EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/19/2011

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  ABA   


Jersey Express 2011-12 Roster - by Surujh Roopnarine
In lieu of their 2011-12 home-opener tomorrow night against the expansion Staten island Vipers, the Jersey Express.
The Express are reigning Northeast Division champions and are currently 0-1 on the seaosn, having fell in their season opener last weekend on the road against the Connecticut Topballerz, 104-122.

#1 Sedale Walton (6'1''-G-85)
#5 Kevin Edmonds (6'8''-F/C-90, college: Harcum CC)
#6 David Louis (6'5''-G/F-88)
#10 Zahir Carrington (6'7''-F, college: Lehigh)
#11 John King (6'0''-G, college: Binghamton)
#12 Darnell Braswell (6'1''-G-88, college: DeSales)
#20 Matthew Cavalieri (6'6''-F, college: Springfield)
#24 Dexter Gray (6'7''-F-85, college: Iona)
#23 Darren Travis (6'3''-G-84, college: Wash.Adventist)
Jerusalem Strickland (6'7''-F-87, college: Pitt.-Bradford)
Edgardo Torres (6'3''-G-85, college: Rowan)

HEAD COACH: Joseph Amador


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Khazzouh, Kings18.6 
 2. Warren, 36ers18.2 
 3. Lisch, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Wilkinson, Breakers17.9 
 5. Tragardh, Tigers17.8 
 6. Mills, Tigers16.9 
 7. Gill, Crocodiles16.8 
 8. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 9. Wilson, Taipans16.0 
 10. Johnson, 36ers15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles10.8 
 2. Khazzouh, Kings10.6 
 3. Crosswhite, Taipa.8.3 
 4. Grant, Kings8.3 
 5. Rychart, Taipans7.5 
 6. Simpsons, 36ers7.2 
 7. Worthington, Blaze7.2 
 8. Mims, Crocodiles7.2 
 9. Hudson, Blaze6.8 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Martin, Wildcats6.0 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.8 
 3. Mills, Tigers5.3 
 4. Jackson, Breakers5.1 
 5. Crosswell, 36ers4.8 
 6. Martin, Hawks4.5 
 7. Deleon, Blaze4.0 
 8. Bruce, Kings4.0 
 9. Gill, Crocodiles3.8 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jackson, Breakers3.0 
 2. Robbins, Wildcats2.1 
 3. Gibson, Blaze2.0 
 4. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 5. Mims, Crocodiles1.6 
 6. Lisch, Wildcats1.4 
 7. Dorsey, Tigers1.3 
 8. Vukona, Breakers1.1 
 9. Rychart, Taipans1.0 
 10. Boucher, Breakers1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Khazzouh, Kings1.8 
 2. Grant, Kings1.6 
 3. Johnson, 36ers1.5 
 4. Martin, Wildcats1.0 
 5. Pledger, Breakers1.0 
 6. Forman, Hawks1.0 
 7. Abercrombie, Break.0.9 
 8. Nevill, Wildcats0.9 
 9. Worthington, Blaze0.8 
 10. Weigh, 36ers0.8 


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


NBL Heritage Round: Melbourne Rally To Defeat Perth 87-82 - by Ian Moss
The Melbourne Tigers stunned the Perth Wildcats on Friday night with an 87-82 victory.

The visiting Wildcats built an impressive 21-point lead in the second quarter and looked likely to record a comfortable win.

But on the night the Tigers honoured their reunited 1993 championship team, Melbourne refused to accept defeat, instead recording a famous triumph.

Melbourne outscored Perth 61-35 from midway through the second quarter to pull off the comeback.

Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85, college: California) led the Tigers with 23 points, Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83, college: ORU) added 22, while import Ronald Dorsey (197-F/G-83, college: McNeese St.) finished with 18 points in his best display of the season.

Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85, college: Loyola Mary) had 24 and seven rebounds for Perth, with Brad Robbins (186-PG-85) adding 13 points.

Perth used a Knight-inspired 14-3 second-quarter run to build a 47-26 lead, but the Tigers quickly closed to 15 at half-time thanks to consecutive Daniel Dillon (194-G/F-86, college: Arizona) baskets.

That momentum carried over to the second half, Melbourne scoring the first nine points on the back of some Tragardh brilliance, as he struck back in his match-up with Knight.

With the deficit back at six points, the game settled into a defensive grind, with baskets earned in a physical contest.

The Tigers outscored the visitors 25-11 in the quarter and entered the final term down 61-60.

When Ubaka sank a shot to start the term, the Tigers led for the first time since the opening quarter, only for Wildcat guard Everard Bartlett (198-G-86) (10 points) to take it straight back with a three-pointer.

The teams traded the lead through an exciting final period, before a spectacular Dorsey dunk and three-pointer on successive plays gave the Tigers a 79-76 edge.

From there Melbourne converted their free throws to record their sixth win in eight games.

Tigers coach Trevor Gleeson (agency: Warren Sports International ) believed the game turned just before the end of the first half.

'Our intensity on defence lifted, you could feel it in the group,' he said.

'I was proud of the effort. It would have been easy to roll over and accept that it wasnt our night, but they didnt do that.'

'At half time it was up in the air whether we are a contender or an (average) club. We still have work to do, but it was a step in the right direction.'

Perth coach Rob Beveridge was at a loss to explain the turn around in his teams fortunes.

'The focus and discipline in the first half was best we have ever had,' Beveridge said.

'When we play like that we are so good. But in the second half, we knew they would make a run at us. They went bang, bang, bang and we didnt push the ball at all.'

'From being so disciplined and focused in the first half, (to how we played in the second), it is very hard to explain, and against a team like the Tigers, its very, very tough.'

Melbourne's win moves the Tigers into first place on the NBL ladder, ahead of Perth who drops to third.

Melbourne Tigers: 87 (Ubaka 23, Tragardh 22, Dorsey 18)
Perth Wildcats: 82 (Knight 24, Robbins 13, Wagstaff 11)

Article courtesy: www.nbl.com.au


NBL Heritage Round: Andrew Bogut Courtside Melbourne vs. Perth - by Ian Moss
Andrew Bogut (213-C-84, college: Utah) was spotted courtside in Melbourne last night for the NBL Heritage Round game between the Melbourne Tigers and Perth Wildcats.

During the game the Milwaukee Bucks star tweeted: 'I'm at the Tigers vs. Wildcats game. Who will win? Im a bad tipper!'

Up to 3 NBL teams were courting Bogut for a possible stint in the NBL while the NBA lockout negotiations continue, but Bogut was unable to secure an insurance deal to cover his $39 million Milwaukee Bucks contract.

With the lockout bringing NBA basketball to a standstill, at least Bogut is making good use of his spare time to promote Australian basketball, even if he is unable to play.



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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Al Ahli 2-0 
 2. Muharraq 2-0 
 3. Nuwaidrat 2-0 
 4. Al Hala 1-0 
 5. Al Ittihad 1-0 
 6. Al Manama 1-0 
 7. Al Najma 0-1 
 8. Bahrain Club 0-2 
 9. Issa Town 0-2 
 10. Samaheej 0-2 
 11. Sitra 0-2 


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  BRAZIL   


Latinbasket.com All-Paulista League Awards 2011 - by Eurobasket
Latinbasket.com All-Paulista League 1st Team 2011
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Shamell Stallworth
Stallworth
Juan Pablo Figueroa
Figueroa
Fernando Alvim
Alvim
Felipe Ribeiro
Ribeiro
Leonardo Morro
Morro
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Player of the Year: Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80) of Pinheiros/Sky
Guard of the Year: Fulvio de Assis (187-G-81) of S.Jose/Unimed
Forward of the Year: Felipe Ribeiro (201-F-79) of Paulistano
Center of the Year: Leonardo Morro (208-C-84) of Pinheiros/Sky
Import Player of the Year: Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80) of Pinheiros/Sky
Newcomer of the Year: Isaac Goncalves (193-F/G-90) of Vila Velha
Domestic Player of the Year: Caio Ranches (192-F-87) of XV/Cosan
Defensive Player of the Year: Felipe Ribeiro (201-F-79) of Paulistano
Coach of the Year: Claudio Mortari of Pinheiros/Sky

1st Team
PG: Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-86) of Pinheiros/Sky
SG: Shamell Stallworth (196-80) of Pinheiros/Sky
F: Fernando Alvim (200-80) of Gremio Mogi
F: Felipe Ribeiro (201-79) of Paulistano
C: Leonardo Morro (208-84) of Pinheiros/Sky

2nd Team
G: Fulvio de Assis (187-81) of S.Jose/Unimed
: Alex Matheus (85) of America
G/F: Rafu Da Silva (197-83) of Rio Claro
F: Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) of Pinheiros/Sky
C/F: Murilo Becker (210-83) of S.Jose/Unimed

Honorable Mention
Caio Ranches (192-F-87) of XV/Cosan
Eddy Carvalho (194-G/F-87) of Paulistano
Vitor Alves (190-F/G-90) of Winner/Limeira
Kenny Dawkins (175-G-87) of Liga Sorocaba
Ricardo Gaspar (202-F-84) of Americana

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Fulvio de Assis (187-81) of S.Jose/Unimed
F: Caio Ranches (192-87) of XV/Cosan
: Alex Matheus (85) of America
F: Felipe Ribeiro (201-79) of Paulistano
C: Leonardo Morro (208-84) of Pinheiros/Sky

All-Imports Team
PG: Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-86) of Pinheiros/Sky
G: Ronald Ramon (185-86) of Winner/Limeira
G: Larry Taylor (185-80) of Itabom/Bauru
SG: Shamell Stallworth (196-80) of Pinheiros/Sky
F/C: Jefferson Agba (209-80) of Itabom/Bauru

All-Defensive Team
Will Evangelista (G-84) of Rio Claro
Eddy Carvalho (194-G/F-87) of Paulistano
Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) of Pinheiros/Sky
Felipe Ribeiro (201-F-79) of Paulistano
Leonardo Morro (208-C-84) of Pinheiros/Sky



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SEA Games 2011. Cambodia edge Myanmar to clinch 7th place - by Eurobasket News
Cambodia - Myanmar 84:80

Cambodia earned the seventh place at SEA Games 2011. They held off Myanmar in Jakarta tonight. Oeun Sophoeun (180-F/G-85) scored 34 points to pace the winners.
Cambodia started the game strongly. They erupted for 28 points in the opening quarter taking a 6-point lead after ten minutes. Cambodia limited Myanmar to 12 points in the second term to establish a 43:34 halftime lead. But Myanmar changed the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They cut the deficit to 5 points with one quarter remaining. Myanmar surged ahead 80:78 with under four minutes remaining. But Cambodia crowned the game with six points in a row and stole their first win at the tournament. Mith Pek provided 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Cambodia. Putratana Monh (180-G-81) added 12 points in the win. Chan Chan answered with 21 points for Myanmar. Win Cho tallied 20 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.

Cambodia: Oeun Sophoeun 34, Mith Pek 22, Putratana Monh 12
Myanmar: Chan Chan 21, Win Cho 20+14 boards


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  CANADA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Manny PASQUALE
  Laure.
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 29
 1. Pasquale, Laure.29.0 
 2. Jones, Ryerson28.0 
 3. McIntyre, Waterloo28.0 
 4. Kok, TRU26.0 
 5. Diloreto, Windsor25.5 
 6. Mackinnon, Victoria25.3 
 7. Cooper, UPEI24.5 
 8. Yu, UBC24.5 
 9. Habib, Memorial24.5 
 10. Barbeau, Western24.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lien PHILLIP
  Windsor
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Phillip, Windsor14.5 
 2. Staniscia, Ryerson12.5 
 3. Hull, Laurentian12.0 
 4. Baker, Alberta11.3 
 5. King, TRU11.3 
 6. Duke, UPEI9.5 
 7. Waldner, Lethb.9.5 
 8. Glisic, Toronto Un.9.5 
 9. Anderson, Ottawa9.0 
 10. Desroches, New B.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Josh COLLINS
  Windsor
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Collins, Windsor9.5 
 2. Kanza Mata, Dalho.7.5 
 3. Quirion, New B.6.5 
 4. Barbeau, Western6.5 
 5. Shepherd, Memorial6.0 
 6. Andrus, Victoria6.0 
 7. Jones, Ryerson6.0 
 8. Scrubb, Carleton6.0 
 9. Wright, Waterloo6.0 
 10. Cooper, Lethbridge5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Eric COTE-KOUGNIMA
  UQ.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Cote-K., UQ.6.0 
 2. Carter, Lakehead4.0 
 3. Weatherill, Queen''s3.5 
 4. Thomas, St.Franc.3.5 
 5. Collins, Windsor3.5 
 6. Cooper, UPEI3.5 
 7. Cooper, Lethbridge3.3 
 8. Scholtes, Western3.0 
 9. Brown, UPEI3.0 
 10. Nixon, UBC3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Terry THOMAS
  St.Franc.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Thomas, St.Franc.2.5 
 2. Macquarrie, Cape B.2.0 
 3. Coward, Lethbridge2.0 
 4. Andrews, Bishop''s2.0 
 5. Bains, UBC2.0 
 6. Hadzimuratov., Lav.2.0 
 7. Ratte, Laurentian2.0 
 8. Burke, UBC1.5 
 9. Gibson, Brock1.5 
 10. Said-Madjid, RMC1.5 


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


Anderson's 35 leads Mill Rats over Storm - by Eurobasket News
Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts)'s 35 points in three quarters lead the Saint John Mill Rats over the Summerside Storm 106 to 90 at Eastlink Arena.

The Mill Rats led 18-17 after a tight first quarter, but away in the second when Anderson got hot. They held a 52-35 halftime lead. In the third quarter the Mill Rats blew the game open, leading 86-52 going into the fourth when both teams emptied their bench.

This was the Mill Rats third straight road win, and third straight win against a team with a winning record. Saint John's record improves to 3-3 and Summerside drops to 3-2.

Anthony Anderson shot 13-18 from the field en route to the 35 points near the end of the third quarter. Centre Antoine Tisby (6'9''-F-83, college: S.Carolina) turned in a workmanlike 20 points and 10 rebounds in the paint, while Marc Egerson added 10. Julian Allen led the Storm with 21 points.

Courtesy of http://www.oursportscentral.com


Oshawa Power coming up short at home - by Eurobasket News
The Oshawa Power have so far been unable to take advantage of home court during a busy week of NBL Canada action at the General Motors Centre, dipping below the .500 mark as a result.

The Power dropped a 97-88 decision Wednesday night in Oshawa to an emotionally charged Quebec Kebs team that was mourning the death of a former player from a car accident the day before.

The Kebs dedicated the game to 26-year-old Sam Carey, who had been released by the team the week before but was trying to catch on with another NBL Canada team.

For the Power, who also lost at home Monday, 91-88 to the Saint John Mill Rats, they are now 2-3 on the young season.

They have a chance to salvage something from the homestand Friday, but it won't be easy, playing against the first-place London Lightning (4-1).

Much like the first meeting between Oshawa and Quebec, the Power seemingly took control of the game during the second quarter Wednesday, but a determined Kebs ball club came out in the second half and grabbed the road victory.

The difference in the game was a 28-18 Quebec advantage in the third quarter, which erased a 43-41 halftime lead for the home side.

Canadian Tut Ruach had another tremendous game in the losing effort, recording 23 points and six assists, giving him a second strong effort against the Kebs this season.

'We just have to stick together,' said Ruach in a press release. 'We had a bad little run and we never got back to what we were doing early and we got down on ourselves. We just have to keep believing in ourselves and stick together.'

Fellow Canadian Kevin Francis (6'8''-F-84, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Vincennes Univ.) added 12 points, which included a devastating slam on Yannick Anzuluni, exciting the 502 fans in attendance.

Ralphy Holmes (6'4''-G-79, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) of the Kebs shot a sizzling seven-for-nine in the game, leading the visitors with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Shaun Fountain (5'11''-G-78, agency: Duran International, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) added 12 points off the bench in a solid team effort.

This was the third meeting of the season between the two teams, having split the previous two in Quebec.

Friday's game against the Lightning tips off at 7:30 p.m.

Courtesy of www.durhamregion.com


Globetrotter lands in Halifax - by Eurobasket News
A fan favourite from years past helped pave the way for Lawrence Wright's (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) arrival in Halifax.

The six-foot-four small forward, the second-leading scorer in the National Basketball League of Canada, spent his collegiate career with the Bradley Braves playing alongside shooting guard Tony Bennett, who starred with the Rainmen in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

In the hunt for a job this summer, Wright and his agent contacted Rainmen owner Andre Levingston, who dialled up Bennett for a reference on his former teammate.

'I think Mr. Levingston called Tony and asked him how I was and did his research or whatever so thats kinda how I ended up here,' Wright said Wednesday after practice.

The 27-year-old, who had a brief stopover in Halifax in 2007, also sought Bennetts input about Nova Scotias capital city.

'Tony let me know how the place was because, I mean, I was here years and years ago but I wasnt here for that long so I really didnt know anything. I didnt know about the team or anything here.'

Wright spent two years at Bradley in Peoria, Ill., before signing on with the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, for which past Rainmen like SirValiant Brown, A.J. Millien, Jimmy Twyman, Shagari Alleyne, Gordon Malone and Terrance Roberson also played earlier in their careers.

He made his first visit to Halifax when the Globetrotters performed at the Metro Centre in April 2007 during a hectic 2006-07 season in which Wright estimates he played 250 to 300 games.

The native of Wichita, Kan., grew accustomed to globetrotting as a youngster. His father is a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and their family moved frequently before settling down on an air force base near Sacramento, Calif., when Wright was about eight years old.

The former track and field star in high school and junior college went on to play professionally in Bosnia, Egypt and Finland before landing this year in Halifax.

Wright stands second in the NBL scoring parade, averaging 19.75 points per game in four contests to put him just one basket off the pace of Saint John Mill Rats star point guard Anthony Anderson (20.0 ppg).

He has yet to start a game but has logged 30.5 minutes coming off the bench and is second on the Rainmen with 7.0 rebounds per outing. Hes also second in the NBL in three-point shooting efficiency and third in overall field goal percentage.

He drained 29 points, tops in the league so far, in Halifaxs opener against the London Lightning on Nov. 3 and scorched the Moncton Miracles for 26 points a week ago, sinking 11 of his 13 shots, including four of five from beyond the arc.

Wright said he hasnt come off the bench since his days at Bradley, when he was named to the conference all-bench team in his junior season and also spent a portion of his senior campaign as a reserve.

'I have no problem coming off the bench or starting,' he said. 'I just try to go in and play as hard as I can. I dont really mind how I play as long as I get to play.'

Offence comes naturally to Wright, who averaged 17.7 points and 7.3 rebounds last season in Finland. But he admits being among the leagues top point producers is somewhat unexpected given Halifaxs balanced attack.

'My main goal since Ive been playing is to be a scorer, so Im kinda used to scoring but with all the talent we have and all the stars we have on our team, you never know whats gonna happen because any night, any guy on our team can have 20, 30 points.'

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


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  CHINA   


Guandong to sign Aaron Brooks - by Eurobasket News
According to Yahoo! Sports, Aaron Brooks (6'0''-PG-85, college: Oregon) will continue his career in China. Reportedly, the Phoenix Suns restricted free-agent guard agreed a season deal with Guandong of the Chinese Basketball Association. Brooks is a popular player in China from his days of playing with Yao Ming in Houston. Hes been talking on and off with Chinese teams for several months, and finally agreed to a deal believed to be worth more than $2 million for the season. Brooks will play with Washington Wizards free agent Yi Jianlian in Guangdong. The roster also includes Americans Fred Jones and Lester Hudson. Aaron Brooks had 9.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 4.2 apg for the Phoenix Suns last season. He joined them in February. Also last season Brooks had 11.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 3.7 apg for 33 games with the Houston Rockets. He played three and a half years for them. Brooks was named All-NBA Most Improved Player -10. Aaron Brooks graduated at the University of Oregon in 2007.

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  CYPRUS   


A Division: Round Six First blood for Etha and a road win for Apollonas - by Chris Mammides
In the first part of the sixth week of the Cyprus league we had an amazing road win for the team of Apollonas over the heroic team of AEL and the first loss of the last year's champions team of Intercollege Etha in the home court of APOEL. The games with more analysis were as follows:

CytaVision Apoel - Intercollege Etha Engomis 75-66
In a game which just ended the last seasons champion team of Intercolege Etha Engomis lost the road game against CytaVision APOEL with 75-66. The home team of Coach Christos Stylianidis was much better than the team of Coach Konstantinidis and took an early lead from the beginning and constantly was increasing it until the very end.
The first period started with APOEL having its two newcomers in a great shape, and both Sims and Johnson added fastness and experience, with Jerome Beasley (209-F/C-80, college: N.Dakota) being unbeaten in both edges ended the first period with a small difference of five.
The second period was a continuous monologue for the home team as it was obvious that the players of Konstantinides were tired from their European duty which took place 2 days ago. This was the point where APOEL took the biggest difference and finally ended the first half with 13 points difference. Top performers for APOEL were Mandic and Houston.
In the 3rd quarter Etha balanced the game but APOEL was resisting and with Jerome Beasley and Sims dominating in the paint kept the momentum and finally in the 4th period simply won the game. MVP of the game was Jerome Beasley, while from Etha, the American guard Ken Ken Tutt (185-PG-84, college: ORU) was great but only in the 4th quarter where he scored most of his total 20 points.
Quarters: 18-13, 38-25, 58-47and 75-66
APOEL: Jerome Beasley 16 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal, Madic and Huston 11 per head, Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, college: New Orleans) 10 points 6 rebounds, 4 assists,
ETHA: Ken Tutt 20 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, Ray and Cup 10 per head,

Proteas DaNoi AEL - Pizza Express Apollon 86-90
In a great derby like most of the games between the two Limassol teams the wounded team of AEL was too close to succeed a great victory but finally lost the game against Apollon in the details.
The game was a thrilling game and at the beginning the home team of AEL who enter into the court with only Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80) and Paul Carter (204-F-87, college: Ill.-Chicago) being the non Cypriots while Kounounis was also off the team, took the initiatives and surprised Apollon with a Balsa Radunovic from another space. The Monte Negro center was magnificent and ended the first period with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assist to give to his team an early lead with 26-19. Igor Miglinieks team got by surprise and logically his players were out of waters at the beginning as Balsa Radunovic was dominant in both edges.
The 2nd period Apollon increase his pressure to the players of AEL but AEL found some vital points from Paul Carter and Georgios Palalas (185-PG-81) and kept the momentum until the end of the first half which found the two teams in the same paste as the first quarter and a result of 46-39 with the trio from AEL (Balsa Radunovic, Georgios Palalas and Paul Carter) scoring nearly all the points for the home team, whereas from Apollon, Robinson was the top performer not so much for his scoring activities but for all the other services performed in the court.
The 3rd quarter started with two major problems for AEL as the two out of three top performers of the team, Georgios Palalas and Balsa Radunovic suffered with 3 fouls each, Apollon took the initiatives and by the 25th minutes he took the lead and with Troy Gillenwater (205-F-88, college: N.Mexico St.) and Rush in the main scoring roles ended the 3rd period with a14-26 score and an overall score 60-65. Georgios Palalas was fouled out and AEL lost one of its 3 musketeers in the scoring.
The last period was fantastic as the heroic Paul Carter and Balsa Radunovic tried to beat a team of ten foreigners but they needed a miracle to do so and finally they just cut the deficit to as little as the one point 81-82 with 1.21 before the end of the game but finally Troy Gillenwater and Raymond with Robinson killed all AELs dreams for something unique, even though Paul Carter scored the 3 pointer at the end but Liatsos couldnt follow him and he lost his last shot.
MVP of the game was the American point guard Justin Robinson (187-PG-87, college: Rider) as his 10 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists, and 1 steal covered his poor statistics from the charity line as he only had a 3 of 10 shots from the charity line. It is worth mentioned the fact that the 3 scorers of AEL scored the 66 out of 86 points of their team!
AEL: Paul Carter 29 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals, Balsa Radunovic 25 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists, Georgios Palalas 17 points and 3 assists
Apollon: Troy Gillenwater 20 points and 14 rebounds, Raymond 17 and 7 rebounds, Rush 15, Besik Lezhava (191-G-86) 14 and Justin Robinson 10.



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


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Inter Bratislava Strengthen Backcourt with Addition of Mitar Trivunovic - by Surujh Roopnarine
35-year old shooting guard Mitar Trivunovic (196-G-77) is the neswest addition to Inter Bratislava. After a week-long try-out period the club decided to sign the Serbian national for the remainder of the 2011-12 NBL season. Trivunovic began this season with KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo in Serbias A-League, where in seven games he averaged 9.9 points, 1.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists while connecting on 61.9% of his two-point field goals and 28.6% from behind the arc. The veteran guard is familiar with Slovakia, having played for Inter during part of the 2006-07 Extraliga season, where in 18 games he averaged 14.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals. He has a reputation for being an excellent shooter, which is something Inter has been lacking on the season. Only Andrej Kuffa is shooting above 30% from three-point range (minimum 15 attempts) on the season. At 2-11 and coming off an impressive victory over rival Astrum Levice, Inter will suit up Trivunovic in time for this Saturdays game against BK Loko Interconex Plzen hoping to string together their first winning-streak of the season.

Phil Brooks and Mihajlo Pesic Signed as Inter Bratislava Continues Makeover - by Surujh Roopnarine
The arrival of Ivan Vojtko as Head Coach of Inter Bratislava has already brought a 77-67 victory over Astrum Levice last weekend. Then yesterday the club announced the signing of veteran guard Mitar Trivunovic (196-G-77) from Serbia. Another day, another change for Inter, as American Phil Brooks and Irish-Serbian big man Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) are two more new faces to the club. At 2-11 and in 13th position in the 14-team NBL, new faces are a welcome sight to fans who have suffered through inconsistent play and focus through the first half of the season.

Phillip Brooks (188-G-84, college: Langston), 27, is a 6-2 scoring guard who began this season in Macedonia with ABA Strumica. Impressive would be the best words to describe his brief stint in Macedonia, where in six games he led the league in scoring at 21.0ppg while averaging 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals. Not only was Brooks averaging more than 20 points per contest, but he did so while connecting on 35 of 56 two-point field goals, a 62.5% average! Coming into this season, the Texas native had played professionally in Germany, Spain as well as Syria in addition to Macedonia. The NBL will be the highest level of competition he has played in and it will be interesting to see how the adjustment goes.

Mihajlo Pesic, 30, is a 6-9 forward/center with Irish-Serbian nationality who developed as a junior player in Italy with Milan. As a professional he has played in several countries including Spain, Germany, Portugal, Cyprus and most recently Austria.
Brooks, Pesic and Mitar Trivunovic should all be in uniform and available to coach Ivan Vojtko tomorrow evening as Inter hosts visiting BK Loko Interconex Plzen at the HANT Arena at 18:00. Plzen is currently 4-9 on the season and defeated Inter in their previous meeting on opening night 88-83.


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. Wright, Chomutov18.4 
 5. Houska, BK Decin18.4 
 6. Lowery, Chomutov17.9 
 7. Longmire, Usti n.17.3 
 8. McFadden, Usti n.17.2 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.16.8 
 10. Hruban, USK Praha16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.9.5 
 2. Votroubek, USK P.8.9 
 3. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.8 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.8.4 
 5. Houska, BK Decin7.8 
 6. Meno, Svitavy7.7 
 7. Hughes, NH Ostrava7.0 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.6.8 
 9. Field, BC Kolin6.6 
 10. Gavran, Inter B.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. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.5 
 6. George, Svitavy3.4 
 7. Bridgewaters, Inte.3.3 
 8. Ames, BC Kolin3.1 
 9. Boyer, BK Decin3.1 
 10. McFadden, Usti n.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Pavel PUMPRLA
  CEZ N.
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pumprla, CEZ N.3.0 
 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. Lowery, Chomutov1.8 
 8. Inge, NH Ostrava1.8 
 9. Grant, Levice1.7 
 10. Longmire, Usti n.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  NH Ostrava
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.8 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.8 
 3. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.8 
 4. Grant, Levice1.3 
 5. Spralja, CEZ N.1.0 
 6. Meno, Svitavy1.0 
 7. Henderson, Levice0.8 
 8. Jelinek, BC Kolin0.7 
 9. Slavik, USK Praha0.7 
 10. Mroz, Svitavy0.7 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 12-1 
 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. NH Ostrava 5-8 
 10. Chomutov 5-8 
 11. Svitavy 5-9 
 12. Plzen 4-9 
 13. Inter Bratislava 2-11 
 14. B&W Opava 1-11 


Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. J.Hradec 11-0 
 2. Opava B 9-2 
 3. Sparta Praha 8-2 
 4. Trutnov 7-3 
 5. Sokol Prazsky 7-3 
 6. Proton Zlin 7-4 
 7. Sokol H.Kralove 6-4 
 8. Benesov 5-5 
 9. Liberec 4-6 
 10. Litomerice 3-7 
 11. Prostejov B 2-8 
 12. Vysehrad 2-9 
 13. Mlada Boleslav 1-9 
 14. Kladno 0-10 


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  DENMARK   


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Will HARRIS
  Horsens IC
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Harris, Horsens IC26.4 
 2. White, Aalborg26.1 
 3. Kingsley, Svendborg22.9 
 4. Henry, Naestved21.6 
 5. Rasmussen, Vaerl.21.0 
 6. Rutherford, SISU20.9 
 7. Bishop, Aalborg19.5 
 8. Curry, Aabyhoj19.0 
 9. Colman, Svendborg16.8 
 10. Dennis, SISU16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Bishop, Aalborg11.4 
 2. St.John, Horsens10.5 
 3. Glynn, Naestved9.9 
 4. Benjamin, Horsholm9.6 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj9.5 
 6. Phillips, Aabyhoj9.4 
 7. Harris, Horsens IC9.1 
 8. Ba, Falcon8.8 
 9. Johansen, Naestved8.5 
 10. Plannthin, Svend.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Henry, Naestved4.7 
 2. White, Aalborg4.5 
 3. Sakne, Horsens IC4.1 
 4. McFarlane, Falcon4.0 
 5. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 6. Colman, Svendborg4.0 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj3.8 
 8. Iversen, Bakken3.5 
 9. Sattler, Horsens IC3.4 
 10. Dennis, SISU3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Henry, Naestved5.1 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose3.3 
 3. White, Aalborg2.5 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.5 
 5. McFarlane, Falcon2.3 
 6. Plannthin, Svend.2.2 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj2.0 
 8. Bishop, Aalborg1.8 
 9. Kristiansen, Aalbo.1.7 
 10. Benjamin, Horsholm1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Harrison, SISU2.4 
 2. Bishop, Aalborg1.9 
 3. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.9 
 4. Curry, Aabyhoj1.9 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.8 
 6. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.7 
 7. Colas, Horsholm1.5 
 8. Eleraky, Aalborg1.1 
 9. Larsen, Vaerlose1.0 
 10. Vinson, Svendborg1.0 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Reno Bighorns: Roster reduced by three - by Eurobasket News
The Reno Bighorns announced the release of three players from training camp Wednesday, leaving 14 players left on the training camp roster.

