EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/28/2011

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  ABA   


SoCal Swish team roster - by Gianni Pascucci
Veteran Isaac Burton (6'3''-G-73, college: Arizona St.) leads on the court the the SoCal Swish, an ABA team competing in Southern California Division. This down is its 2011-12 season full team roster

8 Burton, Issac SG 6' 4' Arizona State
11 Johnnson, Xavier SF 6'6' Los Angeles, CA
12 Cathey, Albert PG 5' 10' Inglewood, CA
3 Cathey, Tracie G 6' 3' El Camino JC
25 Clay, Jamal SF 6' 7' LA Trade Tech JC
10 Evers, Chris C 6' 11' Santa Monica CC
-- Morgan, Joseph PG 6' 3'
34 Murphy, Taran PF 6' 8' Santa Monica CC
13 Omura, Shouki PG 5' 5' Osaka College, JAPAN
24 Pickens, Steven G 6' 0'Compton JC
4 Robinson, Lawrence SF 6' 5' Salem University
2 Stanley, Davontae G 6' 2' Palmdale, CA
99 Washington, Arthur F 6' 8'Compton JC

Head Coach/Team Owner: Ralph Lawson
Coach Assistant: Yuta Imada




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  ACPBL   


Shuckers roster unveiled - by Gianni Pascucci
According with official website http://www.bayareashuckers.com this town is the 2011-12 roster of the The Bay Area Shuckers, an SCPBL franchise in the Baltimore area


Jovan ACREE G 6-1 Raritan Valley CC
John BRADER G/F 6-3 Baltimore CC
Kevin GREEN F 6-5 Maryland Bible
Justin HAMILTON G 6-0 Essex County JC
Terry HOSLEY G 6-0 Maryland Bible
Jamarr JOHNSON G 6-4 Widener
Mike McKENZIE G 6-1 Delaware State
Naurice MULLINGS C 6-9 Texas College
Harvey PAIGE F 6-5 Anne Arundel CC
Derick PAYNE F 6-6 Bowie State
Danny QUINN F 6-6 Towson
Briane ROCK F 6-4 Brewton-Parker
Derek SAVAGE G 6-3 Goldey-Beacom
LamarrSHORTS G/F 6-5 Bryan
Llewellyn SMALLEY G 6-1 Hawaii Pacific
Zachary WHITE F 6-7 Washington & Lee

Head Coach: Pete Corriero
Coach Assistants: Gregory Purnell, Bob Topp




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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


Round 9: Helios beat Zlatorog in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games, including even overtime victory of Siroki WWin at home. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with extra overtimes, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most interesting game of round 9 was a derby match between two teams from Slovenia. The game took place in Domzale where twelfth ranked Helios won against visiting Zlatorog (1-8) 83-66. The game without a history. Helios led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. American guard D.J. Gay (183-89, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 15 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Grega Mali (197-84) who recorded 11 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Helios (2-7) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Krka and Crvena Zvezda. Zlatorog at the other side stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Helios is looking forward to face higher ranked Radnicki K. (#10) in Kragujevac in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zlatorog will play at home against Hemofarm (#7) in Vrsac and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
One of the most interesting games of round 9 was a derby match between two teams from Serbia. The game took place in Beograd where fourth ranked Partizan outleveled visiting Hemofarm (4-4) 82-60. It was a good game for swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Dragan Milosavljevic contributed with 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Mladen Jeremic (196-88, agency: Interperformances) answered with 11 points for Hemofarm. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Serbian champion (7-2) moved-up to second place, which they share with Union Olimpija and Cedevita. Hemofarm at the other side keeps the seventh position with four games lost. Partizan will play against Buducnost (#6) in Podgorica in the next round. Hemofarm will play on the road against Zlatorog in Lasko and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (7-2) against fifth ranked Croatian Cibona (6-3) on Sunday night. Visiting Union Olimpija was defeated by Cibona in Zagreb 81-70. Antwain Barbour stepped up and scored 24 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. Cibona's coach Josip Vrankovic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Damir Markota with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Cibona maintains fifth place with 6-3 record. Loser Union Olimpija keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with Partizan and Cedevita. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena Cedevita.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tel-Aviv. Leader Israeli Maccabi T-A faced 3rd placed Croatian Cedevita. Host Maccabi T-A (8-0) defeated guests from Zagreb (7-2) 96-89. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Cedevita. Guy Pnini nailed 26 points for the winning side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Undefeated Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending Israeli champion maintains first place with 8-0 record. Cedevita at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Zvezda (#13) in Beograd which should be an easy win for them. Cedevita's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb Cibona.
Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (4-5) survived in overtime against Montenegrin Buducnost (5-4) by seven points 84-77 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Fran Pilepic who scored 25 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to eighth place, which they share with KK Zagreb CO. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. HKK Siroki WWin will face league's second-placed Union Olimpija in Ljubljana in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 9 KK Zagreb CO was defeated by Radnicki K. in Kragujevac 85-83. Krka beat Crvena Zvezda at home 75-73.



Helios - Zlatorog 83-66

The most interesting game of round 9 was a derby match between two teams from Slovenia. The game took place in Domzale where twelfth ranked Helios won against visiting Zlatorog (1-8) 83-66. The game without a history. Helios led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. American guard D.J. Gay (183-89, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 15 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Four Helios players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Grega Mali (197-84) who recorded 11 points and 7 rebounds and guard Danijel Vujasinovic (180-89) added 9 points and 5 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Helios (2-7) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Krka and Crvena Zvezda. Zlatorog at the other side stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Helios is looking forward to face higher ranked Radnicki K. (#10) in Kragujevac in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zlatorog will play at home against Hemofarm (#7) in Vrsac and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Helios: D.Pasalic 21+13reb, D.Gay 15+2reb+5ast, D.Bubnic 15+2reb+1ast, K.Prepelic 13+2reb+2ast, M.Markovic 6+1reb, S.Cebular 4+1reb+1ast
Zlatorog: A.Omic 13+3reb, G.Mali 11+7reb+1ast, J.Skific 10+3reb, D.Vujasinovic 9+3reb+5ast, L.Lapornik 7+3reb+2ast, Z.Dimec 6+1reb
gschID: 132980


Radnicki K. - KK Zagreb CO 85-83

There was a minor upset in Kragujevac where 8th ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (4-5) was edged by tenth ranked Serbian Radnicki K. (3-6) 85-83 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Australian-Serbian guard Steven Markovic (190-85) chipped in 18 points and 7 assists. Four Radnicki K. players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Mario Kasun (213-80) who recorded 19 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Damir Rancic (199-83) added 22 points respectively. Radnicki K. maintains tenth place with 3-6 record. Defending Croatian champion KK Zagreb CO keeps the eighth position with five games lost. Radnicki K. will face Helios (#11) in Domzale in the next round.
Top scorers:
Radnicki K.: D.Simon 21+8reb+3ast, S.Markovic 18+3reb+7ast, B.Bakic 16+1reb+7ast, S.Sinovec 13+11reb, M.Scott 9+7reb+2ast, U.Lucic 6
KK Zagreb CO: D.Rancic 22+3reb+2ast, M.Kasun 19+9reb, K.Simon 15+8reb, T.Ford 7+3reb+5ast, D.Mulaomerovic 6+2reb+12ast, J.Heytvelt 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 132981


Krka - Crvena Zvezda 75-73

There was a small surprise in Novo Mesto where thirteenth ranked Slovenian Krka (2-7) edged 11th ranked Serbian Zvezda (2-7) 75-73 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 22-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Krka made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Krka outrebounded Zvezda 44-28 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Jure Balazic (204-80) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Petar Popovic (211-79) who recorded 17 points and point guard Nemanja Nedovic (192-91, agency: Beo Basket) added 17 points respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Slovenian champion moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Helios and Crvena Zvezda. Zvezda lost their fourth game in a row. Krka will face higher ranked KK Zagreb CO (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Krka: J.Balazic 18+11reb, S.Petrov 16+1reb+1ast, J.Baxter 14+9reb+3ast, J.Jordan 6+6reb+1ast, Z.Dragic 6+5reb, E.Muric 6+4reb+2ast
Crvena Zvezda: P.Popovic 17+4reb+3ast, N.Nedovic 17+2reb, S.Lesic 10+8reb, B.Subotic 9, B.Lazic 7+1reb, A.Milutinovic 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 132982


Maccabi T-A - Cedevita 96-89

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tel-Aviv. Leader Israeli Maccabi T-A faced 3rd placed Croatian Cedevita. Host Maccabi T-A (8-0) defeated guests from Zagreb (7-2) 96-89. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Cedevita. It looked good early as Cedevita took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Maccabi T-A had a 33-18 second period charge getting the lead and Cedevita was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 89-96. Maccabi T-A players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Cedevita helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Guy Pnini (200-83) nailed 26 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winning side and American point guard Jordan Farmar (188-86, college: UCLA) accounted for 15 points and 13 assists. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. American-Croatian guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) came up with 28 points and 6 assists and forward Vedran Vukusic (206-82, college: Northwestern) added 9 points and 5 assists respectively for Cedevita in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending Israeli champion maintains first place with 8-0 record. Cedevita at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Zvezda (#13) in Beograd which should be an easy win for them. Cedevita's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb Cibona.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: G.Pnini 26+4reb+1ast, R.Hendrix 15+3reb, J.Farmar 15+3reb+13ast, D.Smith 14+6reb+1ast, T.Burstein 9+5reb+5ast, S.James 8+5reb
Cedevita: D.Draper 28+2reb+6ast, M.Bilan 12+4reb, M.Car 10+2reb+1ast, V.Vukusic 9+3reb+5ast, M.Smodis 9+3reb+2ast, L.Warren 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 132983


Cibona - Union Olimpija 81-70

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (7-2) against fifth ranked Croatian Cibona (6-3) on Sunday night. Visiting Union Olimpija was defeated by Cibona in Zagreb 81-70. The game was mostly controlled by Cibona. Union Olimpija managed to win fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 24 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners and center Andrija Zizic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Cibona's coach Josip Vrankovic used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Bosnian-Croatian power forward Damir Markota (210-85) with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Serbian-Bosnian power forward Ratko Varda (216-79, agency: Alti Sport) scored 16 points. Cibona maintains fifth place with 6-3 record. Loser Union Olimpija keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with Partizan and Cedevita. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena Cedevita.
Top scorers:
Cibona: A.Barbour 24+4reb+3ast, D.Kus 16+2reb+2ast, A.Zizic 13+6reb+2ast, M.Rozic 8+4reb+1ast, G.Suton 8+5reb, B.Chase 8+4reb+3ast
Union Olimpija: R.Varda 16+3reb+1ast, B.Woodside 14+3ast, S.Salin 12+3reb, D.Markota 9+7reb+6ast, D.Muric 8+5reb+1ast, D.Bertans 7+1reb
gschID: 132984


Siroki WWin - Buducnost 84-77 OT

Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (4-5) survived in overtime against Montenegrin Buducnost (5-4) by seven points 84-77 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 23-18 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 7-point victory in overtime. HKK Siroki WWin made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Buducnost was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Croatian guard Fran Pilepic (192-89) who scored 25 points. American forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and forward Nikola Vucevic (208-90, college: USC) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Five HKK Siroki WWin and four Buducnost players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to eighth place, which they share with KK Zagreb CO. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. HKK Siroki WWin will face league's second-placed Union Olimpija in Ljubljana in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: F.Pilepic 25+1reb+2ast, C.Collins 16+9reb+1ast, D.Planinic 14+6reb+1ast, J.Vladovic 11+5reb+9ast, I.Ramljak 10+5reb+1ast, D.Persic 6+3reb+1ast
Buducnost: C.Vitkovac 22+12reb, N.Vucevic 19+7reb+1ast, J.Anderson 16+5ast, V.Mihailovic 12+2reb, B.Dubljevic 3+1reb, M.Milosevic 2
gschID: 132985


Partizan - Hemofarm 82-60

One of the most interesting games of round 9 was a derby match between two teams from Serbia. The game took place in Beograd where fourth ranked Partizan outleveled visiting Hemofarm (4-4) 82-60. The game was mostly controlled by Partizan. Hemofarm was better in fourth quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Partizan players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Hemofarm was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) contributed with 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Five Partizan players scored in double figures. Guard Mladen Jeremic (196-88, agency: Interperformances) answered with 11 points and Montenegrin power forward Ivan Maras (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points in the effort for Hemofarm. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Serbian champion (7-2) moved-up to second place, which they share with Union Olimpija and Cedevita. Hemofarm at the other side keeps the seventh position with four games lost. Partizan will play against Buducnost (#6) in Podgorica in the next round. Hemofarm will play on the road against Zlatorog in Lasko and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Partizan: M.Cakarevic 14+9reb+2ast, N.Pekovic 13+4reb, D.Milosavljevic 13+4reb+7ast, V.Lucic 12+3reb+3ast, M.Raduljica 10+4reb+1ast, R.Katic 8+1reb
Hemofarm: I.Maras 13+1reb, M.Jeremic 11+4reb, N.Dangubic 8+4reb+1ast, M.Sutalo 7+1reb+1ast, M.Pantic 6+3reb+1ast, B.Savovic 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 132986




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  ARGENTINA   


Super 8: Penarol champion - by Facundo Iatzky
Penarol 78- Libertad 75

Penarol won by one point in quarterfinals, by 2 in semifinals and by 3 in finals. They had to suffer a lot to get this championship at home. People who attended the tournament will never forget they have seen Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) in his best shape playing three games for Penarol. And he was one of the keys of the victory with a terrific block in the last seconds. Selem Safar (190-G-87) made two very important three pointers in the last minutes. Although the MVP of the final was Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91). He made the decisive three point shoot.
PEnarol: Facundo Campazzo 18 pts 9 ass, Andres Nocioni 11 pts 12 reb, Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) 16 pts, Selem Safar 13 pts
Libertad: Jonatan Treise (182-G-85) 20 pts, Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) 14 pts 10 reb, Robert Battle (204-C-81, college: Drexel) 13 pts


Gimnasia de Comodoro Rivadavia land Calvin Warner - by Eurobasket News
Gimnasia de Comodoro Rivadavia bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Calvin Warner (201-F-80, college: Jacksonville). Last season the forward spent in Lebanon. He tallied 26.5 points, 13.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game for Byblos. Asia-Basket.com named the forward into All-Lebanese League 2nd Team. Clavin Warner then moved to Bucaneros de La Guara in Venezuela. Previously Calvin Warner had stints in Iran, South Korea and Bahrain. Calvin Warner was named All-Iranian Superleague Centre of the Year in 2005. He also earned Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Honourable Mention in 2008. Calvin Warner was the member of Lebanese National Team back in 2006.

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  AUSTRALIA   


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


NBL Round 8: Perth Wildcats keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Perth Wildcats as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Perth Wildcats defeated 6th ranked Kings at home 103-92. The game was mostly controlled by Perth Wildcats. Kings managed to win third quarter 25-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. Perth Wildcats looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Perth Wildcats made 7 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by Kings helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) who scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 23 points. American power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Kings at the other side keep the sixth place with six games lost. Kings will play next round against Cairns Taipans trying to get back on the winning streak. Perth Wildcats will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Adelaide 36ers in Findon.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Melbourne Tigers (6-4) against sixth ranked Kings (4-6) on Friday night. Host Melbourne Tigers were defeated by Kings in a tough game in Melbourne 80-89. Swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 4 assists. Julian Khazzouh contributed with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) replied with 28 points and 5 rebounds for Melbourne Tigers. Kings maintains sixth position with 4-6 record. Melbourne Tigers at the other side keep the third place with four games lost. Kings will play against higher ranked Cairns Taipans (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Melbourne Tigers will play against the league's second-placed New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Auckland. Local New Zealand Breakers (6-3) beat 6th ranked Townsville Crocodiles (3-4) 88-74 on Thursday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Cedric Jackson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. New Zealand Breakers' coach Andrej Lemanis used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Jacob Holmes responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots). New Zealand Breakers moved-up to second place. Loser Townsville Crocodiles dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. New Zealand Breakers will meet at home Melbourne Tigers (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Townsville Crocodiles will play against Wollongong Hawks (#8) in Gwynneville and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 8 Blaze defeated 36ers in Broadbeach 95-82.


Tigers - Kings 80-89

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Melbourne Tigers (6-4) against sixth ranked Kings (4-6) on Friday night. Host Melbourne Tigers were defeated by Kings in a tough game in Melbourne 80-89. Melbourne Tigers were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 46-34 second half run of Kings. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Melbourne Tigers' 38 and made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 4 assists. The former international center Julian Khazzouh (209-86) contributed with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) replied with 28 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) added 17 points in the effort for Melbourne Tigers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kings maintains sixth position with 4-6 record. Melbourne Tigers at the other side keep the third place with four games lost. Kings will play against higher ranked Cairns Taipans (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Melbourne Tigers will play against the league's second-placed New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kings: B.Madgen 26+4reb+4ast, J.Khazzouh 22+9reb+1ast, J.Grant 19+5reb, A.Bruce 14+2reb+9ast, A.Bose 4+3reb, G.Dann 2+5reb
Tigers: C.Tragardh 28+5reb+2ast, A.Ubaka 17+2reb+2ast, R.Dorsey 15+3reb+1ast, L.Rush 10+2reb+1ast, D.Dillon 6+4reb+4ast, L.Walker 4+4reb
gschID: 138858


36ers - Blaze 82-95

There was no surprise in Findon where 9th ranked Adelaide 36ers (2-6) were defeated by sixth ranked Gold Coast Blaze (4-3) 95-82 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Gold Coast Blaze. Adelaide 36ers managed to win third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Adelaide 36ers outrebounded Gold Coast Blaze 43-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Dominican guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and the former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) who added 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Gold Coast Blaze players scored in double figures. Center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gold Coast Blaze have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Adelaide 36ers stay at the bottom position with six games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will meet Cairns Taipans (#5) on the road in the next round. Adelaide 36ers will play against the league's leader Perth Wildcats (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Blaze: A.Deleon 25+4reb+3ast, M.Worthington 20+7reb+4ast, C.Goulding 17+1reb+2ast, J.Harvey 11+1reb, W.Hudson 8+2reb, A.Petrie 6+4reb
36ers: D.Ng 20+2reb, D.Johnson 19+11reb+3ast, D.Simpson 14+13reb+1ast, C.Warren 9+3reb+5ast, S.Weigh 6+4reb+3ast, M.Creek 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 138859


Wildcats - Kings 103-92

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Perth Wildcats as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Perth Wildcats defeated 6th ranked Kings at home 103-92. The game was mostly controlled by Perth Wildcats. Kings managed to win third quarter 25-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. Perth Wildcats looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Perth Wildcats made 7 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by Kings helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) who scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 23 points. American power forward Jerai Grant (203-89, college: Clemson) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Kazakhstan swingman Anatoly Bose (200-88, college: Nicholls St., agency: Priority Sports) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Perth Wildcats and four Kings players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Kings at the other side keep the sixth place with six games lost. Kings will play next round against Cairns Taipans trying to get back on the winning streak. Perth Wildcats will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Adelaide 36ers in Findon.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: S.Redhage 23+1reb+3ast, L.Nevill 17+8reb, B.Robbins 15+1reb+4ast, K.Lisch 14+8reb+5ast, M.Knight 10+2reb+3ast, J.Wagstaff 7+1reb+1ast
Kings: A.Bose 22+7reb+1ast, J.Grant 20+11reb+4ast, J.Khazzouh 16+6reb+1ast, A.Bruce 15+1reb+9ast, K.Ratzsch 9+3reb+1ast, B.Madgen 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 138860


Breakers - Crocodiles 88-74

The game with biggest result difference took place in Auckland. Local New Zealand Breakers (6-3) beat 6th ranked Townsville Crocodiles (3-4) 88-74 on Thursday night. The hosts trailed by 19 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 14 points. New Zealand Breakers dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Townsville Crocodiles' 30. They outrebounded Townsville Crocodiles 40-27 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. New Zealand Breakers looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals and New Zealand swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., agency: Priority Sports) who added 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four New Zealand Breakers players scored in double figures. New Zealand Breakers' coach Andrej Lemanis used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots) and the former international swingman Peter Crawford (193-79) scored 17 points, 5 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). New Zealand Breakers moved-up to second place. Loser Townsville Crocodiles dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. New Zealand Breakers will meet at home Melbourne Tigers (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Townsville Crocodiles will play against Wollongong Hawks (#8) in Gwynneville and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Breakers: T.Abercrombie 19+5reb+3ast, G.Wilkinson 18+7reb+1ast, D.Corletto 16+5ast, C.Jackson 11+12reb+8ast, M.Vukona 8+7reb+2ast, A.Pledger 6+2reb
Crocodiles: J.Holmes 21+6reb+1ast, P.Crawford 17+3reb+5ast, G.Vanderjagt 7+4reb, T.Blanchfield 7+5reb+1ast, E.Gill 7+3reb+5ast, E.Mims 7+2reb
gschID: 138857




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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Mistelbach 7-0 
 2. Dornbirn 6-1 
 3. Mattersb.R. 4-2 
 4. Schwaz 4-2 
 5. Klagenfurt 3-3 
 6. BC Vienna jrs 3-4 
 7. Falcons 2-3 
 8. Danube City 2-4 
 9. Salzburg 1-6 
Folded
 1. Fighters 0-7 


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


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


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   


D1 Round 10 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Much higher ranked Base Oostende (5-4) fell to fifth ranked Leuven Bears (5-3) in overtime by six points 90-96 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of John Tofi (203-F/C-84, college: UTEP) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds. Leuven Bears moved-up to second place. Base Oostende at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Leuven Bears will face Okapi Aalstar (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Base Oostende will play against Optima Gent.

The most impressive performance of 10th round was 16 points, 7 assists and 9 steals by Sean Singletary of M.Hainaut.


Verviers-Pep. - Antwerp 82-74

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (1-8) beat at home higher ranked Antwerp Giants (5-4) 82-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-74. Antwerp Giants were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 4 assists. International forward Maxime De Zeeuw (205-87, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four VOO Verviers-Pepinster players scored in double figures. American guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Antwerp Giants. Antwerp Giants' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. VOO Verviers-Pepinster maintains ninth position with 1-8 record. Antwerp Giants at the other side keep the third place with four games lost. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will face higher ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#5) in Quaregnon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: T.Black 23+1ast, M.Roll 16+6reb+2ast, D.Wilson 15+8reb+1ast, J.Vaughn 8+2reb, R.Moors 4+1reb, R.Biggs 4+2reb+1ast
Verviers-Pep.: J.Beal 19+3reb+4ast, M.Faison 18+4reb+1ast, M.De Zeeuw 15+9reb, B.Merriex 12+2reb+2ast, J.Love 8+2reb, T.Thompson 6+2reb+7ast
gschID: 132372


Leuven - Oostende 96-90 OT

Much higher ranked Base Oostende (5-4) fell to fifth ranked Leuven Bears (5-3) in overtime by six points 90-96 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Base Oostende was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 15-21s. Base Oostende was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR) contributed with 24 points for the winners. American forward Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Base Oostende. Four Leuven Bears and five Base Oostende players scored in double figures. Leuven Bears moved-up to second place. Base Oostende at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. Leuven Bears will face Okapi Aalstar (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Base Oostende will play against Optima Gent.
Top scorers:
Oostende: K.Winston 23+5reb+3ast, D.Sakota 16+1reb, C.Booker 16+7reb, D.Djordjevic 12+2reb+3ast, J.Rich 10+3reb+4ast, D.Katnic 6+5reb
Leuven: B.Freeman 24+2reb, J.Tofi 23+6reb, M.McGhee 18+7reb, A.Dagunduro 11+5reb+2ast, I.Hanavan 9+5reb, N.Marnegrave 7+6reb+12ast
gschID: 132373


M.Hainaut - Aalstar 77-81

There was a minor upset when one of their biggest challengers Dexia Mons-Hainaut (5-4) lost to sixth ranked Okapi Aalstar (5-4) in Quaregnon 77-81 on Saturday. Dexia Mons-Hainaut trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 21-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-81 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for Okapi Aalstar especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Dexia Mons-Hainaut was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Sean Singletary (183-85, college: Virginia) replied with 16 points, 7 assists and 9 steals and his fellow American import power forward Warren Carter (205-85, college: Illinois) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Okapi Aalstar will face league's second-placed Leuven Bears at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: S.Singletary 16+4reb+7ast, W.Carter 15+8reb+2ast, S.Bellin 14+1reb, A.Nivins 10+4reb+1ast, A.Slaughter 9+2reb+1ast, Q.Taylor 8+4reb+3ast
Aalstar: A.Ruoff 17+1ast, C.Young 16+8reb, K.Kruger 12+1reb, C.Copeland 12+3reb+1ast, S.Jackson 11+7reb+3ast, J.Steinbach 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 132370


Gent - Spirou 67-75

Very predictable result when first ranked Spirou Charleroi (7-1) won against on the road 8th ranked Optima Gent (2-6) 75-67 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 23-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Spirou Charleroi forced 24 Optima Gent turnovers. It was a very good performance for Czech forward Jiri Welsch (201-80) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Demond Mallet (186-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed with 16 points and 7 steals for the winners. American center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import power forward Michael Haynes (203-81, college: Fordham) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Optima Gent. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spirou Charleroi have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 7-1 record. Loser Optima Gent keeps the eighth place with six games lost. Spirou Charleroi will have a break next round. Optima Gent will play on the road against Base Oostende (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gent: G.Brown 21+7reb, M.Jenkins 18+1reb, M.Haynes 16+5reb, L.Bosco 10+1reb+4ast, R.Chaney 2+9reb+3ast, S.Geukens 0+1reb
Spirou: D.Mallet 16+3ast, T.Shengelia 13+2reb, J.Welsch 13+7reb+3ast, C.Green 12+1reb, C.Beghin 8+2reb+2ast, J.Hamilton 7+9reb+1ast
gschID: 132371




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


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  BOSNIA   


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


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  BRAZIL   


Flamengo demolish Uniceub/BRB in NBB Round 4 - by Eurobasket News
Flamengo cruised past Uniceub/BRB in Round 4 of NBB championship 110:72. The victory propelled the hosts to 3-1 record in the ladder. Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) scored 25 points to pace the winners. Flamengo stunned their opponents in the first term. The hosts went on a 27:12 run to clear off. Flamengo added 27 points in the second quarter to boost the gap to 21-point mark. Flamengo stayed on fire in the second half. They erupted for 56 points after the big break and coasted to the victory at the end. Leandrinho Barbosa (190-PG-82) contributed 22 points, while David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) had 17 points in the victory. Fabio Telminho Oliveira (195-F-79) accounted for 20 points in the loss.
Itabom/Bauru remained the only undefeated team in the league. They recorded the third win in a row beating Sao Jose/Vinac 84:78 at home court. Douglas Nunes (201-C-87) stepped up with 29 points to lead the effort. Sao Jose/Vinac enjoyed a 37:35 halftime lead. The visitors stretched the margin to 5 points at the final intermission but Itabom/Bauru went on a 32:21 run in the final quarter to seal the victory at the end. Fernando Fischer (190-G-81) had 16 points in the win. Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) reacted with 23 points for Sao Jose/Vinac. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) netted 18 points in the loss.


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


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  BULGARIA   


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


NBL Round 7: Levski Sofia beats Euroins Cherno More in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Varna. Second ranked Levski Sofia faced 3rd placed Euroins Cherno More. Guests from Sofia (6-1) defeated host Euroins Cherno More (4-3) 87-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Euroins Cherno More. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 45-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Levski Sofia shot 23 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Euroins Cherno More only scored seven points from the stripe. 30 personal fouls committed by Euroins Cherno More helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) fired 32 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds. Power forward Aleksandr Yanev (203-90) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Levski Sofia have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 6-1 record behind leader Lukoil Academik. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Tundja Yambol and Rilski Sportist. Levski Sofia are looking forward to face Tundja Yambol (#5) on the road in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Lukoil Academik delivered the seventh consecutive victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Balkan (1-6) 78-53 in Sofia. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Akida McLain (206-86, college: Indiana, PA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Brandon Heath contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Lubomir Lilov (198-87) answered with 14 points and 4 assists for Balkan. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Lukoil Academik. Defending champion maintains first place with 7-0 record. Balkan lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Spartak Pleven and Chernomorets. Lukoil Academik will play against bottom-ranked Spartak Pleven (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Balkan will play against Chernomorets in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Samokov. Local Rilski Sportist (4-3) outscored 6th ranked Chernomorets (1-6) 93-68 on Sunday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Filip Vukosavljevic who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Rilski Sportist's coach Rosen Barchovski felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Kiril Pavlovski responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Rilski Sportist moved-up to third place, which they share with Cherno More and Tundja Yambol. Chernomorets lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Spartak Pleven and Balkan. Rilski Sportist will meet Euroins Cherno More (#4) in the next round. Chernomorets will play against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 7 bottom-ranked Spartak Pleven was defeated by Tundja Yambol in a road game 82-73.



Rilski Sportist - Chernomorets 93-68

The game with biggest result difference took place in Samokov. Local Rilski Sportist (4-3) outscored 6th ranked Chernomorets (1-6) 93-68 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Chernomorets managed to win fourth quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rilski Sportist forced 20 Chernomorets turnovers and outrebounded them 36-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Croatian Ante Bilobrk (203-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) helped adding 15 points. Rilski Sportist's coach Rosen Barchovski felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and guard Dimitar Roshmanov (185-85) scored 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rilski Sportist moved-up to third place, which they share with Cherno More and Tundja Yambol. Chernomorets lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Spartak Pleven and Balkan. Rilski Sportist will meet Euroins Cherno More (#4) in the next round. Chernomorets will play against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: F.Vukosavljevic 24+10reb+2ast, A.Bilobrk 15+3reb+2ast, S.Vaklinov 12+4reb+3ast, M.Marinov 10+2reb, H.Zahariev 9+5reb+4ast, L.Kirov 7+1ast
Chernomorets: D.Roshmanov 18+1reb+2ast, A.Penev 12+3reb+5ast, K.Pavlovski 12+11reb+1ast, R.Aleksov 12+4reb+1ast, T.Zahariev 7+2reb+1ast, M.Zahariev 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 139947


Lukoil Academik - Balkan 78-53

Undefeated leader Lukoil Academik delivered the seventh consecutive victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Balkan (1-6) 78-53 in Sofia. The game without a history. Lukoil Academik 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 Balkan's 32. They outrebounded Balkan 43-26 including a 38-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lukoil Academik players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Akida McLain (206-86, college: Indiana, PA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Lubomir Lilov (198-87) answered with 14 points and 4 assists and American forward Dwayne Morton (200-71, college: Louisville) added 4 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Balkan. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Lukoil Academik. Defending champion maintains first place with 7-0 record. Balkan lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with Spartak Pleven and Chernomorets. Lukoil Academik will play against bottom-ranked Spartak Pleven (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Balkan will play against Chernomorets in Burgas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: A.McLain 13+10reb, T.Stoykov 11+4reb+1ast, B.Sundov 9+6reb+1ast, D.Stojanovski 8+4reb+4ast, A.Owens 8+1reb+1ast, B.Heath 8+9reb+3ast
Balkan: L.Lilov 14+3reb+4ast, M.Stanimir 8+1reb+2ast, I.Martin 6+3reb+2ast, S.Marinov 6+3reb+1ast, D.Morton 4+8reb+1ast, J.Crawford 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 139948


Cherno More - Levski Sofia 77-87

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Varna. Second ranked Levski Sofia faced 3rd placed Euroins Cherno More. Guests from Sofia (6-1) defeated host Euroins Cherno More (4-3) 87-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Euroins Cherno More. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 45-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Levski Sofia shot 23 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Euroins Cherno More only scored seven points from the stripe. 30 personal fouls committed by Euroins Cherno More helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) fired 32 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Power forward Aleksandr Yanev (203-90) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Georgi Davidov (205-76) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Levski Sofia have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 6-1 record behind leader Lukoil Academik. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Tundja Yambol and Rilski Sportist. Levski Sofia are looking forward to face Tundja Yambol (#5) on the road in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: A.Harper 32+5reb+2ast, M.Hall 20+3reb+1ast, V.Evtimov 11+13reb+3ast, J.Bozov 7+5reb+2ast, H.Dimitrov 7, D.Anguelov 6+3reb+1ast
Cherno More: A.Yanev 22+7reb+1ast, V.Kyosev 12+2reb+2ast, G.Davidov 12+4reb+1ast, T.Zhelev 9+1reb+3ast, S.Tsonkov 4+1ast, S.Iliev 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 139949


Tundja Yambol - Spartak Pleven 82-73

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Spartak Pleven (1-6) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Tundja Yambol (4-3) 82-73 on Saturday. Spartak Pleven trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 18-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-82 at the end of the game. Tundja Yambol dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 28. They outrebounded Spartak Pleven 38-24 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Martin Durchev (200-87) helped adding 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side forward Simeon Tsenov (196-82) responded with 27 points and 8 rebounds and guard Tsvetoslav Ostrev (184-86) scored 14 points. Spartak Pleven's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tundja Yambol moved-up to third place, which they share with Cherno More and Rilski Sportist. Spartak Pleven lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with six games lost. They share it with Chernomorets and Balkan. Tundja Yambol will meet at home league's second-placed Levski Sofia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spartak Pleven will play against the league's leader Lukoil Academik (#1) in Sofia.
Top scorers:
Tundja Yambol: J.Ofoegbu 19+10reb+1ast, M.Durchev 17+6reb+4ast, S.Govedarov 13+6reb+6ast, S.Petkov 8+6reb+1ast, I.Marchev 7+2reb, S.Cholakov 6+2reb
Spartak Pleven: S.Tsenov 27+8reb+1ast, T.Ostrev 14+3reb+2ast, V.Georgiev 11+2reb+2ast, R.Sofroniev 8+3reb, T.Todorov 7+3reb+1ast, A.Dyakovski 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 139950




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CIS Round 9 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Golden Hawks as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Golden Hawks smashed bottom-ranked Lions in Waterloo, ON 102-62. The game without a history. Golden Hawks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Golden Hawks forced 21 Lions turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. Golden Hawks looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Golden Hawks made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was international forward Kale Harrison (196) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Maxwell Allin (193) chipped in 14 points and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Aaron Rados (196) who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Golden Hawks (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Carleton and UPEI. Lions at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Queen's and RMC. Lions will play next round against strong Thunderwolves trying to get back on the winning streak. Golden Hawks will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Gee-Gees in Ottawa, ON.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Thunderwolves (5-1) in Thunder Bay, ON. Hosts were edged by Ravens (6-0) 88-85. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Thunderwolves. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 5-0 record before this meeting. It was a good game for international forward Tyson Hinz (199-91) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 8 assists. Philip Scrubb contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. Ben Johnson (-88) answered with 23 points for Thunderwolves. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Ravens. They maintain first place with 6-0 record, which they share with Laurier and UPEI. Thunderwolves at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with Brock and McMaster. Ravens will play against Warriors (#5) in Waterloo, ON in the next round. Thunderwolves will play on the road against Lions in Toronto, ON and hope to get back on the winning track.
Fourth-ranked Axemen (2-3) made lots of trouble for leader Panthers (6-0) in Charlottetown, PEI on Sunday. Panthers managed to secure only three-point victory 67-64. However their fans expected easier game. Donathan Moss stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Owen Klassen with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. Axemen's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Panthers. They maintain first place with 6-0 record, which they share with Laurier and Carleton. Loser Axemen keeps the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with St.Mary's. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very interesting game took place in Antigonish, NS. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Tigers (1-4) to leader X-Men (4-0) 81-78 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Terry Thomas nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for X-Men. They maintain second place with 4-0 record having 2 victories less than leader UPEI. Tigers at the other side keep the seventh position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Citadines (2-2) against fourth ranked Rouge et Or (2-2) on Saturday night. Visiting Citadines were defeated by Rouge et Or in a tough game in Quebec City, QC 65-69. The best player for the winners was Thibaud Dezutter who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Rouge et Or moved-up to third place, which they share with UQAM. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Other games of round 9 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Regina was defeated by TRU in Kamloops, BC 110-100. UBC Okanagan was beaten by Brandon at home 68-81. UBC lost to Calgary on the opponent's court 85-92. Alberta outscored UFV in a home game 79-57. Victoria rolled over Lethbridge on the road 90-59. Winless Bishop's was defeated by McGill on its own court 54-67. Brock beat Queen's in St.Catharines, ON 69-60. Saskatchewan destroyed TWU at home 98-73. Windsor unfortunately lost to Toronto Univ. on the opponent's court 81-86. Ryerson managed to beat Western in a home game 87-76. Ottawa defeated Guelph on the road 83-77. UPEI beat Acadia on its own court 98-89. Laurentian won against Waterloo in Sudbury, ON 83-72. New Brunsw. was outscored by Cape Breton at home 54-82. McMaster rolled over RMC on the opponent's court 98-51.
The best stats of 9th round was 35 points (!!!), 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals by Justin King of TRU.


