EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/26/2011

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  ABA   


Cougars roster unveiled - by Gianni Pascucci
According with official team website www.carolinacougars.org this down is the full team roster of the Carolina Cougars, an ABA team that started well in Mid Atlantioc Division. Taron Downey (6'1''-G-83, college: Wake Forest) and Cory Hightower (6'8''-F/G-79, college: Indian Hills CC) are the two top names in the team list.

Trey Drake G 5'9' 180 NC Wesleyan University
Jonathan Foster F 6'6' 200 Barton College
Jarmel Arrington G 6'4' 210 NC Wesleyan University
Damien Brown F 6'8' 210 Averett University
Taron Downey G 6'1' 200 Wake Forest University
Devin Mooring G 6'2' 180 Elizabeth City State University
Montez Downey F 6'5' 225 NC Wilmington
Charles Gamble G/F 6'4' 225 Barton College
Qavotstarai Waddell C 6'10' 260 UT- Chattanooga
Shelton Carter G/F 6'5' 200 Winston Salem State University
Paul Davis F/C 6'9' 215 Winston Salem State University
Jolly Manning G/F 6'4' 215 Catawba/ Globetrotters
Marcus Hodges G 5'10' 175 Lenoir Rhyne University
Cory Hightower F 6'7' 225 Indian Hills CC
Marcus Watts F 6'7' 225 UT- Chattanooga


Clarksville roster disclosed - by Gianni Pascucci
According with official website https://clarksvillecavaliers.com this down is the full team roster of the Clarksville Cavaliers, an ABA team led on the court by former NBAer Trenton Hassell (6'5''-G/F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Austin Peay St.) who had started season at Nashville Soul

22 Bills, Everett G/F 6' 3' Texas Tech/Martin Methodist
23 Bone, Josh G 6' 3' SIU/University of Tennessee
8 Clements, Rashad G 6' 0 'Bryan College
1 Crutcher, Jeremiah G 5' 10 'TSU
13 Grant, Keon G/F 6' 4' West TX A&M
52 Guerrier, Astral F/C 6' 7 'Vol State/Bryan College
44 Hassell, Trenton G/F 6' 5' APSU
3 Houston, Jerrell C 6' 9' TSU
4 Poe, Wesley F 6' 5' Trevecca
24 Sain, Josh G/F 6' 5' MTSU/TSU
5 Waddy, Cody Motlow St./TSU
40 Woodard, Carlos F 6' 6' Vol State/ Pikeville College



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  ARGENTINA   


Super 8: day 2 - by Facundo Iatzky
Obras 80 - Lanus 77

another dramatic final for the tournament, and in this case with some polemic because the referees did not validate a three point shoot of Juan Cantero in the last seconds of the game, because they interpreted it was a foul before to the shoot. despite this, Obras payed better in the first and the last quarter, so they got the ticket to semifinals. Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) had his best game of the last months.
Obras: Tyler Field 22 pts, 6 reb; Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) 15 pts, 6 reb; Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) 16 pts
Lanus: Nicolas Laprovittola (189-G-90) 16 pts, Mariano Byro (195-G-82) 15 pts

Regatas 85 - Boca jrs 74

A game with a kind of cheating final difference, because it was very closer until the end. Both teams had great moments and others no so good, but Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79) showed the way with a terrific performance. boca Jrs, could not count with their star Larry O'Bannon in all his potential, due to an injury.
regatas: Paolo Quinteros 24 pts, 7 reb, 5 as; Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) 13 pts, 7 reb
Boca: Will Graves (198-F/G-88, college: N.Carolina) 24 pts, 6 reb, Maximiliano Stanic (178-G-78, agency: Players Group) 13 pts


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  AUSTRALIA   


Venom Weaving Some Magic For 2012 - by Eurobasket News
Warrandyte Venom has welcomed the experienced duo of Vashon and Carmen Weaver for 2012, enhancing each team?s stocks in preparation for what coaches Arnold Giffening and Justin Nelson hope will excite the club?s passionate fans.

Following long stints at both Latrobe City and Waverley, the Weavers have hit the early pre-season sessions with plenty of energy and fitted in seamlessly with the club.

'Vashon is a quality person of the highest standing, a great competitor with a strong work ethic and a dynamic positive attitude,? said D1M coach Giffening.

?He's versatile, athletic and will bring scoring power, rebounding and strong defence to our playing group, I have no doubt that Vashon will also be a positive influence for our young, up and coming Venom representative teams. We believe Vashon ticks all the right boxes and will be a wonderful addition to our club'.

Nelson is just as enthusiastic about Carmen and can see the Weavers enjoying a lengthy stint with the Venom.

?Warrandyte is an infectious place and when new players land here they embrace what we are all about very quickly. Carmen has been an outstanding player in the Big V for many years, she is a multiple MVP winner and brings plenty of experience and knowledge to the team,? said Nelson.

?We have been very particular with our recruiting for 2012 and together with Carmen I think we have added three quality people including Rachael Wansbrough and Lee Wilkins. Now it?s about putting it together out on court.?

Looking ahead to a successful season in Venom colours, Carmen Weaver is enthusiastic about her new surrounds.

?A new start is always a challenge, but I?m pleased with the decision to come to Warrandyte,? said Carmen.

?Leaving Waverley was really out of mine and my former teammates hands, and I?ll really miss playing basketball with those girls, but at the same time being at Warrandyte is a role I?m looking forward to.

?The club has been really welcoming from day one, the girls have been fantastic and we are training hard. There is a good feeling amongst the team and we will be giving it our best shot in 2012,? she added.

Entering his 11th season in the Big V, Vashon Weaver knows that his new role will involve as much leadership as it will playing experience.

?I?m pleased with the decision to come to Warrandyte. It was hard to leave the Falcons after two successive championships, but I?m looking forward to helping the Venom land similar results,? said Vashon.

?I?ve fitted in really well, the guys are focused on doing the hard yards, we have the nucleus of a great team moving forward and I want to help be a part of that success,? he added.

The Venom will announce further signings in the new year.
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au


Camberwell Dragons Sign Jason Eversteyn - by Eurobasket News
The Camberwell Dragons are excited to announce the signing of former NCAA and NBL centre Jason Eversteyn (216-C-80, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Nevada). At 7'1 and 120kg, Eversteyn will give the Dragons the size and experience it craved after last season's run at the championship.

Immediately following last season, we identified the need for a centre who was a genuine post target and very good rebounder. With Jason, I think we've found both. For someone with his experience, Jason is a very unselfish player who in his first training session with the boys was able to get guys good, open shots while obviously still remaining a focus for the defensive team. Having not played organised basketball for a few years, we expect him to be a little rusty early on, but he has expressed his willingness to be a part of the group and we'll work with him to make sure we utilise his strengths within our structure,? coach Chris Anstey said.

I'm a big believer that the ball should go inside on as many possessions as possible, whether by pass or dribble. Jason will get a lot of touches in our offensive system, and be a presence on defence that allows our guards to get up and in. He will certainly be an integral part of the success of the group.

The addition of Eversteyn to the Dragons starting front court could make it one of the tallest in the Big V, with 6'8? Kevin Anstey moving to power forward, and the hopeful return of 6'7 Tim O'Brien to small forward.

Eversteyn's career has seen him represent the University of Nevada-Reno (NCAA), Brisbane Bullets and Hunter Pirates (NBL), Whittlesea City Panthers, Sherbrooke Suns and Ringwood Hawks (SEABL/Big V).
Courtesy of: http://www.bigv.com.au


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


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


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


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Siauliai 6-0 
 2. Rudupis 6-1 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 5-2 
 4. Ventspils 4-2 
 5. Juventus 3-5 
 6. Tartu Ulikool 3-5 
 7. Triumph 2-1 
 8. Pieno Zvaigzdes 2-3 
 9. Kedainiai 2-5 
 10. Liepaja 2-6 
 11. Baltai Kaunas 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 6-1 
 2. Valmiera 5-2 
 3. Sakalai 4-2 
 4. Turiba 2-4 
 5. TTU/Kalev 1-4 
 6. Rapla 0-5 


Round 7: Kalev/Cramo defeats Pieno Zvaigzdes in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 7 in the Baltic League took place in Pasvalys. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes (2-3) to fourth ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (5-2) 66-63 on Friday evening. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-11. But Pieno Zvaigzdes won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Belarusian power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 11 points and 4 steals. Swingman Gregor Arbet (194-83) helped adding 14 points. At the losing side forward Eimantas Bendzius (203-90) responded with 20 points. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Roberts Stelmahers rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending Estonian champion moved-up to third place in Elite. Newly promoted Pieno Zvaigzdes dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Kalev/Cramo are looking forward to face league's second-placed Rudupis in Prienai in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play at home against Tartu Ulikool (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of the most interesting games of round 7 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Utena where ninth ranked Kedainiai won against host Juventus (3-5) 78-70. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-85) who led the winners and scored 15 points. Marius Valukonis accounted for 15 points. Kedainiai's coach Gediminas Petrauskas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Zydrunas Urbonas (198-76) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Juventus in the defeat. Kedainiai maintains ninth place in Elite with 2-5 record. Juventus at the other side keep the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Tartu Ulikool. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
One of the most interesting games of round 7 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. Leader Siauliai outleveled host Kedainiai (2-5) 85-65. Denzel Bowles fired a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Laimonas Kisielius produced 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Siauliai (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place in Elite with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Kedainiai lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with five games lost. Siauliai will meet at home Triumph Lyubertsy (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Kedainiai will have a break next round.
Latvian Liepaja (2-6) outlasted Lithuanian Baltai Kaunas (1-6) in overtime by seven points 78-71. Worth to mention a great performance of Janis Timma who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Liepaja moved-up to tenth place in Elite. Baltai Kaunas lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. Liepaja's next round opponent will be higher ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (#7) in Lubertsy and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
An interesting game took place in Utena where higher ranked Lithuanian Juventus (3-5) were upseton its own court by ninth ranked Russian Triumph Lyubertsy (2-1) 63-54 on Friday. It was a great evening for Victor Zvarykin who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. Triumph Lyubertsy's coach Valdemaras Chomicius used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Triumph Lyubertsy moved-up to seventh place in Elite. Loser Juventus keep the fifth position with five games lost. Triumph Lyubertsy will face league's leader Siauliai on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 7:
In Group B Techasas lost to Valmiera on the opponent's court 65-81. Valmiera managed to outperform Sakalai in a home game 73-72. Techasas managed to beat Turiba on the road 84-80.
In Elite Rudupis defeated Tartu Ulikool on its own court 85-81.


Challenge
Valmiera - Techasas 81-65

There was a minor upset when leader Lithuanian Techasas (6-1) were defeated on the road by third ranked Latvian Valmiera (5-2) 81-65 on Tuesday. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group B. The game was mostly controlled by Valmiera. Techasas was better in second period 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 4 assists. Forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) helped adding 22 points. Four Valmiera players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Ernestas Ezerskis (192-87) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Valmiera moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with Kalev/Cramo. Loser Techasas still keep top position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Techasas: G.Staniulis 17+6reb+2ast, K.Babkauskas 9+2reb+3ast, E.Ezerskis 9+7reb+2ast, E.Stanionis 9, S.Kulevicius 7, D.Tarvydas 5+2reb+2ast
Valmiera: E.Kalve 22+2reb, J.Lucas 20+3reb+4ast, J.Rozitis 11+7reb+1ast, V.Veinbergs 11+1reb+1ast, O.Virsis 7+9reb+4ast, A.Butjankovs 6+2reb
gschID: 149676


Valmiera - Sakalai 73-72

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when third ranked Latvian Valmiera (5-2) edged at home their biggest opponent Lithuanian Sakalai (4-2) 73-72 on Friday. It was a key game for the second position in Group B. Sakalai was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 18-14 charge of Valmiera, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Sakalai outrebounded Valmiera 35-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points (made all of his seven free throws). Guard Vents Veinbergs (183-93) helped adding 18 points. At the losing side forward Arnas Butkevicius (199-92) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Augustas Peciukevicius (191-91) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Sakalai's coach Kazys Maksvytis tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Valmiera moved-up to second place in Group B. Loser Sakalai dropped to the third position with two games lost. Valmiera will have a break next round. Sakalai will play on the road against Turiba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: A.Butkevicius 16+6reb+1ast, P.Joneliunas 12+5reb+2ast, A.Peciukevicius 10+5reb+4ast, J.Gintvainis 8+3reb+1ast, V.Sirvydis 8+1ast, A.Kiausas 6+3reb
Valmiera: E.Kalve 26+2reb, V.Veinbergs 18+3ast, J.Lucas 10+1reb+2ast, J.Rozitis 9+5reb, O.Virsis 6+6reb+5ast, E.Elksnis 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 149677


Turiba - Techasas 80-84

Not a big story in a game when 4th placed Latvian Turiba (2-4) was defeated at home by first ranked Lithuanian Techasas (6-1) 84-80 on Friday. Turiba was trailing by 11 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-16 charge of Techasas, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Turiba outrebounded Techasas 39-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Techasas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. It was a great evening for guard Julius Zurna (188-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-91) helped adding 19 points. Four Techasas players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Kristaps Mediss (188-89, agency: FCM) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and guard Mikus Sokolovs (194-89) scored 17 points. Turiba's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Techasas maintains first place in Group B with 6-1 record. Loser Turiba keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Techasas will have a break next round. Turiba will play at home against Sakalai (#3) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Turiba: K.Mediss 20+9reb+1ast, M.Sokolovs 17+3reb+3ast, J.Dilevka 15+7reb, E.Kikuts 9+5reb, R.Mednis 9+8reb+3ast, M.Steinbergs 6+3reb+1ast
Techasas: J.Zurna 22+7reb+4ast, O.Matulionis 19+2reb+2ast, S.Kulevicius 12+1reb+3ast, G.Staniulis 11+11reb+1ast, E.Ezerskis 8+2reb+4ast, E.Stanionis 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 149678


Elite
Liepaja - Baltai Kaunas 78-71 OT

Latvian Liepaja (2-6) outlasted Lithuanian Baltai Kaunas (1-6) in overtime by seven points 78-71. Baltai Kaunas were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they could not keep up in overtime eventually losing that period 7-14. Liepaja made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Croatian power forward Mario Delas (207-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and center Mindaugas Kupsas (214-91) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Baltai Kaunas. Four Baltai Kaunas players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Liepaja moved-up to tenth place in Elite. Baltai Kaunas lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. Liepaja's next round opponent will be higher ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (#7) in Lubertsy and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Baltai Kaunas: M.Delas 14+11reb+2ast, M.Kupsas 13+9reb, S.Vasiliauskas 12+1reb+4ast, S.Vene 10+7reb, Z.Janavicius 7+5reb+2ast, V.Cizauskas 6+4reb+2ast
Liepaja: M.Kravcenko 22+6reb, J.Mayo 20+2reb+1ast, J.Timma 18+12reb+1ast, K.Miglinieks 7+4reb+2ast, T.Leiteris 5+3reb, A.Helmanis 3+1ast
gschID: 149684


Juventus - Kedainiai 70-78

One of the most interesting games of round 7 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Utena where ninth ranked Kedainiai won against host Juventus (3-5) 78-70. The guests were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-19 Juventus' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-70 at the end of the game. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-85) who led the winners and scored 15 points. Forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) accounted for 15 points for the winning side. Kedainiai's coach Gediminas Petrauskas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Zydrunas Urbonas (198-76) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Darius Pakamanis (192-81) added 15 points respectively for Juventus in the defeat. Four Juventus players scored in double figures. Kedainiai maintains ninth place in Elite with 2-5 record. Juventus at the other side keep the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Tartu Ulikool. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Juventus: Z.Urbonas 20+7reb+3ast, D.Pakamanis 15+1reb+2ast, A.Vasiliauskas 11+1reb+2ast, V.Volkus 11+3reb+2ast, R.Gumeniuk 4+12reb, Z.Sestokas 3+2reb
Kedainiai: M.Valukonis 15+4reb, V.Jasikevicius 15+3reb+3ast, V.Ginevicius 11+4reb+2ast, T.Cerneckis 11, L.Kisielius 9+2reb+1ast, D.McClure 8+10reb+1ast
gschID: 149680


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Kalev/Cramo 63-66

The most exciting game of round 7 in the Baltic League took place in Pasvalys. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked Lithuanian Pieno Zvaigzdes (2-3) to fourth ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (5-2) 66-63 on Friday evening. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-11. But Pieno Zvaigzdes won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Belarusian power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 11 points and 4 steals. Swingman Gregor Arbet (194-83) helped adding 14 points. At the losing side forward Eimantas Bendzius (203-90) responded with 20 points and American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Roberts Stelmahers rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending Estonian champion moved-up to third place in Elite. Newly promoted Pieno Zvaigzdes dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Kalev/Cramo are looking forward to face league's second-placed Rudupis in Prienai in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play at home against Tartu Ulikool (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: E.Bendzius 20+4reb+3ast, T.Hughes 10+11reb, E.Kairys 6+2reb, A.Kieza 6+5reb+1ast, D.Leonard 5+2ast, L.Nobles 5+1reb+1ast
Kalev/Cramo: G.Arbet 14+1reb, T.Sokk 12+1reb, P.Ulyanko 11+3reb+2ast, J.Toome 7+3reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 7+5reb+2ast, R.Tamm 6+1reb
gschID: 149681


Rudupis - Tartu Ulikool 85-81

Everything went according to plan in Prienai where second ranked Lithuanian Rudupis (6-1) beat 6th ranked Estonian Tartu Ulikool (3-5) 85-81 on Friday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 19-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Tartu Ulikool was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for swingman Gediminas Orelikas (199-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Gintaras Kadziulis (193-80) helped adding 16 points. Rudupis' coach Virginijus Seskus used entire bench in such tough game. At the losing side guard Rain Veideman (192-91) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Bill Amis (205-87, college: Hawaii) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Rudupis. They maintain second place in Elite with 6-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Siauliai. Loser Tartu Ulikool keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Rudupis will face Kalev/Cramo (#3) in Tallinn in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tartu Ulikool will play on the road against Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: R.Veideman 21+6reb+3ast, B.Amis 17+6reb, K.Saage 12+1reb+1ast, A.Paade 10+5reb+1ast, T.Kurbas 9+5reb, V.Allingu 6+4reb+1ast
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 21+6reb+2ast, G.Kadziulis 16+4reb+2ast, D.Salenga 12+4reb+1ast, A.Juskevicius 11+3reb, P.Butkevicius 9+2reb+1ast, A.Viskontas 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 149682


Juventus - Triumph 54-63

An interesting game took place in Utena where higher ranked Lithuanian Juventus (3-5) were upseton its own court by ninth ranked Russian Triumph Lyubertsy (2-1) 63-54 on Friday. The game without a history. Triumph Lyubertsy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Juventus' 28. It was a great evening for guard Victor Zvarykin (198-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Artem Vikhrov (196-92) helped adding 5 points and 10 rebounds. Triumph Lyubertsy's coach Valdemaras Chomicius used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Ukrainian center Roman Gumeniuk (220-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and guard Darius Pakamanis (192-81) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Triumph Lyubertsy moved-up to seventh place in Elite. Loser Juventus keep the fifth position with five games lost. Triumph Lyubertsy will face league's leader Siauliai on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Juventus: R.Gumeniuk 12+12reb, D.Pakamanis 12+8reb+1ast, A.Vasiliauskas 9+4reb+1ast, G.Maceina 8+4reb+4ast, Z.Urbonas 7+2reb, V.Volkus 6+5reb
Triumph: V.Zvarykin 15+5reb+3ast, I.Lazarev 8+4reb+2ast, A.Kuzyakin 8+3reb, S.Karasev 7+2reb+1ast, A.Vikhrov 5+10reb+3ast, D.Jefferson 4+9reb+1ast
gschID: 149683


Kedainiai - Siauliai 65-85

One of the most interesting games of round 7 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. Leader Siauliai outleveled host Kedainiai (2-5) 85-65. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-65. Siauliai dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Kedainiai's 32. Siauliai forced 21 Kedainiai turnovers. American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Siauliai players scored in double figures. Forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) produced 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Aurimas Adomaitis (206-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Siauliai (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place in Elite with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Kedainiai lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with five games lost. Siauliai will meet at home Triumph Lyubertsy (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Kedainiai will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kedainiai: A.Masiulis 9+2reb+2ast, V.Ginevicius 9+2reb+3ast, A.Adomaitis 9+7reb+1ast, D.McClure 7+4reb+1ast, L.Kisielius 7+6reb+4ast, M.Valukonis 7+7reb
Siauliai: D.Bowles 22+12reb+5ast, V.Vasylius 17+5reb+3ast, M.Zukauskas 13+2reb+2ast, R.Broadus 12+3ast, C.Long 8+4reb+3ast, V.Sarakauskas 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 149679




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


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Real Madrid jumps to 4-2 in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid - Charleroi 93-89

Real Madrid had to work very hard to beat Charleroi on Thursday night. The Spanish giant celebrated 93-89 victory at the end and improved to 4-2 record in Group C of the Euroleague regular season. At the same time Charleroi dropped to 1-5. Visitors had no mercy from behind the arc in this game, especially at the beginning. However, Real Madrid players exploded when it matter most making 12-4 run at the beginning of the last period for 85-78 lead with something more than 4 minutes to go. Charleroi was not able to reply for rest of the way. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) top-scored in victory with 20 points. Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) had 16, while Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) (9 rebs) and Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) helped with 12 points each. In defeat, Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) had 18 points and Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) added one less. Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) followed them with 15 points. Quarters: 21-27, 27-19, 22-23, 23-20. Real Madrid will play in Milano next week. Charleroi will meet Anadolu Efes at home.

Real Madrid: Martynas Pocius 20, Jaycee Carroll 16, Serge Ibaka 12+9 boards, Nikola Mirotic 12
Charleroi: Christopher Hill 18, Caleb Green 17, Demond Mallet 15


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D2; A1 League: Student - Gradina 97:92 - by Sead Buljina
One of three D2 leagues, A1 league, has started a new season. After two rounds four teams are undefeated. Second round scores:
Student - Gradina 97:92,
Kakanj - Igman 97:71,
Limometal - Orlovik (Zepce) 86:79,
Brcko Distrikt - Bosnjak Novi Grad 83:84,
Promo Donji Vakuf - Play Off 76-85.

Standings:
1. Kakanj 2:0
2. Play Off 2:0
3. Bosnjak Novi Grad 2:0
4. Student 2:0
5. Gradina 1:1
6. Limometal 1:1
7. Brcko Distrikt 0:2
8. Orlovik 0:2
9 Igman 0:2
10. Spars 0:1
11. Promo Donji Vakuf 0:1



Hello everyone! - by Marcel Jones
Happy Holidays

Let me start by introducing myself to the basketball world. My name is Marcel Jones
and I am from Los Angeles, California. I played and graduated from Oregon State University
With a degree in Communications and have been playing professional basketball since
2008. Just like every basketball player s career across the world, there have been ups and downs, highs and lows but I couldnt be happier where I am in my life. I dont take one step nor do I take one day for granted as there are many situations that people go through that are far worse than mine.
I want to thank Eurobasket for asking me and giving me the opportunity to share my world through words and I hope the readers can appreciate my perspective of the life we call basketball. I know this is a European based website but every player across the world, young and old hopefully can relate to the stories I have lived and continue to create.
I currently play for HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar in Bosnia and we compete in the Bosnian domestic league along with the International Competition called the Balkan league. Our season has been up and down. We have had some good wins but also have had some close games that turned into tough losses. In Europe, as compared to the NBA, every game is important as there arent that many games on the schedule so every chance to step on the court must be taken advantage of.
This first blog is just a brief introduction of myself and over the next few blogs I will go more in depth with day in and day out situations that I find myself in. There are rewards to playing this beautiful game. We must live in the present, dont dwell on the past and be prepared for future opportunities.

Until next time,
Marcel
Jones


D2, H-B, 3rd Round: Busovaca - Posusje 73:88 - by Sead Buljina
In the 3rd round of Division 2, 'League Herceg-Bosne', the following scores have been recorded:
Vitez - Kiseljak 78:59
Siroki II - Tomislav 79:55
Livno - Rama 84:71
Busovaca - Posusje 73:88
Grude - Tomislav 81:65.


Vitez is at the top of the standings.
1. Vitez
2. Posusje
3. Livno
4. Kiseljak
5. Grude
6 Siroki II
7. Tomislav
8. Rama/Prozor
9. Busovaca

The leading scorer after third round is Damir Dronjic (Livno) with 30.3 ppg, followed by Danijel Zovko (Siroki II), Kornelije Jezildzic (Busovaca) and Zeljko Palavra (Vitez).




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Miguel Arcangel Volcan is the new head coach of Uberlandia - by Paulo Freire
The Uruguayan Miguel Volcan , 55 years old, is the new basketball coach of Unitri/Universo Uberlandia, he arrived yesterday in Sao Paulo, Brazil and hours later he was in court watching the game against the Pinheiros team, in the NBB. He will replaces coach Chui dos Santos , who was waived on Monday after the victory over Limeira by 87 to 82. For now, Volcan will make an observation of another game and takes the job on the team against Brazil on December 1.

Volcan met in Sao Paulo with the club president to finalize the details of his contract. The new coach comes recommended by coach Carlos Roman, a former Argentine national team player and former coach of another team of Unitri/Universo Uberlandia city, the Praia Club.


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


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


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Beijing Upsets Guangdong, Shares CBA Lead with Shandong at 3-0 - by Arthur Volbert
Beijing shocked Guangdong 104-92 to gain a 3-0 start to its CBA season. Marbury Stephon (187-G-77, college: Georgia Tech), Ji Zhe and Zhu Yanxo each scored 18 points to lead Beijing. Zhu, a budding star listed as born in 1990, added 11 rebounds and 4 steals. Marbury had 8 assists and 4 steals. Ji had 6 rebounds. Randolph Morris had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Chen Lei had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Zhai Xiaochuan had 9 points and 4 rebounds. Lee Hsueh-Lin had 7 points and 5 assists and 6 steals.

James Singleton led Guangdong with 33 points, 17 rebounds and 4 steals. Zhu Fangyu had 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Aaron Brooks joined the team but must have suffered from jet lag as he had 4 points on 2 of 13 shooting in 15 minutes. Su Wei had 9 points and 10 rebounds. Zhou Peng had 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Yi Jianlian had 3 points on 1 of 6 shooting along with 7 rebounds and must have thought he was back in the NBA. Wang Shipeng had 7 points on 3 of 17 shooting. Chen Jianghua had 5 points, hitting 2 of 10 shots.

Shandong also moved to 3-0 with a 97-89 triumph over the previously undefeated Zhejiang Guangsha. Othello Hunter had 27 points and 19 rebounds. Sun Jie scored 24, keeping up his star performances of last year. Allen Anderson had 15 points and 4 assists. Sui Ran had 9 points and 6 assists. Liu Jiulong had 7 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Tao Hanlin had 7 points and 6 rebounds. Wilson Chandler had 42 points and 10 rebounds for Guangsha. Dwayne Jones had 6 points and 11 rebounds. No one scored in double figures aside from Chandler. Lin Chih-Chieh and Jin Lipeng each scored 9. Wang Fei scored 8 while young U-19 star Wang Zirui had 7.

Xinjiang knocked Bayi from the ranks of the undefeated with a 111-92 victory. Patrick Mills joined the team and picked up where Quincy Douby left off, scoring 28 points on 12 of 15 shooting while dishing out 8 assists. Unlike Aaron Brooks he did not have jet lag. Kenyon Martin had 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Mengke Bateer had 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Xirelijiang scored 13. Tang Zhengdong had 12 points and 6 rebounds. Xu Guozhong scored 11. Mo Ke scored 21 and Xu Zhonghao scored 20 for Bayi. Zhang Bo scored 18 while Delehei had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Wang Zhizhi had 9 points and 2 rebounds in 17 minutes.

Josh Boone scored 40 points on 17 of 10 shooting to lead Zhejiang to a 113-98 win over Fujian. J. R. Smith had 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Zhang Chunjun had 19 points and 11 rebounds. Ju Peng scored 12. Cao Fei had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Ding Jinhui had 8 points and 3 rebounds. Anthony Roberson had 45 points and 6 rebounds for Fujian. Will McDonald had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Zaid Abbas had 15 points and 11 rebounds. No native player scored more than 7. Gerald Green scored 41 points as Foshan edged Shanghai 102-98. Veteran Hou Bing had 17 points and 6 rebounds. Michel Maadanly had 13 points, 5 assists and 6 rebounds. Marcus Douthit had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Zheng Zhun had 7 points and 4 rebounds.

Liu Wei had 30 points and 5 rebounds for Shanghai. Michael Harris had 18 points and 15 rebounds. Peng Fei scored 14 and Meng Lingyuan scored 13. Ryan Forehan-Kelly had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Wen Ting-Tseng scored 8. Tianjin defeated Liaoning 93-76. Rony Fahed had 27 points and 8 assists. Donnell Harvey had 22 points and 8 rebounds. David Harrison had 15 points and 19 rebounds. Zhang Nan scored 15. Rodney Carney had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Liaoning. Guo Ailun had 21 points and 4 rebounds. Josh Powell had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Li Xiaoxu had 7 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng scored 5 points, hitting 3 of 19 shots. Yang Ming was scoreless, missing all 6 of his shots.

Mardy Collins had 28 points and 6 rebounds as Jiangsu defeated Dongguan 103-96. Yi Li had 22 points and 8 rebounds. Hu Xuefeng had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Dan Gadzuric had 15 points and 13 rebounds. Meng Da scored 8. Josh Akognon scored 25 for Dongguan. Shavlik Randolph had 21 points and 13 rebounds. Zhang Kai had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Gu Quan had 13 points and 6 rebounds. He Zhongmian scored 9. Li Muhao and Sun Zhe, Guangdong's two young seven-footers, did nothing.

Jilin edged Qingdao 104-101. withstanding a 45-22 fourth quarter comeback. Cartier Martin had 23 points and 5 rebounds. Osama Daghlas had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Jameel Watkins had 19 points and 7 rebounds. Liu Wei had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Zhang Biao had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Zhong Cheng had 5 points and 10 rebounds. Yu Shulong scored 8. Lester Hudson had 50 points and 7 rebounds for Qingdao. Ivan Johnson had 21 points and 13 rebounds. Zhai Jinshuai scored 9 and Cai Liang scored 6.


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


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GAME 6 OF THE 2011 FINALS, LIVE AT REGIONAL TV. - by Victor Garcia
Games 6 and 7 if necesary will be live broadcasted by regional TV, the TRO Channel, Teleantioquia and Senal Colombia will have the game live at 8.30 tonigh Friday November 25 and tomorrow Saturday 26 if necessary, Mr Carol will be the commentator fo the game.
Orgullo Paisa is already ahead in the series 3-2, Bukaros is ready to challenge them and get the last two games at home, both teams has all its stars healthy and ready to go
Colombians abroad can follow the game in the in net entering: www.teleantioquia.com, www.canaltro.com and www.senalcolombia.tv.



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Zagreb joins Brose Baskets with 2-4 record - by Eurobasket News
KK Zagreb CO - Brose Baskets 86-74

Second Euroleague win for KK Zagreb. The Croatian champion managed to beat the German champ Brose Baskets 86-74 and to join them with 2-4 record in Group B. They currently share fourth place in this pool. Zagreb shined when it mattered most making 24-16 in the last ten minutes. Joshua Heytvelt (211-F-86, college: Gonzaga) was a key player for the hosts with double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds (valuation 29). Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) and Mario Kasun (213-C-80) also had double-doubles. Simon collected 16 points and 12 rebs, while Kasun added 15 points and 11 boards. In Brose Baskets, Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) delivered 19 points. Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) (10 rebs) and Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) netted 16 points each. Quarters: 21-20, 15-14, 26-24, 24-16. Zagreb goes to Athens in the next round for the game against Panathinaikos. Brose Baskets will host undefeated CSKA Moscow.

Zagreb: Joshua Heytvelt 25+12 boards, Krunoslav Simon 16+12 boards, Mario Kasun 15+11 boards
Brose Baskets: Casey Jacobsen 19, Marcus Slaughter 16+10 boards, Anton Gavel 16


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Phillip Brooks and Inter Bratislava: A Cautionary Tale - by Surujh Roopnarine
13:58: The amount of time Phillip Brooks (188-G-84, college: Langston)saw in his one and only game for Inter Bratislava. Two: The amount of field goals attempted in his one and only game for Inter Bratislava. Yesterday the club formally announced that the 6-1 Brooks had canceled his contract after two practices and 13:58 of actual game-time. Also yesterday, team manager Michal Ondrus stated that the fates of foreign imports Stjepan Gavran (206-C-78), Morakinyo Williams (213-C-88, college: Citadel), Curtis Allen (193-G-86, college: ORU) and leading-scorer Kevin Bridgewaters (175-G-84, college: Chattanooga) were also in question.

Phillip Brooks began this season with ABA Strumica of Macedonia, where he led the league in scoring (21.0ppg) prior to receiving his offer from Inter Bratislava. A chance to play in a more competitive league for more money is the equivalent of earning a promotion in the corporate world, so Brooks jumped at the chance. Prior to his arrival in Slovakia, he was informed that the team had released its other American imports (Bridgewaters and Allenthe teams top-two players), but that was not the case. In fact, the two holdovers from the start of the season (Kwbana Beckles (203-C/F-81, college: Lee) was released earlier in the season when the team fired Head Coahc Stevan Tot) were aware that the club had been looking to replace them with cheaper imports. According to Brooks, 'the situation I entered was not the way management had described it to me prior to arriving.' Brooks had two practices under his belt before being thrust into game action along with Mitar Trivunovic, whom he arrived with at the same time in Bratislava. Mitar's one game stats read: 11:04 minutes, 0-2 FG, 3-4 FT, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 turnovers. As of this writing he is still with the team.

So after two practices and one game Phillip Brooks decided that the situation in Inter was not for him and he canceled the contract. The club now refuses to pay him or pay for his return ticket to Macedonia where he was able to find employment with KK Kumanovo 2009. In a final example of the disparity of performance versus results for American versus European players lets look at the example of veteran guard Nenad Milosevic. Kevin Bridgewaters missed five games in October and Milosevic was brought in as an injury replacement. Over the course of his five games he averaged 8.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists, but played 33.1 minutes per game during that stretch, more than any other player has averaged on the season for Inter. While his average stats during that time can be looked at somewhat respectably, his efficiency and shooting cannot. 9-26 two-point field goals, 7-32 three point field goals and 4.6 turnovers per game! Yet, he played and started five full games while Kevin was sidelined. Phil Brooks received 13:58 of playing time before deciding to terminate his contract.
Phil Brooks is currently in a hotel room in Bratislava awaiting the resolution of his contractual issues with Inter and his Agent and has stated that he will take his case before the FIBA Arbitral Tribunal.




Hello World!!! - by Josh Dollard
Whats up, today is the first day of my new blog, Im currently playin in the Czech Republic..Usti Nad Labem to be exact..and so far my time here has been a little rough, due to some off court situation , dealing with getting my FIBA license and all, but other than everything be pretty good, My team is currently sitting in the 8th seed out the 14 team in the league, with a big game coming up this Sunday at home, so its a must we get this win, we been having good practices all week in preparing for out match against Qanto Basketball Svitavy one the better teams in the league, so i think the team has alot of confidence coming into this game, even though we had a big lost to BC Kolin last week, also this week be my first game of the year , so pretty excited to get started, well thats all i have for now.. stay tuned in!!!!

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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 13-0 
 2. Bakken 11-1 
 3. Naestved 8-5 
 4. Aabyhoj 6-7 
 5. SISU 5-7 
 6. Horsholm 5-7 
 7. Vaerlose 4-8 
 8. Aalborg 3-8 
 9. Falcon 3-9 
 10. Horsens IC 3-9 


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Top 10 Things To Know About the 2011 NBA D-League Season - by Serafim Karaiskakis
The NBA D-League season tips off on Friday night with a full slate of games, highlighted by Canton and Iowa doing battle on NBA TV (7:30 p.m. ET). So to get ready for the season, we present the top 10 things you need to know about the 2011-12 NBA Development League season:

1. Franchises -- New and Old
The D-League features 16 teams again this year. We saw the return of the L.A. D-Fenders from a one-year hiatus and the New Mexico Thunderbirds purchased by the Cleveland Cavaliers, relocated to Canton and renamed the Canton Charge.

2. Affiliations -- Single Affiliates at an All-Time High
The Charge (owned by the Cavaliers) and the D-Fenders (owned by the Lakers) add two more single-affiliations to the D-League, bringing the total to nine, an all-time high. The single affiliation allows the NBA team to install the same offensive and defensive schemes for their D-League team, thus becoming more of a true minor league. Now they can assign players to their D-League team and further their development in the same system they'll use when they get back to the NBA.

There are six NBA teams that own their D-League team and run the business as a whole. They are:
- Los Angeles Lakers (Los Angeles D-Fenders)
- San Antonio Spurs (Austin Toros)
- Golden State Warriors (Dakota Wizards)
- Cleveland Cavaliers (Canton Charge)
- Oklahoma City Thunder (Tulsa 66ers)
- Dallas Mavericks (Texas Legends) * Mavs President/GM Donnie Nelson leads ownership group

There are three teams that use the hybrid model, where the NBA team buys only the basketball side of a D-League team while the existing ownership continues to run the day-to-day operations for everything other than the basketball side of the team.

The teams using this model are:
- New York Knicks (Erie BayHawks)
- New Jersey Nets (Springfield Armor)
- Houston Rockets (Rio Grande Valley Vipers)

3. NBA TV Games
The defending champion Iowa Energy tip-off the D-League regular season with a trip to Canton to face the Charge on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET in the first of four games that will be carried live on NBA TV. The network will also carry games on the next four Fridays: Dec. 2 - D-Fenders at Sioux Falls Skyforce, Dec. 9 - Sioux Falls at Iowa and Dec. 16 - Rio Grande Valley Vipers at Austin Toros. NBA TV will also be your source for the Showcase, airing 12 games, eight of which will be live, over four days.

4. The Showcase
For most leagues, the Finals or All-Star Game are the biggest happenings of the year, but in the D-League an entirely different event is the grandest of them all: The Showcase. Put simply, the NBA D-League Showcase is why most players are here. A four-day, 16-game event, it's a chance to showcase your skills in front of general managers, player personnel staff, and scouts from each of the 30 NBA teams who are in attendance to evaluate the leagues talent. This season, the event will feature each NBA D-League team competing in two games in Reno starting on Jan. 9.


5. NBA Flavor
The D-League will feature 16 players with NBA experience to open the season. Some of the guys have only had a quick look in the Bigs, but there's also a contingent of somewhat established players looking for another chance:

Jamaal Tinsley (L.A.) -- A standout with the Pacers, who as recently as '07-'08 NBA season averaged over eight assists per game
Antoine Walker (Idaho) -- 'Toine was a fan favorite and All-Star in Boston and won a ring with the Heat in 2006
Keith McLeod (Canton) -- Started 75 games for the Jazz over two seasons, played for four NBA Teams
Jamal Sampson (Texas) -- Played in 72 NBA games 5 different teams

6. Prospects
Here's a list of guys we think have the best chance of making an impact on the next level:

Tinsley The aforementioned No. 1 pick in this year's D-League Draft.
Chris Daniels (Erie) Dominated in Korea last year and had an impressive preseason.
Durrell Summers (Maine) Inconsistent play as senior at Michigan State ended the talk of him going in the first round of the NBA Draft (and then, at all), but if he can find form that made him NCAA standout in 2009-10, hes elite.
Jerome Dyson (Tulsa) Got looks coming out of UConn, but made name for himself late in season last year, turning into scoring machine for Tulsa.
Leo Lyons (Austin) Member of Pan-Am Games team; former Mizzou standout who cut his pro chops in Israels Premier League.
Brian Butch (Bakersfield) Former All-Star MVP had gruesome injury knock him out for all of 2010-11, but hes healthy enough to have played in the Pan-Ams and should see himself with a team in need of post depth.
Donald Sloan (Erie) Young, natural scoring point guard out of Texas A&M; needs to improve shooting and defense.

7. Tourney Stars
Looking for familiar faces? Then look no further than the NCAA. Players hoping to make a name for themselves in the NBA D-League this season are actually players who made a name for themselves in the NCAA Tourney. Remember Chris Wright of Dayton? Well, the 68 forward will be adding scoring punch to the Maine Red Claws. How about Eric Devendorf? He starred at Syracuse a few years ago and is now in his second tour of duty in the NBA D-League (first go around was with the Reno Bighorns in 2009-10). Devendorf will be stretching defenses as a perimeter threat for Idaho Stampede. Willie Veasley, who played a key role in Butlers unexpected NCAA Tourney run and has been compared by some to Shane Battier, will be bringing his versatility to Rio Grande Valley. Other names to keep a look out this season include Bakersfields Edwin Ubiles (Siena College); Cameron Jones (Northern Arizona) of Fort Wayne, Curtis Sumpter (Villanova) with Tulsa and Chris Taft (Pittsburgh) of Springfield.

8. Coaches With Credentials
A stellar cast of new coaches with unprecedented experience at the highest levels of professional basketball will be courtside in D-League arenas for the 2011-12 season.

The 1995 NBA Coach of the Year Del Harris will guide the Texas Legends, while maintaining his GM duties for the Dallas Mavericks' affiliate based out of Frisco, Texas. Harris amassed over 500 wins in his NBA coaching career. New L.A. D-Fenders head coach Eric Musselman's 20-year coaching career includes head coaching stints with the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings. Paul Mokeski brings 12-years of NBA playing experience to his new role as head coach of the Reno Bighorns. Former NBA players Donyell Marshall (Maine Red Claws), Eldridge Recasner (Sioux Falls Skyforce), and Vitaly Potapenko (Dakota Wizards) have also joined the D-League as assistant coaches.

9. Front Office
D-League clubs are also sporting All-Star caliber talent in their front offices this season. As part of their hybrid affiliation with the New York Knicks, the Erie BayHawks have appointed two-time NBA All-Star Allan Houston as General Manager. Houston will handle GM duties at Erie, while maintaining his Assistant GM role with the Knicks, thus providing the seamless continuity envisioned by the hybrid affiliation system. Additionally, with Harris moving courtside for the Legends, Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman has moved up to the front office in Frisco, as assistant GM.

10. D-League games EVERYWHERE
Over one million fans saw a D-League game in person in each of the last two seasons, but there are other ways to catch D-League action. In addition to being able to see live games on NBA TV, fans will once again be able to watch live games online via Futurecast on D-League.com. Smartphone users will also be able to watch games on their Apple or Android device by downloading the free D-League app. And, in the second-year of a partnership, select D-League games will be streamed exclusively on SportingNews.com.

source: http://www.nba.com/dleague/news/topten_111121.html


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  EL SALVADOR   


UTEC defeats ExSal - by Gianni Pascucci
The team named Universidad Tecnologica (UTEC) started very well the second round of games in Salvadorean First Division-Copa Gatorade 2011, by clearly beating ExSal, 83-66.
With 24 points, Miguel Romero (182-G/F-80) was the man of the game, and Erles Hernandez added 16 at the winning side. The best in ExSal was Martin Ignacio Ramos (170-PG-92), who ended tha game with 28 pts, trying to load all his team on the shoulders, but it wasn' t enough. Julio Mancia (202-C-80) added 16 pts at the losing side.
In the othar game of tuesday 22, Leones Automoto defeated Roll Royce 75-70, with Arturo Escamilla (185-F-77) leading the way at 22 pts, while Luis Gutierrez (193-F-87) led Roll Royce with 13.
The standings are now as follows:

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


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San Emeterio's 25 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old swingman Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Caja Laboral and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for Round 6.
He had the game-high 25 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Caja Laboral in his team's victory, helping them to beat Fenerbahce Ulker (3-3) in overtime 90-85. It allowed Caja Laboral to consolidate first place in the Group A (4-2). San Emeterio had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Caja Laboral, through which he has constantly improved. Fernando San Emeterio averages this season 11.8ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Nenad Krstic (213-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) of CSKA Moscow. He is Serbian center in his first season at CSKA. In the last game Krstic recorded impressive 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead CSKA to comfortable win 95-82 over the lower-ranked Zalgiris (1-5) being unquestionably team leader. Of course CSKA still keep Group B's top spot.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) of Olympiakos. Spanoulis scored 29 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Olympiakos, leading his team to a 88-81 win against the lower-ranked Bizkaia Bilbao (2-4). Olympiakos improved to 3-3 record. Spanoulis has a great season in Euroleague so far. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.8ppg (2nd best) and assists with 4.8apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90) of Asseco Prokom - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88) of Armani MI - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) of Maccabi T-A - 28 points and 6 rebounds
7. Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) of Galatasaray - 19 points and 10 rebounds
8. Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) of Unics - 21 points and 10 rebounds
9. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) of Olympiakos - 18 points and 7 rebounds
10. Joshua Heytvelt (211-F-86) of KK Zagreb CO - 25 points and 12 rebounds

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


Round Six review - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Caja Laboral - Fener.Ulker 90-85 OT
Caja Laboral celebrated crucial win against Fenerbahce Ulker on Thursday night. The home squad needed an overtime to beat their rival 90-85 staying alone on top of Group A. Both teams had 3-2 record before this meeting. Caja Laboral had a chance to win the game in regular time as they had the last possession with 24 seconds left, 73-73. It all came down to the final shot, but Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) missed from downtown at the regulation buzzer. Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) and Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) shined in extra five minutes and thanks to their points Caja Laboral jumped to 83-77 with 2:00 remaining. It was too much for Fener, who was not able to recover. Fernando San Emeterio scored 25 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for the winners. Milko Bjelica also was great adding 16 points and 7 boards, while Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) and Mirza Teletovic (5 rebs) netted 13 and 12 pts respectively. In Fener, Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) collected 19 points and 6 rebs. Oguz Savas (212-C-87) scored 14 points and Thabo Sefolosha (196-G-84, agency: ACMT) added 13 pts, plus 7 boards. Quarters: 16-14, 22-28, 16-18, 19-13, 17-12 OT. In the next round, Caja Laboral will play in Cantu, while Fenerbahce Ulker will host Olympiakos.

Olympiakos - Bizkaia Bilbao 88-81
Olympiakos registered valuable 88-81 home win against Bizkaia Bilbao in Round Six of the Euroleague regular season. The Reds improved to 3-3 in Group A and increased their chance to reach the next stage. Bilbao dropped to 2-4. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) paced the home squad to victory collecting 29 points and 6 assists (valuation 34). Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) had 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 13 pts and 5 rebs. Visitors got 17 points from Alex Mumbru (202-F-79). Marko Banic (205-F-84) and Janis Blums (190-G-82) scored 15 and 14 pts respectively. Olympiakos opened the game with 19-9 lead, but Bilbao came to 27-24 for rest of the first quarter. Later, Olympiakos had 45-42 at the HT and Bilbao grabbed 60-61 lead with 10:00 to go. Vassilis Spanoulis and his teammates exploded with 19-9 run for the next five resolving question about the winner. Actually, Alex Mumbru helped guests to cut the margin at 84-81, but Spanoulis immediately responded from the FT line. Quarters: 27-24, 18-18, 15-19, 28-20. In the next round, Olympiakos will meet Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul. Bilbao waits Nancy.

Nancy - Bennet Cantu 76-75
Nancy grabbed very important 76-75 win against Bennet Cantu in Round Six of the Euroleague regular season. The reigning French champion improved to 3-3 record in Group A joining Olympiakos, Fenerbahce Ulker and defeated Cantu. Jamal Shuler (191-G-86) scored two free throws for Nancy in the finish, but Cantu had the last possession. Visitors opted for Maarten Leunen's (206-F-85, college: Oregon) 2-pointer under the basket as time ran out, giving Nancy the win by a nose, 76-75. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) led the hosts with 18 points. Jamal Shuler had 12 and Victor Samnick (203-F-79, college: Georgetown) helped with one point less. In the loosing squad, Maarten Leunen collected 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 pts and 5 assists, while Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) followed with 10 points and 6 assists. Quarters: 16-20, 29-13, 11-29, 20-13. Nancy goes to Bilbao in the next round. Cantu waits Caja Laboral.
Group B
Unicaja - Panathinaikos 76-77
Heartbreaking thriller was played in Malaga on Thursday night. The reigning Euroleague champion Panathinaikos grabbed 76-77 road win for 4-2 record in Group B. PAO came to Malaga after two consecutive defeats against CSKA Moscow and Bamberg. On the other side, Unicaja dropped to third place in this pool with 3-3 record.
- The game was an absolute derby with the two teams fighting until the very end and with an amazing Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) from the one hand against the Dimitris Diamantidis on the other. The greens took an early lead of ten mainly due to Sato and Smith who scored 8 points each in a first period which ended with 17-27 for Panathinaikos.
In the 2nd period though the home team with the help of their 10.000 fans and with Zoric, Valters and Garbajosa closed the gap by the end of the first half to the basket (43-45) by succeeding an awesome 26-18 over the European champions from Athens.
The 3rd period was dramatic as the score was going basket by basket with the visiting site of Panathinaikos having a slight deficit and with both teams playing with the nerves of the basketball fans as they were quite 'down' in performance (both the teams) and with many turnovers. The 3rd period ended with 57-58 (14-13) with Zoric already scoring 15 points and being by far the top performer for the Spaniards, while from Panathinaikos 3D had also 15 points followed by Sato who had 12 and Smith (in his best game in the Euroleague) with 10 points.
The 4th and final quarter was amazing as Unicaja balanced the score initially with 8.45' before the end of the game to 60-60 and the 5.48' to 64-64 and then 2.47' to 67-67 and got the lead for the first time since the beginning of the game with 68-67 with the second free throw by Rodriguez in his first points in the game. The last two minutes were 3D show time as Luka Zoric increase the deficit for his team with 1.17' to go, to 72-69 and then with just 15 seconds left Valters scored his 3rd three pointer to increase the deficit for his team to 75-71 and that was it, 3d took the ball (assist from Calathes) scored his first three pointer with 11 seconds to go, then he fouled Darden Tremmel who scored only the one of two free throws to reshape the score to 76-74 and then with less than 2 seconds to the end 3D scored another difficult three pointer with half the Spanish team overplaying him defense he was able to get the ball and throw it all the way to the Spanish net giving to his team the crucial road win with 76-77! - (by Chris Mammides)
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) scored 23 points in total, while Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) and Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) added 13 points and 6 rebounds each. Luka Zoric collected 21 pts and 6 rebounds on the other side, Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) (7 rebs) and Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) scored 13 and 11 points respectively. PAO will host Zagreb in the next round, while Unicaja goes to Kaunas.

CSKA - Zalgiris 95-82
CSKA Moscow is the first team who booked a ticket for the Euroleague Top 16. The Russian powerhouse handed 95-82 loss to Zalgiris jumping to 6-0 record in Group A. Of course, they stay alone on top of this pool. On the other side, Zalgiris closes the standings with 1-5. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) led the hosts with 21 points and 7 rebounds (valuation 33). Alexey Shved had 16 points, 5 boards and 5 assists, while Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) (7 as) and Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) (6 rebs) netted 14 pts each. In Zalgiris, Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) delivered 22 points. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) and Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances) stopped to 12 pts apiece. Zalgiris was 24-25 ahead after ten minutes of play, but CSKA responded with 27-20 until the halftime for 6-point lead. The hosts jumped to 56-45 at the beginning of Q3, but Zalgiris came to 73-66 for rest of the period. Mini 6-2 run brought plus 11 to CSKA again and there were 7 minutes remaining. It was too much for the guests and CSKA celebrated its sixth straight Euroleague win this season. In the next round, CSKA will meet Brose Baskets on the road, while Zalgiris wait Unicaja.

KK Zagreb CO - Brose Baskets 86-74
Second Euroleague win for KK Zagreb. The Croatian champion managed to beat the German champ Brose Baskets 86-74 and to join them with 2-4 record in Group B. They currently share fourth place in this pool. Zagreb shined when it mattered most making 24-16 in the last ten minutes. Joshua Heytvelt (211-F-86, college: Gonzaga) was a key player for the hosts with double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds (valuation 29). Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) and Mario Kasun (213-C-80) also had double-doubles. Simon collected 16 points and 12 rebs, while Kasun added 15 points and 11 boards. In Brose Baskets, Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) delivered 19 points. Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) (10 rebs) and Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) netted 16 points each. Quarters: 21-20, 15-14, 26-24, 24-16. Zagreb goes to Athens in the next round for the game against Panathinaikos. Brose Baskets will host undefeated CSKA Moscow.

Group C
Anadolu Efes - Partizan 67-58
Third Euroleague win for Anadolu Efes this season and at the same time second victory against Partizan. The Turkish giant celebrated 67-58 in Istanbul last night. Both teams have 3-3 record now in Group C. Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) stepped up for the hosts with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) also was great scoring 16, while center Stanko Barac (217-C-86) helped with 10 points for 17 minutes on the court. In Partizan, Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) was better than the others with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M) and Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 points each. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Partizan made 15-17 in the first ten minutes and Efes answered with 15-11 in Q2. Sasha Vujacic and his teammates jumped to 39-28 at the halfway of third period (9-0 run included). It was plus 13 for Efes with 10 minutes to go and Partizan was not able to relpy. Quarters: 15-17, 15-11, 19-8, 18-22. Anadolu Efes goes to Charleroi in the next round. Partizan waits Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Real Madrid - Charleroi 93-89
Real Madrid had to work very hard to beat Charleroi on Thursday night. The Spanish giant celebrated 93-89 victory at the end and improved to 4-2 record in Group C of the Euroleague regular season. At the same time Charleroi dropped to 1-5. Visitors had no mercy from behind the arc in this game, especially at the beginning. However, Real Madrid players exploded when it matter most making 12-4 run at the beginning of the last period for 85-78 lead with something more than 4 minutes to go. Charleroi was not able to reply for rest of the way. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) top-scored in victory with 20 points. Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) had 16, while Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) (9 rebs) and Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) helped with 12 points each. In defeat, Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) had 18 points and Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) added one less. Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) followed them with 15 points. Quarters: 21-27, 27-19, 22-23, 23-20. Real Madrid will play in Milano next week. Charleroi will meet Anadolu Efes at home.

Maccabi T-A - Armani MI 85-76
Maccabi Electra outplayed Emporio Armani Milano 85-76 in Round Six of the Euroleague regular season. The Israeli powerhouse keeps the first place in Group C with almost perfect 5-1 record. At the same time, Milano stays No.5 in this pool with 2-4. Maccabi did a great job in the first half and managed to keep its lead until the end, despite Milano seriously threatened after the breather and in the finish. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) dominated under the basket with 28 points and 6 rebounds (valuation 29). Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) had 21 points, 6 boards and 5 assists, while Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) (5 rebs) and Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) netted 8 pts apiece in this victory. On the other side, Milano got 24 points from Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group), who forced Maccabi players to commit 11 personal fouls on him. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) had 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Omar-Sharif Cook (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) had 12 pts and 8 assists in this loss. Quarters: 25-14, 27-24, 15-24, 18-14. Maccabi goes to Belgrade in the next round, while Milano will host Real Madrid.

Group D
Montepaschi - Unics 73-79
Unics did a great job in Siena on Wednesday night. The Euroleague newcomer grabbed 73-79 road win against the Italian powerhouse Montepaschi. Thanks to this surprising victory Unics joined Montepaschi with 4-2 record in Group D and they share the second place now. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) shined with 24 points and 5 rebounds for Unics. He made 6 of 8 attempts from behind the arc. Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) had double-double of 21 points and 10 rebs, while Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) netted 12 pts. For the hosts, Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) delivered 22 points. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) had 13 points and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) stopped to 8. Unics exploded at the beginning of the last period making 6-18 run for 67-75 lead. There were four minutes remaining and Montepaschi was not able to reply. Quarters: 16-21, 25-20, 20-16, 12-22. Unics waits Galatasaray in the next round. Montepaschi goes to Ljubljana.

Galatasaray - Asseco Prokom 78-76 OT
Galatasaray made a big step forward to Top 16. The Euroleague newcomer grabbed 78-76 overtime win against Asseco Prokom for 3-3 record in Group D. The Polish champion still closes the standings in this pool with 0-6. Prokom had a chance to win this game as Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) scored one of his two free throws with 5 seconds left for 78-76 Galatasaray lead. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) went for the three but missed and the win stayed in Istanbul. Zaza Pachulia led the hosts with double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Preston Shumpert (198-G/F-79, college: Syracuse) had 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) added 12 points, plus 5 rebs. In Prokom, Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) shined with 22 points and 10 rebs (valuation 30). Oliver Lafayette and Przemyslaw Zamojski (198-G/F-86, college: Independence CC) netted 18 and 15 points respectively. Quarters: 12-14, 22-17, 12-26, 24-13, 8-6. Galatasaray goes to Kazan in the next round, while Prokom will host Barcelona.

FCB Regal - Union Olimpija 72-46
Regal Barca demonstrated its power against Union Olimpija beating them 72-46 at the Palau Blaugrana on Thursday night. The reigning Spanish champion keeps the first place in Group D with perfect 6-0 record. Slovenians dropped to 1-5 on the other side and they are in very difficult situation now as Galatasary and Unics won their games in this round. Barca took control on Olimpija from the beginning and never looked back. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) scored 14 points in victory, while Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) and Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) added 12 points each. In defeat, Danny Green (198-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) (5 rebs) and Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 10 points each. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) stopped to 8 pts in this meeting. Quarters: 23-16, 17-10, 23-6, 9-14. Barca goes to Gdynia next week, while Olimpija will host Montepaschi.


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KORISLIIGA: YMCA Lahti winning again - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 14: Enough is enough. YMCA Lahti winning the season opener at the end of September and then suffering 12 losses in a row, crushed tonight visitor KTP (Kotka) 85-67 (42-24). YMCA Lahti is winning again, but KTP situation is very difficult. KTP newcomer Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) started in Finland with 22pts/7rbs in 34:45 minutes and although Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had again a double-double 29pts/11rbs, the rest of the team got only a few points done, Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88, agency: The House of Baller!Stars) even none, which is very unusual for him. Malik Moore (192-G-77, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Amer.Internat.) led the hosts with 22pts and Aleksi Alanen (194-G/F-91) netted his career high 18pts.
At Lappeenranta local YMCA defeated Vilpas (Salo) 72-56 (34-24). Vilpas had only two Finnish players over 10 points, all three Americans scored under double digits. DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) led YMCA LPR with 19pts. Jouko Jarvinen (192-G-87) scored his season best 18pts.

YMCA Lahti - KTP 85-67 (42-24). (Malik Moore 22, Aleksi Alanen 18, Ryan Brooks 14/13 - Tim Blue 29/11, Tony Crocker 22/7, Michael Pounds 6. A: 901).
YMCA LPR - Vilpas 72-56 (34-24). (DeAndre Haynes 19, Jouko Jarvinen 18, Lawrence Hamm 12/8 - Alex Vaenerberg 14, Roope Ahonen 10, John Fields 9/18. A: 511).

1.Division:
BC Nokia - Huima 81-75 (45-39). (Gerald January 32/11, Darren Townes 21/10, Timo Riihela 11/5a - Sami Kajander 21, John Britton 15/14, Tuomas Viertola 12).
Tarmo - Ura Basket 78-76 (38-48). (Shawn Henderson 26, Kasimir Hytonen 14, Mike King 13/10 - Niilo Lehtila 24, Eze Andrews 20/11, Lionel Green 13).



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. LrNMKY 5-8 
 9. Salon Vilpas 5-9 
 10. KTP 4-9 
 11. Namika Lahti 2-12 


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Nancy grabs 76-75 thriller win against Cantu - by Eurobasket News
Nancy - Bennet Cantu 76-75

Nancy grabbed very important 76-75 win against Bennet Cantu in Round Six of the Euroleague regular season. The reigning French champion improved to 3-3 record in Group A joining Olympiakos, Fenerbahce Ulker and defeated Cantu. Jamal Shuler (191-G-86) scored two free throws for Nancy in the finish, but Cantu had the last possession. Visitors opted for Maarten Leunen's (206-F-85, college: Oregon) 2-pointer under the basket as time ran out, giving Nancy the win by a nose, 76-75. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) led the hosts with 18 points. Jamal Shuler had 12 and Victor Samnick (203-F-79, college: Georgetown) helped with one point less. In the loosing squad, Maarten Leunen collected 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 pts and 5 assists, while Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) followed with 10 points and 6 assists. Quarters: 16-20, 29-13, 11-29, 20-13. Nancy goes to Bilbao in the next round. Cantu waits Caja Laboral

Nancy: Pape-Philippe Amagou 18, Jamal Shuler 12, Victor Samnick 11
Bennet Cantu: Maarten Leunen 18+9 boards+5 as, Vladimir Micov 10+5 as, Gianluca Basile 10+6 as


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


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


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The big battle continues - by Branko Cupeski
One is the current double Macedonian and Balkans champion, leader of the championship without feeling the bitter taste of defeat so far, and will be hosting the second regular season game of this seasons 'Giants battle' series.

The other has only the famous name and the trophies from the dominating era (13 titles in 14 seasons and one title three years ago) left, but has a team to compete and a new coach in Marjan Lazovski that has great success for Macedonian standards.

Feni Industries and Rabotnicki will meet for the third time, combining 17 titles and a load of National team members, from the present or from the past.

The season started with Rabotnicki coming out victorious of the Super cup contest in Kavadarci and later Feni winning the rematch in the second regular season round in Skopje.

Kiril Nikolovski, Darko Sokolov and Marko Simonovski lead the NT bunch at Feni, followed by ex-members Goran Samardziev and Marjan Gjurov. Dime Tasovski and Jane Petrovski represent the players that used to play for the National selection of Macedonia, with the current and standard NT playmaker Dimitar Mirakovski injured at Rabotnicki.

Last season, Feni Industries swept the regular season encounters (4:0), later winning the play-off finals (4:1) for the third title in the history of the club, all of them won in the last four seasons. Rabotnicki won the National Cup semi final clash, on the road to victory in this competition (vs MZT Skopje in the final).

Never mind that Feni is leading the standings (9-0) and Rabotnicki (3-6) is in the bottom half of the table. All of these numbers and phrases will not count, once the first ball is thrown in the air.

The game in Jasmin hall in Kavadarci (Saturday, 26th of November, 18:00 CET) will be another dainty, for the true basketball fans in Macedonia.

The other pairs of the 10-th round, are:

Kumanovo - Torus SCBT
MZT Skopje - Kozuf
ABA Strumica - Lirija
Vardar - w/o.


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Zagreb joins Brose Baskets with 2-4 record - by Eurobasket News
KK Zagreb CO - Brose Baskets 86-74

Second Euroleague win for KK Zagreb. The Croatian champion managed to beat the German champ Brose Baskets 86-74 and to join them with 2-4 record in Group B. They currently share fourth place in this pool. Zagreb shined when it mattered most making 24-16 in the last ten minutes. Joshua Heytvelt (211-F-86, college: Gonzaga) was a key player for the hosts with double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds (valuation 29). Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) and Mario Kasun (213-C-80) also had double-doubles. Simon collected 16 points and 12 rebs, while Kasun added 15 points and 11 boards. In Brose Baskets, Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) delivered 19 points. Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) (10 rebs) and Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) netted 16 points each. Quarters: 21-20, 15-14, 26-24, 24-16. Zagreb goes to Athens in the next round for the game against Panathinaikos. Brose Baskets will host undefeated CSKA Moscow.

Zagreb: Joshua Heytvelt 25+12 boards, Krunoslav Simon 16+12 boards, Mario Kasun 15+11 boards
Brose Baskets: Casey Jacobsen 19, Marcus Slaughter 16+10 boards, Anton Gavel 16


Goettingen and Hagen struck by injuries - by Moritz Korff
Bad news for the BG Goettingen supporters. Louis Dale (180-G-88, college: Cornell) will probably miss the remainder of this current season, as the 23-year-old suffered a knee injury in the recent game against Besiktas Istanbul, which turned out to be a torn ACL. Dale averaged 11.9 points per contest in nine BBL encounters this season and also appeared in three games of the EuroChallenge cup.

Phoenix Hagen is eager to sign a new inside player, as Edward Seward (206-C-78, college: Norfolk St.) had to be hospitalized after receiving a cut on his hand. As the wound got infected and the injury appeared to be severe, it remains to be seen for how long the veteran center will stay out of action.


Where Will The Journey Of TBB Trier End With An Added Concentration On German Players And Extra Focus On Team Defense? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The biggest successes with TBB Trier are already 13 and 10 years old as they were able to hoist the Beko BBL cup twice in 1998 and 2001, but since then the club has been as far away from consistency and the Beko BBL playoffs as Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are of reconcilatation, as any one could ever imagine Leborn James playing a pick up basketball game at a community college in his home state where they lit his jersey on fire last season after he announced going to the Miami Heat or Charlie Sheen ever will have of returning to Two and a half men after his death on the show. The last time that TBB Trier were able to taste some post season air, The Opel Skyliners were still searching for their first BEKO BBL league championship, Skyliner Justin Gray was still practicing with NBA superstar Chris Paul daily at Wake Forest, Lance Armstrong was about to win an unprecedented six consecutive Tour De France, The Montreal Expos organization was still playing in Canada before moving to play in Washington D.C and Lindsay Lohan was still far away from becoming a usual guest in the tabloids as 2004 was the last time the Mosel river club had reached the promised land as they finished at position seven. In the seven seasons since their last playoff appearance the team has averaged a 12th place finish in those years. It has been a pity that TBB Trier hasnt been in the playoffs for a while, but we that budget wise, we dont belong there. It may sound crazy, but if you look at the budgets of other teams, you can see it like that. We were close last year making the playoffs and it hurt that we didnt make it. This season we are young so making the playoffs is a big challenge, stated TBB Trier center Maik Zirbes (205-C-90).

Before coach Henrik Roedl came in 2010, TBB Trier had been known to be a team that likes to acquire Americans, have talented stars like Tommy Adams, Caleb Green or Chris Copeland, but unable to put it together as a team. The team was lucky not to be deregulated in 2008 as they finished in 17th place. From 2006-2010, TBB Trier averaged to import six Americans each season, but in the 2009-2010 season, the club had only five Americans as if they had some premonition that a tall skinny German ex Tar Heel was going to come and show special and not always seen love for German players giving them impact opportunities on his team. TBB Trier always had very skilled American players, but the teams didnt play as much team basketball. We have never had a kind of team like we had last season and this season. We have had good people the last two years that have known how to play with each other. It is very important that each player can play with each other. We didnt have that before Rodel came, warned Maik Zirbes (205-C-90). The ex North Carolina Tar Heel also has showed his heart for developing German talent like Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) who is on his way to becoming the top German center in the future. Since Rodel came coach, the team has learned to play defense and play more team basketball despite a slimmer budget and talent than in recent years. Coach Roedel has done a great job giving young German players playing time which I profit from. I think that every coach in the Beko BBL should work like that. I have learned so much from him. He gave me the chance to play and let my self confidence grow. I like how he talks with me and treats me, added Maik Zirbes (205-C-90).

Last season TBB Trier were on course for a playoff spot, but had some misfortune in the latter part of the season finishing in 10th place with a 17-17 record. The club lost five of their last seven games which was vital for them not reaching the promised land. Their biggest win of the season was against Oldenburg and Braunschweig and they were able to sweep The Telekom Baskets Bonn. Their biggest strength was their defense as they were able to keep the opponent to 70 points or less in 17 games. The team didnt have the most talent or have the deepest roster, but they played with a lot of heart and never wanted to leave the court as the loser. The big strength of head coach Henrik Roedel was that he was able to utilize the most out of each player to give to the success of the team.

TBB Trier built some positive team chemistry last season and Henrik Rodel did a smart thing by keeping seven players from last season with top scorer Phillipp Zwiener, Lebron James friend Dru Joyce, the heart and soul of the team John Bynum, Serb inside out terror Dragan Dojcin, German beats Maik Zirbes (205-C-90), Oskar Fassler and Luxemburg product Samy Picard. With a few vital components missing, TBB Trier added American forward Nate Linhart, three point snipper EJ Gallup who will play his last game against the Fraport Skyliners as he heads back to the States to go into coaching and young German talents Andreas Seiferth and Joshiko Saibou. TBB Trier have an overall good team. Zirbes was a beast on the offensive glass and seemed to get his hands on every ball. He is a stud that could be an NBA player. Joyce controlled the tempo of the game and was good on ball screens and Gallup really can shoot the ball and spreads the floor well with Joyce penetrating and Zirbes down low, warned s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg guard Chris Kramer. With a less stocked line up this season, TBB Trier is careful about making any defined predictions. Our goal is to equal the success of last season, stressed TBB Trier board of directors Ralph Moog. The question will be can TBB Trier match their success from last season? We will not give a standings goal for this season.The league is a lot stronger than last season so it would be wrong to talk about the playoffs. The most important thing for us keep developing as teamstressed Henrik Roedel. TBB Trier has gotten off to a slow start at 3-6 and rest in 15th place. They have beaten Bremerhaven, Bayreuth and BG Goettingen. They let two games get away as the lost In Hagen and gave Giessen an early Christmas present by seemingly handing them a win in their own living room. Positive continues to be that they defend for a passion and continue to give up little points, but often have problems finding ways to put points on the boards. I think our biggest problem has been notable to put points on the board. We haven't been able to score on a consistent basis, because our defense has been solid but if you can't score somewhat then your not going to win games, warned TBB Trier guard John Bynum. Our strength is our defense. We know each other so well on the court and everyone wants to defend well. If you dont play defense then you sit on the bench. Nobody wants to disappoint coach, because we know how important defense is for him. That is why we give so much effort on defense, warned Maik Zirbes (205-C-90). Even with the slow start, TBB Trier have a strong will to win and could be a thorn in the side of most teams on any given night. Our goal is like last season, just taking it one game at a time and giving all we have to win each game, warned Maik Zirbes (205-C-90).

In the last Six years, The Skyliners have a record of 7-5 against TBB Trier with 2-2 at home and 2-2 on the road. Frankfurt lost the last two games in Trier 74-64 in 2008 on the last day of the season where teams were jockeying for playoff places and Frankfurt ended up getting The Bayer Giants Leverkusen in the quarterfinals. In 2009-2010, TBB Trier played a very energetic and spirited game winning 78-70 despite a monster game by American Derrick Allen who registered 29 points and 10 boards. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost the first game of the season in Trier 71-67 as Jimmy Mckinney and Qarraan Calhoun were missing due to injury. It was your typical season opening game as both teams were nervous and missing way too many shots. The game was tied at halftime 26 all. Frankfurt had fire power in the third quarter, but went down in the fourth quarter scoring only nine points as Frankfurt had no nerves in crunch time to win. Derrick Allen had 19 points and eight rebounds and despite TBB Trier was without top scorer Chrs Copeland, the team got needed production form Jamal Shuler, Brian Brown and George Evans to conserve the win. Last season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost the first game ion Trier71-67 as Ex Skyliner Derrick Allen contributed 19 points and eight rebounds and Frankfurt won at home 71-69 winning the game with Pascal Roller free throws. Derrick Allen led Frankfurt with 17 points. Last season, Frankfurt swept the season series. They won at home 72-55 as Pascal Roller led the home team with 17 points. The return date in Trier was an exciting battle as Frankfurt clawed out a 69-61 win as they came from behind going on a 10-0 run in crunch time to prevail. Dashaun Wood led the charge with 18 points and Jimmy Mckinney added 11 points.

The name Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) has always been seen as a guy that could develop into one of the top German centers and currently he is showing how strong he as he is leading TBB Trier in scoring with 12,4ppg and 6,4rpg. He was born in Traben-Trarbach is a huge talent and has been able to increase his playing time each season. He started his basketball career in the TBB Trier youth programs and in 2008-2009 he played 12 games averaging 1.3ppg and in the summer of 2009 played at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) playing 6 games averaging 5.5ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 44.0%, FT: 64.7%. Last season, he averaged 7.4ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 60.9%, FT: 73.3% He is a big body with soft hands and will help them under the boards. He is very talented, warned ex TBB Trier forward Chris Copeland. Dru Joyce is a 26 year old 183cm point guard. He is the typical floor general who supplies leadership, court vision and points when needed. He returns back to the BEKO BBL after playing for Ratiopharm Ulm from 2007-2009. Each season, he was the second best assist man in the BEKO BBL. His best season in Ulm was 2008-2009 as he led the club into the playoffs playing 34 games averaging 10.1ppg, 1.8rpg, Assists-2 (4.5apg), FGP: 42.8%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 73.0%. He is best known for playing along side NBA superstar Lebron James at St Marys and winning three high school titles. He played at Akron from 2003-2007 as in his senior year, he played 33 games averaging 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3Pts: 39.6%, FT: 65.6%. In 2009-2010, he played in Poland forEnerga Czarni Slupsk (Poland-PLK, starting five), Polish League: 6 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg; in Nov.'09 moved to Anwil Wloclawek (Poland-PLK): 27 games: 7.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 75.9%. I played for two very good coaches. One was from Latvia and the other was from Belarus. It was a new situation for me since I had always played for American coaches. They both had different styles. I had some ups and downs in Poland, but I learned to always keep fighting when I was going through a rough time. You always have to be ready when called upon, stressed Dru Joyce. Last season for TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 12.9ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.5apg), FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 74.4%. Currently he is averaging 12,3ppg, 3,6rpg and 5,9apg.

Phillip Zwiener is a 26 year old 198cm forward who started his basketball career as a 17 year old in 2002 for TSV Lesum-Bremen (2Bundealiga). In 2004-2005, in his last season for TSV Lesum, he played 29 games averaging 14.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 57%, 3FGP: 28.1%, FT: 77.3%. He then got rewarded by getting signed by German power house Alba Berlin. Zwiener didnt take off like an Albatros as he played on the Spree for five years playing only 114 BEKO BBL games, 15 ULEB Cup games, 4 Eurocup games and 2 Euroleague games. He never was able to develop into a important player because the club had so many talented players and always had the pressure to have to win. He was able to win 2 BEKO BBL cups and 1 BEKO BBL championship with Alba Berlin. Despite not playing so much in Berlin, German national coach Dirk Bauerman always had an eye on him and invited him to play at the 2008 Olympics in Bejing. I am not surprised by the development of Phil. He just didnt get much time in Berlin. He got valuable experience and now is getting his chance to shine in Trier. His time in Berlin was very valuable as he was playing for one of the most respected teams in Europe and was able to play behind some great players and learn from them and play Euroleague. He will only get better, warned John Bynum. Phil never had a real chance in Berlin, because there were so many talented players there. He is a good player and is proving it now with TBB Trier. If he keeps working then he will improve. I am sure his goal is to return back to the German national team, warned Dru Joyce. Zwiener is currently one of the best in the league. He is running the team and has done a good job. He just needed the chance to play which he didnt get in Berlin and now he is getting that chance, commented Quentin Pryor. Last season for TBB Trier, the German played 30 games: 12.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 74.2%. Currently he is averaging 11,3ppg, 4,5rpg and 1,7apg.

Dragan Dojcin is a 35 year old 205cm power forward from Serbia. He is playing his second season with TBB Trier and his fifth season in the BEKO BBL. He is a Left handed power forward that is very quick. He has a very good shoot from the distance and can play under the basket. He played in Slovenia and Serbia before going to Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): EuroCup Challenge: 10 games: 10.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg, FG: 50%, 3PT: 40%, FT: 82.1%; Ukrainian League: 30 games: 9.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 76.7%. In 2006-2007, he played for Panionios Forthnet Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): FIBA EuroCup: 15 games: 8.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 37.8%, FT: 64.3%; Greek League: 26 games: 8.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 59.0%, 3FGP: 46.0%, FT: 56.0%. He played for Alba Berlin from 2007-2010. His best season was 2009-2010 where he played EuroCup: 14 games: 4.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg; German League: 36 games: 5.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 67.6%. He won the Slovenian cup in 2004, BEKO BBL title in 2008, BEKO BBL cup in 2009 and reached the Eurocup final in 2010 with Alba Berlin. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 34 games: 7.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 56.9%. Currently, he is averaging 10,4ppg, 3,4rpg and 1,2apg and is shooting over 40% from the field and outside. The team also has EJ Gallup who is a 30 year old 193cm American who will be playing his last game for TBB Trier in Frankfurt. He had had ashort term contract which expires on November 30th and will go back to the States to go into coaching. Gallup played at Albany (NCAA) and Co.Carolina (NCAA) from 2001-2004. He then played professional basketball for a few years with the Albany Patrons (CBA) and ratiopharm Ulm from 2006-2008. He then went into the restaurant business for some years before returning to play for the Albany Legends (IBL) this past summer where he averaged 17ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.6apg, 3PT: 56% (1). Currently he is averaging 7,6ppg and 1,8rpg.

Nate Linhart is a 25 year old 201cm forward from Gahanna, Ohio that is playing his third professional basketball season and first with TBB Trier. He played at Akron (NCAA) from 2005-2009 and played with TBB Trier teammate Dru Joyce. In his senior year, he played 36 games: 10.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 44.3%, 3Pts: 32.8%, FT: 81.3%. In 2009-2010, he played for BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 44 games: 11.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 76.1%. Last season, he played for the Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 50 games: 10.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.8%. Currently he is averaging 6,4ppg and 3,8rpg. John Bynum is a 33 year old 191cm guard from Visalia, California. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is tremendous defender on the ball and is looking (class act off the floor). He has played in countries like England (All Star slam dunk winner 2002), Norway and Cyprus, but his heart has belonged to Germany the most as he is starting his seventh season in Germany. He has played for clubs like BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga), COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga), USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA) and Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA). He also has had BEKO BBL experience playing for Bremerhaven and Paderborn where he played a total of 65 games before coming to TBB Trier. In 2009-2010, he played for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season for TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. Currently he is averaging 5,8ppg, 3,5rpg and 3,4apg. Oskar Fassler is a 23 year old 198cm guard who also comes from the Alba Berlin fraction. He played for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (Regionalliga) from 2004-2006. He joined Alba Berlin in 2006 and played there until 2009. He also was a young player that didnt get a real chance as he was sitting on the bench. He only played 22 BEKO BBL games. In 2009-2010, he started with Alba Berlin and then moved to Science City Jena (ProA, starting five): 12 games: 9.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 77.8%, also played at Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (1.Bundesliga): 4 games: 4.3ppg, 2.0rpg. Last season for TBB Trier he played 25 games: 5.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 59.1%He was a part of the German U-18 and U-20 teams and played at the European Championships U20 Division B in Targu Mures (Romania) -08: (Champion): 7 games: 3.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg. Currently he is averaging 4,1ppg, 2,0rpg and 1,0apg. The club picked up big German talent Andreas Seiferth who comes form the Alba Berlin school. Seiferth is a 22 year old 206cm power forward/center. Last season he played for : ALBA Berlin (1.Bundesliga): German League: 5 games: 0.6ppg; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 1 game: 0pts, 1reb; EuroCup: 5 games: 1.0ppg, 1.4rpg, had also a license to play at ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga): 20 games: 15.4ppg, Reb-2 (10.7rpg), 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 67.4%. Currently he is averaging 2,3ppg and 1,2rpg. Samy Picard is a 23 year old 195cm forward from Luxemberg who is playing his playing his third season with TBB Trier. Last season, he played 25 games averaging 2,8ppg. He started his career with the Musel Pikes (DBBL) in 2005 where he played until 2009.This past summer, he played the Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 -10: 3 games: 15.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT-2 (89.5%). Currently, he is averaging 1,8ppg.

The Fraport Skyliners enter the game against TBB Trier with a eight game losing streak and after a difficult schedule now have come upon the time where they have to get wins to get back into the middle of the standings with games against TBB Trier, Phoenix Hagen and BBC Bayreuth in the next weeks. Frankfurt should be winning games. They are a good team and havent been getting the bounces. If they stay positive then they will get wins, warned Gran Canaria guard Marquez Haynes. TBB Trier are riding a three game losing streak and will come into the Fraport arena with a lot of motivation, because the club hates to lose and only had one three game losing streak all last season. We really want to beat Frankfurt bad. We will give our best and give a good team effort on offense and defense. Iam looking forward to battle against Jermareo Davidson. It is always nice playing against tough players like that, but he only has to arms and two legs, smiled Maik Zirbes (205-C-90). TBB Trier control the team stats over the Fraport Skyliners, but that is something Frankfurt should not worry too much about since they should be more worried about their own game. Frankfurt knows the positives from the Gran Canaria game. We fought to the end against Gran Canaria. We should take that into the Trier game and continue to play our good inside/ out game and play aggressive defense and get out on transition, stressed Quantez Robertson. In the last games, defense has been vastly improved by Frankfurt and should be a big focus again against TBB Trier. Defense will be vital against TBB Trier. We have to stick together as a team and be ready to play. We have been defending well in the last games, but we just have to focus to get even more defensive stops to get us over the hump, warned Michael Thompson. Chris Kramer helped beat TBB Trier earlier this season with Wurzburg and knows how to beat them. Frankfurt has to control the glass. They also should try to get Zirbes in some pick and roll situations, added Chris Kramer. The Fraport Skyliners host TBB Trier November 27th at 15:00.





