EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/29/2011

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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 


Drago Pasalic claims weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Croatian Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Helios and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 27-year old had a double-double of 21 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team crushed Zlatorog (#14, 1-8) with 17-point margin 83-66. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Helios is placed at 11th position in Adriatic League . The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Helios have already lost 7 games and recorded just two victories. In the team's last game Pasalic had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Helios' top player in his first season with the team. Drago Pasalic averages this season 13.3ppg and 5.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) of Buducnost. Vitkovac impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Buducnost lost that overtime game 77-84 to the lower-ranked Siroki WWin (#9, 4-5). This loss caused Buducnost to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Vitkovac is a newcomer at Buducnost and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was American David Simon (207-C-82) of Radnicki K. (#10). Simon scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Radnicki K., leading his team to a 85-83 win against slightly higher-ranked KK Zagreb CO (#8, 4-5). The chances of Radnicki K. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Simon could try to bring Radnicki K.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Simon has individually a great season in Adriatic League. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.8ppg (best scorer), rebounds with 7.4rpg (3rd best) and assists with 0.6apg (7th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 65.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Guy Pnini (200-F/G-83) of Maccabi T-A - 26 points and 4 rebounds
5. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86) of Maccabi T-A - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 13 assists
6. Fran Pilepic (192-G-89) of Siroki WWin - 25 points and 2 assists
7. Mario Kasun (213-C-80) of KK Zagreb CO - 19 points and 9 rebounds
8. Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82) of Cibona - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84) of Cedevita - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Marko Cakarevic (200-F/G-88) of Partizan - 14 points, 9 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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  AZERBAIJAN   


Araz open campaign with victory - by Eurobasket News
Azeri defending champions Araz opened the new D1 season with victory. They stunned BGU 143:33. Amil Hamzayev (200-C-90) finished with game-high 41 points and 22 rebounds. Tahir Bakhshiyev (200-F-82) added 29 points and 6 rebounds in the winning effort.
Gala also celebrated victory in the opening round. The vice-champions defeated NTL-Tudor 96:62. In another game of the round Chag Oiretim held off AZTOP 70:69.


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  BAHRAIN   


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


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  BELARUS   


Premier League Round 7: Minsk-2006 beats Minsk-2006 II in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Minsk: Minsk-2006 (#1) and Minsk-2006 II (#6). Minsk-2006 (7-0) crushed visiting Minsk-2006 II (1-5) by 53 points 114-61. The game without a history. Minsk-2006 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Minsk-2006 II's 44. They also forced 24 Minsk-2006 II turnovers and had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Minsk-2006 II's players. American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina) fired 27 points and 8 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington) chipped in 20 points and 11 rebounds. Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Minsk-2006 have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 7-0 record. Minsk-2006 II lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Minsk-2006's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Minsk to the arena BGUIR-RTI.

In the last game of round 7 BGUIR-RTI was crushed by Grodno-93 in a road game 82-59.


Grodno-93 - BGUIR-RTI 82-59

There was no surprise when 5th ranked BGUIR-RTI (2-4) was crushed on the road by second ranked Grodno-93 (6-1) 82-59 on Thursday. The game without a history. Grodno-93 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to BGUIR-RTI's 32. Grodno-93 forced 21 BGUIR-RTI turnovers. The former international guard Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-75) fired 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Swingman Evgeni Ivanov (202-84) chipped in 15 points. Four Grodno-93 players scored in double figures. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Genniadiy Zakhar (198-92) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and forward Evgeniy Sugoniako (198-92) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Grodno-93 have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 6-1 record behind leader Minsk-2006. BGUIR-RTI at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Grodno-93 are looking forward to face Rubon (#4) in Vitebsk in the next round. BGUIR-RTI's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk Minsk-2006.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: D.Kuzmin 18+5reb+5ast, E.Ivanov 15+3reb, A.Mastou 13+2reb+1ast, K.Yafremov 10+5reb+1ast, Y.Hlebovich 7+2reb+1ast, S.Vasilevich 7+4reb+2ast
BGUIR-RTI: G.Zakhar 17+10reb+1ast, A.Kuzmitski 12+2reb, E.Sugoniako 11+9reb+1ast, A.Hrumiantsau 7+7reb, Y.Ignatiev 5+2reb, A.Papruha 4+3reb+1ast
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Minsk-2006 - Minsk-2006 II 114-61

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Minsk: Minsk-2006 (#1) and Minsk-2006 II (#6). Minsk-2006 (7-0) crushed visiting Minsk-2006 II (1-5) by 53 points 114-61. The game without a history. Minsk-2006 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Minsk-2006 II's 44. They also forced 24 Minsk-2006 II turnovers and had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Minsk-2006 II's players. American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina) fired 27 points and 8 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Knox is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Minsk-2006 players scored in double figures. Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and guard Valentin Ignatchik (192) added 9 points and 5 assists 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. Minsk-2006 have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 7-0 record. Minsk-2006 II lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Minsk-2006's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Minsk to the arena BGUIR-RTI.
Top scorers:
Minsk-2006: J.Knox 27+8reb+2ast, A.Kojenets 20+11reb, J.Hawkins 15+1reb+3ast, V.Nakic 13+6reb+3ast, A.Kudrautsau 9+2reb+5ast, R.Vergun 9+2reb+2ast
Minsk-2006 II: R.Rutkauskas 17+8reb, V.Krisevich 12+3reb, A.Sharamet 10+4reb, V.Ignatchik 9+4reb+5ast, P.Pronin 8+4reb+1ast, A.Minayeu 3+2reb+1ast
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Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 7-0 
 2. Grodno-93 6-1 
 3. SBK Osipovichi 3-3 
 4. Rubon 2-3 
 5. BGUIR-RTI 2-4 
 6. Minsk-2006 II 1-5 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-5 


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  BELGIUM   


Beal's 19 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old guard Jermaine Beal (191-G-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Verviers-Pep. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 19 points adding three rebounds and four assists for Verviers-Pep. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Antwerp (#4, 5-4) 82-74. Verviers-Pep. maintains the 9th position in league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 8 games and recorded just one victory. It was one of impressive evenings for Beal as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Jermaine Beal averages this season 9.0ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Sean Singletary (183-PG-85) of M.Hainaut. He is American guard in his first season at M.Hainaut. In the last game Singletary recorded impressive 16 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as M.Hainaut was edged by slightly higher-ranked Aalstar (5-4) 81-77. This loss caused M.Hainaut to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Singletary is a newcomer at M.Hainaut and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Kennedy Winston (198-F-84) of Oostende (#6). Winston scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Winston's great performance Oostende lost 90-96in overtime to the higher-ranked Leuven (#2, 5-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Oostende needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 4 lost games. Winston has a very solid season. In 2 games in Belgium he scored 6.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79) of Aalstar - 16 points and 8 rebounds
5. Graham Brown (205-C-84) of Gent - 21 points and 7 rebounds
6. John Tofi (203-F/C-84) of Leuven - 23 points and 6 rebounds
7. Maxime De Zeeuw (205-F-87) of Verviers-Pep. - 15 points and 9 rebounds
8. Niels Marnegrave (191-G-87) of Leuven - 7 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists
9. Brandon Freeman (191-G-83) of Leuven - 24 points and 2 rebounds
10. Marcus Faison (196-G-78) of Verviers-Pep. - 18 points and 4 rebounds

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


Standings - 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 


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Gembo 9-2 
 2. Waregem 8-2 
 3. Fleurus 8-4 
 4. Essor Charleroi 7-3 
 5. Excelsior 7-5 
 6. St-Niklase 6-4 
 7. Kangar.-Boom 6-4 
 8. Liege II 6-5 
 9. Sint-Jan Ant. 6-5 
 10. Sprimont 5-6 
 11. M.Hainaut II 3-8 
 12. De Westhoek 2-9 
 13. Gistel 2-9 
 14. Melsele 1-10 


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  BULGARIA   


Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Beroe 6-0 
 2. Academik BL 4-2 
 3. Overgas 4-2 
 4. Cherno More U18 4-2 
 5. Academik PL 3-3 
 6. Dunav 2007 3-3 
 7. Vidabasket 3-3 
 8. Chavdar 2-4 
 9. Shumen 1-5 
 10. Balkan 2 0-6 


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 


Levski second after first part of the season - by Valentin Anguelov
Levski finished the first of four parts of the season in Mens National League at the second place. In the match between the third and second The 'Blues' hold Cherno More in Varna with double digit ten points win 87-77. In the next round, forst of second part of the season Levski will visit Yambol while Cherno more play at home versus Rilski Sportist Samokov.

There were several exchanges of leadership in the first quarter, but overall the game was equal, and after ten minutes and the result showed 21-21.

The second quarter started strong for the hosts who had a series of 10-2 and drew. However The 'Blues' leveled at 39-39 before five straight points Aleksandar Yanev brought the hosts ahead again. At the last second of the first half Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) scored behind the 3-point line and it ended in a 44-42 result for the home team of Cherno More.

In the second half both teams exchanged the lead several times as Americans Harper and Marcus Hall were at the heart of the best performances of the team of Levski. They forced few turnovers at the end of third quarter which resulted in 9 points lead after 30 minutes of play 66-57.

Levski continue to lead in the fourth quarter, and a 3-pointer by Jordan Bozov made a difference to rise to double digit for the first time 77-65. From this point on visitors showed more experienced play and had no problem to closed the game at 87-77 without any problems.

Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) was the top scorer for the winners with 32 points. Marcus Hall added 20 and Vassil Evtimov had another double-double performance with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Alexander Yanev managed 22 points for the home team while another youngster Vassil Kyosev added 12 points.



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  CANADA   


Justin King claims CIS weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Justin King had an amazing evening in the last round for TRU and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The -year old had a double-double of 35 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Regina (#11, 2-5) 110-100. TRU is placed at 7th 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 4-4 record. King turned to be TRU's top player in his first season with the team. King has impressive 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 solid 55.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young international forward Owen Klassen (208-F-91) of Acadia. Klassen impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Acadia was edged by league's leader UPEI (#1, 6-0) 67-64. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Acadia still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Klassen is one of the most experienced players at Acadia and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Donathan Moss of top-ranked UPEI. Moss scored 27 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of UPEI, leading his team to a 98-89 win against #4 ranked Acadia. UPEI started extremely well this year. They recorded 6 victories without losing a single game. Moss turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Moss has a very solid season. In 3 games in Canada he scored 16.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terry Thomas (193-G) of St.Francis X. - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Warren Ward (196-G-89) of Ottawa - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Paul Gareau (201-F) of Regina - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kareem Malcolm (183-G) of Guelph - 30 points and 6 rebounds
8. Jonathan Cooper (183-G-88) of UPEI - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Chas Kok (196-F) of TRU - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Enrico Diloreto (186-G-90) of Windsor - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Miracles get new coach, GM - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles are hoping that Mike Evans can help reverse their fortunes.

The National Basketball League of Canada team named him as its new head coach and general manager this weekend. He replaces Norris Bell, who resigned on Friday, and he takes over a Miracles' squad that's worst in the league at 0-7.

Evans played nine seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was selected in the first round, 21st overall, by Denver in the 1978 NBA draft and he was among the league's best three-point shooters for much of his career.

The North Carolina native finished his NBA playing career in 1987-88. He also suited up for one season in Italy's professional league.

Evans has worked in the NBA as Denver's head coach and assistant coach and he was an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors. He was head coach of the Halifax Rainmen last season in the Premier Basketball League and that club is now one of Moncton's rivals in the NBL Canada.

His son, Mike Evans Jr., plays for Moncton.

'We're excited about bringing in a head coach and general manager the calibre of Mike Evans ,' said Kim Blanco, Moncton's senior vice-president of business affairs. 'He has an extensive NBA background both as a player and coach and I think he will bring out the best in our players.

'He coached Halifax last season so he understands this league. He understands the importance of the team being involved in the community. He understands what's involved in this job. It was a priority in our search for a new head coach to bring in someone who values being involved in the community.

'With the NBA lockout, nobody is hiring right now and he was available. This is an ideal situation for us to bring in someone of his calibre. This is definitely a win-win situation for our organization. We're a first-year team and he brings a lot of experience.'

Moncton will resume the 36-game regular season by facing the Quebec Kebs on Friday and the London Lightning on Saturday in a pair of 7 p.m. games at the Moncton Coliseum. The Miracles will donate $2 to the United Way for every ticket that's sold in Rows J and N of the lower bowl for these two games.

Evans, 56, played 591 games in the NBA and during his career he averaged 16.7 minutes and 7.7 points per game. The guard scored 4,531 career points and his shooting percentages were .452 for field goals, .307 for three-point attempts and .807 for free throws.

He went from being Denver's assistant coach to head coach part way through the 2001-02 NBA season. He was an NBA scout for Toronto and then became an assistant coach with the club in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

Evans played for Kansas State University and he is the school's second all-time leading scorer with 2,115 career points. He arrived in Moncton on Saturday night and held a team meeting and practice yesterday. What are the challenges he faces in taking over the Miracles part way through the season?

'You've got to learn the personnel,' he said. 'You've got to learn what their strengths and weaknesses are. You can tell a lot about a team from their statistics - who the leading scorers and leading rebounders are, what minutes they're averaging and what shooting percentages the guys with the basketball the most are putting up.

'The stats tell you where the guys shots are coming from and defensively how many points we're giving up. Then you get into the technical stuff about how points we're giving up on fast breaks and offensive rebounding.

'I'll get a feel for these things and learn the tendencies of the guys during practice. I'll learn who our leaders are. There's a barrage of things to gauge who your team is, what their identity is or what their identity should be. I'll learn about the team by watching video and talking to the assistant coaches.'

Moncton is 0-9 in the exhibition schedule and regular season combined. Evans is faced with changing the club's losing culture.

'Sometimes it takes a few games before you can actually get guys to start playing with a winning attitude,' he said. 'You don't want guys playing not to lose. You want them playing with the belief they can win. There's a big difference.'

Three of Moncton's seven losses in the regular season were by five points or less.

'I've heard there's talent on this team to win games, but talent and confidence is not the same thing,' said Evans. 'When the game is on the line losing teams find a way to lose games.

'You have to change that mentality, that approach, that thought process. You do that by understanding what you're looking for and what your options are at crunch time. The leaders have to step up and get the job done and they need the support of the other guys. It can't be done individually. It has to be done collectively.'

Evans was Halifax's head coach last season in the PBL and he made a big impression on team owner Andre Levingston.

'He's a class act,' said Levingston. 'He's played and coached at the highest levels and he's a very passionate coach. He works extremely hard. He takes his job very seriously and has a lot to offer the game.

'For Moncton to get a head coach of his stature this early in their franchise existence, that's definitely a blessing for them. He's going to bring a lot to that organization. He has a lot of patience and understands how to develop young guys. They will definitely benefit from having him there.'

Evans only spent one season in Halifax.

'We were unable to come to terms on a contract,' said Levingston. 'Mike has accomplished a lot so his resume dictates him feeling that he deserves more as a coach which I totally understand.

'We were unable to come to an agreement for Mike to come back here this season, but he and I remain very good friends. I wish him and the Moncton organization success.'

Courtesy of http://timestransript.canadaeast.com


Mill Rats bolster line up - by Eurobasket News
The apparent end to the NBA lockout curtailed ongoing negotiations with several NBA players, however the Saint John Mill Rats front office wasted no time bolstering their line up over the break.

The Mill Rats added 6'4 shooting guard Gregory Plummer (6'4''-G-83, college: Eckerd), 6'6 power forward Antonio Burks (6'6''-F-82, college: Stephen F. Austin), and 7'0 centre David Collins (7'0''-C-85, college: Bradley), and in the process released Dele Ojo, Marc Egerson, Sherton Sanderson, and Sani Ibrahim.

Gregory Plummer was named the Nike Tournament of Champions Most Valuable Player having won two league championships in New York City last summer. A 6'4 shooting guard with a sweet stroke, Plummer is a veteran of the U.S. minor league hoops scene as well as having played professionally in Mexico. This summer was a resurgence for Plummer, who sat out last season for 'intense rehab' after getting some bone fragments in his ankle repaired. He is now 100% healthy and hungry to prove he is back.

'Greg was an all-star level player in previous leagues and when he was on opposing teams in the past, he was a guy we feared for his ability to shoot daggers,' stated Mill Rats President & General Manager Ian McCarthy. 'We are ecstatic to have him in Mill Rats uniform and he will help us win games.'

Antonio Burks is a 6'6 power forward who hails from Texarkana, Arkansas who most recently played professionally in Japan the last three seasons. Prior to that he won back-to-back championships with the Vermont Frost Heaves in 2007 and 2008. He excels at three point shooting 42.7% his last season with Vermont.

David Collins is a 7'0 centre from Toronto, Ontario who played collegiately at Division 1 Bradley University. He played professionally in Slovenia and Cyprus the last two seasons. Collins also represented Team Canada for the 2009 World Games in Belgrade, Serbia.

The Mill Rats next home game is against the Summerside Storm on November 30th at Harbour Station. The Mill Rats will also host the Oshawa Power on Thursday and the Halifax Rainmen on Friday night. Check the website for various promotions that are running each game.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  CHINA   


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


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LATINBASKET, ALL FEDERATION CUP 2011, AWARDS - by Victor Garcia

ALL FEDERATION CUP 2011, FIRST TEAM
Point Guard: Heissler Guillent - Orgullo Paisa
Shooting Guard: Stalin Ortiz - Orgullo Paisa.
Small Forward: Juan Herrera - Bukaros
Power Forward: Luis Julio - Bukaros
Center: Norman Nolan - Cucuta Norte.

ALL FEDERATION CUP 2011, COLOMBIAN TEAM.
Point Guard: Edgar Moreno - Cucuta Norte
Shooting Guard: Stalin Ortiz - Orgullo Paisa
Small Forward: Norbey Aragon - Guerreros.
Power Forward: Luis Julio - Bukaros
Center: John Velez - Indervalle.

ALL FEDERATION CUP 2011, IMPORTS TEAM.
Point Guard: Heissler Guillent - Orgullo Paisa.
Shooting Guard: Dermarr Johnson - Bukaros
Small Forward: Juan Herrera - Bukaros.
Forward: Delonte Holland - Guerreros.
Center: Norman Nolan - Cucuta Norte.

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Gerson Pena - Indervalle.




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Borik returns Tomislav Drazovic - by Eurobasket News
Tomislav Drazovic (189-G-87) is back to Borik. The 24-year-old guard signed a deal for rest of the season. He returned to the club after almost year and a half. Drazovic played for Borik in Round 8 last weekend scoring 10 points against Alkar. Borik celebrated 67-63 home win. In 2009/10 season, Drazovic had 3.9 ppg and 1.1 apg for 23 games in A1. He also played for Borik from 2005 to 2008. In the meantime, Drazovic spent one season with Zabok. It was in 2008/09. At that time Drazovic had 2.6 ppg and 1.1 apg. Tomislav Drazovic was a member of the Croatian U18 NT in 2005.

Jolly JBS adds guard Hrvoje Puljko - by Eurobasket News
Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83) is a new member of Jolly JBS. The Croatian guard signed a deal for rest of the season. Actually, Puljko already made debut for his new club. He had 12 points and 6 rebounds against Zabok. Jolly JBS lost that game on the road 92-72, after what they released Head Coach Niksa Bavcevic. Hrvoje Puljko started this season with DASH Peristeri GS Athens. He appeared four times with them averaging 5 points. Hrvoje Puljko spent last season with Kvarner. He joined them in December averaging 23 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists. In 2009/10, he helped Siroki to win the Bosnian league title. They did the same in 2008/09. In the past, Hrvoje Puljko played for Borac Banja Luka, Prievidza, Cedevita, Artland Dragons and Zrinjevac.

Filip Kruslin claims A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented former international guard Filip Kruslin (198-G-89, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Zabok and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 22-year old guard had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and four assists for Zabok in his team's victory, helping them to crush Jolly (#8, 3-4) with 20-point margin 92-72. Zabok maintains the 2nd position in A1. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Zabok will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. In the team's last game Kruslin had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Zabok's top player in his first season with the team. Filip Kruslin averages this season 12.2ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old guard Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) of league's best team KK Split. Mimica impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course KK Split cruised to a 86-74 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Zadar (#5, 4-3). Of course KK Split still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 6 matches. Mimica is well-known by KK Split fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.5ppg (#1). He also recorded 3.8 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Zabok's star - former international guard Ivan Tomas (193-G-81). Tomas scored 17 points and passed four assists. He was another key player of Zabok, helping his team with a 92-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Jolly (#8, 3-4). Zabok needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Tomas has a very solid season. In 6 games in Croatia he scored 8.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivo Josipovic (205-F-75) of Jolly - 15 points and 6 rebounds
5. Srdan Subotic (193-G-80) of KK Split - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81) of Kvarner 2010 - 21 points and 6 assists
7. Igor Salamun (186-G-85) of Kvarner 2010 - 18 points and 3 assists
8. Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of KK Split - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of Jolly - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Veljko Budimir (199-G/F-85) of Darda - 15 points, 4 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)


Jolly JBS releases coach Niksa Bavcevic - by Eurobasket News
Niksa Bavcevic (agency: Interperformances ) is no longer a Head Coach of Jolly JBS. The Croatian league newcomer released Bavcevic after its third straight road defeat. He was hired less than two months ago. It is not announced yet who will replace Bavcevic at Jolly JBS bench. Niksa Bavcevic (agency: Interperformances ) worked with BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti last season. He led them to Romanian league Semifinals. They also played in the Romanian Cup Finals. Before Steaua, Bavcevic coached Trogir, Roseto and Avtodor Saratov. From 2005 to 2007, he was a Head Coach of Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Bavcevic helped them win the Romanian Cup in 2006. That same year they reached FIBA EuroCup Quarterfinals. In the past, Bavcevic worked with Pepinster, Oberwart and Split.

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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ROUND 7- ANALYTICAL STATISTICS - WEEKLY AWARD TO....! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Round 7


1)Top scorer= Subotic -Aek = 29 points
2)Top rebounder= Damjanovic-Enad =13 rebounds
3)Top assist man= Palalas- Ael= 6 assists
4)Top stealer= Subotic -Aek = 3 steals
5)Most turnovers= Radojicic-Omonoia = 5 turnovers
6)Best scoring team in Round 7=Aek (scored 88 pts)
7)Best defensive team in Round 7=Keravnos (received 56 pts)

Highlights and award Round 7

Important victory for Keravnos that beat Apoel and is the only unbeaten team (7-0).
Important victory for Aek as well. With the addition of Subotic Aek is a lot stronger.

The weekly award goes to Vujadin Subotic of Aek (7 rebounds, 29 points, 3 assists, 3 steals).


Situationals

Scoring >77 in Round 7

Keeravnos (scored 81)
Aek (scored 88)
Ael (scored 82)
Enad (scored 77)

The statistical analysis of the 7th week infers that the cut of points scored is placed at 77 points. Same time last year the cut of was at 71 points. This means that on average these year's teams tend to score more pts per game.






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Richard Field: Nobody is looking to fill the stat sheet for their own individual goals. - by Surujh Roopnarine
Without a doubt, the most surprising team this season in the NBL has been BC Kolin. At 12-2 on the season, the team currently sits among the leaders of the league and is led by forward Richard Field. In his first full-season in Kolin, Fields, a Michigan native, leads Kolin in scoring (15.1ppg) and rebounds (6.4rpg). However as evidenced by our interview, the teams success is largely a collective effort as Head Coach Predrag benacek has created an atmosphere where all players have an important role and can maximize their talents within the team system. After spending the first three seasons of his career in Iceland, Fields is now helping lead Kolin into uncharted prominence in the NBL. With a heavyweight schedule coming up in December, the team will face Pardubice, Prostejov and Nymburk in three of their next four games, the opportunity is there for this club to show that they belong and will stay among the best teams in the league this season.

Q. This is the fifth-year the club has been playing in the top division and your start has been the best ever. At 21-2 on the season, what are the thoughts and emotions of the team heading into the second half-of play?
A. We are just taking it one game at a time, I am happy to be in this position which no one around the league expected us to be. We obviously want to finish in the top six. For an automatic playoff spot. So that is really are main goal going into the second half.

Q. What has been the key to the team's success so far?
A. I believe its all about chemistry; we all get along very well and all are focused on the most important thing which is
winning. Nobody is looking to fill the stat sheet for their own individual goals. Another reason is our coach, he allows everyone to play their game within the team structure.

Q. For you personally, your start has been very impressive. What were some of the reasons you decided to come back to Kolin and how has the experience been since you arrived last year?
A. One the reason is my coach (Predrag Benacek), he is what we as Americans call a players coach. What that means is that he allows you to play your game, which allows you to play and feel more freely on the court. He allows us to play basketball and doesn't have us feeling like we are robots in the games. Another reason is I only played a half a season last year, because I started the in Iceland I wanted to play a full season in Czech. The experience has been good since Ive been back, I know what type of coach I am playing for. Also, just knowing the Czech culture, it makes things a lot easier.

Q. Before the season began, the big news was that Terry Smith would not return. Losing the league's leading scorer, as well as point guard Brad Jones, did the team adjust its style of play with you and Rashaan (Ames) and Chad (Barnes)?
A. Well, the rest of the team, we had all played together before so we really didnt have to adjust much. Now adjusting to Rashaan and Chad may have been different. Both of these guys are past-first, shoot-second guards. This helps open up all the options we have on the team. Everybody for the most part gets involved in the game.

Q. How would you describe the level of play in the Czech Republic as opposed to Iceland, where you spent the past few seasons?
A. The level of play is much higher here in Czech. I went from being the only American on my team to playing with two others here.

Q. What has been the most significant win or performance for you so far this season?
A. I think the Decin win because at that time they were ranked number one in the standings.

Q. Goals for the rest of the season?
A. Our first goal is to make to the playoffs then once we are there, try to and go as deep as possible.


Richard Field: Nobody is looking to fill the stat sheet for their own individual goals. - by Surujh Roopnarine
Without a doubt, the most surprising team this season in the NBL has been BC Kolin. At 12-2 on the season, the team currently sits among the leaders of the league and is led by forward Richard Field (196-F-85, college: Mercyhurst). In his first full-season in Kolin, Field, a Michigan native, leads Kolin in scoring (15.1ppg) and rebounds (6.4rpg). However as evidenced by our interview, the teams success is largely a collective effort as Head Coach Predrag Benacek has created an atmosphere where all players have an important role and can maximize their talents within the team system. After spending the first three seasons of his career in Iceland, Fields is now helping lead Kolin into uncharted prominence in the NBL. With a heavyweight schedule coming up in December, the team will face Pardubice, Prostejov and Nymburk in three of their next four games, the opportunity is there for this club to show that they belong and will stay among the best teams in the league this season.

Q. This is the fifth-year the club has been playing in the top division and your start has been the best ever. At 21-2 on the season, what are the thoughts and emotions of the team heading into the second half-of play?
A. We are just taking it one game at a time, I am happy to be in this position which no one around the league expected us to be. We obviously want to finish in the top six. For an automatic playoff spot. So that is really are main goal going into the second half.

Q. What has been the key to the team's success so far?
A. I believe its all about chemistry; we all get along very well and all are focused on the most important thing which is
winning. Nobody is looking to fill the stat sheet for their own individual goals. Another reason is our coach, he allows everyone to play their game within the team structure.

Q. For you personally, your start has been very impressive. What were some of the reasons you decided to come back to Kolin and how has the experience been since you arrived last year?
A. One the reason is my coach (Predrag Benacek), he is what we as Americans call a players coach. What that means is that he allows you to play your game, which allows you to play and feel more freely on the court. He allows us to play basketball and doesn't have us feeling like we are robots in the games. Another reason is I only played a half a season last year, because I started the in Iceland I wanted to play a full season in Czech. The experience has been good since Ive been back, I know what type of coach I am playing for. Also, just knowing the Czech culture, it makes things a lot easier.

Q. Before the season began, the big news was that Terry Smith (185-G-86, college: Mercyhurst) would not return. Losing the league's leading scorer, as well as point guard Brad Jones (186-G-85, college: Wyoming), did the team adjust its style of play with you and Rashaan Ames (184-PG-78, college: Shaw) and Chad Barnes (190-G-83, college: New Orleans)?
A. Well, the rest of the team, we had all played together before so we really didnt have to adjust much. Now adjusting to Rashaan and Chad may have been different. Both of these guys are past-first, shoot-second guards. This helps open up all the options we have on the team. Everybody for the most part gets involved in the game.

Q. How would you describe the level of play in the Czech Republic as opposed to Iceland, where you spent the past few seasons?
A. The level of play is much higher here in Czech. I went from being the only American on my team to playing with two others here.

Q. What has been the most significant win or performance for you so far this season?
A. I think the Decin win because at that time they were ranked number one in the standings.

Q. Goals for the rest of the season?
A. Our first goal is to make to the playoffs then once we are there, try to and go as deep as possible.



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  DENMARK   


Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Amager BK 7-1 
 2. Lemvig 7-2 
 3. Koge BK 7-3 
 4. Aarhus BF 7-4 
 5. Randers 5-3 
 6. Haderslev 5-4 
 7. Virum 4-4 
 8. Glostrup 4-6 
 9. Stevnsgade 3-4 
 10. Jonstrup 2-7 
 11. ALBA 2-7 
 12. Solrod 0-8 


And The Winner Is..... - by Will Harris
What's up Eurobasket? Well, we got the win that I was hoping to get when I last checked in with you guys. It was a hard fought game against Vaelose, those guys play hard and do not stop until the final whistle, much respect to them. We were able to play defense better than we did the last time we played against them and we were pretty sharp on offense as well.
I am proud of my team for getting this win! Any basketball player knows, that during a long losing streak, it is tough to keep huys motivated and focused on the team while keeping the chemistry. Our guys came out Sunday night, and the only thing we were focused on was starting our first one game winning streak. Mike St. John played a great game, 20 points and 10 rebounds, we needed him to play well if were going to win and he came out with his high level intensity and played big for us. Chrstian Lindberg, Davor Sattler, and Matiss Sanke also had major impacts on the game as well. It was a great team effort.
Now that we have moved up in the standings by winning this game, we shift our focus to our nationally televised game against Abayhoj on Thursday night to earn our next win. I am sure it will be another tough one; Abayhoj is a very athletic team with great shot blockers and scorers. We deafeated them earlier in the season, which is only going to make it tougher this time around. We will be focused in practice for the next two days, I am fully confident that we will come out ready to play on Thursday night.
As always, I will be giving you guys an update after the next game, hopefully I will be bring some great news. Team HIC is trying to build something special this season, it did not start the way we wanted it to but we are determined and committed to making it better. We, as a team are excited you guys can now be along for the ride, so remember to tell a friend to tell a friend about my new blog! The rest of the season should be very interesting for us. I'll be checking in with you guys very soon. Later World.


Joe blog! - by Joe Benjamin
Well Eurobasket asked to start my own blog about basketball in Europe. My name is Joe Benjamin, I am from Charleston, West Virginia. I graduated from West Virginia State University class of 2007. (Go YellowJackets) When I was in college is was never star player, never got the lime light! I always did my role and try to perfected it, which lead to many conference championship, National rankings, and NCAA berths. But I was always to play hard, play tough, go hard as you can for as long as you can. Which helped me earn an contract in Europe.