TRU - Regina 110-100

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Cougars' (2-5) road loss to eighth ranked Wolfpack (4-4) 100-110 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Wolfpack. Cougars was better in second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. Wolfpack forced 24 Cougars turnovers. Cougars were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Justin King who had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Forward Chas Kok (196) chipped in 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Paul Gareau (201) who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds and guard Brendan Hebert (180) added 20 points respectively. Five Wolfpack and four Cougars players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Wolfpack moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Lethbridge. Loser Cougars dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Regina: P.Gareau 23+8reb+3ast, B.Hebert 20+3reb+1ast, J.Janotta 15+3reb+2ast, C.Burns 13+7reb+2ast, M.Ward 7+1reb, G.Childerhose 6+4reb+1ast
TRU: J.King 35+11reb+5ast, C.Kok 22+8reb+5ast, K.Pribilsky 15+6reb+4ast, A.Pierre 13+6reb+2ast, B.Rouault 11+4reb+1ast, W.Ondrik 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 155685


UBC Okanagan - Brandon 68-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with thirteenth ranked Bobcats' (3-5) road victory over 14th ranked Heat (1-5) 81-68 on Saturday. The game without a history. Bobcats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was Emerick Ravier who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Ali Mounir chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Yassine Ghomari who recorded 26 points and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and Simon Pelland added 12 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bobcats moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Calgary. Loser Heat dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UBC Okanagan: Y.Ghomari 26+3reb+5ast, S.Pelland 12+4reb, B.Macdonald 10+3reb, M.Roth 9+1reb, S.Morrison 5+4reb, I.Con 4+6reb+2ast
Brandon: A.Mounir 21+6reb, E.Ravier 20+7reb+2ast, I.Bonhomme 10+9reb+7ast, J.Reaves 9+8reb+1ast, K.Vince 7+1reb, E.Schippers 6+2reb
gschID: 155686


UPEI - Acadia 67-64

Fourth-ranked Axemen (2-3) made lots of trouble for leader Panthers (6-0) in Charlottetown, PEI on Sunday. Panthers managed to secure only three-point victory 67-64. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-64. Panthers forced 20 Axemen turnovers. Donathan Moss stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Terrence Brown (186) chipped in 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was international forward Owen Klassen (208-91) with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Anthony Ashe (193) scored 14 points. Axemen's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Panthers. They maintain first place with 6-0 record, which they share with Laurier and Carleton. Loser Axemen keeps the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with St.Mary's. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Acadia: O.Klassen 18+17reb+4ast, A.Ashe 14+1ast, T.Scott 7+2reb+1ast, S.Stoqua 6+3reb+2ast, A.Sears 5+2reb, J.Tull 4+4reb
UPEI: D.Moss 21+10reb+2ast, G.Doane 16+2reb, M.Lual 12+5reb+1ast, T.Brown 8+7reb+4ast, J.Duke 5+6reb, J.Cooper 4+3reb+6ast
gschID: 155687


Calgary - UBC 92-85

There was an upset in Calgary, AB where 4th placed Thunderbirds (4-2) were defeated by tenth ranked Dinos (3-5) 92-85 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Dinos forced 28 Thunderbirds turnovers. Strangely Thunderbirds outrebounded Dinos 48-27 including a 21-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Thunderbirds were plagued by 34 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Tyler Fidler (206-89) who scored 25 points. Swingman Dustin Reding (201-88) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Dinos players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Doug Plumb (193, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) who recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Kamar Burke (196-86) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dinos moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Brandon. Loser Thunderbirds dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UBC: D.Plumb 17+7reb+4ast, M.Williams 16+2reb, K.Burke 14+11reb+1ast, T.Nixon 9+8reb+1ast, N.Yu 8+2reb+4ast, G.Bath 7+6reb+1ast
Calgary: T.Fidler 25+3reb+1ast, D.Reding 16+5reb+1ast, J.Wolfram 15+4reb, K.Milburn 11+2reb+3ast, J.Owen-Thomas 8+1reb+3ast, P.Walker 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 155682


Alberta - UFV 79-57

Everything could happen in Edmonton, AB at the game between two tied teams. Both second ranked Golden Bears and 3rd placed Cascades had identical 5-2 record. This time Golden Bears used a home court advantage and outscored the opponent from Abbotsford, BC 79-57 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Golden Bears. Cascades was better in fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Golden Bears forced 21 Cascades turnovers. Strangely Cascades outrebounded Golden Bears 42-27 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international guard Jordan Baker (192-91, college: Utah Valley) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Robert Dewar (211-91) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Joel Friesen (193) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and forward Kyle Grewal (198-88) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Four Cascades players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Golden Bears. They maintain second place with 6-2 record having just -2 point less than leader UPEI. Loser Cascades dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UFV: J.Friesen 13+11reb+2ast, K.Grewal 12+10reb+1ast, S.Freeman 12+1reb, J.Blackman 11+2reb, M.James 8+6reb, J.York 1+2reb
Alberta: J.Baker 20+7reb+2ast, R.Dewar 17+5reb, D.Ferguson 11+2reb+6ast, S.Saffa 10, L.Taylor 7+3reb+1ast, T.Bergen-Henengouwen 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 155683


Lethbridge - Victoria 59-90

Not a big story in a game in Lethbridge, AB where 6th ranked Pronghorn (4-4) was outplayed by leader Vikies (8-0) 90-59 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Vikies. Pronghorn was better in third quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vikies shot 21 for 29 from the free-throw line, while Pronghorn only scored four points from the stripe. Vikies forced 19 Pronghorn turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Vikies especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 73.3 percentage. The best player for the winners was guard Ryan Mackinnon (193-89) who scored 23 points. Michael Acheampong chipped in 14 points. Five Vikies players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Dominyc Coward (198) who recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds and Logan Reiter added 13 points respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Vikies. They maintain first place with 8-0 record. Loser Pronghorn keeps the sixth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Lethbridge: L.Reiter 13, D.Coward 13+8reb+1ast, D.Cooper 8+4ast, A.Fletcher 6+6ast, J.Chief-Morris 5, N.Kovac 4+5reb
Victoria: R.Mackinnon 23+2reb+1ast, M.Berg 14+7reb, M.Acheampong 14+4reb+3ast, R.Pribilsky 11+1reb+2ast, Z.Andrus 10+4reb+6ast, T.Evans 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 155684


Bishop's - McGill 54-67

Everything went according to plan in Lennoxville, QC where third ranked Redmen (3-2) won against bottom-ranked Gaiters (0-4) 67-54 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Redmen. Gaiters was better in second period 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Redmen forced 20 Gaiters turnovers. Gaiters were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Karim Sy-Morissette (193) who scored 13 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Forward Tristan Renaud-Tremblay (201) chipped in 18 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was guard Onnex Blackwood (188) who recorded 11 points and 6 rebounds and Mukiya Post added 13 points and 7 steals respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Redmen moved-up to second place, which they share with Cape Breton. Gaiters lost their fourth game in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Bishop's: M.Post 13+3reb+1ast, O.Blackwood 11+6reb+1ast, T.Hunter 8+3reb+1ast, S.Monplaisir 7+3reb+4ast, A.Drisdelle 5+2reb+1ast, M.McLean 4
McGill: T.Renaud-Tremblay 18+1reb, K.Sy-Morissette 13+7reb+5ast, W.Clark 11+4reb+2ast, V.Dufort 9+5reb+2ast, N.Langley 8+2reb, A.Mitrovic 5+8reb
gschID: 155679


Queen's - Brock 60-69

There was no surprise in Kingston, ON where bottom-ranked Golden Gaels (0-6) were defeated by third ranked Badgers (5-1) 69-60 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. Badgers forced 20 Golden Gaels turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Andrew Kraus (188-86) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Didi Mukendi (183) chipped in 10 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Four Badgers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Nikola Misljencevic (196) who recorded 16 points and Mackenzie Simpson added 12 points respectively. Golden Gaels' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Badgers. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Lakehead and McMaster. Golden Gaels lost their sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. Badgers will face Rams (#5) in Toronto, ON in the next round.
Top scorers:
Queen's: N.Misljencevic 16+3reb+1ast, M.Simpson 12+4reb+3ast, A.Weatherill 8+4reb+2ast, B.Burgesson 7+3reb, R.Golden 6+5reb+3ast, M.Baker 5+4reb+3ast
Brock: M.Gibson 13+6reb, M.Williams 12+1ast, T.Kasamba 10+3reb, A.Kraus 10+13reb+5ast, D.Mukendi 10+2reb+7ast, A.Ferguson 9+8reb+1ast
gschID: 155680


Saskatchewan - TWU 98-73

No shocking result in a game in Saskatoon, SK where fifth ranked Huskies (5-2) smashed 11th ranked Spartans (2-6) 98-73 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Huskies. Spartans was better in second period 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Huskies forced 22 Spartans turnovers. The best player for the winners was American point guard Jamelle Barrett (180) who scored 23 points and 7 assists. Guard Peter Lomuro (191) chipped in 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Huskies players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Sean Peter (191) who recorded 24 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Tristan Smith (183-86) added 11 points and 4 steals respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Huskies. They moved-up to third place. Spartans lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the thirteenth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
TWU: S.Peter 24+5reb+1ast, T.Smith 11+3reb+3ast, K.Osborne 8+4reb, K.Coston 7+1reb, C.Westbrook 6+5reb+1ast, L.Sauciuc 5+2reb+1ast
Saskatchewan: J.Barrett 23+2reb+7ast, P.Lomuro 20+3reb, D.Jones 15+4reb+1ast, M.Lieffers 12+5reb+3ast, B.Baker 9+3reb+3ast, P.Burns 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 155681


Toronto Univ. - Windsor 86-81

Very expected game in Toronto, ON where 7th ranked Lancers (3-3) were defeated by third ranked Blues (3-3) 86-81 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Lancers trailed by 20 points after 3 quarters before a 29-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-86 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was Arun Kumar (183) who scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Bosnian forward Drazen Glisic (198) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Blues' coach Mike Katz used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Enrico Diloreto (186-90) who recorded 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and international forward Lien Phillip (203-89) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Five Blues and four Lancers players scored in double figures. Blues moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Lancers. Blues will face Marauders (#4) in Hamilton, ON in the next round. Lancers will play at home against RMC in Kingston, ON.
Top scorers:
Windsor: E.Diloreto 31+5reb+4ast, J.Collins 17+4reb+2ast, J.McQueen 12+10reb+1ast, L.Phillip 11+12reb+2ast, E.Matthews 6+2reb, R.Osuntola 2+3reb
Toronto Univ.: D.Glisic 16+6reb, A.Hill 14+2reb+3ast, B.Garvin 13+8reb, A.Wasik 11+3reb+3ast, A.Kumar 11+6reb+5ast, D.Laurin 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 155676


Ryerson - Western 87-76

Everything could happen in Toronto, ON at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Rams and 8th ranked Mustangs had identical 1-4 record. This time Rams used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from London, ON 87-76 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Rams. Mustangs was better in second period 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Rams won last quarter 87-76. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Rams outrebounded Mustangs 37-17 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Jelane Pryce (201) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Jordon Gauthier chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Four Rams players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Peter Scholtes (196) who recorded 21 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and guard Ryan Barbeau (178) added 21 points and 4 assists respectively. Rams (2-4) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with New Brunsw. and Laurentian. Mustangs lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with five games lost. Rams will face league's second-placed Badgers in St.Catharines, ON in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mustangs will play at home against Golden Gaels in Kingston, ON.
Top scorers:
Western: P.Scholtes 21+5reb+9ast, R.Barbeau 21+2reb+4ast, R.Higgins 17+3reb, G.Morrow 8+5reb, Q.Henderson 7+1reb+1ast, J.Bernard 2+1ast
Ryerson: J.Pryce 20+8reb+3ast, O.Adegboruwa 18+4reb+3ast, J.Gauthier 18+11reb, J.Jones 16+2reb+4ast, L.Staniscia 9+6reb+1ast, S.Navaratnarajah 4+3reb
gschID: 155677


Laval - UQAM 69-65

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Citadines (2-2) against fourth ranked Rouge et Or (2-2) on Saturday night. Visiting Citadines were defeated by Rouge et Or in a tough game in Quebec City, QC 65-69. The game without a history. Rouge et Or led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was Thibaud Dezutter who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Bosnian forward Boris Hadzimuratovic (204-91, college: High School) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Eric Cote-Kougnima (193-88) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Gregory Saint-Amand (193-88) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Rouge et Or moved-up to third place, which they share with UQAM. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
UQAM: G.Saint-Amand 19+6reb+1ast, E.Cote-Kougnima 15+12reb+6ast, A.Pivotar 10+1reb+2ast, A.Bernard 9+3reb+1ast, K.Bitondo 4+2reb, T.Justin 3+1reb+3ast
Laval: T.Dezutter 17+6reb+2ast, H.Ryan 15+3reb+2ast, B.Hadzimuratovic 13+9reb, X.Baribeau 8+1reb+9ast, E.Labrecque 6+3reb, C.Deslauniers-Trottier 6+2ast
gschID: 155678


Lakehead - Carleton 85-88

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Thunderwolves (5-1) in Thunder Bay, ON. Hosts were edged by Ravens (6-0) 88-85. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Thunderwolves. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 5-0 record before this meeting. Thunderwolves were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 30-26 charge of Ravens, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for international forward Tyson Hinz (199-91) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 8 assists. International guard Philip Scrubb (194-92) contributed with 17 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Ravens players scored in double figures. Ben Johnson (-88) answered with 23 points and guard Joseph Jones (188-89) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Thunderwolves. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Ravens. They maintain first place with 6-0 record, which they share with Laurier and UPEI. Thunderwolves at the other side dropped to the second position with one game lost. They share it with Brock and McMaster. Ravens will play against Warriors (#5) in Waterloo, ON in the next round. Thunderwolves will play on the road against Lions in Toronto, ON and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lakehead: B.Johnson 23+4reb, J.Jones 18+5reb+1ast, V.Russel 15+4reb+1ast, A.Johnson 8+5reb+4ast, R.Thomson 6+4reb+4ast, G.Carter 6+6ast
Carleton: P.Scrubb 17+2reb+6ast, K.Smendziuk 15+3reb+1ast, T.Hinz 15+2reb+8ast, W.Manigat 14+1reb+1ast, K.Churchill 11+2reb, C.Hobin 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 155673


Guelph - Ottawa 77-83

Not a big story in a game in Guelph, ON where 6th ranked Gryphons (3-3) were defeated by second ranked Gee-Gees (3-3) 83-77 on Saturday. Gryphons trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 31-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-83 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was international guard Warren Ward (196-89) who scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Kareem Malcolm (183) who recorded 30 points and 6 rebounds and guard Daniel McCarthy (188) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gee-Gees maintains second place with 3-3 record having just three points less than leader UPEI, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Gryphons. Gee-Gees will face league's leader Golden Hawks in Waterloo, ON in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gryphons will play on the road against Voyageurs in Sudbury, ON and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guelph: K.Malcolm 30+6reb+1ast, A.Bering 14+5reb+2ast, D.McCarthy 14+8reb+2ast, Z.Angus 8+2reb+3ast, O.Mohamed 5, J.Beatty 3+5reb+1ast
Ottawa: W.Ward 28+8reb+2ast, J.Berhanemeskel 16+4reb+4ast, M.L'Africain 16+6reb, V.Gill 5+1reb+1ast, J.Vig 4+7reb, S.Grenon 3+3reb
gschID: 155674


Laurier - York 102-62

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Golden Hawks as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Golden Hawks smashed bottom-ranked Lions in Waterloo, ON 102-62. The game without a history. Golden Hawks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Golden Hawks forced 21 Lions turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. Golden Hawks looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Golden Hawks made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was international forward Kale Harrison (196) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Maxwell Allin (193) chipped in 14 points and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Aaron Rados (196) who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Nick Tufegdzich (201) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Golden Hawks (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Carleton and UPEI. Lions at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Queen's and RMC. Lions will play next round against strong Thunderwolves trying to get back on the winning streak. Golden Hawks will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Gee-Gees in Ottawa, ON.
Top scorers:
York: A.Rados 16+7reb+2ast, N.Tufegdzich 11+8reb, D.Tyndale 7+5reb+3ast, J.Bell 7+3reb+2ast, M.Ziobrowski 5+1reb+1ast, R.Iheadindu 5+1reb+1ast
Laurier: K.Enright 21, K.Harrison 21+8reb+2ast, M.Allin 14+3reb+9ast, W.Coulthard 9+3reb+4ast, P.Donnelly 8+5reb, M.Buckley 7+8reb+3ast
gschID: 155675


St.Francis X. - Dalhousie 81-78

A very interesting game took place in Antigonish, NS. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Tigers (1-4) to leader X-Men (4-0) 81-78 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-19. But Tigers won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when X-Men won last quarter 22-21. They made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Tigers turnovers. Guard Terry Thomas (193) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and forward Jeremy Dunn (198) accounted for 19 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Casey Fox (193) came up with 18 points (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) and Ritchie Kanza Mata added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Tigers in the defeat. Four X-Men and five Tigers players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for X-Men. They maintain second place with 4-0 record having 2 victories less than leader UPEI. Tigers at the other side keep the seventh position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Dalhousie: C.Fox 18+3reb+1ast, A.Arthur 14+4reb+2ast, R.Nortmann 12+6reb, S.Lopez 10+4reb+3ast, R.Kanza Mata 10+7reb+4ast, J.Traboulsi 7+2reb+1ast
St.Francis X.: T.Thomas 24+11reb+2ast, J.Dunn 19+5reb+1ast, E.Ffrench 12+2reb+1ast, W.Donkoh 10+1reb+3ast, T.Vernon 7+1reb+4ast, S.Coupland 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 155670


UPEI - Acadia 98-89

Everything went according to plan in Charlottetown, PEI where leader Panthers (6-0) won against 4th placed Axemen (2-3) 98-89 on Saturday. Axemen trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 34-27 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 89-98 at the end of the game. Panthers dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Axemen's 20 and made 32-of-41 free shots (78.0 percent) during the game. Panthers forced 21 Axemen turnovers and outrebounded them 44-26 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Axemen was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Donathan Moss who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Jonathan Cooper (183-88) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Sean Stoqua (180) who recorded 25 points and forward Bradley States (198) added 17 points respectively. Four Panthers and five Axemen players scored in double figures. Axemen's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Panthers. They maintain first place with 6-0 record, which they share with Laurier and Carleton. Loser Axemen keeps the fourth position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Acadia: S.Stoqua 25+3ast, B.States 17+4reb, T.Scott 15+4reb+1ast, J.Tull 10+3reb+3ast, A.Ashe 10+3reb+1ast, O.Klassen 5+6reb+1ast
UPEI: D.Moss 27+10reb+2ast, J.Cooper 24+5reb+3ast, M.Lual 14+5reb+3ast, T.Brown 11+5reb+2ast, G.Doane 10+4reb+2ast, J.Duke 9+10reb+4ast
gschID: 155671


Waterloo - Laurentian 72-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Warriors' (4-2) home loss to fourth ranked Voyageurs (2-4) 72-83 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Voyageurs. Warriors was better in second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was swingman Georges Serresse (191) who scored 28 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Isiah Pasquale (191) chipped in 23 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Brendan Smith (201-89) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and guard Cam McIntyre (191-87) added 19 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Warriors' coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Voyageurs maintains fourth place with 2-4 record, which they share with Ryerson and New Brunsw. Loser Warriors keep the fifth position with two games lost. Voyageurs will face Gryphons (#6) in Guelph, ON in the next round. Warriors will play on the road against the league's leader Ravens in Ottawa, ON.
Top scorers:
Waterloo: C.McIntyre 19+3reb+2ast, B.Smith 14+13reb+1ast, Z.Angelini 13+3reb+1ast, M.Wright 10+2reb+5ast, W.Bridge 6+9reb+4ast, A.Melbourne 5+3ast
Laurentian: G.Serresse 28+9reb+2ast, I.Pasquale 23+4reb+2ast, M.Hull 13+10reb+4ast, A.Ratte 13+6reb+2ast, S.Levac 4+1reb+3ast, N.Yengue 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 155672


New Brunsw. - Cape Breton 54-82

No shocking result in a game in Fredericton, NB where fourth ranked Capers (3-2) smashed 6th ranked Varsity Reds (2-4) 82-54 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Capers. Varsity Reds was better in second period 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Varsity Reds to just 5 points in first quarter. Capers held Varsity Reds to an opponent 21.8 percent shooting from the field compared to 40.0 percent accuracy of the winners and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Capers had a 37-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Julien Smith (178) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Capers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Aaron O'Brien who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and guard Alex Desroches (193) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Capers. They moved-up to second place, which they share with McGill. Varsity Reds lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Capers will face higher ranked Huskies in Halifax, VS in the next round.
Top scorers:
New Brunsw.: A.O'Brien 16+14reb, R.Linton 12+3reb, A.Desroches 8+6reb+1ast, M.Daley 6+1reb+4ast, D.Anthony 5+3reb+3ast, M.Fosu 3+6reb+1ast
Cape Breton: J.Dorsey 19+12reb+4ast, J.Smith 15+6reb+4ast, A.Alilovic 11+3reb, L.Macquarrie 10+5reb, A.Geugjes 10+6reb+1ast, M.Lufile 6+4reb
gschID: 155668


RMC - McMaster 51-98

Rather expected game in Kingston, ON where bottom-ranked RMC (0-6) was rolled over by fourth ranked Marauders (5-1) 98-51 on Saturday. The game without a history. Marauders led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to RMC's 30. Marauders forced 25 RMC turnovers and outrebounded them 41-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Joe Rocca who scored 21 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Aaron Redpath chipped in 11 points and 6 assists. Five Marauders players scored in double figures. Marauders' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Connor Duke (191) who recorded 25 points and guard James Byun (185) added 15 points respectively. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Marauders. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Lakehead and Brock. RMC lost their sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. Marauders will face Blues (#3) in Toronto, ON in the next round, which may be the game of the day. RMC will play on the road against Lancers in Windsor, ON and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
RMC: C.Duke 25+4reb+2ast, J.Byun 15+2reb+1ast, A.Lavoie 4+2reb+1ast, N.Fowler 4+4reb+1ast, L.Wright 2+11reb+2ast, S.Hui 1+1reb
McMaster: J.Rocca 21+4reb, C.Michaud 13+5reb+1ast, N.Mccarthy 13+5reb+1ast, T.Black 12+4reb, A.Redpath 11+4reb+6ast, A.Presutti 10+5reb+5ast
gschID: 155669




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


CIS round 8 best performance: Justin King - by Eurobasket News
Justin King put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for TRU, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The -year old player was the main contributor (36 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Brandon (#13, 2-5) 91-84. TRU is placed at 8th position in CIS. TRU is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-4 record. In the team's last game King had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be TRU's top player in his first season with the team. Justin King has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.0ppg. King is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 11.2rpg) and averages impressive 55.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old international forward Kale Harrison (196-F) of league's second-best Laurier. Harrison had a very good evening with 30 points and 5 rebounds. Of course he lead Laurier to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Laurentian (#4, 1-4) 98-77. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Laurier consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 5 games without any defeat. Harrison is one of the most experienced players at Laurier and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Andrew Kraus (188-G-86) of Brock (#3). Kraus showcased his all-around game by recording 10 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Brock, leading his team to a 101-51 easy win against RMC (#7, 0-5). Brock is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 4-1 record is not that bad... Kraus has a very solid season. In 4 games in Canada he scored 10.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chas Kok (196-F) of TRU - 22 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Andrew Wasik (201-C) of Toronto Univ. - 20 points and 13 rebounds
6. Alex Ratte) of Laurentian - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jamelle Barrett (180-PG) of Saskatchewan - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Johnny Berhanemeskel (185-G) of Ottawa - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Akeem Pierre (180-G) of TRU - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Nathan Yu (189-PG-89) of UBC - 36 points and 6 assists

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


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Beijing Wins Fourth Straight, Shandong Loses, Yi Jianlian Has Knee Injury - by Arthur Volbert
Beijing became the only undefeated team in the CBA with a 101-100 overtime victory over winless Dongguan. Its record is now 4-0. Morris Randolph (211-F/C-86, college: Kentucky) had 26 points and 21 rebounds. Stephon Marbury had 24 points and 5 assists. Zhu Yanxi, a 209 cm rookie listed as born in 1990, had 15 points and 4 rebounds. Chen Lei had 9 points and 4 rebounds. Xie Libin had 8 points and young rookie Zhai Xiaochuan had 5. Josh Akognon scored 25 for Dongguan. Shavlik Randolph had 22 points and 20 rebounds. Zhang Kai had 21 points and 14 rebounds. Qiu Biao scored 15. He Zhongmian scored 7 and Sun Tonglin had 6.

Shandong suffered its first loss, slipping to 3-1, with an 81-66 drubbing from Jilin. Cartier Martin had 21 points and 7 rebounds. Jameel Watkins scored 13. Osama Daghlas had 12 points and 11 assists. Lu Wei scored 12. Li Tao had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Othello Hunter had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Shandong. Sui Ran had 16 points and 6 rebounds. Allen Anderson had 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Tao Hanlin had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Star shooting guard Sun Jie was scoreless, missing all 5 of his shots.

Playing without Yi Jianlian, who will be out at least two weeks with a knee injury but is undergoing further examination in Hong Kong, Guangdong defeated Tianjin 125-105. James Singleton had 21 points and 15 rebounds. Zhou Peng scored 16. Wang Shipeng had 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Aaron Brooks had 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting and handed out 7 assists. Chen Jianghua had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Zhu Fangyu had 11 points and 4 rebounds. Liu Xiaoyu scored 11. Wang Zheng had 8 points and 5 rebounds and Su Wei had 7 points and 4 rebounds. Donnell Harvey had 28 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Tianjin. Shen Tujun scored 16 and Zhang Nan scored 15. Zhang Zhihan scored 11. Rony Fahed scored 10. Xu Guijun scored 8 and David Harrison had 7 points and 8 rebounds.

Liaoning defeated Qingdao 117-110. Josh Powell had 30 points and 10 rebounds. Yang Ming had 26 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Rodney Carney had 19 points and 5 rebounds. Li Xiaoxu had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Liu Shunan scored 11. Ivan Johnson had 34 points and 8 rebounds for Qingdao. Lester Hudson had 26 points and 5 assists. Li Gen had 24 points and 7 rebounds. Chen Kai had 18 points and 6 rebounds.

Jiangsu defeated Fujian 90-89. Mardy Collins had 26 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals. Yi Li had 21 points and 6 rebounds. Dan Gadzuric had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Liu Yahui had 9 points and 8 rebounds. Will McDonald had 22 points and 18 rebounds for Fujian. Gong Songlin had 20 points and 6 rebounds. Zaid Abbas had 15 points and 20 rebounds. Zhao Tailong had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Anthony Roberson had 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

Wilson Chandler had 22 points and 8 rebounds as the Zhejiang Lions rallied 24-10 in the fourth quarter to defeat Foshan 106-99. Jin Lipeng scored 25 for Guangsha. Lin Chih-Chieh had 19 points and 5 assists. Dwayne Jones had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Wang Fei had 9 points and 7 rebounds. Zhao Dapeng and Zhang Wei each scored 7. Marcus Douthit had 27 points and 10 rebounds for Foshan. Gerald Green had 29 points and 4 rebounds. Michel Madaanly had 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Luo Zhi scored 13.

The scheduled games between Bayi and Shanghai and Xinjiang and Zhejiang were not played.
According to the CBA government website they have now been rescheduled for Monday.


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


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A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. KK Split 6-1 
 2. Zabok 5-2 
 3. Krizevci 5-3 
 4. Kvarner 2010 5-3 
 5. Zadar 4-3 
 6. Borik 4-4 
 7. Svjetlost 3-4 
 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


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


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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 10-5 
 6. USK Praha 7-7 
 7. Usti n/Labem 6-8 
 8. NH Ostrava 6-9 
 9. Levice 5-10 
 10. Chomutov 5-10 
 11. Plzen 5-10 
 12. Svitavy 5-10 
 13. B&W Opava 2-12 
 14. Inter Bratislava 2-13 


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


1Liga Round 12: Sparta Praha beats B&W Opava B in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Praha. Third ranked Sparta Praha faced second-best B&W Opava B. Host Sparta Praha (10-2) defeated guests from Opava (9-3) 88-77. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Sparta Praha have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. B&W Opava B at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Sparta Praha are looking forward to face Sokol Vysehrad (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. B&W Opava B will play against BC Benesov (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Kladno can celebrate finally their first win this season after 11 consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Mlada Boleslav, where they defeated Mlada Boleslav (1-11) 81-72. Kladno left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place, which they share with defeated Mlada Boleslav. It was Mlada Boleslav's eleventh loss in a row. Kladno will play against higher ranked Proton Zlin (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Mlada Boleslav will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice (#10) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Undefeated leader BK Lions Hradec delivered the twelfth consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (7-5) 92-70. Undefeated BK Lions Hradec (12-0) have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 12 victories in a row. Loser Sokol Hradec Kralove keeps the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Sokol Prazsky. BK Lions Hradec will meet at home Sokol Prazsky (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against Kara Trutnov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Zlin was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Kara Trutnov (8-4) played at the court of fifth ranked Proton Zlin (8-4). Proton Zlin managed to secure a 5-point victory 86-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kara Trutnov. Proton Zlin moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Trutnov. Proton Zlin's next round opponent will be Kladno (#13) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Kara Trutnov will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Benesov, where higher ranked BC Benesov (6-6) was outleveled at home by twelfth ranked BK Prostejov B (3-9) 96-61 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Benesov. BK Prostejov B moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Vysehrad and Litomerice. Loser BC Benesov keeps the eighth position with six games lost. BK Prostejov B will face higher ranked BK Kondori Liberec (#8) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last two games of round 12 Litomerice was defeated by Liberec in a road game 75-65. Sokol Prazsky was beaten by Vysehrad at home 73-85.



Sokol H.Kralove - J.Hradec 70-92

Undefeated leader BK Lions Hradec delivered the twelfth consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 6th ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (7-5) 92-70. BK Lions Hradec (12-0) have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 12 victories in a row. Loser Sokol Hradec Kralove keeps the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Sokol Prazsky. BK Lions Hradec will meet at home Sokol Prazsky (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against Kara Trutnov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Benesov - Prostejov B 61-96

We should mention about the upset which took place in Benesov, where higher ranked BC Benesov (6-6) was outleveled at home by twelfth ranked BK Prostejov B (3-9) 96-61 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Benesov. BK Prostejov B moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Vysehrad and Litomerice. Loser BC Benesov keeps the eighth position with six games lost. BK Prostejov B will face higher ranked BK Kondori Liberec (#8) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
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Liberec - Litomerice 75-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice's (3-9) road loss to ninth ranked BK Kondori Liberec (6-6) 65-75 on Friday. BK Kondori Liberec moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Benesov. Slavoj BK Litomerice lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with nine games lost. BK Kondori Liberec will face BK Prostejov B (#12) on the road in the next round. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against Mlada Boleslav.
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Mlada Boleslav - Kladno 72-81

Kladno can celebrate finally their first win this season after 11 consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Mlada Boleslav, where they defeated Mlada Boleslav (1-11) 81-72. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-12. But Mlada Boleslav won second period 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kladno left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place, which they share with defeated Mlada Boleslav. It was Mlada Boleslav's eleventh loss in a row. Kladno will play against higher ranked Proton Zlin (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Mlada Boleslav will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice (#10) to get more than just one victory in their record.
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Proton Zlin - Trutnov 86-81

The game in Zlin was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Kara Trutnov (8-4) played at the court of fifth ranked Proton Zlin (8-4). Proton Zlin managed to secure a 5-point victory 86-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kara Trutnov. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Proton Zlin moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Trutnov. Proton Zlin's next round opponent will be Kladno (#13) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Kara Trutnov will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Sokol Prazsky - Vysehrad 73-85

There was a surprise result in Praha where twelfth ranked Sokol Vysehrad (3-9) defeated higher ranked Sokol Prazsky (7-5) 85-73 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Sokol Vysehrad. Sokol Prazsky was better in fourth quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sokol Vysehrad moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Litomerice and Prostejov B. Loser Sokol Prazsky dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Sokol Vysehrad will face league's second-placed Sparta Praha at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
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Sparta Praha - Opava B 88-77

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Praha. Third ranked Sparta Praha faced second-best B&W Opava B. Host Sparta Praha (10-2) defeated guests from Opava (9-3) 88-77. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Sparta Praha have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. B&W Opava B at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Sparta Praha are looking forward to face Sokol Vysehrad (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. B&W Opava B will play against BC Benesov (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
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Ligaen Round 13 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 13 in Ligaen was guest SISU's (6-7) road victory over Horsholm (#6) 74-66 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 24-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. SISU made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Horsholm turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Horsholm helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Donald Rutherford (198-87, college: Catawba) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International point guard Mikael Nielsen (178-90) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. SISU's coach Almir Zeco used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. SISU moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Aabyhoj. Horsholm lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. SISU is looking forward to face higher ranked Naestved (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Horsholm will play against Aalborg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Svendborg. Leader Svendborg faced 3rd placed Naestved. Host Svendborg (13-0) defeated guests from Naestved (8-5) 86-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Naestved. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Durell Vinson (201-85, college: Wagner) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Chanan Colman contributed with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: Stephen F. Austin, agency: I.D.S. Law) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for Naestved. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Undefeated Svendborg have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Naestved at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Svendborg will play against Vaerlose (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Naestved will play against SISU (#5) in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Aabyhoj. Second ranked Bakken faced 4th placed Aabyhoj. Guests from Aarhus (11-1) smashed host Aabyhoj (6-7) 80-55. Chris Nielsen stepped up and scored 31 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side D'Mario Curry responded with 15 points, 8 rebounds 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. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Bakken. Defending champion maintains second place with 11-1 record having just three points less than leader Svendborg. Aabyhoj lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with SISU. Bakken will meet bottom-ranked Falcon (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aabyhoj will play against Horsens IC (#8) in Horsens and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 13 Vaerlose was defeated by Horsens IC in Horsens 80-73. Aalborg beat Falcon at home 78-72.


