EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/3/2011

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  ACPBL   


Three other players join New York City 524 - by Gianni Pascucci
New York City 524 is proud to announce that it has come terms with three local NY products. The team has agreed to terms with James Williams (6'8''-F/C-80), John Green (6'5'-G/F), and Tamel Straker (6'5'-F). Williams is a veteran who posseses an all around NBA like game. Green is a young player who has fantastic athletic skill as well as hard nose defensive ability. Straker is a Brooklyn, NY product with solid back to the basket skills and at times can be a physically dominating player. All three players look to make a positive impact in the ACPBL this season.

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Coach Nikolic stays with Radnicki - by Eurobasket News
Miroslav Nikolic will stay with Radnicki Kragujevac. There were some rumors in Serbian media that Nikolic will leave the team after bad start in Adriatic league, but that did not happen. Radnicki registered only one win in five regional league games. They already parted ways with players Yunus Cankaya and Darren Moore. Miroslav Nikolic guided Radnicki to Serbian league Semifinals last season. In Adriatic league, Radnicki finished as No.10. They had 12-14 record. In the next game Radnicki will meet Union Olimpija. Former Slovenian champion will be the host. Miroslav Nikolic took over Radnicki in 2009. In the past he worked with Hemofarm, Buducnost, AEL Limasoll, Partizan etc.

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  AUSTRALIA   


What's wrong with the Blaze? - by Duncan Matheson

Im sure like me, many of you out there have looked at this talented Blaze roster and their 1-3 start to the season wondering whats happening at the Gold Coast? Admittedly, its hard to put your finger on the sole cause for their lacklustre start to the season, but here are five reasons I believe are possibly responsible for the Blaze underachieving thus far.

1.Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.)

Yes he has big expectations and a lot of pressure that comes with that, but 20-58 FG (34%) and 1-14 3pt FG (7%) isnt getting it done by anyones standards. Ive always been a huge Wortho fan, hes a boomer and a key go-to-guy that right now is simply struggling. Averages of 15.5 points and 8.0 rebounds still show his quality, but Worthington is a proud player that would be the first to tell you he needs to step up. Despite all the scoring power the Blaze have they will still only go as far as Wortho goes, and it may be time to simplify their half-court sets and play off their big ticket and get him going. I cant think of a match-up for Wortho at the 4 in this league, he can dominate any isolated post match-up either off the back down or the face-up. Put the 3 ball away and get some points in the paint and let the shooters play off him, getting Wortho going would be a step in the right direction.

2.Leadership

Is it Wortho? Is it Harvey? Whoever is supposed to be leading, it seems isnt leading. This is in no way a shot at any one persons leadership abilities, but certainly just judging on the Blazes sporadic, often disjointed play this is a fair conclusion many would reach. Blowing an eight point lead with under 5 minutes to go and letting an undermanned Taipans steal the game with a 17-0 run is Exhibit A. Having had minor experience with coach Joey Wright (agency: Warren Sports International ) I know that he is intense and meticulous in his preparation, but that only gets you so far without on-court leadership. Gibson as the floor general certainly seems to act the part of a leader, despite his young age. Whether theres too many trying to be leaders or not enough, it certainly appears they are currently lacking on-court direction.

3.Defence

I, like many others, after the Blazes first two games found myself saying to the TV, Are they ever gonna stop anybody? After giving up 102 and 91 in their first two games respectively, Wright put in a great defensive game plan to keep the Hawks to a hapless 58. Despite losing last week to the Crocs, I still thought their defence was commendable as Townsville scored 78. So perhaps its on the improve, and with arguably the best defender in the league in Gibson and some solid, tough big defenders to protect the paint theres no reason they cant be at least decent defensively. But for now at least defence still looms as a key concern.

4.Harvey/Goulding syndrome

Admittedly this may not be near the area of concern of the first 3, but its worth noting. I liken this duo to the Saville/Worthington combination at the Goorjian-led Kings, where on any given night one of the two would play well, but very rarely both. When you have two guys who do very similar things, its hard to get both of them going and Harvey and Goulding are both catch-and-shoot guys who are good off the dribble getting into their mid-range game for the pull-up or step-back. While at this stage they dont both start, I think it would be fair to say they make up the 2-3 duo in the Blazes best line-up. With both being heavily perimeter oriented, when theyre hot they are top-level scorers capable of putting up points in a hurry, but when theyre off they dont seem to bring enough intangibles to still be effective and it appears to contribute to the Blazes inability to get easy points in the paint. Catastrophic? No, but at least worth mentioning.

5.Weight of expectations

After a top four finish in 2009/10, the Blaze finished the 2010/11 season sixth with a 13-15 record. Many considered this a commendable effort with the mass of injuries they incurred, and the expectation was this is the Blazes year. Well here it is, no more excuses with a fully healthy line-up, and so far they havent delivered. A team with a winning culture at home has dropped their first two games on their own floor, and they just appear to have the weight of the world on their shoulders. With a bye this week, it may be just what is needed to refresh themselves and start over. Coach Joey Wright (agency: Warren Sports International ) loves to play an up-tempo style that sees them very rarely in danger of the shot clock even getting in single figures, a system that has proven to be successful. The downside is, it cant be successful if the players in that run-n-gun system are tentative and not shooting the ball with confidence. The upside is with only four games played out of a 28-game season, theres plenty of time left for the Blaze to turn this thing around and perform to expectations.



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  AUSTRIA   


New players for Oberwart & Gussing - by Stefan Prager
Two new import players landed in Austria these days. Champion Oberwart Gunners reacted on injury problems and signed veteran swing man Vernard Hollins (190-G-80, college: Wright St.). The 31 year old guard/forward played in Switzerland since 2009. In 2010 he was selected as Import Player of the Year while playing for Starwings Basel. Last season Hollins appeared in 22 games averaging 14.9ppg, 4.5rpg & 4.2apg while shooting 46.8% from the field. He is expected to have his debut against the Furstenfeld Panthers on Sunday.

Meanwhile the surprising UBC okoStadt Gussing Knights signed forward Edward Johnson (203-F/C-82, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) to a try- out contract. Johnson will replace Marcus Heard who is probably out for season after a knee injury. The 29 year old last played for the Houston Express of the UBA. Johnson nearly spent all his career in the US except a season in Mexico. In 2007 he was the ABA Defensive Player of the Year.


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  BOSNIA   


Bosna keeps the perfect score - by Eurobasket News
First three games of Round Five were played yesterday. Bosna managed to beat Leotar 77-68 and to stay the only perfect team in the league. The former champion has 4-0 record now. Their key players were Eldin Camdzic (195-G-90) and Dzenan Rahimic (204-C/F-74) with 19 and 18 points respectively. On the other side, Leotar got 21 points from Branko Zotovic (198-G-79). They dropped to 2-3. Also yesterday, Igokea was better than Borac Nektar 87-59 for 4-1 record. Borac has 2-2 now. Milos Komatina (204-C-84) led Igokea with 16 points and 9 boards. Hercegovac outplayed Vogosca 79-60 getting 22 points from Lalic. Other three games of Round Five will be played today.

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


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  BRAZIL   


Vila Velha add Jeff Ledbetter - by Paulo Freire
The Vila Velha CETAF/Garoto/UVV/PMVV Team have fill out their last foreigner spot with the sign of guard Jeff Ledbetter (190-G).
Jeff came in fresh of College, where he played for the Idaho school, where he was knowing by Sniper because of his 3 point shot, been also one of the top 8 NCAA shootters.
The player was also negotiating with teams in France and Switzerland.
Last see how the trio of americans will do on the front court of Vila Velha CETAF/Garoto/UVV/PMVV team.




Bauru waived Anderson Mosso and sign Nathan Thomas - by Paulo Freire
The Itabom/Bauru B.T. team is now out of the Paulista State Championship after losing to Sao Jose dos Campos on game 5 of the semi-finals.
The team managers already are looking forward for the NBB, therefore the team is making some changes on their roster.
The power forward Anderson Mosso (205-F/C-82, college: Chipola) has been waived by the team, for his position sign the american Nathan Thomas (201-F/C) who will have until december to prove to coach staff that can have his contract renew. Thomas just finish his college career at Auburn.
Another addition is the young Weliton Bianchi (F-90) who was loan to Itabom/Bauru B.T. to play the NBB U21, the player did well on the competition and now will have a chance to stay with the club on the professional team.





Sorocaba sign James Parker and Cesar and waived Griffin - by Paulo Freire
American shooting guard James Parker (188-G-81, college: Robert Morris) is back in Brazil for his second season on the country.
The guard played one season for Assis Basket, them move out the brazilian market. His last club was in Mexico where he made solid numbers.
Jay Parker will join the Sorocaba Team and will face a young team that will have their first participation on the NBB history.
Parker is expect to be one of the offensive leaders of the team.

The another addition of the team is small forward Cesar Araujo (201-F/C-81) who was playing for Santos in the last Paulista State.
The team managers have waived the american Jason Griffin (191-G-87, college: Wayland Baptist), because he was not what coach expected.


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  CANADA   


Moncton Native Enjoyed First Game with Miracles Club - by John Gary
courtesyoursportscentral.com Moncton Miracles small forward Matt Robertson didnt get any playing time but that did nothing to diminish the special sense of history he was feeling. The Moncton native watched from the bench as the Miracles suffered a 102-97 loss to the Quebec Kebs in the National Basketball League of Canadas first ever game on saturday at Univesite Laval in Quebec City.This is Canadas first national professional basketball league and both clubs signed a basketball after the historic first game. The significance of the moement wasnt lost on Robertson,a rookie who played the pastfive years for the ST-Thomas Tommies and Crandle University.

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  CYPRUS   


Apoel beats Ael..... - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Apoel bounced back from its loss against Omonoia with a big win. Jerome Beasley led all scorers with 33 points and 16 rebounds, Houston added 24 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and had 6 assists and Apoel rolled to its second win, 95-76 over Ael on Wednesday night. For Ael, Mccoy survived with 22 (6) pts.

Apoel is now 2-1.

Apoel: Beasley 33, Adegboye 9 (1), Eaves, 12 (2), Mandic 9 (2), Neofytou, Kovacevic 4, Cuffee 4, Houston 24 (4), Iacovou.

Ael: Liatsos 11 (1), Mccoy 22 (6), Konstantin 5, Aggelopoulos 11 (1), Kounounis 6, Antoniou, Palalas 10 (1), Rantounovic 5


In another game Etha rolled to its third straight win, 88-72 over the promising Omonoia. For the winners Jackson had 22 pts. In the loosing squad, Avalic and Boykin finished with 18.



An important message for all coaches - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Even though it is only the 3rd week of games I have calculated the cut of points scored which as I have already mentioned at this moment is placed at 74 points.

Practically, this means that teams that score above the cut of point will most likely win their games.

Statistically, the higher the distance from the cut of point, that is the more points a team scores above the cut of point, the more chances it has to win the game.

A good example is illustrated below. At the 1st week of games the cut of point scored was placed at 78. Teams that scored above 78 points won the game.

Scoring >78 in week 1

Etha (scored 82)
Apoel (scored 83)
Keravnos (scored 89)

During the 2nd week no team surpassed the cut of point. This explains why in 2 out of 3 games we had overtimes.

It needs to be taken into consideration that this is only the 3nd week and the cut of point is still fluctuating. From 78 points at the 1st week it dropped to 74.



IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Eurobasket.com will announce every Monday or Tuesday the top scorer, top rebounder and assist player of the weekend.

More over, eurobasket.com will give you the 2-3 most important statistics of the weekend.

We urge all players to give their best every weekend so that they have more chances to being among the Top players.

At the end of the season eurobasket.com, just like every year, will award the best players.

Awards will include the player of the year, import player of the year, domestic player of the year, bosman player of the year and many more.

Good Luck!




Round 3 last games - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Round 3 finishes with 2 more games.

Apoel battles against Ael at 19:00 at Lefkotheo Indoor Arena. Apoel is 1-1 and is looking for its 2nd victory. Ael on the other hand is 0-0 and is looking to step in the league successfully.

In another important game, the current champions are battling against Omonoia. Etha, is now 2-0 and is looking for its 3rd straight victory to reach the top.

Etha and Omonoia are battling at 19:30 at Eleftheria Indoor Arena.



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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 8-1 
 2. BC Kolin 8-2 
 3. BK Prostejov 8-2 
 4. BK Decin 8-2 
 5. BK Pardubice 8-3 
 6. USK Praha 6-5 
 7. Levice 5-5 
 8. NH Ostrava 5-6 
 9. Chomutov 4-6 
 10. Svitavy 4-6 
 11. Plzen 4-7 
 12. Usti n/Labem 3-7 
 13. Inter Bratislava 1-10 
 14. B&W Opava 0-10 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Peter SEDMAK
  USK Praha
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Sedmak, USK Praha19.6 
 2. Houska, BK Decin19.5 
 3. Lowery, Chomutov19.4 
 4. Henderson, Levice19.2 
 5. Bridgewaters, Inte.18.0 
 6. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 7. Grant, Levice17.9 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.17.1 
 9. Longmire, Usti n.16.3 
 10. Hruban, USK Praha16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.1 
 2. Gadri-N., BK Prost.8.9 
 3. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.5 
 4. Houska, BK Decin8.1 
 5. Meno, Svitavy7.8 
 6. Hughes, NH Ostrava6.8 
 7. Gavran, Inter B.6.7 
 8. Field, BC Kolin6.7 
 9. Blazek, B&W Opava6.5 
 10. Henderson, Levice6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  Chomutov
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Wright, Chomutov5.5 
 2. Sotnar, USK Praha5.3 
 3. Barnes, BC Kolin4.6 
 4. Vrubl, Plzen4.3 
 5. George, Svitavy3.8 
 6. Bridgewaters, Inte.3.3 
 7. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.3 
 8. Boyer, BK Decin3.3 
 9. Hruban, USK Praha3.0 
 10. Kostomaj, Levice2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Pavel PUMPRLA
  CEZ N.
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.8 
 2. Wright, Chomutov2.8 
 3. Klecka, B&W Opava2.7 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.5 
 5. Ames, BC Kolin1.9 
 6. Grant, Levice1.8 
 7. Inge, NH Ostrava1.8 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 9. Lowery, Chomutov1.8 
 10. Bridgewaters, Int.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  BK Prost.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gadri-N., BK Prost.2.0 
 2. Grant, Levice1.4 
 3. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.4 
 4. Meno, Svitavy1.0 
 5. Kolovrat, B&W O.1.0 
 6. Jelinek, BC Kolin0.8 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.8 
 8. Brlit, B&W Opava0.6 
 9. Votroubek, USK P.0.6 
 10. Bernard, Levice0.6 


NBL Round 11: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
NBL round 11 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader BK Pardubice (8-3) against second ranked CEZ Nymburk (8-1) 89-61 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BK Pardubice. The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk 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 BK Pardubice's 32. CEZ Nymburk forced 24 BK Pardubice turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by BK Pardubice's players. American forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) contributed with 8 points and 8 assists for the winners. American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for BK Pardubice. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. BK Pardubice at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by CEZ Nymburk. BK Pardubice will play next round against Levharti Chomutov trying to make it back to the top of the standings. CEZ Nymburk will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked USK Praha at home.
Bottom-ranked B&W Opava is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to twelfth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (3-7) 83-62. It was a great evening for American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 5 assists. Tomas Hruby helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem maintains twelfth place with 3-7 record. B&W Opava lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with ten games lost. BK Usti nad Labem will play against higher ranked Levice (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. B&W Opava will play against Inter Bratislava (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Praha supposed to be also quite interesting. 7th ranked NH Ostrava (5-6) played at the court of eighth ranked USK Praha (6-5). USK Praha smashed NH Ostrava 92-69 on Wednesday. It was an exceptional evening for Peter Sedmak who led the winners and scored 28 points and 7 rebounds. Riley Luettgerodt came up with 21 points for NH Ostrava in the defeat. 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. USK Praha moved-up to sixth place. NH Ostrava lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. USK Praha will meet league's leader CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. NH Ostrava will play against Basketbal Svitavy (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 11: BK Decin smashed Inter Bratislava on the road 86-63. BK Prostejov destroyed Chomutov on its own court 96-71. Svitavy unfortunately lost to Plzen in Plzen 52-67. BC Kolin rolled over Levice at home 110-90.
The most impressive performance of 11th round was 23 points and 18 rebounds by Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson of BK Prostejov.



Inter Bratislava - BK Decin 63-86

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked BK Decin (8-2) crushed on the road 13th ranked Inter Bratislava (1-10) 86-63 on Wednesday. The game without a history. BK Decin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Inter Bratislava's 28. They outrebounded Inter Bratislava 39-26 including 24 on the offensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for international forward Pavel Houska (201-84) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Lubos Stria (197-81) accounted for 22 points for the winning side. Four BK Decin players scored in double figures. BK Decin's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Kevin Bridgewaters (175-84, college: Chattanooga) came up with 16 points and 7 assists and Slovakian forward Andrej Kuffa (203-90) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Inter Bratislava in the defeat. BK Decin moved-up to second place, which they share with BC Kolin and BK Prostejov. Inter Bratislava lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with ten games lost. BK Decin will meet at home BK Prostejov (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Inter Bratislava will play against B&W Opava (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: L.Stria 22+3reb+1ast, P.Houska 21+9reb+1ast, A.Alic 13+4reb+3ast, R.Landa 10+4reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 8+5reb+3ast, J.Boyer 4+3reb+8ast
Inter Bratislava: K.Bridgewaters 16+3reb+7ast, A.Kuffa 15+5reb+1ast, S.Gavran 14+3reb, C.Allen 9+7reb+1ast, J.Musil 7+4reb+1ast, O.Tot 2+1ast
gschID: 136642


BK Prostejov - Chomutov 96-71

Very expected game when 9th ranked Levharti Chomutov (4-6) was smashed on the road by fourth ranked BK Prostejov (8-2) 96-71 on Wednesday. The game without a history. BK Prostejov led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Levharti Chomutov's 38. They outrebounded Levharti Chomutov 46-27 including a 33-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 18 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). International forward Kamil Svrdlik (203-86, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) accounted for 14 points for the winning side. American guard Derek Wright (175-86, college: Austin Peay St.) came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Pavel Stanek (203-76, agency: Court Side) added 15 points respectively for Levharti Chomutov in the defeat. Four Levharti Chomutov players scored in double figures. 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. BK Prostejov moved-up to second place, which they share with BK Decin and BC Kolin. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov keeps the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with Svitavy. BK Prostejov will meet BK Decin (#4) on the road in the next round. Levharti Chomutov will play against BK Pardubice (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: B.Gadri-Nicholson 23+18reb+1ast, K.Svrdlik 14+4reb, M.Venta 11+2reb+1ast, J.Smith 11+1reb+1ast, A.Eitutavicius 10+1ast, J.Bohacik 9+5reb+2ast
Chomutov: D.Wright 16+5reb+3ast, P.Stanek 15+4reb+1ast, J.Stepanek 11+1reb, R.Anderson 10+4reb, R.Lowery 7+4reb+1ast, J.Krakovic 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 136643


CEZ Nymburk - BK Pardubice 89-61

NBL round 11 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader BK Pardubice (8-3) against second ranked CEZ Nymburk (8-1) 89-61 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BK Pardubice. The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk 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 BK Pardubice's 32. CEZ Nymburk forced 24 BK Pardubice turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by BK Pardubice's players. American forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) contributed with 8 points and 8 assists for the winners. American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BK Pardubice. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. BK Pardubice at the other side dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by CEZ Nymburk. BK Pardubice will play next round against Levharti Chomutov trying to make it back to the top of the standings. CEZ Nymburk will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked USK Praha at home.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: L.Wilson 23+6reb+1ast, L.Palyza 16+1reb+2ast, P.Benda 12+1reb+1ast, C.Simmons 8+4reb+8ast, E.Lawrence 7+3reb+4ast, T.Vyoral 7+4reb
BK Pardubice: M.Arnold 12+11reb, C.Muirhead 12+6reb, P.Bohacik 11+7reb, M.Hampton 9+2reb+1ast, J.Cernosek 8+3reb, L.Kotas 3+2reb
gschID: 136644


USK Praha - NH Ostrava 92-69

The game in Praha supposed to be also quite interesting. 7th ranked NH Ostrava (5-6) played at the court of eighth ranked USK Praha (6-5). USK Praha smashed NH Ostrava 92-69 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by USK Praha. NH Ostrava managed to win second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for USK Praha especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) who led the winners and scored 28 points and 7 rebounds. International forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) accounted for 21 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. American swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: I.D.S. Law) came up with 21 points and Greek power forward Savvas Manousos (208-85) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for NH Ostrava in the defeat. 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. USK Praha moved-up to sixth place. NH Ostrava lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. USK Praha will meet league's leader CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. NH Ostrava will play against Basketbal Svitavy (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: P.Sedmak 28+7reb+3ast, V.Hruban 21+4reb+4ast, S.Votroubek 13+11reb, M.Sotnar 11+4reb+6ast, M.Vocetka 7+3ast, J.Stariat 6+1reb
NH Ostrava: R.Luettgerodt 21+3reb+3ast, S.Manousos 11+6reb, F.Zbranek 8+2reb, J.Hughes 6+4reb, S.Inge 4+1reb+3ast, M.Gniadek 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 136645


Plzen - Svitavy 67-52

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eleventh ranked BK Loko Plzen (4-7) won against at home 10th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (4-6) 67-52 on Wednesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when BK Loko Plzen's pressure prevailed and they won that period 18-10 extending their advantage to 15 points. It was an exceptional evening for forward Ladislav Toth (196-83) who led the winners and scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Vaclav Honomichl (190-92) accounted for 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) came up with 13 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Ravone George (193-83, college: Alabama) added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Basketbal Svitavy in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. BK Loko Plzen maintains eleventh place with 4-7 record. Loser Basketbal Svitavy dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. They share it with Chomutov. BK Loko Plzen will meet at home league's second-placed BC Kolin in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Basketbal Svitavy will play against NH Ostrava (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Plzen: L.Toth 18+6reb+4ast, V.Honomichl 13+5reb+2ast, J.Kovanda 8+2reb+1ast, M.Kozlik 8+4reb+1ast, F.Smid 6+4reb, P.Frana 6+7reb+1ast
Svitavy: B.Meno 13+5reb+2ast, R.Kramny 8+4reb+1ast, R.George 7+6reb+4ast, J.Spacek 7+3reb, P.Milos 6+3reb, L.Horak 4+3reb
gschID: 136639


BC Kolin - Levice 110-90

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Levice (5-5) was outscored on the road by third ranked BC Kolin (8-2) 110-90 on Wednesday. BC Kolin made 28-of-32 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for forward Richard Field (196-83, college: Mercyhurst) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Forward David Machac (204-80) accounted for 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Five BC Kolin players scored in double figures. American forward Esian Henderson (203-86, college: Cent.Missouri) came up with 23 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) added 23 points respectively for Levice in the defeat. Levice's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for BC Kolin. They moved-up to second place, which they share with BK Decin and BK Prostejov. Loser Levice dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. BC Kolin will meet BK Loko Plzen (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Levice will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: R.Field 22+5reb+1ast, S.Zuzak 19+7reb, D.Machac 19+6reb+2ast, R.Marko 13+2reb+4ast, J.Jelinek 11+7reb+1ast, C.Barnes 10+5reb+10ast
Levice: K.Grant 23+4reb+2ast, E.Henderson 23+6reb+1ast, S.Stemberger 11+5reb+3ast, M.Bernard 9+6reb+1ast, T.Kostomaj 6+1reb+1ast, J.Vojtek 6+1reb
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Usti n/Labem - B&W Opava 83-62

Bottom-ranked B&W Opava is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to twelfth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (3-7) 83-62. The game without a history. BK Usti nad Labem led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BK Usti nad Labem outrebounded B&W Opava 40-24 including a 20-8 advantage in defensive rebounds. B&W Opava was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 5 assists. Center Tomas Hruby (206-78) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted BK Usti nad Labem maintains twelfth place with 3-7 record. B&W Opava lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with ten games lost. BK Usti nad Labem will play against higher ranked Levice (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. B&W Opava will play against Inter Bratislava (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: J.Holanda 19+2reb+1ast, T.Hruby 16+6reb+1ast, T.McFadden 16+4reb+5ast, M.Slunecko 7+4reb+2ast, J.Fohler 6+9reb+3ast, J.Tyrna 5+4reb
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 20+5reb+3ast, J.Sirina 15+5reb+1ast, M.Kolovrat 8+7reb, R.Klecka 8+2reb+2ast, P.Dokoupil 6+1ast, M.Galata 4+1reb
gschID: 136641




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  DENMARK   


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Will HARRIS
  Horsens IC
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Harris, Horsens IC28.1 
 2. White, Aalborg26.9 
 3. Kingsley, Svendborg24.4 
 4. Bishop, Aalborg23.6 
 5. Rasmussen, Vaerl.22.0 
 6. Rutherford, SISU20.9 
 7. Henry, Naestved20.4 
 8. Curry, Aabyhoj19.0 
 9. Dennis, SISU17.6 
 10. Bak, Horsholm17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Bishop, Aalborg11.4 
 2. St.John, Horsens10.7 
 3. Phillips, Aabyhoj10.1 
 4. Benjamin, Horsholm10.1 
 5. Harris, Horsens IC10.0 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj9.6 
 7. Glynn, Naestved9.4 
 8. Schur, Horsens IC7.8 
 9. Johansen, Naestved7.8 
 10. Plannthin, Svend.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Henry, Naestved4.7 
 2. White, Aalborg4.5 
 3. Curry, Aabyhoj4.4 
 4. McFarlane, Falcon4.4 
 5. Sakne, Horsens IC4.3 
 6. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 7. Colman, Svendborg3.9 
 8. Iversen, Bakken3.8 
 9. Dennis, SISU3.6 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Henry, Naestved4.9 
 2. White, Aalborg3.0 
 3. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.7 
 5. McFarlane, Falcon2.3 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj2.3 
 7. Iversen, Bakken2.1 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.1.9 
 9. Glynn, Naestved1.9 
 10. Nielsen, SISU1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Harrison, SISU2.7 
 2. Curry, Aabyhoj2.1 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.2.0 
 4. Phillips, Aabyhoj2.0 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.9 
 6. Bishop, Aalborg1.4 
 7. Colas, Horsholm1.3 
 8. Kingsley, Svendborg1.0 
 9. Eleraky, Aalborg1.0 
 10. Larsen, Vaerlose0.7 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Eric Boateng signs in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain big man Eric Boateng (208-C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona St.) will continue his career in Greece. He signed a one-season deal with Peristeri Athens. Boateng spent 2010/11 in NBA D-League. He split the season between Idaho Stampede and Austin Toros. With Stampede, Boateng had 5.2 ppg and 4.9 rpg. Later with Toros he added 4.9 ppg and 4.9 rpg for 22 games. Eric Boateng is a product of the Arizona State University, where he graduated a year ago. He had 8.8 ppg and 7.2 rpg for his school as a senior. Eric Boateng is also active member of the Great Britain National Team. He had 1.5 ppg and 2 rpg for them at the EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania. Boateng appeared in four games.

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  DR CONGO   


Nobel Boungou Colo joins French Le Mans - by Eurobasket News
Nobel Boungou Colo (202-F-88) will start this season in France. The Congolese/French forward joined former champions Le Mans. He penned a two-month deal. Nobel Boungou Colo played for Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket last season. He appeared 33 times in ProA averaging 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds. Colo played for the same team in 2009/10 season as well. At that time he had 4.1 ppg and 2.6 rpg. From 2007 to 2009, Nobel Boungou Colo was a member of Orleans. However, he mostly played for their U21 team. In the past, Colo played for Blois. He will make debut with Le Mans next weekend.

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Sampaense Basket sign Chris Gaines - by Eurobasket Center
Sampaense Basket signed 26-year old American forward Chris Gaines (193-F-85, college: Prairie View A&M). Gaines played most recently at Team Mexico City in the Eurobasket Summer League in Houston. While playing 3 games for Mexico City last summer his stats were: 12.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.7apg and 0.7spg. He helped them to make it to the final. Gaines graduated Prairie View A&M University in 2007 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  EUROCUP   


Le Mans land Nobel Boungou Colo - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of short-term contract with Nobel Boungou Colo (202-F-88). The deal is meant for two months. Nobel Boungou Colo spent the last season in Hyeres-Toulon. He tallied 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in ProA. Previously he had stints with Entente Orleans and Blois Basket. Eurobasket.com named Nobel Boungou Colo into French ProA All-Newcomers Team in 2010.

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Bilbao parts ways with Oliver Stevic - by Eurobasket News
Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) is no longer a member of Bilbao. His short term contract expired and Bilbao decided not to extend it. Stevic joined Bilbao as a temporarily replacement for injured Axel Hervelle. He appeared four times in Liga Endesa averaging 3.5 points and 3 rebounds. Oliver Stevic spent last season with EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He had 9 ppg and 6.2 rpg for them in 6 EuroCup games. Stevic also added 11.1 ppg and 6.8 rpg in 40 German league games. He was named Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Bosmans Team -11. In 2009/10, Oliver Stevic played for Crvena Zvezda Belgrade. He had 8.2 ppg and 5.4 rpg for them in EuroCup. In the past, Stevic was a member of Anwil Wloclawek, Slask Wroclaw, Masinac and Borac.

Rookie Matt Howard to miss three weeks - by Eurobasket News
Matt Howard (203-F, college: Butler), who signed for Olympiakos during the summer, will miss next three weeks of action due to foot injury. He suffered it during the Greek league game last weekend. Howard will undergo a minor surgery to speed up his recovery. Matt Howard appeared once in Greek league and once in Eurolegaue so far. The American big guy is a product of Butler University, where he graduated few months ago. He shined with 16.7 ppg and 7.7 rpg for his school as a senior. Butler won the Horizon Tournament and Howard was named All-Horizon League All-Tournament MVP -11. He was also awarded with CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America Player of the Year -11. In 2010, Matt Howard helped Butler to reach the NCAA Finals. He had 11.6 ppg and 5.2 rpg that season.

