refused to surrender before the last seconds when Sagesse got the 81-78 win.


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  LIBERIA   


Margibi County Eye Championship - by Eurobasket News
Anxiety for the National County Sport Meet here is attracting lots of young talents to various counties football, basketball, track & field, kickball and volleyball teams' qualification sessions across the country to ensure their participation in the annual tourney.

Margibi County's football team reached the grand final of the 2010/2011 National Sport Meets football session after whipping tough sides before losing to double champion Nimba County.




The county also won Nimba County few months ago during the grand final of the National Voter Registration tournament held at the Samuel Karyon Sports Stadium in Paynesville that featured Senior Professionals, Lone Star Under-20, Nimba County and Margibi.

It was the county's first grand final after countless appearances in the national event. Margibi is maintaining her successful team and its format used in reaching the grand final despite losing to Nimba County recently after full time.

Lone Star Under-20 trainer Arab Fofana is the head coach of Margibi County. The former Bong football coach took Margibi County to the grand final during his first term on the line in 2010/2011 season. Coach Fofana recruited some of his best legs from Bong County squad that finished 3rd during the 2009/2010 competition.

The county head coach is known for his systematic football formation and ability to pullout the best from his players despite playing under pressure or unhealthy atmosphere. Arab has served as head coach for three premier clubs in the last three seasons.




He started with Mighty Barrolle, but resigned and was later signed on by Jubilee FC in 2009, and he resigned later from the club over alleged interferences in players selection. He was recently hired by relegated premiership outfit Tony FC that contracted him at the end of the one phase season.

Margibi County football team justification is currently taking place in Herbal at the city mini stadium with impressive performance by new players to impress Coach Arab for inclusion to beef up the delegation that need less new players.

Most of those players from last season are staying with the county with the hope of winning the championship from Nimba because they claimed the defeat to Nimba came as a result of a defensive error, but maintained that Nimba was no march despite losing to them.

Arab Fofana led Bong County to her first football championship in 2007 after failing several years to win the football champion, but was abridged to deputy coach in 2009 after he stopped 3rd place during the 2008 champion.




He later worked under Bong County current head coach Cooper Sayon, who stopped Bong County at the same 3rd place spot in 2009/2010 , failing to reach the semi-final in the 2010/2011 National Sport Meets football division.

Ghanefo Kromah Delivers First Title

Former LISCR FC striker Ghanefo Kromah, has impressed his new club Barrack Young Controller (BYC) after landing the club's first preseason champion during the FC Fassell Peace Cup tournament held at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia last week. The tourney featured Watanga FC, Monrovia Club Breweries, Invisible Eleven, Gardnerville FC and host FC Fassell.

The goal netter played in the club three matches and pocketed the Most Valuable Player award against Invisible Eleven in the grand final on Sunday. The MVP title was given out during each of the matches and various players won in their respective fixtures.

Speaking to the former Zelor FC fifteen goals netter, he said, 'I am happy for the performance displayed so far and I love the working relation at the club with the coaches and the playing body.'


Kromah joined BYC from 1st division side Zelor FC after playing a one season loan deal that was handed him from Liberia's premiership champion LISCR FC.

The club President Robert Sirleaf, has expressed satisfaction with the level of football being displayed by the goal netter since he joined the club for preseason, and is looking forward to Samuel Thompson, Teku Nah and Ghanefo Kromah as his goal delivers.

Barrack Young Controller (BYC) on Sunday expressed their readiness for the premiership title after a 5-0 convincing result against current Knock-Out Champion Invisible Eleven, who won them last season in the Knock-Out grand final.

Meanwhile, I.E. officials have blamed the defeat to the lack of coordination among her players as new players lined-up in the squad for the Peace Final on Sunday.

Courtesy of: The New Dawn (Monrovia)


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  MOLDOVA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. ASEM 0-0 
 2. Donbasket 0-0 
 3. Fireball 0-0 
 4. Gamma 0-0 
 5. PGU-SDUSHOR 0-0 
 6. Politech 0-0 
 7. Soroka 0-0 
 8. UASM 0-0 


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  MONTENEGRO   


Sasha Pavlovic considers a move to Partizan - by Darko Pekic
Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M) will maybe get company from NBA in black and white jersey. The 28 year old Sasha Pavlovic (200-F-83) was seen tonight on Pionir stands. He came to watch the big Euroleague game against Real Madrid and Serbian journalists took the chance to interview him during the halftime break:

I folow almost every game on TV and tonight I came to see live this important game for Partizan. Euroleague is a very strong competition this year and I would like to feel the taste of it. I work out individually every day. If the negotiations between the owners and the players representatives don't move in the right direction I will definitely sign a contract with a European team. Maybe even Partizan, who knows? I love the fans here...

Aleksandar Sasha Pavlovic went to the States in 2003. His name became known in Buducnost Podgorica where he was one of the brightest talents in his generation. He played for the Utah Jazz, Cliveland Cavaliers with the superstar LeBron James (203-F-84), Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Hornets and Boston Celtics.




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  NAMIBIA   


Namibian Basketball Federation Plans AGM - by Eurobasket News
THE Namibian Basketball Federation will have an urgent Special AGM this weekend, its acting Secretary General Penda Hangala announced yesterday.

According to Hangala, the adhoc assembly was requested by the Regional Basketball Associations' Presidents in September in order to 'critically discuss the general lack of basketball development in their respective regions and to use this platform to recall those elected members who in their opinion were or are not active.'




He added that the Special AGM will also address the appointment of the secretary general and appoint a task team to look at the NBF constitution as well as to develop a Basketball Development Plan of Action with the emphases on youth development.

TOURNAMENT

During the first week of December, the NBF also plans to host a Community Development Basketball tournament and the FIBA 3 on 3 Basketball test tournament that will see local participants rub shoulders with their counterparts from SADC and beyond.

The event received N$35 000 worth of backing from Bank Windhoek's Social Investment Fund on Tuesday.
Courtesy of: Namibian


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  NBA   


NBA and players to talk again Thursday - by Eurobasket News
David Stern's deadline passed without a deal, though the NBA and its players will talk again Thursday.

The NBA commissioner wouldn't give any hints about what that means for hopes of ending the lockout.

'I would not read into this optimism or pessimism,' he said. 'We're not failing. We're not succeeding. We're just there.'

Players and owners met for more than 12 hours on the 132nd day of the lockout, an important one after Stern warned that if players didn't agree to the league's latest proposal by the end of the business day, a far worse one would be coming.

Instead, he 'stopped the clock' and said the backup offer would only go into play if this round of bargaining breaks down.

As usual, neither side offered many specifics, though union executive director Billy Hunter said the sides never got around to discussing the split of basketball-related income.

Besides that, there are still a handful of issues related to the salary cap system that players want addressed before they might agree to the league's demands for a 50-50 split of revenues.

'I can't characterize whether they showed flexibility or not in certain system issues,' union president Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) said. 'Obviously, we'd have a deal done if the right flexibility was being shown. The fact that we don't have a deal lets you know that there's still a lot of work to be done on the system.'

The parties plan to return at noon Thursday to resume talks.

'We can't say there was significant progress today,' Fisher said. 'We'll be back tomorrow ... and we'll see if we can continue to make the efforts at least to finish this out.'

Stern had set a 5 p.m. ET deadline for players to accept the league's latest proposal or have it replaced by a much harsher one that would drive the sides even farther apart.

He said the offer was not pulled at that time because the league was 'trying to demonstrate our good faith. Stern added that the understanding was the offer potentially would be pulled at the end of this series of negotiations, whenever that might be.

Failure to make a deal likely would increase the calls for the union to decertify so the players can file a lawsuit against the league in court, a risky and lengthy tactic that likely would doom the 2011-12 season. Union officials have downplayed the idea, but players might have no other leverage once the more severe proposal is put into play.

The current offer calls for players to receive between 49 percent and 51 percent of basketball-related income, though the union said it would be impossible to get above 50.2 percent. Players were guaranteed 57 percent of BRI under the previous collective bargaining agreement.

Though they called this deal unacceptable, they might not see another one nearly as favorable.

The next proposal would call for a 53-47 revenue split in the owners' favor, essentially a hard salary cap and salary rollbacks, which the league originally sought but had taken off the table. Both proposals were sent to Hunter on Sunday.

Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver were joined Wednesday by Spurs owner Peter Holt, the chairman of the labor relations committee, and lawyers Rick Buchanan and Dan Rube. Besides Hunter and Fisher, vice presidents Roger Mason Jr. and Maurice Evans, economist Kevin Murphy and attorney Jeffrey Kessler represented the union.

Kessler took part just hours after saying he regretted telling the Washington Post that owners are treating players like 'plantation workers' during the ongoing lockout. He said he planned to call Stern and apologize.

Besides the revenue split, the sides still are divided on elements of the salary cap system, mostly relating to the spending rules for teams that are over the luxury tax level. Players want those teams to remain options for free agents, whereas the league thinks talent would be more evenly distributed throughout the league if payrolls were more balanced.

Players indicated after their meeting Tuesday that they would be open to reducing their BRI take if owners made some changes on the system issues. Players offered to go to about 51 percent Saturday, with 1 percent going into a fund for retired player benefits.

But the league has placed as much importance on the system as the split, making it difficult to find compromise on the handful of items that remain unsettled. Owners believe there won't be the competitive balance they desire until payrolls are more equally balanced.

A month of games already has been canceled. Hunter said Tuesday he had heard Stern also planned to cancel games through Christmas without a deal Wednesday, though Stern later told NBA TV that 'we have made no such plans, and we have had no such discussions.'

Courtesy of www.ajc.com


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  NCAA1   


Top 25 - Men
Top25 Ranking
 1. N.Carolina
 2. Kentucky
 3. Ohio St.
 4. Connecticut
 5. Syracuse
 6. Duke
 7. Vanderbilt
 8. Florida
 9. Louisville
 10. Pittsburgh
 11. Memphis
 12. Baylor
 13. Kansas
 14. Xavier
 15. Wisconsin
 16. Arizona
 17. UCLA
 18. Michigan
 19. Alabama
 20. Texas A&M
 21. Cincinnati
 22. Marquette
 23. Gonzaga
 24. California
 25. Missouri


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Quinn MCDOWELL
  Willia.
  (198-G/F-)
  Avg: 20
 1. McDowell, Willia.20.0 
 2. Turner, Texas A&M20.0 
 3. McCollum, Lehigh19.0 
 4. Diggs, Akron19.0 
 5. Achiuwa, St.John''s19.0 
 6. van Wijk, Valparai.18.0 
 7. Broekhoff, Valpa.18.0 
 8. Lindsey, St.John''s17.0 
 9. Knutson, Lehigh16.0 
 10. Turner, Texas A&M16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arnett MOULTRIE
  Missis.
  (210-F-90)
  Avg: 15
 1. Moultrie, Missis.15.0 
 2. Perry, Arizona10.5 
 3. Broekhoff, Valpa.9.0 
 4. McCollum, Lehigh9.0 
 5. Achiuwa, St.John''s8.5 
 6. McDowell, Willia.8.0 
 7. van Wijk, Valparai.7.0 
 8. Harkless, St.John''s7.0 
 9. Hill, Arizona6.5 
 10. Chol, Arizona6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jamal BRANCH
  Texas A&M
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Branch, Texas A&M6.0 
 2. Sanders, Liberty6.0 
 3. Turner, Texas A&M4.0 
 4. Harris, Texas A&M4.0 
 5. Brown, William4.0 
 6. Rum, William4.0 
 7. McConnell, Duque.4.0 
 8. Johnson, Arizona3.5 
 9. Hill, Arizona3.5 
 10. Greiner, Lehigh3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alex ABREU
  Akron
  (177-G-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Abreu, Akron6.0 
 2. Lindsey, St.John''s4.0 
 3. McConnell, Duque.3.0 
 4. Bost, Mississippi3.0 
 5. Harrison, St.John''s2.5 
 6. Jones, Duquesne2.0 
 7. Chol, Arizona2.0 
 8. Kenney, Valparaiso2.0 
 9. Turner, Texas A&M2.0 
 10. Burrus, Liberty2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeke MARSHALL
  Akron
  (213-C-)
  Avg: 5
 1. Marshall, Akron5.0 
 2. Sidney, Mississi.2.0 
 3. Roberson, Texas A.2.0 
 4. Davis, Texas A&M1.0 
 5. Greiner, Lehigh1.0 
 6. Pavloff, William1.0 
 7. Marhold, Duquesne1.0 
 8. Pointer, St.John''s1.0 
 9. Bost, Mississippi1.0 
 10. Perry, Arizona1.0 


Demetrius Treadwell and Nick Harney Potential Diaper Dandies for Akron University - by Vance Marbury
2 Hotcards.com Cleveland Am Pro League participants will be Diaper Dandies for the University of Akron in 2011:

Nick Harney in 16 minutes shot 3-4 from the field, tallying 6 points and 3 rebounds and one Monsterous Dunk, where Nick almost tore the rim down. Mr. Harney is an athletic wing player, who finishes above the rim. Nick also has a good 12 to 15 foot jumpshot. Nick Harney played two years of high school basketball at Benedictine High School in Cleveland Ohio with Guard Derek Jackson, Central Michigan and guard Cameron Wright Pittsburgh University.

Demetrius Treadwell tallied 2 points and 2 rebounds on 8 minutes of playing time. Treadwell, who only played one year of High School Basketball, is rebounding machine, who is fearless, powerfull and athletic. Treadwell athleticisim will also pose great defends defensively. Good on ball pressure, and blocking shots is another positive attribute Treadwell posseses.

Nick and Demetrius both sat out the 2010-11 season and both athletes could potentially catapult the Akron University Mens Basketball Program to the next level of being a Mid-Major Power for years to come. Coach Danbrot who coached Lebron James in High School, has done a phenomenal job of recruting players that fit his program and his system. Its just a matter of time before Harney and Treadwell become the focal point of the University of Akron Mens Basketball Program!!


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  NCAA2   


Nate Barnes, Roy Brown, Kurlkin Bohanon Alderson Broaddus College Ready for Season Opener - by Vance Marbury
3 Hotcards.com Cleveland Am Pro League Mens Players get set to do work at Division II Alderson Broaddus College

Kurklin 'GoingPro' Bohanon, Nate Barnes, and Roy Brown.

At Alderson Broaddus College for the 2010-11 season Nate during his junior season averaged 19 points 1.9 rebounds while shooting 44% from the three point line. Nate a scoring point guard, is looking to have a great senior campaign.

During Roy Brown sophomore campaign he averaged 9 points 5 rebounds and tallied 29 total steals on the season. Roy an athletic small forward will be looking to take on a bigger role this season




In 2010-11 Kurklin 'GoingPro' Bohanon a sophomore at Glen Oaks Community College averaged 23 ppg.



Nate, Roy and Kurklin will have a big role for the 2011-12 season for Alderson Broaddus College who opens up Saturday November 12 at University of District of Columbuia!!!



NCAA D2 National Top 25 Ranking
Top25 Ranking
 1. Bellarmine
 2. Alabama-Huntsville
 3. BYU-Hawaii
 4. Missouri Southern
 5. Lincoln Memorial
 6. West Liberty
 7. Findlay
 8. Tarleton St.
 9. Bowie St.
 10. Metropolitan St.
 11. Cent. Oklahoma
 12. Southern Indiana
 13. Benedict
 14. Humboldt St.
 15. Kentucky Wesleyan
 16. Augustana
 17. Alaska-Anchorage
 18. Color.School Mines
 19. Indiana (PA)
 20. Saint Rose
 21. Georgia SW
 22. Seattle-Pacific
 23. Massach.-Lowell
 24. Arkansas Tech
 25. Queens (NC)


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  PERU   


Regatas wins Superior league title - by Eurobasket News
Regatas is the new Superior league champion. They managed to grab 76-74 victory against Real Club in crucial Game Five of the Playoff Finals. Home teams were untouchable in this series. Real Club celebrated 83-75 home win in Game Four tying the score to 2-2. Regatas outplayed Real Club 88-83 in Game Three. Real Club celebrated at home in Game Two 90-81 and Regatas took the Game One 88-57.
Regatas advanced to the Finals after 3-1 win against El Bosque. Regatas celebrated 73-81 victory as a guest in Game Four. El Bosque surprised Regatas in Game Three on the road. They celebrated 70-75 win to extend the series. However, it is over now and Regatas advanced to the Finals. Regatas was No.1 in regular season with 29-2 record.
Real Club also celebrated with 3-1 in the Semis. They grabbed 68-71 victory against Escuela Fap in Game Four. The series was tied at 1-1 earlier and Real Club managed to win two consecutive games. Real Club was No.2 in regular season. They had 26-5 record.


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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA Roundup: November 9, 2011 - by Enzo Flojo
PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over SHOPINAS.COM CLICKERS, 102-77
Petron Blaze got a huge lift from an unexpected source when the Boosters blew Shopinas.com away with a record-setting production in the third quarter. Rob Reyes, a 6-foot-6 back-up center who rarely makes an impact in a game, was in his best element in the third quarter Wednesday night, helping the Boosters dispatch the Clickers for their second straight win.

Reyes, who averaged just 1.8 points in the conference, finished the game with 7 points and had a career-high 4 blocks that he all collected in the telling quarter.

Overall, Petron improved to 5 wins and 3 losses to tie idle Meralco.

Arwind Santos collected 18 points and had 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double effort. Joseph Yeo and Alex Cabagnot each had 16 points and combined for 11 assists for the Boosters, who netted 35 points on 22 Shopinas.com turnovers.

Renren Ritual showed the way for the Clickers, scoring 11 of his team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter when the game had already been decided. RJ Jazul scored 16 points and James Sena added 13 for the Clickers, who managed just 9 points on 4-of-20 shooting in the third period.

Petron 102 - Santos 18, Yeo 16, Cabagnot 16, Guevarra 12, Miranda 12, Reyes 7, Sharma 6, Doruelo 5, Agustin 4, Baclao 4, Ildefonso 2.
Shopinas.com 77 - Ritualo 17, Jazul 16, Sena 13, Mirza 7, Se 6, Menor 5, Aquino 5, Sison 4, Espiritu 4, Hermida 0, Duncil 0, Daa 0, Hubalde 0.
QS: 30-18, 46-43, 76-52, 102-77

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over POWERADE TIGERS, 95-86
Severely crippled, Talk n Text needed a strong finishing kick to overcome Powerade and regain a piece of the lead in the PBA Philippine Cup.

Jarred Dillinger fired three triples to highlight Talk n Texts decisive 13-2 closing romp that gave them the win and a share of the lead with Rain or Shine at 6-1. A huge downside for the Texters was Ryan Reyes suffering a suspected ACL tear early in the fourth quarter.

Japeth Aguilar and Kelly Williams churned out double-double numbers, combining for 33 points and 23 rebounds as the Texters survived the Tigers. Dillinger stood out at the finish, hitting three important treys in the last three minutes of the game. He wound up with 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 of assists.

Rookie Marcio Lassiter had a career-best 24 points while Doug Kramer snared a career-high 20 rebounds for the Tigers.


Talk N Text 95 - Aguilar 21, Dillinger 18, Castro 12, Williams 12, Carey 10, Reyes 9, Fonacier 9, De Ocampo 4, Raymundo 0, Oreta 0, Membrere 0, Lao 0.
Powerade 86 - Lassiter 24, David 21, Kramer 10, Casio 8, Lingganay 7, Antonio 6, Vanlandingham 5, Anthony 5, Crisano 0.
QS: 22-13, 40-43, 71-66, 95-86

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



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  POLAND   


Unics victorious in Gdynia, improves to 2-2 - by Eurobasket News
Asseco Prokom - Unics 68-72

Unics grabbed valuable victory in Gdynia on Wednesday evening. The Russian team celebrated 68-72 win against Asseco Prokom to join Galatasaray with 2-2 record in Group D. The Polish powerhouse faced with fourth straight loss in this pool. Prokom had 68-67 lead late in the last quarter, but then Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) stepped up for the guests with a clutch three-pointer with 36 seconds on the clock, 68-70. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) missed a wide-open look from beyond the arc and Prokom fouled Gubonov on the next possession. He hit both free throws to seal the game, 68-72. Henry Domercant scored 23 points for Unics (5 triples). Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) had 13 points and center Alexey Savrasenko added 10 points, plus 7 rebounds. The hosts got 19 points and 9 boards from Donatas Motiejunas. Michael Kuebler (195-G/F-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: Hawaii) and Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) (5 as) netted 15 and 14 points respectively. Quarters: 12-17, 18-12, 16-16, 22-27. Unics will host Union Olimpija next weekend. Asseco Prokom goes to Siena and it will be very hard for them to avoid another loss.

Asseco Prokom: Donatas Motiejunas 19+9 boards, Michael Kuebler 15, Oliver Lafayette 14+5 as
Unics: Henry Domercant 23, Kelly McCarty 13, Alexey Savrasenko 10+7 boards


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. PGE Turow 9-0 
 2. Energa Czarni 6-2 
 3. Anwil 6-3 
 4. Zastal ZG 5-2 
 5. AZS Koszalin 5-3 
 6. Trefl Sopot 5-3 
 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 2-7 
 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. Montgomery, AZS K.17.4 
 3. Koszarek, Trefl S.17.3 
 4. Archibeque, LKS L.17.3 
 5. Reese, AZS Koszal.17.3 
 6. Lawal, Zastal ZG16.9 
 7. Miller, Siarka J.16.7 
 8. Kulig, PBG Basket16.5 
 9. Mallett, LKS Lodz16.3 
 10. Sapp, Kotwica16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Zastal ZG
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Lawal, Zastal ZG11.7 
 2. Archibeque, LKS L.9.8 
 3. Harris, Kotwica9.7 
 4. Edwards, Anwil8.0 
 5. Burgess, Trefl S.7.9 
 6. Bigus, AZS Koszalin7.4 
 7. Doaks, Siarka J.7.1 
 8. Turek, Trefl Sopot6.9 
 9. Leonczyk, Energa6.5 
 10. Mladenovic, Slask6.1 
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. Hannah, AZS K.5.5 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.5.3 
 7. Moore, PGE Turow5.3 
 8. Szubarga, Anwil5.3 
 9. Sapp, Kotwica5.2 
 10. Micic, PBG Basket5.1 
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. Sapp, Kotwica1.6 
 8. Smorawinski, PBG B.1.6 
 9. Moore, PGE Turow1.4 
 10. Wilczek, AZS P.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Scott MORRISON
  Energa C.
  (212-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Morrison, Energa C.1.6 
 2. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 3. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.4 
 4. Harris, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Barycz, Siarka J.1.3 
 6. Edwards, Anwil1.2 
 7. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.2 
 8. Mladenovic, Slask1.2 
 9. Kesicki, Kotwica1.0 
 10. Simmons, Polpharma0.9 


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  PORTUGAL   


Exclusive interview with Barreirense guard Cavel Witter - by Bruno Baltazar
Cavel Witter (183-G-87, college: Creighton) is the new guard for Barreirense, 61 from Creighton, previous experience in Portugal, in the islands, 2nd division with Terceira Basket last season, a short one due to a injury that made his passion to play professional basketball a stronger one.But when he was there he was the MVP at that time.
Given another opportunity he is very motivated ad eager to prove his skills in a full season and win trophies.

Bruno Baltazar-Thank you for the opportunity you gave us for the interview!
First of all how you feel physically and mentally this season and at the moment?
Cavel Witter-Physically I am getting better everyday and trying to improve on my basketball abilities to benefit the team. Mentally I am prepared for anything this past season taught me allot and prepared me for the burden of a long season.

Bruno Baltazar-Can you describe us your feelings last season when you got the injury and what it crossed your mind at that moment?
Cavel Witter- I knew something was instantly wrong but I was hoping for the best. But when doctor told me I was done for the year I was crushed. But I knew I wasnt done playing basketball and I was very determined with my rehab process and training to get back on the court.

Bruno Baltazar- For those who dont know about you yet, can you tell us about your style of play?
Cavel Witter- Im very aggressive player defensively and offensively always want get my team going with defensive and offensive I want stay aggressive to make plays for my teammates and myself.

Bruno Baltazar-Second season in Portugal ,tell us what you learned from the past and now with Barreirense?
Cavel Witter-Terceria I learn allot about playing international ball. So for playing with Barreirense Im learning to adapt to the physical nature and running a team from a point guard stand point.

Bruno Baltazar- Describe us the main differences between college and play for Creighton in NCAA and Pro basketball in Portugal?
Cavel Witter-College was more of a structure system, so for playing pro I am able to display my play-making abilities more.

Bruno Baltazar-How do you like Portugal and now being close to Lisbon, instant of the islands last season?
Cavel Witter- Lisbon has a big city feel to it. Me being city boy its easier for me to adapt to that type of surroundings.

Bruno Baltazar- What are your personal and team goals this season with Barreirense?
Cavel Witter-Personally I just want have a good year to prove that I can still play at a high level. Team goals I just want help my to win and finish at one of the top teams in the league and go far in the playoffs.

Bruno Baltazar-What are your future goals and where do you see yourself within a few years?
Cavel Witter-In these next couple years I see myself playing at very high level of basketball with an ongoing successful career.

We would like from the eurobasket team to wish all the sucess to Cavel this season and in the future...



Interview with Antonio Tavares ,Barreirense guard - by Bruno Baltazar
Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) was thinking after the Eurobasket 11 to leave basketball for good and retire ,thats what he commented in this news...He also says he owns alot to Barreirense ,his current team and team that created and watched him young to basketball ,the very well known basketball school with alot of tradition.

Q-Before the eurobasket ,did you knew if you would play or not basketball?
Tavares- I didnt at the time,because the severe crise in the portuguese basket couldnt garantee financially a way to keep playing basketball,i even think the last game for Portugal in the eurobasket was the last in my career.

Q-Everything great you did in the eurobasket made the decision clearer to keep playing,did it helped?
Tavares-It was always my will to keep playing basketball and im very happy i have the oportunity to keep doing it ,and my passion for this sport is amazing.

Q-The return to Barreirense ,had some emotional meaning?
Tavares-Ofcourse ,i never hided that i always wanted to end my career with Barreirense,they made me to basketball and i love them,and my family always enjoyed the people here.

Q-How is it practise in a team that have alot of young players?
Tavares-What these young players are going thru is something i went thru before,but im very happy to know im a exemple to them.

Q-You guys won 2 games in a row,how is it?
Tavares-Its normal with a new coaching team and the young players ,things to take their time to be built,these 2 wins shows we are in a good road to sucess,now its time to think game at a game ,but im sure theres nobody that works harder then us.

Q-Whats the team goal?
Tavares-Do better then previous years but we want to win all the games ,thats always our goal to each game.

Q-Do you agree the future of portuguese basketball goes thru the players in your team?
Tavares-i think the portuguese basketball can count with these players .

Cortesy of Carlos Seixas in FPB.PT


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  RUSSIA   


Unics victorious in Gdynia, improves to 2-2 - by Eurobasket News
Asseco Prokom - Unics 68-72

Unics grabbed valuable victory in Gdynia on Wednesday evening. The Russian team celebrated 68-72 win against Asseco Prokom to join Galatasaray with 2-2 record in Group D. The Polish powerhouse faced with fourth straight loss in this pool. Prokom had 68-67 lead late in the last quarter, but then Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) stepped up for the guests with a clutch three-pointer with 36 seconds on the clock, 68-70. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) missed a wide-open look from beyond the arc and Prokom fouled Gubonov on the next possession. He hit both free throws to seal the game, 68-72. Henry Domercant scored 23 points for Unics (5 triples). Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) had 13 points and center Alexey Savrasenko added 10 points, plus 7 rebounds. The hosts got 19 points and 9 boards from Donatas Motiejunas. Michael Kuebler (195-G/F-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: Hawaii) and Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) (5 as) netted 15 and 14 points respectively. Quarters: 12-17, 18-12, 16-16, 22-27. Unics will host Union Olimpija next weekend. Asseco Prokom goes to Siena and it will be very hard for them to avoid another loss.

Asseco Prokom: Donatas Motiejunas 19+9 boards, Michael Kuebler 15, Oliver Lafayette 14+5 as
Unics: Henry Domercant 23, Kelly McCarty 13, Alexey Savrasenko 10+7 boards


Spartak Saint Petersburg extend Patrick Beverley - by Eurobasket News
Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) extended his contract with Spartak Saint Petersburg. The new deal is meant till 2014 with an option of an extra season. The guard moved to Spartak in January 2011. Last season his stats read 14.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game in PBL. In EuroChallenge Patrick Beverley delivered 15.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals. Eurobasket.com named Patrick Beverley All-Russian PBL Guard of the Year. This season the guard notches 17.5 points, 5.0 boards and 3.5 assists in EuroCup. In VTB League his stats read 15.7 points, 5.0 assists and 4.8 rebounds. Patrick Beverley had stints with Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk and Olympiakos before joining Spartak. He was the member of the USA U19 National Team back in 2007.

Austin Daye leaves Khimky - by Eurobasket News
Khimky Moscow have decided not to extend the contract with Austin Daye (211-F-88, college: Gonzaga). The forward joined the team at the start of the season on a short-term deal with an option of extending the contract. He tallied 4.0 points and 2.5 boards per game in Euroleague Qualifying Round. In VTB League Austin Daye posted 5.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per appearance. Last season Austin Daye spent in the NBA. He played for the Detroit Pistons tallying 7.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per appearance.

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


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Anthony JONES
  Handlova
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Jones, Handlova27.9 
 2. Clemente, Nitra22.4 
 3. Vaden, Nitra20.2 
 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. Godbold, Prievidza8.3 
 3. Majok, Nitra8.3 
 4. Losonsky, Nova Ves8.3 
 5. Dorazil, B.Bystrica8.0 
 6. Gilstrap, Nova Ves8.0 
 7. Roberson, Svit7.7 
 8. Johnson, Komarno7.1 
 9. Petty, Vahostav.7.1 
 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, Handlova5.7 
 4. Jones, Komarno5.6 
 5. Phillips, Prievidza5.2 
 6. Clemente, Nitra4.9 
 7. Cosic, Svit4.8 
 8. Kostomaj, Levice4.0 
 9. Barisic, Handlova3.9 
 10. Grznar, B.Bystrica3.9 
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, Handlova2.0 
 8. Berkis, Svit2.0 
 9. Nuber, Nitra1.8 
 10. Vaden, Nitra1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Nitra
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Majok, Nitra2.6 
 2. Batka, Nova Ves1.2 
 3. Johnson, Komarno0.8 
 4. Golian, Handlova0.8 
 5. Perrin, Vahostav.0.8 
 6. Mathis, Komarno0.7 
 7. Dorazil, B.Bystrica0.7 
 8. Gilstrap, Nova Ves0.7 
 9. Roberson, Svit0.6 
 10. Kitts, B.Bystrica0.6 


Extraliga Round 11: Prievidza loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
There was a change at the Extraliga leadership position after last games. Round 11 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Prievidza (7-3). They were edged by seventh ranked Levice (5-5) 75-74 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 25-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Levice forced 21 Prievidza turnovers and outrebounded them 45-31 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for American guard Keaton Grant (193-G-86, college: Purdue) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 7 rebounds. British center Michael Bernard (205-78, college: S.Florida) helped adding 17 points and 11 rebounds. Levice's coach Frantisek Ron used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard David Godbold (196-85, college: Oklahoma, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Levice moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Svit. Prievidza at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Nitra who have the same record. Prievidza will play next round against strong Nova Ves trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Levice will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Nitra in Nitra.
The game in Handlova supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Nitra (7-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Handlova (4-6). Nitra did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 85-65. It was an exceptional evening for Australian forward Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Denis Clemente accounted for 18 points. Nitra's coach Lubomir Urban allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Anthony Jones (194-84, college: Indiana Tech) came up with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for Handlova in the defeat. Nitra have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Prievidza and Nova Ves. Handlova lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with six games lost. Nitra will play against Levice (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Handlova will play against Vahostav-Zilina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth ranked Komarno (6-3) crushed at home 9th ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (1-9) by 28 points 100-72, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was J.C. Mathis who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Richard Grznar produced 30 points for the guests. SKP Banska Bystrica's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Komarno have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 6-3 record. SKP Banska Bystrica lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Komarno will meet Svit (#5) on the road in the next round. SKP Banska Bystrica will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 11 Svit lost to Nova Ves on the opponent's court 79-88.


Komarno - B.Bystrica 100-72

Fourth ranked Komarno (6-3) crushed at home 9th ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (1-9) by 28 points 100-72, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Komarno led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game. Komarno outrebounded SKP Banska Bystrica 46-25 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward J.C. Mathis (204-82, college: Michigan) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Slovenian forward Sinisa Bilic (201-89) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Five Komarno players scored in double figures. International point guard Richard Grznar (189-91) produced 30 points and American forward Marcus Kitts (205-89, college: William & Mary) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. SKP Banska Bystrica's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Komarno have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 6-3 record. SKP Banska Bystrica lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Komarno will meet Svit (#5) on the road in the next round. SKP Banska Bystrica will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Komarno: J.Mathis 19+12reb, M.Bilik 18+2reb+1ast, S.Bilic 18+6reb+2ast, L.Johnson 13+12reb, J.Kratochvil 12+3reb+2ast, J.Jones 11+2reb+8ast
B.Bystrica: R.Grznar 30+4reb+2ast, M.Kitts 21+6reb, P.Dorazil 6+2reb, M.Marchyn 4, B.Koczkas 3+2ast, M.Zibrinyi 2+1reb
gschID: 139139


Nova Ves - Svit 88-79

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Svit (5-5) was defeated on the road by third ranked Nova Ves (7-3) 88-79 on Wednesday. Svit trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 26-21 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 79-88 at the end of the game. Nova Ves shot 25 for 34 from the free-throw line, while Svit only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded Svit 40-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Andrew Jones (208-87, college: Penn St.) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Corey Jefferson (183-85, college: Texas St.) chipped in 24 points and 4 assists. Jefferson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Lamar Roberson (203-86, college: La-Lafayette) produced 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Croatian guard Petar Cosic (186-85, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Nova Ves keep a position of league leader, which they share with Prievidza and Nitra. Loser Svit keeps the fifth place with five games lost. They share the position with Levice. Nova Ves will meet Prievidza (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Svit will play against Komarno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nova Ves: C.Jefferson 24+3reb+4ast, A.Jones 16+14reb+5ast, P.Losonsky 13+5reb+2ast, M.Batka 11+8reb+4ast, B.Kovalik 9+6reb, S.Becarik 8+3reb+3ast
Svit: L.Roberson 21+5reb+4ast, V.Polakovic 12+2reb+1ast, M.Repasky 11, P.Cosic 11+5reb+10ast, E.Znanec 11+6reb, M.Berkis 5+5reb+4ast
gschID: 139140


Levice - Prievidza 75-74

There was a change at the Extraliga leadership position after last games. Round 11 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Prievidza (7-3). They were edged by seventh ranked Levice (5-5) 75-74 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 25-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Levice forced 21 Prievidza turnovers and outrebounded them 45-31 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for American guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 7 rebounds. British center Michael Bernard (205-78, college: S.Florida) helped adding 17 points and 11 rebounds. Levice's coach Frantisek Ron used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard David Godbold (196-85, college: Oklahoma, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Corey Pelle (180-89, college: W.Liberty St.) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Levice moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Svit. Prievidza at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Nitra who have the same record. Prievidza will play next round against strong Nova Ves trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Levice will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Nitra in Nitra.
Top scorers:
Levice: K.Grant 18+7reb+3ast, M.Bernard 17+11reb, D.Keller 17+5reb, S.Stemberger 10+4reb+2ast, J.Moravek 7+5reb, A.Cervenka 4+4reb+1ast
Prievidza: D.Godbold 25+9reb+1ast, C.Pelle 15+7reb+2ast, B.Davis 12+4reb+1ast, S.Phillips 11+5reb+5ast, P.Guede 9+2reb+3ast, K.Averink 2+2reb
gschID: 139141


Handlova - Nitra 65-85

The game in Handlova supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Nitra (7-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Handlova (4-6). Nitra did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 85-65. It looked good early as Handlova took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Nitra had a 32-10 second period charge getting the lead and Handlova was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-85. Nitra dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Handlova's 30. They outrebounded Handlova 52-25 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for Australian forward Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Puerto Rican point guard Denis Clemente (185-86, college: Kansas St., agency: KMG Sports Management) accounted for 18 points for the winning side. Nitra's coach Lubomir Urban allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Anthony Jones (194-84, college: Indiana Tech) came up with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import forward Sean Hampton (195-75, college: Alders.-Broad.) added 16 points respectively for Handlova in the defeat. Nitra have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Prievidza and Nova Ves. Handlova lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with six games lost. Nitra will play against Levice (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Handlova will play against Vahostav-Zilina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nitra: A.Majok 21+17reb+3ast, D.Clemente 18+3reb+3ast, R.Vaden 16+6reb+2ast, B.Tomek 9+10reb, M.Jass 8+5reb+2ast, M.Ziak 6+4reb+1ast
Handlova: A.Jones 32+10reb+7ast, S.Hampton 16+4reb+2ast, O.Haviar 6, M.Madaj 5+2reb, T.Mrvis 3+2reb+1ast, M.Golian 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 139142




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  SLOVENIA   


Furkan Aldemir brings second Euroleague win to Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija - Galatasaray 70-79

Second Euroleague win in Galatasaray's history. The Turkish squad handed 70-79 home loss to Union Olimpija on Wednesday night. Both teams had 1-2 record in Group D before this meeting. Galatasaray shined when it mattered most to take this valuable win. Olimpija trailed 63-64 midway through the fourth quarter but Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) and Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) took over in crunch time to lead Galatasaray to a crucial win. Furkan Aldemir was a key player for the hosts with 18 points and 11 rebounds. He was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 28. Joshua Shipp scored 17 and Preston Shumpert (198-G/F-79, college: Syracuse) helped Galata with 11 pts. In Union Olimpija, Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored with 15 points and Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79, agency: Alti Sport) had one less than him. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) delivered 11 points. Quarters: 23-27, 14-17, 19-13, 14-22. Galatasaray will host Barcelona in the next round. Union Olimpija will go to Russia, Kazan.

Union Olimpija: Aleksandar Capin 15, Ratko Varda 14, Deon Thompson 11
Galatasaray: Furkan Aldemir 18+11 boards, Joshua Shipp 17, Preston Shumpert 11


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Promy Defeat Busan, Avenge Only Loss - by Kevin Campigotto
Thursday night in Wonju the Dongbu Promy played like they had something to prove as they beat Busan Sonic Boom KT 82-69 and improved to 11-1. The keys to Wonjus victories were uncharacteristically good 3-point shooting, and great team offense. The Promy were led by Yoon Ho-Young (198-F-84) with 18 points and 4/5 from downtown. Busans Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) had a solid 20 points, 8 rebounds but was in foul trouble for parts of the game and was defended well by Rod Benson (207-F/C-84, college: California) who finished the game with 15 and 9.

From the tipoff, Wonju came out and executed it s offense outscoring Busan by 7, notching 5 assists on 8 made field goals, and finishing the quarter having shot 80% from the field. Busan never led in the game and Wonju was able to gain a 9-point advantage at halftime. The Promys usual third quarter run was right on time and they held an 18-point advantage after 3.

Next up for the Promy is three relatively easy games against teams at the bottom of the leagues standings, so the Promy could be in the midst of a second big winning streak.

Game Stats
Wonju had 7 more assists and 7 more rebounds than Busan


Wonju Dongbu
Yoon Ho-Young 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4/5 from 3-point
Rod Benson 15 points, 9 rebounds
Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79) 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
Hwang Jin-Won (189-G-78) 13 points


Busan KT
Charles Rhodes 20 points, 8 rebounds




KBL round 12 best performance: Alexander Johnson - by Eurobasket News
American forward Alexander Johnson (208-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for SK Knights, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 38 points and 22 rebounds, while his team beat Daegu Orions (#10, 2-9) 86-76. SK Knights maintains the 6th position in South Korean KBL. SK Knights 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 5-6 record. Johnson turned to be SK Knights' top player in his first season with the team. Former Florida State University star has very solid stats this year. Johnson is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.7ppg. Johnson is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 15.0rpg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg and 63.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American center Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Samsung Th.. Ramos had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Samsung Th. cruised to a 94-87 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked ET Land (#4, 7-4). This victory allowed Samsung Th. to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 8th position in the standings. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Samsung Th. managed to get this year. Ramos is a newcomer at Samsung Th., but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.4ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 9.9rpg and 3.2apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-F-83) of Sonic Boom KT (#3). Cho scored 29 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Sonic Boom KT, leading his team to a 74-70 win against the lower-ranked LG Sakers (#9, 3-9). Sonic Boom KT needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Cho has a very solid season. In 13 games in South Korea he scored 13.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eric Sandrin (206-F/C-78) of Samsung Th. - 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Malcolm Thomas (206-C-88) of Mobis Phoebus - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Gregory Stevenson (198-F-78) of LG Sakers - 27 points and 6 rebounds
7. DeShawn Sims (203-F-88) of KCC Egis - 25 points and 12 rebounds
8. Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81) of LG Sakers - 8 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Seung-Jun Lee (187-G-88) of SK Knights - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Seung-Jin Ha (221-C-85) of KCC Egis - 18 points and 17 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
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 11-1 
 2. Anyang KGC 8-4 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 8-5 
 4. ET Land 7-4 
 5. KCC Egis 7-5 
 6. SK Knights 5-6 
 7. Mobis Phoebus 4-7 
 8. Samsung Th. 3-8 
 9. LG Sakers 3-9 
 10. Daegu Orions 2-9 


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  SPAIN   


Fenerbahce Ulker explodes in the finish, grabs 80-83 victory in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Bizkaia Bilbao - Fenerbahce Ulker 70-73

Fenerbahce Ulker grabbed valuable victory in Bilbao on Wednesday night. The reigning Turkish champion handed 70-73 loss to Bizkaia Bilbao improving to 2-2 record in Group A. The home squad dropped to 1-3 after this meeting. Fener shined in the finish to take this victory. Bilbao seemed to have the game under control, as they had 67-59 lead with 5:12 to go. However, Fenerbahce held the hosts scoreless for more than 5 minutes while Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor), Omer Onan and Emir Preldzic combined for all points in a 0-14 run that sealed the outcome, 67-71, with 20.5 seconds left. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) top-scored for the guests with 19 points. Curtis Jerrells followed him with 15 points and James Gist (205-F-86) added 10 pts, plus 5 boards. In Bilbao, Marko Banic (205-F-84) collected 17 points and 5 rebounds. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) had 15 and Raul Lopez (183-G-80) stopped to 9 pts in this meeting. Quarters: 21-26, 15-6, 22-21, 12-20. In the next round, Fenerbahce Ulker will host Benett Cantu. Bilbao goes to Vitoria.

Bizkaia Bilbao: Marko Banic 17+5 boards, Kostas Vasiliadis 15, Raul Lopez 9
Fenerbahce Ulker: Bojan Bogdanovic 19, Curtis Jerrells 15, James Gist 10+5 boards


Unicaja keeps Zagreb winless - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - KK Zagreb CO 99-85

Unicaja had no troubles to beat Zagreb on Wednesday evening. It is third win for the Malaga team, who has 3-1 record in Group B now. Zagreb closes the standings in this pool with 0-4. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) led the way for Unicaja with 14 points. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) had 13 points and 6 rebs, while Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) (5 rebs) and Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) helped their team with 12 points each. For the Croatian champions, Mario Kasun (213-C-80) shined with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) had double-double of 13 points and 10 assists, and Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) and Sean May (203-F/C-84, college: N.Carolina) netted 10 pts each. Zagreb shined at the beginning, but Unicaja smashed them for the next 20 minutes and later had no troubles to keep its lead. Quarters: 19-27, 30-14, 24-16, 26-28. Unicaja goes to Moscow in the next round, where they will meet CSKA. Zagreb will host Zalgirs and hopes to win that game.

Unicaja: Luka Zoric 14, Joel Freeland 13+6 boards, Earl Rowland 12+5 boards, Jorge Garbajosa 12
Zagreb: Mario Kasun 23+7 boards, Damir Mulaomerovic 13+10 as, Krunoslav Simon 10, Sean May 10


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LNA Round 7: Lugano Tigers beat SAV Vacallo in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Chiasso. Third ranked Lugano Tigers faced 4th placed SAV Vacallo. Guests from Lugano (5-1) defeated host SAV Vacallo (3-3) 81-76. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 24-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American-Nigerian guard Michael Efevberha (199-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) fired 22 points and 5 steals for the winners. British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Marcus Sloan (205-82, college: TCU) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Lugano Tigers have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Geneve Lions. SAV Vacallo at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Monthey. Lugano Tigers is looking forward to face Boncourt (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. SAV Vacallo will play against Monthey (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Fribourg delivered the sixth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Boncourt (1-5) 83-62. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Jamaican forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Oliver Vogt contributed with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Fribourg's coach Damien Leyrolles felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Marcus Allen (201-87, college: Jacksonville) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds for Boncourt. Undefeated Fribourg (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Boncourt lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. Fribourg will play against bottom-ranked SAM Massagno (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boncourt will play against Lugano Tigers to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Basel. Local Starwings (3-4) outscored 8th ranked BBC Nyon (2-5) 89-63 on Wednesday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Jaraun Burrows who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side Brandon Thomas responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 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. Starwings maintains sixth place with 3-4 record. Loser BBC Nyon dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Starwings will meet league's second-placed Geneve Lions on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BBC Nyon will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 7 Monthey was defeated by Geneve Lions in a road game 69-55.
The best stats of 7th round was 22 points and 7 assists by Brandon Jenkins of Starwings.



Geneve Lions - Monthey 69-55

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Monthey (3-3) was defeated on the road by second ranked Geneve Lions (5-1) 69-55 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Geneve Lions led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Geneve Lions outrebounded Monthey 41-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Geneve Lions made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) who led his team to a victory scoring 8 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Senegalese power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) responded with 15 points and international power forward Jonathan Dubas (201-91) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Monthey's coach Petar Aleksic rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Geneve Lions maintains second place with 5-1 record behind leader Fribourg, which they share with Lugano Tigers. Monthey lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with SAV Vacallo. Geneve Lions will meet at home Starwings (#6) in the next round. Monthey will play against SAV Vacallo in Chiasso and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: B.Toure 14+5reb+1ast, T.Brown 12+2reb+1ast, V.Buscaglia 10+2reb+2ast, S.Barnette 8+14reb+4ast, E.Bing 8+6reb+2ast, J.Aw 8+10reb+1ast
Monthey: T.Smith 15+4reb+3ast, S.Louissaint 14+2reb+1ast, J.Dubas 9+8reb, I.Boylan 6+3reb+1ast, B.Salaam 6+3reb, G.Louissaint 3
gschID: 136518


Fribourg - Boncourt 83-62

Undefeated leader Fribourg delivered the sixth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Boncourt (1-5) 83-62. The game without a history. Fribourg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Fribourg forced 21 Boncourt turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Jamaican forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. International center Oliver Vogt (209-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Fribourg's coach Damien Leyrolles felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Marcus Allen (201-87, college: Jacksonville) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian center Nemanja Calasan (204-85, college: Purdue) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Boncourt. Fribourg (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Boncourt lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. Fribourg will play against bottom-ranked SAM Massagno (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boncourt will play against Lugano Tigers to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: R.Yates 22+3reb+2ast, R.Kovac 11, D.Forbes 11+3reb+1ast, O.Vogt 10+12reb, D.Esterkamp 8+4reb+3ast, S.Petkovic 8+2reb+3ast
Boncourt: M.Allen 22+5reb+1ast, N.Calasan 10+7reb+2ast, I.N'Diaye 9+6reb+4ast, L.Lahey 6+5reb, R.Schwaiger 6+3reb+1ast, J.Stucheli 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 136519


SAV Vacallo - Lugano Tigers 76-81

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Chiasso. Third ranked Lugano Tigers faced 4th placed SAV Vacallo. Guests from Lugano (5-1) defeated host SAV Vacallo (3-3) 81-76. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 24-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American-Nigerian guard Michael Efevberha (199-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) fired 22 points and 5 steals for the winners. British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Marcus Sloan (205-82, college: TCU) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Rickey Gibson (191-84, college: Stillman) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists respectively for lost side. Four Lugano Tigers and five SAV Vacallo players scored in double figures. Lugano Tigers have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Geneve Lions. SAV Vacallo at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Monthey. Lugano Tigers is looking forward to face Boncourt (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. SAV Vacallo will play against Monthey (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: M.Efevberha 22+3reb+3ast, M.Abukar 18+2reb+2ast, R.Richards 18+9reb+1ast, D.Mladjan 14+4reb+2ast, E.Draughan 7+3reb+6ast, D.Stockalper 2+5reb+1ast
SAV Vacallo: M.Sloan 19+9reb+3ast, R.Gibson 14+6reb+10ast, F.Ramseier 13+4reb+1ast, R.Uzas 13+7reb+3ast, M.Schneiderman 10+5reb+3ast, P.Badji 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 136520


Starwings - BBC Nyon 89-63

The game with biggest result difference took place in Basel. Local Starwings (3-4) outscored 8th ranked BBC Nyon (2-5) 89-63 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Starwings. BBC Nyon managed to win fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Starwings forced 19 BBC Nyon turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by BBC Nyon's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Starwings made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Brandon Jenkins (190-85, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 22 points and 7 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four Starwings players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Brandon Thomas (192-85, college: Texas St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Kramer Knutson (205-89, college: Portland) scored 15 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. Starwings maintains sixth place with 3-4 record. Loser BBC Nyon dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Starwings will meet league's second-placed Geneve Lions on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BBC Nyon will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Starwings: B.Jenkins 22+4reb+7ast, J.Burrows 20+10reb+5ast, J.Fuchs 11+1reb+1ast, M.Petkovic 10+4reb+8ast, T.McCrory 9, K.Johnson 7+10reb+1ast
BBC Nyon: K.Knutson 15+9reb+1ast, B.Thomas 13+12reb+4ast, R.Dermody 10+4reb+1ast, X.Paredes 7+5reb, S.Zivkovic 6+3reb+1ast, R.McAllister 4
gschID: 136517




Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Ronald YATES
  Fribourg
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Yates, Fribourg19.6 
 2. Abukar, Lugano T.18.7 
 3. Uzas, SAV Vacallo18.2 
 4. Efevberha, Lugano17.8 
 5. Allen, Boncourt17.3 
 6. Burrows, Starwings17.1 
 7. Schneiderman, SAV16.5 
 8. Jenkins, Starwings16.4 
 9. Calasan, Boncourt16.0 
 10. Smith, Monthey15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.10.8 
 2. Johnson, Starwings10.0 
 3. Calasan, Boncourt9.8 
 4. Gugino, SAM M.9.5 
 5. Richards, Lugano T.9.3 
 6. Bing, Geneve Lions9.3 
 7. Allen, Boncourt8.8 
 8. Burrows, Starwings8.7 
 9. Molteni, SAM M.8.2 
 10. Barnette, Geneve8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Miroslav PETKOVIC
  Starw.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Petkovic, Starw.6.3 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo6.0 
 3. Petkovic, Fribourg5.2 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings5.1 
 5. Draughan, Lugano4.8 
 6. Thomas, BBC Nyon4.0 
 7. Brown, Geneve L.3.3 
 8. Smith, Monthey3.2 
 9. Esterkamp, Fribo.3.2 
 10. Efevberha, Lugan.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  Monthey
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Monthey3.2 
 2. Gugino, SAM M.3.0 
 3. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.0 
 4. Petkovic, Starw.2.9 
 5. Sloan, SAV Vacallo2.7 
 6. Boylan, Monthey2.5 
 7. Molteni, SAM M.2.5 
 8. Stockalper, Lugano2.4 
 9. Louissaint, Month.2.3 
 10. Thomas, BBC Nyon2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.3.3 
 2. Johnson, Starwings3.3 
 3. Matter, Starwings2.0 
 4. Salaam, Monthey1.7 
 5. Barnette, Geneve1.2 
 6. Molteni, SAM M.1.2 
 7. Knutson, BBC Nyon1.1 
 8. Dubas, Monthey1.0 
 9. Yates, Fribourg1.0 
 10. Gugino, SAM M.1.0 


Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Fribourg 6-0 
 2. Geneve Lions 5-1 
 3. Lugano Tigers 5-1 
 4. Monthey 3-3 
 5. SAV Vacallo 3-3 
 6. Starwings 3-4 
 7. BBC Nyon 2-5 
 8. Boncourt 1-5 
 9. SAM Massagno 0-6 


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  TANZANIA   


Coach Praises Mwanza Basketball Camp - by Eurobasket News
The basketball training camp held recently in Mwanza has been hailed as a great success and is bound to inspire effective promotion of the sport in the region.

Mwanza-based Planet Social Development organized the programme in co-operation with Dar es Salaam's Mambo Basketball through the Commission of Children, Youth and School Development of the Mwanza Regional Basketball Association (MRBA), in which a total of 81 U-18 youngsters participated.


PSD Programmes Co-ordinator, Kizito Bahati told the 'Sunday News' that a lot was achieved in the programme, whose participating youngsters, among others, were empowered and learned the importance of education in order to be successful in sports as well as goals setting in their daily lives.

'Participants learned basics skills such as shooting, dribbling, passing, defence stance, marking a player either with or without the ball and positioning during a basketball game,' said Bahati.

He said Mwanza basketball coaches and model players, who were on hand to help in successful carrying out of the programme, learned how to conduct a basketball camp.


'Mambo Basketball presented 25 basketballs used in the camp to PSD as a primary tool for helping the latter conduct basketball camps on weekends after this camp,' added Bahati, the former Planet Basketball Club and Mwanza Regional basketball team player who is currently coaching several youthful outfits in the region.

He hinted that his firm, in co-operation with Mambo Basketball, will conduct another basketball training camp in the region, which is expected to take place between June and July next year, adding that plans are also underway to set up coaching courses in other sports disciplines including handball, netball, swimming and volleyball for physical education teachers of primary and secondary schools in the region, scheduled to run for two weeks.

Bahati said the biggest of the challenges that will likely frustrate smooth organization of the training camp in future is lack of standard basketball courts in the region that have been constructed strategically.


'The available courts' locations do not support easy movement of players to regularly attend training after school. We are currently working on organizing training courses for heads of schools and physical education teachers on preparing sports budgets from their school capitation grants to construct standard courts at their respective school backyards,' he said.

He said PSD also targets to increase the number of girls in the programme through organizing more basketball camps for girls, apart from setting up a basketball league for girls.

The programme was officially opened by the Member of Parliament for Ilemela Constituency, Highness Lema, who was accompanied by the MRBA's basketball patron for children and youth, Altaf Hirani Mansoor, while the President of the Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF), Musa Mziya, presided over the closing ceremony.
Courtesy of: Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)


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  TURKEY   


Furkan Aldemir brings second Euroleague win to Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija - Galatasaray 70-79

Second Euroleague win in Galatasaray's history. The Turkish squad handed 70-79 home loss to Union Olimpija on Wednesday night. Both teams had 1-2 record in Group D before this meeting. Galatasaray shined when it mattered most to take this valuable win. Olimpija trailed 63-64 midway through the fourth quarter but Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) and Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) took over in crunch time to lead Galatasaray to a crucial win. Furkan Aldemir was a key player for the hosts with 18 points and 11 rebounds. He was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 28. Joshua Shipp scored 17 and Preston Shumpert (198-G/F-79, college: Syracuse) helped Galata with 11 pts. In Union Olimpija, Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored with 15 points and Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79, agency: Alti Sport) had one less than him. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) delivered 11 points. Quarters: 23-27, 14-17, 19-13, 14-22. Galatasaray will host Barcelona in the next round. Union Olimpija will go to Russia, Kazan.

Union Olimpija: Aleksandar Capin 15, Ratko Varda 14, Deon Thompson 11
Galatasaray: Furkan Aldemir 18+11 boards, Joshua Shipp 17, Preston Shumpert 11


Fenerbahce Ulker explodes in the finish, grabs 80-83 victory in Bilbao - by Eurobasket News
Bizkaia Bilbao - Fenerbahce Ulker 70-73

Fenerbahce Ulker grabbed valuable victory in Bilbao on Wednesday night. The reigning Turkish champion handed 70-73 loss to Bizkaia Bilbao improving to 2-2 record in Group A. The home squad dropped to 1-3 after this meeting. Fener shined in the finish to take this victory. Bilbao seemed to have the game under control, as they had 67-59 lead with 5:12 to go. However, Fenerbahce held the hosts scoreless for more than 5 minutes while Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor), Omer Onan and Emir Preldzic combined for all points in a 0-14 run that sealed the outcome, 67-71, with 20.5 seconds left. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) top-scored for the guests with 19 points. Curtis Jerrells followed him with 15 points and James Gist (205-F-86) added 10 pts, plus 5 boards. In Bilbao, Marko Banic (205-F-84) collected 17 points and 5 rebounds. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) had 15 and Raul Lopez (183-G-80) stopped to 9 pts in this meeting. Quarters: 21-26, 15-6, 22-21, 12-20. In the next round, Fenerbahce Ulker will host Benett Cantu. Bilbao goes to Vitoria.

Bizkaia Bilbao: Marko Banic 17+5 boards, Kostas Vasiliadis 15, Raul Lopez 9
Fenerbahce Ulker: Bojan Bogdanovic 19, Curtis Jerrells 15, James Gist 10+5 boards


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Williams scores 11 in preseason - by David Edole
FORT WORTHThe TCU mens basketball team took to its home court for the first time this season Saturday night, posting a 68-46 exhibition victory over Cameron University at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Five of the 11 Horned Frogs to see action are newcomers to the program this season.

A pair of seniors led TCU in the scorebook in guard J.R. Cadot and forward Craig Williams (205-F-89), as both players scored 11 points. Williams, one of the contingent of new players who playedSaturday, went 4-for-9 from the field and pulled down a game-best nine rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench. Cadot, who shot over 65 percent last season as a junior, made 4-of-5 field-goal attempts.

Junior guard Garlon Green, the Frogs leading scorer from a season ago, totaled nine points and eight boards, while junior forward Connell Crossland also netted nine points.

Senior guard Hank Thorns scored eight points with six boards and a game-best seven assists.

Forward Vincius Telo scored a game-high 20 points for Cameron, but the Frogs were able to limit his impact by holding him to only 8-of-25 shooting. Telo added nine rebounds, including seven on the offensive end. Guard Milton Garner also reached double figures in points with 10.

TCU showed off an improved defensive determination throughout the game, holding the Aggies to only 25.4 percent shooting from the field (17-of-67), including only 17 percent (4-of-23) from 3-point range. The Frogs also won the rebounding battle (49-41) and dished out 18 assists to only five for Cameron.

TCU finished the game shooting 43.6 percent itself and made 7-of-24 attempts from 3-point range. Cadot made two of the treys, which nearly equaled his total of three from all of last season.

The Frogs jumped on top of the Aggies early, leading by as many as 16 points with just over four minutes remaining in the first half. Williams had eight points and seven rebounds in the openingperiod in only 13 minutes on the floor.

TCU officially opens the 2011-12 regular season next Friday, when it plays host to Florida Gulf Coast for a 7 p.m. matchup at the DMC. Season-ticket packages, as well as single-game tickets, are available for purchase through the TCU Athletics Ticket Office by calling (817) 257-FROG or visiting GoFrogs.com.




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  UGANDA   


Ndejje Angels Hope to Snatch Playoff Place - by Eurobasket News
IN beating Miracle on Tuesday, the Ndejje Angels made a strong case of their often unpredictable potential.

If they can beat the Kyambogo Warriors today at YMCA, Ndejje will win the right to call themselves giant killers. That is, besides taking a huge leap towards the local basketball body FUBA men's division one playoffs.

'Don't be surprised if we beat the Warriors,' said Walker Obedi, after responding to whether Ndejje could beat the Warriors with a hearty laughter.

'The morale in the team is good and I have learnt a lot of things this season. We have maximum respect for the Warriors but they have weaknesses and we will concentrate on exploiting their weaknesses.'


Mande Juruni's Warriors have been the strongest team in the division this year and having already secured their place in the postseason, can afford to take the foot off the gas a little. Not on Mande's watch.

'We still have a few things to work on like the players' decision making and we want to secure first place,' a content Juruni revealed.

The Warriors have only lost once this season and are strong favourites to defeat Ndejje, who are holding tightly onto a dim playoff dream.

Yet the fact that it is the bottom-placed Charging Rhinos who administered that defeat means there is hope for Ndejje.

Meanwhile, the Charging Rhinos take on the Mukono based university side UCU Canons, with the latter seeking to maintain their stay in the playoff zone.

Courtesy of: The New Vision


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  URUGUAY   


Malvin beat Bigua - by Hector Lopez
Malvin, the last Uruguayan champions, beat Bigua 89-71, to maintain the second position with a 7-1 record, one point behind the leader Hebraica Macabi. For Malvin, Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) scored 29 points with 5 rebounds and 4 assists, Fernando Martinez (170-PG-79) netted 21 with 4 assists, Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) 6 points and 8 rebounds . For Bigua, Ryan Humphrey (203-C/F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) 21 points 7 rebounds 2 assists, Jason Blair (201-F/C-79, college: San Diego) 6 points and 5 rebounds.

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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuelans Abroad - Keving Palacios scores 18 in Cordon's defeat (Uruguay) - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) played 26 minutes and provided 18 points, 4 rebounds, a couple of assists and a steal for Club Atletico Cordon, in a tight loss against Olimpia, 75-73, in action of Uruguay's first division basketball league (LUB).

Palacios scored 7 of 11 two-point shots, one of two three-pointers and one of two free throws. He had a turnover and three fouls to round up his stats.

However, Olimpia got the win thanks to Torre Johnson (198-F-85) with 18 points, Javier Alvarez (193-G-83) with 17, Mauricio Trasante (183-G-86) with 14 and Sebastian Vazquez (195-F-85) with 10. For Cordon, Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82) finished up with 21 points and 6 rebounds while Martin Suarez (198-F-77) netted 17 more.



Venezuelans Abroad - Hector Aguilar set to begin NAIA season in USA - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG Hector Aguilar (186-G-89) finished his preseason on a high note, heading towards his first season as a NAIA Division I player for the Southwest University Mustangs in Hobbs, New Mexico, after succesfully completing a stint for Patterson Prep School in the NJCAA in the United States.

Aguilar, a native of Barquisimeto, Lara State, scored 16 points, including three three-point shots, grabbed three rebounds, stole two balls and added an assist in a defeat of the Mustangs against New Mexico University, a NCAA Division I team, 119-98, in the last friendly match of the preseason.

The 21 year-old player is a former player of Venezuela's LNJB (Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Juvenil), an amateur U18 basketball league in which every player defends its home state and that is supervised by the Venezuelan Basketball Federation (FVB). It has been played since 2003 and Aguilar played in three seasons before travelling to the United States. He was also called up to Venezuela's U18 National Team, but an injury kept him off international tournaments.

NAIA is the same level of basketball that allowed PF Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87) develop as a great player. He began playing for the Campbellsville Tigers and after he graduated, jumped to a pro career that has seen him play in Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela, including a spot in the Senior NT that played in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in the FIBA Americas Olympic Qualy Tournament, finishing in the fifth place.




LPB 2012 News - Gaiteros del Zulia brings in Carlos Gil as new head coach - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The general management of Gaiteros del Zulia agreed to terms with Carlos Gil to make him their head coach for the 2012 season of Venezuela's Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB), set to begin on February 2nd.

Zulia finished in last place in 2011 in the midst of a finantial break down that forced them to play with a younger, less experienced Venezuelan team and fight on different terms, while the owners worked on solving the situation.

Gil, who started 2011 as the head coach of Bucaneros de La Guaira but was replaced by Argentinian Guillermo Vecchio after a 1-7 start, will coach Gaiteros for the third time in his career. He also coached the team for two seasons between 1988 and 1989 and then came back in 2006.

The third head coach with more wins in the history of Venezuelan basketball, Gil will be assisted by Erwin 'Beto' Strauss, a former player who's become a coach for young talents in Zulia State.

GM Orlando Estrada said through a statement that Gaiteros will pursue the hiring of a PG, a PF and a C for the imported player spots.




LNB 2011 News - Centauros gets 2-0 lead in series against Lanceros - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Centauros de Apure got a 2-0 advantage over Lanceros de Cojedes by completing a home sweep at Biruaca Dome with another tight scoreboard, 92-91, in the Semifinals of Venezuela's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB).

Centauros, coached by Nestor Salazar, used Jesus Centeno (190-G-85), Carl Elliott (193-G-83), Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82), Hector Romero (202-F/C-80) and Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) as starters while Lanceros, coached by Jorge Arrieta , did so with Elvis Baez (189-PG-89), Darwin Cristopher (192-F-86), Michael Flores (192-G-85), Jhoyfer Diaz (196-F-87) and Jose Martinez (196-F-82).

Both Centauros and Tiburones de Vargas are one win away from playing the LNB 2011 Finals, as Tiburones also has a 2-0 lead over Estudiantes de Guarico. Both series will resume play on Friday, November 11th, at 8.00 pm, as Estudiantes hosts Tiburones in San Juan de los Morros and Lanceros do the same against Centauros in San Carlos.




LNB 2011 News - Axiers Sucre, released in Argentina, joins Tiburones de Vargas - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) had no trouble finding a new team, after being released in Argentina by Ciclista Olimpico La Banda, as his agent, Carlos Sifuentes Brito, confirmed to Latinbasket.com through a phone call that he agreed to terms with Tiburones de Vargas for the remainder of Venezuela's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto season.

Sucre averaged 8.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in 12 games during his stint in Argentina and will now play a big part in the team coached by Puerto Rican Tony Ruiz , currently ahead in its Semifinals series against Estudiantes de Guarico, 2-0, and set to visit them at San Juan de los Morros on Friday, November 11th, at 8.00 pm.

The member of Venezuela's Senior NT had been linked to Colombia's Orgullo Paisa as a replacement for Dominican PF Alejandro Salas Flores (204-F-81), who got injured.


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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Spartak Saint Petersburg extend Patrick Beverley - by Eurobasket News
Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) extended his contract with Spartak Saint Petersburg. The new deal is meant till 2014 with an option of an extra season. The guard moved to Spartak in January 2011. Last season his stats read 14.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game in PBL. In EuroChallenge Patrick Beverley delivered 15.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals. Eurobasket.com named Patrick Beverley All-Russian PBL Guard of the Year. This season the guard notches 17.5 points, 5.0 boards and 3.5 assists in EuroCup. In VTB League his stats read 15.7 points, 5.0 assists and 4.8 rebounds. Patrick Beverley had stints with Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk and Olympiakos before joining Spartak. He was the member of the USA U19 National Team back in 2007.

Austin Daye leaves Khimky - by Eurobasket News
Khimky Moscow have decided not to extend the contract with Austin Daye (211-F-88, college: Gonzaga). The forward joined the team at the start of the season on a short-term deal with an option of extending the contract. He tallied 4.0 points and 2.5 boards per game in Euroleague Qualifying Round. In VTB League Austin Daye posted 5.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per appearance. Last season Austin Daye spent in the NBA. He played for the Detroit Pistons tallying 7.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per appearance.



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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


QBL: Cosier itching to take up battle - by Eurobasket News
BY JON TUXWORTH | The Canberra Times | 09 Nov, 2011

Michelle Cosier (176-G/F-82) loves the tough stuff, and actively seeks out punishment each time she steps on court.
But the bruises the Canberra guard cops in matches are nothing compared with the excruciating pain she's endured in her battle to overcome osteitis pubis.

A few months ago the 30-year-old could hardly walk, and has been doing mind-numbing rehab every day to beat the debilitating condition.

Cosier has watched on helplessly as the Capitals have begun their season with just one win from seven matches.

And that frustration is driving her to do everything she can to return to the line-up as soon as possible.

''When I first had it [in May], just sitting or standing - it was constant pain,'' Cosier said.

''I had days where I could hardly walk, but I haven't been in pain for four or five weeks so that's a good sign.''

One of Canberra's starters last year, Cosier began straight line running and ''catch and shoot'' drills last week.

She hopes to get the all-clear to increase her movement further from doctors today, and has targeted Canberra's clash with AIS on December14 as her potential return.

''Hopefully next week I'll be able to do some shooting drills with them [teammates],'' Cosier said.

''I've always been aiming to get back before Christmas, and that's still the goal.''

Cosier is renowned for her effort plays, like pouncing on loose balls and defying her size on the boards.

That touch of desperation she provides has been missing from Canberra's play at times this year.

''That's how I play, I like doing the hard-yard stuff and jumping on loose balls,'' she said.

''There's just simple things we're lacking like crashing the boards.

''The last two there's been a lot of improvement but we have to stay focused the whole 40 minutes.''
Courtesy of: The Canberra Times


QBL: Cyclones get their man - by Eurobasket News
WHILE the experience of coming as far north as Rockhampton is new for Heath Millar, his background in basketball, and the women's game in particular, should make him feel at home with the Hog's Breath Cafe Cyclones this season.

Millar was unveiled as the Cyclones 2012 coach yesterday and said the work in building the team roster was already in hand.

He said reports Nicole Romeo will play her QBL season further north, once her commitment to Townsville in the WBNL is over, are premature.

'We are still in discussions with her,' he said. 'We are out to go and get her back.'

That is good news for Cyclones fans, as much of the Cyclones game revolved around the live-wire point guard with her ability to accumulate points from both field play and three pointers.

The 29-year-old Millar joins the Cyclones from Victorian team Frankston Blues where he was an assistant coach last season for the team's SEABL (South East Australian Basketball League) program.

'I've spent the last five or six years operating in the women's side of the game,' he said.

'Before that I worked with the men, but to me basketball is basketball.'

He said while the male players have the power and athletic skills, the women make up for this by having superior technique.

Millar said a quality point guard is one of the key positions to be filled by an experienced player and remains hopeful it is Romeo suiting up for the Cyclones again this year.

Another area where he wants experience and drive is in a forward position.

Tegan Cunningham supplied this last year until leaving the club, and a player as competitive as her under the basket at either end of the court would be ideal.

'You've got to have players who can rebound and score inside the paint,' he said.

The new coach said his personal background in the Victoria competition might assist recruiting, but that would be a bonus.

'Certainly some of the State League players are a possibility, but there is a difficulty with re-locating,' he said.

'We will be putting feelers out, but looking at players in the WNBL first.'

Millar, who is originally from Invercargill at the bottom of New Zealand's South Island, has started looking through tapes from the Cyclones of last season and is aware there are local players pushing for spots on the playing roster.

'From what I've seen there are two or three already in the program,' he said.

The coach said players Grace McDougall, Chloe Morrow and Mikaela King will have their chance to shine, although in most cases he still expects to see the best from such players in a year or two.

Darren Richardson could hardly be accused of being a new face on the local basketball scene, having been with the Rockets program since 1988, but he has taken on a new responsibility and will be the club's QBL spokesman.

Richardson admits that when he finished playing he was still keen to stay in the program with the Rockets and has acted in various capacities such as assistant coach to Neal Tweedy.

'When I finished playing I didn't want to give up the involvement,' he said

While he is ready to take a similar position with the Rockets again, should he be required, Richardson has decided to put all those years of experience to good use and assist in keeping the Rockets and Cyclones brand moving forward.

'We like to put on a good show,' he said describing match day at Hegvold Stadium.

'A lot of people who don't even like basketball but enjoy the show.'

Match night is always fun and Richardson said that is why so many supporters and sponsors return year after year.

'We still have to keep moving with the times. We have to keep improving our product.'
Courtesy of: The Morning Bulletin


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  BULGARIA - Women  


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Natalia TOPALOVA-SHOPOVA
  Montan.
  (186-F-80)
  Avg: 27
 1. Topalova-S., Monta.27.0 
 2. Johnson, Dunav 88.26.3 
 3. Perostiyska, Beroe25.0 
 4. Stankova, Slavia24.4 
 5. Dubrovina, Neftoch.23.3 
 6. Ward, Levski20.2 
 7. Farrell, Rilski S.19.8 
 8. Bachvarova, Levski18.0 
 9. Allen, Dunav 880617.8 
 10. Dorogobuzova, Ne.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vera PEROSTIYSKA
  Beroe
  (196-C-82)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Perostiyska, Beroe14.3 
 2. Farrell, Rilski S.12.3 
 3. Johnson, Dunav 88.10.5 
 4. Topalova-S., Monta.10.0 
 5. Dorogobuzova, Nef.9.3 
 6. Ward, Levski8.6 
 7. Minkova, Dunav7.5 
 8. Doychinova, Levski7.2 
 9. Naneva, Beroe 077.0 
 10. Delcheva, Slavia6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Neftochi.
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Dubrovina, Neftoch.6.8 
 2. Naydenova, Levski6.0 
 3. Djikova, Rilski S.4.8 
 4. Vrancheva, Montana4.8 
 5. Stankova, Slavia4.2 
 6. Naneva, Beroe 074.0 
 7. Nesheva, Montana4.0 
 8. Minkova, Dunav4.0 
 9. Pasheva, Slavia3.4 
 10. Stanoeva, Beroe3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Neftochi.
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dubrovina, Neftoch.4.0 
 2. Allen, Dunav 88062.8 
 3. Peeva, Neftochimic2.7 
 4. Naydenova, Slavia2.4 
 5. Johnson, Dunav 88.2.3 
 6. Stanoeva, Beroe 072.3 
 7. Tsankova, Neftoch.2.0 
 8. Rudeva, Rilski S.2.0 
 9. Peychinova, Rilski2.0 
 10. Naydenova, Levski2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Vera PEROSTIYSKA
  Beroe
  (196-C-82)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Perostiyska, Beroe1.5 
 2. Topalova-S., Monta.1.0 
 3. Makarieva, Montana0.8 
 4. Allen, Dunav 88060.8 
 5. Koeva, Beroe 070.8 
 6. Simeonova, Montana0.7 
 7. Zhelyova, Montana0.5 
 8. Voynova, Dunav 88.0.5 
 9. Johnson, Dunav 88.0.5 
 10. Shumarova, Levski0.5 


NBL Round 5: No surprise as #1 Dunav 8806 defeats Montana 2003 - by Eurobasket News
After 5 rounds played we can already see who rules in the NBL and who belongs to weaker ones.

NBL top team - Dunav 8806 (4-0) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Montana 2003 (1-3) in Ruse 77-69. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But Montana 2003 won second period 18-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dunav 8806 forced 19 Montana 2003 turnovers. American forward Adrienne Johnson (182-89, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and power forward Hristina Minkova (184-72) chipped in 17 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. The former international forward Natalia Topalova-Shopova (186-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. Dunav 8806 have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Montana 2003 lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Rilski Sportist. Dunav 8806 are looking forward to face Rilski Sportist (#6) in Samokov in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Montana 2003 will play at home against the league's second-placed Beroe 07 in Stara Zagora and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Bottom-ranked Slavia (0-5) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to third ranked Beroe 07 (3-1) 71-60. Forward Ralitsa Naneva (178-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and Vera Perostiyska accounted for 20 points and 12 rebounds. International forward Neli Pasheva (175-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for Slavia in the defeat. Beroe 07 moved-up to second place, which they share with Neftochimic. Slavia at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Beroe 07 will play against Montana 2003 (#5) on the road in the next round. Slavia will have a break next round.
Fourth ranked Levski (3-2) crushed at home 6th ranked Rilski Sportist (1-3) by 22 points 81-59, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Radoslava Bachvarova who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Anne Farrell produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 17 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Levski have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 3-2 record. Rilski Sportist lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Montana 2003. Levski will meet higher ranked Neftochimic (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rilski Sportist will play against the league's leader Dunav 8806 in Ruse.



Dunav 8806 - Montana 2003 77-69

NBL top team - Dunav 8806 (4-0) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Montana 2003 (1-3) in Ruse 77-69. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But Montana 2003 won second period 18-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dunav 8806 forced 19 Montana 2003 turnovers. American forward Adrienne Johnson (182-89, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: LBM Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and power forward Hristina Minkova (184-72) chipped in 17 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Four Dunav 8806 players scored in double figures. The former international forward Natalia Topalova-Shopova (186-80) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds and the former international center Dimana Makarieva (188-88) scored 18 points. Dunav 8806 have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Montana 2003 lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Rilski Sportist. Dunav 8806 are looking forward to face Rilski Sportist (#6) in Samokov in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Montana 2003 will play at home against the league's second-placed Beroe 07 in Stara Zagora and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Dunav 8806: A.Johnson 26+10reb+2ast, H.Minkova 17+10reb+4ast, C.Allen 10+9reb+1ast, Z.Kostova 10+1reb+1ast, A.Kancheva 8+1reb+4ast, D.Voynova 4+2reb+1ast
Montana 2003: N.Topalova-Shopova 28+12reb+1ast, D.Makarieva 18+3reb, R.Nesheva 11+1reb+1ast, N.Simeonova 7+7reb+2ast, I.Vrancheva 5+2reb+5ast, C.Mihalkova 0
gschID: 143881


Beroe 07 - Slavia 71-60

Bottom-ranked Slavia (0-5) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to third ranked Beroe 07 (3-1) 71-60. The game was mostly controlled by Beroe 07. Slavia was better in fourth quarter 12-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Ralitsa Naneva (178-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and the former international center Vera Perostiyska (196-82, college: FIU) accounted for 20 points and 12 rebounds. International forward Neli Pasheva (175-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and international center Aleksandra Delcheva (202-87) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Slavia in the defeat. Beroe 07 moved-up to second place, which they share with Neftochimic. Slavia at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Beroe 07 will play against Montana 2003 (#5) on the road in the next round. Slavia will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Beroe 07: V.Perostiyska 20+12reb+1ast, Z.Stanoeva 16+3reb+1ast, R.Naneva 15+13reb+5ast, D.Koeva 6+6reb+2ast, A.Bachkovo 5+3reb+4ast, S.Nikolova 4+3reb+5ast
Slavia: N.Pasheva 17+11reb+6ast, A.Delcheva 12+8reb, Z.Naydenova 10+1reb+2ast, M.Nikolova 7+7reb+1ast, S.Stankova 6+1reb+1ast, A.Zagorova 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 143879


Levski - Rilski Sportist 81-59

Fourth ranked Levski (3-2) crushed at home 6th ranked Rilski Sportist (1-3) by 22 points 81-59, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Levski. Rilski Sportist managed to win third quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levski forced 21 Rilski Sportist turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Radoslava Bachvarova (183-87, college: VCU, agency: LBM Management) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Juanita Ward (180-86, college: Syracuse, agency: Merit Sports) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Five Levski players scored in double figures. American center Anne Farrell (187-88, college: Centenary, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 17 rebounds and forward Emi Ushaguelova (181-89) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Levski have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 3-2 record. Rilski Sportist lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Montana 2003. Levski will meet higher ranked Neftochimic (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rilski Sportist will play against the league's leader Dunav 8806 in Ruse.
Top scorers:
Levski: R.Bachvarova 20+5reb+3ast, H.Ivanova 14+1reb+1ast, J.Ward 13+8reb, A.Doychinova 12+6reb+1ast, P.Djambazka 10+6reb+4ast, T.Tencheva 4+3reb+2ast
Rilski Sportist: A.Farrell 27+17reb+1ast, E.Ushaguelova 13+7reb, K.Rudeva 6+1reb+5ast, M.Ranguelova 6+3reb+2ast, T.Nikolova 4+3reb, V.Djikova 3+4ast
gschID: 143880




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  CHINA - Women  


WCBA 2011/2012 season first results and stats - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in WCBA.

Shanghai - Henan 81-57

Shanghai Octopus led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Shanghai Octopus forced 23 Henan Elephants turnovers and outrebounded them 35-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. Forward Jing Huang (183-87) notched 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and American forward Camille (188-80) supported her with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Shanghai Octopus players scored in double figures. Even 17 points by the former international swingman Li Pan (181-85) did not help to save the game for Henan Elephants. Forward Huan Ma (184-88) added 6 points and 7 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Shanghai: Camille 17+6reb+4ast, S.Xiufeng 14+1ast, H.Jing 13+9reb+5ast, J.Lan 13+2reb, W.Jue 10+6reb+5ast, Z.Ni 5+2reb+1ast
Henan: P.Li 17+3reb, Z.LiJun 7+1reb+1ast, S.Jie 6+1reb, M.Huan 6+7reb, L.Yunyun 5+3reb+1ast, X.Xin 4
gschID: 156734


Shandong - Guangdong 72-82

The game was mostly controlled by Guangdong Dolphins. Shandong was better in third quarter 29-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guangdong Dolphins made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. American forward Swin Cash (187-79, college: Connecticut, agency: Josep and Nicolas) notched 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Siyue Qiu (177-91) supported her with 17 points. Four Guangdong Dolphins players scored in double figures. Even 29 points by the former international power forward Xiao Ji (193-85) did not help to save the game for Shandong. American center Chante Black (196-85, college: Duke) added 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Guangdong: C.Swin 17+9reb+3ast, Q.Siyue 17+3reb+2ast, W.Wei 15+5reb+1ast, D.Yuan 14+4reb+1ast, H.Hongpin 7+5reb+2ast, Y.Dong 6+4reb+1ast
Shandong: J.Xiao 29+3reb+1ast, Y.Jie 21+2reb+2ast, B.Chante 14+12reb+4ast, L.Shuo 6+1reb+1ast, C.Jian-Ping 2+3reb+1ast, S.YingYing 0+1reb
gschID: 156735


Jiangsu - Beijing 64-68

The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Beijing Great Wall made 16-of-16 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. American center Nicky Anosike (190-86, college: Tennessee) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Fan Zhang (188-84) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American center Amy (196-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds and guard ShanShan Li (177-87) scored 19 points. Five Beijing Great Wall and four Jiangsu Phoenix players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Beijing: K.Yeong-Ok 15+2reb+4ast, S.XiaoYu 14+2reb+1ast, Z.Fan 13+5reb+3ast, Z.Honghua 12+3reb+1ast, A.Nicky 10+16reb, Z.Yu 2
Jiangsu: L.ShanShan 19+2reb+3ast, H.Huan 14+4reb+3ast, N.Xu 12+5reb+1ast, Amy 10+15reb, Z.Jun Shan 5+2ast, C.Xiaojia 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 156736


Zhejiang - Shenyang 94-76


Zhejiang Far East led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Shenyang Golden Lions' 48. They outrebounded Shenyang Golden Lions 45-30 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center Katie Mattera (202-82, college: Liberty) notched a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 18 rebounds to lead the effort and international forward Lan Bian (185-86) supported her with 32 points and 7 rebounds. Even 19 points and 8 rebounds by international forward Zhao Shuang (188-90) did not help to save the game for Shenyang Golden Lions. International guard LiJie Miao (180-81) added 13 points and 7 assists for the guests.


Top scorers:
Zhejiang: M.Katie 33+18reb, B.Lan 32+7reb+3ast, S.Tong 16+5reb+8ast, S.Binbin 6+4reb+4ast, G.Jun 5+9reb, W.Chun-hui 2+1reb+1ast
Shenyang: S.Zhao 19+8reb+2ast, S.Liwei 15+1reb+3ast, L.Dan 13+7reb+1ast, M.LiJie 13+2reb+7ast, W.Xuejiao 5+2reb+1ast, Y.Fang 5


gschID: 156737


Yunnan - Bayi 85-63

Lindsay Taylor (203-81, college: UCSB) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the effort and Japanese guard ChuanXing Dan (178-78) supported her with 18 points and 5 assists. Four Qujing Yunnan players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 6 rebounds by international forward Lu Wen (188-90) did not help to save the game for Bayi Kylin. Center Liting Zhang (199-94) added 13 points for the guests. Bayi Kylin's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Qujing Yunnan keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams.
Top scorers:
Yunnan: T.Lindsay 23+10reb, D.ChuanXing 18+2reb+5ast, Z.Lin 14+1reb, Z.Huan 14+5reb+4ast, L.XiaoLei 8+5reb+1ast, Y.Jun 6+2reb+1ast
Bayi: W.Lu 20+6reb, Z.Liting 13+4reb, W.Xue 9+4reb+2ast, S.Mengran 8+3reb+1ast, Z.Jiayi 6+5reb+3ast, L.Yang 3
gschID: 156738


Liaoning - Heilongjiang 85-71

The game was mostly controlled by Liaoning Hengye. Heilongjiang Chenneng was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Liaoning Hengye dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Heilongjiang Chenneng's 50. American center Louise Ruili (198-79) notched 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and international forward Xiaoli Chen (193-82) supported her with 16 points. Four Liaoning Hengye players scored in double figures. Liaoning Hengye's coach Bo Overton used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds by center Yu Fu (190-94) did not help to save the game for Heilongjiang Chenneng. The former international swingman YanYan Ji (182-85) added 26 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the guests.
Top scorers:
Liaoning: R.Louise 20+7reb, C.Xiaoli 16+3reb+2ast, M.Zengyu 10+4reb+3ast, Z.Meiling 10+8reb, Z.Yu 8+2reb, C.Xiaoxue 7+1reb+1ast
Heilongjiang: J.YanYan 26+2reb+3ast, F.Yu 18+15reb, Z.He 8+5reb, Z.Yongfu 7+1reb, G.Song 6+5reb, L.JiaCen 6+7reb
gschID: 156733




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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. Marginean, Arras21.5 
 4. Williams, Nantes21.0 
 5. Pierson, Maccabi20.5 
 6. Carter, Union H.20.5 
 7. Shields, Maccabi19.5 
 8. Ndour, Gran Canaria19.5 
 9. Guzman, MBK R.19.0 
 10. Butulija, Partizan19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amanda ZAHUI
  Telge
  (190-C-93)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Zahui, Telge16.5 
 2. Sanders, Kayseri14.0 
 3. Tozlu, Optimum TED13.0 
 4. Lopes, AD Vagos12.0 
 5. Shamanina, Spart.11.0 
 6. Petrakova, Dynamo11.0 
 7. Vandersloot, Besik.10.5 
 8. Carter, Union H.10.5 
 9. Madden, SISU10.5 
 10. Pierson, Maccabi10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Nilay KARTALTEPE YIGIT
  Bot.
  (172-PG-79)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Kartaltepe Y., Bot.8.5 
 2. Guzman, MBK R.8.0 
 3. Aubert, Nantes7.5 
 4. Alves, AD Vagos6.0 
 5. Arguello, Gran C.5.5 
 6. Selwyn, Elitzur Ra.5.0 
 7. Chaney, Botas5.0 
 8. Fomina, Dynamo K.5.0 
 9. Brezaniova, MBK R.5.0 
 10. Alexander, Fl.Fox.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Amanda HOUTS
  Union H.
  (168-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Houts, Union H.5.5 
 2. Selwyn, Elitzur Ra.5.0 
 3. Carter, Union H.5.0 
 4. Arseneva, Dynamo5.0 
 5. Mitchell, Arras4.5 
 6. Fomina, Dynamo K.4.0 
 7. Solopova, Union H.4.0 
 8. Paugaite, Mondevil.4.0 
 9. Shilova, Dy.4.0 
 10. Keyru, Chevakata4.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Juliya KISELEVA
  Chevakata
  (200-C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kiseleva, Chevaka.3.0 
 2. Murauskaya, Olimpia3.0 
 3. Pierson, Maccabi2.5 
 4. VanMalderen, Dexia2.0 
 5. Zahui, Telge2.0 
 6. Lopes, AD Vagos2.0 
 7. Khomenchuk, Goriz.2.0 
 8. Vodopiyanova, Dyn.1.7 
 9. Forsman-Goga, Tel.1.5 
 10. Meesseman, Young1.5 


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


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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 


Euroleague Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Bourges - 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. Yacoubou and Wauters had 10 points each in the win. Brown answered with 14 points for Bourges. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-F-88) nailed 12 points in the loss.

USK Praha - UMMC 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 and Olga Arteshina 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 delivered 11 points in defeat as the hosts fell at 2-3 record.

VICI-Aistes - SEAT-SZESE 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 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 and Edita Sujanova had 8 points apiece in the loss.

Group B
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 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 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 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 added 10 apiece.

UNIQA Eurol. - 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 added 11 points for the winners. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) answered with 12 points for CCC Polkowice. Joanna Walich and Megan Frazee netted 10 points each in the loss.

Nadezhda O. - Perfumerias 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 had 8 points in the win. Rebekkah Brunson answered with 25 points and 8 rebounds for Nadezhda. Anastasiya Veremeenko netted 16 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in the loss.

Group C
Gospic - Lattes Montp. 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 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 nailed 16 points in the loss.

Dobri Anjeli - Spartak V MR 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 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 netted 10.

Wisla Can-Pak - 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 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 notched 10. Kia Vaughn erupted with 20 points and 17 boards in defeat, whilst Simona Ballardini and Florina Pascalau added 9 each.

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, Romana Hejdova and Alena Hanusova chipped in 9 points each in the loss.




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  FINLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Vanessa HOUSE
  FoA
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. House, FoA19.3 
 2. Laaksonen, Espoo18.4 
 3. Pounds, Catz17.3 
 4. McCants, PeKa16.7 
 5. Anderson, Catz16.0 
 6. Robinson, Huima15.8 
 7. Szunko, ToPo15.2 
 8. Underwood, HoNsU14.6 
 9. Wilson, Espoo Team14.5 
 10. Hart, Kerava14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaihla SZUNKO
  ToPo
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Szunko, ToPo13.3 
 2. Hart, Kerava11.6 
 3. Ali, Huima11.3 
 4. Gissendanner, PeKa10.7 
 5. Laaksonen, Espoo10.7 
 6. Anderson, Catz10.3 
 7. Reshetko, Catz9.8 
 8. Robinson, Huima9.6 
 9. Underwood, HoNsU8.5 
 10. Phillips, PeKa7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Reetta PIIPARI
  PeKa
  (170-G-80)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Piipari, PeKa4.6 
 2. Jennings, Espoo T.4.5 
 3. Jamsen, Huima3.3 
 4. Lehtoranta, PeKa3.1 
 5. House, FoA2.9 
 6. Robinson, Huima2.9 
 7. Reshetko, Catz2.7 
 8. Nurmi, ToPo2.5 
 9. Starks, Catz2.5 
 10. Pounds, Catz2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Vanessa HOUSE
  FoA
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. House, FoA4.9 
 2. Jennings, Espoo T.3.8 
 3. Robinson, Huima3.4 
 4. Starks, Catz3.0 
 5. Ali, Huima3.0 
 6. Underwood, HoNsU2.9 
 7. Pounds, Catz2.5 
 8. Anderson, Catz2.2 
 9. Reshetko, Catz2.2 
 10. Wilson, Espoo Te.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Laura SAARINEN
  ToPo
  (187-F/C-92)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Saarinen, ToPo1.4 
 2. Sten, HoNsU1.3 
 3. Ali, Huima1.1 
 4. Szunko, ToPo1.0 
 5. Starks, Catz1.0 
 6. McCants, PeKa1.0 
 7. Lepisto, HoNsU0.9 
 8. Anderson, Catz0.8 
 9. Paavola, Kerava0.7 
 10. Nurmi, ToPo0.7 


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tanya BROERING
  Lekdetec.
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Broering, Lekdetec.22.3 
 2. Manuputty, Grassh.20.5 
 3. Roubehie-F., Binne.19.3 
 4. Van der Hoek, Euro.17.8 
 5. Kooij, HLB Account.14.4 
 6. Philippo, Grasshop.14.2 
 7. Kraak, Binnenland14.0 
 8. Heerts, Eurosped13.8 
 9. Ligthart, Lekdetec.13.7 
 10. McDowell, ProBui.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tamlyn DE GROOT
  HLB A.
  (186-C-91)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. De Groot, HLB A.9.7 
 2. Ligthart, Lekdetec.8.8 
 3. Heerts, Eurosped8.5 
 4. Lammerink, Euros.8.5 
 5. Nieuwveen, ProBui.8.0 
 6. Van der Plas, Gras.7.7 
 7. Biesters, Lekdetec.7.7 
 8. Van Der Keij., CT.7.2 
 9. McDowell, ProBui.6.8 
 10. van Dongen, HLB6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Tanya BROERING
  Lekdetec.
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Broering, Lekdetec.4.3 
 2. Kuijt, Grasshoppers4.3 
 3. McDowell, ProBui.4.0 
 4. Dekker, Eurosped3.8 
 5. Cornelius, CTO3.0 
 6. Van Den Adel, Binn.3.0 
 7. De Kleijn, CTO2.8 
 8. Butter, CTO2.8 
 9. Hochstetler, Binne.2.8 
 10. Kooij, HLB Accoun.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Karin KUIJT
  Grasshoppers
  (175-G-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kuijt, Grasshoppers4.0 
 2. McDowell, ProBui.3.8 
 3. Broering, Lekdetec.3.7 
 4. Biesters, Lekdetec.3.7 
 5. Hartman, ProBuild.3.7 
 6. Roubehie-F., Binne.3.0 
 7. Van der Plas, Gras.3.0 
 8. Manuputty, Grassh.2.8 
 9. Ligthart, Lekdetec.2.5 
 10. van Dongen, HLB2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Silke HEERTS
  Eurosped
  (185-F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Heerts, Eurosped1.8 
 2. Van Der Keij., CT.1.5 
 3. Kraak, Binnenland1.2 
 4. Van der Hoek, Euro.1.0 
 5. Kooij, HLB Account.1.0 
 6. Rikhof, Eurosped0.7 
 7. Dijkman, Grasshop.0.7 
 8. Van den Ande., Bin.0.5 
 9. Keppy, ProBuild.0.5 
 10. Kuijt, Grasshoppe.0.5 


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  ICELAND - Women  


Express L. Round 6: KR loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
After 6 rounds played we can already see who rules in the Express L. and who belongs to weaker ones.

There was a change at the Express L. leadership position after last games. Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader KR (5-1). They were defeated by seventh ranked Haukar (2-4) 66-60 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of KR. KR trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 20-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 60-66 at the end of the game. Haukar forced 23 KR turnovers. American forward Hope Elam (185-89, college: Indiana) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Jence Rhoads (180-88, college: Vanderbilt) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Bryndis Gudmundsdottir (180-88) with 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Haukar moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hamar and Fjolnir. KR at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Keflavik who have the same record. KR will play next round against league's leader Keflavik trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Haukar will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Hamar on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Keflavik as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (KR) loss. Keflavik defeated 4th ranked Snaefell at home 82-66. American forward Jaleesa Butler (183-87, college: Georgetown) notched a double-double by scoring 27 points and 20 rebounds to lead the effort and Birna Valgardsdottir supported her with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Keflavik's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists by the former international guard Hildur Sigurdardottir (178-81) did not help to save the game for Snaefell. Keflavik (5-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with KR. Snaefell at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Snaefell will play next round against Fjolnir trying to get back on the winning streak. Keflavik will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked KR at Reykjavik.
Quite upsetting was Valur's home defeat in a game versus Hamar 69-61. The best player for the winners was Hannah Tuomi who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Melissa Lechlitner who recorded 15 points and 7 assists. Hamar (2-4) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Haukar and Fjolnir. Valur lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with five games lost. Hamar will meet at home Haukar (#6) in the next round. Valur will play against Njardvik.
The game in Fjolnir supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Njardvik (4-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Fjolnir (2-4). Njardvik smashed Fjolnir 99-78. It was a good game for Shanae Baker-Brice who led her team to a victory with 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Njardvik's coach felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Njardvik maintains third position with 4-2 record behind leader Keflavik. Fjolnir lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with four games lost. Njardvik's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Valur (#8) in Reykjavik where they are favorite. Fjolnir will play on the road against Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Keflavik - Snaefell 82-66

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Keflavik as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (KR) loss. Keflavik defeated 4th ranked Snaefell at home 82-66. It looked good early as Snaefell took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Keflavik had a 30-13 second period charge getting the lead and Snaefell was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-82. Keflavik dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Snaefell's 38. Keflavik forced 19 Snaefell turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. American forward Jaleesa Butler (183-87, college: Georgetown) notched a double-double by scoring 27 points and 20 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international forward Birna Valgardsdottir (181-76) supported her with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Keflavik's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists by the former international guard Hildur Sigurdardottir (178-81) did not help to save the game for Snaefell. American forward Kieraah Marlow (178-85) added 19 points. Four Snaefell players scored in double figures. Keflavik (5-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with KR. Snaefell at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Snaefell will play next round against Fjolnir trying to get back on the winning streak. Keflavik will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked KR at Reykjavik.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: K.Marlow 19+3reb+1ast, H.Sigurdardottir 16+9reb+5ast, H.Kjartansdottir 13+6reb+2ast, H.Bjorgvinsdottir 12+4reb, B.Einarsdottir 3+4reb, A.Jonsdottir 2+4reb+2ast
Keflavik: J.Butler 27+20reb+2ast, B.Valgardsdottir 13+6reb+2ast, P.Gunnlaugsdottir 11+4reb+6ast, S.Run Hinriksdottir 9+6reb+1ast, L.Falsdottir 7+1reb+1ast, S.Lind Thrastardottir 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 142463


Fjolnir - Njardvik 78-99

The game in Fjolnir supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Njardvik (4-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Fjolnir (2-4). Njardvik smashed Fjolnir 99-78. The game without a history. Njardvik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Shanae Baker-Brice (168-87, college: Towson) who led her team to a victory with 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import swingman Lele Hardy (178-88, college: Clemson, agency: Merit Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals for the winners. Four Njardvik players scored in double figures. Njardvik's coach felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Britney Jones (170-87, college: UAB) replied with 40 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks and Australian Katina Mandylaris added 20 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Fjolnir. Njardvik maintains third position with 4-2 record behind leader Keflavik. Fjolnir lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with four games lost. Njardvik's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Valur (#8) in Reykjavik where they are favorite. Fjolnir will play on the road against Snaefell in Stykkisholmur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: B.Jones 40+7reb+6ast, K.Mandylaris 20+16reb+1ast, B.Eiriksdottir 9+1reb, E.Kristinsdottir 7+7reb+1ast, E.Emilsdottir 2+3reb+1ast, M.Loftsdottir 0
Njardvik: S.Baker-Brice 34+8reb+6ast, L.Hardy 23+17reb+4ast, P.Skuladottir 17+2reb+1ast, S.Margeirsdottir 10, E.Gretarsdottir 4+1reb+1ast, S.Saevarsdottir 4+1ast
gschID: 142460


Valur - Hamar 61-69

Quite upsetting was Valur's home defeat in a game versus Hamar 69-61. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 21-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Hamar made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Valur turnovers and outrebounded them 53-42 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Hannah Tuomi (185-89, college: Vanderbilt) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds. The other American import guard Samantha Murphy (172, college: Grand Canyon) chipped in 25 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Melissa Lechlitner (170-88, college: Notre Dame) who recorded 15 points and 7 assists and the former international center Maria Ben Erlingsdottir (187-88, college: UTPA) added 12 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Hamar (2-4) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Haukar and Fjolnir. Valur lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with five games lost. Hamar will meet at home Haukar (#6) in the next round. Valur will play against Njardvik.
Top scorers:
Valur: M.Lechlitner 15+3reb+7ast, G.Sverrisdottir 15+4reb, M.Ben Erlingsdottir 12+12reb+1ast, K.Sigurjonsdottir 4+5reb+4ast, T.Bjarnadottir 4+5reb, U.Asgeirsdottir 4+4reb+2ast
Hamar: H.Tuomi 26+17reb+2ast, S.Murphy 25+8reb+4ast, A.Thorsteinsdottir 6+15reb, S.Gudgeirsdottir 5+3reb, K.Antonsdottir 3+2reb+1ast, J.Hardardottir 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 142461


Haukar - KR 66-60

There was a change at the Express L. leadership position after last games. Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader KR (5-1). They were defeated by seventh ranked Haukar (2-4) 66-60 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of KR. KR trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 20-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 60-66 at the end of the game. Haukar forced 23 KR turnovers. American forward Hope Elam (185-89, college: Indiana) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Jence Rhoads (180-88, college: Vanderbilt) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Bryndis Gudmundsdottir (180-88) with 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international power forward Sigrun Amundadottir (183-88, agency: Promotex) scored 16 points and 4 steals. Haukar moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hamar and Fjolnir. KR at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Keflavik who have the same record. KR will play next round against league's leader Keflavik trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Haukar will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Hamar on the road.
Top scorers:
KR: S.Amundadottir 16+4reb+1ast, E.Prosser 15+3reb+2ast, H.Halfdanardottir 11+2reb+2ast, M.Sturludottir 8+6reb+4ast, B.Gudmundsdottir 8+12reb+4ast, H.Einarsdottir 2+4reb
Haukar: J.Rhoads 21+3reb+5ast, I.Sverrisdottir 15+6reb+1ast, H.Elam 12+15reb+2ast, M.Halfdanardottir 8+3reb+4ast, S.Palmadottir 4+1reb+1ast, G.Osk Amundardottir 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 142462




stats leader
Points Per Game
 Britney JONES
  Fjolnir
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 31.8
 1. Jones, Fjolnir31.8 
 2. Hardy, Njardvik27.4 
 3. Murphy, Hamar26.8 
 4. Colson, KR23.5 
 5. Baker-Brice, Njard.23.4 
 6. Butler, Keflavik23.0 
 7. Tuomi, Hamar21.3 
 8. Sigurdardott., Sna.20.7 
 9. Marlow, Snaefell19.4 
 10. Rhoads, Haukar17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jaleesa BUTLER
  Keflavik
  (183-F-87)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Butler, Keflavik15.5 
 2. Mandylaris, Fjolnir15.2 
 3. Hardy, Njardvik14.6 
 4. Tuomi, Hamar13.8 
 5. Elam, Haukar11.7 
 6. Gudmundsdott., KR9.3 
 7. Colson, KR8.8 
 8. Sigurdardott., Sna.8.7 
 9. Sturludottir, KR8.3 
 10. Baker-Brice, Njar.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Britney JONES
  Fjolnir
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Jones, Fjolnir7.3 
 2. Rhoads, Haukar7.2 
 3. Sigurdardott., Sna.6.0 
 4. Lechlitner, Valur5.8 
 5. Baker-Brice, Njard.5.8 
 6. Sturludottir, KR4.7 
 7. Butler, Keflavik4.7 
 8. Gunnlaugsdot., Kef.4.5 
 9. Marlow, Snaefell4.0 
 10. Prosser, KR4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Samantha MURPHY
  Hamar
  (172-G-)
  Avg: 5
 1. Murphy, Hamar5.0 
 2. Colson, KR4.8 
 3. Hardy, Njardvik4.4 
 4. Jones, Fjolnir4.2 
 5. Gunnlaugsdot., Kef.4.0 
 6. Sturludottir, KR3.8 
 7. Gunnarsdotti., Hau.3.5 
 8. Rhoads, Haukar3.2 
 9. Butler, Keflavik3.2 
 10. Baker-Brice, Njar.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jaleesa BUTLER
  Keflavik
  (183-F-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Butler, Keflavik3.5 
 2. Hermannsdott., Val.2.6 
 3. Jones, Fjolnir2.0 
 4. Rhoads, Haukar1.7 
 5. Johannsdotti., Kef.1.0 
 6. Erlingsdotti., Val.1.0 
 7. Elam, Haukar1.0 
 8. Marlow, Snaefell1.0 
 9. Gudmundsdott., KR1.0 
 10. Kjartansdott., Sn.1.0 


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


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  POLAND - Women  


Paulina Antczak backs to MUKS Poznan - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Paulina Antczak (182-F-90) joined the forces of MUKS Poznan. She needs some minutes on the court and her previous team Matizol Lider Pruszkow decided to lent her. Paulina Antczak made a debut in MUKS Poznan during the game against Matizol Lider Pruszkow. She noted: 4 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.

Paulina Antczak is quite young , 21 years old forward. She was born in Poznan and MUKS Poznan was her first professional team. One year ago she moved to Matizol Lider
Pruszkow. In 2010/2011 season she averaged 2,5 points and 1,6 rebounds in 22 games.

She was not playing much in Matizol Lider Pruszkow. In MUKS Poznan she will have more opportunities to play on the court.



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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Standings - Women
BSNF Standings
 1. Morovis M. 19-3 
 2. Juncos V. 18-5 
 3. Carolina G. 15-9 
 4. San German 13-10 
 5. Ponce L. 10-14 
 6. Guaynabo M. 9-13 
 7. San Juan W. 5-17 
 8. Aguas B.T. 2-20 


Stats Leaders - Superleague 25
Points Per Game
 Renee TAYLOR
  Juncos V.
  (158-G-85)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Taylor, Juncos V.24.4 
 2. Martin, Guaynabo.24.0 
 3. Bingham, San G.22.3 
 4. Ross, San Juan W.20.6 
 5. McLean, Juncos V.20.4 
 6. Williams, Morovis19.4 
 7. Gant, San German19.1 
 8. Canady, Juncos V.18.5 
 9. Jones, Aguas B.T.17.3 
 10. Laur, Carolina G.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Candyce BINGHAM
  San G.
  (183-F-86)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Bingham, San G.13.1 
 2. Canady, Juncos V.12.5 
 3. Gant, San German11.5 
 4. Martin, Guaynabo.11.4 
 5. Rosigi, Morovis M.11.0 
 6. Mahan, San Juan W.10.6 
 7. Blake, Carolina G.10.4 
 8. Comfort, San G.10.2 
 9. Seals, Guaynabo M.10.1 
 10. Jones, Aguas B.T.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Yahimily CABRERA
  Juncos V.
  (--82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Cabrera, Juncos V.8.3 
 2. Young, Aguas B.T.5.8 
 3. Bingham, San G.5.1 
 4. Murphree, Carolina.5.0 
 5. Raven, Morovis M.4.4 
 6. Emmanuelli, Morov.4.3 
 7. Flagg, San Juan W.4.3 
 8. Teasley, Ponce L.4.3 
 9. White, San German4.1 
 10. Montalvo, San J.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Renee TAYLOR
  Juncos V.
  (158-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Taylor, Juncos V.2.8 
 2. Mahan, San Juan W.2.7 
 3. Cabrera, Juncos V.2.7 
 4. McLean, Juncos V.2.6 
 5. Raven, Morovis M.2.6 
 6. Martin, Guaynabo.2.5 
 7. Teasley, Ponce L.2.4 
 8. Williams, Morovis2.3 
 9. Murphree, Carolina.2.2 
 10. Sanchez, Guaynab.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Lady COMFORT
  San G.
  (188-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Comfort, San G.2.0 
 2. Bingham, San G.1.7 
 3. Seals, Guaynabo M.1.6 
 4. Willoughy, Juncos1.3 
 5. Tapia, San Juan W.1.3 
 6. Williams, Morovis1.2 
 7. Jones, Aguas B.T.1.1 
 8. Martin, Guaynabo.1.1 
 9. Flores, San J.1.0 
 10. Gant, San German1.0 


Carolina gets bigger with Esmary Vargas - by Eurobasket News
Esmary Vargas-Sanchez (192-C-81, college: Emporia St.) is a new member of Carolina. The Puerto Rican center signed a deal for rest of the season. She already made debut for Carolina in Game Five of the BSNF Semifinals. Vargas had 7 points and 8 rebounds against Juncos. She reached valuation 14 and Carolina grabbed crucial 79-78 win. They will meet Morovis in the Finals. Esmary Vargas-Sanchez played in Spain last season. She was a member of LF2 team CB Pio XII Santiago de Compostela. Vargas averaged 8.1 points and 5 rebounds for 15 games. She won the Gold with Puerto Rican NT at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara.

Carolina joins Morovis in BNSF Finals - by Eurobasket News
BSNF Semifinals, Game 5: Carolina G. - Juncos V. 79-78 (3-2)

Carolina grabbed 79-78 thriller win against Juncos in crucial Game Five of the BSNF Semifinals. It means that Carolina advanced to Finals, where they will meet Morovis. The series is best-of-seven and the first game is scheduled for today. Morovis will be the host. After that, teams will meet again on November 13, 14, 16, 19*, 21* and 23* (* if necessary). Carolina is the defending champion.
Juncos V. was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Carolina G. forced 19 Juncos V. turnovers. American forward Lindsay Laur (182-F, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) stepped up and scored 24 points for the winners and international forward Yolanda Jones (184-84, college: La-Lafayette) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Jessica Canady (185-88, college: ODU) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and the former international Yahimily Cabrera (-82) scored 9 points, 7 rebounds, 12 assists and 7 steals. Four Juncos V. players scored in double figures.

Carolina G.: L.Laur 24+4reb+2ast, Y.Jones 17+10reb+1ast, C.Valentin 12+1reb+3ast, J.Murphree 9+6reb+7ast, E.Vargas 7+8reb+2ast, A.Rockwell 4+1reb
Juncos V.: J.Canady 25+13reb, R.Taylor 19+4reb+4ast, M.McClean 15+2reb+2ast, K.Willoughy 10+7reb+2ast, Y.Cabrera 9+7reb+12ast, K.Ruiz 0


Cynthia Valentin also joins Carolina - by Eurobasket News
Carolina added another player in a single day. After Esmary Vargas-Sanchez (192-C-81, college: Emporia St.), the team returned Cynthia Valentin (174-SG-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) for rest of the season. Valentin played for Carolina in 2010. She shined with 21.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg and 3 apg for 22 games. She helped Carolina to win the BSNF title and they hope to do the same again. Cynthia Valentin already played her first game for Carolina this season. She scored 12 points against Juncos and her team grabbed 79-78 thriller win. It was the crucial Game Five of the BSNF Semifinals and Carolina will now meet Morovis at the last stage. Cynthia Valentin played in Spain in 2009/10 season. She had 19.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 2 apg for 27 games in LF2. As Vargas, Valentin also played for the Puerto Rican NT at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara.

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  ROMANIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Brandie HOSKINS
  Craiova
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Hoskins, Craiova22.4 
 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. Prlja, Alexandria16.3 
 10. Abramzon, Alba Iu.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ceciley JOHNSON
  Iasi
  (188-C-)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Johnson, Iasi12.4 
 2. Kajdacsi, Brasov12.0 
 3. Williams, Oradea11.4 
 4. Bartee, Craiova11.0 
 5. Greer, Craiova10.3 
 6. Laplante, Alexandr.10.3 
 7. Parker, Alba Iulia9.5 
 8. Graboski, Alexandr.9.3 
 9. Beachem, Targu M.9.3 
 10. Washington, Satu8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marija PRLJA
  Alexandria
  (163-G-87)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Prlja, Alexandria5.6 
 2. Nicolaescu, Rapid4.9 
 3. Hoskins, Craiova4.5 
 4. Hicks, Targu Mures4.5 
 5. Vukoje, Timisoara4.4 
 6. Ciocan, Targoviste4.2 
 7. Diaconu, Targoviste4.1 
 8. Harrison, Alba Iul.3.9 
 9. Salley, Alba Iulia3.9 
 10. Mehmedic, Satu M.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marija PRLJA
  Alexandria
  (163-G-87)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Prlja, Alexandria4.1 
 2. Hicks, Targu Mures3.9 
 3. Givens, Targoviste3.9 
 4. Abramzon, Alba Iul.3.9 
 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 


D1 Round 8: No surprise as #1 CSM Targoviste defeats Sp.Studentesc - by Eurobasket News
The round 8 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

D1 top team - CSM Targoviste (8-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Sp.Studentesc (4-4) 97-31. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sp.Studentesc. The game without a history. CSM Targoviste led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sp.Studentesc to just 4 points in first quarter and to 12 points in first half. CSM Targoviste dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Sp.Studentesc's 24. CSM Targoviste forced 31 Sp.Studentesc turnovers and outrebounded them 49-18 including a 24-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. CSM Targoviste looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 2 passes made by Sp.Studentesc's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward Monique Coker (188-82, college: ODU) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds and Ukrainian power forward Olena Zherzherunova (191-78, agency: LBM Management) who added 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. CSM Targoviste's coach Florin Nini felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Wilhelmina Wilson (186-82, college: S.Mississippi) responded with 8 points and 5 rebounds. Undefeated CSM Targoviste have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-0 record. Sp.Studentesc at the other side dropped to the eighth place with four games lost. CSM Targoviste are looking forward to face Timisoara (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Sp.Studentesc will play against Satu Mare and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Sf.Gheorghe (0-6) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to eighth ranked Timisoara (5-3) 84-35. The winners were led by Serbian guard Biljana Pesovic (180-83) who scored that evening 19 points and 5 assists and Martina Osterman supported her with 9 points and 12 rebounds. Even 11 points and 6 rebounds by forward Emoke Szocs (175-93) did not help to save the game for Sf.Gheorghe. Sf.Gheorghe's coach Attila Veres gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Timisoara moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Craiova. Sf.Gheorghe at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Timisoara will play against league's leader CSM Targoviste at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sf.Gheorghe will play against Targu Mures (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 8: Alba Iulia destroyed Oradea on the opponent's court 91-68. Brasov outscored Olimpia in a home game 91-56. Targu Mures managed to beat Rapid on the road 64-48. Alexandria defeated Craiova on its own court 71-62.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds by Olga Cazac of Brasov.



Oradea - Alba Iulia 68-91

Very expected game when 13th ranked Oradea (1-7) was crushed at home by third ranked Alba Iulia (7-1) 91-68. It looked good early as Oradea took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Alba Iulia had a 22-15 second period charge getting the lead and Oradea was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-91. Alba Iulia forced 39 Oradea turnovers and outrebounded them 40-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American forward Breanna Salley (180-87, college: Seattle) who scored that evening 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Russian-Israeli forward Ekaterina Abramzon (185-87) supported her with 26 points and 4 steals. Even 18 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Odessa Williams (188-86, college: Longwood) did not help to save the game for Oradea. Forward Alexandra Vlaicu (178-91) added 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Alba Iulia moved-up to second place, which they share with Alexandria and Targu Mures. Oradea at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with seven games lost. They share it with Rapid. Alba Iulia will play against Brasov (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Oradea will play against Craiova in Craiova to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Alba Iulia: B.Salley 28+6reb+4ast, E.Abramzon 26+4reb+2ast, R.Tarta 12+6reb+6ast, N.Parker 10+7reb, T.Harrison 8+7reb+1ast, V.Dinca 5+5reb+5ast
Oradea: A.Vlaicu 20+3reb+2ast, O.Williams 18+7reb+2ast, A.Maria Meszaros 13+3reb+2ast, K.Small 11+9reb+4ast, R.Chis 2, L.Ulica 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 131328


Brasov - Olimpia 91-56

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Brasov and 12th ranked Olimpia had identical 2-5 record. This time Brasov used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Bucuresti 91-56. The game without a history. Brasov led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-26 charity shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Brasov forced 19 Olimpia turnovers. The winners were led by Moldovan-Uzbekistani center Olga Cazac (187-74, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who scored that evening 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and point guard Gabriela Cursaru (167-92) supported her with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Coach Dan Calancea's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 21 points by swingman Sonia Ursu (175-93) did not help to save the game for Olimpia. Forward Gabriela Munteanu (177-88) added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Brasov (3-5) moved-up to tenth place. Olimpia at the other side keeps the twelfth position with six games lost. Brasov will play against higher ranked Alba Iulia (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Olimpia will play against ICIM Arad (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brasov: O.Cazac 34+9reb+1ast, G.Cursaru 25+7reb+4ast, N.Nikolic 12+4reb, J.Kajdacsi 9+9reb+1ast, A.Sinka 8+4reb+2ast, S.Avram 3+7reb+2ast
Olimpia: S.Ursu 21+4reb+3ast, G.Munteanu 12+11reb, M.Chelariu 10+7reb, A.Dumitrache 7+5reb, R.Filip 4+6reb+3ast, S.Rotarescu 2+2reb
gschID: 131329


Rapid - Targu Mures 48-64

Not a big story in a game in Bucuresti where 14th ranked Rapid (1-7) was defeated by fourth ranked Targu Mures (7-1) 64-48. The game was mostly controlled by Targu Mures. Rapid was better in fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rapid to just 4 points in second quarter. Targu Mures forced 26 Rapid turnovers. The winners were led by American guard Veronica Hicks (175-89, college: Michigan) who scored that evening 16 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center Bianca Vescan (186-78) supported her with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Four Targu Mures players scored in double figures. Even 12 points and 7 rebounds by center Cristina Perta (187-78) did not help to save the game for Rapid. Guard Monica Nicolaescu (167-83) added 4 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Targu Mures have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Alexandria and Alba Iulia. Rapid lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with seven games lost. They share it with Oradea. Targu Mures will play against Sf.Gheorghe (#15) in Sfantu Gheorghe in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Rapid will play on the road against Iasi in Iasi to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: V.Hicks 16+9reb+3ast, A.Pop 13+3reb+3ast, B.Vescan 12+13reb+2ast, A.Cutas 10+3reb+3ast, C.Cutas 5+4reb+3ast, K.Beachem 4+3reb
Rapid: C.Perta 12+7reb+2ast, R.Bejan 11+6reb, A.Ionescu 6+6reb, A.Pavel 6+2reb+3ast, N.Burlakova 4+1reb+1ast, M.Nicolaescu 4+9reb+4ast
gschID: 131331


Sf.Gheorghe - Timisoara 35-84

Bottom-ranked Sf.Gheorghe (0-6) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to eighth ranked Timisoara (5-3) 84-35. The game without a history. Timisoara led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sf.Gheorghe to just 2 points in fourth quarter and to 13 points in second half. Timisoara dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Sf.Gheorghe's 26. Timisoara forced 24 Sf.Gheorghe turnovers and outrebounded them 48-26 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Timisoara players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The winners were led by Serbian guard Biljana Pesovic (180-83) who scored that evening 19 points and 5 assists and Slovenian forward Martina Osterman (188-88) supported her with 9 points and 12 rebounds. Even 11 points and 6 rebounds by forward Emoke Szocs (175-93) did not help to save the game for Sf.Gheorghe. The former international guard Florentina Ardeleanu (171-83) added 9 points for the hosts. Sf.Gheorghe's coach Attila Veres gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Timisoara moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Craiova. Sf.Gheorghe at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Timisoara will play against league's leader CSM Targoviste at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sf.Gheorghe will play against Targu Mures (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Timisoara: B.Pesovic 19+3reb+5ast, A.Haas 14+3reb+1ast, J.Vukoje 13+2reb+6ast, A.Stoenescu 12+2reb+6ast, M.Osterman 9+12reb, A.Stoiedin 8+13reb
Sf.Gheorghe: E.Szocs 11+6reb, F.Ardeleanu 9+2reb, M.Adi 8+3reb, A.Morris 5+2reb+3ast, I.Vass 2+2reb+5ast, Z.Kerekes 0+1reb
gschID: 131332


Targoviste - Sp.Studentesc 97-31

D1 top team - CSM Targoviste (8-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Sp.Studentesc (4-4) 97-31. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sp.Studentesc. The game without a history. CSM Targoviste led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sp.Studentesc to just 4 points in first quarter and to 12 points in first half. CSM Targoviste dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Sp.Studentesc's 24. CSM Targoviste forced 31 Sp.Studentesc turnovers and outrebounded them 49-18 including a 24-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. CSM Targoviste looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 2 passes made by Sp.Studentesc's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward Monique Coker (188-82, college: ODU) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds and Ukrainian power forward Olena Zherzherunova (191-78, agency: LBM Management) who added 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five CSM Targoviste players scored in double figures. CSM Targoviste's coach Florin Nini felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Wilhelmina Wilson (186-82, college: S.Mississippi) responded with 8 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Taisia Lungu (182-89) scored 7 points and 6 rebounds. CSM Targoviste have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-0 record. Sp.Studentesc at the other side dropped to the eighth place with four games lost. CSM Targoviste are looking forward to face Timisoara (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Sp.Studentesc will play against Satu Mare and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Targoviste: M.Coker 18+8reb+2ast, O.Samburska 15+3reb+4ast, O.Zherzherunova 14+7reb+2ast, C.Givens 13+7reb+2ast, A.Sipos 11+8reb+1ast, F.Diaconu 10+4reb+5ast
Sp.Studentesc: A.Cuatu 9+1ast, W.Wilson 8+5reb, T.Lungu 7+6reb, A.Lovasz 3+3reb, A.Kovacevic 2+1reb, T.Kilin 2+1ast
gschID: 131333


Alexandria - Craiova 71-62

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Alexandria (7-1) beat at home 6th ranked Craiova (5-3) 71-62. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Craiova won third quarter 23-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alexandria dominated on the defensive end, holding Craiova to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Alexandria forced 22 Craiova turnovers and outrebounded them 48-37 including 17 on the offensive glass. The winners were led by American center Kari Laplante (195-89, college: USC) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds and Serbian guard Marija Prlja (163-87) supported her with 23 points and 5 assists. Even 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by American guard Brandie Hoskins (175-85) did not help to save the game for Craiova. Her fellow American import power forward El Sara Greer (188, college: Oregon St.) added 7 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Alexandria have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-1 record behind leader Targoviste, which they share with Alba Iulia and Targu Mures. Craiova at the other side keeps the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with Timisoara. Alexandria will play against Cluj Napoca (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Craiova will play against Oradea (#13) in Oradea and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Alexandria: M.Prlja 23+4reb+5ast, K.Laplante 21+19reb, N.Graboski 12+13reb+1ast, M.McIntyre 9+4reb+1ast, D.Bucica 6+7reb+3ast, I.Turcu 0
Craiova: B.Hoskins 28+8reb+5ast, C.Bartee 16+8reb+1ast, N.Mikic 8+6reb, E.Sara Greer 7+15reb+5ast, A.Gliga 3, D.Nita 0
gschID: 131327




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