EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/27/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 8-0 
 2. Union Olimpija 7-1 
 3. Cedevita 7-2 
 4. Partizan 6-2 
 5. Buducnost 5-3 
 6. Cibona 5-3 
 7. Hemofarm 4-3 
 8. KK Zagreb CO 4-4 
 9. Siroki WWin 3-5 
 10. Radnicki K. 2-6 
 11. Helios 2-7 
 12. Krka 2-7 
 13. Crvena Zvezda 2-7 
 14. Zlatorog 1-8 


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  ARGENTINA   


Super 8: semifinals - by Facundo Iatzky
Libertad 85 - Regatas 68

Libertad is the surprise of the tournament. They advanced to the finals beating two hard rivals as Quimsa and regatas. the key was that Libertad had one day of rest, while Regatas had played the day before a tough game against Boca. Libertad had several players with good performance, shining talented young Juan Emiliano Fernandez (196-G/F-91).
Libertad: Juan Emiliano Fernandez 17 pts, Alejandro Alloatti (203-F/C-84) 16 pts, Joshua Pittman (197-F-76) 16 pts, Robert Battle (204-C-81, college: Drexel) 11 pts 8 reb
regatas: Javier Martinez (189-G-78) 13 pts, Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79) 11 pts

Penarol 83 - Obras 81

Another dramatic final for Penarol. This time, they beat the hard team of Obras. the host team had got an advantage of 14 points and it seemed that would be impossible to turn around, but the experienced players of Obras made a great game in deffense and could even won the game but in the last offensive play, Martin Leiva (208-F/C-80) blocked Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) and it was the end of the game. this time, Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) was outstanding.
Penarol: Leonardo Gutierrez 24 pts 7 reb; Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) 14 pts; Martin Leiva 11 pts 9 reb; Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91) 11 pts, 5 ass
Obras: Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) 27 pts, Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) 14 pts 9 reb; Martin Osimani 14 pts


Club 9 recruit Kenyon Gamble - by Eurobasket News
Club 9 have strengthened their frontcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Kenyon Gamble (212-C-82, college: Tuskegee). The centre started the season with the Quebec Kebs. Kenyon Gamble posted 2.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in NBL. The centre previously played in Syria, PBL, Qatar, IBL, Turkey, Venezuela, CBA and WBA. Asia-Basket.com named Kenyon Gamble All-Syrian League Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. The centre also made it onto All-IBL Team in 2008.
Club 9 also released Timothy Frost (208-C-80, college: Utah). The centre joined the team during the season. His stats read 9.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in LigaA.


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  AUSTRALIA   


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


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  AUSTRIA   


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


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  BAHRAIN   


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


First blog from Jonah!!! - by Jonah Baize
Going overseas to play the game you love definitely has its pros and cons. It is more of a drastic change than when a High School player leaves home to go and compete in College. You live on your own. You usually do not have anyone around you who you can relate to at first. You live at the pace of the country to go to. It is definitely a culture shock for any American who is not used to traveling or living abroad. When I first arrived in Manama, Bahrain it took me nearly a week to get back on my correct sleeping schedule. My first issue was finding something I enjoyed eating the first couple of days before I met my new teammates/friends. Countries use different types of money, so getting to the bank on time to make an exchange from dollars to dinars was also a concern. While I havent even gotten into the difference of the style of play of the game abroad, the differences are such that it is almost like adapting to a different sport. The referees call the game from a different perspective. The rules are different. The way teams play defense is much different. The pace of the game is much slower. While all these variables have changed, you are still playing the game you love for money, and nothing beats that.

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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Baltic League round 7 best performance: Denzel Bowles - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Siauliai, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Kedainiai (#9, 2-5) with 20-point margin 85-65. It allowed Siauliai to consolidate first place in the Baltic League Elite. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Siauliai already had a very good start winning all 6 without losing a single one. Bowles turned to be Siauliai's top player in his first season with the team. Former James Madison University star has very solid stats this year. Bowles is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.2ppg. Bowles is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.7rpg) and averages impressive 65.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) of league's second-best Valmiera. Kalve had a very good evening with 26 points and 2 rebounds. It was enough for Valmiera to edge slightly lower-ranked Sakalai (#3, 4-2) 73-72. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Challenge. Valmiera consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Kalve is a newcomer at Valmiera, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#6). He also registered 6.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Julius Zurna (188-G-86) of league's top team Techasas. Zurna showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Techasas, leading his team to a 84-80 win against #4 ranked Turiba. Techasas confirms their top position in Challenge Zurna has a very solid season. In 6 games in Baltic League he scored 10.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) of Techasas - 11 points and 11 rebounds
6. Roman Gumeniuk (220-C-87) of Juventus - 12 points and 12 rebounds
7. Zydrunas Urbonas (198-F-76) of Juventus - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Arnas Butkevicius (199-F-92) of Sakalai - 16 points and 6 rebounds
9. Jai Lucas (177-G) of Valmiera - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) of Techasas - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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


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  BELGIUM   


Verviers Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
One more player move for the 0-8 last place VOO Verviers-Pepinster team. In agreement with the player Verviers released American forward Mike Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech) from his contract.
The young rookie out of Texas Tech played 8 games this season in the Belgian league and averaged 18.1 mpg, 5.4 ppg and 2.4 rpg.
The team's press release did not say if the player would be replaced. VOO Verviers-Pepinster has a tough game vs 3rd place Port of Antwerp Giants tonight.


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 6-1 
 2. Oostende 5-3 
 3. Antwerp 5-3 
 4. M.Hainaut 5-3 
 5. Leuven 4-3 
 6. Aalstar 4-4 
 7. Liege 3-4 
 8. Gent 2-5 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 0-8 


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  BRAZIL   


Vivo/Franca tab three import players - by Eurobasket News
Vivo/Franca bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Jermaine Johnson (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Charleston), Edward Basden (196-G/F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Charlotte) and Kevin Sowell (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances).
Jermaine Johnson started the previous season in Nayarit in Mexico. He tallied 22.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.0 blocks per game in LNBP. Later the forward moved to Barreirense in Portugal. Jermaine Johnson posted 13.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per appearance.
Edward Basden tipped off the previous season with Marousi in Greece. The forward delivered 6.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in A1 League. Edward Basden then moved to San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic. His stats read 17.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists per appearance.
Kevin Sowell used to play in IBL, Iceland, Chile, Lebanon, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Colombia and Mexico before. Last season Latinbasket.com named Kevin Sowell All-Mexican CIBACOPA Defensive Player of the Year.


Unitri/Universo record third straight NBB win - by Eurobasket News
Unitri/Universo maintain their perfect record at the start of the NBB championship. They overcame Pinheiros/Sky 90:81 on the road to stay undefeated. Robby Collum (185-G-81, college: W.Michigan) stepped up with 20 points to pace the winners. Pinheiros/Sky led by two points at the first break but Unitri/Universo turned things around taking a 36:27 halftime lead. The Paulista League champions got within 5 points at the final intermission but the visitors erupted for 31 points in the final stanza and escaped with the victory at the end. Luis Felipe Gruber (205-F-85) and Valtinho Silva (187-G-77) scored 16 points each in the win. Shamell Stallworth (196-SG-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) responded with 25 points for Pinheiros/Sky.
Flamengo recovered from the loss in the second round to tame Minas on the road 83:70. Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) returned to the roster scoring 26 points. Guillermo Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) added 15 points in the winning case. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) had 14 points in the loss.
Uniceub/BRB thrashed Tijuca 109:78 at home court. Six players scored in double figures for the hosts. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) nailed 26 points to pace the effort. Fernando Coloneze (207-C-78) netted 18 points in the third straight loss for Tijuca.


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  BULGARIA   


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 7-0 
 2. Levski Sofia 6-1 
 3. Cherno More 4-3 
 4. Tundja Yambol 4-3 
 5. Rilski Sportist 3-3 
 6. Chernomorets 1-5 
 7. Balkan 1-6 
 8. Spartak Pleven 1-6 


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  CANADA   


CIS Round 8: Undefeated Thunderbirds lose their first game against Pronghorn - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Thunderbirds (4-1) in Lethbridge, AB on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Pronghorn (4-3) 90-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Thunderbirds. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Pronghorn forced 28 Thunderbirds turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Thunderbirds helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Dominyc Coward (198) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds and Morgan Duce who added 17 points during the contest. International point guard Nathan Yu (189-89) responded with 36 points (!!!) and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pronghorn maintains sixth position with 4-3 record. Thunderbirds at the other side keep the third place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Pronghorn are looking forward to face league's leader Vikies in Victoria, BC in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Thunderbirds will play on the road against Dinos in Calgary, AB and are hoping to win this game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 8: Brandon lost to TRU on the opponent's court 84-91. UBC Okanagan managed to outperform Regina in a home game 78-76. Victoria managed to beat Calgary on the road 75-63. Alberta defeated TWU on its own court 87-77. Western was beaten by Toronto Univ. in Toronto, ON 83-79. Concordia won against Bishop's at home 71-59. Carleton outscored Guelph on the opponent's court 98-55. Ryerson recorded a loss to Windsor in a home game 66-83. Brock crushed RMC on the road 101-51. Lakehead beat Ottawa on its own court 78-72. Winless York was destroyed by Waterloo in Waterloo, ON 93-72. Winless Queen's was outscored by McMaster at home 62-89. Cape Breton managed to beat New Brunsw. on the opponent's court 76-71. Laurier crushed Laurentian in a home game 98-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by Justin King of TRU.


TRU - Brandon 91-84

Everything could happen in Kamloops, BC at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Wolfpack and 12th ranked Bobcats had identical 2-4 record. This time Wolfpack used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Brandon, MB 91-84 on Friday night. Bobcats were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Wolfpack made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Wolfpack outrebounded Bobcats 39-28 including 24 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Justin King who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and forward Chas Kok (196) who added 22 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Ali Mounir responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and Emerick Ravier scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bobcats' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Wolfpack (3-4) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Manitoba. Loser Bobcats dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Wolfpack will face Cougars (#9) in Regina, SK in the next round. Bobcats will play on the road against Heat in Kelowna, BC.
Top scorers:
TRU: J.King 36+7reb+1ast, C.Kok 22+14reb+2ast, A.Pierre 15+14reb+9ast, K.Pribilsky 11+1reb+3ast, Z.Usherwood 7, B.Rouault 0
Brandon: E.Ravier 19+6reb+2ast, K.Vince 17+2reb, A.Mounir 16+11reb+2ast, J.Reaves 16+4reb+1ast, I.Bonhomme 9+9ast, D.Gayle 3+2reb
gschID: 155666


UBC Okanagan - Regina 78-76

There was a surprise result in Kelowna, BC where fourteenth ranked Heat (1-4) edged higher ranked Cougars (2-4) 78-76 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Heat forced 23 Cougars turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Simon Pelland who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds and Yassine Ghomari who added 16 points during the contest. Four Heat players scored in double figures. Forward Connor Burns (201) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds and forward Paul Gareau (201) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Heat left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Cougars dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Heat will face Bobcats (#13) in Brandon, MB in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cougars will play on the road against Wolfpack (#8) in Kamloops, BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UBC Okanagan: S.Pelland 16+5reb+1ast, Y.Ghomari 16+3reb+1ast, J.Asselstine 12+5reb+1ast, B.Macdonald 10+4reb+3ast, M.Roth 8+2reb, I.Con 5+3reb+1ast
Regina: P.Gareau 18+8reb, C.Burns 18+9reb, B.Hebert 11+2reb+4ast, J.Janotta 9+2reb+2ast, A.Docherty 9+3reb+1ast, M.Campbell 5+5reb
gschID: 155667


Lethbridge - UBC 90-80

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Thunderbirds (4-1) in Lethbridge, AB on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Pronghorn (4-3) 90-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Thunderbirds. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Pronghorn forced 28 Thunderbirds turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Thunderbirds helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Dominyc Coward (198) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds and Morgan Duce who added 17 points during the contest. Four Pronghorn players scored in double figures. International point guard Nathan Yu (189-89) responded with 36 points (!!!) and 6 assists and swingman Kamar Burke (196-86) scored 9 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pronghorn maintains sixth position with 4-3 record. Thunderbirds at the other side keep the third place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Pronghorn are looking forward to face league's leader Vikies in Victoria, BC in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Thunderbirds will play on the road against Dinos in Calgary, AB and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Lethbridge: M.Duce 17+4reb+1ast, D.Coward 14+9reb+3ast, D.Waldner 11+3reb, A.Fletcher 11+2reb+2ast, D.Cooper 11+1reb+3ast, L.Reiter 9+5reb+3ast
UBC: N.Yu 36+1reb+6ast, D.Plumb 10+5reb+4ast, K.Burke 9+9reb+4ast, T.Nixon 8+7reb, G.Bath 7+6reb+1ast, B.Bains 6+9reb+2ast
gschID: 155663


Calgary - Victoria 63-75

Not a big story in a game in Calgary, AB where 10th ranked Dinos (2-5) were defeated by top-ranked Vikies (7-0) 75-63 on Friday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-63. Vikies dominated on the defensive end, holding Dinos to just 7 points in second quarter. They also forced 21 Dinos turnovers and outrebounded them 46-21 including a 21-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Ryan Mackinnon (193-89) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 6 rebounds and Terrell Evans who added 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Vikies' coach Craig Beaucamp used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Tyler Fidler (206-89) responded with 22 points and 4 blocks and center Josh Wolfram (200-92) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Vikies have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-0 record. Dinos lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with five games lost. Vikies will face Pronghorn (#6) in Lethbridge, AB in the next round where they are favorite. Dinos will play at home against Thunderbirds (#4) in Vancouver, BC.
Top scorers:
Victoria: R.Mackinnon 15+6reb+1ast, T.Evans 12+7reb, Z.Andrus 12+5reb+2ast, M.Acheampong 9+7reb+1ast, M.Berg 7+6reb+1ast, C.McLaughlin 6+7reb+1ast
Calgary: T.Fidler 22+2reb+2ast, A.McGuinness 15+2reb+1ast, J.Wolfram 12+11reb, K.Milburn 5+2reb+2ast, P.Walker 3+1reb+1ast, J.Owen-Thomas 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 155664


Alberta - TWU 87-77

Everything went according to plan in Edmonton, AB where fourth ranked Golden Bears (5-2) beat 11th ranked Spartans (2-5) 87-77 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Golden Bears. Spartans was better in third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spartans were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Daniel Ferguson (191, college: Valdosta St.) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and international guard Jordan Baker (192-91, college: Utah Valley) who added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. American forward Kyle Coston (203-87, college: Portland St.) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds and guard Sean Peter (191) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Golden Bears moved-up to second place, which they share with UFV. Spartans lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Golden Bears will face Cascades (#3) in Abbotsford, BC in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Spartans will play on the road against Huskies (#5) in Saskatoon, SK.
Top scorers:
Alberta: D.Ferguson 26+4reb+3ast, J.Baker 17+5reb+5ast, S.Saffa 15+5reb+3ast, M.Cardoza 8+3reb, T.Bergen-Henengouwen 7+6reb, R.Dewar 7+1reb
TWU: K.Coston 25+9reb+3ast, S.Peter 18+6reb+1ast, K.Osborne 15+6reb, C.Westbrook 9+2reb, T.Smith 6+8reb+6ast, T.Linttell 2
gschID: 155665


Toronto Univ. - Western 83-79

Everything could happen in Toronto, ON at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Blues and 8th ranked Mustangs had identical 1-3 record. This time Blues used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from London, ON 83-79 on Friday night. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-11. But Mustangs won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Mustangs 42-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of center Andrew Wasik (201) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and forward Alex Hill (196, college: Cornell) who added 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Blues' coach Mike Katz used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Ryan Barbeau (178) responded with 30 points and 5 rebounds and forward Peter Scholtes (196) scored 28 points and 6 rebounds. Blues (2-3) moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Mustangs lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Blues will face Lancers (#7) in Windsor, ON in the next round where they are favorite. Mustangs will play on the road against Rams in Toronto, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toronto Univ.: A.Wasik 20+13reb+1ast, A.Hill 14+5reb+1ast, S.Nickel 14+1reb+1ast, A.Kumar 9+4reb+5ast, D.Glisic 8+7reb, B.Garvin 6+5reb
Western: R.Barbeau 30+5reb+3ast, P.Scholtes 28+6reb+3ast, N.Diloreto 7+4reb+1ast, J.Bernard 7+3reb+3ast, Q.Henderson 3+4reb, R.Higgins 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 155660


Concordia - Bishop's 71-59

No shocking result in a game in Montreal, QC where top-ranked Stingers (3-0) won against bottom-ranked Gaiters (0-3) 71-59 on Friday. The game without a history. Stingers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Stingers forced 22 Gaiters turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Evens Laroche (193) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and international point guard Kyle Desmarais (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Mukiya Post responded with 20 points and guard Onnex Blackwood (188) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Stingers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record, which they share with St.Francis X. Loser Gaiters still closes the standings with three games lost. Stingers will have a break next round. Gaiters will play at home against Redmen (#3) in Montreal, QC and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Concordia: E.Laroche 17+7reb+5ast, K.Desmarais 14+9reb+5ast, J.Blake 11+2reb, M.Tajfel 9+1reb+1ast, K.Eyitayo 6+5reb, Z.Brisebois 5+6reb
Bishop's: M.Post 20+3reb+1ast, O.Blackwood 11+5reb+1ast, J.Leonard-Smith 8+2reb+2ast, S.Monplaisir 8+5reb, M.Andrews 5+8reb, S.Ring 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 155661


Saskatchewan - UFV 104-95 OT

Saskatchewan needed overtime to beat UFV 104:95. Barrett erupted with 30 points, while Friesen netted 29 in defeat.
Top scorers:
Saskatchewan: J.Barrett 30+8reb+6ast, P.Lomuro 19+7reb+1ast, M.Lieffers 16+13reb, D.Jones 14+1reb, M.Forbes 12+3reb, A.Henry 8+1reb
UFV: J.Friesen 29+4reb+3ast, K.Grewal 20+5reb+3ast, S.Freeman 16+2reb, J.York 10+2reb+4ast, J.Moedt 9+10reb, M.James 6+2reb
gschID: 155662


Guelph - Carleton 55-98

Rather expected game in Guelph, ON where 4th ranked Gryphons (3-2) were crushed by top-ranked Ravens (5-0) 98-55 on Friday. The game without a history. Ravens led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ravens shot 31 for 42 from the free-throw line, while Gryphons only scored eight points from the stripe. Ravens forced 19 Gryphons turnovers and outrebounded them 35-22 including a 23-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ravens made 8 blocks. Gryphons were plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Elliot Thompson (191-89) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and international guard Philip Scrubb (194-92) who added 18 points during the contest. Five Ravens players scored in double figures. Aron Campbell responded with 13 points and guard Daniel McCarthy (188) scored 9 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ravens have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record, which they share with Laurier and Lakehead. Loser Gryphons dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Ravens will face league's leader Thunderwolves in Thunder Bay, ON in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gryphons will play at home against the league's second-placed Gee-Gees (#2) in Ottawa, ON.
Top scorers:
Carleton: P.Scrubb 18+3reb+1ast, E.Thompson 17+4reb+2ast, T.Scrubb 14+2reb+1ast, T.Hinz 11+2reb+2ast, W.Manigat 10+3reb+2ast, C.Hobin 9+2reb+1ast
Guelph: A.Campbell 13+2reb+1ast, D.McCarthy 9+2reb+1ast, K.Malcolm 7+2reb+2ast, D.Thompson 5, S.Wiredu 4+3reb, E.McDonald 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 155657


Ryerson - Windsor 66-83

There was a small surprise in Toronto, ON where seventh ranked Lancers (3-2) defeated 4th ranked Rams (1-4) 83-66 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Lancers. Rams was better in second period 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lancers forced 22 Rams turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Enrico Diloreto (186-90) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and guard Josh Collins (186-90) who added 12 points, 6 assists and 6 steals during the contest. Four Lancers players scored in double figures. International point guard Jahmal Jones (183-91) responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized Italian guard Luke Staniscia (193-88) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lancers moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Guelph. Loser Rams keep the fourth position with four games lost. Lancers will face higher ranked Blues (#3) in Toronto, ON in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rams will play at home against Mustangs in London, ON.
Top scorers:
Windsor: E.Diloreto 19+4reb+3ast, J.McQueen 15, J.Collins 12+1reb+6ast, L.Phillip 10+7reb+1ast, R.Osuntola 9+1reb+1ast, E.Matthews 7+2reb+1ast
Ryerson: J.Jones 18+6reb+6ast, L.Staniscia 11+7reb+1ast, J.Gauthier 10+6reb, O.Adegboruwa 9+3reb+1ast, N.Stankovic 7+4reb, J.Pryce 7+3reb
gschID: 155658


RMC - Brock 51-101

Not a big story in a game in Kingston, ON where bottom-ranked RMC (0-5) was rolled over by third ranked Badgers (4-1) 101-51 on Friday. The game without a history. Badgers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding RMC to just 3 points in second quarter and to 13 points in first half. Badgers dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to RMC's 24. They outrebounded RMC 46-21 including a 33-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Andrew Kraus (188-86) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and forward Brian Nahimana (206) who added 22 points during the contest. Five Badgers players scored in double figures. Guard James Byun (185) responded with 20 points and Nicholas Fowler scored 9 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Badgers have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 4-1 record behind leader Lakehead, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser RMC still closes the standings with five games lost. Badgers will face Golden Gaels (#6) in Kingston, ON in the next round. RMC will play at home against Marauders in Hamilton, ON and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Brock: B.Nahimana 22+4reb, M.Williams 21+3reb, M.Gibson 12+5reb, T.Kasamba 11+5reb+1ast, A.Ferguson 10+4reb, A.Kraus 10+11reb+10ast
RMC: J.Byun 20+2reb, A.Lavoie 11+2reb, N.Fowler 9+1reb+4ast, C.Duke 5+1reb+5ast, L.Wright 4+5reb+3ast, S.Hui 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 155659


Lakehead - Ottawa 78-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with top-ranked Thunderwolves' (5-0) home victory over second-ranked Gee-Gees (2-3) 78-72 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Gee-Gees won third quarter 23-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Thunderwolves forced 21 Gee-Gees turnovers and outrebounded them 37-24 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Egyptian forward Yoosrie Salhia (198-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Greg Carter (178-90) who added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Four Thunderwolves players scored in double figures. Guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185) responded with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Warren Ward (196-89) scored 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Gee-Gees' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Thunderwolves have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record, which they share with Carleton and Laurier. Loser Gee-Gees keep the second place with three games lost. Thunderwolves will face league's leader Ravens in Ottawa, ON in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gee-Gees will play on the road against Gryphons in Guelph, ON.
Top scorers:
Lakehead: V.Russel 16+5reb+3ast, Y.Salhia 14+12reb+5ast, G.Carter 14+5reb+8ast, B.Johnson 11+2reb+1ast, J.Jones 11+1reb+3ast, R.Thomson 8+8reb
Ottawa: J.Berhanemeskel 23+6reb+4ast, W.Ward 16+6reb+6ast, S.Grenon 10+1reb+4ast, M.L'Africain 9+4reb+5ast, G.Gonthier-Dubue 6+4reb, C.Anderson 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 155654


Waterloo - York 93-72

There was no surprise in Waterloo, ON where bottom-ranked Lions (0-5) were outplayed by sixth ranked Warriors (4-1) 93-72 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Warriors. Lions was better in third quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Brendan Smith (201-89) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds and guard Wayne Bridge (188-90) who added 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Warriors players scored in double figures. Forward Justin Bell (198) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and Matthew Ziobrowski scored 6 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Warriors have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Lions still closes the standings with five games lost. Warriors will face Voyageurs (#4) in Sudbury, ON in the next round. Lions will play on the road against the league's second-placed Golden Hawks in Waterloo, ON and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Waterloo: B.Smith 22+6reb+1ast, W.Bridge 19+1reb, M.Wright 14+2reb+2ast, Z.Angelini 13+3reb+1ast, A.Melbourne 8+3reb, J.Johnson 5+1reb+1ast
York: J.Bell 13+5reb+2ast, D.Tyndale 10+3reb, N.Robinson 9+2reb+1ast, V.Velici 7+1reb+1ast, A.Rados 7+4reb, M.Ziobrowski 6+7reb
gschID: 155655


Queen's - McMaster 62-89

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Marauders' (4-1) road victory over bottom-ranked Golden Gaels (0-5) 89-62 on Friday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-62. Marauders dominated on the defensive end, holding Golden Gaels to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Golden Gaels 36-21 including 23 on the defensive glass. Marauders shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 51.5 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Victor Raso (193) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 8 rebounds and forward Cam Michaud (198) who added 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Forward Nikola Misljencevic (196) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Mackenzie Simpson scored 16 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Marauders have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Golden Gaels still closes the standings with five games lost. Marauders will face RMC (#7) in Kingston, ON in the next round. Golden Gaels will play at home against Badgers in St.Catharines, ON and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
McMaster: C.Michaud 19+3reb, V.Raso 13+8reb+1ast, N.Pelech 11+3reb+4ast, T.Black 9+4reb, K.Giedraitis 9+4reb+2ast, J.Rocca 7+1reb
Queen's: M.Simpson 16+3reb+1ast, N.Misljencevic 16+6reb, R.Golden 11+1reb+3ast, A.Weatherill 7+2reb+1ast, M.Baker 6+1reb+2ast, C.Weisbrod 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 155656


New Brunsw. - Cape Breton 71-76

There was a minor upset in Fredericton, NB where one of their biggest challengers Varsity Reds (2-3) were defeated by sixth ranked Capers (2-2) 76-71 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Varsity Reds won fourth quarter 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Capers made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals and Arild Geugjes who added 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Capers players scored in double figures. Guard Alex Desroches (193) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and guard Daniel Quirion (183) scored 18 points. Varsity Reds' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Capers moved-up to third place, which they share with McGill. Varsity Reds lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the second position with three games lost. Capers will have a break next round. Varsity Reds will play again at home against Capers in Sydney, NS and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cape Breton: A.Geugjes 19+5reb, J.Dorsey 18+9reb+9ast, J.Smith 13+2reb+2ast, A.Alilovic 12+11reb, M.Lufile 8+3reb, J.Glasgow 4+5reb+1ast
New Brunsw.: D.Quirion 18+2reb, A.Desroches 16+14reb+2ast, M.Fosu 12+4reb+2ast, J.Irvine 7+5reb+2ast, D.Anthony 7+3reb+5ast, C.Swift 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 155652


Laurier - Laurentian 98-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with top-ranked Golden Hawks' (5-0) home victory over 3rd ranked Voyageurs (1-4) 98-77 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Golden Hawks. Voyageurs was better in fourth quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Golden Hawks looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Kale Harrison (196) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 5 rebounds and center Matthew Buckley (215) who added 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Golden Hawks players scored in double figures. Alex Ratte responded with 28 points and guard Isiah Pasquale (191) scored 20 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Golden Hawks have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Carleton and Lakehead. Voyageurs lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Golden Hawks will face Lions (#8) in Toronto, ON in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Voyageurs will play on the road against Warriors (#5) in Waterloo, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Laurier: K.Harrison 30+5reb+1ast, K.Enright 19+2reb, M.Buckley 16+7reb+2ast, P.Donnelly 14+7reb+3ast, C.Meschino 8+2reb+4ast, A.Walters 4+3reb+1ast
Laurentian: A.Ratte 28+4reb+3ast, I.Pasquale 20+2reb+3ast, G.Serresse 11+5reb+2ast, M.Hull 8+5reb+1ast, S.Sheldon 3+5reb+1ast, S.Levac 3+1reb
gschID: 155653




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


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Lockout resolve? - by Alex Yam
'Now that the NBA is back in business in does not change the outcome of the imports that have signed in china this season. These players are still obliged to honor their contract because the CBA will hold their letter of clearances keeping them from joining any NBA team. There are absolutely no loopholes with the only being if a player sustains a season ending injury and at that point the player would only be able to join an NBA team after his CBA teams season has been completed.