As an American that have been playing basketball for about four plus years, I can say that I've seen some good times, some bad times, and even some things that would leave you scratching your head. My team the 'Hrsholm 79ers' we started off great with a 5 game winning streak, and now we are on a another streak. But I know my team is young, and willing to fight to the end. I trust my coaches and my teammates. And now since we finally got our new guy on the team, (he's been waiting since preseason.) Which will make us better for the second half of the season, and the most important! But for now take care, and follow me on twitter @bigjoeben14


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Theodoros Papaloukas Has No Intensions Of Leaving Maccabi - by David Pick
After the NBA announced a shortened season forcing Jordan Farmar to leave Israel and return to the US, Israeli media is now hooked onto another story which involves Maccabi releasing another player. Several Israel media reports claimed today that Theodoros Papaloukas (Agency: FCM) 'requested to leave Maccabi Tel-Aviv.' Thus, it's only fair to hear the players' side to these remarks.

'Theo gave up a lot of things during the summer to join Maccabi and he's proud to be wearing their uniform,' Papaloukas' agent Giorgos Dimiropoulos told Eurobasket. 'Theo is known for being a talker,' he says, 'but it comes from a good place of leadership and the fact that he has huge competitive qualities. He'll do anything to win and that's what drives him so I honestly doubt he'd want or even ask to leave Maccabi.' A source close to the player tell Eurobasket that 'Papaloukas does indeed complain from time to time and tends to verbally throw things up in the air, but he doesn't mean them.' the source continues revealing an interesting fact shedding light on Papaloukas' situation, 'When he played for CSKA, he was fighting with coach Ettora Messina all the time, yet, they managed to develop a love relationship that brought them both many titles.'

Despite the lockout ending, Maccabi insisted on playing Farmar in tonight's game against Maccabi Haifa, however, Eurobasket was told that Farmar urged his teammate to take matters up with the coach and find out why he hasn't been playing. Yesterday, Papaloukas called a one-on-one meeting with head coach David Blatt during practice to get an understanding about his situation. As a result of both the end of the lockout and the Greek-Israel meeting, Farmar was taken out of the rotation (returns to the US tomorrow), and Papaloukas was registered instead. It's important to note that the last time Papaloukas saw the parquet floor was Nov. 19. Since then, the Greek point guard sat out three consecutive games with Maccabi claiming, 'it was a professional decision.'

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick



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  FINLAND   


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 


Damon Williams claims Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Damon Williams (201-F-73) had an amazing evening in the last round for Pyrinto and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 38-year old forward had the game-high 24 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Pyrinto in his team's victory, helping them to beat ToPo (#5, 7-6) 88-76. Pyrinto is placed at 4th position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pyrinto will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. Williams has many years of experience at Pyrinto, through which he has constantly improved. Colorado State-Pueblo graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.3ppg), rebounds (8th best: 8.6rpg), assists (2nd best: 4.9apg) and averages solid 52.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of second-ranked Kauhajoki. Beidler impressed basketball fans with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Of course Kauhajoki cruised to a 92-84 overtime win over slightly lower-ranked Nilan Bisons (#3, 9-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Kauhajoki consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team's 10-4 record is not bad at all. Beidler is a newcomer at Kauhajoki and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.3ppg (#5). He also registered 9.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side) of top-ranked Kataja. Newson scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kataja, leading his team to a 95-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Korihait (#7, 6-8). Kataja confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 3 lost games. Newson has a great season in Finland. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 8.6rpg (7th best). He also has FGP: 52.6% and 3PT: 40.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) of Kataja - 22 points and 5 rebounds
5. John Fields (205-F-88) of Salon Vilpas - 9 points and 18 rebounds
6. Tim Blue (205-F-84) of KTP - 29 points and 11 rebounds
7. Malik Moore (192-G-77) of Namika Lahti - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80) of Pyrinto - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84) of LrNMKY - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jeremy Price (203-F-88) of Kataja - 19 points and 8 rebounds

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


KORISLIIGA: Two American Forwards needed - by Rauno Hurmalainen
There are two Top League teams making changes on their roster. KTP Basket (Kotka) has cut F Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) contract and KTP is after a replacement asap. Davis played 13 games on KTP roster averaging 12,1 ppg - 7,5 rpg in 24:57 mpg. Earlier KTP fired already American G Terrell Bell (198-G/F-89, college: Virginia Tech) and replaced Bell by Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma). Vilpas (Salo) didn't sign with American F Jacques Jones (201-F-86, college: Texas Southern), who played two games on Vilpas roster during his try out period. Jones averaged 7,0 ppg - 7,0 rpg in 27:37 mpg. Jones left Finland today for Germany, where he has played professionally earlier.

1st Division round 9 best performance: Kenneth Cooper - by Eurobasket News
American center Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for SayRi, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 26 rebounds, while his team SayRi maintains the 10th position in Finnish 1st Division. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 7 games and recorded just two victories. Cooper turned to be SayRi's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Alabama at Birmingham star has very solid stats this year. Cooper is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 13.4rpg). Worth to mention Cooper played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Gerald January (201-F/C-88) of BC Nokia. January had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for BC Nokia to edge the lower-ranked Huima (#8, 4-5) 81-75. BC Nokia's 3rd position in has not changed. His team's 7-2 record is not bad at all. January is a newcomer at BC Nokia, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Shawn Henderson (190-G) of Porvoon Tarmo (#9). Henderson scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Porvoon Tarmo, leading his team to a 78-76 win against slightly higher-ranked Ura Basket (#7, 4-5). The chances of Porvoon Tarmo not to end season at such low position in , however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Henderson could try to bring Porvoon Tarmo's a little bit higher in the standings. Henderson has individually a great season in Finland. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.0ppg (7th best) and assists with 5.0apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87) of SayRi - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Darren Townes (201-F-86) of BC Nokia - 21 points and 10 rebounds
6. Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87) of Oulun NMKY - 18 points and 11 rebounds
7. Joni Harjula (189-G-83) of Pyrinto II - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Walter Baxley (191-G-84) of Lapua - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Trey Britton (203-C/F-89) of Huima - 15 points and 14 rebounds
10. Mike King (201-F-74) of Porvoon Tarmo - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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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 


Massot Sacha back to Antibes - by Eurobasket News
Sacha Massot (205-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management) returned to Antibes for rest of the season. The player already made debut with his new/old team with in Round 9 of ProB, which was played last weekend. He shined with 17 points and 6 rebounds against Vichy. Antibes won that game on the road 69-84. Sacha Massot spent last season with Antibes averaging 13.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists. He was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Center of the Year -11. Massot left for Charleroi in May and helped them defend the title. It was his fourth title with Charleroi. In the past, Massot played for Pepinster as well. Sacha Massot played for the Belgian NT from 2006 to 2010.

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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 


Kumanovo signs Marjan Janevski - by Eurobasket News
Kumanovo announced signing of Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) for rest of the season. He will help the club at F/PF positions. Actually, Janevski already made debut for his new team. He scored 10 points against his former club Torus on Saturday night. Kumanovo grabbed 88-87 thriller win. Marjan Janevski played for Toros for the last two seasons. In the latest one he had 8.8 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 21 games in Superleague. In 2009/10, he had slightly better numbers. Janevski won the Macedonian title in 2009 with Rabotnicki. In the past, he also played for Mavrovo Gostivar. Janevski has experience from Macedonian U20 and U18 National Teams.

Jeremiah Boswell moves from Strumca to Torus - by Eurobasket News
Jeremiah Boswell (194-G-82) will spend rest of the season with Torus. The American guard signed a deal last week. He already made debut with Torus in Round 11 game against Kumanovo. Jeremiah Boswell started this season with Strumica. He appeared 6 times for them averaging 19.3 points and 2.7 rebounds. Boswell played for the same club also last season. He had 13.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.3 apg and 1.5 spg for 19 games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention -11. In the past, Jeremiah Boswell played in Switzerland and Bulgaria. He graduated at the University of Columbia in 2005.

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


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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.



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 


TBB Trier Give EJ Gallup A Sweet Farewell With A 64-54 Grind Out Win Against The Fraport Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Whoever said, you can only be a Lebron James or Kevin Durant to have a whirlwind basketball career with so much happening like the James and Rashard Lewis rumors about foul play and a girlfriend last summer or Durant seemingly being headed to every team in Europe even BBC Bayreuth, but even a Beko BBL player like Ernest-Joseph Gallup (193-G-81, college: Co.Carolina) has had a very exciting 2011 going from the restaurant business to playing in the IBL with the Albany Legends to TBB Trier for a few months after being a away for three years. Recently, the American confirmed that he will be heading back to the States to pursue a coaching career. After TBB Trier was unable to send him on his way with a win at home, the team had one last chance winning in Frankfurt and the club from the Mosel river was as focused as Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers is to follow in the footsteps of New England quarter back Tom Brady for a perfect regular season, Justin Bieber telling David letterman that he can smell a weasel concerning the woman who claims that she is fostering his baby or Chester Frazier is getting back to playing professional basketball with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg after being away from the professional ranks for a season going back to Illinois (NCAA) helping as an assistant coach as Gallup as his teammates grinded out a big 64-54 win. Gallup played only four minutes, but is just happy to leave the floor as a winner and has fond memories of teammate dru Joyce.. This was my first win here in this arena. With Ulm, I left as a loser here. This win was nice. I understand that since I am leaving, coach doesnt want to keep building the team after I go. I remember Dru showing me the ropes in UIm and when I came to Trier, he was first guy I met and helped me out. I consider Joyce a good friend, stressed Dru Joyce. After the tough win Joyce was stretching on the floor and had some time to reflect about Ernest-Joseph Gallup. I am excited that we got him the win. This was a big win for us and him. I remember my rookie season in Ulm, he helped me out when I came in. I remember him showing me how to drive manual. He really looked out for me, added Dru Joyce. We will miss Gallup a lot. He helped us out so much on the court. He is a great guy and I wish him the best of luck, stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum.

It had been 46 day and 8 losses since the Fraport Skyliners last won a game and that was only accomplished do to a buzzer beater from Justin Gray which has been simply dubbed the shot and with the overall play of Frankfurt vastly improved over the last games, the team was hoping for a success experience, but were disappointed again as they played a more than solid defensive game, but mustered only 54 points losing their ninth game in a row and entering the deregulation a place they hadnt seen since the Charles Barton era of 2006. Big today was that we stayed together as a team from the start until the end, but we had way to many turnovers and didnt rebound as much or as good than in the past. We have to keep positive, not feel sorry for ourselves and keep fighting, stressed ex NBA player Jermareo Davidson. For TBB Trier they were riding a three game losing streak and so far in the Henrik Rodel era had never lost more than three games in a row and showed a solid effort for 40 minutes. We played consistent for 40 minutes, kept our style and didnt let Frankfurt put us under pressure, stressed TBB Trier center Maik Zirbes. Lebron James friend Dru Joyce has lost enough games against Frankfurt in his career including two last season as a Dashaun Wood was in control and knows how Frankfurt feels now. I really feel for Frankfurt. You never want to lose so much. I know many guys in the team and they worked very hard tonight and left it on the floor. I know that when they are healthy, that they have the talent to win many games, warned Dru Joyce. Jon Leuer friend and teammate Keaton Nankivil was at the game to support him and was in awe of the hard fought game. I saw two good teams today and they did good things on the court. Frankfurt lost some steam in the second half, but every game is tough and Frankfurt just has to move on to the next game, stressed ratiopharm Ulm forward Keaton Nankivil.

Before the game started on time at 3.00pm, there were some interesting things seen on the court as TBB Trier forward Nate Linhart made a fancy behind the back shot with help of the back board, Quantez Robertson was highly motivated high fiving this reporter, Jimmy Mckinney was reunited with a friend from St Louis and the Skyliner fans made a very direct and forceful sign that was clear to see for the players as is it stated Relegation spot for one day is enough. Play, fight and win this game today. In the last weeks, the Fraport Skyliners have had solid starts and against TBB Trier it was no exception as they quickly found their rhythm, but TBB trier didnt allow Frankfurt to run away yet. Davidson and Mckinney put Frankfurt on the board early, but TBB Trier got three consecutive points inside with a Dragan Dojcin lay in and Zirbes lay in and dunk as TBB Trier led 6-5. However despite the quick tempo of the game, The Fraport Skyliners seemed a bit more motivated and finished the first quarter with a stunning 14-2 run to lead 19-8. German national player Tim Ohlbrecht hit a crisp hook shot over Zirbes and Quantez Robertson used his quick first step scoring with his left hand. Philipp Zwiener then scored on the fast break as Frankfurt still led 9-8. Frankfurt then closed out the run 10-0. It was John Leuer whos nickname Ferris Bueller gave a smile form Nankiviland has been known for scoring in bunches in recent games. He scored the last eight points hitting four jumpers from the wing. Jon has some resemblance to Ferris Bueller, but his character also fits to him. Frankfurt started off well and the run at the end was big. No matter if Leuer comes from the bench or starts, he is a scorer and proved it again in that run, stressed Keaton Nankivil. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 25% from outside while TBB Trier was shooting 31% from the field and 0% from outside. Frankfurt led the rebounding duel 10-5 and had three turnovers while TBB Trier had four turnovers.

The second quarter was almost ten minutes of runs as TBB Trier started with a 7-0 run, followed by a mini Frankfurt 4-0 run, followed by a 8-0 TBB Trier run and ended with a 8-0 TBB Trier run as the game was deadlocked 23-23. In the first TBB Trier run, the club got good production from young German Andreas Seiferth who got to the free throw line and a tough runner from Zwiener who was being defended well by Leuer. American John Bynum then made his first of three steals in the quarter which led to two dunks and free throws. We really picked up our energy after Bynum made those steals. He brought life to us and we kept it up for the rest of the game, added Dru Joyce. Frankfurt then went on a mini 4-0 run and Mckinney buried a catch and pop jumper and Frankfurt caught TBB Trier napping on fast break as Mckinney fed Davidson for a hard dunk as Frankfurt led 23-15. Then it was time for TBB Trier to go on a 8-0 run as Maik Zirbes dunked over Davidson and Bynum made another steal and went coast to coast with a one handed dunk as TBB Trier was back in the game trailing only 23-19. The run was extended as TBB Trier played aggressive defense and got easy steal as American Nate Linhart stole an inbound pass from Herber to Super Tez flinging a pass to little used German Joshiko Saibou who scored. Linhart then had some fortune standing in the right place getting the ball in his hands after Davidson had blocked Zirbes and lay the ball in the hole. Frankfurt then took the short lived 25-23 lead as Robertson showed that electrifying athleticism penetrating to the hoop and scoring with his left hand. TBB Trier answered with a John Bynum jumper as the score was 25-25. Dojcin then scored on a bank shot and Robertson hit two free throws as both teams escaped to their locker rooms with the score 27-27. Basketball is very fast paced and that is how it is with runs. It was good that Frankfurt could stay in the game. The play of Bynum hurt Frankfurt as they had more turnovers. TBB Trier also stepped up their defense forcing Frankfurt to tough shots, explained Keaton Nankivil. It felt good getting the steals. It is nice hearing nice words from Joyce, but I was just doing my job. I sparked the team, but the I just caught the ball in the lane, commented John Bynum. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 40% from the field and 17% from the three point line while TBB Trier was shooting 40% from the field and were 0/6 from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 19-13 rebound edge, but 9 turnovers in the second quarter as their total had risen to 12 while TBB Trier was doing a good job taking care of the ball with six turnovers only.

Against Gran Canaria, The Fraport Skyliners lost control in the third quarter and the team didnt learn form that as they allowed TBB Trier on a 13-4 run to take control of the game, own the momentum and take their biggest lead of the game 41-31. Mckinney started the third quarter with a runner, but TBB Trier kept the pressure on offense and defense hitting their shots and being able to escape on another run. Joyce hit a jumper and got in the lane for a lay up while versatile Serb Dojcin scored inside while Zwiener hit a jumper and TBB Trier led 36-31. Dojcin then got free for a split second and dropped a three point bomb over Skyliner captain Marius Nolte and John Bynum used his quickness and quick thinking scoring inside as Mckinney lost sight of his footwork as Frankfurt trailed 41-31. The Fraport Skyliners then were able to put a small dent in the TBB Trier momentum as they didnt allow the club to extend their lead, but cut it down a bit. Davidson hit a jumper and Michael Thompson made a steal and saw Jon Leuer in the corner of his eye and flung an ally-op pass for the American to put home as Frankfurt trailed only 41-35. Ex Alba Berlin youngster Andreas Seiferth then scored inside as Jon Leuer was a step to late, but Thompson had an answer ready with a juicy juice floater and Davidson dunked after fetching a no look pass from Robertson. Seiferth closed out the third quarter with two free throws as TBB Trier led 45-39. The overall play of the Fraport Skyliners was like night and day. In one instance totally concentrated, in the next as if they were playing their first pick up game in training camp. We pressured the ball well and had much havoc on defense which didnt suit Frankfurt, stressed Dru Joyce. TBB Trier got the lead and we had problems coming back, added Jon Leuer. TBB Trier was shooting 45% from the field and 22% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 39% from the field and 11% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 25-21 rebound advantage, but 14 turnovers while TBB Trier had nine turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, The Fraport Skyliners kept fighting, but each time where they were able to cut the lead down a bit and seemed still to be in striking range, they were unable to make some big stops to put a little crack in the TBB Trier offensive arsenal. After Zwiener and Mckinney traded baskets, it was Leuer who made a jumper and suddenly there was no life again in the Fraport arena as Frankfurt trailed only 47-43. However to some degree, Frankfurt had some fortune since Bynum, Joyce and Oskar Fasler missed six free throws as TBB Trier could have had a more comfortable lead at that juncture. However with Frankfurt seemingly to be pressuring, TBB Trier remained cool as they sneaked out on a 6-0 run to get the lead back to a healthy 53-43. It must be commended how TBB Trier head coach plays young Germans like Seiferth, Zirbes, Fassler and Saibou who would see only garbage time for most other teams and then in phases where there could be a turning point. In this run, Linhart made a lay in getting a nice pass from Zwiener and Seiferth dunked as help defense seemed to be taking a break and the young German then made his best play of the game getting a pass in the low post and not hesitating but releasing a turn around shot right away as Davidson only watched. German national player Johannes Herber then hit a big shot form the corner as TBB Trier led only 53-46. However, even in mismatches, TBB Trier was able to take total advantage as Bynum made a sweet fake and move around Davison missed , but tipped in his own rebound as no help on defense was around. TBB Trier led 55-46. Frankfurt made one last gasp comeback as Mckinney hit a three pointer and Leuer made two free throws as Frankfurt trailed 55-50. As quickly as Frankfurt was making some ground with time running down, they were able to lose that ground as fast as TBB Trier as Linhart made a big shot from the side and Joyce got free from the pick and hit a pull up jumper as TBB Trier led 60-50 with two minutes remaining. Frankfurt made costly turnovers and were forced too terrible shots that hit the side of the back board. After Linhart made an incredible runner high of the glass, TBB Trier led 62-51 with less than a minute to play. The Fraport arena was quieter and the first fans were leaving. A Mckinney jumper and Joyce free throws were the lasts coring plays of the game. We stayed with our play, not dropping our intensity and executing on offense. We had problems in the past like last week against Giessen closing out games, but today we got good looks and made our shots from good screens and cuts, warned Dru Joyce. We didnt get enough easy baskets today and we could of ran more transition. We had some mistakes on defense, but overall it was solid, stated Jon Leuer. The difference today was that when we were down, we stayed together until the end, stressed John Bynum.

TBB Trier was led by German Andreas Seiferth with 12 points. Philipp Zwiener, Dru Joyce, Dragan Dojcin and Nate Linhart chipped in with nine points a piece. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jon leuer with 14 points and three rebounds and Jimmy Mckinney with 14 points and four rebounds. TBB Trier shot 49% from the field and 27% from outside while The Fraport Skyliners shot 40% from the field and 21% from outside. The rebounds were 29-29 and Frankfurt had a high count of 17 turnovers while TBB Trier had 12. Frankfurt has been hearing the same words for weeks from opponents, but nothing changes. Sooner or later they will start winning. Frankfurt is playing together at times, but it hurts that Justin Gray is out. They have enough talent to get through this, but what their problem is, I cant really put a finger on it, added John Bynum. With the NBA lockout over, the question will be, how much longer will Jon Leuer still be in Frankfurt? He was a 2011 second round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks and can go if the club makes him an offer. If they want me, then I will go. We will see what happens in the next days, added Jon Leuer. Ex NBA player and teammate Jermareo Davidson has advice for Leuer if he makes the long journey across the big pond. He should be the first and last out of the gym. He also should find a friend with an NBA veteran preferredly a point guard, because they always fight for you, smiled Jermareo Davidson. The next game is in 48 hours on November 29th in Eurocup play against Lokumotive Kuban.



Sant-Roos' 28 points and 5 assists give him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
20-year old swingman Howard Sant-Roos (198-G/F-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for SU Medien and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had the game-high 28 points adding four rebounds and five assists for SU Medien in his team's victory, helping them to crush ALBA Berlin II (#12, 3-9) with 17-point margin 87-70. Thanks to this victory SU Medien moved-up to the 4th position in the ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. SU Medien will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. In the team's last game Sant-Roos had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be SU Medien's top player in his first season with the team. Howard Sant-Roos averages this season 16.5ppg and 6.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Jacob Doerksen (200-F-87, agency: Interperformances) of top-ranked Hannover. He is Canadian forward in his first season at Hannover. In the last game Doerksen recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 17 rebounds. Of course he lead Hannover to another comfortable win 71-52 over the lower-ranked Wulfen (#8, 6-6) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Hannover still keep North's top spot. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 9 matches. Doerksen is a newcomer at Hannover and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.9ppg (#3). He also registered 5.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of BSW Sixers (#3). Fleetwood scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Fleetwood's great performance BSW Sixers lost 59-60 to the lower-ranked Licher Baeren (#6, 6-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing BSW Sixers needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in South. Their record is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Fleetwood has a great season in Germany. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.3rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Edmunds Tukiss (200-F/C-89) of Dragons - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Fabian Luehring (213-C-82) of Rist Wedel - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Demetrius Jemison (203-F) of Fraport SKY II - 20 points and 10 rebounds
7. Jason Jamerson (188-G-86) of Noerdlingen - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Vincent Kittmann (199-F-88) of Herten - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kedrick Johnson (192-F-83) of Noerdlingen - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Raymond Wright (206-C-85) of Herten - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Heyden's double-double lands him ProA Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old center Phillipp Heyden (208-C-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team MBC and receives a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Karlsruhe (#14, 2-9) 101-95. It allowed MBC to consolidate first place in the ProA. MBC has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 9-1. It was one of impressive evenings for Heyden as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Phillipp Heyden averages this season 10.1ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Evan Harris (206-F/C-86, agency: I.D.S. Law) of Cuxhaven. He is American forward in his first season at Cuxhaven. In the last game Harris recorded impressive 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Cuxhaven to another comfortable win 90-73 over Webmoebel (6-5) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Cuxhaven to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Harris is a newcomer at Cuxhaven and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jefferson Mason (198-G-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of Webmoebel (#7). Mason scored 23 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Mason's great performance Webmoebel lost 73-90 to Cuxhaven (6-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Webmoebel needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 5 lost games. Mason has a very solid season. In 10 games in Germany he scored 17.0ppg. He also has 6.2rpg and FGP: 56.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martin Samarco (191-G-85) of Karlsruhe - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jeremy Black (203-F-85) of Jena - 24 points and 9 rebounds
6. Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83) of Cuxhaven - 27 points and 7 rebounds
7. Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Karlsruhe - 26 points and 9 rebounds
8. Bjoern Schoo (213-F/C-81) of Heidelberg - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Gary Johnson (188-PG-82) of Chemnitz - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Sascha Leutloff (202-F-82) of MBC - 18 points and 2 rebounds

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


DaShaun Wood claims Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American DaShaun Wood (185-G-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best ALBA and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 26-year old guard had the game-high 27 points adding six rebounds and five assists for ALBA in his team's victory, helping them to beat B.Muenchen (#8, 6-4) 85-79. ALBA is placed at 2nd position in German 1.Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. ALBA will need more victories to improve their 7-2 record. In the team's last game Wood had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be ALBA's top player in his first season with the team. Wright State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wood is in league's top in points (9th best: 15.8ppg) and assists (5th best: 5.6apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American guard Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports) of EWE Baskets. Paulding impressed basketball fans with 30 points and 8 rebounds. Of course he lead EWE Baskets to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Goettingen (#18, 1-9) 95-70. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in . But EWE Baskets managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Paulding is one of the most experienced players at EWE Baskets and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Reggie Redding (196-G-88) of Walter Tigers (#15). Redding showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Walter Tigers, leading his team to a 94-63 easy win against the higher-ranked NY Phantoms (#10, 5-5). The chances of Walter Tigers not to end season at such low position in , however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Redding could try to bring Walter Tigers' a little bit higher in the standings. Redding has a very solid season. In 9 games in Germany he scored 12.9ppg. He also has 5.4rpg and 3.1apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jared Jordan (188-PG-84) of Telekom Baskets - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Marc Antonio Carter (191-G-85) of Phoenix Hagen - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
6. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85) of ALBA - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Tony Gaffney (204-F-84) of Telekom Baskets - 16 points and 7 rebounds
8. Roderick Trice (191-F-84) of Ratiopharm - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85) of Brose Baskets - 14 points and 7 rebounds
10. Anthony King (206-F/C-85) of Art.Dragons - 19 points and 5 rebounds

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


Adam Constantine Joins Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With the hand injury to Edward Seward, Phoenix Hagen is lacking some toughness inside, so the team reacted quickly today bring in a reinforcement with Adam Constantine (206-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Elon). Constantine is a 23 year old 206cm forward from Raleigh, North Carolina. He played at Elon (NCAA) from 2006-2010 playing 113 NCAA games. In his senior year, he played : 32 games: 12.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 58.9%, FT: 56.8%. Last season as a professional rookie, he played for Rilski Sport Samokov (Bulgaria-NBL, starting five), only pre-season, in Jan.'11 moved to Solna Vikings (Sweden-Basketligan): 22 games: 12.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, FGP-2 (62.3%), FT: 73.0%. This season, he played for Ormanspor Genc Ankara (Turkey-TB2L, starting five) where he averaged 9,7ppg, 7,0rpg and 1,0apgand in Nov.'11 moved to Proteas Danoi AEL (Cyprus-Division A). Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been HS: First team all-conference selection -05, HS: Named team MVP -05, Southern Conf. Tournament Finalist -08, and ll-Southern Conf. 2nd Team -10.

Source: Phoenix Hagen






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Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. Aiolos Trikallon 8-1 
 2. Filathlitikos 7-2 
 3. Irakleio 7-2 
 4. Niki Volou 7-2 
 5. MENT 5-4 
 6. Koroivos 5-4 
 7. Near East 5-4 
 8. Agia Paraskevis 4-5 
 9. Stratoni 4-5 
 10. Doukas 4-5 
 11. Egaleo 4-5 
 12. Diagoras 4-5 
 13. Aias Evosmou 3-6 
 14. Anagennisi 3-6 
 15. Halkidona 1-8 
 16. Iraklis 1-8 


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


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 5-1 
 2. Panionios 5-1 
 3. 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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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. 5-1 
 3. Gary Splash 4-2 
 4. Battle Creek K. 1-3 
 5. Chicago R. 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 - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Mahram 9-0 
 2. Zob Ahan 8-1 
 3. Foolad Mahan 6-2 
 4. Azad 6-3 
 5. Sanaye Petrochimi 5-4 
 6. Petrochimi 5-4 
 7. Shiraz a.s Pipe 3-6 
 8. Saman Bank 3-6 
 9. M.H.Ahvaz 3-6 
 10. Gorgan 2-6 
 11. Zanjan 2-7 
 12. Jahesh 1-8 


Gorgan hand Zob Ahan their first loss - by Eurobasket News
Gorgan hand Zob Ahan their first loss as the latter is with 8-1 record now. Gorgan moved to the 10th spot after 70:66 win.
Zob Ahan started better and grabbed 7:6 after the first five minutes in the court. They kept the necessary difference at the end of the period at 13:11, but failed in the second quarter. Gorgan erupted for 30:27 at the halftime and enjoyed 56:45 after three periods. Moreover they led 63:51 with 5 minutes to go and managed to keep 4-point victory. Andre Brown (206-F/C-81, college: De Paul) stepped up with 26 points and 7 rebounds, while Hamed Hosseinzadeh (188-G) notched 16. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Ahmadian posted 19.
In another games Mahram overcame Azad 89:77 for the 9th victory. Foolad Mahan rolled over M.H.Ahvaz 81:70, while Jahesh edged Petrochimi 83:81.



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


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


Theodoros Papaloukas Has No Intensions Of Leaving Maccabi - by David Pick
After the NBA announced a shortened season forcing Jordan Farmar to leave Israel and return to the US, Israeli media is now hooked onto another story which involves Maccabi releasing another player. Several Israel media reports claimed today that Theodoros Papaloukas (Agency: FCM) 'requested to leave Maccabi Tel-Aviv.' Thus, it's only fair to hear the players' side to these remarks.

'Theo gave up a lot of things during the summer to join Maccabi and he's proud to be wearing their uniform,' Papaloukas' agent Giorgos Dimiropoulos told Eurobasket. 'Theo is known for being a talker,' he says, 'but it comes from a good place of leadership and the fact that he has huge competitive qualities. He'll do anything to win and that's what drives him so I honestly doubt he'd want or even ask to leave Maccabi.' A source close to the player tell Eurobasket that 'Papaloukas does indeed complain from time to time and tends to verbally throw things up in the air, but he doesn't mean them.' the source continues revealing an interesting fact shedding light on Papaloukas' situation, 'When he played for CSKA, he was fighting with coach Ettora Messina all the time, yet, they managed to develop a love relationship that brought them both many titles.'

Despite the lockout ending, Maccabi insisted on playing Farmar in tonight's game against Maccabi Haifa, however, Eurobasket was told that Farmar urged his teammate to take matters up with the coach and find out why he hasn't been playing. Yesterday, Papaloukas called a one-on-one meeting with head coach David Blatt during practice to get an understanding about his situation. As a result of both the end of the lockout and the Greek-Israel meeting, Farmar was taken out of the rotation (returns to the US tomorrow), and Papaloukas was registered instead. It's important to note that the last time Papaloukas saw the parquet floor was Nov. 19. Since then, the Greek point guard sat out three consecutive games with Maccabi claiming, 'it was a professional decision.'

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick



Premier League Round 7: Maccabi T-A needed overtime for the top position - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the Premier League leadership position after last games. Round 7 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Ironi Ashkelon (5-2). They were crushed by fifth ranked B.C. Habikaa (4-2) 93-74 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Ironi Ashkelon. The game without a history. B.C. Habikaa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. B.C. Habikaa looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Ironi Ashkelon's players. It was a great evening for American guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 9 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!). His fellow American import swingman Dion Dowell (200-85, college: Houston) helped adding 17 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side American swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) responded with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. B.C. Habikaa moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Ironi Ashkelon at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They share it with Galil Gilboa. They were replaced at the leadership position by Maccabi T-A. Ironi Ashkelon will play next round against Bnei Hasharon trying to make it back to the top of the standings. B.C. Habikaa will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Elitzur Netanya on the road.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks by Ekpe Udoh of Bnei Hasharon.