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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Henry DOMERCANT
  Unics
  (192-G-80)
  Avg: 23
 1. Domercant, Unics23.0 
 2. Teletovic, Caja L.21.7 
 3. Hairston, Armani M.21.5 
 4. Loncar, Khimky20.5 
 5. Quinn, Khimky20.0 
 6. Batum, Nancy19.5 
 7. Banic, Bizkaia Bil.19.0 
 8. Goss, AS.19.0 
 9. Weems, Zalgiris18.5 
 10. Fernandez, Real M.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sean MAY
  KK.
  (203-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. May, KK.9.0 
 2. Kirilenko, CSKA8.7 
 3. Loncar, Khimky8.5 
 4. Necas, CEZ Nymburk8.0 
 5. Freeland, Unicaja8.0 
 6. Zoric, Unicaja8.0 
 7. Reyes, Real Madrid8.0 
 8. Akingbala, Nancy8.0 
 9. Bourousis, Armani7.5 
 10. Simonovic, ALBA7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Nicolas BATUM
  Nancy
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Batum, Nancy8.0 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.7.5 
 3. Huertas, FCB Regal6.5 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA6.0 
 5. Rice, Lietuvos.5.3 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.0 
 7. Ilievski, Anadolu5.0 
 8. Shved, CSKA5.0 
 9. Prigioni, Caja L.4.7 
 10. Weaver, ALBA4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.3.0 
 2. Prigioni, Caja L.3.0 
 3. Kinsey, Anadolu3.0 
 4. Ilyasova, Anadolu3.0 
 5. Kelati, Khimky2.5 
 6. Slaughter, Brose B.2.5 
 7. Thompson, AS.2.5 
 8. Quinn, Khimky2.5 
 9. Akingbala, Nancy2.5 
 10. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA2.7 
 2. Zoric, Unicaja2.0 
 3. Kinsey, Anadolu2.0 
 4. Perovic, FCB Regal2.0 
 5. Kasun, KK.2.0 
 6. Ilyasova, Anadolu2.0 
 7. Hines, Olympiakos1.7 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.1.7 
 9. Riddick, Charleroi1.6 
 10. Begic, Real Madrid1.5 


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto winning by one - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 9: After a 18-8 start hardly no one thought this contest could become a thriller. Hosting Pyrinto (Tampere) was dominating during the first 10 minutes vs Kouvot (Kouvola), but Kouvot (4-5) never gave up. Visitor was down by 11, when the last quarter began, but Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) tied the game (66-66), when there was 2:02 minutes to go. The last two minutes were exiting with missing shots, but Samuli Vanttaja (210-F/C-91) (Kouvot) fouled Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who made one FT out of two with six seconds left. Anthony Brown (203-F-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Oklahoma St.) missed then his 2-pointer after time out and Pyrinto (6-1) had won 67-66 (37-29). Antti Nikkila (210-F/C-78, college: Valparaiso) scored 15 pts for Pyrinto. Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) was the only Kouvot-player in double digits.
Bisons (Loimaa) defeated UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) 82-62 (46-30), when Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) led again The Bisons with 22 pts. The Player of October Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) netted 18 pts and gave five assists. Korihait (4-5) had only two players in double digits. Cory Johnson (200-F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Valparaiso) led the visitors with 16 pts. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81, college: Alabama A&M) added 12 pts. Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) very seldon stays on 0 (zero) points. This time Jalonen missed all his seven shots in 28:37 minutes.
Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) lost the second game in a row. Now this happened in Helsinki as Vilpas (Salo) upset ToPo by four 66-70 (35-43). Vilpas was leading all the time and the difference was at the largest 15 points. American G Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) (21 pts) and Eero Lehtinen (191-G-85) (13 pts) were the only ToPo -players over 10 points. John Fields (205-F-88, college: Tennessee) and Emmanuel Holloway (188-G-86, college: Illinois St.) scored both 17 pts for Vilpas Vikings.
At Kauhajoki local Karhu had tiny difficulties with YMCA Lappeenranta and Lawrence Hamm (31 pts). Karhu (6-3) won anyway 90-83 (43-31). The hosts had five players in double figures. Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87, agency: Court Side, college: Wichita St.) was hot this time: 24 pts. Aleksi Huuskonen (188-G-88) scored his season high 18 pts. And in Lahti local YMCA lost vs Kataja (Joensuu) 76-95 (45-52). Aleksi Alanen (YMCA Lahti) scored his career high 20 pts. Kataja had two players (Petri Virtanen and Juho Nenonen) on injured list. Kataja's big men outscored the hosts anyway with Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) (29 pts) on the top.
Pyrinto - Kouvot 67-66 (37-29). (Antti Nikkila 15/8, Antero Lehto 14, Damon Williams 11 - Josh Gonner 12, Anthony Brown 9, Antoine Jordan 8/10. A: 1022).
Bisons - Korihait 82-62 (46-30). (Martin Zeno 22, Jeb Ivey 18/5a, Mikko Koivisto 12 - Cory Johnson 16, Nigel Moore, Petri Heinonen 8. A: 674).
ToPo - Vilpas 66-70 (35-43). (Chase Griffin 21, Eero Lehtinen 13, Jonathan Heard 9/9 - John Fields 17/9, Emmanuel Holloway 17, Roope Ahonen 14, Junior Hairston 11/14. A:806).
Karhu - YMCA Lappeenranta 90-83 (43-31). (Clevin Hannah 24, Aleksi Huuskonen 18, Kelly Beidler 16/14 - Lawrence Hamm 31, Tyler Tiedeman 16, Pasi Riihela 11. A: 594).

YMCA Lahti - Kataja 76-95 (45-52). (Ryan Brooks 20, Aleksi Alanen 20, Ville Makalainen 19 - Jared Newson 29/8, Sami Lehtoranta 16, Jeremy Price 16. A: 867).



KORISLIIGA: Jeb Ivey The Player of October - by Rauno Hurmalainen
American SG Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) has been named The Player of October. Ivey, who is playing his third season in Finland and is part of The Bisons roster at Loimaa now, averaged 20,7 ppg last month in seven contests. Bisons was 5-2 in October. Ivey averaged also 3,7 rpg - 4,3 apg and was a real sharpshooter (2 - 58,3%, 3 - 37,0%). Ivey came to Finland for season 2009-10 and averaged 16,0 ppg on Kataja, Joensuu roster. Last season Ivey played on KTP, Kotka roster averaging 18,1 ppg.

Korisliiga Round 10: Pyrinto keeps winning - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Loimaan Korikonkarit smashed 8th ranked UU-Korihait at home 86-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of UU-Korihait. The game without a history. Loimaan Korikonkarit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 22 points. Loimaan Korikonkarit's coach Greg Gibson felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Loimaan Korikonkarit have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. UU-Korihait at the other side dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Kouvot. UU-Korihait will play next round against Torpan Pojat trying to get back on the winning streak. Loimaan Korikonkarit will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked KTP-Basket in Kotka.
Important game to mention about took place in Tampere. First ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (6-1) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Kouvot (4-5) 67-66 on Wednesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kouvot. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Antti Nikkila (210-78, college: Valparaiso) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds. Antwine Williams contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Antoine Jordan (196-83, college: Siena) replied with 8 points and 10 rebounds for Kouvot. Despite that victory Tampereen Pyrinto went down to fourth position due to points difference. Kouvot at the other side keeps the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Korihait. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against Salon Vilpas (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kouvot will play against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Torpan Pojat (5-3) against ninth ranked Salon Vilpas (3-6) on Wednesday night. Host Torpan Pojat was defeated by Salon Vilpas in a tough game in Helsinki 66-70. John Fields scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Chase Griffin responded with 21 points. Salon Vilpas maintains ninth position with 3-6 record. Loser Torpan Pojat dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Salon Vilpas will meet at home higher ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Torpan Pojat will play against UU-Korihait in Uusikaupunki and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 10 Kataja crushed Namika Lahti in Joensuu 95-76. Kauhajoki beat LrNMKY at home 90-83.
The best stats of 10th round was 29 points and 8 rebounds by Jared Newson of Kataja.


Namika Lahti - Kataja 76-95

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Namika Lahti (1-8) was crushed at home by fourth ranked Joensuun Kataja (6-3) 95-76 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. Namika Lahti managed to win fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Joensuun Kataja dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Namika Lahti's 36. American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) scored 29 points and 8 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Ville Makalainen (194-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and American guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 20 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja moved-up to second place, which they share with Kauhajoki. Namika Lahti lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Joensuun Kataja will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Namika Lahti will play against LrNMKY (#10) in Lappeenranta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: A.Alanen 20+2reb, R.Brooks 20+4reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 19+8reb+4ast, K.Young 10+10reb, J.Koskinen 5+1reb, J.Rekola 2+1reb
Kataja: J.Newson 29+8reb+2ast, S.Lehtoranta 16+5reb+2ast, J.Price 16+3reb+2ast, J.Sten 11+2reb+3ast, B.Walker 9+4reb+5ast, I.Pehkonen 8+3reb
gschID: 141667


Kauhajoki - LrNMKY 90-83

No shocking result in a game in Kauhajoki where fifth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (6-3) defeated 10th ranked LrNMKY (2-7) 90-83 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But LrNMKY won third quarter 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kauhajoen Karhu forced 20 LrNMKY turnovers. The game was also dominated by American players. point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 16 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Five Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) responded with 31 points and forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Kauhajoen Karhu moved-up to second place, which they share with Kataja. LrNMKY lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with seven games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will meet Kouvot (#6) in the next round. LrNMKY will play against Namika Lahti (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: L.Hamm 31+1ast, T.Tiedeman 16+5reb+2ast, P.Riihela 11+6reb+1ast, H.Valimaa 8+1reb, J.Jarvinen 7+5reb+1ast, D.Haynes 4+8reb+4ast
Kauhajoki: C.Hannah 24+7reb+5ast, A.Huuskonen 18+4reb, K.Beidler 16+14reb, H.Hirvikoski 10+4reb+1ast, E.Skamo 10+6reb+2ast, J.Eskola 6+2reb
gschID: 141668


Pyrinto - Kouvot 67-66

Important game to mention about took place in Tampere. First ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (6-1) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Kouvot (4-5) 67-66 on Wednesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kouvot. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-12 Kouvot's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 67-66 at the end of the game. Tampereen Pyrinto forced 20 Kouvot turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Antti Nikkila (210-78, college: Valparaiso) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. American guard Antoine Jordan (196-83, college: Siena) replied with 8 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kouvot. Despite that victory Tampereen Pyrinto went down to fourth position due to points difference. Kouvot at the other side keeps the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Korihait. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against Salon Vilpas (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kouvot will play against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: J.Gonner 12+5reb+1ast, A.Brown 9+7reb, A.Jordan 8+10reb+1ast, A.Nikkarinen 8+3reb+2ast, T.Rintala 8+1reb, S.Vanttaja 7+4reb+1ast
Pyrinto: A.Nikkila 15+8reb+2ast, A.Lehto 14+1reb+1ast, D.Williams 11+5reb+3ast, A.Williams 10+6reb+4ast, K.Lowe 6+3reb+2ast, V.Pekkola 3+1reb
gschID: 141669


ToPo - Salon Vilpas 66-70

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Torpan Pojat (5-3) against ninth ranked Salon Vilpas (3-6) on Wednesday night. Host Torpan Pojat was defeated by Salon Vilpas in a tough game in Helsinki 66-70. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Torpan Pojat won fourth quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Junior Hairston (203-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) chipped in 11 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Four Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) responded with 21 points and international forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-81, college: UALR) scored 6 points and 14 rebounds. Salon Vilpas maintains ninth position with 3-6 record. Loser Torpan Pojat dropped to the fifth place with three games lost. Salon Vilpas will meet at home higher ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Torpan Pojat will play against UU-Korihait in Uusikaupunki and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ToPo: C.Griffin 21+3reb+1ast, E.Lehtinen 13+2reb+2ast, T.Iisalo 9+4reb+1ast, J.Heard 9+9reb+2ast, K.Muurinen 6+14reb+3ast, T.Heinonen 4+4reb+1ast
Salon Vilpas: E.Holloway 17+4reb+3ast, J.Fields 17+9reb+1ast, R.Ahonen 14+1reb+3ast, J.Hairston 11+14reb+2ast, S.Kaaresvirta 6+2reb+2ast, A.Vaenerberg 5+1reb
gschID: 141670


Nilan Bisons - Korihait 86-62

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Loimaan Korikonkarit smashed 8th ranked UU-Korihait at home 86-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of UU-Korihait. The game without a history. Loimaan Korikonkarit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 22 points. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. Loimaan Korikonkarit's coach Greg Gibson felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and forward Cory Johnson (200-88, college: Valparaiso, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Loimaan Korikonkarit have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. UU-Korihait at the other side dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Kouvot. UU-Korihait will play next round against Torpan Pojat trying to get back on the winning streak. Loimaan Korikonkarit will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked KTP-Basket in Kotka.
Top scorers:
Korihait: C.Johnson 16+3reb, N.Moore 12+7reb+2ast, P.Heinonen 8+7reb+1ast, N.Malinen 8+5reb+1ast, J.Crouch 7+1reb+2ast, C.Latimer 6+2reb
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 22+4reb+2ast, J.Ivey 18+7reb+5ast, M.Koivisto 12+5reb+2ast, R.McDade 11+5reb+1ast, S.Latvala 8+1reb, J.Kivinen 6+1reb
gschID: 141671




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


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.9 
 2. Tiedeman, LrNM.21.4 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons20.3 
 4. Holloway, Salon V.19.1 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.0 
 6. Newson, Kataja18.9 
 7. Brooks, Namika L.18.1 
 8. Blue, KTP18.0 
 9. Johnson, Korihait17.4 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.6 
 2. Blue, KTP10.3 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki8.8 
 4. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 5. McDade, Nilan B.8.6 
 6. Muurinen, ToPo8.4 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.1 
 8. Heard, ToPo7.9 
 9. Brown, Kouvot7.9 
 10. Zeno, Nilan Bisons7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Petri VIRTANEN
  Kataja
  (183-G-80)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Virtanen, Kataja5.3 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto5.3 
 3. Walker, Kataja4.6 
 4. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.4 
 5. Haynes, LrNM.4.4 
 6. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.3 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP3.6 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.5 
 9. Jalonen, Korihait3.4 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Williams, Pyrinto3.3 
 2. Sten, Kataja2.7 
 3. Newson, Kataja2.5 
 4. Moore, Korihait2.4 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.2 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.2.0 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.2.0 
 8. Terwilliger, Kataja2.0 
 9. Sarcevic, KTP1.9 
 10. Gonner, Kouvot1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.3.0 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.0 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 4. Bell, KTP1.0 
 5. Vanttaja, Kouvot0.9 
 6. Blue, KTP0.9 
 7. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.9 
 8. Heinonen, ToPo0.8 
 9. Newson, Kataja0.8 
 10. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.8 


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Roanne tab Karim Souchu and Michael Mokongo - by Eurobasket News
Roanne strengthened their roster. They landed Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) and Karim Souchu (198-F-79, college: Furman).
Michael Mokongo inked a deal until the end of the season. The guard started the previous season in Ourense Baloncesto in Spain. He tallied 12.9 points, 2.5 assists, 2.5 boards and 1.0 steal per game in LEB Gold. In January Michael Mokongo moved to Breogan Lugo. The Central African player posted 5.4 points, 2.7 assists, 1.5 boards and 1.1 steals per appearance for Breogan. Michael Mokongo participated at 2011 African Championship. He delivered 11.4 points, 5.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game in Madagascar.
Karim Souchu signed a short-term deal with Roanne. He is expected to replace Larrouquis on the roster. Karim Souchu played for Limoges last season. He tallied 4.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.


Ronny Turiaf to make ASVEL debut next Saturday? - by Eurobasket News
According to French media, Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) could make his debut with ASVEL next weekend. Reportedly, they are close to resolve problems about the players insurance. Turiaf arrived to Villeurbanne a week ago. ASVEL will play on Saturday against the reining champion Nancy. It will be for sure game of the week and a great chance for Turiaf to make his debut. Ronny Turiaf had 4.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 1.4 apg for the New York Knicks last season. He appeared 68 times with them. Turiaf played for the Golden State Warriors from 2008 to 2010. Before that he spent three years with the Los Angeles Lakers. In their last season together he had 6.6 ppg and 3.9 rpg for 78 games. In France, Ronny Turiaf played for INSEP. He graduated at the Gonzaga University in 2005.

Le Mans land Nobel Boungou Colo - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of short-term contract with Nobel Boungou Colo (202-F-88). The deal is meant for two months. Nobel Boungou Colo spent the last season in Hyeres-Toulon. He tallied 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in ProA. Previously he had stints with Entente Orleans and Blois Basket. Eurobasket.com named Nobel Boungou Colo into French ProA All-Newcomers Team in 2010.

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


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Phillip BROOKS
  ABA S.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 27
 1. Brooks, ABA S.27.0 
 2. Life, Lirija24.0 
 3. Janjusevic, Kuman.22.3 
 4. Radulovic, Vardar22.3 
 5. Karadzovski, Torus20.8 
 6. Dahlman, MZT S.20.3 
 7. Nikolovski, Feni I.20.0 
 8. Tasovski, Rabotnic.20.0 
 9. Boswell, ABA S.19.5 
 10. Jelesijevic, Kuma.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Noah DAHLMAN
  MZT S.
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 10
 1. Dahlman, MZT S.10.0 
 2. Buha, Kozuv8.0 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus7.8 
 4. Mitchell, Lirija7.3 
 5. Cekovski, MZT S.7.0 
 6. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.8 
 7. Cole, Rabotnicki6.5 
 8. Hadzivasilev, ABA6.5 
 9. Simic, Lirija6.5 
 10. Frye, Feni Indist.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.4.5 
 2. Ocokoljic, Feni I.4.3 
 3. Morban, Lirija4.0 
 4. Petrovski, Rabotni.4.0 
 5. Tasevski, Vardar3.3 
 6. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.2 
 7. Radulovic, Vardar3.0 
 8. Stojanovski, MZT S.3.0 
 9. Dimitrovski, Kozuv3.0 
 10. Samardziev, Feni3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marko SIMONOVSKI
  Feni I.
  (194-G/F-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Simonovski, Feni I.2.8 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.3 
 3. Ford, Feni Indistr.2.0 
 4. Stajic, Lirija2.0 
 5. Turner, Torus S.1.8 
 6. Radulovic, Vardar1.7 
 7. Ocokoljic, Feni I.1.5 
 8. Frye, Feni Indistr.1.5 
 9. Brooks, ABA S.1.5 
 10. Karakolev, Torus1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sinisa AVRAMOVSKI
  Lirija
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Avramovski, Lirija1.5 
 2. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.5 
 3. Cole, Rabotnicki1.3 
 4. Mitchell, Lirija1.0 
 5. Chappell, ABA S.1.0 
 6. Knezevic, Feni I.0.8 
 7. Dimcevski, Torus S.0.5 
 8. Simic, Lirija0.5 
 9. Trajkovski, Torus0.5 
 10. Brckov, Feni I.0.4 


Kozuv add Apcev - by Tomce Stojcevski
Petar Apcev (199-F-89) signed for Kozuv Gergelija. He had his debut last week against Kumanovo with 4 points , a game that was first ever win for Kozuv Gergelija (1-3) in the first league. He is coming in domestic league from Malta, he has played for Bupa for 2 years. Previously he played for Pelister Bitola, Prilep Basket. Apcev was also member of U20 team on the Euro championship 2009 which was held in Skopje.
Kozuv Gergelija is hosting Torus next week (Nov the 5th)


Superleague Round 5: Lirija is defeated by Torus Skopje in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: Torus Skopje (#2) and Lirija (#6). Torus Skopje (4-0) won against visiting Lirija (1-3) 76-71. Lirija was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Lirija 44-33 including 31 on the defensive glass. American guard Phil Turner (190-87, college: Delta St.) stepped up and scored 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Justin Reynolds (204-F/C-88, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) in 17 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Dustin Mitchell (206, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Torus Skopje have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 4-0 record behind leader Feni Indistrija. Lirija at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Vardar and Kozuv. Torus Skopje are looking forward to face Kozuv (#5) in Gergelija in the next round. Lirija's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Vardar.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#3) and Vardar (#5). MZT Skopje (4-1) won against visiting Vardar (1-3) 90-79. American forward Noah Dahlman (200-89, college: Wofford) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and Riste Stefanov accounted for 19 points. Guard Darko Radulovic (194-80) came up with 23 points for Vardar in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MZT Skopje maintains third place with 4-1 record behind leader Feni Indistrija. Vardar lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Kozuv and Lirija. MZT Skopje will play against ABA Strumica (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vardar's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Lirija.
Superleague top team - Feni Indistrija (5-0) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat seventh ranked ABA Strumica (1-4) 88-80. The best player for the winners was Kiril Nikolovski who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Phillip Brooks produced 30 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Undefeated Feni Indistrija have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 5-0 record. Loser ABA Strumica dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Rabotnicki. Feni Indistrija will meet at home Kumanovo 2009 (#4) in the next round. ABA Strumica will play against MZT Skopje (#3).
A very interesting game took place in Kumanovo. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (1-4) to fourth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (2-2) 73-72 on Wednesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Dejan Mikic saved the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. Kumanovo 2009 maintains fourth place with 2-2 record. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side stay at the bottom position with four games lost. Kumanovo 2009's next round opponent will be league's leader Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.


Torus Skopje - Lirija 76-71

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: Torus Skopje (#2) and Lirija (#6). Torus Skopje (4-0) won against visiting Lirija (1-3) 76-71. Lirija was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Lirija 44-33 including 31 on the defensive glass. American guard Phil Turner (190-87, college: Delta St.) stepped up and scored 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Justin Reynolds (204-88, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Torus Skopje players scored in double figures. American power forward Dustin Mitchell (206, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Torus Skopje have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 4-0 record behind leader Feni Indistrija. Lirija at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Vardar and Kozuv. Torus Skopje are looking forward to face Kozuv (#5) in Gergelija in the next round. Lirija's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Vardar.
Top scorers:
Torus Skopje: J.Reynolds 17+6reb, D.Karadzovski 13+3reb+2ast, P.Turner 13+9reb+3ast, I.Dimcevski 10+7reb+1ast, B.Trajkovski 9+10reb, G.Markovski 8+4reb+1ast
Lirija: D.Mitchell 20+10reb+1ast, T.Simic 20+5reb+2ast, S.Avramovski 11+3reb, V.Filipovic 6+3reb+3ast, C.Morban 6+6reb+5ast, B.Stajic 5+1ast
gschID: 151624


Kumanovo - Rabotnicki 73-72

A very interesting game took place in Kumanovo. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (1-4) to fourth ranked Kumanovo 2009 (2-2) 73-72 on Wednesday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Serbian forward Dejan Mikic (201-86) saved the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. International guard Aleksandar Kostoski (188-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds and guard Jane Petrovski (181-87) added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Fersped-Rabotnicki. Four Fersped-Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. Kumanovo 2009 maintains fourth place with 2-2 record. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side stay at the bottom position with four games lost. Kumanovo 2009's next round opponent will be league's leader Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: D.Mikic 21+6reb, N.Jelesijevic 18+4reb, A.Kostoski 18+5reb+2ast, P.Vilarov 7+5reb+1ast, D.Matic 6+4reb+2ast, D.Stanimirovic 2+4reb
Rabotnicki: B.Cole 21+7reb+1ast, D.Tasovski 13+1reb+1ast, E.Bogoev 13+2reb, J.Petrovski 12+9reb+6ast, E.Hadzibulic 9+1reb, Z.Stojanov 2+1reb
gschID: 151622


MZT Skopje - Vardar 90-79

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#3) and Vardar (#5). MZT Skopje (4-1) won against visiting Vardar (1-3) 90-79. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. Vardar was better in second period 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MZT Skopje shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 51.5 percentage. American forward Noah Dahlman (200-89, college: Wofford) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Riste Stefanov (198-81, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 19 points. Guard Darko Radulovic (194-80) came up with 23 points and center Aleksandar Shterjov (206-86) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Vardar in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MZT Skopje maintains third place with 4-1 record behind leader Feni Indistrija. Vardar lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Kozuv and Lirija. MZT Skopje will play against ABA Strumica (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Vardar's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Lirija.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: R.Stefanov 19+3reb+3ast, C.Davis 18+5reb+1ast, G.Cekovski 15+7reb+1ast, N.Dahlman 15+10reb+1ast, N.Gajdadjiev 7+1reb, I.Mijajlovic 5+3ast
Vardar: D.Radulovic 23+3reb+3ast, A.Shterjov 19+5reb+1ast, V.Georgievski 14+1reb+1ast, A.Stefanovski 14+6reb+2ast, A.Tasevski 4+3reb+2ast, V.Levkoski 3+2reb
gschID: 151620


ABA Strumica - Feni Indistrija 80-88

Superleague top team - Feni Indistrija (5-0) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat seventh ranked ABA Strumica (1-4) 88-80. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-80. The best player for the winners was international power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Vladimir Brckov (200-89) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Phillip Brooks (188-84, college: Langston) produced 30 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Jeremiah Boswell (194-82) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Feni Indistrija have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 5-0 record. Loser ABA Strumica dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Rabotnicki. Feni Indistrija will meet at home Kumanovo 2009 (#4) in the next round. ABA Strumica will play against MZT Skopje (#3).
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: K.Nikolovski 25+10reb, D.Sokolov 21+3reb, V.Brckov 20+6reb, J.Frye 10+4reb+1ast, G.Samardziev 8+4reb+3ast, D.Knezevic 4
ABA Strumica: P.Brooks 30+8reb, J.Boswell 17+3reb+1ast, C.Weeden 12+5reb, S.Hadzivasilev 10+8reb, A.Ilasev 4+1reb, P.Cvetkov 3+1reb
gschID: 151621




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John Bynum (TBB Trier) Our Defense Keys Our Offense - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 33 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that will commence his second season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2. can Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. He sat down with Eurobasket after the 68-62 win against BBC Bayreuth.

Congrats on the 68-62 win at home against BBC Bayreuth. I keep asking you how you rate a strong defensive performance after each win where TBB Trier gives up little points. Where do you rate this defensive performance for 40 minutes?

Well I think it was a solid effort but at the same time we haven't been able to put two halts of being consistent at and if we will be able to do it for a full forty minutes then I like our chances in any game.

The offense picked it up in the second quarter scoring 25 points. How did the defense fuel the offense best in the second quarter?

Our defense keys our offense and when we are able to finish plays by getting the defensive rebound we are able to get out on the break and get easy baskets in transition.

BBC Bayreuth picked it up in the second half limiting TBB Trier to only 24 points. Did TBB Trier let up a bit?

We really seem to have a pattern of struggling in the second half and have trouble putting points on the board consistently. We couldn't buy a shot and it affects our defense as well.

What was your impression of Corey Stokes who played at Villanova?

Corey is a great player. He is just adjusting to the European game and will have success in the BBL.

Nate Linhart has had a slow start this season, but had a strong outing with 14 points and seven rebounds. What spark did he give TBB Trier in the win?

Nate carried us on Saturday night and had a great game. He did so much for us on both ends and his numbers may not show it so far but he does so much for our team that you can't see in the stats from taking charges to keeping balls alive at the offensive end. He really was a spark plug for us Saturday though.

Allen Iverson wants to play in the NBA again. He said that he would play for anyone. Where should he play in the NBA if you could decide?

I think he has wore out his welcome in the NBA. You only have so many chances and after a while people get sick of hearing the same song. I don't doubt his ability but I just don't think he can accept the fact that he is a role player these days.

Any celebrating after the St Louis Cardinals won. How quickly will they win a World Series which is never easy to do?

I celebrated with them through spirit but it was an amazing run and one of the mist difficult runs in any sport the way they won the championship. To be 10 games back that late in the season, beat Philadelphia in game 5 in Philly, beat the Brewers, and then fight off two more elimination games against the rangers and win it was a great run. But hopefully they can keep the big guy and I like the chances again but losing La Russa hurt but we will see.

Thanks for the chat John



Cory Abercrombie claims ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Cory Abercrombie (201-F/C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for NBC and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 26-year old power forward had a double-double of 18 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team edged out Braves (3-4) 91-89. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. NBC is placed at 9th position in German ProA. NBC is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-4 record. Abercrombie turned to be NBC's top player in his first season with the team. Independence CC graduate has very impressive stats this year. Abercrombie is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.4rpg) and averages solid 58.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American center Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Karlsruhe. Howard impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Karlsruhe lost that game 94-104 to the higher-ranked Crailsheim (#3, 5-2). Karlsruhe is still in a red zone at 14th spot in the standings. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Karlsruhe managed to get this year. Howard is a newcomer at Karlsruhe 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 American Gary Johnson (188-PG-82) of Chemnitz (#10). Johnson got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and six assists. Despite Johnson's great performance Chemnitz lost 81-93 to the higher-ranked Webmoebel (#2, 5-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Chemnitz ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Johnson could help Chemnitz to bring them higher in the standings. Johnson has a great season in Germany. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.4ppg (7th best) and assists with 4.1apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arizona Reid (196-F-86) of MBC - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Corey Hassan (193-G-87) of Leitershofen - 30 points and 6 rebounds
6. Sanijay Watts (193-F-87) of Heidelberg - 23 points and 9 rebounds
7. Justin Stommes (200-G/F-88) of Webmoebel - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Charles Burgess (186-G-84) of Heidelberg - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Mark Hill (180-G) of Crailsheim - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Joseph Buck (201-F-81) of Crailsheim - 12 points, 11 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)


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


Ruben Boumtje Boumtje Retires - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
A very sad day has arrived in the basketball world today as ex NBA player and long time German league player Ruben Boumtje (212-C-78, college: Georgetown) announced his retirement on account of heart disease. Boumtje Boumtje who last played for FC Bayren Munich had a 11year basketball career and had this statement about his decision to hang up his sneakers. On account of abnormal behavior of my heart and the chance to further damage my heart by continuing to play basketball, I was told by doctors, to minimize any stress. Despite taking tests that showed my heart was ok through continued stress, I didnt want to take the risk and decided to retire. My health and family are more important. I wish all players that have abnormal behavior with their heart to take it seriously and make tests so they can make the right decisions concerning their career. I want to thank all teams and coaches that I had the chance to play for them. It was a big gift to have worked with so manygreat players. I also value the support of the fans. Myfamily and I really appreciate the chances that basketball gave us. The wonderful memories and successes will always remain with us', stressed Ruben Boumtje boumtje.

Boumtje Boumtje is a 33 year old 212 cm center from Cameroun, Africa that played at Georgetown from 1997-2001. He
Ranks fourth all-time in school history in blocks with 255 (behind Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo), 10th in total rebounds (710) and 15th in rebounding average (7.0 rpg). He was drafted bythe Portland Trail Blazers (NBA,2rd (50) in 2001. He played in the NBA from 2001-2004 amassing 35 NBA games for the Portland Trailblaizers. He also was part of NBA rosters with teams like the Cavaliars, Pacers, Magic and Spurs. In 2005, he came to Europe and played a season in Greece and since 2006 had played in Germany. In 2006-2007, he played for 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin. He then had a successful run playing for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg winning the Beko BBL title in 2009. Last season, he played for the Artland Dragons. 'We are all very sad that Ruben has to end his career like this. But the health of a person is most important. We will continue to stay in contact with Ruben and support him', stressed FC Bayern Munich sport director Marko Pesic. Awards/Achievements in his career were Third team All BIG EAST selection -00, 2nd Team All BIG EAST and Basketball News -01, 1st Team All BIG EAST by Lindy's -01, NCAA Sweet 16 -01, German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -07, 10, German Bundesliga Semifinals -08, 11, Cameroonian National Team -08, 11, German Bundesliga Champion -09, African Championships in Libya -09 (Semifinals): 9 games: 4.3ppg, 3.3rpg, Blocks-5 (1.6bpg), and German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -11

Source: FC bayern Munich


Braunschweig: Nick Williams suspended from practice - by Moritz Korff
Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) has been suspended indefinitely from practice by the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig, the club told today. 'There have been incidents in the past days, which forced us to suspend Nick Williams from practice for disciplinary reasons', Braunschweig's sport director Oliver Braun said in a press release. Williams has made five appearances in the BBL for the Phantoms so far this season, averaging 10.6 points per contest.

