EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/2/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Radnicki Kragujevac parts ways with rookie Darren Moore - by Eurobasket News
Radnicki Kragujevac decided to part ways with Darren Moore (190-G, college: Cal-Irvine). The American guard did not perform as expected. Moore played four games in Adriatic league averaging 1 point and 1.5 rebound. He was getting something more than 13 minutes per game. Darren Moore joined Radnicki during the summer and it was his first professional deal. He graduated at the University of California-Irvine this year. For 32 games as a senior Moore shined with 17 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.7 apg and 1.8 spg. He was awarded with All-Big West 2nd Team -11. In 2009/10 season, Darren Moore registered 11.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.9 apg. Recently, Radnicki Kragujevac parted ways with Turkish player Yunus Cankaya (199-F-85, agency: EM-PA).

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  ALGERIA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Blida 1-0 
 2. CRB Dar El-B. 1-0 
 3. CSMC 1-0 
 4. GS Petroliers 1-0 
 5. NAH Dey 1-0 
 6. Skikda 1-0 
 7. WA Boufarik 1-0 
 8. O Batna 0-0 
 9. Sidi-bel-Abbes 0-0 
 10. Annaba 0-1 
 11. Arreridj 0-1 
 12. CRB Temouch. 0-1 
 13. MS Cherchell 0-1 
 14. Staoueli 0-1 
 15. US Setif 0-1 
 16. USM Blida 0-1 


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  ARGENTINA   


Quilmes add Axel Weigand and Rolando Howell - by Eurobasket News
Quilmes made some changes to the roster. They landed Axel Weigand (200-C-85) and Rolando Howell (206-C/F-82, college: S.Carolina). They will replace Facundo Pinero (201-F-88) and Brian Morris (205-F-87, college: Humboldt St.).
Axel Weigand started the previous season in Spain. He played for Meridiano Alicante. The centre tallied 0.5 points per game. Later he moved to Monte Hermoso Basket. Axel Weigand posted 9.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist per appearance.
Rolando Howell played in Japan last season. The centre averaged 5.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game for the Oita Heat Devils. Previously Rolando Howell had stints in Spain, Lebanon, Poland and Italy. Asia-Basket.com named the centre All-Arab Club Championship Best Defensive Player in 2009.


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  AUSTRIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 27
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna27.0 
 2. Reed, Oberwart24.3 
 3. Wade, Arkadia24.2 
 4. Djuric, Gussing23.0 
 5. Shaw, Oberwart20.2 
 6. Booker, St.Polten20.0 
 7. Leonard, Arkadia20.0 
 8. Francois, BC Vienna19.4 
 9. Brown, Wels18.0 
 10. Drenovac, Arkadia17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.10.3 
 2. Oppland, Gmunden8.8 
 3. Reed, Oberwart8.7 
 4. Skurdauskas, Arkad.8.0 
 5. Bakovic, St.Polten7.3 
 6. Shaw, Oberwart7.3 
 7. Heard, Gussing7.3 
 8. Suljanovic, Kloste.6.8 
 9. Nelson, Kapfenberg6.7 
 10. Gordon, Kapfenbe.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna5.6 
 2. Lanegger, Klostern.5.4 
 3. Rakocevic, BC Vi.5.0 
 4. Fears, Kapfenberg5.0 
 5. Danek, Arkadia4.8 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.4.7 
 7. Miletic, BC Vienna4.3 
 8. Schreiner, Kapfe.4.3 
 9. Pryor, Wels4.2 
 10. Farokhmanesh, We.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenf.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.3.7 
 2. Pryor, Wels2.8 
 3. Brown, Wels2.4 
 4. Stazic, BC Vienna1.8 
 5. Bobb, Klosterneub.1.8 
 6. Murati, Gmunden1.8 
 7. Jandl, Oberwart1.7 
 8. Fears, Kapfenberg1.7 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden1.6 
 10. Wade, Arkadia1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.2.8 
 2. Ware, Furstenfeld1.3 
 3. Skurdauskas, Arkad.1.2 
 4. Greimeister, Klost.1.0 
 5. Moric, UBSC G.0.8 
 6. Shaw, Oberwart0.8 
 7. Francois, BC Vienna0.8 
 8. Brown, Wels0.8 
 9. Kohlmaier, Wels0.6 
 10. Lamesic, Wels0.6 


A Bundesliga Round 6: Gussing Knights are upset by Raiffeisen Wels - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Wels between third ranked Gussing Knights (3-2) and seventh ranked Raiffeisen Wels (3-2) on Saturday night. Gussing Knights were crushed by Raiffeisen Wels on the road 101-63. The game without a history. Raiffeisen Wels led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Raiffeisen Wels outrebounded Gussing Knights 37-22 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American swingman Quentin Pryor (193-83, college: Morehead St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who scored 18 points and 6 assists. The other American import center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Slovenian forward Elvis Kadic (201-80) who recorded 14 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Raiffeisen Wels moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Gussing. Raiffeisen Wels is looking forward to face BC Vienna (#8) in Wien in the next round. Gussing Knights will play at home against St.Polten (#11) and are hoping to win this game.
Undefeated leader Xion Dukes delivered the fifth consecutive victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (2-2) 85-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kapfenberg Bulls. It was a good game for Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Jason Chappell contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) replied with 20 points and 4 assists for Kapfenberg Bulls. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Xion Dukes (5-0) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the seventh place with two games lost. Xion Dukes will play against Arkadia Lions (#10) in Traiskirchen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kapfenberg Bulls will play on the road against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked St.Polten (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 88-72 loss to third ranked Gmunden Swans (4-1) in St.Polten on Sunday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Matthias Mayer scored 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Gmunden Swans' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Roy Booker with 28 points and 5 assists. Gmunden Swans have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Loser St.Polten still closes the standings with five games lost. Gmunden Swans will meet at home Kapfenberg Bulls (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. St.Polten will play against Gussing Knights (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 6 Arkadia was defeated by Furstenfeld in a road game 76-65. Oberwart beat UBSC Graz at home 89-79.
The best stats of 6th round was 30 points and 5 rebounds by Tiras Wade of Arkadia.



Wels - Gussing 101-63

The most important game in the last round took place in Wels between third ranked Gussing Knights (3-2) and seventh ranked Raiffeisen Wels (3-2) on Saturday night. Gussing Knights were crushed by Raiffeisen Wels on the road 101-63. The game without a history. Raiffeisen Wels led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Raiffeisen Wels outrebounded Gussing Knights 37-22 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American swingman Quentin Pryor (193-83, college: Morehead St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who scored 18 points and 6 assists. The other American import center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Five Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Slovenian forward Elvis Kadic (201-80) who recorded 14 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) added 17 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Raiffeisen Wels moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Gussing. Raiffeisen Wels is looking forward to face BC Vienna (#8) in Wien in the next round. Gussing Knights will play at home against St.Polten (#11) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Wels: J.Werner 21+6reb, Q.Pryor 18+4reb+6ast, A.Farokhmanesh 15+4reb+3ast, D.Lamesic 15+3reb+3ast, T.Brown 12+7reb+2ast, T.Csebits 11+2ast
Gussing: A.Djuric 17+2reb, E.Kadic 14+6reb, T.Klepeisz 11+1reb+1ast, M.Klepeisz 8+2reb+3ast, P.Horvath 6+1reb+2ast, M.Jandrasits 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 137101


Furstenfeld - Arkadia 76-65

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Furstenfeld Panthers and 9th ranked Arkadia Lions had identical 1-4 record. This time Furstenfeld Panthers used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Traiskirchen 76-65 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Furstenfeld Panthers. Arkadia Lions managed to win second period 12-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Furstenfeld Panthers dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Arkadia Lions' 36. Furstenfeld Panthers forced 20 Arkadia Lions turnovers. American swingman Bryant Matthews (201-82, college: Virginia Tech) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Gary Ware (206-83, college: Purdue, agency: TSS Management) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Tiras Wade (200-81, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) with 30 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac (203-92, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points. Furstenfeld Panthers (2-4) moved-up to ninth place. Arkadia Lions lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers will meet at home higher ranked Oberwart Gunners (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Arkadia Lions will play against the league's leader Xion Dukes (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: B.Matthews 18+8reb+2ast, G.Ware 17+6reb, A.Shavies 12+4reb+5ast, K.Payton 8+5reb+3ast, P.Radakovics 8, J.Robinson 5+3reb+1ast
Arkadia: T.Wade 30+5reb+3ast, D.Drenovac 15+3reb, S.N'Diaye 8+8reb, R.Spasojevic 7+4reb, B.Danek 3+2reb+6ast, P.Skurdauskas 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 137102


Kapfenberg - Klosterneub. 67-85

Undefeated leader Xion Dukes delivered the fifth consecutive victory. This time they beat 7th ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (2-2) 85-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kapfenberg Bulls. The game without a history. Xion Dukes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Kapfenberg Bulls' 36. They outrebounded Kapfenberg Bulls 30-19 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Jason Chappell (206-83, college: Wisconsin) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) replied with 20 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) added 13 points in the effort for Kapfenberg Bulls. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Xion Dukes (5-0) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the seventh place with two games lost. Xion Dukes will play against Arkadia Lions (#10) in Traiskirchen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kapfenberg Bulls will play on the road against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: R.Suljanovic 25+8reb, J.Chappell 19+5reb+3ast, C.Nagler 15+4reb+6ast, C.Bobb 11+3ast, M.Rachar 6+1reb, D.Zeleznik 5+1reb+3ast
Kapfenberg: J.Fears 20+3reb+4ast, D.Nelson 13+3reb+1ast, M.Linskens 10+1reb+1ast, L.Gordon 10+7reb, T.Schreiner 7+3ast, H.Kuegerl 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 137103


St.Polten - Gmunden 72-88

Bottom-ranked St.Polten (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 88-72 loss to third ranked Gmunden Swans (4-1) in St.Polten on Sunday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game without a history. Gmunden Swans led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to St.Polten's 38. International power forward Matthias Mayer (204-81) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American swingman Roy Booker (191-84, college: SE Missouri St., agency: TSS Management) with 28 points and 5 assists and Serbian swingman Ivan Kuprijanov (198-84) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Gmunden Swans have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Loser St.Polten still closes the standings with five games lost. Gmunden Swans will meet at home Kapfenberg Bulls (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. St.Polten will play against Gussing Knights (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: M.Mayer 16+6reb+2ast, M.Curry 16+1reb+5ast, E.Murati 14+2reb, D.Oppland 14+9reb+1ast, P.Huetter 8+1reb+2ast, R.Arnold 8+2reb+1ast
St.Polten: R.Booker 28+1reb+5ast, I.Kuprijanov 12+5reb, M.Speiser 9+5reb, F.Trmal 8+5reb+2ast, I.Bakovic 8+5reb+1ast, T.Blazan 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 137104


Oberwart - UBSC Graz 89-79

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Oberwart Gunners and 5th ranked UBSC Graz had identical 3-2 record. This time Oberwart Gunners used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Graz 89-79 on Saturday night. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American forward Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Oberwart Gunners players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (203-82) with 22 points and 6 rebounds and Slovenian swingman Samo Grum (193-79) scored 16 points. Oberwart Gunners have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion (4-2) moved-up to third place. Loser UBSC Graz dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Oberwart Gunners will meet Furstenfeld Panthers (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. UBSC Graz will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: D.Reed 23+7reb+5ast, H.Ochsenhofer 19+2reb+2ast, J.Dean Shaw 19+6reb+3ast, N.Gacesa 10+4reb+2ast, D.Jandl 10+5reb+4ast, L.Linzer 7+3reb+2ast
UBSC Graz: M.Stegnjaic 22+6reb+2ast, S.Grum 16+2ast, C.Knor 14+1reb, T.Ambrose 9+4reb+3ast, R.Lanegger 7+4reb, S.Schaal 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 137105




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  BELARUS   


Round 3 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006 improved to 3-0 record after the road win over Grodno-93 87:66. Trailing 18:25 after the first 10 minutes, the favorites needed 27-13 in the second frame and never looked behind after. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) stepped up with 17 points and Lashkevich Aliaksei added 13. Yuri Hlebovich (202-F-83) and Efremov ended up with 13 points each in the losing effort.
BGUIR beat Sozh 64:39. The hosts grabbed 28-10 after the first 10 minutes and continued in the same tempo in the rest of the game. Sugonyako posted 15 points to lead the charge, while Zahar netted 13 points and had 14 boards. Bliznets collected 12 points and 10 boards in the losing case.
Rubon edged Minsk-2006 II 89:74. Dimitri Sivalko (199-F-85) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Malkov added 17.



Asseco Prokom edged Minsk-2006 in Belarus - by Eurobasket News
VTB League
Minsk-2006 - Asseco Prokom 60:92


Minsk-2006 tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 60:92 loss to Polish Asseco Prokom in Minsk on Monday evening.
Asseco Prokom led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Asseco Prokom forced 19 Minsk-2006 turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. It was a great evening for Alonzo Gee (198-G-87, college: Alabama) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) helped adding 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side guard Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) responded with 19 points and 5 assists and U.S. Virgin Isl.-Antiguan guard Julius Hodge (201-G-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Carolina St.) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Polish champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Zalgiris. Defending Belarusian champion Minsk-2006 still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with CEZ Nymburk. Asseco Prokom will meet Enisey Krasnoyarsk on the road in the next round. Minsk-2006 will play against the league's leader Spartak St.Petersburg and hopes to get finally their first victory.



Minsk-2006: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 19, Julius Hodge 11+10 rebs
Asseco Prokom: Alonzo Gee 13+13 rebs, Adam Hrycaniuk 13, Lukasz Seweryn (195-G-82, agency: Court Side) 11




Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 3-0 
 2. OZAA Osipov. 2-0 
 3. Grodno-93 2-1 
 4. BGUIR-RTI 1-2 
 5. Rubon 1-2 
 6. Minsk-2006 II 0-2 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-2 


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  BRAZIL   


Paulista Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
S.Jose/Vinac - Itabom/Bauru 84-76

Sao Jose/Vinac surged ahead in the semifinal series versus Itabom/Bauru. They claimed a confident home win in Game 3. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 49-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sao Jose/Vinac made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Itabom/Bauru helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Jefferson Antonio (207-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. The former international guard Fulvio de Assis (187-81) helped adding 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists and swingman Gaucho Zilmer (197-86) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
S.Jose/Vinac: J.Antonio 23+14reb+1ast, F.de Assis 19+6reb+5ast, M.Costa 15+3reb+5ast, P.Castro 10+6reb, A.Laws 9+2reb+4ast, D.Stefanelli 5+1reb+1ast
Itabom/Bauru: G.Zilmer 15+5reb, L.Taylor 14+9reb+8ast, F.Fischer 11+1reb, D.Nunes 11+5reb, J.Agba 8+6reb+1ast, G.Deodato 7
gschID: 155488


Winner/Limeira - Pinheiros/Sky 86-82

Winner/Limeira avoided elimination with a hard-fought home victory over Pinheiros/Sky. Pinheiros/Sky was ahead by 10 points after three quarters before a 35-21 charge of Winner/Limeira, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Winner/Limeira especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for forward Biro Alves (200-87) who led the winners and scored 15 points. Dominican-American guard Ronald Ramon (185-86, college: Pittsburgh) accounted for 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Five Winner/Limeira players scored in double figures. Winner/Limeira's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Naturalized American forward Shamell Stallworth (196-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) came up with 27 points and 5 rebounds and international forward Olivinha Rodriguez (202-83) added 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for Pinheiros/Sky in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Winner/Limeira: A.Bambu 15+1reb+1ast, B.Alves 15+4reb+3ast, R.Klafke 11+4reb+1ast, R.Ramon 11+6reb+4ast, D.Pinheiro 10+3reb+4ast, T.Romualdo 8+2reb+3ast
Pinheiros/Sky: S.Stallworth 27+5reb+2ast, O.Rodriguez 17+9reb+4ast, M.Ferreira 9+3reb, M.Vieira 8+6reb+7ast, R.Pinto 7+1ast, L.Morro 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 155489




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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Basketball talent in College - by David Edole
These are the guys that I am aware of. If I am missing anyone feel free to send me an email...

BVI 2011-12
Seniors
Juan Richards, Virginia Union University

Juniors
Ray Victor, Warner University
Halstead Chiverton, East Central University

Freshmen
Leslee Smith, Southern Methodist
Killven Samuel, Seminole State College
Le'Manuel Fahie, Moberly Area Community College
Asim Beazer, Missouri State West Plains


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  BULGARIA   


Division A: Round Two review - by Eurobasket News
Round Two of the Bulgarian A Division was played last weekend. Akademik BL, Beroe, Overgas and Vidabasket remain undefeated after two games. Akademik BL was better than Chavdar on the road 74-90. Overgas celebrated 67-81 win against Cherno More U20, also as a guest. Georgi Boyanov (195-F-93) was the leading player in this victory with 25 points and 18 rebounds. Beroe cruised past Balkan 2 with 109-55 and Vidabsket handed 87-80 loss to Dunav. Kristiyan Borisov (188-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) stepped up for the hosts with 22 points and 10 rebounds. In the last game of the round, Academik PL smashed Shumen 103-67. Martin Horozov (200-F-86) exploded with 35 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in this meeting. He reached valuation 44.

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  CAMEROON   


Adingono: I will rely on Bayang and Bitee to be sucessful! - by Kristian Santiago
Lazare Adingono recently sat down to talk with Africabasket's Kris Santiago about him taking over the coaching of As de Sale in Morocco.

Africabasket: Lazare, you are now in Morocco and are soon going to coach one of the top teams in Africa. Tell us a bit more about it and how the team found about you.

Lazare Adingono :
First of all I would like to thank you for taking the time to talk about this step I have elected to take in my coaching career.
As for Morocco, it is a great honour to be part of a professional organization such as As de Sale. In fact this organization has approached me in number of occasions for the past few years but at the time the timing was not right. I appreciate the trust that this organization has in me and I look forward to working very hard with the goal of taking the team to new heights.

AB: You are going to have the services of Christian Bayang (193-G-87) and Parfait Bitee (188-G-85). What kind of roles are they going to play for you on the court?

Adingono: Those two players, Bayang and Bitee, are major players and well respected in the African Continent and therefore I will heavily rely on them both on and off the court in order to be very successful this year.

AB: Known for being an ambitious coach around coaching circles, what can we expect to witness Sale finally representing Morocco in the African Club Championships? Which goals were set up by you and the management for the upcoming season?

Adingono: Yes, in fact this organization and the country of Morocco will be hosting the next African Club Championship in December 2011 and the news has created a buzz not around the country but the continent as a whole. I believe both the management and me have set high goals for the team this season which is to be highly competitive.

AB: Let's have your thoughts on the last African Championships in Madagascar: What went right and what went wrong in terms of organisation and professionalism and where do you see improvement regarding Cameroon's hoop program as well as for the African continent?

Adingono: The last Afrobasket was a revelation for the entire continent and we saw what can be called a changing of the guard with many teams competing at a high level. Although there is always room for improvement, I believe the Secretary General of FIBA Africa Dr. Alphonse Bile and his staffs has done a great Job in making many positive adjustments to this prestigious tournament on a yearly basis. As far as hoops in Cameroon, I think the managing team in place has to continue to work around the clock and find ways to keep the hopes of an entire country alive moving in the future.

Africabasket: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us!




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  CANADA   


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


Storm brings Islander back - by Eurobasket News
The Summerside Storm will have a P.E.I. member after all. Forward Doug McKinney (6'9''-F/C-84) of Charlottetown has been called back to join the Island team just as the regular season is set to begin.

The Storm has made two roster changes as the National Basketball Association of Canada club readies for their home opening weekend this Thursday and Friday at Credit Union Place.

Joe Salerno, vice-president of player personnel and head coach of the Storm, announced Monday that Michael Dale was released over the weekend and the six-foot-eight McKinney has been called up to bring the roster to the league maximum of 12.

A graduate of Charlottetown Rural, McKinney played five years with the UPEI Panthers from 2002 to 2007. After graduating from UPEI, McKinney played in Lebanon. He also coached basketball and was playing in the senior mens league last year in Charlottetown.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com


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  CHILE   


Standings - DIMAYOR
Liga Standings
North
 1. Boston Coll. 12-0 
 2. Los Leones 11-1 
 3. Sagrados 9-3 
 4. Puente Alto 8-4 
 5. San Juan 6-6 
 6. Sportiva Italiana 4-8 
 7. Stadio Italiano 3-9 
 8. Providencia 3-9 
 9. Sabuesos 3-9 
 10. Palestino 1-11 
South
 1. Aleman 9-1 
 2. Osorno Basq. 8-2 
 3. Dep.Valdivia 6-4 
 4. Dep.Ancud 5-5 
 5. Dep.Castro 5-5 
 6. Temuco Basket 4-6 
 7. Dep.Pucon 2-8 
 8. Las Animas 1-9 


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  CHINA   


Interperformances NBA Players: Luol Deng and Raja Bell evaluating Europe - by Interperformances
Interperformances NBA players; Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) and Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) due to the NBA Lock out are considering to play overseas. Luol Deng have been playing for the Chicago Bulls for the last seven seasons averaging 35mpg, 16ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.3 apg. The Previous season Luol registered 39.1mpg 17.4 ppg 5.8 rpg,2.8 apg. Last season raeched the finals of the NBA Eastern Conference and won NBA Central Division Championship. With the British National Team was the leading scorer of the European Championship in Lithuania with 24.6ppg and the 2nd rebounder 9.4 rpg.
Raja Bell #19 Guard of the Utah Jazz , has also played in the NBA for the last 11 years with Philadelphia76ers ,Dallas Mavericks , Phoenix Suns , Charlotte Bobcats and Utah Jazz averaging: 28.3 mpg,10.1ppg ,2.9rpg,1.7apg. While the previous season averaged: 30.8mpg, 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.7apg.


Report: Chandler, Smith to return from China when lockout ends - by Eurobasket News
At least three NBA players who signed on to play in China during the lockout will apparently not last the entire Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) season, despite the CBA not allowing out-clauses in contracts with NBA players.

While Clark Earl (6'9''-F-88, college: Louisville) was let out of his contract because of personal reasons (his girlfriend is pregnant), Chandler Wilson (6'8''-F/G-87, college: De Paul) and Smith J.R. (6'6''-G-85) are expected to be released by their Chinese teams when the lockout ends, ESPNs Marc Stein reports via Twitter (via Hoopshype).

Xinjiang, however, will insist that Kenyon Martin stay in China for the entire season, according to Stein.

When the CBA decided to prohibit out-clauses, there were immediate questions as to whether the league could enforce the rule. And while teams are free to release to players as they wish-which isnt a violation of the rule-signing on with Chinese teams evidently does not mean a player is there for the entire season.

As Chinese basketball site NiuBall wrote last month (via CBS Sports), Despite what the language of a contract may say, there are no such things as guaranteed contracts and no out-clauses. When it comes down to it, no team is willing to pay and play an import that doesnt want to be here. ...

The rule wasnt put in to guarantee that guys like Clark Earl stay the whole year, but rather more as a preventive measure to avoid the insanity that would have ensued if NBA superstars like Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade had signed in China. In the CBAs eyes, superstars in China wouldnt have raised the level of the National Team, something that the government run league takes very seriously. Plus, having big-name players in China for a month or two only to see them jet back to the States once the NBA lockout ended was not a scenario the CBA ever envisioned as positive for the development of its league.

Meanwhile, Stein reports that Rodney Stuckey held off last week on accepting an offer from Guangdong in case the lockout ended.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


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  COLOMBIA   


Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Bucaros 14-8 
 2. Guerreros 12-6 
 3. Orgullo Paisa 12-6 
 4. Patriotas 10-10 
 5. Caribbean Heat 9-11 
 6. Cucuta Norte 8-14 
 7. InderValle 5-15 


FEDERATION CUP 2011, DAY 27 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Guerreros de Bogota played one its best games in the season to defeat the Orgullo Paisa in Bogota, the Guerreros ruled the boards and put full press on defense to stop the Orgullo Paisa offensive, again D. Holland and K. Taylor leaded the offensive in the winners with 19 pts each, S. Ortiz effort of 28 points was not enough, H, Guillent help him with 16.
Guerreros 84 D. Holland 19 pts, K. Taylor 19 pts.
Orgullo Paisa 75 S. Ortiz 28 pts, H. Guillent 16 pts.

Indervalle keep surprising, despite not having options to go beyond in the season, the red team still playes with heart and defeated the Caribbean Heat 105 92, the Caribbean Heat had the addition of Miguel Marriaga.
Indervalle 105
Caribbean Heat 92

Bukaros played a high level Basketball to defeat easily the Patriotas in Tunja, Bukaros is one game to clinch the top seed place entering the playoffs.
Patriotas 80
Bukaros 103


FEDERATION CUP 2011, DAY 25 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Cucuta Norte get close to clinch the 6th place in the standings and a chance in the playoffs after defeat the Caribbean Heat in Cucuta 86 79, despite not having Windy Graterol and using Nikola Kuga for limited minutes the black and red team supported its performance in Norman Nolan and Cesar Ordonez, the Caribbean Heat missed lots the help of Russel Carter, Dervon Washington leaded the way in San Andres.
Cucuta Norte 86 N. Nolan 20 pts.
Caribbean Heat 79 D. Washington 29 pts.

Indervalle surprised defeating Orgullo Paisa one of the top teams in the competition, again the quickness and hard defense of the Indervalle was too hard for Orgullo Paisa, the paisas did not had Alejandro Flores.
Indervalle 73
Orgullo Paisa 67

Guerreros reaches its third victory in a row defeating the Patriotas in Tunja, the capital team just arrived one hour before the game, but found a way to play its defense against the Patriotas, Delonte Holland and Kammron Taylor leaded the scoring in Guerreros, but Emiro Romero sealed the game with his two three pointers in the last quarter, Patriotas had Calvin Hammonds and Scott Mcbae leading the way.
Patriotas 76 C. Hammonds 22 pts, S. Mcbae 16pts
Guerreros 84 K.Taylor 23 pts, D Holland 22 pts.



FEDERATION CUP 2011, DAY 26 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
San Andres took revenge of the previous game and defeated the Cucuta Norte, again Dervon Washington and Joe Manuel leaded the Caribbean Heat, and now has the option to climb in the standings.
Cucuta Norte 64
Caribbean Heat 77

Orgullo Paisa players felt the hard words of its coach and played a better basketball to defeat the hard team of Indervalle, the Paisas are now first on the standings
Indervalle 64
Orgullo Paisa 72 S. Ortiz 30 pts.

Patriotas and Guerreros played a nice game, that got a winner just in the overtime, the Guerreros took control of the game from the first quarter specially with Thomas ruling the paint, but at the end the team began to be tired and Diego Quiroz tied the game with 18 seconds in the clock, in the overtime Guerreros had the option to win but failed in the position and Patriotas scored in the fast break with sound of the buzzer to get the victory.
Patriotas 91 C. Hammonds 25 pts, C. Salcedo 17 pts.
Guerreros 89 S. Thomas 21 pts, D. Holland 20 pts.



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  CYPRUS   


A Division: Round 3 - 1st Part - by Chris Mammides
In the opening game of the third week of the Mini League of the Cyprus First Division the team of Keravnos Strovolou succeeded its third straight victory over the team of Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD, and what a win? 36 points difference between the two teams was a big surprise for the Basketball fans, especially for the ones of the home team as the visiting site of Coach Argyrou played fiarly well in the first two weeks and this result was unexpected. ENAD lost in details by APOEL 83-76 in the first round and in the second round the Agios Dhometios team lost in the overtime after a great game against the Champions, team of Intercollege Etha Engomis.


In any case, the game was a derby only for the first 20 minutes when the score was not more than 6-8 points for the home team of Coach Yiannaras, after the beggining of the thrid quarter the deficit open wide as the players of ENAD were not able to score and only some personal tries from Dewayne Reed (185-G-87, college: Auburn) and Hundock were able to just cut a bit the defiicit whereas the home team was getting points from Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) (in his best game this season), Marcus Moore (198-G-80, college: Washington St.) as main figures followed by Andrei Mandache (189-G-87), in his best game since he arrived in Cyprus, Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, college: Mississippi St.) and Pilavas. The overal score of this 3rd period was 25-9 while the 4th period was simply the epitome of the game as the visitors had no mood to continue and they were just waiting for this game to finish.. It is worth mentioned the fact that 5 players from Keravnos had double digits with Panagiotis Trisokkas being the Top scorer and MVP of the game as he had the amazing 100% in his attempts!! while the 10 out of 12 players of Keravnos scored. Furthermore, the team of Strovolos is currently leading the league with the absolute record 3-0 in this mini league.

The quarters were: 23-19, 45-38, 70-47, 95-59

Scorers:
Keravnos: Veselovs 5, Marcus Moore 16 points and 6 assists, Pilavas 11, Winsome Frazier 13, Panagiotis Trisokkas 17, Hanka 5, Dragicevic 5, Andrei Mandache 10, Hatsher 9, Chan 4
ENAD: Sakarasvili 1, Matic 11, Filippou 4, Haddock 10, Djurasovic 4, Damjanovic 9, Dewayne Reed 12, Wells 8





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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Derek Wright claims NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Derek Wright (175-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Chomutov and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 22 points adding nine rebounds and eight assists for Chomutov in his team's victory, helping them to crush Inter Bratislava (#13, 1-9) with 16-point margin 79-63. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Chomutov maintains the 9th position in Czech Republic NBL. Chomutov is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-5 record. In the team's last game Wright had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Chomutov's top player in his first season with the team. Austin Peay State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wright. Wright is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.1ppg) and averages solid 2.8spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Esian Henderson (203-F-86) of Levice. Henderson impressed basketball fans with 27 points and 4 rebounds. Of course he lead Levice to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Plzen (#11, 3-7) 103-63. This victory allowed Levice to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Henderson is a newcomer at Levice and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#4). He also registered 6.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Congolese Boris Meno (203-F-83) of Svitavy (#10). Meno scored 18 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Svitavy, leading his team to a 71-64 win against slightly higher-ranked USK Praha (#8, 5-5). The chances of Svitavy ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 5 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Meno could help Svitavy to bring them higher in the standings. Meno has a great season in Czech Republic. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.4rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pavel Houska (201-F-84) of BK Decin - 22 points and 9 rebounds
5. Jiri Jelinek (203-F-87) of BC Kolin - 20 points and 5 rebounds
6. Corey Muirhead (198-F-83) of BK Pardubice - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) of CEZ Nymburk - 14 points and 7 rebounds
8. Rob Lowery (188-G-87) of Chomutov - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Admir Alic (198-F-84) of BK Decin - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-G-83) of BC Kolin - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Rob LOWERY
  Chomutov
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Lowery, Chomutov20.8 
 2. Houska, BK Decin19.3 
 3. Henderson, Levice18.8 
 4. Sedmak, USK Praha18.8 
 5. Bridgewaters, Inte.18.4 
 6. Wright, Chomutov18.1 
 7. Longmire, Usti n.17.6 
 8. Grant, Levice17.3 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.17.1 
 10. George, Svitavy16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Votroubek, USK P.8.9 
 2. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.5 
 3. Meno, Svitavy8.1 
 4. Houska, BK Decin8.0 
 5. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.9 
 6. Gavran, Inter B.7.1 
 7. Hughes, NH Ostrava7.1 
 8. Field, BC Kolin6.9 
 9. Blazek, B&W Opava6.7 
 10. Peterson, BK Pros.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  Chomutov
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Wright, Chomutov5.8 
 2. Sotnar, USK Praha5.2 
 3. Vrubl, Plzen4.3 
 4. Barnes, BC Kolin4.0 
 5. George, Svitavy3.7 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.3 
 7. Kostomaj, Levice3.1 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin3.0 
 9. Hruban, USK Praha2.9 
 10. Simmons, CEZ N.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Radim KLECKA
  B&W Opava
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Klecka, B&W Opava3.0 
 2. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.8 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.8 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.4 
 5. Lowery, Chomutov2.0 
 6. Ames, BC Kolin1.9 
 7. Sirina, B&W Opava1.9 
 8. Bridgewaters, Inte.1.8 
 9. Ciz, NH Ostrava1.8 
 10. Inge, NH Ostrava1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  BK Prost.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gadri-N., BK Prost.2.0 
 2. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.5 
 3. Grant, Levice1.3 
 4. Meno, Svitavy1.0 
 5. Kolovrat, B&W O.1.0 
 6. Jelinek, BC Kolin0.9 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.8 
 8. Votroubek, USK P.0.7 
 9. Kramny, Svitavy0.7 
 10. Slavik, USK Praha0.7 


CEZ Nymburk drops to 0-4 record at VTB - by Eurobasket News
VTB League
Lokomotiv - CEZ Nymburk 72:63


Bottom-ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 63:72 loss to Russian Lokomotiv in Kuban. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But CEZ Nymburk won third quarter 22-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, college: Clemson) who led the winners and scored 16 points. Forward Maksim Sheleketo (204-F-87) accounted for 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. American guard Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) added 7 points and 7 rebounds respectively for CEZ Nymburk in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lokomotiv moved-up to sixth place. Defending Czech champion CEZ Nymburk still closes the standings with four games lost. Lokomotiv will have a break next round. CEZ Nymburk will play on the road against Lietuvos rytas in Vilnius and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

Lokomotiv: K.C. Rivers 16, Maksim Sheleketo 10, Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) 10
CEZ Nymburk: Chester Simmons 15, Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) 9, Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-F-77) 9



Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 8-1 
 2. BK Pardubice 8-3 
 3. BC Kolin 7-2 
 4. BK Prostejov 7-2 
 5. BK Decin 7-2 
 6. Levice 5-4 
 7. NH Ostrava 5-5 
 8. USK Praha 5-5 
 9. Chomutov 4-5 
 10. Svitavy 4-5 
 11. Plzen 3-7 
 12. Usti n/Labem 2-7 
 13. Inter Bratislava 1-9 
 14. B&W Opava 0-9 


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


Nymburk bolster backcourt with addition of A.J. Abrams - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk are looking for the ways to improve their performance. The team that lost four games in a row in VTB League decided to strengthen their backcourt. They added A.J. Abrams (180-G-86, college: Texas) to the squad. The guard spent the last season in Italy. He played for Tezenis Verona in LegaDue. His stats read 13.9 points, 1.8 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.7 rebounds per game. A.J. Abrams started his pro career in 2009/10 season. The guard played in Greece for Trikalla 2000. His stats read 17.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist in A2 League.A.J. Abrams participated at NBA PreDraft Portsmouth Invitational Tournament as well as NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

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Ligaen Round 8 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
7th ranked Falcon (2-6) fell to eighth ranked SISU (3-5) in overtime by two points 80-82 on Thursday night. The game took place in Falcon. But the guests from Copenhagen were better at the end. Donald Rutherford orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Falcon's coach Henrik Koll rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SISU moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Horsens IC. Falcon lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. SISU will face higher ranked Horsholm (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Falcon will play against Aalborg (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive performance of 8th round was 25 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 9 steals by Corin Henry of Naestved.