Maccabi Rishon - Elitzur Netanya 79-69

Rather expected game in Rishon Le-Zion where bottom-ranked Elitzur Netanya (0-6) was defeated by eighth ranked Maccabi Rishon (3-3) 79-69 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Rishon. Elitzur Netanya was better in third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American swingman Joe Crawford (196-86, college: Kentucky, agency: Priority Sports) helped adding 21 points. Four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) scored 17 points. Maccabi Rishon moved-up to seventh place. Loser Elitzur Netanya still closes the standings with six games lost. Maccabi Rishon will face Maccabi Ashdod (#10) on the road in the next round. Elitzur Netanya will play against B.C. Habikaa and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: J.Crawford 21+4reb+3ast, A.Uter 18+6reb+5ast, A.Ben David 15+1reb+2ast, N.Hanochi 11+2reb+1ast, B.Bowman 9+7reb+1ast, O.Solomon 3+1reb+1ast
Elitzur Netanya: A.Banks 17+3reb+2ast, B.Asbury 13+8reb+1ast, J.Randle 13+2reb+7ast, Y.Orland 9, L.Hakmon 8+4reb, C.Burns 7+7reb+5ast
gschID: 137317


Bnei Hasharon - Galil Gilboa 82-84

Very predictable result in Hod Hasharon where third ranked Galil Gilboa (5-2) edged 9th ranked Bnei Hasharon (1-5) 84-82 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bnei Hasharon won third quarter 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Galil Gilboa won last quarter 21-20. It was a great evening for American point guard Chaisson Allen (192-89, college: Northeastern) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points. His fellow American import Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) helped adding 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. At the losing side Nigerian power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) scored 26 points and 8 assists. Galil Gilboa have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Ironi Ashkelon. Bnei Hasharon lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with five games lost. Galil Gilboa will have a break next round. Bnei Hasharon will play at home against Ironi Ashkelon (#3).
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: C.Allen 24+4reb+1ast, R.Travis 13+6reb+7ast, J.Jones 13+8reb+2ast, C.Thomas 12+5reb+8ast, I.Kozikaro 10+4reb, O.Farhi 9+4reb+1ast
Bnei Hasharon: T.Carter 26+3reb+8ast, E.Udoh 22+16reb+3ast, L.Dunn 18+9reb+4ast, K.Lawson 8+4reb+1ast, G.Lavie 5+3reb, E.Katz 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 137318


Hapoel Holon - Maccabi Ashdod 93-84

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (1-5) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Hapoel Holon (4-3) 93-84 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 51-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Holon made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game, while Maccabi Ashdod only scored eight points from the stripe. They outrebounded Maccabi Ashdod 38-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. Maccabi Ashdod was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 5 assists. Power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) helped adding 17 points and 11 rebounds. Four Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Josh Carter (201-88, college: Texas A&M) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Hapoel Holon maintains sixth place with 4-3 record. Maccabi Ashdod lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. Hapoel Holon will face league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Ashdod will play at home against Maccabi Rishon (#7) in Rishon Le-Zion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: R.Lewis 20+4reb+5ast, B.Dunston 17+11reb+1ast, T.Mitchell 16+7reb, M.Roth 12+2reb+3ast, P.Sullivan 9+8reb+2ast, S.Harush 9+3reb+4ast
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Duncan 21+10reb+5ast, J.Carter 20+5reb+1ast, R.Bradley 13+2reb+5ast, A.Tyus 11+2reb, G.Karni 9+5reb+1ast, M.Tapiro 8+2reb+9ast
gschID: 137319


Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi T-A 79-84 OT

Maccabi T-A needed overtime for the top position to take 5-1 record. Hendrix stepped up with 19 points and James added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: R.Hendrix 19+8reb, S.James 15+11reb, D.Blu 13+12reb+1ast, T.Burstein 9+2reb+1ast, K.Langford 8+4reb+3ast, G.Pnini 8+5reb+1ast
Maccabi Haifa: J.Jackson 20+4reb+4ast, S.Landesberg 17+7reb+3ast, A.Ben-Chimol 16, C.Powell 13+4reb+3ast, T.Wilkerson 9+9reb, S.Williams 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 137320


B.C. Habikaa - Ironi Ashkelon 93-74

There was a change at the Premier League leadership position after last games. Round 7 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Ironi Ashkelon (5-2). They were crushed by fifth ranked B.C. Habikaa (4-2) 93-74 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Ironi Ashkelon. The game without a history. B.C. Habikaa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. B.C. Habikaa looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Ironi Ashkelon's players. It was a great evening for American guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 9 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!). His fellow American import swingman Dion Dowell (200-85, college: Houston) helped adding 17 points and 10 rebounds. Four B.C. Habikaa players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) responded with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Niv Berkowitz (190-86, college: Marquette, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) scored 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. B.C. Habikaa moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Ironi Ashkelon at the other side dropped to the second position with two games lost. They share it with Galil Gilboa. They were replaced at the leadership position by Maccabi T-A. Ironi Ashkelon will play next round against Bnei Hasharon trying to make it back to the top of the standings. B.C. Habikaa will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Elitzur Netanya on the road.
Top scorers:
B.C. Habikaa: P.Delaney 20+4reb+9ast, R.Freeman 17+5reb+1ast, D.Dowell 17+10reb+1ast, E.Skverer 13+5reb+3ast, I.Grinboim 9+1reb+4ast, N.Cohen 9+2reb
Ironi Ashkelon: N.Berkowitz 15+1reb+3ast, R.Limonad 15+2reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 13+9reb+4ast, A.Simhon 8+1ast, T.Skinn 7+4reb+1ast, M.Killingsworth 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 137316




Frank Robinson Returns To Israel, Joins B.C. Habikaa - by David Pick
After publicly dumping Danilo Pinnock over a marijuana incident, B.C. Habikaa significantly strengthened their squad, signing the former Atlanta Hawks explosive guard and last season's Eurobasket Israeli League Defensive Player of the Year Frank Robinson, returning to Israel after playing last season for Maccabi Haifa.

Robinson began the 2011-2012 season in Georgia with Sokhumi Tbilisi, however, after recording 16.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0bpg in the EuroChallenge Qualifying Round, a number of off court issues surrounding the problematic club, led to him terminating his contract. Later that month Robinson moved to Germany (Artland Dragons), but his release forms didn't show and the team went in a different direction.

The '08 Cal State Fullerton alumnus begins his third journey of the season after leaving Georgia (wasn't paid his player salary) and Germany (failed to receive his FIBA letter of clearance on time). The 6-foot-4, 27-year-old guard's European career instantly took off, signing with Euroleague's Olympia Ljubljana (Slovenia), averaging 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 20 minutes. His voyage latter on took him to Ludwigsburg (Germany), where he developed his game and improved his stats to 11 points and 5 boards. Prior to landing in the holy-land for the first time, Robinson played with the NBA's Atlanta Hawks before joining Maccabi Haifa. In Israel, Robinson played in the EuroChallenge (9.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9spg), and the Israeli League (12.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.7apg) finishing second in the league in steals with 2.4 per game.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick




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Nazionale A Round 11: Matera defeats leader Bari - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Bari (6-5) on the court of sixth ranked Matera on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Matera 73-66. Bari was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Bari helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Gianni Cantagalli (196-88, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Pierluigi Aprea (191-91) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Argentinian forward Silvio Gigena (200-75) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Bari. Matera (4-7) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Newly promoted Bari still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with Trento and Recanati. Matera is looking forward to face Latina Basket (#4) on the road in the next round. Bari will play against the league's second-placed Orlandina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Treviglio. Fourth ranked Treviglio (8-3) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Trieste (7-4) 61-58 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Trieste. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. It was a great evening for center Jacopo Borra (212-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks. Gabriele Zanella helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. The former international point guard Marco Carra (185-80) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Treviglio have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Casalpusterlengo and Torino. Trieste at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Treviglio will play against Pavia (#5) at home in the next round. Trieste will play against Castelletto (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Pavia between Pavia and Firenze. Fifth ranked Pavia (4-7) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Firenze (3-8). Pavia managed to escape with a 3-point win 65-62 in the game for the fourth place. It was an exceptional evening for Roberto Cazzaniga who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Stefano Rabaglietti came up with 15 points for Firenze in the defeat. Pavia moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Firenze lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Santarcangelo. Pavia will meet league's second-placed Treviglio on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Firenze will play against the league's leader Omegna and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Torino (8-3) against sixth ranked Castelletto (4-7) on Sunday night. Visiting Torino was defeated by Castelletto in a tough game in Castelletto 74-78. The best player for the winners was Matteo Raminelli who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Castelletto moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Torino at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Castelletto's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Trieste on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torino will play against Casalpusterlengo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Casalpusterlengo (8-3) which played road game in Siena against 4th placed Comsum.it SI (4-7). Third ranked Casalpusterlengo managed to get a 5-point victory 71-66. Roberto Prandin orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. Comsum.it SI's coach Matteo Mecacci rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Casalpusterlengo moved-up to second place, which they share with Treviglio and Torino. Loser Comsum.it SI keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Casalpusterlengo will face Torino (#4) on the road in the next round. Comsum.it SI will play against Trento and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 11: Recanati was beaten by Napoli on the road 83-72. Ruvo lost to Latina Basket on its own court 57-72. Anagni unfortunately lost to San Severo in a road game 65-69. Fabriano managed to beat Chieti at home 76-69. Orlandina defeated Ferentino on the opponent's court 75-68. Santarcangelo was beaten by Trento in a home game 71-78. Perugia lost to Omegna on the road 69-86.
The most impressive performance of 11th round was 25 points and 7 rebounds by Giovanni Fattori of San Severo.



Comsum.it SI - Casalpusterlengo 66-71

An interesting game for Casalpusterlengo (8-3) which played road game in Siena against 4th placed Comsum.it SI (4-7). Third ranked Casalpusterlengo managed to get a 5-point victory 71-66. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 23-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Casalpusterlengo shot 32 for 46 from the free-throw line, while Comsum.it SI only scored fourteen points from the stripe. Casalpusterlengo forced 19 Comsum.it SI turnovers. Comsum.it SI was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Roberto Prandin (188-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. Forward Giampaolo Ricci (200-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Stefano Simeoli (200-86) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and guard Nicola Mei (186-85) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Comsum.it SI. Comsum.it SI's coach Matteo Mecacci rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Casalpusterlengo moved-up to second place, which they share with Treviglio and Torino. Loser Comsum.it SI keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Casalpusterlengo will face Torino (#4) on the road in the next round. Comsum.it SI will play against Trento and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: R.Prandin 22+3reb, R.Casagrande 19+3reb, G.Ricci 13+11reb, A.Chiumenti 9+7reb, P.Biligha 6+1reb, R.Castelli 2+4reb
Comsum.it SI: S.Simeoli 19+9reb+1ast, N.Mei 14+5reb+3ast, A.Tessitori 11+2reb, M.Cucco 8+1reb, G.Spizzichini 7+1reb+2ast, R.Bernardi 5+3reb
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Napoli - Recanati 83-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Napoli's (9-2) home victory over second-ranked Recanati (6-5) 83-72 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 51-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Napoli outrebounded Recanati 40-21 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Simone Gatti (202-82) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Napoli players scored in double figures. Guard Marco Ceron (195-92) answered with 20 points and guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) added 14 points in the effort for Recanati. Newly promoted Napoli maintains first place with 9-2 record which they share with defeated Recanati. Loser Recanati still keeps top position with five games lost. Napoli will face Chieti (#4) on the road in the next round. Recanati will play against Ferentino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Napoli: B.Musso 18+14reb+5ast, N.Rizzitiello 15+4reb+2ast, S.Lenardon 15+2reb+3ast, N.Sabbatino 14+3reb+1ast, S.Gatti 13+6reb+2ast, A.Iannilli 7+9reb+4ast
Recanati: M.Ceron 20+3reb+1ast, A.Pierini 15+3reb, M.Evangelisti 14+4reb+3ast, P.Chiarello 7+3reb+1ast, M.Pierangeli 7+6reb, F.Gilardi 6+2ast
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Ruvo - Latina Basket 57-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Ruvo's (2-9) home loss to fourth ranked Latina Basket (5-6) in Ruvo di Puglia 57-72 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Latina Basket. Ruvo was better in second period 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ruvo to just 7 points in first quarter. Latina Basket forced 20 Ruvo turnovers. Riccardo Romano (191-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Latina Basket players scored in double figures. Guard Gianluca Valesin (193-92) answered with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and power forward Frederic Emejuru (203-88) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Ruvo. Latina Basket moved-up to third place, which they share with San Severo. Loser Ruvo keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Latina Basket will face Matera (#6) at home in the next round. Ruvo will play against Mazzeo San Severo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: R.Romano 15+8reb+2ast, M.Micevic 14+6reb+1ast, G.Gazzotti 12+6reb, R.Serena 11+4ast, T.Milani 8+4reb+5ast, R.Tavernelli 7+3reb+1ast
Ruvo: G.Valesin 17+4reb+1ast, F.Emejuru 12+8reb+1ast, C.Villani 9+4reb, T.Laquintana 6+3reb+4ast, M.Tagliabue 4+3reb, D.Merletto 4+2reb+1ast
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San Severo - Anagni 69-65

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Mazzeo San Severo and 5th ranked Anagni had identical 4-6 record. This time Mazzeo San Severo used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Anagni 69-65 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 36-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Giovanni Fattori (202-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Forward Francesco Amoroso (202-78) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Mazzeo San Severo players scored in double figures. Naturalized Argentinian center Diego Corral (205-86, agency: Players Group) answered with 9 points and 11 rebounds and forward Jacopo Pozzi (200-87) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Anagni. Mazzeo San Severo maintains third place with 5-6 record having four points less than leader Bari, which they share with Latina Basket. Loser Anagni dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Mazzeo San Severo will face Ruvo (#6) in Ruvo di Puglia in the next round. Anagni will play against Fabriano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Severo: G.Fattori 25+7reb, F.Amoroso 14+8reb, F.Lovatti 14+4reb+2ast, I.Scarponi 11+4reb, F.Candido 3+5reb+2ast, R.Marzoli 1+4reb
Anagni: A.Malamov 14+2ast, J.Pozzi 12+5reb, N.Benedusi 12+2reb+1ast, D.Corral 9+11reb+1ast, R.Santolamazza 7+7reb+1ast, M.Baroncelli 5+1reb+1ast
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Fabriano - Chieti 76-69

There was a minor upset when 4th placed Chieti (4-7) lost on the road to sixth ranked Fabriano (2-9) 76-69 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-69. Fabriano forced 23 Chieti turnovers. Naturalized Argentinian point guard Nicolas Manuel Stanic (177-84, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. The former international forward Mario Gigena (198-77) contributed with 13 points for the winners. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and forward Roberto Feliciangeli (203-74) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Chieti. Four Chieti players scored in double figures. Fabriano moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ruvo. Chieti at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Fabriano will face Anagni (#5) on the road in the next round. Chieti will play against the league's leader Napoli.
Top scorers:
Fabriano: N.Manuel Stanic 13+4reb+5ast, M.Gigena 13+3reb+2ast, C.Fontani 12+1reb+2ast, L.Usberti 9+1reb, G.Sgobba 9+2reb, M.Trapella 8+4reb
Chieti: R.Feliciangeli 17+5reb+1ast, F.Gialloreto 13+2reb+1ast, E.Rossi 13+10reb, A.Raschi 12+6reb+2ast, T.Ingrosso 4+2reb, S.Rajola 4+1reb+1ast
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Matera - Bari 73-66

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Bari (6-5) on the court of sixth ranked Matera on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Matera 73-66. Bari was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Bari helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Gianni Cantagalli (196-88, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Pierluigi Aprea (191-91) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Argentinian forward Silvio Gigena (200-75) answered with 23 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Maltese center Samuel Deguara (224-91) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Bari. Matera (4-7) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Newly promoted Bari still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with Trento and Recanati. Matera is looking forward to face Latina Basket (#4) on the road in the next round. Bari will play against the league's second-placed Orlandina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Matera: A.Pilotti 15+4reb, P.Aprea 15+5reb+2ast, G.Cantagalli 14+6reb+3ast, C.Grappasonni 8+5reb, A.LaGioia 6+4reb+1ast, L.Tardito 5+9reb
Bari: S.Gigena 23+7reb, F.Mian 12+1reb, S.Deguara 9+8reb, M.Bona 9+3reb+1ast, A.Ruggiero 5+3reb+4ast, D.Morena 5+7reb+1ast
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Ferentino - Orlandina 68-75

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when third ranked Orlandina (7-4) defeated on the road second-ranked Ferentino (7-4) 75-68 on Sunday. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Orlandina led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forward Andrea Benevelli (202-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Fabio Zanelli (196-76) contributed with 19 points and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) answered with 15 points, 5 assists and 6 steals and naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) added 7 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ferentino. Orlandina keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Ferentino. Orlandina will face league's leader Bari in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ferentino will play against the league's second-placed Recanati and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orlandina: A.Benevelli 30+7reb+1ast, F.Zanelli 19+4reb+6ast, N.Damiani 6+5reb, N.Crow 5+6reb+1ast, G.Zampolli 5+1reb+1ast, P.Albertinazzi 5+3reb+3ast
Ferentino: F.Guarino 15+2reb+5ast, S.Parrillo 11+2reb, L.Panzini 10+2reb, M.Carrizo 7+7reb+3ast, L.Pongetti 6+3reb, A.Iannuzzi 5+4reb
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Santarcangelo - Trento 71-78

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Santarcangelo (3-8) lost to third ranked Trento (6-5) in Sant'Arcangelo 71-78 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Trento outrebounded Santarcangelo 37-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Center Marco Pazzi (203-79) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds. The former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Trento players scored in double figures. Swingman Luca Bedetti (193-89) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and forward Jacopo Silimbani (202-86) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Santarcangelo. Santarcangelo's coach Massimo Padovano tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Trento keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Bari and Recanati. Santarcangelo lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Trento will face Comsum.it SI (#4) in Siena in the next round. Santarcangelo will play on the road against the league's leader Perugia.
Top scorers:
Trento: M.Pazzi 21+15reb, W.Santarossa 18+8reb, S.Fiorito 13+3reb+1ast, M.Negri 12+3reb+1ast, L.Conte 11+5reb, M.Spanghero 2+1reb+1ast
Santarcangelo: L.Bedetti 22+5reb+2ast, L.Pesaresi 11, J.Silimbani 9+5reb, G.Broglia 8+2reb+1ast, M.Bonaiuti 7+3reb+1ast, N.Italiano 6+1reb
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Treviglio - Trieste 61-58

Important game to mention about took place in Treviglio. Fourth ranked Treviglio (8-3) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-ranked Trieste (7-4) 61-58 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Trieste. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Trieste was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was a great evening for center Jacopo Borra (212-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 9 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks. Power forward Gabriele Zanella (204-81) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. The former international point guard Marco Carra (185-80) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds and forward Luca Gandini (205-85) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Treviglio have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Casalpusterlengo and Torino. Trieste at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Treviglio will play against Pavia (#5) at home in the next round. Trieste will play against Castelletto (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: G.Zanella 13+7reb+2ast, A.Vitale 11+3reb+2ast, J.Borra 9+18reb+1ast, A.Fabi 8+2reb, N.Cazzolato 8+1reb+1ast, R.Marulli 5+1reb+2ast
Trieste: M.Carra 21+7reb, L.Gandini 10+6reb+1ast, D.Mastrangelo 9+2reb, L.Zaccariello 8+7reb+1ast, G.Zecchin 4+4reb+1ast, M.Ruzzier 4+1reb+2ast
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Pavia - Firenze 65-62

A very close game took place in Pavia between Pavia and Firenze. Fifth ranked Pavia (4-7) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Firenze (3-8). Pavia managed to escape with a 3-point win 65-62 in the game for the fourth place. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-14. But Firenze won second period 13-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pavia forced 25 Firenze turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Roberto Cazzaniga (205-78) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized Ivorian swingman Ibrahim Cisse (188-84) accounted for 15 points and 5 steals for the winning side. Four Pavia players scored in double figures. The former international guard Stefano Rabaglietti (190-83) came up with 15 points and forward Stefano Spizzichini (202-90) added 7 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Firenze in the defeat. Pavia moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Firenze lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Santarcangelo. Pavia will meet league's second-placed Treviglio on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Firenze will play against the league's leader Omegna and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pavia: I.Cisse 15+4reb, R.Cazzaniga 14+12reb+1ast, R.Pederzini 12+2reb+2ast, L.Furlanetto 10+2reb+1ast, S.Borgna 6+2ast, R.Maggio 4+5reb+3ast
Firenze: S.Rabaglietti 15+3reb+2ast, D.Scodavolpe 10+1ast, M.Sanna 8+5reb, A.Amici 7+7reb+1ast, S.Spizzichini 7+11reb, F.Rotella 7+1reb
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Omegna - Perugia 86-69

There was a small surprise when first ranked Omegna (10-1) beat at home leader Perugia (7-4) 86-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Omegna. Perugia was better in fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Omegna dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Perugia's 34 and made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Omegna forced 21 Perugia turnovers and outrebounded them 32-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. Guard Andrea Saccaggi (192-89, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Stefano Masciadri (200-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Davide Poltroneri (195-85) answered with 12 points and the former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) added 12 points in the effort for Perugia. Five Omegna and four Perugia players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Omegna. They maintain first place with 10-1 record which they share with defeated Perugia. Loser Perugia still keeps top position with four games lost. Omegna will face Firenze (#5) on the road in the next round. Perugia will play against Santarcangelo (#6) in Sant'Arcangelo.
Top scorers:
Omegna: A.Saccaggi 20+5reb+2ast, M.Toure 17, T.Raspino 13+2reb+2ast, S.Masciadri 13+10reb+1ast, M.Bertolazzi 10+3reb+8ast, P.Paci 7+5reb
Perugia: F.Baldi Rossi 12+1reb, D.Poltroneri 12+2reb+3ast, L.Bisconti 12+1reb+1ast, R.Truccolo 11+3reb, C.Cutolo 7+1reb, S.Bonamente 7+3reb
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Castelletto - Torino 78-74

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Torino (8-3) against sixth ranked Castelletto (4-7) on Sunday night. Visiting Torino was defeated by Castelletto in a tough game in Castelletto 74-78. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-17. But Torino won second period 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Castelletto shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was center Matteo Raminelli (203-83) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. point guard Armando Iannone (187-90) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. Guard Daniele Parente (190-78) produced 13 points and 9 assists and the former international forward Cristiano Masper (208-73) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Castelletto moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Torino at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Castelletto's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Trieste on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torino will play against Casalpusterlengo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Castelletto: F.Dri 18+1ast, M.Cucinelli 15+3reb+2ast, M.Raminelli 14+14reb+3ast, A.Iannone 12+4reb+6ast, S.Cotani 8+4reb+2ast, L.Marmugi 5+1reb
Torino: F.Tassinari 18+3reb+1ast, M.Portannese 17+5reb, C.Masper 17+5reb+1ast, D.Parente 13+1reb+9ast, L.Fontecchio 3+5reb+1ast, M.DeFant 2+1reb
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Bruttini's 29 points give him Lega2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Davide Bruttini (203-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Aget Imola and receives a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had the game-high 29 points adding five rebounds for Aget Imola in his team's victory, helping them to beat MarcoPoloShop (#12, 3-5) 77-72. Aget Imola is placed at 7th position in Lega2. Aget Imola is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. In the team's last game Bruttini had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Aget Imola, through which he has constantly improved. Davide Bruttini averages this season 10.0ppg.

Second best performed player last round was James Thomas (203-F/C-80) of Scafati Basket. He is American forward in his first season at Givova Scafati. In the last game Thomas recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Givova Scafati was edged by the lower-ranked Assi Ostuni (#10, 4-5) 75-74. Givova Scafati managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Thomas is a newcomer at Givova Scafati and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA (#6). Maggioli scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Fileni BPA, leading his team to a 82-73 win against the lower-ranked Sigma Barcel. (#9, 4-5). Fileni BPA needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Maggioli has a great season in Italy. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.6ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 8.0rpg (5th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 66.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86) of Morpho Basket - 22 points and 8 rebounds
5. Gerald Lee (208-F-87) of Prima Veroli - 21 points and 10 rebounds
6. Dawan Robinson (189-G-82) of Trenkwalder - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jason Rowe (178-G-78) of Prima Veroli - 21 points and 7 assists
8. Riccardo Moraschini (195-G-91) of S.Antimo - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Franko Bushati (188-G-85) of Centrale Latte - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Austin Freeman (190-G-89) of MarcoPoloShop - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Best players of SerieA round 8 - by Eurobasket News
American Andre Smith (203-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Pepsi Caserta and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 32 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Armani MI (#2, 5-2) 91-80. Pepsi Caserta is placed at 10th position in Italian SerieA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pepsi Caserta will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Pepsi Caserta's top player in his first season with the team. North Dakota State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (9th best: 15.3ppg), rebounds (8th best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 66.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old Australian center David Andersen (212-C-80) of league's best team Montepaschi. Andersen impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Montepaschi to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Vanoli CR (#14, 2-6) 102-66. This victory allowed Montepaschi to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team has currently 6-2 record. Andersen is a newcomer at Montepaschi 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 Bulgarian forward Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) of Fabi Shoes (#16). Ivanov scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Ivanov's great performance Fabi Shoes lost 82-87 to slightly higher-ranked Novipiu CM (#15, 2-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Fabi Shoes can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-6 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Ivanov he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Ivanov has individually a great season in Italy. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) of Armani MI - 24 points and 4 rebounds
5. Jeff Adrien (201-F-86) of Benetton TV - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Greg Brunner (201-C/F-83) of Fabi Shoes - 17 points and 8 rebounds
7. Andre Collins (183-PG-82) of Pepsi Caserta - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) of Benetton TV - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Linton Johnson (203-F-80) of Sidigas AV - 18 points and 7 rebounds
10. Ronald Slay (203-F-81) of Sidigas AV - 24 points and 6 rebounds

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


Standings - 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 - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Perugia 7-4 
 2. Trieste 7-4 
 3. Trento 6-5 
 4. Comsum.it SI 4-7 
 5. Firenze 3-8 
 6. Santarcangelo 3-8 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 10-1 
 2. Treviglio 8-3 
 3. Casalpusterlengo 8-3 
 4. Torino 8-3 
 5. Pavia 4-7 
 6. Castelletto 4-7 
Div.South-East
 1. Bari 6-5 
 2. Recanati 6-5 
 3. San Severo 5-6 
 4. Chieti 4-7 
 5. Fabriano 2-9 
 6. Ruvo 2-9 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 9-2 
 2. Orlandina 7-4 
 3. Ferentino 7-4 
 4. Latina Basket 5-6 
 5. Anagni 4-7 
 6. Matera 4-7 


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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Best players of JBL round 8 - by Eurobasket News
Former international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Tochigi Brex and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 34 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Mitsubishi DD (#7, 5-11) 89-80. Tochigi Brex is placed at 4th position in JBL. Tochigi Brex 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 8-8 record. In the team's last game Kawamura had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He has many years of experience at Tochigi Brex, through which he has constantly improved. Kawamura has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.2ppg. Kawamura is in league's top in assists (4th best: 3.5apg) and averages solid 2.3spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 34-year old American forward Ron Hale (203-F-77) of Mitsubishi DD. Hale impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Mitsubishi DD lost that game 71-80 to the higher-ranked Tochigi Brex (#4, 8-8). This loss caused Mitsubishi DD to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. Hale is one of the most experienced players at Mitsubishi DD and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.4ppg (#4). He also registered 6.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was international forward Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) of Hitachi SR (#3). Takeuchi scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Takeuchi's great performance Hitachi SR lost 70-73 to the lower-ranked Hokkaido L. (#6, 7-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Hitachi SR needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 6 lost games. Takeuchi has a great season in Japan. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.9ppg (6th best), rebounds with 8.8rpg (3rd best) and assists with 2.9apg (8th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 52.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) of Panasonic T. - 29 points and 7 rebounds
5. J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) of Aishin SH - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists
6. J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) of Aishin SH - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jamar Smith (206-F/C-80) of Hitachi SR - 16 points and 3 rebounds
8. Jai Lewis (201-F-83) of Hokkaido L. - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85) of Hitachi SR - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Kevin Young (206-C-84) of Aishin SH - 13 points, 3 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)


BJ League Round 16: Leader Osaka Evessa loses to Miyazaki Shining Suns - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, few extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Osaka Evessa (11-3) recorded its third loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (6-8) 74-67. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 31-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Miyazaki Shining Suns looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) fired 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) chipped in 9 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Miyazaki Shining Suns have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 6-8 record, which they share with Toyama Grouses. Osaka Evessa at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. They share the position with Okinawa GK. Miyazaki Shining Suns is looking forward to face higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Osaka Evessa will play against Chiba Jets and is hoping to win this game.
Hamamatsu Phoenix (9-5) survived in overtime against Akita Happinets (10-4) by eleven points 88-77 on Sunday night. The game took place in Akita. But the guests from Mikawa were better at the end. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Jermaine Dixon fired 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 9-5 record having just two points less than leader Akita NH, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Akita Happinets still keep top place with four games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face Fukuoka Rizing (#5) on the road in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against the league's second-placed Okinawa GK (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 16 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Oita H.Devils were defeated by Okinawa GK in a road game 91-80. Toyama Grouses smashed Chiba Jets at home 100-61. Winless Takamatsu FA were destroyed by Shiga L-Stars on the opponent's court 95-69. Sendai 89ers managed to outperform Fukuoka Rizing in a home game 85-78. Iwate Big Bulls recorded a loss to Niigata Albirex on the road 72-62.


