EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/17/2011

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  ABA   


Texas Fuel announce roster with George Hill - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA Texas Fuel sent today to the league headquarters the 2011-12 season roster, and NBAer George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) is in it, as the undoubted top player of the team. Another outstanding player is Lamar Wright (6'10''-C-78, college: Porterville JC), see here down

2 Jason McNeil 6'8 Huston Tillotson Univ F
4 Wayemon Powell 6'1 Bethany College PG
3 George Hill 6'3 IUPUI PG/SG
5 DeAndre Hall 6'7 Texas Southern Univ SG/SF
20 Justin Monroe 6'6 Southern Wayne H.S.SF
24 Melvin Smith 6'3 UTSA SG/SF
21 Ben Conwell 6'10 Hill Junior College F/C
13 Lamar Garfield-Wright 6'10 Porterville College F/C
19 Albert Strickland 6'8 Lincoln University F
16 Marcus Thomas 6'3 Loyola University (IL) G
Injured / Reserve:
-- DaKarius Hollins,
-- Jihad Washington,
-- CL McGlaston III

Head Coach: Johnny Tyson


John Winchester Joins Connecticut Topballerz - by Surujh Roopnarine
Veteran guard John Winchester (6'4''-G/F-83, college: Robert Morris) was in the line-up for the expansion Connecticut TopBallerz for Saturday nights opening game victory of the Jersey Express, 122-104. The 28-year old Winchester is a Stamford, Connecticut native and split his collegiate career between Tennessee, local school Quinnipiac and then Robert Morris. Since turning pro, Winchester has found his most success in Portugal, where in 2009-10 he led the Proliga in scoring and was named Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese Proliga Guard of the Year. That season he averaged 24.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.1 steals while shooting 48.0% from the field. Last season he spent time in Syria with Al Taleea before returning home in February and participating in the Eurobasket Summer League in New York City this past summer. In his ABA debut (Winchester was in training camp with the now defunct Strong Island Sound prior to the 2007-08 season) with Connecticut he racked up 11 points helping the franchise knock off the reigning Northeast Division champion Express.

Aces unveil roster, new website - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA Las Vegas Aces open this week their new website, now available at www.officiallvaces.net and unveil the team 2011-12 season full roster, that is as follows down. Veterans players Patrick Savoy (6'9''-F/C-72, college: UNLV), Stanley Gill (6'7''-F-84, college: W.Alabama), Chris Porter (6'7''-F-78, college: Auburn) and Michael Johnson (6'0''-PG-76, college: Oklahoma) lead a combative crew of professionals

Michael BRICE F 6-7 Vocational-Tech HS (NV)
Dennis CARR F 6-7 Embry-Riddle
Carlton CHRISTIAN G 6-4 Central Florida
Stanley GILL F 6-7 West Alabama
Michael HUSFAVA C 6-9 L.A.Valley JC
Michael JOHNSON G 6-0 Oklahoma
Eric JONES G/F 6-3 Consumnes River JC
Carl MITCHELL F/C 6-9 Northern Kentucky
Chris PORTER F 6-6 Auburn
Maurice RIDDICK G 6-3 Bethune-Cookman
Tommie SANDERS G 5-10 Wayland Baptist
Patrick SAVOY F 6-8 U N L V
Dominique WATSON G 5-10 New Hope Christian


Head Coach: Larry Johnson,
Owner/Associate Head Coach: Todd Triplett
Coach Assistant: Moses Scurry






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  ARGENTINA   


Quilmes change head coach - by Facundo Iatzky
Quilmes mar del plata fired Daniel Maffei and hired Luciano Roberto Martinez , who will have his first experience as head coach in Liga A. Maffei had got the promotion to liga A last season, but the bad beggining of the team in this season obliged managers of the club to take this decision. Beto Martinez was already in Quilmes as assistant coach of Oscar Sanchez some years ago, and he spent the last three seasons in Gimnasia Comodoro Rivadavia as assistant coach of Nicolas Casalanguida.

Penarol signs Andres Nocioni for Super 8 Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) is a new member of Penarol. The experienced NBAer is back to Argentina after more than 10 years and he signed a deal just for the Super 8 Tournament. Nocioni spent last season with Philadelphia 76ers. He appeared 54 times in the NBA averaging 6.1 points and 3.1 rebounds. In 2009/10, he played for the Sacramento Kings. From 2004 to 2009, Nocioni was a member of Chicago Bulls. His best season was 2006/07, when Nocioni collected 14.1 ppg and 5.7 rpg for 53 games. Before NBA, Nocioni played for Tau Ceramica, Manresa and Independiente. He is active member of the Argentinean NT since 1999. This year, Nocioni helped Argentina to win the Gold at FIBA Americas and book a ticket for the Olympic Games 2012.

Quilmes land James Maye - by Eurobasket News
Quilmes added James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro) to their roster. The guard started the season with Obras Sanitarias. He tallied 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds per game in Liga Sudamericana. In LigaA the guard notched 9.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist per appearance. Last season James Maye tipped off in Australia. He posted 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game for the Gold Coast Blaze in NBL. In January the guard moved to Poland to join Zastal ZG. He averaged 14.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game in PLK. Later James Maye headed to Puerto Rico to play for Caciques de Humacao. There his stats read 14.5 points, 6.3 boards and 1.7 assists. James Maye finished the season in Dominican Republic. He posted 19.3 points, 4.3 rebounds for Titanes Del Distrito. He participated in Polish and Puerto Rican League All-Star Games in 2010.

Olimpico de La Banda recruit John DeGroat - by Eurobasket News
Olimpico de La Banda boosted their frontcourt. They added John DeGroat (198-F-85, college: Pittsburgh) to the squad. The forward started the season with La Union. He tallied 9.9 points, 4.5 rebounds per Liga A appearance. Last three seasons John DeGroat spent in Ukraine. He played for Budivelnyk and BC Odessa. In 2010/11 season his stats read 13.4 points and 5.5 boards per game for BC Odessa. The forward was named Superleague All-Star Game MVP back in 2010. John DeGroat also had spells in Ireland, Finland, Hungary and CBA before moving to Ukraine. He participated at CBA All-Star Game in 2008.

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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Singapore Slingers bring in three imports - by Eurobasket News
Singapore Slingers announced the arrival of three import players. The ASEAN League participants inked deals with Little Donald (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati), Louis Graham (205-F/C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) and Donald Dulay (173-G-80).
Little Donald played most recently at Lagartos UAN de Tepic (Mexico). While playing 3 games for Tepic last season he averaged 10.7ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3apg. Little is a very experienced player who already spent ten years in pro basketball. He played also in such countries as France, Greece, Russia, Spain and Middle East. Little graduated University of Cincinnati in 2002.
Louis Graham spent the last season in Austria. The centre played for UBSC Graz in A Bundesliga. He tallied 14.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.1 steals per appearance. Louis Graham earned All-Austrian League Honourable Mention.
Donald Dulay was last seen in Rain or Shine. The guard averaged 5.4 points, 1.8 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game in Fiesta Conference of PBA in 2010.



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


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


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Todd Abernethy joins Ventspils - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Todd Abernethy (185-G-84, college: Mississippi). The guard spent the last season in Ukraine. He played for Politekhnika-Halychyna. Todd Abernethy tallied 10.9 points, 5.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds per game in Superleague. Previously Todd Abernethy had stints in Estonia, Latvia and Netherlands. Eurobasket.com named the player into Estonian League All-Imports Team. He also got onto Latvian League All-Imports Team in 2009. Todd Abernethy is the University of Mississippi graduate. He was named All-SEC Sixth Man of the Year in 2005.

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  BELGIUM   


Quincy Taylor claims D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Quincy Taylor (196-G-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best M.Hainaut and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 29-year old guard had the game-high 17 points adding five rebounds and four assists for M.Hainaut in his team's victory, helping them to beat Leuven (#6, 3-3) 86-76. M.Hainaut is placed at 2nd position in Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. M.Hainaut will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. It's Taylor's second year at M.Hainaut and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Alabama at Birmingham graduate has very impressive stats this year. Taylor is in league's top in points (8th best: 13.6ppg), assists (9th best: 2.9apg) and averages solid 52.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American point guard Dominic Waters (185-PG-86) of Liege. Waters impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 15 points and 10 assists. Of course he lead Liege to another comfortable win 91-78 over Verviers-Pep. (#9, 0-7) being unquestionably team leader. Liege's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Waters is a newcomer at Liege and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Devan Downey (175-G-87) of Verviers-Pep. (#9). Downey scored 13 points. Despite Downey's great performance Verviers-Pep. lost 78-91 to slightly higher-ranked Liege (#7, 2-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Verviers-Pep. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 7 games. Too bad for Downey he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Downey has a very solid season. In 5 games in Belgium he scored 7.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josh Bostic (196-F-87) of Liege - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Bingo Merriex (204-F-80) of Verviers-Pep. - 18 points and 7 rebounds
6. Pierre-Antoine Gillet (202-F-91) of Liege - 15 points and 7 rebounds
7. John Tofi (203-F/C-84) of Leuven - 14 points and 6 rebounds
8. Christopher Copeland (203-F-84) of Aalstar - 20 points
9. Julian Vaughn (205-F-88) of Antwerp - 12 points and 6 rebounds
10. Graham Brown (205-C-84) of Gent - 12 points and 11 rebounds

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


EuroChallenge: Okapi Aalstar start strong to finish with the victory over Olin Edirne - by Eurobasket News
Okapi Aalstar- Olin Edirne 95:70

Okapi Aalstar start strong to finish with the victory over Olin Edirne in EuroChallenge Round 2. Okapi Aalstar used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Edirne 95:70 on Tuesday night.
The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Olin Edirne was better in third quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Olin Edirne 43-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. Olin Edirne was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Alex Ruoff (198-G-86, college: W.Virginia) scored 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP) chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Polat Kocaoglu (205-C/F-79, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 12 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.

Okapi Aalstar: Alex Ruoff 24, Stefon Jackson 19+10 rebs, Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) 18, Fox 10
Olin Edirne: Vladimir Stimac 17, Polat Kocaoglu 12



EuroChallenge: Roll helps the Giants to beat CSU Mobitelco - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp Giants-CSU Mobitelco 87:63

Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) helps the Giants to beat CSU Mobitelco in EuroChallenge Round 2. Antwerp Giants outleveled the opponent from Cluj 87:63 on Tuesday night.
U-Mobitelco was better in second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Antwerp Giants dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to U-Mobitelco's 34. Antwerp Giants forced 20 U-Mobitelco turnovers. Michael Roll scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC) chipped in 16 points and 8 assists during the contest. Four Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Antwerp Giants' coach Eddy Casteels felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds and American swingman Kyndall Dykes (190-G/F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds.

Antwerp Giants: Michael Roll 24, Timothy Black 16, Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) 12
CSU Mobitelco: Zoran Krstanovic 21, David Lawrence (200-F-85, college: Charleston) 15, Kyndall Dykes 11



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  BOSNIA   


Bosna ASA BHT keeps the perfect score - by Eurobasket News
Round Seven of the Bosnian D1 was played last weekend. Bosna ASA BHT outplayed Zrinjski 95-87 to stay the only perfect team in the league. The Sarajevo team has 6-0 record. Dzenan Rahimic (204-C/F-74) paced Bosna to victory with double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds. Dino Hodzic (190-PG-90) also was great adding 27 points.
Second ranked Igokea also celebrated in this round. They handed 96-79 loss to Servitium improving to 6-1 record. Nenad Sulovic (202-C-85) led the hosts with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Nebojsa Joksimovic (191-SF-81) followed him with 20 points.
Third ranked Capljina (5-2) was better than Varda at home 78-65. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) shined with 20 points and 15 rebs for the hosts.

Regular Season - Round 7
Nov. 12, 2011 Igokea-Servitium 96-79
Nov. 12, 2011 Capljina-Varda HE 78-65
Nov. 12, 2011 Brotnjo-Borac Nektar 76-72
Nov. 12, 2011 Bosna-Zrinjski HT 95-87
Nov. 12, 2011 Hercegovac-Mladost 86-78 OT
Nov. 12, 2011 Vogosca-Leotar 78-82

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


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  BULGARIA   


NBL round 5 best performance: Kiril Pavlovski - by Eurobasket News
FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Chernomorets, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, while his team Chernomorets maintains the 7th position in Bulgarian NBL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 4 games and recorded just one victory. Pavlovski turned to be Chernomorets' top player in his first season with the team. Kiril Pavlovski has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.2rpg) and averages impressive 1.4bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young former international swingman Hristo Zahariev (200-G/F-90) of Rilski Sportist. Zahariev had a very good evening with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Rilski Sportist cruised to a 91-80 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Spartak Pleven (#8, 1-4). This victory allowed Rilski Sportist to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Zahariev is a newcomer at Rilski Sportist, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Aleksandr Yanev (203-F/C-90) of Cherno More (#4). Yanev scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Cherno More, leading his team to a 73-59 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Balkan (#6, 1-4). Cherno More needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Yanev has a great season in Bulgaria. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.4ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 10.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Heath (193-G-84) of Lukoil Academik - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Stanislav Slaveykov (198-F-86) of Spartak Pleven - 24 points and 4 rebounds
6. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) of Rilski Sportist - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81) of Levski Sofia - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Konstantin Koev (195-F-91) of Chernomorets - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Milcho Borisov (196-G-90) of Cherno More - 15 points and 8 rebounds
10. Martin Durchev (200-G-87) of Tundja Yambol - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  CAMBODIA   


SEA Games 2011. Vietnam defeat Cambodia for first win in Jakarta - by Eurobasket News
Vietnam - Cambodia 78:57

Vietnam recorded their first win at the SEA Games 2011. They held off Cambodia to improve at 1-2 record in Group A. Han Minh Trieu scored 19 points to pace the winners. Cambodia fell at 0-3 record after the loss.
Vietnam overwhelmed their opponents in the opening quarter. They went on a 21:10 run to take a comfortable lead after ten minutes. Cambodia however slowed their opponents down in the second term. They trailed by 10 points at the interval 28:38. Vietnam speeded up things in the third term. They fired 20 points and entered the final frame up by as many as 17 points. Cambodia had no answer and had to surrender at the end. Vi Han Duong notched 14 points, while Ngoc Tu Le added 13 points in the victory. Oeun Sophoeun (180-F/G-85) responded with 25 points and 14 rebounds for Cambodia. Mith Pek nailed 20 points in defeat.

Vietnam: Han Minh Trieu 19, Vi Han Duong 14, Ngoc Tu Le 13
Cambodia: Oeun Sophoeun 25+14 boards, Mith Pek 20


Cambodian National Team 2011 - by Greg
4 Panha Sovann
5 Mith Pek
6 Oeun Sophoeun 180-F/G-85
7 Rithyravuth Meas
8 Putratana Monh 180-G-81
9 Boroth Thach 190-G-82 Malbas Sweden
10 Ran Kim 180-C-80
12 Chhaydany Lov
13 Vengngoun Kim 180-C-83
14 Sao Therro
15 Chanborey Chom



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  CANADA   


Kevin Pangos Ties Gonzaga Record with 9 three Pointers - by John Gary
courtesy basketball.ca freshman Kevin Pangos tied a school record with nine three pointers and finished with 33 points to carry No.22 Gonzaga over Washington st. 89-81. Robert Sacre made 13of 13 from the foul line and totaled 15 points and 10 rebounds while Elias Harris chipped in 14 points and 11 boards for the Bulldogs 2-0,who led by as many as 21 but needed to hold off the Cougars down the strech. Gary Bell Jr. added 14 points off the bench for the victors. Brock Motum led five Washington State 0-1,players in double figures with 17 points to go with eight rebounds.

Miracles lose hard fought battle against the Kebs - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles were defeated by the Quebec Kebs in their fourth game of the season at Laval University with a score of 98-94.

The Miracles led at the end of the first 27-20 with Randall Orr starting the scoring for the team. At the end of the half the Kebs were up 45-42 and never looked back.

Andrew Francis (6'8''-F-85, college: UTSA) was the top scorer for the Miracles with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Ralphy Holmes (6'4''-G-79, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) led the way for the Kebs with 19 points.

The Miracles play their next game on the road against the Summerside Storm on Friday, November 18, 2011 at the Credit Union Place. The home opener for the Miracles will be on Sunday, November 20th, 2011 against the Saint John Mill Rats.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Joey Haywood named NBL Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Prior to the NBL season, Joey Haywood (6'1''-G) was back home in BC and had no plans to play for the Halifax Rainmen. And then he got a call from Halifax Rainmen owner and CEO, Andre Levingston, just over a week ago who offered Haywood another chance to come back to Halifax and play for the Rainmen. Haywood, who is no stranger to Halifax, averaged 28.8 ppg last season for the Saint Mary's Huskies, leading the CIS in scoring.

Now after just three games of play for the Halifax Rainmen, the former CIS scoring champ was named the NBL Canada Player of the Week. Haywood started the last two games for the Rainmen and averaged 18.5 ppg in his first two starts. His first start for the Rainmen left a lasting impression on the Halifax fans when he went off for 21 pts on 10-12 shooting against the Moncton Miracles. Haywood then followed up with a 17-point performance against the Summerside Storm which helped his Rainmen improve to 2-2 on the season.

'It feels great to have achieved an honour of this magnitude in the city that I consider to be my second home,' said Haywood in the Rainmen press release. 'I'm glad that my hard work is paying off. I'm blessed to have the incredible support of my family; without them, I absolutely would not be here.'

Halifax defeated the Summerside Storm on Sunday afternoon 100-93 at the Metro Centre. The former Boston Celtic, Orien 'OG' Greene led the Rainmen to the win with his 18-point performance. Eric Crookshank was a strong defensive presence for Halifax (on his birthday) grabbing 13 boards (6 offensive) along with 4 blocks. For Summerside, Canadian-citizen Chris Cayole kept Summerside in the game with his hot hand when he scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half.

Halifax will face off against the Saint John Mill Rats on Friday night in Halifax, game time 7pm AST.

Courtesy of http://northpolehoops.com


Offence deserts Lightning - by Eurobasket News
All good things must come to an end.

Sunday afternoon at the John Labatt Centre, the London Lightning saw their four-game winning streak snapped, as did a run of good shooting and their ability to play good defence.

A crowd of about 2,000 watched the Lightning go down to the previously winless Saint John Mill Rats 96-86 in National Basketball League of Canada play.

The Lightning are now 4-1 while the Mill Rats are 1-3.

They wanted it more than us, said a perturbed Lightning coach Micheal Ray Richardson. They were 0-3, we were 4-0. They wanted it more Thats what it came down to.

The Lightning have been able to get away with some mediocre quarters so far this season by staging late rallies. This time, it was the Mill Rats who rallied.

The Lightning were up by 13 points in the third quarter. Then they stopped playing defence, allowing the Mill Rats too many open shots and too many layups.

The Lightning werent shooting well enough to claw their way back and whenever the Mill Rats didnt make a shot, they were able to keep the ball with strong rebounding.

Offensive rebounding has become a problem for the Lightning, who rank last out of the seven teams in that category with an average of only 10.25 per game.

The Lightning are also a lowly sixth in total rebounds.

When we were up by 13, we were playing well and then we relaxed on defence again, Richardson said. We thought it was over. (Saint John) played a great second half. We didnt get any rebounds. Eventually we have to get some rebounds. Thats my job. Im going out to get another big man who can rebound. Its going to happen.

Steve DeLuca (6'6''-G/F, college: Brandeis) brought the Mill Rats back when he hit four of eight three-pointers. He finished with 20 points. Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) also scored 20. Will Blalock was three-for-three from the arc and finished with 19 as did Antoine Tisby.

DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-G-80, college: Creighton) did what he could to bring the Lightning back, hitting for 26, with Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) picking up 16 and Gabe Freeman chipping in 12.

They hit some shots and we were a little sluggish, Bowden said. We just werent there defensively. Two points is enough to win a basketball game. Its all about defence. We had to sit down with our defence and talk about playing better defence.

Even though its early in the season Mill Rats coach Jaren Jackson wanted this game badly. Its difficult to imagine anyone being more vocal or animated than Richardson but Jackson managed to do it. He was running up and down the sideline and when he didnt like an call, and he didnt like a lot of them, he was quick to let the officials know.

But his team didnt play like a team seeking its first win. And when it looked like he was going to be in the game for the long run, Jackson shortened his bench.

Were still trying to find our identity as a team, he said. We took away some playing time from our bench and we play in Oshawa (Monday), so that might hurt us. But this was a really big win for us.

The Mill Rats were a lot more disciplined than the Lightning. They waited for the open shot, allowing players to go one-on-one and if that wasnt available, theyd kick the ball out for an open three. The Mill Rats worked on getting the right matchups.

We played smart down the stretch, Jackson said. We recognized the strengths and weaknesses of each of their players and everybody contributed. Its early but we were struggling. Thats a big win for us.

London plays the Quebec Kebs on Thursday at the JLC at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.lfpress.com


Rainmen snap Storm's winning streak - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen went small and won big.

With no starting centre after the unceremonious departure of DeAndre Thomas last week, the Rainmen's starting lineup features no one taller than six-foot-seven. Yet they beat the Summerside Storm 100-93 before a crowd of 2,021 at the Metro Centre yesterday afternoon.

This was the Storms first loss of the regular season as they now sit at 3-1.

Combined with last Thursday's 121-95 home win over the Moncton Miracles, the Rainmen evened their record at 2-2.

Right now we dont have a big man so we have to scrap and fight, said Rainmen guard Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, college: La-Lafayette), who knocked down a team-high 21 points. Thats what we came out and did. We were small, but we fought through it and scrapped and came out with the win.

Other than several brief stretches in the first half, the Rainmen led all game and played lock-down defence in the fourth quarter to pull off the win.

The Storm narrowed the deficit to three points, 85-82, with 5:35 to play, but managed just eight points down the stretch.

When they started to come back, we were a little tired, they were hitting all their shots, and our defence wasnt in it, said Rainmen guard Joey Haywood (6'1''-G), who chipped in 17 points. But after a timeout, coach said Lets play some defence. Thats what we did and we won the game.

It certainly didnt hurt having substantial contributions from newcomers such as Green and Haywood.

Haywood, a Vancouver native who starred for the Saint Marys Huskies the past three seasons, has made an instant impact since signing with the Rainmen. He also had 21 points to lift Halifax to victory on Thursday.

Green, meanwhile, signed on Wednesday and showed why he played a full NBA season with the Boston Celtics back in 2005-06.

I was just picking my spots, you know what Im sayin, taking good shots when I had them, Green said. It was a team effort.

The Rainmen host the Saint John (N.B.) Mill Rats on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Summerside Storm will host two home games this week with matches on Thursday and Friday against Saint John Mill Rats and Moncton Miracles.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com


Oshawa Power fall to the Saint John Mill Rats 91-88 - by Eurobasket News
The Oshawa Power could not hold on against the Saint John Mill Rats losing a tight one 91-88 at the GM Centre in Oshawa.

Coming off an eight day stretch without any game action, the Oshawa Power were not able to close out a victory against a determined Mill Rats squad.

It was a seesaw affair as the Power took a three point lead heading into the halftime break. They came out of the lock room looking to impose their will on the visitors, but a confident and veteran Mill Rats ballclub maintained their composure, and came away with a three point victory completing the Ontario sweep after downing London Sunday.

It was a late third quarter collapse that led to the Powers demise as they left a lot of points on the free throw line only shooting a less than stellar 62%.

'Free throws, rebounds its all energy,' said Head Coach Mark Strickland following the loss. 'Free throws are mental. Rebounding is mental; until we conquer the mental part of the game we will always encounter these up and down types of performances.' Canadian Kevin Francis had his best performance of the early season, as he was able to net 18 points and pull down 6 rebounds in the loss.

The Power continued to exhibit its balanced scoring attack in the game. Power forward Akeem Wright (6'6''-G-84, college: Kansas St.) led all Oshawa scorers with 19 points and Brandon Robinson had a strong third quarter showing and finished with 14. Mill Rats guard Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) had a game high 27 points, and their leading scorer Antoine Tisby chipped in with 16 points and 7 rebounds.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  CHINA   


New Season Nears for China Basketball Association - by Rodney Carter
As the 2011-2012 Chinese Basketball Association league nears tip-off, its time to start revving up our basketball engines. We can be weighed down in the depression of the NBA labor fight, or we can glory in the good basketball that the CBA provides. I choose to be enthusiastic about Chinese basketball rather than focus on the NBA billionaire owners squabbling with the millionaire players. Ill be attending my first CBA game on December 2, 2011 in Beijing, and will provide a full article discussing my game experience, level of competition, evaluation of referees, and style of play. The Shougang Beijing Ducks represent one of 17 basketball teams in the CBA.
Worthy of note to avid basketball fans is the arrival of a group of Denver Nuggets. Chandler Wilson (203-F/G-87, college: De Paul), Smith J.R. (198-G-85) and Martin Kenyon (206-F-77, college: Cincinnati) were all free agents following the 2010-2011 NBA season. While none of these players landed in my new home city of Beijing, it will be interesting to see how the experiment of bringing NBA egos to the CBA will pan out for the players and their respective teams. Each of these players must have believed that the impending lockout would keep them from the NBA hardwood floors. These 3 former Denver Nugget players are starting to look like a group of smarter players, who secured millionaires of dollars with their Chinese teams. It was reported that Martin Kenyons contract was the highest ever given by a Chinese team. I have no idea about the economics of CBA but am interested in researching (and sharing) how this investment in out-of-work NBA players will affect the business side of these Chinese franchises.
For now I look forward to my first CBA game and hope it will drown out the negativity created by the NBA labor fight. The Shougang Beijing Ducks have 2 players that many basketball fans should know. The first is freshly signed Marbury Stephon (187-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) who left for the CBA after finishing his NBA career with the Boston Celtics. Also playing for the Ducks is Morris Randolph (211-F/C-86, college: Kentucky) who returns to the team after having monster averages of 29.9 PTS and 9.1 REB in the 2010-2011 season. It will be interesting to see if this former University of Kentucky player can maintain his scoring average with a gunner like Marbury Stephon. Games for the 2011-2012 season in the China Basketball Association tip-off on November 20, 2011.


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  CROATIA   


A1 round 6 best performance: Teo Simovic - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina center Teo Simovic (205-C-84, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kvarner 2010, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, nine rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Svjetlost (#8, 2-3) in overtime 83-81. Kvarner 2010 is placed at 3rd position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Kvarner 2010 will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. Simovic turned to be Kvarner 2010's top player in his first season with the team. Teo Simovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.0ppg) and averages impressive 77.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Marijan Cakarun (90) of Borik. Cakarun had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Borik to edge the higher-ranked Krizevci (#2, 4-2) in overtime 97-93. This victory allowed Borik to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Cakarun is one of the most experienced players at Borik and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.0ppg (#8). He also registered 8.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Toni Dijan (205-F-83) of league's top team KK Split. Dijan scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of KK Split, leading his team to a 74-69 win against the lower-ranked Darda (#10, 1-4). KK Split confirms their top position in the standings Dijan has a great season in Croatia. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.8rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Filip Kruslin (198-G-89) of Zabok - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ivan Tomeljak (194-G-79) of Svjetlost - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Ivan Buva (207-C-91) of Krizevci - 19 points and 4 rebounds
7. Dino Cinac (198-F-88) of Kvarner 2010 - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Petar Maric (206-F-87) of Borik - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Ivan Grgat (210-C/F-74) of Krizevci - 16 points and 7 rebounds
10. Roko Ciklic (196-F-83) of Dubrovnik - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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Congratulations to Keravnos - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Those who know Panagiotis Yiannaras well, know he is not going to give up. So Keravnos put the 1st game against Dragons in the past and travelled to France to win. 'It is an important win especially on the psychological aspect that increases our chances to qualify to the next round', Yiannaras has stated to us.

Yiannaras decided to use Veselovs more in this game as opposed to the game against Dragons in which he played only for 7 minutes and proved him right. Indeed Orthez suffered a last minute heartbreak as Keravnos left France with an 85-83 win.

Morency of Orthez fouled Marcus Moore and the Keravnos point guard succeeded in both attempts.

The Cyprus team celebrated an important win.

Keravnos, is now 1-1 for Group H.

Statistically wise Keravnos got 34 pts from 2P FG attempts, 27 pts from behind the 3- point line and had an amazing 92% from the FT line (hit 24 FT) as opposed to only 12 of Orthez.

Scoring wise, Keravnos got a total of 63 points from the 3 Americans and Veselovs.

Keravnos: Hatcher 19, Moore 18, Veselovs 14, Frazier 12



Apoel signs Kyle Johnson - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
After Lewis Sims Apoel has also signed Kyle Johnson. In 2010 Kyle has played in NCAA and Long Island University finishing with an average of 11 points and 6 rebounds.

Kyle is coming from Ilysiakos Athens (Greece-A1) where he was a starting five.

Apoel is battling against Etha on Friday night and with these additions Christos Stylianides hopes to add to his roster. Apoel is coming from a big win over Ael (Apoel is 2-1) and Etha over a big loss against Triumph in the Eurochallenge (Etha is 4-0).




A great game is expected.





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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 11-1 
 2. BC Kolin 10-2 
 3. BK Prostejov 10-2 
 4. BK Pardubice 10-3 
 5. BK Decin 9-4 
 6. USK Praha 6-7 
 7. Usti n/Labem 5-7 
 8. Levice 5-7 
 9. Chomutov 5-8 
 10. Svitavy 5-8 
 11. NH Ostrava 5-8 
 12. Plzen 4-9 
 13. Inter Bratislava 2-11 
 14. B&W Opava 1-11 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Keaton GRANT
  Levice
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Grant, Levice18.9 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha18.9 
 3. Henderson, Levice18.5 
 4. Houska, BK Decin18.4 
 5. Wright, Chomutov18.4 
 6. Lowery, Chomutov17.9 
 7. Longmire, Usti n.17.3 
 8. McFadden, Usti n.17.2 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.16.8 
 10. Bridgewaters, Int.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Votroubek, USK P.8.9 
 2. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.8 
 3. Gadri-N., BK Prost.8.4 
 4. Meno, Svitavy8.0 
 5. Houska, BK Decin7.8 
 6. Hughes, NH Ostrava7.0 
 7. Peterson, BK Prost.6.8 
 8. Field, BC Kolin6.6 
 9. Gavran, Inter B.6.5 
 10. Hruby, Usti n.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  Chomutov
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Wright, Chomutov5.3 
 2. Sotnar, USK Praha5.2 
 3. Barnes, BC Kolin4.8 
 4. Vrubl, Plzen4.6 
 5. George, Svitavy3.5 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.5 
 7. Bridgewaters, Inte.3.3 
 8. Boyer, BK Decin3.1 
 9. McFadden, Usti n.3.1 
 10. Ames, BC Kolin3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Pavel PUMPRLA
  CEZ N.
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Pumprla, CEZ N.3.1 
 2. Klecka, B&W Opava2.9 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.6 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.3 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava2.1 
 6. Ames, BC Kolin2.0 
 7. Inge, NH Ostrava1.8 
 8. Lowery, Chomutov1.8 
 9. Grant, Levice1.7 
 10. Simmons, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  NH Ostrava
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.8 
 2. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.8 
 3. Grant, Levice1.3 
 4. Meno, Svitavy1.2 
 5. Henderson, Levice0.8 
 6. Houska, BK Decin0.7 
 7. Slavik, USK Praha0.7 
 8. Kolovrat, B&W O.0.7 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.7 
 10. Jelinek, BC Kolin0.7 


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Erie BayHawks cut three players - by Eurobasket News
Point guard Jamael Lynch got to Erie the hard way.

He competed in both free-agent tryouts for the Erie BayHawks, who eventually picked him in the eighth and final round of the Nov. 3 D-League Draft.

'Success happens when preparation and opportunity meet,' Lynch said. 'I feel like I've been prepared and I've worked hard, and this is the opportunity.'

Having survived Erie's first wave of cuts Tuesday, Lynch is doing all he can to earn a spot on its final 10-man roster, which must be set by 5 p.m. on Nov. 23.

'He's performed very, very well,' BayHawks second-year coach Jay Larranaga said.

Erie, which opens the 2011-12 season Nov. 25 at Rio Grande Valley, reduced its training camp roster to 13 players on Tuesday by waiving guard Adrian Bowie (6'2''-G-89, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Maryland), forward Kayode Ayeni (6'5''-F-88, college: St.Francis, NY) and power forward Joseph Kennerly (6'9''-C/F-84, college: Cent.Oklahoma) III.

While Bowie had 117 assists to just 59 turnovers as a senior at Maryland in 2010-11, Larranaga likes how enthusiastic the 6-foot 1-inch, 185-pound Lynch plays.

'He brings energy every day and that's very, very important, especially from the point guard position of leadership,' Larranaga said. 'I think he does that.'

Out of Massachusetts-Lowell, Lynch, 26, competed in the open tryout for the BayHawks in Manhattan on Sept. 26.

Wanting to see more of Lynch, a Brooklyn N.Y., native, the BayHawks invited him to the Oct. 9 open tryout in Erie.

'It was tough because I had to drive and it was last-minute,' Lynch said about the nearly eight-hour drive. 'But at the same time, when you're given an opportunity like this, you do what you've got to do. I always wanted to be at this level, playing against some great talent.'

In some ways, Lynch is benefiting from fifth-round pick Al Nolan being out with an injury. The point guard out of Minnesota is still recovering from foot surgery that ended his senior season.

The 6-foot 1-inch, 188-pound Nolan played 14 games in 2010-11. He averaged 8.4 points and had 52 assists to 29 turnovers.

'He's healthy, but he had the pin in his foot removed about two weeks ago,' Larranaga said Thursday. 'He's got about another week to 10 days before he's 100 percent.'

At the same time, Lynch learned how to be a pro playing overseas. He averaged 27 points and 11 assists for Bodfeld Oberharz in Germany in 2010-11.

'You learn how to eat. How to rest. (How to) stretch,' said Lynch, who had foot surgery in 2009-10. 'Everything is important.'

In Tuesday's practice, Lynch consistently found the open man and knocked down open shots either in transition or in a pick-and-roll situation.

'He's been making good decisions and is able to make the open shot,' Larranaga said.

Who said New York City players can't knock down jumpers?

'One of the biggest misconceptions from a basketball standpoint is we can't shoot,' Lynch said. 'Obviously, I can shoot.'

On the flip side, he personifies the positive perceptions of players out of New York.

'We're tough,' Lynch said. 'Hard-nosed. Gritty. Can handle the ball. Coming from Brooklyn, you've got to be hard-nosed.'

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


Armor waive two players - by Eurobasket News
The Springfield Armor announced today that they have waived forward Brandon Bush (6'7''-F-86, college: Texas St.) and guard Akeem Bennett (6'3''-G/F) in the team's first round of cuts. The current training camp roster now stands at 15.

Bush (6'7, 205, Texas State) was the Armor's fifth round draft choice in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft.

Bennett (6'3, 180, St. Francis) was the Armor's eighth round pick in this year's draft.

All NBA Development League teams must submit their 10-man opening night roster by 5:00 p.m. on November 23. The Armor will open the 2011-12 NBA D-League season on Friday, November 25 when they host the Maine Red Claws at 7:00 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Bakersfield announces new coaching staff - by Eurobasket News
The Bakersfield Jam announced today two new Assistant Coaches and five additions to the coaching staff for the 2011-12 NBA Development League Season.