The CBA has endured a season like no other, in terms of Chinese Basketball , with NBA player after NBA player coming to China. Now that the lockout is all but over, what impact does this have on the NBA players that signed season term contracts? With the exception of Yi who was able to get an NBA out because he is considered a domestic player in China, is there about to be a whole new set of problems in the CBA?


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FEDERATION CUP 2001 FINALS, GAME 6. - by Victor Garcia
Bukaros forced a seventh game in the 2011 Federation Cup Finals, defeating the Orgullo Paisa 78-58, the game did not have emotions, Bukaros took an early control of the game while the Paisas did not had the intensity of the former games and just reach 58 points in the game, its lower in the the Cup and one of the lower scores of a team in the history of the Cup.
Tonigh the Cup will have a new champion, the seventh game will start at 8:30 PM (Colombian Time) in Bukaramanga and will be live broadcasted by the regional channels, Teleantioquia, TRO and Senal Colombia, also can be followed by www.teleantioquia.com, www.canaltro.com, www.senalcolombia.tv.
BUKAROS 78
ORGULLO PAISA 58

SERIES TIED 3-3.



BUKAROS IS THE CHAMPION OF THE 2011 FEDERATION CUP. - by Victor Garcia
The seventh game of the 2011 finals was a hard one, full of defense and physical game, Bukaros had a good start with Dermarr Johnson ready to lead the way to the tittle, Johnson finished the first quarter with 10 points, Orgullo Paisa had an answer with Hernan Salcedo specially because the Bukaros defense was doing a great job guarding Guillent and Ortiz.
In the second quarter coach Carlos Parra gave a brake to its starters, and again David Reyes had problems to drive the offense and Orgullo Paisa took a 2 points lead finishing the first half.
Bukaros arrived the second half with a strong attitude, specially leaded by Juan Herrera who helped his team in all the ways, Herrera fight all the balls in the boards and almost erase Stalin Ortiz in the offensive, Guillent did not found a way to score specially because Bukaros made a good defensive rotation.
For the last quarter Calvin Cage was also inspired, using its quickness to find holes in the Paisas defense, the yellow team took the final lead with less than 3 minutes in the clock and never look back.
Bukaros reches its third Federation Cup Championship.

BUKAROS 68 Dermarr Johnson 24 pts, Calvin Cage 21 pts, Juan Herrera 18 pts + 13 rebounds, Luis Julio 6 pts + 8 rebounds, John Hernandez 3 pts.
ORGULLO PAISA 57 Stalin Ortiz 16 pts, Hernan Salcedo 13 pts, Heissler Guillent 12 pts + 7 assits, Enielsen Guevara 8 pts, Leandro Bonilla 4 pts, Yuber Hinestroza 2 pts



JUAN HERRERA , FINALS MVP - by Victor Garcia
The Bukaros Venezuelan import Juan Manuel Herrera (66' Forward), was the MVP of the 2011 Finals, Herrera was the most consistent player of the Bukaros in the seven games of the finals, always found a way to help his team in the way to tittle, Herrera had the responsabilty to guard Stalin Ortiz and did a great job limit Ortiz under his average, specially in the seventh game.
Herrera reaches his second crown in the Federation Cup, the first one playing with Cucuta Norte, and this last with the Bukaros of Bucaramanga.


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  CROATIA   


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. KK Split 6-1 
 2. Zabok 5-2 
 3. Kvarner 2010 5-3 
 4. Krizevci 4-3 
 5. Zadar 4-3 
 6. Borik 4-4 
 7. Svjetlost 3-3 
 8. Jolly 3-4 
 9. Alkar Sinj 2-5 
 10. Darda 2-5 
 11. Dubrovnik 1-6 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO


Cibona and coach Josip Vrankovic part ways - by Eurobasket News
Josip Vrankovic is no longer a Head Coach of Cibona. Two sides terminated their deal yesterday. Cibona currently has 5-3 record in Adriatic league. They also have 0-2 in Group A of the EuroCup regular season. Josip Vrankovic took over Cibona in March this year. He reached Croatian league Semifinals with Cibona last season. Before Cibona, Vrankovic spent one year with Siroki Prima Pivo. He also coached them in 2006/07. Vrankovic started 2007/08 season with Cibona, but they split in December. Josip Vrankovic worked with Croatian National Team for the last two years. However, they parted ways after the EuroBasket in Lithuania. Croatia failed to reach the next stage and Vrankovic stepped down on his position. It is not announced yet who will replace Vrankovic at Cibona.

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Petrolina AEK Larnaca lands Gajic - by Eurobasket Center
Petrolina AEK Larnaca strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Serbian guard Aleksandar Gajic (186-G-83). Gajic played for AEK in 2009-2010 where he signed during the season. He had a perfect record from FT line (20/20) that year. Gajic played also pro basketball in Bosnia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece and Ukraine.



Kevin first blog! - by Kevin Houston
Whats up, my name is Kevin Houston II. I'm here because I'm in love with my job - professional basketball. I attended Cal State Long Beach where I played basketball for four years. We where the leading scoring team in the nation in my junior season and Conference Champs my senior season (yes, I'm proud). Immediately after, I was offered my first overseas contract in France. In my first season I also played in the ABA, then finished out the season in Caracas, Venezuela. My first season was very erratic and fast paced, but I soaked up what I could, because I knew this was what I wanted to do. In fact, I had a quick moment when I did try a 'REAL' job and I knew then that basketball is really what I want to do. I have not looked back ever since. I have been playing overseas now for 4 years. It's been truly a blessing from God. Most of my pro career has been in France. I played for 3 years in the Pro A division, 2 years with Rouen and a year in Toulon. So, France is dear to me. I have a lot of love for the city of Paris (so many memories). This season is the start of new beginnings for me - I'm in a new country. I am currently playing for Apoel in Nicosia, Cyprus. I have to say that my experience here so far has been all G.
Stay tuned and I'll keep you posted on my current season.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


The NBA is BACK!! - by Josh Dollard
Whats up World!! For all you hoopers and hoop fans the NBA is back, that's real big news, there going to be alot of changing going on
with a lot of Euro Teams and NBA teams! I've been checking out on eurobasket.com that there players that leaving teams to return to the NBA already,
so it going to shake somethings up over here i think, but thats good that they got that Lockout resolved, its said to start on December 25, which is christmas,
so a early Merry Christmas for you hoop fans! Im ready to see my #KNICKS take the court..here is a link to see the update on the NBA lockout

http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2011/11/26/we-have-makings-of-a-deal/#?ls=iref:nbahpt1



The NBA is BACK!! - by Josh Dollard
Whats up World!! For all you hoopers and hoop fans the NBA is back, that's real big news, there going to be alot of changing going on
with a lot of Euro Teams and NBA teams! I've been checking out on eurobasket.com that there players that leaving teams to return to the NBA already,
so it going to shake somethings up over here i think, but thats good that they got that Lockout resolved, its said to start on December 25, which is christmas,
so a early Merry Christmas for you hoop fans! Im ready to see my #KNICKS take the court..here is a link to see the update on the NBA lockout

http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2011/11/26/we-have-makings-of-a-deal/#?ls=iref:nbahpt1



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


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


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  DENMARK   


Hello World!!! - by Will Harris
My Name is Will Harris

Hello World, My name is Will Harris and I am from Lefrak City, in Queens, New York. I graduated from the University at Albany (Shout out to my Great Danes!), I am currently playing my first professional season in Denmark, for team Horsens IC. Now that you know a little bit about me, lets get into the first entry of this new blog that the kind folks of Eurobasket were nice enough to offer me.
Well it's my first season overseas and I must admit, it has been somewhat of an adjustment. The game is played a bit differently here than I am used to in the states. A quick first step in the states is usually considered a travel here and defense that would never be called a foul in the states will always be a foul here. It is ok though, I expected to face many differences playing in Europe; to my surprise I have not had to face many. The competition is very good in this league and there are some very good teams as well.
As for our season, it is not going as well as we would like it to at the moment, we have loss a few games in a row. I feel like we have one of the best teams in the league with our size and our length. Many of the games that we have loss so far, we should have won instead of keeping them close. I understand that teams go through time like this though, sometimes very good teams just have a slump where they can not pull it together; I am very confident that we will though because we have everything it takes to do so. Our coaches have us working hard in practice, improving our defense and sharpening our offense. I know these things will pay off for us soon. We are currently sitting in the 8th position in our league and after our big game on Sunday afternoon, we hope to be one step up the ladder that we are climbing.
Now that I think about it, I am happy that I can begin this blog while we are down, this way you guys can join us on our way up! I would like to thank the people are Eurobasket for having me as a part of the site and allowing me to let the people know who I am and how we are doing. You guys tell a friend to tell a friend, to check out this blog! For team Horsens IC, the only way is up, and we are on our way. I will check in with you guys after the game this Sunday and hopefully I will have some great news for you. Follow our journey. Later World.


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


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


Welcome to 2011/12 season: Day One review - by Eurobasket News
Rio Grande VV - Erie Bay H. 122-113
Kelvin Lewis (6'4''-G-88, college: Houston) scored 19 points including five three-point baskets to lead the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a season-opening 122-113 victory over the Erie Bayhawks Friday night at the State Farm Arena. The victory was the first RGV win for Nick Nurse who made his Vipers coaching debut on Friday. Lewis helped lead a second half surge that saw the Vipers outscore the Bayhawks 36-27 in the third quarter to lead by as many as 18 points. Vipers guard Lee Humphrey (6'2''-G-84, college: Florida) also contributed to the third quarter three-point push. The former Florida Gator tallied three of his five three-pointers in the third quarter to help the Vipers hold off Erie. The Bayhawks outscored RGV 38-33 in the fourth quarter, but could not rally back after falling behind in the third. Mychel Thompson scored eight of his 24 points in the 4th quarter with his three-pointer with 29 seconds remaining cutting the deficit down to seven. Thompson's 24 led all scorers. Lewis paced the Vipers with his 19 points adding four rebounds and a pair of assists. Marshall Brown and Humphrey each added 18 with Brown also adding 18 rebounds. Stanley Asumnu and Sam Coleman each added 15 with Coleman finishing a rebound shy of a double-double. Terrell Harris finished two rebounds shy of a double-double after scoring 14 points while also leading the Vipers with four steals defensively. Erie point guard Donald Sloan tallied the lone double-double of the game with 21 points and a game high 12 assists. Kyle Goldkamp had a strong night on the boards finishing with 19 including seven on the offensive glass, while also adding nine points. Thompson was two boards shy of a double-double after scoring his 24. He also hit four of his seven three-point attempts. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Idaho S. - Tulsa 66ers 76-89
Guard Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) recorded 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists and forward Marcus Lewis claimed the team's first double-double of the season with 14 points and a game-high 16 rebounds to lead the Tulsa 66ers (1-0) past the Idaho Stampede (0-1) by an 89-76 final score Friday night to kick off the 2011-12 NBA D-League season. Trailing 45-36 at halftime inside Boise's CenturyLink Arena, Tulsa stormed back in the second half to take control of the season-opening game by outscoring Idaho by a 53-31 margin. Also scoring in double figures for the 66ers was Dwight Buycks with 16, Curtis Sumpter with 11 and Billy Rush with 10. Collectively, Tulsa racked up 13 assists, led by a team-high four dishes from Dyson. On the boards, the 66ers dominated the Stampede by a 56-39 margin. Defensively, Tulsa forced 19 Idaho turnovers. Buycks led the 66ers with three steals, while Dyson and Sumpter each added two. Tony Bobbitt led the Stampede with 20 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Cheyne Gadson also chipped in 20 points for Idaho. The 66ers and Stampede will square off again Saturday night, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m. CT inside CenturyLink Arena to complete the back-to-back set. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Springfield A. - Maine RC 94-87
The Springfield Armor opened the 2011-12 season in grand fashion with a hard-fought 94-87 victory over the Maine Red Claws at the MassMutual Center tonight. The win marked a sparkling debut for the Armor's new coaching staff, led by head coach Bob MacKinnon and assistant coach Chris Carrawell. Springfield shot just 32.9% from the field (28-85), but the Armor compensated for their rough night from the field by shooting 32-39 from the foul line (82.1%) and forcing 24 turnovers. The Armor led by as many as 12 points in the second half, but the Red Claws managed to cut the deficit to three with 17.5 seconds to play before Jerry Smith sank four clutch free throws to ice the victory. Smith, one of six Armor players to return from the 2010-11 season, led a balanced scoring attack with 22 points. All five Armor starters scored in double figures, including double-doubles from veteran Jamar Brown (6'9''-F/C-80, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) (12 points, 10 rebounds) and newcomer Dennis Horner (15 points, 10 rebounds). *Courtesy of www.wmtw.com

Canton C. - Iowa E. 82-100
On Friday night, the Charge brought NBADL action to the city of Canton. Unfortunately, Iowa's team bus brought the reigning Champs to the city of Canton. Playing in their inaugural game, the Charge gave the Energy all they could handle in the first stanza, led by top pick Tyrell Biggs' 14 first-half points. But Canton couldn't overcome Iowa's size in the second half and dropped the franchise's home opener, 100-82, on Friday night at the Canton Civic Center. The Charge trailed by as many as 13 in the first half, but Jonathan Blake's putback with 7:37 remaining in the second period brought them to within a single point, 33-32. The Energy went into the locker ahead, 54-50. The second half was all Iowa - which came out of intermission with a 9-0 run and extended its lead to a dozen, 80-68, by the end of the third. In the fourth, Iowa pushed its edge to as many as 22 points before emptying its bench late in regulation. All five Energy starters tallied double-figures, but the squad was led by Stanley Robinson's 18 points off the bench. Jarrid Famous (6'11''-F/C, college: S.Florida) doubled-up with 12 points and 10 board and Brandon Ewing led both teams with six helpers. Canton's Travis Franklin led all scorers with 25 points - going 7-of-11 from the floor and 11-for-12 from the stripe - and led the Charge with eight boards. Canton native, Keith McLeod, finished with 19 points in the loss. Iowa used its size advantage to dominate Canton on the boards, 51-29. The Energy shot 50 percent from the floor, including 40 percent from long distance. *Courtesy of www.wkyc.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Sioux Falls S. 110-106
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants opened their season with a hotly contested 110-106 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce at the Memorial Coliseum. The Mad Ants showed no signs of offseason rust with a balanced attack having six players scoring in double digits, three of which scored 20 or more. The Sioux Falls Skyforce set the tone with three quick dunks early in the first quarter, but the Mad Ants responded with strong shooting led by Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso) 's 10 first quarter points. Howard's shooting was contagious as the Mad Ants team as a whole shot a blazing 67 percent from the field to close the quarter with a 12-point lead. The pace of the game slowed considerably in the second quarter with the two defenses beating up on each other as turnover and foul totals climbed. By the end of the quarter, however, the Mad Ants found their groove and closed the half on another hot streak, and the Ants left for the locker room with a 58-44 lead. Sioux Falls carved into their 14-point halftime deficit to end the third quarter down by only five. Charles Garcia (6'9''-F-88, college: Seattle) continued his strong game as he ended the quarter with 21 points. *Courtesy of www.kdlt.com

Bakersfield J. - Reno B. 122-97
The Reno Bighorns newly acquired guard Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, college: Missouri St.) had 26 points and 6 assists but the Bighorns dropped their season opener on the road to the Bakersfield Jam, 122-97. The Jam were led by Brian Butch (6'11''-F/C-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) with 28 points and 14 rebounds and Osiris Eldridge with 22 points. Nick Fazekas added 21 points and 9 rebounds for the Bighorns. *Courtesy of www.rgj.com


Dakota W. - Los Angeles D. 84-86
The Golden State Warriors' era began for the Dakota Wizards Friday night with a lot of fanfare - a new video screen, player introduction fireworks with a deafening finale, new uniforms, even the Warrior Girls cheerleaders. But it didn't begin with a win. A 3-point attempt by Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Siena) as time expired caught the back of the rim, and Dakota's comeback bid fell short in an 86-84 loss to the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the season-opener. Ubiles, acquired in the Renaldo Major trade earlier this month, showed he had the range to take the shot. The 6-foot-6 forward was 4-for-7 from beyond the arc and scored a game-high 25 points. But he couldn't quite knock down the game-winner. 'It was the shot we wanted. I thought we got a good look,' Wizards coach Nate Bjorkgren said. 'He was just a little bit deep. It's a play that we run in practice, but we just missed it.' The Wizards got off to a terrible start, making just 8 of 22 field-goal attempts in the first quarter while digging themselves a 26-17 hole. Brandon Costner in particular gave Dakota fits, scoring 10 of his team-high 23 in the first 12 minutes. *Courtesy of www.bismarcktribune.com


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Last results - by Jaime Arevalo
In last round of Salvadorean First Division-Copa Gatorade 2011, San Marcos prevailed over Chaleco Santa Tecla, 87-74 with partial scores 21-22, 22-14, 13-16 and 31-22. The best performers were Jose Antonio Orellana (189-F-87) with 22 points and Panamanian Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89) with 17. The most outstanding players in Chaleco, coached by Fabio Hercules, were Jacobo Abullarade and Mario Somoza, with 26 ponts apiece.
In another game of teh same night, ExSal defeated Denver, 96-92 at the end of a close game. Martin Ignacio Ramos (170-PG-92) was the main factor in ExSal win, with 23 points. Oscar Rivera (190-F-80) added 20 at the winning side. Import Devin Thompson (200-F-80, college: St.Peter's) was the Denver's best scorer at 22, and Jorge Loucel (186-F-90) added 16.
The new standigs table is here down:

TEAMS______ record PTS
1. SAN MARCOS 6-1 13
2. DENVER 5-2 12
3. UTEC 5-2 12
4. EXSAL 4-4 12
5. LEONES- AUTOMOTO 3-4 10
6. ROLL ROYCE 1-6 8
7. CHALECO- SANTA TECLA 1-6 8


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Tartu Ulikool and Kalev/Cramo bring one victory from Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Tartu Ulikool and Kalev/Cramo bring one victory from Lithuania in four games played over the last two days in Baltic League.
Last night Pieno Zvaigzdes lost to Kalev/Cramo 63:66. 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-F/C-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 11 points and 4 steals. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) helped adding 14 points. At the losing side Eimantas Bendzius responded with 20 points.
Lithuanian Rudupis beat Estonian Tartu Ulikool 85:81 on Friday. 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 Gediminas Orelikas who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) helped adding 16 points. At the losing side Rain Veideman (192-G-91) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Bill Amis scored 17 points and 6 rebounds.
Few hours ago Pieno Zvaigzdes overcame Tartu Ulikool 82:73 as Bill Amis (205-F-87, college: Hawaii) scored 15 points and Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-G-89) netted 14. Rudupis edged Kalev/Cramo 72:64 as Arbet Gregor and Armands Skele (192-G-83) brought 15 points each in the losing effort.




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Cibona and coach Josip Vrankovic part ways - by Eurobasket News
Josip Vrankovic is no longer a Head Coach of Cibona. Two sides terminated their deal yesterday. Cibona currently has 5-3 record in Adriatic league. They also have 0-2 in Group A of the EuroCup regular season. Josip Vrankovic took over Cibona in March this year. He reached Croatian league Semifinals with Cibona last season. Before Cibona, Vrankovic spent one year with Siroki Prima Pivo. He also coached them in 2006/07. Vrankovic started 2007/08 season with Cibona, but they split in December. Josip Vrankovic worked with Croatian National Team for the last two years. However, they parted ways after the EuroBasket in Lithuania. Croatia failed to reach the next stage and Vrankovic stepped down on his position. It is not announced yet who will replace Vrankovic at Cibona.

Bayern bring in Jared Homan - by Eurobasket News
Bayern Munich agreed on terms of contract with Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.). The deal is meant for the reminder of the season. The centre started the season in Bologna. He tallied 15.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game in SeriaA. However Jared Homan was released after an aggressive behavior towards the coach. Jared Homan previously had stints in Greece, Croatia, Poland, Turkey and South Korea. Jared Homan participated at 2008 Polish League All-Star Game. Eurobasket.com named the centre into Adriatic League All-Imports Team in 2009. He also earned All-Greek A1 League Honourable Mention in 2010. Jared Homan was the member of Bulgarian National Team in 2010.

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NBA Lockout - (Israel) Maccabi Loses Farmar, Bnei Ekpe Udoh - by David Pick
After another exhausting 15 hour meeting, NBA owners and players reached a tentative agreement on Saturday to end the 149-day lockout and hope to begin the 2011-12 delayed season on Christmas Day. 'We want to play basketball,' NBA commissioner David Stern said, planning a 66-game season aiming to debut training camps December 9th.

However, along with all the excitement on one side of the Atlantic, things are the other side of the ocean, are nearing chaos. From an Israeli League perspective, Euroleague power house Maccabi Tel-Aviv and the Israeli basketball fans woke up this morning to a shocker. Maccabi will say its goodbyes to the team's heart and soul and Euroleague stat leader in points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes -- Jordan Farmar. The New Jersey Nets' point guard established himself being the most dominant and important piece of Maccabi's success this season, given the keys by the coaching staff to fully run the show while being on court. Farmar recently helped lead Maccabi past Armani Milano, securing the top spot (5-1) of Euroleague's Group C.

Farmar will most likely make his last yellow-and-blue appearance tonight as Maccabi hosts Cedevita in the Adriatic League. Thus far, Farmar led Maccabi to first place in the Adriatic League posting 12.8ppg, 4.8aspg and 1.8rpg, a 4-1 record in the Israeli League with 5.3ppg, 3aspg and 1.7rpg, and the top spot in Maccabi's Euroleague group with 13.4ppg, 4aspg and 4.6rpg. With the 'Farmania' well under way, Maccabi will look to add another player to it's roster, but will meanwhile turn to Keith Langford, who hasn't seemed to embrace Nokia
Arena as home just yet.

Trevor Booker, J.J. Hickson & Ekpe Udoh

Another Israeli team to surly suffer from the lockout ending is Bnei Hasharon. The small budgeted Israeli club shockingly managed to sign not one, but three NBA players during the lockout. Trevor Booker was the first to join, but didn't play a single official game suffering a knee injury that sent him back to the US. J.J. Hickson was the second to make an appearance, but that lasted just one game before he called quits.

Bnei's roster finally seemed to have found stability, signing the Golden State Warriors' Ekpe Udoh. The former Baylor Bear teamed up with college teammates Tweety Carter and LaceDarius Dunn, however, according to a source from the team's coaching staff, Udoh won't be Israel much longer. This, due to the out deal he signed. 'Unfortunately, this is reality. The lockout isn't 100% over, but Udoh might be playing his first and last game with the team tomorrow night.' Bnei's currently ranked second to last with a 1-4 record and will look to reshape its squad for a fourth time with just two months into the season.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick





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Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 10-3 
 2. Kauhajoki 10-4 
 3. Nilan Bisons 9-3 
 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 


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 8-0 
 2. Oulun NMKY 7-1 
 3. BC Nokia 6-2 
 4. Tapiolan Honka 5-3 
 5. Pyrinto II 5-3 
 6. Lapua 4-4 
 7. Huima 4-4 
 8. Ura Basket 4-5 
 9. Porvoon Tarmo 3-6 
 10. SayRi 2-6 
 11. Jyvaskyla 1-8 
 12. ToPo Akatemia 1-8 


Jared is back! - by Jared Newson
Hello,

My name is Jared Newson. Guard/Forward for the Kataja Basket Club team in Joensuu, Finland. This is my first blogging so let me get you caught up on the season thus far and a little bit about Finland. As of today ( November 25, 2011) my team is currently in first place with a 10-3 record. We have exceeded expectations as of how good we have come together to play. We've been hit with a few key injuries to players and have had different players in and out this season. We have a huge upside to what we can do this season and I'm pretty excited about of chances. The city i live in is Joensuu. Joensuu is pretty small but with a lot great people. We have a university here which is the main attraction, quite a few sports teams, some good restaurants, and a few night clubs. We are kind of far from Helsinki (capital) (about 5 hours), and pretty far from any other bigger city. This is my second season now in finland. I played here in the same place last season as well. Adjusting to having only a few hours of sunlight while it being -35 degrees was pretty tough at first but i soon got acquainted with it and it was no problem. Its now starting to snow and get colder and with me already going through this last season its no sweat for me. The Finnish league this year is pretty competitive. Theres about five strong teams and some other teams thats very talented and can knock off any top team on any given night. I have to say congratulations to the Finnish national team for doing a hell of a job in the World Championships this summer and making people take notice on the Finnish players and the league as a whole. Before i go I want to say good luck to Tennessee Martin for a successful season.