Okinawa GK - Oita H.Devils 91-80

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (3-11) were defeated on the road by second ranked Okinawa GK (11-3) 91-80 on Sunday. The game without a history. Okinawa GK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah) fired 23 points for the winners. Guard Narito Namizato (175-89) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Okinawa GK's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Okinawa GK have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Oita Heat Devils lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 11 games lost. Okinawa GK will face league's leader Akita Happinets on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Oita Heat Devils will play against Yokohama BC (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: D.Palmer 23+3reb+1ast, A.McHenry 16+2reb+1ast, N.Namizato 13+4reb+5ast, J.Newton 9+6reb+6ast, R.Okosa 8+12reb+1ast, M.Yamauchi 6
Oita H.Devils: W.White 22+12reb+2ast, T.Cummings 18+9reb+1ast, S.Umemiya 8+4reb+1ast, Z.Atkinson 8+4reb, M.Lottich 8+4reb+2ast, N.Takushi 7+4reb+4ast
gschID: 141975


Toyama Grouses - Chiba Jets 100-61

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Toyama Grouses (6-8) smashed at home higher ranked Chiba Jets (8-6) 100-61 on Sunday. The game without a history. Toyama Grouses led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Chiba Jets' 22. Toyama Grouses had a 30-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Toyama Grouses made 8 blocks. Chiba Jets were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) chipped in 19 points and 7 assists. American guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) added 12 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. Toyama Grouses moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Miyazaki SS. Loser Chiba Jets dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round. Chiba Jets will play at home against the league's leader Osaka Evessa (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: H.Johnson 19+10reb+4ast, T.Mito 19+4reb+7ast, M.Joho 16+2ast, I.Brown 9+3reb+3ast, D.Searcy 9+9reb+1ast, R.Horikawa 8+6reb
Chiba Jets: J.Staten 15+7reb+3ast, M.Hargrow 12+3reb+1ast, Shouta 9, T.Ishida 5+5reb+1ast, T.Kensuke 5+2reb+1ast, R.Itakura 4+2reb
gschID: 141971


Shiga L-Stars - Takamatsu FA 95-69

Very expected game when bottom-ranked Takamatsu FA (0-14) was rolled over on the road by third ranked Shiga L-Stars (9-5) 95-69 on Sunday. 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 95-69. It was a great shooting night for Shiga L-Stars especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) fired 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Shiga L-Stars' coach Al Westover felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds and power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Takamatsu FA still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face Saitama Broncos (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Takamatsu FA will play against Iwate Big Bulls and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: R.Nixon 19+8reb+2ast, J.Peppers 18+5reb+4ast, J.Ashby 12+5reb, Y.Okada 12+4ast, D.Gomez Camargo 11+4reb+1ast, J.Honda 9+4reb+1ast
Takamatsu FA: P.Butorac 21+4reb+2ast, H.Kikuchi 17+1ast, M.Nunnally 11+16reb+1ast, N.Williams 10+6reb, M.Kita 6+2reb+3ast, S.Takada 3+2reb+5ast
gschID: 141972


Kyoto Hannar. - Shimane SM 89-86 OT

Shimane needed 89:86 overtime to beat Kyoto as Puckett stepped up with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Parker added 23 points and 12 boards. Rickert collected 22 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: R.Rickert 22+14reb+2ast, J.Boyette 19+12reb+2ast, L.Allred 15+17reb+5ast, T.Kawabe 10+4reb, T.Murakami 10+1reb+1ast, L.Cummard 7+2reb+3ast
Shimane SM: B.Puckett 25+10reb+5ast, M.Parker 23+12reb+4ast, T.Yokoo 19+2reb+3ast, E.Yamamoto 10+5reb+4ast, J.Davis 4+9reb, J.Nakama 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 141973


Osaka Evessa - Miyazaki SS 67-74

Top ranked Osaka Evessa (11-3) recorded its third loss at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (6-8) 74-67. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 31-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Miyazaki Shining Suns looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) fired 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) chipped in 9 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. American forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Cohey Aoki (167-80) added 20 points (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. Miyazaki Shining Suns have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 6-8 record, which they share with Toyama Grouses. Osaka Evessa at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. They share the position with Okinawa GK. Miyazaki Shining Suns is looking forward to face higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Osaka Evessa will play against Chiba Jets and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: D.Dora 23+8reb+5ast, D.Lyons 16+10reb+2ast, T.Ito 13+1reb+3ast, T.Shimizu 9+8reb+11ast, I.Harris 7+3reb+1ast, Y.Tsubasa 4+1reb+1ast
Osaka Evessa: C.Aoki 20+3reb, S.Takeda 12+1reb+3ast, W.Marshall 11+9reb, L.Blackledge 10+17reb+5ast, L.Payne 6+7reb+1ast, D.Tamura 3+1ast
gschID: 141974


Akita NH - Hamamatsu P. 77-88 OT

Hamamatsu Phoenix (9-5) survived in overtime against Akita Happinets (10-4) by eleven points 88-77 on Sunday night. The game took place in Akita. But the guests from Mikawa were better at the end. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime then Akita Happinets managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Hamamatsu Phoenix who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-4. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Hamamatsu Phoenix forced 20 Akita Happinets turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hamamatsu Phoenix made 7 blocks. American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) fired 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. The other American import guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) produced a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds and Dutch-American power forward Stanley Ocitti (203-80, college: Binghamton) added 13 points and 17 rebounds respectively for lost side. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 9-5 record having just two points less than leader Akita NH, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Akita Happinets still keep top place with four games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face Fukuoka Rizing (#5) on the road in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against the league's second-placed Okinawa GK (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Dixon 23+7reb+5ast, W.Arnold 19+8reb+4ast, J.Parmer 17+2reb+1ast, M.Ohguchi 8+3reb+1ast, M.Lamizana 7+4reb+2ast, S.Nakanishi 5+3reb+1ast
Akita NH: R.Woods 34+13reb+3ast, S.Ocitti 13+17reb+2ast, R.Mizumachi 7+3reb+3ast, C.Terry 6+2reb+1ast, D.Sweetney 6+3reb+1ast, K.Shoji 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 141968


Sendai 89ers - Fukuoka Rizing 85-78

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Sendai 89ers and one of their biggest challengers Fukuoka Rizing had identical 8-5 record. This time Sendai 89ers used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Fukuoka 85-78 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-78. Sendai 89ers forced 22 Fukuoka Rizing turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sendai 89ers made 9 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) fired 24 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Forward Oneal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Swingman Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) produced 23 points and 4 assists and swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M - C.C., agency: VVG Sports) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Sendai 89ers (9-5) moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Fukuoka Rizing keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Sendai 89ers will face Shimane Magic (#6) at home in the next round. Fukuoka Rizing will play against the league's second-placed Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: D.Fitzgerald 24+6reb, J.Dukes 24+8reb+6ast, O.Mims 19+14reb+1ast, T.Shimura 7+5reb+9ast, H.Kusaka 5+2reb+1ast, K.Takahashi 4+1ast
Fukuoka Rizing: C.Dixon 23+2reb+4ast, K.Palmer 17+5reb+1ast, G.Inman 14+5reb+2ast, A.Takeno 9+8reb+5ast, J.Nakanishi 8+3reb+3ast, G.Hamilton 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 141969


Niigata Albirex - Iwate Big Bulls 72-62

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (1-13) were defeated on the road by seventh ranked Niigata Albirex (6-6) 72-62 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Niigata Albirex. Iwate Big Bulls was better in fourth quarter 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 22 rebounds for the winners. The other American import forward Erron Maxey (198-78, college: Providence) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. American power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds and guard Yoshiaki Yamamoto (-82) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for lost side. Five Niigata Albirex and four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Vlasios Vlaikidis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Niigata Albirex moved-up to sixth place. Iwate Big Bulls lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. Niigata Albirex will face higher ranked Shinshu BW (#5) in Nagano in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Iwate Big Bulls will play on the road against Takamatsu FA (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: E.Maxey 16+13reb, N.Murry 14+6reb+7ast, Y.Ikeda 14+3reb+2ast, C.Holm 14+22reb+2ast, K.Sato 12+4reb, D.Gordon 2+1reb
Iwate Big Bulls: L.Malloy 13+15reb, M.Sawaguchi 12+5reb, Y.Yamamoto 11+5reb+9ast, H.Kantake 11+5reb, T.Kennedy 8+3reb, S.Coleman 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 141970




Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Akita NH 10-4 
 2. Hamamatsu P. 9-5 
 3. Sendai 89ers 9-5 
 4. Chiba Jets 8-6 
 5. Shinshu BW 7-7 
 6. Niigata Albirex 6-6 
 7. Toyama Grouses 6-8 
 8. Saitama Bron. 5-7 
 9. Yokohama BC 5-7 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 1-13 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 11-3 
 2. Okinawa GK 11-3 
 3. Shiga L-Stars 9-5 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 9-5 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 8-6 
 6. Shimane SM 7-7 
 7. Miyazaki SS 6-8 
 8. Oita H.Devils 3-11 
 9. Takamatsu FA 0-14 


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Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Trepca 9-0 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 8-1 
 3. Bashkimi 5-4 
 4. Kolegji Univer. 5-4 
 5. Peja 4-5 
 6. Kosova 2-6 
 7. Drita 2-7 
 8. Futura 0-8 


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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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Stats Leaders - Men
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Khatib, Champville 28.4
2 Penigar, Byblos 28.4
3 Spencer, Riyadi 26
4 Colwell, Antranik 24.9
5 Oguchi, Hoops 24.5
6 Day, Chabab 24
7 Hoskin,Champville 23.1
8 Youngblood,Anibal 22.9
9 Gray, Byblos 22.4
Rebounds Per Game
1 Thompson, Champville 21
2 Leather, Sagesse 16
3 Trim, Moutahed 14.5
4 Dearman, Bejjeh 11.5
5 Safieddine, Chabab 11.5
6 Hamdar, Hoops 11
7 Samaha, Anibal 10.5
8 Kanaan, Al Riyadi 10
9 Haynes, Sagesse 10
10 Ismail, Al Riyadi 10
Assists Per Game
1 Ismail, Al Riyadi 8.5
2 Clemons, Hoops 6.5
3 Saoud, Al Riyadi 6
4 Khatib, Champville 6
5 Akl, Anibal 6
6 Young, Antranik 5.5
7 Johnson, Moutahed 5.5
8 Mahmoud, Al Riyadi 5
9 Ibrahim, Champville 4
10 Motran, Antranik 3.5
Steals Per Game
1 Day, Chabab 4.5
2 Fahes, Sagesse 4
3 Trim, Moutahed 3.5
4 Saoud, Al Riyadi 2.5
5 Rida, Anibal 2.5
6 Hamdar, Hoops 2
7 Oguchi, Hoops 2
8 Youngblood, Anibal 2
9 Bou Abboud, Bejjeh 2
10 Mahmoud, Al Riyadi 2
Blocks Per Game
1 Thompson, Champville 4
2 Hamdar, Hoops 3
3 Lauderdale, Chabab 2.5
4 Colwell, Antranik 2.5
5 Tawbeh, Al Riyadi 2
6 Fakhreddine, Hoops 2
7 Samaha, Anibal 1.5
8 Hoskin, Champville 1
9 Youngblood, Anibal 1
10 Leather, Sagesse 1


Champville Leader of the Lebanese League - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
In the big battle for the leader position, last 2 seasons finalists met again for the 2nd time, the first meeting was in the Final of the Super Cup when Riyadi managed to win the game against Champville. This time was in round 9 of the Lebanese League in Champvilles court. The game saw the presence of a big number of fans who were waiting for this encounter, The first half of the game was a crazy one the two teams managed to score 95 points, the score at the half was 45-50, in the 3rd quarter Champville managed to put the pressure more on the keys of Riyadi so the game went to more individual efforts from Riyadi players and Champville outscored Riyadi in this quarter 28-16, the 3rd quarter finished at the score of 73-66. In the 4th quarter Riyadi regrouped and came back in the game but couldnt prevail in the end , Champville organized their game on the inside plays in the presence of 2 big guys , Sam Hoskin ( 19 ,12) Guarnette Thompson ( 17,9)and the post up play of Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) who finished the game as best scorer with 30 points , this focus on the inside game created a balance in Champvilles Offense and gave them correct decisions on the offense , they had 7 out of 13 on the 3pts line on the other side Riyadi had 9 from 26 . Riyadi focused on the outside play couldnt impose its game inside , Champville had 21 free-throw attempts while Riyadi had only 8.
Dewarick Spencer Led Riyadi with 27 points followed by Ismail Ahmad with 21.

Q1 : 23-25 Q2: 22-25 Q3: 28-16 Q4:21-22

Best Scorers:
Champville
: Fadi Khatib (30)
Riyadi: Dewarick Spencer (27)




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Philip blog! - by Philip Perre
Hello basketball world: my name is Philip Perre, and I am a professional basketball for the Musel Pikes, here in Luxembourg. I attended the University of North Alabama, and before that played Juco ball in the great Texas NJCAA conference. Ive playing professional ball for many years now, in places like England, France, Czech Republic, Greece, Iceland, and have gained allot of experience under my belt. My favourite memories have to be winning the BBL championship with the Scottish Rocks then winning the playoffs last season with Valur in Iceland.

Firstly so happy for being able to have a blog, to share my thoughts and experiences as a professional basketball player overseas. Currently in Luxembourg, playing for Musel Pikes and we are standing at a 4-5 record. Our record really doesnt show how improved we have got as a team, and how hard we work, the many battles we have been in, where we have come up on the losing end. But our team as a whole has improved and we are focused and determined to get a playoff spot, so we can do some damage in the playoffs.

As far as me being in Luxembourg the country, its been great, very small country but a nice country. One thing I like being here is the fact that Luxembourg is close to allot of European countries like Holland, Belgium, Germany, France. So il do allot of travelling when I can. People are great and have been treating myself and my teammate Brandon Gary good. Things are extremely hard right now on the professional world, I feel extremely blessed and motivated to have a great season and do some winning. Please stay tuned and ill give you guys updates on how our season is going. God Bless

Handwork always beats Talent, if talent doesnt work hard..


Best players of Diekirch League round 10 - by Eurobasket News
American Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Residence and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 40 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team beat Basket Esch (#4, 6-4) 101-88. Residence is placed at 6th position in Luxembourg Diekirch League. Residence is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-6 record. In the team's last game Kennedy had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He has many years of experience at Residence, through which he has constantly improved. Montevallo University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Kennedy is in league's top in points (5th best: 23.4ppg) and averages solid 2.7spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Nigerian forward Corey Raji (198-F-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of Etzella. Raji impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Etzella to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Heffingen (#10, 1-9) 84-64. This victory allowed Etzella to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 7-3 record is not bad at all. Raji is a newcomer at Etzella and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.1ppg (#3). He also registered 9.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Slovakian forward Stefan Svitek (203-F/C-77) of Basket Esch (#4). Svitek scored 22 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Svitek's great performance Basket Esch lost 88-101 to slightly lower-ranked Residence (#6, 4-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Basket Esch needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Svitek has a great season in Luxembourg. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.9rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82) of Residence - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Kasey Ulin (184-PG-82) of Sparta - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Brandon Gary (202-F/C-83) of Musel Pikes - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Soleuvre - 29 points and 21 rebounds
8. Janis Poznaks (202-F/C-83) of BBC Nitia - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Dimitri Jorssen (212-C/F-79) of Soleuvre - 13 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Christopher Jones (188-G-90) of Amicale - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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


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


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Players confident deal will pass - by Eurobasket News
Not many of the NBA players who gathered Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles to play in a charity game hosted by Cleveland Cavaliers guard Baron Davis had gone over the details of the new collective bargaining agreement the NBPA and NBA owners tentatively agreed to this week.

The league and the players association are still negotiating secondary issues and the players union still needs to reform and put the new CBA to a vote among union members.

But unlike in the NFL, where there was a last minute panic amongst players over the finer print in the deal, no one seemed particularly concerned that this deal could fall apart.

'I think for them to bring it to a vote, they definitely met some things we were asking for,' Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes said. 'For us to even to come to a vote, because last time we weren't even close to having a vote. For us to come to a vote, it's close to as good as it's gonna get. So let's just go out there and play.'

The NBA will begin a 66-game season with a triple-header on December 25. Training camps are tentatively set to open December 9.

Toronto Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan said he's optimistic the new deal will pass and that schedule will hold.

'I think it's gonna get done,' DeRozan said. 'I think we went through a lot of ups and downs (to get) this far. I think everybody will accept this deal and we'll get back to work.

'We didn't necessarily get everything we want, but that's how it was gonna end. We wasn't get everything, they wasn't gonna get everything. So everybody just had to come to a compromise.'

Oklahoma City guard James Harden said he was surprised the deal got done so quickly but is relieved the lockout should end soon.

'I feel like I just got drafted again,' Harden said. 'I'm just excited. It's a sigh of relief and now it's time to get to work.'

Barnes, who'd been keeping up on the negotiations through regular contact with his teammate, NBPA president Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR), said he didn't think the season would start until mid-to-late January.

'I got a call from reporter like at midnight, and I was like 'Huh?'' I was very surprised,' Barnes said. 'I had just golfed with Fish last week, and he was saying mid-January, late January, if anything. So to get the call and hear that we had come to a tentative agreement, I was excited.'

The players are widely-viewed as having given up significantly more than the owners during these negotiations. Their share of basketball related income will go from 57 percent, under the old CBA, to 49-51 percent. The players also compromised on several significant 'system issues,' which will affect player movement via free agency.

'It's tough,' Barnes said, when asked if the lockout was worth it for either side. 'Everything wasn't met, but I think it's as good as it's going to get for us. I'm definitely glad we took a stand.

'I wish we didn't have to miss so much time, I wish everything could have started a little bit earlier in the summer so we could have fought and still had a full season, but 66 games is going to have to do.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Shortened season poses challenges for NBA teams - by Eurobasket News
Teams of the National Basketball Association (NBA) will experience new challenges thanks to scheduling quirks once the shortened 2011-2012 regular season begins on Christmas Day.

The league and the players reached a tentative agreement last weekend that will end the 149-day lockout and save the season, although the deal has not yet been completed and ratified.

Once both parties have agreed to the new agreement, the 2011-2012 regular season will feature only 66 games, instead of the usual 82.

The season will start on Christmas Day, and the league is hoping to put on a massive triple header featuring the Los Angeles Lakers vs the Chicago Bulls; the New York Knicks vs the Boston Celtics; and the Miami Heat vs defending champions Dallas Mavericks.

According to the NBA website, the regular season will end on April 26, with the playoffs scheduled to start on April 28. The last possible date for the Finals is on June 26.

Teams will play 48 games in their own conference, and 18 games against teams from the other conference. This means that each team will have 6 road games cut from their individual schedules.

'That means that fans of six Western Conference teams will be deprived of the opportunity of showing their distaste for the Heat, and six Eastern Conference arenas won't get to see the Lakers,' said NBA.com's John Schumann.

All teams will also play three games in three nights, or the dreaded back-to-back-to-back, at least once during the shortened season.

Back-to-back games may also happen in the second round of the playoffs.

Teams will have a shorter time to prepare for the regular season, as training camps and free agency period are scheduled to begin on December 9. But Schumann notes, 'a 66-game schedule allows teams to recover from a slow start and withstand injuries that are relatively minor.'

The 2011-2012 regular season will last for 119 days. Normally, an 82-game NBA season lasts 166 days.

Courtesy of www.abs-cbnnews.com


Miami Heat will benefit significantly from NBA deal - by Eurobasket News
This was supposed to be about the NBA solving its Miami Heat problem.

This new Collective Bargaining Agreement was supposed to be the kryptonite to the Super Friends, with the Cavaliers Dan Gilbert and the rest of the hard-line, small-market owners twisting their evil mustaches and laughing sinisterly as Pat Rileys dream of multiple championship is ruined before it truly started.

Yet what were finding as the rules of the new CBA that has been tentatively agreed to leak out is the league just did the Heat a favor instead.

Rather than penalize the Heat for having three legitimate superstars on the roster to the point that breaking them up would be almost necessary, the new agreement appears to pave the way for the Heat to thrive during the next several years.

Heat owner Micky Arison would have been happy with almost any deal as long as it meant his trio of stars could continue to take the court together. It just so happens a few last-minute compromises will work entirely in his favor.

The most significant of the late concessions on the owners side was allowing some more flexibility for teams at or approaching the luxury tax threshold.

Under the new agreement, the Heat would still be able to use a full midlevel exception as long as it doesnt put them more than $4 million over the luxury tax.

There had been a concern that the Heat would have to take advantage of the new amnesty rule and waive Mike Miller so it could then use the midlevel for a much-needed upgrade at center.

With the new rules, the Heat can choose to keep Miller and still throw midlevel money at someone such as Samuel Dalembert, who has several reasons to desire a move to Miami.

Waiving Miller might still be an option if the team knows it can replace him with one or more effective options at a cheaper price, like a Grant Hill, Michael Redd or Shane Battier if hes willing to play at a discounted price.

But the point is the Heats hand wont be forced when it comes to keeping its core of Big 3 plus Udonis Haslem and Miller together.

So rather than take a hit from the amnesty clause before it could benefit from it, the Heat can only do the latter.

When you consider the players that will end up free agents after their current teams take advantage of the rule, there might be a line of inexpensive talent waiting to join the Heat in its quest to avenge last years Finals loss.

Can you picture a Heat team with LeBron James (6'8''-F-84), Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech), Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), Dalembert and, say, Baron Davis?

It wasnt too long ago that some believed the Heat would have to lose one of the Big 3 just to abide by the rules. Now youre looking at a team that should be significantly better than the one that was an inexplicable collapse from hoisting a second championship trophy in five years.

More talent means less pressure on LeBron, which based on his play in the Finals can only be a good thing.

And, yes, the rising salaries of the Big 3 as the years go on will likely put the Heat in luxury-tax range in future seasons, but Arison has a history of paying up when a championship is within grasp.

More than that, Arison has a potential dynasty on his hands one thats worth more to him and his franchise than any additionally punitive tax that would kick in after two years of the new deal.

Think Arisons going to shy away from paying some extra bucks if it means a trophy collection?

But the primary reason the Heat is set up for major success for the length regardless of the stricter nature of this proposed CBA is this: While it is designed to keep big-market teams from spending lavishly to create new super teams, the Heat already has its in place.

Its not impossible for the Knicks to form a team that adds Chris Paul to Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, but it certainly got a lot trickier for them to accomplish it financially.

Deputy commissioner Adam Silver said specifically Saturday that the goal of this new system was to keep the major market teams from overspending, which would, in theory, create a more balanced playing field.

So while the Heat already has its stars aligned, the Knicks or Lakers or any other team hoping to pile stars on top of stars will either have to get real creative or abandon the idea altogether.

That just means an easier route for the Heat. And maybe, just maybe, LeBron can count actual championships rather than be mocked for counting hypothetical ones.

So before Riley shaves that lockout beard, he might want to twist his mustache and belt out an evil laugh.

Because the new Collective Bargaining Agreement just gave everyone outside South Florida reason to hate the Heat even more.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Dalembert: Joining Heat 'would be fantastic' - by Eurobasket News
Samuel Dalembert (6'11''-C-81, college: Seton Hall) is quite a volunteer. The veteran NBA center already has spent about $1 million on relief efforts following the January 2010 earthquake in his native Haiti, and plans an initial donation of $2 million to $3 million for a sports academy he's building outside the capital of Port-au-Prince.

Soon, the Miami Heat might have a basketball volunteer in Dalembert. The team desperately needs a center, and the 6-foot-11 Dalembert is a free agent. And the Heat is high on his list as the free agency signing period is expected to begin Dec. 9 following a five-month lockout.

Joining the Heat 'would be fantastic,' Dalembert said Sunday night from Haiti in an interview with FOX Sports Florida. Miami is where more than 50 of his relatives live and is about one hour south of his home in Boca Raton.

As for the volunteering part, Dalembert likely would require a big pay cut to join the Heat, which will be over the salary cap. Dalembert, who made $13.43 million last season for Sacramento, might have to sign for the $5 million mid-level exception.

Dalembert wouldn't say he would agree to that. But he did say 'what is best for you might not be for the most money.' And he definitely likes the Heat.

'I'm keeping all my options open, but Miami could be a good fit for me,' Dalembert said.

Why is that?

'If you look at the playoffs with Dallas, you saw what Tyson Chandler did,' Dalembert said, referring to the 7-foot-1 center who helped the Mavs beat the Heat in six games for the title last June. 'He was basically a key ingredient for them to win a championship. And Miami didn't have somebody like that. Somebody able to stop (foes from) getting second shots and somebody able to rebound and finish. I could fill that role and be an asset for that team.'

Dalembert, 30, averaged 8.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.45 blocks last season for Sacramento and has career averages of 8.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.88 blocks. Miami's current starter at center, Joel Anthony, averaged 2.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.24 blocks last season.

Dalembert said he's not going to 'put my eggs all in one basket' regarding the Heat. So he also named New York and Houston as teams he will consider in free agency.

'It's one of my options as well,' Dalembert said of New York, where he spent portions of the offseason working out with Elton Brand, his one-time teammate in Philadelphia. 'It's a building process. It can be similar to Miami when they get all the pieces together. It's something that can work and they need a big,' he said, adding that if the Knicks get a quality center, Amar'e Stoudemire can play less at center and more at his natural position of power forward.

As for Houston, that's an obvious team for Dalembert to consider. 'Yao Ming is retiring,' he said.

But the Heat has advantages New York and Houston don't. Miami is among the favorites for the NBA title and the city has a large Haitian population.

'All the Haitian people I talk to say, You have to come to Miami,'' Dalembert said.

Dalembert said he's left 20 to 30 tickets for games he's played in Miami. Among relatives, he says he knows about 50 in the city, and the number is even greater when considering children of relatives he hasn't met.

So why does Dalembert make his home in Boca Raton?

'If I lived in Miami, my home would be like a motel,' he joked.

Since the season ended, Dalembert has split his time spent in the US between New York and South Florida. He has used the latter as a launching point for seven trips he has made to Haiti, most being five-to-seven-day junkets.

Dalembert has made regular relief trips to Haiti since the earthquake hit Jan. 12, 2010. The Haitian government has reported it resulted in 316,000 deaths, 300,000 injuries and left one million homeless. However, international agencies have called the death toll much lower, possibly 46,000.

'There is still a lot of destruction. You need big machines (to clear debris), and not just by hand,' Dalembert said, saying Haiti lacks the necessary machinery. 'People do have to work (at jobs). They can't clean up all day long. So they do it on the weekend. But you are seeing progress.'

For his initial efforts in Haiti, Dalembert was a recipient of the Mannie Jackson Basketball Human Experience Award at the Hall of Fame inductions in August in Springfield, Mass. Now he's turning his attention to constructing a sports academy in Haiti, which he hopes to open by next summer.

Dalembert will spend $2 million to $3 million of his own money for the first phase, which will include a building where students can meet for after-school programs and for classes for 'mothers to be able to read and write.' He hopes in the initial phase to have basketball courts, a soccer field and a running track.

Dalembert is soliciting donations for the next two phases and is willing to name the academy after an individual who provides a large one. He eventually wants to have an elementary school and dormitories and to be able to expand the sports offered at the academy.

'You see kids missing legs,' Dalembert said. 'I would love to help support some of those kids. They have prostheses but they can still play soccer I don't want them to feel left behind.'

Dalembert does see one positive to the lockout, in that it provided him additional opportunities to visit Haiti. But now he's ready to play basketball.

'Sometimes in life, you've got to make sacrifices to make it work for everybody,' Dalembert said of the lockout finally being settled. 'In my mind, the people who were suffering were the people who worked in the arenas, and not being able to help their families. 'I'm not going to suffer compared to that. We (the players) were able to get this thing done and the owners, they were like, We've had enough,' and this can work.'

So soon it will be time for Dalembert to go back to work. For a team that needs a starting center he's perhaps ready to volunteer with a big pay cut.

Courtesy of www.foxsportsflorida.com


Greg Oden not yet ready to play basketball - by Eurobasket News
The restricted free agent center Greg Oden (7'0''-C-88, college: Ohio St.) has not been cleared to participate in scrimmages or any basketball-related activities that include contact, according to his agent, Mike Conley. He has been cleared to run, ride a bike and participate in non-contact basketball drills - shooting, dribbling, etc. - but there remains no time line for a possible return.

There have not been any setbacks, Conley said Saturday of Odens health. Thats the best way to word it. Doctors really did not give him a hard time line (for a return) but hes working hard and trying his best to get back.

Oden has played just 82 games over his first four NBA seasons because of three separate knee surgeries. The last came Nov. 19, 2010, when he underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee.

Despite this, the Blazers have expressed a desire to keep Oden with the hope that he avoids further injury and develops into the player they projected he would become when they drafted him No. 1 overall in the 2007 NBA Draft.

Courtesy of The Oregonian via www.insidehoops.com


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Miracles get new coach, GM - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles are hoping that Mike Evans can help reverse their fortunes.

The National Basketball League of Canada team named him as its new head coach and general manager this weekend. He replaces Norris Bell, who resigned on Friday, and he takes over a Miracles' squad that's worst in the league at 0-7.

Evans played nine seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was selected in the first round, 21st overall, by Denver in the 1978 NBA draft and he was among the league's best three-point shooters for much of his career.

The North Carolina native finished his NBA playing career in 1987-88. He also suited up for one season in Italy's professional league.

Evans has worked in the NBA as Denver's head coach and assistant coach and he was an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors. He was head coach of the Halifax Rainmen last season in the Premier Basketball League and that club is now one of Moncton's rivals in the NBL Canada.

His son, Mike Evans Jr., plays for Moncton.

'We're excited about bringing in a head coach and general manager the calibre of Mike Evans ,' said Kim Blanco, Moncton's senior vice-president of business affairs. 'He has an extensive NBA background both as a player and coach and I think he will bring out the best in our players.

'He coached Halifax last season so he understands this league. He understands the importance of the team being involved in the community. He understands what's involved in this job. It was a priority in our search for a new head coach to bring in someone who values being involved in the community.

'With the NBA lockout, nobody is hiring right now and he was available. This is an ideal situation for us to bring in someone of his calibre. This is definitely a win-win situation for our organization. We're a first-year team and he brings a lot of experience.'

Moncton will resume the 36-game regular season by facing the Quebec Kebs on Friday and the London Lightning on Saturday in a pair of 7 p.m. games at the Moncton Coliseum. The Miracles will donate $2 to the United Way for every ticket that's sold in Rows J and N of the lower bowl for these two games.

Evans, 56, played 591 games in the NBA and during his career he averaged 16.7 minutes and 7.7 points per game. The guard scored 4,531 career points and his shooting percentages were .452 for field goals, .307 for three-point attempts and .807 for free throws.

He went from being Denver's assistant coach to head coach part way through the 2001-02 NBA season. He was an NBA scout for Toronto and then became an assistant coach with the club in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

Evans played for Kansas State University and he is the school's second all-time leading scorer with 2,115 career points. He arrived in Moncton on Saturday night and held a team meeting and practice yesterday. What are the challenges he faces in taking over the Miracles part way through the season?

'You've got to learn the personnel,' he said. 'You've got to learn what their strengths and weaknesses are. You can tell a lot about a team from their statistics - who the leading scorers and leading rebounders are, what minutes they're averaging and what shooting percentages the guys with the basketball the most are putting up.

'The stats tell you where the guys shots are coming from and defensively how many points we're giving up. Then you get into the technical stuff about how points we're giving up on fast breaks and offensive rebounding.

'I'll get a feel for these things and learn the tendencies of the guys during practice. I'll learn who our leaders are. There's a barrage of things to gauge who your team is, what their identity is or what their identity should be. I'll learn about the team by watching video and talking to the assistant coaches.'

Moncton is 0-9 in the exhibition schedule and regular season combined. Evans is faced with changing the club's losing culture.

'Sometimes it takes a few games before you can actually get guys to start playing with a winning attitude,' he said. 'You don't want guys playing not to lose. You want them playing with the belief they can win. There's a big difference.'

Three of Moncton's seven losses in the regular season were by five points or less.