Former Jam player John Bryant (6'7''-F-82, college: St.Joseph's) and former Assistant Coach for the CSUB Mens' Basketball Program Brian Dignan will serve as Assistant Coaches to third year Jam Head Coach, Will Voigt (agency: Warren Sports International ).

Bryant was Bakersfield's sixth round pick in the 2010 NBA D-League Draft, appearing in 12 games last season before sustaining a career ending injury. Prior to coming to the Jam, he played professionally in Germany, Australia and England. He also played for Coach Voigt's Championship Team, the Vermont Frost Heaves of the ABA, for three seasons. Bryant played collegiately at Saint Joseph's University for Phil Martelli from 2000-2005 where he started on the Hawks 2003-2004 team that went 27-0 in the regular season. During his five years at SJU (his first season as a redshirt), the Hawks made five post season appearances, with three in the NCAA Tournament and two in the NIT. In addition to his experience on the court, Bryant's off court experience included serving as a Basketball Camp Counselor for seven years at Saint Joseph's University and working as a certified personal trainer for L.A. Fitness.

Prior to joining the Jam, Dignan served as an Assistant Coach for the California State University-Bakersfield Mens' Basketball Team for 10 seasons. During his tenure, he helped lead CSUB's transition from NCAA Division II to Division I sports and taught courses in the Physical Education Department from 2006-2008. Dignan also served as Assistant Coach at Cuesta College and Student Assistant Coach at Brigham Young University. He played collegiately at BYU for two years, after transferring from Cuesta College, where he was named team captain both years and was voted Most Inspirational Athlete at BYU his senior season.

The Jam also added a Video Coordinator, Nelson Terroba, three Basketball Operations Interns, George Galanopoulos, Ryan Marchand and Josh Twiddy, and an Assistant Athletic Trainer, Akira Nishikaji, to their staff for the upcoming season.

Prior to coming to Bakersfield, Terroba was the Associate Head Coach and World History/Leadership teacher at Austin High School. Terroba has coached at every level from Division 1 college basketball to youth select teams. A respected teacher of the game, he has served as a defensive/offensive clinician at Snow Valley Basketball School and as a site coordinator/basket instructor for Point Guard College. In addition, Terroba is the founder of Hoops 101 Basketball, LLC, a basketball training organization in Austin. While in college, he served as Head Student Manager for the University of Texas for three years and was elevated to a full time staff position as Special Assistant to the Head Coach & Texas Longhorn Basketball Camp Director under Rick Barnes. He also served as an Assistant Coach for the Olympus Cup Greece Summer Team while in college.

Galanopoulos most recently interned for ATTACK Athletics in Chicago, IL. He was also an Individual Player Development Intern for the Chicago Bulls and served as Manager for the Indiana University Men's Basketball Team his junior year of college. In addition, Galanopoulos coached at the Middle School and High School levels in Iowa, Texas, Illinois, and Indiana.

Marchand served as Head Manager for the San Jose State University Men's Basketball Team for two seasons. In addition, he was an Assistant Basketball Coach at Paradise High School and Head/Assistant Coach in various AAU programs throughout Northern California. Marchand was also the Western Athletic Conference Representative for the National Association of College Basketball Managers in 2011.

Twiddy served as Manager for the University of Akron Men's Basketball Team for two years. He also coached at Rootstown Middle School, Whitmer Basketball Academy (AAU) and Mogadore Youth Basketball. In addition, Twiddy assisted at numerous basketball camps including LeBron James Skills Academy, University of Akron, Five Star (Louisville Hoops), Georgetown University and University of Kentucky. He also taught and tutored Earth Science at numerous Elementary, Middle, and High Schools and served as the Student Aide at the Akron General Sports and Physical Therapy for two years. Nishikaji most recently worked at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. During his college years at Ohio Northern University, he assisted with the softball, football, men's soccer, women's basketball teams, athletic training room, and the wrestling invitational tournament. He is a BOC certified athletic trainer and also a professional member of the National Athletic Trainer Association. Both Brian Levy, Director of Player Personnel, and Tim DiFrancesco, Head Athletic Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach, are returning for their second and third seasons respectively.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  ECUADOR   


2nd Time Around - by Bayo Arigbon
Bayo Arigbon (197-F-86, college: San Diego Chr.) Whats up Everyone, Finally after being here for about 1 month I finally stopped being lazy and got the blog up and running! As you can see I am back in Chile again! I am so thankful for the opportunity to play for Deportivo Espanol de Talca once again! I am anxious to show my friends from Talca how much my game has evolved! (Its been 2 years since I was last here) So far we have played only 2 games, which both ended in Loses! To read recaps of the games, you can also go here http://www.espanoldetalca.cl/ < Team website or you can just search Deportivo Espanol de Talca on Facebook and get updates from there! To pass time here other than practicing, we have been doing clinics with kids in Talca! Its a great experience to dive into the culture of Chile, and at the same time its fun. I have that in the videos as well as a few food choices, including completos! I tried to make them in spain but nothing is like a Completo from Chile! Check the videos and stay tuned!!! I also uploaded the highlights from last time I was in Chile

CHECK http://hoopdreamdiaries.tumblr.com/ FOR VIDEOS


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  ESTONIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Brandis RALEY-ROSS
  Tln K.
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 18
 1. Raley-Ross, Tln K.18.0 
 2. Pilk, TT.17.1 
 3. Soo, Rapla16.3 
 4. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool16.0 
 5. Arnold, TT.14.7 
 6. Raap, Parnu14.6 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.14.3 
 8. Cipruss, Tarvas14.3 
 9. Raadik, Parnu14.2 
 10. Kurg, Tln Kalev14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.9 
 2. Arnold, TT.9.3 
 3. Ringmets, Rapla9.0 
 4. Adedeji, Va.8.8 
 5. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.1 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.2 
 7. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.7.0 
 8. Keedus, TT.6.9 
 9. Cricelli, Va.6.9 
 10. Parn, Rapla6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Cunda, Va.4.6 
 2. Kriisa, Tarvas4.3 
 3. Raap, Parnu4.0 
 4. Dorbek, Tarvas4.0 
 5. Laane, Rapla3.7 
 6. Pilk, TT.3.7 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.3.3 
 8. Keedus, TT.3.3 
 9. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.3.3 
 10. Sokk, Tartu Uliko.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Brandis RALEY-ROSS
  Tln K.
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.8 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.7 
 3. Karner, Parnu2.4 
 4. Cunda, Va.2.3 
 5. Kaldre, Rapla2.2 
 6. Saage, Tartu Uliko.2.2 
 7. Saks, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 8. Kurbas, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 9. Umbrasko, Tarvas2.0 
 10. Leppik, Tartu Uli.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.5 
 2. Fedortchuk, Tln K.2.0 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool2.0 
 4. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 5. Adedeji, Va.1.0 
 6. Voolaid, Parnu1.0 
 7. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 8. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.0.8 
 9. Kurbas, Tartu Ulik.0.8 
 10. Eichfuss, Tartu U.0.7 


KML Round 7: Derby game ends with Kalev/Cramo's defeat of Tln Kalev - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Kalev/Cramo (#3) and Tln Kalev (#4). Kalev/Cramo (4-0) crushed visiting Tln Kalev (3-4) by 23 points 75-52. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tln Kalev. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. Tln Kalev managed to win third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tln Kalev to just 5 points in second quarter. Kalev/Cramo forced 19 Tln Kalev turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Senegalese center Bamba Fall (216-86, college: SMU) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) answered with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals for Tln Kalev. Kalev/Cramo have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 4-0 record behind leader Tartu Ulikool. Tln Kalev at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with TTU/Kalev. Kalev/Cramo are looking forward to face Rapla (#4) on the road in the next round. Tln Kalev will have a break next round.
The game in Valga was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked TTU/Kalev (3-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Valga/CKE (1-8). TTU/Kalev defeated Valga/CKE 81-66. It was a great evening for forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Andrew Arnold helped adding 19 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side British forward Samuel Cricelli (200-85, college: Caldwell) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Valga/CKE's coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. TTU/Kalev moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Tln Kalev. Valga/CKE lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. TTU/Kalev will play against league's leader Tartu Ulikool at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Valga/CKE will have a break next round.
The game in Parnu was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Rapla (3-3) played at the court of 7th ranked KK Parnu (1-4). Rapla managed to secure a 7-point victory 68-61 on Wednesday. It was an exceptional evening for Andre Parn who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Rapla's coach Indrek Ruut used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Toomas Raadik came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for KK Parnu in the defeat. Rapla moved-up to fourth place. KK Parnu lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with four games lost. Rapla will meet at home higher ranked Kalev/Cramo (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KK Parnu will have a break next round.



Kalev/Cramo - Tln Kalev 75-52

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: Kalev/Cramo (#3) and Tln Kalev (#4). Kalev/Cramo (4-0) crushed visiting Tln Kalev (3-4) by 23 points 75-52. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tln Kalev. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. Tln Kalev managed to win third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Tln Kalev to just 5 points in second quarter. Kalev/Cramo forced 19 Tln Kalev turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Senegalese center Bamba Fall (216-86, college: SMU) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) answered with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals and the other American import forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Tln Kalev. Kalev/Cramo have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 4-0 record behind leader Tartu Ulikool. Tln Kalev at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with TTU/Kalev. Kalev/Cramo are looking forward to face Rapla (#4) on the road in the next round. Tln Kalev will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: B.Raley-Ross 20+6reb+5ast, M.Shaw 12+10reb, R.Roos 6+5reb, I.Tulit 5+3reb, A.Fedortchuk 4+4reb+1ast, D.Nazarovas 2+1reb
Kalev/Cramo: G.Dorbek 18+4reb+5ast, B.Fall 13+8reb, G.Arbet 10+1reb+1ast, R.Tamm 9+1reb+1ast, K.Saks 7+3reb, J.Toome 5+3reb+2ast
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Valga/CKE - TTU/Kalev 66-81

The game in Valga was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked TTU/Kalev (3-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Valga/CKE (1-8). TTU/Kalev defeated Valga/CKE 81-66. The game was mostly controlled by TTU/Kalev. Valga/CKE was better in fourth quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Valga/CKE 47-35 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) helped adding 19 points and 10 rebounds. Four TTU/Kalev players scored in double figures. At the losing side British forward Samuel Cricelli (200-85, college: Caldwell) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and Latvian guard Edgars Cunda (196-84, agency: Court Side) scored 8 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Valga/CKE's coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. TTU/Kalev moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Tln Kalev. Valga/CKE lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. TTU/Kalev will play against league's leader Tartu Ulikool at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Valga/CKE will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Valga/CKE: A.Vasar 15+1reb+2ast, S.Cricelli 14+12reb+1ast, V.Vares 10+5reb+1ast, E.Cunda 8+8reb+7ast, A.Tagamets 7+5reb+3ast, K.Koolman 6+1reb
TTU/Kalev: A.Arnold 19+10reb, I.Pilk 16+10reb+7ast, K.Keres 14+5reb+1ast, K.Makke 14+8reb, K.Akenparg 10+3reb, E.Keedus 6+5reb+6ast
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Parnu - Rapla 61-68

The game in Parnu was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Rapla (3-3) played at the court of 7th ranked KK Parnu (1-4). Rapla managed to secure a 7-point victory 68-61 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 23-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Rapla forced 21 KK Parnu turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Andre Parn (200-77) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Janar Soo (199-91) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Rapla's coach Indrek Ruut used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Center Toomas Raadik (202-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Rannar Raap (188-92) added 7 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for KK Parnu in the defeat. Rapla moved-up to fourth place. KK Parnu lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with four games lost. Rapla will meet at home higher ranked Kalev/Cramo (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KK Parnu will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Parnu: T.Raadik 16+10reb+1ast, K.Voolaid 11+2reb+1ast, E.Tamsalu 9+4reb+2ast, T.Hamarsalu 9+7reb, R.Karner 9+5reb+1ast, R.Raap 7+8reb+5ast
Rapla: A.Parn 26+16reb+5ast, J.Soo 17+7reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 7+3reb, R.Laane 7+3reb+4ast, S.Kaldre 5+3reb+1ast, I.Kajupank 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 150108




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EuroChallenge Round: 2 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Norrkoping - Nitra 82-64
Norrkoping Dolphins rolled over Bemaco SPU Nitra in Group A of EuroChallenge. The Swedish side had six players hit double-digits in points in an 82:64 victory. Petras Balocka (205-C-86, college: Hawaii) and Majok brought the first points for their teams, while Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) and Ziak ensured 12:8 lead. The Slovakian team led 8 points, but Petras Balocka closed the period at 20:22. Seay gave the Dragons 33:32 and Jeromanovs delivered two for 43:37. The latter also closed the half at 45:40. The third quarter belonged to the hosts that after 20-10 increased to 65:50 advantage. They also added 17-14 in the last stanza for the total success. Mitchell paced all the winners with 13 points, while Petras Balocka and Jeromanovs notched 11 each. Ayuba, Martin Ringstrom (206-F-81) and Seay posted 10 each. Clemente ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while Ziak added 15. Robert Vaden produced 11 and Majok finished the night with 10.

EWE Baskets - Fuenlabrada 85-66
EWE Baskets beat Fuenlabrada for 2-0 record in EuroChallenge. The German side grabbed 85:66 win and handed the visitors their first loss. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when EWE Baskets's pressure prevailed and they won that period 31-17 extending their advantage to 19 points. Sead Sehovic (199-F-89) scored the last 5 points for the winning side, while the Spanish outfit posted the last 6 points in the game. EWE Baskets maintains first position in Group A with 2-0 record. Loser Baloncesto Fuenlabrada keeps the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Norrkoping. EWE Baskets will meet Norrkoping Dolphins in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play against Nitra in Nitra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Group B
Besiktas - Armia 103-82
Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) recorded his best game for Besiktas so far this season. Tonight the Turkish side overcame Armia 103:82 for 2-0 record in Group B of EuroChallenge. Erden and Kjellbom were the first people for their teams to score in the game. Deron Williams later took control of the game and closed the first period at 25:20. He scored also for 31:28, while Yagmur brought 36:28. Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) and David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) ensured 55:41 halftime advantage for the home side. In the third quarter Besiktas added 25-20 as Deron Williams notched three for 80:61. Kjellbom, Thomas and Gaines reduced to 84:67, but they were too far to catch up with the favorites. David Hawkins gave his team three-digit number as Besiktas Milangaz tasted the second straight win at EuroChallenge. Deron Williams erupted with 31 points and Erden notched 20. David Hawkins posted 17, while Ersin Dagli added 10. Richardson and Thomas responded with 20 points in the losing effort and Gaines netted 13. Kjellbom and Diaz ended up with 12 points apiece.

Goettingen - Leiden 71-80
ZZ Leiden turned back BG Gottingen in day 2 of EuroChallenge. The Dutch team grabbed 81:70 win for 1-1 record in Group B. The guests scored the first 5 points in the game and Kennedy later brought 9:1. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) scored for 16:8 and he closed the period at 20:10. It looked that ZZ Leiden controlled the game as they wanted as they had 40:31 halftime advantage. Jackson brought 44:34, while Cunningham nailed three for 53:45. BG Gottingen did not however give up and bounced back for 59:55 as Raymond Sykes (206-F/C-86, college: Clemson) made a jump shot. Mafra scored for 69:64 but that was all the German team could do. Arvin Slagter (190-G-85, agency: Court Side) and Jackson made 4 free throws at the end for the final win. Kennedy poured in 22 points and Jevohn Shepherd posted 16. Jackson notched 11 and Cunningham delivered 10. Raymond Sykes produced 18 points in the losing effort and Dale added 14. Paris Horne (191-G-87, college: St.John's) and Mafra posted 11 points each in defeat.

Group C
BK Prostejov - BK Pardubice 82-76
BK Prostejov wins Czech battle over BK Pardubice to stay undefeated in EuroChallenge. The hosts grabbed 82:76 win for 2-0 record in Group C. BK Pardubice meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 1-1 record. BK Prostejov took 25:18 after the first 10 minutes of the game, but allowed the guests to cut it to 4 entering the second half. Kotas sent the teams to the lockers at 45:41 and Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois) opened the third frame for 45:43. Peterson however created a 10-0 run and took 55:43. Cernosek brought 67:60 as the teams finished 30 minutes in the court. Smith gave the hosts 76:66, but Toth tied it all at 76:76 after 10-0 run. BK Prostejov scored the last 6 points of the game for the final result. Peterson led the way with 25 points and Smith ended up with 16. Gadri delivered 15, while Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-G-82, college: American) scored 9. Marcus Arnold answered with 18 points in the losing case and Toth chipped in 14. Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) produced 13, while Hampton poured in 10.

Roanne - Hoverla 81-78
Roanne Basket tasted the first win at home at EuroChallenge Round 2 to tie their record at 1-1. Chorale de Roanne used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Frankivsk 81-78 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 17-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Chorale de Roanne (1-1) left bottom position moving up to second place in Group C, which they share with BK Pardubice. John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Page netted 12. Andre Barrett (175-PG-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Seton Hall) and Nsonwu followed them with 11 points apiece. Herasymchuk ended up with 18 points in defeat and Coleman posted 15. Chorale de Roanne will face league's leader BK Prostejov on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hoverla will play against the league's second-placed BK Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Group D
Ventspils - Atomeromu 69-56
BK Ventspils beat Atomeromu SE to tie all records in Group D of EuroChallenge. The Latvian team needed 69:56, while Nizhniy Novgorod edged Khimik Yuzhny to open Round 2 with the win. The situation in the group became more exciting after Day 2. Both teams celebrated one win each as BK Ventspils started strong in the game. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) scored for 18:9 and Laksa followed him from the perimeter for 21:13. The Hungarian team however looked better in the second quarter and Wilson tied the game at 23:23. Moreover Cole tasted 27:23 advantage with the guests and Martins Meiers (206-C-91) scored for 30:27 at the halftime. The end of the third frame was a nightmare for Atomeromu SE as they could not score for about 7 minutes. Trailing 34:40 the hosts erupted for 47:40 to finish the frame with 13-0 run. Moreover Gray gave the Baltic side 49:40 as the run was increased to 15. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) later closed the game at 69:56 for the initial win so far with his side. Jahmar Young paced all the winners with 23 points and Gray brought 14. Willard collected 9 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and Arturs Berzins notched 8. Cole ended up with 19 points in defeat, whilst Williams delivered 13.

N.Novgorod - Khimik 85-73
Nizhny Novgorod edged Khimik Yuzhny to open Round 2 with the win. The Russian team looked more organized in the whole game and rightfully clinched 85:73 victory to tie the records at 1-1. Nizhny Novgorod scored the first 6 points in the game and Semen Antonov (202-F-89) brought 15:10. Ignerski closed the first period at 20:17, while Ernest Bremer (194-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) increased to 29:23. The latter also sent the teams to the lockers at 43:33 as the hosts reached double digit lead. In the third quarter both sides added 21 points to their account and the board showed 64:54 for the home side. Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) nailed three for 73:59 and Ignerski followed him for 80:67. Aliaksandr Pustahvar (201-F-85) closed the game from the perimeter to taste the first victory with his team. Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 19 points, while Ignerski, Ernest Bremer and Nemanja Protic posted 12 each. Aaron McGhee (203-F/C-79, college: Oklahoma) replied with 15 points in the losing effort as the Ukrainian team suffered their first loss. Popov nailed 14, whilst Terry added 10.

Group E
Chalon - Enisey 87-79
Elan Chalon improved to 2-0 record in EuroChallenge after the game against Enisey. Chalon/Saor used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Krasnoyarsk 87:79 on Tuesday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Enisey Krasnoyarsk won third quarter 26-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Chalon/Saor won last quarter 19-12. It was a great shooting night for Chalon/Saor especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Bulgarian-French forward Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 20 points and 4 steals during the contest. American center Lonny Baxter (204-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Israeli-French point guard Afik Nissim (180-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 points and 7 assists. Four Chalon/Saor and five Enisey Krasnoyarsk players scored in double figures. Chalon/Saor maintains first position in Group E with 2-0 record. Loser Enisey Krasnoyarsk keeps the second place with one game lost. Chalon/Saor will face Antwerp Giants (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play against U-Mobitelco in Cluj and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Antwerp - U.Mobitel.CN 87-63
Roll helps the Giants to beat CSU Mobitelco in EuroChallenge Round 2. Antwerp Giants outleveled the opponent from Cluj 87:63 on Tuesday night. U-Mobitelco was better in second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Antwerp Giants dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to U-Mobitelco's 34. Antwerp Giants forced 20 U-Mobitelco turnovers. Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC) chipped in 16 points and 8 assists during the contest. Four Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Antwerp Giants' coach Eddy Casteels felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds and American swingman Kyndall Dykes (190-G/F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds.

Group F
Etha - Triumph 55-72
Triumph Lyubertsy enjoyed the road win over ETHA Engomi for 2-0 record in EuroChallenge Group F. The Russian team took the control from the very beginning and reached 72:55 victory. Triumph gave themselves a perfect launch pad by pouring in the game's first seven points and outscoring the hosts 21-12 in the first quarter. Moreover Triumph added 20-16 in the second frame for 41:28 advantage at the halftime. Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) brought 47:28 and Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) drove a lay-up for 51:30. McKee and Ray exchanged the late baskets in the third quarter for 57:38 lead. In the last quarter ETHA produced 17-15 to reduce to 17 points at the end. Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) was unstoppable with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Kyle Landry scored 16, Sergey Karasev posted 15 and McKee added 14.

Aalstar - Olin Edirne 95-70
Okapi Aalstar start strong to finish with the victory over Olin Edirne in EuroChallenge Round 2. Okapi Aalstar used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Edirne 95:70 on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Olin Edirne was better in third quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Olin Edirne 43-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. Olin Edirne was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Alex Ruoff (198-G-86, college: W.Virginia) scored 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP) chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Polat Kocaoglu (205-C/F-79, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 12 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.

Group G
Telekom Baskets - Turk Telekom 87-80
Telekom Baskets keep star-packed Turk Telekom winless at EuroChallenge. The German team closed Round 2 on Wednesday with 87:80 win. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-17. But Turk Telekom won second period 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Telekom Baskets had a 25-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. American point guard Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks during the contest. Four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and Darius Washington scored 20 points.

Karsiyaka - Minsk-2006 103-105
BC Minsk-2006 bowl over the Turkish representative to win for the second time in EuroChallenge. The team from Belarus shocked Pinar Karsiyaka 105:103. After coming from behind last week to stun Telekom Baskets Bonn in Belarus, Andrei Krivonos' team hit the road and won in Izmir. It was one of the most interesting games of Day 2 and the most offensive. BC Minsk-2006 grabbed 30:19 after the first 10 minutes and erupted for 21 points lead at the halftime. Knox scored for 56:33, but the victory was not that easy for the guests. Pinar Karsiyaka posted 37 points in the third quarter and reduced to 14 points after 30 minutes. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) cut it to 91:99, while Karaman brought 101:102. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) however made two free throws for the winners to remain undefeated at the Regular Season. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau top-scored for the winners with 22 points and David Hawkins as well as Eldridge had 17 each. Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-F-86) netted 16, while Hardin posted 14. Chatman finished the night with 36 points in the losing effort, while Jovo Stanojevic collected 27 points and 13 rebounds.

Group H
Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Keravnos 83-85
Keravnos shock Pau Lacq Orthez in France to keep them winless in EuroChallenge. The team from Cyprus meanwhile celebrated their first victory after 85:83 thriller. Both teams lost their openers of the tournament and desired to post the first W in the EuroChallenge. Keravnos won the first period 18:17 and added 28-23 in the second. Veselovs sent the teams to the lockers at 46:40 and Dragicevic closed the lead at 53:40. Pilavas nailed three for 59:48 and Moore made two free throws at 60:50. Pau Lacq Orthez could not reduce to the single digits until the end of the last period. Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Arkansas) brought 83:76 and he later tied it all at 83:83. Moore meanwhile made two free throws for the final result. Hatcher stepped up with 19 points and Moore scored 18. Veselovs notched 14, while Frazier added 12. Teddy Gipson ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Elonu as well as Mendy posted 14 each. Rimac followed them with 12 points and Maravic added 8.

Art.Dragons - Szolnok 86-78
Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) erupted for the Dragons' win as Artland Dragons overcame Szolnoki Olaj in Germany. The hosts grabbed 86:78 victory in Group H of EuroChallenge. Artland Dragons opened the game with 25-15 in the first period and never looked behind after. The German side added 23-20 in the second frame for 13-point halftime advantage. In the third quarter both sides nailed 14 points each that remained the same difference after 30 minutes. Szolnoki Olaj bounced back with 29-24 in the last stanza and managed to cut it to 8 points at the end. Nathan Peavy top-scored for the winners with 32 points and Hilliard netted 13. King scored 10, while Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) added 9. Trotter delivered 18 points in the losing effort and Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Shooting percentage: Artland Dragons - 58.5%, Szolnoki Olaj - 41.5%.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nathan PEAVY
  Art.Dragons
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 32
 1. Peavy, Art.Dragons32.0 
 2. Delaney, Chalon26.5 
 3. Stanojevic, Karsi.26.0 
 4. Williams, Besiktas25.5 
 5. Roll, Antwerp25.5 
 6. Chatman, Karsiyaka25.0 
 7. Clemente, Nitra22.5 
 8. Washington, Turk T.20.5 
 9. Karadeniz, Turk T.19.5 
 10. Kudrautsau, Minsk.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jovo STANOJEVIC
  Karsi.
  (208-C-77)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Stanojevic, Karsi.12.5 
 2. Sene, Fuenlabrada12.0 
 3. Skurdauskas, Arkad.12.0 
 4. Kjellbom, Armia11.5 
 5. Bader, Szolnok11.0 
 6. Thomas, Armia11.0 
 7. Willard, Ventspils11.0 
 8. Mejri, Antwerp9.5 
 9. Erden, Besiktas9.5 
 10. King, Art.Dragons9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Jordan, Telekom9.0 
 2. Sanchez, Fuenlabr.8.0 
 3. Danek, Arkadia7.5 
 4. Williams, Besiktas6.5 
 5. Tchicamboud, Cha.6.5 
 6. Diaz, Armia6.0 
 7. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.6.0 
 8. Gaines, Armia6.0 
 9. Eldridge, Minsk-20.6.0 
 10. Delaney, Chalon5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Denis CLEMENTE
  Nitra
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Clemente, Nitra6.0 
 2. Moore, Keravnos4.0 
 3. Frazier, Keravnos3.5 
 4. Seay, Norrkoping3.5 
 5. Pandula, BK Prost.3.5 
 6. Danek, Arkadia3.0 
 7. Morris, U.Mobite.3.0 
 8. Mwema, Antwerp3.0 
 9. Holiday, Aalstar3.0 
 10. Young, Ventspils3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mouhamed SENE
  Fuenlabrada
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sene, Fuenlabrada3.0 
 2. Pustovyi, Khimik3.0 
 3. Kjellbom, Armia3.0 
 4. Gaffney, Teleko.3.0 
 5. Mejri, Antwerp2.5 
 6. Gadri-N., BK Prost.2.5 
 7. Saunders, Goett.2.0 
 8. Tiggs, Hoverla2.0 
 9. Knox, Minsk-20061.8 
 10. Hardin, Minsk-20061.7 


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


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tony PARKER
  AS.
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 34
 1. Parker, AS.34.0 
 2. Causeur, Cholet31.0 
 3. Orelikas, Rudupis22.0 
 4. Massey, Lokomotiv22.0 
 5. Strawberry, Hapoel22.0 
 6. Davidson, Fraport21.0 
 7. Mozgov, Khimky21.0 
 8. Kemp, Besiktas21.0 
 9. Young, Ventspils21.0 
 10. Albicy, Gravelines21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 13
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv13.0 
 2. Lee, BC Donetsk13.0 
 3. Lishchuk, Valencia12.0 
 4. Necas, CEZ Nymburk12.0 
 5. Sims, VEF Riga11.0 
 6. Zelionis, Rudupis11.0 
 7. Adrien, Benetton11.0 
 8. Naymick, CEZ N.10.0 
 9. Troutman, B.Mue.10.0 
 10. Willard, Ventspils10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Deron WILLIAMS
  Besiktas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Williams, Besiktas8.0 
 2. Planinic, Khimky8.0 
 3. Ivanovic, Buducno.7.0 
 4. Ermis, Banvit BK7.0 
 5. Rochestie, Le Mans7.0 
 6. Martinez, Valencia7.0 
 7. Draper, Cedevita6.5 
 8. Simmons, CEZ N.6.0 
 9. Thompson, Fraport6.0 
 10. Chatman, Karsiya.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Mindaugas KATELYNAS
  Lietuv.
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Katelynas, Lietuv.5.0 
 2. de Randamie, Groni.5.0 
 3. Ray, Etha4.5 
 4. Massey, Lokomotiv4.0 
 5. Orelikas, Rudupis4.0 
 6. Randle, Hapoel J-M4.0 
 7. Draper, Cedevita3.5 
 8. Jomantas, Lietuv.3.0 
 9. Dragic, Krka3.0 
 10. Strawberry, Hapoe.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  BC Do.
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kravtsov, BC Do.5.0 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.4.0 
 3. Muldrow, Aris4.0 
 4. Scalabrine, Benett.3.0 
 5. Wyatt, Groningen2.0 
 6. Troutman, B.Mue.2.0 
 7. Tapoutos, Aris2.0 
 8. Mozgov, Khimky2.0 
 9. Monya, Khimky2.0 
 10. Armstrong, AS.2.0 


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Gravelines 1-0 
 2. BC Donetsk 1-0 
 3. Hapoel J-M 0-1 
 4. Cibona 0-1 
Group B
 1. VEF Riga 1-0 
 2. Khimky 1-0 
 3. PAOK 0-1 
 4. Cholet 0-1 
Group C
 1. Rudupis 1-0 
 2. CEZ Nymburk 1-0 
 3. Groningen 0-1 
 4. Aris 0-1 
Group D
 1. ASVEL 1-0 
 2. Lukoil Academik 1-0 
 3. Oostende 0-1 
 4. Valencia 0-1 
Group E
 1. GC 2014 1-0 
 2. Banvit BK 1-0 
 3. Lokomotiv 0-1 
 4. Fraport SKY 0-1 
Group F
 1. Azovmash 1-0 
 2. Lietuvos rytas 1-0 
 3. Le Mans 0-1 
 4. Krka 0-1 
Group G
 1. Spartak SP 1-0 
 2. B.Muenchen 1-0 
 3. Benetton TV 0-1 
 4. Cedevita 0-1 
Group H
 1. Buducnost 1-0 
 2. ALBA 1-0 
 3. PGE Turow 0-1 
 4. M.Hainaut 0-1 


Valencia bring in Tiago Splitter - by Eurobasket News
Valencia landed Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances). The player agreed on terms of contract till the end of NBA lockout. The Brazilian center, with Spanish passport, spent last season with the San Antonio Spurs. It was his rookie NBA year and Splitter had 4.9 ppg, plus 3.5 rpg for 61 games. Before the Spurs, he spent seven years with Caja Laboral. In their last season together, Splitter had 15.4 ppg and 7.1 rpg in ACB. He helped them to win the title. Caja Laboral also was the ACB champion in 2008. Splitter led the Vitoria team to three Copa del Rey trophies. Tiago Splitter is active member of the Brazilian NT since 2002. They won the Silver at the FIBA Americas in Mar del Plata this year.

Eurocup Round: 1 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Cibona - Gravelines 71-101
Gravelines got to a dreamy start of their EuroCup regular season campaign. The French team cruised past Cibona in Croatia in Group A. Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) scored 21 points to pace the winners. Gravelines looked dominant right from the start. They secured a 27:12 lead ten minutes into the game. They stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. The visitors made it 51:32 at the interval. Cibona could not wake up in the big break. They still lacked aggressiveness both offensively and defensively allowing Gravelines take a 76:53 lead with ten minutes to go. Gravelines did not slow down in the final quarter and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Cyril Akpomedah (203-PF-79) nailed 18 points, while Juby Johnson added 11 points in the victory. Marin Rozic (201-F-83) responded with 18 points for Cibona. Pavle Marcinkovic netted 12 points in defeat.

BC Donetsk - Hapoel J-M 80-71
BC Donetsk celebrated the first win at EuroCup regular season. They shot down visiting Hapoel Jerusalem in Group A opener. Dmytro Gliebov (198-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) notched 15 points to pace the winners. BC Donetsk led by three points after a close first frame 23:20. Jerusalem denied the deficit in the second quarter but BC Donetsk persisted and grabbed a 40:34 halftime advantage. Jerusalem stayed close as they tied things up again at 43. But the hosts went on another run to take a 9-point lead with one quarter to go 63:54. BC Donetsk did not allow the Israeli team closer than 5 points throughout the final period and raced to the victory at the end. Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) posted 14 points, while Ramel Curry added 11 points in the win. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) responded with 22 points for Jerusalem. Yuval Naimy had 17 points in the loss.

Group B
VEF Riga - PAOK 80-74
VEF Riga celebrated the initial win at the EuroCup regular season. They held off PAOK in Latvia to open their win count in Group B. Courtney Sims (211-C-83, college: Michigan) knocked down 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the winners. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. The first frame finished with the teams tied at 23. VEF Riga eked out a narrow 45:44 lead at the interval. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) and Dairis Bertans helped the hosts take a 61:53 lead in the third term. PAOK would not go away as they narrowed the deficit to 3 points early in the final frame. But Janicenoks, Curtis Millage and Courtney Sims gave some breathing space for VEF Riga and the hosts eventually got away with the win. Curtis Millage finished with 18 points, while Dairis Bertans added 14 points for the home team. J.R. Giddens (196-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) answered with 17 points for PAOK. Marcus Goree had 16 points in the loss.

Cholet - Khimky 63-75
Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) carried Khimky to the opening win in EuroCup regular season. The centre notched 21 points and 5 boards as the Russian powerhouse upset Cholet Basket in France. Khimky opened the game with four points in a row and stayed in front throughout the first term. They ensured a 20:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Cholet however did not allow the visitors to run away as they trailed by a single point 34:35 after twenty minutes. Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) tied the game at 37 but Sergey Monya and Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) soon regained the advantage for Khimky at 55:44. Khimky went on a 13:1 run to secured a 69:48 advantage midway through the final period. Cholet had nothing to answer with and had to surrender at the end. Vitaly Fridzon provided 15 points, while Sergey Monya added 11 points and 8 rebounds for Khimky. Causeur responded with game-high 31 points for Cholet. Robert Hite netted 10 points in the loss.

Group C
Groningen - Rudupis 77-82
Rudupis successfully debuted in EuroCup. They overcame Groningen on the road to take the first win in Group C. Gediminas Orelikas (199-G/F-90) scored 22 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 4 assists to lead the effort. Gediminas Orelikas unloaded 10 ponts in the first quarter as Rudupis earned a 22:19 lead. They went on a 16:2 run early in the second quarter to clear off. Rudupis enjoyed a 43:30 halftime lead. The Lithuanian team kept in charge throughout the third term. They posted a 61:50 advantage with ten minutes remaining. The Flames however went on a 7:0 run early in the final period to cut the deficit. The hosts got within three points late in regulation 75:78. But Dainius Salenga and Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) went deadly from the line in the final seconds and sealed the win for Rudupis. Simas Buterlevicius scored 13 points, while Dainius Salenga had 12 in the victory. David Bell (186-G-81) responded with 18 points for Rudupis. Jason Dourisseau netted 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Aris - CEZ Nymburk 55-64
Nymburk victoriously opened their EuroCup regular season campaign. They defeated Aris in Greece in Group C opener for both teams. Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) scored 15 points for the Czech champions. Nymburk delivered 23 points in the starting frame to clear off to an 8-point distance. Aris stopped the rot in the second term. The hosts cut the deficit to 6 points at the interval 31:37. But the third term turned disastrous for the hosts. Aris managed just 6 points allowing Nymburk to take a 15-point advantage with one quarter remaining. The Czech team withheld a fierce comeback effort from the hosts to post the win at the end. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) and Lamayne Wilson nailed 12 points each for the winning side. Dan Mavraides (193-G-88, college: Princeton), Dominic James and Ronald Davis had 14 points each in the loss.