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. Six losses now in a row. 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).
Pyrinto II - SayRi 96-65 (47-38). (Joni Harjula 21, Jukka-Pekka Vaananen 18, JaSon Stamper 16/10 - Sami Mantymaa 21, Kenneth Cooper 14/14, Eetu Nieminen 11).



KORISLIIGA: Bear stronger than Bison - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 14: One exiting TV-game today. Karhu (Kauhajoki) hosting vs Bisons from Loimaa. Karhu leading by 14 points (47-33) during the half time, but once again Bisons didn't give up and came back to the game during the third quarter (10-25). So, visitors were ahead by one (57-58), when the last quarter got started. It was a thriller during the last 10 minutes and OT was needed before the winner was known. Karhu stayed undefeated at home (7-0) by winning 92-84 (75) (47-33). Quarters: 21-16, 26-17, 10-25, 18-17, 17-9. Head Coach Ari Tammivaara says Karhu wants to stay undefeated at home court all season long. Bisons Head Coach Greg Gibson was able to be proud of his players again as they never give up. Karhu was more lucky at the end this time. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Mt.St.Mary's) led Karhu with 24 points and Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) (Bisons) scored 24 pts as well.
Karhu - Bisons OT 92-84 (75) (47-33). (Kelly Beidler 24/8, Clevin Hannah 20, Todd Hendley 19 - Martin Zeno 24, Jeb Ivey 18, Ryan McDade 13/10. A: 822).




NBA Lockout Over? - by Jared Newson
Whats up Ladies and Gentlemen,

Great news today. A handshake agreement between the players and owners have come into effect. Training camp starts December 9th and the Season set for 66 games to start December 25. Great to see that things can start to get back to normal. What about the teams that had NBA players being their leaders? Well, thats the nature of the business i guess. Im sure now with the players leaving their respective teams and getting ready for training camp, that players back home will now get their chance to come over and play. One question i have tho. How do you think the players who played in the NBA last year and DO NOT have and opt out clause feel now? Because im from St.Louis and the Cardinals are the best team in baseball. I have to finally say congratulations while i can to the World Series Champions St. Louis Cardinals. SInce the season is officially going to start now, Who will win the NBA championship??????

Thanks for visiting and God Bless

'Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard'


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  FRANCE   


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


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. St Vallier 4-5 
 10. Antibes 4-5 
 11. Nantes 4-5 
 12. Maurienne 4-5 
 13. Le Portel 4-5 
 14. Rouen 3-5 
 15. Denain 3-6 
 16. Lille 3-6 
 17. Quimper 3-6 
 18. Vichy 1-8 
 19. St Etienne 0-0 


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


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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 11-th round, are:

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


Kumanovo overpowered Torus SCBT - by Branko Cupeski
The narrowest margin of a single point on the scoreboard (88:87) earned two in the standings, as the hosts held the visiting team from the capital and one of the two Macedonian members of the BIBL league.

Aleksandar Kostoski and Dejan Mikic combined the final play, for the second assist for the leader of the next Macedonian generation and the 12-th point for the Serbian international.

Kumanovo was down 82:85 in the final minute, coming to 88:85 with the 6 points run scored by Mikic. Torus led the most by 16 points in the 13-th minute of the game and had an advantage until the final 6 seconds.

Besides the two assists Kostoski scored a total of 9 points, all from behind the three point line (3/8) and had two steals as well.

Mikic (12) was one of the five home players scoring double digits. Milan Janjusevic had 18, followed by Nemanja Jelesijevic with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Marjan Janevski and Marjan Mladenovic scored 10 points each.

Dimitar Karadzovski (6 assists) and Bojan Trajkovski (9 rebounds) scored 25 a piece on the loosing side, as KK Torus SCBT were outplayed for the second time this season, after the defeat in Kavadarci.

The next (12-th) round brings KK Kumanovo to Skopje vs Lirija, Torus SCBT will rest due that the league has 9 teams left after the withdrawal of KK Ovce Pole.


MZT Skopje is pumping on all cylinders - by Branko Cupeski
Although the main goal is to prepare a competitive team for the Adriatic league next season, MZT Skopje Aerodrom did not enter the championship contest with the biggest budget without eyeing all silverware there is.

Kozuf felt the power of the crusher machine in Jane Sandanski hall, hit in the nose by a huge difference (100:66) in points and in existing. What else is there to expect when you line up a scapegoat in front of a lion pinched in the eye?

MZT lost a thriller at Torus SCBT in the previous round, the derby at Feni in the fourth, now comes back second placed on the standings after the game that cemented Kozuf at the bottom.

Todor Gecevski with 10 rebounds and 5 assists and Cade Davis poured 20 points each, Noah Dalman scored 18 with 9 rebounds, Gjorgji Cekovski 17 with 5. Ognen Stojanovski had 14 points with 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals, keeping the victorious pace steady on both ends.

Velibor Buha with 16 points and Bojan Tomasevic with 13 were the only living souls in the other team, aware that there was a game in process and honor at stake.

MZT was warming up for the highly anticipated clash at Rabotnicki on the 3-rd of December. It seems like it doesn't matter who Kozuf plays next, concidering the 1-9 score, but we will mention that they go local at ABA in Strumica in the 12-th round.


The show goes on, no cure for the Big Guns artillery - by Branko Cupeski
There is a new dynasty in Macedonian basketball for some time now, successfully implemented by a member of the previous. Coach Emil Rajkovic used to win titles as a player for Rabotnicki, but now (4-th season at the helm in Kavadarci) orchestrated Feni Industries to a perfect 10-0 in the first 11 rounds of the new championship.

Last in the line of the victims was again the old foe Rabotnicki (79:70), the most decorated club with 14 titles and 8 domestic cups. There was no answer in these trophies by the way, in the third meeting of the season that promises the most of quality and uncertainty in the independent history (since 1991) of the country so far. The red-whites won the Super cup, but the Spartan legion is winning when it matters the most.

The hosts dominated the first two periods (19:11, 16:8) in a game that showed the winner from the very begining. The opponent won the second half (22:26, 22:25), but never managed to overcome what was lost from the start.

Kiril Nikolovski will for sure be the main factor for Feni in the defence of the two major titles, the domestic and in the BIBL league. His absence (mouth infection) may be the answer why Macedonia didn't win a medal in Lithuania. Nikolovski scored unmatched 23 points with 12 rebounds, Jarrid Frye was second best at Feni with 12 points and 7 rebounds.

Feni captain Goran Samardziev scored 6/8 from the foul line in the last 73 seconds, keeping the position comfortable and never alowing an eventual comeback of the hungry but empty opponent. His golden shooting hand made only a total of 8 points (8/10 free throws), than again it was the lefty gentle finishing touch that mattered the most at the end.

The visitors new signing Vladimir Zujovic scored 20 with 7 rebounds, Dime Tasovski had 16 with 5 and Brandon Cole had 15 with 6 to complete the trio of best scorers and rebounders in their team.

Rabotnicki is literally running on red, after playing three very, very tough matches, winning two (at Kozuf and Vardar) in the dying seconds after a huge deficit in both games and now spending almost all reserves against the champion.

The new dawn for Feni Industries will rise in Skopje, visiting Vardar in the 12-th round. Rabotnicki will host the toughest game of them all versus the eternal and this season colossal opponent, MZT Skopje Aerodrom.


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 10-0 
 2. Torus Skopje 8-2 
 3. MZT Skopje 8-2 
 4. Kumanovo 4-5 
 5. Lirija 4-5 
 6. Vardar 3-6 
 7. Rabotnicki 3-7 
 8. ABA Strumica 2-7 
 9. Kozuv 1-9 


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  GEORGIA   


Superleague Round 7: Armia beats STU in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all visitors won their games. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#1) and STU (#5). STU was crushed at home by 41 points 71-112 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Armia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to STU's 40. Armia forced 20 STU turnovers and outrebounded them 55-33 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by STU's players. The former international forward Zviad Babiashvili (199-78) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International swingman Anatoliy Boisa (195-83, college: Lincoln Memorial, agency: World Sport Agency) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. Guard George Khaniashvili (194-89) produced 18 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Armia (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Newly promoted STU keeps the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with MIA Tbilisi. Armia are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Energy Invest (#11) in Rustavi in the next round and are hoping to win another game. STU's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Sokhumi (5-2) against fourth ranked Kutaisi (5-2) on Saturday night. Host Sokhumi was crushed by Kutaisi in Tbilisi 84-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokhumi. Worth to mention a great performance of center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds. Davit Barbakadze contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International guard Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds for Sokhumi. Kutaisi moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Sokhumi. Kutaisi will play against Samedicino-Academia (#7) in Tbilisi in the next round. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
Bottom-ranked Energy Invest (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 74-65 loss to third ranked Olympus (5-1) in Rustavi on Friday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. It was a great evening for Ivo Hoger who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the losing side David Gugava responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Energy Invest's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Olympus. They moved-up to second place. Energy Invest lost their sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Batumi. Olympus will meet at home Batumi (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Energy Invest will play against the league's leader Armia in Tbilisi and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Batumi (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 98-66 loss to eighth ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (3-4) in Batumi. It was an exceptional evening for Keyon Carter who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field). Dinamo Tbilisi's coach Davit Tortladze felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Dinamo Tbilisi. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Samedicino. Batumi lost their sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi will have a break next round. Batumi will play on the road against the league's second-placed Olympus (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Tbilisi. Ninth ranked TSU (2-4) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Samedicino-Academia (3-4) 93-91 on Saturday evening. Tornike Niniashvili fired a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Samedicino-Academia's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TSU maintains ninth place with 2-4 record. Samedicino-Academia at the other side keeps the seventh position with four games lost. TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi STU.



Samedicino - TSU Tbilisi 91-93

Important game to mention about took place in Tbilisi. Ninth ranked TSU (2-4) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Samedicino-Academia (3-4) 93-91 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-91. Strangely Samedicino-Academia outrebounded TSU 47-34 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Center Tornike Niniashvili (205-82) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Mikheil Chitashvili (193-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Center Beka Bekauri (207-91) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and guard Malkhazi Abaishvili (183-91) added 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Samedicino-Academia's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TSU maintains ninth place with 2-4 record. Samedicino-Academia at the other side keeps the seventh position with four games lost. TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi STU.
Top scorers:
Samedicino: B.Bekauri 20+12reb+1ast, M.Abaishvili 19+6reb+2ast, B.Chikviladze 13+7reb, N.Ilic 13+4reb+2ast, F.Samojlovic 7+2reb+5ast, G.Pirvelashvili 6+6reb+2ast
TSU Tbilisi: T.Niniashvili 29+11reb, Z.Maisuradze 24+4reb+1ast, M.Chitashvili 22+7reb+10ast, G.Markoishvili 10+2ast, S.Shermadini 6+4reb+1ast, M.Panchulidze 2+1ast
gschID: 153217


Sokhumi - Kutaisi 61-84

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Sokhumi (5-2) against fourth ranked Kutaisi (5-2) on Saturday night. Host Sokhumi was crushed by Kutaisi in Tbilisi 84-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokhumi. It looked good early as Sokhumi took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kutaisi had a 29-14 second period charge getting the lead and Sokhumi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-84. Kutaisi held Sokhumi to an opponent 24.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 44.9 percent accuracy of the winners and made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Azerbaijan forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Kutaisi players scored in double figures. International guard Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds and international guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin, agency: Alti Sport) added 23 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sokhumi. Kutaisi moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Sokhumi. Kutaisi will play against Samedicino-Academia (#7) in Tbilisi in the next round. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: L.Parghalava 23+5reb+1ast, L.Patsatsia 16+15reb+2ast, I.Sordia 9+5reb+1ast, V.Kadaria 7+6reb+1ast, G.Gaprindashvili 4+5reb+1ast, %PlayerNameByLink% 2+9reb+2ast
Kutaisi: D.Barbakadze 17+5reb+3ast, R.Matiashvili 17+9reb+1ast, L.Tsekvava 14+6reb+2ast, G.Barbakadze 13+9reb+3ast, R.Didia 10+4reb+1ast, Z.Pashayev 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 153215


STU Tbilisi - Armia 71-112

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#1) and STU (#5). STU was crushed at home by 41 points 71-112 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Armia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to STU's 40. Armia forced 20 STU turnovers and outrebounded them 55-33 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by STU's players. The former international forward Zviad Babiashvili (199-78) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International swingman Anatoliy Boisa (195-83, college: Lincoln Memorial, agency: World Sport Agency) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Five Armia players scored in double figures. Guard George Khaniashvili (194-89) produced 18 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and guard Aleko Dzidziguri (195-88) added 14 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Armia (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Newly promoted STU keeps the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with MIA Tbilisi. Armia are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Energy Invest (#11) in Rustavi in the next round and are hoping to win another game. STU's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU.
Top scorers:
STU Tbilisi: G.Khaniashvili 18+3reb+2ast, A.Dzidziguri 14+2reb+3ast, V.Beruashvili 10+8reb+1ast, I.Kobidze 9+4reb, Z.Machaladze 6+6reb+2ast, Z.Antadze 5+2reb+3ast
Armia: Z.Babiashvili 16+11reb, J.Richardson 16+5reb+4ast, V.Minashvili 16+2reb, A.Boisa 13+10reb+3ast, R.Atanelishvili 13+2reb, J.Kjellbom 11+7reb+2ast
gschID: 153216


Rustavi - Olympus 65-74

Bottom-ranked Energy Invest (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 74-65 loss to third ranked Olympus (5-1) in Rustavi on Friday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Energy Invest was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 25-15 charge of Olympus, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Czech center Ivo Hoger (225-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Croatian guard Nikica Sljuka (187-87) helped adding 25 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!). At the losing side center David Gugava (203-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and guard Davit Artsividze (178-83) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. Energy Invest's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Olympus. They moved-up to second place. Energy Invest lost their sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Batumi. Olympus will meet at home Batumi (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Energy Invest will play against the league's leader Armia in Tbilisi and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: D.Gugava 20+10reb+2ast, D.Artsividze 12+5reb+11ast, L.Khmelidze 12+9reb+3ast, Z.Tvaradze 7+3reb+3ast, G.Kopaliani 6+4reb+2ast, R.Baakashvili 6+3reb
Olympus: N.Sljuka 25+5reb, I.Hoger 17+14reb+1ast, G.Gamqrelidze 14+9ast, I.Milutinovic 9+14reb+3ast, G.Gulisabedashvili 7+5reb+3ast, M.Berishvili 2
gschID: 153213


Batumi - Dinamo Tbilisi 66-98

Bottom-ranked Batumi (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 98-66 loss to eighth ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (3-4) in Batumi. The game was mostly controlled by Dinamo Tbilisi. Batumi was better in third quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Batumi to just 6 points in first quarter. Dinamo Tbilisi dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Batumi's 36. They outrebounded Batumi 44-22 including a 32-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dinamo Tbilisi players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Batumi's players. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field). Swingman Duda Sanadze (196-92) accounted for 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Dinamo Tbilisi's coach Davit Tortladze felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Irakli Mikeladze (179-94) added 19 points, 5 assists and 4 steals (made all of his nine free throws !!!) respectively for Batumi in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Dinamo Tbilisi. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Samedicino. Batumi lost their sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi will have a break next round. Batumi will play on the road against the league's second-placed Olympus (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Batumi: I.Mikeladze 19+3reb+5ast, L.Keshelava 18+11reb+2ast, A.Eliashvili 14+4reb+1ast, L.Eliadze 8, N.Ramishvili 7+4reb+4ast, I.Emiridze 0
Dinamo Tbilisi: K.Carter 26+13reb+4ast, D.Sanadze 16+5reb+5ast, I.Keidia 13+4reb+1ast, G.Markhvashvili 12+1reb+6ast, G.Bakradze 8+5reb+6ast, D.Noel 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 153214




Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Armia 6-0 
 2. Olympus 5-1 
 3. Kutaisi 5-2 
 4. Sokhumi 5-2 
 5. MIA Tbilisi 3-3 
 6. STU Tbilisi 3-3 
 7. Samedicino 3-4 
 8. Dinamo Tbilisi 3-4 
 9. TSU Tbilisi 2-4 
 10. Batumi 0-6 
 11. Rustavi 0-6 


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  GERMANY   


Dashaun Wood (Alba Berlin) Winning In Munich Was Like A Dream For Me - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) is a 26 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that is playing his second season in Germany for Alba Berlin. He is a young point guard with natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. He played at Wright state from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 33 games averaging 19.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 88.3%. In 2007-2008, he played his rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2 (42.8%), FT:77.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for : Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. Last season, he was the Beko BBL MVP with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.7%; German League: 42 games: Score-1 (19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%. He spoke to Eurobasket after the 85-79 win against FC Bayern Munich

Congrats on the 85-79 win in Munich giving the team of Dirk Bauermann their first loss at home. What was the atmosphere like there playing in front of German soccer player Bastian Schweinstieger and everyone else?


Winning in Munich was like a dream for me. It is a great city with great fans, a great coach and many great German national players. The atmosphere was great and it was great competing at a high level and winning the game in their arena.

Michigan beat Ohio State 40-34 today who have the blue and yellow colors as does Alba Berlin. I guess the color of the day was blue and yellow?

I am from Michigan and today was perfect. Michigan and Ohio State are two great rivals and the funny thing is that Ohio State and Bayern Munich both wear the color red.

Munich had the 43-39 lead at halftime. What was giving Alba Berlin the biggest problems in the first 20 minutes?

Our defense was giving us the biggest problems. We scored 39 points which is ok, but we gave up too many points with 43. We needed more stops. Our defense kicked it up in the third quarter. We were getting more loose balls and were rebounding better and took the momentum from Munich.

Did coach Gordon Herbert tell you to take charge in the third quarter as you scored 9 unanswered points?

No he didnt. That is just the way the game went. We have so many weapons and I just got hot. I just kept getting the ball. Last week against Bamberg it was Derrick Allen who was hot and so he kept getting the ball as well.

What was your impression of Ben Hansborough who has been a bit in the dog house of Dirk Bauermann this season, but he came out and performed very well.

When he came in he really changed the game. We had control, but lost it a bit as he drove very well to the hoop and found his teammates. I have been following his NCAA career at Notre Dame and was nice that he could show his talent in a big game like this. I am sure that he will get going.

You have mentioned that Alba Berlin has so many weapons, but how important was Serb Marko Simonovic tonight?

He has been playing very well as of late. He played with a lot of confident. He had been having trouble with a mismatch and I called his number and he hit that big three pointer. I have been very impressed by his play.

You won the game at the end with big shots and rebounds. Is this type of situation as normal for you like it is for Tom Brady winning games at the end and Paris Hilton wearing big sunglasses?

These type of situations at the end have been with me my whole career starting in high school up to now. But I dont always have to score, but just make the plays to help my team win. I hit Idbihi for a lay up near the end as well. I think that since I have so much variety that its hard for the defense to help on me. I am a small guy and I remember watching Allen Iverson and he also found ways to help his team win. Being able to score in a variety of ways really helps me in these kind of situations when the game is on the line.

You dazzled the crowd again with your incredible quickness to get to the hoop. Is there ever going to be a way to fully stop you?

Getting to the hoop with my speed is my biggest strength, but also having the ability to shoot, score off a pick and beating my man is big. I think just by having all this variety, there is really no way of totally stopping me.

You had 27 points, six rebounds and five assists. Another DaShaun Wood type of Derrick Rose day at the office.

I am happy that all these stats count and help the team win. Rebounding is always important and it all adds to the victory.

The NBA lockout is over. Are you thrilled?

Well yes I am. As soon as the NFL season is over, I will order the NBA package.

With the NBA resuming, how much will it hurt European basketball with NBA players going back?

It will be ok. Basketball has always been great in Europe. There is such great basketball talent in Europe. European basketball will be fine.

Thanks Dashaun for the chat.



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


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


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.






Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) You Have To Be Ready For The Unexpected On Defense Against Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket before their last game at Kuhberg against Phoenix Hagen November 26th.

Congrats on the 82-58 win in Bremerhaven! 7-2 reads a lot better than 2-7 which can be attained easily in the Beko BBL due to the strength of the league. Do ever remember being in second place in the Beko BBL?

My first season in Ludwigsburg we were 5-1 and were in 2nd place, I think that the league is stronger this season, more quality top to bottom.

Isaiah Swann stated that a big reason for the success of the team has been that each player understands the philosophy of coach Leibenath. What has been a hidden team strength this season that doesnt get noticed right away?

We have guys that are willing to come in and take charges, dive for loose balls and do the little things to help the team win.

German Sebastian Betz has quietly played his role since 2007 when he got to Ulm. He had a strong game in Bremerhaven. What impresses you most about his play on the court?

Bastie works hard every day and is ready when he gets in the game, we all have a lot of confidence in him. I have seen him hustle and crash the offensive glass for 3 years, its good to be on the same team now and benefit from a teammate like him.

The next game is against Phoenix Hagen. What has been your impression of the team this year?

They can score a lot of points in a hurry coming from multiple players. A dangerous team all the way till the buzzer sounds.

They have beaten Alba Berlin twice in a row at home. How dangerous is this team?

I think they showed how dangerous they are by beating ALBA, you cannot take a night off in the BBL against anyone and expect to win.

Phoenix Hagen are known for giving up many points. Ratiopharm should be able to get their 80-90 points. So will a solid performance on defense be more than half the rent for the win?

We need to control their offense which is easier to say than do, they do not play like most teams so you have to be ready for the unexpected on defense.

How quickly do you think that someone in Europe will score 50 points again in international play the way Deron Williams did against BG Goettingen the other night?

I don't think that will happen very soon, that was really impressive the way that he shot the ball. Got to give credit to Goettingen for being in the game up until the end when a player of that caliber is having a monster game.

What NCAA game did you follow the most last weekend besides Creighton?

Not any in particular, checking out the top 25 getting some early NCAA tourney homework in.

Thanks Dane for the chat,



Josh Young (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) The Tigers Uses Its Quickness And Outsmarts The Phantom - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Joshua Young (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Lawton, Oklahoma. He played at Drake from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig November 26th.

What was the biggest team strength in the 111-104 road win in Hagen?

The thing we did the best in Hagen was push the ball in transition. It helped us establish the early lead and was big in our success.

The team gave up 104 points in 45 minutes. What is still missing on team defense to get the points down?

We still have to get better in our help side defense as well as locking down one on one. We have the ability to do it, we just have to always be in a defensive mindset.

After you won in Bremerhaven, the team lost at home against Bayreuth. Now you have the same situation coming off a road win and have a home game. Does that stick in your head much the difficulty to win at home this season?

We are all excited about the chance to play in front of our home crowd again. We cant focus on the past, but we have to make sure we are prepared to come out and play great basketball.

The next game is against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. What has been your impression of the team this season?

Braunschweig has a solid team. Every player at each position can be effective for them so we will have our hands full.


How excited are about playing against Stephen Dennis who has knocked on the NBA door?

Im always excited about the chance to play great players. In this league, that happens game in and game out.


What will be key in getting the win against Braunschweig?

We have to stop their inside game and control the boards. If we can do that, and defend well, well put ourselves in a good position.

How does a Tiger beat a phantom best?

Ha the tiger uses its quickness and out-smarts the phantom.


Deron Williams smacked BG Goettingen with 50 points the other night in Eurochallenge play. How quick do you think a feat like that can be repeated in Europe?

That is extremely impressive. Scoring 50 in a European game is not an easy thing to do. I dont know that it can be repeated any time soon.

Thanks Josh for the chat.



Patrick Heckmann scores 32 points in win over UC Riverside - by Daniel Poerschke
German freshman Patrick Heckmann (195-G-92) scored 32 points to lead Boston College to a 66-62 overtime win against UC Riverside Friday afternoon in the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Heckmann went 9-for-13 from the field, including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. He was also a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line. His 32-point performance was tied for the second most in 76 Classic history. Arizona State's James Harden holds the record with 40 and also had a 32-point game in 2008.
Heckmann's point total is also tied for the eighth-most all-time in the ACC by a freshman.
Twenty-one of Heckmann's points came in the second half and overtime. He also added five rebounds.

source: http://www.bceagles.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/112511aaa.html


Bayern bring in Jared Homan - by Eurobasket News
Bayern Munich agreed on terms of contract with Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.). The deal is meant for the reminder of the season. The centre started the season in Bologna. He tallied 15.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game in SeriaA. However Jared Homan was released after an aggressive behavior towards the coach. Jared Homan previously had stints in Greece, Croatia, Poland, Turkey and South Korea. Jared Homan participated at 2008 Polish League All-Star Game. Eurobasket.com named the centre into Adriatic League All-Imports Team in 2009. He also earned All-Greek A1 League Honourable Mention in 2010. Jared Homan was the member of Bulgarian National Team in 2010.