The players released were: Augustine Okosun (6'11''-C-86, college: Northwood Fl.) (Northwood, 6-foot-10, 235 pounds), the Bighorns' fifth-round draft pick in the NBA D-League draft who participated in the NBA D-League National Tryout; Roderick Flemings (6'7''-F/G-87, college: Hawaii) (Hawaii, 6-7, 230), the Bighorns' sixth-round draft pick in the NBA D-League Draft; Calvin Haynes (6'2''-G) (Oregon State, 6-3, 185), the Bighorns' seventh-round draft pick.

The Bighorns open the season in Bakersfield on Nov. 25 against the Bakersfield Jam. The team returns to Reno for its home opener on Dec. 2 at the Reno Events Center.

Courtesy of www.rgj.com


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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 6-0 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 5-0 
 3. Tarvas 5-3 
 4. Rapla 3-3 
 5. Tln Kalev 3-4 
 6. TTU/Kalev 3-5 
 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.17.9 
 3. Soo, Rapla16.3 
 4. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool16.0 
 5. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 6. Raap, Parnu14.6 
 7. Arnold, TT.14.6 
 8. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.14.4 
 9. Cipruss, Tarvas14.4 
 10. Kurg, Tln Kalev14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.6 
 2. Arnold, TT.9.9 
 3. Ringmets, Rapla9.0 
 4. Adedeji, Va.8.8 
 5. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.1 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool8.0 
 7. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.7.4 
 8. Allingu, Tartu U.7.2 
 9. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.7.0 
 10. Cricelli, Va.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Cunda, Va.4.6 
 2. Kriisa, Tarvas4.1 
 3. Raap, Parnu4.0 
 4. Veideman, Tartu U.3.8 
 5. Laane, Rapla3.7 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas3.6 
 7. Pilk, TT.3.6 
 8. Keedus, TT.3.1 
 9. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 10. Karner, Parnu3.0 
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. Saage, Tartu Uliko.2.3 
 5. Cunda, Va.2.3 
 6. Kaldre, Rapla2.2 
 7. Kurbas, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 8. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.1.8 
 9. Dorbek, Tarvas1.8 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.4 
 2. Fedortchuk, Tln K.2.0 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.7 
 4. Voolaid, Parnu1.0 
 5. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 6. Adedeji, Va.1.0 
 7. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 8. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.0.8 
 9. Eichfuss, Tartu U.0.7 
 10. Raadik, Parnu0.6 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


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. Carroll, Real Madr.18.6 
 4. Batum, Nancy18.2 
 5. Simmons, CEZ N.17.7 
 6. Pekovic, Partizan17.6 
 7. McCalebb, Montepa.17.4 
 8. Banic, Bizkaia Bil.17.2 
 9. Weems, Zalgiris17.0 
 10. Domercant, Unics17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA9.0 
 2. Macvan, Partizan8.4 
 3. Necas, CEZ Nymburk8.0 
 4. Freeland, Unicaja7.6 
 5. Roberts, Lietuvos.7.0 
 6. Teletovic, Caja L.7.0 
 7. May, KK.7.0 
 8. Moerman, Nancy7.0 
 9. Batum, Nancy7.0 
 10. Kasun, KK.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  FCB Regal
  (191-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Huertas, FCB Regal6.8 
 2. Rodriguez, Real M.5.6 
 3. Batum, Nancy5.6 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.5.6 
 5. Rice, Lietuvos.5.3 
 6. Linehan, Nancy5.2 
 7. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.5.0 
 8. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.8 
 9. Teodosic, CSKA4.8 
 10. Blassingame, Asse.4.8 
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. Quinn, Khimky2.5 
 5. Kelati, Khimky2.5 
 6. Kirilenko, CSKA2.2 
 7. Diamantidis, Panat.2.2 
 8. Ilyasova, Anadolu2.2 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 10. Broyles, Charleroi2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA3.2 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi2.0 
 3. Marconato, Bennet1.8 
 4. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.6 
 5. Fischer, Bizkaia1.6 
 6. Fofana, AS.1.5 
 7. Perovic, FCB Regal1.5 
 8. Kasun, KK.1.4 
 9. Ilyasova, Anadolu1.4 
 10. Kinsey, Anadolu1.3 


Andrei Kirilenko claims weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for CSKA Moscow and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 30-year old forward had the game-high 17 points adding nine rebounds and six steals for CSKA in his team's victory, helping them to beat Unicaja (3-2) 77-66. It allowed CSKA to keep the perfect score in Group B, 5-0. Kirilenko has impressive league stats. He leads it in rebounds with 9.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old forward Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) of Zalgiris. Jankunas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Zalgiris was edged by KK Zagreb CO (1-4) 80-78. This loss caused Zalgiris to drop to 6th position in Group B (1-4). Jankunas is well-known by Zalgiris fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Terrell Lyday (190-G-79) of Unics. Lyday scored 22 points and passed seven assists. He was a key player of Unics, leading his team to a 81-51 easy win against Union Olimpija (1-4). Unics improved to 3-2 record in Group D. Lyday has a very solid season. In 5 games in Euroleague he scored 12.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90) of Asseco Prokom - 26 points and 9 rebounds
5. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85) of Caja Laboral - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84) of Bizkaia Bilbao - 21 points and 3 rebounds
7. Milan Macvan (206-C-89) of Partizan - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82) of Olympiakos - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) of KK Zagreb CO - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84) of Asseco Prokom - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 7 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)


Doron Perkins Returns to Israel Next Week - by David Pick
No, he didn't sign with any team (yet). Maccabi Tel-Aviv overcame a tough and aggressive Belgacom Spirou last night, securing the top position of Euroleague's Group C, while in the midst of its successful season, Maccabi fans will likely welcome back in open arms the team's former guard Doron Perkins, who returns to Israel.

Perkins confirmed the information to Eurobasket, adding that he's scheduled to land in Israel on November 26th for 48-hours, for a medical checkup after spending the past eight months intensely rehabbing with German specialist Wiebke Redlin. November 26th, by the way, is the date of Maccabi's Adriatic League home game against Cedevita, and Perkins might be in attendance. Perkins, a current free agent, told Eurobasket in August that 'Maccabi would definitely be the most comfortable fit for me; however, they didn't present any offer.' In Israel, Doron will be examined by the doctors who successfully treated him, as well as Maccabi's medical staff. 'They (Maccabi) know most about my condition and physical history and could treat me the best way possible,' said Perkins while addressing the situation.

As recalled, on March 29th, Perkins went down during Maccabi's Euroleague series against Caja Laboral tearing his meniscus and many ligaments in his knee, watching his breakthrough season fly out the window. However, since then, the Santa Clara alumnus has been going through a daily process of extreme workouts in Las Vegas, following medical treatments and progress updates in Philadelphia. Although Maccabi's season has kicked off on the right foot, a number of Perkins' former teammates expressed missing his defensive abilities, hustle plays and leadership. Perkins, the backbone of Maccabi's deadly defense last season, is nearing 100% capability and looks forward to his basketball return.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick




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  FINLAND   


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kauhajoki 9-4 
 2. Nilan Bisons 8-2 
 3. Kataja 8-3 
 4. Pyrinto 7-3 
 5. ToPo 7-4 
 6. Kouvot 6-7 
 7. Korihait 6-7 
 8. Salon Vilpas 5-7 
 9. KTP 4-8 
 10. LrNMKY 4-8 
 11. Namika Lahti 1-12 


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. Ivey, Nilan Bisons20.1 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto20.1 
 5. Blue, KTP20.0 
 6. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.3 
 7. Brooks, Namika L.18.9 
 8. Tiedeman, LrNM.18.3 
 9. Newson, Kataja18.1 
 10. Johnson, Korihait17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.14.3 
 2. Blue, KTP10.9 
 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. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.3 
 4. Walker, Kataja4.3 
 5. Sarcevic, KTP4.2 
 6. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.1 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.3.8 
 8. Vuori, Kauhajoki3.6 
 9. Vanzant, Korihait3.5 
 10. Moore, Korihait3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Pyrinto3.1 
 2. Sten, Kataja2.6 
 3. Moore, Korihait2.6 
 4. Sarcevic, KTP2.2 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.2 
 6. Newson, Kataja2.1 
 7. Brooks, Namika L.1.9 
 8. Haynes, LrNM.1.8 
 9. Jordan, Kouvot1.8 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.7 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.2 
 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 


KORISLIIGA: KTP lost by 31 points - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 13: KTP (Kotka) suffered again a bad home loss, when visitor Karhu (Kauhajoki) beat them by 31 points 71-102 (33-50). KTP has now lost five games in a row. KTP team defense does not work and tonight team players could not hit even from behind the arc: 2/25 (8%)! The only player who needs superlatives is Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.): 35pts/20rbs! Blue grabbed 12 offensive rebounds and was scoring half of the host points. Karhu had six players in double digits. Head Coach Ari Tammivaara was giving playing time to his nine players between 12:29 - 28:07 minutes. Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87, agency: Court Side, college: Wichita St.) made his all four 3-pointers leading visitors with 18pts. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Mt.St.Mary's) had a double-double 15pts/10rbs.
At Uusikaupunki local Korihait defeated YMCA Lahti 86-69 (45-30). Shawn Vanzant (183-PG-88, college: Butler) scored his season high 25 points. YMCA Lahti has lost now 12 games in a row. Ryan Brooks (193-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) led visitors with 22pts.

KTP - Karhu 71-102 (33-50). (Tim Blue 35/20, Bojan Sarcevic 13/5a, Bennet Davis 10 - Clevin Hannah 18, Aleksi Huuskonen 16, Kelly Beidler 15/10. A: 945).
UU-Korihait - YMCA Lahti 86-69 (45-30). (Shawn Vanzant 25, Cory Johnson 21/8, Mikko Jalonen 12 - Ryan Brooks 22, Malik Moore 19/9, Brant Bailey 10. A: 482).



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  FRANCE   


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Jahsha BLUNTT
  Orchy
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Bluntt, Orchy18.6 
 2. Pridotkas, Brest18.3 
 3. Almanson, Challans18.0 
 4. Belser, Charleville17.9 
 5. Merie, Chartres17.5 
 6. Horton, Blois17.3 
 7. Bigote, Cognac17.0 
 8. Bichard, St Quentin16.8 
 9. Kaunisto, Blois16.8 
 10. Thomas, Roche16.4 
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.9.1 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin9.1 
 6. Pridotkas, Brest8.9 
 7. Aubry, Montbrison8.3 
 8. Mendy, Lievin8.1 
 9. Vounang, Brest7.8 
 10. Belser, Charlevil.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.7 
 2. Brochard, Blois6.0 
 3. Calvez, Charleville5.9 
 4. Barbry, Orchy5.6 
 5. Daube, Le Puy5.1 
 6. Godin, Cognac4.9 
 7. Dessart, Lievin4.6 
 8. Ball, St Quentin4.3 
 9. Berquier, Chartres4.3 
 10. Tillon, Montbrison4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Calvez, Charleville2.5 
 2. Cretaux, Lievin2.1 
 3. Pistre, Charleville2.1 
 4. Bigote, Cognac2.1 
 5. Bassine, Sorgues2.1 
 6. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.0 
 7. Brochard, Blois1.9 
 8. Dessart, Lievin1.9 
 9. Ball, St Quentin1.8 
 10. Ramphort, Angers1.7 
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, Lievin1.1 
 5. Ipouck, Chartres1.0 
 6. Diame, Rueil1.0 
 7. Borval, Le Puy1.0 
 8. Jaiteh, CFBB1.0 
 9. Sanborn, Lievin0.9 
 10. Chupin, Angers B.0.9 


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


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


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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Rick HUGHES
  Hyeres-T.
  (204-C/F-73)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Hughes, Hyeres-T.28.5 
 2. Chatfield, Paris-.23.6 
 3. Rochestie, Le Mans20.3 
 4. Parker, AS.19.8 
 5. Morlende, Hyeres-T.18.6 
 6. Holland, Roanne18.3 
 7. Schilb, Chalon18.1 
 8. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.18.0 
 9. Williams, Paris-.17.9 
 10. Cox, Le Havre17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ian MAHINMI
  Le Havre
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Mahinmi, Le Havre13.0 
 2. Akingbala, Nancy8.8 
 3. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.5 
 4. Turiaf, AS.8.0 
 5. Falker, Cholet7.8 
 6. Hamilton, Paris-.7.7 
 7. Jackson, Roanne7.5 
 8. Sommerville, Le Ma.7.5 
 9. Aminu, Chalon7.4 
 10. Guillard, Poitiers7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon12.8 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.3 
 3. Linehan, Nancy6.3 
 4. Barrett, Roanne6.2 
 5. Parker, AS.6.0 
 6. Pellin, Orleans5.6 
 7. Diabate, Roanne5.0 
 8. Wise, Le Havre5.0 
 9. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
 10. Causeur, Cholet4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nicolas BATUM
  Nancy
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Batum, Nancy2.5 
 2. Riley, Nanterre2.5 
 3. Linehan, Nancy2.5 
 4. Parsons, Cholet2.3 
 5. Pellin, Orleans2.3 
 6. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 7. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.2.2 
 8. Goss, AS.2.1 
 9. Acker, Le Mans2.0 
 10. Bokolo, Gravelines2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ronny TURIAF
  AS.
  (208-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Turiaf, AS.1.7 
 2. Akingbala, Nancy1.5 
 3. Boungou Colo, Le1.5 
 4. Williams, Paris-.1.3 
 5. Gobert, Cholet1.3 
 6. Nichols, Cholet1.2 
 7. Falker, Cholet1.2 
 8. Issa, Gravelines1.2 
 9. Jackson, Roanne1.2 
 10. Covile, Nanterre1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 David DENAVE
  St Vallier
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Denave, St Vallier19.4 
 2. Davis, Le Portel18.6 
 3. James, Denain17.0 
 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, Evreux11.1 
 3. Rossiter, Denain9.5 
 4. Badiane, Antibes9.3 
 5. Allen, Antibes9.1 
 6. Brown, Maurienne8.5 
 7. Barro, Bourg8.4 
 8. Wyatte, Le Portel8.0 
 9. Osby, Maurienne8.0 
 10. Daniels, Chalons-.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Taylor, Le Portel7.0 
 2. Copeland, Bourg6.9 
 3. Denave, St Vallier5.3 
 4. Gomis, Limoges5.0 
 5. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.0 
 6. Choquet, Fos Ouest5.0 
 7. Poupet, Rouen4.9 
 8. Atamna, Fos Ouest4.9 
 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, Denain2.9 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier2.8 
 4. Flowers, Vichy2.7 
 5. Taylor, Le Portel2.4 
 6. Atamna, Fos Ouest2.4 
 7. McCray, Boulogne2.3 
 8. Paelay, Quimper2.1 
 9. Sauret, Lille2.1 
 10. Marshall, Lille2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest2.6 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.1.6 
 3. Badiane, Antibes1.6 
 4. Prowell, St Vallier1.5 
 5. Massie, Limoges1.1 
 6. Barro, Bourg1.1 
 7. Aka, Vichy1.0 
 8. Ford, Bordeaux1.0 
 9. Charles, Nantes1.0 
 10. Corre, Chalons-.0.9 


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  GERMANY   


Joe Wolfinger waived by SC Rasta Vechta - by Moritz Korff
2. Bundesliga Pro B outfit SC Rasta Vechta announced that Joe Wolfinger (213-C-85, college: Citadel) has been waived, because he did not live up to expectations. The 26-year-old Portland, Oregon native appeared in ten games for Rasta this season, averaging 9.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest. Though Wolfinger has no future on the Vechta team, he will stay in town until he has found a new place to play and may even appear on the Rasta roster for some of the upcoming Pro B games, until Benjamin Fumey (203-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Valparaiso) has fully recovered from injury.

Karlsruhe: Boggan and Lange leave, Daume to remain head coach - by Moritz Korff
Mario Boggan (200-F/C-83, college: Oklahoma St.) was cut from the BG Karlsruhe team, according to the website of the 2. Bundesliga. As ka-news.de tells, also Johannes Lange (208-C-85) will not play for the team any longer, while Torsten Daume will remain at the helm for the remainder of the season. Daume started the season as a sport director, but was named caretaker coach, when Tino Stumpf was sacked in late October.
Boggan saw action in eight Pro A games during this current season, he scored 7.5 points per encounter, while Lange tallied 3.2 points on average in six games played. The Karlsruhe team is eager to replace Boggan and Lange with two new players soon.


Kevin Durant talking with German team BBC Bayreuth, deal not as close as reported - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) is in talks with German team BBC Bayreuth, but a deal is not as close as has been reported, his agent Aaron Goodwin told SI.com.

'We're just discussing it,' Goodwin said. 'We're in discussions and it's definitely a consideration, but we're not in the final stages.'

An overseas report from spox.com quoted Bayreuth general manager Uli Eichbaum saying, 'We're in the final stages of a deal and I'm an optimist. It's not looking bad.'

The excitement is clearly building about the mere possibility that Durant could join the team, but he is known to be considering other options as well.

As reported by Yahoo! Sports, there have also been discussions with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel and Valencia in Spain. Wherever the eventual destination, Durant -- who has spent the summer playing in charity games all over the country and serving as the unofficial poster boy for Nike's 'Basketball Never Stops' campaign during the NBA lockout -- is looking more likely to head overseas sometime soon.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Dreaming About A Short Stay With BBC Bayreuth For Kevin Durant Is Allowed - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Since last Sunday, The BEKO BBL and fans have been dreaming about the possibility of top scorer and NBA star Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) coming to play in Germany and with each day the excitment grows. On Tuesday, BBC Bayreuth stated that the decision could last a few more days and last night during halftime of the Euroleague game Brose Baskets Bamberg-Panathinaikos, BBC Bayreuth manager Uli Eichbaum became more concrete about the latest developments in an interview. 'During the telecast on Sport 1, the German manager confirmed that advanced negotians are taking place with the Oklahoma player and a deal could be reached soon. We are in the final stage of a deal with Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas). Aaron Goodwin his agent should send us the contract in the next days. We also have found a sponsor to cover the expenses', stressed Uli Eichbaum. Even though www.si.com have reported that the deal is not as close as has been reported, his agent Aaron Goodwin told SI.com.'We're just discussing it,' Goodwin said. 'We're in discussions and it's definitely a consideration, but we're not in the final stages', stated Aaron Goodwin. However There hasnt been as much basketball excitement in Bayreuth since the team won the Beko BBL title in the late 80s, so the dreaming continues, but then again if Durant does come, that news could even overshadow the yearly Bayreuth festival



The Fraport Skyliners Want That First Time To Be Memorable In The Audi Dome Against FC Bayern Munich And Remove Their Leather Breeches - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The first time is always very special like getting that first autograph of Lebron James after waiting for hours during a grueling wicked wet Miami hurricane, seeing your photo in the school newspaper making a 99 yard touchdown, getting that very first text message form that special someone that you thought never knew that you existed, driving for the first time in a corvette as a gift from dad after getting your license, getting that first pay check and treating your friends to dinner, or a young kid seeing his first Michael Jordan highlight DVD and enjoying his god like basketball skills. FC Bayern Munich belongs to the most famous sporting team names in Europe and have won enough titles in soccer to let German soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer who won 15 with the team forever be affiliated as Mr Bayern Munich. FC Bayern Munich is playing their first season in the Beko BBL which was made possible not by Beckenbauer, but the friendly guidance and assistance by Uli Hoeness who is the current president of the soccer club and they want to quickly leave a mark in the Beko BBL and European basketball community. The Beko BBL have had many highlights in the last years like increased attendance, BG Goettingen winning the Eurochallenge or Dashaun Wood playing one of the most dominating seasons since American Wendel Alexis did in the 90s with Alba Berlin, but for opposing players to see the red and white colors of Bayern Munich should especially give German players stimulating goose bumps as that first time playing against FC Hollywood should be memorable and cherished as if a player was playing that first time against the Boston Celtics, FC Barcelona or The New York Yankees. It was great playing against FC Bayern Munich recently. They have a great winning tradition in that city and I wont forget that experience. A great first moment for me was playing my first Beko BBL game against The Fraport Skyliners. I thought a lot during that game of how last season I was playing for Bayer Leverkusen in the PRO B and now I am playing at a higher level and playing against some of the best talent in the world, stressed Walter Tigers Tuebingen guard Josh Young. A famous phrase in German is Die lederhosen aussziehen) which is a common expression that opponents want to remove the leather breeches of the FC Bayern Munich soccer players and this is something that the Fraport Skyliner German players may have on their mind as well.

For all those that were born after the first man stepped on the moon, a memory of FC Bayern Munich playing in the first German basketball league will be absent. The last time FC Bayern Munich won a German first division basketball title, the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl 2, Martin Luther King was assassinated, famous American TV show 60 minutes made its debut on CBS and is still on today, Led Zeppelin make their first Live performance in England and famous Croatian basketball player Toni Kukoc was born as was lovable American actor who you talking about Willis Gary Coleman. The year was 1968 as Bayern Munich won their last title which was a cup. They were also Bundesliga champion in 1954 and 1955. Since the Bundesliga cup win, basketball has been in the shadow of the soccer team moving down and back up in 1974 and then going back to the second Bundesliga in 1982. They were back in the top division in 1987, but returned back down in 1989. Then in 1993, the team was in the Regionaliga. In 1995, 1999 and 2004, the team found itself back in the second Bundesliga, but they never were able to get back into the first Bundesliga as money and quality players were missing. In 2009-2010, 23,000 members from the club Bayern Munich voted and agreed that the basketball department had to be financially supported so that they could return back to the BEKO BBL. In the 2010-2011 PRO A season Bayern Munich plowed through the competition with new head coach Dirk Bauermann, German national players Steffen Hamann and Demond Greene and locker room motivation magnate Darius Hall.

FC Bayern Munich not only have brought in experienced basketball players, but with head coach Dirk Bauermann as the Beko BBL version of Phil Jackson who has won 9 Beko BBL titles, seven with Bayer Leverkusen and two with the Brose Baskets Bamberg. And one should not forget his experience that he brings with his coaching duty as German national coach from 2003-2011 leading Germany to a Silver medal at the 2005 European championships. With a budget of seven million Euro, Bauermann has that kid feeling of being able to go into Fao Schwartz in New York city and shop until he drops for the right players. Bauermann knows that he will have a new kind of pressure that he never felt before. There is nothing less accepted than success with FC Bayern Munich. We want to be in the top four teams. We want to play our best basketball when it counts. Titles arent won in October, warned Dirk Bauermann. The club did a good job not doing a total house cleaning, but keeping a core of guys from the 2011 PRO A championship team. German national players Steffen Hamann and Demond Greene were kept. They may not be the youngest, but still possess special Beko BBL quality. Aleksandar Nadjfeji is 35, but with four Beko BBL titles wants to add some more with Munich, Darius Hall can still give that big smile and sneer to dazzle you and can give valuable minutes from the bench and young German Bastian Doreth who is being groomed to take over for Steffen Hamann down the road. The club added six top players with three German national players. Jan Jagla returns back to the Beko BBL after playing shortly for the Artland Dragons in 2005, Phillip Schwethelm continues to develop and shines with his defense and shooting and German wunder kind Robin Benzing who is looking to make a further step in the Beko BBL in his third season after not being drafted by the NBA. The team also added Je Kel Foster who is their best one on one player and can be explosive and is a very consistent and reliable player. Ben Hansborough is a Beko BBL rookie and should have some stories about his NBA brother Tyler Hansborough. Fc Bayern Munich already suffered some growing pains as ex NBA player Ruben Boumtje Boumtje declaed his retirement on account of heart disease and Sharod Ford left the team because of personal reasons. However the team hauled in Chevon Mr chevy Troutman who didnt need much time to adjust as he belongs to the top centers in the league after only 8 games. We have a roster that can beat any team in Germany. Key will to form a team out of good individual players, warned FC Bayern Munich sport director Marko Pesic.

Despite basketball critics blasting FC Bayern Munich for getting big names not necessarily meaning that it will play team basketball, the Bavarian club has a 5-3 record and rest in 8th place and would have a playoff date with 4 time Beko BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg if the playoffs started tomorrow. The club started off with a tough 80-76 loss in Bonn, but then found their rhythm winning four games in a row against some lesser teams, but were able to beat Braunschweig. The team lost two of the last three games against playoff aspiring teams Oldenburg and Artland Dragons. Bayern Munich has averaged 81 points in the first eight games and held their opponents to 80 points. The offense seems to be rocking, but not their defense yet. Their strength is shooting the ball. They have so many guys that can fill it up with Greene, Wallace, Schwethelm and Foster. Their defense is ok, but the best bet for a team is too run on them, because they have bigs that dont come back quick enough. They had problems with their pick and roll defense, but we played them before Chevon Troutman came, warned Josh Young. Even though Foster was out done in Overtime by David Holston in the loss at Artland, Foster belongs to the top players in the Beko BBL and will lead FC Bayern Munich in tough times. Foster impressed me the most on that team. He isa smart and great shooter and solid on defense. He is just as tough as nails. You have to put Foster in the same trio of Brown, Wood and Holston, warned Josh Young.

The Fraport Skyliners currently rest in 16th place in the Beko BBL standings and ride a six game losing streak. The last time the Skyliners were so far away from the playoff places, Dashaun Wood was still at Wright State, Jon Leuer was still in high school and Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) was still at Missouri (NCAA). The Fraport Skyliners demonstrated that they were capable to play at a high level with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, but were unable to close the door in the fourth quarter as they slipped through the door allowing Bremerhaven a come from behind win in their living room. After blowouts against Alba Berlin and Bamberg were the defense looked like it was playing with blind folds, the team played respectable defense giving up only 63 points to Bremerhaven. We have to play defense the way we did against Bremerhaven, play aggressive and execute better on offense and get back on transition defense, warned Quantez Robertson. Frankfurt will have to forget those last few minutes in the fourth quarter and stay focused mentally for 40 minutes too. Key will be shutting off any mental lapses that may occur, warned Michael Thompson. If there is one guy who wants to win as badly as Brose Baskets Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder does than it is Skyliner captain Marius Nolte. After the loss to Bremerhaven, it was apparent how shaken the Paderborn native was and how much a win is on his mind in Munich. We have to play concentrated for 40 minutes. We have to play good team defense and give up no easy baskets, warned Marius Nolte. Frankfurt did a good job controlling John Bryant in Ulm and will need to be awake again in Munich to stop the athletic Chevy. We have to do a very good job defending the paint. Chevon Troutman is a good player. We gave up too many offensive rebounds against Bremerhaven. We have to control the back boards, warned Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) Frankfurt should also follow the 3 quick step to success from Tigers guard Josh Young. Frankfurt has to keep the Munich shooters in check, control the boards and score in transition to have a chance to win, warned Josh Young. FC Bayern Munich host The Fraport Skyliners November 20th at 15:00.

FC Bayern Munich is led by Chevon Troutman is a 29 year old 202cm forward from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He is a tough, talented rebounder, athletic defender, tough offensive player and fierce competitor who plays with much passion. He has contributed primarily in the low-post but also can play on the perimeter. His high school coach also coached NBA star Allen Iverson. Troutman played at Pittsburgh (NCAA) from 2001-2005 where he reached the NCAA Sweet 16 three years in a row from 2002-2004. As a professional basketball player he has played three years in Italy and three years in France for Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (France-ProA). He was a French All Star twice and won the cup in 2008 and was French PRO A champion in 2009. Last season, he played for Air Avellino (Italy-SerieA, starting five), injured in Jan.'11 and was off for 4 months: 16 games: 14.6ppg, Reb-3 (8.3rpg), Steals-3 (2.7spg), FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 69.0%. Currently he is averaging 17,8ppg, 9,0rpg and 1,8apg. Je Kel Foster returns back to the Beko BBL after playing in Italy last season. Foster is a 28 year old 191cm guard from Mississippi that is a natural born leader. Runs the show as a point guard that can score. He thinks to run the offensive first. His long arms and his quickness allows for him to cover the entire floor defensively while also giving him to length to finish over taller players. Excellent 3 point shooter. He played at Ohio State and started his professional basketball career in Germany for EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 42 games: 13.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 45.3%, 3FGP: 34.0%, FT: 75.3%. He then played a season in France for Paris-Levallois (France-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 14.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.9apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), 2FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 65.6%. He then played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2008-2010 leading the team to the Beko BBL championship in 2009. Last season, he played for Vanoli-Braga Cremona (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 29 games: 12.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.1apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 71.8%. Currently, he is averaging 16,3ppg, 3,5rpg and 2,1apg. He is hooting 54% from the field and 48% from the parking lot.

