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  ABA   


NYC Thunder Preparing for Start of 2011-12 ABA Season - by Surujh Roopnarine
The talk of the ABA's Northeast Division tends to circle around the defending champion Jersey Express. Or possibly the two new expansion clubs; the Staten Island Vipers and Connecticut Topballerz. Lost in the discussion most times though are the New York City Thunder. Under the guidance of owner and head coach Michael Logan , the club enters this season with hopes of making news of their own, on the court. On Saturday, November 19th they will start their season as they travel to Albertus Magnus College to take on the Topballerz. Notable names on the roster include veteran forward Malcolm Connor (6'6''-G/F-80, college: W.New Mexico), who returns to the Thunder after a successful 2010 campaign, as well as an impressive stint in Mexico's top league where he averaged 14.1 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 10 games for Volcanes de Toluca. Guard/Forward Christopher Bowman (6'7''-G-80, college: Lehman), a former St. Raymond's High School standout and guard Paul Flowers (6'2''-G-85, college: Mercy) are other notable names. However, the most recognizable player on the court for the Thunder will definitely be the smallest. That would be 5-6 point guard Milani Malik (5'6''-G). Milani played collegiality for Stony Brook before finishing at Bloomfield College, but has made her name in the New York area with her play during the numerous summer tournaments held in the city. With an entertaining up-tempo style the Thunder are out to entertain fans while running opposing teams out of the gym.

2011-12 NYC Thunder Roster (to be finalized prior to Nov. 19th opening game)
Wallace Tsormey
Romeo Bartley (6'1''-G-86)
Malcolm Connor
Milani Malik
Christopher Bowman
Amaree Taylor
Ricardo Kirkland
Paul Flowers
Brandon Wells



Jersey Express open season on the road - by Gianni Pascucci
Yesterday night, Nov. 12, the Jersey Express opened the 2011-2012 ABA season travelling to take on the Northeast Division rival Connecticut Topballerz. Express, who are ranked sixth out of 24 teams in the ABAs pre-season power rankings, boast a talented and versatile roster, including rookie forward Kevin Edmonds (6'8''-F/C-90), who averaged 17 points per game for Harcum College a year ago, and guard Darnell Braswell (6'1''-G-88, college: DeSales), who is the all-time leading scorer at DeSales University (1,745 points), as well Zahir Carrington (6'7''-F, college: Lehigh), who 1,000-point scorer at Division-1 Lehigh University, tallying 1,260 points over the course of his career at Lehigh University.
Open tryouts were loaded with talented players, making the final roster decisions difficult on owner Marsha Blount and Coach Joseph Amador . It was tough decision and were not quite set on the final roster spots, said Blount. The players are all so talented and have worked so hard to get to this point.
Amador believes the Express have found the right mix of players to compete at high level in the fast-paced ABA game. I am very excited about the current roster, said Amador. We have two returning players that will bring valuable experience. We will be strong, athletic and quickperfect for the ABA tempo. See here down the 2011-12 Jersey Express Opening Day Roster :
Darnell Braswell
Zahir Carrington
Matthew Cavalieri (6'6''-F, college: Springfield)
Kevin Edmonds
Dexter Gray (6'7''-F-85, college: Iona)
John King (6'0''-G, college: Binghamton)
David Louis (6'3''-G/F-88) F 6'5
Jerusalem Strickland (6'7''-F-87)
Edgardo Torres (G-85) G 6'3
Darren Travis (6'3''-G-84, college: Wash.Adventist)
Sedale Walton (6'1''-G-85)

The Express would like to offer all Hudson County schools an opportunity to get the Express Experience! Visit www.jerseyexpress.net for the teams schedule and contact Mr. Jeff Brown (jbrown@jerseyexpress.net) for details. On Saturday, November 19, the Express open up their home slate at the Jersey City Armory against the State Island Vipers at 7 p.m.


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Round 7 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Serbian Hemofarm (#7) forced the game against Croatian Cibona (#6) into an overtime, but lost by four points 86-90 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a great performance of Marin Rozic (201-F-83) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cibona (5-2) moved-up to fifth place. Hemofarm at the other side keeps the seventh position with three games lost. Cibona will face Buducnost (#6) in Podgorica in the next round. Hemofarm will play at home against HKK Siroki WWin in Siroki Brijeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 7 Partizan beat Siroki WWin on the road 82-78. Winless Zlatorog lost to Croatian defending champion KK Zagreb CO on its own court 85-86. Crvena Zvezda unfortunately lost to Helios in Domzale 79-88. Radnicki K. recorded a loss to Cedevita at home 80-83. Union Olimpija defeated Krka on the opponent's court 80-78. Buducnost lost to Israeli defending champion Maccabi T-A in a home game 69-81.
The most impressive performance of 7th round was 29 points and 6 assists by Vladimir Panic of Zlatorog.


Siroki WWin - Partizan 78-82

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Serbian Partizan (6-1) beat 8th ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (3-4) in Siroki Brijeg 82-78 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Partizan made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. HKK Siroki WWin was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin center Nikola Pekovic (210-86, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. American guard Acie Law (190-85, college: Texas A&M, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Croatian guard Fran Pilepic (192-89) answered with 16 points and 5 steals and Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (203-88) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for HKK Siroki WWin. Four HKK Siroki WWin players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Cedevita. Defending Bosnian champion HKK Siroki WWin keeps the eighth position with four games lost. Partizan will face bottom-ranked Zlatorog (#14) in Lasko in the next round which should be an easy win for them. HKK Siroki WWin will play on the road against Hemofarm (#7) in Vrsac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Partizan: A.Law 18+4ast, N.Pekovic 17+13reb+1ast, B.Dekic 8+5reb, M.Cakarevic 8+6reb+3ast, M.Raduljica 8+1reb, D.Milosavljevic 8+3reb
Siroki WWin: D.Persic 17+1ast, F.Pilepic 16+2reb+3ast, C.Collins 12+5reb, Z.Sakic 11+7reb+1ast, J.Vladovic 9+2reb+7ast, D.Planinic 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 132972


Zlatorog - KK Zagreb CO 85-86

Very expected game when bottom-ranked Slovenian Zlatorog (0-7) was edged by ninth ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (3-4) in Lasko 86-85 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 21-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. KK Zagreb CO made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Mario Kasun (213-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Krunoslav Simon (197-85) contributed with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four KK Zagreb CO players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Vladimir Panic (194-82, agency: 011 Sports) answered with 29 points and 6 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and Serbian forward Darko Cohadarevic (206-86, college: Texas Tech) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Zlatorog. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Siroki WWin. Zlatorog at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. KK Zagreb CO will face Helios (#11) in Domzale in the next round. Zlatorog will play at home against Partizan in Beograd and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: M.Kasun 24+12reb+2ast, K.Simon 19+7reb+4ast, S.May 17+8reb, D.Mulaomerovic 11+2reb+3ast, D.Rancic 9+1reb, A.Masic 6+2ast
Zlatorog: V.Panic 29+4reb+6ast, D.Cohadarevic 17+8reb+3ast, J.Skific 12+3reb+1ast, L.Lapornik 9+4reb+1ast, D.Vujasinovic 7+3reb+6ast, A.Omic 6+1reb
gschID: 132966


Helios - Crvena Zvezda 88-79

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked Slovenian Helios (1-6) won against 10th ranked Serbian Zvezda (2-5) in Domzale 88-79 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-23. But Zvezda won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Helios made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Zvezda was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Croatian forward Drazen Bubnic (207-86) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Helios' coach Zmagoslav Sagadin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Sava Lesic (205-88) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Nemanja Nedovic (192-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points in the effort for Zvezda. Four Helios and five Zvezda players scored in double figures. Helios left bottom position moving up to eleventh place, which they share with Krka and Radnicki K. Zvezda at the other side keeps the tenth position with five games lost. Helios will face higher ranked KK Zagreb CO (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Helios: D.Pasalic 23+8reb+4ast, D.Bubnic 21+5reb+1ast, K.Prepelic 17+4reb+4ast, D.Gay 14+3reb+4ast, D.Jeftic 4+3reb, V.Petrovic 4+1reb+4ast
Crvena Zvezda: S.Lesic 20+6reb+1ast, N.Nedovic 13+4reb+2ast, A.Milutinovic 12+2reb+1ast, U.Nikolic 11+4reb+1ast, B.Subotic 11+4reb+2ast, F.Covic 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 132967


Radnicki K. - Cedevita 80-83

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Serbian Radnicki K. (1-6) was edged by third ranked Croatian Cedevita (6-1) in Kragujevac 83-80 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-15. But Radnicki K. won second period 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Cedevita won last quarter 21-20. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Radnicki K. was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Croatian guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 assists. American-Panamanian forward Levour Warren (196-81, college: S.Carolina, agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Mike Scott (203-86, college: Kent St.) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds and Swedish forward Anton Gaddefors (200-89) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Radnicki K.Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cedevita have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 6-1 record behind leader Union Olimpija, which they share with Partizan. Radnicki K. lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with six games lost. Cedevita will face Krka (#12) in Novo Mesto in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Radnicki K. will play on the road against Zvezda in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: D.Draper 17+4reb+5ast, M.Car 12+3reb+2ast, L.Warren 12+5reb+3ast, M.Bazdaric 9+3reb+1ast, H.Owens 8+6reb+1ast, I.Opacak 7+2reb
Radnicki K.: M.Scott 23+6reb+3ast, D.Simon 13+7reb, S.Sinovec 12+1ast, A.Gaddefors 11+9reb+1ast, B.Bakic 9+4reb+2ast, U.Lucic 9+2reb
gschID: 132968


Krka - Union Olimpija 78-80

Everything went according to plan when leader Union Olimpija (7-0) edged 11th ranked Krka (1-6) in Novo Mesto 80-78 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 29-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Union Olimpija made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Krka was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian-Croatian power forward Damir Markota (210-85) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. Jamaican center Jerome Jordan (213-86, college: Tulsa) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Zoran Dragic (196-89) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Krka. Four Krka players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Union Olimpija have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Defending Slovenian champion Krka keeps the eleventh position with six games lost. Union Olimpija will face league's second-placed Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Krka will play on the road against Cedevita (#3) in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: D.Markota 16+7reb+1ast, S.Salin 11+1reb+3ast, B.Woodside 11+1reb+5ast, R.Rothbart 9+1reb+1ast, D.Thompson 9+2reb, D.Muric 7
Krka: J.Jordan 18+7reb+1ast, J.Balazic 14+3reb+1ast, J.Baxter 13+2reb+1ast, Z.Dragic 11+7reb+4ast, B.Krivec 9+3reb+4ast, S.Pavic 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 132969


Buducnost - Maccabi T-A 69-81

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (4-3) lost to leader Israeli Maccabi T-A (6-0) in Podgorica 69-81 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-69. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Jordan Farmar (188-86, college: UCLA) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Forward Nikola Vucevic (208-90, college: USC) answered with 13 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Buducnost. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi T-A have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending Israeli champion moved-up to second place. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Maccabi T-A will face league's leader Union Olimpija in Ljubljana in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Buducnost will play at home against Cibona (#5) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: S.James 15+8reb, J.Farmar 14+1reb+3ast, D.Smith 13+1reb+3ast, G.Pnini 9+1reb+1ast, L.Eliyahu 9+3reb, K.Langford 9+6reb+1ast
Buducnost: C.Vitkovac 14+7reb, N.Vucevic 13+7reb+2ast, B.Dubljevic 10+2reb, B.Krstovic 9+2reb+5ast, J.Anderson 9+1reb+3ast, A.Popovic 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 132970


Cibona - Hemofarm 90-86 OT

Serbian Hemofarm (#7) forced the game against Croatian Cibona (#6) into an overtime, but lost by four points 86-90 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 20-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-7. Cibona forced 23 Hemofarm turnovers. Strangely Hemofarm outrebounded Cibona 40-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. Hemofarm was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Marin Rozic (201-83) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Tomislav Zubcic (214-90, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. Forward Boris Savovic (206-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds and guard Mladen Jeremic (196-88, agency: Interperformances) added 23 points (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!) in the effort for Hemofarm. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cibona (5-2) moved-up to fifth place. Hemofarm at the other side keeps the seventh position with three games lost. Cibona will face Buducnost (#6) in Podgorica in the next round. Hemofarm will play at home against HKK Siroki WWin in Siroki Brijeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cibona: M.Rozic 18+7reb+2ast, D.Rudez 18+2reb, T.Zubcic 15+6reb+2ast, K.Davor 13+2reb+4ast, A.Zizic 8+3reb, H.Kovacevic 5
Hemofarm: M.Jeremic 23+2reb+1ast, B.Savovic 15+18reb+3ast, I.Maras 12+1reb, M.Sutalo 9+3reb+1ast, M.Pantic 7+4reb+1ast, P.Lambic 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 132971




Stinson will undergo ankle surgery, Krka look for replacement - by Zeljko Zule
Slovenian champion Krka have confirmed that American Curtis Stinson (187-G-83, college: Iowa St.) will undergo in USA after picking up an ankle surgery on his laters return to action last week. He played just two games since mid- October as he has struggled with a sprained ankle. Stinson averaged 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 4 Adriatic League games this season. Krka will sign antother pointguard to fill Stinson's spot.



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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 20
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.20.0 
 2. Morrison, Crvena Z.19.3 
 3. Pilepic, Siroki W.18.8 
 4. Panic, Zlatorog17.1 
 5. Simon, KK.16.3 
 6. Chase, Cibona15.7 
 7. Vucevic, Buducnost15.6 
 8. Pavkovic, Radnicki15.5 
 9. Warren, Cedevita15.3 
 10. Pekovic, Partizan15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm13.6 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost10.6 
 3. Simon, Radnicki K.7.9 
 4. Pavic, Krka6.1 
 5. May, KK.6.0 
 6. Pekovic, Partizan6.0 
 7. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda6.0 
 8. Pasalic, Helios5.9 
 9. Kasun, KK.5.9 
 10. Collins, Siroki W.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Miljan PAVKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Pavkovic, Radnicki8.2 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki7.0 
 3. Farmar, Maccabi4.8 
 4. Simon, KK.4.7 
 5. Papaloukas, Macca.4.6 
 6. Stinson, Krka4.5 
 7. Covic, Crvena Z.4.3 
 8. Draper, Cedevita3.9 
 9. Krivec, Krka3.9 
 10. Vujasinovic, Zlat.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Yogev OHAYON
  Maccabi .
  (189-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ohayon, Maccabi2.7 
 2. Dragic, Krka2.4 
 3. Papaloukas, Macca.2.2 
 4. Simon, KK.1.9 
 5. Green, Union Olimp.1.9 
 6. Draper, Cedevita1.9 
 7. Chase, Cibona1.8 
 8. Savovic, Hemofarm1.8 
 9. Milutinovic, Crven.1.7 
 10. Markovic, Radnick.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.5 
 2. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda1.3 
 3. Scott, Radnicki K.1.3 
 4. Owens, Cedevita1.1 
 5. Hendrix, Maccabi1.0 
 6. Simon, Radnicki K.1.0 
 7. Collins, Siroki W.1.0 
 8. Vucevic, Buducnost0.9 
 9. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 
 10. Jeremic, Hemofarm0.8 


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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
North
 1. Regatas C. 10-3 
 2. Libertad S. 8-5 
 3. Quimsa 8-5 
 4. Sionista 7-6 
 5. Atenas 5-8 
 6. Olimpico LB 5-8 
 7. La Union 5-8 
 8. San Mart.C. 4-9 
South
 1. Obras 10-3 
 2. Wuber-Est.Bahia 9-4 
 3. Penarol 9-5 
 4. Boca Jrs 7-7 
 5. GECR Indalo 6-7 
 6. Lanus 6-7 
 7. Club 9 4-9 
 8. Quilmes MP 2-11 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Smith, La Union21.9 
 2. Meyinsse, Wuber-.19.8 
 3. McHopson, Quilm.18.0 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras17.5 
 5. Mikulas, La Union17.2 
 6. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.4 
 7. Villegas, Sionista16.4 
 8. Roe, Regatas C.16.1 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol16.0 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben GARCES
  Atenas
  (206-C/F-73)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Garces, Atenas9.8 
 2. Sandes, Sionista9.7 
 3. Battle, Libertad S.9.1 
 4. Mikulas, La Union9.1 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras8.6 
 6. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.1 
 7. Truscott, Quilm.8.0 
 8. Meyinsse, Wuber-.7.8 
 9. McFarlan, San M.7.6 
 10. Graves, Boca Jrs7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.2 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.7.2 
 3. Cequeira, Sionista6.1 
 4. Martinez, Regat.5.9 
 5. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.5 
 6. Sucatzky, Atenas5.1 
 7. Victoriano, San M.4.2 
 8. Smith, La Union3.7 
 9. McHopson, Quilm.3.5 
 10. Ginobili, Liberta.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Phillip MCHOPSON
  Quilm.
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. McHopson, Quilm.2.2 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.2.0 
 3. Campazzo, Penarol2.0 
 4. Gerbaudo, Club 91.8 
 5. Ibarra, Olimpico.1.8 
 6. Lescano, Atenas1.8 
 7. Aguirre, Quimsa1.7 
 8. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.5 
 9. Battle, Libertad S.1.5 
 10. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron PETTWAY
  Olimpico.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Pettway, Olimpico.1.3 
 2. Wilborn, Club 91.3 
 3. Garces, Atenas1.1 
 4. Roe, Regatas C.1.0 
 5. Williams, Quimsa0.9 
 6. Battle, Libertad S.0.9 
 7. Sanchez, Wuber-.0.8 
 8. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.7 
 9. Aguerre, Wuber-.0.7 
 10. Gutierrez, Obras0.7 


LigaA Round 13: Lanus are defeated by Obras in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Buenos Aires: Obras (#1) and Lanus (#5). Obras (10-3) won against visiting Lanus (6-7) 77-72. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-15. But Lanus won second period 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Lanus helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Julio Mazzaro (190-79) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Obras have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-3 record, which they share with Regatas C. Lanus at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with GECR Indalo. Obras is looking forward to face Quilmes MP (#8) in Mar del Plata in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lanus will play on the road against Club 9 in Rio Tercero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Sionista (7-6) against fourth ranked Quimsa (8-5) on Friday night. Visiting Sionista was defeated by Quimsa in a tough game in Santiado Estero 73-81. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Guard Hernando Salles (188-79) nailed 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Jesse Pellot-Rosa accounted for 18 points. The former international swingman Matias Sandes (201-84) came up with 9 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for Sionista in the defeat. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Quimsa moved-up to second place, which they share with Libertad S. Sionista lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Quimsa will play against San Martin Corrientes (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sionista will play against the league's second-placed Libertad Sunchales (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Bahia Blanca. Third ranked host Wuber-Est.Bahia (9-4) defeated 4th placed Boca Juniors (7-7) 90-82. Juan Ignacio Sanchez fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Will Graves produced 17 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Wuber-Est.Bahia moved-up to second place. Boca Juniors lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia will meet at home GECR Indalo (#5) in the next round. Boca Juniors will play against Penarol in Mar del Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Mar del Plata. Third ranked host Penarol (9-5) defeated 4th placed Boca Juniors (7-7) 93-88. The victory was the third consecutive win for Penarol. Defending champion maintains third place with 9-5 record behind leader Regatas C. Boca Juniors lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Penarol's next round opponent will be again Boca Juniors (#4) in Buenos Aires.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Buenos Aires. First ranked host Obras (10-3) smashed 3rd placed Wuber-Est.Bahia (9-4) 85-64. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Obras. They maintain first place with 10-3 record, which they share with Regatas C. Loser Wuber-Est.Bahia dropped to the second position with four games lost. Obras will face Quilmes MP (#8) in Mar del Plata in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play at home against GECR Indalo (#5) in Comodoro R..

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 13: San Mart.C. was destroyed by Libertad S. on the opponent's court 87-62. Regatas C. managed to outperform Atenas in a home game 81-74. Olimpico LB recorded a loss to La Union on the road 95-91. Club 9 defeated Quilmes MP on its own court 95-84. Libertad S. beat Atenas in Sunchales 84-79.


Libertad S. - San Mart.C. 87-62

Very expected game when 8th ranked San Martin Corrientes (4-9) was crushed on the road by third ranked Libertad Sunchales (8-5) 87-62 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Libertad Sunchales. San Martin Corrientes was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) stepped up and scored 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Five Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 15 points and 4 blocks (made all of his seven free throws) and guard Agustin Carabajal (179-78) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. San Martin Corrientes' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Libertad Sunchales. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Quimsa. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face Sionista (#4) in Parana in the next round. San Martin Corrientes will play on the road against Quimsa in Santiado Estero.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: R.Battle 16+7reb+2ast, J.Bucknor 15+8reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 13+5reb+2ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 12+4reb+2ast, J.Pittman 11+3reb+1ast, J.Treise 9+3ast
San Mart.C.: H.Rollins 15+3reb, F.Ramirez 11+3reb, A.Eslava 9+2reb+1ast, A.Carabajal 9+5reb+1ast, M.Maciel 8+2reb, B.Devon 7+4reb+1ast
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Regatas C. - Atenas 81-74

Very predictable result when first ranked Regatas Corrientes (10-3) defeated at home 6th ranked Atenas (5-8) 81-74 on Friday. Atenas trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-81 at the end of the game. Atenas was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Louis Roe (200-72, college: Massachusetts) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Paolo Quinteros (186-79) chipped in 15 points. Regatas Corrientes' coach Nicolas Casalanguida used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Marcus Melvin (203-82, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Panamanian-Spanish power forward Ruben Garces (206-73, college: Providence, agency: Priority Sports) scored 5 points and 10 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Regatas Corrientes. They maintain first place with 10-3 record, which they share with Obras. Atenas lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face Olimpico de La Banda (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Atenas will play against La Union in Formosa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: L.Roe 18+13reb, P.Quinteros 15+2reb+3ast, J.Aprea 10+6reb, N.Romano 9+6reb+1ast, J.Martinez 9+2reb+6ast, R.Stanton 7+1ast
Atenas: M.Melvin 21+6reb, M.Lescano 11+2reb+1ast, J.Manuel Rivero 9+2reb+4ast, C.Hayes 8+7reb, B.Labaque 7+7reb+2ast, M.Garcia 6+3reb
gschID: 136321


Quimsa - Sionista 81-73

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Sionista (7-6) against fourth ranked Quimsa (8-5) on Friday night. Visiting Sionista was defeated by Quimsa in a tough game in Santiado Estero 73-81. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sionista won third quarter 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sionista was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Hernando Salles (188-79) nailed 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and American-Puerto Rican guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-84, college: VCU, agency: Paris Global Sports) accounted for 18 points. Five Quimsa players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Matias Sandes (201-84) came up with 9 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and Puerto Rican guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) added 19 points respectively for Sionista in the defeat. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Quimsa moved-up to second place, which they share with Libertad S. Sionista lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Quimsa will play against San Martin Corrientes (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sionista will play against the league's second-placed Libertad Sunchales (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: J.Pellot-Rosa 18+2reb+2ast, D.Lo Grippo 15+2reb+3ast, N.Aguirre 11+2reb+2ast, H.Salles 11+8reb+4ast, D.Tintorelli 10+9reb, J.Williams 10+10reb+2ast
Sionista: J.Villegas 19+3reb, J.Manuel Locatelli 15+2reb+3ast, E.Nelson 13+4reb+2ast, M.Sandes 9+11reb+5ast, D.Hure 9+2reb+1ast, R.Iglesias 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 136322


La Union - Olimpico LB 95-91

There was a minor upset in Formosa where 5th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (5-8) was defeated by seventh ranked La Union (5-8) 95-91 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 48-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. La Union dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Olimpico de La Banda's 34. They outrebounded Olimpico de La Banda 38-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. American guard Joe Smith (193-77, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 27 points for the winners and guard Ariel Pau (186-84) chipped in 21 points. At the losing side naturalized Italian guard Matias Ibarra (183-81) responded with 27 points and 5 steals and Panamanian power forward Jose Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. La Union moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Atenas and Olimpico LB. La Union will face Atenas (#5) in Cordoba in the next round. Olimpico de La Banda will play on the road against the league's leader Regatas Corrientes.
Top scorers:
La Union: J.Smith 27+2ast, A.Pau 21+4reb+1ast, G.Mikulas 12+7reb+1ast, G.Lewis 11+9reb+1ast, A.Marin 9+2reb, R.Wolkowyski 6+9reb+1ast
Olimpico LB: M.Ibarra 27+2reb+3ast, E.Villares 16+3reb+2ast, D.Brown 14+3reb, J.Lloreda 14+9reb, C.Romero 8+6reb, J.Machuca 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 136323


Club 9 - Quilmes MP 95-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Club 9's (4-9) home victory over 8th ranked Quilmes MP (2-11) 95-84 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-84. Club 9 dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Quilmes MP's 38. Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) stepped up and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and guard Gaston Torre (185-85) chipped in 21 points. At the losing side naturalized American guard Phillip McHopson (188-87, college: Idaho) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and guard Nicolas Ferreyra (185-85) scored 22 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Club 9 maintains seventh place with 4-9 record, which they share with San Mart.C. Quilmes MP lost their eighth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Club 9 will face higher ranked Lanus (#6) in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quilmes MP will play on the road against the league's leader Obras having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Club 9: J.Ayarza 23+5reb+1ast, G.Torre 21+4reb+3ast, T.Frost 16+10reb, J.Cowan 14+11reb+1ast, E.Martina 8, M.Melo 7+9reb+3ast
Quilmes MP: N.Ferreyra 22+1reb+1ast, P.McHopson 18+8reb+1ast, B.Johnsen 17+2reb+1ast, A.Weigand 10+7reb+1ast, G.Eseverri 6+2reb, L.Truscott 4+6reb
gschID: 136324


Obras - Lanus 77-72

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Buenos Aires: Obras (#1) and Lanus (#5). Obras (10-3) won against visiting Lanus (6-7) 77-72. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-15. But Lanus won second period 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Lanus helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Julio Mazzaro (190-79) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (196-82) scored 14 points. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Obras have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-3 record, which they share with Regatas C. Lanus at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with GECR Indalo. Obras is looking forward to face Quilmes MP (#8) in Mar del Plata in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lanus will play on the road against Club 9 in Rio Tercero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Mazzaro 18+4reb+3ast, P.Espinoza 11+9reb+2ast, M.Osimani 10+2reb+1ast, J.Gutierrez 9+11reb+2ast, A.Elsener 9+4reb+1ast, A.Konsztatd 7+3reb+7ast
Lanus: T.Taylor 17+7reb+2ast, A.Boccia 14+3reb, D.Guaita 11+4reb+2ast, J.Pablo Cantero 10+3reb+1ast, M.Byro 10+3reb, N.Laprovittola 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 136318


Wuber-Est.Bahia - Boca Jrs 90-82

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bahia Blanca. Third ranked host Wuber-Est.Bahia (9-4) defeated 4th placed Boca Juniors (7-7) 90-82. Wuber-Est.Bahia made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. International guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Five Wuber-Est.Bahia players scored in double figures. American swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Larry OBannon (194-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) added 22 points (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Wuber-Est.Bahia moved-up to second place. Boca Juniors lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia will meet at home GECR Indalo (#5) in the next round. Boca Juniors will play against Penarol in Mar del Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Meyinsse 20+7reb+2ast, J.Ignacio Sanchez 16+11reb+8ast, R.Sanchez 16+3reb+2ast, F.Aguerre 14+5reb, J.Espil 11+1reb, J.Mojica 10+3reb+1ast
Boca Jrs: L.OBannon 22+1reb+2ast, W.Graves 17+5reb+3ast, D.Alston 16+3reb+2ast, M.Stanic 7+6reb+9ast, A.Diez 7+5reb+1ast, J.Brussino 5
gschID: 136319


Round 12
Atenas - Libertad S. 79-84

There was no surprise in Cordoba where 6th ranked Atenas (5-8) was defeated by third ranked Libertad Sunchales (8-5) 84-79 on Wednesday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Libertad Sunchales. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Quimsa. Atenas lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face Sionista (#4) in Parana in the next round. Atenas will play on the road against La Union in Formosa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 157104


Round 14
Penarol - Boca Jrs 93-88

The game between Top Four teams took place in Mar del Plata. Third ranked host Penarol (9-5) defeated 4th placed Boca Juniors (7-7) 93-88. The victory was the third consecutive win for Penarol. Defending champion maintains third place with 9-5 record behind leader Regatas C. Boca Juniors lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with seven games lost. Penarol's next round opponent will be again Boca Juniors (#4) in Buenos Aires.
gschID: 157105


Round 6
Obras - Wuber-Est.Bahia 85-64

The game between Top Four teams took place in Buenos Aires. First ranked host Obras (10-3) smashed 3rd placed Wuber-Est.Bahia (9-4) 85-64. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Obras. They maintain first place with 10-3 record, which they share with Regatas C. Loser Wuber-Est.Bahia dropped to the second position with four games lost. Obras will face Quilmes MP (#8) in Mar del Plata in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play at home against GECR Indalo (#5) in Comodoro R..
gschID: 157103




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Who was hot and who was not from Week 6 - by Duncan Matheson

NBL All-Star Five from Week 6

Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83, college: ORU) 26 points, 14 rebounds, 12-19 FG 2-7 FT in 88-95 OT loss

Daniel Johnson (212-C-88, college: Pepperdine) 25 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, 10-16 FG 1-3 3pt FG 4-6 FT in 104-113 OT loss

Kevin Ratzsch (200-F-86, college: Northern St.) 24 points, 9 rebounds, 11-19 FG 1-3 3pt FG 1-1 FT in 113-104 OT win

Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington) 21 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 7-13 FG 3-7 3pt FG 4-6 FT in 102-87 win

Eddie Gill (184-PG-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Weber St.) 30 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 9-21 FG 6-14 3pt FG 6-7 FT in 95-88 OT win

Missing in Action

Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82, college: Utah St.) 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2-9 FG 0-1 3pt FG in 63-81 loss

Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) 8.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 turnovers, 7-22 FG 0-6 3pt FG 2-4 FT across two games

Cameron Tovey (200-F-85, college: Augusta St.) 0.5 points, 5.5 turnovers, 0-7 FG 0-2 3pt FG across two games

Andrew Warren (195-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Bradley) 3 points, 0 rebounds, 3 turnovers, 1-5 FG 1-4 3pt FG in 64-70 loss

Cedric Jackson (191-G-86, college: Cleveland St.) 5 points, 3 turnovers, 2-11 FG 0-3 3pt FG 1-4 FT in 63-81 loss



NBL Round 6: Leader Melbourne Tigers lose to Townsville Crocodiles - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, few extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Melbourne Tigers (5-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (3-2) in overtime 95-88. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Melbourne Tigers. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 19-16 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 7-point victory in overtime. Townsville Crocodiles made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Eddie Gill (184-78, college: Weber St., agency: Priority Sports) who scored 30 points and 7 assists. The former international guard Peter Crawford (193-79) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. Melbourne Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Townsville Crocodiles maintains fourth position with 3-2 record. Melbourne Tigers at the other side still keep top place with two games lost. They share the position with Wildcats and Breakers. Townsville Crocodiles are looking forward to face Gold Coast Blaze (#7) in Broadbeach in the next round. Melbourne Tigers will play on the road against Adelaide 36ers (#9) in Findon and are hoping to win this game.