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Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Apollon Patras 7-2 
 2. Ikaroi Serron 7-2 
 3. Panelefsiniakos 7-2 
 4. AEK 6-3 
 5. Lavrio 6-3 
 6. OFI 5-4 
 7. Ermis Lagkada 5-4 
 8. Arkadikos 4-5 
 9. Perama Ermis 4-5 
 10. Panerythraikos 4-5 
 11. Nea Kifisia 4-5 
 12. Doxa Lefkadas 4-5 
 13. Pagrati 3-6 
 14. Amyntas Dafnis 3-6 
 15. Periko/Arhelaos 3-6 
 16. AEK/Argous 0-9 


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


A2: Week 8 - Results and Scorers - by Chris Mammides
Ermis Lagkada Apollon Patras 70-68
Coach Baxevanis became the second Coach this season after Coach Papatheodorou of Nea Kifisia to beat Coach Vetoulas and basically to change the momentum of the league as he proved that the Patras team is not the almighty team and with good tactics an opponent coach can bet them. The game was a derby from the first till the last minute with the visitors from Patras balancing the game after the first period when the home team came into the court with aggressiveness and took an early lead between 6-10 points. The decisive basket was made by Spyros Kekelis 4 seconds to the end from the 6.75. It is worth mentioned that Plioukas who joined the team only some hours before the game was among the top performers and a key to this victory for Ermis
Quarters: 24-18, 35-33, 57-59, 70-68
Ermis Lagkadas: Plioukas 15, Iliadis 13 and 7 rebounds, Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-C-80) 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals
Apollon Patras: Nikos Argyropoylos (188-G-78) 23, Krolo 12 points and 10 rebounds

Nea Kifisia Ikaroi Serron 65-56
The team of Coach Kamarakis is following the team of Apollon Patras in the wins and in the losses so Coach Papatheodorou becomes the first Coach to beat both the leading teams of the league. The game was a derby only the first 15 minutes as after that the home team took the initiatives and the leadership in both edges of the court and with the trio of Kolokas, Savas Nikitakis (184-G-76) and Moschovitis who scored nearly as many points as all the team of Serres scored took an easy victory.
Quarters: 23-21, 39-30, 52-46, 65-56
Nea Kifisia: Savas Nikitakis 18, Moschovitis 19 and kolokas 16
Ikaroi Serron: Kostas Totsios (191-G-78) 20 points and 7 rebounds, Simeonidis 18 points and 10 rebound


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Arkadikos - Panelefsiniakos 94-95 in OT (86-86)
The greatest derby of all took place in Arkadia where the home team of Coach Smyrniotis lost a game in the overtime after a thrilling 45 minutes. The visiting site of Coach Skarafigas started the game with more aggressive and ended the first period with a +9 while slowly-slowly the visitors mainly with Gizogiannis brothers cut the deficit initially to the three points and then balanced the score and was going basket to basket until the very end where in the extra time the Elefsina team was more focused and with Magounis leading the scorers (5 players with double digits) won the game.
Quarters: 23-32, 49-52, 68-68, 86-86, 94-95
Arkadikos: Tsiotras 14 points and 8 assists, S. Gizogiannis 15 points and 7 rebounds, Kosanovic 16, An. Gizogiannis 29 points and 14 rebounds.
Panelefsiniakos: Kiriakopoulos 16 points and 6 assists, Nikou 14, Koukouravas 16, Magounis 25 and 5 steals, Giannoulakos 13


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Amyntas Ermis Perama 90-64
The worst game for the team of Kalabakos took place in Amyntas court as the visiting site of Ermis was in an outer space, bad stats, bad choices and bad basket gave an easy win with 26 points for Amyntas and coach Zavos who saw five of his players scoring double digits
Quarters: 28-20, 53-33, 72-50, 90-64
Amyntas: Zoupas 11, Lolas 11 points and 11 rebounds, Pagonis 16, Giorgos Sourlis (190-G-85) 17, Tzougarakis 13 points and 8 rebounds.
Perama: Dionisios Kapiniaris (185-G-91) 10

Lavrio Pagrati 89-79
The team of Coach Serelis is on the right truck and after the two consecutive negative results he is now in the 3rd winning result on the row and the team cut the deficit from the three leading teams to just one points as the current record of Lavrio is at this stage 6-3 while the three top seated teams (Apollon Patras, Ikaroi Serron and Panelefsiniakos) have a 7-2 while AEK Athens has also a 6-3 record. Coach Serellis saw Nikos Psileas (200-F-80) leading the scorers in his best game this season, while another 3 players ended the game with double digits. On behalf of Pagrati which rumors want the president Bogonikolos to do many changes in this coming week (the one Bracey will probably become history) only Bryan Bracey tried for something better than the solid defeat from Lavrio
Quarters: 28-14, 51-41, 75-56, 89-79
Lavrio: Kakiouzis 15, Kounas 15, Tirlas 12 and Nikos Psileas 19 points and 7 rebounds.
Pagrati: Bracey 26, Dimakos 11 and Koutroulias 13

AEK Argous - OFI 56-70
The difference between the two teams is much bigger than the deficit of 14 points which came simply due to the fact that the last quarter the visitors of the newcomer Head Coach Chris Hugaz stopped playing and gave some space to the home team of Coach Vourdoulas to cut the deficit.
Quarters: 7-23, 22-37, 37-56, 56-70
AEK Argous: Edi Sinadinovic (190-G-88) 14, Stevovic 10 points and 11 rebounds, Maglos 11 and 14 rebounds
OFI: Alexis Bardas (189-F-81) 23, Sizopoulos 11, Toutziarakis 12

AEK Athens Pierikos Arhelaos 66-62
The first defeat for Coach Galanis in the bench of the KAterini team came from aEK Athens. A decent defeat though as the players of Pierikos tried to do the come back and they succeed to cut the deficit to just 4 points by the end. Vaggelis Sklavos (202-F-77) was the MVP of the game for a second consecutive game for Coach Liogas team, while from the visitors the amazing sharpens of the veteran guard Kostas Bechlivanis (180-G-74) was truly unbelievable as he ended the game with an absolute 5 out of 5 three pointers.
Quarters: 22-17, 38-29, 52-44, 66-62
AEK: Vaggelis Sklavos 25 points and 11 rebounds
Pierikos: Kostas Bechlivanis 15, Ioakeimidis 16

Doxa Lefkadas - Panerythraikos 67-62
The comeback of Darko Rallis in coach Vournas team changed the team in an a absolute manner as they play much more tactic game and they have a solid point guard for the difficulties to organize the team and put it in the right way. The game was a derby from the begging but in the second half and especially the third period the home team change gears and put a full speed to over score the visitors of Coach Houhoulis by 13 and then in the 4th quarter simply keep the victory. The duet Pettas and Marko Pekovic (193-G-81) were amazing and reminded a lot the first couple of games of this season.
Quarters: 15-11, 32-29, 56-43, 67-62
Doxa: Pettas 18, Marko Marko Pekovic 20
Panerythraikos: Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79) 14




A2 Round 9: #1 Apollon Patras are defeated by Ermis Lagkada - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Apollon Patras (7-2) in Lagadas on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by tenth ranked Ermis Lagkada (5-4) 70-68. Apollon Patras was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 13-9 charge of Ermis Lagkada, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Apollon Patras turnovers and outrebounded them 39-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. Center Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-C-80) stepped up and scored 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Savvas Iliadis (192-79) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) with 23 points and 4 assists. Apollon Patras' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ermis Lagkada moved-up to sixth place, which they share with OFI. Apollon Patras at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Ikaroi Serron and Panelefsiniakos. Ermis Lagkada is looking forward to face higher ranked AEK (#4) in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Apollon Patras will play on the road against Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ikaroi Serron (7-2) against thirteenth ranked Nea Kifisia (4-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Ikaroi Serron was defeated by Nea Kifisia in a tough game in Athens 56-65. The former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-78) nailed 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Savas Nikitakis accounted for 18 points. Forward Filipp Simeonidis (204-80, agency: Court Side) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Ikaroi Serron in the defeat. Ikaroi Serron's coach Stathis Kamarakis tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Nea Kifisia moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Ikaroi Serron at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Apollon Patras and Panelefsiniakos. Nea Kifisia will play against Perama Ermis (#9) on the road in the next round. Ikaroi Serron will play against Arkadikos (#8) in Arkadia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (0-9) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to sixth ranked OFI (5-4) 70-56 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Alexis Bardas who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). OFI's coach Chris Hugaz used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Kostas Maglos who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. Newly promoted OFI maintains sixth place with 5-4 record, which they share with Ermis Lagkada. Loser AEK/Argous still closes the standings with nine games lost. OFI will meet at home higher ranked Lavrio (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AEK/Argous will play against Periko/Arhelaos (#15) in Perikos and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Arkadikos (#9) forced the game against Panelefsiniakos (#3) into an overtime, but lost by one point 94-95. The game took place in Arkadia. But the guests from Eleusina were better at the end. It was a good game for Spyros Magounis who saved his team from a defeat with 25 points and 5 steals. Panelefsiniakos' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Panelefsiniakos have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Apollon Patras and Ikaroi Serron. Arkadikos lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with five games lost. Panelefsiniakos' next round opponent will be league's leader Apollon Patras at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arkadikos will play against the league's second-placed Ikaroi Serron (#2) in Serres.
An interesting game took place in Athens where higher ranked Perama Ermis (4-5) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (3-6) 90-64 on Saturday. Giorgos Sourlis stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Pagrati and Periko/Arhelaos. Newly promoted Perama Ermis keeps the eighth position with five games lost. Amyntas Dafnis will face higher ranked Panerythraikos (#10) in New Eritrea 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 9: Panerythraikos lost to Doxa Lefkadas on the opponent's court 62-67. Lavrio managed to outperform Pagrati in a home game 89-79. Periko/Arhelaos recorded a loss to AEK on the road 66-62.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals by Bryan Bracey of Pagrati.


Ermis Lagkada - Apollon Patras 70-68

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Apollon Patras (7-2) in Lagadas on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by tenth ranked Ermis Lagkada (5-4) 70-68. Apollon Patras was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 13-9 charge of Ermis Lagkada, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Apollon Patras turnovers and outrebounded them 39-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. Center Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-80) stepped up and scored 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Savvas Iliadis (192-79) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) with 23 points and 4 assists and Croatian center Ivan Krolo (217-83) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Apollon Patras' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ermis Lagkada moved-up to sixth place, which they share with OFI. Apollon Patras at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Ikaroi Serron and Panelefsiniakos. Ermis Lagkada is looking forward to face higher ranked AEK (#4) in Athens in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Apollon Patras will play on the road against Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ermis Lagkada: G.Anagnostopoulos 16+9reb+1ast, P.Theohari 15+5reb, S.Iliadis 13+7reb+4ast, S.Nisiotis 8+8reb+1ast, S.Kekelis 8+2reb+4ast, T.Onasoglou 6+1reb
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 23+1reb+4ast, I.Krolo 12+10reb, G.Stamopoulos 9, G.Lianos 8+8reb+3ast, S.Daniil 7+2reb+1ast, G.Petropoulos 6+3reb
gschID: 138388


Amyntas Dafnis - Perama Ermis 90-64

An interesting game took place in Athens where higher ranked Perama Ermis (4-5) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (3-6) 90-64 on Saturday. The game without a history. Amyntas Dafnis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Perama Ermis' 32. Perama Ermis was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Giorgos Sourlis (190-85, agency: FCM) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and forward Dimitris Lolas (203-86, agency: FCM) chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds. Five Amyntas Dafnis players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Dionisios Kapiniaris (185-91) with 10 points and 5 assists and guard Nikos Michalos (192-77) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Pagrati and Periko/Arhelaos. Newly promoted Perama Ermis keeps the eighth position with five games lost. Amyntas Dafnis will face higher ranked Panerythraikos (#10) in New Eritrea in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: G.Sourlis 17+6reb+2ast, F.Pagonis 16+3reb+2ast, S.Tsougarakis 13+8reb+1ast, L.Zoupas 11+3reb+4ast, D.Lolas 11+11reb+1ast, B.Samothrakis 8+2ast
Perama Ermis: D.Kapiniaris 10+3reb+5ast, K.Paschalis 9+4reb+1ast, N.Michalos 8+8reb+1ast, D.Tsarouchas 8+3reb, A.Koronidis 8+4ast, L.Skoutaris 6+7reb
gschID: 138389


Nea Kifisia - Ikaroi Serron 65-56

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Ikaroi Serron (7-2) against thirteenth ranked Nea Kifisia (4-5) on Saturday night. Visiting Ikaroi Serron was defeated by Nea Kifisia in a tough game in Athens 56-65. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ikaroi Serron won third quarter 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ikaroi Serron was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-78) nailed 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and guard Savas Nikitakis (184-76) accounted for 18 points. Forward Filipp Simeonidis (204-80, agency: Court Side) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard Kostas Totsios (191-78) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Ikaroi Serron in the defeat. Ikaroi Serron's coach Stathis Kamarakis tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Nea Kifisia moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Ikaroi Serron at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They share it with Apollon Patras and Panelefsiniakos. Nea Kifisia will play against Perama Ermis (#9) on the road in the next round. Ikaroi Serron will play against Arkadikos (#8) in Arkadia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nea Kifisia: F.Moschovitis 19+5reb+2ast, S.Nikitakis 18+3reb+2ast, M.Kolokas 16+1reb+3ast, C.Liberopoulos 7+1reb, P.Koukounias 3+5reb, C.Petrodimopoulos 2+4reb
Ikaroi Serron: K.Totsios 20+7reb, F.Simeonidis 18+10reb+1ast, S.Kaberidis 7+4reb+4ast, S.Mourtos 4+4reb, S.Iosifidis 3+2reb, K.Pehlivanis 2+2reb
gschID: 138390


Arkadikos - Panelefsiniakos 94-95 OT

Arkadikos (#9) forced the game against Panelefsiniakos (#3) into an overtime, but lost by one point 94-95. The game took place in Arkadia. But the guests from Eleusina were better at the end. The guests were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They eventually won an overtime period 9-8. Panelefsiniakos dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Arkadikos' 32. Panelefsiniakos forced 22 Arkadikos turnovers. Strangely Arkadikos outrebounded Panelefsiniakos 37-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Arkadikos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Spyros Magounis (200-85, agency: FCM) who saved his team from a defeat with 25 points and 5 steals. Guard Thomas Nikou (185-79) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Panelefsiniakos' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds and guard Thodoris Tsiotras (198-87) added 14 points and 8 assists in the effort for Arkadikos. Five Panelefsiniakos and four Arkadikos players scored in double figures. Panelefsiniakos have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Apollon Patras and Ikaroi Serron. Arkadikos lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with five games lost. Panelefsiniakos' next round opponent will be league's leader Apollon Patras at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arkadikos will play against the league's second-placed Ikaroi Serron (#2) in Serres.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: S.Magounis 25+3reb+2ast, G.Kyriakopoulos 16+1reb+6ast, V.Koukouravas 16+1reb+1ast, T.Nikou 14+6reb+4ast, V.Giannoulakos 13+4reb+2ast, C.Deligiannis 6+1reb
Arkadikos: A.Gizogiannis 29+14reb+2ast, P.Kosanovic 16+6reb, S.Gizogiannis 15+7reb+1ast, T.Tsiotras 14+2reb+8ast, S.Tosic 8+3reb+3ast, G.Kopsaftis 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 138391


Doxa Lefkadas - Panerythraikos 67-62

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Panerythraikos (4-5) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Doxa Lefkadas (4-5) 67-62 on Saturday. Panerythraikos trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 19-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 62-67 at the end of the game. Doxa Lefkadas made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Panerythraikos turnovers. Serbian guard Marko Pekovic (193-81, agency: BeoExcell) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) chipped in 18 points. The best for the losing side was forward Sotiris Katoufas (206-79) with 14 points and 6 rebounds and center Kostas Macheras (205-85, agency: FCM) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Doxa Lefkadas moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Panerythraikos. Doxa Lefkadas will face Pagrati (#13) in Athens in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Doxa Lefkadas: M.Pekovic 20+3reb+3ast, N.Pettas 18+1reb+1ast, D.Rallis 8+4reb+1ast, G.Skoufis 5+1reb+1ast, V.Ekine 5+1reb+1ast, K.Tsotsos 5+1ast
Panerythraikos: S.Katoufas 14+6reb, G.Rodostoglou 9+4reb, K.Macheras 8+5reb+1ast, S.Kontoudis 8+4reb, T.Straganiotis 5+1reb+5ast, N.Pritsos 5+4reb
gschID: 138384


Lavrio - Pagrati 89-79

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Lavrio (6-3) defeated at home 11th ranked Pagrati (3-6) 89-79 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Lavrio. Pagrati was better in second period 27-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot 66.0 percent from the field. Forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) stepped up and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Giannis Kakiouzis (205-78) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Four Lavrio players scored in double figures. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Irish-American forward Bryan Bracey (201-78, college: Oregon, agency: Priority Sports) with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) scored 13 points. Lavrio have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with AEK. Loser Pagrati dropped to the thirteenth position with six games lost. Lavrio will face OFI (#6) in Heraklion in the next round. Pagrati will play at home against Doxa Lefkadas (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: N.Psileas 19+7reb+1ast, G.Kakiouzis 15+3reb+5ast, V.Kounas 15+2ast, G.Tirlas 12+4reb+3ast, K.Sinnis 7+4reb+2ast, M.Perakis 6+2reb
Pagrati: B.Bracey 26+7reb+5ast, A.Koutroulias 13+4reb, G.Dimakos 11+1reb+1ast, N.Makris 9+1reb+6ast, A.Sigounas 7+1reb+1ast, A.Antonakis 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 138385


AEK/Argous - OFI 56-70

Bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (0-9) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to sixth ranked OFI (5-4) 70-56 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by OFI. AEK/Argous managed to win second period 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding AEK/Argous to just 7 points in first quarter. OFI made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Alexis Bardas (189-81) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Center Stavros Toutziarakis (210-87, agency: FCM) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. OFI's coach Chris Hugaz used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Kostas Maglos (208-75, college: Boston Coll.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and naturalized Serbian guard Alex Stevovic (191-90) added 10 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Newly promoted OFI maintains sixth place with 5-4 record, which they share with Ermis Lagkada. Loser AEK/Argous still closes the standings with nine games lost. OFI will meet at home higher ranked Lavrio (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AEK/Argous will play against Periko/Arhelaos (#15) in Perikos and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
OFI: A.Bardas 23+5reb+1ast, S.Toutziarakis 12+8reb+2ast, A.Sizopoulos 11+2reb+3ast, G.Kerasovitis 8+2reb+2ast, D.Lewis 8+3reb+1ast, D.Katiakos 6+9reb
AEK/Argous: E.Sinadinovic 14+2reb, K.Maglos 11+14reb, A.Stevovic 10+11reb+3ast, S.Tsabis 7+4reb+1ast, D.Papantoniou 6+2reb+2ast, P.Efstratiou 4+1reb
gschID: 138386


AEK - Periko/Arhelaos 66-62

Not a big story in a game in Athens where 14th ranked Periko/Arhelaos (3-6) was defeated by fourth ranked AEK (6-3) 66-62 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Periko/Arhelaos won third quarter 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AEK forced 28 Periko/Arhelaos turnovers. Periko/Arhelaos was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Vaggelis Sklavos (202-77) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) chipped in 22 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Symeon Ioakimidis (197-89) with 16 points and 4 assists and forward Paraskeva Martzos (197-85, agency: FCM) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. AEK have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 6-3 record, which they share with Lavrio. Loser Periko/Arhelaos dropped to the thirteenth position with six games lost. AEK will face Ermis Lagkada (#7) in Lagadas in the next round. Periko/Arhelaos will play at home against AEK/Argous (#16).
Top scorers:
AEK: V.Sklavos 25+11reb+2ast, F.Vasilopoulos 22+3reb+5ast, N.Kourtis 7+4reb, A.Falekas 5+3reb+2ast, V.Tzolos 3+1ast, A.Mantzaris 2+1reb
Periko/Arhelaos: S.Ioakimidis 16+2reb+4ast, K.Bechlivanis 15+2reb+2ast, P.Martzos 9+6reb+4ast, S.Bourdanos 7+1reb, G.Foutsitzis 6+3reb+1ast, D.Marmarinos 4+4reb
gschID: 138387




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  HUNGARY   


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Falco-Szova 6-1 
 2. Albacomp 6-1 
 3. Szolnok 6-1 
 4. Kormend 6-1 
 5. Kecskemeti 6-2 
 6. Atomeromu 4-3 
 7. Marso NYKK 3-4 
 8. Kaposvari 3-4 
 9. Soproni 3-5 
 10. PVSK Pannon 2-5 
 11. Szedeak 2-5 
 12. Jaszberenyi 2-5 
 13. FS Debrecen 1-6 
 14. ZTE KK 0-7 


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Parker's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old guard Charles Parker (193-G-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Keflavik and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Snaefell (#9, 3-4) in overtime 115-113. Keflavik is placed at 2nd position in league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Keflavik will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. In the team's last game Parker had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Keflavik's top player in his first season with the team. Charles Parker averages this season 14.3ppg and 8.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Cameron Echols (203-F/C-81) of Njardvik. He is American forward in his first season at Njardvik. In the last game Echols recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 21 rebounds. Of course Njardvik cruised to a 105-98 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Stjarnan (#3, 5-2). This victory allowed Njardvik to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Echols is a newcomer at Njardvik and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.8ppg (#7). He also registered 10.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-F, agency: Hoops Ambassadors) of Snaefell (#9). Hankins-Cole showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Hankins-Cole's great performance Snaefell lost 113-115in overtime to the higher-ranked Keflavik (#2, 5-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Snaefell ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hankins-Cole could help Snaefell to bring them higher in the standings. Hankins-Cole has a great season in Iceland. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.2rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maurice Miller (187-G-88) of Tindastoll - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Travis Holmes (193-G) of Njardvik - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Finnur Magnusson (206-C) of KR - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Steve Dagostino (180-G-85) of Keflavik - 36 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Justin Shouse (180-G-81) of Stjarnan - 35 points and 7 assists
9. Jovonni Shuler (193-G/F-87) of Haukar - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. James Bartolotta (193-G-86) of IR - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Around Europe - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Results from teams Icelandic players are on in Europe.

Germany.
Hordur Vilhjalmsson helped MC to win Karlsruhe 101-95. Vilhjalmsson score 11 points grab 1 rebounds and dish out 8 assist.
Spain
CAI Zaragoza lost to Real Madrid 67-84. Jon Stefansson had 6 points 1 rebound and 2 assist in the loss.
Sweden.
Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) came up with a huge game when Sundsvall Dragongs beat the top team Boras 105-96 and thight it up on the top seat of the league.
Baeringsson scored 30 points pull down 14 boards and made 2 assist. Jakob Sigurdar and Pavel Ermolinskij also both had very good game. Sigurdarson 23 points, 6 rebounds & 6 assist. Ermolinskij 23 pts. 2 rebounds & 7 assist.
Logi Gunnarsson was Solna Vikings leading scorer wehren team beat LF Basket 101-100 Gunnarsson 25 pts. 2 rebs and 3 assist.
08 Stockholm lost to Jamtland. Helgi magnusson 9 pts. 7 boards and 1 assist for 08. Brynjar Bjornsson 7 pts. & 1 rebs.


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NBA Lockout - (Israel) Maccabi Loses Farmar, Bnei Ekpe Udoh - by David Pick
After another exhausting 15 hour meeting, NBA owners and players reached a tentative agreement on Saturday to end the 149-day lockout and hope to begin the 2011-12 delayed season on Christmas Day. 'We want to play basketball,' NBA commissioner David Stern said, planning a 66-game season aiming to debut training camps December 9th.

However, along with all the excitement on one side of the Atlantic, things are the other side of the ocean, are nearing chaos. From an Israeli League perspective, Euroleague power house Maccabi Tel-Aviv and the Israeli basketball fans woke up this morning to a shocker. Maccabi will say its goodbyes to the team's heart and soul and Euroleague stat leader in points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes -- Jordan Farmar. The New Jersey Nets' point guard established himself being the most dominant and important piece of Maccabi's success this season, given the keys by the coaching staff to fully run the show while being on court. Farmar recently helped lead Maccabi past Armani Milano, securing the top spot (5-1) of Euroleague's Group C.

Farmar will most likely make his last yellow-and-blue appearance tonight as Maccabi hosts Cedevita in the Adriatic League. Thus far, Farmar led Maccabi to first place in the Adriatic League posting 12.8ppg, 4.8aspg and 1.8rpg, a 4-1 record in the Israeli League with 5.3ppg, 3aspg and 1.7rpg, and the top spot in Maccabi's Euroleague group with 13.4ppg, 4aspg and 4.6rpg. With the 'Farmania' well under way, Maccabi will look to add another player to it's roster, but will meanwhile turn to Keith Langford, who hasn't seemed to embrace Nokia
Arena as home just yet.

Trevor Booker, J.J. Hickson & Ekpe Udoh

Another Israeli team to surly suffer from the lockout ending is Bnei Hasharon. The small budgeted Israeli club shockingly managed to sign not one, but three NBA players during the lockout. Trevor Booker was the first to join, but didn't play a single official game suffering a knee injury that sent him back to the US. J.J. Hickson was the second to make an appearance, but that lasted just one game before he called quits.