Horsens IC - Vaerlose 80-73

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Vaerlose (4-9) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Horsens IC (4-9) 80-73 on Sunday. Horsens IC moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Vaerlose. Horsens IC will meet at home higher ranked Aabyhoj (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vaerlose will play against the league's leader Svendborg (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
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Svendborg - Naestved 86-68

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Svendborg. Leader Svendborg faced 3rd placed Naestved. Host Svendborg (13-0) defeated guests from Naestved (8-5) 86-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Naestved. The game was mostly controlled by Svendborg. Naestved was better in second period 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Svendborg dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Naestved's 26. It was a great shooting night for Svendborg especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Durell Vinson (201-85, college: Wagner) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola) contributed with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: Stephen F. Austin, agency: I.D.S. Law) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and the former international power forward Peter Johansen (205-80) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Naestved. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Svendborg have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Naestved at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. Svendborg will play against Vaerlose (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Naestved will play against SISU (#5) in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Naestved: J.Glynn 17+11reb, P.Johansen 11+6reb, N.Christensen 8+3reb+2ast, M.Frandsen 7+4reb, C.Henry 5+2reb+4ast, N.Brasas 5+2reb+1ast
Svendborg: C.Colman 18+8reb+4ast, D.Vinson 17+9reb+5ast, A.Darboe 14+3reb+4ast, M.Plannthin 9+6reb+1ast, N.Degn-Andersen 8+1ast, M.Kingsley 6+2reb+3ast
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Aalborg - Falcon 78-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Aalborg's (4-8) home victory over bottom-ranked Falcon (3-10) 78-72 on Saturday. Falcon trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 26-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-78 at the end of the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Aalborg made 8 blocks. American point guard Ryan White (177-88, college: Texas St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and forward Soren Sorensen (196-88) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Aalborg players scored in double figures. At the losing side Senegalese power forward Pape Ba (207-80, college: Beth.-Cookman) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Julian McFarlane (184-86) scored 13 points and 6 assists. Aalborg moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Falcon dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. Aalborg will meet at home higher ranked Horsholm (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Falcon will play against the league's second-placed Bakken (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Falcon: P.Ba 16+9reb+1ast, J.McFarlane 13+2reb+6ast, C.Thomsen 12+5reb, J.Rottgardt 8+5reb+1ast, H.Thomsen 7+4reb+2ast, C.Nielsen 6+8reb+3ast
Aalborg: R.White 23+12reb+5ast, M.Rasmussen 17+7reb+1ast, T.Bishop 14+7reb+3ast, S.Sorensen 14+10reb+2ast, S.Eleraky 8+7reb, R.Lauridsen 2+4reb+2ast
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Horsholm - SISU 66-74

The biggest surprise of round 13 in Ligaen was guest SISU's (6-7) road victory over Horsholm (#6) 74-66 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 24-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. SISU made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Horsholm turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Horsholm helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Donald Rutherford (198-87, college: Catawba) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International point guard Mikael Nielsen (178-90) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four SISU players scored in double figures. SISU's coach Almir Zeco used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and forward Alexander Bak (193-91) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. SISU moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Aabyhoj. Horsholm lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. SISU is looking forward to face higher ranked Naestved (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Horsholm will play against Aalborg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: A.Bak 16+1reb+4ast, P.Hertz 15+3reb+1ast, B.Colas 14+13reb, V.Aleksic 8+6reb+1ast, J.Bro 6+3ast, J.Benjamin 4+11reb
SISU: D.Rutherford 21+14reb+4ast, M.Nielsen 17+7reb+2ast, J.Harrison 12+3reb+2ast, M.Flowers 10+3reb+1ast, M.Glahn 6+4reb+2ast, D.Harder 5+2reb+1ast
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Aabyhoj - Bakken 55-80

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Aabyhoj. Second ranked Bakken faced 4th placed Aabyhoj. Guests from Aarhus (11-1) smashed host Aabyhoj (6-7) 80-55. The game was mostly controlled by Bakken. Aabyhoj managed to win second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International swingman Chris Nielsen (192-85) stepped up and scored 31 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) chipped in 17 points. At the losing side American forward D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) responded with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Demetrius Phillips (207-87, college: Bridgeport) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Bakken. Defending champion maintains second place with 11-1 record having just three points less than leader Svendborg. Aabyhoj lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with SISU. Bakken will meet bottom-ranked Falcon (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aabyhoj will play against Horsens IC (#8) in Horsens and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Aabyhoj: D.Phillips 16+5reb, D.Curry 15+8reb+4ast, D.Jukic 9+6reb+1ast, J.Wang 6+3reb+1ast, G.Valentinusson 3, O.Sigurdsson 3+3reb+3ast
Bakken: C.Nielsen 31+7reb+1ast, N.Iversen 17+4reb+1ast, A.Jakobsen 12+2reb+3ast, C.Christoffersen 8+5reb, M.Dejworek 4+1reb+1ast, H.Falsvig 3+1reb+3ast
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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 13-0 
 2. Bakken 11-1 
 3. Naestved 8-5 
 4. Aabyhoj 6-7 
 5. SISU 6-7 
 6. Horsholm 5-8 
 7. Aalborg 4-8 
 8. Horsens IC 4-9 
 9. Vaerlose 4-9 
 10. Falcon 3-10 


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Saturday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Bakersfield J. - Reno B. 118-111
The Reno Bighorns had six players in double figures Saturday night, but fell short to the Bakersfield Jam 118-111. Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, college: Missouri St.) had a game-high 30 points and 8 assists in the loss. Brian Butch (6'11''-F/C-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) led the Jam with 27 points and 13 rebounds. The game was tight throughout, with Ahearn and Butch continually making big plays for their teams down the stretch. Nick Fazekas had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Doug Thomas had 13 points and 14 rebounds, including 6 offensive rebounds for the Bighorns. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Sioux Falls S. - Iowa E. 117-105
The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Iowa Energy 117-105 in their home opener Saturday night in front of 4,680 fans. Sioux Falls led by as many as 28 points in the fourth quarter and held of the defending champions to pick up their first win of the season. Sioux Falls (1-1) led 32-24 after one quarter and pushed the lead to as many as 15 points in the second quarter before settling for a 10-point (59-49) halftime lead. Charles Garcia (6'9''-F-88, college: Seattle) posted 11 of his team-high 24 points in the third quarter to help the Skyforce push the lead to 25 points (95-70) after three quarters. Iowa went on a 16-0 run and only trailed 98-86 with 7:41 to go but Sioux Falls made plays down the stretch to pick up the win. Gabe Pruitt posted 22 points and five assists while Casey Mitchell added 20 points off the bench. Jarid Famous had a solid game with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Moses Ehambe scored 22 points and Andrew Drevo added 12 in defeat. *Courtesy of www.ksfy.com

Rio Grande VV - Erie Bay H. 119-112
For the second consecutive night, the Erie BayHawks were snakebit by Rio Grande Valley, falling 119-112 to the Vipers tonight. Erie had a 10-point lead as late as the one-minute mark of the third quarter, but the Vipers outscored the BayHawks 34-22 in the final quarter for the win. Sam Coleman (6'10''-C-88, college: Coppin St.) and Tyren Johnson (6'8''-F-88, college: La-Lafayette) had 18 points apiece to pace seven Rio Grande Valley players in double figures. Erie's Donald Sloan led all scorers with 34 points, while Cory Higgins recorded 23 points. The 'Hawks lost 122-113 to the Vipers in the season-opener Friday. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

Idaho S. - Tulsa 66ers 85-97
Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) scored 26 points to lead the Tulsa 66ers to a second straight victory over the Idaho Stampede, 97-85 Saturday night in Boise, Idaho. The 66ers (2-0) trailed 25-15 before a massive 27-to-2 run that spanned the first and second quarters, giving Tulsa a 42-27 lead on Xavier Alexander's three-pointer with 5:25 left in the half. The lead would grow to as many as 21 points before Idaho ended the half with a 9-4 run, cutting the lead to 58-42. Tulsa's lead would hold, but just barely. The Stampede went on an 18-4 run in the third quarter to pull within a single point, 66-65 on Kevin Galloway's lay-up. But, the 66ers pulled away late in the fourth quarter to capture the win. Tulsa had a huge advantage on the boards, out-rebounding the Stampede 50-31, including 16 offensive rebounds. Joining Dyson in double figure scoring for Tulsa was Marcus Lewis with 20 points and 16 rebounds, Ryan Reid with 14 points and 12 rebounds and Dwight Buycks with 11 points. Tony Bobbitt led Idaho (0-2) with 17 points. Tulsa will return to play Wednesday night at the Texas Legends. The Legends opened the season Saturday with a 101-96 loss to Austin. *Courtesy of www.ktul.com

Texas L. - Austin T. 96-101
Austin's Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) scored 29 points and had seven assists as the Toros took a 101-96 win over the Texas Legends in both teams' NBDL season opener. Legends swingman Dominique Johnson poured in 28 points, and Jamal Sampson had 14 points and 20 rebounds. Texas' Vance Cooksey, making his first NBDL start, added 16 points and 10 assists.

Dakota W. - Los Angeles D. 98-97
The Dakota Wizards wore special pink jerseys for breast cancer awareness on Saturday, but Maurice Baker (6'1''-PG-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Oklahoma St.) made it look more like Turn Back the Clock Night. Despite battling cramps and a sore hamstring, the veteran point guard carved up the Los Angeles D-Fenders for 31 points, leading the Wizards to a hard-fought 98-97 victory. 'He deserves it. He's earned it,' Wizards coach Nate Bjorkgren said. 'He is a true warrior out there. He battles. He wanted to win tonight. He wanted the team to follow him. '... I anticipate that he'll have more big games like that for us. I'm going to put the ball in his hands.' The 32-year-old Baker has had many big nights for the Wizards en route to becoming Dakota's all-time career scoring leader. But in recent years, he tends to take over games in spurts, not for 48 minutes like he did on Saturday. Since the Wizards joined the D-League in 2006, Baker had scored more than 30 points just two other times. *Courtesy of www.bismarcktribune.com




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


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


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A1-Round 6: Super Surprise Kavala beat Panathinaikos 79-70 - by Chris Mammides
The greatest surprise the last years took place in Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas where Coach Priftis and his team beat the European champions in a game which just ended. Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas was much better in the over all game while Panathinaikos was very bad nearly in all statistics as the Greens lost ten free throws while teh 18% in the three pointers says a lot. Top performers for Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas were Michael Taylor (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) and Pasalic who were amazing from the parameter, while the big guys of Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas beat totally the Green centers as they dashed down 13 rebounds more than Panathinaikos.
At the end the Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas players more relaxed than ever succeeded a triumph if you consider the fact that the local team has nearly the 10% of the budget of the al mighty Panathinaikos.


The game started with the home team showing from the early beggining its attention as the Greens couldn't get a deficit more than 6 points. It was obvious that Panathinaikos was very tired from its trip in Malaga and the game against Unicaja, while at the same time Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas's players were passionated and ready to make the 'damage' to the European champions. Having in mind that the home team was dominant from the beggining in the rebounding area with the Bulgarian Kostov being the man 'in the air'. Panathinaikos, in this first period had no real assistance from most of his key players who were in a bad shape.


The first period ended with 18-16 for the home team with Michael Taylor and Muhamed Pasalic (192-G-87) showing their moods from the begging and their bombarding skills. Panathinaikos couldn't react at all and that was obvious as the second period ended with 24-18 with the home team being amazing from the parameter while teh Greens being awfull in both edges of teh court. The half time ended with 42-34 with Kavala showing to the champs that the game would have been very tough for them and very difficult to get anything from the game unless they prove it in the court.

The 3rd period was the most crucial for Panathinaikos as the green players tried to cut the deficit as much as possible but their weak diffence and teh great shape of the players of the local team (especially from the parameter) couldn't let the Greens to do their game, plus the fact that Calathes, Logan and Jasikevicius were easily doing the false ball and the mistake while 3D was very tired and his shots were not as succesfull as in Malaga three days ago. The period ended with the Greens cuting the deficit only one points, 18-19 with the total score being 60-53.

The 4th and most crucial period, Kavala of Coach Priftis showed character and clear mind in compare with the bad picture of Panathinaikos and the no psychology in both offense and defence, Michael Taylor continue scoring from the parameter together with Pacalic while they found score from Karapostolou and Agelopoulos in some crucial parts. Kaimakoglou tried to change the momentum when 4 minutes before the end succeeded a goal-foul, but Pasalic was there to score a crucial three pointer while Calathes and Jasikevicius 'sold' the ball to their opponents in the next two offenses for Panathinaikos. The rest is history, Kaval beat the champs with 79-70 and the party in Kavala started (probably until tomorrow)

Top scorers:

Kavala: Michael Taylor 22 points 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal, Pasalic 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists, O' Bryant 10 points and 7 rebounds, Kostov 4 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 assists!

Panathinaikos: Smith 17 with 3/7 three pointers, 9 rebounds and 3 turnovers, Calathes 12, Diamantidis 6 points with 0/4 three pointers and 3 turnovers



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Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 11-3 
 2. Kauhajoki 10-4 
 3. Nilan Bisons 9-3 
 4. Pyrinto 8-4 
 5. ToPo 7-6 
 6. Kouvot 6-7 
 7. Korihait 6-8 
 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 9-0 
 2. Oulun NMKY 7-2 
 3. BC Nokia 7-2 
 4. Tapiolan Honka 6-3 
 5. Lapua 5-4 
 6. Pyrinto II 5-4 
 7. Ura Basket 4-5 
 8. Huima 4-5 
 9. Porvoon Tarmo 3-6 
 10. SayRi 2-7 
 11. Jyvaskyla 1-8 
 12. ToPo Akatemia 1-8 


Korisliiga Round 15 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Kauhajoen Karhu (10-4) survived in overtime against Loimaan Korikonkarit (9-3) by eight points 92-84 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Loimaan Korikonkarit. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Kelly Beidler who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Kauhajoen Karhu have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Loimaan Korikonkarit at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will face Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki in the next round. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play at home against Namika Lahti.

In the last game of round 15 KTP was defeated by Namika Lahti in a road game 85-67. Kataja smashed Korihait at home 95-66. ToPo lost to Kataja on the opponent's court 57-74. Pyrinto managed to outperform ToPo in a home game 88-76. Salon Vilpas recorded a loss to LrNMKY on the road 72-56.



Namika Lahti - KTP 85-67

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 10th ranked KTP-Basket (4-9) was defeated on the road by bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (2-12) 85-67 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Namika Lahti. KTP-Basket was better in third quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) who scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Four Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Namika Lahti maintains eleventh place with 2-12 record. KTP-Basket lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with nine games lost. Namika Lahti will face higher ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: M.Moore 22+6reb+3ast, A.Alanen 18+3reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 14+6reb+2ast, R.Brooks 14+13reb+3ast, S.Pekkola 9+2reb+2ast, J.Vanttaja 6+2reb+1ast
KTP: T.Blue 29+11reb+1ast, T.Crocker 22+7reb+3ast, M.Pounds 6+3reb+1ast, B.Davis 5+13reb+1ast, J.Lehtoranta 3+3reb+1ast, M.Dobras 2
gschID: 141695


Kauhajoki - Nilan Bisons 92-84 OT

Kauhajoen Karhu (10-4) survived in overtime against Loimaan Korikonkarit (9-3) by eight points 92-84 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Loimaan Korikonkarit. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Loimaan Korikonkarit was trailing by 14 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 18-17 charge of Kauhajoen Karhu, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-9. Kauhajoen Karhu made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Loimaan Korikonkarit turnovers. Loimaan Korikonkarit was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) who recorded 24 points and 7 rebounds and forward Ryan McDade (201-80, college: N.Arizona) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Loimaan Korikonkarit at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will face Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki in the next round. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play at home against Namika Lahti.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: K.Beidler 24+8reb+1ast, C.Hannah 20+5reb+4ast, T.Hendley 19+7reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 9+4reb+2ast, A.Huuskonen 9+3reb, E.Skamo 6+4reb+1ast
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 24+7reb+2ast, J.Ivey 18+2reb+3ast, R.McDade 13+10reb+1ast, M.Koivisto 13+3reb+1ast, M.Nuutinen 6+8reb, S.Latvala 6+1ast
gschID: 141696


Kataja - Korihait 95-66

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Joensuun Kataja (11-3) smashed at home 7th ranked UU-Korihait (6-8) 95-66 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. UU-Korihait was better in second period 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Joensuun Kataja made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. The former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja's coach Jukka Toijala felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Cory Johnson (200-88, college: Valparaiso, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who recorded 22 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Shawn Vanzant (183-88, college: Butler) added 15 points respectively. Joensuun Kataja have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Joensuun Kataja maintains first place with 11-3 record. Loser UU-Korihait keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Joensuun Kataja will face KTP-Basket (#10) in Kotka in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UU-Korihait will play at home against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kataja: J.Newson 25+11reb+1ast, S.Lehtoranta 22+5reb, J.Price 15+3reb, A.Kanervo 11+5reb+3ast, B.Walker 11+5reb+2ast, P.Virtanen 8+1reb+5ast
Korihait: C.Johnson 22+8reb, S.Vanzant 15+3reb+3ast, M.Jalonen 15+2reb, C.Latimer 8+7reb, P.Heinonen 4+2reb+1ast, P.Rainamaa 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 141697


Kataja - ToPo 74-57

Very expected game when 5th ranked Torpan Pojat (7-6) was defeated on the road by first ranked Joensuun Kataja (11-3) 74-57 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-57. Joensuun Kataja made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Joensuun Kataja forced 24 Torpan Pojat turnovers. The best player for the winners was American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Jeremy Price (203-88, college: Georgia, agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) who recorded 14 points and 7 rebounds and international forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-81, college: UALR) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Joensuun Kataja have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Joensuun Kataja maintains first place with 11-3 record. Torpan Pojat lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. Joensuun Kataja will face KTP-Basket (#10) in Kotka in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Torpan Pojat will play at home against the league's second-placed Kauhajoen Karhu (#2) in Kauhajoki.
Top scorers:
Kataja: J.Newson 20+7reb, J.Price 19+8reb, B.Walker 14+3reb+3ast, A.Kanervo 9+3reb, S.Lehtoranta 6+5reb+2ast, I.Pehkonen 3+2reb
ToPo: C.Griffin 14+7reb+1ast, K.Muurinen 11+5reb+1ast, C.Lindbom 8+6reb, T.Iisalo 6+2reb+1ast, T.Heinonen 6+8reb, J.Kyllonen 5+1ast
gschID: 141692


Pyrinto - ToPo 88-76

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (8-4) beat at home 5th ranked Torpan Pojat (7-6) 88-76 on Tuesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Tampereen Pyrinto dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Torpan Pojat's 36. They outrebounded Torpan Pojat 42-26 including 30 on the defensive glass. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Four Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. Tampereen Pyrinto's coach Pieti Poikola 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 guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) who recorded 30 points and swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place. Torpan Pojat lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with six games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will have a break next round. Torpan Pojat will play at home against the league's second-placed Kauhajoen Karhu (#2) in Kauhajoki.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: D.Williams 24+7reb+6ast, K.Lowe 22+4reb+5ast, A.Williams 18+11reb+2ast, A.Lehto 11+1reb+1ast, A.Nikkila 8+6reb+1ast, N.Mattila 3
ToPo: C.Griffin 30+3reb+1ast, S.Niskanen 15+3reb+2ast, J.Heard 14+7reb+2ast, T.Iisalo 7+7reb+3ast, C.Lindbom 5+4reb+2ast, E.Lehtinen 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 141693


LrNMKY - Salon Vilpas 72-56

There was a minor upset in Lappeenranta where 8th ranked Salon Vilpas (5-9) was defeated by tenth ranked LrNMKY (5-8) 72-56 on Friday. The best player for the winners was American guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St., agency: Court Side) who scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Jouko Jarvinen (192-87) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) who recorded 9 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Alex Vaenerberg (183-92) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. LrNMKY moved-up to eighth place. Salon Vilpas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. LrNMKY will face higher ranked UU-Korihait (#7) in Uusikaupunki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Salon Vilpas will play at home against Kouvot in Kouvola.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: D.Haynes 19+5reb+4ast, J.Jarvinen 18+3reb+1ast, L.Hamm 12+8reb+1ast, T.Tiedeman 8+4reb+2ast, P.Riihela 7+4reb+1ast, V.Vanjoki 4+6reb
Salon Vilpas: A.Vaenerberg 14+5reb+3ast, R.Ahonen 10+3reb, J.Fields 9+18reb+1ast, E.Holloway 8+3reb+1ast, J.Jones 5+6reb+1ast, M.Sandberg 4+1reb
gschID: 141694




KORISLIIGA: Kataja is rolling - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 14: Only one contest in Top League tonight. Kataja (Joensuu) is rolling especially at home (7-0) and is on the top of the standings with 11-3 record after beating UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) by 29 points 95-66 (46-31). Quarters: 33-12, 13-19, 22-20, 27-15. Actually the game was over in 10 minutes. It's a long long way from Uusikaupunki to Joensuu. And even longer back home after a crush. Kataja had PG Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) back in action, but Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) is the soul for Kataja this season. Newson had a double-double once again: 25pts/11rbs. Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) added 22 pts and Jeremy Price (203-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) 15 pts. Cory Johnson (200-F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Valparaiso) led Korihait (6-8) with 22pts/8rbs.
Kataja - Korihait 95-66 (46-31). (Jared Newson 25/11, Sami Lehtoranta 22, Jeremy Price 15 - Cory Johnson 22/8, Shawn Vanzant 15, Mikko Jalonen 15. A: 810).




1.DIVISION: No Team can upset FoKoPo - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, round 9: There is no team able to upset FoKoPo (Forssa) this season in Division 1. YMCA Oulu was trying hard to do so today, but FoKoPo survived during the last five minutes. FoKoPo (9-0) won finally 82-74 (30-38). YMCA Oulu had a strong first half, but got tired and in foul troubles during the second half. Anyway, FoKoPo had to play well to keep themselves undefeated. HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) led the hosts with a double-double 16pts/10rbs. Juho Helenius (195-F-91) added 14pts. YMCA Oulu got this time 55 points from three American players. Lloyd Phillips (178-PG-85, college: Illinois St.) led Oulu with 21pts.
At Lapua local Korikobrat defeated Pyrinto II from Tampere 66-52 (28-25). At Saynatsalo local Riento and visitor Honka from Tapiola made the game a thriller. Panu Vertio (196-G/F-86) became the hero of the contest by scoring a 2-pointer with three seconds to go and Honka had won 75-76 (36-40).

FoKoPo - YMCA Oulu 82-74 (30-38). (HL Coleman 16/10, Juho Helenius 14, Tracy Robinson 13 - Lloyd Phillips 21, Brian Moultrie 18/11, Josh Nofflet 16).
Lapua - Pyrinto II 66-52 (28-25). (Walter Baxley 23, Eric Williams 17/12, Kim Siven 11 - JaSon Stamper 16/10, Joni Harjula 8, Miikka Marttinen 7).
SayRi - Honka, Tapiola 75-76 (36-40). (Kenneth Cooper 28/26, Bilal Abdullah 19/13, Sami Mantymaa 12 - Villematti Kopio 21, Tero Laitinen 18/8, Panu Vertio 11).




1st Division Round 9: Oulun NMKY loses to Forssan Koripojat in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Forssa. Leader host Forssan Koripojat (9-0) defeated second-best Oulun NMKY (7-2) 82-74. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Oulun NMKY. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Forssan Koripojat made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Forssan Koripojat had a 32-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Sami Ikavalko (188-89) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Undefeated Forssan Koripojat have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Forssan Koripojat maintains first place with 9-0 record. Newly promoted Oulun NMKY keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with BC Nokia. Forssan Koripojat is looking forward to face Aanekosken Huima (#8) in Aanekoski in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Oulun NMKY will play at home against Saynatsalon Riento (#10) in Jyvaskyla and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Lapua was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Pyrinto II (5-4) played at the court of sixth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (5-4). Lapuan Korikobrat defeated Pyrinto II 66-52. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pyrinto II. American guard Walter Baxley (191-84, college: Mars Hill) nailed 23 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winning side and Eric Williams accounted for 17 points and 12 rebounds. American power forward Jason Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for Pyrinto II in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lapuan Korikobrat moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Pyrinto II. Lapuan Korikobrat will play against Ura Basket (#7) in Kaarina in the next round. Pyrinto II will play at home against BC Nokia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Jyvaskyla between Tapiolan Honka and Saynatsalon Riento. Fourth ranked Tapiolan Honka (6-3) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Saynatsalon Riento (2-7). Tapiolan Honka managed to escape with a 1-point win 76-75 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The best player for the winners was Tero Laitinen who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Kenneth Cooper who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 26 rebounds. Tapiolan Honka maintains fourth place with 6-3 record. Saynatsalon Riento at the other side keeps the tenth position with seven games lost. Tapiolan Honka will meet bottom-ranked Torpan Pojat (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saynatsalon Riento will play against the league's second-placed Oulun NMKY and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Porvoo. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Ura Basket (4-5) to tenth ranked Porvoon Tarmo (3-6) 78-76 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Ura Basket. It was a good game for Shawn Henderson who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Porvoon Tarmo's coach Jouni Gronroos allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Porvoon Tarmo moved-up to ninth place. Ura Basket at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Porvoon Tarmo's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Torpan Pojat (#12) in Helsinki.
Fifth ranked Pyrinto II (5-4) crushed at home 10th ranked Saynatsalon Riento (2-7) by 31 points 96-65, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Joni Harjula stepped up and scored 21 points and 6 assists for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Pyrinto II. Newly promoted Pyrinto II maintains fifth place with 5-4 record, which they share with Lapua. Loser Saynatsalon Riento keeps the tenth position with seven games lost. Pyrinto II will face higher ranked BC Nokia (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saynatsalon Riento will play against the league's second-placed Oulun NMKY (#2).

In the last game of round 9 Huima lost to BC Nokia on the opponent's court 75-81.



SayRi - Tapiolan Honka 75-76

A very close game took place in Jyvaskyla between Tapiolan Honka and Saynatsalon Riento. Fourth ranked Tapiolan Honka (6-3) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Saynatsalon Riento (2-7). Tapiolan Honka managed to escape with a 1-point win 76-75 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Saynatsalon Riento won fourth quarter 24-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tapiolan Honka forced 32 Saynatsalon Riento turnovers. Strangely Saynatsalon Riento outrebounded Tapiolan Honka 48-28 including a 34-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Tero Laitinen (201-87) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. point guard Villematti Kopio (182-92) chipped in 21 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Kenneth Cooper (208-87, college: UAB) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 26 rebounds and the other American import guard Bilal Abdullah (196-84, college: Lafayette) added 19 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Four Saynatsalon Riento players scored in double figures. Tapiolan Honka maintains fourth place with 6-3 record. Saynatsalon Riento at the other side keeps the tenth position with seven games lost. Tapiolan Honka will meet bottom-ranked Torpan Pojat (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saynatsalon Riento will play against the league's second-placed Oulun NMKY and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tapiolan Honka: V.Kopio 21+4reb, T.Laitinen 18+8reb+1ast, P.Vertio 11+4reb+1ast, A.Vanjoki 9+6reb+3ast, R.Nordman 6+4reb+1ast, I.Sirola 6+1reb
SayRi: K.Cooper 28+26reb, B.Abdullah 19+13reb, S.Mantymaa 12+4reb+1ast, E.Nieminen 12+1reb, J.Lehto 4+1reb+1ast, K.Naukkarinen 0+1reb
gschID: 150185


Lapua - Pyrinto II 66-52

The game in Lapua was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Pyrinto II (5-4) played at the court of sixth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (5-4). Lapuan Korikobrat defeated Pyrinto II 66-52. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pyrinto II. It looked good early as Pyrinto II took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lapuan Korikobrat had a 13-8 second period charge getting the lead and Pyrinto II was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 52-66. American guard Walter Baxley (191-84, college: Mars Hill) nailed 23 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) accounted for 17 points and 12 rebounds. American power forward Jason Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Jari Pulkkinen (203-84) added 4 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Pyrinto II in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lapuan Korikobrat moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Pyrinto II. Lapuan Korikobrat will play against Ura Basket (#7) in Kaarina in the next round. Pyrinto II will play at home against BC Nokia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lapua: W.Baxley 23+8reb+2ast, E.Williams 17+12reb+1ast, K.Siven 11+8reb+1ast, E.Jackson 9+7reb+4ast, V.Turja 3+1reb+1ast, H.Jokinen 2+5reb+2ast
Pyrinto II: J.Stamper 16+10reb+1ast, J.Harjula 8+3reb+1ast, M.Marttinen 7+4reb, J.Vaananen 6+3reb, J.Pulkkinen 4+10reb, O.Heinonen 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 150186


BC Nokia - Huima 81-75

Very expected game when 7th ranked Aanekosken Huima (4-5) was defeated on the road by third ranked BC Nokia (7-2) 81-75 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Aanekosken Huima was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of BC Nokia, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Aanekosken Huima's 24. American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) chipped in 21 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American power forward Trey Britton (203-89, college: Anderson, SC) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and forward Tuomas Viertola (196-90) scored 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Aanekosken Huima players scored in double figures. BC Nokia moved-up to second place, which they share with Oulun NMKY. Loser Aanekosken Huima keeps the seventh position with five games lost. BC Nokia will face Pyrinto II (#6) in Tampere in the next round. Aanekosken Huima will play at home against the league's leader Forssan Koripojat.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: G.January 32+11reb+1ast, D.Townes 21+10reb, T.Riihela 11+6reb+5ast, T.Kankaanpaa 7+4reb+1ast, V.Virtanen 5+4reb, V.Tuominen 3+3reb+3ast
Huima: S.Kajander 21+2reb, T.Britton 15+14reb, T.Viertola 12+8reb+4ast, T.Manning 10+6reb+2ast, J.Graham 10+3reb+1ast, M.Liukko 7+5reb
gschID: 150187


FoKoPo - Oulun NMKY 82-74

The game between Top Four teams took place in Forssa. Leader host Forssan Koripojat (9-0) defeated second-best Oulun NMKY (7-2) 82-74. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Oulun NMKY. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Forssan Koripojat made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Forssan Koripojat had a 32-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Sami Ikavalko (188-89) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import point guard Lloyd Phillips (178-85, college: Illinois St.) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Five Forssan Koripojat and four Oulun NMKY players scored in double figures. Forssan Koripojat have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Forssan Koripojat maintains first place with 9-0 record. Newly promoted Oulun NMKY keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with BC Nokia. Forssan Koripojat is looking forward to face Aanekosken Huima (#8) in Aanekoski in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Oulun NMKY will play at home against Saynatsalon Riento (#10) in Jyvaskyla and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: H.Coleman 16+10reb, J.Helenius 14+2reb+2ast, T.Robinson 13+7reb, M.Molenius 12+4reb+1ast, S.Ikavalko 11+6reb+5ast, B.Bojang 8+7reb
Oulun NMKY: L.Phillips 21+5reb+2ast, B.Moultrie 18+11reb, J.Nofflet 16+8reb+1ast, H.Vihavainen 10+2reb, J.Teppo 5+3reb, I.Lindstedt 2
gschID: 150188


Porvoon Tarmo - Ura Basket 78-76

A very interesting game took place in Porvoo. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Ura Basket (4-5) to tenth ranked Porvoon Tarmo (3-6) 78-76 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Ura Basket. Ura Basket was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 26-13 charge of Porvoon Tarmo, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Ura Basket 39-27 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American guard Shawn Henderson (190, college: Idaho) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Mike King (201-74, college: Ill.-Chicago) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Porvoon Tarmo's coach Jouni Gronroos allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Eze Andrews (201-83, college: Savannah St., agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Niilo Lehtila (195-83) added 24 points and 4 assists in the effort for Ura Basket. Porvoon Tarmo moved-up to ninth place. Ura Basket at the other side dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Porvoon Tarmo's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Torpan Pojat (#12) in Helsinki.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: S.Henderson 26+9reb+1ast, K.Hytonen 14+4reb, M.King 13+10reb+4ast, L.Trice Little 7+6reb+2ast, T.Hartikainen 7+2reb, T.Still 5+4reb+3ast
Ura Basket: N.Lehtila 24+1reb+4ast, E.Andrews 20+11reb, L.Green 13+7reb+1ast, S.Salminen 6+3reb+1ast, J.Saari 6+3reb+1ast, P.Kallio 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 150184


Round 1
Pyrinto II - SayRi 96-65

Fifth ranked Pyrinto II (5-4) crushed at home 10th ranked Saynatsalon Riento (2-7) by 31 points 96-65, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. The game without a history. Pyrinto II led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Pyrinto II forced 23 Saynatsalon Riento turnovers. Guard Joni Harjula (189-83) stepped up and scored 21 points and 6 assists for the winners and American power forward Jason Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds. Stamper attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. The best for the losing side was American center Kenneth Cooper (208-87, college: UAB) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and forward Sami Mantymaa (192-88) scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Pyrinto II. Newly promoted Pyrinto II maintains fifth place with 5-4 record, which they share with Lapua. Loser Saynatsalon Riento keeps the tenth position with seven games lost. Pyrinto II will face higher ranked BC Nokia (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saynatsalon Riento will play against the league's second-placed Oulun NMKY (#2).
Top scorers:
Pyrinto II: J.Harjula 21+4reb+6ast, J.Vaananen 18+2reb+2ast, J.Stamper 16+10reb+1ast, M.Marttinen 9+5reb+2ast, O.Heinonen 7, K.Rasinaho 7+1reb
SayRi: S.Mantymaa 21+6reb+1ast, K.Cooper 14+14reb+2ast, E.Nieminen 11+2reb+1ast, B.Abdullah 8+10reb+2ast, K.Naukkarinen 6+2reb+3ast, J.Hautsalo 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 150189




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  FRANCE   


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


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


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


ProB Round 9: Bordeaux loses to Nantes - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Bordeaux (6-3) and fourteenth ranked Nantes (4-5) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Bordeaux was defeated by Nantes in Nantes 66-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bordeaux. The game was mostly controlled by Nantes. Bordeaux managed to win fourth quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Bordeaux helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Armand Charles (193-SF-83) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 steals. Forward Nicolas Gayon (190-82) contributed with 15 points for the winners. International Boris Diaw (203-82) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Bordeaux. Bordeaux's coach Claude Bergeaud rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nantes moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Newly promoted Bordeaux keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Fos Ouest and Boulogne. Nantes is looking forward to face higher ranked Fos Ouest (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bordeaux will play against the league's second-placed Limoges CSP Elite where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
ProB top team - Boulazac Basket (8-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Denain Voltaire (3-6) 85-74. American Amadi McKenzie (201-86) stepped up and scored 31 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Darryl Monroe chipped in 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American guard Nate Rohnert (197-87, college: Denver) with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Denain Voltaire's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Boulazac Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-1 record, which they share with Limoges. Newly promoted Denain Voltaire dropped to the fourteenth position with six games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Boulazac Basket will play against JA Vichy (#18) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Denain Voltaire will play against JL Bourg (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Lille between ALM Evreux and Lille Metropole. Seventh ranked ALM Evreux (5-4) got a very close victory on the road over 14th ranked Lille Metropole (3-6). ALM Evreux managed to escape with a 3-point win 91-88 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Austen Rowland nailed 27 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Aurelien Rigaux came up with 12 points and 8 assists for Lille Metropole in the defeat. ALM Evreux moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with six games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. ALM Evreux will meet at home Quimper UJAP (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lille Metropole will play against SO Maritime Boulogne and hope to secure a win.
The game between fifth ranked Fos Ouest (6-3) and 11th ranked Quimper UJAP (3-6) in Fos ended with biggest points difference. Fos Ouest outscored guests from Quimper 79-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quimper UJAP. The best player for the winners was Blake Hoffarber who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fos Ouest moved-up to third place, which they share with Bordeaux and Boulogne. Quimper UJAP at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with six games lost. Fos Ouest's next round opponent will be Nantes (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Quimper UJAP will play against ALM Evreux (#6).

There were no big surprises in other games of round 9: Boulogne beat Rouen on the road 106-99. St Vallier destroyed Maurienne on its own court 89-70. Antibes managed to outperform Vichy in a road game 84-69. Le Portel recorded a loss to Chalons-Reims at home 73-83. Bourg was defeated by Limoges on the opponent's court 84-72.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 21 points and 12 rebounds by Jeremiah Wood of Evreux.