Idris Hilliard and SSV Lok Bernau part company - by Moritz Korff
SSV Lok Bernau (2. Bundesliga Pro B) has terminated the contract of Idris Hilliard (200-F-88, college: St.Joseph's) by mutual consent. The 22-year-old forward joined Bernau during the summer, making eight appearances and scoring 11.5 points per contest.
'His conduct has always been exemplary. But most recently he has been unhappy with the situation. Additionally he has failed to fulfill our expectations on the court', Bernau manager Thomas Schoenhoff stated. Hilliard will leave for the US tomorrow.


Marcus Slaughter (Brose Baskets Bamberg) The Old Players Want To Create History And The New Players Want To Become Part Of History - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Riverside California. He played at San Diego State from 2003-2006. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 16.5ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 49%, FT: 76.2%. He started his professional basketball career in Turkey for Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir playing 29 games averaging 13.3ppg, Reb-3 (10.2rpg), 1.3apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 67.2%. In 2007-2008, he was with the Miami Heat in preseason and then played in Israel and France for Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, Israeli League: 8.0ppg, 6.4rpg, ULEB Cup: 5 games: 5.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, waived in Dec.'07, in Jan.'08 signed at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral 15 games: 9.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP-3 (63.2%), FT: 58.9%. in 2008-2009, he started with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (8 games: 18.8ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2.6spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 60.0%) before moving to France to Le Havre playing 21 games: 16.0ppg, Reb-1 (9.5rpg), 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 65.4%; Eurocup: 6 games: 12.2ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, 1.8bpg. In 2009-2010, he played for Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (France-ProA): EuroCup: 6 games: 8.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.8spg, 2.0bpg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 76.7%; French League: 29 games: 12.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg, Blocks-5 (1.4bpg), FGP: 64.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 69.1%. Last season, he played for Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (Spain-ACB, starting five): 34 games: 9.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 65.0%, FT: 67.5%. He is back in the Beko BBL with the Brose Baskets Bamberg. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

What was your impression of Adnan Hodzic of The Walter Tigers Tuebingen when you played him?

He is a strong player with a lot of energy. A guy that plays with the crowd. He has a lot of talent that can shoot inside and out. He will get better with age. It seems like playing comes easy to him.

Brose Baskets Bamberg coach Chris Fleming has the tough job of keeping the old players motivated for the triple, but I am sure that the new players with Jenkins, Tucker and yourself will be very motivated.

I dont think that coach will have a hard time motivating anyone. We play to win. We have been practicing hard and the new players bring a lot of excitement and we know what is in front of us. The old players want to create history and the new players want to become part of history. Everyone is highly motivated to win.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg keep showing on a consistent basis that they can have anywhere from 5-7 players in double figures each night. When you played for Bremerhaven you averaged 18ppg and 10rpg. Are you ok not having stats like that in Bamberg?

I am playing for a very good team and my stats are not important to me. Everyone gets recognition so our goal is just to do what it takes to win.

Which Bamberg player has impressed you the most on the court this season?

Brian Roberts is very talented. I was very impressed the first time I saw him play. He is a playmaker, shooter and can make the big play.

What is your role with The Brose Baskets Bamberg?

I have to play good defense and create scoring opportunities for myself. Being that I am an older player with experience in Europe, I have to show leadership. I have to be composed and be mature. So far everything has worked well.

You played in the Beko BBL three years ago. How has it changed most since you last played here?

The media exposure is a lot better, the players are better and the league is seen as better.

In Bremerhaven you liked the Bratwurst. What do you like to eat in Bamberg?

I havent really discovered the German food yet. I usually cook at home making pasta and Steak.

What opponent in the Euroleague are you looking forward to playing most?

I am looking forward to playing Malaga and also Athens, because the friend of my brother is Mike Batiste.

What do you like most about Germany?

It is easy to live here, because everybody speaks English. There also is American food that you can get easily and the Military bases are around giving access to us. Everything is Americanized which helps.

Why do basketball players like the TV show Entourage?

It is a great show that is entertaining. Coming from Los Angeles, I can relate to that lifestyle. I know the places that you see on the show. It is the kind of lifestyle that everyone wants to live.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Get Rich Or Die Tryin.

Thanks Marcus for the chat.



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Rookie Matt Howard to miss three weeks - by Eurobasket News
Matt Howard (203-F, college: Butler), who signed for Olympiakos during the summer, will miss next three weeks of action due to foot injury. He suffered it during the Greek league game last weekend. Howard will undergo a minor surgery to speed up his recovery. Matt Howard appeared once in Greek league and once in Eurolegaue so far. The American big guy is a product of Butler University, where he graduated few months ago. He shined with 16.7 ppg and 7.7 rpg for his school as a senior. Butler won the Horizon Tournament and Howard was named All-Horizon League All-Tournament MVP -11. He was also awarded with CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America Player of the Year -11. In 2010, Matt Howard helped Butler to reach the NCAA Finals. He had 11.6 ppg and 5.2 rpg that season.

November 2011: The list of the Greek free agents - by Chris Mammides
Two weeks after the official start up of the Greek A1 league and the list of the free agents is longer than ever, eurobasket did a small research in regards to the free agents which used to be 'hot' names (some of them stil are) a couple of seasons ago. Here is the outcome of our little research
In the Guard position:
Georgios Diamantopoulos (195-F-80)
Dimitrios Tsaldaris (196-G/F-80)
Nikos Hatzivrettas (195-G-77)
Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-F-78)
Dimitrios Kalaitzidis (198-F/G-85)
Nikos Pappas (194-G-90) (he has a frozen contract with Bizkaia Bilbao)
Nikos Papanikolopoulos (192-G-79)
Christos Papanikolaou (195-G-85)

In the forward position:
Nestoras Kommatos (203-F-77)
Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-F-79)

Giorgos Pavlidis (206-F-78)
Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77)
Phillip Hobson (195-G/F-74, college: Barton County CC)*
Milos Sakota (203-F-84)
George Brozos (198-F-86, college: Furman)

In the center position:
Georgos Tsiakos (205-F/C-82)

Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76)
Miroslav Raicevic (208-C-81)

Gaios Skordilis (206-C-87)
Giorgos Loupos (208-C-78)*
Fragiskos Amato (205-F/C-78)*


* For these three players there is some doubts wehter are still active players as ther are no news whehter they have retired




Iraklis Thessaloniki adds another two - by Chris Mammides
The ex A1 team of GS Iraklis Thessaloniki which currently is playing in the Second division due to financial discrepancies and started the first five rounds of the season with the youth non proffesional team added this morning another two proffesionals. Lefteris Neofitidis (208-C-86) and Giannis Karagiolidis (195-G-88) have increased the number of proffesional players in the team to five as earlier on last week the team agreed financial terms with Nasos Kyriakou (182-G-89), Triantafillos Petalotis (193-G-93) and Tassos Traianos (195-F/G-87) . It is worth mentioned the fact that the team of Iraklis is currently in the very last position with a record of 0-5 and with -263 points in these first five weeks of the league!



Peristeri bring in Eric Boateng - by Eurobasket News
Peristeri bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Eric Boateng (208-C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona St.). The British centre signed a deal till the end of the season. Eric Boateng started the previous season in the Itado Stampede in D-League. He averaged 5.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. In February the centre moved to the Austin Toros. His stats read 4.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per appearance. Eric Boateng is the member of the United Kingdom National Team. He participated at 2011 EuroBasket. Eric Boateng posted 1.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in Lithuania.

Dimitris Tsaldaris returns to Thessaloniki for Aris - by George Fragkos
After a two-year stay in Italy, playing for Napoli, Montegranaro and Dinamo Sassari, Dimitrios Tsaldaris (196-G/F-80) returns to Greece and the team he left in 2009. Tsaldaris has signed a contract with Aris Thessaloniki and for the following year he will be under the orders of Vangelis Alexandris.

Coach Alexandris must be really relieved by this, as the roster he had at his disposition was not so full and this was obvious during the game against Kolossos Rodou, which Aris lost, disappointing with their performance. Tsaldaris is a very good Greek player who can score easily and this is considered to be the main area he can help Aris. The 31 year-old guard is already in Thessaloniki and on Thursday he is expected to participate in the training session of the team.


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


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 23
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden23.0 
 2. Anderson, Weert20.4 
 3. Wells, Zwolle16.0 
 4. Acker, Nijmegen16.0 
 5. Sanchez, Leeuw.15.8 
 6. Wesby, Groningen15.7 
 7. Kennedy, Leiden15.0 
 8. Turner, Den Bosch14.7 
 9. Sally, Rotterdam14.4 
 10. Bell, Groningen14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Coleman, Weert10.6 
 2. Robinson, Zwolle9.0 
 3. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.8 
 4. Wesley, Den Bosch7.7 
 5. Bekkering, Nijme.7.4 
 6. Hilliman, Leiden6.8 
 7. de Randamie, Groni.6.8 
 8. van Kempen, Weert6.6 
 9. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.6 
 10. Jones, Rotterdam6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Den Bosch
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Turner, Den Bosch6.7 
 2. Anderson, Weert5.2 
 3. Harman, Weert5.0 
 4. Acker, Nijmegen4.2 
 5. Bell, Groningen3.8 
 6. Defares, Groningen3.4 
 7. de Randamie, Groni.3.2 
 8. de Paula, Leeuw.3.0 
 9. Sanchez, Leeuw.3.0 
 10. Humphrey, Nijmegen2.6 
Steals Per Game
 David GONZALVEZ
  Den B.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Gonzalvez, Den B.3.7 
 2. Anderson, Weert2.8 
 3. Huffman, Zwolle2.8 
 4. Harman, Weert2.2 
 5. de Jong, Leiden2.0 
 6. Jones, Rotterdam1.8 
 7. de Randamie, Groni.1.8 
 8. Wessels, Den Bosch1.7 
 9. Acker, Nijmegen1.6 
 10. Hulzebos, Zwolle1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  Groningen
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Wyatt, Groningen1.8 
 2. Bekkering, Nijme.1.6 
 3. Maddox, Zwolle1.3 
 4. Wesley, Den Bosch1.0 
 5. Kennedy, Leiden0.8 
 6. Wells, Zwolle0.8 
 7. Aarts, Nijmegen0.8 
 8. Saaka, Zwolle0.8 
 9. Minter, Weert0.8 
 10. Wessels, Den Bos.0.7 


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  ICELAND   


Lengjan Cup - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Result from second round in Lengjan Cup.
Snaefell had a tough game to beat Tindastoll and needed overtime and 2 freethrow from Jon Olafur Jonson in final second to secure the win 95-93,
Marquis Hall had a good night with 30 points for Snaefell. Trey Hampton 20 for Tindastoll.
KR also needed overtime to beat Thor and a lay up on a buzzer from Ed Horton to win 95-94. David Tairu 23 Ed Horton 20 for KR. Darrin Govans 29 Michael Ringold 20 for Thor.
IR beat Div 1 team Skallagrim 90-78. Nemanja Sovic put in 27 points for IR. Dominique Holmes 25 for Skallagrim.
Njardvik had easy evening in beating Div 1 team Hamar 90-54. Travis Holmes 24 Cameron Echols 20 & 16 boards for Njardvik. Brandon Cotton 23 for Hamar.
Haukar Iceland Express league team lost to Div 1 team KFI 76-79. Jovanni Shulet 17 for Haukar. Christopher Miller-Williams 24 for KFI
Keflavik 722 Valur 54 Charles Michael Parker 21 for Keflavik. Benedikt Blondal the only Valur player to mention with 10 points.
Grindavik kind of a lucky to get a win against Fjolnir 82-78. Pall Vilbergsson 20 for Grindavik. Nathan Walkup (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) 28 & 14 for Fjolnir


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  IRELAND   


SuperLeague round 6 best performance: Luke Enos - by Eurobasket News
American forward Luke Enos (201-F) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Moycullen, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The -year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds, while his team The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Moycullen maintains the 4th position in Irish SuperLeague. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 5 games and recorded just one victory. Enos turned to be Moycullen's top player in his first season with the team. Former Black Hills State University star has very solid stats this year. Enos is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.0ppg) and rebounds (3rd best: 12.3rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 37-year old American Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) of league's leader 11890 Killester. Turner had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 20 rebounds. Of course he lead 11890 Killester to another comfortable win 86-70 over the lower-ranked Moycullen (#4, 1-5) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. 11890 Killester consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 5 games without any defeat. Turner is one of the most experienced players at 11890 Killester and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 15.7rpg and 4.0apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center Jason Killeen (211-C-85, agency: JEMsports) of league's second-best UL Eagles. Killeen scored 20 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of UL Eagles, leading his team to a 75-67 win against #2 ranked DCU Saints. UL Eagles needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Killeen has a great season in Ireland. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.2rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Johnnie Jefferson (193-F) of UL Eagles - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Mariano Gomes) of 11890 Killester - 13 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Eoin Darling (186-G-83) of DCU Saints - 12 points and 3 rebounds
8. Neil Campbell (193-G-83) of UL Eagles - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Kieran O'Brien (203-F/C-82) of 11890 Killester - 10 points and 6 rebounds
10. Eoin Chubb (188-G-90) of 11890 Killester - 14 points

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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Shawn ATUPEM
  UCC Demons
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 27
 1. Atupem, UCC Demons27.0 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.24.0 
 3. Murphy, UCC Demons21.0 
 4. Cummins, Belfast20.7 
 5. Enos, Moycullen19.5 
 6. Turner, 11890 K.19.0 
 7. Glover, DCU Saints16.2 
 8. Jefferson, UL Ea.16.0 
 9. Stith, UCD Marian15.8 
 10. Provizors, DCU S.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Turner, 11890 K.16.8 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.13.8 
 3. Enos, Moycullen12.3 
 4. Atupem, UCC Demons10.7 
 5. Stith, UCD Marian10.5 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles10.2 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.10.2 
 8. O''Reilly, UCC D.9.0 
 9. O''Brien, 11890 K.8.8 
 10. Tummon, Moycullen8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Shane COUGHLAN
  UCC D.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Coughlan, UCC D.4.7 
 2. Clarke, 11890 K.4.5 
 3. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.4 
 4. Murphy, UCC Demons3.5 
 5. Turner, 11890 K.3.3 
 6. Meany, UCD Marian3.3 
 7. Dowd, Moycullen3.0 
 8. O''Sullivan, UCC D.3.0 
 9. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.0 
 10. Madsen, 11890 K.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  B.Gais N.
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Thompson, B.Gais N.4.0 
 2. Turner, 11890 K.3.5 
 3. McGinn, B.Gais N.3.0 
 4. Taylor, B.Gais N.2.8 
 5. Hosford, UCC D.2.7 
 6. McLoughlin, B.Gais2.3 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.2.0 
 8. Stith, UCD Marian2.0 
 9. Madsen, 11890 K.1.8 
 10. Jefferson, UL Ea.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.0 
 2. Killeen, UL Eagles2.3 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.0 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian2.0 
 5. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.5 
 6. Trimmer, DCU S.1.2 
 7. Anderson, DCU S.1.0 
 8. Madsen, 11890 K.0.8 
 9. Enos, Moycullen0.8 
 10. White, UL Eagles0.8 


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  ISRAEL   


An interview with Shawn Weinstein - by Netanel Dahan
The Israeli-American player Shawn Weinstein (186-G-85) decided to play pro basketball outside of Israel after 2 seasons in a row and went to the Philippines.

Now he wants to comeback and already agreed terms with Nahariya this summer but problems with the official release from the Philippines avoided the final signature. Now after he is ready and got everything fixed we asked him some questions about his career and his experience of being a pro basketball player.



Q1: Why did you decided to leave San Diego St, and what attracted you to St Edward's?.

It was because i saw a plausible opportunity. St. Edward's had a lot of potential, it had not been a winning program and had just hired a promising new coach Ryan Marks. I wanted the chance to go to a school where i could help turn the basketball program around and start a winning tradition at a highly regarded academic university. At St. Edwards i could be a key component of the team and really hone in on my skills by getting major minutes, whereas at SDSU I was being used as a role player. While there for the first time in school history we won three NCAA league championships and I was voted conference player of the year.

Q2: How was playing for a championship team ' Netanya' (on 2008-09 in the Israeli 2nd league) in your rookie season?

Playing for Netanya, with a 32-1 record and a championship in my first year was indescribable. Our team was a family, we felt that no one could beat us because we had too many tools. The mix of veteran players and young guys was perfect. It seemed like a dream because we clicked on and off the court immediately, something that is rare at the pro level, especially because we did not have an import for the first 16 games. I was happy i got to show the Israeli league my skill level and how i can help teams in many ways. in addition, Netanya owner, David Colburn and his family made the transition for me extremely easy. We are still friends to this day.

Q3: Why have you decided to play in the Philippines?.

I decided to play in the Philippines because it was a new challenge. I also have family in the country so for them to see me play was very meaningful. Basketball is a way of life for the

Filipino people and being involved in that was special. The experience i have gained playing in Manila has helped me become a stronger person mentally, and I have learned many things about the business side of the game that will prove to be valuable in the future.

Q4: How was your experience there?.

My experience in the Philippines was great, although i had a longer adjustment period then i expected, but i try to take everything as a learning experience and see the positive aspects in all my ventures.

Q5: You had this summer a lot of offers from 2nd league teams here why have you decided to wait?.
Actually it was a result of a paperwork issue, I am not eligible to play in the second league until the fifth game, but i am available for the first league. Similar to the my collegiate situation playing in the second league for a team who wants to win and move up to the first division would be great exposure and i have done it once before so it is nothing new. in the first league i would be playing against the best of the best so either league is a win- win situation and i would be content with either one.

Q6: How was working out with Coach Erez Adelstein for the olympic team?

it was very special to be asked to workout with the Olympic team 'nifheret' under Coach Adelstein in 2009. During that time i tried to learn as much as possible from him in the short time we were together. He is extremely knowledgeable about basketball and detail oriented, so the exposure to the European style was beneficial for me. Even though I did not go to Belgrade, being selected in that crop of 24 talented players was an honor and who knows, maybe I'll have an opportunity to play for Coach Adelstein again and compete for a title.

Q7: On which aspects of your game have your worked out on this summer?.

Aside from shooting and ball handling, I have been spending a lot of time working on my pick and roll, conditioning and mastering my point guard skills. Creating off the pick and roll is a tool that every point guard and shooting guard should be efficient at. In terms of conditioning the goal is when everyone else is tired in the fourth quarter, I will still be fresh and have energy down the stretch.

Q8: What are your goals for this season and the rest of your career?.

My goals for this season is to win another title. Every time I step on to the court i want to win. With each game I challenge myself to play with high energy, intensity and put an emphasis on getting defensive stops. Continuing to learn and grow as a player is also very important . This season i want to re establish myself, I am a better player now and more experienced and I am out to prove that. After that the rest will take care of itself. For my career i want to be known as a winner, a player who has numerous championships at different levels.

Twitter:


@senorweinstein
@NetanelDahan




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  ITALY   


Scavolini brings in Joe Trapani for tryout - by Eurobasket News
Joe Trapani (203-F-88, college: Boston Coll.) will spend next few days with Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro. The American forward will try to pursue Scavolini coaching staff to offer him a deal. Trapani parted ways with Novipiu Casale recently. The rookie joined them at the start of the season. He appeared in three Seria A games averaging 5.3 points and 1.7 rebound. It was the first pro contract for Joe Trapani. The forward graduated from Boston College in 2011. He averaged 14.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in his senior season. Joe Trapani made it into All-ACC 3rd Team for the second year in a row. The forward participated at the Pre-NBA Draft Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this summer. He posted 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steal there. Joe Trapani received the Italian citizenship recently.

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  KOSOVO   


Drita registers Zlatkovski - by Dren Shporta
The newcomer of BKT Superliga, Drita from Gjilan, has made a request for registration of Macedonian player Bojan Zlatkovski (84). This is the first player from abroad that is coming to Gjilan this season, after they lost 3 and win only one game in first four rounds on the elite league of kosovan basketball.

Coach Gyltekin Selimi needed an experienced player and the one who will take responsibility in breaking moments of the game against Bashkimi last Saturday, because Drita had more than a game on the day. In addition to Ukshin Demis great performance and Driton Sylejmani, Zlatkovski will be more than welcomed to the club.

Bojan Zlatkovski will have a right to play in the fifth round match against Futura, after getting his license in midweek. White and blues from Gjilan this weekend host Futura in Bashkim Selishta Hall in Gjilan, and its a big chance to move a step forward towards play-off. Drita still didnt register a win in front of their fans.



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  LITHUANIA   


Darius Silinskis signs in Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
Darius Silinskis (216-C-84, agency: Interperformances) will continue his career in Slovakia. He penned a deal with BK SPU Bemaco Nitra. The Lithuanian big guy successfully passed tryout period and penned a deal for rest of the season. For 3 games in Extraliga, Silinskis had 5.3 ppg and 3.7 rpg. Darius Silinskis spent last season with Panevezys Techasas. He shined with 9.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 1.5 apg for 23 games in LKL. The center also added 11 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 1.4 bpg for 10 games in Baltic league. Before Panevezys Techasas, Silinskis played for Nevezis and Estonian Valga Welg/Kolmvedu. He also has experience from Spanish LEB Gold, where he played in 2007/08. Darius Silinskis was named Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Honorable Mention last season.

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  MEXICO   


Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Fuerza Regia 15-4 
 2. Halc.Rojos 14-3 
 3. Toros 13-6 
 4. Barreteros 13-7 
 5. Huracanes 12-8 
 6. Soles 12-9 
 7. Pioneros 10-7 
 8. Halc.Xalapa 9-3 
 9. Abejas 9-11 
 10. Corr.Victoria 8-10 
 11. Panteras 7-12 
 12. Lechugueros 7-13 
 13. Aguilas Rojas 3-18 
 14. Volcanes 0-21 


Toros bring in Christopher Vega - by Eurobasket News
Christopher Vega (182-G-84) is a new member of Toros. The Puerto Rican point guard signed a deal for rest of the LNBP season. Vega already played his first game with Toros and it was last night. He had four points against Volcanoes. Toros smashed their rival with huge 120-73. Christopher Vega finished the BSN season with Maratonistas de Coamo this year. He had 10.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 3.7 apg for them in 34 games. In 2010, he played for Mets de Guaynabo, also in BSN. In 2008, Vega helped Bayamon to reach the BSN Semifinals. He shined with 15.3 ppg and 3.7 rpg that season. In the past, Christopher Vega also played for Capitanes, Ponce and Carolina.

LNBP Round 21: Pioneros defeat leader Fuerza Regia - by Eurobasket News
LNBP is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 21 rounds left. 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 Fuerza Regia (15-4) in Monterrey on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Pioneros (10-7) 87-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fuerza Regia. The game was mostly controlled by Pioneros. Fuerza Regia managed to win second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. Pioneros outrebounded Fuerza Regia 37-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. Guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Fuerza Regia. Pioneros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 10-7 record. Fuerza Regia at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Pioneros are looking forward to face higher ranked Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fuerza Regia will play at home against Volcanes in Toluca and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Veracruz. Sixth ranked Soles (12-9) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging second-best Halcones Rojos (14-3) 68-67 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Halcones Rojos. American center Greg Smith (208-91, college: Fresno St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and David Cubillan chipped in 15 points. The best for the losing side was Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Halcones Rojos' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Soles maintains sixth place with 12-9 record. Halcones Rojos at the other side keep the second position with three games lost. Soles will play against Halcones UV Xalapa (#8) on the road in the next round. Halcones Rojos will play against Aguilas Rojas (#13) in San Juan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Volcanes is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 21th consecutive match to third ranked Toros (13-6) 102-73 on Tuesday evening. Elys Manuel Guzman nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Toros' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Larry Morinia came up with 29 points and 4 steals for Volcanes in the defeat. Toros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 13-6 record having just two points less than leader Fuerza Regia. Loser Volcanes still closes the standings. Toros will meet at home Pioneros (#7) in the next round. Volcanes will play against the league's leader Fuerza Regia (#1) in Monterrey and hope to get finally their first victory.
A very interesting game took place in Ciudad Victoria. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Huracanes (12-8) to tenth ranked Correcaminos (8-10) 75-72 on Tuesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Huracanes. The best player for the winners was Myron Allen who scored 24 points. Correcaminos' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Correcaminos maintains tenth place with 8-10 record. Huracanes at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Correcaminos' next round opponent will be again higher ranked Huracanes (#5) in Tampico and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Aguascalientes. Twelfth ranked Lechugueros (7-13) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 11th ranked Panteras (7-12) 104-101 on Tuesday evening. It was a good game for William Funn who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Panteras' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Lechugueros maintains twelfth place with 7-13 record. Loser Panteras keep the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Lechugueros will face higher ranked Barreteros (#4) in Zacatecas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 21 Abejas were beaten by Barreteros on the road 90-78. Halc.Xalapa destroyed Aguilas Rojas on its own court 123-83.



Toros - Volcanes 102-73

Bottom-ranked Volcanes is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 21th consecutive match to third ranked Toros (13-6) 102-73 on Tuesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Toros. Volcanes managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toros dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Volcanes' 38. They outrebounded Volcanes 45-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. Dominican power forward Elys Manuel Guzman (206-82, college: Bemidji St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Five Toros players scored in double figures. Toros' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Larry Morinia (180-80, college: Montana St., agency: ProSportsCareers) came up with 29 points and 4 steals and naturalized American swingman Eric Martin (196-71) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Volcanes in the defeat. Toros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 13-6 record having just two points less than leader Fuerza Regia. Loser Volcanes still closes the standings. Toros will meet at home Pioneros (#7) in the next round. Volcanes will play against the league's leader Fuerza Regia (#1) in Monterrey and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Toros: E.Manuel Guzman 16+10reb+2ast, K.TORBERT 16+2ast, R.Rougeau 15+9reb+1ast, J.Lopez 15+5reb+3ast, L.Ellis Vasquez 12+3reb+2ast, M.Helton 9+2reb
Volcanes: L.Morinia 29+4reb+2ast, E.Martin 22+6reb+1ast, D.CHAMBERS 7+4reb+2ast, T.Jorge 5, J.Torres 5+6reb+1ast, M.Garcia 3+6reb+3ast
gschID: 137778


Fuerza Regia - Pioneros 77-87

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Fuerza Regia (15-4) in Monterrey on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Pioneros (10-7) 87-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Fuerza Regia. The game was mostly controlled by Pioneros. Fuerza Regia managed to win second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. Pioneros outrebounded Fuerza Regia 37-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. Guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Millsap is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Chris Roberts (193-88, college: Bradley) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Fuerza Regia. Five Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. Pioneros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 10-7 record. Fuerza Regia at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Pioneros are looking forward to face higher ranked Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fuerza Regia will play at home against Volcanes in Toluca and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: J.Millsap 35+13reb+1ast, L.Hickerson 19+6reb+2ast, G.Grays 16+5reb+2ast, A.Garcia 9+8reb+3ast, H.Llamas 2+2reb+3ast, C.Turley 2+2reb
Fuerza Regia: D.Smith 21+8reb+1ast, M.Mitchell 14+2reb+4ast, C.Roberts 14+3reb+4ast, J.Smith 13+4reb, A.Joseph Tyronzic 10+4reb+1ast, A.Izaguirre 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 137779


Panteras - Lechugueros 101-104

Important game to mention about took place in Aguascalientes. Twelfth ranked Lechugueros (7-13) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 11th ranked Panteras (7-12) 104-101 on Tuesday evening. The game without a history. Lechugueros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for American guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. His fellow American import forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Funn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Puerto Rican point guard Ricardo Melendez (180-83, agency: TSS Management) answered with 28 points and Dominican-Puerto Rican power forward Ivan Lopez (208-85, college: Memphis) added 21 points and 4 assists in the effort for Panteras. Five Lechugueros and four Panteras players scored in double figures. Panteras' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Lechugueros maintains twelfth place with 7-13 record. Loser Panteras keep the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Lechugueros will face higher ranked Barreteros (#4) in Zacatecas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Lechugueros: W.Funn 22+6reb+10ast, D.Yearby 21+8reb, B.St.Preux 15+7reb, D.Patten 14+2reb+1ast, E.Zuniga 12+1reb+2ast, R.Moss 12+5reb+4ast
Panteras: R.Melendez 28+4reb+2ast, I.Lopez 21+2reb+4ast, M.Bryant 19+8reb, S.Bowie 12+5reb+4ast, K.Malpica 7+2reb+2ast, J.Alvarez 6+9reb+5ast
gschID: 137780


Barreteros - Abejas 90-78

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Barreteros (13-7) beat 8th ranked Abejas (9-11) in Zacatecas 90-78 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 47-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Barreteros looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Abejas' players. It was a good game for naturalized American guard Forrest Fisher (193-84) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 6 rebounds. Savador Cuevas contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Five Barreteros players scored in double figures. American-Jamaican forward Mattis McHugh (198-84, college: S.Florida) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and Puerto Rican guard Jesus Verdejo (193-85, college: S.Florida) added 22 points in the effort for Abejas. Barreteros moved-up to fourth place. Loser Abejas dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Barreteros will face Lechugueros (#12) in Leon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Abejas will play on the road against Panteras in Aguascalientes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barreteros: F.Fisher 28+6reb+2ast, J.Reaves 15+4reb+4ast, S.Cuevas 11+7reb+10ast, R.Loera Almanza 11+2reb+1ast, M.Council 11+1reb+3ast, A.Aguirre 10+12reb+1ast
Abejas: M.McHugh 27+16reb+4ast, J.Verdejo 22+2reb+1ast, A.Stockman 11+3reb+1ast, L.Wade 8+8reb+2ast, J.Harris 7+1reb+2ast, B.Heredia 3
gschID: 137781


Corr.Victoria - Huracanes 75-72

A very interesting game took place in Ciudad Victoria. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Huracanes (12-8) to tenth ranked Correcaminos (8-10) 75-72 on Tuesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Huracanes. The hosts were ahead by 15 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 18-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Huracanes outrebounded Correcaminos 47-26 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American point guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) who scored 24 points. His fellow American import point guard Steve Monreal (180, college: Cal.St.-Monterey) chipped in 16 points. Correcaminos' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Venezuelan forward Nestor Colmenares (203-87, college: Campbellsville) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and U.S. Virgin Isl. Swingman Jason Edwin (197-81, college: Kent St.) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Correcaminos maintains tenth place with 8-10 record. Huracanes at the other side dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Correcaminos' next round opponent will be again higher ranked Huracanes (#5) in Tampico and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Corr.Victoria: M.Allen 24+4reb+3ast, S.Monreal 16+4reb+1ast, F.Harris 13+1reb+2ast, J.Penny 5+7reb+1ast, D.BRANNON 4+3reb, D.Lamont 4+2reb
Huracanes: N.Colmenares 20+11reb+2ast, J.Edwin 14+9reb, R.Hornsby 10+2reb+3ast, A.Fuqua 7+10reb+1ast, E.Albor 6+4reb, E.Medina 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 137782


Halc.Xalapa - Aguilas Rojas 123-83

Very expected game when 13th ranked Aguilas Rojas (3-18) were smashed on the road by ninth ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (9-3) 123-83 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Halcones UV Xalapa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Aguilas Rojas' 36. They outrebounded Aguilas Rojas 50-22 including a 34-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Halcones UV Xalapa looked well-organized offensively handing out 37 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Aguilas Rojas' players. It was a good game for American guard Demetric Shaw (191-78, college: Kent St.) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 8 rebounds. The former international center Adam Parada (213-81, college: Cal-Irvine) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winners. Naturalized American guard Dorsey answered with 24 points and Christopher Gryne added 13 points in the effort for Aguilas Rojas. Five Halcones UV Xalapa and four Aguilas Rojas players 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. Halcones UV Xalapa have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place. Aguilas Rojas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa will face higher ranked Soles (#6) in Mexicali in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aguilas Rojas will play on the road against the league's second-placed Halcones Rojos (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: D.Shaw 26+8reb+3ast, A.Parada 17+9reb, R.Mata 13+8reb+1ast, A.Joseph 13+8reb+5ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 11+2reb+4ast, D.White 10+2reb+6ast
Aguilas Rojas: D.DEANDRE DORSEY 24+2reb+1ast, D.Mercer 13+2reb+1ast, C.Gryne 13+4reb+1ast, E.Hare 12+1ast, P.Mcgrath 7+6reb+2ast, I.Silva 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 137776


Halc.Rojos - Soles 67-68

Important game to mention about took place in Veracruz. Sixth ranked Soles (12-9) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging second-best Halcones Rojos (14-3) 68-67 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Halcones Rojos. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Strangely Halcones Rojos outrebounded Soles 44-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. American center Greg Smith (208-91, college: Fresno St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Venezuelan point guard David Cubillan (183-87, college: Marquette) chipped in 15 points. The best for the losing side was Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) with 14 points and 8 rebounds and Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Halcones Rojos' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Soles maintains sixth place with 12-9 record. Halcones Rojos at the other side keep the second position with three games lost. Soles will play against Halcones UV Xalapa (#8) on the road in the next round. Halcones Rojos will play against Aguilas Rojas (#13) in San Juan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Soles: G.Smith 17+12reb+2ast, D.Cubillan 15+4reb+3ast, C.Edwards 11+1reb+2ast, D.FELLS 8+1reb+2ast, J.Griffin 7+3reb+1ast, R.Lopez 5+1reb
Halc.Rojos: L.Bethelmy 14+8reb+2ast, G.Vargas 11+2reb+1ast, C.Rivera 11+7reb+2ast, I.Gutierrez 9+8reb, J.Aubry 7+9reb, F.Benitez 6+3reb
gschID: 137777




Aguilas Rojas return American PG Daryl Dorsey - by Eurobasket News
Daryl Dorsey (185-PG-81, college: S.Indiana) is back to Aguilas Rojas. The American point guard penned a deal for rest of the LNBP season. He played last night scoring 24 points against Halcones Xalapa. Aguilas Rojas failed on the road 123-83. Daryl Dorsey started this season with Halcones Xalapa and in September moved to Aguilas Rojas. He had 29.7 ppg and 11 apg for 9 games. Recently, Doresy left the squad and signed with NBL Canada team Halifax Reinmen. Few days ago he decided to return to Mexico and already played for Aguilas Rojas yesterday. In 2010 and this year as well Daryl Dorsey played for Meteoros de Yucatan-Merida. They compete in Liga del Sureste.