36ers - Kings 104-113 OT

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Top scorers:
36ers: D.Johnson 25+8reb+1ast, C.Warren 21+5reb+7ast, S.Weigh 12+7reb+1ast, N.Crosswell 11+1reb+6ast, D.Simpsons 10+10reb, A.Ballinger 8+3reb+2ast
Kings: J.Khazzouh 27+8reb+1ast, K.Ratzsch 24+9reb+1ast, B.Madgen 20+4reb, A.Bruce 18+2reb+1ast, L.Cooper 9+2reb+4ast, G.Dann 6+9reb+4ast
gschID: 138848


Blaze - Wildcats 107-92

There was an upset in Broadbeach where higher ranked Perth Wildcats (5-2) were defeated by eighth ranked Gold Coast Blaze (2-3) 107-92 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 107-92. Gold Coast Blaze forced 19 Perth Wildcats turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was American-Dominican guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington) who scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) chipped in 22 points. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Luke Nevill (218-86, college: Utah) who recorded 22 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Matthew Knight (204-85, college: Loyola Mary) added 18 points respectively. Four Gold Coast Blaze and five Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gold Coast Blaze moved-up to seventh place. Defending champion Perth Wildcats still keep top position with two games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will face higher ranked Townsville Crocodiles (#4) in Wulguru in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Perth Wildcats will play on the road against Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: L.Nevill 22+7reb+1ast, K.Lisch 19+1reb+1ast, M.Knight 18+4reb, B.Robbins 11+2reb+3ast, S.Redhage 10+4reb+4ast, E.Bartlett 4
Blaze: M.Worthington 22+4reb+2ast, A.Deleon 21+5reb+8ast, A.Petrie 19+6reb, W.Hudson 11+9reb+1ast, J.Harvey 10+3reb+1ast, A.Gibson 9+6reb+5ast
gschID: 138849


Taipans - Wildcats 64-70

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Perth Wildcats (5-2) defeated on the road 7th ranked Cairns Taipans (2-4) 70-64 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-15. But Cairns Taipans won second period 14-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Perth Wildcats forced 20 Cairns Taipans turnovers. The best player for the winners was American point guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) who scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international power forward Matthew Knight (204-85, college: Loyola Mary) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. Perth Wildcats' coach Rob Beveridge used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, agency: Pro One Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and center Ian Crosswhite (212-82, college: Oregon) added 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Tigers and Breakers. Cairns Taipans lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with four games lost. Perth Wildcats will face Wollongong Hawks (#6) in Gwynneville in the next round where they are favorite. Cairns Taipans will play at home against the league's second-placed New Zealand Breakers in Auckland.
Top scorers:
Taipans: J.Wilson 18+10reb+2ast, I.Crosswhite 15+11reb+3ast, A.Loughton 8+5reb+1ast, A.Grabau 7+3reb+1ast, B.Hill 6+2reb, J.Dowdell 4+3reb
Wildcats: K.Lisch 14+7reb+4ast, E.Bartlett 11, B.Robbins 10+4reb, M.Knight 10+5reb+2ast, D.Williamson 8+2reb+1ast, J.Wagstaff 7+6reb
gschID: 138850


Tigers - Crocodiles 88-95 OT

Top ranked Melbourne Tigers (5-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Townsville Crocodiles (3-2) in overtime 95-88. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Melbourne Tigers. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 19-16 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 7-point victory in overtime. Townsville Crocodiles made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Eddie Gill (184-78, college: Weber St., agency: Priority Sports) who scored 30 points and 7 assists. The former international guard Peter Crawford (193-79) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds and the former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 16 points and 10 assists respectively. Four Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. Melbourne Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Townsville Crocodiles maintains fourth position with 3-2 record. Melbourne Tigers at the other side still keep top place with two games lost. They share the position with Wildcats and Breakers. Townsville Crocodiles are looking forward to face Gold Coast Blaze (#7) in Broadbeach in the next round. Melbourne Tigers will play on the road against Adelaide 36ers (#9) in Findon and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tigers: C.Tragardh 26+14reb+3ast, P.Mills 16+2reb+10ast, T.Greer 14+9reb+1ast, R.Dorsey 11+3reb+2ast, A.Ubaka 7+3reb+1ast, D.Dillon 7+3ast
Crocodiles: E.Gill 30+4reb+7ast, P.Crawford 23+6reb+3ast, J.Holmes 13+13reb+3ast, M.Cedar 8+7reb+1ast, T.Blanchfield 7+2reb, G.Vanderjagt 6+1reb
gschID: 138846


Breakers - Hawks 63-81

There was an upset in Auckland where second-best New Zealand Breakers (5-2) were defeated by seventh ranked Wollongong Hawks (3-5) 81-63 on Friday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-63. Wollongong Hawks made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. New Zealand Breakers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Rhys Martin (193-86, college: Nova SE) who scored 20 points. The former international swingman Glen Saville (197-76) chipped in 7 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Fiji-New Zealand forward Mika Vukona (197-82) who recorded 6 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard CJ Bruton (188-75, college: Indian Hills CC) added 10 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Wollongong Hawks moved-up to sixth place. Loser New Zealand Breakers still keep top position with two games lost. Wollongong Hawks will face league's leader Perth Wildcats at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. New Zealand Breakers will play against Cairns Taipans.
Top scorers:
Breakers: C.Bruton 10+1reb+3ast, T.Abercrombie 9+4reb, D.Corletto 8+1reb, A.Pledger 8+4reb, D.Boucher 8+2reb+3ast, G.Wilkinson 8+2reb
Hawks: R.Martin 20+3reb+2ast, J.Catron 10+4reb+2ast, O.Forman 9+2reb, M.Campbell 9+1ast, T.Coenraad 8+5reb+1ast, D.Gruber 7+4reb
gschID: 138847




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


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Wildcats
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Lisch, Wildcats19.7 
 2. Khazzouh, Kings18.9 
 3. Mills, Tigers18.4 
 4. Warren, 36ers18.2 
 5. Wilkinson, Breakers17.9 
 6. Tragardh, Tigers17.1 
 7. Gill, Crocodiles16.8 
 8. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 9. Bruce, Kings15.9 
 10. Wilson, Taipans15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles10.8 
 2. Khazzouh, Kings10.6 
 3. Crosswhite, Taipa.9.5 
 4. Grant, Kings7.7 
 5. Rychart, Taipans7.5 
 6. Bose, Kings7.3 
 7. Worthington, Blaze7.2 
 8. Mims, Crocodiles7.2 
 9. Simpsons, 36ers7.2 
 10. Hudson, Blaze6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Martin, Wildcats6.0 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.8 
 3. Jackson, Breakers5.1 
 4. Mills, Tigers5.1 
 5. Crosswell, 36ers4.8 
 6. Martin, Hawks4.5 
 7. Bruce, Kings4.1 
 8. Deleon, Blaze4.0 
 9. Gill, Crocodiles3.8 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jackson, Breakers3.0 
 2. Robbins, Wildcats2.1 
 3. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 4. Gibson, Blaze2.0 
 5. Mims, Crocodiles1.6 
 6. Lisch, Wildcats1.3 
 7. Vukona, Breakers1.1 
 8. Dorsey, Tigers1.1 
 9. Cooper, Kings1.0 
 10. Rychart, Taipans1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jerai GRANT
  Kings
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Grant, Kings1.7 
 2. Khazzouh, Kings1.7 
 3. Johnson, 36ers1.5 
 4. Pledger, Breakers1.0 
 5. Martin, Wildcats1.0 
 6. Nevill, Wildcats1.0 
 7. Forman, Hawks1.0 
 8. Abercrombie, Break.0.9 
 9. Petrie, Blaze0.8 
 10. Ballinger, 36ers0.8 


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  AUSTRIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna27.7 
 2. Wade, Arkadia25.4 
 3. Reed, Oberwart24.1 
 4. Booker, St.Polten23.0 
 5. Hollins, Oberwart21.0 
 6. Djuric, Gussing20.6 
 7. Leonard, Arkadia20.0 
 8. Curry, Gmunden19.1 
 9. Brown, Wels18.3 
 10. Bobb, Klosterneub.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.11.2 
 2. Reed, Oberwart8.8 
 3. Oppland, Gmunden8.4 
 4. Skurdauskas, Arkad.8.4 
 5. Heard, Gussing7.3 
 6. Bakovic, St.Polten7.1 
 7. Werner, Wels7.0 
 8. Suljanovic, Kloste.6.9 
 9. Matthews, Fursten.6.7 
 10. Moric, UBSC G.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg6.0 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.5.5 
 3. Stazic, BC Vienna5.3 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.5.1 
 5. Danek, Arkadia5.1 
 6. Schreiner, Kapfe.4.3 
 7. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.2 
 8. Farokhmanesh, Wels4.0 
 9. Klepeisz, Gussing4.0 
 10. Miletic, BC Vienna3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Todd BROWN
  Wels
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Brown, Wels2.8 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.8 
 3. Fears, Kapfenberg2.5 
 4. Hollins, Oberwart2.5 
 5. Pryor, Wels2.5 
 6. Schreiner, Kapfe.2.2 
 7. Bobb, Klosterneub.1.6 
 8. Koch, Gussing1.5 
 9. Curry, Gmunden1.4 
 10. Wade, Arkadia1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.3 
 2. Ware, Furstenfeld1.6 
 3. Brown, Wels1.0 
 4. Ahmetbasic, BC Vi.1.0 
 5. Francois, BC Vienna0.9 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.9 
 7. Shaw, Oberwart0.8 
 8. Greimeister, Klost.0.8 
 9. Moric, UBSC G.0.7 
 10. Pryor, Wels0.7 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Butkevicius' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Povilas Butkevicius (203-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Rudupis and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Baltai Kaunas (#10, 1-5) in overtime 94-85. Rudupis maintains the 2nd position in Elite. They are still close to the very top. Rudupis would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. It's Butkevicius' second year at Rudupis and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Butkevicius has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 17.3ppg) and averages solid 76.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jekabs Rozitis (206-F/C-86) of Valmiera. He is former international forward in his first season at Valmiera. In the last game Rozitis recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Valmiera to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Turiba (#4, 2-3) 84-50. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Challenge. Valmiera consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Rozitis is a newcomer at Valmiera and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) of KK Kaunas (#10). Janavicius scored 23 points and passed eight assists. Despite Janavicius' great performance Baltai Kaunas lost 85-94in overtime to the higher-ranked Rudupis (#2, 5-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Baltai Kaunas can only dream about fighting for top spots in Elite. They have rather bad season and 1-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Janavicius he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Janavicius has a very solid season. In 6 games in Baltic League he scored 12.5ppg. He also has 4.2apg and FGP: 55.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU/Kalev - 17 points and 11 rebounds
5. Artjoms Butjankovs (205-F/C-91) of Valmiera - 15 points and 11 rebounds
6. Dane Johnson (208-C-86) of Naglis Palangos - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Edgaras Stanionis (193-G-88) of Techasas - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Simas Galdikas (203-F-87) of Neptunas - 8 points and 12 rebounds
9. Nikita Barinov (200-F-91) of Naglis Palangos - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  BOSNIA   


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


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Ray Victor finished with 19 points and eight boards - by David Edole
LAKE WALES, Fla. The Warner University mens basketball team kicked-off Homecoming 2011 with an 87-64 win over the visiting Clearwater Christian College Cougars on Saturday afternoon. The Royals were tested and used a late second half offensive push to lengthen their lead and hold off the visitors. The Royals bounce back after Wednesday nights hard fought loss on the road to Edward Waters College to improve their record to 3-1 on the season; the Cougars stay winless and fall to 0-3.

The Royals and Cougars were locked in a surprising battle in the first half; the two sides would exchange the lead five times in the half with seven ties. The Cougars held the advantage down the stretch with a 32-26 lead with 2:45 remaining before halftime but David Westberry closed the gap single handedly for the Royals scoring the final six points of the half. Four of the six points came off consecutive steals on back-to-back possession for the Cougars. The 6-0 run knotted the game at 32-32 headed into halftime.

Westberry finished tied for the lead in points with 11 in the first half. The senior had the hot hand early shooting 5-of-7 from the field. Ian Wilhelm and Ray Victor each had five points.

Malcolm Campbell, Ian Wilhelm and Brian De Leon all hit their first shots of the second half as the Royals scored the first six points coming out of the break to take a 38-32 lead. The Royals offense began to gel in the second half; Kayo Taylor gave Warner their largest lead of the game (45-36) slamming down a dunk with 14:40 left in the game.

The lead was short-lived for the Royals who saw the Cougars tie the game again, this time on a 9-0 run. After a quick timeout, Warner ran the lead back out to six (51-45) with just over 10 minutes left. The Cougars worked fast and chipped away at the Royals; Todd Wahlberg erased the deficit with a three pointer to give the visitors their first lead of the second half (52-51) with nine minutes left.

However, turnovers on three straight possessions following Wahlbergs shot gave the Royals the window they needed; Brian De Leon capped off a 10-0 run with a dunk and the Royals never looked back. From there Warners offense had their way with the Cougars defense extending their lead to as many as 28 before settling with the 87-64 win.

Offensively, both teams shot extremely well from the floor; the Cougars shot 53.2% while the Royals shot 58.6%. Westberry continued his strong play this week with his second 20 point performance in as many games. He finished with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting and recorded the double-double after pacing the offense with a career high 11 assists.

All five starters were in double-digits by the time the buzzer sounded. Along with Westberry, Ray Victor scored 19 points and was nearly perfect from the field (6-of-7). Ian Wilhelm was next in line with 16 points, Brian De Leon added 13 points and eight rebounds while Malcolm Campbell chipped in 10 points of his own.

The Royals defense made the difference in the second half scoring 24 points off 14 turnovers by the Cougars. For the game the Royals also recorded nine steals; David Westberry led the way with four of his own.

The Royals will take to the road next Tuesday night, Nov. 15, in a game against Trinity College. The Royals opened the season with a 113-68 victory over the Tigers earlier this month. Tuesdays game tip-off is set for 7 p.m.



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  BULGARIA   


NBL Round 5: No surprise as #1 Lukoil Academik defeats Tundja Yambol - 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 - Lukoil Academik (5-0) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat fifth ranked Tundja Yambol (2-3) 78-71. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-71. Lukoil Academik made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) stepped up and scored 25 points and 4 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Lamont Mack (201-87, college: Charlotte) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds. Lukoil Academik's coach Jovica Arsic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Undefeated Lukoil Academik have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 5-0 record. Tundja Yambol at the other side keeps the fifth position with three games lost. Lukoil Academik are looking forward to face Chernomorets (#7) in Burgas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tundja Yambol will play on the road against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Burgas supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Levski Sofia (4-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Chernomorets (1-4). Levski Sofia smashed Chernomorets 90-69. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) nailed 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Hrisimir Dimitrov accounted for 11 points and 5 rebounds. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for Chernomorets in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Levski Sofia. They maintain second place with 4-1 record behind leader Lukoil Academik. Chernomorets lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Spartak Pleven and Balkan. Levski Sofia will play against Rilski Sportist (#3) in Samokov in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Chernomorets will play at home against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia to get more than just one victory in their record.

In the last two games of round 5 Spartak Pleven lost to Rilski Sportist on the opponent's court 80-91. Cherno More managed to outperform Balkan in a home game 73-59.



Chernomorets - Levski Sofia 69-90

The game in Burgas supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Levski Sofia (4-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Chernomorets (1-4). Levski Sofia smashed Chernomorets 90-69. The game was mostly controlled by Levski Sofia. Chernomorets was better in fourth quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) nailed 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and the former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-74) accounted for 11 points and 5 rebounds. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Konstantin Koev (195-91) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Chernomorets in the defeat. Four Chernomorets players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Levski Sofia. They maintain second place with 4-1 record behind leader Lukoil Academik. Chernomorets lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Spartak Pleven and Balkan. Levski Sofia will play against Rilski Sportist (#3) in Samokov in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Chernomorets will play at home against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: A.Harper 21+5reb+2ast, P.Ivanov 11+1reb+2ast, H.Dimitrov 11+5reb+3ast, D.Anguelov 9+2reb+2ast, J.Eller 9+6reb+1ast, Z.Georgiev 9+2reb+1ast
Chernomorets: K.Pavlovski 19+12reb+4ast, K.Koev 15+10reb+3ast, R.Aleksov 12+5reb, D.Roshmanov 11+1ast, D.Dunovic 8+4reb+2ast, A.Penev 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 139939


Tundja Yambol - Lukoil Academik 71-78

NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (5-0) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat fifth ranked Tundja Yambol (2-3) 78-71. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-71. Lukoil Academik made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) stepped up and scored 25 points and 4 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Lamont Mack (201-87, college: Charlotte) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds. Lukoil Academik's coach Jovica Arsic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and guard Martin Durchev (200-87) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Four Tundja Yambol players scored in double figures. Lukoil Academik have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 5-0 record. Tundja Yambol at the other side keeps the fifth position with three games lost. Lukoil Academik are looking forward to face Chernomorets (#7) in Burgas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tundja Yambol will play on the road against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: B.Heath 25+3reb+4ast, P.Marinov 10+2reb+2ast, A.McLain 9+5reb, L.Mack 9+6reb+1ast, T.Banev 8+7reb, A.Owens 7+3reb+1ast
Tundja Yambol: M.Durchev 19+3reb+4ast, J.Ofoegbu 16+11reb, S.Govedarov 11+3ast, S.Petkov 10+8reb, Z.Gocevski 8+6reb, I.Vuchkov 3
gschID: 139940


Rilski Sportist - Spartak Pleven 91-80

Rather expected game in Samokov where 6th ranked Spartak Pleven (1-4) was defeated by fourth ranked Rilski Sportist (3-2) 91-80. It looked good early as Spartak Pleven took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Rilski Sportist had a 24-17 second period charge getting the lead and Spartak Pleven was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-91. Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) nailed 21 points and 6 assists for the winning side and swingman Hristo Zahariev (200-90) accounted for 13 points and 11 rebounds. Rilski Sportist's coach Rosen Barchovski allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Stanislav Slaveykov (198-86) came up with 24 points and forward Simeon Tsenov (196-82) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Spartak Pleven in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rilski Sportist moved-up to third place, which they share with Cherno More. Spartak Pleven at the other side dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. They share it with Chernomorets and Balkan. Rilski Sportist will play against league's second-placed Levski Sofia on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spartak Pleven will play against Euroins Cherno More (#4) in Varna to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 21+4reb+6ast, A.Velikov 14+1reb+4ast, H.Zahariev 13+11reb+2ast, G.Jovanovic 12+2reb+1ast, M.Marinov 10+4reb+4ast, F.Vukosavljevic 8+7reb+2ast
Spartak Pleven: S.Slaveykov 24+4reb+1ast, S.Tsenov 16+9reb+3ast, I.Stankov 11+8reb, T.Ostrev 10+5reb+2ast, R.Sofroniev 8+1reb, V.Georgiev 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 139941


Cherno More - Balkan 73-59

Rather predictable result in Varna where fourth ranked Euroins Cherno More (3-2) defeated 6th ranked Balkan (1-4) 73-59. Balkan was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 29-8 charge of Euroins Cherno More, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Balkan turnovers and outrebounded them 37-26 including 22 on the defensive glass. Balkan was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Aleksandr Yanev (203-90) nailed 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and guard Milcho Borisov (196-90) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds. Euroins Cherno More's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Stanimir Marinov (191-91) came up with 12 points and American forward Dwayne Morton (200-71, college: Louisville) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Balkan in the defeat. Euroins Cherno More moved-up to third place, which they share with Rilski Sportist. Balkan lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Spartak Pleven and Chernomorets. Euroins Cherno More will play against bottom-ranked Spartak Pleven (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Balkan will play against Tundja Yambol and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: A.Yanev 16+7reb+1ast, M.Borisov 15+8reb, P.Aleksiev 12+2reb+1ast, N.Kolev 7+4reb, T.Zhelev 7+2reb+8ast, G.Davidov 6+6reb+2ast
Balkan: S.Marinov 12+4reb+3ast, L.Lilov 11+2reb+1ast, D.Morton 10+5reb, K.Raykov 7+6reb, J.Crawford 6+3reb, D.Marintchechki 5+2reb
gschID: 139942




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Martin DURCHEV
  Tundja Y.
  (200-G-87)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Durchev, Tundja Y.22.8 
 2. Harper, Levski S.22.0 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.19.6 
 4. Stankov, Spartak19.2 
 5. Yanev, Cherno More18.4 
 6. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.8 
 7. Slaveykov, Sparta.15.8 
 8. Koev, Chernomorets15.6 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Ril.15.0 
 10. Pavlovski, Cherno.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandr YANEV
  Cherno More
  (203-F/C-90)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Yanev, Cherno More10.8 
 2. Evtimov, Levski So.9.4 
 3. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.8 
 4. Pavlovski, Chernom.8.2 
 5. Zahariev, Rilski S.7.7 
 6. Slaveykov, Sparta.7.6 
 7. Todorov, Spartak7.0 
 8. Vukosavljevi., Ril.6.5 
 9. Petkov, Tundja Y.6.4 
 10. Stankov, Spartak6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.6.2 
 2. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.5 
 3. Dyakovski, Sparta.5.2 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.5.2 
 5. Filipov, Balkan4.8 
 6. Dunovic, Chernomo.3.6 
 7. Aleksiev, Cherno M.3.4 
 8. Zhelev, Cherno M.3.4 
 9. Todorov, Spartak3.2 
 10. Koev, Chernomore.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.3.0 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.2.6 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.2.6 
 4. Velikov, Rilski S.2.4 
 5. Mirkovic, Rilski S.2.3 
 6. Roshmanov, Cherno.2.2 
 7. Marinov, Balkan2.0 
 8. Yanev, Cherno More2.0 
 9. Petkov, Tundja Y.1.8 
 10. Dunovic, Chernomo.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh CRAWFORD
  Balkan
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Crawford, Balkan1.8 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.4 
 3. Martin, Balkan1.3 
 4. Banev, Lukoil A.1.2 
 5. Gocevski, Tundja Y.1.0 
 6. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.8 
 7. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.0.8 
 8. Zahariev, Rilski S.0.7 
 9. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 
 10. Davidov, Cherno M.0.5 


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


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  CANADA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Manny PASQUALE
  Laure.
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 29
 1. Pasquale, Laure.29.0 
 2. Jones, Ryerson28.0 
 3. McIntyre, Waterloo28.0 
 4. Kok, TRU26.0 
 5. Diloreto, Windsor25.5 
 6. Mackinnon, Victoria25.3 
 7. Cooper, UPEI24.5 
 8. Yu, UBC24.5 
 9. Habib, Memorial24.5 
 10. Barbeau, Western24.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lien PHILLIP
  Windsor
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Phillip, Windsor14.5 
 2. Staniscia, Ryerson12.5 
 3. Hull, Laurentian12.0 
 4. Baker, Alberta11.3 
 5. King, TRU11.3 
 6. Waldner, Lethb.9.5 
 7. Glisic, Toronto Un.9.5 
 8. Duke, UPEI9.5 
 9. Grewal, UFV9.0 
 10. Anderson, Ottawa9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Josh COLLINS
  Windsor
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Collins, Windsor9.5 
 2. Kanza Mata, Dalho.7.5 
 3. Quirion, New B.6.5 
 4. Barbeau, Western6.5 
 5. Jones, Ryerson6.0 
 6. Scrubb, Carleton6.0 
 7. Wright, Waterloo6.0 
 8. Andrus, Victoria6.0 
 9. Shepherd, Memorial6.0 
 10. Cooper, Lethbridge5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Eric COTE-KOUGNIMA
  UQ.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Cote-K., UQ.6.0 
 2. Carter, Lakehead5.0 
 3. Weatherill, Queen''s3.5 
 4. Thomas, St.Franc.3.5 
 5. Collins, Windsor3.5 
 6. Cooper, UPEI3.5 
 7. Cooper, Lethbridge3.3 
 8. Scholtes, Western3.0 
 9. Brown, UPEI3.0 
 10. Nixon, UBC3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Terry THOMAS
  St.Franc.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Thomas, St.Franc.2.5 
 2. Macquarrie, Cape B.2.0 
 3. Hadzimuratov., Lav.2.0 
 4. Coward, Lethbridge2.0 
 5. Ratte, Laurentian2.0 
 6. Bains, UBC2.0 
 7. Andrews, Bishop''s2.0 
 8. Laurin, Toronto1.5 
 9. Gibson, Brock1.5 
 10. Burke, UBC1.5 


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


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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Mimica, KK Split22.5 
 2. Mrva, Jolly20.6 
 3. Ceskovic, Kvarner19.2 
 4. Simovic, Kvarner19.0 
 5. Ross, Jolly18.8 
 6. Sarlija, Borik17.2 
 7. Peric, Dubrovnik15.8 
 8. Dosen, Dubrovnik15.6 
 9. Tomeljak, Svjet.15.6 
 10. Vrbanc, Zadar15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Teo SIMOVIC
  Kvarner .
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Simovic, Kvarner9.0 
 2. Cakarun, Borik8.7 
 3. Ivanov, Zadar8.2 
 4. Cinac, Kvarner 20107.5 
 5. Ridl, Darda7.4 
 6. Radic, Zadar7.0 
 7. Tesija, Alkar Sinj7.0 
 8. Dijan, KK Split6.8 
 9. Karac, Dubrovnik6.7 
 10. Diminic, Dubrovnik6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci8.7 
 2. Tomeljak, Svjet.7.2 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.2 
 4. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.8 
 5. Mimica, KK Split3.8 
 6. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.8 
 7. Salamun, Kvarner3.4 
 8. Katic, KK Split3.3 
 9. Subotic, KK Split3.2 
 10. Zadnik, Zadar3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Mimica, KK Split2.7 
 2. Surina, Kvarner2.7 
 3. Ross, Jolly2.6 
 4. Zadnik, Zadar2.2 
 5. Zivkovic, Svjetlost1.8 
 6. Cinac, Kvarner 20101.8 
 7. Blazevic, Borik1.8 
 8. Banic, Borik1.7 
 9. Katic, KK Split1.7 
 10. Cakarun, Borik1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeljko ZUPIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.3 
 2. Curkovic, Alkar Si.1.3 
 3. Ridl, Darda1.2 
 4. Kastropil, Zadar1.0 
 5. Toncinic, Zadar1.0 
 6. Buva, Krizevci0.8 
 7. Vrsaljko, Jolly0.8 
 8. Sarlija, Borik0.8 
 9. Cakarun, Borik0.8 
 10. Gaurina, Alkar Si.0.8 


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


A1 Round 6: Krizevci loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, few extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the A1 leadership position after last games. Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Krizevci (4-2). They were defeated by eighth ranked Borik Puntamika (3-3) 97-93 in overtime on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Krizevci. Krizevci was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 21-19 charge of Borik Puntamika, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 25-21. 33 personal fouls committed by Krizevci helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Marijan Cakarun (90) (-90) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Petar Maric (206-87, college: Lincoln Trail CC) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Luka Zitko (201-81) with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Borik Puntamika moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Krizevci dropped to the second position with two games lost. They share it with Kvarner 2010. They were replaced at the leadership position by KK Split. Krizevci will play next round against strong Zabok trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Borik Puntamika will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Svjetlost in Slavonski Brod.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked KK Split as it allowed them to take a leadership position. KK Split defeated 10th ranked Vrijednosnice OS at home 74-69. Forward Toni Dijan (205-F-83) notched 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Ivan Mimica supported him with 26 points. KK Split's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 21 points by power forward Dejan Meznaric (205-87) did not help to save the game for Vrijednosnice OS. KK Split have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Vrijednosnice OS at the other side dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. They share the position with Alkar Sinj. Vrijednosnice OS will play next round against Dubrovnik trying to get back on the winning streak. KK Split will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 9 rebounds by Teo Simovic of Kvarner 2010.