Group D
Oostende - Lukoil Academik 65-66
Lukoil Academik earned the first win in EuroCup season. They defeated Oostende in Belgium to improve at 1-0 record in Group D. Lamont Mack (201-F-87, college: Charlotte) nailed 20 points including a winning free throw with seconds left in regulation. It never looked easy for Lukoil early in the game. The teams were tied at 16 after ten minutes. Oostende pulled in front in the second term. Katnic made it 28:20 for the hosts before Lukoil cut the deficit to 6 points at the interval 26:32. Oostende made it 38:26 early in the second half. But Lukoil quickly responded with an 8:0 run and soon knotted things up at 45. Oostende entered the final frame up by just two points 49:47. The teams exchanged the baskets throughout the final period. Djordjevic drew things level at 65 with just 22 seconds remaining. However Lamont Mack got fouled and hit a winning free throw with 2 seconds on the clock. Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) nailed 15 points, while Todor Stoykov added 11 points for the Bulgarian team. Jason Rich (191-G-86) answered with 17 points for Oostende. Dusan Sakota netted 16 points in the loss.

ASVEL - Valencia 87-78
Asvel claimed the first win in EuroCup season. Star-packed French outfit overcame Valencia at home court in Group D .Tony Parker (183-PG-82) exploded with 34 points to lead the charge. Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) provided 12 points in the winning case. Tony Parker and Ronny Turiaf ensured a 20:15 lead for the hosts after ten minutes. Asvel went on a 9:0 run early in the second period to take a 28:17 lead. They stayed in control posting a 34:27 halftime advantage. But Valencia quickly narrowed the gap at the start of the second half. They got within striking distance trailing by just three points at the final break 55:58. Nando De Colo put Valencia within two points 67:69 with 4 minutes remaining in the game. But Tony Parker poured in two three-pointers and Asvel ran away for good in this one. Edwin Jackson and Dijon Thompson netted 11 points each for Asvel. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) responded with 19 points for Valencia. Serhiy Lishchuk had 16 points and 12 rebounds in the losing case.

Group E
GC 2014 - Lokomotiv 84-76
Gran Canaria posted the first win in EuroCup regular season. They overcame Lokomotiv Kuban in Group H tonight. Taurean Green (185-G-85, college: Florida) stepped up with 18 points to pace the Spanish team. Gran Canaria strongly entered the game. They unloaded 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 10-point lead. But Lokomotiv bounced back in the second frame. The Kuban outfit trimmed the deficit to just two points at halftime 41:43. Gran Canaria hung on to their lead in the third quarter. The hosts enjoyed a 63:59 advantage with one period remaining. Taurean Green came up for Gran Canaria early in the final term as the hosts grabbed a 79:65 advantage. Lokomotiv got back within 8 points but Gran Canaria sealed the deal late in the game. Marquez Haynes (191-G-86, college: Texas Arlington) had 15 points, while Spencer Nelson added 13 points in the victory. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) answered with 22 points and 13 boards for Lokomotiv. Maxim Grigoryev notched 13 points in the loss.

Banvit BK - Fraport SKY 73-72
Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) nailed a free throw with 20 seconds to go in regulation to carry Banvit to a narrow home win over Skyliners. The win propelled the Turkish team to a 1-0 record in Group E. Lance Williams finished the game with 20 points. The teams traded baskets throughout the first period. The scoreboard read 20:20 after ten minutes. But Banvit gradually took over. They earned a 28:22 lead early in the second term. The hosts stayed ahead to post a 39:34 cushion at the interval. Skyliners not only erased the deficit but pulled ahead following Olbrecht four points. 58:54. Banvit regained the lead to enter the final frame up a single point 59:58. The lead changed hands several times before Lance Williams sealed the victory for the home team from the stripe. Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: 1x1 Sports) nailed 15 points, while Charles Davis and Kenan Bajramovic had 9 points each in the win. Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama) provided 21 points and 7 rebounds for Skyliners. Jimmy McKinney had 19 points in the loss.

Group F
Azovmash - Le Mans 79-76
BC Avovmash registered the first win in EuroCup season. They held off visiting Le Mans in Mariupol tonight. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) scored 21 points and distributed 7 assists to pace the hosts. Le Mans ensured the strong start to the game. The French team grabbed a 15:6 lead midway through the opening frame. Le Mans managed to secure a 22:21 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams stayed close throughout the second term. Le Mans and BC Azovmash arrived at halftime tied at 43. However Crispin and Pecherov organized a 12:0 run from the hosts in the third term. Azovmash posted a 68:57 advantage at the final intermission. Le Mans did not surrender as the visitors narrowed the deficit to just two points 76:78 late in regulation. Ricky Minard split free throws but Taylor Rochestie missed a three-pointer and Azovmash ran away with the victory. Pecherov had 20 points and 8 rebounds, while Ricky Minard netted 13 points in the win. Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82, college: Bradley) answered with 16 points for Le Mans. Taylor Rochestie had 15 points in the losing case.

Krka - Lietuvos rytas 65-73
Lietuvos Rytas opened their winning account at the EuroCup regular season. They travelled to Novo Mesto in Slovenia to clinch a tough win over local Krka in Group F. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) scored 19 points to pace the visitors. Krka showed their ambitions in the opening quarter taking a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. The hosts stretched the margin to 6 points early in the second term. Krka stayed in control posting a 39:35 halftime advantage. The hosts did not allow Lietuvos Rytas to pull ahead in the third term. Krka headed into the fourth quarter up by 6 points 59:53. But the Lithuanian powerhouse went on a 14:0 run in the fourth term to grab a 69:61 advantage. Krka never recovered from the blow and had to surrender at the end. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) nailed 15 points, while Renaldas Seibutis added 12 points in the win. Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa) stepped up with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Krka. Allan Ray finished with 14 points in defeat.

Group G
Spartak SP - Cedevita 73-56
Spartak clinched the first win of EuroCup season tonight. They shot down Cedevita in Saint Petersburg to gain the initial win in Group G. Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) delivered 21 points to lead the winners. Cedevita surprised Spartak in the opening frame. They capitalized on some sloppy offence from the hosts to take a 12:10 lead after ten minutes. The teams stayed close in the second quarter and went into the dressing rooms tied at 27. But Spartak entered the second half with a different attitude. The hosts increased the tempo and rallied for a 51:39 lead with ten minutes left. Spartak outscored Cedevita in the final period and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) had 12 points, while Loukas Mavrokefalidis had 11 points for the winners. Haywood Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) and Levour Warren had 11 points each for Cedevita.

B.Muenchen - Benetton TV 72-62
Bayern Munich posted the initial win at the EuroCup regular season. Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, college: Ohio St.) scored 14 points to lead the German team to a comfortable home success against Benetton Treviso. The hosts strongly finished the opening period to take a 19:13 lead after ten minutes. Bayern entered the second term on a 6:0 run to clear off. they registered a 25:13 advantage midway through the period. But the visitors soon went on an 8:0 rally of their own to cut the deficit. Bayern though made it 36:31 at the big break. The hosts kept their opponents at distance throughout the third term. Bayern entered the final frame up by as many as 10 points 56:46. Bayern marched to the win in the final period giving little chance for Benetton. Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, college: Penn St.) had 12 points, while Chevon Troutman provided 11 points and 10 rebounds i n the win. Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) replied with game-high 19 points for Benetton. E'Twaun Moore and Massimo Bulleri had 9 points each in the loss.

Group H
M.Hainaut - ALBA 74-78
Alba Berlin outscored Dexia Mons-Hainaut in the starting round of EuroCup regular season in Group H. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) and Kyle Weaver (198-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington St.) scored 17 points each to lead the winners. Alba had to overcome a slow start to the game. Dexia were up by 7 points after ten minutes 24:17. But Alba erupted for 26 points in the second quarter to snatch a 43:41 lead at halftime. Alba silenced the hosts in the third term. The visitors stretched the margin to as many as 18 points before Dexia cut it back to 16 with one quarter remaining. But the hosts opened the final stanza on a 16:0 run to level things up. The teams were tied at 72 with just 44 seconds to go. DaShaun Wood and Simonovic put Alba in front and later DaShaun Wood added a layup as the visitors celebrated a tough win at the end. Torin Francis and Yassin Idbihi had 10 points each in the win. Ahmad Nivins answered with 20 points for Dexia. Quincy Taylor had 16 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in defeat.

Buducnost - PGE Turow 75-50
Buducnost cruised past PGE Turow i n the opening round of EuroCup regular season. Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90, college: USC) scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Buducnost tipped off the game with an aggressive defence. They held the Polish team to just 7 points in the starting frame taking a 5-point lead. Turow got closer in the second quarter. The visitors trailed by just two points at the interval 26:28. But things changed drastically after the big break. The hosts stepped on the gas and left Turow behind. Buducnost fired 26 points in the third quarter to establish an 11-point lead with one quarter remaining. Buducnost never slowed down in the final quarter and coasted to a comfortable win at the end. Cedomir Vitkovac had 15 points, while Jermaine Anderson had 16 points for Buducnost. David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) responded with 9 points for PGE Turow. Konrad Wysocki and Aaron Cel and John Edwards delivered 7 points apiece in the loss.




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  EUROLEAGUE   


Maccabi Tel Aviv returns Omri Casspi - by Eurobasket News
According to Cleveland.com, Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88) is back to Maccabi Tel Aviv. Reportedly, the NBAer already penned a deal and he will join his former team in several weeks. Casspi spent last two seasons with the Sacramento Kings. In the latest one he had 8.6 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 71 games. In his rookie NBA year Casspi collected 10.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.3 apg for 77 games. Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Casspi during the off-season. Omri Casspi played for Maccabi Tel Aviv few years in the past. He had 13 ppg and 4.8 rpg in Israeli league, before he went overseas. Sacramento selected Casspi as 23rd overall pick at the 2009 NBA Draft. Except of Maccabi Tel Aviv, Omri Casspi also has experience from Hapoel Galil Elyon.

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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mirza TELETOVIC
  Caja L.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. Teletovic, Caja L.23.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.19.8 
 3. Domercant, Unics19.3 
 4. Carroll, Real Madr.18.5 
 5. McCalebb, Montepa.18.3 
 6. Pekovic, Partizan18.3 
 7. Batum, Nancy18.2 
 8. Simmons, CEZ N.17.7 
 9. Banic, Bizkaia Bil.17.2 
 10. Lorbek, FCB Regal17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA9.0 
 2. Necas, CEZ Nymburk8.0 
 3. Macvan, Partizan7.8 
 4. Freeland, Unicaja7.6 
 5. May, KK.7.0 
 6. Batum, Nancy7.0 
 7. Roberts, Lietuvos.7.0 
 8. Moerman, Nancy7.0 
 9. Teletovic, Caja L.7.0 
 10. Bourousis, Armani6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  FCB Regal
  (191-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Huertas, FCB Regal7.5 
 2. Batum, Nancy5.6 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.5.5 
 4. Rice, Lietuvos.5.3 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.2 
 6. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.5.0 
 7. Teodosic, CSKA4.8 
 8. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.8 
 9. Prigioni, Caja L.4.8 
 10. Law, Partizan4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 3
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.3.0 
 2. Kinsey, Anadolu2.7 
 3. Thompson, AS.2.5 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.2.5 
 5. Kelati, Khimky2.5 
 6. Quinn, Khimky2.5 
 7. Kirilenko, CSKA2.2 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 9. Lipkevicus, Zalgir.2.0 
 10. Ilyasova, Anadolu2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA3.2 
 2. Perovic, FCB Regal2.0 
 3. Riddick, Charleroi2.0 
 4. Marconato, Bennet1.8 
 5. Fischer, Bizkaia1.6 
 6. Begic, Real Madrid1.5 
 7. Fofana, AS.1.5 
 8. Kasun, KK.1.4 
 9. McCarty, Unics1.3 
 10. Vazquez, FCB Reg.1.3 


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: YMCA Lappeenranta winning on the road - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 13: Only one contest tonight. Kouvot (Kouvola) hosting vs neighbour town YMCA Lappeenranta. Kouvot playing season worst game was an easy task for YMCA LPR and that was meaning visitor had won the first game on the road this season: 56-82 (26-50). Quarters: 17-25, 9-25, 10-20, 20-12. Kouvot lost also the rebounds 29-43 and was shooting only 53 times (YMCA LPR 69 times). Visitors made 11 treys, Lawrence Hamm (198-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) leading with a double-double 29pts/13rbs. DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) added 23pts. Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) scored 19 pts for Kouvot.
Kouvot - YMCA Lappeenranta 56-82 (26-50). (Josh Gonner 19, Antoine Jordan 10/9, Samuli Vanttaja 9 - Lawrence Hamm 29/13, DeAndre Haynes 23, Tyler Tiedeman 8).
Division 1.:
BC Jyvaskyla - ToPo Academy 75-89 (26-49). (Jarno Nissinen 16, Lance Storrs 15/7, Kalle Kuokkanen 11 - Julius Rajala 23/10, Sauli Silvonen 15/6a, Alexis Lavastida Lee 14).




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 6-7 
 7. Korihait 5-7 
 8. Salon Vilpas 5-7 
 9. KTP 4-7 
 10. LrNMKY 4-8 
 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 1-7 
 12. ToPo Akatemia 1-7 


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. Reed, Lapua21.3 
 6. Harjula, Pyrinto II21.3 
 7. Williams, Lapua21.3 
 8. Little, SayRi20.0 
 9. Robinson, FoKoPo19.9 
 10. Green, Ura Basket19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Baboucarr BOJANG
  FoKoPo
  (204-F-80)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Bojang, FoKoPo14.1 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.14.0 
 3. Cooper, SayRi13.5 
 4. Townes, BC Nokia11.3 
 5. Britton, Huima10.7 
 6. January, BC Nokia10.4 
 7. Coleman, FoKoPo10.0 
 8. Green, Ura Basket9.9 
 9. Nofflet, Oulun N.8.9 
 10. Jackson, 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, SayRi3.0 
 9. Robinson, FoKoPo2.7 
 10. Viertola, Huima2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Emmanuel JACKSON
  Lapua
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jackson, Lapua3.0 
 2. January, BC Nokia2.4 
 3. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.2.3 
 4. Nieminen, SayRi2.2 
 5. Reed, Lapua2.0 
 6. Little, Porvoon2.0 
 7. Jackson, Porvoon2.0 
 8. Little, SayRi2.0 
 9. Nofflet, Oulun N.2.0 
 10. Bojang, FoKoPo2.0 
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. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.1.2 
 4. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.2 
 5. Molenius, FoKoPo1.2 
 6. Cooper, SayRi1.0 
 7. Townes, BC Nokia1.0 
 8. Mattila, Pyrin.1.0 
 9. Dolenc, Tapiolan.0.8 
 10. Robinson, FoKoPo0.6 


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. Brooks, Namika L.18.7 
 7. Blue, KTP18.6 
 8. Tiedeman, LrNM.18.3 
 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. Williams, Pyrinto8.9 
 5. McDade, Nilan B.8.9 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.7 
 7. Nikkila, Pyrinto8.7 
 8. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 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. Sarcevic, KTP4.1 
 7. Vuori, Kauhajoki4.0 
 8. Haynes, LrNM.3.8 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.3 
 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. Newson, Kataja2.1 
 7. Brooks, Namika L.2.1 
 8. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 9. Jordan, Kouvot1.8 
 10. Haynes, LrNM.1.8 
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. Price, Kataja1.0 
 5. Jones, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 6. Nikkila, Pyrinto1.0 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 8. Newson, Kataja0.8 
 9. Bell, KTP0.7 
 10. Vanttaja, Kouvot0.7 


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  FRANCE   


Evreux signs Wilmont Roderick - by Eurobasket News
Evreux announced signing of Roderick Wilmont (193-G-83, college: Indiana) for rest of the season. The American guard already made debut for his new team. He scored 6 points against Maurienne, but Evreux lost that game at home 48-66. Roderick Wilmont spent last season in NBA D-League. He averaged 14.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 47 games with the Fort Wayne mad Ants. He played for the same club in 2009/10 as well. A year before that, Roderick played in Turkey. He had 10.6 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 21 TBL games with Aliaga. Roderick Wilmont graduated at the University of Indiana in 2007. He was named All-Big Ten 3rd Team -07.

Corey Belser claims NM1 weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
American Corey Belser (200-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Charleville and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 33 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed Le Puy (#13, 3-5) with 25-point margin 94-69. Charleville is placed at 3rd position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Charleville will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. In the team's last game Belser had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Charleville's top player in his first season with the team. University of San Diego graduate has very impressive stats this year. Belser is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.9ppg), rebounds (9th best: 7.5rpg) and averages solid 61.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old Polish forward Lukasz Biela (200-F-80) of Montbrison. Biela impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Montbrison cruised to a 88-79 relatively comfortable win over Rueil (1-7). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Montbrison managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 16th place. 7 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Montbrison managed to get this year. Biela is one of the most experienced players at Montbrison and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Cameroonian forward Brice Vounang (202-F/C-82) of Brest (#12). Vounang scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Brest, leading his team to a 97-78 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Chartres (#11, 4-4). The chances of Brest not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 5 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Vounang could try to bring Brest's a little bit higher in the standings. Vounang has a very solid season. In 3 games in France he scored 19.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josh Almanson (205-F-82) of Challans - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tyler Sanborn (209-C-88) of Lievin - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Jimmal Ball (178-G-78) of St Quentin - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Vincent Lehut (186-G-87) of Lievin - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Blois - 25 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Cedric Bertorelle (198-G-78) of Cognac - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Guillaume Merie (198-F-83) of Chartres - 28 points, 6 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)


Sambou Traore claims ProB weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Experienced naturalized Mali power forward Sambou Traore (199-PF-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Limoges and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 32-year old power forward had a double-double of 19 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team crushed Rouen (#14, 3-4) with 23-point margin 101-78. Limoges maintains the 2nd position in Mali ProB. They are still close to the very top. Limoges would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 6-1 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Traore as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Sambou Traore averages this season 10.6ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American power forward Alexander Franklin (196-PF-88) of Vichy. Franklin impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Vichy was edged by the higher-ranked Chalons-Reims (#6, 4-3) 73-72. Vichy is still in a red zone at 18th spot in . 6 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Vichy managed to get this year. Franklin is a newcomer at Vichy 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 16.1ppg (#8). He also registered 7.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Chris Davis (195-F/G-80, agency: Court Side) of Le Portel (#5). Davis scored 28 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Le Portel, leading his team to a 76-72 win against Boulogne (4-3). Le Portel needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Davis has a great season in France. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.1ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Denain - 20 points and 13 rebounds
5. Nigel Wyatte (204-C/F-81) of Le Portel - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Thomas Terrell (201-F/C-79) of St Vallier - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Moses Sonko (198-F-83) of Bourg - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Harry Disy (201-C/F-84) of St Vallier - 19 points and 9 rebounds
9. David Denave (195-SG-85) of St Vallier - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Chris McCray (196-G/F-84) of Boulogne - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


EuroChallenge: Elan Chalon improved to the second win - by Eurobasket News
Elan Chalon-BC Enisey 87:79

Elan Chalon improved to 2-0 record in EuroChallenge after the game against Enisey. Chalon/Saor used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Krasnoyarsk 87:79 on Tuesday night.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Enisey Krasnoyarsk won third quarter 26-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Chalon/Saor won last quarter 19-12. It was a great shooting night for Chalon/Saor especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists.
Malcolm Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Bulgarian-French forward Ilian Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 20 points and 4 steals during the contest. American center Lonny Lonny Baxter (204-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Israeli-French point guard Afik Afik Nissim (180-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 points and 7 assists. Four Chalon/Saor and five Enisey Krasnoyarsk players scored in double figures.

Elan Chalon: Malcolm Delaney 20, Ilian Evtimov 20, Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) 11, Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) 10
BC Enisey: Afik Nissim 15, Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) 14, Lonny Baxter 14, Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) 13



EuroChallenge: Roanne Basket tasted the first win at home - by Eurobasket News
Roanne Basket- Hoverla 81:78

Roanne Basket tasted the first win at home at EuroChallenge Round 2 to tie their record at 1-1. Chorale de Roanne used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Frankivsk 81-78 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 17-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Chorale de Roanne (1-1) left bottom position moving up to second place in Group C, which they share with BK Pardubice.
John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) netted 12. Andre Barrett (175-PG-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Seton Hall) and Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) followed them with 11 points apiece. Herasymchuk ended up with 18 points in defeat and Eric Coleman (200-C-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: N.Iowa) posted 15.
Chorale de Roanne will face league's leader BK Prostejov on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hoverla will play against the league's second-placed BK Pardubice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Roanne Basket: John Holland 25, Dylan Page 12, Andre Barrett 11, Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 11
Hoverla: Herasymchuk 18, Eric Coleman 15



Roanne hires Luka Pavicevic as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Roanne got a new Head Coach. The former ProA champion hired Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket) for rest of the current season and also for the entire 2012/13. The Montenegrin specialist replaces Jean-Denys Choulet. Pavicevic worked last four seasons with ALBA Berlin. He helped them reach the EuroCup Finals in 2010. ALBA also was the German league champion in 2008 and Cup winner in 2009. Before ALBA Berlin, Pavicevic coached Panionios Athens. It was in 2006/07 season. In the past, he worked with Hemofarm, Atlas Banka and OKK Beograd. In 2005, Pavicevic was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbia and Montenegro League Coach of the Year. He will make debut at Roanne's bench next weekend against Dijon.

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


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


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Chris DAVIS
  Le Portel
  (195-F/G-80)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Davis, Le Portel20.1 
 2. Denave, St Vallier18.3 
 3. James, Denain17.3 
 4. Sonko, Bourg16.9 
 5. Clark, Fos Ouest16.7 
 6. Milbourne, Limoges16.7 
 7. Paelay, Quimper16.4 
 8. Franklin, Vichy16.1 
 9. Smith, Lille16.0 
 10. Barro, Bourg15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Massie, Limoges12.4 
 2. Wood, Evreux10.7 
 3. Rossiter, Denain10.4 
 4. Brown, Maurienne9.3 
 5. Badiane, Antibes9.1 
 6. Allen, Antibes8.4 
 7. Barro, Bourg8.4 
 8. Wyatte, Le Portel8.4 
 9. Daniels, Chalons-.8.0 
 10. Osby, Maurienne7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Donald COPELAND
  Bourg
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Copeland, Bourg6.9 
 2. Taylor, Le Portel6.7 
 3. Denave, St Vallier5.3 
 4. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.3 
 5. Choquet, Fos Ouest5.0 
 6. Gomis, Limoges5.0 
 7. Atamna, Fos Ouest4.9 
 8. Poupet, Rouen4.7 
 9. Sauret, Lille4.7 
 10. Njoya, Boulazac4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Armand CHARLES
  Nantes
  (193-SF-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Charles, Nantes3.0 
 2. James, Denain3.0 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier2.9 
 4. Flowers, Vichy2.7 
 5. Atamna, Fos Ouest2.4 
 6. Taylor, Le Portel2.3 
 7. McCray, Boulogne2.3 
 8. Marshall, Lille2.1 
 9. Sauret, Lille2.1 
 10. Paelay, Quimper2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest2.6 
 2. Badiane, Antibes1.7 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.1.6 
 4. Prowell, St Vallier1.5 
 5. Ford, Bordeaux1.2 
 6. Massie, Limoges1.1 
 7. Barro, Bourg1.1 
 8. Charles, Nantes1.0 
 9. Aka, Vichy1.0 
 10. Corre, Chalons-.0.9 


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Jahsha BLUNTT
  Orchy
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Bluntt, Orchy18.6 
 2. Almanson, Challans18.0 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest17.9 
 4. Belser, Charleville17.9 
 5. Merie, Chartres17.5 
 6. Horton, Blois17.3 
 7. Bigote, Cognac17.0 
 8. Thomas, Roche17.0 
 9. Kaunisto, Blois16.8 
 10. Bichard, St Quent.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.6 
 2. Caskill, Cognac10.3 
 3. Jaiteh, CFBB10.1 
 4. Pearson, Angers B.9.3 
 5. Pridotkas, Brest8.9 
 6. Mendy, Lievin8.4 
 7. Aubry, Montbrison8.3 
 8. Sanborn, Lievin8.3 
 9. Belser, Charleville7.5 
 10. St Robert, Montb.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Pierre BROCHARD
  Blois
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Brochard, Blois6.0 
 2. Rathieuville, Brest6.0 
 3. Calvez, Charleville5.9 
 4. Barbry, Orchy5.6 
 5. Daube, Le Puy5.1 
 6. Godin, Cognac4.9 
 7. Dessart, Lievin4.5 
 8. Berquier, Chartres4.3 
 9. Ball, St Quentin4.3 
 10. Tillon, Montbrison4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.5 
 2. Cretaux, Lievin2.4 
 3. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.3 
 4. Pistre, Charleville2.1 
 5. Bassine, Sorgues2.1 
 6. Bigote, Cognac2.1 
 7. Dessart, Lievin2.0 
 8. Brochard, Blois1.9 
 9. Ball, St Quentin1.8 
 10. Gourari, Rueil1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ian CASKILL
  Cognac
  (207-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Caskill, Cognac2.0 
 2. Alingue, Souffel1.8 
 3. N''Diaye, Souffel1.6 
 4. Mendy, Lievin1.3 
 5. Diame, Rueil1.0 
 6. Borval, Le Puy1.0 
 7. Ipouck, Chartres1.0 
 8. Jaiteh, CFBB1.0 
 9. Casseus, Angers B.0.9 
 10. Lopez, Brest0.8 


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EuroChallenge: Telekom Baskets keep star-packed Turk Telekom winless - by Eurobasket News
Telekom Baskets- Turk Telekom 87:80

Telekom Baskets keep star-packed Turk Telekom winless at EuroChallenge. The German team closed Round 2 on Wednesday with 87:80 win.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-17. But Turk Telekom won second period 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Telekom Baskets had a 25-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. American point guard Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks during the contest. Four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) scored 20 points.

Telekom Baskets: Tony Gaffney 19, Jared Jordan 18+12 rebs, Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) 17, Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) 15
Turk Telekom: Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80, college: Arizona) 22, Darius Washington 20, Mehmet Okur 19



EJ Gallup WIll Depart From TBB Trier - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
TBB Trier have announced that wing player Ernest-Joseph Gallup (193-G-81, college: Co.Carolina) will leave the club. Gallup who returned back to professional basketball after a three year absence as he went into the restaurant business in the States returned back to Germany last summer as he got a short term contract from TBB Trier. The team and player were unable to come to an agreement about a contract extension. The contract ends on the 30th of November. Gallup has played eight games averaging 7,8ppg and 1,9rpg. It seems like his professional basketball career as a player may come to an abrupt end soon. 'I have really enjoyed my time here and the club and organization are really great, but in the long run, I want to work as a coach and have an offer to coach at an American college. I really want to take this chance, but I will miss Trier', stated Ernest-Joseph Gallup. 'We are happy that EJ was with us. he helped us a lot and was a role model and always gave his best. We wish him the best and will stay in contact with him', stated TBB Trier head coach Henrik Rodel.

Source: TBB Trier


EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets beat Fuenlabrada for 2-0 record - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets-Fuenlabrada 85:66

EWE Baskets beat Fuenlabrada for 2-0 record in EuroChallenge. The German side grabbed 85:66 win and handed the visitors their first loss. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when EWE Baskets's pressure prevailed and they won that period 31-17 extending their advantage to 19 points. Sead Sehovic (199-F-89) scored the last 5 points for the winning side, while the Spanish outfit posted the last 6 points in the game. EWE Baskets maintains first position in Group A with 2-0 record. Loser Baloncesto Fuenlabrada keeps the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Norrkoping. EWE Baskets will meet Norrkoping Dolphins (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play against Nitra in Nitra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
In another game of the group Norrkoping Dolphins rolled over Bemaco SPU Nitra in Group A of EuroChallenge. The Swedish side had six players hit double-digits in points in an 82:64 victory.



Sebastian Borgmann Takes Over As Head Coach For BSV Wulfen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
BSV Wulfen got a surprise Tuesday night as head coach Thorsten Morzuch stepped down as head coach on account of heath and job reasons. He had led PRO B team BSV Wulfen to a 6-5 record and 7th place in the standings. Losing three games in a row was not an additional reason for the change. 'There are more important things in life than basketball at times. Last year we also started with a 5-2 record and then had three loses in a row. Phases like that happen in sports', stressed BSV Wulfen CEO Markus Zoellner. The team now will be coached by assistant coach Sebastian Borgmann who knows the team and doesnt need to get used to the team. 'I know the team and it knows me. We can continue to practice hard to be successful in the next games', stressed Sebastian Borgmann.

Source: BSV Wulfen


Keith Simmons (Banvit, Turkey) Quantez Robertson Is One Of The Most Athletic Players That I Have Ever Played Against - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Keith Simmons (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 196cm guard from Kingston, New York that is playing his fifth professional basketball season and fourth in Turkey. He played at Holy Cross (NCAA) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 34 games: 16.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.9apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 34.9%, FT: 76.7%. In 2007-2008, he played for Kepez Bld Antalya (Turkey-TBL, starting five): 30 games: 16.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 73.5%. In 2008-2009, he played for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 1 month: EuroChallenge: 8 games: 8.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg; German League: 33 games: 11.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 74.1%. He has played for Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (Turkey-TBL) since 2009. Last season, he played EuroCup: 5 games: 10.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 87.5%; Turkish League: 38 games: 10.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 76.4%. He spoke to Eurobasket after the 73-72 win against the Fraport Skyliners in Eurocup play.

Congrats on the 73-72 win against the Fraport Skyliners in Eurocup play. How did you like their new uniforms?

They were nice uniforms. It is nice them having the Airport the hub of travel as their sponsor. Deutsche Bank was a great sponsor, but the new one is a good one also.

After a five game losing streak in the Beko BBL, The Fraport Skyliners came out focused and were only trailing 39-34 at halftime. What was giving Banvit the biggest problems in the first 20 minutes?

Frankfurt hit many tough shots. I think they hit 7-8 shots in the game with the game shotbuzzer sounding or very near to it. Mckinney and Davidson hit tough shots and were hard to stop at times.

What did Banvit want to do better in the second half?

We wanted to defend better and cut down on our turnovers. We didnt do a good job running down loose balls and getting deflections in the first half. Frankfurt did a good job taking advantage of our mistakes.

The fourth quarter was exciting. Lance Williams missed one of two free throws and Frankfurt had one last possession where Jimmy Mckinney had the chance to win the game. Describe the last play?

On the last play I was defending Jimmy Mckinney. I had also been defending Quantez Robertson. On the last play, I tried to jump as high as I could to contest the shot as best I could. Jimmy had hit some tough shots on me the whole night. His shot was close, but a little short. Wewere lucky that he missed.

What comforting words did you have for Jimmy Mckinney?

We spoke before the game for a while. We wished each other the best of luck and that we stay healthy. It was good to see Jimmy again. We hugged it out and will see us in Frankfurt in the return game.

What was it like playing against Quantez Robertson. Where would you rate his athleticism?

Robertson is very athletic. He is one of the most athletic players that I have ever played against. I thought that he was taller than what he was, but he made up for it with his explosiveness. You just have to try to stay in front of him.

What was your impression of Michael Thompson? He finished with six points, six rebounds and six assists in 39 minutes. He was thrust into the starting rotation because of the absence of Justin Gray

He really stepped it up. He didnt score much, but he distributed the ball very well. I thought that he did a good job controlling the game. Even when we were up by 7-8 points, he controlled the tempo well. He did an ok job against us.

What was your overall impression of The Fraport Skyliners?

They can be pretty tough as a team. They showed some resilience against us. We made many runs, but they never gave up and kept fighting. Mckinney and Davidson stepped it up for them with their two key players being out. I think that Frankfurt can be very tough if they can put it together with Gray and Leuer. From their stats and record, they havent been able to play to their potential, but I think that once they find their chemistry, then they can play well.

What did you learn from the 73-72 win?

We learned that you have to play until the end of each shot clock buzzer, quarter buzzer and final buzzer. They made many tough shots and we gave up too many offensive rebounds. We have to stay focused on each single possession. If we can learn to do that more then I think that we can be successful in the Eurocup.

Thanks Keith for the post game chat.




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  GREECE   


Mid November's list of Greek Free agents - by Chris Mammides
Four weeks after the official beggining of the Greek A1 league (and 2 weeks after the first list launched) and the list of the free agents is longer than ever, eurobasket continue its research in regards to the free agents which used to be 'hot' names (some of them still are) a couple of seasons ago. Especially with the mess that most teams are, hopefully they will have a look at these lists to decide to add some value and experience in their rosters:

Here is the 'fresh' outcome of our little research

In the Guard position:
Georgios Diamantopoulos (195-F-80)
Nikos Hatzivrettas (195-G-77)
Dimitrios Kalaitzidis (198-F/G-85)
Nikos Pappas (194-G-90) (he has a frozen contract with Bizkaia Bilbao)
Christos Papanikolaou (195-G-85)
Lazaros Seferidis (192-G-82)*


In the forward position:
Nikos Theodorakos (202-F-89)

Antonis Kesisoglou (206-F-91)
Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-F-79)
Giorgos Pavlidis (206-F-78)
Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77)
Milos Sakota (203-F-84)

Haris Plioukas (200-F-89)



In the center position:
Georgos Tsiakos (205-F/C-82)
Miroslav Raicevic (208-C-81)
Gaios Skordilis (206-C-87)
Giorgos Loupos (208-C-78)*
Fragiskos Amato (205-F/C-78)*

* For these three players there is some doubts wehter are still active players as ther are no news whehter they have retired






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  HOLLAND   


Boxley's 22 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old forward Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Leiden and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had the game-high 22 points adding eight rebounds for Leiden in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Den Bosch (#5, 4-3) 82-80. Leiden maintains the 2nd position in league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Leiden will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. In the team's last game Boxley had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Leiden, through which he has constantly improved. Portland State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Boxley is in league's top in points (8th best: 14.6ppg) and averages solid 52.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Tai Wesley (200-F-86) of Den Bosch. He is Samoan-Fiji forward in his first season at Den Bosch. In the last game Wesley recorded impressive 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Den Bosch to edge slightly lower-ranked Leeuwarden (#6, 3-5) in overtime by 1 point 78-77. Den Bosch's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wesley is a newcomer at Den Bosch and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Markel Humphrey (198-F-87) of Nijmegen (#3). Humphrey scored 28 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Humphrey's great performance Nijmegen lost 84-86 to slightly lower-ranked Den Bosch (#5, 4-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Nijmegen needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Humphrey has a great season in Holland. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 6.5rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87) of Nijmegen - 21 points and 10 rebounds
5. Alex Wesby (196-G-80) of Groningen - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Cameron Wells (185-G-88) of Zwolle - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Stefan Wessels (203-F-84) of Den Bosch - 18 points and 10 rebounds
8. Tyrone Sally (201-F-82) of Rotterdam - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Tai Wesley (200-F-86) of Den Bosch - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Daniel Jones (200-F-79) of Rotterdam - 26 points 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)


I'm Back - by Glenn Stokes
Hello everyone, I know it's been a minute but ' I'm Back'! For those who are new my name is Glenn, I am a small point guard who dreamed, believed and achieved a bit of success. Since a young boy I made my mind up to follow my heart and pursue a passion of mine. At that point my mind was made up; which was to do whatever it took to reach my full potential and becoming the best basketball player I could be. Through blood, sweat and tears; nothing or no one was gonna rain on my parade or shatter my dreams. Whether it was those days of going to the courts in the rain or snow to work on my shot or those late night/early mornings after talking trash with my boys and us going to the courts at like 3am after playing video games. Maybe it was the fact that I didnt wanna accept the cliche ' that you had to be tall to play' and or I didnt wanna believe those who would say that I was good but I was too small to take it far... I just know that I never lost sight of my dream to someday receive a college scholarship and play professionally!!!! Well now it's 2011 and I am playing my 10th season as a professional basketball player.