Nantes - Bordeaux 76-66

The game between third ranked Bordeaux (6-3) and fourteenth ranked Nantes (4-5) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Bordeaux was defeated by Nantes in Nantes 66-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bordeaux. The game was mostly controlled by Nantes. Bordeaux managed to win fourth quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Bordeaux helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Armand Charles (193-83) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 steals. Forward Nicolas Gayon (190-82) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Nantes players scored in double figures. International Boris Diaw (203-82) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Kurt Cunningham (205-87, college: Boise St.) added 14 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) in the effort for Bordeaux. Bordeaux's coach Claude Bergeaud rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nantes moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Newly promoted Bordeaux keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Fos Ouest and Boulogne. Nantes is looking forward to face higher ranked Fos Ouest (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bordeaux will play against the league's second-placed Limoges CSP Elite where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Nantes: A.Charles 19+4reb+2ast, N.Gayon 15+3reb+2ast, D.Fergerson 12+4reb+1ast, M.Badiane 12+8reb, D.Ramseyer 8+2reb+1ast, J.Fields 7+6reb+3ast
Bordeaux: B.Diaw 15+8reb+3ast, O.Bassett 15+4reb+4ast, K.Cunningham 14+10reb+1ast, G.Darrigand 8+1reb+7ast, S.Driss 5+1reb, M.Doubal 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 139710


Rouen - Boulogne 99-106

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (6-3) beat on the road 14th ranked SPO Rouen (3-6) 106-99. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 26-23 SPO Rouen's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 106-99 at the end of the game. SO Maritime Boulogne made 27-of-32 charity shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Strangely SPO Rouen outrebounded SO Maritime Boulogne 44-26 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by SPO Rouen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American swingman Chris McCray (196-84, college: Maryland, agency: VVG Sports) who scored 20 points. point guard Jonathan Rousselle (190-90) chipped in 21 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Jason Siggers (190-85, college: Albany) who recorded 27 points and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Alex Dunn (210-82, college: Wyoming) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SO Maritime Boulogne moved-up to third place, which they share with Fos Ouest and Bordeaux. SPO Rouen lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with six games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne's next round opponent will be Lille Metropole (#14) at home which should be an easy win for them. SPO Rouen will play against Chalons-Reims.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: J.Rousselle 21+3ast, C.McCray 20+4reb+3ast, T.Stanley 19+3reb+2ast, J.Mathis 14+3reb+1ast, C.Rouse 14+2reb+2ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 9+11reb
Rouen: J.Siggers 27+4reb+4ast, C.Bronchard 16+9reb, A.Dunn 16+9reb+1ast, T.Rupert 14+11reb, C.Thioune 9+4reb+1ast, K.Patiejunas 8+4reb+11ast
gschID: 139711


St Vallier - Maurienne 89-70

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (4-5) was smashed on the road by fourteenth ranked Saint Vallier (4-5) 89-70. The game was mostly controlled by Saint Vallier. Aix-Maurienne was better in second period 30-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by Aix-Maurienne helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) who scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Canadian Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-DR Congolese power forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and naturalized Cameroonian Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (188-77) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively. Saint Vallier moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Aix-Maurienne. Saint Vallier's next round opponent will be Olympique Antibes (#9) on the road.
Top scorers:
St Vallier: K.Shiloh 18+8reb+5ast, S.Barrett 15+8reb+1ast, D.Denave 15+1reb+7ast, F.Tortosa 15+2reb+1ast, D.Diarra 10+5reb+1ast, Y.Zonnet 9+11reb
Maurienne: J.Ekanga-Ehawa 16+3reb+4ast, W.Brown 13+7reb+1ast, B.Osby 12+13reb, S.Darnauzan 9+5reb+3ast, T.Yvrande 7+2reb+1ast, G.Clerc 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 139712


Vichy - Antibes 69-84

Very predictable result when twelfth ranked Olympique Antibes (4-5) won against on the road 18th ranked JA Vichy (1-8) 84-69. The game without a history. Olympique Antibes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was Sacha Massott who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Antoine Eito (186-88) who recorded 21 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and naturalized Ivorian swingman Wilfrid Aka (192-79) added 16 points respectively. JA Vichy's coach let to play ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympique Antibes moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 5 other teams. JA Vichy lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth position with eight games lost. Olympique Antibes' next round opponent will be Saint Vallier (#8) at home. JA Vichy will play against the league's leader Boulazac Basket (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Antibes: M.Sacha 17+6reb+3ast, J.Allen 16+8reb+1ast, S.Essart 15+3reb+2ast, F.Prenom 11+5reb+3ast, L.Bengaber 8+1reb+2ast, C.Brown 8+3reb+3ast
Vichy: A.Eito 21+7reb+4ast, W.Aka 16+3reb+2ast, S.Dondon 9+3reb, M.Guichard 8+2reb+2ast, A.Franklin 8+4reb+1ast, N.Diakite 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 139713


Denain - Boulazac 74-85

ProB top team - Boulazac Basket (8-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Denain Voltaire (3-6) 85-74. The game was mostly controlled by Boulazac Basket. Denain Voltaire was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Boulazac Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Denain Voltaire's 36. They outrebounded Denain Voltaire 45-33 including 37 on the defensive glass. American Amadi McKenzie (201-86) stepped up and scored 31 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Boulazac Basket players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Nate Rohnert (197-87, college: Denver) with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Lamine Kante (200-87) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Denain Voltaire's coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Boulazac Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-1 record, which they share with Limoges. Newly promoted Denain Voltaire dropped to the fourteenth position with six games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Boulazac Basket will play against JA Vichy (#18) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Denain Voltaire will play against JL Bourg (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: A.McKenzie 31+6reb, D.Monroe 16+12reb+4ast, Y.Gaillou 14+8reb, I.Soumahoro 10+4reb+1ast, F.Adjiwanou 9+5reb+3ast, T.Dubiez 3+1reb+1ast
Denain: L.Kante 18+5reb+2ast, N.Rohnert 16+9reb+1ast, R.Rossiter 9+7reb, R.Brocheray 8+1reb+1ast, J.James 6+6reb+1ast, A.Bruyere 4+1reb
gschID: 151889


Fos Ouest - Quimper 79-54

The game between fifth ranked Fos Ouest (6-3) and 11th ranked Quimper UJAP (3-6) in Fos ended with biggest points difference. Fos Ouest outscored guests from Quimper 79-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Quimper UJAP. It looked good early as Quimper UJAP took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Fos Ouest had a 25-11 second period charge getting the lead and Quimper UJAP was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-79. Fos Ouest forced 24 Quimper UJAP turnovers. Fos Ouest players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Quimper UJAP's players. The best player for the winners was American guard Blake Hoffarber (193-88, college: Minnesota) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import Bill Clark (195-88, college: Duquesne) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Liberian-American Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina) who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Florian Thibedore (193-90) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fos Ouest moved-up to third place, which they share with Bordeaux and Boulogne. Quimper UJAP at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with six games lost. Fos Ouest's next round opponent will be Nantes (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Quimper UJAP will play against ALM Evreux (#6).
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: B.Hoffarber 19+6reb+1ast, B.Clark 15+5reb+2ast, P.Haquet 14+3reb+3ast, S.Gay 8+8reb+2ast, E.Choquet 8+3reb+5ast, M.Dia 6+2reb+2ast
Quimper: P.Paelay 20+5reb, F.Thibedore 11+5reb+1ast, M.Diarra 7+7reb, A.Lovedale 6+8reb, K.Morlende 5+1ast, W.Herve 2
gschID: 139706


Le Portel - Chalons-Reims 73-83

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Chalons-Reims and 9th ranked Le Portel had identical 4-4 record. But Le Portel was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Reims 83-73. Le Portel was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 34-20 charge of Chalons-Reims, which allowed them to win the game. They made 25-of-30 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Le Portel helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M, agency: Alti Sport) who scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international Gary Chathuant (195-83) chipped in 19 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) added 7 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists respectively. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. Chalons-Reims (5-4) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Evreux. Le Portel at the other side dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. Chalons-Reims' next round opponent will be SPO Rouen (#17) at home which should be an easy win for them. Le Portel will play against Aix-Maurienne (#13) in Aix-les-Bains.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: G.Chathuant 19+3reb+1ast, B.King 15+8reb+4ast, E.Plateau 11+1reb, K.Corre 10+6reb+3ast, B.Mullins 9+2reb+7ast, P.Beye 7+3reb
Le Portel: M.Labeyrie 15+5reb+1ast, C.Davis 14+2reb+3ast, N.Wyatte 14+10reb+2ast, I.Sy 10+3reb, R.Taylor 7+7reb+10ast, G.Leburgue 5
gschID: 139707


Lille - Evreux 88-91

A very close game took place in Lille between ALM Evreux and Lille Metropole. Seventh ranked ALM Evreux (5-4) got a very close victory on the road over 14th ranked Lille Metropole (3-6). ALM Evreux managed to escape with a 3-point win 91-88 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Lille Metropole cut a 18-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. ALM Evreux shot 61.1 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for ALM Evreux especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. American point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) nailed 27 points and 6 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) accounted for 21 points and 12 rebounds. point guard Aurelien Rigaux (178-88) came up with 12 points and 8 assists and American swingman Curtis Marshall (196-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 18 points respectively for Lille Metropole in the defeat. Five Lille Metropole players scored in double figures. ALM Evreux moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims. Lille Metropole at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with six games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. ALM Evreux will meet at home Quimper UJAP (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lille Metropole will play against SO Maritime Boulogne and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Evreux: A.Rowland 27+3reb+6ast, J.Wood 21+12reb+3ast, R.Wilmont 18+2reb+1ast, M.Correa 7+3reb, S.Ho You Fat 6+2reb+1ast, L.Konate 5+2ast
Lille: C.Marshall 18+2reb, B.Gillet 14+1reb+1ast, S.Smith 13+5reb+1ast, A.Rigaux 12+1reb+8ast, J.MBida 10+3reb+2ast, J.Sauret 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 139708


Limoges - Bourg 84-72

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Limoges CSP Elite (8-1) defeated at home 8th ranked JL Bourg (4-5) 84-72. The game was mostly controlled by Limoges CSP Elite. JL Bourg was better in second period 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Limoges CSP Elite forced 19 JL Bourg turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Raphael Desroses (199-80) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Gambian forward Moses Sonko (198-83, college: Co.Carolina) who recorded 24 points and 8 rebounds and Senegalese center Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) added 9 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Limoges CSP Elite have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Boulazac. JL Bourg at the other side keeps the eighth place with five games lost. Limoges CSP Elite's next round opponent will be Bordeaux (#4) on the road. JL Bourg will play against Denain Voltaire (#15).
Top scorers:
Limoges: R.Desroses 19+6reb+2ast, C.Massie 14+12reb+2ast, J.Gomis 11+2ast, S.Traore 10+3reb+1ast, K.McAlarney 10+1reb+4ast, L.Milbourne 9+2reb+4ast
Bourg: M.Sonko 24+8reb, A.Tsagarakis 11+1reb+3ast, D.Copeland 10+4reb+2ast, I.Koma 10+2reb, O.Barro 9+13reb, C.Ferchaud 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 139709



ProA Round 8: Hyeres-Toulon tries to escape the last position defeating STB Le Havre - by Eurobasket News
Bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon managed to get a second victory on Saturday night. This time they won against twelfth-ranked STB Le Havre 101-90. The game was mostly controlled by Hyeres-Toulon. STB Le Havre managed to win second period 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hyeres-Toulon shot 62.1 percent from the field. Hyeres-Toulon had a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Hyeres-Toulon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hyeres-Toulon made 12 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Paccelis Morlende (189-81) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 assists and American point guard Kareem Reid (178-75, college: Arkansas) who added 12 points and 17 assists during the contest. American guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) responded with 23 points and 9 assists. Hyeres-Toulon (2-6) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated STB Le Havre. Hyeres-Toulon is looking forward to face higher ranked ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. STB Le Havre will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sluc Nancy (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
ProA top team - Gravelines-Dunkerque (7-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked JSF Nanterre (2-6) 107-85. The winners were led by American guard Juby Johnson (196-81, college: Miami, OH) who scored that evening 22 points and Andrew Albicy supported him with 21 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) did not help to save the game for JSF Nanterre. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record, which they share with Nancy. JSF Nanterre lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth place with six games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Le Mans (#4) at home in the next round. JSF Nanterre will play against Chalon/Saor (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#12) forced the game against JDA Dijon (#11) into an overtime, but lost by five points 86-91 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Bobby Dixon who scored 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Teddy Gipson produced 23 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the guests. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Laurent Villa rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted JDA Dijon maintains eleventh position with 3-5 record. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side keeps the twelfth place with six games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. JDA Dijon will meet higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Strasbourg IG (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Tenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (4-4) crushed at home 8th ranked Chorale de Roanne (4-4) by 32 points 82-50, which is the biggest margin this round. Amara Sy orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Coach Philippe Herve's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Chorale de Roanne. Entente Orleans 45's next round opponent will be Cholet (#9) at home.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 8: ASVEL won against Strasbourg on the opponent's court 80-74. Nancy managed to outperform Cholet in a home game 96-88. Paris-Levallois recorded a loss to Chalon on the road 86-82. Le Mans defeated Poitiers on its own court 106-95.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks by Nicolas Batum of Nancy.



Orleans - Roanne 82-50

Tenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (4-4) crushed at home 8th ranked Chorale de Roanne (4-4) by 32 points 82-50, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Entente Orleans 45 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Chorale de Roanne to just 7 points in second quarter. Entente Orleans 45 dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Chorale de Roanne's 20. Entente Orleans 45 players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Brian Greene (204-81, college: Colorado St.) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Entente Orleans 45 players scored in double figures. Coach Philippe Herve's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 9 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Chorale de Roanne. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Chorale de Roanne. Entente Orleans 45's next round opponent will be Cholet (#9) at home.
Top scorers:
Orleans: A.Sy 19+11reb+4ast, B.Greene 16+5reb+2ast, C.Banks 14+3reb+4ast, G.Joseph 10+4reb+1ast, M.N'Doye 9+4reb+2ast, D.Monds 8+4reb
Roanne: J.Holland 10+2reb+2ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 9+9reb+3ast, D.Page 8+7reb+1ast, A.Barrett 8+3reb+1ast, A.Tanghe 7+4reb, P.Braud 6+2reb+2ast
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Strasbourg - ASVEL 74-80

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Strasbourg IG (4-4) was defeated at home by tenth ranked ASVEL (4-4) 80-74. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Strasbourg IG won fourth quarter 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international point guard Tony Parker (183-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-83, college: UCLA) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Lavoy Allen (206-89, college: Temple) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Strasbourg IG. ASVEL moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Strasbourg IG. ASVEL's next round opponent will be Hyeres-Toulon (#12) on the road where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: T.Parker 23+5reb+8ast, D.Thompson 10+5reb, P.Goss 9+3reb, E.Jackson 8, K.Tillie 8+3reb, R.Turiaf 7+5reb+1ast
Strasbourg: R.Greer 20+7reb+3ast, L.Allen 14+12reb+5ast, A.Jeanneau 11, C.Oliver 9+3reb, K.Anderson 8+4reb+4ast, J.Harper 7+10reb
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Nanterre - Gravelines 85-107

ProA top team - Gravelines-Dunkerque (7-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked JSF Nanterre (2-6) 107-85. It looked good early as JSF Nanterre took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Gravelines-Dunkerque had a 29-15 second period charge getting the lead and JSF Nanterre was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-107. Gravelines-Dunkerque shot the lights out from three nailing 18 long-distance shots on high 52.9 percentage. The winners were led by American guard Juby Johnson (196-81, college: Miami, OH) who scored that evening 22 points and international point guard Andrew Albicy (178-90) supported him with 21 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) did not help to save the game for JSF Nanterre. His fellow American import forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) added 20 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record, which they share with Nancy. JSF Nanterre lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth place with six games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Le Mans (#4) at home in the next round. JSF Nanterre will play against Chalon/Saor (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: J.Johnson 22+4reb+1ast, A.Albicy 21+2reb+3ast, P.Sy 19+1reb, L.Vaty 12+7reb+4ast, D.Issa 8+1reb, X.Silas 8+1reb
Nanterre: M.Riley 24+10reb+2ast, W.Daniels 20+5reb+2ast, D.Garrett 11+2reb+5ast, X.Corosine 8+1ast, R.Covile 7+3reb, L.Akono 7+1reb+1ast
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Nancy - Cholet 96-88

Rather predictable result when second ranked Sluc Nancy (7-1) defeated at home 6th ranked Cholet (4-4) 96-88. It looked good early as Cholet took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sluc Nancy had a 30-15 second period charge getting the lead and Cholet was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 88-96. Sluc Nancy made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Cholet helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International forward Nicolas Batum (201-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. International power forward Adrien Moerman (203-88) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. American guard DeMarcus Nelson (191-85, college: Duke) replied with 19 points and 4 assists and international guard Fabien Causeur (193-87) added 17 points in the effort for Cholet. Cholet's coach Erman Kunter tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Gravelines. Cholet at the other side keeps the sixth place with four games lost. Sluc Nancy's next round opponent will be STB Le Havre (#13) at home which should be an easy win for them. Cholet will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nancy: N.Batum 27+7reb+5ast, A.Akingbala 17+5reb, A.Moerman 16+7reb+2ast, J.Shuler 15+4reb+4ast, P.Amagou 7+2reb+3ast, V.Samnick 5+2reb
Cholet: D.Nelson 19+4reb+4ast, F.Causeur 17+2reb+3ast, R.Hite 10, W.Gradit 8+3reb, L.Vebobe 7+7reb+1ast, D.Nichols 7+2reb
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Chalon - Paris-Levallois 86-82

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Chalon/Saor and 5th ranked Paris-Levallois had identical 5-2 record. This time Chalon/Saor used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Levallois 86-82. It looked good early as Paris-Levallois took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Chalon/Saor had a 22-17 second period charge getting the lead and Paris-Levallois was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-86. Chalon/Saor made 33-of-41 charity shots (80.5 percent) during the game, while Paris-Levallois only scored eight points from the stripe. Chalon/Saor forced 20 Paris-Levallois turnovers. 30 personal fouls committed by Paris-Levallois helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (207-87, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). American guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Chalon/Saor's coach Gregor Beugnot allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) replied with 17 points and 8 assists and his fellow American import power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Paris-Levallois. Five Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. Chalon/Saor (6-2) moved-up to third place, which they share with Le Mans. Paris-Levallois at the other side keeps the fifth position with three games lost. Chalon/Saor's next round opponent will be JSF Nanterre (#14) on the road which should be an easy win for them. Paris-Levallois will play against JDA Dijon (#11).
Top scorers:
Chalon: A.Aminu 24+6reb, B.Schilb 18+3reb+5ast, M.Delaney 15+6reb+8ast, I.Evtimov 9+4reb+2ast, S.Tchicamboud 8+5reb+4ast, J.Lauvergne 5+3reb
Paris-Levallois: E.Chatfield 17+4reb+8ast, L.Hamilton 15+9reb+2ast, T.Meacham 14+4reb+4ast, J.Williams 13+5reb+2ast, M.Morandais 12+3reb+2ast, D.Noel 9+3reb+2ast
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Le Havre - Hyeres-Toulon 90-101

Bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon managed to get a second victory on Saturday night. This time they won against twelfth-ranked STB Le Havre 101-90. The game was mostly controlled by Hyeres-Toulon. STB Le Havre managed to win second period 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hyeres-Toulon shot 62.1 percent from the field. Hyeres-Toulon had a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Hyeres-Toulon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hyeres-Toulon made 12 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Paccelis Morlende (189-81) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 assists and American point guard Kareem Reid (178-75, college: Arkansas) who added 12 points and 17 assists during the contest. American guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) responded with 23 points and 9 assists and American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) scored 21 points and 7 assists. Five Hyeres-Toulon and four STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon (2-6) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated STB Le Havre. Hyeres-Toulon is looking forward to face higher ranked ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. STB Le Havre will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sluc Nancy (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: P.Morlende 23+4reb+6ast, A.Ajinca 23+7reb, S.Cisse 15+3reb+4ast, K.Reid 12+4reb+17ast, M.Faye 12+6reb, R.Roberts 8+6reb
Le Havre: N.Wise 23+2reb+9ast, I.Mahinmi 21+7reb, J.Cox 21+7ast, N.Pope 16+3ast, C.Leonard 5+2reb, O.Camara 4+9reb
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Le Mans - Poitiers 106-95

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Le Mans (6-2) beat at home bottom-ranked Poitiers (2-6) 106-95. The game was mostly controlled by Le Mans. Poitiers was better in second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Le Mans shot 60.3 percent from the field. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 15 assists. The other American import forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) contributed with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Le Mans' coach J.D. Jackson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International swingman Evan Fournier (199-92) replied with 27 points and American forward Antonio Grant (198-76, college: S.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points in the effort for Poitiers. Five Le Mans and four Poitiers players scored in double figures. Le Mans moved-up to third place, which they share with Chalon. Poitiers lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. Le Mans' next round opponent will be league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Poitiers will play against Chorale de Roanne (#10).
Top scorers:
Le Mans: J.Paulo Batista 23+3reb, M.Sommerville 19+7reb+5ast, T.Rochestie 17+6reb+15ast, C.Kahudi 16+1reb+1ast, A.Acker 15+1reb+2ast, M.Kouguere 9+3reb
Poitiers: E.Fournier 27+3reb+3ast, J.J.J. Miller 15+2ast, A.Grant 13+4reb+2ast, R.Wright 13+2reb, Y.Devehat 9+6reb, K.Younger 7+3reb+2ast
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Dijon - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 91-86 OT

Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#12) forced the game against JDA Dijon (#11) into an overtime, but lost by five points 86-91 on Saturday night. The hosts were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 20-15. The best player for the winners was American point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. The other American import forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St.) chipped in 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) produced 23 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) added 13 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Laurent Villa rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted JDA Dijon maintains eleventh position with 3-5 record. Pau-Lacq-Orthez at the other side keeps the twelfth place with six games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. JDA Dijon will meet higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Strasbourg IG (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dijon: B.Dixon 26+6reb+7ast, Z.Moss 17+3reb, D.Melody 11+5reb+1ast, A.Harris 10+3reb, S.Marshall 10+5reb+4ast, S.Dia 8+2reb+1ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: T.Gipson 23+3reb+6ast, R.Allan 17+4reb, A.Mendy 14+3reb, C.Elonu 13+12reb+1ast, M.Maravic 6+5reb+1ast, J.Morency 5+2reb
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NM1 Round 10: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

NM1 round 10 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Souffelweyersheim (7-3) against eleventh ranked Etendard de Brest (5-5) 76-74 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 25-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Souffelweyersheim helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Johan Rathieuville (177-85) contributed with 11 points and 9 assists for the winners. Guard Frederic Broliron (193-79) replied with 25 points for Souffelweyersheim. Etendard de Brest have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Souffelweyersheim at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Charleville. Souffelweyersheim will play next round against Lievin Basket trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Etendard de Brest will try to continue on its current victory against fourteenth ranked Le Puy ASMB in Le Puy en Velay.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Charleville-Mezieres as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Souffelweyersheim) loss. Charleville-Mezieres defeated 9th ranked Vendee Challans at home 78-72. Center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Tafari Toney chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) responded with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Charleville-Mezieres have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with St Quentin and Cognac. Vendee Challans at the other side keeps the ninth place with five games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Vendee Challans will play next round against strong Sorgues trying to get back on the winning streak. Charleville-Mezieres will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Roche on the road.
An interesting game was also tough home defeat of 6th ranked Orchesien BC in a game in Orchies versus Saint-Quentin (#5) 84-73. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Orchesien BC. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Jimmal Ball notched 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort. Even 21 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) by Jahsha Bluntt did not help to save the game for Orchesien BC. Saint-Quentin (8-2) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Cognac and Charleville. Loser Orchesien BC dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Saint-Quentin will meet at home league's second-placed Cognac in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Orchesien BC will play against Blois and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked CFBB is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to eleventh ranked Angers BC 49 (5-5) 78-54. Pierre-Etienne Drouault fired 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Angers BC 49's coach Jacky Perigois felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Angers BC 49 moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Angers BC 49's next round opponent will be Stade Clermont (#15) on the road where they are favorite. CFBB will play against Montbrison and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Blois (6-4) and Lievin Basket (4-6), which took place in Lievin. Higher ranked Blois lost to fourteenth ranked Lievin Basket in a road game 70-78 on Friday. It was a very good performance for Jerome Dessart who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 assists. Lievin Basket moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser Blois dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. Lievin Basket will face higher ranked Souffelweyersheim (#5) in Souffel. in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Other games in round 10 were not that significant. Le Puy was beaten by Chartres on the road 86-76. Cognac won against Clermont on its own court 89-73. Roche managed to outperform Montbrison in a road game 88-74. Sorgues recorded a loss to Rueil at home 88-97.



Brest - Souffel 76-74

NM1 round 10 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Souffelweyersheim (7-3) against eleventh ranked Etendard de Brest (5-5) 76-74 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 25-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Souffelweyersheim helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Johan Rathieuville (177-85) contributed with 11 points and 9 assists for the winners. Four Etendard de Brest players scored in double figures. Guard Frederic Broliron (193-79) replied with 25 points and forward Jason Bach (198-87) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Souffelweyersheim. Etendard de Brest have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Souffelweyersheim at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Charleville. Souffelweyersheim will play next round against Lievin Basket trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Etendard de Brest will try to continue on its current victory against fourteenth ranked Le Puy ASMB in Le Puy en Velay.
Top scorers:
Souffel: F.Broliron 25+1reb+3ast, J.Bach 14+7reb+2ast, J.Begarin 9+2reb+2ast, T.Traineau 8+6reb+1ast, J.Tschamber 7+1reb+5ast, A.N'Diaye 4+3reb+2ast
Brest: V.Pridotkas 19+13reb, J.Lupot 14+4reb+3ast, J.Rathieuville 11+3reb+9ast, J.Doreau 11+4reb+3ast, B.Vounang 9+4reb+1ast, R.Lopez 6+4reb+2ast
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Lievin - Blois 78-70

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Blois (6-4) and Lievin Basket (4-6), which took place in Lievin. Higher ranked Blois lost to fourteenth ranked Lievin Basket in a road game 70-78 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-15. But Blois won second period 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Lievin Basket won last quarter 25-18. It was a very good performance for guard Jerome Dessart (184-84) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 assists. Forward Aude Pierre-Joseph (194-79) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds and guard Gary Staelens (189-84) added 18 points in the effort for Blois. Lievin Basket moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser Blois dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. Lievin Basket will face higher ranked Souffelweyersheim (#5) in Souffel. in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Blois: G.Staelens 18+1reb+2ast, V.Kaunisto 16+16reb+2ast, P.Brochard 8+2ast, J.Tornato 7+5reb+2ast, T.Sani 7+2reb+1ast, J.Horton 6+3reb
Lievin: J.Dessart 20+4reb+7ast, A.Pierre-Joseph 18+4reb+1ast, V.Lehut 12+2reb+1ast, A.Hoard 9+5reb+1ast, V.Mendy 7+11reb, T.Sanborn 6+6reb
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Chartres - Le Puy 86-76

No shocking result in a game when twelfth ranked Chartres (5-5) beat at home 14th ranked Le Puy ASMB (3-7) 86-76 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 50-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Chartres moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Le Puy ASMB lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Chartres will face Rueil (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Le Puy ASMB will play against Etendard de Brest.
gschID: 147001


Cognac - Clermont 89-73

Very expected game when 15th ranked Stade Clermont (2-8) lost on the road to third ranked Cognac (8-2) 89-73 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Cognac outrebounded Stade Clermont 45-32 including 18 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Stade Clermont was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Mathieu Bigote (187-84) contributed with 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Cognac players scored in double figures. Cognac's coach Philippe Maucourant used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Bianco Matanga (188-87) replied with 21 points and 4 assists and American forward Jonathan McClark (200-77, college: Rider) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Stade Clermont. Cognac have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with St Quentin and Charleville. Stade Clermont lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with eight games lost. Cognac will face Saint-Quentin (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Stade Clermont will play against Angers BC 49 (#10) and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Clermont: B.Matanga 21+2reb+4ast, J.McClark 15+8reb, S.Naydenov 14+4reb+1ast, J.Beugnot 8+5reb, X.Delarue 8+4reb+3ast, J.Cortey 5+3reb+1ast
Cognac: M.Bigote 23+1reb+4ast, J.Godin 18+5ast, I.Caskill 14+17reb+4ast, J.Moupegnou 11+6reb+2ast, I.Saounera 8+3reb+2ast, N.Kaczmarow 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 146995


Orchy - St Quentin 73-84

An interesting game was also tough home defeat of 6th ranked Orchesien BC in a game in Orchies versus Saint-Quentin (#5) 84-73. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Orchesien BC. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Orchesien BC was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Saint-Quentin dominated on the defensive end, holding Orchesien BC to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Naturalized American guard Jimmal Ball (178-78, college: Akron, agency: ACMT) notched 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and American forward Darnell Williams (200-78, college: San Jose St., agency: David Lee services) supported him with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) by American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St., agency: David Lee services) did not help to save the game for Orchesien BC. Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) added 18 points for lost side. Saint-Quentin (8-2) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Cognac and Charleville. Loser Orchesien BC dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Saint-Quentin will meet at home league's second-placed Cognac in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Orchesien BC will play against Blois and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Orchy: J.Bluntt 21+8reb+1ast, D.Petrovic 18+2reb+2ast, D.Cilly 8+8reb+1ast, R.Malet 8+2reb+3ast, O.Gouez 6+4reb, A.Belkessa 5
St Quentin: J.Ball 23+8reb+4ast, D.Williams 17+6reb+2ast, J.Lesieu 17+6reb+2ast, K.Howell 13+4reb, K.Bichard 6+3reb+1ast, O.Romain 4
gschID: 146996


Montbrison - Roche 74-88

Very predictable result when seventh ranked Roche (7-3) won against on the road 16th ranked Montbrison (1-9) 88-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Roche. Montbrison was better in fourth quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Roche forced 22 Montbrison turnovers. Quite impressive performance for guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) who helped to win the game recording 25 points. Bahamas power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Master's) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American power forward James St Robert (203-86, college: Dowling) replied with 23 points and 8 rebounds and forward Kevin Mondesir (203-91) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Montbrison. Roche moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Montbrison dropped to the seventeenth position with nine games lost. Roche will face league's leader Charleville-Mezieres at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Montbrison will play against CFBB (#18) in Paris and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Montbrison: J.St Robert 23+8reb+1ast, K.Mondesir 11+7reb+1ast, L.Biela 10+6reb+2ast, B.Tillon 9+4reb+1ast, C.Pegon 8+3reb+2ast, A.Dumoulin 6+1reb+2ast
Roche: B.Thomas 25+1reb+2ast, L.Simmons 19+3reb, M.Diallo 14+2reb+1ast, A.Toto N'Kote 8+4reb+2ast, J.Bestron 6+6reb+2ast, F.Bateko 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 146997


Sorgues - Rueil 88-97

There was an upset when higher ranked Sorgues (7-3) lost at home to seventeenth ranked Rueil (2-8) 97-88 on Saturday. Sorgues was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 31-20 charge of Rueil, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Quite impressive performance for naturalized Mali guard Modibo Niakate (185-81, college: Cleveland St.) who helped to win the game recording 25 points. Georgian center Georges Mdivani (205-85, agency: Promotex) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Four Rueil players scored in double figures. Guard Arnaud Thinon (178-87) replied with 29 points and 4 assists and forward Desmond Quincy-Jones (201-85, college: Pace) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Sorgues. Rueil moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Clermont. Loser Sorgues keeps the fourth position with three games lost. Rueil will face higher ranked Chartres (#12) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sorgues will play against Vendee Challans (#11).
Top scorers:
Sorgues: A.Thinon 29+3reb+4ast, D.Quincy-Jones 14+5reb+2ast, X.Pasut 10+9reb+2ast, V.Ateba 9+4reb+2ast, Y.Bassine 9+7reb+4ast, S.Ocokoljic 9+2reb
Rueil: M.Niakate 25+3ast, G.Mdivani 17+5reb+2ast, M.Diame 16+6reb+1ast, G.Duro 13+4reb, T.Chevigny 12, C.Mansare 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 146998


Charleville - Challans 78-72

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Charleville-Mezieres as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Souffelweyersheim) loss. Charleville-Mezieres defeated 9th ranked Vendee Challans at home 78-72. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-10. But Vendee Challans won second period 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Vendee Challans 42-26 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Charleville-Mezieres players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) responded with 26 points and 5 rebounds and forward Fabien Herard (198-79) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Charleville-Mezieres have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with St Quentin and Cognac. Vendee Challans at the other side keeps the ninth place with five games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Vendee Challans will play next round against strong Sorgues trying to get back on the winning streak. Charleville-Mezieres will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Roche on the road.
Top scorers:
Challans: J.Almanson 26+5reb+1ast, F.Herard 21+5reb+2ast, J.Geay 11+1reb+5ast, S.Cherasse 8+3reb+3ast, S.Girma 4+3reb+1ast, G.Renon 2+6reb
Charleville: T.Toney 18+11reb+1ast, C.Guillarme 16+11reb+4ast, F.Calvez 14+5ast, D.Pistre 11+6reb+4ast, C.Belser 9+6reb+2ast, N.Boundy 7+5reb
gschID: 146993


Angers BC 49 - CFBB 78-54

Bottom-ranked CFBB is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to eleventh ranked Angers BC 49 (5-5) 78-54. The game was mostly controlled by Angers BC 49. CFBB was better in second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding CFBB to just 7 points in third quarter. Swingman Pierre-Etienne Drouault (194-90) fired 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Angers BC 49 players scored in double figures. Angers BC 49's coach Jacky Perigois felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Anthony Racine (190-94) produced 15 points and power forward Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-94) added 6 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Angers BC 49 moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Angers BC 49's next round opponent will be Stade Clermont (#15) on the road where they are favorite. CFBB will play against Montbrison and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
CFBB: A.Racine 15+3reb+1ast, B.Dallo 11+2reb+3ast, L.Laporal 8+6reb, M.Jaiteh 6+12reb, D.Inglis 5+2reb+1ast, J.Basileu 4+1reb
Angers BC 49: P.Drouault 15+6reb+2ast, T.Lonzieme 12+2reb+2ast, T.Pearson 11+7reb+1ast, S.Traore 10+4reb+2ast, M.Chupin 10+2reb+3ast, J.Casseus 8+9reb
gschID: 146994




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  FYR MACEDONIA   


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


Lirija wins to stay focused - by Branko Cupeski
Entering the game carrying the burden of a must win situation, with far more potential and quality than the other team, Lirija got back on track with the victory @ ABA Strumica (69:83), after two close home defeats (Feni, MZT).

The visiting team needed more than 30 minutes to establish the inner connection on the floor and to control the game, loosing ground (22:25, 17:21, 20:17, 10:20) in the third quarter, coming back strong in the last. ABA was always close, but with no proper stand out player to take the leadership role.

Vladimir Filipovic had 27 and Nenad Zivcevic added 21 points for the scoring leaders, both at Lirija. The home side found some, eventually not enough light in Jove Kurciev and John Capel, with 15 points each.

Lirija coach Marjan Ilievski said the game has improved addressing to the lowering rate of turnovers, but also mentioned that there is a lot more space to progress.

The capital team is 4-th on the standings, with 5/5 ratio following Feni Industries (10/0), MZT Skopje Aerodrom (8/2) and Torus SCBT (8/2) . Kumanovo (4/5), Vardar (3/6) and Rabotnicki (3/7) are next.

Saraj will host Kumanovo on the 3-rd of December in another tight encounter expected, ABA Strumica (2/8) goes local at Gevgelija in the 12-th round for the bottom derby with last placed Kozuf (1/9).


Superleague Round 11: Kumanovo 2009 beats Torus Skopje by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 11 in the Superleague took place in Kumanovo. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Torus Skopje (8-2) to fifth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (4-5) 88-87 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Torus Skopje. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 30-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kumanovo 2009 forced 19 Torus Skopje turnovers. Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-79, agency: World Sport Agency) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Serbian forward Milan Janjusevic (196-83) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds for Torus Skopje. Kumanovo 2009 maintains fifth place with 4-5 record. Torus Skopje at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with MZT Skopje. Kumanovo 2009 is looking forward to face higher ranked Lirija (#4) in Skopje in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torus Skopje will have a break next round.
Superleague top team - Feni Indistrija (10-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (3-7) in Kavadarci 79-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fersped-Rabotnicki. It was a great evening for international power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Jarrid Frye helped adding 12 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian swingman Vladimir Zujovic (201-80, college: Lock Haven) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Feni Indistrija have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-0 record. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Feni Indistrija will play against Vardar (#6) in Skopje in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje MZT Skopje.
The game in Strumica was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Lirija (5-5) played at the court of 8th ranked ABA Strumica (2-8). Lirija defeated ABA Strumica 83-69 on Sunday. It was an exceptional evening for Vladimir Filipovic who led the winners and scored 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Jove Kurciev came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds for ABA Strumica in the defeat. ABA Strumica's coach Stratos Koukoulekidis rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lirija moved-up to fourth place. Loser ABA Strumica keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Lirija will meet at home Kumanovo 2009 (#5) in the next round. ABA Strumica will play against Kozuv in Gergelija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between third ranked MZT Skopje (8-2) and 9th ranked Kozuv (1-9) in Skopje ended with biggest points difference. MZT Skopje outscored guests from Gergelija 100-66. The best player for the winners was Todor Gecevski who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. MZT Skopje moved-up to second place, which they share with Torus Skopje. Kozuv lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Fersped-Rabotnicki.