Robin Benzing is playing his first season in Bavaria and is a 22 year old 208cm forward from Seeheim-Jugenheim south of Frankfurt, Germany. He is a big forward who can play in both positions (if he works on the physical department) as he has the size and the shooting skills too. His game looks like his country-mate Jan Jagla, he is a bit lighter than the German international, and is playing mostly within the wing. He is amazingly good ball handler for his size and he can attack the basket going both ways. He started his basketball career for TV Langen in 2004 and played there until 2009. He played for ratiopharm Ulm the last two seasons playing a total of 66 Beko BBL games. Last season, he was the top scoring German in the Beko BBL averaging 15.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 77.2%. he also has been a member of the German national team since 2009 and this past summer played at the European Championships in Lithuania -11: 8 games: 9.1ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 52.6%, FT: 78.6%. Currently, he is averaging 9,8ppg and 3,2rpg. Aleksandar Nadjfeji is playing his 10th season in the Beko BBL and second with FC Bayern Munich and is a 35 year old 203cm forward from Serbia that is has excellent athletic skills. Can run and jump. Very impressive dunker. Can shot. Also good defender. He played for The Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2001-2005 where he never averaged less than 13,8ppg a season in the German league. He then played for RheinEnergie Koln from 2005-2008 where he helped win the Beko BBL title in 2006 and helped win a cup. As Cologne was having problems financially, he went to Alba Berlin in the middle of the 2007-2008 season helping them win the championship in 2008 and cup in 2009. He then played for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen and last season with FC Bayern Munich played 30 games: 12.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP-3 (66.4%), 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 58.0%. Currently, he is averaging 9,6ppg, 5,1rpg and 2,5apg. Jan Jagla also returns back to the Beko BBL after playing in other countries for six years. Jagla is a 30 year old 213cm forward from Berlin Germany. A seven-foot power forward with the skill set of a guard. Can post up and score inside and is a great three point shooter as well. Was compared too much times to Dirk Nowitzki at his teenage days, and this limited his maturation. He started his basketball career at Lichterfelde and then went to the States to play NCAA ball at Penn St. He then played for Panellinios Athens (Greece-A1): 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg: released in Nov.'04 and joined Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (1.Bundesliga): 26 games: 6.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 55.6%, 3FGP: 30.2%. In 2005-2006, he had a taste of the NBA playing with the Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), waived in Oct.'05, then signed at Drac Inca Mallorca (Spain-LEB, starting five): 28 games: 11.3ppg, Reb-5 (7.8rpg), 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 77.1%. From 2006-2011, he played for top tams in Europe including Turk Telekom Ankara, DKV Joventut Badalona (Spain-ACB,) from 2007-2009 where he played with Demond Mallet and Ricky Rubio and helped win the ULEB Cup in 2008. The last two years, he played for Polish Euroleague team Asseco Prokom Gdynia . He has played 40 Euroleague games and has been part of the German national team since 2006. Last season he played for Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK, starting five): Polish League: 2 games: 4.0ppg, 5.0rpg; Polish League: Euroleague: 10 games: 5.6ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 66.7%; VTB League: 4 games: 11.0ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%, in Dec.'10 moved to Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL): 16 games: 4.5ppg, 2.4rpg. Currently, he is averaging 8,4ppg and 4,5rpg.

Jonathan Wallace is playing his second season with FC Bayern Munich and is a 25 year old 187cm guard from Alabama that is playing his second season with FC Bayern Munich. He played at Georgetown from 2004-2008 reaching the NCAA Final 4 in 2007. In 2008-2009, he played for Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-1A), Adriatic League: 8 games: 4.4ppg, 1.3rpg; Euroleague: 4 games: 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg; left in Nov.'08, in Feb.'09 moved to EWE Baskets Oldenburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga): German League: 18 games: 1.7ppg; EuroChallenge: 2 games: 0.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg. In 2009-2010, he played for Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) becoming D-league champion playing 58 games: 10.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 88.1%. Last season for FC Bayern Munich he played 30 games: 15.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 83.8%. Currently he is averaging 7,6ppg and 1,8rpg. German national player Steffen Hamann returns for a second season to Munich. Hamann is a 30 year old 194cm guard from Bamberg. He started his career at Bamberg in 1997 and played there until 2008. He was Beko BBL champion twice with Bamberg. He played for Alba Berlin from 2008-2010 winning the Beko BBL cup in 2009. Last season for FC Bayern Munich, he played 20 games: 10.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 85.9%. Before coming to Munich, he has played 88 FIBA international club games. He has been a member of the German national team since 2003 winning the silver at the 2005 European championships. Currently he is averaging 7,4ppg, 1,8rpg and 4,6apg. Phillip Schwethelm is a 22 year old 201cm forward that is playing his first season in Munich. He started his basketball career with Cologne in 2004, where he played until 2009. He played Euroleague at the age of 17. He helped Cologne win the Beko BBL title in 2006. He played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven from 2009-2011 and last year played 36 games: 10.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 44.9%, FT: 72.9%. He has been a member of the German national team since 2010. Currently he is averaging 5,3ppg and 3,9rpg.

Ben Hansborough is a 23 year old 190cm guard from Poplar Bluf, Missouri that is a beko BBL rookie. He is the brother of NBA player Tyler Hansborough and played at Mississippi St. (NCAA) from 2006-2008 and then played at Notre Dame (NCAA) from 2009-2011. Last season he played 34 games: 18.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 43.5%, FT: 81.5%. He was All-Big East Player of the Year in 2011. Currently he is averaging 4,5ppg, 1,7rpg and 2,3apg. Demond Greene is playing his second season for FC Bayern Munich and is a 32 year old 185cm guard that was born in Fort Hood Texas. He is spectacular point guard or shooting guard, great athlete, not very tall but he can jump and dunk, good shooter and is a former long-jumper. He started his career at TuS Aschaffenburg in 1996. He then played together with Dirk Nowirzki,Robert Garrett and Marvin Willoughby at DJK S.Oliver Wurzburg. Greene played for DJK S.Oliver Wurzburg from 1997 to 2002. He then played for Bayer 04 Giants Leverkusen from 2002-2005. He then played for ALBA Berlin from 2005-2007. He then played for the Brose Baskets Bamberg from 2007-2009. In 2009-2010, he played for Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas (Greece-A2). Last season, for FC Bayern Munich, he played 5 games: 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 80.0%. Greene is a four time Beko BBL All Star, won the Beko BBL cup in 2006 with Alba Berlin and has been a member of the German national team in 2000-2001 and from 2004 until present winning the Silver at the 2005 European championships. Currently he is averaging 4,4ppg and 1,3rpg. Darius Hall is a 38 year old 201cm center from Detroit, Michigan. He is playing his eighth season in Germany and second with FC Bayern Munich. He is a is a player who loves to make the show. His dunks make the crowd explode. He is a fantastic player who is always at 200%. His athleticism ability are unbelievable, he can dunk on anybody. Great finisher in the paint. A great scorer when the game begin to be HOT. He played at W.Kentucky (NCAA) from 1991-1995. From 1995-2004 before he came to Germany, he played four years in France, three years in Belgium and two seasons in Spain. He played for the Artland Dragons from 2004-2010 winning the Beko BBL cup in 2008 and playing a total of 237 games. Last season for FC Bayern Munich, he played 29 games: 9.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP-2 (66.9%), FT: 44.1%. Currently he is averaging 3,2ppg and 1,5rpg. Bogdan Radosavljevic is a 18 year old 211cm German/Serb that is playing hiss econd season for FC Bayern Munich. Last season he played 7 PRO A games: 3.0ppg, 2.0rpg, also a license to play at FC Bayern Muenchen II (Germany-2.Regionalliga): 12 games: 9.0ppg. Recently he played at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) -11: 8 games: 13.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 67.7%, FT: 54.8%.



Brose Baskets shocks Panathinaikos, 79-76 - by Eurobasket News
Brose Baskets - Panathinaikos 79-76

Brose Baskets made the biggest surprise in Round 5 of the Euroleague regular season. The Bamberg team grabbed 79-76 home victory against the reigning Euroleague champion Panathinaikos and improved to 2-3 record in Group B. This is the second straight loss for PAO, who dropped to 3-2 in this pool. Bamberg had 76-72 lead and Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) brought his team to minus two. Both teams missed for 3 after that and Roberts split two foul shots with 22 seconds to play for 77-74 Brose lead. Calathes missed from behind the arc and Diamantidis was off-target with five seconds left. Ian Vougiokas got the offensive rebound and put it in to make it 77-76 with 1.5 seconds to play. Jenkins was fouled and made both free throws to seal the win. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) had 13 and Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) helped with three points less. In PAO, Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) was better than the others with 16 points and 6 assists. Kostas Kaimakoglou scored 13 pts, while Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) (5 rebs) and Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) netted 11 pts each. Quarters: 16-19, 21-21, 23-19, 19-17. In the next round, Brose Baskets goes to Zagreb. PAO will meet Unicaja in Malaga.

Brose Baskets: Predrag Suput 19, Julius Jenkins 13, Casey Jacobsen 10
Panathinaikos: Dimitris Diamantidis 16+6 as, Kostas Kaimakoglou 13, Romain Sato 11+5 boards, Nick Calathes 11


Damian Saunders Departs And BG Goettingen Haul In Sean Evans - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After a 1-7 start BG Goettingen have decided to make a personal change letting Damian Saunders go and bringing in Sean Evans (203-F-88, college: St.John's) Saunders is a 22 year old 200cm American out of Duquesne (NCAA) who was a Beko BBL rookie. This season, he played 7 games averaging 4,3ppg, 5,7rpg and 1,0apg. 'We wish him all the best for the future', stated BG Goettingen sport director Jan Schiecke. The club didnt wait long signing Sean Evans Last week Evans already was in the news as he suddenly disappeared after a Gloria Giants Duesseldorf game, but BG Goettingen found him. Evans is a 23 year old 203cm forward from Philadelphia. He is a strong, skilled combo forward who can face-up or post-up on the offensive end, boasts solid guard skills for a big man and is an adept ball-handler and passer for an athlete of his size He also is a Beko BBL rookie as he played four years at St Johns. This season with Duesseldorf, he played six games averaging 6,2ppg and 2,0rpg in limited duty. 'Sean is a physical player that will give us rebound strength', stated BG Goettingen head coach Stefan Mienack. Evans played at St Johns with Paris Horne and in four years averaged six points and 4,7rpg. 'I am looking forward to playing together with Paris Horne again and want to work hard and bring what we do in practice into the games', stressed Sean Evans.

Source: BG Goettingen



Michael Jordan (It Would Be Very Exciting If I Could Play For A Team Like The Fraport Skyliners) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
34 year old Michael Jordan (183-PG-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Pennsylvania) is a 183cm guard from Philadelphia. He played at the University of Pennsylvania graduating in 2000. His first two years found him jumping around leagues in France and Spain before he found a new home in Germany with TSV Quackenbruck. In the 2002-2003 season, he helped lead Quackenbruck into the BBL with exceptional stats in 30 games, 21.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 6.9 apg. He helped turn The Artland Dragons into a playoff team in the 2004-2005 season as they lost the BBL Quarterfinal playoff series to The Opel Skyliners in five games. That season he averaged in 34 games: 11.1ppg, 3.4rpg, Ast-1 (6.4apg), 1.3spg, 2.6bpg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 31.3%. The next season, he was released by The Artland Drgaons, but went to Rhein Energie Cologne and won the BBL championship in 2006 averaging in 33 games: 9.8ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-4 (4.1apg), 1.0spg, 2FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 52.2%. The next season, he went to Italy and played at Cantu where he led the league in assists and averaged in 37 games: 13.8ppg, 2.7rpg, Assists-1 (5.2apg), 2.0spg, 2FGP: 54.6%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 74.0%. The next season, he played in Belgium for Charleroi averaging in 15 games: 9.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.6apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 90.0%;. He had injury problems and finished the season in Greece with PAOK. In 2008-2009 after a very short stay in Israel, he played a few months in Bamberg before going to the Cologne 99ers averaging 10,5ppg, 2,4rpg and leading the BBL in assists with 6,2apg. In 2009-2010, he played for Phoenix Hagen helping the team remain in the BEKO BBL. He played 16 games: 8.9ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-5 (5.3apg), FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 73.3%. Last season, he played for Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 19 games: 9.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 80.6%; in Jan.'11 moved to LTi Giessen 46ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 14 games: 7.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 72.7%. It seems like The Fraport Skyliners are looking for some help at the point guard position. Michael Jordan (183-PG-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Pennsylvania) has no team and spoke to eurobasket about the chance to come to Frankfurt.

Your still looking for team. How difficult has it been sitting at home and just waiting and waiting?

Sitting at home and waiting is probably the most frustrating thing for someone that wants to be out there playing. However, I am getting the opportunity to spend tons of time with my beautiful daughter. So that helps with the stress of not playing

The Fraport Skyliners have started very slowly and are in 16th place. Have you been surprised by their slow start?

I am very surprised at the slow start. Frankfurt has always been a middle of the pack to top team in Germany. I all my years I don't believe they have ever been ranked 16th.

How exciting would it be if you had the chance to play for The Fraport Skyliners?

It would be very exciting if I could play for a team like the Fraport Skyliners. Frankfurt is a great city and they've always had great fans. Plus it would mean I can continue my basketball career. Not to mention I'd get to work with one of my favorite sports guys!

You have played against Mckinney, Tez and Nolte, but how would it be playing with talented guys like Davidson and Leuer?

I would love the opportunity to play with those talented guys as long as the talent isn't the only thing they rely on. You have to put in the work. It's why MJ and Kobe were/are the best because they didn't just rely on talent. They were both the hardest working guys on the team and in the league.

Everyone knows that you have a lot of experience. How would your experience and playmaking expertise help the Fraport Skyliners best in their current situation?

I haven't seen them play yet, but my skill sets would be to try and get them the ball in the places where they can excel and perform at a higher level. Basically, make the game easier for them

Has NFL or college football got most of your time this fall?

I've been thoroughly enjoying the NFL, NCAAFB, and NCAABB. Football is and always will be my favorite sport

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I recently watched all 3 Twilight movies and i'm going to see Breaking Dawn @ 11am. Don't Judge me.. lol

Thanks MJ for the chat and wish you continued good luck in your team search.



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


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Brose Baskets shocks Panathinaikos, 79-76 - by Eurobasket News
Brose Baskets - Panathinaikos 79-76

Brose Baskets made the biggest surprise in Round 5 of the Euroleague regular season. The Bamberg team grabbed 79-76 home victory against the reigning Euroleague champion Panathinaikos and improved to 2-3 record in Group B. This is the second straight loss for PAO, who dropped to 3-2 in this pool. Bamberg had 76-72 lead and Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) brought his team to minus two. Both teams missed for 3 after that and Roberts split two foul shots with 22 seconds to play for 77-74 Brose lead. Calathes missed from behind the arc and Diamantidis was off-target with five seconds left. Ian Vougiokas got the offensive rebound and put it in to make it 77-76 with 1.5 seconds to play. Jenkins was fouled and made both free throws to seal the win. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) had 13 and Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) helped with three points less. In PAO, Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) was better than the others with 16 points and 6 assists. Kostas Kaimakoglou scored 13 pts, while Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) (5 rebs) and Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) netted 11 pts each. Quarters: 16-19, 21-21, 23-19, 19-17. In the next round, Brose Baskets goes to Zagreb. PAO will meet Unicaja in Malaga.

Brose Baskets: Predrag Suput 19, Julius Jenkins 13, Casey Jacobsen 10
Panathinaikos: Dimitris Diamantidis 16+6 as, Kostas Kaimakoglou 13, Romain Sato 11+5 boards, Nick Calathes 11


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SEA Games 2011. Thailand nip Indonesia to enter Final - by Eurobasket News
Indonesia - Thailand 62:65

Thailand snatched a tough narrow win over Indonesia in the second semifinal at SEA Games 2011. Attaporn Lertmalaiporn knocked down two free throws late in the game to seal a massive comeback rally from the visitors in the fourth quarter. Thailand thus booked their spot in the championship game. They will take on Philippines tomorrow.
Indonesia opened the game with a disciplined defence. They held their opponents to 10 points to take a 13:10 lead. Thailand narrowed the deficit in the second term. They got within a single point at the interval 30:31. Indonesia went on a 15:2 run in the third term to boost the lead. They enjoyed a 46:32 advantage midway through the third term and entered the final frame up by 9 points 52:43. Ratdech Kruatiwa (191-G/F-85) nailed a three-pointer to trigger a 12:1 run from the visitors as Thailand pulled ahead 57:56. Indonesia retained the lead but Ratdech Kruatiwa and Attaporn Lertmalaiporn notched four free throws in the dying seconds to win the game for Thailand. Darunpong Apiromvilaichai (185-G-85) had 15 points, while Mana Jantuma (185-G-80) added 12 points for the winners. Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) answered with 26 points for Indonesia. Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Indonesia: Andi Poedjakesuma 26, Rony Gunawan 12
Thailand: Attaporn Lertmalaiporn 16, Darunpong Apiromvilaichai 15, Mana Jantuma 12


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  IRELAND   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Shawn ATUPEM
  UCC Demons
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Atupem, UCC Demons24.8 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.24.0 
 3. Johnson, Belfast23.5 
 4. Enos, Moycullen23.3 
 5. Cummins, Belfast19.0 
 6. Turner, 11890 K.17.7 
 7. Jefferson, UL Ea.17.4 
 8. Stith, UCD Marian16.5 
 9. Killeen, UL Eagles16.0 
 10. Glover, DCU Saints15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 17
 1. Turner, 11890 K.17.0 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.13.2 
 3. Enos, Moycullen12.6 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.12.0 
 5. Killeen, UL Eagles11.3 
 6. Stith, UCD Marian10.8 
 7. Atupem, UCC Demons9.8 
 8. O''Reilly, UCC D.9.0 
 9. Tummon, Moycullen8.7 
 10. Glover, DCU Saints8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Shane COUGHLAN
  UCC D.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Coughlan, UCC D.4.6 
 2. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.4 
 3. Clarke, 11890 K.4.0 
 4. Dowd, Moycullen3.9 
 5. Cunningham, Moycul.3.6 
 6. Turner, 11890 K.3.5 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.3.4 
 8. Hall, UL Eagles3.3 
 9. Hosford, UCC D.3.2 
 10. Madsen, 11890 K.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  B.Gais N.
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.6 
 2. Turner, 11890 K.3.3 
 3. McGinn, B.Gais N.3.0 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian2.7 
 5. Taylor, B.Gais N.2.6 
 6. McLoughlin, B.Gais2.2 
 7. Jefferson, UL Ea.2.1 
 8. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.0 
 9. Cunningham, Moycul.1.9 
 10. Darling, DCU Sain.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.0 
 2. Killeen, UL Eagles2.5 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.0 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian1.8 
 5. Enos, Moycullen1.4 
 6. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.3 
 7. Trimmer, DCU S.1.3 
 8. Anderson, DCU S.0.8 
 9. Provizors, DCU S.0.8 
 10. McLoughlin, B.Gai.0.8 


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 7-2 
 2. 11890 Killester 5-2 
 3. UCD Marian 4-3 
 4. Belfast Star 0-8 
South Conference
 1. UCC Demons 4-2 
 2. B.Gais Neptune 4-3 
 3. UL Eagles 4-4 
 4. Moycullen 2-6 


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  ISRAEL   


Doron Perkins Returns to Israel Next Week - by David Pick
No, he didn't sign with any team (yet). Maccabi Tel-Aviv overcame a tough and aggressive Belgacom Spirou last night, securing the top position of Euroleague's Group C, while in the midst of its successful season, Maccabi fans will likely welcome back in open arms the team's former guard Doron Perkins, who returns to Israel.

Perkins confirmed the information to Eurobasket, adding that he's scheduled to land in Israel on November 26th for 48-hours, for a medical checkup after spending the past eight months intensely rehabbing with German specialist Wiebke Redlin. November 26th, by the way, is the date of Maccabi's Adriatic League home game against Cedevita, and Perkins might be in attendance. Perkins, a current free agent, told Eurobasket in August that 'Maccabi would definitely be the most comfortable fit for me; however, they didn't present any offer.' In Israel, Doron will be examined by the doctors who successfully treated him, as well as Maccabi's medical staff. 'They (Maccabi) know most about my condition and physical history and could treat me the best way possible,' said Perkins while addressing the situation.

As recalled, on March 29th, Perkins went down during Maccabi's Euroleague series against Caja Laboral tearing his meniscus and many ligaments in his knee, watching his breakthrough season fly out the window. However, since then, the Santa Clara alumnus has been going through a daily process of extreme workouts in Las Vegas, following medical treatments and progress updates in Philadelphia. Although Maccabi's season has kicked off on the right foot, a number of Perkins' former teammates expressed missing his defensive abilities, hustle plays and leadership. Perkins, the backbone of Maccabi's deadly defense last season, is nearing 100% capability and looks forward to his basketball return.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick




Maccabi Electra hands 69-59 loss to Charleroi - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi T-A - Charleroi 69-59

Maccabi Electra had to work very hard to get the victory against Charleroi on Thursday evening. The Israeli powerhouse celebrated 69-59 win keeping the first place in Group C with 4-1 record. Charleroi closes the standings in this pool with 1-4. Visitors had 50-54 lead with 10 minutes to go, but Maccabi immediately replied with 10-0 run and later jumped to 65-59, what was too much for Charleroi. Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) led the hosts with 15 points. David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) Scored 12 and Yogev Ohayon (189-PG-87) added 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. In defeat, Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) shined with 18 pts. Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) had 15 points and 7 rebounds, while third scorer in Charleroi was Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) with 7 pts. Quarters: 22-11, 13-24, 15-19, 19-5. Maccabi waits Emporio Armani in the next round. Charleroi goes to Madrid.

Maccabi: Lior Eliyahu 15, David Blu 12, Yogev Ohayon 8+8 boards+5 as
Charleroi: Demond Mallet 18, Christopher Hill 15+7 boards, Christophe Beghin 7


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  ITALY   


Partizan grabs valuable win in Milano, overcomes 21-point deficit - by Eurobasket News
Emporio Armani - Partizan 65-69

Partizan was down by 21 points in third quarter, but managed to overcome it and to beat EA7 Emporio Armani 65-69 in Milano on Thursday night. The hosts had 45-24 lead in 26th minute and it seemed that the game winner is already known at that time. However, the Serbian powerhouse made amazing 20-45 for rest of the way to get the valuable road win. Both teams had 2-2 record in Group C before this meeting. Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) stepped up for Partizan with double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 15 points and 6 rebounds, while Dusan Kecman (197-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 pts and also 6 rebs. For the home squad, Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) delivered 14 points. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) (6 rebs) and Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) stopped to 12 points apiece. Quarters: 12-14, 19-5, 25-20, 9-30. Partizan will face Anadolu Efes as a guest in Round Six. Emporio Armani goes to Tel-Aviv.

Emporio Armani: Danilo Gallinari 14, Malik Hairston 12+6 boards, Stefano Mancinelli 12
Partizan: Milan Macvan 18+11 boards, Nikola Pekovic 15+6 boards, Dusan Kecman 11+6 boards


Montepaschi keeps Asseco Prokom winless - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Asseco Prokom 84-73

Montepaschi handed 84-73 loss to Asseco Prokom in Round Five of the Euroleague regular season. The Italian powerhouse improved to 4-1 in Group D keeping the second place. The Polish champ stays the only winless team in all four groups. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) paced the hosts with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. He missed just once for 27 minutes on the court. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) had 14 points and 5 assists, and David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) netted 11 points. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) answered with 26 points and 9 rebounds in defeat. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) (7 as) and Przemyslaw Zamojski (198-G/F-86, college: Independence CC) scored 16 and 11 points respectively. Montepaschi shined after the breather to secure the victory. Quarters: 16-15, 16-16, 33-20, 19-22. Montepaschi waits Unics in the next round, while Asseco Prokom will meet Galatasaray in Istanbul.

Montepaschi: Rimantas Kaukenas 15+5 boards+6 as, Bo McCalebb 14+5 as, David Moss 11
Asseco Prokom: Donatas Motiejunas 26+9 boards, Oliver Lafayette 16+7 as, Przemyslaw Zamojski 11


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  JAPAN   


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka23.7 
 2. White, Oita H.23.3 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM21.7 
 4. Flowers, Saitama20.9 
 5. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.9 
 6. Washington, Osaka20.1 
 7. Fitzgerald, Sendai19.5 
 8. Humphrey, Saitama19.0 
 9. Raivio, Shinshu BW18.8 
 10. Mims, Sendai 89ers18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.12.4 
 2. Ocitti, Akita NH11.3 
 3. McFarland, Yokoham.10.5 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets10.3 
 5. Newton, Okinawa GK10.3 
 6. Nunnally, Takamats.10.2 
 7. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.2 
 8. Roberts, Shins.9.9 
 9. Searcy, Toyama G.9.9 
 10. Hughes, Shinshu9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Edward YAMAMOTO
  Shima.
  (173-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Yamamoto, Shima.6.7 
 2. Satterfield, Saita.6.6 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.7 
 4. Takushi, Oita H.5.1 
 5. Dukes, Sendai 89e.5.0 
 6. Kabaya, Yokohama.4.8 
 7. Shimura, Sendai4.4 
 8. Dixon, Hamamats.4.1 
 9. Joho, Toyama G.4.0 
 10. Shimizu, Miyazaki.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka3.3 
 2. Staten, Chiba Jets2.8 
 3. Arnold, Hamamats.2.4 
 4. Parker, Shimane SM2.2 
 5. Okosa, Okinawa GK2.2 
 6. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.0 
 7. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.0 
 8. Golson, Shimane SM1.9 
 9. Sato, Niigata Albi.1.8 
 10. Roberts, Shins.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Lawrence BLACKLEDGE
  Osaka E.
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Blackledge, Osaka3.5 
 2. Davis, Shimane SM3.2 
 3. Singleton, Sendai1.8 
 4. Ocitti, Akita NH1.7 
 5. McHenry, Okina.1.7 
 6. Flowers, Saitama1.6 
 7. Marshall, Osaka E.1.6 
 8. Williams, Takamats.1.6 
 9. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.5 
 10. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.5 


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


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  KOSOVO   


Peja changes Bulgarians, lands Borisov - by Dren Shporta
Peja has registered new international player yesterday, reports Basketball Federation of Kosovo (FBK). Yellows, have agreed with 23 year old Bulgarian guard, Kristiyan Borisov (188-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza). He was a Vidabasket player, a team that is a part of Bulgarian division one.

In his four games played this season for Vidabasket, he had an average of 18.5 points per game. Borisov was also a part of Bulgarian U-20 national team. Peja was looking for a guard that could organize them well, so Borisov looks like a man who can do it!

Weeks ago Peja has landed Bulgarian center Nikolai Balev. He played only two games for Peja and the team has unbooked him from FBK, so they could register Borisov. Peja this weekend plays high rivalry match against Sigal Prishtina, and they want to be ready and strong in all parts to achieve a much wanted victory against reigning champions. Peja lost its first clash with Prishtina, as a visitor 99:90. Peja has a record of 4 wins and 3 lost games, while Sigal Prishtina has only one game lost, against leaders Trepca.




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


Top games weekend in Kosovo - by Dren Shporta
This weekend weve got to see the great games to be played on Kosovan basketball Super League. Leaders Trepca visit Bashkimi in Prizren. Greens from Mitrovica are strengthened yesterday with Hajji Martin and they dont want to be surprised in Sezair Surroi court of Prizren.

In the other side, Arben Nixhas boys, leaded by Samir Shaptahovic desperately want to win a game against one of their great rivals, Trepca. Bashkimi lost three of matches played with greatest rivals: away against Trepca (109:67), home against Peja (83:93) and away against Sigal Prishtina (76:72).

Bashkimi is strengthened with American duo C. J. Webster and Rodrick Stewart. They added quality to the team, but have failed to stop the great comeback of Sigal Prishtina last weekend, when they were in advantage plus 25 and lost in the end.

Trepca has also its plans. They took Hajji Martin, American forward who played in Kuwait before agreeing terms with greens. It will be his first official game in Kosovo, and everyone is waiting to see the tandem between super Jaleel Nelson (196-G-87, college: Chowan Univ.) and Hajji Martin. The game will start at 19:00 hrs. in Prizrens Sezair Surroi court.



FIBA donates 576 basket balls to FBK - by Dren Shporta
FIBA has donated 576 balls to Basketball Federation of Kosovo (FBK), announced the basketball governing organ of Kosovo, FBK. There are balls for training and for the official games of BKT Superliga.

The request of FBK for help and donations from FIBA, during the visit of sporting director of FIBA, Lubomir Kotleba, in Kosovo became reality. It is very important donation for our basketball, says FBK in their official web site.

All the balls will be provided for club officials and basketball schools in Kosovo, today, reports FBK. This donation of FIBA to FBK has been ordered from Thailand, where official ball producer Molten produces them.



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  LATVIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 29.2
 1. Sims, VEF Riga29.2 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera20.4 
 3. Ozols, Jurmala18.1 
 4. Mayo, Liepaja18.0 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava17.9 
 6. Peiners, LU16.9 
 7. Lucas, Valmiera16.9 
 8. Young, Ventspils16.8 
 9. Perry, VEF Riga15.6 
 10. Mediss, Turiba15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Sims, VEF Riga9.8 
 2. Dargais, LU9.0 
 3. Mednis, Turiba8.5 
 4. Andriukaitis, Liep.7.4 
 5. Jonats, Jurmala7.4 
 6. Kalve, Valmiera7.3 
 7. Berzins, VEF Riga7.2 
 8. Willard, Ventspils7.0 
 9. Butjankovs, Valmi.6.5 
 10. Rozitis, Valmiera6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.5 
 2. Coders, Jurmala4.6 
 3. Lucas, Valmiera4.4 
 4. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.7 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.7 
 6. Janicenoks, VEF R.3.6 
 7. Perry, VEF Riga3.6 
 8. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.3 
 9. Valters, VEF Riga3.0 
 10. Gray, Ventspils2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Millage, VEF Riga3.0 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.6 
 3. Miculis, U182.0 
 4. Osins, LU1.9 
 5. Peiners, LU1.9 
 6. Perry, VEF Riga1.8 
 7. Gray, Ventspils1.8 
 8. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.7 
 9. Vitols, LU1.6 
 10. Elksnis, Valmiera1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ilja GROMOVS
  U18
  (197-F-94)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gromovs, U181.3 
 2. Cain, VEF Riga1.2 
 3. Berzins, VEF Riga1.2 
 4. Rozitis, Valmiera1.1 
 5. Ozols, Jurmala1.1 
 6. Dukulis, Liepaja0.8 
 7. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.7 
 8. Nelson, Jelgava0.7 
 9. Rubenis, LU0.7 
 10. Jonats, Jurmala0.7 


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 6-3 
 6. VA 6-3 
 7. DSN 5-4 
 8. VEF Kadeti 4-4 
 9. Riga 4-5 
 10. Livani 3-5 
 11. Valmiera U21 3-6 
 12. Cesis 2-6 
 13. Jelgava/LLU 1-6 
 14. Ridzene 1-6 
 15. Gulbene 1-8 
 16. Ogres 0-7 


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  LITHUANIA   


Mindaugas Stasys joins Mazeikiai - by Eurobasket News
Mazeikiai bolstered their backcourt. The NKL team signed a deal with Mindaugas Stasys. The point guard started the season with Neptunas Klaipeda. He tallied 2.0 points and 1.0 assist per game in LKL. In Baltic League Mindaugas Stasys posted 6.8 points, 5.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds per appearance. Last season the point guard produced 3.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game for Neptunas in Baltic League. In LKL his stats read 6.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Previously the guard had stints with LKKA-Atletas, Nafta/Laivite Klaipeda. Mindaugas Stasys has already debuted for Mazeikiai. He tallied 11 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds helping his new team claim an overtime victory over Statyba.