I haven't blogged since March, right before the playoffs in the Dutch Basketball League. I will recap how the season ended for us and update you all on what I have been up to and where i am now. First of all, we lost in the playoffs to Groningen. I finished the season as the leagues scoring leader, third in assists and steals, along with being in the top 5 in other categories... Anyone who knows me well knows that the most important thing for me is winning and doing whatever it takes to help put my team in a position to win. Therefore, individual accomplishments are alright but finishing the season without winning a championship or atleast reaching the finals is disappointing to me and I'll trade any award or individual accomplishment in for it any day!!!!! So to say the least I've been stuck with the sour feeling from losing rather than the satisfaction of my personal accomplishments.

After the season finished I was excited about one thing..... That was spending time with my beautiful daughter Londyn. I made it a point to spend as much time as possible with her being that playing overseas cost me so much daddy time! I even contemplated retiring and staying as close to her as possible. During the summer I played in some pro am leagues to stay in tip top shape just in case I couldn't stay away from the game. While playing in the Nike Pro City summer league at Georgetown University I broke my ankle!!! Right then I thought it was God's way of making my decision to retire easier for me.. I broke my ankle on July 26th and was forced to give the game up for 8-10 weeks... So from July 26th to October 20th I was done. Finally, after about 3 months I started to workout again but going very light and being very careful. I was getting offers while I was in the boot but I never told anyone in the basketball world about my injury. I finally signed with an old team of mine in Mexico ( barreteros de Zacatecas), where I am now in pursuit of winning a championship!

I hope everyone enjoyed this blog and will continue to read my blogs. You can also follow me on twitter at @GmoneyStokes. Until next time... Peace!
Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: American)


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 7-2 
 2. Leiden 5-2 
 3. Nijmegen 5-3 
 4. Zwolle 4-3 
 5. Den Bosch 4-3 
 6. Leeuwarden 3-5 
 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, Leeuwarden19.3 
 3. Acker, Nijmegen17.5 
 4. Humphrey, Nijmegen17.3 
 5. Wesby, Groningen15.7 
 6. Sally, Rotterdam15.0 
 7. Wesley, Den Bosch14.6 
 8. Hargrove, Nijmegen14.6 
 9. Boxley, Leiden14.6 
 10. Wells, Zwolle14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Coleman, Weert10.0 
 2. Robinson, Zwolle7.7 
 3. Bekkering, Nijme.7.4 
 4. Sanchez, Leeuw.7.4 
 5. Wesley, Den Bosch7.0 
 6. de Randamie, Groni.6.6 
 7. van Kempen, Weert6.5 
 8. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.5 
 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. Harman, Weert4.8 
 3. Turner, Den Bosch4.6 
 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.2.6 
 10. Defares, Groningen2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Damon HUFFMAN
  Zwolle
  (187-G-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Huffman, Zwolle3.3 
 2. Gonzalvez, Den B.2.6 
 3. Wesley, Den Bosch2.6 
 4. Anderson, Weert2.5 
 5. Harman, Weert2.3 
 6. Jones, Rotterdam1.9 
 7. Dourisseau, Groni.1.9 
 8. Wells, Zwolle1.9 
 9. Jeter, Leeuwarden1.8 
 10. Acker, Nijmegen1.8 
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. Wesley, Den Bosch1.1 
 5. Minter, Weert1.0 
 6. Zondervan, Zwolle0.9 
 7. Poels, Leeuwarden0.9 
 8. Aarts, Nijmegen0.8 
 9. Kennedy, Leiden0.8 
 10. van der List, Den0.6 


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  ICELAND   


Lengjan Cup - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Results from last round in Lengjan Cup.
Keflavik 11- Hamar 64. Charles Michael Parker 27 Jerryd Cole 16 For Keflavik. H Jonsson 22 for hamar.
Haukar 90 Fjolnir 68
Jovanni Shuler 20 & 12 rebs. Chris Smith 19 & 14. for Haukar. Calvin O'Neil 19 for Fjolnir
Grindavik 103. KFI 87. Giordan Watson & Sigurdur Thorsteinsson 19 each for Grindavik. Craig Schoen 23. Chris Miller-Williams 22 for KFI
Njardvik 96 Valur 87 Travis Holmes (193-G, agency: Strategic Sports, college: VMI) with huge game for Njardvik 45 points & 13 rebounds. Cameron Echols 20. For Valur Igor Tratnik had a very good numbers with 17 points & 19 boards.
Stjarnan 103. Tindastoll 80. Justin Shouse 28 Keith Cothran 22. Marvin Valdimarsson 18. for Stjarnan. Svavar Birgisson 19 for Tindastoll
IR 86. Thor Thorl 94. James Bartolotta 23. Ellert Arnarson 20 for IR Darrin Govens 20 for Thor.
KR 111. Skallagrimur 73. Ed Horton 29 David Taitu 22 for KR. Dominiuqe Holmes 25 for Skallagrim


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  INDONESIA   


SEA Games 2011. Indonesia sneak past Singapore, reach semis - by Eurobasket News
Indonesia - Singapore 80:75

Indonesia came from behind to knock down Singapore in the decisive battle for semifinal birth in Group B of SEA Games 2011. Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) stepped up with 23 points and 9 rebounds to pace the hosts to a crucial win.
Singapore earned a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. They mounted the pressure in the second frame. Singapore registered a 42:32 halftime lead. But Indonesia never said die. The hosts went off the dressing room recharged and ready to fight. Indonesia trimmed the deficit to 5 points with one quarter remaining. The home team went on a 26:16 rally in the final term and escaped with a narrow tough victory at the end. Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-PG-81) notched 11 points, while Xaverius Prawiro (184-G/F-86) had 14 points for the winning team. Koh Meng Koon and Matialakan Pathman (198-C-80) delivered 17 points apiece for Singapore. Khoo Dawei had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Indonesia: Rony Gunawan 23, Xaverius Prawiro 14, Faisal Julius Ahmad 11
Singapore: Koh Meng Koon 17, Matialakan Pathman 17


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  IRAN   


Iranian U18 National Team 2011 - by Greg
4 Hamed Beigiarbats 188-G-95
5 Saleh Foroutannik G Petrochimi Iran
6 Mozafarivanani
7 Sajjad Mashayekhi 180-PG-94 Mahram Iran
8 Borna Toosi
9 Amiresmaeil Taherikolahdooz
10 Mohammad Yazdanpana 201-F-95
11 Bagherikoudakani
12 Vahid Dalirzahan 198-F-95
13 Milad Azizi
14 Soroush Dehghani
15 Hosein Rahmati

Ali Towfigh Head Coach
Abolghasem Kiyani Assistant
Amir Moozarmi Assistant


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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Tel Aviv returns Omri Casspi - by Eurobasket News
According to Cleveland.com, Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88) is back to Maccabi Tel Aviv. Reportedly, the NBAer already penned a deal and he will join his former team in several weeks. Casspi spent last two seasons with the Sacramento Kings. In the latest one he had 8.6 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 71 games. In his rookie NBA year Casspi collected 10.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.3 apg for 77 games. Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Casspi during the off-season. Omri Casspi played for Maccabi Tel Aviv few years in the past. He had 13 ppg and 4.8 rpg in Israeli league, before he went overseas. Sacramento selected Casspi as 23rd overall pick at the 2009 NBA Draft. Except of Maccabi Tel Aviv, Omri Casspi also has experience from Hapoel Galil Elyon.

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


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Jermaine HALL
  Macc.B.Y.
  (196-F-80)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Hall, Macc.B.Y.24.4 
 2. Clemente, Kiryat T.24.0 
 3. Miller, Macc.B.Y.23.2 
 4. Sanders, Hapoel Y.21.7 
 5. Gonzalez, Hod H.21.2 
 6. Thondique, Hapoel21.2 
 7. Segev, Kiryat Tivon21.0 
 8. Daniel, Ironi K-A20.0 
 9. Ginyard, Ironi N.19.8 
 10. Webb, Ironi R.19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.15.8 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel13.0 
 3. Daniel, Ironi K-A11.2 
 4. Webb, Ironi R.10.8 
 5. Rosefelt, Lev H.10.8 
 6. Traimel, Ironi N.10.2 
 7. Moses, Hapoel K/S10.0 
 8. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.10.0 
 9. Kelly, Hapoel T-A9.7 
 10. Sanders, Hapoel Y.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon7.2 
 2. Nanikashvili, Iron.7.0 
 3. Eliyahu, Ironi N.6.8 
 4. Sukar, Hod Hashar.5.0 
 5. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.3 
 6. Golan, Elitzur Yav.3.8 
 7. Housman, Macc.B.Y.3.8 
 8. Younger, Ironi K-A3.6 
 9. Ben Hemo, Ironi N.3.6 
 10. Hofman, Elitzur3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon5.2 
 2. Eliyahu, Ironi N.4.6 
 3. Hofman, Elitzur3.5 
 4. Gonzalez, Hod H.3.5 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.3.3 
 6. Sztarkman, Hapoel3.0 
 7. Tolbert, Hapoel K/S2.8 
 8. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.8 
 9. Davidi, Ironi R.2.8 
 10. Nanikashvili, Iro.2.8 
Blocks Per Game
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 1. Daniel, Ironi K-A2.6 
 2. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.3 
 3. Johnson, Hod H.2.2 
 4. Thondique, Hapoel2.0 
 5. Jackson, Hapoel Y.1.8 
 6. Webb, Ironi R.1.8 
 7. Sanders, Hapoel Y.1.7 
 8. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.7 
 9. Naor, Hapoel T-A1.5 
 10. Bacon, Elitzur Ra.1.3 


National League Round 6: #1 Beer Yaakov is defeated by Ironi Nes-Ziona - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Beer Yaakov (5-1) in Nes Ziyona on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by eleventh ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (2-3) 90-76. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Beer Yaakov. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-76. Ironi Nes-Ziona dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Beer Yaakov's 36. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-F-87) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Dori Assaf (178-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Ironi Nes-Ziona moved-up to eighth place. Beer Yaakov at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with Kiryat Tivon. Ironi Nes-Ziona are looking forward to face Hapoel Afula (#12) on the road in the next round. Beer Yaakov will play against Ironi Kiryat Ata (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Lev Hasharon's (#8) 90-83 road victory against 7th ranked Hod Hasharon. Naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (205-85, college: St.Thomas, agency: Avi Zilberman) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Jamelle Cornley supported him with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds by naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) did not help to save the game for Hod Hasharon. Hod Hasharon's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Lev Hasharon have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Elitzur Yavne. Hod Hasharon at the other side dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Lev Hasharon will play against Elitzur Ramla (#11) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Hod Hasharon will play against Ironi Ramat Gan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kiryat Tivon (5-1) against fifth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (4-2) on Tuesday night. Visiting Kiryat Tivon was defeated by Ironi Kiryat Ata in Kiryat Ata 118-106. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Kiryat Tivon. The best player for the winners was Ilan Nanikashvili who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Ramon Clemente who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and 20 rebounds. Newly promoted Ironi Kiryat Ata maintains fifth position with 4-2 record. Loser Kiryat Tivon keeps the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Macc.B.Yaakov. Ironi Kiryat Ata will meet higher ranked Beer Yaakov (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kiryat Tivon will play against the league's leader Hapoel Tel-Aviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
National League top team - Hapoel Tel-Aviv (6-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (0-6) 86-67. It was a good game for Demontez Stitt who led his team to a victory with 25 points. Undefeated Hapoel Tel-Aviv have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Hapoel Kfar Saba at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kiryat Tivon in Kiryat Tivon and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play at home against Ironi Nahariya (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
National League top team - Hapoel Tel-Aviv (6-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (2-3) 90-71. Corry Carr scored 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's coach Erez Edelshtein used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Hapoel Tel-Aviv have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Loser Ironi Nes-Ziona dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will face league's second-placed Kiryat Tivon in Kiryat Tivon in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play on the road against Hapoel Afula (#12).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 6: Hapoel Y/M lost to Ironi Nahariya on the opponent's court 74-82. Elitzur Ramla managed to outperform Hapoel Afula in a home game 110-107. Ironi Ramat Gan recorded a loss to Elitzur Yavne on the road 86-78.


Hapoel T-A - Hapoel K/S 86-67

National League top team - Hapoel Tel-Aviv (6-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (0-6) 86-67. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Hapoel Kfar Saba was better in fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) who led his team to a victory with 25 points. The former international Matan Naor (195-80) contributed with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Or Ron (181-88) replied with 15 points and guard Shai Kleimintz (190-92) added 13 points in the effort for Hapoel Kfar Saba. Hapoel Tel-Aviv have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Hapoel Kfar Saba at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Kiryat Tivon in Kiryat Tivon and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play at home against Ironi Nahariya (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: D.Stitt 25+4reb+3ast, C.Kelly 16+9reb, M.Naor 15+8reb+5ast, C.Carr 9+7reb+3ast, J.Skjoldebrand 8+3reb+1ast, G.Eytan 5+3reb
Hapoel K/S: O.Ron 15+2reb+3ast, S.Kleimintz 13+3reb+2ast, M.Moses 11+6reb+1ast, A.Harush 9+5reb+2ast, H.Karni 8+6reb+1ast, M.Marztiano 5+2reb
gschID: 145228


Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel Y/M 82-74

Very expected game when 8th ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (2-4) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Ironi Nahariya (4-1) 82-74 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 28-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Ironi Nahariya forced 19 Hapoel Yokneam/Megido turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Oren Ben Hemo (190-79) chipped in 17 points and 8 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Thomas Sanders (194-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) with 26 points and 5 rebounds and center Moti Moscovitz (205-85) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Five Ironi Nahariya and four Hapoel Yokneam/Megido players scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya maintains fourth position with 4-1 record. Loser Hapoel Yokneam/Megido dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. Ironi Nahariya will face bottom-ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido will play against Elitzur Yavne (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: E.Traimel 19+11reb+3ast, J.Roberts 19+6reb+2ast, O.Ben Hemo 17+2reb+8ast, M.Ginyard 14+5reb+2ast, A.Eliyahu 10+5reb+11ast, L.Shvarzvald 3+1reb
Hapoel Y/M: T.Sanders 26+5reb+2ast, M.Moscovitz 15+9reb+2ast, O.Ida 10+3reb, Z.Ben-Zvi 10+4reb+7ast, R.Yavzuri 7+3reb+1ast, A.Mor 2+3reb
gschID: 145229


Hod Hasharon - Lev Hasharon 83-90

Very significant was Lev Hasharon's (#8) 90-83 road victory against 7th ranked Hod Hasharon. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hod Hasharon won third quarter 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hod Hasharon was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (205-85, college: St.Thomas, agency: Avi Zilberman) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and American forward Jamelle Cornley (196-87, college: Penn St.) supported him with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds by naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) did not help to save the game for Hod Hasharon. American forward Anthony Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) added 18 points and 9 rebounds. Hod Hasharon's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Lev Hasharon have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Elitzur Yavne. Hod Hasharon at the other side dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Lev Hasharon will play against Elitzur Ramla (#11) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Hod Hasharon will play against Ironi Ramat Gan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lev Hasharon: J.Cornley 27+10reb+2ast, I.Rosefelt 26+14reb+5ast, L.Clinch 20+5reb+1ast, B.Sharoni 6+2reb+1ast, O.Shmidt 5+3reb+2ast, U.Gur 3+1reb+5ast
Hod Hasharon: A.Johnson 18+9reb, J.Gonzalez 13+1reb+6ast, G.Gandel 13+14reb+1ast, H.Ratner 9, C.Dewhurst 8+5reb, A.Sukar 7+7reb+8ast
gschID: 145224


Elitzur Ramla - Hapoel Afula 110-107 OT

There was a small surprise when twelfth ranked Elitzur Ramla (2-4) edged at home 9th ranked Hapoel Afula (2-4) 110-107 on Tuesday. Hapoel Afula was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 28-23 charge of Elitzur Ramla, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-14. Elitzur Ramla made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Strangely Hapoel Afula outrebounded Elitzur Ramla 43-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. American forward Ryan Bacon (200-88, college: St.Peter's, agency: Strategic Sports) scored 25 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and S.Moragne chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 19 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Ronny LeMelle (196-81, college: Auburn) scored 30 points and 8 rebounds. Five Elitzur Ramla and four Hapoel Afula players scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Hapoel Afula. Hapoel Afula lost fourth consecutive game. Elitzur Ramla will face higher ranked Lev Hasharon (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: R.Bacon 25+5reb+2ast, S.Moragne 20+7reb+2ast, O.Cohen 16+1ast, I.Berkowitz 14+2reb+10ast, R.Barzilai 12+3reb+1ast, M.Badalov 11+5reb+1ast
Hapoel Afula: R.LeMelle 30+8reb+3ast, G.Thondique 29+19reb+3ast, E.Eliyah 20+3reb+3ast, O.Blayzer 10+5reb, H.Shifman 9+1reb+2ast, G.Cohen 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 145225


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Macc.B.Yaakov 90-76

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Beer Yaakov (5-1) in Nes Ziyona on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by eleventh ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (2-3) 90-76. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Beer Yaakov. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-76. Ironi Nes-Ziona dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Beer Yaakov's 36. Naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Dori Assaf (178-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) with 24 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized American point guard Drew Housman (182-87, college: Harvard, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Five Ironi Nes-Ziona and four Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. Ironi Nes-Ziona moved-up to eighth place. Beer Yaakov at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with Kiryat Tivon. Ironi Nes-Ziona are looking forward to face Hapoel Afula (#12) on the road in the next round. Beer Yaakov will play against Ironi Kiryat Ata (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Michael Dunne 20+13reb+3ast, O.Rub 19+2reb+1ast, D.Assaf 18+2reb+5ast, R.Zehavian 15+8reb+2ast, B.Tolbert 12+4reb+4ast, B.Dupree 4+3reb
Macc.B.Yaakov: N.Miller 24+5reb+1ast, I.Simin 19+2reb+1ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 16+6reb+1ast, D.Housman 12+6reb+5ast, T.Atlas 3+7reb+2ast, E.Beniamin 2
gschID: 145226


Ironi K-A - Kiryat Tivon 118-106

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kiryat Tivon (5-1) against fifth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (4-2) on Tuesday night. Visiting Kiryat Tivon was defeated by Ironi Kiryat Ata in Kiryat Ata 118-106. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Kiryat Tivon. The hosts trailed by 15 points at the halftime before their 70-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ironi Kiryat Ata shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Ilan Nanikashvili (187-79) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Tony Younger (200-80, college: Spring Hill, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) chipped in 29 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and 20 rebounds and point guard Lior Segev (190-83, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 26 points and 8 assists respectively. Five Ironi Kiryat Ata and four Kiryat Tivon players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Ironi Kiryat Ata maintains fifth position with 4-2 record. Loser Kiryat Tivon keeps the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Macc.B.Yaakov. Ironi Kiryat Ata will meet higher ranked Beer Yaakov (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kiryat Tivon will play against the league's leader Hapoel Tel-Aviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: T.Younger 29+6reb, I.Nanikashvili 21+5reb+13ast, L.Daniel 18+13reb+1ast, A.Nanikashvili 17+2ast, G.Halamish 12+2reb+4ast, R.Elbaz 10+4ast
Kiryat Tivon: R.Clemente 31+20reb+3ast, L.Segev 26+1reb+8ast, J.Gomes 17+4reb+3ast, K.Izik 14+5reb+1ast, L.Ariely 7+1reb+1ast, Z.Silverman 4+2ast
gschID: 145227


Elitzur Yavne - Ironi Ramat Gan 86-78

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (1-5) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Elitzur Yavne (3-3) 86-78 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 47-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) scored 30 points to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 18 rebounds and his fellow American import guard T.J. Bannister (180-84, college: Liberty, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 18 points and 8 assists. Elitzur Yavne moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Lev Hasharon. Ironi Ramat Gan lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with five games lost. Elitzur Yavne will face Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#9) on the road in the next round. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Hod Hasharon (#10) and be promoted back to the Premier League just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: B.Laing 30+4reb+1ast, E.Hofman 21+4reb+4ast, K.Wilson 15+4reb+1ast, N.Golan 8+4reb+4ast, E.Engel 7+2reb+1ast, Z.Volfer 3+6reb+1ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: R.Webb 23+18reb+2ast, T.Bannister 18+2reb+8ast, D.Davidi 12+5reb+1ast, G.Amitay 8+3reb, R.Pitshon 7+3reb, Y.Arbiv 6+2reb
gschID: 145223


Round 3
Hapoel T-A - Ironi Nes-Ziona 90-71

National League top team - Hapoel Tel-Aviv (6-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (2-3) 90-71. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Ironi Nes-Ziona was better in fourth quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ironi Nes-Ziona to just 7 points in third quarter. Hapoel Tel-Aviv made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hapoel Tel-Aviv made 12 blocks. Naturalized American swingman Corry Carr (192-75, college: Texas Tech) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 blocks during the contest. Five Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's coach Erez Edelshtein used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Braxton Dupree (203-89, college: Towson, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Hapoel Tel-Aviv have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Loser Ironi Nes-Ziona dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will face league's second-placed Kiryat Tivon in Kiryat Tivon in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play on the road against Hapoel Afula (#12).
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: C.Carr 16+7reb+2ast, M.Naor 14+5reb+3ast, C.Kelly 13+9reb+2ast, J.Skjoldebrand 12+6reb+3ast, D.Stitt 10+4reb+3ast, B.Timor 10+3reb+4ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: B.Dupree 19+10reb+2ast, T.Michael Dunne 15+6reb+4ast, O.Rub 13+2reb+2ast, D.Bank 8+5reb+1ast, T.Karpeles 7+2reb, R.Zehavian 4+2reb
gschID: 154955




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Assi Basket Ostuni keeps Jaka Klobucar - by Eurobasket News
Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) will stay with Assi Basket Ostuni for rest of the season. The Slovenian guard penned a contract extension yesterday. He had a two-month deal before that. Klobucar appeared five times in Lega Due with Ostuni averaging 16.4 points and 4.2 rebounds. The team currently has 3-4 record in the league. Jaka Klobucar started this season with Krka. He had 4 ppg and 4 rpg for them in two Adriatic league games. Last season, Klobucar split between Partizan Belgrade and Union Olimpija. In the past, he played for Geoplin Slovan. In 2009, Klobucar won the Slovenian league title and Cup with Union Olimpija.

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Best players of BJ League round 12 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Nigerian-American Reggie Okosa (208-F/C-80, agency: VVG Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Okinawa GK and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 31-year old power forward had a double-double of 22 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Miyazaki SS (#8, 2-8) 70-58. Okinawa GK maintains the 2nd position in Japanese BJ League. They are still close to the very top. Okinawa GK would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-2 record. Okosa turned to be Okinawa GK's top player in his first season with the team. Reggie Okosa averages this season 15.7ppg and 9.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American LaShawn Malloy (209-C/F-84) of Iwate Big Bulls. Malloy impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 22 rebounds. Bad luck as Iwate Big Bulls lost that game 69-85 to the higher-ranked Shinshu BW (#4, 6-4). Iwate Big Bulls managed to keep the same 10th spot in the standings. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Iwate Big Bulls managed to get this year. Malloy is a newcomer at Iwate Big Bulls and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Lynn Washington (200-F-78) of top-ranked Osaka Evessa. Washington scored 24 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Osaka Evessa, leading his team to a 90-73 easy win against #4 ranked Shiga L-Stars in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count Osaka Evessa as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 9 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Washington has a great season in Japan. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.1ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Derek Raivio (190-G-84) of Shinshu BW - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Yu Okada (184-G-83) of Shiga L-Stars - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Atsuya Ohta (206-C-84) of Hamamatsu P. - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Larry Turner (210-F/C-82) of Toyama Grouses - 13 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Oneal Mims (208-F-83) of Sendai 89ers - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. John Flowers (200-F-89) of Saitama Bron. - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Jordanian U18 National Team 2011 - by Greg
4 Teodor Tsikhlakis
5 Hazem Hashem
6 Moumen Kazem
7 Issa Asghar Issa
8 Sa'ad Almomani
9 Ghasem Al Da'Ajeh
10 Adham Salim
11 Zey d Morcos
12 Hazem Alqum
13 Omar Sooman
14 Yousef Al-Awamleh
15 Mamoon T.M.bukhari



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Tomorrow, Kolegji Univers vs. Futura - by Dren Shporta
The Basketball Federation of Kosovo (FBK) today has announced that the delayed match between Kolegji Univers and Futura will be played tomorrow. The college boys are in a good form, especially Ngadhnjim Dragusha (207-C-82), after they won against favorites Peja in a round six match. They also beat Drita as visitors in a last weekend.

If Kolegji Univers team, beats Futura tomorrow they will equal Peja and Bashkimi with a 4 wins and 3 lost games in a first period of seven gameweeks in BKT Superliga. In the other hand, Futuras team is showing some compactness and is very competitive during the game, even if they lost all games played.

Jeton Nixhas players will try to show their best in this game, which had to be played in a first regular round. Futura actually have a record of zero wins and all five games lost, with a game in hand.




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Todd Abernethy joins Ventspils - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Todd Abernethy (185-G-84, college: Mississippi). The guard spent the last season in Ukraine. He played for Politekhnika-Halychyna. Todd Abernethy tallied 10.9 points, 5.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds per game in Superleague. Previously Todd Abernethy had stints in Estonia, Latvia and Netherlands. Eurobasket.com named the player into Estonian League All-Imports Team. He also got onto Latvian League All-Imports Team in 2009. Todd Abernethy is the University of Mississippi graduate. He was named All-SEC Sixth Man of the Year in 2005.

LBL Round 8 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Liepaja (#7) forced the game against Latvijas Universitate (#4) into an overtime, but lost by two points 101-103 on Tuesday night. The game took place in Liepaja. But the guests from Riga were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Liepaja. Worth to mention a great performance of Zanis Peiners who helped to win the game recording 39 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Latvijas Universitate maintains fourth position with 3-4 record. Liepaja at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Latvijas Universitate will face league's second-placed Valmiera at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Liepaja will play against Jelgava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



LU - U18 104-63

Very expected game in Riga where bottom-ranked U18 (0-3) was crushed by fourth ranked Latvijas Universitate (3-4) 104-63 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Latvijas Universitate. U18 was better in fourth quarter 29-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding U18 to just 7 points in third quarter. Latvijas Universitate dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to U18's 24. Latvijas Universitate forced 19 U18 turnovers and outrebounded them 48-24 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Latvijas Universitate looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by U18's players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Kristaps Brigmanis (185-90) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 6 assists and guard Kristaps Dargais (195-90) who added 13 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Latvijas Universitate players scored in double figures. Guard Edgars Stelmahers (185-94) responded with 19 points and forward Ilja Gromovs (197-94) scored 4 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Latvijas Universitate maintains fourth position with 3-4 record. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with three games lost. Latvijas Universitate will face league's second-placed Valmiera at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. U18 will play against Turiba (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
U18: E.Stelmahers 19+4reb, E.Endzels 10+1ast, D.Brizgalovs 8+1reb+1ast, T.Leimanis 6+3reb+2ast, R.Krastins 6+1reb+1ast, G.Puhovs 5+1reb+1ast
LU: H.Rubenis 18+3reb+1ast, K.Brigmanis 15+4reb+6ast, K.Dargais 13+9reb+1ast, Z.Peiners 11+1reb+2ast, M.Dargis 9+4reb, Z.Plivda 9+5reb
gschID: 149860


Liepaja - LU 101-103 OT

Liepaja (#7) forced the game against Latvijas Universitate (#4) into an overtime, but lost by two points 101-103 on Tuesday night. The game took place in Liepaja. But the guests from Riga were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Liepaja. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 29-20 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. Latvijas Universitate forced 22 Liepaja turnovers. Liepaja was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Zanis Peiners (203-90, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 39 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Armands Osins (185-91, agency: FCM) who added 20 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: RIZO) responded with 27 points and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and Lithuanian forward Martynas Andriukaitis (204-81, agency: 011 Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Four Liepaja players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Latvijas Universitate maintains fourth position with 3-4 record. Liepaja at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Latvijas Universitate will face league's second-placed Valmiera at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Liepaja will play against Jelgava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: J.Mayo 27+2reb+5ast, M.Andriukaitis 21+11reb, M.Kravcenko 19+4reb+7ast, J.Timma 11+7reb+1ast, K.Miglinieks 8+4reb, K.Piternieks 6+5reb
LU: Z.Peiners 39+5reb+5ast, A.Osins 20+6reb+2ast, K.Dargais 11+9reb+1ast, M.Dargis 8+7reb, S.Vitols 8+2reb, Z.Plivda 7+1reb
gschID: 149861


Turiba - Jelgava 77-73

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Turiba (2-6) defeated at home 6th ranked Jelgava (2-5) 77-73 on Tuesday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-17. But Jelgava won third quarter 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Turiba had a 34-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Jelgava was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Kristaps Mediss (188-89, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and center Roberts Mednis (204-89) who added 18 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. American forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and guard Kalvis Krumins (183-90) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Jelgava players scored in double figures. Jelgava's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Turiba maintains eighth position with 2-6 record. Loser Jelgava keeps the sixth place with five games lost. Turiba will face bottom-ranked U18 (#9) in Riga in the next round.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: K.Nelson 13+9reb, K.Krumins 12+6reb+1ast, E.Krumins 11+5reb, K.Kanbergs 11+5reb+1ast, A.Duselis 9+1reb+1ast, R.Strupovics 9+4reb+3ast
Turiba: K.Mediss 26+4reb+3ast, R.Mednis 18+11reb, J.Antrops 9+7reb+6ast, M.Steinbergs 8+7reb+4ast, J.Dilevka 7+9reb+1ast, M.Sokolovs 6+1ast
gschID: 149862


Jurmala - Valmiera 76-85

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Jurmala (2-5) was defeated at home by third ranked Valmiera (6-2) 85-76 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. Valmiera outrebounded Jurmala 38-26 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91, agency: FCM) who added 14 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Valmiera players scored in double figures. Forward Atis Ozols (198-81) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds and guard Davis Coders (182-92) scored 8 points and 9 assists. Valmiera have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Jurmala lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Valmiera will face Latvijas Universitate (#4) in Riga in the next round. Jurmala will play at home against Liepaja and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jurmala: A.Ozols 26+6reb+1ast, J.Kosuskins 14+5reb+2ast, U.Pinete 13+1reb+3ast, E.Jonats 8+4reb+1ast, D.Coders 8+4reb+9ast, R.Vaikulis 5+1ast
Valmiera: E.Kalve 28+10reb+1ast, J.Lucas 18+4reb+1ast, A.Butjankovs 14+10reb+1ast, J.Rozitis 13+9reb, V.Veinbergs 6, V.Bikse 4+1reb
gschID: 149863




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 30.5
 1. Sims, VEF Riga30.5 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera20.4 
 3. Ozols, Jurmala18.1 
 4. Krumins, Jelgava17.7 
 5. Mayo, Liepaja17.6 
 6. Lucas, Valmiera16.9 
 7. Peiners, LU16.9 
 8. Young, Ventspils15.6 
 9. Perry, VEF Riga15.6 
 10. Mediss, Turiba15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Sims, VEF Riga10.5 
 2. Dargais, LU9.0 
 3. Mednis, Turiba8.5 
 4. Berzins, VEF Riga7.8 
 5. Andriukaitis, Liep.7.8 
 6. Jonats, Jurmala7.4 
 7. Kalve, Valmiera7.3 
 8. Nelson, Jelgava7.0 
 9. Willard, Ventspils7.0 
 10. Butjankovs, Valmi.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Mayo, Liepaja6.0 
 2. Coders, Jurmala4.6 
 3. Lucas, Valmiera4.4 
 4. Janicenoks, VEF R.4.0 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.8 
 6. Perry, VEF Riga3.6 
 7. Valters, VEF Riga3.6 
 8. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.4 
 9. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.3 
 10. Millage, VEF Riga3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Millage, VEF Riga3.0 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.8 
 3. Miculis, U182.0 
 4. Kanbergs, Jelgava2.0 
 5. Osins, LU1.9 
 6. Peiners, LU1.9 
 7. Perry, VEF Riga1.8 
 8. Cain, VEF Riga1.8 
 9. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.7 
 10. Vitols, LU1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  VEF Riga
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Cain, VEF Riga1.4 
 2. Gromovs, U181.3 
 3. Berzins, VEF Riga1.2 
 4. Ozols, Jurmala1.1 
 5. Rozitis, Valmiera1.1 
 6. Dukulis, Liepaja1.0 
 7. Nelson, Jelgava1.0 
 8. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.8 
 9. Jonats, Jurmala0.7 
 10. Rubenis, LU0.7 


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


LBL2 Round 10: Derby game ends with RSU's defeat of DSN - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all visitors won their games. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: RSU (#4) and DSN (#6). DSN was defeated at home 51-57 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 57-51. RSU (6-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Barons/Keizar. DSN at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. RSU is looking forward to face Saldus (#5) on the road in the next round. DSN will have a break next round.
Ridzene's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after six consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they edged much higher ranked Valmiera U21 (3-5)on the road game in 86-83. Ridzene (1-6) left bottom position moving up to twelfth place, which they share with Jelgava/LLU and Cesis. Newly promoted Valmiera U21 keeps the tenth position with five games lost. Ridzene will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Valmiera U21 will play on the road against Ventspils Augstskola (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
LBL2 top team - Liepaja-2 (10-0) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat eighth ranked VEF Kadeti (4-3) in Riga 79-74. Undefeated Liepaja-2 have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-0 record. Loser VEF Kadeti keeps the eighth place with three games lost. Liepaja-2 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. VEF Kadeti will play against Zemgale/Juniors (#13) in Jelgava and hope to secure a win.
The game in Saldus was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Barons/Keizar. (6-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Saldus (5-3). Barons/Keizar. managed to secure a 9-point victory 84-75. Barons/Keizar. have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 6-1 record having seven points less than leader Liepaja-2, which they share with RSU. Saldus at the other side keep the fifth place with three games lost. Barons/Keizar. will have a break next round. Saldus will play at home against RSU (#4) in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 9th ranked Riga (4-5) and top-ranked VEF Riga junior (7-0) in Riga on Monday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Riga beat Riga 72-63. Undefeated VEF Riga junior have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-0 record having 3 victories less than leader Liepaja-2. Loser Riga keeps the ninth place with five games lost. VEF Riga junior will face Livani (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.

In the last game of round 10 Livani beat Jelgava/LLU on the road 98-90.