Darrius Brannon signs in Mexico - by Eurobasket News
Darrius Brannon (206-F-83, college: Houston) will continue his career in Mexico. The Rwandan forward signed a deal with Correcaminos UAT Victoria. He already made debut with his new team. Brannon had 4 points and 3 rebounds last night against Huracanes. Correcaminos won that game at home 75-72. Darrius Brannon is a member of the Rwandan National Team. Most recently he played in Session International Pro Basketball Combine, Pasadena, TX. It was in June this year. In 2009/10, Brannon played at the Blaze Chilean Tour. He had 15.1 ppg and 8.3 rpg. From 2007 to 2009, Brannon was a member of ABA team Houston Takers. Darrius Brannon graduated at the University of Houston in 2006.

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KK Podgorica's youngsters target Superleague - by Darko Pekic
KK Podgorica, the youngest team in Erste Basketball League can not be stopped! After three rounds of the new season, they have a 2-1 record. Their record would have been perfect if they had not wasted the 4 point advantage in only 11 seconds against Mogren in Budva. However, the club management must be satisfied with Petar Mijovic 's team latest performances because the average age of his boys is 19 and nobody expected from them such a great start. Last week they got a victory over Ulcinj, Balkan League member, and proved their worth and talent. The head coach of the Wolves, Mijovic apprecciates their latest achievements:

' We are the newcomers in this league but we are not affraid of anyone. Against Ulcinj we didn't have Vasilije Vusovic (188-G-94) and Danilo Nikolic (201-C-93). They were both injured but we got the win anyway. My guys started the game well and although we were lucky to win in the last second, after a missed open shot, i think we deserved this victory'

The city of Podgorica never had two teams in Superleague. Buducnost has a guaranteed place. If Podgorica gets there we will have a pleasure to see the local derby.

Now it's too early to think about that. We need to do a lot of work and try to win as many games as possible. Our next opponent is Lovcen'- said Mijovic to the local press.


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Hunters actions in NBA labor talks weaken union - by Eurobasket News
After Billy Hunter made the grand stand of marching out of Fridays bargaining session, refusing to negotiate below 52 percent of the NBAs revenue split, a strong movement within the Players Association emerged that vowed the union will never let him act so unilaterally again.

From superstars to midlevel players to rookies, theres an unmistakable push to complete the final elements of the system and take this labor deal to the unions 400-plus membership. Beyond that, theres an even larger movement to push Hunter, the Players Associations executive director, out the door once these labor talks are done. All hells broken loose within the union, and no one is exactly sure how theyre going to get a deal to the finish line.

Billy cant just say its 52 or nothing, and walk out again, one league source involved with the talks told Yahoo! Sports. That will not happen again. Its time that the players get to make a decision on this, and there wont be another check lost before they do.

Rest assured, theres a vast gulf in the union, and its growing with the passing of every day. Players Association president Derek Fishers (notes) letter to the players convinced no one otherwise. NBA commissioner David Stern and the owners know it, and its part of the reason they wont raise their offer of the BRI revenue split to 51 percent. There are system issues that need to be resolved for players, but this deal gets done at 50-50, and thats been true for a long, long time.

In the end, there are two courses for the union: Take the deal largely on the table or blow this up, decertify and lose the season fighting the NBA in the federal courts.

Only, its too late to decertify. Everyone wanted to do it back in July when the lockout started, and Hunter refused. His decision had nothing to do with legal strategy, nothing to do with leverage or getting the best possible deal for the players. It had everything to do with what it always does with Hunter: self-preservation. He worried about losing power, losing his job, and he sold everyone on a toothless National Labor Relations Board claim thats going nowhere.

This union is threatening to implode, the push and pull of people wanting to cut a deal and those willing to keep warring over the final percentage points. Within the NBPA, the frustration with Hunter is this: Hunter knows where the deal will be made, but hes engaged in a smear campaign to frame Fisher as a sellout to the league. For Hunter, the end game is simple: Divide and conquer, and ultimately try to keep his own job beyond this labor agreement. This is a lousy deal for the players, and Hunter wants the blame everywhere else.

Yes, this has created doubts about Fisher, but its hurt Hunter far more. Once, he had the stars on his side, and thats rapidly dissipating.

Hunter wants everyone to believe hes the last holdout on going to a 50-50 split, that everyone else especially Fisher is dragging him there. Suddenly, hes the tough guy standing alone. Suddenly, everyone else is caving and cutting side deals. Once it was the agents who wanted Hunter out. Now, there are star players lining up for a piece of him. They wont move until theres a deal done, but when they do, it will be swift, unruly and unpleasant.

Right now, everyone has to choose sides: Billy or Derek, one player involved in the labor process told Yahoo! Sports. How the [expletive] did it come to this?

For starters, it comes from an unseemly brew of hubris, ego and insecurity. On every level, this has been a disgrace, an embarrassment for the players, and its threatening to unravel the entire union. Most of all, the clocks ticking on getting a deal done. Novembers been slashed in the NBA regular season, and Decembers on deck.

Stern is holding back the hawkish owners who want to pull the 50 percent offer off the table. The hardline owners are indeed pushing Stern to drop the leagues offer back under 50 percent as games are missed, but as one high-ranking official said: The others realize that if you do that, you will lose a season. If the players will not take 50 now, they will not take less than 50 until they sit the whole year.

If theres one more round of game cancellations, owners are privately threatening what Stern publicly promised: a worse offer. Thats why a deal needs to get done sooner than later. From inside and outside, the union is teetering.

And if Fisher has talked privately with league negotiators Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver, San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt heres the thing: So what? Hes the president of the Players Association, and ultimately, Hunter works for the players.

If Fisher didnt tell his peers on the executive committee, thats a mistake. If he didnt tell Hunter, thats probably a mistake, too. Its clear trust broke down between them sometime ago, and make no mistake, thats on the both of them. Yet Fishers job is to cut the best possible deal for the players, and pretending the owners will climb to 52 percent even 51 as players lose checks is irresponsible. To go down to 50-50 doesnt make you in the pocket of the NBA or corrupted. Theres far more support for a deal there than Hunter wants everyone to believe, and that includes among the leagues elite players.

The bigger issues are the motives of Hunter and his one-man wrecking crew of a PR consultant, David Cummings. Even the people suspicious of Fisher inside and outside the union those who dont necessarily love him believe that hes worked relentlessly with the lawyers, economists and players to do the job right. He hasnt mailed it in; just the opposite. This doesnt make him successful in the job, because the job is results oriented just like his career as a player. There are a lot of reasons for a bad deal, and most go back to Hunters refusal to decertify and gain some leverage with the owners.

Nevertheless, the end game of the players deal doesnt make Fisher corrupt, on the take or a sellout of his peers. Only, Fisher knows in his heart what has happened, and maybe someday an agenda could come clear. Not now, though. Not with Hunter and his minions running this kind of low-rent garbage.

For now, Billy Hunter has the clearest agenda here: self-preservation. This job is too public now, too scrutinized to think smoke and mirrors can save you. Those days are done, and probably so is he.

To take on the NBA Stern, Silver, the owners, the lawyers, the PR machine everyone needs to be pulling the same way, with the same goals. As the union fought for its survival, so has Billy Hunter. Only, hes been chasing his own, and hes going to lose that fight, too.

Sooner than later, these labor talks need to get out of Fishers and Hunters hands, and into those of the rank and file. Whatever the civil war, the Players Association still belongs to the players. They should take it back, and take it back now.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


Other owners pushed for big fine on Heat's Arison - by Eurobasket News
Heat owner Micky Arison is going to be writing a big check to the NBA - $500,000 to be exact. And he can thank some of his fellow NBA owners for that.

On Halloween Arison got a trick from the league when David Stern smacked him with a heavy fine for a little twitter rant on Friday. The most offensive of those tweets, from the NBAs perspective, was when one fan asked him what it felt to be one of the greedy pigs ruining the NBA:

Honestly u r barking at the wrong owner.

That apparently set off other owners, according to Brian Windhorst at ESPN.

According to multiple league sources, commissioner David Stern was lobbied by some of Arisons fellow owners to levy the stiff fine. Arison and several of his peers have been at growing odds as the lockout has deepened - a rift which spilled over into cyberspace last week.
The owners are not a unified front right now. There are some that think theyve gotten enough and its time to get back to basketball. The players are not a unified front either, there are some who think that they make a good living even with a 50/50 BRI and they should get back to work.

But right now those are not the people driving the bus. The hardliners are still in that seat. So here we are on the day the NBA was to open its season without basketball talking instead about fines on owners. Aint that swell.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com


Knicks happy salary cap won't shrink with new labor deal - by Eurobasket News
Knicks owner James Dolan is frustrated the lockout rages on and the clubs season opener tomorrow against the Heat at the Garden has been wiped out. But Dolan, part of the owners negotiating committee, is content about one of the agreed-upon aspects of a new collective bargaining agreement: the size of the salary cap will not go down.

More than any team in the NBA, that will benefit Dolans big-market Knicks the most, ironically.

According to multiple sources, one of the resolved issues in a new CBA is the 2011 salary cap will remain at the level as it was in 2010 -- $58 million.

Thats what weve been discussing, though the exact dollar amount is not set until the new deal is done, said one league source, who added no new talks have yet been scheduled.

Economic projections from sources say the salary cap will then grow to about $60-$61 million in 2012, when the Knicks will have the largest cap space in the league and have room to woo either Chris Paul, Deron Williams or Dwight Howard, who are slated to become free agents. The Knicks could be at least $20 million under the projected 2012 cap.

Ironically, Dolan has been seated across from Paul, who is the Knicks top priority, during many of the labor bargaining sessions because Paul is on the unions negotiation committee.

According to a players source, Dolan has been the least combative of the owners and often serves as a mediator during contentious moments.

Hes tried to keep the parties on point, the source said. Hes trying to make a deal, seeing a positive spin. Hes been, in a word, productive.

Early in the negotiations, the owners proposals had the cap set back to $45 million, which would have killed former Knicks president Donnie Walshs master plan of adding a third superstar to Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony in 2012.

Walsh is a consultant now, but his big defense for gutting the team for Anthony was that the blockbuster trade preserved the Knicks 2012 cap flexiblity.

The new CBA (whenever its agreed upon) will also clear more cap space for the Knicks in 2012 because of the agreed-upon amnesty clause.

Knicks interim general manager Glen Grunwald is expected to use the clause on Nuggets throw-in Renaldo Balkman, whom he once drafted. Balkman is to make $1.7M in 2012 and is not in Knicks coach Mike DAntonis plans.

When Balkman, a former first-round pick in the Isiah Thomas Era, is sliced, his $1.7M salary wont count toward the cap under the new provision.

Without Balkman taking up 2012 cap room, the Knicks may have only three players under a guaranteed contract after this season: Anthony ($19.4M ), Stoudemire (19.9), rookie Iman Shumpert (projected $1.4M).

Toney Douglas has a team option for $2.06M and may not be re-signed if Shumpert excels. If the Knicks dont exercise the Douglas option, they could be at $40.3M entering that summer -- possibly $20-$21M million in cap space.

Yahoo! has reported the NBA and players are talking about bringing federal mediator George Cohen back to talks this week. ... Union president Derek Fisher sent a letter to the players yesterday, denying a report he has a rift with union director Billy Hunter.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com


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Seattle Pacific Upsets Arizona - by Sanjey Noriega
From: spufalcons.com

Newcomer Jobi Wall (6'7''-G/F) scored 24 points, including the go-ahead layup for NCAA Division II Seattle Pacific, which upset 16th-ranked Arizona 69-68 in an exhibition men's basketball game Thursday in McKale Center.

The win was the third straight for the Falcons against a Division I opponent. SPU defeated Eastern Washington (87-82) and Nevada (84-81) in road exhibitions last season. This was the Falcons first win in 34 all-time meetings against Pac-12 teams.

'We don't want this to be the defining moment of our season. We're still zero and zero,' said third-year SPU coach Ryan Looney. 'Obviously, we gained a bunch of confidence tonight. Our goal was to be a better team at the end of the 40 minutes than we were at the start.'

The Falcons likely accomplished that mission, maintaining their composure even during a furious UA late-game rally.

It was the Wildcats' first defeat in an exhibition game since an 81-80 loss to Athletes in Action on Nov. 19, 1984.

Seattle Pacific led comfortably throughout the night, with its lead hovering around 12 points until the Wildcats mounted a comeback, including a 10-0 run beginning at the 6:58 mark in the second half.

The run resulted in a one-point lead for Arizona. The teams traded baskets until SPU reeled off six points in a row to take a four-point lead with 1:26 remaining.

The Wildcats missed two free throws in the final minute, but a bucket by Nick Johnson with nine seconds left, and a UA steal off the subsequent in-bounds play put Arizona in a position to win the game with a final shot by Johnson, but the shot missed and SPU pulled off the upset.



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What's wrong with the Blaze? - by Duncan Matheson

Im sure like me, many of you out there have looked at this talented Blaze roster and their 1-3 start to the season wondering whats happening at the Gold Coast? Admittedly, its hard to put your finger on the sole cause for their lacklustre start to the season, but here are five reasons I believe are possibly responsible for the Blaze underachieving thus far.

1.Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.)

Yes he has big expectations and a lot of pressure that comes with that, but 20-58 FG (34%) and 1-14 3pt FG (7%) isnt getting it done by anyones standards. Ive always been a huge Wortho fan, hes a boomer and a key go-to-guy that right now is simply struggling. Averages of 15.5 points and 8.0 rebounds still show his quality, but Worthington is a proud player that would be the first to tell you he needs to step up. Despite all the scoring power the Blaze have they will still only go as far as Wortho goes, and it may be time to simplify their half-court sets and play off their big ticket and get him going. I cant think of a match-up for Wortho at the 4 in this league, he can dominate any isolated post match-up either off the back down or the face-up. Put the 3 ball away and get some points in the paint and let the shooters play off him, getting Wortho going would be a step in the right direction.

2.Leadership

Is it Wortho? Is it Harvey? Whoever is supposed to be leading, it seems isnt leading. This is in no way a shot at any one persons leadership abilities, but certainly just judging on the Blazes sporadic, often disjointed play this is a fair conclusion many would reach. Blowing an eight point lead with under 5 minutes to go and letting an undermanned Taipans steal the game with a 17-0 run is Exhibit A. Having had minor experience with coach Joey Wright (agency: Warren Sports International ) I know that he is intense and meticulous in his preparation, but that only gets you so far without on-court leadership. Gibson as the floor general certainly seems to act the part of a leader, despite his young age. Whether theres too many trying to be leaders or not enough, it certainly appears they are currently lacking on-court direction.

3.Defence

I, like many others, after the Blazes first two games found myself saying to the TV, Are they ever gonna stop anybody? After giving up 102 and 91 in their first two games respectively, Wright put in a great defensive game plan to keep the Hawks to a hapless 58. Despite losing last week to the Crocs, I still thought their defence was commendable as Townsville scored 78. So perhaps its on the improve, and with arguably the best defender in the league in Gibson and some solid, tough big defenders to protect the paint theres no reason they cant be at least decent defensively. But for now at least defence still looms as a key concern.

4.Harvey/Goulding syndrome

Admittedly this may not be near the area of concern of the first 3, but its worth noting. I liken this duo to the Saville/Worthington combination at the Goorjian-led Kings, where on any given night one of the two would play well, but very rarely both. When you have two guys who do very similar things, its hard to get both of them going and Harvey and Goulding are both catch-and-shoot guys who are good off the dribble getting into their mid-range game for the pull-up or step-back. While at this stage they dont both start, I think it would be fair to say they make up the 2-3 duo in the Blazes best line-up. With both being heavily perimeter oriented, when theyre hot they are top-level scorers capable of putting up points in a hurry, but when theyre off they dont seem to bring enough intangibles to still be effective and it appears to contribute to the Blazes inability to get easy points in the paint. Catastrophic? No, but at least worth mentioning.

5.Weight of expectations

After a top four finish in 2009/10, the Blaze finished the 2010/11 season sixth with a 13-15 record. Many considered this a commendable effort with the mass of injuries they incurred, and the expectation was this is the Blazes year. Well here it is, no more excuses with a fully healthy line-up, and so far they havent delivered. A team with a winning culture at home has dropped their first two games on their own floor, and they just appear to have the weight of the world on their shoulders. With a bye this week, it may be just what is needed to refresh themselves and start over. Coach Joey Wright (agency: Warren Sports International ) loves to play an up-tempo style that sees them very rarely in danger of the shot clock even getting in single figures, a system that has proven to be successful. The downside is, it cant be successful if the players in that run-n-gun system are tentative and not shooting the ball with confidence. The upside is with only four games played out of a 28-game season, theres plenty of time left for the Blaze to turn this thing around and perform to expectations.



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


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.22.4 
 2. Lee-Ingram, Asker22.0 
 3. Karlsen, Centrum20.3 
 4. Land, Asker Aliens19.6 
 5. Sahlertz, Tromso19.3 
 6. Kombat, Froya B.19.2 
 7. Westerlund, Ammeru.17.3 
 8. Stien, Gimle BBK16.4 
 9. Hagen, Ammerud15.8 
 10. Gabrans, Froya B.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker11.3 
 2. Byerson, Tromso8.3 
 3. Oatis, Baerum B.8.2 
 4. Karlsen, Centrum8.0 
 5. Bullock, Froya B.8.0 
 6. Land, Asker Aliens7.7 
 7. Ferranti, Baerum B.7.4 
 8. Nwachukwu, Ammerud7.0 
 9. Hagen, Ammerud7.0 
 10. Kombat, Froya B.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Issalhi, Tromso5.9 
 2. Stien, Asker Aliens4.5 
 3. Midtvedt, Asker A.4.4 
 4. Mahnin, Centrum4.1 
 5. Gabrans, Froya B.3.8 
 6. Randolph, Langhus3.5 
 7. Byerson, Tromso3.4 
 8. Pavlovic, Gimle B.3.3 
 9. Mjos, Baerum B.3.2 
 10. Silavs, Froya B.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Issalhi, Tromso2.6 
 2. Pavlovic, Gimle B.2.5 
 3. Sumskis, Gimle BBK2.0 
 4. Westerlund, Ammeru.2.0 
 5. Mjos, Baerum B.2.0 
 6. Bullock, Froya B.1.8 
 7. Sahlertz, Tromso1.6 
 8. Silavs, Froya B.1.6 
 9. Elsafadi, Froya B.1.5 
 10. Hagen, Ammerud1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum B.
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Oatis, Baerum B.2.6 
 2. Lee-Ingram, Asker1.3 
 3. Nwachukwu, Ammerud1.0 
 4. Nyborg, Centrum1.0 
 5. Bullock, Froya B.0.8 
 6. Hagen, Ammerud0.8 
 7. Hammer, Gimle BBK0.7 
 8. Knight, Ammerud0.7 
 9. Byerson, Tromso0.7 
 10. O''Garrow, Langhus0.7 


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  POLAND   


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. PGE Turow 7-0 
 2. Anwil 5-1 
 3. Energa Czarni 5-1 
 4. Trefl Sopot 5-2 
 5. Zastal ZG 4-2 
 6. AZS Koszalin 4-3 
 7. Kotwica 3-5 
 8. PBG Basket 3-5 
 9. Slask Wroclaw 2-4 
 10. LKS Lodz 2-5 
 11. Siarka Jezioro 2-5 
 12. AZS PW 2-6 
 13. Polpharma 1-6 
Play in international cups:
 1. Asseco Prokom


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Corsley EDWARDS
  Anwil
  (205-C/F-79)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Edwards, Anwil20.5 
 2. Mallett, LKS Lodz19.4 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.19.1 
 4. Lawal, Zastal ZG17.2 
 5. Kulig, PBG Basket16.8 
 6. Miller, Siarka J.16.7 
 7. Koszarek, Trefl S.16.4 
 8. Montgomery, AZS K.16.3 
 9. Reese, AZS Koszal.16.3 
 10. Turek, Trefl Sopot15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Zastal ZG
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Lawal, Zastal ZG11.3 
 2. Archibeque, LKS L.10.0 
 3. Harris, Kotwica9.4 
 4. Edwards, Anwil7.8 
 5. Burgess, Trefl S.7.6 
 6. Doaks, Siarka J.7.1 
 7. Turek, Trefl Sopot6.9 
 8. Bigus, AZS Koszalin6.6 
 9. Mladenovic, Slask6.3 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl S.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  AZS P.
  (189-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Wilczek, AZS P.6.5 
 2. Koszarek, Trefl S.6.3 
 3. Skibniewski, Slask6.2 
 4. Hodge, Zastal ZG5.8 
 5. Moore, PGE Turow5.4 
 6. Szubarga, Anwil5.3 
 7. Milicic, AZS K.5.3 
 8. Micic, PBG Basket5.1 
 9. Hannah, AZS K.5.0 
 10. Holmes, LKS Lodz5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mantas CESNAUSKIS
  Energa C.
  (189-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cesnauskis, Energa2.5 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil2.5 
 3. Koljevic, Polpharma2.0 
 4. Bogavac, Slask W.1.8 
 5. Hinson, Energa C.1.7 
 6. Sapp, Kotwica1.6 
 7. Moore, PGE Turow1.6 
 8. Edwards, Anwil1.5 
 9. Roszyk, Energa C.1.5 
 10. Smorawinski, PBG1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris BURGESS
  Trefl S.
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Burgess, Trefl S.1.9 
 2. Harris, Kotwica1.5 
 3. Edwards, Anwil1.3 
 4. Barycz, Siarka J.1.3 
 5. Morrison, Energa C.1.2 
 6. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.1 
 7. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.0 
 8. Simmons, Polpharma0.9 
 9. Parzenski, PBG B.0.9 
 10. Lichodzijews., PB.0.9 


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  PORTUGAL   


Sampaense Basket sign Chris Gaines - by Eurobasket Center
Sampaense Basket signed 26-year old American forward Chris Gaines (193-F-85, college: Prairie View A&M). Gaines played most recently at Team Mexico City in the Eurobasket Summer League in Houston. While playing 3 games for Mexico City last summer his stats were: 12.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.7apg and 0.7spg. He helped them to make it to the final. Gaines graduated Prairie View A&M University in 2007 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  PUERTO RICO   


Toros bring in Christopher Vega - by Eurobasket News
Christopher Vega (182-G-84) is a new member of Toros. The Puerto Rican point guard signed a deal for rest of the LNBP season. Vega already played his first game with Toros and it was last night. He had four points against Volcanoes. Toros smashed their rival with huge 120-73. Christopher Vega finished the BSN season with Maratonistas de Coamo this year. He had 10.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 3.7 apg for them in 34 games. In 2010, he played for Mets de Guaynabo, also in BSN. In 2008, Vega helped Bayamon to reach the BSN Semifinals. He shined with 15.3 ppg and 3.7 rpg that season. In the past, Christopher Vega also played for Capitanes, Ponce and Carolina.

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  RUSSIA   


Nikola Lepojevic of Ural Ekaterinburg scored ...44 points - by Eurobasket
Like every week we analize the stats of all pro and semi-pro leagues showing you the most impressive stats.
The highest score belongs to
Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82, agency: BeoExcell) of Ural Ekaterinburg who recorded amazing 44 points. Despite that stricking performance his team lost to Univ.Surgut 88-83 in Russian Superleague last Wednesday. The other impressive number belongs to Paul Davis in Spanish ACB who had Best in Rebounds - Paul Davis of Cajasol who had impressive 22 rebounds. His team beat Assignia M. 76-65 in Spanish ACB last Saturday.
Worth to mention also
Hee-Jung Joo of SK Knights with a unique record of 16 passes. Despite that stricking performance his team lost to Daegu Orions 80-78 in South Korean KBL last Friday.

Here are the details:

Best Scorer -
Nikola Lepojevic of Ural Ekaterinb. who recorded amazing 44 points. Despite that stricking performance his team lost to Univ.Surgut 88-83 in Russian Superleague last Wednesday.
Best in Rebounds -
Paul Davis of Cajasol who had impressive 22 rebounds. His team beat Assignia M. 76-65 in Spanish ACB last Saturday.
Best in Assists -
Hee-Jung Joo of SK Knights with a unique record of 16 passes. Despite that impressive number his team lost to Daegu Orions 80-78 in South Korean KBL last Friday.
Most Steals -
Corin Henry of Naestved who recorded 9 steals. His team beat Vaerlose 95-88 in Danish Ligaen last Friday.
Best Blocker -
Qi Zhou of China who had impressive 12 blocks. His team beat South Korea 92-52 in Asian Championships U16 last Friday.
Best 2FGP -
Drake Reed of Oberwart with 93% [14/15] 2FGP (!!!). His team beat BC Vienna 78-74 in Austrian A Bundesliga last Wednesday.
Best 3-point shooter -
Julius Joseph of Guildford Heat who recorded 87% [7/8] 3-pointers. His team lost to Worcester W. 88-77 in British BBL last Saturday.

The best stats of the last week:

POINTS
44 - Nikola Lepojevic of Ural Ekaterinb. (RUS2)
44 - Dwight Hardy of Giorgio Tesi PT (ITA2)
43 - Qi Zhou of China (Asian Championships U16)

REBOUNDS
22 - Paul Davis of Cajasol (ESP1)
21 - Jack Michael Martinez of Dominican Republic (Panamerican Games)
21 - Nestor Colmenares of Huracanes (MEX2)

ASSISTS
16 - Hee-Jung Joo of SK Knights (KOR1)
15 - William Funn of Lechugueros (MEX2)
15 - Moran Roth of Hapoel Holon (ISR1)

STEALS
9 - Corin Henry of Naestved (DEN1)
8 - Tomasz Herman of KK Swiecie (POL3)
8 - Negoslav Gacic of BKK Radnicki (SRB1)

BLOCKS
12 - Qi Zhou of China (Asian Championships U16)
11 - Gookchan Kim of South Korea (Asian Championships U16)
10 - Yusei Sugiura of Japan (Asian Championships U16)

2FGP
93% - Drake Reed of Oberwart (AUT1) [14/15]
93% - Chris Williams of Daegu Orions (KOR1) [14/15]
92% - Walter Baxley of Lapua (FIN2) [13/14]

3FGP
87% - Julius Joseph of Guildford Heat (ENG1) [7/8]
87% - Nikita Khartchenkov of CSU Sibiu (ROM1) [7/8]
85% - Dewarick Spencer of Al Riyadi (LEB1) [6/7]


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Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  Spartak-.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Thomas, Spartak-.19.5 
 2. Bremer, N.Novgorod17.5 
 3. Domercant, Unics16.0 
 4. Hayes, Krasnie Kri.15.5 
 5. Shved, CSKA15.0 
 6. McKee, Triumph15.0 
 7. Quinn, Khimky15.0 
 8. Kikanovic, Enisey15.0 
 9. Loncar, Khimky14.5 
 10. Zvarykin, Triumph14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle LANDRY
  Triumph
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Landry, Triumph8.0 
 2. Sheleketo, Lokom.8.0 
 3. Victor, Spartak-.8.0 
 4. Karasev, Triumph7.0 
 5. Kirilenko, CSKA7.0 
 6. Khryapa, CSKA7.0 
 7. Monya, Khimky7.0 
 8. Thomas, Spartak-.7.0 
 9. Veremeenko, Unics6.5 
 10. McCarty, Unics6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Sergey BYKOV
  Lokomotiv
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 9
 1. Bykov, Lokomotiv9.0 
 2. Planinic, Khimky6.0 
 3. Thomas, Spartak-.6.0 
 4. Nissim, Enisey6.0 
 5. McKee, Triumph5.0 
 6. Shved, CSKA4.5 
 7. Daye, Khimky4.0 
 8. Jefferson, Triumph4.0 
 9. Samoylenko, Unics3.5 
 10. Bremer, N.Novgorod3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jefferson, Triumph5.0 
 2. Thomas, Spartak-.3.0 
 3. Victor, Spartak-.3.0 
 4. Blair, Krasnie Kri.3.0 
 5. Bremer, N.Novgorod2.5 
 6. Toporov, Enisey2.0 
 7. Marinovic, Enisey2.0 
 8. Miles, Krasnie Kri.2.0 
 9. Planinic, Khimky2.0 
 10. Kolesnikov, Krasn.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Zoran PLANINIC
  Khimky
  (199-G-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Planinic, Khimky3.0 
 2. Jefferson, Triumph3.0 
 3. Kirilenko, CSKA3.0 
 4. Landry, Triumph2.0 
 5. Mozgov, Khimky2.0 
 6. Savrasenko, Unics1.5 
 7. Shved, CSKA1.5 
 8. Nesterov, Spartak-.1.0 
 9. Hukic, Enisey1.0 
 10. Karasev, Triumph1.0 


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


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  RWANDA   


Darrius Brannon signs in Mexico - by Eurobasket News
Darrius Brannon (206-F-83, college: Houston) will continue his career in Mexico. The Rwandan forward signed a deal with Correcaminos UAT Victoria. He already made debut with his new team. Brannon had 4 points and 3 rebounds last night against Huracanes. Correcaminos won that game at home 75-72. Darrius Brannon is a member of the Rwandan National Team. Most recently he played in Session International Pro Basketball Combine, Pasadena, TX. It was in June this year. In 2009/10, Brannon played at the Blaze Chilean Tour. He had 15.1 ppg and 8.3 rpg. From 2007 to 2009, Brannon was a member of ABA team Houston Takers. Darrius Brannon graduated at the University of Houston in 2006.