Bnei's roster finally seemed to have found stability, signing the Golden State Warriors' Ekpe Udoh. The former Baylor Bear teamed up with college teammates Tweety Carter and LaceDarius Dunn, however, according to a source from the team's coaching staff, Udoh won't be Israel much longer. This, due to the out deal he signed. 'Unfortunately, this is reality. The lockout isn't 100% over, but Udoh might be playing his first and last game with the team tomorrow night.' Bnei's currently ranked second to last with a 1-4 record and will look to reshape its squad for a fourth time with just two months into the season.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick





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Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Akita NH 10-3 
 2. Hamamatsu P. 8-5 
 3. Chiba Jets 8-5 
 4. Sendai 89ers 8-5 
 5. Shinshu BW 7-7 
 6. Niigata Albirex 5-6 
 7. Saitama Bron. 5-7 
 8. Yokohama BC 5-7 
 9. Toyama Grouses 5-8 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 1-12 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 11-2 
 2. Okinawa GK 10-3 
 3. Shiga L-Stars 8-5 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 8-5 
 5. Kyoto Hannar. 8-5 
 6. Shimane SM 7-6 
 7. Miyazaki SS 5-8 
 8. Oita H.Devils 3-10 
 9. Takamatsu FA 0-13 


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


Top 10 (DII)
Top 10 Ranking
 1. Mott CC  
 2. S.Suburban JC  
 3. Lakeland CC  
 4. Lincoln CC  
 5. S.Mountain CC  
 6. Columbus St. CC  
 7. Kirkwood CC  
 8. Erie CC  
 9. Louisburg JC  
 10. Southeast CC  


Top 10 (DIII)
Top 10 Ranking
 1. Herkimer County  
 2. Sullivan CC  
 3. Central Lakes CC  
 4. Mountain View  
 5. Sandhills CC  
 6. Joliet CC  
 7. Roxbury CC  
 8. Brookhaven JC  
 9. Eastfield Coll.  
 10. Davidson County  


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BC Astana enjoy road win over Nizhniy Novgorod - by Eurobasket News
VTB League
Nizhniy Novgorod - BC Astana 69:80


BC Astana enjoy road win over Nizhniy Novgorod for 3-3 record in VTB League. The team from Kazakhstan celebrated 80:69 win. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Nizhny Novgorod.
BC Nizhny Novgorod managed to win third quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BC Astana made 8 blocks. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) fired 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Ernest Bremer (194-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) produced 18 points and 9 assists and forward Semen Antonov (202-F-89) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.
BC Astana moved-up to third place, which they share with Lokomotiv. BC Astana is looking forward to face Krasnie Krilya in Samara in the next round.

Novgorod: Ernest Bremer 18, Ivan Savelyev (190-PG-87) 12, Semen Antonov 11
BC Astana: Eric Williams 22, Rawle Marshall 19, Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket) 17, Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) 13



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LBL2 Round 12: Liepaja-2 loses their first game against VEF Riga junior - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Liepaja-2 (10-1) on the court of top-ranked VEF Riga junior on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by VEF Riga junior 67-64. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Liepaja-2. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-12. But Liepaja-2 won second period 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Undefeated VEF Riga junior (9-0) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain second position with a perfect record of 9 victories in a row behind leader Liepaja-2. Liepaja-2 at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. VEF Riga junior's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Ridzene.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: Barons/Keizar. (#4) and DSN (#7). DSN was defeated at home 65-77 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Barons/Keizar. (7-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Newly promoted DSN keeps the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Riga. Barons/Keizar. will play against Cesis (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. DSN will play against Gulbene (#16) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
BS Ogre has finally registered their first victory this season after seven consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Zemgale/Juniors (1-7) 86-73 on Wednesday. BS Ogre left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place, which they share with Ridzene and Jelgava/LLU. It was Zemgale/Juniors' third loss in a row. BS Ogre will meet higher ranked Riga (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Zemgale/Juniors will play against Saldus (#5).
Fifth ranked RSU (7-2) crushed at home 13th ranked Ridzene (1-7) by 37 points 105-68, which is the biggest margin this round. RSU moved-up to fourth place. Ridzene at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with seven games lost. RSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena VEF Kadeti.

In the last game of round 12 Gulbene was destroyed by Riga on the opponent's court 82-59.


RSU - Ridzene 105-68

Fifth ranked RSU (7-2) crushed at home 13th ranked Ridzene (1-7) by 37 points 105-68, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. RSU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. RSU moved-up to fourth place. Ridzene at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with seven games lost. RSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena VEF Kadeti.
gschID: 151327


BK VEF - Liepaja-2 67-64

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Liepaja-2 (10-1) on the court of top-ranked VEF Riga junior on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by VEF Riga junior 67-64. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Liepaja-2. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-12. But Liepaja-2 won second period 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Riga junior (9-0) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain second position with a perfect record of 9 victories in a row behind leader Liepaja-2. Liepaja-2 at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. VEF Riga junior's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Ridzene.
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DSN - Barons/Keizar. 65-77

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: Barons/Keizar. (#4) and DSN (#7). DSN was defeated at home 65-77 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Barons/Keizar. (7-1) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Newly promoted DSN keeps the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Riga. Barons/Keizar. will play against Cesis (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. DSN will play against Gulbene (#16) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Ogres - Jelgava/LLU 86-73

BS Ogre has finally registered their first victory this season after seven consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Zemgale/Juniors (1-7) 86-73 on Wednesday. BS Ogre left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place, which they share with Ridzene and Jelgava/LLU. It was Zemgale/Juniors' third loss in a row. BS Ogre will meet higher ranked Riga (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Zemgale/Juniors will play against Saldus (#5).
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Riga - Gulbene 82-59

Very expected game when 15th ranked Gulbene (1-9) was crushed on the road by ninth ranked Riga (5-5) 82-59. The game without a history. Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Riga moved-up to seventh place, which they share with DSN. Gulbene lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom position with nine games lost. Riga's next round opponent will be BS Ogre (#13) at home where they are favorite. Gulbene will play against DSN in Riga.
gschID: 151322




Ventspils needed overtime to win at home - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils needed overtime to win at home in Baltic League. The Latvian side outleveled Baltai Kaunas 82:77 due to 11-6 in extra time. Six players scored in double figures for the winners as Todd Abernethy (185-G-84, college: Mississippi) led them all with 15 points. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 14, while Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) posted 13. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-G-89, agency: Alti Sport) ended up with 24 points in the losing effort.

Valmiera meanwhile posted two victories in Challenge Cup. There was a minor upset when leader Lithuanian Techasas were defeated on the road by third ranked Latvian Valmiera 81-65 on Tuesday. 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-G, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 4 assists. Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) helped adding 22 points.
On Friday Latvian Valmiera edged at home their biggest opponent Lithuanian Sakalai 73:72. 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 Ernests Kalve who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points.


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The Quiet Virtue - by Chudney Gray
THE QUIET VIRTUE
The promise of whatever we seek isnt always what we intend it to be. Theres no such thing, honestly. Its a consistency that somehow mirrors forever. Ideally, what we think we put into something is what we should receive in return. That way of thinking is totally wrong!
In a perfect world this is accurate. Unfortunately, theres life and with that there are peeks and valleys, detours and pitstops. Some make it, some dont.
Furthermore, these humbling experiences that we all endure ultimately shape our humility.
Infact, the landscape is clear as day. Where, coming face to face with such realities either paralyze you or allow you to be more conscious. How its handled, usually determines your vantage point.
This year, especially, Ive learned to count my blessing more than ever. Seeing an overwhelming number of jobless peers wait impatiently for offers that have yet to come. A timely wake up call to every person that rely on their talents as a source of income. Theres no such thing as being picky, especially with an economy that has hit its lowest mark in ages. Maybe if you were Kobe Bryant Or Lebron James, but even those guys are itching to get back to work. Its rough but at the same moment, Its adjusting to the times and living according. With the current state of international play, the ball is no longer in the hands of the controller. Its the middle man, the dark horse, the unpaved roads and a list of damning questions that go unanswered.
Nonetheless, these are the times in life where taking a step back ultimately enables u to take 2 steps ahead.
Heres to another year... Overcoming the odds and staying grounded.
Keeping my basic principals in place and not taking anything for granted.



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Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Lietuvos rytas 8-0 
 2. Zalgiris 6-0 
 3. Siauliai 6-2 
 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 0-7 


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


Siauliai and Rudupis keep the top positions in Elite Division - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai and Rudupis keep the top positions in Elite Division of Baltic League.
Tonight Rudupis overcame Kalev/Cramo 72:64 for 7-1 record. Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) netted 13. Arbet Gregor and Armands Skele (192-G-83) responded with 15 points each in defeat.
Yesterday Lithuanian Rudupis beat Estonian Tartu Ulikool 85:81. 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-G/F-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) helped adding 16 points.
Siauliai earlier outleveled host Kedainiai 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. Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89, college: JMU) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners.
Naglis Palangos and Techasas meanwhile remain undefeated on top of their groups of Challenge Cup.



NKL round 15 best performance: Tomas Lekunas - by Eurobasket News
Former international forward Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for S.Marciulionio, receiving a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 18-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Radviliskis (#1, 11-4) 94-83. S.Marciulionio maintains the 14th position in NKL. S.Marciulionio is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-9 record. In the team's last game Lekunas had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Tomas Lekunas averages this season 9.6ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old former international forward Audrius Mineikis (201-F-77) of league's leader Radviliskis. Mineikis had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Radviliskis lost that game 83-94 to the lower-ranked S.Marciulionio (#14, 6-9). Radviliskis managed to keep the same 1st spot in the standings. His team has currently 11-4 record. Mineikis is well-known at Radviliskis and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.8ppg (#9). He also registered 9.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-F-82) of Ezerunas-Karys (#10). Ambrulaitis scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Ambrulaitis' great performance Ezerunas-Karys lost 71-81 to the higher-ranked Nafta Universitetas (#5, 9-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Ezerunas-Karys ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ambrulaitis could help Ezerunas-Karys to bring them higher in the standings. Ambrulaitis has a great season in Lithuania. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tomas Urbonas (214-C-92) of LKKA-Atletas - 12 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) of Gargzdai - 17 points and 11 rebounds
6. Martynas Linkevicius (197-F-85) of Triobet - 14 points and 18 rebounds
7. Audrius Vasiliauskas (189-G-82) of Triobet - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Julius Jucikas (205-C-89) of ABRO-Univ. - 18 points and 10 rebounds
9. Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-G-85) of Delikatesas - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Ignas Razutis (185-G-87) of Silute - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists

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


NKL Round 16: Delikatesas are upset by LKKA-Atletas - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Kaunas between second ranked Delikatesas (11-5) and sixth ranked LKKA-Atletas (9-7) on Saturday night. Delikatesas was defeated by LKKA-Atletas on the road 90-77. The game was mostly controlled by LKKA-Atletas. Delikatesas managed to win third quarter 26-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. LKKA-Atletas shot 66.0 percent from the field. LKKA-Atletas had a 25-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for LKKA-Atletas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Delikatesas' players. Guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) fired 25 points and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) chipped in 29 points. Guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-85) produced 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for lost side. LKKA-Atletas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Triobet and Meresta. Delikatesas at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. LKKA-Atletas is looking forward to face S.Marciulionio (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Delikatesas will play against Nafta Universitetas (#4) in Klaipeda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Radviliskis delivered the twelfth victory. This time they beat 14th ranked S.Marciulionio (6-10) 86-72. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Tomas Rakauskas (184-81) who helped to win the game recording 25 points. Audrius Mineikis contributed with 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vaidas Trepocka (200-80, agency: Court Side) replied with 21 points and 5 rebounds for S.Marciulionio. Radviliskis maintains first position with 12-4 record. S.Marciulionio at the other side dropped to the thirteenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Silute. Radviliskis will play against Perlas-MRU (#9) in Vilnius in the next round and are hoping to win another game. S.Marciulionio will play on the road against LKKA-Atletas (#5) in Kaunas and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Klaipeda between Nafta Universitetas and Ezerunas-Karys. Fifth ranked Nafta Universitetas (10-6) got a very close home victory over 10th ranked Ezerunas-Karys (7-9). Nafta Universitetas managed to escape with a 3-point win 74-71 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Worth to mention a great performance of Evaldas Lengvinas who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 assists. At the losing side Raimondas Ambrulaitis responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Nafta Universitetas moved-up to third place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio. Newly promoted Ezerunas-Karys dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Mazeikiai. Nafta Universitetas will meet at home league's second-placed Delikatesas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ezerunas-Karys will play against Statyba (#10) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Vilnius, where higher ranked Triobet (9-7) lost to ninth ranked Perlas-MRU (8-8) in a road game 77-92. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Triobet. The winners were led by Gintautas Vileita who scored that evening 29 points, 8 assists and 6 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Perlas-MRU moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Matinga-Juod. and Statyba. Triobet at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Perlas-MRU's next round opponent will be league's leader Radviliskis on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Triobet will play against Zalgiris-Sabonio (#3) in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Mazeikiai. Local Mazeikiai (7-9) outscored 16th ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (4-12) 84-62 on Saturday night. Parrish Brown fired 30 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Gargzdai-Bremena's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Mazeikiai moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Ezerunas-Karys. Newly promoted Gargzdai-Bremena stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Mazeikiai will face ABRO-Universitetas (#15) in Siauliai in the next round. Gargzdai-Bremena will play against Matinga-Juod..

Rest of the games of round 16 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Silute was defeated by Zalgiris-Sabonio in Kaunas 97-87. Meresta beat ABRO-Univ. at home 87-76. Statyba won against Matinga-Juod. on the opponent's court 82-71.
The best stats of 16th round was 32 points and 9 rebounds by Tauras Jogela of Zalgiris-Sabonio.


Zalgiris-Sabonio - Silute 97-87

There was no surprise in Kaunas where 12th ranked Silute (6-10) was defeated by third ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (10-6) 97-87 on Saturday. Silute was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Silute 48-30 including 22 on the offensive glass. Forward Tauras Jogela (201-93) fired 32 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-93) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Saulius Stombergas used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Ignas Razutis (185-87) produced 17 points and 6 assists and guard Evaldas Jurkus (190-84) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Four Silute players scored in double figures. Zalgiris-Sabonio maintains third position with 10-6 record having just two points less than leader Radviliskis, which they share with Nafta Universitetas. Loser Silute dropped to the thirteenth place with ten games lost. Zalgiris-Sabonio will face Triobet (#6) in Jonava in the next round. Silute will play on the road against Meresta (#7) in Pakruojis.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: T.Jogela 32+9reb+2ast, V.Kariniauskas 20+2reb+5ast, K.Vecvagars 14+3ast, S.Kymantas 8+11reb, R.Jakstas 8+15reb+2ast, R.Simanavicius 5+2reb+1ast
Silute: I.Razutis 17+3reb+6ast, E.Jurkus 17+3reb+4ast, M.Tamasevicius 14+4reb+2ast, E.Ramanauskas 13+4reb, A.Kaubrys 12+6reb+2ast, A.Cizikas 9+4reb+5ast
gschID: 148389


Radviliskis - S.Marciulionio 86-72

Leader Radviliskis delivered the twelfth victory. This time they beat 14th ranked S.Marciulionio (6-10) 86-72. The game was mostly controlled by Radviliskis. S.Marciulionio was better in second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded S.Marciulionio 38-27 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Tomas Rakauskas (184-81) who helped to win the game recording 25 points. Forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) contributed with 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vaidas Trepocka (200-80, agency: Court Side) replied with 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Jonas Elvikis (195-82) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for S.Marciulionio. Four S.Marciulionio players scored in double figures. Radviliskis maintains first position with 12-4 record. S.Marciulionio at the other side dropped to the thirteenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Silute. Radviliskis will play against Perlas-MRU (#9) in Vilnius in the next round and are hoping to win another game. S.Marciulionio will play on the road against LKKA-Atletas (#5) in Kaunas and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: T.Rakauskas 25+4reb+2ast, A.Mineikis 23+8reb, Z.Petraitis 18+2reb+5ast, J.Ramanauskas 9+6reb+1ast, M.Pukinskas 5+3reb+2ast, R.Grinius 3+9reb+1ast
S.Marciulionio: V.Trepocka 21+5reb+1ast, J.Elvikis 15+5reb+3ast, O.Olisevicius 12+5reb+1ast, T.Lekunas 10+4reb+3ast, M.Niparavicius 8+2reb+1ast, M.Paliukenas 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 148390


Perlas-MRU - Triobet 92-77

We should mention about the upset which took place in Vilnius, where higher ranked Triobet (9-7) lost to ninth ranked Perlas-MRU (8-8) in a road game 77-92. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Triobet. Triobet was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 54-38 second half run of Perlas-MRU. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Triobet's players. The winners were led by guard Gintautas Vileita (194-75, college: Monmouth) who scored that evening 29 points, 8 assists and 6 steals and forward Mantas Kazonas (202-89) supported him with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Perlas-MRU players scored in double figures. Even 23 points by forward Henrikas Vorotnikovas (202-90) did not help to save the game for Triobet. Guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) added 21 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Perlas-MRU moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Matinga-Juod. and Statyba. Triobet at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Perlas-MRU's next round opponent will be league's leader Radviliskis on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Triobet will play against Zalgiris-Sabonio (#3) in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: G.Vileita 29+2reb+8ast, M.Kazonas 16+7reb+4ast, E.Molosciakas 13+1reb+3ast, T.Padegimas 12+6reb+1ast, K.Brusokas 11+4reb+4ast, M.Virbalas 8+5reb+2ast
Triobet: H.Vorotnikovas 23+2reb+1ast, T.Sebeziovas 21+3reb+2ast, A.Vasiliauskas 8+3reb+2ast, V.Kruzikas 8+2reb+3ast, M.Linkevicius 6+9reb, P.Vaitiekunas 5+11reb
gschID: 148391


Nafta Universitetas - Ezerunas-Karys 74-71

A very close game took place in Klaipeda between Nafta Universitetas and Ezerunas-Karys. Fifth ranked Nafta Universitetas (10-6) got a very close home victory over 10th ranked Ezerunas-Karys (7-9). Nafta Universitetas managed to escape with a 3-point win 74-71 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Ezerunas-Karys was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Nafta Universitetas made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 assists and forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) who added 14 points during the contest. At the losing side forward Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-82) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and forward Andrius Slezas (200-75) scored 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Ezerunas-Karys players scored in double figures. Nafta Universitetas moved-up to third place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio. Newly promoted Ezerunas-Karys dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Mazeikiai. Nafta Universitetas will meet at home league's second-placed Delikatesas in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ezerunas-Karys will play against Statyba (#10) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nafta Universitetas: E.Lengvinas 16+2reb+5ast, J.Kazakauskas 14+4reb+1ast, D.Anuzis 10+2reb+1ast, H.Venskus 9+4reb+2ast, D.Norkus 7+4reb+1ast, M.Kumpys 7+8reb+2ast
Ezerunas-Karys: R.Ambrulaitis 20+8reb+1ast, E.Narusis 14+5reb+1ast, A.Slezas 12+7reb+4ast, P.Lescinskas 10+1reb+2ast, G.Andrijauskas 7+5reb+4ast, K.Sestokas 4+1reb
gschID: 148386


Meresta - ABRO-Univ. 87-76

No shocking result in a game in Pakruojis where seventh ranked Meresta (9-7) defeated 15th ranked ABRO-Universitetas (4-12) 87-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Meresta. ABRO-Universitetas was better in fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Meresta shot 61.1 percent from the field. ABRO-Universitetas was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Simonas Slivka (193-86) fired 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) chipped in 18 points. Five Meresta players scored in double figures. Guard Nerijus Mika (190-89) produced 21 points and center Julius Jucikas (205-89) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Meresta have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Triobet and LKKA-Atletas. Loser ABRO-Universitetas keeps the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Meresta will face Silute (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ABRO-Universitetas will play against Mazeikiai.
Top scorers:
Meresta: A.Maneikis 18+4reb+3ast, S.Slivka 17+7reb+5ast, K.Artamonov 16+3reb+6ast, L.Radavicius 15+4reb+2ast, A.Galkauskas 10+5reb, A.Andriusaitis 6
ABRO-Univ.: N.Mika 21+3reb+1ast, J.Jucikas 17+6reb+1ast, R.Giedraitis 14+3reb+2ast, E.Vaupsas 8+6reb+6ast, A.Kurauskas 6+1ast, E.Grikstas 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 148387


LKKA-Atletas - Delikatesas 90-77

The most important game in the last round took place in Kaunas between second ranked Delikatesas (11-5) and sixth ranked LKKA-Atletas (9-7) on Saturday night. Delikatesas was defeated by LKKA-Atletas on the road 90-77. The game was mostly controlled by LKKA-Atletas. Delikatesas managed to win third quarter 26-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. LKKA-Atletas shot 66.0 percent from the field. LKKA-Atletas had a 25-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for LKKA-Atletas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Delikatesas' players. Guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) fired 25 points and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) chipped in 29 points. Guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-85) produced 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and swingman Vaidotas Jatulevicius (194-88) added 16 points respectively for lost side. LKKA-Atletas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Triobet and Meresta. Delikatesas at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. LKKA-Atletas is looking forward to face S.Marciulionio (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Delikatesas will play against Nafta Universitetas (#4) in Klaipeda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LKKA-Atletas: V.Sragauskis 29+3reb, S.Vingelis 25+1reb+7ast, T.Urbonas 14+14reb, P.Malasauskas 9+4reb+8ast, D.Gricius 6+6ast, T.Tamosiunas 3+3ast
Delikatesas: V.Uzkuraitis 33+5reb+2ast, V.Jatulevicius 16+4reb+1ast, A.Kvedaravicius 8+2reb+2ast, P.Klemas 8+3reb+4ast, M.Keras 7+4reb+3ast, V.Pikalavicius 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 148388


Matinga-Juod. - Statyba 71-82

There was a minor upset when 8th ranked Matinga-Juod. (8-8) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Statyba (8-8) 82-71 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-71. Statyba outrebounded Matinga-Juod. 38-23 including 16 on the offensive glass. Forward Eigirdas Zukauskas (201-92) fired 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Mindaugas Budzinauskas (198-73) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) produced 27 points and 4 assists and center Paulius Gvazdaitis (208-89) added 16 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Statyba moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Perlas-MRU and Matinga-Juod. Statyba will face Ezerunas-Karys (#11) in Moletai in the next round.
Top scorers:
Statyba: E.Zukauskas 22+6reb+1ast, M.Budzinauskas 20+5reb+4ast, L.Kazlauskas 9+6reb+2ast, O.Varanauskas 7+1reb+1ast, R.Sugintas 7+7reb+1ast, V.Luksa 6+5reb+3ast
Matinga-Juod.: A.Birgelis 27+3reb+4ast, P.Gvazdaitis 16+2reb+1ast, K.Pupinis 9+9reb, A.Krivonis 7+5reb+5ast, A.Zibuda 5, M.Uzupis 4
gschID: 148384


Mazeikiai - Gargzdai 84-62

The game with biggest result difference took place in Mazeikiai. Local Mazeikiai (7-9) outscored 16th ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (4-12) 84-62 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Mazeikiai. Gargzdai-Bremena was better in second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mazeikiai made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Gargzdai-Bremena turnovers. Gargzdai-Bremena was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland, agency: Hightower Law Firm) fired 30 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. point guard Mindaugas Stasys (180-86) chipped in 15 points. Center Arturas Gudaitis (208-93) produced 7 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Tadas Mazelis (194-92) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Gargzdai-Bremena's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Mazeikiai moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Ezerunas-Karys. Newly promoted Gargzdai-Bremena stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Mazeikiai will face ABRO-Universitetas (#15) in Siauliai in the next round. Gargzdai-Bremena will play against Matinga-Juod..
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: P.Brown 30+5reb+3ast, M.Stasys 15+4reb+3ast, D.Vaitelis 11+3reb, R.Trakimas 10, M.Simonavicius 8+4reb+5ast, M.Norkus 7+6reb
Gargzdai: L.Jonuska 10+3reb+1ast, M.Martinkus 10+1reb+2ast, T.Mazelis 9+5reb+1ast, A.Gudaitis 7+12reb+1ast, K.Timofejevas 6+4reb+4ast, D.Matutis 6+1ast
gschID: 148385




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Diekirch League Round 10: Amicale edges Musel Pikes by two points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 10 in the Diekirch League took place in Steinsel. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Musel Pikes (4-6) to fifth ranked Amicale (6-4) 73-71 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 24-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Amicale looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. International guard Christopher Jones (188-G-90) fired 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Demetrius Brown (201-83, college: San Jose St.) chipped in 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. American power forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Amicale moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Basket Esch. Musel Pikes lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Residence and Soleuvre. Amicale is looking forward to face BBC Nitia (#9) in Bettembourg in the next round where they are favorite. Musel Pikes will play against Heffingen and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Basket Esch (6-4) against eighth ranked Residence (4-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Basket Esch was defeated by Residence in Bereldange 101-88. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Jerome Gumbs contributed with 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Slovakian power forward Stefan Svitek (203-77) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for Basket Esch. Residence moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Musel Pikes and Soleuvre. Basket Esch at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Amicale. Residence will play against Soleuvre (#7) in Belvaux in the next round. Basket Esch will play at home against the league's leader T71 in Dudelange and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader T71 delivered the ninth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 9th ranked BBC Nitia (1-9) 93-87 in Dudelange. Tom Schumacher scored 26 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Janis Poznaks responded with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). T71 have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-1 record. BBC Nitia lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Heffingen. T71 will meet Basket Esch (#4) on the road in the next round. BBC Nitia will play against Amicale (#5) in Steinsel.
The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local Heffingen (1-9) was outscored by fourth ranked Etzella (7-3) 84-64. Corey Raji notched a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Etzella moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Heffingen stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Etzella's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sparta in Bertrange and it will be for sure the game of the week. Heffingen will play on the road against Musel Pikes (#8) in Stadrbredimus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 10 Soleuvre was defeated by Sparta in Bertrange 74-65.


Amicale - Musel Pikes 73-71

The most exciting game of round 10 in the Diekirch League took place in Steinsel. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Musel Pikes (4-6) to fifth ranked Amicale (6-4) 73-71 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 24-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Amicale looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. International guard Christopher Jones (188-90) fired 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Demetrius Brown (201-83, college: San Jose St.) chipped in 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. American power forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and American-British forward Philip Perre (198-79, college: N.Alabama) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Amicale moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Basket Esch. Musel Pikes lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Residence and Soleuvre. Amicale is looking forward to face BBC Nitia (#9) in Bettembourg in the next round where they are favorite. Musel Pikes will play against Heffingen and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Amicale: C.Jones 21+7reb+5ast, R.Birenbaum 16+2reb+4ast, I.Djerman 13+6reb+2ast, D.Brown 9+7reb+6ast, E.Jeitz 8+3reb+5ast, A.Laurent 4+2reb+1ast
Musel Pikes: B.Gary 19+14reb+5ast, P.Perre 18+5reb+2ast, L.Schwartz 18+3ast, G.Schmit 9+6reb+3ast, J.Kox 5+3reb, J.De Marchi 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 140696


Heffingen - Etzella 64-84

The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local Heffingen (1-9) was outscored by fourth ranked Etzella (7-3) 84-64. It looked good early as Heffingen took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Etzella had a 24-18 second period charge getting the lead and Heffingen was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-84. Etzella forced 20 Heffingen turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 29 personal fouls committed by Heffingen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Nigerian forward Corey Raji (198-88, college: Boston Coll., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) notched a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Tim Giver (183-80) supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Etzella players scored in double figures. Even 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Canadian forward Billy McNutt (203-85) did not help to save the game for Heffingen. Portuguese power forward Helder Carvalho (205-84) added 9 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Etzella moved-up to third place. Newly promoted Heffingen stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Etzella's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sparta in Bertrange and it will be for sure the game of the week. Heffingen will play on the road against Musel Pikes (#8) in Stadrbredimus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Etzella: C.Raji 30+14reb+3ast, T.Giver 18+5reb, G.Polfer 11+2reb+1ast, N.Delgado 11+3reb+3ast, E.Bissener 7+8reb+1ast, R.Albaladejo 5+4reb
Heffingen: B.McNutt 16+8reb+4ast, T.Schmit 10+2reb, C.Schroeder 10+1reb, H.Carvalho 9+8reb+1ast, C.Weyrich 9+4reb+2ast, D.Benseghir 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 140697


Sparta - Soleuvre 74-65

There was no surprise in Bertrange where 7th ranked Soleuvre (4-6) was defeated by second ranked Sparta (8-2) 74-65. Soleuvre was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 44-33 second half run of Sparta. Strangely Soleuvre outrebounded Sparta 55-38 including a 26-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. American point guard Kasey Ulin (184-82, college: Dickinson St.) notched 23 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the effort and Belgian forward Thomas Dreesen (199-88, agency: Court Side) supported him with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Even a double-double of 29 points and 21 rebounds by American Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island) did not help to save the game for Soleuvre. Belgian power forward Dimitri Jorssen (212-79, college: Utah St.) added 13 points and 19 rebounds for lost side. Sparta have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 8-2 record behind leader T71. Soleuvre at the other side dropped to the sixth place with six games lost. Sparta's next round opponent will be Etzella (#3) in Ettelbruck, which may be the game of the day. Soleuvre will play at home against Residence in Bereldange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sparta: K.Ulin 23+5reb+8ast, T.Dreesen 16+11reb+3ast, R.Wolzfeld 16+2reb+1ast, J.Hublart 9+4reb+1ast, P.Hoffmann 8+14reb+2ast, P.Arbaut 2+2ast
Soleuvre: L.Ulmer 29+21reb, D.Jorssen 13+19reb+2ast, D.Controguerra 8+1reb+1ast, A.Schammo 6+5reb+2ast, M.Weyland 5+2ast, D.Berthle 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 140698


T71 - BBC Nitia 93-87

Leader T71 delivered the ninth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 9th ranked BBC Nitia (1-9) 93-87 in Dudelange. T71 shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. International guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) scored 26 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Frank Muller (194-88, college: Cuesta JC) chipped in 18 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Five T71 players scored in double figures. At the losing side Latvian power forward Janis Poznaks (202-83) responded with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and American power forward William Arre (199-86, college: Lock Haven, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) scored 31 points and 6 rebounds. T71 have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-1 record. BBC Nitia lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Heffingen. T71 will meet Basket Esch (#4) on the road in the next round. BBC Nitia will play against Amicale (#5) in Steinsel.
Top scorers:
T71: T.Schumacher 26+1reb+5ast, F.Muller 18+13reb, G.Ruffato 13+4ast, B.Kieffer 11+2reb+2ast, J.Delgado 10+1reb+1ast, D.Stephens 10+11reb
BBC Nitia: W.Arre 31+6reb+1ast, J.Poznaks 26+9reb+4ast, L.Ruppert 13+1reb+1ast, B.Schumacher 8+5reb+3ast, P.Bintz 7, E.Ferreira 2+5reb
gschID: 140699


Residence - Basket Esch 101-88

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Basket Esch (6-4) against eighth ranked Residence (4-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Basket Esch was defeated by Residence in Bereldange 101-88. The game was mostly controlled by Residence. Basket Esch was better in second period 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-23 charity shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Residence forced 19 Basket Esch turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). U.S. Virgin Isl. Forward Jerome Gumbs (194-82, college: USF) contributed with 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Slovakian power forward Stefan Svitek (203-77) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American forward David Reichel added 29 points in the effort for Basket Esch. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Residence moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Musel Pikes and Soleuvre. Basket Esch at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Amicale. Residence will play against Soleuvre (#7) in Belvaux in the next round. Basket Esch will play at home against the league's leader T71 in Dudelange and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Residence: M.Kennedy 40+16reb+1ast, J.Gumbs 25+8reb+3ast, T.Abdiu 20+4reb, P.Koster 13+1reb+4ast, M.Schmit 3+3reb+1ast, L.Jovicic 0
Basket Esch: D.REICHEL 29+4reb+2ast, S.Svitek 22+16reb+1ast, M.Rajniak 15+5reb+7ast, J.Biever 10+4reb+2ast, E.Kesseler 8+2reb+2ast, P.Biever 4+1reb
gschID: 140700




Basket Esch land David Reichel - by Eurobasket News
David Reichel (203-F-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) bolstered Bakset Esch roster. The sides have agreed on terms of contract and David Reichel arrived to Luxembourg on Friday. He has already debuted for his new team. The forward scored impressive 29 points and grabbed 4 boards in an 88:101 loss against Residence.
David Reichel started the previous season with Santurtzi. He tallied 12.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in LEB Silver. In February David Reichel moved to Laguna Socas Canarias. His stats read 1.4 points per game in LEB Gold. Previously David Reichel had stints in IBL, Japan, Mexico and Venezuela. The forward participated at Venezuelan LPB All-Star Game in 2010.


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


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  MEXICO   


Aguilas Rojas lose by default to Fuerza Regia - by Carlos Chapa
LNBP Expansion franchise Aguilas Rojas de San Juan del Rio lost their second straight game in an unusual fashion when they entered Gimnasio Nuevo Leon with just six eligible players, opposed to the minimum number of nine players required to start a game in the LNBP.

Although Aguilas Rojas de San Juan del Rio lost the game on the table an exhibition match was played to show respect for the fans gathered at the gym.

The friendly match showed a relaxed start by Fuerza Regia Monterrey, a team whose purpose was to keep its starting players healthy to receive Soles de Mexicali next Sunday; Aguilas players and coach Giovanni Rivera showed a lot of hearth in the starting periods even taking a one point lead midway through the second quarter, fatigue hit Aguilas in the second half as four of their starters had to play more than thirty minutes.

Highlights of the game were set by Andre Joseph Tyronzic, who hit six three-pointers, Mike Mitchell and Donta Smith showed some consistent game with points, assists and defense. Not much can be said about Aguilas Rojas de San Juan del Rio, Daryl Dorsey hustled throughout the game struggling with turnovers and even a mild ankle sprain that made him limp to his bench to be assisted by the opposite team doctors, 'MaJic' would return later. Terrance Gamble the latest player to be signed by Aguilas played some good twenty minutes, finished with 13 points and led the game with 11 boards, some sources said that Gamble was not officially registered to play.



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  MONTENEGRO   


Adriatic League: Buducnost wasted a good opportunity - by Darko Pekic
How it feels to loose a game two times in one night? Well, Buducnost players know the answer. They ran the show, dominated and had a lot of chances to close early the game. But they blowed a perfect opportunity and returned home with a lot of regrets instead. The final result was 84:77 for Siroki after an overtime.

Buducnost started the game well, their big men crashed the boards while Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) showed why he was Canadian National Team member- he simply knows all the tricks of this game! But Siroki had a big heart and they didn't allow Buducnost to enter in the easy part of the game. Darko Planinic (211-C-90) did all the little things under the basket to stop Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90, college: USC) who was not even close to his standars. Planinic was assisted by an excelent shooter, Fran Pilepic (192-G-89). They put a lot of efforts to keep Siroki in the game.

But the finish was incredible. Buducnost had once again a 10 point lead but they blowed it in a couple of minutes. However, they had an excelent game to win the game when Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) steped on the free throw line only 1 second before the end of the game. If he had scored two points it would have been all over. but he missed both free throws! The result was 70:69 for Siroki and everybody thought it was the end and people start leaving the gym. Also Siroki's players went to their locker rooms. But Buducnost coaching staff kept protesting and they got what they wanted! Actually, one of Siroki's players was fouled out and the refs didn't realize that so Mihailovic's free throw attempt had to be repeated. Players returned on the floor, Mihailovic scored one free throw and put the game in the overtime! But in the overtime, Siroki's players had more desire to win the game and dominated, for the first time in this game, although most of their key players had foul problems or were fouled out. They don't have a good rotation like Buducnost but they deserved the win after all.

In Buducnost Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) had an excelent performance with 22 points and 12 rebounds, Vucevic added 19 and had 7 rebounds. On the other side, Fran Pilepic scored 25 and Coleman Collins (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Virginia Tech) 16 points.


NBA lock out ends, Vucevic and Pekovic return to the United States - by Darko Pekic
The end is NBA lock out is coming soon and the season will probably start on December 25. Thats the most important news from the yesterdays meeting between David Stern and players union representatives. After 16 hour long marathon meeting both sides decided that it was time for an agreement. But what kind of impact the lock out end will have on Montenegrin basketball?

Actually, two best Montenegrin players will have to go back to America. One of them is Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) who was able to establish once again huge dominance under the basket in european basketball. He was unstoppable in the past two months and led Partizan to some very important victories, probably decisive for their qualification to the next stage of Euroleague. Pekovic's Euroleague numbers are: 15.2 ppg and 4.8 rpg while shooting 53% from the floor and, without Pekovic, Partizan's chances to win trophies will decrease for sure.

Pekovic was expected to perform on certain level, but another Montenegrin big men, who was almost unknown in Europe, surprised everybody and exploded in Podgorica like a bomb! His name is Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90, college: USC) and he dominated the Adriatic League with 17.4 ppg, 10.4 rpg and 1bpg. Buducnost fans will miss him a lot because he was the undiscussed team leader and important presence under the basket. However, now he will have a chance to prove his talent at the highest level possible- NBA.

Hopefully, the two players will have a chance to say goodbye to the local fans, in the derby match, the clash of the titans- Buducnost vs Partizan where two Montenegrin giants will face eachother for the last time under european rims. The duel will continue in America...

Good luck to both of them!


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  NAIA   


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


D2 Top 25 ranking
Top 25 Ranking
1. Northwood Fl.
2. Ind.Wesleyan
3. Davenport
4. Oregon Tech
5. Bellevue
6. Cornerstone
7. Northwestern, IA
8. Embry Riddle
9. Grace
10. E.Oregon
11. McPherson
12. Coll.of the Ozarks
13. St.Ambrose
14. St.Francis, IN
15. Iowa Wesleyan
16. Dordt
17. Cardinal Stritch
18. Indiana Tech
19. Warner
20. Sterling
21. Indiana East
22. Jamestown
23. Morningside
24. Indiana SE
25. Idaho Coll.


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  NBA   


Owners, players reach handshake deal to end lockout - by Eurobasket News
The NBA and the Players Association have reached a tentative agreement to end the five-month old lockout and start the leagues 2011-12 season on Dec. 25.

After 16 hours of negotiations Friday, the two sides reached a handshake agreement a little after 3 a.m. ET in New York. Both sides must still get a majority vote from the 29 owners and 450 players to finalize the agreement as well as negotiate a series of smaller issues like a drug testing policy.

The owners made significant moves toward the players on several important system issues that long separated the two sides, a union source told Yahoo! Sports Saturday morning. Theres still some tweaking to those that needs to be done, the source said.

After the tentative agreement was announced, some players privately said they would not vote for the deal, believing they had conceded too much to the owners. Still, there is not believed to be enough support to block ratification.

Were optimistic that the [agreement] will hold and well have ourselves an NBA season, NBA commissioner David Stern said at a brief news conference held in New York with Players Association executive director Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher (notes).

Free agency and training camps will start on Dec. 9, Stern said. Under the current agreement, the regular season would have a 66-game schedule that begins on Christmas Day with three games: Boston Celtics at the New York Knicks; Miami Heat at the Dallas Mavericks; and Chicago Bulls at the Los Angeles Lakers.

'It's finally great to wake up to this kind of news', Houston Rockets guard Kevin Martin said.

After disbanding as a union and filing an antitrust suit against the NBA, the Players Association needs to reform as a union and hold a vote to ratify the deal. The terms of the agreement included a 50-50 revenue split between the owners and players, a source said.

We thought it was in both of our interest to try to reach a resolution and save the game and to be able to provide the mind of superb entertainment the NBA historically has provided, Hunter said.

The negotiating session nearly came undone in the early moments on Friday night when Players Association counsel Jeffrey Kessler told Stern and the NBAs negotiating team through a speaker phone that the players wanted to move back to a 51 percent revenue split, a league source told Y! Sports. Stern, labor relations committee chairman Peter Holt and deputy commissioner Adam Silver termed the proposal unacceptable, and soon left the conference room.

The players were feeling out how much leverage their antitrust lawsuits gave them, sources said, but its long been clear that Stern didnt have ownership support to go beyond 50 percent. The players had a 57 percent share of the revenue split in the last collective bargaining agreement, and the move to 50-50 could shift as much as $3 billion to the owners over the course of a 10-year agreement.

I speak for everyone when we say, If we work, were excited, Lakers forward Matt Barnes said. I thought wed eventually come to something. The league is doing too well to dismiss the season. I thought wed get started in January or February.

The settlement talks between the two sides began Tuesday and intensified Friday. Fisher flew to New York to join the negotiations that also included Silver, Holt and lawyers for both sides.

It was a roller-coaster ride, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. I followed every negotiating session and got my hopes up many times.

The two sides thought they had previously been within reach of a deal a month ago only to have talks break down. After Stern threatened the players with a reset offer that would have included a 53 percent share of revenue for the owners, the players decided to disband their union on Nov. 14.

The reason for the settlement was weve got fans, weve got players who would like to play and weve got others who are dependent on us, Stern said. And its always been our goal to reach a deal that was fair to both sides and get us playing as soon as possible, but that took a little time.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


Sources: Lamar Odom, Besiktas agree - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) has reached an agreement in principle to sign with Besiktas of Turkey and team up overseas with Nets star Deron Williams, according to sources close to Odom.

Final details will not be sorted out before Friday, sources said, but Odom has indicated that he plans to join the Istanbul-based team as early as next week if the NBA lockout continues.

Sources told ESPN.com that the deal would pay Odom in excess of $2 million if he spends the rest of the season with Besiktas. The deal -- first reported in Turkey by NTV Spor and local journalist Mete Aktas -- will include an opt-out clause to return to the NBA as soon as the lockout ends, same as in Williams' contract.

After Minnesota's Kevin Love turned down the chance last weekend to take a similar deal to play alongside Williams, ESPN.com reported late Tuesday that Odom was the new target. Besiktas has been trying for days to acquire a top-flight big man to pair with Williams, who erupted for 50 points Tuesday in a EuroChallenge game against Gottingen of Germany.

Besiktas wanted a big man from the NBA even before Cleveland Cavaliers forward Semih Erden suffered a thumb injury in the win over Gottingen. According to various media reports in Turkey, Besiktas also entered into talks with Williams' New Jersey teammate Brook Lopez this week while waiting on Odom's decision.

But Aktas reported earlier Thursday that Besiktas coach Ergin Ataman preferred Odom even though Lopez is more of a traditional center. Besiktas can sign only one more foreign player in addition to Williams.

During its courtship of Love, Besiktas also talked to Chicago Bulls teammates Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer. But the insurance costs in both of those cases appeared to be prohibitive, given that both players have expensive long-term contracts. Boozer has four years and nearly $61 million left on his contract, while Deng is still owed just under $40 million in the next three seasons.

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

Odom, though, stood out to Besiktas for his versatility, his friendship with Williams -- with whom he shares agent Jeff Schwartz -- and a contract that's manageable insurance-wise for Besiktas. Odom's deal with the Lakers has just two years to run worth slightly more than $17 million, but the 2012-13 season is only partially guaranteed.

Odom turned 32 earlier this month and is well-regarded in Turkish basketball circles following his strong play in Istanbul in summer 2010 for the victorious Team USA at the world championships. Despite the fact that his wife, Khloe Kardashian, has Armenian roots, Odom's reality show with Kardashian airs in Turkey and is said to be popular there.

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

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

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

Persistent questions about Besiktas' budget, most recently raised after two WNBA stars (Amber Harris and Jantel Lavender) left the club's women's team in a dispute over late payments, hasn't stopped Besiktas from aggressively pursuing a slew of NBA stars throughout the offseason.

After well-publicized runs during the summer at Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, Besiktas' wide-ranging search for size to complement Williams, according to Aktas, also featured discussions with Memphis' Zach Randolph, Dallas' Tyson Chandler, Chicago's Omer Asik, Chris Kaman of the Los Angeles Clippers and Andrew Bynum of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Courtesy of ESPN


Lockout resolve? - by Alex Yam
'Now that the NBA is back in business in does not change the outcome of the imports that have signed in china this season. These players are still obliged to honor their contract because the CBA will hold their letter of clearances keeping them from joining any NBA team. There are absolutely no loopholes with the only being if a player sustains a season ending injury and at that point the player would only be able to join an NBA team after his CBA teams season has been completed.

The CBA has endured a season like no other, in terms of Chinese Basketball , with NBA player after NBA player coming to China. Now that the lockout is all but over, what impact does this have on the NBA players that signed season term contracts? With the exception of Yi who was able to get an NBA out because he is considered a domestic player in China, is there about to be a whole new set of problems in the CBA?


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


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  NCAA1   


Patrick Heckmann scores 32 points in win over UC Riverside - by Daniel Poerschke
German freshman Patrick Heckmann (195-G-92) scored 32 points to lead Boston College to a 66-62 overtime win against UC Riverside Friday afternoon in the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Heckmann went 9-for-13 from the field, including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. He was also a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line. His 32-point performance was tied for the second most in 76 Classic history. Arizona State's James Harden holds the record with 40 and also had a 32-point game in 2008.
Heckmann's point total is also tied for the eighth-most all-time in the ACC by a freshman.
Twenty-one of Heckmann's points came in the second half and overtime. He also added five rebounds.

source: http://www.bceagles.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/112511aaa.html


Top 25 - Men
TOP25 Standings
 1. N.Carolina 0-0 (5-0) 
 2. Kentucky 0-0 (5-0) 
 3. Ohio St. 0-0 (6-0) 
 4. Connecticut 0-0 (5-0) 
 5. Syracuse 0-0 (6-0) 
 6. Duke 0-0 (7-0) 
 7. Louisville 0-0 (4-0) 
 8. Memphis 0-0 (2-2) 
 9. Baylor 0-0 (5-0) 
 10. Florida 0-0 (4-1) 
 11. Wisconsin 0-0 (5-0) 
 12. Xavier 0-0 (4-0) 
 13. Alabama 0-0 (6-0) 
 14. Kansas 0-0 (3-2) 
 15. Michigan 0-0 (5-1) 
 16. Marquette 0-0 (5-0) 
 17. Pittsburgh 0-0 (4-1) 
 18. Vanderbilt 0-0 (5-1) 
 19. Gonzaga 0-0 (3-0) 
 20. California 0-0 (4-1) 
 21. Missouri 0-0 (5-0) 
 22. Florida St. 0-0 (5-1) 
 23. Arizona 0-0 (4-2) 
 24. Mississippi St. 0-0 (6-1) 
 25. Texas A&M 0-0 (3-1) 


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 


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


Former NCAA D2 Talent on Full Display in Ohio Hidden Gems Semi-Pro Action! - by Lucius Jones
The Ohio Hidden Gems have reloaded and are primed for a successful Semi-Pro season in 2011-2012. After an 0-7 season with 6 single-digit defeats in the IBL in 2011, the Ohio Hidden Gems, led by Isaac Jefferson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Hampton), have added several NCAA D2 pieces to change the complexion of the roster and also the results. The immediate results were a crushing 152-123 blow to the Cambridge Crush. Kenny Langhorne (6'5''-F/G-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: S.Arkansas) who played 2years at Southern Arkansas has jumped back into the fold with the Gems and had a stunning 36pts, 11rebs, 5 asts outing. Big Julian McClurkin (6'8''-C-86, college: N.Carolina A&T) showed he is not only a Harlem Globetrotter but can play under the whistle as well very well. The 2yr Tiffin alum is a legit, quality Professional frontcourt talent and had 32pts, 21rebs,4asts,3stls,6blks in an effort to prove such. Cordaryl Ballard (6'5''-G/F-87, college: USC Aiken) has been a rock-solid Pro for a few years now on the circuit since his S.C. Aiken days and scored a quiet 24pts in the win. Alonzo Kindred had a great debut at point guard with 13asts to go along with his 9pts just missing a double double. Team Captain Isaac Jefferson scored 13points in the game but had an eye-popping 24rebounds and 17assists in the contest! The story of the night was the debut of Salem International and Head Coach Clark Maloney alum, Auston Young. Auston Young finished the contest with 38points to lead all scorers. He started off the game scoring the first 7 points of the contest leading the Ohio Hidden Gems to a 23-2 start in their menacing 'DMX' 2-2-1 Full Court Pressure. The rematch is December 11th on 1125 McFarland at The Armory in Cambridge,Ohio at 7pm.

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  NCAA3   


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


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  NORWAY   


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Froya Basket 9-1 
 2. Asker Aliens 8-3 
 3. Baerum Basket 7-2 
 4. Gimle BBK 6-4 
 5. Tromso 4-4 
 6. Centrum 4-6 
 7. Ammerud Bskt 2-8 
 8. Langhus 0-12 


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


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  PBL   


Admirals Win In Overtime - by Gianni Pascucci
Lake Michigan Admirals outlasted Grand Rapids Outlawz 116-109 OT in a pre-season match up at Lake Michigan Catholic High School. Tied at 103 in regulation, Benton Harbor natives Jay McCree (5'10''-G-87) and Rodney Alexander (6'7''-F-87, college: Oklahoma City) combined for 9 points in overtime to seal the victory. Alexander led the Admirals with 22 points followed by rookie Romain Martin (6'3''-G-88) with 18. The Admirals took control of the second half with only 7 lead changes in regulation, but an eight point lead was erased by the Outlawzs with just over 3 minutes left. Freddie Harris (6'8''-C-85) stole an inbound pass with 4 seconds left in regulation, but McCree shot fell short. The PBL pre-season tournament kicks off league competition December 4th at Benton Harbor High School with a 3 pm tip off. For more information go to www.lakemichiganadmirals.com

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  POLAND   


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


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


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Open Florentyna 9-0 
 2. Astoria Bydg. 8-1 
 3. Ksiezak Lowicz 6-3 
 4. AZS PP Poznan 6-3 
 5. AZS UWM Olsz. 5-4 
 6. Zuraw Gniewno 4-4 
 7. Zyrardowianka 4-5 
 8. Korsarz Gdansk 3-5 
 9. Trefl II Sopot 3-5 
 10. KK Swiecie 3-6 
 11. GKK Gorzow 3-7 
 12. Wilki Morskie 2-6 
 13. SMS PZKosz 1-8 
Group B
 1. Alba Chorzow 8-2 
 2. Slask II W. 7-2 
 3. BM Wegiel Stal 7-3 
 4. Pogon Prudnik 7-3 
 5. AZS AWF K-ce 7-3 
 6. WKK Obiekty 6-3 
 7. GTK Gliwice 6-4 
 8. MCKiS Jaworz. 5-5 
 9. HK Zory 5-5 
 10. AZS AGH Alstom 4-6 
 11. MKS Skierniew. 3-7 
 12. Nysa Klodzko 2-8 
 13. Mickiewicz 2-8 
 14. UMKS Piotrc. 0-10 
Group C
 1. PWiK Piaseczno 8-1 
 2. MKS Limbach 7-2 
 3. UMKS Kielce 6-3 
 4. Unia Tarnow 6-3 
 5. Handlopex AZS 5-3 
 6. Wisla AWF Kr. 5-4 
 7. UKS Siemaszka 5-5 
 8. Tur Bielsk Pdl. 4-4 
 9. Novum Lublin 4-5 
 10. Rosa II Radom 3-5 
 11. Staco MNLK 3-6 
 12. AZS II Polit.W-wa 2-8 
 13. Pulaski Warka 0-9 


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


Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Alges 5-0 
 2. Galitos-Tley 5-1 
 3. Illiabum 5-1 
 4. Oliveirense 4-2 
 5. Electrico FC 3-3 
 6. Sangalhos 3-3 
 7. Guifoes 2-4 
 8. Angra 2-4 
 9. Fisica 2-4 
 10. Gaeirense 1-4 
 11. Maia Basket 1-4 
 12. Povoa 1-4 


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  ROMANIA   


Slobodan Popovic moved to Pitesti - by Eurobasket News
Slobodan Popovic (198-G-80, agency: BeoExcell) moved to Pitesti after four years with CS Otopeni Bucuresti. In 2008-2009 he appeared for CS Otopeni Bucuresti (Romania-Div.A, starting five) and in 34 games averaged 14.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 74.5%. In 2009-2010 his stats read 11.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 59.3%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 82.2%. In 2010-2011 for CS Otopeni (Romania-Div.A, starting five) he had high 17.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 64.0%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 81.7%. This season he played for 6 games and averaged 16.0 points per game. He recorded 24 points in the opener as Otopeni beat CS Dinamo Bucuresti 94:87.Otopeni looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Slobodan Popovic contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners.
Slobodan Popovic debuted with 14 points for his new team against former Otopeni. Tonight Pitesti rolled over Otopeni 87:65.



Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Timisoara 9-1 
 2. Gaz Metan 8-2 
 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 5-5 
 9. Craiova 4-5 
 10. Dinamo B. 4-5 
 11. Rovinari 4-5 
 12. Pitesti 4-6 
 13. Otopeni 2-7 
 14. Giurgiu 2-7 
 15. Perla Harghitei 1-9 
 16. Politehnica 0-10 


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BC Astana enjoy road win over Nizhniy Novgorod - by Eurobasket News
VTB League
Nizhniy Novgorod - BC Astana 69:80


BC Astana enjoy road win over Nizhniy Novgorod for 3-3 record in VTB League. The team from Kazakhstan celebrated 80:69 win. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Nizhny Novgorod.
BC Nizhny Novgorod managed to win third quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BC Astana made 8 blocks. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) fired 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Ernest Bremer (194-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) produced 18 points and 9 assists and forward Semen Antonov (202-F-89) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.
BC Astana moved-up to third place, which they share with Lokomotiv. BC Astana is looking forward to face Krasnie Krilya in Samara in the next round.

Novgorod: Ernest Bremer 18, Ivan Savelyev (190-PG-87) 12, Semen Antonov 11
BC Astana: Eric Williams 22, Rawle Marshall 19, Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket) 17, Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) 13



PBL Round 5: CSKA Moscow keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked CSKA Moscow as it allowed them to take a leadership position. CSKA Moscow defeated 4th placed Unics Kazan at home 78-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Unics Kazan. Unics Kazan was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. CSKA Moscow looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Unics Kazan's players. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) who scored 19 points and 6 assists. International center Andrey Vorontsevich (204-87) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Terrell Lyday (190-79, college: BYU) produced 22 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CSKA Moscow have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Unics Kazan at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with Spartak SP. Unics Kazan will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. CSKA Moscow will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Khimky in Khimki.
Undefeated Khimky (4-1) recorded its first loss in Khimki. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Spartak-Prim. (3-1) 95-82. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Khimky. American guard Torey Thomas (180-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points. Konstantin Nesterov contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International center Timofey Mozgov (216-86, agency: RIZO) answered with 20 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for Khimky. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Spartak-Prim. maintains third place with 3-1 record behind leader CSKA. Khimky at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. Spartak-Prim. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Khimky will play at home against the league's leader CSKA Moscow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Samara between Spartak St.Petersburg and Krasnie Krilya. Seventh ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (2-2) got a very close victory on the road over 8th ranked Krasnie Krilya (1-4). Spartak St.Petersburg managed to escape with a 2-point win 86-84 on Friday evening. Yotam Halperin stepped up and scored 16 points and 9 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Spartak St.Petersburg's coach Jurij Zdovc used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Brion Rush responded with 18 points. Spartak St.Petersburg moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Unics. Krasnie Krilya lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with N.Novgorod. Spartak St.Petersburg will meet at home Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#7) in the next round. Krasnie Krilya will play against BC Nizhny Novgorod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kuban. Local Lokomotiv (3-2) beat 7th ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (1-2) 85-67. Jeremiah Massey nailed 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lokomotiv moved-up to fourth place. Enisey Krasnoyarsk at the other side keeps the seventh position with two games lost. Lokomotiv's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (#10) in Lubertsy which should be theoretically an easy game. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play on the road against Spartak St.Petersburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The best stats of 5th round was 26 points by Valery Likhodey of Spartak SP.



Krasnie Krilya - Spartak SP 84-86

A very close game took place in Samara between Spartak St.Petersburg and Krasnie Krilya. Seventh ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (2-2) got a very close victory on the road over 8th ranked Krasnie Krilya (1-4). Spartak St.Petersburg managed to escape with a 2-point win 86-84 on Friday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-25. But Krasnie Krilya won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spartak St.Petersburg dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Krasnie Krilya's 36. Israeli guard Yotam Halperin (196-84) stepped up and scored 16 points and 9 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners and forward Valery Likhodey (205-86) chipped in 26 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Spartak St.Petersburg's coach Jurij Zdovc used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Court Side) responded with 18 points and the other American import guard Aaron Miles (186-83, college: Kansas) scored 8 points and 10 assists. Spartak St.Petersburg moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Unics. Krasnie Krilya lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with N.Novgorod. Spartak St.Petersburg will meet at home Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#7) in the next round. Krasnie Krilya will play against BC Nizhny Novgorod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak SP: V.Likhodey 26+2reb+1ast, L.Mavrokefalidis 19+5reb+2ast, Y.Halperin 16+4reb+9ast, P.Beverley 8+16reb+3ast, V.Keyru 7+1reb+2ast, A.Kashirov 4+1reb
Krasnie Krilya: B.Rush 18+3reb+3ast, D.Labovic 15+3reb, N.Balashov 9+2reb+1ast, E.Kolesnikov 9+4reb, A.Miles 8+3reb+10ast, F.Likholitov 8+3reb
gschID: 151193


Lokomotiv - Enisey 85-67

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kuban. Local Lokomotiv (3-2) beat 7th ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (1-2) 85-67. The game without a history. Lokomotiv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 30 personal fouls committed by Enisey Krasnoyarsk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.) nailed 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and French center Ali Traore (207-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 17 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) came up with 12 points and 4 assists and American center Lonny Baxter (204-79, college: Maryland, agency: Priority Sports) added 12 points respectively for Enisey Krasnoyarsk in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Lokomotiv moved-up to fourth place. Enisey Krasnoyarsk at the other side keeps the seventh position with two games lost. Lokomotiv's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (#10) in Lubertsy which should be theoretically an easy game. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play on the road against Spartak St.Petersburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: S.Bykov 18+1reb+2ast, A.Traore 17+4reb+1ast, J.Massey 14+8reb, P.Brezec 8+6reb, R.Blakney 8+3ast, L.Chalmers 7+2reb+1ast
Enisey: E.Kikanovic 12+2reb, L.Baxter 12+4reb, M.Marinovic 12+4reb+4ast, J.Hukic 7+5reb, A.Komarovskiy 5+2reb+2ast, V.Zaytsev 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 151194


Khimky - Spartak-Prim. 82-95

Undefeated Khimky (4-1) recorded its first loss in Khimki. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Spartak-Prim. (3-1) 95-82. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Khimky. It looked good early as Khimky took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Spartak-Prim. had a 31-18 second period charge getting the lead and Khimky was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-95. They outrebounded Khimky 42-29 including 25 on the offensive glass. Khimky was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Torey Thomas (180-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points. Power forward Konstantin Nesterov (205-81, college: VCU) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International center Timofey Mozgov (216-86, agency: RIZO) answered with 20 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and international guard Vitaly Fridzon (195-85, agency: Alti Sport) added 13 points in the effort for Khimky. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Spartak-Prim. maintains third place with 3-1 record behind leader CSKA. Khimky at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. Spartak-Prim. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Khimky will play at home against the league's leader CSKA Moscow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak-Prim.: T.Thomas 28+2reb+1ast, K.Nesterov 15+5reb+1ast, J.Akindele 13+6reb, A.Golyakhov 10+4reb+1ast, E.Baburin 8+1reb+3ast, A.Savenkov 7+7reb
Khimky: T.Mozgov 20+3reb, V.Fridzon 13+3reb+1ast, C.Quinn 10+4reb, K.Loncar 10, E.Vyaltsev 8+2ast, T.Kelati 5+4reb
gschID: 151195


CSKA - Unics 78-67

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked CSKA Moscow as it allowed them to take a leadership position. CSKA Moscow defeated 4th placed Unics Kazan at home 78-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Unics Kazan. Unics Kazan was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. CSKA Moscow looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Unics Kazan's players. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) who scored 19 points and 6 assists. International center Andrey Vorontsevich (204-87) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Terrell Lyday (190-79, college: BYU) produced 22 points and American-Bosnian guard Henry Domercant (192-80, college: E.Illinois) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CSKA Moscow have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Unics Kazan at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with Spartak SP. Unics Kazan will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. CSKA Moscow will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Khimky in Khimki.
Top scorers:
CSKA: M.Teodosic 19+4reb+6ast, A.Vorontsevich 15+6reb, R.Siskauskas 11+2reb, V.Khryapa 8+3reb+5ast, A.Ponkrashov 7+1reb+3ast, N.Krstic 6+3reb+1ast
Unics: T.Lyday 22+3reb+2ast, H.Domercant 15+3reb, P.Samoylenko 7+3reb+1ast, V.Veremeenko 7+5reb, A.Savrasenko 6+7reb+2ast, M.Wilkinson 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 162285




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


Triumph gets another two victories in BBL - by Eurobasket News
Triumph gets another two victories in BBL for 3-1 record ion Elite Division. Few hours ago the Russian team overcame Liepajas Lauvas 70:62. Ivan Lazarev (209-C/F-91) stepped up with 16 points and Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) netted 12.
Earlier Lithuanian Juventus were upset on its own court by Russian Triumph Lyubertsy 63-54 on Friday. 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-G-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. Artem Vikhrov (196-PG-92) helped adding 5 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side Ukrainian center Roman Gumeniuk (220-C-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and guard Darius Pakamanis (192-G-81) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds.
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.



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


Petrolina AEK Larnaca lands Gajic - by Eurobasket Center
Petrolina AEK Larnaca strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Serbian guard Aleksandar Gajic (186-G-83). Gajic played for AEK in 2009-2010 where he signed during the season. He had a perfect record from FT line (20/20) that year. Gajic played also pro basketball in Bosnia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece and Ukraine.



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  SLOVAKIA   


D2 - Standings
League One Standings
Group East
 1. Slavia Kosice 8-1 
 2. Nova Ves B 6-3 
 3. Ziar/Hronom 6-3 
 4. BKM Svit 5-4 
 5. Liptovsky M. 4-5 
 6. Sabinov 4-5 
 7. Roznava 3-6 
 8. Lucenec 0-9 
Group West
 1. Petrzalka 8-1 
 2. Inter B 6-3 
 3. Trnava 6-3 
 4. Karlovka 5-4 
 5. BSC Bratislava 3-6 
 6. Holic 3-6 
 7. Sered 3-6 
 8. SKP Filozof 3-6 


Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Nitra 11-3 
 2. Prievidza 9-5 
 3. Nova Ves 9-6 
 4. Komarno 8-5 
 5. Svit 8-6 
 6. Handlova 6-8 
 7. Vahostav-Zilina 5-9 
 8. Levice 5-9 
 9. B.Bystrica 2-12 


Julian Mascoll joins Svit - by Eurobasket News
Svit bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Julian Mascoll (193-G-84). The guard was last seen in Austria. He played for Graz back in 2008/2009 season. Julian Mascoll tallied 14.6 points, 5.5 boards, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game in A Bundesliga. Julian Mascoll graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2007. He averaged 11.1 points, 4.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game in his senior season. The guard helped the Colonels win OVC Tournament in 2007. Julian Mascoll has already debuted for Svit. He tallied 15 points, 6 boards and 1 assist in a 74:82 loss to Prievidza.

Prievidza land Lester Prosper - by Eurobasket News
Prievidza have agreed on terms of contract with Lester Prosper (208-F/C-88, college: Old Westbury). The Ivorian centre started the season in Sweden. He played just one game for Norrkoping Dolphins before leaving the team. It is the first pro season for Lester Prosper. The centre graduated from Old Westbury College this year. Lester Prosper tallied 19.6 points, 13.0 boards, 3.5 blocks per game in his senior season. He participated at Reese's College All-Star Game. The centre was named into All-D3Hoops.com All-Atlantic Team. Lester Prosper has already debuted for Prievidza. The centre notched 12 points and 6 rebounds in a 90:114 loss to Banska Bystrica.

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Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
 1. Helios 7-0 
 2. Elektra 6-1 
 3. Sentjur 5-2 
 4. Zlatorog 4-3 
 5. Maribor Messer 3-4 
 6. Rogaska 3-4 
 7. Geoplin Slovan 3-4 
 8. Polzela 2-4 
 9. Parklji 1-5 
 10. LTHcast Mercator 0-7 
Play in international cups:
 1. Krka
 2. Union Olimpija


1B Stats Leaders
D2 Standings
 1. Postojna 7-1 
 2. Grosuplje 7-2 
 3. Triglav Strazisce 7-3 
 4. Sencur CP 6-3 
 5. Splosna plovba 6-3 
 6. Radenska 5-4 
 7. Branik 4-4 
 8. Medvode 3-5 
 9. Hrastnik 3-5 
 10. Terme Olimia 3-5 
 11. Konjice 2-6 
 12. Jance Prit 2-7 
 13. Litija 2-7 


Maribor and Hopsi picks up first road win of the season - by Zeljko Zule
Maribor and Hopsi, both picked up its first road win of the season in Telemach League. Meribor beat Slovan 90-76m, while Hopsi defeated Parklji 80-62 in Round 7.
Helios-Zlatorog 83-66: Helios, who never trailed, went on a 13-4 run spanning the first and second quarter to take a lead 35-22 and its lead never dipped below double figures the rest of the way. Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds, Drazen Bubnic scored 15 points, Darnley Gay netted 14 points on shooting 4-of-5 from behind the 3-point line and Klemen Prepelic added 13 points. Zlatorog played without injured leading scorer Vladimir Panic, who is averaging 17,5 points. Alen Omic came of the bench to score a team-high 13 points, Grega Mali had 11 points and 7 rebounds and Jure Skific scored 10 points.
Slovan-Maribor 76-90: Tying the game at 15, Maribor scored 7 straight points and built its first double-digit lead of the geame at 29-19 early in the second quarter. Their lead never dipped below 7 points for the remainder of the contest. Bojan Jovanovic scored 16 points and dished out 7 assists, Ilija Zolotic added 15 points, Jure Span 14 and Marko Spica 13.
Sentjur-LTH 83-69: There were 13 lead changes before Sentjur took control. They went on 13-2 run to go ahead 67-57 with 6:07 into the game. Igor Maric finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds, Patrick Rembert had 15 points and 6 assists, Travis Nelson collected 14 points and 8 rebounds, Ivan Drzic came off the bench for 14 points and Milan Sebic added 10 points. LTH was led by Tomo Cahic with 19 points, Blaz Mahovic had 17 points and 7 rebounds, Vladimir Mihailovic scored 14 points and Vjeran Soldo posted 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
Parklji-Hopsi 62-80: Hopsi finished first quarter with 14 consecutive points to a comfortable lead 48-29. They shot 56-percent (27-of-48 including 9-of-18 behind the 3-point line) from the field to Parklji's just 32-percent (24-of-75). Dejan Hohler netted 15 points and handed out 6 assists, Hanibal Jasonn scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, Andrej Podvrsnik added 11 points and Uros Godler had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Parklji were outrebounded 27-42 and had more offensive (16) than defensive (11) rebounds. Klemen Lorbek scored 15 points and Nejc Kobal and Matej Luznar both added 10 points.



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Yang, Rhodes lead KT past Samsung - by Jeff Liebsch
The KT Sonic Boom got off to a quick start and never looked back, defeating the Seoul Samsung Thunders 72-61 for the second time this week.

After KT struggled to beat Samsung 59-54 on Wednesday, this game was never in doubt, as KT led the entire game as once again Samsung struggled to score, while KT's bigger line-up caused all sorts of problems for Samsung defensively, whose youth was evident in the mistakes they were making on the court.

'We got a really young team. We need a lot of work in a lot of areas. We changed the import, and it took us a long time to get used to our old one, and now we got to get used to the new one,' said Eric Sandrin (206-F/C-78, college: Seattle Pacific) after the game.

KT jumped out to a quick 17-4 lead to open the game, as Samsung once again struggled to take quality shots against the Sonic Boom's aggressive defense. KT's shift to a larger lineup with Park Sang-Oh (196-F-81) and Song Young-Jin (198-C/F-78) caused problems inside for Samsungs smaller lineup which couldn't contain the middle, allowing 13 first quarter points in the paint.

Samsung finally found some offensive rhythm to start second quarter, as they jumped out to 12-3 run in the first six minutes of the second quarter, cutting KT's lead to three. Yang Woo-seop took over for KT in the final three minutes, leading a 14-4 run while scoring 10 to give KT a 38-25 halftime lead.

KT took the game over in the third, opening a 21 point lead, led by a four minute 9-0 run midway through the quarter and cruised the rest of the way to the victory.

'I tried to get my players more involved. We have a back to back, so it was very important to us not to let the game get close,' said Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.)



Yang Woo-seup had his best offensive output of the season, with 17 points and 7 assists. Rhodes posted another double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.

Ira Clark (203-C/F-75, college: Texas) led Samsung with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Eric Sandrin added 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.

Game Notes: Samsung had eight first half offensive rebounds, while only four defensive rebounds. Samsung had only four players score in the first half. Both teams had six blocked shots. KT had 10 steals in the game to Samsung's 3. Samsung shot 44% (4/9) from the free throw line.




Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 15-3 
 2. Anyang KGC 13-5 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 13-6 
 4. KCC Egis 11-7 
 5. ET Land 9-9 
 6. SK Knights 8-10 
 7. Mobis Phoebus 8-10 
 8. LG Sakers 7-11 
 9. Samsung Th. 4-15 
 10. Daegu Orions 3-15 


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Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Canarias 9-2 
 2. Lleida 9-2 
 3. Burgos 8-3 
 4. La Palma 7-4 
 5. Melilla 7-4 
 6. Palencia 6-4 
 7. Breogan 6-5 
 8. Menorca 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. Coruna 5-2 
 5. Ourense 5-2 
 6. Avila 4-3 
 7. Prat Juventud 4-4 
 8. Lan Mobel ISB 3-4 
 9. Las Rozas 3-4 
 10. Tenerife 2-5 
 11. Gandia Basquet 2-5 
 12. Oviedo CB 2-5 
 13. Plasencia 0-7 


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


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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 6-7 
 8. Jamtland 5-8 
 9. 08 4-6 
 10. Eco Orebro 0-13 


Basketligan Round 13: Boras Basket loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 13 in Basketligan means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Sundsvall where host Sundsvall Dragons (8-4) beat league's leader Boras Basket (9-4) 105-96 on Thursday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 28-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Icelandic guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern) chipped in 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Lebanese-American guard Omar Krayem (185-86, college: Cal.Baptist) produced 27 points and 7 assists for lost side. Sundsvall Dragons have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Boras Basket at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Norrkoping. Boras Basket will play next round against 08 Stockholm trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Sundsvall Dragons will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Solna Vikings on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Norrkoping Dolphins defeated 5th ranked Uppsala Basket at home 78-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Uppsala Basket. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Oladapo Ayuba contributed with 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Johan Jeansson (197-85) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Uppsala Basket. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Uppsala Basket at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Uppsala Basket will play next round against strong LF Basket trying to get back on the winning streak. Norrkoping Dolphins will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
A very close game took place in Lulea between Solna Vikings and LF Basket. Sixth ranked Solna Vikings (6-6) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed LF Basket (8-5). Solna Vikings managed to escape with a 1-point win 101-100 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of LF Basket. Logi Gunnarsson stepped up and scored 25 points (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. At the losing side Rudy Mbemba responded with 24 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Solna Vikings have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 6-6 record. Loser LF Basket dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Solna Vikings will meet at home higher ranked Sundsvall Dragons (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LF Basket will play against Uppsala Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 94-78 loss to seventh ranked Sodertalje Kings (6-7) in Sodertalje. Dino Pita nailed 25 points for the winning side. Sodertalje Kings maintains seventh place with 6-7 record. Eco Orebro at the other side still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Sodertalje Kings will have a break next round. Eco Orebro will play at home against KFUM Jamtland (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Ninth ranked KFUM Jamtland won an overtime thriller against 8th ranked 08 Stockholm by one point 85-84 on Friday night. The game took place in Stockholm. But the guests from Jamtland were better at the end. Drazen Klaric fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. KFUM Jamtland (5-8) moved-up to eighth place. 08 Stockholm lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. KFUM Jamtland will face bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#10) on the road in the next round. 08 Stockholm will play against the league's second-placed Boras Basket having rather not much hope for a victory.



Sodertalje - Eco Orebro 94-78

Bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (0-13) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 94-78 loss to seventh ranked Sodertalje Kings (6-7) in Sodertalje. The game was mostly controlled by Sodertalje Kings. Eco Orebro was better in second period 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sodertalje Kings made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Eco Orebro helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International guard Dino Pita (192-88) nailed 25 points for the winning side and Lithuanian forward Mantas Griskenas (201-85, college: Wichita St.) accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds. Four Sodertalje Kings players scored in double figures. American forward Demond Watt (200-89, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import center Bernard Toombs (208-87, college: Troy) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Eco Orebro in the defeat. Sodertalje Kings maintains seventh place with 6-7 record. Eco Orebro at the other side still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Sodertalje Kings will have a break next round. Eco Orebro will play at home against KFUM Jamtland (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Eco Orebro: D.Watt 20+8reb+1ast, B.Toombs 18+9reb+1ast, A.Pleick 15+4reb+4ast, P.Hampton 8+1reb, T.Georgitsis 8+2reb, S.Licartovsky 7+3reb+1ast
Sodertalje: D.Pita 25+2reb+2ast, T.Borg 19+5reb+2ast, M.Griskenas 18+9reb, J.Andersson 17+4reb+1ast, K.Simms 6+4reb, A.Lindqvist 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 132237


Sundsvall - Boras 105-96

Round 13 in Basketligan means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Sundsvall where host Sundsvall Dragons (8-4) beat league's leader Boras Basket (9-4) 105-96 on Thursday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 28-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Icelandic power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Icelandic guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern) chipped in 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Lebanese-American guard Omar Krayem (185-86, college: Cal.Baptist) produced 27 points and 7 assists and the former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sundsvall Dragons have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Boras Basket at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Norrkoping. Boras Basket will play next round against 08 Stockholm trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Sundsvall Dragons will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Solna Vikings on the road.
Top scorers:
Boras: O.Krayem 27+3reb+7ast, R.Zamroz 23+4reb, J.Thomas 21+9reb+1ast, M.Palm 18+10reb+5ast, H.Carlsson 5+1reb+5ast, M.Goransson 2+1reb
Sundsvall: H.Baeringsson 30+14reb+2ast, J.Sigurdarson 23+6reb+6ast, P.Ermolinskij 18+2reb+7ast, D.Gregory 16+4reb+1ast, T.Liden 10, K.Olson 3+1ast
gschID: 132233


08 - Jamtland 84-85 OT

Ninth ranked KFUM Jamtland won an overtime thriller against 8th ranked 08 Stockholm by one point 85-84 on Friday night. The game took place in Stockholm. But the guests from Jamtland were better at the end. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime then 08 Stockholm managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was KFUM Jamtland who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 8-7. They made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. KFUM Jamtland had a 38-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. 08 Stockholm was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (205-80, agency: Court Side) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) chipped in 23 points and 4 steals (made all of his eight free throws). Guard Nils Hedstrom (190-83) produced 22 points and the former international guard Olivier Ilunga (185-84) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KFUM Jamtland (5-8) moved-up to eighth place. 08 Stockholm lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. KFUM Jamtland will face bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#10) on the road in the next round. 08 Stockholm will play against the league's second-placed Boras Basket having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
08: N.Hedstrom 22+2reb+2ast, O.Ilunga 15+8reb+2ast, G.Nystrom 10+3reb+1ast, J.Akesson 10+6reb, J.Blom 10+6reb+4ast, H.Magnusson 9+7reb+1ast
Jamtland: E.Zabas 23+4reb+3ast, D.Klaric 21+13reb, J.Ronstrom 13+2reb+1ast, B.Lalugba 10+16reb+2ast, B.McKnight 9+8reb+1ast, B.Bjornsson 7+1reb
gschID: 132234


LF Basket - Solna 100-101

A very close game took place in Lulea between Solna Vikings and LF Basket. Sixth ranked Solna Vikings (6-6) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed LF Basket (8-5). Solna Vikings managed to escape with a 1-point win 101-100 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of LF Basket. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 22-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Solna Vikings shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) stepped up and scored 25 points (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners and the former international forward Lesli Myrthil (200-77, college: Wagner) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side the former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) responded with 24 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and international guard Christopher Ryan (196-90) scored 22 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Solna Vikings have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 6-6 record. Loser LF Basket dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Solna Vikings will meet at home higher ranked Sundsvall Dragons (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LF Basket will play against Uppsala Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LF Basket: R.Mbemba 24+3reb+6ast, C.Ryan 22+2reb+4ast, M.Pahlmblad 18+5reb, K.Ramsey 11+6reb+1ast, U.Igbavboa 10+4reb+1ast, J.Safford 9+5reb+1ast
Solna: L.Gunnarsson 25+2reb+3ast, T.Laser 18+1reb+1ast, L.Myrthil 16+8reb+3ast, W.Beck 11+2reb+4ast, W.Walker 10+4reb+4ast, S.Inan 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 132235


Norrkoping - Uppsala 78-72

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Norrkoping Dolphins defeated 5th ranked Uppsala Basket at home 78-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Uppsala Basket. Uppsala Basket was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 22-13 third quarter run of Norrkoping Dolphins. They made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American-British forward Oladapo Ayuba (198-86, college: UMKC) contributed with 9 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Johan Jeansson (197-85) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Delvon Johnson (205-89, college: Arkansas, agency: Priority Sports) added 9 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Uppsala Basket. Four Uppsala Basket players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Uppsala Basket at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Uppsala Basket will play next round against strong LF Basket trying to get back on the winning streak. Norrkoping Dolphins will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Uppsala: J.Jeansson 17+6reb+2ast, R.Eriksson 16+4reb+2ast, R.Carter 14+4reb+5ast, S.Grundberg 12+6reb+1ast, D.Johnson 9+14reb+1ast, O.Lindell 2+2reb
Norrkoping: A.Mitchell 18+4reb+4ast, S.Seay 14+5reb+1ast, O.Ayuba 9+12reb+1ast, A.Saks 9+7reb+2ast, F.Drains 8+3reb, P.Balocka 7+4reb
gschID: 132236




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


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Neuchatel 10-0 
 2. Bern 7-2 
 3. Meyrin Geneve 7-2 
 4. BC AKA 7-3 
 5. Vevey 7-3 
 6. Nyon U23 5-4 
 7. Bernex 5-5 
 8. Zurich Wildcats 5-5 
 9. Villars 4-6 
 10. Pully 3-7 
 11. Blonay Basket 3-7 
 12. Acad.Fribourg 2-8 
 13. Swiss Central 2-8 
 14. DDV Lugano 1-8 


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


So long D-WIll Istanbul Besiktas - by Orhan Suer
NBA Lockout is coming to an end so NBA Star Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) thanked Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul in his twitter account. Deron Williams said 'I guess I'll be going home soon, my time in Istanbul with Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul was amazing thanks for everything!'.
Lockout negotiations finally have come to a positive ending and new season is expected to get underway on 25th December, Christmas Day. This is good news for most basketball fans but also sad news for fans in Turkey and many European Countries. Players who will probably return are as well as D-Will, Semih Erden, Lamar Odom who hasn't played a single game yet, Thabo Sefolosha, Ersan Ilyasova, Mehmet Okur and Zaza Pachulia from Turkish Basketball. Other European players Nicolas Batum, Rudy Fernandez, Jordan Farmar, Danilo Gallinari, Serge Ibaka, Ty Lawson and Tony Parker might also leave.
However, European Basketball will still have its high quality, competitive and tense games.


Trabzonspor land Russell Robinson - by Eurobasket News
Russell Robinson (185-G-86) will continue his career in Turkey. The guard has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with Trabzonspor. Russell Robinson spent pre-season with Nanterre in France. Last season the guard played in Spain. Russell Robinson averaged 9.6 points, 2.8 assists,2.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game for Joventut. The guard is not new to Turkey. Russell Robinson used to play for Erdemirspor in 2008/09 season. He also had stints in D-League. Russell Robinson is the member of Chadian National Team. The guard was NCAA champion with Kansas back in 2008.

Sources: Lamar Odom, Besiktas agree - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) has reached an agreement in principle to sign with Besiktas of Turkey and team up overseas with Nets star Deron Williams, according to sources close to Odom.

Final details will not be sorted out before Friday, sources said, but Odom has indicated that he plans to join the Istanbul-based team as early as next week if the NBA lockout continues.

Sources told ESPN.com that the deal would pay Odom in excess of $2 million if he spends the rest of the season with Besiktas. The deal -- first reported in Turkey by NTV Spor and local journalist Mete Aktas -- will include an opt-out clause to return to the NBA as soon as the lockout ends, same as in Williams' contract.

After Minnesota's Kevin Love turned down the chance last weekend to take a similar deal to play alongside Williams, ESPN.com reported late Tuesday that Odom was the new target. Besiktas has been trying for days to acquire a top-flight big man to pair with Williams, who erupted for 50 points Tuesday in a EuroChallenge game against Gottingen of Germany.

Besiktas wanted a big man from the NBA even before Cleveland Cavaliers forward Semih Erden suffered a thumb injury in the win over Gottingen. According to various media reports in Turkey, Besiktas also entered into talks with Williams' New Jersey teammate Brook Lopez this week while waiting on Odom's decision.

But Aktas reported earlier Thursday that Besiktas coach Ergin Ataman preferred Odom even though Lopez is more of a traditional center. Besiktas can sign only one more foreign player in addition to Williams.

During its courtship of Love, Besiktas also talked to Chicago Bulls teammates Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer. But the insurance costs in both of those cases appeared to be prohibitive, given that both players have expensive long-term contracts. Boozer has four years and nearly $61 million left on his contract, while Deng is still owed just under $40 million in the next three seasons.

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

Odom, though, stood out to Besiktas for his versatility, his friendship with Williams -- with whom he shares agent Jeff Schwartz -- and a contract that's manageable insurance-wise for Besiktas. Odom's deal with the Lakers has just two years to run worth slightly more than $17 million, but the 2012-13 season is only partially guaranteed.

Odom turned 32 earlier this month and is well-regarded in Turkish basketball circles following his strong play in Istanbul in summer 2010 for the victorious Team USA at the world championships. Despite the fact that his wife, Khloe Kardashian, has Armenian roots, Odom's reality show with Kardashian airs in Turkey and is said to be popular there.

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

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

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

Persistent questions about Besiktas' budget, most recently raised after two WNBA stars (Amber Harris and Jantel Lavender) left the club's women's team in a dispute over late payments, hasn't stopped Besiktas from aggressively pursuing a slew of NBA stars throughout the offseason.

After well-publicized runs during the summer at Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, Besiktas' wide-ranging search for size to complement Williams, according to Aktas, also featured discussions with Memphis' Zach Randolph, Dallas' Tyson Chandler, Chicago's Omer Asik, Chris Kaman of the Los Angeles Clippers and Andrew Bynum of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Courtesy of ESPN


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Jackson with a double-double - by David Edole
The University of Montevallo mens basketball team pushed its winning streak to six games following a 70-47 victory Nov. 25 over Palm Beach Atlantic University in the Falcons Coca-Cola Classic at BankTrust Arena.

The Falcons (6-0) were led by freshman Ryan May, who had a break-out game with 20 points, three steals and four rebounds. May hit 7-of-10 shots from the field while going 3-of-5 from 3-point range.

Senior Jervan Jackson (198-F/G-88) had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. He also led the team with four blocks and dished out three assists. Senior DeMarcus Catchings added 12 points and seven boards while swatting three shots and making three steals.

Senior D.J. Rivera chipped in 12 points while dishing out a team-high eight assists.

The Falcons struggled offensively in the first half as they hit just 31 percent of their shots. Palm Beach Atlantic had an even worse first half as the Sailfish hit just 20 percent of their shots. Montevallo led 23-12 at the halftime break.

The second half was a major improvement for the Falcons as they hit 70.8 percent from the field and 60 percent from three-point range. Palm Beach Atlantics offense improved as well as the Sailfish hit 40.7 percent of their shots but it was not enough as the Falcons out-scored the Sailfish 47-35 in the second half.

The Falcons will return to action Nov. 26 at 4 p.m. as they close out the Coca-Cola Classic by hosting the University of North Alabama.




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


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1st week of UAE Basketball league, Sunday - by Captin Andy
UAE Basketball League started on Sunday, 20-11-2011 ,
with 3 games :
Al Ahli Dubai Vs Al Nasr
An Nahl Sharjah Vs Bani Yas
Al Wasl Dubai Vs Sha''eb

all of the games were on the same time 6:15pm -Uae timing- , that is 2:15pm GMT.

There are 7 teams in the League , each team will play 18 matchs in the 1st round which was divided into three roles to determine the 1st three teams that will Qualify directly to the semi-final. While the rest four teams will have to compete to get the last chance to be qualified and meet the leading team .

source : http://www.emaratalyoum.com/sports/local/2011-11-20-1.438663

Games Score:


Al Ahli Dubai Vs Al Nasr

Al Ahli Dubai win their 1st game in the league by beating Al Nasr 95:88

in the 1st half Al Nasr was leading Al Ahli Dubai 50:46 .
but in the 2nd half Al Ahli Dubai stood their ground & were better than the 1st half
and the game ended by Al Ahli Dubai winning over Al Nasr 95:88.

In other Game An Nahl Sharjah Won over Bani Yas
78 -65

and ,Al Al Wasl Dubai shine & rise by winning over the unlucky Ash Shaab Sharjah 100:30.

source : http://www.emaratalyoum.com/sports/local/2011-11-22-1.439179




2nd of December International Basketball Tournament - by Captin Andy

The tournament is Organized by Al Shabab Dubai to celebrate UAE 40th National Day,

will be held from the 1st of December to the 4th of December .
6 teams will participates , from UAE : Al Shabab Dubai & An Nahl Sharjah
From Lebanon : Al Ryadi and Al Champville.
Pilipino community team in UAE. With addition to the Jordan National Team which

reached the final of Asia Championship but lost to china and took the 2nd place.

In the 1st group : Al Shabab Dubai (UAE), Al Ryadi (Lebaon) and Pilipino community team.
2nd group: An Nahl Sharjah (UAE), Jordan National Team and Champville (Lebanon).
Each team will play two game in their group , 1st team of each group will meet in
the Final to compete on the 1st place of the Tournament.

The Tournament tickets was decided to be 10 Dhs (2.7$) to encourage wide range of audience to attend.




1st week of UAE Basketball league, Thursday - by Captin Andy
Thurday, 24-11-2011

Al Shabab Dubai Vs Al Shaab ,

Al Shabab Dubai starts defending his title by winning over Ash Shaab Sharjah by one basket
74:72.
Al Shabab Professional player Courtney Fields (206-F-82, college: Iona) is injured again,
but al shabab kept its leading grasp on the game for 3 quarter of the game .
but Ash Shaab Sharjah took advantage in the final quarter and was leading in score but
Al Shabab Dubai won by one basket in the final few seconds .

Al Wasl Dubai Vs AL Nasr, 79:61.

Al Ahli Dubai VS Bani Yas , 78:64.


Source: http://www.emaratalyoum.com/sports/local/2011-11-26-1.440191


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BBL Round Up Saturday 26 Nov - by Paul Nilsen
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders came back from the dead to breathe life into their BBL Cup Final prospects.

Trailing by as many as 21 points in a disastrous first half at home against Newcastle Eagles in the semi-final first-leg, Rob Paternostro and his team were watching their chances hanging by a thread when they composed themselves to complete a quite stunning comeback.

As the Eagles took their foot off the pedal and ran out of steam, the Riders dug deep and were absolutely phenomenal in the second half which resulted in a BBL classic as they secured a rare tied game at 90-90 to set up a fascinating second leg next week.

Bradd Wierzbicki (191-G-85, college: Queens, NY) was the hero with 32 points while Ayron Hardy came up with another big game to deny the Eagles who at one point had a foot in the Final but will now be ruing an opportunity lost.

In the only BBL Championship game to be played on Saturday night, there was yet another narrow defeat for valiant new boys Durham Wildcats who went down 80-75 at home to UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders.

They certainly had a chance to spring an upset having led by as many as ten points in the third quarter but blew their opportunity as they dried up offensively. They also had no answer to former league MVP Jeremy Bell who torched them for 31 points.

The loss was tough on Ralph Bucci and Mario Flaherty with the Wildcats duo both claiming double-doubles.

While for Plymouth, the victory was a welcome relief after their mauling 24 hours earlier just a little further up the A1 in Newcastle as they left the North-East on a high.



BBL Round Up Friday 25 Nov - by Paul Nilsen
Friday night in the BBL Championship saw one blowout and three games go right down to the wire amidst much movement in the league standings. The Newcastle Eagles remain top, while the Glasgow Rocks jump to second, knocking the Worcester Wolves down to fourth as the Mersey Tigers join the Durham Wildcats in eighth.



The Eagles continue to set the pace in the league with a 6-0 record after a 90-67 destruction of the UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders at Sport Central. Darrius Defoe (204-F-84) led the Eagles with 22 points and 8 rebounds, while Andrew Thomson had a double-double of 13 points and 10 boards. Lehmon Colbert led the Raiders with 19 on a night when league MVP Jeremy Bell shot just 23% from the field on his way to 11 points.



The damage was done from the very outset as the Eagles opened the game leading 10-4 after five minutes behind 6 points from Defoe. The Eagles scored 7 more points inside the final two minutes, sparked by Thomson's three-pointer, to take a commanding 24-8 lead after the first period, and they never looked back.



The lead grew steadily in the second stanza, with Charles Smith's three-pointer making it 35-16 and it reached 22 as a 7-2 burst, capped by a Joe Chapman three-pointer, made the score 42-40. The hosts maintained a margin above twenty through to the half, leading 49-28. And the deficit was rarely within 20 in the second half, peaking at the final score margin of 23.



The Glasgow Rocks moved up to second in the BBL Championship, with five wins in their last six games, as they beat the Prestige Homes MK Lions 92-95, condemning their opponents to their first home defeat of the season in front of a sell-out crowd at the MK Lions Arena.

Mychal Green led all scorers with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the victors, while Danny Huffor scored 18. The Lions were led by Stefan Gill's 19 points.



After a tight first half, the Lions seemed to have the edge when after the break Demarius Bolds hit a three-pointer before they established a 51-45 lead on a Nuno Pedroso triple. That became 55-45 on another Bolds basket, in what had become a 16-4 burst. The Rocks came back with 5 points from Danny Huffor but were halted by another Bolds three-pointer as the Lions looked good at 71-63 heading into the fourth.



But the Rocks came back immediately through two quick three-pointers from Green, helping the score to 76-73, and it was 83-81 when Demarius Bolds fouled out with five minutes remaining. The Lions resolutely held on to their lead until the final minute of the game, with Gill's basket making it 92-89. But a startling finish from the Rocks saw them score six points in the last minute, Green making the first basket and then setting up Huffor to put them in front with 44 seconds to play. Gill missed for the Lions before Green's free-throws made the score 92-95,Carl Josey missing the three-pointer to tie the game at the end.



The One Health Sharks Sheffield used an amazing fourth quarter comeback, and Nate Reinking buzzer-beater, to inflict the first defeat of the season on the Worcester Wolves, beating them 76-75 at the English Institute of Sport. Succumbing to that late defeat means the Wolves lose pace with the Newcastle Eagles at the top of the table.



It was Reinking who led all scorers with 25 points, supported by 16 points from Justin Dobbins. Richie Gordon led the Wolves with 23 points.



The Wolves led for the majority of the first three quarters after the opening the game with a 7-12 lead in the first five minutes. That reached 27-36 midway through the second quarter and double-digits by the half time break at 32-42. Gordon had already scored 16 of his points with Kaslauskas on 10.



The Wolves were even more convincing in the third quarter, taking the lead out to with the lead peaking at 44-58, before finishing at 47-60 heading into the final period. But at that point it all changed. The Sharks came back with a 14 point fourth quarter swing, thanks in large part to a 9-0 burst midway through that saw them tie the game at 66. A number of lead changes and ties ensued before the Sharks took the lead by one, at 74-73, with 45 seconds remaining. The Wolves got back in front with 7 seconds on the clock before Great Britain player Reinking netted the buzzer-beating winner, moving the Sharks up to sixth in the process.



In the North West, the Tigers saw off a late fight back from the Durham Wildcats to beat them 85-81 and draw level with them in the BBL Championship standings. David Aliu, with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Kris Douse, with 18 points, led the Tigers; while Paul Elderkin led all scorers with 24 points for the visiting Wildcats.



The Tigers led for much of the game, and seemed to have it sealed as they took a 65-54 lead into the fourth quarter after a 14-4 run. But the Wildcats had a fast start to the fourth period with a 10-2 burst, behind 6 points from Flaherty, and soon took the lead themselves at 70-71. A number of lead changes ensued but they still led 78-79 inside the final minute. But the Tigers scored the next 5 points, Otten's basket with 38 seconds remaining putting them up for good before Aliu and James Griffiths saw the game out from the free-throw line.


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Bigua won with 23 points by Humphrey - by Hector Lopez
Bigua, with 23 points by Ryan Humphrey (203-C/F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) 9 rebounds and 5 assists defeated Union Atletica 84-77, for the LUB 15th round. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) netted 17 Jason Blair (201-F/C-79, college: San Diego) added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Leandro Taboada (180-PG-86) scored 14 points. For Union Atletica, O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82, college: Francis Marion) scored 29 points, 7 rebounds 3 assists, Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 7 points 8 rebounds. Other games will be played tonigth (Saturday 26)

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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Standings
VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. Khimky 5-0 
 2. Unics 5-1 
 3. BC Astana 3-3 
 4. Budivelnyk 2-2 
 5. Krasnie Krilya 2-3 
 6. VEF Riga 2-3 
 7. N.Novgorod 2-4 
 8. Zalgiris 2-4 
 9. Kalev/Cramo 1-4 
Group B
 1. Spartak SP 6-0 
 2. CSKA 5-1 
 3. Lietuvos rytas 4-1 
 4. Azovmash 3-2 
 5. Lokomotiv 3-3 
 6. Asseco Prokom 2-3 
 7. Enisey 1-4 
 8. CEZ Nymburk 1-5 
 9. Minsk-2006 0-6 


Day 10 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 10 in VTB United League was Kazakhstan guest BC Astana's (3-3) road victory over one of their biggest challengers Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (2-4) 80-69 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Nizhny Novgorod. The game was mostly controlled by BC Astana. BC Nizhny Novgorod managed to win third quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BC Astana made 8 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by BC Nizhny Novgorod helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) fired 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American center Eric Williams (206-84, college: Wake Forest) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American-Bosnian guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Higher Vision Sports) produced 18 points and 9 assists for lost side. BC Astana moved-up to third place, which they share with Lokomotiv. BC Nizhny Novgorod at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Zalgiris. BC Astana is looking forward to face Krasnie Krilya (#5) in Samara in the next round. BC Nizhny Novgorod will have a break next round.
Russian undefeated leader Khimky delivered the fifth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Kazakhstan BC Astana (3-3) 85-66 in Khimki. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Chris Quinn (188-83, college: Notre Dame, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Vitaly Fridzon contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbian swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 16 points for BC Astana. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Khimky (5-0) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. BC Astana at the other side dropped to the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Lokomotiv. Khimky will play against Zalgiris (#8) in Kaunas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BC Astana will play on the road against Krasnie Krilya (#5) in Samara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Belarusian Minsk-2006 (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 89-83 loss to fifth ranked Russian Lokomotiv (3-3) in Minsk on Friday evening. Jeremiah Massey scored 13 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Lokomotiv's coach Bozidar Maljkovic used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Aliaksandr Kudrautsau responded with 23 points. Lokomotiv moved-up to third place, which they share with BC Astana. Defending Belarusian champion Minsk-2006 still closes the standings with six games lost. Lokomotiv will meet Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#7) on the road in the next round. Minsk-2006 will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kazan. Local Unics Kazan (5-1) outscored 8th ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (2-4) 79-52. Lynn Greer notched 14 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Unics Kazan have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 5-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Spartak SP, which they share with CSKA. Zalgiris lost third consecutive game. Defending Lithuanian champion dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. Unics Kazan's next round opponent will be Budivelnyk (#4) in Kyiv. Zalgiris will play on the road against the league's leader Khimky in Khimki.



N.Novgorod - BC Astana 69-80

The biggest surprise of round 10 in VTB United League was Kazakhstan guest BC Astana's (3-3) road victory over one of their biggest challengers Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (2-4) 80-69 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Nizhny Novgorod. The game was mostly controlled by BC Astana. BC Nizhny Novgorod managed to win third quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BC Astana made 8 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by BC Nizhny Novgorod helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) fired 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American center Eric Williams (206-84, college: Wake Forest) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four BC Astana players scored in double figures. American-Bosnian guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Higher Vision Sports) produced 18 points and 9 assists and forward Semen Antonov (202-89) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. BC Astana moved-up to third place, which they share with Lokomotiv. BC Nizhny Novgorod at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. They share it with Zalgiris. BC Astana is looking forward to face Krasnie Krilya (#5) in Samara in the next round. BC Nizhny Novgorod will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
BC Astana: E.Williams 22+4reb+4ast, R.Marshall 19+9reb+2ast, B.Cvetkovic 17+2reb+1ast, J.Johnson 13+1reb+4ast, R.Yargaliev 5+1reb, A.Ponomaryov 2+1reb+1ast
N.Novgorod: E.Bremer 18+9ast, I.Savelyev 12+3reb, S.Antonov 11+6reb+1ast, A.Yakovenko 8+3reb, I.Paunic 7+2reb, M.Ignerski 7+1reb
gschID: 152063


Khimky - BC Astana 85-66

Russian undefeated leader Khimky delivered the fifth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Kazakhstan BC Astana (3-3) 85-66 in Khimki. The game without a history. Khimky led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Khimky outrebounded BC Astana 35-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Chris Quinn (188-83, college: Notre Dame, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Vitaly Fridzon (195-85, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbian swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 16 points and American guard Jerry Johnson (183-82, college: Rider, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points in the effort for BC Astana. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Khimky (5-0) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. BC Astana at the other side dropped to the third place with three games lost. They share the position with Lokomotiv. Khimky will play against Zalgiris (#8) in Kaunas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BC Astana will play on the road against Krasnie Krilya (#5) in Samara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Khimky: V.Fridzon 14+6reb+2ast, C.Quinn 14+6reb+4ast, S.Monya 13+1reb+1ast, K.Loncar 9+3reb+2ast, T.Mozgov 9+8reb+1ast, A.Zhukanenko 8+2reb
BC Astana: B.Cvetkovic 16+4reb+1ast, E.Williams 14+2reb+1ast, J.Johnson 13+4reb+3ast, R.Yargaliev 9+3reb, G.Cakic 8+2reb, A.Ponomaryov 3+2reb
gschID: 152061


Unics - Zalgiris 79-52

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kazan. Local Unics Kazan (5-1) outscored 8th ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (2-4) 79-52. The game without a history. Unics Kazan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) notched 14 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the effort and Belarusian-Russian forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84) supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Unics Kazan players scored in double figures. Even 14 points by forward Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Zalgiris. Serbian center Milovan Rakovic (208-85) added 6 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Unics Kazan have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 5-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Spartak SP, which they share with CSKA. Zalgiris lost third consecutive game. Defending Lithuanian champion dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. Unics Kazan's next round opponent will be Budivelnyk (#4) in Kyiv. Zalgiris will play on the road against the league's leader Khimky in Khimki.
Top scorers:
Unics: V.Veremeenko 18+5reb, L.Greer 14+8reb+8ast, M.Wilkinson 13+7reb+1ast, T.Lyday 11+1reb+1ast, H.Domercant 9+5reb+5ast, P.Samoylenko 5+2reb+1ast
Zalgiris: P.Jankunas 14+4reb+1ast, S.Weems 9+5reb, T.Klimavicius 7+3reb+1ast, M.Rakovic 6+6reb+2ast, T.Delininkaitis 4+2reb, R.Javtokas 3+2reb
gschID: 152062


Minsk-2006 - Lokomotiv 83-89

Bottom-ranked Belarusian Minsk-2006 (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 89-83 loss to fifth ranked Russian Lokomotiv (3-3) in Minsk on Friday evening. American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Maxim Grigoryev (195-90) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Lokomotiv's coach Bozidar Maljkovic used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side guard Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-80) responded with 23 points and American point guard Courtney Eldridge (176-80, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Alti Sport) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 assists. Four Lokomotiv and five Minsk-2006 players scored in double figures. Lokomotiv moved-up to third place, which they share with BC Astana. Defending Belarusian champion Minsk-2006 still closes the standings with six games lost. Lokomotiv will meet Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#7) on the road in the next round. Minsk-2006 will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: L.Chalmers 19+2reb, M.Grigoryev 14+4reb+3ast, J.Massey 13+9reb+2ast, P.Brezec 12+7reb, M.Sheleketo 9+6reb, N.Shabalkin 6
Minsk-2006: A.Kudrautsau 23+2reb+1ast, J.Hawkins 15+1reb, D.Hardin 14+8reb, C.Eldridge 10+3reb+12ast, A.Trastsinetski 10+3reb+1ast, A.Kojenets 6+4reb
gschID: 152060




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2011/12 WABA League Draw - by Eurobasket News
WABA League new season will tip off on January 11. The news was announced in Beirut on Friday. The Draw of the new season took place at Le Royal Hotel.

Group A: Riyadi (LEB), Zob Ahan (IRI), Petrochimi (IRI), Riyadi Aramex (JOR), Tilal (YEM)

Group B: Mahram (IRI), Champville (LEB), Moutahed (LEB), ASU (JOR), Duhok (IRQ)

Group B will start their games on January 23. Top four teams from each group will qualify into the quarterfinals. The playoffs will start on February 6.




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


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


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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Standings
Baltic League Standings
Regular Season
Group A
 1. TTT Riga 4-0 
 2. Olimpia 2-0 
 3. Sirenos 2-1 
 4. Kibirkstis-Tiche 1-2 
 5. Victoria 0-2 
 6. TTT Juniores 0-4 
Group B
 1. Minsk-2006 3-0 
 2. Tim-Scuf 3-0 
 3. KK Tallina U. 3-2 
 4. Eclex Tallinn 2-3 
 5. Berezina 0-3 
 6. Halichina 0-3 
Semifinals
Group C
 1. Lemminkainen 0-0 
 2. VICI-Aistes 0-0 
Group D
 1. Gorizont 0-0 
 2. Spartak SP 0-0 


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Sony Athinaikos adds Perostiyska to their roster and part ways with Chester - by Eurobasket Center
Sony Athinaikos added to their roster 29-year old Bulgarian ex-international center Vera Perostiyska (196-C-82, college: FIU). She played most recently at Beroe 07 Stara Zagora (Bulgaria). While playing 6 games for Beroe 07 this season Perostiyska averaged 21.8ppg, 12.7rpg, 1.0apg and 0.7bpg. She helped them to win the championship title despite they ended the regular season at the second place.
The club split ways with Felicia Chester (190-F-88, college: De Paul). She averaged 15.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.2spg. Felicia just graduated from University of De Paul.


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