Falcon - SISU 80-82 OT

7th ranked Falcon (2-6) fell to eighth ranked SISU (3-5) in overtime by two points 80-82 on Thursday night. The game took place in Falcon. But the guests from Copenhagen were better at the end. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 12-9 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. SISU forced 19 Falcon turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when SISU made 7 blocks. Falcon was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Donald Rutherford (198-87, college: Catawba) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International guard Julian McFarlane (184-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and forward Christian Nielsen (201-86, college: Wagner) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Falcon. Five SISU and four Falcon players scored in double figures. Falcon's coach Henrik Koll rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SISU moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Horsens IC. Falcon lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. SISU will face higher ranked Horsholm (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Falcon will play against Aalborg (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SISU: D.Rutherford 21+11reb+2ast, M.Dennis 19+6reb+3ast, D.Harder 13+2reb+1ast, J.Harrison 13+6reb, M.Nielsen 10+8reb+2ast, M.Flowers 3+2reb+1ast
Falcon: J.McFarlane 18+12reb+5ast, C.Nielsen 14+7reb+2ast, H.Thomsen 12+5reb+4ast, J.Rottgardt 10+2reb+1ast, P.Jorgensen 8+1reb+1ast, C.Thomsen 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 136121


Naestved - Vaerlose 95-88

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Naestved (5-3) beat at home 8th ranked Vaerlose (2-6) 95-88 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-88. Naestved made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Vaerlose turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Naestved especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Vaerlose was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 9 steals. The former international power forward Peter Johansen (205-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Naestved players scored in double figures. Forward Mads Rasmussen (191-86) replied with 40 points (!!!) and American forward Adam Wire (195, college: Cornell) added 7 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals in the effort for Vaerlose. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naestved moved-up to third place, which they share with Horsholm. Vaerlose at the other side keeps the eighth position with six games lost. Naestved will face league's leader Svendborg on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vaerlose will play against Horsens IC (#7) in Horsens and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Naestved: C.Henry 25+5reb+9ast, L.Hoirup 15+1reb+1ast, N.Brasas 13+3reb, P.Johansen 12+12reb+1ast, J.Glynn 10+8reb, M.Hoirup 10+1reb+1ast
Vaerlose: M.Rasmussen 40+3reb, A.Karason 11, R.Larsen 10+3reb+1ast, A.Osgood-Richardson 7+7reb, A.Wire 7+10reb+5ast, O.Sedoc-Moller 7+2reb
gschID: 136122


Horsholm - Svendborg 64-70

Rather expected game when 3rd ranked Horsholm (5-3) lost at home to top-ranked Svendborg (8-0) 70-64 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-17. But Horsholm won second period 22-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 4 assists. American forward Durell Vinson (201-85, college: Wagner) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Alexander Bak (193-91) replied with 23 points and American power forward Joe Benjamin (201-83, college: W.Virginia St.) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Horsholm. Svendborg have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-0 record. Horsholm at the other side keeps the third place with three games lost. Svendborg will face Naestved (#4) at home in the next round. Horsholm will play against SISU in Copenhagen.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: C.Colman 23+4reb+4ast, D.Vinson 22+8reb+1ast, A.Darboe 10+8reb+2ast, M.Plannthin 7+8reb+3ast, M.Mariegaard 5+2ast, C.Magaard 3+2reb+2ast
Horsholm: A.Bak 23+3reb+3ast, P.Hertz 14+3reb, J.Benjamin 12+7reb+1ast, J.Bro 9+3reb+4ast, B.Colas 4+4reb+1ast, B.Marinkovic 2+4reb
gschID: 136123


Aabyhoj - Aalborg 85-84

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Aabyhoj (4-4) edged at home bottom-ranked Aalborg (1-7) 85-84 on Saturday. However just one-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Aalborg was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Aabyhoj made 9 blocks. American players dominated the game. Forward D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) saved the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Demetrius Phillips (207-87, college: Bridgeport) contributed with 8 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Four Aabyhoj players scored in double figures. point guard Ryan White (177-88, college: Texas St.) replied with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St.) added 22 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Aalborg. Aabyhoj moved-up to fifth place. Aalborg lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. Aabyhoj will face league's second-placed Bakken in Aarhus in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Aalborg will play at home against Falcon (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aabyhoj: D.Curry 21+8reb+3ast, J.Wang 16+2reb+2ast, D.Jukic 11+4reb+2ast, R.Soby Dalboge 11, O.Sigurdsson 11+2reb+1ast, D.Phillips 8+16reb+3ast
Aalborg: T.Bishop 22+7reb, R.White 21+6reb+7ast, S.Sorensen 17+7reb, M.Rasmussen 9+1reb+1ast, R.Lauridsen 6+3reb+2ast, M.Christensen 4+6reb
gschID: 136124


Bakken - Horsens IC 86-72

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Horsens IC (3-5) lost to second ranked Bakken (7-1) in Aarhus 72-86 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Bakken. Horsens IC was better in third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. International swingman Chris Nielsen (192-85) contributed with 11 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Will Harris (198-86, college: Albany) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Mike St.John (203-84, college: La Salle) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Horsens IC. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bakken have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 7-1 record behind leader Svendborg. Horsens IC at the other side keeps the sixth place with five games lost. Bakken will face Aabyhoj (#5) on the road in the next round. Horsens IC will play against Vaerlose.
Top scorers:
Bakken: N.Iversen 18+8reb+6ast, M.Dejworek 14+4reb+1ast, A.Jakobsen 11+1ast, C.Nielsen 11+5reb+3ast, C.Gray 9+2reb, J.Jensen 7+1reb+1ast
Horsens IC: W.Harris 20+12reb+3ast, M.St.John 12+9reb+3ast, H.Schur 11+9reb+2ast, M.Sakne 10+1reb+5ast, C.Lindberg 6+5reb+1ast, J.Larsen 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 136125




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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Will HARRIS
  Horsens IC
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 30.1
 1. Harris, Horsens IC30.1 
 2. White, Aalborg26.9 
 3. Kingsley, Svendborg25.5 
 4. Bishop, Aalborg23.6 
 5. Rutherford, SISU23.3 
 6. Rasmussen, Vaerl.21.9 
 7. Henry, Naestved21.8 
 8. Curry, Aabyhoj19.0 
 9. Bak, Horsholm18.3 
 10. Dennis, SISU18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Bishop, Aalborg11.4 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC10.4 
 3. Benjamin, Horsholm10.3 
 4. Phillips, Aabyhoj10.1 
 5. St.John, Horsens10.1 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj9.6 
 7. Glynn, Naestved9.4 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.8.0 
 9. Johansen, Naestved8.0 
 10. Rutherford, SISU7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Henry, Naestved4.9 
 2. Sakne, Horsens IC4.5 
 3. White, Aalborg4.5 
 4. Curry, Aabyhoj4.4 
 5. McFarlane, Falcon4.4 
 6. Colman, Svendborg4.0 
 7. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 8. Iversen, Bakken3.8 
 9. Dennis, SISU3.5 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Henry, Naestved5.1 
 2. White, Aalborg3.0 
 3. Wire, Vaerlose2.8 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.6 
 5. McFarlane, Falcon2.3 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj2.3 
 7. Iversen, Bakken2.1 
 8. Glynn, Naestved2.0 
 9. Benjamin, Horsholm2.0 
 10. Plannthin, Svend.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Harrison, SISU3.5 
 2. Curry, Aabyhoj2.1 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.2.0 
 4. Phillips, Aabyhoj2.0 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.9 
 6. Bishop, Aalborg1.4 
 7. Colas, Horsholm1.3 
 8. Kingsley, Svendborg1.2 
 9. Eleraky, Aalborg1.0 
 10. Jukic, Horsholm0.8 


1st Division: Amager keeps the top - by Eurobasket News
Round Six of the 1st Division was played last weekend. Amager BK celebrated once again and jumped to 5-0 record in the league. They outplayed ALBA at home 97-52 to stay alone on top of the standings. On the other side, ALBA dropped to 1-4. Second ranked Koge and Lemvig also celebrated in this round. They have 4-1 record now. Koge was better than Randers on the road 59-73, while Lemvig handed 84-64 loss to Solrod. In the other games, Haderslev also was better than Solrod 81-50 and Glostrup failed at home against Aarhus 75-79. Jonstrup closed this round with 79-63 win against Haderslev. Round Seven is scheduled for the next weekend.

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Iowa Energy re-sign forward Stanley Robinson - by Eurobasket News
The Iowa Energy issued the following press release on Monday afternoon.

The Iowa Energy have announced that forward Stanley Robinson (6'9''-F-88, college: Connecticut) has signed with the team for the 2011-12 season.

Robinson, a 68 forward, averaged 9.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest in 22 regular season games with the Energy last season. He added 7.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game during the team's playoff run.

Stanley was a big part of our championship season and we are glad to have him back,' said Energy General Manager Chris Makris. He is a very talented player who we feel can be a part of winning another title for the Energy.

Robinson, a Birmingham, Alabama native, was a 2010 Draft Pick of the Orlando Magic (2nd round, 59th pick overall) and saw time in five preseason games prior to being released. He spent time with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (3 games, 9.7 points and 2.7 points per contest) before being traded to Iowa in exchange for forward Connor Atchley.

The Energy will hold their Annual D-League Draft Party this Thursday, November 3rd at 6pm at Court Avenue Brewing Co. (309 Court Avenue). The Energy staff will be selecting players live at the party via teleconference with the NBA.

The Energy will kick off their home season on Saturday, December 3rd when the Erie BayHawks come to town. The night will feature a Championship Celebration, along with Team ACRODUNK at halftime.

Season tickets for the Energys 24 game home schedule are now on sale. For more information, visit www.IowaNBA.com. Season tickets start at just $199 per seat, and include a number of special benefits.

Courtesy of www.desmoinesregister.com


Bobbitt re-signs with Stampede - by Eurobasket News
Tony Bobbitt (6'4''-G-79, agency: VVG Sports, college: Cincinnati) has re-signed with the NBA Development League and will report to training camp with the Idaho Stampede for training camp, which begins November 14, the organization announced today.

Bobbitt was acquired by the Stampede on Feb. 28, 2011 in a trade with the Springfield Armor. On the season (23 games, 22 starts) Bobbitt averaged 14.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. The Daytona Beach, Fla. native played 14 games with the Stampede (14 starts), averaging 14.6 points per game on 45.6 percent shooting, while making 44.6 percent of his three-point attempts. Bobbitt scored a season-high 33 points on March 27 against Austin. Bobbitt twice made eight three-pointers in a game, once as a Stampeder on March 23 against Rio Grande Valley.

Bobbitt has played two games in the NBA as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers - he scored five points, grabbed three rebounds and played 12 minutes in the 2004-05 season.

Bobbitt spent two seasons at the College of Southern Idaho from 2000-02, where he averaged 14.1 points (.441 FG%, .404 3FG%, .802 FT%) before transferring to the University of Cincinnati. While at Cincinnati, Bobbitt, born Oct. 22, 1979, averaged 10.9 points in two seasons. As a senior, Bobbitt was named the Conference USA Sixth Man of the Year (2003-04) and earned Third Team All-Conference USA honors.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Sioux Falls Skyforce land Charles Garcia - by Eurobasket News
Sioux Falls Skyforce brought in Charles Garcia (6'9''-F-88, college: Seattle). They got the player from the Iowa Energy in exchange for the next season's Draft 4th Round Pick. The forward started the previous season in Turkey. He played for Oyak Renault. Charles Garcia tallied 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in TBL. Later he moved to D-League to join the Utah Flash. His stats read 5.5 points and 2.5 rebounds. Charles Garcia then moved to Mexico. He signed a contract with Potros ITSON. The forward delivered 7.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 steal per appearance. In April the forward came back to D-League. He inked a deal with the Iowa Energy. His stats read 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds.

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Through Hard Work and Dedication, We Are Able to Achieve Our Goal - by EBA Media
To be the first at something takes ability and leadership, especially when it comes to being the youngest top division head coach ever in all of Europe, but is exactly what New York City native John Staudt did. After teaching and coaching in inner city New York for five years John was offered the opportunity to go overseas and fulfill his dream of coaching, but only as an assistant. After the teams dismal 1-18 start to the season John was quickly promoted to head coach where he not only turned the season around but also won both division ending playoff games. His arrival appeared to have turned the team around, what was his secret for success?

Staudt:I think we got back to working hard and using our youth to our advantage. We began playing at a faster pace and trying to wear down the other teams with our pace of play. Since we are young we do make mistakes, but we kept working hard through those mistakes and did not let them get us down, we fought every game to the very end.

Now the former coach of the Aalborg Vikings of Denmark has turned his sights back on the Big Apple and accepted the head coach position of the Hudson Valley Hype. With the young Hype entering into its third year in the Eastern Basketball Alliance and acquiring some of the most athletic and renowned collegiate players in the NYC area, the question is will his age play a factor in the United States?

Staudt:No, my age was never a problem for me. One thing is that we were one of the youngest teams- if not the youngest team- in the league and everyone on the team was either (28) or younger, so I think that helped a bit. I treated everyone with respect and was willing to listen to my players, both the older and younger ones that helped a lot in my age not being an issue. I think they saw that I was prepared and working hard for them so they were willing to prepare themselves and work hard for me.

As the 2011 season opener quickly approaches on Saturday November 12th, the Hype and their fans know they now have all the pieces together to make a successful run at the title this year.



Wizards' Nigel Byam Inks Overseas Deal - by EBA Media
Wizards Power Forward Nigel Byam signed a contract to play overseas in Bahrain for the Bahrain Premier Basketball League and a team called Issa Town!

Unfortunately for us Nigel never got a true chance to show what he could do against EBA competition Stated Wizards head Coach Greg Cerillo Nigel was a standout player at D-I St. Francis, tore up our Pre-Season Exposure Camp, and has just been a beast at all our workouts.

Our ability to identify talent is what will keep us strong Continued Cerillo Director of Basketball Operations Eddie Simmons and Assistant Coach Greg Barry have done a great job bringing in talent, so we should be OK! We have lost 3 projected starters to overseas contracts: Darren Townes to Finland, Darrell Wonge to Canada, and now Nigel. Yet that is exactly the advantage of being a Wizard! Players who make the commitment to play for us win, move up and move on. Overseas Coaches who have contacted us love our style of play, the professionalism of our staff and game day operations, the fact that we practice and practice at a quality facility, and the character of the people we recruit! I think this is just another thing that sets the Wizards apart from other leagues and clubs.

Clearly any players looking to take their talent to the next level benefit from the agents, GMs, and Coaches who continually attend Wizards practices!



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  EL SALVADOR   


Delgadense wins Division 2 - by Jaime Arevalo
The tean named Delgadense, from Ciudad Delgado, claimed the 2011 El Salvador Division 2 Champion after defeating in Final Game Instituto Tecnologico Centroamericano (ITCA), 77-67. The game was dominated by Delgadense, that was ahead in the score all time long. With 25 points, Kevin Hernandez was the game top scorer and MVP. The other best performers in Delgadense were Carlos Mendez with 18 and Jorge Leon with 12. At the losing side the top scorer was Mario Orellana (F/C-83), with 22 pts, followed by Adam Merino with 17 and Roberto Martinez 6.
Thanks to a 95-63 win over Costa Rica, Halcones ended the Division 2 at the third place. Halcones was the unanimous favourite for teh title, but was surprisingly eliminated by Delgadense in Semifinal.



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KML Round 5 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 5 in KML was guest Tln Kalev's (2-3) road victory over Valga/CKE (#8) 88-76 on Tuesday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-76. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87, college: S.Carolina) who scored 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Russian center Aleksei Fedortchuk (210-86, agency: RIZO) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds. British forward Samuel Cricelli (200-85, college: Caldwell) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Tln Kalev moved-up to fourth place, which they share with TTU/Kalev. Valga/CKE at the other side stay at the bottom position with four games lost. Tln Kalev will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Valga/CKE will play at home against the league's leader Tartu Ulikool (#1) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Tallinn supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked BC Rakvere (4-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Tln Kalev (2-3). BC Rakvere smashed Tln Kalev 89-62. Center Reinar Hallik (208-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Valmo Kriisa contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Russian center Aleksei Fedortchuk (210-86, agency: RIZO) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Tln Kalev. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Rakvere have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Tln Kalev at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with TTU/Kalev. BC Rakvere will play against bottom-ranked Valga/CKE (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Tln Kalev will play against Valga/CKE (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Parnu was also quite interesting. Third ranked BC Rakvere (4-2) played at the court of 5th ranked KK Parnu (1-3). BC Rakvere managed to secure a 9-point victory 85-76 on Saturday. Valmo Kriisa stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Rannar Raap responded with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. BC Rakvere have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. KK Parnu lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Rapla. BC Rakvere will meet at home bottom-ranked Valga/CKE (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. KK Parnu will play against the league's leader Tartu Ulikool.



Tln Kalev - Tarvas 62-89

The game in Tallinn supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked BC Rakvere (4-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Tln Kalev (2-3). BC Rakvere smashed Tln Kalev 89-62. The game without a history. BC Rakvere led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BC Rakvere outrebounded Tln Kalev 43-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. Center Reinar Hallik (208-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Valmo Kriisa (190-74) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. Russian center Aleksei Fedortchuk (210-86, agency: RIZO) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Mihkel Kurg (191-87) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Tln Kalev. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Rakvere have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Tln Kalev at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with TTU/Kalev. BC Rakvere will play against bottom-ranked Valga/CKE (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Tln Kalev will play against Valga/CKE (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: M.Kurg 14+5reb+1ast, A.Fedortchuk 14+6reb, R.Roos 9+1reb+1ast, M.Shaw 7+2reb, B.Raley-Ross 6+1reb, I.Tulit 4+3reb+1ast
Tarvas: T.Oja 18+2reb, R.Hallik 14+7reb+4ast, V.Kriisa 14+6reb+4ast, K.Cipruss 13+10reb, J.Umbrasko 12+4reb+3ast, M.Dorbek 8+2reb+5ast
gschID: 150098


Parnu - Tarvas 76-85

The game in Parnu was also quite interesting. Third ranked BC Rakvere (4-2) played at the court of 5th ranked KK Parnu (1-3). BC Rakvere managed to secure a 9-point victory 85-76 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. The former international guard Valmo Kriisa (190-74) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 13 rebounds. Four BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. Swingman Rannar Raap (188-92) responded with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and center Toomas Raadik (202-90) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. BC Rakvere have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. KK Parnu lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Rapla. BC Rakvere will meet at home bottom-ranked Valga/CKE (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. KK Parnu will play against the league's leader Tartu Ulikool.
Top scorers:
Parnu: R.Raap 20+7reb+8ast, T.Raadik 20+7reb+2ast, E.Tamsalu 15+4reb+1ast, T.Hamarsalu 8+4reb+1ast, R.Karner 7+3reb+1ast, K.Voolaid 5+3reb+1ast
Tarvas: V.Kriisa 18+10reb+5ast, K.Cipruss 18+13reb+1ast, R.Hallik 15+8reb+4ast, M.Dorbek 14+3reb+4ast, T.Oja 8+1reb+2ast, V.Veski 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 150099


Valga/CKE - Tln Kalev 76-88

The biggest surprise of round 5 in KML was guest Tln Kalev's (2-3) road victory over Valga/CKE (#8) 88-76 on Tuesday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-76. The best player for the winners was American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) who scored 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Russian center Aleksei Fedortchuk (210-86, agency: RIZO) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. British forward Samuel Cricelli (200-85, college: Caldwell) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and Latvian guard Edgars Cunda (196-84, agency: Court Side) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Valga/CKE players scored in double figures. Tln Kalev moved-up to fourth place, which they share with TTU/Kalev. Valga/CKE at the other side stay at the bottom position with four games lost. Tln Kalev will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Valga/CKE will play at home against the league's leader Tartu Ulikool (#1) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Valga/CKE: S.Cricelli 17+6reb+3ast, V.Vares 14+6reb+2ast, E.Cunda 12+7reb+4ast, K.Koolman 10+5reb, A.Vasar 10+5reb+3ast, A.Tagamets 7+6reb+4ast
Tln Kalev: B.Raley-Ross 27+6reb+5ast, A.Fedortchuk 14+11reb+2ast, M.Kurg 12+1reb+2ast, R.Roos 11+1ast, M.Shaw 9+9reb, M.Paiste 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 150100




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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rannar RAAP
  Parnu
  (188-G/F-92)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Raap, Parnu16.5 
 2. Pilk, TT.16.2 
 3. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool16.0 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tln K.15.0 
 5. Cipruss, Tarvas14.8 
 6. Hallik, Tarvas14.7 
 7. Cunda, Va.14.4 
 8. Kurg, Tln Kalev14.2 
 9. Fedortchuk, Tln K.14.2 
 10. Raadik, Parnu13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Raido RINGMETS
  Rapla
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12
 1. Ringmets, Rapla12.0 
 2. Cipruss, Tarvas11.5 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.9.6 
 4. Adedeji, Va.8.8 
 5. Arnold, TT.8.0 
 6. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.7.0 
 7. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.7.0 
 8. Hamarsalu, Parnu6.5 
 9. Keedus, TT.6.4 
 10. Amis, Tartu Uliko.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Martin DORBEK
  Tarvas
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Dorbek, Tarvas4.3 
 2. Raap, Parnu3.8 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas3.8 
 4. Cunda, Va.3.6 
 5. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.5 
 6. Karner, Parnu3.5 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.3.3 
 8. Laane, Rapla3.3 
 9. Pilk, TT.3.2 
 10. Kurbas, Tartu Uli.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Cunda, Va.2.8 
 2. Karner, Parnu2.5 
 3. Saage, Tartu Uliko.2.3 
 4. Dorbek, Tarvas2.2 
 5. Laane, Rapla2.0 
 6. Saks, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 7. Kaldre, Rapla1.8 
 8. Cricelli, Va.1.8 
 9. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.1.8 
 10. Kurbas, Tartu Uli.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 2. Amis, Tartu Ulikool2.0 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.8 
 4. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 5. Voolaid, Parnu1.0 
 6. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 7. Saarmets, TT.1.0 
 8. Adedeji, Va.1.0 
 9. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.0.8 
 10. Saks, Kalev/Cramo0.7 


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  EUROCUP   


Rookie Chandler Parsons leaves Cholet - by Eurobasket News
Chandler Parsons (205-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) is no longer a member of Cholet. The American forward left the club after his short term deal expired. Parsons joined Cholet at the beginning of September. He averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in three ProA games. He also added 2 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in one Euroleague qualification game. Chandler graduated at the University of Florida this year. He had 11.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 3.8 apg for his school as a senior. Parsons helped them reach NCAA Elite Eight. They reached SEC Tournament Finals before that and Parsons was named All-SEC Player of the Year -11. In 2009, Florida also reached NCAA Elite Eight. In 2008, they played at NIT Final Four. Chandler Parsons was 38th overall pick at the NBA Draft this year. Houston Rockets selected him.

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  EUROLEAGUE   


Aleksandar Trifunovic new head coach of Zalgiris - by Zoran Popovic
According to Serbian Sports news, Serbian coach Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: Beo Basket ) is new head coach of Zalgiris Kaunas. After two lost games in Euroleague management of Zalgiris decides to replace coach Zouros and replace him with Serbian coach. Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: Beo Basket ) have experience with Lithuanian teams. Before Zalgiris coach Trifunovic was on the bench Lietuvos Rytas, first time in period 2006-2008 and second in season 2010-2011. During the player career Trifunovic played for Crvena Zvezda, KK Zadar, Freiburg, Pogon Ruda SL and Beopetrol. As coach Trifunovic worked in Crvena Zvezda, Lietuvos Rytas, Panionios and Spartak St Petersburg.

Interperformances NBA Players: Luol Deng and Raja Bell evaluating Europe - by Interperformances
Interperformances NBA players; Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) and Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) due to the NBA Lock out are considering to play overseas. Luol Deng have been playing for the Chicago Bulls for the last seven seasons averaging 35mpg, 16ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.3 apg. The Previous season Luol registered 39.1mpg 17.4 ppg 5.8 rpg,2.8 apg. Last season raeched the finals of the NBA Eastern Conference and won NBA Central Division Championship. With the British National Team was the leading scorer of the European Championship in Lithuania with 24.6ppg and the 2nd rebounder 9.4 rpg.
Raja Bell #19 Guard of the Utah Jazz , has also played in the NBA for the last 11 years with Philadelphia76ers ,Dallas Mavericks , Phoenix Suns , Charlotte Bobcats and Utah Jazz averaging: 28.3 mpg,10.1ppg ,2.9rpg,1.7apg. While the previous season averaged: 30.8mpg, 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.7apg.


MVP for October: Andrei Kirilenko, CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News
On the heels of a disappointing 2010-11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season, it took CSKA Moscow just two games to prove to everyone that the team is back on track to fight for its seventh continental title already this season. After two regular season games, CSKA leads the competition in assists, is second in scoring and performance index rating and has registered two clear wins over Zalgiris and Brose Baskets. One man who has everything to do with CSKA's early-season resurgence is power forward Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81), who is Euroleague Basketball's choice as bwin MVP for October. Kirilenko returned to CSKA this season after a decade abroad and has made sure nobody has forgotten about his talent or intensity. Kirilenko delivered right away with a monster performance in the Euroleague's Opening Game in Kaunas by helping his team all over the court to earn Week 1 bwin MVP honors. Far from being satisfied, Kirilenko led CSKA to a convincing home win against Brose Baskets. The 30-year-old Kirilenko leads the 2011-12 Euroleague in performance index rating average (30), rebounding (9.5 rpg.) and blocks (2.5 bpg.) and is also tied for fifth place in assists (5.5 apg.). In other words, Andrei Kirilenko is the logical selection as bwin MVP for October!

The bwin MVP of the Month honor is now in its eighth season. Although statistics and performance ratings are taken into consideration for the award, they alone do not determine who is honored. The winner is named by Euroleague Basketball based on his and his team's performance. The award for October was decided based on the two regular season games played during that month by all 24 teams. bwin, a Euroleague Basketball partner, is the sponsor of the MVP of the Month award. Just as the best Euroleague player each month combines performance and leadership for success, so does bwin's sponsorship communicate its conviction to be the best betting brand in European basketball.

The Euroleague Opening Game was a big test for CSKA and Kirilenko at the brand new Zalgirio Arena in basketball-crazy Lithuania. Far from being intimidated, Kirilenko downed the opening shot and had 8 points in the first quarter to put CSKA ahead for good and to help his team keep a safe margin throughout the second half. Kirilenko, who had led Russia to the bronze medal at EuroBasket 2011 in that very same arena, kept his and CSKAs momentum going with an exhibition of dunks, intensity, blocked shots and rebounds in an outstanding all-around performance. He finished the game with an index of 37, the highest ever in a Euroleague Opening Game. His stats line says it all - 17 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 5 fouls drawn in leading CSKA to a 74-87 win. Back in Moscow a week later for Game 2, CSKA downed Brose Baskets 94-74 in front of its fans at Universal Sports Hall. Bamberg had been undefeated in all official 2011-12 games until that night. Kirilenko had all of his 12 points in a first half in which CSKA sealed the outcome, 47-30. Despite seeing limited playing time - 22 minutes - Kirilenko also had 4 rebounds, 6 assists and a block against Brose Baskets. Following those wins, CSKA is already moving in the right direction to turn this season into something special.

Kirilenko finished October having made 61.5% of his two-point shots and 2 of his 3 attempted three-pointers (66.7%), which adds more value to his outstanding numbers. To enjoy his team's great start together with the fans in Moscow, Kirilenko will receive his award at an upcoming CSKA Moscow home game.

Courtesy of Euroleague



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  FRANCE   


Rookie Chandler Parsons leaves Cholet - by Eurobasket News
Chandler Parsons (205-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) is no longer a member of Cholet. The American forward left the club after his short term deal expired. Parsons joined Cholet at the beginning of September. He averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in three ProA games. He also added 2 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in one Euroleague qualification game. Chandler graduated at the University of Florida this year. He had 11.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 3.8 apg for his school as a senior. Parsons helped them reach NCAA Elite Eight. They reached SEC Tournament Finals before that and Parsons was named All-SEC Player of the Year -11. In 2009, Florida also reached NCAA Elite Eight. In 2008, they played at NIT Final Four. Chandler Parsons was 38th overall pick at the NBA Draft this year. Houston Rockets selected him.

Paris-Levallois make offers to Joakim Noah and Alexis Ajinca - by Eurobasket News
According to RCM Sport, Paris-Levallois wants to sign Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) during the NBA lockout. Reportedly, the Paris-Levallois president Francis Flamme offered a deal to Noah and he waits for the answer. Meanwhile, Flamme also made an offer to Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88, agency: Priority Sports). He hopes to sign one of these two players during the lockout. Joakim Noah had 9 ppg and 8 rpg at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. He appeared 10 times and helped French NT to win the Silver. Last season in the NBA he had 10.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg and 2.3 apg in 64 games. He was awarded with NBA Season All-Defensive 2nd Team -11. Alexis Ajinca finished last season with Toronto Raptors. He joined them in January averaging 4.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 24 games. He started the season with Dallas Mavs, where he had 2.9 ppg and 1.7 rpg for 10 games.

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  GERMANY   


ProA Round 7: Leader Cuxhaven BasCats lose to USC Heidelberg - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (4-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by seventh ranked USC Heidelberg (4-2) 95-93. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 31-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. USC Heidelberg shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. American-Belizean guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Clint Sargent (193, college: S.Dakota St.) chipped in 24 points and 6 rebounds. USC Heidelberg's coach Uwe Sauer used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. USC Heidelberg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Duesseldorf and Cuxhaven. USC Heidelberg is looking forward to face league's second-placed Webmoebel Baskets in Paderborn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cuxhaven BasCats will play on the road against the league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Essen. Second ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (5-1) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 13th ranked ETB Wohnbau (1-5) 74-72 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Phillipp Heyden contributed with 15 points for the winners. American point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) answered with 25 points and 6 assists for ETB Wohnbau. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mitteldeutscher BC keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Webmoebel. ETB Wohnbau lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with five games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against Cuxhaven BasCats (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. ETB Wohnbau will play against Leitershofen (#15) in Diedorf and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Leitershofen (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 96-73 loss to eighth ranked Science City Jena (4-3) in Jena on Saturday evening. It was a great evening for Tyler Kepkay who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points. Science City Jena's coach Georg Eichler felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Corey Hassan responded with 30 points and 6 rebounds. Science City Jena maintains eighth place with 4-3 record. Newly promoted Leitershofen still closes the standings with six games lost. Science City Jena will meet Saar-Pfalz Braves (#11) in the next round. Leitershofen will play against ETB Wohnbau (#13) in Essen and hopes to get finally their first victory.
A very interesting game took place in Nurnberg. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (3-4) to twelfth ranked NBC (3-4) 91-89 in the fight for the ninth place. It was an exceptional evening for Cory Abercrombie who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds. NBC moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Chemnitz and Braves. NBC's next round opponent will be higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kirchheim. Local Kirchheim Knights (5-2) outscored 12th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (2-5) 74-50 on Tuesday night. Ahmad Smith fired 5 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kirchheim Knights moved-up to third place, which they share with Crailsheim. Ehingen/Urspringschule lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with five games lost. Kirchheim Knights will have a break next round. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play at home against BG Karlsruhe (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 7 Chemnitz was defeated by Webmoebel in Paderborn 93-81. Karlsruhe was beaten by Crailsheim at home 94-104.
The best stats of 7th round was 26 points and 12 rebounds by Justin Howard of Karlsruhe.



Webmoebel - Chemnitz 93-81

There was no surprise in Paderborn where 10th ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (3-4) was defeated by third ranked Webmoebel Baskets (5-1) 93-81 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Webmoebel Baskets. BV Chemnitz 99 was better in fourth quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Webmoebel Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. BV Chemnitz 99 was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Justin Stommes (200-88, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) fired 28 points and 4 steals (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winners. Guard Jefferson Mason (198-88, college: Minn.St.-Mankato, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Webmoebel Baskets players scored in double figures. point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) produced 30 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and center Donald Lawson (208-88, college: W.Michigan) added 17 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Webmoebel Baskets keep a position of league leader, which they share with MBC. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. Webmoebel Baskets will face USC Heidelberg (#5) on the road in the next round. BV Chemnitz 99 will play against Gloria Giants (#6) in Duesseldorf.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: G.Johnson 30+6reb+6ast, D.Lawson 17+11reb+2ast, J.Schmidt 13+3reb+2ast, T.Shaw 9+10reb+1ast, T.Ishizaki 6+1reb+4ast, J.Schaffrath 6+6reb
Webmoebel: J.Stommes 28+3reb+3ast, J.Mason 17+8reb+1ast, M.Fleischmann 12+6reb+3ast, M.Jost 10+5reb+2ast, N.Freer 9+3reb+3ast, J.Diggs 9+1reb+6ast
gschID: 141415


ETB Wohnbau - MBC 72-74

Important game to mention about took place in Essen. Second ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (5-1) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 13th ranked ETB Wohnbau (1-5) 74-72 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. ETB Wohnbau was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 18-13 charge of Mitteldeutscher BC, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Mitteldeutscher BC forced 20 ETB Wohnbau turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Center Phillipp Heyden (208-88) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. American point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) answered with 25 points and 6 assists and naturalized Croatian guard Marco Buljevic (197-87, agency: Court Side) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for ETB Wohnbau. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mitteldeutscher BC keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Webmoebel. ETB Wohnbau lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with five games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against Cuxhaven BasCats (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. ETB Wohnbau will play against Leitershofen (#15) in Diedorf and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 25+2reb+6ast, M.Buljevic 14+6reb+4ast, S.Schroter 13+1ast, J.Henley 8+5reb, K.Chones 7+5reb+2ast, K.Kern 3+4reb
MBC: A.Reid 19+12reb+3ast, P.Heyden 15+2reb+1ast, S.Leutloff 14+3reb, R.Holcomb Faye 10+2reb+1ast, S.Wachalski 9+2reb+1ast, M.Schwarz 3+1reb
gschID: 141416


NBC - Braves 91-89

A very interesting game took place in Nurnberg. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (3-4) to twelfth ranked NBC (3-4) 91-89 in the fight for the ninth place. Saar-Pfalz Braves were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 26-21 third quarter run of NBC. They outrebounded Saar-Pfalz Braves 39-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Cory Abercrombie (201-85, college: Independence CC) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds. Naturalized American power forward Ryan De Michael (205-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) accounted for 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Four NBC players scored in double figures. American guard Robert McKiver (191-84, college: Houston) came up with 28 points and naturalized Greek guard Kosta Karamatskos (197-86) added 14 points respectively for Saar-Pfalz Braves in the defeat. NBC moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Chemnitz and Braves. NBC's next round opponent will be higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Braves: R.McKiver 28+2reb, K.Karamatskos 14+4reb+3ast, T.Reed 12+4reb, D.Cheremnykh 9+7reb, M.Damjanovic 8+5reb+1ast, E.Land 7+1reb
NBC: R.De Michael 21+8reb+4ast, J.Harris 19+4reb+3ast, C.Abercrombie 18+17reb+2ast, W.Chavis 15+1reb+8ast, J.Reile 9+3reb+1ast, C.Adler 5+2reb
gschID: 141417


Kirchheim - Ehingen 74-50

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kirchheim. Local Kirchheim Knights (5-2) outscored 12th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (2-5) 74-50 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Kirchheim Knights led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kirchheim Knights forced 22 Ehingen/Urspringschule turnovers. American guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) fired 5 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Cedric Brooks (185-80, college: Pittsburg St.) chipped in 21 points. American guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) produced 10 points and 4 assists and center Andreas Buechert (208-87, college: Winthrop, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kirchheim Knights moved-up to third place, which they share with Crailsheim. Ehingen/Urspringschule lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with five games lost. Kirchheim Knights will have a break next round. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play at home against BG Karlsruhe (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: A.Buechert 10+5reb+1ast, V.Matthews 10+2reb+4ast, G.Williamson 7+4reb+4ast, A.Vargas 7+1reb, A.Calvin 5+1reb, M.Mueller 5+1reb
Kirchheim: C.Brooks 21+2ast, S.Adeberg 13+2reb+1ast, D.Uskoski 9+11reb+1ast, N.Menck 6+1reb, D.Schneider 6+1reb, B.Bekteshi 5+2reb
gschID: 141418


Cuxhaven - Heidelberg 93-95

Top ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (4-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by seventh ranked USC Heidelberg (4-2) 95-93. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 31-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. USC Heidelberg shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. American-Belizean guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Clint Sargent (193, college: S.Dakota St.) chipped in 24 points and 6 rebounds. USC Heidelberg's coach Uwe Sauer used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Jackson Capel (191-87, college: Evangel) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. USC Heidelberg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Duesseldorf and Cuxhaven. USC Heidelberg is looking forward to face league's second-placed Webmoebel Baskets in Paderborn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cuxhaven BasCats will play on the road against the league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: Q.Brown 23+5reb+3ast, J.Capel 18+5reb+1ast, J.El Domiaty 14+3reb, D.McDaniel 13+4reb+1ast, M.Bogdanov 11+3reb+6ast, C.Pfeil 9+3reb+4ast
Heidelberg: C.Sargent 24+6reb+3ast, S.Watts 23+9reb+1ast, C.Burgess 20+11reb+5ast, J.Heindel 12+1reb+3ast, O.Komarek 11+3reb+4ast, C.von Fintel 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141412