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  SERBIA   


A League Round 5 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
After 5 rounds played we can already see who rules in the A League and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most interesting game of round 5 was a home defeat of 8th ranked Metalac (2-3) to sixth ranked Sloga (3-2) 84-79. Metalac was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 18-12 charge of Sloga, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Naturalized Bosnian guard Marko Popovic (193-84) stepped up and scored 19 points and 6 assists for the winners and power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-79, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Montenegrin center Radomir Marojevic (207-81) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Metalac's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sloga have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Metalac at the other side dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. They share it with Tamis. Sloga is looking forward to face Smederevo Vizura (#5) at home in the next round. Metalac will play against Borac (#6) in Cacak and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Mega Vizura (3-2) against seventh ranked Smederevo Vizura (3-2) on Wednesday night. Visiting Mega Vizura was defeated by Smederevo Vizura in a tough game in Smederevo 81-88. Bosko Balaban nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and Vojin Svilar accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds. point guard Vasilije Micic (192-94, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 21 points for Mega Vizura in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Smederevo Vizura moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Mega Vizura. Smederevo Vizura will play against Sloga (#4) in Kraljevo in the next round. Mega Vizura will play at home against Proleter Naftagas in Zrenjanin and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A League top team - Vojvodina (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Zeleznicar (1-3) in Novi Sad 101-74. The best player for the winners was Dusko Bunic who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Goran Bajic produced 16 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vojvodina have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Newly promoted Zeleznicar keeps the eleventh position with three games lost. Vojvodina will meet Radnicki Basket (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Zeleznicar will play against Sloboda (#13) in Uzice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Napredak Rubin (0-5) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to fourth ranked Radnicki Basket (3-1) 73-64. Milos Dimic orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Napredak Rubin's coach let to play twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Radnicki Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Napredak Rubin at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Radnicki Basket's next round opponent will be league's leader Vojvodina in Novi Sad and it will be for sure the game of the week. Napredak Rubin will play on the road against Tamis (#9) in Pancevo and hopes to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 5: BKK Radnicki won against Proleter Naftagas on the opponent's court 93-87. OKK Beograd managed to outperform Tamis in a home game 83-69. Sloboda Uzice were rolled over Borac on the road 80-55.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 7 rebounds by Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell) of Borac.


Proleter Naftagas - BKK Radnicki 87-93

Very expected game in Zrenjanin where 11th ranked Proleter Naftagas (1-4) were defeated by second ranked BKK Radnicki (4-1) 93-87. The guests were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 19 after three quarters before a 34-21 last quarter charge of Proleter Naftagas cut the lead to 93-87 at the end of the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Proleter Naftagas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Marko Boltic (193-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Power forward Dragan Petronic (206-82) contributed with 17 points for the winners. point guard Luka Igrutinovic (193-92) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds and center Zoran Majkic (207-78, agency: Court Side) added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Proleter Naftagas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki maintains second place with 4-1 record having just -1 point less than leader Vojvodina. Proleter Naftagas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with four games lost. BKK Radnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd OKK Beograd.
Top scorers:
BKK Radnicki: M.Boltic 19+8reb+8ast, D.Petronic 17+3reb+1ast, N.Rakonjac 15+3reb+1ast, M.Tomic 11+2reb, Z.Osmokrovic 10+2reb+4ast, A.Petrovic 9+8reb+1ast
Proleter Naftagas: L.Igrutinovic 20+7reb+1ast, Z.Majkic 14+11reb+2ast, V.Zarkovic 14+2ast, P.Miladin 10+4reb, M.Bjegovic 7+1reb+1ast, M.Vulin 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 147862


OKK Beograd - Tamis 83-69

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when leader OKK Beograd (2-0) defeated at home 9th ranked Tamis (2-3) 83-69. OKK Beograd made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. OKK Beograd outrebounded Tamis 37-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Tamis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Luka Drca (195-87, college: Utah, agency: Beo Basket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Center Nenad Misanovic (217-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Four OKK Beograd players scored in double figures. Center Dejan Buric (204-81) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds and guard Branko Jereminov (187-87) added 6 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Tamis. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. OKK Beograd moved-up to eighth place. Tamis at the other side keep the ninth position with three games lost. OKK Beograd's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena BKK Radnicki.
Top scorers:
OKK Beograd: L.Drca 20+5reb+7ast, M.Kovac 20+3reb, N.Misanovic 17+13reb, S.Stefanovic 12+5reb+3ast, D.Mitrovic 6+8reb+2ast, V.Malidzan 6+1reb
Tamis: D.Buric 13+6reb, D.Perak 11+2reb+1ast, D.Majstorovic 10+4reb, M.Popadic 8+3ast, N.Stanimirovic 8, M.Radenkovic 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 147863


Napredak - Radnicki Basket 64-73

Bottom-ranked Napredak Rubin (0-5) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to fourth ranked Radnicki Basket (3-1) 73-64. It looked good early as Napredak Rubin took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Radnicki Basket had a 30-13 second period charge getting the lead and Napredak Rubin was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-73. 25 personal fouls committed by Napredak Rubin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Milos Dimic (195-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Power forward Milan Milovanovic (205-91) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Slaven Cupkovic (205-88) answered with 12 points and 5 rebounds and center Sasa Mihajlovic (203-75) added 4 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Napredak Rubin. Napredak Rubin's coach let to play twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Radnicki Basket have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Napredak Rubin at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Radnicki Basket's next round opponent will be league's leader Vojvodina in Novi Sad and it will be for sure the game of the week. Napredak Rubin will play on the road against Tamis (#9) in Pancevo and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Radnicki Basket: M.Dimic 30+4reb, M.Milovanovic 10+7reb, I.Smiljanic 9+2reb+3ast, D.Tubak 7+4reb, M.Vasilic 6+8reb, D.Djokic 5+3reb+1ast
Napredak: S.Cupkovic 12+5reb, A.Mandic 10+3reb+1ast, V.Radmanovac 10+2reb+1ast, S.Pejovic 8+4reb+1ast, M.Puzic 8+2reb, L.Vukosavljevic 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 147864


Vojvodina - Zeleznicar 101-74

A League top team - Vojvodina (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Zeleznicar (1-3) in Novi Sad 101-74. The game was mostly controlled by Vojvodina. Zeleznicar managed to win fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was center Dusko Bunic (207-89) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Guard Radovan Markovic (194-82) chipped in 19 points. Center Goran Bajic (207-83, agency: Beo Basket) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and guard Aleksandar Smiljanic (195-76, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four 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. Vojvodina have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 4-0 record. Newly promoted Zeleznicar keeps the eleventh position with three games lost. Vojvodina will meet Radnicki Basket (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Zeleznicar will play against Sloboda (#13) in Uzice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: R.Markovic 19+1ast, D.Bunic 19+6reb, D.Zekovic 14+5reb+1ast, S.Stojacic 12+4reb+3ast, S.Dundjerski 9+4reb+4ast, B.Djumic 9+4reb
Zeleznicar: G.Bajic 16+9reb+1ast, N.Jeftic 15+1reb, A.Smiljanic 13+3reb+1ast, V.Jojic 11+2reb+3ast, S.Stanojevic 8+4reb, S.Gugleta 4+2reb
gschID: 147865


Borac - Sloboda Uzice 80-55

Not a big story in a game in Cacak where 12th ranked Sloboda (1-4) was rolled over by fifth ranked Borac (3-2) 80-55. The game was mostly controlled by Borac. Sloboda was better in third quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sloboda 36-25 including 18 on the offensive glass. Center Ivan Zigeranovic (212-84, agency: BeoExcell) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds. Center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Borac's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Ivan Kuburovic (203-81) answered with 12 points and 7 rebounds and center Nemanja Arsic (214-85) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Sloboda. Borac moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Sloboda lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with four games lost. Borac's next round opponent will be Metalac (#10) in Valjevo which should be theoretically another easy game. Sloboda will play at home against Zeleznicar in Indija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Borac: I.Zigeranovic 25+7reb+3ast, R.Dramicanin 15+7reb+1ast, M.Maksimovic 10+4reb+2ast, F.Pajevic 9+7reb+2ast, I.Cvetkovic 8+7reb+1ast, N.Prolovic 4+3reb+4ast
Sloboda Uzice: I.Kuburovic 12+7reb+3ast, A.Radulovic 10+1reb+2ast, N.Arsic 8+10reb, N.Micevic 7+2reb+2ast, N.Arnautovic 7, N.Popovic 6+1reb
gschID: 147859


Metalac - Sloga 79-84

The most interesting game of round 5 was a home defeat of 8th ranked Metalac (2-3) to sixth ranked Sloga (3-2) 84-79. Metalac was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 18-12 charge of Sloga, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Naturalized Bosnian guard Marko Popovic (193-84) stepped up and scored 19 points and 6 assists for the winners and power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-79, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Montenegrin center Radomir Marojevic (207-81) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Milan Trtic (201-86) scored 12 points. Four Sloga and five Metalac players scored in double figures. Metalac's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sloga have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Metalac at the other side dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. They share it with Tamis. Sloga is looking forward to face Smederevo Vizura (#5) at home in the next round. Metalac will play against Borac (#6) in Cacak and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Sloga: M.Popovic 19+2reb+6ast, S.Bozovic 19+6reb, S.Mijajlovic 14+6reb, S.Jovic 11+5reb+1ast, D.Vuletic 7+4reb+2ast, B.Popovic 7+3reb+1ast
Metalac: R.Marojevic 16+7reb, M.Trtic 12+3reb+3ast, S.Balmazovic 11+3reb, D.Djukanovic 11+3reb+4ast, N.Tomasevic 10+3reb+2ast, S.Atanackovic 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 147860


Smederevo - Mega Vizura 88-81

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Mega Vizura (3-2) against seventh ranked Smederevo Vizura (3-2) on Wednesday night. Visiting Mega Vizura was defeated by Smederevo Vizura in a tough game in Smederevo 81-88. Mega Vizura was ahead by 10 points after three quarters before a 30-13 charge of Smederevo Vizura, which allowed them to win the game. They made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Mega Vizura was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Bosko Balaban nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and guard Vojin Svilar (188-86, college: W.Georgia) accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds. point guard Vasilije Micic (192-94, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 21 points and Turkish center Dusan Cantekin (222-90, agency: Beo Basket) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Mega Vizura in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Smederevo Vizura moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Mega Vizura. Smederevo Vizura will play against Sloga (#4) in Kraljevo in the next round. Mega Vizura will play at home against Proleter Naftagas in Zrenjanin and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Smederevo: B.Balaban 21+10reb+2ast, V.Svilar 18+7reb+2ast, B.Jovovic 16+3reb, V.Vranic 9+1reb+1ast, D.Majstorovic 9+7reb+1ast, N.Vukasovic 8+2reb+3ast
Mega Vizura: V.Micic 21+4reb+1ast, B.Milisavljevic 19+2reb+1ast, D.Cantekin 17+6reb+3ast, A.Bojic 8, S.Matovic 8+10reb+1ast, D.Cvetkovic 3+3reb
gschID: 147861




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


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Milos DIMIC
  Radnicki.
  (195-G-89)
  Avg: 24
 1. Dimic, Radnicki.24.0 
 2. Milisavljevi., Meg.22.2 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac22.2 
 4. Balaban, Smederevo20.8 
 5. Popovic, Sloga20.4 
 6. Smiljanic, Radnic.20.0 
 7. Kovac, OKK Beograd20.0 
 8. Marojevic, Metalac18.2 
 9. Bozovic, Sloga17.2 
 10. Mijajlovic, Sloga16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivan SMILJANIC
  Radnic.
  (198-F-89)
  Avg: 10
 1. Smiljanic, Radnic.10.0 
 2. Balaban, Smederevo9.6 
 3. Misanovic, OKK B.8.5 
 4. Kuburovic, Slobod.8.2 
 5. Zigeranovic, Borac8.2 
 6. Cantekin, Mega V.7.8 
 7. Igrutinovic, Prole.7.3 
 8. Tubak, Radnicki.6.7 
 9. Mijajlovic, Sloga6.5 
 10. Vulin, Prolet.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Stefan JOVIC
  Sloga
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Jovic, Sloga6.4 
 2. Stefanovic, Smede.6.2 
 3. Milisavljevi., Meg.6.0 
 4. Sepa, OKK Beograd5.5 
 5. Popovic, Sloga5.4 
 6. Boltic, BKK R.5.3 
 7. Micic, Mega Vizura5.2 
 8. Drca, OKK Beograd4.5 
 9. Mitrovic, OKK B.4.0 
 10. Osmokrovic, BKK R.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  BKK Radnicki
  (--)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Gacic, BKK Radnicki2.8 
 2. Boltic, BKK R.2.8 
 3. Micic, Mega Vizura2.8 
 4. Balmazovic, Metalac2.8 
 5. Vulin, Prolet.2.8 
 6. Jovic, Sloga2.4 
 7. Zigeranovic, Borac2.2 
 8. Majstorovic, Tamis2.2 
 9. Knezevic, OKK B.2.0 
 10. Vasilic, Radnic.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  OKK B.
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Misanovic, OKK B.2.0 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac1.6 
 3. Vasilic, Radnic.1.0 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.1.0 
 5. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.0 
 6. Marojevic, Metalac1.0 
 7. Petronic, BKK R.1.0 
 8. Majkic, Prolet.1.0 
 9. Popovic, Sloboda0.8 
 10. Bojic, Mega Vizura0.8 


Coach Nikolic stays with Radnicki - by Eurobasket News
Miroslav Nikolic will stay with Radnicki Kragujevac. There were some rumors in Serbian media that Nikolic will leave the team after bad start in Adriatic league, but that did not happen. Radnicki registered only one win in five regional league games. They already parted ways with players Yunus Cankaya and Darren Moore. Miroslav Nikolic guided Radnicki to Serbian league Semifinals last season. In Adriatic league, Radnicki finished as No.10. They had 12-14 record. In the next game Radnicki will meet Union Olimpija. Former Slovenian champion will be the host. Miroslav Nikolic took over Radnicki in 2009. In the past he worked with Hemofarm, Buducnost, AEL Limasoll, Partizan etc.

Nenad Canak joins Zeleznicar Indjija - by Eurobasket News
Nenad Canak (204-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) is a new member of Zeleznicar Indjija. The experienced power forward will make his debut next weekend. Canak started last season with Cypriot AEK Larnaca, but they parted ways after only four games. He had 5.5 ppg, 1 rpg and 1.3 apg for the club. In 2009/10 season, Nenad Canak changed three teams. He started with Ukrainian Gryfony Symferopil registering 10.8 ppg and 5 rpg for 5 games. In December of 2009, Canak moved to Tamis and later signed a deal with Hungarian PVSK. There Nenad Canak averaged 11.4 points and 4.5 rebounds in 14 games. In the past, Canak played for Khimik Yuzhny, Lukoil Akademik, Partizan, ALBA Berlin, Vojvodina and Makedonikos. Zeleznicar Indjija currently has 1-2 record. They are newcomers for Serbian A League.

Zeleznicar adds American Chucky Frierson - by Eurobasket News
Zeleznicar Indjija got another reinforcement in a single day. The Serbian outfit penned a deal with American G/SF Chucky Frierson (198-G/F-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Dominican, NY). The 28-year-old player heads to Zeleznicar from Dominican Republic, where he finished 2011 season. He had 19.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg and 5.4 rpg for Indios de San Francisco, which competed in LNB. Chucky Frierson also spent some time with Retiro 23 and Estrelles. Season 2010/11 Frierson started in Kuwait with Al Arabi team. He registered 17.5 ppg and 8 rpg for them. In March this year he signed a deal with UBA team Atlanta Assault. In the past, Chucky Frierson played in Norway, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. He graduated at Dominican College, NY (NCAA2) in 2005.

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  SINGAPORE   


Donald Little is a newcomer at Singapore Slingers - by Eurobasket Center
Singapore Slingers (NBL) added to their roster 33-year old American center Donald Little (211-C-106kg-78, college: Cincinnati). He played most recently at Lagartos UAN de Tepic (Mexico). While playing 3 games for Tepic last season he averaged 10.7ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3apg. Little is a very experienced player who already spent ten years in pro basketball. He played also in such countries as France, Greece, Russia, Spain and Middle East. Little graduated University of Cincinnati in 2002.

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  SLOVENIA   


Nikolic hits game-winning 3-pointer to lift Zlatorog, dramatic win for Helios too - by Zeljko Zule
Helios and Zlatorog remained the only two unbeaten teams in Telemach League after both sides secured dramatic road victories. Zlatorog handed Rogaska its first home loss since April 2010 and Helios overcame a 14-point deficit to stun Elektra.
Rogaska-Zlatorog 72-74: Despite trailing for almost the enitre game, Zlatorog stepped up at the end and handed Rogaska its first home loss since April 28, 2010. With just 1:08 left in the fourth quarter, Luka Lapornik made a lay-up , giving Zlatorog its first lead of the game 68-66. Mladen Soskic made a pair of free throws for Rogaska for a 72-71 with 0:16 remaining, but Mitja Nikolic Smrdelj (201-F-91) hit the game winning 3-pointer with 2.3 second into the game. Vladimir Panic finished with 18 points and 5 assists for Zlatorog, Luka Lapornik scored 12 points and Mitja Nikolic Smrdelj 11. Rogaska was led by Nejc Strnad and his 18 points, including five 3-pointers, Milos Miljkovic, both Zlatorog's former players, collected 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Boban Tomic and Milos Soskic scored 12 points each.
Elektra-Helios 63-65: After trailing by 14 points early in the second quarter, Helios grabbed their first lead of the game on a 3-pointer by Jure Besedic, 62-59, with 0:35 remaining and Darnley Gay was able to successfully convert three free throws to seal the game. He finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Drazen Bubnic collected 10 points and 7 rebounds. Elektra shot just 2-of-19 behind the 3-point line. Mensud Julevic had 13 points and 7 rebounds, Tadej Horvat added 12 points and Brane Lekic and Salih Nuhanovic both scored 10 points.



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


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Esmir RIZVIC
  Parklji
  (213-C-82)
  Avg: 20
 1. Rizvic, Parklji20.0 
 2. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.19.7 
 3. Panic, Zlatorog16.3 
 4. Drzic, Sentjur16.3 
 5. Djugum, Geoplin15.3 
 6. Mihailovic, LTHcas.15.0 
 7. Maric, Sentjur14.3 
 8. Nelson, Sentjur14.3 
 9. Rupnik, Geoplin14.3 
 10. Cigoja, Geoplin13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esmir RIZVIC
  Parklji
  (213-C-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rizvic, Parklji11.0 
 2. Miljkovic, Rogaska10.5 
 3. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.8.7 
 4. Nuhanovic, Elektra8.5 
 5. Nelson, Sentjur7.3 
 6. Djugum, Geoplin7.0 
 7. Zolotic, Maribor6.3 
 8. Mucic, Maribor6.0 
 9. Petrovic, Helios6.0 
 10. Omic, Zlatorog6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Patrick REMBERT
  Sentjur
  (182-G-)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Rembert, Sentjur7.7 
 2. Rupnik, Geoplin7.3 
 3. Vujasinovic, Zlato.6.0 
 4. Prepelic, Helios4.7 
 5. Panic, Zlatorog4.7 
 6. Gay, Helios4.5 
 7. Jovanovic, Maribo.4.0 
 8. Tomic, Rogaska3.8 
 9. Kobal, Parklji3.7 
 10. Miljkovic, Rogaska3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nejc KOBAL
  Parklji
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Kobal, Parklji3.3 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast3.0 
 3. Vujasinovic, Zlato.2.7 
 4. Panic, Zlatorog2.7 
 5. Pelko, Maribor2.3 
 6. Lelic, Elektra2.0 
 7. Rembert, Sentjur2.0 
 8. Miljkovic, Rogaska1.5 
 9. Tomic, Rogaska1.5 
 10. Zagorc, Elektra1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Alen OMIC
  Zlatorog
  (213-C-92)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Omic, Zlatorog1.7 
 2. Primorac, Sentjur1.7 
 3. Sebic, Polzela1.0 
 4. Brodnik, Zlatorog1.0 
 5. Cresnar, Helios1.0 
 6. Dimec, Zlatorog1.0 
 7. Dobravec, Geopli.1.0 
 8. Djugum, Geoplin1.0 
 9. Nelson, Sentjur1.0 
 10. Sebic, Sentjur1.0 


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  SOUTH KOREA   


KT Sonic Boom Run Past Wonju Promy - by Jeff Liebsch
The Sonic Boom KT won their fifth straight Wednesday night, defeating previously undefeated Dongbu Promy 76-68 at the Sajik Indoor Stadium in Busan Wednesday night.

Wonju, which had won a record eight straight games to start the season, once again fell behind early, and were unable to regroup in the second half. KT was forced to play without power forward Park Sang-Oh (196-F-81) who is nursing a sore elbow, leaving KT short-handed and having to play with a three guard line-up to start the game.

KT's defense was the story in the first half, forcing Wonju to take poor shots, limiting them to shoot 38% from the field. The Sonic Boom took a 35-30 halftime lead, led by Cho Dong-Hyun's (188-G-76) 9 points, and Cho Sung-Min's (197-F-83) 8.

As in previous games this season, Wonju's first half struggles were once again evident, but this time game, KT was not going to allow a huge second half comeback.

In the third, Rod Benson (207-F/C-84, college: California) became more aggressive on the offensive side of the ball when Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter. KT's height disadvantage let Benson control the middle, scoring 8 points and adding 6 rebounds, but Kim Do-soo and Cho Sung-Min speed took over offensively for KT combining for 10 points to give them a 9 point lead.

The fourth quarter saw KT's Charles Rhodes and Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) take over, scoring 18 points and surviving a late push by Wonju, but Rhodes 6 straight points and Cho's late free throws sealed the Sonic Boom's fifth straight win, and Wonju's first loss of the season.

'It's nothing to get down about. Don't play like a losing team making stupid turnovers and dumb plays,' said Benson after the game.

KT survived a late scare in the fourth quarter when Song Young-jin took a hard foul and appeared to suffer a neck injury, but he walked off under his own power after five minutes.

Though his streak of double-doubles ended at eight games, Rhodes was happy to get the win.

'It's good to keep the winning streak going and end Wonju's streak. It's always good to beat the team that knocked you out of the playoffs,' he said.

KT was led by Cho Sung-Min with 25 points, while Cho Dong-hyun and Charles Rhodes added 10 apiece.

Rod Benson led all scorers with a game high 26 points and 17 rebounds for Wonju.

Game Notes: Wonju SG Hwang Jin-Won (189-G-78) returned to action from an ankle injury. He scored 3 points in 25 minutes of action. KT forward Park Sang-Oh is expected to miss 2-3 games with an elbow injury. League leading blocker Charles Rhodes had 4 blocks in the game.


KBL Round 9: Sonic Boom KT hands first loss to undefeated Dongbu Promy - by Eurobasket News
There were just 9 rounds played in Regular Season of KBL and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Dongbu Promy (8-1) in Busan on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Sonic Boom KT (6-3) 76-68. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Dongbu Promy. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Sonic Boom KT led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for the former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Do-Soo Kim (193-81) contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds for Dongbu Promy. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sonic Boom KT have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 6-3 record having just two points less than leader Dongbu Promy, which they share with Anyang KGC. Dongbu Promy at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Sonic Boom KT is looking forward to face KCC Egis (#5) in Jeonju in the next round. Dongbu Promy will have a break next round.
Another exciting game for Anyang KGC (6-3) which played in Jeonju against KCC Egis (5-4). Fourth ranked Anyang KGC saved the game by a tiny margin of three points 84-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KCC Egis. American power forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) stepped up and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Tae-Sool Kim chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) with 27 points and 6 rebounds. Anyang KGC moved-up to second place, which they share with Sonic Boom KT. KCC Egis at the other side keep the fifth position with four games lost. Anyang KGC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KCC Egis will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sonic Boom KT (#2) in Busan and hope to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Seoul between SK Knights and Mobis Phoebus. Eighth ranked SK Knights (3-5) got a very close home victory over 7th ranked Mobis Phoebus (3-5). SK Knights managed to escape with a 3-point win 83-80 in the game for the sixth place. Alexander Johnson nailed a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds for the winning side. SK Knights' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Ji-Woon Lee came up with 22 points for Mobis Phoebus in the defeat. SK Knights moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Mobis Phoebus and LG Sakers. SK Knights will meet LG Sakers (#6) in the next round. Mobis Phoebus will play against Samsung Thunders in Seoul and hope to secure a win.
The game in Changwon was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked ET Land Elephants (5-3) played at the court of 6th ranked LG Sakers (3-5). ET Land Elephants managed to secure a 9-point victory 71-62. The best player for the winners was Jackson Vroman who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. LG Sakers' coach Jin Kim tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for ET Land Elephants. They moved-up to fourth place. LG Sakers lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with five games lost. ET Land Elephants' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Daegu Orions (#10) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. LG Sakers will play against SK Knights (#7) in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



SK Knights - Mobis Phoebus 83-80

A very close game took place in Seoul between SK Knights and Mobis Phoebus. Eighth ranked SK Knights (3-5) got a very close home victory over 7th ranked Mobis Phoebus (3-5). SK Knights managed to escape with a 3-point win 83-80 in the game for the sixth place. The hosts trailed by 18 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. SK Knights had a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Min-Soo Kim (200-82) accounted for 20 points and 6 rebounds. SK Knights' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Ji-Woon Lee (190-88) came up with 22 points and American center Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) added 12 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks respectively for Mobis Phoebus in the defeat. Four Mobis Phoebus players scored in double figures. SK Knights moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Mobis Phoebus and LG Sakers. SK Knights will meet LG Sakers (#6) in the next round. Mobis Phoebus will play against Samsung Thunders in Seoul and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: J.Lee 22+4reb+1ast, J.Park 17+4reb+2ast, D.Yang 15+2reb+5ast, M.Thomas 12+7reb+7ast, D.Ryang Kim 6+3reb, J.Ryu 5+1reb
SK Knights: A.Johnson 36+17reb, M.Kim 20+6reb+1ast, S.Lee 18+3reb+5ast, K.Hoon Byun 7+4reb+3ast, H.Joo 2+1reb+2ast, S.Hwang 0
gschID: 145650


KCC Egis - Anyang KGC 81-84

Another exciting game for Anyang KGC (6-3) which played in Jeonju against KCC Egis (5-4). Fourth ranked Anyang KGC saved the game by a tiny margin of three points 84-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KCC Egis. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. American power forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) stepped up and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and guard Tae-Sool Kim (180-84) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) with 27 points and 6 rebounds and international center Seung-Jin Ha (221-85) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Anyang KGC moved-up to second place, which they share with Sonic Boom KT. KCC Egis at the other side keep the fifth position with four games lost. Anyang KGC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KCC Egis will play on the road against the league's second-placed Sonic Boom KT (#2) in Busan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: D.Sims 27+6reb+2ast, S.Ha 13+5reb+1ast, T.Akins 12+1reb+6ast, J.Lim 8+4reb+2ast, T.Kim 7+4reb, S.Choo 7+1reb+3ast
Anyang KGC: R.White 26+6reb, T.Kim 18+4reb+4ast, S.Oh 12+12reb+1ast, J.Lee 9+2reb+2ast, S.Kim 7+1reb, C.Park 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 145651


Sonic Boom KT - Dongbu Promy 76-68

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Dongbu Promy (8-1) in Busan on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Sonic Boom KT (6-3) 76-68. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Dongbu Promy. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Sonic Boom KT led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for the former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Do-Soo Kim (193-81) contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds and the former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Dongbu Promy. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sonic Boom KT have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 6-3 record having just two points less than leader Dongbu Promy, which they share with Anyang KGC. Dongbu Promy at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Sonic Boom KT is looking forward to face KCC Egis (#5) in Jeonju in the next round. Dongbu Promy will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 26+17reb+3ast, Y.Choi 12, J.Kim 10+6reb+2ast, J.Park 8+1reb+5ast, H.Yoon 6+5reb, J.Ahn 3
Sonic Boom KT: S.Cho 25+5reb+1ast, D.Cho 10+4reb+4ast, C.Rhodes 10+5reb+2ast, D.Kim 9+8reb+3ast, Y.Song 8+5reb+1ast, W.Yaung 7+2reb+4ast
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LG Sakers - ET Land 62-71

The game in Changwon was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked ET Land Elephants (5-3) played at the court of 6th ranked LG Sakers (3-5). ET Land Elephants managed to secure a 9-point victory 71-62. LG Sakers were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of ET Land Elephants, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. International forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji (208-81) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds and naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) added 11 points and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. LG Sakers' coach Jin Kim tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for ET Land Elephants. They moved-up to fourth place. LG Sakers lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with five games lost. ET Land Elephants' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Daegu Orions (#10) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. LG Sakers will play against SK Knights (#7) in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: J.Seo 13+4reb+1ast, H.Kim 12+1reb+3ast, O.Oyedeji 11+16reb+3ast, G.Stevenson 11+4reb+5ast, C.Song 4, Y.Oh 3+2reb
ET Land: H.Lee 15+5reb+1ast, J.Vroman 15+9reb+1ast, T.Moon 11+9reb+3ast, K.Shin 11+4reb+4ast, N.Ham 8+1reb+1ast, H.Kang 7+2ast
gschID: 145649




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


LG Sakers Replace Olumide Oyedeji with Aaron Haynes - by Kevin Campigotto
The Changwon LG Sakers are changing their foreigner for the second time this season, cutting Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81) and replacing him with Aaron Haynes (201-F-81, college: Boise St.). The thinking behind this move, based on a quote from the Sakers in an article on Juimpball.co.kr, is that Olumide is too slow, and while he has been a good rebounder he has been unable to keep up with the smaller, faster foreigners like Busans Charles Rhodes. An official with the Sakers said that Olumide had been a disappointment on defense and had allowed opponents to execute fast breaks without being challenged.