Bogojevic and Djurasovic are leaving the Giessen 46ers - by Moritz Korff
In the course of this week the Giessen 46ers waved goodbye to sport director Vladimir Bogojevic and forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-F-87).
The 46ers had announced on November 16, that Bogojevic's expiring contract would not be renewed at the end of this current season. Yesterday the 35-year-old asked to opt out with immediate effect.
As the Giessen team handed a contract to Chad Prewitt (206-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.) recently, there was no roster spot left for Djurasovic. The 23-year-old forward had joined the 46ers during the summer and appeared in eight BBL games throughout the season. He leaves Giessen on mutual consent.


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


Soldiers defeated Knights - by Gianni Pascucci
In the last game of the past weekend, the Kankakee County Soldiers had prevailed over the Battle Creek Knights, 154-126. The Soldiers withstood and early test from the Knights as they took only a 1 point lead into halftime. The 4th quarter however would prove to be fatal for the Knights as the Soldiers outscored them by 20 points. The Soldiers were once again led by Ryan Edwards with a terrific all around game recording a triple double with 45 pts 15 rebs 13 ast and several crowd pleasing highlight dunks. Stan Chismark (6'5''-F-84, college: Olivet Nazarene) had 21 pts and Anthony Kyle (5'9''-PG-81, college: Miles) 19 pts 13 ast to round it out for the Soldiers. The Knights were led by Joseph Young (6'3''-G-87, college: Cent.Missouri), Corey Massey, and Manny Richardson (6'7''-F, college: Cent.Missouri) with 19 points.


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Express L. Round 7 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Snaefell (#6) forced the game against Keflavik (#3) into an overtime, but lost by two points 113-115 on Friday night. The game took place in Stykkisholmur. But the guests from Keflavik were better at the end. Worth to mention a great performance of Charles Parker (193-G-85, college: Millersville) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds. Keflavik's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Keflavik (5-2) moved-up to second place, which they share with Stjarnan. Snaefell at the other side dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. Keflavik will face Njardvik (#7) in Njardvik in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Snaefell will play on the road against Fjolnir and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 7 Stjarnan was beaten by Njardvik on the road 105-98. Haukar lost to Tindastoll on its own court 74-80. Grindavik outscored KR in a road game 85-59. Winless Valur recorded a loss to IR at home 86-92. Fjolnir was defeated by Thor Thorl on the opponent's court 82-68.
The most impressive performance of 7th round was 29 points and 21 rebounds by Cameron Echols of Njardvik.


Njardvik - Stjarnan 105-98

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Njardvik (4-3) beat at home much higher ranked Stjarnan (5-2) 105-98 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 33-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Njardvik outrebounded Stjarnan 39-28 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Stjarnan was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Cameron Echols (203-81, college: Ball St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 21 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Travis Holmes (193, college: VMI, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) answered with 35 points (!!!) and 7 assists and the former international power forward Fannar Helgason (202-84) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Stjarnan. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Njardvik moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Stjarnan at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Njardvik will face league's second-placed Keflavik on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stjarnan will play against IR in Reykjavik.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: J.Shouse 35+1reb+7ast, K.Cothran 20+4reb+1ast, F.Helgason 17+8reb+2ast, M.Valdimarsson 12+8reb+3ast, G.Larusson 12+5reb, S.Larusson 2+2reb+1ast
Njardvik: C.Echols 29+21reb+1ast, T.Holmes 22+5reb+7ast, E.Fridriksson 20+2reb+10ast, H.Einarsson 15+3reb, M.Baginski 13+4reb+2ast, O.Jonsson 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 140102


Haukar - Tindastoll 74-80

Everything could happen in Hafnarfjordur at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Tindastoll and 10th ranked Haukar had identical 1-5 record. But Haukar was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Sauoarkrokur 80-74 on Thursday night. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Haukar won third quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tindastoll shot 24 for 35 from the free-throw line, while Haukar only scored eight points from the stripe. Haukar was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Maurice Miller (187-88, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Trey Hampton (201-87, college: Georgia St.) contributed with 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Jovonni Shuler (193-87, college: Savannah St.) answered with 28 points and 7 rebounds and guard Emil Barja (192-91) added 11 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Haukar. Tindastoll (2-5) moved-up to tenth place. Haukar at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with six games lost. Tindastoll will face higher ranked KR (#5) in Reykjavik in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Haukar will play on the road against Valur (#12) in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Haukar: J.Shuler 28+7reb+3ast, E.Barja 11+9reb+7ast, H.Oskarsson 11+1reb, S.Haraldsson 7+2reb+5ast, C.Smith 7+6reb, O.Sigurdarson 6+5reb+2ast
Tindastoll: M.Miller 26+11reb+2ast, T.Hampton 25+8reb, F.Hreinsson 9+5reb+1ast, T.Johannsson 8+2reb+2ast, H.Margeirsson 4+1ast, H.Viggosson 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 140097


KR - Grindavik 59-85

Rather predictable result when leader Grindavik (7-0) rolled over 3rd placed KR (4-3) in Reykjavik 85-59 on Thursday. The game without a history. Grindavik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Grindavik players scored in double figures. Center Finnur Magnusson (206, college: Catawba) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and guard David Tairu (191-86, college: Texas Tech, agency: TM Sports) added 11 points in the effort for KR. KR's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Grindavik have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Defending champion KR dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Grindavik will face Thor Thorl (#4) in Thorlakshofn in the next round. KR will play on the road against Tindastoll in Sauoarkrokur.
Top scorers:
KR: F.Magnusson 19+14reb+3ast, D.Tairu 11+4reb+1ast, S.Ingason 6+1reb+1ast, E.Johannsson 6+2reb, K.Acox 6+3reb+1ast, M.Hermannsson 4
Grindavik: J.Bullock 25+9reb+3ast, G.Watson 18+4reb+5ast, O.Saevarsson 12+3reb, P.Axel Vilbergsson 11+8reb+1ast, S.Thorsteinsson 7+6reb+1ast, O.Olafsson 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 140098


Valur - IR 86-92

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked Valur (0-7) lost to seventh ranked IR (4-3) in Reykjavik 86-92 on Thursday. Valur trailed by 20 points at halftime and as many as 25 after three quarters before a 32-13 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 86-92 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Italian guard James Bartolotta (193-86, college: MIT) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Robert Jarvis (180-87, college: ORU) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Four IR players scored in double figures. American guard Garrison Johnson (196-88, college: Jackson St., agency: Strategic Sports) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds and Slovenian power forward Igor Tratnik (206-89) added 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) in the effort for Valur. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. IR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Valur still closes the standings with seven games lost. IR will face higher ranked Stjarnan (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Valur will play against Haukar (#11) in Hafnarfjordur and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Valur: G.Johnson 23+9reb+2ast, I.Tratnik 21+7reb+3ast, D.Hugee 21+1reb+2ast, B.Petursson 9+2reb+1ast, A.Bracey 4+1reb, R.Gylfason 3+4reb+5ast
IR: J.Bartolotta 24+9reb+4ast, R.Jarvis 24+1reb+1ast, N.Sovic 21+4reb+1ast, H.Fridriksson 10+8reb+2ast, N.Dungal 4+2reb, E.Arnarson 3+3reb+3ast
gschID: 140099


Thor Thorl - Fjolnir 82-68

Everything could happen in Thorlakshofn at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Thor Thorl and 8th ranked Fjolnir had identical 3-3 record. This time Thor Thorl used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Fjolnir 82-68 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Thor Thorl. Fjolnir was better in fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Mike Ringgold (200, college: Rider) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Calvin O'Neil (193-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds and forward Nathan Walkup (200-88, college: Texas A&M) added 11 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Fjolnir. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Thor Thorl (4-3) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Fjolnir at the other side keeps the eighth position with four games lost. Thor Thorl will face league's leader Grindavik on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fjolnir will play against Snaefell (#9) in Stykkisholmur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: C.O'Neil 23+7reb+3ast, N.Walkup 11+13reb+1ast, A.Gudmundsson 10+3reb+3ast, J.Sverrisson 10+10reb+1ast, B.Rikhardsson 8+6reb+1ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 6+1reb
Thor Thorl: G.Jonsson 16+5reb+3ast, D.Govens 16+5reb+4ast, D.Hilmarsson 14+2reb+5ast, M.Ringgold 14+13reb+3ast, B.Ragnarsson 8+2reb, G.Erlendsson 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 140100


Snaefell - Keflavik 113-115 OT

Snaefell (#6) forced the game against Keflavik (#3) into an overtime, but lost by two points 113-115 on Friday night. The game took place in Stykkisholmur. But the guests from Keflavik were better at the end. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 28-26 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Charles Parker (193-85, college: Millersville) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds. American-Italian guard Steve Dagostino (180-85, college: St.Rose, NY, agency: Duran International) contributed with 36 points (!!!) and 5 assists for the winners. Keflavik's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203, agency: Hoops Ambassadors) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Marquis Hall (183-87, college: Lehigh) added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists in the effort for Snaefell. Four Keflavik and five Snaefell players scored in double figures. Keflavik (5-2) moved-up to second place, which they share with Stjarnan. Snaefell at the other side dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. Keflavik will face Njardvik (#7) in Njardvik in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Snaefell will play on the road against Fjolnir and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: Q.Hankins-Cole 23+12reb+4ast, H.Gunnarsson 23+3ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 22+5reb+4ast, M.Hall 20+5reb+9ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 14+1reb+3ast, O.Torfason 6+8reb+1ast
Keflavik: S.Dagostino 36+4reb+5ast, C.Parker 32+12reb+3ast, J.Cole 23+10reb, A.Gudbrandsson 14+4reb, M.Gunnarsson 8+1reb+2ast, H.Brynjarsson 2
gschID: 140101




D1 Round 7: IG is defeated by Hottur - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked IG (4-3) and fifth ranked Hottur (4-1) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. IG was crushed by Hottur in Egilsstadir 105-69. The game without a history. Hottur led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Hottur have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Newly promoted IG dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Breidablik and Hamar. Hottur are looking forward to face league's leader KFI in Reykjavik in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. IG will play at home against the league's second-placed Skallagrimur in Borgarnes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Reykjavik. Leader host KFI (7-0) defeated 4th placed Breidablik (4-3) 110-103. Undefeated KFI have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Breidablik at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Hamar and IG. KFI will play against Hottur (#3) in Egilsstadir in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Breidablik will play against IA and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Selfoss supposed to be also quite interesting. Seventh ranked IA (3-3) played at the court of 8th ranked FSU (1-5). IA smashed FSU 99-74 on Friday. Newly promoted IA maintains seventh place with 3-3 record. FSU lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with five games lost. IA will meet higher ranked Breidablik (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. FSU will play against Armann (#9) in Reykjav­k and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 7 Armann was destroyed by Hamar on the opponent's court 106-87.



Hottur - IG 105-69

The game between third ranked IG (4-3) and fifth ranked Hottur (4-1) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. IG was crushed by Hottur in Egilsstadir 105-69. The game without a history. Hottur led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Hottur have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Newly promoted IG dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Breidablik and Hamar. Hottur are looking forward to face league's leader KFI in Reykjavik in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. IG will play at home against the league's second-placed Skallagrimur in Borgarnes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 140258


KFI - Breidablik 110-103

The game between Top Four teams took place in Reykjavik. Leader host KFI (7-0) defeated 4th placed Breidablik (4-3) 110-103. KFI have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Breidablik at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Hamar and IG. KFI will play against Hottur (#3) in Egilsstadir in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Breidablik will play against IA and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 140259


Hamar - Armann 106-87

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Armann (1-6) was crushed on the road by sixth ranked Hamar (4-3) 106-87 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Hamar. Armann managed to win third quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The victory was the third consecutive win for Hamar. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Breidablik and IG. Armann lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with six games lost. Hamar will meet bottom-ranked Thor AK (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Armann will play against FSU in Selfoss and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 140260


FSU - IA 74-99

The game in Selfoss supposed to be also quite interesting. Seventh ranked IA (3-3) played at the court of 8th ranked FSU (1-5). IA smashed FSU 99-74 on Friday. Newly promoted IA maintains seventh place with 3-3 record. FSU lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with five games lost. IA will meet higher ranked Breidablik (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. FSU will play against Armann (#9) in Reykjav­k and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 140261




Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. Grindavik 7-0 
 2. Keflavik 5-2 
 3. Stjarnan 5-2 
 4. Thor Thorl 4-3 
 5. KR 4-3 
 6. IR 4-3 
 7. Njardvik 4-3 
 8. Fjolnir 3-4 
 9. Snaefell 3-4 
 10. Tindastoll 2-5 
 11. Haukar 1-6 
 12. Valur 0-7 


Standings - 1 Division
D1 Standings
 1. KFI 7-0 
 2. Skallagrimur 5-2 
 3. Hottur 4-1 
 4. Breidablik 4-3 
 5. IG 4-3 
 6. Hamar 4-3 
 7. IA 3-3 
 8. FSU 1-5 
 9. Armann 1-6 
 10. Thor AK 0-7 


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Maccabi Electra hands 85-76 loss to Emporio Armani Milano - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra - Emporio Armani Milano 85-76

Maccabi Electra outplayed Emporio Armani Milano 85-76 in Round Six of the Euroleague regular season. The Israeli powerhouse keeps the first place in Group C with almost perfect 5-1 record. At the same time, Milano stays No.5 in this pool with 2-4. Maccabi did a great job in the first half and managed to keep its lead until the end, despite Milano seriously threatened after the breather and in the finish. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) dominated under the basket with 28 points and 6 rebounds (valuation 29). Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) had 21 points, 6 boards and 5 assists, while Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) (5 rebs) and Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) netted 8 pts apiece in this victory. On the other side, Milano got 24 points from Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group), who forced Maccabi players to commit 11 personal fouls on him. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) had 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Omar-Sharif Cook (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) had 12 pts and 8 assists in this loss. Quarters: 25-14, 27-24, 15-24, 18-14. Maccabi goes to Belgrade in the next round, while Milano will host Real Madrid.

Maccabi Electra: Sofoklis Schortsanitis 28+6 boards, Jordan Farmar 21+6 boards+5 as, Devin Smith 8+5 boards, Lior Eliyahu 8
Milano: Danilo Gallinari 24, Antonis Fotsis 15+9 boards, Omar-Sharif Cook 12+8 as


Hapoel Tel Aviv better than Ulcinj in BIBL - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Tel Aviv - Ulcinj 75-68

Hapoel Tel Aviv celebrated in Round Four of the Balkan league. The Israeli squad outplayed Ulcinj 75-68 for 3-1 record in Group B. At the same time, visitors dropped to 1-3 in this pool. The hosts were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-13 Ulcinj's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 75-68 at the end of the game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Ulcinj's 30. Worth to mention a quality performance of Matan Naor (195-SF-80) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds and guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-G-89) who added 10 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Serbian guard Marko Milatovic (194-G-88) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and forward Boban Medenica (204-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Zrinjski HT in Mostar in the next round where they are favorite. Ulcinj will play on the road against Napredak Rubin in Krusevac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Hapoel T-A: M.Naor 18+5reb, C.Carr 10+2reb+5ast, J.Skjoldebrand 10+5reb+2ast, A.Zelkovits 10+7reb+1ast, G.Eytan 9+2reb+1ast, D.Stitt 8+3reb+2ast
Ulcinj: M.Milatovic 22+6reb+3ast, B.Medenica 16+8reb+2ast, D.Marojevic 13+5reb, M.Djurisic 11+9reb+3ast, M.Latkovic 2+2reb, V.Lalovic 2+5reb


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Nancy grabs 76-75 thriller win against Cantu - by Eurobasket News
Nancy - Bennet Cantu 76-75

Nancy grabbed very important 76-75 win against Bennet Cantu in Round Six of the Euroleague regular season. The reigning French champion improved to 3-3 record in Group A joining Olympiakos, Fenerbahce Ulker and defeated Cantu. Jamal Shuler (191-G-86) scored two free throws for Nancy in the finish, but Cantu had the last possession. Visitors opted for Maarten Leunen's (206-F-85, college: Oregon) 2-pointer under the basket as time ran out, giving Nancy the win by a nose, 76-75. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) led the hosts with 18 points. Jamal Shuler had 12 and Victor Samnick (203-F-79, college: Georgetown) helped with one point less. In the loosing squad, Maarten Leunen collected 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 pts and 5 assists, while Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) followed with 10 points and 6 assists. Quarters: 16-20, 29-13, 11-29, 20-13. Nancy goes to Bilbao in the next round. Cantu waits Caja Laboral

Nancy: Pape-Philippe Amagou 18, Jamal Shuler 12, Victor Samnick 11
Bennet Cantu: Maarten Leunen 18+9 boards+5 as, Vladimir Micov 10+5 as, Gianluca Basile 10+6 as


Marco Mordente joins Lottomatica Roma - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica Roma continued to work on strengthening their roster.. The team announced the signing of Marco Mordente (191-G-79). Yesterday Lottomatica Roma also brought in Tyreke Evans (198-PG-89, college: Memphis). Marco Mordente spent the previous season with Armani Jeans Milano. He tallied 4.7 points, 1.1 assists and 1.0 rebound per game in Euroleague. In Seria A the guard produced 5.6 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals per appearance. Marco Mordente played for Italy at 2011 EuroBasket. He averaged 3.8 points and 1.0 assist in Lithuania. Previously Marco Mordente had spells for Benetton Treviso, Reggio Emilia and Ragusa. Eurobasket.com named the guard All-Seria A Defensive Player of the Year in 2006.

Maccabi Electra hands 85-76 loss to Emporio Armani Milano - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra - Emporio Armani Milano 85-76

Maccabi Electra outplayed Emporio Armani Milano 85-76 in Round Six of the Euroleague regular season. The Israeli powerhouse keeps the first place in Group C with almost perfect 5-1 record. At the same time, Milano stays No.5 in this pool with 2-4. Maccabi did a great job in the first half and managed to keep its lead until the end, despite Milano seriously threatened after the breather and in the finish. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) dominated under the basket with 28 points and 6 rebounds (valuation 29). Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) had 21 points, 6 boards and 5 assists, while Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) (5 rebs) and Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) netted 8 pts apiece in this victory. On the other side, Milano got 24 points from Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group), who forced Maccabi players to commit 11 personal fouls on him. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) had 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Omar-Sharif Cook (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) had 12 pts and 8 assists in this loss. Quarters: 25-14, 27-24, 15-24, 18-14. Maccabi goes to Belgrade in the next round, while Milano will host Real Madrid.

Maccabi Electra: Sofoklis Schortsanitis 28+6 boards, Jordan Farmar 21+6 boards+5 as, Devin Smith 8+5 boards, Lior Eliyahu 8
Milano: Danilo Gallinari 24, Antonis Fotsis 15+9 boards, Omar-Sharif Cook 12+8 as


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Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 12-3 
 2. Toyota Alvark 11-3 
 3. Hitachi SR 10-4 
 4. Panasonic T. 6-8 
 5. Tochigi Brex 6-8 
 6. Mitsubishi DD 5-9 
 7. Hokkaido L. 5-9 
 8. Toshiba BT 2-13 


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Top 10 (DI)
Reg-VI Ranking
 1. Coffeyville CC 0-0 
 2. E.Oklahoma St. JC 0-0 
 3. Monroe Coll. 0-0 
 4. NW Florida St. 0-0 
 5. Vincennes Univ. 0-0 
 6. Indian Hills CC 0-0 
 7. Palm Beach CC 0-0 
 8. Salt Lake CC 0-0 
 9. Midland CC 0-0 
 10. South Plains JC 0-0 


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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 3-5 
 6. BK Atyrau 0-10 


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Peja registers Dieng - by Dren Shporta
Yellows from Peja have registered Senegalese player Dieng Bassirou (205-C/F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Georgia Tech). Regarding the injuries, suspensions and bad results against top four teams in BKT Superliga, Pejans have decided to strengthen their team with a Senegalese who can play as a center and forward.

Dieng Bassirou has played for Musel Pikel team in Luxembourg elite basketball league. 26 year old center has registered only three games for a Luxembourgian team this season with 5.7 points, 26.3 minutes and 10 rebounds per game average. He has also played in Spain for Avila team in the LEB Silver league.

After recently bringing Kristiyan Borisov, the Bulgarian playmaker, who has only one game played in BKT Superliga, yellows, have 4-4 record after eight games played and seen useful of signing the player in the position of center. Peja in the 9th round of BKT Superliga hosts Bashkimi from Prizren. Pejans have won the first clash played in Prizren with 99:90.



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Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. Liepaja-2 10-1 
 2. BK VEF 9-0 
 3. Barons/Keizar. 7-1 
 4. RSU 7-2 
 5. Saldus 7-3 
 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. Ogres 1-7 
 14. Ridzene 1-7 
 15. Jelgava/LLU 1-7 
 16. Gulbene 1-9 


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Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 8-0 
 2. Champville 8-0 
 3. Byblos 5-3 
 4. Anibal 4-4 
 5. Sagesse 4-4 
 6. Moutahed 3-5 
 7. Bejjeh 3-5 
 8. Hoops 3-5 
 9. Antranik 2-6 
 10. Chabab 0-8 


Vecchio Guillermo to coach Al Mouttahed Tripoli - by Maarouf Mawloud
After having,both Al Mouttahed Tripoli and coach Paul Coughter,their worst season ever,mouttahed management has taken the decision to replace their american coach paul coughter by the argentinian Guillermo Vecchio
Guillermo had coached sagesse In 2009, and lead them to the final of arab championship.
Coach Vecchio has coached Argentinian,mexicaN,venezuellian and panama national team.
Coach Vecchio will join the team next week,while his assistant Ahmad Fadel will start the team practice tomorrow morning.


Coughter out of Moutahed , Sagesse Inks Taylor - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
After the departure of Terrence Leather to Korea ,Sagesse signed Vernon Taylor , Taylor who had a good college career will play his first game against Bejjeh in the 9th round on Saturday, by this move Sagesse changed their game strategy on Foreign players from 2 big guys to 1 Big Guy who is Allen Wiggins and 1 Guard.

In another important news Moutahed and Paul Coughter parted ways after a big last season when Moutahed finished 3rd , Moutahed who had the worst start in the Lebanese League since their participation in the Lebanese League , The team suffered too much from injuries and especially their star Elias Rustom who is out since the summer break; the word is that Moutahed is bringing Guermio Vechio the ex Sagesse coach.



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NKL Round 15: #1 Radviliskis are defeated by S.Marciulionio - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Radviliskis (11-4) on the court of fourteenth ranked S.Marciulionio on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by S.Marciulionio 94-83. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Radviliskis. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 50-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for forward Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Jonas Elvikis (195-82) helped adding 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). S.Marciulionio (6-9) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Silute and Mazeikiai. Radviliskis at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. They share it with Delikatesas. S.Marciulionio is again looking forward to face league's leader Radviliskis on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radviliskis will have a break next round.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15: Matinga-Juod. won against Statyba on the opponent's court 95-79. Ezerunas-Karys unfortunately lost to Nafta Universitetas in a home game 71-81. Meresta managed to beat ABRO-Univ. on the road 76-65. Delikatesas defeated LKKA-Atletas on its own court 74-59. Zalgiris-Sabonio beat Silute in Kaunas 80-78. Bottom-ranked Gargzdai won against Mazeikiai at home 77-74.


Statyba - Matinga-Juod. 79-95

Everything could happen in Vilnius at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Matinga-Juod. and 11th ranked Statyba had identical 7-7 record. But Statyba was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from 95-79 on Friday night. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 60-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Matinga-Juod. made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game, while Statyba only scored ten points from the stripe. Matinga-Juod. forced 20 Statyba turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Statyba was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Arunas Krivonis (196-82) helped adding 14 points and 9 assists. Five Matinga-Juod. players scored in double figures. Matinga-Juod.'s coach Mindaugas Sagaitis used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) with 26 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and forward Eigirdas Zukauskas (201-92) scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Matinga-Juod. (8-7) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Meresta and LKKA-Atletas. Loser Statyba dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. Matinga-Juod. will have a break next round. Statyba will play again against Matinga-Juod. (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Matinga-Juod.: A.Birgelis 19+1reb+2ast, K.Pupinis 16+6reb+1ast, Z.Kuklierius 15+5reb+6ast, M.Uzupis 15+3reb, A.Krivonis 14+1reb+9ast, P.Gvazdaitis 13+7reb
Statyba: O.Varanauskas 26+2reb+3ast, G.Marciukaitis 15, E.Zukauskas 14+8reb+5ast, T.Rinkunas 8+2reb+1ast, V.Luksa 8+5reb+3ast, R.Sugintas 8+6reb
gschID: 148381


Ezerunas-Karys - Nafta Universitetas 71-81

Rather predictable result in Moletai where fifth ranked Nafta Universitetas (9-6) defeated 9th ranked Ezerunas-Karys (7-8) 81-71 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Nafta Universitetas. Ezerunas-Karys was better in fourth quarter 27-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ezerunas-Karys was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Modestas Kumpys (191-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) helped adding 19 points and 7 steals. The best for the losing side was forward Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-82) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and forward Andrius Slezas (200-75) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ezerunas-Karys' coach Mindaugas Kildisius rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nafta Universitetas moved-up to third place, which they share with Triobet and Zalgiris-Sabonio. Newly promoted Ezerunas-Karys keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Nafta Universitetas will have a break next round. Ezerunas-Karys will play again on the road against Nafta Universitetas (#5) in Klaipeda.
Top scorers:
Nafta Universitetas: E.Lengvinas 19+1reb+2ast, M.Kumpys 12+11reb, J.Kazakauskas 12+4reb, V.Chodosovskis 11+6reb+1ast, H.Venskus 11+2reb+6ast, D.Zvinklys 8+7reb+1ast
Ezerunas-Karys: R.Ambrulaitis 21+11reb+1ast, M.Kugauda 10+3reb+2ast, P.Lescinskas 10+5ast, A.Slezas 10+6reb+1ast, G.Andrijauskas 6+2reb+2ast, E.Narusis 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 148382


S.Marciulionio - Radviliskis 94-83

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Radviliskis (11-4) on the court of fourteenth ranked S.Marciulionio on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by S.Marciulionio 94-83. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Radviliskis. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 50-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for forward Tomas Lekunas (195-93) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Jonas Elvikis (195-82) helped adding 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and guard Tomas Rakauskas (184-81) scored 20 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. S.Marciulionio (6-9) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Silute and Mazeikiai. Radviliskis at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. They share it with Delikatesas. S.Marciulionio is again looking forward to face league's leader Radviliskis on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radviliskis will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
S.Marciulionio: T.Lekunas 25+10reb+3ast, V.Trepocka 20+1reb+1ast, J.Elvikis 13+5reb+6ast, O.Olisevicius 11+8reb+4ast, M.Niparavicius 10+8reb, E.Seskus 7+2reb
Radviliskis: T.Rakauskas 20+4reb+1ast, A.Mineikis 17+11reb+5ast, L.Pipiras 14+3reb, J.Ramanauskas 13+8reb+2ast, R.Rauktys 11+2reb+1ast, Z.Petraitis 6+2ast
gschID: 148383


ABRO-Univ. - Meresta 65-76

Not a big story in a game in Siauliai where 15th ranked ABRO-Universitetas (4-11) was defeated by eighth ranked Meresta (8-7) 76-65 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Meresta. ABRO-Universitetas was better in fourth quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Meresta forced 20 ABRO-Universitetas turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Simonas Slivka (193-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) helped adding 21 points and 5 rebounds. Four Meresta players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Julius Jucikas (205-89) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and guard Rokas Giedraitis (195-92) scored 18 points. Meresta moved-up to sixth place, which they share with LKKA-Atletas and Matinga-Juod. Loser ABRO-Universitetas keeps the fifteenth position with 11 games lost. Meresta will have a break next round. ABRO-Universitetas will play again on the road against Meresta (#7) in Pakruojis.
Top scorers:
Meresta: A.Maneikis 21+5reb+2ast, A.Galkauskas 17+5reb, S.Slivka 17+9reb+3ast, K.Artamonov 16+4reb+2ast, L.Radavicius 5+7reb+3ast, D.Keburys 0+2reb
ABRO-Univ.: R.Giedraitis 18+4reb+1ast, J.Jucikas 18+10reb, A.Kurauskas 6+5reb+4ast, N.Mika 6+3reb+2ast, P.Rasamavicius 6+5reb+1ast, A.Gurklys 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 148377


Delikatesas - LKKA-Atletas 74-59

Everything went according to plan in Joniskis where second ranked Delikatesas (11-4) beat 4th placed LKKA-Atletas (8-7) 74-59 on Friday. The game without a history. Delikatesas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to LKKA-Atletas' 28. Delikatesas forced 20 LKKA-Atletas turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 5 assists. Forward Mindaugas Keras (200-85) helped adding 7 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was center Tomas Urbonas (214-92) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds and guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) scored 14 points and 5 assists. LKKA-Atletas' coach Edas Nickus rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Delikatesas used an opportunity after Radviliskis lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Loser LKKA-Atletas dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. Delikatesas will face again LKKA-Atletas (#6) in Kaunas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: V.Uzkuraitis 25+4reb+5ast, P.Klemas 12+1reb, A.Kvedaravicius 10+2reb+3ast, V.Jatulevicius 7+3reb, M.Keras 7+12reb+4ast, V.Pikalavicius 7+4reb
LKKA-Atletas: S.Vingelis 14+4reb+5ast, D.Gricius 12+3reb+1ast, T.Urbonas 12+17reb+3ast, V.Sragauskis 8+2reb, E.Tviraga 5+3reb, T.Tamosiunas 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 148378


Silute - Zalgiris-Sabonio 78-80

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Silute (6-9) was edged at home by third ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (9-6) 80-78 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 27-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Zalgiris-Sabonio outrebounded Silute 45-33 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for forward Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points. Power forward Simonas Kymantas (204-93) helped adding 4 points and 17 rebounds. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Saulius Stombergas used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was guard Ignas Razutis (185-87) with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals and swingman Andrius Cizikas (197-88) scored 17 points. Five Silute players scored in double figures. Zalgiris-Sabonio maintains third place with 9-6 record having just two points less than leader Radviliskis, which they share with Nafta Universitetas and Triobet. Loser Silute keeps the twelfth position with nine games lost. Zalgiris-Sabonio's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kaunas to the arena .
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: V.Kariniauskas 22+4reb+3ast, T.Dimsa 14+3reb+2ast, M.Grigonis 10+1reb, J.Tamulis 9+2reb+1ast, R.Jakstas 8+10reb+1ast, K.Vecvagars 6+3reb+1ast
Silute: A.Kaubrys 18+3reb, E.Jurkus 17+1reb+4ast, A.Cizikas 17+4reb+2ast, I.Razutis 12+8reb+8ast, M.Tamasevicius 10+4reb+2ast, E.Saulys 2+3reb
gschID: 148379


Triobet - Perlas-MRU 79-72 OT

Top scorers:
Triobet: A.Vasiliauskas 19+5reb+5ast, M.Linkevicius 14+18reb+1ast, H.Vorotnikovas 14+4reb, V.Kruzikas 10+4reb+3ast, T.Sebeziovas 9+1reb+1ast, P.Vaitiekunas 5+4reb
Perlas-MRU: G.Vileita 18+3reb+6ast, M.Virbalas 11+8reb, A.Udras 10+2reb, T.Padegimas 10+4reb, M.Kazonas 9+11reb+1ast, K.Brusokas 6+8reb
gschID: 148380


Gargzdai - Mazeikiai 77-74

There was a small surprise when sixteenth ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (4-11) edged at home 13th ranked Mazeikiai (6-9) 77-74 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-15. But Mazeikiai won second period 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Gargzdai-Bremena won last quarter 18-17. It was a great evening for center Arturas Gudaitis (208-93) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Karolis Timofejevas (196-91) helped adding 15 points. Gargzdai-Bremena's coach Mindaugas Bugys used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Janas Jurgo (200-83) with 15 points and 8 rebounds and center Remigijus Trakimas (205-87) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. Gargzdai-Bremena moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with ABRO-Univ. Loser Mazeikiai dropped to the twelfth position with nine games lost. Gargzdai-Bremena will face again higher ranked Mazeikiai (#13) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Gargzdai: A.Gudaitis 17+11reb+1ast, M.Martinkus 16+2reb+1ast, K.Timofejevas 15+1reb+3ast, L.Lucinskas 9+4reb+2ast, T.Mazelis 6+1reb+4ast, R.Jonelis 6+7reb+2ast
Mazeikiai: J.Jurgo 15+8reb+2ast, R.Trakimas 15+9reb, M.Stasys 14+3reb+4ast, P.Brown 13+4reb+2ast, M.Sidlauskas 5+4reb+1ast, D.Vaitelis 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 148376




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


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


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Hapoel Tel Aviv better than Ulcinj in BIBL - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Tel Aviv - Ulcinj 75-68

Hapoel Tel Aviv celebrated in Round Four of the Balkan league. The Israeli squad outplayed Ulcinj 75-68 for 3-1 record in Group B. At the same time, visitors dropped to 1-3 in this pool. The hosts were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-13 Ulcinj's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 75-68 at the end of the game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Ulcinj's 30. Worth to mention a quality performance of Matan Naor (195-SF-80) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds and guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-G-89) who added 10 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Serbian guard Marko Milatovic (194-G-88) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and forward Boban Medenica (204-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Zrinjski HT in Mostar in the next round where they are favorite. Ulcinj will play on the road against Napredak Rubin in Krusevac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Hapoel T-A: M.Naor 18+5reb, C.Carr 10+2reb+5ast, J.Skjoldebrand 10+5reb+2ast, A.Zelkovits 10+7reb+1ast, G.Eytan 9+2reb+1ast, D.Stitt 8+3reb+2ast
Ulcinj: M.Milatovic 22+6reb+3ast, B.Medenica 16+8reb+2ast, D.Marojevic 13+5reb, M.Djurisic 11+9reb+3ast, M.Latkovic 2+2reb, V.Lalovic 2+5reb


Buducnost signs Bouldin - by Darko Pekic
American sharp shooter Matt Bouldin (196-G-88, college: Gonzaga) signed a year and a half long contract with Buducnost. He was on a 10 day try-out with the team from Podgorica and convinced coach Dejan Radonjic to sign him. Bouldin, the product of Gonzaga University, played previously in Greece ( Iraklis) but failed to impress the fans and coaching staff. He was also the member of U19 US National Team.

Bouldin will not play against Siroki Brijeg, but most likey will have a chance to make a debut against Partizan in Moraca Hall


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D1 Top 10 ranking
GSACon Ranking
 1. Azusa Pacific 0-0 
 2. Biola, CA 0-0 
 3. Carroll, MT 0-0 
 4. Columbia, MO 0-0 
 5. Concordia Irvine 0-0 
 6. Evangel 0-0 
 7. Fresno Pacific 0-0 
 8. Georgetown, KY 0-0 
 9. LSU-Shreveport 0-0 
 10. Martin Methodist 0-0 
 11. Montana St.-Northern 0-0 
 12. Mountain St. 0-0 
 13. Oklah.Baptist 0-0 
 14. Pikeville 0-0 
 15. Robert Morris 0-0 
 16. Rogers St. 0-0 
 17. S.Nazarene 0-0 
 18. Shorter 0-0 
 19. So.Poly State 0-0 
 20. St.Xavier 0-0 
 21. Texas Wesleyan 0-0 
 22. Tougaloo 0-0 
 23. Union, TN 0-0 
 24. Xavier, LA 0-0 
 25. St.Catharine 0-0 


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


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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
Top25 Ranking
 1. Alaska-Anch. 0-0 
 2. Augustana, SD 0-0 
 3. Benedict 0-0 
 4. BYU-Hawaii 0-0 
 5. Humboldt St. 0-0 
 6. Lincoln Memorial 0-0 
 7. Mass.-Lowell 0-0 
 8. Missouri So. 0-0 
 9. Queens, NC 0-0 
 10. Seattle Pacific 0-0 
 11. St.Rose, NY 0-0 
 12. W.Liberty St. 0-0 
East Division
 1. Al.-Huntsville 0-0 
 2. Bellarmine 0-0 
 3. Colorado Mines 0-0 
 4. Ky Wesleyan 0-0 
 5. Metro St. 0-0 
 6. S.Indiana 0-0 
North Division
 1. Cent.Oklahoma 0-0 
Northern Division
 1. Bowie St. 0-0 
South Division
 1. Findlay, OH 0-0 
 2. Tarleton St. 0-0 
West Division
 1. Arkansas Tech 0-0 
 2. Georgia SW 0-0 
 3. Indiana, PA 0-0 


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NCAA D2 National Top 25 Ranking
GNAC Ranking
 1. Alaska-Anch. 0-0 
 2. Augustana, SD 0-0 
 3. Benedict 0-0 
 4. BYU-Hawaii 0-0 
 5. Humboldt St. 0-0 
 6. Lincoln Memorial 0-0 
 7. Mass.-Lowell 0-0 
 8. Missouri So. 0-0 
 9. Queens, NC 0-0 
 10. Seattle Pacific 0-0 
 11. St.Rose, NY 0-0 
 12. W.Liberty St. 0-0 
 13. Al.-Huntsville 0-0 
 14. Bellarmine 0-0 
 15. Colorado Mines 0-0 
 16. Ky Wesleyan 0-0 
 17. Metro St. 0-0 
 18. S.Indiana 0-0 
 19. Cent.Oklahoma 0-0 
 20. Bowie St. 0-0 
 21. Findlay, OH 0-0 
 22. Tarleton St. 0-0 
 23. Arkansas Tech 0-0 
 24. Georgia SW 0-0 
 25. Indiana, PA 0-0 


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Top 25 Ranking
NESCAC Ranking
 1. Amherst 0-0 
 2. Augustana, IL 0-0 
 3. Buffalo St. 0-0 
 4. Cabrini 0-0 
 5. Emory 0-0 
 6. Franklin & Marshall 0-0 
 7. Hampden-Sydney 0-0 
 8. Marietta 0-0 
 9. Middlebury 0-0 
 10. MIT 0-0 
 11. Oswego St. 0-0 
 12. Rochester 0-0 
 13. St.Mary's, MD 0-0 
 14. St.Thomas 0-0 
 15. Va.Wesleyan 0-0 
 16. Wheaton, IL 0-0 
 17. Whitworth 0-0 
 18. Williams 0-0 
 19. Wisc.-RiverFal. 0-0 
 20. Wisc.-Stevens Point 0-0 
 21. Wittenberg 0-0 
 22. Wooster 0-0 
 23. Birm.Southern 0-0 
 24. Centre 0-0 
 25. Howard Payne 0-0 
 26. Mary Hardin Baylor 0-0 


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PBA Round 14: B-Meg Llam. edges Rain or Shine by two points - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game of round 14 in the PBA took place in Pasig. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Rain or Shine (7-4) to fifth ranked B-Meg Llam. (7-4) 102-100 in the game for the third place. Rain or Shine cut a 17-point first quarter deficit to two at the end of the game. B-Meg Llam. looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman James Yap (191-82) who scored 32 points and 5 rebounds. Center Marc Pingris (195-81) chipped in 10 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Paul Lee (191) produced 21 points and 4 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. B-Meg Llam. have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Meralco Bolts and Rain or Shine. Rain or Shine lost third consecutive game. B-Meg Llam. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rain or Shine will play at home against Barako Bull in Quezon and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Shopinas.com C. (0-12) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 102-84 loss to eighth ranked Powerade T. (4-7) in Pasig. Naturalized American guard Marcio Lassiter (188-87, college: Cal.St.Fullerton) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Douglas Kramer contributed with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Center James Sena (196) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for Shopinas.com C.Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Powerade T. maintains eighth position with 4-7 record. Shopinas.com C. at the other side still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Powerade T. will play against league's leader Talk N Text in Makati in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Shopinas.com C. will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 14 Barako Bull were defeated by Meralco Bolts in Manila 83-75. Ginebra Kings beat Alaska Aces at home 85-77.



Meralco Bolts - Barako Bull 83-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Barako Bull's (5-5) road loss to fifth ranked Meralco Bolts (7-4) 75-83. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-22 Barako Bull's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 83-75 at the end of the game. Barako Bull was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Tonga center Asi Taulava (206-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Solomon Mercado (183-84, college: Biola, CA) contributed with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized American center Dorian Pena (198-76, college: Coppin St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and guard Willie Miller (180-77) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Barako Bull. Five Meralco Bolts and four Barako Bull players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Meralco Bolts moved-up to third place, which they share with B-Meg Llam. and Rain or Shine. Barako Bull lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Ginebra Kings. Meralco Bolts will play against league's second-placed Petron Blaze in Manila in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Barako Bull will play on the road against Rain or Shine (#3) in Manila and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Meralco Bolts: M.Cardona 17+4reb+1ast, G.Espinas 16+6reb+1ast, S.Mercado 12+8reb+4ast, A.Taulava 10+17reb, M.Isip 10+2reb, C.Lanete 5+1reb+2ast
Barako Bull: M.Pennisi 14+4reb, W.Miller 14+5reb+5ast, W.Arboleda 13+5reb+1ast, D.Pena 12+14reb, L.Najorda 7+1reb+1ast, D.Ababou 5+8reb+3ast
gschID: 151466


B-Meg Llam. - Rain or Shine 102-100

The most exciting game of round 14 in the PBA took place in Pasig. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Rain or Shine (7-4) to fifth ranked B-Meg Llam. (7-4) 102-100 in the game for the third place. Rain or Shine cut a 17-point first quarter deficit to two at the end of the game. B-Meg Llam. looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman James Yap (191-82) who scored 32 points and 5 rebounds. Center Marc Pingris (195-81) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Five B-Meg Llam. players scored in double figures. Guard Paul Lee (191) produced 21 points and 4 assists and center JR Quinahan (198-84) added 6 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. B-Meg Llam. have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Meralco Bolts and Rain or Shine. Rain or Shine lost third consecutive game. B-Meg Llam. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rain or Shine will play at home against Barako Bull in Quezon and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
B-Meg Llam.: J.Yap 32+5reb+2ast, P.Simon 16+4reb+3ast, M.Barroca 14+4reb+2ast, K.Raymundo 11+6reb+5ast, J.Urbiztondo 11+2reb+4ast, M.Pingris 10+13reb+1ast
Rain or Shine: P.Lee 21+3reb+4ast, R.Buenafe 12+1reb, R.Matias 10+6reb, R.Arana 9+4reb, L.Rodriguez 9+5reb+1ast, T.Tang 8
gschID: 151467


Powerade T. - Shopinas.com C. 102-84

Bottom-ranked Shopinas.com C. (0-12) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 102-84 loss to eighth ranked Powerade T. (4-7) in Pasig. Powerade T. had a 36-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Shopinas.com C. was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized American guard Marcio Lassiter (188-87, college: Cal.St.Fullerton) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Douglas Kramer (193-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Center James Sena (196) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and guard Pong Escobal (181-85) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Shopinas.com C.Four Shopinas.com C. players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Powerade T. maintains eighth position with 4-7 record. Shopinas.com C. at the other side still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Powerade T. will play against league's leader Talk N Text in Makati in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Shopinas.com C. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Powerade T.: M.Lassiter 21+7reb+8ast, D.Kramer 17+10reb+2ast, G.David 16+5reb+2ast, W.Antonio 9+6reb+2ast, C.Cruz 9+1ast, R.Adducul 8+5reb+1ast
Shopinas.com C.: J.Sena 19+11reb+1ast, P.Hubalde 12+2reb+2ast, P.Escobal 12+3reb+4ast, E.Espiritu 12+4reb, M.King Sison 7+6reb+1ast, R.Menor 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 151468


Ginebra Kings - Alaska Aces 85-77

No shocking result in a game in Manila where seventh ranked Ginebra Kings (5-5) defeated 9th ranked Alaska Aces (3-8) 85-77. Alaska Aces were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 43-31 second half run of Ginebra Kings. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Forward Nino Canaleta (196-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized American guard JayJay Helterbrand (183-76, college: Kentucky St.) contributed with 10 points and 7 assists for the winners. Guard LA Tenorio (178-84) replied with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists and naturalized German center Joachim Thoss (203-81) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Alaska Aces. Four Ginebra Kings and five Alaska Aces players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Ginebra Kings moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Barako Bull. Alaska Aces at the other side keep the ninth position with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ginebra Kings: N.Canaleta 21+8reb+1ast, M.Cortez 13+3reb+4ast, J.Intal 12+6reb+2ast, J.Helterbrand 10+4reb+7ast, B.Mamaril 9+6reb+2ast, E.Villanueva 7+4reb+2ast
Alaska Aces: J.Thoss 13+7reb+1ast, B.Custodio 12+5reb, A.Dela Cruz 11+6reb+3ast, C.Baguio 11+7reb+3ast, J.Reyes 11+5reb+2ast, L.Tenorio 10+9reb+8ast
gschID: 151465




James Yap gets MVP of the Week award for PBA - by Eurobasket News
Former international swingman James Yap (191-F/G-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for B-Meg Llam. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 29-year old swingman had the game-high 32 points adding five rebounds and two assists for B-Meg Llam. in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Rain or Shine (7-4) 102-100. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. B-Meg Llam. is placed at 4th position in PBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. B-Meg Llam. will need more victories to improve their 7-4 record. In the team's last game Yap had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at B-Meg Llam., through which he has constantly improved. Yap has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.1ppg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American guard Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87) of Powerade T.. Lassiter impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he lead Powerade T. to another comfortable win 102-84 over Shopinas.com C. (#10, 0-12) being unquestionably team leader. Powerade T.'s 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-7 record. Lassiter is a newcomer at Powerade T. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Tonga center Asi Taulava (206-C-73) of Meralco Bolts (#5). Taulava scored 10 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Meralco Bolts, leading his team to a 83-75 win against slightly lower-ranked Barako Bull (#6, 5-5). Meralco Bolts needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 4 lost games. Taulava has a great season in Philippines. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.1rpg (7th best). Asi Taulava has also Filipino passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Sena (196-C) of Shopinas.com C. - 19 points and 11 rebounds
5. Douglas Kramer (193-F-83) of Powerade T. - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dorian Pena (198-C-76) of Barako Bull - 12 points and 14 rebounds
7. LA Tenorio (178-G-84) of Alaska Aces - 10 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Marc Pingris (195-C-81) of B-Meg Llam. - 10 points and 13 rebounds
9. Gary David (187-G/F-78) of Powerade T. - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mark Cardona (180-G/F-81) of Meralco Bolts - 17 points and 4 rebounds

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


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Talk N Text 8-1 
 2. Petron Blaze 7-3 
 3. Rain or Shine 7-4 
 4. B-Meg Llam. 7-4 
 5. Meralco Bolts 7-4 
 6. Barako Bull 5-5 
 7. Ginebra Kings 5-5 
 8. Powerade T. 4-7 
 9. Alaska Aces 3-8 
 10. Shopinas.com C. 0-12 


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  POLAND   


Pachulia leads Galatasaray to OT against Asseco Prokom - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Asseco Prokom 78-76 OT

Galatasaray made a big step forward to Top 16. The Euroleague newcomer grabbed 78-76 overtime win against Asseco Prokom for 3-3 record in Group D. The Polish champion still closes the standings in this pool with 0-6. Prokom had a chance to win this game as Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) scored one of his two free throws with 5 seconds left for 78-76 Galatasaray lead. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) went for the three but missed and the win stayed in Istanbul. Zaza Pachulia led the hosts with double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Preston Shumpert (198-G/F-79, college: Syracuse) had 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) added 12 points, plus 5 rebs. In Prokom, Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) shined with 22 points and 10 rebs (valuation 30). Oliver Lafayette and Przemyslaw Zamojski (198-G/F-86, college: Independence CC) netted 18 and 15 points respectively. Quarters: 12-14, 22-17, 12-26, 24-13, 8-6. Galatasaray goes to Kazan in the next round, while Prokom will host Barcelona.

Galatasaray: Zaza Pachulia 19+10 boards, Preston Shumpert 13+7 boards, Jamon Lukas Gordon 12+5 boards
Asseco Prokom: Donatas Motiejunas 22+10 boards, Oliver Lafayette 18, Przemyslaw Zamojski 15


Lawrence Kinnard joins Anwil Wloclawek - by Eurobasket News
Anwil Wloclawek have agreed on terms of contract with Lawrence Kinnard (202-F-86, college: UAB). The forward is not new to Poland. He played for Trefl Sopot last season. Lawrence Kinnard posted 7.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in EuroChallenge Qualifying Round. In PLK the forward delivered 8.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals per appearance. It was the second straight season with Trefl Sopot for Lawrence Kinnard. Eurobasket.com earned the player with All-Polish League Honourable Mention in 2010.
Anwil also released Marcin Nowakowski (184-PG-89). The guard joined the team at the start of the season. He averaged 1.7 points, 1.0 board and 1.0 assist per game in VTB League. In PLK Marcin Nowakowski had 1.5 points per appearance.


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  PORTUGAL   


Interview with Barreirense coach - by Bruno Baltazar
They are on the roll with 4 consecutive wins in the portuguese top league and now its time to speak with the Barreirense coach,Antonio Herrera in his first season with the team.
Only being with the team for 3 months and counting with a mix of young portuguese players with some good american guys gives a good recipe to win.

Q-You said coming to a top league and coaching it was a good step in your career ,do you still think so after these months?
Antonio Herrera -I still think ,im a young coach with still alot to learn,to be in Portugal its a great personal and coaching experience.

Q-Even thou you are still fresh in the season what do you think about the portuguese league?Positives and negatives?
Antonio Herrera -I wish the league had more teams in it and also teams would have and use more portuguese players in their teams.

Q-Are you happy with the conditions you found in Barreiro?
Antonio Herrera -Barreirense is a big team ,im very surprised with the conditions and the knowledge of basketball the directors and workers have inside the team from the youth to the pro level.

Q-You said one of your goals was also to help the youth players and youth teams ,do you feel you have been helping on that level?
Antonio Herrera -Before i joined the team i saw all the games last season and some of the under 20 team,in my opinion our young players have been developing alot from the past to this season and i dont think its coincidence ,its because of their work.

Q-You have the youngest team in the league ,do you feel like you can win trophies or compete at the highest level?
Antonio Herrera -Our average is under 22 years old ,its very young but they know they can win but they also know to achieve those goals they have to work hard daily and believe in the work we are doing.

Q-Alot of players inside Barreirense Cepsa say they are working harder then the other teams ,do you beliieve so?
Antonio Herrera -The players adapted quickly to the new method of work and way to play and i dont know if we are the team that works harder but i believe we work the most.

Q-Antonio Tavares is the player with more experience ,tell us how hes been helping with his experience?
Antonio Herrera -Its a great honor to work with him and a great help to the younger guys in the team.

Q- The games in the league so far have been lacking on people coming to the games in the arenas ,do you believe with the recent sucess and wins the team is having more people can come to Luis de Carvalho arena?
Antonio Herrera -I believe our fans like the way we play,as they see we put everything we have in each and every game,we play with big passion and we also try to put a show,and im convinced they are happy and like to come to our games,its important that fans come to our fans and support us but also understand we have young players and they need some time to achieve some goals.

He also finishes the interview believing in terms or work between Portugal and other countries he worked in the past there isnt alot of differences in work level.


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


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


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Regal Barca too strong for Union Olimpija - by Eurobasket News
FCB Regal - Union Olimpija 72-46

Regal Barca demonstrated its power against Union Olimpija beating them 72-46 at the Palau Blaugrana on Thursday night. The reigning Spanish champion keeps the first place in Group D with perfect 6-0 record. Slovenians dropped to 1-5 on the other side and they are in very difficult situation now as Galatasary and Unics won their games in this round. Barca took control on Olimpija from the beginning and never looked back. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) scored 14 points in victory, while Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) and Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) added 12 points each. In defeat, Danny Green (198-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) (5 rebs) and Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 10 points each. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) stopped to 8 pts in this meeting. Quarters: 23-16, 17-10, 23-6, 9-14. Barca goes to Gdynia next week, while Olimpija will host Montepaschi.

Barca: Juan Carlos Navarro 14, Kosta Perovic 12, Marcelinho Huertas 12
Union Olimpija: Danny Green 10+5 boards, Aleksandar Capin 10, Deon Thompson 8


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  SOUTH KOREA   


KBL Round 19: No surprise as #1 Dongbu Promy defeats SK Knights - by Eurobasket News
KBL top team - Dongbu Promy (15-3) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat sixth ranked SK Knights (8-10) in Seoul 76-66. The game was mostly controlled by Dongbu Promy. SK Knights managed to win fourth quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. The former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) helped adding 19 points. At the losing side American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dongbu Promy maintains first place with 15-3 record. SK Knights at the other side keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Dongbu Promy are looking forward to face Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan in the next round, which may be the game of the day. SK Knights will play on the road against LG Sakers in Changwon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Tenth-ranked Daegu Orions (3-14) gave a tough game to fifth ranked ET Land Elephants (9-8). The visitors from Inchon managed to secure only seven-point victory 77-70. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Hyuk Kang accounted for 22 points and 6 assists. Forward Il-Young Heo (197-85) came up with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Daegu Orions in the defeat. ET Land Elephants maintains fifth place with 9-8 record. Daegu Orions at the other side stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. ET Land Elephants will play against Mobis Phoebus (#7) in Ulsan in the next round. Daegu Orions will play at home against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC and hope to get back on the winning track.
9th ranked Samsung Thunders (4-14) were defeated at home by third ranked Anyang KGC (12-5) with the biggest margin this round 92-77 on Thursday night. Rodney White fired 29 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Ira Clark produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Samsung Thunders' coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Anyang KGC have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Samsung Thunders lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Anyang KGC will meet bottom-ranked Daegu Orions (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Samsung Thunders will play against Sonic Boom KT in Busan and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 19 LG Sakers lost to KCC Egis on the opponent's court 66-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points and 13 rebounds by Sek-Eun Oh of Anyang KGC.



Samsung Th. - Anyang KGC 77-92

9th ranked Samsung Thunders (4-14) were defeated at home by third ranked Anyang KGC (12-5) with the biggest margin this round 92-77 on Thursday night. The game without a history. Anyang KGC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American power forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) fired 29 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Four Anyang KGC players scored in double figures. American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and forward Dong-Uk Kim (195-81) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Samsung Thunders' coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Anyang KGC have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Samsung Thunders lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Anyang KGC will meet bottom-ranked Daegu Orions (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Samsung Thunders will play against Sonic Boom KT in Busan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: R.White 29+5reb+3ast, S.Oh 22+13reb, T.Kim 15+3reb+6ast, J.Lee 15+4reb+2ast, C.Park 9+1reb+4ast, S.Kim 2+1reb+1ast
Samsung Th.: I.Clark 22+13reb+3ast, D.Kim 13+3reb+5ast, E.Sandrin 9+7reb+1ast, W.Lee 9+3reb+2ast, K.Ngi 7+4reb, S.Park 5+2ast
gschID: 145696


KCC Egis - LG Sakers 77-66

Very expected game in Jeonju where 8th ranked LG Sakers (7-11) were defeated by fourth ranked KCC Egis (11-7) 77-66 on Friday. LG Sakers were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) fired 28 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American guard Tony Akins (180-80, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Court Side) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists. Four KCC Egis players scored in double figures. American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and center Jang-Hoon Seo (207-74) added 17 points respectively for lost side. KCC Egis maintains fourth place with 11-7 record. Loser LG Sakers keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. KCC Egis will meet Mobis Phoebus (#7) in the next round. LG Sakers will play against SK Knights in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: D.Sims 28+9reb, J.Lim 13+8reb+1ast, T.Akins 12+3reb+7ast, M.Jeong 10+5reb+1ast, M.Sin 9+1reb+3ast, T.Kim 3+3reb+1ast
LG Sakers: J.Seo 17+4reb+1ast, A.Haynes 15+10reb+5ast, G.Stevenson 12+5reb+3ast, H.Kim 9+1reb+8ast, I.Baek 5+2reb+1ast, H.Park 4+2reb
gschID: 145697


SK Knights - Dongbu Promy 66-76

KBL top team - Dongbu Promy (15-3) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat sixth ranked SK Knights (8-10) in Seoul 76-66. The game was mostly controlled by Dongbu Promy. SK Knights managed to win fourth quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. The former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) helped adding 19 points. Four Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and international guard Seung-Jun Lee (187-88) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dongbu Promy maintains first place with 15-3 record. SK Knights at the other side keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Dongbu Promy are looking forward to face Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan in the next round, which may be the game of the day. SK Knights will play on the road against LG Sakers in Changwon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: J.Kim 19+4reb+2ast, R.Benson 18+13reb, J.Park 13+3reb+4ast, H.Yoon 12+7reb+4ast, J.Hwang 9+3reb+5ast, J.Ahn 3+1reb+1ast
SK Knights: S.Lee 17+3reb+3ast, A.Johnson 16+15reb+2ast, H.Kim 10+3reb+5ast, J.Han 9+5reb, Y.Kwon 6, K.Hoon Byun 6+2reb
gschID: 145698


Daegu Orions - ET Land 70-77 OT

Tenth-ranked Daegu Orions (3-14) gave a tough game to fifth ranked ET Land Elephants (9-8). The visitors from Inchon managed to secure only seven-point victory 77-70. However their fans expected much easier game. Daegu Orions were ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 23-12 charge of ET Land Elephants, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period -23. ET Land Elephants made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Daegu Orions were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Hyuk Kang (188-76) accounted for 22 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Forward Il-Young Heo (197-85) came up with 23 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Jin-Soo Choi (202, college: Maryland) added 19 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Daegu Orions in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ET Land Elephants maintains fifth place with 9-8 record. Daegu Orions at the other side stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. ET Land Elephants will play against Mobis Phoebus (#7) in Ulsan in the next round. Daegu Orions will play at home against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ET Land: H.Kang 22+2reb+6ast, J.Vroman 17+14reb+3ast, H.Lee 13+5reb+1ast, T.Moon 10+5reb+4ast, H.Lee 6+5reb+3ast, D.Kang 5
Daegu Orions: I.Heo 23+9reb+2ast, J.Choi 19+9reb+1ast, Y.Park 11+5ast, C.Williams 11+3reb+10ast, M.Kim 6+3reb+1ast, S.Min 0
gschID: 145695




Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 15-3 
 2. Anyang KGC 12-5 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 12-6 
 4. KCC Egis 11-7 
 5. ET Land 9-8 
 6. SK Knights 8-10 
 7. Mobis Phoebus 7-10 
 8. LG Sakers 7-11 
 9. Samsung Th. 4-14 
 10. Daegu Orions 3-14 


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Real Madrid jumps to 4-2 in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid - Charleroi 93-89

Real Madrid had to work very hard to beat Charleroi on Thursday night. The Spanish giant celebrated 93-89 victory at the end and improved to 4-2 record in Group C of the Euroleague regular season. At the same time Charleroi dropped to 1-5. Visitors had no mercy from behind the arc in this game, especially at the beginning. However, Real Madrid players exploded when it matter most making 12-4 run at the beginning of the last period for 85-78 lead with something more than 4 minutes to go. Charleroi was not able to reply for rest of the way. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) top-scored in victory with 20 points. Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) had 16, while Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) (9 rebs) and Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) helped with 12 points each. In defeat, Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) had 18 points and Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) added one less. Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) followed them with 15 points. Quarters: 21-27, 27-19, 22-23, 23-20. Real Madrid will play in Milano next week. Charleroi will meet Anadolu Efes at home.

Real Madrid: Martynas Pocius 20, Jaycee Carroll 16, Serge Ibaka 12+9 boards, Nikola Mirotic 12
Charleroi: Christopher Hill 18, Caleb Green 17, Demond Mallet 15


Regal Barca too strong for Union Olimpija - by Eurobasket News
FCB Regal - Union Olimpija 72-46

Regal Barca demonstrated its power against Union Olimpija beating them 72-46 at the Palau Blaugrana on Thursday night. The reigning Spanish champion keeps the first place in Group D with perfect 6-0 record. Slovenians dropped to 1-5 on the other side and they are in very difficult situation now as Galatasary and Unics won their games in this round. Barca took control on Olimpija from the beginning and never looked back. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) scored 14 points in victory, while Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) and Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) added 12 points each. In defeat, Danny Green (198-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) (5 rebs) and Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 10 points each. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) stopped to 8 pts in this meeting. Quarters: 23-16, 17-10, 23-6, 9-14. Barca goes to Gdynia next week, while Olimpija will host Montepaschi.

Barca: Juan Carlos Navarro 14, Kosta Perovic 12, Marcelinho Huertas 12
Union Olimpija: Danny Green 10+5 boards, Aleksandar Capin 10, Deon Thompson 8


Reggie Williams and Caja Laboral part ways - by Natxo Mendaza
One of the most exciting signings of Caja Laboral over the summer, Reggie Williams (196-G/F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: VMI), says good-bye to the Endesa League and the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. As reported by the Spanish club today, both parts have reached an agreement to part ways. Williams, who got injured twice this season, found a very few opportunities to prove himself, and averaged just 4 points in 11 minutes per game in the domestic competition. In addition, big man Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) will be sidelined for a month after spraining the medial collateral ligament of his right knee during Thursday's Turkish Airlines Euroleague victory over Fenerbahce Ulker. Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) is expected to take his place on the active roster.

Estudiantes tab Rodrigo De La Fuente - by Eurobasket News
Estudiantes bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Rodrigo De La Fuente (200-F-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington). The deal is meant till the end of the season. Last season the forward spent in Italy. He played for Banca Tercas Teramo. Rodrigo De La Fuente tallied 9.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in Seria A. Earlier Rodrigo De La Fuente had stints with Barcelona, Benetton Treviso, Lottomatica Roma. Rodrigo De La Fuente used to play for the Spanish National Team in 1998-2004 seasons. He also used to play for U22 Spanish National Team. Eurobasket.com named Rodrigo De La Fuente into Spanish ACB All-Defensive Team in 2000 and 2004.

Diamantidis hero in Malaga, PAO wins 76-77 - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - Panathinaikos 76-77

Heartbreaking thriller was played in Malaga on Thursday night. The reigning Euroleague champion Panathinaikos grabbed 76-77 road win for 4-2 record in Group B. PAO came to Malaga after two consecutive defeats against CSKA Moscow and Bamberg. On the other side, Unicaja dropped to third place in this pool with 3-3 record.
- The game was an absolute derby with the two teams fighting until the very end and with an amazing Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) from the one hand against the Dimitris Diamantidis on the other. The greens took an early lead of ten mainly due to Sato and Smith who scored 8 points each in a first period which ended with 17-27 for Panathinaikos.
In the 2nd period though the home team with the help of their 10.000 fans and with Zoric, Valters and Garbajosa closed the gap by the end of the first half to the basket (43-45) by succeeding an awesome 26-18 over the European champions from Athens.
The 3rd period was dramatic as the score was going basket by basket with the visiting site of Panathinaikos having a slight deficit and with both teams playing with the nerves of the basketball fans as they were quite 'down' in performance (both the teams) and with many turnovers. The 3rd period ended with 57-58 (14-13) with Zoric already scoring 15 points and being by far the top performer for the Spaniards, while from Panathinaikos 3D had also 15 points followed by Sato who had 12 and Smith (in his best game in the Euroleague) with 10 points.
The 4th and final quarter was amazing as Unicaja balanced the score initially with 8.45' before the end of the game to 60-60 and the 5.48' to 64-64 and then 2.47' to 67-67 and got the lead for the first time since the beginning of the game with 68-67 with the second free throw by Rodriguez in his first points in the game. The last two minutes were 3D show time as Luka Zoric increase the deficit for his team with 1.17' to go, to 72-69 and then with just 15 seconds left Valters scored his 3rd three pointer to increase the deficit for his team to 75-71 and that was it, 3d took the ball (assist from Calathes) scored his first three pointer with 11 seconds to go, then he fouled Darden Tremmel who scored only the one of two free throws to reshape the score to 76-74 and then with less than 2 seconds to the end 3D scored another difficult three pointer with half the Spanish team overplaying him defense he was able to get the ball and throw it all the way to the Spanish net giving to his team the crucial road win with 76-77! - (by Chris Mammides)
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) scored 23 points in total, while Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) and Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) added 13 points and 6 rebounds each. Luka Zoric collected 21 pts and 6 rebounds on the other side, Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) (7 rebs) and Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) scored 13 and 11 points respectively. PAO will host Zagreb in the next round, while Unicaja goes to Kaunas.

Unicaja: Luka Zoric 21+6 boards, Tremmell Darden 13+7 boards, Kristaps Valters 11
Panathinaikos: Dimitris Diamantidis 23, Romain Sato 13+6 boards, Steven Smith 13+6 boards


Unicaja Malaga signs Mark Payne - by Eurobasket Center
Unicaja Malaga signed American guard Mark Payne (203-G-98kg, college: Cal-Davis). Payne played most recently at CB Ins Oftamologico Clinicas Rincon (LEB Gold). While playing 5 games for Clinicas Rincon this season he averaged 7.4ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.8spg. Payne graduated from University of California - Davis and it is his first season in pro basketball.



Caja Laboral beats Fenerbahce Ulker in OT, 90-85 - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral - Fenerbahce Ulker 90-85 OT

Caja Laboral celebrated crucial win against Fenerbahce Ulker on Thursday night. The home squad needed an overtime to beat their rival 90-85 staying alone on top of Group A. Both teams had 3-2 record before this meeting. Caja Laboral had a chance to win the game in regular time as they had the last possession with 24 seconds left, 73-73. It all came down to the final shot, but Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) missed from downtown at the regulation buzzer. Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) and Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) shined in extra five minutes and thanks to their points Caja Laboral jumped to 83-77 with 2:00 remaining. It was too much for Fener, who was not able to recover. Fernando San Emeterio scored 25 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for the winners. Milko Bjelica also was great adding 16 points and 7 boards, while Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) and Mirza Teletovic (5 rebs) netted 13 and 12 pts respectively. In Fener, Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) collected 19 points and 6 rebs. Oguz Savas (212-C-87) scored 14 points and Thabo Sefolosha (196-G-84, agency: ACMT) added 13 pts, plus 7 boards. Quarters: 16-14, 22-28, 16-18, 19-13, 17-12 OT. In the next round, Caja Laboral will play in Cantu, while Fenerbahce Ulker will host Olympiakos.

Caja Laboral: Fernando San Emeterio 25+8 boards, Milko Bjelica 16+7 boards, Brad Oleson 13, Mirza Teletovic 12+5 boards
Fenerbahce Ulker: Bojan Bogdanovic 19+6 boards, Oguz Savas 14, Thabo Sefolosha 13+7 boards


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


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


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


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Fenerbahce Ulker drops to 3-3 in Euroleague after overtime defeat against Caja Laboral: 90-85 - by Pervin Elgin
In Group A of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Fenerbahce Ulker put up a big fight in Spain against Caja Laboral, but remained empty handed after overtime: 90-85. Fernando San Emeterio was Ulker's nemesis with 25 points. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 10 points for Fener, Oguz Savas 14 and Thabo Sefolosha 13.

Laboral opened the first period with two jump shots. Gasper Vidmar answered for Fenerbahce. Despite the hosts strong defence Ulker kept close distance, until a three-point shot by Milko Bjelica increased the gap to six points: 14-8. Free throws by Savas and a basket by Bogdanovic put Fener back on track again: 16-14 at the end of the first.

In the second period Caja Laboral started well again and increased the difference to seven points: 26-19. Oguz Savas and Bojan Bogdanovic closed the gap to 29-27, and moments later Savas made it 32-31. Laboral took a time out and scored back to back three-pointers after that, but Thabo Sefalosha set things straight again for Ulker: 38-36. A long shot from Bogdanovic put Fenerbahce in the lead for the first time (38-39) and buzzer beating three-point shot by Sefolosha had Ulker go to the locker room with a 38-42 lead.

After mutual baskets at the start of the third period Bogdanovic sank another three-pointer to increase Fener's lead to seven points, 40-47. San Emeterio stepped up for the hosts and decreased the difference to 44-49. Miko Bjelica briefly it a three-point game, 48-51, and the game remained close up to 52-53. A basket by Savas and another buzzerbeating three-pointer, this time by James Gist, gave Fener a six point lead after 30 minutes: 54-60.

The three-point festival continued in the fourth periode with long shots by both sides. Onan scored one for Ulker, but Bjelica, San Emeterio and Prigioni scored three for Laboral, tying the game at 63-63. Bjelica put the hosts back in the lead again, 65-63, followed by a three-pointer. With less than three minutes left, Caja Laboral extented the lead to six points, 71-65, but a basket by Roko Ukic and free throws by Curtis Jerrels turned the game into a thriller: 71-69 with less than 1.5 minutes left. At 73-71 Sefolosha was fouled after a steal, an made both free throws to tie the game: 73-73 with 24 seconds left. Fenerbahce's defence did a great job in the final seconds. Laboral's final shot at the buzzer by Teletovic failed, taking the game into overtime.

Fenerbahce failed to produce scores until almost two minutes into overtime. San Emerio gave the hosts a good start by sinking a three-pointer, but after that Ulker's defence once again stood taal. Vidmar's basket made it a one-point game again: 76-75. Laboral and Ulker both made another score, and Oleson scored again for the Spanish: 80-77. Bogdanovic missed a long shot and Milko Bjelica's lay-up plus foul shot sealed Fenerbahces fate: 83-77 with one minute left. In that final minute none of the teams managed to produce scores and Laboral secured the win, conquering the first spot in Group A.

After 6 of 10 games played Fenerbahce now is 3-3 and shares second place with three other teams, including Olympiakos, next week's opponent in Istanbul.


Caja Laboral beats Fenerbahce Ulker in OT, 90-85 - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral - Fenerbahce Ulker 90-85 OT

Caja Laboral celebrated crucial win against Fenerbahce Ulker on Thursday night. The home squad needed an overtime to beat their rival 90-85 staying alone on top of Group A. Both teams had 3-2 record before this meeting. Caja Laboral had a chance to win the game in regular time as they had the last possession with 24 seconds left, 73-73. It all came down to the final shot, but Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) missed from downtown at the regulation buzzer. Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) and Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) shined in extra five minutes and thanks to their points Caja Laboral jumped to 83-77 with 2:00 remaining. It was too much for Fener, who was not able to recover. Fernando San Emeterio scored 25 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for the winners. Milko Bjelica also was great adding 16 points and 7 boards, while Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) and Mirza Teletovic (5 rebs) netted 13 and 12 pts respectively. In Fener, Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) collected 19 points and 6 rebs. Oguz Savas (212-C-87) scored 14 points and Thabo Sefolosha (196-G-84, agency: ACMT) added 13 pts, plus 7 boards. Quarters: 16-14, 22-28, 16-18, 19-13, 17-12 OT. In the next round, Caja Laboral will play in Cantu, while Fenerbahce Ulker will host Olympiakos.

Caja Laboral: Fernando San Emeterio 25+8 boards, Milko Bjelica 16+7 boards, Brad Oleson 13, Mirza Teletovic 12+5 boards
Fenerbahce Ulker: Bojan Bogdanovic 19+6 boards, Oguz Savas 14, Thabo Sefolosha 13+7 boards


Besiktas Milangaz agreed to terms with Lamar Odom - by Baha Kurtulus
Brook Lopez rejected the proposal of Besiktas and Turkish team agreed with Odom without NBA out.

Brook Lopez rejected the proposal made by Besiktas, so the Turkish team found the new NBA guy for the season (or at least until lockout ends): Lamar Odom (208-F-79, college: Rhode Island). The Lakers star agreed to terms with the Turkish team, and will team up with Deron Williams. Odom has played 12 seasons in the NBA (last seven with Los Angeles Lakers) averaging 14.6ppg, 8.9rpg and 4apg in 829 games.

If Odom will finish the season in Turkey with Besiktas, he will earn around $2M.


Courtesy of sportando.net



Pachulia leads Galatasaray to OT against Asseco Prokom - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Asseco Prokom 78-76 OT

Galatasaray made a big step forward to Top 16. The Euroleague newcomer grabbed 78-76 overtime win against Asseco Prokom for 3-3 record in Group D. The Polish champion still closes the standings in this pool with 0-6. Prokom had a chance to win this game as Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) scored one of his two free throws with 5 seconds left for 78-76 Galatasaray lead. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) went for the three but missed and the win stayed in Istanbul. Zaza Pachulia led the hosts with double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Preston Shumpert (198-G/F-79, college: Syracuse) had 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) added 12 points, plus 5 rebs. In Prokom, Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) shined with 22 points and 10 rebs (valuation 30). Oliver Lafayette and Przemyslaw Zamojski (198-G/F-86, college: Independence CC) netted 18 and 15 points respectively. Quarters: 12-14, 22-17, 12-26, 24-13, 8-6. Galatasaray goes to Kazan in the next round, while Prokom will host Barcelona.

Galatasaray: Zaza Pachulia 19+10 boards, Preston Shumpert 13+7 boards, Jamon Lukas Gordon 12+5 boards
Asseco Prokom: Donatas Motiejunas 22+10 boards, Oliver Lafayette 18, Przemyslaw Zamojski 15


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Anadolu Efes 6-0 
 2. Besiktas 6-1 
 3. Galatasaray 5-1 
 4. Turk Telekom 5-1 
 5. Erdemir 4-2 
 6. Fener.Ulker 4-2 
 7. Aliaga 4-3 
 8. Banvit BK 3-3 
 9. Tofas 3-3 
 10. Mersin 3-3 
 11. Karsiyaka 2-4 
 12. Olin Edirne 2-4 
 13. Hacettepe Univ. 1-5 
 14. Trabzonspor 1-5 
 15. Antalya 0-6 
 16. Bandirma Kir. 0-6 


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


Wolves Will Keep Feet On Ground - by Paul Nilsen
Wolves play-caller Paul James isnt getting carried away with his teams blistering start to the season.

Unbeaten in the BBL Championship and having posted the best start to a season in the clubs top-flight history, James is trying to keep his players feet on the ground by focusing on what looks to be a really tough game at One Health Sharks Sheffield tonight.

Well, they say that records are there to be broken, but from the teams point of view its just about us trying to win the next game explained James.

We know its going to be tough against a talented Sharks team which has not hit their straps yet.

Perhaps that is something of an under statement since in stark contrast to the history making Wolves, the Sharks have posted a little piece of unwanted history of their own. Namely their worst ever start to a league season.

If going 1 and 4 last weekend seemed unthinkable, the prospect of losing five of their first six games stares them in the face. They clearly have a real test in front of them in the form of a buoyant Worcester team but can at least look to former Wolves star Justin Dobbins to perhaps have the extra motivation which could fire them to a desperately needed victory.

The Wolves will also take to the floor next Tuesday night in the live Sky Sports game at Prestige Homes MK Lions and before their hosts welcome them in front of the cameras, they will get the chance to gain a confidence boost with a success over Glasgow Rocks tonight.

UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders lost narrowly to Worcester last weekend and Gavin Love takes his side to the north east for a double header looking to get back on the winning trail. His team will face league leaders Newcastle Eagles this evening and their neighbours Durham Wildcats tomorrow.

Before Durham can lock horns with the Raiders and try to extract revenge for a heavy home floor loss a few weeks ago, they must firstly match-up with the struggling Mersey Tigers.

Both respective coaches will no doubt have this one down as a great opportunity to rack up a league win and it could be an intense but fascinating struggle between the teams and the experienced Dave Elderkin and Tony Garbelotto.

Last but not least, the biggest game of the weekend is the small matter of a BBL Cup semi-final first leg between two of the form teams of the season so far. Both unbeaten in BBL Championship action, Newcastle Eagles travel to John Sandford Sports Centre tomorrow to face Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders.

The game provides the table topping Eagles with their most difficult test of the season so far and of course they will be up against former favourite Drew Sullivan who to the glee of all Riders fans, certainly has the Midas touch when it comes to delivering success.




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Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
Capital
 1. Hebraica 12-1 
 2. Defensor 10-3 
 3. Malvin 10-4 
 4. Welcome 9-6 
 5. Aguada 7-6 
 6. Trouville 7-7 
 7. Bigua 7-7 
 8. Olimpia 6-7 
 9. Guruyu Waston 6-7 
 10. Larre Borges 6-8 
 11. Montevideo 6-9 
 12. Bohemios 6-9 
 13. Un.Atletica 5-8 
 14. Cordon 5-8 
 15. Cader 4-10 
 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 2-1 
 3. Lavalleja 2-2 
 4. Maldonado 2-2 
 5. Flores Trinidad 0-3 


Welcome won with two free throws by Boston - by Hector Lopez
Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) netted two free throws, with four seconds to play during an overtime, and Welcome defeated Bohemios 89-87, (74-74) for the Uruguayan League 14th round. Boston scored 24 points with 15 rebounds and 4 assists, while Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) netted 19 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. For Bohemios, Jaycen Herring (196-G/F-86, college: SE Missouri St.) 22 points 8 rebounds and Jamaal Douglas (201-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: E.Kentucky) 12 points 10 rebounds. Trouville crushed Montevideo 72-47. For Trouville Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) 20 points 7 rebounds 2 assists, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 9 points 8 rebounds 1 block. For Montevideo, Otis Polk (206-C-88, college: Bowling Green) 12 points 22 rebounds 4 blocks and Cheyenne Moore (198-G-84, college: Georgetown, KY) 6 points 3 rebounds 1 block.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING/short version of 3 weeks - by Brandon Brown
Yoooo whats up uruguay..The last few weeks have been crazy,have'nt been able to blog because of the game schedule..When i first got got here to uruguay i didnt know what to expect from my team and vice versa.But as time went on we both got to know each other.i have a bunch of young players that have entirely to much energy,lol but its a good thing because its never a dull day with these guys,i don't know when the last time i laughed every day with my teammates.When i got here we started off a little rough but it takes time for players to get use to each other.. its funny because i had so much to say now i writers block smh.So ill give u the long story short and i promise next blog i have will be a better one,so here it it.We played the defendiing champs in malvin and beat them.It was a good win because this team Club Trouville havent beat them in aboput 3 years.its always great to come out with W in an away game,especially to the DEFENDING CHAMPS.no dis credit to them but it was a battle the entire game.lost a few games to teams we should have beat but at the end of the day i guess they just wanted it more than we did.had an opportunity to play against an old teammate of mines, Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) . S/o to one of the best agents in the game Robert Wilson (204-F/C basketballbeyondborders).and i also was able to play against a couple guys that i played against in mexico Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, college: Boston Coll.), oh yea finally won a home game i played like 3 home games and lost them all but they were good games and they all came down to the wire except for Hebraica Macabi i think thats how u spell it lol.if not dont judge me.lol. they jsut came in and layed the smack down, lord knows @drake voice. but we play them again and please believe we will redeem ourself after that lost.i guess im on my twitter flow today since today is friday so ill give a couple shout out..its my blog and i do what i want haaaaaaa. shout to Mauro Tornaria (187-G-82) aka el capitan, Claudio Bascou (189-G-89) aka runner, Nicolas Alvarez (194-G-92) que pasoooo amigooo,Martin Aguilera (197-F-87) aka angry man hahahaha cool guy off the court but when hes on the court take it easy lol. Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) mr i want the ball,pass me the ball eric cartman voice.
thats just to name a few but shout to my whole team man, big ups tpo the homie micheal gale he back on his hooping tip i heard u coming over here to uruguay.i love playin with these guys,even thos some of the get on my nerves and complain and wine in the game,i wouldnt trade them for no one..shout out to the whole uruguay man this is a nice place if u havent been here u need to come take a vacation asap.now that im done with the shout out now back to the regular scheduled program haaa.i want to wish every one a HAPPY THANKSGIVING, I know every american thats hoopin overseas wish they could have been with family.i kow i wish i was with mine.but i have an extended family here in uruguay so i guess last night dinner was my thanksgiving. i didnt have no gumbo,mack and cheese, stuffed bell peppers,sweet potato pie,turkey,dont mess with the swine aka HAM etc etc.but it is what it is. shout to eurobasket,they dont show uruguay love like they do in other countries,we need more coverage over here we have fam also that want to see updates..#justsayin. oh yea i for got to give a big shout out to my coach Cesar Somma ,real cool coach.even tho he needs to be more tougher on me on the defensive end (clearing thorat) i wouldnt rarher have another coach.got the day off today,the W last night so i guess im outta here,i promise next time ill have more to say in my next blog..i just wing this one lowkey..


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Steelers Looking the Goods in Twenty 12- Part 3 - by Eurobasket News
Over the coming week, the Western Port Steelers will be announcing the line ups of their Big V teams. Today we talk about a stalwart of the Division 2 Women?s Program, Keira Beswick.

To say that Keira ?Kiz? Beswick is one of the most loyal players in basketball would be an understatement. Kiz has been a member of the Western Port Steelers women?s program since they entered Big V back in 2008. Despite having been approached on many occasions to move to other clubs, she has remained loyal to The Steelers.

?There is always going to be opportunities (to go to other clubs)? Beswick says, ?but I have loved my time at the Steelers and have formed such great bonds with my team mates and coach.......as the old saying goes ?if it aint broke don?t fix it? which is why I stay and love the club.?

When detailing her background in basketball, it is clear that Kiz has strong pedigree, ?I played juniors at Dandenong, a season at Waverley Falcon?s Youth League and then moved to Western Port once the club put a women?s team into Big V.? That?s where her loyalty started to show, adding ?I have been involved with Western Port for around 11 years with juniors, CBL and Big V combined.?


She also spent time in the US College system, but was forced to return home early due to injury.

And it is with great pleasure to announce that Beswick has signed on for her 5th season with the Steelers Program. Her 2011 campaign was a great success, where her team made it through to another finals campaign and her own season was acknowledged by her peers when she was named All Star Five Guard at the Big V awards.

You get the sense that she actually felt lucky to have received the award, saying ?I felt very fortunate to receive the award, as I normally play the forward position, this year I took on a different role as a guard which I enjoyed. It helps when you have talented team mates who bring out the best in you.? But for those who have watched her play, being named All Star was just rewards for her outstanding and consistent season in 2011.

When asked about what the team has been able to achieve so far, Beswick was emphatic about one thing ? respect, ?it took a long time for Janine and the girls to get the recognition we deserved and are beginning to become a genuine threat to other teams. I am proud of our never say die attitude?.

It is that growing respect through out the league that the Lady Steelers will build on again in twenty12. With some new faces coming into the team and a growing determination to achieve greater success, it is clear that Beswick also has a steely resolve to go further in twenty12.

?I am very excited to meet the new girls and welcome them to the Steelers program, I?m sure they will fit right in. I think the key to a successful season is the right preparation and also to tweak things from last year, but to come back with a fresh approach. I?m hoping to keep my Captaincy role and try finding ways to keep myself, the girls and coach motivated and fit for preseason and the year.?

With that kind of talent, determination, commitment and loyalty, Kiz is well placed to join her team mates and achieve the ultimate team success. With excitement building around the club and a growing belief in what is possible, the twenty12 version of this Lady Steelers program just might produce a result one better than their 2010 Runners Up banner
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au


Dogs Win in Final Seconds - by Eurobasket News
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - A year ago Cal Poly came to the Save Mart Center and beat Fresno State in its home opener. This year, the Bulldogs got redemption by beating the Mustangs in the final seconds of the game at Mott Gym.

The 'Dogs (2-2, 0-0 WAC) knocked three-of-four free-throws in the final 11 seconds of the game to seal the victory over Cal Poly. Freshman Madison Parrish hit the first two free-throws to give the Bulldogs the lead.

The final seven minutes was a one possession ball game and the lead changed 15 times before Fresno State earned its second win of the season.

Freshman Alex Sheedy started the second half with four points and the Bulldogs regained the lead 44-41 with 18:26 left on the clock. She scored a career-high 16 points and reached double figures for the first time in a Bulldog uniform. Sheedy also led the team in rebounds with 10.

Junior Rosie Moult hit a 3-pointer to ignite an 8-2 run by Fresno State. Moult was 4-for-7 from beyond the arc and scored a total of 12 points. The run was ended by a 3-pointer from Kristina Santiago (185-F-89), who finished the night with 27 points against the Bulldogs.

Parrish answered with another 3-pointer to put the 'Dogs back up by five points with 11:27 remaining in the game. Parrish ended the game with 10 points.

Sophomore Ki-Ki Moore picked a steal and made a layup giving the' Dogs the lead 74-72 with 2:30 left in the game. The game was back and forth and not decided until the final seconds.

Fresno State opened the game with 6-2 run to take an early lead over Cal Poly. The Bulldogs had three consecutive possessions that resulted in 3-pointers and the 'Dogs lead grew to 15-9 with 16 minutes left in the first half.

Senior Blakely Goldberg came up with a steal at half court with 12:45 left in the half. Goldberg's steal sparked an 8-4 run by the 'Dogs, which increased their lead over Cal Poly 23-18. The Bulldogs largest lead of the half was nine over the Mustangs with just over 11 minutes to play in the half.
Cal Poly cut Fresno State's lead 32-31 with 6:56 left in the half and forced head coach Adrian Wiggins to call a timeout and slow the Mustangs momentum. Moore answered after the timeout with a 3-pointer to silence the Cal Poly crowd.

The Mustangs took their first lead of the game with 4:49 left in the half. Parrish drained a three to give the 'Dogs back the lead. Two defensive rebounds and a charge kept the Bulldogs in the game and didn't allow Cal Poly to pull ahead.

At the half time break the Bulldogs trailed the Mustangs 41-40. Fresno State led most of the first half, which had a total of three lead changes.

'We Are Your Team!'-- The Bulldogs travel to Texas next week for the SMU Tournament Nov. 25-26. The 'Dogs face Tennessee State in the first round of the tournament. Fresno State returns to the Save Mart Center on Dec. 1 to host Oregon. For more information on tickets call 278-DOGS.
Courtesy of: http://www.gobulldogs.com



Standings - WNBL
WNBL Standings
 1. Adelaide 8-2 
 2. Sydney UF 7-2 
 3. Bulleen B. 6-2 
 4. Townsville F. 6-4 
 5. Logan T. 5-3 
 6. Dandenong R. 5-4 
 7. Bendigo S. 4-4 
 8. Canberra C. 3-7 
 9. AIS 1-9 
 10. Waves 1-9 


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Gran Canaria too strong for Flying Foxes again - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria - Flying Foxes 66-58

Gran Canaria was better than Flying Foxes on Thursday night 66-58. Thanks to this win Granca jumped to 3-1 in Group D and already booked a ticket for the next stage. The Foxes dropped to 1-3 with no chance to advance. D'andra Moss (178-SG-88, college: VCU) led the hosts with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) had 17 points and 12 rebs, and Vanessa Ble (190-F/C-91) added 11 pts, plus 8 boards. Kachine Alexander (174-PG-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Iowa) responded with 17 points and 6 rebs in defeat. Petra Steger (177-SG-87) scored 13 and Jana Lichnerova (190-C-76) had 8 pts. Quarters: 13-14, 17-16, 17-9, 19-19. Granca will meet Lemminkainen as a guest in the next round. The Foxes will host Union Hainaut.

Gran Canaria: D'andra Moss 26+6 boards, Astou Ndour 17+12 boards, Vanessa Ble 11+8 boards
Flying Foxes: Kachine Alexander 17+6 boards, Petra Steger 13, Jana Lichnerova 8


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Standings - Women
Premier League Standings
 1. Gorizont 4-0 
 2. Minsk-2006 3-0 
 3. Olimpia 3-2 
 4. Berezina 3-2 
 5. BrGU 1-2 
 6. Victoria 1-5 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-4 


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Optimum TED celebrates valuable win against Dexia Namur - by Eurobasket News
Optimum TED - Dexia Namur 83-66

Optimum TED handed 83-66 loss to Dexia Namur in Round Four of the EuroCup regular season. Both teams had 2-1 record in Group C before this meeting. Optimum TED joined Nantes now on the first place. Gulsah Akkaya (181-F-77) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Saynur Tozlu (189-PF-86) had 16 pts and 8 rebs, while Demya Walker (193-F/C-77, college: Virginia) added 15 pts and 6 rebs. In defeat, Laurence VanMalderen (192-C-81, agency: LBM Management) shined with 22 points and 7 rebs. Ify Ibekwe (187-PF-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Arizona) had 16 pts and 8 rebs, and Stephanie Dubuc (175-G/F-85) stopped to 11 pts. Quarters: 25-20, 20-9, 18-19, 20-18. Dexia Namur waits Nantes in the next round. Optimum TED will play against AD Vagos in Portugal.

Optimum TED: Gulsah Akkaya 18+7 boards, Saynur Tozlu 16+8 boards, Demya Walker 15+6 boards
Dexia Namur: Laurence VanMalderen 22+7 boards, Ify Ibekwe 16+8 boards, Stephanie Dubuc 11


Besiktas stays alone on top of Group B - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas - Young Cats 84-77

Besiktas celebrated very valuable home win against the Young Cats on Thursday evening. The Istanbul team handed 84-77 loss to their rivals staying alone on top of Group B with 3-1 record. Young Cats dropped to second place with 2-2. Ilona Korstin (183-G/F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) exploded with 24 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts (valuation 42!). Courtney Vandersloot (173-G-89, college: Gonzaga) also was great adding 14 pts, 5 rebs and 6 assists, while Yasemin Horasan (187-F/C-83) followed them with 13 pts and 6 rebs. Visitors got 20 points, 10 rebs and 6 assists from excellent Emma Meesseman (192-C-93). Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) had 15 pts and 5 assists in this loss, while Sofie Hendrickx (186-PF-86) stopped to 9 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 20-10, 20-16, 14-28, 30-23. Besiktas goes to Sweden in the next round. Young Cats will host Dynamo-GUVD.

Besiktas: Ilona Korstin 24+15 boards, Courtney Vandersloot 14+5 boards+6 as, Yasemin Horasan 13+6 boards
Young Cats: Emma Meesseman 20+10 boards+6 as, Noemie Mayombo 15+5 as, Sofie Hendrickx 9+6 boards


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Vera Perostiyska claims NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Beroe 07 and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 29-year old center had a double-double of 32 points and seventeen rebounds, while her team was edged out by Neftochimic (5-2) 73-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Beroe 07 maintains the 2nd position in NBL. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Beroe 07 will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 5-2 record. Perostiyska turned to be Beroe 07's top player in her first season with the team. Florida International University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Perostiyska is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.8ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 12.7rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 64.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young American forward Adrienne Johnson (182-F-89, agency: LBM Management) of league's best team Dunav 8806. Johnson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds. Of course she lead Dunav 8806 to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Levski (#4, 3-4) 83-56. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Dunav 8806 consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. She plays for the best team in the league and Dunav 8806 managed to win all 7 games keeping perfect record. Johnson is a newcomer at Dunav 8806 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 27.7ppg (#1). She also registered 11.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Veronika Djikova (180-G-90) of Rilski Sportist (#6). Djikova showcased her all-around game by recording 21 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in the last round. She was a key player of Rilski Sportist, leading her team to a 80-68 win against Slavia (#7, 0-7). Rilski Sportist 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 Djikova she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Djikova has individually a great season in Bulgaria. After only 6 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.0apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anne Farrell (187-C-88) of Rilski Sportist - 24 points and 15 rebounds
5. Diana Voynova (190-F) of Dunav 8806 - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Katerina Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) of Neftochimic - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Charel Allen (181-G-86) of Dunav 8806 - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Emi Ushaguelova (181-F-89) of Rilski Sportist - 13 points and 6 rebounds
9. Juanita Ward (180-G-86) of Levski - 17 points and 7 rebounds
10. Violina Kocheva (176-G/F-91) of Dunav 8806 - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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


NBL Round 8: Neftochimic edges Beroe 07 by one point - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 8 in the NBL took place in Stara Zagora. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of second-ranked Beroe 07 (5-2) to third ranked Neftochimic (5-2) 73-72 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Beroe 07. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 1 point. Strangely Beroe 07 outrebounded Neftochimic 49-29 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Ukrainian forward Katerina Dorogobuzova (187-90, agency: LBM Management) who scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Silvia Peeva (172-79) chipped in 8 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international center Vera Perostiyska (196-82, college: FIU) produced a double-double by scoring 32 points, 17 rebounds and 8 assists for the hosts. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Beroe 07. Neftochimic is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Slavia (#7) in Sofia in the next round where they are favorite. Beroe 07 will play on the road against Levski (#4) in Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in Ruse. Top-ranked Dunav 8806 faced 4th ranked Levski. Host Dunav 8806 (7-0) smashed guests from Sofia (3-4) 83-56. American forward Adrienne Johnson (182-89, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: LBM Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds. Diana Voynova contributed with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Dunav 8806's coach Georgi Bojkov felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Juanita Ward (180-86, college: Syracuse, agency: Merit Sports) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Levski. Undefeated Dunav 8806 have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-0 record. Levski at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Dunav 8806 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Levski will play at home against the league's second-placed Beroe 07 (#2) in Stara Zagora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Slavia (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 80-68 loss to sixth ranked Rilski Sportist (2-5) in Sofia on Wednesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Anne Farrell who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds. Rilski Sportist's coach Krasimira Banova used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Neli Pasheva responded with 18 points and 6 assists. Newly promoted Rilski Sportist maintains sixth position with 2-5 record. Loser Slavia still closes the standings with seven games lost. Rilski Sportist will meet at home higher ranked Montana 2003 (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Slavia will play against Neftochimic in Burgas and hopes to get finally their first victory.



Dunav 8806 - Levski 83-56

An exciting game was played in Ruse. Top-ranked Dunav 8806 faced 4th ranked Levski. Host Dunav 8806 (7-0) smashed guests from Sofia (3-4) 83-56. The game was mostly controlled by Dunav 8806. Levski was better in fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dunav 8806 dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Levski's 38. They outrebounded Levski 39-27 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dunav 8806 players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American forward Adrienne Johnson (182-89, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: LBM Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Diana Voynova (190, college: Duquesne) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Dunav 8806 players scored in double figures. Dunav 8806's coach Georgi Bojkov felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Juanita Ward (180-86, college: Syracuse, agency: Merit Sports) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Petya Djambazka (178-77) added 14 points in the effort for Levski. Dunav 8806 have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-0 record. Levski at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Dunav 8806 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Levski will play at home against the league's second-placed Beroe 07 (#2) in Stara Zagora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Levski: J.Ward 17+7reb, P.Djambazka 14+4reb+1ast, R.Bachvarova 10+3reb+2ast, D.Naydenova 7+4reb+3ast, A.Doychinova 5+9reb+2ast, H.Ivanova 3+3ast
Dunav 8806: A.Johnson 31+10reb+2ast, V.Kocheva 16+2reb+3ast, D.Voynova 16+12reb+2ast, C.Allen 13+3reb+4ast, Z.Kostova 7+3reb+7ast, A.Kancheva 0+4reb
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Slavia - Rilski Sportist 68-80

Bottom-ranked Slavia (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 80-68 loss to sixth ranked Rilski Sportist (2-5) in Sofia on Wednesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Slavia managed to win fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Slavia 38-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Anne Farrell (187-88, college: Centenary, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds and guard Veronika Djikova (180-90) who added 21 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Rilski Sportist's coach Krasimira Banova used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. International forward Neli Pasheva (175-81) responded with 18 points and 6 assists and international center Aleksandra Delcheva (202-87) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Four Slavia players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Rilski Sportist maintains sixth position with 2-5 record. Loser Slavia still closes the standings with seven games lost. Rilski Sportist will meet at home higher ranked Montana 2003 (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Slavia will play against Neftochimic in Burgas and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Slavia: N.Pasheva 18+3reb+6ast, A.Zagorova 13+7reb+1ast, Z.Naydenova 13+3ast, A.Delcheva 12+11reb, M.Nikolova 8+3reb+1ast, A.Stoykova 2
Rilski Sportist: A.Farrell 24+15reb, V.Djikova 21+8reb+9ast, E.Ushaguelova 13+6reb+1ast, M.Ranguelova 9+2reb, K.Rudeva 7+2reb+4ast, T.Nikolova 4+1reb
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Beroe 07 - Neftochimic 72-73

The most exciting game of round 8 in the NBL took place in Stara Zagora. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of second-ranked Beroe 07 (5-2) to third ranked Neftochimic (5-2) 73-72 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Beroe 07. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 1 point. Strangely Beroe 07 outrebounded Neftochimic 49-29 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Ukrainian forward Katerina Dorogobuzova (187-90, agency: LBM Management) who scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Silvia Peeva (172-79) chipped in 8 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international center Vera Perostiyska (196-82, college: FIU) produced a double-double by scoring 32 points, 17 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international forward Zoya Stanoeva (182-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Beroe 07. Neftochimic is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Slavia (#7) in Sofia in the next round where they are favorite. Beroe 07 will play on the road against Levski (#4) in Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beroe 07: V.Perostiyska 32+17reb+8ast, Z.Stanoeva 17+5reb+4ast, K.Sowinski 8+6reb, D.Koeva 7+7reb+3ast, M.Karchovska 6+6reb+3ast, M.Ilieva 2+2reb
Neftochimic: K.Dorogobuzova 23+6reb+3ast, A.Sokolan 16+3reb+2ast, M.Zhelyazkova 15+5reb+2ast, S.Peeva 8+9reb+8ast, A.Miteva 7+1reb, M.Tsankova 2+3reb
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Standings - Women
NBL Standings
 1. Dunav 8806 7-0 
 2. Beroe 07 5-2 
 3. Neftochimic 5-2 
 4. Levski 3-4 
 5. Montana 2003 2-4 
 6. Rilski Sportist 2-5 
 7. Slavia 0-7 


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


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Cash's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old forward Swin Cash (187-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) put on an amazing game in the last round for Guangdong and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
She had a double-double of 28 points and 16 rebounds, while her team beat Henan (#10, 1-5) 81-67. Guangdong is placed at 6th position in WCBA. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Guangdong will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. Cash has many years of experience at Guangdong, through which he has constantly improved. University of Connecticut graduate has very impressive stats this year. Cash is in league's top in points (3rd best: 23.6ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 12.8rpg), assists (2nd best: 4.6apg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 62.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Lindsay Taylor (203-C-81) of Yunnan. She is American center in her first season at Yunnan. In the last game Taylor recorded impressive double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Yunnan was edged by the lower-ranked Jiangsu (#9, 3-3) 91-89. This loss caused Yunnan to drop to 3rd position in the standings. Her team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Taylor is a newcomer at Yunnan and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.5ppg (#2). She also registered 9.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Katie Mattera (202-C-82) of Zhejiang (#5). Mattera scored 23 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Zhejiang, leading her team to a 85-75 win against Bayi (#11, 0-6). Zhejiang needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Mattera has a great season in China. After only 5 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.0ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 16.2rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. YanYan Ji (182-G/F-85) of Heilongjiang - 41 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Nicky Anosike (190-C-86) of Beijing - 24 points and 7 rebounds
6. Lan Bian (185-F-86) of Zhejiang - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Dan Liu (194-C-87) of Shenyang - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Wei Wei (207-C-89) of Guangdong - 21 points and 7 rebounds
9. Camille (188-F-80) of Shanghai - 27 points and 9 rebounds
10. Siyue Qiu (177-PG-91) of Guangdong - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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Chevakata destroys SISU in EuroCup, 104-62 - by Eurobasket News
Chevakata - SISU 104-62

As expected, Chevakata was too strong for SISU in Round Four of the EuroCup regular season. Chevakata celebrated huge 104-62 victory for perfect 4-0 record in Group E. The Russian squad already booked a spot for the next stage. On the other side, SISU dropped to 0-4. Svetlana Makhlina (180-SG-85) had 17 points and 7 assists for the hosts. Maria Cherepanova (189-PF-87) had 16 pts, 6 assists and 5 rebs, while Juliya Kiseleva (200-C-85, agency: LBM Management) helped with 14 pts and 9 rebs. In SISU, Stephanie Madden (185-C-88, college: Langston) collected 20 pts and 9 rebs. Julie Kongeskov (173-F-83, college: Valdosta St.) scored 13 and Kiki Lund (177-SG-83, college: Dayton) netted 2 points less. Quarters: 27-11, 19-16, 29-21, 29-14. In the next round, Chevakata will meet Sint Kateline on the road. SISU will host Arras.

Chevakata: Svetlana Makhlina 17+7 as, Maria Cherepanova 16+6 as+5 boards, Juliya Kiseleva 14+9 boards
SISU: Stephanie Madden 20+9 boards, Julie Kongeskov 13, Kiki Lund 11


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Ilona Korstin gets MVP of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Russian swingman Ilona Korstin (183-G/F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had an amazing evening in the last round for Besiktas and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 31-year old Korstin had a double-double of 24 points and fifteen rebounds, while her team beat Young Cats (2-2) 84-77. It allowed Besiktas to consolidate first place in the Eurocup Group B (3-1). Korstin had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for her as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Ilona Korstin averages 11.7ppg and 7.7rpg after three games.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American shooting guard Ashley Shields (180-SG-85) of Maccabi Ashdod. Shields impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Maccabi Ashdod lost that game 74-85 to Kayseri (3-1). Maccabi Ashdod dropped to 1-3 in Group F. Shields is a newcomer at Maccabi Ashdod and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) of Young Cats. Meesseman showcased her all-around game by recording 20 points, ten rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Meesseman's great performance Young Cats lost 77-84 to Besiktas. But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Young Cats needs is to lose another game like this one (2-2). Meesseman has a very solid season. In 3 games in Eurocup she scored 14.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Amanda Zahui (190-C-93) of Telge - 27 points and 10 rebounds
5. Courtney Vandersloot (173-G-89) of Besiktas - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Petra Stampalija (189-C-80) of Union Hainaut - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Nadezhda Grishaeva (195-PF-89) of Arras - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Natalia Myasoedova (193-C-87) of Dynamo-GUVD - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. D'andra Moss (178-SG-88) of Gran Canaria - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Monika Grigalauskyte (190-PF-92) of Lemminkainen - 14 points and 15 rebounds

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


Round Four review - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Botas - Lombos Quinta 80-47
Botas registered fourth straight win in Group A of the EuroCup regular season. This time Botas blasted Lombos Quinta 80-47 for 4-0 record and the Turkish squad already booked a ticket for the next stage. On the other side, Lombos Quinta dropped to 1-4 and lost all chances to reach the next phase. Monica Wright (180-F-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia) led the winners in scoring with 19 points. Quianna Chaney (180-G/F-86, college: LSU) had 13 points, while Courtney Paris (193-C-87, college: Oklahoma) added 10 pts and 13 rebs. In the loosing squad, Lisa Lee (183-F-84, college: Charleston) delivered 17 pts. Paula Muxiri (184-F/C-81, college: ODU) and Larisse Lima (177-G-88) (5 rebs) had 9 and 7 pts respectively. Quarters: 28-10, 8-10, 26-12, 18-15. In the next round Botas will meet Gorizont on the road. Lombos Quinta will host Dynamo Moscow.

Dynamo M. - Gorizont 67-73
Great win for Gorizont in Round Four of the EuroCup regular season. The Belarusian squad outplayed Dynamo in Moscow 67-73 for 2-3 record in Group A. At the same time, Dynamo dropped to 2-2. Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) led Gorizont with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Viktoriya Hasper (193-C-88) and Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) added 17 and 16 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Svetlana Maksimenko (183-PF-82, agency: LBM Management) had 15 points and 6 rebs. Anna Leshovceva (182-PF-87) and Elena Kharchenko (194-C-83, agency: LBM Management) (7 rebs) had 14 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 14-22, 24-16, 14-20, 15-15. In the next round, Gorizont will host Botas. Dynamo will meet Lobos Quinta on the road.

Group B
Dynamo-GUVD - Telge 85-72
Valuable home win for Dynamo-GUVD. Both teams had 1-2 record in Group B before this meeting (EuroCup). Dynamo increased its chances to reach the next stage as they jumped to 2-2 and there are two more rounds to be played. Natalia Myasoedova (193-C-87) led the hosts with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) scored 15 points and 5 rebs, while Elena Mishkareva (171-G-87) added 14 pts. In Telge, Amanda Zahui (190-C-93) shined with double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) (5 rebs) scored 19 points, while Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-SG-91) had 13 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 30-23, 15-13, 18-20, 22-16. Dynamo will meet Young Cats in Belgium in the next round. Telge waits Besiktas.

Besiktas - Young Cats 84-77
Besiktas celebrated very valuable home win against the Young Cats on Thursday evening. The Istanbul team handed 84-77 loss to their rivals staying alone on top of Group B with 3-1 record. Young Cats dropped to second place with 2-2. Ilona Korstin (183-G/F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) exploded with 24 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts (valuation 42!). Courtney Vandersloot (173-G-89, college: Gonzaga) also was great adding 14 pts, 5 rebs and 6 assists, while Yasemin Horasan (187-F/C-83) followed them with 13 pts and 6 rebs. Visitors got 20 points, 10 rebs and 6 assists from excellent Emma Meesseman (192-C-93). Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) had 15 pts and 5 assists in this loss, while Sofie Hendrickx (186-PF-86) stopped to 9 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 20-10, 20-16, 14-28, 30-23. Besiktas goes to Sweden in the next round. Young Cats will host Dynamo-GUVD.

Group C
Nantes - AD Vagos 66-54
Nantes registered third victory in EuroCup regular season. The French squad handed 66-54 loss to AD Vagos for 3-1 record in Group C (1st place). On the other side, the Portuguese team stays winless after four games. Doriane Tahane (191-C-89) led the hosts with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Johanne Gomis (178-SG-85) scored 14 points, while Lenae Williams (182-G/F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: De Paul) (8 rebs, 6 as) and Caroline Aubert (168-PG-80, college: Colorado) (6 rebs, 7 as) had 10 points each. In AD Vagos, Flavia Santos (187-C-82) collected 19 points and 7 rebs. Their second scorer was Lilian Goncalves (186-F-79) with 12 pts. Quarters: 25-13, 15-15, 17-16, 9-10. In the next round, Nantes will meet Dexia Namur on the road. AD Vagos waits Optimum TED.

Optimum TED - Dexia Namur 83-66
Optimum TED handed 83-66 loss to Dexia Namur in Round Four of the EuroCup regular season. Both teams had 2-1 record in Group C before this meeting. Optimum TED joined Nantes now on the first place. Gulsah Akkaya (181-F-77) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Saynur Tozlu (189-PF-86) had 16 pts and 8 rebs, while Demya Walker (193-F/C-77, college: Virginia) added 15 pts and 6 rebs. In defeat, Laurence VanMalderen (192-C-81, agency: LBM Management) shined with 22 points and 7 rebs. Ify Ibekwe (187-PF-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Arizona) had 16 pts and 8 rebs, and Stephanie Dubuc (175-G/F-85) stopped to 11 pts. Quarters: 25-20, 20-9, 18-19, 20-18. Dexia Namur waits Nantes in the next round. Optimum TED will play against AD Vagos in Portugal.

Group D
Union Hainaut - Lemminkainen 79-64
Union Hainaut secured a ticket for the second stage of EuroCup. The French team outplayed Lemminkainen on Wednesday night 79-64 for perfect 4-0 record in Group D. On the other side, Lithuanians dropped to 0-4. Emilie Silbande (178-SG-81) came up with 24 points for the winners. Amanda Houts (168-PG-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Georgia) scored 18, while Petra Stampalija (189-C-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 17 pts, 11 rebs and 8 assists. In Lemminkainen, Monika Grigalauskyte (190-PF-92) had double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds. Rita Milieskiene (175-PG-78) and Gabriele Gutkauskaite (172-PG-90) scored 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 20-17, 20-12, 15-14, 24-21. Union Hainaut goes to Austria in the next round. Lemminkainen waits Gran Canaria.

Gran Canaria - Fl.Foxes 66-58
Gran Canaria was better than Flying Foxes on Thursday night 66-58. Thanks to this win Granca jumped to 3-1 in Group D and already booked a ticket for the next stage. The Foxes dropped to 1-3 with no chance to advance. D'andra Moss (178-SG-88, college: VCU) led the hosts with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) had 17 points and 12 rebs, and Vanessa Ble (190-F/C-91) added 11 pts, plus 8 boards. Kachine Alexander (174-PG-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Iowa) responded with 17 points and 6 rebs in defeat. Petra Steger (177-SG-87) scored 13 and Jana Lichnerova (190-C-76) had 8 pts. Quarters: 13-14, 17-16, 17-9, 19-19. Granca will meet Lemminkainen as a guest in the next round. The Foxes will host Union Hainaut.
Group E
Chevakata - SISU 104-62
As expected, Chevakata was too strong for SISU in Round Four of the EuroCup regular season. Chevakata celebrated huge 104-62 victory for perfect 4-0 record in Group E. The Russian squad already booked a spot for the next stage. On the other side, SISU dropped to 0-4. Svetlana Makhlina (180-SG-85) had 17 points and 7 assists for the hosts. Maria Cherepanova (189-PF-87) had 16 pts, 6 assists and 5 rebs, while Juliya Kiseleva (200-C-85, agency: LBM Management) helped with 14 pts and 9 rebs. In SISU, Stephanie Madden (185-C-88, college: Langston) collected 20 pts and 9 rebs. Julie Kongeskov (173-F-83, college: Valdosta St.) scored 13 and Kiki Lund (177-SG-83, college: Dayton) netted 2 points less. Quarters: 27-11, 19-16, 29-21, 29-14. In the next round, Chevakata will meet Sint Kateline on the road. SISU will host Arras.

Arras - Sint Kateline 73-37
Arras jumped to 3-1 record in Group E of the EuroCup regular season. They blasted Sint Kateline at home and most probably already booked a spot for the next stage. On the other side, Sint Kateline slipped to 1-3 record in this pool. Nadezhda Grishaeva (195-PF-89) had double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Gabriela Marginean (182-F-87, college: Drexel) scored 17 points and Joyce Cousseins-Smith (165-PG-88) had 9 pts. In Sint Kateline, Sara Leemans (178-SF-88) was the leading scorer with just 9 points (5 rebs). Miete Celus (175-G-91) had one less. Quarters: 16-10, 23-8, 14-2, 20-17. Arras goes to Denmark in the next round, where they will meet SISU. Sint Kateline will host Russian Chevakata.
Group F
Kayseri - Maccabi Ashdod 85-74
Kayseri secured a ticket for the next stage of EuroCup. The Turkish squad was once again better than Maccabi Ashdod handing them 85-74 loss. So, Kayseri jumped to 3-1 in Group E, while Maccabi dropped to 1-3 with no chance to advance, despite there are two more rounds to be played. Dila Askin (177-G/F-87) scored 20 points in victory and Aysun Yararbas (186-F-91) added 15. Esra Ural (198-C-91) collected 10 points and 10 rebs. In defeat, Ashley Shields (180-SG-85, college: SW Tenn.St.CC) shined with 32 pts and 11 rebs. Meirav Dori (178-SG-86) and Plenette Pierson (188-PF-81, college: Texas Tech) (8 rebs, 5 as) had 16 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 22-11, 26-20, 22-15, 15-28. Kayseri will meet Olimpia as a guests in the next round. Maccabi Ashdod will play at home against Dynamo Kursk.

Group G
MBK Ruzomb. - Partizan 71-66 OT
MBK Ruzomberok celebrated crucial 71-66 OT win against Partizan in Round Four of the EuroCup regular season. Both teams had 2-1 record before this meeting, so Ruza stays alone on top of this pool. Partizan slipped to second place. Carmen Guzman (172-SG-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) paced the home squad to victory with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) had 12 points and 6 rebs, while Ann Andersson (185-F-80, agency: Promotex, college: Minnesota) and Lucia Laskova (187-F/C-80) (5 rebs) netted 10 points each. In Partizan, Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82) delivered 21 points. Alicia Gladden (178-F-85, college: Florida St.) (7 rebs) and Tamara Radocaj (170-PG-87) (5 rebs) netted 15 and 11 pts. Quarters: 10-15, 18-17, 9-15, 21-11, 13-8 OT. Ruzomberok will meet Helios on the road in Round Five. Partizan will host Landes.

Landes - Helios 74-63
Landes celebrated very valuable home win against Helios on Thursday evening. Both teams had 1-2 record before this meeting in Group G of the EuroCup. Landes is now has better chance to reach the next stage. Anais Le Gluher (175-SG-82) led the winners with 20 points. Katarina Manic (181-PG-80) had 13 points and 5 assists, while Jennifer Humphrey (191-C-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Kentucky) added 11 pts and 5 rebs. Whitney Boddie (173-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) responded with 25 points and 5 rebs in defeat. Shyra Ely (188-F-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) (8 rebs) and Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 and 13 pts respectively. Quarters: 15-16, 24-15, 17-17, 18-15. In the next round, Landes will meet Partizan on the road. Helios waits MBK Ruzomberok.

Group H
Spartak N. - Elitzur Ramla 58-74
Elitzur Ramla jumped to 3-0 record in Group H of the EuroCup regular season. The defending champion already booked a spot for the next stage. On the other side, Spartak Noginsk dropped to 0-3 having no chance to advance. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) paced visitors with 18 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin (189-C-70, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: St.Edward's) had 12 pts, plus 8 boards. Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) followed them with 10 points. In Spartak, Snezana Aleksic (173-G-89) had 14, Yulia Khodzhayan (172-G-84) 12 and Marina Ivanova (181-SF-86) had 10 pts, plus 5 rebs in this defeat. Quarters: 16-15, 14-19, 13-26, 15-14. Elitzur Ramla is free in the next round. Spartak Noginsk goes to Mondeville.


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Cheryl Ford claims Euroleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had an amazing evening in the last round for Familia Schio and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 30-year old power forward had a double-double of 18 points and fifteen rebounds, while her team beat Tarbes (#7, 0-6), the league's bottom-ranked team 75-66. Familia Schio is placed at 3rd position in Euroleague group B. Familia Schio 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 3-3 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Ford as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Louisiana Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ford is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 8.8rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old former international forward Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86) of league's best team Fenerbahce. McCoughtry impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Fenerbahce cruised to a 77-69 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Perfumerias (#2, 5-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group B. Fenerbahce consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. A very good start of the season for her team, which won so far all 6 games without any defeat. McCoughtry is a newcomer at Fenerbahce and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) of second-ranked Perfumerias. Bonner scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Bonner's great performance Perfumerias lost 69-77 to #1 ranked Fenerbahce. But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Perfumerias had another 'accident'. It may be a crucial gamestill good, but 1st lost game is hopefully really an accident. Bonner's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Bonner has a great season in Euroleague. After only 5 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.0ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) of Bourges - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Natalia Vieru (197-C-89) of Dobri Anjeli - 16 points and 14 rebounds
6. Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83) of Ros Casares - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Candace Parker (193-F/C-86) of UMMC - 19 points and 6 rebounds
8. Jolene Anderson (175-SG-86) of Lotos Gdynia - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Katie Douglas (185-G/F-79) of Nadezhda O. - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Nicole Powell (188-G/F-82) of Wisla Can-Pak - 22 points and 5 rebounds

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


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Landes outplays Helios in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Landes - Helios 74-63

Landes celebrated very valuable home win against Helios on Thursday evening. Both teams had 1-2 record before this meeting in Group G of the EuroCup. Landes is now has better chance to reach the next stage. Anais Le Gluher (175-SG-82) led the winners with 20 points. Katarina Manic (181-PG-80) had 13 points and 5 assists, while Jennifer Humphrey (191-C-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Kentucky) added 11 pts and 5 rebs. Whitney Boddie (173-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) responded with 25 points and 5 rebs in defeat. Shyra Ely (188-F-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) (8 rebs) and Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 and 13 pts respectively. Quarters: 15-16, 24-15, 17-17, 18-15. In the next round, Landes will meet Partizan on the road. Helios waits MBK Ruzomberok.

Landes: Anais Le Gluher 20, Katarina Manic 13+5 as, Jennifer Humphrey 11+5 boards
Helios: Whitney Boddie 25+5 boards, Shyra Ely 14+8 boards, Anastasia Kostaki 13


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Elitzur Ramla cruises past Spartak in Noginsk - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Noginsk - Elitzur Ramla 58-74

Elitzur Ramla jumped to 3-0 record in Group H of the EuroCup regular season. The defending champion already booked a spot for the next stage. On the other side, Spartak Noginsk dropped to 0-3 having no chance to advance. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) paced visitors with 18 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin (189-C-70, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: St.Edward's) had 12 pts, plus 8 boards. Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) followed them with 10 points. In Spartak, Snezana Aleksic (173-G-89) had 14, Yulia Khodzhayan (172-G-84) 12 and Marina Ivanova (181-SF-86) had 10 pts, plus 5 rebs in this defeat. Quarters: 16-15, 14-19, 13-26, 15-14. Elitzur Ramla is free in the next round. Spartak Noginsk goes to Mondeville.

Spartak Noginsk: Snezana Aleksic 14, Yulia Khodzhayan 12, Marina Ivanova 10+5 boards
Elitzur Ramla: Shay Doron 18, Taj McWilliams-Franklin 12+8 boards, Ana Turcinovic 10


Kayseri better than Maccabi Ashdod 85-74 - by Eurobasket News
Kayseri - Maccabi Ashdod 85-74

Kayseri secured a ticket for the next stage of EuroCup. The Turkish squad was once again better than Maccabi Ashdod handing them 85-74 loss. So, Kayseri jumped to 3-1 in Group E, while Maccabi dropped to 1-3 with no chance to advance, despite there are two more rounds to be played. Dila Askin (177-G/F-87) scored 20 points in victory and Aysun Yararbas (186-F-91) added 15. Esra Ural (198-C-91) collected 10 points and 10 rebs. In defeat, Ashley Shields (180-SG-85, college: SW Tenn.St.CC) shined with 32 pts and 11 rebs. Meirav Dori (178-SG-86) and Plenette Pierson (188-PF-81, college: Texas Tech) (8 rebs, 5 as) had 16 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 22-11, 26-20, 22-15, 15-28. Kayseri will meet Olimpia as a guests in the next round. Maccabi Ashdod will play at home against Dynamo Kursk.

Kayseri: Dila Askin 20, Aysun Yararbas 15, Esra Ural 10+10 boards
Maccabi Ashdod: Ashley Shields 32+11 boards, Meirav Dori 16, Plenette Pierson 10+8 boards+5 as


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Standings - LMKL
LMKL Standings
 1. VICI-Aistes 7-0 
 2. Sirenos 4-3 
 3. LKKA-Aistes 4-3 
 4. Lemminkainen 4-3 
 5. Kibirkstis-Tiche 3-4 
 6. Utena 3-4 
 7. Suduva 2-5 
 8. Ruta Siauliai 1-6 


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Botas defeats Lombos Quinta 80-47 - by Eurobasket News
Botas - Lombos Quinta 80-47

Botos registered fourth straight win in Group A of the EuroCup regular season. This time Botas blasted Lombos Quinta 80-47 for 4-0 record and the Turkish squad already booked a ticket for the next stage. On the other side, Lombos Quinta dropped to 1-4 and lost all chances to reach the next phase. Monica Wright (180-F-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia) led the winners in scoring with 19 points. Quianna Chaney (180-G/F-86, college: LSU) had 13 points, while Courtney Paris (193-C-87, college: Oklahoma) added 10 pts and 13 rebs. In the loosing squad, Lisa Lee (183-F-84, college: Charleston) delivered 17 pts. Paula Muxiri (184-F/C-81, college: ODU) and Larisse Lima (177-G-88) (5 rebs) had 9 and 7 pts respectively. Quarters: 28-10, 8-10, 26-12, 18-15. In the next round Botas will meet Gorizont on the road. Lombos Quinta will host Dynamo Moscow.

Botas: Monica Wright 19, Quianna Chaney 13, Courtney Paris 10+13 boards
Lombos Quinta: Lisa Lee 17, Paula Muxiri 9, Larisse Lima 7+5 boards


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Dynamo-GUVD hands 85-72 to Telge - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo-GUVD - Telge 85-72

Valuable home win for Dynamo-GUVD. Both teams had 1-2 record in Group B before this meeting (EuroCup). Dynamo increased its chances to reach the next stage as they jumped to 2-2 and there are two more rounds to be played. Natalia Myasoedova (193-C-87) led the hosts with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) scored 15 points and 5 rebs, while Elena Mishkareva (171-G-87) added 14 pts. In Telge, Amanda Zahui (190-C-93) shined with double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) (5 rebs) scored 19 points, while Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-SG-91) had 13 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 30-23, 15-13, 18-20, 22-16. Dynamo will meet Young Cats in Belgium in the next round. Telge waits Besiktas.

Dynamo-GUVD: Natalia Myasoedova 22+6 boards, Tatiana Petrushina 15+5 boards, Elena Mishkareva 14
Telge: Amanda Zahui 27+10 boards, Binta Drammeh 18+5 boards, Cleopatra Forsman-Goga 13+6 boards


Chevakata destroys SISU in EuroCup, 104-62 - by Eurobasket News
Chevakata - SISU 104-62

As expected, Chevakata was too strong for SISU in Round Four of the EuroCup regular season. Chevakata celebrated huge 104-62 victory for perfect 4-0 record in Group E. The Russian squad already booked a spot for the next stage. On the other side, SISU dropped to 0-4. Svetlana Makhlina (180-SG-85) had 17 points and 7 assists for the hosts. Maria Cherepanova (189-PF-87) had 16 pts, 6 assists and 5 rebs, while Juliya Kiseleva (200-C-85, agency: LBM Management) helped with 14 pts and 9 rebs. In SISU, Stephanie Madden (185-C-88, college: Langston) collected 20 pts and 9 rebs. Julie Kongeskov (173-F-83, college: Valdosta St.) scored 13 and Kiki Lund (177-SG-83, college: Dayton) netted 2 points less. Quarters: 27-11, 19-16, 29-21, 29-14. In the next round, Chevakata will meet Sint Kateline on the road. SISU will host Arras.

Chevakata: Svetlana Makhlina 17+7 as, Maria Cherepanova 16+6 as+5 boards, Juliya Kiseleva 14+9 boards
SISU: Stephanie Madden 20+9 boards, Julie Kongeskov 13, Kiki Lund 11


Elitzur Ramla cruises past Spartak in Noginsk - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Noginsk - Elitzur Ramla 58-74

Elitzur Ramla jumped to 3-0 record in Group H of the EuroCup regular season. The defending champion already booked a spot for the next stage. On the other side, Spartak Noginsk dropped to 0-3 having no chance to advance. Shay Doron (175-SG-85, college: Maryland) paced visitors with 18 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin (189-C-70, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: St.Edward's) had 12 pts, plus 8 boards. Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) followed them with 10 points. In Spartak, Snezana Aleksic (173-G-89) had 14, Yulia Khodzhayan (172-G-84) 12 and Marina Ivanova (181-SF-86) had 10 pts, plus 5 rebs in this defeat. Quarters: 16-15, 14-19, 13-26, 15-14. Elitzur Ramla is free in the next round. Spartak Noginsk goes to Mondeville.

Spartak Noginsk: Snezana Aleksic 14, Yulia Khodzhayan 12, Marina Ivanova 10+5 boards
Elitzur Ramla: Shay Doron 18, Taj McWilliams-Franklin 12+8 boards, Ana Turcinovic 10


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WKBL Round 13 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Fifth-ranked Cool Cats (4-8) gave a tough game to first ranked S-Birds (10-2) in Bucheon on Thursday. The visitors from Anshan managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Young-Suk Kang stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. S-Birds have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-2 record. Cool Cats at the other side keep the fifth position with eight games lost. S-Birds will face Bichumi (#4) in Yongin in the next round. Cool Cats will play at home against KB Stars in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists by Jung Ja Sin of Winnus.



Woori Hansae - Bichumi 63-76

Rather expected game in Chuncheon where 6th ranked Woori Hansae (1-12) was defeated by fourth ranked Bichumi (7-6) 76-63 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Bichumi. Woori Hansae was better in third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bichumi dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Woori Hansae's 22. Strangely Woori Hansae outrebounded Bichumi 39-26 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. International forward Jung-Eun Park (180-77) stepped up and scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and international guard Mi Sun Lee (175-79) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Bichumi players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Hye-Yoon Bae (182-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Eun-Hye Kim (182-82) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Bichumi maintains fourth place with 7-6 record. Woori Hansae lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Bichumi will face league's leader S-Birds in Anshan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Woori Hansae will play at home against Cool Cats (#5) in Bucheon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Woori Hansae: E.Kim 16+9reb, H.Bae 10+14reb+5ast, H.Park 10+4reb+3ast, %PlayerNameByLink% 9+1reb+1ast, A.Go 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Lim 6+2reb
Bichumi: S.Lee 21+6reb, J.Park 16+6reb+7ast, M.Sun Lee 15+6reb+7ast, Y.Lee 10+3reb, B.Hong 7+2reb+1ast, T.Park 4+1reb
gschID: 146831


Winnus - Bichumi 70-67

Rather predictable result in Guri where second ranked Winnus (8-4) edged 4th placed Bichumi (7-6) 70-67 on Wednesday. Bichumi was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 20-12 charge of Winnus, which allowed them to win the game. International power forward Jung Ja Sin (185-80) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Chae-Jin Han (174-84) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side international forward Jung-Eun Park (180-77) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Mi Sun Lee (175-79) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 assists and 6 steals. Four Bichumi players scored in double figures. Winnus maintains second place with 8-4 record having just two points less than leader S-Birds. Bichumi lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with six games lost. Winnus will face KB Stars (#3) in Seoul in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Bichumi will play at home against the league's leader S-Birds in Anshan.
Top scorers:
Bichumi: J.Park 17+7reb+2ast, S.Lee 13+5reb, K.Roberson 12+4reb+2ast, M.Sun Lee 10+10ast, T.Park 9+1reb, Y.Lee 6+8reb
Winnus: J.Ja Sin 21+13reb+5ast, C.Han 19+6reb+1ast, J.Kwak 11+6reb+1ast, B.Kim 7+3reb+1ast, E.Joo Cho 7+3reb+2ast, K.Lee 5+3reb+8ast
gschID: 146829


Cool Cats - S-Birds 80-81 OT

Fifth-ranked Cool Cats (4-8) gave a tough game to first ranked S-Birds (10-2) in Bucheon on Thursday. The visitors from Anshan managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Cool Cats were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 19-17 charge of S-Birds, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 8-7. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when S-Birds made 7 blocks. The former international center Young-Suk Kang (187-81) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and international forward Danbi Kim (180-90) chipped in 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Four S-Birds players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Jung-Eun Kim (180-87) responded with 32 points and center Yun-Ha Heo (183-79) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. S-Birds have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-2 record. Cool Cats at the other side keep the fifth position with eight games lost. S-Birds will face Bichumi (#4) in Yongin in the next round. Cool Cats will play at home against KB Stars in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cool Cats: J.Kim 32+4reb+3ast, Y.Heo 17+11reb+4ast, J.Kim 13+6reb+6ast, J.Yang 6+7reb, J.Gang 6+4reb, H.Park 6+4reb+1ast
S-Birds: Y.Kang 24+14reb+2ast, E.Ha 19+12reb+1ast, D.Kim 17+12reb+4ast, Y.Lee 11+1ast, Y.Choi 7+7reb+3ast, Y.Kim 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 146830




Standings - WKBL
WKBL Standings
 1. S-Birds 10-2 
 2. Winnus 8-4 
 3. KB Stars 7-5 
 4. Bichumi 7-6 
 5. Cool Cats 4-8 
 6. Woori Hansae 1-12 


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Gran Canaria too strong for Flying Foxes again - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria - Flying Foxes 66-58

Gran Canaria was better than Flying Foxes on Thursday night 66-58. Thanks to this win Granca jumped to 3-1 in Group D and already booked a ticket for the next stage. The Foxes dropped to 1-3 with no chance to advance. D'andra Moss (178-SG-88, college: VCU) led the hosts with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) had 17 points and 12 rebs, and Vanessa Ble (190-F/C-91) added 11 pts, plus 8 boards. Kachine Alexander (174-PG-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Iowa) responded with 17 points and 6 rebs in defeat. Petra Steger (177-SG-87) scored 13 and Jana Lichnerova (190-C-76) had 8 pts. Quarters: 13-14, 17-16, 17-9, 19-19. Granca will meet Lemminkainen as a guest in the next round. The Foxes will host Union Hainaut.

Gran Canaria: D'andra Moss 26+6 boards, Astou Ndour 17+12 boards, Vanessa Ble 11+8 boards
Flying Foxes: Kachine Alexander 17+6 boards, Petra Steger 13, Jana Lichnerova 8


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Dynamo-GUVD hands 85-72 to Telge - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo-GUVD - Telge 85-72

Valuable home win for Dynamo-GUVD. Both teams had 1-2 record in Group B before this meeting (EuroCup). Dynamo increased its chances to reach the next stage as they jumped to 2-2 and there are two more rounds to be played. Natalia Myasoedova (193-C-87) led the hosts with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) scored 15 points and 5 rebs, while Elena Mishkareva (171-G-87) added 14 pts. In Telge, Amanda Zahui (190-C-93) shined with double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) (5 rebs) scored 19 points, while Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-SG-91) had 13 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 30-23, 15-13, 18-20, 22-16. Dynamo will meet Young Cats in Belgium in the next round. Telge waits Besiktas.

Dynamo-GUVD: Natalia Myasoedova 22+6 boards, Tatiana Petrushina 15+5 boards, Elena Mishkareva 14
Telge: Amanda Zahui 27+10 boards, Binta Drammeh 18+5 boards, Cleopatra Forsman-Goga 13+6 boards


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Landes outplays Helios in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Landes - Helios 74-63

Landes celebrated very valuable home win against Helios on Thursday evening. Both teams had 1-2 record before this meeting in Group G of the EuroCup. Landes is now has better chance to reach the next stage. Anais Le Gluher (175-SG-82) led the winners with 20 points. Katarina Manic (181-PG-80) had 13 points and 5 assists, while Jennifer Humphrey (191-C-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Kentucky) added 11 pts and 5 rebs. Whitney Boddie (173-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) responded with 25 points and 5 rebs in defeat. Shyra Ely (188-F-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) (8 rebs) and Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 14 and 13 pts respectively. Quarters: 15-16, 24-15, 17-17, 18-15. In the next round, Landes will meet Partizan on the road. Helios waits MBK Ruzomberok.

Landes: Anais Le Gluher 20, Katarina Manic 13+5 as, Jennifer Humphrey 11+5 boards
Helios: Whitney Boddie 25+5 boards, Shyra Ely 14+8 boards, Anastasia Kostaki 13


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  TURKEY - Women  


Besiktas stays alone on top of Group B - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas - Young Cats 84-77

Besiktas celebrated very valuable home win against the Young Cats on Thursday evening. The Istanbul team handed 84-77 loss to their rivals staying alone on top of Group B with 3-1 record. Young Cats dropped to second place with 2-2. Ilona Korstin (183-G/F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) exploded with 24 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts (valuation 42!). Courtney Vandersloot (173-G-89, college: Gonzaga) also was great adding 14 pts, 5 rebs and 6 assists, while Yasemin Horasan (187-F/C-83) followed them with 13 pts and 6 rebs. Visitors got 20 points, 10 rebs and 6 assists from excellent Emma Meesseman (192-C-93). Noemie Mayombo (170-PG-91, agency: LBM Management) had 15 pts and 5 assists in this loss, while Sofie Hendrickx (186-PF-86) stopped to 9 pts and 6 rebs. Quarters: 20-10, 20-16, 14-28, 30-23. Besiktas goes to Sweden in the next round. Young Cats will host Dynamo-GUVD.

Besiktas: Ilona Korstin 24+15 boards, Courtney Vandersloot 14+5 boards+6 as, Yasemin Horasan 13+6 boards
Young Cats: Emma Meesseman 20+10 boards+6 as, Noemie Mayombo 15+5 as, Sofie Hendrickx 9+6 boards


Optimum TED celebrates valuable win against Dexia Namur - by Eurobasket News
Optimum TED - Dexia Namur 83-66

Optimum TED handed 83-66 loss to Dexia Namur in Round Four of the EuroCup regular season. Both teams had 2-1 record in Group C before this meeting. Optimum TED joined Nantes now on the first place. Gulsah Akkaya (181-F-77) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Saynur Tozlu (189-PF-86) had 16 pts and 8 rebs, while Demya Walker (193-F/C-77, college: Virginia) added 15 pts and 6 rebs. In defeat, Laurence VanMalderen (192-C-81, agency: LBM Management) shined with 22 points and 7 rebs. Ify Ibekwe (187-PF-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Arizona) had 16 pts and 8 rebs, and Stephanie Dubuc (175-G/F-85) stopped to 11 pts. Quarters: 25-20, 20-9, 18-19, 20-18. Dexia Namur waits Nantes in the next round. Optimum TED will play against AD Vagos in Portugal.

Optimum TED: Gulsah Akkaya 18+7 boards, Saynur Tozlu 16+8 boards, Demya Walker 15+6 boards
Dexia Namur: Laurence VanMalderen 22+7 boards, Ify Ibekwe 16+8 boards, Stephanie Dubuc 11


Botas defeats Lombos Quinta 80-47 - by Eurobasket News
Botas - Lombos Quinta 80-47

Botos registered fourth straight win in Group A of the EuroCup regular season. This time Botas blasted Lombos Quinta 80-47 for 4-0 record and the Turkish squad already booked a ticket for the next stage. On the other side, Lombos Quinta dropped to 1-4 and lost all chances to reach the next phase. Monica Wright (180-F-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia) led the winners in scoring with 19 points. Quianna Chaney (180-G/F-86, college: LSU) had 13 points, while Courtney Paris (193-C-87, college: Oklahoma) added 10 pts and 13 rebs. In the loosing squad, Lisa Lee (183-F-84, college: Charleston) delivered 17 pts. Paula Muxiri (184-F/C-81, college: ODU) and Larisse Lima (177-G-88) (5 rebs) had 9 and 7 pts respectively. Quarters: 28-10, 8-10, 26-12, 18-15. In the next round Botas will meet Gorizont on the road. Lombos Quinta will host Dynamo Moscow.

Botas: Monica Wright 19, Quianna Chaney 13, Courtney Paris 10+13 boards
Lombos Quinta: Lisa Lee 17, Paula Muxiri 9, Larisse Lima 7+5 boards


Kayseri better than Maccabi Ashdod 85-74 - by Eurobasket News
Kayseri - Maccabi Ashdod 85-74

Kayseri secured a ticket for the next stage of EuroCup. The Turkish squad was once again better than Maccabi Ashdod handing them 85-74 loss. So, Kayseri jumped to 3-1 in Group E, while Maccabi dropped to 1-3 with no chance to advance, despite there are two more rounds to be played. Dila Askin (177-G/F-87) scored 20 points in victory and Aysun Yararbas (186-F-91) added 15. Esra Ural (198-C-91) collected 10 points and 10 rebs. In defeat, Ashley Shields (180-SG-85, college: SW Tenn.St.CC) shined with 32 pts and 11 rebs. Meirav Dori (178-SG-86) and Plenette Pierson (188-PF-81, college: Texas Tech) (8 rebs, 5 as) had 16 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 22-11, 26-20, 22-15, 15-28. Kayseri will meet Olimpia as a guests in the next round. Maccabi Ashdod will play at home against Dynamo Kursk.

Kayseri: Dila Askin 20, Aysun Yararbas 15, Esra Ural 10+10 boards
Maccabi Ashdod: Ashley Shields 32+11 boards, Meirav Dori 16, Plenette Pierson 10+8 boards+5 as