NKL Round 13: Delikatesas edge Zalgiris-Sabonio by three points - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game of round 13 in the NKL took place in Kaunas. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 3rd placed Zalgiris-Sabonio (8-5) to first ranked Delikatesas (10-3) 87-84 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Zalgiris-Sabonio. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-84. Guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-G-85) fired 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Justas Tamulis (194-94) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Delikatesas maintains first place with 10-3 record, which they share with Radviliskis. Zalgiris-Sabonio at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Nafta Universitetas and LKKA-Atletas. Delikatesas is looking forward to face league's second-placed Radviliskis at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play against ABRO-Universitetas in Siauliai and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Mazeikiai (5-8) survived in overtime against Statyba (6-7) by ten points 86-76. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Marijus Norkus (197-85) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. Parrish Brown contributed with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Remigijus Sugintas (196-87) answered with 26 points and 8 rebounds for Statyba. Mazeikiai moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Silute and S.Marciulionio. Statyba lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. They share it with Meresta and Ezerunas-Karys. Mazeikiai will play against higher ranked Matinga-Juod. (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Statyba will play against Nafta Universitetas in Klaipeda and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Jonava was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Matinga-Juod. (7-6) played at the court of eighth ranked Triobet (7-6). Triobet defeated Matinga-Juod. 95-84 on Friday. Henrikas Vorotnikovas stepped up and scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Triobet's coach Kestutis Narusevicius used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Aurimas Birgelis responded with 22 points and 4 assists. Triobet moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Perlas-MRU and Matinga-Juod. Triobet will meet S.Marciulionio (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Matinga-Juod. will play against Mazeikiai (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Sixteenth-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (3-10) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Nafta Universitetas (8-5) in Klaipeda. Nafta Universitetas managed to secure only one-point victory 74-73. However their fans expected much easier game. Julius Kazakauskas nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Gargzdai-Bremena's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nafta Universitetas moved-up to third place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio and LKKA-Atletas. Gargzdai-Bremena lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Nafta Universitetas' next round opponent will be Statyba (#11) in Vilnius and are hoping to win another game. Gargzdai-Bremena will play at home against Meresta (#10) in Pakruojis.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Vilnius, where higher ranked Perlas-MRU (7-6) lost at home to fourteenth ranked S.Marciulionio (5-8) 73-77 on Friday. Vaidas Trepocka fired 26 points for the winners. S.Marciulionio's coach Gintaras Pocius allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. S.Marciulionio moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Silute and Mazeikiai. Loser Perlas-MRU keeps the sixth position with six games lost. S.Marciulionio will face higher ranked Triobet (#6) in Jonava in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games of round 13 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
ABRO-Univ. was defeated by LKKA-Atletas in Kaunas 90-75. Meresta was smashed by Ezerunas-Karys at home 68-87. Silute lost to Radviliskis on the opponent's court 87-96.
The best stats of 13th round was 21 points and 11 rebounds by Raimondas Ambrulaitis of Ezerunas-Karys.


Mazeikiai - Statyba 86-76 OT

Mazeikiai (5-8) survived in overtime against Statyba (6-7) by ten points 86-76. The game was mostly controlled by Mazeikiai. Statyba was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Statyba used huge pressure winning it 20-13 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 4-14. Mazeikiai forced 19 Statyba turnovers. Statyba was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Marijus Norkus (197-85) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland, agency: Hightower Law Firm) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. Forward Remigijus Sugintas (196-87) answered with 26 points and 8 rebounds and center Vitalijus Luksa (206-86) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Statyba. Mazeikiai moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Silute and S.Marciulionio. Statyba lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. They share it with Meresta and Ezerunas-Karys. Mazeikiai will play against higher ranked Matinga-Juod. (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Statyba will play against Nafta Universitetas in Klaipeda and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: M.Norkus 20+6reb+1ast, P.Brown 15+10reb+1ast, J.Jurgo 11+9reb+1ast, M.Stasys 11+3reb+5ast, R.Trakimas 11+9reb+1ast, M.Sidlauskas 10+5reb+5ast
Statyba: R.Sugintas 26+8reb, V.Luksa 17+7reb+2ast, L.Kazlauskas 12+2reb+4ast, T.Rinkunas 10+1ast, A.Stakenas 4+7reb+2ast, O.Varanauskas 4+3reb+5ast
gschID: 148367


Zalgiris-Sabonio - Delikatesas 84-87

The most exciting game of round 13 in the NKL took place in Kaunas. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 3rd placed Zalgiris-Sabonio (8-5) to first ranked Delikatesas (10-3) 87-84 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Zalgiris-Sabonio. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-84. Guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-85) fired 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Justas Tamulis (194-94) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and forward Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-93) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Zalgiris-Sabonio players scored in double figures. Delikatesas maintains first place with 10-3 record, which they share with Radviliskis. Zalgiris-Sabonio at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. They share it with Nafta Universitetas and LKKA-Atletas. Delikatesas is looking forward to face league's second-placed Radviliskis at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play against ABRO-Universitetas in Siauliai and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: V.Uzkuraitis 24+6reb+6ast, A.Kvedaravicius 18+8reb+4ast, V.Jatulevicius 17+4reb+1ast, P.Klemas 10+1ast, I.Lianzbergas 9+4reb+2ast, V.Pikalavicius 5+9reb+3ast
Zalgiris-Sabonio: K.Vecvagars 19+1reb+3ast, J.Tamulis 18+7reb, R.Jakstas 14+7reb+2ast, V.Kariniauskas 11+10reb+2ast, R.Simanavicius 7+1reb+3ast, T.Jogela 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 148363


LKKA-Atletas - ABRO-Univ. 90-75

There was no surprise in Kaunas where 15th ranked ABRO-Universitetas (3-10) was defeated by seventh ranked LKKA-Atletas (8-5) 90-75 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-75. LKKA-Atletas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Nafta Universitetas and Zalgiris-Sabonio. Loser ABRO-Universitetas keeps the fifteenth position with ten games lost. LKKA-Atletas will face Ezerunas-Karys (#9) in Moletai in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. ABRO-Universitetas will play at home against Zalgiris-Sabonio (#3) in Kaunas.
gschID: 148364


Meresta - Ezerunas-Karys 68-87

There was a small surprise in Pakruojis where eleventh ranked Ezerunas-Karys (6-7) smashed 9th ranked Meresta (6-7) 87-68 on Friday. They outrebounded Meresta 40-26 including a 31-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ezerunas-Karys shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Forward Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-82) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Marius Kugauda (192-79) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Five Ezerunas-Karys players scored in double figures. Center Aivaras Galkauskas (203-91) produced 22 points and forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Ezerunas-Karys moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Meresta and Statyba. Ezerunas-Karys will face higher ranked LKKA-Atletas (#4) in Kaunas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Ezerunas-Karys: R.Ambrulaitis 21+11reb, B.Steponenas 18+3reb+2ast, M.Kugauda 15+4reb+6ast, A.Slezas 12+6reb+1ast, E.Narusis 10+7reb+2ast, G.Andrijauskas 7+4reb+4ast
Meresta: A.Galkauskas 22+4reb, A.Maneikis 13+5reb+3ast, L.Radavicius 13+6reb+1ast, S.Slivka 8+5reb, D.Keburys 5+2reb+1ast, K.Artamonov 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 148365


Nafta Universitetas - Gargzdai 74-73

Sixteenth-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (3-10) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Nafta Universitetas (8-5) in Klaipeda. Nafta Universitetas managed to secure only one-point victory 74-73. However their fans expected much easier game. Gargzdai-Bremena was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and guard Deivydas Anuzis (182-92) accounted for 14 points and 5 assists. Four Nafta Universitetas players scored in double figures. Center Arturas Gudaitis (208-93) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and forward Marius Grigaitis (196) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Gargzdai-Bremena in the defeat. Gargzdai-Bremena's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nafta Universitetas moved-up to third place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio and LKKA-Atletas. Gargzdai-Bremena lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Nafta Universitetas' next round opponent will be Statyba (#11) in Vilnius and are hoping to win another game. Gargzdai-Bremena will play at home against Meresta (#10) in Pakruojis.
Top scorers:
Nafta Universitetas: E.Lengvinas 16+1reb+1ast, D.Anuzis 14+3reb+5ast, J.Kazakauskas 13+12reb+5ast, V.Chodosovskis 12+4reb, M.Kumpys 6+5reb+2ast, D.Zvinklys 5+4reb
Gargzdai: A.Gudaitis 15+13reb, M.Grigaitis 12+6reb+3ast, D.Matutis 12+1reb+1ast, L.Lucinskas 9+3reb+2ast, M.Martinkus 8+1reb, R.Jonelis 6+4reb
gschID: 148366


Triobet - Matinga-Juod. 95-84

The game in Jonava was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Matinga-Juod. (7-6) played at the court of eighth ranked Triobet (7-6). Triobet defeated Matinga-Juod. 95-84 on Friday. The game without a history. Triobet led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Triobet outrebounded Matinga-Juod. 40-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. Forward Henrikas Vorotnikovas (202-90) stepped up and scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and guard Audrius Vasiliauskas (189-82) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists. Triobet's coach Kestutis Narusevicius used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) responded with 22 points and 4 assists and forward Karolis Pupinis (200-88) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Triobet moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Perlas-MRU and Matinga-Juod. Triobet will meet S.Marciulionio (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Matinga-Juod. will play against Mazeikiai (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Triobet: H.Vorotnikovas 18+7reb, P.Vaitiekunas 15+6reb, V.Kruzikas 12+2reb+1ast, A.Vasiliauskas 12+4reb+7ast, M.Linkevicius 11+10reb, T.Sebeziovas 8+6reb+4ast
Matinga-Juod.: A.Birgelis 22+4reb+4ast, A.Zibuda 13+2reb, M.Uzupis 13+5reb+1ast, K.Pupinis 12+5reb+3ast, A.Krivonis 8+2reb+2ast, P.Gvazdaitis 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 148360


Perlas-MRU - S.Marciulionio 73-77

We should mention about the upset which took place in Vilnius, where higher ranked Perlas-MRU (7-6) lost at home to fourteenth ranked S.Marciulionio (5-8) 73-77 on Friday. Perlas-MRU was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 25-15 charge of S.Marciulionio, which allowed them to win the game. Perlas-MRU was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Vaidas Trepocka (200-80, agency: Court Side) fired 26 points for the winners. Forward Jonas Elvikis (195-82) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. S.Marciulionio's coach Gintaras Pocius allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Gintautas Vileita (194-75, college: Monmouth) produced 28 points and 6 rebounds and forward Karolis Brusokas (200-91) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. S.Marciulionio moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Silute and Mazeikiai. Loser Perlas-MRU keeps the sixth position with six games lost. S.Marciulionio will face higher ranked Triobet (#6) in Jonava in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
S.Marciulionio: V.Trepocka 26+3reb+1ast, J.Elvikis 16+7reb+2ast, G.Kulbis 8+8reb+5ast, O.Olisevicius 7+5reb+4ast, M.Paliukenas 6, T.Lekunas 5+7reb+2ast
Perlas-MRU: G.Vileita 28+6reb+3ast, P.Semaska 9+1reb+2ast, K.Brusokas 8+10reb+1ast, A.Udras 7+4reb, M.Virbalas 6+2reb, E.Molosciakas 6+2reb
gschID: 148361


Radviliskis - Silute 96-87

Very expected game when 12th ranked Silute (5-8) was defeated on the road by second ranked Radviliskis (10-3) 96-87 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 55-43 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Radviliskis forced 24 Silute turnovers. Silute was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) fired 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Tomas Rakauskas (184-81) chipped in 24 points and 5 assists. Guard Evaldas Saulys (193-93) produced 23 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and guard Mantas Tamasevicius (196-86) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Five Radviliskis and four Silute players scored in double figures. Radviliskis have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Delikatesas. Loser Silute keeps the twelfth place with eight games lost. Radviliskis will face league's leader Delikatesas in Joniskis in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Silute will play at home against Perlas-MRU (#8) in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: A.Mineikis 25+5reb+3ast, T.Rakauskas 24+3reb+5ast, Z.Petraitis 13+1reb+2ast, R.Grinius 11+11reb+2ast, J.Ramanauskas 11+10reb+3ast, R.Rauktys 5+4reb+1ast
Silute: E.Saulys 23+4reb+1ast, M.Tamasevicius 21+4reb+3ast, V.Pancerevas 14+4reb+5ast, R.Brencius 11+8reb+4ast, I.Razutis 8+1reb+2ast, A.Cizikas 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 148362




Changes in Neptunas and Kedainiai - by Eurobasket News
Neptunas added Chris Lowe (182-PG-87, college: Massachusetts) to the roster. The point guard started the season in Kedainiai Triobet. He tallied 14.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per appearance. In Baltic League Chris Lowe posted 10.0 points, 2.4 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game. Last season the point guard spent with Naglis. His stats read 10.9 points, 3.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds in BBL. In LKL he delivered 13.6 points, 4.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals. He made it into Eurobasket.com LKL All-Newcomers Team.
In the meantime Kedainiai brought in Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary) and Arturas Masiulis (210-C-80). Laimonas Kisielius spent the previous season in Germany. The forward played for Duesseldorf. He averaged 9.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in 1Bundesliga.
Arturas Masiulis started the season with Matinga-Juodeliai in NKL. The centre recorded 14.8 points, 6.0 rebounds per appearance. Last season Arturas Masiulis played for CSU Sibiu in Romania and Pieno Zvaigzdes in NKL.


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


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 19
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.19.0 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.17.8 
 3. Urbonas, Juventus17.5 
 4. Mazeika, Neptunas15.5 
 5. Pakamanis, Juven.15.0 
 6. Benn, Naglis Palan.15.0 
 7. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.14.8 
 8. Lowe, Kedainiai14.4 
 9. Weems, Zalgiris13.7 
 10. Matulionis, Techa.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.10.2 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.10.1 
 3. Adomaitis, Kedaini.8.8 
 4. Petrukonis, Juven.8.0 
 5. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.7 
 6. McClure, Kedainiai7.6 
 7. Onuaku, Neptunas7.0 
 8. Matulionis, Techas.6.8 
 9. Javtokas, Zalgiris6.8 
 10. Pakamanis, Juven.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas KALNIETIS
  Zalgiris
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Kalnietis, Zalgiris6.5 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai5.9 
 3. Ezerskis, Techasas4.4 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas4.3 
 5. Juskevicius, Rudup.4.3 
 6. Maceina, Juventus4.0 
 7. Janavicius, Baltai4.0 
 8. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.0 
 9. Rinkevicius, Nagli.3.8 
 10. Orelikas, Rudupis3.8 
Steals Per Game
 DeJuan COLLINS
  Zalgiris
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Collins, Zalgiris2.7 
 2. Dainys, Neptunas2.5 
 3. Kelys, Pieno Z.2.2 
 4. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.2 
 5. Seibutis, Lietuv.2.2 
 6. Broadus, Siauliai1.9 
 7. Matulionis, Techas.1.8 
 8. Weems, Zalgiris1.7 
 9. Nobles, Pieno Z.1.6 
 10. Zukauskas, Siauli.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.3.3 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.4 
 3. Samardziski, Lietu.1.4 
 4. Kairys, Pieno Z.1.3 
 5. Butkevicius, Rudup.1.3 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 7. Matulionis, Techas.1.0 
 8. Peciukas, Kedainiai1.0 
 9. Volkus, Juventus1.0 
 10. Staniulis, Techas.1.0 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  LKKA-.
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Vingelis, LKKA-.23.2 
 2. Uzkuraitis, Delika.22.5 
 3. Maneikis, Meresta20.6 
 4. Lengvinas, Nafta19.5 
 5. Rakauskas, Radvili.18.2 
 6. Sragauskis, LKKA-.17.7 
 7. Brown, Mazeikiai17.3 
 8. Mineikis, Radvilis.17.0 
 9. Pancerevas, Silute16.9 
 10. Jucikas, AB.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Gargzdai
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Gudaitis, Gargzdai9.8 
 2. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.9.7 
 3. Mineikis, Radvilis.9.5 
 4. Jogela, Zalgir.8.3 
 5. Pikalavicius, Deli.7.8 
 6. Kazakauskas, Naft.7.8 
 7. Kumpys, Nafta U.7.8 
 8. Jucikas, AB.7.7 
 9. Vaitiekunas, Triob.7.7 
 10. Tamasevicius, Sil.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Paulius MALASAUSKAS
  LKKA-.
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Malasauskas, LKKA.6.2 
 2. Razutis, Silute5.1 
 3. Varanauskas, Stat.5.0 
 4. Kvedaraviciu., Del.5.0 
 5. Vasiliauskas, Trio.4.9 
 6. Semaska, Perla.4.5 
 7. Rakauskas, Radvili.4.5 
 8. Artamonov, Meresta4.5 
 9. Vingelis, LKKA-.4.3 
 10. Kurauskas, AB.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tauras JOGELA
  Zalgir.
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Jogela, Zalgir.2.9 
 2. Slivka, Meresta2.5 
 3. Razutis, Silute2.2 
 4. Vileita, Perla.2.1 
 5. Kazakauskas, Naft.2.1 
 6. Paliukenas, S.Marc.2.1 
 7. Uzkuraitis, Delika.2.0 
 8. Brown, Mazeikiai2.0 
 9. Lianzbergas, Delik.2.0 
 10. Juknevicius, Trio.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (214-C-92)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Urbonas, LK.3.8 
 2. Jucikas, AB.1.8 
 3. Gudaitis, Gargzdai1.5 
 4. Pupinis, Matinga-.1.4 
 5. Gvazdaitis, Mating.1.2 
 6. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.2 
 7. Stakenas, Statyba1.2 
 8. Vaitiekunas, Triob.1.0 
 9. Tviraga, LK.1.0 
 10. Kymantas, Zalgir.0.9 


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


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SEA Games 2011. Philippines cruise past Malaysia into Final - by Eurobasket News
Philippines - Malaysia 103:74

Philippines registered their fourth straight win at the SEA Games 2011. They overwhelmed Malaysia to enter the tournament's Final. Greg Slaughter (211-C-88) scored 16 points to pace well-balanced effort from Philippines.
Philippines opened the game with an 11:2 run but Malaysia slowed their opponents down. Malaysia grabbed a narrow lead late in the quarter but Philippines surged back in front to take a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second term. Ryan Garcia (178-F-90) gave Philippines a 44:41 lead at the interval. Philippines used a 17:5 run late in the third term to finally clear off. They secured a 73:60 lead at the final intermission. Philippines then unloaded 30 points in the fourth period and never looked back en route to the win. Clifford Hodge had 12 points, while Ryan Garcia, Nicolas Salva and Elvin Pascual (193-F) added 11 points each in the victory. Batumalai Guganeswaran (182-G-82) answered with 24 points for Malaysia. Yoong Jing Kwaan (200-C-90) had 11 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Philippines: Greg Slaughter 16, Clifford Hodge 12
Malaysia: Batumalai Guganeswaran 24, Yoong Jing Kwaan 11


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Athleta edge Siggiewi to claim MBA Shield title - by Eurobasket News
Athleta - Siggiewi 66:56

Athleta earned the third title in the season as they defeated Siggiewi for the MBA Shield trophy. Schmebri and Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) delivered 15 points each to pace the winners.
Athleta limited their opponents to just 7 points in the opening frame. They jumped to a 9-point lead at the first break. Athleta continued to dominate in the second period. They ensured a 28:18 lead at halftime. Athleta did not loosen the grasp in the third term. They established a comfortable 16-point advantage with one quarter remaining 52:36. Siggiewi cut the deficit in the fourth period but never really threatened the margin in the dying minutes. Kawaid provided 14 points in the win. Nigel Sultana (191-F-91) and Kodomoris answered with 17 points. Shoults had 11 points in the loss.

Athleta: Dirk Schembri (193-F-85) 15, Michael Naudi 15, Kawaid 14
Siggiewi: Nigel Sultana 17, Kodomoris 17


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SEA Games 2011. Cambodia edge Myanmar to clinch 7th place - by Eurobasket News
Cambodia - Myanmar 84:80

Cambodia earned the seventh place at SEA Games 2011. They held off Myanmar in Jakarta tonight. Oeun Sophoeun (180-F/G-85) scored 34 points to pace the winners.
Cambodia started the game strongly. They erupted for 28 points in the opening quarter taking a 6-point lead after ten minutes. Cambodia limited Myanmar to 12 points in the second term to establish a 43:34 halftime lead. But Myanmar changed the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They cut the deficit to 5 points with one quarter remaining. Myanmar surged ahead 80:78 with under four minutes remaining. But Cambodia crowned the game with six points in a row and stole their first win at the tournament. Mith Pek provided 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Cambodia. Putratana Monh (180-G-81) added 12 points in the win. Chan Chan answered with 21 points for Myanmar. Win Cho tallied 20 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.

Cambodia: Oeun Sophoeun 34, Mith Pek 22, Putratana Monh 12
Myanmar: Chan Chan 21, Win Cho 20+14 boards


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Kevin Durant talking with German team BBC Bayreuth, deal not as close as reported - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) is in talks with German team BBC Bayreuth, but a deal is not as close as has been reported, his agent Aaron Goodwin told SI.com.

'We're just discussing it,' Goodwin said. 'We're in discussions and it's definitely a consideration, but we're not in the final stages.'

An overseas report from spox.com quoted Bayreuth general manager Uli Eichbaum saying, 'We're in the final stages of a deal and I'm an optimist. It's not looking bad.'

The excitement is clearly building about the mere possibility that Durant could join the team, but he is known to be considering other options as well.

As reported by Yahoo! Sports, there have also been discussions with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel and Valencia in Spain. Wherever the eventual destination, Durant -- who has spent the summer playing in charity games all over the country and serving as the unofficial poster boy for Nike's 'Basketball Never Stops' campaign during the NBA lockout -- is looking more likely to head overseas sometime soon.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Source: League briefs owners by phone - by Eurobasket News
The NBA held a 20-minute conference call Thursday to update its owners on the state of the labor situation, according to an ownership source.

Commissioner David Stern spoke to the 29 owners (the NBA still owns the New Orleans Hornets) on what the source described as 'an update call.'

The owners' strategy going forward was not discussed and no further meetings or calls were scheduled, either among the owners or with the players' attorneys, the source said.

The source acknowledged that the two sides need to resume negotiations in order to save the 2011-12 season. But the source also added that his gut feeling is that the season will be lost. The lockout entered its 140th day on Thursday.

'There's just not enough time,' the source said. 'I imagine that another effort (at negotiating) will be made toward the end of December.'

The players walked out of negotiations on Monday, rejecting the league's offer of a 50-50 split of basketball-related income and announcing it would take steps to disband the union and file antitrust lawsuits against the league.

The players' association disbanded Monday, and players filed two lawsuits Tuesday, one each in California and Minnesota. The antitrust lawsuit filed by players in California was reassigned to U.S. District Judge Samuel Conti. The first case management conference has been scheduled for 10 a.m. March 9, 2012.

Though that would be too late to save the season, the sides could request the date to be moved up, or they could settle before it ever got that point. Attorney David Boies, representing players in an antitrust lawsuit against the league in California, said he hoped it wouldn't be necessary to litigate the case all the way through.

Representatives for the players have also said the league could let the players return while negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement continued, though that seems unlikely.

The NBA formally notified teams Tuesday that it has canceled games through Dec. 15, erasing a total of 324 games.

Nearly half of the owners, including the Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Jordan, were not in favor of the 50-50 revenue-split offer Stern last made to the players.

Sources had previously said that a hard-line group of owners was hoping the players rejected the deal. The source said that after Thursday's call, that was still the case.

'No one wants to miss the season, but about half of the owners are willing to miss the season if it means fighting for a better deal,' the source said.

Courtesy of ESPN


Guandong to sign Aaron Brooks - by Eurobasket News
According to Yahoo! Sports, Aaron Brooks (6'0''-PG-85, college: Oregon) will continue his career in China. Reportedly, the Phoenix Suns restricted free-agent guard agreed a season deal with Guandong of the Chinese Basketball Association. Brooks is a popular player in China from his days of playing with Yao Ming in Houston. Hes been talking on and off with Chinese teams for several months, and finally agreed to a deal believed to be worth more than $2 million for the season. Brooks will play with Washington Wizards free agent Yi Jianlian in Guangdong. The roster also includes Americans Fred Jones and Lester Hudson. Aaron Brooks had 9.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 4.2 apg for the Phoenix Suns last season. He joined them in February. Also last season Brooks had 11.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 3.7 apg for 33 games with the Houston Rockets. He played three and a half years for them. Brooks was named All-NBA Most Improved Player -10. Aaron Brooks graduated at the University of Oregon in 2007.

Luol Deng is weighing playing overseas - by Eurobasket News
Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) has received multiple offers from teams overseas, according to his agent Herb Rudoy. With the NBA lockout only looking like it's going to continue for a while, accepting an offer with a team from Europe or Asia may be Deng's only way of playing professionally soon. Deng grew up in Great Britain after leaving Sudan and plays for England's national basketball team. Rudoy added that European teams are getting the most interest from the Bulls forward because of that. During this summer, Deng played with Great Britain in the European championships. It's unclear exactly how much interest Deng has in playing for a foreign team.

Courtesy of http://chicago.sbnation.com


Dwyane Wade talks playing overseas - by Eurobasket News
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) was planning to be in the air Thursday. Instead, he finds himself grounded in the reality that his short-term NBA future is up in the air.

On a day he should have been in flight to Cleveland for a Friday game against the Cavaliers, the Heat guard instead found himself at the Jose Marti Gym, on the set of a commercial shoot for a new Gatorade campaign that is launching early next year.

Launching, most likely, in the void of an NBA backdrop.

That had Wade considering where he stands in his career, with whom he stands, and how he stands with a former teammate.

In an interview with the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Wade said he plans to play competitive basketball this season, even if it means playing overseas amid the lockout.

But he also said he would not allow the lockout to get in the way of his marketing relationship with Michael Jordan, even with the Bobcats' owner taking a hard-line stance against the players during the stalled negotiations over a new collective-bargaining agreement.

As for a former teammate using the lockout to break the locker-room code, Wade shook his head and smiled when Shaquille O'Neal's name was raised.

Foremost, Wade expressed disappointment over the lockout impasse.

'I can't imagine going a year without basketball and I don't think that will happen,' he said. 'Some way, some how, I'm going to be part of a team. I can't see myself sitting out a full year, not playing basketball, at some kind of high level.'

With the lockout in its fifth month, he said it just might be time for Plan B.

'I have gotten on the phone with my agent, saying, 'Listen, maybe we need to peak our head on the other side and see the possibilities,' ' he said of playing overseas.

Relaxed amid the mayhem of the commercial shoot, Wade smiled through the interview, notably wearing a Jordan Brand sleeveless T-shirt.

Amid the recent height of lockout rancor, Jordan was singled out by several of Wade's union brethren for his uncompromising lockout stance against the players. Wade is among the leading endorsers of Jordan's apparel.

'I really didn't need to get involved in all that,' Wade said. 'Obviously I wear a different hat than certain other guys that got involved in it. And I stay away from it. I have an obligation and I have a job to do and I'm going to do my job.'

Several players vowed to shun Jordan's merchandise, including Paul George, Klay Thompson and, most notably, Wizards guard Nick Young, who posted on his Twitter account, 'I'm not wearing Jordans no more. Can't believe what I just seen and heard from M.J.'

'That's on Nick Young,' Wade said. 'That's his moment. Obviously, that's his own choice and decision and, you know, that's something he's going to have to deal with. I can't let that affect me. I have my own things to run.

'Obviously, I heard about it, because you can't do nothing but hear about everything now, because there's nothing else to do.'

Amid that void of games entered O'Neal, with his just-released autobiography and ensuing media blitz. Included in that blitz have been O'Neal tales of unease with then-Heat coach Pat Riley and Wade during the center's final days in South Florida.

Wade said he felt O'Neal violated the players' code in revealing an ugly practice-court incident with Riley that led to O'Neal and Jason Williams being banished from the gym.

'Obviously I was there, so I knew some of the stuff that went down, so I laughed,' Wade said. 'It's not for the outside to know.'

As for O'Neal now speaking of a diminished relationship with Wade, Wade said he was surprised.

'I did hear that and I didn't really understand that part,' he said. 'It's not the same relationship, but that won't be because I didn't want it to be. It's just the way it is.

'I've always praised Shaq and thanked him for everything he did for my career and for the Miami Heat, but he wanted to move on and he moved on.'

Courtesy of www.sunherald.com


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Anderson's 35 leads Mill Rats over Storm - by Eurobasket News
Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts)'s 35 points in three quarters lead the Saint John Mill Rats over the Summerside Storm 106 to 90 at Eastlink Arena.

The Mill Rats led 18-17 after a tight first quarter, but away in the second when Anderson got hot. They held a 52-35 halftime lead. In the third quarter the Mill Rats blew the game open, leading 86-52 going into the fourth when both teams emptied their bench.

This was the Mill Rats third straight road win, and third straight win against a team with a winning record. Saint John's record improves to 3-3 and Summerside drops to 3-2.

Anthony Anderson shot 13-18 from the field en route to the 35 points near the end of the third quarter. Centre Antoine Tisby (6'9''-F-83, college: S.Carolina) turned in a workmanlike 20 points and 10 rebounds in the paint, while Marc Egerson added 10. Julian Allen led the Storm with 21 points.

Courtesy of http://www.oursportscentral.com


Globetrotter lands in Halifax - by Eurobasket News
A fan favourite from years past helped pave the way for Lawrence Wright's (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) arrival in Halifax.