Olumide has been averaging a disappointing 11 points and 15 rebounds, the least points of any foreign player. However, he is three inches taller than Haynes and much heavier. It would appear with this move that the team has given up on their twin towers strategy of trying to find another big foreigner to pair with veteran center Seo Jang-Hoon.

Haynes comes to the KBL after playing a single game in Lebanon. Last year he played for the Seoul Samsung Thunders and averaged 23 points and 8 rebounds. He will certainly provide the Sakers with more speed and athleticism, but it is unclear if he will be ready to play in Tonights game against the Seoul SK Knights.

The Sakers have been the disappointment of this season after making huge off-season moves including bringing in a new head coach who promised to introduce the triangle offense, and trading to acquire Seo. After the Sakers broke their contract with Magnum Rolle, leading to a lawsuit and FIBA petition that is ongoing, the team has struggled and is currently tied for 6th place. If they lose tonight against SK they will be in 8th place. Olumide is the first foreigner to be cut since the season began, but some have suggested that Seoul Samsung's Peter John Ramos may be next as he has also been a disappointment.


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  SPAIN   


Bilbao parts ways with Oliver Stevic - by Eurobasket News
Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) is no longer a member of Bilbao. His short term contract expired and Bilbao decided not to extend it. Stevic joined Bilbao as a temporarily replacement for injured Axel Hervelle. He appeared four times in Liga Endesa averaging 3.5 points and 3 rebounds. Oliver Stevic spent last season with EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He had 9 ppg and 6.2 rpg for them in 6 EuroCup games. Stevic also added 11.1 ppg and 6.8 rpg in 40 German league games. He was named Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Bosmans Team -11. In 2009/10, Oliver Stevic played for Crvena Zvezda Belgrade. He had 8.2 ppg and 5.4 rpg for them in EuroCup. In the past, Stevic was a member of Anwil Wloclawek, Slask Wroclaw, Masinac and Borac.

Rogelio Legasa claims EBA weekly honour - by Mariano Galindo
The 37-year old player had an amazing evening in the last round with Monte Ducay Olivar and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com EBA Player of the Week award for round 7. Rogelio Legasa (207-C-74) had a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. In spite of this performance, Monte Ducay Olivar couldnt win and has a 1-5 record, with 5 defeats in a row. This week, will start another Group in EBA (E). Intersting players there like Teddy Archer (191-G, college: St.Thomas), NCAAIII championship with St.Thomas.

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  SWEDEN   


Basketligan Round 7: Boras Basket keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
There were just 7 rounds played in Regular Season of Basketligan and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Boras Basket as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Boras Basket smashed bottom-ranked Eco Orebro at home 101-81. The game without a history. Boras Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Boras Basket outrebounded Eco Orebro 41-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Michael Palm (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: W.Washington) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds. Lebanese-American guard Omar Krayem (185-86, college: Cal.Baptist) contributed with 25 points and 5 assists for the winners. Boras Basket's coach Pat Ryan used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Bernard Toombs (208-87, college: Troy) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for Eco Orebro. Boras Basket have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Norrkoping and Sundsvall. Eco Orebro at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Eco Orebro will play next round against LF Basket trying to get back on the winning streak. Boras Basket will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Solna Vikings on the road.
An interesting game for Sundsvall Dragons (5-2) which hosted in Sundsvall 3rd placed Sodertalje Kings (4-3). First ranked Sundsvall Dragons had an easy win 93-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sodertalje Kings. It was a key game for the top position in the league. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for forward Dino Gregory (200, college: Maryland) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Marcus Johnson helped adding 20 points and 4 assists. At the losing side center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sundsvall Dragons have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-2 record, which they share with Norrkoping and Boras. Sodertalje Kings at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with 08 and Uppsala. Sundsvall Dragons will play against league's second-placed Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sodertalje Kings will play at home against 08 Stockholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Lulea was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (5-2) played at the court of 6th ranked LF Basket (3-4). Norrkoping Dolphins defeated LF Basket 83-69 on Friday. It was an exceptional evening for Oladapo Ayuba who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Rudy Mbemba came up with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for LF Basket in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Boras and Sundsvall. Loser LF Basket dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with Jamtland. Norrkoping Dolphins will meet at home Sundsvall Dragons (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. LF Basket will play against Eco Orebro (#10) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Stockholm was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Uppsala Basket (4-3) played at the court of seventh ranked 08 Stockholm (4-3). 08 Stockholm managed to secure a 9-point victory 90-81. Helgi Magnusson fired 39 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners. 08 Stockholm's coach Tommie Hansson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. 08 Stockholm moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sodertalje and Uppsala. Uppsala Basket lost third consecutive game. 08 Stockholm's next round opponent will be Sodertalje Kings (#6) on the road. Uppsala Basket will play against KFUM Jamtland.

In the last game of round 7 Solna was beaten by Jamtland on the road 101-83.


LF Basket - Norrkoping 69-83

The game in Lulea was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (5-2) played at the court of 6th ranked LF Basket (3-4). Norrkoping Dolphins defeated LF Basket 83-69 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Norrkoping Dolphins. LF Basket managed to win second period 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American-British forward Oladapo Ayuba (198-86, college: UMKC) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Latvian guard Edgard Jeromanovs (186-86) accounted for 24 points for the winning side. The former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) came up with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and American forward Justin Safford (205, college: Missouri, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for LF Basket in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Boras and Sundsvall. Loser LF Basket dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. They share the position with Jamtland. Norrkoping Dolphins will meet at home Sundsvall Dragons (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. LF Basket will play against Eco Orebro (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Norrkoping: E.Jeromanovs 24+2reb+1ast, O.Ayuba 15+11reb+2ast, S.Seay 10+1reb, F.Drains 8+3reb, P.Balocka 8+8reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 6+2ast
LF Basket: R.Mbemba 17+5reb+7ast, J.Safford 15+8reb+2ast, M.Pahlmblad 10+2reb+2ast, C.Ryan 9+3reb+2ast, U.Igbavboa 9+3reb, E.Salon 5+1reb
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Jamtland - Solna 101-83

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked KFUM Jamtland and 9th ranked Solna Vikings had identical 2-4 record. This time KFUM Jamtland used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Solna 101-83. The game without a history. KFUM Jamtland led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Solna Vikings' 36. Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) fired 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (205-80, agency: Court Side) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Stephen McDowell (180-85, college: Chattanooga, agency: Warren Sports International) produced 28 points and 4 assists and Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. KFUM Jamtland (3-4) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with LF Basket. Solna Vikings at the other side keep the ninth position with five games lost. KFUM Jamtland's next round opponent will be higher ranked Uppsala Basket (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Solna Vikings will play against the league's leader Boras Basket (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Jamtland: E.Zabas 26+9reb+5ast, D.Klaric 19+6reb+3ast, B.Bjornsson 17+3ast, B.Lalugba 13+14reb, A.Karlsson 10+1reb+1ast, J.Ronstrom 6+2reb
Solna: S.McDowell 28+4reb+4ast, L.Gunnarsson 17+4reb+2ast, A.Jukes 14+6reb, J.Westerlund 14+2reb+2ast, R.Blomberg 4+2reb, K.Doychinov 4+1reb
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08 - Uppsala 90-81

The game in Stockholm was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Uppsala Basket (4-3) played at the court of seventh ranked 08 Stockholm (4-3). 08 Stockholm managed to secure a 9-point victory 90-81. Uppsala Basket was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 51-38 second half run of 08 Stockholm. 08 Stockholm shot 21 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Uppsala Basket only scored two points from the stripe. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Uppsala Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Icelandic swingman Helgi Magnusson (198-82, college: Catawba) fired 39 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Johan Akesson (210-84, agency: Warren Sports International) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four 08 Stockholm players scored in double figures. 08 Stockholm's coach Tommie Hansson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Australian guard Rhys Carter (190-84) produced 25 points and 4 assists and the former international guard Johan Jeansson (197-85) added 23 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. 08 Stockholm moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sodertalje and Uppsala. Uppsala Basket lost third consecutive game. 08 Stockholm's next round opponent will be Sodertalje Kings (#6) on the road. Uppsala Basket will play against KFUM Jamtland.
Top scorers:
08: H.Magnusson 39+7reb+3ast, J.Akesson 17+7reb+3ast, J.Blom 11+6reb+3ast, B.Cvilak 11+2reb+4ast, G.Nystrom 5+1reb+3ast, K.Nagwere 4+1reb
Uppsala: R.Carter 25+3reb+4ast, J.Jeansson 23+8reb, D.Johnson 10+10reb+1ast, R.Eriksson 8+2reb+6ast, M.Nakos 8, S.Grundberg 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 132206


Boras - Eco Orebro 101-81

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Boras Basket as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Boras Basket smashed bottom-ranked Eco Orebro at home 101-81. The game without a history. Boras Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Boras Basket outrebounded Eco Orebro 41-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 17 rebounds. Lebanese-American guard Omar Krayem (185-86, college: Cal.Baptist) contributed with 25 points and 5 assists for the winners. Boras Basket's coach Pat Ryan used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Bernard Toombs (208-87, college: Troy) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Demond Watt (200-89, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Eco Orebro. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Boras Basket have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Norrkoping and Sundsvall. Eco Orebro at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Eco Orebro will play next round against LF Basket trying to get back on the winning streak. Boras Basket will try to continue on its current victory against ninth ranked Solna Vikings on the road.
Top scorers:
Boras: O.Krayem 25+4reb+5ast, M.Palm 18+17reb+3ast, R.Zamroz 18+1reb+2ast, C.McKnight 15+4reb+2ast, J.Thomas 8+7reb+2ast, H.Carlsson 6+1reb+3ast
Eco Orebro: B.Toombs 23+12reb, D.Watt 13+8reb+1ast, T.Georgitsis 12+3reb+1ast, A.Pleick 11+5ast, B.Barton 9+1reb, C.Koutras 7+7ast
gschID: 132207


Sundsvall - Sodertalje 93-75

An interesting game for Sundsvall Dragons (5-2) which hosted in Sundsvall 3rd placed Sodertalje Kings (4-3). First ranked Sundsvall Dragons had an easy win 93-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sodertalje Kings. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Sundsvall Dragons players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Sodertalje Kings' players. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for forward Dino Gregory (200, college: Maryland) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Marcus Johnson (198-87, college: USC) helped adding 20 points and 4 assists. Five Sundsvall Dragons players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Kenneth Simms (203-86, college: Cumberland) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sundsvall Dragons have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-2 record, which they share with Norrkoping and Boras. Sodertalje Kings at the other side dropped to the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with 08 and Uppsala. Sundsvall Dragons will play against league's second-placed Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sodertalje Kings will play at home against 08 Stockholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sundsvall: M.Johnson 20+3reb+4ast, D.Gregory 14+9reb+4ast, H.Baeringsson 13+6reb+1ast, J.Sigurdarson 11+4reb+2ast, P.Ermolinskij 10+3reb+8ast, J.Pierre 10+3reb+1ast
Sodertalje: K.Simms 17+7reb+1ast, J.Smith 12+4reb+1ast, T.Borg 11, D.Pita 9+2ast, M.Griskenas 8+5reb+2ast, A.Lindqvist 7+2reb
gschID: 132203




Magnusson's 39-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old swingman Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for 08 and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had the game-high 39 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for 08 in his team's victory, helping them to beat Uppsala (4-3) 90-81. 08 is placed at 4th position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. 08 will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. In the team's last game Magnusson had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be 08's top player in his first season with the team. Helgi Magnusson averages this season 12.7ppg and 5.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Bernard Toombs (208-C-87) of Eco Orebro. He is American center in his first season at Eco Orebro. In the last game Toombs recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Eco Orebro lost that game 81-101 to the higher-ranked Boras (#1, 5-2). Eco Orebro are still at the very bottom. 7 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Toombs is a newcomer at Eco Orebro and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Michael Palm (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of league's leader Boras. Palm scored 18 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Boras, leading his team to a 101-81 easy win against Eco Orebro (#10, 0-7). Boras confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Palm has a great season in Sweden. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 9.6rpg (2nd best). Michael Palm has also Swedish passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of Jamtland - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Omar Krayem (185-G-86) of Boras - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Stephen McDowell (180-G-85) of Solna - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Drazen Klaric (205-F-80) of Jamtland - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Rhys Carter (190-G-84) of Uppsala - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Dino Gregory (200-F) of Sundsvall - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Boakai Lalugba (200-F/C-81) of Jamtland - 13 points and 14 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 - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 6-2 
 2. Boras 5-2 
 3. Sundsvall 5-3 
 4. Uppsala 5-3 
 5. 08 4-3 
 6. Sodertalje 4-3 
 7. LF Basket 3-4 
 8. Jamtland 3-5 
 9. Solna 2-5 
 10. Eco Orebro 0-7 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Stephen MCDOWELL
  Solna
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. McDowell, Solna24.6 
 2. Zabas, Jamtland21.6 
 3. Krayem, Boras19.5 
 4. Jeansson, Uppsala17.9 
 5. McKnight, Boras17.8 
 6. Palm, Boras17.8 
 7. Smith, Sodertalje17.7 
 8. Klaric, Jamtland17.4 
 9. Safford, LF Basket16.7 
 10. Mbemba, LF Basket16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Palm, Boras10.8 
 2. Johnson, Uppsala9.9 
 3. Baeringsson, Sunds.9.8 
 4. Toombs, Eco Orebro9.3 
 5. Lalugba, Jamtland8.5 
 6. Ramsey, LF Basket8.4 
 7. Watt, Eco Orebro8.3 
 8. Akesson, 088.2 
 9. Safford, LF Basket8.1 
 10. Simms, Sodertalje7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket7.7 
 2. Carter, Uppsala6.0 
 3. Hellgren, Jamtland5.9 
 4. Krayem, Boras5.8 
 5. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.0 
 6. Chuk, Sodertalje4.9 
 7. Akesson, 084.2 
 8. Mitchell, Norrkopi.3.8 
 9. Zabas, Jamtland3.6 
 10. Eriksson, Uppsala3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew MITCHELL
  Norrkoping
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Mitchell, Norrkopi.3.3 
 2. Smith, Sodertalje2.9 
 3. Pleick, Eco Orebro2.8 
 4. Carter, Uppsala2.8 
 5. Ramsey, LF Basket2.4 
 6. McDowell, Solna2.1 
 7. Mbemba, LF Basket2.1 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland2.0 
 9. Ermolinskij, Sunds.2.0 
 10. Krayem, Boras2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Delvon JOHNSON
  Uppsala
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Johnson, Uppsala2.4 
 2. Ramsey, LF Basket2.4 
 3. Watt, Eco Orebro1.9 
 4. Toombs, Eco Orebro1.8 
 5. Lalugba, Jamtland1.8 
 6. Simms, Sodertalje1.7 
 7. Blom, 081.3 
 8. Gregory, Sundsvall1.1 
 9. Odada, 081.0 
 10. Doychinov, Solna0.9 


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Rundell draws NBA comparison! - by Albert-Lee Young
According to an article by reporter Jagdip Dhillon on Recordnet.com, Trinidad & Tobago Rundell Mague is being compared to the Michael Olowokandi by Coach Bob Thomason.

Olowokandi, who played for Thomason at the University of Pacific, went on to become the No. 1 pick of the 1998 NBA Draft. Thomason assess Rundell as relatively new to the game of basketball, has an impressive 7-foot-1, 245-pound frame and limitless upside. 'He can have a major impact around the basket as he learns the game,' Thomason said. 'He's going to have some ups and downs, but I'm going to be very patient with him this year.'

Thomason said the comparisons to Olowokandi are natural and not that far off-base. He said Mauge has better basketball awareness at the same point in their development, but Olowokandi was much stronger and a force offensively by his junior season.

Mauge was red shirted in his first year at Pacific due to an injury. He was recovering from hernia surgery and had a muscle tear in his right leg, so he didn't practice with the team until March. Mauge has since gained 27 pounds in 13 months, a result of 'eating and lifting weights.'

Despite playing for only one year, Mauge travelled from Trinidad to Texas during the 2006 Easter vacations with the Millennium Basketball Academy team. During the tour he attracted a lot of attention with his height and athletic ability. By September 2006, he was back in the US to pursue his basketball career.

Mauge was recruited to play a season at Putnam Science Academy, a prep school in Connecticut. Coach Kevin O'Connor then recruited him to play at North Platte Community College, Nebraska. O'Connor said Mauge's play helped his team reach the NJCAA National Tournament, averaging 5.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 blocks.

Thomason said Mauge's initial impact should come on the defensive end, but he wants him to become a better rebounder and more assertive on offense. Mauge, who's a communication major and plans to graduate in December, feels he's ready for the next level.

'My post moves are a lot more developed and I'm a lot smarter on defense than I used to be,' Mauge said. 'I expect myself to play my role and help us win.'





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  UKRAINE   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steven BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Burtt, Dnipro20.2 
 2. Thomas, Dnipro19.0 
 3. Green, Mykolaiv18.9 
 4. Stojanovski, Cherk.17.9 
 5. Davis, Kryvbasb.17.6 
 6. King, BC Odessa17.3 
 7. Deane, BC Odessa17.1 
 8. McClinton, Budivel.17.1 
 9. Culpepper, Fe.17.1 
 10. McGhee, Khimik16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  BC Odessa
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. King, BC Odessa10.6 
 2. Davis, Kryvbasb.9.6 
 3. Korniyenko, Dnipro9.5 
 4. Hunter, Mykolaiv8.5 
 5. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 6. Odufuwa, Halychyna7.9 
 7. Fraser, DniproAzot7.6 
 8. Terry, Khimik7.6 
 9. Chappell, Fe.7.5 
 10. Shvets, BC Kyiv7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Derrick ZIMMERMAN
  BC Kyiv
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv7.0 
 2. Burtt, Dnipro6.2 
 3. Morovic, Halychyna5.2 
 4. Mitchell, Khimik5.1 
 5. Deane, BC Odessa4.9 
 6. Butskyy, Fe.4.9 
 7. Ewing, Azovmash4.7 
 8. Rybalko, Fe.4.4 
 9. Vaughn, Mykolaiv4.3 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel EWING
  Azovmash
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ewing, Azovmash2.7 
 2. Tiggs, Hoverla2.1 
 3. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.8 
 4. Low, Dnipro1.8 
 5. Miletic, Khimik1.6 
 6. Snow, Kryvbasb.1.6 
 7. Mitchell, Khimik1.6 
 8. Terry, Khimik1.5 
 9. Chappell, Fe.1.5 
 10. Gorbenko, Dnipr.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel MCCLINTOCK
  Mykolaiv
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. McClintock, Mykola.3.1 
 2. King, BC Odessa2.9 
 3. Korniyenko, Dnipro2.5 
 4. Gorbenko, Dnipr.2.0 
 5. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.6 
 6. Coleman, Hoverla1.4 
 7. Wallace, Halychyna1.4 
 8. Agafonov, Budiv.1.3 
 9. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.3 
 10. Bliznyuk, Cherkasy1.2 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Hoverla 7-3 
 2. Budivelnyk 6-1 
 3. Ferro-ZNTU 6-2 
 4. Khimik 6-4 
 5. Azovmash 5-2 
 6. BC Donetsk 5-3 
 7. BC Kyiv 5-3 
 8. BC Odessa 4-4 
 9. Mykolaiv 4-4 
 10. Dnipro 2-4 
 11. Cherkasy 2-5 
 12. DniproAzot 2-6 
 13. Halychyna 2-8 
 14. Kryvbasbasket 0-7 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Eric Boateng signs in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain big man Eric Boateng (208-C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona St.) will continue his career in Greece. He signed a one-season deal with Peristeri Athens. Boateng spent 2010/11 in NBA D-League. He split the season between Idaho Stampede and Austin Toros. With Stampede, Boateng had 5.2 ppg and 4.9 rpg. Later with Toros he added 4.9 ppg and 4.9 rpg for 22 games. Eric Boateng is a product of the Arizona State University, where he graduated a year ago. He had 8.8 ppg and 7.2 rpg for his school as a senior. Eric Boateng is also active member of the Great Britain National Team. He had 1.5 ppg and 2 rpg for them at the EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania. Boateng appeared in four games.

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  URUGUAY   


Results for the LUB 11th round - by Hector Lopez
Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) netted 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds leaging Cordon to defeat Aguada 69-67 for the Uruguayan Leagu 11th round. Also for Cordon Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84, college: S.Carolina) scored 14 points with 8 rebounds and Rodrigo Riera (184-G-72) 16 points abnd 6 assists. For Aguada it was the fourth defeat in a row. Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) scored 15 points, 16 rebounds, and 3 blocks, and Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) scored 8 points. Cader won for the first time after 7 defeats 81-79 over Sayago. For Cader Willard Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.) 22 points 8 rebounds 2 blocks and Terry Evans (196-F-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) 10 points 9 rebounds 4 assists. For Sayago Derrick Roland (193-G-88, college: Texas A&M) 19 points 7 rebounds and Terrence Shelman 16 points 9 rebounds 4 assists.


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


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Torre JOHNSON
  Olimpia
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Johnson, Olimpia27.1 
 2. Herring, Bohemios24.7 
 3. Crews, Cader24.4 
 4. Moore, Montevideo24.0 
 5. Eddie, Cordon23.3 
 6. Nelson, Welcome22.0 
 7. Garcia Moral., Big.21.5 
 8. Roland, Sayago20.9 
 9. Palacios, Cordon20.6 
 10. Haller, Montevideo20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamaal DOUGLAS
  Bohemios
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Douglas, Bohemios21.6 
 2. Polk, Montevideo11.7 
 3. Johnson, Olimpia11.3 
 4. Jackson, Defensor11.3 
 5. Kanis, Trouville10.6 
 6. Crews, Cader10.0 
 7. Haller, Montevideo9.9 
 8. Shellman, Sayago9.9 
 9. Lewis, Olimpia9.7 
 10. Caudle, Un.Atleti.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Barrera, Hebraica8.7 
 2. Fitipaldo, Malvin7.0 
 3. Gonzalez, Aguada6.0 
 4. Jeffries, Malvin5.5 
 5. Martinez, Malvin5.3 
 6. Cambon, Bigua5.0 
 7. de Gouveia, Monte.5.0 
 8. Muro, Aguada4.7 
 9. Silvarrey, Sayago4.4 
 10. Trasante, Olimpia4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Barrera, Hebraica3.3 
 2. Shellman, Sayago3.0 
 3. Moore, Montevideo3.0 
 4. Jeffries, Malvin2.8 
 5. Garcia Moral., Big.2.8 
 6. Tornaria, Trouville2.7 
 7. Silvarrey, Sayago2.6 
 8. Giano, Cordon2.6 
 9. Aguilera, Trouville2.6 
 10. de Gouveia, Mont.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Montevideo
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Polk, Montevideo2.6 
 2. Smith, Malvin2.0 
 3. Herring, Bohemios2.0 
 4. Crews, Cader1.9 
 5. Douglas, Bohemios1.9 
 6. Clarkson, Larre B.1.8 
 7. Newsome, Malvin1.7 
 8. Shellman, Sayago1.6 
 9. Suarez, Cordon1.5 
 10. Mitchell, Guruyu1.3 


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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuelans Abroad - Michael Carrera (Montrose Mustangs) begins trainings in USA - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Michael Carrera (198-F-93), considered one of the top prospects in Venezuelan basketball, will begin trainings today for his final season as a senior playing for the Montrose Christian School Mustangs in Rockville, Maryland, with whom he was able to become a United States National Champion in the previous season of high school basketball.

Carrera, a native of Anzoategui state and son of former basketball player Luis Carrera, was elected to the Washington Post's First Team and is currently followed by several universities of the NCAA's Division 1 in order to get a verbal commitment.

He plays for coach Stu Vetter at the same school in which current Venezuelan NBA player Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87) started his way up in the United States. Now, he says he'll work in adapting to the SG and SF position and abandon the PF, so that he can start working in a more suitable place for his size and offensive skills, thinking ahead of what will be asked of him in the next level.

Carrera was interviewed by Basket Vinotinto's Ivan Silveira. 'We have great expectations because of what we did last year, specially the seniors, because we want to finish this stage of our careers with another championship ring'.

'This season will be very good for me to start polishing my moves as a forward, because in college I know I'll have a lot minutes in that position and, overall, I have to start adapting to that new aspect of the game', he added. Silveira's report indicates that Montrose will hold an intra squad match next November 26th as part of the preparation for the 2011-2012 season.



LPB 2012 News - Bucaneros signs up for Liga de las Americas, brings in Charlo - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Bucaneros de La Guaira announced through a press release that its general management decided to join Cocodrilos de Caracas as representatives of Venezuela in the upcoming edition of FIBA America's Liga de las Americas, while they also confirmed the signing of SF-PF Mo Charlo (201-F-83) as their second imported player.

After a visit of recently hired American head coach Brad Greenberg, they were also able to reveal their work plan heading towards the LPB 2012 season, set to begin on February 2nd.

Greenberg will host a try out for young players born in Vargas state on December 5th at Jose Maria Vargas Arena. One day later, the coach will check the players of the team's secondary roster, playing in Venezuela's U23 Liga Especial (LEB) under the name Portuarios de Sucre.

A day later, pro players with no contract with other LPB teams, will get a chance to be checked out by Greenberg and then, on December 8th, the first team will report for a physical check up and to be delivered a special work out plan for the days from December 15th till January 3rd.

Mo Charlo, a four-year player of the NBA's Development League (NBDL or D-League) will join Sek Henry (193-G-87) as the imported players hired so far.


LPB 2012 News - Baseball coach Luis Sojo is close to acquiring Bucaneros de La Guaira - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Former MLB baseball player and now coach Luis Sojo said in Caracas and Barquisimeto that he has made an offer to buy Bucaneros de La Guaira, a franchise in Venezuela's Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB).

Sojo had been linked as a possible buyer of Guaros de Lara, but after a meeting in Panama with owner Carlos Garcia, both parties denied that their conversations involved a transaction of such nature.

This time, Sojo said that he has expressed interest in buying Guaros, but that he made an offer to Ruffo Jhon, president of Bucaneros, and is '95 per cent' close to reaching an agreement, which would allow him to imitate what was done a few weeks ago by MLB player Bobby Abreu, who bought Panteras de Miranda.

Reiner Izturriaga, of Diario Lider en Deportes, quoted Jhon in an article and he said that the offer 'is true', adding that 'Sojo has made a very serious offer that I'm thinking about. I'll get together with my associate, Freddy Diaz (president of the team) and if everything turns out to be positive, I'll inform the League Board'.

While Guaros, a two time LPB finalist in 2005 and 2006, is not currently among the most competitive teams, Bucaneros made it to the LPB 2011 Semifinals and has players such as Heissler Guillent (186-G-86), Richard Lugo (209-C-73) and Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) in the payroll.


LNB 2011 News - Estudiantes changes head coach: Cordobes in, Garcia out - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The general management of Estudiantes de Guarico decided to let head coach Ivan Garcia go, after suffering a home sweep against Graneros de Portuguesa in a two game series that landed the team in third place of the LNB 2011 standings. Jesus Cordobes, who led the team to the LNB 2010 Finals, has been hired to replace him.

Garcia led the team to an 11-4 record, but had a 5-5 stint in the last month that made the team loose second place, while they haven't been able to get a spot in the LNB 2011 playoffs up until the last week of regular season action. Garcia has a lifetime 133-70 record in LNB in over 10 seasons of work and left the franchise with a 16-9 record.

Cordobes led the team to an 18-10 record in 2010, defeated Graneros de Portuguesa 3-1 in the Semifinals and lost the Finals against Espartanos de Margarita.


LNB 2011 News - Hector Romero (Centauros) named Player of the Week - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Hector Romero (202-F/C-80), of Centauros de Apure, was named Player of the Week by the LNB technical board, after completing four games in Week 8 and averaging 21.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per match, according to an official press release.

Romero scored 15 of 25 free-throws, 32 of 53 two-point attempts and 2 of 5 three-point shots and added 3 assists. He joined the team a few weeks ago prior to their participation in Liga Suramericana, but the franchise didn't make it past the first round.

The Special Mention of the Week was for SF Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79), of Tiburones de Vargas, who averaged 18.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in 4 games.




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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Dragan Labovic gets MVP of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
Serbian Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87, agency: Alti Sport) had an amazing evening in the last round for Krasnie Krilya and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 24-year old had the game-high 27 points adding five rebounds and six assists for Krasnie Krilya in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kalev/Cramo (#8, 1-3) 81-76. Krasnie Krilya is placed at 3rd position in VTB United League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Krasnie Krilya will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Labovic had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Krasnie Krilya's top player in his first season with the team. Dragan Labovic averages this season 14.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American center Courtney Sims (211-C-83) of VEF Riga. Sims impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as VEF Riga lost that game 85-99 to the higher-ranked Unics (#2, 3-1). VEF Riga managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 1-2 record. Sims is a newcomer at VEF Riga 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 18.7ppg (#3). He also registered 10.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Semen Antonov (202-F-89) of N.Novgorod (#9). Antonov showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of N.Novgorod, leading his team to a 92-86 win against the higher-ranked Zalgiris (#4, 2-2). N.Novgorod can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Antonov he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Antonov has a very solid season. In 4 games in VTB United League he scored 8.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84) of Zalgiris - 17 points and 5 rebounds
5. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79) of Unics - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ernest Bremer (195-G-80) of N.Novgorod - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
7. Alonzo Gee (198-G-87) of Asseco Prokom - 13 points and 13 rebounds
8. Austin Daye (211-F-88) of Khimky - 10 points and 5 rebounds
9. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) of Zalgiris - 14 points and 9 rebounds
10. Julius Hodge (201-G-83) of Minsk-2006 - 11 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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Women News

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  CROATIA - Women  


Spartak MR edge Gospic in Vidnoje - by Eurobasket News
Spartak MR - Gospic 86:68

Spartak MR left no chance for Gospic in Euroleague Group C encounter. The hosts claimed a confident win to climb at 2-2 record in the ladder. Gospic fell at 1-3 record after the defeat.
The hosts dominated from the starting minutes. They registered a 23:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Spartak stayed in control in the second term. The Russian side arrived at the interval by as many as 20 points 46:26. The hosts did not loosen the grip in the third term. Spartak MR stretched the margin entering the final frame up by as many as 24 points. Gospic never came back to life and had to surrender at the end. Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) and Seimone Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) knocked down 12 points each to lead the charge. Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) added 10 points in the winning effort. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) answered with 20 points for Gospic. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) and Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) chipped in 11 points apiece in defeat.