Feni Indistrija - Rabotnicki 79-70

Superleague top team - Feni Indistrija (10-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (3-7) in Kavadarci 79-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fersped-Rabotnicki. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-22 Fersped-Rabotnicki's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 79-70 at the end of the game. Fersped-Rabotnicki was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for international power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) helped adding 12 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian swingman Vladimir Zujovic (201-80, college: Lock Haven) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Feni Indistrija have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-0 record. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Feni Indistrija will play against Vardar (#6) in Skopje in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje MZT Skopje.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: K.Nikolovski 23+12reb, J.Frye 12+7reb+1ast, V.Brckov 11+3reb+1ast, D.Knezevic 9+8reb+1ast, G.Samardziev 8+3reb+2ast, I.Lilov 6+4reb+2ast
Rabotnicki: V.Zujovic 20+7reb+1ast, D.Tasovski 16+5reb+2ast, B.Cole 15+6reb+2ast, J.Petrovski 6+3reb+3ast, M.Pavlovic 5+4reb+1ast, A.Kalanj 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 151654


ABA Strumica - Lirija 69-83

The game in Strumica was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Lirija (5-5) played at the court of 8th ranked ABA Strumica (2-8). Lirija defeated ABA Strumica 83-69 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Lirija. ABA Strumica managed to win third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian guard Vladimir Filipovic (195-85) who led the winners and scored 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) accounted for 21 points for the winning side. Four Lirija players scored in double figures. Forward Jove Kurciev (197-87) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds and American center John Chappell (208, college: S.Carolina) added 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively for ABA Strumica in the defeat. ABA Strumica's coach Stratos Koukoulekidis rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lirija moved-up to fourth place. Loser ABA Strumica keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Lirija will meet at home Kumanovo 2009 (#5) in the next round. ABA Strumica will play against Kozuv in Gergelija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lirija: V.Filipovic 27+5reb+4ast, N.Zivcevic 21+4reb+3ast, T.Simic 12+4reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 11+4reb, S.Avramovski 8+3reb+1ast, C.Morban 2+6reb+4ast
ABA Strumica: J.Chappell 15+11reb, J.Kurciev 15+8reb+3ast, Z.Delev 13+3reb+8ast, P.Cvetkov 9+4reb+4ast, M.Hasanov 6+3reb+1ast, K.Karamanolev 5+3reb
gschID: 151652


MZT Skopje - Kozuv 100-66

The game between third ranked MZT Skopje (8-2) and 9th ranked Kozuv (1-9) in Skopje ended with biggest points difference. MZT Skopje outscored guests from Gergelija 100-66. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. Kozuv was better in third quarter 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kozuv to just 5 points in second quarter. MZT Skopje made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Kozuv turnovers and outrebounded them 37-23 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Noah Dahlman (200-89, college: Wofford) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. Serbian center Velibor Buha (208-88) produced 16 points and Serbian guard Bojan Tomasevic (186-84) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. MZT Skopje moved-up to second place, which they share with Torus Skopje. Kozuv lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Fersped-Rabotnicki.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: T.Gecevski 20+10reb+5ast, C.Davis 20+1reb+4ast, N.Dahlman 18+9reb+1ast, G.Cekovski 17+5reb+3ast, O.Stojanovski 14+5reb+5ast, T.Grncarov 4+2reb+1ast
Kozuv: V.Buha 16+4reb+2ast, B.Tomasevic 13+5reb+2ast, M.Bulic 9+3ast, M.Petkovic 8+6reb+1ast, V.Eftimov 7+3reb+2ast, G.Glavcev 7+2reb
gschID: 151653


Kumanovo - Torus Skopje 88-87

The most exciting game of round 11 in the Superleague took place in Kumanovo. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Torus Skopje (8-2) to fifth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (4-5) 88-87 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Torus Skopje. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 30-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kumanovo 2009 forced 19 Torus Skopje turnovers. Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-79, agency: World Sport Agency) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Serbian forward Milan Janjusevic (196-83) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 25 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 25 points and 6 assists in the effort for Torus Skopje. Five Kumanovo 2009 and four Torus Skopje players scored in double figures. Kumanovo 2009 maintains fifth place with 4-5 record. Torus Skopje at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with MZT Skopje. Kumanovo 2009 is looking forward to face higher ranked Lirija (#4) in Skopje in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torus Skopje will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: M.Janjusevic 18+5reb+2ast, N.Jelesijevic 17+12reb+2ast, D.Mikic 12+4reb, M.Janevski 10+2reb+2ast, M.Mladenovic 10+3ast, A.Kostoski 9+2ast
Torus Skopje: B.Trajkovski 25+9reb+2ast, D.Karadzovski 25+3reb+6ast, J.Reynolds 10+7reb, G.Markovski 10+5reb+1ast, I.Dimcevski 7+4reb+3ast, P.Blazevski 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 151651




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 play at home with ABA Strumica in the 12-th round.


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Keyon Carter claims Superleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Keyon Carter (203-F-88, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) had an amazing evening in the last round for Dinamo Tbilisi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 26 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Batumi (#10, 0-6) with 32-point margin 98-66. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains the 8th position in Georgian Superleague. Dinamo Tbilisi is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-4 record. Carter turned to be Dinamo Tbilisi's top player in his first season with the team. Old Dominion University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Carter. Carter is in league's top in points (2nd best: 26.0ppg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 54.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old guard Mikheil Chitashvili (193-G-84) of TSU Tbilisi. Chitashvili impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 10 assists. It was enough for TSU Tbilisi to edge slightly higher-ranked Samedicino (#7, 3-4) by 2 points 93-91. TSU Tbilisi's 9th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Chitashvili is well-known by TSU Tbilisi fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international center Beka Bekauri (207-C-91) of Samedicino (#7). Bekauri scored 20 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Bekauri's great performance Samedicino lost 91-93 to slightly lower-ranked TSU Tbilisi (#9, 2-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Samedicino 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, Bekauri could help Samedicino to bring them higher in the standings. Bekauri has a great season in Georgia. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (8th best). He also has 2.0bpg and FGP: 58.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tornike Niniashvili (205-C-82) of TSU Tbilisi - 29 points and 11 rebounds
5. David Gugava (203-C-90) of Rustavi - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ivo Hoger (225-C-82) of Olympus - 17 points and 14 rebounds
7. Zurab Maisuradze (195-F-91) of TSU Tbilisi - 24 points and 4 rebounds
8. Davit Barbakadze (203-F-82) of Kutaisi - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84) of Armia - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Malkhazi Abaishvili (183-G-91) of Samedicino - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Ratiopharm 8-2 
 2. ALBA 7-2 
 3. Brose Baskets 7-2 
 4. Art.Dragons 7-3 
 5. s.Oliver Baskets 7-3 
 6. Bremerhaven 6-4 
 7. Telekom Baskets 6-4 
 8. B.Muenchen 6-4 
 9. EWE Baskets 5-4 
 10. NY Phantoms 5-5 
 11. Bayreuth 4-6 
 12. TBB Trier 4-6 
 13. LTi 46ers 4-6 
 14. EnBW L'burg 3-6 
 15. Walter Tigers 3-7 
 16. Phoenix Hagen 3-7 
 17. Fraport SKY 2-8 
 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. Cuxhaven 6-5 
 6. NBC 6-5 
 7. Webmoebel 6-5 
 8. Jena 6-6 
 9. Chemnitz 6-6 
 10. Heidelberg 5-6 
 11. Ehingen 5-7 
 12. Braves 4-7 
 13. ETB Wohnbau 4-7 
 14. Karlsruhe 2-9 
 15. Leitershofen 1-10 


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


Elvir Ovcina (LTi Giessen 46ers) This Win Against Bamberg Was Very Special For The LTi Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse) is a 35 year old 211cm power forward/center that was born in Sarajevo and is playing his second season with the LTi Giessen 46ers. He played for Syracuse from 1995-1999 reaching the NCAA final in 1996. After playing in Slovenia for two seasons, he came to Germany and played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2001-2004. In the 2003-2004 season, he played 27 games: 14.9ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.7apg, 2.8bpg. In 2004-2005, he played for Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece-A1): Euroleague: 8 games: 4.3ppg, 5.6rpg; Greek League: 9 games: 5.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 52.0%, in Dec.'04 moved to RheinEnergie Koln (Germany-1.Bundesliga): ULEB Cup: 5 games: 11,2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 51.3%, 3Pts: 33.3%; German Bundesliga: 21 games: 10.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3FGP: 20.0%. In 2005-2006, he played for Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague): EuroCup Challenge: 2 games: 10.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 0ast, FG: 63.6%, 3PT: 50%; Ukrainian League: 8 games: 7.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 66.7%, in Dec.'05 joined Telindus BC Oostende (Belgium-D1): 21 games: 10.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.8rpg), 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 55.0%. He then played in Belgium from 2006-2008 for Telindus BC Oostende winning the cup in 2008. In 2008-2009, he played for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (D1): Adriatic League: 5 games: 9.8ppg, 9.2rpg, 3.6apg. in 2009-2010, he played for Polzela (Slovenia-Liga UPC): 5 games: 12.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 66.7%, FT: 85.7%, in Jan.'10 moved to LTi Giessen 46ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 14 games: 14.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 69.4 Last season for Giessen he played 34 games: 11.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 17.6%, FT: 76.4%. He spoke to eurobasket after the stunning 68 -65 win against the Brose Baskets Bamberg.

Congrats on the 68-65 win against Bamberg. Was the Osthalle like a zoo after the siren sounded ending the game?

Yes it was like a zoo. Fans gave us great support for 40 minutes. It was loud for the whole 40 minutes and it is a great victory for Giessen.

Was this your biggest win in Germany?

I dont know. I have played 6-7 years in Germany and have had some special wins. I know that this win against Bamberg was very special for the LTi Giessen 46ers.

Giessen had the comfortable 22-10 lead after one quarter. What was key for the very positive start?

We came out very aggressive and played very good defense. We did the things that we wanted to do and got the lead. We knew that this was big since a team like Giessen will always come back and go on a run which they did.

In the third quarter, Bamberg rallied and scored 23 minutes as the score was 50-50 after 40 minutes. What was key for Bamberg coming back?

We were up by 7-8 points and they pretty quickly erased that in the first two minutes. They made some key plays in their comeback.

Barry Stewart won the game with a shot with six seconds remaining. Please describe the last play.

Stewart actually hit two big three pointers at the end. On the last play, we wanted to run a pick and role, and I dont remember if they forgot to switch, but he just made the shot. I dont want to put success just on one guy, because this was a great team win. This win gave us a lot of self confidence.

What was the biggest strength for Giessen against Bamberg?

We stayed together for 40 minutes against Bamberg. We played aggressive and rebounded very well also.

How did you like battling against Marcus Slaughter?

Slaughter is a little undersized for the five, but he is tough and just battles. He is a very good player.

Koko Archibong played some center some years ago with the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf and does much good work around the basket as he got 11 rebounds. He has become a crucial rebounder for Giessen.

Yes he has. He has a lot of experience having played in this league and just knows how certain things have to be done. I love having his presence on the team and he is a great player and guy.

With this big upset, will Bamberg experience some more loses like this with teams seeing they can be vulnerable?

No team in the Beko BBL have a perfect record. There seems to be a surprise each week. This was one of those results that no one expected. However Bamberg is a great team with a great coach. Come May and June, they will be there where they want to be at the end.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Shrek 3

Thanks Elvir for the chat.



ProA Round 12: Top-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC wins another game - by Eurobasket News
ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (9-1) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat fourteenth ranked BG Karlsruhe (2-9) in Weissenfels 101-95. BG Karlsruhe was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 32-23 charge of Mitteldeutscher BC, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for center Phillipp Heyden (208-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Sascha Leutloff (202-82, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Martin Samarco (191-85, college: Bowling Green) replied with 31 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for BG Karlsruhe. Mitteldeutscher BC have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-1 record. BG Karlsruhe at the other side keeps the fourteenth place with nine games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC are looking forward to face NBC (#6) in Nurnberg in the next round where they are favorite. BG Karlsruhe will play at home against Leitershofen (#15) in Diedorf and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Cuxhaven was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Webmoebel Baskets (6-5) played at the court of seventh ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (6-5). Cuxhaven BasCats did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 90-73. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Evan Harris (206-86, college: Harvard, agency: I.D.S. Law) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds and Quinnel Brown who added 27 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Jefferson Mason (198-88, college: Minn.St.-Mankato, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Cuxhaven BasCats moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Webmoebel and NBC. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against higher ranked Gloria Giants (#4) in Duesseldorf in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Webmoebel Baskets will play on the road against Science City Jena and hope to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Science City Jena (6-6) and Ehingen/Urspringschule (5-7), which took place in Allmendingen. Higher ranked Science City Jena lost to thirteenth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule in a road game 80-84 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Science City Jena. The winners were led by Andre Calvin who scored that evening 17 points and 6 rebounds. Even 24 points and 9 rebounds by Jeremy Black did not help to save the game for Science City Jena. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Science City Jena dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with Chemnitz. Ehingen/Urspringschule will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Science City Jena will play against Webmoebel Baskets (#7) in Paderborn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 15th ranked Leitershofen (1-10) and third ranked Kirchheim Knights (8-3) in Diedorf ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Kirchheim beat Leitershofen 85-67. The best player for the winners was Devin Uskoski who scored 21 points. Leitershofen's coach Stefan Goschenhofer rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Kirchheim Knights moved-up to second place, which they share with Crailsheim. Leitershofen lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Kirchheim Knights' next round opponent will be ETB Wohnbau (#13) in Essen which should be an easy win for them. Leitershofen will play on the road against BG Karlsruhe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 12: Braves was beaten by Chemnitz on the road 77-70. ETB Wohnbau lost to Duesseldorf on its own court 62-68. NBC managed to outperform Heidelberg in Nurnberg 75-65.



Ehingen - Jena 84-80

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Science City Jena (6-6) and Ehingen/Urspringschule (5-7), which took place in Allmendingen. Higher ranked Science City Jena lost to thirteenth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule in a road game 80-84 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Science City Jena. Science City Jena trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 30-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-84 at the end of the game. Ehingen/Urspringschule looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The winners were led by American forward Andre Calvin (196-85, college: Drake, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who scored that evening 17 points and 6 rebounds and center Andreas Buechert (208-87, college: Winthrop, agency: Limelight Hoops) supported him with 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) by American forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa) did not help to save the game for Science City Jena. Canadian guard Tyler Kepkay (183-87, college: Utah, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Science City Jena dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with Chemnitz. Ehingen/Urspringschule will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Science City Jena will play against Webmoebel Baskets (#7) in Paderborn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jena: J.Black 24+9reb+1ast, T.Kepkay 18+6reb+8ast, T.Schwartz 13+2ast, C.Roquette 9+2ast, K.Barker 9+3reb+7ast, E.Vierneisel 7+2reb+1ast
Ehingen: A.Calvin 17+6reb+2ast, W.Creekmore 17+5reb+1ast, A.Buechert 16+7reb+1ast, M.Mueller 8+1reb+2ast, G.Williamson 7+4reb+4ast, K.Bright 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 141452


Chemnitz - Braves 77-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked BV Chemnitz 99's (6-6) home victory over 11th ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (4-7) 77-70. Saar-Pfalz Braves were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 22-12 third quarter run of BV Chemnitz 99. They outrebounded Saar-Pfalz Braves 38-25 including 30 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) who scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Center Joleik Schaffrath (206-88, agency: The House of Baller!Stars) chipped in 19 points and 9 rebounds. Four BV Chemnitz 99 players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Serbian center Mirko Damjanovic (204-80) who recorded 14 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Robert McKiver (191-84, college: Houston) added 16 points respectively. BV Chemnitz 99 moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Jena. Saar-Pfalz Braves lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with seven games lost. BV Chemnitz 99's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Crailsheim Merlins on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play against USC Heidelberg (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Braves: R.McKiver 16+3reb, M.Damjanovic 14+7reb, R.Cardenas 11+4reb+1ast, E.Land 9+5reb+1ast, K.Karamatskos 8+2reb+4ast, L.Jeka 8+2reb+5ast
Chemnitz: J.Schaffrath 19+9reb+1ast, G.Johnson 17+5reb+9ast, T.Shaw 12+11reb+4ast, J.Schmidt 11+5reb+5ast, D.Lawson 8+3reb, P.Stachula 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 141447


ETB Wohnbau - Duesseldorf 62-68

Very expected game when 12th ranked ETB Wohnbau (4-7) lost to fourth ranked Gloria Giants (7-3) in Essen 62-68. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Aubrey Reese (183-78, college: Murray St., agency: Interperformances) who scored 17 points and 5 assists. The other American import forward Dennis Mims (205-80, college: Indiana, PA) chipped in 7 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Kevin Wysocki (198-87) who recorded 16 points and American point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) added 15 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gloria Giants have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 7-3 record. ETB Wohnbau at the other side keeps the twelfth place with seven games lost. Gloria Giants' next round opponent will be Cuxhaven BasCats (#5) at home. ETB Wohnbau will play against Kirchheim Knights (#3).
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: K.Wysocki 16+4reb+2ast, C.Alexander 15+2reb+1ast, M.Buljevic 8+1reb+4ast, K.Chones 8+8reb+2ast, J.Henley 6+9reb, K.Kern 3
Duesseldorf: A.Reese 17+4reb+5ast, M.Petric 10+2reb+1ast, P.Friedel 9+1reb+1ast, D.Mims 7+10reb+1ast, R.Keerles 6+5reb+2ast, P.Flomo 6+6reb
gschID: 141448


MBC - Karlsruhe 101-95

ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (9-1) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat fourteenth ranked BG Karlsruhe (2-9) in Weissenfels 101-95. BG Karlsruhe was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 32-23 charge of Mitteldeutscher BC, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for center Phillipp Heyden (208-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Sascha Leutloff (202-82, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. American guard Martin Samarco (191-85, college: Bowling Green) replied with 31 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and his fellow American import center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) added 26 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for BG Karlsruhe. Mitteldeutscher BC have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-1 record. BG Karlsruhe at the other side keeps the fourteenth place with nine games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC are looking forward to face NBC (#6) in Nurnberg in the next round where they are favorite. BG Karlsruhe will play at home against Leitershofen (#15) in Diedorf and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: M.Samarco 31+6reb+2ast, J.Howard 26+9reb, M.Stockton 23+5reb+2ast, M.Hurst 6+5reb, A.Rueck 4+1reb+1ast, E.Curth 3
MBC: P.Heyden 21+11reb+3ast, S.Leutloff 18+2reb, M.Schwarz 16+1ast, A.Reid 14+4reb, H.Vilhjalmsson 11+1reb+8ast, D.Hargrove 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 141449


Leitershofen - Kirchheim 67-85

The game between 15th ranked Leitershofen (1-10) and third ranked Kirchheim Knights (8-3) in Diedorf ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Kirchheim beat Leitershofen 85-67. The game without a history. Kirchheim Knights led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Leitershofen's 32 and made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Kirchheim Knights forced 20 Leitershofen turnovers. The best player for the winners was American center Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) who scored 21 points. Forward Sebastian Adeberg (198-84) chipped in 20 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Corey Hassan (193-87, college: Sacred Heart) who recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import center DeWayne Richardson (202-77, college: Fairmont St.) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Leitershofen's coach Stefan Goschenhofer rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Kirchheim Knights moved-up to second place, which they share with Crailsheim. Leitershofen lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Kirchheim Knights' next round opponent will be ETB Wohnbau (#13) in Essen which should be an easy win for them. Leitershofen will play on the road against BG Karlsruhe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leitershofen: S.Bowlin 16+3reb, C.Hassan 14+8reb+2ast, D.Richardson 13+5reb+2ast, J.Genck 9+1reb+2ast, L.Stutz 6+4reb, A.Kronhardt 5+4reb+2ast
Kirchheim: D.Uskoski 21+3reb+1ast, S.Adeberg 20+2reb, C.Brooks 13+4reb+3ast, A.Smith 11+2reb+9ast, N.Menck 7+3reb, B.Bekteshi 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 141450


Heidelberg - NBC 65-75

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked NBC and 9th ranked USC Heidelberg had identical 5-5 record. But USC Heidelberg was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Nurnberg 75-65. USC Heidelberg was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 22-10 charge of NBC, which allowed them to win the game. They made 25-of-29 charity shots (86.2 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by USC Heidelberg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Jaivon Harris (197-82, college: Ohio) who scored 20 points. Naturalized American power forward Ryan De Michael (205-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international power forward Bjoern Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., agency: Court Side) who recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds and American-Belizean guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) added 15 points respectively. NBC have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Webmoebel and Cuxhaven. USC Heidelberg lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. NBC's next round opponent will be league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels and it may be quite challenging game. USC Heidelberg will play on the road against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#12) in Homburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: B.Schoo 18+9reb+3ast, C.Burgess 15+3reb+3ast, S.Watts 8+11reb+1ast, O.Komarek 6+2reb, K.Barth 6+1ast, J.Heindel 6+4reb+2ast
NBC: J.Harris 20+4reb+2ast, R.De Michael 17+7reb+1ast, J.Reile 9+10reb, S.Barth 9+2reb, I.Okoye 8+9reb, W.Chavis 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 141451


Cuxhaven - Webmoebel 90-73

The game in Cuxhaven was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Webmoebel Baskets (6-5) played at the court of seventh ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (6-5). Cuxhaven BasCats did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 90-73. The game was mostly controlled by Cuxhaven BasCats. Webmoebel Baskets was better in fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cuxhaven BasCats dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Webmoebel Baskets' 24. They outrebounded Webmoebel Baskets 39-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Cuxhaven BasCats brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Webmoebel Baskets were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Evan Harris (206-86, college: Harvard, agency: I.D.S. Law) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn) who added 27 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Jefferson Mason (198-88, college: Minn.St.-Mankato, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Justin Stommes (200-88, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Cuxhaven BasCats moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Webmoebel and NBC. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against higher ranked Gloria Giants (#4) in Duesseldorf in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Webmoebel Baskets will play on the road against Science City Jena and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Webmoebel: J.Mason 23+12reb+1ast, J.Stommes 14+3reb+4ast, M.Fleischmann 9+2reb, O.Wendt 8+1reb+2ast, M.Jost 5+1reb, D.Lieneke 5+2reb+1ast
Cuxhaven: Q.Brown 27+7reb+1ast, E.Harris 25+8reb+2ast, D.McDaniel 20+9reb+1ast, J.El Domiaty 8+5reb+2ast, C.Pfeil 4+3reb+1ast, D.Rice 3+4reb+6ast
gschID: 141446




ProB Round 13: RSV Eintracht defeats group leader Hannover Tigers - by Eurobasket News
ProB is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 13 rounds left. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Hannover Tigers (9-2) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked RSV Eintracht (7-5) 81-77. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Hannover Tigers. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hannover Tigers won fourth quarter 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. RSV Eintracht made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Keoni Watson (178-84, college: Idaho, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 steals. Guard Thomas Schoeps (188-89, college: Odessa JC) contributed with 20 points (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) for the winners. American guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) answered with 26 points and 6 assists for Hannover Tigers. RSV Eintracht moved-up to sixth place in Group North, which they share with Schwelm. Hannover Tigers at the other side still keep top position with two games lost. RSV Eintracht is looking forward to face SG Schwelmer Baskets (#7) on the road in the next round. Hannover Tigers will play against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#9) and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Sandersdorf. Seventh ranked Licher Baeren (6-5) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging leader BSW Sixers (8-3) 60-59 on Saturday evening. Guard Viktor Klassen (186-81) stepped up and scored 12 points and 5 assists for the winners and Daniel Dorr chipped in 7 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Licher Baeren moved-up to sixth place in Group South, which they share with Langen. Newly promoted BSW Sixers dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with Leipzig. Licher Baeren will play against Giessen Pointers (#10) at home in the next round. BSW Sixers will play against TV 1862 Langen (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Dorsten (8-4) against fifth ranked SC Rasta Vechta (8-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Dorsten was defeated by SC Rasta Vechta in a tough game in Vechta 94-100. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dorsten. Dirk Madrich nailed 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Blake Poole came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for Dorsten in the defeat. SC Rasta Vechta moved-up to second place in Group North, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Dorsten. SC Rasta Vechta will meet at home SSV Lok Bernau (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Dorsten will play against Spot Up Medien Baskets (#4) in Braunschweig and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
ProB top team - Hannover Tigers (9-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked BSV Wulfen (6-6) 71-52. Jacob Doerksen fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. BSV Wulfen's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hannover Tigers have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group North with 9-2 record. BSV Wulfen lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. Hannover Tigers' next round opponent will be Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#9) on the road and are hoping to win another game. BSV Wulfen will play against ALBA Berlin II.
Bottom-ranked SSV Lok Bernau is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 12th consecutive match to fifth ranked Hertener Loewen (8-4) 93-86 on Saturday evening. It was a very good performance for Vincent Kittmann who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 rebounds. Hertener Loewen moved-up to second place in Group North, which they share with 3 other teams. SSV Lok Bernau lost their twelfth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Hertener Loewen will have a break next round. SSV Lok Bernau will play on the road against SC Rasta Vechta (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Other games in round 13 were not that significant.
In Group North SU Medien beat ALBA Berlin II on the road 87-70. Wolfenbuettel won against Rist Wedel on its own court 92-75. Schwelm managed to outperform Bayer Giants in a road game 83-68.
In Group South Fraport SKY II recorded a loss to Gotha at home 75-80. Langen was defeated by TSV Troester on the opponent's court 86-81. Winless BG Illertal was beaten by Noerdlingen in a home game 79-89. Giessen was destroyed by Leipzig on the road 87-63. Dragons managed to outperform Hanau on its own court 71-64.
The most impressive performance of 13th round was 28 points, 5 assists and 7 steals by Howard Sant-Roos of SU Medien.



Group North
Vechta - Dorsten 100-94

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Dorsten (8-4) against fifth ranked SC Rasta Vechta (8-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Dorsten was defeated by SC Rasta Vechta in a tough game in Vechta 94-100. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dorsten. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-94. SC Rasta Vechta made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. The former international center Dirk Madrich (211-83, agency: Court Side) nailed 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and guard Flavio Stuckemann (187-85) accounted for 17 points and 10 rebounds. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Terry Bryant (186-85, college: SE Louisiana) added 18 points and 7 assists respectively for Dorsten in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta moved-up to second place in Group North, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Dorsten. SC Rasta Vechta will meet at home SSV Lok Bernau (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Dorsten will play against Spot Up Medien Baskets (#4) in Braunschweig and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vechta: D.Madrich 23+8reb, A.Rudowitz 21+7reb+1ast, F.Stuckemann 17+10reb+3ast, M.Reid 15+4reb+2ast, M.Boadu 15+1reb+3ast, B.Fumey 4+3reb+2ast
Dorsten: T.Bryant 18+2reb+7ast, J.Cadmus 18+1reb+1ast, N.Pelaj 16+1reb, T.Lipke 15+6reb+1ast, B.Poole 14+13reb+2ast, P.Spettmann 8+4reb
gschID: 143632


Hannover - Stahnsdorf 77-81

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Hannover Tigers (9-2) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked RSV Eintracht (7-5) 81-77. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Hannover Tigers. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hannover Tigers won fourth quarter 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. RSV Eintracht made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Keoni Watson (178-84, college: Idaho, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 steals. Guard Thomas Schoeps (188-89, college: Odessa JC) contributed with 20 points (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) for the winners. American guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) answered with 26 points and 6 assists and swingman Jan-Peter Prasuhn (198-82) added 20 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Hannover Tigers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. RSV Eintracht moved-up to sixth place in Group North, which they share with Schwelm. Hannover Tigers at the other side still keep top position with two games lost. RSV Eintracht is looking forward to face SG Schwelmer Baskets (#7) on the road in the next round. Hannover Tigers will play against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#9) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Stahnsdorf: K.Watson 22+3reb+1ast, T.Schoeps 20+2reb+1ast, Y.Evans 13+7reb, O.Mackeldanz 11+8reb, B.Butler 9+2reb+1ast, T.Modersitzki 4+1reb
Hannover: R.Williams 26+4reb+6ast, J.Prasuhn 20+8reb+2ast, J.Doerksen 15+11reb, T.Welzel 11+2reb+3ast, M.Williams 2+1reb, S.Janzen 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 156638


ALBA Berlin II - SU Medien 70-87

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (8-4) beat on the road 12th ranked ALBA Berlin II (3-9) 87-70 on Saturday. Spot Up Medien Baskets forced 21 ALBA Berlin II turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a very good performance for Cuban swingman Howard Sant-Roos (198-91) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 5 assists and 7 steals (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Dennis Schroeder (186-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 assists for the winners. Swingman Joey Ney (197-92) answered with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Tobias Grauel (195-86) added 13 points in the effort for ALBA Berlin II. Five Spot Up Medien Baskets and four ALBA Berlin II players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Spot Up Medien Baskets moved-up to second place in Group North, which they share with 3 other teams. ALBA Berlin II lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with nine games lost. Spot Up Medien Baskets will face Dorsten (#5) on the road in the next round. ALBA Berlin II will play against BSV Wulfen (#8).
Top scorers:
SU Medien: H.Sant-Roos 28+4reb+5ast, D.Theis 17+6reb, F.Theis 14+6reb+3ast, L.Gertz 12+3reb+2ast, D.Schroeder 10+4reb+12ast, B.Wenzel 4+3reb+1ast
ALBA Berlin II: J.Ney 15+5reb+8ast, T.Grauel 13+3reb+3ast, S.Fulle 12+4reb+3ast, D.Stackhouse 10+3reb+1ast, E.Muller 8+2reb+1ast, L.Tolksdorf 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 143628


Wolfenbuettel - Rist Wedel 92-75

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel and 9th ranked SC Rist Wedel had identical 4-7 record. This time Herzoege Wolfenbuettel used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Wedel 92-75 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. SC Rist Wedel was better in fourth quarter 27-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel forced 21 SC Rist Wedel turnovers. It was a very good performance for American guard Marquis Jones (185-87, college: Rhode Island, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 assists. Swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) contributed with 14 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Herzoege Wolfenbuettel players scored in double figures. American center Anthony Pettaway (203-87, college: Defiance) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and center Fabian Luehring (213-82) added 22 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for SC Rist Wedel. SC Rist Wedel's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (5-7) moved-up to ninth place in Group North. Loser SC Rist Wedel dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will face league's leader Hannover Tigers in Hannover in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SC Rist Wedel will play on the road against Bayer Giants (#11) in Leverkusen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wolfenbuettel: M.Jones 17+4reb+6ast, M.Hart 16+6reb, S.Schubert 15+4reb+1ast, H.Knopke 14+3reb+7ast, D.Nawrocki 9, M.Kemp 7+2reb+2ast
Rist Wedel: A.Pettaway 25+10reb, F.Luehring 22+10reb+2ast, A.Johnston 7+4reb+1ast, I.Akpinar 6+1ast, M.Duah 5+6reb+2ast, K.Gausa 4+3reb
gschID: 143629


Hannover - Wulfen 71-52

ProB top team - Hannover Tigers (9-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked BSV Wulfen (6-6) 71-52. The game was mostly controlled by Hannover Tigers. BSV Wulfen was better in fourth quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. American guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Dijon Smith (203-89, college: Ft.Hays State) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) added 14 points respectively for lost side. BSV Wulfen's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hannover Tigers have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group North with 9-2 record. BSV Wulfen lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. Hannover Tigers' next round opponent will be Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#9) on the road and are hoping to win another game. BSV Wulfen will play against ALBA Berlin II.
Top scorers:
Hannover: J.Doerksen 20+17reb+1ast, S.Janzen 11+2reb+3ast, R.Williams 10+5reb+5ast, T.Welzel 10, J.Prasuhn 7+4reb+3ast, A.Smith 7+3reb+1ast
Wulfen: D.Smith 15+9reb+1ast, S.Briggs 14+4reb+3ast, T.Reuter 6+3reb, H.Bellscheidt 6+6reb+3ast, P.Mazur 5+1reb, R.Bakoa 3
gschID: 143630


Herten - Bernau 93-86

Bottom-ranked SSV Lok Bernau is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 12th consecutive match to fifth ranked Hertener Loewen (8-4) 93-86 on Saturday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But SSV Lok Bernau won fourth quarter 26-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hertener Loewen made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Hertener Loewen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. It was a very good performance for forward Vincent Kittmann (199-88) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Josh Taylor (201-87, college: E.Kentucky) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Four Hertener Loewen players scored in double figures. American guard Jermale Jones (186-86, college: Tuskegee) answered with 31 points and the other American import power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for SSV Lok Bernau. Hertener Loewen moved-up to second place in Group North, which they share with 3 other teams. SSV Lok Bernau lost their twelfth game in a row. They still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Hertener Loewen will have a break next round. SSV Lok Bernau will play on the road against SC Rasta Vechta (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Herten: V.Kittmann 25+7reb+2ast, J.Taylor 24+4reb+2ast, R.Wright 15+10reb+4ast, C.Marquardt 13+1reb+1ast, M.Berger 8+2reb+3ast, R.Daugherty 5+6reb+3ast
Bernau: J.Jones 31+2reb+2ast, M.Woody 15+10reb+1ast, J.Heide 11+6reb+4ast, D.Klein 8+6reb+1ast, M.Dathe 8+1reb, A.Pankonin 6+1reb
gschID: 143631


Bayer Giants - Schwelm 68-83

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (7-5) won against 10th ranked Bayer Giants (4-8) in Leverkusen 83-68 on Saturday. The game without a history. SG Schwelmer Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bayer Giants to just 3 points in second quarter. Quite impressive performance for American guard Jason Smith (183-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 assists. Center Julius Ducker (205-84) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Till-Joscha Joenke (189-92) answered with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Casey Robinson (198-87, college: Alaska-Anch.) added 17 points in the effort for Bayer Giants. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for SG Schwelmer Baskets. They moved-up to sixth place in Group North, which they share with Stahnsdorf. Loser Bayer Giants keep the tenth position with eight games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face RSV Eintracht (#6) in Stahnsdorf in the next round. Bayer Giants will play at home against SC Rist Wedel (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: J.Smith 21+1reb+5ast, J.Ducker 14+7reb+1ast, M.Dohmen 11+3reb+1ast, P.Wischnewski 8+3reb+1ast, J.Holmes 8+6reb+5ast, A.Starr 8+6reb+1ast
Bayer Giants: C.Robinson 17+4reb+3ast, T.Joenke 16+9reb+6ast, M.Rass 11, N.Welling 6+7reb, M.Goddek 6+2reb+1ast, L.Welling 4+2reb
gschID: 143627


Group South
Fraport SKY II - Gotha 75-80

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Fraport Skyliners II (2-9) lost to second ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (9-2) in Frankfurt 75-80 on Saturday. Fraport Skyliners II was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-15 charge of Oettinger Rockets Gotha, which allowed them to win the game. Fraport Skyliners II was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American forward Torvoris Baker (203-83, college: Detroit Mercy) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. point guard Konstantin Klein (185-91) contributed with 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Demetrius Jemison (203, college: Manhattan) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Larry Wright (187-87, college: Oakland) added 23 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) in the effort for Fraport Skyliners II. Four Fraport Skyliners II players scored in double figures. Fraport Skyliners II's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Oettinger Rockets Gotha. They keep a position of Group South leader, which they share with Noerdlingen. Loser Fraport Skyliners II dropped to the tenth place with nine games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will face BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Fraport Skyliners II will play against USC Leipzig.
Top scorers:
Gotha: K.Klein 23+2reb+4ast, T.Baker 16+12reb+5ast, M.Monk 16+7reb, D.Watson 9+3reb+2ast, T.Jarmusz 8+3reb, T.Unterluggauer 4+3reb
Fraport SKY II: L.Wright 23+5reb+1ast, D.Jemison 20+10reb+1ast, F.Franke 15+6reb, D.Barthel 12+3reb+1ast, F.Theilig 5+3reb+7ast, J.Novak 0+2reb
gschID: 143771


BSW Sixers - Licher Baeren 59-60

Important game to mention about took place in Sandersdorf. Seventh ranked Licher Baeren (6-5) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging leader BSW Sixers (8-3) 60-59 on Saturday evening. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 14-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Viktor Klassen (186-81) stepped up and scored 12 points and 5 assists for the winners and power forward Daniel Dorr (202-83) chipped in 7 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and guard Sascha Ahnsehl (186-86) scored 6 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Licher Baeren moved-up to sixth place in Group South, which they share with Langen. Newly promoted BSW Sixers dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with Leipzig. Licher Baeren will play against Giessen Pointers (#10) at home in the next round. BSW Sixers will play against TV 1862 Langen (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: V.Klassen 12+4reb+5ast, T.Bradshaw 11+5reb, B.Chappell 10+4ast, D.Dorr 7+8reb+2ast, N.Pederson 6+5reb+1ast, R.Christen 5+4reb
BSW Sixers: A.Fleetwood 23+11reb+1ast, M.Haut 10+1reb+3ast, S.Ahnsehl 8+3reb+5ast, F.Diestelhorst 7+7reb+1ast, S.Ahnsehl 6+5reb+5ast, P.Muensinger 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 143772


TSV Troester - Langen 86-81

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked TSV Troester (5-6) defeated higher ranked TV 1862 Langen (6-5) in Breitenguessbach 86-81 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-81. TV 1862 Langen was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for naturalized Croatian forward Ivan Pavic (201-81) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Stefan Dinkel (183-89, college: Dawson CC) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four TSV Troester players scored in double figures. TSV Troester's coach Jamie Duncan allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Marco Voeller (201-89) answered with 23 points and forward Sebastian Greene (203-84, college: Fordham) added 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for TV 1862 Langen. TSV Troester moved-up to eighth place in Group South, which they share with Hanau. Loser TV 1862 Langen dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. TSV Troester will face Hanau (#8) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: S.Dinkel 22+1ast, I.Pavic 20+7reb+3ast, P.Neumann 13+9reb, D.Schmidt 12+2reb+8ast, J.Dippold 8+4reb, T.Korndoerfer 4+4reb+2ast
Langen: M.Voeller 23+2reb+2ast, N.Drury 11+7reb+4ast, S.Greene 10+11reb+6ast, N.Butz 8+1reb, N.Anders 8+1reb, L.Fitzgerald 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 143773


BG Illertal - Noerdlingen 79-89

There was no surprise when bottom-ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (0-11) lost at home to second ranked Noerdlingen (9-2) 89-79 on Sunday. Noerdlingen made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Quite impressive performance for American guard Jason Jamerson (188-86, college: Grand Valley St.) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Fabian Brutting (189-88) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Michael Wenzl (209-91) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and forward Femi Oladipo (201-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for BG Illertal/Weissenhorn. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Noerdlingen. They used an opportunity after Gotha lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position in Group South. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn lost their eleventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Noerdlingen will face Dragons Rhoendorf (#5) on the road in the next round. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn will play against the league's leader Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#1) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Noerdlingen: F.Brutting 24+5reb+2ast, J.Jamerson 23+8reb+5ast, J.Eichler 18+5reb+1ast, K.Johnson 15+12reb+3ast, D.Rotim 7+5reb+1ast, D.Rastatter 2+3reb
BG Illertal: M.Wenzl 15+7reb+1ast, M.Mercer 14+4reb+1ast, H.Fuller 12+4reb+3ast, F.Oladipo 11+8reb+2ast, M.Simic 10+1reb, M.Soyer 8+4reb
gschID: 143774


Leipzig - Giessen 87-63

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked USC Leipzig (8-3) crushed at home 10th ranked Giessen Pointers (2-9) 87-63 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-63. USC Leipzig dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Giessen Pointers' 30. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Giessen Pointers' players. Quite impressive performance for forward Walter Simon (202-89, college: Cumberland) who helped to win the game recording 18 points. American forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four USC Leipzig players scored in double figures. American guard Derrick Stevens (180-80, college: Colorado St.) answered with 17 points and forward Felix Rotaru (200-79) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Giessen Pointers. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. USC Leipzig moved-up to third place in Group South, which they share with BSW Sixers. Giessen Pointers lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the tenth position with nine games lost. USC Leipzig will face Fraport Skyliners II (#11) in Frankfurt in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Giessen Pointers will play on the road against Licher Baeren.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: W.Simon 18+4reb+1ast, K.Kranz 16+2ast, M.Pratt 10+5reb+5ast, R.Frohlich 10+1reb, R.Schirmer 8+9reb, P.Holm 5+1reb+4ast
Giessen: D.Stevens 17+4reb+1ast, F.Rotaru 12+10reb, D.Sumner 10+2reb, Z.Pavlovic 8+2reb, D.Lockhart 5+2reb+3ast, S.Lockhart 4+1reb
gschID: 143775


Dragons - Hanau 71-64

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Hanau's (5-6) road loss to sixth ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (6-4) 64-71 on Tuesday. Hanau was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 26-12 charge of Dragons Rhoendorf, which allowed them to win the game. Quite impressive performance for Latvian power forward Edmunds Tukiss (200-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Nick Larsen (187-83) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Indian-American guard Anish Sharda (191-82, college: St.Mary's (KS)) answered with 13 points and 4 assists and forward Jens Hirschberg (200-88) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Hanau. Hanau's coach Hans Beth tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dragons Rhoendorf moved-up to fifth place in Group South. Newly promoted Hanau dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf will face league's second-placed Noerdlingen at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hanau will play against TSV Troester (#9) in Breitenguessbach and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dragons: N.Larsen 16+8reb+1ast, E.Tukiss 16+14reb+2ast, S.Turnbull 10+4reb+1ast, T.Eisenberger 8+1reb, E.Jones 8+3reb, M.Leschek 7+6reb+3ast
Hanau: A.Sharda 13+3reb+4ast, S.Koehnert 12+3reb+1ast, I.Ickert 10+5reb, J.Hirschberg 9+8reb, C.Miles 6+7reb+2ast, D.Michalczyk 5+1reb
gschID: 143776




1.Bundesliga Round 10: ratiopharm Ulm keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked ratiopharm Ulm as it allowed them to take a leadership position. ratiopharm Ulm defeated 13th ranked Phoenix Hagen at home 86-72. The game without a history. ratiopharm Ulm led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. ratiopharm Ulm outrebounded Phoenix Hagen 38-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. Center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) fired 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) chipped in 19 points. Guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) produced 22 points and 7 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ratiopharm Ulm have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Phoenix Hagen lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Walter Tigers. Phoenix Hagen will play next round against Deutsche Bank Skyliners trying to get back on the winning streak. ratiopharm Ulm will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked ALBA Berlin on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in Giessen. Thirteenth ranked LTi 46ers (4-6) saved a 3-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Brose Baskets (7-2) 68-65 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (211-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Koko Archibong contributed with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. LTi 46ers' coach Bjoern Harmsen allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Brian Roberts (188-85, agency: Interperformances) replied with 17 points for Brose Baskets. LTi 46ers moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with TBB Trier and Bayreuth. Defending champion Brose Baskets keep the second position with two games lost. They share it with ALBA. LTi 46ers will play against higher ranked Bayern Muenchen (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Brose Baskets will play against Artland Dragons (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Berlin. Third ranked ALBA Berlin faced their biggest opponent Brose Baskets. Host ALBA Berlin (7-2) defeated guests from Bamberg (7-2) 87-81. The game was also dominated by American players. DaShaun Wood scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Brian Roberts responded with 15 points. ALBA Berlin have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Brose Baskets. ALBA Berlin will meet at home league's leader ratiopharm Ulm in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Brose Baskets will play against Artland Dragons in Quakenbrueck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Muenchen was also worth to mention about. Third ranked ALBA Berlin (7-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Bayern Muenchen (6-4). ALBA Berlin managed to secure a 6-point victory 85-79. DaShaun Wood notched 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort. Bayern Muenchen's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. ALBA Berlin have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Brose Baskets. Newly promoted Bayern Muenchen dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. ALBA Berlin's next round opponent will be league's leader ratiopharm Ulm at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bayern Muenchen will play against LTi 46ers (#13) in Giessen.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Tuebingen, where higher ranked New Yorker Phantoms (5-5) were outleveled in a road game by seventeenth ranked Walter Tigers (3-7) 94-63 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of New Yorker Phantoms. American players dominated the game. Reggie Redding fired 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Walter Tigers moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Phoenix Hagen. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Walter Tigers will face higher ranked Telekom Baskets (#7) in Bonn in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Rest of the games of round 10 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
EnBW L'burg were defeated by s.Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg 67-58. Bottom-ranked Goettingen was smashed by EWE Baskets at home 70-95. TBB Trier won against Fraport SKY on the opponent's court 64-54. Art.Dragons outscored Bayreuth in a home game 94-74. Bremerhaven managed to beat Telekom Baskets on the road 68-61.
The best stats of 10th round was 30 points and 8 rebounds by Rickey Paulding of EWE Baskets.



s.Oliver Baskets - EnBW L'burg 67-58

There was no surprise in Wuerzburg where 12th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (3-6) was defeated by fifth ranked s Oliver Baskets (7-3) 67-58 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American point guard John Little (180-84, college: N.Iowa) fired 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The other American import guard Ben Jacobson (188-83, college: N.Iowa) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Johannes Lischka (203-87) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. s Oliver Baskets moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Art.Dragons. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with six games lost. s Oliver Baskets will face EWE Baskets (#9) in Oldenburg in the next round where they are favorite. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play at home against TBB Trier (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
EnBW L'burg: D.Zavackas 14+6reb, J.Lischka 10+6reb+1ast, A.Harris 10+2reb+1ast, K.Looby 8+6reb, D.McCray 6+2reb+3ast, M.Dorris 5+1reb+1ast
s.Oliver Baskets: J.Little 15+5reb+1ast, B.Jacobson 12+3reb+4ast, R.Harris 10+3reb, F.Chester 8+3reb+3ast, I.Elliott 6+7reb+1ast, C.Kramer 6+1reb+1ast
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B.Muenchen - ALBA 79-85

The game in Muenchen was also worth to mention about. Third ranked ALBA Berlin (7-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Bayern Muenchen (6-4). ALBA Berlin managed to secure a 6-point victory 85-79. Bayern Muenchen was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 46-36 second half run of ALBA Berlin. They made 26-of-30 charity shots (86.7 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Bayern Muenchen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) notched 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and the other American import forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) supported him with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 8 rebounds by American guard Je'Kel Foster (191-83, college: Ohio St.) did not help to save the game for Bayern Muenchen. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89) added 9 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Bayern Muenchen's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. ALBA Berlin have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Brose Baskets. Newly promoted Bayern Muenchen dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. ALBA Berlin's next round opponent will be league's leader ratiopharm Ulm at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bayern Muenchen will play against LTi 46ers (#13) in Giessen.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: C.Troutman 14+2reb, J.Foster 13+8reb+3ast, R.Benzing 9+7reb+1ast, J.Jagla 8+3reb+1ast, D.Greene 8+2ast, A.Nadjfeji 8+4reb+1ast
ALBA: D.Wood 27+6reb+5ast, H.Schaffartzik 14+3reb+2ast, B.Taylor 13+6reb+1ast, D.Allen 12+8reb, Y.Idbihi 6+2reb, K.Weaver 5+1reb+2ast
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LTi 46ers - Brose Baskets 68-65

Important game to mention about took place in Giessen. Thirteenth ranked LTi 46ers (4-6) saved a 3-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Brose Baskets (7-2) 68-65 on Sunday evening. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. LTi 46ers outrebounded Brose Baskets 37-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (211-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Nigerian-American forward Koko Archibong (202-81, college: Pennsylvania) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four LTi 46ers players scored in double figures. LTi 46ers' coach Bjoern Harmsen allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Brian Roberts (188-85, agency: Interperformances) replied with 17 points and his fellow American import power forward Marcus Slaughter (204-85, college: San Diego St.) added 14 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) in the effort for Brose Baskets. LTi 46ers moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with TBB Trier and Bayreuth. Defending champion Brose Baskets keep the second position with two games lost. They share it with ALBA. LTi 46ers will play against higher ranked Bayern Muenchen (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Brose Baskets will play against Artland Dragons (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: B.Roberts 17+4reb+1ast, M.Slaughter 14+7reb+1ast, C.Jacobsen 11+2reb+1ast, J.Jenkins 7+1reb+1ast, A.Gavel 7+3ast, A.Leon Tucker 5+2reb+2ast
LTi 46ers: B.Stewart 17+4reb, E.Ovcina 16+6reb+2ast, R.Pilcevic 10+3reb+1ast, K.Archibong 10+11reb+1ast, W.Bernard 5+2reb+2ast, R.Oehle 4+4reb
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Ratiopharm - Phoenix Hagen 86-72

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked ratiopharm Ulm as it allowed them to take a leadership position. ratiopharm Ulm defeated 13th ranked Phoenix Hagen at home 86-72. The game without a history. ratiopharm Ulm led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. ratiopharm Ulm outrebounded Phoenix Hagen 38-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. Center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) fired 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) chipped in 19 points. Four ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. Guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) produced 22 points and 7 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and guard Brandon Brooks (188-87, college: Alabama St., agency: Pro One Sports) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ratiopharm Ulm have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Phoenix Hagen lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Walter Tigers. Phoenix Hagen will play next round against Deutsche Bank Skyliners trying to get back on the winning streak. ratiopharm Ulm will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked ALBA Berlin on the road.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: M.Antonio Carter 22+4reb+7ast, B.Brooks 16+7reb+1ast, B.Kruel 14+6reb+4ast, T.Blackwood 8+1reb, Z.Jonusas 7+7reb+1ast, J.Hasquet 5+2reb
Ratiopharm: I.Swann 19+2reb+1ast, J.Bryant 14+8reb+1ast, R.Trice 13+6reb+2ast, D.Watts 11+8reb+2ast, P.Guenther 8+1reb+1ast, T.Mason-Griffin 7+1reb+7ast
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Walter Tigers - NY Phantoms 94-63

We should mention about the upset which took place in Tuebingen, where higher ranked New Yorker Phantoms (5-5) were outleveled in a road game by seventeenth ranked Walter Tigers (3-7) 94-63 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of New Yorker Phantoms. The game without a history. Walter Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Walter Tigers outrebounded New Yorker Phantoms 37-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. American players dominated the game. Guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) fired 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Joshua Young (185-88, college: Drake, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 22 points. Four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. Power forward Rich Melzer (203-79, college: Wisc.-RiverFal., agency: Court Side) produced 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and guard LaMarr Greer (196-76, college: Florida St.) added 13 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. Walter Tigers moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Phoenix Hagen. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Walter Tigers will face higher ranked Telekom Baskets (#7) in Bonn in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: R.Melzer 17+6reb+5ast, L.Greer 13+3reb+1ast, S.Dennis 8+2reb+3ast, K.Visser 8+3reb, N.Schneiders 5+2reb, B.Jorovic 5+5reb
Walter Tigers: J.Young 22+2reb+2ast, R.Redding 16+8reb+4ast, T.Nash 12+8reb+2ast, L.Campbell 11+1reb+3ast, R.Spoden 11+6reb+1ast, P.Cukinas 7+2ast
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Goettingen - EWE Baskets 70-95

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked EWE Baskets (5-4) smashed on the road bottom-ranked BG Goettingen (1-9) 95-70 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-70. EWE Baskets outrebounded BG Goettingen 38-25 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by BG Goettingen's players. American guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 30 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. The other American import guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: Cal.St.Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 assists. Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. American forward Sean Evans (203-88, college: St.John's) produced 17 points and Ghanian-American guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-88, college: N.Iowa) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. EWE Baskets moved-up to ninth place. BG Goettingen lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. EWE Baskets will face higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (#5) in Wuerzburg in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BG Goettingen will play on the road against BBC Bayreuth (#11).
Top scorers:
Goettingen: S.Evans 17+3reb+1ast, K.Ahelegbe 15+1reb+3ast, P.Noch 9+5reb, R.Sykes 9+5reb, M.Weber 8+2reb, K.Bailey 6+3reb+3ast
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 30+8reb+1ast, D.Bahiense de Mello 15+4reb+3ast, B.Brown 15+4reb+12ast, M.Majstorovic 10+8reb+1ast, A.Chubb 9+2reb+2ast, R.Burrell 8+7reb
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Fraport SKY - TBB Trier 54-64

Rather expected game in Frankfurt where 17th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (2-8) were defeated by fourteenth ranked TBB Trier (4-6) 64-54 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85) fired 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American point guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) chipped in 9 points and 5 assists. TBB Trier's coach Henrik Roedl used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Jimmy McKinney (192-83, college: Missouri, agency: Strategic Sports) produced 14 points and his fellow American import forward Jon Leuer (208-89, college: Wisconsin, agency: Priority Sports) added 14 points respectively for lost side. TBB Trier moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with LTi 46ers and Bayreuth. Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with eight games lost. TBB Trier will face EnBW Ludwigsburg (#14) on the road in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against Phoenix Hagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: J.Leuer 14+3reb, J.McKinney 14+4reb+2ast, J.Davidson 10+4reb, Q.Robertson 6+3reb+4ast, T.Ohlbrecht 4+5reb, J.Herber 3+4reb+1ast
TBB Trier: A.Seiferth 12+1reb, D.Joyce 9+3reb+5ast, N.Linhart 9+3reb+1ast, D.Dojcin 9+3reb+1ast, P.Zwiener 9+6reb+5ast, J.Bynum 8+5reb+1ast
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Art.Dragons - Bayreuth 94-74

Very predictable result in Quakenbrueck where fourth ranked Artland Dragons (7-3) outscored 11th ranked BBC Bayreuth (4-6) 94-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Artland Dragons. BBC Bayreuth was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Artland Dragons looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. BBC Bayreuth was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) fired 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. Nigerian-American forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Danny Gibson (180-84, college: S.Indiana, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 12 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Artland Dragons have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 7-3 record, which they share with s.Oliver Baskets. Loser BBC Bayreuth keeps the eleventh place with six games lost. Artland Dragons will face higher ranked Brose Baskets (#3) in Bamberg in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BBC Bayreuth will play at home against BG Goettingen (#18).
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: E.Ibekwe 17+6reb+1ast, S.Schmidt 13+1reb, D.Gibson 12+2reb+8ast, O.Jeanty 10, C.Stokes 9+2reb+1ast, B.Wyrick 5+2reb+1ast
Art.Dragons: A.King 19+5reb, A.Hess 15+4reb, D.Fenn 13+7reb+1ast, N.Peavy 12+5reb+7ast, G.Gruenheid 9+3reb+3ast, J.Strasser 9+5ast
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Telekom Baskets - Bremerhaven 61-68

There was a minor upset in Bonn where 6th ranked Telekom Baskets (6-4) were defeated by eighth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (6-4) 68-61 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven outrebounded Telekom Baskets 37-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. American guard Anthony Smith (196-86, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Christopher McNaughton (211-82, college: Bucknell, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 assists and his fellow American import forward Tony Gaffney (204-84, college: Massachusetts) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to sixth place, which they share with B.Muenchen and Telekom Baskets. Telekom Baskets lost third consecutive game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will face New Yorker Phantoms (#10) in Braunschweig in the next round.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: T.Gaffney 16+7reb+1ast, J.Jordan 13+3reb+12ast, C.Ensminger 13+8reb+1ast, S.Serapinas 11+4reb+2ast, Z.Buljan 6+1ast, A.Mangold 2+2reb+2ast
Bremerhaven: A.Smith 15+5reb+1ast, C.McNaughton 12+7reb+1ast, J.Cain 12+5reb, J.Brewer 8+5reb+3ast, T.Everett 8+2reb+2ast, Z.Peacock 5+4reb+1ast
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Group Rnd 2
ALBA - Brose Baskets 87-81

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Berlin. Third ranked ALBA Berlin faced their biggest opponent Brose Baskets. Host ALBA Berlin (7-2) defeated guests from Bamberg (7-2) 87-81. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 23-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. ALBA Berlin made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Brian Roberts (188-85, agency: Interperformances) responded with 15 points and power forward Marcus Slaughter (204-85, college: San Diego St.) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ALBA Berlin have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Brose Baskets. ALBA Berlin will meet at home league's leader ratiopharm Ulm in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Brose Baskets will play against Artland Dragons in Quakenbrueck and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: B.Roberts 15+4reb+3ast, J.Jenkins 11+1ast, A.Leon Tucker 11+4reb+1ast, T.Pleiss 10+2reb, C.Jacobsen 10+4reb+3ast, A.Gavel 10+3reb+3ast
ALBA: D.Allen 20+6reb, D.Wood 17+5reb+8ast, Y.Idbihi 12+7reb, H.Schaffartzik 11+1reb+1ast, K.Weaver 9+2reb, M.Simonovic 8+4reb+1ast
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John Bynum (TBB Trier) We Won't See Another Player Score 50 This Season Like Deron Williams, He Had A Great Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 33 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that will commence his second season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2. can Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the PRO A 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 with TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. He sat down with eurobasket before the game against the Fraport Skyliners November 27th.

How difficult was it to digest the hard 74-71 loss at home? What were the main reasons for only getting three points in the OT period?

It was tough losing that game because we felt like we let it get away from us especially going into the fourth quarter with a lead. As far as scoring three points in overtime it is one of those things that happens but there is no excuse for that.

TBB Trier is currently having a three game losing streak. Since you have been in Trier the team has never had more than a three game losing streak. What has been the main problem during this losing streak?

I think we are okay we just need to continue to play hard and good things will come to our team. We have been in all of the games we have lost excluding the art land game but we have to stay positive and know success is going to come ASAP.


What has been the main focus this week in practice concerning the next game against the Fraport Skyliners?

. We are just working on our stuff to improve and try and get ready for Frankfurt. They need a win like we do so it is going to be a competitive game.


How surprised have you been about the slow start of the Fraport Skyliners?

I am surprised and it is unfortunate that they have some key injuries early so far. They have a great team and don't let the slow start fool you, this is a great team in my opinion with loads of talent.

They are riding a 8 game losing streak and are in desparate need for a win as is TBB Trier. What kind of game can we await?

I think both teams are going to come out and play hard. Both teams know how important this game us.

EJ Gallup is heading back to the States to pursue coaching. How tough is it losing a guy like him?

It is tough losing E.J for sure. He is a great guy which gave his all for us and brought effort each time he was on the court. He was great in the locker room and got along with everyone, I wish him the best of luck and know he will do great back at home.

What will be key in departing Frankfurt with a win? I expect the score to be in the 60s.

I think we have to stay together and play for a full forty minutes not just for a half or three quarters. We have to put points on the board to cause defensively we will be alright.

How quickly will we see another player scoring 50 points in Europe again the way Deron Williams did against BG Goettingen in Eurochallenge play?

We won't see another player score 50 this season like Deron Williams, he had a great game

Thanks John for the chat.



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A1 Round 6: Kolossos lose the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, derby games, favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

There was a change at the A1 leadership position after last games. Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Kolossos (4-1). They were defeated by third ranked Olympiakos (5-1) 93-82 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kolossos. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiakos. Kolossos managed to win fourth quarter 29-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Olympiakos forced 20 Kolossos turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Kolossos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International forward Georgios Printezis (206-85, agency: FCM) scored 22 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Kalin Lucas (185-89, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympiakos keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Panionios. Kolossos at the other side dropped to the third place with one game lost. They share the position with Panathinaikos. They were replaced at the leadership position by Olympiakos. Kolossos will play next round against Kavala trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Olympiakos will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Aris in Thessaloniki.
Undefeated Panathinaikos (4-1) recorded its first loss on the court of sixth ranked Kavala. Visitors were defeated by Kavala 79-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Panathinaikos. American guard Michael Taylor (188-86, college: Iowa St., agency: Priority Sports) notched 22 points to lead the effort and Muhamed Pasalic supported him with 19 points. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) did not help to save the game for Panathinaikos. Panathinaikos' coach Zeljko Obradovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kavala (4-2) moved-up to fifth place. Defending champion Panathinaikos keeps the third position with one game lost. They share it with Kolossos. Kavala will play against higher ranked Kolossos (#3) in Rodou in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Panathinaikos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Ilysiakos.
Ikaros has finally registered their first victory this season after five consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat KAOD (1-5) 79-68 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Aron Baynes who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Kosta Charalampidis who recorded 26 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ikaros left bottom position moving up to eleventh place, which they share with defeated KAOD. Ikaros will meet league's second-placed Panionios in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. KAOD will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Marousi (0-6) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to fourth ranked Panionios (5-1) 69-67. It was a good game for Alex Stepheson who led his team to a victory with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Panionios' coach Giorgos Bartzokas used entire bench in such tough game. Panionios have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Olympiakos. Marousi at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Panionios' next round opponent will be Ikaros (#11) in Kalitheas and are hoping to win another game. Marousi will play on the road against AGOR in Rethymno and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Thessaloniki was also quite interesting. 7th ranked AGOR (2-3) played at the court of eighth ranked PAOK (3-3). PAOK managed to secure a 5-point victory 76-71 on Saturday. Giannis Kalambokis scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners. AGOR's coach Stergios Koufos tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. PAOK moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ilysiakos. Newly promoted AGOR dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. PAOK will face higher ranked Peristeri GS (#6) in Athens in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. AGOR will play at home against Marousi.

In the last game of round 6 Peristeri GS lost to Ilysiakos on the opponent's court 59-70.



Ikaros - KAOD 79-68

Ikaros has finally registered their first victory this season after five consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat KAOD (1-5) 79-68 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Ikaros made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Australian-New Zealand center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St.) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Fanis Koumpouras (185-83, agency: FCM) chipped in 14 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Kosta Charalampidis (189-76) who recorded 26 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Vassili Kitsoulis (204-83) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ikaros left bottom position moving up to eleventh place, which they share with defeated KAOD. Ikaros will meet league's second-placed Panionios in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. KAOD will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ikaros: A.Baynes 20+11reb+1ast, R.Johnson 18+2reb, F.Koumpouras 14+3reb+6ast, M.Ljubicic 8+6reb+2ast, V.Karaboulas 4+1reb, G.Tsiaras 4+4reb+3ast
KAOD: K.Charalampidis 26+4reb+3ast, V.Kitsoulis 15+7reb+1ast, I.Athineou 12+2ast, D.Ceranic 7+3reb, G.Michel 4+2reb, J.Sanders 2+2reb
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Kavala - Panathinaikos 79-70

Undefeated Panathinaikos (4-1) recorded its first loss on the court of sixth ranked Kavala. Visitors were defeated by Kavala 79-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Panathinaikos. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Panathinaikos won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kavala shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. American guard Michael Taylor (188-86, college: Iowa St., agency: Priority Sports) notched 22 points to lead the effort and Bosnian guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 19 points. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) did not help to save the game for Panathinaikos. International guard Nick Calathes (198-89, college: Florida) added 12 points. Panathinaikos' coach Zeljko Obradovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kavala (4-2) moved-up to fifth place. Defending champion Panathinaikos keeps the third position with one game lost. They share it with Kolossos. Kavala will play against higher ranked Kolossos (#3) in Rodou in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Panathinaikos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Ilysiakos.
Top scorers:
Kavala: M.Taylor 22+4reb+2ast, M.Pasalic 19+2reb+2ast, P.O'Bryant 10+7reb, N.Angelopoulos 8+3reb+1ast, S.Karapostolou 6+2ast, C.Stefanidis 5
Panathinaikos: S.Smith 17+9reb, N.Calathes 12+1reb+2ast, R.Sato 8+3reb+1ast, D.Logan 6+1reb, D.Diamantidis 6+1reb+2ast, I.Vougioukas 5+1reb
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Ilysiakos - Peristeri GS 70-59

There was an upset in Athens where higher ranked Peristeri GS (3-2) was defeated by ninth ranked Ilysiakos (3-3) 70-59 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Ilysiakos. Peristeri GS was better in third quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ilysiakos forced 22 Peristeri GS turnovers. Costa Rican center Hernold Gardener (205-82, college: Lon Morris JC) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Darryl Thompson (173-85, college: Appalachian St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 12 points, 5 assists and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Richard Roby (198-85) with 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Tryfonas Prekas (208-94) scored 9 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Ilysiakos moved-up to seventh place, which they share with PAOK. Loser Peristeri GS dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Ilysiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Panathinaikos.
Top scorers:
Ilysiakos: H.Gardener 20+11reb, N.Chatzis 13+3reb+1ast, D.Thompson 12+1reb+5ast, H.NaNa 9+6reb+2ast, G.Apostolidis 8+2reb, L.Kaselakis 6+1reb
Peristeri GS: R.Roby 16+7reb+1ast, E.Scott 10+4reb, T.Prekas 9+4reb+1ast, N.Papantoniou 7+2reb+3ast, A.Petroulas 6+3reb+3ast, H.Giannopoulos 6+6reb+1ast
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PAOK - AGOR 76-71

The game in Thessaloniki was also quite interesting. 7th ranked AGOR (2-3) played at the court of eighth ranked PAOK (3-3). PAOK managed to secure a 5-point victory 76-71 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 41-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The former international guard Giannis Kalambokis (195-78, agency: FCM) scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Marcus Goree (201-77, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four PAOK players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Dionte Christmas (196-86, college: Temple) with 20 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Zack Wright (188-85, college: Cent.Missouri) scored 21 points. AGOR's coach Stergios Koufos tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. PAOK moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ilysiakos. Newly promoted AGOR dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. PAOK will face higher ranked Peristeri GS (#6) in Athens in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. AGOR will play at home against Marousi.
Top scorers:
PAOK: G.Kalambokis 22+2reb+1ast, M.Giannakidis 16+3reb+2ast, M.Goree 14+5reb+3ast, D.Dikoudis 10+8reb+3ast, J.Giddens 8+10reb+1ast, D.Stiggers 6+3reb+3ast
AGOR: Z.Wright 21+4reb+1ast, D.Christmas 20+5reb+3ast, B.Petway 11+4reb, P.Dorkofikis 5+2reb+1ast, N.Katsares 5+2ast, T.Johnson 4+3reb+1ast
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Marousi - Panionios 67-69

Bottom-ranked Marousi (0-6) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their sixth consecutive match to fourth ranked Panionios (5-1) 69-67. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Marousi won fourth quarter 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panionios made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Marousi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Alex Stepheson (205-87, college: USC) who led his team to a victory with 10 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import point guard William Keys (188-77, college: N.Mexico St.) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Panionios' coach Giorgos Bartzokas used entire bench in such tough game. Guard Yannis Gagaloudis (192-78) replied with 18 points and 5 assists (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) and the former international forward Nestoras Kommatos (203-77) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Marousi. Panionios have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Olympiakos. Marousi at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Panionios' next round opponent will be Ikaros (#11) in Kalitheas and are hoping to win another game. Marousi will play on the road against AGOR in Rethymno and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Panionios: W.Keys 12+2reb+3ast, A.Stepheson 10+6reb+2ast, M.Batis 10+3reb+3ast, J.Diebler 8+1reb+1ast, S.Nadjfeji 7+4reb, V.Xanthopoulos 5+5ast
Marousi: Y.Gagaloudis 18+1reb+5ast, N.Kommatos 15+5reb+2ast, P.Nikolaidis 9+2reb+1ast, F.Elegar 9+5reb, D.Haritopoulos 7+8reb, L.Akepsemaidis 5
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Olympiakos - Kolossos 93-82

There was a change at the A1 leadership position after last games. Round 6 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Kolossos (4-1). They were defeated by third ranked Olympiakos (5-1) 93-82 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kolossos. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Olympiakos. Kolossos managed to win fourth quarter 29-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Olympiakos forced 20 Kolossos turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Kolossos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International forward Georgios Printezis (206-85, agency: FCM) scored 22 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Kalin Lucas (185-89, college: Michigan St.) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Olympiakos players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) with 18 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympiakos keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Panionios. Kolossos at the other side dropped to the third place with one game lost. They share the position with Panathinaikos. They were replaced at the leadership position by Olympiakos. Kolossos will play next round against Kavala trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Olympiakos will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Aris in Thessaloniki.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: G.Printezis 22+2reb+1ast, M.Gecevicius 17+2reb+1ast, K.Lucas 13+3reb+5ast, K.Hines 13+2reb+4ast, P.Antic 11+3reb, V.Spanoulis 7+2reb+5ast
Kolossos: S.Hopson 18+8reb+2ast, M.Hatten 16+5reb+1ast, K.Charissis 10+9reb+2ast, A.Tsamis 9+3reb+5ast, R.Boykin 9+3reb, N.Liakopoulos 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 152378




A2: Week 9 - 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


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


Amyntas Dafnis - 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




A1-Round 6: Super Surprise Kavala beat Panathinaikos 79-70 - by Chris Mammides
The greatest surprise the last years took place in Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas where Coach Priftis and his team beat the European champions in a game which just ended. Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas was much better in the over all game while Panathinaikos was very bad nearly in all statistics as the Greens lost ten free throws while teh 18% in the three pointers says a lot. Top performers for Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas were Michael Taylor (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) and Pasalic who were amazing from the parameter, while the big guys of Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas beat totally the Green centers as they dashed down 13 rebounds more than Panathinaikos.
At the end the Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas players more relaxed than ever succeeded a triumph if you consider the fact that the local team has nearly the 10% of the budget of the almighty Panathinaikos.


The game started with the home team showing from the early beggining its attention as the Greens couldn't get a deficit more than 6 points. It was obvious that Panathinaikos was very tired from its trip in Malaga and the game against Unicaja, while at the same time Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas's players were passionated and ready to make the 'damage' to the European champions. Having in mind that the home team was dominant from the beggining in the rebounding area with the Bulgarian Kostov being the man 'in the air'. Panathinaikos, in this first period had no real assistance from most of his key players who were in a bad shape.


The first period ended with 18-16 for the home team with Michael Taylor and Muhamed Pasalic (192-G-87) showing their moods from the begging and their bombarding skills. Panathinaikos couldn't react at all and that was obvious as the second period ended with 24-18 with the home team being amazing from the parameter while teh Greens being awfull in both edges of teh court. The half time ended with 42-34 with Kavala showing to the champs that the game would have been very tough for them and very difficult to get anything from the game unless they prove it in the court.

The 3rd period was the most crucial for Panathinaikos as the green players tried to cut the deficit as much as possible but their weak diffence and teh great shape of the players of the local team (especially from the parameter) couldn't let the Greens to do their game, plus the fact that Calathes, Logan and Jasikevicius were easily doing the false ball and the mistake while 3D was very tired and his shots were not as succesfull as in Malaga three days ago. The period ended with the Greens cuting the deficit only one points, 18-19 with the total score being 60-53.

The 4th and most crucial period, Kavala of Coach Priftis showed character and clear mind in compare with the bad picture of Panathinaikos and the no psychology in both offense and defence, Michael Taylor continue scoring from the parameter together with Pacalic while they found score from Karapostolou and Agelopoulos in some crucial parts. Kaimakoglou tried to change the momentum when 4 minutes before the end succeeded a goal-foul, but Pasalic was there to score a crucial three pointer while Calathes and Jasikevicius 'sold' the ball to their opponents in the next two offenses for Panathinaikos. The rest is history, Kavala beat the champs with 79-70 and the party in Kavala started (probably until tomorrow). It is worth mentioned the 4/20 three pointers by Panathinaikos in compare with the 12/23 of Kavala while in the rebounding area Kavala dashed down 36 rebounds while Panathinaikso only 25

Top scorers:

Kavala: Michael Taylor 22 points 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal, Pasalic 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists, O' Bryant 10 points and 7 rebounds, Kostov 4 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 assists!

Panathinaikos: Smith 17 with 3/7 three pointers, 9 rebounds and 3 turnovers, Calathes 12, Diamantidis 6 points with 0/4 three pointers and 3 turnovers



Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 5-1 
 2. Panionios 5-1 
 3. Kolossos 4-1 
 4. Panathinaikos 4-1 
 5. Kavala 4-2 
 6. Peristeri GS 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 


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Hargrove number one in Eredivisie for round 11 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Lucas Hargrove (198-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Nijmegen, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 19 rebounds, while his team crushed Weert (#7, 1-7) with 16-point margin 79-63. Nijmegen maintains the 3rd position in Dutch Eredivisie. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nijmegen will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. In the team's last game Hargrove had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Nijmegen's top player in his first season with the team. Former Auburn University star has very solid stats this year. Hargrove is in league's top in points (7th best: 14.6ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Nigerian Manny Adako (203-F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of Leeuwarden. Adako had a very good evening with 25 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Leeuwarden to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Rotterdam (#8, 1-9) 89-53. Leeuwarden's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Adako is well-known at Leeuwarden and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Leeuwarden's star - American forward Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side). Sanchez scored 9 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Leeuwarden, helping his team with a 89-53 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Rotterdam (#8, 1-9). The chances of Leeuwarden ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 5 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sanchez could help Leeuwarden to bring them higher in the standings. Sanchez has a great season in Holland. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.4rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yamene Coleman (206-C-86) of Weert - 14 points and 14 rebounds
5. Cameron Wells (185-G-88) of Zwolle - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) of Leiden - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Lance Jeter (190-G) of Leeuwarden - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Terry Sas (197-F-86) of Leiden - 21 points
9. Damon Huffman (187-G-85) of Zwolle - 22 points and 3 rebounds
10. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87) of Nijmegen - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 10-0 
 2. Amsterdam 9-2 
 3. Leiden 2 8-3 
 4. De Hoppers 7-3 
 5. Red Giants 6-3 
 6. Cangeroes 6-4 
 7. Hoofddorp 4-6 
 8. Punch 4-6 
 9. Goba 4-6 
 10. Akrides 3-6 
 11. Almonte 3-7 
 12. Rotterdam 2 3-7 
 13. De Groene 2-8 
 14. Jugglers 1-9 


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 7-3 
 2. Leiden 6-3 
 3. Nijmegen 6-3 
 4. Zwolle 6-3 
 5. Den Bosch 5-3 
 6. Leeuwarden 4-5 
 7. Weert 1-7 
 8. Rotterdam 1-9 


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A Division Round 8: Falco-Szova defeats Szolnok in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Falco-Szova (7-1) which hosted in Szombathely one of their biggest challengers Szolnok (6-2). First ranked Falco-Szova had an easy win 108-92. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Falco-Szova. Szolnok managed to win second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Falco-Szova dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Szolnok's 42 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Szolnok 31-18 including 21 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Falco-Szova especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 9 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) contributed with 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Bulgarian forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds for Szolnok. Falco-Szova have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record, which they share with Kormend and Albacomp. Szolnok at the other side dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Kecskemeti. Falco-Szova is looking forward to face Kecskemeti (#4) at home in the next round. Szolnok will play against ZTE KK in Zalaegerszeg and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked ZTE KK is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their eighth consecutive match to tenth ranked PVSK Pannon (3-5) 82-71. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 9 rebounds and Andrija Ciric who added 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American forward Chris Hines (203, college: Alabama, agency: Court Side) responded with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. PVSK Pannon moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending champion ZTE KK still closes the standings with eight games lost. PVSK Pannon will play against higher ranked Atomeromu (#6) in Paks in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. ZTE KK will play on the road against Szolnok (#5) in Szolnok and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game between fourth ranked Kormend (7-1) and 11th ranked Szedeak (2-6) in Kormend on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Kormend outscored guests from Szeged 104-76. The winners were led by Rashad Bell who scored that evening 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Kormend's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 21 points by Nebojsa Dukic did not help to save the game for Szedeak. Kormend keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Albacomp and Falco-Szova. Newly promoted Szedeak keeps the eleventh place with six games lost. They share the position with FS Debrecen and Jaszberenyi. Kormend will meet Soproni (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Szedeak will play against Jaszberenyi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 8: FS Debrecen beat Jaszberenyi on the road 100-94. Kecskemeti destroyed Soproni on its own court 80-59. Marso NYKK unfortunately lost to Atomeromu in Paks 71-86. Albacomp managed to beat Kaposvari at home 84-71.
The most impressive performance of 8th round was 46 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals by Justin Ingram of FS Debrecen.



Jaszberenyi - FS Debrecen 94-100

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when thirteenth ranked FS Debrecen (2-6) beat on the road 12th ranked Jaszberenyi (2-6) 100-94 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 27-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. FS Debrecen made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American point guard Justin Ingram (185-85, college: Toledo) who scored that evening 46 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and power forward Miklos Szabo (206-86, college: Hofstra) supported him with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Four FS Debrecen players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds by American center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) did not help to save the game for Jaszberenyi. His fellow American import guard Kejuan Johnson (193-85, college: Long Beach St., agency: TSS Management) added 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. FS Debrecen moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Jaszberenyi and Szedeak. Jaszberenyi lost third consecutive game. FS Debrecen will meet higher ranked Kaposvari (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Jaszberenyi will play against Szedeak in Szeged and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: J.Ingram 46+7reb+7ast, M.Szabo 11+10reb+2ast, G.Boros 11+1ast, G.Toth 10+1ast, C.Kaluha 5, I.Kovacs 5
Jaszberenyi: J.Jones 26+12reb+2ast, K.Johnson 26+6reb+7ast, J.Hodges 23+1reb+2ast, G.Fulop 6+4reb, Z.Wehner 3+1ast, M.Medve 3+3ast
gschID: 146666


ZTE KK - PVSK Pannon 71-82

Bottom-ranked ZTE KK is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their eighth consecutive match to tenth ranked PVSK Pannon (3-5) 82-71. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. PVSK Pannon made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game, while ZTE KK only scored three points from the stripe. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (199-80, agency: BeoExcell) who added 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American forward Chris Hines (203, college: Alabama, agency: Court Side) responded with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and international forward Gergely Toth (207-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. PVSK Pannon moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending champion ZTE KK still closes the standings with eight games lost. PVSK Pannon will play against higher ranked Atomeromu (#6) in Paks in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. ZTE KK will play on the road against Szolnok (#5) in Szolnok and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: J.Doyne 31+9reb+3ast, A.Ciric 18+6reb+1ast, J.Eilingsfeld 11+4reb, N.Toth 10+8reb, N.Vasojevic 6+3reb+2ast, A.Lepsenyi 4+2reb
ZTE KK: D.Gaspar 20+3reb, G.Toth 17+4reb+2ast, C.Hines 14+9reb+5ast, T.Whitworth 11+2ast, B.Perine 7+1ast, G.Kinter 2+4reb
gschID: 146667


Kecskemeti - Soproni 80-59

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Soproni (3-5) was smashed on the road by fifth ranked Kecskemeti (6-2) 80-59 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Kecskemeti. Soproni managed to win fourth quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kecskemeti shot 26 for 36 from the free-throw line, while Soproni only scored nine points from the stripe. Kecskemeti forced 21 Soproni turnovers. Strangely Soproni outrebounded Kecskemeti 42-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by Serbian guard Ivan Vukadinov (193-81) who scored that evening 14 points and 4 assists and the former international guard Krisztian Wittmann (185-85, agency: FCM) supported him with 13 points and 6 assists. Five Kecskemeti players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) by Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (207-83, college: Niagara) did not help to save the game for Soproni. Forward Gabor Gombas (197-85, agency: TSS Management) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Kecskemeti moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Szolnok. Loser Soproni dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Kecskemeti will meet league's leader Falco-Szova in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Soproni will play against Kormend (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kecskemeti: I.Vukadinov 14+3reb+4ast, K.Wittmann 13+1reb+6ast, G.Hegedus 12+2reb, G.Denes 11+6reb+1ast, M.Csorvasi 10+3reb+1ast, Z.Bencze 10+5reb+2ast
Soproni: B.Egemonye 16+9reb, G.Gombas 13+6reb, A.Molnar 10+3reb, R.Keresztes 8+5reb+1ast, J.Rubin 4+5reb, Z.Vesztergom 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 146661


Falco-Szova - Szolnok 108-92

An interesting game for Falco-Szova (7-1) which hosted in Szombathely one of their biggest challengers Szolnok (6-2). First ranked Falco-Szova had an easy win 108-92. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Falco-Szova. Szolnok managed to win second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Falco-Szova dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Szolnok's 42 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Szolnok 31-18 including 21 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Falco-Szova especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 9 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American guard Chad Timberlake (194-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) contributed with 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Bulgarian forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds and international guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) added 18 points, 5 assists and 5 steals in the effort for Szolnok. Five Falco-Szova and four Szolnok players scored in double figures. Falco-Szova have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record, which they share with Kormend and Albacomp. Szolnok at the other side dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Kecskemeti. Falco-Szova is looking forward to face Kecskemeti (#4) at home in the next round. Szolnok will play against ZTE KK in Zalaegerszeg and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: L.Kalman 29+1reb+9ast, C.Timberlake 24+8reb+3ast, L.Simon 13+1reb+1ast, Z.Szabo 12+12reb+1ast, D.Pantelic 12+4reb+1ast, B.Jancikin 10+2reb+3ast
Szolnok: H.Nikolov 23+6reb+3ast, O.Trotter 18+2reb+5ast, M.Fodor 13+1ast, Z.Trepak 12+2reb+1ast, P.Grebenar 8+1reb, J.Mills 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 146662


Atomeromu - Marso NYKK 86-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Atomeromu's (5-3) home victory over 7th ranked Marso NYKK (3-5) in Paks 86-71 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Atomeromu made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The winners were led by international swingman David Vojvoda (191-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who scored that evening 18 points and American center Donald Cole (204-81, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Edge Sports) supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Atomeromu players scored in double figures. Atomeromu's coach Peter Volgyi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 19 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists by Serbian guard Stefan Fekete (188-86, agency: Beo Basket) did not help to save the game for Marso NYKK. Serbian power forward Ivan Miskovic (203-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) added 20 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Atomeromu maintains sixth position with 5-3 record. Loser Marso NYKK keeps the seventh place with five games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Atomeromu will meet PVSK Pannon (#7) in the next round. Marso NYKK will play against the league's second-placed Albacomp in Szekesfehervar and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: D.Vojvoda 18+4reb+2ast, D.Cole 15+7reb+2ast, G.Koertelyesi 15+7reb+2ast, A.Toth 14+4reb+2ast, D.Wilson 8+3reb+4ast, F.Morgen 7+5reb
Marso NYKK: I.Miskovic 20+9reb+2ast, S.Fekete 19+7reb+8ast, L.R. 8+3reb+1ast, I.Pap 8+2reb, E.Sitku 7+4reb+1ast, M.Mohacsi 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 146663


Kormend - Szedeak 104-76

The game between fourth ranked Kormend (7-1) and 11th ranked Szedeak (2-6) in Kormend on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Kormend outscored guests from Szeged 104-76. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 104-76. Kormend dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Szedeak's 42. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The winners were led by American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) who scored that evening 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import power forward Darian Townes (208-84) supported him with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Kormend's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 21 points by Serbian power forward Nebojsa Dukic (206-85) did not help to save the game for Szedeak. Guard Gabor Drahos (185-79) added 17 points, 5 assists and 8 steals for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kormend keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Albacomp and Falco-Szova. Newly promoted Szedeak keeps the eleventh place with six games lost. They share the position with FS Debrecen and Jaszberenyi. Kormend will meet Soproni (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Szedeak will play against Jaszberenyi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kormend: R.Bell 21+9reb+6ast, D.Townes 16+9reb, D.Mladenovic 16+1reb+3ast, A.Rujak 15+3ast, I.Nemeth 9+1reb+4ast, C.Ferencz 7
Szedeak: N.Dukic 21+3reb+2ast, G.Drahos 17+4reb+5ast, M.Molnar 10+2reb, M.Vida 10+6reb+5ast, Z.Kiss 9+4reb, L.Csorvasi 5+3reb
gschID: 146664


Albacomp - Kaposvari 84-71

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Kaposvari (3-5) lost to second ranked Albacomp (7-1) in Szekesfehervar 71-84 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Albacomp. Kaposvari managed to win third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Albacomp dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Kaposvari's 38. The winners were led by American forward Wayne Chism (206-87, college: Tennessee) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds and the former international point guard Balazs Simon (188-80, agency: Court Side) supported him with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Five Albacomp players scored in double figures. Even 19 points, 5 assists and 4 steals by American guard Nik Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for Kaposvari. His fellow American import power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) added 18 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Kaposvari's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Albacomp have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Kormend and Falco-Szova. Loser Kaposvari dropped to the seventh place with five games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Albacomp will meet Marso NYKK (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kaposvari will play against FS Debrecen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: W.Chism 22+16reb, A.Keller 16+5reb+2ast, M.El Amin 14+6reb+2ast, D.Hollis 12+3reb, B.Simon 10+6reb+8ast, R.Hendlein 4+2reb+2ast
Kaposvari: N.Raivio 19+4reb+5ast, M.Fey 18+9reb, J.Lekli 8+7reb, J.Wilson 8+5reb+8ast, S.Kovacs 6+3reb+1ast, B.Szoke 6+3reb
gschID: 146665




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


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Standings
IBA Standings
Winter League
 1. Rockford RD 7-2 
 2. Kankakee S. 4-1 
 3. Gary Splash 4-2 
 4. Chicago R. 1-2 
 5. Battle Creek K. 1-3 
 6. Lake County S. 0-7 
Spring League
 1. Holland Blast 0-0 
 2. Lansing C. 0-0 
 3. Springfield S. 0-0 


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


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Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Galil Gilboa 5-2 
 2. Ironi Ashkelon 5-2 
 3. Maccabi T-A 4-1 
 4. B.C. Habikaa 4-2 
 5. Hapoel J-M 4-2 
 6. Hapoel Holon 4-3 
 7. Maccabi Haifa 3-3 
 8. Maccabi Rishon 3-3 
 9. Bnei Hasharon 1-5 
 10. Maccabi Ashdod 1-5 
 11. Elitzur Netanya 0-6 


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SerieA Round 8: Armani Milano loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 8 in SerieA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Caserta where host Pepsi Caserta (4-3) beat league's leader Armani Milano (5-2) 91-80 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Armani Milano. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 51-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Pepsi Caserta made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Armani Milano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import point guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola, MD) chipped in 15 points and 9 assists. International forward Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) produced 24 points for the guests. Armani Milano's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pepsi Caserta moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Armani Milano at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Montepaschi. Armani Milano will play next round against Vanoli-Braga trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Pepsi Caserta will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Lottomatica Roma on the road.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Bennet Cantu (5-3) against thirteenth ranked Lottomatica Roma (4-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Bennet Cantu was defeated by Lottomatica Roma in Roma 91-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bennet Cantu. American guard Clay Tucker (195-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Pro One Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 5 assists. Luigi Datome contributed with 17 points for the winners. Naturalized Uruguayan guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group) replied with 18 points and 5 assists for Bennet Cantu. Lottomatica Roma moved-up to twelfth place. Bennet Cantu at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Lottomatica Roma will play against higher ranked Pepsi Caserta (#10) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bennet Cantu will play against the league's leader Montepaschi Siena (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Bottom-ranked Novipiu CM managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time newly promoted Novipiu CM won against fifteenth-ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro in Casale 87-82. And what about a second win in a row after ...six consecutive loses. Worth to mention a great performance of David Chiotti who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Novipiu CM's coach Marco Crespi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Dejan Ivanov responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Novipiu CM (2-6) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Vanoli CR. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth position with six games lost. Novipiu CM will meet higher ranked Umana Venezia (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against Benetton Treviso (#13).
A very interesting game took place in Treviso. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 12th ranked Benetton Treviso (3-4) to eighth ranked Angelico Biella (5-3) 82-79 on Sunday evening. The winners were led by Jacob Pullen who scored that evening 19 points and 4 assists. Angelico Biella moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Benetton Treviso at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with four games lost. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be Air Avellino (#6) at home. Benetton Treviso will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#16).
We should mention about the upset which took place in Varese, where higher ranked Umana Venezia (4-3) lost to ninth ranked Cimberio Varese (5-3) in a road game 67-73 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Umana Venezia. The best player for the winners was Yakhouba Diawara who scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cimberio Varese moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Umana Venezia dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Cimberio Varese will have a break next round. Umana Venezia will play at home against Novipiu CM (#15) in Casale.

Rest of the games of round 8 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Sidigas AV defeated Scavolini PS in Avellino 82-72. Vanoli CR lost to defending champion Montepaschi at home 66-102. Banca Tercas lost to Banco di Sard. on the opponent's court 73-91.



Novipiu CM - Fabi Shoes 87-82

Bottom-ranked Novipiu CM managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time newly promoted Novipiu CM won against fifteenth-ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro in Casale 87-82. And what about a second win in a row after ...six consecutive loses. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-19. But Fabi Shoes Montegranaro won second period 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Novipiu CM made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Novipiu CM especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American power forward David Chiotti (206-84, college: N.Mexico, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Mustafa Shakur (190-84, college: Arizona) who added 17 points during the contest. Five Novipiu CM players scored in double figures. Novipiu CM's coach Marco Crespi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds and American-Swiss power forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Novipiu CM (2-6) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Vanoli CR. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth position with six games lost. Novipiu CM will meet higher ranked Umana Venezia (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against Benetton Treviso (#13).
Top scorers:
Novipiu CM: M.Shakur 17+4reb+2ast, D.Chiotti 16+10reb+1ast, G.Temple 14+2reb+1ast, S.Gentile 11+3reb, M.Janning 10+1reb+4ast, M.Malaventura 5+2reb+2ast
Fabi Shoes: D.Ivanov 25+9reb, G.Brunner 17+8reb+1ast, J.McNeal 12+1reb+2ast, F.Di Bella 9+2ast, I.Zoroski 8+2reb+8ast, C.Karl 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 150693


Lottomatica - Bennet Cantu 91-74

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Bennet Cantu (5-3) against thirteenth ranked Lottomatica Roma (4-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Bennet Cantu was defeated by Lottomatica Roma in Roma 91-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bennet Cantu. The game was mostly controlled by Lottomatica Roma. Bennet Cantu was better in fourth quarter 33-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lottomatica Roma forced 21 Bennet Cantu turnovers. American guard Clay Tucker (195-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Pro One Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 5 assists. International swingman Luigi Datome (202-87) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. Naturalized Uruguayan guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group) replied with 18 points and 5 assists and Georgian guard Manuchar Markoishvili (197-86) added 15 points in the effort for Bennet Cantu. Lottomatica Roma moved-up to twelfth place. Bennet Cantu at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Lottomatica Roma will play against higher ranked Pepsi Caserta (#10) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bennet Cantu will play against the league's leader Montepaschi Siena (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Lottomatica: C.Tucker 19+4reb+5ast, L.Datome 17+3reb+3ast, N.Dedovic 16+2reb+3ast, V.Dasic 15+6reb, M.Marco 9+4reb+4ast, U.Slokar 6+6reb+1ast
Bennet Cantu: N.Mazzarino 18+1reb+5ast, M.Markoishvili 15+2reb+2ast, B.Ortner 10+1reb, A.Cinciarini 10+2reb+2ast, M.Leunen 6+4reb+2ast, D.Lighty 6+4reb
gschID: 150689


Scavolini PS - Sidigas AV 72-82

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 6th ranked Scavolini Pesaro (4-3) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Air Avellino (5-3) 82-72 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Air Avellino. Scavolini Pesaro was better in third quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Air Avellino made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import forward Linton Johnson (203-80, college: Tulane, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American guard James White (198-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) produced 10 points and 7 assists and the former international guard Daniel Hackett (197-87, college: USC) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Air Avellino moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Scavolini Pesaro dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Air Avellino will face Angelico Biella (#4) on the road in the next round. Scavolini Pesaro will play against Banca Tercas in Teramo.
Top scorers:
Sidigas AV: R.Slay 24+6reb+1ast, L.Johnson 18+7reb, V.Spinelli 15+2reb+2ast, T.Dean 10+6reb+1ast, M.Green 9+6reb+2ast, J.Golemac 6+5reb+2ast
Scavolini PS: D.Cavaliero 15+2reb+1ast, D.Hackett 11+5reb+3ast, J.White 10+4reb+7ast, T.Lydeka 10+8reb, J.Jones 9+8reb+1ast, R.Hickman 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 150690


Pepsi Caserta - Armani MI 91-80

Round 8 in SerieA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Caserta where host Pepsi Caserta (4-3) beat league's leader Armani Milano (5-2) 91-80 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Armani Milano. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 51-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Pepsi Caserta made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Armani Milano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import point guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola, MD) chipped in 15 points and 9 assists. Four Pepsi Caserta players scored in double figures. International forward Stefano Mancinelli (203-83) produced 24 points and international swingman Danilo Gallinari (205-88, agency: Players Group) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Armani Milano's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pepsi Caserta moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Armani Milano at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Montepaschi. Armani Milano will play next round against Vanoli-Braga trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Pepsi Caserta will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Lottomatica Roma on the road.
Top scorers:
Pepsi Caserta: A.Smith 32+13reb, A.Collins 15+4reb+9ast, O.Efejuku 14+2reb+1ast, A.Righetti 13+1reb+1ast, M.Tusek 7+3reb, A.Doornekamp 5+3reb
Armani MI: S.Mancinelli 24+4reb, D.Gallinari 16+5reb+1ast, D.Nicholas 15+1reb+1ast, I.Bourousis 6+8reb+2ast, J.Viggiano 5, O.Cook 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 150691


Vanoli CR - Montepaschi 66-102

No shocking result in a game in Cremona where third ranked Montepaschi Siena (6-2) smashed 14th ranked Vanoli-Braga (2-6) 102-66 on Sunday. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Montepaschi Siena forced 27 Vanoli-Braga turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was Australian center David Andersen (212-80) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. American forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 11 points. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Von Wafer (196-85, college: Florida St., agency: VVG Sports) produced 12 points and 4 assists and Belgian point guard Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-85) added 10 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Loser Vanoli-Braga keeps the fourteenth place with six games lost. Montepaschi Siena will face Bennet Cantu (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Vanoli-Braga will play against the league's second-placed Armani Milano (#2).
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: D.Andersen 19+10reb+3ast, B.McCalebb 13+2reb, P.Aradori 12+2reb+1ast, R.Kaukenas 11+1reb, D.Moss 11+3reb+3ast, S.Stonerook 9+2reb+1ast
Vanoli CR: D.Cinciarini 12+1reb+1ast, V.Wafer 12+2reb+4ast, B.Tabu-Eboma 10+1reb+4ast, J.Perkovic 10+3reb+1ast, M.Milic 9+2reb+1ast, M.Kakiouzis 7+8reb
gschID: 150692


Benetton TV - Angelico BI 79-82

A very interesting game took place in Treviso. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 12th ranked Benetton Treviso (3-4) to eighth ranked Angelico Biella (5-3) 82-79 on Sunday evening. Benetton Treviso cut a 14-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Angelico Biella forced 19 Benetton Treviso turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Benetton Treviso helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American point guard Jacob Pullen (182-89, college: Kansas St.) who scored that evening 19 points and 4 assists and Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Even 19 points and 8 rebounds by swingman Alessandro Gentile (197-92) did not help to save the game for Benetton Treviso. American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut, agency: Priority Sports) added 18 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Four Benetton Treviso players scored in double figures. Angelico Biella moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Benetton Treviso at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with four games lost. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be Air Avellino (#6) at home. Benetton Treviso will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#16).
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: J.Pullen 19+4reb+4ast, T.Dragicevic 14+7reb+1ast, M.Chessa 12+1reb, M.Soragna 12+3reb, A.Coleman 11+3reb, A.Miralles 7+9reb
Benetton TV: A.Gentile 19+8reb+3ast, J.Adrien 18+9reb+2ast, S.Becirovic 16+1ast, B.Scalabrine 11+4reb+2ast, E.Moore 8+1reb, G.Mekel 7+1reb
gschID: 150686


Banco di Sard. - Banca Tercas 91-73

Very expected game in Sassari where 16th ranked Banca Tercas (1-7) were defeated by tenth ranked Banco di Sard. (4-3) 91-73 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Banco di Sard.. Banca Tercas was better in fourth quarter 25-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Banco di Sard. shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (200-84, college: Fresno St.) who scored 15 points and 4 assists. American center Steve Hunter (212-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 16 points. Banco di Sard.'s coach Romeo Sacchetti allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Montenegrin forward Milos Borisov (201-85) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Four Banca Tercas players scored in double figures. Banco di Sard. moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Banca Tercas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with seven games lost. Banco di Sard. will face CS Bologna (#9) on the road in the next round. Banca Tercas will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#11).
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: S.Hunter 16+4reb+1ast, Q.Hosley 15+2reb+4ast, M.Vanuzzo 14+1reb+1ast, D.Diener 12+2reb+1ast, T.Diener 8+3reb+6ast, V.Plisnic 6+9reb+4ast
Banca Tercas: M.Borisov 16+6reb+2ast, D.Brown 12+5reb+4ast, B.Cerella 12+2reb, B.Brown 11+2reb, Y.Green 9+2reb+2ast, V.Amoroso 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 150687


Cimberio VA - Umana Venezia 73-67

We should mention about the upset which took place in Varese, where higher ranked Umana Venezia (4-3) lost to ninth ranked Cimberio Varese (5-3) in a road game 67-73 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Umana Venezia. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-19. But Umana Venezia won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Cimberio Varese won last quarter 19-15. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Cimberio Varese forced 20 Umana Venezia turnovers. Umana Venezia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) who scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Justin Hurtt (194-88, college: Tulsa) chipped in 18 points. American point guard Alvin Young (189-75, college: Niagara) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) added 9 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cimberio Varese moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Umana Venezia dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Cimberio Varese will have a break next round. Umana Venezia will play at home against Novipiu CM (#15) in Casale.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: J.Hurtt 18+3reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 14+3reb+4ast, Y.Diawara 13+8reb+4ast, T.Rannikko 8+3reb+1ast, K.Kangur 8+8reb+1ast, L.Garri 7+6reb
Umana Venezia: A.Young 20+5reb, K.Clark 13+1ast, T.Bowers 10+4reb, S.Szewczyk 9+4reb+1ast, T.Slay 5+8reb+1ast, T.Fantoni 4+5reb
gschID: 150688




Lega2 Round 9: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

Lega2 round 9 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Tuscany Pistoia (6-3) against third ranked Trenkwalder RE (6-2) 91-43 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Trenkwalder RE led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Tuscany Pistoia's 24. Trenkwalder RE forced 21 Tuscany Pistoia turnovers and outrebounded them 38-19 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds. The former international forward Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Dwight Hardy (188, college: St.John's) answered with 13 points for Tuscany Pistoia. Trenkwalder RE moved-up to second place, which they share with Centrale Latte. Tuscany Pistoia at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Enel Brindisi. Tuscany Pistoia will play next round against Tezenis Verona trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Trenkwalder RE will try to continue on its current victory against fifteenth ranked S.Antimo in Sant'Antimo.
S.Antimo's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after seven consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Biancoblu BO (3-5) 86-70. American guard David Teague (196-83, college: Purdue) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Folarin Campbell chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American guard Tre Kelley (182-85, college: S.Carolina) with 15 points. Newly promoted S.Antimo maintains fifteenth place with 1-7 record. Biancoblu BO at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eleventh position with five games lost. They share it with MarcoPoloShop and Tezenis Verona. S.Antimo will play against league's second-placed Trenkwalder RE in Reggio Emilia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Biancoblu BO will play at home against Aget Imola (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Lega2 top team - Enel Brindisi (7-2) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat sixth ranked Morpho Basket (4-4) in Piacenza 71-63. Dejan Borovnjak nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winning side. Dwayne Anderson came up with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Morpho Basket in the defeat. Enel Brindisi have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-2 record. Newly promoted Morpho Basket keeps the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Aget Imola and Fileni BPA. Enel Brindisi will meet at home Centrale Latte (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Morpho Basket will play against Sigma Barcellona and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Brescia. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 12th ranked Prima Veroli (3-6) to fourth ranked Centrale Latte (6-2) 88-87 on Sunday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The best player for the winners was Franko Bushati who scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Centrale Latte's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Centrale Latte moved-up to second place, which they share with Trenkwalder. Prima Veroli at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with six games lost. Centrale Latte's next round opponent will be league's leader Enel Brindisi on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Prima Veroli will play against Givova Scafati (#5).
Important game to mention about took place in Ostuni. Fourteenth ranked Assi Ostuni (4-5) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Givova Scafati (5-4) 75-74 on Sunday evening. It was a good game for Jaka Klobucar who saved his team from a defeat with 25 points. Assi Ostuni moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Sigma Barcel. Loser Givova Scafati keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Assi Ostuni will have a break next round. Givova Scafati will play at home against Prima Veroli (#14).

In the last two games of round 9 Sigma Barcel. was beaten by Fileni BPA on the road 82-73. Aget Imola won against MarcoPoloShop on its own court 77-72.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 29 points and 5 rebounds by Davide Bruttini of Aget Imola.



Morpho Basket - Enel Brindisi 63-71

Lega2 top team - Enel Brindisi (7-2) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat sixth ranked Morpho Basket (4-4) in Piacenza 71-63. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Enel Brindisi made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Serbian forward Dejan Borovnjak (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winning side and naturalized Albanian swingman Klaudio Ndoja (198-85) accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds. Five Enel Brindisi players scored in double figures. American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) came up with 22 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Morpho Basket in the defeat. Enel Brindisi have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-2 record. Newly promoted Morpho Basket keeps the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Aget Imola and Fileni BPA. Enel Brindisi will meet at home Centrale Latte (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Morpho Basket will play against Sigma Barcellona and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: D.Borovnjak 14+11reb, J.Hunter 13+2reb+4ast, A.Renfroe 13+5reb+1ast, C.Callahan 13+2reb+2ast, K.Ndoja 12+7reb+1ast, M.Poletti 2+1ast
Morpho Basket: D.Anderson 22+8reb+1ast, C.Cotis Harrison 12+5reb+1ast, M.Passera 11+1reb+2ast, R.Amoroso 8+7reb+1ast, A.Voskuil 5+4reb, A.Casella 3+2reb
gschID: 135508


S.Antimo - Biancoblu BO 86-70

S.Antimo's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after seven consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Biancoblu BO (3-5) 86-70. The game was mostly controlled by S.Antimo. Biancoblu BO was better in second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Biancoblu BO 40-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. Biancoblu BO was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard David Teague (196-83, college: Purdue) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Folarin Campbell (193-86, college: George Mason) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five S.Antimo players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Tre Kelley (182-85, college: S.Carolina) with 15 points and Croatian guard Zoran Vrkic (200-87) scored 14 points. Newly promoted S.Antimo maintains fifteenth place with 1-7 record. Biancoblu BO at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eleventh position with five games lost. They share it with MarcoPoloShop and Tezenis Verona. S.Antimo will play against league's second-placed Trenkwalder RE in Reggio Emilia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Biancoblu BO will play at home against Aget Imola (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
S.Antimo: R.Moraschini 19+4reb+3ast, D.Teague 18+12reb, F.Campbell 17+5reb+4ast, A.Cittadini 17+9reb, N.George 13+7reb+2ast, C.Cantone 2+1ast
Biancoblu BO: T.Kelley 15+3reb+2ast, Z.Vrkic 14+4reb+1ast, E.Dimsa 11+3reb+1ast, A.Pecile 9+2reb+1ast, M.Canavesi 9+4reb+1ast, B.Blizzard 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 135509


Fileni BPA - Sigma Barcel. 82-73

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Fileni BPA (4-4) beat higher ranked Sigma Barcellona (4-5) in Jesi 82-73 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-18. But Sigma Barcellona won second period 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Fileni BPA won last quarter 23-16. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Jeff Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Panamanian swingman Michael Hicks (193-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sigma Barcellona. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sigma Barcellona's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fileni BPA moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Aget Imola and Morpho Basket. Loser Sigma Barcellona dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Fileni BPA will face MarcoPoloShop.it (#12) in Forli in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sigma Barcellona will play at home against Morpho Basket in Piacenza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fileni BPA: M.Maggioli 21+11reb+2ast, R.McConnell 19+1reb+2ast, R.Hoover 18+3reb+2ast, J.Brooks 13+12reb, M.Santiangeli 8+7reb, D.Dolic 3+1reb
Sigma Barcel.: M.Hicks 17+7reb, M.Da Ros 16+3reb+1ast, M.Lukauskis 13+5reb, M.Green 12+6reb+2ast, L.Dordei 4+5reb, A.Piazza 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 135502


Aget Imola - MarcoPoloShop 77-72

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Aget Imola and 9th ranked MarcoPoloShop.it had identical 3-4 record. This time Aget Imola used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Forli 77-72 on Sunday night. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-12. But MarcoPoloShop.it won second period 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aget Imola made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 MarcoPoloShop.it turnovers. Strangely MarcoPoloShop.it outrebounded Aget Imola 35-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for the former international forward Davide Bruttini (203-87) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) contributed with 13 points and 9 assists for the winners. American guard Austin Freeman (190-89, college: Georgetown) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds and Finnish swingman Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for MarcoPoloShop.it. Aget Imola (4-4) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Fileni BPA and Morpho Basket. Loser MarcoPoloShop.it dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. Aget Imola will face Biancoblu BO (#11) in Bologna in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. MarcoPoloShop.it will play at home against Fileni BPA in Jesi.
Top scorers:
Aget Imola: D.Bruttini 29+5reb+1ast, T.Whiting 13+1reb+9ast, T.Kotti 10+3reb+2ast, D.Cournooh 9+2reb+1ast, E.Daniels 7+4reb+1ast, P.Prato 5+3reb+1ast
MarcoPoloShop: A.Freeman 22+7reb+2ast, S.Borsato 13+5reb+1ast, S.Huff 13+8reb+1ast, T.Easley 8+7reb, J.Trapani 6+1reb, R.Casoli 5+7reb
gschID: 135503


Trenkwalder - Giorgio Tesi PT 91-43

Lega2 round 9 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Tuscany Pistoia (6-3) against third ranked Trenkwalder RE (6-2) 91-43 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Trenkwalder RE led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Tuscany Pistoia's 24. Trenkwalder RE forced 21 Tuscany Pistoia turnovers and outrebounded them 38-19 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds. The former international forward Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Trenkwalder RE players scored in double figures. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Dwight Hardy (188, college: St.John's) answered with 13 points and naturalized American guard Donte Mathis (190-77, college: Texas St.) added 9 points in the effort for Tuscany Pistoia. Trenkwalder RE moved-up to second place, which they share with Centrale Latte. Tuscany Pistoia at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Enel Brindisi. Tuscany Pistoia will play next round against Tezenis Verona trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Trenkwalder RE will try to continue on its current victory against fifteenth ranked S.Antimo in Sant'Antimo.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: D.Robinson 18+9reb+2ast, D.Taylor 14+4reb+2ast, R.Valenti 14+7reb, D.Filloy 14+4reb+1ast, R.Chiacig 8+4reb, G.Pini 7+2reb
Giorgio Tesi PT: D.Hardy 13, D.Mathis 9+4reb, B.Jones 5, G.Gurini 5+2reb, G.Galanda 5+4reb+1ast, G.Yango 4+4reb
gschID: 135504


Centrale Latte - Prima Veroli 88-87

A very interesting game took place in Brescia. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 12th ranked Prima Veroli (3-6) to fourth ranked Centrale Latte (6-2) 88-87 on Sunday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Prima Veroli was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 26-17 charge of Centrale Latte, which allowed them to win the game. They made 26-of-31 charity shots (83.9 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Prima Veroli helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was naturalized Albanian guard Franko Bushati (188-85) who scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Leemire Goldwire (180-85, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Centrale Latte players scored in double figures. Centrale Latte's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Jason Rowe (178-78, college: Loyola, MD) added 21 points, 7 assists and 4 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively. Centrale Latte moved-up to second place, which they share with Trenkwalder. Prima Veroli at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with six games lost. Centrale Latte's next round opponent will be league's leader Enel Brindisi on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Prima Veroli will play against Givova Scafati (#5).
Top scorers:
Centrale Latte: R.Thompson 18+2reb+2ast, L.Goldwire 17+5reb+4ast, F.Bushati 17+5reb+5ast, M.Jose Ghersetti 17+5reb+1ast, M.Rezzano 9+2reb, L.Gergati 7+2reb
Prima Veroli: J.Rowe 21+1reb+7ast, G.Lee 21+10reb+1ast, J.Jackson 15+7reb+1ast, I.Gatto 8+3reb, R.Rullo 8+3reb+4ast, C.Tommasini 6+1ast
gschID: 135505


Assi Ostuni - Givova Scafati 75-74

Important game to mention about took place in Ostuni. Fourteenth ranked Assi Ostuni (4-5) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Givova Scafati (5-4) 75-74 on Sunday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Givova Scafati was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Slovenian guard Jaka Klobucar (198-87) who saved his team from a defeat with 25 points. American guard Aaron Johnson (172-88, college: UAB) contributed with 9 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) answered with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward James Thomas (203-80, college: Texas) added 17 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Givova Scafati. Assi Ostuni moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Sigma Barcel. Loser Givova Scafati keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Assi Ostuni will have a break next round. Givova Scafati will play at home against Prima Veroli (#14).
Top scorers:
Assi Ostuni: J.Klobucar 25+2reb+1ast, M.Jurevicus 17+1ast, A.Johnson 9+4reb+6ast, M.Rossetti 6+5reb, F.Basei 6+5reb, T.Rinaldi 4+2reb
Givova Scafati: P.Marigney 22+5reb+4ast, J.Thomas 17+10reb, M.Casini 10+5reb, N.Radulovic 9+4reb+2ast, M.Levin 8+2reb+3ast, O.Gueye 3
gschID: 135507




Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 6-2 
 2. Armani MI 5-2 
 3. Bennet Cantu 5-3 
 4. Angelico BI 5-3 
 5. Cimberio VA 5-3 
 6. Sidigas AV 5-3 
 7. Umana Venezia 4-3 
 8. Banco di Sard. 4-3 
 9. CS Bologna 4-3 
 10. Pepsi Caserta 4-3 
 11. Scavolini PS 4-3 
 12. Lottomatica 4-4 
 13. Benetton TV 3-4 
 14. Vanoli CR 2-6 
 15. Novipiu CM 2-6 
 16. Fabi Shoes 1-6 
 17. Banca Tercas 1-7 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Enel Brindisi 7-2 
 2. Trenkwalder 6-2 
 3. Centrale Latte 6-2 
 4. Giorgio Tesi PT 6-3 
 5. Givova Scafati 5-4 
 6. Fileni BPA 4-4 
 7. Aget Imola 4-4 
 8. Morpho Basket 4-4 
 9. Sigma Barcel. 4-5 
 10. Assi Ostuni 4-5 
 11. Biancoblu BO 3-5 
 12. MarcoPoloShop 3-5 
 13. Tezenis Verona 3-5 
 14. Prima Veroli 3-6 
 15. S.Antimo 1-7 


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BJ League Round 15: #1 Osaka Evessa is defeated by Miyazaki Shining Suns - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Osaka Evessa (11-2) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (5-8) 70-68. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 39-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) helped adding 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Miyazaki Shining Suns have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 5-8 record, which they share with Toyama Grouses. Osaka Evessa at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Miyazaki Shining Suns will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Osaka Evessa will play again at home against Miyazaki Shining Suns and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of first ranked Akita Happinets (10-3) against fourth ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (8-5) on Saturday night. Host Akita Happinets were defeated by Hamamatsu Phoenix in a tough game in Akita 92-99. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Akita Happinets. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) who led the winners and scored 22 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Wayne Arnold accounted for 21 points and 5 rebounds. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for Akita Happinets in the defeat. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams. Akita Happinets at the other side still keep top position with three games lost. They share it with Okinawa GK. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Akita Happinets will play again at home against the league's second-placed Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Sendai 89ers (8-5) against fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (8-5) on Saturday night. Host Sendai 89ers were defeated by Fukuoka Rizing in Sendai 84-74. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was Gary Hamilton who scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Johnny Dukes who recorded 23 points. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Sendai 89ers. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sendai 89ers will play again against Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Takamatsu FA (0-13) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 13th consecutive match to third ranked Shiga L-Stars (8-5) 95-78. It was a good game for Ray Nixon who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Shiga L-Stars' coach Al Westover used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shiga L-Stars moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams. Takamatsu FA at the other side still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Shiga L-Stars' next round opponent will be again Takamatsu FA (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game.
The game in Toyama was also quite interesting. Third ranked Chiba Jets (8-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (5-8). Chiba Jets defeated Toyama Grouses 89-79 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Jamel Staten who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Chiba Jets' coach Eric Gardow used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Chiba Jets moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Toyama Grouses dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round. Toyama Grouses will play again at home against Chiba Jets (#3).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15: Oita H.Devils was destroyed by Okinawa GK on the opponent's court 103-51. Niigata Albirex managed to outperform Iwate Big Bulls in a home game 88-75. Shimane SM were rolled over Kyoto Hannar. on the road 90-69.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists by Rick Rickert of Kyoto Hannar..



Osaka Evessa - Miyazaki SS 68-70

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Osaka Evessa (11-2) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (5-8) 70-68. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 39-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) helped adding 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) with 22 points and 8 rebounds and forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Miyazaki Shining Suns have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 5-8 record, which they share with Toyama Grouses. Osaka Evessa at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Miyazaki Shining Suns will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Osaka Evessa will play again at home against Miyazaki Shining Suns and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: D.Dora 16+14reb+1ast, D.Lyons 14+7reb+7ast, T.Ito 10+2reb, T.Shimizu 8+3reb+7ast, I.Harris 7+5reb+1ast, L.Witcher 6+4reb+1ast
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 22+8reb+1ast, W.Marshall 12+7reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 10+13reb+2ast, C.Aoki 9+2reb+3ast, S.Takeda 6+3reb+3ast, S.Konno 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 141966


Okinawa GK - Oita H.Devils 103-51

Very expected game when 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (3-10) were crushed on the road by second ranked Okinawa GK (10-3) 103-51 on Saturday. The game without a history. Okinawa GK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Okinawa GK forced 19 Oita Heat Devils turnovers and outrebounded them 38-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Okinawa GK looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Oita Heat Devils' players. It was a great evening for Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: VVG Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Narito Namizato (175-89) helped adding 15 points and 7 assists. Five Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) with 17 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Okinawa GK used an opportunity after Akita NH lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Oita Heat Devils lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with ten games lost. Okinawa GK will face again Oita Heat Devils (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: R.Okosa 20+11reb+2ast, D.Palmer 15+1reb, N.Namizato 15+2reb+7ast, N.Kosuge 11+1reb+3ast, A.McHenry 10+4reb+2ast, D.Larkai 10+7reb+1ast
Oita H.Devils: T.Cummings 17+9reb, W.White 15+6reb+1ast, M.Lottich 8+3reb+1ast, N.Takushi 6+1reb+1ast, K.Mitomo 2+1reb+1ast, D.Hayakawa 2+2reb
gschID: 141967


Niigata Albirex - Iwate Big Bulls 88-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Niigata Albirex's (5-6) home victory over 10th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (1-12) 88-75 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 29-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Niigata Albirex outrebounded Iwate Big Bulls 45-31 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for forward Erron Maxey (198-78, college: Providence) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) helped adding 11 points and 15 rebounds. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 20 points and 6 rebounds and power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Niigata Albirex and four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex moved-up to sixth place. Iwate Big Bulls lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Niigata Albirex will face again Iwate Big Bulls (#10) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: D.Gordon 18+5reb, E.Maxey 16+11reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 15+4reb, N.Murry 15+6reb+3ast, C.Holm 11+15reb+1ast, S.Komatsu 10+2reb+1ast
Iwate Big Bulls: T.Kennedy 20+6reb, L.Malloy 14+6reb+1ast, S.Coleman 12+7reb+1ast, M.Sawaguchi 10+4reb, A.Nogami 8+1reb, Y.Yamamoto 7+3reb+6ast
gschID: 141962


Toyama Grouses - Chiba Jets 79-89

The game in Toyama was also quite interesting. Third ranked Chiba Jets (8-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (5-8). Chiba Jets defeated Toyama Grouses 89-79 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 52-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Toyama Grouses were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) helped adding 29 points and 5 rebounds. Chiba Jets' coach Eric Gardow used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Devin Searcy (208-89, college: Dayton, agency: Pro One Sports) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Masashi Joho (183-82) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Chiba Jets moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Toyama Grouses dropped to the seventh position with eight games lost. Chiba Jets will have a break next round. Toyama Grouses will play again at home against Chiba Jets (#3).
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: M.Hargrow 29+5reb+2ast, J.Staten 22+14reb+4ast, R.Itakura 16+8reb, T.Kensuke 6+1reb+1ast, %PlayerNameByLink% 5+3reb, G.Moliva 4+9reb
Toyama Grouses: M.Joho 17+5reb+7ast, I.Brown 16+7reb+2ast, D.Searcy 16+14reb+2ast, B.Harper 15+8reb+1ast, H.Johnson 8+3reb+3ast, T.Mito 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141963


Shiga L-Stars - Takamatsu FA 95-78

Bottom-ranked Takamatsu FA (0-13) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 13th consecutive match to third ranked Shiga L-Stars (8-5) 95-78. The game without a history. Shiga L-Stars led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Takamatsu FA's players. It was a good game for American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) contributed with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Shiga L-Stars' coach Al Westover used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Masaaki Suzuki (176-87) answered with 27 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and American power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Five Shiga L-Stars and four Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams. Takamatsu FA at the other side still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Shiga L-Stars' next round opponent will be again Takamatsu FA (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: R.Nixon 24+8reb+4ast, J.Peppers 17+5reb+5ast, D.Gomez Camargo 14+9reb+5ast, Y.Okada 14+1reb+4ast, J.Ashby 12+9reb+3ast, T.Fujiwara 8+5reb+5ast
Takamatsu FA: M.Suzuki 27+3reb+1ast, P.Butorac 12+10reb+1ast, S.Takada 11+2reb, N.Williams 10+6reb, M.Nunnally 8+12reb+2ast, K.Tsutsumi 6+4ast
gschID: 141964


Kyoto Hannar. - Shimane SM 90-69

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Kyoto Hannar. and 4th placed Shimane Magic had identical 7-5 record. This time Kyoto Hannar. used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Shimane 90-69 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Kyoto Hannar.. Shimane Magic was better in second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kyoto Hannar. looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Shimane Magic's players. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) helped adding 20 points and 6 assists. Four Kyoto Hannar. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kyoto Hannar. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Shimane Magic dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Kyoto Hannar. will face again Shimane Magic (#6) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: R.Rickert 23+19reb+4ast, L.Allred 20+3reb+6ast, J.Boyette 16+1reb+2ast, L.Cummard 13+2reb+2ast, T.Kawabe 9+2reb, T.Murakami 7+1reb+1ast
Shimane SM: M.Parker 24+11reb+2ast, R.Golson 18+6reb+1ast, J.Davis 7+3reb+1ast, E.Yamamoto 7+4reb+3ast, B.Puckett 6+2reb, T.Yokoo 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 141965


Akita NH - Hamamatsu P. 92-99

Very important is a home loss of first ranked Akita Happinets (10-3) against fourth ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (8-5) on Saturday night. Host Akita Happinets were defeated by Hamamatsu Phoenix in a tough game in Akita 92-99. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Akita Happinets. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-23 Akita Happinets' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 99-92 at the end of the game. Hamamatsu Phoenix shot the lights out from three nailing 19 long-distance shots on high 59.4 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) who led the winners and scored 22 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) accounted for 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and Dutch-American power forward Stanley Ocitti (203-80, college: Binghamton) added 20 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Akita Happinets in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams. Akita Happinets at the other side still keep top position with three games lost. They share it with Okinawa GK. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Akita Happinets will play again at home against the league's second-placed Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Dixon 22+7reb+5ast, W.Arnold 21+5reb+1ast, M.Lamizana 16+5reb+2ast, J.Parmer 12+7reb+3ast, S.Nakanishi 11+2reb+2ast, Y.Shiina 8+1ast
Akita NH: R.Woods 25+12reb+6ast, S.Ocitti 20+8reb+3ast, Y.Nobihura 16+5reb, C.Terry 13+4reb+5ast, K.Shoji 11+1reb+1ast, Y.Kikuchi 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141960


Sendai 89ers - Fukuoka Rizing 74-84

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Sendai 89ers (8-5) against fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (8-5) on Saturday night. Host Sendai 89ers were defeated by Fukuoka Rizing in Sendai 84-74. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 29-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Fukuoka Rizing forced 22 Sendai 89ers turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) who scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M - C.C., agency: VVG Sports) chipped in 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) who recorded 23 points and forward Oneal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Sendai 89ers' coach Robert Pierce rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Sendai 89ers. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sendai 89ers will play again against Fukuoka Rizing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: K.Palmer 20+8reb+4ast, C.Dixon 16+6reb+2ast, G.Hamilton 15+9reb+8ast, A.Takeno 10+1reb+1ast, J.Nakanishi 9+1ast, G.Inman 6+3reb
Sendai 89ers: J.Dukes 23+4reb+3ast, D.Fitzgerald 11+4reb+2ast, O.Mims 8+12reb+2ast, R.Singleton 7+8reb+1ast, H.Kusaka 7+3reb+5ast, D.Takaoka 6
gschID: 141961




UBA Round 8: Hokkaido L. edges Hitachi Sunrockers by two points - 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 exciting game of round 8 in the JBL took place in Saporro. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (10-6) to seventh ranked Hokkaido L. (7-9) 64-62 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. Hitachi Sunrockers cut a 15-point first quarter deficit to two at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. International guard Ryota Sakurai (194-83) chipped in 7 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Hokkaido L.'s coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks for the guests. Hokkaido L. moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panasonic T. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Hokkaido L. is looking forward to face league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Saporro. Seventh ranked Hokkaido L. (7-9) saved a 3-point victory at home edging higher ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (10-6) 73-70 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Ryota Sakurai contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. International power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) replied with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Hitachi Sunrockers. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hokkaido L. moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panasonic T. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Hokkaido L. will play against league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Toyota Alvark (12-4) against fourth ranked Panasonic Trians (7-9) on Sunday night. Host Toyota Alvark was defeated by Panasonic Trians in a tough game in Fuchu 71-75. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. Worth to mention a great performance of Kosuke Kanamaru who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 7 rebounds. Keijuro Matsui responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Toyota Alvark's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Despite that victory Panasonic Trians went down to fifth position due to points difference, which they share with Hokkaido L. Loser Toyota Alvark keeps the second place with four games lost. Panasonic Trians will meet at home Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in the next round. Toyota Alvark will play against Tochigi Brex (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Fuchu. Second ranked Toyota Alvark faced 4th ranked Panasonic Trians. Host Toyota Alvark (12-4) defeated guests from Osaka (7-9) 86-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Panasonic Trians. The winners were led by Philip Ricci who scored that evening 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyota Alvark have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record behind leader Aishin SH. Panasonic Trians at the other side dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be Tochigi Brex (#4) on the road. Panasonic Trians will play against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Aishin Sea Horses delivered the thirteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Toshiba Thunders (2-14) 75-70 in Kanagawa. The best player for the winners was J.R. Sakuragi who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Toshiba Thunders' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-3 record. Loser Toshiba Thunders stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face Hokkaido L. (#6) in Saporro in the next round where they are favorite. Toshiba Thunders will play on the road against Hitachi Sunrockers in Osaka.

Rest of the games of round 8 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Tochigi Brex defeated Mitsubishi DD in a road game 89-80. Mitsubishi DD was beaten by Tochigi Brex at home 71-80. Aishin SH won against Toshiba BT on the opponent's court 88-71.
The best stats of 8th round was 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds by Takuya Kawamura of Tochigi Brex.



Toshiba BT - Aishin SH 70-75

Leader Aishin Sea Horses delivered the thirteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Toshiba Thunders (2-14) 75-70 in Kanagawa. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Toshiba Thunders won third quarter 22-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toshiba Thunders were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. The former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) chipped in 14 points. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. American forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Yuta Miyanga (183-81) added 10 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Toshiba Thunders' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-3 record. Loser Toshiba Thunders stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face Hokkaido L. (#6) in Saporro in the next round where they are favorite. Toshiba Thunders will play on the road against Hitachi Sunrockers in Osaka.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: C.Moss 12+8reb, T.Kurihara 11+4reb, Y.Miyanga 10+3reb+6ast, S.Merritt 9+8reb+1ast, S.Kikuchi 7+4reb+1ast, Y.Kagami 6+2reb+2ast
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 17+10reb+2ast, S.Kashiwagi 14+4reb+3ast, A.Richardson 12+6reb+1ast, S.Asayama 10+3reb+2ast, T.Furukawa 10+2reb, S.Kitagawa 6
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Mitsubishi DD - Tochigi Brex 80-89

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins' (5-11) home loss to fifth ranked Tochigi Brex (8-8) 80-89 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-80. It was a great shooting night for Tochigi Brex especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. The best player for the winners was international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) who had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Kazuyuki Nakagawa (180-82) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tochigi Brex moved-up to fourth place. Loser Mitsubishi Dolphins dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Tochigi Brex will face league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play on the road against Panasonic Trians (#5) in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: K.Nakagawa 16+7reb+1ast, Y.Ueta 13+3reb+2ast, B.Allen 10+5reb, Z.Abe 9+2reb, W.Brown-Matsushima 8+3reb, R.Hale 8+5reb+6ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 34+12reb+3ast, I.McFarlin 14+9reb, D.Yamada 12+4reb+5ast, K.Takeda 7+3reb+1ast, L.Rice 5+2reb, S.Ito 4+2reb+1ast
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Mitsubishi DD - Tochigi Brex 71-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Tochigi Brex's (8-8) road victory over 6th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (5-11) 80-71 on Sunday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-13. But Mitsubishi Dolphins won second period 14-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Tochigi Brex won last quarter 29-21. They made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) who scored 25 points and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) produced 30 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import center Byron Allen (201-81, college: Northwestern St., agency: Dream Hoops) added 6 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tochigi Brex moved-up to fourth place. Loser Mitsubishi Dolphins dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Tochigi Brex will face league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play on the road against Panasonic Trians (#5) in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: R.Hale 30+6reb+2ast, K.Nakagawa 7+3reb+2ast, Z.Abe 6+1reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 6+5reb+3ast, B.Allen 6+9reb+1ast, J.Uzawa 5+3reb+2ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 25+3reb+4ast, I.McFarlin 15+9reb+1ast, R.Anzai 14+2reb+1ast, K.Takeda 9+2reb+2ast, S.Ito 8+6reb+3ast, T.Amino 3+9reb+1ast
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Hokkaido L. - Hitachi SR 73-70

Important game to mention about took place in Saporro. Seventh ranked Hokkaido L. (7-9) saved a 3-point victory at home edging higher ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (10-6) 73-70 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. Hitachi Sunrockers were ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 24-17 charge of Hokkaido L., which allowed them to win the game. American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. International guard Ryota Sakurai (194-83) contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. International power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) replied with 20 points and 9 rebounds and Swedish forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Hitachi Sunrockers. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hokkaido L. moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panasonic T. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Hokkaido L. will play against league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: J.Takeuchi 20+9reb+1ast, C.Maraker 13+3reb+4ast, T.Sato 10+3reb+2ast, F.Nishimura 10+3reb+2ast, J.Smith 5+3reb, T.Sakai 4+1reb+1ast
Hokkaido L.: J.Lewis 19+6reb+3ast, R.Sakurai 15+7reb+5ast, T.Orimo 13+2reb+1ast, T.Klette 9+2reb+2ast, D.Noguchi 9+3reb, M.Diouf 5+5reb+1ast
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Hokkaido L. - Hitachi SR 64-62

The most exciting game of round 8 in the JBL took place in Saporro. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (10-6) to seventh ranked Hokkaido L. (7-9) 64-62 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hitachi Sunrockers. Hitachi Sunrockers cut a 15-point first quarter deficit to two at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. International guard Ryota Sakurai (194-83) chipped in 7 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Hokkaido L.'s coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and international guard Fumio Nishimura (177-86) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. Hokkaido L. moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panasonic T. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the third position with six games lost. Hokkaido L. is looking forward to face league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: F.Nishimura 17+3reb+1ast, J.Smith 16+3reb+1ast, J.Takeuchi 12+12reb+2ast, C.Maraker 10+5reb+2ast, J.Kano 4+1reb, T.Iwaguma 3+1reb+1ast
Hokkaido L.: J.Lewis 15+6reb+2ast, T.Klette 14+2reb, T.Orimo 13+1reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 7+6reb+8ast, D.Noguchi 5+2reb, K.Hiruki 4+2reb
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Toyota Alvark - Panasonic T. 86-74

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Fuchu. Second ranked Toyota Alvark faced 4th ranked Panasonic Trians. Host Toyota Alvark (12-4) defeated guests from Osaka (7-9) 86-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Panasonic Trians. The game was mostly controlled by Toyota Alvark. Panasonic Trians was better in fourth quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) who scored that evening 12 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) supported him with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Five Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. Even 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) did not help to save the game for Panasonic Trians. Guard Hironori Watanabe (180-88) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyota Alvark have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 12-4 record behind leader Aishin SH. Panasonic Trians at the other side dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Toyota Alvark's next round opponent will be Tochigi Brex (#4) on the road. Panasonic Trians will play against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: K.Hirose 13+5reb+4ast, T.Nakatsuka 13+1reb, K.Kanamaru 9+1reb+1ast, C.O'Bannon 8+4reb+1ast, H.Watanabe 8+5reb+7ast, T.Onishi 7+3reb+1ast
Toyota Alvark: P.Ricci 12+8reb+3ast, K.Matsui 12+1reb+1ast, T.Shonaka 11+2reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 10+8reb+3ast, T.Kumagai 10+4reb+3ast, K.Takeuchi 10+6reb+1ast
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Toyota Alvark - Panasonic T. 71-75

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Toyota Alvark (12-4) against fourth ranked Panasonic Trians (7-9) on Sunday night. Host Toyota Alvark was defeated by Panasonic Trians in a tough game in Fuchu 71-75. It ended at the same time the 12-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 43-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) who added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. International guard Keijuro Matsui (188-85, college: Columbia) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Toyota Alvark's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Despite that victory Panasonic Trians went down to fifth position due to points difference, which they share with Hokkaido L. Loser Toyota Alvark keeps the second place with four games lost. Panasonic Trians will meet at home Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in the next round. Toyota Alvark will play against Tochigi Brex (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: K.Matsui 16+6reb, T.Shonaka 10+2ast, J.Gibbs 10+8reb+2ast, P.Ricci 10+4reb+1ast, T.Ito 8+1reb+2ast, Y.Okada 7+1reb+1ast
Panasonic T.: K.Kanamaru 29+7reb, C.O'Bannon 13+5reb, H.Watanabe 11+3reb+1ast, K.Hirose 11+7reb+5ast, F.Aono 8+3reb+1ast, T.Onishi 2+2reb+1ast
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Toshiba BT - Aishin SH 71-88

Very expected game in Kanagawa where 8th ranked Toshiba Thunders (2-14) were defeated by first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (13-3) 88-71 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Toshiba Thunders was better in fourth quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aishin Sea Horses shot 61.8 percent from the field. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) chipped in 19 points. Five Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. American forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) produced 13 points and 7 rebounds and guard Yuta Miyanga (183-81) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 13-3 record. Loser Toshiba Thunders stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face Hokkaido L. (#6) in Saporro in the next round where they are favorite. Toshiba Thunders will play on the road against Hitachi Sunrockers in Osaka.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: Y.Miyanga 14+3reb+2ast, C.Moss 13+7reb+1ast, S.Merritt 13+5reb, S.Kikuchi 8+2reb, T.Tomida 7+5reb, T.Kurihara 6+2reb+1ast
Aishin SH: S.Kashiwagi 19, A.Richardson 17+1reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 16+12reb+7ast, K.Young 13+3reb+2ast, T.Furukawa 12+3reb, S.Asayama 4+2reb+1ast
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Natalie Nakase named Saitama Broncos head coach - by Eurobasket News
Natalie Nakase has become the first BJ League female head coach. She got officially appointed the head coach of the Saitama Broncos lately. Natalie Nakase will replace Dean Murray at the bridge. Dean Murray was axed on Wednesday becoming the first BJ League coach to lose his job this season. The Broncos are now at 5-7 record in Eastern Conference of BJ League. Natalie Nakase worked as an assistant coach with the Tokyo Apache last season. She gained some invaluable experience working with Bob Hill . Natalie Nakase is the UCLA graduate. She played in NWBL and Germany during her pro career. Natalie Nakase also worked as head coach in Germany. She guided BC Wildcats Wolfenbuettel in 2008/10 seasons.

Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 13-3 
 2. Toyota Alvark 12-4 
 3. Hitachi SR 10-6 
 4. Tochigi Brex 8-8 
 5. Panasonic T. 7-9 
 6. Hokkaido L. 7-9 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 5-11 
 8. Toshiba BT 2-14 


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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Stewarts lucky hand brings Bashkimi a win against Peja - by Dren Shporta
Rodrick Stewarts (193-G-84, college: Kansas) three pointer, seconds before the end of the game, gave Bashkimi a much wanted win against Peja in Karagac court, 84:85. Rodrick Stewart scored 22 points and he was helped by the man of the match, Samir Shaptahovic (174-G-81), who made double-double by scoring 29 points and registering 10 assists.

In other hand, Blerim Mazrekus double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds didnt help Peja to came over Bashkimi in the classification table. In this match for Peja debuted the senegalese center Bassirou Dieng, whose rebounds couldnt make the difference on the game. Vigan Radoni and Kristiyan Borisov added 14 respectively 13 points.

This is first Bashkimis win in the season against one of the great rivals. The oranges from Prizren now have 5-4 record and climbed in the table into the third position. Pejas new coach, croatian Ivica Maric, who debuted against Bashkimi in BKT Superliga said that, Bashkimi was lucky this time. Ivica Maric came this week to Peja, while their old coach Bujar Loci is in his assistant role from now on. Peja actually has negative 4-5 record after nine rounds in Kosovan Super League.




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


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Champville - Riyadi , Derby lebanon , - by John Khoury
Too many are those called Derby games, starting with Derby beirut between Riyadi and Sagesse, Derby zahle between anibal and hawsh, Derby jbeil between byblos and bejje.
but there is one and only ' DERBY LEBANON ', the best two teams without any doubts for the last few years, Champville will be hosting the lebanese and asian champs riyadi Today at 6 pm ( lebanon time ).
This game will end of these two teams' run of winning , after both won all 8 previous games so far.

A very well known starting line up will include ' Karl sakiss, Elie estephan , Fadi el khatib and the american Duo Garnett thompson and Sam Hoskin ' with a one of a kind coach, Ghassan Sarkis who promised ealier this season, that Champville will be holding the cup this year.
on the other hand, ' Ali mahmoud, dewarick Spencer , Jean abdelnoor, Ismail ahmad and ali kanaan ' will start for the champs , headed by Coach fouad abou chakra .
both teams are ready for the battle , both with strict determination and won't be satisfied but with a win.

Who's going to lead the league in its first round, only few hours remains.
Best of luck for both giants.


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Best players of NKL round 16 - by Eurobasket News
Talented former international forward Tauras Jogela (201-F-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for Zalgiris-Sabonio and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 18-year old forward had the game-high 32 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Zalgiris-Sabonio in his team's victory, helping them to beat Silute (#13, 6-10) 97-87. Zalgiris-Sabonio maintains the 3rd position in NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Zalgiris-Sabonio will need more victories to improve their 10-6 record. In the team's last game Jogela had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Zalgiris-Sabonio, through which he has constantly improved. Jogela has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.0rpg) and averages solid 2.9spg and 50.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 36-year old guard Gintautas Vileita (194-G-75) of Perlas-MRU. Vileita impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he lead Perlas-MRU to another comfortable win 92-77 over the higher-ranked Triobet (#6, 9-7) being unquestionably team leader. Perlas-MRU's 9th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Vileita is a newcomer at Perlas-MRU and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-G-88) of Matinga-Juod. (#8). Birgelis scored 27 points and passed four assists. Despite Birgelis' great performance Matinga-Juod. lost 71-82 to Statyba (8-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Matinga-Juod. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 8 lost games. Birgelis has a very solid season. In 14 games in Lithuania he scored 13.7ppg. He also has 3.4apg and FGP: 51.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-G-85) of Delikatesas - 33 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Simonas Slivka (193-G-86) of Meresta - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Parrish Brown (185-G-84) of Mazeikiai - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Tomas Urbonas (214-C-92) of LKKA-Atletas - 14 points and 14 rebounds
8. Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) of LKKA-Atletas - 25 points and 7 assists
9. Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-F-82) of Ezerunas-Karys - 20 points and 8 rebounds
10. Henrikas Vorotnikovas (202-F-90) of Triobet - 23 points and 2 rebounds

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


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Hunter: Players getting 51.2 percent of BRI - by Eurobasket News
In a memo to union members Saturday night obtained by ESPN.com, NBA Players Association executive director Billy Hunter told players that they will receive a 51.2 percent share of Basketball Related Income in the 2011-12 season.

After months of contentious talk with the owners on the annual revenue split, which saw the players drop more than seven BRI points from their 57 percent share in the final year of the last labor agreement, 51.2 percent would fall at the high end of the 49-to-51 BRI band that Hunter and fellow union leaders Derek Fisher and Maurice Evans agreed to Friday during a 15-hour marathon negotiating session.

As far as the next steps to ratify the agreement in time for training camps and a condensed free-agency period to being Dec. 9, Hunter told players in his memo the various new deal points will be 'incorporated into a litigation settlement agreement early this week.'

'The NBPA will then re-form as a union,' Hunter wrote, 'and negotiations may take place on various other CBA issues. The players will then vote to ratify a new CBA.'

If the timeline outlined by Hunter holds, negotiations on the various highly publicized B-list issues -- such as potential changes to the age limit for the NBA draft and the rules involved in sending players to and recalling them from the NBA D-League -- will happen after the union is reformed. Yet one source close to the talks indicated Saturday night that discussions on B-list matters could resume almost 'immediately,' most likely Monday.

In the letter, Hunter said the parties were able to reach a settlement on the anti-trust lawsuits filed by various players after the union filed a 'disclaimer of interest' to dissolve itself on Nov. 14 'because the owners either gave in or sufficiently compromised on all of the open issues.'

Among those listed by Hunter as significant beyond the 51.2 percent BRI figure for 2011-12:

Owners dropped their demand for unlimited escrow to reimburse teams in subsequent years if they spent too much on player salaries in any given season.

A player finishing his rookie scale contract will be eligible to receive a maximum salary equal to 30 percent of the salary cap -- up from 25 percent -- if he signs with his prior team and is either a two-time selection to the All-NBA first, second or third team; twice an All-Star starter or a one-time MVP.

Owners dropped their demand to cut the rookie wage scale as well as their demand to eliminate extend-and-trade deals as seen in February when Carmelo Anthony landed a lucrative contract extension as part of the trade that sent him from Denver to New York.

Annual salary increases will be set at 7.5 percent in Larry Bird contracts and 4.5 percent in non-Bird deals.

Owners dropped their demand to eliminate player options for high-paid players.

The owners agreed to a $4 million 'apron' above the tax threshold which stipulates that teams may go above the luxury-tax line by $4 million and can still use the entire $5 million mid-level exception -- or acquire a player via sign-and-trade. Teams above the $4 million tax apron are limited to a maximum $3 million mid-level exception that can be extended out for three seasons and used every year.

Unhappiness among some players continued to percolate Saturday even after the memo was circulated, with a handful privately suggesting that Hunter capitulated too easily no matter how hard he tried in his letter to make it appear as the owners moved significantly in Friday's talks.

'Spinfest 2011 has begun,' one veteran player told ESPN.com after reading the memo.

Yet the overwhelming sentiment around the league persists that the deal will easily win majority approval when the union's 400-plus members vote, since so many players are weary from the five-month impasse and eager to start playing again. NBA commissioner David Stern announced in the early hours of Saturday morning that the league hopes to open training camps Dec. 9 and commence the regular season schedule on Christmas.

ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher reported earlier Saturday that the players' union viewed the following three aspects of the owners' previous offer as the most unappealing:

The unlimited escrow system.

The inability of teams under the salary cap to use their mid-level exception if it takes a team's player payroll over the cap, as well as the inability of teams over the cap to have the use of any exceptions at all.

Prohibition of teams over the salary cap from making sign-and-trade deals.

Owners still will retain 10 percent of every player contract and have the right to keep that money if total salaries go over the allotted percentage allowed in a given season for player salaries, but they will not be allowed to take additional money from benefits or future escrow to settle up, as the owners proposed roughly two weeks ago.

Any excess spending not covered by the 10 percent of salaries withheld will be drawn from a one percent pool of basketball-related income earmarked for benefits.

When it comes to the mid-level exception, if the luxury-tax threshold is set at $70 million and a team's payroll is at $68 million, they would be allowed to use the full $5 million. But if a team is at $69.5 million in allotted payroll, they can go as far as $74 million and therefore use only $4.5 million of the exception. In the previous offer, owners wanted teams below the line to be required to get back under the limit by Oct. 15 of the following year if they used an exception to go over.

The players, though, did not get all that they had hoped for on sign-and-trade rules, sources told Bucher. For the first two years of the 10-year agreement -- with either side possessing the option to exit the CBA after six seasons -- tax-paying teams still will be eligible to do sign-and-trade deals. That opens the door for impending star free agents such as Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and Deron Williams to be moved to big-market teams such as the Lakers, Knicks and Mavericks that are already over the salary cap.

In the final eight years of the agreement, teams can still make sign-and-trade deals as long as the math does not put them more than $4 million into the luxury tax.

Bucher reported that one concern on the player side is the fact that only broad, basic tenets of a new deal have been agreed to by both sides, meaning that disagreements on what was said and mutually accepted could arise when it comes to committing the entire deal to writing. It remains to be seen, furthermore, how quickly both sides can get through the B-list issues, which is also expected to include the league's drug and discipline policies.

Courtesy of ESPN


NBA Free Agent Rush - by Daniel Gibson
December 9th is the start for NBA training camps and also for the free agency period to begin. Teams will be in a rush to bring in players and begin negotiations with agents. There are a number teams with holes to fill and there is no doubt that coaches are making lists of needs and players to pursue as soon as they officially are able to. Players like LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and most recently Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) have reached out free-agents. Durant used his Twitter account to ask Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke) what his jersey size was and if he still wanted to wear number 31.

The anticipation is rising each day as the shortened NBA season is set to begin on Christmas day with three big match ups:

Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls

New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics

There will be a mad dash by teams to fill roster space and make trades as quickly as possible to have a full team together during camps. It definitely will be interesting to watch.


NBA Minimum Age - a hybrid solution - by Julius Johnson
The NBA may have found a way to lure the next Kevin Garnett without being stuck with the next Ndudi Ebi (both were draft picks of the Timberwolves).

The following proposal has been floating around league circles...

Minimum age to enter is 20 (or after soph year, 2 yrs removed from hs graduation)

Any highschooler may enter the draft on an irrevocable basis. Only NBA lottery teams only are allowed to draft a highschooler. If a highschooler goes undrafted and has not hired an agent, he can return to school and can re-enter the draft after his soph year. He also loses his future right to enter and withdraw.

Room for negotiation

In order to adjust risk and scouting costs, the NBA and union could adjust the lottery limitation. Further, high school players would not be able to

workout for teams during the pre-draft process. All interviews must take place in hs player's hometown under supervision of a legal guardian.




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TOP25 Standings
 1. N.Carolina 0-0 (5-1) 
 2. Baylor 0-0 (-) 
 3. Kentucky 0-0 (6-0) 
 4. Connecticut 0-0 (-) 
 5. Ohio St. 0-0 (6-0) 
 6. Stanford 0-0 (-) 
 7. Connecticut 0-0 (6-0) 
 8. Notre Dame 0-0 (-) 
 9. Texas A&M 0-0 (-) 
 10. Syracuse 0-0 (6-0) 
 11. Duke 0-0 (7-0) 
 12. Tennessee 0-0 (-) 
 13. Duke 0-0 (-) 
 14. Louisville 0-0 (4-0) 
 15. Memphis 0-0 (2-2) 
 16. Maryland 0-0 (-) 
 17. Miami, FL 0-0 (-) 
 18. Baylor 0-0 (5-0) 
 19. Florida 0-0 (4-1) 
 20. Georgia 0-0 (-) 
 21. Louisville 0-0 (-) 
 22. Wisconsin 0-0 (6-0) 
 23. Xavier 0-0 (4-0) 
 24. Oklahoma 0-0 (-) 
 25. Rutgers 0-0 (-) 
 26. Alabama 0-0 (7-0) 
 27. Kansas 0-0 (3-2) 
 28. Kentucky 0-0 (-) 
 29. Purdue 0-0 (-) 
 30. Michigan 0-0 (5-1) 
 31. Marquette 0-0 (5-0) 
 32. N.Carolina 0-0 (-) 
 33. Penn St. 0-0 (-) 
 34. Pittsburgh 0-0 (5-1) 
 35. Vanderbilt 0-0 (5-1) 
 36. Ohio St. 0-0 (-) 
 37. Gonzaga 0-0 (3-0) 
 38. Texas Tech 0-0 (-) 
 39. California 0-0 (5-1) 
 40. LSU 0-0 (-) 
 41. Georgetown 0-0 (-) 
 42. Missouri 0-0 (6-0) 
 43. Florida St. 0-0 (5-2) 
 44. Virginia 0-0 (-) 
 45. Arizona 0-0 (4-2) 
 46. De Paul 0-0 (-) 
 47. Mississippi St. 0-0 (7-1) 
 48. Texas 0-0 (-) 
 49. Texas A&M 0-0 (4-1) 
 50. UCLA 0-0 (-) 


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 Ryne SMITH
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 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