Dubrovnik - Alkar Sinj 78-69

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Alkar Sinj (1-4) was defeated on the road by bottom-ranked Dubrovnik (1-5) 78-69 on Saturday. Alkar Sinj was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Ciklic scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Frano Karac (207-79) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Dubrovnik players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Zeljko Zupic (205-81, college: Denver) with 22 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Franjo Bubalo (194-88) scored 11 points. Alkar Sinj's coach Stipe Blajic rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dubrovnik maintains eleventh position with 1-5 record. It was Alkar Sinj's fourth loss in a row. They keep the ninth place with four games lost. Dubrovnik will face higher ranked Vrijednosnice OS (#10) in Darda in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Dubrovnik: R.Ciklic 16+6reb+5ast, F.Karac 14+5reb, A.Ostric 13+2reb, M.Peric 10+2ast, I.Begic 9+2reb, M.Lucic 7+10reb+1ast
Alkar Sinj: Z.Zupic 22+5reb, F.Bubalo 11+4reb+3ast, R.Rogic 10+2reb, N.Gaurina 8+5reb+1ast, M.Modric 7+2reb, J.Curkovic 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 149412


Kvarner 2010 - Svjetlost 83-81 OT

OT win for Kvarner, who got 25 points and 9 rebounds from Teo Simovic. Kvarner 4-2, Svjetlost 2-3.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: T.Simovic 25+9reb+2ast, D.Cinac 20+8reb+2ast, M.Ceskovic 13+1reb+5ast, I.Salamun 10+6reb+3ast, M.Kucan 7+1ast, M.Juricic 4+1ast
Svjetlost: M.Karlovic 21+2reb+2ast, L.Samadan 21+2reb, I.Tomeljak 13+10reb+7ast, P.Zivkovic 13+3reb+2ast, M.Kljaic 5+1reb+2ast, M.Poscic 4+9reb
gschID: 149413


Borik - Krizevci 97-93 OT

There was a change at the A1 leadership position after last games. Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Krizevci (4-2). They were defeated by eighth ranked Borik Puntamika (3-3) 97-93 in overtime on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Krizevci. Krizevci was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 21-19 charge of Borik Puntamika, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 25-21. 33 personal fouls committed by Krizevci helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Marijan Cakarun (-90) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Petar Maric (206-87, college: Lincoln Trail CC) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Luka Zitko (201-81) with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Josip Glavinic (192-82) scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Krizevci players scored in double figures. Borik Puntamika moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Krizevci dropped to the second position with two games lost. They share it with Kvarner 2010. They were replaced at the leadership position by KK Split. Krizevci will play next round against strong Zabok trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Borik Puntamika will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Svjetlost in Slavonski Brod.
Top scorers:
Borik: M.Cakarun 26+11reb, P.Maric 17+7reb+5ast, M.Sarlija 16+2reb, T.Ramljak 9+5reb+1ast, M.Jurjevic 9+3reb+1ast, J.Vranes 8+1reb+1ast
Krizevci: I.Buva 19+4reb, L.Zitko 17+10reb+4ast, I.Grgat 16+7reb+1ast, J.Glavinic 14+7reb+7ast, R.Jurlina 11+6reb, F.Colak 10+9reb
gschID: 149414


Zabok - Zadar 71-63

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Zabok (3-2) defeated at home one of their biggest challengers Zadar (3-2) 71-63 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 43-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Zadar outrebounded Zabok 43-26 including a 23-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Zadar was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Filip Kruslin (198-89, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Ivan Perincic (208-77) chipped in 16 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Ive Ivanov (201-85) with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Goran Vrbanc (194-84) scored 16 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zabok moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Zadar and Jolly. Zabok will face league's second-placed Krizevci on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Zadar will play against Jolly in Sibenik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zabok: F.Kruslin 19+5reb+2ast, I.Perincic 16+3reb, M.Drca 10+3reb, R.Lez 8+1reb, I.Tomas 8+2reb, D.Basic 4
Zadar: G.Vrbanc 16+2reb, I.Ivanov 10+10reb+1ast, F.Kastropil 9+6reb, A.Delas 8+1reb+1ast, I.Batur 7+4reb, M.Ramljak 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 149410


KK Split - Darda 74-69

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked KK Split as it allowed them to take a leadership position. KK Split defeated 10th ranked Vrijednosnice OS at home 74-69. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 23-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. KK Split forced 20 Vrijednosnice OS turnovers. Forward Toni Dijan (205-83) notched 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) supported him with 26 points. KK Split's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 21 points by power forward Dejan Meznaric (205-87) did not help to save the game for Vrijednosnice OS. Forward Zvonimir Ridl (204-73) added 6 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. KK Split have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Vrijednosnice OS at the other side dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. They share the position with Alkar Sinj. Vrijednosnice OS will play next round against Dubrovnik trying to get back on the winning streak. KK Split will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
KK Split: I.Mimica 26+2reb+3ast, T.Dijan 22+9reb+1ast, J.Sobin 8+5reb+4ast, L.Babic 7+3reb+3ast, B.Markulin 4+1reb+2ast, S.Subotic 4+1reb+3ast
Darda: D.Meznaric 21+3reb+3ast, L.Panduric 17+1ast, M.Peraica 10+7reb, Z.Ridl 6+8reb+4ast, M.Mandic 6+4reb+2ast, V.Budimir 5+5reb
gschID: 149411




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  CYPRUS   


Cyprus league round up day 5-Part 1 - by Michael Aristidou

Keravnos Strovolou and Petrolina AEK Larnaca won at the opening of day 5 in Cyprus league. Moreover Keravnos Strovolou won Proteas Danoi AEL 125-50, in a game where Proteas Danoi AEL played with their junior team. And that is because Proteas Danoi AEL is protesting for several things, against referees or federation etc. Petrolina AEK Larnaca won Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios 74-60 in the other game.


Keravnos Strovolou-Proteas Danoi AEL 125-50
No criticism can be made for the game. Only thing notable is the 29 points from youn talent of Proteas Danoi AEL Georgiou Marios.


Quarters: 36-13, 66-25, 93-41, 125-50


Keravnos Strovolou: Veselof 12, Mour, Freizer 20 (6), Katsiamidis 6, Zaric 7 (1), Trisokkas 10, Haanpa 6, Dragisevic 22 (4), Mandache 8, Hutcher 13 (1)

Proteas Danoi AEL: Georgiou Renos 2, Georgiou Marios 29 (3), Loizidis 1, Panagi A. 4, Panagi M. , Antoniou 10 (2), Markou 4, Karasamanis, Koronidis


Petrolina AEK Larnaca-Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios 74-60

Petrolina AEK Larnaca succeded their first win in the league after a solid performance. Petrolina AEK Larnaca was in lead all over the game and build up a difference up to 24 points in some parts of the game. Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios didnt play well and lost fairly.
For the winners newcomer Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81) had a great evening with 16 points. Another good performance by Cypriot guard Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85). Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios Serbian Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) had a good game (19p).




Quarters: 26-10, 45-27, 58-44, 74-60

Petrolina AEK Larnaca: Iakovos Panteli 10 (2), Fisher 7, Karim 10, Stylianou 7 (2), Barlett 8, Kandic 6, Vujadin Subotic 16 (2), Makanda 4, Garcia 6, Mantovani


Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios: Yiannas, Filippou 5 (1), Huddock 6 (1), Djourasovic 5, Dmjanovic 19, Reed 12, Wells 13, Kxaratasvili




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Esian Henderson Leaves Astrum Levice - by Surujh Roopnarine
25-year old forward Esian Henderson (203-F-86, college: Cent.Missouri), the fifth leading scorer in the Mattoni NBL at 18.3ppg, has left Astrum Levice to return home to the USA. According to General Manager Lubos Pohanka, Henderson needed to resolve family issues at home and the club had suggested that he take a few weeks, or up to a month off to resolve them and then return to the club. Initially Esian had agreed to this, but finally came to the decision that it would not be in his or the team's best interests if he returned. His departure comes as a shock to Levice, where Henderson helped lead them to the Slovak League Championship last season, his first overseas. The club stated that they hold and maintain Henderson's rights and will need to be compensated if he decides to sign with another club this season. Dominique Keller (203-F-88, college: Illinois) stepped in as Levice's third import player in yesterday's disappointing loss to last-place Inter Bratislava, 67-77. The club is looking for a new import either under the basket or on the wing to compliment leading scorer Keaton Grant (193-G-86, college: Purdue) and veteran center Michael Bernard (205-C-78, college: S.Florida).

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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 11-0 
 2. Bakken 8-1 
 3. Naestved 6-4 
 4. Aabyhoj 6-4 
 5. Horsholm 5-5 
 6. Vaerlose 4-7 
 7. SISU 4-7 
 8. Horsens IC 3-7 
 9. Aalborg 3-8 
 10. Falcon 2-9 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Will HARRIS
  Horsens IC
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Harris, Horsens IC26.9 
 2. White, Aalborg26.1 
 3. Kingsley, Svendborg22.9 
 4. Rasmussen, Vaerl.21.0 
 5. Rutherford, SISU20.9 
 6. Henry, Naestved20.4 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj19.8 
 8. Bishop, Aalborg19.5 
 9. Colman, Svendborg16.8 
 10. Dennis, SISU16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Bishop, Aalborg11.4 
 2. St.John, Horsens10.4 
 3. Phillips, Aabyhoj10.0 
 4. Benjamin, Horsholm9.6 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj9.4 
 6. Glynn, Naestved9.4 
 7. Harris, Horsens IC9.3 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.8.3 
 9. Schur, Horsens IC8.1 
 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. Sakne, Horsens IC4.2 
 4. McFarlane, Falcon4.1 
 5. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 6. Colman, Svendborg4.0 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj3.8 
 8. Iversen, Bakken3.5 
 9. Sattler, Horsens IC3.5 
 10. Dennis, SISU3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Henry, Naestved4.9 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose3.3 
 3. White, Aalborg2.5 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.5 
 5. McFarlane, Falcon2.2 
 6. Plannthin, Svend.2.2 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj2.1 
 8. Glynn, Naestved1.9 
 9. Bishop, Aalborg1.8 
 10. Sattler, Horsens1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Harrison, SISU2.4 
 2. Phillips, Aabyhoj2.1 
 3. Curry, Aabyhoj2.0 
 4. Bishop, Aalborg1.9 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.8 
 6. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.7 
 7. Colas, Horsholm1.5 
 8. Eleraky, Aalborg1.1 
 9. Larsen, Vaerlose1.0 
 10. Vinson, Svendborg1.0 


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Bizkaia Bilbao tab Damir Krupalija - by Eurobasket News
Bizkaia Bilbao strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois). The deal is meant till the end of the year. Damir Krupalija started the season in France. He played for Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket. The centre tallied 10.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in ProA. Last season the Bosnian player also spent with Hyeres-Toulon. His stats read 13.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals per appearance. Previously Damir Krupalija had stints with Anwil, Charleroi and Dijon Bourgogne. Eurobasket.com named the centre All-French ProA Bosman Player of the Year in 2008 and 2010. Damir Krupalijawas the member Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team in 2003-2008.

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KORISLIIGA: Zeno far away from zero - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 12: Tonight's top contest in Helsinki, where hosting Torpan Pojat was leading over three quarters, but then foul troubles were too big and visitor Bisons (Loimaa) won 90-98 (52-49). ToPo was given 30 fouls and 10 FTs (made 4/10) in the game. Bisons had 14 fouls and 34 FTs (made 24/34). Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) (Bisons) was once again the key player Head Coach Greg Gibson can trust. Zeno scored game high 36 points (1 - 9/15, 2 - 9/16, 3 - 3/4). Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) added 19pts and Ryan McDade (201-F-80, college: N.Arizona) had a double-double 16pts/14rbs. Excellent 'steals' from Top League newcomer. Bisons (Loimaa) on the top of Korisliiga with 8-2 record!
At Kauhajoki local Karhu defeated UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) 91-79 (50-41). Todd Hendley (25pts) and Kelly Beidler (22pts/11rbs) led Karhu. Pyrinto (Tampere) beat KTP (Kotka) 100-83 (43-47) and Kataja (Joensuu) was holding visitor Kouvot (Kouvola) in 55 points, when winning 77-55 (42-36).

ToPo - Bisons 90-98 (52-49). (Jonathan Heard 17, Chase Griffin 17, Timo Heinonen 16/11 - Martin Zeno 36, Jeb Ivey 19, Ryan McDade 16/14. A: 1116).
Karhu - UU-Korihait 91-79 (50-41). (Todd Hendley 25, Kelly Beidler 22/11, Clevin Hannah 14 - Cory Johnson 18, Nigel Moore 15, Cedric Latimer 12. A: 653).
Kataja - Kouvot 77-55 (42-36). (Jared Newson 18/10, BA Walker 17, Jeremy Price 16/12 - Antto Nikkarinen 11, Josh Gonner 10, Anthony Brown 8. A: 982).
Pyrinto - KTP 100-83 (43-47). (Antwine Williams 24, Damon Williams 21, Antero Lehto 14 - Tim Blue 27/12, Bennet Davis 20, Jukka Matinen 15. A: 1022).




1st Division Round 7: Leader Tapiolan Honka loses to BC Nokia - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Undefeated Tapiolan Honka (5-1) recorded its first loss on the court of third ranked BC Nokia on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by BC Nokia in overtime 87-85. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Tapiolan Honka. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 21-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-13. BC Nokia dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Tapiolan Honka's 30. BC Nokia forced 19 Tapiolan Honka turnovers and outrebounded them 44-27 including 31 on the defensive glass. 32 personal fouls committed by Tapiolan Honka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) chipped in 17 points and 15 rebounds. point guard Villematti Kopio (182-92) produced 27 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BC Nokia (6-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with Oulun NMKY. Tapiolan Honka at the other side dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. BC Nokia is looking forward to face Oulun NMKY (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tapiolan Honka will play against Aanekosken Huima in Aanekoski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 7 SayRi lost to undefeated FoKoPo in Forssa 83-88. Porvoon Tarmo beat Huima at home 89-82. Oulun NMKY won against Lapua on the opponent's court 93-89. Winless ToPo Akatemia unfortunately lost to Ura Basket in a home game 86-88. Pyrinto II rolled over Jyvaskyla on the road 103-81.



BC Nokia - Tapiolan Honka 87-85 OT

Undefeated Tapiolan Honka (5-1) recorded its first loss on the court of third ranked BC Nokia on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by BC Nokia in overtime 87-85. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Tapiolan Honka. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 21-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-13. BC Nokia dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Tapiolan Honka's 30. BC Nokia forced 19 Tapiolan Honka turnovers and outrebounded them 44-27 including 31 on the defensive glass. 32 personal fouls committed by Tapiolan Honka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. point guard Villematti Kopio (182-92) produced 27 points and forward Anton Odabasi (196-95) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BC Nokia (6-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with Oulun NMKY. Tapiolan Honka at the other side dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. BC Nokia is looking forward to face Oulun NMKY (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tapiolan Honka will play against Aanekosken Huima in Aanekoski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tapiolan Honka: V.Kopio 27+1ast, A.Odabasi 18+4reb, A.Vanjoki 12+3reb, T.Laitinen 9+7reb, I.Sirola 7+7reb+3ast, P.Vertio 7+2ast
BC Nokia: G.January 30+19reb+3ast, T.Riihela 24+2reb+4ast, D.Townes 17+15reb+1ast, S.Hopkins 5+1reb, V.Tuominen 5+3reb+1ast, T.Kankaanpaa 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 150176


FoKoPo - SayRi 88-83

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Saynatsalon Riento (1-5) was defeated on the road by leader Forssan Koripojat (7-0) 88-83 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 27-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) fired 30 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds. Five Forssan Koripojat players scored in double figures. Forward Charles Little (198-87, college: Dayton) produced 27 points and 5 rebounds and guard Bilal Abdullah (196-84, college: Lafayette) added 23 points respectively for lost side. Forssan Koripojat have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Forssan Koripojat maintains first place with 7-0 record. Saynatsalon Riento lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Forssan Koripojat will face Tapiolan Honka (#4) on the road in the next round. Saynatsalon Riento will play against Torpan Pojat (#12) in Helsinki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SayRi: C.Little 27+5reb+3ast, B.Abdullah 23+4reb+2ast, K.Cooper 13+8reb, S.Mantymaa 8+5reb+1ast, J.Lehto 8+2reb, E.Nieminen 2+1reb+1ast
FoKoPo: T.Robinson 30+8reb+1ast, H.Coleman 14+17reb+3ast, S.Ikavalko 14+2reb+6ast, B.Bojang 11+7reb, J.Helenius 10+6reb+3ast, E.Johansson 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 150172


Porvoon Tarmo - Huima 89-82

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Porvoon Tarmo (2-5) defeated at home higher ranked Aanekosken Huima (3-3) 89-82 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 26-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Tyrwone Still (199-77, college: W.Virginia St.) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard La Trice Little (186-79, college: Mercy) chipped in a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Porvoon Tarmo's coach Jouni Gronroos used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Treylon Manning (176-85, college: Texas Coll.) produced 34 points (!!!) and 5 assists and power forward Trey Britton (203-89, college: Anderson, SC) added 14 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Porvoon Tarmo moved-up to ninth place. Loser Aanekosken Huima keeps the fifth position with three games lost. Porvoon Tarmo will face higher ranked Pyrinto II (#5) in Tampere in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aanekosken Huima will play at home against Tapiolan Honka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Huima: T.Manning 34+3reb+5ast, T.Britton 14+12reb, S.Kajander 13+4reb, T.Viertola 11+6reb+1ast, M.Liukko 6+6reb+1ast, J.Graham 4+2reb
Porvoon Tarmo: T.Still 28+10reb+1ast, L.Trice Little 26+10reb+2ast, S.Henderson 13+4reb+6ast, M.King 11+5reb+1ast, K.Hytonen 9+2reb+1ast, S.Beatovic 2+2reb
gschID: 150173


Lapua - Oulun NMKY 89-93

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (3-4) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Oulun NMKY (6-1) 93-89 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-89. Oulun NMKY made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. American power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. His fellow American import point guard Lloyd Phillips (178-85, college: Illinois St.) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Oulun NMKY players scored in double figures. American guard Walter Baxley (191-84, college: Mars Hill) produced 26 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Henri Jokinen (191-92) added 25 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Lapuan Korikobrat's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Oulun NMKY have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with BC Nokia. Loser Lapuan Korikobrat dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Oulun NMKY will face league's second-placed BC Nokia at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lapuan Korikobrat will play against Aanekosken Huima (#6) in Aanekoski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lapua: W.Baxley 26+7reb+2ast, H.Jokinen 25+3reb, E.Williams 14+5reb+2ast, D.Doubitski 7+2reb, J.Turja 5, E.Jackson 4+9reb+6ast
Oulun NMKY: J.Nofflet 22+6reb+2ast, L.Phillips 22+5reb+5ast, B.Moultrie 19+19reb+1ast, J.Siivikko 12+3reb+2ast, J.Laakso 7, H.Vihavainen 5+1reb
gschID: 150174


ToPo Akatemia - Ura Basket 86-88

Rather predictable result in Helsinki where eighth ranked Ura Basket (3-4) edged bottom-ranked Torpan Pojat (0-7) 88-86 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Torpan Pojat won third quarter 25-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Ura Basket won last quarter 24-23. American swingman Lionel Green (196-84, college: SUNO) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Eze Andrews (201-83, college: Savannah St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Cuban guard Alexis Lavastida (188-77) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds and Joel Heinikoski (185-92) added 19 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ura Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lapua. Loser Torpan Pojat still closes the standings with seven games lost. Ura Basket will face BC Jyvaskyla (#11) at home in the next round. Torpan Pojat will play against BC Jyvaskyla and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
ToPo Akatemia: A.Lavastida 23+7reb+2ast, J.Heinikoski 19+2reb+5ast, H.Hohteri 14+4reb+2ast, H.Niemisto 12, J.Rajala 8+7reb+3ast, J.Kauppinen 6+2reb+1ast
Ura Basket: L.Green 22+10reb+4ast, N.Lehtila 18+1reb+3ast, E.Andrews 15+6reb+3ast, S.Salminen 12+2reb+1ast, J.Alanko 9+5reb+2ast, J.Saari 7+1ast
gschID: 150175


Jyvaskyla - Pyrinto II 81-103

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-6) was outplayed at home by seventh ranked Pyrinto II (3-3) 103-81 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Pyrinto II. BC Jyvaskyla was better in third quarter 28-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pyrinto II forced 22 BC Jyvaskyla turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pyrinto II made 8 blocks. BC Jyvaskyla was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Jukka-Pekka Vaananen (195-84) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Joni Harjula (189-83) chipped in 31 points (made all of his seven free throws). Center Miikka Markkanen (200-93) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and forward Jarno Nissinen (195-77) added 22 points respectively for lost side. Four Pyrinto II and five BC Jyvaskyla players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pyrinto II moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Huima. BC Jyvaskyla lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with six games lost. Pyrinto II will face Porvoon Tarmo (#9) at home in the next round. BC Jyvaskyla will play against Torpan Pojat in Helsinki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla: J.Nissinen 22+4reb, M.Markkanen 21+11reb+1ast, L.Storrs 12+5reb+7ast, O.Lehtonen 11+1reb, N.Pantsu 10+2reb+3ast, J.Luoma 3+6reb
Pyrinto II: J.Harjula 31+2reb+2ast, J.Vaananen 30+10reb+3ast, N.Mattila 11+4reb+3ast, J.Pulkkinen 10+5reb, O.Heinonen 6+2reb+2ast, T.Savino 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 150171




Korisliiga Round 13: Loimaan Korikonkarit defeats Torpan Pojat in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Loimaan Korikonkarit (8-2) which played road game in Helsinki against 3rd placed Torpan Pojat (7-4). First ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit managed to get a 8-point victory 98-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Torpan Pojat. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 28-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Loimaan Korikonkarit shot 24 for 34 from the free-throw line, while Torpan Pojat only scored four points from the stripe. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Loimaan Korikonkarit made 8 blocks. 30 personal fouls committed by Torpan Pojat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Ryan McDade (201-80, college: N.Arizona) contributed with 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Forward Timo Heinonen (198-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Torpan Pojat. Loimaan Korikonkarit have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-2 record. Torpan Pojat at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit are looking forward to face Tampereen Pyrinto (#4) at home in the next round. Torpan Pojat will have a break next round.
The game between second ranked Joensuun Kataja (8-3) and 6th ranked Kouvot (6-6) in Joensuu ended with biggest points difference. Joensuun Kataja outscored guests from Kouvola 77-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kouvot. American players dominated the game. Swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Jeremy Price chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) responded with 8 points and 6 rebounds. Kouvot's coach Jyri Lehtonen gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Joensuun Kataja. Joensuun Kataja maintains second place with 8-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Nilan Bisons. Kouvot at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Joensuun Kataja will play against Salon Vilpas (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Kouvot will play against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 13 Korihait was beaten by Kauhajoki on the road 91-79. Pyrinto won against KTP on its own court 100-83.



ToPo - Nilan Bisons 90-98

An interesting game for Loimaan Korikonkarit (8-2) which played road game in Helsinki against 3rd placed Torpan Pojat (7-4). First ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit managed to get a 8-point victory 98-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Torpan Pojat. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 28-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Loimaan Korikonkarit shot 24 for 34 from the free-throw line, while Torpan Pojat only scored four points from the stripe. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Loimaan Korikonkarit made 8 blocks. 30 personal fouls committed by Torpan Pojat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Ryan McDade (201-80, college: N.Arizona) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Forward Timo Heinonen (198-81) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and American swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Torpan Pojat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Loimaan Korikonkarit have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-2 record. Torpan Pojat at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit are looking forward to face Tampereen Pyrinto (#4) at home in the next round. Torpan Pojat will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 36+12reb, J.Ivey 19+1reb+3ast, R.McDade 16+14reb+2ast, M.Koivisto 12+4reb+1ast, C.Jones 8+4reb+2ast, M.Nuutinen 4+2reb
ToPo: C.Griffin 17+3reb+1ast, J.Heard 17+6reb+4ast, T.Heinonen 16+11reb+4ast, C.Lindbom 13+3reb+1ast, K.Muurinen 9+7reb, E.Lehtinen 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 141686


Kataja - Kouvot 77-55

The game between second ranked Joensuun Kataja (8-3) and 6th ranked Kouvot (6-6) in Joensuu ended with biggest points difference. Joensuun Kataja outscored guests from Kouvola 77-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kouvot. The game without a history. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Kouvot's 24. Joensuun Kataja forced 19 Kouvot turnovers. Kouvot was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and forward Jeremy Price (203-88, college: Georgia, agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds. Five Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) responded with 8 points and 6 rebounds and guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) scored 10 points. Kouvot's coach Jyri Lehtonen gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Joensuun Kataja. Joensuun Kataja maintains second place with 8-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Nilan Bisons. Kouvot at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Joensuun Kataja will play against Salon Vilpas (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Kouvot will play against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kataja: J.Newson 18+10reb, B.Walker 17+4ast, J.Price 16+12reb, S.Lehtoranta 12+8reb+3ast, J.Sten 10+1reb+2ast, I.Pehkonen 3+2reb
Kouvot: A.Nikkarinen 11+1reb+1ast, J.Gonner 10+2reb+2ast, A.Brown 8+6reb+2ast, S.Vanttaja 8+5reb, A.Perttu 7+1reb, A.Jordan 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 141682


Kauhajoki - Korihait 91-79

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (8-4) beat 7th ranked UU-Korihait (5-7) in Kauhajoki 91-79. The game was mostly controlled by Kauhajoen Karhu. UU-Korihait was better in fourth quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated also this game. Forward Todd Hendley (206-84, college: NC-Wilmington) stepped up and scored 25 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners and forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 22 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). At the losing side forward Cory Johnson (200-88, college: Valparaiso, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five UU-Korihait players scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu moved-up to third place. UU-Korihait at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Salon Vilpas. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against KTP-Basket (#9) in Kotka in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. UU-Korihait will play at home against Namika Lahti and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: T.Hendley 25+9reb+1ast, K.Beidler 22+11reb, C.Hannah 14+1reb+6ast, I.Vuori 8+1reb+6ast, H.Hirvikoski 7+1reb+1ast, A.Huuskonen 6+1reb+1ast
Korihait: C.Johnson 18+5reb+3ast, N.Moore 15+6reb+3ast, S.Vanzant 12+3reb+1ast, C.Latimer 12+4reb+1ast, P.Heinonen 10+3reb+1ast, P.Rainamaa 7+1reb
gschID: 141684


Pyrinto - KTP 100-83

Very expected game when 9th ranked KTP-Basket (4-7) lost on the road to fifth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (7-3) 100-83. KTP-Basket was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 57-36 second half run of Tampereen Pyrinto. They outrebounded KTP-Basket 47-34 including 35 on the defensive glass. KTP-Basket was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) stepped up and scored 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) chipped in 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. KTP-Basket lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with seven games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against league's leader Loimaan Korikonkarit on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KTP-Basket will play against Kauhajoen Karhu (#3) in Kauhajoki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: A.Williams 24+9reb+3ast, D.Williams 21+9reb+4ast, A.Lehto 14+2reb+4ast, K.Lowe 9+3reb+1ast, N.Mattila 9+1reb+1ast, A.Nikkila 8+14reb
KTP: T.Blue 27+12reb+4ast, B.Davis 20+6reb, J.Matinen 15+1reb+1ast, B.Sarcevic 8+2reb+11ast, J.Lehtoranta 5+5reb+4ast, T.Bell 4+5reb
gschID: 141685




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


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Lloyd PHILLIPS
  Oulun N.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Phillips, Oulun N.27.7 
 2. Baxley, Lapua25.9 
 3. Manning, Huima24.6 
 4. Nofflet, Oulun N.23.3 
 5. Williams, Lapua21.3 
 6. Harjula, Pyrinto II21.3 
 7. Reed, Lapua21.3 
 8. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.20.8 
 9. Green, Ura Basket19.9 
 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.14.0 
 4. Britton, Huima10.7 
 5. Townes, BC Nokia10.7 
 6. Green, Ura Basket9.9 
 7. January, BC Nokia9.0 
 8. Nofflet, Oulun N.8.9 
 9. Coleman, FoKoPo8.8 
 10. Reed, Lapua8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Shawn HENDERSON
  Porvoo.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Henderson, Porvoo.6.0 
 2. Ikavalko, FoKoPo5.7 
 3. Manning, Huima4.6 
 4. Phillips, Oulun N.4.4 
 5. Storrs, Jyvaskyla4.0 
 6. Riihela, BC Nokia3.8 
 7. Jackson, Lapua3.7 
 8. Abdullah, SayRi3.3 
 9. Robinson, FoKoPo3.0 
 10. Viertola, Huima2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Emmanuel JACKSON
  Lapua
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jackson, Lapua3.0 
 2. Nieminen, SayRi2.4 
 3. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.2.4 
 4. Townes, BC Nokia2.2 
 5. Little, Porvoon2.0 
 6. Reed, Lapua2.0 
 7. Bojang, FoKoPo2.0 
 8. January, BC Nokia2.0 
 9. Nofflet, Oulun N.2.0 
 10. Jackson, Porvoon2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.3 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.1.9 
 3. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.2 
 4. Molenius, FoKoPo1.2 
 5. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.1.2 
 6. Townes, BC Nokia1.2 
 7. Mattila, Pyrin.1.0 
 8. Cooper, SayRi0.6 
 9. Still, Porvoon Tar.0.6 
 10. Helenius, FoKoPo0.5 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons23.0 
 2. Holloway, Salon V.22.0 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto20.1 
 4. Ivey, Nilan Bisons20.1 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.7 
 6. Tiedeman, LrNM.19.3 
 7. Brooks, Namika L.19.2 
 8. Blue, KTP18.6 
 9. Newson, Kataja18.1 
 10. Johnson, Korihait17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.14.3 
 2. Blue, KTP10.1 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.5 
 4. McDade, Nilan B.8.9 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto8.9 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.7 
 7. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 8. Nikkila, Pyrinto8.7 
 9. Newson, Kataja8.2 
 10. Heard, ToPo7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Petri VIRTANEN
  Kataja
  (183-G-80)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Virtanen, Kataja5.3 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto5.1 
 3. Walker, Kataja4.3 
 4. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.3 
 5. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.3 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.4.2 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP4.1 
 8. Vuori, Kauhajoki4.0 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.4 
 10. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Pyrinto3.1 
 2. Sten, Kataja2.6 
 3. Moore, Korihait2.5 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 5. Sarcevic, KTP2.2 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.2.2 
 7. Newson, Kataja2.1 
 8. Haynes, LrNM.1.8 
 9. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 10. Gonner, Kouvot1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.7 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 4. Nikkila, Pyrinto1.0 
 5. Price, Kataja1.0 
 6. Jones, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 8. Newson, Kataja0.8 
 9. Vanttaja, Kouvot0.8 
 10. Bell, KTP0.7 


1.DIVISION: January tough even in November - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, round 7: BC Nokia caused the first loss of the season for Honka (Tapiola) tonight. Visitor Honka lost after OT at Nokia 87-85 (72) (31-36). The game MVP was BC Nokia's Gerald January (201-F/C-88, college: Montevallo), who scored his season high 30pts and grabbed 19rbs. Timo Riihela (193-G-80) added 24pts and Darren Townes (201-F-86, college: Hofstra) 17pts/15rbs. Villematti Kopio (182-PG-92) netted 27pts (treys 7/14). At Lapua local Korikobrat lost vs YMCA Oulu 89-93 (38-45). Walter Baxley (191-G-84, college: Mars Hill) and Henri Jokinen (191-F/G-92) combined 51 pts for the hosts. YMCA Oulu got 63 pts from American trio Josh Nofflet-Lloyd Phillips-Brian Moultrie. In Helsinki ToPo academy lost by two vs Ura Basket (Kaarina): 86-88 (38-50). Alexis Lavastida Lee scored 23pts for ToPo and Lionel Green (196-G/F-84, college: SUNO) 22pts for Ura Basket.
BC Nokia - Honka, Tapiola OT 87-85 (72) (31-36). (Gerald January 30/19, Timo Riihela 24, Darren Townes 17/15 - Villematti Kopio 27, Anton Odabasi 18, Anselmi Vanjoki 12).
Lapua - YMCA Oulu 89-93 (38-45). (Walter Baxley 26, Henri Jokinen 25, Eric Williams 14 - Josh Nofflet 22, Lloyd Phillips 22/5a, Brian Moultrie 19/19).
ToPo Academy - Ura Basket 86-88 (38-50). (Alexis Lavastida Lee 23, Joel Heinikoski 19, Harri Hohteri 14 - Lionel Green 22/10, Niilo Lehtila 18, Eze Andrews 15).