'I've heard there's talent on this team to win games, but talent and confidence is not the same thing,' said Evans. 'When the game is on the line losing teams find a way to lose games.

'You have to change that mentality, that approach, that thought process. You do that by understanding what you're looking for and what your options are at crunch time. The leaders have to step up and get the job done and they need the support of the other guys. It can't be done individually. It has to be done collectively.'

Evans was Halifax's head coach last season in the PBL and he made a big impression on team owner Andre Levingston.

'He's a class act,' said Levingston. 'He's played and coached at the highest levels and he's a very passionate coach. He works extremely hard. He takes his job very seriously and has a lot to offer the game.

'For Moncton to get a head coach of his stature this early in their franchise existence, that's definitely a blessing for them. He's going to bring a lot to that organization. He has a lot of patience and understands how to develop young guys. They will definitely benefit from having him there.'

Evans only spent one season in Halifax.

'We were unable to come to terms on a contract,' said Levingston. 'Mike has accomplished a lot so his resume dictates him feeling that he deserves more as a coach which I totally understand.

'We were unable to come to an agreement for Mike to come back here this season, but he and I remain very good friends. I wish him and the Moncton organization success.'

Courtesy of http://timestransript.canadaeast.com


Mill Rats bolster line up - by Eurobasket News
The apparent end to the NBA lockout curtailed ongoing negotiations with several NBA players, however the Saint John Mill Rats front office wasted no time bolstering their line up over the break.

The Mill Rats added 6'4 shooting guard Gregory Plummer (6'4''-G-83, college: Eckerd), 6'6 power forward Antonio Burks (6'6''-F-82, college: Stephen F. Austin), and 7'0 centre David Collins (7'0''-C-85, college: Bradley), and in the process released Dele Ojo, Marc Egerson, Sherton Sanderson, and Sani Ibrahim.

Gregory Plummer was named the Nike Tournament of Champions Most Valuable Player having won two league championships in New York City last summer. A 6'4 shooting guard with a sweet stroke, Plummer is a veteran of the U.S. minor league hoops scene as well as having played professionally in Mexico. This summer was a resurgence for Plummer, who sat out last season for 'intense rehab' after getting some bone fragments in his ankle repaired. He is now 100% healthy and hungry to prove he is back.

'Greg was an all-star level player in previous leagues and when he was on opposing teams in the past, he was a guy we feared for his ability to shoot daggers,' stated Mill Rats President & General Manager Ian McCarthy. 'We are ecstatic to have him in Mill Rats uniform and he will help us win games.'

Antonio Burks is a 6'6 power forward who hails from Texarkana, Arkansas who most recently played professionally in Japan the last three seasons. Prior to that he won back-to-back championships with the Vermont Frost Heaves in 2007 and 2008. He excels at three point shooting 42.7% his last season with Vermont.

David Collins is a 7'0 centre from Toronto, Ontario who played collegiately at Division 1 Bradley University. He played professionally in Slovenia and Cyprus the last two seasons. Collins also represented Team Canada for the 2009 World Games in Belgrade, Serbia.

The Mill Rats next home game is against the Summerside Storm on November 30th at Harbour Station. The Mill Rats will also host the Oshawa Power on Thursday and the Halifax Rainmen on Friday night. Check the website for various promotions that are running each game.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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


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Top 25 - Men
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 (-) 


UNLV beats No.1 North Carolina, 90-80 in final of Las Vegas Invitational - by Eurobasket News
UNLV had been playing under the radar after winning their first six games this season against non-ranked teams.

Not anymore.

Chace Stanback (6'8''-G/F-89) had a career-high 28 points and added 10 rebounds to help UNLV beat top-ranked North Carolina 90-80 on Saturday night in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational.

Mike Moser (6'8''-F-90) added 16 points and 18 rebounds, Oscar Bellfield (6'2''-G-90) had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Anthony Marshall finished with 13 points for the Rebels (7-0).

I could tell on the bus on the way over and at shoot-around how focused we were, said first-year UNLV coach Dave Rice. North Carolina is so well coached. We expected to play really, really well. We felt we had a chance to be competitive. We have four seniors. We dont want one game to define our program. We want to be judged on our consistency.

P.J. Hairston (6'6''-G) and John Henson each had 15 points for North Carolina (5-1).

Needless to say, we are extremely disappointed. I would like to congratulate coach Rice and his team, North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. They did a nice job. We could never get our focus offensively the entire game. What killed us, they got 20 points on offensive rebounds to our six.

Dexter Strickland had 12 points and John Henson added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Tar Heels, who were out-rebounded 48-39.

I was surprised that we didnt rebound the basketball better, Williams said. I was surprised about a lot of things we didnt do. We have to be stronger with the basketball. We have to guard the basketball better. We never did get the flow going. We have to be whole lot more patient.

After North Carolina took a 42-38 halftime lead, UNLV opened the second half with a 14-0 run as the Tar Heels missed their first 10 shots. The Rebels built a 77-63 lead on Lopezs basket off a rebound with 5:39 left.

Rebels fans stormed the Orleans Arena court after the victory.

Chace was going 100 percent in the second half. His defense carried us, said Moser, who was named the Mountain West Conference player of the week. Oscar Bellfield broke down his defender. Anthony Marshall did all he wanted to do. North Carolina is a great team.

The Tar Heels shot 31 percent in the second half.

The Rebels, who won for the first-time in four games against North Carolina, gambled early, taking 10 of their first 15 shots from 3-point range and hitting four. The strategy paid off with the Rebels jumping out to a 17-9 advantage. They went 13-of-32 from long range in the game.

It was a big game for us, said Bellfield, who had 13 first-half points, including three 3-pointers. You got to show up in the big game or in any game. You have to shoot with confidence. Open shot, you just take it.

The Tar Heels held UNLV scoreless for 4 minutes and took their first lead, 18-17, on Barnes baseline jumper with 10:30 left in the opening half.

Playing at Louisville and at home against them and playing at Wisconsin, that helped a lot, Bellfield said. Were just cherishing the moment. We feel were getting better every day. In the second half, we took another step.

This was the first time UNLV played a No.1 team since 1985, oddly enough against the Tar Heels at the Great Alaskan Shootout.

The game was played at the Orleans Arena, five miles from the UNLV campus. The teams have met only on a neutral court. They last played on Dec. 4, 1999 in the championship game of the Food Lion/MVP Classic in Charlotte, N.C., where the Tar Heels won 102-78. The teams also met in the 1977 NCAA Final Four in Atlanta, where North Carolina won 65-60.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Abromaitis out for the season with torn ACL - by Eurobasket News
Notre Dame star Tim Abromaitis (6'8''-F-89) is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice Friday morning.

The 6-foot-8 fifth-year senior is expected to have surgery in the next two weeks.

Abromaitis played in two games and was averaging 14 points and seven rebounds. He had missed Notre Dame's first four games due to misunderstanding of an NCAA rule governing seasons of competition that dated to the 2008-09 campaign, when he played in the first two exhibitions of his sophomore season and then sat out the rest of the season.

Abromaitis averaged 15.4 points and six rebounds a game last season when Notre Dame went 27-7. He received an MBA in business from Notre Dame in May.

The senior scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his first game back to the Irish lineup, Notre Dame's 87-58 loss to Missouri in the semifinals of the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday night .

'Tim Abromaitis is one of the great stories in college athletics and represents everything that is good about college basketball,' Irish head coach Mike Brey said in a statement.

'We are all disappointed for Tim because of all that he has meant to our program. He has been such a big part of our success over the past three seasons. Tim is such a special young man and an unbelievable representative of Notre Dame both on and off the basketball court.'

Abromaitis was a preseason All-Big East selection and a member of the 2011 USA Men's Basketball World University Games team.

The Irish now have only one starter remaining from last year's stellar team - forward Scott Martin. He and point guard Eric Atkins will have to pick up the slack for the Irish, who are off to a 4-2 start and play at home against Bryant on Sunday.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Syracuse fires Bernie Fine in wake of third accuser - by Eurobasket News
Longtime Syracuse assistant men's basketball coach Bernie Fine was fired Sunday night after a third man accused the coach of sexually abusing him as a teenager.

'At the direction of Chancellor [Nancy] Cantor, Bernie Fine 's employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately,' Kevin Quinn, the school's senior vice president for public affairs, said in a statement.

Fine, 65, an assistant on coach Jim Boeheim's staff for 35 years, had been on administrative leave since two former Syracuse ball boys went public Nov. 17 on ESPN with their accusations that the longtime coach had sexually abused them in the 1980s and 1990s.

Fine had responded by calling the accusations 'patently false.' He could not be reached for comment Sunday night, and the upstate law firm representing him did not respond to messages seeking comment.

Boeheim, who fiercely defended Fine after ESPN aired the ball boys' allegations, Sunday night called the firing 'appropriate' in a statement released by the university.

Fine's firing came on the same day the Syracuse Post-Standard reported that a 23-year-old from Lewiston, Maine, recently told police he was molested by Fine in a Pittsburgh hotel room in 2002.

Syracuse police have not yet filed charges against Fine but launched an investigation after the initial report aired nearly two weeks ago. The Post-Standard also reported that police spent seven hours at Fine's home Friday executing a search warrant.

A police spokesman did not return a message seeking comment.

One of the accusers, former ball boy Bobby Davis, who now is 39, has handed over to police a tape recording of a 2002 phone conversation with Fine's wife, Laurie, in which she admits concerns about her husband's behavior. ESPN and the Post-Standard also have copies of the taped conversation.

'The issue at hand is that he had no business doing what he did with you,' Laurie Fine is purported to have said on the tape. She also is said to admit that her husband 'needs help' and 'thinks he is above the law.'

On the tape, Davis talks to Fine's wife about the abuse that he alleges took place, and at no point does Laurie Fine dispute the account. Davis alleges that Laurie once witnessed one of the incidents through a basement window.

In an email to the university community Nov. 18, Cantor said Davis initially had reported the allegations to the university in 2005. But after performing its own investigation, she said, 'we were unable to find any corroboration of the allegations, the case was closed.'

Boeheim, who hired Fine in 1975, initially accused the former Syracuse ball boys of trying to capitalize financially on the publicity surrounding the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.

Boeheim backed off his comments Sunday night, saying he is 'personally very shocked because I have never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged.'

'What is most important is that this matter be fully investigated and that anyone with information be supported to come forward so that the truth can be found,' he added. 'I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse.'

Courtesy of www.newsday.com


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


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NGR - First Deepwater Stay-In School through Basketball: ISL, Ilupeju Grammar School wins N1M Library Jackpot - by Olusegun Ikuesan
University of Lagos International and Ilupeju Grammar School Saturday emerge winner in the first edition of the Stay-In School through Basketball sponsored by First Deepwater Discovery Limited at the Sports Centre of the University of Lagos, Akoka.

UNILAG International School won the boys category beating Indian Language School by 16-08 points while Ilupeju Grammar School emerge winner in the girls category with a 06-05 points victory over UNILAG International School to cart home N1, 000,000 cheque to equip their library each.

The second placed schools in both categories Indian Language School and UNILAG International School were rewarded with a cheque of N500, 000 each while third place finishers Ilupeju Grammar School and Lagoon Secondary schools won N250, 000 each.

The first, second and third placed schools also were decorated with medals while the winning school got giant trophies too.

Ilupeju Grammar School inspirational guard Sherifat Bello and UNILAG International School forward Babajide Adeloye emerged as the championship most valuable players (MVP) and won a school-life-time scholarship from the sponsor.

Managing Director and Chief Executive of First Deepwater Discovery Limited, Engr. Babatunde Babalola urged all the participating students to see themselves as winner of the week-long basketball championship aimed at discovering young players from the school system.

Babalola pleaded with the authorities of both UNILAG International School and Ilupeju Grammar to ensure that the money meant for equipping their libraries is used for the purpose it is meant for, while pledging the continuous sponsorship of the championship.



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Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Froya Basket 9-1 
 2. Baerum Basket 8-2 
 3. Asker Aliens 8-3 
 4. Gimle BBK 6-5 
 5. Tromso 5-4 
 6. Centrum 4-6 
 7. Ammerud Bskt 2-8 
 8. Langhus 0-13 


Lee-Ingram number one for round 11 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (198-F, agency: Warren Sports International) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Asker Aliens, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The -year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 16 rebounds, while his team crushed Centrum (#6, 4-6) with 20-point margin 72-52. Asker Aliens maintains the 3rd position in Norwegian BLNO. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Asker Aliens will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. In the team's last game Lee-Ingram had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Asker Aliens' top player in his first season with the team. Former Brescia University star has very solid stats this year. Lee-Ingram is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.7ppg and leads league in rebounds with 11.4rpg. Lee-Ingram is in league's top in and averages impressive 73.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Avery Dukes (203-F, agency: SportsList Inc.) of Gimle BBK. Dukes had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 22 rebounds. Bad luck as Gimle BBK lost that game 65-77 to slightly higher-ranked Baerum Basket (#2, 8-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Gimle BBK still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 6-5 record is not bad at all. Dukes is a newcomer at Gimle BBK, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-F-88) of league's top team Froya Basket. Kombat showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Froya Basket, leading his team to a 89-78 win against #2 ranked Baerum Basket. Many experts and fans count Froya Basket as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 9 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Kombat has a great season in Norway. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 6.7rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brad Byerson (201-F-85) of Tromso - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
5. David Crouch (G-86) of Langhus - 31 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Elias Westerlund (197-F-88) of Ammerud Bskt - 35 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Martin Bryn (193-F-89) of Ammerud Bskt - 16 points and 11 rebounds
8. Anders Solem (196-F-92) of Tromso - 13 points and 8 rebounds
9. Ronny Karlsen (202-F-78) of Centrum - 19 points and 11 rebounds
10. Peter Bullock (198-F/C-82) of Froya Basket - 18 points and 10 rebounds

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


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PBA Round 15: Powerade T. defeats leader Talk N Text - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Talk N Text (8-2) in Makati on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by eighth ranked Powerade T. (5-7) 131-96. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Talk N Text. The game was mostly controlled by Powerade T.. Talk N Text managed to win third quarter 35-34. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Powerade T. dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Talk N Text's 40. Powerade T. forced 24 Talk N Text turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 38 assists comparing to just 22 passes made by Talk N Text's players. 28 personal fouls committed by Talk N Text helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for swingman Gary David (187-78) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Marcio Lassiter (188-87, college: Cal.St.Fullerton) contributed with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized American forward Harvey Carey (191-79, college: Sonoma St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for Talk N Text. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Powerade T. maintains eighth place with 5-7 record. Talk N Text at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Powerade T. are looking forward to face higher ranked Meralco Bolts (#5) in Manila in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Talk N Text will play at home against B-Meg Llam. (#3) in Pasig and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Manila. Second ranked Petron Blaze (8-3) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Meralco Bolts (7-5) 76-75 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Meralco Bolts. It was a great evening for forward Arwind Santos (193-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Alex Cabagnot helped adding 13 points and 10 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Chico Lanete (183-79) with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Petron Blaze have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 8-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Talk N Text. Meralco Bolts at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Rain or Shine. Petron Blaze's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manila to the arena Ginebra Kings.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Rain or Shine (7-5) against sixth ranked Barako Bull (6-5) on Sunday night. Host Rain or Shine was defeated by Barako Bull in a tough game in Manila 102-106. It was an exceptional evening for Mick Pennisi who led the winners and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Paul Lee came up with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for Rain or Shine in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Barako Bull maintains sixth place with 6-5 record. Rain or Shine lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Meralco Bolts. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



Rain or Shine - Barako Bull 102-106

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Rain or Shine (7-5) against sixth ranked Barako Bull (6-5) on Sunday night. Host Rain or Shine was defeated by Barako Bull in a tough game in Manila 102-106. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Rain or Shine won fourth quarter 31-29. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barako Bull looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized Australian center Mick Pennisi (210-75, college: E.Michigan) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Dylan Ababou (183-86) accounted for 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Guard Paul Lee (191) came up with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Jeffrei Chan (191-83) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Rain or Shine in the defeat. Four Barako Bull and five Rain or Shine players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Barako Bull maintains sixth place with 6-5 record. Rain or Shine lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Meralco Bolts. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rain or Shine: P.Lee 24+5reb+7ast, J.Chan 21+6reb+3ast, J.Quinahan 14+6reb+2ast, L.Rodriguez 12+8reb+2ast, R.Matias 10+3reb+2ast, B.Belga 6+2reb+2ast
Barako Bull: M.Pennisi 22+9reb+3ast, D.Ababou 21+7reb+2ast, W.Miller 16+5reb+7ast, D.Seigle 14+7reb, D.Allado 11+1reb+2ast, S.Salvacion 6+3reb+3ast
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Meralco Bolts - Petron Blaze 75-76

Important game to mention about took place in Manila. Second ranked Petron Blaze (8-3) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Meralco Bolts (7-5) 76-75 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Meralco Bolts. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-12 Meralco Bolts' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 76-75 at the end of the game. It was a great evening for forward Arwind Santos (193-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Alex Cabagnot (183-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) helped adding 13 points and 10 assists. The best for the losing side was guard Chico Lanete (183-79) with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Tonga center Asi Taulava (206-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) scored 7 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Petron Blaze have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 8-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Talk N Text. Meralco Bolts at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with Rain or Shine. Petron Blaze's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Manila to the arena Ginebra Kings.
Top scorers:
Meralco Bolts: M.Cardona 18+2reb+1ast, C.Lanete 14+5reb+4ast, S.Mercado 11+3reb+7ast, A.Taulava 7+14reb, G.Espinas 6+9reb, M.Macapagal 5+2reb
Petron Blaze: A.Santos 23+11reb, A.Cabagnot 13+1reb+10ast, L.Tugade 10+2reb+2ast, J.Yeo 9+3reb+3ast, D.Ildefonso 8+7reb+2ast, D.Miranda 6+3reb+2ast
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Talk N Text - Powerade T. 96-131

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Talk N Text (8-2) in Makati on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by eighth ranked Powerade T. (5-7) 131-96. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Talk N Text. The game was mostly controlled by Powerade T.. Talk N Text managed to win third quarter 35-34. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Powerade T. dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Talk N Text's 40. Powerade T. forced 24 Talk N Text turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 38 assists comparing to just 22 passes made by Talk N Text's players. 28 personal fouls committed by Talk N Text helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for swingman Gary David (187-78) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Marcio Lassiter (188-87, college: Cal.St.Fullerton) contributed with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized American forward Harvey Carey (191-79, college: Sonoma St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and forward Kelly Williams (199-82, college: Oakland) added 18 points in the effort for Talk N Text. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Powerade T. maintains eighth place with 5-7 record. Talk N Text at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Powerade T. are looking forward to face higher ranked Meralco Bolts (#5) in Manila in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Talk N Text will play at home against B-Meg Llam. (#3) in Pasig and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Talk N Text: K.Williams 18+4reb+3ast, H.Carey 15+11reb+4ast, J.Castro 15+1reb+4ast, E.Oreta 14+5reb+1ast, L.Fonacier 12+7reb+5ast, J.Aguilar 9+7reb+1ast
Powerade T.: G.David 27+5reb+2ast, M.Lassiter 19+7reb+5ast, S.Anthony 17+3reb+6ast, J.Casio 14+3reb+7ast, D.Kramer 13+7reb+2ast, R.Adducul 10+8reb+3ast
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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Talk N Text 8-2 
 2. Petron Blaze 8-3 
 3. B-Meg Llam. 7-4 
 4. Rain or Shine 7-5 
 5. Meralco Bolts 7-5 
 6. Barako Bull 6-5 
 7. Ginebra Kings 5-5 
 8. Powerade T. 5-7 
 9. Alaska Aces 3-8 
 10. Shopinas.com C. 0-12 


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  POLAND   


Kobus number one in 2Liga for round 10 - by Eurobasket News
Swingman Bartosz Kobus (195-G/F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Zuraw Gniewno, receiving a Eurobasket.com 2Liga Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat AZS UWM Olsz. (#6, 5-5) 93-84. Zuraw Gniewno is placed at 5th position in 2Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Zuraw Gniewno will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. In the team's last game Kobus had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Zuraw Gniewno, through which he has constantly improved. Bartosz Kobus averages this season 15.3ppg and 5.5rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Piotr Kwandrans (200-F-79) of league's second-best MKS Limbach. Kwandrans had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead MKS Limbach to another comfortable win 77-61 over the lower-ranked UKS Siemaszka (#7, 5-5) being unquestionably team leader. MKS Limbach's second position in Group C has not changed. His team's 7-2 record is not bad at all. Kwandrans is one of the most experienced players at MKS Limbach and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Tomasz Borkowski (200-F/C-81) of league's top team PWiK Piaseczno. Borkowski scored 28 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of PWiK Piaseczno, leading his team to a 116-61 easy win against the lower-ranked AZS II Polit.W-wa (#12, 2-8). PWiK Piaseczno confirms their top position in Group C Borkowski has a very solid season. In 6 games in Poland he scored 5.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikodem Sirijatowicz (187-G-94) of SMS PZKosz - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Sebastian Laydych (203-F/C-87) of Astoria Bydg. - 29 points and 10 rebounds
6. Kacper Kromer (204-F-87) of Ksiezak Lowicz - 25 points and 10 rebounds
7. Szymon Kucia (190-G-83) of Pogon Prudnik - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Pawel Szymanski (187-G-92) of GTK Gliwice - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Karol Kupczak (168-G-83) of HK Zory - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Radoslaw Plebanek (190-G-85) of KK Swiecie - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Przemyslaw Lewandowski gets MVP of the Week award for 1Liga - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Przemyslaw Lewandowski (204-F/G-78, agency: Promotex) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best P.Cukier SIDEn and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 33-year old swingman had a double-double of 21 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Sportino (#15, 0-10), the league's bottom-ranked team 73-60. P.Cukier SIDEn maintains the 2nd position in 1Liga. They are still close to the very top. P.Cukier SIDEn would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-2 record. It's Lewandowski's second year at P.Cukier SIDEn and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Przemyslaw Lewandowski averages this season 13.2ppg and 6.8rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old forward Grzegorz Malewski (200-F-84) of Znicz Basket. Malewski impressed basketball fans with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Znicz Basket lost that game 73-79 to the higher-ranked Spojnia (#4, 7-3). This loss caused Znicz Basket to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Malewski is one of the most experienced players at Znicz Basket and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Lukasz Grzegorzewski (192-G-84) of MKS DG (#5). Grzegorzewski scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Grzegorzewski's great performance MKS DG lost 72-79 to the higher-ranked Sokol Lancut (#1, 8-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing MKS DG needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 4 lost games. Grzegorzewski has a very solid season. In 10 games in Poland he scored 9.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maciej Klima (205-C-82) of Sokol Lancut - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Lukasz Pacocha (182-G-82) of AZS Szczecin - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Bartosz Dubiel (195-F-84) of Sokol Lancut - 18 points and 5 rebounds
7. Lukasz Zytko (181-G-81) of P.Cukier SIDEn - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Maciej Strzelecki (204-F/C-87) of Sportino - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. Aleks Perka (201-F-87) of AZS Kutno - 14 points and 6 rebounds
10. Adam Parzych (190-G-86) of Spojnia - 18 points and 3 assists

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


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  PORTUGAL   


Academica will no longer count with Aerick Sanders - by Bruno Baltazar
Academica will no longer count with Aerick Sanders.
He only played one game with Academica against Vitoria Guimaraes,making only 4 points but he will leave due to a injury in his left knee,he is a forward 2.03m and he is 28 years old,played college for San Diego St and did good averages ,after that he played in Turkey,Latvia,Israel,France including the Pro A and the Uleb Cup,now only making 12 minutes was enaugh for his injury.
They will replace him within the next days or weeks for another forward,a position that already had a previous american for that spot but ended up being released before the team inscriptions for the league ,his name was Carleton Scott.


Powers' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Austen Powers (203-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Ovarense and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had a double-double of 34 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Sampaense (#9, 2-5) 72-70. Ovarense is placed at 4th position in league. They are still close to the very top. Ovarense would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game Powers had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Ovarense's top player in his first season with the team. Austen Powers averages this season 15.3ppg and 7.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Jarvis Gunter (208-F-85) of CAB Madeira. He is American forward in his first season at CAB Madeira. In the last game Gunter recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds. Of course CAB Madeira cruised to a 88-80 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Terceira Basket (#7, 2-4). This victory allowed CAB Madeira to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Gunter is a newcomer at CAB Madeira and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to center Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) of Vitoria SC (#11). Fonseca scored 18 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Fonseca's great performance Vitoria SC lost 58-74 to Barcelos (2-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Vitoria SC can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Fonseca he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Fonseca has individually a great season in Portugal. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cavel Witter (183-G-87) of Barreirense CEPSA - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Dillion Sneed (203-C-84) of Academica - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mohamed Camara (196-F-83) of Lusitania - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Tony Murphy (193-G-86) of Terceira Basket - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Nuno Oliveira (186-G-89) of Barcelos - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Joao Balseiro (192-F-87) of Sampaense - 21 points and 4 rebounds
10. Seth Doliboa (203-F-80) of Benfica - 15 points and 7 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)


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


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  ROMANIA   


Div.A Round 10: Top-ranked Timisoara wins another game - by Eurobasket News
The round 10 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

Div,A top team - Timisoara (9-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Perla Harghitei (1-9) in Miercurea 91-74. The game was mostly controlled by Timisoara. Perla Harghitei managed to win third quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dominique Archie (200-87, college: S.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. Bosnian point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Timisoara's coach Predrag Badnjarevic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Croatian forward Dino Erceg (204-85) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Perla Harghitei. Timisoara have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-1 record. Perla Harghitei lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with nine games lost. Timisoara are looking forward to face Craiova (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Perla Harghitei will play against CSM Bucuresti (#8) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Bottom-ranked Politehnica is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to sixth ranked U-Mobitelco (7-3) 121-44. Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (204-82) had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 16 rebounds (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Vlad Corpodean chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side forward Madalin Nicolae (197-84) responded with 15 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. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Targu Mures. Politehnica at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. U-Mobitelco will play against league's second-placed Gaz Metan in Medias in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Politehnica will play on the road against Oradea (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Other games in round 10 were not that significant. Oradea smashed Rovinari on the road 95-69. Pitesti destroyed Otopeni on its own court 87-65. Giurgiu unfortunately lost to Targu Mures in a road game 79-97. Dinamo B. recorded a loss to CSU Sibiu at home 83-94. Ploiesti defeated Craiova on the opponent's court 75-63. Gaz Metan smashed CSM Bucuresti in a home game 97-74.