DSN - RSU 51-57

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: RSU (#4) and DSN (#6). DSN was defeated at home 51-57 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 57-51. RSU (6-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Barons/Keizar. DSN at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. RSU is looking forward to face Saldus (#5) on the road in the next round. DSN will have a break next round.
gschID: 151313


Jelgava/LLU - Livani 90-98

Everything could happen in Jelgava at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Livani and 11th ranked Zemgale/Juniors had identical 1-5 record. But Zemgale/Juniors were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Livani 98-90 on Wednesday night. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Livani (2-5) moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Zemgale/Juniors dropped to the twelfth position with six games lost. Livani will face league's second-placed VEF Riga junior at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Zemgale/Juniors will play against VEF Kadeti (#8) in Riga.
gschID: 151314


VEF Kadeti - Liepaja-2 74-79

LBL2 top team - Liepaja-2 (10-0) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat eighth ranked VEF Kadeti (4-3) in Riga 79-74. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 23-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Liepaja-2 have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-0 record. Loser VEF Kadeti keeps the eighth place with three games lost. Liepaja-2 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. VEF Kadeti will play against Zemgale/Juniors (#13) in Jelgava and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 151315


Riga - BK VEF 63-72

The game between 9th ranked Riga (4-5) and top-ranked VEF Riga junior (7-0) in Riga on Monday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Riga beat Riga 72-63. Riga trailed by 15 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 21-12 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 63-72 at the end of the game. VEF Riga junior have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-0 record having 3 victories less than leader Liepaja-2. Loser Riga keeps the ninth place with five games lost. VEF Riga junior will face Livani (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
gschID: 151310


Valmiera U21 - Ridzene 83-86

Ridzene's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after six consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they edged much higher ranked Valmiera U21 (3-5)on the road game in 86-83. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Valmiera U21 won third quarter 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Ridzene won last quarter 22-21. Ridzene (1-6) left bottom position moving up to twelfth place, which they share with Jelgava/LLU and Cesis. Newly promoted Valmiera U21 keeps the tenth position with five games lost. Ridzene will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Valmiera U21 will play on the road against Ventspils Augstskola (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 151311


Saldus - Barons/Keizar. 75-84

The game in Saldus was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Barons/Keizar. (6-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Saldus (5-3). Barons/Keizar. managed to secure a 9-point victory 84-75. Saldus were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Barons/Keizar. have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 6-1 record having seven points less than leader Liepaja-2, which they share with RSU. Saldus at the other side keep the fifth place with three games lost. Barons/Keizar. will have a break next round. Saldus will play at home against RSU (#4) in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 151312




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


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  LEBANON   


Lebanese U18 National Team 2011 - by Greg
4 Tanguy Osman
5 Wael Arakji
6 Malek Hijazi
7 Samer Rjeily
8 Jean Assi
9 Elie Chamoun
10 Ali Mezher
11 Toros Mandilian
12 Karim Tabaja
13 Marc Abi Kheres
14 Toni Azzi
15 Hanna Nemer

Ghassan Sarkis Head Coach Champville Lebanon
Amer Fouad Assistant


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  LITHUANIA   


Juventus releases Pociukonis - by Deividas Valiunas
The Juventus-LKSK Utenos announced today that they have waived guard Marius Pociukonis (189-G-82). The 29-year-old Lithuanian appeared four times in Lithuania league (LKL) averaging 2.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists. In Baltic league, Pociukonis played also four games and averaging 2.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
Pociukonis played in Alytus Alita, Sumykhimprom Sumy, Panevezys Techasas and BC Mures Targu-Mures in the past.




EuroCup: Tyrese Rice orchestrates Lietuvos Rytas win in Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Krka - Lietuvos Rytas 65:73

Lietuvos Rytas opened their winning account at the EuroCup regular season. They travelled to Novo Mesto in Slovenia to clinch a tough win over local Krka in Group F. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) scored 19 points to pace the visitors.
Krka showed their ambitions in the opening quarter taking a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. The hosts stretched the margin to 6 points early in the second term. Krka stayed in control posting a 39:35 halftime advantage. The hosts did not allow Lietuvos Rytas to pull ahead in the third term. Krka headed into the fourth quarter up by 6 points 59:53. But the Lithuanian powerhouse went on a 14:0 run in the fourth term to grab a 69:61 advantage. Krka never recovered from the blow and had to surrender at the end. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) nailed 15 points, while Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) added 12 points in the win. Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa) stepped up with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Krka. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) finished with 14 points in defeat.

Krka: Jerome Jordan 20, Allan Ray 14
Lietuvos Rytas: Tyrese Rice 19, Mindaugas Katelynas 15, Renaldas Seibutis 12


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  MALAYSIA   


SEA Games 2011. Malaysia topple Myanmar - by Eurobasket News
Malaysia - Myanmar 100:72

Malaysia registered the second win at SEA Games 2011. They coasted past Myanmar to take 2-1 record in Group B. Chuan Chin Wee (180-G-84) nailed 20 points to lead the effort.
Malaysia dominated from the opening minutes. They arrived at the first break up by 8 points 24:16. Malaysia unloaded 25 points in the second term to take a 49:36 halftime advantage. They never slowed down after the big break. Malaysia went for 30 points in the third quarter to enlarge their lead to as many as 25 points with one quarter remaining. Malaysia stayed in control in the final period and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) and John NgYeo Seng had 16 points each for the winners. Kyar Gyi replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Myanmar. Chan Chan had 15 points in the loss.

Malaysia: Chuan Chin Wee 20, Ban Sin Ooi 16, John Ng Yeo Seng 16
Myanmar: Kyar Gyi 20, Chan Chan 15


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  MONTENEGRO   


Roanne hires Luka Pavicevic as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Roanne got a new Head Coach. The former ProA champion hired Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket) for rest of the current season and also for the entire 2012/13. The Montenegrin specialist replaces Jean-Denys Choulet. Pavicevic worked last four seasons with ALBA Berlin. He helped them reach the EuroCup Finals in 2010. ALBA also was the German league champion in 2008 and Cup winner in 2009. Before ALBA Berlin, Pavicevic coached Panionios Athens. It was in 2006/07 season. In the past, he worked with Hemofarm, Atlas Banka and OKK Beograd. In 2005, Pavicevic was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbia and Montenegro League Coach of the Year. He will make debut at Roanne's bench next weekend against Dijon.

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


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  MYANMAR   


SEA Games 2011. Malaysia topple Myanmar - by Eurobasket News
Malaysia - Myanmar 100:72

Malaysia registered the second win at SEA Games 2011. They coasted past Myanmar to take 2-1 record in Group B. Chuan Chin Wee (180-G-84) nailed 20 points to lead the effort.
Malaysia dominated from the opening minutes. They arrived at the first break up by 8 points 24:16. Malaysia unloaded 25 points in the second term to take a 49:36 halftime advantage. They never slowed down after the big break. Malaysia went for 30 points in the third quarter to enlarge their lead to as many as 25 points with one quarter remaining. Malaysia stayed in control in the final period and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) and John NgYeo Seng had 16 points each for the winners. Kyar Gyi replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Myanmar. Chan Chan had 15 points in the loss.

Malaysia: Chuan Chin Wee 20, Ban Sin Ooi 16, John Ng Yeo Seng 16
Myanmar: Kyar Gyi 20, Chan Chan 15


Myanmar National Team 2011 - by Greg
4 Chin Ta
5 Aung Ye Gaung
6 Chan Chan
7 Ohn Phay
8 Sei Thu Tun Tun
9 Kyar Gyi
10 Soe Htoo Myat
11 Soe Kyi
12 Aung Phyo Wai
13 Nay Myo Min
14 Win Cho
15 Khin Maung Aye



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  NAIA   


No. 2 Mountain State Defeats Division I Morehead State (Ky.), 84-69 - by Arnault Desira
David Nyarsuk scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as No. 2 Mountain State (W.Va.) beat NCAA Division I Morehead State (Ky.), 84-69, Thursday night in an exhibition game at Johnson Arena.

It was the Cougars first win over a Division I opponent in school history.

Morehead knocked out Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last March.

MSU lost by 19 points in an exhibition game at Morehead last year.

MSU handled Moreheads constant pressure, which was something Bolen had stressed after the Cougars committed 17 turnovers against Salem Tuesday night in Beckley in a 101-71 win.



NAIA Men's Basketball Coaches' Active Wins Lists Announced - by Arnault Desira
Head mens basketball coach Dan Miles of Oregon Tech tops the active NAIA wins list entering the 2011-12 season, the national office announced Thursday. Miles, who is in his 41st season at the helm for the Owls, owns 937 career victories, a total that ranks second-highest among mens coaches all-time at either the NAIA or NCAA levels. Only Harry Statham of McKendree (Ill.) has earned more coaching triumphs (1,043) at four-year collegiate institutions.

Miles, who sports a .713 winning percentage in more than 1,300 career games, ranks ahead of notable NCAA coaches such as Bob Knight (902) of Indiana, Mike Krzyzewski (900) of Duke (N.C.), Dean Smith (879) of North Carolina and Adolph Rupp (876) of Kentucky on the all-time wins list. Krzyzewski is the only active coach in that group.

Biola (Calif.) head coach Dave Holmquist leads all NAIA Division I mens basketball coaches with 816 wins and is second behind Miles for the most among all active NAIA coaches. Holmquist has compiled a record of 816-300 for a .731 winning percentage in 34 seasons. Rounding out the top five of the mens basketball wins list are Mid-America Christians (Okla.) Willie Holley (736), Taylors (Ind.) Paul Patterson (693) and Auburn Montgomerys (Ala.) Larry Chapman (685).

Four other active coaches have at least 600 career wins: Dan Hays (662) of Oklahoma Christian, Ralph Hodge (652) of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), Mike Lightfoot (643) of Bethel (Ind.) and Jim Kessler (631) of Grace (Ind.).



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Pau Gasol reportedly to play for Barcelona if NBA cancels season - by Eurobasket News
Throughout this prolonged NBA lockout, Lakers forward Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) dismissed the prospects of playing overseas beyond taking part in the FIBA European Championships. Gasol held enough optimism that the owners and players union could at least salvage part of the 2011-2012 season.

But with the possibility of a lost season now on the horizon, Gasol reportedly told Spanish media he and his brother, Marc, would play for Barcelona.

'If they cancel the season we would like to play here',' Gasol said, according to Slam. 'I speak for myself, but Marc would also like to play for Barcelona.'

Gasol's representatives didn't immediately respond to calls and emails requesting further comment.

Gasol maintained his optimism via Twitter that both sides could reach an agreement: 'This doesn't mean that it won't be a season. The union & the league will still have 45 days to get to an agreement before it gets dissolved.'

Still, Gasol's acknowledgement that a season could be lost reflects at least some uncertainty. After all, Gasol told The Times three weeks ago he hadn't considered playing overseas at all despite practicing this off-season with FC Barcelona.

For now, Gasol will at least continue that regimen.

'After the news yesterday about lockout , I continue working out,' Gasol tweeted. 'I start the day with a gym session!'

Courtesy of http://lakersblog.latimes.com


Kings add Jackson, Smart as assistants - by Eurobasket News
Former Warriors head coach Keith Smart and ex-Kings standout Bobby Jackson (6'1''-G-73, college: Minnesota) have been added to the Kings' coaching staff, the team announced Tuesday.

Smart, who led the Warriors to a 36-46 record last season but was not retained, has been credited with helping to develop guard Monta Ellis into one of the NBA's emerging stars. The Warriors replaced Smart with Mark Jackson.

Smart was an assistant with the Warriors for seven seasons before becoming the head coach last season. He joined the Warriors after three seasons with Cleveland that included a stint as the interim head coach in 2002-03, going 9-31.

He also is known for making the game-winning shot for Indiana against Syracuse in the 1987 NCAA championship game. Smart was a second-round draft pick of the Warriors in 1988 and also played with the San Antonio Spurs and professionally in the Continental Basketball Association, Venezuela and France.

Jackson retired in 2009 after 12 seasons and spent the past two seasons as a scout in the Kings' front office. He played six seasons for the Kings and won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award in the 2002-03 season for Sacramento.

Smart and Jackson join Jim Eyen as assistants on head coach Paul Westphal's staff. Truck Robinson, Mario Elie, Otis Hughley and Pete Carril were on the staff last season.

The Kings also announced the promotions of Pete Youngman from trainer to director of sports medicine and Manny Romero to head athletic trainer. Dwayne Wilson was hired as equipment manager, a post he held the past six seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com


David Stern cancels NBA games through December 15, Christmas games could be next on chopping block - by Eurobasket News
Despite all the doomsday talk surrounding the on-going NBA labor war, David Stern didnt cancel the entire season Tuesday.

But a day after NBA players decided to take their fight against Stern and his owners to the courts, the league struck back by canceling another two weeks of games, from Dec. 1-15.

The cancellation of 106 more regular-season games came on the 138th day of the lockout and on the heels of the players announcing that they will dissolve their union and file an antitrust suit against the owners.

As they made their move to the courts, players rejected the owners proposal which would have started a 72-game season on Dec. 15. With the players decision to try to gain leverage in the courts and force the owners back to the negotiating table, Stern blamed the NBA Players Association for putting the entire season in jeopardy.

'We're about to go into the nuclear winter of the NBA and its very sad', Stern said on Monday.

But Tuesday he followed his pattern of scuttling games in two-week sections. After a four-hour meeting on Monday in Manhattan, players fully expected the cancellations. They now are assured of missing their first three paychecks, starting with the first checks they normally would have received on Tuesday.

Unless the two sides meet within the next 10 days to strike a deal - a long-shot, as of now - the leagues traditional Christmas games will be included in the next set of cancellations. The league needs about 30 days from the time a deal is labor struck to get back to full operations and start play.

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com


NBA players sue league as more games cancelled - by Eurobasket News
As another fortnight of games disappeared from the NBA calendar on Tuesday, NBA players filed anti-trust lawsuits against the league saying the lockout denied them their right to work.

As of Tuesday evening, NBA.com's schedule for the 2011-2012 season showed the first games set for December 15 -- representing two more weeks of cancelled contests after the labor dispute wiped out all scheduled match-ups in November.

ESPN reported that teams were formally notified of the cancellations by the league on Tuesday.

The move was expected after players on Monday rejected the owners' latest proposal for a deal and instead opted to dissolve their union and pursue legal action against the NBA.

The players are seeking 'treble damages' -- three times the amount of the more than $2 billion they would have made in a full 2011-12 season.

They argue they are suffering irreparable harm by being denied a chance to work in their 'very short' NBA careers.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver, Detroit Pistons guard Ben Gordon, free agent forward Caron Butler and Derrick Williams -- drafted by the Timberwolves in June but yet to sign a contract -- were listed as plaintiffs in the Minnesota case.

The plaintiffs claim that the lockout of players by owners that began on July 1 'constitutes an illegal group boycott, price-fixing agreement, and/or restraint of trade in violation of the Sherman Act' and that the owners' last take-it-or-leave-it contract proposal would have 'wiped out the competitive market for most NBA players.'

Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups of the New York Knicks and NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City were among the plaintiffs in the California case.

That suit claims that in 2007, Stern met with union negotiators and demanded the players reduce their revenue share from 57 percent to no more than 50 percent and 'insisted on a much more restrictive salary cap, which would restrict the market for player services.'

According to the lawsuit, Stern threatened even then that the NBA was 'prepared to lock out the players for two years to get everything' owners wanted.

David Boies, a lawyer who represented the NFL during that league's work stoppage, said Stern's ultimatum that the now-dissolved players' union accept the owners' last proposal or face harsher contract terms 'turned out to be a mistake.'

'If you're in a poker game, and you run a bluff, and the bluff works, you're a hero. If someone calls your bluff, you lose. I think the owners overplayed their hand,' Boies said, speaking at the players' association headquarters in New York.

'They did a terrific job of taking a very hard line and pushing the players to make concession after concession after concession, but greed is not only a terrible thing -- it's a dangerous thing.'

Boies acknowledged that legal action could take months to resolve.

'We haven't seen Mr. Boies' complaint yet, but it's a shame that the players have chosen to litigate instead of negotiate,' NBA spokesman Tim Frank said in a statement.

Owners and players have been unable to agree on several financial issues, including the division of some $4 billion in annual revenue.

Players received 57 percent of basketball-related income under the previous contract. The owners had offered a 50-50 split, but Stern has said that any future offers would be less favorable to players and that owners would also seek a hard ceiling to the salary cap as well as salary rollbacks.

Billionaire owners say such changes are needed because 22 of 30 clubs lost money last season. The players' decision to leave the bargaining table and head to court further threatened the season, Stern said.

'The NBA has negotiated in good faith throughout the collective bargaining process,' Stern said in a statement on Monday. 'There will ultimately be a new collective bargaining agreement, but the 2011-12 season is now in jeopardy.'

Boies also said players had tried to settle the issues at the bargaining table.

'You can't negotiate by yourself,' he said. 'You can only negotiate if you've got somebody who's willing to sit down and negotiate with you.'

Courtesy of The Associated Press


NBA players miss pay, lose $220K on average - by Eurobasket News
Tuesday was the day NBA players were to have received their first paychecks of the 2011-12 season. With no games being played and no collective bargaining agreement in place, that didn't happen.

According to CNBC, the average NBA player lost $220,000 as a result of the stalemate with the owners.

Tuesday was also the 138th day of the NBA lockout and the day after the players' union rejected the owners' offer, and announced its intention to disband and file an antitrust lawsuit against the league.

Under the previous collective bargaining agreement between the National Basketball Player's Association and the league, most players received 1/12th of their salaries on Nov. 15 of each season.

Team union representatives voted unanimously Monday to file a 'disclaimer of interest' that will dissolve the players' union.

Executive director Billy Hunter and union president Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) announced that with negotiations between the sides at a stalemate, they planned to file an antitrust lawsuit within 48 hours. The suit will seek a summary judgment that deems the NBA shutdown which began July 1 to be illegal.

The union met with a number of writers at its New York offices on Tuesday evening for a briefing, at which it explained why it sought the disclaimer, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard.

The proposal rejected by the players called for a 50-50 split of annual revenue and a 72-game season starting Dec. 15. But the sides continued to disagree about the various 'system' issues that put restraints on teams that stray into luxury-tax territory which, according to the union, will severely hamper free agency and restrict overall player movement.

Both Hunter and NBA commissioner David Stern said the move put the 2011-12 season in serious jeopardy.

Stern, in an interview on ESPN 'SportsCenter,' blasted the union's leadership for not bringing the proposal to its membership for a vote. Referring to union outside counsel Jeffrey Kessler, Stern added ominously: 'Obviously Mr. Kessler got his way and we are about to go into the nuclear winter of the NBA.'

'If I were a player,' Stern continued, 'I would be wondering what it is that Billy Hunter just did.'

It had been widely expected that Hunter would respond to Stern's ultimatum offer by announcing that the deal would be presented to the full membership for a vote as long as the league consented to three-to-five key amendments.

The decision to seek a disclaimer likewise surprised many of the agents who have been at the forefront of a push for decertification that has collected an estimated 200 signatures from frustrated players looking to dissolve the union through alternative means.

Courtesy of ESPN


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Oshawa Power fall to the Saint John Mill Rats 91-88 - by Eurobasket News
The Oshawa Power could not hold on against the Saint John Mill Rats losing a tight one 91-88 at the GM Centre in Oshawa.

Coming off an eight day stretch without any game action, the Oshawa Power were not able to close out a victory against a determined Mill Rats squad.

It was a seesaw affair as the Power took a three point lead heading into the halftime break. They came out of the lock room looking to impose their will on the visitors, but a confident and veteran Mill Rats ballclub maintained their composure, and came away with a three point victory completing the Ontario sweep after downing London Sunday.

It was a late third quarter collapse that led to the Powers demise as they left a lot of points on the free throw line only shooting a less than stellar 62%.

'Free throws, rebounds its all energy,' said Head Coach Mark Strickland following the loss. 'Free throws are mental. Rebounding is mental; until we conquer the mental part of the game we will always encounter these up and down types of performances.' Canadian Kevin Francis had his best performance of the early season, as he was able to net 18 points and pull down 6 rebounds in the loss.

The Power continued to exhibit its balanced scoring attack in the game. Power forward Akeem Wright (6'6''-G-84, college: Kansas St.) led all Oshawa scorers with 19 points and Brandon Robinson had a strong third quarter showing and finished with 14. Mill Rats guard Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) had a game high 27 points, and their leading scorer Antoine Tisby chipped in with 16 points and 7 rebounds.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Rainmen snap Storm's winning streak - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen went small and won big.

With no starting centre after the unceremonious departure of DeAndre Thomas last week, the Rainmen's starting lineup features no one taller than six-foot-seven. Yet they beat the Summerside Storm 100-93 before a crowd of 2,021 at the Metro Centre yesterday afternoon.

This was the Storms first loss of the regular season as they now sit at 3-1.

Combined with last Thursday's 121-95 home win over the Moncton Miracles, the Rainmen evened their record at 2-2.

Right now we dont have a big man so we have to scrap and fight, said Rainmen guard Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, college: La-Lafayette), who knocked down a team-high 21 points. Thats what we came out and did. We were small, but we fought through it and scrapped and came out with the win.

Other than several brief stretches in the first half, the Rainmen led all game and played lock-down defence in the fourth quarter to pull off the win.

The Storm narrowed the deficit to three points, 85-82, with 5:35 to play, but managed just eight points down the stretch.

When they started to come back, we were a little tired, they were hitting all their shots, and our defence wasnt in it, said Rainmen guard Joey Haywood (6'1''-G), who chipped in 17 points. But after a timeout, coach said Lets play some defence. Thats what we did and we won the game.

It certainly didnt hurt having substantial contributions from newcomers such as Green and Haywood.

Haywood, a Vancouver native who starred for the Saint Marys Huskies the past three seasons, has made an instant impact since signing with the Rainmen. He also had 21 points to lift Halifax to victory on Thursday.

Green, meanwhile, signed on Wednesday and showed why he played a full NBA season with the Boston Celtics back in 2005-06.

I was just picking my spots, you know what Im sayin, taking good shots when I had them, Green said. It was a team effort.

The Rainmen host the Saint John (N.B.) Mill Rats on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Summerside Storm will host two home games this week with matches on Thursday and Friday against Saint John Mill Rats and Moncton Miracles.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com


Miracles lose hard fought battle against the Kebs - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles were defeated by the Quebec Kebs in their fourth game of the season at Laval University with a score of 98-94.

The Miracles led at the end of the first 27-20 with Randall Orr starting the scoring for the team. At the end of the half the Kebs were up 45-42 and never looked back.

Andrew Francis (6'8''-F-85, college: UTSA) was the top scorer for the Miracles with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Ralphy Holmes (6'4''-G-79, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) led the way for the Kebs with 19 points.

The Miracles play their next game on the road against the Summerside Storm on Friday, November 18, 2011 at the Credit Union Place. The home opener for the Miracles will be on Sunday, November 20th, 2011 against the Saint John Mill Rats.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Offence deserts Lightning - by Eurobasket News
All good things must come to an end.

Sunday afternoon at the John Labatt Centre, the London Lightning saw their four-game winning streak snapped, as did a run of good shooting and their ability to play good defence.

A crowd of about 2,000 watched the Lightning go down to the previously winless Saint John Mill Rats 96-86 in National Basketball League of Canada play.

The Lightning are now 4-1 while the Mill Rats are 1-3.

They wanted it more than us, said a perturbed Lightning coach Micheal Ray Richardson. They were 0-3, we were 4-0. They wanted it more Thats what it came down to.

The Lightning have been able to get away with some mediocre quarters so far this season by staging late rallies. This time, it was the Mill Rats who rallied.

The Lightning were up by 13 points in the third quarter. Then they stopped playing defence, allowing the Mill Rats too many open shots and too many layups.

The Lightning werent shooting well enough to claw their way back and whenever the Mill Rats didnt make a shot, they were able to keep the ball with strong rebounding.

Offensive rebounding has become a problem for the Lightning, who rank last out of the seven teams in that category with an average of only 10.25 per game.

The Lightning are also a lowly sixth in total rebounds.

When we were up by 13, we were playing well and then we relaxed on defence again, Richardson said. We thought it was over. (Saint John) played a great second half. We didnt get any rebounds. Eventually we have to get some rebounds. Thats my job. Im going out to get another big man who can rebound. Its going to happen.

Steve DeLuca (6'6''-G/F, college: Brandeis) brought the Mill Rats back when he hit four of eight three-pointers. He finished with 20 points. Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) also scored 20. Will Blalock was three-for-three from the arc and finished with 19 as did Antoine Tisby.

DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-G-80, college: Creighton) did what he could to bring the Lightning back, hitting for 26, with Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield) picking up 16 and Gabe Freeman chipping in 12.

They hit some shots and we were a little sluggish, Bowden said. We just werent there defensively. Two points is enough to win a basketball game. Its all about defence. We had to sit down with our defence and talk about playing better defence.

Even though its early in the season Mill Rats coach Jaren Jackson wanted this game badly. Its difficult to imagine anyone being more vocal or animated than Richardson but Jackson managed to do it. He was running up and down the sideline and when he didnt like an call, and he didnt like a lot of them, he was quick to let the officials know.

But his team didnt play like a team seeking its first win. And when it looked like he was going to be in the game for the long run, Jackson shortened his bench.

Were still trying to find our identity as a team, he said. We took away some playing time from our bench and we play in Oshawa (Monday), so that might hurt us. But this was a really big win for us.

The Mill Rats were a lot more disciplined than the Lightning. They waited for the open shot, allowing players to go one-on-one and if that wasnt available, theyd kick the ball out for an open three. The Mill Rats worked on getting the right matchups.

We played smart down the stretch, Jackson said. We recognized the strengths and weaknesses of each of their players and everybody contributed. Its early but we were struggling. Thats a big win for us.

London plays the Quebec Kebs on Thursday at the JLC at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.lfpress.com


Joey Haywood named NBL Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Prior to the NBL season, Joey Haywood (6'1''-G) was back home in BC and had no plans to play for the Halifax Rainmen. And then he got a call from Halifax Rainmen owner and CEO, Andre Levingston, just over a week ago who offered Haywood another chance to come back to Halifax and play for the Rainmen. Haywood, who is no stranger to Halifax, averaged 28.8 ppg last season for the Saint Mary's Huskies, leading the CIS in scoring.

Now after just three games of play for the Halifax Rainmen, the former CIS scoring champ was named the NBL Canada Player of the Week. Haywood started the last two games for the Rainmen and averaged 18.5 ppg in his first two starts. His first start for the Rainmen left a lasting impression on the Halifax fans when he went off for 21 pts on 10-12 shooting against the Moncton Miracles. Haywood then followed up with a 17-point performance against the Summerside Storm which helped his Rainmen improve to 2-2 on the season.

'It feels great to have achieved an honour of this magnitude in the city that I consider to be my second home,' said Haywood in the Rainmen press release. 'I'm glad that my hard work is paying off. I'm blessed to have the incredible support of my family; without them, I absolutely would not be here.'

Halifax defeated the Summerside Storm on Sunday afternoon 100-93 at the Metro Centre. The former Boston Celtic, Orien 'OG' Greene led the Rainmen to the win with his 18-point performance. Eric Crookshank was a strong defensive presence for Halifax (on his birthday) grabbing 13 boards (6 offensive) along with 4 blocks. For Summerside, Canadian-citizen Chris Cayole kept Summerside in the game with his hot hand when he scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half.

Halifax will face off against the Saint John Mill Rats on Friday night in Halifax, game time 7pm AST.

Courtesy of http://northpolehoops.com


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  NCAA1   


Duke's Mike Krzyzewski passes Bob Knight on wins list - by Eurobasket News
When the buzzer sounded and signaled a 74-69 Duke victory over the Michigan State men's basketball team Tuesday night, Duke players from the past and present wanted to wrap their arms around coach Mike Krzyzewski .

The Duke coach, 64, became the all-time Division I men's leader for wins. Krzyzewski, in his 37th season, has 903 and counting.

The first to embrace Krzyzewski was the man whose record he broke, Bob Knight. Knight, who recruited Krzyzewski to play at Army, was at the game as an analyst for ESPN.

'I want to thank the basketball Gods for allowing coach to be here for this moment,' Krzyzewski said.

The record-setter came in Madison Square Garden, where some of the greatest athletes have thrilled the masses. Krzyzewski called it hallowed ground.

Krzyzewski said the achievement was historic but also said it was a relief to put it behind him.

'There was too much attention focused on me for the last week,' he said. 'Coach (Knight) told me, goofing around, 'Michael, will you win the first three games so I can stop saying nice things about you?' He's right. It's time to move on.'

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo knew his Spartans were in a tough position from the beginning.

'It was in a no-win situation,' Izzo said. 'I was either going to be the guy who threw the ball to Henry Aaron for the record breaker or the guy who shot Bambi.'

The former Duke players in attendance read like a Who's Who of great college basketball players in the last three decades.

And they were all there for one reason.

'I can't say I'm surprised because I saw firsthand the level of preparation, the level of passion he put into his program every single day,' said Shane Battier, who won a title with Krzyzewski. 'I know if you gave him enough opportunity he'd give Bobby Knight a run for his money. It's just amazing to be here on this night to see the culmination of this work.'

Junior guard Andre Dawkins from Chesapeake, Va., was instrumental on Krzyzewski's big night. Dawkins scored 14 points by halftime to give the Blue Devils (3-0) a one-point lead and finished with 26 points. He went 6-for-10 on three-pointers.

When it was over Krzyzewski said he told Knight he loved him and thanked him. 'He said, 'Boy, you've done pretty good for a kid who couldn't shoot,' ' Krzyzewski said. 'I think that means he loves me, too.'

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Tar Heels No. 1 in AP's 1st regular-season poll - by Eurobasket News
North Carolina remains the runaway No. 1 choice in The Associated Press' first regular-season college basketball poll.

The Tar Heels beat Michigan State in the Carrier Classic and received 62 first-place votes Monday from the national media panel.

Kentucky, Ohio State, Connecticut, Syracuse and Duke held places two through six. Florida, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Memphis all moved up one spot to round out the top 10. Ohio State (1) and Connecticut (2) received the other first-place votes,

Vanderbilt lost to Cleveland State and dropped from seventh to 18th.

UCLA is the only other member of the preseason Top 25 to lose last week. The Bruins fell out from 17th after losing to Loyola Marymount.

Florida State moved in at No. 25 after beating Jacksonville in its opener. The Seminoles were ranked for one week last season.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Sullinger, OSU outlast No. 7 Florida - by Eurobasket News
Florida was hitting 3-pointers and the crowd was surprisingly quiet. It was a telling moment for Ohio State.

'It seemed like it was going to be a long night,' Buckeyes guard Aaron Craft said.

But with William Buford (6'6''-G) scoring 21 points, No. 3 Ohio State survived the seventh-ranked Gators' quick start for an 81-74 win on Tuesday night.

Jared Sullinger (6'9''-F) added 16 points, Deshaun Thomas (6'7''-F) scored 15 and Craft had 13 points and seven assists for the Buckeyes (2-0), who forced 16 turnovers and hit 27 of 34 free throws to lead by double figures for most of the final 20 minutes.

'I didn't know how we were going to play tonight,' coach Thad Matta said of his team, which has just one senior (Buford) and one junior. 'During the drive in the morning I was saying, 'What if? What if?' But I thought we played with good composure. They knocked us early by making shots and our guys did a nice job of continuing to play and weathering the storm.'

Freshman Bradley Beal had 17 points, Kenny Boynton 15 and Patric Young and Erik Murphy 14 apiece for the Gators (1-1), who have never beaten a top-3 team in a true road game. Down as much as 16 points, they got as close as five with under a minute left before Buford sealed it with two foul shots.

'Obviously, we got off to a really good start, which I think you want to do on the road,' Florida coach Billy Donovan said. 'The difference was our defense in the first half was really, really good. For a period of time there, shots were not going in for us and we needed to have a better resiliency in terms of understanding that we have to go back and play defense.'

The game matched teams that won their conferences a year ago but were trying to replace three lost starters.

One of the new starters for Ohio State is Craft, a sixth man as a freshman last season who usually ended up playing 35 minutes a game. Donovan said the difference in the game was the pesty Craft.

'Clearly he dominated the game from start to finish,' he said. 'He was the whole key. He physically manhandled our guys - steals, strips, loose balls and drives.'

The Gators jumped out to an 11-4 lead and the Buckeyes appeared to be back on their heels. By scoring 13 of the last 18 points of the half, they took a 35-32 lead.

With Sullinger controlling the lane, Buford scoring from both outside and inside, and Craft seeming to get a hand on every Florida pass and have a hand on every Ohio State assist, they pulled away.

'We did a good job adjusting as a team and getting it under control,' Craft said.

Ohio State scored the first five points of the half for an eight-point edge and never let the Gators cut into the lead until the final minute.

Still, Sullinger picked up his third foul with 13:58 left and soon after headed to the bench. With Evan Ravenel filling in and Buford and Craft setting the pace on offense, the Buckeyes didn't blink at the loss of their preseason All-American.

'Their guards are just terrific,' said Beal, a national high school player of the year last season. 'From Aaron Craft on to Buford and all the others, they all contributed.'

Ravenel had two baskets in a 6-1 run for a 50-38 lead. Buford scored six in a row for Ohio State to swell the lead to 59-44.

A rested Sullinger then returned to the lineup.

The foul line helped the Buckeyes maintain their advantage the rest of the way. Florida was just 13 of 21.

'Florida stung us early,' Matta said. 'As young as we are, we were constantly making adjustments out of timeouts. We kept playing and offensively we did a better job of executing. We did not play perfect. I told the coaches, we're going to look at this and there's a lot of things we have to learn. But for our program, we beat a great basketball team tonight.'

Ohio State has won eight of the 12 meetings, but the Gators captured the big one. They beat the Buckeyes 84-75 to clinch their second straight national championship on April 2, 2007.

Sullinger said the win didn't mean much.

'As young as we are, we've only played two games. They've only played two games,' he said. 'We're only going to get better and so are they. It's just a stepping stone.'

Courtesy of www.davepridgen.com


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Ryne SMITH
  Purdue
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 26
 1. Smith, Purdue26.0 
 2. Wattad, Chattano.24.0 
 3. Smith, NC-Wilmi.23.0 
 4. Stoglin, Maryland22.0 
 5. Oladipo, Indiana21.0 
 6. McDougald, Jackso.21.0 
 7. Harris, Wake F.20.0 
 8. Howell, N.Caroli.19.5 
 9. Swansey, Tennesse.19.0 
 10. McKie, Wake Fore.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Michigan.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 18
 1. Green, Michigan.18.0 
 2. Finney-Smith, Virg.16.0 
 3. Smith, Clemson14.0 
 4. Shannon, Florida12.0 
 5. Howell, N.Caroli.11.5 
 6. Plumlee, Duke11.0 
 7. Zlovaric, Chattano.10.0 
 8. Desrosiers, Wake F.10.0 
 9. Henson, N.Carolina9.5 
 10. Drummond, Loyol.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kendall MARSHALL
  N.Carolina
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 10
 1. Marshall, N.Caroli.10.0 
 2. Smith, Clemson8.0 
 3. Brown, N.Caroli.7.5 
 4. Bell, Chattanooga7.0 
 5. Loucks, Florida St.6.0 
 6. Udofia, Georgia6.0 
 7. Johnson, Belmont6.0 
 8. Finney-Smith, Virg.5.0 
 9. Jackson, Purdue5.0 
 10. Scott, Miami, FL5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cody ZELLER
  Indiana
  (210-F-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zeller, Indiana6.0 
 2. Smith, Clemson5.0 
 3. Brown, N.Caroli.4.5 
 4. Jones III, Indiana4.0 
 5. Kennings, Florida3.0 
 6. Moore, Florida A&M3.0 
 7. Raines, Virginia T.3.0 
 8. Cooley, E.Tenn.St.3.0 
 9. Swoope, Miami, FL3.0 
 10. Faust, Maryland3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Carson DESROSIERS
  Wake F.
  (213-C-)
  Avg: 8
 1. Desrosiers, Wake F.8.0 
 2. Henson, N.Carolina5.5 
 3. Finney-Smith, Virg.4.0 
 4. Mosley, Maryland3.0 
 5. Inameti, Tennesse.3.0 
 6. Elston, Indiana2.0 
 7. Jennings, Clemson2.0 
 8. Plumlee, Duke2.0 
 9. Lawson, Purdue2.0 
 10. Akpejiori, Miami,2.0 


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  NCAA3   


Bearcats Fall in Season Opener to Stevens (72-64) - by Arnault Desira
The Baruch College Bearcats dropped their season-opener to the Stevens Institute of Technology, 72-64, on Tuesday night in the ARC Arena.