Jena - Leitershofen 96-73

Bottom-ranked Leitershofen (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 96-73 loss to eighth ranked Science City Jena (4-3) in Jena on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Science City Jena. Leitershofen managed to win third quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Science City Jena made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Canadian guard Tyler Kepkay (183-87, college: Utah, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points. American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) helped adding 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Science City Jena players scored in double figures. Science City Jena's coach Georg Eichler felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American guard Corey Hassan (193-87, college: Sacred Heart) responded with 30 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Logan Stutz (205-88, college: Washburn, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Science City Jena maintains eighth place with 4-3 record. Newly promoted Leitershofen still closes the standings with six games lost. Science City Jena will meet Saar-Pfalz Braves (#11) in the next round. Leitershofen will play against ETB Wohnbau (#13) in Essen and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Leitershofen: C.Hassan 30+6reb+1ast, A.Kronhardt 12+3reb, L.Stutz 11+6reb, S.Bowlin 6+2reb+3ast, J.Genck 5+4ast, F.Foerster 4+1reb+1ast
Jena: T.Kepkay 17+3reb+2ast, J.Black 15+5reb+1ast, T.Schwartz 11+2reb+1ast, C.Roquette 11+2reb+1ast, K.Barker 10+5reb+7ast, J.Krumbeck 8
gschID: 141413


Karlsruhe - Crailsheim 94-104

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Crailsheim Merlins (5-2) defeated on the road 14th ranked BG Karlsruhe (1-6) 104-94 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 104-94. BG Karlsruhe was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Mark Hill (180, college: Cal.St. Northridge) fired 26 points and 6 assists for the winners. Naturalized American forward Joseph Buck (201-81, college: USC) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Ingo Enskat allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) produced 35 points (!!!) and American center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) added 26 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) respectively for lost side. Crailsheim Merlins moved-up to third place, which they share with Kirchheim. BG Karlsruhe at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with six games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will face NBC (#9) in Nurnberg in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BG Karlsruhe will play on the road against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#12) in Allmendingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 35+3reb+2ast, J.Howard 26+12reb+2ast, M.Samarco 16+6reb+4ast, M.Boggan 8+7reb, M.Stockton 4+1reb+6ast, A.Schmitz 3+1reb+5ast
Crailsheim: M.Hill 26+2reb+6ast, J.Stohl 21+1reb+1ast, A.Sivorotka 16+5reb, J.Buck 12+11reb+4ast, B.Baptist 8+1reb+1ast, B.Obiango 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 141414




Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 5-1 
 2. Webmoebel 5-1 
 3. Crailsheim 5-2 
 4. Kirchheim 5-2 
 5. Heidelberg 4-2 
 6. Duesseldorf 4-2 
 7. Cuxhaven 4-2 
 8. Jena 4-3 
 9. NBC 3-4 
 10. Chemnitz 3-4 
 11. Braves 3-4 
 12. Ehingen 2-5 
 13. ETB Wohnbau 1-5 
 14. Karlsruhe 1-6 
 15. Leitershofen 0-6 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Dorsten 6-2 
 2. Wulfen 6-3 
 3. Hannover 5-1 
 4. SU Medien 5-2 
 5. Vechta 5-2 
 6. Stahnsdorf 5-3 
 7. Herten 5-3 
 8. Schwelm 3-5 
 9. Wolfenbuettel 3-5 
 10. Rist Wedel 3-5 
 11. ALBA Berlin II 2-5 
 12. Bayer Giants 1-6 
 13. Bernau 0-8 
Group South
 1. BSW Sixers 6-1 
 2. Leipzig 6-1 
 3. Noerdlingen 6-1 
 4. Gotha 5-2 
 5. Dragons 4-2 
 6. Hanau 4-3 
 7. Licher Baeren 3-4 
 8. Langen 3-4 
 9. Giessen 2-5 
 10. TSV Troester 2-5 
 11. Fraport SKY II 1-6 
 12. BG Illertal 0-7 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Justin STOMMES
  Webmoebel
  (200-G/F-88)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Stommes, Webmoebel25.2 
 2. McKiver, Braves24.1 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf22.2 
 4. Roessler, Karlsruhe20.3 
 5. Burgess, Heidelberg18.8 
 6. Capel, Cuxhaven18.5 
 7. Johnson, Chemnitz18.4 
 8. Mason, Webmoebel18.3 
 9. Watts, Heidelberg18.3 
 10. Reid, MBC18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe11.0 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz8.0 
 3. Uskoski, Kirchheim7.6 
 4. Black, Jena7.6 
 5. Abercrombie, NBC7.4 
 6. Henley, ETB W.7.2 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven7.2 
 8. Reid, MBC7.2 
 9. Webb, Crailsheim6.6 
 10. Mason, Webmoebel6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jamar DIGGS
  Webmoebel
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Diggs, Webmoebel6.0 
 2. Jeka, Braves5.4 
 3. Rice, Cuxhaven5.3 
 4. Smith, Kirchheim5.3 
 5. Hill, Crailsheim4.7 
 6. Burgess, Heidelberg4.5 
 7. Barker, Jena4.1 
 8. Johnson, Chemnitz4.1 
 9. Alexander, ETB W.4.0 
 10. Williamson, Ehing.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Justin STOMMES
  Webmoebel
  (200-G/F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Stommes, Webmoebel2.7 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim2.6 
 3. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.5 
 4. Rice, Cuxhaven2.3 
 5. Johnson, Chemnitz2.0 
 6. Williamson, Ehingen2.0 
 7. Capel, Cuxhaven1.7 
 8. Ishizaki, Chemnitz1.6 
 9. Harris, NBC1.6 
 10. Matthews, Ehingen1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.7 
 2. Zipser, Heidelberg1.3 
 3. Schoo, Heidelberg1.0 
 4. Williamson, Ehingen1.0 
 5. Howard, Karlsruhe1.0 
 6. Thomas, Kirchheim0.8 
 7. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.8 
 8. Veney, Leitershof.0.7 
 9. Diggs, Webmoebel0.7 
 10. Heyden, MBC0.7 


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


You had only a short time in Finland. Why didnt it work out?

Yes a very short time. Things didnt workout there because me and the club could not come to an agreement with residency for my family and the health care. I was playing well but that wasnt the most important thing. Me and my family wanted to be comfortable.

You are back in States. How does your plan look now. You have mostly played in Europe. Would you give a go at playing in the States?

Acutally Im still in Finland right now my flight leaves here on Monday. I would rather stay here or come back to Europe once a job opportunity is available for me that fits the best situation for a player with a family.

I am sure you would love to play in Germany again. If you had a choice where would you like to play most?

Of course I would love to come back and play in Germany. I was there my first 4 years of my career had my ups and downs but me and my family enjoyed our time in Germany. If I had a choice I would want to play with a team thats going to compete for a playoff position.

If you had the choice would you play for Murat Didin again who want to return to the Beko BBL with the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf?

If I had the chance yes I would play for him again. I already reached out to him. I know he is passionate about the game of basketball and wants to return to the bbl. We had our ups and downs last season but once I figured out what Murat Didin wanted me to do my game got better individually. I thought as a team we got better at the end but it was too late.

You are in your best basketball age at 28. What are the most important things you can offer a professional team now?

Man Im getting up there 28? Lol Since Ive been playing in Germany I have always tried to do what was best for the team, whatever coaches wanted me to do. I can help a team by being a Leader, distributor, scorer, or helping teams defensively. I just want to win and be on a winning team.

Are you a type of leader on the court. How valuable can your experience be to any team?

Yes I can be a leader if thats what the team wants. BBL is a great league and Ive played in it for 4 seasons in a row I have great experience and could help a team in anyway possible.

What has always been your biggest challenge at playing basketball?

My biggest challenge has been pressure. I put a lot of pressure on myself at times because I want to prevail. The games I had in Finland I was very relaxed and played real well. When Im out there on the court I just need to relax, have fun and play off instincts.


If a team in Germany called you to come over how quickly could you get there?

I could be there faster than the human eye can blink.

Thanks Steve for the chat.






Ben Jacobson (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) I Believe We Wore Bonn Down A Little Bit - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Ben Jacobson (188-G-83, college: N.Iowa) is a 28 year old 188cm guard from Sioux City, Iowa. He is playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. He played at N.Iowa (NCAA) from 2002-2006. At N. Iowa, he Finished career raked third all-time at Northern Iowa in scoring (1,787 points), third in field goals made (637), second in field goals attempted (1459), first in three-point field goals made (203), first in three-point field goals attempted (51 9), ninth in assists (124) and fourth in steals (154).In 2006-2007, he started his professional basketball career with Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 15 games: 21.3ppg, 4.9rpg, Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.5spg, 2FGP: 43.6%, 3FGP: 31.4%, FT: 81.6%; in May'07 moved to Etendard de Brest (France-ProB, starting five): 1 game: 15pts, 2reb, 1ast. In 2007-2008, he started with Mitteldeutscher BC (Germany-ProA, starting five): German League: 4 games: 12.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 72.2%; 4 games, waived in Jan.'08, later that month moved to BG 74 Goettingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 17 games: 9.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 88.6%. He then continued to play with BG Goettingen until 2010 and won the Eurochallenge. Last season he played for Boulazac Basket Dordogne (France-ProB, starting five): 19 games: 12.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 74.6%. He spoke to Eurobasket after the 71-61 win against The Telekom Baskets Bonn

Congrats on the 71-61 win against the Telekom Baskets Bonn. How good did it feel beating a 5-0 team?

Bonn has a very solid team. They have shooters, athletes, experience and good PG play. We came into the game very focused and put forth a complete team effort. When you have guys on the same page and working together towards a common goal, usually good things happen.

The s.Oliver baskets Wurzburg had the 31-25 lead at halftime. What was biggest key on offense and defense for keeping Bonn to only 25 points?

Must have been those tight rims in S. Oliver Arena. Like I said we were locked in for this game. We had a great week of practice and it carried over to the game on Saturday. The fans in Wuerzburg have really given us a lift as well.


Bonn picked it up in the third quarter getting 23 points, but Wurzburg kept their composure getting 21 points in the fourth quarter. What was key in the fourth quarter for securing the win?

Bonn has a diverse offensive attack, as we saw first hand in the 3rd quarter of the game. But as a whole, we did a pretty good job of controlling the tempo.

The Bonn starters made 57 of the team 61 points. Did Wurzburg wear the starters down a bit?


If Bonn has a weakness, I would say it's their lack of depth. John Little lead the charge for us defensively, per usual and throughout the course of the 40 minute game, I believe we wore Bonn down a bit.

How challenging is it playing against Jared Jordan? A 12 point 6 assist performance isnt shabby, but the team slowed him down a bit.

Jared Jordan is an excellent passer and without a doubt is a top tier PG. Fortunately for us we have some top tier defenders. It felt as if we really had him in check, but yet you look at the stat sheet and see 12 and 6.

Chris Kramer quietly continues to play very solid. When is the Beko BBL really going to take notice of him?

Chris has been excellent for us. He will continue to help us win games, im sure of it.

Allen Iverson has stated that he wants to play in the NBA again. He stated that he would play for anyone. Where would be the best place for him to play?

Fierce competitors have difficult time accepting when their time is up. Its unfortunate that the life of a basketball career flies by so quickly. As in the case of Michael Jordan or in football, Brett Favre, sometimes its best to gracefully step away from the game.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last DVD movie I watched was a RedBox with my mom this summer. However, Jason Boone has a rolodex of about 1500 movies on his external hard drive that frequently get watched. Most recently was Columbiana. Two thumbs up!

Thanks Ben for the chat.




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  GREECE   


Maroussi adds three!! - by Chris Mammides
Marousi is the team to fullfill its roster three weeks after the begginign of the league as FIBA clear out the 'legal block' due to financial discrepancies to two players, Jarred Homan and Giorgos Diamantopoulos, so Coach Nikos Linardos who expected this positive result in order to add the players that train with the team officially in the team, so the Greek players Gaios Skordilis (206-C-87), Nestoras Kommatos (203-F-77) and the American Frank Elegar (206-C-86, college: Drexel) are officially Marousi players and will be playing in the third round which will be starting this coming weekend.

Other than these three transfers there are at least another two Americans on the way for the team of Coach Nikos Linardos and will be announced officially before the end of this week one of them being Richard Willmon while there are at least another two players on the way meaning Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-F-79), and the Monte Negro veteran center Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75)



Nikos Barlos stays in Panionios - by Giorgos Diploidis
Another one player was added to the team of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens. The one is Nikos Barlos (202-F-79) The exeprienced power forward will be another one good solution near the basket for the team of Giorgos Bartzokas. The player made trainings with Marousi but the problems made them to not stay there. Barlos will be for second following year to Panionos as he was part of them last year.

The previous season with Panionios had in 23 games: 9.1pp and 4.3rp. He has also played to
Apollon Patras, Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus, AEK Athens and Aris Thessaloniki.




Div.B Stats Leaders
Greek B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Nikoloudis, Anagen. 24
1 Goggidis, Diagora. 22
3 Godopoulos, Koroivos 19
4 Mitsakis, Anagen. 18.20
5 Moisiadis, Halkidon 17.4
6 Charismid. Aiolos 17.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Charismid. Aiolos 9
2 Nikoloudis, Anagen. 7
3 Simeopoulos, Egaleo 7
4 Gkeros, Koroivos 7
5 Zarogiannis, Niki 7


Stats Leaders - A1
A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Roby, Peristeri 21.5
2 Taylor, Kavala 19.5
3 Chatzis, Ilysiakos 15.5
4 Tsamis, Kolossos 15
5 Hines, Olympiakos 15
6 Tapoutos, Aris 14
Rebounds Per Game
1 Giddens, PAOK 10
2 Flowers, KAOD 8.5
3 Goree, PAOK 8
4 Charissis, Kolossos 8
5 O'Bryant, Kavala 8
6 Kojadinovic, Marousi 7
7 Gardener, Ilysiakos 7
8 Kerusch, Aris 7
9 Tsairelis, Aris 6.5
10 Sato, Panathinaikos 6.5
Assists Per Game
1 Gagaloudis, Marousi 9
2 Charalampidi., KAO. 6.5
3 Spanoulis, Olympiakos 6.5
4 Diamantidis, Panath. 6
5 Xanthopoulos, Panio. 6
6 Petroulas, Perister. 6
7 James, Aris 4
8 Keys, Panionios 3.5
9 Calathes, Panathin. 3.5
10 Karapostolou, Kav. 3
Steals Per Game
1 Kerusch, Aris 3.5
2 James, Aris 3
3 Roby, Peristeri GS 2.5
4 Diamantidis, Panath. 2.5
5 Scott, Peristeri GS 2
6 Taylor, Kavala 2
7 Wright, AGOR 2
8 Hines, Olympiakos 1.5
9 Sanders, KAOD 1.5
10 Chatzis, Ilysiakos 1.5
Blocks Per Game
1 O'Bryant, Kavala 3.5
2 Hines, Olympiakos 2.5
3 Charissis, Kolossos 2.5
4 Flowers, KAOD 1.5
5 Scott, Peristeri GS 1
6 Wright, AGOR 1
7 Tsontzos, Marousi 1
8 Sarikopoulos, Panio. 1
9 Petway, AGOR 1
10 Zimic, Perister. 1


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


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  HOLLAND   


Acker's 19 points and 6 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old point guard Maurice Acker (173-PG-87, agency: Edge Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Nijmegen and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had the game-high 19 points adding four rebounds and six assists for Nijmegen in his team's victory, helping them to beat Zwolle (#6, 2-2) 73-63. Nijmegen is placed at 3rd position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Nijmegen will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. Acker turned to be Nijmegen's top player in his first season with the team. Marquette University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Acker is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.0ppg), assists (4th best: 4.2apg) and averages solid 56.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was DeMario Anderson (193-G-85, agency: Court Side) of Weert. He is American guard in his first season at Weert. In the last game Anderson recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Weert was edged by the higher-ranked Groningen (#1, 5-1) 78-77. This loss caused Weert to slide to the very bottom (8) position in the standings. 4 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Anderson is a newcomer at Weert and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.5ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 5.5rpg and 4.8apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side) of Leeuwarden (#5). Sanchez scored 20 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Sanchez's great performance Leeuwarden lost 82-85in overtime to slightly lower-ranked Rotterdam (#7, 1-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Leeuwarden needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Sanchez has a great season in Holland. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.8ppg (5th best), rebounds with 8.8rpg (3rd best) and assists with 3.0apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87) of Nijmegen - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Bryan Defares (192-PG-81) of Groningen - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Ralf de Pagter (200-F-89) of Rotterdam - 22 points and 5 rebounds
7. Daniel Jones (200-F-79) of Rotterdam - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Alex Wesby (196-G-80) of Groningen - 18 points and 9 rebounds
9. Gabe Kennedy (205-F/C-81) of Leiden - 24 points and 6 rebounds
10. Ross Bekkering (203-F-85) of Nijmegen - 15 points and 9 rebounds

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


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  IRAN   


Aleksandar Gruev moves to Iran ... - by Mohammad Ahmadi
Bulgarian NT guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-G-83) will continue his carrier in Iran. The playmaker received an offer from Melli Haffari Ahvaz and will travel now to the Asian country.
Aleksandar Gruev started the season with Levski Sofia, with the option to leave in case of a proper offer from abroad.
His entire professional carrier went in Rilski Sportist Samokov, where he arrived after the youth years.
Aleksandar Gruev was a member of the Bulgarian NT in the summer, but was the 13th guy, and didnt make it to the European championship. He is well known in Bulgaria with his vision on the court, as powerful penetration.
The season in Iran already began, with M.H. Ahvaz scoring a win and a loss so far. Teams star in the best Iranian player Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85), who was in the NBA, in the Memphis Grizzlies for the last couple of seasons.


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  IRELAND   


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


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  ISRAEL   


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


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Marcus GINYARD
  Ironi N.
  (196-G/F-87)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Ginyard, Ironi N.28.5 
 2. Hall, Macc.B.Y.25.8 
 3. Gonzalez, Hod H.22.5 
 4. Miller, Macc.B.Y.22.3 
 5. Clemente, Kiryat T.22.3 
 6. Daniel, Ironi K-A22.0 
 7. Segev, Kiryat Tivon21.0 
 8. Thondique, Hapoel20.3 
 9. Sanders, Hapoel Y.19.5 
 10. LeMelle, Hapoel A.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.14.8 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel13.3 
 3. Daniel, Ironi K-A12.0 
 4. Sanders, Hapoel Y.11.5 
 5. Zehavian, Ironi N.11.0 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.11.0 
 7. Webb, Ironi R.10.7 
 8. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.10.7 
 9. Traimel, Ironi N.10.5 
 10. Miller, Macc.B.Y.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Avi ELIYAHU
  Ironi N.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Eliyahu, Ironi N.9.5 
 2. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.5 
 3. Segev, Kiryat Tivon5.5 
 4. Younger, Ironi K-A5.0 
 5. Sukar, Hod Hashar.4.3 
 6. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.0 
 7. Gomes, Kiryat T.3.8 
 8. Housman, Macc.B.Y.3.8 
 9. Golan, Elitzur Yav.3.8 
 10. Davidi, Ironi R.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tal Michael DUNNE
  Ironi N.
  (197-F-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Dunne, Ironi N.7.0 
 2. Segev, Kiryat Tivon6.3 
 3. Gonzalez, Hod H.4.8 
 4. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.4.5 
 5. Tolbert, Hapoel K/S3.7 
 6. Naor, Hapoel T-A3.5 
 7. Eytan, Hapoel T-A3.5 
 8. Eliyahu, Ironi N.3.5 
 9. Nanikashvili, Iron.3.5 
 10. Sztarkman, Hapoel3.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shlomi MOR-YOSEF
  Kiryat T.
  (202-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Mor-Yosef, Kiryat3.0 
 2. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.5 
 3. Younger, Ironi K-A2.5 
 4. Thondique, Hapoel2.3 
 5. Webb, Ironi R.2.0 
 6. Johnson, Hod H.2.0 
 7. Jackson, Hapoel Y.1.8 
 8. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.8 
 9. Sanders, Hapoel Y.1.5 
 10. Daniel, Ironi K-A1.5 


Dunston's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old power forward Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Hapoel Holon and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed Bnei Hasharon (#9, 1-2) with 39-point margin 119-80. Hapoel Holon is placed at 4th position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Hapoel Holon will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Dunston turned to be Hapoel Holon's top player in his first season with the team. Dunston has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.3rpg) and averages solid 2.0bpg and 65.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Adrian Uter (201-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) of Maccabi Rishon. He is Jamaican-American forward in his first season at Maccabi Rishon. In the last game Uter recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Maccabi Rishon cruised to a 78-66 relatively comfortable win over B.C. Habikaa (2-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Uter is a newcomer at Maccabi Rishon and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances) of Ironi Ashkelon (#3). Mitchell showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Ironi Ashkelon, leading his team to a 95-93 win against Hapoel J-M (#10, 1-2). Ironi Ashkelon needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Mitchell has a great season in Israel. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.0apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90) of Maccabi Haifa - 32 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) of Maccabi T-A - 20 points and 8 rebounds
6. Sean Williams (208-F-86) of Maccabi Haifa - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Carlos Powell (199-F-83) of Maccabi Haifa - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Trevor Booker (201-F-87) of Bnei Hasharon - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Ron Lewis (193-G-84) of Hapoel Holon - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Christian Burns (203-F-85) of Elitzur Netanya - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Milano's Antonis Fotsis out with ankle sprain - by Eurobasket News
Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) suffered ankle injury in a game against Dinamo Sassari. His Emporio Armani celebrated 60-88 road victory, but Fotsis sprained his ankle and his condition will be re-evaluated this week. He will most probably miss the next Euroleague game against Anadolu Efes. Fotsis played only five minutes against Dinamo Sassari, before he got injured. Antonis Fotsis joined the Milano team during the summer. He appeared in four SerieA games so far averaging 9.8 points and 4.5 rebounds. He also added 3 ppg, 2 rpg and 1.5 apg for two Euroleague games. Antonis Fotsis spent last three seasons with Panathinaikos Athens and won three Greek league titles with them. He helped PAO to win Euroleague crown in 2009 and last season as well. For 22 games last season Fotsis had 8.4 ppg and 5.1 rpg in Euroleague.

Nazionale A Round 7: Ferentino hands first defeat to Omegna - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in Nazionale A, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Omegna (6-1) on the court of second ranked Ferentino on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Ferentino 84-75. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Omegna. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 4-2 record before this meeting. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-75. Ferentino made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Ferentino outrebounded Omegna 40-19 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) fired 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91) chipped in 12 points and 15 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian power forward Franco Prelazzi (205-79) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for lost side. Ferentino (5-2) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Omegna at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. They share the position with Torino. Ferentino is looking forward to face Trento (#4) on the road in the next round. Omegna will play against Chieti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Orlandina. Third ranked Orlandina (5-2) saved a 2-point victory at home edging their biggest opponent Trieste (4-3) 81-79 in the game for the first place. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Fabio Zanelli (196-76) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 assists. Andrea Benevelli contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Innocenzo Ferraro (200-82) answered with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Trieste. Orlandina keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Trieste lost third consecutive game. They still keep top place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Orlandina will play against league's leader Perugia on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Trieste will play against Ruvo in Ruvo di Puglia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in between Treviglio and Fabriano. Fifth ranked Treviglio (4-3) got a very close victory on the road over bottom-ranked Fabriano (0-7). Treviglio managed to escape with a 1-point win 72-71 on Sunday evening. It was a great evening for Jacopo Borra who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Nicolas Manuel Stanic responded with 18 points. Treviglio keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Fabriano still closes the standings with seven games lost. Treviglio will meet at home Matera (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Fabriano will play against Casalpusterlengo and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Comsum.it SI (3-4) against fourth ranked Anagni (3-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Comsum.it SI was defeated by Anagni in a tough game in Anagni 72-78. It was an exceptional evening for Riccardo Santolamazza who led the winners and scored 16 points and 5 assists. Anagni moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Comsum.it SI. Anagni's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Torino on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Comsum.it SI will play against the league's leader Napoli and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Recanati. First ranked Recanati faced their biggest opponent Casalpusterlengo. Host Recanati (5-2) defeated guests from Casalpusterlengo (5-2) 85-80. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Casalpusterlengo. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Marco Evangelisti fired 23 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) for the winners. Recanati have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-2 record, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Casalpusterlengo. Recanati will face Santarcangelo (#6) in Sant'Arcangelo in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Casalpusterlengo will play against Fabriano (#6) and be promoted back to the Lega2 just one year after relegation.

Other games of round 7 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Castelletto was defeated by Chieti in a road game 74-67. San Severo beat Santarcangelo at home 83-74. Pavia lost to Matera on the opponent's court 67-71. Bari managed to outperform Trento in a home game 84-75. Torino managed to beat Latina Basket on the road 81-74. Napoli defeated Perugia on its own court 68-61. Firenze was beaten by Ruvo in Ruvo di Puglia 70-64.



Chieti - Castelletto 74-67

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Castelletto (3-4) was defeated on the road by third ranked Chieti (3-4) 74-67 on Sunday. The game without a history. Chieti 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 Castelletto's 20. Chieti forced 20 Castelletto turnovers. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) fired 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Roberto Feliciangeli (203-74) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. The former international swingman Simone Cotani (201-81) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds and center Matteo Raminelli (203-83) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Chieti maintains third place with 3-4 record having four points less than leader Recanati, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Castelletto. Chieti will face league's leader Omegna on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Castelletto will play against Latina Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chieti: A.Raschi 17+4reb+1ast, E.Rossi 16+9reb+1ast, R.Feliciangeli 16+7reb+3ast, F.Gialloreto 13+1reb+3ast, S.Rajola 8+9reb+2ast, T.Ingrosso 4+1reb+1ast
Castelletto: S.Cotani 13+8reb+3ast, A.Iannone 12+2reb+1ast, M.Raminelli 11+7reb+1ast, M.Cucinelli 10+4reb+1ast, S.Ferrarese 9+5reb+2ast, F.Dri 7+1reb
gschID: 135641


San Severo - Santarcangelo 83-74

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Mazzeo San Severo and 6th ranked Santarcangelo had identical 2-4 record. This time Mazzeo San Severo used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Sant'Arcangelo 83-74 on Sunday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-14. But Santarcangelo won second period 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Mazzeo San Severo won last quarter 26-19. Santarcangelo was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Giovanni Fattori (202-85) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Riccardo Marzoli (190-89) chipped in 16 points. Four Mazzeo San Severo players scored in double figures. Guard Mauro Bonaiuti (192-78) produced 18 points and forward Giorgio Broglia (198-86) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Santarcangelo's coach Massimo Padovano rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mazzeo San Severo (3-4) moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams. Newly promoted Santarcangelo dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Mazzeo San Severo will face Firenze (#5) on the road in the next round. Santarcangelo will play against the league's leader Recanati.
Top scorers:
San Severo: G.Fattori 23+11reb+1ast, F.Amoroso 18+5reb, R.Marzoli 16+4reb+3ast, I.Scarponi 12+3reb+1ast, G.Rugolo 7+3reb+2ast, M.Poluzzi 3+1reb+1ast
Santarcangelo: M.Bonaiuti 18+2reb+2ast, G.Broglia 12+5reb, J.Silimbani 9+2reb, L.Pesaresi 9+3reb+2ast, A.Ancellotti 9+7reb, L.Bedetti 7+2reb
gschID: 135635


Recanati - Casalpusterlengo 85-80

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Recanati. First ranked Recanati faced their biggest opponent Casalpusterlengo. Host Recanati (5-2) defeated guests from Casalpusterlengo (5-2) 85-80. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Casalpusterlengo. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Casalpusterlengo was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Recanati made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. Casalpusterlengo was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) fired 23 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) for the winners. Guard Marco Ceron (195-92) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Cameroonian center Paul Biligha (200-90, agency: Players Group) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Four Casalpusterlengo players scored in double figures. Recanati have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-2 record, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Casalpusterlengo. Recanati will face Santarcangelo (#6) in Sant'Arcangelo in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Casalpusterlengo will play against Fabriano (#6) and be promoted back to the Lega2 just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Recanati: M.Evangelisti 23+6reb, M.Ceron 20+6reb+1ast, A.Cecchetti 12+8reb, F.Gilardi 9+2reb, S.Centanni 8+2reb+2ast, R.Fossati 5+1reb+1ast
Casalpusterlengo: F.Loschi 17+1reb+1ast, R.Prandin 15+2reb+1ast, A.Chiumenti 13+4reb+3ast, P.Biligha 12+7reb+1ast, M.Contento 9+3reb, R.Casagrande 6+5reb
gschID: 135636


Fabriano - Treviglio 71-72

A very close game took place in between Treviglio and Fabriano. Fifth ranked Treviglio (4-3) got a very close victory on the road over bottom-ranked Fabriano (0-7). Treviglio managed to escape with a 1-point win 72-71 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-71. Treviglio made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for center Jacopo Borra (212-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Gabriele Zanella (204-81) helped adding 14 points and 8 rebounds. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side naturalized Argentinian point guard Nicolas Manuel Stanic (177-84, agency: Players Group) responded with 18 points and forward Mirko Trapella (206-88) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Treviglio keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Fabriano still closes the standings with seven games lost. Treviglio will meet at home Matera (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Fabriano will play against Casalpusterlengo and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: J.Borra 16+8reb, G.Zanella 14+8reb, S.Tomasini 10+2ast, T.Carnovali 10+1reb, A.Vitale 9+4reb+1ast, N.Cazzolato 7+3reb
Fabriano: N.Manuel Stanic 18+4reb+3ast, A.Iardella 18+3reb, M.Trapella 14+10reb, M.Gigena 13+3reb+1ast, G.Sgobba 4, L.Usberti 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 135637


Matera - Pavia 71-67

There was a minor upset when 4th placed Pavia (3-4) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Matera (2-5) 71-67 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Pavia won third quarter 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Matera had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Pavia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Cristiano Grappasonni (204-72) fired 14 points for the winners. Guard Gianni Cantagalli (196-88, agency: Players Group) chipped in 12 points. Forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89) produced 15 points and guard Luca Furlanetto (197-81) added 10 points respectively for lost side. Five Pavia players scored in double figures. Matera moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Pavia dropped to the third position with four games lost. Matera will face higher ranked Treviglio (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pavia will play against the league's second-placed Bari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Matera: C.Grappasonni 14+4reb+1ast, G.Cantagalli 12+3reb+1ast, L.Tardito 11+5reb, R.Martone 9+4reb, A.Pilotti 7+7reb, A.LaGioia 6+3reb
Pavia: R.Pederzini 15+3reb+1ast, F.Maiocco 12+2reb, R.Cazzaniga 12+2reb, S.Borgna 11+3reb+1ast, L.Furlanetto 10+4reb+2ast, R.Maggio 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 135638


Bari - Trento 84-75

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both second ranked Bari and 4th placed Trento had identical 3-3 record. This time Bari used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Trento 84-75 on Sunday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 20-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Bari made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Trento turnovers and outrebounded them 32-20 including 20 on the defensive glass. Guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) fired 18 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Forward Marco Cardillo (196-85) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Bari players scored in double figures. Bari's coach Giovanni Putignano allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Marco Pazzi (203-79) produced 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and the former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) added 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Bari (4-3) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Trento dropped to the third place with four games lost. Bari will face Pavia (#5) on the road in the next round. Trento will play against the league's second-placed Ferentino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bari: A.Ruggiero 18+5reb+6ast, M.Cardillo 16+5reb+3ast, S.Deguara 12+2reb+1ast, S.Gigena 12+4reb+2ast, F.Mian 9+1reb+1ast, D.Morena 8+10reb+2ast
Trento: W.Santarossa 17+3reb+2ast, M.Pazzi 14+5reb+4ast, A.Forray 14+3reb+1ast, M.Negri 9+3reb, L.Conte 8+3reb+3ast, D.Pascolo 8+1reb
gschID: 135639


Ferentino - Omegna 84-75

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Omegna (6-1) on the court of second ranked Ferentino on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Ferentino 84-75. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Omegna. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 4-2 record before this meeting. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-75. Ferentino made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Ferentino outrebounded Omegna 40-19 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) fired 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. Five Ferentino players scored in double figures. Naturalized Argentinian power forward Franco Prelazzi (205-79) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and forward Stefano Masciadri (200-89) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Ferentino (5-2) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Omegna at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. They share the position with Torino. Ferentino is looking forward to face Trento (#4) on the road in the next round. Omegna will play against Chieti and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ferentino: M.Carrizo 17+7reb+4ast, F.Guarino 14+1reb+2ast, A.Iannuzzi 12+15reb+1ast, L.Panzini 10+3reb+1ast, L.Ianes 10+8reb+1ast, S.Parrillo 8+3reb+1ast
Omegna: F.Prelazzi 17+6reb, S.Masciadri 17+3reb+1ast, T.Raspino 8+5reb+3ast, D.Casadei 7+2reb, P.Picazio 7+1ast, M.Bertolazzi 7+1reb
gschID: 135640


Latina Basket - Torino 74-81

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Latina Basket (2-5) was defeated at home by third ranked Torino (6-1) 81-74 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 26-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Torino forced 20 Latina Basket turnovers. Luca Fontecchio (202-91, agency: Players Group) fired 17 points for the winners. The former international power forward Francesco Conti (205-83) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Five Torino players scored in double figures. Riccardo Romano (191-84) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) added 20 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Torino. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Omegna. Latina Basket lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth place with five games lost. Torino will face Anagni (#4) at home in the next round. Latina Basket will play against Castelletto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Torino: L.Fontecchio 17+3reb, C.Masper 14+1reb+1ast, F.Tassinari 12+6reb+1ast, F.Conti 11+5reb+3ast, M.Portannese 10+4reb+4ast, D.Parente 8+3reb+4ast
Latina Basket: M.Micevic 20+4reb, R.Romano 15+6reb+5ast, A.Quarisa 10+2reb, T.Milani 9+4reb, R.Tavernelli 8+3reb+4ast, T.Plateo 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 135630


Anagni - Comsum.it SI 78-72

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Comsum.it SI (3-4) against fourth ranked Anagni (3-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Comsum.it SI was defeated by Anagni in a tough game in Anagni 72-78. Comsum.it SI was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 45-30 second half run of Anagni. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard Riccardo Santolamazza (195-83) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 5 assists. Nicolo Benedusi (193-88) accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Five Anagni players scored in double figures. Forward Stefano Simeoli (200-86) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds and center Amedeo Tessitori (203-94) added 24 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Comsum.it SI in the defeat. Anagni moved-up to third place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Comsum.it SI. Anagni's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Torino on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Comsum.it SI will play against the league's leader Napoli and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Anagni: R.Santolamazza 16+4reb+5ast, D.Corral 12+5reb, N.Benedusi 11+6reb+1ast, J.Pozzi 10+7reb, A.Malamov 10+4reb+1ast, A.Zanelli 10+1reb+1ast
Comsum.it SI: A.Tessitori 24+7reb+1ast, S.Simeoli 24+15reb, G.Spizzichini 9+6reb, N.Mei 7+2reb+3ast, C.Bianconi 4+1reb, M.Pascolo 2+2reb
gschID: 135631


Napoli - Perugia 68-61

There was a small surprise when leader Napoli (7-0) won against at home leader Perugia (4-3) 68-61 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Perugia won third quarter 17-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Perugia 48-31 including a 36-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Swingman Nelson Rizzitiello (198-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and Davide Poltroneri (195-85) added 11 points respectively for lost side. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Napoli. Newly promoted Napoli maintains first place with 7-0 record which they share with defeated Perugia. Loser Perugia still keeps top position with three games lost. Napoli will face Comsum.it SI (#3) in Siena in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Perugia will play at home against Orlandina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Napoli: B.Musso 17+13reb+5ast, N.Rizzitiello 16+10reb+1ast, S.Gatti 12+10reb+1ast, S.Lenardon 9+2reb+1ast, A.Iannilli 4+11reb+1ast, P.Rotondo 4+1reb
Perugia: F.Baldi Rossi 19+14reb+1ast, R.Truccolo 12+3reb+1ast, D.Poltroneri 11+4reb+3ast, G.Chiatti 6+3reb+1ast, M.Caroldi 6+1reb+1ast, L.Bisconti 4+2reb
gschID: 135632