The six-foot-four small forward, the second-leading scorer in the National Basketball League of Canada, spent his collegiate career with the Bradley Braves playing alongside shooting guard Tony Bennett, who starred with the Rainmen in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

In the hunt for a job this summer, Wright and his agent contacted Rainmen owner Andre Levingston, who dialled up Bennett for a reference on his former teammate.

'I think Mr. Levingston called Tony and asked him how I was and did his research or whatever so thats kinda how I ended up here,' Wright said Wednesday after practice.

The 27-year-old, who had a brief stopover in Halifax in 2007, also sought Bennetts input about Nova Scotias capital city.

'Tony let me know how the place was because, I mean, I was here years and years ago but I wasnt here for that long so I really didnt know anything. I didnt know about the team or anything here.'

Wright spent two years at Bradley in Peoria, Ill., before signing on with the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, for which past Rainmen like SirValiant Brown, A.J. Millien, Jimmy Twyman, Shagari Alleyne, Gordon Malone and Terrance Roberson also played earlier in their careers.

He made his first visit to Halifax when the Globetrotters performed at the Metro Centre in April 2007 during a hectic 2006-07 season in which Wright estimates he played 250 to 300 games.

The native of Wichita, Kan., grew accustomed to globetrotting as a youngster. His father is a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and their family moved frequently before settling down on an air force base near Sacramento, Calif., when Wright was about eight years old.

The former track and field star in high school and junior college went on to play professionally in Bosnia, Egypt and Finland before landing this year in Halifax.

Wright stands second in the NBL scoring parade, averaging 19.75 points per game in four contests to put him just one basket off the pace of Saint John Mill Rats star point guard Anthony Anderson (20.0 ppg).

He has yet to start a game but has logged 30.5 minutes coming off the bench and is second on the Rainmen with 7.0 rebounds per outing. Hes also second in the NBL in three-point shooting efficiency and third in overall field goal percentage.

He drained 29 points, tops in the league so far, in Halifaxs opener against the London Lightning on Nov. 3 and scorched the Moncton Miracles for 26 points a week ago, sinking 11 of his 13 shots, including four of five from beyond the arc.

Wright said he hasnt come off the bench since his days at Bradley, when he was named to the conference all-bench team in his junior season and also spent a portion of his senior campaign as a reserve.

'I have no problem coming off the bench or starting,' he said. 'I just try to go in and play as hard as I can. I dont really mind how I play as long as I get to play.'

Offence comes naturally to Wright, who averaged 17.7 points and 7.3 rebounds last season in Finland. But he admits being among the leagues top point producers is somewhat unexpected given Halifaxs balanced attack.

'My main goal since Ive been playing is to be a scorer, so Im kinda used to scoring but with all the talent we have and all the stars we have on our team, you never know whats gonna happen because any night, any guy on our team can have 20, 30 points.'

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


Oshawa Power coming up short at home - by Eurobasket News
The Oshawa Power have so far been unable to take advantage of home court during a busy week of NBL Canada action at the General Motors Centre, dipping below the .500 mark as a result.

The Power dropped a 97-88 decision Wednesday night in Oshawa to an emotionally charged Quebec Kebs team that was mourning the death of a former player from a car accident the day before.

The Kebs dedicated the game to 26-year-old Sam Carey, who had been released by the team the week before but was trying to catch on with another NBL Canada team.

For the Power, who also lost at home Monday, 91-88 to the Saint John Mill Rats, they are now 2-3 on the young season.

They have a chance to salvage something from the homestand Friday, but it won't be easy, playing against the first-place London Lightning (4-1).

Much like the first meeting between Oshawa and Quebec, the Power seemingly took control of the game during the second quarter Wednesday, but a determined Kebs ball club came out in the second half and grabbed the road victory.

The difference in the game was a 28-18 Quebec advantage in the third quarter, which erased a 43-41 halftime lead for the home side.

Canadian Tut Ruach had another tremendous game in the losing effort, recording 23 points and six assists, giving him a second strong effort against the Kebs this season.

'We just have to stick together,' said Ruach in a press release. 'We had a bad little run and we never got back to what we were doing early and we got down on ourselves. We just have to keep believing in ourselves and stick together.'

Fellow Canadian Kevin Francis (6'8''-F-84, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Vincennes Univ.) added 12 points, which included a devastating slam on Yannick Anzuluni, exciting the 502 fans in attendance.

Ralphy Holmes (6'4''-G-79, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) of the Kebs shot a sizzling seven-for-nine in the game, leading the visitors with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Shaun Fountain (5'11''-G-78, agency: Duran International, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) added 12 points off the bench in a solid team effort.

This was the third meeting of the season between the two teams, having split the previous two in Quebec.

Friday's game against the Lightning tips off at 7:30 p.m.

Courtesy of www.durhamregion.com


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Syracuse assistant placed on leave amid molestation investigation - by Eurobasket News
Just two weeks after Penn State was rocked by a child sex-abuse scandal, Syracuse police said they were investigating child molesting allegations against a longtime assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University.

The school placed Bernie Fine on administrative leave Thursday night 'in light of the new allegations and the Syracuse City Police investigation.'

ESPN said the accusations were made by two former ball boys.

Bobby Davis, now 39, told the network Fine allegedly molested him beginning in 1984 and that the sexual contact continued until he was around 27. A ball boy for six years, Davis told ESPN the alleged abuse occurred at Fine's home, at Syracuse basketball facilities and on team road trips, including the 1987 Final Four.

Davis' stepbrother, Mike Lang, 45, who also was a ball boy, told ESPN that Fine molested him starting while he was in fifth or sixth grade.

Syracuse police spokesman Tom Connellan said the inquiry is in its early stages.

'It's information that came to us today, ' Connellan said, declining to identify who provided it. Fine is in his 35th season as an assistant to coach Jim Boeheim.

Syracuse, meanwhile, said it had conducted its own investigation years ago and couldn't find witnesses to corroborate the allegations.

ESPN said it first investigated the accusations in 2003, but decided not to run the story because there was no independent evidence to corroborate the allegations. Recently, a second man contacted ESPN, alleging that Fine also molested him. That person said he decided to come forward after seeing the Penn State coverage.

The Post-Standard said it, too, held off in 2003 for the same reason.

A statement by Kevin Quinn, the school's senior vice president for public affairs, said Syracuse was contacted in 2005 by 'an adult male who told us that he had reported to the Syracuse City Police that he had been subjected to inappropriate contact by an associate men's basketball coach.'

Quinn said the alleged activity took place in the 1980s and 1990s.

'We were informed by the complainant that the Syracuse City Police had declined to pursue the matter because the statute of limitations had expired, ' Quinn said.

Quinn said the school conducted its own four-month investigation at that time, including interviews with people the accuser said would support his allegations, but that all of them 'denied any knowledge of wrongful conduct' and that the coach also denied the allegations.

Boeheim released a statement saying: 'This matter was fully investigated by the university in 2005 and it was determined that the allegations were unfounded.

'I have known Bernie Fine for more than 40 years. I have never seen or witnessed anything to suggest that he would (have) been involved in any of the activities alleged. Had I seen or suspected anything, I would have taken action. Bernie has my full support.'

Davis said he felt bitter emotions after sex scandals emerged in the Catholic Church and, lately, with the allegations and charges against former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

In the Penn State case, Sandusky is accused of sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years. The case cost Joe Paterno his job, and former school administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are charged with not properly alerting authorities to suspected abuse and perjury.

Davis told ESPN that Boeheim knew he was traveling on the road and sleeping in Fine's room.

'Boeheim saw me with Bernie all the time in the hotel rooms, on road trips, ' Davis said. 'He'd come in, and see me laying in the bed, kind of glance at me like, 'What are you doing here?' But he wouldn't say that. He'd just scowl. And I would look at him like, I'd be nervous. I felt embarrassed 'cause I felt stupid that I'm there. I'm not supposed to be here. I know it, and Boeheim's not stupid.'

In a telephone interview Thursday night with the AP, Boeheim said: 'This kid came forward and there was no one to corroborate his story. Not one. Not one. ... They said I walked into Bernie's room on the road and saw this. I have never walked into Bernie's room on the road. This isn't true. This just isn't true.'

Former Syracuse center Rony Seikaly, who worked closely with Fine throughout his college career and exchanged text messages with him just Wednesday, told the AP he refuses to believe the allegations.

'Bernie would never do such a thing, ' Seikaly said in a telephone interview in Miami. 'I vouch for Bernie. There is no way something like this could ever happen in my eyes. No way.'

Seikaly said he questions why the ball boy would come forward again now, adding that he believes the headlines generated by the scandal at Penn State may have been a motivating factor.

'Completely ridiculous, ' Seikaly said. 'Do people want a quick buck or something? I spent four years with Bernie, every single day. I know what kind of guy he is. He's just a very helpful guy. He was the glue to Syracuse basketball. He's still the glue 20 years later when you're already gone. He keeps in touch with every single player. He's that kind of guy.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


No. 15 Arizona beats St. John's 81-72 - by Eurobasket News
When you have a seven-man rotation and all but one of the players is in his first season of Division I basketball you have to expect there are going to be some tough nights.

St. John's first loss of the season wasn't one of those games where lack of depth and experience were glaring weaknesses.

'I told the team after the game that the style of play in this game is similar to what we're going to see in the majority of Big East games,' Red Storm coach Steve Lavin said after the 81-72 loss to No. 15 Arizona on Thursday night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.

'You could see the growth from game to game going back to the exhibition games,' Lavin said. 'I had a good feeling coming in that the players were in a good place and we could compete. In terms of our quickness, skills, camaraderie, cohesiveness, those aspects, we have them believing we can beat a good team but we still have a long way to go.'

The Red Storm are going to have to learn how to handle foul trouble.

The starting backcourt of Nurideen Lindsey (6'3''-G) and Dangelo Harrison (6'3''-G) both fouled out down the stretch when the Red Storm just couldn't handle the Wildcats' final run.

'We've just got to be smart when you get the fourth foul,' Harrison said. 'You have to move your feet, not gamble on anything that can be a foul.'

Lindsey echoed the sentiment.

'You have to be smart but still stay aggressive,' he said, 'just be a little smarter in a situation like that.'

Solomon Hill (6'6''-F) had 15 points to lead Arizona.

'I don't think we're great right now by any stretch of the imagination but we're a lot further down the road than we were' Arizona coach Sean Miller said. 'We are so far away from where we want to be but we have fought through a lot with a young team. We're working through a lot of things and as we do it's gratifying to get the wins we have.'

The Wildcats will play Mississippi State in the championship game on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. The Bulldogs (3-1) beat No. 19 Texas A&M 69-60 in the other semifinal.

Lindsey had 18 points for the Red Storm and Harrison added 16.

'It was a great learning opportunity and as disappointed as we are in the loss there was a lot to take away,' Lavin said. 'Some of the positive things were the resiliency we showed, the ability to take a punch and counter punch. We competed against a team that has more size and depth.'

The Wildcats (4-0) led 44-41 at halftime and were up 54-47 about 5 minutes into the second half. St. John's (3-1), one of the least experienced teams in the country, suddenly started running and taking advantage of defensive pressure to go on a 12-2 surge to take a 66-58 lead - and the Red Storm had the crowd at Madison Square Garden behind them.

Arizona, which had started hot from 3-point range before cooling off, suddenly found its stroke behind the arc again in a 16-2 run that gave the Wildcats a 74-68 lead with 3:13 to play.

'I mean we're fortunate to win a game like this in November being so far from home,' said Miller, who called two timeouts in a 40-second span during St. John's second-half run. 'We tried to really settle them down and try as best we can to keep our defense tighter. We finished the game with poise.'

Kyle Fogg had 13 points for Arizona and Jesse Perry added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

'Those last 8 minutes we really kind of wear on a team as with foul trouble, guys getting fatigued,' Fogg said. 'I think at the end we really were able to wear them with our depth.'

Lindsey and Harrison both fouled out, leaving the Red Storm even thinner, especially in the backcourt.

'That's a tough situation,' Lindsey said. 'Of course it's a little frustrating wanting to be out there with my guys and keep fighting.'

Harrison said he and Lindsey have to play smarter when they do get in foul trouble.

'We're a small group,' he said. 'We just play hard and you can't sleep on us.'

Arizona, which is 6-1 at Madison Square Garden since November 2001, was expected to have a big advantage on the boards, but the Red Storm stayed with the Wildcats and were outrebounded 34-33.

'We talked about rebounding all week,' Lavin said. 'We're going to have to rebound by committee and take a gang approach to it.'

The Red Storm's big run came when they relentlessly attacked the rim instead of settling for outside shots. Lindsey, a sophomore junior college transfer, was the key, stealing or tapping the ball from the top of the 1-1-3 zone and turning them into points on the break. St. John's finished with a 14-4 advantage on fastbreak points and it outscored Arizona 36-20 in the paint.

'St. John's has a very underrated team,' Miller said. 'They lack some depth and they're very young but they have some very talented players and I thought from their perspective they gave great effort.'

The Red Storm made 11 of their first 13 shots from the field in the second half and finished 12 of 19 in the half (63.2 percent).

Arizona was 9 for 17 from 3-point range in the first half and the Wildcats cooled from the outside until their big run.

Nick Johnson started it with a 3 and Fogg added another. Johnson hit another 3 with 2:26 left after St. John's had closed within 74-70. Arizona finished 14 of 29 from beyond the arc.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Without McLemore, Maine falls to No. 4 UConn 80-60 - by Eurobasket News
Maine's Ted Woodward says he learned a lot about coaching when he was an assistant to Connecticut's Jim Calhoun, not the least of which was timing.

Nearly everyone in attendance watching the Black Bears battle UConn on Thursday night was shocked when Calhoun called time out just five seconds into the second half. But Woodward, who coached under Calhoun from 1986-89, barely raised an eyebrow.

'I do believe I've seen that once before a long time ago,' Woodward said. 'So I wasn't surprised.'

Maine was within five points of the Huskies at halftime, but Calhoun's renewed efforts to motivate his team apparently worked as they pulled away for an 80-60 victory.

Freshman guard Justin Edwards (6'3''-G) scored a game-high 20 points for Maine (1-1).

Playing without its best player senior guard Gerald McLemore missed the game with a knee injury Maine trailed the defending national champions 36-31 at the half. But UConn went on a 23-2 run to start the second half, after Calhoun's uniquely timed stoppage in play.

'We couldn't quite break the ice scoring a basket in the second half,' said Woodward, whose team missed its first 13 shots from the floor in the second half. 'We were stuck on 33 forever.'

Raheem Singleton's layup finally gave Maine its 34th and 35th points with 9:34 to play, but the Huskies had amassed a 26-point lead by then and the game's outcome had essentially been decided.

Calhoun complained of a lack of energy, despite having five Huskies score in double figures.

Alex Oriakhi (6'9''-F/C-90) had 16 points and eight rebounds, Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92) also scored 16 points, and freshman Deandre Daniels (6'8''-F) added 15 for UConn (3-0). Andre Drummond and Tyler Olander both chipped in with double-doubles. Drummond had 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Olander had 11 points and 10 boards.

UConn extended the longest winning streak in Division I to 14 games and also won its 36th consecutive non-conference game.

Connecticut jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but Maine responded with a 7-0 run of its own before Daniels, who got his first start, hit a reverse layup and a 3-pointer.

Daniels had 11 points in the half and UConn never trailed, but the Huskies could not shake the Black Bears, who tied the game four times before halftime.

'It definitely gave us a lot of confidence,' said Edwards. 'We know once we all play together and play tough, we can play with anyone in the country. That's definitely a confidence booster.'

UConn turned up the defense after the timeout.

A 3-pointer by Shabazz Napier gave UConn its first double-digit lead at 42-31. That was just the start of the Huskies' run. The Black Bears didn't get a field goal until Raheem Singleton hit an off-balance layup with 9:34 left in the game.

Drummond had four blocks, three in his first 5 minutes of action, and changed several other shots in the lane. Calhoun suggested Drummond may make his way into the starting lineup soon, but that's not something the 6-foot-10 freshman is worried about.

'I think I'm making a lot of progress, because I'm getting more comfortable with the guys,' he said. 'It doesn't really matter to me if I start. I could start the game, finish the game, as long as I get out there and do what I'm supposed to do to help us win, that's what matters.'

Napier left the game with 9:25 remaining and the contest no longer in doubt because of what the coach called a twisted ankle.

The 14-game winning streak is tied for the fourth-longest in school history. The program's longest winning streak is 23 games, set during the 1995-96 season.

The Huskies haven't lost a non-conference game at home since January 2007 against Indiana in Hartford. The game was the 300th for UConn at its off-campus home court in Hartford. The Huskies improved to 219-81 in games at what is now the XL Center.

The win moved Calhoun into a temporary tie for sixth place on the all-time list with friend Jim Boeheim, who could reclaim the spot on Saturday when No. 5 Syracuse plays Colgate.

Singleton had nine points for the Black Bears, and Kilian Cato and Andrew Rogers chipped in eight apiece. Cato's points all came before halftime and he fouled out with 5:27 left.

It was the 15th time Calhoun coached against one of his former assistants, and the 69-year-old remains unbeaten in such meetings.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


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  NORWAY   


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


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  PBL   


PBL 2011 Draft results - Alleyne called at #1 - by Gianni Pascucci
Following a successful team owners meeting in Chicago this week, the official draft for the Premier Basketball League (PBL) took place on Nov.17th at 1:00pm CST via conference call with all teams across the country represented. The draft took place in two rounds, the first being in the order selected by the live streaming lottery on November 10th in Chicago. The second round will be in reverse order from the first round lottery position.
With rosters in place, team front office and coaching staff are focusing on the pre-season tournament in December. The current NBA lockout has pushed the Premier Basketball League into the spot light as the leading independent basketball league going into the upcoming sports season.
'The season is only a few weeks away, we're glad to see the teams finalizing their list of players,' commented Carrie Ann May, PBL Vice President of Operations. 'The teams are coming together and are really making a collaborative effort to do what is best for not only their individual teams, but also the league as a whole.'
The lottery placed the teams in the draft order as follows:

First Round
#1 -The Lake Michigan Admirals - player selected : Shagari Alleyne (7'3''-C-84, college: Manhattan)
#2 -Sauk Valley Predators - player selected : Justin Tubbs (6'3''-G-87, college: E.Tenn.St.)
#3- Rochester RazorSharks- (Immediately traded to Chicago Muscle for 2013 1st round pick) - player selected : Emmanuel Little (6'5''-F-85, college: N.Dakota)
#4- NW Indiana Stars - player selected : Daniel Artest (6'6''-F-82, college: Westchester CC)
#5- Dayton AirStrikers - player selected : Avery Smith (6'3''-G, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee)
#6- Central Illinois Drive - player selected : Mike Gills (6'6'-F, college: Illinois Valley CC)
#7- Indiana Diesels - player selected : Billy Pettiford (6'7''-F)
#8- Charleston Gunners - player selected : Robbie Jackson (7'0''-C-85)
#9- St. Louis Phoenix - player selected : Dwayne Polk (5'9''-G-85, college: St.Louis)
#10- Chicago Muscle - player selected : Ricardo Hill (6'7''-F-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois St.)
#11- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Steamers - player selected : Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, college: USC Aiken)

Second Round
#12- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Steamers - player selected : Ron Malicki (6'4''-F)
#13- Chicago Muscle - player selected : LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (6'3''-G-87, college: Greenville)


#14- St. Louis Phoenix - player selected : James Booyer (6'8''-F-86, college: IUPUI)
#15- Charleston Gunners - Defer
#16- Indiana Diesels - player selected : Mark Dunn (6'8''-F-87)
#17- Central Illinois Drive - player selected : Nate Fuqua (6'2''-G/F)
#18- Dayton AirStrikers - player selected : Darron Evans (6'7''-F, college: Indiana St.)
#19- NW Indiana Stars - player selected : Obinna Agomo (6'3''-G-88, agency: ICRH, college: Greenville)
#20- Rochester RazorSharks - player selected : Marcus Thompson (6'4''-G/F-84)
#21- Sauk Valley Predators - player selected : Ricky Reed (5'9''-G)
#22- The Lake Michigan Admirals - player selected : Romain Martin (6'3''-G)




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  PHILIPPINES   


SEA Games 2011. Philippines cruise past Malaysia into Final - by Eurobasket News
Philippines - Malaysia 103:74

Philippines registered their fourth straight win at the SEA Games 2011. They overwhelmed Malaysia to enter the tournament's Final. Greg Slaughter (211-C-88) scored 16 points to pace well-balanced effort from Philippines.
Philippines opened the game with an 11:2 run but Malaysia slowed their opponents down. Malaysia grabbed a narrow lead late in the quarter but Philippines surged back in front to take a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second term. Ryan Garcia (178-F-90) gave Philippines a 44:41 lead at the interval. Philippines used a 17:5 run late in the third term to finally clear off. They secured a 73:60 lead at the final intermission. Philippines then unloaded 30 points in the fourth period and never looked back en route to the win. Clifford Hodge had 12 points, while Ryan Garcia, Nicolas Salva and Elvin Pascual (193-F) added 11 points each in the victory. Batumalai Guganeswaran (182-G-82) answered with 24 points for Malaysia. Yoong Jing Kwaan (200-C-90) had 11 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Philippines: Greg Slaughter 16, Clifford Hodge 12
Malaysia: Batumalai Guganeswaran 24, Yoong Jing Kwaan 11


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  POLAND   


Montepaschi keeps Asseco Prokom winless - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Asseco Prokom 84-73

Montepaschi handed 84-73 loss to Asseco Prokom in Round Five of the Euroleague regular season. The Italian powerhouse improved to 4-1 in Group D keeping the second place. The Polish champ stays the only winless team in all four groups. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) paced the hosts with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. He missed just once for 27 minutes on the court. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) had 14 points and 5 assists, and David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) netted 11 points. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) answered with 26 points and 9 rebounds in defeat. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) (7 as) and Przemyslaw Zamojski (198-G/F-86, college: Independence CC) scored 16 and 11 points respectively. Montepaschi shined after the breather to secure the victory. Quarters: 16-15, 16-16, 33-20, 19-22. Montepaschi waits Unics in the next round, while Asseco Prokom will meet Galatasaray in Istanbul.

Montepaschi: Rimantas Kaukenas 15+5 boards+6 as, Bo McCalebb 14+5 as, David Moss 11
Asseco Prokom: Donatas Motiejunas 26+9 boards, Oliver Lafayette 16+7 as, Przemyslaw Zamojski 11


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  ROMANIA   


Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Gaz Metan 7-1 
 2. Timisoara 7-1 
 3. CSU Sibiu 6-2 
 4. Targu Mures 6-2 
 5. U.Mobitel.CN 6-3 
 6. Oradea 5-2 
 7. Ploiesti 5-2 
 8. Craiova 4-4 
 9. CSM Bucuresti 4-4 
 10. Rovinari 4-5 
 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 


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  RUSSIA   


Zibirov's 20 points and 8 assists give him Superleague Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old point guard Dramir Zibirov (187-PG-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Ataman and receives a Eurobasket.com Superleague Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had the game-high 20 points adding three rebounds and eight assists for Ataman in his team's victory, helping them to beat Ural Ekaterinb. (#1, 8-3) 82-75. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Ataman maintains the 2nd position in Superleague. They are still close to the very top. Ataman would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 6-1 record. In the team's last game Zibirov had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Ataman's top player in his first season with the team. Zibirov has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 13.0ppg), assists (2nd best: 4.9apg) and averages solid 3.1spg.

Second best performed player last round was Denis Hloponin (206-F-81) of Univ.Surgut. He is a forward in his first season at Univ.Surgut. In the last game Hloponin recorded impressive 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Univ.Surgut cruised to a 83-74 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (#9, 1-6). This victory allowed Univ.Surgut to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 6-3 record is not bad at all. Hloponin is a newcomer at Univ.Surgut and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to another Univ.Surgut's star - guard Linas Lekavicius (186-G-84). Lekavicius showcased his all-around game by recording 10 points, ten rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was another key player of Univ.Surgut, helping his team with a 83-74 win against the lower-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (#9, 1-6). Univ.Surgut needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 3 lost games. Lekavicius has a great season in Russia. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 11.9ppg (7th best), rebounds with 5.8rpg (9th best) and assists with 5.1apg (best passer). He also has 2.6spg and FGP: 55.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dmitriy Zagnoyko (192-G-85) of Univ.Surgut - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Aleksandr Zaykin (208-F/C-84) of TEMP-SUMZ - 14 points and 8 rebounds
7. Ivan Krivko (190-G-84) of Ruskon-Mord. - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Vladimir Lidyaev (200-C-87) of Ruskon-Mord. - 10 points and 6 rebounds
9. Alexei Kuznetsov (203-F/C-84) of Ruskon-Mord. - 18 points and 4 rebounds
10. Aleksey Kirjanov (206-F-81) of TEMP-SUMZ - 11 points and 8 rebounds

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


Superleague Round 12: Ataman loses to Ural Ekaterinburg in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Ekaterinburg. First ranked host Ural Ekaterinburg (9-3) defeated second-best Ataman (6-2) 78-64. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Ataman. The game without a history. Ural Ekaterinburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Ural Ekaterinburg outrebounded Ataman 38-26 including 25 on the offensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Nikola Lepojevic (199-82, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and center Sergey Varlamov (209-84) who added 4 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Igor Smygin (197-87, agency: Alti Sport) with 11 points and 4 assists. Ataman's coach Valentin Kubrakov rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ural Ekaterinburg maintains first position with 9-3 record. Newly promoted Ataman dropped to the third place with two games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg are looking forward to face Severstal (#5) in Cherepovec in the next round. Ataman will play at home against Sojuz Zaretchny and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Saransk supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (6-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (3-5). TEMP-SUMZ Revda smashed Ruskon-Mordovia 98-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ruskon-Mordovia. The winners were led by forward Sergei Khlopov (198-78) who scored that evening 23 points and 9 rebounds and Aleksey Komarov supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists by forward Roman Semerninov (200-81) did not help to save the game for Ruskon-Mordovia. Ruskon-Mordovia's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. TEMP-SUMZ Revda maintains fourth position with 6-4 record. Ruskon-Mordovia at the other side keeps the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Rjazan. TEMP-SUMZ Revda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ruskon-Mordovia will play on the road against Rjazan (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 12 Univ.Surgut won against Sojuz Zaretchny on the opponent's court 90-80.



Ural Ekaterinb. - Ataman 78-64

The game between Top Four teams took place in Ekaterinburg. First ranked host Ural Ekaterinburg (9-3) defeated second-best Ataman (6-2) 78-64. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Ataman. The game without a history. Ural Ekaterinburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Ural Ekaterinburg outrebounded Ataman 38-26 including 25 on the offensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Nikola Lepojevic (199-82, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and center Sergey Varlamov (209-84) who added 4 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Igor Smygin (197-87, agency: Alti Sport) with 11 points and 4 assists and point guard Dramir Zibirov (187-86) scored 10 points and 4 steals. Ataman's coach Valentin Kubrakov rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ural Ekaterinburg maintains first position with 9-3 record. Newly promoted Ataman dropped to the third place with two games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg are looking forward to face Severstal (#5) in Cherepovec in the next round. Ataman will play at home against Sojuz Zaretchny and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Ataman: I.Smygin 11+3reb+4ast, D.Zibirov 10+2reb+2ast, S.Vorotnikov 9+1reb+1ast, V.Kubrakov 7+2reb+1ast, N.Gresev 6+3reb+1ast, V.Belov 6+3reb
Ural Ekaterinb.: N.Lepojevic 24+7reb+4ast, S.Shashkov 12+1ast, V.Ionov 11+2reb+1ast, L.Gordon 8+4reb+2ast, D.Nikolaev 7+5reb+2ast, A.Glazunov 7+4reb+5ast
gschID: 155377


Sojuz Zaretchny - Univ.Surgut 80-90

Very expected game when 9th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (1-7) was defeated at home by third ranked Universitet-Yugra (7-3) 90-80. The game was mostly controlled by Universitet-Yugra. Sojuz Zaretchny was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Universitet-Yugra made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Sojuz Zaretchny was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by forward Denis Hloponin (206-81) who scored that evening 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and Lithuanian guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) supported him with 20 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Four Universitet-Yugra players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 5 rebounds by forward Roman Vasilev (200-89) did not help to save the game for Sojuz Zaretchny. Guard Pavel Aleksandrov (196-89) added 14 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Universitet-Yugra moved-up to second place. Sojuz Zaretchny lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Universitet-Yugra will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sojuz Zaretchny will play on the road against Ataman (#3) in Rostov to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Sojuz Zaretchny: R.Vasilev 21+5reb+1ast, P.Aleksandrov 14+3reb+6ast, D.Novikov 13+5reb+3ast, V.Kuznetsov 7+3reb+4ast, V.Sleta 7+3reb, A.Pushkin 6+7reb+1ast
Univ.Surgut: D.Hloponin 26+8reb+5ast, L.Lekavicius 20+7reb+9ast, I.Aleksandrov 17+4reb+2ast, D.Beliaev 11+3reb+2ast, A.Savkov 4+1ast, A.Ekimov 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 155375


Ruskon-Mord. - TEMP-SUMZ 74-98

The game in Saransk supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (6-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (3-5). TEMP-SUMZ Revda smashed Ruskon-Mordovia 98-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ruskon-Mordovia. The game without a history. TEMP-SUMZ Revda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Ruskon-Mordovia's 32 and made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. TEMP-SUMZ Revda players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The winners were led by forward Sergei Khlopov (198-78) who scored that evening 23 points and 9 rebounds and center Aleksey Komarov (206-81) supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four TEMP-SUMZ Revda players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists by forward Roman Semerninov (200-81) did not help to save the game for Ruskon-Mordovia. Guard Sergey Chernov (187-86) added 14 points. Ruskon-Mordovia's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. TEMP-SUMZ Revda maintains fourth position with 6-4 record. Ruskon-Mordovia at the other side keeps the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Rjazan. TEMP-SUMZ Revda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ruskon-Mordovia will play on the road against Rjazan (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ruskon-Mord.: R.Semerninov 17+12reb+5ast, S.Chernov 14+4reb+1ast, A.Kuznetsov 13+2reb+1ast, A.Varnakov 8+1reb+2ast, I.Krivko 8+3reb+1ast, D.Rozhkovskiy 8+3reb+1ast
TEMP-SUMZ: S.Khlopov 23+9reb+2ast, A.Komarov 15+8reb, S.Sotnikov 13+7reb+1ast, A.Zaykin 13+7reb, S.Tokarev 9+4ast, I.Evgrafov 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 155376




Unics blasts Union Olimpija in Kazan, 81-51 - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Union Olimpija 81-51

Unics registered third Euroleague win this season. The Russian squad had unexpectedly easy job against Union Olimpija beating them with 30-point margin, 81-51. Unics jumped to 3-2 record in Group D now, while Union Olimpija faced with fourth loss, 1-4. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) came up with 22 points and 7 assists for the winners (valuation 30). Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) had 20 points and 5 rebounds, and Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) helped with 11 pts. Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79, agency: Alti Sport) scored 13 points for the guests. Their second scorers were Ben Woodside (180-PG-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) (5 rebs) and Danny Green (198-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) with just 8 pts apiece. Unics took control on its rival in the second quarter and never looked back after that. Quarters: 18-20, 21-14, 22-5, 20-12. In the next round, Unics will meet Montepaschi in Siena. Olimpija goes to Barcelona.