Stevens, the winner of last season's 2011 ECAC Metro Postseason Championship, overcame a halftime deficit (36-28) to outscore Baruch 44-28 in the second half to record the victory.

The Bearcats shot 10-of-26 from three-point range to keep the contest close all evening, but Stevens finished shooting 50 percent (14-28) in the second half to pull away for the victory.

The turning point came at 4:39 remaining with the two teams tied at 58, but Stevens outscored the Bearcats 14-6 the rest of the way to earn the victory.

Mickey Abbatiello and Nathaniel Young led the Bearcats with 12 points each, while Jason Berliner came off the bench to score 11 points and grab four rebounds.

Brian McMahon (6pts, 12 rbs), Calvin Jurewicz-Johnson (9 pts, 7 assts.) and rookie Rob Goldstein (8pts, 5rbs, 3 assts.) all contributed in the game.

Simon Smith led Stevens from the Empire 8 Conference with a double-double of 26 points and 17 rebounds.




Spartans Impressive in Season-Opening Win at LVC - by Arnault Desira
The York College men's basketball team opened head coach Jeff Gamber's 35th and final season at the helm of the Spartans with an 81-62 opening night victory at Lebanon Valley College on Tuesday night in Annville, Pa. The Spartans have now won three straight openers including the last two against the Flying Dutchmen.

Senior Paul Kouvaris led the York offense that saw four Spartans reach double figures. Kouvaris began his final season in the Green and White with 23 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Kouvaris was a blistering 7-for-9 from the floor and 9-for-12 from the free throw line. The nine free throws made ties Kouvaris' career best.

Junior guard Julian Watson added 17 points as he was a highly efficient 8-for-11 from the floor including 1-for-1 from three. Watson added six rebounds and three assists in his 36 minutes of work. Junior Mitch Kemp came off the bench to add 13 points while fellow junior Jeremy Skoloda chipped in with 10 points and three assists.

The game was tied at seven when the Spartans to slowly pull away. The Green and White went on a 14-7 run to take a 21-14 lead midway through the opening half. The Dutchmen eventually trimmed the lead to four at 27-23 but the Spartans fashioned a 13-2 run as the York advantage grew to a half-high 15 points with 1:47 left. Kouvaris had a pair of layups on the spurt while Skoloda added four points and Mo Oursler banged home a three. York settled for a 42-31 halftime lead.

The Flying Dutchmen opened the half with a pair of buckets to trim the Spartan lead to seven just over a minute into the half. The Spartans answered with a sustained 14-4 run that extended their lead to 17 (56-39) with 13:54 remaining in the second half.

Lebanon Valley made one more run at the Spartans, cutting the York advantage to nine twice, the last time coming on a Kevin Agnew lay up with 7:14 showing on the clock. Kouvaris hit a pair of free throws with 5:34 left and the Spartan lead would not fall below double digits the remainder of the contest. York's lead grew to 21 on a pair of Andrew Pawlyk free throws at the 2:20 mark before the Spartans finished with a 19-point win.

Danny Brooks paced the hosts with 18 points and a game-high 14 rebounds as he was 7-for-16 from the field and 4-for-5 from the free throw line. Pre-season All-American Joe Meehan added 16 points but was held to just 6-for-14 shooting from the field while the Spartan defense forced him into six turnovers in the contest. Brooks and Meehan accounted for 55% of the Flying Dutchmen points.

The Spartans finished the game shooting 56% from the floor while they shot 50% (6-for-12) from three. The Spartans sank 19-of-29 from the free throw line (65.5%) for the contest. The hosts finished the game shooting just 40.4% from the floor including just 34.6% in the second half. LVC converted 5-for-13 (38.5%) from three and 11-for-17 (64.7%) from the charity stripe.

York finished the game holding a 37-30 advantage on the glass while both teams had 11 assists. The Spartans forced 20 turnovers that they turned into 31 points while York's 18 turnovers resulted in 17 LVC points.



Crusaders Start With 59-56 Overtime Win At Gettysburg - by Arnault Desira
Freshman Lamont Clark (Parkesburg, Pa./Octorara) scored on a baseline jumper to force overtime then thwarted a potential game-tying 3 with his fourth steal of the night late in the extra session as Alvernia University (1-0) opened the season with a 59-56 overtime win over Gettysburg College (0-1) Tuesday evening in non-conference men's basketball action at Bream Gymnasium.

The Crusaders faced nine-point deficits in both halves--the latest with 17 minutes left in regulation. They took the lead back with 5:14 to go on a Josh Vargas (Allentown, Pa./Faith Christian) 3 that made it 41-40. The Bullets scored four straight points with under two to play for a two-point lead and Clark hit the jumper on the baseline to tie it at 48-all with 15 seconds left in regulation.

Gettysburg junior Alex Zurn--who finished with a game and career-high 29--missed a fadeaway jumper along the right baseline at the other end sending the game into overtime.

A free throw from Alvernia senior Brian Nerney (Middlestown, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) with 2:13 left put the game on the see-saw with the Crusaders up 51-50, and a fantastic tip-in from Cory Boone (Howard, Pa./Bald Eagle Area) 45 seconds later had the guests up 53-52.

After a bucket from Christian Bors in the paint put the Bullets back in front, Alvernia senior Stefan Thompson (Philadelphia, Pa./G.A.M.P.) hit his only 3 of the night from the top of the arc for a two-point lead. Chris Davis (Norristown, Pa./Norristown) followed with one of two free throws after a Zurn turnover for a three-point lead then Clark knocked the ball loose from Zurn as he went up for a 3 with under 10 seconds left.



Vikings break century mark in win over Aurora - by Arnault Desira
Junior center Luke Scarlata had game-highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds Tuesday night to lead the second-ranked Augustana Vikings to a season-opening 102-68 win over Aurora at Carver Center. Three teammates joined Scarlata in double figures as the Vikings surpassed the century mark for the first time since 2004.

Augustana jumped to an early 9-2 lead behind five points from senior co-captain Bryant Voiles and four form Scarlata. Aurora came back to forge ties at 16 and 22, but a conventional three-point play by junior forward George Dexter gave the Vikings a lead that they wouldn't relinquish.

With less than two minutes remaining in the half, senior co-captain Troy Rorer sandwiched a pair of three-pointers around two free throws, with the second trey pushing the lead to double digits for the first time at 48-37. That was as close as the Spartans would be for the rest of the night. A bucket by Dexter put the hosts up 50-37 at the break.

The advantage reached 15 on a Scarlata basket early in the second half and Dexter's put-back with 11:04 left put it at 20 for the first time, 66-46. The second of two free throws by senior Chris Anderson at the 3:20 mark gave Augustana a 93-63 lead and it reached its biggest of the night, 34 points, when sophomore center Kevin Schlitter drained a three-pointer from the right wing at the final buzzer.

The last time Augustana scored 100 points was at the 2004 Russ DeVette Tournament in Holland, Michigan, when they defeated Madonna 101-80. The 102 points were the most for the Vikings since scoring 105 at Beloit in the 2003-04 season opener. The last time they scored 100 at Carver Center was in a 104-75 win over Central on December 11, 2002.



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  NORWAY   


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Baerum Basket 7-1 
 2. Froya Basket 7-1 
 3. Asker Aliens 7-2 
 4. Gimle BBK 4-4 
 5. Tromso 4-4 
 6. Centrum 4-5 
 7. Ammerud Bskt 1-7 
 8. Langhus 0-10 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker23.5 
 2. Mjos, Baerum B.22.6 
 3. Karlsen, Centrum20.5 
 4. Westerlund, Ammeru.19.8 
 5. Sahlertz, Tromso19.3 
 6. Land, Asker Aliens18.8 
 7. Stien, Gimle BBK17.9 
 8. Kombat, Froya B.17.6 
 9. Oatis, Baerum B.16.1 
 10. Okoroafor, Ammerud16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker11.6 
 2. Oatis, Baerum B.9.5 
 3. Land, Asker Aliens8.8 
 4. Byerson, Tromso8.3 
 5. Ferranti, Baerum B.8.1 
 6. Bullock, Froya B.7.9 
 7. Karlsen, Centrum7.8 
 8. Hagen, Ammerud7.0 
 9. Kombat, Froya B.6.5 
 10. Wallace, Tromso6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Issalhi, Tromso5.9 
 2. Mjos, Baerum B.5.3 
 3. Mahnin, Centrum4.8 
 4. Midtvedt, Asker A.4.4 
 5. Randolph, Langhus4.1 
 6. Stien, Asker Aliens4.0 
 7. Gabrans, Froya B.3.8 
 8. Mjos, Baerum B.3.5 
 9. Ferranti, Baerum B.3.4 
 10. Byerson, Tromso3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Issalhi, Tromso2.6 
 2. Bullock, Froya B.2.4 
 3. Pavlovic, Gimle B.2.0 
 4. Sumskis, Gimle BBK2.0 
 5. Mjos, Baerum B.1.9 
 6. Silavs, Froya B.1.9 
 7. Westerlund, Ammeru.1.8 
 8. Sahlertz, Tromso1.6 
 9. Crouch, Langhus1.5 
 10. Ferranti, Baerum1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum B.
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum B.3.3 
 2. Sjostrom, Baerum B.1.4 
 3. Lee-Ingram, Asker1.1 
 4. Nyborg, Centrum1.0 
 5. Hagen, Ammerud0.8 
 6. Hammer, Gimle BBK0.8 
 7. Byerson, Tromso0.7 
 8. Sumskis, Gimle BBK0.6 
 9. Sikander, Ammerud0.6 
 10. Bullock, Froya B.0.6 


BLNO Round 9: Baerum Basket and Froya Basket keep leadership positions - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Baerum Basket as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Baerum Basket smashed bottom-ranked Langhus IL in Bekkestua 119-65. The game without a history. Baerum Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 84 of its points in the paint compared to Langhus IL's 48. Baerum Basket forced 23 Langhus IL turnovers and outrebounded Langhus IL 45-18 including a 22-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Baerum Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Langhus IL's players. The best player for the winners was guard Stian Mjos (182-89) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists. American power forward Donald Oatis (206-79, college: Wilberforce, agency: Prossin Sports Management) chipped in 23 points and 10 rebounds. Baerum Basket's coach Pal Berg felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard David Crouch (-86) who recorded 24 points and 6 rebounds. Baerum Basket (7-1) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Froya Basket. Newly promoted Langhus IL still closes the standings with ten games lost. Langhus IL will play next round against strong Gimle BBK trying to get back on the winning streak. Baerum Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Oslo. Second ranked Froya Basket faced 4th placed Centrum. Guests from Laksevag (7-1) defeated host Centrum (4-5) 88-77. It was a good game for American power forward Peter Bullock (198-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Marco Elsafadi contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American-German forward Marco Sanders (202-79, college: Point Park) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Centrum. Centrum's coach Marco Sanders rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Froya Basket. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Baerum Basket. Newly promoted Centrum dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. Froya Basket will play against Asker Aliens (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Centrum will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Langhus IL (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 109-57 loss to third ranked Asker Aliens (7-2) in Oslo on Sunday evening. Anthony Lee-Ingram stepped up with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds (on 16-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners. Coach Jamie Andrisevic's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Emari O'Garrow with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Defending champion maintains third place with 7-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Baerum Basket. Langhus IL lost their tenth game in a row. Newly promoted Langhus IL still closes the standings with ten games lost. Asker Aliens will meet league's second-placed Froya Basket in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Langhus IL will play against Gimle BBK (#4) in Bergen and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Oslo supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Froya Basket (7-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Ammerud Bskt (1-7). Froya Basket smashed Ammerud Bskt 104-73. Miilah Kombat nailed 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Froya Basket. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Baerum Basket. Ammerud Bskt lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the seventh place with seven games lost. Froya Basket's next round opponent will be Asker Aliens (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Ammerud Bskt will play against Gimle BBK (#4) in Bergen.



Centrum - Froya Basket 77-88

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Oslo. Second ranked Froya Basket faced 4th placed Centrum. Guests from Laksevag (7-1) defeated host Centrum (4-5) 88-77. The game was mostly controlled by Froya Basket. Centrum was better in third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Froya Basket forced 20 Centrum turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Froya Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. It was a good game for American power forward Peter Bullock (198-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. The former international swingman Marco Elsafadi (193-76) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American-German forward Marco Sanders (202-79, college: Point Park) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Christian Hinsch (187-88, agency: Court Side) added 15 points in the effort for Centrum. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Centrum's coach Marco Sanders rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Froya Basket. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Baerum Basket. Newly promoted Centrum dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. Froya Basket will play against Asker Aliens (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Centrum will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Centrum: C.Hinsch 15+3reb+1ast, M.Sanders 15+8reb+1ast, R.Karlsen 11+7reb, M.Lepovic 10+2reb+1ast, F.Nyborg 10+6reb+1ast, M.Mahnin 8+4reb+5ast
Froya Basket: P.Bullock 22+6reb+1ast, E.Gabrans 15+4reb+2ast, M.Elsafadi 15+8reb, M.Kombat 12+5reb+1ast, R.Silavs 8+3reb+2ast, N.Phillip 8+2ast
gschID: 144941


Langhus - Asker Aliens 57-109

Bottom-ranked Langhus IL (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 109-57 loss to third ranked Asker Aliens (7-2) in Oslo on Sunday evening. The game without a history. Asker Aliens led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Langhus IL's 28 and made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Langhus IL 60-21 including a 46-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (198, college: Brescia (KY), agency: Warren Sports International) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds (on 16-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Cooper Land (203-88, college: Wright St., agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 13 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Asker Aliens players scored in double figures. Coach Jamie Andrisevic's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was guard Emari O'Garrow (190-78) with 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Are Kristiansen (185-81) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Defending champion maintains third place with 7-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Baerum Basket. Langhus IL lost their tenth game in a row. Newly promoted Langhus IL still closes the standings with ten games lost. Asker Aliens will meet league's second-placed Froya Basket in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Langhus IL will play against Gimle BBK (#4) in Bergen and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Langhus: E.O'Garrow 21+5reb+3ast, A.Kristiansen 11+5reb+1ast, D.Crouch 10+1reb, T.Randolph 6+3reb+3ast, G.Klubnes 4+2reb, T.Gohn 3
Asker Aliens: A.Lee-Ingram 34+14reb+2ast, F.Bohn 15+4reb+1ast, S.Gustavsen 13+2reb, E.Stien 13+8reb+1ast, C.Land 13+16reb+5ast, M.Midtvedt 11+8reb+4ast
gschID: 144942


Ammerud Bskt - Froya Basket 73-104

The game in Oslo supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Froya Basket (7-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Ammerud Bskt (1-7). Froya Basket smashed Ammerud Bskt 104-73. The game was mostly controlled by Froya Basket. Ammerud Bskt was better in fourth quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Froya Basket shot 22 for 38 from the free-throw line, while Ammerud Bskt only scored six points from the stripe. Froya Basket forced 27 Ammerud Bskt turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Ammerud Bskt's players. 27 personal fouls committed by Ammerud Bskt helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-88, college: N.Idaho JC) nailed 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and guard Ali Ouakkaha (185-90) accounted for 12 points and 8 assists. Five Froya Basket players scored in double figures. The former international guard Orji Okoroafor (187-80) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) added 24 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Ammerud Bskt in the defeat. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Froya Basket. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Baerum Basket. Ammerud Bskt lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the seventh place with seven games lost. Froya Basket's next round opponent will be Asker Aliens (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Ammerud Bskt will play against Gimle BBK (#4) in Bergen.
Top scorers:
Ammerud Bskt: O.Okoroafor 26+10reb+3ast, E.Westerlund 24+11reb, R.Knight 8+3reb+2ast, S.Wroldsen 5+1reb+2ast, Z.Mahojlovic 4+4reb, H.Halvorsen 4+3reb
Froya Basket: M.Kombat 19+8reb+3ast, E.Gabrans 16+2reb+5ast, K.Otabor 14+3reb, R.Silavs 13+2reb+1ast, M.Elsafadi 13+5reb+2ast, P.Bullock 12+8reb+2ast
gschID: 144943


Baerum Basket - Langhus 119-65

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Baerum Basket as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Baerum Basket smashed bottom-ranked Langhus IL in Bekkestua 119-65. The game without a history. Baerum Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 84 of its points in the paint compared to Langhus IL's 48. Baerum Basket forced 23 Langhus IL turnovers and outrebounded Langhus IL 45-18 including a 22-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Baerum Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Langhus IL's players. The best player for the winners was guard Stian Mjos (182-89) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists. American power forward Donald Oatis (206-79, college: Wilberforce, agency: Prossin Sports Management) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Four Baerum Basket players scored in double figures. Baerum Basket's coach Pal Berg felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard David Crouch (-86) who recorded 24 points and 6 rebounds and center Gisle Klubnes (202-84) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Baerum Basket (7-1) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Froya Basket. Newly promoted Langhus IL still closes the standings with ten games lost. Langhus IL will play next round against strong Gimle BBK trying to get back on the winning streak. Baerum Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Langhus: D.Crouch 24+6reb+1ast, G.Klubnes 16+5reb, O.Egeland 8+1ast, A.Kristiansen 7+3reb+4ast, E.O'Garrow 6+2reb+2ast, K.Christensen 2+1ast
Baerum Basket: F.Sjostrom 25+5reb+1ast, D.Oatis 23+10reb+1ast, S.Mjos 21+4reb+10ast, M.Elgmork 14+4reb+5ast, B.Andreassen 12+3reb, R.Ferranti 8+5reb+7ast
gschID: 144944




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  PHILIPPINES   


SEA Games 2011. Philippines thrash Thailand, win Group A - by Eurobasket News
Philippines - Thailand 103:69

Philippines extended their perfect run at 2011 SEA Games. They knocked down Thailand to climb at 3-0 record on top of Group A. Clifford Hodge scored 15 points for the winners.
Philippines unloaded 37 points in the opening period to clear off. They earned a 16-point lead at the first break. Philippines stayed on the winning track in the second term. They boosted the gap to as many as 20 points at the interval 54:34. Philippines maintained the lead in the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by as many as26 points and never looked back en route to the win. Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) nailed 14 points, while Nicolas Salva added 12 points in the victory. Darongpan Apiromvilaichai (185-G-85) answered with 12 points for Thailand. Chanachon Klahan (190-F-84) had 11 points in the loss.

Philippines: Clifford Hodge 15, Kiefer Isaac Ravena 14, Nicolas Salva 12
Thailand: Darongpan Apiromvilaichai 12, Chanachon Klahan 11


DAY 3 OF 2011 SEA GAMES BASKETBALL - by Enzo Flojo
VIETNAM over CAMBODIA, 78-57
VIE 78 - Trieu 19, Duong 14, Le 13, Nguyen H 11, Ngo 8, Vu 5, Hoang 4, Du 2, Doan 2, Nguyen S 2, Le 0, Lai 0
CAM 57 - Sophoeun 25, Pek 20, Kim V 8, Monh 4, Sovann 0, Meas 0, Boroth 0, Kim R 0, Lov 0, Therro 0, Chom 0
QS: 21-10, 38-28, 58-41, 78-57

Best Players:
VIE: Han Minh Trieu - 19pts, 4rebs, 4stls, 2 triples
CAM: Oeun Sophoeun - 25pts, 14rebs, 3stls, 2blks, 3 triples
Key Stats:
Assists: VIE 9 - CAM 2
Points in the Paint: VIE 34 - CAM 18
Turnovers: VIE 15 - CAM 32

PHILIPPINES over THAILAND, 103-69
PHL 103 - Hodge 15, Ravena 14, Salva 12, Ellis 11, Slaughter 11, Parks 10, Lanete 8, Garcia 7, Monfort 6, Tiu 6, Marcelo 3, Pascual 0
THA 69 - Apiromvilaichai DN 12, Klahan 11, Kongkum 8, Kaedum 8, Jantuma 7, Sangthong 6, Lertmalaiporn 5, Kruatiwa 5, Dasom 3, Apiromvilaichai DG 2, Ghogar 2,
QS: 37-21, 54-34, 75-49, 103-69

Best Players:
THA: Darongpan Apiromvilaichai - 12pts, 4rebs, 1ast, 1stl
PHL: Kiefer Ravena - 14pts, 5asts, 4rebs, 4stls, 1blk, 2 triples
Key Stats:
FG%: PHL 65% - THA 39%
Assists: PHL 23 - THA 9
Turnovers: PHL 14 - THA 21

MALAYSIA over MYANMAR, 100-72
MAS 100 - Wee 20, Ooi 16, Ng 16, Lau 10, Loh 9, Kuek 8, Kuppusamy 7, Ong 5, Kwaan 5, Wong 2, Chee 2, Batumalai 0
MYA 72 - Gyi 20, Chan 15, Phay 12, Cho 11, Kyi 7, Ta 3, Tun 2, Aye 2, Gaung 0, Min 0
QS: 24-16, 49-36, 79-54, 100-72

Best Players:
MAS: Chuan Chin Wee - 20pts, 6asts, 3rebs, 1stl, 2 triples
MYA: Kyar Gyi - 20pts, 8rebs, 2asts, 1stls
Key Stats:
3-pt FGs: MAS 12 - MYA 3
Rebounds: MAS 48 - MYA 37
Assists: MAS 26 - MYA 3

INDONESIA over SINGAPORE, 80-75
INA 80 - Gunawan 23, Prawiro 14, Ahmad 11, Wuysang 8, Prihantono 7, Sitepu 6, Poedjakesuma 5, Indrawan 4
SIN 75 - Koh 17, Matiakalan 17, Khoo 14, Lim 12, Oh 6, Ong 6, Wong 3, Ng 0
QS: 16-22, 32-42, 54-59, 80-75

Best Players:
INA: Rony Gunawan - 23pts, 9rebs, 2asts, 1stl, 3 triples
SIN: Pathman Matialakan - 17pts, 7rebs, 5stls, 1ast
Key Stats:
3-pt FGs: INA 10 - SIN 6
Points in the Paint: INA 28 - SIN 22
2nd Chance Points: INA 11 - SIN 6

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com


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1Liga Round 9: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
1Liga round 9 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Start Gdynia (7-2) against third ranked Sokol Lancut (7-1) 78-69 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Start Gdynia. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Sokol Lancut led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sokol Lancut forced 26 Start Gdynia turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sokol Lancut made 17 blocks. It was a good game for forward Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-F-88) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Center Maciej Klima (205-82) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Adam Lisewski (206-80) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for Start Gdynia. Start Gdynia's coach Pawel Turkiewicz rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sokol Lancut have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with P.Cukier SIDEn. Start Gdynia at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by P.Cukier SIDEn. Start Gdynia will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Sokol Lancut will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin on the road.
Bottom-ranked Sportino is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their eighth consecutive match to sixth ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (6-3) 82-51. Point guard Lukasz Szczypka (185-80) stepped up and scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Michal Woloszyn chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was power forward Maciej Strzelecki (204-87) with 14 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza. They moved-up to fifth place. Sportino lost their eighth game in a row. They still closes the standings with eight games lost. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza will play against higher ranked Spojnia (#4) in Stargard in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sportino will play on the road against MKS Znicz Basket (#6) in Pruszkow and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Radom supposed to be also quite interesting. 7th ranked AZS Szczecin (4-4) played at the court of eighth ranked Rosa Radom (5-4). Rosa Radom did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 77-57 on Wednesday. Artur Donigiewicz nailed 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Krzysztof Mielczarek came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 20 rebounds for AZS Szczecin in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rosa Radom moved-up to seventh place. Loser AZS Szczecin dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with SKK Siedlce. Rosa Radom will meet AZS Kutno (#10) on the road in the next round. AZS Szczecin will play against Sudety in Jelenia Gora and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between MKS Znicz Basket (5-3) and SKK Siedlce (4-4), which took place in Siedlce. Higher ranked MKS Znicz Basket was outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked SKK Siedlce 94-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of MKS Znicz Basket. The best player for the winners was Kamil Sulima who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. MKS Znicz Basket's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. SKK Siedlce moved-up to eighth place, which they share with AZS Szczecin. MKS Znicz Basket at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. SKK Siedlce's next round opponent will be league's leader P.Cukier SIDEn in Torun and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 9: Start Lublin was beaten by Spojnia on the road 71-66. MOSiR Krosno lost to AZS Kutno on its own court 62-69. P.Cukier SIDEn managed to outperform Sudety in Torun 85-76.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 23 points and 5 steals by Jacek Jarecki of P.Cukier SIDEn.


Sokol Lancut - Start Gdynia 78-69

1Liga round 9 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Start Gdynia (7-2) against third ranked Sokol Lancut (7-1) 78-69 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Start Gdynia. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Sokol Lancut led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sokol Lancut forced 26 Start Gdynia turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sokol Lancut made 17 blocks. It was a good game for forward Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-88) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Center Maciej Klima (205-82) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Sokol Lancut players scored in double figures. Power forward Adam Lisewski (206-80) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and forward Tomasz Wojdyla (201-77) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Start Gdynia. Start Gdynia's coach Pawel Turkiewicz rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sokol Lancut have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with P.Cukier SIDEn. Start Gdynia at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by P.Cukier SIDEn. Start Gdynia will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Sokol Lancut will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin on the road.
Top scorers:
Start Gdynia: T.Wojdyla 18+5reb+1ast, A.Krauze 18, A.Lisewski 16+7reb+2ast, M.Malczyk 6+3reb+1ast, K.Szpyrka 5+2reb+3ast, G.Mordzak 3+2ast
Sokol Lancut: P.Halas 16+3reb+2ast, M.Klima 15+5reb+2ast, T.Fortuna 14+3reb+4ast, W.Pisarczyk 14+9reb+3ast, M.Wilczek 10+4reb, B.Dubiel 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 140972


SKK Siedlce - Znicz Basket 94-75

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between MKS Znicz Basket (5-3) and SKK Siedlce (4-4), which took place in Siedlce. Higher ranked MKS Znicz Basket was outleveled in a road game by ninth ranked SKK Siedlce 94-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of MKS Znicz Basket. The game was mostly controlled by SKK Siedlce. MKS Znicz Basket was better in second period 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SKK Siedlce dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to MKS Znicz Basket's 28 and made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. SKK Siedlce forced 25 MKS Znicz Basket turnovers and outrebounded them 39-21 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. SKK Siedlce players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Kamil Sulima (192-80) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Radoslaw Basinski (188-78) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Grzegorz Malewski (200-84) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Andrzej Misiewicz (201-84, college: Daytona Beach CC) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five SKK Siedlce and four MKS Znicz Basket players scored in double figures. MKS Znicz Basket's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. SKK Siedlce moved-up to eighth place, which they share with AZS Szczecin. MKS Znicz Basket at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. SKK Siedlce's next round opponent will be league's leader P.Cukier SIDEn in Torun and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Znicz Basket: G.Malewski 20+7reb, A.Misiewicz 14+6reb, A.Sulinski 10+1reb+6ast, L.Bonarek 10+3reb, D.Czubek 8+2reb+5ast, P.Szymanski 7+2reb+1ast
SKK Siedlce: K.Sulima 21+5reb+3ast, P.Kowalczuk 17+8reb+1ast, M.Przybylski 16+5reb+3ast, R.Wojcicki 14+6reb+5ast, R.Basinski 12+4reb+10ast, L.Ratajczak 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 140969


Sportino - MKS DG 51-82

Bottom-ranked Sportino is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their eighth consecutive match to sixth ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (6-3) 82-51. The game without a history. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Sportino's 26. They outrebounded Sportino 45-25 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. Point guard Lukasz Szczypka (185-80) stepped up and scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and forward Michal Woloszyn (202-84) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was power forward Maciej Strzelecki (204-87) with 14 points and the former international guard Grzegorz Kukielka (192-83) scored 11 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. The victory was the third consecutive win for MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza. They moved-up to fifth place. Sportino lost their eighth game in a row. They still closes the standings with eight games lost. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza will play against higher ranked Spojnia (#4) in Stargard in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sportino will play on the road against MKS Znicz Basket (#6) in Pruszkow and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sportino: M.Strzelecki 14+3reb, G.Kukielka 11+4reb, P.Mowlik 7+1reb+1ast, J.Jankowiak 7+1reb+1ast, D.Adamczewski 5+3reb+1ast, H.Wierzbicki 5+2reb+1ast
MKS DG: P.Zmarlak 14+4reb, M.Woloszyn 14+5reb, L.Szczypka 11+5reb+4ast, R.Kulikowski 8+7reb+2ast, K.Morawiec 8, G.Grochowski 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 140970


Spojnia - Start Lublin 71-66

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Spojnia (6-2) beat 11th ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin (3-6) in Stargard 71-66. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Olimp MKS Start Lublin was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 22-14 charge of Spojnia, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 22 Olimp MKS Start Lublin turnovers and outrebounded them 47-25 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Adam Parzych (190-86, college: Bryant, agency: Promotex) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Lukasz Bodych (204-90, agency: Promotex) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Spojnia players scored in double figures. Spojnia's coach Tadeusz Aleksandrowicz allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Przemyslaw Luszczewski (195-80, agency: Promotex) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and forward Pawel Kowalski (197-83) added 22 points respectively. Spojnia maintains fourth place with 6-2 record. Olimp MKS Start Lublin at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with six games lost. Spojnia's next round opponent will be MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (#5) on the road. Olimp MKS Start Lublin will play against the league's second-placed Sokol Lancut (#2).
Top scorers:
Start Lublin: P.Kowalski 22+1reb, K.Michalski 13+5ast, P.Luszczewski 12+12reb, S.Szymanski 7+2reb+3ast, A.Mysliwiec 7+5reb+1ast, S.Prazmo 3+5reb
Spojnia: A.Parzych 15+6reb+2ast, T.Stepien 13+2reb, L.Bodych 12+8reb+2ast, W.Grudzinski 10+9reb, T.Ochonko 9+5reb+4ast, A.Soczewski 6+3reb
gschID: 140971


MOSiR Krosno - AZS Kutno 62-69

Rather expected game when 14th ranked MOSiR Krosno (1-8) lost at home to twelfth ranked AZS Kutno (3-5) 69-62. MOSiR Krosno was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 42-26 second half run of AZS Kutno. They also forced 20 MOSiR Krosno turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Mariusz Bacik (207-72) who scored 9 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Michal Marciniak (195-79) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Dariusz Oczkowicz (183-81) who recorded 14 points and 4 assists and guard Rafal Partyka (184-79) added 15 points respectively. AZS Kutno moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Polonia. MOSiR Krosno lost their sixth game in a row. MOSiR Krosno at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourteenth position with eight games lost. AZS Kutno's next round opponent will be higher ranked Rosa Radom (#7) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MOSiR Krosno will play against Polonia (#11) in Przemysl.
Top scorers:
MOSiR Krosno: R.Partyka 15+3reb+1ast, D.Oczkowicz 14+4reb+4ast, P.Pluta 12+2reb+1ast, K.Kamecki 7+6reb+1ast, M.Piotrkowski 6+3reb, D.Pieloch 5
AZS Kutno: M.Marciniak 13+7reb, A.Linowski 13+5reb, S.Grzesinski 12+3reb+1ast, M.Bacik 9+12reb+1ast, T.Deja 7+1reb+1ast, D.Brek 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 140966


Rosa Radom - AZS Szczecin 77-57

The game in Radom supposed to be also quite interesting. 7th ranked AZS Szczecin (4-4) played at the court of eighth ranked Rosa Radom (5-4). Rosa Radom did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 77-57 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Rosa Radom. AZS Szczecin managed to win third quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rosa Radom made 7 blocks. Guard Artur Donigiewicz (185-84) nailed 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and guard Jakub Zalewski (183-86) accounted for 16 points. Swingman Krzysztof Mielczarek (198-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 20 rebounds and guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82, agency: Promotex) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively for AZS Szczecin in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rosa Radom moved-up to seventh place. Loser AZS Szczecin dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with SKK Siedlce. Rosa Radom will meet AZS Kutno (#10) on the road in the next round. AZS Szczecin will play against Sudety in Jelenia Gora and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
AZS Szczecin: L.Pacocha 22+7reb+3ast, K.Mielczarek 14+20reb+2ast, M.Raczynski 12+1reb+1ast, M.Sudowski 7+3reb, M.Dudek 2+1reb, L.Bak 0
Rosa Radom: A.Donigiewicz 20+7reb+1ast, J.Zalewski 16+3reb+1ast, M.Nikiel 10+1reb, T.Pisarczyk 9+7reb+1ast, P.Kardas 6+4ast, R.Cetnar 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 140967


Sudety - P.Cukier SIDEn 76-85

Very predictable result when second ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (7-1) won against 13th ranked Sudety (2-7) in Jelenia Gora 85-76. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-18. But Sudety won second period 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. P.Cukier SIDEn made 23-of-25 charity shots (92.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 27 Sudety turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Jacek Jarecki (197-88) who scored 23 points and 5 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international guard Lukasz Zytko (181-81) chipped in 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four P.Cukier SIDEn players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Lukasz Niesobski (185-85) who recorded 33 points (!!!) and forward Jaroslaw Wilusz (200-85) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for P.Cukier SIDEn. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Sokol Lancut. Sudety lost their third game in a row. Sudety at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth place with seven games lost. P.Cukier SIDEn's next round opponent will be SKK Siedlce (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game. Sudety will play against AZS Szczecin (#8).
Top scorers:
Sudety: L.Niesobski 33+1reb+2ast, J.Wilusz 14+6reb+2ast, M.Kozak 9+5ast, O.Bukowiecki 9+1ast, M.Koltun 9+8reb+1ast, P.Ostrowski 2+1reb
P.Cukier SIDEn: J.Jarecki 23+4reb+1ast, L.Zytko 18+3reb+5ast, L.Kwiatkowski 16+1reb+1ast, P.Lewandowski 13+5reb+2ast, A.Kobus 9+2reb, D.Przybyszewski 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 140968




PLK Round 11: Trefl Sopot hands first defeat to PGE Turow - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Undefeated PGE Turow (9-1) recorded its first loss on the court of sixth ranked Trefl Sopot on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Trefl Sopot in overtime 86-83. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of PGE Turow. PGE Turow was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 13-16s. Trefl Sopot made 36-of-41 free shots (87.8 percent) during the game, while PGE Turow only scored twenty points from the stripe. They outrebounded PGE Turow 44-33 including 32 on the defensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by PGE Turow helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) who scored 21 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. International forward Adam Waczynski (199-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 21 points. Australian-Dutch center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced 17 points for the guests. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Trefl Sopot (6-3) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Energa Czarni. PGE Turow at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Trefl Sopot is looking forward to face AZS Koszalin (#6) on the road in the next round. PGE Turow will play against Energa Czarni (#4) in Slupsk and is hoping to win this game.