Orlandina - Trieste 81-79

Important game to mention about took place in Orlandina. Third ranked Orlandina (5-2) saved a 2-point victory at home edging their biggest opponent Trieste (4-3) 81-79 in the game for the first place. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It looked good early as Trieste took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Orlandina had a 28-20 second period charge getting the lead and Trieste was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-81. Orlandina made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Trieste was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Fabio Zanelli (196-76) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 assists. Forward Andrea Benevelli (202-85) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Innocenzo Ferraro (200-82) answered with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international point guard Marco Carra (185-80) added 18 points and 5 assists in the effort for Trieste. Four Orlandina and five Trieste players scored in double figures. Orlandina keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Trieste lost third consecutive game. They still keep top place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Orlandina will play against league's leader Perugia on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Trieste will play against Ruvo in Ruvo di Puglia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Orlandina: F.Zanelli 24+2reb+7ast, A.Benevelli 21+9reb, T.De Min 13+6reb, N.Crow 10+4reb, F.Alessandri 9+6reb+4ast, M.Cardinali 4+3reb+3ast
Trieste: M.Carra 18+1reb+5ast, D.Mastrangelo 13+3reb+1ast, I.Ferraro 12+8reb+5ast, M.Maganza 12+6reb+1ast, L.Zaccariello 11+3reb+1ast, L.Gandini 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 135633


Ruvo - Firenze 70-64

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Ruvo di Puglia where 5th ranked Firenze (2-5) was defeated by sixth ranked Ruvo (1-6) 70-64 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Firenze won fourth quarter 14-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ruvo forced 23 Firenze turnovers. Swingman Christian Villani (200-82) fired 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Gianluca Tomasiello (190-80) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and center Andrea Capitanelli (203-86) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ruvo left bottom position moving up to fifth place which they share with defeated Firenze. Newly promoted Firenze keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Ruvo will face league's second-placed Trieste on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Firenze will play against Mazzeo San Severo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ruvo: C.Villani 17+6reb+2ast, G.Valesin 10+1reb+1ast, T.Laquintana 8, F.Emejuru 8+5reb, G.Tomasiello 8+8reb+3ast, G.Antrops 6+4reb+1ast
Firenze: A.Amici 15+8reb, S.Rabaglietti 12+1reb+2ast, A.Capitanelli 9+9reb+1ast, D.Scodavolpe 8+1reb+2ast, M.Sanna 7+4reb, S.Spizzichini 5+7reb+3ast
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stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Musso, Napoli19.4 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.18.4 
 3. Benevelli, Orlandi.17.9 
 4. Carra, Trieste16.6 
 5. Micevic, Latina B.16.4 
 6. Mei, Comsum.it SI16.1 
 7. Portannese, Torino16.1 
 8. Cantagalli, Matera15.7 
 9. Fattori, San Severo15.6 
 10. Zanelli, Orlandina15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.6 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli10.9 
 3. Benevelli, Orlandi.10.0 
 4. Baldi Rossi, Perug.9.0 
 5. Tessitori, Comsum..8.7 
 6. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.3 
 7. Crow, Orlandina8.1 
 8. Ferraro, Trieste8.0 
 9. Fattori, San Severo8.0 
 10. Capitanelli, Fire.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna5.0 
 2. Stanic, Fabriano4.7 
 3. Musso, Napoli4.1 
 4. Zanelli, Orlandina3.9 
 5. Vico, Matera3.7 
 6. Malamov, Anagni3.6 
 7. Rivali, Santarcang.3.6 
 8. Ferrarese, Castell.3.4 
 9. Conte, Trento3.4 
 10. Venuto, Casalp.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Iardella, Fabriano4.7 
 2. Guarino, Ferentino4.0 
 3. Musso, Napoli3.4 
 4. Malamov, Anagni3.4 
 5. Feliciangeli, Chie.3.4 
 6. Cazzaniga, Pavia3.3 
 7. Tomasiello, Ruvo3.1 
 8. Mei, Comsum.it SI3.1 
 9. Vico, Matera3.1 
 10. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ANCELLOTTI
  Santar.
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ancellotti, Santar.1.6 
 2. Capitanelli, Firen.1.4 
 3. Raminelli, Castell.1.1 
 4. Deguara, Bari1.0 
 5. Pascolo, Trento1.0 
 6. Biligha, Casalp.1.0 
 7. Tardito, Matera1.0 
 8. Cotani, Castelletto1.0 
 9. Tessitori, Comsum..1.0 
 10. Gatti, Napoli1.0 


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Perugia 4-3 
 2. Trieste 4-3 
 3. Comsum.it SI 3-4 
 4. Trento 3-4 
 5. Firenze 2-5 
 6. Santarcangelo 2-5 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 6-1 
 2. Torino 6-1 
 3. Casalpusterlengo 5-2 
 4. Treviglio 4-3 
 5. Pavia 3-4 
 6. Castelletto 3-4 
Div.South-East
 1. Recanati 5-2 
 2. Bari 4-3 
 3. Chieti 3-4 
 4. San Severo 3-4 
 5. Ruvo 1-6 
 6. Fabriano 0-7 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 7-0 
 2. Ferentino 5-2 
 3. Orlandina 5-2 
 4. Anagni 3-4 
 5. Latina Basket 2-5 
 6. Matera 2-5 


Sidigas Avellino locks Jurica Golemac for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
Jurica Golemac (209-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) will spend the entire season with Sigadas Avelino. The experienced Slovenian forward joined the team almost a month ago and he did enough to secure a contract extension. Golemac appeared 4 times in SerieA averaging 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3 assists. He replaced Szymon Szcewczyk, who left for Reyer Venezia. Jurica Golemac moved to Avelino from VAP Kolossos. He had 8.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.9 apg for 23 Greek league games last season. Before Kolossos, Golemac played for ALBA Berlin and Panathinaikos Athens in 2009/10. With ALBA he had 5.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.4 apg for 15 German league games. He also added 6 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 7 games in EuroCup. With PAO, Jurica Golemac registered 2.3 ppg and 1 apg in four Euroleague games. He had almost the same numbers in Greece. In the past, Jurica Golemac played for Lottomatica Roma, Panellinios Athens, Paris-Levallois, Hapoel Jerisalem, Ural Great Perm etc. He played for the Slovenian National Team at the EuroBasket in Poland.

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  JAPAN   


BJ League round 7 best performance: Lee Roberts - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Shinshu BW, receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Toyama Grouses (#9, 2-4) 88-81. Shinshu BW is placed at 3rd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Shinshu BW will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. Roberts turned to be Shinshu BW's top player in his first season with the team. Former Findlay (OH) star has very solid stats this year. Roberts is in league's top in points (7th best: 19.7ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 11.8rpg) and averages impressive 45.8% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old American Jermaine Boyette (188-G-78, agency: SportsTalent) of Kyoto Hannar.. Boyette had a very good evening with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Kyoto Hannar. to another comfortable win 80-67 over slightly higher-ranked Okinawa GK (#3, 4-2) being unquestionably team leader. Kyoto Hannar.'s 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Boyette is a newcomer at Kyoto Hannar., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-PG-81) of Saitama Bron. (#4). Satterfield showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. Despite Satterfield's great performance Saitama Bron. lost 81-83 to the lower-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (#10, 1-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Saitama Bron. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Satterfield has a great season in Japan. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 7.5apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wendell White (198-G-84) of Oita H.Devils - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Johnny Dukes (203-F-84) of Sendai 89ers - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Thomas Kennedy (201-F-87) of Iwate Big Bulls - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Devin Searcy (208-F/C-89) of Toyama Grouses - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Matt Lottich (193-G-82) of Oita H.Devils - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
9. T.J. Cummings (205-F-81) of Oita H.Devils - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Devin Sweetney (198-G/F-87) of Akita NH - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  JORDAN   


Rasheim Wright: Jordan have the potential to put a stronger team on the floor - by Omar Shafaamri
Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) was in the heat of battle just one month ago, playing his heart out and trying to do something that no one believed he and Jordan could do.

Nobody thought the national team from Amman had a chance of upsetting two-time defending champions Iran in the Quarter-Finals of the FIBA Asia Championship, but they did.

No Chinese contemplated the notion that Wright and Jordan could upset their team in the gold-medal game and earn a trip to the Olympics.

They almost did.

Jordan, who avenged a Preliminary Round defeat to the Philippines by whipping them in the last four, came within a made jump shot in the waning seconds of shocking Yi Jianlian and his teammates and earning a trip to the London Games.

First Wright, who had a game-high 26 points, missed from the right corner and then Sam Daghlas was off target at the buzzer.

China won 70-69.

Wright, the naturalized guard from America, is now back home in Philadelphia playing that last eight seconds over and over again, in his mind.

'They forced me to take a three from the corner with six seconds left,' he says to FIBA.com.

'The way they played the last shot, it was the only shot I had.

'I missed, Sam got the rebound but he missed a floater.'

Wright, who turned 30 on July 21, now thinks, 'What if?'

'We lost to China by one in China,' he says.

'We gave them two free-throws near the end on a bad call - there was no way they should have called that kind of foul.

'But the Chinese people were scared. They knew if they didn't get that free-throw, we were going to win. They were nervous in there (Wuhan Arena).'

Yi was the player fouled and he missed the first of two free-throws but sank the second for the one-point lead that proved to be enough.

As it was, the shot that Wright missed from the right corner near the death wasn't a bad one.

He got an open look but the ball bounced off the front of the rim.

A mad scramble ensued before Daghlas came out with the ball and missed the final shot from several feet on the left baseline.

'If I could do it all over again, I'd probably try to drag it back out and take the last shot completely,' Wright says.

'If I had made that shot, history would have been changed.

'Their coach (Bob Donewald) would have been fired. He would have been gone.

'No one would have expected us to beat them so they would have fired him for sure.'

In the overall context of his career, Wright admits the game was special - even in defeat.

'That was one of the best games I've ever played in,' he says.

Never lose faith

What Jordan proved by pushing China to the very end is that the business end of the tournament is what matters.

If a team isn't turning on all cylinders, as Jordan were not, there is no cause to panic.

In the Preliminary Round, they suffered defeats to Japan (92-87), the Philippines (72-64) and China (93-60).

The turning point came when Jordan, coached by Tab Baldwin, shocked Iran 88-84 in the Quarter-Finals.

When asked about the expectations of the people back in Jordan before the event, Wright says they were low.

'I think so,' he says.

'We weren't supposed to beat Iran and when we did, it was like, 'Wow!'

'Jordan played sub-par in the first round but we were an inexperienced team.

'Everybody else has been playing together for like four or five years, while we just came together at the right time.'

Fear of elimination was the big difference for the change in form.

'I just figured in the Preliminary Round games, that's exactly what they were, Preliminary Round,' Wright says.

'But when the games came that you had to win or go out, that's when we were able to turn it up a notch.

'We didn't want to lose and go home, or play for sixteenth place or something like that.'

Mario Palma had coached the team before but this time it was Baldwin, who led Lebanon at last year's FIBA World Championship.

In 2002, he steered New Zealand to a surprise fourth-place finish at the World Championship in Indianapolis.

Was he good for Jordan?

'I think he did what he had to do,' Wright says.

'He got us used to playing a certain system.

'I think he did a great job with the time that he had with us.'

Now what?

While the majority of the players in that Final have joined their clubs, Wright has not.

He is, surprisingly for a player who has been one of the most explosive scorers in international basketball the past three years, without a team.

Wright is biding his time back home in Philadelphia.

'I'm chilling right now,' he says.

'I'm just waiting for something.

'From anywhere.

'I thought I had an impressive run at the Asian Championship and I'm just waiting on someone to take a chance on me.'

Wright reached double-figures in points in every game and led Jordan in scoring with an average of 19.2 points per contest.

His average of 1.6 steals was tied for sixth best in the competition.

'I can score,' he says, 'but on defense, I can also guard the best player.'

Wright is uncertain about next summer.

By finishing runners-up, the country has earned a place in the 12-team FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament where three spots for the London Games will be up for grabs.

Wright doesn't know if he'll be there.

'I have no idea,' he says.

'I don't know what's up with the federation.

'I haven't talked to Jordan since I left. I don't know.

'Possibly, it depends if the team is strong. It depends on who comes back.

'Some players might look at it and think we won't have a chance.'

On the other hand, Wright says Jordan have the potential to put a stronger team on the floor.

'We were missing some guys,' he said.

'That meant we had some people playing out of position.

'We could have had an even better team.'

FIBA



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  KENYA   


Upper Hill Beat KQ to Level NBA Play-Offs - by Eurobasket News
UPPER Hill School beat Kenya Airways 58-49 in the 2011 Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) finals Game Two at World Hope. The win saw the students tie the five game series at 1-1. KQ pipped Upper Hill 63-62 in Game One last weekend. The students with head teacher Peter Orero calling the shots got off to a worst start trailing 10-14 in the first quarter and 9-25 in the second quarters.

But they picked themselves up and took a 19-6 third quarter edge and another 21-8 stunner in fourth quarter that left left kq grounded. Dominic Osale made 20 points and Tony Majok added 11 while Eric Ouma made good defensive contributions for the winners. The losers had 12 each from Eric Odhiambo and Emmanuel Ekai. In the women final played at the same venue, Safe Spaces moved closer to sealing the series with a 47-45 win over Africa Nazarene University (ANU).

Both teams tied 12-12 in a hotly contested first quarter. The winners shot up 15-9 in the second. ANU charged back taking the third 14-3 before defensive lapses saw Safe Spaces speed away 17-10 in the last quarter. Florence Mbithe sunk 17 while Peninah Nthenya made 9 before fouling out. Sarah Gitongu managed 10 that went with some key rejects. Mary Adhiambo and Lydia Imbali collected 8 each for the losers.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star (Nairobi)


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  KOSOVO   


Tomorrow, Sigal Prishtina vs. Futura - by Dren Shporta
Third round game between Sigal Prishtina and Futura, that was delayed two weekends ago, will be played tomorrow at Bardhosh, near Prishtina. Champions will have a chance to recover from the defeat of the last weekend in Mitrovica. While on the other side, the new team in BKT Superliga, Futura has to show that they are very serious opponents and to cause problems to champions.

Sigal Prishtina has registered 2 wins and 1 defeat, while playing with two direct championship rivals Peja and Trepca. Arben Krasniqis boys tomorrow will have a chance to equal Peja record and to overpass Trepca which has a game in hand, if they win the newcomers in the league. Futura has only one game played until now, which they lost (against Peja 81:87), but showed very good game and great rivalry during the match.

The match between Sigal Prishtina and Futura will start at 14:00 hrs. at Kolegji Univers gym and it will be refereed by Alban Vula, Xhelal Mumini and Edmond Raqa trio.



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  LATVIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 34.7
 1. Sims, VEF Riga34.7 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera22.3 
 3. Bertans, VEF Riga19.0 
 4. Krumins, Jelgava18.8 
 5. Lucas, Valmiera18.8 
 6. Dukulis, Liepaja17.5 
 7. Perry, VEF Riga17.3 
 8. Ozols, Jurmala17.0 
 9. Young, Ventspils15.6 
 10. Mayo, Liepaja15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Sims, VEF Riga11.7 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera8.3 
 3. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 4. Berzins, VEF Riga7.7 
 5. Willard, Ventspils7.0 
 6. Dargais, LU6.8 
 7. Andriukaitis, Liep.6.7 
 8. Berzins, Ventspils6.4 
 9. Jonats, Jurmala6.3 
 10. Vitas, Liepaja6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mayo, Liepaja6.3 
 2. Coders, Jurmala4.7 
 3. Perry, VEF Riga4.0 
 4. Janicenoks, VEF R.4.0 
 5. Lucas, Valmiera3.8 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.8 
 7. Valters, VEF Riga3.8 
 8. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.3 
 9. Krumins, Jelgava3.0 
 10. Bertans, VEF Riga3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Elvijs MICULIS
  U18
  (195-F-94)
  Avg: 4
 1. Miculis, U184.0 
 2. Millage, VEF Riga3.3 
 3. Brizgalovs, U183.0 
 4. Petersons, Jelgava3.0 
 5. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.7 
 6. Peiners, LU2.3 
 7. Cain, VEF Riga2.0 
 8. Krastins, U182.0 
 9. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 10. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  VEF Riga
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Cain, VEF Riga1.3 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.3 
 3. Rozitis, Valmiera1.3 
 4. Jonats, Jurmala1.0 
 5. Dukulis, Liepaja1.0 
 6. Gromovs, U181.0 
 7. Bertans, VEF Riga1.0 
 8. Plivda, LU0.8 
 9. Grasmanis, Jelgava0.8 
 10. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.8 


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


LBL2 Round 6: Derby game ends with RSU's defeat of Riga - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: RSU (#8) and Riga (#7). RSU (3-1) won against visiting Riga (3-4) 66-60. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. RSU dominated on the defensive end, holding Riga to just 3 points in third quarter. RSU moved-up to sixth place. Riga at the other side dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
LBL2 top team - Liepaja-2 (7-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Gulbene (1-5) 106-80. Undefeated Liepaja-2 have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-0 record. Newly promoted Gulbene keeps the twelfth place with five games lost. Liepaja-2 will play against DSN (#3) in Riga in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Gulbene will play at home against Zemgale/Juniors (#13) in Jelgava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LBL2 top team - Liepaja-2 (7-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Livani (0-4) 108-76. Undefeated Liepaja-2 have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-0 record. Loser Livani still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Liepaja-2 will meet DSN (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Livani will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 6 Saldus lost to undefeated BK VEF on the road 78-84. Saldus won against Cesis on its own court 90-82.



Gulbene - Liepaja-2 80-106

LBL2 top team - Liepaja-2 (7-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Gulbene (1-5) 106-80. The game was mostly controlled by Liepaja-2. Gulbene was better in second period 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Liepaja-2 have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-0 record. Newly promoted Gulbene keeps the twelfth place with five games lost. Liepaja-2 will play against DSN (#3) in Riga in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Gulbene will play at home against Zemgale/Juniors (#13) in Jelgava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 151290


BK VEF - Saldus 84-78

No shocking result in a game when top-ranked VEF Riga junior (5-0) beat at home 5th ranked Saldus (4-2) 84-78 on Tuesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. VEF Riga junior have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 5-0 record having 2 victories less than leader Liepaja-2. Loser Saldus keep the fifth place with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 151291


Saldus - Cesis 90-82

Very expected game when 10th ranked Cesis (1-3) lost on the road to fifth ranked Saldus (4-2) 90-82 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Cesis won third quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saldus maintains fifth position with 4-2 record. Newly promoted Cesis keep the tenth place with three games lost. They share the position with Valmiera U21. Saldus will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cesis will play against Ventspils Augstskola (#7).
gschID: 151288


Livani - Liepaja-2 76-108

LBL2 top team - Liepaja-2 (7-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Livani (0-4) 108-76. The game without a history. Liepaja-2 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Liepaja-2 have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-0 record. Loser Livani still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Liepaja-2 will meet DSN (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Livani will have a break next round.
gschID: 151289


RSU - Riga 66-60

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: RSU (#8) and Riga (#7). RSU (3-1) won against visiting Riga (3-4) 66-60. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. RSU dominated on the defensive end, holding Riga to just 3 points in third quarter. RSU moved-up to sixth place. Riga at the other side dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 151287




VEF Riga is beaten in the capital - by Eurobasket News
VTB League
VEF Riga - Unics 85:99


VEF Riga is beaten in the capital of the country to Russian Unics Kazan in VTB League. The latter defeated on the road Latvian side 99:85 on Sunday.
The game was mostly controlled by Unics Kazan. VEF Riga was better in third quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.VEF Riga was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) fired 24 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Bosnian guard Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) chipped in 15 points. Unics Kazan's coach Evgeny Pashutin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Courtney Sims (211-C-83, college: Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Unics Kazan and four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Unics Kazan maintains second place with 3-1 record behind leader Spartak SP, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending Latvian champion VEF Riga keeps the fifth position with two games lost. Unics Kazan will have a break next round. VEF Riga will play at home against Zalgiris in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

VEF Riga: Courtney Sims 24+11 rebs, Dairis Bertans 15, Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) 15
Unics: Terrell Lyday 24, Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) 16, Henry Domercant 15, Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) 14



Best players of LBL round 5 - by Eurobasket News
Edgars Krumins (194-G/F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Jelgava and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 25-year old swingman had the game-high 28 points adding eight rebounds for Jelgava in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team U18 (#8, 0-1) with 33-point margin 85-52. Jelgava is placed at 7th position in LBL. The season is still in it's early stage, so the team may have a chance to improve their current position in the standings. They lost 3 games and had just one victory. In the team's last game Krumins had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Jelgava, through which he has constantly improved. Krumins has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.8ppg) and averages solid 63.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young former international center Roberts Mednis (204-C-89) of Turiba. Mednis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Turiba lost that game 69-75 to slightly higher-ranked Jurmala (#3, 2-1). Turiba managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Turiba managed to get this year. Mednis is one of the most experienced players at Turiba and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) of top-ranked Ventspils. Strelnieks scored 15 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Ventspils, leading his team to a 125-87 easy win against the lower-ranked LU (#6, 1-3). Ventspils started extremely well this year. They recorded 5 victories without losing a single game. Strelnieks turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Strelnieks has a great season in Latvia. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.8apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kristaps Dargais (195-G-90) of LU - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Sam Willard (205-F) of Ventspils - 18 points and 6 rebounds
6. Harijs Rubenis (199-F-91) of LU - 21 points and 4 rebounds
7. Jevgenijs Kosuskins (200-F-77) of Jurmala - 19 points and 8 rebounds
8. Jahmar Young (196-G-86) of Ventspils - 17 points
9. Davis Lejasmeiers (190-G-91) of Ventspils - 8 points and 5 assists
10. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) of Ventspils - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Zalgiris hires Alex Trifunovic as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: Alti Sport ) is a new Head Coach of Zalgiris Kaunas. The Serbian specialist signed a deal for rest of the season. Trifunovic is not a new face in Lithuanian basketball as he already coached Lietuvos Rytas. He worked with Rytas last season and before that from 2006 to 2008. Trifunovic started as Assistant Coach at Rytas and in February of 2007 was promoted to HC position. He led the team to Baltic league title in 2007 and was named Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League Coach of the Year -07. They also reached ULEB Cup Finals. Last season he worked with Rytas until April, when they parted ways. In the meantime, Aleksandar Trifunovic spent one year with Crvena Zvezda and one with Panionios Athens. He will try to turn things around at Zalgiris after two losses at the beginning of the Euroleague regular season.

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Athleta and Luxol complete MBA Shield semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News
Athleta and BUPA Luxol advanced into MBA Shield semifinals. They joined Siggiewi and Depiro Mfarfa in the playoffs.
BUPA Luxol took care of Floriana 71:62. Lee Ross (182-G-89) stepped up with 27 points to pace the winners. Floriana stayed in control in the first half. They established a 39:28 halftime lead. But Luxol turned things around after the big break. They went on a 27:11 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory at the end. Nebojsa Vasovic delivered 15 points for the winners. Ian Mercieca notched 25 points for Floriana. C Sammut had 16 points in the loss.
Athleta cruised past Loyola 77:42. Omar Said (177-G-80) knocked down 19 points to lead the charge. Athleta outscored their opponents 36:13 in the first half and never looked back en route to the victory. Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) nailed 14 points in the victory. Anton Axiaq (188-C-91) replied with 16 points for Loyola.


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Toros signs Kelvin Torbert - by Eurobasket News
Kelvin Torbert (193-G-83, college: Michigan St.) will continue his career in Mexico. The American guard penned a deal with Toros for rest of the LNBP season. Actually, Torbert already made debut for his new team. He scored 13 points against Soles. Toros won that game on the road 67-69. Kelvin Torbert spent last season in Russia. He appeared 31 times with Ural Ekaterinburg averaging 12.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Before Iraklis, Torbert played two years for the Belgian Dexia Mons-Hainaut. He also has experience from France. Kelvin Torbert is a product of the Michigan State University.

LNBP Round 20: Fuerza Regia beats Aguilas Rojas by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Thirteenth-ranked Aguilas Rojas (3-17) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Fuerza Regia (15-3) in San Juan on Saturday. The visitors from Monterrey managed to secure only one-point victory 110-109. However their fans expected much easier game. Fuerza Regia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-3 record. Aguilas Rojas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Fuerza Regia are looking forward to face Pioneros (#7) in Cancun in the next round where they are favorite. Aguilas Rojas will play on the road against Halcones UV Xalapa (#9) and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Mexicali. Third ranked Toros (12-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Soles (11-9) 69-67 on Saturday evening. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds and Rene Rougeau who added 10 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Center Greg Smith (208-91, college: Fresno St.) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Toros maintains third position with 12-6 record having just three points less than leader Fuerza Regia. Soles at the other side keep the sixth place with nine games lost. Toros will play against bottom-ranked Volcanes (#14) in Toluca in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Soles will play on the road against the league's second-placed Halcones Rojos (#2) in Veracruz and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Volcanes is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 20th consecutive match to second ranked Halcones Rojos (14-2) 84-58 on Saturday evening. Halcones Rojos have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-2 record behind leader Fuerza Regia. Loser Volcanes still closes the standings. Halcones Rojos will meet at home Soles (#6) in the next round. Volcanes will play against Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo and hope to get finally their first victory.
The game between fourth ranked Huracanes (12-7) and 11th ranked Panteras (7-11) in Tampico ended with biggest points difference. Huracanes outscored guests from Aguascalientes 95-55. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Panteras. The best player for the winners was Nestor Colmenares who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 21 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Huracanes have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-7 record, which they share with Barreteros. Panteras at the other side keep the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Huracanes' next round opponent will be Correcaminos (#10) in Ciudad Victoria where they are favorite. Panteras will play at home against Lechugueros in Leon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 20 Lechugueros were beaten by Abejas on the road 91-86. Corr.Victoria lost to Barreteros on its own court 81-90.



Soles - Toros 67-69

Important game to mention about took place in Mexicali. Third ranked Toros (12-6) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked Soles (11-9) 69-67 on Saturday evening. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 16-7 Soles' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 69-67 at the end of the game. Toros made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds and guard Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) who added 10 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Center Greg Smith (208-91, college: Fresno St.) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and forward Carl Edwards (196-81, college: Charleston) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Soles players scored in double figures. Toros maintains third position with 12-6 record having just three points less than leader Fuerza Regia. Soles at the other side keep the sixth place with nine games lost. Toros will play against bottom-ranked Volcanes (#14) in Toluca in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Soles will play on the road against the league's second-placed Halcones Rojos (#2) in Veracruz and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Soles: C.Edwards 14+7reb, G.Smith 13+9reb, D.A. FELLS 12+6reb+2ast, J.Vargas 10+8reb, J.Griffin 9+1reb+1ast, D.Cubillan 5+2reb+6ast
Toros: D.Pearson 22+9reb, K.TORBERT 13, R.Rougeau 10+7reb+1ast, F.Centeno 9+4reb, B.Angley 6+3reb+5ast, J.Manuel Esteva 6+4reb
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Aguilas Rojas - Fuerza Regia 109-110

Thirteenth-ranked Aguilas Rojas (3-17) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Fuerza Regia (15-3) in San Juan on Saturday. The visitors from Monterrey managed to secure only one-point victory 110-109. However their fans expected much easier game. Fuerza Regia have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-3 record. Aguilas Rojas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Fuerza Regia are looking forward to face Pioneros (#7) in Cancun in the next round where they are favorite. Aguilas Rojas will play on the road against Halcones UV Xalapa (#9) and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
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Abejas - Lechugueros 91-86

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Abejas (9-10) beat 12th ranked Lechugueros (6-13) in Guanajuato 91-86. Lechugueros were ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 23-15 charge of Abejas, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American-Jamaican forward Mattis McHugh (198-84, college: S.Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Puerto Rican guard Jesus Verdejo (193-85, college: S.Florida) chipped in 25 points. Four Abejas players scored in double figures. Abejas' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 27 points and 7 rebounds and Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Abejas moved-up to eighth place. Lechugueros at the other side keep the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Abejas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Barreteros (#5) in Zacatecas and it may be quite challenging game. Lechugueros will play on the road against Panteras (#11) in Aguascalientes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lechugueros: D.Yearby 27+7reb, R.Moss 16+4reb, D.Patten 10+8reb, W.Funn 8+3reb+6ast, B.St.Preux 8+1reb, E.Zuniga 6+2reb+1ast
Abejas: J.Verdejo 25+2reb, L.Wade 18+3ast, M.McHugh 17+12reb+1ast, M.Jackson 15+9reb+2ast, A.Stockman 6+2ast, V.Buelna 6+4reb+1ast
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Huracanes - Panteras 95-55

The game between fourth ranked Huracanes (12-7) and 11th ranked Panteras (7-11) in Tampico ended with biggest points difference. Huracanes outscored guests from Aguascalientes 95-55. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Panteras. The game without a history. Huracanes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Panteras' 30. Huracanes forced 25 Panteras turnovers and outrebounded them 47-29 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Panteras' players. The best player for the winners was Venezuelan forward Nestor Colmenares (203-87, college: Campbellsville) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 21 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. American forward Leroy Davis (200-81, college: Georgia St.) chipped in 17 points. Five Huracanes players scored in double figures. Dominican-Puerto Rican power forward Ivan Lopez (208-85, college: Memphis) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Marlyn Bryant (193-82, college: S.Florida) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Huracanes have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-7 record, which they share with Barreteros. Panteras at the other side keep the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Huracanes' next round opponent will be Correcaminos (#10) in Ciudad Victoria where they are favorite. Panteras will play at home against Lechugueros in Leon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panteras: I.Lopez 12+7reb+1ast, M.Bryant 11+5reb+3ast, R.Melendez 8+3reb, K.Malpica 6+2reb+1ast, J.Alvarez 5+2reb+1ast, J.Casillas 4+3reb+1ast
Huracanes: L.Davis 17+4reb+3ast, R.Hornsby 15+2reb+3ast, A.Fuqua 15+4reb+2ast, N.Colmenares 14+21reb+7ast, A.Gomez 10+4reb+2ast, E.Medina 7+4reb+4ast
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Corr.Victoria - Barreteros 81-90

Very expected game when 10th ranked Correcaminos (7-10) lost to fifth ranked Barreteros (12-7) in Ciudad Victoria 81-90. Correcaminos were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 52-40 second half run of Barreteros. The best player for the winners was American forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara, agency: TSS Management) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Forrest Fisher (193-84) chipped in 23 points. Four Barreteros players scored in double figures. Barreteros' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) added 21 points respectively for the hosts. Barreteros moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Huracanes. Correcaminos lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with ten games lost. Barreteros' next round opponent will be Abejas (#8) in Guanajuato. Correcaminos will play at home against Huracanes in Tampico.
Top scorers:
Corr.Victoria: R.Selleaze 21+4reb+2ast, J.Penny 17+10reb+3ast, M.Allen 14+2reb+3ast, R.Castillo 8+1reb, F.Harris 7+2reb, D.Lamont 7+1reb
Barreteros: F.Fisher 23+1reb+1ast, J.Reaves 20+12reb+1ast, S.Cuevas 17+3reb+3ast, M.Council 12+1reb+1ast, C.Twan Briggs 9+7reb+2ast, R.Loera Almanza 5+2reb
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Volcanes - Halc.Rojos 58-84

Bottom-ranked Volcanes is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 20th consecutive match to second ranked Halcones Rojos (14-2) 84-58 on Saturday evening. Halcones Rojos have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-2 record behind leader Fuerza Regia. Loser Volcanes still closes the standings. Halcones Rojos will meet at home Soles (#6) in the next round. Volcanes will play against Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo and hope to get finally their first victory.
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Soles gets bigger with Darren Fells - by Eurobasket News
Soles reinforced its roster at the PF/C position. Their new member is American Darren Fells (201-F/C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Cal-Irvine). The 25-year-old player signed a deal for rest of the season and already made debut with his new team. He shined with 12 points and 6 rebounds for 25 minutes on the court against Toros. Solos lost that game at home 67-69. Darren Fells played in Finland last season. He had 13.8 ppg and 8.3 rpg for 55 games with Joensuun Kataja. They reached Finish league Finals and Fells was named Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention -11. Fells helped Joensuun Kataja to win the Finish Cup this year. From 2008 to 2010, Darren Fells played in Belgium. He graduated at the Cal-Irvine University three years ago.

Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Fuerza Regia 15-3 
 2. Halc.Rojos 14-2 
 3. Toros 12-6 
 4. Huracanes 12-7 
 5. Barreteros 12-7 
 6. Soles 11-9 
 7. Pioneros 9-7 
 8. Abejas 9-10 
 9. Halc.Xalapa 8-3 
 10. Corr.Victoria 7-10 
 11. Panteras 7-11 
 12. Lechugueros 6-13 
 13. Aguilas Rojas 3-17 
 14. Volcanes 0-20 


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Adingono: I will rely on Bayang and Bitee to be sucessful! - by Kristian Santiago
Lazare Adingono recently sat down to talk with Africabasket's Kris Santiago about him taking over the coaching of As de Sale in Morocco.

Africabasket: Lazare, you are now in Morocco and are soon going to coach one of the top teams in Africa. Tell us a bit more about it and how the team found about you.

Lazare Adingono :
First of all I would like to thank you for taking the time to talk about this step I have elected to take in my coaching career.
As for Morocco, it is a great honour to be part of a professional organization such as As de Sale. In fact this organization has approached me in number of occasions for the past few years but at the time the timing was not right. I appreciate the trust that this organization has in me and I look forward to working very hard with the goal of taking the team to new heights.

AB: You are going to have the services of Christian Bayang (193-G-87) and Parfait Bitee (188-G-85). What kind of roles are they going to play for you on the court?

Adingono: Those two players, Bayang and Bitee, are major players and well respected in the African Continent and therefore I will heavily rely on them both on and off the court in order to be very successful this year.

AB: Known for being an ambitious coach around coaching circles, what can we expect to witness Sale finally representing Morocco in the African Club Championships? Which goals were set up by you and the management for the upcoming season?

Adingono: Yes, in fact this organization and the country of Morocco will be hosting the next African Club Championship in December 2011 and the news has created a buzz not around the country but the continent as a whole. I believe both the management and me have set high goals for the team this season which is to be highly competitive.

AB: Let's have your thoughts on the last African Championships in Madagascar: What went right and what went wrong in terms of organisation and professionalism and where do you see improvement regarding Cameroon's hoop program as well as for the African continent?

Adingono: The last Afrobasket was a revelation for the entire continent and we saw what can be called a changing of the guard with many teams competing at a high level. Although there is always room for improvement, I believe the Secretary General of FIBA Africa Dr. Alphonse Bile and his staffs has done a great Job in making many positive adjustments to this prestigious tournament on a yearly basis. As far as hoops in Cameroon, I think the managing team in place has to continue to work around the clock and find ways to keep the hopes of an entire country alive moving in the future.

Africabasket: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us!




Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. MAF Fez 2-0 
 2. PCS Plazza C. 2-0 
 3. KAC 1-1 
 4. WAC Casabl. 1-1 
 5. FUS Rabat 1-1 
 6. ASS Sale 1-1 
 7. RSB Berkane 1-1 
 8. RCA Casabl. 1-1 
 9. CRA Hoceima 0-2 
 10. IRT Tanger 0-2 


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Heat owner Arison fined $500K - by Eurobasket News
Micky Arison might have become the most popular owner among NBA players on Monday when NBA Commissioner David Stern fined him for criticizing other league owners.

Yahoo! Sports reported Monday that Arison was slapped with a $500,000 fine for comments made on Friday critical of his fellow NBA owners regarding the ongoing NBA lockout.

On Friday night an NBA fan asked Arison on Twitter, 'How does it feel to be a part of ruining the best game in the world? NBA owners/players don't give a damn about fans ... Fans provide all the money you're fighting over ... you greedy pigs.' Arison replied with a simple retort: 'Honestly u r barking at the wrong owner.'

Though he quickly thought better of the comment and deleted the tweet, it spread rapidly on Friday night, and the league office apparently took notice.

That was not Arison's only swipe at other owners. One Twitter user asked him what he thought of notorious LA Clippers owner Donald Serling, and Arison shot back, 'lol.' He deleted that tweet, too.

Recent reports from the lockout negotiations have suggested that Arison, along with a few other owners of large-market teams, have been pushing the league to make a deal with the NBA Players' Association, against the wishes of small-market owners who have taken a hard line in negotiations.

Arison's comments suggest he is part of the faction seeking a swift conclusion to the lockout. The Heat had the fifth-highest home attendance last season, as well as the highest road attendance, so it is no surprise that Arison is upset that a month of the 2011-2012 season has already been canceled due to the lockout.

Under league rules, no league officials (including owners) are allowed to comment on particulars of the lockout. Stern clearly wants to send a message to his owners, and that message is no one owner is big enough to break ranks while the lockout remains unresolved.

But Arison is worth billions, so even a half-million dollars in fines amounts to little more than a slap on the wrist. If anything, the suggests that the owners are more divided than they have let on, potentially providing the players with a little more leverage as negotiations continue.

It could also give the Heat some extra goodwill after the lockout ends with potential free agent targets. One Heat beat writer has already suggested that Arison's fine earned him some brownie points with non-Heat players.

Courtesy of www.nbcmiami.com


NBA player option/extension deadlines on hold - by Eurobasket News
Normally, Oct. 31 is a day of significance on the NBA calendar. Contractually, it is the day when teams must make what often prove to be weighty decisions on former first-round draft picks.

By rule, for example, midnight would've been the deadline for the Chicago Bulls to sign Derrick Rose to a contract extension or for the Houston Rockets to decide whether to pick up the $6.4 million option in Hasheem Thabeet's deal for the potential 2012-13 season.

According to several NBA general managers, however, that is not the case this year. With the lockout in place, the option and extension deadlines have been pushed back indefinitely. The assumption by those GMs is that teams will be given a grace period in the new collective bargaining agreement, when it is in place, to make those decisions.

'We were given memos in June that said everything would be frozen when the lockout started,' a Western Conference GM said. 'We're assuming that when we get a new deal we'll have a certain amount of time to make those decisions. But for now we can't.'

Obviously teams wouldn't be talking about contract extensions for players on rookie deals right now without knowing the future salary-cap rules. Rose, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Brook Lopez and Eric Gordon are the most notable of the 2008 draft picks who were eligible to have their contracts extended before Nov. 1.

It seems likely that players from the 2009 first round will be negotiating extensions right along with free agents when the lockout lifts. Normally there's some drama every late October when teams try to get deals done with players going into their fourth and final seasons on their rookie scale contracts.

Last year Al Horford signed a $60 million extension with the Atlanta Hawks and Mike Conley got a $40 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies on Oct 31.

The more interesting issue was whether the option deadline would be moved. Teams have until Oct. 31 to pick up the fourth year on contracts that first-round picks signed in 2009 and third-year options for 2010 first-round picks. Several teams, just to make sure, picked up the options on some of their young players before the lockout came down. For example, the Clippers exercised Blake Griffin's option and the Bulls picked up Taj Gibson's for the 2012-13 season in June.

'We were advised to handle all of our business we wanted to be sure of before July 1,' an Eastern Conference GM said. 'Some of those decisions were easy, some weren't and some we needed more time on. We believe we're going to get that time.'

There are always players where the decision isn't easy and teams want to judge after training camp, often right up to the Halloween deadline.

The Rockets were perhaps going to have the most interesting choices of any team had the Oct. 31 deadline been in place. Though various trades, the Rockets have acquired four players drafted in the first round in 2009 for which they must make decisions. Houston has options for '12-13 on Thabeet, Jonny Flynn and Terrence Williams totaling more than $17 million for next year that they were going to have to make by today. Those calls, like everything else, are now postponed.

Courtesy of ESPN


Fisher denies union rift in letter to NBA players - by Eurobasket News
Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) denied a rift in union leadership in a letter to NBA players Monday, telling them there have been no side agreements, no side negotiations or anything close with league officials.

A story Saturday on Foxsports.com titled Is Fisher in Sterns pocket? said there was a disagreement between Fisher and players association executive director Billy Hunter and that the Lakers guard had promised NBA Commissioner David Stern that he could deliver a deal with a 50-50 split in basketball-related income.

The story said Hunter confronted Fisher last Friday, the day talks with the league broke down and led to the cancellation of the entire November schedule.

Usually I wouldnt even dignify absurd media reports with a comment. But before these reports go any further, let me say on the record to each of you, my loyalty has and always will be with the players, Fisher wrote in the letter, obtained by The Associated Press and other media outlets. Anyone that questions that or doubts that does not know me, my history, and what I stand for.

And quite frankly, how dare anyone call that into question. The Players Association is united and any reports to the contrary are false. There have been no side agreements, no side negotiations or anything close. We are united in serving you and presenting the best options and getting everyone back to work.

Players and owners made progress on a number of issues related to the salary cap system over two days last week. But the negotiations fell apart again on the third day, when the sides decided to revisit the BRI split again.

Owners are insistent on a 50-50 split, while players have proposed reducing their guarantee from 57 percent down to 52.5, which they say would transfer more than $1.5 billion to owners over six years.

My goal, the executive committees ONLY goal is to present you with the most fair deal possible, Fisher wrote. A deal that is both fair on system and BRI. One isnt more important than the other. They are both extremely impactful to our business, our sport and our day to day life in the league.

Fisher put the blame squarely on owners in the letter, telling players that if nothing more, the league and owners should understand peoples livelihoods are at stake.

They should be able to take the over 1 billion dollars weve offered them and open the doors of their arenas and let us, along with the ushers, parking attendants, everyone impacted to get back to work, Fisher added.

There have been no bargaining sessions since Friday, though Fisher told the players he would be in touch later in the week with an update.

Players will lose about $350 million with no games in November and more games could be lost without further concessions by the players, since the league has repeatedly said it wont go beyond the 50-50 split.

The Foxsports.com story identifies union leadership as a problem, saying: This is fact: Fisher and Hunter havent been on the same page throughout this lockout. It cites a veteran NBA player familiar with the negotiations who expressed concerns about Fishers allegiance.

The attempt by 'sources to divide us will be unsuccessful, Fisher wrote. We will continue to work every day to do right by you, the businesses that depend on our league and our fans.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


Report: Chandler, Smith to return from China when lockout ends - by Eurobasket News
At least three NBA players who signed on to play in China during the lockout will apparently not last the entire Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) season, despite the CBA not allowing out-clauses in contracts with NBA players.

While Clark Earl (6'9''-F-88, college: Louisville) was let out of his contract because of personal reasons (his girlfriend is pregnant), Chandler Wilson (6'8''-F/G-87, college: De Paul) and Smith J.R. (6'6''-G-85) are expected to be released by their Chinese teams when the lockout ends, ESPNs Marc Stein reports via Twitter (via Hoopshype).

Xinjiang, however, will insist that Kenyon Martin stay in China for the entire season, according to Stein.

When the CBA decided to prohibit out-clauses, there were immediate questions as to whether the league could enforce the rule. And while teams are free to release to players as they wish-which isnt a violation of the rule-signing on with Chinese teams evidently does not mean a player is there for the entire season.

As Chinese basketball site NiuBall wrote last month (via CBS Sports), Despite what the language of a contract may say, there are no such things as guaranteed contracts and no out-clauses. When it comes down to it, no team is willing to pay and play an import that doesnt want to be here. ...

The rule wasnt put in to guarantee that guys like Clark Earl stay the whole year, but rather more as a preventive measure to avoid the insanity that would have ensued if NBA superstars like Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade had signed in China. In the CBAs eyes, superstars in China wouldnt have raised the level of the National Team, something that the government run league takes very seriously. Plus, having big-name players in China for a month or two only to see them jet back to the States once the NBA lockout ended was not a scenario the CBA ever envisioned as positive for the development of its league.

Meanwhile, Stein reports that Rodney Stuckey held off last week on accepting an offer from Guangdong in case the lockout ended.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Kings minority owner may lose team stake in personal bankruptcy - by Eurobasket News
A part owner of the Sacramento Kings might be in danger of losing his stake in the team after filing for personal bankruptcy.

Veteran Sacramento developer Bob Cook, who's been a part owner of the Kings since the 1980s, is buried under millions of dollars of debt and could surrender his 7 percent share of the team.

Cook's financial troubles stem from the construction of Le Rivage, the upscale hotel he opened on the Sacramento River in 2008. The hotel defaulted on its debt last year, and Cook filed for Chapter 11 personal bankruptcy protection in August.

Ramping up the financial pressure, one of his creditors is trying to drag into Bankruptcy Court the partnership through which Cook holds his Kings ownership stake.

'We're just trying to get repaid,' said the creditor, Martin Boone, managing member of a Capitola firm called Omni Financial. He declined to comment further.

Cook put up his Kings stake as security when he borrowed $10 million from Omni four years ago, according to court records. He defaulted on the debt, which now totals $13 million.

It's unclear what will happen to Cook's 7 percent stake in the team. In court papers, Cook says his Kings ownership stake is exempt from the bankruptcy proceedings. He said the same is true for his 100 percent ownership of the Sacramento Capitals tennis team.

The Kings are controlled by the Maloof family, which acquired majority ownership in 1999.

Kings spokesman Chris Clark said the team would have no comment on Cook's financial issues.

Cook couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

Cook and other minority owners appear to have little if any operational control over the Kings. In February, shortly after it was revealed that the Kings might move to Anaheim, Cook told The Bee that co-owner Gavin Maloof wouldn't even give him details of the negotiations with Anaheim.

Cook said in February he opposed any move but acknowledged it was largely out of his hands.

'As far as what voice I will have, I don't know,' he said.

The Kings decided to stay for another year but vowed to leave if a financial deal for a new arena isn't in place by next spring.

Cook is part of the group that bought the Kings and relocated them from Kansas City to Sacramento in 1985. His 7 percent share includes a stake in Power Balance Pavilion.

In closed-door testimony as part of a lawsuit filed by one of his creditors, Cook said in March that he took out a loan from Omni in order to buy additional shares of the Kings. He didn't say from whom he planned to buy the shares.

Last week an Omni affiliate filed an involuntary Chapter 11 petition against Kings Professional Basketball Club. That's the legal entity through which Cook controls his 7 percent stake in the team.

Complicating matters, another of Cook's creditors is laying claim to his share of the Kings. Traynor Marina Investments LLC, which has obtained a $700,000 judgment against Cook, holds a lien on the 7 percent stake, said Traynor attorney Daniel Egan.

Egan said it's uncertain what will happen to the stake.

'There's a lot of different directions that could take,' he said.

Cook has developed shopping centers and other properties since the 1970s, but ran into huge problems with Le Rivage. The luxury hotel defaulted on a $25 million loan in September 2010 and was put under control of a court-appointed receiver.

In his bankruptcy papers, Cook said the hotel was appraised recently at $12 million. Three years ago it was appraised at $42.5 million, he said.

Cook listed assets of $858,000 and debts of $48.3 million.

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com


78-game NBA season still possible: sources - by Eurobasket News
The revised schedule listed yesterday on the Knicks' website is as misleading as NBA commissioner David Stern's optimistic tone Thursday night.

Following Stern's hatcheting of November's games following another NBA negotiation breakdown, coach Mike D'Antoni's club's season-opener is now listed as Milwaukee on Dec. 2 at the Garden, beginning a 68-game slate.

Even if there are no further cancellations and if the sides settle next week, the list and number of games on team websites are inaccurate.

Stern proclaimed officially Friday there is no longer a chance of squeezing in an 82-game schedule with a Dec. 1 starting date. However, multiple sources predict a 78-game slate will be staged if the sides compromise on the revenue split by next weekend. The final schedule has to be an even number, sources said.

'Anything is possible,' one union source said. 'If the handshake is a week later, it's a week less of games.'

As The Post reported earlier this month, the schedule does not pick up where it leaves off on the original document. Several contingency schedules have been compiled by NBA schedule-maker Matt Winick, pending the season's starting date. The schedule is made from scratch, pending the availability of arenas. Many dates are the same, but opponents have changed. Any lost games for the Knicks would be West Coast opponents, according to sources.

With a 78-game schedule still possible, the 16 games the Knicks lost in November, including their six-game West Coast trip, is just a theoretical number. Many of those games would be made up if a deal is hatched soon and Carmelo Anthony's Nov. 16 return to Denver -- which technically got wiped out Friday -- likely would be restored later in the season.

Anthony said recently he was worried his Denver return 'would go up in flames.' He said he's looking forward to his return despite being a Rocky Mountain villain.

'I can't shy away from that,' he said. 'I've got to deal with it.'

For the first time, Stern said Friday he guaranteed an 82-game schedule would be arranged if there had been a settlement that day. The players are desperate to ensure an 82-game season so they would not lose any more paychecks. (They're already short on missed preseason games.) The 82-game theory was the carrot Stern dangled to the Players Association to compromise on the revenue-split stalemate Friday. Stern could continue to dangle that carrot by offering up a healthy 78-game season in further talks. Sources said none have been scheduled.

'We had quite openly discussed with the players that if we could make the deal, we could get the season in,' Stern said.

The plan in the revised 82-game scheme were to play a small handful of back-to-back-to-back nights and more four-games-in-four nights, which is done anyway. Stern would have pushed back the end of the regular season to late April and perhaps not stagger as many off days during the playoffs. Also, Stern was willing to schedule a potential Game 7 of The Finals only a few days before the NBA Draft. All that could still take place to squeeze in 78 games.

The players now will miss their regular paychecks for the first time, but union director Billy Hunter said they have received an ancillary check in August and the first week of November, income derived from the escrow account and a luxury-tax giveback. Hunter said the minimum amount - pending the salary - was $100,000.

'They have not missed a paycheck, that's the misnomer,' Hunter said. 'The first [regular] paycheck they'd get was Nov. 16.'

Courtesy of www.nypost.com


Phil Jackson believes Chicago Bulls over achieved last season - by Eurobasket News
Phil Jackson has said that the Chicago Bulls punched well above their weight last season, and it is something, they should be proud of.

He however warned that if Bulls fans were harbouring expectations of some more miracles from the windy city side, they could be in for a disappointment next season.

The legendary coach, who retired at the end of last season when the Los Angeles Lakers were bundled out of the playoffs, said Chicago needed some key additions and more improvements if they were to become a true force in the NBA.

'I think they overachieved last year as far as record and how they got to the spots they got to in the playoffs,' Jackson said Thursday on 'The Waddle & Silvy Show' on ESPN 1000.

The former coach, who is a revered figure in Chicago for being the coach of a Bulls side that won six NBA World Champions in the Jordan era, said Chicago could do well with recruiting some more players. He also pinpointed Carlos Boozer as chief among those who need to step up their game.

'They still have to have some steady shooters from the outside to complement the penetration they have, and then (Carlos Boozer) has to have that post-up game that he was brought there to give them.

Jackson recognized that the Bulls had a very special player in Derrick Rose. The point guard became the youngest ever recipient of the NBAs Most Valuable Player award last season and led his side to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Phil warned though that without support, even Rose would eventually fail to get Chicago to the top of the hill.

'They just can't be one-dimensional in that regard. They have to have those complementary pieces to assist Rose in his game.' He reasoned.

The Bulls would do well to heed the advice of their former coach. Jackson is one of the most revered figures in NBA history. He didnt only lead the Chicago Bulls to 6 NBA World Championships, he also won a further 5 rings with the Los Angeles Lakers.

With a total of 11 NBA World Championships to his name, Jackson is the most decorated coach in history. It is no surprise that he easily dissected the shortcomings of a Bulls side that performed so admirably last season.

The weaknesses pointed out by Jackson though became evident during the Eastern Conference Finals, when Chicago matched against the mighty Miami Heat. A Heat side laden with loads of talent, read LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, stifled Chicago by clamping down on their one star; Rose.

With Rose unable to match the combined prowess of 3 super stars on the opposite side, Chicago went tumbling down. If the Bulls want to avoid a repeat, they should listen to Phil.

Courtesy of http://blogs.bettor.com


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Storm brings Islander back - by Eurobasket News
The Summerside Storm will have a P.E.I. member after all. Forward Doug McKinney (6'9''-F/C-84) of Charlottetown has been called back to join the Island team just as the regular season is set to begin.

The Storm has made two roster changes as the National Basketball Association of Canada club readies for their home opening weekend this Thursday and Friday at Credit Union Place.

Joe Salerno, vice-president of player personnel and head coach of the Storm, announced Monday that Michael Dale was released over the weekend and the six-foot-eight McKinney has been called up to bring the roster to the league maximum of 12.

A graduate of Charlottetown Rural, McKinney played five years with the UPEI Panthers from 2002 to 2007. After graduating from UPEI, McKinney played in Lebanon. He also coached basketball and was playing in the senior mens league last year in Charlottetown.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com


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WVU files lawsuit against Big East - by Eurobasket News
West Virginia University filed a lawsuit against the Big East conference Monday, alleging that conference leaders have failed to support football schools and asking a judge to void conference rules so WVU can join the Big 12.

Attorneys representing the WVU Board of Governors filed the lawsuit Monday in Monongalia Circuit Court in Morgantown.

It asks that a circuit judge issue an injunction prohibiting the conference from blocking WVU's move to the Big 12 conference on July 1, 2012, and seeks compensation for damages resulting from the Big East's breach of contract with member schools.

The legal action comes as little surprise following Friday's announcement that WVU was accepting an invitation to join the Big 12 conference on July 1, 2012.

Once WVU's move to the Big 12 was announced, Big East Commissioner John Marinatto issued a statement saying the conference intended to hold WVU to a Big East bylaw clause requiring exiting schools to give at least 27 months notice of their departure.

But WVU officials stood firm on their intended exit date Friday.

'We've resigned as of June, 30, 2012, and we're accepted (in the Big 12) as of July 1, 2012,' WVU Board of Governors Chairman Drew Payne said Friday afternoon.

WVU wired the initial $2.5 million portion of the Big East's $5 million exit fee on Friday afternoon as part of their exit process. It was presumed that some type of legal action would follow to negotiate a compromise over WVU's departure date.

With their lawsuit Monday, WVU officials lay heavy criticism over the very structure of the Big East and what they called Marinatto's 'ineffective leadership.'

They contend that the conference's setup and actions have left schools no choice but to leave the conference to shore up their football programs.

That included the possibility of losing an automatic bid to one of the Bowl Championship Series bowl games, which provide significant revenue to schools each year.

'As the Big East, in less than two months, had denigrated into a non-major football conference whose continued existence is in serious jeopardy, WVU had no choice but to accept the Big XII's offer,' the lawsuit says.

'The Big East and its Commissioner failed to take proactive measures to maintain, let alone enhance, the level of competition for Big East football schools,' the lawsuit says.

WVU attorneys argue that the structure of the Big East - which has eight schools with no football program and another eight schools that do have football - is an unusual setup that has led to instability within the conference.

That instability has hurt the financial interests of the football schools, the lawsuit alleges, and has caused them to leave the conference, which further exacerbates the problem.

On Sept. 17, Syracuse and Pittsburgh announced they were leaving the Big East to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The next day, University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst issued a statement that said the school was actively involved in discussions to ensure the long-term success of its athletic programs.

Then, on Oct. 10, Texas Christian University, which was set to join the Big East next year, announced it was withdrawing from that deal to join the Big 12.

The departures of Pittsburgh, Connecticut and TCU served to weaken the conference, to the point where WVU says it's no longer a viable football conference.

Also, the departures created a further imbalance and disparity between the football and non-football playing schools.

With 33 percent of the football schools withdrawing, the complaint says the remaining football schools were subjected to increased governance from non-football schools.

The complaint says that increased disparity rendered WVU's performance in the Big East 'commercially impracticable,' because non-football schools now had more power to block moves aimed at boosting the football side of the conference.

'The Big East football schools advocated measures to be taken by the Big East and its Commissioner to maintain the level of competition of the Big East football conference,' the complaint said.

'The non-football schools repeatedly exerted their newfound level of increased governance at the expense and detriment of the football schools,' the complaint said. 'The Commissioner did nothing to protect the football-playing schools and in fact took measures to further protect and advance the interest of the non-football playing schools.'

These events caused representatives from the University of Louisville, Rutgers University and the University of Cincinnati to begin talks with other conferences, including the ACC, Big 12, Southeastern Conference and Big 10, according to the complaint.

WVU contends all of this is the result of the Big East breaching its contract to protect the financial interests of member schools.

As a result of that breach, they say, all bylaws and agreements made between the conference and university - including the 27-month notice clause - are null and void.

Additionally, since WVU officials told the Big East they were withdrawing from the conference on June 30, the Big East's acceptance of the initial $2.5 million exit fee transfer signaled that the conference was willing to go along with the 27-month waiver.

The lawsuit points out that TCU was not held to that 27-month clause when it announced plans to depart in October.

In a statement late Monday, Marinatto refuted the lawsuit's claims.

'Based on an initial review of the lawsuit, it is clear that the allegations and claims in it are false and inaccurate,' he said. 'Certainly there is nothing in it that would justify WVU's not fulfilling its obligations. To put it simply, a contract is a contract.'

Marinatto said he was disappointed that WVU pursued the lawsuit and 'cannot imagine why it believes it does not have to respect and honor the bylaws it agreed to as a member of the Big East.'

He said once the conference officials have had time to review WVU's lawsuit, they will explore all legal options and will 'act vigorously' to ensure that WVU lives up to all obligations.

He said the lawsuit would not interfere with current efforts underway to strengthen and expand the Big East.

Big East officials are set to meet Tuesday morning to consider inviting additional football schools. Conference officials have said WVU is not expected to participate in that meeting.

WVU officials will hold a reception for Big 12 representatives in Morgantown Tuesday and offer more details on how WVU will be integrated.

Courtesy of www.dailymail.com


Jared Sullinger tops AP preseason All-America team - by Eurobasket News
Jordan Taylor is in a class by himself on The Associated Press' preseason All-America team.

The guard from Wisconsin was the only senior on the team Monday. He was joined by four sophomores, including Ohio State's Jared Sullinger (6'9''-F), a unanimous pick of the 65-member national media panel.

Harrison Barnes of North Carolina, Terrence Jones of Kentucky and Jeremy Lamb of Connecticut were the other sophomores.

The 6-foot-1 Taylor averaged 18.1 points and 4.7 assists last season in leading the Badgers to a 25-9 record, third place in the Big Ten and their 13th straight NCAA tournament appearance. He received 51 votes.

'I just hope he doesn't think he has to score 40 a game this year,' coach Bo Ryan said. 'I think we're going to be in trouble if he does. He doesn't. He wants to be even more consistent. He wants to be more inclusive with his teammates, maybe in transition. There are different things we're looking at in trying to get done with a different-sized team maybe on the floor.'

The 6-9 Sullinger was one of the players who decided to pass on the NBA draft. His coach said an impending lockout had nothing to do with him returning.

'He knew what he was going to do from the time he got to Ohio State in the summer,' Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said. 'When he told me he was coming back, I said, 'Are you sure? Let's talk about this.' I want what's best for our players. He said, 'No, there's no need to do it, I'm coming back.''

His return has Ohio State at No. 3 in the AP preseason Top 25, behind two schools also featuring the return of a star.

North Carolina was a runaway choice for No. 1, and Barnes was second to Sullinger in the voting with 63. The Tar Heels' entire front line is back after thinking about entering the draft.

The 6-8 Barnes was the first freshman selected to the preseason team, which started before the 1986-87 season. Many felt there was too much pressure on Barnes as the season started, and he did start to play more consistently once conference play began.

'Coming into last year, there was a lot of expectations, but we didn't know what to expect and we didn't know how things went,' said Barnes, who averaged 15.7 points and 5.8 rebounds for an inexperienced North Carolina team. 'There wasn't really anybody we could talk to on the team who had been through that. ... I think this year we kind of know what to expect. We're not looking at it as championship or bust. We're looking at it as go out and play the best basketball we can.'

Jones, who received 33 votes, also thought about leaving for the NBA but he will be back for the Wildcats, who were No. 2 in the preseason Top 25. The 6-9 forward averaged 15.7 points and 8.8 rebounds last season as Kentucky reached the Final Four.

Lamb asserted himself as the season went on and became a key player in the Huskies' 11-game run to their third national championship. The 6-5 guard, who received 25 votes, averaged 11.1 points and 4.5 rebounds last season.

The last unanimous pick to the preseason All-America team was North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough before the 2008-09 season.

Besides Barnes, the other members of last season's preseason team were Jimmer Fredette of BYU, who went on to become national player of the year; JaJuan Johnson of Purdue, a first-team selection; Jacob Pullen of Kansas State, a third-team pick; and Kyle Singler of Duke, an honorable mention.

The other members of the postseason first team were Nolan Smith of Duke and Kemba Walker of Connecticut.

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com


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PBL Announces Final Team Line-Up and 2012 Schedule - by Allen White
Chicago, IL November 1, 2011 The Premier Basketball League (PBL) announced their finalized 2012 season schedule today in Chicago. With the draft set for November 17th at 1PM CST, team leadership across both divisions are preparing for the regular season tip-off on December 31st in Rochester.

The PBL has rolled out a new divisional play model that puts games within driving distance. With 11 teams going into the upcoming season, division break down is as follows:

East:

Charleston Gunners
Dayton Air Strikers
Lake Michigan Admirals
Rochester RazorSharks
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Steamers

Midwest:

Central Illinois Drive
Chicago Muscle
Indiana Diesels
Northwest Indiana Stars
Sauk Valley Predators
St. Louis Phoenix

The Rochester RazorSharks and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Steamers will face off in Rochester for the PBL season opener on New Years Eve, and the regular scheduled season will conclude on April 1st. From there the PBL playoffs will begin, with the playoff scheduled to be determined at the upcoming team owners meeting.

With pre-season exhibition play and schedules to be posted in the coming week, the PBL leadership team has focused on bringing the right blend of athleticism and community fun to each market for 2012.

We are excited to enter into the heavily anticipated 2012 season. With the NBA still in lock-out status, fans and agents have been looking at the Premier Basketball League to fill the gap for their communities and players, commented Carrie Ann May, PBL Vice President of Operations

All Premier Basketball League games will be streaming live on the internet as well as mobile devices through the leagues partnership with @SportsTV Network. There will also be a number of games set to be broadcast live on national television. We wanted to give our fans the chance to support their teams both home and away. We are honored to be the first minor league sports organization with a national television partner, continued May.


Standings
PBL Standings
East Division
 1. Charleston G. 0-0 
 2. Dayton A.S. 0-0 
 3. Lake Michigan 0-0 
 4. Rochester R. 0-0 
 5. Scranton/W-B 0-0 
Midwest Division
 1. Cent.Illinois D. 0-0 
 2. Chicago M. 0-0 
 3. Indiana D. 0-0 
 4. NW Indiana MS 0-0 
 5. Sauk Valley P. 0-0 
 6. St. Louis P. 0-0 


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Regatas takes 1-0 lead in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
First game of the Superior league Finals was played last night. Regatas was the host and managed to take an easy 88-57 victory against Real Club. Regatas has 1-0 lead now in this best-of-three series. Second game is scheduled for Wednesday and Real Club will be the host.
Regatas advanced to the Finals after 3-1 win against El Bosque. Regatas celebrated 73-81 victory as a guest in Game Four. El Bosque surprised Regatas in Game Three on the road. They celebrated 70-75 win to extend the series. However, it is over now and Regatas advanced to the Finals. Regatas was No.1 in regular season with 29-2 record.
Real Club also celebrated with 3-1 in the Semis. They grabbed 68-71 victory against Escuela Fap in Game Four. The series was tied at 1-1 earlier and Real Club managed to win two consecutive games. Real Club was No.2 in regular season. They had 26-5 record.


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Asseco Prokom edged Minsk-2006 in Belarus - by Eurobasket News
VTB League
Minsk-2006 - Asseco Prokom 60:92


Minsk-2006 tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 60:92 loss to Polish Asseco Prokom in Minsk on Monday evening.
Asseco Prokom led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Asseco Prokom forced 19 Minsk-2006 turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. It was a great evening for Alonzo Gee (198-G-87, college: Alabama) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) helped adding 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side guard Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) responded with 19 points and 5 assists and U.S. Virgin Isl.-Antiguan guard Julius Hodge (201-G-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Carolina St.) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Polish champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Zalgiris. Defending Belarusian champion Minsk-2006 still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with CEZ Nymburk. Asseco Prokom will meet Enisey Krasnoyarsk on the road in the next round. Minsk-2006 will play against the league's leader Spartak St.Petersburg and hopes to get finally their first victory.



Minsk-2006: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 19, Julius Hodge 11+10 rebs
Asseco Prokom: Alonzo Gee 13+13 rebs, Adam Hrycaniuk 13, Lukasz Seweryn (195-G-82, agency: Court Side) 11




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Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 3-0 
 2. Lusitania 2-0 
 3. Ovarense 2-0 
 4. Porto Ferpinta 2-0 
 5. Terceira Basket 2-0 
 6. CAB Madeira 2-1 
 7. Sampaense 1-2 
 8. Barreirense CEPSA 1-2 
 9. Vitoria SC 1-2 
 10. Academica 0-3 
 11. Barcelos 0-3 
 12. Ginasio 0-3 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Terceira.
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 25
 1. Bowie, Terceira.25.0 
 2. Oruche, Academica22.0 
 3. Scott, Benfica21.7 
 4. Matos, Barcelos20.3 
 5. Murphy, Terceira.20.0 
 6. Andrade, Porto F.20.0 
 7. Nevels, Terceira.20.0 
 8. Addison, Sampaense20.0 
 9. Jackson, CAB M.19.3 
 10. McNeal, Sampaense18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Claudio FONSECA
  Vitoria SC
  (206-C-89)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Fonseca, Vitoria SC13.7 
 2. Momplasir, Lusitan.12.5 
 3. Lee, Ovarense12.0 
 4. Andrade, Porto F.11.5 
 5. Viana, Sampaense11.0 
 6. Nevels, Terceira.10.5 
 7. Stempin, Porto F.10.5 
 8. Addison, Sampaense9.7 
 9. Pierre, Terceira.9.5 
 10. Hill, Barre.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nuno MANARTE
  Ovarense
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 10
 1. Manarte, Ovarense10.0 
 2. Kenon, CAB Madeira8.3 
 3. Fernandes, CAB M.7.3 
 4. Minhava, Benfica6.7 
 5. Reveles, Sampaense6.0 
 6. Silva, CAB Madeira6.0 
 7. Blanks, Vitoria SC5.0 
 8. Bowie, Terceira.5.0 
 9. Rebelo, Academica4.0 
 10. Fechas, Barcelos3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dillion SNEED
  Academica
  (203-C-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sneed, Academica3.3 
 2. Pierre, Terceira.3.0 
 3. Matos, Barcelos3.0 
 4. Silva, CAB Madeira3.0 
 5. Silva, Barcelos3.0 
 6. Tavares, Vitoria SC2.7 
 7. Oliveira, Barcelos2.7 
 8. Shetzer, CAB M.2.7 
 9. Tavares, Barre.2.7 
 10. Andrade, Porto F.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STEMPIN
  Porto F.
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Stempin, Porto F.3.0 
 2. Nevels, Terceira.2.0 
 3. Gunter, CAB M.2.0 
 4. Silva, Barcelos1.7 
 5. Pierre, Terceira.1.5 
 6. Gentry, Benfica1.3 
 7. Miranda, Porto F.1.0 
 8. Lee, Ovarense1.0 
 9. Gomes, Porto F.1.0 
 10. Lopes, Porto F.1.0 


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Jaytonah Wisseh gets MVP of the Week award for Div.A - by Eurobasket News
American-Liberian Jaytonah Wisseh (185-G-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for CSU Sibiu and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 23-year old guard got a double-double of 25 points and twelve assists, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Politehnica (#16, 0-6) with 60-point margin 132-72. CSU Sibiu is placed at 3rd position in Romanian Div.A. They are still close to the very top. CSU Sibiu would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. Wisseh turned to be CSU Sibiu's top player in his first season with the team. Long Island University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wisseh. Wisseh is in league's top in points (4th best: 22.4ppg) and averages solid 4.2spg and 55.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another CSU Sibiu's star - 24-year old Russian forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-F-87). Khartchenkov impressed basketball fans with 38 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course together with Wisseh he helped CSU Sibiu with another comfortable win outscoring Politehnica (#16, 0-6) 132-72. This victory allowed CSU Sibiu to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Khartchenkov is a newcomer at CSU Sibiu and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#6). He also registered 5.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Branislav Tomic (205-F/C-80) of Craiova (#5). Tomic got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . He was a key player of Craiova, leading his team to a 91-75 easy win against the lower-ranked Perla Harghitei (#14, 1-5). Craiova needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Tomic has a great season in Romania. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.5ppg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 58.9% and 3PT: 44.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kaylone Riley (203-C-88) of CSU Sibiu - 25 points and 11 rebounds
5. Titus Nicoara (203-F-88) of Gaz Metan - 28 points and 11 rebounds
6. Mychal Kearse (194-G-83) of CSU Sibiu - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Stephen Ross (201-G/F-80) of Craiova - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82) of U.Mobitel.CN - 23 points and 9 rebounds
9. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77) of Ploiesti - 10 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Goran Martinic (184-PG-87) of CSM Bucuresti - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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Unics, Lokomotiv and Krasnie Krilya reach another victories - by Eurobasket News
Unics, Lokomotiv and Krasnie Krilya reach another victories in VTB League. The latter beat Estonian Kalev/Cramo 81:76 on Sunday. Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic fired 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. American guard Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Belarusian power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) produced 19 points and Senegalese center Bamba Fall added 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for lost side.
Lietuvos rytas edged Enisey Krasnoyarsk 82:75 on Sunday. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) fired 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Andrei Trushkin produced 14 points and guard Andrei Komarovskiy added 14 points and 4 steals respectively for lost side.
Lokomotiv overcame CEZ Nymburk 72:63. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman K.C. Rivers who led the winners and scored 16 points. Forward Maksim Sheleketo accounted for 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. American guard Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Lamayne Wilson added 7 points and 7 rebounds respectively for CEZ Nymburk in the defeat.
Unics Kazan defeated on the road 5th ranked Latvian VEF Riga 99:85 on Sunday. American guard Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) fired 24 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Bosnian guard Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) chipped in 15 points. Courtney Sims produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds.



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Radnicki Kragujevac parts ways with rookie Darren Moore - by Eurobasket News
Radnicki Kragujevac decided to part ways with Darren Moore (190-G, college: Cal-Irvine). The American guard did not perform as expected. Moore played four games in Adriatic league averaging 1 point and 1.5 rebound. He was getting something more than 13 minutes per game. Darren Moore joined Radnicki during the summer and it was his first professional deal. He graduated at the University of California-Irvine this year. For 32 games as a senior Moore shined with 17 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.7 apg and 1.8 spg. He was awarded with All-Big West 2nd Team -11. In 2009/10 season, Darren Moore registered 11.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.9 apg. Recently, Radnicki Kragujevac parted ways with Turkish player Yunus Cankaya (199-F-85, agency: EM-PA).

Aleksandar Trifunovic new head coach of Zalgiris - by Zoran Popovic
According to Serbian Sports news, Serbian coach Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: Beo Basket ) is new head coach of Zalgiris Kaunas. After two lost games in Euroleague management of Zalgiris decides to replace coach Zouros and replace him with Serbian coach. Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: Beo Basket ) have experience with Lithuanian teams. Before Zalgiris coach Trifunovic was on the bench Lietuvos Rytas, first time in period 2006-2008 and second in season 2010-2011. During the player career Trifunovic played for Crvena Zvezda, KK Zadar, Freiburg, Pogon Ruda SL and Beopetrol. As coach Trifunovic worked in Crvena Zvezda, Lietuvos Rytas, Panionios and Spartak St Petersburg.

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Sidigas Avellino locks Jurica Golemac for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
Jurica Golemac (209-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) will spend the entire season with Sigadas Avelino. The experienced Slovenian forward joined the team almost a month ago and he did enough to secure a contract extension. Golemac appeared 4 times in SerieA averaging 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3 assists. He replaced Szymon Szcewczyk, who left for Reyer Venezia. Jurica Golemac moved to Avelino from VAP Kolossos. He had 8.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.9 apg for 23 Greek league games last season. Before Kolossos, Golemac played for ALBA Berlin and Panathinaikos Athens in 2009/10. With ALBA he had 5.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.4 apg for 15 German league games. He also added 6 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 7 games in EuroCup. With PAO, Jurica Golemac registered 2.3 ppg and 1 apg in four Euroleague games. He had almost the same numbers in Greece. In the past, Jurica Golemac played for Lottomatica Roma, Panellinios Athens, Paris-Levallois, Hapoel Jerisalem, Ural Great Perm etc. He played for the Slovenian National Team at the EuroBasket in Poland.

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Exp Local Clinches Eight Virgin Active Sport Industry Awards Nominations - by Eurobasket News
Current Virgin Active Sport Industry Awards Sports Agency of the Year (2011), Exp South Africa received eight nominations for the 2012 edition of the prestigious sports industry awards, after the shortlist was announced by the organizers.

Of the eight nominations, seven are for client campaigns across various categories, while Exp received an eighth nomination is in the 'Sports Agency of the Year' category, for the second consecutive year.

The Exp campaigns which received nominations are:




Best Sponsorship of a Sport Team or Individual
MTN - MTN Lions
Best Use of PR in a Sport Campaign
MTN - MTN8 Wafa Wafa
NBA - NBA Basketball Without Borders Africa
SASOL - SASOL Banyana Banyana
Best Sponsorship of a Sport Event or Competition
Absa - Absa Cape Epic
Absa - Absa Premiership
MTN - MTN8 Wafa Wafa
Sport Agency of the Year

Exp South Africa

Exp South Africa Chief Executive Officer Sandile Ndzekeli expressed his delight with the nominations received for the second instalment of the awards.


'Firstly, the nominations are an impressive achievement for Exp, particularly because we recognise that we were shortlisted amongst other distinguished agencies and companies. Secondly, they are indicative of the high quality of innovative work we continuously strive to produce for our clients,' said Exp South Africa CEO Sandile Ndzekeli.

'Thanks to the Virgin Active Sport Industry Awards, which has become a not-to-be-missed sporting industry calendar event of the year, it provides sports marketers such as ourselves with the unique opportunity to showcase our work and creative thought,' said Ndzekeli.

He concluded by applauding the people behind the campaigns: 'Well done to the Exp Account Teams who work tirelessly to ensure that we deliver outstanding campaigns that deliver both a marketing and business return on investment for our clients.'
Courtesy of: Biz-Community (Cape Town)


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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 8-0 
 2. Sonic Boom KT 5-3 
 3. ET Land 5-3 
 4. Anyang KGC 5-3 
 5. KCC Egis 5-3 
 6. LG Sakers 3-5 
 7. SK Knights 3-5 
 8. Mobis Phoebus 3-5 
 9. Samsung Th. 2-6 
 10. Daegu Orions 1-7 


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BBL Cup and Trophy Draws Made - by Paul Nilsen
The draws for the semi-finals of both the BBL Cup and BBL Trophy were made at a meeting of the competitions 11 clubs today.

While this seasons Trophy competition saw an open draw at the last four stage, it will once again be a north versus south final as UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders will meet in Prestige Homes MK Lions in one semi, and One Health Sharks Sheffield will face Newcastle Eagles in the other last four games.

The two-leg semi-final round is scheduled to be played in late January/early February.

Raiders and Lions are yet to meet this season, while Eagles have already chalked up a pair of BBL Championship wins against the highly fancied Sharks.

Meanwhile, in the Cup the winner of the Mersey Tigers versus Worcester Wolves tie will meet either One Health Sharks Sheffield or UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders in a two-leg semi-final. Sharks and Raiders meet in the first quarter-final on Friday night, while Tigers host the Wolves on Friday November 11.

In the other half of the draw the winner of the Cheshire Jets versus Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders will face whoever comes out on top in the game between old rivals Newcastle Eagles and Glasgow Rocks. Jets host the Riders on Sunday November 13 where they will look avenge a recent Championship loss against Rob Paternostros team, while Eagles and Rocks meet on Friday November 11.

The two legged semi-finals will take place in late November/early December with the final at the NIA on Sunday January 15, 2012.



October MVP: Joel Freeland of Unicaja Malaga - by Eurobasket News
Joel Freeland (208-F-87) won the MVP award in Spanish Liga Endesa for month October. He averaged 17.5 points and 9 rebounds, with average valuation 26.3 in four games. His Unicaja Malaga maintains almost perfect 4-1 record. Freeland had 20 points and 5 rebounds in Round One against Obradoiro. After that he registered double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds against Lagun Aro GBC. In Round 3 against CAI Zaragoza Freeland had 14 points and 11 boards. Last weekend against Valencia he collected 14 pts and 10 rebs. Joel Freeland plays his third season with the Malaga team. He joined them in 2009 from Gran Canaria. Freeland is active member of the British National Team.

Caceres releases rookie Carleton Scott - by Eurobasket News
Carleton Scott (200-F-88, college: Notre Dame) is no longer a member of Caceres. The American forward didnt meet expectations and Caceres decided to release him. Scott joined the squad during the summer. He played six games in LEB Gold registering 1 ppg and 2.7 rpg. He was getting more than 15 minutes per game. It was the first pro deal for Carleton Scott. The played graduated at the Notre Dame University this year. He had 11.2 ppg and 7.4 rpg for 30 games as a senior. It was a nice improvement after 5 ppg and 4.6 rpg in his junior season. Carleton Scott helped Notre Dame to reach two Big East Tournament Semifinals and also NIT Final Four in 2009.

Granada keeps PG Rai Lopez for the season - by Eurobasket News
Raimundo Lopez (185-PG-89) will stay with Granada for rest of the season. The team decided to offer him a contract extension after his short term deal expired. Lopez played six games for Granada so far collecting 6 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.3 apg. It was enough for him to secure an extension. Raimundo Lopez spent last season also in LEB Gold. He was a member of Autocid Ford Burgos. In 44 games with them Lopez had 6.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 3 apg. Burgos reached Playoff Finals. In 2009/10, Raimundo Lopez played for Lagun Aro GBC in ACB. He had 3.7 ppg and 1.3 rpg. In the past, he was a member of Clinicas Rincon and Uniaja juniors.

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


Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Ronald YATES
  Fribourg
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 21
 1. Yates, Fribourg21.0 
 2. Efevberha, Lugano19.3 
 3. Burrows, Starwings19.2 
 4. Schneiderman, SAV19.0 
 5. Abukar, Lugano T.18.8 
 6. Uzas, SAV Vacallo18.8 
 7. Calasan, Boncourt18.7 
 8. Barnette, Geneve17.3 
 9. Jenkins, Starwings16.0 
 10. Toure, Geneve Li.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony GUGINO
  SAM M.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Gugino, SAM M.12.0 
 2. Allen, Boncourt12.0 
 3. Calasan, Boncourt12.0 
 4. Toure, Geneve Lio.11.8 
 5. Richards, Lugano T.10.3 
 6. Bing, Geneve Lions9.8 
 7. Burrows, Starwings9.6 
 8. Knutson, BBC Nyon8.0 
 9. Thomas, BBC Nyon7.4 
 10. Molteni, SAM M.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Miroslav PETKOVIC
  Starw.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Petkovic, Starw.6.0 
 2. Jenkins, Starwings5.4 
 3. Gugino, SAM M.5.0 
 4. Petkovic, Fribourg5.0 
 5. Allen, Boncourt4.5 
 6. Thomas, BBC Nyon4.4 
 7. Gibson, SAV Vacallo4.3 
 8. Brown, Geneve L.3.8 
 9. Draughan, Lugano3.8 
 10. Esterkamp, Fribo.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  Monthey
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Smith, Monthey3.6 
 2. Sloan, SAV Vacallo3.3 
 3. Thomas, BBC Nyon3.0 
 4. Gugino, SAM M.3.0 
 5. Gibson, SAV Vacallo2.8 
 6. Jenkins, Starwings2.6 
 7. Petkovic, Starw.2.6 
 8. Molteni, SAM M.2.6 
 9. Meylan, BBC Nyon2.5 
 10. Jones, SAM M.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.3.5 
 2. Matter, Starwings2.0 
 3. Salaam, Monthey2.0 
 4. Yates, Fribourg1.7 
 5. Molteni, SAM M.1.2 
 6. Dubas, Monthey1.2 
 7. Barnette, Geneve1.0 
 8. Knutson, BBC Nyon1.0 
 9. Gugino, SAM M.1.0 
 10. Mihajlovic, Month.1.0 


LNA Round 5: Fribourg hands first loss to Geneve Lions - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Geneve Lions (3-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Fribourg (4-0) 81-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Geneve Lions. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-0 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Geneve Lions outrebounded Fribourg 42-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. International center Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. International guard Stefan Petkovic (186-92) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Senegalese power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for Geneve Lions. Fribourg have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Geneve Lions at the other side keep the second position with one game lost. They share it with Lugano Tigers and SAV Vacallo. Fribourg are looking forward to face BBC Nyon (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Geneve Lions will play against Boncourt (#7) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Monthey (3-2) against fourth ranked Lugano Tigers (3-1) on Saturday night. Host Monthey was crushed by Lugano Tigers in Monthey 79-59. It was a key game for the second position in the league. American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners and Michael Efevberha chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Croatian-Slovenian center Martin Mihajlovic (208-81) responded with 8 points and 9 rebounds. Monthey's coach Petar Aleksic rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Geneve Lions and SAV Vacallo. Monthey at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Lugano Tigers will play against bottom-ranked SAM Massagno (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Monthey will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked SAM Massagno is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to sixth ranked Starwings (2-3) 74-62 on Sunday evening. Jaraun Burrows nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Tony Gugino came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for SAM Massagno in the defeat. Starwings maintains sixth place with 2-3 record. Loser SAM Massagno still closes the standings with five games lost. Starwings will meet at home higher ranked SAV Vacallo (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SAM Massagno will play against Lugano Tigers (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game between fifth ranked SAV Vacallo (3-1) and 6th ranked BBC Nyon (1-4) in Chiasso ended with biggest points difference. SAV Vacallo outscored guests from Nyon 96-70. The best player for the winners was Rokas Uzas who scored 30 points and 4 assists. SAV Vacallo's coach Rodrigo Pastore felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SAV Vacallo moved-up to second place, which they share with Lugano Tigers and Geneve Lions. BBC Nyon at the other side dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. SAV Vacallo's next round opponent will be Starwings (#6) in Basel. BBC Nyon will play at home against the league's leader Fribourg.


Geneve Lions - Fribourg 75-81

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Geneve Lions (3-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Fribourg (4-0) 81-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Geneve Lions. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-0 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Geneve Lions outrebounded Fribourg 42-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. International center Oliver Vogt (209-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. International guard Stefan Petkovic (186-92) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Fribourg players scored in double figures. Senegalese power forward Babacar Toure (205-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) added 16 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Geneve Lions. Fribourg have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Geneve Lions at the other side keep the second position with one game lost. They share it with Lugano Tigers and SAV Vacallo. Fribourg are looking forward to face BBC Nyon (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Geneve Lions will play against Boncourt (#7) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: O.Vogt 21+6reb+3ast, S.Petkovic 18+3reb+3ast, D.Forbes 17+4reb, D.Esterkamp 11+3reb+4ast, J.Kazadi 9+5reb+5ast, B.Polyblank 5+5reb+1ast
Geneve Lions: B.Toure 20+12reb+3ast, S.Barnette 16+12reb+1ast, T.Brown 14+2reb+3ast, J.Aw 8+5reb+1ast, E.Bing 7+8reb+3ast, V.Buscaglia 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 136509


Monthey - Lugano Tigers 59-79

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Monthey (3-2) against fourth ranked Lugano Tigers (3-1) on Saturday night. Host Monthey was crushed by Lugano Tigers in Monthey 79-59. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Lugano Tigers. Monthey was better in second period 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Monthey was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners and American-Nigerian guard Michael Efevberha (199-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Lugano Tigers players scored in double figures. Croatian-Slovenian center Martin Mihajlovic (208-81) responded with 8 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Bilal Salaam (201-81, college: Kutztown) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Monthey's coach Petar Aleksic rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Geneve Lions and SAV Vacallo. Monthey at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Lugano Tigers will play against bottom-ranked SAM Massagno (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Monthey will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: M.Abukar 25+6reb+2ast, M.Efevberha 16+8reb+2ast, E.Draughan 14+2reb+4ast, D.Stockalper 12+2reb, R.Richards 7+8reb, D.Mladjan 5+1reb+2ast
Monthey: I.Boylan 12+2reb, T.Smith 11+2reb+2ast, B.Salaam 10+6reb, S.Louissaint 8+2reb+4ast, M.Mihajlovic 8+9reb+1ast, J.Dubas 7+6reb
gschID: 136510


SAV Vacallo - BBC Nyon 96-70

The game between fifth ranked SAV Vacallo (3-1) and 6th ranked BBC Nyon (1-4) in Chiasso ended with biggest points difference. SAV Vacallo outscored guests from Nyon 96-70. The game was mostly controlled by SAV Vacallo. BBC Nyon was better in fourth quarter 14-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BBC Nyon 41-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. SAV Vacallo players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian forward Rokas Uzas (202-88) who scored 30 points and 4 assists. American power forward Matt Schneiderman (205-81, college: N.Iowa) chipped in 26 points and 9 rebounds. Four SAV Vacallo players scored in double figures. SAV Vacallo's coach Rodrigo Pastore felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Ryan Dermody (206-87, college: Wyoming) produced 25 points and the former international center Xavier Paredes (203-83) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. SAV Vacallo moved-up to second place, which they share with Lugano Tigers and Geneve Lions. BBC Nyon at the other side dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. SAV Vacallo's next round opponent will be Starwings (#6) in Basel. BBC Nyon will play at home against the league's leader Fribourg.
Top scorers:
SAV Vacallo: R.Uzas 30+1reb+4ast, M.Schneiderman 26+9reb, C.Nathan 11+3reb+1ast, M.Sloan 10+11reb+6ast, R.Gibson 8+6reb+9ast, F.Ramseier 6+3reb
BBC Nyon: R.Dermody 25+3reb+2ast, X.Paredes 14+9reb+1ast, B.Thomas 12+5reb+4ast, K.Knutson 8+7reb, L.Bobetso 8+6ast, L.Vallotton 2+2reb
gschID: 136511


SAM Massagno - Starwings 62-74

Bottom-ranked SAM Massagno is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to sixth ranked Starwings (2-3) 74-62 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-62. Starwings dominated on the defensive end, holding SAM Massagno to just 7 points in second quarter. Starwings had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, agency: Warren Sports International) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Kareem Johnson accounted for 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks. American center Tony Gugino (207-86, college: Hillsdale) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Westher Molteni (200-87) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively for SAM Massagno in the defeat. Five Starwings and four SAM Massagno players scored in double figures. Starwings maintains sixth place with 2-3 record. Loser SAM Massagno still closes the standings with five games lost. Starwings will meet at home higher ranked SAV Vacallo (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SAM Massagno will play against Lugano Tigers (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Starwings: J.Burrows 20+11reb+3ast, J.Fuchs 15+3reb+2ast, B.Jenkins 12+2reb+8ast, T.McCrory 11+5reb, J.Kareem 10+13reb, R.Albrecht 4+2reb
SAM Massagno: T.Jones 15+7reb, S.Smiljanic 14, T.Gugino 13+12reb+5ast, W.Molteni 11+11reb+3ast, C.Kaba 9+1ast, I.Ranic 0
gschID: 136512




Kareem Johnson joins Starwings - by Eurobasket News
Starwings strengthened their frontcourt. They added Kareem Johnson (205-C-80, college: Cincinnati) to the roster. He is meant to replace Niels Matter (204-F/C-87). Last season Kareem Johnson started in Slovakia. He played for Rieker Komarno. His stats read 10.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in Extraliga. Later the centre moved to New Zealand. Kareem Johnson joined the Wellington Saints. The centre posted 14.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per appearance in NBL. Kareem Johnson started the recent season in Spain. He appeared in two games for Lan Mobel ISB. The player tallied 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in those appearances.

SAV Vacallo tab Nathan Connolly - by Eurobasket News
Vacallo added another import player to the squad. They agreed on terms of contract with Nathan Connolly (196-G/F-77, college: St.Rose, NY). The small forward was last seen in the United Kingdom. He played for Tees Valley Mohawks in 2009/10 season. The forward notched 26.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.8 steals per game. Previously Nathan Connolly had stints in Portugal, Germany, Austria and New Zealand. Nathan Connolly participated at Austrian League All-Star Game. He also took part at Eurobasket Summer League in New York in 2008. Nathan Connolly has already debuted for Vacallo. The forward had 11 points, 4 blocks and 3 rebounds in a 96:70 win over BBC Nyon.

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E.S.Sahel, Etoile Sportive Goulettoise and C.A.Bizerte keep the perfect record - by Eurobasket News
E.S.Sahel, Etoile Sportive Goulettoise and C.A.Bizerte keep the perfect record and each won four straight games from the start of 2011/2012 season. Etoile Sportive Goulettoise overcame Tunis Air Club 48:47 in the last round, while C.A.Bizerte edged J.S Manazeh 81:56. E.S.Sahel rolled over Association Sportive Cimenterie de Bizerte 93:68.


Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. CA Bizerte 4-0 
 2. ES Sahel 4-0 
 3. ESG 4-0 
 4. ES Rades 4-1 
 5. Stade Nabeulien 4-1 
 6. C Africain 3-1 
 7. Ezzahra 3-2 
 8. JS Kairouan 2-2 
 9. US Monastir 1-3 
 10. Tunisair 1-4 
 11. AS Hammamet 0-4 
 12. ASC Bizerte 0-4 
 13. C Cheminots 0-4 
 14. JS Manazeh 0-4 


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  TURKEY   


Mersin signs G Baris Guney - by Eurobasket News
Baris Guney (193-G-83) is a new member of Mersin. The Turkish guard penned a deal for rest of the season. Guney spent the last one with Aliaga. He appeared 28 times in TBL averaging 6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists. In 2009/10, Baris Guney played for Kepez. With them he had 6.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3.6 apg for 26 games. Befor Kepez, Guney spent his first season with Aliaga. From 2006 to 2008 he was a member of Besiktas. In the past, Baris Guney spent few years with Fenerbahce Ulker. He played for Turkish B National Team from 2003 to 2005.

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Farley Signs With Cincinnati Slam - by Travis McAvene
The Cincinnati Slam added another big man to their roster with signing Terrance Farley. Farley played his college basketball for Coach Rick Pitino at the University of Louisville. Last season Farley played in Japan for the Takamatsu Five Arrows, where he averaged 11.8ppg and 7.3rpg. 'We're excited to get a very athletic center like Terrance that has overseas experience, said Coach Travis McAvene. 'I'm excited to play with the Slam because they have a talented roster with good athletes, said Farley. Their up-tempo style of play fits my skill set very well, added Farley.' Terrance Farley (6'10''-C-85, college: Louisville)

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UBL TEXAS VS ARKANSAS - by Ozzie Denson
The UBL Champions The Texas Wranglers will be having a Fundraiser game , November 19, 2011 in Addison Texas. This Game ( Ballin 4 Christ ) will kick off the Wranglers preseason season. The Wranglers will be playing the Arkansas Warriors in this event. The UBL will have 8 teams this year, and the UBL season will start March 17, 2012. The Arkansas Warriors will have their Ballin 4 Christ event this December 17, 2012. The UBL Teams are having tryouts for players . Please check site for info
www.ublhoops.com

UBL COME GET SOME !!!



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Enabu Syndrome Drowns Titans - by Eurobasket News
Ivan Enabu (182-G) earned himself the bragging rights as the best point guard in the FUBA basketball league after he inspired the Kyambogo Warriors past 67-60 a struggling KIU Titans on Saturday night.

Unstoppable on the night, Enabu scored a game high 18 points, eight assists, five rebounds and five steals to convincingly go home with the man-of-the-match accolade as his side registered a 15th league win to remain on top of the table standings.

But enabu downplayed his individual brilliance on the night in preference for team effort.


'We thank God so much because we played as a team and we won the game,' explained an excited Enabu after the game.

Warriors dominated the first half sinking 23-18 and 17-10 but were outscored 14-10 and 18-17 in the third and fourth quarters despite the much needed win.

'We did not play good defense today but we shall work on that during the week,' admitted Mande Juruni, the Warriors head coach.

Henry Malinga and Michael Kariuki added 15 and 12 points respectively for the 2009 league champions while Titans' skipper Abraham Juma scored a team high 15 points for the university side but could not inspire them to victory.

Teammates Martin Taylor, Moses Olobo and Brian Wati sunk 13, 13 and 11 points each in that order but failed to register a seventh league win. KIU has played 16 games, six wins and 10 losses but still has hopes of making it to the playoffs.

'We did not play well today but we have to keep up with the focus and win our remaining games,' said an expectant Nimrod Kaboha, the KIU coach.

FUBA basketball league

Saturday results

Men, Division 1

KIU Titans 60 Warriors 67

Division 3

Biston Planet 00 Livingstone 20 (walkover)

Sharing Youth 56 City Oil 57

Ssaku 69 Sky Jammers 76

Kampala University 79 Crane High 78

Women

Makerere Sparks 56 Amazon Rhino 32

Nabisunsa 53 A-1 Challenge 42
Courtesy of: The New Vision


Relegation Fight Mirrors Playoff Push - by Eurobasket News
November 13, the final day of the MTN-Fuba League regular season, could provide an interesting toast preceding the playoffs. Barring a court injunction being engineered by the aggrieved 7UP Falcons, that evening is crucial at the other end of the table.




The top spot heading into the postseason will be decided between champions DMark Power and Kyambogo Warriors. If both giants keep winning, Power will need to avenge Warriors' 93-80 first round victory to leapfrog the latter. To do so, the four-time league champions must win by more than their 13-point first round losing margin to record a better head-to-head against their arch rivals.

The script could also be dominated by the earlier clash between Ndejje University Angels and KIU Titans. This game could decide the fourth and final playoff spot to join Power, Warriors and Miracle Eagles. Charging Rhino (4-12) will also be looking to see which team follows them to Division Two after the rather short 18-game season. It should never have come to this.

Throughout the first round, former champions Rhino and Youth Heaters were every blind man's bet for a quick return to the division they only left last season. Aware of the fight ahead after winning only one game - against KIU - in the first round, Heaters acquired guard Salim Ali and forward Michael Makiasi. That really changed the landscape.




Heaters (3-12) have since won two more as Ndejje and Nkumba Marines grew even more inconsistent to throw both the relegation and postseason races wide open. Though Heaters slipped to the bottom with 18 points, there is genuine hope of avoiding the drop. They are only three points behind fourth-placed Ndejje (6-9) in the 10-team log. Such is the generosity of basketball rules that the losing team gets one point whereas the winners take two. UCU Canons (6-9) and KIU Titans (6-9) follow Ndejje in that order. Falcons' stats of 8-8 for 20 points put them just ahead of Nkumba (5-10) due to a superior head-to-head.

The former, also six-time champions, are here having lost four games by forfeiture for fielding Kenyan forward Philip Ameny before getting clearance. It's too close to call for all six and each one of them finds no shame in discussing the postseason prospects. Sadly, no one other than Heaters chairman Denis Osikol genuinely thinks of relegation as a possibility.

The maximum number of points Heaters can gather if they win all their remaining games is 24 similar to what UCU can accumulate in losing their remaining contests of the season. On paper, UCU should make the play-offs as they seek to complete a double over Heaters today, face Rhino (November 4) and wrap up with Nkumba seven days later.




Even after losing to the streaking KIU, who have won four on the bounce, UCU should feel confident of making a third play-off appearance in five years. KIU can also make a late entry like they did two years ago if they rough up two of Warriors, Heaters and Ndejje and hope UCU lose the same number.

Ndejje are better served by concentrating on avoiding falling below Heaters as they have to play Miracle and Warriors in two of their remaining three games. Nkumba have spent the bigger part of the season in doldrums after Philip Wakimwero left them for a job in the Middle East and Ladislas Ikungura stopped playing regularly.

Games against Power, Falcons and UCU don't exactly inspire big expectations for the postseason. If Heaters win their quota, Nkumba - double champions before - could be in a spot of bother. Three defeats here for Nkumba would leave them stuck on 23 points. Falcons cannot finish with more than 24 points which ensures that their slim postseason hopes lie in other peoples' hands, perhaps even off court but in court.


Tight calls will have to be made. Basketball fans were, meanwhile, frustrated on Friday evening after two scheduled games were called off due to a heavy downpour. Ndejje were meant to face Miracle Eagles and Makere Cubs had a date with KIU Rangers at the outdoor YMCA Wandegeya court.

PLAYING TODAY

T L C vs. Shooters 9:30am

Emperors vs. Air Force 11:30am

Vegetarian vs. Rez Life 11:30am

Diamonds vs. UCU JV 1:30pm

KCC vs. Gladiators 1:30pm

Ssaku vs. Jackets 3:30pm

Stormers vs. UCU 3:30pm

Heaters vs. Canons 5:30pm

Marines vs. Power 7:30pm
Courtesy of: The Monitor


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BC Kyiv gets bigger with Mario Austin - by Eurobasket News
Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi St.) is back to Ukraine. The American big guy penned a deal with BC Kyiv for rest of the season. Austin spent the last one with Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk and helped them to win the Ukrainian Cup. In the league he had 12.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 1.8 apg in 45 games. Austin also added 12.4 ppg and 4.9 rpg for 8 VTB United League games. After Dnipro, Mario Austin signed a deal in Dominican Republic and later spent some time in Argentina and Iran. Now he is back to Ukraine. In 2009/10, Marios Austin had 10.8 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 15 games with Spanish Alicante. That same season he also played for Puerto Rican San German, where he added 15.5 ppg and 8 rpg. In the past, Mario Austin played for Besiktas, Benetton and Hapoel Jerusalem.

Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steven BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Burtt, Dnipro20.2 
 2. Thomas, Dnipro19.0 
 3. Green, Mykolaiv18.9 
 4. Stojanovski, Cherk.18.5 
 5. Davis, Kryvbasb.17.6 
 6. King, BC Odessa17.3 
 7. McClinton, Budivel.17.1 
 8. Culpepper, Fe.17.1 
 9. Deane, BC Odessa17.1 
 10. McGhee, Khimik16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  BC Odessa
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. King, BC Odessa10.6 
 2. Davis, Kryvbasb.9.6 
 3. Korniyenko, Dnipro9.5 
 4. Hunter, Mykolaiv8.5 
 5. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 6. Odufuwa, Halychyna7.9 
 7. Terry, Khimik7.8 
 8. Fraser, DniproAzot7.6 
 9. Chappell, Fe.7.5 
 10. Shvets, BC Kyiv7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Derrick ZIMMERMAN
  BC Kyiv
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv7.0 
 2. Burtt, Dnipro6.2 
 3. Morovic, Halychyna5.2 
 4. Mitchell, Khimik5.1 
 5. Butskyy, Fe.4.9 
 6. Deane, BC Odessa4.9 
 7. Ewing, Azovmash4.7 
 8. Rybalko, Fe.4.4 
 9. Vaughn, Mykolaiv4.3 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel EWING
  Azovmash
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ewing, Azovmash2.7 
 2. Tiggs, Hoverla2.1 
 3. Low, Dnipro1.8 
 4. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.8 
 5. Miletic, Khimik1.6 
 6. Snow, Kryvbasb.1.6 
 7. Mitchell, Khimik1.6 
 8. Chappell, Fe.1.5 
 9. Stojanovski, Cherk.1.5 
 10. Gorbenko, Dnipr.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel MCCLINTOCK
  Mykolaiv
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. McClintock, Mykola.3.1 
 2. King, BC Odessa2.9 
 3. Korniyenko, Dnipro2.5 
 4. Gorbenko, Dnipr.2.0 
 5. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.6 
 6. Wallace, Halychyna1.4 
 7. Coleman, Hoverla1.4 
 8. Agafonov, Budiv.1.3 
 9. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.3 
 10. Zubrytskyi, Halyc.1.2 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Hoverla 7-3 
 2. Budivelnyk 6-1 
 3. Ferro-ZNTU 6-2 
 4. Khimik 6-3 
 5. Azovmash 5-2 
 6. BC Donetsk 5-3 
 7. BC Kyiv 5-3 
 8. BC Odessa 4-4 
 9. Mykolaiv 4-4 
 10. Dnipro 2-4 
 11. DniproAzot 2-6 
 12. Halychyna 2-8 
 13. Cherkasy 1-5 
 14. Kryvbasbasket 0-7 


Pankracije Barac joins BC Kyiv - by Eurobasket News
BC Kyiv made another market move. They signed Pankracije Barac (196-G-81) shortly after bringing in Mario Austin (206-F/C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi St.). Pankracije Barac spent the last season in Croatia. The guard played for Cibona Zagreb. He tallied 3.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per Adriatic League game. In Croatian League the guard notched 6.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per appearance. Previously Pankracije Barac had stints with Hiron Botinec, Zadar, KK Zagreb and Charleroi. He won Croatian League All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest back in 2007. The guard also became All-Star Game MVO in 2008. Eurobasket.com named Pankracije Barac All-Croatian A1 League Newcomer of the Year in 2005.

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DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR FLOURNOY - by Jeffrey King
Its been a great start to the season for Newcastle Eagles and their Head Coach Fabulous Flournoy. Last nights hard fought 85 - 80 victory over BBL title rivals Sheffield Sharks gave them a quick fire double after their excellent 86 67 win at Sheffield seven days earlier.

The win took Flournoys men to a 3 0 record in the BBL this season and possibly more importantly gave them the head-to-head lead in a vital series against The Sharks. In addition to their BBL Championship record, The Eagles have also qualified for the semi-finals of the BBL trophy after winning 3 from 4 group games.

Their only reverse this season so far was in the BBL Trophy Group game at Glasgow Rocks where they went down 76 70 in what was effectively a dead rubber with The Rocks needing to win by 23 to put Newcastle out.

So, understandably Flournoy was very upbeat after yesterdays win.

I feel fantastic and fabulous all at the same time. I think it was our overall performance as we all played well and it was more about the morale and energy. We knew theyd come up prepared and ready to play after the last basketball game we played. To be fair they didnt play as well and theyre a much better team than that.

We knew that this was going to be an epic battle and that it was all the way up to the end. I think both teams played well although I think we could have played smarter. Overall the emotion of the game and the fans and the atmosphere was tremendous.

It was a great overall result and I couldnt ask for any more. Hopefully this will continue and we can continue and we can build the rocks of something great happening this season.

Alluding to the fact that it was an important game and a real early blow for his team in the Championship stakes he continued.

It is a huge positive but the one thing we dont want to take from this is to become complacent. Its still early in the season and they like us have issues and injuries to deal with. We still have things to work through and were still gelling so to get a head-to-head over a talented team like that is a big milestone.

What we have to do is make sure we build upon it. I want everyone to enjoy themselves, enjoy their weekends and then on Monday its right back in to practice and focusing on what we have to do and trying to accomplish what we have to do this season.

The Eagles have done remarkably well so far as injuries to key players have affected their practice and preparation and is something that Flournoy is well aware of.

Practice has to be honest been atrocious as because of our injuries we have been unable to play five-on-five all week. We have had guys stepping up from our partnership with Team Northumbria but theyve had a lot of games and injuries as well and we still havent been able to play five-on-five.

Flournoy paid tribute to all his players after the game but had special words for 18-year-old Ross Wilson who stepped in to the game late and nailed what Wilson himself called the biggest shot of my life to put The Eagles ahead for the last crucial time.

Thats the first shot Ross has taken all week as hes been out and wasnt expected to play. But foul trouble meant he had to step up and it was tremendous to see him arrive on the big stage with so much confidence, effect and really answer the call.

Physically we were struggling but mentally we were ready. As the game wore on we got better and better and got it right in the end. It was the first time wed played five-on-five since last weeks game so I have to give our guys lots of credit.

It was a great overall result and it almost felt like tonight we won a title. But we didnt and we cant necessarily get carried away with the moment.

Andy Thomson was the star with 25 points and 16 rebounds earning him a huge efficiency valuation of 39 whilst Joe Chapman had 18 points. Fab himself poured in 11 points along with Paul Gause and Thomsons front-court partner Darius Defoe also had a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds.


Coach Creon Rings The Changes - by Paul Nilsen
Guildford Heat Head Coach, Creon Raftopoulos , promised fans there would be changes following his side's latest frustrating pair of defeats at the weekend.



In recent weeks he has been demanding that his players step up and he hasn't been shy in telling them that there will be changes if they don't. Following back-to-back losses against the Wolves and the Jets, he explained that the time had come.



'We had a late start this year and didn't really have a pre-season. Until recently I felt we'd been slowly improving, but we now don't seem to be making the progress we need to. We're competitive, but we lack the individual who can get us over the hump and to the finish line.



'The new players I brought in at the start of the season haven't adjusted as quickly as they need to. The BBL's a tough league and I'm sure they'll go on to be good players, but right now they're not delivering the goods. In this league you're often judged by your opposite number. Against the Jets, their point guard (Adam Brown) had 27 points and controlled the game, while we're just not scoring enough points in that area. I was really pleased with the energy that Albert Margai brought off the bench and he's going to be a future star in this league, but he can't do it on his own.



'Martelle McLemore showed flashes of his old self against the Jets and I'm hoping he'll come good in the next few games because he's been a shadow of his former self this season.



'Mike Martin has been phenomenal for us over the seasons and his play this season has been excellent, but he's reached the point where he can't do it for 40 minutes a game every game. Mike needs help and we need greater depth on the bench, so I'm in the process of bringing in someone at the power-forward position and also looking at someone else.



'Unfortunately, bringing in new players is time-consuming, especially where imports are concerned, but I can assure the fans that I and the admin staff will be putting in the hours over the next few days. We'll be working around the clock to bring in the players we need.



'I've got the owner's full backing to make the changes I need, but we have to stay within budget and so it's inevitable that we'll need to release players to make room for the newcomers. As part of that process, I have today released Kandi Mukole from his contract with the Heat. Kandi's got great potential and I hate to see him go, but by his own admission, he's not performed as well as he can and we don't have the luxury to carry players on the bench if they aren't contributing to the team.'



Everyone involved with the Heat wishes Kandi well in his future career. Keep your eyes on the Heat website for further announcements regarding Kandi's replacement and future team changes.


Molten BBL Player Of Month For October Is Hardy - by Paul Nilsen
BL rookie Ayron Hardy (195-F-88, college: Jacksonville) can reflect on a superb first month as a professional player with Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders after being named Molten BBL Player Of The Month For October.



The energetic and versatile forward who only graduated from Jacksonville University earlier this year has shown that while previously known for his defensive prowess, he can also make a significant impact at the other end of the floor too.



Hardy played five games during the month and in just over 34 minutes of action per game, averaged 18.2 points. Looking behind the headline number, it gets even more impressive with the player showcasing his terrific finishing ability at the hoop.



He shot an excellent 67.86% inside the arc during the month and is also doing the hard work on the glass with 9 rebounds per game to claim a near double-double across October.



The player was instrumental in his team reaching the quarter-finals of the BBL Cup in fine style last weekend with his double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds helping to roll over Prestige Homes MK Lions.



Riders have also won their only BBL Championship game to date with Hardy landing another double-double in a crushing 80-59 win at Cheshire Jets.



There is also a double-cause for celebration with Hardy booking a place in the BBL Team Of The Week for the second time this season.


BBL Team Of The Week - Week 5 - by Paul Nilsen
Our BBL Team Of The Week is made up of three players from Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders in the wake of their sensational team performance against Prestige Homes MK Lions which helped them book a BBL Cup quarter-final spot.



Meanwhile there is only one debutante this week with four of our players all making a second appearance of the season and an addiitonal sense of dj vu is assured with three of the players all having made the line-up during Week 1.



Cameron Rundles (185-PG-88, college: Wofford)Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

The guard gets back into the team again having previously been included in the wake of an excellent BBL debut performance. His latest spot is courtesy of a fantastic and vibrant display in the BBL Cup success against the Lions. Rundles showed why he is a combo, do-it-all backcourt player after securing 23 points thanks mainly to some efficient 8 of 10 shooting inside and a couple of triples outside to add to a creditable 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals.



EJ Harrison (Glasgow Rocks)

Glasgow Rocks had a great time during October and instrumental to that impressive record has been experienced guard EJ Harrison (pictured above). His veteran 'know-how' has been important in the Rocks recovering from a disappointing start to the season when they crashed and burned in Newcastle. Harrison gets into our starting five after his all-action line of 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists against Edinburgh Kings in the BBL Cup which assured his team of a place in the quarter-finals.



Andrew Sullivan (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

Since arriving in Leicester a few weeks ago, Drew Sullivan has stamped his class all over the handful of games he has played and as evidence of this, he finds himself in our line-up for the second time in three weeks. The versatile forward continues to show his strong inside-outside game to go with his terrific defensive skills which remain some of the best around. Against Lions, Sullivan powered his way to a superb 20 rebounds, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 blocks as he continues to have a major impact at his new club.



Ayron Hardy (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)

Having made our line-up way back on the opening weekend of the season, Hardy has more than one reason to celebrate this time. This is because not only can he reflect on another excellent night of work after claiming a double-double of 20 points, 11 rebounds in addition to 3 steals in the BBL Cup success over Lions. He can also revel in the fact that for the next few weeks, he will be the reigning Molten BBL Player Of The Month after claiming the award for his efforts during October. It's proving to be quite a time for the Jacksonville University graduate who has only just dipped his toes into the waters of being a pro-player.
Andrew Thomson



Andrew Thomson (Newcastle Eagles)

For those watching Thomson (pictured right) play in a crucial second win for the Eagles in a week against title rivals One Health Sharks Sheffield, the universal consensus was that he seemed to get his monstrous double-double without even catching the eye in quite the way you might expect. That in itself is great news for both the player and Eagles fans with Thomson almost effortlessly landing 25 points and 16 rebounds with his all round performance valuation reaching a superb 36. Much of his success was down to the great fundamentals on which he thrives. He made 5 of 6 in the paint and was a rock solid 9 of 10 from the free-throw line to go with his hard work on the glass.





Off The Bench - Nuno Pedroso (Prestige Homes MK Lions), Daniel Northern (Prestige Homes MK Lions), Mychal Green (Glasgow Rocks), Richie Gordon (Worcester Wolves), Tayo Ogedegebe (Guildford Heat), Fred Hinnenkamp (Durham Wildcats)


BBL Cup and Trophy Draws Made - by Paul Nilsen
The draws for the semi-finals of both the BBL Cup and BBL Trophy were made at a meeting of the competitions 11 clubs today.

While this seasons Trophy competition saw an open draw at the last four stage, it will once again be a north versus south final as UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders will meet in Prestige Homes MK Lions in one semi, and One Health Sharks Sheffield will face Newcastle Eagles in the other last four games.

The two-leg semi-final round is scheduled to be played in late January/early February.

Raiders and Lions are yet to meet this season, while Eagles have already chalked up a pair of BBL Championship wins against the highly fancied Sharks.

Meanwhile, in the Cup the winner of the Mersey Tigers versus Worcester Wolves tie will meet either One Health Sharks Sheffield or UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders in a two-leg semi-final. Sharks and Raiders meet in the first quarter-final on Friday night, while Tigers host the Wolves on Friday November 11.

In the other half of the draw the winner of the Cheshire Jets versus Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders will face whoever comes out on top in the game between old rivals Newcastle Eagles and Glasgow Rocks. Jets host the Riders on Sunday November 13 where they will look avenge a recent Championship loss against Rob Paternostros team, while Eagles and Rocks meet on Friday November 11.

The two legged semi-finals will take place in late November/early December with the final at the NIA on Sunday January 15, 2012.



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Weekend results and stats - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (2-2) and ninth ranked Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-3) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Zalgiris were defeated by BC Nizhny Novgorod in a tough game in Kaunas 86-92. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-21. But Zalgiris won second period 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Nizhny Novgorod forced 19 Zalgiris turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Forward Semen Antonov (202-89) fired 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American-Bosnian guard Ernest Bremer (195-80, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in 13 points and 11 assists. American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Nizhny Novgorod left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Enisey and Kalev/Cramo. Defending Lithuanian champion Zalgiris dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Asseco Prokom. BC Nizhny Novgorod will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Zalgiris will play on the road against VEF Riga (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kyiv. Leader Russian Khimky faced 4th placed Ukrainian Budivelnyk. Guests from Khimki (4-0) defeated host Budivelnyk (1-2) 92-75. Worth to mention a great performance of center Timofey Mozgov (216-86, agency: RIZO) who helped to win the game recording 13 points. Vitaly Fridzon contributed with 11 points for the winners. American point guard Jack McClinton (185-85, college: Miami, FL) answered with 16 points for Budivelnyk. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Khimky have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Defending Ukrainian champion Budivelnyk dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with VEF Riga and BC Astana. Khimky will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Budivelnyk will play at home against Krasnie Krilya (#3) in Samara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Belarusian Minsk-2006 (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-60 loss to sixth ranked Polish Asseco Prokom (2-2) in Minsk on Monday evening. It was a great evening for Alonzo Gee who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. At the losing side Aliaksandr Kudrautsau responded with 19 points and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Polish champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Zalgiris. Defending Belarusian champion Minsk-2006 still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with CEZ Nymburk. Asseco Prokom will meet Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#7) on the road in the next round. Minsk-2006 will play against the league's leader Spartak St.Petersburg and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 72-63 loss to seventh ranked Russian Lokomotiv (2-3) in Kuban. It was an exceptional evening for K.C. Rivers who led the winners and scored 16 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lokomotiv moved-up to sixth place. Defending Czech champion CEZ Nymburk still closes the standings with four games lost. Lokomotiv will have a break next round. CEZ Nymburk will play on the road against Lietuvos rytas (#4) in Vilnius and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in Krasnoyarsk was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (3-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Russian Enisey Krasnoyarsk (1-3). Lietuvos rytas managed to secure a 7-point victory 82-75 on Sunday. Tyrese Rice fired 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Lietuvos rytas' coach Aleksandar Dzikic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Lietuvos rytas moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Enisey Krasnoyarsk at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Lietuvos rytas will face CEZ Nymburk (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play against Asseco Prokom in Gdynia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 7 Kalev/Cramo was defeated by Krasnie Krilya in Samara 81-76. VEF Riga was beaten by Unics at home 85-99.
The best stats of 7th round was 24 points and 11 rebounds by Courtney Sims of VEF Riga.


Krasnie Krilya - Kalev/Cramo 81-76

There was no surprise in Samara where 6th ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (1-3) was defeated by fourth ranked Russian Krasnie Krilya (2-1) 81-76 on Sunday. Kalev/Cramo trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 29-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-81 at the end of the game. Krasnie Krilya made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Kalev/Cramo turnovers and had a 22-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Kalev/Cramo was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) fired 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. American guard Aaron Miles (186-83, college: Kansas) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Belarusian power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79) produced 19 points and Senegalese center Bamba Fall (216-86, college: SMU) added 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Krasnie Krilya moved-up to third place. Defending Estonian champion Kalev/Cramo dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Krasnie Krilya will face Budivelnyk (#6) in Kyiv in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: P.Ulyanko 19+4reb+1ast, B.Fall 11+9reb, A.Skele 11+5reb+2ast, N.Varbanov 8+6reb, G.Arbet 8+2reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 8+2reb+2ast
Krasnie Krilya: D.Labovic 27+5reb+6ast, J.Hayes 11+5reb+2ast, A.Miles 10+6reb+3ast, E.Kolesnikov 9+6reb+2ast, J.Alexander 8+4reb+1ast, F.Likholitov 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 152046


Enisey - Lietuvos rytas 75-82

The game in Krasnoyarsk was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (3-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Russian Enisey Krasnoyarsk (1-3). Lietuvos rytas managed to secure a 7-point victory 82-75 on Sunday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-11. But Enisey Krasnoyarsk won second period 32-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lietuvos rytas dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Enisey Krasnoyarsk's 32 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Enisey Krasnoyarsk 35-23 including a 22-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) fired 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Lietuvos rytas' coach Aleksandar Dzikic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Power forward Andrei Trushkin (206-81) produced 14 points and guard Andrei Komarovskiy (196-85) added 14 points and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Four Enisey Krasnoyarsk players scored in double figures. Lietuvos rytas moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Enisey Krasnoyarsk at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Lietuvos rytas will face CEZ Nymburk (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play against Asseco Prokom in Gdynia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Enisey: A.Trushkin 14+2reb+2ast, A.Komarovskiy 14+2reb+1ast, J.Hukic 13+3reb, S.Toporov 10+3reb, M.Marinovic 8+3reb+2ast, I.Syrovatko 6+2ast
Lietuvos rytas: T.Rice 19+5reb+5ast, P.Samardziski 14+4reb+1ast, J.Valanciunas 13+7reb, M.Katelynas 9+6reb+2ast, R.Seibutis 9+3reb+5ast, L.Roberts 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 152047


Minsk-2006 - Asseco Prokom 60-92

Bottom-ranked Belarusian Minsk-2006 (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-60 loss to sixth ranked Polish Asseco Prokom (2-2) in Minsk on Monday evening. The game without a history. Asseco Prokom led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Asseco Prokom forced 19 Minsk-2006 turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. It was a great evening for American guard Alonzo Gee (198-87, college: Alabama) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Center Adam Hrycaniuk (208-84, college: Cincinnati) helped adding 13 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side guard Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-80) responded with 19 points and 5 assists and U.S. Virgin Isl.-Antiguan guard Julius Hodge (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: I.D.S. Law) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Polish champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Zalgiris. Defending Belarusian champion Minsk-2006 still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with CEZ Nymburk. Asseco Prokom will meet Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#7) on the road in the next round. Minsk-2006 will play against the league's leader Spartak St.Petersburg and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Minsk-2006: A.Kudrautsau 19+3reb+5ast, J.Hodge 11+10reb+1ast, A.Trastsinetski 9+6reb, D.Hardin 6+2reb, U.Charko 5+2reb+1ast, C.Eldridge 4+1reb
Asseco Prokom: A.Hrycaniuk 13+5reb, A.Gee 13+13reb, L.Seweryn 11, D.Motiejunas 9+3reb, P.Zamojski 8+4reb, P.Frasunkiewicz 7+1ast
gschID: 152048


Budivelnyk - Khimky 75-92

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kyiv. Leader Russian Khimky faced 4th placed Ukrainian Budivelnyk. Guests from Khimki (4-0) defeated host Budivelnyk (1-2) 92-75. The game without a history. Khimky led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 31-of-37 charity shots (83.8 percent) during the game, while Budivelnyk only scored nine points from the stripe. Khimky players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Budivelnyk was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of center Timofey Mozgov (216-86, agency: RIZO) who helped to win the game recording 13 points. Guard Vitaly Fridzon (195-85, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Five Khimky players scored in double figures. American point guard Jack McClinton (185-85, college: Miami, FL) answered with 16 points and power forward Andrei Malysh (204-83) added 13 points in the effort for Budivelnyk. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Khimky have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Defending Ukrainian champion Budivelnyk dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with VEF Riga and BC Astana. Khimky will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Budivelnyk will play at home against Krasnie Krilya (#3) in Samara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: J.McClinton 16+2reb+1ast, A.Agafonov 14+3reb+1ast, A.Malysh 13+4reb+1ast, O.Onufriyev 7+1reb+1ast, Z.Morley 7+6reb+1ast, S.Sehovic 7+2reb
Khimky: T.Mozgov 13+4reb, S.Monya 12+3ast, K.Loncar 12+3reb, V.Fridzon 11+2reb+2ast, A.Daye 10+5reb, A.Zhukanenko 7+4reb
gschID: 152042


Zalgiris - N.Novgorod 86-92

The game between third ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (2-2) and ninth ranked Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-3) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Zalgiris were defeated by BC Nizhny Novgorod in a tough game in Kaunas 86-92. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-21. But Zalgiris won second period 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Nizhny Novgorod forced 19 Zalgiris turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Forward Semen Antonov (202-89) fired 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American-Bosnian guard Ernest Bremer (195-80, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Higher Vision Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 assists. American swingman Sonny Weems (198-86, college: Arkansas) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and forward Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five BC Nizhny Novgorod and four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Nizhny Novgorod left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Enisey and Kalev/Cramo. Defending Lithuanian champion Zalgiris dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Asseco Prokom. BC Nizhny Novgorod will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Zalgiris will play on the road against VEF Riga (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: P.Jankunas 17+5reb+1ast, S.Weems 14+9reb+1ast, R.Javtokas 11+3reb+1ast, T.Lawson 11+2reb+4ast, M.Popovic 7+2reb, D.Collins 7+2reb
N.Novgorod: S.Antonov 24+6reb+5ast, M.Ignerski 17+3reb+1ast, N.Protic 17+2reb+1ast, E.Bremer 13+3reb+11ast, I.Paunic 10+5reb+2ast, A.Pustahvar 7+3reb
gschID: 152043


VEF Riga - Unics 85-99

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Russian Unics Kazan (3-1) defeated on the road 5th ranked Latvian VEF Riga (1-2) 99-85 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Unics Kazan. VEF Riga was better in third quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Unics Kazan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 72.7 percentage. VEF Riga was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Terrell Lyday (190-79, college: BYU) fired 24 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Bosnian guard Henry Domercant (192-80, college: E.Illinois) chipped in 15 points. Unics Kazan's coach Evgeny Pashutin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Courtney Sims (211-83, college: Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Dairis Bertans (192-89) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Unics Kazan and four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Unics Kazan maintains second place with 3-1 record behind leader Spartak SP, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending Latvian champion VEF Riga keeps the fifth position with two games lost. Unics Kazan will have a break next round. VEF Riga will play at home against Zalgiris (#4) in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: C.Sims 24+11reb+3ast, D.Bertans 15+3reb+4ast, K.Janicenoks 15+1reb+5ast, K.Berzins 11+4reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 8+1reb+3ast, C.Millage 5+3reb+2ast
Unics: T.Lyday 24+2reb+3ast, M.Wilkinson 16+3reb+3ast, H.Domercant 15+4reb+3ast, V.Veremeenko 14+4reb+2ast, K.McCarty 13+2reb+1ast, N.Jawai 12+7reb+1ast
gschID: 152044


Lokomotiv - CEZ Nymburk 72-63

Bottom-ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 72-63 loss to seventh ranked Russian Lokomotiv (2-3) in Kuban. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But CEZ Nymburk won third quarter 22-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson) who led the winners and scored 16 points. Forward Maksim Sheleketo (204-87) accounted for 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) came up with 15 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) added 7 points and 7 rebounds respectively for CEZ Nymburk in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lokomotiv moved-up to sixth place. Defending Czech champion CEZ Nymburk still closes the standings with four games lost. Lokomotiv will have a break next round. CEZ Nymburk will play on the road against Lietuvos rytas (#4) in Vilnius and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: C.Simmons 15+5reb, P.Pumprla 9+1reb, L.Sokolovsky 9+3reb, E.Lawrence 8+2reb+5ast, L.Wilson 7+7reb+2ast, S.Spralja 7+1reb
Lokomotiv: K.Rivers 16+4reb, M.Sheleketo 10+8reb+1ast, A.Traore 10+5reb, J.Massey 9+5reb, L.Chalmers 8+4reb+2ast, S.Bykov 7+5reb+4ast
gschID: 152045




Nymburk bolster backcourt with addition of A.J. Abrams - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk are looking for the ways to improve their performance. The team that lost four games in a row in VTB League decided to strengthen their backcourt. They added A.J. Abrams (180-G-86, college: Texas) to the squad. The guard spent the last season in Italy. He played for Tezenis Verona in LegaDue. His stats read 13.9 points, 1.8 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.7 rebounds per game. A.J. Abrams started his pro career in 2009/10 season. The guard played in Greece for Trikalla 2000. His stats read 17.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist in A2 League.A.J. Abrams participated at NBA PreDraft Portsmouth Invitational Tournament as well as NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.



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Americana signs WNBA player for National league upcoming season - by Mel Devonne
Last years top team Americana just got better last week when they signed WNBA vet, Sandora Irvin (191-F-82, college: TCU).
Irvin, has 5 years experience in the WNBA and has played for the San Antonio Silver Stars, the Chicago Sky,
and last season with the Atlanta Dream.
Last season, Irvin played limited minutes for the Dream, but is considered a solid reserve around the league.
Her entry in the LBF marks the first american WNBA import and one of the few imports of any kind
for the Brasil national league.
Irvin attended Texas Christian University and she is also the daughter of the National Foolball League, Hall of
Famer andex- Dallas Cowboy, Micheal Irvin.


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


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Meistriliiga Round 2: Eclex Tallinn hands first defeat to KK Tallina U. - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Meistriliiga.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated KK Tallina U. (2-1) on the court of top-ranked Eclex Tallinn on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Eclex Tallinn 86-70. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-0 record before this meeting. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-70. Eclex Tallinn forced 21 KK Tallina U. turnovers. The best player for the winners was international forward Kerttu Jallai (180-90) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks. Guard Kaia Kosk (178-89, college: E.Kentucky) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Eclex Tallinn's coach Jaanus Levkoi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Trine Kasemagi (190-95) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Defending champion maintains first position with 2-0 record. KK Tallina U. at the other side keeps the second place with one game lost. Eclex Tallinn are looking forward to face Audentes SG/N. (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KK Tallina U. will have a break next round.
An exciting game was played in Tallinn. Second ranked KK Tallina U. faced 4th ranked Tartu Ulikooli. Host KK Tallina U. (2-1) defeated guests from Tartu (0-2) 66-61. American center Ashley Wallace (183-85, college: Pace) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Mirjam Nikolai contributed with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International guard Heila Rosenfeldt (173-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for Tartu Ulikooli. KK Tallina U. maintains second position with 2-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Eclex Tallinn. Tartu Ulikooli at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. KK Tallina U. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tartu Ulikooli will play at home against Audentes SG/N. (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Eclex Tallinn - KK Tallina U. 86-70

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated KK Tallina U. (2-1) on the court of top-ranked Eclex Tallinn on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Eclex Tallinn 86-70. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-0 record before this meeting. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-70. Eclex Tallinn forced 21 KK Tallina U. turnovers. The best player for the winners was international forward Kerttu Jallai (180-90) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks. Guard Kaia Kosk (178-89, college: E.Kentucky) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Eclex Tallinn's coach Jaanus Levkoi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Trine Kasemagi (190-95) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Oksana Miil (174-86) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Defending champion maintains first position with 2-0 record. KK Tallina U. at the other side keeps the second place with one game lost. Eclex Tallinn are looking forward to face Audentes SG/N. (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KK Tallina U. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Eclex Tallinn: K.Jallai 21+12reb+7ast, K.Haas 17+2reb, K.Kosk 17+5reb, A.Koster 8+12reb, G.Kostla 7+2reb+2ast, M.Metsalu 5+2reb+1ast
KK Tallina U.: T.Kasemagi 18+10reb+2ast, O.Miil 16+4reb, M.Nikolai 12+1reb+5ast, P.Puu 9+4reb+2ast, A.Wallace 8+9reb+1ast, M.Gregor 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 154493


KK Tallina U. - Tartu Ulikooli 66-61

An exciting game was played in Tallinn. Second ranked KK Tallina U. faced 4th ranked Tartu Ulikooli. Host KK Tallina U. (2-1) defeated guests from Tartu (0-2) 66-61. It looked good early as Tartu Ulikooli took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then KK Tallina U. had a 17-8 second period charge getting the lead and Tartu Ulikooli was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-66. KK Tallina U. forced 21 Tartu Ulikooli turnovers. American center Ashley Wallace (183-85, college: Pace) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Mirjam Nikolai (177-86) contributed with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International guard Heila Rosenfeldt (173-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and international power forward Triin Teppo (186-90) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Tartu Ulikooli. Four Tartu Ulikooli players scored in double figures. KK Tallina U. maintains second position with 2-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Eclex Tallinn. Tartu Ulikooli at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. KK Tallina U. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tartu Ulikooli will play at home against Audentes SG/N. (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Tallina U.: A.Wallace 21+13reb+3ast, O.Miil 17+2reb+2ast, M.Nikolai 14+9reb+4ast, M.Gregor 6+2reb+1ast, T.Kasemagi 6+11reb+2ast, P.Puu 2+3reb
Tartu Ulikooli: A.Ruutli 14+1reb+2ast, T.Teppo 13+9reb+3ast, K.Arniste 10+5reb+1ast, H.Rosenfeldt 10+11reb+5ast, M.Pilv 7+4reb, L.Tomson 4+1reb
gschID: 154494




Meisterliga Stst Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kerttu JALLAI
  Eclex Tallinn
  (180-F-90)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Jallai, Eclex Tall.20.5 
 2. Wallace, KK Talli.18.0 
 3. Kosk, Eclex Tallinn16.5 
 4. Nikolai, KK Talli.16.3 
 5. Miil, KK Talli.14.7 
 6. Haas, Eclex Tallinn14.0 
 7. Rosenfeldt, Tartu13.0 
 8. Kasemagi, KK Talli.12.7 
 9. Teppo, Tartu Uliko.11.5 
 10. Puu, KK Tallina U.11.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kerttu JALLAI
  Eclex Tallinn
  (180-F-90)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Jallai, Eclex Tall.15.5 
 2. Wallace, KK Talli.10.3 
 3. Kasemagi, KK Talli.9.3 
 4. Poldmaa, Auden.9.0 
 5. Rosenfeldt, Tartu9.0 
 6. Teppo, Tartu Uliko.8.0 
 7. Nikolai, KK Talli.6.7 
 8. Arniste, Tartu U.6.5 
 9. Koster, Eclex Tall.5.7 
 10. Uprus, Au.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kerttu JALLAI
  Eclex Tallinn
  (180-F-90)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Jallai, Eclex Tall.4.5 
 2. Nikolai, KK Talli.4.3 
 3. Rosenfeldt, Tartu4.0 
 4. Poljakov, Tartu U.3.5 
 5. Miil, KK Talli.2.3 
 6. Haas, Eclex Tallinn2.0 
 7. Ruutli, Tartu U.2.0 
 8. Wallace, KK Talli.2.0 
 9. Poldmaa, Auden.2.0 
 10. Ptitsona, Eclex T.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Annika KOSTER
  Eclex Tallinn
  (185-F/C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Koster, Eclex Tall.3.0 
 2. Rosenfeldt, Tartu2.0 
 3. Teppo, Tartu Uliko.2.0 
 4. Kostla, Eclex Tall.2.0 
 5. Puu, KK Tallina U.2.0 
 6. Jallai, Eclex Tall.2.0 
 7. Arniste, Tartu U.2.0 
 8. Svilberg, Auden.2.0 
 9. Miil, KK Talli.1.7 
 10. Metsalu, Eclex T.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kerttu JALLAI
  Eclex Tallinn
  (180-F-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Jallai, Eclex Tall.4.0 
 2. Teppo, Tartu Uliko.1.0 
 3. Poldmaa, Auden.1.0 
 4. Lass, Au.1.0 
 5. Kasemagi, KK Talli.0.7 
 6. Nikolai, KK Talli.0.7 
 7. Puu, KK Tallina U.0.7 
 8. Kosk, Eclex Tallinn0.5 
 9. Kostla, Eclex Tall.0.5 
 10. Koster, Eclex Tal.0.3 


Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. Eclex Tallinn 2-0 
 2. KK Tallina U. 2-1 
 3. Audentes SG/N. 0-1 
 4. Tartu Ulikooli 0-2 


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  FRANCE - Women  


NF2 Standings - by Juliane Hoehne
NF1 Standings
Group A
 1. Angers 7-0 
 2. Pau Orthez 7-0 
 3. Stade Poitevin 5-2 
 4. Reze 4-3 
 5. Colomiers 4-3 
 6. Rennes 3-4 
 7. Le Poire-sur-Vie 3-4 
 8. D'Ifs 2-5 
 9. La Couronne 2-5 
 10. Mondeville II 2-5 
 11. Thouars 2-5 
 12. Feytiat 1-6 
Group B
 1. St Etienne 7-0 
 2. Villeurbanne 6-1 
 3. La Tronche 5-2 
 4. Chenove 5-2 
 5. Charnay 4-3 
 6. Wasquehal 4-3 
 7. Avenir 4-3 
 8. Geispolsheim 2-5 
 9. Aulnoye 2-5 
 10. Franconville 2-5 
 11. Aubervilliers 1-6 
 12. CFBB II 0-6 


NF1 Round 7 - by Juliane Hoehne
Results Poule A:

Angers:La Couronne 87:57
Rennes:EBPLO 56:60
Poitiers:Mondeville 82:54
Ifs:CSP Reze 42:59
Thouars:Colomiers 44:63
Feytiat:Poire-sur-Vie 54:77

Angers and Pau stay undefeated, Poitiers secures second place, and Poire-sur-Vie moves up to the 7th place. Feytiat stays at the bottom of the table due to another loss.

Results Poule B:

CFBB:La Tronche 40:66
Geispolsheim:Macon 68:85
Aulnoye:Case 64:79


Villeurbanne:Wasquehal 83:79
Chenove:Aubervilliers 76:39


Chartres:Franconville 78:70



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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


Baden, Krosig and Vigor stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
Round Two of the Macedonian top division was played last weekend. Baden, Krosig and Vigor managed to beat their rivals and to keep the perfect score after two games. Baden cruised past Student Skopje as a guest with huge 49-84. Student dropped to 0-2 after this meeting. Krosig outplayed Klubski Delchevo at home 77-73. Ana Tantourovska (172-G-90) shined for the hosts with 29 points and steals. Defending champion Vigor destroyed Trokal at home 105-38. Zorica Ackovska (170-G-88) top-scored in victory with 22 points. Elena Radenkovik (187-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) also was great adding 21 pts and 7 boards. In the last game of the round Mladinec grabbed 52-59 victory in Struga. Round Three is scheduled for the next weekend.

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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Eurobasket News
2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Herner 5-0 
 2. Quakenbrueck 4-2 
 3. Gruenberg 3-1 
 4. Hagen Phoenix 3-2 
 5. Goettingen 2-0 
 6. Bielefeld 2-2 
 7. Opladen 2-2 
 8. Berlin 2-3 
 9. Mainz 0-4 
 10. Neuss 0-5 
 11. Rist Scala 0-5 
South
 1. Bamberg 5-0 
 2. Viernheim 5-0 
 3. Heidelberg 4-1 
 4. Speyer 3-1 
 5. Sandhausen 3-2 
 6. Leimen 2-2 
 7. Trier 2-3 
 8. Jahn Muenchen 0-3 
 9. Keltern 0-3 
 10. Bad Aibling 0-4 
 11. Wuerzburg 0-5 


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Eredivisie Round 6: Leader Lekdetec.nl gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in Eredivisie, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

Leader Lekdetec.nl delivered the fourth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked HLB Account. (1-4) 73-42 in Den Helder. Lekdetec.nl forced 30 HLB Account. turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Anouk Biesters (182-86) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. International guard Tanya Broering (178-84) chipped in 9 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was center Tamlyn De Groot (186-91) who recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lekdetec.nl maintains first position with 4-1 record. HLB Account. lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with Eurosped. Lekdetec.nl are looking forward to face Grasshoppers (#3) in Katwijk in the next round, which may be the game of the day. HLB Account. will play on the road against CTO in Amsterdam and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Katwijk was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers CTO (2-3) played at the court of fifth ranked Grasshoppers (3-2). Grasshoppers managed to secure a 4-point victory 61-57. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of CTO. It was a good game for power forward Ingrid Van der Plas (178-91) who led her team to a victory with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Randell van der Lee contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. International center Maxime Essenstam (189-93) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds for CTO. CTO's coach Remy de Wit tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Grasshoppers moved-up to third place, which they share with Binnenland. CTO at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Grasshoppers will play against league's leader Lekdetec.nl in Bemmel in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. CTO will play at home against HLB Account. (#7) in Den Helder and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 6 Eurosped was defeated by ProBuild Lions in Landsmeer 61-51.



HLB Account. - Lekdetec.nl 42-73

Leader Lekdetec.nl delivered the fourth win on Saturday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked HLB Account. (1-4) 73-42 in Den Helder. Lekdetec.nl forced 30 HLB Account. turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Anouk Biesters (182-86) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. International guard Tanya Broering (178-84) chipped in 9 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was center Tamlyn De Groot (186-91) who recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds and international power forward Laura Kooij (184-82) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lekdetec.nl maintains first position with 4-1 record. HLB Account. lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with Eurosped. Lekdetec.nl are looking forward to face Grasshoppers (#3) in Katwijk in the next round, which may be the game of the day. HLB Account. will play on the road against CTO in Amsterdam and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lekdetec.nl: A.Biesters 24+13reb+2ast, F.Ligthart 12+8reb+2ast, Y.Kathmann 11+1reb, T.Broering 9+7reb+8ast, K.Biesters 8+3reb, L.Vermeulen 6+2reb
HLB Account.: T.De Groot 12+9reb+1ast, J.van Veen 10+1reb, L.Kooij 8+5reb+3ast, N.Garfe 3, M.van der Linden 3+3reb+1ast, R.Calderon 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 138256


Grasshoppers - CTO 61-57

The game in Katwijk was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers CTO (2-3) played at the court of fifth ranked Grasshoppers (3-2). Grasshoppers managed to secure a 4-point victory 61-57. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of CTO. Grasshoppers made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 CTO turnovers. It was a good game for power forward Ingrid Van der Plas (178-91) who led her team to a victory with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Randell van der Lee (180-91) contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. International center Maxime Essenstam (189-93) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and international forward Marlou De Kleijn (182-92) added 15 points in the effort for CTO. CTO's coach Remy de Wit tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Grasshoppers moved-up to third place, which they share with Binnenland. CTO at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Grasshoppers will play against league's leader Lekdetec.nl in Bemmel in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. CTO will play at home against HLB Account. (#7) in Den Helder and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grasshoppers: R.Philippo 13+1reb, I.Van der Plas 12+6reb+1ast, R.van der Lee 9+7reb+1ast, J.Dijkman 8+5reb+2ast, K.Kuijt 8+1reb+4ast, S.Kuijt 6+4reb+2ast
CTO: M.De Kleijn 15+4reb+2ast, M.Essenstam 14+7reb+2ast, I.Slim 10+1reb, Z.Butter 9+7reb+5ast, R.Van Der Keijl 4+4reb, L.Cornelius 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 138257


ProBuild Lions - Eurosped 61-51

There was no surprise in Landsmeer where 6th ranked Eurosped (1-4) was defeated by second ranked ProBuild Lions (4-2) 61-51. ProBuild Lions forced 25 Eurosped turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Molly McDowell (178-81, college: S.Illinois) who led her team to a victory with 10 points and 8 rebounds. International guard Kim Hartman (175-86) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Judith Beld (173-91) replied with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and international center Sharon Lammerink (189-93) added 9 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Eurosped. ProBuild Lions have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 4-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Lekdetec.nl. Eurosped lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with HLB Account.. ProBuild Lions will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Eurosped will play at home against Binnenland (#4) in Rotterdam and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ProBuild Lions: K.Hartman 14+6reb, R.Stijsiger 12+3reb, M.McDowell 10+8reb+3ast, D.Keppy 9+5reb, M.Nieuwveen 8+8reb+1ast, I.Vergunst 4+4reb+1ast
Eurosped: J.Beld 12+6reb+4ast, I.Beenen 10+5reb, M.Van der Hoek 10+5reb+2ast, S.Lammerink 9+10reb, M.Lammerink 4+4reb+3ast, C.Droste 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 138258




Best players of Eredivisie round 6 - by Eurobasket News
Former international swingman Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Lekdetec.nl and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 25-year old swingman had a double-double of 24 points and thirteen rebounds, while her team outclassed HLB Account. (#7, 1-4) with 31-point margin 73-42. It allowed Lekdetec.nl to consolidate first place in the Eredivisie. Lekdetec.nl have a solid 4-1 record. It's Biesters' second year at Lekdetec.nl and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Anouk Biesters averages this season 7.0ppg and 5.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old former international guard Kim Hartman (175-G-86) of second-ranked ProBuild Lions. Hartman impressed basketball fans with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Of course ProBuild Lions cruised to a 61-51 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Eurosped (#6, 1-4). ProBuild Lions' second position in the standings has not changed. Her team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Hartman is a newcomer at ProBuild Lions 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.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Zera Butter (179-G-92) of CTO (#5). Butter showcased her all-around game by recording 9 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Butter's great performance CTO lost 57-61 to slightly higher-ranked Grasshoppers (#3, 3-2). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of CTO ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Butter could help CTO to bring them higher in the standings. Butter has a great season in Holland. After only 5 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.2apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ingrid Van der Plas (178-F/C-91) of Grasshoppers - 12 points and 6 rebounds
5. Tanya Broering (178-G-84) of Lekdetec.nl - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92) of CTO - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Sharon Lammerink (189-C-93) of Eurosped - 9 points and 10 rebounds
8. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) of CTO - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Julia Dijkman (184-C-89) of Grasshoppers - 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Judith Beld (173-G-91) of Eurosped - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tanya BROERING
  Lekdetec.
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 24
 1. Broering, Lekdetec.24.0 
 2. Manuputty, Grassh.20.5 
 3. Roubehie-F., Binne.19.4 
 4. Van der Hoek, Euro.16.6 
 5. Heerts, Eurosped15.0 
 6. Kraak, Binnenland14.4 
 7. Ligthart, Lekdetec.14.2 
 8. Philippo, Grasshop.14.0 
 9. Kooij, HLB Account.12.8 
 10. McDowell, ProBui.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharon LAMMERINK
  Euros.
  (189-C-93)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Lammerink, Euros.10.7 
 2. De Groot, HLB A.9.8 
 3. Heerts, Eurosped9.7 
 4. Ligthart, Lekdetec.9.0 
 5. Nieuwveen, ProBui.8.0 
 6. Van der Plas, Gras.7.2 
 7. Van Der Keij., CT.7.0 
 8. Essenstam, CTO6.8 
 9. McDowell, ProBui.6.8 
 10. Biesters, Lekdete.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Molly MCDOWELL
  ProBui.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. McDowell, ProBui.4.0 
 2. Broering, Lekdetec.4.0 
 3. Dekker, Eurosped3.8 
 4. Kuijt, Grasshoppers3.6 
 5. Cornelius, CTO3.6 
 6. Butter, CTO3.2 
 7. Kooij, HLB Account.3.0 
 8. Van Den Adel, Binn.2.4 
 9. Van Den Adel, Binn.2.4 
 10. De Kleijn, CTO2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Anouk BIESTERS
  Lekdetec.
  (182-G/F-86)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Biesters, Lekdetec.4.2 
 2. Kuijt, Grasshoppers4.0 
 3. McDowell, ProBui.3.8 
 4. Hartman, ProBuild.3.7 
 5. Broering, Lekdetec.3.6 
 6. Van der Plas, Gras.3.2 
 7. Manuputty, Grassh.2.8 
 8. Kooij, HLB Account.2.8 
 9. Roubehie-F., Binne.2.6 
 10. Ligthart, Lekdete.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Silke HEERTS
  Eurosped
  (185-F-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Heerts, Eurosped2.0 
 2. Van Der Keij., CT.1.6 
 3. Rikhof, Eurosped0.8 
 4. Kooij, HLB Account.0.8 
 5. Kraak, Binnenland0.8 
 6. Van der Hoek, Euro.0.6 
 7. Van den Ande., Bin.0.6 
 8. Zappeij, CTO0.5 
 9. Keppy, ProBuild.0.5 
 10. Roubehie-F., Binn.0.4 


Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Lekdetec.nl 4-1 
 2. ProBuild Lions 4-2 
 3. Grasshoppers 3-2 
 4. Binnenland 3-2 
 5. CTO 2-3 
 6. Eurosped 1-4 
 7. HLB Account. 1-4 
 8. Wereldtickets.nl 0-0 


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  IRELAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Superleague Standings
 1. UL Aughinish 6-0 
 2. TM Hotel Cork 5-0 
 3. DCU Mercy 4-1 
 4. Ulster Rockets 2-3 
 5. Meteors 2-3 
 6. Waterford W. 2-3 
 7. Killester 2-4 
 8. Liffey Celtics 1-4 
 9. Oblate Dynamos 1-4 
 10. Singleton 1-4 


Stats Leaders Superleague
Points Per Game
 Niamh DWYER
  TM Hotel.
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Dwyer, TM Hotel.20.8 
 2. O''Leary, Singleton17.5 
 3. O''Connor, Liffey C.17.0 
 4. Vanderwal, UL Augh.17.0 
 5. Houlihan, Ulster R.14.5 
 6. O''Leary, Singleton13.8 
 7. Dwyer, TM Hotel.13.7 
 8. Sullivan, Killester13.0 
 9. Rockall, TM Hotel.13.0 
 10. McDermott, UL Aug.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aine O''CONNOR
  Liffey C.
  (--)
  Avg: 11
 1. O''Connor, Liffey C.11.0 
 2. Rockall, TM Hotel.10.5 
 3. O''Driscoll, TM Ho.10.0 
 4. Solan, Oblate D.10.0 
 5. Lennon, Ulster R.10.0 
 6. Maher, UL Aughi.9.5 
 7. Maher, Waterfor.9.3 
 8. Kavanagh, Waterfor.9.0 
 9. McDermott, UL Augh.9.0 
 10. Lowe, Liffey Celt.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Megan O''LEARY
  Singleton
  (--)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. O''Leary, Singleton6.3 
 2. O''Leary, Singleton4.8 
 3. Vanderwal, UL Augh.3.8 
 4. Peat, DCU Mercy3.5 
 5. Dwyer, TM Hotel.3.3 
 6. Coady, Waterfor.2.8 
 7. Rockall, TM Hotel.2.8 
 8. McKenna, TM Ho.2.5 
 9. Lennon, Ulster R.2.5 
 10. Homan, Liffey Cel.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Niamh DWYER
  TM Hotel.
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Dwyer, TM Hotel.4.5 
 2. O''Driscoll, TM Ho.4.0 
 3. Lennon, Ulster R.3.5 
 4. Vanderwal, UL Augh.3.5 
 5. Dwyer, TM Hotel.3.3 
 6. Galvin, UL Aughi.3.3 
 7. Palmer, DCU Mercy3.0 
 8. Fahy, UL Aughinish3.0 
 9. Maguire, DCU Mercy3.0 
 10. McNally, Ulster R.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kate MAHER
  Waterfor.
  (180-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Maher, Waterfor.2.0 
 2. Lowe, Liffey Celti.2.0 
 3. Waters, Singleton2.0 
 4. O''Connor, Liffey C.1.7 
 5. O''Leary, Singleton1.5 
 6. Kavanagh, Waterfor.1.3 
 7. Palmer, DCU Mercy1.3 
 8. Mullally, Waterfor.1.3 
 9. Kennington, Waterf.1.0 
 10. Wieliczko, DCU M.1.0 


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  KOSOVO - Women  


Kosovo lost to Vigor - by Dren Shporta
In an international friendly match in Skopje, Kosovo selection lost to reigning champions of Macedonia, Vigor, 76:72. The game was played in a Skopje Sports Hall, in front of many officials of Macedonian Federation and spectators, reports Basketball Federation of Kosovo.

Kosovo girls showed great spirit during the match, especially in the last quarter when they begin to close the difference. Elinda Musliu was the best scorer for selection with 20 points. Aurora Muhaxheri added 12, Valbona Bytyqi 10 and Arbnore Perquku 9 points.

In general Vigor was always ahead and they kept their advantage during the entire match. The result during quarters where going like this: 23:11, 22:20, 23:15 and 7:26; Above all, it was a great chance for the selector, Resmie Juniku and coach, Fabian Xhuka to see their best players in the action.




Penza Peja stays on top - by Eurobasket News
Round Four of the Kosovan top division was played last weekend. Penza Peja managed to register its fourth straight victory. This time they handed 81-50 loss to Bashkimi. Of course, Penza stays the only undefeated team in the league. Bashkimi dropped to 2-2. Second ranked Kastrioti and X Prishtina also celebrated in this round and improved to 3-1 score. Kastrioti blasted Vellaznimi on the road 43-105. X Prishtina was better than Trepca at home 52-47. In the last game of the round Drita Gjilan destroyed Gezimi as a guest. It was a huge 12-89 victory and Drita improved to 2-2. Round Five is scheduled for the next weekend.

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LSBL round 5 best performance: Sabine Niedola - by Eurobasket News
Former international forward Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Liepajas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 20-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while her team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Kolibri/U-16 (#7, 0-5) with 35-point margin 73-38. Liepajas maintains the 3rd position in LSBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Liepajas will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. Niedola turned to be Liepajas' top player in her first season with the team. Sabine Niedola has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 11.3rpg), assists (4th best: 4.0apg) and averages impressive 3.0spg and 61.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young international guard Kitija Laksa (180-G-96) of Kolibri/U-16. Laksa had a very good evening with 25 points and 2 rebounds. Bad luck as Kolibri/U-16 lost that game 54-81 to the higher-ranked Cesis (#2, 4-1). Kolibri/U-16 managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 5 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Laksa is a newcomer at Kolibri/U-16, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#6).

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center Liene Bernsone (185-C-85) of league's second-best Cesis. Bernsone scored 14 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Cesis, leading her team to a 81-54 easy win against Kolibri/U-16 (#7, 0-5). Cesis is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 4-1 record is not that bad... Bernsone has a great season in Latvia. After only 5 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anete Vorma (165-G-89) of LU - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Lina Lisnere (192-F/C-86) of RTU-Merks - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Anete Horelika (177-G/F-87) of Cesis - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Liga Surkusa (194-C-91) of TTT Riga - 17 points and 9 rebounds
8. Agnija Reke (175-G-86) of Cesis - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Karline Nimane (188-F-90) of TTT Riga - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Linda Sarja (180-G-91) of TTT Juniores - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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No. 1 Baylor rolls to 94-24 exhibition victory - by Eurobasket News
Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90) scored 16 points with eight rebounds and four blocked shots in only 18 minutes and No. 1 Baylor won 94-24 in an exhibition game Monday night against Western State College, an NCAA Division II team from Colorado.

Destiny Williams (6'3''-F-91) had 20 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes for the Lady Bears. Sophomore guard Odyssey Sims had eight points, six assists and six steals while playing less than a full half.

Baylor scored the first eight points of the game and led 53-13 at halftime.

Freshman Jaylan Spencer had 10 points to lead Western State, which was only 9-of-60 shooting (15 percent).

Baylor has one more exhibition game before the season opener Nov. 11 at home against Howard.

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


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Zenith Bank WBL: The making of First Deepwater BC - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Reigning Nigeria Women league champion, First Deepwater basketball club of Lagos coming into the Nigeria women basketball scene in 2008 was greeted with mixed reaction from stake-holders as yet another club coming to play second fiddle behind former champion First Bank basketball club of Lagos whose domination of the local scene was cut short by the Oil & Gas team at the end of 2009/2010 season.

First Deepwater basketball club took over the franchise of now rested Amazons basketball club of Lagos from the Dodan Warriors Basketball Programme with Col. Sam Ahmedu, Coordinator of the Dodan Warriors Basketball Programme playing some key role in making the dream of Engr. Babatunde Babalola of owing a basketball club a reality.

The club modest rise first started in June 2009 during a pre-season tournament sponsored by the club parent company First Deepwater Discovery Limited, though the pre-season tourney was won by First Bank basketball club with First Deepwater finishing second but it was enough tourney to prepare the side for what is to come as the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) perfected the commencement of the 2008/2009 season with first phase in Kaduna.

The Kaduna-leg of the 2008/2009 Zenith Bank Women Basketball League season saw the club making some bold statement as it lost only to the former champion First Bank BC, the club went down only to the former champion during the second phase in Asaba a month later but finished the season with a loud statement when it inflicted the first ever defeat on First Bank basketball club after a decade unbeaten run.

The club went on to represent Nigeria at the FIBA Africa Champions Club for Women Zone-3 elimination in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire where it finished top ahead notable teams as First Bank, Abidjan Basket Club (ABC) and Club Sportif de Abidjan (CSA) and seventh overall in the final round of the competition two weeks later in Cotonuo Benin Republic with hundred percent local players.

The club fully announced her arrival on the Nigerian scene with the 2009/2010 season when it stopped the ambition of First Bank from ruling the Nigerian league with a 2-1 record thus ending the over ten years reign of the former champion and followed it up with the 2010/2011 season last Saturday inside the sports hall of the national stadium Surulere, Lagos with a 65-57 points victory over the bankers.

First Deepwater basketball won two of the four individual awards at stake with her mercurial combo guard Nkechi Tracy Akashili annexing the highest scorer and most valuable player award leaving Sunshine Angels of Akure forward and Delta Force of Asaba forward Korede Sosanya and Esther Igben with the 3-points and highest rebounder awards.

First Deepwater basketball club pocket N1, 000,000 for her effort and a continental ticket, second place First Bank basketball club went home with N750, 000 and a continental ticket while third place finisher Sunshine Angels of Akure was rewarded with N500, 000.

Club chairman, Babalola applauded the players and their handlers with the victory declaring that the best is yet to be seen of the club who has completed an order-city of change in the Nigeria women league.

The team was handsomely rewarded with a relaxation trip to Gambia Sunday night where they are to rest their legs and hands for four days before returning to the country to prepare for the FIBA Africa Zone-3 elimination which it is hosting.

The Oil magnate (Babalola) says the club will continue to do its best to contribute to the growth of the slamming and dunking in Nigeria and Africa.



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D1 Round 6: Alexandria hand Alba Iulia their first loss - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in D1, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

Round 6 in D1 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Alexandria where host Alexandria (5-1) beat league's leader Alba Iulia (5-1) 62-56 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Alba Iulia. Alba Iulia was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Alexandria forced 31 Alba Iulia turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Alba Iulia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American center Kari Laplante (195-89, college: USC) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Serbian guard Marija Prlja (163-87) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Nadia Parker (191-87, college: USC) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Alexandria moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Alba Iulia. Alba Iulia will play next round against Craiova trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Alexandria will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Satu Mare on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked CSM Targoviste as it allowed them to take a leadership position. CSM Targoviste defeated 7th ranked Satu Mare at home 60-51. It was a good game for American power forward Monique Coker (188-82, college: ODU) who led her team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Olena Samburska contributed with 19 points for the winners. Bosnian guard Amra Mehmedic (177-81) replied with 11 points and 6 rebounds for Satu Mare. Undefeated CSM Targoviste (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Satu Mare at the other side keeps the seventh place with two games lost. Satu Mare will play next round against strong Alexandria trying to get back on the winning streak. CSM Targoviste will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Cluj Napoca on the road.
Oradea can celebrate finally their first win this season after five consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Iasi (0-7) 60-47 on Saturday. Odessa Williams had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Danielle Walker with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Oradea (1-5) left bottom position moving up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. It was Iasi's seventh loss in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Oradea will meet Olimpia (#12) in the next round. Iasi will play against Brasov (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Iasi (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 75-33 loss to fifth ranked ICIM Arad (6-1) in Arad. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Monika Boriga notched 15 points to lead the effort. ICIM Arad's coach Zoran Visic felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ICIM Arad have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Iasi at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. ICIM Arad's next round opponent will be Targu Mures (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Iasi will play against Brasov (#11) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

Rest of the games of round 6 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Sp.Studentesc defeated Rapid in Bucuresti 68-61. Craiova smashed Olimpia at home 95-67. Targu Mures destroyed Brasov on the opponent's court 79-39. ICIM Arad outscored Timisoara in a home game 78-50. Satu Mare rolled over Rapid on the road 91-60.
The best stats of 6th round was 20 points and 26 rebounds by Carla Bartee of Craiova.


Rapid - Sp.Studentesc 61-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Rapid's (1-5) home loss to tenth ranked Sp.Studentesc (3-3) 61-68. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 16-13. But Rapid won second period 12-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Sp.Studentesc won last quarter 19-14. They also forced 23 Rapid turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Rapid helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Wilhelmina Wilson (186-82, college: S.Mississippi) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Bosnian power forward Alma Kovacevic (186-83) supported her with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Even a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds by center Andra Ionescu (190-88) did not help to save the game for Rapid. Guard Ana Pavel (167-87) added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Four Rapid players scored in double figures. Sp.Studentesc moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Timisoara. Rapid lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with five games lost. Sp.Studentesc's next round opponent will be Sf.Gheorghe (#15) in Sfantu Gheorghe and are hoping to win another game. Rapid will play on the road against Timisoara (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sp.Studentesc: W.Wilson 20+10reb+2ast, L.Otrocol 17+4reb+3ast, A.Kovacevic 15+15reb+1ast, T.Kilin 4+3ast, T.Lungu 4+1reb, A.Cuatu 4+1reb+1ast
Rapid: A.Pavel 17+11reb, A.Ionescu 14+14reb+2ast, C.Ene 14+3reb+3ast, M.Nicolaescu 12+6reb+6ast, N.Burlakova 4+4reb+1ast, G.Vlad 0
gschID: 131316


Targoviste - Satu Mare 60-51

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked CSM Targoviste as it allowed them to take a leadership position. CSM Targoviste defeated 7th ranked Satu Mare at home 60-51. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Satu Mare won third quarter 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSM Targoviste forced 22 Satu Mare turnovers. It was a good game for American power forward Monique Coker (188-82, college: ODU) who led her team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Ukrainian swingman Olena Samburska (172-89, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Bosnian guard Amra Mehmedic (177-81) replied with 11 points and 6 rebounds and French-American center Melissa Washington (195-85, college: Wake Forest, agency: Merit Sports) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Satu Mare. CSM Targoviste (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Satu Mare at the other side keeps the seventh place with two games lost. Satu Mare will play next round against strong Alexandria trying to get back on the winning streak. CSM Targoviste will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Cluj Napoca on the road.
Top scorers:
Targoviste: O.Samburska 19+3reb, M.Coker 19+9reb, C.Givens 10+3reb+2ast, O.Zherzherunova 6+10reb, F.Diaconu 4+1reb+3ast, P.Cristina Ciocan 2+4reb+4ast
Satu Mare: A.Mehmedic 11+6reb+2ast, M.Ivan 10+2reb+1ast, M.Washington 10+8reb, A.Parau 6+1reb+1ast, A.Orosz 6+2reb, C.Pop 5+2reb
gschID: 131318


Alexandria - Alba Iulia 62-56

Round 6 in D1 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Alexandria where host Alexandria (5-1) beat league's leader Alba Iulia (5-1) 62-56 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Alba Iulia. Alba Iulia was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Alexandria forced 31 Alba Iulia turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Alba Iulia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American center Kari Laplante (195-89, college: USC) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. Serbian guard Marija Prlja (163-87) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Nadia Parker (191-87, college: USC) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and Russian-Israeli forward Ekaterina Abramzon (185-87) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Alexandria moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Alba Iulia. Alba Iulia will play next round against Craiova trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Alexandria will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Satu Mare on the road.
Top scorers:
Alexandria: K.Laplante 18+14reb+2ast, M.Prlja 17+7reb+2ast, A.Chivu 15+5reb+2ast, M.McIntyre 8+3reb+2ast, N.Graboski 4+7reb+2ast, C.Teodorescu 0
Alba Iulia: N.Parker 14+11reb, E.Abramzon 11+8reb+1ast, T.Harrison 11+5reb+3ast, B.Salley 9+5reb+1ast, V.Dinca 8+9reb, L.Manta 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 131311


Craiova - Olimpia 95-67

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Craiova (5-1) smashed at home 12th ranked Olimpia (1-5) 95-67. The game without a history. Craiova led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Olimpia to an opponent 22.8 percent shooting from the field compared to 59.6 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Olimpia 61-24 including a 47-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Craiova brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Olimpia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Carla Bartee (182-85, college: Mississippi) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 26 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Brandie Hoskins (175-85) supported her with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Craiova players scored in double figures. Even 20 points by forward Gabriela Munteanu (177-88) did not help to save the game for Olimpia. Swingman Sonia Ursu (175-93) added 12 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Craiova moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Olimpia lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. Craiova's next round opponent will be Alba Iulia (#5) on the road. Olimpia will play against Oradea (#13) in Oradea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Craiova: B.Hoskins 20+5reb+4ast, C.Bartee 20+26reb+1ast, A.Stefan 17+5reb, E.Sara Greer 13+10reb+2ast, N.Mikic 12+6reb+1ast, J.Simionca 7+2reb
Olimpia: G.Munteanu 20+2reb, S.Ursu 12+7reb+3ast, A.Maria Grigore 11+3reb, A.Dumitrache 9+3reb, R.Filip 6+3reb+2ast, V.Lache 3+1ast
gschID: 131312


Oradea - Iasi 60-47

Oradea can celebrate finally their first win this season after five consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Iasi (0-7) 60-47 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Oradea. Iasi managed to win third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Iasi's 22. Oradea forced 28 Iasi turnovers. American forward Odessa Williams (188-86, college: Longwood) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Alexandra Vlaicu (178-91) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists during the contest. Williams is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American guard Danielle Walker (178-86, college: Clark Atlanta) with 14 points and 8 rebounds and center Doinita Panait (182-90) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Oradea (1-5) left bottom position moving up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. It was Iasi's seventh loss in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Oradea will meet Olimpia (#12) in the next round. Iasi will play against Brasov (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Oradea: O.Williams 19+10reb, A.Vlaicu 16+2reb+5ast, R.Chis 11+2reb, A.Maria Meszaros 6+5reb+2ast, L.Ulica 4+6reb, A.Gherle 2+1reb+1ast
Iasi: D.Panait 14+6reb, D.Walker 14+8reb+3ast, B.Alaiba 9+2reb+1ast, C.Johnson 6+14reb, M.Cioroiu 4+6reb+5ast, R.Nagit 0
gschID: 131313


Brasov - Targu Mures 39-79

Very expected game when 11th ranked Brasov (1-5) was rolled over at home by fourth ranked Targu Mures (5-1) 79-39. The game without a history. Targu Mures led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Brasov to just 6 points in first quarter and to 14 points in first half. Targu Mures dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Brasov's 22. Targu Mures forced 19 Brasov turnovers and outrebounded them 37-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. American guard Veronica Hicks (175-89, college: Michigan) notched 12 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the effort and the former international center Bianca Vescan (186-78) supported her with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Five Targu Mures players scored in double figures. Even 14 points and 5 rebounds by Moldovan-Uzbekistani center Olga Cazac (187-74, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) did not help to save the game for Brasov. Serbian guard Nikolina Nikolic (178-91) added 12 points. Brasov's coach Dan Calancea gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Targu Mures have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Brasov lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with five games lost. Targu Mures' next round opponent will be league's second-placed ICIM Arad at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Brasov will play against Iasi (#16) in Iasi.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: C.Graham 19+4reb+3ast, B.Vescan 18+9reb, K.Beachem 12+5reb+1ast, V.Hicks 12+8reb+8ast, C.Cutas 11+7reb+4ast, A.Pop 5+4reb
Brasov: O.Cazac 14+5reb+2ast, N.Nikolic 12+3reb+2ast, G.Plavitu 7+2reb, J.Kajdacsi 6+8reb, D.Dobre 0, S.Fairbanks 0
gschID: 131314


ICIM Arad - Timisoara 78-50

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked ICIM Arad (6-1) outscored at home 8th ranked Timisoara (3-3) 78-50. The game without a history. ICIM Arad led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Timisoara to just 4 points in third quarter. ICIM Arad dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Timisoara's 24. They outrebounded Timisoara 43-21 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Stanecia Graham (186-86, college: Washburn) notched 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Porchia Green (176-87, college: Ball St.) supported her with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 14 points by the former international guard Ancuta Stoenescu (169-80, agency: Data Plus Group) did not help to save the game for Timisoara. Serbian guard Jovana Vukoje (174-86) added 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. ICIM Arad have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Timisoara at the other side keeps the eighth position with three games lost. ICIM Arad's next round opponent will be Targu Mures (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Timisoara will play against Rapid (#14) in Bucuresti.
Top scorers:
ICIM Arad: S.Graham 20+5reb+1ast, K.Campbell 12+10reb, P.Green 10+10reb+4ast, S.Milovanovic 8+1reb+2ast, L.Dragoescu 8+3reb, G.Toma 8+6reb
Timisoara: A.Stoenescu 14+3reb, J.Vukoje 13+2reb+2ast, A.Haas 8+3reb+3ast, C.Morosan 7+3reb+1ast, A.Stoiedin 4+2reb, M.Osterman 4
gschID: 131315


Round 4
Rapid - Satu Mare 60-91

Not a big story in a game in Bucuresti where 11th ranked Rapid (1-5) was outplayed by seventh ranked Satu Mare (3-2) 91-60. The game was mostly controlled by Satu Mare. Rapid was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rapid to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Rapid 47-28 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Satu Mare players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Rapid's players. International forward Claudia Pop (185-89) notched 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and international guard Annemarie Parau (175-84, agency: LBM Management) supported her with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Satu Mare players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 7 rebounds by center Andra Ionescu (190-88) did not help to save the game for Rapid. Center Cristina Perta (187-78) added 16 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Satu Mare maintains seventh position with 3-2 record. Rapid lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with five games lost. Satu Mare's next round opponent will be higher ranked Alexandria (#4) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Rapid will play against Timisoara (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Satu Mare: C.Pop 18+6reb+3ast, R.Felicia Giurgiu 12+1reb, M.Ivan 11+5reb+1ast, A.Parau 10+8reb+7ast, A.Walker 10+7reb+1ast, M.Washington 9+8reb+1ast
Rapid: A.Ionescu 18+7reb+3ast, C.Perta 16+7reb, C.Ene 13+4reb, R.Bejan 4, N.Burlakova 4+2reb+2ast, A.Pavel 3+2reb
gschID: 154053


Round 8
ICIM Arad - Iasi 75-33

Bottom-ranked Iasi (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 75-33 loss to fifth ranked ICIM Arad (6-1) in Arad. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game without a history. ICIM Arad led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Iasi to just 3 points in first quarter and to 12 points in first half. ICIM Arad forced 22 Iasi turnovers and outrebounded them 34-18 including 22 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for ICIM Arad especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. The former international swingman Monika Boriga (176-74) notched 15 points to lead the effort and American forward Stanecia Graham (186-86, college: Washburn) supported her with 11 points and 6 rebounds. ICIM Arad's coach Zoran Visic felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 7 points and 10 rebounds by American center Ceciley Johnson (188, college: W.Texas A&M) did not help to save the game for Iasi. Guard Lavinia Mitachi (163-91) added 6 points and 4 assists. ICIM Arad have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Iasi at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. ICIM Arad's next round opponent will be Targu Mures (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Iasi will play against Brasov (#11) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
ICIM Arad: M.Boriga 15+3ast, S.Graham 11+6reb+1ast, S.Milovanovic 8+6reb+3ast, P.Green 8+1reb+2ast, G.Toma 7+4reb+1ast, K.Sowinski 7+6reb
Iasi: D.Walker 8+2reb, C.Johnson 7+10reb, D.Panait 6+1reb, L.Mitachi 6+1reb+4ast, M.Cioroiu 4+4reb, G.Necula 2
gschID: 154956




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


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Gaati WEREMA
  Sp.Stude.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Werema, Sp.Stude.21.8 
 2. Nikolic, Brasov21.6 
 3. Hoskins, Craiova21.5 
 4. Ferenczi, Cluj N.18.8 
 5. Parker, Alba Iulia17.3 
 6. Givens, Targoviste17.0 
 7. Pop, Satu Mare15.8 
 8. Mikic, Craiova15.3 
 9. Williams, Oradea15.2 
 10. Prlja, Alexandria14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Judit KAJDACSI
  Brasov
  (192-C-79)
  Avg: 13
 1. Kajdacsi, Brasov13.0 
 2. Williams, Oradea12.7 
 3. Bartee, Craiova11.7 
 4. Johnson, Iasi10.9 
 5. Beachem, Targu M.10.8 
 6. Parker, Alba Iulia10.3 
 7. Greer, Craiova10.2 
 8. Laplante, Alexandr.8.7 
 9. Graboski, Alexandr.8.5 
 10. Perta, Rapid8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marija PRLJA
  Alexandria
  (163-G-87)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Prlja, Alexandria5.7 
 2. Hicks, Targu Mures5.2 
 3. Nicolaescu, Rapid4.8 
 4. Harrison, Alba Iul.4.3 
 5. Ciocan, Targoviste4.2 
 6. Hoskins, Craiova4.0 
 7. Salley, Alba Iulia3.7 
 8. Vukoje, Timisoara3.7 
 9. Ferenczi, Cluj N.3.6 
 10. Graham, Targu M.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marija PRLJA
  Alexandria
  (163-G-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Prlja, Alexandria4.7 
 2. Givens, Targoviste3.8 
 3. Abramzon, Alba Iul.3.8 
 4. Parker, Alba Iulia3.3 
 5. Hicks, Targu Mures3.3 
 6. Williams, Oradea3.2 
 7. Ferenczi, Cluj N.3.2 
 8. Beachem, Targu M.3.0 
 9. Salley, Alba Iulia3.0 
 10. Wilson, Sp.Stude.2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Olena ZHERZHERUNOVA
  Targov.
  (191-C/F-78)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Zherzherunov., Tar.2.8 
 2. Greer, Craiova2.0 
 3. Parker, Alba Iulia1.7 
 4. Chelariu, Olimpia1.7 
 5. Walker, Satu Mare1.6 
 6. Kovacevic, Sp.Stu.1.2 
 7. Sowinski, ICIM A.1.1 
 8. Pricop, Cluj Napoca1.0 
 9. Cutas, Targu Mures0.8 
 10. Kajdacsi, Brasov0.8 


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Extraliga, Round 6: Good Angels hands first loss to Ruzomberok - by Eurobasket News
Round Six of the Slovakian Extraliga was played last weekend. Good Angels grabbed 64-65 road win against MBK Ruzomberok becoming the only undefeated team in the league. Ruza dropped to second place with 5-1 record.

MBK Ruzomberok - Good Angels Kosice 64:65 (20:17, 13:8, 16:9, 15:31)
Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) led Good Angels in scoring with 18 points. Danielle McCray (180-G/F-87, college: Kansas) followed her with one point less. For the hosts, Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) shined with 20 pts.

BK SOUZ Cassovia Kosice - SBK Samorn 74:86 (21:19, 20:25, 16:23, 17:19)
Road win for Samorin, mostly owing to Teena Wickett (192-C/F-88, college: Texas Tech) who drained 23 points. Timea Sujova (173-G-84) helped her team with 18 pts.

MBK Region Roznava - Dannax Sport Kosice 56:48 (12:16, 11:14, 14:10, 19:8)
Anna Hnidzikova (188-C-87) stepped up for the hosts with 15 points. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) delivered 12 pts in defeat.

Round Eight is scheduled for the next weekend.

Extraliga standings
1. Dobri Anjeli 6-0
2. MBK Ruzomb. 5-1
3. Poprad 4-2
4. Samorin 3-3
5. Roznava 2-4
6. Dannax Sport 1-5
7. Cassovia K. 0-6


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


LNA Round 4: First victory of Pully - by Eurobasket News
Pully's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after two consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Highflyers (1-3) 76-44 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Pully. Highflyers managed to win second period 20-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Highflyers to just 3 points in fourth quarter. Pully forced 33 Highflyers turnovers. Strangely Highflyers outrebounded Pully 47-31 including a 22-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Alendra Brown (191-F/C-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Senegalese guard Diodio Diouf (170-84) contributed with 25 points and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Amber Petillon (193-82, college: Richmond) replied with 9 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks for Highflyers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pully (1-2) left bottom position moving up to fifth place. Highflyers at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Ovronnaz-Mart. and Nyon. Pully are looking forward to face higher ranked Riva Basket (#3) in Riva San Vitale in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Highflyers will play at home against Hope-GBA in Bernex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LNA top team - Fribourg (4-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Ovronnaz-Mart. (1-3) in Martigny 95-52. Worth to mention a quality performance of American center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds (on 17-of-22 shooting from the field) and Dana Bozovic who added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Fribourg's coach Romain Gaspoz felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Barbados swingman Jamila Griffith (183-82, college: Md-Eastern Shore) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Fribourg have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-0 record. Ovronnaz-Mart. lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with Nyon and Highflyers. Fribourg will play against league's second-placed Helios in Vetroz in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ovronnaz-Mart. will play at home against the league's second-placed Helios (#2) in Vetroz to get more than just one victory in their record.
Bottom-ranked Basel is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their third consecutive match to third ranked Riva Basket (3-1) 70-47 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by Shannon McCallum who had that evening a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Even 14 points and 8 rebounds by Marisa Heckendorn did not help to save the game for Basel. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Riva Basket maintains third position with 3-1 record behind leader Fribourg. Loser Basel still closes the standings with three games lost. Riva Basket will meet at home Pully (#5) in the next round. Basel will play against Nyon (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Nyon supposed to be also worth to mention about. Top-ranked Helios (3-0) played at the court of 6th ranked Nyon (1-3). Helios smashed Nyon 77-44. Caroline Turin fired 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Helios have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 3-0 record behind leader Fribourg. Nyon lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with three games lost. Helios' next round opponent will be Ovronnaz-Mart. (#8) in Martigny where they are favorite. Nyon will play on the road against Basel.



Ovronnaz-Mart. - Fribourg 52-95

LNA top team - Fribourg (4-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Ovronnaz-Mart. (1-3) in Martigny 95-52. The game without a history. Fribourg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ovronnaz-Mart. to just 6 points in second quarter. Fribourg dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Ovronnaz-Mart.'s 34. Fribourg forced 25 Ovronnaz-Mart. turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Ovronnaz-Mart.'s players. Worth to mention a quality performance of American center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds (on 17-of-22 shooting from the field) and forward Dana Bozovic (180-93) who added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Fribourg players scored in double figures. Fribourg's coach Romain Gaspoz felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Barbados swingman Jamila Griffith (183-82, college: Md-Eastern Shore) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and Hungarian forward Ildiko Szakacs (187-81) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Fribourg have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-0 record. Ovronnaz-Mart. lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with Nyon and Highflyers. Fribourg will play against league's second-placed Helios in Vetroz in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ovronnaz-Mart. will play at home against the league's second-placed Helios (#2) in Vetroz to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Ovronnaz-Mart.: G.Jamila 13+8reb+2ast, J.Griffith 9+2reb+3ast, C.Ambrosio 9+4reb, I.Szakacs 8+8reb+1ast, M.Carron 7+1reb, M.Darbellay 2+6reb
Fribourg: C.Trahan 35+14reb+3ast, D.Bozovic 13+6reb+4ast, L.Mazzocchi 13+6reb+1ast, B.Mueller 13+2reb+6ast, M.Milenkovic 7+1reb+1ast, D.Monnier 5+1reb
gschID: 145553


Nyon - Helios 44-77

The game in Nyon supposed to be also worth to mention about. Top-ranked Helios (3-0) played at the court of 6th ranked Nyon (1-3). Helios smashed Nyon 77-44. The game without a history. Helios led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 31 Nyon turnovers and outrebounded them 56-25 including a 26-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. International forward Caroline Turin (173-87) fired 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Whitney Boddie (175-87, college: Auburn, agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American forward Erica Beverly (183, college: Hartford) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and French guard Stephanie Pognon (172-79) added 10 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Helios have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 3-0 record behind leader Fribourg. Nyon lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with three games lost. Helios' next round opponent will be Ovronnaz-Mart. (#8) in Martigny where they are favorite. Nyon will play on the road against Basel.
Top scorers:
Nyon: E.Beverly 15+12reb+2ast, M.Favre 10+5reb, S.Pognon 10+3reb+4ast, A.Murith 4+1ast, R.Durand 3, A.Toumi 2+1reb
Helios: C.Turin 19+7reb+4ast, W.Boddie 14+10reb+3ast, J.Michaux 13+8reb+4ast, A.Hajdune Csaszar 8+14reb, L.Volpe 7+1reb+1ast, S.Kershaw 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 145554


Riva Basket - Basel 70-47

Bottom-ranked Basel is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their third consecutive match to third ranked Riva Basket (3-1) 70-47 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Riva Basket. Basel managed to win fourth quarter 12-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Riva Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Basel's 30. Riva Basket forced 20 Basel turnovers. The winners were led by American guard Shannon McCallum (177-87, college: Charlotte) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and Canadian-Jamaican forward Rhona McKenzie (183-76, agency: LBM Management) supported her with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Even 14 points and 8 rebounds by international forward Marisa Heckendorn (170-84) did not help to save the game for Basel. American center Megan Skouby (193-86, college: Iowa) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Riva Basket maintains third position with 3-1 record behind leader Fribourg. Loser Basel still closes the standings with three games lost. Riva Basket will meet at home Pully (#5) in the next round. Basel will play against Nyon (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Basel: M.Heckendorn 14+8reb+1ast, M.Skouby 11+5reb+1ast, C.Hart 9+4reb+3ast, E.Moldovanyi 6+10reb, E.Haas 3+2reb+2ast, R.Machler 2+3reb+1ast
Riva Basket: S.McCallum 30+11reb+4ast, R.McKenzie 15+14reb, J.Jakab 8+2reb+1ast, S.Franscella 5+2ast, M.Broggini 4+2reb, L.Travaini 4
gschID: 145551


Pully - Highflyers 76-44

Pully's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after two consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Highflyers (1-3) 76-44 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Pully. Highflyers managed to win second period 20-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Highflyers to just 3 points in fourth quarter. Pully forced 33 Highflyers turnovers. Strangely Highflyers outrebounded Pully 47-31 including a 22-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Alendra Brown (191-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Senegalese guard Diodio Diouf (170-84) contributed with 25 points and 4 assists for the winners. American power forward Amber Petillon (193-82, college: Richmond) replied with 9 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks and naturalized Serbian power forward Pamela Palamar (183-92) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Highflyers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pully (1-2) left bottom position moving up to fifth place. Highflyers at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Ovronnaz-Mart. and Nyon. Pully are looking forward to face higher ranked Riva Basket (#3) in Riva San Vitale in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Highflyers will play at home against Hope-GBA in Bernex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Highflyers: L.Cricco 10+4reb+2ast, P.Palamar 10+8reb+1ast, A.Petillon 9+14reb+1ast, K.Milenkovic 7+2reb+1ast, E.Miroci 4+7reb+4ast, R.Diakite 2+7reb
Pully: A.Brown 26+10reb+3ast, D.Diouf 25+3reb+4ast, T.Zali 9+5reb+1ast, A.Gavin 8+4reb+1ast, A.Budowski 5+4reb+2ast, L.Martin 3+1ast
gschID: 145552




LNSA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Celeste TRAHAN
  Fribourg
  (184-C-85)
  Avg: 30.5
 1. Trahan, Fribourg30.5 
 2. Diouf, Pully24.0 
 3. McCallum, Riva B.20.2 
 4. Michaux, Helios18.7 
 5. Studer, Hope-GBA16.0 
 6. Griffith, Ovronn.15.9 
 7. Turin, Helios15.0 
 8. Skouby, Basel14.7 
 9. Mazzocchi, Fribo.14.0 
 10. Beverly, Nyon13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Celeste TRAHAN
  Fribourg
  (184-C-85)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Trahan, Fribourg16.5 
 2. Petillon, Highflye.14.8 
 3. McKenzie, Riva B.14.3 
 4. Diakite, Highflyers9.0 
 5. Hajdune Csas., Hel.8.7 
 6. Griffith, Ovronn.8.4 
 7. Grobet, Hope-GBA8.3 
 8. Boddie, Helios8.0 
 9. Beverly, Nyon7.8 
 10. Studer, Hope-GBA7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Diouf, Pully6.3 
 2. Boddie, Helios6.0 
 3. Gur, Nyon3.5 
 4. Pognon, Nyon3.0 
 5. Studer, Hope-GBA3.0 
 6. Thalmann, Fribourg3.0 
 7. Mazzocchi, Fribo.2.8 
 8. Mueller, Fribourg2.8 
 9. Turin, Helios2.7 
 10. Raboud, Ovronnaz.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Diodio DIOUF
  Pully
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Diouf, Pully6.7 
 2. Michaux, Helios4.7 
 3. Kershaw, Helios4.0 
 4. Pognon, Nyon3.8 
 5. McCallum, Riva B.3.8 
 6. Trahan, Fribourg3.5 
 7. McKenzie, Riva B.3.5 
 8. Gur, Nyon3.3 
 9. Turin, Helios3.0 
 10. Raboud, Ovronnaz.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Amber PETILLON
  Highflyers
  (193-F/C-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Petillon, Highflye.3.0 
 2. Skouby, Basel2.7 
 3. Diakite, Highflyers2.0 
 4. Beverly, Nyon1.8 
 5. Trahan, Fribourg1.8 
 6. Palamar, Highflyers1.3 
 7. McCallum, Riva B.1.2 
 8. Hajdune Csas., Hel.1.0 
 9. Budowski, Pully0.8 
 10. Stojanovic, Hope-.0.7 


Standings - LNF
LNA Standings