U.Mobitel.CN - Politehnica 121-44

Bottom-ranked Politehnica is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to sixth ranked U-Mobitelco (7-3) 121-44. The game without a history. U-Mobitelco led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Politehnica to just 7 points in first quarter. U-Mobitelco dominated down low during the game scoring 88 of its points in the paint compared to Politehnica's 28. U-Mobitelco forced 29 Politehnica turnovers and outrebounded them 49-25 including a 36-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. U-Mobitelco players were unselfish on offense dishing 37 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Politehnica's players. Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (204-82) had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 16 rebounds (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Vlad Corpodean (194-91) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four U-Mobitelco players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Madalin Nicolae (197-84) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and center Vlad Cobzaru (203-95) scored 17 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. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Targu Mures. Politehnica at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. U-Mobitelco will play against league's second-placed Gaz Metan in Medias in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Politehnica will play on the road against Oradea (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
U.Mobitel.CN: Z.Krstanovic 31+16reb+1ast, V.Corpodean 22+9reb+1ast, K.Dykes 17+3reb+1ast, D.Lawrence 13+4reb+2ast, S.Santa 9+3reb, M.Silvasan 7+4reb+7ast
Politehnica: V.Cobzaru 17+5reb, M.Nicolae 15+6reb+2ast, V.Popovici 6+1reb, L.Rotariu 4+2reb, I.Hurjui 2+4reb+4ast, D.Anghel 0+1reb
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Rovinari - Oradea 69-95

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Oradea (6-3) crushed on the road 11th ranked Rovinari (4-6) 95-69. Oradea dominated on the defensive end, holding Rovinari to just 7 points in third quarter. They shot 63.5 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Oradea especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. Serbian guard Nemanja Maric (196-83) scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian forward Milos Pesic (205-84) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Oradea players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Louis Darby (196-84, college: Long Beach St.) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and Czech power forward David Steffel (212-85) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. 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. Oradea maintains seventh position with 6-3 record. Rovinari at the other side dropped to the ninth place with six games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Oradea will play against bottom-ranked Politehnica (#16) in Iasi in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rovinari will play on the road against Otopeni (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oradea: N.Maric 18+5reb+8ast, M.Pesic 17+7reb+3ast, G.Navickas 17+4reb, S.Topchov 16+7reb+2ast, S.Lupusavei 11, L.Lazar 8+2reb
Rovinari: L.Darby 19+7reb+3ast, S.Nikolic 13+1reb+1ast, B.Fields 10+2reb+1ast, D.Steffel 9+6reb+1ast, A.Gliga 9+3reb, B.Kabengele-Kalala 4+2reb
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Pitesti - Otopeni 87-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 13th ranked Otopeni's (2-7) road loss to twelfth ranked Pitesti (4-6) 65-87. The game without a history. Pitesti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Otopeni's 32. They outrebounded Otopeni 43-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. American forward Damien Kinloch (203-80, college: Tennessee Tech, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian guard Uros Velickovic (189-83, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Pitesti players scored in double figures. Pitesti's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side center Bogdan Tibirna (210-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Daniel Popescu (183-88) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Pitesti moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Otopeni at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with seven games lost. They share it with Giurgiu. Pitesti will play against Giurgiu (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Otopeni will play against Rovinari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pitesti: U.Velickovic 21+4reb+4ast, D.Vujacic 16+5reb, O.Calota 15+3reb+6ast, D.Kinloch 15+13reb+2ast, S.Popovic 14+9reb+4ast, I.Stefanovic 4+7reb
Otopeni: B.Tibirna 30+10reb+2ast, A.Santana 11+1reb+1ast, C.Scott 10+4reb+2ast, D.Popescu 9+8reb+1ast, R.Popa 3+8reb, O.Boian 2+3ast
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Targu Mures - Giurgiu 97-79

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Targu Mures (7-3) won against at home 14th ranked Giurgiu (2-7) 97-79. The game was mostly controlled by Targu Mures. Giurgiu was better in second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-26 charity shots (88.5 percent) during the game, while Giurgiu only scored seven points from the stripe. American forward Jason Forte (196-84, college: S.Mississippi) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard JuJuan Cooley (175-82, college: Indiana Tech) chipped in 17 points, 5 assists and 5 steals during the contest. Four Targu Mures players scored in double figures. Targu Mures' coach Csaba Deri allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American guard Raymond Kraemer (193-87, college: Nevada) responded with 21 points and Serbian power forward Zoran Milovic (204-77) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Targu Mures maintains fifth position with 7-3 record, which they share with U.Mobitel.CN. Giurgiu lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Otopeni. Targu Mures will play against higher ranked CSU Sibiu (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Giurgiu will play against Pitesti (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: J.Forte 22+6reb+1ast, J.Cooley 17+3reb+5ast, V.Stanescu 17+6reb+1ast, C.Watson 11+3reb+4ast, M.Aliakseyeu 9+2reb, F.Lapuste 9+3reb
Giurgiu: R.Kraemer 21+3reb+1ast, B.Stojakovic 14+4reb+5ast, Z.Milovic 13+10reb+1ast, I.Corneanu 9+3reb+1ast, C.Nicolae 8+2reb+4ast, C.Vlaicu 5+9reb+2ast
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Dinamo B. - CSU Sibiu 83-94

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (4-6) lost at home to third ranked CSU Sibiu (8-2) 94-83. CS Dinamo Bucuresti was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 52-32 second half run of CSU Sibiu. American-Liberian guard Jaytonah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Mychal Kearse (194-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) chipped in 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four CSU Sibiu players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) responded with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Joshua Brown (187-88, college: Towson) scored 19 points and 7 assists. CSU Sibiu have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Gaz Metan. Newly promoted CS Dinamo Bucuresti dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. CSU Sibiu will play against Targu Mures (#5) at home in the next round. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against Ploiesti (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: J.Wisseh 26+9reb+12ast, M.Kearse 21+11reb+4ast, N.Khartchenkov 20+4reb+1ast, D.Austin 18+7reb, K.Riley 6+2reb+1ast, C.Craciun 3+7reb+1ast
Dinamo B.: A.Durham 34+19reb+3ast, J.Brown 19+3reb+7ast, E.Watson 17+6reb+2ast, B.Aktas 6+2reb, J.McCulloch 5+6reb+6ast, A.Badila 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 136435


Craiova - Ploiesti 63-75

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Ploiesti (7-2) defeated on the road 9th ranked Craiova (4-6) 75-63. It looked good early as Craiova took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ploiesti had a 25-13 second period charge getting the lead and Craiova was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 63-75. Ploiesti forced 20 Craiova turnovers. Serbian guard Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-90) scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) chipped in 20 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Canadian swingman Stephen Ross (201-80, college: Santa Clara, agency: Court Side) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and center Iulian Orbeanu (204-91) scored 7 points and 13 rebounds. Ploiesti have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Craiova lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Ploiesti will play against CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Craiova will play against the league's leader Timisoara and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: A.Vlahovic 22+5reb+5ast, C.Burlacu 20+10reb, A.Kazarnovski 11+8reb, R.Dzambic 9+4reb+3ast, A.Capusan 5+4reb, D.Albijanic 4+4reb
Craiova: S.Ross 17+7reb+1ast, V.Vlaskovic 12+2reb+3ast, L.Seals 12+3reb+4ast, I.Orbeanu 7+13reb+3ast, I.Bajic 5+3ast, B.Tomic 4+3reb+1ast
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Perla Harghitei - Timisoara 74-91

Div,A top team - Timisoara (9-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Perla Harghitei (1-9) in Miercurea 91-74. The game was mostly controlled by Timisoara. Perla Harghitei managed to win third quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dominique Archie (200-87, college: S.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. Bosnian point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Timisoara's coach Predrag Badnjarevic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Croatian forward Dino Erceg (204-85) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward Emmanuel Dies (204-77, college: Kansas St., agency: Interperformances) added 18 points in the effort for Perla Harghitei. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Timisoara have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-1 record. Perla Harghitei lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with nine games lost. Timisoara are looking forward to face Craiova (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Perla Harghitei will play against CSM Bucuresti (#8) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Timisoara: Z.Jovanovic 18+1reb+3ast, D.Archie 18+8reb+3ast, I.Siriscevic 15+1reb+1ast, B.Popescu 13+4reb+2ast, G.Toth 6+1reb, N.Markovic 6+5reb+2ast
Perla Harghitei: D.Erceg 23+7reb+3ast, E.Dies 18+4reb+3ast, E.Tucker 13+3reb+2ast, C.Long 10+3reb+3ast, C.Jakab 5+2reb+1ast, Z.Samuila 3+2ast
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Gaz Metan - CSM Bucuresti 97-74

There was no surprise when 8th ranked CSM Bucuresti (5-5) was outleveled by second ranked Gaz Metan (8-2) in Medias 97-74. The game without a history. Gaz Metan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Gaz Metan forced 19 CSM Bucuresti turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by CSM Bucuresti's players. Montenegrin-Serbian forward Ivan Ivanovic (206-80, agency: Beo Basket) scored 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Deven Mitchell (197-84, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) during the contest. Four Gaz Metan players scored in double figures. At the losing side Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (184-87, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 28 points and American center Bryson McKenzie (211-83, college: N.Illinois) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. 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. Gaz Metan maintains second position with 8-2 record having just -7 point less than leader Timisoara, which they share with CSU Sibiu. CSM Bucuresti at the other side keeps the eighth place with five games lost. Gaz Metan will play against U-Mobitelco (#6) in Cluj in the next round. CSM Bucuresti will play at home against Perla Harghitei in Miercurea and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gaz Metan: I.Ivanovic 26+5reb+3ast, D.Mitchell 17+5reb+5ast, S.VanderMeer 11+8reb+1ast, T.Nicoara 11+7reb+3ast, C.Moore 9+2reb+5ast, J.Howell 8+3ast
CSM Bucuresti: G.Martinic 28+3reb+1ast, G.Gallimore 20+1reb, B.McKenzie 12+11reb+3ast, C.Fometescu 7+1reb+1ast, M.Ljubojevic 3+1ast, B.Stancut 2+2reb
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Division B results and stats - by Eurobasket News
CSU Ploiesti 2, CSU Galati and CS Farul Constanta, Gaz Metan Medias 2 and BC Timba remain on top of their Groups at the start of the 2011/2012 season. All the teams are unbeaten so far and keep the top positions.
Last weekend CSU Ploiesti 2 overcame CS Rapid 72:57, while CSA Steaua Bucuresti rolled over CS Amicii Pitesti 105:48. Emil Stavarache (191-G/F-92) and Adrian Voinescu (184-PG-72) stepped up with 14 points each for CSA Steaua Bucuresti and Valentin Calin (196-F-92) added 13. Vlad Ionut Popescu responded with 14 points in the losing effort.
Phoenix Galati overcame CSM 2007 LPS Focsani 90:50 and BC Timisoara 2 beat West Olympia Phoenix Arad 64:57. CSU Galati needed 98:86 win over CS Concordia Chiajna and Gaz Metan Medias 2 edged CS Vabova Sf Gheorghe 75:57. Mihai Racovitan (183-PG-84) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while George Tanase (200-C-89) scored 16. Laszlo Dak replied with 19 points in defeat and Robert Palko Nagy added 13.



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


Standings - D2
Div.B Standings
Seria 1
 1. Ploiesti II 3-0 
 2. Rapid B. 2-1 
 3. Steaua Turabo II 2-1 
 4. BCM U 2 Pitesti 1-1 
 5. A.Vlaicu Buc. 0-2 
 6. CS Amicii 0-3 
Seria 2
 1. CSU Galati 3-0 
 2. Farul Const. 2-0 
 3. CS Concordia 2-1 
 4. Ph. Galati 1-2 
 5. CSM Focsani 0-2 
 6. BT Bucuresti 0-3 
Seria 3
 1. Gaz Metan II 2-0 
 2. CS Vabova 2-1 
 3. Ph. Brasov 1-1 
 4. T.Mures II 0-1 
 5. Brasov 0-2 
Seria 4
 1. Timba Timis. 2-0 
 2. MP Timisoara 2-1 
 3. U.Mobitel II 1-1 
 4. West Olympia 0-1 
 5. CSM 2 Oradea 0-2 


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Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Ural Ekaterinb. 10-3 
 2. Univ.Surgut 7-3 
 3. Ataman 6-2 
 4. TEMP-SUMZ 6-4 
 5. Severstal 5-6 
 6. Rjazan 3-5 
 7. Ruskon-Mord. 3-5 
 8. Spartak V. 2-8 
 9. Sojuz Zaretchny 1-7 


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


Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Mladost Zemun 6-1 
 2. Viva Basket 5-3 
 3. Jagodina 5-3 
 4. Radnicki OB 5-3 
 5. Konstantin 5-3 
 6. Crnokosa 4-4 
 7. Spartak 4-4 
 8. Napredak A. 4-4 
 9. Mladost Cacak 3-5 
 10. Jedinstvo NB 3-5 
 11. Beovuk 72 3-5 
 12. Radnicki Stud. 3-5 
 13. Vojvodina 3-5 
 14. Sabac 2-6 


Metalac hires Bosko Djokic as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Bosko Djokic is a new Head Coach of Metalac Valjevo. He will replace Milovan Stepandic. Metalac registered just 3 wins in the first 9 rounds in Serbian A League. On Saturday, Metalac failed on the road to Proleter 82-66. Bosko Djokic most recently worked with FMP Zeleznik. He was coaching them from March of 2010 until February this year. Before that, Djokic worked with Radnicki Basket Novi Sad. From 2007 to 2009, he coached KK Niksic. Bosko Djokic won the Adriatic league title with FMP Zeleznik in 2004. A year after that they celebrated in Serbian Cup. In 2006, Bosko Djokic led Pivovarna Lasko to Slovenian Cup Finals. In 2010, Djokic coached Serbian U20 National Team.

Spartak signs Slobodan Ljubotina - by Eurobasket News
Slobodan Ljubotina (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) is back to Serbia after two years. The big guy signed an open deal with Spartak Subotica. He has option to leave it anytime. Ljubotina already made his debut with Spartak last weekend. He had 7 points and 6 rebounds against Jagodina. Spartak lost that game in OT 102-96. Slobodan Ljubotina spent last season with Polish Trefl Sopot. He had 4 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 28 games in PLK. A year before that, Ljubotina played in Ukraine. He had 6.6 ppg and 6 rpg for 18 games with Politekhnika-Halychyna. Season 2008/09, the player split between Oostende and Vojvodina. He also has experience from Turow, Avala Ada and Spartak.

Crnokosa inks Nikola Jeftic - by Eurobasket News
Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85) signed a deal with Crnokosa. He will play with them for rest of the season. Jeftic started it with Zeleznicar Indjija, where he averaged 4.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5 games. They parted ways recently. Before Zeleznicar, Nikola Jeftic spent one year in Montenegro. He was a member of Ulcinjska Rivijera Ulcinj. For 10 games in BIBL with them he had 6.5 ppg and 3 rpg. They reached Quarterfinals. In Montenegrin league Ulcinj played in the Playoff Semis. Jeftic also has experience from Slovenian Zasavje. In Serbia, he played for Napredak Krusevac, Radnicki kragujevac and Beovuk.

Uros Duvnjak gets 1-month deal with Mega Vizura - by Eurobasket News
Mega Vizura announced signing of Uros Duvnjak (190-G-86) to a one-month deal. The Serbian guard will temporarily replace injured Vasilije Micic. Duvnjak already made debut for his new team. He had 2 points and 5 rebounds against Vojvodina on Saturday night. Mega Vizura lost that game on the road 97-77. Uros Duvnjak spent last season in Germany. He joined New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in February averaging 5.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 14 league games. He helped Braunschweig to reach the German Cup Finals. In 2010/11 season, Uros Duvnjak played for Polish PBG Basket Poznan. He had 7.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 2.7 apg there. In the past, Uros Duvnjak was a member of Radnicki Kragujevac, Vojvodina, Sloga and Partizan.

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


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


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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 16-3 
 2. Anyang KGC 13-5 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 13-7 
 4. KCC Egis 12-7 
 5. ET Land 9-9 
 6. SK Knights 9-10 
 7. Mobis Phoebus 8-11 
 8. LG Sakers 7-12 
 9. Samsung Th. 4-15 
 10. Daegu Orions 3-15 


Olumide Oyedeji: No Regrets at LG - by Jeff Liebsch
Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) was the first import of the season to be released in the league. After only 11 games, the Changwon LG Sakers decided to make the switch to Aaron Haynes (201-F-81, college: Boise St.), as the team wasn't progressing as they had hoped. Oyedeji averaged 10.9 points on the season on 52.9% from the field, and led the league at the time with 15.5 rebounds a game.

After opening the season with two wins, LG went on to lose 8 of their next 9 games, including a six game losing streak before the decision to change imports. LG has gone 4-4 since the move, but are once again riding a three game losing streak.

I had a chance to talk with Oyedeji via email about his thoughts on his time at LG.

Why did LG let you go suddenly?

As you all know, if a team is not winning, the first thing to start thinking of is foreign player and the second person is the coach to be changed. Local players can not be changed or tampered around unless they are free agents. It was just a situation that we were not winning and they organization believed they need to made a change.

Do you think the move was fair?

I can not say that the move was not fair, and will rather look at it as a business move. This is a business, they made a business decision and I am very and totally very professional about it, no hard feelings or any grudges at all towards the coach. They made a decision and I totally respect their decision. I hope everything goes well with the team, as I can see that they have won few games. I am wishing the team all the best and pray that all works well with them.I have no regret at all. I left it all out there on the floor every time.

Reasons why you think the move was made?

Though I was not scoring enough, not due to my ability that I can not score, I was averaging 16 rebounds a game 12 point and and 1.5 blocks. How can a player put up numbers while he only take 7-8 shots a game. How can I score ? I would move to be taking 15-25 shots a game, but I could not. The passes were not coming, and I can not start taking crazy shots and be selfish every time I touch the ball. That will surely make it even worse. But as the passes were not coming and I have to do two man job on defense by covering another player, that make things even tougher. Nevertheless as the ball was not coming to me to enable me make a move or take a short I did not complain, I tried to be positive and be professional about it. I decided to help the team more on defensive end, by rebounding, leading with positive attitude on the floor, being a leader and vocal person on the floor and be positive and encourage my fellow teammates. I don't need anyone to help or need to be waited to pass ball to be before I rebound, block shot and play defense. I can control all this by myself. I was rebounding, blocking shots, playing defense, helping other with my energy and intensity because defense wins championships, while scoring win games.

This is the second foreign player they have cut this season. Are there any problems at LG?

I don't see any problem with LG from my own view. I am a player, not a coach, reporter, fans or General Manager. I can only think of positive things and moments while I was with the team. I had a good time with all my teammates and learnt a lot from them, I thank them a lot for their support and encouragement as they were all sad and not happy while I was leaving, and were so emotional as I could notice it on their face and body. Played with Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Richmond) also was a great time and hopefully you never know, we may cross our paths again. Good luck Greg, K.J. and my man Y.J , Mingzu, Hangzu and everyone out there. Good luck and pray you have injury free season.

How do you think Aaron Haynes will fill your spot?

I am very sure he will be good and fit the system, because he is a different player, he will have ball in his hands more, will take more shots and he does not have to rely a lot on others passing to him. I am very sure he will be alright and capable enough to fill the spot. Defensively, the team will be small and needs to double team a lot, but they have their strength smore and this will give more opportunity also to the Korean big man Chong Woo to have more playing time. No doubt that Aaron will be alright and perfect for the team, as he showed last year in KBL that he can score - hes a scorer. And I pray everything work well with him out there.

What are your future plans now?

I have few teams talking to me right now from Europe and other countries in Asia. Just using this opportunity to relax my body and get fresh. I have been playing all year round. From my team last season to the National team, I have been with the National team from June till the 20th of September. I flew straight again to Korea for training camp then started he season. I played in Africa Championship in Madagascar, then moved to Mozambique for the Africa Games, my Basketball Camp and more commitments like that, but it is well. I am looking forward to the Olympic Games Playoffs and it will be a great achievement to lead the Nigeria National Team to London. As a captain of the team, it will be a great privilege to lead the team to its ever first Olympic appearance.


KBL round 20 best performance: Alexander Johnson - by Eurobasket News
American forward Alexander Johnson (208-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for SK Knights, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat LG Sakers (#8, 7-12) 80-68. SK Knights maintains the 6th position in South Korean KBL. SK Knights 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 9-10 record. Johnson turned to be SK Knights' top player in his first season with the team. Former Florida State University star has very solid stats this year. Johnson is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.4ppg. Johnson is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 14.1rpg) and averages impressive 1.4bpg and 60.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American forward DeShawn Sims (203-F-88) of KCC Egis. Sims had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead KCC Egis to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Mobis Phoebus (#7, 8-11) 88-65. KCC Egis' 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 12-7 record is not bad at all. Sims is a newcomer at KCC Egis, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.0ppg (#3). He also registered 9.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of LG Sakers (#8). Haynes showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Haynes' great performance LG Sakers lost 68-80 to slightly higher-ranked SK Knights (#6, 9-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of LG Sakers not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Haynes could try to bring LG Sakers' a little bit higher in the standings. Haynes has individually a great season in South Korea. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.4ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 11.2rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eric Sandrin (206-F/C-78) of Samsung Th. - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Rodrique Benson (207-F/C-84) of Dongbu Promy - 20 points and 16 rebounds
6. Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) of Sonic Boom KT - 19 points and 10 rebounds
7. Ira Clark (203-C/F-75) of Samsung Th. - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80) of Daegu Orions - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Sek-Eun Oh (200-C-87) of Anyang KGC - 23 points and 8 rebounds

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


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


Jon Ander Aramburu gets MVP of the week award for EBA - by Mariano Galindo
Jon Ander Aramburu had an amazing evening in the last round for Cafes Aitona (Group A-A) and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11. The
19-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 19 boards for 39 index rating and helped his team in the triumph vs UPV Alava. Estudiantes won against Meridiano Santa
Cruz after 3 extra times!. In this Group B, Bergstedt signed 19 points and 15 rebounds for Torrelodones.


Jon Ander Aramburu gets MVP of the week award for EBA - by Mariano Galindo
Jon Aramburu (204-F-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for Cafes Aitona (Group A-A) and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11. The 19-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 19 boards for 39 index rating and helped his team in the triumph vs UPV Alava. Estudiantes won against Meridiano Santa Cruz after 3 extra times!. In this Group B, Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) signed 19 points and 15 rebounds for Torrelodones.

Ayon's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old power forward Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International) put on an amazing game in the last round for Fuenlabrada and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 34 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Cajasol (5-4) in overtime 99-97. Fuenlabrada is placed at 7th position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Fuenlabrada will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. It's Ayon's second year at Fuenlabrada and it's hard to imagine this team without him. San Jose State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ayon is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.3rpg) and averages solid 2.2spg and 59.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports) of UCAM Murcia. He is American forward in his first season at UCAM Murcia. In the last game Augustine recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. Of course UCAM Murcia cruised to a 76-65 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked B.de Rueda V. (#16, 2-7). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But UCAM Murcia managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 15th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Augustine is a newcomer at UCAM Murcia and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Paul Davis (211-C-84) of Cajasol (#8). Davis showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Davis' great performance Cajasol lost 97-99in overtime to Fuenlabrada (5-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Cajasol needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 4 lost games. Davis has a great season in Spain. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.9ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 9.1rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Serge Ibaka (208-C/F-89) of Real Madrid - 15 points and 9 rebounds
5. Michael Bramos (196-G/F-87) of GC 2014 - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Aaron Jackson (193-G-86) of Bizkaia Bilbao - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85) of Valencia - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83) of Valencia - 17 points and 5 rebounds
9. Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) of Unicaja - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81) of Blusens M. - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Students sign Rodrigo De La Fuente - by Eurobasket News
Rodrigo De La Fuente (200-F-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington) is a new member of Estudiantes. The experienced forward penned a deal for rest of the season. Actually, De La Fuente already made debut for the Students yesterday. He scored 13 points against Bilbao. Estudiantes lost that game on the road 72-66. Rodrigo De La Fuente spent last season with Italian Teramo. He joined them in December of 2010 averaging 9 points and 3.8 rebounds for 19 games in SerieA. Before Teramo, De La Fuente played for Lottomatica Roma and Benetton Treviso. He spent many years with Barcelona in the past. Rodrigo De La Fuente played for the Spanish National Team from 1998 to 2004.

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Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Eagles 8-0 
 2. LF Future 8-1 
 3. Taby 7-2 
 4. Akropol 6-3 
 5. Blackeberg 5-4 
 6. Haga Haninge 5-4 
 7. Orongo 4-5 
 8. Jarva Devils 4-5 
 9. Talje 4-5 
 10. Uppsala KFUM 1-8 
 11. Eskilstuna 1-8 
 12. BG Lulea 0-8 
South
 1. Malbas 8-0 
 2. Srbija 7-2 
 3. Nassjo 7-2 
 4. Brahe Basket 6-2 
 5. Hoganas 6-3 
 6. Helsingborg 4-4 
 7. Hogsbo 4-5 
 8. Solna Branten 3-6 
 9. Sanda 2-7 
 10. Eos 2-7 
 11. Fryshuset 2-7 
 12. Norrkoping BK 1-7 


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


LNA Round 10: Fribourg is defeated by Starwings - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Basel between second ranked Fribourg (7-2) and sixth ranked Starwings (4-5) on Sunday night. Fribourg was defeated by Starwings in a tough game on the road 80-84. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-80. Starwings forced 20 Fribourg turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Starwings especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Starwings made 7 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Fribourg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Brandon Jenkins (190-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Miroslav Petkovic (183-88) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American-Jamaican forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Starwings maintains sixth position with 4-5 record. Fribourg at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. Starwings are looking forward to face league's leader Lugano Tigers on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fribourg will have a break next round.
The game in Nyon was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Lugano Tigers (8-1) played at the court of 7th ranked BBC Nyon (2-7). Lugano Tigers managed to secure a 6-point victory 73-67. The former international guard Dusan Mladjan (199-86, agency: Interperformances) notched 28 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Mohammed Abukar supported him with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Ryan Dermody (206-87, college: Wyoming) did not help to save the game for BBC Nyon. BBC Nyon's coach Pierre-Alain Badan rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lugano Tigers have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. BBC Nyon lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with seven games lost. Lugano Tigers will play against Starwings (#6) in Basel in the next round where they are favorite. BBC Nyon will play on the road against Monthey and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Fifth ranked SAV Vacallo (5-4) crushed at home 8th ranked Boncourt (1-8) by 29 points 92-63, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Rokas Uzas fired 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Jerome Stucheli produced 14 points 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. SAV Vacallo maintains fifth position with 5-4 record. Boncourt lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with SAM Massagno. SAV Vacallo will meet higher ranked Geneve Lions (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Boncourt will play against SAM Massagno (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 10 Monthey won against SAM Massagno on the opponent's court 67-60.


SAM Massagno - Monthey 60-67

Very expected game when 9th ranked SAM Massagno (1-8) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Monthey (6-3) 67-60 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But SAM Massagno won third quarter 13-5. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) fired 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. International guard Steeve Louissaint (190-87) chipped in 13 points. American forward Travele Jones (203, college: Texas Southern) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Chris Kaba (203, college: N.Colorado) added 22 points respectively for lost side. Monthey have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 6-3 record. Loser SAM Massagno stay at the bottom place with eight games lost. They share the position with Boncourt. Monthey will meet at home BBC Nyon (#7) in the next round. SAM Massagno will play against Boncourt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Monthey: T.Smith 27+7reb+4ast, S.Louissaint 13+4reb+3ast, I.Boylan 9+3reb+3ast, S.Finn 8+5reb+1ast, M.Mihajlovic 5+6reb+2ast, J.Dubas 4+7reb
SAM Massagno: C.Kaba 22+4reb+1ast, T.Jones 18+8reb+2ast, N.Stevanovic 7, W.Molteni 7+4reb, T.Gugino 6+9reb+1ast, P.Ishiodu 0
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Starwings - Fribourg 84-80

The most important game in the last round took place in Basel between second ranked Fribourg (7-2) and sixth ranked Starwings (4-5) on Sunday night. Fribourg was defeated by Starwings in a tough game on the road 80-84. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-80. Starwings forced 20 Fribourg turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Starwings especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Starwings made 7 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Fribourg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Brandon Jenkins (190-85, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Miroslav Petkovic (183-88) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American-Jamaican forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Dave Esterkamp (200-78, college: Bowling Green) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Starwings maintains sixth position with 4-5 record. Fribourg at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. Starwings are looking forward to face league's leader Lugano Tigers on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fribourg will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Starwings: M.Petkovic 23+3reb+4ast, B.Jenkins 20+6reb+7ast, J.Burrows 14+7reb+2ast, J.Fuchs 12+2ast, K.Johnson 8+7reb+1ast, R.Albrecht 4+2reb
Fribourg: R.Yates 19+11reb+1ast, S.Petkovic 17+2reb+6ast, J.Kazadi 10+2reb+1ast, D.Esterkamp 10+12reb+4ast, B.Polyblank 9+3reb+1ast, R.Kovac 6
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BBC Nyon - Lugano Tigers 67-73

The game in Nyon was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Lugano Tigers (8-1) played at the court of 7th ranked BBC Nyon (2-7). Lugano Tigers managed to secure a 6-point victory 73-67. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-12. But BBC Nyon won second period 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international guard Dusan Mladjan (199-86, agency: Interperformances) notched 28 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Interperformances) supported him with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Ryan Dermody (206-87, college: Wyoming) did not help to save the game for BBC Nyon. Serbian swingman Srdjan Zivkovic (200-86, agency: 011 Sports) added 18 points and 6 assists for lost side. BBC Nyon's coach Pierre-Alain Badan rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lugano Tigers have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. BBC Nyon lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with seven games lost. Lugano Tigers will play against Starwings (#6) in Basel in the next round where they are favorite. BBC Nyon will play on the road against Monthey and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: D.Mladjan 28+8reb+1ast, M.Abukar 24+10reb+2ast, D.Stockalper 11+2reb+2ast, M.Efevberha 5+2reb+4ast, E.Draughan 4+4reb+3ast, S.Pantic 1+3reb
BBC Nyon: S.Zivkovic 18+1reb+6ast, K.Knutson 13+8reb, R.Dermody 13+12reb+3ast, X.Paredes 8+5reb+2ast, L.Bobetso 6+3reb+4ast, J.Meylan 4+2reb
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SAV Vacallo - Boncourt 92-63

Fifth ranked SAV Vacallo (5-4) crushed at home 8th ranked Boncourt (1-8) by 29 points 92-63, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. SAV Vacallo dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Boncourt's 28. SAV Vacallo forced 20 Boncourt turnovers and outrebounded them 48-21 including a 34-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for SAV Vacallo especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Lithuanian forward Rokas Uzas (202-88) fired 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Florent Ramseier (198-90) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four SAV Vacallo players scored in double figures. Guard Jerome Stucheli (185-89) produced 14 points and American power forward Marcus Allen (201-87, college: Jacksonville) added 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists 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. SAV Vacallo maintains fifth position with 5-4 record. Boncourt lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with SAM Massagno. SAV Vacallo will meet higher ranked Geneve Lions (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Boncourt will play against SAM Massagno (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SAV Vacallo: R.Uzas 23+9reb+2ast, F.Ramseier 18+6reb+3ast, P.Badji 12+3reb+1ast, M.Sloan 11+10reb+2ast, R.Gibson 10+5reb+8ast, M.Schneiderman 9+9reb+3ast
Boncourt: J.Stucheli 14+3reb+2ast, A.Herrmann 13+1ast, I.N'Diaye 10+2reb+2ast, M.Allen 7+5reb+4ast, L.Lahey 5+8reb+1ast, R.Schwaiger 5
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Marcus blog! - by Marcus Allen
Wazahhhhh, welcome to my first post, I'm a rookie at this blogging so keep that in mind, haha. Ok so my name is Marcus Allen, I graduated from Jacksonville University in 2009 with a bachelors degree in Sociology and a minor in Marketing. This is my third season playing professional basketball....I started out my career in Austria where I played for UBSC Graz, I played there for a month then got another offer to play in France in NM1 where I played for Saint Quentin (the craziest fans in france by far,lol). In my second season I didn't get a job until october and I actually had to leave on my birthday (sucks right??), so I was going back to France to play for Lievin which is also in the NM1 Division, and now I'm currently playing in Switzerland for BC Boncourt ( allez Red Team). Swiss has been a pretty good experience so far, they speak french in my region so that was a great thing because Lord knows I'm horrible at learning languages so already being familiar with French has been helping me out a little. The culture here is a lot different from Miami, everybody here speaks to you and the people are extremely nice...Swiss is a beautiful country, If you are a sight seeing person then this would be a great place for you.....Ok enough of that back to basketball,lol....My team is a work in progress, I feel that we are getting better everyday, which is a good thing because we have a lot of young guys that play major roles on our squad...We've had some tough losses this season but we will be fine, just have to keep working hard in practice...Until next time

Stay thirsty my friends ;)


Terry first blog! - by Terry Smith
What's goooooodddd!!! First off, a shoutout to Eurobasket for giving me the opportunity to do my own blog! I'm new at this, so bear with me.
A little background on Terry Smith: I'm from Syracuse, NY, and am a graduate of Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania.
I've played in Germany, Czech Republic, and am currently in Switzerland. I have always been a guy under the radar, but when given the opportunity, I usually make the best of it.
Anyways, playing professional basketball in Europe is a blessing in all aspects of the word, and I'm grateful and thank God everyday that I get to do what I love for a living;
and also get to see parts of the world that I wouldn't have imagined. Here in Switzerland, they have treated me VERY well, and I have no complaints.
The living conditions are high--so you can live comfortably and not miss home as much (in my opinion). The basketball level is
pretty good here as well. We have players that have competed at the NCAA-D1 level,
and even a few of the guys have either gotten drafted or have had NBA workout experiences. So don't
think because it's Swiss, it's all sweet out here! You will lose badly if you're not
ready! Right now, we are riding on the bus back to our part of the country--we had
an away-game in the Italian part of Switzerland (yes, Swiss has 3 parts:
German, French, Italian). It took about 6 hours to get here, but we won; and now
we're sitting in 4th position with a 6-3 record. Our team is very solid with
veterans, and our young guys give us something every night. But ok, like I
said, we're riding back home from our game and ya boy is tired. Stayed tuned
for the next post, and I'll tell you as much as I can about my life and experiences
here in Switzerland. Bonne Nuit!!! (French for goodnight)


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Bandirma Kirmizi gets bigger with Paul Miller - by Eurobasket News
Paul Miller (208-C/F-82, college: Wichita St.) will continue his career in Turkey. The American big guy signed a deal with Bandirma Kirmizi for rest of the season. Actually, Miller already made his debut with Bandirma collecting 15 points and 6 rebounds against Olin Edrine. Bandirma lost that game on the road 81-60. Paul Miller started this season with Aliaga. He appeared twice for them averaging 7.5 points and 6 rebounds. They parted ways recently. Season 2010/11, Paul Miller spent in Poland. He had 12 ppg and 6.6 rpg for 26 PLK games with Anwil. Miller also added 13.5 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 6 EuroCup appearances.