In the last game of round 11 Siarka Jezioro crushed LKS Lodz in Tarnobrzeg 94-70. Kotwica smashed PBG Basket at home 82-51. Slask Wroclaw lost to Polpharma on the opponent's court 71-73. Energa Czarni unfortunately lost to Zastal ZG in a home game 67-72. AZS Koszalin was rolled over Anwil on the road 70-99.



LKS Lodz - Siarka Jezioro 70-94

There was no surprise in Lodz where 13th ranked LKS Sphinx (2-8) was crushed by ninth ranked Siarka Jezioro (4-5) 94-70 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Siarka Jezioro. LKS Sphinx was better in fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American point guard Josh Miller (169, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 assists. His fellow American import guard LaMarshall Corbett (190-88, college: Angelo St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 24 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Siarka Jezioro players scored in double figures. Center Krzysztof Sulima (202-90) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Siarka Jezioro moved-up to eighth place. LKS Sphinx lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Siarka Jezioro will face league's second-placed Anwil in Wloclawek in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LKS Sphinx will play on the road against AZS Politechnika Warszawska (#12) in Warszawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siarka Jezioro: L.Corbett 24+4reb+3ast, J.Miller 18+1reb+12ast, W.Barycz 11+8reb+1ast, J.Tiller 11+5reb+1ast, P.Karnowski 8+6reb, N.Doaks 6+2reb+1ast
LKS Lodz: K.Sulima 14+10reb+2ast, F.Kenig 14+2reb+2ast, K.Archibeque 13+9reb+2ast, B.Szczepaniak 10+1reb, M.Krajewski 8+3reb+2ast, D.Kalinowski 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 149196


Kotwica - PBG Basket 82-51

No shocking result in a game in Kolobrzeg where seventh ranked Kotwica (5-5) smashed 11th ranked PBG Basket (3-8) 82-51 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Kotwica led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to PBG Basket's 24. They outrebounded PBG Basket 47-23 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward Darrell Harris (208-84, college: Rhode Island) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Naturalized Israeli guard Oded Brandwein (188-88) chipped in 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Kotwica's coach Tomasz Mrozek felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian guard Djordje Micic (195-83) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian forward Zarko Comagic (201-85, college: N.Arizona, agency: 011 Sports) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Kotwica maintains seventh place with 5-5 record. PBG Basket lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with eight games lost. Kotwica will face Slask Wroclaw (#9) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kotwica: O.Brandwein 18+1reb+2ast, R.Holmes 15+2reb, D.Harris 13+17reb+1ast, L.Diduszko 6+4reb, J.Sapp 6+5reb+9ast, M.Kwiatkowski 6+2reb+2ast
PBG Basket: D.Micic 16+6reb+2ast, Z.Comagic 15+7reb, J.Parzenski 6+2reb, M.Bartosz 5+1reb, D.Kulig 4+6reb+1ast, T.Smorawinski 4+1ast
gschID: 149197


Trefl Sopot - PGE Turow 86-83 OT

Undefeated PGE Turow (9-1) recorded its first loss on the court of sixth ranked Trefl Sopot on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Trefl Sopot in overtime 86-83. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of PGE Turow. PGE Turow was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 13-16s. Trefl Sopot made 36-of-41 free shots (87.8 percent) during the game, while PGE Turow only scored twenty points from the stripe. They outrebounded PGE Turow 44-33 including 32 on the defensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by PGE Turow helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) who scored 21 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. International forward Adam Waczynski (199-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 21 points. Australian-Dutch center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced 17 points and American guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) added 5 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Trefl Sopot (6-3) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Energa Czarni. PGE Turow at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Trefl Sopot is looking forward to face AZS Koszalin (#6) on the road in the next round. PGE Turow will play against Energa Czarni (#4) in Slupsk and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: L.Koszarek 21+9reb+4ast, A.Waczynski 21+3reb+3ast, L.Wisniewski 19+5reb+3ast, J.Turek 10+7reb+1ast, C.Burgess 9+14reb+2ast, M.Stefanski 4+3reb+1ast
PGE Turow: D.Kickert 17+2reb+1ast, A.Cel 13+6reb, D.Jackson 13+5reb+1ast, G.Gustas 12+1reb+2ast, K.Wysocki 8+3reb+1ast, M.Gabinski 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 149198


Polpharma - Slask Wroclaw 73-71

There was an upset in Starogard where higher ranked Slask Wroclaw (4-6) was edged by thirteenth ranked Polpharma (3-7) 73-71 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 20-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Tony Weeden (186-83, college: Chicago St.) who scored 16 points and 5 assists. International point guard Tomasz Snieg (190-89) chipped in 12 points. Polpharma's coach Wojciech Kaminski used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Qarraan Calhoun (203-86, college: Houston, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian power forward Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Slask Wroclaw players scored in double figures. Polpharma moved-up to tenth place. Newly promoted Slask Wroclaw dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Polpharma will face higher ranked Zastal ZG (#3) in Zielona Gora in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Polpharma: T.Weeden 16+3reb+5ast, T.Snieg 12+4reb+2ast, P.Okafor 10+3reb+1ast, J.Simmons 9+3reb+1ast, D.Wall 9+2reb+1ast, B.Gilmore 8+5reb+1ast
Slask Wroclaw: Q.Calhoun 17+9reb, A.Mladenovic 13+8reb+1ast, P.Graham 12+1reb, A.Vairogs 11+5reb+1ast, R.Skibniewski 9+3reb+5ast, B.Bochno 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 149193


Energa Czarni - Zastal ZG 67-72

There was a small surprise in Slupsk where fifth ranked Zastal ZG (6-2) beat 3rd placed Energa Czarni (6-3) 72-67 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was Nigerian forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. International point guard Kamil Chanas (188-85) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Five Zastal ZG players scored in double figures. American center David Weaver (209-87, college: Wake Forest) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and American-Puerto Rican guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Zastal ZG moved-up to third place. Loser Energa Czarni dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Zastal ZG will face Polpharma (#10) in Starogard in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Energa Czarni will play on the road against the league's leader PGE Turow (#1) in Zgorzelec.
Top scorers:
Zastal ZG: W.Hodge 14+3reb+2ast, G.Lawal 13+12reb, K.Chanas 13+5reb+3ast, P.Stelmach 12+2reb, J.Dloniak 12+2reb+1ast, R.Rajewicz 2+5reb
Energa Czarni: D.Weaver 22+10reb+1ast, D.Hinson 15+6reb+3ast, P.Leonczyk 9+5reb+3ast, S.Morrison 6+4reb, M.Cesnauskis 5+4reb+1ast, K.Roszyk 4
gschID: 149194


Anwil - AZS Koszalin 99-70

Not a big story in a game in Wloclawek where 6th ranked AZS Koszalin (5-4) was outplayed by third ranked Anwil (7-3) 99-70 on Sunday. The game without a history. Anwil led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Krzysztof Szubarga (182-84) who scored 14 points and 7 assists. American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Anwil players scored in double figures. American guard Stefhon Hannah (185-85, college: Missouri) produced 17 points and the other American import guard J.J. Montgomery (196-82, college: Arkansas St.) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Anwil moved-up to second place. Loser AZS Koszalin keeps the sixth position with four games lost. Anwil will face Siarka Jezioro (#8) in Tarnobrzeg in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. AZS Koszalin will play at home against Trefl Sopot and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Anwil: S.Hajric 18+6reb, C.Edwards 17+7reb+1ast, L.Majewski 17+2reb, K.Szubarga 14+4reb+7ast, N.Lewis 10+4reb, B.Woloszyn 8+3reb+3ast
AZS Koszalin: S.Hannah 17+3reb+1ast, J.Montgomery 12+6reb, G.Reese 11+1reb+1ast, M.Lekic 7+2reb, R.Bigus 7+9reb+1ast, K.Laczynski 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 149195




Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Jacek JARECKI
  P.Cuk.
  (197-G-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Jarecki, P.Cuk.20.3 
 2. Niesobski, Sudety18.9 
 3. Woloszyn, MKS D.16.8 
 4. Mazur, Polonia16.6 
 5. Pacocha, AZS S.16.5 
 6. Kostrzewski, Start15.1 
 7. Zytko, P..15.1 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut14.8 
 9. Szumelda-K., Znicz14.2 
 10. Kowalski, Start L.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Krzysztof MIELCZAREK
  AZS S.
  (198-G/F-81)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Mielczarek, AZS S.10.3 
 2. Luszczewski, Start8.8 
 3. Wilusz, Sudety8.6 
 4. Radke, Rosa Radom8.5 
 5. Grudzinski, Spojnia8.1 
 6. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.8.0 
 7. Malewski, Znicz B.7.6 
 8. Perka, AZS Kutno7.3 
 9. Marciniak, AZS K.7.2 
 10. Pytys, AZS Szcze.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Radoslaw BASINSKI
  SKK S.
  (188-PG-78)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Basinski, SKK S.5.6 
 2. Zytko, P..5.1 
 3. Pustelnik, Start L.5.0 
 4. Ochonko, Spojnia4.4 
 5. Michalski, Start L.4.3 
 6. Brek, AZS Kutno4.1 
 7. Musijowski, Polonia3.9 
 8. Pydych, Polonia3.8 
 9. Pacocha, AZS S.3.6 
 10. Czubek, Znicz B.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marek SZUMELDA-KRZYCKI
  Znicz B.
  (193-PG-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Szumelda-K., Znicz3.5 
 2. Sulinski, Znicz B.3.1 
 3. Michalski, Start L.3.0 
 4. Baran, MOSiR K.3.0 
 5. Czubek, Znicz B.3.0 
 6. Zytko, P..2.9 
 7. Niesobski, Sudety2.8 
 8. Wilusz, Sudety2.7 
 9. Kowalczuk, SKK S.2.6 
 10. Ratajczak, SKK S.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcin MATUSZEWSKI
  Znicz B.
  (194-F/G-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Matuszewski, Znicz2.3 
 2. Niesobski, Sudety2.2 
 3. Marciniak, AZS K.2.0 
 4. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.9 
 5. Wojdyla, Start G.1.9 
 6. Zytko, P..1.8 
 7. Szumelda-K., Znicz1.8 
 8. Mazur, Polonia1.8 
 9. Kostrzewski, Start1.7 
 10. Halas, Sokol Lan.1.6 


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


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. P.Cukier SIDEn 7-1 
 2. Sokol Lancut 7-1 
 3. Start Gdynia 7-2 
 4. Spojnia 6-2 
 5. MKS DG 6-3 
 6. Znicz Basket 5-3 
 7. Rosa Radom 5-4 
 8. AZS Szczecin 4-4 
 9. SKK Siedlce 4-4 
 10. AZS Kutno 3-5 
 11. Polonia 3-5 
 12. Start Lublin 3-6 
 13. Sudety 2-7 
 14. MOSiR Krosno 1-8 
 15. Sportino 0-8 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Corsley EDWARDS
  Anwil
  (205-C/F-79)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Edwards, Anwil19.2 
 2. Koszarek, Trefl S.17.7 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.16.9 
 4. Miller, Siarka J.16.9 
 5. Montgomery, AZS K.16.8 
 6. Reese, AZS Koszal.16.6 
 7. Kulig, PBG Basket16.5 
 8. Lawal, Zastal ZG16.4 
 9. Sapp, Kotwica16.1 
 10. Hannah, AZS K.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Zastal ZG
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Lawal, Zastal ZG11.8 
 2. Archibeque, LKS L.9.7 
 3. Harris, Kotwica9.7 
 4. Burgess, Trefl S.8.6 
 5. Edwards, Anwil7.9 
 6. Bigus, AZS Koszalin7.6 
 7. Turek, Trefl Sopot6.9 
 8. Doaks, Siarka J.6.5 
 9. Leonczyk, Energa6.3 
 10. Mladenovic, Slask6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Skibniewski, Slask6.6 
 2. Wilczek, AZS P.6.5 
 3. Koszarek, Trefl S.6.1 
 4. Szubarga, Anwil5.5 
 5. Hodge, Zastal ZG5.5 
 6. Miller, Siarka J.5.3 
 7. Moore, PGE Turow5.3 
 8. Sapp, Kotwica5.2 
 9. Micic, PBG Basket5.1 
 10. Milicic, AZS K.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Szubarga, Anwil2.4 
 2. Cesnauskis, Energa2.1 
 3. Koljevic, Polpharma2.0 
 4. Koszarek, Trefl S.2.0 
 5. Hinson, Energa C.1.7 
 6. Sapp, Kotwica1.6 
 7. Moore, PGE Turow1.6 
 8. Smorawinski, PBG B.1.6 
 9. Skibniewski, Slask1.5 
 10. Wilczek, AZS P.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Wojciech BARYCZ
  Siarka J.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Barycz, Siarka J.1.8 
 2. Burgess, Trefl S.1.7 
 3. Morrison, Energa C.1.4 
 4. Harris, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.4 
 6. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.2 
 7. Mladenovic, Slask1.2 
 8. Edwards, Anwil1.2 
 9. Kesicki, Kotwica1.0 
 10. Parzenski, PBG B.0.8 


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EuroChallenge: Roll helps the Giants to beat CSU Mobitelco - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp Giants-CSU Mobitelco 87:63

Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) helps the Giants to beat CSU Mobitelco in EuroChallenge Round 2. Antwerp Giants outleveled the opponent from Cluj 87:63 on Tuesday night.
U-Mobitelco was better in second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Antwerp Giants dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to U-Mobitelco's 34. Antwerp Giants forced 20 U-Mobitelco turnovers. Michael Roll scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC) chipped in 16 points and 8 assists during the contest. Four Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Antwerp Giants' coach Eddy Casteels felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds and American swingman Kyndall Dykes (190-G/F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds.

Antwerp Giants: Michael Roll 24, Timothy Black 16, Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) 12
CSU Mobitelco: Zoran Krstanovic 21, David Lawrence (200-F-85, college: Charleston) 15, Kyndall Dykes 11



Brown number one for round 8 - by Eurobasket News
American guard Joshua Brown (187-G-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Dinamo B., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (40 points, six rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Craiova (#8, 4-4) 106-98. Dinamo B. is placed at 11th position in Romanian Div.A. Dinamo B. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-5 record. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable 52.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Dinamo B.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former Towson University star has very solid stats this year. Brown is in league's top in points (3rd best: 22.7ppg). Worth to mention Brown played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Czech Republic David Steffel (212-C/F-85) of Rovinari. Steffel had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Rovinari to edge slightly higher-ranked CSM Bucuresti (#9, 4-4) 82-81. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Rovinari managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 10th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-5 record. Steffel is a newcomer at Rovinari, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Rovinari's star - American guard Louis Darby (196-G-84). Darby showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Rovinari, helping his team with a 82-81 win against slightly higher-ranked CSM Bucuresti (#9, 4-4). The chances of Rovinari not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 5 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Darby could try to bring Rovinari's a little bit higher in the standings. Darby has individually a great season in Romania. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.3ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Branislav Tomic (205-F/C-80) of Craiova - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Jaytonah Wisseh (185-G-88) of CSU Sibiu - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Devon Austin (198-F-87) of CSU Sibiu - 26 points and 3 rebounds
7. Virgil Stanescu (208-C/F-77) of Targu Mures - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Allen Durham (198-F-88) of Dinamo B. - 26 points and 7 rebounds
9. Dominique Archie (200-F-87) of Timisoara - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Antonio Haymon (198-F-88) of Dinamo B. - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Gaz Metan 7-1 
 2. Timisoara 7-1 
 3. Targu Mures 6-2 
 4. CSU Sibiu 6-2 
 5. U.Mobitel.CN 6-2 
 6. Oradea 5-2 
 7. Ploiesti 5-2 
 8. Craiova 4-4 
 9. CSM Bucuresti 4-4 
 10. Rovinari 3-5 
 11. Dinamo B. 3-5 
 12. Giurgiu 2-5 
 13. Pitesti 2-6 
 14. Otopeni 1-6 
 15. Perla Harghitei 1-7 
 16. Politehnica 0-8 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.23.5 
 2. Martinic, CSM B.23.5 
 3. Brown, Dinamo B.22.7 
 4. Tomic, Craiova22.6 
 5. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu22.1 
 6. Forte, Targu Mures21.0 
 7. Darby, Rovinari20.3 
 8. Khartchenkov, CSU20.1 
 9. Mitchell, Gaz Metan20.0 
 10. Burlacu, Ploiesti19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.14.6 
 2. Riley, CSU Sibiu9.8 
 3. Ross, Craiova9.4 
 4. Burlacu, Ploiesti9.3 
 5. Carutasu, CSM B.9.0 
 6. Dies, Perla Harghi.9.0 
 7. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.7 
 8. Kazarnovski, Pites.8.5 
 9. Grubisic, Giurgiu8.3 
 10. Forte, Targu Mures7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu7.1 
 2. Hardy, Giurgiu7.0 
 3. Cooley, Targu M.6.5 
 4. Maric, Oradea6.3 
 5. Howell, Gaz Metan5.6 
 6. Stojakovic, Giurgiu5.3 
 7. Nikolic, Rovinari5.0 
 8. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.0 
 9. Long, Perla Harghi.4.8 
 10. Brown, Dinamo B.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu3.6 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.3.3 
 3. Burlacu, Ploiesti2.3 
 4. Sipos, Dinamo B.2.3 
 5. Howell, Gaz Metan2.3 
 6. Seals, Craiova2.2 
 7. VanderMeer, Gaz M.2.2 
 8. Popovici, Politehn.2.1 
 9. Khartchenkov, CSU2.0 
 10. Mitchell, Gaz Met.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryson MCKENZIE
  CSM B.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. McKenzie, CSM B.2.9 
 2. VanderMeer, Gaz M.2.0 
 3. Oluic, Rovinari1.8 
 4. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.4 
 5. Tibirna, Otopeni1.3 
 6. Lazar, Oradea1.3 
 7. Isleam, Pitesti1.1 
 8. Archie, Timisoara1.1 
 9. Durham, Dinamo B.1.0 
 10. Nicolae, Politehn.1.0 


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EuroChallenge: Elan Chalon improved to the second win - by Eurobasket News
Elan Chalon-BC Enisey 87:79

Elan Chalon improved to 2-0 record in EuroChallenge after the game against Enisey. Chalon/Saor used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Krasnoyarsk 87:79 on Tuesday night.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Enisey Krasnoyarsk won third quarter 26-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Chalon/Saor won last quarter 19-12. It was a great shooting night for Chalon/Saor especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists.
Malcolm Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Bulgarian-French forward Ilian Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 20 points and 4 steals during the contest. American center Lonny Lonny Baxter (204-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Israeli-French point guard Afik Afik Nissim (180-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 points and 7 assists. Four Chalon/Saor and five Enisey Krasnoyarsk players scored in double figures.

Elan Chalon: Malcolm Delaney 20, Ilian Evtimov 20, Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) 11, Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) 10
BC Enisey: Afik Nissim 15, Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket) 14, Lonny Baxter 14, Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) 13



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SEA Games 2011. Day 3 in Jakarta - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Vietnam - Cambodia 78:57
Vietnam recorded their first win at the SEA Games 2011. They held off Cambodia to improve at 1-2 record in Group A. Han Minh Trieu scored 19 points to pace the winners. Cambodia fell at 0-3 record after the loss.
Vietnam overwhelmed their opponents in the opening quarter. They went on a 21:10 run to take a comfortable lead after ten minutes. Cambodia however slowed their opponents down in the second term. They trailed by 10 points at the interval 28:38. Vietnam speeded up things in the third term. They fired 20 points and entered the final frame up by as many as 17 points. Cambodia had no answer and had to surrender at the end. Vi Han Duong notched 14 points, while Ngoc Tu Le added 13 points in the victory. Oeun Sophoeun (180-F/G-85) responded with 25 points and 14 rebounds for Cambodia. Mith Pek nailed 20 points in defeat.

Vietnam: Han Minh Trieu 19, Vi Han Duong 14, Ngoc Tu Le 13
Cambodia: Oeun Sophoeun 25+14 boards, Mith Pek 20

Philippines - Thailand 103:69
Philippines extended their perfect run at 2011 SEA Games. They knocked down Thailand to climb at 3-0 record on top of Group A. Clifford Hodge scored 15 points for the winners.
Philippines unloaded 37 points in the opening period to clear off. They earned a 16-point lead at the first break. Philippines stayed on the winning track in the second term. They boosted the gap to as many as 20 points at the interval 54:34. Philippines maintained the lead in the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by as many as 26 points and never looked back en route to the win. Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) nailed 14 points, while Nicolas Salva added 12 points in the victory. Darongpan Apiromvilaichai (185-G-85) answered with 12 points for Thailand. Chanachon Klahan (190-F-84) had 11 points in the loss.

Philippines: Clifford Hodge 15, Kiefer Isaac Ravena 14, Nicolas Salva 12
Thailand: Darongpan Apiromvilaichai 12, Chanachon Klahan 11


Group B
Malaysia - Myanmar 100:72
Malaysia registered the second win at SEA Games 2011. They coasted past Myanmar to take 2-1 record in Group B. Chuan Chin Wee (180-G-84) nailed 20 points to lead the effort.
Malaysia dominated from the opening minutes. They arrived at the first break up by 8 points 24:16. Malaysia unloaded 25 points in the second term to take a 49:36 halftime advantage. They never slowed down after the big break. Malaysia went for 30 points in the third quarter to enlarge their lead to as many as 25 points with one quarter remaining. Malaysia stayed in control in the final period and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Ban Sin Ooi (180-G/F-83) and John Ng Yeo Seng had 16 points each for the winners. Kyar Gyi replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Myanmar. Chan Chan had 15 points in the loss.

Malaysia: Chuan Chin Wee 20, Ban Sin Ooi 16, John Ng Yeo Seng 16
Myanmar: Kyar Gyi 20, Chan Chan 15


Indonesia - Singapore 80:75
Indonesia came from behind to knock down Singapore in the decisive battle for semifinal birth in Group B of SEA Games 2011. Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) stepped up with 23 points and 9 rebounds to pace the hosts to a crucial win.
Singapore earned a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. They mounted the pressure in the second frame. Singapore registered a 42:32 halftime lead. But Indonesia never said die. The hosts went off the dressing room recharged and ready to fight. Indonesia trimmed the deficit to 5 points with one quarter remaining. The home team went on a 26:16 rally in the final term and escaped with a narrow tough victory at the end. Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-PG-81) notched 11 points, while Xaverius Prawiro (184-G/F-86) had 14 points for the winning team. Koh Meng Koon and Matialakan Pathman (198-C-80) delivered 17 points apiece for Singapore. Khoo had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Indonesia: Rony Gunawan 23, Xaverius Prawiro 14, Faisal Julius Ahmad 11
Singapore: Koh Meng Koon 17, Matialakan Pathman 17


SEA Games Standings
Standings
1. Philippines3-0
2. Indonesia2-1
3. Malaysia1-2
4. Singapore0-3


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Dragan Sakota takes over Antalya as HC - by Eurobasket News
Dragan Sakota (agency: Beo Basket) is the new Head Coach of Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye. The Turkish squad announced his arrival for rest of the season. Sakota is not a new face in Turkey as he worked last season with Trabzon. They hired him in December. Trabzon finished as No.13 in TBL and reached Turkish Cup Semifinals. From January of 2008 to December of 2008, Dragan Sakota worked with Upim Bologna. Before that, he spent two years with Crvena Zvezda. In 2003/04 season, Sakota was a Head Coach of Olympiakos. In Greece, he also coached AEK Athens, Aris, Iraklis, Peristeri, Apollon and PAOK. Dragan Sakota was HC of the Serbia/Montenegro NT at the Word Championship 2006 in Japan. He will coach Antalya next weekend against Olin Edrine. The team currently has 0-5 record.

Mladost Cacak gets Milovan Maric and Vladimir Dujovic - by Eurobasket News
Mladost Cacak reinforced its roster with Milovan Maric (196-G/F-86) and Vladimir Dujovic (194-G/F-82). Both players already made debuts with their new team.
Milovan Maric played for Mladost Cacak last season as well. Actually, he joined them in January averaging 11 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists for 12 games in B League. Maric played for Borac Cacak few years in the past. In their last season together he had 6.6 ppg and 2.5 rpg.
Vladimir Dujovic spent last three seasons with Cypriot AEK Larnaca. In the latest one he had 5.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 1.4 apg for 15 games. Earlier he played for Borac Cacak, Crnokosa, OKK Beograd and Bitola. Mladost Cacak currently has 2-4 record in B League.


Luka Bogdanovic shines in Liga Endesa - by Eurobasket News
Former Serbian National Team player Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) exploded in the latest round of the Spanish Liga Endesa. The 26-year-old forward drained 23 points for his Cajasol helping them to beat Estudiantes 89-61. The Seville team currently has 4-3 record in the league. Luka Bogdanovic joined them during the pre-season. He appeared 7 times so far averaging 13.1 points and 2.6 rebounds. Before Cajasol, Luka Bogdanovic played for EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He arrived in November of 2010 registering 11.9 ppg and 3.9 rpg in German league. Eurobasket awarded Bogdanovic with All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -11. Luka Bogdanovic started last season with French Roanne. From 2008 to 2010, he played for DKV Joventut Badalona and earlier was a member of Le Mans and Partizan Belgrade.

Tasic number one in B League for round 6 - by Eurobasket News
Center Marjan Tasic (205-C-80, agency: 011 Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Radnicki OB, receiving a Eurobasket.com B League Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Spartak (#8, 3-3) 77-71. Radnicki OB maintains the 2nd position in B League. They are still close to the very top. Radnicki OB would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Tasic had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Radnicki OB's top player in his first season with the team. Marjan Tasic averages this season 15.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Borislav Djurovic (206-C-80, agency: Interperformances) of Crnokosa. Djurovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Crnokosa was edged in overtime by the lower-ranked Viva Basket (3-3) 85-84. Despite lost game Crnokosa moved up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 3-3 record is not bad at all. Djurovic is well-known at Crnokosa and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Crnokosa's star - swingman Stefan Djukic (197-G/F-89). Djukic scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Djukic's great performance Crnokosa lost 84-85in overtime to the lower-ranked Viva Basket (3-3). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing Crnokosa needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Djukic has a very solid season. In 6 games in Serbia he scored 10.2ppg. He also has 6.8rpg and FGP: 65.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marko Todorovic) of Sabac - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Lazar Rasic) of Mladost Zemun - 26 points and 8 rebounds
6. Ivan Dukanac (199-F-80) of Mladost Cacak - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jugoslav Dasic (197-G-80) of Jagodina - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Milos Kurcubic) of Viva Basket - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dragan Boricic (201-F-77) of Radnicki OB - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Nenad Banjanin (201-F-85) of Mladost Zemun - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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Singapore Slingers bring in three imports - by Eurobasket News
Singapore Slingers announced the arrival of three import players. The ASEAN League participants inked deals with Little Donald (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati), Louis Graham (205-F/C-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) and Donald Dulay (173-G-80).
Little Donald played most recently at Lagartos UAN de Tepic (Mexico). While playing 3 games for Tepic last season he averaged 10.7ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3apg. Little is a very experienced player who already spent ten years in pro basketball. He played also in such countries as France, Greece, Russia, Spain and Middle East. Little graduated University of Cincinnati in 2002.
Louis Graham spent the last season in Austria. The centre played for UBSC Graz in A Bundesliga. He tallied 14.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.1 steals per appearance. Louis Graham earned All-Austrian League Honourable Mention.
Donald Dulay was last seen in Rain or Shine. The guard averaged 5.4 points, 1.8 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game in Fiesta Conference of PBA in 2010.



SEA Games 2011. Indonesia sneak past Singapore, reach semis - by Eurobasket News
Indonesia - Singapore 80:75

Indonesia came from behind to knock down Singapore in the decisive battle for semifinal birth in Group B of SEA Games 2011. Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) stepped up with 23 points and 9 rebounds to pace the hosts to a crucial win.
Singapore earned a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. They mounted the pressure in the second frame. Singapore registered a 42:32 halftime lead. But Indonesia never said die. The hosts went off the dressing room recharged and ready to fight. Indonesia trimmed the deficit to 5 points with one quarter remaining. The home team went on a 26:16 rally in the final term and escaped with a narrow tough victory at the end. Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-PG-81) notched 11 points, while Xaverius Prawiro (184-G/F-86) had 14 points for the winning team. Koh Meng Koon and Matialakan Pathman (198-C-80) delivered 17 points apiece for Singapore. Khoo Dawei had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Indonesia: Rony Gunawan 23, Xaverius Prawiro 14, Faisal Julius Ahmad 11
Singapore: Koh Meng Koon 17, Matialakan Pathman 17


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Extraliga Round 13 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Extraliga round 13 most important game was a victory of Handlova over 7th ranked Levice 97-85 on Wednesday night. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 27-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Handlova made 27-of-28 free shots (96.4 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Anthony Jones (194-84, college: Indiana Tech) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!), 6 assists and 6 steals. His fellow American import forward Sean Hampton (195-75, college: Alders.-Broad.) contributed with 27 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Croatian guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-79) answered with 22 points and 6 assists for Levice. Levice's coach Frantisek Ron rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Handlova maintains sixth place with 6-6 record. Newly promoted Levice keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Handlova are looking forward to face higher ranked Nova Ves (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Levice will play against Vahostav-Zilina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Prievidza (8-4) against fourth ranked Komarno (7-4) on Wednesday night. Visiting Prievidza was defeated by Komarno in a tough game in Komarno 75-82. American guard Johnathon Jones (183-88, college: Oakland, agency: TSS Management) stepped up and scored 20 points and 4 assists for the winners and Louis Johnson chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Bermudas-British swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist, agency: Interperformances) responded with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Komarno moved-up to third place. Prievidza at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Komarno will play against league's leader Nitra in Nitra in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Prievidza will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 13 Vahostav-Zilina beat B.Bystrica on the road 84-72.



Nova Ves - Nitra 0-20

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Levice - Handlova 85-97

Extraliga round 13 most important game was a victory of Handlova over 7th ranked Levice 97-85 on Wednesday night. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 27-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Handlova made 27-of-28 free shots (96.4 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Anthony Jones (194-84, college: Indiana Tech) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!), 6 assists and 6 steals. His fellow American import forward Sean Hampton (195-75, college: Alders.-Broad.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Croatian guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-79) answered with 22 points and 6 assists and British center Michael Bernard (205-78, college: S.Florida) added 23 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Levice. Levice's coach Frantisek Ron rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Handlova maintains sixth place with 6-6 record. Newly promoted Levice keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Handlova are looking forward to face higher ranked Nova Ves (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Levice will play against Vahostav-Zilina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Levice: M.Bernard 23+7reb+1ast, S.Stemberger 22+4reb+6ast, J.Vojtek 13+5reb, J.Moravek 9+6reb, A.Cervenka 7+2reb+2ast, R.Klein 6+2reb+1ast
Handlova: A.Jones 33+1reb+6ast, S.Hampton 27+10reb, M.Madaj 15+6reb+3ast, M.Golian 9+7reb+2ast, T.Mrvis 8+5reb+1ast, O.Haviar 5+1reb+2ast
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B.Bystrica - Vahostav-Zilina 72-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Vahostav-Zilina's (3-8) road victory over bottom-ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (1-10) 84-72 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Vahostav-Zilina. SKP Banska Bystrica managed to win fourth quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vahostav-Zilina forced 23 SKP Banska Bystrica turnovers. Serbian center Dejan Stojanovic (206-78) nailed 23 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American guard Perry Petty (185, college: UTPA) accounted for 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Petty is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Vahostav-Zilina players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Kitts (205-89, college: William & Mary) came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds and international power forward Peter Dorazil (199-89) added 10 points and 11 rebounds respectively for SKP Banska Bystrica in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vahostav-Zilina maintains eighth place with 3-8 record. SKP Banska Bystrica lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Vahostav-Zilina will meet at home higher ranked Levice (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SKP Banska Bystrica will play against Svit.
Top scorers:
B.Bystrica: M.Kitts 14+8reb+2ast, B.Koczkas 13+4reb+1ast, P.Dorazil 10+11reb+1ast, R.Korner 9+1reb, R.Pitak 8+3reb, V.Hovanak 7+1reb+2ast
Vahostav-Zilina: D.Stojanovic 23+3reb+3ast, S.Perrin 15+4reb, O.Soska 13+3reb+1ast, P.Petty 12+5reb+4ast, J.Zavodny 10+1reb+5ast, L.Hoferica 9+4reb+3ast
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Komarno - Prievidza 82-75

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Prievidza (8-4) against fourth ranked Komarno (7-4) on Wednesday night. Visiting Prievidza was defeated by Komarno in a tough game in Komarno 75-82. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-19 Prievidza's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-75 at the end of the game. Komarno forced 19 Prievidza turnovers. American guard Johnathon Jones (183-88, college: Oakland, agency: TSS Management) stepped up and scored 20 points and 4 assists for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Louis Johnson (203-86, college: W.Illinois, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Bermudas-British swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist, agency: Interperformances) responded with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard David Godbold (196-85, college: Oklahoma, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Four Komarno and five Prievidza players scored in double figures. Komarno moved-up to third place. Prievidza at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Komarno will play against league's leader Nitra in Nitra in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Prievidza will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Prievidza: D.Godbold 18+8reb+2ast, S.Phillips 17+6reb+5ast, C.Pelle 16+6reb+1ast, P.Guede 10+7reb+1ast, B.Davis 10+8reb+2ast, L.Potter 2+1reb+1ast
Komarno: J.Jones 20+1reb+4ast, M.Bilik 14+1ast, S.Bilic 14+3reb+1ast, L.Johnson 11+7reb+2ast, J.Mathis 9+9reb, L.Dubovsky 7+5reb+2ast
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Levice tab David Marek - by Eurobasket News
Levice strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with David Marek (188-G-85, college: S.Utah). The guard spent the last season in Prostejov. David Marek tallied 2.6 points and 1.3 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In Czech league his stats read 4.3 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 rebounds per appearance. Previously David Marek had stints with Obradoiro, Marin Peixegalego and Rosalia in Spain. David Marek was the member of Czech Republic National Team in 2009-10 seasons. He also used to play for U16, U18 and U20 Czech National Teams. David Marek has already debuted for Levice. He grabbed 3 rebounds and issued 2 assists in a 85:97 loss to Handlova.

Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Nitra 9-3 
 2. Prievidza 8-4 
 3. Komarno 7-4 
 4. Nova Ves 7-5 
 5. Svit 6-5 
 6. Handlova 6-6 
 7. Levice 5-7 
 8. Vahostav-Zilina 3-8 
 9. B.Bystrica 1-10 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Anthony JONES
  Handlova
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 29.2
 1. Jones, Handlova29.2 
 2. Clemente, Nitra21.3 
 3. Vaden, Nitra19.4 
 4. Petty, Vahostav.19.4 
 5. Soska, Vahostav.18.2 
 6. Jones, Nova Ves18.0 
 7. Jones, Komarno17.9 
 8. Batka, Nova Ves17.9 
 9. Roberson, Svit17.5 
 10. Guede, Prievidza17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew JONES
  Nova Ves
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Jones, Nova Ves10.2 
 2. Godbold, Prievidza8.5 
 3. Roberson, Svit8.4 
 4. Dorazil, B.Bystrica8.3 
 5. Majok, Nitra8.1 
 6. Losonsky, Nova Ves7.9 
 7. Mathis, Komarno7.5 
 8. Batka, Nova Ves7.4 
 9. Petty, Vahostav.7.2 
 10. Davis, Prievidza7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Corey JEFFERSON
  Nova Ves
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Jefferson, Nova V.6.9 
 2. Jones, Handlova5.8 
 3. Petty, Vahostav.5.7 
 4. Jones, Komarno5.5 
 5. Cosic, Svit5.3 
 6. Phillips, Prievidza5.0 
 7. Kostomaj, Levice4.6 
 8. Clemente, Nitra4.5 
 9. Barisic, Handlova3.9 
 10. Grznar, B.Bystrica3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Perry PETTY
  Vahostav.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Petty, Vahostav.2.8 
 2. Pelle, Prievidza2.6 
 3. Jones, Handlova2.5 
 4. Jones, Komarno2.4 
 5. Phillips, Prievidza2.1 
 6. Jefferson, Nova V.2.0 
 7. Kostomaj, Levice2.0 
 8. Roberson, Svit1.9 
 9. Berkis, Svit1.8 
 10. Nuber, Nitra1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Nitra
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Majok, Nitra2.8 
 2. Batka, Nova Ves1.1 
 3. Johnson, Komarno0.8 
 4. Roberson, Svit0.8 
 5. Kitts, B.Bystrica0.8 
 6. Perrin, Vahostav.0.7 
 7. Golian, Handlova0.7 
 8. Davis, Prievidza0.6 
 9. Cvitanovic, Svit0.6 
 10. Mathis, Komarno0.6 


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Helios only unbeaten side after Zlatorog lose - by Zeljko Zule
Helios remained the only unbeaten team after their fifth successive win and Zlatorog's three-point loss to Maribor.
Maribor-Zlatorog 71-68: After trailing 46-57 late in the third quarter, Maribor went on a 14-0 run to take a lead 60-57 with 6:18 remaining and never looked back from there. Jure Span made a pair of free throws with 0:13 left to give Maribor lead 71-68. Sasa Mucic finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds, Bojan Jovanovic (186-G-82) had 15 points and 6 assists before he fouled out and Marko Spica scored 14 points. Zlatorog's Daniel Vujasinovic missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds. He finished with 13 points, Vladimir Panic posted 17 points and Jure Skific collected 10 points and 9 rebounds.
LTH-Helios 53-68: The visiting team made a 13-0 run spanning halftime to take a lead 35-23 and its defense held scoreles LTH for a 8:25 span. Klemen Prepelic scored 19 points and Miljan Markovic and Vlado Pasalic both added 10 points. LTH was led by Tomo Cajic with 14 points and Erjon Kastrati posted 12 points.



EuroCup: Tyrese Rice orchestrates Lietuvos Rytas win in Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Krka - Lietuvos Rytas 65:73

Lietuvos Rytas opened their winning account at the EuroCup regular season. They travelled to Novo Mesto in Slovenia to clinch a tough win over local Krka in Group F. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) scored 19 points to pace the visitors.
Krka showed their ambitions in the opening quarter taking a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. The hosts stretched the margin to 6 points early in the second term. Krka stayed in control posting a 39:35 halftime advantage. The hosts did not allow Lietuvos Rytas to pull ahead in the third term. Krka headed into the fourth quarter up by 6 points 59:53. But the Lithuanian powerhouse went on a 14:0 run in the fourth term to grab a 69:61 advantage. Krka never recovered from the blow and had to surrender at the end. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) nailed 15 points, while Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) added 12 points in the win. Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa) stepped up with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Krka. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) finished with 14 points in defeat.

Krka: Jerome Jordan 20, Allan Ray 14
Lietuvos Rytas: Tyrese Rice 19, Mindaugas Katelynas 15, Renaldas Seibutis 12


Assi Basket Ostuni keeps Jaka Klobucar - by Eurobasket News
Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) will stay with Assi Basket Ostuni for rest of the season. The Slovenian guard penned a contract extension yesterday. He had a two-month deal before that. Klobucar appeared five times in Lega Due with Ostuni averaging 16.4 points and 4.2 rebounds. The team currently has 3-4 record in the league. Jaka Klobucar started this season with Krka. He had 4 ppg and 4 rpg for them in two Adriatic league games. Last season, Klobucar split between Partizan Belgrade and Union Olimpija. In the past, he played for Geoplin Slovan. In 2009, Klobucar won the Slovenian league title and Cup with Union Olimpija.

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KBL Round 15: KCC Egis lose to Anyang KGC - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked KCC Egis (9-6) and fifth ranked Anyang KGC (9-5) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. KCC Egis were defeated by Anyang KGC in a tough game in Jeonju 70-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of KCC Egis. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-16. But KCC Egis won second period 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Anyang KGC looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American power forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. International center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) answered with 24 points and 6 rebounds for KCC Egis. Anyang KGC moved-up to third place. KCC Egis at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Anyang KGC are looking forward to face SK Knights (#6) in Seoul in the next round. KCC Egis will have a break next round.
KBL top team - Dongbu Promy (12-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Samsung Thunders (4-10) in Wonju 76-66. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Rodrique Benson helped adding 16 points and 12 rebounds. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Dongbu Promy maintains first place with 12-2 record. Samsung Thunders at the other side keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Dongbu Promy will play against bottom-ranked Daegu Orions (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Samsung Thunders will play against LG Sakers in Changwon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Ulsan was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked SK Knights (7-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Mobis Phoebus (5-9). SK Knights managed to secure a 7-point victory 80-73 on Wednesday. It was an exceptional evening for Alexander Johnson who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds. Malcolm Thomas came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for Mobis Phoebus in the defeat. SK Knights have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 7-7 record. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus keep the seventh position with nine games lost. SK Knights will meet higher ranked Anyang KGC (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mobis Phoebus will play against the league's second-placed Sonic Boom KT (#2) in Busan and hope to secure a win.
The game in Inchon was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Sonic Boom KT (10-5) played at the court of 5th ranked ET Land Elephants (8-6). Sonic Boom KT did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 76-59. The best player for the winners was Charles Rhodes who had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 21 rebounds and 4 blocks. Sonic Boom KT's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sonic Boom KT moved-up to second place. ET Land Elephants at the other side keep the fifth position with six games lost. Sonic Boom KT's next round opponent will be Mobis Phoebus (#7) in Ulsan which should be theoretically an easy game.



Mobis Phoebus - SK Knights 73-80

The game in Ulsan was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked SK Knights (7-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Mobis Phoebus (5-9). SK Knights managed to secure a 7-point victory 80-73 on Wednesday. Mobis Phoebus were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 29-19 charge of SK Knights, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for SK Knights especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Hyo-Bum Kim (195-83) accounted for 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. American center Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) added 20 points and 4 assists respectively for Mobis Phoebus in the defeat. Five Mobis Phoebus players scored in double figures. SK Knights have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 7-7 record. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus keep the seventh position with nine games lost. SK Knights will meet higher ranked Anyang KGC (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mobis Phoebus will play against the league's second-placed Sonic Boom KT (#2) in Busan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: D.Yang 20+2reb+4ast, J.Lee 15+1reb+2ast, M.Thomas 14+11reb+2ast, D.Kim 14+1ast, J.Park 10+6reb+1ast, J.Ryu 0
SK Knights: A.Johnson 28+13reb+2ast, H.Kim 21+3reb+1ast, M.Kim 11+6reb+1ast, S.Lee 9+4reb+3ast, H.Joo 8+2reb+3ast, K.Hoon Byun 3+1reb
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KCC Egis - Anyang KGC 70-77

The game between third ranked KCC Egis (9-6) and fifth ranked Anyang KGC (9-5) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. KCC Egis were defeated by Anyang KGC in a tough game in Jeonju 70-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of KCC Egis. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-16. But KCC Egis won second period 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Anyang KGC looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American power forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. International center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Anyang KGC players scored in double figures. American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) answered with 24 points and 6 rebounds and international center Seung-Jin Ha (221-85) added 9 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for KCC Egis. Anyang KGC moved-up to third place. KCC Egis at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Anyang KGC are looking forward to face SK Knights (#6) in Seoul in the next round. KCC Egis will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: D.Sims 24+6reb, T.Akins 13+2reb+2ast, J.Lim 11+4reb+4ast, S.Ha 9+11reb+1ast, M.Sin 9+3ast, S.Choo 4+2ast
Anyang KGC: R.White 19+5reb+4ast, S.Kim 13+2reb, C.Park 13+2reb+3ast, S.Oh 12+5reb+2ast, J.Lee 9+1reb+3ast, T.Kim 9+2reb+7ast
gschID: 145677


Dongbu Promy - Samsung Th. 76-66

KBL top team - Dongbu Promy (12-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat ninth ranked Samsung Thunders (4-10) in Wonju 76-66. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 23-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. Dongbu Promy players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Samsung Thunders were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) helped adding 16 points and 12 rebounds. Four Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and the former international forward Kyu-Sup Lee (198-77) scored 11 points. Dongbu Promy maintains first place with 12-2 record. Samsung Thunders at the other side keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Dongbu Promy will play against bottom-ranked Daegu Orions (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Samsung Thunders will play against LG Sakers in Changwon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: P.John Ramos 31+10reb+1ast, K.Lee 11+4reb+2ast, D.Park 6+1reb+1ast, S.Woo 6+5reb+1ast, E.Sandrin 4+2reb+1ast, D.Kim 4+2reb+3ast
Dongbu Promy: J.Kim 22+6reb+6ast, R.Benson 16+12reb, J.Park 15+3reb+5ast, H.Yoon 10+3reb+3ast, J.Hwang 9+6reb+3ast, M.Suk 2+1reb
gschID: 145678


ET Land - Sonic Boom KT 59-76

The game in Inchon was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Sonic Boom KT (10-5) played at the court of 5th ranked ET Land Elephants (8-6). Sonic Boom KT did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 76-59. The game was mostly controlled by Sonic Boom KT. ET Land Elephants was better in third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sonic Boom KT dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to ET Land Elephants' 34. Sonic Boom KT players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by ET Land Elephants' players. The best player for the winners was American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 21 rebounds and 4 blocks. The former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists. Four Sonic Boom KT players scored in double figures. Sonic Boom KT's coach 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-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds and international forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Sonic Boom KT moved-up to second place. ET Land Elephants at the other side keep the fifth position with six games lost. Sonic Boom KT's next round opponent will be Mobis Phoebus (#7) in Ulsan which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
ET Land: J.Vroman 18+17reb+2ast, T.Moon 17+5reb+5ast, K.Shin 10+2reb, H.Lee 7+1ast, H.Lim 5+1reb, N.Ham 2+3reb+1ast
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 30+21reb+3ast, Y.Song 13+1reb+3ast, S.Park 12+5reb, S.Cho 10+4reb+6ast, D.Kim 5+3reb+3ast, W.Yaung 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 145679




Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 12-2 
 2. Sonic Boom KT 10-5 
 3. Anyang KGC 9-5 
 4. KCC Egis 9-6 
 5. ET Land 8-6 
 6. SK Knights 7-7 
 7. Mobis Phoebus 5-9 
 8. LG Sakers 4-9 
 9. Samsung Th. 4-10 
 10. Daegu Orions 2-11 


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

Pau Gasol reportedly to play for Barcelona if NBA cancels season - by Eurobasket News
Throughout this prolonged NBA lockout, Lakers forward Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) dismissed the prospects of playing overseas beyond taking part in the FIBA European Championships. Gasol held enough optimism that the owners and players union could at least salvage part of the 2011-2012 season.

But with the possibility of a lost season now on the horizon, Gasol reportedly told Spanish media he and his brother, Marc, would play for Barcelona.

'If they cancel the season we would like to play here',' Gasol said, according to Slam. 'I speak for myself, but Marc would also like to play for Barcelona.'

Gasol's representatives didn't immediately respond to calls and emails requesting further comment.

Gasol maintained his optimism via Twitter that both sides could reach an agreement: 'This doesn't mean that it won't be a season. The union & the league will still have 45 days to get to an agreement before it gets dissolved.'

Still, Gasol's acknowledgement that a season could be lost reflects at least some uncertainty. After all, Gasol told The Times three weeks ago he hadn't considered playing overseas at all despite practicing this off-season with FC Barcelona.

For now, Gasol will at least continue that regimen.

'After the news yesterday about lockout , I continue working out,' Gasol tweeted. 'I start the day with a gym session!'

Courtesy of http://lakersblog.latimes.com


LEB Silver round 6 best performance: Alberto Ausina - by Eurobasket News
Alberto Ausina (203-C/F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Aurteneche M., receiving a Eurobasket.com LEB Silver Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds, while his team Aurteneche M. maintains the 4th position in LEB Silver. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Aurteneche M. will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 4-2 record. Ausina turned to be Aurteneche M.'s top player in his first season with the team. Alberto Ausina has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 15.5ppg) and averages impressive 58.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Cuban forward Georvys Elias (199-F-81) of Tenerife. Elias had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Tenerife lost that game 73-78 to the higher-ranked Lan Mobel ISB (#7, 3-3). This loss caused Tenerife to drop to 10th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Elias is well-known at Tenerife and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.7ppg (#9). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Senegalese center Papa Mbaye (209-C-90) of league's top team Barca Regal II. Mbaye scored 9 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Barca Regal II, leading his team to a 82-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Las Rozas (#9, 2-4). Barca Regal II confirms their top position in the standings Mbaye has a great season in Spain. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (6th best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 68.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Howard Brown (198-G/F-77) of Oviedo CB - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ismael Torres (202-C-79) of Andorra - 18 points and 5 rebounds
6. Robert Joseph (204-C-78) of Avila - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Albert Ventura (196-F-92) of Prat Juventud - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Joseba Ibargutxi (190-G-82) of Lan Mobel ISB - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Anthony jr. Oha (198-F-83) of Gandia Basquet - 17 points and 6 rebounds
10. Olasumbo Atoyebi (203-C/F-88) of Lan Mobel ISB - 13 points and 6 rebounds

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


Donaldson's double-double lands him LEB Gold Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old Jakim Donaldson (204-C/F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Tenerife and receives a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 17 rebounds, while his team was edged out by Granada (#11, 4-5) in overtime 90-89. Canarias maintains the 2nd position in LEB Gold. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Canarias will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 7-2 record. Donaldson turned to be Canarias' top player in his first season with the team. Edinboro University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Donaldson is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.7rpg) and averages solid 58.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Leon Williams (203-F/C-86) of Caceres. He is Belizean-American forward in his first season at Caceres. In the last game Williams recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Caceres to edge the higher-ranked Lleida (#3, 7-2) in overtime by 2 points 88-86. This victory allowed Caceres to move up to 13th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Williams is a newcomer at Caceres and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jason Detrick (198-G-80) of Lleida (#3). Detrick scored 28 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Detrick's great performance Lleida lost 86-88in overtime to the lower-ranked Caceres (#13, 4-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Lleida needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 2 lost games. Detrick has a very solid season. In 9 games in Spain he scored 13.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Olaseni Lawal (208-F/C-86) of Knet Clavijo - 16 points and 17 rebounds
5. Miguel Montanana (206-F/C-80) of Huesca - 26 points and 6 rebounds
6. Ognen Kuzmin (215-C-90) of Clinicas Rincon - 17 points and 11 rebounds
7. Jose Angel Antelo (203-F/C-87) of Caceres - 27 points and 7 rebounds
8. Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-F/C-85) of Melilla - 17 points and 9 rebounds
9. Mathew Witt (183-PG-84) of Knet Clavijo - 35 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Ignacio Ordin (183-PG-78) of Girona - 27 points and 6 assists

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


EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets beat Fuenlabrada for 2-0 record - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets-Fuenlabrada 85:66

EWE Baskets beat Fuenlabrada for 2-0 record in EuroChallenge. The German side grabbed 85:66 win and handed the visitors their first loss. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when EWE Baskets's pressure prevailed and they won that period 31-17 extending their advantage to 19 points. Sead Sehovic (199-F-89) scored the last 5 points for the winning side, while the Spanish outfit posted the last 6 points in the game. EWE Baskets maintains first position in Group A with 2-0 record. Loser Baloncesto Fuenlabrada keeps the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Norrkoping. EWE Baskets will meet Norrkoping Dolphins (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play against Nitra in Nitra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
In another game of the group Norrkoping Dolphins rolled over Bemaco SPU Nitra in Group A of EuroChallenge. The Swedish side had six players hit double-digits in points in an 82:64 victory.



Valencia bring in Tiago Splitter - by Eurobasket News
Valencia landed Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances). The player agreed on terms of contract till the end of NBA lockout. The Brazilian center, with Spanish passport, spent last season with the San Antonio Spurs. It was his rookie NBA year and Splitter had 4.9 ppg, plus 3.5 rpg for 61 games. Before the Spurs, he spent seven years with Caja Laboral. In their last season together, Splitter had 15.4 ppg and 7.1 rpg in ACB. He helped them to win the title. Caja Laboral also was the ACB champion in 2008. Splitter led the Vitoria team to three Copa del Rey trophies. Tiago Splitter is active member of the Brazilian NT since 2002. They won the Silver at the FIBA Americas in Mar del Plata this year.

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Vikings return William Walker - by Eurobasket News
William Walker (201-F-87, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Bethel (IN)) is back to Solna Vikings. The American forward signed a deal for rest of the season. He already played his first game for Solna last night. He had 21 points and 7 rebounds leading his team to 89-85 OT win against Uppsala. William Walker started this season with BBC US Hiefenech Heffingen (Luxembourg). Last season with the Vikings, Walker had 13.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2 apg for 35 games in Basketligan. He was named Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Imports Team -11 and participated at the All-Star Game. In 2009/10, Walker played for the Sodertalje Kings. William Walker is a product of the Bethel University, where he graduated in 2009.

Basketligan Round 10: Top-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins win another game - by Eurobasket News
Basketligan top team - Norrkoping Dolphins (8-2) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Eco Orebro (0-11) 95-69. The game was mostly controlled by Norrkoping Dolphins. Eco Orebro managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Norrkoping Dolphins looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Sylvester Seay (208-85, college: Fresno St., agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). International guard Anton Saks (200-89) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Czech swingman Stefan Licartovsky (196-84) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Eco Orebro. Eco Orebro's coach Lennart Grundel gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Norrkoping Dolphins have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 8-2 record. Eco Orebro at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins are looking forward to face league's second-placed Boras Basket at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Eco Orebro will play against Uppsala Basket (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Basketligan top team - Norrkoping Dolphins (8-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked KFUM Jamtland (4-6) 98-89. International guard Mikael Lindquist (193-83, agency: Court Side) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Martin Ringstrom chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) responded with 21 points and 6 assists. Norrkoping Dolphins have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 8-2 record. KFUM Jamtland at the other side keeps the eighth place with six games lost. They share the position with Solna. Norrkoping Dolphins will play against league's second-placed Boras Basket at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KFUM Jamtland will play against LF Basket (#3) in Lulea and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Eco Orebro is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 11th consecutive match to fourth ranked Sundsvall Dragons (6-4) 92-79 on Friday evening. Pavel Ermolinskij notched 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 20 points and 4 assists by Andrew Pleick did not help to save the game for Eco Orebro. Sundsvall Dragons moved-up to third place, which they share with LF Basket. Loser Eco Orebro still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Sundsvall Dragons will meet at home 08 Stockholm (#7) in the next round. Eco Orebro will play against Uppsala Basket and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Higher ranked Uppsala Basket (5-5) fell to ninth ranked Solna Vikings (4-6) in overtime by four points 85-89. Lesli Myrthil fired a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Solna Vikings moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Jamtland. Uppsala Basket at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Solna Vikings will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 10 08 was beaten by LF Basket on the road 89-80.



Eco Orebro - Sundsvall 79-92

Bottom-ranked Eco Orebro is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 11th consecutive match to fourth ranked Sundsvall Dragons (6-4) 92-79 on Friday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Sundsvall Dragons. Eco Orebro managed to win third quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ukrainian-Icelandic swingman Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87, agency: TSS Management) notched 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and American forward Dino Gregory (200, college: Maryland) supported him with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Five Sundsvall Dragons players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 4 assists by the former international guard Andrew Pleick (196-80, college: Lafayette) did not help to save the game for Eco Orebro. American center Bernard Toombs (208-87, college: Troy) added 13 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Sundsvall Dragons moved-up to third place, which they share with LF Basket. Loser Eco Orebro still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Sundsvall Dragons will meet at home 08 Stockholm (#7) in the next round. Eco Orebro will play against Uppsala Basket and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sundsvall: J.Sigurdarson 22+3reb+2ast, P.Ermolinskij 20+7reb+3ast, M.Johnson 17+5reb+3ast, D.Gregory 15+13reb+1ast, J.Pierre 11+3ast, A.Nilsson 4+1reb
Eco Orebro: A.Pleick 20+3reb+4ast, S.Licartovsky 13+4reb+3ast, B.Toombs 13+10reb, T.Georgitsis 9+2reb+1ast, B.Barton 7+2reb+3ast, D.Watt 7+5reb
gschID: 132220


Norrkoping - Eco Orebro 95-69

Basketligan top team - Norrkoping Dolphins (8-2) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Eco Orebro (0-11) 95-69. The game was mostly controlled by Norrkoping Dolphins. Eco Orebro managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Norrkoping Dolphins looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Sylvester Seay (208-85, college: Fresno St., agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). International guard Anton Saks (200-89) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Norrkoping Dolphins players scored in double figures. Czech swingman Stefan Licartovsky (196-84) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Demond Watt (200-89, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Eco Orebro. Eco Orebro's coach Lennart Grundel gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Norrkoping Dolphins have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 8-2 record. Eco Orebro at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins are looking forward to face league's second-placed Boras Basket at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Eco Orebro will play against Uppsala Basket (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Norrkoping: S.Seay 18+8reb+3ast, A.Saks 14+6reb+6ast, M.Ringstrom 14+4reb+3ast, M.Lindquist 12+1reb+4ast, P.Balocka 12+6reb+2ast, P.Sakinis 9+1reb+1ast
Eco Orebro: S.Licartovsky 18+5reb+4ast, P.Hampton 9+4reb+2ast, T.Georgitsis 9+1reb+1ast, D.Watt 8+8reb, B.Toombs 7+8reb+1ast, A.Pleick 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 132221


Solna - Uppsala 89-85 OT

Higher ranked Uppsala Basket (5-5) fell to ninth ranked Solna Vikings (4-6) in overtime by four points 85-89. The hosts were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They eventually won an overtime period 11-7. Solna Vikings outrebounded Uppsala Basket 50-29 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The former international forward Lesli Myrthil (200-77, college: Wagner) fired a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. William Walker chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Johan Jeansson (197-85) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Rickard Eriksson (190-82) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Solna Vikings moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Jamtland. Uppsala Basket at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Solna Vikings will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Solna: L.Myrthil 27+13reb+2ast, W.Walker 21+7reb+2ast, L.Gunnarsson 18+1reb+5ast, K.Doychinov 12+6reb+1ast, S.Inan 5+8reb+1ast, J.Westerlund 2+7reb+4ast
Uppsala: J.Jeansson 21+8reb, R.Eriksson 21+3ast, S.Grundberg 11+4reb+1ast, R.Carter 10+2reb+6ast, D.Johnson 8+13reb+1ast, M.Nakos 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 132222


LF Basket - 08 89-80

No shocking result in a game when third ranked LF Basket (6-4) beat 7th ranked 08 Stockholm (4-5) in Lulea 89-80. 08 Stockholm was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 32-12 charge of LF Basket, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. The former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) fired 18 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. American forward Keith Ramsey (206-87, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Icelandic swingman Helgi Magnusson (198-82, college: Catawba) produced 17 points and the former international guard Olivier Ilunga (185-84) added 10 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Four LF Basket and five 08 Stockholm players scored in double figures. LF Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 6-4 record having just two points less than leader Norrkoping, which they share with Sundsvall. 08 Stockholm at the other side keeps the seventh place with five games lost. LF Basket's next round opponent will be KFUM Jamtland (#8) at home where they are favorite. 08 Stockholm will play against Sundsvall Dragons.
Top scorers:
LF Basket: K.Ramsey 21+12reb+1ast, E.Salon 20+1reb+1ast, R.Mbemba 18+8reb+8ast, J.Safford 10+6reb, U.Igbavboa 9+6reb+1ast, C.Ryan 5+1reb
08: H.Magnusson 17+2reb+1ast, J.Akesson 12+6reb+1ast, B.Cvilak 11+2reb+1ast, G.Nystrom 10+5reb+2ast, J.Blom 10+2reb+1ast, O.Ilunga 10+3reb+6ast
gschID: 132218


Jamtland - Norrkoping 89-98

Basketligan top team - Norrkoping Dolphins (8-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eighth ranked KFUM Jamtland (4-6) 98-89. It looked good early as KFUM Jamtland took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Norrkoping Dolphins had a 25-15 second period charge getting the lead and KFUM Jamtland was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 89-98. Norrkoping Dolphins made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game, while KFUM Jamtland only scored six points from the stripe. They outrebounded KFUM Jamtland 41-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. Norrkoping Dolphins players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. International guard Mikael Lindquist (193-83, agency: Court Side) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Martin Ringstrom (206-81) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) responded with 21 points and 6 assists and American-Liberian power forward Boakai Lalugba (200-81, college: Bucknell, agency: Court Side) scored 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Norrkoping Dolphins have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 8-2 record. KFUM Jamtland at the other side keeps the eighth place with six games lost. They share the position with Solna. Norrkoping Dolphins will play against league's second-placed Boras Basket at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KFUM Jamtland will play against LF Basket (#3) in Lulea and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Norrkoping: M.Lindquist 18+8reb+1ast, P.Sakinis 17+7reb+2ast, M.Ringstrom 15+8reb+3ast, F.Drains 14+4reb+4ast, P.Balocka 12+4reb+1ast, S.Seay 10+2reb+2ast
Jamtland: E.Zabas 21+2reb+6ast, D.Klaric 17+4reb, B.McKnight 13+2reb+3ast, B.Lalugba 12+9reb+7ast, B.Bjornsson 11+5reb+5ast, J.Ronstrom 6
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Myrthil's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
34-year old forward Lesli Myrthil (200-F-77) put on an amazing game in the last round for Solna and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out Uppsala (#6, 5-5) in overtime 89-85. Solna maintains the 9th position in league. Solna is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 4-6 record. In the team's last game Myrthil had a remarkable 53.3% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Solna, through which he has constantly improved. Lesli Myrthil averages this season 7.9ppg and 5.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Keith Ramsey (206-F-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of LF Basket. He is American forward in his first season at LF Basket. In the last game Ramsey recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Of course LF Basket cruised to a 89-80 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked 08 (#7, 4-5). LF Basket's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 6-4 record is not bad at all. Ramsey is a newcomer at LF Basket and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Boakai Lalugba (200-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) of Jamtland (#8). Lalugba showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the last round. Despite Lalugba's great performance Jamtland lost 89-98 to the higher-ranked Norrkoping (#1, 8-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Jamtland ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lalugba could help Jamtland to bring them higher in the standings. Lalugba has a great season in Sweden. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.2rpg (6th best). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 52.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sylvester Seay (208-F-85) of Norrkoping - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Fred Drains (195-F-71) of Norrkoping - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of Jamtland - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Dino Gregory (200-F) of Sundsvall - 15 points and 13 rebounds
8. Martin Ringstrom (206-F-81) of Norrkoping - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G/F-87) of Sundsvall - 20 points, 7 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)


Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 8-2 
 2. Boras 8-2 
 3. LF Basket 6-4 
 4. Sundsvall 6-4 
 5. Uppsala 5-5 
 6. Sodertalje 5-5 
 7. 08 4-5 
 8. Jamtland 4-6 
 9. Solna 4-6 
 10. Eco Orebro 0-11 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Stephen MCDOWELL
  Solna
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. McDowell, Solna23.0 
 2. Zabas, Jamtland22.4 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje19.8 
 4. Krayem, Boras19.3 
 5. Palm, Boras19.1 
 6. Mbemba, LF Basket18.8 
 7. Jeansson, Uppsala17.1 
 8. McKnight, Boras17.0 
 9. Sigurdarson, Sunds.16.8 
 10. Zamroz, Boras16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Palm, Boras11.6 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.9.8 
 3. Johnson, Uppsala9.8 
 4. Toombs, Eco Orebro9.7 
 5. Ramsey, LF Basket9.3 
 6. Lalugba, Jamtland9.2 
 7. Simms, Sodertalje8.6 
 8. Safford, LF Basket8.4 
 9. McKnight, Boras7.9 
 10. Watt, Eco Orebro7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket7.2 
 2. Krayem, Boras6.2 
 3. Carter, Uppsala5.6 
 4. Hellgren, Jamtland5.3 
 5. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.1 
 6. Chuk, Sodertalje5.0 
 7. Beck, Solna4.1 
 8. Mitchell, Norrkopi.3.8 
 9. Zabas, Jamtland3.8 
 10. Ermolinskij, Sund.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew MITCHELL
  Norrkoping
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Mitchell, Norrkopi.3.3 
 2. Smith, Sodertalje2.8 
 3. Carter, Uppsala2.6 
 4. Mbemba, LF Basket2.3 
 5. Zabas, Jamtland2.1 
 6. Ermolinskij, Sunds.2.0 
 7. Pleick, Eco Orebro2.0 
 8. Johnson, Sundsvall1.9 
 9. Hellgren, Jamtland1.8 
 10. Baeringsson, Sund.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Delvon JOHNSON
  Uppsala
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Johnson, Uppsala2.1 
 2. Ramsey, LF Basket2.1 
 3. Simms, Sodertalje2.0 
 4. Lalugba, Jamtland1.8 
 5. Toombs, Eco Orebro1.7 
 6. Watt, Eco Orebro1.5 
 7. Doychinov, Solna1.1 
 8. Blom, 081.0 
 9. Gregory, Sundsvall1.0 
 10. Palm, Boras0.9 


Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Taby 6-1 
 2. LF Future 5-0 
 3. Blackeberg 5-1 
 4. Akropol 5-2 
 5. Eagles 4-0 
 6. Haga Haninge 4-3 
 7. Jarva Devils 4-3 
 8. Talje 3-4 
 9. Orongo 2-5 
 10. Eskilstuna 1-6 
 11. BG Lulea 0-7 
 12. Uppsala KFUM 0-7 
South
 1. Srbija 7-0 
 2. Malbas 6-0 
 3. Nassjo 5-2 
 4. Hoganas 5-2 
 5. Brahe Basket 4-2 
 6. Hogsbo 4-3 
 7. Helsingborg 3-3 
 8. Solna Branten 2-4 
 9. Eos 2-5 
 10. Fryshuset 1-6 
 11. Sanda 1-6 
 12. Norrkoping BK 0-7 


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Vogt's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old center Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Fribourg and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team SAM Massagno (#9, 0-7) with 30-point margin 85-55. It allowed Fribourg to consolidate first place in the league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Fribourg keeps perfect 7 -0 record. Vogt has many years of experience at Fribourg, through which he has constantly improved. Vogt has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 8.0rpg) and averages solid 69.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Marcus Allen (201-F/C-87) of Boncourt. He is American forward in his first season at Boncourt. In the last game Allen recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Boncourt lost that game 63-98 to the higher-ranked Lugano Tigers (#3, 6-1). Boncourt managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Boncourt managed to get this year. Allen is a newcomer at Boncourt and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#3). He also registered 9.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Terry Smith (185-G-86) of Monthey (#4). Smith scored 27 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Monthey, leading his team to a 81-80 win against slightly lower-ranked SAV Vacallo (#5, 3-4). Monthey needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Smith has a great season in Switzerland. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.1ppg (6th best) and assists with 3.4apg (7th best). He also has 3.0spg and FGP: 54.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Derek Stockalper (198-G/F-84) of Lugano Tigers - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Brandon Jenkins (190-G-85) of Starwings - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Matt Schneiderman (205-F/C-81) of SAV Vacallo - 28 points and 8 rebounds
7. Sean Barnette (195-F-86) of Geneve Lions - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ronald Yates (201-F-83) of Fribourg - 19 points and 10 rebounds
9. Michael Efevberha (199-G-84) of Lugano Tigers - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85) of Lugano Tigers - 23 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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  THAILAND   


SEA Games 2011. Philippines thrash Thailand, win Group A - by Eurobasket News
Philippines - Thailand 103:69

Philippines extended their perfect run at 2011 SEA Games. They knocked down Thailand to climb at 3-0 record on top of Group A. Clifford Hodge scored 15 points for the winners.
Philippines unloaded 37 points in the opening period to clear off. They earned a 16-point lead at the first break. Philippines stayed on the winning track in the second term. They boosted the gap to as many as 20 points at the interval 54:34. Philippines maintained the lead in the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by as many as26 points and never looked back en route to the win. Kiefer Isaac Ravena (181-G/F-93) nailed 14 points, while Nicolas Salva added 12 points in the victory. Darongpan Apiromvilaichai (185-G-85) answered with 12 points for Thailand. Chanachon Klahan (190-F-84) had 11 points in the loss.

Philippines: Clifford Hodge 15, Kiefer Isaac Ravena 14, Nicolas Salva 12
Thailand: Darongpan Apiromvilaichai 12, Chanachon Klahan 11


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  TURKEY   


Dragan Sakota takes over Antalya as HC - by Eurobasket News
Dragan Sakota (agency: Beo Basket) is the new Head Coach of Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye. The Turkish squad announced his arrival for rest of the season. Sakota is not a new face in Turkey as he worked last season with Trabzon. They hired him in December. Trabzon finished as No.13 in TBL and reached Turkish Cup Semifinals. From January of 2008 to December of 2008, Dragan Sakota worked with Upim Bologna. Before that, he spent two years with Crvena Zvezda. In 2003/04 season, Sakota was a Head Coach of Olympiakos. In Greece, he also coached AEK Athens, Aris, Iraklis, Peristeri, Apollon and PAOK. Dragan Sakota was HC of the Serbia/Montenegro NT at the Word Championship 2006 in Japan. He will coach Antalya next weekend against Olin Edrine. The team currently has 0-5 record.

EuroChallenge: Okapi Aalstar start strong to finish with the victory over Olin Edirne - by Eurobasket News
Okapi Aalstar- Olin Edirne 95:70

Okapi Aalstar start strong to finish with the victory over Olin Edirne in EuroChallenge Round 2. Okapi Aalstar used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Edirne 95:70 on Tuesday night.
The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Olin Edirne was better in third quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Olin Edirne 43-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. Olin Edirne was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Alex Ruoff (198-G-86, college: W.Virginia) scored 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP) chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Polat Kocaoglu (205-C/F-79, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 12 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.

Okapi Aalstar: Alex Ruoff 24, Stefon Jackson 19+10 rebs, Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) 18, Fox 10
Olin Edirne: Vladimir Stimac 17, Polat Kocaoglu 12



EuroChallenge: Telekom Baskets keep star-packed Turk Telekom winless - by Eurobasket News
Telekom Baskets- Turk Telekom 87:80

Telekom Baskets keep star-packed Turk Telekom winless at EuroChallenge. The German team closed Round 2 on Wednesday with 87:80 win.
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-17. But Turk Telekom won second period 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Telekom Baskets had a 25-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. American point guard Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks during the contest. Four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures.