EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/24/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


San Martin add Clarence Matthews - by Eurobasket News
San Martin de Corrientes strengthened their roster. They added Clarence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) to the squad. The centre started the previous season in Uruguay. Clarence Matthews played for Defensor Sporting Club. He tallied 16.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in LUB. In Liga Americas the centre delivered 21.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per appearance. Previously Clarence Matthews had stints in Argentina, , Chile, IBL, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Colombia. Latinbasket.com named the player All-Venezuelan LPB Centre of the Year in 2009. He also participated at LPB All-Star Game in 2009 and 2010. Clarence Matthews also made it into All-Uruguay LUB All-Imports Team in 2009.

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  AUSTRALIA   


Australians Abroad: Centres - by Ian Moss
The hard work put in by Australian players based overseas often goes unnoticed, so here is a quick summary of some recent stats of just some of the Australian basketballers currently playing overseas, starting with the big men - the centres.

19/11/2011 - Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) (Ikaros, Greece) had 27 points, 13 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal in 37 minutes in a 68-83 loss to Aris.


19/11/2011 - Ater Majok (208-F-87, college: Connecticut) (Bemaco Nitra, Slovakia) had 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and an impressive 5 blocks in 21 minutes in an 80-63 win over Komarno.

20/11/2011 - David Andersen (212-C-80) (Montepaschi Siena, Italy) had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in 20 minutes in a 79-74 win over Cimberio VA.

20/11/2011 - Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) (Panathinaikos, Greece) had 4 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal in 9 minutes in 74-70 win over Olympiakos.

Next up, we'll bring you some recent stats of the Australian forwards plying their trade overseas.


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  BAHRAIN   


D1, Round 3: Al Hala - Al Najma 102-77 - by Eurobasket
In third round of Bahrain Premiere League Al Najma lost against defending champs Al Hala 77-102. Al Hala was led by Patrick Simpson (206-F-83, college: SMU). American forward had 29 points and well over 10 rebounds. For Al Najma Jonah Baize (198-F-87, college: Clemson) was the best player on the court scoring 20 points and adding 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Sinisa Tepavcevic leaves Zrinjski - by Eurobasket News
Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-84) is no longer a member of Zrinjski. The 27-year-old forward asked for contract termination and will not play for Zrinjski any more. Tepavcevic joined the club during the pre-season. However, he had only 3.3 ppg and 5 rpg for 3 games in Balkan league. Both sides had much higher expectations. Sinisa Tepavcevic spent last two seasons with Ulcinjska Rivijera Ulcijn. In the latest one he had 10.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 1.9 apg for 11 BIBL games. He helped Ulcinj to reach the Quarterfinals. In Montenegrin league, Ulcinj reached Semis. Before Ulcinj, Tepavcevic played for Primorie Herceg Novi, Mogren and Niksic.

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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Siauliai 6-0 
 2. Rudupis 5-1 
 3. Ventspils 4-2 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 4-2 
 5. Juventus 3-4 
 6. Tartu Ulikool 3-4 
 7. Pieno Zvaigzdes 2-2 
 8. Kedainiai 2-5 
 9. Triumph 1-1 
 10. Baltai Kaunas 1-5 
 11. Liepaja 1-6 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Naglis Palangos 4-0 
 2. Neptunas 3-1 
 3. Tarvas 1-2 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 0-2 
 5. Jelgava 0-3 
Group B
 1. Techasas 5-1 
 2. Sakalai 4-1 
 3. Valmiera 4-2 
 4. Turiba 2-3 
 5. TTU/Kalev 1-4 
 6. Rapla 0-5 


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  BELGIUM   


EuroChallenge: Okapi Aalstar beat Etha in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News
Etha- Okapi Aalstar 60:81

Okapi Aalstar beat Etha in Nicosia for 2-1 record in Group F. Belgian Okapi Aalstar crushed hosts with 19-point difference 80:61.
Okapi Aalstar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for American forward Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 4 assists. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan) helped adding 10 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) with 12 points and Shawn Ray (194-SF-80, college: N.C.Central) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Okapi Aalstar maintains second place in Group F with 2-1 record behind leader Triumph. The latter conquer Group F as they improved to 3-0 record. The Russian team kept Olin Edirne winless after 70:61 in the start of Day 3. Defending Cypriot champion Etha keeps the third position with two games lost.

Etha: Jackson 12, Dejan Cup 12, Ken Tutt (185-PG-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) 8, Ray 8+8reb, Giorgos Anastasiadis (194-SF-77) 8
Aalstar: Christopher Copeland 18, Justin Holiday (198-F, college: Washington) 15, Nate Fox (206-F/C-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine) 13, Jorn Steinbach (181-PG-89) 12



EuroChallenge: Belgian Antwerp Giants outleveled on the road French Chalon - by Eurobasket News
Chalon -Antwerp Giants 65:90

Belgian Antwerp Giants outleveled on the road French Chalon to tie them at 2-1 record on top. The guests grabbed easy 90:65 win in France.
Antwerp Giants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.3 percent from the field. Antwerp Giants shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) who scored 25 points and 7 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) who recorded 21 points and 5 assists and guard Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively.
Antwerp Giants keep a position of Group E leader, which they share with Chalon. Antwerp Giants will face bottom-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk at home in the next round.

Antwerp: Michael Roll 25, Darnell Wilson 18, Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) 13, Salah Mejri (216-C-86) 9
Chalon: Blake Schilb 21, Malcolm Delaney 14, Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) 8



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  BOSNIA   


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


D1: Round Eight review - by Eurobasket News
Round Eight of the Bosnian D1 is completed last night. Bosna ASA BHT grabbed 79-81 road win against Borac Nektar to keep the perfect score. The Sarajevo team stays on top of the standings with 7-0. Dzenan Rahimic (204-C/F-74) led Bosna once again. This time he had double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Sindis Demic (192-SF-83) scored 15 points, while Dino Hodzic (190-PG-90) helped with 10 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds. For the hosts, Nemanja Vranjes (188-G-88) shined with 25 points. His Borac dropped to 3-4. Also in Round 8, Mladost blasted Vogosca at home 114-74, while Zrinjski was too strong for Hercegovac 84-70. Varda handed 77-58 loss to Brotnjo and Capljina outplayed Servitium as a guest. Second ranked Igokea cruised past Celik in Zenica 80-97. Round Nine is scheduled for the next weekend.

D1 Standings
1. Bosna 7-0
2. Igokea 7-1
3. Capljina 6-2
4. Mladost 5-3
5. Leotar 4-3
6. Varda HE 4-3
7. Zrinjski HT 4-4
8. Borac Nektar 3-4
9. Hercegovac 3-4
10. Servitium 2-5
11. Brotnjo 2-6
12. Celik 1-6
13. Vogosca 0-7


Zrinjski to sign Ermin Jazvin and Mujo Tuljkovic - by Eurobasket News
According to Bosnian media, Zrinjski Mostar is close to sign two National Team players. Reportedly, Ermin Jazvin (210-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) and Mujo Tuljkovic (203-F-79, agency: Beo Basket) should officially join the club during the week.
Ermin Jazvin changed three teams last season. He started it with Ukrainian Dnipro Azot and in November moved to Greek Iraklis. There, Jazvin had 11.5 ppg and 6.1 rpg for 8 games in A1 league. In February, Jazvin was on the move again. He signed with Polish Energa Czarni Slupsk collecting 8.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 17 games.
Mujo Tuljkovic started this season with Hungarian Szolnok. He had 9.7 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 3 games in domestic championship, plus 5.5 ppg and 2.5 rpg for two EuroChallenge games. They parted ways in October.
According to reports, both players should sign open deals with Zrinjski.


Sinisa Tepavcevic leaves Zrinjski - by Eurobasket News
Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-84) is no longer a member of Zrinjski. The 27-year-old forward asked for contract termination and will not play for Zrinjski any more. Tepavcevic joined the club during the pre-season. However, he had only 3.3 ppg and 5 rpg for 3 games in Balkan league. Both sides had much higher expectations. Sinisa Tepavcevic spent last two seasons with Ulcinjska Rivijera Ulcijn. In the latest one he had 10.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 1.9 apg for 11 BIBL games. He helped Ulcinj to reach the Quarterfinals. In Montenegrin league, Ulcinj reached Semis. Before Ulcinj, Tepavcevic played for Primorie Herceg Novi, Mogren and Niksic.

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  BRAZIL   


Pinheiros/Sky edge Flamengo in overtime in NBB Round 2 - by Eurobasket News
Pinheiros/Sky kept their record perfect with an overtime road win 89:84 over Flamengo in NBB Round 2. The Paulista League champions got 29 points from Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) to tame Flamengo. The visitors got to a slow start. Flamengo took over early in the game building a 30:15 lead after ten minutes. But Pinheiros/Sky gradually came back to life. They cut the deficit to 4 points at halftime. Flamengo poured in 26 points in the third term to enjoy an 11-point buffer at the third intermission 70:59. However Pinheiros/Sky went on a 16:5 run in the fourth term and forced overtime. The visitors knocked down 14 points in the extra period to eke out a narrow win at the end. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) provided 17 points in the victory. Leandrinho Barbosa (190-PG-82) answered with 20 points for Flamengo. Caio Torres and Guillermo Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) had 16 points each in the loss.
Unitri/Universo also posted the second win in the season. They held off Winner/Limeira 87:82 at home court. Robert Day (197-F-82, agency: 011 Sports, college: W.Oregon) stepped up with 19 points for the hosts. Lucas Cipolini (206-F/C-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) and Luis Felipe Gruber (205-F-85) delivered 16 points each for the winners.
Uniceub/BRB got away with an 82:70 road victory over Joinville. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points apiece in the winning effort. Audrei Parisotto (195-G-84) had 19 points in the loss.


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Pinheiros/Sky 2-0 
 2. Unitri/Universo 2-0 
 3. Itabom/Bauru 1-0 
 4. S.Jose/Unimed 1-0 
 5. Uniceub/BRB 1-0 
 6. Vivo/Franca 1-0 
 7. Flamengo 1-1 
 8. Paulistano 1-1 
 9. Liga Sorocaba 0-0 
 10. Cia do Terno 0-1 
 11. Minas 0-1 
 12. Vila Velha 0-1 
 13. Winner/Limeira 0-1 
 14. Araraquara 0-2 
 15. Tijuca TC 0-2 


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  BULGARIA   


Yambol signs American point guard - by Eurobasket News
Mike Jefferson (178-G-84, college: High Point) will continue his career in Bulgaria. The American point guard penned a deal with Yambol for rest of the season. The 27-year-old player spent 2010/11 in Switzerland. He was a member of Neuchatel averaging 22.9 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 3.2 steals for 22 games in LNB. Neuchatel won the title in this competition and promotion to LNA. Jefferson was named Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB Player of the Year -11. In 2009/10, Mike Jefferson spent some time in Romania, ABA and Iceland. A year before that, he played for Swiss Geneva Devills. Mike Jefferson is a product of the High Point University, where he graduated in 2008. He had 13 ppg, 7 apg and 3.7 rpg as a senior.

Nikolai Peev steps down as Head Coach of Balkan - by Eurobasket News
Nikolai Peev is no longer a Head Coach of Balkan Botevgrad. The Bulgarian specialist stepped down on his position after home defeat in the latest round of NBL. Tundja Yambol celebrated in Botevgrad 70-77 and the home squad dropped to 1-5 record in the league. They started the season with bigger appetites. Nikolai Peev took over Balkan in March this year. He already worked with the team in the past. Balkan announced they are on the lookout for the new coach. It could be Bulgarian or coach from abroad. As mentioned above, Balkan has just one win in the league so far. They reached NBL Semifinals in 2010 and Finals in 2008.

Beroe stays perfect in Division A - by Eurobasket News
Round Five of the Bulgarian Division A was played last weekend. Beroe registered its fifth straight win to keep the first place in the league. This time Beroe handed 87-103 home loss to Overgas. Boyko Milenkov led the winners with 21 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds. He was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 31. Milen Dimitrov also was great adding 21 pts and 10 rebounds for Beroe. In other games, Shumen was better than Academik BL at home 83-77. Dunav grabbed 68-66 win against Chavdar, while Balkan II failed at home against U20 Cherno More 74-83. In the last game of the round, Academik PL cruised past Vidabasket on the road 69-96. Round Six is scheduled for Sunday.

Division A Standings
1. Beroe 5-0
2. Overgas 3-2
3. Academik BL 3-2
4. Cherno More U18 3-2
5. Academik PL 3-2
6. Vidabasket 3-2
7. Dunav 2007 3-2
8. Chavdar 1-4
9. Shumen 1-4
10. Balkan II 0-5


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  CANADA   


Moncton Miracles release Orr - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles have released 6'11 centre Randall Orr (6'10''-C/F-82, college: Georgia Perimeter) from their roster. The Miracles will be filling up their open position and details will be released once the transaction has been made.

'After starting the season the way that we have we need to make some changes until we find the winning combination of players,' said Head Coach/ General Manager Norris Bell.

The Miracles play their next game on the road against the London Lightning on Thursday, November 24th, 2011 at the John Labatt Centre. The Miracles next home game will be Friday, December 2nd against the London Lightning, 7pm tip off at the Moncton Coliseum.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Canadian Named National Basketball League of Canada MVP - by John Gary
courtesy basketball canada Halifax Raimen guard Joey Haywood has been namesd National Basketball league of Canada Playerof the Week. 'Joey has had a fantastic first week of his professional career and is well deserving of this acknowledgement,' said Halifax Rainmen President and CEO Andre Levingston. 'He has put up some big numbers for us and is certainly proving himself as not only a professional basketball player but also as one of the up and coming guards in our league.

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  CHINA   


Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Bayi Fubang 2-0 
 2. Beijing Ducks 2-0 
 3. Guandong ST 2-0 
 4. Guangsha L. 2-0 
 5. Shandong FB 2-0 
 6. Fujian XX 1-1 
 7. Liaoning H. 1-1 
 8. Qingdao DS 1-1 
 9. TianJin R. 1-1 
 10. Zhejiang C. 1-1 
 11. Shanxi Zh. 1-1 
 12. Foshan 0-1 
 13. Xinjiang F.T. 0-1 
 14. DongGuan L. 0-2 
 15. Jiangsu D. 0-2 
 16. Jilin NE T. 0-2 
 17. Shanghai S. 0-2 


Guangdong Rolls, Xinjiang Upset in Second Round of CBA - by Arthur Volbert
Zhejiang defeated Dongguan yesterday 101-73. Josh Boone led Zhejiang with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Cao Fei, a young guard, had 21 points and 5 rebounds. NBA refugee J. R. Smith had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. National team star Ding Jinhui had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Zhang Chunjun scored 10 and Zhang Dayu had 9. Josh Akognon led Dongguan with 14 points. Shavlik Randolph had 12 points and 5 rebounds. Gu Quan had 8 points and 4 rebounds. Qiu Biao scored 9 and He Zhongmian had 8. This was a very disappointing performance for winless Dongguan.

In today's games, Beijing edged Liaoning 102-101. Stephon Marbury had 30 points and 11 rebounds. Chen Lei scored 26. Randolph Morris had 24 points and 9 rebounds. U-19 star Zhai Xiaochuan had 10 points and 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. Young big man Zhu Yanxo had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Josh Powell had 24 points and 8 rebounds for Liaoning. Zhang Qingpeng had 19 points and 5 assists. Han Dejun had 14 points and 4 rebounds in 10 minutes. #25, an import, had 17 points and 6 rebounds. Li Xiaoxu had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Guo Ailun scored 8 points in 10 minutes. Yang Ming scored 8 points in 40 minutes.

Yi Jianlian (213-F/C-87) had 30 points and 17 rebounds as Guangdong blasted Jiangsu 105-90. Zhou Peng had 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Wang Shipeng had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. James Singleton had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Chen Jianghua had 6 points and 5 rebounds in 37 minutes. Wang Zheng had 6 points and 3 rebounds in 14 minutes. Guangdong does not have a second import, though likely they will add a good one when playoffs come around. #23, an import, had 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Jiangsu. Meng Da had 16 points and 3 rebounds. #50, an import, had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Hu Xuefeng scored 13. Liu Yahui and Yi Li scored 11.

Shandong edged Shanghai 98-95 in overtime. Allen Anderson had 32 points and 15 rebounds. Othello Hunter had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Sun Ji scored 14 and Cao Zhenhua scored 13. Sui Ran scored 8. Tao Hanlin had 6 points and 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. Mike Harris had 39 points and 18 rebounds for Shanghai. Ryan Forehan-Kelly had 15 points and 11 rebounds. 7-3 Zhang Zhaoxu had 13 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks, giving him 10 blocks in 2 games. Liu Wei had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Meng Lingyuan scored 10.

Shanxi blew out Xinjiang 102-80. Budding star Duan Jiangpeng scored 20, hitting 5 of 6 three-pointers. Charles Gaines had 25 points and 14 rebounds. #22, an import, had 20 points. Lv Xiaoming had 12 points and 6 assists. Zhang Xuewen scored 10. Meng Duo scored 19 points for Xinjiang, which sorely missed Quincy Douby as Patrick Mills has not yet arrived. Kenyon Martin had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Xu Guozhong scored 14. Bateer had 12 points and 6 rebounds.

Zhejiang Guangsha crushed Qingdao 111-94. Veteran Jin Lipeng scored 28. NBA refugee Wilson Chandler had 28 points and 12 rebounds. Wang Fei had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Zhao Dapeng scored 7 and Zhang Wei had 6. Guangsha did not use a second import and only used 8 players in the game. Lester Hudson had 37 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for Qingdao. #32, and import, had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Li Gen scored 11 and Cai Liang scored 10.

Wang Zhizhi and Wang Lei each scored 19 as Bayi edged Fujian 111-106. Xu Zhonghao had 14 points and 9 rebounds and Delehei also scored 14. Mo Ke and Zhang Bo scored 9. Young point guard Tian Yuxiang played 22 minutes and had 6 points and 4 rebounds. #45, an import, had 32 points and 16 rebounds for Fujian. Anthony Roberson had 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Zhao Tailong had 21 points and 9 rebounds. Yang Genglin had 12 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks. Guo Lei had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Zhang Nan scored 30 as Tianjin nipped Jilin 117-114. David Harrison had 24 points and 15 rebounds. Donnell Harvey had 22 points and 8 rebounds. Rony Fahed had 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Shen Tujan and Zhang Zhihan each scored 7. #20, an import, scored 36 points for Jilin but also had 9 turnovers. Osama Daghlas had 22 points and 7 assists. Jameel Watkins had 15 points and 6 rebounds. Zhang Biao scored 14. Lu Wei scored 12 and Li Tao had 11.



Xin Jiang Lost Their First Game - by Robert Wang
The 2nd round just finished tonight. Xin Jiang team lost their first season game against Shan Xi team at 80: 102 at their away game.
The other games are, Shan Dong 98:95 Shang Hai, Jiang Su 90:105 Guang Dong, Qing Dao 94:111 Guang Sha, Ba Yi 111:106 Fu Jian, Tian Jin 117:114 Ji Lin, Bei Jing 102:101 Liao Ning. The NBA star Wilson Chandler got 28 points and 12 rebounds. The Game between Zhe Jiang and Dong Guang last night was scored at 101: 73.


Injured JR Smith clashes with his CBA team - by Eurobasket News
When Zhejiang Golden Bulls signed NBA free agent Smith J.R. (6'6''-G-85) in September, they were notified he used to be a troublemaker.

They just did not expect the trouble to come so quickly.

In his debut game for the Golden Bulls in the Chinese Basketball Association league on Sunday, Smith J.R. contributed 20 points along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists in a 78-111 road loss to Guangdong Hongyuan, a not-so-impressive outcome considering his reportedly $3 million salary with the team, which is the highest in CBA. What was worse, he suffered a knee injury with 5:25 remaining. The video clip showed he twisted his knee in a penetration play, and then limped off the court in agony.

The hapless star, appearing to be in a discontented mood, covered his head with a towel at a courtside seat and declined medical attention from the team. After the game, he left with his sister, back to the hotel.

On Monday morning, he updated his Twitter and Weibo, saying he was on his way to Beijing to see a doctor, which triggered a spat with the team's manager Zhao Bing.

An irate Zhao posted a warning to Smith on Weibo Monday afternoon about his reckless leave, saying that the club wanted him back as soon as possible, or 'he will face the consequences.'

Smith, on the other end, responded 40 minutes later, saying the purpose of his leave is to get healthy, and suggested Zhao 'pick another profession' if he could not understand that.

He also denied that he was taking advantage of the injury to leave China, saying his goal is not to leave but to win, and health is one of the conditions of winning.

According to a Sina report, Smith underwent an MRI on his knee Tuesday morning in Beijing and will later fly back to Yiwu city in Zhejiang to meet the team to prepare for a home opener tonight.

Smith communicated with the team Monday night and reiterated his willingness to stay, says the report, but it will be based on his condition and he will negotiate with the team after his return.

An insider from the Golden Bulls reveals that the team was planning to waive Smith, who has been too demanding.

According to Zhao Bing, the club had provided Smith with a presidential suite at a cost of 6,880 yuan per day, arranged a special chef and spent 700,000 yuan in insurance as he requested. However, he wanted another villa in Shanghai or Hangzhou with a chauffeured car to commute for training in Yiwu.

Ding Wei, the team's head coach, also disclosed that Smith has missed training three times with illness excuses. And the team discovered that once he was actually shopping in Shanghai.

Courtesy of www.chinadaily.com.cn


Tyson Chandler not playing in China - by Eurobasket News
Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) has decided not to accept an offer to play basketball in China during the NBA lockout.

The Dallas Mavericks free-agent center told ESPN The Magazine that he rejected a lucrative contract offer from the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions.

'I was considering it but I don't think I'm going to do it,' Chandler said in a text message. 'It was hard to turn down.'

Chandler, who will be one of the hottest free agents on the market after helping the Mavericks defeat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, said he will probably stay in the United States during the lockout and forgo any other overseas opportunities.

Chandler, 29, is coming off his best season as a pro in which he was credited, most notably by Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, with changing the defensive culture in Dallas after his arrival via trade in the summer of 2010 in what became the first championship run in franchise history.

But in a recent interview with 'The Ben and Skin Show' on ESPN Radio in Dallas (103.3 FM), Chandler expressed concern that the league's next collective bargaining agreement might be too restrictive -- especially on teams in luxury-tax territory -- to bring him back.

'With the collective bargaining agreement and some of the things that they're trying to enforce, it would basically prohibit me from coming back,' Chandler said in the interview. 'It would take it out of my hands -- and the organization's -- because it would almost be pretty much impossible for me to re-sign. I just think that can be the worst thing that can happen.'

Courtesy of ESPN


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  COLOMBIA   


FEDERATION CUP FINALS 2011, GAME 4. - by Victor Garcia
Orgullo Paisa won the game 4th game of the final playoff to tied the series and force at least a sixth game in Bucaramanga.
Both teams fight for the lead from the begining, Bukaros won the first and third quarter but the key moment of the game was at the end of the third quarter with Bucaros 14 points ahead, the coach Carlos Parra give a break to its starters and the backup point guard David Reyes had three turnovers in the last minute and half of the quarter wich Orgullo Paisa become in easy baskets to finish the quarter just 5 points behind.
In the last quarter the game starts to be very phisical and Orgullo Paisa with the ispiration or Ortiz and Guillent took a short lead, in Bukaros Juan Herrea was playing an awsome game, but Bukaros missed its last two posetions in hands of Dermarr Johnson.
ORGULLO PAISA 85 - S. Ortiz 26 pts.
BUKAROS 83 - J. Herrera 22pts.

SERIES TIED 2-2


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  CROATIA   


KK Cedevita Zagreb lands Bagaric - by Eurobasket Center
KK Cedevita Zagreb strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old center Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-130kg-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group). Bagaric played most recently at Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (Spain). He used the option at his disposition to exit from the contract. While playing 4 games for B.de Rueda V. this season he averaged 5.0ppg and 3.8rpg in just 13 mpg. Bagaric is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Germany, Greece, Italy and Spain. Bagaric will join KK Cedevita Zagreb, 2nd placed in the Adriatic ABA League with a 7-1 balance, and will play also in Eurocup where the team is actually 1-1 in its Group.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  CYPRUS   


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


A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ryne SMITH
  Purdue
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 26
 1. Smith, Purdue26.0 
 2. Wattad, Chattano.24.0 
 3. Smith, NC-Wilmi.23.0 
 4. Stoglin, Maryland22.0 
 5. Oladipo, Indiana21.0 
 6. McDougald, Jackso.21.0 
 7. Harris, Wake F.20.0 
 8. Howell, N.Caroli.19.5 
 9. Swansey, Tennesse.19.0 
 10. McKie, Wake Fore.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Michigan.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 18
 1. Green, Michigan.18.0 
 2. Finney-Smith, Virg.16.0 
 3. Smith, Clemson14.0 
 4. Shannon, Florida12.0 
 5. Howell, N.Caroli.11.5 
 6. Plumlee, Duke11.0 
 7. Zlovaric, Chattano.10.0 
 8. Desrosiers, Wake F.10.0 
 9. Henson, N.Carolina9.5 
 10. Drummond, Loyol.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kendall MARSHALL
  N.Carolina
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 10
 1. Marshall, N.Caroli.10.0 
 2. Smith, Clemson8.0 
 3. Brown, N.Caroli.7.5 
 4. Bell, Chattanooga7.0 
 5. Loucks, Florida St.6.0 
 6. Udofia, Georgia6.0 
 7. Johnson, Belmont6.0 
 8. Finney-Smith, Virg.5.0 
 9. Jackson, Purdue5.0 
 10. Scott, Miami, FL5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cody ZELLER
  Indiana
  (210-F-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zeller, Indiana6.0 
 2. Smith, Clemson5.0 
 3. Brown, N.Caroli.4.5 
 4. Jones III, Indiana4.0 
 5. Kennings, Florida3.0 
 6. Moore, Florida A&M3.0 
 7. Raines, Virginia T.3.0 
 8. Cooley, E.Tenn.St.3.0 
 9. Swoope, Miami, FL3.0 
 10. Faust, Maryland3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Carson DESROSIERS
  Wake F.
  (213-C-)
  Avg: 8
 1. Desrosiers, Wake F.8.0 
 2. Henson, N.Carolina5.5 
 3. Finney-Smith, Virg.4.0 
 4. Mosley, Maryland3.0 
 5. Inameti, Tennesse.3.0 
 6. Elston, Indiana2.0 
 7. Jennings, Clemson2.0 
 8. Plumlee, Duke2.0 
 9. Lawson, Purdue2.0 
 10. Akpejiori, Miami,2.0 


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BK Pardubice closed Round 3 with the win over Hoverla - by Eurobasket News
BK Pardubice- Hoverla 72:69

BK Pardubice closed Round 3 with the win over Hoverla at home. The team from Czech Republic overcame the Ukrainian side 72:69.
The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-12. But Hoverla won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Zbynek Pospisil (205-C-81) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Marcus Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Brian Brian Greene (195-G/F-83, college: Florida A&M) who recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. BK Pardubice keeps a position of Group C leader, which they share with Roanne and BK Prostejov.

BK Pardubice: Marcus Arnold 15+10rebs, Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) 14, Zbynek Pospisil 12+9rebs,
Hoverla: Kevin Tiggs 15, Brian Greene 14, Coleman 11



Antonin Pistecky Leaves BK Decin - by Surujh Roopnarine
Reserve forward Antonin Pistecky (195-F-84) asked for and was granted his release from his contract with BK Decin this week. The 27-year old, 6-5 small forward had appeared in all 14 games this season with Decin, averaging 2.4 points and 2.3 rebounds while logging 12.5 minutes per contest. Antonin Pistecky stated that he was looking for an opportunity to ear and play more minutes and that his last three-plus seasons in Decin had been very good and he wished the team well for the remainder of the season. Pistecky came up the junior ranks with BK Usti nad Labem and owns career NBL averages of 3.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 291 career games.

BK B&W Opava Secure Second Win of Season with 71-65 Victory over Astrum Levice - by Surujh Roopnarine
Jakub Blazek (203-F-80) dominated in the paint and on the boards, scoring 24 points to go with 14 rebounds, as BK B&W Opava defeated visiting Astrum Levice 71-65 last night in the final game from Round 8 of NBL play.
With the win Opava improves to 2-12 on the season, tied with Inter Bratislava with 16 points at the bottom of the table. Levice, which was coming off of a hard-fought loss on Saturday night in Prostejov, was flat against a less experienced Opava squad and fall to 5-9 on the season, good for eighth position. Despite Opava leading the game for virtually the entire contest, the game was close thoughout, with Levice actually claiming abrief 55-54 lead with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. However Opava would go on to outscore the visitors 17-10 down the stretch to secure the victory. Keaton Grant (193-G-86, college: Purdue), the leagues leading scorer, once again paced Levice with a team-high 18 points, but on 5-14 shooting.
OPAVA: Jakub Blazek (24pts+14reb), Radim Klecka (190-G-90) (16pts), Jakub Sirina (185-G-87) (9pts+6ast), Milan Kolovrat (207-C/F-86) (7pts+6reb)
LEVICE: Keaton Grant (18pts+7reb), Michael Bernard (205-C-78, college: S.Florida) (13pts+6reb), David Marek (188-G-85, college: S.Utah) (13pts), Marek Stec (193-G-80, college: Jacksonville JC) (8pts+6reb)


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  DENMARK   


Michael Creppy signs for FOG Naestved - by Eurobasket News
Michael Creppy (190-G-86, college: Clark Atlanta) is a new member of FOG Naestved. The American/British guard penned a deal for rest of the season. Actually, Creppy already made debut for his new team. He scored 12 points in a game against Horsholm. Naestved registered 88-82 victory. Michael Creppy spent last season in UK. He joined BBL team Worcester Wolves in January this year. For 18 games in the league Creppy averaged 9.9 points, 1.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists. Before the Wolves, Michael Creppy played for the UBA team Northeast Air Soul and was named USBasket.com UBA All-Imports Team -11. Michael Creppy is a product of the University of California, Riverside, where he graduated in 2008. They reached Big West Tournament Semifinals in 2008, but Creppy had limited playing time.

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Skyforce announces 2011-12 opening day roster - by Eurobasket News
The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today their 10-man roster for the season opener on Friday, Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. CT on the road against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The opening day roster includes five returning players and five players selected in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft.

Following is the list of players on the opening day roster:



No. Name Pos Ht Wt DOB From Status

15 Dominique Coleman (6'3''-G-84, college: Colorado) G 6-3 195 07/15/84 Colorado Returning

9 Brian Evans (6'1''-G-82, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) G 6-0 180 03/04/82 Texas A&M-CC Draft Pick

24 Charles Garcia (6'9''-F-88, college: Seattle) F 6-9 220 10/13/88 Seattle University Returning

22 Anthony Mason (6'7''-F-87, college: St.John's), Jr. F 6-7 215 01/25/87 St. John's Returning

23 Casey Mitchell (6'4''-G-88, college: W.Virginia)* G 6-4 220 01/16/88 West Virginia Draft Pick

10 Anthony Moody (6'0''-G, agency: N.E.T.)* G 6-0 160 07/13/89 Mary Draft Pick

17 Will Pratt (6'5''-F, college: Northwestern St.)* F 6-5 212 03/16/86 Northwestern State Draft Pick

13 Gabe Pruitt (6'4''-G-86, college: USC) G 6-4 185 04/19/86 Southern California Draft Pick

33 Dominique Scales (6'9''-F-83, college: East Central) F 6-9 230 05/23/83 E. Cent. Oklahoma Returning

34 Gregory Stiemsma (6'11''-C-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin) C 6-11 260 09/26/85 Wisconsin Returning

* - Rookie

Season tickets and 12-ticket flex packs for the 2011-12 season are on sale. Discounts and benefits are available for groups of 10 or more. Single game tickets will go on sale on Monday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. The home opener is set for Saturday, Nov. 26 against the defending NBA D-League champion Iowa Energy

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




Springfield Armor ready to break camp and open D-League season - by Eurobasket News
The final day of training camp is here, and for the Springfield Armor it could not come fast enough.

The Armor will practice one more time Wednesday at the Springfield YMCA, after trimming their roster to the NBA Development League-maximum of 10. The team will have Thanksgiving dinner together Thursday and be ready for the season opener Friday night against the Maine Red Claws at the MassMutual Center.

Were ready to go at it, get that win, that Thanksgiving win, Armor forward Jamar Brown said. But dont eat too much, though.

The Armor cut three players Tuesday, waiving Chris Taft and Alejo Rodriguez for injury reasons, and James Smith outright. The Armor retain the rights to Taft and Rodriguez.

Were ready to get after it, Armor coach Bob MacKinnon Jr., said. The shame of it is we play then have to sit a week, but the games will come quick enough.

The Armor only had 12 days in which to get to know one another and the coaching staff, learn MacKinnons system, and get a feel for each others tendencies on the court.

Double sessions nearly every day have helped the Armor cram for the opener, and also get in better shape for MacKinnons plan to run for four quarters.

I played with coach Mac before, so I know how it is, and its pretty much keep in shape in the offseason, Brown said. You keep your legs and there is no other team that can hang with you. I think thats one of the reasons we won a championship (2008-09 with Colorado) because we always had our legs.

MacKinnon said he was pleased with the camp and the players, whether they were veterans or newcomers.

Milton (Lee, Nets general manager for minor league operations) and I were just talking and we felt that every guy got better. And thats what we told our players at the beginning of camp that our goal was to get a little bit better, both individually and as a team, MacKinnon said. I can honestly say that it looks like every guy improved a little bit each day.

NEW KING IN TOWN?: Springfields top draft pick Johnny Thomas isnt just smart he graduated from North Carolina State in three years and is a year away from completing his masters degree he may be the best athlete on the team.

Me and Johnny have known each other for a while now and its always fun being around other athletic guys, LD Williams said.

Williams is the reigning D-League slam dunk champion, but Thomas could be in line to usurp the crown.

Im not going to say that, Williams said. We dont have to wait and see. Im telling you now Im the slam dunk champ for a reason.

Williams will admit that this version of the Armor will be a more exciting one, with several players who will get into the high-flying act.

Its going to make it more fun for us as a team and for the fans. Its not just going to be me getting up in the air all the time, Williams said. Lance (Hurdle) is athletic, Jerry (Smith) is athletic. Were trying to play above the rim this year.

Courtesy of www.masslive.com


Reno Bighorns release three more players - by Eurobasket News
The Reno Bighorns announced the release of three players from training camp today, leaving 11 on the training camp roster.

Released were:

Bobby Howard (6'7''-F-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Montana St.), the Bighorns seventh round draft pick in the NBA D-League Draft out of Montana State who participated in a Bighorns local tryout. At Montana State, Howard was second all-time in games played, 11th all-time in scoring and sixth all time in three-pointers made.

Brent 'BJ' Jennings (6'5''-F), a Southern Poly State product who made the training camp roster after an impressive local tryout. At Southern Poly, Jennings had the most single season double-doubles in school history, was a two-time member of the SSAC All-Conference team and was the 2010 SSAC Conference Championship MVP.

Dwight Thorne (6'3''-G-88, college: Colorado), a Colorado product who also made the training camp roster after an impressive local tryout. Thorne averaged 7.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game during his senior season at Colorado.

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

Courtesy of www.rgj.com


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Canton C. 0-0 
 2. Dakota W. 0-0 
 3. Erie Bay H. 0-0 
 4. Ft.Wayne MA 0-0 
 5. Iowa E. 0-0 
 6. Maine RC 0-0 
 7. Sioux Falls S. 0-0 
 8. Springfield A. 0-0 
West Conference
 1. Austin T. 0-0 
 2. Bakersfield J. 0-0 
 3. Idaho S. 0-0 
 4. Los Angeles D. 0-0 
 5. Reno B. 0-0 
 6. Rio Grande VV 0-0 
 7. Texas L. 0-0 
 8. Tulsa 66ers 0-0 


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  EBA   


EBA Vet moves from EBA to ABA - by Justin Moore
Former Alexandria Avengers player and EBA Vet Daryl Jackson Has signed with the NOVA Wonders and looks to bring the same defense and hardwork to his new team here is a interview between myself and the rebounding machine look for jackson and the wonders this weekend as they take on the NY Charters in manhattan ny 2pm

1.HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT GETTING BACK OUT THERE THIS SEASON SINCE PLAYING WITH THE AVENGERS IN THE EBA?
First and foremost i would like to thank god for allowing me to compete at a high level.I'm very excited to play in the aba after playing many years in other pro leagues.





2.YOU BEING A VET AS FOR AS PRO BASKETBALL WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR GONNA BRING TO THE NOVA WONDER THIS YEAR? I'm goin to bring leadership on and off the court. As a profesional all aspects of the game in very important.I take pride in defense and i feel that it will spread from each teammate in a quest for an aba championship







3.HOW DO YOU FEEL REUNITING WITH FORMER AVENGERS OWNER AND COACH DOMINIC MANUEL AND WHAT ARE YALL REALISTIC GOALS FOR THIS SEASON AND HOPEFULLY MANY MORE SEASONS WITH THE WONDERS?

Reuniting with coach manuel is an awesome feeling that words can't explain.We've had many great seasons together with the avengers and the best is yet to come.As a team we will take one game at a time and continue to work our way to our ultimate goal of winning a title in the aba.I'm excited about my debut in new york this weekend and it will be a game you don't want to miss.




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  EL SALVADOR   


First Division updatings - by Jaime Arevalo
Salvadorean First Division re-started some weeks ago. The seven teams have just completed the first round of games, and the current standings ars as follows:

1. SAN MARCOS 5-1
2. DENVER 5-1
3. UTEC 4-2
4. EXSAL 3-3
5. LEONES-AUTOMOTO 2-4
6. ROLL ROYCE 1-5
7. CHALECO-SANTA TECLA 1-5

Here down are listed the last game results with best performers

DENVER 89-55 ROLL ROYCE
(Mauricio Lahud (176-PG-84) 21 PTS, Devin Thompson (200-F-80, college: St.Peter's) 16 PTS, Jorge Loucel (186-F-90) 12 PTS; Jorge Solorzano 14 PTS, Luis Gutierrez (193-F-87) 10 PTS)

UTEC 84-76 SAN MARCOS
(Miguel Romero (182-G/F-80) 31 PTS, Carlos Loucel (G/F-90) 15 PTS; Edwin Lopez (183-G/F-85) 23 PTS, Salvador Bandek (181-G-78) 11 PTS

SAN MARCOS 89-83 EXSAL
(SAN MARCOS = Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89) 31 PTS, Edwin Lopez 20 PTS; EXSAL = Oscar Rivera (190-F-80) 25 PTS, Julio Mancia (202-C-80) 24 PTS)

LEONES AUTOMOTO 83-40 CHALECO-SANTA TECLA
(Arturo Escamilla (185-F-77) 22 PTS, Eduardo Garcia (191-F-88) 12 PTS; Mario Somoza 12 PTS)

The second round of games will tip off n tuesday, Nov. 29, and the first games scheduled are as follows:

LEONES AUTOMOTO-ROLL ROYCE
EXSAL -UTEC


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  ESTONIA   


KML Round 9: TTU/Kalev beats Tln Kalev in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: TTU/Kalev (#6) and Tln Kalev (#5). TTU/Kalev (4-5) won against visiting Tln Kalev (3-5) 93-79. The game was mostly controlled by TTU/Kalev. Tln Kalev managed to win third quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. TTU/Kalev outrebounded Tln Kalev 55-31 including a 43-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Tln Kalev helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) chipped in 16 points and 15 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) who recorded 25 points and 6 rebounds. TTU/Kalev moved-up to fifth place. Tln Kalev at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. TTU/Kalev will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tln Kalev will play on the road against the league's leader Tartu Ulikool (#1) and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Valga was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Rapla (5-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Valga/CKE (1-9). Rapla managed to secure a 5-point victory 63-58. It was a good game for point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (180-93) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Andre Parn contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Ando Tagamets (200-79) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Valga/CKE. Rapla have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 5-3 record. Valga/CKE lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Rapla will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Valga/CKE will play on the road against Kalev/Cramo (#3) in Tallinn to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Rakvere. Local BC Rakvere (6-3) outscored 7th ranked KK Parnu (1-6) 103-80 on Wednesday night. Reinar Hallik stepped up and scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. BC Rakvere's coach Andreas Sober felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Taavi Hamarsalu with 18 points and 9 rebounds. BC Rakvere moved-up to second place. KK Parnu lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with six games lost. BC Rakvere will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KK Parnu will play against Kalev/Cramo (#3) in Tallinn.



Tarvas - Parnu 103-80

The game with biggest result difference took place in Rakvere. Local BC Rakvere (6-3) outscored 7th ranked KK Parnu (1-6) 103-80 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. BC Rakvere led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to KK Parnu's 30 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. BC Rakvere forced 25 KK Parnu turnovers and outrebounded them 47-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Center Reinar Hallik (208-84) stepped up and scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Latvian swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds. BC Rakvere's coach Andreas Sober felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Taavi Hamarsalu (199-89) with 18 points and 9 rebounds and center Toomas Raadik (202-90) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BC Rakvere moved-up to second place. KK Parnu lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with six games lost. BC Rakvere will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KK Parnu will play against Kalev/Cramo (#3) in Tallinn.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: K.Cipruss 20+7reb, J.Umbrasko 18+10reb+2ast, T.Oja 17+7reb+1ast, R.Hallik 16+8reb+6ast, V.Veski 8+2reb+1ast, M.Dorbek 7+5ast
Parnu: T.Hamarsalu 18+9reb+1ast, T.Raadik 14+6reb+1ast, R.Raap 12+6reb+2ast, S.Joosep 11+5reb, E.Tamsalu 10+2reb+3ast, R.Karner 7+4reb+5ast
gschID: 150114


Valga/CKE - Rapla 58-63

The game in Valga was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Rapla (5-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Valga/CKE (1-9). Rapla managed to secure a 5-point victory 63-58. The guests were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 17-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Valga/CKE outrebounded Rapla 45-32 including 33 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (180-93) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Andre Parn (200-77) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Ando Tagamets (200-79) answered with 17 points and 8 rebounds and British forward Samuel Cricelli (200-85, college: Caldwell) added 6 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Valga/CKE. Rapla have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 5-3 record. Valga/CKE lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Rapla will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Valga/CKE will play on the road against Kalev/Cramo (#3) in Tallinn to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Rapla: A.Parn 19+6reb+1ast, R.Laane 18+8reb+5ast, I.Kajupank 8+3reb, S.Kaldre 8+5reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 4+7reb+2ast, J.Soo 4+2reb
Valga/CKE: A.Tagamets 17+8reb, E.Cunda 10+6reb+4ast, A.Vasar 9+5reb, V.Vares 8+8reb+2ast, S.Cricelli 6+14reb+1ast, R.Petersonig 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 150112


TTU/Kalev - Tln Kalev 93-79

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tallinn: TTU/Kalev (#6) and Tln Kalev (#5). TTU/Kalev (4-5) won against visiting Tln Kalev (3-5) 93-79. The game was mostly controlled by TTU/Kalev. Tln Kalev managed to win third quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. TTU/Kalev outrebounded Tln Kalev 55-31 including a 43-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Tln Kalev helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Four TTU/Kalev players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) who recorded 25 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) added 28 points respectively. TTU/Kalev moved-up to fifth place. Tln Kalev at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. TTU/Kalev will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tln Kalev will play on the road against the league's leader Tartu Ulikool (#1) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev: I.Pilk 22+8reb+6ast, K.Akenparg 19+3reb+3ast, A.Arnold 16+15reb+3ast, K.Makke 13+10reb, E.Keedus 9+6reb+6ast, K.Keres 7+5reb
Tln Kalev: M.Shaw 28+4reb, B.Raley-Ross 25+6reb+2ast, R.Roos 10+2reb+3ast, D.Nazarovas 4+4reb, M.Kurg 4+3reb, A.Fedortchuk 3+3reb
gschID: 150113




Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 7-0 
 2. Tarvas 6-3 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 5-1 
 4. Rapla 5-3 
 5. TTU/Kalev 4-5 
 6. Tln Kalev 3-5 
 7. Parnu 1-6 
 8. Valga/CKE 1-9 


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EuroChallenge: both Antwerp and Aalst of Belgium reach good results so far - by Bert Larsimont

Beside Spirou Charleroi in Euroleague, other Belgian clubs are also involved on the European scene. Port of Antwerp Giants as well as Generali Okapi Aalstar have begun their FIBA EuroChallenge campaigns two and a half weeks ago. The EuroChallenge is the third European clubs competition, just behind the Euroleague and the EuroCup (in which Ethias League's teams Dexia Mons Hainaut and BC Telenet Oostende take part).

On the first day of the EuroChallenge competition, both Flemish clubs played tough games. The Okapi Aalstar's players flew to Moscow, Russia where they played Triumph Lyubertsy in Group F action. Lyubersty finished third in the 2008-09 FIBA EuroChallenge. Okapi's US star Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) scored 17 points but this was not enough to avoid a first loss 83-78 for the Belgian club against Triumph Lyubersty led by Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80, 24 pts) and Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92, 20 pts).

On Day One, Port of Antwerp Giants of Coach Eddy Casteels (also the coach of the Belgian national team which participated in the last FIBA European Championship tournament in Lithuania) also travelled to Russia where they faced Enisey Krasnoyarsk, a team which reached the EuroChallenge's Top 16 twice in the last seasons. Despite an impressive game in offense by former UCLA player Michael Roll (196-G-87, 27 pts) for the Giants, Enisey's Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83), Russian forward Sergey Toporov (197-F-81) and their mates finished on top. 76-72 was the final score for the Russian squad in this initial game of Group E.

One week later, on EuroChallenge's Day Two, Okapi Aalstar and Port of Antwerp Giants respectively played at home. The Okapi team, which had lost in Ethias League against Optima Gent in the meantime, welcomed the Turkish squad of Olin Edirne where Wesley Wilkinson (207-F-84, college: Nebraska, a former Okapi player in the season of 2006-07 and Spirou afterwards) is currently active. Okapi of Coach Brad Dean rather easily defeated Olin Edirne 95-70. Okapi Aalstar's shooter Alex Ruoff (198-G-86, college: W.Virginia, 24 pts) was the leading scorer in the game while Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87) with 17 points and 8 rebounds did not help much in the loss for the Turkish side.

At the Lotto Arena in Antwerp, the local Giants hosted the Romanian club of U-Mobitelco BT Cluj Napoca in Group E on November 15th. Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, college: Towson) was back in action for the home team. Giants' guard Michael Roll (24 pts) finished as best scorer in this game again. Antwerp Giants broke open a close game late in the third quarter en route to an 87-63 victory over Mobitelco Cluj. Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82) had 21 pts in defeat.

On the third day of the FIBA EuroChallenge, the Giants with Michael Roll and mates went to Chalon-sur-Saone, France. Although Port of Antwerp Giants of Coach Eddy Casteels have the best defense in the Ethias League (only an average of 63 pts conceded per game), they were in danger against the French leader of the Group E. ES Chalon-sur-Saone of Coach Gregor Beugnot is also ranked third in French ProA with a record of 5-2 so far in this domestic league. Again led by US shooter Michael Roll in offense (25 points and 7 assists) and Tunisian center Salah Mejri (216-C-86) at the rebound (7 boards), the Giants blew away Elan Chalon of Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, college: Loyola, IL, despite his 21 points in the game) in the fourth quarter. The Belgian side claimed a 90-65 victory in France on Tuesday evening and share first rank with Elan Chalon in the EuroChallenge Group E. Michael Roll of Anwerp Giants is the FIBA Europe competition's second-ranked player in points per game with an average of 25.3 so far (only NBA star Deron Williams of Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul is in front of him).

Elsewhere, Okapi Aalstar with excellent Christopher Copeland (21 pts), Justin Holiday (15 pts) and Jorn Steinbach (12 pts) in offense cruised to a second straight win in the EuroChallenge this week. Okapi defeated InterCollege Etha Engomis of Cyprus 61-80 in front of a very sparse attendance of only 100 spectators in Nicosia. The score evolution in this game: 13-17, 27-32, 43-57 and 61-80. US guard Shawn Ray (194-SF-80, college: N.C.Central) grabbed 8 rebounds for the losing side.



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


EuroChallenge Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Nitra - Fuenlabrada 75-86
Fuenlabrada keep Nitra winless in EuroChallenge. The Spanish Baloncesto Fuenlabrada improved to 2-1 record after 86:75 on Tuesday after trip trip to Slovakia. The game was mostly controlled by Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. Nitra was better in second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Australian guard Kirk Penney who scored 22 points. Senegalese center Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds and center Branislav Tomek (205-C-83) added 18 points respectively. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will face Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nitra will play on the road against the league's leader EWE Baskets in Oldenburg and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Norrkoping - EWE Baskets 73-95
German EWE Baskets smashed on the road Swedish Norrkoping Dolphins 95:73. However, the home team turned the ball over a couple of times down the stretch and EWE Baskets punished them as they firstly made back to back scores before seeing the game out from the free-throw line. Norrkoping Dolphins was better in third quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. EWE Baskets made 18-of-21 free shots during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St.Fullerton) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import power forward Adam Chubb chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American-British forward Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC) recorded 13 points and Latvian guard Edgard Jeromanovs (186-G-86) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively. EWE Baskets have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A with 3-0 record. Defending Swedish champion Norrkoping Dolphins keep the third position with two games lost.

Group B
Besiktas - Goettingen 105-94
Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) recorded 50 points for Besiktas latest success in EuroChallenge. His Turkish Besiktas improved to 3-0 record after 105:94 win over BG Goettingen on Tuesday. BG Goettingen was better in second period 30-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Besiktas won last quarter 31-22. BG Goettingen was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was point guard Deron Williams who scored 50 points. David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Raymond Sykes (206-F/C-86, college: Clemson) who recorded 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) and guard Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara) added 19 points respectively. Besiktas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group B with 3-0 record. BG Goettingen still closes the standings with three games lost.

Armia - Leiden 74-71
Armia registered the second win in EuroChallenge regular season. The Georgian team held off Leiden for 2-1 record in Group B. The Dutch team fell at 1-2 record. Sundiata Gaines (185-PG-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) stepped up with 20 points to lead the effort. Armia opened the game with four points in a row and maintained the lead throughout the first frame. The hosts ensured a 22:15 lead ten minutes into the game. The margin grew at 9-point mark early in the second term. However Leiden used a 9:0 run midway through the second period to surge ahead. They hung on to the lead to eke out a 37:36 advantage at halftime. Armia went on an 11:2 rally early in the third period to regain the lead. But Leiden would not go away. The Dutch team jumped into a 58:54 advantage with ten minutes remaining. The hosts shocked Leiden with a 15:2 start to the fourth quarter earning a 69:60 lead. Sundiata Gaines and Kjellbom went deadly from the stripe in the dying seconds as the Georgian team sealed the win. Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84, college: Delta St.) accounted for 15 points, while Will Thomas (203-F-86) added 14 points and 13 boards for Armia. Gabe Kennedy (205-F/C-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: UAB) answered with 13 points for Leiden. Arvin Slagter (190-G-85, agency: Court Side) finished with 12 points in the loss.

Group C
BK Pardubice - Hoverla 72-69
BK Pardubice closed Round 3 with the win over Hoverla at home. The team from Czech Republic overcame the Ukrainian side 72:69. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-12. But Hoverla won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American power forward Marcus Arnold who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Center Zbynek Pospisil (205-C-81) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Brian Greene (195-G/F-83, college: Florida A&M) who recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. BK Pardubice keeps a position of Group C leader, which they share with Roanne and BK Prostejov.

BK Prostejov - Roanne 85-87
Roanne grabbed the win over BK Prostejov to tie them at 2-1 record at EuroChallenge Group C. BK Prostejov trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 36-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85:87 at the end of the game. With 2:36 to play, the fans back home were already celebrating as their team had an 84:66 lead. But Kamil Svrdlik replied for Prostejov, who went on to score 17 points in a row and trail just 84:83. Chorale de Roanne made 18-of-23 free shots during the game. It was a great shooting night for Chorale de Roanne especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. The best player for the winners was American swingman John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) who scored 29 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). His fellow American import point guard Andre Barrett chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) who recorded 19 points and Slovenian guard Matej Venta (187-G-84) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Chorale de Roanne is looking forward to face BK Pardubice at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BK Prostejov will play against Hoverla in Frankivsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Group D
Atomeromu - Khimik 73-76
Khimik picked up their second victory of their EuroChallenge campaign thanks to a 73:76 success over Atomeromu on Tuesday evening. The Ukrainian team improved to 2-1 record in Paks. The start of the game saw both teams feeling out their opposition as they traded baskets before Kovacs tied the quarter at 18:18. Terry scored for 26:25 and Aaron McGhee (203-F/C-79, college: Oklahoma) closed the run at 36:25. Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Rice) managed to send the teams to the lockers at 36:28. By the end of the third quarter, the visitors had managed to reduce to 7 points to set up a thrilling finale. Lorenzo Williams scored for 74:73, but those points were the last for his team. Vasiljevic made two free throws and brought the necessary win for the guests. Vasiljevic poured in 19 points to lead the charge, while Aaron McGhee netted 16. Mitchell and Miletic delivered 9 points each in a win. Lorenzo Williams produced 28 points in the losing effort and Cole posted 12.

Ventspils - N.Novgorod 77-75
Ventspils edged Nizhny Novgorod in a thriller to take 2-1 record in Group D. The Latvian side used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Nizhny Novgorod 77:75. It was a key game for the top position in Group D. BC Nizhny Novgorod was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 20-16 charge of Ventspils, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Ventspils especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Steven Gray (195-G-89, college: Gonzaga) who scored 19 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Michal Ignerski recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and Serbian guard Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) added 18 points respectively in defeat. Ventspils keep a position of Group D leader, which they share with Khimik. BC Nizhny Novgorod dropped to the bottom place with two games lost.

Group E
Enisey - U.Mobitel.CN 73-81
CSU Mobitelco claimed the first win in EuroChallenge regular season. They knocked down Enisey in Russia to improve at 1-2 record in Group E. Enisey fell at 1-2 record in the ladder. Vladimir Mijovic scored 24 points to pace the winners. Enisey stayed confident in the opening frame. They recorded a 24:18 lead after ten minutes. But CSU Mobitelco erased the deficit in the second term. The Romanian team drew things level at halftime 37:37. Mihai Silvasan (201-F-85, agency: Court Side) put CSU Mobitelco in front early in the second half. The hosts surged ahead and registered a 47:42 lead midway through the third period. But CSU Mobitelco capped the quarter strongly and ensured a 63:59 lead with ten minutes remaining. Enisey returned the lead midway through the final quarter but CSU Mobitelco went on a 12:1 run to secure a 78:70 advantage with 2 minutes remaining. The visitors never looked back afterwards. Kyndall Dykes (190-G/F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) provided 19 points, while Tyler Morris (187-G-86, college: Boston U.) added 14 points in the victory. Lonny Baxter (204-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) responded with 23 points for Enisey. Sergey Toporov (197-F-81) had 14 points in the loss.

Chalon - Antwerp 65-90
Belgian Antwerp Giants outleveled on the road French Chalon to tie them at 2-1 record on top. The guests grabbed easy 90:65 win in France. Antwerp Giants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.3 percent from the field. Antwerp Giants shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Michael Roll who scored 25 points and 7 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Forward Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) who recorded 21 points and 5 assists and guard Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Antwerp Giants keep a position of Group E leader, which they share with Chalon. Antwerp Giants will face bottom-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk at home in the next round.

Group F
Triumph - Olin Edirne 70-61
Triumph conquer Group F as they improved to 3-0 record. The Russian team kept Olin Edirne winless after 70:61 in the start of Day 3. Sevinc opened the game with two three-pointers and Stimac brought 10:4. The hosts however managed to tie the game at the end of the first period and closed it at 16:16. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) made last four points in the first half for the home side to give them 34:28 at the halftime. A jumper by Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) after the restart and then back-to-back jump shots from Sergey Karasev stretched the advantage to 40:28. It was the key moment in the game after which the Russian team celebrated the third victory. Sergey Karasev top-scored for the winners with 21 points to keep them perfect in the group. Kyle Landry nailed 16 and Valiev added 11. Stimac ended up with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Sevinc , Wilkinson and Oz each scored 9.

Etha - Aalstar 61-80
Okapi Aalstar beat Etha in Nicosia for 2-1 record in Group F. Belgian Okapi Aalstar crushed hosts with 19-point difference 80:61. Okapi Aalstar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for American forward Christopher Copeland who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 4 assists. Christopher Young helped adding 10 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) with 12 points and Shawn Ray (194-SF-80, college: N.C.Central) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Okapi Aalstar maintains second place in Group F with 2-1 record behind leader Triumph. The latter conquer Group F as they improved to 3-0 record. The Russian team kept Olin Edirne winless after 70:61 in the start of Day 3. Defending Cypriot champion Etha keeps the third position with two games lost.

Group G
Minsk-2006 - Turk Telekom 74-93
Turk Telekom recover in Belarus after the first two losses in the Regular Season. The Turkish star-packed team won over BC Minsk-2006 93:74. Turk Telekom had no more chances to stay alive if the team would have lost in Minsk. They opened the game with 5 consecutive points and Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) scored for 21:18. Altay brought 39:31, while Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) delivered two for 46:36. The third quarter was decisive in the game as it brought the guests 27-16 surge. Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80, college: Arizona) and Knox closed the period at 73:54, while both teams nailed 20 points each in the last quarter. Darius Washington erupted with 28 points for the initial victory, while Okur and Ali Karadeniz posted 18 each. Courtney Eldridge (176-PG-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: NC-Greensboro) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort as the team from Belarus suffered their first loss. Hawkins notched 12, while Trastsinetski and Knox posted 10 apiece.

Karsiyaka - Telekom Baskets 66-65
Karsiyaka narrowly defeat Telekom Basket for 2-1 record in EuroChallenge Group G. Karsiyaka used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Bonn 66:65. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 19-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) who recorded 18 points and 8 rebounds and the other Jared Jordan added 2 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists respectively. Karsiyaka will face bottom-ranked Turk Telekom in Ankara in the next round. Telekom Baskets will play at home against the league's leader Minsk-2006 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Group H
Szolnok - Keravnos 81-93
Szolnok lost the game and second position to Keravnos. The team from Hungary was beaten 81:93 to fall at 1-2 record. The Strovolos team played great and took an early lead of 3 by the end of the first quarter 24-27 with Moore being the main figure with his organizational skills and his assists while in the productive part Winsome Frazier was awesome against the Hungarians in the first period. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was an exceptional evening for Winsome Frazier who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Marcus Moore (198-G-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Washington St.) accounted for 10 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists for the winning side. Center Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) added 20 points and 5 assists respectively for Szolnok in the defeat.

Art.Dragons - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 87-81
Artland Dragons kept Pau-Lacq-Orthez winless in Quakenbrueck where leader German Artland Dragons beat bottom-ranked French Pau-Lacq-Orthez 87:81. Pau-Lacq-Orthez trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 21-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-87 at the end of the game. Artland Dragons shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) who scored 21 points. Johannes Strasser (190-G-82, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Chinemelu Elonu who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds and forward Jean-Frederic Morency (199-F-89) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Artland Dragons will face league's second-placed Keravnos in Strovolos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play at home against Szolnok in Szolnok and hopes to get finally their first victory.




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  EUROCUP   


Giddens number one in for round 2 - by Eurobasket News
American guard J.R. Giddens (196-G-85, agency: Priority Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for PAOK, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Cholet (#4, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 74-62. PAOK maintains the 3rd position in Eurocup group B. PAOK 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 1-1 record. In the team's last game Giddens had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be PAOK's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of New Mexico star has very solid stats this year. Giddens is in league's top in points (7th best: 19.5ppg), rebounds (6th best: 9.0rpg) and averages impressive 2.5spg,56.5% FGP and 75.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Jeff Adrien (201-F-86, agency: Priority Sports) of Benetton TV. Adrien had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Benetton TV lost that game 78-87 to Spartak SP (2-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Adrien is a newcomer at Benetton TV, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) of league's second-best Lokomotiv. Massey scored 22 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Lokomotiv, leading his team to a 75-67 win against #3 ranked Banvit BK in a game of the week. Lokomotiv needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in group E. Their record at this point is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Massey has a great season in Eurocup. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.0ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 12.5rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jon Leuer (208-F-89) of Fraport SKY - 20 points and 8 rebounds
5. Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) of Azovmash - 11 points and 13 rebounds
6. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81) of B.Muenchen - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Allan Ray (188-G-84) of Krka - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) of Cholet - 22 points and 4 rebounds
9. Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) of CEZ Nymburk - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Pape Sy (197-G-88) of Gravelines - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 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
Points Per Game
 Tony PARKER
  AS.
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 34
 1. Parker, AS.34.0 
 2. Causeur, Cholet26.5 
 3. Massey, Lokomotiv22.0 
 4. Young, Ventspils21.0 
 5. Kemp, Besiktas21.0 
 6. Wood, ALBA20.0 
 7. Giddens, PAOK19.5 
 8. Ray, Krka18.5 
 9. Sims, VEF Riga18.5 
 10. Bell, Groningen18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv12.5 
 2. Lee, BC Donetsk12.0 
 3. Adrien, Benetton10.5 
 4. Willard, Ventspils10.0 
 5. Necas, CEZ Nymburk9.0 
 6. Giddens, PAOK9.0 
 7. Troutman, B.Mue.9.0 
 8. Lishchuk, Valencia8.5 
 9. Valanciunas, Lietu.8.0 
 10. Peterson, BK Pros.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Deron WILLIAMS
  Besiktas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Williams, Besiktas8.0 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans5.8 
 3. Draper, Cedevita5.7 
 4. Planinic, Khimky5.5 
 5. Chatman, Karsiyaka5.5 
 6. Thompson, Fraport5.0 
 7. Holston, Art.Drag.4.5 
 8. Schilb, Chalon4.5 
 9. Ewing, Azovmash4.5 
 10. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Shawn RAY
  Etha
  (194-SF-80)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Ray, Etha4.5 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv4.5 
 3. de Randamie, Groni.3.0 
 4. Pumprla, CEZ N.3.0 
 5. Beverley, Spart.3.0 
 6. Draper, Cedevita3.0 
 7. Giddens, PAOK2.5 
 8. Necas, CEZ Nymburk2.5 
 9. Dourisseau, Groni.2.5 
 10. Simmons, Banvit2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Aris
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Muldrow, Aris4.0 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.3.0 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.3.0 
 4. Troutman, B.Mue.2.5 
 5. Massey, Lokomotiv2.0 
 6. Scalabrine, Benett.2.0 
 7. Boukichou, Oosten.2.0 
 8. Wyatt, Groningen2.0 
 9. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.5 
 10. Randle, Hapoel J.1.5 


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


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


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


KORISLIIGA: Kataja defeated ToPo - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 13: One contest tonight. Kataja (Joensuu) stays undefeated at home (6-0), when beating Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 74-57 (43-35). Quarters: 20-21, 23-14, 16-11, 15-11. Kataja's all three American players in double digits. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) led the hosts with 20 points. Jeremy Price (203-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) added 19pts. ToPo scored only 22 points during the second half. American G Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) led again Helsinki team with 14pts. Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86, college: California State - Northridge), last season leading scorer in Finland, netted tiny three (3) pts. Both teams had difficulties from behind the arc: Kataja - 15% (2/13), ToPo - 17% (4/23).
Kataja - ToPo 74-57 (43-35). (Jared Newson 20/7, Jeremy Price 19/8, B.A.Walker 14 - Chase Griffin 14/7, Kimmo Muurinen 11, Carl Lindbom 8. A: 1224).




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Pau-Orthez bring in Allan Ray - by Eurobasket News
Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) will continue his career in France. The guard has agreed on terms of contract with Pau-Orthez. Allan Ray started the season with Krka Novo Mesto. He tallied 18.5 points, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game in EuroCup. The player also delivered 10 points and 1 boards in one Adriatic League appearance. Last season Allan Ray spent in Italy. He played for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. His stats read 10.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.5 assists per game. Earlier the guard had stints in D-League, NBA, Italy. Allan Ray was the member of U21 USA National Team back in 2005.

Happy Thanksgiving from France - by Corey Belser
Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving, especially all my friends and family back home! I am very thankful for all the people I have in my life as well as the opportunities basketball has presented me and my family. It has been a great November thus far! I always love this time of year. My grandma celebrated her 85th birthday on the 15th, and I celebrated my 29th last night. Tomorrow Zoi and I will try our luck with a American/French/Greek-European Thanksgiving dinner and instead of watching American Football (NFL) will be watching Euroleague basketball. I am also excited that Christmas is just around the corner. I am sure we all are looking forward to the break and then bringing in the New Year. This New Year will be extra special for Zoi and I, now that we are in the Champagne capital of the world bottles will be popping in style! Zoi and I recently visited the home Dom Perignon just outside Chalon-Reims, it was a great experience as we got to sample champagne and see the country side where most of the worlds champagne comes from.

As for basketball..... I almost forgot I was a player with all the traveling and holiday talk going on. Our team is currently tied for 1st place in the league, and hoping to get a big win this weekend to take a lead in the standings. I guess we will be playing in another gym? It's kind of funny, we play at home but in a different gym then we have been. The reason behind this is.......well honestly I don't know. If you followed my blogs you know that I am playing in the same city with my Fiance Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas), well I guess her team and my team don't get along?? So, I guess someone has to go, and if your a guy you really can't win in a fight with women. So, that means we are going to use the older gym from now on. LOL... It's what happens when adults don't know how to communicate or refuse to communicate. Either way this weekends game is going to be in a new location, and I am not very happy about it. For your entertainment here the article as it read in the local news paper http://www.lunion.presse.fr/article/ardennes/basket-ball-n1-letoile-si-on-retourne-a-dubois-crance-jarrete

The Academy of Future College Athletes (www.afcathletes.com) recently sat down with Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) who currently plays in Turkey (Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul 1903) along side Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) Who last night dropped 50pts in their Eurochallenge game!!! Marcelus is a local product from Seattle's Garfield HS, he's a great inspiration and role model for the players we try and work with. Personally, I think Marcelus is one of the most underrated and underpublicized shooting guards in the Europe. He has been a scoring machine everywhere he has played! Check out the interview on our website http://www.afcathletes.org/AFCA/Kemp.html . In other news Michael Fey recently signed in Hungary, and hasn't hit his cuzzzo up so booo him! To everyone else Have a Happy Happy Thanksgiving , and please help support AFCA by joining our fan page on Facebook or Twitter and continuing to contribute your positive words of encouragement to the kids! Thanks again for reading Corey Belser (200-F-82, college: San Diego)



EuroChallenge: Belgian Antwerp Giants outleveled on the road French Chalon - by Eurobasket News
Chalon -Antwerp Giants 65:90

Belgian Antwerp Giants outleveled on the road French Chalon to tie them at 2-1 record on top. The guests grabbed easy 90:65 win in France.
Antwerp Giants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.3 percent from the field. Antwerp Giants shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) who scored 25 points and 7 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) who recorded 21 points and 5 assists and guard Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively.
Antwerp Giants keep a position of Group E leader, which they share with Chalon. Antwerp Giants will face bottom-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk at home in the next round.

Antwerp: Michael Roll 25, Darnell Wilson 18, Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) 13, Salah Mejri (216-C-86) 9
Chalon: Blake Schilb 21, Malcolm Delaney 14, Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) 8



EuroChallenge: Artland Dragons kept Pau-Lacq-Orthez winless in Quakenbrueck - by Eurobasket News
Artland Dragons- Pau-Lacq-Orthez 87:81

Artland Dragons kept Pau-Lacq-Orthez winless in Quakenbrueck where leader German Artland Dragons beat bottom-ranked French Pau-Lacq-Orthez 87:81.
Pau-Lacq-Orthez trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 21-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-87 at the end of the game. Artland Dragons shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) who scored 21 points. Johannes Strasser (190-G-82, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M) who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds and forward Jean-Frederic Morency (199-F-89) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively.
Artland Dragons will face league's second-placed Keravnos in Strovolos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play at home against Szolnok in Szolnok and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Art.Dragons: Adam Hess 21, Johannes Strasser 13, David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) 11, Anthony Hilliard (193-G/F-86, college: Elizabeth City) 11
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: Chinemelu Elonu 19, Antoine Mendy (198-F-83) 15, Jean-Frederic Morency 11



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Gran Canaria Were On The Beach In Thought The First Half, But Were All Business On The Court In The Second Half As Tauren Green Leads The Attack Past The Fraport Skyliners 71-58 In Eurocup Play - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With the days getting shorter, temperatures falling to a point where you want to make that first visit to the sauna, and the first shoppers getting ideas about Christmas gifts, a get away trip to exotic Gran Canaria could be more than enticing. When thinking about Gran Canaria, the first thoughts may be how warm the micro climate currently is, if there is ever a possibility of hot lava oozing down the side of a mountain on the island of volcanic origin,12 time wind surfer world champion record holder Bjoern Dunkerbeck giving a clinic on the court, tennis player Carla Suarez Navarro ever reaching the top 10 in the WTA rankings, or how many of the yearly 2,2 million tourists actually know where the island is geographically before going there. However for many one of the last thoughts that the team could actually have a professional basketball team is high. For many players also basketball isnt the first thing that they think about when they have the island Gran Canaria in deep thought. I played against Gran Canaria with Polish team Turow some years ago. You think more about the water before basketball, but when you see the great atmosphere in the arena and the fans, you quickly know that that would be a great place to play at. I was surprised how close the gym was to the water, stressed Skyliner guard Justin Gray. When I think of Gran Canaria, I think of holiday and going to the beach, but then once you see the basketball atmosphere there, you see that there is a lot of basketball tradition there and feel great being able to play there, stressed ex Bamberg forward Spencer Nelson.

Gran Canaria may not be as deep or known like a FC Barcelona or Real Madrid, but they have reached the ACB playoffs 8 times in the last 9 years, but like the Fraport Skyliners have started the season very slowly in the ACB with a record of 2-6. They came into the Fraport arena having a 1-0 record after a surprising win on the road at Lokomotive Kuban while The Fraport Skyliners were at 0-1 after losing a bitter 74-73 game in Turkey last week against Banvit. Despite being in only 16th place in the ACB, The Fraport Skyliners knew that they the game wouldnt be a Sunday afternoon cake walk. Gran Canaria have two strong gaurds with Tauren Green and Marquez Haynes and play a different brand of basketball. They play their offensive sets well, defend hard and can get out on transition. They may not be like a FC Barcelona, but they have that kind of mindset. When they go to play in other countries, they represent Spanish Basketball very well, stressed North Carolina native Justin Gray. In the first half, Gran Canaria seemed to be on the beach in thought lounging and enjoying a sex on the beach drink, but they took care of business in the second half getting off their hammock and showing a more respectable brand of basketball that they are used to. We played a very good team with Frankfurt. We gave up too many easy baskets in the first half, but in the second half, we defended more aggressively and got easy baskets. We played as a team tonight. We were missing some guys, but every one stepped up tonight, stated ex NBA player Tauren Green. For The Fraport Skyliners, it was their eighth loss in a row and the last time they won a game was 41 days ago against The s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg where Justin Gray hit a buzzer beater. We are really struggling at the moment. I have never lost so much in my life. We just have to keep fighting and hope we can get that win on Sunday against TBB Trier, commented 2011 NBA draft pick of the Milwaukee Bucks Jon Leuer. This was a very tough loss since we have been playing a lot better in the last games. We couldnt execute the way we wanted to on offense or defense, added Skyliner guard Quantez Robertson.

The Fraport Skyliners had to shuffle their lineup around as they were without the services of Justin Gray and German national player Tim Ohlbrecht. Gran Canaria had to play without 51 time NBA player Alando Tucker who had injured himself in the team shoot around the night before. Only 1,450 people were on hand in the Fraport arena to see this Eurocup clash between the two teams. The Fraport Skyliners didnt shy away at the get go as they quickly got the lead and held it for some minutes. Ex NBA player Jermareo Davidson got on the board twice making a statement early with his jumper. Gran Canaria got a Columbian/Senegal production early fron Juan Palacios and Sitapha Savane. Jon Leuer got started early as well hitting a jumper over Palacios as Frankfurt led 8-4 and seemed to be getting into a groove. However basketball is a game of runs and hit Frankfurt with an 11-0 jaunt to take the 15-8 lead. Greece national team player Michael Bramos who was born in Michigan hit two jumpers. Spencer Nelson then was inserted and he seemed to give his team some added energy as he would score the remaining eight points in the quarter. He showed his versatility scoring inside with a pretty left handed lay in, hitting two jumpers and another lay in. Nelson is a very good player. He can do so many things for them and that is why they are successful, stressed Jon Leuer. Frankfurt lost their rhythm which they had found quickly in the opening minutes and couldnt cope with the more aggressive Gran Canaris defense. Leuer scored again as he finished the first quarter with seven points, but The Fraport Skyliners trailed 17-11. We found our rhythm quick, but the Gran Canaria 11-0 run was unfortunate. Nelson was key in the run, stressed Fraport Skyliner Benedikt Nicolay. I dont think that our run really had to do with me coming in. We simply hitsome shots and got out on transition, stated Spencer Nelson. Gran Canaria was shooting 42% from two point range and 50% from outside while The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from two point range and 0% from outside. The rebounds were deadlocked at 8-8 and Gran Canaria only had one turnover while The Fraport Skyliners had four turnovers.

In the second quarter, The Fraport Skyliners would start their comeback as they found a go to guy with Jon Leuer who did most of his damage from the wing. The Fraport Skyliners jumped on Gran Canaria going on a 7-3 run to cut the Gran Canaria lead to 20-18. Jimmy Mckinney also was getting going as he hit a catch and pop jumper and connected on a floater. Leuer then made a jumper over Nelson and snuck inside for a dunk. The Fraport Skyliners continued to press, but couldnt get the lead back despite extra effort from Leuer who made a catch and pop shot and free throws. Ex Denver Nugget Tauren Green kept Frankfurt at bay with two jumpers. He continued to be an extremely difficult player to guard, because he moves so well with and without the ball and was always able to find space to get off less contested shots. Frankfurt finally got over the hump as they went on a mini 4-0 run as Maurius Nolte made a lay in and Jimmy Mckinney dropped a three point bomb and Frankfurt led 31-29. Ex Chalon player Marquez Haynes gave Gran Canaria the lead back with a jumper, but German national player Johannes Herber hit free throws as the Fraport Skyliners led 33-32 at half time. Jon Leuer was a big reason for the Skyliner success with his 11 points in the second quarter and overall 17 points after 20 minutes. Leuer is very solid. He has a nice pump fake and good jumper. He also moves well on the floor which makes it tough to defend him. He will have a good career in Frankfurt, stressed Spencer Nelson. Leuer was hot. Frankfurt also did a good job withstanding the pressure on the court despite not having a true point guard on the floor, stressed Benedikt Nicolay. Frankfurt came out with more energy in the second quarter, ran and were more aggressive, stated Spencer Nelson. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 61% from the two point range and 20% from the three point line while Gran Canaria was shooting 44% from the two point range and 33% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 19-13 rebound edge, but six turnovers while Gran Canaria only had one turnover.

In basketball, you have to play consistent for 40 minutes and in the third quarter, The Fraport Skyliners were unable to keep up with the added aggressiveness on defense by Gran Canaria. Jimmy Mckinney did make free throws and a jumper, but Gran Canaria also got off to a good healthy rhythm as they got added inside help from Palacios and Savane who scored. Michael Bramos tied the score at 38-38 with a fade away jumper over Leuer. Then came the turning point in the ball game as Gran Canaria went on a 12-2 run to lead 50-40. Gran Canaria got some added shooting punch as Bramos, Haynes and Green hit three pointers. Savane also added to the run with a lay in traffic. Gran Canaria was moving the ball well and waiting for the best possible shots while The Fraport Skyliners couldnt get used to the aggressive defense which forced them to turnovers and Jon Leuer seemed to be taken out of the game with his offense. Gran Canaria was denying the post and I wasnt getting the ball so I tried to find my teammates more. It isnt about how you score, but how you play, stressed Jon Leuer. After captain Marius Nolte made a lay in, he was hit with a technical foul. Ex FC Barcelona big man Xavi Rey finished the third quarter with a tip in as Gran Canaria led 54-43. We didnt get back in transition. We were unable to execute our offense and they got open looks and got to the free throw line, expressed Quantez Robertson. We got more stops on defense this quarter. We rebounded better and got out on transition which didnt allow them to set up their matching defense, added 2006 and 2007 NCAA champion with Florida Taurean Green (185-G-85, college: Florida) Gran Canaria was shooting 43% from the two point range and 41% from the parking lot while The Fraport skyliners were shooting 50% from the two point line and 29% from the parking lot. Frankfurt still had the 26-21 rebound edge, but 11 turnovers while Gran Canaria had only three turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, It was Gran Canaria that added to their strong third quarter, by flying higher than the Fraport Skyliners cruising out on a 8-1 run to lead 62-44. Tauren Green nailed a three pointer and jumper always using his quickness to give him an added advantage in getting a more open shot to take. Spencer Nelson made a lay in on the fast break and showed that even in the body of a 203cm forward, he runs like a guard. Green is a very good player. I played against him with Aubrun against Florida. He has a nice mid range shot and always knows how to get his teammates involved, stressed Quantez Robertson. However the Fraport Skyliners didnt let this lightening run discourage them as they retaliated with a 8-0 run to bring smme new energy into the Fraport arena as there was hope again as Frankfurt was only trailing 62-52. In this run, Johannes Herber hit a rare three pointer as he hadnt hit one in weeks and Leuer nailed a three pointer. However with time elapsing quickly, Gran Canaria sealed the door on the Fraport Skyliners breaking their backs with a 5-0 run as they led more comfortably 67-52. Nelson hit a huge three pointer and Haynes scored hard to the rim on the penetration over Nolte. Michael Thompson did something for his scoring account making a three pointer and untouched lay in while Javier Beiran closed out the scoring with two buckets inside. The Fraport Sklyiners gave another spirited effort, but that wont be remembered as a loss doesnt count for anything.

Gran Canaria was led by Spencer Nelson with 14 points. Taurean Green added 13 points. Marquez Haynes contributed 11 points and Michael Bramos 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jon Leuer with 20 points and eight rebounds. Jimmy Mckinney followed up his strong performance in Munich with 15 points and finally hit from outside as he had been in an 0/11 slump from downtown. The Fraport Skyliners shot 42% from the two point line and 36% from outside which couldnt match the more consistent shooting of Gran Canaria who shot 50% from the two point range and 45% fron outside. A positive stat was that the Fraport Skyliners got to the free throw line again more frequently getting 22 attempts while Gran Canaria was limited to only 13 free throws. Despite the eight game losing streak, Gran Canaria guard Tauren Green thinks that they can snap their losing streak next weekend against TBB Trier. Frankfurt is a very good team. They have two strong bigs with Davidson and Leuer and good guards. They have a good overall team. It will always be tough to play them, added Tauren Green. The Fraport Skyliners host TBB Trier on November 27h at 15:00.



Jared Homan Headed To FC Bayern Munich - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
A few weeks ago Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.) was tangling with his ex coach Alex Finelli at Virtus Bologna at a practice and soon he will be taking instructions from the man in black Dirk Bauermann with FC Bayern Munich. www.sportando.net have reported today that Homan will be joining FC Bayern Munich soon.Homan is a 28 year old 206cm center American with the Bulgarian nationality from Remsen, Iowa. He is a fierce competitor who can battle underneath and block shots. He started the season in Italy with Canadian Solar Bologna (Italy-SerieA) where he averaged impressive stats of 15,3ppg, 10,0 rpg and 1,0apg. Last season at Canadian Solar Bologna, he played 32 games: 11.0ppg, Reb-5 (8.1rpg), 1.6spg, FGP: 49.5%, FT: 41.8%. He started his basketball career at Iowa St. (NCAA) where he played from 2001-2005. In 2005-2006, he played for Maroussi Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): FIBA Europe Cup: 14 games: 8.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 5ast, 2FGP: 50.6%, FT: 65.9%; Greek League: 26 games: 7.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 48.0%, FT: 59.0%. In 2006-2007, he played for Daegu Orions (South Korea-KBL, starting five), left in Nov.'06, then joined Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (Turkey-TBL, starting five): 22 games: 13.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, FT: 58.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for the Chicago Bulls (NBA), only pre-season, in Nov.'07 moved to ASCO Slask Wroclaw (Poland-DBE, starting five): Polish League: 28 games: 12.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg, Blocks-2 (1.1bpg), 2FGP: 45.8%, FT: 62.0%; ULEB Cup: 12 games: 11.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0spg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 47.2%, 3FGP: 0%, FT: 45.7%. In 2009-2010, he played for KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (Croatia-A1): Euroleague: 16 games: 4.6ppg, 3.3rpg; Adriatic League: 24 games: 5.9ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 52.2%; Croatian League: 16 games: 11.6ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 67.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 58.6%. In 2010-2011, he played for Marousi BC (Greece-A1)Fiba Arbitration Tribunal BAT: 0134/10: Euroleague: 20 games: 9.6ppg, 5.2rpg, FGP: 46.2%, FT: 56.3%; Greek League: 34 games: 9.1ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 61.5%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been NIT Final Four -04,All-Big 12 3rd Team -05, Greek Cup Finalist -06, FIBA EuroCup Quarterfinals -06, Greek League Semifinals -06, 10, Polish League All-Star Game -08, Polish Cup Finalist -08, Polish League Semifinals -08, Adriatic League Regular Season Runner-Up -09, Adriatic League Finalist -09, Eurobasket.com Adriatic League All-Imports Team -09, Croatian A1 League Regular Season Champion -09, Croatian A1 League Champion -09, Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) Winner -09, Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention -10, and Bulgarian National Team -10.

Source: www.sportnado.net


Josh Young (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) We Need To Carry Over Our Great Focus And Attention To Detail On The Road Over To Home Games - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Joshua Young (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Lawton, Oklahoma. He played at Drake from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket after the 111-104 win in Hagen.

Congrats on the 111-104 win in Hagen. The Tigers have won both games this season on the road. Maybe the Tigers should play all games on the road. What is secret behind the road success in the last weeks?

When you play on the road, you have to have a great focus and attention to detail. We definitely had that in our two road wins. Now we just need to carry that over to our home games.

Tuebingen had the 48-33 lead at halftime. What was key for having the very comfortable lead after 20 minutes?

We did a good job defensively by getting stops and controlling the boards. Because of that, we were able to run in transition and score points.

The Tigers let Phoenix Hagen back into the game and forced overtime with a 27 point fourth quarter. What was key for letting them back into the game.

Hagen is a dangerous team who can score points very quickly. They started knocking down shots and getting to the basket, which led to a big fourth quarter for them.

A wild overtime period where 49 points were scored in the five minute overtime period. Did both teams have blind folds on on defense? lol

Both teams played well offensively in the two OTs. Towards the end, a lot of free throws were shot and made which contributed to the high tally.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen had six guys in double figurs. Is this a key for the next games having consistent contribution from many guys?

Whenever we have that many guys get involved, I think we can always have a shot to win the game. We just have to maintain a consistency from our team.

What was your impression of Brandon Brooks? What impressed you about his game most?

Brandon is a tough player. Offensively, he is very skilled. He is a three dimensional player. The way he uses the pick and roll is impressive.

Dwayne Wade is showing interest about playing overseas. In what country would you like to see him play besides Germany?

It would be interesting to see how he would fair in any of the countries over here. Maybe Spain.

What NCAA game last weekend did you have your attention most on besides Drake?

The UNC vs Michigan State game was pretty sweet.

What movie do you want to see most?

One of my teammates told me I should watch The Kings Speech, so its next on my list.

Thanks Josh for the chat.




EuroChallenge: Karsiyaka narrowly defeat Telekom Basket - by Eurobasket News
Karsiyaka -Telekom Basket 66:65

Karsiyaka narrowly defeat Telekom Basket for 2-1 record in EuroChallenge Group G. Karsiyaka used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Bonn 66:65.
The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 19-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) who recorded 18 points and 8 rebounds and the other Jared Jordan added 2 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists respectively.
Karsiyaka will face bottom-ranked Turk Telekom in Ankara in the next round. Telekom Baskets will play at home against the league's leader Minsk-2006 and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Minsk-2006 earlier lost to Turk Telekom.

Karsiyaka: Jovo Stanojevic 16+11rebs, Birkan Batuk 15, Goran Ikonic (196-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 9, Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) 8
Telekom Baskets: Tony Gaffney 18, Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) 17, Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) 13



EuroChallenge: Artland Dragons kept Pau-Lacq-Orthez winless in Quakenbrueck - by Eurobasket News
Artland Dragons- Pau-Lacq-Orthez 87:81

Artland Dragons kept Pau-Lacq-Orthez winless in Quakenbrueck where leader German Artland Dragons beat bottom-ranked French Pau-Lacq-Orthez 87:81.
Pau-Lacq-Orthez trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 21-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-87 at the end of the game. Artland Dragons shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) who scored 21 points. Johannes Strasser (190-G-82, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M) who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds and forward Jean-Frederic Morency (199-F-89) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively.
Artland Dragons will face league's second-placed Keravnos in Strovolos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play at home against Szolnok in Szolnok and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Art.Dragons: Adam Hess 21, Johannes Strasser 13, David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) 11, Anthony Hilliard (193-G/F-86, college: Elizabeth City) 11
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: Chinemelu Elonu 19, Antoine Mendy (198-F-83) 15, Jean-Frederic Morency 11



Chester Frazier Back In The Beko BBL With The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
If there is one thing that head coach John Patrick is known for then it is bringing back old players that he has worked with to the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. With Jason Boone, Ben Jacobson and John Little, Patrick has a trio of guys who know how to win after winning the 2010 Eurochallenge and now a fourth member form those glory days returns with Chester Frazier (188-G-86, college: Illinois). Frazier is a 25 year old 188cm guard from Baltimore Maryland. He will be starting his second professional season after siting out last year and heading back to Illinois to continue schooling and being assistant coach for the team. Patrick knows exactly what he gets with the American. 'Chester is a real point guard, but can defend the positions 1-4. He is before during and after practices the hardest working guys I know and always wants to win. He can be a role model for the young guys. With his added expereince as assistant coach, he knows more about the game and can be an added assistant on the court', added John Patrick. In his rookie season for John Patrick with MEG Goettingen, Frazier played EuroChallenge: 14 games: 3.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg; German League: 31 games: 5.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 53.3%. 'I can hardly wait to be on the court and play again. I missed playing more than I could ever imagine', stressed Chester Frazier (188-G-86, college: Illinois). Frazier played at Illinois from 2005-2009. Awards/Achievements in his career have been Big Ten Regular Season Runner-Up -06, 09, Big Ten Tournament Semifinals -07, 09, Big Ten All-Defensive Team -07, 09
Big Ten Tournament Finalist -08, and EuroChallenge Champion -10

Source: s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg


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EuroChallenge: Szolnok lost the game and second position - by Eurobasket News
Szolnok - Keravnos 81:93

Szolnok lost the game and second position to Keravnos. The team from Hungary was beaten 81:93 to fall at 1-2 record. The Strovolos team played great and took an early lead of 3 by the end of the first quarter 24-27 with Moore being the main figure with his organizational skills and his assists while in the productive part Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, college: Mississippi St.) was awesome against the Hungarians in the first period. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was an exceptional evening for Winsome Frazier who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Marcus Moore accounted for 10 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists for the winning side. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) added 20 points and 5 assists respectively for Szolnok in the defeat.

Keravnos: Winsome Frazier 27+10rebs, Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami, OH) 15, Strahinja Dragicevic (203-F-86) 15
Szolnok: Marton Bader 23+11rebs, Akos Horvath 20, Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) 12



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  IBA   


Last weekend games resutls - by Gianni Pascucci
Gary Splash 98-83 Lake County Stars
The Splash strength and superior size proved to be too much for the Lake County Stars as Mitchell Carter (6'10''-C, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) and B.J. Walker (6'10''-F/C-84, college: Oklahoma City) dominated the interior scoring 23 and 16 pts in the contest. The Stars were led by Carl Fine (5'11''-G/F-83, college: Newman) with 16 pts. The Splash held serve as they along with the Riverdawgs and Soldiers all have only one loss as teams begin to eye home court advantage for playoffs. For more information on the IBA log on to ibaball.net.

Rockford Riverdawgs 185-177 (ot) Chicago Redline
On Saturday Nov 19th, in an epic scoring duel, the Rockford Riverdawgs continued their phenomenal 3 point shooting exhibition in Chicago. Leading the way with 46 pts and 10 ast was Point Guard Ameer Watts (5'10''-G-82, college: Missouri So.) assisted by back court mate Nicholas Zachery (6'3''-G-79, college: UALR) with 34 pts. The Redline put up a fight chugging back from a 17 point 4th quarter deficit to send the game into overtime led by Tony Bennett (5'11''-PG) with 43 pts. The Riverdawgs would make key free throws in the extra period to close out the game and pull to 6-1 for the season.


Standings
IBA Standings
Winter League
 1. Rockford RD 6-1 
 2. Gary Splash 3-1 
 3. Kankakee S. 3-1 
 4. Chicago R. 1-2 
 5. Battle Creek K. 0-3 
 6. Lake County S. 0-5 
Spring League
 1. Holland Blast 0-0 
 2. Lansing C. 0-0 
 3. Springfield S. 0-0 


IBA Stats Leaders
IBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Edwards, KCS 40.3
2 N.Zackery, RR 25.6
3 Johnson, CR 25.3
4 Kyle, KCS 23.5
5 Chismark, KCS 21.5
6 Watts, RR 21.1
7 T.Williams, BK 19.3
8 Young, BK 19.3
9 T.Williams, CR 18.0
10 Spencer, LCS 17.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Edwards, KCS 12.8
2 Gardner, KCS 10.5
3 Zimmer, GS 9.8
4 Wesby, GS 9.0
5 Chismark, KCS 8.8
Assists Per Game
1 Kyle, KCS 11.8
2 Edwards, KCS 9.3
3 Watts, RR 7.1
4 Howard, GS 5.0
5 Thompson, GS 4.5


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Euro news - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Two Icelandic players met in a ACB game last weekend when CAI Zaragoza and Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) visit Assignia Manresa wher Haukur Palsson is playing. Both players in starting lineup.. CAI Zaragoza came out with a win 81-76. Haukur Palsson did score 6 points in the loss. Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) was more active with 20 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist.

In Sweden another battle between Icelandic players where last night when Jamtland with Brynjar Bjornsson who scred 6 points and grabb 2 rebounds lost 88-93 to Sundsvall.
For Sundsvall Pavel Ermolinskij had 23 points, 8 boards and 7 assist. Jakob Sigurdarson 23 pts. 3 rebs and 6 assist. Hlynur baeringsson 14 pts, 10 rebs and 2 assist


Lengjan Cup - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Games played in last round of Lengjan Cup.

Valur 93 Keflavik 115. Teams forgot to play defense in this game. Scorers. Darnell Hugee & Garrison Johnson 19. Igor Tratnik 17 & 12 rebs for Valur. Charles Michael Parker 28. Jarryd Cole 21.Steven Dagustino 19 for Keflavik.
Skallagrimur 92. IR 99. Lloyd Harrison 26 for Skallagrim. Nemanja Sovic & James Bartolotta 21 for IR
Fjolnir 78 Grindavik 83. Calvin O''Neil 30. Nathan Walkup 20 for Fjolnir. Giordan Watson19 for Grindavik
KFI 93 Haukar 82. Chris Miller-Williams 27 points & 17 rebounds. Craig Schoen 26. Ari Gylfason 25 for KFI. Jovanni Shuler 28. Chris Smith 19 for Haukar.
Hamar 85. Njardvik 95. Brandon Cotton 38 for Hamar. Travis Holmes 22. Elvar Fridriksson 18 for Njardvik


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  IRAN   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Zob Ahan 7-0 
 2. Mahram 7-0 
 3. Azad 5-2 
 4. Foolad Mahan 4-2 
 5. Petrochimi 4-3 
 6. M.H.Ahvaz 3-4 
 7. Saman Bank 3-4 
 8. Sanaye Petrochimi 3-4 
 9. Zanjan 2-5 
 10. Shiraz a.s Pipe 2-5 
 11. Gorgan 1-5 
 12. Jahesh 0-7 


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Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 8-2 
 2. 11890 Killester 6-2 
 3. UCD Marian 4-4 
 4. Belfast Star 0-9 
South Conference
 1. B.Gais Neptune 5-3 
 2. UL Eagles 5-4 
 3. UCC Demons 4-3 
 4. Moycullen 2-7 


SuperLeague Round 9: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
SuperLeague round 9 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader UCC Demons (4-3) against second ranked 11890 Killester (6-2) 100-86 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of UCC Demons. 11890 Killester dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to UCC Demons' 54. They outrebounded UCC Demons 58-33 including a 43-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. 11890 Killester looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by UCC Demons' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when 11890 Killester made 9 blocks. It was a good game for naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 22 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks. The former international guard Michael Westbrooks (193-82) contributed with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward Shawn Atupem (200-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for UCC Demons. Defending champion maintains second place with 6-2 record having just -1 point less than leader DCU Saints. UCC Demons at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by DCU Saints. UCC Demons will play next round against strong UCD Marian trying to make it back to the top of the standings. 11890 Killester will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked B.Gais Neptune in Cork.
Another interesting game for B.Gais Neptune (5-3) which played in Dublin against UCD Marian (4-4). Second ranked B.Gais Neptune had an easy win 98-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of UCD Marian. It was a key game for the top position in the league. American power forward Ronald Thompson (208-81, college: Morehouse) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners and Gerard Noonan chipped in 19 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Conor Meany (185-86) with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. B.Gais Neptune keeps a position of league leader. UCD Marian at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. B.Gais Neptune will play against league's second-placed 11890 Killester in Dublin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UCD Marian will play on the road against UCC Demons in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for UL Eagles (5-4) which played road game in Belfast against 4th placed Belfast Star (0-9). Third ranked UL Eagles managed to get a 5-point victory 70-65. Jason Killeen nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Tyson Johnson came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for Belfast Star in the defeat. UL Eagles moved-up to second place. Loser Belfast Star still closes the standings with nine games lost. UL Eagles will meet at home league's leader DCU Saints in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Belfast Star will play against Moycullen and hopes to get finally their first victory.
An interesting game for DCU Saints (8-2) which hosted in Dublin 4th placed Moycullen (2-7). First ranked DCU Saints had an easy win 72-51. The best player for the winners was Martins Provizors who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds. DCU Saints maintains first place with 8-2 record. Moycullen at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. DCU Saints' next round opponent will be league's second-placed UL Eagles in Limerick and it will be for sure the game of the week. Moycullen will play at home against Belfast Star and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Belfast Star - UL Eagles 65-70

An interesting game for UL Eagles (5-4) which played road game in Belfast against 4th placed Belfast Star (0-9). Third ranked UL Eagles managed to get a 5-point victory 70-65. UL Eagles outrebounded Belfast Star 38-25 including a 18-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international center Jason Killeen (211-85, college: Augusta St., agency: JEMsports) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and Eion Quigley accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds. Four UL Eagles players scored in double figures. American forward Tyson Johnson (198-87, college: Wyoming, agency: Strategic Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Michael McKillop (194-85, college: Davidson) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Belfast Star in the defeat. UL Eagles moved-up to second place. Loser Belfast Star still closes the standings with nine games lost. UL Eagles will meet at home league's leader DCU Saints in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Belfast Star will play against Moycullen and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
UL Eagles: E.Quigley 18+7reb, J.Killeen 14+13reb+2ast, C.White 13+6reb+3ast, M.Hall 10+1reb+4ast, R.Lynch 8+5reb+1ast, N.Campbell 7+6reb+2ast
Belfast Star: M.McKillop 15+5reb+2ast, T.Johnson 14+11reb+2ast, S.Dawson 12+5ast, S.Summersgill 8+4reb+3ast, M.Dougherty 7+2reb+2ast, F.Toner 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 145145


UCD Marian - B.Gais Neptune 84-98

Another interesting game for B.Gais Neptune (5-3) which played in Dublin against UCD Marian (4-4). Second ranked B.Gais Neptune had an easy win 98-84. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of UCD Marian. It was a key game for the top position in the league. B.Gais Neptune made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 UCD Marian turnovers and outrebounded them 46-35 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. B.Gais Neptune players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American power forward Ronald Thompson (208-81, college: Morehouse) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Gerard Noonan (180-82) chipped in 19 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Four B.Gais Neptune players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Conor Meany (185-86) with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Donnie Stith (201-85, college: Tulane, agency: Gamble Sports Management) scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. B.Gais Neptune keeps a position of league leader. UCD Marian at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. B.Gais Neptune will play against league's second-placed 11890 Killester in Dublin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UCD Marian will play on the road against UCC Demons in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B.Gais Neptune: R.Thompson 29+20reb+5ast, R.Downey 20+2reb+1ast, G.Noonan 19+7reb+9ast, P.Taylor 11+5reb+1ast, G.Walsh 8+3reb+4ast, S.Sheehan 5+1reb+2ast
UCD Marian: C.Meany 27+9reb+6ast, D.Stith 22+8reb, K.Foley 10+8reb+1ast, N.Meany 8+1reb+1ast, C.James 6+3reb+1ast, C.Finn 5+1reb+1ast
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DCU Saints - Moycullen 72-51

An interesting game for DCU Saints (8-2) which hosted in Dublin 4th placed Moycullen (2-7). First ranked DCU Saints had an easy win 72-51. DCU Saints shot 62.2 percent from the field. DCU Saints outrebounded Moycullen 55-31 including a 37-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-87) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds. Forward Patrick Glover (193-77) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Luke Enos (201, college: Black Hills St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Dylan Cunningham (195-91) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively. DCU Saints maintains first place with 8-2 record. Moycullen at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. DCU Saints' next round opponent will be league's second-placed UL Eagles in Limerick and it will be for sure the game of the week. Moycullen will play at home against Belfast Star and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DCU Saints: P.Glover 18+7reb+3ast, M.Provizors 14+18reb+2ast, J.Donnelly 13+4reb+2ast, K.Anderson 8+2reb+4ast, E.Donnelly 7+11reb+4ast, M.Trimmer 7+8reb
Moycullen: L.Enos 17+10reb+1ast, C.Nihill 11, D.Cunningham 10+8reb+3ast, E.Maxwell 5+1reb+1ast, P.O'Brien 4+7reb+1ast, J.Loughnane 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 145143


11890 Killester - UCC Demons 100-86

SuperLeague round 9 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader UCC Demons (4-3) against second ranked 11890 Killester (6-2) 100-86 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of UCC Demons. 11890 Killester dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to UCC Demons' 54. They outrebounded UCC Demons 58-33 including a 43-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. 11890 Killester looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by UCC Demons' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when 11890 Killester made 9 blocks. It was a good game for naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 22 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks. The former international guard Michael Westbrooks (193-82) contributed with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American forward Shawn Atupem (200-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and the former international forward Niall O'Reilly (196-80) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for UCC Demons. Five 11890 Killester and four UCC Demons players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains second place with 6-2 record having just -1 point less than leader DCU Saints. UCC Demons at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by DCU Saints. UCC Demons will play next round against strong UCD Marian trying to make it back to the top of the standings. 11890 Killester will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked B.Gais Neptune in Cork.
Top scorers:
11890 Killester: J.Turner 29+22reb+7ast, M.Westbrooks 20+9reb+3ast, P.Madsen 15+5reb+4ast, M.Gomes 14+3reb+2ast, R.Clarke 11+6reb+5ast, A.Casey 6+3reb+1ast
UCC Demons: S.Coughlan 19+3reb+2ast, S.Atupem 19+13reb+1ast, N.O'Reilly 18+5reb+3ast, K.Hosford 10+3reb, N.Murphy 8+4reb+2ast, C.O'Sullivan 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 145144




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  ISRAEL   


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


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Jermaine HALL
  Macc.B.Y.
  (196-F-80)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Hall, Macc.B.Y.24.4 
 2. Miller, Macc.B.Y.24.0 
 3. Clemente, Kiryat T.23.1 
 4. Sanders, Hapoel Y.22.0 
 5. Thondique, Hapoel21.6 
 6. LeMelle, Hapoel A.21.4 
 7. Gonzalez, Hod H.20.7 
 8. Jackson, Hapoel Y.20.5 
 9. Segev, Kiryat Tivon20.4 
 10. Bet-Yosef, Macc..20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 16
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.16.0 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel14.3 
 3. Moses, Hapoel K/S12.0 
 4. Rosefelt, Lev H.11.3 
 5. Webb, Ironi R.10.7 
 6. Daniel, Ironi K-A10.5 
 7. Kelly, Hapoel T-A10.4 
 8. Traimel, Ironi N.10.2 
 9. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.9.8 
 10. Sanders, Hapoel Y.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 T.J. BANNISTER
  Ironi R.
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Bannister, Ironi R.8.0 
 2. Segev, Kiryat Tivon7.7 
 3. Eliyahu, Ironi N.7.2 
 4. Nanikashvili, Iron.7.0 
 5. Berkowitz, Elitzu.5.2 
 6. Sukar, Hod Hashar.4.6 
 7. Younger, Ironi K-A4.0 
 8. Gonzalez, Hod H.3.9 
 9. Barzilai, Elitzur3.7 
 10. Golan, Elitzur Ya.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon4.7 
 2. Eliyahu, Ironi N.4.0 
 3. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.3.6 
 4. Gonzalez, Hod H.3.4 
 5. Hofman, Elitzur3.3 
 6. Miller, Macc.B.Y.3.1 
 7. Sztarkman, Hapoel3.0 
 8. Tolbert, Hapoel K/S2.8 
 9. Nanikashvili, Iron.2.7 
 10. Buchman, Macc.B.Y.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Ironi K-A
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Daniel, Ironi K-A2.7 
 2. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.1 
 3. Thondique, Hapoel1.9 
 4. Johnson, Hod H.1.9 
 5. Jackson, Hapoel Y.1.8 
 6. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.7 
 7. Webb, Ironi R.1.6 
 8. Sanders, Hapoel Y.1.3 
 9. Naor, Hapoel T-A1.3 
 10. Bacon, Elitzur Ra.1.2 


Danilo Pinnock Claims Innocent After Being Released For Drug Possession - by David Pick
B.C. Habikaa dazzled the Israeli basketball fans tonight (Wednesday) addressing the media with an aggressive email message revealing, 'Panamanian guard Danilo Pinnock was released after marijuana was found in his apartment during a Friday night party.' The letter continued accusing Pinnock of keeping valuable information from the team as police authorities informed the club of what happened.

However, Pinnock and other members of the festivity indeed were arrested and taken to custody, but were released the very same night with no charges, without paying any bails or bonds and without a court hearing date. Pinnock told Eurobasket via cellular phone 'I didn't use any drugs, I never failed a drug test in my life and I'm happy to take any test to prove so before I leave.'

Yesterday during practice, Pinnock found out he wouldn't be getting a Christmas break, resulting into him not seeing his three young children for nearly 10 months. Pinnock who's going through a divorce sent the team's owner an email saying he can't stay in Israel a full season without seeing his kids and that it's important to him to be with them during the holidays. The owner responded to his email with an 'OK' and a promise to arrange a flight ticket to Panama. Yet, literally hours later, the team released its official letter accusing Pinnock of marijuana possession. When asked why he didn't inform the team, Pinnock said 'the team did know about what happened. The night we played Galil (Sunday) I got hit in the head and went to the hospital with the team's GM (Effi Shemesh) and we talked about the situation for a little while. I wanted to leave the team to see my kids so it hurts me that they did this. If I were to stay here, none of this would have happened and they would have covered it all up.'

Now that his reputation both as a person and a player is in jeopardy, Pinnock tries to stay positive, 'I know I was in a situation I shouldn't have been in. Obviously I would love to come back and play in Israel, but I doubt that will ever happen because I'll be looked at as a drug user and unfortunately, it will haunt me anywhere I go now.' Pinnock leaves Israel after playing five games with Habikaa, posting averages of 14.2ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.4aspg and 2.8spg, including a crucial game winning buzzer-beater against Bnei Hasharon helping his former team hold a 3-2 record.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick




Knet Rioja Clavijo and Alexey Chubrevich part ways - by Eurobasket News
Alexey Chubrevich (212-C-86, agency: Duran International) is no longer a member of Knet Rioja Clavijo. They parted ways few days ago. Chubrevich signed for Clavijo during the pre season. The Israeli big join played 9 games in LEB Gold averaging 3.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. Alexey Chubrevich spent last season in Spain as well. He was a member of CB Illescas Urban CLM. For 28 LEB Silver games with them the center had 10.6 ppg and 8.4 rpg. He was named Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Silver All-Bosmans Team -11. Before Illescas, Chubrevich spent one year with Elitzur Yavne in Israeli National League. He had 13 ppg and 9 rpg for 27 games. In the past, he also played for Elitzur Kohav Yair/Yuval, Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa and Elitzur Maccabi Netanya.

National League round 7 best performance: Ramon Clemente - by Eurobasket News
American-Puerto Rican power forward Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Kiryat Tivon, receiving a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Hapoel T-A (6-1) 83-78. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Kiryat Tivon to take over top position in the Israeli National League. Kiryat Tivon have a solid 6-1 record. Clemente turned to be Kiryat Tivon's top player in his first season with the team. Former Wichita State University star has very solid stats this year. Clemente. Clemente is in league's top in points (3rd best: 23.1ppg) and averages impressive 1.7bpg and 62.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Almaad Jackson (210-PF-85) of Hapoel Y/M. Jackson had a very good evening with 31 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Hapoel Y/M lost that game 80-87 to the higher-ranked Elitzur Yavne (#5, 4-3). This loss caused Hapoel Y/M to drop to 12th position in the standings. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Hapoel Y/M managed to get this year. Jackson is a newcomer at Hapoel Y/M, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.5ppg (#8). He also registered 7.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Hapoel Y/M's star - American guard Thomas Sanders (194-G-85, agency: Duran International). Sanders scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Sanders' great performance Hapoel Y/M lost 80-87 to the higher-ranked Elitzur Yavne (#5, 4-3). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Hapoel Y/M can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Sanders he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sanders has individually a great season in Israel. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.0ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gregg Thondique (201-F-87) of Hapoel Afula - 16 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Marshall Moses (198-F-89) of Hapoel K/S - 27 points and 16 rebounds
6. Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76) of Ironi Nahariya - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Curtis Kelly (205-PF-88) of Hapoel T-A - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Tony Younger (200-F-80) of Ironi K-A - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Nate Miller (193-F-87) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 29 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jamelle Cornley (196-F-87) of Lev Hasharon - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Jeremy Lin: Italy deal 'not set in stone' - by Eurobasket News
Warriors guard and Bay Area native Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-89, college: Harvard) appeared on Chronicle Live Monday and told Comcast SportsNet's Dave Benz that his deal to play basketball in Italy is not finalized.

Earlier Monday, Lin's agent Roger Montgomery said that his client was in the 'final stages' of signing with an Italian team that he would not reveal.

Jeremy is a young player who needs to play, Montgomery said. Hes not a veteran guy who can afford to sit around during the lockout. He needs game competition.

On Chronicle Live, Lin told Benz that the deal 'is not set in stone yet.'

'I'll be making a decision soon,' Lin said. 'We're just going to evaluate the situation and go from there.'

Courtesy of www.csnbayarea.com


Terrence Roderick join the Vanoli-Braga Cremona - by Edoardo Tamalio
The Vanoli Basketball announced today an agreement with the U.S. player Terrence Roderick (195-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB). Product of the Northeast Prep School, in his first professional season, the guard born in 1988, 196 cm for 82 kg, a native of Philadelphia, has played in Austria with Arkadia Lions. Brought to Italy last season by the Vanoli-Braga coach Attilio Caja at the Spiga Rimini, Roderick finished the season, producing 16 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. The player is expected to be available to the technical staff on Thursday.


Martinoni going to Casale - by Giovanni Bargna
According to the rumors Novipiu Casale Monferrato is in talks with Canadian Solar Bologna and going to ink Nicolo Martinoni (201-G/F-89).
The italian power forward grew-up at Robur Varese in his hometown before joining Benetton Treviso in 2006.
Martinoni played three games only with Benetton then got back to Varese on loan for two years (58 games played).
In 2010 his adventure with Canadian Solar Bologna began.
During the current season the contribution of the player has not been satisfying so far, 1.3 ppg and 2.2 rpg in 10 minutes, and Casale is looking for an italian prospect in spot 4. This seems to be a good deal for everybody and should be officially announced soon.


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Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 8-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 7-3 
 3. BK Almaty 5-3 
 4. Kaspiy Aktau 3-5 
 5. Tobol 2-5 
 6. BK Atyrau 0-9 


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Peja will play without spectators against Bashkimi - by Dren Shporta
Regarding the spectators rebellion during Peja Sigal Prishtina match last weekend, in the last quarter of the game referees requested the emptying of a court to continue the game. The match continued, and Sigal Prishtina won it. But, Basketball Federation of Kosovo analyzed the match situation during the week and they concluded that Peja should be punished for a next game - to play without their fanatics Shqiponjat on Karagac court.

This is the next punishment for Peja team, after their court was suspended for two matches. Now they are back in their Karagac court and will play without spectators. Peja will host Bashkimi in the next round of BKT Superliga. The old rivals match will be played on the weekend and they have both 4-4 record. The first phase match that was played in Prizren, ended with Pejas 99:90 victory.

Peja has been strengthened with Kristiyan Borisov last week, but they lost Valdet Grapci (suspension) and Rron Grapci (injury). In the next match Peja will be coached by Croatian Ivica Maric, who played for Peja in 2003/04 season. Actual coach Bujar Loci will assist him.




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


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


EuroChallenge: Ventspils edged Nizhny Novgorod in a thriller - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils-Nizhny Novgorod 77:75

Ventspils edged Nizhny Novgorod in a thriller to take 2-1 record in Group D. The Latvian side used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Nizhny Novgorod 77:75.
It was a key game for the top position in Group D. BC Nizhny Novgorod was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 20-16 charge of Ventspils, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Ventspils especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Steven Gray (195-G-89, college: Gonzaga) who scored 19 points and 5 assists. His fellow Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Michal Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and Serbian guard Nemanja Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) added 18 points respectively in defeat.
Ventspils keep a position of Group D leader, which they share with Khimik. BC Nizhny Novgorod dropped to the bottom place with two games lost.

Ventspils: Steven Gray 19, Jahmar Young 19, Martins Meiers (206-C-91) 15, Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Alti Sport) 12
Nizhny Novgorod: Michal Ignerski 20+16reb, Nemanja Protic 18, Semen Antonov (202-F-89) 10



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D Tarver back in town !! - by Rabih Khoury
After failing to impress the coach and the club, Ian Young got released from Antranik club. The replacement is well known in the lebanese league, Derrick Tarver (192-G-80, college: Akron). Tarver played for Blue Stars in 2007-2008 and lead them to the final 4 averaging in 11 games: Score-2 (26.4ppg), 4.1rpg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 62.7%. Then he played in Kuwait and Iran where he was the top scorer of the Iranian league in 2009-2010 averaging 32.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.6apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 46.6%. Tarver will arrive on friday to join his new team !!

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Linas Kleiza confirms decision to play in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Linas Kleiza (6'8''-F-85, college: Missouri) has confirmed that he will be coming back to play in Lithuania while the NBA lockout continues and the only choice left is between Lietuvos Rytas and Zalgiris.

Well see how things pan out. I cant say that the negotiations are intense, but the situation with Lietuvos Rytas is very clear, but I havent heard anything concrete from Zalgiris, said Kleiza.

Lithuanian businessman and professional poker player Antanas Guoga, who is a good friend of Kleiza, is ready to cover both the salary of the player and the insurance-related costs.

Guoga has confirmed that he has spoken to the Zalgiris owner Vladimir Romanov about the opportunity for Kleiza to play in Kaunas, but is waiting for him to field an offer. However, Guoga did admit that the final decision will still be made by Kleiza himself.

Courtesy of www.lithuaniabasketball.com


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


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  NBA   


Both sides in NBA battle reach out to previous deal-broker Quinn - by Eurobasket News
The quest to save the NBA season is clearly running out of time. Lawsuits have been filed and refiled, complaints withdrawn, amended and consolidated. While burning through all that ink and midnight oil, nobody wants to be the first to pick up the phone and call the other side to discuss the only sane way to end this: a settlement.

The NBA and the players need someone to break the ice, someone who can speak plainly and calmly to both sides and move them out of the bunkers they've built and toward a possible deal.

Thankfully for those who want a basketball season, the ideally qualified person with the right relationships and experience and an impeccable reputation as a deal-maker has come forward to solve that problem.

That person is Jim Quinn, who for nearly 20 years served as lead outside counsel for the National Basketball Players Association and who helped broker the deal that ended the 1998-99 lockout. Quinn's unique perspective as a longtime, formidable and respected adversary of commissioner David Stern covers multiple collective bargaining agreements as well as the landmark antitrust lawsuit spearheaded by Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson in 1976.

Reached by CBSSports.com Tuesday at the offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he is a partner and chairman of the global litigation team, Quinn confirmed he has spoken with both Stern and NBPA director Billy Hunter since the collective bargaining process broke down and the union disclaimed -- leading to multiple antitrust lawsuits.

Quinn characterized the conversations as 'touchy-feely' and 'off-the-record,' and said they have occurred 'in the past number of days.'

'The reality is,' he said, 'sometimes off-the-record conversations can be useful.'

Never more so than right now.

'I've always said that I'll be helpful in any way I can be,' Quinn said. 'Everyone would like to see that there is a season, so sure, I'd be helpful.'

In addition to brokering an end to the '98-99 lockout, Quinn also teamed with current NBPA outside counsel Jeffrey Kessler on the successful antitrust lawsuit brought against the NFL by Freeman McNeil and on the recent NFL lockout settlement. Kessler left Weil in 2003 and brought the NBPA account with him, but the two have continued to work together on NFL litigation. NBPA general counsel Ron Klempner worked for Quinn at Weil, and Quinn also has longstanding relationships with several of the key NBA attorneys involved, including Jeffrey Mishkin and David Boies.

Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver declined interview requests Tuesday and also declined to answer questions sent to them through a spokesman regarding the status of settlement talks and whether they would agree to such talks if they were organized or overseen by Quinn. Other than a live televised interview with broadcast partner ESPN on Nov. 14, Stern has made no public comments since the union dissolved and launched antitrust actions against the league.

But the most important words are those being spoken privately, with Quinn in the role of back-channel facilitator that was described in a CBSSports.com story Friday by two people briefed on ownership matters. Asked what his best asset would be in brokering a possible NBA settlement in time to have a substantial season, Quinn said simply, 'I know everybody.'

For that reason and many others, Quinn is the ideal middle man to bring the two sides together, as the NBA's own website pointed out last month. One attorney who has crossed paths with Quinn many times over the years called him 'a voice of reason if there ever was one.'

The nearly five-month NBA lockout, which now represents the biggest threat to losing an entire NBA season to a labor dispute in the league's history, needs one of those badly. And it's finally got one.

'The most favorable outcome is that they somehow get together quickly and reach an agreement so that they can have a reasonable season,' Quinn said. 'I hesitate to guess what most likely outcome is.

'I think both sides want a settlement,' he said. 'I just don't know whether they can get one quickly.'

According to people involved in the process on both sides, there is a common realization that this is the week a deal must come together to fulfill the league's desire to start the season by Christmas. And despite the lack of official communication between the parties and some obstacles that grew out of the players' antitrust actions, sources maintain that the framework of a settlement could be reached quickly once the dialogue progressed from the back channels to the formal stages.

'Everyone on both sides realizes it's settlement time,' said a person who has been in frequent contact with negotiators.

One of the obstacles in the who-calls-whom-first dilemma has been that Hunter, no longer the bargaining agent for the players, faces potential legal entanglements if he is the one to initiate negotiations directly with Stern. If a settlement can't be reached in the next few days, league attorneys will proceed full steam with their defense of the players' lawsuit -- which includes ramping up their argument in the league-initiated case in New York that the players' disclaimer was a 'sham,' or negotiating tactic. Hunter picking up the phone and calling Stern, some attorneys believe, would bolster the NBA's legal argument.

Also, the fact that the players are no longer represented by a union and are now suing the NBA for potentially enormous damages hasn't removed one of the impediments Stern has long faced: his hard-line owners. While the shift from negotiating to the courts has caused some moderate owners to soften their position and favor a settlement, sources say some hard-line owners have dug in even more and 'want to make the players pay,' one of the people said.

So, too, have some hard-liners on the players' side become emboldened by the prospect of a landmark damages decision against the NBA. Some on the players' side have pushed in the past week to harden their position compared to where the bargaining talks broke down. For such attorneys, it's a simple matter of risk assessment: If the owners would face a $6 billion damages judgment for a completely lost season, their economic offer should improve by whatever percent chance league attorneys think they have of losing the case.

So, for example, if the NBA predicts a 25 percent chance of losing, it should offer the players $1.5 billion more over 10 years than it offered in its most recent proposal. That calculates to about 3 percentage points of BRI, which would put the split at 53-47 in favor of the players. There are 'far too many irrational people on both sides for it to proceed that way,' said one person who has been briefed on the various bargaining stances. Indeed, hard-line owners likely would be pushing for those numbers to be flipped in the league's favor.

Part of Quinn's job would be to identify the rational people on both sides and try to engage them in making a deal that would resemble the 50-50 economic split that both sides had agreed to when the talks broke down. Then it's a matter of probing both sides for a compromise on the list of unresolved system issues. For the players, the most important items were the rate of increase in luxury tax for repeat offenders; tax-paying teams' access to spending and trade exceptions; and the method for identifying when a team is considered to be above the tax threshold -- as in, before or after a signing that would push the team over the line.

For attorneys who have brokered far more complicated deals -- and nearly all of those involved in this case have done so -- this has to come across as a settlement that could be hammered out in a couple of days.

After years of posturing, months of bargaining, billions of concessions from the players and nearly two months of the season lost, those days are here. The one thing people on both sides agree on is that if significant progress isn't made by Friday -- with final details to be wrapped up over the weekend -- then the chances of a season starting by Christmas will be gone. With little appetite on either side for a 50-game season starting after New Year's, and with hard-liners becoming more emboldened by the minute, these next few days aren't just about saving a Christmas opener for the NBA.

They could be about saving the whole thing.

Someone who's done that already is talking to both sides, and stands ready to do whatever he's asked to broker a settlement.

'I think there's still a chance,' Quinn said. 'I'm happy to be helpful, if asked.'

So there's no more need to stand on ceremony and wait for the other side to call. But when the phone rings and Jim Quinn is on the other end of the line, it's in in everybody's best interests to pick it up.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


DeShawn Stevenson: Hunter 'doing a horrible job' - by Eurobasket News
DeShawn Stevenson (6'5''-G-81, agency: Priority Sports) spoke bluntly about what he perceives to be the failings of Billy Hunter in bargaining with the league, and said he does not think there will be an NBA season.

'For me, personally, I dont think there will be a season', Stevenson said. 'Right now there is just a lot of bad blood and [the owners] keep putting offers out that were rejecting. So were not going anywhere.'

'I felt like we should have decertified in July', Stevenson said. 'I feel like Billy Hunter is doing a horrible job because basically now [the owners] know our hand. The media knows our hand.'

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com (via Yahoo! Sports)



Deron Williams scores 50 points in Europe - by Eurobasket News
Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) played his best game in Europe so far. The NBAer nailed 50 points for his Besiktas in a EuroChallenge game which was played last night. Besiktas blasted German team Goettingen at home 105-94 and improved to 3-0 record. Williams spent 36 minutes on the court making 7 of 10 attempts from behind the arc, 10 of 13 for FG2 and 9 of 11 from the FT line. He averages 33.7 points, 4.7 assists and 3 rebounds for 3 EuroChallenge games. In Turkish league, Williams has 20.5 ppg, 6.8 apg and 3 rpg for 6 games. Deron Williams signed for Besiktas during the pre-season. He was one of the first NBA stars to sign an overseas deal during the lockout. According to rumors, Besiktas also wants to add Lamar Odom or Marcin Gortat. Semih Erden already plays there.

Sixers 86 their Hip Hop mascot - by Eurobasket News
Hip Hop is no more.

Seeing as how there is no actual basketball to talk about during the NBA lockout, this qualifies as big Sixers news. After receiving hundreds of communications from fans, nearly all of them advocating the end of a symbol of a different era, the team's new ownership will announce today that the never-beloved mascot has been put out to pasture, literally.

To spare the sensibilities of the one or two children who weren't scared to death by the rabbit, the team will say that Hip Hop fell in love, married and moved away to start a family. Apparently, it either was that or announce that they were going to boil him in a pot on a really big stove in a remake of 'Fatal Attraction.'

A decade ago, with Allen Iverson as the face of the franchise and Pat Croce rappelling the Walt Whitman Bridge as the out-there owner, Hip Hop arrived as a replacement for another mascot, Big Shot (whose demise wasn't exactly mourned, either, if memory serves).

Big Shot was lumbering and dopey. Hip Hop was acrobatic and edgy. Then, it was the image they sought. But all of these years later, after all of the coaches and all of the losses, fans were nearly unanimous in the missives they sent to newsixersowner.com. Before the forum was closed, more than 6,500 comments were received on every conceivable Sixers topic, but hundreds focused specifically on the bunny.

The task of coming up with a replacement for Hip Hop will fall to two firms specializing in the business. One is Jim Henson's Creature Shop, which began as the workshop of the late creator of the Muppets. The other is Raymond Entertainment Group, whose founder is Dave Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic.

Courtesy of http://articles.philly.com


Tyson Chandler not playing in China - by Eurobasket News
Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) has decided not to accept an offer to play basketball in China during the NBA lockout.

The Dallas Mavericks free-agent center told ESPN The Magazine that he rejected a lucrative contract offer from the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions.

'I was considering it but I don't think I'm going to do it,' Chandler said in a text message. 'It was hard to turn down.'

Chandler, who will be one of the hottest free agents on the market after helping the Mavericks defeat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, said he will probably stay in the United States during the lockout and forgo any other overseas opportunities.

Chandler, 29, is coming off his best season as a pro in which he was credited, most notably by Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, with changing the defensive culture in Dallas after his arrival via trade in the summer of 2010 in what became the first championship run in franchise history.

But in a recent interview with 'The Ben and Skin Show' on ESPN Radio in Dallas (103.3 FM), Chandler expressed concern that the league's next collective bargaining agreement might be too restrictive -- especially on teams in luxury-tax territory -- to bring him back.

'With the collective bargaining agreement and some of the things that they're trying to enforce, it would basically prohibit me from coming back,' Chandler said in the interview. 'It would take it out of my hands -- and the organization's -- because it would almost be pretty much impossible for me to re-sign. I just think that can be the worst thing that can happen.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Jeremy Lin: Italy deal 'not set in stone' - by Eurobasket News
Warriors guard and Bay Area native Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-89, college: Harvard) appeared on Chronicle Live Monday and told Comcast SportsNet's Dave Benz that his deal to play basketball in Italy is not finalized.

Earlier Monday, Lin's agent Roger Montgomery said that his client was in the 'final stages' of signing with an Italian team that he would not reveal.

Jeremy is a young player who needs to play, Montgomery said. Hes not a veteran guy who can afford to sit around during the lockout. He needs game competition.

On Chronicle Live, Lin told Benz that the deal 'is not set in stone yet.'

'I'll be making a decision soon,' Lin said. 'We're just going to evaluate the situation and go from there.'

Courtesy of www.csnbayarea.com


Linas Kleiza confirms decision to play in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Linas Kleiza (6'8''-F-85, college: Missouri) has confirmed that he will be coming back to play in Lithuania while the NBA lockout continues and the only choice left is between Lietuvos Rytas and Zalgiris.

Well see how things pan out. I cant say that the negotiations are intense, but the situation with Lietuvos Rytas is very clear, but I havent heard anything concrete from Zalgiris, said Kleiza.

Lithuanian businessman and professional poker player Antanas Guoga, who is a good friend of Kleiza, is ready to cover both the salary of the player and the insurance-related costs.

Guoga has confirmed that he has spoken to the Zalgiris owner Vladimir Romanov about the opportunity for Kleiza to play in Kaunas, but is waiting for him to field an offer. However, Guoga did admit that the final decision will still be made by Kleiza himself.

Courtesy of www.lithuaniabasketball.com


Billy Hunter expects court to mediate the players' lawsuit against the NBA - by Eurobasket News
Union executive director Billy Hunter said Tuesday he expected that a Minnesota magistrate judge would mediate the players' lawsuit against the NBA, as the court did in the NFL's labour dispute.

Hunter specifically mentioned U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan, the court-appointed mediator in the NFL talks. Boylan is not the magistrate assigned to the NBA antitrust suit, although the district judge has the discretion to appoint a different magistrate to mediate.

'What may very well be is the judge there directs the magistrate, as they did in the NFLPA case, to host a settlement conference, and that could possibly occur as early as next week,' Hunter said.

One reason the players' lawyers decided to consolidate two suits against the NBA in Minnesota, he said, was that the district court there routinely uses magistrates to mediate cases.

Different groups of players filed separate lawsuits in California and Minnesota last week. On Monday, lawyers withdrew the California complaint and filed a consolidated, amended suit in Minnesota. Players attorney David Boies said at the time that the choice was made because cases move faster in Minnesota.

Hunter said Tuesday that the possibility of having a magistrate mediate also played into the decision, with the same goal in mind: resolving the labour strife quickly.

'It makes it easier for the parties to get together when the court is involved,' he said.

NBA owners locked out the players July 1, and the labour strife has forced games to be cancelled through Dec. 15.

The owners had already filed a lawsuit of their own in the Southern District of New York and could file a motion to have the Minnesota case moved there.

After the two sides were unable to reach an accord, the players disbanded the union last week. That set the stage for the increasingly bitter labour dispute to move from the negotiating table to the courtroom, which could jeopardize the entire 2011-12 season.

Hunter spoke Tuesday after NBPA officials and players distributed Thanksgiving turkeys to local families outside their office in Harlem. The NBPA gave away 9,000 turkeys nationally in New York, Atlanta, Houston, Washington, Miami and New Orleans.

The Knicks' Roger Mason Jr., a member of the NBPA board, said he didn't find anything awkward about discussing the players' demands right after distributing the turkeys.

'Especially during the lockout where you have two (sides) unable to get something done and there's a lot of talk of greed Thanksgiving season, this is a time to give back,' he said, 'and I just feel like it's important for all of us to do that.'

Courtesy of Yahoo


Injured JR Smith clashes with his CBA team - by Eurobasket News
When Zhejiang Golden Bulls signed NBA free agent Smith J.R. (6'6''-G-85) in September, they were notified he used to be a troublemaker.

They just did not expect the trouble to come so quickly.

In his debut game for the Golden Bulls in the Chinese Basketball Association league on Sunday, Smith J.R. contributed 20 points along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists in a 78-111 road loss to Guangdong Hongyuan, a not-so-impressive outcome considering his reportedly $3 million salary with the team, which is the highest in CBA. What was worse, he suffered a knee injury with 5:25 remaining. The video clip showed he twisted his knee in a penetration play, and then limped off the court in agony.

The hapless star, appearing to be in a discontented mood, covered his head with a towel at a courtside seat and declined medical attention from the team. After the game, he left with his sister, back to the hotel.

On Monday morning, he updated his Twitter and Weibo, saying he was on his way to Beijing to see a doctor, which triggered a spat with the team's manager Zhao Bing.

An irate Zhao posted a warning to Smith on Weibo Monday afternoon about his reckless leave, saying that the club wanted him back as soon as possible, or 'he will face the consequences.'

Smith, on the other end, responded 40 minutes later, saying the purpose of his leave is to get healthy, and suggested Zhao 'pick another profession' if he could not understand that.

He also denied that he was taking advantage of the injury to leave China, saying his goal is not to leave but to win, and health is one of the conditions of winning.

According to a Sina report, Smith underwent an MRI on his knee Tuesday morning in Beijing and will later fly back to Yiwu city in Zhejiang to meet the team to prepare for a home opener tonight.

Smith communicated with the team Monday night and reiterated his willingness to stay, says the report, but it will be based on his condition and he will negotiate with the team after his return.

An insider from the Golden Bulls reveals that the team was planning to waive Smith, who has been too demanding.

According to Zhao Bing, the club had provided Smith with a presidential suite at a cost of 6,880 yuan per day, arranged a special chef and spent 700,000 yuan in insurance as he requested. However, he wanted another villa in Shanghai or Hangzhou with a chauffeured car to commute for training in Yiwu.

Ding Wei, the team's head coach, also disclosed that Smith has missed training three times with illness excuses. And the team discovered that once he was actually shopping in Shanghai.

Courtesy of www.chinadaily.com.cn


Nets second round pick Jordan Williams to play in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Jordan Williams (6'10''-F-90) will continue his career in Poland. The New Jersey Nets second round pick penned a deal with Zastal ZG. Williams left Maryland University after two years. He shined last season with 16.9 ppg, 11.8 rpg and 1.4 bpg for 22 games. Williams was named All-ACC 1st Team -11. In 2009/10, he was awarded with ACC All-Rookie Team. According to the US media, this signing could be a risk for the former Maryland power forward because he has yet to sign an NBA contract, leaving him without a safety net if he gets injured. But theres also no guarantee the 36th overall pick would get a spot on the Nets roster, especially if the season is canceled and he joins two draft classes and two free agent classes in what would be a maelstrom of player movement in the summer of 2012. His new team Zastal ZG currently maintains second place in PLK. They have 7-2 record.

NBA players move legal fight to Minnesota, withdraw lawsuit against league in California - by Eurobasket News
After filing two separate antitrust lawsuits against the league in different states, NBA players are consolidating their efforts and have turned to the courts in Minnesota as their chosen venue.

A group of named plaintiffs including Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash and Kevin Durant filed an amended federal lawsuit against the league in Minnesota on Monday, hoping the courts there will be as favorable to them as they have been to NFL players in the past.

The locked-out players filed class-action antitrust suits against the league last Tuesday in California and Minnesota. The California complaint was withdrawn Monday.

The likelihood was wed get a faster result in Minnesota than California, players lawyer David Boies said. I think the result would be the same.

NBA owners locked out the players July 1, and the labor strife between the two sides has forced games to be canceled through Dec. 15.

This is consistent with Mr. Boies inappropriate shopping for a forum that he can only hope will be friendlier to his baseless legal claims, Rick Buchanan, NBA executive vice president and general counsel, said in a statement.

Federal court in Minnesota was the venue for all NFL labor disputes that reached the courts for the past two decades. The NFL players enjoyed several victories over the owners there, most recently when U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson issued a temporary injunction this summer that lifted the NFLs owner-imposed lockout. That decision was stayed and eventually overturned on appeal by the 8th Circuit in St. Louis.

Boies insisted the only reason to pick Minnesota was to speed up the process. The first case management conference in California had been scheduled for March 9, although the sides could have requested the date to be moved up. Boies expected a hearing in Minnesota next month.

The docket is less congested there, he said. They have a good track record of handling these kind of cases very promptly.

The owners had already filed a lawsuit of their own in the Southern District of New York, a venue that has issued several NBA-friendly rulings over the years, and could file a motion to have the Minnesota case moved there.

After the two sides were unable to reach an accord, the players disbanded the union last week. That set the stage for the increasingly bitter labor dispute to move from the negotiating table to the courtroom, which could jeopardize the entire 2011-12 season.

Disbanding the union allowed the players to file an antitrust lawsuit against the league, a move the NFL players also used. Chauncey Billups, Rajon Rondo, Caron Butler, Baron Davis, Ben Gordon, Kawhi Leonard, Leon Powe, Anthony Randolph, Sebastian Telfair, Anthony Tolliver and Derrick Williams are the other named plaintiffs in the Minnesota lawsuit. The consolidated complaint added some players not in either of the original two, including Nash.

Although the NBPA made concession after concession, including concessions that would cost its members more than one billion dollars over a six-year period, the NBA essentially refused to negotiate its basic 2007 demands, refusing to back off its demand for large salary reductions and harsh player restraints, the lawsuit alleges.

The NBA must submit its response by Dec. 5. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz.

Boies said that if there had been time to talk to all the players and lawyers initially, only one lawsuit would have been filed in the first place.

It was a desire to get things moving. It was not a competition, he said of the two suits. This was not anything in which people were going different directions.

The courts would have consolidated the suits anyway, so doing it now saves time. And with the first month and a half of the season already canceled, time is of the essence.

Boies repeated that the players side would prefer to reach a settlement instead of taking the litigation to its conclusion. But there was no indication that either side would be contacting the other anytime soon.

In the face of somebody saying, I dont want to talk to you. Weve got an offer take it or leave it. This is an ultimatum. Were going to make no more proposals, and somebody saying, This is baseless; it ought to go away, Boies said, thats a waste of time to make a telephone call.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


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Moncton Miracles release Orr - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles have released 6'11 centre Randall Orr (6'10''-C/F-82, college: Georgia Perimeter) from their roster. The Miracles will be filling up their open position and details will be released once the transaction has been made.

'After starting the season the way that we have we need to make some changes until we find the winning combination of players,' said Head Coach/ General Manager Norris Bell.

The Miracles play their next game on the road against the London Lightning on Thursday, November 24th, 2011 at the John Labatt Centre. The Miracles next home game will be Friday, December 2nd against the London Lightning, 7pm tip off at the Moncton Coliseum.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Ryne SMITH
  Purdue
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 26
 1. Smith, Purdue26.0 
 2. Wattad, Chattano.24.0 
 3. Smith, NC-Wilmi.23.0 
 4. Stoglin, Maryland22.0 
 5. Oladipo, Indiana21.0 
 6. McDougald, Jackso.21.0 
 7. Harris, Wake F.20.0 
 8. Howell, N.Caroli.19.5 
 9. Swansey, Tennesse.19.0 
 10. McKie, Wake Fore.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Michigan.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 18
 1. Green, Michigan.18.0 
 2. Finney-Smith, Virg.16.0 
 3. Smith, Clemson14.0 
 4. Shannon, Florida12.0 
 5. Howell, N.Caroli.11.5 
 6. Plumlee, Duke11.0 
 7. Zlovaric, Chattano.10.0 
 8. Desrosiers, Wake F.10.0 
 9. Henson, N.Carolina9.5 
 10. Drummond, Loyol.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kendall MARSHALL
  N.Carolina
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 10
 1. Marshall, N.Caroli.10.0 
 2. Smith, Clemson8.0 
 3. Brown, N.Caroli.7.5 
 4. Bell, Chattanooga7.0 
 5. Loucks, Florida St.6.0 
 6. Udofia, Georgia6.0 
 7. Johnson, Belmont6.0 
 8. Finney-Smith, Virg.5.0 
 9. Jackson, Purdue5.0 
 10. Scott, Miami, FL5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cody ZELLER
  Indiana
  (210-F-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zeller, Indiana6.0 
 2. Smith, Clemson5.0 
 3. Brown, N.Caroli.4.5 
 4. Jones III, Indiana4.0 
 5. Kennings, Florida3.0 
 6. Moore, Florida A&M3.0 
 7. Raines, Virginia T.3.0 
 8. Cooley, E.Tenn.St.3.0 
 9. Swoope, Miami, FL3.0 
 10. Faust, Maryland3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Carson DESROSIERS
  Wake F.
  (213-C-)
  Avg: 8
 1. Desrosiers, Wake F.8.0 
 2. Henson, N.Carolina5.5 
 3. Finney-Smith, Virg.4.0 
 4. Mosley, Maryland3.0 
 5. Inameti, Tennesse.3.0 
 6. Elston, Indiana2.0 
 7. Jennings, Clemson2.0 
 8. Plumlee, Duke2.0 
 9. Lawson, Purdue2.0 
 10. Akpejiori, Miami,2.0 


Top 25 - Men


Duke and Kansas Advance in Maui Tourney - by Eurobasket
By Jacek Adamski
U. of M. Falls Short in Second Upset Attempt

LAHAINA The Duke Blue Devils have been the kings on Maui, winning titles in 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2007. Michigan has a pedigree of winning here but it has been awhile, 1985 and 1988. Duke endured a brutal New York-North Carolina-Hawaii travel schedule for their Maui No Ka Oi - (Maui is the Best).

Thats the reason its been such a great tournament because theyve always had great fields, coach Mike Krzyzewski said. This one measures up to any of the others in the past, he added with the famous Kaanapali Beach in the background. Including this year, Duke has been 14-0 here. This was said on the dais before all the game action started. Duke and Coach K are in Maui for the Thanksgiving recess.

This is starting to be Dukes (6-0) year as they found their sea legs and a little more as they swept past Michigan 82-75 in the prime time game at the EA Sports Maui Invitational on ESPN. The Lahaina Civic Center was rocking for this showdown matchup as freshman Austin Rivers was calm getting 20 and Ryan Kelly shot 17 points for the winners. Duke had the bench depth that wore down the Wolverines.

The Tournament is great a recruiting tool but not everything is a vacation. Just look at this years impressive field of teams including No. 4 UConn, No. 10 Memphis, No. 12 Kansas, No. 17 Michigan, Tennessee, UCLA, Georgetown and Chaminade University. All teams were scheduled to play three games.

In another thriller, Kansas kept back Georgetown 67-63. This was another case of depth being the turning factor in the game. Junior forward Thomas Robinson led the winners with a double-double, 20 points and 12 rebounds.

The famous Aloha hospitality is in abundance but beach diversions are not conducive to basketball preparations. Golf has been popular with most of the assistant coaches and activities with youth sports groups were also scheduled.

Previously at the Lahaina Civic Center

Duke freshman Austin Rivers had four 3-pointers to help sink Tennessee 77-67. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 points and Michigan freshman Trey Burke had 14 as the Wolverines upset Memphis 73-61.

When asked about the highly rated Memphis defense, Hardaway said, I think it was just preparation. We were talking to our coaches and finding an easy way to score on offense. We took advantage of it and it helped us out in the long run.

Michigan coach John Beilein was trying to squeeze in playing time for most. He said post-game, Were going to be here for three days win or lose. So I wanted to make sure we gave a little more rest than we had been giving. Really, we stopped and embraced the moment.

After his game Krzyzewski said, But John (Beilein) does a great job. Hes got a veteran team. For them to beat Memphis like that, they must have played a great basketball game, because Memphis is one of the most talented teams in the country. He added, I have to get on Detroits time zone now. It has been a hectic week.

The latter is referring to the chaotic pace since breaking the all time coaching wins record at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Coach K total is now at 905.

In an early morning contest for state bragging rights, Memphis squeaked by Tennessee 97-99 in two overtimes. The Vols were down by 16 at one point but the fuel injected performance from forward Jerome Maymon kept Tennessee around for the thriller.


Next Years Tournament Teams Announced

KemperLesnik Tourney Notes: The teams for the 2012 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational have been announced. They include Butler, Illinois, Marquette, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Texas, and host Chaminade University are the scheduled teams for the 29th edition.

The First Maui College Basketball Tournament was in 1984. In 1985, The Rolco Sports Network broadcast the first national telecast of the tourney then played at the War Memorial in Kahalui. Michael Reghi and Raymond Rolak were on air with Jon Brekke and Brian Kohne directing and producing respectively. Michigan beat Kansas State 80-58 for the championship with Dell Curry of Virginia Tech being named as Outstanding Player.

This years championship game will be telecast live on ESPN at 10:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday featuring Jay Bilas, Bill Raferty and Sean McDonough as on-air talent.
Robert Capener director of basketball for sports apparel maker adidas was scheduled to showcase new Hawaiian and Maui inspired shirts for the five teams here that they outfit.






Duke in familiar spot: Maui final - by Eurobasket News
Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92) had 20 points, Seth Curry (6'2''-G-90) and Ryan Kelly (6'11''-F-91) had 17 each, and No.6 Duke shot its way into another Maui Invitational championship game with an 82-75 win over No.15 Michigan on Tuesday.

Duke (6-0) put on an offensive show, scoring on an array of 3-pointers and spectacular shots to remain undefeated (14-0) at the Maui Invitational, winning titles in 1992,'97,'01 and'07.

Andre Dawkins (6'4''-G-91) added 14 points, and the Blue Devils hit 11 of 21 3-pointers while shooting 56 percent overall to earn a spot in tonight's title game against No.14 Kansas or UCLA.

Michigan (4-1) struggled early, falling behind by 16, and fought its way back by hitting 21 of 34 shots in the second half. The Wolverines never made it all the way back.

Courtesy of www2.timesdispatch.com


No. 14 Kansas beats UCLA 72-56 to reach Maui final - by Eurobasket News
Elijah Johnson (6'4''-G) scored 23 points and No. 14 Kansas nearly blew all of a 20-point lead before pulling away for a 72-56 win over UCLA in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational on Tuesday night.

Thomas Robinson (6'9''-F) had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90) added 13 points and six assists and Kansas reached Wednesday night's championship game against No. 6 Duke, undefeated in the Maui Invitational while winning four titles.

Kansas (3-1) looked as though it was going to run away from the Bruins at the start, going up 12 points in the first 6 minutes and building from there.

The Jayhawks fizzled with a flurry of turnovers and defensive breakdowns to let UCLA back in it, then pulled away over the final 5 minutes for a harder-than-expected victory.

UCLA (1-3) got off to a brutal start and rallied to trim a 20-point lead down to five before running out of steam.

Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com


Jim Boeheim repeats support for Fine at NIT - by Eurobasket News
Walking up to a throng of reporters, Jim Boeheim drily noted that the last time Syracuse played in the NIT Season Tip-Off, nobody wanted to talk to him.

The Orange are in New York City, with the attention that brings, without longtime assistant coach Bernie Fine. He's on administrative leave after molestation allegations resurfaced last week that Fine has called 'patently false.'

More than a dozen reporters surrounded Boeheim on Tuesday as he sat at a small table in a hotel lounge. When the first question inevitably was posed about the investigation, Boeheim interjected, 'This is all about basketball.'

After saying he'd already made his statement and didn't need to repeat it, Boeheim reiterated it anyway.

'We have to see what happens. I support Bernie, as I said,' Boeheim said. 'Known him for 50 years. If something else happens, surfaces some factual thing then we'll have to adjust to that.'

Asked if the media 'jumped the gun,' Boeheim replied. 'That's not for me to say.'

A moment later, though, he added: 'Read Jason Whitlock.' The Foxsports.com columnist criticized ESPN on Monday for reporting the allegations.

Even when the questions steered toward more basketball-related news, Boeheim still wasn't feeling chatty. On the subject of Syracuse's planned move from the Big East to the ACC, he said, 'That's another thing we're not talking about,' then cracked, 'We've got a lot of things we can't talk about.'

The fifth-ranked Orange face Virginia Tech in an NIT semifinal Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in a tournament overshadowed by somber off-court news. Oklahoma State takes on Stanford in the other semi, its first game since women's basketball coach Kurt Budke, assistant Miranda Serna and two others were killed in a plane crash Thursday.

The Cowboys attended the memorial service Monday in Gallagher-Iba Arena before boarding their flight to New York. Coach Travis Ford spoke to the women's players afterward, giving them his cellphone number and telling them not to hesitate to call him at any time all season long, even 20 minutes before tip-off of one of his games. He received several text messages from them Monday night checking in on how the trip went.

'I hated to be leaving them,' Ford said.

The Cowboys last played Wednesday, rallying from an 11-point deficit in the final 2 minutes of regulation to beat UT-San Antonio in overtime and advance to New York.

Since the devastating news came, the men's team has joined the women's players in taking part in various activities to try to put a smile on their faces, said senior guard Keiton Page. They know each other well: eating dinner together every day, often taking the same classes, living in the same apartment complex.

Page, from Pawnee, Okla., had never been to New York and was comforted by the normalcy of a bouncing basketball.

'It's New York City, Madison Square Garden. Once the ball is thrown up, it's hard not to get consumed with the game,' said Page, who's questionable with a foot injury.

Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg came over to commiserate with Ford, who talked about how close he was to Budke.

'It's unusual, unfortunately, in this society of athletics, where you're often battling for practice time and everything,' Ford said later.

His voice hoarse, Ford was clearly shaken by how routine Budke's flight Thursday was in the life of coaches. Countless times has he himself taken a quick recruiting trip, when the 'only question is when you're getting back.'

'I'd be lying if I said I won't have a different perspective, if that's the right word, or maybe appreciation,' Ford said of Wednesday's game.

He added: 'We're nave as coaches that we think we live and die with every game.'

Courtesy of www.ajc.com


Bullock fuels No. 1 Tar Heels' rout over Tenn. St. - by Eurobasket News
For one night, Reggie Bullock (6'7''-G) stopped thinking so much about his shot and just let the ball fly. Roy Williams and top-ranked North Carolina couldn't have been happier with the results.

The sophomore reserve scored a career-high 23 points and Kendall Marshall had 15 assists to help the Tar Heels beat Tennessee State 102-69 on Tuesday night, keeping them unbeaten before heading west for their second cross-country trip of the month.

John Henson added 16 points, 10 rebounds and a career-best six assists for the Tar Heels (4-0), who led 55-42 at halftime and then used a 14-0 spurt early in the second half to blow the game open. North Carolina shot 62 percent and cracked the 100-point mark for the second time in three days, while its 32 assists on 41 baskets were the most in nine seasons under its Hall of Fame coach.

'Everything looks better when the ball goes in the basket,' Williams said.

Harrison Barnes also scored 16 for UNC, which had a dozen players score and four reach double figures. Yet Bullock and Marshall stood out most against the Tigers (2-3).

Bullock shot 6 of 7 on 3-pointers - the six 3s were also a career high - and came out of the game with students chanting his name and the Tar Heels up 92-56 at the 4:39 mark. The 6-foot-7 guard is coming off a rough rookie season in which he averaged about six points, shot just 30 percent from 3-point range and played through knee pain much of the year before missing the final nine games with a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.

He's hit nine of 15 3s in the past two games, which could open the floor for Henson, Barnes or Tyler Zeller inside.

'It's a big relief because I've been thinking about my shot so much,' Bullock said. 'I just need to make shots, that's what I'm here for. I just came out tonight and just did not think about it anymore. I'm just catching and shooting from now on.'

Marshall left the game seconds after Bullock, ending the night three assists shy of tying the school record set by Raymond Felton in 2003. And he knew exactly where he was on the stat sheet, too, thanks to Henson pointing out at halftime that he already had 10 assists.

'Once I saw Reggie getting hot, I went to Harrison and said, 'If I pass it to you, I don't want to see no pump fakes - just shoot the ball,'' Marshall said.

When he left the game with 4:18 left, Marshall told Williams with a smile that he only needed three more assists to tie the record. It was Marshall's third game with at least 15 assists in his 24 career starts. No other UNC player has more than one in a career.

Kellen Thornton (6'7''-F-88) scored 15 points to lead the Tigers, while Kenny Moore (6'7''-F) added 14. Tennessee State hung around in the first half by hitting seven 3-pointers and shooting 45 percent. But the Tar Heels held the Tigers to 11-for-33 shooting (33 percent) after halftime as they pulled away and finished with a 43-29 rebounding advantage.

'It's magnified against them when you miss shots,' Tennessee State coach John Cooper said. 'They're able to really rebound the basketball. It's one-and-done and then they get out in transition and that puts even more pressure on you.'

North Carolina beat Mississippi Valley State 101-75 in its home opener Sunday, though the Tar Heels struggled with their outside and free-throw shooting. North Carolina shot 5 of 19 from behind the arc and spent most of the game shooting below 50 percent from the foul line before finishing 16 for 31.

Outside shooting wasn't a problem this time, with Bullock leading the team's 11-for-18 performance from behind the arc. North Carolina finished 9 for 16 from the line.

The game was part of the Las Vegas Invitational. After opening the season against Michigan State in the Carrier Classic in San Diego, the Tar Heels will travel west again to face South Carolina in the semifinal round on Friday.

Tennessee State's players had an emotional moment before the game when the mother of redshirt freshman forward M.J. Rhett returned from serving in Iraq and surprised her son in the locker room. Stephanie Rhett is an Army National Guard sergeant who had been in Iraq since September and sat two rows behind the Tennessee State bench.

Video of the reunion was played on the Smith Center boards at halftime, drawing a standing ovation from the home crowd. She said she'll have to return to Iraq in two weeks.

'I didn't have no idea at all,' M.J. Rhett said. 'I just saw her face and I was in shock.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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EuroChallenge: Ventspils edged Nizhny Novgorod in a thriller - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils-Nizhny Novgorod 77:75

Ventspils edged Nizhny Novgorod in a thriller to take 2-1 record in Group D. The Latvian side used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Nizhny Novgorod 77:75.
It was a key game for the top position in Group D. BC Nizhny Novgorod was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 20-16 charge of Ventspils, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Ventspils especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Steven Gray (195-G-89, college: Gonzaga) who scored 19 points and 5 assists. His fellow Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Michal Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and Serbian guard Nemanja Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) added 18 points respectively in defeat.
Ventspils keep a position of Group D leader, which they share with Khimik. BC Nizhny Novgorod dropped to the bottom place with two games lost.

Ventspils: Steven Gray 19, Jahmar Young 19, Martins Meiers (206-C-91) 15, Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Alti Sport) 12
Nizhny Novgorod: Michal Ignerski 20+16reb, Nemanja Protic 18, Semen Antonov (202-F-89) 10



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Williams to Ohud - by Ali Ahmed
Waki Williams (206-F-82, college: Memphis) is a new member of Ohud Medina. The American forward signed a deal for rest of the season.

Outlook:
A spectacular post layer who has a 38' vertical leap and an impressive 85' wingspan. Can score over 50% from the field and over 35% from 3 pts range. Has yet great upside.

Awards/Achievements:
Top 50 in on Junior College Transfers -04
Ranked Top Recruiting Class to enter Division I in 2004-2005 season
C-USA Regular Season Champion -06
C-USA Tournament Winner -06
NCAA Sweet 8 -06
Lebanese League Semifinals -08


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Helios easily defeats Rogaska - by Zeljko Zule
Helios defeated Rogaska, 89-73, in the game of Telemach League Round 7. Rogaska opened the game with 7 straight points to take an early lead, but Helios scored 25 of the next 32 points to go in front 27-14 early in the second quarter. Their lead dipped below double digits only once after that, 53-44. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) finished with 22 points and 4 assists, Drago Pasalic had 21 points and 8 rebounds, Drazen Bubnic collected 19 points and 8 rebounds and Darnley Gay and Dejan Jevtic both scored 10 points. Rogaska was led by Boban Tomic and his 19 points, Nejc Strnad and Alen Blesic scored 11 points each and Milos Miljkovic added 10 points.

Ray leaves Krka - by Zeljko Zule
Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) will continue his career in France. The American guard has agreed on terms of contract with Pau-Orthez. Allan Ray started the season with Krka Novo Mesto. He tallied 18.5 points, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game in EuroCup. The player also delivered 10 points and 1 boards in one Adriatic League appearance. Last season Allan Ray spent in Italy. He played for Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. His stats read 10.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.5 assists per game. Earlier the guard had stints in D-League, NBA, Italy. Allan Ray was the member of U21 USA National Team back in 2005.

Standings - D2
D3 Standings
East
 1. Krka II 7-1 
 2. Bistrica 5-2 
 3. Lastovka 5-2 
 4. Calcit Kamnik 4-2 
 5. Crnomelj 4-2 
 6. Nazarje 3-3 
 7. Vrani Vransko 3-3 
 8. Lenart 2-5 
 9. Podbocje 2-5 
 10. Union Olim. II 1-6 
 11. Hram Gorjan 0-5 
West
 1. Koper 6-0 
 2. Plama Pur 6-1 
 3. Ajdovscina 5-2 
 4. Jezica 3-3 
 5. Logatec 3-3 
 6. Pingvini S. 3-4 
 7. Tolmin 3-4 
 8. Fenomeni 2-4 
 9. Jesenice 2-4 
 10. Globus 1-5 
 11. Javor Pivka 1-5 


Knet Rioja Clavijo signs Sasa Zagorac - by Eurobasket News
Sasa Zagorac (205-F/C-84) is back to Spain. The Slovenian big guy signed a deal with Knet Rioja Clavijo for rest of the season. Clavijo competes in LEB Gold, where it currently has 3-7 record. Sasa Zagorac spent last season in Iran. He joined B.A. Shiraz in January averaging 23.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists for 20 games. From 2006 to 2010, the Slovenian played in Spain. He was a member of Melilla in the first two years, while season 2008/09 he spent with Gandia. In 2009/10, Sasa Zagorac played for Alaoir Coinga. He had 14.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 2 apg for 31 games in LEB Silver. In the past, Zagorac played for Postojna, Union Olimpija and Kapfenberg.

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Mobis replacing Malcolm Thomas for Terrence Leather - by JungHwan Seo

Terrence Leather (204-C-81, college: S.Florida) is coming back to KBL.

Mobis Phoebus officer announced today that they will get Terrence Leather instead of Thomas Malcolm (206-C-88, college: San Diego St.). Terrence Leather will play from this weekend.

Terrence Leather played four seasons in KBL averaging 19.9 points and 9.4 rebounds.

Especially, he got both scoring and rebound titles at same 2008-09 season for the first time in the KBL history.
He went to the KBL finals threes years in a row but he does not have a ring yet.


KBL Round 18: Dongbu Promy beats ET Land Elephants by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Fifth-ranked ET Land Elephants (8-8) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Dongbu Promy (14-3) in Inchon on Tuesday. The visitors from Wonju managed to secure only one-point victory 69-68. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ET Land Elephants won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dongbu Promy made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Dongbu Promy had a 22-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dongbu Promy made 8 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by ET Land Elephants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) who saved his team from a defeat with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks. The former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds for ET Land Elephants. Dongbu Promy maintains first position with 14-3 record. ET Land Elephants lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with eight games lost. Dongbu Promy are looking forward to face SK Knights (#6) in Seoul in the next round where they are favorite. ET Land Elephants will play on the road against Daegu Orions and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game in Seoul was also worth to mention about. 4th ranked KCC Egis (10-7) played at the court of sixth ranked SK Knights (8-9). SK Knights did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 87-70. American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 18 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Hee-Jung Joo chipped in 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. KCC Egis' coach Jae Hur rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. SK Knights maintains sixth position with 8-9 record. KCC Egis at the other side keep the fourth place with seven games lost. SK Knights will play against league's leader Dongbu Promy in Wonju in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. KCC Egis will play at home against LG Sakers in Changwon and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game between 7th ranked LG Sakers (7-10) and eighth ranked Mobis Phoebus (7-10) in Changwon on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Ulsan outscored LG Sakers 94-75. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of LG Sakers. Malcolm Thomas notched a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds by Aaron Haynes did not help to save the game for LG Sakers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated LG Sakers. Mobis Phoebus will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. LG Sakers will play against KCC Egis (#4) in Jeonju and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 18 Samsung Th. were beaten by Sonic Boom KT on the road 59-54.



Sonic Boom KT - Samsung Th. 59-54

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Sonic Boom KT (12-6) beat 9th ranked Samsung Thunders (4-13) in Busan 59-54 on Tuesday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Samsung Thunders were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Sonic Boom KT forced 20 Samsung Thunders turnovers. Strangely Samsung Thunders outrebounded Sonic Boom KT 38-21 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) notched 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Dong-Hyun Cho (188-76) supported him with 16 points. Four Sonic Boom KT players scored in double figures. Even 23 points and 9 rebounds by American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) did not help to save the game for Samsung Thunders. International power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Samsung Thunders' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Sonic Boom KT moved-up to second place. Samsung Thunders lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Samsung Thunders will play against Anyang KGC (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: I.Clark 23+9reb+1ast, E.Sandrin 14+12reb, W.Lee 8+4reb+4ast, D.Kim 7+4reb+2ast, S.Park 2, B.Lee 0
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 17+7reb, D.Cho 16+3reb+1ast, Y.Song 12+3reb+1ast, D.Kim 11+3reb+2ast, S.Cho 2+2reb+3ast, S.Park 1+2reb+3ast
gschID: 145691


ET Land - Dongbu Promy 68-69

Fifth-ranked ET Land Elephants (8-8) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Dongbu Promy (14-3) in Inchon on Tuesday. The visitors from Wonju managed to secure only one-point victory 69-68. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ET Land Elephants won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dongbu Promy made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Dongbu Promy had a 22-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dongbu Promy made 8 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by ET Land Elephants helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) who saved his team from a defeat with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks. The former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) added 16 points in the effort for ET Land Elephants. Dongbu Promy maintains first position with 14-3 record. ET Land Elephants lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with eight games lost. Dongbu Promy are looking forward to face SK Knights (#6) in Seoul in the next round where they are favorite. ET Land Elephants will play on the road against Daegu Orions and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
ET Land: J.Vroman 16+3reb+3ast, T.Moon 16+6reb+2ast, T.Joo 13+3reb, H.Lee 7+3reb, H.Kang 5+2reb+5ast, K.Shin 4+1reb+5ast
Dongbu Promy: H.Yoon 20+5reb+4ast, J.Kim 16+6reb+4ast, R.Benson 16+9reb, J.Hwang 10+3reb+1ast, J.Park 6+3reb+8ast, M.Suk 1+2reb
gschID: 145692


SK Knights - KCC Egis 87-70

The game in Seoul was also worth to mention about. 4th ranked KCC Egis (10-7) played at the court of sixth ranked SK Knights (8-9). SK Knights did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 87-70. The game without a history. SK Knights led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. SK Knights outrebounded KCC Egis 46-29 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 18 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Hee-Jung Joo (181-77) chipped in 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists during the contest. Four SK Knights players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and international center Seung-Jin Ha (221-85) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. KCC Egis' coach Jae Hur rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. SK Knights maintains sixth position with 8-9 record. KCC Egis at the other side keep the fourth place with seven games lost. SK Knights will play against league's leader Dongbu Promy in Wonju in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. KCC Egis will play at home against LG Sakers in Changwon and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: D.Sims 38+11reb+5ast, T.Akins 9+2reb+4ast, S.Ha 8+6reb+2ast, J.Lim 5+1reb+2ast, T.Kim 5+4reb+1ast, M.Jeong 3
SK Knights: A.Johnson 30+18reb, H.Kim 21+6reb, S.Lee 15+3reb+5ast, H.Joo 10+11reb+10ast, J.Han 6+3reb+1ast, K.Hoon Byun 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 145693


LG Sakers - Mobis Phoebus 75-94

The game between 7th ranked LG Sakers (7-10) and eighth ranked Mobis Phoebus (7-10) in Changwon on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Ulsan outscored LG Sakers 94-75. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of LG Sakers. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-75. American center Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) notched a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and Chang-Yong Song (192-87) supported him with 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Five Mobis Phoebus players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds by American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) did not help to save the game for LG Sakers. Naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) added 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated LG Sakers. Mobis Phoebus will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. LG Sakers will play against KCC Egis (#4) in Jeonju and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: A.Haynes 28+13reb+1ast, G.Stevenson 20+7reb+5ast, H.Park 8+2reb+1ast, H.Kim 6+4ast, C.Young Jung 5+2reb+1ast, I.Baek 4+5reb+1ast
Mobis Phoebus: M.Thomas 28+12reb+6ast, C.Song 23+5reb, G.Park 12+3reb+1ast, D.Ryang Kim 12+3reb+1ast, D.Yang 11+1reb+9ast, D.Kim 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 145694




Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 14-3 
 2. Sonic Boom KT 12-6 
 3. Anyang KGC 11-5 
 4. KCC Egis 10-7 
 5. ET Land 8-8 
 6. SK Knights 8-9 
 7. Mobis Phoebus 7-10 
 8. LG Sakers 7-10 
 9. Samsung Th. 4-13 
 10. Daegu Orions 3-13 


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Carlos Canals retires, Girona signs Jordi Vallmajo - by Eurobasket News
Girona announced change at the PG position. Experienced Carlos Canals (178-PG-78) decided to retire from the professional basketball. He appeared 8 times for Girona this season averaging just 1.6 point. He joined the club in 2010. In the past, Canals played for Alaoir, La Palma, Melilla, Plasencia etc. He helped Girona reach the LEB Gold Semifinals last season. The team already found a replacement for Canals and it is Jordi Vallmajo (190-PG-82). He arrives from Beogran, where he spent last two seasons. In the latest one Vallmajo had 5.1 ppg and 2.5 apg. Before Breogan, he played for Rosalia and Gandia.

CAI Zaragoza to release Jacob Burtschi - by Eurobasket News
According to Spanish media, CAI Zaragoza will release Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) in the coming days. Reportedly, the player did not meet expectations. Burtschi joined Zaragoza during the pre-season. He appeared 8 times in Liga Endesa averaging 2.6 points and 2.8 rebounds. Last season Burtschi spent in Germany. He was a member of 1.Bundesliga team Phoenix Hagen. Burtchi had 14.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.5 spg for the club in 33 games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Newcomer of the Year -11. Burtschi was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 3rd Team -11. CAI Zaragoza currently has 4-4 record in Spanish top division.

Knet Rioja Clavijo signs Sasa Zagorac - by Eurobasket News
Sasa Zagorac (205-F/C-84) is back to Spain. The Slovenian big guy signed a deal with Knet Rioja Clavijo for rest of the season. Clavijo competes in LEB Gold, where it currently has 3-7 record. Sasa Zagorac spent last season in Iran. He joined B.A. Shiraz in January averaging 23.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists for 20 games. From 2006 to 2010, the Slovenian played in Spain. He was a member of Melilla in the first two years, while season 2008/09 he spent with Gandia. In 2009/10, Sasa Zagorac played for Alaoir Coinga. He had 14.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 2 apg for 31 games in LEB Silver. In the past, Zagorac played for Postojna, Union Olimpija and Kapfenberg.

Knet Rioja Clavijo and Alexey Chubrevich part ways - by Eurobasket News
Alexey Chubrevich (212-C-86, agency: Duran International) is no longer a member of Knet Rioja Clavijo. They parted ways few days ago. Chubrevich signed for Clavijo during the pre season. The Israeli big join played 9 games in LEB Gold averaging 3.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. Alexey Chubrevich spent last season in Spain as well. He was a member of CB Illescas Urban CLM. For 28 LEB Silver games with them the center had 10.6 ppg and 8.4 rpg. He was named Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Silver All-Bosmans Team -11. Before Illescas, Chubrevich spent one year with Elitzur Yavne in Israeli National League. He had 13 ppg and 9 rpg for 27 games. In the past, he also played for Elitzur Kohav Yair/Yuval, Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa and Elitzur Maccabi Netanya.

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Basketligan Round 12: #1 Boras Basket is defeated by LF Basket - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Boras Basket (9-3) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked LF Basket (8-4) 99-90. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Boras Basket. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-21. But Boras Basket won second period 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Justin Safford (205, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) who added 22 points, 9 assists and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. LF Basket have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 8-4 record behind leader Boras. Boras Basket at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. LF Basket are looking forward to face Solna Vikings (#6) at home in the next round. Boras Basket will play against Sundsvall Dragons (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Fifth ranked Uppsala Basket (7-5) beat at home 6th ranked Sodertalje Kings (5-7) by 9 points 73-64, which is the biggest margin this round. The winners were led by American forward Delvon Johnson (205-89, college: Arkansas, agency: Priority Sports) who scored that evening 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and Rickard Eriksson supported him with 20 points. Even a double-double of 12 points and 16 rebounds by American center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland) did not help to save the game for Sodertalje Kings. Uppsala Basket maintains fifth position with 7-5 record. Sodertalje Kings lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. Uppsala Basket will play against league's second-placed Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sodertalje Kings will play at home against Eco Orebro (#10) and hope to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 12 Sundsvall won against Jamtland on the opponent's court 93-88.



Uppsala - Sodertalje 73-64

Fifth ranked Uppsala Basket (7-5) beat at home 6th ranked Sodertalje Kings (5-7) by 9 points 73-64, which is the biggest margin this round. Sodertalje Kings were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. The winners were led by American forward Delvon Johnson (205-89, college: Arkansas, agency: Priority Sports) who scored that evening 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Rickard Eriksson (190-82) supported him with 20 points. Even a double-double of 12 points and 16 rebounds by American center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland) did not help to save the game for Sodertalje Kings. His fellow American import point guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Uppsala Basket maintains fifth position with 7-5 record. Sodertalje Kings lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. Uppsala Basket will play against league's second-placed Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sodertalje Kings will play at home against Eco Orebro (#10) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: J.Smith 16+5reb+5ast, K.Simms 12+16reb+1ast, A.Chuk 10+1reb+4ast, M.Griskenas 8+4reb, A.Lindqvist 6+1reb, T.Borg 4+1ast
Uppsala: D.Johnson 21+9reb+1ast, R.Eriksson 20+2reb+1ast, J.Jeansson 15+3reb+1ast, R.Carter 5+5reb+5ast, S.Grundberg 5+4reb+2ast, M.Nakos 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 132229


Boras - LF Basket 90-99

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Boras Basket (9-3) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked LF Basket (8-4) 99-90. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Boras Basket. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-21. But Boras Basket won second period 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Justin Safford (205, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) who added 22 points, 9 assists and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and American-Israeli guard Jason Thomas (191-82, college: American, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Five LF Basket and four Boras Basket players scored in double figures. LF Basket have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 8-4 record behind leader Boras. Boras Basket at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. LF Basket are looking forward to face Solna Vikings (#6) at home in the next round. Boras Basket will play against Sundsvall Dragons (#4) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Boras: M.Palm 19+14reb+2ast, R.Zamroz 19+3reb+2ast, O.Krayem 18+3reb+6ast, J.Thomas 16+11reb+4ast, H.Carlsson 9+1reb+3ast, F.Andersson 5+1reb
LF Basket: J.Safford 24+11reb+1ast, R.Mbemba 22+2reb+9ast, M.Pahlmblad 18+1reb+2ast, U.Igbavboa 15+7reb+1ast, K.Ramsey 13+10reb+3ast, C.Ryan 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 132231


Jamtland - Sundsvall 88-93

Very expected game when 9th ranked KFUM Jamtland (4-8) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Sundsvall Dragons (7-4) 93-88. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 34-23. But KFUM Jamtland won second period 26-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sundsvall Dragons made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. The winners were led by Ukrainian-Icelandic swingman Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87, agency: TSS Management) who scored that evening 23 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Icelandic guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birmingham Souther) supported him with 23 points and 6 assists. Four Sundsvall Dragons players scored in double figures. Even 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by American guard Brandon McKnight (188-83, college: Purdue, agency: Promotex) did not help to save the game for KFUM Jamtland. Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (205-80, agency: Court Side) added 21 points and 5 rebounds. Sundsvall Dragons maintains fourth position with 7-4 record. KFUM Jamtland lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with eight games lost. Sundsvall Dragons will play against league's leader Boras Basket at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. KFUM Jamtland will play against 08 Stockholm (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jamtland: E.Zabas 23+1reb+1ast, D.Klaric 21+5reb, B.McKnight 20+5reb+6ast, J.Ronstrom 9+4reb, B.Lalugba 7+6reb+1ast, B.Bjornsson 6+2reb
Sundsvall: P.Ermolinskij 23+8reb+7ast, J.Sigurdarson 23+3reb+6ast, H.Baeringsson 14+10reb+2ast, S.Smith 11+1ast, D.Gregory 9+3reb, T.Liden 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 132232




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


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Stephen MCDOWELL
  Solna
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. McDowell, Solna23.0 
 2. Zabas, Jamtland21.7 
 3. Krayem, Boras19.5 
 4. Palm, Boras19.2 
 5. Smith, Sodertalje18.8 
 6. Mbemba, LF Basket18.5 
 7. McKnight, Boras17.6 
 8. Sigurdarson, Sunds.17.4 
 9. Safford, LF Basket17.3 
 10. McKnight, Jamtla.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Palm, Boras11.8 
 2. Toombs, Eco Orebro10.2 
 3. Johnson, Uppsala9.9 
 4. Baeringsson, Sunds.9.8 
 5. Ramsey, LF Basket9.7 
 6. Simms, Sodertalje9.3 
 7. Lalugba, Jamtland8.6 
 8. Safford, LF Basket8.5 
 9. Ayuba, Norrkoping8.1 
 10. Watt, Eco Orebro7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket7.8 
 2. Carter, Uppsala6.2 
 3. Krayem, Boras6.0 
 4. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.3 
 5. Hellgren, Jamtland4.9 
 6. Chuk, Sodertalje4.9 
 7. McKnight, Jamtland4.3 
 8. Beck, Solna4.2 
 9. Ermolinskij, Sunds.4.0 
 10. Mitchell, Norrkop.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew MITCHELL
  Norrkoping
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Mitchell, Norrkopi.3.1 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket2.6 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje2.5 
 4. Carter, Uppsala2.5 
 5. Ermolinskij, Sunds.1.9 
 6. Krayem, Boras1.9 
 7. Johnson, Sundsvall1.9 
 8. McDowell, Solna1.8 
 9. Zabas, Jamtland1.8 
 10. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Delvon JOHNSON
  Uppsala
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Johnson, Uppsala2.3 
 2. Ramsey, LF Basket2.3 
 3. Simms, Sodertalje1.9 
 4. Lalugba, Jamtland1.8 
 5. Toombs, Eco Orebro1.5 
 6. Watt, Eco Orebro1.4 
 7. Doychinov, Solna1.4 
 8. Nystrom, 081.0 
 9. Gregory, Sundsvall1.0 
 10. Akesson, 080.9 


Safford number one in Basketligan for round 12 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Justin Safford (205-F, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for LF Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The -year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Boras (#1, 9-3) 99-90. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. LF Basket maintains the 3rd position in Swedish Basketligan. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. LF Basket will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. Safford turned to be LF Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Missouri star has very solid stats this year. Safford is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 8.3rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was young American Delvon Johnson (205-F-89, agency: Priority Sports) of Uppsala. Johnson had a very good evening with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Of course Uppsala cruised to a 73-64 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Sodertalje (#7, 5-7). Uppsala's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Johnson is a newcomer at Uppsala, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Michael Palm (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of league's top team Boras. Palm scored 19 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Palm's great performance Boras lost 90-99 to #3 ranked LF Basket. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Boras needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 3 lost games. Palm has a great season in Sweden. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.2ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 11.6rpg (#1 in league). He also has FGP: 55.1% and 3PT: 52.2%. Michael Palm has also Swedish passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jason Thomas (191-G-82) of Boras - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G/F-87) of Sundsvall - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Kenneth Simms (203-C-86) of Sodertalje - 12 points and 16 rebounds
7. Keith Ramsey (206-F-87) of LF Basket - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Brandon McKnight (188-G-83) of Jamtland - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) of Sundsvall - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of Jamtland - 23 points

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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EuroChallenge: Karsiyaka narrowly defeat Telekom Basket - by Eurobasket News
Karsiyaka -Telekom Basket 66:65

Karsiyaka narrowly defeat Telekom Basket for 2-1 record in EuroChallenge Group G. Karsiyaka used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Bonn 66:65.
The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 19-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) who recorded 18 points and 8 rebounds and the other Jared Jordan added 2 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists respectively.
Karsiyaka will face bottom-ranked Turk Telekom in Ankara in the next round. Telekom Baskets will play at home against the league's leader Minsk-2006 and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Minsk-2006 earlier lost to Turk Telekom.

Karsiyaka: Jovo Stanojevic 16+11rebs, Birkan Batuk 15, Goran Ikonic (196-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 9, Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) 8
Telekom Baskets: Tony Gaffney 18, Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) 17, Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) 13



Semih Erden injury - by Orhan Suer
Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul beats 105-94 Germanys Gottingen team in EuroChallange Cup however received the sad news from Center Semih Erden (211-C-87) who had a broken right thumb. Reports say that Semih could be out for 2-3 months. Semih will be checked thoroughly today and a possible operation decision will be made afterwards.
On the other hand, Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul NBA Star Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) crazily scored 50 points from a 10/13 3 Points Shooting Performance. Hawkins scored 23 and Kemp had 15 Points in Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul 3rd straight win.



Young Berkay Demirci joins Baskent Genclik - by Eurobasket News
Berkay Demirci (91) will continue his career in Baskent Genclik. The young Turkish player signed a deal for rest of the TB2L season. Actually, Demirci already made debut for his new team. He had 7 points last weekend against Istanbulspor. Baskent Genclik lost that game on the road 85-74. Berkay Demirci started the season with Ormanspor Genc Ankara. He appeared 5 times with them averaging 5 points and 1 rebound. He played for the same club in 2009/10 and 2010/11. Before Ormanspor, Demirci was a member of Mulkiyespor. All of the above mentioned teams are based in Ankara.

Sources: Besiktas targets Lamar Odom - by Eurobasket News
The Turkish team that features New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) is pushing now to add Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom (208-F-79, college: Rhode Island) to its roster, according to sources close to the situation.

And Odom, sources said, is giving the offer real consideration after Minnesota's Kevin Love turned down the chance over the weekend to join Williams with Istanbul-based Besiktas.

Besiktas has been trying for days to acquire a top-flight big man to pair with Williams, who erupted for 50 points Tuesday in a EuroChallenge game. Yet in that victory over Gottingen of Germany, Besiktas lost Cleveland Cavaliers forward Semih Erden to a thumb injury that only increases its need for a frontcourt boost.

Besiktas has also talked to Chicago Bulls teammates Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer about a contract that would include an out to return to the NBA as soon as the lockout ends, but the insurance costs in both cases appear to be prohibitive given that both players have expensive long-term contracts. Boozer has four years and nearly $61 million left on his contract, while Deng is still owed just under $40 million over the next three seasons.

Other players on Besiktas' radar, according to NTV Spor in Turkey, are Denver Nuggets free agent center Nene and Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat.

It's believed that Gortat -- owed just under $22 million over the next three seasons -- is highly interested in the job, which is why he has been widely described in Turkey as the most likely newcomer from the NBA to join Williams. Odom's contract, though, would be the most manageable insurance wise for Besiktas, with just two years left worth slightly more than $17 million, but only a partial guarantee in 2012-13.

Odom turned 32 earlier this month and is considering whether to accept the proposal, sources said. Odom is well regarded in Turkish basketball circles following his strong play in Istanbul in the summer of 2010 for the victorious Team USA at the World Championships.

NTV Spor reported Friday that Love and Deng were Besiktas' top two targets in their hunt for an elite forward to play alongside Williams.

'I didn't feel it was the right decision for me at this time,' Love said Sunday in explaining his decision to pass.

Love, however, did say playing abroad if the lockout drags on 'is still very much an option' he's considering.

Boozer is reportedly open to making the jump to reunite abroad with Williams, his former Utah Jazz teammate, if the insurance obstacles could be sorted out. But questions remain about Besiktas' budget after two WNBA stars (Amber Harris and Jantel Lavender) recently left the club's women's team in a dispute over late payments.

Yet the fact remains that such doubts about finances did not prevent Besiktas from landing Williams amid considerable skepticism, or making well-publicized runs during the summer at Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. Besiktas also briefly employed Allen Iverson last season.

Courtesy of ESPN


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TD ranks No. 3 among NBAs biggest lockout losers - by David Edole
As the lockout stretches, NBA players are starting to feel the pinch in the pocketbook.

And veteran Spurs forward Tim Duncan (208-C/F-76, college: Wake Forest) is losing as much money as nearly any player in the league.

A list compiled by Hollywood Reporter.com indicates that Duncan loses about $1.638 million with each missed NBA paycheck.

Heres a list of the top 10 NBA players in lost wages, according to the Reporter:

1. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, $1.9 million per paycheck

2. Rashard Lewis, Washington Wizards, $1.7 million

3. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, $1.638 million

4. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics, $1.630 million

5. Gilbert Arenas, Orlando Magic, $1.48 million

6. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, $1.47 million

7. Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers, $1.44 million

8. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, $1.42 million

9. Amare Stoudemire, New York Knicks, $1.40 million

10. Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks, $1.39 million

These are obviously some of the leagues marquee players who have the biggest endorsement contracts as well.

They have been big earners for a long time.

But missed paychecks are money that these players will never be able to get back.

It has to hurt, even the leagues biggest stars.

Posted on November 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm by Tim Griffin


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Superleague Round 12: Leader Budivelnyk loses to BC Donetsk - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Budivelnyk (11-2) recorded its second loss on the court of third ranked BC Donetsk on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by BC Donetsk 72-64. Budivelnyk was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 19-10 charge of BC Donetsk, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. BC Donetsk outrebounded Budivelnyk 42-28 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Budivelnyk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international forward Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Darnell Jackson (203-85, college: Kansas) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Montenegrin-Bosnian swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87) who recorded 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Donetsk maintains third position with 9-4 record having just two points less than leader Budivelnyk, which they share with Dnipro. Defending champion Budivelnyk still keeps top place with two games lost. BC Donetsk is looking forward to face Mykolaiv (#10) in Mykolaiv in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Budivelnyk will play at home against Ferro-ZNTU (#9) in Zaporozhye and is hoping to win this game.

Rest of the games of round 12 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Azovmash defeated DniproAzot in Mariupol 93-85. Mykolaiv beat BC Kyiv at home 72-60. Ferro-ZNTU lost to Dnipro on the opponent's court 70-83. Kryvbasbasket managed to outperform BC Kyiv in a home game 86-80. Ferro-ZNTU recorded a loss to BC Odessa on the road 102-99. Hoverla defeated Halychyna on its own court 80-75.
The best stats of 12th round was 26 points and 8 rebounds by Kevin Tiggs of Hoverla.


DniproAzot - Azovmash 85-93

There was no surprise in Dniprodzerzhynsk where 12th ranked DniproAzot (2-11) was defeated by third ranked Azovmash (9-3) 93-85 on Sunday. DniproAzot was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 26-14 charge of Azovmash, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Oleksiy Pecherov (213-85) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Volodymyr Gurtovoy (207-75) who recorded 15 points and 5 rebounds and forward Sergiy Gorbenko (202-85) added 15 points respectively. Four DniproAzot players scored in double figures. Azovmash moved-up to second place. DniproAzot lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Azovmash will face Khimik (#6) in Yuzhny in the next round. DniproAzot will play on the road against BC Odessa (#7).
Top scorers:
Azovmash: O.Pecherov 27+12reb+2ast, D.Ewing 26+5reb+4ast, J.Crispin 18+2reb+4ast, I.Zaytsev 8+6reb+1ast, R.Minard 8+3reb+5ast, H.Rizvic 6+6reb
DniproAzot: S.Gorbenko 15+3reb+1ast, V.Gurtovoy 15+5reb+2ast, M.Balashov 14+1reb+3ast, S.Pringle 11+5ast, S.Sokur 10+3reb+2ast, G.Sirutavicius 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 149085


Mykolaiv - BC Kyiv 72-60

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked Mykolaiv (5-8) defeated at home 8th ranked BC Kyiv (7-6) 72-60 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Mykolaiv. BC Kyiv was better in third quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Mykolaiv made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American swingman Rodney Green (195-88, college: La Salle) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import forward Vincent Hunter (208-84, college: Arkansas) chipped in 21 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Vernon Goodridge (206-84, college: La Salle) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 9 blocks and Croatian guard Pankracije Barac (196-81) added 12 points and 5 assists respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mykolaiv moved-up to tenth place. BC Kyiv at the other side keeps the eighth position with six games lost. Mykolaiv will face higher ranked BC Donetsk (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Mykolaiv: V.Hunter 21+3reb, R.Green 14+11reb+1ast, D.McClintock 10+1reb+3ast, I.Kryvych 9+6reb, L.Iailo 9+5reb+4ast, J.Coleman 3+4reb+1ast
BC Kyiv: V.Goodridge 22+10reb, P.Barac 12+3reb+5ast, M.Austin 11, R.Otverchenko 5+3reb+1ast, A.Shvets 4+5reb+3ast, V.Podolyan 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 149086


Kryvbasbasket - Budivelnyk 74-78 OT

Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: Z.Morley 17+4reb+3ast, A.Parakhouski 13+10reb+1ast, A.Agafonov 13+8reb, D.Lukashov 10+7reb+3ast, M.Anisimovas 9+7reb+1ast, R.Alijevas 7+1reb+7ast
Kryvbasbasket: D.Djapa 19+5reb+1ast, B.Davis 17+6reb+2ast, D.Korablev 14+7reb+5ast, A.Snow 11+4reb+7ast, J.Florence 7+4reb+2ast, P.Caldwell 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 149087


Dnipro - Ferro-ZNTU 83-70

Very expected game in Dnepropetrovsk where 9th ranked Ferro-ZNTU (6-7) was defeated by fourth ranked Dnipro (9-4) 83-70 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Dnipro. Ferro-ZNTU was better in third quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dnipro made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) who scored 30 points and 7 rebounds. International guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) chipped in 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Dnipro players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) who recorded 22 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively. Dnipro have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with BC Donetsk. Ferro-ZNTU lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with seven games lost. Dnipro will face bottom-ranked Kryvbasbasket (#14) in Krivoy Rog in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ferro-ZNTU will play on the road against the league's leader Budivelnyk (#1) in Kyiv.
Top scorers:
Dnipro: C.Thomas 30+7reb+3ast, S.Burtt 22+5reb+5ast, D.Low 11+6reb+1ast, M.Korniyenko 10+10reb, O.Shchepkin 6+1ast, M.Vilkhovetskyi 4+1reb+3ast
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Guinn 22+8reb+1ast, R.Culpepper 16+3reb+5ast, J.Chappell 13+5reb+2ast, A.Lebedintsev 8+1reb+1ast, A.Butskyy 5+1reb+1ast, M.Davis 5+5reb
gschID: 149088


BC Donetsk - Budivelnyk 72-64

Top ranked Budivelnyk (11-2) recorded its second loss on the court of third ranked BC Donetsk on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by BC Donetsk 72-64. Budivelnyk was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 19-10 charge of BC Donetsk, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. BC Donetsk outrebounded Budivelnyk 42-28 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Budivelnyk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international forward Maksym Pustozvonov (200-87, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Darnell Jackson (203-85, college: Kansas) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Montenegrin-Bosnian swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87) who recorded 14 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) added 14 points respectively. Four Budivelnyk players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Donetsk maintains third position with 9-4 record having just two points less than leader Budivelnyk, which they share with Dnipro. Defending champion Budivelnyk still keeps top place with two games lost. BC Donetsk is looking forward to face Mykolaiv (#10) in Mykolaiv in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Budivelnyk will play at home against Ferro-ZNTU (#9) in Zaporozhye and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: M.Pustozvonov 21+5reb, D.Jackson 15+5reb+1ast, V.Avdalovic 11+3reb+5ast, R.Curry 5+5reb+2ast, M.Lee 5+6reb+3ast, V.Kovalenko 5+3reb+1ast
Budivelnyk: Z.Morley 14+4reb+2ast, S.Sehovic 14+6reb+1ast, R.Alijevas 12+3reb+3ast, M.Anisimovas 10+4reb, A.Agafonov 6+5reb+1ast, D.Lukashov 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 149081


Kryvbasbasket - BC Kyiv 86-80

There was a surprise result in Krivoy Rog where twelfth ranked Kryvbasbasket (2-11) beat higher ranked BC Kyiv (7-6) 86-80 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 45-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kryvbasbasket made 9 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 22 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Guard Alvin Snow (188-81, college: E.Washington) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. Kryvbasbasket's coach Ainars Bagatskis used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Gary Ervin (182-83, college: Arkansas) who recorded 17 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Vernon Goodridge (206-84, college: La Salle) added 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. Five Kryvbasbasket and four BC Kyiv players scored in double figures. Kryvbasbasket maintains twelfth position with 2-11 record, which they share with Halychyna and DniproAzot. BC Kyiv at the other side keeps the eighth place with six games lost. Kryvbasbasket will face higher ranked Dnipro (#4) in Dnepropetrovsk in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Kryvbasbasket: J.Florence 22+4reb+8ast, A.Snow 21+8reb+3ast, B.Davis 15+11reb+1ast, D.Djapa 12+6reb+1ast, D.Korablev 11+1ast, V.Kondratovets 4+4reb+1ast
BC Kyiv: V.Podolyan 18+5reb+2ast, G.Ervin 17+9reb+9ast, V.Goodridge 17+10reb, R.Otverchenko 11+1reb, P.Barac 7+1reb+3ast, A.Shvets 6+7reb
gschID: 149082


BC Odessa - Ferro-ZNTU 102-99

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Ferro-ZNTU's (6-7) road loss to eighth ranked BC Odessa (8-5) 99-102 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 58-52 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BC Odessa made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Ferro-ZNTU was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who scored 29 points and 4 assists. Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU) chipped in 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American center R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) added 27 points and 4 assists respectively. Four BC Odessa and five Ferro-ZNTU players scored in double figures. Ferro-ZNTU's coach Kiril Bolshakov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Odessa have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Khimik and Hoverla. Ferro-ZNTU lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with seven games lost. BC Odessa will face DniproAzot (#12) in Dniprodzerzhynsk in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ferro-ZNTU will play on the road against the league's leader Budivelnyk in Kyiv.
Top scorers:
BC Odessa: W.Deane 29+4reb+4ast, S.King 22+8reb+4ast, R.Kryvych 15+2reb+3ast, J.Love 11+6reb+2ast, E.Annenkov 9, A.Kalnichenko 7+1reb
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Culpepper 27+2reb+4ast, R.Guinn 22+11reb+1ast, H.Kandrusevich 16+3reb+1ast, M.Davis 16+5reb, J.Chappell 10+3reb+7ast, Y.Zmitrovich 4+1reb
gschID: 149083


Hoverla - Halychyna 80-75

Everything went according to plan in Frankivsk where seventh ranked Hoverla (8-5) won against 13th ranked Halychyna (2-11) 80-75 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Halychyna trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 27-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-80 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) who scored 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). The other American import center Eric Coleman (200-85, college: N.Iowa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and American guard Lans Harris (195-83, college: Kansas St.) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively. Hoverla moved-up to fifth place, which they share with BC Odessa and Khimik. Halychyna lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Hoverla will face again Halychyna (#13) in Lviv in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Halychyna will play on the road against BC Kyiv.
Top scorers:
Hoverla: K.Tiggs 26+8reb+2ast, E.Coleman 18+7reb+4ast, D.Swanson 13+5reb+4ast, B.Greene 7+10reb+3ast, M.Walker 5+1ast, V.Gerasimchuk 5+4reb+2ast
Halychyna: V.Vukosavljevic 20+16reb+3ast, L.Harris 14+3reb+4ast, P.Revzin 10+1reb, S.Alferov 8+2reb+1ast, V.Morovic 7+1reb+2ast, Y.Zubrytskyi 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 149084




BK Pardubice closed Round 3 with the win over Hoverla - by Eurobasket News
BK Pardubice- Hoverla 72:69

BK Pardubice closed Round 3 with the win over Hoverla at home. The team from Czech Republic overcame the Ukrainian side 72:69.
The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-12. But Hoverla won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Zbynek Pospisil (205-C-81) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Marcus Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Brian Brian Greene (195-G/F-83, college: Florida A&M) who recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. BK Pardubice keeps a position of Group C leader, which they share with Roanne and BK Prostejov.

BK Pardubice: Marcus Arnold 15+10rebs, Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) 14, Zbynek Pospisil 12+9rebs,
Hoverla: Kevin Tiggs 15, Brian Greene 14, Coleman 11



Michael Dunigan is close to DniproAzot - by Eurobasket News
DniproAzot is close to bringing in the new player. They have reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Michael Dunigan (208-C-89, agency: N.E.T., college: Oregon). The centre started the season in Casale Monferrato. He tallied 2.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in SeriaA. Last season Michael Dunigan spent in Estonia. He played for Kalev/Cramo. The centre posted 11.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in EKML. In Baltic League Michael Dunigan delivered 12.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. The player also notched 10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in VTB League. Eurobasket.com named Michael Dunigan into Baltic League All-Imports Team. He was also trumped All-Estonian League Centre of the Year.

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


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


EBL Div.1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 David GLAVIN
  Tees V.
  (--)
  Avg: 29
 1. Glavin, Tees V.29.0 
 2. Kakad, Derby T.29.0 
 3. Talley, Worthing T.24.0 
 4. Gariba, London Cap.21.0 
 5. Small, Worthing T.20.0 
 6. Silcott, Bradford.19.3 
 7. Darpino, Worthing.19.0 
 8. Popoola, Westmins.19.0 
 9. Treasure, Brist.17.5 
 10. Noha-Pascual, Bri.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ibrahim GARIBA
  London Cap.
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 15
 1. Gariba, London Cap.15.0 
 2. Silcott, Bradford.13.7 
 3. Woodhouse, Derby8.5 
 4. Bulambwe, Westmi.8.0 
 5. Bowne, Bristol AF8.0 
 6. Matzeder, Readi.8.0 
 7. Tullis, Worthing T.8.0 
 8. Ajumobi, Leeds C.7.7 
 9. Sulcs, Bradford D.7.3 
 10. Garcia, Bristol AF7.0 
Assists Per Game
 David GLAVIN
  Tees V.
  (--)
  Avg: 7
 1. Glavin, Tees V.7.0 
 2. Popoola, Westmins.7.0 
 3. Ciesla, Bradford D.6.0 
 4. Ranklin, Bristol AF5.0 
 5. Lascelles, Derby T.4.7 
 6. Jivens, London Ca.4.0 
 7. Silcott, Bradford.4.0 
 8. Edmunds, Bradford.4.0 
 9. Streete, Bristol AF4.0 
 10. Treasure, Brist.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone TREASURE
  Brist.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Treasure, Brist.4.0 
 2. Popoola, Westmins.4.0 
 3. Gariba, London Cap.4.0 
 4. Ataha, London Cap.4.0 
 5. Odumosu, Tees V.4.0 
 6. Brame, Worthing T.3.0 
 7. Silcott, Bradford.3.0 
 8. Sulcs, Bradford D.3.0 
 9. Small, Worthing T.3.0 
 10. Gayle, Derby T.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Enrique GARCIA
  Bristol AF
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Garcia, Bristol AF3.5 
 2. Tullis, Worthing T.2.0 
 3. Matzeder, Readi.2.0 
 4. Amato, Worthing T.2.0 
 5. Whittington, Derby1.7 
 6. Attewell, Derby T.1.3 
 7. Gariba, London Cap.1.0 
 8. Lawmann, Brixt.1.0 
 9. Tahraoui, Brixt.1.0 
 10. Bulambwe, Westmi.1.0 


Standings - EBL Conf.
EBL Standings
 1. Bristol AF 5-0 
 2. Bradford D. 4-1 
 3. Leicester W. 3-1 
 4. Reading R. 3-1 
 5. Derby T. 3-2 
 6. Tees Valley M. 2-2 
 7. Worthing T. 2-2 
 8. Brixton T. 2-3 
 9. Medway Park 1-2 
 10. Leeds Carnegie 1-3 
 11. Westminster W. 1-3 
 12. Leopards 0-3 
 13. London Cap. 0-4 


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  URUGUAY   


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


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Willard CREWS
  Cader
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Crews, Cader24.4 
 2. Herring, Bohemios23.5 
 3. Brown, Trouville23.0 
 4. Eddie, Cordon22.7 
 5. Roland, Sayago22.1 
 6. Haller, Montevideo21.8 
 7. Humphrey, Bigua21.4 
 8. Johnson, Olimpia21.0 
 9. Keenan, Larre B.20.7 
 10. Palacios, Cordon19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamaal DOUGLAS
  Bohemios
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Douglas, Bohemios16.6 
 2. Humphrey, Bigua10.9 
 3. Passos, Hebraica10.8 
 4. Crews, Cader10.4 
 5. Polk, Montevideo10.2 
 6. Jackson, Defensor10.1 
 7. Shellman, Sayago9.8 
 8. Keenan, Larre B.9.8 
 9. Kanis, Trouville9.7 
 10. Haller, Montevideo9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Barrera, Hebraica9.5 
 2. Gonzalez, Aguada6.0 
 3. Fitipaldo, Malvin5.8 
 4. Cambon, Bigua5.3 
 5. de Gouveia, Monte.5.3 
 6. Muro, Aguada4.8 
 7. Silvarrey, Sayago4.8 
 8. Martinez, Malvin4.6 
 9. Garcia Moral., Big.4.4 
 10. Taboada, Larre B.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Barrera, Hebraica3.0 
 2. Garcia Moral., Big.2.8 
 3. Tornaria, Trouville2.6 
 4. Shellman, Sayago2.5 
 5. Jeffries, Malvin2.3 
 6. Silvarrey, Sayago2.3 
 7. Clarkson, Larre B.2.3 
 8. de Gouveia, Monte.2.3 
 9. Aguilera, Trouville2.3 
 10. Vazquez, Olimpia2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Montevideo
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Polk, Montevideo2.8 
 2. Crews, Cader1.8 
 3. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.1.8 
 4. Herring, Bohemios1.7 
 5. Humphrey, Bigua1.7 
 6. Clarkson, Larre B.1.6 
 7. Suarez, Cordon1.6 
 8. Newsome, Malvin1.5 
 9. Haller, Montevideo1.4 
 10. Mitchell, Guruyu1.3 


Hebraica is three points ahead as the LUB leader - by Hector Lopez
Hebraica Macabi defeated Cordon 88-78 to take a three points lead after 14 rounds for the Uruguayan League. Hebarica is 13-1 followed by Defensor Sporting 10-4 and Malvin 9-4.
The results were:
Hebraica 88 - Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) 25 points, Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) 21 points 9 assists, Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) 2 points 4 rebounds, Kodi Augustus (203-F-87, college: Mississippi St.) 11 points 4 rebounds 2 blocks.
Cordon 78 - Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) 26 points 4 rebounds.
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Union Atletica 94 - O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82, college: Francis Marion) 37 points 9 rebounds 4 assists, Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 4 points 10 rebounds
Defensor Sporting 88 - Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 23 points 6 rebounds, Robert Ferguson (203-F/C-85, college: St.Joseph's) 10 points 9 rebounds 3 assists
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Aguada 93 - Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) 31 points 6 rebounds 4 assists, Brian Carig 15 points 8 rebounds, Alejandro Muro (187-G-74, agency: Players Group) 34 points 6 rebounds 8 assists
Guruyu Waston 77 - Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) 15 points 17 rebounds, Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL) 9 points 7 rebounds, Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, college: Boston Coll.) 4 points 2 rebounds
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Trouville 79 - Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) 24 points 10 rebounds 4 assists, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 19 points 5 rebounds
Olimpia 68 - Marques Lewis (203-C-83, college: UAB) 15 points 6 rebounds, Torre Johnson (198-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 4 points 4 rebounds, 3 assists




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Winless Vojvodina's coach steps down - by Zeljko Zule
Zoran Mirkovic stepped down as the head coach of Vojvodina after a winless start to the season in Adriatic League. He was dismissed just few days after a 67-74 loss at Radivoj Korac and left Vojvodina with a 0-7 record. Mirkovic is immediatelly replaced by Dusan Kasum for the remainder of the season.
Mirkovic became the second coach in Adriatic League to lost his job this season. Celik fired Zoran Trivan three weeks ago.



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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


West Coast Waves fans break wave world record - by Eurobasket News
The fans of the West Coast Waves now officially hold the title for the Longest Mexican Wave.

After toiling for six minutes and 54 seconds by doing the Mexican Wave, the crowd at the Sandpit broke the record at half time during the Waves home game against Townsville Fire on Friday November 4.

The tired arms and legs paid off for the Waves fans when they were officially recognised by the Guinness World Records as having broken the previous record that was held by the fans of the NBA team, the Milwaukee Bucks at six minutes 25. The Bucks held their record since December 2008.

The West Coast Waves received notification of the achievement last week when the representative from the Guinness World Records.

We are pleased to confirm that you have successfully set the new Guinness World Records title for Longest Mexican Wave (Timed).

Guinness World Records congratulates you on your achievement, the letter stated.

The coaches, team and staff at the West Coast Waves would like to thank every fan who was involved in performing the Mexican Wave on the night. Welcome to the world stage of the Guinness World Records.

Courtesy of WNBL


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Zeljeznicar jumps to 5-0 - by Eurobasket News
Round Five of the Bosnian D1 was played last weekend. Nothing new as Zeljeznicar registered its fifth straight win. This time the Sarajevo team blasted Igokea on the road 40-71. Emina Demirovic (186-C-85) had 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Jelena Culafic (175-G-89) was the second scorer in victory with 13 points and she handed out 6 assists beside that. Also in this round, Rudar was too strong for Banovici 78-55. Jelena Stosic (181-F/C-85) stepped up for the hosts with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Jedinstvo cruised past Mladost as a guest. It was a 50-84 victory. Round Six is scheduled for the next weekend.

D1 Standings
1. Zeljeznicar 5-0
2. Rudar Sport 3-1
3. Jedinstvo 2-2
4. Borac ML-IEFK 2-2
5. Mladost 2-3
6. RMU Banovici 1-3
7. Igokea 0-4


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Standings - CNBF
LBF Standings
 1. Acucar 0-0 
 2. Americana 0-0 
 3. Aracatuba 0-0 
 4. Maranho 0-0 
 5. Ourinhos 0-0 
 6. Santo Andre 0-0 
 7. Sao Caetano 0-0 
 8. Sao Jose 0-0 
 9. Vasto Verde 0-0 


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Dunav Ruse still undefeated in NBL - by Christomir Rackov
The team of Dunav 8806 Ruse is still undefeated in the Bulgarian NBL for women. In tonight's game Georgi Bozhkov's team defeated Levski Sofia in a match considered to be one of the toughest. It turned out the hosts from Ruse had a much better night and blew out their opponents 83-56. This was the their 7th victory in a row, having now beaten all of the other main contenders (although most of those derby wins came at home in Ruse) and they continue to lead the standings of the NBL, while 'The Blues' now have 3 victories and 4 losses in their games.

Adrienne Johnson (182-F-89) had 31 points and 10 rebounds for a double double. Youngsters Violina Kocheva (176-G/F-91) and Diana Voynova (190-F/C-88) each scored 16 points. For Levski Juanita Ward (180-G-86) netted 17 poins and grabbed 7 rebounds and Petya Djambazka (178-F-77) scored 14.

In the other game for the day Rilski Sportist Samokov won its second victory against Slavia Sofia this season. The players of coach Krasimira Banova won the match 80-68 and they now have 2 wins and 5 losses, while Slavia have lost all 7 of their games.


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  CROATIA - Women  


Wisla Can-Pack is victorious in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Gospic CO-Wisla Can-Pack 65:73

Wisla Can-Pack is victorious in Croatia as the team grabbed 73:65 win over Gospic. The Polish team took the fifth victory in seventh games for the top position to share with Spartak.
Paulina Pawlak (170-PG-84, agency: Data Plus Group) gave her team from the perimeter and Bjelica increased to 7:2. The hosts were too far to give up from the start and Komplet brought 16:15 for them. Moreover her three-pointer closed the first period at 23:19 but then Erin Phillips (173-G-85) tied the game early in the second frame. Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) made the same at 33:33 and she was the last to post in the half for 41:39. She also closed the third period for the minimum advantage of the opponent side at 53:52. The last quarter became decisive in the game as Wisla erupted with 21-12 for the final success.
Nicole Powell stepped up with 22 points and Erin Phillips nailed 15. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Paulina Pawlak delivered 7. Julie McBride (165-G-82, college: Syracuse) and Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) ended up with 16 points apiece and Kalisha Keane (185-F-89, college: Michigan St.) added 10.

Gospic CO: Julie McBride 16, Marija Vrsaljko 16, Kalisha Keane 10
Wisla Can-Pack: Nicole Powell 22, Erin Phillips 15, Ewelina Kobryn 13+11 rebs, Paulina Pawlak 7


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  CYPRUS - Women  


AEL Limassol jumps to 4-0 - by Eurobasket News
Round Five of the Cypriot top division was played last weekend. Top ranked AEL Limassol registered another win. This time they beat Olympis with huge 75-32 for perfect 4-0 record in the league. AEL stays on top alone. Keravnos grabbed 62-59 win against University of Cyprus. Visitors were unbeaten before this meeting. Keravnos is No.2 with 4-1, while University of Cyprus dropped to third place with 3-1. In the last game of the round, APOP Paphou handed 37-49 home loss to Achilleas. APOP improved to 2-3. Round Six games will be played on November 27.

A1 Standings
1. AEL Limassol 4-0
2. Keravnos 4-1
3. Univ.of Cyprus 3-1
4. APOP Paphou 2-3
5. Achilleas 1-2
6. Olympos 1-3
7. Akademia 0-4


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


USK Prague outleveled Lotos in the capital - by Eurobasket News
USK Prague- Lotos Gdynia 82:77

USK Prague outleveled Lotos in the capital for 4-3 record in Group A of EuroLeague. The team from Czech Republic needed a strong finish to celebrate the victory. After Jolene Anderson (175-SG-86, college: Wisconsin) split two free-throws for Gdynia, Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) went to the line and sank two and Prague ended up winning by five to leapfrog Bourges back into fourth place in Group A.
Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) gave the guests 17:11 as they grabbed 21:20 after the first 10 minutes. Aneika Henry (193-C-86, college: Florida) made it 25:22, while the hosts created a 9-0 run for 31:25. USK Prague led 5 points with a minute in the first half but could take only 37:36 deficit as Geraldine Robert and Zurowska closed the second period. Moreover Aneika Henry and Jalcova scored for 57:54 late in the third. Ines Ajanovic (195-C-80) gave the Polish side 65:61 and Anderson remained them in front at 71:69. Penicheiro, Anna Montanana and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) however delivered the victory for the hoists from the free throw line.
Eva Viteckova top-scored for the winners with 24 points. Anna Montanana notched 16 and Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) posted 11. Jolene Anderson replied with 26 points in the losing effort and Ines Ajanovic netted 12. Geraldine Robert posted 11, whilst Aneika Henry delivered 10.

USK Prague: Eva Viteckova 24, Anna Montanana 16, Petra Kulichova 11
Lotos Gdynia: Jolene Anderson 26, Ines Ajanovic 12, Geraldine Robert 11, Aneika Henry 10



Dobri Anjeli grab fourth Euroleague victory, edge Frisco Sika - by Eurobasket News
Dobri Anjeli - Frisco Sika 71:54

Dobri Anjeli celebrated the fourth Euroleague win. They held off Frisco Sika in Kosice to improve at 4-3 record in Group C. Danielle McCray (180-G/F-87, college: Kansas) nailed 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the effort.
Dobri Anjeli stormed into the game. They limited Frisco Sika to just 8 points in the opening quarter take a 10-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term as Dobri Anjeli stayed in control. They posted a 37:27 halftime advantage. Frisco Sika however revived the intrigue in the third term. The visitors opened the second half on a 6:0 run to narrow the gap. Frisco Sika got as close as 4 points at the final break 45:49. Romana Hejdova (183-F-88) put the Czech team within three points midway through the final quarter but the hosts reacted with a 16:0 run and cruised to the victory at the end. Natalia Vieru (197-C-89) posted 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80) and Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) provided 8 points each in the win. Romana Hejdova answered with 16 points for Frisco Sika. Ashley Robinson (193-C-82, college: Tennessee) had 10 points in the loss.

Dobri Anjeli: Danielle McCray 19, Natalia Vieru 16+14 boards, Bernadett Nemeth 8, Lucia Kupcikova 8
Frisco Sika: Romana Hejdova 16, Ashley Robinson 10


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  EUROCUP - Women  


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


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Standings (Women)
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Ros Casares 6-1 
 2. Galatasaray 6-1 
 3. UMMC 5-2 
 4. USK Praha 4-3 
 5. Bourges 3-4 
 6. Lotos Gdynia 2-5 
 7. VICI-Aistes 1-6 
 8. SEAT-SZESE 1-6 
Group B
 1. Fenerbahce 6-0 
 2. Perfumerias 5-1 
 3. Familia Schio 3-3 
 4. Nadezhda O. 3-3 
 5. UNIQA Eurol. 2-4 
 6. CCC Polkowice 2-4 
 7. Tarbes 0-6 
Group C
 1. Wisla Can-Pak 5-2 
 2. Spartak V MR 5-2 
 3. Rivas Ecopolis 4-2 
 4. Lattes Montp. 4-3 
 5. Dobri Anjeli 4-3 
 6. Taranto 2-4 
 7. Gospic 2-5 
 8. Frisco Sika 1-6 


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  FINLAND - Women  


SM-sarja Round 9: Torpan Pojat beats HoNsU by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 9 in the SM-sarja took place in Jyvaskyla. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked HoNsU (1-8) to sixth ranked Torpan Pojat (4-6) 62-61 in the game for the sixth place. HoNsU was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 18-13 charge of Torpan Pojat, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for forward Meriem Eerikinharju (178-90) who saved her team from a defeat with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Ellen Nurmi (185-93) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Torpan Pojat's coach Mikko Kurki used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Charlee Underwood (178-85, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds for HoNsU. Torpan Pojat maintains sixth place with 4-6 record. HoNsU lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. Torpan Pojat are looking forward to face higher ranked Peli-Karhut (#3) in Kotka in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. HoNsU will play on the road against the league's leader Catz Lappeenranta (#1) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
An interesting game for Peli-Karhut (6-4) which hosted in Kotka second-best Aanekosken (6-3). Second ranked Peli-Karhut had an easy win 90-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aanekosken. American forward Becca Bruszewski (185-88, college: Notre Dame) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Lotta Richter chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Peli-Karhut's coach Seppo Kurki felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American center Kenya Robinson (182-70, college: New Orleans) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Peli-Karhut have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Despite that victory Peli-Karhut went down to third position due to points difference, which they share with FoA. Aanekosken at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Peli-Karhut will play against Torpan Pojat (#6) in Helsinki in the next round. Aanekosken will play at home against Forssan Alku (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Catz Lappeenranta (10-0) which played road game in Kotka against second-best Peli-Karhut (6-4). Leader Catz Lappeenranta had an easy win 90-75. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Peli-Karhut. Kirby Copeland nailed a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Rashada McCants came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Peli-Karhut in the defeat. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Catz Lappeenranta. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. Defending champion Peli-Karhut dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with FoA. Catz Lappeenranta will meet at home HoNsU (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Peli-Karhut will play against Torpan Pojat (#6) in Helsinki and hope to secure a win.
SM-sarja top team - Catz Lappeenranta (10-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Kerava Energia Team (0-9) 80-47. The best player for the winners was Alexandria Anderson who had a double-double by scoring 15 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. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Catz Lappeenranta. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. Kerava Energia Team lost their ninth game in a row. They still closes the standings with nine games lost. Catz Lappeenranta's next round opponent will be HoNsU (#7) in Jyvaskyla which should be theoretically another easy game. Kerava Energia Team will play at home against Espoo Team and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 9 FoA was beaten by Espoo Team on the road 96-86. FoA destroyed ToPo on its own court 79-57.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 32 points and 14 rebounds by Niina Laaksonen of Espoo Team.



Espoo Team - FoA 96-86

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked Espoo Team (5-4) beat at home 5th ranked Forssan Alku (6-4) 96-86. The game was mostly controlled by Espoo Team. Forssan Alku was better in fourth quarter 29-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Espoo Team forced 19 Forssan Alku turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Forssan Alku helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international power forward Niina Laaksonen (185-85) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds. The former international Laura Wilson (184-84, college: Binghamton, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 25 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Vanessa House (170-88, college: W.Virginia) who recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals and center Juta Jahilo (186-84) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Four Espoo Team and five Forssan Alku players scored in double figures. Espoo Team maintains fifth place with 5-4 record. Forssan Alku at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Espoo Team's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Kerava Energia Team (#8) on the road. Forssan Alku will play against the league's second-placed Aanekosken (#2) in Aanekoski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Espoo Team: N.Laaksonen 32+14reb, L.Wilson 25+5reb+2ast, S.Jennings 14+3reb+2ast, E.Iiskola 11+14reb+5ast, E.Leino 7+1reb+1ast, V.Holtta 4+3reb
FoA: K.Heath 18+4reb, V.House 15+5reb+7ast, H.Koponen 14+3reb+1ast, J.Jahilo 14+10reb, H.Salomaa 12+2reb+2ast, H.Heintz 11+5reb+2ast
gschID: 146540


HoNsU - ToPo 61-62

The most exciting game of round 9 in the SM-sarja took place in Jyvaskyla. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked HoNsU (1-8) to sixth ranked Torpan Pojat (4-6) 62-61 in the game for the sixth place. HoNsU was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 18-13 charge of Torpan Pojat, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for forward Meriem Eerikinharju (178-90) who saved her team from a defeat with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Ellen Nurmi (185-93) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Torpan Pojat's coach Mikko Kurki used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Charlee Underwood (178-85, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Titta-Riina Lepisto (183-90) added 8 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for HoNsU. Torpan Pojat maintains sixth place with 4-6 record. HoNsU lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with eight games lost. Torpan Pojat are looking forward to face higher ranked Peli-Karhut (#3) in Kotka in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. HoNsU will play on the road against the league's leader Catz Lappeenranta (#1) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
ToPo: M.Eerikinharju 18+7reb+2ast, E.Nurmi 12+5reb+4ast, K.Szunko 7+3reb+1ast, L.Saarinen 7+5reb, S.Weckstrom 6+5reb, F.Oljemark 5+6reb+1ast
HoNsU: C.Underwood 14+9reb+2ast, M.Sten 11+6reb, K.Karkkainen 11+4reb, P.Salminen 9+6reb+2ast, T.Lepisto 8+11reb+2ast, K.Summala 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 146541


PeKa - Huima 90-66

An interesting game for Peli-Karhut (6-4) which hosted in Kotka second-best Aanekosken (6-3). Second ranked Peli-Karhut had an easy win 90-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aanekosken. Aanekosken was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Peli-Karhut dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Aanekosken's 38. Peli-Karhut forced 20 Aanekosken turnovers and outrebounded them 51-39 including 40 on the defensive glass. American forward Becca Bruszewski (185-88, college: Notre Dame) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and guard Lotta Richter (172-91) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Peli-Karhut's coach Seppo Kurki felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American center Kenya Robinson (182-70, college: New Orleans) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Madina Ali (182-87, college: W.Virginia) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Five Peli-Karhut and four Aanekosken players scored in double figures. Peli-Karhut have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Despite that victory Peli-Karhut went down to third position due to points difference, which they share with FoA. Aanekosken at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Peli-Karhut will play against Torpan Pojat (#6) in Helsinki in the next round. Aanekosken will play at home against Forssan Alku (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PeKa: B.Bruszewski 24+13reb+2ast, L.Richter 20+7reb+1ast, L.Lehtoranta 15+3reb+6ast, R.McCants 14+9reb+3ast, A.Pounds 10+8reb+2ast, R.Piipari 5+2reb+1ast
Huima: M.Bland 15+2reb+1ast, K.Robinson 12+11reb+3ast, P.Holmes 11+5reb+1ast, M.Ali 10+12reb+2ast, K.Rytkonen 5, E.Nurmi 5+1reb
gschID: 146542


Kerava - Catz 47-80

SM-sarja top team - Catz Lappeenranta (10-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Kerava Energia Team (0-9) 80-47. The game without a history. Catz Lappeenranta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kerava Energia Team to just 5 points in third quarter. Catz Lappeenranta dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Kerava Energia Team's 32. Catz Lappeenranta forced 23 Kerava Energia Team turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American swingman Alexandria Anderson (185-86, college: Chattanooga) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Her fellow American import guard Kirby Copeland (182-85, college: Virginia Tech, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 13 points and 5 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was center Silja Paavola (183-83) who recorded 6 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Sanna Helenius (180-84, college: Valparaiso) added 13 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. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Catz Lappeenranta. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. Kerava Energia Team lost their ninth game in a row. They still closes the standings with nine games lost. Catz Lappeenranta's next round opponent will be HoNsU (#7) in Jyvaskyla which should be theoretically another easy game. Kerava Energia Team will play at home against Espoo Team and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Catz: A.Anderson 15+10reb+2ast, D.Pounds 13, K.Copeland 13+4reb+2ast, V.Kesanen 12+5reb+2ast, L.Aaltonen 8+6reb+2ast, E.Reshetko 6+1reb+1ast
Kerava: S.Helenius 13+2reb+1ast, L.Juhola 7+4reb+1ast, C.Hart 6+8reb+1ast, S.Paavola 6+8reb+5ast, E.Sipila 5+3reb+2ast, P.Tattari 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 146539


Round 11
PeKa - Catz 75-90

An interesting game for Catz Lappeenranta (10-0) which played road game in Kotka against second-best Peli-Karhut (6-4). Leader Catz Lappeenranta had an easy win 90-75. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Peli-Karhut. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 34-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Catz Lappeenranta dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Peli-Karhut's 38. They outrebounded Peli-Karhut 43-31 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Kirby Copeland (182-85, college: Virginia Tech, agency: LBM Management) nailed a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and her fellow American import swingman Alexandria Anderson (185-86, college: Chattanooga) accounted for 28 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Rashada McCants (185-86, college: N.Carolina, agency: LBM Management) came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds and guard Lotta Richter (172-91) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Peli-Karhut in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Catz Lappeenranta. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. Defending champion Peli-Karhut dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with FoA. Catz Lappeenranta will meet at home HoNsU (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Peli-Karhut will play against Torpan Pojat (#6) in Helsinki and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Catz: K.Copeland 31+10reb+3ast, A.Anderson 28+7reb+1ast, E.Reshetko 13+10reb, D.Pounds 13+10reb+3ast, L.Aaltonen 3+2reb, V.Kesanen 2+4reb+5ast
PeKa: R.McCants 17+7reb, G.Kamela 13+10reb, R.Piipari 11+2ast, A.Pounds 10+2reb, L.Lehtoranta 9+2reb+1ast, B.Bruszewski 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 146549


FoA - ToPo 79-57

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Torpan Pojat's (4-6) road loss to fifth ranked Forssan Alku (6-4) 57-79. The game without a history. Forssan Alku led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Vanessa House (170-88, college: W.Virginia) who scored 14 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Her fellow American import guard Kelly Heath (183-88, college: William & Mary) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Sophie Weckstrom (170-93) who recorded 16 points and 6 rebounds and international power forward Laura Saarinen (187-92) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Forssan Alku moved-up to third place, which they share with PeKa. Torpan Pojat at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Forssan Alku's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Aanekosken in Aanekoski and it will be for sure the game of the week. Torpan Pojat will play at home against Peli-Karhut (#3) in Kotka.
Top scorers:
FoA: K.Heath 19+4reb+1ast, V.House 14+6reb+6ast, H.Salomaa 13+2ast, H.Koponen 11+4reb+1ast, J.Jahilo 11+6reb+2ast, H.Heintz 8+9reb+3ast
ToPo: S.Weckstrom 16+6reb+3ast, K.Valtakari 12+3reb+1ast, L.Saarinen 11+9reb+1ast, A.Arppe 10+1reb+2ast, F.Oljemark 6+7reb, M.Eerikinharju 2+7reb
gschID: 146550




Standings - Women
SM-sarja Standings
 1. Catz 10-0 
 2. Huima 6-3 
 3. PeKa 6-4 
 4. FoA 6-4 
 5. Espoo Team 5-4 
 6. ToPo 4-6 
 7. HoNsU 1-8 
 8. Kerava 0-9 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Landes signs Agne Abromaite - by Eurobasket News
Agne Abromaite (190-C/F-79) will continue her career in France. The Lithuanian power forward/center signed a deal with Landes for rest of the season. Actually, Abromaite already made debut for her new team. She had 4 points and 4 rebounds last weekend against Challes. Landes lost that game at home 46-55. Agne Abromaite spent last season in Spain. She was a member of powerful Ros Casares, but they were not able to defend the LFB title. Abromaite had 5.8 ppg and 2.2 rpg in the league. In Euroleague, she had lower numbers. Before Ros Casares, Abromaite played for Mann Filter and Celta Vigo. She is active member of the Lithuanian National Team.

Familia Schio overcame Tarbes for 3-3 record in Group B of EuroLeague - by Eurobasket News
Tarbes - Familia Schio 66:75

Familia Schio overcame Tarbes for 3-3 record in Group B of EuroLeague. The French Tarbes were defeated at home by fourth ranked Italian Familia Schio 75:66 on Wednesday.
The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tarbes were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Louisiana Tech) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Janel Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Serbian guard Maja Miljkovic (175-G-88) produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Familia Schio moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with Nadezhda O. Tarbes lost their sixth game in a row. Next games to be played on November 30th.

Familia Schio: Cheryl Ford 18+15rebs, Janel McCarville 13, Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) 11, Laura Macchi (187-F-79) 9
Tarbes: Maja Miljkovic 12, Gargati 10, Paoline Salagnac (176-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 9, Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga 9, Florence Lepron (182-F-85) 9



Bourges nip VICI Aistes in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
VICI Aistes - Bourges 67:69

Bourges Basket claimed the third Euroleague victory this season. They overcame VICI Aistes in Kaunas tonight. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the effort.
Bourges surprised VICI Aistes in the opening frame. The French team fired 28 points in the starting quarter to take a 10-point lead. VICI got back to life in the second term. They narrowed the deficit at 9-point mark at halftime 33:42. But Bourges did not allow VICI to dictate the tempo in the third quarter. The visitors kept VICI Aistes at bay posting a 9-point advantage at the final break. VICI Aistes did not say die and went on a 14:2 rally that put them ahead 67:66 with 49 seconds remaining. But Styliani Kaltsidou nailed two free throws and Kiesha Brown (179-G-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) followed with one to seal the victory for Bourges. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-F-88) finished with 16 points, while Kiesha Brown added 14 points in the victory. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) answered with 13 points for Bourges. Amanda Kemezys (192-C-87, college: St.Louis) netted 12 points in the loss.

VICI Aistes: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 13, Amanda Kemezys 12
Bourges: Styliani Kaltsidou 20+11 boards, Nwal-Endene Miyem 16, Kiesha Brown 14


Spartak MR narrowly defeat Montpellier - by Eurobasket News
Spartak MR - Montpellier 72:70

Spartak Moscow Region celebrated the fourth win in Euroleague season. They held off Montpellier at home court to catch up with their opponents at 4-2 record in Group C ladder. Seimone Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) and Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) scored 19 points each to pace the hosts.
Montpellier got to a slightly better start. The visitors grabbed a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. Spartak erased the deficit in the second quarter. The hosts drew things level at 39 at halftime. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third quarter before Spartak made it 54:49 with one quarter remaining. The teams went neck and neck throughout the fourth frame. Mann gave the French team a 70:67 lead with 51 seconds remaining. But Seimone Augustus drained a triple and Candice Dupree followed with a pair of free throws to seal the victory for the home team. Nika Baric (169-PG-92) and Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) accounted for 11 points each in the win. Stephany Skrba (188-F-87, college: Michigan) and Fatimatou Sacko (183-F-85) posted 12 points each in the loss.

Spartak MR: Seimone Augustus 19, Candice Dupree 19, Nika Baric 11, Jelena Milovanovic 11
Montpellier: Stephany Skrba 12, Fatimatou Sacko 12


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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


Vigor stays on top alone - by Eurobasket News
Round Five of the Macedonian top division was played last weekend. Vigor managed to beat Mladinec as a guest keeping the perfect 5-0 record in the league. It was a 36-62 win. Second ranked Krosig and Klubski also celebrated in this round. Krosig was too strong for Struga 77-24. Klubski registered an easy win beating Baden 80-60. Krosig and Struga share the second place with almost perfect 4-1 record. There was another game in the last round. Trokal hosted Student and handed them 61-56 loss. Both teams were winless before this meeting. Round Six is scheduled for the next weekend.

D1 Standings
1. Vigor Skopje 5-0
2. Krosig Skopje 4-1
3. Klubski Delchevo 4-1
4. Baden Kroatia 3-2
5. Mladinec Skopje 2-3
6. Struga 2009 1-4
7. Trokal 1-4
8. Student Skopje 0-5



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Predrag Lukic appointed new head coach of Chemcats Chemnitz - by Moritz Korff
Predrag Lukic was named successor to Raoul Scheidhauer as head coach of DBBL side Chemcats Chemnitz. 25-year-old Lukic left his coaching job in Quakenbrueck to take over the helm in Chemnitz. He has previously worked as a coach assistant in Osnabrueck, Hagen and Luedenscheid.
Scheidhauer's tenure lasted for seven years. He guided the team to promotion to the DBBL in 2006 and 2010. He was sacked by the Chemcats two weeks ago.


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  HOLLAND - Women  


ProBuild Lions survives in Amsterdam - by Vitalijus Kazanakovas
In the 10th round match CTO Amsterdam hosted ProBuild Lions Landslake from Landsmeer. Both teams entered into the match with their losses from the previous round games and both had to concede defeats to the same team- Challenge Sports-Binnenland. Monday night was an opportunity for one of them to grab the victory and improve the positions at the tournament. ProBuild Lions Landslake arrived to Amsterdam with several loses on their roster and the coach of team Laki Lakner could use only seven players at his disposal. Nevertheless, ProBuild Lions Landslake proved again that the quality is key factor to success no matter quantity and claimed their 6th victory this season in Amsterdam to overcome home team by 64-72.

In the first half none of the teams were able to get an advantage and with a quite poor offensive performance both teams went to the half time with the tied result 26-26.

In the second half both teams stayed close together and after thirty minutes it was CTO Amsterdam who lead the match by 52-51. Only at the end of the fourth quarter ProBuild Lions Landslake showed their class and by hitting crucial three-pointer took an advantage. Subsequently, couple of mistakes at the end from CTO Amsterdam and steals for ProBuild Lions Landslake made the difference in favor to visitors 58-64. In the last minute CTO Amsterdam wasn't able to escape despite its efforts to stop the clock and commit the fouls. Final score: 64-72.

For ProBuild Lions Landslake four players ended with double digits: Marlous Nieuwveen (196-C-80) scored 19 points, Molly McDowell (178-G-81, college: S.Illinois) had 14 points and 9 rebounds, Dewi Keppy (184-F-91) had 12 points and Kim Hartman 11.

For CTO Amsterdam Zera Butter (179-G-92) scored 22 points, Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) added 14.



Kelli Valentine signs in Holland - by Eurobasket News
Kelli Valentine (5'11''-F-89, college: Portland St.) is set to start her professional basketball career. The American forward signed a deal with Dutch team STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk. Actually, Valentine already made her pro debut. She had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists against HLB Accountants. Grasshoppers won that game 97-56. Kelli Valentine graduated at the Portland State University this year. She had 10.7 ppg, 6 rpg, 2.3 apg and 1.5 spg for 31 games. Valentine helped her school to win the Big Sky Conference Tournament in 2010. She had 9 ppg and 4.4 rpg that season. For the last three years Kelli Valentine was getting Big Sky Conf. All-Tournament Team award. In 2008, she was named All-Big Sky Conf. Freshman of the Year.

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


Eredivisie Round 10: Binnenland beats Lekdetec.nl in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Rotterdam. First ranked Binnenland faced 4th ranked Lekdetec.nl. Host Binnenland (7-2) defeated guests from Bemmel (4-4) 88-71. Binnenland outrebounded Lekdetec.nl 45-26 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. International center Jantine Kraak (193-89, college: W.Illinois) fired 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. International guard Natalie Van Den Adel (185-90, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Binnenland's coach Pieter Kodde used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International guard Tanya Broering (178-84) produced 32 points for lost side. Binnenland have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-2 record. Lekdetec.nl lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with four games lost. Binnenland are looking forward to face league's second-placed Grasshoppers in Katwijk in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lekdetec.nl will play at home against Eurosped in Tubbergen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Amsterdam was also worth to mention about. Third ranked ProBuild Lions (6-3) played at the court of 5th ranked CTO (3-5). ProBuild Lions managed to secure a 8-point victory 72-64. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Molly McDowell (178-81, college: S.Illinois) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Marlous Nieuwveen contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Zera Butter (179-92) replied with 22 points and 5 steals for CTO. CTO's coach Remy de Wit rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. ProBuild Lions maintains third position with 6-3 record behind leader Binnenland. CTO at the other side keeps the fifth place with five games lost. ProBuild Lions will play against HLB Account. (#7) in Den Helder in the next round. CTO will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Katwijk. Local Grasshoppers (6-2) outscored 6th ranked Eurosped (2-6) 98-56 on Saturday night. Ingrid Van der Plas had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Marianne Van der Hoek responded with 18 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. Grasshoppers have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-2 record behind leader Binnenland. Loser Eurosped keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Grasshoppers will meet league's leader Binnenland in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Eurosped will play against Lekdetec.nl (#4) in Bemmel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Binnenland - Lekdetec.nl 88-71

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Rotterdam. First ranked Binnenland faced 4th ranked Lekdetec.nl. Host Binnenland (7-2) defeated guests from Bemmel (4-4) 88-71. Binnenland outrebounded Lekdetec.nl 45-26 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. International center Jantine Kraak (193-89, college: W.Illinois) fired 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. International guard Natalie Van Den Adel (185-90, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Binnenland's coach Pieter Kodde used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International guard Tanya Broering (178-84) produced 32 points and the former international swingman Anouk Biesters (182-86) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Binnenland have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-2 record. Lekdetec.nl lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with four games lost. Binnenland are looking forward to face league's second-placed Grasshoppers in Katwijk in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lekdetec.nl will play at home against Eurosped in Tubbergen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Binnenland: J.Kraak 24+9reb+2ast, L.Hochstetler 17+3ast, N.Van Den Adel 15+5reb+4ast, L.Van Den Adel 9+5reb+1ast, C.Kromhout 9+1reb, R.Roubehie-Fissa 4+4reb+3ast
Lekdetec.nl: T.Broering 32+4reb+3ast, A.Biesters 18+7reb, F.Ligthart 13+3reb, G.Van Den Bosch 3+3reb+1ast, L.Vermeulen 3+2reb, L.de Jonge 2
gschID: 138270


Grasshoppers - Eurosped 98-56

The game with biggest result difference took place in Katwijk. Local Grasshoppers (6-2) outscored 6th ranked Eurosped (2-6) 98-56 on Saturday night. They outrebounded Eurosped 57-41 including 21 on the offensive glass. Grasshoppers shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Eurosped's players. Power forward Ingrid Van der Plas (178-91) had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Rianne Philippo (180-87) chipped in 24 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Grasshoppers players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Marianne Van der Hoek (180-90) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and forward Silke Heerts (185-90) produced a double-double by scoring 12 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. Grasshoppers have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-2 record behind leader Binnenland. Loser Eurosped keeps the sixth place with six games lost. Grasshoppers will meet league's leader Binnenland in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Eurosped will play against Lekdetec.nl (#4) in Bemmel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grasshoppers: R.Philippo 24+4reb+4ast, E.Kraaijenoord 13+10reb, K.Kuijt 13+3reb+3ast, C.Manuputty 12+4reb+3ast, I.Van der Plas 11+17reb+4ast, K.Valentine 11+8reb+4ast
Eurosped: M.Van der Hoek 18+6reb+1ast, S.Heerts 12+10reb, M.Lammerink 9+6reb+1ast, S.Lammerink 6+6reb+2ast, J.Beld 4+2reb, C.Droste 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 138268


CTO - ProBuild Lions 64-72

The game in Amsterdam was also worth to mention about. Third ranked ProBuild Lions (6-3) played at the court of 5th ranked CTO (3-5). ProBuild Lions managed to secure a 8-point victory 72-64. ProBuild Lions forced 24 CTO turnovers. Strangely CTO outrebounded ProBuild Lions 46-25 including a 16-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Molly McDowell (178-81, college: S.Illinois) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international center Marlous Nieuwveen (196-80) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four ProBuild Lions players scored in double figures. The former international guard Zera Butter (179-92) replied with 22 points and 5 steals and international center Maxime Essenstam (189-93) added 14 points in the effort for CTO. CTO's coach Remy de Wit rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. ProBuild Lions maintains third position with 6-3 record behind leader Binnenland. CTO at the other side keeps the fifth place with five games lost. ProBuild Lions will play against HLB Account. (#7) in Den Helder in the next round. CTO will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
ProBuild Lions: M.Nieuwveen 19+5reb+1ast, M.McDowell 14+9reb+4ast, D.Keppy 12+1reb+1ast, K.Hartman 11+4reb+3ast, I.Vergunst 7+1reb+3ast, R.Stijsiger 7
CTO: Z.Butter 22+4reb, M.Essenstam 14+3reb+1ast, M.De Kleijn 6+4reb+3ast, I.Slim 6+4reb+3ast, L.Cornelius 5+7reb+3ast, L.Bettonvil 3+8reb+3ast
gschID: 138269




Best players of Eredivisie round 10 - by Eurobasket News
Talented former international center Jantine Kraak (193-C-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Binnenland and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 22-year old center had the game-high 24 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Binnenland in her team's victory, helping them to crush Lekdetec.nl (#4, 4-4) with 17-point margin 88-71. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Binnenland to consolidate first place in the Eredivisie. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Binnenland has a very solid 7-2 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Kraak had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at Binnenland, through which he has constantly improved. Jantine Kraak averages this season 12.4ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old international guard Tanya Broering (178-G-84) of Lekdetec.nl. Broering impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Lekdetec.nl lost that game 71-88 to the higher-ranked Binnenland (#1, 7-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Lekdetec.nl still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. Her team's 4-4 record is not bad at all. Broering is a newcomer at Lekdetec.nl and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.7ppg (#1). Her other stats are also decent: 6.1rpg and 4.6apg.

The third best performed player last round was international forward Ingrid Van der Plas (178-F/C-91) of second-ranked Grasshoppers. Van der Plas showcased her all-around game by recording 11 points, seventeen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. She was a key player of Grasshoppers, leading her team to a 98-56 easy win against the lower-ranked Eurosped (#6, 2-6). Grasshoppers needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 2 lost games. Van der Plas has a great season in Holland. After only 7 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.0rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kelli Valentine (180-F-89) of Grasshoppers - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Eline Kraaijenoord (191-C-93) of Grasshoppers - 13 points and 10 rebounds
6. Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) of Lekdetec.nl - 18 points and 7 rebounds
7. Molly McDowell (178-G-81) of ProBuild Lions - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Rianne Philippo (180-F-87) of Grasshoppers - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Marlous Nieuwveen (196-C-80) of ProBuild Lions - 19 points and 5 rebounds
10. Natalie Van Den Adel (185-G-90) of Binnenland - 15 points, 5 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: 21.3
 1. Broering, Lekdetec.21.3 
 2. Van der Hoek, Euro.18.4 
 3. Roubehie-F., Binne.17.9 
 4. Manuputty, Grassh.17.0 
 5. Philippo, Grasshop.15.6 
 6. Kooij, HLB Account.14.4 
 7. Kraak, Binnenland13.7 
 8. Ligthart, Lekdetec.13.6 
 9. Butter, CTO13.4 
 10. Heerts, Eurosped12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ingrid VAN DER PLAS
  Grassh.
  (178-F/C-91)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Van der Plas, Gras.9.1 
 2. De Groot, HLB A.8.8 
 3. Ligthart, Lekdetec.8.4 
 4. Biesters, Lekdetec.8.4 
 5. Nieuwveen, ProBui.8.3 
 6. Heerts, Eurosped8.3 
 7. Van Der Keij., CT.7.6 
 8. McDowell, ProBui.7.5 
 9. Kraaijenoord, Gras.7.4 
 10. Lammerink, Euros.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Tanya BROERING
  Lekdetec.
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Broering, Lekdetec.4.4 
 2. McDowell, ProBui.4.4 
 3. Kuijt, Grasshoppers4.1 
 4. Dekker, Eurosped4.0 
 5. Hochstetler, Binne.3.3 
 6. Cornelius, CTO3.0 
 7. Butter, CTO2.9 
 8. Van Den Adel, Binn.2.9 
 9. De Kleijn, CTO2.8 
 10. De Groot, HLB A.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Anouk BIESTERS
  Lekdetec.
  (182-G/F-86)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Biesters, Lekdetec.3.9 
 2. Kuijt, Grasshoppers3.6 
 3. Hartman, ProBuild.3.3 
 4. Broering, Lekdetec.3.3 
 5. Manuputty, Grassh.3.3 
 6. McDowell, ProBui.3.1 
 7. van Dongen, HLB A.3.0 
 8. Van der Plas, Gras.2.6 
 9. Ligthart, Lekdetec.2.4 
 10. Philippo, Grassho.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Silke HEERTS
  Eurosped
  (185-F-90)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Heerts, Eurosped1.5 
 2. Van Der Keij., CT.1.3 
 3. Kooij, HLB Account.1.0 
 4. Kraak, Binnenland1.0 
 5. Van der Hoek, Euro.0.8 
 6. Van Den Adel, Binn.0.7 
 7. Van den Ande., Bin.0.6 
 8. Dijkman, Grasshop.0.6 
 9. Keppy, ProBuild.0.6 
 10. Kuijt, Grasshoppe.0.5 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


UMMC stun Gyor for fifth Euroleague victory - by Eurobasket News
UMMC - Gyor 97:60

UMMC registered the fifth win in Euroleague regular season. They toppled visiting Gyor behind 19 points from Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee). UMMC improved at 5-2 record, while Gyor dropped at 1-6 in Group A.
Gyor opened the game with four points in a row but UMMC quickly erased the deficit. The hosts erupted for 31 points in the starting frame to take a 15-point lead after ten minutes. UMMC opened the second quarter with 13 points in a row to stay in charge. They established a comfortable 58:29 halftime advantage. The hosts kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the third period. UMMC secured a 76:52 lead heading into the fourth frame and never looked back en route to the win. Seven UMMC players scored in double figures. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) provided 15 points, while Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) finished with 13 points in the win. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) answered with 16 points for Gyor. Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) had 15 points in defeat.

UMMC: Candace Parker 19, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 15, Cappie Pondexter 13
Gyor: Quanitra Hollingsworth 16, Iva Ciglar 15


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  IRELAND - Women  


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


Superleague Round 7: DCU Mercy beats Liffey Celtics in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Dublin: DCU Mercy (#3) and Liffey Celtics (#8). Liffey Celtics were crushed at home by 45 points 40-85 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. DCU Mercy have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with TM Hotel Cork. Liffey Celtics lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with Oblate Dynamos and Singleton. DCU Mercy's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Dublin Oblate Dynamos.
Undefeated leader UL Aughinish delivered the eighth consecutive win. This time they beat 5th ranked Waterford Wildcats (3-4) 65-53 in Limerick. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian-British guard Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83, college: Boston U.) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and 6 steals. Miriam Liston contributed with 7 points and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Jenny Coady (-82) answered with 20 points for Waterford Wildcats. Undefeated UL Aughinish (8-0) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Waterford Wildcats at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. UL Aughinish will play against Ulster Rockets (#4) in Belfast in the next round. Waterford Wildcats will play on the road against the league's second-placed TM Hotel Cork and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Dublin was also quite interesting. Second ranked TM Hotel Cork (6-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Peugeot Meteors (2-5). TM Hotel Cork did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 66-47 on Sunday. It was a great evening for Claire Rockall who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 20 rebounds. At the losing side Rebecca Nagle responded with 10 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TM Hotel Cork maintains second place with 6-1 record having just three points less than leader UL Aughinish, which they share with DCU Mercy. Loser Peugeot Meteors keep the seventh position with five games lost. TM Hotel Cork will meet at home Waterford Wildcats (#6) in the next round. Peugeot Meteors will play against Singleton in Brunell and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 7 Oblate Dynamos was defeated by Ulster Rockets in Belfast 64-60. Killester beat Singleton at home 76-58.


Ulster Rockets - Oblate Dynamos 64-60

There was no surprise in Belfast where 9th ranked Oblate Dynamos (1-6) were defeated by fourth ranked Ulster Rockets (4-3) 64-60 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Newly promoted Ulster Rockets maintains fourth place with 4-3 record. Loser Oblate Dynamos dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with Singleton and Liffey Celtics. Ulster Rockets will meet league's leader UL Aughinish in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Oblate Dynamos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Dublin to the arena DCU Mercy.
gschID: 148215


UL Aughinish - Waterford W. 65-53

Undefeated leader UL Aughinish delivered the eighth consecutive win. This time they beat 5th ranked Waterford Wildcats (3-4) 65-53 in Limerick. Strangely Waterford Wildcats outrebounded UL Aughinish 43-27 including a 21-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian-British guard Rachel Vanderwal (176-83, college: Boston U.) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and 6 steals. The former international guard Miriam Liston (173-83) contributed with 7 points and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Jenny Coady (-82) answered with 20 points and the former international center Niamh Mullally (180-84) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Waterford Wildcats. UL Aughinish (8-0) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Waterford Wildcats at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. UL Aughinish will play against Ulster Rockets (#4) in Belfast in the next round. Waterford Wildcats will play on the road against the league's second-placed TM Hotel Cork and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
UL Aughinish: R.Vanderwal 34+3reb+1ast, L.Galvin 10+5reb, M.Liston 7+3reb+7ast, A.McDermott 6+7reb, L.Maher 4+5reb, F.Lynch 2+1ast
Waterford W.: J.Coady 20+4reb+2ast, N.Mullally 11+11reb+1ast, H.Rohan 7+1reb, C.Kavanagh 6+10reb, R.Furlong 5+5reb+1ast, E.Kennington 2+8reb
gschID: 148216


Liffey Celtics - DCU Mercy 40-85

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Dublin: DCU Mercy (#3) and Liffey Celtics (#8). Liffey Celtics were crushed at home by 45 points 40-85 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. DCU Mercy have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with TM Hotel Cork. Liffey Celtics lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with Oblate Dynamos and Singleton. DCU Mercy's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Dublin Oblate Dynamos.
gschID: 148217


Meteors - TM Hotel Cork 47-66

The game in Dublin was also quite interesting. Second ranked TM Hotel Cork (6-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Peugeot Meteors (2-5). TM Hotel Cork did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 66-47 on Sunday. TM Hotel Cork dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Peugeot Meteors' 38. TM Hotel Cork forced 27 Peugeot Meteors turnovers and outrebounded them 60-37 including a 31-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for the former international guard Claire Rockall (178-90, college: Iowa St.) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 20 rebounds. The former international guard Niamh Dwyer (176-82, college: Monmouth) helped adding 22 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side forward Rebecca Nagle (173-92) responded with 10 points and 4 assists and forward Eimhear Browne (176-92) scored 9 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TM Hotel Cork maintains second place with 6-1 record having just three points less than leader UL Aughinish, which they share with DCU Mercy. Loser Peugeot Meteors keep the seventh position with five games lost. TM Hotel Cork will meet at home Waterford Wildcats (#6) in the next round. Peugeot Meteors will play against Singleton in Brunell and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
TM Hotel Cork: C.Rockall 24+20reb+2ast, N.Dwyer 22+11reb+3ast, G.Dwyer 16+15reb+2ast, L.Falvey 2+1reb, K.Bland 2+3reb+1ast, A.McKenna 1+3reb+7ast
Meteors: R.Nagle 10+2reb+4ast, J.Daly 10+4reb, B.Meany 9+2reb+2ast, E.Browne 9+4reb+1ast, E.Irwin 4+4reb, S.Doyle 2+12reb
gschID: 148218


Killester - Singleton 76-58

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked 11890 Killester (4-4) defeated at home bottom-ranked Singleton (1-6) 76-58 on Saturday. 11890 Killester made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. 11890 Killester outrebounded Singleton 40-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for forward Fiona Carrick (178-88) who led her team to a victory scoring 6 points and 14 rebounds. Aisling Sullivan helped adding 15 points. 11890 Killester's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Amy Waters responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds and Danielle O'Leary scored 9 points and 8 assists. 11890 Killester moved-up to fifth place. Singleton lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with six games lost. They share it with Oblate Dynamos and Liffey Celtics. 11890 Killester will meet Liffey Celtics (#8) in the next round. Singleton will play against Peugeot Meteors in Dublin.
Top scorers:
Killester: A.Sullivan 15+2ast, L.Gray 13, E.Stone 13+3reb, M.Clarke 12+1reb+2ast, A.Maguire 8+2reb, H.Fraser 8+7reb
Singleton: A.Waters 15+16reb+1ast, M.O'Leary 12+1reb+3ast, D.O'Leary 9+4reb+8ast, A.Kearney 8+4reb+1ast, A.Dineen 7+1reb+1ast, G.Ocmahony 7+1ast
gschID: 148214




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  ITALY - Women  


Familia Schio overcame Tarbes for 3-3 record in Group B of EuroLeague - by Eurobasket News
Tarbes - Familia Schio 66:75

Familia Schio overcame Tarbes for 3-3 record in Group B of EuroLeague. The French Tarbes were defeated at home by fourth ranked Italian Familia Schio 75:66 on Wednesday.
The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tarbes were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Louisiana Tech) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Janel Janel McCarville (188-C-82, college: Minnesota) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Serbian guard Maja Miljkovic (175-G-88) produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Familia Schio moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with Nadezhda O. Tarbes lost their sixth game in a row. Next games to be played on November 30th.

Familia Schio: Cheryl Ford 18+15rebs, Janel McCarville 13, Maja Erkic (183-G/F-85) 11, Laura Macchi (187-F-79) 9
Tarbes: Maja Miljkovic 12, Gargati 10, Paoline Salagnac (176-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 9, Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga 9, Florence Lepron (182-F-85) 9



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  KOSOVO - Women  


Penza Peja keeps perfect score - by Eurobasket News
Round Seven of the Kosovan top division was played last weekend. Top ranked Penza registered its seventh straight win in the league. The time the Peja team blasted Gezimi on the road. It was a 33-91 victory. The second ranked Kastroiti also celebrated in this round. They handed 104-42 loss to X Pristhina. Drita failed at home against Trepca 49-63 facing with fifth defeat this season. At the same time Trepca improved to 4-2 (one game PPD). In the last game of the round, Bashkimi had no troubles to beat Vellaznimi 66-31. Round Eight is scheduled for February 11/12 of the 2012.

A1 Standings
1. Penza Peja 7-0
2. Kastrioti 5-2
3. Trepca 4-2
4. Bashkimi 4-3
5. X Prishtina 4-3
6. Drita Gjilan 2-5
7. Vellaznimi 1-5
8. Gezimi 0-7


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  LATVIA - Women  


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 8-0 
 2. Cesis 5-2 
 3. DU 5-3 
 4. TTT Juniores 5-4 
 5. RTU-Merks 4-3 
 6. Liepajas 3-4 
 7. LU 1-7 
 8. Kolibri/U-16 0-8 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Sabine NIEDOLA
  TTT Riga
  (184-F-91)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Niedola, TTT Riga20.3 
 2. Nimane, TTT Riga19.8 
 3. Niedola, Liepajas19.0 
 4. Egle, DU18.1 
 5. Laksa, Kolibri/U-1616.3 
 6. Krastina, TTT Riga16.1 
 7. Alilujeva, Liepajas15.3 
 8. Malkevica, RTU-M.14.4 
 9. Vorma, LU14.4 
 10. Cirsa, Liepajas13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sabine NIEDOLA
  TTT Riga
  (184-F-91)
  Avg: 14
 1. Niedola, TTT Riga14.0 
 2. Niedola, Liepajas11.3 
 3. Bernsone, Cesis10.9 
 4. Krasovska, Liepajas8.3 
 5. Nimane, TTT Riga8.1 
 6. Horelika, Cesis8.0 
 7. Egle, DU7.3 
 8. Alilujeva, Liepajas7.3 
 9. Veidere, TTT J.7.1 
 10. Lisnere, RTU-Merks6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Olesja JEVSEJEVA
  DU
  (174-F-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Jevsejeva, DU5.3 
 2. Neimane, TTT J.4.4 
 3. Niedola, Liepajas4.0 
 4. Krastina, TTT Riga3.8 
 5. Sarja, TTT Juniores3.6 
 6. Kazakevica, DU3.1 
 7. Nimane, TTT Riga2.8 
 8. Egle, DU2.8 
 9. Fomina, TTT J.2.7 
 10. Cirsa, Liepajas2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  TTT Riga
  (175-G/F-90)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Krastina, TTT Riga3.6 
 2. Reke, Cesis3.3 
 3. Nimane, TTT Riga3.3 
 4. Niedola, Liepajas3.0 
 5. Niedola, TTT Riga2.7 
 6. Malkevica, RTU-M.2.3 
 7. Jevsejeva, DU2.3 
 8. Rozenberga, RTU-M.2.1 
 9. Bernsone, Cesis2.1 
 10. Kazakevica, DU2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Liga SURKUSA
  TTT Riga
  (194-C-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Surkusa, TTT Riga2.0 
 2. Veidere, TTT J.1.7 
 3. Bundule, Cesis1.5 
 4. Tomsone, TTT J.1.2 
 5. Lisnere, RTU-Merks1.0 
 6. Alilujeva, Liepajas1.0 
 7. Krasovska, Liepajas1.0 
 8. Bernsone, Cesis1.0 
 9. Vitola, RTU-Merks0.9 
 10. Langina, TTT J.0.9 


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Landes signs Agne Abromaite - by Eurobasket News
Agne Abromaite (190-C/F-79) will continue her career in France. The Lithuanian power forward/center signed a deal with Landes for rest of the season. Actually, Abromaite already made debut for her new team. She had 4 points and 4 rebounds last weekend against Challes. Landes lost that game at home 46-55. Agne Abromaite spent last season in Spain. She was a member of powerful Ros Casares, but they were not able to defend the LFB title. Abromaite had 5.8 ppg and 2.2 rpg in the league. In Euroleague, she had lower numbers. Before Ros Casares, Abromaite played for Mann Filter and Celta Vigo. She is active member of the Lithuanian National Team.

Bourges nip VICI Aistes in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
VICI Aistes - Bourges 67:69

Bourges Basket claimed the third Euroleague victory this season. They overcame VICI Aistes in Kaunas tonight. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the effort.
Bourges surprised VICI Aistes in the opening frame. The French team fired 28 points in the starting quarter to take a 10-point lead. VICI got back to life in the second term. They narrowed the deficit at 9-point mark at halftime 33:42. But Bourges did not allow VICI to dictate the tempo in the third quarter. The visitors kept VICI Aistes at bay posting a 9-point advantage at the final break. VICI Aistes did not say die and went on a 14:2 rally that put them ahead 67:66 with 49 seconds remaining. But Styliani Kaltsidou nailed two free throws and Kiesha Brown (179-G-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) followed with one to seal the victory for Bourges. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-F-88) finished with 16 points, while Kiesha Brown added 14 points in the victory. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) answered with 13 points for Bourges. Amanda Kemezys (192-C-87, college: St.Louis) netted 12 points in the loss.

VICI Aistes: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 13, Amanda Kemezys 12
Bourges: Styliani Kaltsidou 20+11 boards, Nwal-Endene Miyem 16, Kiesha Brown 14


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Standings - Women League
Prve A ZCKL Standings
 1. Rudar 3-0 
 2. Roling Niksic 3-1 
 3. Buducnost 2-0 
 4. Primorje 2-2 
 5. Lovcen 1-2 
 6. Antivari Bar 0-3 
 7. Kotor 0-3 


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Kelli Valentine signs in Holland - by Eurobasket News
Kelli Valentine (5'11''-F-89, college: Portland St.) is set to start her professional basketball career. The American forward signed a deal with Dutch team STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk. Actually, Valentine already made her pro debut. She had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists against HLB Accountants. Grasshoppers won that game 97-56. Kelli Valentine graduated at the Portland State University this year. She had 10.7 ppg, 6 rpg, 2.3 apg and 1.5 spg for 31 games. Valentine helped her school to win the Big Sky Conference Tournament in 2010. She had 9 ppg and 4.4 rpg that season. For the last three years Kelli Valentine was getting Big Sky Conf. All-Tournament Team award. In 2008, she was named All-Big Sky Conf. Freshman of the Year.

Yale has some fun in 109-59 loss at No. 1 Baylor - by Eurobasket News
Believe it or not, Yale had some fun and a good experience against top-ranked Baylor.

And that was in a 109-59 loss.

'At Yale, we live in a really different world,' Bulldogs coach Chris Gobrecht said. 'So it's kind of a neat thing for us as basketball players, and that's just kind of part of our players' lives, the basketball part is just one part of their life. It's nice to step into an atmosphere that's all about women's basketball. It's so different from the life that we all live.'

The Bulldogs (2-2) actually had an early four-point lead early. Baylor got off to such a sluggish start that coach Kim Mulkey removed her entire starting lineup only about 6 minutes into the game Tuesday night.

Soon after the Baylor starters got back in the game, things got out of hand pretty quickly.

Brittney Griner had 31 points and 10 rebounds, one of three Baylor players to finish with a double-double. The Lady Bears shook off their slow start and rolled, two days over their decisive win over then-No. 2 Notre Dame to clearly establish themselves as the nation's No. 1 team.

'We just couldn't get going,' Mulkey said. 'I thought it started on the defensive end poorly. We weren't in passing lanes like we were in the Notre Dame game, we weren't pressuring the ball.'

The Lady Bears didn't practice Monday so Mulkey and her staff could go to Stillwater, Okla., to attend the memorial service for Oklahoma State head coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna, who were killed in a plane crash last week.

Baylor (5-0) now has a few days to get ready for its next game and another big test, Sunday at sixth-ranked Tennessee.

Sophomore point guard Odyssey Sims (5'9''-G-92) had 13 points and 13 assists against Yale for her first career double-double, along with seven steals with only two turnovers in 25 minutes. Brooklyn Pope (6'1''-F/C-89) had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Baylor, while Destiny Williams (6'1''-F/C-91) finished with 13 points.

Zenab Keita (6'2''-C) and Sarah Halejian scored 13 points apiece for Yale.

The Bulldogs led 15-11 after Alicia Seelaus and Halejian had consecutive 3-pointers in less than a minute with a layup by Griner in between.

' If we can play like that for 40 minutes, we should win every game from here on out this season,' Michelle Cashen said. 'For those bad stretches, we just need to learn how to stop the bleeding pretty much. I said at halftime, if we can play the remaining 20 minutes like we played the first 10 or 15, we have nothing to be ashamed of. I thought we came out and went after them.'

After Pope's jumper cut the deficit to a basket, Mulkey took out the starters with just over 14 minutes left.

By time Griner and Sims returned to the game about 5 minutes later, the Lady Bears were still down by one but quickly took over.

'That slow start and getting taken out, Coach really didn't need to say anything,' Griner said. 'That was enough for me to recognize that I needed to step it up and get it going.'

Griner scored 10 of her points, all on layups or short jumpers, when the Lady Bears closed out the first half with a 29-5 run after the game was tied 28-all and went on to win its 52nd consecutive non-conference game at home. They were up 57-33 by halftime.

Griner's 29th career double-double, her fourth this season, came while the 6-foot-8 preseason AP All-America pick played only 23 minutes. She made 13 of 16 shots, all five free throws and had five blocks, pushing her career total to 420, only 27 from breaking the Big 12 record.

With the inside presence of Griner, Pope and Williams, the Lady Bears outrebounded Yale 52-23 and had a 74-18 scoring advantage in the paint.

'Physically, we gave away inches and pounds at every single position. Physically, it was tough,' Gobrecht said. 'Many times we were there and they were still scoring.'

Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com


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  POLAND - Women  


Nadezhda hold off CCC in Orenburg - by Eurobasket News
Nadezhda - CCC Polkowice 74:71

Nadezhda withheld a furious comeback effort from CCC to take the third win in Euroleague season. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) provided 19 points to lead the hosts as they climbed at 3-3 record in Group B. CCC fell at 2-4 record after the loss.
Nadezhda looked cruising to the victory in the first frame. They dominated throughout the quarter taking a 27:13 lead ten minutes into the encounter. But CCC stopped the rot in the second term. The Polish team cut the deficit to 11 points at the interval 21:32. CCC got even closer in the third term. They trailed by 10 points heading into the final period. Brunson stretched the lead back to 14 points midway through the fourth period but CCC Polkowice went on a 10:2 run to narrow the gap. Sharnee Zoll (170-PG-86, college: Virginia) hit a three-pointer to put the visitors within three points 71:74 with 39 seconds remaining. Brunson committed a turnover but CCC failed to capitalize as Sharnee Zoll missed an attempt from behind the arc. Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) posted 17 points, while Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) added 16 points for the winners. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) responded with 16 points for CCC. Sharnee Zoll finished with 15 points in the loss.

Nadezhda: Rebekkah Brunson 19, Elena Danilochkina 17, Katie Douglas 16
CCC Polkowice: Iva Perovanovic 16, Sharnee Zoll 15


Wisla Can-Pack is victorious in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Gospic CO-Wisla Can-Pack 65:73

Wisla Can-Pack is victorious in Croatia as the team grabbed 73:65 win over Gospic. The Polish team took the fifth victory in seventh games for the top position to share with Spartak.
Paulina Pawlak (170-PG-84, agency: Data Plus Group) gave her team from the perimeter and Bjelica increased to 7:2. The hosts were too far to give up from the start and Komplet brought 16:15 for them. Moreover her three-pointer closed the first period at 23:19 but then Erin Phillips (173-G-85) tied the game early in the second frame. Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82, college: Stanford) made the same at 33:33 and she was the last to post in the half for 41:39. She also closed the third period for the minimum advantage of the opponent side at 53:52. The last quarter became decisive in the game as Wisla erupted with 21-12 for the final success.
Nicole Powell stepped up with 22 points and Erin Phillips nailed 15. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) collected 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Paulina Pawlak delivered 7. Julie McBride (165-G-82, college: Syracuse) and Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) ended up with 16 points apiece and Kalisha Keane (185-F-89, college: Michigan St.) added 10.

Gospic CO: Julie McBride 16, Marija Vrsaljko 16, Kalisha Keane 10
Wisla Can-Pack: Nicole Powell 22, Erin Phillips 15, Ewelina Kobryn 13+11 rebs, Paulina Pawlak 7


USK Prague outleveled Lotos in the capital - by Eurobasket News
USK Prague- Lotos Gdynia 82:77

USK Prague outleveled Lotos in the capital for 4-3 record in Group A of EuroLeague. The team from Czech Republic needed a strong finish to celebrate the victory. After Jolene Anderson (175-SG-86, college: Wisconsin) split two free-throws for Gdynia, Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) went to the line and sank two and Prague ended up winning by five to leapfrog Bourges back into fourth place in Group A.
Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) gave the guests 17:11 as they grabbed 21:20 after the first 10 minutes. Aneika Henry (193-C-86, college: Florida) made it 25:22, while the hosts created a 9-0 run for 31:25. USK Prague led 5 points with a minute in the first half but could take only 37:36 deficit as Geraldine Robert and Zurowska closed the second period. Moreover Aneika Henry and Jalcova scored for 57:54 late in the third. Ines Ajanovic (195-C-80) gave the Polish side 65:61 and Anderson remained them in front at 71:69. Penicheiro, Anna Montanana and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) however delivered the victory for the hoists from the free throw line.
Eva Viteckova top-scored for the winners with 24 points. Anna Montanana notched 16 and Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) posted 11. Jolene Anderson replied with 26 points in the losing effort and Ines Ajanovic netted 12. Geraldine Robert posted 11, whilst Aneika Henry delivered 10.

USK Prague: Eva Viteckova 24, Anna Montanana 16, Petra Kulichova 11
Lotos Gdynia: Jolene Anderson 26, Ines Ajanovic 12, Geraldine Robert 11, Aneika Henry 10



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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Lady Comfort signed by Boa Viagem - by Joao Santos
Lady Comfort (188-C-86, college: Temple), she played in Puerto Rico, signed by Boa Viagem-Angra-Acore, replacing her compatriot Sherida Triggs (186-F/C-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: ODU).
Another novelty in the Liga Feminina, is the contract termination between Tonya Young (187-F/C, college: Vermont) and Clube Desportivo Torres Novas, which ranks last in the standings.


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Nadezhda hold off CCC in Orenburg - by Eurobasket News
Nadezhda - CCC Polkowice 74:71

Nadezhda withheld a furious comeback effort from CCC to take the third win in Euroleague season. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) provided 19 points to lead the hosts as they climbed at 3-3 record in Group B. CCC fell at 2-4 record after the loss.
Nadezhda looked cruising to the victory in the first frame. They dominated throughout the quarter taking a 27:13 lead ten minutes into the encounter. But CCC stopped the rot in the second term. The Polish team cut the deficit to 11 points at the interval 21:32. CCC got even closer in the third term. They trailed by 10 points heading into the final period. Brunson stretched the lead back to 14 points midway through the fourth period but CCC Polkowice went on a 10:2 run to narrow the gap. Sharnee Zoll (170-PG-86, college: Virginia) hit a three-pointer to put the visitors within three points 71:74 with 39 seconds remaining. Brunson committed a turnover but CCC failed to capitalize as Sharnee Zoll missed an attempt from behind the arc. Elena Danilochkina (185-G-86) posted 17 points, while Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) added 16 points for the winners. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) responded with 16 points for CCC. Sharnee Zoll finished with 15 points in the loss.

Nadezhda: Rebekkah Brunson 19, Elena Danilochkina 17, Katie Douglas 16
CCC Polkowice: Iva Perovanovic 16, Sharnee Zoll 15


UMMC stun Gyor for fifth Euroleague victory - by Eurobasket News
UMMC - Gyor 97:60

UMMC registered the fifth win in Euroleague regular season. They toppled visiting Gyor behind 19 points from Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee). UMMC improved at 5-2 record, while Gyor dropped at 1-6 in Group A.
Gyor opened the game with four points in a row but UMMC quickly erased the deficit. The hosts erupted for 31 points in the starting frame to take a 15-point lead after ten minutes. UMMC opened the second quarter with 13 points in a row to stay in charge. They established a comfortable 58:29 halftime advantage. The hosts kept their opponents at safe distance throughout the third period. UMMC secured a 76:52 lead heading into the fourth frame and never looked back en route to the win. Seven UMMC players scored in double figures. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) provided 15 points, while Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) finished with 13 points in the win. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: VCU) answered with 16 points for Gyor. Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) had 15 points in defeat.

UMMC: Candace Parker 19, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 15, Cappie Pondexter 13
Gyor: Quanitra Hollingsworth 16, Iva Ciglar 15


Spartak MR narrowly defeat Montpellier - by Eurobasket News
Spartak MR - Montpellier 72:70

Spartak Moscow Region celebrated the fourth win in Euroleague season. They held off Montpellier at home court to catch up with their opponents at 4-2 record in Group C ladder. Seimone Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) and Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) scored 19 points each to pace the hosts.
Montpellier got to a slightly better start. The visitors grabbed a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. Spartak erased the deficit in the second quarter. The hosts drew things level at 39 at halftime. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third quarter before Spartak made it 54:49 with one quarter remaining. The teams went neck and neck throughout the fourth frame. Mann gave the French team a 70:67 lead with 51 seconds remaining. But Seimone Augustus drained a triple and Candice Dupree followed with a pair of free throws to seal the victory for the home team. Nika Baric (169-PG-92) and Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) accounted for 11 points each in the win. Stephany Skrba (188-F-87, college: Michigan) and Fatimatou Sacko (183-F-85) posted 12 points each in the loss.

Spartak MR: Seimone Augustus 19, Candice Dupree 19, Nika Baric 11, Jelena Milovanovic 11
Montpellier: Stephany Skrba 12, Fatimatou Sacko 12


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Extraliga, Round 10: Dobri Anjeli and Ruzomberok win - by Eurobasket News
Round 10 of the Slovakian Extraliga was played last weekend. As expected, Dobri Anjeli and MBK Ruzomberok had no troubles to beat their rivals.

MBK Ruzomberok - MBK Regin Roznava 78:51 (16:16, 26:17, 20:11, 16:7)
Ann Andersson (185-F-80, agency: Promotex, college: Minnesota) shined for Ruza with 19 points and Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) followed her with 3 less. In Roznava, Martina Matejcikova (179-F-92) delivered 21 pts.

Whirlpool Poprad - BK SOU Cassovia Kosice 105:50 (25:14, 30:10, 27:8, 23:18)
Young stepped up for the hosts with 30 points. Romana Oravcova (184-F/C-91) netted 13 pts in defeat.

Good Angels Kosice - BK amorn 111:56 (26:16, 25:13, 27:13, 33:14)
Erin Marie Lawless (188-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Purdue) and Iveta Salkauske (195-F/C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Illinois) led the home squad with 19 points each. Natalia Vieru (197-C-89) followed with 17. In Samorin, Riecka and Ivanova posted 11 points apiece.

Round 11 is scheduled for the next weekend.



Extraliga Standings
1. Dobri Anjeli 8-0
2. MBK Ruzomb. 7-1
3. Poprad 6-3
4. Samorin 4-5
5. Roznava 3-6
6. Dannax Sport 2-6
7. Cassovia K. 0-9




Dobri Anjeli grab fourth Euroleague victory, edge Frisco Sika - by Eurobasket News
Dobri Anjeli - Frisco Sika 71:54

Dobri Anjeli celebrated the fourth Euroleague win. They held off Frisco Sika in Kosice to improve at 4-3 record in Group C. Danielle McCray (180-G/F-87, college: Kansas) nailed 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the effort.
Dobri Anjeli stormed into the game. They limited Frisco Sika to just 8 points in the opening quarter take a 10-point lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the second term as Dobri Anjeli stayed in control. They posted a 37:27 halftime advantage. Frisco Sika however revived the intrigue in the third term. The visitors opened the second half on a 6:0 run to narrow the gap. Frisco Sika got as close as 4 points at the final break 45:49. Romana Hejdova (183-F-88) put the Czech team within three points midway through the final quarter but the hosts reacted with a 16:0 run and cruised to the victory at the end. Natalia Vieru (197-C-89) posted 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80) and Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) provided 8 points each in the win. Romana Hejdova answered with 16 points for Frisco Sika. Ashley Robinson (193-C-82, college: Tennessee) had 10 points in the loss.

Dobri Anjeli: Danielle McCray 19, Natalia Vieru 16+14 boards, Bernadett Nemeth 8, Lucia Kupcikova 8
Frisco Sika: Romana Hejdova 16, Ashley Robinson 10


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Trio of double-double lead Celje over Pomurje - by Zeljko Zule
Celje used a balanced offense with three players registering a double-double as crushed Pomurje, 99-47, in the openinig game of Round 7. Marica Gajic (192-C-95) had 25 points on shooting 11-of-16, 16 rebounds and 5 assists, Sanja Orozovic collected 26 points and 10 rebounds and Tina Trebec scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Ziva Macura added 12 points and Lea Jagodic came off the bench for 11 points. Celje outrebounded Pomurje 53-16, picking up 32 offensive boards. The home team were led by Simona Kuzma with 15 points and Tina Kercmar posted 14 points.

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  SPAIN - Women  


Fenerbahce became the only undefeated team in EuroLeague 2011/2012 - by Eurobasket News
Perfumerias - Fenerbahce 69:77

Fenerbahce became the only undefeated team in EuroLeague 2011/2012. The Turksih favorites rolled over the defending champions in Spain, 77:69.
It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Perfumerias Avenida. It was a key game for the top position in Group B. Perfumerias Avenida was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 43-31 second half run of Fenerbahce. Fenerbahce had a 28-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 6 rebounds. Australian forward Penny Taylor (185-F-81) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds and Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Perfumerias Avenida.
Fenerbahce have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending Turkish champion maintains first place in Group B with 6-0 record. Perfumerias Avenida at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost.

Fenerbahce: Angel McCoughtry 28, Penny Taylor 16, Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) 12, Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) 9
Perfumerias: DeWanna Bonner 24, Erika De Souza 15, Xargay Casademont 10



Ros Casares demolish Galatasaray in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Ros Casares 46:76

Ros Casares demolish Galatasaray in Istanbul to hand them their first loss in EuroLeague. The undefeated Turkish Galatasaray was rolled over by Spanish Ros Casares 46:76. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Galatasaray.
Ros Casares led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Galatasaray to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Galatasaray 46-28 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) fired 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Laia Palau (178-G-79) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) produced 9 points and 10 rebounds and Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Ros Casares have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending Spanish champion keeps a position of Group A leader, which they share with defeated Galatasaray.
Ros Casares is looking forward to face bottom-ranked SEAT-SZESE in Gyor in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Galatasaray will play on the road against VICI-Aistes in Kaunas and is hoping to win this game.

Ros Casares: Sancho Lyttle 20+9rebs, Laia Palau 20, Silvia Dominguez (167-PG-87) 11, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) 8, Ann Wauters (194-C-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 8+15rebs
Galatasaray: Diana Taurasi 14, Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) 9, Tina Charles 9



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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Standings - LNF
LNA Standings
 1. Helios 7-0 
 2. Fribourg 6-1 
 3. Riva Basket 5-2 
 4. Basel 3-3 
 5. Hope-GBA 3-4 
 6. Nyon 3-4 
 7. Pully 2-5 
 8. Highflyers 1-6 
 9. Ovronnaz-Mart. 1-6 


LNA Round 8: No surprise as #1 Helios defeat Hope-GBA - by Eurobasket News
What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

LNA top team - Helios (7-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Hope-GBA (3-4) in Bernex 88-40. The game without a history. Helios led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hope-GBA to just 6 points in third quarter. Helios dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Hope-GBA's 28. Helios forced 32 Hope-GBA turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Shyra Ely (188-83, college: Tennessee, agency: Merit Sports) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 6 steals and the other American import guard Whitney Boddie (173-87, college: Auburn, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who added 14 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. International guard Dorothee Studer (168-92) responded with 8 points. Hope-GBA's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated Helios have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-0 record. Hope-GBA lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with Nyon. Helios are looking forward to face Pully (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Hope-GBA will play against the league's second-placed Fribourg and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game in Pully was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Basel (3-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Pully (2-5). Basel managed to secure a 7-point victory 71-64. The winners were led by international power forward Eva Moldovanyi (183-87) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds and Colleen Hart supported her with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Basel's coach Ina Nicosia-Schelker allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists by Senegalese guard Diodio Diouf (170-84) did not help to save the game for Pully. Basel have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 3-3 record. Pully at the other side keeps the seventh place with five games lost. Basel will play against bottom-ranked Ovronnaz-Mart. (#9) in Martigny in the next round where they are favorite. Pully will play on the road against the league's leader Helios in Vetroz and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Martigny supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Riva Basket (5-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Ovronnaz-Mart. (1-6). Riva Basket smashed Ovronnaz-Mart. 76-53 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Shannon McCallum who scored 41 points (!!!), 5 assists and 4 steals. Riva Basket's coach Fabrizio Rezzonico felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jamila Griffith produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Riva Basket maintains third position with 5-2 record having just two points less than leader Helios. Ovronnaz-Mart. lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom place with six games lost. They share the position with Highflyers. Riva Basket will meet at home Nyon (#6) in the next round. Ovronnaz-Mart. will play against Basel.

In the last game of round 8 Fribourg destroyed Highflyers on the opponent's court 84-53.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 37 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds by Celeste Trahan of Fribourg.



Highflyers - Fribourg 53-84

Very expected game in Luzern where 9th ranked Highflyers (1-6) were crushed by second ranked Fribourg (6-1) 84-53 on Saturday. 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 Highflyers to just 6 points in second quarter. Fribourg dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Highflyers' 40. Fribourg forced 26 Highflyers turnovers. The best player for the winners was American center Celeste Trahan (184-85, college: Elizabeth City, agency: LBM Management) who had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. Swingman Lisa Mazzocchi (170-90) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian power forward Pamela Palamar (183-92) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Amber Petillon (193-82, college: Richmond) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Highflyers' coach Andre Bachmann already knew that her team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains second position with 6-1 record behind leader Helios. Highflyers lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with six games lost. They share the position with Ovronnaz-Mart.. Fribourg will meet at home Hope-GBA (#5) in the next round. Highflyers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Highflyers: P.Palamar 17+6reb+1ast, A.Petillon 12+10reb+2ast, S.Eisenring 6+1reb, G.Sakica 5+2reb+5ast, K.Milenkovic 4+2reb+2ast, D.Milenkovic 3+1reb
Fribourg: C.Trahan 37+13reb+2ast, L.Thalmann 15+2reb+1ast, L.Mazzocchi 13+5reb+1ast, D.Monnier 7+4reb+2ast, M.Milenkovic 6+2reb+1ast, B.Mueller 4+2reb+5ast
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Pully - Basel 64-71

The game in Pully was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Basel (3-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Pully (2-5). Basel managed to secure a 7-point victory 71-64. Pully was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 34-26 second half run of Basel. The winners were led by international power forward Eva Moldovanyi (183-87) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds and American guard Colleen Hart (163-88, college: Tufts) supported her with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Basel's coach Ina Nicosia-Schelker allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists by Senegalese guard Diodio Diouf (170-84) did not help to save the game for Pully. American power forward Alendra Brown (191-86) added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Basel have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 3-3 record. Pully at the other side keeps the seventh place with five games lost. Basel will play against bottom-ranked Ovronnaz-Mart. (#9) in Martigny in the next round where they are favorite. Pully will play on the road against the league's leader Helios in Vetroz and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pully: D.Diouf 21+8reb+7ast, A.Brown 14+10reb+2ast, T.Zali 13+7reb+3ast, T.Detraz 8+1reb+2ast, L.Martin 8+4reb+2ast, A.Gavin 0+3reb+4ast
Basel: C.Hart 23+9reb, E.Moldovanyi 23+17reb, M.Skouby 14+8reb+1ast, M.Heckendorn 9+2reb+6ast, R.Machler 2, V.Vigil 0
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Ovronnaz-Mart. - Riva Basket 53-76

The game in Martigny supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Riva Basket (5-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Ovronnaz-Mart. (1-6). Riva Basket smashed Ovronnaz-Mart. 76-53 on Saturday. The game without a history. Riva Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Ovronnaz-Mart.'s 36. Riva Basket forced 31 Ovronnaz-Mart. turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Shannon McCallum (177-87, college: Charlotte) who scored 41 points (!!!), 5 assists and 4 steals. Canadian-Jamaican forward Rhona McKenzie (183-76, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. Riva Basket's coach Fabrizio Rezzonico felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Barbados swingman Jamila Griffith (183-82, college: Md-Eastern Shore) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and Aline Perraudin added 11 points respectively for the hosts. Riva Basket maintains third position with 5-2 record having just two points less than leader Helios. Ovronnaz-Mart. lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom place with six games lost. They share the position with Highflyers. Riva Basket will meet at home Nyon (#6) in the next round. Ovronnaz-Mart. will play against Basel.
Top scorers:
Ovronnaz-Mart.: J.Griffith 17+10reb+2ast, P.Aline 11+1reb+3ast, M.Carron 8+1reb+2ast, I.Szakacs 6+3reb+3ast, M.Darbellay 6+4reb+1ast, M.Meylan 3
Riva Basket: S.McCallum 41+1reb+5ast, J.Jakab 10+2reb+2ast, R.McKenzie 9+8reb, S.Franscella 4, F.Annibale 4, L.Travaini 4+4reb+1ast
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Hope-GBA - Helios 40-88

LNA top team - Helios (7-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Hope-GBA (3-4) in Bernex 88-40. The game without a history. Helios led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hope-GBA to just 6 points in third quarter. Helios dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Hope-GBA's 28. Helios forced 32 Hope-GBA turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Shyra Ely (188-83, college: Tennessee, agency: Merit Sports) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 6 steals and the other American import guard Whitney Boddie (173-87, college: Auburn, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who added 14 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. International guard Dorothee Studer (168-92) responded with 8 points and forward Sarah Cavin (178-92) scored 7 points. Hope-GBA's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Helios have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-0 record. Hope-GBA lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with Nyon. Helios are looking forward to face Pully (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Hope-GBA will play against the league's second-placed Fribourg and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Hope-GBA: D.Studer 8+3reb+1ast, S.Cavin 7+4reb, G.Mentha 6+2reb, R.Stojanovic 5+3reb, L.Cutunic 4+4reb, A.Rieder 4+4reb+1ast
Helios: S.Ely 32+4reb, W.Boddie 14+2reb+5ast, J.Michaux 10+2reb+1ast, S.Kershaw 9+6reb+1ast, V.Gumy 7+1reb, K.Clement 6+4reb
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Fenerbahce became the only undefeated team in EuroLeague 2011/2012 - by Eurobasket News
Perfumerias - Fenerbahce 69:77

Fenerbahce became the only undefeated team in EuroLeague 2011/2012. The Turksih favorites rolled over the defending champions in Spain, 77:69.
It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Perfumerias Avenida. It was a key game for the top position in Group B. Perfumerias Avenida was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 43-31 second half run of Fenerbahce. Fenerbahce had a 28-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 6 rebounds. Australian forward Penny Taylor (185-F-81) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds and Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Perfumerias Avenida.
Fenerbahce have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending Turkish champion maintains first place in Group B with 6-0 record. Perfumerias Avenida at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost.

Fenerbahce: Angel McCoughtry 28, Penny Taylor 16, Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) 12, Nevriye Yilmaz (194-C-80) 9
Perfumerias: DeWanna Bonner 24, Erika De Souza 15, Xargay Casademont 10



Ros Casares demolish Galatasaray in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Ros Casares 46:76

Ros Casares demolish Galatasaray in Istanbul to hand them their first loss in EuroLeague. The undefeated Turkish Galatasaray was rolled over by Spanish Ros Casares 46:76. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Galatasaray.
Ros Casares led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Galatasaray to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Galatasaray 46-28 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) fired 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Laia Palau (178-G-79) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) produced 9 points and 10 rebounds and Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Ros Casares have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending Spanish champion keeps a position of Group A leader, which they share with defeated Galatasaray.
Ros Casares is looking forward to face bottom-ranked SEAT-SZESE in Gyor in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Galatasaray will play on the road against VICI-Aistes in Kaunas and is hoping to win this game.

Ros Casares: Sancho Lyttle 20+9rebs, Laia Palau 20, Silvia Dominguez (167-PG-87) 11, Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) 8, Ann Wauters (194-C-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) 8+15rebs
Galatasaray: Diana Taurasi 14, Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) 9, Tina Charles 9