Melvin Sanders gets MVP of the Week award for TBL - by Eurobasket News
American-Georgian Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, agency: FCM) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hacettepe Univ. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 30-year old swingman had a double-double of 21 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team beat Tofas (#9, 3-4) 73-67. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Hacettepe Univ. maintains the 13th position in Turkish TBL. The season is still in it's early stage, so the team may have a chance to improve their current position in the standings. They lost 5 games and had just two victories. It was one of impressive evenings for Sanders as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Oklahoma State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sanders is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.0rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American guard Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, agency: Strategic Sports) of Mersin. Grundy impressed basketball fans with 36 points and 4 assists. Bad luck as Mersin was edged by the higher-ranked Fener.Ulker (#6, 5-2) 83-81. This loss caused Mersin to drop to 10th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Grundy is a newcomer at Mersin and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.2ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 4.2rpg and 4.2apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Gerrod Henderson (192-G-78) of Erdemir (#4). Henderson showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, six rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Erdemir, leading his team to a 92-73 easy win against Turk Telekom (5-2). Erdemir needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Henderson has a very solid season. In 6 games in Turkey he scored 16.5ppg. He also has 4.7rpg and FGP: 65.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84) of Besiktas - 31 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) of Galatasaray - 11 points and 12 rebounds
6. Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81) of Besiktas - 16 points and 11 rebounds
7. Soner Senturk (194-G-86) of Erdemir - 24 points and 4 rebounds
8. Darius Washington (188-G-85) of Turk Telekom - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) of Besiktas - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77) of Karsiyaka - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
 1. Genc Telekom 10-0 
 2. Optimum TED 8-2 
 3. Akhisar Bld 8-2 
 4. Maliye Milli 7-3 
 5. Final Genclik 7-3 
 6. Gaziantep 6-4 
 7. Selcuk Univ. 6-4 
 8. Darussafaka 6-4 
 9. Pamukkale 6-4 
 10. Vestel 6-4 
 11. Istanbul B.B. 5-5 
 12. Gelisim 4-6 
 13. Usak 4-6 
 14. Pertevniyal 4-6 
 15. Balikesir 3-7 
 16. Baskent Genclik 2-8 
 17. Istanbulspor 2-8 
 18. Orman Genc 2-8 
 19. TED Istanbul 2-8 
 20. Tire Gucu 2-8 


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


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Looking into the future of Paradise Jam - by David Edole
The Connecticut Huskies along with Quinnipiac will compete in next years Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The eight-team field, according to tournament director Sean Christensen, consists of UConn, Quinnipiac, New Mexico, Mercer, Wake Forest, George Mason, Iona and University of Illinois-Chicago. The brackets (two groups of four
teams) have not been set yet, nor have the dates, though this years tournament begins Nov. 18. The Huskies won the event three years ago, beating La Salle, Miami and Wisconsin.

The UConn women are also slated to play in the Paradise Jam, though the womens field has yet to be determined.


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Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Buckeye B. 0-0 
 2. Cincinnati S. 0-0 
 3. Cleveland R. 0-0 
 4. Louisville S. 0-0 
 5. Midwest M. 0-0 
 6. Ohio R. 0-0 
 7. S.Ohio K. 0-0 
 8. SE Hoopstars 0-0 
Southern
 1. GIE Morrow D. 2-0 
 2. S.Generals 1-0 
 3. Atlanta A. 1-1 
 4. Georgia L. 1-2 
 5. Tennessee D. 0-2 
Western
 1. Austin K. 0-0 
 2. C.Texas C. 0-0 
 3. Cleveland H. 0-0 
 4. DFW Warriors 0-0 
 5. Houston E. 0-0 
D-League
 1. Nashville M. 0-0 
 2. Queen City G. 0-0 
Traveling Teams
 1. Dallas Stars 0-0 
 2. Team Japan 0-0 


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Michael blog! - by Michael Lee
What's up everyone my name is Michael Lee and I currently play for BC Donetsk in the Ukraine. This is my fourth year in Europe so I have developed my own system to living in Europe. My first year was a tough one for me suffered an injury but I was able to bounce back. Currently my team is playing in Eurocup as well as the national league competition. The games come and go very fast in the Ukraine league since they play about 2-3 games a week and not the traditional one game a week. We are currently tied for second place in the Ukraine league and second in our Eurocup bracket. We suffered our first setback in Eurocup but we were able to get back on the winning side with a win in our national league. We have a tough game coming up in Eurocup against Cibona so stay tuned for results.

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


Standings - Higher League
Higher League Standings
 1. VolinBasket 11-1 
 2. Avantazh-Pol. 10-2 
 3. Musson 9-3 
 4. Pulsar 8-4 
 5. Aviastar 7-3 
 6. BK Kremen 6-6 
 7. Koksokh-Stal 4-8 
 8. Sportlitsey 2-10 
 9. Vinnitsky Zubry 1-9 
 10. Ternopil 0-12 


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Flournoy Happy Despite Blowing Big Lead - by Paul Nilsen
Newcastle Eagles' coach Fabulous Flournoy (192-G/F-73, college: McNeese St.) remained positive despite seeing his side let a 21 point lead sip at Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders in the BBL Cup semi-final on Saturday.


The two sides will go into Friday evening's second leg level after a thrilling 90-90 draw at the John Sandford Sports Centre, and with Newcastle also beating UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders on Friday evening, Flournoy was a happy man: 'Really I have to be satisfied with our weekends work. Coming off a short week after a Sunday game at Cheshire to remain undefeated against two top teams like Plymouth and Leicester is probably as much as I could have asked for.


'We were always in control of the game on Friday night and played some excellent defence in the first half in particular. Darius [Defoe] really stepped up for us inside and I just felt comfortable throughout the game.


'Saturday night was an excellent BBL experience. Leicester's gym was packed and jumping and our guys really responded well in the first half and played with a great deal of defensive energy. Our schedule probably helped our rhythm in the first half but certainly hurt our energy levels in the second half. Credit to Leicester they came back at us hard and whilst they were awarded more foul shots than we would have liked they earned the right to get back into the tie with the way they played.'


Eagles strolled to a 90-67 victory against Raiders on Friday evening to maintain their unbeaten start to the BBL Championship season, but that was the only blow-out of a thrilling night's action.


Nate ReinkingOne Health Sharks Sheffield came back from 13 points down at the final break as a Nate Reinking (pictured right) buzzer-beater saw them end Worcester Wolves' unbeaten start to the regular season with a 76-75 victory. Reinking led all scorers with 25 points, supported by 16 points from Justin Dobbins. Richie Gordon led the Wolves with 23 points.


Glasgow Rocks moved up to second in the BBL Championship as they made light of the absence of player-coach Sterling Davis and point guard EJ Harrison with a 95-92 victory at Prestige Homes MK Lions. In front of a sell-out crowd at the MK Lions Arena, Mychal Green led all scorers with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the victors, while Danny Huffor scored 18. The Lions were led by Stefan Gill's 19 points.


Champions Mersey Tigers survived a late fight back from Durham Wildcats to secure their first Championship win of the campaign with an 85-81 victory and it was a doubly disappointing weekend for Dave Elderkin's side as they let a ten point lead slip the following day as Raiders completed their weekend in the north east with an 80-75 victory. Last season's league MVP Jeremy Bell was in fine form with 21 points while for the hosts Ralph Bucci and Mario Flaherty both claimed double-doubles.


British Basketball Player of the Year Awards - by Eurobasket News
British Basketball has announced the nominations for their annual player awards that recognise Standard Life GB Men's and Women's individual achievements throughout the previous international season.

The awards will include a Standard Life GB senior team 'Athlete of the Year' award which will also be the BOA Athlete of the Year, as well as a new 'Emerging Athlete' honour, with four players already shortlisted for each accolade.

The nominees are:

Athlete of the Year

Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) (Senior Men), Joel Freeland (208-F-87) (Senior Men), JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, college: E.Washington) (Senior Women) and Chantelle Handy (191-F/C-87, college: Marshall) (Senior Women and World University Games).

Emerging Athlete of the Year

Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) (GB Under 20 and Seniors), Kyle Johnson (195-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) (GB Futures and Seniors), Renee E. Busch (174-G-92) (GB Under 20 Women) and Temitope Fagbenle (191-F-92) (GB Under 20 Women).

Previous winners of the 'Athlete of the Year' award have included Luol Deng (2007 and 2008), Jo Leedham (2009) and Pops Mensah-Bonsu (2010).

2011 has been a particularly exciting year for British Basketball, beginning with the FIBA announcement on March 13 that both the Standard Life GB Men's and Women's senior teams could take up their host nation places in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Standard Life GB Women then went on to make further history as they competed for the first time in the EuroBasket Finals where they reached the second round of the competition in Poland.

The Standard Life GB men competed in the London Prepares series of test events inside the Olympic Park in August. Although they faced tough competition from the likes of France and Croatia, they showed their competitiveness by beating world number ten side, China, then narrowly losing in overtime to world number nine, Australia. They were then defeated by just two points by the then world number four, Serbia. When the side headed to Lithuania for the EuroBasket Finals 2011 later that month, they again showed they were tough opponents as they won two of their five games against Portugal and Poland, finishing equal third in their group and missing qualification into round two on points difference.

British Basketball's Performance Director, Chris Spice, commented on the awards: 'After such an historic and successful year for both the men and the women we wanted to reward not only the BOA Athlete of the Year but the panel also wanted to recognise those players who have made a significant contribution to our 2011 programmes both on and off the court.

'Our new British Basketball Emerging Athlete award recognises the outstanding achievements of some of our best youngsters from our GB Futures and Under 20 programmes which is something we have been thinking about for some time. I hope over time these awards will become one of the key highlights of the British Basketball sporting programme.

'I wish to congratulate all the teams this year for their efforts but especially those that have been nominated for awards this year. The shortlisted individuals should be extremely proud of what they and their teams have achieved this year and this sets a great foundation for what will be an exciting 2012 season.'

Luol Deng enjoyed great success during EuroBasket averaging 24.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Deng led GB in every stat category apart from steals during the tournament. He is a true leader with his NBA experience and is unstoppable on the court with his agility and skill set.

Joel Freeland had a stunning EuroBasket 2011 campaign becoming a major player for the side since he last competed for GB in 2009. Throughout the EuroBasket Finals he averaged 11.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Since his return to regular season club, Unicaja Malaga, he has excelled, winning the ACB player of the month after only a few weeks into the season.

Power forward, JulieAnne Page enjoyed a historical summer for the Standard Life GB Women when they progressed to the second round of EuroBasket. Julie was averaging 10 points a game and 7.5 rebounds. Following EuroBasket, Page signed with Polish side Energa Torun where she erupted with 23 points in her first game for the side.

Chantelle Handy was not only part of the successful Standard Life GB Women's senior team at EuroBasket this year but also the Great Britain team at the World University Games where she was the star performer under the watchful eye of head coach Tom Maher.

For the first time, the 2011 British Basketball player awards also feature an 'Emerging Athlete' category with four of the most promising young talents shortlisted to receive the honour.

After solid performances with the GB Under 20 Men, Devon Van Oostrum was called up to the senior team and made huge strides in his international career over the summer, impressing Chris Finch enough to not only play a big role at the London Prepares test event but also in Lithuania during his first ever EuroBasket senior tournament, aged just 18.

GB Futures squad player, Kyle Johnson also made a huge impact in that squad's 2-1 series defeat of Germany and he followed that up with great performances against Nigeria and the Netherlands in Cobham with the Standard Life GB Senior Men. He was then added to the Eurobasket 2011 squad and saw good minutes in four of GB's five games in Lithuania and averaged 6.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

For the women, Temitope Fagbenle has really stood out this year. The 18 year old forward shone at Blair Academy in New Jersey averaging close to 18 points, more than 12 rebounds, two blocks and two steals per game. Being named New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year and McDonald's All American earned her a scholarship at Harvard University where she is pursuing her education and her basketball career. She also competed with the GB Under 20 Women's side in the European Championship.

Alongside Temi at the European Championships with the GB Under 20 Women was Renee E. Busch. She enjoyed some effective court time for a side that surpassed all expectations by reaching the quarter-finals of Europe's elite competition at the first time of asking. Busch was an inspirational leader both on and off the court and averaged 7.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Her stand-out performance against Latvia, where she grabbed 20 points, was a real highlight in her international career to date.

The British Basketball Player of the Year Award and Emerging Athlete award winners will be announced by the end of 2011.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


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Larre Borges surprises everyone - by Sergio Palay
Larre Borges is one of the great surprises of the Uruguayan League. After a bad start, losing five games in a row the team improved a lot.

The Managers of the club made a good decision when not dismiss coach Miguel Bragundez and with his work and a very good pair of foreigners players (Justin Keenan (201-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.) and Kristian Clarkson (202-F-84, agency: TSS Management, college: Widener)) have remedied the situation.

Now Larre Borges has a 7-8 record allowing it to be three wins above the relegation zone. Also at this moment Larre Borges is in the seventh position in LUB and the people in 'La Unin' are happy..


Remeros winning there third game in a row. - by Greg
At home played a tough game against the Wanderers Paysandu to gain 2nd place in the division, behind first place Anastasia. Leading the way for Remeros Mercedes was Juan Magnone (186-G-81) with 21 pts, and Martin Lopez (86) and Mario Alemagni with 16 pts each and then Rick Leasure (201-F-86, college: Lake Erie) with 15 pts. There next game is against Anastasia who is undefeated, with one of the wins over Remeros Mercedes. The game is on Dec.3, the beginning of the second round for the Littoral division.

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Rodolfo Tovar lost Guaiqueries but he can get it back. - by Yelitza La Torre
Well-known business man Rodolfo Tovar lost his professional basketball team as a result of administrative actions from the Venezuelan Government against Rodolfo Tovar's companies. But there is not only bad news for Mr. Tovar who could be himself one of the first candidates to buy Guaiqueries de Margarita since after the mentioned action from the Venezuela government the next step could be to put on sale the professional basketball team to a private party. Mr. Rodolfo Tovar is a Venezuelan and he have his rights, he could buy Guaiqueries. 'We took legal actions to a company that was giving a bad service to customers; it doesnt mean that we have something against Mr. Rodolfo Tovar'. Minister Hector Rodriguez. So far Guaiqueries will keep both its logo and colors and the new directory is working to have a competitive team playing on the upcoming 2012 professional basketball league of Venezuela.






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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Round 8 best performance: Ana Radovic - by Eurobasket News
International center Ana Radovic (190-C-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Vojvodina, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 21-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 22 rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Sloboda (#10, 0-8) with 18-point margin 78-60. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Vojvodina is placed at 9th position in . Too late to improve their position as they are currently ranked such low. They already lost 7 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Radovic had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for her as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Ana Radovic has solid league stats. She is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 6.9rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was -year old Milica Ivanovic of Vozdovac. Ivanovic had a very good evening with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Vozdovac was edged by slightly higher-ranked Celik (#3, 5-2) 70-69. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Vozdovac still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. Her team's 5-3 record is not bad at all. Ivanovic is a newcomer at Vozdovac, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82) of league's top team Partizan. Dabovic scored 21 points. She was a key player of Partizan, leading her team to a 101-62 easy win against the lower-ranked Athlete Celje (#6, 4-4). Partizan have amazing season winning all 7 games without a single defeat. Dabovic turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Dabovic has a great season in Adriatic League. After only 3 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.7apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dragana Stankovic (188-F-95) of Sloboda - 20 points and 11 rebounds
5. Biljana Stjepanovic (189-C-87) of Radivoj Korac - 21 points and 9 rebounds
6. Jovana Popovic (173-G-90) of Vojvodina - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Dajana Butulija (176-SG-86) of Partizan - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Irena Vrancic (167-G-90) of Vozdovac - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marina Mandic (181-G-83) of Hemofarm - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ivona Bogoje (193-C-76) of Mladi Krajisnik - 18 points and 3 rebounds

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


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Partizan 7-0 
 2. Hemofarm 6-2 
 3. Celik 5-2 
 4. Vozdovac 5-3 
 5. Radivoj Korac 5-3 
 6. Athlete Celje 4-4 
 7. Buducnost 4-4 
 8. Mladi Krajisnik 2-6 
 9. Vojvodina 1-7 
 10. Sloboda 0-8 


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  AUSTRIA - Women  


BK Duchess hand Flying Foxes first loss - by Eurobasket News
BK Duchess stopped Flying Foxes perfect run. Tatiana Gallova team overcame the reigning champions 58:48 at home court to improve at 6-1 record in the ladder. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) nailed 14 points to pace the winners. BK Duchess enjoyed a 28:25 halftime lead. Flying Foxes used a 17:7 run in the third period to surge ahead. But the home team reacted with a 23:6 rally in the final stanza to seal the victory. Linda Schurer-Waldheim (182-F-86) netted 10 points for BK Duchess. Kachine Alexander (174-PG-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Iowa) had 15 points, while Petra Steger (177-SG-87) chipped in 12 in the loss.
BC Vienna improved at 5-3 record following a 72:30 home win over UBI Graz. Agnes Roth (185-F/C-86) delivered 20 points to pace the hosts. BC Vienna built a 35:18 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Lisa Zderadicka (168-PG-94) produced 13 points for BC Vienna. Annika Pansy (173-G-88) answered with 11 points for UBI Graz.
Innsbruck held off visiting SK Kammer 85:46 behind 22 points from Julia Schwab (180-F-82). Margit Forcher (177-G-76) delivered 18 points in the winning effort. Dagmar Sagerer (178-C-89) and Tanja Zschoke (175-G-86) responded with 9 points for SK Kammer.


Standings - AWBL
AWBL Standings
 1. Fl.Foxes 7-1 
 2. BK Duchess 6-1 
 3. BC Vienna 5-3 
 4. TI Sparkasse 4-4 
 5. UBBC 3-4 
 6. UBI Graz 2-6 
 7. Kammer 0-8 


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Olimpia shock TTT Riga in Belarus - by Eurobasket News
Olimpia shock TTT Riga in Belarus in Baltic League campaign. The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Latvian TTT Riga in Grodno on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Belarusian Olimpia GrGAU 71-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of TTT Riga. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. TTT Riga trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 13-6 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 65-71 at the end of the game. They outrebounded TTT Riga 44-33 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Lyubov Alyoshkina (203-C-81) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Natallia Kozun chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena) produced 23 points and 4 steals and Ieva Krastina added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests.
Earlier Latvian leader TTT Riga delivered the fourth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Belarusian Victoria-UOR 116-51 in Grodno. Gunta Basko nailed 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Ieva Krastina accounted for 19 points and 6 rebounds.
Belarusian Olimpia GrGAU blasted bottom-ranked Latvian TTT Juniores in Grodno 85:38 on Saturday evening keeping the perfect record after 5 rounds. The best player for the winners was Ukrainian center Alina Iordan (190-C-88) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Aliaksandra Musatava chipped in 13 points and 4 assists.




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Road win for Celik, defeats for Sloboda and Mladi Krajisnik - by Eurobasket News
Only Celik managed to win in Round Eight of the MZRKL last weekend. The Zenica team registered road victory, while Sloboda and Mladi Krajisnik failed in their games.
Fifth ranked Celik (5-2) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Serbian Vozdovac (5-3) 70-69 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Vozdovac. Vozdovac was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 19-14 charge of Celik, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Vozdovac's 30. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian center Josipa Bura (185-C-85) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds and Russian center Anna Tolikova (190-C-86) who added 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Milica Ivanovic responded with 28 points and 7 rebounds and Bosnian guard Irena Vrancic scored 16 points and 5 steals. Celik have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Vozdovac at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Radivoj Korac. Celik will play against Vojvodina (#9) in Novi Sad in the next round where they are favorite. Vozdovac will play on the road against Athlete Celje (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Serbian Vojvodina's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after seven consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Bosnian Sloboda (0-8) 78-60 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 46-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Vojvodina forced 27 Sloboda turnovers and outrebounded them 46-23 including a 25-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by center Ana Radovic who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points and 22 rebounds and guard Jovana Popovic supported her with 23 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Four Vojvodina players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds by forward Dragana Stankovic (188-F-95) did not help to save the game for Sloboda. Guard Zvjezdana Gagic (169-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 13 points and 4 assists for the guests. Vojvodina (1-7) left bottom position moving up to ninth place. It was Sloboda's eighth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with eight games lost. Vojvodina will meet higher ranked Celik (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sloboda will play against Buducnost (#7) in Podgorica and hopes to get finally their first victory.
No shocking result in a game when second ranked Serbian Hemofarm Stada (6-2) beat 8th ranked Bosnian Mladi Krajisnik (2-6) in Vrsac 77-70. It looked good early as Mladi Krajisnik took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hemofarm Stada took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Mladi Krajisnik to just 6 points in second quarter. Hemofarm Stada made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Mladi Krajisnik 39-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Marina Mandic (181-83) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Center Tijana Ajdukovic (197-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Five Hemofarm Stada players scored in double figures. Guard Milica Deura (178-G-90) produced 17 points and Montenegrin power forward Sanja Knezevic (188-F/C-84) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Hemofarm Stada maintains second position with 6-2 record having just 0 victories less than leader Partizan. Mladi Krajisnik lost third consecutive game. Defending Bosnian champion keeps the eighth place with six games lost. Hemofarm Stada's next round opponent will be Radivoj Korac (#5) in Beograd. Mladi Krajisnik will play at home against the league's leader Partizan in Beograd.
Round 9 is scheduled for the next weekend.


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Standings - Women
NBL Standings
 1. Dunav 8806 7-0 
 2. Neftochimic 6-2 
 3. Beroe 07 5-3 
 4. Levski 4-4 
 5. Montana 2003 3-4 
 6. Rilski Sportist 2-6 
 7. Slavia 0-8 


Important victory for Levski in the derby versus Beroe - by Valentin Anguelov
Levski beat Beroe 07 in the derby of ninth round in women's NBL. The team from Sofia was better by 7 points at the end of the game 70-63 so the players of coach Stefan Mihaylov got back on winning way after two consecutive defeats. The meeting was very close until the end, however the players of Levski were more focused and grabbed important victory. That was their fourth win as they do have also 4 losses while the visitors from Stara Zagora are with 5 wins and 3 defeats after this round of play.

The meeting started very well for Beroe 07 and only after few minutes on the court in Universiada hall they were up by 10 points. However Levski did not intend to give up and quickly managed to get close to your opponent for 19-24 at the end of first quarter. Early in the second ten minutes guests managed a series of 9-0 which put them again to lead by double-digit advance. Levski finished with their best, had seven unanswered points and cut the lead to only 4 points at the half time break.

Beroe hold to their lead for only 5 minutes in the second half. In the middle of the third quarter Levski had their first lead but before the start of the last ten minutes of play the score was 53-52 in favor of Levski. They managed to create a lead of 4-5 points later on and managed to maintain it until the last minute to deserved their important victory.

Agnesa Doychinova (188-F-73) played a great match and finished with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Petya Djambazka added 16 points and 6 rebounds while former Beroe player Juanita Ward scored 15 points.

For Beroe Vera Perostiyska was above all with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Zoya Stanoeva added 16 points and newly signed american Kaitlin Swoinski ended with double-double of 14 plus 13 rebounds.


NBL Round 9: Beroe 07 loses to Levski - by Eurobasket News
The game between second ranked Beroe 07 (5-3) and fourth ranked Levski (4-4) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Beroe 07 was defeated by Levski in a tough game in Sofia 63-70. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 37-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for the former international forward Agnesa Doychinova (188-F-73) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Petya Djambazka (178-77) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Vera Perostiyska answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for Beroe 07. Levski maintains fourth place with 4-4 record. Beroe 07 at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Levski's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena Slavia.
Bottom-ranked Slavia 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 eighth consecutive match to third ranked Neftochimic (6-2) 106-68. International forward Maria Zhelyazkova (181-86, agency: Promotex) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Olga Dubrovina chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Neftochimic's coach Peter Marinov felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was international forward Neli Pasheva (175-81) with 29 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Defending champion moved-up to second place. Slavia at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Neftochimic will play against Montana 2003 (#5) on the road in the next round. Slavia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sofia Levski.
The game in Samokov supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Montana 2003 (3-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Rilski Sportist (2-6). Montana 2003 smashed Rilski Sportist 76-44 on Sunday. Natalia Topalova-Shopova nailed 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Coach Slavko Dimitrov's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Anne Farrell came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds for Rilski Sportist in the defeat. Montana 2003 maintains fifth place with 3-4 record. Newly promoted Rilski Sportist keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Montana 2003 will meet at home league's second-placed Neftochimic in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rilski Sportist will have a break next round.

The most impressive performance of 9th round was 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks by Kaitlin Sowinski of Beroe 07.


Rilski Sportist - Montana 2003 44-76

The game in Samokov supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Montana 2003 (3-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Rilski Sportist (2-6). Montana 2003 smashed Rilski Sportist 76-44 on Sunday. The game without a history. Montana 2003 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Rilski Sportist to an opponent 22.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 42.6 percent accuracy of the winners and made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. The former international forward Natalia Topalova-Shopova (186-80) nailed 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Dimana Makarieva (188-88) accounted for 12 points and 12 rebounds. Coach Slavko Dimitrov's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American center Anne Farrell (187-88, college: Centenary, agency: Global Sports Plaza) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds and guard Veronika Djikova (180-90) added 12 points respectively for Rilski Sportist in the defeat. Montana 2003 maintains fifth place with 3-4 record. Newly promoted Rilski Sportist keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Montana 2003 will meet at home league's second-placed Neftochimic in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rilski Sportist will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: V.Djikova 12+4reb+2ast, A.Farrell 11+15reb, K.Peychinova 5+1ast, K.Rudeva 5+3reb+1ast, E.Ushaguelova 4+1reb+2ast, M.Ranguelova 4+4reb
Montana 2003: N.Topalova-Shopova 23+7reb+3ast, D.Makarieva 12+12reb+1ast, I.Vrancheva 11+4reb+5ast, C.Mihalkova 8+2reb+3ast, N.Simeonova 7+7reb+1ast, R.Nesheva 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 143891


Levski - Beroe 07 70-63

The game between second ranked Beroe 07 (5-3) and fourth ranked Levski (4-4) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Beroe 07 was defeated by Levski in a tough game in Sofia 63-70. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 37-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for the former international forward Agnesa Doychinova (188-73) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Petya Djambazka (178-77) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Levski players scored in double figures. Vera Perostiyska answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and American center Kaitlin Sowinski (196-86, college: Sacred Heart) added 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for Beroe 07. Levski maintains fourth place with 4-4 record. Beroe 07 at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Levski's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sofia to the arena Slavia.
Top scorers:
Beroe 07: P.Vera 20+10reb+6ast, Z.Stanoeva 16+4reb+3ast, K.Sowinski 14+13reb+1ast, D.Koeva 5+1reb+4ast, M.Karchovska 5+1reb+4ast, A.Bachkovo 3+3reb+2ast
Levski: A.Doychinova 21+11reb+2ast, P.Djambazka 16+6reb+1ast, J.Ward 15+2reb, R.Bachvarova 13+5reb+2ast, H.Ivanova 3+4reb, D.Naydenova 2+5reb+8ast
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Neftochimic - Slavia 106-68

Bottom-ranked Slavia 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 eighth consecutive match to third ranked Neftochimic (6-2) 106-68. The game without a history. Neftochimic led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Slavia's 40. Neftochimic forced 24 Slavia turnovers and outrebounded them 47-27 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Slavia's players. International forward Maria Zhelyazkova (181-86, agency: Promotex) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Ukrainian guard Olga Dubrovina (170-87, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Neftochimic's coach Peter Marinov felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was international forward Neli Pasheva (175-81) with 29 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and guard Zornitsa Naydenova (172-89) scored 17 points. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Slavia at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Neftochimic will play against Montana 2003 (#5) on the road in the next round. Slavia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Sofia Levski.
Top scorers:
Slavia: N.Pasheva 29+3ast, Z.Naydenova 17+4reb+3ast, A.Delcheva 12+10reb, A.Zagorova 5+10reb+1ast, E.Micheva 3+1reb+2ast, T.Grigorova 2
Neftochimic: O.Dubrovina 18+5reb+2ast, M.Tsankova 17+4reb+2ast, M.Zhelyazkova 15+11reb+5ast, A.Sokolan 11+3reb+3ast, K.Dorogobuzova 9+2reb+1ast, S.Peeva 9+5reb+8ast
gschID: 143893




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  CYPRUS - Women  


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


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  DENMARK - Women  


Bowen's 47-point game gives her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old swingman Brittany Bowen (177-G/F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Horsens and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
She had the game-high 47 points adding two rebounds and four assists for Horsens in her team's victory, helping them to outclass Amager (#4, 4-6) with 38-point margin 101-63. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Horsens is placed at 3rd position in Dameligaen. Horsens 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 5-5 record. In the team's last game Bowen had a remarkable 68.2% from 2-point range. She turned to be Horsens' top player in her first season with the team. Butler University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bowen is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.0ppg. Bowen is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.5rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Emely Hatch (F-89) of Lemvig. She is a forward in her first season at Lemvig. In the last game Hatch recorded impressive double-double of 13 points and 26 rebounds. Bad luck as Lemvig was edged by the higher-ranked Vaerlose (#5, 4-6) 54-53. Lemvig are still at the very bottom. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Lemvig managed to get this year. Hatch is a newcomer at Lemvig and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.7ppg (#5). She also registered 12.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Lauren Beckley (181-F/C-91) of league's second-best Horsholm. Beckley scored 29 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Beckley's great performance Horsholm lost 58-76 to #1 ranked SISU. But her team cannot count on just a single shooter as she also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Horsholm had another 'accident'. It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 2nd lost game is hopefully really an accident. Beckley's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Beckley has a great season in Denmark. After only 3 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.7ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jaimie McFarlin (180-F-89) of Vaerlose - 11 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Charmaine Furgeson (176-G-86) of Horsens - 14 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Trenice Fuller (193-C-87) of Falcon - 15 points and 16 rebounds
7. Catharina Jensen (183-G/F-89) of Amager - 22 points and 4 rebounds
8. Courtney Coryea (185-F) of Aabyhoj - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Josefine Sorensen (171-G/F-87) of Horsens - 14 points and 4 assists
10. Mathilde Fogelstrom (184-C/F-93) of Amager - 14 points and 4 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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Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Challes 10-0 
 2. Lattes Montp. 9-1 
 3. Landes 6-4 
 4. Mondeville 6-4 
 5. Bourges 6-4 
 6. Tarbes 6-4 
 7. Arras 5-5 
 8. Union Hainaut 5-5 
 9. Nantes 4-6 
 10. Aix-en-Provence 3-7 
 11. Villeneuve 3-7 
 12. Charleville 3-7 
 13. Lyon 3-7 
 14. Nice 1-9 


Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Eurobasket News
LF2 Standings
 1. Perpignan 8-2 
 2. Toulouse 8-3 
 3. COB Calais 7-4 
 4. Voiron 7-4 
 5. SIG 6-4 
 6. Roche 6-5 
 7. Dunkerque 6-5 
 8. LTB 29 6-5 
 9. Laveyron 5-6 
 10. Le Havre 5-6 
 11. Armentieres 4-7 
 12. Limoges 4-7 
 13. CFBB 2-9 
 14. Reims 2-9 


Irena Matovic signs with French Laveyron - by Eurobasket News
Irena Matovic (186-F-88) will continue her career in France. The Serbian forward signed a deal with US Laveyron Drome for rest of the season. Matovic already played her first game in LF2 scoring 10 points against CFBB. Laveyron was not able to avoid 65-61 loss in this meeting. Irena Matovic split last season between Israeli Hapoel Tel Aviv and Romanian Sf.Gheorghe. She had 10 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 6 EuroCup games with Maccabi. In 2009/09, Matovic spent the entire season with Sf.Gheorghe. She participated at the Romanian League All-Star Game. In the past, Matovic played for Vojvodina, Kechkemeti, MKB Euroleasing and Vojvodina. She also played for Serbian University, U20 and U19 National Teams.