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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Rick HUGHES
  Hyeres-T.
  (204-C/F-73)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Hughes, Hyeres-T.28.5 
 2. Chatfield, Paris-.22.0 
 3. Rochestie, Le Mans20.3 
 4. Parker, AS.19.8 
 5. Williams, Paris-.18.7 
 6. Morlende, Hyeres-T.18.6 
 7. Holland, Roanne18.3 
 8. Cox, Le Havre17.7 
 9. Schilb, Chalon17.2 
 10. Faye, Hyeres-Tou.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ian MAHINMI
  Le Havre
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Mahinmi, Le Havre13.0 
 2. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.9.2 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy8.8 
 4. Aminu, Chalon8.2 
 5. Falker, Cholet7.8 
 6. Jackson, Roanne7.5 
 7. Sommerville, Le Ma.7.5 
 8. Guillard, Poitiers7.3 
 9. Hamilton, Paris-.7.3 
 10. Covile, Nanterre6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon12.8 
 2. Linehan, Nancy6.3 
 3. Rochestie, Le Mans6.3 
 4. Barrett, Roanne6.2 
 5. Pellin, Orleans5.8 
 6. Parker, AS.5.6 
 7. Wise, Le Havre5.0 
 8. Diabate, Roanne5.0 
 9. Schilb, Chalon5.0 
 10. Meacham, Paris-.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Nanterre
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Riley, Nanterre2.6 
 2. Batum, Nancy2.5 
 3. Linehan, Nancy2.5 
 4. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.2.4 
 5. Parsons, Cholet2.3 
 6. Goss, AS.2.3 
 7. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 8. Bokolo, Gravelines2.0 
 9. Acker, Le Mans2.0 
 10. Pellin, Orleans2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ronny TURIAF
  AS.
  (208-C/F-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Turiaf, AS.2.0 
 2. Akingbala, Nancy1.5 
 3. Boungou Colo, Le1.5 
 4. Williams, Paris-.1.5 
 5. Gobert, Cholet1.3 
 6. Issa, Gravelines1.2 
 7. Jackson, Roanne1.2 
 8. Covile, Nanterre1.2 
 9. Nichols, Cholet1.2 
 10. Falker, Cholet1.2 


ProA Round 6 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans (#4) forced the game against Chalon/Saor (#3) into an overtime, but lost by eight points 91-99 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Le Mans. It was a good game for Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 8 assists. Chalon/Saor's coach Gregor Beugnot used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Chalon/Saor have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Gravelines. Le Mans at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. Chalon/Saor will face ASVEL (#13) in Villeurbanne in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Le Mans will play at home against the league's leader Sluc Nancy (#1).

There were no big surprises in other games of round 6: Pau-Lacq-Orthez was smashed by Orleans on the road 98-62. Strasbourg won against Roanne on its own court 93-80. Gravelines managed to outperform Cholet in a road game 76-66. Bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon managed to beat Poitiers at home 93-90. ASVEL was defeated by Le Havre on the opponent's court 77-68. Dijon beat Nanterre in a home game 72-66. Paris-Levallois lost to undefeated Nancy on the road 64-82.
The most impressive performance of 6th round was 26 points and 7 rebounds by Lamont Hamilton of Paris-Levallois.


Orleans - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 98-62

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (3-3) crushed at home bottom-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (1-5) 98-62 on Saturday. The game without a history. Entente Orleans 45 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Pau-Lacq-Orthez to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Entente Orleans 45 dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Pau-Lacq-Orthez's 24. Entente Orleans 45 forced 19 Pau-Lacq-Orthez turnovers and outrebounded them 43-22 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Entente Orleans 45 looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. American guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) replied with 27 points and Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Didier Dobbels gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will face higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against JSF Nanterre (#12).
Top scorers:
Orleans: C.Banks 20+5reb+3ast, A.Sy 18+12reb+2ast, D.Monds 16+6reb+1ast, Y.Sangare 14+5reb+6ast, M.N'Doye 12+2ast, B.Greene 7+2reb+2ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: T.Gipson 27+3reb+2ast, C.Elonu 8+5reb+2ast, S.Rimac 8+1reb, A.Mendy 7+4reb+1ast, M.Shakur 5+3reb+3ast, M.Maravic 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 133535


Strasbourg - Roanne 93-80

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (3-3) lost on the road to twelfth ranked Strasbourg IG (3-3) 93-80 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Strasbourg IG. Chorale de Roanne was better in third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strasbourg IG made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Strasbourg IG outrebounded Chorale de Roanne 43-22 including a 30-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Chorale de Roanne's players. It was a good game for American forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Andre Barrett (175-82, college: Seton Hall, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) replied with 20 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import swingman John Holland (195-88, college: Boston U.) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Chorale de Roanne. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Strasbourg IG moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Chorale de Roanne. Strasbourg IG will face Poitiers (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: J.Harper 20+7reb, R.Greer 20+5reb+4ast, L.Allen 19+5reb+1ast, C.Oliver 17+11reb+1ast, K.Anderson 8+7reb+9ast, A.M'Baye 5+2reb+1ast
Roanne: A.Barrett 20+2reb+5ast, J.Holland 19+5reb, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 13+3reb, D.Page 11+3reb+2ast, R.Jackson 9+4reb, K.Souchu 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 133536


Cholet - Gravelines 66-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque's (5-1) road victory over 6th ranked Cholet (3-3) 76-66 on Friday. The game without a history. Gravelines-Dunkerque led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Gravelines-Dunkerque shot 21 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Cholet only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded Cholet 42-31 including 34 on the defensive glass. Cholet was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international guard Yannick Bokolo (190-85) who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) contributed with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Randal Falker (201-85, college: S.Illinois) replied with 8 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward William Gradit (197-82, college: Hill JC) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Cholet. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Chalon. Cholet at the other side keeps the sixth position with three games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will face Hyeres-Toulon (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Cholet will play against STB Le Havre (#10).
Top scorers:
Gravelines: Y.Bokolo 16+5reb+5ast, P.Sy 12+1reb, L.Vaty 11+9reb, J.Johnson 9+4reb+2ast, A.Albicy 7+4reb, J.Edwards 6+3reb
Cholet: D.Nichols 14+1reb+2ast, F.Causeur 9+3reb+4ast, R.Hite 9+5reb+1ast, R.Falker 8+7reb+3ast, W.Gradit 8+5reb+4ast, C.Ona-Embo 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 133537


Chalon - Le Mans 99-91 OT

Le Mans (#4) forced the game against Chalon/Saor (#3) into an overtime, but lost by eight points 91-99 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Le Mans. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime then Le Mans managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Chalon/Saor who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-8. They made 27-of-29 free shots (93.1 percent) during the game. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Le Mans was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 8 assists. International forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Chalon/Saor's coach Gregor Beugnot used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) replied with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and his fellow American import guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) added 23 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Le Mans. Five Chalon/Saor and four Le Mans players scored in double figures. Chalon/Saor have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Gravelines. Le Mans at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. Chalon/Saor will face ASVEL (#13) in Villeurbanne in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Le Mans will play at home against the league's leader Sluc Nancy (#1).
Top scorers:
Chalon: B.Schilb 22+3reb+8ast, I.Evtimov 18+7reb+4ast, M.Delaney 15+1reb+4ast, A.Aminu 15+8reb, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 14+4reb, S.Tchicamboud 5+3reb+1ast
Le Mans: T.Rochestie 28+5reb+9ast, A.Acker 23+6reb+3ast, J.Paulo Batista 16+8reb, M.Sommerville 14+10reb+6ast, M.Kouguere 5+1reb+1ast, H.Kahudi 3+1reb
gschID: 133538


Hyeres-Toulon - Poitiers 93-90

There was an upset when higher ranked Poitiers (2-4) was edged on the road by sixteenth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (1-5) 93-90 on Saturday. Poitiers was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 29-25 charge of Hyeres-Toulon, which allowed them to win the game. They made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Poitiers was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Paccelis Morlende (189-81) contributed with 26 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. Forward Pierre-Yves Guillard (201-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Kenny Younger (203-77, college: Houston, agency: Warren Sports International) added 19 points in the effort for Poitiers. Hyeres-Toulon left bottom position moving up to fifteenth place, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. It was Poitiers' third loss in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. Hyeres-Toulon will face higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: P.Morlende 26+1reb+6ast, A.Ajinca 19+13reb+2ast, K.Reid 17+1reb+12ast, M.Faye 14+5reb+3ast, S.Cisse 9, L.Labeyrie 4+2reb
Poitiers: K.Younger 19+2reb+2ast, P.Guillard 18+11reb+3ast, E.Fournier 16+4reb+2ast, Y.Devehat 11+2ast, A.Grant 9+2reb+4ast, P.Badiane 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 133531


Le Havre - ASVEL 77-68

There was a small surprise when fourteenth ranked STB Le Havre (2-4) defeated at home 11th ranked ASVEL (2-4) 77-68 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 41-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for STB Le Havre especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. It was a good game for naturalized American swingman Nicholas Pope (196-84, college: Oklahoma Baptist) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 6 rebounds. American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Tony Parker (183-82) replied with 21 points and American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) added 15 points in the effort for ASVEL. ASVEL's coach Pierre Vincent rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. STB Le Havre moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated ASVEL. STB Le Havre will face higher ranked Cholet (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Le Havre: N.Pope 24+6reb+2ast, J.Cox 20+5reb+5ast, I.Mahinmi 10+14reb+2ast, B.Boddicker 7+2reb, G.Jenkins 6+8reb+1ast, N.Wise 6+2reb+8ast
ASVEL: T.Parker 21+3reb+3ast, P.Goss 15+2reb+2ast, E.Jackson 9+2reb+2ast, K.Tillie 9+4reb+2ast, R.Turiaf 6+8reb+2ast, L.Westermann 3
gschID: 133532


Dijon - Nanterre 72-66

There was a minor upset when higher ranked JSF Nanterre (2-4) lost on the road to thirteenth ranked JDA Dijon (2-4) 72-66 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 30-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. JDA Dijon made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game, while JSF Nanterre only scored four points from the stripe. JSF Nanterre was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American swingman Sean Marshall (198-85, college: Boston Coll.) who led his team to a victory with 24 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The other American import point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Marc Judith (192-87) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and American forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for JSF Nanterre. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JDA Dijon moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated JSF Nanterre. JDA Dijon will face higher ranked Chorale de Roanne (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Dijon: S.Marshall 24+4reb+2ast, B.Dixon 19+6reb+4ast, Z.Moss 10+6reb, J.Leloup 7+1reb+1ast, A.Harris 6+6reb, D.Melody 4+2reb+2ast
Nanterre: W.Daniels 14+5reb, M.Judith 14+5reb+2ast, G.Diante 8+2reb+1ast, M.Riley 8+3reb, S.Brun 6+3reb, R.Covile 6+1reb
gschID: 133533


Nancy - Paris-Levallois 82-64

No shocking result in a game when top-ranked Sluc Nancy (6-0) beat at home 5th ranked Paris-Levallois (4-2) 82-64 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a good game for international forward Nicolas Batum (201-88) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Nigerian forward Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. American power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) replied with 26 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Paris-Levallois. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sluc Nancy have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Loser Paris-Levallois dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. Sluc Nancy will face Le Mans (#4) on the road in the next round. Paris-Levallois will play against Entente Orleans 45.
Top scorers:
Nancy: N.Batum 19+6reb+6ast, A.Moerman 14+6reb+1ast, J.Shuler 14+3reb+1ast, A.Akingbala 12+9reb+1ast, V.Samnick 8+9reb, A.Kader Sylla 6+1reb
Paris-Levallois: L.Hamilton 26+7reb+1ast, J.Williams 13+6reb, E.Chatfield 8+4reb+2ast, T.Meacham 8+2ast, M.Morandais 3+5reb+4ast, D.Noel 2+2reb
gschID: 133534




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  FYR MACEDONIA   


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 6-0 
 2. Torus Skopje 6-0 
 3. MZT Skopje 6-1 
 4. Lirija 3-3 
 5. Kumanovo 2-4 
 6. Vardar 2-4 
 7. Kozuv 1-5 
 8. Rabotnicki 1-5 
 9. ABA Strumica 1-6 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Phillip BROOKS
  ABA S.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Brooks, ABA S.23.4 
 2. Karadzovski, Torus20.8 
 3. Janjusevic, Kuman.20.8 
 4. Life, Lirija20.3 
 5. Tasovski, Rabotnic.20.0 
 6. Radulovic, Vardar19.8 
 7. Dahlman, MZT S.18.7 
 8. Nikolovski, Feni I.18.6 
 9. Boswell, ABA S.18.4 
 10. Jelesijevic, Kuma.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Noah DAHLMAN
  MZT S.
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Dahlman, MZT S.9.8 
 2. Mitchell, Lirija8.8 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus7.4 
 4. Mikic, Kumanovo7.2 
 5. Simic, Lirija7.0 
 6. Cekovski, MZT S.6.7 
 7. Hadzivasilev, ABA6.5 
 8. Cole, Rabotnicki6.5 
 9. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.5 
 10. Nikolovski, Feni6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Sasa OCOKOLJIC
  Feni I.
  (183-PG-76)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Ocokoljic, Feni I.4.3 
 2. Petrovski, Rabotni.4.0 
 3. Morban, Lirija3.8 
 4. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.7 
 5. Tasevski, Vardar3.5 
 6. Radulovic, Vardar3.3 
 7. Samardziev, Feni I.3.2 
 8. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.1 
 9. Kostoski, Kumanovo2.8 
 10. Bogoev, Rabotnic.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.3 
 2. Simonovski, Feni I.2.3 
 3. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.3 
 4. Turner, Torus S.1.6 
 5. Stajic, Lirija1.6 
 6. Filipovic, Lirija1.6 
 7. Ocokoljic, Feni I.1.5 
 8. Radulovic, Vardar1.5 
 9. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 10. Brooks, ABA S.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon COLE
  Rabotnicki
  (203-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Cole, Rabotnicki1.3 
 2. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.3 
 3. Mitchell, Lirija1.2 
 4. Avramovski, Lirija1.2 
 5. Chappell, ABA S.0.8 
 6. Knezevic, Feni I.0.7 
 7. Brckov, Feni I.0.5 
 8. Nikolovski, Feni I.0.4 
 9. Dimcevski, Torus S.0.4 
 10. Trajkovski, Torus0.4 


Superleague Round 7: Derby game ends with Torus Skopje's defeat of Fersped-Rabotnicki - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: Torus Skopje (#3) and Fersped-Rabotnicki (#7). Torus Skopje (6-0) won against visiting Fersped-Rabotnicki (1-5) 76-70. Fersped-Rabotnicki trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 23-9 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 70-76 at the end of the game. Torus Skopje dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Fersped-Rabotnicki's 30. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Justin Reynolds (204-88, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Torus Skopje's coach Slobodan Petrovski used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Fersped-Rabotnicki. Undefeated Torus Skopje have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Feni Indistrija. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the seventh place with five games lost. They share the position with Kozuv. Torus Skopje is looking forward to face league's leader Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Lirija.
An interesting game for MZT Skopje (6-1) which played road game in Kumanovo against 4th placed Kumanovo 2009 (2-4). Third ranked MZT Skopje managed to get a 7-point victory 88-81. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 9 rebounds. Noah Dahlman helped adding 16 points and 8 rebounds. MZT Skopje's coach Aleksandar Todorov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-79) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for MZT Skopje. They maintain third place with 6-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Feni Indistrija. Kumanovo 2009 at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Vardar. MZT Skopje will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kumanovo 2009 will play on the road against ABA Strumica (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between fifth ranked Lirija (3-3) and 6th ranked Kozuv (1-5) in Skopje on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Lirija outscored guests from Gergelija 92-67. It was a quality performance for Vladimir Filipovic who led the winners and scored 26 points. Velibor Buha came up with 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for Kozuv in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lirija moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Kozuv dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Rabotnicki. Lirija's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Fersped-Rabotnicki.

In the last game of round 7 Vardar beat ABA Strumica on the road 101-95.
The most impressive performance of 7th round was 37 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists by Vladimir Georgievski of Vardar.


Lirija - Kozuv 92-67

The game between fifth ranked Lirija (3-3) and 6th ranked Kozuv (1-5) in Skopje on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Lirija outscored guests from Gergelija 92-67. The game was mostly controlled by Lirija. Kozuv managed to win third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lirija shot 18 for 24 from the free-throw line, while Kozuv only scored one point from the stripe. They outrebounded Kozuv 38-18 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a quality performance for Serbian guard Vladimir Filipovic (195-85) who led the winners and scored 26 points. American power forward Dustin Mitchell (206, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) accounted for 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Mitchell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Lirija players scored in double figures. Serbian center Velibor Buha (208-88) came up with 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Aleksandar Dimitrovski (193-80) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Kozuv in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lirija moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Kozuv dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Rabotnicki. Lirija's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Fersped-Rabotnicki.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: V.Buha 17+3reb+1ast, D.Vegov 10+3reb+2ast, M.Petkovic 10+4reb+2ast, A.Dimitrovski 9+6reb+3ast, V.Eftimov 8+1reb, G.Glavcev 4+1reb+1ast
Lirija: V.Filipovic 26+2reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 19+6reb+3ast, S.Avramovski 12+6reb, C.Morban 12+6reb+5ast, T.Simic 8+5reb+1ast, L.Idrizi 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 151634


Kumanovo - MZT Skopje 81-88

An interesting game for MZT Skopje (6-1) which played road game in Kumanovo against 4th placed Kumanovo 2009 (2-4). Third ranked MZT Skopje managed to get a 7-point victory 88-81. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Kumanovo 2009 won second period 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Kumanovo 2009 outrebounded MZT Skopje 41-27 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Noah Dahlman (200-89, college: Wofford) helped adding 16 points and 8 rebounds. MZT Skopje's coach Aleksandar Todorov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-79) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian forward Dejan Mikic (201-86) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Five MZT Skopje and four Kumanovo 2009 players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for MZT Skopje. They maintain third place with 6-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Feni Indistrija. Kumanovo 2009 at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Vardar. MZT Skopje will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kumanovo 2009 will play on the road against ABA Strumica (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: N.Jelesijevic 22+10reb+1ast, D.Mikic 19+13reb, M.Janjusevic 16+3reb, D.Matic 14+2reb+2ast, A.Kostoski 5+6reb+2ast, D.Kalov 4+2reb
MZT Skopje: G.Cekovski 24+9reb+3ast, N.Dahlman 16+8reb, O.Stojanovski 14+1reb, I.Mijajlovic 13+3reb+1ast, R.Stefanov 10+1reb, C.Davis 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 151631


Torus Skopje - Rabotnicki 76-70

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: Torus Skopje (#3) and Fersped-Rabotnicki (#7). Torus Skopje (6-0) won against visiting Fersped-Rabotnicki (1-5) 76-70. Fersped-Rabotnicki trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 23-9 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 70-76 at the end of the game. Torus Skopje dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Fersped-Rabotnicki's 30. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Justin Reynolds (204-88, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Torus Skopje's coach Slobodan Petrovski used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Milos Pavlovic answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Jane Petrovski (181-87) added 15 points in the effort for Fersped-Rabotnicki. Five Fersped-Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. Torus Skopje have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Feni Indistrija. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the seventh place with five games lost. They share the position with Kozuv. Torus Skopje is looking forward to face league's leader Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Lirija.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: M.Pavlovic 17+6reb, J.Petrovski 15+4reb+2ast, E.Hadzibulic 12+4reb+1ast, D.Tasovski 11+7reb+1ast, B.Cole 10+7reb, G.Uzunov 3+2reb+1ast
Torus Skopje: N.Karakolev 19+3reb+3ast, J.Reynolds 18+8reb+1ast, B.Trajkovski 15+11reb+4ast, G.Markovski 9+5reb+1ast, P.Turner 5+4reb, D.Karadzovski 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 151633


ABA Strumica - Vardar 95-101

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Vardar's (2-4) road victory over bottom-ranked ABA Strumica (1-6) 101-95 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Vardar shot 64.0 percent from the field and made 31-of-37 free shots (83.8 percent) during the game, while ABA Strumica only scored eleven points from the stripe. Vardar had a 25-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Vladimir Georgievski (194-82) who led the winners and scored 37 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Guard Darko Radulovic (194-80) accounted for 16 points and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winning side. Five Vardar players scored in double figures. American guard Jeremiah Boswell (194-82) came up with 24 points and the other American import guard Phillip Brooks (188-84, college: Langston, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for ABA Strumica in the defeat. ABA Strumica's coach Stratos Koukoulekidis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vardar moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Kumanovo. ABA Strumica lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with six games lost. Vardar will meet at home Kozuv (#7) in the next round. ABA Strumica will play against Kumanovo 2009.
Top scorers:
ABA Strumica: J.Boswell 24+1reb+2ast, C.Weeden 10+5reb+2ast, M.Hasanov 10+2reb+4ast, K.Karamanolev 10+1reb+1ast, P.Brooks 9+5reb+7ast, J.Kurciev 9+1reb+3ast
Vardar: V.Georgievski 37+9reb+5ast, D.Radulovic 16+2reb+6ast, A.Shterjov 14+3reb+1ast, D.Kostevski 11+3reb, A.Tasevski 10+5reb+7ast, A.Stefanovski 7+4reb
gschID: 151630




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  GEORGIA   


Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 30
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.30.0 
 2. Parghalava, Sokhu.29.0 
 3. Kreps, MIA Tbilisi24.8 
 4. Chikviladze, Samed.22.4 
 5. Patsatsia, Sokhumi21.8 
 6. Niniashvili, TSU T.18.5 
 7. Gay, Sokhumi18.5 
 8. Gamqrelidze, Olymp.18.0 
 9. Mikeladze, Batumi17.5 
 10. Panchulidze, TSU17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.16.5 
 2. Milutinovic, Olymp.14.3 
 3. Shermadini, TSU T.11.8 
 4. Machaladze, STU T.11.5 
 5. Gay, Sokhumi10.5 
 6. Patsatsia, Sokhumi10.0 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi10.0 
 8. Antadze, STU T.9.8 
 9. Bekauri, Samedicino8.6 
 10. Niniashvili, TSU8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olympus
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olymp.9.3 
 2. Gaines, Armia6.5 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.6.3 
 4. Artsividze, Rustavi6.0 
 5. Chitashvili, TSU T.5.3 
 6. Mikeladze, Batumi5.3 
 7. Chikviladze, Samed.5.0 
 8. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.8 
 9. Gay, Sokhumi4.5 
 10. Abaishvili, Samed.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Shalva KOKHREIDZE
  TSU T.
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Kokhreidze, TSU T.3.3 
 2. Chachanidze, Rust.3.0 
 3. Chitashvili, TSU T.3.0 
 4. Ramishvili, Batumi2.5 
 5. Gay, Sokhumi2.5 
 6. Gaines, Armia2.3 
 7. Machaladze, STU T.2.3 
 8. Sanadze, Dinamo T.2.2 
 9. Antadze, STU T.2.0 
 10. Samojlovic, Samed.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ilija MILUTINOVIC
  Olympus
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Milutinovic, Olymp.3.3 
 2. Kjellbom, Armia2.0 
 3. Machaladze, STU T.2.0 
 4. Bekauri, Samedicino2.0 
 5. Atuashvili, Sokhumi2.0 
 6. Carter, Dinamo T.2.0 
 7. Toudjani, MIA T.1.8 
 8. Berishvili, Olympus1.7 
 9. Shermadini, TSU T.1.5 
 10. Beruashvili, STU1.5 


Superleague Round 5: Armia keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Armia as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Armia edged 7th ranked TSU in Tbilisi 73-71. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 8-2 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Armia dominated on the defensive end, holding TSU to just 2 points in fourth quarter. Strangely TSU outrebounded Armia 45-32 including 34 on the defensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by TSU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Jeremy Richardson (200-84, college: Delta St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). His fellow American import point guard Sundiata Gaines (185-86, college: Georgia, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Armia's coach Kote Tugushi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Soso Shermadini (208-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds for TSU. Armia have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. TSU at the other side dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. They share the position with Olympus. TSU will play next round against strong Sokhumi trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi - Sokhumi. Armia will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Samedicino-Academia. It will be extra interesting game as Samedicino-Academia is their local rival from Tbilisi.
Dinamo Tbilisi's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat MIA (2-3) 94-89. American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and Giorgi Markhvashvili chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds. MIA's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains ninth place with 1-4 record. It was MIA's third loss in a row. They keep the eighth position with three games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi will play against Energy Invest (#10) in Rustavi in the next round. MIA will play on the road against the league's second-placed Kutaisi and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Bottom-ranked Energy Invest is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to eighth ranked Samedicino-Academia (3-2) 100-73 on Friday evening. Beqa Chikviladze nailed 26 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Luka Khmelidze came up with 21 points and 5 rebounds for Energy Invest in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Samedicino-Academia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Energy Invest still closes the standings with four games lost. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Armia.
Bottom-ranked Batumi is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to third ranked Sokhumi (4-1) 88-64. The best player for the winners was Levan Patsatsia who had a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Sokhumi moved-up to second place, which they share with Kutaisi. Batumi at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU.
The game in Tbilisi was also quite interesting. Third ranked Kutaisi (4-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Olympus (2-2). Kutaisi defeated Olympus 75-64 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olympus. Levan Tsekvava orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 4 assists. Kutaisi moved-up to second place, which they share with Sokhumi. Newly promoted Olympus keep the sixth position with two games lost. Kutaisi will face MIA (#8) in Tbilisi in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Olympus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi STU.



Dinamo Tbilisi - MIA Tbilisi 94-89

Dinamo Tbilisi's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat MIA (2-3) 94-89. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But MIA won third quarter 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dinamo Tbilisi made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. MIA was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and guard Giorgi Markhvashvili (190-83) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Robo Kreps (182-88, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: N.E.T.) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Dinamo Tbilisi and five MIA players scored in double figures. MIA's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains ninth place with 1-4 record. It was MIA's third loss in a row. They keep the eighth position with three games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi will play against Energy Invest (#10) in Rustavi in the next round. MIA will play on the road against the league's second-placed Kutaisi and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
MIA Tbilisi: R.Kreps 17+5reb+3ast, A.Dvalishvili 17+8reb+3ast, D.Imnadze 11+4reb, L.Lapanashvili 10+2reb+2ast, I.Londaridze 10+4reb+1ast, T.Toudjani 8+2reb+2ast
Dinamo Tbilisi: K.Carter 29+15reb, D.Sanadze 19+4reb, G.Markhvashvili 18+2reb+4ast, D.Noel 11+2reb+2ast, I.Lezhava 7+4reb+1ast, G.Bakradze 5+7reb+3ast
gschID: 153206


Armia - TSU Tbilisi 73-71

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Armia as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Armia edged 7th ranked TSU in Tbilisi 73-71. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 8-2 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Armia dominated on the defensive end, holding TSU to just 2 points in fourth quarter. Strangely TSU outrebounded Armia 45-32 including 34 on the defensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by TSU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Jeremy Richardson (200-84, college: Delta St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). His fellow American import point guard Sundiata Gaines (185-86, college: Georgia, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Armia's coach Kote Tugushi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Soso Shermadini (208-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds and center Tornike Niniashvili (205-82) added 20 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for TSU. Armia have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. TSU at the other side dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. They share the position with Olympus. TSU will play next round against strong Sokhumi trying to get back on the winning streak. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi - Sokhumi. Armia will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Samedicino-Academia. It will be extra interesting game as Samedicino-Academia is their local rival from Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: T.Niniashvili 20+8reb+2ast, M.Panchulidze 20+3reb+4ast, S.Shermadini 14+17reb+1ast, D.Berishvili 9+6reb+7ast, Z.Korkotadze 5+1reb+1ast, S.Kokhreidze 3+10reb+1ast
Armia: J.Richardson 25+5reb+1ast, S.Gaines 13+2reb+5ast, V.Minashvili 9+6reb+1ast, G.Diaz 9+5reb+5ast, J.Kjellbom 7+9reb+1ast, I.Sakvarelidze 3
gschID: 153207


Rustavi - Samedicino 73-100

Bottom-ranked Energy Invest is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to eighth ranked Samedicino-Academia (3-2) 100-73 on Friday evening. The game without a history. Samedicino-Academia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Samedicino-Academia shot 24 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Energy Invest only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Energy Invest 43-30 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) nailed 26 points and 5 assists for the winning side and guard Mikheil Chochua (193-87) accounted for 19 points. Guard Luka Khmelidze (195-92) came up with 21 points and 5 rebounds and center David Gugava (203-90) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Energy Invest in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Samedicino-Academia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Energy Invest still closes the standings with four games lost. Samedicino-Academia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Armia.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: L.Khmelidze 21+5reb+1ast, D.Gugava 15+10reb, G.Kopaliani 10+5reb+1ast, Z.Tvaradze 8+3reb+2ast, D.Artsividze 6+1reb+10ast, Z.Machavariani 6+1ast
Samedicino: B.Chikviladze 26+4reb+5ast, M.Chochua 19+2reb+3ast, K.Tomaradze 13+4reb, N.Ilic 11+3reb+2ast, G.Kvetenadze 9+7reb+1ast, B.Bekauri 8+13reb+2ast
gschID: 153203


Batumi - Sokhumi 64-88

Bottom-ranked Batumi is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to third ranked Sokhumi (4-1) 88-64. The game without a history. Sokhumi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Batumi's 30. They outrebounded Batumi 50-36 including a 37-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sokhumi players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was international guard Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) who had a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Avtandil Eliashvili (200-89) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and center Mamuka Bolkvadze (205-83) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Sokhumi moved-up to second place, which they share with Kutaisi. Batumi at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU.
Top scorers:
Batumi: M.Bolkvadze 16+7reb+1ast, A.Eliashvili 15+9reb+1ast, I.Mikeladze 13+4reb+6ast, N.Ramishvili 9+7reb+2ast, L.Eliadze 3+5reb+1ast, I.Maisuradze 3
Sokhumi: L.Patsatsia 40+16reb+5ast, L.Parghalava 13+5reb+4ast, S.Atuashvili 12+7reb, R.Rogava 7, T.Kankia 5+4reb+2ast, %PlayerNameByLink% 4+2reb
gschID: 153204


Olympus - Kutaisi 64-75

The game in Tbilisi was also quite interesting. Third ranked Kutaisi (4-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Olympus (2-2). Kutaisi defeated Olympus 75-64 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olympus. Olympus were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Kutaisi dominated on the defensive end, holding Olympus to just 7 points in third quarter. They also forced 23 Olympus turnovers. Guard Levan Tsekvava (190-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 4 assists. Forward Rezo Didia (203-87) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and Croatian guard Nikica Sljuka (187-87) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Olympus. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kutaisi moved-up to second place, which they share with Sokhumi. Newly promoted Olympus keep the sixth position with two games lost. Kutaisi will face MIA (#8) in Tbilisi in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Olympus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi STU.
Top scorers:
Olympus: M.Berishvili 18+11reb+2ast, N.Sljuka 17+2reb+4ast, I.Hoger 11+11reb, I.Milutinovic 10+7reb+2ast, G.Gulisabedashvili 5+3reb+2ast, T.Tavartkiladze 3+1ast
Kutaisi: L.Tsekvava 19+4reb+4ast, R.Didia 15+8reb+2ast, R.Matiashvili 13+9reb+1ast, G.Barbakadze 12+3reb+3ast, T.Babunashvili 6+5reb+3ast, Z.Pashayev 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 153205




Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Armia 4-0 
 2. Kutaisi 4-1 
 3. Sokhumi 4-1 
 4. STU Tbilisi 3-1 
 5. Samedicino 3-2 
 6. Olympus 2-2 
 7. TSU Tbilisi 2-2 
 8. MIA Tbilisi 2-3 
 9. Dinamo Tbilisi 1-4 
 10. Rustavi 0-4 
 11. Batumi 0-5 


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  GERMANY   


Torrell Martin Doesnt Need To Display Traffic Dunks But Shows His Taste Of Ray Allen Leading Bremerhaven Past The Fraport Skyliners 63-55 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
3 years ago around this time, The New England Patriots were still recovering from their surprising and disheartening Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants, Keith Simmons was starting his first season with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and thoughts of returning back to Turkey for three more years was still far away and Marcus Slaughter was learning the hard way not to eat a curry hot dog before a basketball game. Three years ago the Eisaberen Bremerhaven were in the midst of a 16 game losing streak despite strong play from Marcus Slaughter who was the top Eisbaeren scorer in their first seven games. Now in 2011, the basketball world of the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven is solid as they rest in position six whereas the Fraport Skyliners basketball world in the last four years has been as radiant as the smile of actor George Clooney, the surfing success of American Kelly Slater or the hit making of French artist David Guetta, but this season the team is going through unexpected and unwanted growing pains as their losing streak grew to five games as they let the game slip out of their hands into the bushy white claws of the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in the fourth quarter losing 63-55. Frankfurt played a lot better than in the last games, but sometimes during losing streaks, basketball luck and lady luck dont always mesh. Long losing streaks are always tough and they wear down a team mentally. Losing at the end was tough, because coach prepared us well and we showed a lot of improvement on defense. I remember going through a 13 game losing streak at Northwestern. We stuck together as a team and continued to work hard. We stayed tough and broke the streak, stressed Skyliner guard Michael Thompson. Bremerhaven point guard Jamison Brewer who has 54 NBA games under his belt knows something about losing streaks. I remember as a freshman at Auburn, we lost 12 games in a row and all in the last minute and three in overtime. If Frankfurt really has a team belief then they will dig down look in the mirror and come together as a unit. They have a good team and coach and if they continue to work hard, they will see positive results, stressed Jamison Brewer. I think that Frankfurt have a nice squad. Many teams go through a process of meshing and finding the right team chemistry. I think that Frankfurt will be fine, warned Mike Smith.