Spartak MR: Seimone Augustus 12, Candice Dupree 12, Marina Kuzina 10
Gospic: Sandra Mandir 20, Jelena Ivezic 11, Marija Vrsaljko 11


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Frisco Sika stop Wisla Can-Pack in Brno - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Sika - Wisla Can-Pack 70:65

Frisco Sika earned their first Euroleague victory this season. They fired past Wisla Can-Pack in Brno. Alena Hanusova (189-F/C-91) stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds to pace the charge. Frisco Sika improved at 1-3 record, while Wisla fell at 3-1.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. The first quarter finished with the teams tied at 16. Wisla earned a 25:20 lead early in the second term but Frisco Sika erased the deficit. They arrived at halftime up by a single point 36:35. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the third term. The hosts managed to enter the final period up by two points 51:49. Frisco Sika led by just two points with 90 seconds remaining in regulation but Thomas, Hejdovaand Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) provided the needed points in the dying seconds to bring Frisco Sika to the victory. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) delivered 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Tereza Peckova added 13 points in the win. Erin Phillips (173-G-85) answered with 22 points for Wisla Can-Pack. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) netted 13 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the loss.

Frisco Sika: Alena Hanusova 17, Farhiya Abdi 16, Tereza Peckova 13
Wisla Can-Pack: Erin Phillips 22, Milka Bjelica 13+16 boards


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  EUROCUP - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Amisha CARTER
  Union H.
  (188-F/C-82)
  Avg: 27
 1. Carter, Union H.27.0 
 2. Ajavon, Optimum23.0 
 3. Lavender, Besiktas21.0 
 4. Jones, Dexia Namur19.0 
 5. Stampalija, Union19.0 
 6. Chaney, Botas18.0 
 7. Lee, Lombos Quinta18.0 
 8. Walker, Optimum18.0 
 9. Horasan, Besiktas17.0 
 10. Akkaya, Optimum16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anna PETRAKOVA
  Dynamo K.
  (188-F-84)
  Avg: 13
 1. Petrakova, Dynamo13.0 
 2. Tozlu, Optimum TED13.0 
 3. Ble, Gran Canaria12.0 
 4. Snow, Dynamo K.11.0 
 5. Raman, Young Cats11.0 
 6. Vandersloot, Besik.11.0 
 7. Lee, Lombos Quinta10.0 
 8. Kress, Botas10.0 
 9. Walker, Optimum10.0 
 10. Vodopiyanova, Dy.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nilay KARTALTEPE YIGIT
  Bot.
  (172-G-79)
  Avg: 10
 1. Kartaltepe Y., Bot.10.0 
 2. Johnson, Dynamo K.7.0 
 3. Beikes, Union Hain.5.0 
 4. Alexander, Fl.Foxes5.0 
 5. Milieskiene, Lemmi.5.0 
 6. Horvath, Fl.Foxes4.0 
 7. Raman, Young Cats4.0 
 8. Gutkauskaite, Lemm.4.0 
 9. Stampalija, Union4.0 
 10. Houts, Union H.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Amanda HOUTS
  Union H.
  (168-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Houts, Union H.5.0 
 2. Murauskaya, Olimpia4.0 
 3. Sharovka, Lemminka.4.0 
 4. Fomina, Dynamo K.4.0 
 5. Lima, Lombos Q.4.0 
 6. Carter, Union H.3.0 
 7. Solopova, Union H.3.0 
 8. Bimbaite, Dynamo K.3.0 
 9. Wisdom-H., Fl.Fo.3.0 
 10. Chaney, Botas3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Astou NDOUR
  Gran Canaria
  (196-C-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ndour, Gran Canaria3.0 
 2. Murauskaya, Olimpia3.0 
 3. Meesseman, Young3.0 
 4. Kress, Botas2.0 
 5. Stampalija, Union2.0 
 6. Carter, Union H.2.0 
 7. Lisina, Dynamo K.2.0 
 8. Arseneva, Dynamo2.0 
 9. Hendrickx, Young C.1.0 
 10. Paris, Botas1.0 


Heres the Eurocup! - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
First week in Eurocup Women and both Portuguese teams are thinking about the possibility of getting a good result. It wont be easy, yet, as Quinta dos Lombos play at home against the Turkish Botasspor Adana and AD Vagos will receive the visit of the French Reze Nantes Basket 44.

For the Portuguese reality, this is a different level of basketball. Both, at the same time, it works as a motivation to play such teams and to be able to see, in Portugal, players like Monica Wright, an WNBA champion!

For Jose Leite , Quinta dos Lombos coach, 'the first international game is a mark in the teams history and we see it as a prize to everybody who has contributed to reach this level. We putting a lot of work in the preparation to this match, even if we know they have 3 WNBA players, who well need to find ways to stop. Mostly, I hope we have a full house for this game, as the opportunity to see this kind of players in Portugal in unique.'

As for Nuno Ferreira , AD Vagos coach, the experience the team gained in the last Eurocup games can now be a plus to their strengths. 'We have played Reze Nantes Basket 44 last season and I think we can be ready to balance things with them. We are working a lot and my players are motivated to play in this European competition. Our first job will be to face their physical superiority. I hope we can do that, be firm on the defense and creative on the offense, so we can get a good result.'

Quinta dos Lombos plays today, at 21:30 CET and AD Vagos will play tomorrow, at the same time.



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


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 DeWanna BONNER
  Perfumer.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Bonner, Perfumer.23.3 
 2. Taurasi, Galatasa.22.7 
 3. Jones, Rivas Ecopo.22.3 
 4. Wauters, Ros C.20.3 
 5. Veremeenko, Nadez.19.7 
 6. Murphy, Ros C.19.0 
 7. Augustus, Spartak18.5 
 8. Taylor, Fenerbahce18.3 
 9. Yacoubou-D., Ros18.0 
 10. Charles, Galatasa.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quanitra HOLLINGSWORTH
  SEAT-.
  (196-C-88)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Hollingswort., SEA.11.5 
 2. Bjelica, Wisla C.10.3 
 3. Ujhelyi, Wisla C.9.8 
 4. Henry, Lotos Gdyn.9.7 
 5. Charles, Galatasa.9.7 
 6. Brunson, Nadezhda.9.5 
 7. Stepanova, UMMC9.0 
 8. Jones, Rivas Ecopo.9.0 
 9. Nicholls, Rivas E.8.8 
 10. Wauters, Ros C.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Laia PALAU
  Ros Casares
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 7
 1. Palau, Ros Casares7.0 
 2. Zoll, CCC P.6.7 
 3. Lawson-Wade, Latt.6.3 
 4. Ciglar, SE.5.3 
 5. McBride, Gospic5.0 
 6. Honti, Ros Casares4.7 
 7. Dominguez, Ros C.4.5 
 8. Brown, Bourges4.5 
 9. Dumerc, Bourges4.5 
 10. Macchi, Familia S.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Isil ALBEN
  Galatasaray
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Alben, Galatasaray4.3 
 2. Linkeviciene, VICI.4.3 
 3. Augustus, Spartak3.0 
 4. Zavecz, UNIQA E.2.8 
 5. Bonner, Perfumer.2.8 
 6. Robert, Lotos G.2.7 
 7. Palau, Ros Casares2.7 
 8. Bojovic, Dobri Anj.2.7 
 9. Cruz, Rivas Ecopol.2.5 
 10. Bermejo, Rivas E.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ilona BURGROVA
  USK Praha
  (196-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Burgrova, USK Praha2.0 
 2. Gruda, UMMC1.7 
 3. Vesela, Ros Casar.1.3 
 4. Majewska, CCC P.1.3 
 5. McCarville, Famili.1.0 
 6. Zurowska, Lotos G.1.0 
 7. Kulichova, USK P.1.0 
 8. Lyttle, Ros Casar.1.0 
 9. Vrsaljko, Gospic1.0 
 10. Bjelica, Wisla C.0.8 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Perfumerias Avenida stay on winning track, beat Tarbes - by Eurobasket News
Perfumerias Avenida - Tarbes 78:70

Perfumerias Avenida recorded the fourth straight Euroleague victory. The defending champions held off visiting Tarbes. The winners improved at 4-0 record on top of Group B. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) knocked down 24 points to lead the hosts. Tarbes fell at 0-3 record after the loss.
It was never easy for Avenida in this one. Tarbes snatched a 14:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The French team took a 23:17 lead midway through the second quarter. They maintained the advantage entering the second half up by three points 28:25. Paoline Salagnac (176-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Krawczyk opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers to boost the margin. But Avenida responded with 15 points in a row to grab a 40:36 lead. The home team speeded up and registered a 58:45 advantage with ten minutes to go. Tarbes got as close as five points with just over two minutes remaining but DeWanna Bonner hit a bunch of free throws late in regulation and Avenida ran away with the win at the end. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 18 points, while Isabel Sanchez (180-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 15 points in the victory. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Tarbes. Paoline Salagnac netted 13 points in the loss.

Perfumerias Avenida: DeWanna Bonner 24, Erika De Souza 18, Isabel Sanchez 15
Tarbes: Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga 16, Paoline Salagnac 13


Rivas Ecopolis earn second straight Euroleague victory - by Eurobasket News
Lattes Montpelier - Rivas Ecopolis 68:77

Rivas Ecopolis are gradually coming back to life in Euroleague season. They posted the second straight win after two starting losses. This time the Spanish team surprised Lattes Montpelier on the road. Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) knocked down 21 points and collected 11 rebounds in the win.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame before Gimeno nailed a three-pointer giving Rivas Ecopolis a 22:20 lead. The visitors used a 12:2 run late in the first half to take a 43:33 advantage. Asjha Jones unloaded 8 points in the third period to help Rivas Ecopolis post a 60:53 lead with ten minutes remaining. Kristen Mann (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: UCSB) and Skrela dragged Lattes Montpelier within just two points but it was not enough Rivas Ecopolis struck back with a late 9:2 surge to run away with the victory. Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) posted 16 points, while Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 15 points for the Spanish team. Kristen Mann answered with 17 points for Lattes Montpelier. Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) notched 14 points in the losing case.

Lattes Montpelier: Kristen Mann 17, Edwige Lawson-Wade 14
Rivas Ecopolis: Asjha Jones 21+11 boards, Elisa Aguilar 16, Anna Cruz 15


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  GREECE - Women  


Katerina Sotiriou joins Mann Filter Zaragoza - by Eurobasket Center
Mann Filter Zaragoza signed 27-year old international international forward Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84, agency: FCM). Sotiriou played most recently at Sony Athinaikos (Greece). While playing 3 games for Athinaikos this season she averaged 10.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg. Sotiriou helped them to win the championship title in 2010-2011 season. She was also selected to the all-star game. A very impressive season as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Greek League 1st Team. Sotiriou represented Greek at the European Championships in Poland this year.


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Fenerbahce too good for UE Sopron - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - UE Sopron 91:60

Fenerbahce stayed undefeated in Euroleague season. They overcame visiting UE Sopron for 3-0 record on top of Group B. Penny Taylor (185-F-81) scored 18 points to lead the effort. UE Sopron suffered the third loss at the tournament.
It was all over for the Hungarian team in the opening frame. The hosts went on a killer 30:12 run to clear off. UE Sopron tried to come back to life with a desperate 18:9 rally in the second quarter. Kurasova dragged the visitors within 7 points early in the third term but Fenerbahce responded with a 19:2 run to take breathing space. They entered the final quarter up by as many as 26 points and never looked back again. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) notched 17 points, while Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) had 14 points for the Turkish team. Hanna Zavecz (182-F/G-85) answered with 16 points for UE Sopron. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) netted 12 points in defeat.

Fenerbahce: Penny Taylor 18, Angel McCoughtry 17, Zane Tamane 14
UE Sopron: Hanna Zavecz 16, Tijana Krivacevic 12


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  IRELAND - Women  


Superleague Round 5: Peugeot Meteors edge Waterford Wildcats by two points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 5 in the Superleague took place in Waterford. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Waterford Wildcats (2-3) to eighth ranked Peugeot Meteors (2-3) 60-58 in the game for the fourth place. Peugeot Meteors forced 27 Waterford Wildcats turnovers and outrebounded them 41-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Waterford Wildcats helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Jade Daly (-91) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Susie Doyle (182, college: Cornell) chipped in 6 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Jenny Coady (-82) produced 21 points for the hosts. Peugeot Meteors moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Waterford W. and Ulster Rockets. Peugeot Meteors' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Dublin to the arena DCU Mercy.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Cork. Leader TM Hotel Cork faced 4th placed Ulster Rockets. Host TM Hotel Cork (5-0) defeated guests from Belfast (2-3) 66-51. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ulster Rockets. The former international guard Claire Rockall (178-90, college: Iowa St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. Aine McKenna contributed with 16 points for the winners. TM Hotel Cork's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Meghan Houlihan answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Ulster Rockets. Undefeated TM Hotel Cork have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 5-0 record behind leader UL Aughinish. Newly promoted Ulster Rockets keep the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Meteors and Waterford W.. TM Hotel Cork will play against league's leader UL Aughinish in Limerick in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ulster Rockets will play at home against Singleton in Brunell and hope to get back on the winning track.
Oblate Dynamos can celebrate their first win this season after four consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Singleton (1-4) 61-58 on Saturday. Oblate Dynamos left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Singleton and Liffey Celtics. It was Singleton's fourth loss in a row. Oblate Dynamos will meet higher ranked 11890 Killester (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Singleton will play against Ulster Rockets in Belfast.
Undefeated leader UL Aughinish delivered the sixth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Liffey Celtics (1-4) 71-37 in Limerick. Aoife McDermott nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for UL Aughinish. Defending champion maintains first place with 6-0 record. Newly promoted Liffey Celtics dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. UL Aughinish's next round opponent will be league's second-placed TM Hotel Cork on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Liffey Celtics will play against Waterford Wildcats (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 5 Killester were defeated by DCU Mercy in Dublin 58-45.
The best stats of 5th round was 14 points and 15 rebounds by Christina Newton of DCU Mercy.



TM Hotel Cork - Ulster Rockets 66-51

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Cork. Leader TM Hotel Cork faced 4th placed Ulster Rockets. Host TM Hotel Cork (5-0) defeated guests from Belfast (2-3) 66-51. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ulster Rockets. They outrebounded Ulster Rockets 36-21 including a 28-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international guard Claire Rockall (178-90, college: Iowa St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Aine McKenna (165-89) contributed with 16 points for the winners. TM Hotel Cork's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Meghan Houlihan answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Noleen Lennon added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Ulster Rockets. TM Hotel Cork have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 5-0 record behind leader UL Aughinish. Newly promoted Ulster Rockets keep the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with Meteors and Waterford W.. TM Hotel Cork will play against league's leader UL Aughinish in Limerick in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ulster Rockets will play at home against Singleton in Brunell and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
TM Hotel Cork: A.McKenna 16+2reb+2ast, C.Rockall 14+7reb+3ast, G.Dwyer 14+5reb, V.O'Driscoll 8+5reb, N.Dwyer 6+7reb+2ast, A.Stewart 2
Ulster Rockets: M.Houlihan 16+6reb, N.Lennon 9+8reb+1ast, M.McNally 6+2reb, N.Smye 5+1reb, E.McRory 5+3reb+1ast, H.Fairbairn 4
gschID: 148207


DCU Mercy - Killester 58-45

There was no surprise in Dublin where 5th ranked 11890 Killester (2-4) was defeated by third ranked DCU Mercy (4-1) 58-45. DCU Mercy outrebounded 11890 Killester 40-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. Center Christina Newton (180-90) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Lisa Palmer (186-86) accounted for 10 points and 9 rebounds. Aisling Sullivan came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds and forward Hannah Fraser (-89) added 6 points respectively for 11890 Killester in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. DCU Mercy maintains third place with 4-1 record having just three points less than leader UL Aughinish. 11890 Killester at the other side dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. DCU Mercy's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Dublin Peugeot Meteors.
Top scorers:
DCU Mercy: C.Newton 14+15reb+2ast, L.Palmer 10+9reb+3ast, L.Peat 10+2reb+4ast, S.Woods 9+1reb, S.McGrath 4+2reb+1ast, H.Kenny 4
Killester: A.Sullivan 16+5reb+1ast, E.Stone 8+2reb, L.Gray 7+1reb+1ast, H.Fraser 6+4reb, K.Gillen 5+5reb, J.Kavanagh 3
gschID: 148208


Waterford W. - Meteors 58-60

The most exciting game of round 5 in the Superleague took place in Waterford. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 5th ranked Waterford Wildcats (2-3) to eighth ranked Peugeot Meteors (2-3) 60-58 in the game for the fourth place. Peugeot Meteors forced 27 Waterford Wildcats turnovers and outrebounded them 41-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Waterford Wildcats helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Jade Daly (-91) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Susie Doyle (182, college: Cornell) chipped in 6 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Jenny Coady (-82) produced 21 points and the former international forward Kate Maher (180-82) added 4 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals respectively for the hosts. Peugeot Meteors moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Waterford W. and Ulster Rockets. Peugeot Meteors' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Dublin to the arena DCU Mercy.
Top scorers:
Meteors: J.Daly 17+10reb, E.Browne 13+3reb, E.Caffrey 8+1reb, F.Meany 7+6reb+1ast, S.Doyle 6+10reb+3ast, K.B. Kilbride 5+2reb+1ast
Waterford W.: J.Coady 21+1reb+2ast, C.Kavanagh 12+4reb, N.Mullally 9+4reb+1ast, E.Kennington 7+4reb+1ast, S.Deegan 5+4reb+5ast, K.Maher 4+9reb+4ast
gschID: 148204


Oblate Dynamos - Singleton 61-58

Oblate Dynamos can celebrate their first win this season after four consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Singleton (1-4) 61-58 on Saturday. Oblate Dynamos left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Singleton and Liffey Celtics. It was Singleton's fourth loss in a row. Oblate Dynamos will meet higher ranked 11890 Killester (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Singleton will play against Ulster Rockets in Belfast.
gschID: 148205


UL Aughinish - Liffey Celtics 71-37

Undefeated leader UL Aughinish delivered the sixth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 9th ranked Liffey Celtics (1-4) 71-37 in Limerick. UL Aughinish dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Liffey Celtics' 22. UL Aughinish forced 20 Liffey Celtics turnovers and had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Aoife McDermott (185-91) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and guard Louise Galvin (169-87) accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds. Karen Mealey came up with 13 points and Aine O'Connor added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Liffey Celtics in the defeat. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for UL Aughinish. Defending champion maintains first place with 6-0 record. Newly promoted Liffey Celtics dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. UL Aughinish's next round opponent will be league's second-placed TM Hotel Cork on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Liffey Celtics will play against Waterford Wildcats (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UL Aughinish: A.McDermott 18+12reb, L.Galvin 14+10reb+3ast, F.Lynch 10+4reb+6ast, C.Grant 9+3reb+2ast, A.Staunton 6+8reb+1ast, M.O'Leary 5+2ast
Liffey Celtics: K.Mealey 13+4reb+1ast, A.O'Connor 10+5reb+1ast, M.Foley 10+3reb, A.Lowe 4+10reb+1ast, S.Murphy 0, C.Keoghegan 0
gschID: 148206




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


Stats Leaders Superleague
Points Per Game
 Niamh DWYER
  TM Hotel.
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Dwyer, TM Hotel.17.8 
 2. O''Leary, Singleton17.5 
 3. Vanderwal, UL Augh.17.0 
 4. O''Connor, Liffey C.15.3 
 5. Houlihan, Ulster R.15.0 
 6. Dwyer, TM Hotel.13.8 
 7. O''Leary, Singleton13.8 
 8. Sullivan, Killester13.6 
 9. McDermott, UL Augh.13.4 
 10. Coady, Waterfor.13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tessa SOLAN
  Oblate D.
  (177-F-92)
  Avg: 10
 1. Solan, Oblate D.10.0 
 2. Rockall, TM Hotel.9.8 
 3. McDermott, UL Augh.9.6 
 4. O''Connor, Liffey C.9.5 
 5. Maher, UL Aughi.9.5 
 6. Maher, Waterfor.9.3 
 7. Lennon, Ulster R.9.3 
 8. Lowe, Liffey Celti.9.0 
 9. O''Driscoll, TM Ho.9.0 
 10. Kavanagh, Waterfo.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Megan O''LEARY
  Singleton
  (--)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. O''Leary, Singleton6.3 
 2. O''Leary, Singleton4.8 
 3. Vanderwal, UL Augh.3.8 
 4. Peat, DCU Mercy3.6 
 5. Dwyer, TM Hotel.3.0 
 6. Rockall, TM Hotel.2.8 
 7. Maher, Waterfor.2.8 
 8. Coady, Waterfor.2.6 
 9. Foley, Liffey Celt.2.5 
 10. McKenna, TM Ho.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Niamh DWYER
  TM Hotel.
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Dwyer, TM Hotel.3.8 
 2. Galvin, UL Aughi.3.8 
 3. Vanderwal, UL Augh.3.5 
 4. O''Driscoll, TM Ho.3.2 
 5. Fahy, UL Aughinish3.0 
 6. Maher, Waterfor.3.0 
 7. Palmer, DCU Mercy3.0 
 8. Deegan, Waterfor.3.0 
 9. Maguire, DCU Mercy2.6 
 10. Waters, Singleton2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Amy WATERS
  Singleton
  (--)
  Avg: 2
 1. Waters, Singleton2.0 
 2. O''Connor, Liffey C.1.8 
 3. Lowe, Liffey Celti.1.8 
 4. Maher, Waterfor.1.8 
 5. O''Leary, Singleton1.5 
 6. McDermott, UL Augh.1.4 
 7. Kennington, Waterf.1.2 
 8. Mullally, Waterfor.1.2 
 9. Palmer, DCU Mercy1.2 
 10. Kavanagh, Waterfo.1.0 


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  ITALY - Women  


CCC Polkowice open win count in Euroleague season - by Eurobasket News
CCC Polkowice - Schio 68:65

CCC Polkowice earned the first win at the Euroleague season. They held off Schio to improve at 1-2 record in Group B. Schio slipped at 1-3 record after the loss. Sharnee Zoll (170-PG-86, college: Virginia) stepped up with 21 points, 10 assists and 3 boards to pace the winners.
The first frame was a tough battle with the lead changing hands. CCC eked out a narrow 20:19 lead after ten minutes. The teams stayed neck and neck in the second term. The hosts managed to secure a 33:31 lead at the interval. Sharnee Zoll organized a 7:0 run midway through the third term as CCC took a 51:41 advantage. However Cohen and Laura Macchi (187-F-79) dragged Schio within 3 points early in the final frame. Schio trailed by just two points with under two minutes to go but Sharnee Zoll and Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) came up with decisive points late in regulation to seal the victory for the home team. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) had 15 points and 6 rebounds for CCC. Gintare Petronyte notched 9 points and 6 rebounds in the win. Laura Macchi answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Schio. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) netted 14 points in the loss.

CCC Polkowice: Sharnee Zoll 21+10 assists, Iva Perovanovic 15, Gintare Petronyte 9
Schio: Laura Macchi 15, Raffaella Masciadri 14


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  JAPAN - Women  


Akiko Obata tied world record this season with 17 assists - by Eurobasket
We recorded some amazing numbers last week. We have another record case of tied record. The name of the week is Akiko Obata (165-G-81). Akiko Obata had 17 assists in Japanese WJBL setting a new global record for the highest number of assists in a single game this season.

All top leaders:

Best Scorer -
Stanislava Stankova of Slavia who recorded 39 points. Despite that stricking performance her team lost to Neftochimic 76-78 in Bulgarian NBL last Wednesday.
Best in Rebounds -
Carla Bartee of Craiova who had impressive 26 rebounds. Her team beat Olimpia 95-67 in Romanian D1 last Saturday.
Best in Assists -
Akiko Obata of Denso Iris with a unique record of 17 passes. Her team beat Airlines R. 70-53 in Japanese WJBL last Sunday.
Most Steals -
Suzy Batkovic-Brown of Adelaide who recorded unbelievable 11 steals. Her team beat AIS 86-59 in Australian WNBL last Friday.
Best Blocker -
Natasa Popovic of Buducnost who had 8 blocks. Her team lost to Partizan 90-58 in Adriatic League _T last Saturday.
Best 2FGP -
Jessica Nilsson of Umea with 78% [11/14] 2FGP (!!!). Despite that stricking performance her team lost to Kvarnby 74-78 in Swedish Damligan last Saturday.
Best 3-point shooter -
Dimitra Kalentzou of Athinaikos who recorded 77% [7/9] 3-pointers. Her team beat Apollon Kal. 78-50 in Greek A1 last Saturday.

The best stats of the last week:

POINTS
39 - Stanislava Stankova of Slavia (BUL1)
35 - Latoya Williams of Esperides (GRE1)
35 - Jaleesa Butler of Keflavik (ISL1)

REBOUNDS
26 - Carla Bartee of Craiova (ROM1)
23 - Jaleesa Butler of Keflavik (ISL1)
23 - Bridget Yoerger of Racing (LUX1)

ASSISTS
17 - Akiko Obata of Denso Iris (JPN1)
13 - Olga Dubrovina of Neftochimic (BUL1)
12 - Diana Naydenova of Levski (BUL1)

STEALS
11 - Suzy Batkovic-Brown of Adelaide (AUS1)
7 - Anna Seilund of Amager (DEN1)
7 - Tamara Tatham of Halle (GER1)

BLOCKS
8 - Natasa Popovic of Buducnost (ADR1)
7 - Zenta Melnika of Asteras (GRE1)
5 - Kristina Alminaite of Sirenos (LTU1)

2FGP
78% - Jessica Nilsson of Umea (SWE1) [11/14]
77% - Celeste Trahan of Fribourg (SUI1) [17/22]
77% - Shannon McCallum of Riva Basket (SUI1) [14/18]

3FGP
77% - Dimitra Kalentzou of Athinaikos (GRE1) [7/9]
75% - Esther Morillo of Bembibre (ESP2) [6/8]
60% - Britney Jones of Fjolnir (ISL1) [6/10]


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


UMMC breeze past VICI Aistes - by Eurobasket News
UMMC - VICI Aistes 85:49

UMMC recorded their third win in Euroleague Group A. They defeated VICI Aistes in Ekaterinburg tonight. Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) led well-balanced effort from the hosts with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
UMMC set the tone early. They went on a 10:0 run midway through the opening quarter to make it 14:4. UMMC secured an 18:10 lead after ten minutes. UMMC stayed in charge throughout the second term. They recorded a 34:23 halftime advantage. The hosts used a 12:0 run midway through the third term to take a 50:27 advantage. They entered the fourth period up by as many as 17 points 56:39. UMMC did not slow down and cruised to a comfortable win at the end. Olga Arteshina (183-F-82), Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) and Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) provided 13 points each in the victory. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) answered with 12 points for VICI Aistes. Amanda Kemezys (192-C-87, college: St.Louis) and Vita Kuktiene (186-F-80) had 8 points each in the loss.

UMMC: Candace Parker 15, Olga Arteshina 13, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 13, Sandrine Gruda 13
VICI Aistes: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 12, Amanda Kemezys 8, Vita Kuktiene 8


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Welcome to new season of D1 - by Eurobasket News
The 2011/12 edition of the Montenegrin top division started last weekend. Three games were played as a part of Round One.
On Sunday, Buducnost played a tough game in Niksic. The Podgorica team managed to take 74-79 victory in this meeting. Their rival was local Roling. Also on Sunday, Pirmorje was too strong for Kotor. The host squad celebrated easy 87-40 victory. In the last game of the round, which was played on Tuesday, Rudar was better than Lovcen 55-46. Second round is scheduled for the next weekend. Pairs are Kotor - Roling, Lovcen - Primorje and Antivari - Rudar. First stage will have 14 rounds.


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


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  POLAND - Women  


Frisco Sika stop Wisla Can-Pack in Brno - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Sika - Wisla Can-Pack 70:65

Frisco Sika earned their first Euroleague victory this season. They fired past Wisla Can-Pack in Brno. Alena Hanusova (189-F/C-91) stepped up with 17 points and 8 rebounds to pace the charge. Frisco Sika improved at 1-3 record, while Wisla fell at 3-1.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. The first quarter finished with the teams tied at 16. Wisla earned a 25:20 lead early in the second term but Frisco Sika erased the deficit. They arrived at halftime up by a single point 36:35. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout the third term. The hosts managed to enter the final period up by two points 51:49. Frisco Sika led by just two points with 90 seconds remaining in regulation but Thomas, Hejdovaand Tereza Peckova (189-F-87) provided the needed points in the dying seconds to bring Frisco Sika to the victory. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) delivered 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Tereza Peckova added 13 points in the win. Erin Phillips (173-G-85) answered with 22 points for Wisla Can-Pack. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) netted 13 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the loss.

Frisco Sika: Alena Hanusova 17, Farhiya Abdi 16, Tereza Peckova 13
Wisla Can-Pack: Erin Phillips 22, Milka Bjelica 13+16 boards


CCC Polkowice open win count in Euroleague season - by Eurobasket News
CCC Polkowice - Schio 68:65

CCC Polkowice earned the first win at the Euroleague season. They held off Schio to improve at 1-2 record in Group B. Schio slipped at 1-3 record after the loss. Sharnee Zoll (170-PG-86, college: Virginia) stepped up with 21 points, 10 assists and 3 boards to pace the winners.
The first frame was a tough battle with the lead changing hands. CCC eked out a narrow 20:19 lead after ten minutes. The teams stayed neck and neck in the second term. The hosts managed to secure a 33:31 lead at the interval. Sharnee Zoll organized a 7:0 run midway through the third term as CCC took a 51:41 advantage. However Cohen and Laura Macchi (187-F-79) dragged Schio within 3 points early in the final frame. Schio trailed by just two points with under two minutes to go but Sharnee Zoll and Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) came up with decisive points late in regulation to seal the victory for the home team. Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) had 15 points and 6 rebounds for CCC. Gintare Petronyte notched 9 points and 6 rebounds in the win. Laura Macchi answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds for Schio. Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) netted 14 points in the loss.