Unics: Terrell Lyday 22+7 as, Michael Wilkinson 20+5 boards, Vladimir Veremeenko 11
Union Olimpija: Ratko Varda 13, Ben Woodside 8+5 boards, Danny Green 8


Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Ural Ekaterinb. 9-3 
 2. Univ.Surgut 7-3 
 3. Ataman 6-2 
 4. TEMP-SUMZ 6-4 
 5. Severstal 5-5 
 6. Rjazan 3-5 
 7. Ruskon-Mord. 3-5 
 8. Spartak V. 2-8 
 9. Sojuz Zaretchny 1-7 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  Spartak-.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 18
 1. Thomas, Spartak-.18.0 
 2. Victor, Spartak-.16.7 
 3. Hayes, Krasnie Kri.15.5 
 4. Nissim, Enisey15.5 
 5. Ignerski, N.Nov.15.4 
 6. Beverley, Spart.15.3 
 7. Mozgov, Khimky15.3 
 8. Jefferson, Triumph15.0 
 9. Shved, CSKA15.0 
 10. Domercant, Unics14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cuthbert VICTOR
  Spartak-.
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Victor, Spartak-.9.7 
 2. Monya, Khimky7.8 
 3. Baxter, Enisey7.5 
 4. McCarty, Unics7.3 
 5. Savenkov, Spartak.7.0 
 6. Khryapa, CSKA7.0 
 7. Kirilenko, CSKA7.0 
 8. Landry, Triumph7.0 
 9. Mozgov, Khimky6.3 
 10. Krstic, CSKA6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yotam HALPERIN
  Spart.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Halperin, Spart.6.3 
 2. Thomas, Spartak-.5.7 
 3. Planinic, Khimky5.0 
 4. Bykov, Lokomotiv5.0 
 5. Beverley, Spart.5.0 
 6. Shved, CSKA4.5 
 7. Nissim, Enisey4.5 
 8. Samoylenko, Unics4.3 
 9. McKee, Triumph4.0 
 10. Bremer, N.Novgorod4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick BLAKNEY
  Lokomotiv
  (181-G-76)
  Avg: 4
 1. Blakney, Lokomotiv4.0 
 2. Halperin, Spart.3.3 
 3. Victor, Spartak-.3.3 
 4. Jefferson, Triumph3.0 
 5. Blair, Krasnie Kri.3.0 
 6. Thomas, Spartak-.2.7 
 7. Chalmers, Lokom.2.3 
 8. Kolesnikov, Krasni.2.0 
 9. Planinic, Khimky2.0 
 10. Miles, Krasnie Kr.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA3.0 
 2. Mozgov, Khimky1.8 
 3. Planinic, Khimky1.5 
 4. Shved, CSKA1.5 
 5. Jefferson, Triumph1.3 
 6. Traore, Lokomotiv1.0 
 7. Sokolov, CSKA1.0 
 8. Khryapa, CSKA1.0 
 9. Nesterov, Spartak-.1.0 
 10. Krstic, CSKA1.0 


Stats Leaders - Superleague B
Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Ural E.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Lepojevic, Ural E.22.3 
 2. Gordon, Ural E.15.9 
 3. Ageev, Ruskon-M.15.0 
 4. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.13.9 
 5. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.13.3 
 6. Lekavicius, Univ.S.12.7 
 7. Zibirov, Ataman12.6 
 8. Aleksandrov, Sojuz11.7 
 9. Sotnikov, TE.11.5 
 10. Hloponin, Univ.Su.11.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrey PETUKHOV
  Spart.
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Petukhov, Spart.8.6 
 2. Ivlev, Rjazan7.9 
 3. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.7.5 
 4. Trushkin, Spart.6.5 
 5. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.0 
 6. Nikolaev, Ural E.5.9 
 7. Polyakov, Severstal5.9 
 8. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.9 
 9. Zaykin, TE.5.8 
 10. Gresev, Ataman5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.5 
 2. Zibirov, Ataman4.5 
 3. Slepukha, Sojuz Z.4.4 
 4. Glazunov, Ural E.4.4 
 5. Bartunov, Rjazan4.3 
 6. Vokhmianine, TEMP-.4.1 
 7. Aleksandrov, Sojuz3.7 
 8. Isakov, Ural E.3.3 
 9. Hloponin, Univ.Sur.2.9 
 10. Korchagin, Rjazan2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dramir ZIBIROV
  Ataman
  (187-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Zibirov, Ataman3.3 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.2.7 
 3. Ageev, Ruskon-M.2.0 
 4. Aleksandrov, Sojuz1.8 
 5. Semerninov, Ruskon.1.6 
 6. Babitchev, Spart.1.5 
 7. Ivlev, Rjazan1.5 
 8. Shashkov, Ural E.1.5 
 9. Bartunov, Rjazan1.4 
 10. Vorotnikov, Atam.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.1.8 
 2. Gresev, Ataman1.8 
 3. Varlamov, Ural E.1.6 
 4. Tsvetkov, Severst.1.3 
 5. Beliaev, Univ.Surg.1.0 
 6. Petukhov, Spart.0.9 
 7. Sleta, Sojuz Z.0.9 
 8. Ekimov, Univ.Sur.0.9 
 9. Polyakov, Severstal0.8 
 10. Babitchev, Spart.0.8 


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Khimky 4-0 
 2. CSKA 2-0 
 3. Spartak-Prim. 2-1 
 4. Unics 2-1 
 5. Lokomotiv 2-2 
 6. Enisey 1-1 
 7. Krasnie Krilya 1-2 
 8. Spartak SP 1-2 
 9. N.Novgorod 1-4 
 10. Triumph 0-3 


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SEA Games 2011. Philippines and Thailand reach Final - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals
Philippines - Malaysia 103:74
Philippines registered their fourth straight win at the SEA Games 2011. They overwhelmed Malaysia to enter the tournament's Final. Greg Slaughter (211-C-88) scored 16 points to pace well-balanced effort from Philippines.
Philippines opened the game with an 11:2 run but Malaysia slowed their opponents down. Malaysia grabbed a narrow lead late in the quarter but Philippines surged back in front to take a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the second term. Garcia gave Philippines a 44:41 lead at the interval. Philippines used a 17:5 run late in the third term to finally clear off. They secured a 73:60 lead at the final intermission. Philippines then unloaded 30 points in the fourth period and never looked back en route to the win. Clifford Hodge had 12 points, while Garcia, Nicolas Salva and Pascual added 11 points each in the victory. Batumalai Guganeswaran (182-G-82) answered with 24 points for Malaysia. Yoong Jing Kwaan (200-C-90) had 11 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Philippines: Greg Slaughter 16, Clifford Hodge 12
Malaysia: Batumalai Guganeswaran 24, Yoong Jing Kwaan 11


Indonesia - Thailand 62:65
Thailand snatched a tough narrow win over Indonesia in the second semifinal at SEA Games 2011. Attaporn Lertmalaiporn knocked down two free throws late in the game to seal a massive comeback rally from the visitors in the fourth quarter. Thailand thus booked their spot in the championship game. They will take on Philippines tomorrow.
Indonesia opened the game with a disciplined defence. They held their opponents to 10 points to take a 13:10 lead. Thailand narrowed the deficit in the second term. They got within a single point at the interval 30:31. Indonesia went on a 15:2 run in the third term to boost the lead. They enjoyed a 46:32 advantage midway through the third term and entered the final frame up by 9 points 52:43. Ratdech Kruatiwa (191-G/F-85) nailed a three-pointer to trigger a 12:1 run from the visitors as Thailand pulled ahead 57:56. Indonesia retained the lead but Ratdech Kruatiwa and Attaporn Lertmalaiporn notched four free throws in the dying seconds to win the game for Thailand. Darunpong Apiromvilaichai (185-G-85) had 15 points, while Mana Jantuma (185-G-80) added 12 points for the winners. Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) answered with 26 points for Indonesia. Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Indonesia: Andi Poedjakesuma 26, Rony Gunawan 12
Thailand: Attaporn Lertmalaiporn 16, Darunpong Apiromvilaichai 15, Mana Jantuma 12

7-8 place
Cambodia - Myanmar 84:80
Cambodia earned the seventh place at SEA Games 2011. They held off Myanmar in Jakarta tonight. Oeun Sophoeun (180-F/G-85) scored 34 points to pace the winners.
Cambodia started the game strongly. They erupted for 28 points in the opening quarter taking a 6-point lead after ten minutes. Cambodia limited Myanmar to 12 points in the second term to establish a 43:34 halftime lead. But Myanmar changed the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They cut the deficit to 5 points with one quarter remaining. Myanmar surged ahead 80:78 with under four minutes remaining. But Cambodia crowned the game with six points in a row and stole their first win at the tournament. Mith Pek provided 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Cambodia. Putratana Monh (180-G-81) added 12 points in the win. Chan Chan answered with 21 points for Myanmar. Win Cho tallied 20 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.

Cambodia: Oeun Sophoeun 34, Mith Pek 22, Putratana Monh 12
Myanmar: Chan Chan 21, Win Cho 20+14 boards


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Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. Vojvodina 6-1 
 2. BKK Radnicki 6-2 
 3. Mega Vizura 5-2 
 4. Sloga 5-2 
 5. Radnicki Basket 4-2 
 6. Smederevo 4-3 
 7. Borac 4-3 
 8. OKK Beograd 3-1 
 9. Tamis 3-4 
 10. Zeleznicar 2-4 
 11. Sloboda Uzice 2-5 
 12. Metalac 2-5 
 13. Proleter Naftagas 1-6 
 14. Napredak 0-7 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki K.


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega V.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 24
 1. Milisavljevi., Meg.24.0 
 2. Dimic, Radnicki.23.0 
 3. Balaban, Smederevo20.7 
 4. Zigeranovic, Borac20.6 
 5. Kovac, OKK Beograd19.0 
 6. Bojovic, Zeleznicar18.0 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga17.7 
 8. Popovic, Sloga17.4 
 9. Pekovic, Prolet.17.3 
 10. Marojevic, Metalac16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bosko BALABAN
  Smederevo
  (--)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Balaban, Smederevo9.6 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac8.6 
 3. Misanovic, OKK B.8.5 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.8.0 
 5. Smiljanic, Radnic.7.5 
 6. Mijajlovic, Sloga7.2 
 7. Kuburovic, Slobod.7.0 
 8. Drca, OKK Beograd6.5 
 9. Majkic, Prolet.6.3 
 10. Dramicanin, Borac6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Stefan JOVIC
  Sloga
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Jovic, Sloga6.1 
 2. Stefanovic, Smede.6.1 
 3. Popovic, Sloga6.0 
 4. Mitrovic, OKK B.5.3 
 5. Boltic, BKK R.5.3 
 6. Milisavljevi., Meg.5.1 
 7. Drca, OKK Beograd5.0 
 8. Micic, Mega Vizura5.0 
 9. Jereminov, Tamis4.0 
 10. Dundjerski, Vojvo.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marko VULIN
  Prolet.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Vulin, Prolet.3.6 
 2. Gacic, BKK Radnicki3.3 
 3. Jovic, Sloga3.0 
 4. Micic, Mega Vizura2.7 
 5. Boltic, BKK R.2.6 
 6. Vasilic, Radnic.2.3 
 7. Majstorovic, Tamis2.3 
 8. Dundjerski, Vojvo.2.2 
 9. Jereminov, Tamis2.0 
 10. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  OKK B.
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Misanovic, OKK B.2.3 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac1.9 
 3. Balaban, Smederevo1.3 
 4. Bojic, Mega Vizura1.2 
 5. Petronic, BKK R.1.0 
 6. Cantekin, Mega V.1.0 
 7. Majkic, Prolet.1.0 
 8. Jevtovic, Sloboda0.9 
 9. Bajic, Zeleznicar0.8 
 10. Zekovic, Vojvodina0.7 


Strahinja Milosevic in Vojvodina - by Zoran Popovic
Management of Vojvodina signs two months contract deal with Strahinja Milosevic (203-F-85). Milosevic played last season for KK Crvena Zvezda and on 23 games in Adriatic league average scored 7.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1,7 assists and 1.1 steals per game. During the career Milosevic played for BC Vojvodina, KK Crvena Zvezda, Partizan and Limoges. Milosevic was member of Serbia and Montenegro U20 National team and Serbia and Montenegro University team.

Partizan grabs valuable win in Milano, overcomes 21-point deficit - by Eurobasket News
Emporio Armani - Partizan 65-69

Partizan was down by 21 points in third quarter, but managed to overcome it and to beat EA7 Emporio Armani 65-69 in Milano on Thursday night. The hosts had 45-24 lead in 26th minute and it seemed that the game winner is already known at that time. However, the Serbian powerhouse made amazing 20-45 for rest of the way to get the valuable road win. Both teams had 2-2 record in Group C before this meeting. Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) stepped up for Partizan with double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 15 points and 6 rebounds, while Dusan Kecman (197-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 pts and also 6 rebs. For the home squad, Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) delivered 14 points. Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) (6 rebs) and Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) stopped to 12 points apiece. Quarters: 12-14, 19-5, 25-20, 9-30. Partizan will face Anadolu Efes as a guest in Round Six. Emporio Armani goes to Tel-Aviv.

Emporio Armani: Danilo Gallinari 14, Malik Hairston 12+6 boards, Stefano Mancinelli 12
Partizan: Milan Macvan 18+11 boards, Nikola Pekovic 15+6 boards, Dusan Kecman 11+6 boards


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Unics blasts Union Olimpija in Kazan, 81-51 - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Union Olimpija 81-51

Unics registered third Euroleague win this season. The Russian squad had unexpectedly easy job against Union Olimpija beating them with 30-point margin, 81-51. Unics jumped to 3-2 record in Group D now, while Union Olimpija faced with fourth loss, 1-4. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) came up with 22 points and 7 assists for the winners (valuation 30). Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) had 20 points and 5 rebounds, and Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) helped with 11 pts. Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79, agency: Alti Sport) scored 13 points for the guests. Their second scorers were Ben Woodside (180-PG-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) (5 rebs) and Danny Green (198-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) with just 8 pts apiece. Unics took control on its rival in the second quarter and never looked back after that. Quarters: 18-20, 21-14, 22-5, 20-12. In the next round, Unics will meet Montepaschi in Siena. Olimpija goes to Barcelona.

Unics: Terrell Lyday 22+7 as, Michael Wilkinson 20+5 boards, Vladimir Veremeenko 11
Union Olimpija: Ratko Varda 13, Ben Woodside 8+5 boards, Danny Green 8


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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 13-2 
 2. Anyang KGC 10-5 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 10-6 
 4. KCC Egis 9-6 
 5. ET Land 8-6 
 6. SK Knights 7-8 
 7. Mobis Phoebus 6-9 
 8. LG Sakers 5-9 
 9. Samsung Th. 4-11 
 10. Daegu Orions 2-12 


Thomas, Mobis Phoebis Dominate KT - by Jeff Liebsch
Ulsan Mobis Phoebus put together one of their seasons best all-around performances Friday night, defeating KT Sonic Boom 73-55.

Malcolm Thomas (206-C-88, college: San Diego St.) was a one-man wrecking crew for Ulsan, scoring 21, while adding 20 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 5 blocks.

The low scoring first half featured a strong defensive effort from both teams. KT struggled to work inside against Thomas, whose long wing span kept KT at bay in the paint, forcing them to shoot outside.



Mobis led KT for most of the first half, though Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) fadeaway jumper with 2:58 left in the second gave KT its first lead of the game at 25-24. Park Jong-Cheon (192-SF-79) three pointer with a second left in the half let Ulsan tie the game at 33.

Ulsan broke the game open in the third, led by a 7-0 run and opened a 12 point lead by the end of the third. KT struggled from the field, hitting only one shot in the final five minutes, and shooting 20% for the quarter.

Ulsan increased their lead to 18 early in the fourth, spurred by a 9-1 run led by Yang Dong-Geun (181-G-81), and cruised the rest of the way for the easy victory. Mobis outscored KT 40-22 in the second half.

'It's close to our best game of the year, but we still made some mistakes. We're coming together, knowing what each other likes to do,' said Thomas after the game. 'We're still learning, but we're going to keep getting better.'

Yang Dong-Geun added a double-double as well with 12 points and 10 assists. Kim Dong-Woo (197-SF-80) also added 12 points. off the bench.



Charles Rhodes led KT with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Game Notes: KT's Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) shot an uncharastertic 2 for 10 from the field, and was benched for most of the fourth quarter. He scored 6 points. Other than Rhodes, KT shot 28% (11 for 39) from the field. Malcolm Thomas was fouled 9 times, though he shot only 5 for 10 from the line. KT shot 14% from the 3 compared to Mobis' 47%. From the last 5 minutes of the third quarter to the first 5 minutes of the fourth quarter, Ulsan outscored KT 21-5.




KBL Round 16: Sonic Boom KT is defeated by Mobis Phoebus - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Busan between second ranked Sonic Boom KT (10-6) and eighth ranked Mobis Phoebus (6-9) on Friday night. Sonic Boom KT was defeated by Mobis Phoebus at home 73-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sonic Boom KT. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks and the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) who added 12 points and 10 assists during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Sonic Boom KT's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion moved-up to seventh place. Sonic Boom KT at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Mobis Phoebus are looking forward to face league's second-placed Anyang KGC on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sonic Boom KT will play against Daegu Orions and is hoping to win this game.
KBL top team - Dongbu Promy (13-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked Daegu Orions (2-12) 80-75. The winners were led by American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Ho-Young Yoon supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 23 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists by American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) did not help to save the game for Daegu Orions. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Dongbu Promy maintains first position with 13-2 record. Daegu Orions lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Dongbu Promy will play against KCC Egis (#4) in Jeonju in the next round. Daegu Orions will play on the road against Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan and hope to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 16 Samsung Th. lost to LG Sakers on the opponent's court 65-82. Anyang KGC managed to outperform SK Knights in a home game 71-61.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds by Aaron Haynes of LG Sakers.



Sonic Boom KT - Mobis Phoebus 55-73

The most important game in the last round took place in Busan between second ranked Sonic Boom KT (10-6) and eighth ranked Mobis Phoebus (6-9) on Friday night. Sonic Boom KT was defeated by Mobis Phoebus at home 73-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sonic Boom KT. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks and the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) who added 12 points and 10 assists during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) scored 7 points and 5 rebounds. Sonic Boom KT's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion moved-up to seventh place. Sonic Boom KT at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Mobis Phoebus are looking forward to face league's second-placed Anyang KGC on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sonic Boom KT will play against Daegu Orions and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: M.Thomas 21+20reb+5ast, D.Kim 12+4reb, D.Yang 12+3reb+10ast, J.Lee 9+3ast, J.Park 7, G.Park 6+2reb
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 20+9reb+2ast, D.Cho 7, S.Park 7+5reb+1ast, H.Kim 6+1reb, S.Cho 6+2reb, Y.Song 5+5reb
gschID: 145684


LG Sakers - Samsung Th. 82-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Samsung Thunders' (4-11) road loss to eighth ranked LG Sakers (5-9) 65-82. It looked good early as Samsung Thunders took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then LG Sakers had a 26-13 second period charge getting the lead and Samsung Thunders were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-82. LG Sakers players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The winners were led by American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) supported him with 12 points and 9 assists. Four LG Sakers players scored in double figures. Even 31 points and 9 rebounds by American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) did not help to save the game for Samsung Thunders. Forward Dong-Uk Kim (195-81) added 15 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. LG Sakers maintains eighth position with 5-9 record. Samsung Thunders lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 11 games lost. LG Sakers will play against higher ranked SK Knights (#6) in Seoul in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Samsung Thunders will play at home against Daegu Orions and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: A.Haynes 37+10reb+3ast, G.Stevenson 12+4reb+9ast, Y.Oh 11+1reb+2ast, J.Seo 10+5reb+2ast, C.Young Jung 5+2reb+4ast, H.Kim 3+3reb+1ast
Samsung Th.: P.John Ramos 31+9reb+2ast, D.Kim 15+2reb+2ast, W.Lee 5+2reb+1ast, D.Park 4, K.Lee 3+3reb+2ast, S.Woo 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 145681


Daegu Orions - Dongbu Promy 75-80

KBL top team - Dongbu Promy (13-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked Daegu Orions (2-12) 80-75. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-16 Daegu Orions' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-75 at the end of the game. Dongbu Promy shot 22 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Daegu Orions only scored six points from the stripe. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Daegu Orions were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Even a double-double of 23 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists by American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) did not help to save the game for Daegu Orions. Forward Il-Young Heo (197-85) added 21 points for lost side. Five Dongbu Promy and four Daegu Orions players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Dongbu Promy maintains first position with 13-2 record. Daegu Orions lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Dongbu Promy will play against KCC Egis (#4) in Jeonju in the next round. Daegu Orions will play on the road against Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 25+12reb+6ast, H.Yoon 14+6reb+1ast, J.Kim 14+4reb+2ast, J.Park 11+3reb+4ast, J.Hwang 11+1reb+6ast, Y.Choi 3+1reb
Daegu Orions: C.Williams 23+15reb+8ast, I.Heo 21+4reb, J.Choi 14+8reb+2ast, M.Kim 10+1reb+3ast, H.Kim 2+5ast, Y.Park 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 145682


Anyang KGC - SK Knights 71-61

Rather predictable result when third ranked Anyang KGC (10-5) defeated at home 6th ranked SK Knights (7-8) 71-61. The game was mostly controlled by Anyang KGC. SK Knights was better in third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by American power forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) who scored that evening 21 points and 6 rebounds and international center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) supported him with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Even a double-double of 28 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks by American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) did not help to save the game for SK Knights. International guard Seung-Jun Lee (187-88) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. SK Knights' coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Anyang KGC moved-up to second place. SK Knights at the other side keep the sixth position with eight games lost. Anyang KGC will play against Mobis Phoebus (#7) in Ulsan in the next round where they are favorite. SK Knights will play at home against LG Sakers in Changwon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: R.White 21+6reb+1ast, T.Kim 17+1reb+1ast, S.Oh 12+11reb+1ast, C.Park 9+6reb+2ast, J.Lee 8+7reb+1ast, H.Yang 4
SK Knights: A.Johnson 28+14reb+2ast, S.Lee 19+5reb+4ast, M.Kim 5+5reb+2ast, H.Lee 4+1ast, K.Hoon Byun 3+3reb+2ast, J.Han 2
gschID: 145683




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Regal Barca beats Galatasaray in Istanbul, stays perfect - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - FCB Regal 66-70

Regal Barcelona celebrated 66-70 road victory against Galatasaray on Thursday night. The reigning Spanish champion dominated in the second quarter to lead 29-44 at halftime and increased the advantage to 20 in the third quarter. However, Galatasaray players exploded after that, while Barca was just missing shot after shot. It all resulted with 66-68 and only 10 seconds to go in the game. Jaka Lakovic missed his second free throw and Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) was called for a line violation so Barca got the ball back. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) was quickly sent to the line and made 2 free throws to essentially ice the win. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) scored 14 points for Barca and Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) had two less. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) added 10 points and 5 rebounds, and Marcelinho Huertas had 9 pts. For the hosts, Luksa Andric top-scored with 17 pts and was their only player with double digits. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) (6 rebs) had 9 pts, while Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) and Ender Arslan (190-G-83) stopped to 8 pts each. Quarters: 19-19, 10-25, 19-17, 18-9. Barca will host Union Olimpija in the next round, while Galatasaray will play against Asseco Prokom in another home game.

Galatasaray: Luksa Andric 17, Joshua Shipp 9+6 boards, Jamon Lukas Gordon 8, Ender Arslan 8
Regal Barca: Erazem Lorbek 14, Juan Carlos Navarro 12, Pete Mickeal 10+5 boards, Marcelinho Huertas 9


Zaragoza beats Valladolid in thriller, 75-74 - by Eurobasket News
CAI Zaragoza - Valladolid 75-74

Postponed Round One game of Liga Endesa between Zaragoza and Valladolid was played last night. The home squad managed to grab 75-74 thriller win improving to 3-4 record in the league. At the same time, Valladolid dropped to 2-5. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) was a key player for the winners. He scored 22 points making 4 of 6 attempts from behind the arc. Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) had 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Pablo Aguilar (203-F/C-89) helped with 12 pts. On the other side, Valladolid got 14 points and 7 rebs from Jason Robinson (196-F-80, college: Pikeville). Diego Garcia (190-G-79) and Herve Toure (202-F-82) scored 13 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 21-21, 17-15, 20-12, 17-26. Round 8 of Liga Endesa is scheduled for this weekend. Zaragoza will meet Manresa on the road. Valladolid goes to Barcelona.

CAI Zaragoza: Bracey Wright 22, Rafael Hettsheimer 14+9 boards, Pablo Aguilar 12
Valladolid: Jason Robinson 14+7 boards, Diego Garcia 13, Herve Toure 11


Real Madrid too strong for Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid - Anadolu Efes 104-84

Real Madrid demonstrated its power on Thursday night. The Spanish giant recovered from the last week's loss in Belgrade and blasted Anadolu Efes at home 104-84 for 3-2 record in Group C. Real Madrid joined Partizan on the second place, while Anadolu Efes slipped to fourth place and now has the same score as Emporio Armani (2-3). Real Madrid took control on Efes from the beginning and never looked back. Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) led the hosts with 19 points. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) had 17 pts and 5 rebs, while Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) (5 rebs) and Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) netted 15 and 14 pts respectively. In the loosing squad, Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) and Ermal Kurtoglu (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 points each. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) collected 14 points and 5 rebounds. Quarters: 24-18, 26-18, 31-26, 23-22. Real Madrid will host Charleroi in the next round. Anadolu Efes waits Partizan.

Real Madrid: Jaycee Carroll 19, Nikola Mirotic 17+5 boards, Carlos Suarez 15+5 boards, Rudy Fernandez 14
Anadolu Efes: Dusko Savanovic 15, Ermal Kurtoglu 15, Ersan Ilyasova 14+5 boards


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Marko TODOROVIC
  Prat J.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Todorovic, Prat J.19.7 
 2. Monroe, Tenerife18.3 
 3. Atoyebi, Lan M.17.5 
 4. Balmon, Las Rozas15.7 
 5. Ausina, Aurtenec.15.5 
 6. Ott, Lan M.15.0 
 7. Thompson, Aurtene.14.3 
 8. Forbes, Coruna13.8 
 9. Elias, Tenerife13.7 
 10. Tomas, Prat J.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko TODOROVIC
  Prat J.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 11
 1. Todorovic, Prat J.11.0 
 2. Balmon, Las Rozas11.0 
 3. Thompson, Aurtene.8.5 
 4. Atoyebi, Lan M.8.2 
 5. Adams, Coruna8.2 
 6. Mbaye, Barca R.8.2 
 7. Koffi, Ourense7.8 
 8. Conde, Avila7.6 
 9. Elias, Tenerife7.5 
 10. Joseph, Avila7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Joan CREUS
  Barca R.
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Creus, Barca R.4.3 
 2. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.3 
 3. Llorente, Avila4.2 
 4. Bavosi, Andorra4.2 
 5. Ugrinoski, Las R.3.7 
 6. Marzo, Barca R.3.5 
 7. Perez, Barca R.3.5 
 8. Alvarado, Gandia B.3.3 
 9. Ott, Lan M.3.3 
 10. Carrera, Aurtenec.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Lan M.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ott, Lan M.3.3 
 2. Smith, Coruna3.0 
 3. Robertson, Avila2.3 
 4. Vives, Prat J.2.0 
 5. Guigou, Tenerife2.0 
 6. Bavosi, Andorra1.8 
 7. Ros, Plasencia1.8 
 8. Alvarado, Gandia B.1.7 
 9. Balmon, Las Rozas1.7 
 10. Marzo, Barca R.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko TODOROVIC
  Prat J.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Todorovic, Prat J.1.7 
 2. Marti, Prat J.1.7 
 3. Mbaye, Barca R.1.5 
 4. Joseph, Avila1.4 
 5. Monroe, Tenerife1.3 
 6. Brigman, Prat J.1.3 
 7. Pantin, Ourense1.2 
 8. Miller, Gandia B.1.2 
 9. Diarra, Oviedo CB1.2 
 10. Iglesias, Plasenc.1.2 


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Lleida 8-2 
 2. Burgos 7-2 
 3. Canarias 7-2 
 4. La Palma 6-3 
 5. Melilla 6-3 
 6. Breogan 5-4 
 7. Menorca 5-4 
 8. Palencia 5-4 
 9. Granada 4-5 
 10. Girona 4-5 
 11. Mallorca 4-5 
 12. Caceres 4-5 
 13. Leon 4-6 
 14. Navarra 3-6 
 15. Knet Clavijo 3-6 
 16. CB Tarragona 3-6 
 17. Huesca 3-6 
 18. Clinicas Rincon 1-8 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Barca Regal II 5-1 
 2. Andorra 4-1 
 3. Ourense 4-1 
 4. Aurteneche M. 4-2 
 5. Coruna 4-2 
 6. Avila 3-2 
 7. Lan Mobel ISB 3-3 
 8. Prat Juventud 3-3 
 9. Las Rozas 2-4 
 10. Tenerife 2-4 
 11. Gandia Basquet 2-4 
 12. Oviedo CB 1-5 
 13. Plasencia 0-5 


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Andy PANKO
  Lagun A.
  (204-F-77)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Panko, Lagun A.19.9 
 2. Teletovic, Caja L.19.9 
 3. Penney, Fuenlabra.16.9 
 4. Fernandez, Real M.16.4 
 5. Freeland, Unicaja16.2 
 6. Doellman, Assignia16.1 
 7. Martinez, Valencia16.0 
 8. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.15.9 
 9. Davis, Cajasol14.7 
 10. Wright, CAI Z.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paul DAVIS
  Cajasol
  (211-C-84)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Davis, Cajasol10.2 
 2. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.9.0 
 3. Augustine, UCAM M.8.9 
 4. Freeland, Unicaja8.3 
 5. Baez, FIATC J.8.0 
 6. Teletovic, Caja L.7.9 
 7. Reyes, Real Madrid7.9 
 8. Ayon, Fuenlabrada7.6 
 9. Mainoldi, Fuenlabr.7.4 
 10. Martin, B.de R.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Javier RODRIGUEZ
  Assignia.
  (189-G-79)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Rodriguez, Assigni.5.7 
 2. Markovic, Valencia4.9 
 3. Huertas, FCB Regal4.3 
 4. Llompart, Lucentum4.0 
 5. Dumas, B.de R.3.9 
 6. Llull, Real Madrid3.7 
 7. Granger, Asefa E.3.7 
 8. Van Rossom, CAI Z.3.7 
 9. Miso, UCAM M.3.6 
 10. Navarro, FCB Regal3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Rudy FERNANDEZ
  Real M.
  (197-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fernandez, Real M.2.3 
 2. Ayon, Fuenlabrada2.0 
 3. Doellman, Assignia1.9 
 4. Rodriguez, Assigni.1.7 
 5. Barnes, Lucentum1.7 
 6. Prigioni, Caja L.1.7 
 7. Triguero, Cajasol1.7 
 8. Llompart, Lucentum1.7 
 9. Ndong, FCB Regal1.6 
 10. Flores, Asefa E.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Blusens M.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lasme, Blusens M.1.9 
 2. Begic, Real Madrid1.8 
 3. Fischer, Bizkaia1.7 
 4. Seraphin, Caja L.1.4 
 5. Toure, B.de R.1.3 
 6. Asselin, Assignia1.3 
 7. Augustine, UCAM M.1.3 
 8. Landry, Assignia.1.2 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja1.2 
 10. Achara, Assignia.1.1 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. FCB Regal 6-1 
 2. Real Madrid 6-1 
 3. Caja Laboral 5-2 
 4. Unicaja 5-2 
 5. Lucentum 5-2 
 6. Cajasol 4-3 
 7. Valencia 4-3 
 8. Assignia M. 4-3 
 9. Fuenlabrada 3-4 
 10. Bizkaia Bilbao 3-4 
 11. Asefa Estudian. 3-4 
 12. CAI Zaragoza 3-4 
 13. UCAM Murcia 2-5 
 14. B.de Rueda V. 2-5 
 15. Blusens M. 2-5 
 16. FIATC Joventut 2-5 
 17. GC 2014 2-5 
 18. Lagun Aro GBC 2-5 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Troy DEVRIES
  Melilla
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. DeVries, Melilla19.2 
 2. Feldeine, Breogan18.8 
 3. Quezada, Leon18.6 
 4. Durley, Leon18.5 
 5. Guillen, Canarias17.9 
 6. Witt, Knet Clavijo17.3 
 7. Antelo, Caceres17.0 
 8. Phillip, Burgos16.8 
 9. Knutson, Mallorca16.7 
 10. Donaldson, Canari.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Knet Clavijo
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Lawal, Knet Clavijo10.0 
 2. Donaldson, Canarias9.7 
 3. Phillip, Burgos8.9 
 4. Williams, Caceres8.6 
 5. McNeil, Huesca8.6 
 6. Diouf, Palencia8.4 
 7. Sikma, La Palma8.3 
 8. O''Leary, Palencia8.0 
 9. Wachsmann, Melilla7.6 
 10. Mortellaro, Leon7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  La Palma
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Alvarado, La Palma5.4 
 2. Norris, Lleida4.4 
 3. Bivia, Mallorca4.3 
 4. Witt, Knet Clavijo4.2 
 5. Riera, Melilla4.1 
 6. Lopez, Burgos3.9 
 7. Bernabe, Leon3.9 
 8. Rodriguez, Caceres3.8 
 9. Sabat, Canarias3.7 
 10. DeVries, Melilla3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jeffrey XAVIER
  Palencia
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Xavier, Palencia3.0 
 2. Bernabe, Leon2.6 
 3. Toledo, Burgos2.3 
 4. Alonso, Mallorca2.3 
 5. Guerra, Granada2.0 
 6. Schaftenaar, La P.1.9 
 7. Otegui, Menorca1.9 
 8. Lopez, La Palma1.8 
 9. Rost, Canarias1.8 
 10. Norris, Lleida1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michel DIOUF
  Palencia
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Diouf, Palencia1.7 
 2. Kuzmin, Clinicas.1.7 
 3. Lawal, Knet Clavijo1.6 
 4. Green, Mallorca1.6 
 5. El Hadji Mal., Cli.1.3 
 6. Coleman, Girona1.3 
 7. Tillman, Burgos1.2 
 8. Odiakosa, Melilla1.2 
 9. Samb, Granada0.9 
 10. Freimanis, Girona0.9 


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Basketligan Round 11: Boras Basket keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Boras Basket as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Boras Basket edged 6th ranked Sodertalje Kings at home 82-80. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-80. Boras Basket made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Sodertalje Kings helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for the former international center Michael Palm (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: W.Washington) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Italian guard Ryan Zamroz (191-87, college: Master's, agency: JEMsports) helped adding 25 points and 4 assists. American center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. Sodertalje Kings' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Boras Basket (9-2) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Sodertalje Kings lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with six games lost. They share the position with Solna. Sodertalje Kings will play next round against Uppsala Basket trying to get back on the winning streak. Boras Basket will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked LF Basket in Lulea.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Norrkoping Dolphins (8-3) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Boras Basket (9-2) 103-91. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Norrkoping Dolphins. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 8-2 record before this meeting. It was an exceptional evening for Lebanese-American guard Omar Krayem (185-86, college: Cal.Baptist) who led the winners and scored 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Michael Palm accounted for 22 points and 8 rebounds. American-British forward Oladapo Ayuba (198-86, college: UMKC) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds for Norrkoping Dolphins in the defeat. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Boras Basket. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion Norrkoping Dolphins dropped to the second place with three games lost. Boras Basket will play against LF Basket (#3) in Lulea in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Norrkoping Dolphins will play on the road against Solna Vikings and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (0-12) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 12th consecutive match to fifth ranked Uppsala Basket (6-5) 87-81 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Rickard Eriksson who scored 23 points and 5 assists. Bernard Toombs produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds for the guests. Uppsala Basket maintains fifth place with 6-5 record. Eco Orebro lost their twelfth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Uppsala Basket will meet at home Sodertalje Kings (#6) in the next round. Eco Orebro will have a break next round.
The game in Solna was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Sodertalje Kings (5-6) played at the court of eighth ranked Solna Vikings (5-6). Solna Vikings defeated Sodertalje Kings 79-68. Logi Gunnarsson orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The victory was the third consecutive win for Solna Vikings. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sodertalje. Sodertalje Kings lost their third game in a row. Solna Vikings' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Third ranked LF Basket (7-4) crushed at home 8th ranked KFUM Jamtland (4-7) by 20 points 99-79, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Justin Safford who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 7 rebounds. LF Basket's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for LF Basket. They maintain third place with 7-4 record having just two points less than leader Boras. KFUM Jamtland at the other side dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. LF Basket will face league's leader Boras Basket on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KFUM Jamtland will play against Sundsvall Dragons (#4).



Norrkoping - Boras 91-103

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Norrkoping Dolphins (8-3) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Boras Basket (9-2) 103-91. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Norrkoping Dolphins. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 8-2 record before this meeting. The game without a history. Boras Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Boras Basket shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Lebanese-American guard Omar Krayem (185-86, college: Cal.Baptist) who led the winners and scored 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) accounted for 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. American-British forward Oladapo Ayuba (198-86, college: UMKC) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds and American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) added 15 points and 5 assists respectively for Norrkoping Dolphins in the defeat. Four Boras Basket and five Norrkoping Dolphins players scored in double figures. Norrkoping Dolphins' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Boras Basket. They keep a position of league leader. Defending champion Norrkoping Dolphins dropped to the second place with three games lost. Boras Basket will play against LF Basket (#3) in Lulea in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Norrkoping Dolphins will play on the road against Solna Vikings and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Boras: O.Krayem 34+6reb+5ast, M.Palm 22+8reb+3ast, R.Zamroz 21+4reb+2ast, J.Thomas 18+7reb+6ast, H.Carlsson 6+1reb+1ast, M.Goransson 2+2ast
Norrkoping: O.Ayuba 21+16reb, A.Mitchell 15+1reb+5ast, F.Drains 12+3reb+1ast, S.Seay 11+2reb+2ast, E.Jeromanovs 10+1reb+4ast, M.Lindquist 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 132224


Uppsala - Eco Orebro 87-81

Bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (0-12) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 12th consecutive match to fifth ranked Uppsala Basket (6-5) 87-81 on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 28-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Uppsala Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Rickard Eriksson (190-82) who scored 23 points and 5 assists. Australian guard Rhys Carter (190-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 assists. American center Bernard Toombs (208-87, college: Troy) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import forward Demond Watt (200-89, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Uppsala Basket and four Eco Orebro players scored in double figures. Uppsala Basket maintains fifth place with 6-5 record. Eco Orebro lost their twelfth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Uppsala Basket will meet at home Sodertalje Kings (#6) in the next round. Eco Orebro will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Uppsala: R.Eriksson 23+3reb+5ast, S.Grundberg 21+5reb, R.Carter 14+1reb+13ast, A.Nordstrom 11+4reb+3ast, D.Johnson 10+12reb+1ast, M.Nakos 5+2ast
Eco Orebro: S.Licartovsky 21+1reb+1ast, D.Watt 20+7reb+1ast, B.Toombs 18+15reb+3ast, B.Barton 10+1reb+1ast, A.Pleick 7+5reb+7ast, T.Georgitsis 3+2reb
gschID: 132225


LF Basket - Jamtland 99-79

Third ranked LF Basket (7-4) crushed at home 8th ranked KFUM Jamtland (4-7) by 20 points 99-79, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. The game without a history. LF Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. LF Basket forced 22 KFUM Jamtland turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when LF Basket made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Justin Safford (205, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Keith Ramsey (206-87, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) helped adding 18 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Four LF Basket players scored in double figures. LF Basket's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Brandon McKnight (188-83, college: Purdue, agency: Promotex) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (205-80, agency: Court Side) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for LF Basket. They maintain third place with 7-4 record having just two points less than leader Boras. KFUM Jamtland at the other side dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. LF Basket will face league's leader Boras Basket on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KFUM Jamtland will play against Sundsvall Dragons (#4).
Top scorers:
LF Basket: J.Safford 27+7reb, K.Ramsey 18+13reb, U.Igbavboa 13+6reb, E.Salon 12+1reb+1ast, R.Mbemba 12+5reb+12ast, M.Pahlmblad 9+2reb
Jamtland: B.McKnight 18+7reb+4ast, D.Klaric 16+6reb, E.Zabas 13+2reb+3ast, J.Ronstrom 9+1reb, A.Karlsson 7+4reb+1ast, B.Lalugba 7+5reb
gschID: 132226


Solna - Sodertalje 79-68

The game in Solna was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Sodertalje Kings (5-6) played at the court of eighth ranked Solna Vikings (5-6). Solna Vikings defeated Sodertalje Kings 79-68. Sodertalje Kings were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 25-12 charge of Solna Vikings, which allowed them to win the game. Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The former international forward Lesli Myrthil (200-77, college: Wagner) contributed with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. International guard Dino Pita (192-88) answered with 16 points and American center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Sodertalje Kings. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Solna Vikings. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sodertalje. Sodertalje Kings lost their third game in a row. Solna Vikings' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Solna: L.Gunnarsson 28+4reb+3ast, W.Beck 14+3reb+5ast, W.Walker 10+9reb+4ast, K.Doychinov 10+7reb, L.Myrthil 9+9reb+6ast, T.Laser 8+1reb
Sodertalje: D.Pita 16+4reb+1ast, J.Andersson 13, J.Smith 12+4reb+3ast, K.Simms 10+10reb, M.Joseph 7+4reb+2ast, M.Griskenas 5+1reb
gschID: 132227


Boras - Sodertalje 82-80

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Boras Basket as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Boras Basket edged 6th ranked Sodertalje Kings at home 82-80. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-80. Boras Basket made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Sodertalje Kings helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for the former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Italian guard Ryan Zamroz (191-87, college: Master's, agency: JEMsports) helped adding 25 points and 4 assists. American center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks and Lithuanian forward Mantas Griskenas (201-85, college: Wichita St.) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Five Sodertalje Kings players scored in double figures. Sodertalje Kings' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Boras Basket (9-2) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Sodertalje Kings lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with six games lost. They share the position with Solna. Sodertalje Kings will play next round against Uppsala Basket trying to get back on the winning streak. Boras Basket will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked LF Basket in Lulea.
Top scorers:
Boras: R.Zamroz 25+3reb+4ast, M.Palm 18+18reb+5ast, O.Krayem 13+5reb+6ast, M.Goransson 8+4reb+2ast, J.Thomas 7+3reb, C.McKnight 6+4reb+1ast
Sodertalje: J.Smith 17+5reb+2ast, T.Borg 15, K.Simms 14+14reb+1ast, A.Chuk 11+5reb+8ast, M.Griskenas 11+12reb+2ast, D.Pita 5+3reb
gschID: 132223




Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Boras 9-2 
 2. Norrkoping 8-3 
 3. LF Basket 7-4 
 4. Sundsvall 6-4 
 5. Uppsala 6-5 
 6. Sodertalje 5-6 
 7. Solna 5-6 
 8. 08 4-5 
 9. Jamtland 4-7 
 10. Eco Orebro 0-12 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Stephen MCDOWELL
  Solna
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. McDowell, Solna23.0 
 2. Zabas, Jamtland21.5 
 3. Krayem, Boras20.8 
 4. Smith, Sodertalje19.8 
 5. Palm, Boras19.4 
 6. Mbemba, LF Basket18.2 
 7. Jeansson, Uppsala17.1 
 8. Zamroz, Boras17.1 
 9. McKnight, Boras17.0 
 10. Sigurdarson, Sund.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Palm, Boras11.2 
 2. Toombs, Eco Orebro10.2 
 3. Johnson, Uppsala10.0 
 4. Baeringsson, Sunds.9.8 
 5. Ramsey, LF Basket9.6 
 6. Lalugba, Jamtland8.8 
 7. Simms, Sodertalje8.6 
 8. Safford, LF Basket8.3 
 9. Ayuba, Norrkoping8.1 
 10. McKnight, Boras7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket7.6 
 2. Carter, Uppsala6.3 
 3. Krayem, Boras6.1 
 4. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.3 
 5. Hellgren, Jamtland5.1 
 6. Chuk, Sodertalje5.0 
 7. Beck, Solna4.1 
 8. Mitchell, Norrkopi.3.9 
 9. Ermolinskij, Sunds.3.7 
 10. Zabas, Jamtland3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew MITCHELL
  Norrkoping
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Mitchell, Norrkopi.3.1 
 2. Smith, Sodertalje2.8 
 3. Carter, Uppsala2.6 
 4. Mbemba, LF Basket2.5 
 5. Zabas, Jamtland2.0 
 6. Ermolinskij, Sunds.2.0 
 7. Johnson, Sundsvall1.9 
 8. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.8 
 9. McDowell, Solna1.8 
 10. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith RAMSEY
  LF Basket
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ramsey, LF Basket2.5 
 2. Johnson, Uppsala2.2 
 3. Simms, Sodertalje2.0 
 4. Lalugba, Jamtland1.6 
 5. Toombs, Eco Orebro1.5 
 6. Watt, Eco Orebro1.4 
 7. Doychinov, Solna1.1 
 8. Gregory, Sundsvall1.0 
 9. Blom, 081.0 
 10. Odada, 080.9 


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  SYRIA   


Bigger than basketball - by Kenyon Gamble
As a pro ball player, you are faced with numerous obstacles: up days, down days, lonely days and emotional highs and lows. Through it all you build camraderie, lifelong relationships, and you meet a few truly great beings. The average person with the average job will never understand the love that's built in camp, practice, travel, and games. You build a real mentality of it's US against THEM. I'm writing with a very heavy heart and a little confusion, as we just lost one of US.

Some people never seem to be lost for words, and Sam Carey (203-F-84) was one of them. Always having something good to say to lift your spirits, slick to say to make you think twice, or funny to say to make you smile. Even when his words weren't tight, he'd hit you with that half smile, and he couldn't help but to brighten your day.

My teammate, my friend, my brother

My teammate. When I came to play for the Millrats in 2009, Sam was the first one to stand out. Aside from his tattoos (engulfing his whole upper-body), his unreal athleticism (defying the 'White men can't jump' stereotype), and his smooth spin move; he came and dapped me up, and hugged me like we had known each other for a lifetime. 'What's up man, I'm Sam.' You didn't know how powerful that statement was at the time, but you knew it was genuine, no facade involved. It was far different from that cold handshake that someone gives you as if they know you're coming after their job. 2 years later he gave me the exact same welcome.

My friend. He made his city, my city. Took me around, introducing me to all we came in contact with, with that same genuine smile and love. Showed me all the places to be, even took me to his tattoo man to fix some of my bogus artwork. If it was his, it was yours, and that felt warming, in a city filled with freezing cold temperatures and weekly snow storms.

My Brother. We shared some very personal things that only brothers could share. His words safe with me, and my words safe with him. Every time I came into town he was making sure I was straight, and that he showed me around as if it was my first time in town again. Even our last handshake and hug, hours before this tragedy, a day after our last time kicking it, and milliseconds before his final drive, he reiterated his joy about his newborn son, and his wife to be. With the same half-smile, we dapped, we hugged, and we left going on different journeys, but he was going on the one we all want to go on. TO HEAVEN. See you soon....My teammate, my friend, my brother.

My prayers and condolences sincerely go out to all of those that this humble man, Sam Carey (203-F-84), ever touched. To his family, blood and extended, stay strong, keep your faith and keep your head to the sky.

RIOCI

God Bless

This blog is maintained by Kenyon Gamble (212-C-82, college: Tuskegee)
www.kenyongamble.com
Kkg@kenyongamble.com


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  THAILAND   


SEA Games 2011. Thailand nip Indonesia to enter Final - by Eurobasket News
Indonesia - Thailand 62:65

Thailand snatched a tough narrow win over Indonesia in the second semifinal at SEA Games 2011. Attaporn Lertmalaiporn knocked down two free throws late in the game to seal a massive comeback rally from the visitors in the fourth quarter. Thailand thus booked their spot in the championship game. They will take on Philippines tomorrow.
Indonesia opened the game with a disciplined defence. They held their opponents to 10 points to take a 13:10 lead. Thailand narrowed the deficit in the second term. They got within a single point at the interval 30:31. Indonesia went on a 15:2 run in the third term to boost the lead. They enjoyed a 46:32 advantage midway through the third term and entered the final frame up by 9 points 52:43. Ratdech Kruatiwa (191-G/F-85) nailed a three-pointer to trigger a 12:1 run from the visitors as Thailand pulled ahead 57:56. Indonesia retained the lead but Ratdech Kruatiwa and Attaporn Lertmalaiporn notched four free throws in the dying seconds to win the game for Thailand. Darunpong Apiromvilaichai (185-G-85) had 15 points, while Mana Jantuma (185-G-80) added 12 points for the winners. Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) answered with 26 points for Indonesia. Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Indonesia: Andi Poedjakesuma 26, Rony Gunawan 12
Thailand: Attaporn Lertmalaiporn 16, Darunpong Apiromvilaichai 15, Mana Jantuma 12


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Joey Haywood named NBL Player of the Week ! - by Albert-Lee Young
Trinidad & Tobago point guard, Joey Haywood (6'1''-G), was named Player of the Week in Canadian NBL.

Haywood who was signed by Halifax Rainmen owner and CEO, Andre Levingston, just over a week ago 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.

Meanwhile in Lebanon, Ian Young had 18pts, 7 assists & 4 rebounds as Antranik scored a close 89-86 win over Chabab in a second round game on October 27 in the Lebanese Men Division A.

Whilst in another matchup of the same division, Kibwe Trim had a double, 17pts & 16 rebs, to guide Moutahed to a slender 79-76 victory against Hoops.

Over in Japan, Julius Ashby had 13pts & 9rebs in a losing effort, 71-91, for Shiga L-Stars against Osaka in a Round 11 game of the Japanese BJ League.

And down under, Daniel Dillon came off the bench to chip in with 8pts in 16mins as Melbourne Tigers defeated Perth Wildcats 87-82 in the Australian NBL.




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  TURKEY   


Real Madrid too strong for Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid - Anadolu Efes 104-84

Real Madrid demonstrated its power on Thursday night. The Spanish giant recovered from the last week's loss in Belgrade and blasted Anadolu Efes at home 104-84 for 3-2 record in Group C. Real Madrid joined Partizan on the second place, while Anadolu Efes slipped to fourth place and now has the same score as Emporio Armani (2-3). Real Madrid took control on Efes from the beginning and never looked back. Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) led the hosts with 19 points. Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) had 17 pts and 5 rebs, while Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) (5 rebs) and Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) netted 15 and 14 pts respectively. In the loosing squad, Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) and Ermal Kurtoglu (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 points each. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) collected 14 points and 5 rebounds. Quarters: 24-18, 26-18, 31-26, 23-22. Real Madrid will host Charleroi in the next round. Anadolu Efes waits Partizan.

Real Madrid: Jaycee Carroll 19, Nikola Mirotic 17+5 boards, Carlos Suarez 15+5 boards, Rudy Fernandez 14
Anadolu Efes: Dusko Savanovic 15, Ermal Kurtoglu 15, Ersan Ilyasova 14+5 boards


Regal Barca beats Galatasaray in Istanbul, stays perfect - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - FCB Regal 66-70

Regal Barcelona celebrated 66-70 road victory against Galatasaray on Thursday night. The reigning Spanish champion dominated in the second quarter to lead 29-44 at halftime and increased the advantage to 20 in the third quarter. However, Galatasaray players exploded after that, while Barca was just missing shot after shot. It all resulted with 66-68 and only 10 seconds to go in the game. Jaka Lakovic missed his second free throw and Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) was called for a line violation so Barca got the ball back. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) was quickly sent to the line and made 2 free throws to essentially ice the win. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) scored 14 points for Barca and Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) had two less. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) added 10 points and 5 rebounds, and Marcelinho Huertas had 9 pts. For the hosts, Luksa Andric top-scored with 17 pts and was their only player with double digits. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) (6 rebs) had 9 pts, while Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) and Ender Arslan (190-G-83) stopped to 8 pts each. Quarters: 19-19, 10-25, 19-17, 18-9. Barca will host Union Olimpija in the next round, while Galatasaray will play against Asseco Prokom in another home game.

Galatasaray: Luksa Andric 17, Joshua Shipp 9+6 boards, Jamon Lukas Gordon 8, Ender Arslan 8
Regal Barca: Erazem Lorbek 14, Juan Carlos Navarro 12, Pete Mickeal 10+5 boards, Marcelinho Huertas 9


Bowdry at the edge in Karsiyaka - by Sinan Can
PINAR Karsiyaka spokesman Tamer Ustaoglu stated that they might look for a change in their roster depending on upcoming results. Izmr team started the season with 2-3 run with a horrible fixture, anyway rather than losing against championship candidates such as Besiktas Milangaz, Turk Telekom or Galatasaray (away) or getting a shock home defeat to Minsk-2006 at Eurochallenge, it hurts more to see more than 100 points at thos losses. Mr. Ustaoglu declined that their lack of defens is very obvious, as Coach Hakan Demir is trying to heal the problem as soon as possible, besides they might change player or players if it is needed. After this statement, the arrows turned to rookie Brandon Bowdry who joined the team just before Turkish Cup as replacment of Raymar Morgan who left after elimination to Le Mans at Euro Cup. Bowdry might get cut from the tesam, anyway there had been no nomes rumoured to Izmir club. Pinar Karsiyaka also has Mire Chatman, Goran Ikonic and Jovo Stanojevic as foreigners.

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  UBA   


URBL Stats Leaders
UBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Williams, GIE M. 26.0
2. Sims, Georgia L. 20.0
3. Cantrel, GIE M. 20.0
4. Belton, Atlanta A. 19.0
5. Williams, Georgia L. 17.5
6. Dailey, Georgia L. 15.5
7. Barnes, GIE M. 15.0
Rebounds Per Game
1. Dailey, Georgia L. 15.0
2. Akpele, GIE M. 12.0
3. Barnes, GIE M. 8.0
4. Walker, Atlanta A. 8.0
5. Bedford, GIE M. 7.0
Assists Per Game
1. Barnes, GIE M. 8.0
2. Belton, Atlanta A. 7.0
3. Sims, Georgia L. 6.5
4. Cantrel, GIE M. 4.0
5. Broderick, Atlanta A. 3.0
Steals Per Game
1. Williams, GIE M. 7.0
2. Sims, Georgia L. 2.5
3. Dailey, Georgia L. 2.0
4. Barnes, GIE M. 2.0
5. Belton, Atlanta A. 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1. Walker, Atlanta A. 4.0
2. Akpele, GIE M. 2.0
3. Dailey, Georgia L. 2.0
4. Bedford, GIE M. 1.0


Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Buckeye B. 0-0 
 2. Cincinnati S. 0-0 
 3. Cleveland R. 0-0 
 4. Louisville S. 0-0 
 5. Midwest M. 0-0 
 6. Ohio R. 0-0 
 7. S.Ohio K. 0-0 
 8. SE Hoopstars 0-0 
Southern
 1. GIE Morrow D. 1-0 
 2. Georgia L. 1-1 
 3. S.Generals 0-0 
 4. Tennessee D. 0-0 
 5. Atlanta A. 0-1 
Western
 1. Austin K. 0-0 
 2. C.Texas C. 0-0 
 3. Cleveland H. 0-0 
 4. DFW Warriors 0-0 
 5. Houston E. 0-0 
D-League
 1. Nashville M. 0-0 
 2. Queen City G. 0-0 
Traveling Teams
 1. Dallas Stars 0-0 
 2. Team Japan 0-0 


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  UKRAINE   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Willie SOLOMON
  Cherkasy
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Solomon, Cherkasy21.1 
 2. Burtt, Dnipro20.0 
 3. King, BC Odessa18.5 
 4. Culpepper, Fe.18.1 
 5. Minard, Azovmash17.8 
 6. Green, Mykolaiv17.8 
 7. Guinn, Fe.17.7 
 8. Davis, Kryvbasb.17.6 
 9. Stojanovski, Cherk.17.4 
 10. Thomas, Dnipro17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  BC Odessa
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. King, BC Odessa10.5 
 2. Davis, Kryvbasb.9.6 
 3. Korniyenko, Dnipro9.3 
 4. Fraser, DniproAzot8.9 
 5. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 6. Shvets, BC Kyiv7.9 
 7. Coleman, Hoverla7.8 
 8. Pecherov, Azovmash7.8 
 9. Odufuwa, Halychyna7.7 
 10. Goodridge, BC Kyiv7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Derrick ZIMMERMAN
  BC Kyiv
  (191-G-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv7.0 
 2. Burtt, Dnipro5.8 
 3. Mitchell, Khimik5.5 
 4. Ewing, Azovmash5.4 
 5. Solomon, Cherkasy5.4 
 6. Deane, BC Odessa5.3 
 7. Morovic, Halychyna5.0 
 8. Ervin, BC Kyiv4.9 
 9. Butskyy, Fe.4.4 
 10. Rybalko, Fe.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  DniproAzot
  (186-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Sirsnins, DniproAz.2.2 
 2. Tiggs, Hoverla2.0 
 3. House, Dnipro2.0 
 4. Ewing, Azovmash1.9 
 5. Curry, BC Donetsk1.8 
 6. Chappell, Fe.1.7 
 7. Nelson, BC Donetsk1.6 
 8. Terry, Khimik1.5 
 9. Mitchell, Khimik1.5 
 10. Miletic, Khimik1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel MCCLINTOCK
  Mykolaiv
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. McClintock, Mykola.2.8 
 2. King, BC Odessa2.7 
 3. Gorbenko, Dnipr.2.0 
 4. Rizvic, Azovmash1.7 
 5. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.6 
 6. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.6 
 7. Goodridge, BC Kyiv1.4 
 8. Coleman, Hoverla1.4 
 9. Wallace, Halychyna1.4 
 10. Agafonov, Budiv.1.3 


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


Chris Monroe joins Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News
Budivelnyk strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of a short-term deal with Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: Geo.Washington). The guard is expected to replace injured Jack McClinton (185-PG-85, college: Miami, FL). Chris Monroe has not been playing for quite a long time. He started the previous season with Enel Brindisi. The player averaged 5.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in Seria A. However Chris Monroe suffered a serious injury and had to sit out the bigger part of the season. He joined Nymburk in the pre-season this summer but never inked a deal. Previously Chris Monroe had stints in Belgium, Austria, USBL, Hungary, Italy, France and Greece. Eurobasket.com named the guard All-Hungarian League Player of the Year in 2006.

Alexander Panchenko signs with Cherkasy - by Eurobasket News
Cherkasy deepened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Alexander Panchenko (184-PG-84). The point guard started the season with Politekhnika-Halychyna. He tallied 4.1 points, 1.7 rebounds per game in Superleague. Previously Alexander Panchenko had stints with MBC Mykolaiv and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. The guard was the member of Ukrainian University National Team in 2007.

Superleague Round 11: Dnipro defeats Azovmash in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 11 in the Superleague took place in Dnepropetrovsk. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Azovmash (8-3) to fifth ranked Dnipro (8-4) 82-79 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Azovmash. Azovmash cut a 16-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. They outrebounded Azovmash 49-30 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Azovmash helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. International guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) helped adding 21 points and 4 assists. American swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St.) responded with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. Azovmash's coach Aco Petrovic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dnipro have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with BC Donetsk. Azovmash at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Dnipro is looking forward to face Ferro-ZNTU (#9) in Zaporozhye in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Azovmash will play on the road against DniproAzot (#12) in Dniprodzerzhynsk and is hoping to win this game.
Superleague top team - Budivelnyk (10-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked Ferro-ZNTU (6-5) in Zaporozhye 78-70. It was a quality performance for American forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Suad Sehovic accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds. American center R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) came up with 16 points for Ferro-ZNTU in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Budivelnyk. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. Ferro-ZNTU lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with five games lost. Budivelnyk will play against bottom-ranked Kryvbasbasket (#14) in Krivoy Rog in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ferro-ZNTU will play on the road against Dnipro (#4) in Dnepropetrovsk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Superleague top team - Budivelnyk (10-1) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat tenth ranked Mykolaiv (4-8) in Kyiv 87-75. The best player for the winners was Zach Morley who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Budivelnyk's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Daniel McClintock produced 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the guests. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Budivelnyk. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. Mykolaiv lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. They share it with Cherkasy. Budivelnyk will meet bottom-ranked Kryvbasbasket (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Mykolaiv will play against BC Kyiv (#6) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Cherkasy. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 11th ranked Cherkasy (4-8) to eighth ranked BC Odessa (7-5) 76-75 on Sunday evening. Willie Deane saved the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 assists. BC Odessa moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hoverla. Cherkasy at the other side dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. BC Odessa's next round opponent will be Ferro-ZNTU (#9) in Zaporozhye.
Fifth ranked Dnipro (8-4) crushed at home 11th ranked Cherkasy (4-8) by 30 points 84-54, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Steven Burtt who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 4 assists. Dnipro's coach Denys Zhuravlov felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Dnipro. They moved-up to third place, which they share with BC Donetsk. Loser Cherkasy dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. Dnipro will face Ferro-ZNTU (#9) in Zaporozhye in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 11: Khimik won against Mykolaiv on the opponent's court 85-80. DniproAzot was outscored by Cherkasy in a home game 71-96. Dnipro rolled over Kryvbasbasket on the road 86-56.



Mykolaiv - Khimik 80-85

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Mykolaiv (4-8) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Khimik (8-5) 85-80 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-13. But Mykolaiv won second period 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Khimik made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Mykolaiv was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Denis Ikovlev (201-86, college: Nevada, agency: RIZO) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. American power forward Aaron McGhee (203-79, college: Oklahoma) helped adding 19 points and 9 rebounds. American swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import center Daniel McClintock (212-77, college: N.Arizona) scored 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Khimik moved-up to fifth place. Mykolaiv lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. Khimik will have a break next round. Mykolaiv will play at home against BC Kyiv (#6).
Top scorers:
Mykolaiv: R.Green 24+7reb+3ast, J.Coleman 16+2reb, D.McClintock 11+9reb+2ast, L.Iailo 10+4reb+2ast, I.Kryvych 7+3reb+2ast, A.Korochkin 6+1reb+2ast
Khimik: D.Mitchell 21+8ast, A.McGhee 19+9reb+1ast, D.Ikovlev 18+11reb+1ast, R.Terry 14+3reb+2ast, S.Popov 7+2reb+3ast, S.Vasiljevic 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 149080


Ferro-ZNTU - Budivelnyk 70-78

Superleague top team - Budivelnyk (10-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat ninth ranked Ferro-ZNTU (6-5) in Zaporozhye 78-70. Ferro-ZNTU was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of Budivelnyk, which allowed them to win the game. It was a quality performance for American forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Montenegrin-Bosnian swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87) accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four Budivelnyk players scored in double figures. American center R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) came up with 16 points and the other American import guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for Ferro-ZNTU in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Budivelnyk. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. Ferro-ZNTU lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with five games lost. Budivelnyk will play against bottom-ranked Kryvbasbasket (#14) in Krivoy Rog in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ferro-ZNTU will play on the road against Dnipro (#4) in Dnepropetrovsk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Guinn 16+3reb+3ast, R.Culpepper 15+2reb+4ast, M.Davis 13+5reb+1ast, J.Chappell 10+2reb+2ast, H.Kandrusevich 8+5reb+1ast, A.Butskyy 7+2reb+6ast
Budivelnyk: D.Lukashov 16+1reb+5ast, S.Sehovic 16+5reb+2ast, A.Agafonov 12+8reb+2ast, Z.Morley 12+10reb+4ast, A.Malysh 8, M.Anisimovas 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 149076


Dnipro - Cherkasy 84-54

Fifth ranked Dnipro (8-4) crushed at home 11th ranked Cherkasy (4-8) by 30 points 84-54, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Dnipro 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 Cherkasy's 24 and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Cherkasy 36-21 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of international guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 4 assists. The former international center Danylo Kozlov (206-82) helped adding 17 points. Dnipro's coach Denys Zhuravlov felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. FYR Macedonian guard Vojdan Stojanovski (193-87) responded with 11 points and American guard Willie Solomon (187-78, college: Clemson) scored 11 points. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Dnipro. They moved-up to third place, which they share with BC Donetsk. Loser Cherkasy dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. Dnipro will face Ferro-ZNTU (#9) in Zaporozhye in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game.
Top scorers:
Cherkasy: W.Solomon 11+2reb+2ast, V.Stojanovski 11+4reb+3ast, A.Nerush 10+3reb, I.Timermanis 8+1reb, M.Pupovic 5+4reb, Y.Frasenyuk 5+3reb
Dnipro: S.Burtt 21+2reb+4ast, D.Kozlov 17+4reb, O.Shchepkin 10+7reb+1ast, M.Vilkhovetskyi 10+1reb+2ast, D.Low 9+3reb+3ast, M.Korniyenko 7+12reb+1ast
gschID: 149077


Dnipro - Azovmash 82-79

The most exciting game of round 11 in the Superleague took place in Dnepropetrovsk. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Azovmash (8-3) to fifth ranked Dnipro (8-4) 82-79 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Azovmash. Azovmash cut a 16-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. They outrebounded Azovmash 49-30 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Azovmash helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. International guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) helped adding 21 points and 4 assists. American swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St.) responded with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international center Oleksiy Pecherov (213-85) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Azovmash's coach Aco Petrovic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dnipro have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with BC Donetsk. Azovmash at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Dnipro is looking forward to face Ferro-ZNTU (#9) in Zaporozhye in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Azovmash will play on the road against DniproAzot (#12) in Dniprodzerzhynsk and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: R.Minard 23+5reb+1ast, J.Crispin 19+1reb+4ast, O.Pecherov 13+9reb+3ast, H.Rizvic 12+5reb+1ast, D.Ewing 7+3reb+4ast, O.Kolchenko 5+6reb
Dnipro: C.Thomas 24+12reb+1ast, S.Burtt 21+4reb+4ast, D.Low 14+6reb+1ast, M.Korniyenko 10+12reb+1ast, F.House 7+3reb, M.Vilkhovetskyi 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 149078


DniproAzot - Cherkasy 71-96

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked Cherkasy's (4-8) road victory over 12th ranked DniproAzot (2-10) 96-71 on Friday. The game without a history. Cherkasy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 61.5 percentage. Cherkasy looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for American guard Willie Solomon (187-78, college: Clemson) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Serbian power forward Miljan Pupovic (209-83, agency: 011 Sports) helped adding 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Cherkasy players scored in double figures. Canadian power forward Michael Fraser (203-84, college: Oklahoma Baptist, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds and Filipino-American point guard Stanley Pringle (184-87, college: Penn St.) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Cherkasy moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Mykolaiv. DniproAzot lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with ten games lost. Cherkasy will have a break next round. DniproAzot will play at home against the league's second-placed Azovmash (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
DniproAzot: M.Fraser 17+15reb, S.Pringle 15+1reb+4ast, S.Sokur 12+3reb+2ast, G.Sirutavicius 8+1reb+2ast, S.Gorbenko 7+1reb+2ast, M.Balashov 6+2ast
Cherkasy: W.Solomon 24+6reb+9ast, I.Timermanis 23+3reb+2ast, M.Pupovic 15+10reb+3ast, A.Nerush 14+3reb+1ast, V.Stojanovski 13+4reb+3ast, Y.Frasenyuk 7+5reb
gschID: 149079


Budivelnyk - Mykolaiv 87-75

Superleague top team - Budivelnyk (10-1) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat tenth ranked Mykolaiv (4-8) in Kyiv 87-75. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-75. It was a great shooting night for Budivelnyk especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. International forward Andriy Agafonov (207-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points. Budivelnyk's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American center Daniel McClintock (212-77, college: N.Arizona) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Budivelnyk. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-1 record. Mykolaiv lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with eight games lost. They share it with Cherkasy. Budivelnyk will meet bottom-ranked Kryvbasbasket (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Mykolaiv will play against BC Kyiv (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mykolaiv: D.McClintock 19+7reb, R.Green 14+6reb+3ast, V.Hunter 14+5reb+2ast, J.Coleman 9+1ast, D.Vaughn 7+3reb+4ast, L.Iailo 6+2ast
Budivelnyk: Z.Morley 19+5reb+3ast, R.Alijevas 17+1ast, A.Agafonov 14+4reb+1ast, M.Anisimovas 11+3reb+2ast, S.Sehovic 8+8reb, O.Onufriyev 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 149073


Kryvbasbasket - Dnipro 56-86

Not a big story in a game in Krivoy Rog where 14th ranked Kryvbasbasket (1-10) was rolled over by fifth ranked Dnipro (8-4) 86-56 on Sunday. The game without a history. Dnipro led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Kryvbasbasket's 32. They outrebounded Kryvbasbasket 44-30 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for international guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. International power forward Maxym Korniyenko (205-87) helped adding 13 points and 12 rebounds. Four Dnipro players scored in double figures. American forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and the former international forward Dmitry Korablev (199-77) scored 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Dnipro. They moved-up to third place, which they share with BC Donetsk. Loser Kryvbasbasket stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Dnipro will face Ferro-ZNTU (#9) in Zaporozhye in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Kryvbasbasket will play at home against the league's leader Budivelnyk (#1) in Kyiv.
Top scorers:
Kryvbasbasket: B.Davis 15+14reb+1ast, D.Korablev 14+1reb+2ast, V.Kondratovets 11+1reb, D.Djapa 7+2reb+1ast, V.Konev 4+1reb+1ast, J.Florence 3+2reb+4ast
Dnipro: C.Thomas 17+5reb+2ast, D.Low 14+6reb+2ast, S.Burtt 14+7reb+6ast, M.Korniyenko 13+12reb+1ast, F.House 9+2reb+4ast, M.Vilkhovetskyi 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 149074


Cherkasy - BC Odessa 75-76

A very interesting game took place in Cherkasy. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 11th ranked Cherkasy (4-8) to eighth ranked BC Odessa (7-5) 76-75 on Sunday evening. Cherkasy was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 25-20 charge of BC Odessa, which allowed them to win the game. American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) saved the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 assists. Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four BC Odessa players scored in double figures. American guard Willie Solomon (187-78, college: Clemson) answered with 23 points and 4 assists and Serbian power forward Miljan Pupovic (209-83, agency: 011 Sports) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Cherkasy. BC Odessa moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hoverla. Cherkasy at the other side dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. BC Odessa's next round opponent will be Ferro-ZNTU (#9) in Zaporozhye.
Top scorers:
Cherkasy: W.Solomon 23+3reb+4ast, M.Pupovic 18+7reb+3ast, V.Stojanovski 13+6reb+7ast, I.Timermanis 9+6reb+1ast, A.Nerush 8+1reb+2ast, V.Bliznyuk 2+7reb+1ast
BC Odessa: W.Deane 23+4reb+5ast, S.King 16+6reb+2ast, R.Kryvych 13, J.Love 12+3reb+2ast, D.Korshuk 8+4reb+1ast, A.Kalnichenko 2+3reb
gschID: 149075




Kryvbasbasket tab Pierce Caldwell - by Eurobasket News
Pierce Caldwell (191-G-88, agency: Alti Sport, college: Incarnate World) became another newcomer for Kryvbasbasket. The team continue to struggle in Superleague regular season and therefore looking for the ways to improve their roster. So recently they have agreed on terms of contract with Pierce Caldwell. The guard started the previous season in D-League. He played for Frisco Texas Legends. His stats read 2.1 points, 1.4 assists per game. The guard moved to Latvia in January. Pierce Caldwell joined Liepajas Lauvas. He notched 15.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in LBL. In Baltic League the player tallied 19.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per appearance. He made it into Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team. Pierce Caldwell was trumped All-Tournament Co-MVP at 2010 Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas.

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Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Leicester R. 4-0 
 2. Newcastle E. 4-0 
 3. Worcester W. 3-0 
 4. Glasgow Rocks 3-2 
 5. Cheshire Jets 2-3 
 6. Plymouth R. 1-0 
 7. Durham W. 1-1 
 8. MK Lions 1-3 
 9. Sheffield S. 1-4 
 10. Mersey Tigers 0-2 
 11. Guildford Heat 0-5 


Sullivan The Greatest Claims Garbelotto - by Paul Nilsen
Tony Garbelotto has hailed Drew Sullivan (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) as the greatest player to have played in the BBL ahead of his teams match-up with the Great Britain captain tomorrow night.

Having shared a long association with the player ever since he first coached him as a junior in the capital and up to last season when he helped Tigers secure a wonderful treble, the play-caller is in no doubt as to the degree of influence Sullivan has on any team,

I have a special relationship with Drew that goes back to when he started playing as a young player. explained Garbelotto.

He is, in my opinion, the greatest winner and player to have ever played in the BBL.

Any team who has him on their roster has should win silverware and there is really nothing else more to say added the coach.

With the in-form Riders already in the last four of the BBL Cup and unbeaten in the BBL Championship, trophies could well be on the menu for Rob Paternostro and his team this season. However, Garbelotto will certainly be out to dent their hopes during his visit to the John Sandford Sports Centre in what looks a mouth-watering clash.

Before Garbelotto gets to experiences a reunion with Sullivan, both of teams face very difficult fixtures tonight against Worcester Wolves and One Health Sharks Sheffield respectively.

Tigers host a Wolves team who are yet to taste defeat in the BBL Championship while Garbelotto will be desperate to emerge victorious and rack up a first league win for of the season.

Meanwhile Riders recent run of excellent results could easily be brought to a shuddering halt this evening if they arent focused when they head to Sheffield to face a Sharks team seriously hurting from something of a losing streak of late.

Sharks have lost twice against the Eagles and were soundly beaten by Rocks and as a consequence of this, the very thought of the hosts slumping to a 1-4 start in the BBL Championship is almost unthinkable. It certainly underlines the importance of this game for Atiba Lyons and his players who would find it a hugely difficult task to finish as BBL Champions if they were to lose four of their first five games.

There will be real a sense of familiarity tomorrow evening when Worcester Wolves host UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders and Durham Wildcats entertain Glasgow Rocks. Both games are repeats of BBL Trophy fixtures from earlier in the season with each of the home sides looking to avenge disappointing losses.

Wildcats can certainly feel confident ahead of their game with Rocks since they had the confidence boost of winning their first ever game in the BBL last time they stepped out at Newton Aycliffe.

Coach Elderkin will also gain some confidence from almost causing an upset at Worcester last weekend when they were narrowly beaten.

Both UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders and Worcester Wolves won their respective road games against each other and this looks set to be a titanic tussle as Paul James tries to ensure his team gain revenge for Raiders eliminating them from the Trophy.

For any team harbouring ambitions of being crowned BBL Champions this season, it looks like pacesetters Newcastle Eagles will be the team to beat. They are in action during the final game of the weekend when Cheshire Jets will look to shatter their flawless record which has seen them chalk up four wins so far.

Certainly if they want to avoid a first loss in the league, the Eagles will have to improve when they hit the floor at Northgate since they were wholly unconvincing and very fortunate to squeeze past Rocks in their BBL Cup quarter-final against Rocks in their last outing.






Raiders On The Hunt For Trophies - by Jeff King
Even before a ball was tipped in anger this season, many pundits were tipping the Plymouth Raiders for great things this season. Their recruitment drive had been very impressive and the names and CVs landing in the deep South-West looked very daunting for the rest of the BBL.

Then, they showed exactly how much they meant business by cutting two players before a competitive ball was thrown and brought in GB Training Squad member and triple-trophy BBL guard James Jones (193-G/F-83, college: Whitworth) from Mersey Tigers. Add in the ability to land Paul Williams (208-F/C-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: St.Bonaventure) who starred for Sheffield last season and the retention of small forward Lehman Colbert and they really looked the business.

They cruised through the BBL Trophy group stages to take their place in the semi-final draw and then made another significant roster adjustment. Last years BBL MVP point guard Jeremy Bell (183-G-83, college: Williams Baptist) became available and Plymouth swooped to secure the ex-Cheshire Jets playmaker.

It was a move that really signalled their intentions and meant that rookie point guard Ben Smith (178-G-87, college: Jacksonville) was released to make way. Head Coach Gavin Love commented on the switch.

'I think we were just lacking in a few areas. Ben is a very good player but Jeremy is a different type of player and hes come in to the shooting guard slot and is a bit bigger. It wasnt anything wrong that Ben had done in any way, shape or form its just that when Jeremy became available it was a move I felt I had to make.'

And a bold and decisive move it was too as Bells first two games saw him anchor his side to two BBL Cup wins at Durham Wildcats and then a huge away quarter-final victory at Sheffield by 85 83 with Williams tipping in the winning basket against his old team.

So, Raiders are in the semi-finals of both the BBL Cup and Trophy. In the Cup they face Worcester Wolves, aside theyve already knocked out of the Trophy and in the Cup the face Milton Keynes Lions whom theyve already beaten convincingly in their only BBL Championship game so far this season.

Exciting times but Love is not getting carried away.

'We've got a long way to go. Yes, we've won a few games but we haven't scratched the surface of where I want us to be. Were an ok team at the moment but I think we can be a good team.'

'Everyone is saying were a fancied team this year but you tell me a team that doesn't look good on paper. Everyone's talking about us but Leicester signed two GB players and obviously Newcastle and Sheffield look great.'

'I was looking at the league the other day and I cant see whos not going to make the play-offs everyone looks really tough and I think the whole league is really strong this year.'



So, no complacency from Love but with Bell hitting his straps early and a great team of scorers around him including British forward and Captain Anthony Rowe (203-F-85, college: N.Georgia) to go alongside all the other firepower theres a real buzz around Plymouth basketball so far this season.



Luol Deng is weighing playing overseas - by Eurobasket News
Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) has received multiple offers from teams overseas, according to his agent Herb Rudoy. With the NBA lockout only looking like it's going to continue for a while, accepting an offer with a team from Europe or Asia may be Deng's only way of playing professionally soon. Deng grew up in Great Britain after leaving Sudan and plays for England's national basketball team. Rudoy added that European teams are getting the most interest from the Bulls forward because of that. During this summer, Deng played with Great Britain in the European championships. It's unclear exactly how much interest Deng has in playing for a foreign team.

Courtesy of http://chicago.sbnation.com


BBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Bolds, MK Lions25.8 
 2. Bell, Plymouth R.25.0 
 3. Teel, Leopards22.5 
 4. Sullivan, Leiceste.20.8 
 5. Bucci, Durham W.20.0 
 6. Smith, Newcastl.19.7 
 7. Brown, Cheshire.19.7 
 8. Green, Glasgow19.0 
 9. Chapman, Newcastl.18.8 
 10. Dobbins, Sheffiel.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  MK Lions
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Northern, MK Lions12.2 
 2. Schneck, Cheshire.12.0 
 3. Dobbins, Sheffield11.1 
 4. Tuck, Sheffield S.9.8 
 5. Gordon, Worceste.9.6 
 6. Thomson, Newcastl.9.6 
 7. Williams, Plymouth9.4 
 8. Cole, Cheshire Jets8.7 
 9. Bolds, MK Lions8.4 
 10. Wells, Leopards8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Leopards
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Teel, Leopards5.0 
 2. Bucci, Durham W.5.0 
 3. Green, Glasgow4.6 
 4. Flournoy, Newcastl.4.5 
 5. Bolds, MK Lions4.4 
 6. Brown, Cheshire.4.3 
 7. Chapman, Newcastl.4.1 
 8. Bailey, Mersey Tig.4.0 
 9. Rundles, Leiceste.4.0 
 10. Bell, Plymouth R.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Bolds, MK Lions3.8 
 2. Teel, Leopards3.0 
 3. Smith, Newcastl.2.7 
 4. Bucci, Durham W.2.5 
 5. Hardy, Leicester R.2.2 
 6. Gause, Newcastl.2.0 
 7. Green, Glasgow1.9 
 8. Brown, Cheshire.1.7 
 9. Bailey, Mersey Tig.1.6 
 10. Bridge, Newcastl.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin DOBBINS
  Sheffield S.
  (203-C/F-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Dobbins, Sheffield1.6 
 2. Northern, MK Lions1.4 
 3. Cole, Cheshire Jets1.3 
 4. Williams, Plymouth1.2 
 5. Royster, Leiceste.1.2 
 6. Gordon, Worceste.1.1 
 7. Youngblood, Leices.1.0 
 8. Madourie, Newcastl.1.0 
 9. Sullivan, Leiceste.0.8 
 10. Jones, Plymouth0.6 


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Results for the 12th round - by Hector Lopez
The LUB finished the 12th round with the following results:
Aguada 73 - Pablo Morales (200-F-79) 20 points, Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) 16 points 8 rebounds 3 assists, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 10 points 6 rebounds
Malvin 70 - Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 12 points 14 rebounds, Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) 10 points 8 rebounds, Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 4 points 4 rebounds
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Cordon 72 - Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) 20 points 8 rebounds 2 blocks, Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, college: Gardner-Webb) 16 points 2 blocks 7 assists
Trouville 71 - Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) 26 points 12 rebounds 1 block, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 7 points 7 rebounds 1 block


Cordon returns Timothy Jennings - by Eurobasket News
Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, college: Gardner-Webb) is back to Cordon. The American guard penned a deal for rest of the season. Actually, Jennings already made debut for his new/old team. He had 16 points and 7 assists against Trouville. Cordon won that game on the road 71-72. Timothy Jennings played in Dominican Republic most recently. He also played in Venezuela this year. In 2009/10, Timothy Jennings spent some time with Cordon. That same season he also played in Argentina. In the past, Jennings played in Canada, Ireland and Germany. Timothy Jennings graduated at the Gardner-Webb University in 2006.

Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
Capital
 1. Hebraica 11-0 
 2. Defensor 9-3 
 3. Malvin 7-3 
 4. Bigua 7-4 
 5. Aguada 6-5 
 6. Welcome 6-5 
 7. Trouville 6-5 
 8. Olimpia 5-6 
 9. Guruyu Waston 5-7 
 10. Bohemios 5-7 
 11. Larre Borges 5-7 
 12. Un.Atletica 4-7 
 13. Cordon 4-7 
 14. Montevideo 4-7 
 15. Sayago 4-8 
 16. Cader 2-9 
Littoral
 1. Anastasia 3-0 
 2. Wanderers 2-1 
 3. Remeros 1-1 
 4. Juventus Salto 0-2 
 5. Universitario S. 0-2 
South
 1. Lagomar 2-0 
 2. Plaza 2-1 
 3. Maldonado 1-1 
 4. Lavalleja 1-2 
 5. Flores Trinidad 0-2 


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Willard CREWS
  Cader
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Crews, Cader24.4 
 2. Herring, Bohemios23.6 
 3. Johnson, Olimpia23.2 
 4. Brown, Trouville22.8 
 5. Eddie, Cordon22.7 
 6. Roland, Sayago22.1 
 7. Humphrey, Bigua22.0 
 8. Haller, Montevideo20.8 
 9. Palacios, Cordon19.8 
 10. Clarkson, Larre B.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamaal DOUGLAS
  Bohemios
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Douglas, Bohemios18.2 
 2. Humphrey, Bigua11.3 
 3. Polk, Montevideo10.8 
 4. Jackson, Defensor10.6 
 5. Passos, Hebraica10.5 
 6. Kanis, Trouville10.1 
 7. Shellman, Sayago10.0 
 8. Crews, Cader10.0 
 9. Haller, Montevideo9.6 
 10. Johnson, Olimpia9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Barrera, Hebraica9.8 
 2. Gonzalez, Aguada6.0 
 3. Fitipaldo, Malvin6.0 
 4. Cambon, Bigua5.4 
 5. Silvarrey, Sayago4.9 
 6. de Gouveia, Monte.4.9 
 7. Muro, Aguada4.8 
 8. Martinez, Malvin4.6 
 9. Antunes, Un.Atlet.4.5 
 10. Garcia Moral., Bi.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Barrera, Hebraica3.1 
 2. Garcia Moral., Big.2.7 
 3. Tornaria, Trouville2.6 
 4. Clarkson, Larre B.2.5 
 5. Shellman, Sayago2.5 
 6. Jeffries, Malvin2.5 
 7. Silvarrey, Sayago2.4 
 8. Aguilera, Trouville2.3 
 9. de Gouveia, Monte.2.1 
 10. Vazquez, Olimpia2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Montevideo
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Polk, Montevideo2.6 
 2. Humphrey, Bigua2.0 
 3. Crews, Cader1.9 
 4. Suarez, Cordon1.6 
 5. Herring, Bohemios1.6 
 6. Haller, Montevideo1.5 
 7. Douglas, Bohemios1.5 
 8. Johnson, Olimpia1.5 
 9. Shellman, Sayago1.4 
 10. Newsome, Malvin1.4 


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Chris Monroe joins Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News
Budivelnyk strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of a short-term deal with Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: Geo.Washington). The guard is expected to replace injured Jack McClinton (185-PG-85, college: Miami, FL). Chris Monroe has not been playing for quite a long time. He started the previous season with Enel Brindisi. The player averaged 5.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in Seria A. However Chris Monroe suffered a serious injury and had to sit out the bigger part of the season. He joined Nymburk in the pre-season this summer but never inked a deal. Previously Chris Monroe had stints in Belgium, Austria, USBL, Hungary, Italy, France and Greece. Eurobasket.com named the guard All-Hungarian League Player of the Year in 2006.



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Thunder hand Flames their first loss - by Eurobasket News
Ahead by 14 points with under two and half minutes remaining, the Logan Thunder withheld a furious comeback from the Sydney Uni Flames to hold on and win 74-72 in Sydney tonight, handing the ladder-leading Flames their first loss of the season.

Ten points in the final two minutes of play from Sydney Unis Alicia Poto and 36 points overall from Belinda Snell (181-F-81) was not enough to keep their sides undefeated streak alive on their home floor.

Cayla Francis (192-C-89) led the way for the victorious Thunder with 23 points and ten rebounds, while Renae Camino (177-G-86) added 15 points, 13 in the first half, to go along with six rebounds and five assists.

Belinda Snell led all scorers with 36 points on 71 per cent field goal accuracy, while Alicia Poto was the only other Sydney player to score in double figures, contributing 20 points, along with nine rebounds.

Logan Thunder 74 (Cayla Francis 23, Renae Camino 15, Sarah Graham 14) defeated Sydney Uni Flames 72 (Belinda Snell 36, Alicia Poto 20, Amy Denson 6)

Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


Stats Leaders - WNBL
Points Per Game
 Suzy BATKOVIC-BROWN
  Adelaide
  (193-C-80)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Batkovic-B., Adela.23.5 
 2. Cambage, Bulle.21.6 
 3. Snell, Sydney UF20.1 
 4. Macleod, Dandenon.18.6 
 5. Denson, Sydney UF18.5 
 6. O''Hea, Dandenong18.0 
 7. Dowdell, Townsvil.17.9 
 8. Bishop, Adelaide16.4 
 9. Francis, Logan T.16.3 
 10. Cox, Waves16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cayla FRANCIS
  Logan T.
  (192-C-89)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Francis, Logan T.10.4 
 2. Batkovic-B., Adela.10.4 
 3. Tolo, Canberra C.10.3 
 4. Cambage, Bulle.9.0 
 5. Dowdell, Townsvil.8.9 
 6. Jarry, Bulleen B.8.9 
 7. Cox, Waves8.8 
 8. Denson, Sydney UF8.4 
 9. Bishop, Adelaide8.3 
 10. Richards, Bendi.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kathleen MACLEOD
  Dandenon.
  (167-G-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Macleod, Dandenon.6.8 
 2. Poto, Sydney UF6.3 
 3. O''Hea, Dandenong5.9 
 4. Snell, Sydney UF5.5 
 5. Harrower, Bendi.4.5 
 6. Richards, Bulleen4.3 
 7. Marino, Adelaide4.0 
 8. Flanagan, Townsvil.3.8 
 9. Foley, Townsville3.6 
 10. Veal, Logan T.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Suzy BATKOVIC-BROWN
  Adelaide
  (193-C-80)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Batkovic-B., Adela.3.5 
 2. Cox, Waves2.6 
 3. Leedham, Bulle.2.6 
 4. Snell, Sydney UF2.0 
 5. Blicavs, AIS1.8 
 6. Madgen, Bendigo S.1.7 
 7. Foley, Townsville1.6 
 8. O''Hea, Dandenong1.6 
 9. Poto, Sydney UF1.6 
 10. Dowdell, Townsvil.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marianna TOLO
  Canberra C.
  (196-C-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Tolo, Canberra C.3.1 
 2. Cambage, Bulle.3.1 
 3. Francis, Logan T.1.7 
 4. Tomlinson, Dandeno.1.6 
 5. Snell, Sydney UF1.5 
 6. Foley, Townsville1.3 
 7. Hargreaves, Waves1.3 
 8. Batkovic-B., Adela.1.1 
 9. Afeaki, Sydney UF1.0 
 10. Newley, Townsvill.1.0 


Standings - WNBL
WNBL Standings
 1. Sydney UF 7-1 
 2. Bulleen B. 6-1 
 3. Adelaide 6-2 
 4. Townsville F. 6-2 
 5. Dandenong R. 5-4 
 6. Logan T. 4-3 
 7. Bendigo S. 3-4 
 8. Canberra C. 3-7