After losing by 59 points to eight time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin and four time Beko BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg, The Fraport Skyliners showed vast improvement losing only by eight points to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, but in the end a loss is a loss and it doesnt help the team improve their standings position as they fell to position 16 and have a record of 2-6. The Fraport Skyliners were without their most consistent scorer Jon Leuer as they were only able to muster 55 points without his services. Skyliner captain Marius Nolte was drained after the loss and described that working for wins comes a lot harder during a losing streak. It is depressing and frustrating how we lost this game letting the game slip out of our hands and letting Bremerhaven take control. We realize that we have to work so much harder on offense and defense, because we seem to have less luck and gifts when you are losing. We showed good play having control for three quarters, but in the end I honestly think that we had less energy which led to costly turnovers. I dont think that we were nervous just a bit empty leading to the easy mistakes and easy baskets for Bremerhaven, warned Skyliner captain Marius Nolte. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven who have had big early season wins against the Artland Dragons and Alba Berlin have won four of their last five games and remain at position six with a record of 5-3. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven didnt play their best basketball, but great in the fourth quarter to get the victory. A win is a win. We played sluggish in the first half, but fought back in the second half, stepped up our defense, got stops late which led to transition baskets, stressed Bremerhaven forward Mike Smith.

Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, college: Winthrop) who played together with ex Walter Tigers Tuebingen American Michael Jenkins at Winthrop is playing his third season with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and has become a real fan favorite who belongs in same category with top players in the league like Dashaun Wood, Bobby Brown, Casey Jacobson or David Holston. These guys do so much for their team. Holston hit three big time bombs in the overtime win against FC Bayren Munich and Martin played a similar role in the fourth quarter getting eight points propelling his team to victory. He finished with 19 points and is a big time clutch player and doesnt always have to thrill with traffic dunks to be successful, but can amaze with his Ray Allen type play. I try to motivate Martin to be like Ray Allen to come off screens and use his athleticism and hit open shots, warned Jamison Brewer. Martin excited the Bremerhaven locker room and was thrilled with the Ray Allen compliment. Ray Allen is cool. Even if I am not making all shots, I keep shooting. I think that it is better not making all your shots, but making the shots that count most, warned Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, college: Winthrop). Skyliner Michael Thompson played for the first time against Martin and was impressed of the play of the South Carolina native. Martin played a good game. He made some tough shots, but also missed some easy shots. I felt that we made it tough on him at times. But that is what great players like Martin do, find ways to score when it is most important, added Michael Thompson. Seeing Martin hit big shots was nothing new for teammate Mike Smith. Martin is big in every game for us. I guard him in practice every day so I am used to him making big shots. He has confidence to the roof, warned Mike Smith.

One thing that has gnawed at the nerves of the Fraport Skyliners the last weeks has been their inability to get off to a good start , but against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven they came out strong showing the opponent that their living room was too hot for any Polar bears to thrive in with the basketball. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven did have two early leads of 2-0 and 4-2, but the Skyliners didnt allow Bremerhaven to get off running and getting a big lead. Frankfurt stayed calm on offense and went on a 7-2 run to lead 11-6 as ex NBA player Jermareo Davidson got hot quick scoring on pull up jumpers over Jason Cain and Chris Mcnaughton. However that quick run by Frankfurt was quickly erased by Bremerhaven who countered with their own 5-0 run to tie the score at 11-11. Cain made a tip in and Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, college: Winthrop) dropped his first three pointer of the night. Justin Gray found his jumper quickly hitting from downtown Charlotte, but Jason Cain reacted with a coast to coast sprint finishing with a two handed dunk and Martin hit another jumper as Bremerhaven led 15-14. Davidson then hit two free throws and Jimmy Mckinney made a lay up as The Fraport Skyliners led 18-15 after one quarter. I thought that the Skyliners front court and back court were solid. Key for them was the fast starts by Davidson and Gray, stressed the Navarro Thompson who was in town visiting his brother Michael Thompson. We came out aggressive on defense, executed on offense and got our big men involved early, expressed Quantez Robertson. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 60% from the field and 33% from outside while the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 38% from the field and 25% from outside. Bremerhaven had the 8-5 rebound edge and both teams had a high number of turnovers at six a piece.

In the second quarter, The Fraport Skyliners were able to keep control despite The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven tying the score at 18-18 with a Cain dunk who caught Frankfurt napping as he caught a Terrell Everett air ball. German national player Tim Ohlbrecht then entered the game and made a dunk as the Skyliners led 21-18. Davidson and Gray continued to pace the Fraport Skyliners as the American forward scored on a fade away jumper and the ex Wake Forest guard scored two jumpers as the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven trailed 29-23. Despite the Fraport Skyliners having control, they were unable to go on a huge run to get that very comfortable lead as the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven continued to hang around the club house like the little brother does not being allowed to join by the older brother. Role players Jermaine Raffington and Danilo Barthel exchanged buckets as Frankfurt led 31-25. Ex Giessen 46er Zachery peacock hit a jumper as Frankfurt led only 31-27. Frankfurt could of led by a lot more had Ohlbrecht and Davidson not missed 4 free throws. The Fraport Skyliners didnt always have fortune on this day, but then again down the stretch in the second quarter, they got big buckets from Davidson and Barthel who hit their shots with only one second remaining on the shot clock. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven continued to hang around as they trailed only 35-32 at halftime. Bremerhaven was getting to the free throw line too much. Frankfurt was playing good defense, but a little soft in the low post and at the boards. Davidson was still playing well and I was happy to finally see my brother Michael come into the game, added Navarro Thompson. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 54% from the field and 38% from the three point line, while The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 38% from the field and only 17% from the three point line. Bremerhaven had the 18-14 rebound edge and both teams had eight turnovers a piece.

The Fraport Skyliners started the third quarter with a smooth 6-0 run t lead 41-32 and have their biggest lead of the game and were benefiting off the missed shots of Bremerhaven. The Eisbaeren seemed a bit overmotivated on offense in which they were running their plays nicely, but seemed without luck at times. Bremerhaven lacked the necessary calmness on the set plays and at times looked more like 5 Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, college: Winthrop) energized bunnies. Bremerhaven continued to stay in striking range as Mcnaughton made a tip in and Martin hit a jumper over Robertson as Frankfurt led only 43-38. Mckinney then found a huge hole in the zone as he scored easily and Beko BBL rookie Mike Smith hit free throws as the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven trailed 45-40. Brewer then made two free throws and Ohlbrecht made a lay in after almost losing the ball out of bounds as Frankfurt led 47-42 shortly before the break. Martin scored on a dunk getting a nice no look pass by Jamison as the Fraport Skyliners still led 47-44 after three quarters. The Eisbaeren came back after we led by nine points. We were missing the abilty to get a big lead again after they came back, stressed Skyliner center Marius Nolte. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 25% from the parking lot while The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were shooting 36% from the field and 14% from the parking lot. Bremerhaven had the 27-21 rebound edge and both teams had 11 turnovers.

Despite never having a comfortable lead in the game, The Fraport Skyliners seemed to be in control of the game, but how quickly basketball games can turn was evident in the first few minutes as the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven came out of the huddle at their bench as if they had received some extra fish as they cruised out with new energy going on a 10-3 run to lead 54-49 and they would never trail again in the basketball game. Peacock started the run with a jumper from the wing, Martin hit a tough in your face jumper and scored on transition getting an extra pass from Smith, Peacock made a tip in and playmaker showed he can penetrate and score as the Fraport arena was quickly quiet as the momentum had changed hands. Frankfurt was forced to very difficult shots and it seemed like they had lost their rhythm and the basketball god was leaning on a polar bear. There was still six minutes left and the Fraport Skyliners continued to fight back as Marius Nolte scored on a lay in which didnt look like a work of art, but was very efficient as Frankfurt trailed 54-51. Peacock then hit a jumper and Quantez Robertson made a tough lay in with his left hand falling to his left as the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven led 56-53. Martin then scored his third and fourth basket of the fourth quarter hitting a catch and pop and getting a back door pass from Brewer for an easy lay up as the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven led 60-53 with time running down and Martin slowly breaking the back of the Skyliners. Quantez Robertson then made his second tough shot of the quarter with his left hand as the Fraport Skyliners trailed only 60-55. There still seemed to be some life, but the Skyliners missed shots and turned over the ball a few times as Chris Mcnaughton hit three more free throws to close out the win for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. We were unable to get back on transition defense and Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, college: Winthrop) got off some screens and hit easy baskets and got them going at the end, stressed Quantez Robertson. Key in the fourth quarter was our defense which led to easy transition baskets, warned Bremerhaven American Mike Smith.

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven were led by Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85, college: Winthrop) with 19 points and six rebounds. Chris Mcnaughton chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds, Jason Cain produced 11 points and six rebounds and Zachery Peacock added 11 points and seven rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jermareo Davidson with 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists and Justin Gray added 14 points and five rebounds. Jimmy Mckinney contributed 12 points, three rebounds and two assists. The FRaport Skyliners hsot 44% from the field and Bremerhaven 40% while both teams stunk it up from the parking lot as they shot for a combined 29% only. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven led the rebounding battle 37-28 and had no turnovers in the fourth quarter ending with 11, while the Fraport Skyliners turned the ball over 4 times in the last 10 minutes finishing with 15 turnovers. All in all, the Fraport Skyliners gave a spirited effort having too many little mistakes at the end, which can be fixed. The turnovers and not getting back on transition defense were mental lapses that can be corrected, warned Skyliner guard Michael Thompson. The Fraport Skyliners next play FC Bayern Munich in the Beko BBL and can go in with some confidence, because their defense seems solid, but its the offense that needs to be corrected something they can master since they showed enough in the pre season that they can put up a lot of points when they want to. If you can hold a team to 60 points, you usually think that you can win, but we scored only 55 points. We just have to score more. If you want to win, you have to score more than the opponent. It is as simple as that, warned Skyliner guard Justin Gray.



1.Bundesliga Round 8 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
One of their biggest challengers Bayern Muenchen (5-3) fell to eighth ranked Artland Dragons (5-3) in overtime by three points 83-86 on Saturday night. David Holston orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Bayern Muenchen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Artland Dragons moved-up to sixth place, which they share with B.Muenchen and Bremerhaven. Artland Dragons will face BG Goettingen (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 8: Ratiopharm beat EnBW L'burg on the road 77-76. Bottom-ranked Walter Tigers lost to Bayreuth on its own court 53-69. Goettingen were outscored by s.Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg 60-92. EWE Baskets managed to beat Phoenix Hagen at home 86-70. NY Phantoms defeated TBB Trier on the opponent's court 63-52. Telekom Baskets lost to defending champion Brose Baskets in a home game 73-85. ALBA won against LTi 46ers on the road 73-61. Fraport SKY unfortunately lost to Bremerhaven on its own court 55-63.
The most impressive performance of 8th round was 31 points by Je'Kel Foster of B.Muenchen.



EnBW L'burg - Ratiopharm 76-77

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked ratiopharm Ulm (6-2) edged on the road 10th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (3-5) 77-76 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 22-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) contributed with 16 points for the winners. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Thorsten Leibenath used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Johannes Lischka (203-87) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for EnBW Ludwigsburg. Four EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm moved-up to second place, which they share with Telekom Baskets and s.Oliver Baskets. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will face Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#6) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: I.Swann 16+1reb+1ast, D.Watts 13+11reb+3ast, S.Esterkamp 13+2reb+1ast, K.Nankivil 9+2reb, R.Trice 8+1reb, J.Bryant 8+4reb+1ast
EnBW L'burg: D.Zavackas 19+6reb, J.Lischka 14+7reb+2ast, J.Bowler 13+4reb+1ast, A.Harris 10+3reb+5ast, J.Green 9+2reb+1ast, M.Dorris 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 130879


Walter Tigers - Bayreuth 53-69

Very expected game when 18th ranked Walter Tigers (1-7) lost to fourteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (3-5) in Tuebingen 53-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BBC Bayreuth. Walter Tigers was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Tyler Smith (201-86, college: Tennessee) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points. Canadian-Haitian guard Osvaldo Jeanty (183-84, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 13 points for the winners. BBC Bayreuth's coach Marco van den Berg used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 9 points and 7 assists and his fellow American import guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Walter Tigers. BBC Bayreuth moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Walter Tigers at the other side stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. BBC Bayreuth will face higher ranked Telekom Baskets (#4) in Bonn in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Walter Tigers will play on the road against Phoenix Hagen (#11).
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: O.Jeanty 13+3reb, T.Smith 12+2reb+3ast, E.Ibekwe 11+3reb, D.Gibson 10+2reb, M.Shtein 7+5reb, B.Wyrick 5+3reb+3ast
Walter Tigers: T.Nash 10+2reb+1ast, L.Campbell 9+3reb+7ast, R.Redding 8+5reb+3ast, A.Hodzic 6+7reb, P.Cukinas 6+7reb, J.Young 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 130880


s.Oliver Baskets - Goettingen 92-60

Very predictable result when third ranked s Oliver Baskets (6-2) rolled over 17th ranked BG Goettingen (1-7) in Wuerzburg 92-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. s Oliver Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. s Oliver Baskets forced 19 BG Goettingen turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by BG Goettingen's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when s Oliver Baskets made 8 blocks. American players dominated the game. Guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Ricky Harris (188-87, college: Massachusetts) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four s Oliver Baskets players scored in double figures. Guard Paris Horne (191-87, college: St.John's) replied with 17 points and 5 assists and power forward Raymond Sykes (206-86, college: Clemson) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for BG Goettingen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. s Oliver Baskets have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Ratiopharm and Telekom Baskets. BG Goettingen lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with seven games lost. s Oliver Baskets will face New Yorker Phantoms (#9) in Braunschweig in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Goettingen will play at home against Artland Dragons (#7) in Quakenbrueck.
Top scorers:
s.Oliver Baskets: R.Harris 21+2ast, C.Kramer 15+5reb+7ast, I.Elliott 12+8reb+1ast, B.Jacobson 11+1reb+6ast, J.Boone 9+8reb+1ast, R.Tomaszek 8+2reb
Goettingen: P.Horne 17+1reb+5ast, R.Sykes 10+10reb, K.Ahelegbe 10+2reb, P.Noch 7+3reb, L.Dale 6+2reb+1ast, R.Mafra 6+1reb
gschID: 130881


EWE Baskets - Phoenix Hagen 86-70

Everything could happen in Oldenburg at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked EWE Baskets and 12th ranked Phoenix Hagen had identical 3-4 record. This time EWE Baskets used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Hagen 86-70 on Sunday night. The game without a history. EWE Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American players dominated the game. Forward Ronald Burrell (204-83, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Pro One Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. Guard Brandon Brooks (188-87, college: Alabama St., agency: Pro One Sports) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 19 points and 5 steals in the effort for Phoenix Hagen. Phoenix Hagen's coach Ingo Freyer rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. EWE Baskets (4-4) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with NY Phantoms. Phoenix Hagen at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. EWE Baskets will have a break next round. Phoenix Hagen will play at home against Walter Tigers (#18) in Tuebingen.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Burrell 19+9reb+3ast, A.Chubb 16+12reb+1ast, K.Hasbrouck 12+3reb+2ast, B.Brown 12+4reb+3ast, M.Majstorovic 12+4reb, R.Paulding 10+5reb+2ast
Phoenix Hagen: M.Antonio Carter 19+2ast, B.Brooks 18+6reb+1ast, Z.Jonusas 10+4reb, B.Kruel 9+3reb+2ast, J.Crowe 6+4reb+1ast, E.Seward 5+12reb
gschID: 130875


TBB Trier - NY Phantoms 52-63

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked New Yorker Phantoms and 11th ranked TBB Trier had identical 3-4 record. But TBB Trier was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Braunschweig 63-52 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by New Yorker Phantoms. TBB Trier was better in second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Rich Melzer (203-79, college: Wisc.-RiverFal., agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import center Kyle Visser (211-85, college: Wake Forest) contributed with 10 points for the winners. New Yorker Phantoms' coach Sebastian Machowski used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) replied with 17 points and 5 assists and the former international center Maik Zirbes (205-90) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for TBB Trier. New Yorker Phantoms maintains ninth position with 4-4 record, which they share with EWE Baskets. TBB Trier at the other side keeps the eleventh place with five games lost. New Yorker Phantoms will face league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. TBB Trier will play at home against LTi 46ers (#16) in Giessen.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: K.Visser 10+4reb+2ast, R.Melzer 9+6reb+4ast, I.McElroy 8+5reb+1ast, B.Jorovic 8+6reb+1ast, S.Dennis 8+1reb+1ast, L.Greer 7+1reb+2ast
TBB Trier: D.Joyce 17+4reb+5ast, P.Zwiener 11+1reb+1ast, M.Zirbes 10+6reb, A.Seiferth 7+1reb, D.Dojcin 5+3reb+1ast, N.Linhart 2+7reb
gschID: 130876


Telekom Baskets - Brose Baskets 73-85

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-ranked Telekom Baskets' (6-2) home loss to top-ranked Brose Baskets (7-0) in Bonn 73-85 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. Telekom Baskets was better in second period 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Brose Baskets won last quarter 22-12. Telekom Baskets were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American power forward Marcus Slaughter (204-85, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) added 14 points and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in the effort for Telekom Baskets. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Brose Baskets have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 7-0 record. Telekom Baskets at the other side keep the second place with two games lost. Brose Baskets will have a break next round. Telekom Baskets will play on the road against BBC Bayreuth.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: P.Suput 20+4reb+4ast, M.Slaughter 16+5reb+2ast, A.Gavel 13+5reb+3ast, C.Jacobsen 11+4reb+1ast, A.Leon Tucker 9+7reb+2ast, B.Roberts 7+2reb+2ast
Telekom Baskets: C.Ensminger 21+13reb, B.Veikalas 15+5reb+1ast, T.Gaffney 15+4reb+1ast, J.Jordan 14+3reb+6ast, A.Mangold 3+2reb+2ast, Z.Buljan 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 130877


LTi 46ers - ALBA 61-73

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked ALBA Berlin (5-2) beat 16th ranked LTi 46ers (2-6) in Giessen 73-61 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by ALBA Berlin. LTi 46ers was better in fourth quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 assists. The other American import forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (211-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St.) added 12 points in the effort for LTi 46ers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ALBA Berlin have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. LTi 46ers at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with six games lost. ALBA Berlin will have a break next round. LTi 46ers will play on the road against TBB Trier (#12).
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Wood 21+2reb+5ast, D.Allen 13+6reb+2ast, S.Schultze 9+2reb, K.Weaver 7+1reb+1ast, T.Francis 6+2reb, M.Simonovic 5+5reb
LTi 46ers: E.Ovcina 15+5reb+1ast, B.Stewart 12+4reb+2ast, M.Jeffers 10+3ast, K.Archibong 8+3reb, W.Bernard 6+2reb+1ast, R.Oehle 4+5reb
gschID: 130878


Fraport SKY - Bremerhaven 55-63

Very expected game when 15th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (2-6) lost to seventh ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (5-3) in Frankfurt 55-63 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 19-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. Swingman Torrell Martin (196-85, college: Winthrop) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. Forward Jermareo Davidson (208-84, college: Alabama) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds and guard Justin Gray (188-84, college: Wake Forest) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to sixth place, which they share with B.Muenchen and Art.Dragons. Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with six games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will face higher ranked ratiopharm Ulm (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against Bayern Muenchen (#8).
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: T.Martin 19+6reb, C.McNaughton 11+5reb, Z.Peacock 11+7reb, J.Cain 11+6reb+1ast, J.Brewer 5+3reb+9ast, T.Everett 2+1reb+1ast
Fraport SKY: J.Davidson 14+9reb+2ast, J.Gray 14+5reb+1ast, J.McKinney 12+3reb+2ast, T.Ohlbrecht 5+1reb, M.Nolte 4+2reb, Q.Robertson 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 130873


Art.Dragons - B.Muenchen 86-83 OT

One of their biggest challengers Bayern Muenchen (5-3) fell to eighth ranked Artland Dragons (5-3) in overtime by three points 83-86 on Saturday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bayern Muenchen won third quarter 18-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Bayern Muenchen used huge pressure winning it 20-17 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 11-14. Bayern Muenchen was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Je'Kel Foster (191-83, college: Ohio St.) replied with 31 points and his fellow American import forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: ACMT) added 21 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Bayern Muenchen. Bayern Muenchen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Artland Dragons moved-up to sixth place, which they share with B.Muenchen and Bremerhaven. Artland Dragons will face BG Goettingen (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: D.Holston 23+6reb+5ast, D.Fenn 12+2reb+1ast, N.Peavy 11+6reb, J.Strasser 10+1reb+1ast, G.Gruenheid 8+3reb+1ast, J.Goran 6+1reb+3ast
B.Muenchen: J.Foster 31+4reb+2ast, C.Troutman 21+12reb+2ast, S.Hamann 9+2reb+3ast, R.Benzing 8+3reb, J.Jagla 6+2reb, D.Greene 4+2reb
gschID: 130874




Dane Watts (Ratiopharm Ulm) You Have To Know Where Donatas Zavackas Is On Transition And Rebound Kick Outs - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against the EnBW Ludwigsburg November 12.

A tough 61-59 loss in Wurzburg. Did it feel like you were playing BG Goettingen again?

They have the same core group of players and play a similar style as Goettingen.

Gilbert Brown won the game with a shot with two seconds remaining. Describe that last shot and what went wrong on defense?

They drove to the basket with the last seconds counting down, we contested the lay up and forced a miss, but looking back the contest that forced the miss took us out of position for the rebound and Brown was able to tip it in for the lead.

What was your impression of Gilbert Brown? he has had a slow start in the Beko BBL, but is a very talented player.

He made some big plays to get the win in the final minutes.

The next game is against your old team EnBW Ludwigsburg. With what kind of a feeling do you go back to your old team? I am sure you still have the old arena in your memories?

Its always fun to play against a former club. I enjoyed my year in Ludwigsburg and still keep in touch with people from that season. I wish I had a chance to play a regular season game in the Rundsporthalle but the new arena is nice.

EnBW Ludwigsburg is one of those teams that belongs to 11-12 that could make the playoffs. Does the team seem stronger on paper than last year?

They brought back a lot of the players from last year's team that had a shot at the playoffs. I don't think it is as simple as everyone is back so they should be better, the league is better this year as well and there are new players to integrate.

What is most challenging when playing against 4 man Donatas Zavackas?

He is a stretch 4 that likes to shoot the 3. You have to know where he is in transition and on rebound kick outs.

How difficult is it for an American NBA fan now with the lock out? What would you be doing in the States to keep your time occupied with no NBA games if you were back and would it be tough for you?

College basketball, no question.

Boxer Joe Frazier died at the age of 67, Are you a boxing fan and what will Frazier leave behind?

I enjoy a good fight, I will always remember the classic sound bite 'down goes Frazier!'

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Johnny English




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

A tough 83-78 loss in Hagen. TBB Trier likes to hold the opponent under 70 points. 83 points seems like a nightmare, but something that can happen against a scoring team like Phoenix Hagen. What were the biggest problems on defense?

Yea we did give up a lot of points to them but they got on a role early and gained confidence and were able to continue to put pressure on us at all times on the defensive end. Our biggest problems this game was ourselves, we turned the ball over too much and they were able to convert our turnovers to easy baskets.

What has been the main focus in practice this week with the game leading up to Braunschweig?

We have just been focusing on what we need to do to get better and a lot of defense as well. We know there strengths and we are working on limiting there strengths.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have a record of 3-4 and intrestingly, four of the seven games have been decided by only 7 points and they are 2-2 in the tight games. How dangerous is this team?

They are a great team. With a couple of bounces this way and that way that record could easily be 5-2 or even better. They have great players and a solid team that can play with anyone in the league.


They lost Nick Williams. This could be an advantage since their roster will be thinner. What will be key in getting the win?

Obviously losing a player like Nick Williams will affect you, but one person cannot make a team. They will miss his minutes for sure but it just means other guys have to play a bigger role and make adjustments to the minutes he was getting.


The Phantoms have a very interesting point guard with Stephen Dennis who was close to signing with the NBA. What is his greatest weapon that TBB Trier will have to be aware of?

Stephen is a great player that can a lot of things at both ends of the court. He is a very versatile player that can do a lot of things and his biggest asset is that he makes his teammates better from the games that I have saw.


Shaq is coming out with a book. What would you like him to reveal most in his book?

I want to hear him talk about Kobe the most and the rest of the Laker stories from that season but as long as he talks about Kobe then he has my attention.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last Dvd I saw was Beverly Hills Cop II

Thanks John for the chat.




Tristan Blackwood (Phoenix Hagen) Pregame Thoughts To EWE Baskets Oldenburg Game November 13th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Tristan Blackwood (183-G-85) is a 26 year old 183cm guard from Toronto, Ontario that is playing his fourth professional basketball season and first in the beko BBL for Phoenix Hagen. He played at Cent.Conn.St. (NCAA) from 2004-2008.In his senior year, he played : 30 games: 16.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 86.4%: Finished career at CCSU ranked sixth all-time in scoring (1,605), second in assists (506), and first in three-pointers made (328). In 2008-2009, he started his professional basketball career in Holland for Aris Friesland Leeuwarden (Holland-Eredivisie) where he played from 2008-2010. Last season, he played for JL Bourg Basket (France-ProB), in Dec.'10 moved to s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): 12 games: 3.3ppg, 1.5apg, in March'11 signed at GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck (Germany-ProA, starting five): 5 games: 11.6ppg, 1.2rpg, 5.8apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%.He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg November 13th.

A big 83-78win against TBB Trier last weekend. How important was mental toughness for getting that win?

Mental toughness was big in that game because we was up then we got down and we kept fighting to get the win.

Phoenix Hagen has a 3-4 record at the moment. What are the biggest components that the team has to improve for next game against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg?

The biggest component is mental toughness and staying focused and playing for 40 minutes.

After playing against Munich and Bamberg, do you feel more comfortable playing against the top teams? The next team Oldenburg also belongs to the top teams in the Beko BBL.

After playing against the top teams we have a feel how to get better and how to compete with the top teams. We just have to build on what we have to improve for the next games.

Oldenburg have a very strong team from top to bottom. Defense was an issue last season and this season Phoenix Hagen has already given up 100 points or more three times. What will be key in getting the win?

The key is to focus on defense and focus on stopping the guy that is in front of you and helping our team mates out if they get beat.

How excited are you about playing ex NBA player Bobby Brown and NBA Draft Pick Rickey Paulding?

Its exciting to play against NBA players I have been playing againt them, so its really not a big deal for me. Doesnt matter who you playing we are ready for the game.

How did you like the movie Phoenix in the Asche about the season of your club a few years back?

I didnt watch it.

How was the acting ability of Bernd Kruel? Does he have an acting career after basketball? lol

I think Kruel will be a good actor, he has the ability and components to act. LOL

What is your general opinion of the NBA lockout? Will the NBA season ever get started?

I just want it back, the NBA is a exciting league and exciting players, hopefully they come to an agreement and start it back soon.

Thanks Tristan for the chat.




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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets20.4 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.19.6 
 3. Jonusas, Phoenix17.7 
 4. Carter, Phoenix16.9 
 5. Swann, Ratiopharm16.3 
 6. Gray, Fraport SKY16.0 
 7. Jeffers, LTi 46ers15.4 
 8. Ovcina, LTi 46ers15.1 
 9. Duggins, Walter T.15.0 
 10. Peacock, Bremerha.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.6 
 2. Ovcina, LTi 46ers8.4 
 3. Leuer, Fraport SKY8.3 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.8.0 
 5. Sykes, Goettingen7.6 
 6. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.1 
 7. Hunter, Bayreuth6.4 
 8. Seward, Phoenix6.3 
 9. Hilliard, Art.Drag.6.3 
 10. Zirbes, TBB Trier6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.4 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.6.4 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.6.3 
 4. Joyce, TBB Trier6.0 
 5. Wood, ALBA5.3 
 6. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.9 
 7. Campbell, Walter T.4.8 
 8. Brown, EWE Baskets4.6 
 9. Gavel, Brose B.4.0 
 10. Roberts, Brose B.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DORRIS
  EnBW L.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dorris, EnBW L.2.3 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.2.3 
 3. Crowe, Phoenix1.8 
 4. Wood, ALBA1.7 
 5. Gavel, Brose B.1.5 
 6. Duggins, Walter T.1.4 
 7. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.4 
 8. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.3 
 9. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.3 
 10. Hasbrouck, EWE B.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.6 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.2.3 
 3. Ibekwe, Bayreuth2.0 
 4. Looby, EnBW L.1.9 
 5. Slaughter, Brose B.1.8 
 6. King, Art.Dragons1.7 
 7. Boone, s.Oliver.1.3 
 8. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.1 
 9. Davidson, Fraport1.0 
 10. Carter, Phoenix1.0 


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Kostas Macheras claims A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Kostas Macheras (205-C-85, agency: FCM) had an amazing evening in the last round for Panerythraikos and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 26-year old center had a double-double of 24 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat AEK/Argous (#16, 0-7), the league's bottom-ranked team 90-79. Thanks to this victory Panerythraikos moved-up to the 6th position in the A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Panerythraikos will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. Macheras turned to be Panerythraikos' top player in his first season with the team. Macheras has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 7.5rpg) and averages solid 54.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old former international guard Savvas Iliadis (192-G-79) of Ermis Lagkada. Iliadis impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Ermis Lagkada to edge slightly higher-ranked Arkadikos (4-3) by 4 points 79-75. Despite this victory Ermis Lagkada slide down in the standings to 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Iliadis is a newcomer at Ermis Lagkada and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.6ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 5.2rpg and 3.8apg.

The third best performed player last round was Kostas Paschalis (208-C-75) of Perama Ermis (#11). Paschalis scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Paschalis' great performance Perama Ermis lost 83-86 to the higher-ranked Lavrio (#5, 4-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Perama Ermis ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Paschalis could help Perama Ermis to bring them higher in the standings. Paschalis has a very solid season. In 6 games in Greece he scored 10.2ppg. He also has 6.2rpg and FGP: 52.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Spyros Magounis (200-G-85) of Panelefsiniakos - 22 points and 11 rebounds
5. Dimitris Lolas (203-F-86) of Amyntas Dafnis - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Giannis Dimakos (194-G-94) of Pagrati - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kostas Bechlivanis (180-G-74) of Periko/Arhelaos - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Nikos Psileas (200-F-80) of Lavrio - 20 points and 7 rebounds
9. Nikolaos Kourtis) of AEK - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Edi Sinadinovic (190-G-88) of AEK/Argous - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Dionte CHRISTMAS
  AGOR
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Christmas, AGOR21.3 
 2. Roby, Peristeri GS20.5 
 3. Charalampidi., KAO.17.3 
 4. Haritopoulos, Maro.17.0 
 5. Tsamis, Kolossos16.3 
 6. Tapoutos, Aris15.7 
 7. James, Aris14.7 
 8. Chatzis, Ilysiakos14.0 
 9. Hines, Olympiakos14.0 
 10. Taylor, Kavala13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex STEPHESON
  Panio.
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Stepheson, Panio.9.5 
 2. Kommatos, Marousi9.0 
 3. Haritopoulos, Maro.8.0 
 4. Flowers, KAOD8.0 
 5. Giddens, PAOK7.5 
 6. Papanikolaou, Olym.7.3 
 7. Hines, Olympiakos7.3 
 8. O''Bryant, Kavala7.3 
 9. Charissis, Kolossos7.0 
 10. Goree, PAOK6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.6.7 
 2. Petroulas, Periste.6.0 
 3. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Pani.5.5 
 5. Charalampidi., KAO.5.3 
 6. Diamantidis, Panat.5.3 
 7. Wright, AGOR4.0 
 8. James, Aris3.7 
 9. Calathes, Panathin.3.7 
 10. Keys, Panionios3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dominic JAMES
  Aris
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. James, Aris2.7 
 2. Roby, Peristeri GS2.5 
 3. Kerusch, Aris2.3 
 4. Christmas, AGOR2.0 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.2.0 
 6. Scott, Peristeri GS2.0 
 7. Barlos, Panionios2.0 
 8. Tsamis, Kolossos1.7 
 9. Charalampidi., KAO.1.7 
 10. Petroulas, Perist.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala2.8 
 2. Hines, Olympiakos2.0 
 3. Flowers, KAOD1.7 
 4. Charissis, Kolossos1.7 
 5. Muldrow, Aris1.3 
 6. Vougioukas, Panat.1.3 
 7. Roby, Peristeri GS1.0 
 8. Zimic, Perister.1.0 
 9. Elegar, Marousi1.0 
 10. Papadopoulos, Oly.1.0 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Savvas ILIADIS
  Ermis L.
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Iliadis, Ermis L.24.6 
 2. Argyropoylos, Apol.20.8 
 3. Vasilopoulos, AEK20.3 
 4. Totsios, Ikaroi S.19.6 
 5. Lewis, OFI19.1 
 6. Pettas, Doxa L.18.4 
 7. Gizogiannis, Arkad.17.7 
 8. Koronidis, Perama17.6 
 9. Magounis, Panele.17.1 
 10. Sinadinovic, AEK/.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dimitris LOLAS
  Amyntas .
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Lolas, Amyntas8.6 
 2. Macheras, Panery.8.0 
 3. Sklavos, AEK7.4 
 4. Krolo, Apollon Pat.7.0 
 5. Kakiouzis, Lavrio6.9 
 6. Daniil, Apollon6.9 
 7. Toutziarakis, OFI6.7 
 8. Paschalis, Perama6.6 
 9. Pettas, Doxa L.6.4 
 10. Gizogiannis, Arka.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Miron PAPADAKIS
  Arkad.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Papadakis, Arkad.7.3 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas6.7 
 3. Kaberidis, Ikaroi5.7 
 4. Makris, Pagrati5.6 
 5. Koronidis, Perama4.9 
 6. Panagakis, OFI4.6 
 7. Nikou, Panelefs.4.4 
 8. Giannakopoul., Lav.4.1 
 9. Vasilopoulos, AEK4.0 
 10. Iliadis, Ermis L.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Savvas ILIADIS
  Ermis L.
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Iliadis, Ermis L.2.2 
 2. Margaritis, Ikaroi2.0 
 3. Pettas, Doxa L.1.7 
 4. Kallianotis, Paner.1.6 
 5. Dimakos, Pagrati1.6 
 6. Tsiotras, Arkadikos1.6 
 7. Vasilopoulos, AEK1.5 
 8. Pehlivanis, Ikaroi1.4 
 9. Totsios, Ikaroi S.1.4 
 10. Lolas, Amyntas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikos LIBARIS-PSOMAS
  Doxa L.
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Libaris-P., Doxa L.1.1 
 2. Psileas, Lavrio1.0 
 3. Petrodimopou., Nea1.0 
 4. Katoufas, Panery.0.9 
 5. Bracey, Pagrati0.9 
 6. Katiakos, OFI0.7 
 7. Paschalis, Perama0.7 
 8. Michalopoulo., Nea0.7 
 9. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.6 
 10. Krolo, Apollon Pa.0.6 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Apollon Patras 6-1 
 2. Ikaroi Serron 6-1 
 3. Panelefsiniakos 5-2 
 4. OFI 4-3 
 5. Lavrio 4-3 
 6. Panerythraikos 4-3 
 7. AEK 4-3 
 8. Arkadikos 4-3 
 9. Ermis Lagkada 4-3 
 10. Doxa Lefkadas 3-4 
 11. Perama Ermis 3-4 
 12. Nea Kifisia 3-4 
 13. Pagrati 2-5 
 14. Amyntas Dafnis 2-5 
 15. Periko/Arhelaos 2-5 
 16. AEK/Argous 0-7 


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


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  HOLLAND   


Results Dutch Basketball League: ZZ Leiden Wins Again In Comeback; Landstede Basketball, Magixx Kidsright Win - by Sanders Jackson

Saturday night in DBL action, in the Maaspoort, the defending Dutch champion ZZ Leiden found once again a way to overcome a deficit and snatch victory hopes away from their opponents in the last seconds, with a Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) fadeaway midrange jumper in the paint the dagger in the heart, helping the team of head coach Toon van Helfteren taking the two point back to Leiden with an 82-80 win. Meanwhile in the Sportcentrum in Zwolle Landstede Basketball got back on the winning track with an impressive 78-60 win over Lauselac Aris, and Magixx Kidsright needed a strong defensive 4th quarter effort to overcome a pesky Rotterdam Basketball College squad in Rotterdam.


In the Maaspoort Eiffel Towers were the aggressors early and often through the first three quarters, staking ZZ to a 63-48 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter, with their perimeter players having little resistance in finding the basket. But in the 4th quarter the defending Dutch champions showed for a reason why they are the best the DBL has to offer, slowly chipping away at Eiffel's lead, through tighter defense on Eiffel ace Frank Turner (178-G-88, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius), closing off the passing angles for Eiffel's potent shooters, forcing Eiffel into making bad decisions with the ball through their solid pressure defense, while on the offensive end through crisp passing, penetration-kicks and solid inside-outside play. The play of the ZZ trio of Boxley, Jackson and Slagter was the difference maker in crunch time, as ZZ would take a 78-77 lead with 2:30 remaining, their first lead since the 1st quarter. With 33 seconds remaining and the score tied 80-80, Boxley would show once again the reason why he is the best closer in the DBL, with his score the final say-so. ZZ would defend the last shot attempt from Turner, preventing him from getting a good look at the basket in the end. Boxley would lead all scorers with 22 pts., with also a strong effort from Gabe Kennedy (205-F/C-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: UAB) (16 pts.). Turner led Eiffel with 17 pts. ZZ Leiden improves to 5-2, while Eiffel falls to 3-3.


In Zwolle Landstede Basketball had perhaps their best offensive performance of the season, gaining advatage of the tempo from the outset, finding little resistance to the basket, rolling to an 86-70 win over Lauselac Aris. Landstede led 24-15 at the end of the 1st quarter and scores of 49-36 at the half and 71-52 at the end of the 3rd. Both Damon Huffman (187-G-85) (20 pts) and Nikki Hulzebos (206-F-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) (17 pts.) were vital to the Landstede offensive attack, with both having season-highs, with five Landstede players in double figures. Huffman was the spark in the 1st half, with his 3 three-pointers making a difference, and Hulzebos attacking play neutralizing Aris' inside players. Amu Saaka (198-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Furman) showed excellent energy and all-around play on both ends of the floor, with a double-double of 15 pts. and 11 rebounds. Landstede were able to shut down DBL current top scorer Lance Jeter (190-G, college: Nebraska), holding him to only 9 pts.

Manny Adako (203-F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) led Aris with 19 pts. and Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St.) added 15. Landstede improves to 4-3 while Lauselac falls to 3-4.


In the Topsportcentrum Magixx Kidsright found themselves in a battle vs. the scrappy young Rotterdam Basketball College team, needing to use their reserves in winning in a comeback 85-80 win. The team of head coach Randy Wiel led 29-19 at the end of the 1st quarter and led 72-64 at the end of the 3rd quarter. However Magixx had in the end the advantage in the numbers game, with more balanced scoring the difference maker. The Rotterdammers had strong individual performances from the combo of Daniel Jones (200-F-79) (26 pts.) and Tyrone Sally (201-F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: W.Virginia) (25 pts.), but Magixx were able to neutralize previously hot

Stefan Mladenovic (190-G-90, agency: Court Side), holding him to 4 of 12 shooting. Magixx had six players in double figures, led by Markel Humphrey (198-F-87, college: Marshall) with 21 pts. and 10 rebounds. With the win Magixx improves to 5-3.




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


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 DeMario ANDERSON
  Weert
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 20
 1. Anderson, Weert20.0 
 2. Jeter, Leeuwarden19.7 
 3. Acker, Nijmegen17.5 
 4. Humphrey, Nijmegen17.3 
 5. Wesby, Groningen15.7 
 6. Sanchez, Leeuw.15.1 
 7. Sally, Rotterdam15.0 
 8. Boxley, Leiden14.6 
 9. Hargrove, Nijmegen14.6 
 10. Wells, Zwolle14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Coleman, Weert10.0 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.0 
 3. Robinson, Zwolle7.7 
 4. Bekkering, Nijme.7.4 
 5. Wesley, Den Bosch6.7 
 6. de Randamie, Groni.6.6 
 7. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.5 
 8. van Kempen, Weert6.5 
 9. Wyatt, Groningen6.1 
 10. Hilliman, Leiden5.9 
Assists Per Game
 DeMario ANDERSON
  Weert
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Anderson, Weert5.3 
 2. Turner, Den Bosch5.0 
 3. Harman, Weert4.8 
 4. Acker, Nijmegen4.3 
 5. Jeter, Leeuwarden4.1 
 6. Bell, Groningen4.0 
 7. de Randamie, Groni.3.4 
 8. Huffman, Zwolle2.7 
 9. Sanchez, Leeuw.2.7 
 10. Defares, Groningen2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Damon HUFFMAN
  Zwolle
  (187-G-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Huffman, Zwolle3.3 
 2. Gonzalvez, Den B.3.0 
 3. Anderson, Weert2.5 
 4. Harman, Weert2.3 
 5. Wesley, Den Bosch2.2 
 6. Jones, Rotterdam1.9 
 7. Wells, Zwolle1.9 
 8. Dourisseau, Groni.1.9 
 9. Acker, Nijmegen1.8 
 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. Minter, Weert1.0 
 5. Poels, Leeuwarden1.0 
 6. Zondervan, Zwolle0.9 
 7. Wesley, Den Bosch0.8 
 8. Kennedy, Leiden0.8 
 9. Aarts, Nijmegen0.8 
 10. van der List, Den0.7 


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  HUNGARY   


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


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Chad TIMBERLAKE
  Falco-Sz.
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Timberlake, Falco-.23.5 
 2. Ivosev, Szedeak22.7 
 3. Ingram, FS Debre.22.2 
 4. Jones, Jaszberenyi21.7 
 5. Miskovic, Marso N.21.0 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari20.8 
 7. Williams, Atomeromu19.8 
 8. Townes, Kormend19.3 
 9. Bell, Kormend19.2 
 10. Perine, ZTE K.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 14
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi14.0 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.11.5 
 3. Szabo, FS Debrecen10.8 
 4. Hines, ZTE K.10.5 
 5. Ivosev, Szedeak10.2 
 6. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.9.8 
 7. Townes, Kormend8.7 
 8. Raivio, Kaposvari8.0 
 9. Bader, Szolnok8.0 
 10. Chism, Albacomp7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.5 
 2. Fekete, Marso N.5.8 
 3. Wilson, Kaposvari5.8 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu5.5 
 5. Simon, Albacomp5.5 
 6. Ingram, FS Debre.4.8 
 7. El Amin, Albacomp4.7 
 8. Trotter, Szolnok4.7 
 9. Kelley, Kecskemeti4.5 
 10. Drahos, Szedeak4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Fekete, Marso N.4.5 
 2. Kelley, Kecskemeti3.0 
 3. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.8 
 4. Levy, Szedeak2.7 
 5. Wilson, Kaposvari2.6 
 6. Baki, ZTE K.2.5 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak2.5 
 8. Raivio, Kaposvari2.4 
 9. Chism, Albacomp2.2 
 10. Trotter, Szolnok2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Townes, Kormend2.5 
 2. Jones, Jaszberenyi2.0 
 3. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.5 
 4. Miskovic, Marso N.1.3 
 5. Chism, Albacomp1.3 
 6. Morgen, Atomeromu1.3 
 7. Levy, Szedeak1.3 
 8. Ivosev, Szedeak1.0 
 9. Hines, ZTE K.1.0 
 10. Bader, Szolnok1.0 


5 team tie early! - by Chad Timberlake
This league is deadlocked across the top 5 teams. This is looking to be the set up of a very interesting and intense race to the end of the regular season. Key loses for the top teams in the league have created this 5 way tie. We played our game against Szedeak Szeged on Thursday, which we won by 24. This was a roller coaster game all the way until the fourth quarter. We didn't play our best basketball and at times myself and a couple of my teammates struggled with our focus. We had lapses during the game that created struggles for us. Happily enough we were able to hold off Szedeak Szeged's attack. Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) had a great game recording a triple double for us. 30 points, 10 assists and 10 received fouls. He was in the zone! I received a lot of the passes from Laszlo and was able to score 34 points and help Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) with some rebounding by grabbing 8 boards. My rebounding didn't bother Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) too much because he still finished with a double double. 15 points, 11 rebounds. Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) was the fourth player on our team to get into double figures. Winning this game our coach gave us a few days off. So that aloud me some of our teammates and I to head over to Soproni KC and watch a major upset as they beat Szolnoki. The game was close form the beginning and while watching the game my teammates and I thought sooner or later Szolnokihas to pull away. Never happened. Soproni KC pulled away and took a big lead to the shock and joy of the home crowd. Soproni KC withstood a last effort by Szolnokiand put the game away with some big buckets. This now makes it very interesting for us here in Falco. We play Soproni KC on the same court that they just beat Szolnoki Olajbanyasz on and then the next week we play Szolnoki on our floor. Very interesting. We are preparing now for these tough games and working hard to play our best basketball.

It's Sunday and that means two things.... time for Church and time to watch some football. Like I've mentioned before you can watch the church that I belong to in Miami at www.metrolifechurch.cc I invite all the readers to join the service. Great service was preached today on generosity.

On the football end I am hoping my Jets can get their fourth straight victory as we hand these Patriots their third straight lose. It just sucks for me because the Jets have the Sunday night game. So I hope I Wake up to good news. I'm going to flip between watching Cam Newton, Tim Tebow and Michael Vick. I'll also monitor the cowboys score hoping they lose. I've met some Steeler fans out here in Szombathely. I swear they have fans everywhere. I think it's the Black and Yellow thing in this case.

I have to send a special thank you to Sara for helping my mother get from the airport in Budapest where she will set her up to ride the train here. Amazing you could help with this.

God Bless, Your favorite blogger

Chad Timberlake (194-G-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson)


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  IRAN   


U18 WABA Championship: Iran hold off Lebanon - by Eurobasket News
Iran U18 - Lebanon U18 95:74

Hosting Iran celebrated the second straight win at the start of U18 WABA Championship. They held off the defending champions Lebanon to stay undefated. Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) stepped up with 21 points to lead the effort. Lebanon fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Iran opened the game with an 8:0 run. They stayed in charge erupting for 34 points in the first quarter. Lebanon however cut the deficit in the second frame. They got as close as 8 points at the interval 44:52. Iran cleared off in the third term. The hosts knocked down 30 points to take an 82:61 lead at the final intermission. Iran kept Lebanon at distance throughout the reminder of the contest and sealed the win at the end. Saleh Foroutannik and Mozafarivanani added 19 points each in the victory. Elie Chamoun answered with 15 points for Lebanon. Wael Arakji had 13 points in the losing effort.

Iran U18: Sajjad Mashayekhi 21, Saleh Foroutannik 19, Mozafarivanani 19
Lebanon U18: Elie Chamoun 15, Wael Arakji 13


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  ITALY   


Lega2 Round 7: Tuscany Pistoia loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
There was a change at the Lega2 leadership position after last games. Round 7 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Tuscany Pistoia (5-2). They were defeated by tenth ranked Fileni BPA (3-3) 81-68 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tuscany Pistoia. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 50-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Fileni BPA made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. American-Belgian guard Ryan Hoover (188-74, college: Notre Dame, agency: SportsTalent) helped adding 18 points. At the losing side American guard Dwight Hardy (188, college: St.John's) responded with 15 points. Fileni BPA moved-up to seventh place. Tuscany Pistoia at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They share it with Enel Brindisi and Centrale Latte. They were replaced at the leadership position by Trenkwalder. Tuscany Pistoia will play next round against Morpho Basket trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Fileni BPA will try to continue on its current victory against fourteenth ranked Biancoblu BO in Bologna.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Trenkwalder RE as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Trenkwalder RE edged 6th ranked Givova Scafati in Reggio Emilia 79-77. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Dawan Robinson accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward James Thomas (203-80, college: Texas) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds for Givova Scafati in the defeat. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Givova Scafati at the other side keeps the sixth place with three games lost. Givova Scafati will play next round against Tezenis Verona trying to get back on the winning streak. Trenkwalder RE will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Enel Brindisi on the road.
Bottom-ranked S.Antimo (0-6) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to fifth ranked Enel Brindisi (5-2) 66-56 on Sunday evening. Dejan Borovnjak fired 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Nicholas George produced 16 points for lost side. Enel Brindisi have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Giorgio Tesi PT and Centrale Latte. Newly promoted S.Antimo still closes the standings with six games lost. Enel Brindisi will meet at home league's leader Trenkwalder RE in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. S.Antimo will play against MarcoPoloShop.it (#12) in Forli and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Higher ranked Assi Ostuni (3-4) was outscored at home by eleventh ranked Prima Veroli (3-4) with the biggest margin this round 107-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Assi Ostuni. Worth to mention a great performance of Jason Rowe who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 4 steals. Prima Veroli's coach Demis Cavina felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Prima Veroli moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Assi Ostuni. Prima Veroli's next round opponent will be Aget Imola (#13) at home which should be theoretically another easy game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 7: Sigma Barcel. lost to Tezenis Verona on the opponent's court 78-84. Morpho Basket managed to outperform MarcoPoloShop in a home game 93-87. Biancoblu BO recorded a loss to Centrale Latte on the road 73-67.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 37 points (!!!) by Alan Voskuil of Morpho Basket.



Tezenis Verona - Sigma Barcel. 84-78

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Sigma Barcellona (3-4) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Tezenis Verona (3-4) 84-78. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sigma Barcellona won fourth quarter 33-30. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tezenis Verona made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Sigma Barcellona turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Sigma Barcellona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Andrea Renzi (208-89, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Matteo Da Ros (204-89) answered with 27 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Luigi Dordei (202-81) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Sigma Barcellona. Tezenis Verona moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Sigma Barcellona. Tezenis Verona's next round opponent will be higher ranked Givova Scafati (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Tezenis Verona: A.Renzi 29+7reb+1ast, A.Porta 17+10reb+5ast, G.Boscagin 12+2reb+1ast, D.Vukcevic 8+1ast, M.West 8+5reb+2ast, G.Mariani 7+2reb
Sigma Barcel.: M.Da Ros 27+6reb, M.Green 15+2reb+3ast, L.Dordei 13+10reb+1ast, M.Lukauskis 9+4reb+2ast, M.Hicks 6+1reb+3ast, M.Mocavero 5+4reb
gschID: 135490


Assi Ostuni - Prima Veroli 84-107

Higher ranked Assi Ostuni (3-4) was outscored at home by eleventh ranked Prima Veroli (3-4) with the biggest margin this round 107-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Assi Ostuni. Prima Veroli made 16-of-17 charity shots (94.1 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 56.7 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jason Rowe (178-78, college: Loyola, MD) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 4 steals. Guard Roberto Rullo (192-90) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Prima Veroli's coach Demis Cavina felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Aaron Johnson (172-88, college: UAB) answered with 24 points and 7 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and Slovenian guard Jaka Klobucar (198-87) added 20 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!) in the effort for Assi Ostuni. Five Prima Veroli and four Assi Ostuni players scored in double figures. Prima Veroli moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Assi Ostuni. Prima Veroli's next round opponent will be Aget Imola (#13) at home which should be theoretically another easy game.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: J.Rowe 30+4reb+3ast, R.Rullo 17+2reb+4ast, J.Jackson 15+3reb+2ast, M.Colussi 15+3reb+3ast, D.Brkic 14+7reb+2ast, I.Gatto 9+6reb+1ast
Assi Ostuni: A.Johnson 24+2reb+7ast, J.Klobucar 20+3reb+1ast, M.Jurevicus 16+4reb+3ast, D.Diliegro 13+8reb, T.Rinaldi 9+1reb, M.Rossetti 2+1reb
gschID: 135491


Morpho Basket - MarcoPoloShop 93-87

Rather predictable result in Piacenza where sixth ranked Morpho Basket (4-2) defeated 9th ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (2-4) 93-87. It looked good early as MarcoPoloShop.it took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Morpho Basket took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 6 points. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. It was a very good performance for American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) who helped to win the game recording 37 points (!!!). American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St., agency: Pro One Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and naturalized American forward Joe Trapani (203-88, college: Boston Coll.) added 18 points in the effort for MarcoPoloShop.it. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Morpho Basket have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. MarcoPoloShop.it at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with four games lost. Morpho Basket's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Tuscany Pistoia on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MarcoPoloShop.it will play against S.Antimo (#15) in Sant'Antimo.
Top scorers:
Morpho Basket: A.Voskuil 37+4reb+2ast, D.Anderson 13+7reb, M.Passera 11+3reb+1ast, R.Amoroso 10+8reb, C.Cotis Harrison 10+3reb+3ast, L.Infante 9+3reb+1ast
MarcoPoloShop: J.Trapani 18+4reb+1ast, S.Huff 17+3reb+1ast, T.Easley 16+10reb, S.Borsato 15+6reb+1ast, A.Freeman 11+3reb+2ast, R.Casoli 6+5reb
gschID: 135492


S.Antimo - Enel Brindisi 56-66

Bottom-ranked S.Antimo (0-6) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to fifth ranked Enel Brindisi (5-2) 66-56 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 33-20 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Enel Brindisi outrebounded S.Antimo 38-22 including 30 on the defensive glass. Serbian forward Dejan Borovnjak (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) fired 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international guard Matteo Formenti (194-82) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. British forward Nicholas George (198-82, college: VCU) produced 16 points and guard Marco Rossi (183-81) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Enel Brindisi have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Giorgio Tesi PT and Centrale Latte. Newly promoted S.Antimo still closes the standings with six games lost. Enel Brindisi will meet at home league's leader Trenkwalder RE in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. S.Antimo will play against MarcoPoloShop.it (#12) in Forli and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: M.Formenti 16+5reb+1ast, C.Callahan 16+4reb+2ast, D.Borovnjak 15+9reb+2ast, A.Renfroe 7+6reb+3ast, K.Ndoja 5+3reb, A.Simoncelli 4+1reb
S.Antimo: N.George 16+3reb+2ast, M.Rossi 13+4reb, R.Moraschini 10+4reb+3ast, D.Teague 9+1reb, F.Campbell 4+3reb+3ast, F.Gagliardo 2+1reb
gschID: 135493


Fileni BPA - Giorgio Tesi PT 81-68

There was a change at the Lega2 leadership position after last games. Round 7 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Tuscany Pistoia (5-2). They were defeated by tenth ranked Fileni BPA (3-3) 81-68 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tuscany Pistoia. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 50-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Fileni BPA made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. American-Belgian guard Ryan Hoover (188-74, college: Notre Dame, agency: SportsTalent) helped adding 18 points. At the losing side American guard Dwight Hardy (188, college: St.John's) responded with 15 points and the other American import forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fileni BPA moved-up to seventh place. Tuscany Pistoia at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They share it with Enel Brindisi and Centrale Latte. They were replaced at the leadership position by Trenkwalder. Tuscany Pistoia will play next round against Morpho Basket trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Fileni BPA will try to continue on its current victory against fourteenth ranked Biancoblu BO in Bologna.
Top scorers:
Fileni BPA: M.Maggioli 18+10reb, R.Hoover 18+2reb+2ast, R.McConnell 16+3reb+1ast, M.Santiangeli 11+3reb, F.Migliori 9+2reb, J.Brooks 9+7reb+2ast
Giorgio Tesi PT: D.Hardy 15+2reb+3ast, B.Jones 14+5reb+1ast, G.Gurini 12+1reb, D.Mathis 11+4reb, F.Toppo 8+2reb+1ast, G.Yango 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 135486


Trenkwalder - Givova Scafati 79-77

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Trenkwalder RE as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Trenkwalder RE edged 6th ranked Givova Scafati in Reggio Emilia 79-77. The hosts were already 14 points ahead at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 27-14 last quarter charge of Givova Scafati cut the lead to 79-77 at the end of the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Power forward James Thomas (203-80, college: Texas) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds and guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 14 points and 5 steals respectively for Givova Scafati in the defeat. Five Givova Scafati players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Givova Scafati at the other side keeps the sixth place with three games lost. Givova Scafati will play next round against Tezenis Verona trying to get back on the winning streak. Trenkwalder RE will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Enel Brindisi on the road.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: D.Taylor 21+5reb+1ast, D.Robinson 18+8reb+1ast, D.Filloy 11+2reb+1ast, D.Slanina 9, R.Valenti 7+4reb, R.Chiacig 6+9reb
Givova Scafati: P.Marigney 14+3reb+1ast, J.Thomas 13+15reb+2ast, M.Levin 12+2reb+2ast, A.Ghiacci 10+3reb, M.Casini 10+1reb, N.Radulovic 8+3reb
gschID: 135488


Centrale Latte - Biancoblu BO 73-67

Not a big story in a game in Brescia where 9th ranked Biancoblu BO (2-4) was defeated by fourth ranked Centrale Latte (5-2) 73-67. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-10. But Biancoblu BO won second period 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Centrale Latte forced 22 Biancoblu BO turnovers. It was a very good performance for American guard Leemire Goldwire (180-85, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Centrale Latte's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international power forward Matteo Canavesi (204-86) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) added 7 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Biancoblu BO. Centrale Latte moved-up to second place, which they share with Giorgio Tesi PT and Enel Brindisi. Biancoblu BO lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with four games lost. Centrale Latte will have a break next round. Biancoblu BO will play at home against Fileni BPA (#7) in Jesi.
Top scorers:
Centrale Latte: L.Goldwire 23+5reb+3ast, L.Gergati 13+4reb+1ast, R.Thompson 11+6reb+1ast, M.Jose Ghersetti 8+3reb+1ast, M.Rezzano 5+1reb, S.Stojkov 5+1ast
Biancoblu BO: M.Canavesi 17+5reb+3ast, A.Pecile 13+2reb+5ast, T.Kelley 12+2reb+4ast, E.Dimsa 8+3reb, P.Baldassarre 7+12reb+2ast, B.Blizzard 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 135489




SerieA Round 6: Air Avellino loses to Bennet Cantu - by Eurobasket News
There were just 6 rounds played in Regular Season of SerieA and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The most important game in the last round took place in Cantu between third ranked Air Avellino (4-2) and seventh ranked Bennet Cantu (4-2) on Sunday night. Air Avellino was crushed by Bennet Cantu on the road 55-90. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Air Avellino. The game without a history. Bennet Cantu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Bennet Cantu outrebounded Air Avellino 47-28 including a 37-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Bennet Cantu especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Air Avellino helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Georgian center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89) who led his team to a victory with 9 points and 11 rebounds. American swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (169-82, college: St.Bonaventure) replied with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for Air Avellino. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bennet Cantu moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Air Avellino. Bennet Cantu is looking forward to face Pepsi Caserta (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Air Avellino will play against Novipiu CM (#17) in Casale and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Armani Milano (5-1) which hosted in Milano second-best Montepaschi Siena (4-2). First ranked Armani Milano managed to get a 7-point victory 63-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Montepaschi Siena. It was a key game for the top position in the league. International swingman Danilo Gallinari (205-88, agency: Players Group) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Stefano Mancinelli chipped in 14 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) with 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Armani Milano have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-1 record. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena keeps the second place with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Armani Milano will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Montepaschi Siena will play at home against Cimberio Varese and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Novipiu CM is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to ninth ranked Benetton Treviso (3-2) 72-71 on Sunday evening. Jeff Adrien notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 23 points by Stefano Gentile did not help to save the game for Novipiu CM. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Benetton Treviso moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Novipiu CM still closes the standings with six games lost. Benetton Treviso will meet Scavolini Pesaro (#10) on the road in the next round. Novipiu CM will play against Air Avellino (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Cimberio Varese (4-2) and CS Bologna (3-3), which took place in Bologna. Higher ranked Cimberio Varese lost to eleventh ranked CS Bologna in a road game 63-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Cimberio Varese. The best player for the winners was Viktor Sanikidze who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Cimberio Varese's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. CS Bologna maintains eleventh position with 3-3 record, which they share with Lottomatica. Cimberio Varese at the other side dropped to the second place with two games lost. CS Bologna's next round opponent will be Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#14) on the road. Cimberio Varese will play against Montepaschi Siena (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 6: Banca Tercas was beaten by Umana Venezia on the road 86-71. Lottomatica won against Vanoli CR on its own court 85-78. Scavolini PS managed to outperform Pepsi Caserta in Pesaro 82-76. Fabi Shoes recorded a loss to Angelico BI at home 64-69.
The most impressive performance of 6th round was 22 points and 7 assists by Andre Collins of Pepsi Caserta.