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


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Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Athinaikos 7-0 
 2. Esperides 7-0 
 3. Asteras 5-2 
 4. Panathinaikos 5-3 
 5. Panionios 4-4 
 6. DAS Ano Liosa 4-4 
 7. FEA Neas 3-5 
 8. PAOK 3-5 
 9. Aris 3-5 
 10. Apollon Ptol. 2-5 
 11. Kronos AD 2-6 
 12. Apollon Kal. 1-7 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. UNIQA Eurol. 11-0 
 2. SEAT-SZESE 9-1 
 3. Pecs 2010 9-1 
 4. ZTE 7-3 
 5. Nanette FTC 6-4 
 6. Bajai NKK 5-5 
 7. Vasas 4-6 
 8. DKSK 3-7 
 9. Cegledi EKK 3-7 
 10. Atomeromu 2-8 
 11. ELTE-BEAC 1-9 
 12. BSE-FCSM 1-10 


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  IRELAND - Women  


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


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Standings (W)
D1 Standings
 1. Maccabi Ashdod 3-0 
 2. Maccabi R.Hen 3-0 
 3. Elitzur Ramla 2-1 
 4. Ramat Hasharon 2-1 
 5. Bnot Hasharon 2-2 
 6. H.R. Le-Zion 2-2 
 7. B.C. Habikaa 1-1 
 8. Hap.Petah Tikva 1-2 
 9. Elitzur Holon 0-2 
 10. Hapoel T-A 0-2 
 11. Elitzur Netanya 0-3 


D1 Round 4 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
After 4 rounds played we can already see who rules in the D1 and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most interesting game of round 4 was a home defeat of 6th ranked Hap.Petah Tikva (1-2) to third ranked Ramat Hasharon (2-1) 81-75. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-17. But Hap.Petah Tikva won second period 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Ramat Hasharon won last quarter 19-14. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jessica Breland (190-88, college: N.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and Jamaican-American guard Maurita Reid (173-85, college: Miami, FL) who added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Kaili McLaren (188-88, college: Connecticut) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Ramat Hasharon maintains third position with 2-1 record behind leader Maccabi Ashdod, which they share with Elitzur Ramla. Hap.Petah Tikva at the other side dropped to the eighth place with two games lost. Ramat Hasharon is looking forward to face Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (#6) at home in the next round. Hap.Petah Tikva will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Hertzeliya. 4th ranked host Bnot Hasharon (2-2) lost to top-ranked Maccabi Ramat Hen (3-0) 72-59. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by forward Kelsey Griffin (188-87, college: Nebraska) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds and Darxia Morris supported her with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds by swingman Karima Christmas (182-89, college: Duke) did not help to save the game for Bnot Hasharon. Maccabi Ramat Hen have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod. Bnot Hasharon at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with H.R. Le-Zion. Maccabi Ramat Hen will play against bottom-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bnot Hasharon will play against the league's leader Maccabi Ashdod (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
D1 top team - Maccabi Ashdod (3-0) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Elitzur Netanya (0-3) 92-77. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Ashley Shields fired a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Maccabi Ashdod's coach Edny Dagan used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jessica Lawson produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for lost side. Maccabi Ashdod have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record, which they share with Maccabi R.Hen. Loser Elitzur Netanya still closes the standings with three games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will meet at home Bnot Hasharon (#5) in the next round. Elitzur Netanya will play against Elitzur Ramla (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Elitzur Holon (0-2) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their second consecutive match to fifth ranked Elitzur Ramla (2-1) 85-59. It was a very good performance for Katia Levitsky who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Elitzur Ramla's coach Adan Inbar felt very confident using 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Ramat Hasharon. Elitzur Holon at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Elitzur Ramla's next round opponent will be Elitzur Netanya (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Elitzur Holon will play against B.C. Habikaa in Kiryat Ono and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (0-2) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their second consecutive match to eighth ranked Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (2-2) 108-52 on Monday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Alexis Gray-Lawson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Bnot Hasharon. Loser Hapoel Tel-Aviv still closes the standings with two games lost. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion will face higher ranked Ramat Hasharon (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against the league's second-placed Maccabi Ramat Hen (#2) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.



Bnot Hasharon - Maccabi R.Hen 59-72

The game between Top Four teams took place in Hertzeliya. 4th ranked host Bnot Hasharon (2-2) lost to top-ranked Maccabi Ramat Hen (3-0) 72-59. Bnot Hasharon was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 41-21 second half run of Maccabi Ramat Hen. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bnot Hasharon to just 2 points in third quarter. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by forward Kelsey Griffin (188-87, college: Nebraska) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds and guard Darxia Morris (172-89, college: UCLA, agency: Merit Sports) supported her with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Maccabi Ramat Hen players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds by swingman Karima Christmas (182-89, college: Duke) did not help to save the game for Bnot Hasharon. Guard Italee Lucas (172-89, college: N.Carolina) added 14 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Maccabi Ramat Hen have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod. Bnot Hasharon at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with H.R. Le-Zion. Maccabi Ramat Hen will play against bottom-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bnot Hasharon will play against the league's leader Maccabi Ashdod (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi R.Hen: D.Morris 16+5reb+4ast, K.Griffin 16+18reb, M.Epstein 14+7reb+2ast, D.Robinson 11+5reb+6ast, S.Holmes 11+9reb, S.Tzairi 2+3reb+3ast
Bnot Hasharon: K.Christmas 20+10reb, I.Lucas 14+7reb+1ast, S.Levi 10+3reb, K.Gardin 5+8reb+1ast, K.Swanier 5+6reb+1ast, S.Gigi 3+4reb+3ast
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Elitzur Ramla - Elitzur Holon 85-59

Bottom-ranked Elitzur Holon (0-2) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their second consecutive match to fifth ranked Elitzur Ramla (2-1) 85-59. The game was mostly controlled by Elitzur Ramla. Elitzur Holon was better in fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elitzur Ramla dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Elitzur Holon's 36. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Elitzur Holon's players. It was a very good performance for the former international Katia Levitsky (190-85, college: Villanova, agency: Data Plus Group) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. American swingman Amanda Jackson (178-85, college: Miami, OH) contributed with 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla's coach Adan Inbar felt very confident using 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. International forward Bar Gilinsky (185-92) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Brittani Shells (170-89, college: Richmond, agency: Merit Sports) added 14 points and 4 steals in the effort for Elitzur Holon. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Ramat Hasharon. Elitzur Holon at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Elitzur Ramla's next round opponent will be Elitzur Netanya (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Elitzur Holon will play against B.C. Habikaa in Kiryat Ono and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: A.Jackson 17+1reb+1ast, A.Turcinovic 14+3reb+1ast, Y.Eizenshtat 12, K.Levitsky 12+8reb+5ast, L.Selwyn 10+4reb+3ast, S.Doron 8+3reb+4ast
Elitzur Holon: B.Gilinsky 19+9reb+1ast, B.Shells 14+1reb+2ast, T.Robinson 13+1reb, T.Jenkins 6+8reb+2ast, H.Gutin 3+2reb, M.Gilat 3+1reb+1ast
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Hap.Petah Tikva - Ramat Hasharon 75-81

The most interesting game of round 4 was a home defeat of 6th ranked Hap.Petah Tikva (1-2) to third ranked Ramat Hasharon (2-1) 81-75. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-17. But Hap.Petah Tikva won second period 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Ramat Hasharon won last quarter 19-14. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jessica Breland (190-88, college: N.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and Jamaican-American guard Maurita Reid (173-85, college: Miami, FL) who added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Ramat Hasharon players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Kaili McLaren (188-88, college: Connecticut) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds and her fellow American import swingman Sheri Lynette Sam (183-74, college: Vanderbilt) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Ramat Hasharon maintains third position with 2-1 record behind leader Maccabi Ashdod, which they share with Elitzur Ramla. Hap.Petah Tikva at the other side dropped to the eighth place with two games lost. Ramat Hasharon is looking forward to face Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (#6) at home in the next round. Hap.Petah Tikva will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ramat Hasharon: J.Breland 21+10reb+3ast, P.Phillips 18+7reb+3ast, M.Reid 17+7reb+5ast, J.Perkins 15+4reb+3ast, Y.Aharonov 6+1reb+1ast, A.Clark 2+7reb+4ast
Hap.Petah Tikva: S.Lynette Sam 22+5reb+1ast, K.McLaren 21+8reb+1ast, C.Reed 13+11reb+2ast, S.Porat 8+3ast, T.Ben-Ishay 7+1reb+3ast, H.Wexler 3
gschID: 153678


Elitzur Netanya - Maccabi Ashdod 77-92

D1 top team - Maccabi Ashdod (3-0) managed to deliver another win on Monday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Elitzur Netanya (0-3) 92-77. Maccabi Ashdod made 33-of-41 free shots (80.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Elitzur Netanya turnovers and outrebounded them 43-32 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Maccabi Ashdod looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Ashley Shields (180-85, college: SW Tenn.St.CC) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Plenette Pierson (188-81, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Maccabi Ashdod's coach Edny Dagan used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Jessica Lawson (191-86, college: S.Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and guard Lindsay Biggs (180-88, college: Virginia Tech) added 21 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Five Maccabi Ashdod and four Elitzur Netanya players scored in double figures. Maccabi Ashdod have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-0 record, which they share with Maccabi R.Hen. Loser Elitzur Netanya still closes the standings with three games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will meet at home Bnot Hasharon (#5) in the next round. Elitzur Netanya will play against Elitzur Ramla (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: A.Shields 29+10reb+3ast, P.Pierson 19+9reb+5ast, B.Denson 12+6reb+4ast, O.Oren 12+6reb+6ast, K.Zohnova 10+3reb, M.Dori 5
Elitzur Netanya: L.Biggs 21+2reb+5ast, O.Howard 17+1reb+2ast, J.Lawson 14+14reb+1ast, R.Ben Nun 12+2reb+4ast, M.Walker 9+6reb, S.Shabtai 2+4reb
gschID: 153679


H.R. Le-Zion - Hapoel T-A 108-52

Bottom-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (0-2) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their second consecutive match to eighth ranked Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (2-2) 108-52 on Monday evening. The game without a history. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion 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 Hapoel Tel-Aviv's 38 and made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game, while Hapoel Tel-Aviv only scored eight points from the stripe. They outrebounded Hapoel Tel-Aviv 49-24 including a 38-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Alexis Gray-Lawson (173-87, college: California) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and who added 20 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion players scored in double figures. At the losing side Brittney Fod responded with 25 points and 8 rebounds and S Williams scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Bnot Hasharon. Loser Hapoel Tel-Aviv still closes the standings with two games lost. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion will face higher ranked Ramat Hasharon (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against the league's second-placed Maccabi Ramat Hen (#2) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
H.R. Le-Zion: A.Gray-Lawson 26+14reb+4ast, H.New 20+10reb, A.Anderson 16+11reb+3ast, K.Nechama 12+3reb+3ast, M.Ovadia 10+2ast, R.Ross 8+2reb+3ast
Hapoel T-A: B.Fod 25+8reb+2ast, S.Williams 10+7reb+4ast, K.Krispin 10, I.Seroshtan 4+1ast, T.Washington 3+5reb, D.Keinan 0
gschID: 153675




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  ITALY - Women  


A2 Round 9: Meccanica NB loses the game and top position in their group - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the A2 leadership position after last games. Round 9 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Meccanica NB (7-2). They were defeated by third ranked Milano (8-1) 67-59 on Sunday night. It was a key game for the top position in North. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Meccanica NB won third quarter 16-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Milano won last quarter 20-14. They also forced 20 Meccanica NB turnovers. Guard Michela Frantini (175-G-83) stepped up and scored 27 points for the winners and power forward Ntumba Madelene Mitongu (180-81) chipped in 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was forward Eleonora Costi (180-83) with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Milano have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They keep a position of North leader, which they share with San Martino and Vigarano. Meccanica NB at the other side dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Ragusa. Meccanica NB will play next round against Virtus Cagliari trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Milano will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Marghera in Venezia.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Vigarano as it allowed them to take a leadership position in North. Vigarano smashed bottom-ranked Biassono at home 82-43. Polish forward Magdalena Losi (173-80, agency: Promotex) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Marika Zanardi accounted for 17 points. Power forward Antonella Contestabile (187-87, agency: Players Group) came up with 11 points and 6 rebounds for Biassono in the defeat. 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 fourth consecutive win for Vigarano. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with San Martino and Milano. Biassono lost their eighth game in a row. They still closes the standings with eight games lost. Biassono will play next round against Udine trying to get back on the winning streak. Vigarano will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked San Martino at San Martino di L.
Quite upsetting was S.E.Battipaglia's 20-point home defeat in a game versus Orvieto who smashed hosts . The best player for the winners was Lauma Reke who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Elena Riccardi who recorded 14 points and 6 rebounds. Orvieto maintains fifth place in South with 5-3 record. Newly promoted S.E.Battipaglia keeps the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Siena. Orvieto will meet at home Napoli S.Dike (#9) in the next round. S.E.Battipaglia will play against Pomezia in Roma and hope to secure a win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Ragusa. First ranked host Ragusa (8-1) defeated second-best T. La Spezia (6-2) 65-60. It was a good game for Maria Buzzanca who led her team to a victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Ragusa. They maintain first place in South with 8-1 record. T. La Spezia at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Ragusa's next round opponent will be Consum.it Siena (#7) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. T. La Spezia will play against Ancona.
The game in Napoli supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked C.U.S. Chieti (7-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Napoli S.Dike (3-5). C.U.S. Chieti smashed Napoli S.Dike 72-51 on Sunday. Debora Gonzalez stepped up and scored 27 points for the winners. The victory was the third consecutive win for C.U.S. Chieti. They moved-up to second place in South. Loser Napoli S.Dike dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. C.U.S. Chieti will face Battipaglia (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Napoli S.Dike will play against Orvieto.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 9:
In North Cervia won against Borgotaro on the opponent's court 50-41. Udine managed to outperform Alghero in a home game 60-44. Bolzano recorded a loss to San Martino on the road 59-44. O.G. Collegno was crushed by Marghera on its own court 56-77. Muggia beat Cagliari V. in a road game 68-61.
In South Ancona destroyed Pomezia at home 82-58. Battipaglia managed to outperform Viterbo on the opponent's court 57-54. Siena managed to beat Firenze in a home game 57-51. Napoli BK was defeated by S. La Spezia on the road 62-49.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points and 12 rebounds by Anna Rimpova of Marghera.


Group North
Milano - Bologna 67-59

There was a change at the A2 leadership position after last games. Round 9 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Meccanica NB (7-2). They were defeated by third ranked Milano (8-1) 67-59 on Sunday night. It was a key game for the top position in North. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Meccanica NB won third quarter 16-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Milano won last quarter 20-14. They also forced 20 Meccanica NB turnovers. Guard Michela Frantini (175-83) stepped up and scored 27 points for the winners and power forward Ntumba Madelene Mitongu (180-81) chipped in 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was forward Eleonora Costi (180-83) with 18 points and 8 rebounds and forward Irene Cigliani (177-92) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Milano have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They keep a position of North leader, which they share with San Martino and Vigarano. Meccanica NB at the other side dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Ragusa. Meccanica NB will play next round against Virtus Cagliari trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Milano will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Marghera in Venezia.
Top scorers:
Bologna: E.Costi 18+8reb+1ast, I.Cigliani 16+6reb, A.Denti 10+9reb, V.Zanoli 6+3reb+6ast, G.Leva 4+2reb+2ast, G.Calabrese 3+1ast
Milano: M.Frantini 27+1reb+2ast, N.Madelene Mitongu 12+13reb+4ast, J.Lidgren 8+8reb+1ast, S.Gottardi 6+6reb+1ast, V.Schieppati 4+1reb, C.Giunzioni 3+5reb
gschID: 147401


Borgotaro - Cervia 41-50

Very expected game when 13th ranked Borgotaro (1-8) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Terme di Cervia (5-4) 50-41 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 18-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Terme di Cervia dominated on the defensive end, holding Borgotaro to just 6 points in third quarter and to 13 points in second half. Terme di Cervia held Borgotaro to an opponent 24.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 36.4 percent accuracy of the winners. Terme di Cervia forced 21 Borgotaro turnovers. Swingman Sara Cappucci (184-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and forward Stella Panella (178-93) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Hungarian swingman Judit Fritz (183-87, college: St.Francis, NY) with 13 points and 8 rebounds and forward Silvia Martini (178-87) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Terme di Cervia. They moved-up to fifth place in North, which they share with Muggia and Udine. Borgotaro lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with eight games lost. Terme di Cervia will face Bolzano (#8) on the road in the next round. Borgotaro will play against Pall.Piemonte (#9).
Top scorers:
Borgotaro: J.Fritz 13+8reb, G.Marchini 7+3reb, S.Martini 7+8reb, F.Scanzani 4, L.Sordelli 3+3reb, T.Cavagni 3+3reb
Cervia: S.Panella 12+6reb, E.Bonaldo 11+6reb, S.Cappucci 10+11reb, V.Rossi 7+1reb, V.Bonasia 5+4reb, G.Bona 5+6reb
gschID: 147402


Udine - Alghero 60-44

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Udine (5-4) defeated at home 10th ranked Alghero (3-6) 60-44 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 60-44. Latvian forward Ieva Veinberga (183-84) stepped up and scored 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and guard Sara Quaino (170-88) chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds. Udine's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Maria Forni (179-85) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and center Costanza Giorgi (185-89) scored 6 points and 7 rebounds. Udine moved-up to fifth place in North, which they share with Muggia and Cervia. Alghero lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with six games lost. Udine will face Biassono (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alghero will play against Muggia (#5).
Top scorers:
Alghero: M.Forni 14+12reb, C.Giorgi 6+7reb, E.Donati 6+4reb+1ast, R.Martelliano 6+3reb, C.Mei 5+7reb, R.Slavova-Naneva 3+4reb
Udine: I.Veinberga 12+6reb+1ast, A.Romagnoli 10+5reb, S.Quaino 9+6reb+1ast, T.Madonna 9+2reb, P.De Gianni 7+3reb, M.Fiascaris 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 147397


San Martino - Bolzano 59-44

Not a big story in a game in San Martino di L where 7th ranked Bolzano (4-5) was defeated by fourth ranked San Martino (8-1) 59-44 on Saturday. The game without a history. San Martino led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bolzano to just 5 points in fourth quarter. International power forward Martina Sandri (185-88) stepped up and scored 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Maria Pegoraro (174-89) chipped in 7 points and 6 assists. San Martino's coach Jacopo Lodde used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Polish-French center Karolina Piotrkiewicz (190-84, college: Liberty, agency: LBM Management) with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Elena Zambarda (180-87) scored 10 points. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for San Martino. They keep a position of North leader, which they share with Vigarano and Milano. Loser Bolzano dropped to the eighth place with five games lost. San Martino will face league's leader Vigarano on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bolzano will play against Terme di Cervia (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bolzano: K.Piotrkiewicz 12+8reb, E.Zambarda 10+2reb, E.Ribeiro Da Silva 6, M.Maron 6, G.Crestani 5, C.Valerio 4+4reb
San Martino: M.Sandri 24+7reb, V.Stoppa 12+3reb, M.Pegoraro 7+3reb+6ast, M.Sbrissa 6+2reb+1ast, U.Stjarnstrom 4+1reb+1ast, V.Ferri 4+3reb
gschID: 147398


Vigarano - Biassono 82-43

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Vigarano as it allowed them to take a leadership position in North. Vigarano smashed bottom-ranked Biassono at home 82-43. The game without a history. Vigarano led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Biassono to just 7 points in second and fourth quarters. Vigarano held Biassono to an opponent 22.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 45.2 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Biassono 54-30 including a 42-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Polish forward Magdalena Losi (173-80, agency: Promotex) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and guard Marika Zanardi (175-81) accounted for 17 points. Power forward Antonella Contestabile (187-87, agency: Players Group) came up with 11 points and 6 rebounds and guard Virginia Galbiati (173-92) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Biassono in the defeat. 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 fourth consecutive win for Vigarano. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with San Martino and Milano. Biassono lost their eighth game in a row. They still closes the standings with eight games lost. Biassono will play next round against Udine trying to get back on the winning streak. Vigarano will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked San Martino at San Martino di L.
Top scorers:
Biassono: A.Contestabile 11+6reb, V.Galbiati 8+6reb+1ast, S.Canova 7+3reb, A.Mandelli 6+3reb, E.Barbieri 5, G.Porro 3+2reb
Vigarano: M.Losi 22+11reb+1ast, M.Zanardi 17+2reb+2ast, G.Belfiore 9+9reb, E.Laffi 8+6reb+1ast, G.Vian 8+7reb, S.Farris 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 147399


O.G. Collegno - Marghera 56-77

There was a small surprise when twelfth ranked Marghera (3-6) outscored on the road 9th ranked Pall.Piemonte (4-6) 77-56 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Marghera. Pall.Piemonte was better in third quarter 17-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Marghera forced 20 Pall.Piemonte turnovers and outrebounded them 41-27 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Pall.Piemonte was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Bulgarian forward Anna Rimpova (183-82) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and guard Greta Brunelli (176-90) chipped in 18 points. The best for the losing side was forward Costanza Coen (190-90) with 19 points and 7 rebounds and guard Paola Montanaro (168-89) scored 16 points and 4 steals. Pall.Piemonte's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Marghera moved-up to tenth place in North, which they share with Alghero. Pall.Piemonte lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with six games lost. Marghera will face league's second-placed Milano at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
O.G. Collegno: C.Coen 19+7reb, P.Montanaro 16+2reb, V.Agramonte 7+3reb+2ast, D.Domizi 4+2reb, S.Pignetti 4+2reb, A.Quarta 3+5reb
Marghera: A.Rimpova 30+12reb, G.Brunelli 18+3reb, M.Granzotto 13+4reb+2ast, V.Vianello 6+1reb, C.Paties 4+3reb, C.Fabris 3+10reb
gschID: 147400


Cagliari V. - Muggia 61-68

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Virtus Cagliari (2-6) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Muggia (5-4) 68-61 on Saturday. Virtus Cagliari was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Guard Annalisa Borroni (183-83) stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and guard Jessica Cergol (180-85) chipped in 14 points. Muggia's coach Matjia Jogan used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was naturalized Argentinian guard Laura Nicolini (174-75) with 23 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Giulia Rulli (185-91) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Newly promoted Muggia maintains fifth place in North with 5-4 record, which they share with Udine and Cervia. Virtus Cagliari lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the twelfth position with six games lost. Muggia will face Alghero (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Virtus Cagliari will play against Meccanica NB in Bologna.
Top scorers:
Cagliari V.: L.Nicolini 23+5reb+1ast, G.Rulli 16+10reb, E.Fava 9+2reb, R.Costa 7+3reb+1ast, R.Niola 4+1ast, S.Passon 2+4reb
Muggia: A.Borroni 25+6reb, J.Cergol 14+4reb, S.Cergol 12+3reb, A.Palliotto 5+9reb, L.Cumbat 5+3reb, V.Primossi 3+2reb
gschID: 147396


Group South
Ancona - Pomezia 82-58

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eleventh ranked Ancona (3-5) outleveled at home 10th ranked Pomezia (2-5) 82-58 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Ancona. Pomezia was better in third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Ancona forced 21 Pomezia turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Ancona especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Pomezia was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Carola Sordi (179-82) stepped up and scored 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and American-British center Gillian D'Hondt (191-82, college: Pacific) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Ancona's coach Luca Paolasini felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Bulgarian swingman Daniela Georgieva (184-86) with 21 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Laura Gelfusa (186-79) scored 9 points. Ancona moved-up to eighth place in South, which they share with Napoli S.Dike. Loser Pomezia dropped to the twelfth position with five games lost. Ancona will face higher ranked T. La Spezia (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pomezia will play against S.E.Battipaglia (#6).
Top scorers:
Pomezia: D.Georgieva 21+9reb, L.Gelfusa 9+3reb, O.Milazzo 7+4reb, L.Perseu 6+2reb, V.Morgagni 4, C.Scibelli 4+4reb
Ancona: C.Sordi 26+5reb, E.Lascala 16+1reb+1ast, G.D'Hondt 10+9reb, G.Formiconi 8+4reb+1ast, C.Servadio 7+3reb+2ast, G.Moroni 5+1reb
gschID: 147480


Viterbo - Battipaglia 54-57

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Battipaglia and 13th ranked Viterbo had identical 2-6 record. But Viterbo was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Battipaglia 57-54 on Saturday night. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 14-2. But Viterbo won second period 19-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Battipaglia dominated on the defensive end, holding Viterbo to just 2 points in first quarter. They also forced 19 Viterbo turnovers. Point guard Marie D'alie Raelin (168-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and power forward Hairin Ribezzo (184-79) chipped in 7 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Bulgarian forward Roksana Yordanova (184-84) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Alessandra Boi (188-81) scored 8 points and 17 rebounds. Battipaglia (3-6) moved-up to tenth place in South, which they share with Napoli BK. Loser Viterbo keeps the thirteenth position with seven games lost. Battipaglia will face league's second-placed C.U.S. Chieti at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Viterbo will play against Napoli BK Women (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Viterbo: R.Yordanova 20+13reb+1ast, S.Scimitani 8+5reb, A.Boi 8+17reb+2ast, A.Richter 7+3reb, A.Romagnoli 7+1reb+1ast, S.Scoscia 2+3reb
Battipaglia: M.D'alie Raelin 13+12reb+1ast, R.Potolicchio 11+4reb+1ast, A.Guida 10+3reb, S.Bona 9+7reb, H.Ribezzo 7+12reb, C.Ardito 7+4reb
gschID: 147481


S.E.Battipaglia - Orvieto 48-68

Quite upsetting was S.E.Battipaglia's 20-point home defeat in a game versus Orvieto who smashed hosts . The game without a history. Orvieto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Orvieto outrebounded S.E.Battipaglia 35-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Latvian power forward Lauma Reke (185-86, college: St.Peter's) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. International forward Francesca Mariani (188-85) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Orvieto players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Elena Riccardi (187-82) who recorded 14 points and 6 rebounds and Czech center Martina Rejchova (195-83) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Orvieto maintains fifth place in South with 5-3 record. Newly promoted S.E.Battipaglia keeps the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Siena. Orvieto will meet at home Napoli S.Dike (#9) in the next round. S.E.Battipaglia will play against Pomezia in Roma and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
S.E.Battipaglia: E.Riccardi 14+6reb+2ast, M.Rejchova 10+7reb, G.Granieri 9+1reb+1ast, F.Di Battista 8+2reb+3ast, I.Pieropan 5+1reb, D.Di Donato 2+2reb
Orvieto: F.Mariani 16+5reb+1ast, L.Tripalo 13+4reb+2ast, A.Puliti 10+3reb, L.Reke 10+13reb+1ast, A.Ratti 9+5reb, L.Filippetti 7+5reb
gschID: 147482


Siena - Firenze 57-51

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Consum.it Siena (4-4) defeated at home 14th ranked Il Fotoamatore Firenze (1-8) 57-51 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. 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 57-51. Consum.it Siena forced 20 Il Fotoamatore Firenze turnovers. Bosnian center Selma Delibasic (194-80) stepped up and scored 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Rosaria Grillo (172-83) chipped in 7 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Ilaria Stefanini (175-84) with 13 points and 8 rebounds and Francesca Fabbri (174-88) scored 13 points and 4 steals. Consum.it Siena moved-up to sixth place in South, which they share with S.E.Battipaglia. Il Fotoamatore Firenze lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with eight games lost. Consum.it Siena will face league's leader Ragusa on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Il Fotoamatore Firenze will play against S. La Spezia (#3).
Top scorers:
Firenze: F.Fabbri 13+3reb, I.Stefanini 13+8reb, C.Corsi 10+6reb, A.Balestri 8+2reb, L.Ilieva 6+5reb, F.D'Erasmo 1+7reb+1ast
Siena: S.Delibasic 11+8reb, C.Consolini 10+2reb+1ast, V.Piroli 9+7reb, M.Biscarini 8+6reb+1ast, R.Grillo 7+10reb, I.Torre 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 147483


S. La Spezia - Napoli BK 62-49

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Napoli BK Women (3-6) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked S. La Spezia (6-1) 62-49 on Sunday. The game without a history. S. La Spezia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. S. La Spezia forced 22 Napoli BK Women turnovers and had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Napoli BK Women was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian forward Marija Micovic (183-82, agency: Players Group) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Marianna Balleggi (188-74) chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Bulgarian power forward Milena Tomova (189-82, college: FIU) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and guard Nadia Calamai (170-86) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for S. La Spezia. They moved-up to third place in South. Loser Napoli BK Women dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. S. La Spezia will face Il Fotoamatore Firenze (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Napoli BK Women will play against Viterbo (#13) and be promoted back to the A1 just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Napoli BK: M.Tomova 12+11reb, N.Calamai 10+5reb+2ast, S.Baggioli 7+3reb, N.Innocente 7+5reb, E.Ferretti 5+7reb, B.Consorti 4+2reb
S. La Spezia: M.Micovic 22+10reb, S.De Scalzi 12+3reb, M.Balleggi 10+11reb, C.Mugliarisi 8+4reb+4ast, D.Vujovic 4+6reb, E.Isacchi 3+1reb
gschID: 147484


Napoli S.Dike - Chieti 51-72

The game in Napoli supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked C.U.S. Chieti (7-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Napoli S.Dike (3-5). C.U.S. Chieti smashed Napoli S.Dike 72-51 on Sunday. The game without a history. C.U.S. Chieti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Napoli S.Dike's 22. They outrebounded Napoli S.Dike 32-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. Argentinian point guard Debora Gonzalez (172-90, agency: Players Group) stepped up and scored 27 points for the winners and Argentinian power forward Natasha David (190-91, agency: Players Group) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four C.U.S. Chieti players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Romanian center Elisabeth Pavel (192-90) with 9 points and 9 rebounds and guard Sara Bocchetti (175-93) scored 8 points. The victory was the third consecutive win for C.U.S. Chieti. They moved-up to second place in South. Loser Napoli S.Dike dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. C.U.S. Chieti will face Battipaglia (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Napoli S.Dike will play against Orvieto.
Top scorers:
Napoli S.Dike: E.Pavel 9+9reb+1ast, M.Orazzo 9+1reb+1ast, S.Bocchetti 8+3reb+2ast, E.Bove 8+1reb, R.Cupido 7+1reb, L.Di Costanzo 5+3reb
Chieti: D.Gonzalez 27+3reb+3ast, N.David 15+6reb+2ast, J.Olheim 11+3reb+5ast, F.Tognalini 10+7reb, M.Marino 5, E.Silva 2+6reb
gschID: 147485