CCC Polkowice: Sharnee Zoll 21+10 assists, Iva Perovanovic 15, Gintare Petronyte 9
Schio: Laura Macchi 15, Raffaella Masciadri 14


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Lisa Lee joins Quinta dos Lombos - by Eurobasket Center
Quinta dos Lombos agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Lisa Lee (183-F-84, college: Charleston). Lee played most recently at Catz Lappeenranta (Finland). While playing 21 games for Catz last season her stats were: 15.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.7apg and 2.9spg (5th best in the league). She helped them to make it to the final. A very impressive season as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Honorable Mention. But her best season was two years ago when she was voted
Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Player of the Year, while being the top scorer in Finnish league with 21.5ppg. Lee played also pro basketball in Finland and Luxembourg. She graduated College of Charleston in 2000 and it will be her 12th season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Standings - Women
Liga Feminina Standings
 1. AD Vagos 4-0 
 2. Alges 3-0 
 3. Lombos Quinta 3-1 
 4. Boa Viagem 2-1 
 5. CAB Madeira 2-2 
 6. GDESSA 2-2 
 7. Montijobanda 2-2 
 8. Olivais 2-2 
 9. Barcelos 1-3 
 10. EMA Menres 1-3 
 11. AFC-Liberty S. 0-3 
 12. CDTorres N. 0-3 


Heres the Eurocup! - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
First week in Eurocup Women and both Portuguese teams are thinking about the possibility of getting a good result. It wont be easy, yet, as Quinta dos Lombos play at home against the Turkish Botasspor Adana and AD Vagos will receive the visit of the French Reze Nantes Basket 44.

For the Portuguese reality, this is a different level of basketball. Both, at the same time, it works as a motivation to play such teams and to be able to see, in Portugal, players like Monica Wright, an WNBA champion!

For Jose Leite , Quinta dos Lombos coach, 'the first international game is a mark in the teams history and we see it as a prize to everybody who has contributed to reach this level. We putting a lot of work in the preparation to this match, even if we know they have 3 WNBA players, who well need to find ways to stop. Mostly, I hope we have a full house for this game, as the opportunity to see this kind of players in Portugal in unique.'

As for Nuno Ferreira , AD Vagos coach, the experience the team gained in the last Eurocup games can now be a plus to their strengths. 'We have played Reze Nantes Basket 44 last season and I think we can be ready to balance things with them. We are working a lot and my players are motivated to play in this European competition. Our first job will be to face their physical superiority. I hope we can do that, be firm on the defense and creative on the offense, so we can get a good result.'

Quinta dos Lombos plays today, at 21:30 CET and AD Vagos will play tomorrow, at the same time.



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  RUSSIA - Women  


UMMC breeze past VICI Aistes - by Eurobasket News
UMMC - VICI Aistes 85:49

UMMC recorded their third win in Euroleague Group A. They defeated VICI Aistes in Ekaterinburg tonight. Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) led well-balanced effort from the hosts with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
UMMC set the tone early. They went on a 10:0 run midway through the opening quarter to make it 14:4. UMMC secured an 18:10 lead after ten minutes. UMMC stayed in charge throughout the second term. They recorded a 34:23 halftime advantage. The hosts used a 12:0 run midway through the third term to take a 50:27 advantage. They entered the fourth period up by as many as 17 points 56:39. UMMC did not slow down and cruised to a comfortable win at the end. Olga Arteshina (183-F-82), Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) and Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) provided 13 points each in the victory. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) answered with 12 points for VICI Aistes. Amanda Kemezys (192-C-87, college: St.Louis) and Vita Kuktiene (186-F-80) had 8 points each in the loss.

UMMC: Candace Parker 15, Olga Arteshina 13, Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 13, Sandrine Gruda 13
VICI Aistes: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 12, Amanda Kemezys 8, Vita Kuktiene 8


Spartak MR edge Gospic in Vidnoje - by Eurobasket News
Spartak MR - Gospic 86:68

Spartak MR left no chance for Gospic in Euroleague Group C encounter. The hosts claimed a confident win to climb at 2-2 record in the ladder. Gospic fell at 1-3 record after the defeat.
The hosts dominated from the starting minutes. They registered a 23:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Spartak stayed in control in the second term. The Russian side arrived at the interval by as many as 20 points 46:26. The hosts did not loosen the grip in the third term. Spartak MR stretched the margin entering the final frame up by as many as 24 points. Gospic never came back to life and had to surrender at the end. Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) and Seimone Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) knocked down 12 points each to lead the charge. Marina Kuzina (194-C-85) added 10 points in the winning effort. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) answered with 20 points for Gospic. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) and Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) chipped in 11 points apiece in defeat.

Spartak MR: Seimone Augustus 12, Candice Dupree 12, Marina Kuzina 10
Gospic: Sandra Mandir 20, Jelena Ivezic 11, Marija Vrsaljko 11


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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


WKBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sun-Min JUNG
  KB Stars
  (185-C-74)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Jung, KB Stars20.8 
 2. Kim, Cool Cats20.3 
 3. Park, KB Stars19.2 
 4. Kim, Cool Cats18.3 
 5. Park, Woori Hansae17.7 
 6. Cho, Winnus17.4 
 7. Han, Winnus16.4 
 8. Lee, Bichumi16.3 
 9. Kang, S-Birds15.7 
 10. Lee, Bichumi14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jung Ja SIN
  Winnus
  (185-F/C-80)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Sin, Winnus13.7 
 2. Lee, Bichumi8.3 
 3. Heo, Cool Cats8.2 
 4. Lee, Bichumi7.5 
 5. Kang, S-Birds7.5 
 6. Gang, Cool Cats6.8 
 7. Kim, S-Birds6.8 
 8. Jung, KB Stars6.7 
 9. Jung, KB Stars6.2 
 10. Ji, Woori Hansae6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mi Sun LEE
  Bichumi
  (175-G-79)
  Avg: 7
 1. Lee, Bichumi7.0 
 2. Park, KB Stars6.5 
 3. Choi, S-Birds5.6 
 4. Sin, Winnus5.6 
 5. Kim, Cool Cats5.3 
 6. Jung, KB Stars4.5 
 7. Lim, Woori Hansae4.4 
 8. Kang, S-Birds3.8 
 9. Yang, KB Stars3.8 
 10. Heo, Cool Cats3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mi Sun LEE
  Bichumi
  (175-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lee, Bichumi3.0 
 2. Park, KB Stars2.0 
 3. Han, Winnus1.9 
 4. Lim, Woori Hansae1.9 
 5. Jung, KB Stars1.8 
 6. Lee, S-Birds1.7 
 7. Choi, S-Birds1.6 
 8. Ji, Woori Hansae1.6 
 9. Sin, Winnus1.3 
 10. Cho, Winnus1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Sun-Hwa JUNG
  KB Stars
  (184-C/F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jung, KB Stars2.0 
 2. Kang, S-Birds1.8 
 3. Gang, Cool Cats1.7 
 4. Sin, Winnus1.3 
 5. Kim, S-Birds1.2 
 6. Kim, Woori Hansae0.9 
 7. Bae, Woori Hansae0.9 
 8. Kim, Cool Cats0.8 
 9. Lee, Bichumi0.8 
 10. Park, Bichumi0.7 


WKBL Round 6: S-Birds improved to 4-1 record on top - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in WKBL, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and extra overtimes.

Round 6 in WKBL means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Anshan where host S-Birds (4-1) beat league's leader KB Stars (3-2) 83-77 in overtime on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KB Stars. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 25-21 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 8-2. S-Birds outrebounded KB Stars 45-27 including a 21-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international forward Danbi Kim (180-90) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Youn-Ah Choi (170-85) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Se-Mi Park (166-86) who recorded 29 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. S-Birds have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. KB Stars at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Bichumi. They were replaced at the leadership position by S-Birds. KB Stars will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. S-Birds will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked KB Stars in Seoul.

The best stats of 6th round was 17 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists by Mi Sun Lee of Bichumi.


Winnus - Woori Hansae 74-54

There was no surprise in Guri where 6th ranked Woori Hansae (1-5) was crushed by third ranked Winnus (4-2) 74-54 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Winnus. Woori Hansae was better in second period 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Woori Hansae to just 5 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Woori Hansae 37-20 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Winnus looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was international power forward Jung Ja Sin (185-80) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international swingman Eun Joo Cho (180-83) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. Four Winnus players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Hye-Yoon Bae (182-89) who recorded 15 points and 4 assists and guard Seung-Ah Ji (175-92) added 6 points respectively. Woori Hansae's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Winnus moved-up to second place. Woori Hansae lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with five games lost. Winnus will have a break next round. Woori Hansae will play on the road against Bichumi (#3) in Yongin.
Top scorers:
Woori Hansae: H.Bae 15+4reb+4ast, H.Park 9+2reb, E.Kim 8+2reb+1ast, S.Ji 6+3reb+3ast, E.Lee 5+1ast, J.Lee 4+2reb+1ast
Winnus: E.Joo Cho 23+6reb+2ast, J.Ja Sin 11+18reb+9ast, C.Han 10+5reb+3ast, J.Won 10+2reb+1ast, J.Kwak 10+1reb+1ast, B.Kim 8+5reb+6ast
gschID: 146807


Bichumi - Cool Cats 75-65

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Bichumi's (3-2) home victory over 5th ranked Cool Cats (1-4) 75-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Bichumi. Cool Cats was better in third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Bichumi won last quarter 20-12. The best player for the winners was international center Seon-Hwa Lee (181-88) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. International guard Mi Sun Lee (175-79) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. Four Bichumi players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Ji-Yoon Kim (170-76) who recorded 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Jung-Eun Kim (180-87) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Cool Cats' coach In-Kyo Chung rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bichumi moved-up to third place, which they share with KB Stars. Cool Cats lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with four games lost. Bichumi will face bottom-ranked Woori Hansae (#6) in Chuncheon in the next round.
Top scorers:
Cool Cats: J.Kim 22+7reb+3ast, J.Kim 21+7reb+5ast, J.Gang 12+4reb+1ast, Y.Heo 4+7reb+3ast, N.Kim 3+2reb+1ast, U.Park 2+4reb
Bichumi: S.Lee 24+11reb+1ast, M.Sun Lee 17+8reb+11ast, K.Roberson 13+11reb+2ast, B.Hong 12+2reb+1ast, J.Park 9+3reb+2ast, G.Jeon 0
gschID: 146808


S-Birds - KB Stars 83-77 OT

Round 6 in WKBL means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Anshan where host S-Birds (4-1) beat league's leader KB Stars (3-2) 83-77 in overtime on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KB Stars. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 25-21 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 8-2. S-Birds outrebounded KB Stars 45-27 including a 21-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international forward Danbi Kim (180-90) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Youn-Ah Choi (170-85) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Five S-Birds players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Se-Mi Park (166-86) who recorded 29 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and international center Sun-Min Jung (185-74) added 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) respectively. S-Birds have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. KB Stars at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Bichumi. They were replaced at the leadership position by S-Birds. KB Stars will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. S-Birds will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked KB Stars in Seoul.
Top scorers:
KB Stars: S.Park 29+6reb+7ast, S.Jung 20+5reb+5ast, A.Kang 9+2ast, S.Kim 8+4reb+1ast, S.Jung 6+6reb, S.Yang 3+4reb+2ast
S-Birds: D.Kim 19+12reb+4ast, Y.Lee 15+3reb+3ast, Y.Choi 15+7reb+5ast, Y.Kang 13+12reb+2ast, E.Ha 13+6reb, Y.Kim 6
gschID: 146809


Woori Hansae - Winnus 54-86

Rather expected game in Chuncheon where 6th ranked Woori Hansae (1-5) was rolled over by third ranked Winnus (4-2) 86-54 on Monday. The game without a history. Winnus led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Woori Hansae's 38 and made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Woori Hansae 37-21 including 23 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was international power forward Jung Ja Sin (185-80) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Chae-Jin Han (174-84) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. Four Winnus players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Seung-Ah Ji (175-92) who recorded 17 points and 5 rebounds and international forward Young-Hui Lim (178-80) added 6 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Winnus moved-up to second place. Woori Hansae lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with five games lost. Winnus will have a break next round. Woori Hansae will play on the road against Bichumi (#3) in Yongin.
Top scorers:
Woori Hansae: S.Ji 17+5reb+1ast, H.Park 13+3reb+1ast, J.Yang 7+1reb+1ast, Y.Lim 6+5reb+7ast, E.Kim 5+1reb, H.Bae 5+2reb
Winnus: C.Han 22+6reb, J.Ja Sin 14+14reb+5ast, J.Kwak 12+5reb+1ast, B.Kim 12+1reb+2ast, E.Joo Cho 10+4reb+2ast, K.Lee 7+2reb+7ast
gschID: 146810




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  SPAIN - Women  


Rivas Ecopolis earn second straight Euroleague victory - by Eurobasket News
Lattes Montpelier - Rivas Ecopolis 68:77

Rivas Ecopolis are gradually coming back to life in Euroleague season. They posted the second straight win after two starting losses. This time the Spanish team surprised Lattes Montpelier on the road. Asjha Jones (188-F-80, college: Connecticut) knocked down 21 points and collected 11 rebounds in the win.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame before Gimeno nailed a three-pointer giving Rivas Ecopolis a 22:20 lead. The visitors used a 12:2 run late in the first half to take a 43:33 advantage. Asjha Jones unloaded 8 points in the third period to help Rivas Ecopolis post a 60:53 lead with ten minutes remaining. Kristen Mann (188-F-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: UCSB) and Skrela dragged Lattes Montpelier within just two points but it was not enough Rivas Ecopolis struck back with a late 9:2 surge to run away with the victory. Elisa Aguilar (177-G-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: George Washington) posted 16 points, while Anna Cruz (173-PG-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 15 points for the Spanish team. Kristen Mann answered with 17 points for Lattes Montpelier. Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) notched 14 points in the losing case.

Lattes Montpelier: Kristen Mann 17, Edwige Lawson-Wade 14
Rivas Ecopolis: Asjha Jones 21+11 boards, Elisa Aguilar 16, Anna Cruz 15


Perfumerias Avenida stay on winning track, beat Tarbes - by Eurobasket News
Perfumerias Avenida - Tarbes 78:70

Perfumerias Avenida recorded the fourth straight Euroleague victory. The defending champions held off visiting Tarbes. The winners improved at 4-0 record on top of Group B. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) knocked down 24 points to lead the hosts. Tarbes fell at 0-3 record after the loss.
It was never easy for Avenida in this one. Tarbes snatched a 14:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The French team took a 23:17 lead midway through the second quarter. They maintained the advantage entering the second half up by three points 28:25. Paoline Salagnac (176-G-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) and Krawczyk opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers to boost the margin. But Avenida responded with 15 points in a row to grab a 40:36 lead. The home team speeded up and registered a 58:45 advantage with ten minutes to go. Tarbes got as close as five points with just over two minutes remaining but DeWanna Bonner hit a bunch of free throws late in regulation and Avenida ran away with the win at the end. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 18 points, while Isabel Sanchez (180-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 15 points in the victory. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Tarbes. Paoline Salagnac netted 13 points in the loss.

Perfumerias Avenida: DeWanna Bonner 24, Erika De Souza 18, Isabel Sanchez 15
Tarbes: Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga 16, Paoline Salagnac 13


LFB2 Standings - by Eurobasket News
LF2 Standings
Group A
 1. ADBA 2-0 
 2. Bembibre 2-0 
 3. Caceres 2-0 
 4. Ensino 2-0 
 5. Aguere 1-1 
 6. Cortegada 1-1 
 7. Cajacanarias 1-1 
 8. Cod.Carmelitas 1-1 
 9. Ourense P. 1-1 
 10. Arxil Pontev. 1-1 
 11. Aros Leon 0-2 
 12. Ferrol 0-2 
 13. Guadalajara 0-2 
 14. Valladolid 0-2 
Group B
 1. Casablanca 5-0 
 2. Pais Vasco 5-1 
 3. Alcobendas 4-1 
 4. Real Canoe 4-1 
 5. Conquero 4-2 
 6. Eivissa 4-2 
 7. Las Gaunas 4-2 
 8. Estudiantes 2-3 
 9. Irlandesas 2-3 
 10. Orion-GDKO 2-3 
 11. Gernika 2-4 
 12. Las Rozas 2-4 
 13. Segle XXI 1-4 
 14. Palma 0-5 
 15. Cravic Reus 0-6 


Katerina Sotiriou joins Mann Filter Zaragoza - by Eurobasket Center
Mann Filter Zaragoza signed 27-year old international international forward Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84, agency: FCM). Sotiriou played most recently at Sony Athinaikos (Greece). While playing 3 games for Athinaikos this season she averaged 10.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg. Sotiriou helped them to win the championship title in 2010-2011 season. She was also selected to the all-star game. A very impressive season as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Greek League 1st Team. Sotiriou represented Greek at the European Championships in Poland this year.


LF2 Round 6: Las Gaunas are upset by Real Canoe - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in LF2, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

The most important game in the last round was between second ranked Las Gaunas (4-2) and fifth ranked Real Canoe (4-1) on Tuesday night. Las Gaunas was crushed by Real Canoe at home 73-53. The game was mostly controlled by Real Canoe. Las Gaunas managed to win fourth quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was center Monica Garrido (185-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Kate Mills (185-86, college: Massachusetts) chipped in 12 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Genai Walker (190-82, college: Cent.Arkansas) who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Real Canoe have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Alcobendas. Las Gaunas at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Eivissa and Conquero. Real Canoe is looking forward to face Conquero (#5) in Huelva in the next round. Las Gaunas will play on the road against the league's leader Casablanca in Zaragoza and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Palma (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 81-51 loss to third ranked Pais Vasco (5-1) in San Sebastian. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. It was a good game for Brazilian center Geisa Campos (188-79) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Laura Arroyo contributed with 15 points for the winners. Miriam Rollan replied with 17 points for Palma. Pais Vasco have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Palma at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Pais Vasco will play against Fundal Alcobendas (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Palma will play against Orion-GDKO (#10) in Galdakao and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Cravic Reus (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 74-68 loss to eleventh ranked ASEFA Estudiantes (2-3) in on Tuesday evening. Marta Zurro had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Alba Ballare with 21 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ASEFA Estudiantes moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Irlandesas and Orion-GDKO. Loser Cravic Reus still closes the standings with six games lost. ASEFA Estudiantes will meet at home Segle XXI (#13) in the next round where they are favorite. Cravic Reus will play against Space Tanit Eivissa and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Galdakao. Local Orion-GDKO (2-3) outscored 13th ranked Segle XXI (1-4) 79-42. Katie Gearlds notched 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Segle XXI's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Orion-GDKO moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Irlandesas and Estudiantes. Segle XXI at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with four games lost. Orion-GDKO's next round opponent will be Palma (#14) where they are favorite. Segle XXI will play against ASEFA Estudiantes in Madrid.

Rest of the games of round 6 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Gernika was defeated by Eivissa in a road game 75-58. Conquero beat Irlandesas at home 76-69. Las Rozas lost to Alcobendas on the opponent's court 49-58.
The best stats of 6th round was 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks by Alicia Gonzalez of Eivissa.



Group B
Eivissa - Gernika 75-58

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Gernika (2-4) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Space Tanit Eivissa (4-2) 75-58. The game was mostly controlled by Space Tanit Eivissa. Gernika was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alicia Gonzalez (-86) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the effort and forward Anna Boleda (181-81) supported her with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Space Tanit Eivissa players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 6 rebounds by American guard Alysha Harvin (178-88, college: Florida St.) did not help to save the game for Gernika. Her fellow American import forward Tynikki Crook (185-89, college: Marshall) added 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Space Tanit Eivissa moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Conquero and Las Gaunas. Newly promoted Gernika dropped to the eleventh position with four games lost. Space Tanit Eivissa's next round opponent will be Cravic Reus (#15) and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Eivissa: A.Gonzalez 18+10reb+3ast, A.Boleda 17+5reb+3ast, C.Ricketts 17+3reb+3ast, J.Melina 11+6reb+4ast, S.Burguera 4+4reb, E.Ibarreche 4+6reb+1ast
Gernika: T.Crook 15+5reb, A.Harvin 13+6reb+3ast, I.Garcia 9+3reb+1ast, M.Goiriena 6+1reb, J.Monasterio 5+8reb+2ast, A.Mugira 4
gschID: 134931


Las Gaunas - Real Canoe 53-73

The most important game in the last round took place in between second ranked Las Gaunas (4-2) and fifth ranked Real Canoe (4-1) on Tuesday night. Las Gaunas was crushed by Real Canoe at home 73-53. The game was mostly controlled by Real Canoe. Las Gaunas managed to win fourth quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was center Monica Garrido (185-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Kate Mills (185-86, college: Massachusetts) chipped in 12 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Genai Walker (190-82, college: Cent.Arkansas) who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds and Paula Estebas Armas (-93) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Real Canoe have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Alcobendas. Las Gaunas at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Eivissa and Conquero. Real Canoe is looking forward to face Conquero (#5) in Huelva in the next round. Las Gaunas will play on the road against the league's leader Casablanca in Zaragoza and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Real Canoe: K.Mills 12+4reb+1ast, K.Dluzyk 11+2ast, M.Garrido 10+9reb+1ast, D.Miliauskaite 9+2reb, N.Otero 7+3reb, L.Velasco 6+3reb+1ast
Las Gaunas: G.Walker 17+8reb+1ast, P.Estebas Armas 15+6reb+2ast, E.Yepes 7+1reb, A.Crespo 7+6reb+1ast, M.Goyache 4+3reb, N.Ocana 2+3reb
gschID: 134932


Conquero - Irlandesas 76-69

No shocking result in a game in Huelva where sixth ranked Conquero (4-2) defeated 8th ranked Irlandesas (2-3) 76-69. The hosts were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 19-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. Conquero forced 21 Irlandesas turnovers. Power forward Itziar German (184-86) notched 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Ana Alonso (187-90) supported her with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds by center Patricia Valiente (185-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) did not help to save the game for Irlandesas. American forward Challis Pascucci (187, college: S.Utah) added 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Irlandesas players scored in double figures. Conquero moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Eivissa and Las Gaunas. Irlandesas lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with three games lost. Conquero's next round opponent will be higher ranked Real Canoe (#4) in Madrid and it may be quite challenging game. Irlandesas will play at home against Las Rozas (#12).
Top scorers:
Conquero: I.German 18+9reb+2ast, A.Alonso 12+7reb+3ast, R.Dimitrova 10+6reb+2ast, L.Mirchandani 9+3reb+7ast, P.Cabrera 9+3reb, A.Vargas 9+5reb
Irlandesas: C.Gonzalez 14+3reb+1ast, C.Pascucci 13+6reb+1ast, S.Alana 12+4reb+2ast, P.Valiente 11+13reb+3ast, S.Child 7+4reb, L.Jornet 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 134933


Alcobendas - Las Rozas 58-49

Very expected game when 10th ranked Las Rozas (2-4) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Fundal Alcobendas (4-1) 58-49. Las Rozas was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Las Rozas 41-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. American forward Leslie Knight (184-86) notched a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and forward Natalia Rodriguez (182-90) supported her with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds by American forward Chelsea Cole (190, college: Pittsburgh) did not help to save the game for Las Rozas. Paula Santolaya (-86) added 6 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Fundal Alcobendas have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Real Canoe. Newly promoted Las Rozas dropped to the eleventh position with four games lost. Fundal Alcobendas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Pais Vasco in San Sebastian and it will be for sure the game of the week. Las Rozas will play on the road against Irlandesas (#9) in Leioa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Alcobendas: L.Knight 12+13reb+4ast, N.Rodriguez 11+8reb, S.Castrillo 9+3ast, A.Alonso 8+5reb+5ast, M.Pleite 5+1reb+1ast, N.Orejon 4
Las Rozas: C.Cole 17+11reb, A.Mallou 7+1reb+2ast, P.Santolaya 6+6reb+1ast, K.Cabrera 6+3reb+2ast, I.Herradas 4+2reb, B.Parada 4+2ast
gschID: 134934


Pais Vasco - Palma 81-51

Bottom-ranked Palma (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 81-51 loss to third ranked Pais Vasco (5-1) in San Sebastian. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game without a history. Pais Vasco led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Palma's 32. They outrebounded Palma 36-19 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Brazilian center Geisa Campos (188-79) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Laura Arroyo (182-91) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Miriam Rollan replied with 17 points and American Sylita Thomas (-77) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Palma. Pais Vasco have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Palma at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Pais Vasco will play against Fundal Alcobendas (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Palma will play against Orion-GDKO (#10) in Galdakao and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Pais Vasco: G.Campos 20+10reb+2ast, L.Arroyo 15+4reb+3ast, A.Segues 11+9reb, T.GUTIERREZ ANABEL 9+1reb, M.Gomez 7+3reb+4ast, O.Aduriz 6+4reb+2ast
Palma: M.Rollan 17+3reb+1ast, B.Matemalas 15+1reb, S.Thomas 13+6reb, N.Garcia 4+2reb+1ast, L.Mira 2+1reb+1ast, I.Vila 0+1reb
gschID: 134935


Orion-GDKO - Segle XXI 79-42

The game with biggest result difference took place in Galdakao. Local Orion-GDKO (2-3) outscored 13th ranked Segle XXI (1-4) 79-42. The game without a history. Orion-GDKO led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Segle XXI to an opponent 22.1 percent shooting from the field compared to 36.7 percent accuracy of the winners. Orion-GDKO forced 26 Segle XXI turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Segle XXI helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Katie Gearlds (186-84, college: Purdue) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Argentinian power forward Erica Sanchez (184-76, agency: Players Group) supported her with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds by power forward Ana Faussurier (189-94) did not help to save the game for Segle XXI. Forward Maria Arrojo (186-85) added 10 points. Segle XXI's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Orion-GDKO moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Irlandesas and Estudiantes. Segle XXI at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with four games lost. Orion-GDKO's next round opponent will be Palma (#14) where they are favorite. Segle XXI will play against ASEFA Estudiantes in Madrid.
Top scorers:
Orion-GDKO: K.Gearlds 16+9reb+2ast, N.Larrazabal 13+3reb+1ast, E.Sanchez 12+8reb+1ast, I.Mayor 11+2reb, A.Ramasco 9+4reb+3ast, I.Muruzabal 8
Segle XXI: A.Faussurier 13+16reb, M.Arrojo 10+4reb+1ast, I.Gari 5+2reb+1ast, Y.Lazaro 4+3reb, L.Marin 3+2reb, L.Aliaga 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 134936


Cravic Reus - Estudiantes 68-74

Bottom-ranked Cravic Reus (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 74-68 loss to eleventh ranked ASEFA Estudiantes (2-3) in on Tuesday evening. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-68. ASEFA Estudiantes shot 62.0 percent from the field. ASEFA Estudiantes outrebounded Cravic Reus 31-20 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international power forward Marta Zurro (186-80) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Sara Rodriguez (185-93) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five ASEFA Estudiantes players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Alba Ballare (-87) with 21 points and Senegalese forward Awa Doumbia (182-79) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ASEFA Estudiantes moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Irlandesas and Orion-GDKO. Loser Cravic Reus still closes the standings with six games lost. ASEFA Estudiantes will meet at home Segle XXI (#13) in the next round where they are favorite. Cravic Reus will play against Space Tanit Eivissa and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes: M.Zurro 18+13reb+1ast, A.Garcia 15+4reb+2ast, S.Rodriguez 12+7reb+2ast, I.Castrejon 10+2ast, M.Gonzalez 10+3reb+2ast, E.Molinero 3
Cravic Reus: A.Ballare 21+3reb, A.Doumbia 16+7reb, P.Hadjiyankova 9+1reb+3ast, A.Moreno 9+6reb+3ast, E.Rubio 7+1ast, C.Jorge 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 134930




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  SWEDEN - Women  


Stats Leaders - Damligan
Points Per Game
 Ashley KEY
  Mark Basket
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Key, Mark Basket25.2 
 2. Nilsson, Umea20.5 
 3. Edwards, Northland19.8 
 4. Hagg-Myntti, Visby18.0 
 5. Nordstrom, Sallen17.0 
 6. Tattersdill, Sallen15.8 
 7. Drammeh, Telge15.5 
 8. Santos Luz, North.15.0 
 9. Andersson, Solna V.14.8 
 10. Enjebo, Umea14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ashleigh BROWN
  Visby
  (183-F/G-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Brown, Visby10.8 
 2. Drammeh, Telge10.8 
 3. Tattersdill, Sallen9.8 
 4. Nilsson, Umea9.3 
 5. Kerr, Telge8.7 
 6. Edwards, Northland8.6 
 7. Bacon, Solna Vikin.8.0 
 8. Nordstrom, Sallen8.0 
 9. Forsman-Goga, Tel.7.7 
 10. Key, Mark Basket7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ashley KEY
  Mark Basket
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Key, Mark Basket5.6 
 2. Santos Luz, North.5.4 
 3. Kabengano, Telge4.7 
 4. Valek, Sallen4.5 
 5. Thomas, Telge4.3 
 6. Avery, Solna Vikin.4.3 
 7. Soderberg, Visby4.2 
 8. Renholm, Umea3.8 
 9. Nystrom, Northland3.5 
 10. Kucukkaya, Telge3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ashley KEY
  Mark Basket
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Key, Mark Basket5.4 
 2. Nystrom, Northland3.5 
 3. Avery, Solna Vikin.3.3 
 4. Santos Luz, North.3.2 
 5. Rosanio, Solna V.3.0 
 6. Drammeh, Telge3.0 
 7. Valek, Sallen2.8 
 8. Asoro, 082.8 
 9. Kabengano, Telge2.7 
 10. Soderberg, Visby2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Leanne EVANS
  08
  (191-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Evans, 081.5 
 2. Andersson, Solna V.1.5 
 3. Barkley, Kvarnby1.5 
 4. Asoro, 081.4 
 5. Kerr, Telge1.3 
 6. Milenkovic, Solna1.0 
 7. Forsman-Goga, Tel.1.0 
 8. Angel, Eos1.0 
 9. Findley, Eos1.0 
 10. Andersson, Solna0.8 


Standings - Damligan
Damligan Standings
 1. Northland 5-0 
 2. Solna Vikings 4-0 
 3. Telge 4-0 
 4. Sallen 4-1 
 5. Mark Basket 3-2 
 6. Visby 3-2 
 7. 08 2-3 
 8. Norrkoping 1-3 
 9. Eos 1-4 
 10. Umea 1-4 
 11. Kvarnby 1-5 
 12. Jarfalla 0-4 


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Fenerbahce too good for UE Sopron - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - UE Sopron 91:60

Fenerbahce stayed undefeated in Euroleague season. They overcame visiting UE Sopron for 3-0 record on top of Group B. Penny Taylor (185-F-81) scored 18 points to lead the effort. UE Sopron suffered the third loss at the tournament.
It was all over for the Hungarian team in the opening frame. The hosts went on a killer 30:12 run to clear off. UE Sopron tried to come back to life with a desperate 18:9 rally in the second quarter. Kurasova dragged the visitors within 7 points early in the third term but Fenerbahce responded with a 19:2 run to take breathing space. They entered the final quarter up by as many as 26 points and never looked back again. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) notched 17 points, while Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois) had 14 points for the Turkish team. Hanna Zavecz (182-F/G-85) answered with 16 points for UE Sopron. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) netted 12 points in defeat.

Fenerbahce: Penny Taylor 18, Angel McCoughtry 17, Zane Tamane 14
UE Sopron: Hanna Zavecz 16, Tijana Krivacevic 12