Umana Venezia - Banca Tercas 86-71

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Umana Venezia (3-2) beat at home 15th ranked Banca Tercas (1-5) 86-71. The game was mostly controlled by Umana Venezia. Banca Tercas was better in third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Umana Venezia shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Brandon Brown (202-81, college: Tulane) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four Banca Tercas players scored in double figures. Umana Venezia have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Banca Tercas at the other side keep the fifteenth position with five games lost. Umana Venezia's next round opponent will be higher ranked Angelico Biella (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Banca Tercas will play against Vanoli-Braga (#16) in Cremona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Umana Venezia: T.Slay 17+6reb+2ast, T.Bowers 11+4reb+4ast, S.Szewczyk 11+5reb+4ast, S.Bryan 9+5reb, T.Fantoni 9+6reb, K.Clark 8+5reb+4ast
Banca Tercas: B.Brown 20+6reb+2ast, R.Fultz 13+1reb, B.Cerella 11+2reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 11+7reb+1ast, B.Wanamaker 9+6reb, D.Brown 4+5ast
gschID: 150677


Lottomatica - Vanoli CR 85-78

Rather expected game when 16th ranked Vanoli-Braga (1-5) lost on the road to thirteenth ranked Lottomatica Roma (3-3) 85-78. Vanoli-Braga was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was international swingman Luigi Datome (202-87) who scored 19 points and 5 assists. The former international center Andrea Crosariol (212-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St., agency: VVG Sports) who recorded 25 points and 4 assists and Belgian point guard Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-85) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lottomatica Roma moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with CS Bologna. Vanoli-Braga lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with five games lost. Lottomatica Roma's next round opponent will be Banco di Sard. (#13) in Sassari. Vanoli-Braga will play on the road against Banca Tercas in Teramo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lottomatica: C.Tucker 23+1reb+1ast, L.Datome 19+3reb+5ast, A.Crosariol 17+8reb+1ast, N.Dedovic 12+3reb+3ast, N.Gordic 8+3reb+2ast, U.Slokar 3+9reb+1ast
Vanoli CR: V.Wafer 25+3reb+4ast, B.Tabu-Eboma 12+4reb+4ast, M.Milic 10+4reb, J.Perkovic 10+6reb+2ast, E.Bavcic 9+5reb, D.Cinciarini 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 150673


Pepsi Caserta - Scavolini PS 76-82

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (3-2) won against on the road higher ranked Pepsi Caserta (3-2) 82-76. It looked good early as Pepsi Caserta took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Scavolini Pesaro had a 20-16 second period charge getting the lead and Pepsi Caserta was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 76-82. Strangely Pepsi Caserta outrebounded Scavolini Pesaro 43-31 including a 19-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Pepsi Caserta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Daniel Hackett (197-87, college: USC) who scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 15 points. Four Scavolini Pesaro players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola, MD) who recorded 22 points and 7 assists and his fellow American import forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) added 19 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Pepsi Caserta. Scavolini Pesaro's next round opponent will be Benetton Treviso (#8) at home.
Top scorers:
Scavolini PS: R.Hickman 15+4reb, D.Hackett 14+7reb+2ast, J.Jones 12+4reb+1ast, J.White 10+5reb+2ast, T.Lydeka 8+5reb, D.Cavaliero 8+1reb+3ast
Pepsi Caserta: A.Collins 22+3reb+7ast, A.Smith 19+11reb, A.Righetti 9+3reb, K.Fletcher 9+5reb, A.Doornekamp 8+8reb, T.Marko 6+7reb
gschID: 150674


Fabi Shoes - Angelico BI 64-69

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (1-4) lost at home to fifth ranked Angelico Biella (4-2) 69-64. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 39-32 second half run of Angelico Biella. The best player for the winners was Spanish center Albert Miralles (208-82, agency: Interperformances) who scored 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) who recorded 15 points and 4 assists and the former international point guard Fabio Di Bella (187-78) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Angelico Biella moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with four games lost. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be Umana Venezia (#7) at home where they are favorite. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against CS Bologna (#11).
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: A.Miralles 23+6reb+1ast, T.Dragicevic 16+6reb+3ast, J.Pullen 11+2reb+3ast, A.Coleman 7+5reb+3ast, G.Jurak 6+1reb+1ast, M.Soragna 4+5reb+3ast
Fabi Shoes: I.Zoroski 15+2reb+4ast, D.Ivanov 10+7reb+2ast, C.Karl 10+5reb, F.Di Bella 8+9reb+3ast, M.Antonutti 7+1reb, J.McNeal 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 150675


Novipiu CM - Benetton TV 71-72

Bottom-ranked Novipiu CM is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to ninth ranked Benetton Treviso (3-2) 72-71 on Sunday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Benetton Treviso made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American power forward Jeff Adrien (202-86, college: Connecticut, agency: Priority Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Alessandro Gentile (197-92) supported him with 19 points. Even 23 points by point guard Stefano Gentile (190-89) did not help to save the game for Novipiu CM. Naturalized American power forward David Chiotti (206-84, college: N.Mexico, agency: Court Side) added 8 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Benetton Treviso moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Novipiu CM still closes the standings with six games lost. Benetton Treviso will meet Scavolini Pesaro (#10) on the road in the next round. Novipiu CM will play against Air Avellino (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: A.Gentile 19+4reb, J.Adrien 15+13reb, B.Scalabrine 14+3reb+2ast, E.Moore 9+1reb, M.Bulleri 8+1reb+3ast, V.Moldoveanu 5+2reb
Novipiu CM: S.Gentile 23+1reb+2ast, M.Janning 14+3reb+2ast, S.Pierich 12+1ast, D.Chiotti 8+13reb+1ast, M.Malaventura 6+1reb, O.Stevic 6+4reb
gschID: 150676


Bennet Cantu - Sidigas AV 90-55

The most important game in the last round took place in Cantu between third ranked Air Avellino (4-2) and seventh ranked Bennet Cantu (4-2) on Sunday night. Air Avellino was crushed by Bennet Cantu on the road 55-90. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Air Avellino. The game without a history. Bennet Cantu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Bennet Cantu outrebounded Air Avellino 47-28 including a 37-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Bennet Cantu especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Air Avellino helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Georgian center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89) who led his team to a victory with 9 points and 11 rebounds. American swingman David Lighty (195-88, college: Ohio St.) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (169-82, college: St.Bonaventure) replied with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Slovenian-Croatian forward Jurica Golemac (209-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points in the effort for Air Avellino. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bennet Cantu moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Air Avellino. Bennet Cantu is looking forward to face Pepsi Caserta (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Air Avellino will play against Novipiu CM (#17) in Casale and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: D.Lighty 15+2reb+1ast, N.Mazzarino 15+3reb, A.Cinciarini 9+5reb+1ast, G.Shermadini 9+11reb, F.Bolzonella 8+1reb, M.Markoishvili 8+2reb
Sidigas AV: J.Golemac 12+3reb+1ast, M.Green 11+5reb+7ast, V.Spinelli 10+2reb+1ast, L.Johnson 8+6reb, T.Dean 6+1reb, V.Gaddefors 4+5reb
gschID: 150670


Armani MI - Montepaschi 63-56

An interesting game for Armani Milano (5-1) which hosted in Milano second-best Montepaschi Siena (4-2). First ranked Armani Milano managed to get a 7-point victory 63-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Montepaschi Siena. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Armani Milano led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. International swingman Danilo Gallinari (205-88, agency: Players Group) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) chipped in 14 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) with 16 points and Australian center David Andersen (212-80) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Armani Milano have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-1 record. Defending champion Montepaschi Siena keeps the second place with two games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Armani Milano will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Montepaschi Siena will play at home against Cimberio Varese and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: D.Gallinari 15+6reb+2ast, S.Mancinelli 14+2reb+2ast, D.Nicholas 9, A.Fotsis 7+5reb+1ast, I.Bourousis 6+4reb, M.Hairston 5+4reb+1ast
Montepaschi: B.McCalebb 16+4reb+2ast, D.Andersen 13+5reb, R.Kaukenas 12+3reb+3ast, K.Lavrinovic 9+7reb+1ast, M.Carraretto 4+2reb, I.Rakocevic 2
gschID: 150671


CS Bologna - Cimberio VA 74-63

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Cimberio Varese (4-2) and CS Bologna (3-3), which took place in Bologna. Higher ranked Cimberio Varese lost to eleventh ranked CS Bologna in a road game 63-74. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Cimberio Varese. The game was mostly controlled by CS Bologna. Cimberio Varese was better in third quarter 19-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CS Bologna forced 21 Cimberio Varese turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Cimberio Varese helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. International guard Giuseppe Poeta (190-85) chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Gabriele Ganeto (200-87) who recorded 14 points and the former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Five CS Bologna and four Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. CS Bologna maintains eleventh position with 3-3 record, which they share with Lottomatica. Cimberio Varese at the other side dropped to the second place with two games lost. CS Bologna's next round opponent will be Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#14) on the road. Cimberio Varese will play against Montepaschi Siena (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
CS Bologna: G.Poeta 17+3reb+1ast, T.McIntyre 16+2reb+1ast, V.Sanikidze 14+12reb+1ast, D.Gailius 11+1ast, P.Koponen 10+3reb+2ast, C.Douglas-Roberts 4
Cimberio VA: G.Ganeto 14+4reb+2ast, R.Stipcevic 12+6reb+1ast, Y.Diawara 11+6reb+1ast, L.Garri 10+7reb+2ast, K.Kangur 6+2reb, D.Demartini 5+2ast
gschID: 150672




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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Von WAFER
  Vanoli CR
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Wafer, Vanoli CR20.3 
 2. Fletcher, Pepsi C.18.0 
 3. Collins, Pepsi C.17.5 
 4. Coleman, Angelico.17.0 
 5. Hackett, Scavolin.16.8 
 6. Smith, Pepsi C.16.8 
 7. Datome, Lottomat.16.8 
 8. Adrien, Benetton16.0 
 9. Diener, Banco d.16.0 
 10. McCalebb, Montep.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Benetton TV
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Adrien, Benetton11.2 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas10.3 
 3. Homan, CS Bologna10.0 
 4. Brunner, Fabi Shoes8.4 
 5. Sanikidze, CS Bo.8.3 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.2 
 7. Smith, Pepsi C.8.0 
 8. Amoroso, Banca T.8.0 
 9. Jones, Scavolini PS7.8 
 10. Brown, Banca T.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (169-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Green, Sidigas AV5.7 
 2. Collins, Pepsi C.5.3 
 3. Diener, Banco d.5.0 
 4. Stipcevic, Cimberi.5.0 
 5. Cook, Armani MI4.7 
 6. Brown, Banca T.4.2 
 7. Cavaliero, Scavoli.3.8 
 8. McIntyre, CS Bo.3.5 
 9. Clark, Umana V.3.4 
 10. Temple, Novipiu CM3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.3 
 2. Collins, Pepsi C.2.5 
 3. Smith, Pepsi C.2.5 
 4. Di Bella, Fabi S.2.4 
 5. Johnson, Sidigas2.3 
 6. Hackett, Scavolin.2.3 
 7. Pullen, Angelico BI2.3 
 8. Hosley, Banco d.2.2 
 9. Green, Sidigas AV2.2 
 10. Bowers, Umana V.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Giorgi SHERMADINI
  Bennet C.
  (216-C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Shermadini, Bennet1.5 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.5 
 3. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.4 
 4. Lavrinovic, Montep.1.0 
 5. Summers, Montepas.1.0 
 6. Adrien, Benetton0.8 
 7. Plisnic, Banco d.0.8 
 8. Ress, Montepaschi0.8 
 9. Crosariol, Lottoma.0.8 
 10. Johnson, Sidigas0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Dwight HARDY
  Giorgio .
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Hardy, Giorgio23.7 
 2. Freeman, MarcoPol.23.7 
 3. Taylor, Trenkwal.20.7 
 4. Teague, S.Antimo19.7 
 5. Marigney, Givova S.19.6 
 6. Voskuil, Morpho B.19.3 
 7. Maggioli, Fileni B.18.0 
 8. George, S.Antimo17.5 
 9. Klobucar, Assi Ost.16.4 
 10. Robinson, Trenkwa.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.7 
 2. Diliegro, Assi Ost.9.6 
 3. Easley, MarcoPol.9.3 
 4. Anderson, Morpho B.8.8 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.8.5 
 6. Chiacig, Trenkwald.8.3 
 7. Baldassarre, Bianc.8.0 
 8. Jones, Giorgio7.0 
 9. Callahan, Enel B.6.9 
 10. Brooks, Fileni BPA6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Roman NARDI
  MarcoPol.
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nardi, MarcoPol.6.8 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.6.1 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.2 
 4. Green, Sigma B.3.8 
 5. Blizzard, Biancobl.3.7 
 6. Cantone, S.Antimo3.7 
 7. Goldwire, Centra.3.4 
 8. Kelley, Biancobl.3.2 
 9. Rowe, Prima Veroli2.9 
 10. Hafnar, Aget Imo.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mario WEST
  Tezenis .
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. West, Tezenis3.5 
 2. Radulovic, Givova3.1 
 3. Thompson, Centra.3.1 
 4. Boscagin, Tezeni.3.0 
 5. Hunter, Enel Brind.3.0 
 6. Green, Sigma B.3.0 
 7. Marigney, Givova S.3.0 
 8. Blizzard, Biancobl.2.8 
 9. McConnell, Fileni2.8 
 10. Rowe, Prima Veroli2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Michele MAGGIOLI
  Fileni B.
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.5 
 2. Thomas, Givova S.1.1 
 3. DiGiuliomari., Tez.1.0 
 4. Busma, Centrale.1.0 
 5. Edwards, Tezenis0.8 
 6. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.8 
 7. Renzi, Tezenis0.8 
 8. Taylor, Trenkwal.0.7 
 9. Baldassarre, Bianc.0.7 
 10. West, Tezenis0.7 


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


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  JAPAN   


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 10-2 
 2. Toyota Alvark 10-2 
 3. Hitachi SR 8-4 
 4. Mitsubishi DD 5-7 
 5. Hokkaido L. 5-7 
 6. Panasonic T. 4-8 
 7. Tochigi Brex 4-8 
 8. Toshiba BT 2-10 


BJ League Round 10 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
There were just 10 rounds played in Regular Season of BJ League and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

Round 10 most important game was a victory of Akita Happinets over their biggest opponent Chiba Jets 88-84 on Friday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Chiba Jets were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Michael Gardener (182-81, college: SE Louisiana) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Woods contributed with 24 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Akita Happinets' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds for Chiba Jets. Akita Happinets maintains first position with 7-2 record. Chiba Jets at the other side keep the second place with three games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Chiba Jets will play again at home against the league's leader Akita Happinets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Kyoto. Sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (5-5) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (3-7) 82-79 in the fight for the sixth place. American center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Kyosuke Setoyama chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar. maintains sixth position with 5-5 record. Oita Heat Devils at the other side keep the seventh place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Takamatsu FA is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their ninth consecutive match to fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (5-4) 86-78 on Friday evening. American players dominated the game. Kevin Palmer notched 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Fukuoka Rizing's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds by Paul Butorac did not help to save the game for Takamatsu FA. Fukuoka Rizing have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 5-4 record. Loser Takamatsu FA still closes the standings with nine games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will again meet at home Takamatsu FA (#9) in the next round. Takamatsu FA will have a break next round.
The game between sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (5-5) and 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (3-7) in Kyoto ended with biggest points difference. Kyoto Hannar. outscored guests from Oita 107-76. American players dominated also this game. Rick Rickert fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kyoto Hannar. maintains sixth position with 5-5 record. Oita Heat Devils at the other side keep the seventh place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.


Kyoto Hannar. - Oita H.Devils 107-76

The game between sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (5-5) and 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (3-7) in Kyoto ended with biggest points difference. Kyoto Hannar. outscored guests from Oita 107-76. The game without a history. Kyoto Hannar. 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 Oita Heat Devils' 36. They outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 39-23 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Kyoto Hannar. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Oita Heat Devils' players. American players dominated also this game. Forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Five Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) produced 31 points and 8 rebounds and forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Kyoto Hannar. maintains sixth position with 5-5 record. Oita Heat Devils at the other side keep the seventh place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: J.Boyette 17+5reb+3ast, N.Nakamura 16+1ast, L.Allred 14+9reb+3ast, L.Cummard 13+5reb+8ast, R.Rickert 12+12reb+3ast, T.Kawabe 12
Oita H.Devils: W.White 31+8reb+2ast, T.Cummings 17+4reb, M.Lottich 12+4reb+1ast, M.Ohara 5+1reb, Z.Atkinson 4+3reb, N.Takushi 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 141924


Fukuoka Rizing - Takamatsu FA 86-78

Bottom-ranked Takamatsu FA is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their ninth consecutive match to fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (5-4) 86-78 on Friday evening. The game without a history. Fukuoka Rizing led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American players dominated the game. Swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M - C.C., agency: VVG Sports) notched 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) supported him with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Fukuoka Rizing's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds by power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) did not help to save the game for Takamatsu FA. Forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) added 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Four Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. Fukuoka Rizing have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 5-4 record. Loser Takamatsu FA still closes the standings with nine games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will again meet at home Takamatsu FA (#9) in the next round. Takamatsu FA will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: K.Palmer 36+9reb, A.Takeno 15+1reb+2ast, G.Hamilton 13+8reb+4ast, J.Nakanishi 9+3reb+3ast, C.Dixon 7+6reb+4ast, S.Ishitani 5+2reb
Takamatsu FA: P.Butorac 22+11reb+3ast, N.Williams 18+4reb, M.Nunnally 14+12reb+4ast, H.Kikuchi 12+3ast, S.Takada 4+2reb+5ast, M.Suzuki 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 141925


Kyoto Hannar. - Oita H.Devils 82-79

Important game to mention about took place in Kyoto. Sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (5-5) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (3-7) 82-79 in the fight for the sixth place. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Kyoto Hannar. players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Kyosuke Setoyama (187-82) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar. maintains sixth position with 5-5 record. Oita Heat Devils at the other side keep the seventh place with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: L.Allred 24+12reb+3ast, N.Nakamura 13+2reb, J.Boyette 11+4reb+2ast, K.Setoyama 10+5reb+7ast, R.Rickert 7+5reb+2ast, L.Cummard 7+5reb+1ast
Oita H.Devils: T.Cummings 24+17reb+1ast, W.White 16+5reb+1ast, N.Takushi 9+1reb+4ast, Z.Atkinson 8+5reb, M.Ohara 6+1ast, S.Umemiya 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141922


Chiba Jets - Akita NH 84-88

Round 10 most important game was a victory of Akita Happinets over their biggest opponent Chiba Jets 88-84 on Friday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Chiba Jets were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Michael Gardener (182-81, college: SE Louisiana) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Woods contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Akita Happinets' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) added 15 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Chiba Jets. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Akita Happinets maintains first position with 7-2 record. Chiba Jets at the other side keep the second place with three games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Chiba Jets will play again at home against the league's leader Akita Happinets and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: M.Gardener 26+9reb+6ast, Woods 24+13reb+2ast, D.Sweetney 16+4reb+1ast, S.Ocitti 10+9reb+2ast, Y.Nobihura 6+4reb+3ast, Y.Kato 4+1reb
Chiba Jets: M.Hargrow 26+11reb+2ast, J.Staten 15+16reb+5ast, R.Itakura 12+5reb, G.Moliva 10+4reb+1ast, T.Nakamura 8+5reb, T.Ishida 6+1reb
gschID: 141923




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


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi20.9 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH17.4 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.16.2 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.15.8 
 5. McFarlin, Tochigi15.2 
 6. Takeuchi, Hitac.14.3 
 7. Orimo, Hokkaido L.13.9 
 8. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.7 
 9. Diouf, Hokkaido L.13.5 
 10. Klette, Hokkaido13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.7 
 2. McFarlin, Tochigi9.7 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.2 
 4. O''Bannon, Panason.9.0 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.8 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.6 
 7. Moss, Toshiba BT8.5 
 8. Ricci, Toyota Alva.7.3 
 9. Allen, Mitsubis.7.2 
 10. Lewis, Hokkaido L.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Hidenori KASHIWAKURA
  Hitac.
  (174-G-80)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Kashiwakura, Hitac.4.4 
 2. Igarashi, Mitsubis.4.0 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.5 
 4. Kawamura, Tochigi3.3 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.1 
 6. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.0 
 7. Nishimura, Hitac.3.0 
 8. Ito, Toyota Alvark3.0 
 9. Lewis, Hokkaido L.2.8 
 10. Kinoshita, Panaso.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi2.3 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.0 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.8 
 4. Sato, Hitachi SR1.6 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.5 
 6. Sakuragi, Aishin SH1.4 
 7. Tabuse, Tochigi1.4 
 8. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.3 
 9. McFarlin, Tochigi1.3 
 10. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  Aishin S.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Richardson, Aishin2.0 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.6 
 3. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.3 
 4. Young, Aishin SH1.2 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.2 
 6. Takeuchi, Toyota0.9 
 7. Merritt, Toshi.0.8 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 
 9. McFarlin, Tochigi0.8 
 10. Aono, Panasonic0.7 


UBA Round 6: Hitachi Sunrockers defeat leader Toyota Alvark - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Toyota Alvark (10-2) in Fuchu on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (8-4) 65-52. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 36-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hitachi Sunrockers dominated on the defensive end, holding Toyota Alvark to just 6 points in third quarter. It was a good game for American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). International power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for Toyota Alvark. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third position with 8-4 record having just two points less than leader Aishin SH. Toyota Alvark at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. They share the position with Aishin SH. Hitachi Sunrockers are looking forward to face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#4) in Nagoya in the next round. Toyota Alvark will play on the road against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Kanagawa. Eighth ranked Toshiba Thunders (2-10) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Hokkaido L. (5-7) 67-65 on Friday evening. Forward Yuya Kagami (193-84) scored 14 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Chris Moss chipped in 8 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Toshiba Thunders' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Toshiba Thunders maintains eighth position with 2-10 record. Hokkaido L. at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Mitsubishi DD. Toshiba Thunders will play against higher ranked Tochigi Brex (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hokkaido L. will play against Panasonic Trians in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Toyota Alvark (10-2) which hosted in Fuchu 3rd ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (8-4). First ranked Toyota Alvark had an easy win 87-51. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. Philip Ricci notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 7 points and 6 rebounds by Jamar Smith did not help to save the game for Hitachi Sunrockers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyota Alvark have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record, which they share with Aishin SH. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers keep the third place with four games lost. Toyota Alvark will meet league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hitachi Sunrockers will play against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Aishin Sea Horses (10-2) which played road game in Nagoya against 4th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (5-7). Second ranked Aishin Sea Horses managed to get a 6-point victory 72-66. The best player for the winners was J.R. Sakuragi who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Mitsubishi Dolphins' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Toyota Alvark. Mitsubishi Dolphins at the other side keep the fourth place with seven games lost. Aishin Sea Horses' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play on the road against Hitachi Sunrockers in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Aishin Sea Horses (10-2) which played road game in Nagoya against 4th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (5-7). Second ranked Aishin Sea Horses had an easy win 77-62. It was a good game for J.R. Sakuragi who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Mitsubishi Dolphins' coach tested eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Toyota Alvark. Loser Mitsubishi Dolphins keep the fourth place with seven games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play on the road against Hitachi Sunrockers in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 6: Tochigi Brex beat Panasonic T. on the road 85-76. Panasonic T. won against Tochigi Brex on its own court 86-74. Hokkaido L. unfortunately lost to Toshiba BT in Kanagawa 62-72.
The most impressive performance of 6th round was 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by Takuya Kawamura of Tochigi Brex.



Panasonic T. - Tochigi Brex 76-85

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Tochigi Brex's (4-8) road victory over 7th ranked Panasonic Trians (4-8) in Osaka 85-76 on Friday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-76. Tochigi Brex made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. It was a good game for international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Tochigi Brex's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. International guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Panasonic Trians. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tochigi Brex maintains sixth position with 4-8 record, which they share with Panasonic T. Tochigi Brex will face bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (#8) in Kanagawa in the next round.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: K.Hirose 18+5reb+4ast, T.Onishi 13+6reb+1ast, C.O'Bannon 12+7reb+1ast, A.Custis 12+5reb+2ast, K.Kanamaru 7+8reb, H.Watanabe 5+4ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 33+7reb+3ast, I.McFarlin 16+11reb+1ast, M.Kataoka 14+2reb+2ast, D.Yamada 12+3reb+3ast, S.Ito 5, Y.Tabuse 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 137434


Panasonic T. - Tochigi Brex 86-74

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 6th ranked Tochigi Brex (4-8) lost to seventh ranked Panasonic Trians (4-8) in Osaka 74-86 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Panasonic Trians. Tochigi Brex was better in third quarter 27-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tochigi Brex was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. International swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Panasonic Trians players scored in double figures. International guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) replied with 33 points (!!!), 7 assists and 6 steals and American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Tochigi Brex. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Panasonic Trians moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Tochigi Brex. Panasonic Trians will face higher ranked Hokkaido L. (#5) in Saporro in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 33+2reb+7ast, I.McFarlin 14+9reb+2ast, T.Amino 6+1reb, M.Kataoka 6+1ast, L.Rice 4, S.Ito 3+2reb
Panasonic T.: K.Kanamaru 21+4reb+1ast, C.O'Bannon 20+8reb, H.Watanabe 16+1reb+6ast, K.Hirose 16+4reb+4ast, X.Aoshima 5+3reb+1ast, T.Onishi 3+1reb
gschID: 137435


Toyota Alvark - Hitachi SR 52-65

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Toyota Alvark (10-2) in Fuchu on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (8-4) 65-52. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 36-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hitachi Sunrockers dominated on the defensive end, holding Toyota Alvark to just 6 points in third quarter. It was a good game for American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). International power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Toyota Alvark. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third position with 8-4 record having just two points less than leader Aishin SH. Toyota Alvark at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost. They share the position with Aishin SH. Hitachi Sunrockers are looking forward to face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#4) in Nagoya in the next round. Toyota Alvark will play on the road against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: P.Ricci 14+12reb, J.Gibbs 10+8reb+1ast, K.Takeuchi 7+6reb, K.Matsui 7+3reb, Y.Okada 6+3reb, T.Ito 4+3reb+2ast
Hitachi SR: J.Smith 20+12reb, T.Sato 14+4reb+1ast, J.Takeuchi 11+8reb+4ast, C.Maraker 5+1reb, H.Kashiwakura 5+3reb+5ast, F.Nishimura 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 137428


Toyota Alvark - Hitachi SR 87-51

An interesting game for Toyota Alvark (10-2) which hosted in Fuchu 3rd ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (8-4). First ranked Toyota Alvark had an easy win 87-51. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. The game without a history. Toyota Alvark led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Hitachi Sunrockers' 20. They outrebounded Hitachi Sunrockers 39-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) supported him with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. Even 7 points and 6 rebounds by American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) did not help to save the game for Hitachi Sunrockers. International guard Fumio Nishimura (177-86) added 8 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyota Alvark have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record, which they share with Aishin SH. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers keep the third place with four games lost. Toyota Alvark will meet league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hitachi Sunrockers will play against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: J.Kano 11+2reb, T.Sato 9+1reb, F.Nishimura 8+2reb+3ast, J.Smith 7+6reb+1ast, Y.Chikamori 4+1ast, J.Takeuchi 4+8reb+1ast
Toyota Alvark: P.Ricci 17+10reb+2ast, T.Kumagai 14+3reb+1ast, M.Takahashi 13+2reb+2ast, J.Gibbs 11+6reb+1ast, K.Takeuchi 8+6reb+2ast, K.Tanaka 7+4reb
gschID: 137429


Toshiba BT - Hokkaido L. 67-65

Important game to mention about took place in Kanagawa. Eighth ranked Toshiba Thunders (2-10) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Hokkaido L. (5-7) 67-65 on Friday evening. Hokkaido L. was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 22-11 third quarter run of Toshiba Thunders. Forward Yuya Kagami (193-84) scored 14 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 8 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Toshiba Thunders' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and international guard Ryota Sakurai (194-83) scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Toshiba Thunders maintains eighth position with 2-10 record. Hokkaido L. at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Mitsubishi DD. Toshiba Thunders will play against higher ranked Tochigi Brex (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hokkaido L. will play against Panasonic Trians in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: M.Diouf 21+14reb+2ast, J.Lewis 14+5reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 13+8reb+4ast, D.Noguchi 9+8reb, J.Kurino-Dews 4+3reb, T.Klette 4+1reb+1ast
Toshiba BT: Y.Kagami 14+3reb+6ast, S.Merritt 11+9reb, R.Shinoyama 9+4reb+3ast, Y.Uda 8+2reb+1ast, C.Moss 8+12reb, Y.Kuwahara 6+2reb
gschID: 137430


Toshiba BT - Hokkaido L. 72-62

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Toshiba Thunders (2-10) won against 5th ranked Hokkaido L. (5-7) in Kanagawa 72-62 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-62. Toshiba Thunders forced 19 Hokkaido L. turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Toshiba Thunders made 7 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) who led his team to a victory with 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The other American import center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Toshiba Thunders' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hokkaido L.Toshiba Thunders maintains eighth position with 2-10 record. Loser Hokkaido L. dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. Toshiba Thunders will face higher ranked Tochigi Brex (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hokkaido L. will play against Panasonic Trians in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: J.Lewis 17+13reb+1ast, T.Orimo 12+2reb+1ast, M.Diouf 10+9reb, D.Noguchi 9+2reb+1ast, T.Klette 8+4reb, H.Shishito 4+1reb+5ast
Toshiba BT: C.Moss 16+2reb+2ast, S.Kikuchi 13+2reb+1ast, S.Merritt 10+7reb+1ast, Y.Kuwahara 9+6reb, H.Ono 8+1reb+3ast, Y.Kagami 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137431


Mitsubishi DD - Aishin SH 66-72

An interesting game for Aishin Sea Horses (10-2) which played road game in Nagoya against 4th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (5-7). Second ranked Aishin Sea Horses managed to get a 6-point victory 72-66. It looked good early as Mitsubishi Dolphins took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Aishin Sea Horses took control getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and eventually winning the game that evening by 6 points. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively. Mitsubishi Dolphins' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Toyota Alvark. Mitsubishi Dolphins at the other side keep the fourth place with seven games lost. Aishin Sea Horses' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play on the road against Hitachi Sunrockers in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: R.Hale 16+7reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 15+4reb+4ast, J.Uzawa 13+3reb, B.Allen 6+3reb, K.Nakagawa 5+3reb+4ast, S.Utsumi 5+1reb
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 18+16reb+5ast, S.Kashiwagi 14+1reb+5ast, S.Asayama 11+3reb+2ast, K.Young 10+11reb, A.Richardson 8+2reb, T.Furukawa 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137432


Mitsubishi DD - Aishin SH 62-77

An interesting game for Aishin Sea Horses (10-2) which played road game in Nagoya against 4th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (5-7). Second ranked Aishin Sea Horses had an easy win 77-62. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Mitsubishi Dolphins was better in third quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Aishin Sea Horses especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. It was a good game for the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Anthony Richardson (201-83, college: Florida St., agency: TSS Management) contributed with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Jun Uzawa (197-81) added 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Mitsubishi Dolphins. Mitsubishi Dolphins' coach tested eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Toyota Alvark. Loser Mitsubishi Dolphins keep the fourth place with seven games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play on the road against Hitachi Sunrockers in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: J.Uzawa 18+4reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 14+3reb+5ast, R.Hale 10+10reb+4ast, B.Allen 7+8reb, K.Nakagawa 6+7reb+3ast, Z.Abe 3
Aishin SH: A.Richardson 19+4reb, T.Furukawa 13, J.Sakuragi 12+8reb+3ast, H.Ryoma 10+4reb+2ast, K.Takashima 9+1reb+1ast, K.Young 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 137433




BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka24.0 
 2. White, Oita H.23.3 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM21.9 
 4. Flowers, Saitama21.4 
 5. Hargrow, Chiba J.21.2 
 6. Washington, Osaka20.1 
 7. Humphrey, Saitama19.8 
 8. Gardener, Akita NH19.4 
 9. Fitzgerald, Sendai19.0 
 10. Roberts, Shins.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.11.2 
 2. Dora, Miyazaki SS11.1 
 3. Roberts, Shins.10.8 
 4. Searcy, Toyama G.10.5 
 5. McFarland, Yokoham.10.5 
 6. Ocitti, Akita NH10.4 
 7. Newton, Okinawa GK10.4 
 8. Nunnally, Takamats.10.2 
 9. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.2 
 10. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Edward YAMAMOTO
  Shima.
  (173-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Yamamoto, Shima.7.0 
 2. Satterfield, Saita.6.6 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.7 
 4. Takushi, Oita H.5.1 
 5. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.9 
 6. Kabaya, Yokohama.4.8 
 7. Dixon, Hamamats.4.2 
 8. Namizato, Okina.4.1 
 9. Saito, Shinshu BW4.1 
 10. Shimizu, Miyazaki.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka2.9 
 2. Staten, Chiba Jets2.6 
 3. Arnold, Hamamats.2.5 
 4. Okosa, Okinawa GK2.3 
 5. Parker, Shimane SM2.1 
 6. Humphrey, Saitama2.1 
 7. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.0 
 8. Lyons, Miyazaki SS1.9 
 9. Saito, Shinshu BW1.8 
 10. Kabaya, Yokohama.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Lawrence BLACKLEDGE
  Osaka E.
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Blackledge, Osaka3.6 
 2. Davis, Shimane SM3.0 
 3. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 4. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.9 
 5. Ocitti, Akita NH1.9 
 6. Marshall, Osaka E.1.8 
 7. Williams, Takamats.1.7 
 8. Flowers, Saitama1.6 
 9. Singleton, Sendai1.6 
 10. Ashby, Shiga L.1.5 


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  LEBANON   


U18 WABA Championship: Iran hold off Lebanon - by Eurobasket News
Iran U18 - Lebanon U18 95:74

Hosting Iran celebrated the second straight win at the start of U18 WABA Championship. They held off the defending champions Lebanon to stay undefated. Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) stepped up with 21 points to lead the effort. Lebanon fell at 1-1 record after the loss.
Iran opened the game with an 8:0 run. They stayed in charge erupting for 34 points in the first quarter. Lebanon however cut the deficit in the second frame. They got as close as 8 points at the interval 44:52. Iran cleared off in the third term. The hosts knocked down 30 points to take an 82:61 lead at the final intermission. Iran kept Lebanon at distance throughout the reminder of the contest and sealed the win at the end. Saleh Foroutannik and Mozafarivanani added 19 points each in the victory. Elie Chamoun answered with 15 points for Lebanon. Wael Arakji had 13 points in the losing effort.

Iran U18: Sajjad Mashayekhi 21, Saleh Foroutannik 19, Mozafarivanani 19
Lebanon U18: Elie Chamoun 15, Wael Arakji 13


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  LITHUANIA   


Kumpys' double-double lands him NKL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
20-year old guard Modestas Kumpys (191-G-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Nafta Universitetas and receives a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Matinga-Juod. (7-5) 77-65. Nafta Universitetas is placed at 4th position in NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nafta Universitetas will need more victories to improve their 7-5 record. In the team's last game Kumpys had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Nafta Universitetas' top player in his first season with the team. Kumpys has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.1rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Tauras Jogela (201-F-93) of Zalgiris-Sabonio. He is former international forward in his 4th season at Zalgiris-Sabonio. In the last game Jogela recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead Zalgiris-Sabonio to another comfortable win 100-84 over the lower-ranked Gargzdai (#16, 3-9) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Zalgiris-Sabonio to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 8-4 record is not bad at all. Jogela is one of the most experienced players at Zalgiris-Sabonio and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-G-88) of league's leader Delikatesas. Kvedaravicius got into 30-points club by scoring 38 points in the last round. He was a key player of Delikatesas, leading his team to a 86-77 win against the lower-ranked Triobet (#8, 6-6). Delikatesas confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 3 lost games. Kvedaravicius has a very solid season. In 12 games in Lithuania he scored 16.3ppg. He also has 5.4rpg and 5.1apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Janas Jurgo (200-F-83) of Mazeikiai - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tomas Rakauskas (184-G-81) of Radviliskis - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Julius Jucikas (205-C-89) of ABRO-Univ. - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Arunas Krivonis (196-G-82) of Matinga-Juod. - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Karolis Pupinis (200-F-88) of Matinga-Juod. - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ignas Razutis (185-G-87) of Silute - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Vytautas-Edvardas Pikalavicius (196-F/G-90) of Delikatesas - 15 points and 10 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)


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Basket Esch land Jamar Berry - by Eurobasket News
Basket Esch found the replacement for an injured John Reimold (198-F/G-81, college: Bowling Green). They signed a temporary contract with Jamar Berry (195-G-85). It is the first pro contract for the 26-year-old guard. Jamar Berry graduated from the Central Washington University this year. He tallied 17.4 points, 4.8 boards and 2.4 assists per game in his senior season. The guard was named All-GNAC All-Tournament MVP. Jamar Berry was also trumped All-GNAC Newcomer of the Year. Jamar Berry has already debuted for Basket Esch. He appeared on the court against Sparta. The guard notched 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in the loss.

Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 William ARRE
  BBC Nitia
  (199-F/C-86)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Arre, BBC Nitia25.1 
 2. Rajniak, Basket E.24.9 
 3. Raji, Etzella24.7 
 4. Ulmer, Soleuvre24.4 
 5. Kennedy, Residence24.3 
 6. Perre, Musel Pikes23.5 
 7. Schumacher, T7123.3 
 8. Muller, T7120.8 
 9. Reimold, Basket E.20.3 
 10. Walker, Heffingen20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Denell STEPHENS
  T71
  (193-F/G-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Stephens, T7112.5 
 2. Gary, Musel Pikes12.1 
 3. Walker, Heffingen10.7 
 4. Ulmer, Soleuvre10.6 
 5. Carvalho, Heffingen10.1 
 6. Bassirou, Musel Pi.10.0 
 7. Svitek, Basket Es.9.9 
 8. Arre, BBC Nitia9.7 
 9. Muller, T719.4 
 10. Djerman, Amicale9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Schartz, Amicale4.4 
 2. Schumacher, T713.4 
 3. Biever, Basket Es.3.1 
 4. Birenbaum, Amicale3.1 
 5. Rajniak, Basket E.3.0 
 6. Di Bartolome., BBC2.9 
 7. Ruffato, T712.8 
 8. Reimold, Basket E.2.8 
 9. Polfer, Etzella2.7 
 10. Delgado, Etzella2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Philip PERRE
  Musel Pikes
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Perre, Musel Pikes2.5 
 2. Kennedy, Residence2.5 
 3. Jones, Amicale2.4 
 4. Arre, BBC Nitia2.4 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.2.0 
 6. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.9 
 7. Polfer, Etzella1.6 
 8. Ribeiro, BBC Nitia1.5 
 9. Schwartz, Musel P.1.4 
 10. Brown, Amicale1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Musel Pikes
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gary, Musel Pikes2.0 
 2. Walker, Heffingen1.7 
 3. Carvalho, Heffingen1.3 
 4. Brown, Amicale1.0 
 5. Djerman, Amicale1.0 
 6. Reimold, Basket E.0.8 
 7. Ribeiro, BBC Nitia0.8 
 8. Bassirou, Musel Pi.0.7 
 9. Svitek, Basket Es.0.7 
 10. Hoffmann, Sparta0.6 


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


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Mornar crashed Podgorica. Over 100 points again! - by Darko Pekic
KK Mornar got another win tonight in Erste Basketball League. After unlucky loss against Rilski in Balkan League, they needed a victory to be back on track and they fully deserved it (112:77). It seems that Mihajlo Pavicevic 's players must score over 100 points at home, and they did it for the third time in a raw this season! KK Podgorica didn't have a chance tonight because Mornar was stronger under the basket and had a lot of players in rotation. Podgorica played the whole game with only one true big man, Leko Nicaj (210-C-87), who played great but was not able to carry the whole team on his back.

The student, Petar Mijovic , didn't not beat tactically his teachers this time ( Pavicevic brothers). Mornar oppened the game well with some easy points and full court pressing. The unexperienced Podgorica's players relied mostly on Nicaj who was a true warrior under the basket and helped them to stay in the game. On the other side, Ivan Jelenic (190-SG-85, agency: BeoExcell) and Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point) kept filling in the basket thanks to fastbreaks and open shots made. Scott was outstanding once again, he played like a leader and scored when the team needed points from him, gave a lot of assists and was a threat on defensive end also with his fast hands (5 steals). The fans applauded him when he left the game in the third quarter. Before that he had an outstanding one hand dunk and earned a standing ovation. The new fan favorite was born..

The game was decided in the first halftime so the rest of the game was a chance for the youngesters such as Mihailo Kasalica (185-PG-93) and Dusan Perovic (202-F/C-94) and they proved that Mornar could count on them in the future. This match also showed the potential of one of the most promising players in Montenegrin basketball- Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) who was brilliant tonight. He scored 26 points! Akeem Scott added 19 and Ivan Jelenic 16. In Petar Mijovic 's team only Leko Nicaj exceeled with 18 points but he was also stopped in the second half. Marko Mugosa (197-F-93) also scored 18 points. However, they don't have much to worry about after this loss because their record is still positive (3-2) and nobody expected it when the season started.


Mornar - Podgorica 112:77 (30:15, 28:22, 31:23, 23:17)

Bar - Topolica' Hall. Spectators: 300. Refs: Milos Koljensic (Podgorica), Vladan Sundic (Podgorica), Boris Raievic (Bijelo Polje).

Mornar: Pajovic 2, Damjanovic 3, Kasalica, Perovic 2, Ivanovic 12, Scott 19, Jelenic 16, Radosavljevic 9, Sekulovic 4, Pavic 26, Vujosevic 7, Barovic 12.
Podgorica: Bogojevic 3, Djurovic, Sutulovic 9, Vusovic, Perovic 14, Mugosa 18, Gavranic 8, Pajovic 5, Ljubenkovic 2, Nicaj 18, Draskovic, Zizic.




New victory for Lovcen and Ulcinj - by Dragan Scepanovic
Lovcen - Sutjeska 88:48 (24:8, 20:6, 28:17, 16:17)
The young team of Lovcen was inspired against Sutjeska, which is in the Montenegrin capital quot frozen on the minus 40th Since the start of the match the team of Lovcen made it clear that the guests have nothing to look, and the result is going up from 16-point lead at the end of the first quarter to plus 30 (44:14).
Cetinje - SC Lovcen. Spect: 300. Reff: Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Radovic, Z. Radulovic (Podgorica).
Lovcen: Petar Stojanovic (185-G-90) 12, Dokovic 19, Marko Milosevic (202-F-84) 3, Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) 13, Masan Vrbica (94) 3, Borilovic, Koprivica 2, Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) 21, Ivan Zejak (203-F/C-87) 15, Milic, Jablan, Latkovic.
Sutjeska: Kovac 5, Zarubica 2, Pavlovic 2, Jovanovic 2, Grabovica 2, Popovic 5, Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 4, Kuveljic 9, Ademovic, Stevan Milosev 3, Miljan Vukotic (203-F/C-77) 3, Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83) 11.

Jedinstvo - Ulcinj 73:76 (18:17, 22:15, 21:19, 12:25)
The third time the players of Jedinstvo have lost after an uncertain conclusion. Up until a few minutes before the end were the better team and thought that would eventually win points. However, in the moments when I needed to match to a close, home were inaccurate in the rubble for three points and the points went to Ulcinj.
Bijelo Polje - SC Nikoljac.Spect: 100. Reff: Dragojevic (Podgorica), Kaludjerovic (Nikic), Popovic (Podgorica).
Jedinstvo: Radovic 5, Musovic, Miljic 15, Arso Lekovic (198-F-90) 18, Omerovic, Babaca 5, N. Knezevic 17, S. Knezevic 3, Nisavic, Kovacevic, Rajovic, Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91) 10.
Ulcinj: Latkovic 2, Djurisic 12, Kuveljic, Jovovic 6, Klikovac, Milic, Lalovic, Boban Medenica (204-F-87) 25, Marko Milatovic (194-G-88) 12, Marojevic 11, Socanac 8, Taflaj



Seferovic and Vucurovic for first place - by Dragan Scepanovic
Danilovgrad - Mogren 68:88 (12:26, 14:26, 13:22, 29:14)
Basketball Club Mogren will spend the night in the first place thanks to excellent play of Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) (17 points) and Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80) (20 points) who were the best in the win against a young team Danilovgrad. In Danilovgrad was the best former player of Mogren Igor Kunjic with 32 points.
Danilovgrad - Citu SC. Spect : 100. Reff: Jokic, Sanjevic (Podgorica), Pantovic (Niksic).
Danilovgrad: Ratkovic 12, Igor Kunjic (199-F-87) 32, Vukovic 2, Skendzic, Djerkovic 1, Stojanovic 6, Marko Koljevic (191-G-90), Krivacevic, Novakovic, Cebalovic 4, Mrdak 4, Filip Patkovic (200-F-90) 7.
Mogren: Fatic, Vasilije Seferovic 17, Dokovic 7, Manojlovic, Spajic, Nikola Vucurovic 20, Sestovic 10, Vladimir Osmajic (204-F/C-80), Zeljko Maricic (188-G-90) 11, Susa 11, Mazalica 2, Amir Dovadzija (193-G-84) 10.




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


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  NBA   


Stern: 'Greedy' agents hurting chances of NBA deal - by Eurobasket News
Commissioner David Stern blamed 'greedy' NBA agents Saturday for trying to scuttle a new labor deal and believes they are trying to push their clients into a 'losing strategy' of decertification.

And Stern says neither the threat of that process nor any request from the union will change the league's negotiating position, repeating that there would be no further discussions about the revised proposal it offered Thursday. If players don't accept it, Stern reiterated that he would move to the harsher proposal that is waiting.

Stern is aware of the numerous comments from players criticizing the proposal, and fears they aren't getting the proper information about its contents because agents worry it will cost themselves money.

'By some combination of mendacity and greed, the agents who are looking out for themselves rather than their clients are trying to scuttle the deal,' Stern said in a phone interview. 'They're engaged in what appears to be an orchestrated Twitter campaign and a series of interviews that are designed to deny the economic realities of the proposal.'

Player representatives will meet Monday and decide if they should put it to a vote. The indication Thursday from union leaders was that they weren't impressed with it, and a number of players have since been quoted saying they would shoot down the deal.

Stern said that's because the agents want them to, not because it's a bad offer.

'No one talks about the rise in compensation under the deal, no one talks about the amount of money being spent,' Stern said. 'I just think that the players aren't getting the information, the true information from their agents, who are banding together, sort of the coalition of the greedy and the mendacious, to do whatever they can not to have fewer opportunities for the agents to make money.'

The revised proposal, though still far short of what the players had in the former collective bargaining agreement, offered some improvements over the one players said Tuesday they would reject. It increased the 'mini' midlevel exception for teams over the luxury tax to $3 million annually for three years, allowed taxpayers to take part in sign-and-trades for the first two years, and added another midlevel for teams under the salary cap.

It still may not be good enough, and players are already discussing decertifying the union so they can file an antitrust lawsuit against the league instead. Stern said neither that, nor the union disclaiming as NFL players did, would give the players the leverage they seek.

And because it's a lengthy process, it would likely kill any hopes for a 2011-12 season.

'Yes, I am worried,' Stern said, 'because they're talking up this thing called decertification which is not a winning strategy on the one hand. On the second hand, it'll take three months to teach them it's not a winning strategy, which would not augur well for the season.

'The agents misunderstand it and all it does is delay things. They themselves think that if the players decertify, then the league will change its offer. And that will not happen as a result of decertification. It's a losing strategy for them.'

Stern again said there would be no further discussion about the revised proposal. Should players reject it, the next proposal calls for a 53-47 revenue split in favor of the owners, a flex cap with a hard ceiling, and salary rollbacks.

Stern said the proposal was delivered to the union Friday. Union leaders have been criticized for not getting the details of it out to players in time to prepare them for an educated vote.

'They say they are done negotiating. If we really are at that point, the players need to see exactly what is on the table not the internet, not Twitter and see exactly in writing, this is the proposal,' one agent said.

Should players accept the deal, a 72-game season would start Dec. 15. Stern said he hoped the season could be saved, but added that he wasn't sure what to believe because 'the agents are trying to do their best to bring it down.'

And if Stern were running the meeting Monday, he knows what he would tell the player reps.

'This is our only shot to get a 72-game season starting on Dec 15. Take the deal, let's go back and play basketball,' he said.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


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  NBLCANADA   


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


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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
 Jamal WILSON
  Rhode Island
  (195-G-)
  Avg: 38
 1. Wilson, Rhode Isla.38.0 
 2. Umipig, Cal.St.34.0 
 3. Lester, Hofstra33.0 
 4. Stafford, Denver32.0 
 5. Wolters, S.Dakota.32.0 
 6. Stainbrook, W.Mic.32.0 
 7. Lamb, Connecticut30.0 
 8. Gaines, IPFW29.0 
 9. Golden, Tennessee29.0 
 10. Nurse, Texas Tech29.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike MOSER
  UNLV
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 20
 1. Moser, UNLV20.0 
 2. Green, Michigan.18.0 
 3. Holloway, Mississi.17.0 
 4. Otis, Weber St.17.0 
 5. Benson, New H.16.0 
 6. Finney-Smith, Virg.16.0 
 7. Werner, Sam H.16.0 
 8. Lamb, Lamar15.0 
 9. Hines, Md-Easte.15.0 
 10. Harris, Montreat15.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nate WOLTERS
  S.Dakota.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 11
 1. Wolters, S.Dakota.11.0 
 2. McMillan, Hofstra10.0 
 3. Woodall, Pittsburgh10.0 
 4. Cadougan, Marqu.10.0 
 5. Holt, St.10.0 
 6. Brown, N.Caroli.9.0 
 7. Grabau, Idaho St.9.0 
 8. Dillard, Dayton9.0 
 9. Golden, Tennessee9.0 
 10. Munoz, American9.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lorenzo BROWN
  N.Caroli.
  (195-G-)
  Avg: 8
 1. Brown, N.Caroli.8.0 
 2. Willhite, Yale6.0 
 3. Abreu, Akron6.0 
 4. Craion, ORU6.0 
 5. Starks, Oregon St.6.0 
 6. Ryan, Evansville5.0 
 7. Sturdivant, Texas5.0 
 8. Carter, Gonzaga5.0 
 9. Taylor, Vanderbilt5.0 
 10. Jones, Robert M.5.0 
Blocks Per Game
 John HENSON
  N.Carolina
  (208-F-)
  Avg: 9
 1. Henson, N.Carolina9.0 
 2. Desrosiers, Wake F.8.0 
 3. Leonard, Illinois6.0 
 4. Eargle, Youngsto.6.0 
 5. Dieng, Louisville5.0 
 6. Marshall, Akron5.0 
 7. Mosley, Northw.5.0 
 8. Diaz, Nebraska5.0 
 9. N''Diaye, Washi.5.0 
 10. Henriquez, Kansas5.0 


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  NORWAY   


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


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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA Round 10: Rain or Shine defeats Barako Bull in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Rain or Shine (7-1) which played road game in Quezon against 3rd ranked Barako Bull (5-3). First ranked Rain or Shine managed to get a 12-point victory 93-81. The game was mostly controlled by Rain or Shine. Barako Bull managed to win third quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rain or Shine made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Barako Bull helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Paul Lee (191-G) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Ronjay Buenafe (188-83) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Guard Willie Miller (180-77) replied with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Barako Bull. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rain or Shine have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Barako Bull at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Petron Blaze. Rain or Shine are looking forward to face Petron Blaze (#3) in Manila in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Barako Bull will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Shopinas.com C. is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to fifth ranked Petron Blaze (5-3) 102-77. Forward Arwind Santos (193-81) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Joseph Yeo chipped in 16 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard RenRen Ritualo (188-79) responded with 17 points and 7 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. Petron Blaze moved-up to third place, which they share with Barako Bull. Shopinas.com C. at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Petron Blaze's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Manila Rain or Shine.
The game in Pasig was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Meralco Bolts (5-4) played at the court of sixth ranked B-Meg Llam. (4-4). B-Meg Llam. defeated Meralco Bolts 95-79 on Friday. James Yap notched 25 points to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds by Gabby Espinas did not help to save the game for Meralco Bolts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. B-Meg Llam. maintains sixth position with 4-4 record. Loser Meralco Bolts dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. B-Meg Llam. will meet at home Alaska Aces (#9) in the next round. Meralco Bolts will have a break next round.
The game in Pasig was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Talk N Text (6-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Powerade T. (3-5). Talk N Text managed to secure a 9-point victory 95-86. Japeth Aguilar fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Talk N Text's coach Vincent Reyes used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Talk N Text have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-1 record behind leader Rain or Shine. Powerade T. at the other side keeps the eighth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



B-Meg Llam. - Meralco Bolts 95-79

The game in Pasig was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Meralco Bolts (5-4) played at the court of sixth ranked B-Meg Llam. (4-4). B-Meg Llam. defeated Meralco Bolts 95-79 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by B-Meg Llam.. Meralco Bolts managed to win third quarter 28-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. B-Meg Llam. looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Swingman James Yap (191-82) notched 25 points to lead the effort and center Marc Pingris (195-81) supported him with 9 points and 12 rebounds. Even a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds by forward Gabby Espinas (193-82) did not help to save the game for Meralco Bolts. Naturalized Tonga center Asi Taulava (206-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) added 14 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Four Meralco Bolts players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. B-Meg Llam. maintains sixth position with 4-4 record. Loser Meralco Bolts dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. B-Meg Llam. will meet at home Alaska Aces (#9) in the next round. Meralco Bolts will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Meralco Bolts: G.Espinas 20+10reb, A.Taulava 14+13reb, M.Cardona 14+5reb+4ast, S.Mercado 13+3reb+5ast, R.Hugnatan 6+2reb, C.Lanete 4+2reb+4ast
B-Meg Llam.: J.Yap 25+4reb+2ast, P.Simon 17+1reb, K.Raymundo 15+3reb+2ast, M.Pingris 9+12reb+2ast, R.Reavis 7+8reb+2ast, J.Devance 6+9reb+3ast
gschID: 151453


Barako Bull - Rain or Shine 81-93

An interesting game for Rain or Shine (7-1) which played road game in Quezon against 3rd ranked Barako Bull (5-3). First ranked Rain or Shine managed to get a 12-point victory 93-81. The game was mostly controlled by Rain or Shine. Barako Bull managed to win third quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rain or Shine made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Barako Bull helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Paul Lee (191) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Ronjay Buenafe (188-83) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Rain or Shine players scored in double figures. Guard Willie Miller (180-77) replied with 23 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American center Dorian Pena (198-76, college: Coppin St.) added 6 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Barako Bull. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rain or Shine have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Barako Bull at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Petron Blaze. Rain or Shine are looking forward to face Petron Blaze (#3) in Manila in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Barako Bull will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Barako Bull: W.Miller 23+8reb+3ast, D.Ababou 11+5reb, D.Allado 10+5reb+2ast, M.Pennisi 9+4reb+4ast, W.Arboleda 7+3reb+4ast, D.Pena 6+13reb
Rain or Shine: P.Lee 17+7reb+4ast, R.Buenafe 16+3reb+1ast, J.Ibanes 11+1reb, R.Arana 10+3reb+4ast, J.Cruz 10+4reb+2ast, G.Norwood 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 151454


Petron Blaze - Shopinas.com C. 102-77

Bottom-ranked Shopinas.com C. is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to fifth ranked Petron Blaze (5-3) 102-77. The game was mostly controlled by Petron Blaze. Shopinas.com C. was better in second period 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Petron Blaze forced 22 Shopinas.com C. turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Petron Blaze especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Forward Arwind Santos (193-81) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Joseph Yeo (185-83) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Petron Blaze players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard RenRen Ritualo (188-79) responded with 17 points and 7 assists and guard RJ Jazul (181-86) scored 16 points and 7 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. Petron Blaze moved-up to third place, which they share with Barako Bull. Shopinas.com C. at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Petron Blaze's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Manila Rain or Shine.
Top scorers:
Shopinas.com C.: R.Ritualo 17+4reb+7ast, R.Jazul 16+4reb+7ast, J.Sena 13+7reb+1ast, K.Mirza 7+7reb+1ast, H.Se 6+6reb+1ast, R.Menor 5+1reb
Petron Blaze: A.Santos 18+11reb+3ast, J.Yeo 16+2reb+6ast, A.Cabagnot 16+2reb+5ast, D.Miranda 12+6reb+5ast, R.Guevarra 12+5reb, R.Reyes 7+3reb
gschID: 151451


Powerade T. - Talk N Text 86-95

The game in Pasig was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Talk N Text (6-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Powerade T. (3-5). Talk N Text managed to secure a 9-point victory 95-86. Powerade T. was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 55-43 second half run of Talk N Text. Center Japeth Aguilar (208-85, college: W.Kentucky) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Naturalized American swingman Jared Dillinger (191-84, college: Hawaii) chipped in 18 points. Five Talk N Text players scored in double figures. Talk N Text's coach Vincent Reyes used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Naturalized American guard Marcio Lassiter (188-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) produced 24 points and 7 assists and forward Douglas Kramer (193-83) added 10 points and 20 rebounds respectively for lost side. Talk N Text have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-1 record behind leader Rain or Shine. Powerade T. at the other side keeps the eighth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Powerade T.: M.Lassiter 24+3reb+7ast, G.David 21+4reb+1ast, D.Kramer 10+20reb, J.Casio 8+2reb+6ast, R.Lingganay 7+1reb+5ast, W.Antonio 6+4reb
Talk N Text: J.Aguilar 21+13reb+2ast, J.Dillinger 18+3reb+3ast, J.Castro 12+4reb+6ast, K.Williams 12+10reb+1ast, H.Carey 10+8reb+1ast, L.Fonacier 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 151452




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


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. David, Powerade T.20.4 
 2. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 3. Santos, Petron B.17.9 
 4. Yap, B-Meg Llam.17.5 
 5. Lutz, Petron Blaze17.3 
 6. Chan, Rain or Shine16.9 
 7. Thoss, Alaska Aces16.7 
 8. Dillinger, Talk N.16.6 
 9. Seigle, Air21 Expr.16.5 
 10. Williams, Talk N.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Santos, Petron B.13.8 
 2. Kramer, Powerade.11.0 
 3. Carey, Talk N Text9.8 
 4. Peek, Talk N Text9.8 
 5. Espinas, Meralco9.8 
 6. Reyes, Alaska Aces9.3 
 7. Taulava, Meralco8.8 
 8. Thoss, Alaska Aces8.7 
 9. Sena, Shopinas.8.4 
 10. Pingris, B-Meg L.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Petron B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Cabagnot, Petron7.1 
 2. Castro, Talk N Te.5.5 
 3. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.3 
 4. Lee, Rain or Shine5.3 
 5. Mercado, Meralco4.8 
 6. Miller, Barako Bull4.5 
 7. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.5 
 8. Casio, Powerade T.4.4 
 9. Lanete, Meralco4.3 
 10. Bangura, Air21 E.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher LUTZ
  Petron Blaze
  (192-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lutz, Petron Blaze2.3 
 2. Miller, Barako Bull1.8 
 3. Castro, Talk N Te.1.7 
 4. Lassiter, Powerade.1.6 
 5. Arboleda, Barako B.1.5 
 6. Cardona, Meralco1.4 
 7. Bangura, Air21 E.1.4 
 8. Hontiveros, Air211.3 
 9. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.3 
 10. Cruz, Powerade T.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  Talk N.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Aguilar, Talk N.2.0 
 2. Peek, Talk N Text1.5 
 3. Baclao, Petron B.1.5 
 4. Quinahan, Rain o.1.5 
 5. Seigle, Air21 Expr.1.3 
 6. Santos, Petron B.1.3 
 7. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.0 
 8. Williams, Talk N.1.0 
 9. Reyes, Petron Bla.1.0 
 10. Sison, Shopinas.1.0 


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2Liga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jakub KAROLAK
  Novum Lublin
  (192-F/G-93)
  Avg: 24.3